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MLB rumors: Cubs still have moves to make before trade deadline

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The Cubs made baseball’s first big trade of July, acquiring starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the White Sox at the All-Star break.

The reigning World Series champs pretty clearly aren’t done, though. Remember, unlike many teams considered Series contenders looking for trade upgrades (hi, Astros!), the Cubs aren’t locked into a playoff spot. They still have to make the postseason, though it’s worth noting that they were 5.5 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central when they made the trade with the White Sox, and now they’re only 1.5 back in the division.
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The Cubs have been connected to most other names on the trade market, including big-ticket items like the A’s Sonny Gray — like Quintana, an outstanding young starter with years of club control remaining.

They might not get Gray (OK, they probably won’t get him, not with other very motivated teams in that chase), but the Cubs still have needs. Let’s take a look at their options.

Any time there’s work to improve baseball parks and facilities, I’m a big fan of that, Sandberg said. I’m pretty proud of that.

If I was a Little Leaguer in that area, I’d be pretty ecstatic.

Authentic Mens Kyle Fuller Jersey Sandberg probably never thought he’d be glad-handing fans at Wrigley after the team passed him over for the managerial job in 2010. Sandberg had been managing in the Cubs’ farm system and was the 2010 Pacific Coast League manager of the year after leading the Triple-A Iowa Cubs to an 82-62 record.

When Cubs manager Lou Piniella stepped down midway through the 2010 season and recommended Sandberg for the position, the team instead named Mike Quade the interim manager. Quade got the full-time job for the 2011 season, but was fired after the Cubs went 71-91. The Cubs hired Dale Sveum as the next manager, but he lasted just two seasons before the Cubs hired Rick Renteria, who went 73-89 in his only season as the manager.

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Twins’ Byron Buxton dives backwards to rob Miguel Cabrera

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Yes, that is a diving catch done backwards a la Jim Edmonds. It wasn’t quite as good as the Edmonds catch but give credit where credit is due — not a lot of center fielders make that catch and Buxton did.
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The former No. 2 overall pick may not have quite lived up to the hype with the bat just yet, but he certainly has with the glove. Buxton is fourth among all center fielders with 8.4 defensive runs saved this season and he may have just added another one to his total.

Thoughts: Leyritz was a Yankees World Series hero in the last year of his career when this deal went down. Westbrook went on to a very solid 13-year career as a reliable starting pitcher, earning an All-Star nod in 2004 with Cleveland. Ledee was a highly touted Yankees prospect, but he’d gotten lost in the shuffle a bit by the time this trade happened. The change of scenery didn’t work, though he did play for six teams after the Yankees, until 2007. Day had a couple solid seasons with the Expos (4.2 rWAR from 2002-04). Henson was well-known — he was the quarterback at Michigan — but he hit just .162 in Double-A for the Reds, who traded him back to New York the next spring. The rest of the players the Yankees dealt away — Melian, Reith, Yarnall, Ford, Meirena, Spurling and Delgado — produced a combined rWAR in the majors of minus-0.8.

Justice was huge for the Yankees in 2000, blasting 20 homers and hitting .305 after the trade, then hit three more homers in the postseason and was named ALCS MVP. Similarly, Hill mashed after the trade — he hit .333 with 16 homers in 40 regular-season games — though he was just 1-for-17 in the postseason. Sojo hit .288 after the trade, and had the game-winning (and World Series-clinching) hit with two outs in the ninth inning of Game 5.

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Martellus Bennett says football is great but ‘I ain’t dying for this sh*t’

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The discussion around head injuries in the NFL and how they affect players after their playing careers ramped up last week after a study came out from the Journal of the American Medical Association showing 99 percent of the brains donated by former NFL players for research showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

On Monday, Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams was asked about CTE, the degenerative brain disease that many suffer from after repeated blows to the head.

While many fans were excited to hear that response, it doesn’t take away from the fact that CTE is a big concern for the NFL moving forward. Player safety has become a priority over the years as we’ve learned more about the disease and what it does to players after their careers end.

Martellus Bennett, who is one of the more vibrant personalities in the league entering his 10th season, felt opposite of Adams.

Last week, Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel decided to retire just before training camp started. His decision came two days after the JAMA study, and a team source told ESPN that his decision was linked to the results.

Other players — like Chris Borland in 2015 and A.J. Tarpley in 2016 — have also retired early because of concussions, with hopes to preserve future health.

As more research is conducted and studies are published, the discussion will continue and career choices will be made. Right now, we’re watching how seriously some are — and in other cases are not — taking the threat of head trauma.
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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby captures second straight Conn Smythe Trophy

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It was a little more than a calendar year ago people wondered: Would Sidney Crosby ever add the Conn Smythe to his trophy case? Now he has two.

In leading the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships — clinched Sunday with a 2-0 Game 6 win over the Predators — Crosby was named MVP of the playoffs for a second time in as many years, only adding to his already accomplished legacy.

As part of a chippy, penalty-ridden third period, Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson took a run at Subban off a faceoff shortly after Nashville scored to take a 1-0 lead. Edmundson mugged Subban, who had the puck, knocking him to the ice along with his helmet. Subban stayed down for a moment before exiting to the Predators’ locker room.

It looked like Nashville might be headed for a power play as Edmundson was assessed a two-minute minor for roughing, but the referees also hit Subban with an unsportsmanlike conduct minor for embellishment. Subban rejoined the Nashville bench after several moments in the dressing room and returned to play in the third period.

Neither team scored during 4-on-4 play, so the call proved inconsequential to the outcome of the game. Nashville held on for a 2-1 win to go up three games to one in the series.

Game Kids Andrej Sekera Jersey Before Ryan Ellis scored his fourth goal of the playoffs, officials were forced to separate a scrum near the Predators bench that involved all five skaters from either team. The clubs combined for 24 penalty minutes, more than half of which came in the final period.

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Are the Predators hiding P.K. Subban from the media?

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Since Game 5 on Thursday, the normally outspoken P.K. Subban has been squirreled away by the Predators and hasn’t been present for media availability.

So what gives?

Are the Predators trying to keep distractions to a minimum? After all, Subban has made headlines for the most ridiculous things thus far in this Stanley Cup Final. Carrying a bag of Listerine after Penguins star Sidney Crosby said his breath stank? Check. Bragging of guaranteed game wins? Check. Big scuffles on the ice with the aforementioned Crosby? Check.

In 2005, I began doing consulting work for the Predators in marketing and PR as they came out of the NHL lockout. I had been with the Titans during the Super Bowl era when we sold every ticket, suite and jersey, and when sponsors lined up to support the team. At the time, it was much more challenging to sell hockey in Nashville.
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The organization has worked hard on and off the ice to build the buzz, and the Nashville/Middle Tennessee market has gone Predators-crazy. This season has been completely sold out, and national analysts are hailing Bridgestone Arena as the loudest venue in the NHL.

There also was the difficult decision Poile made to part ways with long-time successful coach Barry Trotz and hire Peter Laviolette, who is more offensive oriented, particularly with injecting his talented defensemen into the attack. Laviolette has been pushing all the right buttons in his adjustments this postseason as injuries have mounted.

This whole Preds-mania in Smashville (as the team nicknamed the city) has been amazing to watch unfold. I’ve been a Preds fan since I moved to Nashville (along with being a supporter of the Wild in my home town), so I was cheering with everyone else in town after Sissons scored the series clincher over the nasty Ducks.

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Blake Griffin involved in planned ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ remake

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Blake Griffin will reportedly be a producer for an upcoming remake of White Men Can’t Jump, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The movie remake will be written by Kenya Barris, the creator of the successful ABC show Black-ish.

The Clippers forward isn’t the only athlete attached to the project, either. Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Ryan Kalil is also involved, as he and Griffin work together in a venture called Mortal Media.

As for the movie, it will be interesting to see how the athletic duo plans to take on the classic 1992 film. Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes created quite the pair, and it will be difficult to replicate the chemistry between them.

There aren’t many more details available such as who the actors will be, or when the movie will even be released. But it seems like this is a full-go, despite critics who say this movie shouldn’t be remade.

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But this isn’t a decision about Dolan or Jackson or even the Knicks. This is a statement about 32-year-old Carmelo Anthony, a player unquestionably bound for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame upon his retirement. He’s not as great as Charles Barkley or Karl Malone, but he has an image every bit as public as them and therefore faces accountability questions about why he doesn’t have a ring 鈥?or, since arriving in New York in a blockbuster 2011 trade, even a conference finals appearance. The main reason is because he hasn’t had the teammates; his best veteran cohort in the Big Apple was Tyson Chandler.

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Rex Ryan still supports Donald Trump, Bills

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Rex Ryan was shown the door in Buffalo after another lackluster season in 2016. Now he’s taken his personality and smile to the small screen as an analyst for ESPN.

Though his job title is far different, his alliances haven’t changed much since December.

In an extensive Q&A with The Buffalo News, Ryan praised Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor as “a winner” and said he “felt bad” about letting down Bills owner Terry Pegula.

But most interesting was his obvious belief in the Bills moving forward. When asked about USA Today’s prediction of the team to go 4-12 this upcoming season, Ryan said: “There’s no way in hell.”

Smith, 22, suffered nerve damage when he tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee in his Notre Dame team’s Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1, 2016, an injury so severe many thought he’d never play again.

The Cowboys drafted him in 2016 and he has been rehabbing the knee since.

“He hasn’t disappointed,” coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. “The expectations for him as a guy were really high, and I think he’s exceeded all of them.”

Smith will continue to wear a brace on his ankle and foot, a consequence of the nerve damage, according to the Star-Telegram, which added that the Cowboys plan to limit his reps in practice and won’t let him practice in full pads on consecutive days.

“We have a plan for everything we have done,” Smith said. “We have started off slow. We have continued to progress. We have succeeded. So I don’t anticipate that stopping. It was a matter of getting out there and going. I was really excited. It’s a great accomplishment. But this is the first of it.”t_rangers_022-115x115

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they should follow Air Jordan’s example and and play all 82 regular-season games if they’re healthy

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The glimmer of hope there for Gentry and Demps is that they’re not looking at a playoffs-or-bust scenario, and with good reason. There must be some leeway granted for the difficulty that has come with upending the team at the trade deadline by bringing in talented, volatile center DeMarcus Cousins to pair with star Anthony Davis inside. In nine games with the Pelicans, Cousins has had a difficult entry period, averaging 20.9 points and 42.1 percent shooting (down from 27.8 points and 45.1 percent shooting in Sacramento).

One issue in replacing Gentry could be the lack of top candidates on the coaching market now. Gentry has one more year on this contract, worth around $3.3 million, and hasn’t really gotten a chance to coach a full, healthy Pelicans team. If the Pelicans were to make a change, speculation is that the team would prefer to bring in a combination team president/coach. There are few coaches on the market who would warrant a dual job, though.

He cited the NBA’s living god — Michael Jordan — as a model for today’s stars.

If today’s superstars really want to Be like Mike, they should follow Air Jordan’s example and and play all 82 regular-season games if they’re healthy, he added.

There’s like 20 guys I actually think that people (buy) tickets to see, Van Gundy said. To me, those guys have an added responsibility — and bear a greater burden to play when healthy.
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Thibodeau brought to Minnesota a reputation for defensive acumen

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Paul is expected to be designated as one of the Clippers’ six-year-contract players, making his deal worth around $210 million. But it’s uncertain whether the Clippers would do the same for the oft-injured Griffin, especially if L.A. can’t make any progress in this year’s postseason. Redick would prefer to stay with the Clippers, but if the team makes a commitment to both Griffin and Paul, Redick may become the odd man out. He is a career 41.3 percent 3-point shooter, and would have an ample stable of suitors on the market. There was a chance for the Clippers to address these issues at the trade deadline (or last summer), but Rivers decided to try one more run with the current group.

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The Wolves are 23rd in efficiency this year, a modest improvement. But in their last 11 games, the Timberwolves have held opponents to 100.5 points per game, without slowing down their own offense (106.0 points). In the first 56 games of the season, the Timberwolves allowed 105.8 points, 47.3 percent shooting and 36.4 percent 3-point shooting. In addition to dropping their average points allowed, teams have shot just 44.0 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from the 3-point line against Minnesota in the last 11 games.
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Thibodeau brought to Minnesota a reputation for defensive acumen, his blitzing style having been the backbone of the Celtics’ NBA Finals teams of 2008 and 2010, as well as his 51-win-per-season teams in Chicago.

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Andrew Bogut signs with Cavs seeking another NBA title

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Andrew Bogut is back in the mix to win a second NBA championship.

The Australian big man signed with the Cavaliers on Thursday, ending a week in limbo after he was traded from the Mavericks to the 76ers and waived by Philadelphia days later.

Patrick: I like it. Like pay-per-view.

Barkley: No, no, no. Just get him in here. Only when I know I’mma die….’Cause I just want to get Skip Bayless in a room one time and beat him like a dog.

Patrick: So you’d kill him.

Barkley: Yes. Only if I knew I was gonna die. Not if I’m gonna live, cause I don’t wanna go to prison. ‘Cause like Mahorn say, ‘They would love you in prison.’

Whoa. Now, we all know Bayless doesn’t have the best bedside manner, but to kill him on national TV? Barkley also said this after he explained how he would knock out Shaquille O’Neal in a fight, so take it all with a grain of salt.

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Griffin, meanwhile, told ESPN’s Lisa Salters during the broadcast (per Cleveland.com) that Irving and Love were held out because they were nursing injuries. He also directly addressed the fan aspect.

We’re very sensitive to the fact that from a fan’s standpoint it hurts. But it’s the right thing for us, Griffin told Salters.

It cuts both ways, Griffin added. We’re protecting the Cavaliers fans that are watching us and have expectations that we’re going to compete at the highest level.

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