It won’t happen this year, but what about the future?

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Here, for example, Curry draws both Andre Roberson and Victor Oladipo when he comes off Durant’s screen on the wing due to his ability to shoot off the dribble. It prevents Curry from getting a pull-up 3-pointer, but it leaves them scrambling when Durant pops to the 3-point line. Durant wisely gets Roberson out of position on the closeout with a pump fake and then puts the ball on the floor for a strong finish at the basket over Steven Adams.

Kids Tony Twist Jersey In addition to being a great post-up scorer, Durant ranked in the 89.2 percentile with 1.05 points per isolation possession this season. Curry was slightly better than Durant in that regard — 1.09 points per isolation possession to rank in the 93.2 percentile — giving the Warriors two of the best isolation scorers in the league when faced with an opportunity to exploit a mismatch.

It won’t happen this year, but what about the future? Woods, 41, is coming off a fourth back surgery and has a long road back to recovery. Woods, however, said his back feels better. Could this be the start of one more run for the 14-time major winner? Woods hasn’t won a major since 2007.

Better than C-W III? Maybe? Jack Nicklaus won his last Masters at age 46 in 1986. With each passing year, does this scenario lose momentum?

Toronto will balk at giving Lowry a full five-year deal, which surely will rankle him. But any other team can offer only four years, and given his age, he doesn’t have much room to argue the point. The Raptors will give Lowry the best offer he’ll get on the market, and as free agency approaches, he seems more and more acutely aware of that.

Whatever Lowry or folks in his camp might have been saying a month ago about his intentions to remain in Toronto, shrug all of that off. He’s no dummy. He’s going to need the Raptors just as much as they’ll need him this summer.

the effect on non-white coaches is more extreme than on the whole candidate class.

For every baseball aficionado who can easily name all members of the 600 Home Run Club, there are legions more who forget about Thome’s offensive prowess.

Oh, yeah. Jim Thome. Duh.

This is probably because, for many years, Thome wasn’t even the best player on his team. His early big years with the Indians were often overshadowed by players with bigger numbers (Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez) and/or by those with more swagger or attitude (Belle, Ramirez, David Justice). So Thome’s contributions, while noticed and appreciated by Cleveland’s fans, quickly evaporated from the minds of many other fans.

Not shockingly, the effect on non-white coaches is more extreme than on the whole candidate class.

That’s why there is genuine worry that while a handful of non-white candidates are getting attention now, teams might be more interested in the attention than in seriously considering hiring them.

Austin, for example, the Lionsdefensive coordinator, was on everybodys radar the past two offseasons, as a coach recommended by the leagues hiring advisory committee. This is his third year of reportedly being a hot commodity. After last year’s round of hires, Austin himself wondered whether all of his interviews were serious.

The first time, it was considered a win that he was on teams’ lists. It wont be considered such a win if hes still a coordinator next season. The Browns’ Hue Jackson, for another example, likely got his head-coaching job a year later than he should have.sharks_484

Look: Cavaliers unveil new logos for 2017-18 season

Ahead of Thursday’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers are already preparing their look for next season.
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The Cavs announced Wednesday an updated logo collection for the 2017-18 season that simplifies and modernizes the look of the Cavaliers brand. Of course, one of the five new-look logos will pay homage to the Cavs overcoming a 3-1 deficit en route to winning the NBA title last year.

The Cavs worked with Nike on the new logos which will carry both the popular C-Sword and C logos from previous years, with navy and gold remaining the primary colors.

New for next season, black will be officially introduced as a new and permanent addition to the team’s color palette. The color is a nod to the historic turning point in the 2016 Finals when the Cavs wore their black-sleeved uniforms in Games 5 and 7 when they beat the Warriors.

OG Anunoby, SF/PF, Indiana. The Bulls need depth at just about every spot, and their offseason remains murky. Anunoby is a bit of a risk, a defensive-minded guy who needs to improve his shooting and is coming off knee surgery. But, if healthy, he could be a rotation player quickly.

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Steve Kerr could be nearing return to Warriors bench, report says

The Warriors are set to embark on their journey to reclaim the NBA title against the current defending champs, starting with Thursday’s Game 1, and Golden State might get a familiar face back on the sidelines very soon.

According to, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr could return to coach the team sometime during the NBA Finals. Acting head coach Mike Brown even believes he could return as soon as Thursday.

He’s talked about possibly coaching Game 1… and I even tried to tell him, ‘Steve, you should do it, and if you don’t feel like you’re OK, halfway through the game, just go back in the back,’ Brown said Wednesday.

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OUR TAKE: Fox, a 6-3, 170-pound guard is getting a lot of comparisons to fellow Kentucky product John Wall, and for good reason. Fox is a stellar lead guard in transition and uses his elite quickness to find an open shot or hit his streaking teammates. He rebounds well for a guard and plays great defense, a perfect fit for the Kings. But trading two top-10 picks for him seems a bit much.

Ford’s mock currently has the Kings using their picks to take Jayson Tatum and Frank Ntilikina, players who have their own potential to be like Allan Houston and Dante Exum, respectively. It’s hard to see the Sixers passing on Josh Jackson at No. 3, so perhaps the Kings won’t have to trade both their top-10 picks to move up to No. 4. Sacramento does have the No. 34 pick it can also as trade bait.

NFL denies credentials to Barstool Sports

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The NFL didn’t grant media credentials to Barstool Sports employees, a league spokesman confirmed to Omnisport in an email. ProFootballTalk initially reported the story.

The sports blog, which has strong Patriots ties, caught the attention of the NFL in 2015 when its writers staged a protest at NFL headquarters following Tom Brady’s Deflategate punishment. The bloggers were later arrested on the site.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal , which is owned by Adelson’s family, reported team executives did not include Adelson’s contribution when they were meeting Thursday with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority. The Review-Journal also reported Raiders owner Mark Davis was meeting separately with Adelson while the meeting with the authority was going on.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Vic Tafur, citing The Associated Press, tweeted that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office said the Raiders could more than double their financial commitment from their initial $500 million.
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Multiple outlets reported the Raiders will turn to investment broker Goldman Sachs to contribute the $650 million Adelson was pledging. The remaining $750 million is expected to come from an increase in Las Vegas hotel taxes.

The Raiders have applied to the NFL to move to Las Vegas, but they likely will have to stay in Oakland through at least the 2018 season as the domed stadium is being built. NFL owners are expected to vote on the application in late March.

Colts not too late to find the right GM to replace Ryan Grigson

All things considered, it really doesn’t matter how long the Indianapolis Colts waited after the season before firing their general manager so long as they moved him out, period. There weren’t many reasons left to keep Ryan Grigson, as it turned out, even though Jim Irsay tried until the very end to come up with some before giving up last weekend.

Speaking of home runs, Jason Grilli really aided in MLB’s effort to light up scoreboards Saturday. The 40-year-old Blue Jays reliever gave up not one, not two, not three, but four home runs in the eighth inning of Saturday’s 7-0 loss to the Yankees and he didn’t even get through the inning. He was yanked after 2/3 of an inning as his ERA ballooned to 8.15.

While Adams’ grand slam may not have been a game winner, his second homer of the night was, and he went opposite field in the 12th inning to lift the Braves to a 6-5 win over the Reds.

Yankees (32-21) at Blue Jays (27-29), 1:07 p.m. ET: This is the best pitching match-up of the day bar-none. Luis Severino (4-2, 2.93 ERA) against Marcus Stroman (3-2, 3.28). The radar guns will be lighting up all day long and the two pitchers will have to also deal with the wind tunnel that is Rogers Centre.

The 49ers are expected to hire Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their new head coach, but have to wait until after Super Bowl LI. Lynch wasn’t able to mention Shanahan, who has interviewed with the 49ers twice, by name because of NFL tampering rules. That doesn’t mean he couldn’t compliment Shanahan’s job as the coordinator for the NFL’s highest-scoring offense.vikings_122

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell has hilarious freak out after facemask penalty

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell was called for a facemask during Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Browns, and he was not happy about it. Mitchell tried his best to plead with the referees, but they weren’t having it. He then began to let out some high-pitched squeals.

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As of now, the NFL scouts I’ve spoken with aren’t sold on Watson as a top 10 pick. If he doesn’t go early, it’s tough to find a landing spot for him. He certainly could be this year’s Teddy Bridgewater, the class’ best quarterback who somehow slips to the end of the first round. Watson and Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya are the best fits for the Chiefs if they want to draft their quarterback of the future.

Elite Kids Joe Montana Jersey Demarcus Lawrence hasn’t proved trustworthy enough to be on the field every game, and Randy Gregory can be considered a wasted pick after his most recent suspension. Harris has some fans who feel he might go in the top half of the first round, but I believe this spot is closer to his value. After years of bulking up their offensive line, the Cowboys to invest in the other side of the line of scrimmage.

Williams might be the draft’s best true 3-4 outside linebacker, even if it’s situational to start, but some character red flags may push him down to Day 2 of the draft. New England needs to add new faces to its linebacking corps, and the Patriots haven’t shied away from character concerns in the past.

Pirates expected to sign GM Neal Huntington, manager Clint Hurdle to extensions

The Pittsburgh Pirates are struggling this year, but the team reportedly remains committed to GM Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle for the long term.

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Inflammation along the back of the tendon of his right middle finger on his hand, Cubs president Theo Epstein said, via We don’t think it’s serious or long-term.

The Cubs lost 4-1 at home to the Rockies Thursday night, which was their second straight loss. The defending World Series champs are now a game behind the Brewers in the disappointing NL Central.

Hendricks is 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA this season, which may seem average, but he has the best ERA out of Chicago’s four main starters. With Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and John Lackey all struggling, and the team still searching for a consistent fifth option, Hendricks’ health is very important.

We felt that it’s something you really don’t want to press because it can become a little more chronic or bothersome, Cubs manager Joe Maddon stated. If we let it rest right now it should go away.

The Cubs are in desperate need of a spark. The World Series hangover should have long passed. It may finally be time to worry about this team in Wriggleyville.

Roethlisberger has been with the Steelers, who took him with the 11th pick in the 2004 draft

“It doesn’t change our planning,” Colbert continued. “When we scout in the fall, we scout every position. Even when Ben was a young player, we still evaluated the quarterback class, because how the quarterbacks stack up (in the draft) is going to affect how the tackles stack up and how the receivers stack up. We always evaluate every position, and if Ben would decide to retire we would be prepared then to move accordingly. I hope we don’t get to that situation for a few more years.

“I’m working under the assumption that until he says he’s retired officially, then he’s not. If he decides to (retire), then we’ll act accordingly, but in the meantime we’re not going to get out of sorts with potential retirements… I’m hopeful and confident Ben will be back.”

Ben Roethlisberger has been with the Steelers, who took him with the 11th pick in the 2004 draft, his entire 13-year career. He figures to retire as a member of the Steelers, which is also how Colbert wants Bell to end his career.

The two sides have to work out a long-term deal and the Steelers could place the franchise tag on Bell by March 1 to prevent him from becoming a free agent on March 9. Bell was a second-round pick of the Steelers in 2013 and has rushed for 4,045 yards and 26 touchdowns despite missing 14 games because of injuries and suspensions.

Things went poorly with that, to put it mildly. Hey, if they hadn’t, the Chiefs would be dealing with someone else’s long-term negotiations, instead of with their single best defensive player and, if not the very best in the league at his position, one of the top three.

By rule, a player can be tagged three straight times. No team has been crazy enough to try it. There’s no reason to think it will happen with Berry. But that’s always hanging out there, right over the head of a key player in the middle of his prime reaching a career crossroads. texans_025

A longtime NFL receivers coach explains what teams want to see at the NFL Combine

Every NFL team would love to have a receiver who is big, fast and strong.

With the NFL Combine this week, longtime NFL coach Jerry Sullivan offered some insight while explaining to Omnisport other things teams hope to see in the 58 wideouts on the field Saturday in Indianapolis.

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The 49ers were patient and went in a unexpected direction with Lynch, but the move, wisely, was made to guarantee Shanahan also would be on board. They are not yet officially co-workers in San Francisco, and they already are a massive improvement over the dysfunction of Kelly and Trent Baalke.

While he waits for that coaching chapter to begin, Shanahanm who gives the Falcons more than a fighter’s chance against the Patriots, has a good chance to get there with a ring.

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Well, not always always. The city, of course, does have one championship among the major sports, which is why members of the 1995 Braves can eat free anywhere in the Atlanta region in perpetuity. Still, 1995 was a long time ago. A distant memory for older fans, and not a memory at all for younger ones. In some ways, it’s like it never even happened. So, in a sense, yes: always.