Yankees rookie Aaron Judge’s hot start leads to spike in jersey sales

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In his third and fourth starts, he turned in back-to-back seven-inning, one-run efforts, but then failed to make it more than four innings in his next two starts and was sent to the bullpen. The consistency is a working point in Charlotte. He’s made four starts this year, with 22 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings, with five homers allowed and a 4.87 ERA.

Unbelievable stuff, McCatty said. The thing that I’ve learned more in the few weeks that he’s down is that he’s really an intense competitor. Even giving up hits and coming in, just the way he shows me how he’s feels about it, that he’s a competitor and he knows what he expects of himself. I’m not saying he knows everything he can do yet, but I think he has a better understanding of himself. And when he doesn’t do it, he gets mad.

There’s a new king of New York baseball.

Yankees rookie right fielder Aaron Judge has taken the Bronx by storm with his MLB-leading 13 home runs in his first full season of action.

The towering slugger’s success is already translating to jersey sales.

Olney’s report includes jersey sales for all of baseball, of course, and not just the Yankees. Such popularity tends to be the result when a player in pinstripes hits so many dingers.
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The sales come from a small a sample size, but if Judge is truly just like Derek Jeter, he’ll have no problem maintaining his prominence.

At the very least, Judge is the most popular No. 99 since Manny Ramirez.

Saints C Max Unger out 5 months after foot surgery, report says

The Saints could have a big issue on their hands because of center Max Unger’s foot.

Unger recently underwent surgery to repair an injured foot, NFL Network reported, and will miss roughly five months, likely beginning the 2017 season on the physically unable to perform list.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the Colorado Crush as we make a push for a playoff spot the second half of the season,” Jones said in a statement. “I plan to give it my all and I’m dedicated to the challenges ahead. My goals are to raise the quality of play and make the remainder of the season a success for our fans and front office.”

Jones had previously served as the Crush’s defensive coordinator before taking over the 2-6 team following the departure of head coach Jose Jefferson.

Jones, 44, a two-time All-American at Florida State, was selected fourth overall by the Jets in the 1993 NFL Draft. He spent his entire 11-year career in New York. He started 129 of 142 regular season games, recording 1,021 tackles, nine sacks and five interceptions during his career.

The Colts once saw Allen as a top blocker and receiver to mesh with pure pass-catching tight end Coby Fleener in their double tight sets, but injuries contributed to Allen’s fade when Fleener moved on to the Saints in 2016. The Patriots noticed Allen suddenly was expendable for Indianapolis because of Jack Doyle, and New England pounced.

If healthy at 27 — three years younger than Bennett — Allen can produce like an ideal in-line complement to Gronk as both a field-stretcher and a finisher. There was a cap to what both Scott Chandler and Bennett could do as No. 2 tight ends in New England. Allen’s game has proved to provide a much higher ceiling.
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Who Is Vladislav Gavrikov, and Can He Make Ryan Murray Expendable in Columbus?

With the Columbus Blue Jackets season now over, hopeful eyes turn toward next season. Who can this team add to help improve on a franchise best season? Are there ways to shore up weak spots? Can the team use some of its plethora of prospects to add a veteran center or a goal scoring winger?

One of the players the team could potentially add is Vladislav Gavrikov. Gavrikov was chosen in the 6th round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (159th overall by the Blue Jackets). Listed at 6’3 and 214 pounds and sporting a left handed shot, the Russian defenseman is every general managers dream, possessing the size and skills to be a shutdown defenseman in the NHL. According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets want to bring him to North America from the KHL.

#CBJ have an offer on the table for D Vladislav Gavrikov, a 6th round pick in 2015. He’s coming to #NHL at some point, but unclear when.

Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.

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By last year, they were in the top 20 in scoring D and had gone from 4-8 to 10-4, largely on the back of one of the Pac-12’s best defenses.
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That just pretty much became the culture, where everybody was holding each other accountable, Awuzie said. The coaches didn’t have to say much. The players were really running things and organizing workouts outside of the organized workouts. It really just became a culture thing. I got better, and everybody else got better on this team as well.

Celtics vs. Bulls 2017, Game 6 live stream: Time, TV channel, and how to watch NBA playoffs online

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Authentic Chris Tierney Jersey The East’s top-ranked Boston Celtics rallied back to take a 3-2 series lead over the No. 8 Chicago Bulls, and the two teams face off in a potentially decisive Game 6 on Friday. The matchup tips off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and CSNE and is available for live stream on Watch ESPN.

The Bulls jumped out a 2-0 series lead, shocking the Celtics on their own home floor. Then Rajon Rondo went down with a fractured thumb and the series shifted. Boston has since won three straight games and has Chicago on the ropes in Game 6.

The Wizards rallied in the third quarter, reducing the Hawks’ once huge lead to just 13 points. But Atlanta fought back.

The Hawks went to Paul Millsap, who finished with 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting. Dennis Schroder’s speed and timely three-point shooting resulted in 27 points and nine assists, and rookie forward Taurean Prince had his best game of the series. He caught the Wizards off-guard for 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, making both of his threes and bringing a junkyard dog defensive mentality reminiscent of ex-Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll.

Phoenix gets a perennial All-Star to slot in around Eric Bledsoe, Booker, and their young front court. Chicago gets to press the reset button and begin a new era with an elite point guard prospect. Objectively, this feels like it works for both sides. If Kevin Love can get traded for Andrew Wiggins, why can’t Jimmy Butler get traded for Markelle Fultz? Please tell me why I’m wrong in the comments.

The 2nd round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs is going to be awesome

We’re about to get some terrific second-round NBA Playoff matchups, beginning with Sunday’s Game 1 between bitter rivals Washington and Boston. To help us take a deep dive into that series and the other two already set (Rockets-Spurs, Raptors-Cavaliers), we dialed up old friend Michael Pina, now of VICE Sports.
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Among the topics discussed:

How both teams are fueled by disrespect, yet in different ways.

How do the Celtics properly hide Isaiah Thomas on defense? How do the Wizards actually guard Thomas on the other end? Can the Wizards guard Al Horford when he’s playing center?

Ah yes, Denver. It’s always a critical time for Denver. They finally have a centerpiece player in Jokic, and I am quite fond of much of their young talent. They really need to figure out that point guard situation, though. And the veteran logjam. I’d like the Nuggets to be good again. That was a great basketball market back in the day and I think it can be again with the right combinations.
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Let’s spin this forward. What second round series has your attention? I’m all in on the East right now.

Spurs vs. Rockets should be educational. Houston brought the beatdown to San Antonio in Game 1, but series are long and full of twists. The Spurs will have something to say. We’ll see if the Rockets can hold up. Cavaliers vs. Raptors could get interesting too, assuming Monday’s game was more about Toronto’s typical Game 1 malaise. (I know better than to doubt LeBron. Man, what a rookie mistake not picking Cleveland to make it back to the finals.) It’s pretty clear that Wizards-Celtics will be a series of barn burners.

Why has Kizer’s personality overshadowed his on-field play?

Cook’s junior season also displayed his ability to be a threat in the passing game. The elusive tailback doubled his receiving yardage from 244 to 488 last fall as he emerged as a true all-around threat.

With 14.8 yards per reception in 2016, Cook proved he is a force near the line of scrimmage who can also make plays downfield.

An average performance at the 2017 NFL Combine tempered a lot of enthusiasm. Cook ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash, slower than expected, and failed to grade out among the top performers in the rest of the event’s agility drills. That, combined with ball protection concerns (13 career fumbles), durability (torn rotator cuff in high school and front and back of his labrum while at FSU) and off-field concerns dropped him to the second round.

Why has Kizer’s personality overshadowed his on-field play?

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly didn’t help matters, suggesting Kizer could have benefitted from another year at Notre Dame. And then Kizer took it to another level.

“Imagine taking (Tom) Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton’s body,” he told USA Today. Why can’t I be the greatest? The only thing stopping me from it is me. That’s what’s driving me now.”

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What are the concerns with Brantley?

Brantley’s pending battery case complicates the start of his NFL career. According to the police report, the 120-pound woman pushed him, and the 300-pound athlete responded by punching her in the face, allegedly knocking her unconscious and knocking out a tooth.

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While Cleveland may never make use of Brantley’s talent, the high ceiling made rolling the dice at the top of the sixth round an interesting use of the team’s many draft selections.

His combine performance did little to inspire confidence, especially for a player whose pass-rushing technique is firmly rooted in his speed. At 253 pounds, he’s small for an NFL end, and the league’s better tackles will be able to swallow him up unless he can outclass them with speed and athleticism. Unfortunately, a 4.82-second 40 time and low scores in the agility drills failed to showcase the kind of quickness he’ll need at the next level.

Game Mens Xavien Howard Jersey While he improved on those numbers at Missouri’s pro day, he still leaves plenty of questions about his future. Although he produced in college, better teams found a way to contain him, like when LSU held him to a single solo tackle or when Arkansas kept him from making a stop in the backfield last fall.

Saints likely to pass on Malcolm Butler and bolster secondary through NFL draft

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New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler recently signed his contract tender, and the Patriots can officially trade him to any team. However, the New Orleans Saints arent likely to be Butlers new NFL home.

Over the past few months, there were reports going around that the Saints were interested in the one-time Pro Bowler. In fact, New Orleans hosted Butler for a visit in the early stages of free agency. Despite that interest, the cost to get Butler is too high. The Saints are planning on keeping the No. 11 and No. 32 picks, as well as their second-round pick, according to The MMQBs Peter King.

The Miami Hurricanes have the longest, with their 14-year streak from 1995-2008. Alabama has had a first-round pick every year since 2009, so a selection on Thursday night will bring the number to nine years, which ties Florida.

Alabama has the chance to tie or even break another Miami record, too. The Hurricanes currently have the record for the most first-round picks taken in a single draft. In 2004, Miamis team saw six players taken. The Tide could likely tie that number, but theres a is a slim chance that they could break it.

The mock was written before the NFL announced Foster failed his drug test at the combine in February, but the linebacker is still expected to go during Round 1. Foster told NFL Networks Ian Rapoport that his dilutedsample was the result of food poisoning.
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Linebacker Tim Williams, safety Eddie Jackson, and linebacker Ryan Anderson have a shot to be taken in the first round, but it seems unlikely.

Eli Manning accused of fake ‘game-worn’ memorabilia scheme

A lawsuit between Giants quarterback Eli Manning and a sports memorabilia collector, Steiner Sports, has been ongoing since 2014. The lawsuit alleges that Manning and the Giants were in on a scheme in which phony game-worn gear was passed off as real.

Items alleged to have been distributed include a helmet on display in Canton, along with two 2012 Super Bowl helmets and a 2004 helmet from Manning’s rookie season. According to the New York Post, the documents say Manning participated in the ruse so he could keep the real items.

The Giants, Eli Manning, team equipment manager Joe Skiba, Steiner Sports, and others, including team co-owner and CEO John Mara, are being sued for the allegedly fake memorabilia.

One of those eight is Tony Dungy, inducted in the Hall of Fame last summer, who gives Rooney, Noll and the Steelers all the credit for giving him a chance to be an assistant coach at age 26, after his playing days were over.

Rooney’s name, of course, will live on for years as part of the “Rooney Rule” he crafted in 2002, when he chaired the NFL’s diversity committee under then-commissioner Paul Tagliabue to open up the hiring process. It has since been expanded to women candidates and to front-office positions.

Meanwhile, though Ron Smith could become the next Kazee in the back, someone needs to become the next Smith. In Montgomery and Derek Babaish (who missed half the season), SDSU boasts only one corner who saw action last year. Safety is loaded — Baldwin and seniors Kameron Kelly and Trey Lomax combined for 4.5 TFLs, eight picks, and 20 breakups — but it appears Kelly has moved to cornerback, and if he gets hurt or has to move back, the second CB spot is up for grabs.nike_jaguars_855

Black-clad Steelers fans file in to pay respects to Dan Rooney

Fans dressed in black Steelers garb and black suits alike lined the sidewalk Monday afternoon outside Heinz Field, patiently waiting to file into a public viewing for longtime Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who died Thursday at age 84 after a brief illness.

The viewing — from 2-7 p.m. ET at the PNC Champions Club inside the football stadium — was expected to draw so many Steelers faithful that the Port Authority of Allegheny County was operating two-car trains on the T during the viewing’s four-hour window.

Inside, Rooney’s family — including current Steelers chairman Art Rooney II and son Dan Jr. — were greeting all comers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

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My third-place vote went to Gregg Popovich, who doesnt need Coach of the Year validation, and indeed hed probably be fine if one of his peers got the recognition instead. When we look back over Pops body of work someday, we wont count Coach of the Year trophies. Well note that his Spurs became the modern equivalent of Reds Celtics.