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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.

Game Kids Mark Fayne Jersey Knighton, 31, announced his retirement from football in April and disclosed his desire to pursue a career in coaching. A third-round pick of Jacksonville in the 2009 NFL Draft, he had stints with the Jaguars, Broncos, Redskins and Patriots before hanging up his helmet after eight seasons.

Wizards won’t last long without solving 3-point problem

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.”


Kent Bazemore remembered it well.

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.

Leonte Carroo Kids Jersey Paul is normally so quiet, Bazemore said. For him to speak up really got our attention, we needed to get our s— together. It took us 78 games to figure it out, but we’re here now.

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.

James Harden sued by Moses Malone Jr. over alleged attack

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.

Former NFL Films worker sues, claiming 20 years of sexual harassment

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 , 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.”warriors_011-115x115

I understand that just because McGwire couldn’t do it doesn’t mean Judge and Bellinger won’t do it

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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.

Excellent plan, Hue.

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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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Adrian Beltre contributed to the scoring with a first-inning home run.

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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Too bad we have to wait until 2018 for the next shot.

Team USA reached the semifinals of the 1930 World Cup, and the Americans have made it past the Round of 16 only one time since. The next opportunity could come at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. If the USMNT advanced to the championship game in that event in Moscow, the reaction would be off the charts.
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Better than C-W III? Yes. Too bad we have to wait until 2018 for the next shot.

The third quarter is concluded, and the Cavs are all business. They lead the Celtics 109-74, and likely won’t let the Celtics back into this game. If the Cavs can hold Boston off, LeBron James (who has 35 points, btw) will become the first non-Celtics player to reach seven consecutive NBA Finals.

LeBron James has passed Michael Jordan for most all-time postseason points scored. He did it with this beauty:

LeBron James is one bucket away from breaking Jordan’s record. Boy, was his latest dunk pretty.

Elite Mens Ted Karras Jersey Kyrie Irving hits another 3 off a beautiful spinner. He has the Cavs’ last 13 points, and has 22 points so far. In short, Irving is doing baller things.

It must be noted Stephen plays a significantly different role as the focal point of Golden State’s offense (30.1 usage percentage) while Seth is more of a role player (19.5 usage percentage). There is a huge disparity in volume, as Stephen more than doubled Seth in field-goal attempts (1,443 to 703) and nearly did the same on made shots (675 to 338). Stephen also had a down season by his own lofty standards with Kevin Durant joining the Warriors and shouldering some of the offensive burden. Seth enjoyed the best year of his young career in Dallas and saw major jumps in nearly every statistical category.

While we’re here, let’s not forget that, as Seth said, Pops can still shoot it. Dell was an outstanding marksman throughout his 16-year career and even led the NBA in 3-point percentage (47.6) during the 1998-99 lockout-shortened season. How does the OG Curry stack up against his sons?

Rodgers completed passes to six receivers in the Cowboys game

When Nelson was knocked out of the wild-card win over the Giants with broken ribs, Rodgers shrugged it off and destroyed the Giants through the air the rest of the way. Afterward, he simply said that he believed the Packers would be fine from then on with who they had.

Geronimo (Allison) has been playing a lot for us, he said. Randall (Cobb) being back healthy we’re better with 18 on the field, but Geronimo is going to have to step up and play if Jordys out.

Rodgers completed passes to six receivers in the Cowboys game, pretty much every active skill-position player they dressed. He threw for 356 yards, and Cook and Richard Rodgers caught touchdown passes.

Instead of you like that being the lasting impression, it will be what happened against the Giants at home in Week 17.

New York had it’s wild-card spot locked up and was playing it very carefully with key players on both sides of the ball. Cousins had multiple chances to turn a frustrating 19-10 loss into a Redskins victory. His numbers 22 of 35, 287 yards, TD, two INTs just didn’t add up to that.

Cousins struggled with decision making and moving the ball with a short-to-intermediate passing game in a scoreless first half. His first interception, in the third quarter, came on a throw from right outside the red zone. His second interception, in the fourth quarter, on a potential game-tying drive, came right outside of field-goal range.vikings_119

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