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Kelsey Plum was asked about her ‘tough’ shooting night, and her teammate’s reaction was incredible

Washington Huskies basketball’s Kelsey Plum is the second-leading scorer in college basketball history, men’s and women’s. At 3,460 career points, she trails Pete Maravich by 208 points, and at 32 points per game this season, she might get there with a deep tournament.

In her team’s opening round game, Plum did Plum things in a big 91-63 win over Montana State.

Yet a reporter asked her if “anything was going on” regarding her “tough” shooting night. Plum, her teammate, and her coach looked legitimately startled by the question:

Also at 6-0 is Puerto Rico, which outscored its opponents in Jalisco, Mexico, and San Diego a whopping 51-15. After falling short in the championship game in 2013, Puerto Rico is looking to complete some unfinished business this time around.

But first Puerto Rico must get through the Netherlands, also a 2013 semifinalist. They play on Monday night, while on Tuesday night Japan battles Team USA, which is in its first semifinals of the WBC since 2009. The championship game is Wednesday.

Some of the best players in Major League Baseball participated in the event, including MVP winners Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey, and Andrew McCutchen, Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez, and younger stars like Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado, Francisco Lindor, and Manny Machado.

The 16 teams were split into four pools of four teams each, playing first-round games in Seoul, South Korea, Tokyo, Japan, Jalisco, Mexico, and Miami, Fla. The first round is a round robin format, with the top two teams from each pool advancing.
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The 9 most interesting NFL training camp battles

We are in the midst of training camp season. Let the battles begin! There are plenty of jobs open across the NFL, and these are the nine most interesting.

If any suspension remains after Goodell’s ruling, Brady is expected to challenge the decision in federal court. It’s possible that Goodell could cut down Brady’s suspension to less than four games, but the NFLPA has already begun work on a case to be heard in front of a federal judge and feels confident that it is a strong case, so the chance to eliminate a suspension altogether is likely going to be pursued.

That case is expected to be filed by the NFLPA in Massachusetts or Minnesota. Massachusetts would serve as a sort of “home field advantage” for Brady, while Minnesota has been a labor-friendly state in the past, and is the state that ruled in favor of Adrian Peterson after he took the NFL to federal court for upholding an indefinite suspension during the 2014 season.

Of course, it’s possible that no such case will be necessary. Goodell said that Brady’s non-cooperation with the league’s investigation played a factor in the punishment handed down and that “new information” provided by the quarterback could result in a different decision. If Goodell eliminates Brady’s suspension altogether, that would officially mark the end of DeflateGate.

The NFLPA has laid out a few points that it wants to attack the NFL on, including the fact that Goodell didn’t recuse himself. The union’s argument would be that Brady wasn’t treated fairly and didn’t receive due process. A league-funded investigation found him guilty, the league commissioner punished him and the league commissioner heard his appeal.

Adrian Peterson ‘hasn’t closed the door’ on staying with the Vikings

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is not happy. Peterson, who is currently serving a suspension for hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch, reportedly is disillusioned with the Vikings, according to Chris Tomasson and Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The tension between Peterson’s camp and the Vikings boiled Jermaine Jones Authentic Womens Jersey over at the NFL Combine, when agent Ben Dogra and Minnesota’s vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski began yelling at each other at an Indianapolis restaurant on Friday night, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Despite this, Nelson Peterson, Adrian’s father, claims that his son is still willing to play for the Vikings, contrary to what Dogra was asserting:

This preference for help in the trenches also comes despite the fact that the Cowboys have used their first-round pick on an offensive lineman in three of the last four drafts — Tyron Smith (2011), Travis Frederick (2013) and Zack Martin (2014). With the 27th overall pick, Dallas likely won’t be able to snag one of the top offensive linemen, but this year’s class is considered deep and there is a good chance the team would be able to find another gem late in the first round.

The New York Giants released defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka on Tuesday afternoon, reports NFL.com’s Kimberly Jones. The veteran has spent his entire nine-season career with Big Blue, winning two Super Bowls during that time.

This past season the 31-year-old had a career-low 2.5 sacks and 28 tackles in 11 games before John Brooks Authentic Womens Jersey a knee injury ended his campaign in late November. The advanced metrics were not kind to Kiwanuka the past two years. According to Pro Football Focus, he rated as the second-worst 4-3 defensive end in 2013 and the third-worst in 2014.

Kiwanuka was supposed to count $7.45 million against the salary cap next season, the fourth-highest cap charge on the team. The Giants will gain $4.825 million in cap space by cutting him, per Over the Cap.

LeBron James donates $2.5 million to a new Muhammad Ali Smithsonian exhibit

LeBron James is making a significant donation to a new exhibit honoring the life of Muhammad Ali at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

James, his business partner Maverick Carter, and his foundation will donate $2.5 million to help create the exhibit, called “Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change.” James is one of several notable Chris Mullin Authentic Womens Jersey NBA figures who have donated money, including a $5 million donation from Michael Jordan and at least $1 million from Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie, per USA Today.

Ali died this past June at the age of 74. Like many athletes, James was shaped by his character and influence.

“Expose him. Ruin his life.”

Then he dunked on Capela so hard that D’Antoni had to get mad at the ref for not preventing it. But it’s not the ref’s fault. He’s just the bystander to a crime. There wasn’t a five-second violation, but like all catastrophic events, time slows down and a second seems to last forever when you’re in danger.

Even the Rockets bench knew something terrible was about to happen once Westbrook got the ball. They went from being very animated at the beginning of the play to being as quiet as Black Bolt once he took off. It’s like watching little school kids in a classroom right before the principal walks in. They were aware that they all needed to think of different care packages to send their teammate. Maybe a card, some fruit, a teddy bear, and a video of Robin Williams reminding Capela that it’s not his fault.

Because this is just what Russell Westbrook does. He dunks on you unnecessarily, then yells at you as you struggle to regain your balance.

That might be worse than the actual dunk, because you never did anything to him. Why is he so David Lee Authentic Womens Jersey mean? All you wanted to do was play basketball, and now you’re going to have to avoid social media for a while because people are going to be tweeting videos of the incident with numerous flame emojis and jokes about how Westbrook made it hard for you to see a rim without being triggered.

And you were just seven seconds away from leaving the game with your dignity intact. That’s just tough.

Dwyane Wade wins in Miami return: ‘Couldn’t wait until it was over’

Dwyane Wade doesn’t hold back when describing what it was like to play in Miami for the first time as a visitor.

Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in a 98-95 win over the Heat on Thursday night, his first game against Aaron Nola Youth Jersey Miami since signing with Chicago over the summer.

All Josh Jackson could be sure of when he arrived at the Kansas campus in June was that a test of some kind — administered by veterans of a top-five team with deadly serious national title ambitions and taken by a hyper-talented freshman with a potential No. 1 NBA draft pick awaiting him 12 months later — was going to happen.

“I knew it was coming,” Jackson said. “Immediately.”

Fight back. Don’t waver. Don’t complain. Get angry but not too angry. Hide weakness at all cost. Forget your recruiting ranking; no one cares. Expect equal treatment. Take everything in stride. Absorb the larger stakes. Buy in.

Above all, understand that the whole point of all of this, at the end of the day, is to see if you can stand out and fit in — at the same time.

And?

“I think I passed,” Jackson said.

IT IS THERE, in that seemingly contradictory dichotomy between blending in and showing out, that the central promise of Jackson’s sure-to-be-short tenure at Kansas lies.

In the 13-year Bill Self era — the past 12 years of which have ended with a regular-season conference title, a rare statistic that can’t possibly be over-repeated — no player this talented has ever joined a team this experienced. Self has had his fair share of elite freshmen, of course; one doesn’t win 12 straight Big 12 titles in the one-and-done era without them. Still, the only player with as much or more hype than Jackson upon his arrival at KU was Andrew Wiggins on Carlos Ruiz Youth Jersey the 2013-14 team, which started three freshmen (Wiggins, Joel “The Process” Embiid and Wayne Selden) and one sophomore (Perry Ellis), with just two seniors (graduate transfer Tarik Black and reserve Justin Wesley) in the rotation.

The psychology behind Matt Ryan’s breakthrough

THERE’S A REVEALING moment in Steve Young’s new autobiography, “QB: My Life Behind the Spiral,” that made me think of Matt Ryan. During the 1991 season, Young’s first year as a starter with the San Francisco 49ers, the quarterback visited Bill Walsh. Young needed help. A few days earlier, after a bad loss to the Raiders, he’d sat in his parked car for hours, crippled by Glover Quin Authentic Womens Jersey the pressure of replacing Joe Montana. Young called friends for support, and then, at 3 a.m., having run out of people to call, he cried alone.

Now, in the office of the retired head coach who had believed in him more than anyone, Young hung his head, expecting a measure of empathy. Instead, Walsh scolded him.

“All you do is take the blame!” Walsh said.

“It’s a nonfactor,” Hahn said from the MLB general managers meetings. “It’s zero factor from our standpoint in terms of his fit with us or our belief that he can help be the anchor of a championship-caliber rotation.

“Whether it influences some other club’s view of him, I Golden Tate III Authentic Womens Jersey don’t know. I don’t think it should. I think a lot of what we’ve seen from Chris is part of what makes him great. It’s that competitiveness, that fight, that sometimes spills over a little bit into areas outside the white lines. It’s part of what makes him so good during the game.”

Sale is under contract for $12 million next season, and the White Sox have club options for $12.5 million in 2018 and $13.5 million in 2019.

Sale, Chris Archer, Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander and Sonny Gray are among the front-line starters who have been mentioned as potential trade targets in an extremely weak free-agent market. Rich Hill, Ivan Nova, Andrew Cashner and Jeremy Hellickson are the top available free agents.

“As a matter of fact I do coach my own guys and I’m proud of the team that I coach,” Ryan responded on a conference call on Tuesday. “We haven’t had the results that we shoot for every time but I’m proud of this group and yeah, I have no problem.

Cubs Kris Bryant, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks up for major awards

Fresh off leading the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title in more than a century, slugger Kris Bryant and several teammates could soon be hoisting more hardware.

Bryant is among the top three vote-getters Cliff Avril Jersey for the National League MVP award, with Cubs manager Joe Maddon and pitchers Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks in contention for other honors.

Maddon, Washington’s Dusty Baker, and Dave Roberts of the Dodgers are up for NL Manager of the Year. Cleveland’s Terry Francona, who guided his team into the World Series, Texas’ Jeff Banister and Baltimore’s Buck Showalter are the AL candidates. Those honors will be awarded Nov. 15.

The Cubs led the majors with 103 wins during the regular season.

Last year, Chicago won three major awards after reaching the NL Championship Series. In addition to Bryant earning rookie honors, Maddon was the NL Manager of the Year and pitcher Jake Arrieta took home the NL Cy Young Award.

“Ridiculous,” Ryan said after the game. “Absolutely ridiculous. [Officials’ explanation] doesn’t matter [because] it was wrong. It’s clear what happened: The guy roughed Cortez Kennedy Jersey our kicker. Jumps offside and roughs our kicker.”

Anderson defended his decision after the game.

“I didn’t feel like the actions and the contact, because we were shutting the play down, warranted a foul,” he told a pool reporter after the game, adding that the stadium was “loud” and that Sherman might not have known officials had blown the play dead.

Dean Blandino, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, was quick to tweet his acknowledgement of the officials’ mistake:

At the end of the half in #BUFvsSEA its unnecessary roughness for hitting the kicker. Foul means he can stay in the game.

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman drops 4 pounds by cutting off dreadlocks

Perriman, who returned to practice Tuesday and expects to play in the regular-season opener, likes his new haircut. In fact, he has just one complaint.

“It just gets cold sometimes,” he said with a smile.

Ever since the Cowboys drafted Elliott in April with the fourth overall pick, the expectations have been as high as those for Michael Phelps at the Olympics. Whatever the equivalent is to five gold medals on the football field, that’s what Elliott has to do as a rookie running back.

It’s not fair, but that’s part of the price of being picked so high and placed in an offense with quarterback Tony Romo, Bryant, tight end Jason Witten and the best line in football.

Elliott’s introduction has been largely low-key. On Aug. 2, he was unable to finish practice because of a sore hamstring. He missed the next eight practices in Oxnard, California, and did not play in the Cowboys’ first two preseason games.

Davis’ injury adds to a secondary that is dealing with a number of setbacks. Patrick Robinson, who is expected to start with Davis, has a groin injury. Nickel cornerback Darius Butler is working his way back from a hamstring injury.

Pagano described his current cornerback situation as being “scary.”

The biggest source of frustration during the first events at the stadium was with the entry and exit from the stadium, as most fans filed through the pivoting glass doors on the stadium’s west side, creating bottlenecks going to and from the light rail platform. The Vikings estimate 75 percent of fans will enter the stadium through the glass doors during its first season, and there’s little doubt the must-take-selfie-at-new-stadium impulse had a hand in clogging the lines as fans got their first taste of the new venue.

During his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, Belichick didn’t specify when Brady would return, saying it would be when his personal situation “clears up.”

Comcast SportsNet first reported that Brady had an excused absence.

Brady also had an excused absence from the team’s first preseason game on Aug. 11 against the New Orleans Saints as the team said he was attending memorial services for a family member.

Alex Boone and Terrelle Pryor: Ohio State teammates, but not exactly friends

“Unfortunately I had Terrelle Pryor, too,” Boone said. “I could not stand any minute with him.

“The kid was so arrogant at the time. I hated everything about him.”

On Monday, reporters brought up Boone’s comments to Pryor, who seemed surprised to hear how Boone felt about him.

“I heard about that. I don’t know where that came from. I don’t know,” Pryor said. “You know, when you’re young, and you guys know this, all of us — when you’re young, you’re different. You act different. Your mind’s wired completely different. I’m 18 years old meeting this guy. I wish him well and that’s all I’ve got to say.”

Boone admitted in his interview that as a younger player he was very immature and almost lost his career to a drinking problem.

While Pryor did his best to take the high road, Boone’s needling of his former teammate didn’t end with “I hated everything about him”; he also asked the show hosts – twice – if Pryor still plays in the NFL.

Yikes.

“I think he’s getting closer each and every day,” Jackson said.

When he does, though, Gordon will need to lose weight.

His college coach Art Briles noticed it last week when he visited Cleveland Browns training camp, and his coach with the Browns acknowledges it.

“He’ll be the first to tell you that,” Jackson said. “He does, and we’re working through that process too.”

Numbers on pounds or kilograms were not provided, but Gordon clearly is not where Jackson wants him. It’s not a reason for alarm, merely a reality.

Chicago Bears

The Bears will continue to monitor Alshon Jeffery’s progress Tuesday following the receiver’s limited return to practice Monday. Dressed in full pads, Jeffery did not participate in any team or individual drills but rather worked exclusively on a side field. Still, Jeffery’s limited participation is a good sign the wideout’s mild hamstring injury is improving. Jeffery is not expected to play in Thursday’s exhibition opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos, but he could be cleared to practice in the near future. The Bears will also keep close eyes on receiver Eddie Royal and tight end Zach Miller, who are both sidelined with concussions. — Jeff Dickerson

Adrian Peterson on aging: ‘My end is going to be better than my beginning’

Speaking of that final goal, AP is convinced that the Vikes are a legit Super Bowl contender this season. “We are going to have a good chance to win it this year — win everything,” he said. “Sit back and watch. Sit back and watch. You can be like, ‘I thought you guys were at least a couple of years away.’ Nope. You sit back and watch, this year.”

Minnesota finished last season 11-5, good enough to win the NFC North. They lost to the Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs, though. Apparently, adding Alex Boone in free agency, getting back Phil Loadholt and John Sullivan back from injury, and drafting Laquon Treadwell and Mackensie Alexander (among others) in the draft is enough to make Peterson think his team can get over the hump.

Dallas’ best fit: DE Charles Tapper, Oklahoma, No. 101 overall

With Greg Hardy no longer wanted and young edge rushers Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory facing four-game suspensions to start the season, the worst secret in the NFL prior to the 2016 draft was that the Dallas Cowboys needed help at defensive end.

As such, Ohio State’s Joey Bosa was a frequently projected pick for Dallas with the No. 4 overall pick. When the San Diego Chargers pulled the year’s first big surprise by nabbing him one pick earlier, however, the Cowboys opted to fill other positions of concern first, waiting until their fourth selection of the draft to address arguably the biggest hole on the roster with Tapper.

The 6-foot-3, 271 pound Tapper earned All-Big 12 accolades from conference coaches each of the past three years with First Team honors coming after the 2013 and 2015 seasons. He started 38 of 39 games during that time, recording a total of 136 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks, setting career-highs in each category (50-10-7) as a senior.

While some have criticized Tapper’s production at Oklahoma, it is important to note how the Sooners used him. Oklahoma frequently asked Tapper to take on two blockers to create playmaking opportunities for the Sooners’ speedy linebackers rather than allow him to truly pin back his ears and attack. Assuming veteran defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli sticks with the relatively traditional 4-3 alignment he has used in the past, Tapper will likely be given this freedom off the edge, where his exceptionally long arms (34 3/8 inches) and explosive speed (4.56 in the 40-yard dash) could help him prove more of a disruptive presence in the NFL than he was ever was in college.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett agrees.

“You could always count on Jerry Jones f–king things up,” the GM said. “That isn’t happening any longer. That’s a Super Bowl-caliber team now.”

OK, “Super Bowl-caliber” might be a bit much — the team is coming off a 4-12 record — but remember, 12 months ago, the Cowboys had finished 12-4, won the NFC East, and beat the Lions in a playoff game. The difference, of course: Dallas was without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant for much of 2015. But both will be healthy for training camp — and if it stays that way, there’s every reason to think the Cowboys will again be in the mix to win their division.

The GM agrees.

“Health is obviously the key for them,” he said. “If Romo can stay healthy, that’s an 11-win team.”

Meanwhile, Stephen, whose fingerprints are all over rebuilding the Cowboys’ offensive line into the league’s best — and who also kept Jerry from drafting Manziel two years ago — is earning respect from his peers.

“He was seen by a lot of people in football as a trust fund baby masquerading as a football guy,” the GM said. “Now he’s just an excellent football guy.”

Jerry Jones agreed. Here’s what he told the Associated Press in 2015.