Mike Ditka: Mitchell Trubisky’s debut better than any rookie performance of Tom Brady, Fran Tarkenton

Mike Ditka liked what he saw from Mitchell Trubisky in his NFL preseason debut. He liked it so much he brought up Tom Brady and Fran Tarkenton when talking about the performance.

“What I saw out of Trubisky for a rookie in his first game I thought was outstanding,” he said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “I don’t know too many rookies, including Tom Brady, Fran Tarkenton or anybody else that’s ever had that kind of a start. Now, one game doesn’t make a career — I understand that — but the kid looked awfully good, he looked awfully composed, he threw the ball very accurately. I thought he made good decisions all the way through; avoided the rush at times.”

To cover their bases, the Dolphins signed former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to a one-year deal and are working harder with backup Matt Moore.

For now, Tannehill will be doing what he can to help Cutler, Moore and the rest of the players and staff out from the sidelines.

“I know there’ll be times where he’ll be rehabbing at other facilities,” Gase said. “He’s got a good plan mapped out. He’s done a good job of communicating with our training staff, our doctors. They’re all kind of on the same page. I’m going to know when he’s not going to be here. There will be some weeks where he’s around a lot and he’ll be able to help the coaching staff and the players.”

Lindley won only one of his six starts for the Cards from 2012-’14, posting a dismal 50.8 completion percentage, a horrendous 2-11 TD-INT ratio and a microscopic 50.3 rating while averaging only 146 yards per game. Even worse, because of injury, he had to start a forgettable playoff game against the Panthers. He was 16-of-28 for 82 yards, a TD and 2 INTs, “good” for a rating of 44.3 while being sacked four times. Consider Tom Tupa, who was a much better NFL punter, as the close runner-up.dolphins_002

Julio Jones is being limited during training camp as he recovers from offseason foot surgery.

Game Tyrunn Walker Jersey It’s not just the current incarnation of the Browns that has struggled to find a reliable QB in the Super Bowl era. Phipps, taken No. 3 overall in 1970, was more than a bad blip. He somehow lasted seven seasons with the team while throwing 81 interceptions to only 40 touchdowns for a 51.0 rating. He had a few years of overall team success, but Cleveland’s offense looked much better with Brian Sipe, then Bernie Kosar.
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After Hutchinson’s MLB pitching career with the Cardinals was done after a bad, short stint in 2001, the Cowboys thought the former Stanford star could rebound as their powerful righty at 6-5, 230. They were wrong. Dallas went 2-7 with Hutchinson. He wasn’t as bad as some others here with his 66.3 rating, but he was rattled with 34 sacks. Quincy Carter, another baseball player, and Gary Hogeboom, a future Survivor contestant, were strong runners-up.

Ryan: I always feel like there’s areas to improve, regardless of how long you’ve been doing it or if you’re playing at a high level. There’s always better. Regardless of any season, no matter how good you’re playing, when you’re getting hit and you’re in the pocket, your feet tend to get out of whack just a little bit because that’s playing the game.

Julio Jones is being limited during training camp as he recovers from offseason foot surgery. How do you work on making sure your chemistry remains strong under those circumstances?

I just get the vibe that our team is focused on that and we’re not dwelling on what happened before. And that’s a good thing. We want to find out how good this 2017 Falcons team can be.

Ryan: When the season ends, everyone kind of goes their separate ways. Everybody has family and commitments. That’s good and everybody should enjoy that as much as they can. But (the camp) is also great because I feel like we have something special to get together, to reconnect away from our building too, just players. Catch up, see what’s going on with everybody’s lives, be open and honest about what we were feeling, and all those kind of things. I think guys were into it.

Lester’s struggles with throwing to first base were well-documented despite ridding himself of the yips this season.

He kinda goes off of what Jon says, Borzello said. He’s more of a listener when it comes to that relationship because he’s the one learning. Rossy (David Ross) was guiding Jon along all the time. Rossy’s just another another level of leadership and intelligence behind the plate.
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Their chemistry appeared evident on Jul. 23 versus the St. Louis Cardinals, as Lester carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. Borzello credited a chunk of that to Contreras recognizing Lester’s quick pace early on. From there, the 6-1, 210-pound catcher could essentially call any pitch he pleased.

Moreover, Lester’s struggles with throwing to first base were well-documented despite ridding himself of the yips this season. Contreras has aided those past concerns as well, racking up the second-most pickoffs (5) by a catcher in 2017. The organization converted him from an infielder to his current position in 2011, and Borzello said his arm strength and athleticism is superior to many backstops across the league.
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The ballots are filled out by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). Only BBWAA members with 10 years or more of membership are allowed to cast ballots for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Somewhat surprisingly, Thomas missed the cut in three consecutive events after that, including The Open. He quietly tied for 28th last week at the WGC-Bridgestone, then opened the PGA with a 73, before rounds of 66 and 69 put him in contention.

Perhaps Thomas got some of the karma that often goes Spieth’s way. On the par-5 10th hole, Thomas’ tee shot kicked out of a tree and into the fairway. And then 8-footer putt that appeared to have missed, teetered on the edge — and then after about 10 seconds, dropped for a birdie.

he can’t be concerned with the main attractions.

After the Super Bowl, Jones appears to be at a fun outdoor gathering. There’s a server walking around with drinks, and based on the clothing Jones and the man to his right are wearing, they must be in a preferred location weather-wise for it to be late-February.
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However, he can’t be concerned with the main attractions. This picture with a squirrel was much more important.
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Out of everything and everybody that was likely at that event, this was the one thing that stuck out to him to post on his Instagram. With how concerned people can get with their social media habits and image, it’s dope to see Jones just decide he’s going to get one for the ‘gram with a person in a squirrel costume.

His season did end on a sour note, throwing a back-breaking late interception to cost Washington a playoff spot, but for the most part Cousins is worth committing to as a starting quarterback. There are plenty of teams who would to have someone at his level, and pay him like a franchise guy.

Now here’s the catch: Washington hasn’t committed to Cousins for the long term. They gave him the franchise tag last offseason, which made sense at the time — hedge your bets in case Cousins turns back into a pumpkin. But after another solid season, Washington still couldn’t lock up Cousins to a multiyear deal. He got the tag for a second time, and the July 17 deadline came and went with no new contract.

One of the biggest sticking points, at least on Cousins’ end, was the guaranteed money. Although the offer Washington made public contained $53 million in guarantees, it’s barely more than what Cousins would’ve already earned with the franchise tag money. He made $19.953 million last year and will take home $23.943 million this season. He’s now set to be a free agent next offseason, and if Washington tags him a third time, his salary will balloon to well over $30 million. Cousins owns the leverage now, and Washington only has itself to blame.

8 things I learned watching all 5 ‘Air Bud’ movies

Twenty years ago, in the summer of 1997, Disney released Air Bud, a movie about a golden retriever named Buddy who can play basketball. It did well in the box office because there were enough people who wanted to see how the hell Disney was going to execute this idea. Then four more Air Bud movies were made over the next six years.

I have no nostalgia for Air Bud. The idea to watch it never crossed my mind when I was 7 years old. It was a cultural blind spot that I shared with my colleague Charlotte Wilder, who also watched it for the first time this year. But with the 20th anniversary coming up, I decided to rectify my Air Bud-less life and watch all five movies, stopping short of watching the Buddies spinoff series.

With that out of the way, I would like to share the following things I learned while watching the Air Bud series:

It turns out it’s not that far-fetched to play with or against a dog. Buddy is capable of making baskets, steals, assists, and sometimes he can get rough — shout out to the first movie’s bully, Larry Willingham, for getting wiped out by a dog.

And right now, Bell can sit at home until the regular season is set to start and still make that full amount. He doesn’t have to show up to training camp — even if Antonio Brown wants him to.

Crowell and Johnson averaged an efficient 4.8 yards per carry last season. With uncertainty surrounding the rest of the team’s offensive skill positions, they’ll need to do the same in 2017 to keep the Browns out of the NFL basement.patriots_008-180x180

Predators keep home ice against Penguins

The Predators tied their Stanley Cup Final series vs. the Penguins at two games apiece Monday with a 4-1 victory in Game 4. Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne stifled Pittsburgh, stopping 23 of 24 shots, and the Predators’ offense provided the firepower to fuel another home victory.

Calle Jarnkrok struck first for the Predators, scoring off a rebound in the first period. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan challenged the play, claiming goaltender interference, but the goal was upheld.
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Frederick Gaudreau and Viktor Arvidsson scored in the second period to give Nashville a two-goal lead, and then Filip Forsberg added an empty-netter late in the third period to seal the win.

Kids Xavien Howard Jersey All athletes have an important role model in the public arena, German Olympic Sports Confederation president Alfons H?rmann told German news agency SID (via Puck Duddy). Political extremism has nothing to do with sport. We will continue to emphasize the special importance of the values of sport for the Olympics – our team in Germany – Zero tolerance. Therefore, maintaining this communication would be a clear exclusion criterion for this or other player.

Still, Greiss will not be suspended from his national team.

While German Ice Hockey Federation VP Marc Hindelang told the Associated Press that Hitler is a no-go, that’s clear, he acknowledged players have the right to express their political points of view. That’s democracy and we all have to deal with it. … There’s a fine line between tastelessness and intolerable things.

In their statement, the Islanders said, (We) do not condone the actions of Thomas Greiss on social media and are addressing the situation internally. And Thomas regrets his actions and recognizes that he made a mistake.

Stephen Curry’s MLK sneakers honor President Obama

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry sported sneakers honoring President Barack Obama during Monday’s 126-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The red, white and blue shoes featured the Presidential Seal on the tongue, Obama’s signature on the soles and the phrase Back 2 Back, reffering to Curry’s back-to-back NBA MVP honors and Obama’s two terms in office.

Curry shared an image of the sneakers on Instagram, along with the caption: Honoring our President Barack Obama today on court! He embodies the inspiration, faith and hope Dr. King stood for! We R forever grateful!
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Irving will use this move in the pick-and-roll, too, by dribbling into his defender and using it as a springboard to create space. With his quick release, there aren’t many defenders who have the physical tools to block his pull-up.
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We can’t talk about Irving and not mention his crossover. The funny thing is it’s hard to find Irving doing the exact same crossover more than once. The reason why? He’s comfortable using different types of crossovers in succession to break down a defender.

The next two videos are from the same game, and Irving is faced with the same matchup in both situations: Ersan Ilyasova switches onto him following a pick-and-roll, which Irving responds to by clearing the floor and going one-on-one. On the first possession, Irving slowly crosses the ball over from his left hand to his right hand and then crosses it back over to his left hand for a quick pull-up in rhythm.

Cardale Jones going to Chargers is bad news for Robert Griffin III

Cardale Jones is getting a fresh start in Los Angeles.

The Bills fourth-string quarterback was traded to the Chargers Wednesday in exchange for a conditional draft pick, the team announced.

According to ESPN.com, it will be a seventh-round pick.

“The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to go play in a situation where he can be a more focal point and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.”

Irving’s agent, Jeff Wechsler, did not confirm or deny the story.

If the former Duke guard were to be traded, he would be giving up his “supermax” option that he would be due once he got to free agency. He is locked up for three more years and due $60 million over that time.

Friday evening, Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported a source claims the Cavaliers and Knicks are in “serious talks” regarding a trade involving Irving and Carmelo Anthony, with a third team possibly involved.

The idea is for current players to be surrounded by and constantly reminded of the legacy they’re playing to uphold. The same effects are felt by the general public, for which two clichés come to mind while roaming The Star: “everything is bigger in Texas,” and “no expense spared.”

The Ford Center, which houses the Cowboys football operations facilities mentioned above, is a beast in itself even though it’s only a portion of The Star.

In addition to Cowboys practices and high school football games, Ford Center hosts soccer games, marching band competitions, track meets and commencement exercises. Its 12,000-seat capacity will expand to a currently unknown figure when it hosts concerts.t_rangers_048-115x115

There might be 50 future Hall of Famers in baseball right now

Elite Kids Jamon Brown Jersey Whenever the Hall of Fame or one of its committees neglects to induct anyone, representatives of the institution typically give the same line that fewer than 2 percent of all players in baseball history are Hall of Famers, and that it’s extraordinarily difficult to get into Cooperstown.

This line isn’t fiction. But does it mean that at any given time, just 2 percent of MLB players — or 15 players out of 750, until rosters expand in September — are destined for the Hall of Fame? Not so much.

Authentic Kids Vince Dunn Jersey If history is any guide, there might be at least 50 future Hall of Famers active in the majors right now, at different stages of their careers. Some, such as Ichiro Suzuki, are just shy of retirement. Others, such as Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw, already seem like locks. Still others are first- or second-year players on few fans’ Cooperstown radars. It’d be ridiculous to try to spitball on some of the players in the latter group.

The centerpiece for the Bulls here appears to be 22-year-old Cameron Payne, but the second-year Murray State product wasn’t exhibiting much value other than as Westbrook’s dance partner. Payne’s 6.1 player efficiency rating is tied for the worst in the NBA among players averaging at least 15 minutes per game. The Bulls now have the game’s two worst in PER, as Payne’s co-bottom feeder is Chicago rookie forward Paul Zipser. Additionally, Payne’s 33.1 field goal percentage would be third-worst of any player topping that 15 mpg plateau. The point guard averages just 4.5 assists per 36 minutes and isn’t looking much like a future impact player in the league, let alone this season.

Dion Waiters’ offensive explosion helps turn Heat into one of NBA’s best surprises

Harrison Butker Mens Jersey One of the biggest surprises this season has been the play of Dion Waiters. While he has shown flashes of being an impact player in the past, this is the first time in his career he’s had prolonged success as a focal point on offense. His numbers are up across the board from 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season to 15.8 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game this season. His shooting numbers have also climbed from a dismal 39.9 percent from the field to a more respectable 42.3 percent.

Whatever the case, what Frisch and others did caused a backlash that’s still being felt at the Hall of Fame. There was talk in the ‘70s of permanently dissolving the Veterans Committee. It still seems unlikely that a group of veterans will ever be allowed to run so amuck again.

But players are still getting in. There were 1,030 players who had at least one plate appearance in 1990, with 28 of these players already in the Hall of Fame. There were 916 men who went to the plate in 1980, with 29 of these players already enshrined. More seem destined to follow, with numerous greats such as Dick Allen, Alan Trammell and Barry Bonds not enshrined.

Not counting 1900 or 1930, 5.5 percent of players with at least one plate appearance in the years listed above are in the Hall of Fame. More than 1,350 players logged a plate appearance in 2016, which would mean close to 75 Hall of Famers, which seems utterly bonkers. Even a conservative 4 percent induction rate would equal 54 players, which is more Hall of Famers than every year above.

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