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.

MLB Draft 2017: Dates, time, draft order, how to watch, live stream


The 2017 MLB Draft starts on June 12, and for the third time in team history, the Minnesota Twins are leading off the draft order.

For a team with just one winning season in the past six years, the Twins must find another franchise player atop the draft like they did 16 years ago when they drafted Joe Mauer with the No. 1-overall pick in 2001. Mauer went on to win the 2009 A.L. MVP award, and is a six-time All-Star. The Twins now have the tough task of deciding which elite prospect in the 2017 MLB Draft could be its next franchise player.

Like the 2001 MLB Draft, which also featured elite college players Mark Prior (No. 2, Cubs) and Mark Teixeira (No. 5, Rangers), there is no obvious selection at pick No. 1.

The 2017 MLB Draft will last 40 rounds, plus the two compensation (Competitive Balance) rounds that follow Rounds 1 and 2. The MLB Draft was reduced from 50 rounds to 40 rounds in 2012.

There’s no shortage of self-belief among this year’s final four quarterbacks. But I have to favor the scorching-hot player who has been there against the opponent who has not. So I expect Rodgers and the Packers to win a shootout over Ryan and the Falcons.

The AFC game also should be a thriller; a defensive mastermind in Bill Belichick trying to control Pittsburgh’s Killer Bs, Big Ben, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. Brady Cheap Jerseys Paypal Payment will be peeking over his shoulder at a fellow late-30s player in James Harrison, who has re-channeled his NFL defensive player of the year form from eight years ago.

Pittsburgh has won nine straight games, while New England is on an eight-game winning streak. After the Patriotsuneven performance against the Texans, I have a hunch that this is the week Brady and the Pats finally can’t overcome the loss of their best receiver and key run blocker in tight end Rob Gronkowski.

It would be fun to watch Judge and Bellinger take their unprecedented power show into October


In the meantime, though, you’ll read pieces proclaiming that Judge’s performance so far is on par with other 60-homer seasons of the past. But a lot of those other performances came from guys with names like Sosa, Bonds and, yes, our friend Mr. McGwire during seasons in which their home run totals were almost certainly, uh, aided. So, it’s not really a fair comparison.

None of this is to say I want Judge and Bellinger to fail. It would be great if they’re both approaching 50 homers with a few weeks to go, creating the Great Rookie Home Run Race of 2017. But know this: Since McGwire’s 49 homers in 1987, the most any rookie has hit is Albert Pujols’ 37 in 2001. Baseballing is hard, especially for rookies. Even good ones.

It would be fun to watch Judge and Bellinger take their NFL Cheap Jerseys Nike unprecedented power show into October, but don’t expect the surge to last that long.

None of the fresh talent and clever schemes at the skill positions will matter unless the Vikings fix a line that was a disaster last season. Free agent tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers will play right away and end the revolving door of last year.

Third-round pick Pat Elflein was taken high for a reason, and the Cheap Lacrosse Jerseys Ohio State center will likely find a home fast somewhere on the line. The same likely goes for fifth-round guard Danny Isidora. Veteran guard Alex Boone is healthy, and it helps them if he stays that way. Youngsters like T.J. Clemens and Jeremiah Sirles, pressed into service last year, have windows to make an impression. This line needs all the help it can get.

Rivers did not beat Johnson much when they were players.


A defeated Rivers said the next day, “I respect Magic Johnson, but at the end of the day, until we do something, I guess we are the Clippers.” He added, “I didn’t know being the Clippers was bad though, that’s the only thing I’ll say.”

Rivers did not beat Johnson much when they were players. And Johnson got the best of Rivers on Twitter. But he’s doing all he can to keep the Clippers ahead o the Lakers now.

Dennison loves him some fullbacks, which helps explain the Bills’ free-agency acquisitions of Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert. But the OC also has a history of using zone blocking schemes, which makes Buffalo’s decision to let efficient runner Mike Gillislee leave for New England somewhat of a head-scratcher.

Nevertheless, LeSean McCoy again will be the Bills’ No. 1 back, and if healthy, he’s still capable of spearheading a rushing attack that ranked Miami Heat Cheap Jerseys first in the league last season.

The issue for the Bills at running back is depth — Jonathan Williams and Joe Banyard are McCoy’s projected backups. Perhaps local University of Buffalo product Jordan Johnson can make the roster and steal carries as a rookie.

Signing burly, undrafted forward Nigel Hayes was a good step toward that, because Hayes can play multiple positions, and he’s a good rebounder and passer. Committing to Willy Hernangomez as a starter alongside Porzingis, too, will help. In 22 games as a starter, Hernangomez averaged 11.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.8 minutes, and though he Cheap Paintball Jerseys badly needs defensive improvement, letting Cheap Orioles Jerseys him develop next to Porzingis is a must.

A look at some of the texts sent to Jimmy Butler


Ask and you shall receive.

Jimmy Butler gave out his phone number Thursday, asking his critics to contact him directly if they have something they want to say.

“Everybody is entitled to their opinion,” Butler said. “But with that being Youth Authentic Cheap Jerseys said, my phone’s in my back pocket right now, if whoever has anything to say to me, feel free — 773-899-6071. If you want an interview, there you have it. Please do.”

In fact, the Bee noted, the Kings’ current roster has been remodeled largely via two trades over the past year or so:

The Kings acquired the draft rights to Bogdanovic last year during the NBA draft in a trade with Phoenix. The Suns drafted Bogdanovic, 24, with the 27th pick in the 2014 NBA draft and sent his rights, along with the 13th and 28th picks in last year’s draft, to Sacramento for the eighth pick in the draft (Marquese Chriss).

The Kings used the picks to select center Georgios Papagiannis 13th and forward Skal Labissiere 28th.

The other major trade sent DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans in February. The Kings added guard Buddy Hield and used the draft pick acquired from New Orleans (10th overall) to trade down to add North Carolina forward Justin Jackson (15th) and Duke forward Harry Giles (20th).

Because the team didn’t tender a qualifying offer to Ben McLemore, making him an unrestricted free agent, Kings GM Vlade Divac’s roster doesn’t include any player from the one he took over from predecessor Pete D’Alessandro in 2015.

And with their salary-cap situation, look for the Kings to be major players when free agency kicks off Saturday, building around players like Bogdanovic, a 6-6 guard fresh off winning a EuroLeague title with Turkish club Fenerbahce and earning a Silver medal with Serbia in the Rio Olympics.

Yankees, Red Sox interested in Marlins infielders


The Marlins could be among the most active sellers before the July 31 trade deadline, and the Yankees and Red Sox are ready to take advantage of their situation.

According to USA Today Sports, the Red Sox have informed Miami of Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys their interest in third baseman Martin Prado, while the Yankees are intrigued by first baseman Justin Bour.

Bour would be a coup for the Yankees. The 29-year-old slugger is enjoying a breakout season, hitting .293 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs in 65 games this season. Bour, who throws right-handed, but bats left-handed would enjoy Yankee Stadium’s short right-field fence.

Prado, 33, slashed .305/.359/.417 last season while also providing Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 solid defense at third. Though he has spent most of this season on the DL, Prado is back in the lineup with three RBIs in his last two games.

Both the Yankees and Red Sox would immediately be helped by executing these trades. New York would get another power hitter, who could help protect rookie sensation Aaron Judge. The Red Sox would be filling their biggest need.

The Marlins have already sent shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays, proving they are not bluffing when it comes to selling assets.

Despite a rough patch in June, New York will still be buyers. A starting pitcher and first baseman top their priority list, so Bour could soon be wearing pinstripes.

Golden State would give the 32-year-old Young his best chance at a title after reaching the NBA Finals in each of the last three seasons and claiming two championships. Young would be an excellent replacement for Ian Clark, who is likely done in Oakland. Young could add some depth and be a nice complement to Golden State’s “Splash Brothers” of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Young is a “serious candidate” for a portion of Golden State’s $5.2 million exception, according to ESPN.

I asked Kevin Durant about the Cavs running more in Game 2.


The Cavs were able to get into the lane against the Warriors defense, a benefit of the early offense Lue was seeking — Cleveland could attack before Golden State was set. The Cavs Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys had 60 points in the paint on 57 shot attempts. They had 30 fast-break points on 19 attempts, keeping up with the 31 fast-break points the Warriors had. That was a big improvement from Game 1, when the margin favored Golden State, 27-9. That was, in part, fueled by 20 Warriors turnovers.

I asked Kevin Durant about the Cavs running more in Game 2. “They were,” he said, “they came on through a nice blow to start the game, getting to the paint, and I think that’s one thing we got to cover. We can’t give up 23 points off our turnovers. Especially a championship team like that, they’re going to thrive off it.

“So they were going downhill, getting into the paint, but I just think we just stayed poised and tried to play better one-on-one defense and make them shoot over or contest. And they’re going to make some, but if we just try to make it tough on them, it will be in our favor.”

That’s the problem for Cleveland. In the end, the frenetic pace will favor the Warriors. They just have too much offensive weaponry to corral, and increasing the number of possessions is only going to give that superior weaponry an opportunity to show through.

Benjamin had a strong rookie season despite his drop problems following him from college to the pros. He missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL and didn’t totally look like his old self last year. At 26 years old, it’s possible Benjamin has already hit his ceiling. Still, another year removed from Cheap Kids Football Jerseys knee surgery should help, and the Panthers picked up his fifth-year option in a clear vote of confidence. Cam Newton’s top receiver is a prime bounce-back candidate in 2017.

NBA Finals: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to blowout victory in Game 1


The Warriors took control in the third quarter and never looked back on the way to a blowout win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Kevin Durant scored 23 of Cheap Jerseys United States his game-high 38 points in the first half, and Stephen Curry added 28 points and 10 assists as Golden State coasted in the second half. The Cavs finished with 20 turnovers and 15 assists while the Warriors had 31 assists and four turnovers, tying an NBA record for fewest turnovers in an NBA Finals game.

Did Durant stare down Rihanna on the sideline after this 3-pointer? Sure looked like it. Oh, the Warriors are still up 21 by the way.

That’s a big gamble. Scouts have raved about Fultz, and he has been better than advertised ahead of the draft to this point. The Lakers, picking second, were salivating at the prospect of the Celtics passing on Fultz.

As much as the Celtics have seemed to zero in on Fultz in recent weeks, the prospect of having Jackson and last year’s top pick, Jaylen Brown, on the wings is enticing. It would also indicate a few other things.

“The O-line is very young, but I think it has a chance to really grow,” Ballard said in March. “It’s been fun to watch that group work together.”

Instead, the new GM’s first season at the helm focused on Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys rebuilding an Indianapolis defense that ranked 31st in the NFL when it came to yards allowed per play last season His first three eight-figure contracts went to a run-absorbing tackle (Johnathan Hankins), a situational pass rusher (Jabaal Sheard), and versatile linebacker (John Simon). He turned the 15th and 46th picks of the draft into a pair of top-20 talents, overhauling the Colts’ secondary with Ohio State safety Malik Hooker and Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson.

Cavs vs. Warriors III showcases former coveted recruits, underdog prospects


The 2017 NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors will feature seven current All-Stars and four former All-Stars. The “three-match” between Cleveland and Golden State has been marketed as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love versus Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

According to multiple league sources, the Trail Blazers have been Cheap Jerseys Rugby open to deals for some combination of the picks. Portland has contract commitments to 12 players next season already, and a projected salary of $133 million, which is $12 million over the league’s luxury-tax threshold. That puts the Blazers in line for $21 million in luxury tax payments.

Any deal involving a Portland pick would likely involve an easing (or erasing) of the team’s tax burden. Portland doled out about $340 million in contract commitments — young holdovers Allen Crabbe, Moe Harkless, Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum, plus vets Festus Ezeli and Evan Turner — last summer following a solid, 44-win season. But they regressed to 41 wins this year, and apart from McCollum, none of their signees significantly improved.

The Jaguars made a bold gamble making Bortles, an intriguing but flawed prospect, the first QB off the board in 2014. Results have been mixed, at best. After a predictably rough rookie year, Bortles looked to make big strides in 2015, throwing for 35 touchdowns and 4,428 yards. However, his 2016 was a disaster. Bortles’ mechanics went to hell, as he developed a Tebow-esque throwing motion and horrific footwork. He committed to hand out turnovers like candy, the Jaguars bottomed out (again), and Gus Bradley got canned.

Now Doug Marrone is in charge, and one of his biggest challenges will be trying Cheap Jerseys Stitched to salvage something from the Jags’ investment at QB.

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton taking hits ‘scares the hell out of me’


Bo Jackson shares a bond with Cam Newton rooted in their hugely successful college careers at Auburn.

If you don’t keep you ear to the celebrity gossip streets, Wilson is married to R&B singer Ciara, also an Atlanta native. Prior to Wilson courting her, Ciara was engaged to Future. The two who have a son, a little boy named Future, together went through an ugly, public break up.

Wilson’s focus is sharper than the crease on overstarched jeans, but blaring Dirty Sprite 2, from the speakers as he’s trying to warm up for the biggest game of of the season, might get to him just a smidge…or it might fire one of the fiercest competitors in the league up. Either way, it’d be a site to behold, but it’s not happening.

“We will absolutely not go down that road,” Dan Quinn told @Bighugh53 about requesting Future songs to annoy Russell Wilson.

Oh well, we’ll just have to settle for a rematch of one the better games of the 2016 regular season. The Seahawks downed the Falcons 26-24 at home back in Week 6.

College pitchers Kyle Wright (Vanderbilt) and Brendan McKay (Louisville) are both worthy of the top pick; McKay maybe even moreso considering he’s also an elite hitter. High school senior RHP/SS Hunter Greene is also an elite two-way prospect and could hear his name called with the first-overall choice.

Minnesota has until the night of June 12 to decide Cheap Jerseys And Jordans which prospect will be the next face of its franchise. Until then, here’s everything you need Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses to know about the 2017 MLB Draft, including date(s), times and draft order.