MLB trade rumors: Dodgers ‘confident’ of completing blockbuster trade by deadline

The Dodgers have built a commanding lead in the National League West, but they aren’t satisfied with their current roster.

With ace Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with a back injury, Los Angeles has increased its likelihood of pulling off a trade before the July 31 trade deadline. In fact, according to MLB Network, the Dodgers are “increasingly confident” they will acquire either Justin Verlander, Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish.

The system is broken, Cuban asserts, but “the system is the system” even if things don’t work as smoothly as he’d like, and the Warriors backup center, who received 1.5 million fan votes, is Exhibit A.

“The three branches of NBA government — the players, the media, and the fans — you would think would be able to make it all work. But I understand if the guys who are All-Stars won in the NBA Electoral College, if they would have thought they were at risk they would have campaigned at different games.

“But the system is the system. They campaigned in the states — and in Zaza’s case — the countries where they needed to. There’s a Pew Study that talks about the difference between digital straight-up fan voting and the NBA Electoral College, and that’s what I pin my hat on.’’

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Some struggle coming to terms with being the third option behind two Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys volume scorers, but Porter seems to have embraced being the thorn in a defense’s side. It explains why 80.8 percent of his field goals this season have been assisted.

Awesome Warriors-Spurs matchup becomes awful as both teams’ stars will sit out

Have you had March 11 marked on calendar marked for months, just dying of anticipation for the best NBA matchup of the season? Has the desire to see Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard go toe-to-toe again and before the playoffs had your blood boiling with excitement?

Hours after the Spurs announced Leonard (concussion) would sit out their Saturday matchup against the West-leading Warriors, the Dubs announced all their stars will join the injured Kevin Durant on the sideline: Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala will all rest after a toughly contested loss to the Timberwolves on Friday.

So, a game that once had the potential to feature at least three MVP candidates in Leonard, Curry and Durant will now feature none, with LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol highlighting the crop of stars for a nationally televised game (it will air at 8:30 p.m. on ABC).

Steve Kerr said he just wants to ensure his players are in tip-top shape.

“It’s 100 percent health,” Kerr said postgame on Friday. “I’ve been conferring with the training staff every day on this trip and I ultimately deferred to (them). I asked them what’s the best game that we can benefit from (resting) those four guys, our high-minutes guys, and they said no doubt it’s San Antonio.”

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Devin Booker explodes for 70 points against Celtics, but Suns lose

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.

He added eight rebounds, six assists and three steals, but Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys his efforts weren’t enough to lift the Suns to a win. The rest of the Suns players accounted for 50 points as the Celtics still earned a 130-120 victory.

The Knicks lost to the Heat, 105-88, on Wednesday, and are pretty much eliminated from playoff contention. With only seven games left in the regular season, Anthony will likely be benched more so younger players can get experience.

“I don’t think me going out there, trying to score 30 and 40 every night and playing that way, is going to help them out at this point,” Anthony said. “I think it’s more about getting that experience and letting them go out there and play through that right now. It’s challenging, but I think it’s for the greater good for Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys everybody on this team.”

It’s the fourth season in a row the Knicks have missed the playoffs, which means they will likely have a top-10 draft pick this year.

Anthony’s future with the team remains uncertain even in the offseason, despite his no-trade clause. The team could want to deal him to make room for younger players with a smaller salary, giving the team more cap space.

“He’s smart,” one scouting director said. “He is a basketball junkie like his dad. He always seems to get that team to play to its strengths. You want to see more, where he goes from here. But I could imagine him coaching in the NBA someday.”

Pacers’ Paul George can’t wait to rekindle ‘special memories’ with Lance Stephenson

The Pacers haven’t announced it yet, but reports say the team is set to sign Lance Stephenson in the near future. The electric guard departed Indiana for Charlotte in free agency a few years ago and was never able to return to what he was.

After bouncing around a few teams, Stephenson is ready to return, and his teammates are welcoming him with open arms.

“Lance is a ball player and he’s a guy that fits right in,” George said Wednesday, via the Indianapolis Star. “I think one area that we need and we’re lacking is a shot creator and a playmaker (in the second unit) and you’ve got a guy that can do both of those.”

Stephen Curry scored a team-high 24 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Klay Thompson added 20 points and eight rebounds, but the bench came up big for the Warriors at Oracle Arena.

Andre Iguodala scored 14 points with five rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals, while JaVale McGee scored 13 points with five blocks and four rebounds in just 11 minutes of action.

The Warriors received a total of 49 points off the bench, with all six players shooting 50 percent or better from the field. Even backup guard Paypal Cheap Jerseys Ian Clark was draining 3-pointers.

Defensively, the Warriors were excellent, holding the Rockets to 37 percent shooting from the field. James Harden, who scored 17 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists, shot just 4 of 18 from the field and 2 of 9 from beyond the arc.

The win was crucial for the Warriors (62-14), because it proved the two-time Western Conference champs could win playoff-like games without one of their biggest stars. It should give the rest of the team confidence heading into the real Nike NFL Jerseys From China postseason in a couple weeks.

NBA Finals 2017: Kevin Durant leads late Game 3 rally, brings Warriors one win from perfection

Brooms are being moved out of Cleveland’s closets as we speak.

The Warriors erased a six-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to win Game 3 of the NBA Finals 118-113 in Cleveland. Kevin Durant led Golden State with 31 points, and is now just the third player in history to score at least 25 points in his first eight NBA Finals games.

After outscoring the Cavs 29-19 in the fourth quarter, the Warriors set the record (15 straight victories) for the longest playoff win streak in history among the four major North American pro sports.

Cleveland must be in shock. The Cavaliers looked like the stronger team and had momentum on their side throughout most of the game. However, Durant and the Warriors were poised and dangerous down the stretch.

Whitlock seemed to have the biggest problem with James comparing his situation to Emmett Till, an African-American teenager who was brutality murdered in Mississippi in 1955 at the age of 14.

The people that murdered Emmett Till got off, an all-white jury let them off, there was no real investigation, the whole town was against him. LeBron’s $20 million Brentwood home gets vandalized and I see two or three police cars trying to get to the bottom of it. LeBron’s staff, I’m sure, cleaned up the spray paint within hours. This ain’t Emmett Till, said Whitlock.

When all is said and done, this looks like a win-win for everyone involved. New Orleans turned a good receiver into high picks at the peak of his value, while Cooks gets to play with Tom Brady and contend for Super Bowls.

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Golden State outscored Cleveland 36-11 over the next 9:05 of game time

Durant has been a monster in transition, averaging 6.5 points per game in transition during the regular season and 7.0 in the playoffs while doing so efficiently at 1.13 points per possession. It turns out having a 7-footer who can rebound and lead the break is a huge advantage. Go figure.

It’s still funny to see a James line of 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists and know he can be much better. But it’s true.

James had his turnover issues and shot less than 50 percent from the field (9 of 20), not to mention multiple defensive possessions where he was out of position. LeBron will do his usual LeBron things, as expected, but if the Cavs want to win back-to-back titles, he must be the best player in this series. That means putting him in positions to succeed.

The Cavs mentioned pushing the pace in Game 2, a dangerous proposition when you consider they had the worst transition defense in terms of efficiency during the regular season. But choosing spots to push the ball does allow James to gain momentum, and he is all but unstoppable at that point.

Monday, his take was proven correct. Apparently, it wouldn’t have even been a personal foul. James, the highest-profile player in the league, complained as well and didn’t get the same consideration.

After the no-call on LeBron’s dunk, Durant remained in the game. Golden State outscored Cleveland 36-11 over the next 9:05 of game time, a stretch in which Durant scored 13 of his team-high 39 points and added three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

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Tom Brady can’t call Falcons star receiver Julio Jones

The New England Patriots are a dynasty in the NFL, but they win the right way, with good draft classes, great coaching and an excellent organization backing them. That’s what I saw in the dominant San Antonio Spurs teams led by a top coach in Gregg Popovich and the league’s best big man in Tim Duncan during their championship run.

Tom Brady can’t call Falcons star receiver Julio Jones, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and Broncos pass rusher extraordinaire Von Miller and say, Play out your contracts and then we’ll join forces. Not when those players would be hit with the franchise tag.

So for the integrity of the game, and to achieve a playoff season that presents intrigue in every round, the NBA needs to get with the program and follow the other major sports that rarely see repeat champions.

Just too much is what one headline read in describing the victorious 2016-17 Warriors. Yes, they do have too much.

I don’t care what the TV ratings say. I do not want to see Golden State coast to a third title in four years. Because, again, barring major injury, that’s a foregone conclusion.

Having Luck is certainly an advantage, but Indianapolis has several holes that need to be plugged before it can boast a postseason level of structural integrity. Grigson’s tenure left a laundry list of free agent signings that failed to pan out, along with some regrettable departures from homegrown players. Between 2012-16, he handed out big contracts to players whose name recognition exceeded their ability to contribute on the field.

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Jason Williams suffers non-contact right knee injury in Big3 debut

The debut game of the Big3 league saw a fan favorite go down with a scary injury.

Next season’s games will mark the first MLB games played in Puerto Rico since 2010. MLB games were also played there in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

It is a dream come true for me to play in Puerto Rico, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said in a release. When the Montreal Expos played in Puerto Rico, I remember going to those games and thinking to myself, ‘I would love to be here playing in front of my country and people.’ Now that we have the opportunity next April, it is a dream realized for me.

Cleveland currently holds a 1 1/2-game lead over the Twins in the AL Central. Both teams are filled with young, entertaining players, which should keep them competitive again next season.

The 2017 NBA Draft has come and gone, so now basketball fans finally get a chance to relax, take a break and — oh right, free agency!

Once the clock hits midnight on July 1, NBA free agency officially begins. This year’s class is not particularly deep, but there are some big names and potential game-changers depending on individual team needs.

The names at the top of this list are likely to stay put, though free agency has taught us nothing is ever guaranteed. Here’s our rankings of the top free agents with a breakdown of where each player may land.

(Sporting News’ Sean Deveney contributed to this list. Any players or rankings you like, praise him. Any players or rankings you hate come from Sporting News’ Jordan Greer.)

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Mitch Wild Thing Williams gets ‘justice’, wins $1.5M in suit against MLB Network

Former MLB pitcher Mitch Williams has won a $1.5 million judgment in a civil suit against MLB Network, which fired him as an analyst in 2014 after disputed reports about his behavior at his son’s youth baseball games, Philly.com reported.

Floyd had reportedly tested positive for alcohol at least three times earlier this month while on house arrest. After initially denying the report as totally false, he released a statement through ESPN’s Adam Schefter stating he was unaware that the drinks contain alcohol after being encouraged by the team to consume kombucha tea drinks.

Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren wrote a letter to Floyd’s attorney declaring his support for the wideout’s claim.

Floyd could face jail time if the Arizona court finds he violated the terms of his punishment for a December 2016 arrest on driving under the influence charges. He was sentenced in February to 24 days in jail followed by 96 days under house arrest, but he successfully petitioned the court last month to transfer his house arrest from Arizona to Minnesota so he could join his new team in offseason activities.

The duo of Prescott and Elliott, plus one of the most consistent offensive lines in the league, paved the way for the teams 13-3 finish in 2016. The Cowboys were the top seed in the NFC but fell short in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Packers.

But with these two young, exciting players anchoring the offense, along with star receiver Dez Bryant, the Cowboys are set to compete for years to come.

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‘Crying LeBron’ tattoo shown off by Utah man

LeBron James definitely wasn’t happy to see his Cavaliers lose the NBA Finals in five games to the Warriors.

But did he cry like a baby? Probably not, but a Salt Lake City man will forever bear the image of a Crying LeBron in the form of a tattoo on his leg.

While NBA fans continue to argue whether James or Michael Jordan is the GOAT, we’ll give the Crying LeBron image a nod over the Crying Jordan meme thanks to the exquisite detail by the tattoo artist.

In accordance with the 2017 Personnel (Injury) Report Policy, each club is required to file a Practice Report with the NFL communications department by 4:00 p.m., New York time, (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a regular season Sunday game; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a Thursday game; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for a Monday game; and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a Saturday game.

Each club must also file a weekly regular season Game Status Report with the NFL communications department by 4:00 p.m., New York time (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) on Wednesday for a Thursday game, Friday for a Sunday game, Saturday for a Monday game, and Thursday for a Saturday game. An update must be reported if there is any change in a player’s condition after the initial Game Status Report is filed.

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