Fournette has been slowed this summer by a nagging foot injury


Peterson threw down the gauntlet leading up to the game by saying, “Going back to Minnesota, playing the Vikings? Yeah, I want to stick it to them.”

Saints coach Sean Payton likely was not pleased with Peterson’s challenge issued to a Vikings defense that ranked third in the league last season. And how much of an opportunity will Peterson actually have to “stick it” to the Vikings when, at 32, he’s probably the Saints’ third best back behind Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara? This is hardly the first time Peterson has made inflammatory — or shall we say stupid — comments.

Peterson last year talked about how bored he was in Vikings OTAs and training camp after he had played only one game in 2015 due to the repercussions from child abuse charges. And he added that he could retire from his then-$12 million job due to this imposition of having to sit in meetings and attend practices.

Reuben Foster, LB, 49ers: Following a season-ending shoulder injury to Malcolm Smith, Foster was thrust into a starting role and made the most of it during the preseason. Foster was viewed as one of the most complete defensive players in the 2017 draft class after recording 115 tackles, with 13 for loss and five sacks, last season for Alabama. The 49ers offense will struggle this year, meaning Foster will have plenty of time to rack up the numbers that could earn him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars: The Jaguars are relying on him to be their workhorse back to take some pressure off beleaguered quarterback Blake Bortles. Fournette should get plenty of carries, assuming his foot injury doesn’t linger.

Myles Garrett, DE, Browns: As the top pick in the draft, Garrett will be in the spotlight all season long. He’s had an impressive summer and will look to continue that during Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys the regular season Cheap Nike Eagles Jerseys as the Browns try to climb out of the cellar in the AFC North.

The Knicks signed Tim Hardawaaaaait a minute, $71 MILLION?!


The Knicks drafted Tim Hardaway Jr. back in the first round in 2013. He was fine for a pick in the 20s as a single-minded wing scorer, with mixed results in his efficiency. Ultimately replaceable. So the Knicks used him in a draft-night trade in 2015 to get Jerian Grant, a point guard. A year later, the Knicks threw Grant into the pot for the Derrick Rose trade.

Hardaway’s a restricted free agent now, and New York decided to try to bring him back. That’s a little weird — you trade a player for low return (which you flip for a rental) and then chase the original player in free agency two years on? OK — but hey, circumstances change.

The Knicks offered Hardaway $71 million over four years.

Anthony is ready to move on and the Rockets are ready to take him. Daryl Morey is in the business of acquiring talent and figuring out how it fits later. If Anthony is on the market, he’ll be aggressive in his pursuit.

Plus, it seems Anthony is finally willing to move on. Whatever Cheap Jerseys Outlets went down between him and D’Antoni is under the bridge and down the river at this point. Things will work out. This trade appears to be happening, it’s just a question of when rather than if.

Noel is good and will make a pretty penny once Dallas gets around to signing him, or once Noel gets around to signing another team’s offer sheet. But he offers no lineup flexibility. That, and his restricted status, contribute to the slow burn of his free agency. If you’re signing Noel to a max deal (or anything close), you’d better be ready to give him 30 minutes a game. That’s 30 minutes without any scoring or shooting at one position, so you’d better have shooters elsewhere in your rotation or you are subjecting yourself Cheap Jerseys Sites to too limited an offense.

FSU showed off how many errors it could pull off in one play


LSU and Florida State continue to impress in the College World Series with the most white-knuckle baseball one can imagine. We’ve already witnessed dugout sit-ups in celebration of the Tigers’ first run, and here in the top of the sixth, things are very much getting weird yet again.

LSU carried a 5-1 lead into the top of the frame, when third baseman Josh Smith slipped a weak grounder to first, where all hell broke loose.

That didn’t go as planned, or at least not as Smith would have planned.

Smith indeed puts the ball in play, singling into right center. That scores Deichmann from second, but Smith got greedy in his base running, unwisely trying to stretch the play into a double.

Thing is, though, that Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie appears not to make the tag before Smith reaches base here. Smith somehow avoids Guthrie’s glove in his face on the slide, only getting tagged after touching the base with his left hand.

Unfortunately for LSU, this sort of play is not reviewable, despite the Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale fact that college baseball needs to implement video assist review on a larger scale. That’s gotta NFL Jerseys Free Shipping sting for Tigers fans.

Florida maintains a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

The Blues won the NHL’s eighth Winter Classic 4-1.


That’s right: The four winningest head coaches in NHL history all coached the St. Louis Blues at one time. None won the cup in St. Louis, but combined the group has won 17 titles.

For one day in January, all that was forgotten.

The Blues won the NHL’s eighth Winter Classic 4-1. It couldn’t have been scripted much better for the franchise or the league. Both overcame and outlasted Mother Nature, both put on a show for a packed house at an iconic baseball stadium and one of the game’s brightest stars, Vladimir Tarasenko, starred in the third period.

Tarasenko missed on a breakaway then ripped the post several minutes later in the third before capping off the weekend in style with two goals and a selfie with crazed Blues fans on what normally would be the home team’s dugout.

Foley made history in June when the NHL approved his bid to bring a franchise to Las Vegas, which to date had not permanently hosted a pro sports team.

The Golden Knights will begin play this fall in the privately-financed T-Mobile Arena, a $375 million facility fitted to host shows and concerts in addition to hockey year-round near the future site that will host the Raiders beginning in 2020. Though maybe not the driving force, the NFL’s interest in Las Vegas was sweetened by the city’s multimillion dollar contribution to build the stadium, taken from tourists in the form of hotel room taxes.

Foley, a billionaire businessman, said he was never approached by the Raiders or the NFL to join negotiations for relocation.

He welcomed and congratulated Raiders owner Mark Davis on the bid’s approval, adding, “It Nike NFL Jerseys truly is an exciting time to be from Las Vegas. There is only a select group of Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys cities in North America that are home to both an NHL and an NFL franchise and Vegas is now one of them.”

James Conner hurts shoulder as injuries mount for Steelers rookies


For the third time in as many days a Steelers rookie was injured during training camp.

Running back James Conner left Sunday’s padded practice with an injured left shoulder after what had been an impressive performance. Conner was one of seven Steelers players mentioned by head coach Mike Tomlin in his post-practice injury report.

Tomlin also mentioned linebacker Vince Williams, safety Mike Mitchell, cornerback Senquez Golson, tight ends Scott Orndoff and Xavier Grimble, and rookie linebacker Keion Adams. Tomlin said Orndoff was dehydrated and Grimble and Adams also had heat-related issues.

“I really feel this way especially in the last couple weeks, month, wow, I see the light at the end of the tunnel if you will,” Luck told reporters Friday. “And I truly feel in my mind, in my heart that I know I’m going to be better.”

Now, whether that means Luck is going to be ready for Week 1 Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China when the Colts play the Rams Sept. 10 remains to be seen.

The typical recovery time after labrum surgery can range anywhere from six to nine months. Luck had surgery in mid-January so he is approaching the timetable to be back, but with any injury and surgery like this, not to mention the value of Luck to the team, it may be prudent to let him come back later rather than sooner to extend his NFL career.

For now Luck will try to progress to working through a throwing motion, to throwing a tennis ball and eventually throwing a football. It’s a long process, but one that is infinitely worth it for the Colts’ franchise player.

Tom Brady at 40 by the numbers


Tom Brady, one of the most successful and enduring players in NFL history, turns 40 on Thursday.

A man synonymous with the New England Patriots, Brady has starred for the franchise since 2000, winning the Super Bowl on five occasions and being named Super Bowl MVP four times.

Here, we examine Brady’s storied career in Opta numbers as he reaches a major personal milestone.

7 – When he first plays this season, Tom Brady will become the seventh different quarterback age 40 or older to start at least one NFL game since the start of the 2000 season, and the first Patriot ever to do so.

4 – Brady has been named Super Bowl MVP on four occasions (2002, 2004, 2015, 2017), more often than any other player in NFL history. In fact, he’s one of just five players to be MVP more than once.

2 – He is one of just two people to win five or more Super Bowl rings as a player, along with Charles Haley, and the only player to win five playing for the same team.

“You’re not blind to it as a player,” Brady said. “It’s a contact sport and I think we all understand that. And there’s a lot of great benefits that football brings you. You certainly can be put in harm’s way.”

Deflecting the question was an obvious route for Brady to take due to the fallout that would occur if he told the truth. But his non-denial is just as bad, and he made it worse by saying it’s nobody’s business. Legally, it’s the NFL’s business because injuries must be reported.

His concussions are also the interest of other players looking to play in the NFL. Having someone with the prominence of Brady would have a huge impact in the way concussions Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys are viewed in football. A season two viewing of Netflix’s “Last Chance U” proves there’s a lot of progress to be made regarding concussions in this sport.

Brady calling his concussions a personal issue is a weak response to a Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys serious topic. The league won’t make progress on this issue until players acknowledge the severity of brain injuries.

Chargers’ second-round pick OL Forrest Lamp tears ACL, out for season


New city, same old injury woes.

This time it’s Los Angeles Chargers rookie guard Forrest Lamp, the team’s second-round pick, who tore the ACL in his right knee during Wednesday’s practice, the team announced.

Newton initially suffered the injury against the Chargers in Week 14 last year and didn’t miss any time, though the team limited his activity as the season neared a close. He underwent a procedure on his right shoulder in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and began his rehabilitation the following week.

The linebacker was taking part in practice when he went to make the tackle on a running play. The back, Giovani Bernard, is recovering from an ACL tear he suffered last November. So when Burfict went low on his tackle, his teammates went after him.

Tensions are already flaring at Bengals camp today, after Vontaze Burfict went low on Giovani Bernard and was barked at by running backs coach Kyle Caskey. A scrum ensued with the entire team until Marvin Lewis yelled at everyone to get out of the pile and back up. Tyler Eifert and Burfict had an animated discussion for several minutes afterward.
Safe to say Burfict isn’t exactly making anyone think differently of him.

Cutler is the NFL’s best bridge quarterback. He allows his current team to aim for a playoff berth while also giving them the opportunity to plan for the future at the position.

Cutler shouldn’t be viewed as a savior in Miami, which almost certainly won’t be a Cheap Football Jerseys From China Super Bowl contender so long as Tom Brady refuses to retire. But Gase has proven his system Cheap Essendon Jerseys works. His vision for the team can produce results, and the franchise should trust his direction.

Bulls keep playoff hopes alive with win over slumping Cavs


The slumping Cavaliers have lost their grip on the top spot in the Eastern Conference and it might be the Celtics’ gain.

The Bulls overcame an 11-point third-quarter deficit Thursday night to rally past the Cavaliers for a 99-93 victory at United Center.

With their third straight loss, the Cavaliers (47-27) dropped a half-game back of the Celtics (48-27) for the top spot in the East. The Cavs have lost five of their last seven and even 26 points from LeBron James, who passed another NBA milestone, couldn’t stop the skid.

James moved past Shaquille O’Neal for seventh place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, but 19 of his 26 points came in the first half as the Cavs held a 50-41 lead at the break.

“I wanted to ask Russell like, ‘How’s your family doing man, how you feel?’ Like stuff that normal people talk about,” he said. “But there’s just so many cameras watching and it’s like, ‘Oh what they talking about, they didn’t look at each other, they didn’t even say hi.'”

Durant also said he wouldn’t walk down the tunnel at the same time because if he saw Westbrook and ignored him then it would cause a scene. So instead he just kept to himself, even though he doesn’t really feel like there’s beef between them. He thinks Westbrook feels the same way.

“It was awkward. Everybody see it, everybody talked about it the whole time, that was the topic of discussion,” Durant said. “It was corny. It was tabloid TMZ talk. It’s not even Cheap High Quality Jerseys basketball, it’s not even what’s important in this game.”

The Warriors don’t play the Thunder again in the regular season, but there’s a chance the two teams can meet in the playoffs. If that happens, expect the media Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys attention on their relationship to be even stronger.

This season has been a disaster for the Giants as a team


Why he’s here: Trout hasn’t played since injuring his thumb on May 28, and he STILL ranks in the top three in WAR — a cumulative stat, mind you — among all MLB outfielders (he’s second in B-R at 3.4 and second in FG at 3.3). So, yeah, he makes our squad, ahead of healthy stars having great seasons, guys such as Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger and Marcel Ozuna.

Why he’s here: This season has been a disaster for the Giants as a team, no doubt, but Posey has been his typical MVP-caliber self through it all. Gary Sanchez, Salvador Perez and Tyler Flowers have been really good, but Posey is the easy choice here.

Why he’s here: Yes, I know Dickerson isn’t a full-time DH, and maybe you think that’s reason to go with RBI machine Nelson Cruz here instead. But Dickerson has more starts at DH (42) than in left field (30), so it’s not like this is much of a stretch. And Dickerson has been so good that we have to find a spot for him on this team.

Britton Colquitt returns after averaging 45.3 Cheap MLB Jerseys From China yards per punt last season, but the kicking competition became more intriguing with the addition of Zane Gonzalez, the 2016 Lou Groza Award winner who connected on 23 of 25 field goals for Arizona State last season. He’ll push Cody Parkey Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys for the starting job.

The key will be from 40 yards or more, where Parkey hit just seven of 12 last season. In the return game, Peppers averaged 14.8 yards per punt return at Michigan last season.

Incentives count on the salary cap if the player met them based on last year’s stats.


Kaepernick, given his history, should be looking for a contract at the high end of this group. Nick Foles, who signed for over $5 million with the Eagles, is the high water mark, but Philadelphia has done some odd contracts for backups, and most teams will probably toss that one out. Schaub would be next at $4 million, and there’s no reason Kaepernick should not exceed that total and reach a contract of about $4.5 million per year.

The one issue with traditional contracts in this range: Their incentives are tied to playing time and basic stats more so than honors, which could pose a problem for Kaepernick.

Incentives count on the salary cap if the player met them based on last year’s stats. Because Kaepernick started 11 games and threw for 16 touchdowns in 2016, many of those incentives will count on the cap. For teams tight on the salary cap like the Ravens, Lions and Rams, that can be a deal-breaker and make Kaepernick unaffordable, even on a bargain contract.

The Bucs should be happy to have seen Mike Glennon leave, because by the nature of his Bears contract, he was more of a disappointed former starter than willing backup. It looked for a while like the team would be OK with Ryan Griffin as the No. 2, but it was smart to add well-traveled Cheap DUKe Jerseys Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the top short-term reserve.

After Fitzpatrick looked and couldn’t find a starting gig away from the Jets, he landed in a strong role behind Winston. He will still have a noticeable influence on the offensive side of the locker room, and he’ll provide one of the league’s best insurance plans in a scheme suited to his strengths.

As for Winston, he’s proved to be a very durable young gun through his first 32 games. Between Koetter and Fitzpatrick, he’s got the ideal direct support to keep pushing forward as a Cheap European Soccer Jerseys passer.