Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Northern Trust: Jordan Spieth grabs Round 3 lead

Jordan Spieth birdied three of his last five holes Saturday to grab a three-shot lead at The Northern Trust.

Spieth began the day in a four-way tie for the lead, but he quickly broke out of that with four birdies in his first eight holes. The reigning British Open champion used a hot putter to separate himself from the rest of the field.

“When I came out there this lady, she was driving and I couldn`t believe she was in there and she just got to the point where the car stalled,” Smith told WDAF. “She was in there, I didn’t know if she had kids, because she was about nine months pregnant and she was very short, so I had to walk her out of there.”

The woman declined to be interviewed about the incident, but she was not the only person who has needed help in the area this week. Kansas City already has surpassed its highest rainfall total ever in the month of August at 9.65 inches, the National Weather Service reported Wednesday.

Smith, 51, was a six-time Pro Bowl selection during his 13 years in the NFL with the Chiefs, Broncos and Chargers. The defensive lineman finished his career with 104.5 sacks, leading the NFL with 15 in 1993.

The most common comment when this contract was signed was, “Who is Vance McDonald?” He has 866 yards and seven touchdowns to his name, which sounds fine until you realize those are his stats across four seasons. The 49ers reportedly were seeing if they could trade him just a few months after they signed this contract, which should tell you all you need to know about the deal.seahawks_128

Sixers fans are raising money in honor of Joel Embiid’s ‘F*** LaVar Ball’ fine

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Joel Embiid and LaVar Ball have beef and it’s heating up months before the NBA season is even set to start. Recently, Embiid said F*ck LaVar Ball, during an Instagram live session, and the NBA fined him $10,000. Now, fans have started a GoFundMe page to Pay JoJo’s fine. The fundraiser has already totaled more than $2,000, and though the money won’t actually go to Embiid, it will go to the SPCA.

Lonzo Ball and Joel Embiid haven’t even played against each other on the court yet and things are getting heated. For now, we get to see Lonzo in summer league, where he’s already become THE person to watch. But the season is only three and a half months away.
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And as far as the beef goes, at least this is contributing to a nice cause on GoFundMe, where 177 people have donated in 19 hours.

It speaks to the low depth of centers on the free agent market that Noel is easily No. 1 on this list. A top-level defender, Noel doesn’t do anything he can’t. He’s somewhere between Tyson Chandler and Bismack Biyombo. Noel’s yet to have a really good point guard to set him up off picks-and-rolls — perhaps within a couple years, Dallas draftee Dennis Smith will get there and boost Noel’s scoring output to double-digits.

Dallas will pay whatever it takes to keep Noel, a restricted free agent. He’s going nowhere.

Gasol’s defense has fallen off considerably (not that it was ever elite), but he remains quite effective as a scorer, rebounder, and passer as he approaches his 37th birthday. The Spurs have apparently worked out a deal to re-sign him after he graciously opted out of a mammoth contract, so expect to see Pau stay in the silver and black for a couple more seasons.

Bryn Forbes probably would have won Summer League MVP.

Kristian: I play a lot of NBA 2K, and one thing I like to do is draft out teams in MyGM mode and see how they do. And every time, I make sure to get guys who can play more than one position and at least compete on defense. Marcus Morris is one of those guys. He’s a tough-nosed wing who really showed himself as a gifted scorer in Detroit before being traded to Boston.
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Whitney: Every team needs a tough guy. Someone that will go to battle with you no matter what the circumstance. It’s why the Backstreet Boys had A.J. McClean and NSYNC had Chris Kirkpatrick. You need a tough guy in every successful group.

Youth Margus Hunt Jersey Kristian: Had it not been for Lonzo Ball, Bryn Forbes probably would have won Summer League MVP. The guy looked like Damian Lillard in Las Vegas, fundamentally picking defenders apart at the cellular level to the tune of 26 points per game.

This would be the greatest transaction in NBA history. It would finally catapult Cleveland somewhere on the list of places people actually want to visit. We have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, locals will tell you, but rock hasn’t really been in for almost two decades. What about the lakes? Ain’t nobody worried about no lake, Cleveland.

But good fried chicken? People travel for that. And what goes best with some good chicken? Some mumbo sauce and a bit of percussion on a beat.

It’s LeBron James, the greatest basketball star this generation going to the biggest market on the planet. There’s no explanation necessary for this one. With LeBron and the players who will flock to join him in New York, the Knicks can see their first championship since 1973 and bring true joy to a fan base that’s been neglected for decades.

2017-18 Orlando Magic preview: What is this team, anyway?

This is the sixth of Limited Upside’s 30 team previews leading up to next season. We’re bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fanbase heading into the season.

It’s not all that fun being an Orlando Magic fan after the rough year they had last year. Is there hope for the future, or are we doomed for another lost season post-Dwight Howard? Zach Oliver and Cory Hutson from Orlando Pinstriped Post jump on to discuss the following topics:

He took a knee, got beat up, and cashed out and everything else for your right. For them to know that you matter, Livingston said.

The fact that nearly a year after Kaepernick first took a knee, folks feel close to Kaepernick’s protest shows its power. It’s a sign that kneeling worked and that conversations about racial inequality are bubbling to the surface.

Thomas Mitzel, the president of Dickinson State University in North Dakota, created a space for these conversations after five Dickinson State football players protested last season.
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People in Dickinson didn’t know what to make of the display. Mitzel wanted them to understand why the five black athletes did what they did. He created a once-a-month, on-campus forum where students and residents could have open conversations about divisive topics.

Elite Kids Shane Doan Jersey Too many times, when protests arise, you get lines drawn in the sand, Mitzel said. I didn’t think that would be healthy for our students, our university, or our region.

Ezekiel Elliott files appeal of 6-game suspension

The NFL issued a six-game suspension to Ezekiel Elliott following a lengthy investigation into domestic violence allegations made against the Cowboys running back last year. On Tuesday Elliott filed an official appeal of the ruling, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

For now, this one is the early (I mean, it’s still preseason after all) leader.

It was definitely still exhibition football. But there were entertaining moments in each game, mostly for the right reasons. Let’s count them down for you.

The league fined Antonio Brown multiple times last year for breaking the uniform rules about cleats. The NFL also threatened to bench Brown for wearing cleats to honor the memory of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the text messages will be a central part of the appeal game plan for the NFLPA on behalf of Elliott.

Ian Rapoport of also reported Monday that Elliott once filed a report with the Frisco (Texas) Police Department accusing his ex-girlfriend of harassment after he received “50-plus” phone calls from her.

The NFL’s statement Wednesday seemingly accuses the NFLPA of leaking the information regarding the motivations of Elliott’s accuser to discredit her. The NFLPA responded about an hour and a half later:

Three minutes later, the NFLPA tweeted again, asking the NFL “Where are the receipts?” The tweet was deleted, but appeared to challenge the NFL to prove that the NFLPA is at fault for “spreading derogatory information.”

NHL trade deadline: Avalanche, Canadiens most active, but Matt Duchene stays put

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The biggest move ahead of the NHL trade deadline turned out to be the one that wasn’t made.

Other players who have excelled at forward and defense include Dustin Byfuglien and Sergei Fedorov, but the list is short.
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Unlike Byfuglien, who started his NHL career as a power forward in Chicago before switching to defense with the Thrashers, Burns’ best offensive seasons have come as a defenseman rather than as a forward.

This has a lot to do with Burns going back and forth between forward and defense, but he didn’t start to make a serious offensive impact until he was 28, his 10th NHL season.

After scoring just nine goals in 2012-13, he jumped to 22 in 69 games in 2013-14. He has been on a statistical climb ever since.

Burns has 44 multipoint games since the start of the 2015-16 season, most in the NHL. Crosby is second with 43 multipoint games.

Burns’ production last season was a big reason why the Sharks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. He had two multigoal games in the postseason, making him one of just 11 defensemen in NHL history to do that in the same postseason, and the first to do it since Rob Blake of the Avalanche 15 years ago.

McDavid earned two points for the Pacific Division with his skating. Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (13.16) and Vincent Trochek of the Florida Panthers (13.32) were next on the speed charts behind McDavid.

MLB trade rumor grade: Asdrubal Cabrera or T.J. Rivera to the Red Sox?

Welcome to a new and ongoing series wherein we grade various rumors floating around Major League Baseball to see how much they make sense for both teams involved. They might make perfect sense for all teams involved, they might make no sense at all for one side, or could be complete malarkey with no logic at all attached to the potential deal. But that’s the fun of speculation!

One recent rumor involves Boston’s desperate need for a man at third base and one of two options from the Mets that could help the Red Sox out just a bit.

To do that, I asked ESPN’s Dan Szymborski, a sabermetrician, about a major league translation of Jordan’s 94 numbers and Tebow’s 17 numbers in Low-A. The question: How would either have fared in the majors? I posed it to him right after Tebow got a surprising call up to High-A and then went deep in his first game at that level. Szymborski was kind enough to run the numbers.
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Authentic Youth James Carpenter Jersey Jordan’s line in 497 plate appearances translated to .188/.262/.247, good for a hypothetical big league OPS of 509. That’s unacceptable for even the most valuable defensive players in the league. Dating back to 1985, there’s not a single major leaguer who’s had an OPS that low and lasted long enough to take 2,000 plate appearances. Pitcher Livan Hernandez, with a career 526 OPS across 1,113 at-bats, hit better than Jordan did in 94. In no universe could Jordan have made the majors and stuck.

Tebow’s translation, when I asked for it just after his call up, was .190/.264/310, suggesting a major league OPS of 574. That’s not within miles of good enough for the bigs, either. Tebow has torn the cover off the ball since then, notching a 912 OPS in his first 51 plate appearances at High-A. That’s surely just some small-sample fun, though, before the league’s pitchers catch up to whatever the new guy is doing.

MLB trade rumors roundup: Justin Verlander, Francisco Liriano, and more

We’re half a week away from the non-waiver trade deadline now, and things haven’t slowed down with rumors just yet, despite teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Brewers, and Twins getting at least some of what they’re looking for at the deadline.

The current NL West leaders have opened up a 15.5-game lead over their division rivals. The Dodgers are 12-1 in their last 13 games against NL West opponents, per the OddsShark MLB Database.
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The Diamondbacks looked like they might be gaining some momentum for the first time in the second half, winning the final two games of their road series against the Chicago Cubs and then the opening game of their series against the San Francisco Giants.

Besides the catch itself, one of the best parts of the play may actually be Avisail Garcia’s reaction. He responds as if Engel’s heroics just saved the team from bankruptcy — which, honestly, is probably the accurate reaction to this catch.

The Spider-Man-esque catch is just one of many amazing catches at (or over) walls this season. End-of-season catch rankings are going to be absolutely impossible based on how things are escalating this summer.

Limited Youth B.W. Webb Jersey Is there an outfielder betting pool to see who can one-up the reigning best catch or something?

It turns out it’s not that far-fetched to play with or against a dog. Buddy is capable of making baskets, steals, assists, and sometimes he can get rough — shout out to the first movie’s bully, Larry Willingham, for getting wiped out by a dog.

Lamar Odom shares chilling reality of cocaine addiction

The Players’ Tribune has proven to be a unique source for retirement announcements, farewells and anecdotes. But today’s entry penned by Lamar Odom may be the most real and powerful piece published on the site to date.

Just a quick refresher — the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel in 2015 after suffering several strokes and kidney failure. He fell into a coma for four days.

One source whose team has been trying to find a way to deal for Irving said this week that there does not seem to be anything of a deadline for the Cavs to make a decision. While the Cavs have been very focused and professional in their talks, this particular team did not have any sense of where they stood in the Cavs process, describing them as in “fact finding mode,” not necessarily deal making mode. That can always change quickly, but there doesn’t seem to be much urgency to find closure.”

The report goes on to say that if there a front-runner emerges, that team would likely be the Suns simply because a trade for Josh Jackson might be the most appealing to LeBron James. The Suns reportedly though are not discussing deals that include Jackson or Devin Booker, but that very well could be because Jackson does not become trade eligible until this coming week.

The Heat, Timberwolves and Knicks are all still working to try to get a trade done, but no specific names have been mentioned and Andrew Wiggins is reportedly untouchable for the Timberwolves, so they may be out of the running entirely with a solid four that includes Wiggins, Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and newly acquired Jeff Teague.

For now we wait to see what happens, just don’t hold your breath because Altman may not make a move for a while.

Arizona made a huge splash by adding Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez.

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Lucroy has endured a rough season, but his bat could come alive in Colorado. Neshek gives them a much-needed reliable arm in the bullpen to help setup closer Greg Holland.

Arizona made a huge splash by adding Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez. After getting hit in the hand, Martinez has been launching home runs in the desert. Both teams should make the playoffs, and they are both dangerous to the frontrunners.
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Indians — The Indians entered Monday with nine wins in their last 10 games. The rotation is starting to come together, and the lineup, led by Jose Ramirez has been hard to stop. Cleveland was quiet during the summer, but did add reliever Joe Smith on Monday.

Why they’re here: Adding J.D. Martinez to a lineup that already included Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and A.J. Pollock seems almost unfair. And don’t underestimate the importance of a proven ace like Zack Greinke atop the rotation. From there, the pitching staff has a few issues. Not deal-breaker issues, but enough to keep the Diamondbacks out of the top five for now.

Why they’re here: Brian Cashman has done great work lately, adding impact players to his big-league team while still holding onto most of his farm system’s elite prospects. Sonny Gray felt like a must-have type of addition, but so much of what the Yankees will do this postseason depends on hit-and-miss Masahiro Tanaka and 36-year-old CC Sabathia.

Cubs — Late on the eve of deadline day, the Cubs sent top prospect Jeimer Candelario to the Tigers for catcher Alex Avila and closer Justin Wilson. Earlier this month, the Cubs sent a group of prospects, including Eloy Jimenez, to the White Sox for starting pitcher Jose Quintana.