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.

SN source: 49ers pin finalists for GM job, will conduct second interviews this week


The San Francisco 49ers arent just honing in on a new head coach.

A source tells Sporting News that the franchise is set to conduct second interviews later this week with finalists for its vacant general managers position.

49ers brass has already told some of the candidates that they remain Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys in contention for the job that opened when Trent Baalke was fired at seasons end.

Can’t tell you if Jordy’s going to practice Wednesday, but he did all the work in the (regeneration) workout (Monday), McCarthy said. So that’s a good sign.

While most players wouldn’t be able to return to the field two weeks after breaking his ribs, the sources said Nelson is different than most players. The rest of the team is hopeful that Nelson will defy the odds, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

We’re going to try to get this one and hopefully get him back if he can’t play this week, Rodgers said Thursday.

He’s been a warrior all season. I don’t think he’s missed a practice hardly all season. Different without him out there, but we’re hopeful he’s going to be able to heal quickly and be able to go.

Farmer was fired after the 2015 season and Manziel was released two months later. Neither man is currently with an NFL team.

Browns fans are surely wondering how things would have worked out had Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who led the Browns from 1991-95, stuck around. Also on Belichick’s staff those four years was Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys current Alabama coach Nick Saban, who called Belichick ‘the most organized coach that I’ve ever been involved with.’

Weekend Kickoff: Divisional round should bring competitive rematches


Each of the four NFL wild-card playoff games were blowouts, but dont expect that to be the case this Sunday.

The 19-point average margin of victory was the largest since the 1980 season, but three of the four divisional playoff games that year were decided by six points of less. The Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys only exception was a 31-16 win by the Eagles over the Vikings.

Each of this seasons divisional playoff games are rematches from the regular season. Only Saturday nights game between the Texans and Patriots will be played on the same field as the regular-season matchup.

A huge break for the Falcons. The Packers had a chance to recover a fumble created by a bobbled snap on an end-around to Taylor Gabriel in Atlanta territory, but Gabriel was able to recover after Jake Ryan failed to do so. Atlanta did have to punt, however, a couple plays later.

He’s no Michael Vick, as they say in Atlanta, but Matt Ryan had no trouble scrambling through Green Bay’s zone coverage for a 14-yard touchdown run to cap the Falcons’ third drive of the game and give them their third score. Atlanta again easily carved up the Green Bay defense on the nine-play series that went 80 yards. 17-0, Falcons.

Maliek Collins, DT, Cowboys: Ends such as Irving and Benson Mayowa give Dallas much-needed pass-rush potential. But Collins, a rookie third-round steal, deserves more attention. He Cheap Flag Football Jerseys quickly emerged as a solid starter and has been a durable linchpin against the run. He also has showed that he can get after the passer inside with five sacks all coming after Week 8.

Jordy Nelson injury update: Packers WR won’t play vs. Cowboys


Packers receiver Jordy Nelson won’t play Sunday against the Cowboys, coach Mike McCarthy announced Friday.

Nelson suffered fractured ribs in the team’s wild-card win against the Giants last weekend. He was a longshot to play against Dallas, but he wanted to wait and see how he progressed throughout the week before making an official decision.

The Packers will have a strong group of receivers, even without Nelson. Randall Cobb has returned to the lineup, and scored three touchdowns in the opening playoff round. Davante Adams has been great all season, finishing just three yards shy of 1,000 during the regular season while scoring 12 times and adding 125 yards and a touchdown against the Giants.

I recognized that. I said, You need to persuade the other owners to do this because its the right thing to do. Not only the right thing to do, it will make your teams better because youll be finding talent that is otherwise not being discovered.

So at a league meeting, Dan Rooney stood up and said, Commissioner, I would ask you to put together a committee of owners and general managers to talk about minority hiring at the head coaching position.Of course, that would filter down to other positions on the coaching staff.

After a number of meetings of a committee that included Jeff Lurie, Pat Bowlen, Dan Rooney, [Ravens general manager] Ozzie Newsome, [then-Falcons GM Rich McKay] and [then-Colts GM] Bill Polian came the so-called Rooney Rule. We had a conference call of all the owners and everyone Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys stood up and said, I as an owner agree this is the policy the league should have. We need to take it Cheap Dream Team Jerseys upon ourselves to make it work.

Raiders reportedly will file relocation documents to move to Las Vegas


The Oakland Raiders are reportedly set to file relocation papers with the NFL requesting the franchise’s relocation to Las Vegas.

According to NFL.com sources, the team is ready to file the documents within days.

At that point, the Raiders would need to secure the approval of 24 NFL team owners to make the move. The vote would most likely come at the owners’ annual meetings in late March in Phoenix.

The game has gotten so violent, so rough. Were so much more educated on this CTE stuff (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), theres no way I would ever allow my kids to play football today.

Even though I love the sport, Id smack them in the mouth if they said they wanted to play football.

Id tell them, Play baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, just anything but football.

Jackson’s honest comments came with knowledge that many former NFL players are suffering from lingering head issues. Doctors are taking active steps into learning more about CTE, but according to a Washington Post article in 2016, 40 percent of former NFL players suffer from the brain injury.

If Jackson lived in an era where head injuries were as pronounced as they are now, the two-sport star would have never won the Heisman Trophy, and he wouldn’t have dazzled Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys fans in the NFL.

Jackson, 54, may have become one of the greatest baseball players of all time had it been Cheap China NFL Jerseys his only sport.

This hasn’t been a great year for the Jets.


The Saints secondary finished 31st and 32nd in the league over the past two seasons, and the pass defense was in dire need of upgrades. Using the No. 11 pick on Marshon Lattimore, the top cornerback in the draft, was a wise choice.

Odell Beckham Jr. is great, but he needed a stronger supporting cast around him. Although Marshall is getting up there in years, he can still play and should have a couple of more years left. Bringing in Marshall also allows Sterling Shepard to move to the slot position, where he’s most comfortable.

This hasn’t been a great year for the Jets. They signed soon-to-be 38-year-old Josh McCown, who could be their No. 1 quarterback for 2017. Their top receiver stands to be Eric Decker, who missed all but three games last fall. The only bright spot was picking up Adams, a top-three prospect, with the No. 6 pick, which also allowed them to move on from Calvin Pryor.

The Broncos could have jumped up the draft order with a flashy trade or thrown money at a middling free agent like Glennon, but instead decided to back their young passers. Trevor Siemian was adequate in 2016, and 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch was considerably worse, but he has a much higher upside. If the pair can meet expectations, they’ll provide surplus value on modest contracts.

Stafford rewarded Detroit’s faith with an MVP-level 2016 season before a Cheap Jerseys Make Your Own broken finger derailed his campaign. The Lions worked to ensure his safety this Cheap Jerseys Online Free Shipping offseason by adding a pair of high-profile blockers in free agency. T.J. Lang and Ricky Wagner should offer an immediate upgrade for a franchise that allowed Stafford to get sacked on more than 6 percent of his dropbacks.

the Atlanta Falcons’ defense finished the 2014 season ranked dead last in the league for total defense


They’ll miss newly-retired Chad Greenway. Last season, they missed the Anthony Barr who was on the verge of tearing up the league in his first two seasons. He was surprisingly Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys invisible often in 2016, and coach Mike Zimmer noticed. He had just two sacks, one forced fumble and one takeaway last season, and he’s proven capable of being an impact player all over the field on every down.

It’s a very young group without Greenway — Barr, Eric Kendricks, Edmond Robinson and Kentrell Brothers are 25 or younger, and they drafted Ben Gideon this spring. Barr is perfectly positioned to be the centerpiece of that unit. Based on his previous play, he’s capable.

These are cliches, but you see the words translated to action with players like Grady Jarrett, who managed to sack Tom Brady three times in Super Bowl LI. You see it in the speed of middle linebacker Deion Jones, who returned two interceptions for touchdowns last year. And you see it in the dramatic improvement of Vic Beasley, who led the league in sacks last season.

The year before Quinn arrived, the Atlanta Falcons’ defense finished the 2014 season ranked dead last in the league for total defense. The hope was that Quinn could shape the unit into something Cheap Jerseys In Canada like the top-ranked Seattle Seahawks defense that he was leaving to come to Atlanta.

In 2015, Quinn’s first season at the helm, the Falcons improved from 32nd in the league for yards allowed per game to 16th.

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.

Broncos’ T.J. Ward explains why Raiders WR Michael Crabtree was ‘disrespectful’


During a rivalry game between the Broncos and Raiders last year, something crazy happened. Denver cornerback Aqib Talib went right up to Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree and yanked the gold chain right off of his neck.

Within minutes, House secured a ride from brothers Chad and Mike Johnson from western Wisconsin. Chad Johnson even packed a pillow for the veteran so he could rest in the car before practice.

After more than four hours of driving, House made it to OTAs on time. To show his appreciation, he gave the brothers a tour of Lambeau Field to cap their memorable experience.

“It would’ve been cool just to get a picture with him there, but he was like, ‘Follow me to the stadium and I’ll sign some stuff for you,'” Chad Johnson told ESPN. “We told him he didn’t need to do that, and he insisted. He has OTAs at 7:30, and here he is at 3:30 in the morning doing this. So he brought us over there, we got to go in the locker room. He signed some shoes and some gloves and let us take pictures with the Super Bowl trophies.”

House, who turns 28 in July, spent the first four years of his career in Green Bay and has rejoined the Packers on a one-year deal worth $2.85 million after spending the last two seasons with the Jaguars.

Payton may be enticed to add Maclin to Drew Brees’ arsenal, and let him air it out to two deep threats.

Ravens — The Ravens largely failed to address their glaring need at wide receiver during the draft. They may have just been gifted a second chance. Maclin would not only provide insurance for the inconsisent Mike Wallace and oft-injured Breshad Perriman, he could Vip Cheap Jerseys become the team’s No. 1 threat.

The Ravens are close to contending in the AFC, but Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China they need to score more points on a consistent basis. Maclin comes with his own set of injury risks, but his upside is still worth the risk for a Baltimore team short on options.