A college league baseball team is holding a giveaway that fans will die for

In a summer full of bobbleheads, theme nights, and T-shirt giveaways, it’s always nice when a baseball team gets a little creative with their freebies and promotional nights. The latest creativity comes from a college league team based in Wisconsin, and they really went for it.

The Eau Claire Express, a member of the Northwoods summer league, did exactly that and ended up with a Preplanned Funeral Giveaway Night.

Now, sometimes giveaways are written into sponsorship plans and as such are mandatory sometime during the season. But it’s also up to the team to figure out the best type of giveaway from each specific company, and they really killed it with this one.

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The Tigers would be okay with moving Justin Verlander, and there are teams out there that want him, but that pesky contract keeps causing problems when it comes to processing an actual trade. When it comes to a pitcher being paid $28 million a year and might be on the verge of declining, this isn’t the most surprising concern for teams to have.
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Redskins schedule 2017: Washington drama will get its time in the spotlight

The Redskins’ annual twin dramas — their quarterbacks and their front office — will get all the national exposure they could want with their regular-season schedule in 2017. Kirk Cousins, Bruce Allen, Jay Gruden, whoever ends up replacing the exiled Scot McCloughan, are on primetime five times, early and late, and managed to land across the river from Times Square on New Year’s Eve to end the season.

“At the time, I was bound and determined to get the best kicker we possibly could. I thought Roberto had the chance to be a special kicker in the league for a long time.”

Instead, Aguayo struggled as a rookie, making 22 of 31 field goal attempts. His struggles looked even worse when compared to his All-American career at Florida State, where he made 69 of 78 career attempts.

Aguayo has since been claimed off waivers by the Bears. He will compete with the incumbent Connor Barth, who made 18 of 23 field goals in 2016.

As for Licht, he said he has no hard feelings against Aguayo — but said he simply wasn’t doing enough to warrant a roster spot.

“Roberto is a great kid, but the magnitude of that position, and the pressure on a 21-year-old — his performance is affecting the lives of men who have families to support,” Licht said. “That got tough.”

While it is a manageable schedule for the Giants, they’re probably looking at a 9-7 season with the Eagles improved and the Cowboys in position to again win the NFC East.

Irving would reunite with Dion Waiters, and would make this an odd twist considering LeBron’s past. This is also the only team off Irving’s list, as it currently stands, where he’s immediately the best player.

Panthers leaning on old mindset to return to prominence

It didn’t take Carolina safety Mike Pops Adams long to hear the phrase used to describe the way his new franchise conducts its business.
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Just coming in, I’m learning a new system, a new defense and the Panther Way, the 14-year NFL veteran said Friday before a training camp practice. That’s what they keep saying the Panther Way.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes went deep for a 41-yard completion on his first NFL preseason snap, but it was called back on a holding penalty. Fear not, the Texas Tech product had plenty of time left to showcase his remarkable skill set in his pro debut. He ended up completing 7 of 9 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Not to be outdone by Mahomes, San Francisco’s C.J. Beathard connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass to undrafted free agent Kendrick Bourne, then followed it up by finding Bourne for the game-tying two-point conversion. The Iowa product later added a go-ahead TD pass to Tyler McCloskey.

T.J. Watt got everyone’s attention in his preseason debut, making a pair of sacks in quick succession as the Steelers handled the Giants.
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Before Harvey-Clemons was injured in 2016, he had become one of the best safeties in college football. Now the one-time five-star recruit who became a seventh-round draft pick must make the best of his current opportunity.

The biggest thing is that the NFL is the great equalizer, Olivadotti said. It will humble you if you get too high, and if you get too low, it will spit you out. There’s really no time to think about where you went and what happened.

That camaraderie is evidently a byproduct of their manager’s passion.

Red Sox — Boston was desperate for a third baseman, and they helped their cause by acquiring All-Star Eduardo Nunez. Nunez has already helped the team with a two-home run game. He may have been the piece this team was missing.

The Red Sox also added reliever Addison Reed from the Mets. Reed will be the team’s setup man in front of Craig Kimbrel, and he could be an important piece during the postseason. Boston didn’t make huge splashes this summer, but they made a couple of important moves.

Allen is the primary go-to guy in the ninth, but Miller ended up closing out the 2016 ALCS against the Blue Jays because of lefty-righty matchups. He has two saves this season.
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The flexibility of Allen and Shaw is just as important as mine, Miller said. It took as much sacrifice and effort, if not more. It just shows the team goal is to win games.

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Overall, Cleveland (57-48) has won seven of its past 10 games, accumulating a plus-34 run differential over that span. Even though Francona wouldn’t define his unit as a World Series contender, his roster boasts enough talent to be there for the second straight year.

It’d be a treat to get to share that moment (a World Series title) with him, Miller said. But he’s won some (World Series titles with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007); it’s not like he needs anything to finish off his resume.

Hansel Robles made the Mets lose in the worst way possible

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There are a lot of ways to lose a baseball game, and the Mets found possibly the worst route to take on the road to defeat.
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They were looking fine headed into the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied 4-4. Hansel Robles returned to the mound after entering the game in the bottom of the eighth. He got off to a bad start in the ninth by hitting Jonathan Lucroy with a pitch.

Smith has a great chance to be a John Olerud-type first baseman. He plays fantastic defense with a surprising amount of quickness for a first baseman, and he is as pure of a hitter as the Mets have in their system right now. He may be an even better pure hitter than Michael Conforto.

The only true knock on Smith is that he doesn’t have a ton of power. His numbers at Triple-A are misleading. He is hitting .330 with 16 home runs, but Las Vegas and the Pacific Coast League are notorious hitters havens. That being said, his average is not unexpected. He’s just not seen as someone who will hit 30 home runs every year.

Bottom line: The Mets have a future solid-to-above average first baseman on their hands and his debut is just around the corner.

Analysis: The Orioles, who held on to rumored trade target Zach Britton, wound up adding a piece to their roster.

Baltimore adds the 27-year-old Beckham, who was the first overall pick in the 2008 draft. He has played all four infield positions in his career, but he became the Rays’ everyday shortstop this season when Matt Duffy was unable to return from heel surgery. Beckham was batting .259/.314/.407 with 12 home runs in 345 plate appearances through July 30.

Watch Myles Garrett and Joe Thomas finally battle at Browns training camp

Last Friday, we talked about the impending face-off between Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas and defensive end Myles Garrett, the team’s first overall pick. On Day 6 of Cleveland Browns training camp, fans finally got their wish, and they did not disappoint.

Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith visited practice on Wednesday as a guest of head coach Hue Jackson, which coincided with the fact that Garrett was with the starting defense for the first time this camp. Since the Browns had an off day Tuesday, that meant everyone was available to practice — including Thomas. Game On.

Jones’ background was in the oil industry, and some terms from that field make their way into his sayings. That’s what happened back in 2012 as the Cowboys kicked off training camp.

“I’ve been here when it was glory hole days, and I’ve been here when it wasn’t,” Jones said, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “Having said that, I want me some glory hole.”

When you think of the phrase “glory hole,” drilling for oil is maybe not what comes to mind. Thankfully, that’s what Jones meant. That doesn’t mean it’s not hilarious.

This offseason, with a number of players — including second-year phenom Ezekiel Elliott — either serving suspensions or facing the possibility of one, Jones was descriptive about how the team will handle it.

“We’re going to have to burn some wagons and float the Mississippi with some of the others,” Jones said as training camp opened, via The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis.

Dave Semenko, Oilers enforcer and Wayne Gretzky bodyguard, dead at 59

Dave Semenko, who served as Wayne Gretzky’s bodyguard while disguised as a linemate during the Edmonton Oilers’ heyday in the 1980s, has died after brief battle with cancer, the team announced. He was 59.

I didn’t play my game tonight. Me personally, I have to play much better, Ovechkin told reporters. I didn’t control the puck well. I make stupid decisions. Unfortunately, it happened.

Ovechkin recorded just two shots on goal while being called for two penalties. He has failed to score for the fourth time in five playoff games.

Our top players didn’t play as well as they needed to, Capitals coach, Barry Trotz told reporters Wednesday.

Sadly for Ovechkin, Washington’s list of Stanley Cup shortcomings runs long and is a common narrative when the calendar turns to April.

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The Caps infamously haven’t advanced to a conference final since the 1997-98 season, despite boasting one of the most potent lineups in the NHL routinely through the last decade.
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There are a couple of reasons Raanta may not be a Golden Knight in 2017-18, though. For one, the Rangers may strike a side deal for their valuable asset before the expansion draft to convince Vegas not to select him. The Golden Knights also may have more interest in selecting one of New York’s exposed forwards — Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast, or Michael Grabner — instead of the Finnish goaltender.

Oilers’ Connor McDavid finally explains that awkward airport photo

More than a month after it hit the internet, Connor McDavid is finally explaining that awkward airport photo.

While going through the airport back in May, the Oilers’ sensation was stopped by a pair of fans who recognized him and kindly asked to take a picture. The couple was eager to show how much they admired him, though McDavid wasn’t exactly prepared.

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As it (came) down to the wire here, you have to look at other considerations other than money, other than term, Shattenkirk told TSN.

Shattenkirk finished fourth in scoring among NHL defensemen with 56 points last season. He began the season in St. Louis, but was traded to the Capitals in late February. He scored 14 points in 19 regular season games with the Caps, and added six points in the postseason.
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Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan had expressed interest in re-signing the 28-year-old defenseman, but admitted during the season it would be difficult given the team’s salary situation.

The No. 14 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, Shattenkirk began his career with the Avalanche in 2010-11 before going to St. Louis in a trade his rookie season.

Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson scuffles with Heat’s Goran Dragic, both get tossed

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Friday night’s matchup between the Heat and Lakers almost turned into fight night between guards Jordan Clarkson and Goran Dragic.

With just more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Clarkson shoved Dragic as the Heat guard made a cut toward the basket. The push was strong enough to elicit two retaliation shoves from Dragic. The Lakers guard responded with a forearm to Dragic’s head/neck area, sending Dragic to the floor.

Clarkson and Dragic were both ejected from the game. Heat forward James Johnson was issued a technical foul after he tried to confront the Lakers’ bench.

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Yet putting all that pressure on Singh remains unfair, even as he accepts an outsize role. He’s a 21-year-old, still averaging more fouls than points per game in the D-League. The documentary wisely avoids overly connecting Singh’s success with that of basketball in India. Ratner thinks we may be a generation away from a real Indian breakthrough in the sport.

In that context, Singh’s role can be reframed. Instead of One in, perhaps the true measure of his success is as the First of a Billion.

The problem for the defense is cutting Thomas off before he can get into the paint rarely works out well for them. The best pick-and-roll players know how to create space at the point of attack in order to put the big man in a better position to set a screen. It’s a skill which helped Kemba Walker, for example, become one of the best pick-and-roll scorers in the league. Therefore, defenders have to expend so much energy getting back in front of Thomas when he uses the half-spin that they’re more vulnerable to be screened if they’re successful.

Study finds CTE in 99 percent of brains donated by former NFL players

A new medical study reveals it discovered evidence of brain disease in more than 99 percent of former NFL players who donated their brains for the research.

The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, detailed how researchers discovered signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of 177 of 202 former football players, including 110 of 111 former NFL players.

The disease was also diagnosed in the brains of three of 14 former high school players and 48 of 53 college players, in addition to former semi-pro and CFL players.

CTE is a degenerative neurological disease commonly found in people who have suffered repeated blows to the head, including football players and boxers. The links between football and CTE have been extensively debated and studied in recent years, but the authors of this new study say it doubles the size of the previous largest-known CTE study, in 2013.

“Being able to still try to perform at a high level and block everything out, I mean, that’s somebody I can say understands what I’m dealing with.”

It remains to be seen whether or not Anthony stays in New York. He recently told team president Phil Jackson he wants to stay with the Knicks, and despite trade rumors that involved the Clippers, Celtics and Cavaliers, he still has a no-trade clause in his contract.

But Anthony said earlier this month he would consider waiving the no-trade clause if the team wants to move him.t_rangers_068-115x115