Colin Kaepernick reportedly an option for Ravens with Joe Flacco injury

After it was reported that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco suffered a disc injury in his back some rumors started to swirl. Initial reports said Flacco would miss three to six weeks, but Pro Football Talk updated that story saying Flacco will be miss more like a week of practice.

However, back problems are difficult to predict and the Ravens are likely to start looking around for some insurance behind Flacco and backup quarterback Ryan Mallett.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that could very well be Colin Kaepernick.

Atlanta forward Paul Millsap played 60 of the 68 minutes. In fact, three Hawks starters were well over 50 minutes: Millsap, forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (57) and point guard Dennis Schroder (54). New York had two players over 50: guards Lee (52) and Brandon Jennings (53).

“That was fun,” Millsap told reporters, per The Associated Press. “I don’t want to do that again ever, but it was fun.”

Four Knicks fouled out, including the entire starting frontcourt of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah. Kyle O’Quinn also was disqualified. Dwight Howard was the lone Hawk to foul out.

“Those are the overtimes where you’ve got to dig deep,” Anthony told reporters. “You’re exhausted, you have to find something from somewhere. But to not be out there in that last overtime was a little difficult to watch. Especially knowing the flow of the game. That was a moment I wanted to be out there.”

Anthony set a career high with 36 field-goal attempts. He made 18 en route to scoring Cheap Jerseys On Sale a game-high 45 points. Unrelated: He experienced another career first Cheap Kids Football Jerseys when Hawks fans chanted “Let’s go, Clippers” in response to the rumors that ‘Melo might be traded to LA.

ESPN colleagues blast Dan Le Batard over Magic Johnson hot take

Dan Le Batard’s comments criticizing the Lakers’ decision to name Magic Johnson team president have drawn sharp criticism, mostly from his colleagues at ESPN.

The former Miami Herald columnist who is seen and heard weekdays Cheap Jerseys 90 on ESPN radio and TV essentially said Johnson didn’t deserve a shot at running his former team because of past entertainment failures.

“What you’ve got here, though, is a testament to the power of fame. And a testament to the power of a modicum of charm,” Le Batard said Thursday (via the New Yok Post). “Because Magic Johnson is charming. But Magic Johnson was given a late-night television show because he’s famous and charming. Failed in 11 shows. Magic Johnson was given a head coaching job of the Lakers because he’s famous and charming. Failed in 16 games. Magic Johnson, not interesting as a broadcaster, given broadcasting opportunity after broadcasting opportunity, because he’s famous and charming.

“And now, he gets to run the entire Lakers organization because he’s famous and charming. But he wasn’t good at any of those jobs I just mentioned, and he got all of those jobs, bypassing Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys a whole lot of people who are more qualified, because he’s famous Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China and charming.”

PTI’s Michael Wilbon and Keyshawn Johnson both slammed Le Batard’s Cheap Hats And Jerseys logic. Speaking on ESPN Radio in L.A., Keyshawn Johnson said Le Batard’s view has racist overtures.

“I’m going to read between the lines, I’m going to read between the lines on this one,” Keyshawn Johnson said via the Post. “To me, he saying because he’s a black dude, that’s the way I look at it …”

By any measure, Johnson’s success in business rivals his playing career.

According to Forbes, Johnson’s business empire includes partnerships with Starbucks, Burger King, 24 Hour Fitness and many more. Forbes estimates Johnson’s annual earnings at $18 million.

Draymond Green calls out Hawks for ignoring him in game plan

Draymond Green is always good for a few quotes.

Monday, the All-Star forward was heated over what he perceived was a lack of respect from the Hawks in Golden State’s 119-111 win in Atlanta.

“And that’s exactly why they can’t beat us,” Green said, via ESPN. “That’s exactly why they won’t. Don’t game-plan for me.”

Green scored 12 points while hauling in eight rebounds Cheap Elite Jerseys and dishing out six assists.

Before the game, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was asked about Green. He Cheap Essendon Jerseys didn’t seem too worried about the playmaker.

Now, the question is, which Rose will prospective free agency bidders see in the offseason — a former NBA MVP who can still consistently score and lead a team, or an oft-injured guard who turns 29 before next season starts?

Of course, Rose can still sign a contract extension with the Knicks before July 1, but both sides appear ready to move on.

“You have to think about all that in the offseason,’’ Rose said last month, via the New York Post. “I’ll be a free agent. Sitting down at the table, I think we’ll have to talk about. I really can’t think about or see how it’s going to go while I’m still playing here.”

Ron Baker and Chasson Randle will split point guard duties as the Knicks close out their season.

ESPN’s Stephen Jackson rips DeMarre Carroll: ‘He’s not good enough to have an opinion’

After two seasons in Toronto, filled with inconsistent play and injury trouble, DeMarre Carroll was traded this offseason to the Nets in a salary dump. Brooklyn received Carroll as well as first and second-round draft picks in 2018 while the Raptors added Justin Hamilton and cleared the $30 million left on Carroll’s contract over the next two years.

“Of course, I have a whole journey — everybody does in life. I think the hard part is being public about it. I don’t like to be, not necessarily ‘gossiped’ about but the topic of conversations,” Bird said.

It’s the opposite of Rapinoe, who has been an outspoken activist for LGBTQ rights and famously followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead to kneel during the National Anthem last season.

“Sue has the same convictions about her life and the things she believes in as I do but, I think, does it in a different way,” Rapinoe said. “It’s important to create space for athletes — and people in general who are in the spotlight and don’t want all the attention on them—to be who they are in a way that’s comfortable for them.”

Despite their different approaches, Bird said Rapinoe never pressured her into publicly coming out, and that she almost did before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, she said she “chickened out.”

However, Bird said she knew she was gay when she was a student at UConn and it’s always been a “nonissue” with her teammates and friends. But exposing her life to the world is a different story.

“I can be quiet and a little shy,” she said. “I’m Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys usually just New Nike NFL Jerseys dipping my toe in the water until the extrovert part of me can come out.”

Lonzo Ball declares for NBA Draft, could stay in L.A.

UCLA freshman guard Lonzo Ball shocked few when he announced Friday that a Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky would be his final college basketball Troy Polamalu Cheap Jerseys game.

Expected to be selected in the top five of June’s NBA Draft, Ball was the only freshman named first-team All-American after averaging 14.7 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and 7.6 assists for the most prolific offense in the NCAA.

What if LeBron isn’t quite that petty? What if he, as a basketball historian, was paying homage to former Chicago center Bill Cartwright, who manned the middle for the Bulls during their first Michael Jordan-led 3-peat? Certainly, the 32-year-old James, who grew up on ’90s hoops, remembers Cartwright’s horrific way of hoisting up free throws and baseline jumpers.

Heck, for all we know, James could’ve been mocking Hornets wing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s shot. It’s among the ugliest ever, too.

As Thomas did in New York when he took over, Johnson wasted no time making bold moves. The difference is that Thomas gambled on Stephon Marbury, trying to land his big chip for the future only two weeks on the job. Johnson went the smart route before the trade deadline by dealing off Lou Williams, his most reliable Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap offensive player, to the Rockets for Corey Brewer and a No. 1 draft pick this June.

The young squad is likely to continue losing, ensuring one of the NBA’s Wholesale Jerseys Usa three worst records. The last thing the Lakers want to do is win meaningless games, lose their top-three spot in the lottery and end up giving away not just their first-round pick to the Sixers this June, but also their No. 1 pick in 2019 (to Orlando). They’re in no position to lose two more building blocks, so the best course of action is to Wholesale Cheap Jerseys lose. They won’t catch Brooklyn for the worst record, but they’ll do themselves good to have Phoenix move past them in the standings.

the Cubs infamously shipped LeMahieu to Colorado in exchange for Ian Stewart

For some NBA fans, the Nuggets are potentially surprise contenders in the Blake Griffin sweepstakes. After a potential three-team trade with the Cavaliers and Pacers that would’ve sent Kevin Love to the Nuggets failed to materialize, Denver is reportedly targeting Griffin. He would add another double-double threat to the Nuggets’ frontcourt alongside center Nikola Jokic, who is coming off a season in which he averaged 16.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

In order to keep up with the arm’s race that is currently taking place in the NBA, Denver needs to add another star to its roster, and free agency might be the best avenue to do so without having to lose one of its young guards — Gary Harris, Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray — or future first-round picks in a trade. After going 40-42 last season, finishing ninth in the Western Conference and one game out of eighth, Denver would boost its chances to get over the hump and safely into the playoffs with the addition of Griffin.

In December 2011, the Cubs infamously shipped LeMahieu to Colorado in exchange for Ian Stewart, who spent more time tweeting than playing in a Cubs uniform. Often cited as a rare swing-and-miss for the Cubs front office, LeMahieu has gone on to make a name for himself in Denver.

The Rockies second baseman said the trade caught him Cheap NBA Basketball Jerseys off guard mostly because he saw himself as a piece of the Cubs’ future.

But LaMahieu, a second-round selection by the Cubs in 2009, had only a brief opportunity in 2011 to show the Cubs what he was capable of, spending most Cheap NFL Jerseys China of June in Chicago before returning to the minors for two months ahead of a roster-expansion callup in September. In that time, his slash line of .250/.262/.283 didn’t wow the new front office, so he was trade fodder come winter.

Five ways to improve the Big3 basketball league

The decision-makers running the Big3 basketball league took a look at their on-court and television product after the league’s debut in Brooklyn and implemented changes for Week 2 in Charlotte.

Games were shortened from 60 points to 50, with halftime taking place once one team reached 25 points. The league’s self-reflection and willingness to change its rules is a positive sign for its future success.

Sporting News attended Week 2 of the Big3 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center and left with ideas for future improvements to the league. Some are as simple as changing a rule, as the league did with its point limit, while others are more ambitious and would take longer to implement.

The playing time and comfort were the catalysts for Smoak’s breakout in 2017, but his positive, light attitude toward his teammates was always there.

“He’s just a good teammate. He tries to keep things loose,” Jays outfielder Jose Bautista told SN. “He’s always messing around and joking around with the boys. He is shy, he’s somewhat of an introvert, but he’s got some Southern humor in him.”

It was a recurring theme from Martin and Bautista. And of all the Jays players so willing to heap praise on Smoak, there’s probably no player who Smoak has had an effect on more than outfielder Kevin Pillar.

The friendship that bloomed between he and Smoak off the field has left a mark on Pillar’s career. Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2017 may begin on May 15. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of each club’s post-draft Cheap MLB Jerseys Free Shipping rookie Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys minicamps will be circulated at a later date.

Packers vs. Giants: Score, result, stats, highlights for wild-card playoff game

The Packers and Giants these days barely resemble what they were back in Week 5, when Green Bay outlasted New York at home in the regular season.

Sunday’s wild-card playoff matchup featured the Cheap Jerseys NFL Jerseys same venue but evolved teams and much higher stakes. This time, the Packers had no issues closing out the Giants in their 38-13 win.

The Packers entered the game as 4.5-point favorites over the Giants, a spread SN’s Vinnie Iyer figured they’d cover. Despite a slow start, they had no problem doing so.

Green Bay will head to the divisional playoffs in Dallas, where the No. 1-seeded Cowboys await. Packers lost to the Cowboys in Week 6 this season.

The reality: Ryan isn’t the first good quarterback to ride a Cheap Jerseys Online Free Shipping second wave into true greatness.

Let’s remember Ryan, as a rookie No. 3 overall pick in 2008, set the bar high with his very first NFL pass a 62-yard TD strike. His first season as a starter ended at 11-5, with the Falcons making the playoffs as a wild card.

The Steelers and Chiefs played earlier this year Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison joked this week about forgetting the 43-14 romp over the Chiefs in Week 4.

The Steelers could do no wrong that day as Ben Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns and LeVeon Bell ran for 144 yards in his first game of the season.

The Steelers are coming off an impressive 30-12 win over the Dolphins in the wild-card round, but will get a much-improved Chiefs team this weekend. Kansas City rebounded from a 2-2 start to finished 12-4, winning five of its final six games to win the AFC West and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.

You have to play good football and do what got you here,Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. There is not a lot of room for error. Thats just not what this time of the year is about. You have to have good line play on both sides of the ball. Thats what you get this time of the year.

That’s what has to worry you most

They won’t offer No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball or last year’s No. 2, Brandon Ingram, but they could cobble together a package out of a combination of their young players (Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, new draftees Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma, plus future picks).

Again, that’s not active Lakers-Pacers chatter now. But teams negotiating with Indiana have a fear that whatever they offer, the NFL Cheap Jerseys Lakers will swoop in late and try to match.

Of course, an even bigger fear among those that are pursuing George is that the Lakers remain on the sideline and make no attempt to match any deal for George. It is odd to consider — especially after the four-year wave of high-profile players who turned down Lakers’ overtures — that the Cheap La Kings Jerseys Lakers are not aggressively pursuing a trade for a star player who wants to be in LA. For some, it’s even suspicious.

“That’s what has to worry you most,” one general manager said. “If LA is not getting involved at all, then you have to ask why. Why wouldn’t they make an offer? They did at the draft, so what changed? That is when you worry that maybe all this talk is a smokescreen and Paul George has not really changed his mind about LA.”

The Knicks need to move on from the mess of the past couple of years, and though Hornacek is not at the top of the list when it comes to what went wrong, he’s got to be part of the cleaning of the slate. Besides, no team in the league has a coaching opening, so the Knicks would actually have a decent run of candidates to consider.

This is where the obligatory disclaimer goes

In short: When Young was drafted by the Titans in 2006, the owner overruled the football staff, the head coach was no fan from the beginning, and his first offensive coordinator was fired after two seasons. How much more poisonous could the grooming of a young franchise quarterback be?

In fact, “grooming” doesn’t even apply. This was borderline sabotage. If the Titans had sat down collectively and drawn up a blueprint on how best to derail a high pick Miami Dolphins Cheap Jerseys at the game’s most important position, they couldn’t have done much better than this.

This is where the obligatory disclaimer goes, that MLB Cheap Jerseys From China this doesn’t absolve Young of blame for how things turned out. There are plenty of examples of his immaturity and entitlement — or, as the aforementioned ex-coordinator, Norm Chow, put it, how he was “pampered, coddled, whatever word you want to use.”

On the other hand, expecting quarterbacks to walk out of the draft and into this job with the level head of a veteran is never wise, even for the steadiest of rookies. They’re still no better than their coaching and development.

The four-inning, six-run outing against the Padres on Wednesday did nothing to assuage the belief among some, including Braves management, apparently, who wanted to believe his ongoing struggles were just the result of something being off, or because of bad luck, or some other reason that could possibly be helped with a recent DL stint that was, officially, for a strained oblique muscle, but was essentially a respite to regroup in hopes that Bartolo Colon circa 2016 would re-emerge.