White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada likes playing baseball in front of big crowds.
When the Cuban star originally signed with the Red Sox, he spent the first several weeks of his professional career in extended spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. By the time he finally made his debut with Boston’s Class A club in Greenville, S.C., on May 18, 2015, he was almost starved for attention.
He says he loves playing in front of a lot of people, a lot of fans, translator Laz Gutierrez said before that game, as Moncada offered a laugh that needed no translation. That was one of the things about Fort Myers that was driving him a little crazy.
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Moncada has been playing in front of big minor-league crowds with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, the top affiliate of the White Sox and highest-drawing team in the minor leagues, and now he’ll get his full-time opportunity on baseball’s biggest stages after his call up to the parent club Wednesday.
Moncada had 49 stolen bases with an .817 OPS in 81 games for Greenville in 2015, then had 15 homers, 31 doubles, 45 stolen bases and an .918 OPS in 106 games split between high-A and Double-A in Boston’s organization in 2016. He made his big-league debut in September, going 4-for-19 with the Red Sox.
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Why it makes sense: The Charlotte metropolitan area’s growth in recent years has been strong, and with no teams on the Eastern seaboard between Washington and Atlanta, there is room to fit a Carolina franchise into the major leagues. Charlotte is the third-largest media market in America without a major league team, behind Orlando and Sacramento, cities that are relatively close to major league franchises in the Tampa and San Francisco Bay areas, respectively.
Why it might not happen: Charlotte recently built a minor league ballpark downtown, and expanding that stadium isn’t an option. Charlotte’s future as a major league city might be in the more distant future.
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Plus, Embiid’s ability to protect the rim as well as any big man in the league should cover up any of Redick’s weaknesses on that end of the court. The 76ers allowed only 99.1 points per 100 possession when Embiid was on the court last season — what would’ve been the best defensive rating in the NBA last season — compared to 108.1 points per 100 possessions when he was on the bench. As long as Embiid can stay healthy, Redick should be able to execute Brett Brown’s scheme well enough for them to be at least an above-average defensive team.
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The combination of Redick’s shooting and his defense would make a lot of teams around the NBA better. Where doubt likely began to creep in for teams interested in signing him this offseason was over how much money to commit to someone who will be in their late 30s at the end of a four-year contract.
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Rays ace Chris Archer is soaking up his MLB All-Star Game experience this week with a good friend on a rival team.
Archer talked Tuesday about how he and Red Sox slugger Mookie Betts came to Miami in unique circumstances.
Mookie was the co-pilot on a five-seater, single-engine jet from Tampa to Miami, Archer, who was a passenger, said, via DRaysBay. He was responsible for the takeoff. We kind of bobbed and weaved through some clouds.
Rodgers signed a five-year extension worth $110 million with Green Bay back in 2013, while Harden inked a four-year extension worth $228 million with Houston on Saturday.
NFL makes billions a year. Time to get back to that negotiation table. And this time we need to stay strong and not budge. Make em Pay!!!
But he didn’t stop there. In addition to Rodgers, Knighton named Tom Brady, Aqib Talib, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones and Ben Roethlisberger as standouts who deserve more money than certain NBA stars. He ended his tirade by clarifying that NBA players shouldn’t necessarily earn less, but NFL players should certainly be earning more.
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The Wizards know well what their problem is when it comes to defending the Celtics, who have now scored 252 points in two playoff games against Washington. They knew it before Game 1. They knew it before Game 2 and they know it now that we’re heading into a Game 3.
Eastern Conference scout: “No one wants to say this, but in a lot of ways, they were a better team last year. They won five more games this season, that’s not a giant leap ahead, year-over-year. Especially because the East was worse this season — you had six teams that won 48 games (or more) last year. They played slower this season, they were a little more of a half-court team. I think the offense is good, but they still don’t have the pick-and-pop big man they need for how the offense is set up. The bench isn’t great, either. That’s the roster, that’s not Brad.
“So I think maybe the expectations are too high just because they got the first seed, and again, that is not something that is Brad’s fault. What would bother me, though, is they went and got (Al) Horford, and I don’t think they necessarily got better. He is not a big enough part of the offense. And Brad has not gotten them to defend the way they did last year where they were so good at forcing turnovers and converting on the other end. They overachieved on defense last year, and you’d expect them to come back to reality a little. But they’re only a so-so defensive team now. I think on that, you point to the coaching.”
I think you’ve gotta believe in yourself, I think you gotta put in a lot of work off the court to make sure you’re ready, Green said. You know the famous quote, sometimes you have to be ready so you don’t have to get ready. I do a lot of things that, it’s like, off the camera, that a lot of people don’t see me do. So, I just always try to prepare myself like I’m going to play even when I wasn’t going to play. And when I wasn’t playing, my thing is, I was always enjoying the team’s success, always enjoying somebody else’s success.
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Now, there has been a role reversal. The rest of his Boston teammates are benefiting from Green’s success. He might nearly have been a Clipper last July, but instead, he’s a happy Celtic this April.
Kent Bazemore remembered it well.
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Millsap scored a team-high 26 points in a win against the Celtics. Next came a win in the first game of a home-and-home trip against the Cavaliers with Bazemore, Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard all on the bench. After that was one of the more improbable wins in regular-season history. The Hawks fought back from a 26-point fourth quarter deficit against the Cavs, electrifying the Atlanta crowd with a 44-18 run in the final frame on the way to a 126-125 overtime win.
That scary five-game stretch? The Hawks finished 4-1 with the only loss coming against the Pacers in a meaningless regular-season finale.
We’re finally playing how we’re supposed to, Millsap said. I’ve been saying all season that when we get it together, it’s going to be all good.
The alleged attack was purportedly in retaliation for a social media post by Malone in which he criticized Harden for charging children for his basketball camp, Fox 26 reported.
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In a statement sent to Fox 26, Harden’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, wrote in part: I have previously discussed Moses’ allegations with James and others, and I am totally comfortable that the allegations are untrue. Unfortunately, I am afraid this is just another example of people shopping for a deep pocket when they find that the people actually responsible have no money.
Dillon Brooks officially came in at 6-6 with a 6-6 wingspan. For a player who profiles best as a power forward in terms of his offensive game right now, those are concerning marks that likely will confine him to the wing. That means he’ll need to improve upon his jump shot consistency.
Jordan Bell was possibly the best defensive player in college basketball this season, a shot-blocking dynamo that can also move his feet and defend on the perimeter. His best skill is his ability to time when to leap to contest at the rim. But at just an 8-foot-8.5 standing reach, there are going to be some worries that his rim protection don’t translate well as a primary source in the NBA. He’ll still be valuable on the weak side and as a switchable player, though, and his first day of five-on-five showed off a wide bevy of skills.
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Over the years, pick protection has played a significant role in explaining some of the league’s surprising developments, particularly towards the very end of the season. Whether due to increased valuation of picks or the strength of this draft class, as we head toward the end of the regular season, there are very few complicated obligations that affect the 2017 NBA Draft.
A former NFL Films worker has sued the company, claiming she was sexually harassed by multiple supervisors in her almost 20 years at the NFL’s in-house documentary producer.
According to NJ.com , Nadia Axakowsky filed a sexual harassment lawsuit last week in federal court in Camden, N.J. She worked at the New Jersey-based company from 1997 until her employment was terminated in 2016.
Henry signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky in 2015, but was released during final cuts. He then signed with the Broncos and appeared in two games that season, but did not record a catch. After the Broncos released him, he re-signed with the Packers in 2016 before suffering a hand injury in the preseason that landed him on injured reserve.
Later that fall, Henry signed with the Ravens practice squad. But after experiencing severe shoulder pain, an MRI discovered a growth in his chest.
Henry died with his wife, Madison, and other family members by his side. In a Facebook post, his family wrote, “We are so proud of Mitchell’s fight with this terrible disease, proud of how he lived his life for the past 24 years, but most of all proud of his faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.”
“We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Mitchell Henry,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement (via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). “During his time with the Packers, he quickly became a beloved member of our family and made a terrific impression on everyone in our organization. We were fortunate to have had him in our lives. On behalf of the Packers family, we offer our condolences to Mitchell’s wife, Madison, and his family and friends.”
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Let’s set the stage: Boston won the Friday night contest easily, 9-4, behind a four-homer barrage against Yankees starter Catfish Hunter in the first inning (they hit six total). So the Yankees were looking to right the ship and even the series in the Saturday afternoon game. Amplifying everything even more, the game was being broadcast on national television.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, last year’s No. 1 player, was 35th on this year’s list despite only playing three games last season because of a back injury.
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And, yes, I understand that just because McGwire couldn’t do it doesn’t mean Judge and Bellinger won’t do it. Different players, different eras, different stadiums, yada, yada, yada. It’s just a call for perspective, a rebuff against What’s wrong with Aaron Judge? pieces if he’s not reached 40 homers by Aug. 31.
Though there have been some first player to and fastest player to stats associated with Judge and Bellinger so far, it’s unlikely that either will keep up their frenzied home run pace over the remaining 85-90 games of the season. Potential pitching adjustments aside, here’s the biggest reason: The grind will take hold. The Dog Days can be brutal and unforgiving to all players, but especially first-year guys not accustomed to a 162-game schedule.
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By the end of the year, five different quarterbacks earned play time with the Browns and none threw more than six touchdowns.
Whit Albohm, vice president of daily studio production and executive producer at FS1, said Lewis will appear on studios show such as Undisputed with Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor (9:30 a.m. ET); The Herd with Colin Cowherd (12 noon ET); Speak for Yourself with Cowherd, Jason Whitlock and Jason McIntyre; and the planned First Things First with Cris Carter and Nick Wright.
Ray is passionate, incisive and has the ability to ignite thought-provoking discussions, said Albohm in a statement. We are fortunate to have Ray officially on our roster and look forward to him bringing the same passion and motivation he demonstrated on the field and in the locker room into our FS1 studio programs and digital platforms.
Said Lewis: My relationship with football and love for the game continues to grow. This opportunity, to bring my passion for the game of football into homes of NFL fans across the country through FOX Sports is a gift. I am excited to join this team and can’t wait for the NFL season to start!
That’s the day that set in motion hours upon hours of watching, reading about and enjoying the game. That’s the day that at least partly led me to marry a woman who agreed that we should honeymoon at spring training. That’s the day that started me on the path to the job I hold today.
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The Rangers scored seven runs in the first two innings. Elvis Andrus jacked his eighth and ninth home runs, the latter marking a career high. Andrus, in the midst of a breakout season, collected three hits with three runs scored and four RBIs on the night.
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The former Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback of course became famous, or maybe infamous in this case, when he first sat for the national anthem and eventually took a knee for The Star-Spangled Banner throughout the NFL season. It was a polarizing decision that had players following him, others standing against him, and everyone having an opinion about him.
Since opting out of his contract with the 49ers this past offseason he has been looking for a job without any luck. Since teams are already out of minicamp and he still isn’t employed it does beg the question, how does a quarterback with a 16:4 touchdown to interception ratio last season not have a job?
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According to Goodell, he simply thinks Kaepernick hasn’t earned a job in the NFL after his performance last season. Are you sure it’s not due to his activism which he isn’t backing down from?
Proof came during Peterson’s first OTA practice in New Orleans.
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