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Under Armour in talks on long-term extension with Yankees’ Aaron Judge

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As Aaron Judge stockpiles superlatives, Under Armour is negotiating a long-term extension of its endorsement deal with the Yankees slugger that began when he was in the minors.

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Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton, who was on Chicago’s Super Bowl-winning team during the 1985-86 season, said if Cutler was the Bears quarterback in his era, they would have won more titles.

If my team had Jay Cutler at QB we would have won four Super Bowls, Hampton said at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Despite the Super Bowl title, the Bears didn’t have the typical franchise quarterback during the ’80s. Jim McMahon quarterbacked the team to its championship, but it was the Bears’ defense that shined during that time.

While Cutler’s arm was impressive in Chicago, he was notorious for turning the ball over. During his 11-season NFL career, he had 146 interceptions and fumbled 56 times.
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Cutler is no longer Bears fans’ concern. He retired from the league and recently took a job as a Fox Sports broadcaster.

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Rockets eliminate Thunder, end Russell Westbrook’s historic season

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The Thunder needed Russell Westbrook to play all 48 minutes of Tuesday’s first-round playoff game against the Rockets.

He played 42 minutes, and rested for the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. The Thunder held a three-point lead after three quarters. By the time Westbrook returned, the Thunder were down by five and never recovered in a 105-99 Rockets victory.

With the win, the Rockets eliminated the Thunder from the playoffs with a 4-1 series victory.

Westbrook’s historic season, with an NBA-record 42 triple-doubles and becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season to average a triple-double, came to an end with another bit of statistical history. With his 47 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists on Tuesday, Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to have at least 150 points, 50 rebounds and 50 assists through the first five games of a playoff series.

Houston’s James Harden, Westbrook’s main competitor for NBA MVP, scored 34 points with eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Rockets, who await the winner of the Grizzlies-Spurs series. The Spurs took a 3-2 series lead with Tuesday’s 116-103 victory.

If Lowry does decide to go West, the best spot for him would be the Spurs. With 35-year-old Tony Parker (who was just injured in the playoffs) at the helm, San Antonio could look to go younger with Lowry, 31. He’d join one of the best players in the league (Kawhi Leonard), and make San Antonio a strong enemy of the Warriors. But money could be tight in San Antonio, making it a difficult decision.
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Celtics players laugh at Draymond Green’s ‘dirty player’ label on Kelly Olynyk

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Draymond Green made comments on his podcast Monday calling Celtics center Kelly Olynyk a dirty player. While most fans agreed with that take, they couldn’t help but point out the irony when he said, I don’t respect guys like that.

Green has been the source of a number of controversial plays over the years, including his multiple high-leg kicks. When asked Tuesday to respond to Green’s comments, many of the players pointed to those incidents, saying Green doesn’t have room to talk.

I don’t know how he can call anybody dirty, Isaiah Thomas told reporters. It is what it is, everybody has comments or something to say.

Some things are not fixable in life. Some things that confront people don’t have solutions. There is a solution here. We just need to discover it, and we will. I’m confident we will.

Kerr, 51, wasn’t on the bench for Games 3 and 4 of the Warriors’ first-round sweep of the Trail Blazers as he dealt with painful symptoms related to two back surgeries. He is scheduled to be examined at Stanford this week and won’t rejoin the team until he is feeling better. Kerr also missed the first 43 games of last season dealing with the issues.

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Certain diagnoses you are forced to accept entirely and know that there isn’t a solution. There is a solution for this, we’ve just got to find it.
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In the interim, assistant Mike Brown will lead the Western Conference’s top seed in the second round, against the Clippers or Jazz.

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Mistrial declared for man who hit Kevin Johnson with coconut cream pie

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The assault case against the man who hit former Sacramento mayor and NBA player Kevin Johnson with a coconut cream pie has ended in a mistrial.
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A Sacramento jury was deadlocked on whether Sean Thompson was guilty of felony assault and a second misdemeanor count of committing battery on school grounds, leading Judge Robert Twiss to declare a mistrial Monday, Deadspin reported.

Thompson hit then-mayor Johnson in the face with the pie during a public event at a Sacramento charter school in September. Johnson responded by jumping on Thompson and beating him to the ground. Johnson was not charged in the incident.

We’re gearing up at the right time. When we start getting good, that’s when Cleveland and LeBron will start going down, Embiid said, via Philly.com.

He later added: When I say we are going to be ready to win when the Cavs are going down, that doesn’t mean, like, five years. Next year I think we are going to be ready to win.

While Embiid may be aiming a little high, there are reasons to expect improvement from the 76ers next season. Embiid played phenomenal in his limited minutes last season, and the team will get last year’s No. 1 pick Ben Simmons back from injury. Then you can pair those guys with their top-three draft pick this year, and developing players such as Robert Covington and Dario Saric.
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We won’t make the same prediction as Embiid, but the 76ers are building something special in Philadelphia.

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Von Miller, Khalil Mack and other NFL sack artists met for a ‘pass-rushing summit’

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Von Miller suggested in January that he, Atlanta Falcons rusher Vic Beasley, and other sack leaders throughout the NFL should meet up for a pass-rushing summit. On Thursday, the Denver Broncos star made that a reality at Stanford University — not far from where Miller has a home in the Bay Area.
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Last year Stanton hit 24 home runs in the first round, 17 in the second round and then 20 in the finals. That’s 61 total. MLB went to the timed format in 2015; since then, here are the most home runs hit by guys not named Stanton: Todd Frazier (42 in 2016, 39 in 2015), Joc Pederson, 39 in 2015) and Mark Trumbo (30 in 2016). Yep, Stanton is the pick.
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The second round can be a different animal. Remember 2014, when Stanton and Jose Bautista hit the most home runs in the first round? Neither guy made it to the finals. In 2010, Corey Hart hit 13 in the opening round (four more than anyone else), then zero in the second. Both of these guys are in their first derby, so this one’s hard to pick. I’m going with the beard again.

For what it’s worth, the Bears have decent depth on their offensive line. Eric Kush was re-signed as a do-it-all interior lineman. Tom Compton and Bradley Sowell were brought in as swing tackles.

Here lies the issue most have with Chicago’s decision to select Trubisky. Even 49ers GM John Lynch thought the Bears were trading up to draft a guy like Solomon Thomas and address a massive need in a class stuffed with versatile defensive line talent.

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Rockies’ Chad Bettis nears minor-league rehab stint in return from cancer

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The Rockies, in the throes of a 10 losses in 11 games skid, got this healthy dose of perspective: Right-hander Chad Bettis is almost ready for a minor-league rehab stint in his comeback from testicular cancer, The Denver Post reported.

The cancer and subsequent chemotherapy have sidelined Bettis, 28, all season.

The veteran announcer told Sports Illustrated on Monday that he has decided to step away from the high-profile gig after the 2017 season so he can spend more time at home. Shulman will continue working college basketball games for ESPN, in addition to a selection of midweek baseball games and his MLB postseason radio duties.

Shulman, 50, is a Toronto native who still calls the city home. He told SI he is getting married next year and wants to make sure he has the right balance between his personal life and his professional life. Though his decision comes amidst significant cost-cutting throughout ESPN, he insisted the decision was his alone.

“I’m grateful to ESPN for giving me this opportunity, and equally grateful that they agreed to let me reconfigure my situation in order to make this work,” he told SI. “It was not an easy choice. I have been thinking about it for months. I still want to accomplish certain things professionally but getting the balance in my personal life was the important thing. The older we get I think we sometimes reprioritize and I guess I’m doing that.”

Shulman took over for Jon Miller as the voice of “Sunday Night Baseball” in 2011. He currently works alongside analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza after previous Sunday stints with Curt Schilling, John Kruk, Bobby Valentine, Orel Hershiser and Terry Francona in the booth for ESPN’s signature MLB broadcast.warriors_004-115x115

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Vince Young still affected when he sees other NFL quarterbacks play

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Elite Youth Marreese Speights Jersey Vince Young hasn’t played an NFL game since 2011 and hasn’t been in the league since 2014.

He recently tried to kickstart his football career again with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, but was waived after he tore his hamstring.

Fourth-round pick Vince Biegel should be a rotation player at linebacker along with Blake Martinez and Jake Ryan, and that should allow for Green Bay to put Clay Matthews back outside with Nick Perry. Green Bay needs to pass-rushers to be consistent in Dom Capers’ scheme, and with Julius Peppers gone, Matthews needs to be that player again.

The Rams decided not to pick up Robinson’s fifth-year option and had already moved him away from left tackle. Is it safe to say he wasn’t going to be a Los Angeles Ram in 2018?
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Absolutely not. In hiring a new coaching staff led by Sean McVay, the Rams are in the midst of a personnel overhaul that will shed much of the core of the roster from the Jeff Fisher years. McVay and Co. don’t want their careers tied to the players from the previous regime, and Robinson (along with QB Jared Goff) was at the center of that effort. Given the quality of his play in his three years, there was no way he was going to get a second contract from the Rams especially after signing Andrew Whitworth in free agency this offseason.

The stunning thing here is that Jordan, not Griffin, is the bigger star in terms of current accolades. Griffin just signed a monster $173 million contract, but the results haven’t been great in recent years. He has exchanged dunks for 3s, which is probably smart for his durability. Griffin has missed the last two All-Star games due to injury and his only All-NBA appearance in the last three seasons was at third-team level. He’s not the box-office hit he used to be; his dunk rate has been sliced to a third of what it was in 2011-12.

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There may not be a more interesting story in NFL history beyond Kurt Warner

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It’s crazy because there was me talking with guys about Cleveland, then all the outside rumors with Boston, Minnesota, Phoenix, then the feeling that I’m not going anywhere, Butler said. I mean, I had so many people telling me what could possibly happen, but I just got to the point where I stopped paying attention to it.

It’s crazy because it reminds you of what a business this is. You can’t get mad at anybody. I’m not mad — I’m not. I just don’t like the way some things were handled, but it’s OK.

There may not be a more interesting story in NFL history beyond Kurt Warner, and the most interesting story of the day is this piece on NFL Europe. Take a few minutes and dive in.

Last year, Ezekiel Elliott gave fantasy football fans hope that rookies could save the day. Elliott, running behind an exceptional offensive line in Dallas, reinvented the feature back role while leading the NFL in rushing yards.

Authentic Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey Many assume that No. 4 overall pick Leonard Fournette will be the top rookie running back this year. The former LSU star was selected by the Jaguars to fix a woeful rushing attack and alleviate pressure from quarterback Blake Bortles.

While Fournette is in line for a huge workload, there could be another rookie running back, flying under the radar, that supplants Fournette for rookie fantasy dominance.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara, a third-round pick out of Tennessee, was so coveted by head coach Sean Payton that he traded away next year’s second-round pick to secure his services.

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Roger Clemens on Hall of Fame: ‘I did what I needed to do’

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Authentic Womens Robert Thomas Jersey Roger Clemens had a lot to say Friday night in Houston, including a few words about the Hall of Fame.

Before his turn as a guest radio analyst on the Red Sox’s broadcast, he talked to reporters about a wide range of issues, Cooperstown among them. His public stance on the Hall remains the same even as he gets closer to enshrinement with five years of eligibility remaining.

After the Red Sox’s 6-5 win over the Astros, John Farrell told reporters the swelling limited Pedroia’s range of motion.

The pitch hit in the left lat area, left rib cage. It continued to swell and tighten up, Farrell said (via ESPN). He was losing a lot of range of motion with the left arm, so we had to get him off his feet.

After Pedroia’s exit from the game, Josh Rutledge moved from third base to second and Pablo Sandoval came in to play third. That’s likely the move Farrell would make if Pedroia can’t go Monday.

Authentic Womens Taywan Taylor Jersey With Sunday’s win and the Yankees’ loss in Oakland, the Red Sox moved into a virtual tie for first place in the AL East. Boston (39-30) trails New York (38-20) by .002.

The news comes exactly two weeks after Melisa Russell posted on Instagram an image of her in a bathing suit with text reading, Being free to be able to make your own choices for your own happiness beats being cheated on, lied to, & disrespected any day. #herestonewbeginnings #onlygetsbetterfromhere

The post has since been deleted. But it prompted Russell to make a statement the next day. Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful, Russell said. For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment.

MLB launched an investigation into the allegations that same day. At the time, a Chicago Police Department spokesperson said the department did not have any investigation into the matter.

Russell and his wife had a son, Aiden, in August 2015. They married in January 2016.

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NFL playoff picture: Lions’ loss puts Packers, Redskins in business

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What does the NFL playoff picture look like after Week 16?

Champions, East. New England went in with the division title and a first-round bye locked. After thrashing the Jets, the Patriots stayed ahead of the Raiders in their quest to lock down the top seed and home-field advantage.

First place, West. Oakland, already in the playoffs as at least a wild card, beat the Colts to keep pace with New England in the race for the top seed and made sure Kansas City couldn’t leap back into first place in the division in Week 16. The Raiders need to win next week or hope the Chiefs lose then to lock up the division.

Point is, Thome was much more than a homer-cranking, one-trick baseball pony. He was a well-rounded offensive player whose accomplishments were perhaps misplaced or overlooked in the noise and controversy created by the Steroid Era.

Thome has never been linked to PEDs. By all accounts, he did everything right. Which is why he could (read: should) find himself in the Hall of Fame class of 2018, his first year eligible. It’ll be a crowded ballot, with holdovers and newcomers including Chipper Jones, meaning a first-ballot induction for Thome could be a challenge.

It seems weird to say that a clean player with 600 homers might not be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but, again, here we are.

This is the story of Jim Thome’s quiet baseball life. Always great, often overshadowed.
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