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.
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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

Curry won’t be winning MVP this season after being the first-ever unanimous winner of the award in 2016

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Meanwhile, older brother Stephen tied an NBA record for futility in a win against the 76ers. He missed all 11 of his 3-point attempts, tying an NBA record for most misses in a game without a make.

More on that later, because this night belonged to Seth Curry. Coupled with his career-high 31 points against the Timberwolves Friday, the younger Curry is averaging a stout 24.3 points per game in Dallas’ three games since the All-Star break.

He’s a very, very confident young man, Dirk Nowitzki told reporters after Friday’s game. He just has that attitude about him that he’s supposed to score on anybody. And that’s what he’s been doing out there. He’s been good in the pick-and-rolls. We’ve been seeing the entire package from him for a long time now. He’s a legit scorer. I’m happy for him.

The Warriors guard realizes all of this, and he’s fine with it. But he has a bit of an issue with the naysayers.

I think it’s comical that people were saying I’m having a down year, Curry told Bleacher Report. To go black and white and say I’m not having as good a season as I was having last year based on just five points a game or shooting percentage or whatnot … there are other things that you try to do other than just the eye test to try and help your team win. This year has taught me that, for sure. The accolades and the attention and all that stuff, the hype is cool. But it’s really how you feel about your own game.

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The Cavs personnel moves were limited to the adding of Jose Calderon and Jeff Green

Gilbert can probably thank Dolan for outdoing him on the scale of owners who had offseason disasters, but Gilbert’s missteps this summer could have a long-lasting impact. Gilbert bungled the situation with former general manager David Griffin, then bungled his talks with Chauncey Billups, the potential replacement for Griffin, by making him a low-ball offer.
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The Cavs personnel moves were limited to the adding of Jose Calderon and Jeff Green, while re-signing Kyle Korver, so there is not much to celebrate there. Worse, LeBron James can be a free agent next summer, and given this summer’s troubles, would anyone blame him if he wanted to leave?

That’s brutal against the Warriors. Their elite defenders wouldn’t even bat an eye at Rose, and they would generously help off him to stop penetration elsewhere.

Oh, and speaking of defense, Rose is not great on that end. While he possesses the physical tools to be passable defensively, he often fails to give full effort and finds himself out of position. While you can’t pin all of the Knicks’ defensive issues on Rose (only five teams had a worse defensive rating than New York last season), he certainly didn’t help. The Knicks’ defense was 5.5 points per possession worse with Rose on the floor (from 108.8 to 114.3).

Imagine the looks on the faces of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant if they saw Rose switching onto them following a screen. That’s just instant buckets every time.
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Placing Rose in the starting lineup next to Irving would be an odd fit, and Cleveland just signed Calderon as a backup point guard. They have enough one-way players. If the ultimate goal is to take the Larry O’Brien trophy back from the Warriors, Rose won’t get the job done.

Jose Calderon earns $415k for 2 hours of work with Warriors

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Jose Calderon’s stint with Golden State was short-lived, but he still cashed in on his time with the team.

The veteran point guard joined the Warriors after his buyout with the Lakers was complete, but was waived once again when star forward Kevin Durant suffered an MCL sprain and bone bruise in his left leg on Tuesday.

Despite the Warriors cutting Calderon to clear roster space to sign forward Matt Barnes, the Spaniard was compensated for his two-hour contribution to the team and left Oakland with the full $415,000 he would have earned if he had stayed for the remainder of the season.

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But Bridges is an exceptional athlete who showed a better perimeter shot than expected, especially after he came back from an ankle sprain that cost him the entire month of December. His midrange game is virtually nonexistent, but in Michigan State’s final 16 games Bridges shot 40.7 percent from the 3-point line. Overall, Michigan State was a disappointment this year, and Bridges’ stock has taken a hit because of it.

Rockets are for sale, team CEO Tad Brown announces

The Rockets could be yours.

Team CEO Tad Brown made the announcement Monday that the team is for sale, saying owner Leslie Alexander wants to “(change) the fabric of his life.”

According to Brown, Alexander said owning a team “can wear on you after so many decades” and that he wants to focus on his philanthropy work and family.

Part one of this strategy failed as he missed his first free throw. That’s OK, if he misses the next one his team can still rebound the ball and shoot a 3-pointer to tie it up. Just step up to the line, hurl the ball towards the basket and have a long rebound out to your teammates.

The rebound-and-make-a-three strategy was a longshot anyways, but it would have been nice to at least have a chance.

Consider Thompson the wild card on this list. He only scores 0.8 points per game out of the pick-and-roll, and it makes up for 4.4 percent of his offense on the season, but it would be fun to see how he’d take to being the focal point on offense. We know he’d get his shots one way or another — he wasn’t lying when he said he wasn’t “sacrificing s—” when Durant joined the Warriors — and he’s capable of putting up video game-like numbers when he’s rolling. With the sort of spacing the Rockets provide, it wouldn’t be as difficult for him to adjust to being the No. 1 option in comparison to other places.

Besides, being the offensive guru he is, D’Antoni would figure out ways to put Thompson in the right positions. And who knows, with the Rockets shooting nearly 40 3-pointers per game as a team, Thompson might be able to challenge Stephen Curry for the most 3-pointers in a season. If Corey Brewer was getting the green light off the bench before he was traded to the Lakers, Thompson would probably shoot 15 3-pointers per game.steelers_120