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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
Tyrone Crawford has apologized after he started a huge scuffle during Cowboys training camp on Thursday.
The defensive end was lined up against teammate Zack Martin, and for some reason things got heated between the two. Both of them started pushing and hitting each other, which prompted several other teammates to get involved.
“The whole LeBron leaving the next year, to be honest that didn’t bother me that much,” Billups said in an interview with Altitude Sports 950 AM in Denver Tuesday (via ESPN.com). “Here’s why: When you have an opportunity to really put something together and put your imprint on it — rebuilding is a beautiful thing if [they’re] going to have the patience with you. What bothered me more than if LeBron left or not was that I didn’t think they had great assets if you have to do a rebuild. It was more that than ‘Bron. ‘Bron and I have always had an amazing relationship.”
If Irving stays and LeBron leaves, Irving will be left with a roster with an average age of 29.75 years. The last time the Cavs selected a player in the draft was 2015.
Odds are also that players on the Cavs’ current roster like Derrick Rose, Jose Calderon, Jeff Green and Kyle Korver could all be gone. But J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson will be there, but they’ll be without LeBron James.
That’s not exactly the most appealing roster situation and Billups passed on it. It’s not surprising, especially to Billups, to hear Irving may not want to play with that roster.
“[Irving’s trade request] didn’t surprise me. I knew as [the Cavs] were doing their due diligence on me I was doing the same thing on them,” Billups said.
In the Nuggets’ win against the Cavaliers Wednesday, guards Gary Harris (21 points) and Will Barton (20 points) led the way. While there are no stars to revolve the offense around, the Nuggets are a very deep and balanced team. Six players average in double digits in points per game, and another four players average more than 9 ppg.
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Devin Booker had a game for the ages Friday, scoring 70 points against the Celtics in a 130-120 loss. The Suns guard is only the sixth player in NBA history to achieve that feat, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, David Robinson and Elgin Baylor. It’s the 10th-highest-scoring game in league history.
Suns guard Devin Booker exploded for 70 points against the Celtics Friday night, making him only the sixth NBA player in history to achieve that feat.
(Jordan) had this feeling that people paid to see him play, which I think was absolutely true, so he didn’t want to disappoint. He played in exhibition games, too. He didn’t sit out. I mean, the guy played, Van Gundy said.
While Brogdon’s season statistics (10.3 ppg, 4.3 apg, 2.8 rpg) don’t leap off the page, his complete body of work, playing in 73 games, starting 26, and being a consistent contributor on team that’s going places, is a statement his contemporaries simply can’t make.
Let’s assume George stays put in Indiana next season, and that the Pacers continue to ask him to be the best player on both ends and the team leader. We can grouse about whether George ought to stay put and try to build his own Indiana legacy rather than hunting for a better roster, but that’s pointless. If competitiveness is what George is seeking, the Pacers will have a lot to get done in the next year to persuade him to stay.
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They’ll have to sign point guard Jeff Teague, who has been a key to reconfiguring the team around offense. Teague is a free agent this summer, and a league source estimated he would seek a contract near the max, or similar to the five-year, $150 million deal signed by Mike Conley in Memphis last year. Teague grew up in Indianapolis, though, and would like to stay with the Pacers, leaving open the possibility of a hometown discount.
Kids Zaza Pachulia Jersey But if the Pacers want to keep George, they’ll have to keep Teague. If Teague gets away, Indiana is likely looking at a full-scale rebuild, and George does not want to be part of that.
They’ll also need a remake of the bench, which has been one of the worst in the league this season. They’ll be limited, because they owe $28 million to Monta Ellis, Al Jefferson and Rodney Stuckey (unless Stuckey opts out), and this year’s bench gambles, like Kevin Seraphin and Aaron Brooks, did not work out particularly well.
Barnes: That’s what has kept me around for 15 years. My job is to protect guys like Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson). But I also have goons like David West, Zaza (Pachulia) and Draymond (Green). Now we need to keep Dray on the court. So I’ll be handling things. But we aren’t a team you want to try.
DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t need to worry about a Mardi Gras hangover.
The Pelicans center had been having fun Tuesday down in New Orleans, and he’ll get Wednesday off after the NBA upheld his one-game suspension for receiving his 18th technical foul this season.
He’ll sit out the Pelicans’ home game Wednesday against the Pistons.
Cousins received the 18th technical Sunday. He appealed the decision, but it was upheld Tuesday, the league announced.
I don’t feel I did anything wrong to receive it, Cousins said after Sunday’s game. Hopefully the league handles it the right way, and hopefully I get the benefit of the doubt. So we’ll see.
Every year, the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament leads to overreactions from people seeing players around the country for the first time. It’s understandable 鈥?fans and spectators want to see players perform on the biggest stage. The NCAA Tournament can absolutely help players get their names out there for that reason.
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Limited Kids Zane Gonzalez Jersey However, the reality is that for good NBA scouts who have been doing their research all season, the tournament is more of just a final exam rather than a referendum on their abilities. For people who have been watching these players, it’s an important piece of the puzzle, but it’s not the be-all, end-all where you’re making drastic decisions based on these games. Anyone who is moving players way up or way down their board based on a two-game sample is either being far too reactionary based on a limited set of games, or doing it because they haven’t been paying enough attention to what’s happening around the country.
With that being said, the tournament is an important set of high-leverage games for potential NBA players to show their stuff. Here are the players who helped themselves this weekend, as well as a few that hurt themselves with poor performances.