Month: May 2017

Antonio Brown wants offensive linemen in his TD celebrations now that it’s allowed

Antonio Brown has been flagged and fined for some memorable touchdown celebrations. Now that the NFL has relaxed its celebration rules, Brown’s wants to take advantage of that and celebrate with his offensive line.

I haven’t celebrated with (Maurkice) Pouncey in the end zone since he’s been here. (David) DeCastro, Brown said Wednesday. Some of the o-line guys, those guys be excited to score. I’m sure they’re tired when we score, they be trying to get off the field, but I think it’d give them another reason to be on the field.

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2 Chainz is a real one when it comes to Atlanta sports fandom. He’s often courtside at Hawks games, which he has rapped about. He went to the Super Bowl, where he stayed true to Atlanta by posting a video of himself getting a police escort to the game while listening to Slippery by Migos.

Airports are some of the more interesting places on Earth. Despite being hotbeds for some of the best people watching in the world, you never know who you’re going to run into (especially in Atlanta). My colleague Jason Kirk and I shared a flight with Young Thug once.
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That’s also part of why the photo is good. Two of the more recognizable people in the city end up meeting at the airport, of all places. Even if it is in New York.

It’s a little thing, but it’s an Atlanta thing, because you can’t go to the airport without running into somebody.

Cubs win wild 13-inning game on walk-off error by Phillies

Elite Jake Fisher Jersey Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts as Kansas City’s leadoff hitter in an 8-3 loss to the White Sox. Merrifield saw his average drop to .222 on the season as the Royals have struggled mightily, going 9-18 so far and just 2-11 in the American League Central.

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Harper went 0 for 3 in the game before leaving after striking out in the sixth inning with tightness in his groin. He is listed as day to day.

Ivan Nova wasn’t going to let the hitters steal the show Saturday. The Pirates right-hander tossed a complete game shutout of the Marlins striking out seven and giving up just three hits while walking none. More importantly, he did it with just 95 pitches.

As good as Bryce Harper has been this season, it’s hard to criticize him, but if he performs like he did Saturday more often he would certainly be the butt of some jokes. Harper went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Mets. He was 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position, striking out twice and grounding into a double play the third time.

Astros right fielder Josh Reddick may be a man known for long hair and occasional moonshots, but what often gets overlooked is his arm strength. That’s exactly what Oakland’s Chad Pinder did and he regretted it instantly.

UNC cornerback and draft prospect Des Lawrence also doubts size will impact Switzer’s ability to succeed.

Switzer, who never missed a game in college, understands durability will always be a concern for someone his size. But he is sure it won’t be a problem, as is his higher-profile teammate, quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

“(His size) is not gonna matter,” said Trubisky, who might be the first quarterback selected this year. “That hasn’t stopped him this far. Nobody could cover him one-on-one. He’s definitely gonna translate to the next level.”

UNC cornerback and draft prospect Des Lawrence also doubts size will impact Switzer’s ability to succeed.

“He’s, if not the hardest worker, one of the hardest workers I have ever met in my life,” Lawrence said. “His will to be better and be the best is going to separate him. He’s quick, he’s fast, he can catch, he can go across the middle, he can do it all.”

Switzer won’t be having a big draft party this week, or going out and celebrating. He’ll be at home in Charleston, W.V., watching the draft with his mom, dad, four sisters and fiancée in his childhood living room.

He’s prepared to go anywhere from Round 2-7, but don’t expect him to play with a chip on his shoulder if he falls.

Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama: Robinson was once considered a lock for the first round, but will have to wait until the second round. The former Crimson Tide tackle could provide some versatility on the line as either a right tackle or even inside at guard. The Louisiana native looks the part at 6-6, 322 pounds and shouldn’t have to wait long to hear his name called Friday. nike_cardinals_1805

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NFL Draft 2017: Former Clemson receiver Germone Hopper wants one last chance

Authentic Kids Bashaud Breeland Jersey CHARLOTTE, N.C. Germone Hopper wants another chance.

After walking away from the Clemson football program last year, Hopper is hoping to draw at least one NFL team’s interest.

Listed at 6 feet, 180 pounds while at Clemson, Hopper caught 71 passes for 797 yards and six touchdowns over three seasons. If you don’t quite remember who he is, he’s the dude who juked Syracuse safety Antwan Cordy into viral Internet infamy in 2015.

I’m not going to lie, Samuel said about his time. I didn’t expect it. My times in training weren’t 4.31 or 4.3s at all. I know once I give my body the proper time to heal and rest I can pull off something like that.
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Samuel’s time raised his draft stock, but it also increased the gamble teams must take to get him. Which franchise is willing to do that in the first few rounds? He could be a luxury pick for a playoff contender, or he could be asked to contribute right away for a lower-tier team. Keep in mind Harvin was taken with the No. 22 pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. It’s a flashy pick.

That could apply even more in the NFL: Consider Harvin’s best season with Minnesota in 2011, when he had 87 catches for 967 yards and six touchdowns with 52 rushes for 345 yards and two scores. He added 624 total return yards and another touchdown That’s a decent path for Samuel in the NFL, given the correct landing spot.

Harvin checked in at 5-11 and 192 pounds before running a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL Combine. Samuel had almost identical dimensions at 5-11 and 196 pounds, but he ran a 4.31 in the 40. That got lost because Washington’s John Ross ran a 4.22 just before Samuel.

Raiders’ move to Las Vegas gaining momentum as NFL owners schedule vote, reports say

It’s beginning to look like Las Vegas has a winning hand with the NFL.

It won’t be cheap — a Raiders relocation fee will range from $325 million to $375 million, MMQB.com reports — but a vote is scheduled for Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona, according to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora.

He writes: The league is incredibly careful about if or when a matter this large gets before the entire caucus of 32 owners for a relocation vote, and the mere fact that a vote of that very nature is scheduled for Monday is further indication that the Raiders are on the move.

At the heart of the case, Hamid used a variety of schemes to under-report attendance from 2008-11 at Skybox on Sheffield, a rooftop club beyond the historic ballpark’s right-field wall.
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Vince Dunn Authentic Jersey According to the Tribune, Hamid sobbed as he apologized in court before his sentencing, calling Wrigley Field a very special place and the partnership with the team a dream opportunity. I betrayed the Cubs, he said.

The Cubs’ frequently contentious relations with rooftop club owners — which escalated after the Ricketts family bought the team — wound up in court in 2015. Skybox on Sheffield owners sued over plans to put up a huge video board in right field as part of Wrigley Field renovations because it and other signage would obstruct the rooftop club’s views of the playing field.

A federal judge refused to order the team to stop construction, and now Skybox on Sheffield — which calls itself Chicago’s Premier Luxury Rooftop on its website — promotes an experience more than just the game since it has no view of Wrigley’s infield.

Crazy photos: Padres’ Petco Park is completely flooded

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The San Diego Padres need a boat right now to access the outfield of Petco Park.

The stadium is completely flooded.

Fortunately, there was no real damage caused to the field, according to 10News.com.

The Padres will host the Giants at Petco Park in their home opener on April 7.

Hanson hoped it would be an inspired choice. Then again, this was in the days before the internet.

I didn’t even know if Red was even still alive, he said.

Barber was indeed still alive, though the Hall of Fame broadcaster had been retired for more than 15 years and wasn’t paying much attention to baseball anymore. But Diamond tracked him down in Florida and persuaded him to join the project.

Couldn’t have been any nicer. Professional. Took great pride in his work, Hanson said. 鈥?I believe he was in his 80s at the time, (and he) just really jumped into the project and embraced it.

From editing to music licensing to Barber’s voice-overs and other technical aspects of production, the process seemed never-ending.

Cole Hamels Jersey We went down to the wire getting that program done, and it took us all winter, Diamond said. I bet you we were still editing the day before it aired.

There was also the matter of coming up with a title. Turns out, the solution was in front of them the whole time.

I think one day we were going, This is a grind.’ And somebody said, God, it’s a long way to October. It was like, Oh, hey. Hello?! Diamond said. How did we come up with the name? I think because we lived it.

NFL Draft picks 2017: Results for Rounds 4-7, Day 3

Rounds 1-3 of the 2017 NFL Draft were anything but predictable. There was no reason to suggest Day 3 of the draft, which included Rounds 4-7 and concluded this year’s selection process, would be any different.

The best players available after Round 3 included some recognizable names, players who had slipped to Day 3 for various reasons.

From the Packers’ selection at the top of Round 4 to the Broncos’ selection of Mr. Irrelevant, Sporting News provided NFL Draft pick updates for the final four rounds.

Desmond King, CB, Iowa — King was the 2015 Thorpe Award winner and had 14 career interceptions as a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes. He’s a 5-10, 206-pound DB with very good ball skills. He could be on an island outside or play nickel in the slot, which would be his ideal fit. While he does have excellent ball skills and good vision, he is tight in the hips, which is why moving him inside would be the right move for whichever team were pick him in the second round.

Carl Lawson, DE/OLB Auburn — It’s kind of a shock Lawson is still available. The 6-2, 261-pound pass rusher was a first-team All-SEC selection with 14 tackles for loss and 9 1/2 sacks last season. Lawson was bothered by injuries while at Auburn and received a medical redshirt in 2014 because of a torn ACL. He then had a hip injury in 2015. If he can stay healthy, the talent is there with an aggressive player who has natural power and explosive burst off the snap.

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NFL Draft 2017: Titans take Western Michigan’s Corey Davis, first receiver off the board

The first receiver off the board in the 2017 NFL Draft was not Clemson’s Mike Williams or Washington’s John Ross.

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The amount Corey Davis will receive with his first NFL contract depends on where he’s drafted. SN’s Jason Fitzgerald breaks down that pay scale here.

Game Mens Matt Asiata Jersey After hauling in 60 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015, Watkins played just eight games last season, which forced his production to drop off dramatically.

Sammy and I have had good conversations about this decision, Bills coach Sean McDermott said in a statement. There is no question Sammy is a very good football player and has worked very hard during his rehab this offseason. We look forward to having a healthy Sammy on the field in 2017.

Malcom Brown Mens Jersey The Bills spent a second-round pick in this year’s draft on record-setting former East Carolina wideout Zay Jones. Jones has a frame and skillset similar to Watkins, so Buffalo may have found their former first-round pick expendable.

Buffalo will still have the opportunity to re-sign Watkins or stick the franchise tag on him after the 2017 season. If the Bills opt not to do those things, he will become a free agent.

Trubisky was the first quarterback taken off the board despite a grand total of 13 starts at the college level.

The Warriors took extreme caution with Kevin Durant’s calf injury in Game 2, electing to rest their star forward instead of playing him. Golden State had no trouble at all taking care of business in his absence, crushing the Trail Blazers 110-81 while getting balanced scoring up and down the lineup.

Durant is considered questionable for Game 3, and Golden State has the luxury of allowing him to rest until he is 100 percent ready with this series firmly in control.

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Wise first saw action with the Razorbacks in 2012, but didn’t become a full-time starter in Fayetteville until 2016. In his five-year career, he started only 10 games but still managed to have a major impact as a rotational defensive end; in his final two seasons with the program, he tallied 16 tackles for loss — 11.5 of them sacks — but failed to inspire confidence in his durability and endurance as an every-down end.

Wise’s relatively low draft slot helps mitigate those concerns, as well as his likely role as a rotational pass rusher for the Patriots next fall. He’s a developmental prospect who will earn snaps alongside more established defensive ends like Kony Ealy, Trey Flowers, and Rob Ninkovich.

William Jackson Youth Jersey Trubisky was the first quarterback taken off the board despite a grand total of 13 starts at the college level. He spent his first two active seasons at North Carolina biding his time behind Marquise Williams before taking off last fall. His polished mechanics and poise in the pocket made him one of the FBS’s top passers and rocketed him up draft boards.

Wizards players could be suspended after stepping onto court during scuffle

Players from the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks both engaged in a brief altercation towards the end of the first quarter in Game 6 on Friday. Double technicals were handed out to two sets of players, but the bigger question is whether several Wizards who stepped onto the floor will receive one-game suspensions headed into Washington’s next game.

The play started when Bradley Beal broke out for a full-court dunk and was unnecessarily bumped by Kent Bazemore, which caused him to spill into the photographer’s row. Beal takes offense, yelling at Bazemore, and both sides do a bit of pushing and shoving.

San Antonio isn’t made up of bad players, by any means, but a dirty secret around the league is that the Spurs aren’t as good as we’ve perhaps made them out to be. Despite 61 wins, San Antonio has had to lean heavily on Leonard throughout the year to be the best player, lacking enough consistency around him to direct those responsibilities to anybody else.

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Smith might have been the most athletic point guard in college basketball this season, which is scary considering he was only a year removed from tearing his ACL. He’s an explosive rim attacker who could breathe life into a Magic organization that desperately needs it.
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