While most other teams are just moving their existing uniform designs to Nike’s new template, the Lions are the one NFL club with a completely new uniform design this season. It’s not perfect (putting the team name in the sleeve stripe doesn’t work at all), but it’s definitely an upgrade over their previous set, particularly with the return of the blue road pants and the removal — finally! — of all the extraneous black trim..
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Clay: Chicago. Consider that Jared Goff is the only quarterback selected in the top 12 over the past five years who was not the starter before Week 3 of his rookie season. If recent history holds, at least two of Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes II will see the field early. Considering how well he played in the preseason, I expect Trubisky to receive the first promotion.
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Babe Ruth, dealing with some hecklers while at the plate during a World Series game in Chicago, points to a spot in the Wrigley Field outfield and promptly hits a home run almost exactly where he pointed.
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It’s a tale so rooted in baseball lore that its validity doesn’t even matter. Grainy film footage of the event doesn’t confirm the story, but it doesn’t provide concrete evidence that the infamous Ruth point didn’t happen.
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Regardless, it remains one of the most famous stories in sporting history, and adds to the legend that was George Herman Ruth, Jr.
He’s been great with the young kid coming in, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. They all handle it differently. He’s not here to be that kid’s mentor. That’s not what we’re asking him to do. We’re asking him to go win games. But at the same time, he’s done that. He’s a good human being and he treats that kid well.
For that, the kid is appreciative.
Having a guy like Alex in front of you is awesome, said Mahomes, who was promoted to the backup role earlier this week following his performance in Kansas City’s preseason opener against San Francisco. He’s a guy that really has control of the entire offense and is the true leader of the team. And he’s a guy who has no hurtfulness or anything.
The Kaepernicks, who are white, adopted biracial Colin when he was a baby after his 19-year-old white mother gave him up for adoption. They said they were surprised when Kaepernick took a knee during the preseason, but the amount of racism and hatred directed at him made them see that racism isn’t gone in America.
Golden State also has its full taxpayer’s mid-level exception of $5.192 million, an amount the team is rumored to be interested in using on swingman Nick Young.
The pay cut also did a huge favor for Warriors ownership. Joe Lacob and Peter Guber pocketed around $25 million in salary and luxury tax fees they would have otherwise absorbed had Durant demanded his full max contract.
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He’s also hungry for what he couldn’t devour earlier in his career. Remember: Irving never signed up to play with James in the first place. He agreed to a five-year contract extension on July 1, 2014 with the idea Cleveland would build around him. LeBron announced his desire to return to his hometown 10 days later, and Irving’s been relegated to a sidekick role ever since.
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Jackson wasn’t the only Titans rookie with a nice day as tight end Jonnu Smith also had a nice day with five catches for 47 yards.
Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey ran for 33 yards and a score on just three carries and had two receptions for 39 yards in the first half of Saturday’s game in Nashville.
The Jaguars might just be the NFL team that could most urgently use some help at quarterback, and their owner wouldn’t stand in the way of adding Colin Kaepernick to the mix.
The Raiders coach didn’t discuss the incident too much, but did say Smith was “defending his sister,” making the alleged assault seem understandable.
“I think we’ll let him battle legally what issues he has,” Del Rio said, via sfgate.com. “I don’t really have anything to add to it. I mean, I think you heard the story. He was defending his sister. Obviously, things occurred that were taken issue with, so he’s having to defend himself right now.”
Del Rio did allow Smith to play in the Raiders’ second preseason game one day after his arrest on Aug. 18, which also shows the Raiders likely won’t punish Smith (if he is punished at all) until his arraignment on Sept. 29.
Smith’s lawyer said the 30-year-old plans on pleading not guilty after he was charged with felony assault and battery with serious bodily injury for the July 4 incident.
The Patriots made a big investment in Gilmore perhaps after seeing how poorly their secondary looked in most of the Super Bowl last season. Gilmore got by far the strongest contract among free agent cornerbacks and the largest signing bonus among all active cornerbacks in the NFL. Nobody will deny that Gilmore is a talented player, but he will need to up his level of play to justify this contract.
Let’s be real, Steph and Ayesha Curry are pretty much the perfect couple — they act together, cook together and, now, play basketball together. While in Seoul, Ayesha threw Steph a PERFECT alley-oop … and Steph finished it without a problem:
Tatum, the No. 3 pick, is also a great scorer with versatility and size. Fans of both teams will get the opportunity to see how both players will fare against NBA talent. Many fans believe Fultz is the missing piece the 76ers needed. Even with players like Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Dario Saric, Philadelphia needed someone who can provide consistent perimeter scoring. Fultz should give fans a glimpse of how talented of a scorer he is.
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Authentic Youth Josh Sitton Jersey After Philadelphia and Boston lock horns, the Spurs and Jazz will collide at 9 p.m. The Spurs’ summer league roster will consists of Davis Bertans, Dejounte Murray, and Bryn Forbes— all second-year players. The Jazz’s roster will feature Dante Exum, the fifth pick in the 2014 NBA draft. Exum only averaged 6.2 points in 66 games with Utah last season. Donovan Mitchell, the 13th pick in this year’s draft, will join Exum in summer league action.
The 2017 NBA Utah Summer League will consist players who have the potential to blossom into great NBA players. These games should give fans an idea of each player’s strengths and weakness.
Rudy Gay and the San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a two-year deal worth $17 million, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The second year of the deal will have a player’s option.
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Gay declined a $14 million option this summer to become a free agent, opting to choose his own path rather than return to the Sacramento Kings. On one hand, his new Spurs deal is up to $6 million less than he could have made. On the other, though, the Spurs are one of the league’s top four or five teams, while the Kings are … well, you know. For a player going into his 12th NBA season with $118 million in career earnings, it’s understandable if winning was more important to him.
Dedmon is still relatively young at 27, and has only played four years in the league. He had a breakout season under Coach Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, starting 37 games and playing in 76. All of Dedmon’s averages last year were career highs for him, but his most impressive outing was a game where he played 32 minutes while putting up 17 points and 17 rebounds in a 103-92 win over the Pistons. With the ability to get more playing time in Atlanta, Hawks fans can hope to see more of this side of Dedmon.
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Then he went out and posted 74-74. That should surpass anyone’s expectations, even the most optimistic homer. The 74 on Thursday, when the pressure and scrutiny were most intense and Curry admitted he was most nervous, could have been even better. He threw away a couple of shots coming into the clubhouse and could have posted a 73 or 72. And when it looked like it might go bad, Steph held on and avoided the astronomical number. He hit some wayward shots and found himself playing out of the junk quite often, but there were no snowmen or quadruple bogeys or even triple bogeys.
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Steph exceeded expectations, but he still finished ahead of just three pros and one amateur in a field of more than 150 players. Pros have bad days and get blown out to sea, too. Steph never had a chance to make the cut, but finishing DFL also was not a lock:
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It was particularly great for me because I had a chance to be down right at the goal line when he ran in his touchdown and then again when Vernon Davis caught his game-winning touchdown.
The 2017 Little League World Series is here, the 71st annual tournament of United States and international teams, vying for the title of best team of 11- to 13-year-old baseball players in the world.
The double-elimination tournament begins on Thursday from Williamsport, Pa., with ESPN televising all four games on the opening day. Online streaming of every game is available through WatchESPN.
Italy may have lost the battle, but center fielder Matteo Giovanelli won the war, thanks to this pro-like superstition:
In the opener on Thursday, Venezuela — representing Latin America — beat Mexico 4-1. Venezuela was helped out by defensive plays like this, a double play to end the first inning.
In the nightcap, the Southwest region team from Lufkin, Texas hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in a 5-1 win over Grosse Pointe, Michigan, representing the Great Lakes region.
Latin America and Canada will battle on Sunday, as will New England and Southwest. Saturday will feature elimination games, with Mexico playing Italy on the international side and Mid-Atlantic playing Great Lakes in the U.S. bracket.
After Jose Reyes left pregame warm ups with a left rib injury to match Wilmer Flores, Collins had holes to fill at second base and third base. And because this is the Mets, and the fates aligned in such a way over the course of a franchise, the best option was to put Travis d’Arnaud at third. And then second. And then third. Kind of like hot potato, but the aim was to keep the baseball away from a guy who hasn’t seen the infield since a few games in 2012.
Houston will be without second-year receiver Will Fuller, who broke his collarbone in camp last week. That leaves the No. 2 receiver wide open between Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong. Miller battled injuries in his rookie year but showed flashes of promise while he converted from quarterback to receiver.
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Despite Newton’s injury worries, he should be ready for Week 1 and has a new shiny weapon. Carolina went out of its way to add more speed and versatility, drafting Christian McCaffery in the first round and Curtis Samuel in the second. Both men should play a heavy role in their rookie years, with McCaffery in particular adding a new dimension to the offense. Those two should be the big names to watch in the Panthers’ preseason opener.
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Watson finally got the night off here, making way for Brandon Weeden late in the fourth. Weeden completed 15 of 25 yards for 179 yards and a rushing touchdown. There’s room for improvement, but he certainly looked like he belongs on an NFL field.
Ka’imi Fairbairn shanked a 55-yard field goal attempt, denying the Texans a chance to get the game closer.
Rookie kicker Harrison Butker — competing with Graham Gano — got a chance to shine here, nailing a 51-yard field goal to give Carolina another double-digit lead.
The Texans nearly tied things up when the defense recovered a fumble and ran it back for a score, but replay determined that it was an incomplete pass instead. The Panthers punted.
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Sabres forward Kyle Okposo was released from the hospital Friday afternoon, WIVB.com reported, citing un unidentified source with knowledge of the situation.
He’s allowed just six goals in that stretch with a .953 save percentage.
Bishop’s play helped rejuvenate the Lightning’s marginal playoff hopes, complicating general manager Steve Yzerman’s decision whether to hold on to his star netminder for a potential playoff run. Instead Yzerman cut bait, recouping a few assets for a player bound to command a premium on the open market this summer a price the Lightning could not afford.
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In the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, Los Angeles may not have been sold on Quick’s health prospects should it qualify.
The 31-year-old was sharp in a 4-1 win over the Ducks on Saturday, but there are question marks. It was Quick’s first start since he was injured in the season opener Oct. 12.
Budaj, one of the NHL’s best stories with seven shutouts, went 27-20-3 filling in for Quick. At 34, he began this season in the AHL but emerged as a viable option in net within the Kings’ stingy defensive system. He’ll likely split time Andrei Vasilevskiy, 22, as the Lightning continue their uphill playoff push sans Bishop.
Tampa Bay was seven points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference at the time of Sunday’s trade.