The Eagles head into the regular-season opener at Washington without any big health concerns.


Free safety Jimmie Ward’s status for Sunday is “still fluid,” according to general manager John Lynch. Ward suffered a hamstring injury on the first day of training camp and did not appear in any preseason games. If he can’t go, the 49ers will have to choose between Jaquiski Tartt, who many believe is a better fit at strong safety, or undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome.

The Eagles head into the regular-season opener at Washington without any big health concerns. Backup quarterback Nick Foles dealt with elbow inflammation for a good portion of the summer but practiced Wednesday and said he’s good to go. Defensive end Brandon Graham (triceps) and linebacker Jordan Hicks (quad) also practiced in full.

Safety Mike Mitchell wants to play on an injured hamstring but has been cautious to avoid re-aggravation over the last month. Mitchell is almost healed and has practiced the past two days, so if he participates in Thursday’s session, he will be set to play. The Steelers signed Cheap Jerseys Basketball veteran J.J. Wilcox as insurance. Otherwise, the roster is in good health.

AT THE MIDWAY point of last season, Giants do-everything defensive back Landon Collins was the most do-everything-est player in the NFL. After eight games, he was the only player in the league to lead his team in tackles, interceptions and sacks. The second-year safety from Alabama finished 2016 as the Giants’ top tackler (125 total stops, most in franchise history for Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys a defensive back) and placed third in the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year balloting. Now the 23-year-old breakout star isn’t afraid to let the world know that he should have won DPOY honors, that the Giants are Super Bowl contenders and why the NFL is easier than Alabama — all while managing to get in a few more digs at Dak Prescott. Yes, even in interviews, Collins does it all.

he is asked to compare himself and his game to another point guard.


His passes tend to find open teammates rather than him threading the needle to someone where it looked like there was no space. But given how much work it takes to stop Smith from scoring, there’s will always be open teammates when the ball’s in his hands.

“He’s aggressive without being out of control,” Carlisle says. “He’s got vision, he sees people, he delivers the ball on time and on target, and he’s going to get the ball in the basket.”

Smith must improve defensively, a side of the ball that was mostly ignored during his one year at NC State. But he talks about it openly, calling his work on that end a process while describing the methods that he’s hoping to perfect. Everything the Mavericks know about Smith — and everything that Smith has shown himself so far — points to him being a player who will take those challenges in stride.

After Smith scores 16 points and the dagger three in his third summer league game, he is asked to compare himself and his game to another point guard. At first, he demurs, not wanting to play that game.

EuroCup, a 24-team, second-tier continental league run by the same folks who run EuroLeague, did create a two-week break in late November to ostensibly allow players to represent their nations in FIBA qualifying. FIBA’s February games fall within EuroCup’s typical break between the Round of 16 and the playoffs, so there may be no problems with representatives from EuroCup clubs participating.

But the players in EuroCup are not remotely the best players in the world. The 2017 EuroCup MVP was Alexey Shved, who had a rather inglorious four-year NBA career. If those are the best players participating in crucial international qualifiers, that’s a problem. It undercuts FIBA’s very Cheap Qld Basketball Jerseys reason for switching to this qualifying system.

So, sure: Per FIBA’s grand scheme, the nation of Slovenia gets to host Cheap Personalized Jerseys the Spanish national team in November. But which Spanish players will they actually see?

The East was highlighted by Jones’ 24 points and nine rebounds along with Atlanta’s Clarendon


“That’s just Maya,” said Coach Reeve. “She only knows one way, whether it’s an All-Star Game or whether it’s Game 5 of The Finals. That’s what makes her really, really special.”

Another standout for the West was Nneka Ogwumike, who posted 22 points and seven rebounds. Well-acquainted with all-star appearances, Taurasi finished the day with 12 points.

The East was highlighted by Jones’ 24 points and nine rebounds along with Atlanta’s Clarendon, who put the basketball world on notice that there is a wave of capable young guards ready to take over when the likes of Bird and Lindsay Whalen decide to hang it up. Clarendon had 14 points, and her 10 assists mark the most ever dishes in an all-star debut.

Irving eventually decided to agree to the max extension Cheap NCAA Jerseys Cleveland offered. At the time, it looked like he would be the face of the franchise for the duration of his contract.

Things changed when James made the decision to go back to Cleveland. James announced his intentions to sign with the Cavs on July 11. Suddenly, Irving was reduced to a sidekick.

Irving reportedly wasn’t happy in Cleveland while playing under his rookie contract. When he signed the extension, he was led to believe the Cavs were building around Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike him. That promise never was fulfilled because James came aboard.

The most attractive centers available are inherently less attractive because of how the game is played. Noel can’t shoot, pass, or really score. He’s an ace defender and rim protector, but he’s a totally lopsided player. Gasol, meanwhile, can pass and score, but he is an entirely inflexible and doomed defender at this point in his career.

As the league moves closer and closer to positionless basketball, teams are opting for smaller big men who may not be able to block shots like Noel or post up like Gasol but who can offer just a bit more flexibility on the court.

They’re a team that barely snuck into the playoffs last season after earning the No. 5 seed in 2016.


This trade currently fails, but if the Celtics renounce their free agents and don’t sign anyone into their cap space (so, Hayward), then they would have the cap space to take Love straight up. They could even throw a smaller asset or two (say, a late first rounder) towards New York and/or Cleveland to sweeten the deal.

However, there’s two clear reasons why Boston wouldn’t do this. First, they’re dealing directly with a competitor. Why allow Cleveland to make a move that the Cavaliers believe will make them better? Second, for all of the cap space and other assets that general manager Danny Ainge has acquired, it would be wild to cash them in on Kevin Love when the team wouldn’t do it on Paul George or Jimmy Butler.

What about Portland? They’re a team that barely snuck into the playoffs last season after earning the No. 5 seed in 2016. They’ve been rumored to be interested in acquire a star player, and Love is still incredibly good. Here’s one idea.

There’s no chance he’d score 18 a night as a Cav, or sniff an All-Star nod. But he’d be on screens across the world in May and June, and he just might get to hoist a trophy in front of the Q.

Perhaps more importantly, LeBron has the standing to help Rose reset his goals. No one in the league is more successful on and off the court than LeBron. He speaks with authority. Plus, when he’s on the court, Rose isn’t going to be able to take over the offense. LeBron doesn’t let that happen. (Ask Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters.)

Is Rose ready to sacrifice his personal numbers and his narrow potential Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys for a return to stardom — potential he likely believes to be greater than what we believe it Cheap Liverpool Jerseys to be — to find a new brand of success? We’ll see.

The Lakers and Bulls are both reportedly knocking on Rose’s door. Neither will pay much either, making this largely a decision about role.

Irving’s desire to move out from under James’ shadow isn’t new.


Had the Cavaliers done that, they could have quelled Irving’s desires to move on from the organization or been proactive in finding him another home. Now, they’re stuck Cheap Jonathan Toews Jerseys looking for suitors for Irving and trying to find something close to an equal return.

Plus, Irving’s desire to move out from under James’ shadow isn’t new. He reportedly thought about requesting a trade after the Cavs won the NBA Finals last year. The Cavaliers failed to keep tabs on that situation, and they’re paying for it now.

Such are the perils of organizational dysfunction. The Cavaliers went into this offseason with no stability. They had no general manager during the NBA draft and the crucial parts of NBA free agency. Their best player remains coy on his commitment beyond next season and, now, their most explosive offensive weapon wants out. Now they’re scrambling to pick up the pieces.

Meanwhile, any Cavaliers trade probably needs to involve a third team or Kevin Love. In other words, this is going to be a wildly difficult quest in any case.

But the first step in finding a new home for Melo is getting Cheap Kids NHL Jerseys past the no-trade. So maybe there’s a chance.

Reminder: NBA free agent signing tracker and NBA free agent and trade rumor tracker.

The Nuggets won the Paul Millsap sweepstakes, giving the big man three years and $90 million. That means that Danilo Gallinari is assuredly gone — the Clippers look like the best guess for him — and Kenneth Faried is likely trade bait. What about free agent Mason Plumlee, for whom Denver just gave up a first-round pick and Jusuf Nurkic? Good question!

Millsap to the Denver means that the Timberwolves’ hunt for a power forward went a different direction, and that direction is familiarity: Minnesota signed Taj Gibson to a lucrative two-year deal, reuniting him with Tom Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler.

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.

Florida shortstop achieves full flight on spectacular diving catch in foul territory


Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie has already involved himself in the zaniness that is Game 1 of the College World Series finals in Omaha, getting gunned down on a close throwout at second base in the top of the first.

But it’s fair to say that he redeemed himself in the bottom of the third inning, when he sprinted to chase down a foul ball into the shallow third base foul territory and promptly took to the air to make the catch.

What industry and gumption to take off toward the dugout, maintain connection with the ball, then leap without regard for life and limb to haul in this ball. Never mind the face full of dirt and undoubtedly uncomfortable impact upon returning to Earth.

Florida grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Never stop trying.

He was OK with the White Sox, just fine, but after coming back to the Tigers this season, it’s clear that he fermented and chugged Joe Mauer’s MVP season.

Still, this season is an outlier. I’ll need more than a hot three months.

Salvador Perez is the steady veteran, the known quantity. He’s having his best season in years, if not ever, and he’s just seven home runs from setting a career high. His defense is stellar, and Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa he was voted “Most Likely To Mistake a Dove for a Baseball and Randy Johnson the Hell Out of It” by Jerseys From China his teammates. His free-swinging bat and Emanski-approved glove make for an eminently watchable player.

Capitals clinch Presidents’ Trophy again: ‘It’s always nice to win something’


The Capitals are nothing if not consistent, and they’ll take it.

For a second consecutive season, the NHL’s regular season champion resides in Washington, D.C., as the Capitals clinched another Presidents’ Trophy with Wednesday’s 2-0 win over the Rangers. It’s the franchise’s third in the past eight seasons and, most importantly, ensures home-ice advantage through the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Crosby, a two-time Art Ross Trophy and two-time Hart Trophy winner, trails only Oilers sensation Connor McDavid in the NHL scoring race. He now boasts 64 points in 50 games this season (31 goals, 33 assists) compared to McDavid’s 66 in 58 (19 goals, 47 assists).

“I have worked for every owner the Kings have ever had and I appreciate that opportunity and their support as well as the support from AEG, FOX Sports West, Kings coaches and players, my broadcast partners, newspaper reporters, radio-TV announcers, the Kings fans and my family.

“I plan to broadcast two more games and then I hope to have some quality years and enjoyment in retirement.”

Miller, 78, began his broadcasting career at the University of Wisconsin after graduating from Iowa in 1960. After calling Badgers football and hockey games, he was hired by then team owner Jack Kent Cooke in 1973.

Miller’s last two games will be the final two regular-season games of the season, the home finale April 8 against the Blackhawks, which has been designated Bob Miller Appreciation Day Cheap Jerseys Paypal at Staples Center, and April 9 in Anaheim against the Ducks.

Former Stars announcer Ralph Strangis has been filling in for Nike NFL Jerseys China Miller and will continue to work alongside Miller’s longtime broadcast partner Jim Fox.

It’s tough to comprehend when you see the alumni roster that took center stage over the weekend.


Yes, at some point in their careers, even if it was for seven games only (Brodeur), all those names wore the Blues note on their jersey.

Seeing the alumni was a nice nostalgic consolation prize, yes, but it also speaks to what could have been for Blues fans.

This is a franchise that some might describe as snake-bitten in the postseason. After reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in the team’s first three years in existence, the franchise has yet to return, still in search of the oldest trophy in organized North American sports.

It’s also quite amazing when you consider the following head coaches have been on the Blues bench as head coach at some point in the last 50 years:

“It hasn’t been easy for them to come here (in the past), and this certainly doesn’t make it easier, or even possible at this point,” he told the New York Daily News on Monday. “It’s hard to kind of comment on. I don’t want to get in too deep, but it seems like it’s very straightforward and they have very straight lines of what the deal is, but I find still they’re confused about it, still a lot of confusion about what’s wrong and what’s not.

“I guess when a change like this comes very, not from nowhere, but when it comes down like it did, I feel like there was maybe not a whole lot of thought about how to work it out. It seems very straightforward but very confusing about how they deal with it.”

Zibanejad, 23, was born in Huddinge, Sweden, and played professionally Wholesale Jerseys From China in the country until 2012. He then spent time in the AHL in Binghamton, N.Y., before joining Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys the Senators full time in the 2013-14 season. The Rangers traded for Zibanejad this past summer.