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Panthers’ Cam Newton resumes throwing during team drills

Cam Newton has taken another positive step forward in his rehabilitation.

The Panthers quarterback resumed throwing once again during drills at the team’s workout on Sunday after resting his shoulder the last five days, Max Henson of the team’s official site reported.

Coach Todd Bowles said he isn’t sure whether Whitehead will need surgery, but the break is significant enough to have Whitehead sidelined for considerable time.

“I don’t know if he’s out for the year, but I know he’s out for a little while,” Bowles said.

Whitehead has had an interesting offseason, to say the least. The former Cowboys player first made headlines when he said his puppy, Blitz was being held for ransom.

The dog was returned the next day, but not after bizarre claims that a rapper supposedly had the dog and wanted $20,000 for him.

Less than a month later, a warrant was issued for Whitehead’s arrest for allegedly stealing $40 worth of items from a convenience store in Virginia, even though Whitehead said he wasn’t in the area at the time.

“I support him, I support his movement, I support Colin Kaepernick, I support all the guys, Angela Davis, all the people that came before us to pave the way for what we’re trying to do in the black community,” Martellus Bennett said, via ESPN. “I support everybody and always will. I always will be very pro black, I guess would be the term to say.”

While coach Seahawks Pete Carroll said he believes in Michael Bennett’s rights, he said he preferred everyone to stand for the anthem. Carroll tried to unify the team last season by having everyone stand together and link arms, a sign of both respect and understanding.

However, Baldwin said he not only supports Michael Bennett, but is considering joining him.

A few things differentiate Thome and Killebrew as Hall of Fame candidates.

Lackey wouldn’t go as far as comparing Contreras to his former catcher Yadier Molina because of his year-plus in the majors, yet he said the talent is similar. The Abilene, Texas native pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from July 2014 through 2015 before signing with their division rivals in the next offseason.

Kids Zemgus Girgensons Jersey Borzello added that the organization uses Molina as the benchmark for its catchers, given his abundance of prowess at the position. He ranks third among catchers in league history with eight gold gloves, behind Hall of Famers Ivan Rodriguez and Johnny Bench.

On top of that, Lackey hasn’t been afraid to showcase his intensified emotions during his 14-plus years in the majors. He said he enjoys how Contreras does the same, especially after a big strikeout or one of his sniper-like pickoffs.

I feel like I’m in the heart of the team, Contreras told CSN Chicago. I’m behind the plate. I just want to play with my energy, no matter if I hit or not. We need that energy for the second half. And it’s going to be there.

Zimmerman ended the day a triple short of the cycle but managed to record four hits on 11 pitches seen, so he’s excused for not getting that triple. The 32-year-old Virginia product has spent his entire career with the Nationals, but failed to play in more than 115 games each of the last three seasons.

Kids Max Garcia Jersey He had not hit 20 home runs since 2013 and hasn’t eclipsed 90 RBIs since 2012. He already has 24 homers this year to go with 76 runs driven in as a 30 homer/100 RBI season for the first time since 2009 seems very much a possibility.

Rangers trade struggling Jonathan Lucroy to Rockies

For the second time in as many seasons, Jonathan Lucroy is on the move before the trade deadline.

The Rangers shipped the struggling catcher to the Rockies Sunday for a player to be named later.

But Sabathia’s arthritic knee probably has changed that after he left Tuesday’s start, though a midweek scan showed no new damage.

I want to see CC [Friday] before we make the decision, Girardi said of the move to Montgomery. But my inkling is that he came out of the game in a substantial amount of pain. Maybe the medicine is working, but let’s see.

Meantime, the Red Sox altered their rotation so Cy Young favorite Chris Sale will face the Yankees in each of the remaining three series between the teams.
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Beyond chasing the Red Sox, the Yankees are being chased by six teams that are within four games of them in the wild-card standings, closer than they are to the AL East-leading Red Sox entering Friday’s games.

I’m not going to lie. Disappointment is a little bit of an understatement, Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel told reporters prior to Tuesday’s game.
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The Yankees added Sonny Gray, the Dodgers added Yu Darvish and the Diamondbacks added J.D. Martinez 鈥?all moves that should result in more wins than the team would have had without them.

The Astros added Francisco Liriano, whose ERA is hovering around 6.00. Keuchel’s displeasure is understandable.

We obviously believe in ourselves and believe we’re good enough to win now and get to the World Series, Keuchel said. It’s just good teams can always be great and great teams can always be legendary, so at the end of the year we want to be the only ones left, but it’s just a little disappointing for sure.

NFL preseason 2017: Training camp news, notes, and highlights from around the league

It’s still July for another week, but as training camps begin throughout the NFL, we get our first real answers about the new season. Is Le’Veon Bell going to hold out? Will any of the Jets’ quarterbacks hit reporters with errant throws? Is any situation going to unfold as strangely as Lucky Whitehead’s release?

On Monday, the biggest training camp news to emerge — besides Whitehead’s curious situation — was that Andrew Luck will start on the PUP list. Luck should be ready to go by the time the season begins, though it’s doubtful he will play in any preseason games.
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The Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys have already hit the practice field, while several teams’ rookies are already on site with their new squads. On Tuesday, the Panthers and Texans will show up for camp, and the Bengals and Buccaneers will have rookies reporting. By the end of the week, all 32 teams will be in full swing.

Chris Pronger Elite Jersey When Cam Newton takes the field with the Panthers, he’ll start the process of bouncing back from a down season in 2016. Newton is coming off offseason shoulder surgery, but he is expected to be a full go for training camp. Rookie running back Christian McCaffrey should help the Panthers offense get back to form, and the combination of McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel — another dynamic offensive weapon — should be fun for Panthers fans to watch during camp.

Another big-name rookie, Deshaun Watson, will join the Texans at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. He’ll be competing against Tom Savage, a veteran without much playing experience, to try to earn the starting quarterback role.

We’ll keep you updated with any details — injuries, highlights, fun quotes — from training camp Tuesday.

Malik McDowell reports to Seahawks camp following ATV accident

The Seahawks started training camp without rookie defensive lineman Malik McDowell, who sustained injuries in an accident in Michigan a few weeks ago.

The accident involved an ATV, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Garafolo said McDowell suffered a concussion and facial injuries.

McDowell said via Twitter that his injuries are not life or career-threatening.

“I am doing well and expect to join my teammates in Seattle in the next few days,” McDowell said.

First of all, that whole interaction between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow really didn’t go the way I expected. McCoy and Pamphile were just as surprised, clearly.

Jon Snow didn’t want to bend the knee to the Mother of Dragons, and understandably so. Her father burned Snow’s grandfather alive, which would result in some hard feelings. But what really surprised McCoy, Pamphile, and probably the rest of us watching, was that Jon Snow didn’t even seem terribly impressed by Daenerys’ three dragons.

“He acted like the dragons meant nothing,” McCoy says incredulously.

You really do know nothing, Jon Snow.

Look, we were already planning to tune into Hard Knocks for the epic kicker battle between last year’s second-round pick, Roberto Aguayo, and veteran Nick Folk. But now we’re also going to watch for McCoy and Pamphile’s Game of Thrones analysis.

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Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss apologizes for ‘liking’ Clinton/Hitler comparisons

Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss has apologized for ‘liking’ several Instagram posts comparing Hillary Clinton to Adolf Hitler, Newsday reported.

I apologize for interacting with several posts that appeared in my timeline, which were wrong to engage with, Greiss said in a statement issued by the team. ‘Liking’ these posts was a mistake, and I sincerely apologize again.

The team did not reveal the terms of Tocchet’s contract but did say it was a multi-year deal.

Game Womens Adrian Clayborn Jersey I’m extremely happy to be back with the Coyotes organization, Tocchet said. I loved playing and coaching here in the Valley and have always considered Arizona my home. We have a great young team with a ton of talent, and I’m excited about leading this group of players. бн I can’t wait to get started.

Tocchet, 53, played three of his 18 NHL seasons with Phoenix, from 1997-2000. He replaces Dave Tippett, who was fired June 22 after the Coyotes missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

Tocchet served as an assistant coach for the Coyotes under Wayne Gretzky and was even the team’s interim head coach when Gretzky missed five games in 2005 to tend to his ill mother.
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He was also the interim coach for the Lightning, going 5-7-4 in 2008 after Barry Melrose was fired. Tocchet officially was named Tampa Bay’s head coach in 2009 but was fired midway through his second season after posting a 53-69-26 record. He has been an assistant with the Penguins since 2014, helping Pittsburgh win consecutive Stanley Cup titles.

the Vikings’ uniform office misspelled Griffen’s name on his jersey.

While it was a huge deal at the time for a player who had only played as a rotational player, it was worth the investment for the Vikings when Griffen developed into one of the best every-down defensive ends in the NFL.

In the last three seasons, Griffen has tallied 30.5 sacks. Only J.J. Watt, Von Miller, Ryan Kerrigan, and Justin Houston have had more over that span.

His numbers may be even more impressive considering he comes off the right side of the defensive line and has to face left tackles, who often the best offensive linemen on the opposing offense.

Last season, the Vikings’ uniform office misspelled Griffen’s name on his jersey. After back-to-back Pro Bowls and a giant contract extension, it might be time to remember the name and get it right.
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The Leftovers, in its beautifully off-kilter way, made Frasier the centerpiece of an episode in its third season. In a world where 2 percent of the population disappeared without explanation, people will do anything to feel — or perhaps not feel. For some in The Leftovers universe, that involved being in a sex cult that worshipped a lion (a lion that ended up eating God, but that’s neither here nor there).

Lenny Dykstra Elite Jersey The It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World episode was outrageous, harrowing, and tinged with unexpected humor. In short, it was the finest of what The Leftovers had to offer in its short life. It was about how we deal with loss, and how deeply confusing and emotional, yet also triumphant, that can be.

If that’s really where McAdoo found out about Frasier, then I applaud him, not just for his fine taste in TV, but for his willingness to challenge himself. The Leftovers wasn’t the easiest show to watch, but it was immensely rewarding. Despite what the Emmys say, it was also the best show of the year — and one of the best ever.

Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks he’d be an All-Star lock with a different last name

Using the hashtag #GreekFreak and #NBAVOTE doesn’t count as an All-Star vote for Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bucks forward is still racking up plenty of votes.

In fact, the 22-year-old star is trailing only LeBron James in All-Star voting among Eastern Conference frontcourt players. What if Antetokounmpo had a last name that was easier to spell, like James, Thomas, Love, or Butler?

Turns out Antetokounmpo’s vote does, in fact, total capture common misspellings of the name as long as #NBAVOTE is also included in the tweet. If fans don’t want to copy and paste Antetokounmpo’s name from the Internet, they can simply use his Twitter handle (@Giannis_An34) to cast a vote.

Of all the decisions on the All-Star ballot, picking two starters among the East guards was the toughest.

It’s hard enough to pick between Lowry and backcourt mate DeMar DeRozan, because each is having a career year and playing well above expectations for the conference’s No. 2 team. DeRozan remains a unique player in the league, a persistent driver who has only gotten better at finishing at the rim, and one who thrives with that bygone staple of wing players, the midrange shot. He’s averaging 28.1 points per game.
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Game Youth Dustin Brown Jersey But Lowry’s season line has been underrated. He’s averaging career highs in scoring (22.2 points per game) and shooting, making 48.0 percent from the field (his previous season-high was 43.5 percent). He’s also making 44.4 percent of his 3s (well above past high of 38.8 percent). Lowry also adds on 7.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game, and it’s that overall impact that has him just ahead of DeRozan on my ballot.