Month: April 2017

Is it worth it to Melo to make this stand?

This isn’t to say the Knicks are better off with Melo than without: He’s 11 years older than Kristaps Porzingis and whoever New York is likely to pick in the lottery this June. But Jackson gave Carmelo the no-trade clause in 2014. You can’t reasonably expect Anthony to tear it up now.

That no-trade clause is power. He earned it. It is his to tear up or to use. He would be well within his rights to use it and to tell Jackson and the Knicks and the whole world that he’s not going anywhere until his contract ends.

Is it worth it to Melo to make this stand? Is it worth risking another wasted season in the wasteland of Knicksdom? Only he knows. But on the principle alone, he’d be well within reason to refuse to bend to Jackson’s desires.

Not many teams still have Allen viewed as a top-10 player because of his injury concerns, but the Bears do. Barring a major change of heart (or a trade back), Allen likely will be their pick.

Westbrook has my vote even though LeBron is the best player in the world. For most of the season, that’s where I assumed my vote was headed. But the carelessness with which the Cavs finished the regular season changed my thinking. In any case, it’s evident that Westbrook, Harden, and Leonard had stronger seasons statistically.

Paul’s almost-heroics actually started with a defensive play on a fast break with five-and-a-half minutes left. One on two, he managed to spook George Hill by taking a step toward him. When Hill tried to bounce the ball to his teammate, Paul swiped it as if it was meant for him.

Then Paul hit a jump shot. Then a floater while drawing the foul against Hill. He made another layup soon after, followed by a three-point shot that brought the Clippers within one with three minutes left.
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NFL prospect Raekwon McMillan was named after Wu-Tang Clan member

Ohio State Buckeyes star and 2017 NFL draft prospect Raekwon McMillan was named after a leading member of the legendary rap group, Wu-Tang Clan. Ask the young man himself. Raekwon, aka The Chef aka Shallah Raekwon aka Lex Diamond, inspired the linebackers mother:

Yeah, some of his old-school stuff is pretty cool,McMillan responded when asked if he likes Raekwon’s music.My mom liked the name, the Wu-Tang clan and all of that. She liked the rap name, not his real name, but his rap name. So that’s what she named me.

McMillan is more of a Meek Mill fan, but he does have one special request from the rap star — and you can help.

I’d like to meet him one day,McMillan said.Other than that, it’s just my name.

What Gordons success would do, then would work to soothe the Royals on two fronts. First, it would make them feel better about their 2017 season, ostensibly because he would help them win baseball games and stay relatively close in the AL Central. Second, he would make them feel better about the radical realignment of their entire roster.
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Sure, we have this dented Ian Kennedy, and, wow, totally forgot we signed Jason Hammel, but we also have Good Ol Alex. Hell never leave us.
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The early returns are not encouraging, as Gordon has a .492 OPS. But Hosmer has a .493 OPS, so maybe theyre in some sort of race? Regardless, Gordons success is the rare two-way bellwether. He can make the Royals feel better about the present and future. And he can also, well, you know.

Celtics fans erupt after Isaiah Thomas makes his 1st 3-pointer of Game 1

After rumbling for 163 rushing yards, 75 receiving yards, and five touchdowns in Oakland Tech’s city championship, a high school-aged, admittedly broke Lynch promised he’d take his linemen to Sizzler for their job blocking:

Kevin Greene Mens Jersey The first televised instance of Marshawn’s Skittles habit comes on Dec. 1, 2011, as the Seahawks play the Eagles. After the play, a sideline attendant is seen giving Lynch a handful of Skittles, which he happily eats:
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Its been a tough two days for Isaiah Thomas. He lost his 22-year-old sister, Chyna Thomas, in a car accident on Saturday and had to turn around and play in the Celtics first playoff game on Sunday. Thomas got a warm reception from Boston before the game, full of support and love.

To start the game, he set up Avery Bradley for a three-pointer on the break. The next play down, he set up Bradley again but the shooting guard bobbled the pass and got it back to Thomas. Thomas instantly launched a 26-footer and when it went in, the city of Boston went crazy.

The Bulls immediately called a timeout, which gave the Celtics team and fans a chance to cheer even more for Thomas. What a moment. One of the best attempts thus far has been ESPNs Real Plus/Minus. Using that as a guide, Gobert made the biggest statistical impact on the defensive end, ranking first in that metric by a full point over Green in second place. Utahs defense has been exceptional, ranking third in the league, and Gobert has been an obvious focal point. The Jazz give up seven points per 100 possessions more when Gobert is on the bench. Thats a huge impact.

Some of these newly minted 10th assistants will be hired almost exclusively to recruit minimally paid athletes.

The question wasn’t about if (especially since the American Football Coaches Association backed the measure) but when, so that schools can budget for it.

Some of these newly minted 10th assistants will be hired almost exclusively to recruit minimally paid athletes.

On college staffs, not everyone has unique expertise on the field or with a playbook. There are some who have made careers just for their recruiting prowess. So expanding coaching staffs won’t necessarily benefit players at every school anyway.

At the time the original proposal was introduced, the head of the Football Oversight Committee, Bob Bowslby, said: “There was unanimity around the table on the addition of a 10th assistant coach being allowed (in FBS). We feel it is appropriate from a student-athlete welfare standpoint. The ratio of coaches to student-athlete is much higher in football than other sports, and this helps address that.”

Limited Youth Daryl Worley Jersey It has been and always will be clear what the NCAA concerns itself with, as far as student-athlete welfare goes. Yet again, dozens of non-players are set to make more money off the sport, while those generating the income see no increases.

Limited Youth Robert Alford Jersey Harden finished the night with 37 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, and three steals. He got the most help from Patrick Beverley, who scored a playoff-high 21 points and was the energy spark the Rockets needed all night. In a game they won easily, they didn’t get much production outside of those two. The Rockets only got 19 points total from Lou Williams and Eric Gordon.

There were several other driver lineup changes

It was all there on a course and for a crowd that’s becoming his more and more as he keeps posting at the top of the leaderboard at this event. After the round, he was asked why he succeeds so consistently here.

“I’m not sure. I mean, I guess the golf course was Tiger-proofed at one point. You can’t really Jordan-proof it.”

Some of the world’s top players are lurking not far behind them. Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth ended Friday at even par, four shots off the lead. (They’re playing together on Saturday, which is exciting.) Adam Scott also ended Friday even, while Jon Rahm and Justin Rose were among the players at 1-under.

There are a few Cinderella possibilities on the weekend, too, perhaps none more compelling than 1992 green jacket winner Fred Couples. There’s so much parity in the field right now that predicting how this will end feels like a fool’s errand.

Fifty-three of 93 players in the field survived the 6-over cut line. Among those missing the cut were two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson and last year’s British Open champion, Henrik Stenson. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson withdrew before teeing off in the first round on Thursday due to a back injury.

There were several other driver lineup changes, including the retirement and quick unretirement of Felipe Massa at Williams, and the Manor Racing Team folded in the offseason. On top of that, Formula 1 has a new ownership in Liberty Media, and longtime executive in charge, Bernie Ecclestone, has been ousted after several decades in the role.
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North Carolina played 15 games against tournament teams before the actual tournament

The Zags have gone up against NCAA tournament teams 11 times this season. Five of those have come in the NCAA tournament, of course, which is why they’re here. They’ve played nine different tournament teams, with three games against Saint Mary’s, a No. 7 seed who lost to Arizona in the second round.

Gonzaga was 6-0 against tournament teams in the regular season and conference tournament. That run included a five-point win against Florida, a two-point win against Iowa State, a seven-point win against Arizona, and three easy victories against Saint Mary’s, which couldn’t matchup well.

Is this a power conference slate? No. North Carolina played 15 games against tournament teams before the actual tournament, and the Tar Heels went 10-5. They had losses against Virginia and Miami, who aren’t better than some of the teams Gonzaga beat. (They also lost to non-tourney teams Indiana and Georgia Tech, while Gonzaga’s lone loss came against BYU.)
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Trevon Bluiett nearly bolted to the NBA a year ago before deciding at the last second to return to school. If he does the same thing this spring, then Xavier could be poised for yet another deep run in the NCAA tournament. If he doesn’t, Chris Mack should still have enough pieces to compete with the top of the Big East.

Game Mens Xavien Howard Jersey This year’s regional final run could be just the beginning for the Mike White era in Gainesville. The Gators lose starting point guard Kasey Hill and grad transfer Canyon Barry, but should return the other most important pieces from their surprisingly successful 2016-17 campaign. Having a healthy John Egbunu back will only make them more formidable.

4 surprising things about how UNC beat Gonzaga

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North Carolina’s 71-65 win against Gonzaga on Monday night didn’t come pretty. The Tar Heels claimed their sixth national title by beating a 37-1 opponent, and they did it on a night when they couldn’t shoot, got almost nothing from their bench, didn’t rebound all that well, and made fewer than 60 percent of their free throws.

This was unexpected, and I mean that in the most complimentary fashion. It’s a mark of a champion to be great even when you’re not, and UNC managed a six-point win despite myriad things going awry. This post is a collection of some of those things.

That montage is set to the song “One Shining Moment,” and it’s how every college basketball season has closed since 1987.
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The NCAA tournament is one of the most unique events on the American sports calendar. It features three weeks of high drama, passion, and twists and turns. In just over three minutes, CBS producers pack in a synopsis of March Madness, and cap it off with a tribute to that season’s national champion.

The song was created by a composer named David Barrett, who said he knew he had college basketball’s anthem as soon as he wrote it in the fall of 1986. But it was almost a different sport’s soundtrack. Barrett said CBS had designs on debuting “One Shining Moment” after Super Bowl 21, but it didn’t make air that night.

Instead it was used after Indiana won the national title a few months later.

30 years ago today, “One Shining Moment” made its debut on CBS. Here’s the original version that started an incredible Tournament tradition. pic.twitter.com/NTUgfVZarW

The Warriors have the formula for stopping James Harden

James Harden scored 24 points in the Houston Rockets’ 113-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, but he did so with staggering inefficiency. Harden shot just 5-of-20 from the field and 1-of-9 from downtown. He made all 13 of his free throws, but he turned the ball over six times.
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In spite of his triple-double effort, Houston was outscored by nine with its MVP candidate on the floor. His struggles were not unique to Tuesday, though. They’ve been the undertone of each of Harden’s matchups against the Warriors this season.

In three games against Golden State, The Beard has turned the ball over 20 times, shot a wretched 3-of-25 from downtown, and made just 19 of 56 total field goals. Harden has recorded triple-doubles in two of those three games, but the Warriors have outscored the Rockets by 35 points in all of his minutes on the floor.

“It feels good to be in a situation where we do have the second pick of the draft. It’s one that I hope to not be in again, but it’s nice coming in and having a lot of options,” Shanahan said at the NFL’s annual meeting Wednesday. “We want to do whatever gives us the best chance as an organization and that could be anything. We could trade and grab more people, and if not, we’re going to get a good player with the second pick in the draft, and regardless of what position that is, we have to get the best player available.”

Only a handful of mock drafts believe that player will be a quarterback. It’s not for a lack of need by San Francisco, but there’s a general sense that there may not be a passer who merits a top 10 selection, let alone the No. 2 pick.

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