Ezekiel Elliott case being NFL’s newest legal quagmire is a deflating thought

Ezekiel Elliott is in limbo, very much the way Tom Brady was once in limbo.

Comparing one example of NFL player discipline to the apparent overreach of another seemed way too premature not long ago. It doesn’t seem like it anymore.

We respect their efforts to use their platform to make some change and express themselves. And I think for all those guys that knelt initially and then last week decided to stand – I won’t get into why they made that decision – I think they are going about it in a very responsible and thoughtful way. I’m actually proud of them.

On which Steelers reached out to him once he signed: “Marcus Cheap Jerseys Basketball Gilbert, then Pouncey, and then AB. All three of them hit me up like back-to-back-to-back.”

On what the first game of the regular season against the Browns means: “Super excited. Our first game is gonna be in Cleveland, so it’s gonna be special.”

On if he expects a few passes to be thrown his way: “Oh, for sure. For sure. Oh, definitely. I was there with those guys. They’ve been working hard, working their tails off. I’m gonna be ready, because I know they are.”

On his new jersey number with the Steelers: “I haven’t gotten my number yet. We’re still working on it. I don’t have my number yet. We’ve got some shaking up to do. Hopefully, it will work out. If not 23, it’s gonna be something in the 20s.”

“My heart goes out to him,” Fox said. “He was very disappointed and discouraged Cheap European Soccer Jerseys in the locker room after the game for obvious reasons. Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to him. He was pretty upset about it last night, and they’re doing evaluations right now.”

Nathan Peterman is starting at QB and might have a chance to push the struggling Tyrod Taylor at some point this year.

The Falcons have a couple of reserve running backs banged up in Terron Ward and rookie Brian Hill. Starter Devonta Freeman is healthy coming off concussion, and he has a healthy backup in Tevin Coleman. Coach Dan Quinn implied that Ward, the third running back, would be just fine, and Ward plays a significant role on special teams. It seems unlikely Hill would be active as a fourth running back on game day even if his ankle is better by then.

The Falcons were held in check by Jacksonville, not scoring until the fourth quarter when the defense recovered a Jaguars fumble in the end zone. They failed to score any offensive points in the loss.

He led the Bills to a field goal on their first drive.

Jonathan Williams showed off some of his talent with a 21-yard touchdown run, extending the Bills’ lead early on.

In the third quarter, the Bills got out to a 17-point lead after a 1-yard touchdown by Joe Banyard. Jordan Johnson added another rushing score in the blowout win.

More concerning were the throws Newton missed. He had Greg Olsen running wide open for a would-be touchdown but couldn’t see his tight end under pressure. Two plays later, Newton had Ed Dickson about as wide open as you Cheap High Quality Jerseys can Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys have a receiver in the end zone, and missed the backup tight end by 4 yards. The 2015 Cam Newton? The guy who won league MVP? He makes this throw in his sleep.

Well, not EVERY team in the NBA West is having a good summer

Tuesday was always going to be torturous for Utah Jazz fans. Gordon Hayward’s crew made it more torturous.

After reputable reporters (led by ESPN’s Chris Haynes) had broken the news Hayward chose the Boston Celtics, Hayward’s camp pushed back strongly, saying no decision had been made. The Jazz verified they’d been told nothing. Hours later, Hayward confirmed the news via a 2,000-word Players’ Tribune piece titled, “Thank You, Utah.”

Hill averaged a career-high 16.9 points per game last season, but the point guard only played 49 games for the Jazz while dealing with a troublesome toe injury. After playing Game 1 in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Warriors, Hill missed the Jazz’s final three games of the season, all losses.

When Utah traded for Ricky Rubio right before free agency began, it was a signal that they wouldn’t attempt to re-sign Hill. While the point guard market was seen as a strong one just a month ago, several teams who needed guards filled their needs in the draft or via trade (Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Sacramento, and Dallas).

Let’s start with the fit. The 6’3 Hill and 6’6 Ball would actually pair together really well in a hypothetical backcourt, especially since both can play off the ball. Hill shot over 40 percent on three-pointers for the second straight season, while Ball shot a large number of his threes at NBA range or further last season. Ball has the size to guard shooting guards, so even though both players are true point guards, they should have no problem sharing the ball.

Last season, the Lakers were incredibly young. Their Cheap Official NHL Jerseys veterans were players like Luol Deng, Metta World Peace, and Nick Young, all experienced players but none who filled major roles on the team. Adding Hill Cheap Penguins Jerseys to a starting five that is otherwise made up of young players would be good for all their prospects, especially Ball.

Kevin Durant reportedly might have taken even less money if Andre Iguodala left

Kevin Durant will re-sign with the Warriors for a first-year salary of about $25 million, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. That’s around $10 million less than if Durant had signed for his absolute maximum (which was functionally impossible for reasons that’ll take way too long to explain) and a tad under $7 million less than the most he could have taken with the Warriors bringing back Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala.

But what if Iguodala really left the Warriors? Turns out, Durant would have sacrificed more, not less, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick. That way, the Warriors could have signed free agent Rudy Gay as an Iguodala replacement.

Gay is a worse player than Iguodala and is coming off a torn Achilles, so it seems odd on the surface that KD would take more of a Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike pay cut to Cheap NBA Jerseys From USA welcome him. But due to NBA salary-cap rules, he’d actually have to do so.

The Hawks released an identical statement following Carr’s account. A lawyer defending Hayes did not wish to comment.

The Rockets won the next two championships once Alexander bought the team in ’93, and the Houston Comets earned the first four WNBA titles once Alexander founded the team in ’97. Only the Spurs have a better record than the Rockets in the 24 years since Alexander joined the NBA. They haven’t been back to the title round since those early years, but it’s a stable, profitable franchise with a superstar in his prime locked up until 2023. That’s incredibly valuable, as are the promised playoff runs to come.

Some new owner is going to be very, very happy.

Programming note: We’re moving to our offseason schedule since NBA news has slowed to a trickle. We plan to publish Good Morning It’s Basketball, the newsletter you are now reading, on Tuesdays and Thursdays unless, and until, conditions warrant otherwise.

Raptors trade DeMarre Carroll to Nets to clear cap space

The Toronto Raptors have traded forward DeMarre Carroll, a 2018 first- and second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets, in a move that saves ownership from a hefty luxury tax bill, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. In return, the Raptors receive forward Justin Hamilton.

Carroll averaged nine points per game on forgettable shooting percentages for the Raptors, who battled through a grueling first-round playoff series against the Bucks before getting swept out of the second round by the Cavaliers. He was scheduled to make $14.8 million this season and $15.4 million in the 2018-19 season.

KCP averaged 13.8 points per game last year, while also shooting 35 percent from the three-point line. He’s only 24-years-old, standing tall at 6’5, with the ability to knock down shots from behind the arc, as well as defend. This is largely the reason he remained a starter for the Pistons for the last three seasons.

This is a great signing for the Lakers as he comes in on a one-year deal, allowing LA to keep their options open for the summer of 2018. It also adds much needed defense to the roster. If the Lakers are to insert KCP into the starting lineup alongside Lonzo Ball, it would be a certain improvement on the roster they’ve had the past several years.

While this is a one-year deal now, he’s potentially a long-term addition for the Lakers. Next summer will surely be spent on the biggest free agent names possible, like LeBron James and Paul George, but that doesn’t mean KCP isn’t a piece of that puzzle. Caldwell-Pope is represented by Klutch Sports, which also represents LeBron James. KCP is also just the kind of two-way player LeBron James likes Cheap Lions Jerseys to play with. The LeBron James to Laker land dream may be far fetched, but the Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys Lakers are certainly putting themselves in position to have a chance.

I told him it reminded me a little bit of Tim Duncan and his time with the Spurs.

He made max money and then at key times in his career he took a little less so they could add a player here and there.

And then I got my pizza. Here it is! I’m not a real-life food critic, so I just want to tell you my pizza was absolutely delicious. The amount of sauce used was perfect. It’s fast-fired but the crust was still crispy. And there was the perfect amount of every topping spread throughout each slice. You know how sometimes when you go to a name brand “build your own burrito” establishment and they skimp on the toppings? Not at Blaze, my friends.

Also, back to this drink I was making. From the door cling, it was labeled a “Delightful Duo” so I made up in my head that I was getting a drink that was mango and strawberry mixed. That wasn’t an option. So I just made my own anyway and, oh my goodness, it was fantastic. They should just start making this on it’s own and avoid the part of lunch where I pretended to be a fancy bartender.

The Nets were expected to throw max offer sheets at one of either Pope or Porter this summer. They were unable to make an offer on Pope earlier, though, because their money was tied up with the max offer to Porter. Now that Washington has matched, the coast is clear for Brooklyn to throw a huge offer at Pope to continue their youth movement.

The Nets were forced to swap picks with the Boston Celtics, so they didn’t have the No. 1 pick their league-worst record warranted. But they scored a lottery pick by trading Brook Lopez for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov before the NBA Draft.

Now, even though it struck out on Porter, Brooklyn Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys has an Cheap Jerseys Hot opportunity to add another young perimeter scorer to help jumpstart its rebuilding process.

Pau Gasol deserved a better birthday cake than this foam tower covered in candy and fruit

Pau Gasol turned 37 on Thursday and was surprised with a giant birthday “cake” during his basketball camp in Spain.

The word cake must be in quotation marks here, because this is not a cake at all. Rather it’s a giant foam tower with chocolate-dipped treats adorning it.

I hate it.

Look, I understand the structural and logistical problems of making a giant birthday cake for a very tall athlete, but I really hope a smaller, edible cake pops out of this to surprise Pau so he can have a happy birthday. Look at this man’s face. Stare into those eyes.

I ranked potential expansion cities earlier this year, and Seattle Cheap Jerseys Soccer was No. 1 with a bullet. The only real questions are what the expansion fee would be and whether the NBA would add a second team simultaneously to keep the conference numbers even. I should also note I’ve heard some skepticism about Mexico City since then, which might be good news for a Southern or Midwestern city with an arena in place — like Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop Louisville or Kansas City.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s happening on the arena front in Seattle this year. And here’s what I think it would take for the NBA Board of Governors to actually approve expansion.

You have a new favorite basketball prospect. His name is Tryggvi Hlinason. He’s a 7’0 farmboy from rural Iceland. He just watched his first basketball game like three years ago. He’s going to be amazing.

LaMelo Ball and Zion Williamson were set to face off in an Adidas AAU event in Vegas on Wednesday night. The gym was such a madhouse it drew cops, top college coaches, NBA stars, and way too many fans. Tens of thousands of people streamed it online. And the game lived up to the billing.

U.S. women’s hockey team beats Canada in OT to win gold at world championship

The U.S. women’s hockey team beat Canada 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game of the women’s world championship Friday night in Plymouth, Mich., capping a tumultuous few weeks NFL Jerseys Wholesale in which the American players threatened to boycott the tournament as they negotiated a new contract with USA Hockey.

Hilary Knight was again the star of the show, scoring the game-winning goal 10:17 into OT. Per the Associated Press (via the Detroit Free Press), Knight also made a no-look, between-the leg pass to set up a goal by Kacey Bellamy that put the U.S. up 2-1 early in the second period. Bellamy scored the USA’s first goal, too.

Knight also scored the winning goal for the U.S. in the gold medal game at the 2011 world championship.

Stamkos suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee on Nov. 15 and underwent surgery with the expectation he would likely miss most of what remained of the regular season. He was given an initial timetable of four to six months for recovery, though he passed the four-month mark earlier this month.

“Until I feel where I have no restrictions on the ice, I won’t be able to put myself in a position to be the player I know I can be to help my team to the best of my abilities,” Stamkos said. “As of this moment, as of coming off the ice right now, I still don’t feel that way.

“I don’t foresee a thing where I’m going to wake up tomorrow and it’s going to feel great all of a sudden. It’s a process. It’s frustrating at times. It’s exciting at times when you see how much progress is made in a short period of time, but it’s a long rehab progression.”

In Stamkos’ absence, the Lightning are looking more and more unlikely to clinch a Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping postseason berth. The team sits five points behind the Bruins for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference after dropping its last three games. Boston, also on a three-game losing streak, is slated to host Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Florida baserunner tagged out on extremely close call at second

Florida and LSU are battling in the College World Series final best-of-three series, and Monday night’s Game 1 features two of the best arms in the college game. The Tigers’ Russell Reynolds is pitching opposite the Gators’ Brady Singer, and runs will undoubtedly be at a premium with such hurlers on the bump.

In the top of the first, Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie managed to push a single through the right side, and he was followed by JJ Schwarz, who’s been streaky during the NCAA baseball tournament, despite wielding one of Florida’s biggest bats in the lineup.

Catcher Michael Paperski homered twice and drove in four for LSU in the win, and designated hitter Beau Jordan added two hits plus a home run of his own.

It was a tough elimination for Oregon State, who won 23 straight games before Friday’s 3-1 loss to LSU, which forced Saturday’s elimination game.

LSU beginning Monday night will try for its seventh championship, and its first since 2009.

In the nightcap, Florida right-hander Alex Faedo was too much for TCU, striking Wholesale Jerseys NFL out 11 in the Gators’ 3-0 win. Faedo pitched scoreless ball into the eighth for the win.

Ryan Larson knocked in the series-sealing grounder to advance Florida to Cheap NFL Jerseys From China Omaha for the College World Series, and he immediately tore ass off into center field, fueled by pure ebullience.

LSU batter flings bat into photographers gallery in College World Series

LSU and Florida have already paired up for one of the wilder College World Series games so far this tournament, offering up close plays at second, bizarre errors at shortstop, amazing catches beyond the third base line, and amazing catches at shortstop. The athleticism on display — and indeed, lack thereof at times — is nothing short of breathtaking and stupefying, all at once.

But for another tally in the lowlight reel, let’s turn to LSU’s right fielder, Greg Deichmann, an otherwise dominant hitter who’s fueled a large share of the Tigers’ offense this season. In the bottom of the sixth on Monday, with one out and LSU down 3-1, Deichmann took a big boy swing that ended with his bat sailing into first base foul territory and eventually landing in the photographers’ den.

When ranking the important things in life, you should always put your baby above a foul ball — it’s just common sense. But that’s not what this Mets fan did during Thursday’s Mets-Dodgers game, as he reached for the free ball while his baby sat perilously in his other arm. For a second, it looked like the whole thing was gonna go wrong — that he might simultaneously drop the baby AND not catch the ball.

In the end, he ended up with both — but the baby’s mom was not happy. And who can blame her? She’s trying to enjoy a baseball game, trusting dad with the baby, and all of a sudden there’s a speeding object headed their way. And does the dad try to get out of the way? No! He heads toward the ball to catch Cheap Jerseys Wholesale it!

At least it all worked out, but it seems like it’ll be a long time before Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal the whole family takes another trip to the ballpark.