Devon Still will get another NFL shot with Jets

After appearing in only three NFL games over the last two seasons, Devon Still will get another chance to stick in the NFL.

The Jets have signed the veteran defensive tackle as part of a series of moves Friday, the team announced.

Still became a nationally known figure after his daughter Leah was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer prior to the 2014 season. The former Penn State All-American had played sparingly in his first two NFL seasons after being selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2012 draft.

Oh wow, said Rodgers. I think there’s different levels of trust. There’s an inner circle of probably 8 or 10, and then a wider circle of 25 people or so.

Rodgers continued by saying that anyone who achieves a certain level of success needs to be skeptical of people and their intentions — including the media.

I think you have to be wary, Rodgers said. I think you have to Cheap Discount Jerseys approach every interview with a clear mind and Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada think about what you want to say and what message you want to get out. I think it’s also important, if you’re worried about being taken out of context, that you just record your interviews. It’s something I’ve been doing for a while now, and I think it’s important to have that second recording so if someone’s trying to take something you said out of context you can go back and say, ‘Wait, wait. Hold on.’

Rogers said he records his conversations with the memo app on his iPhone.

What you said is what you said, and there’s no way to take your words and move them around a little bit. said Rodgers.

he’ll have to be surrounded with shooters who space the floor.

The Sixers defense nosedives with Okafor on the floor. An otherwise average unit allows 109.9 points per 100 possessions with him in the game. That rate stands worse than 27 teams, and totals 4.6 points per 100 possessions worse than Philadelphia averages. That’s bad, and because of his defensive woes and the emergence of Joel Embiid and a healthier Nerlens Noel, Okafor is sitting seven more minutes Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys on the bench per game in his sophomore season. He needs a new home.

But to play Okafor to his strengths, he’ll have to be surrounded with shooters who space the floor. It’s no surprise that Philly’s best five-man lineup with Okafor in it includes Ersan Ilyasova, Nik Stauskas and Robert Covington. The problem with the Bulls is that a good deal of their problems this season are because they lack guys who do exactly that.

Playing Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Michael-Carter Williams and Jimmy Butler in the same backcourt has left the Bulls shooting a dismal 32 percent from 3-point range. Even worse, in a league where 3-point shooting is a staple in nearly every title contender’s offense, the Bulls are shooting to the lowest frequency at 23 percent. That’s half the rate of the reborn Houston Rockets, a team which has used long-distance accuracy to spark improvement under offensive guru Mike D’Antoni.

Coming off his Olympic experience, which included a 25-point, six-rebound performance in a near-upset of the Americans in pool play, Jokic—who had been the MVP of Serbia’s qualifying tournament—was poised for a lot of big things. He was entering his second season with the Nuggets. His performance Soccer Cheap Jerseys on the international stage showed he had all the tools required of the modern center and Toronto Maple Leafs Cheap Jerseys the skill to surpass the best-known Serbian center in NBA Very Cheap Jerseys circles—Vlade Divac.

Hernandez has had to make due with less run support than many

In terms of touches last season, Derrick Rose (78.8), Porzingis (60.5) and Anthony (60.4) led the team. Rose is now on the Cavs, and Anthony would be gone in this scenario. Irving would likely see an increase from his touches last season with the Cavs (79.0) if he did get traded to the Knicks and find more opportunities to put on those spectacular dribbling displays fans love to see. Irving was actually most efficient scoring when taking seven dribbles or more, as FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring noted in his breakdown of Irving as a No. 1 option.

If Irving wants to head to NYC, that’s fine. He shouldn’t expect to reach the NBA Finals (or the first round) every season.

But don’t take all of that Knicks talk as a guarantee Irving will eventually play under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden. The Timberwolves are approaching a possible Irving trade with “incredible seriousness,” according to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press. It’s important to note there is no guarantee, at this stage, Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins, who was originally selected No. 1 overall by Cleveland in the 2014 NBA Draft and later traded as part of the deal for Kevin Love, would be sent back to the Cavs in a package for Irving. That could be a dealbreaker.

Instead, Hernandez has had to make due with less run support than many, if not most, other top hurlers would appear to receive. Take one telling statistic from Baseball-Reference.com, that Hernandez has received 0-2 runs of support in 35.7 percent of his games for his career thus far. This seems unusually low for any pitcher outside of the Deadball Era or 1960s. It differs sharply from at least three pitchers Trade Cheap Jerseys with decent Hall of Fame chances:

Hernandez has gone 25-74 in games where the Mariners have given him two or fewer runs of support and 134-39 in all other appearances. The sheer number of low-scoring games he’s Youth Authentic Cheap Jerseys pitched in has almost certainly cost him wins.

That’s why these teams are in hot pursuit.

This is not to say Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau can’t fix some of Irving’s deficiencies on the defensive end or that Irving isn’t worth chasing. He’s a spectacular player and one of the league’s best offensive weapons. He’s a threat to score 30 or more points every night.

That’s why these teams are in hot pursuit. Despite all of the controversy surrounding Irving, he has the potential to boost a team up a tier in the NBA’s hierarchy. We’ll see how much a franchise is willing to send the Cavs to get him.

Accompanied by Bellinger and star shortstop Corey Seager, Turner is a crucial cog in the lineup yet again because of his continued refinement. Albeit a sound contact hitter (85.8-percent contact rate) throughout his career, he showcased limited upside in the power department during his days in the Reds, Orioles and Mets organizations.

But Turner’s isolated power (ISO) began to rise when he moved west and eventually vaulted from .153 in 2014 to .218 in 2016, when he hit a career-high 27 homers.

“It was about continuing to work, getting in the cage and finding that comfortable feeling,” Turner said. “Once you find it, hold onto it as long as you can.”

This season, the 32-year-old boasts a .367/.463/.570 slash line in 72 games, along with 11 homers and 42 RBIs. According to FanGraphs, Turner’s 175 wRC+ would even rank second in MLB behind Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, but he doesn’t have enough plate appearances to qualify after missing time with a hamstring injury.

For Puig, his past struggles manufactured more newsworthy dismay than Turner’s. He was optioned to the club’s Triple-A affiliate in August 2016 after accumulating a career-worst .706 OPS. Puig was eventually recalled that September, but he failed to regain a consistent starting role for the playoffs.

“I was too young, and I wanna hit home runs every time,” Puig said. “The pitchers Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys see that, pitch me outside and I swung at everything. This Rugby Cheap Jerseys year, I’m more patient.”

The Dodgers’ recent stretch displays their industrial-strength attitude to advance farther than the NLCS.

“I can say this. I know that the Wolves are exploring this with incredible seriousness and really kind of running through all of the scenarios and trying to make the right decision,” Krawczynski said Wednesday on “Mackey and Judd.” “Because this isn’t cut and dry. It isn’t just saying, ‘Oh absolutely. It’s a no-brainer you do Wiggins for Irving.’ I don’t think that’s the case. There’s a lot to chew on here.”

Krawczynski said new Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler has been talking to Irving, and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst also reported Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns have been active in recruiting Irving. Butler and Irving became close friends during their time together with Team USA in 2016, so there’s an obvious connection in Minnesota.

That double play off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Yasiel Puig sent the Chicago Cubs to the World Series. Puig and his teammates ended their season short of the franchise’s first World Series appearance since 1988, blowing a 2-1 NLCS lead in the process.

“That should be a motivation for us after we got eliminated, seeing the Cubs celebrate and then they go out and win the World Series,” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen told Sporting News. “That sucks. You don’t want to remember that sad part.”

The Dodgers’ recent stretch displays their industrial-strength attitude to advance farther than the NLCS. After starting the season 35-25 through early June, they’ve won 33 of their last 39 games, which included an 11-game winning streak in mid-July.

As a result, manager Dave Roberts’ club is on pace Order Cheap Jerseys for 111 regular NFL Cheap Jerseys Wholesale season wins, which would tie the 1954 Cleveland Indians for the third-most in MLB history.

Kevin Durant says media ‘manufactured’ his beef with Russell Westbrook

Any time Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook meet, the media hypes it up as a revenge game. One superstar teammate leaves the other for the direct rival team — what’s not to love?

Durant, however, feels like the media has played a huge role in creating tension between the two. Appearing on Bill Simmons’ podcast Friday, the currently injured Warriors star opened up about his relationship with his old friend, specifically during his first game against the Thunder.

Durant: Yeah, I can’t lie, it is. I mean, we spent some time together and Cheap Jerseys In China I understand like, who I left to go to and what happened, and all this stuff. And then, on top of that, I don’t really think he got a problem. But if you ask a man every single day about me, I would be pissed too. … I think that’s what added to this feud, or this beef we have, which is all manufactured.
The Warriors-Thunder meetings aren’t the only encounters these two have had. Much was made about All-Star weekend and how the two players would have to play with one another on the Western Conference team. Durant grew frustrated over how everything was under a microscope during those events and wishes he could have interacted more with his old teammate.

Andre Roberson responded to the competition of newly acquired Doug McDermott by Cheap Jerseys In Canada dropping a career-high 19 points while shooting 8 of 9 from the field and hauling in seven rebounds.

McDermott (8) and fellow former Bull Taj Gibson (12) combined to score 20 Cheap Jerseys From China points in their Thunder debuts.

Robert Covington broke through for the 76ers to help Philadelphia beat the red-hot Wizards 120-112. Covington scored 25 points with 11 rebounds. Dario Saric also had a huge game in his new starting role with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bradley Beal scored 40 points for the Wizards, but Cheap Jerseys From China Free Shipping it wasn’t enough.

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.”