Greg Bird’s return forces Yankees to make tough roster decision

The Yankees have too many good players to keep them all in the big leagues. It’s a nice problem to have, but it still makes for tough calls.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is lucky to have first baseman Greg Bird return to the club this weekend after missing the entire year up until this point, but that means a roster move had to be made.

Boone labeled Austin (.238, eight HRs, 23 RBIs) as an impact performer and added: He’s a reason we’re sitting where we are with a strong record. He’s played a major role in that. We expect that to continue throughout this year.

Adams’ fWAR of 1.1 equates to approximately $9.9 million in performance value, which is a huge surplus after just over a quarter of the season. However, if Adams continues to slide, so too does the number and any happiness the Nats felt while Adams was on his massive late-April tear.

Of all the deals we’ll cover here, this one seemed to be the one of the most egregious from the beginning. There wasn’t much in Garcia’s performance in 2017 that suggested he deserved a $10 million contract and it’s looking like a terrible decision for the Blue Jays.

After pitching to a 4.30 ERA in 113 innings in 2017, Garcia sports a 6.28 ERA in 38 2/3 innings for Toronto. Garcia’s -0.1 fWAR means that HE should be writing the check to the Blue Jays for his chance to be on the mound.

Gonzalez sat on the open market for some time and when his price came down, the Rockies decided to take back the outfielder with nine years of playing time in Colorado. Gonzalez has been on a decline for years, but as with many of these types of deals, the club felt that familiarity was better than signing anyone outside of the organization.

At this pace, Gonzalez will come up well short of meeting the breakeven point in his deal.

Malcolm Jenkins on White House trip: The decision was made to lie

The Eagles tried to tapdance around the controversy, when they issued a statement about the cancellation of their trip to the White House which didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name.

Quin’s been a reliable and productive part of the Lions defense since arriving in 2013 as he hasn’t missed a game while playing at a high level much of the time. That experience should help him make up for lost time heading into the 2018 season.

Sickle cell disease disproportionately affects African-Americans in the United States, according to Glenn Jenkins, executive director of Embrace Kids Foundation.

Tackle Sickle Cell’s annual blood drive draws about one-third minority donors where the national average is six percent, Jenkins said.

What I tell guys all the time, when I got this job and went into that first meeting, I said, ‘Guys, we really can be the best in the world. We can be the best in the league. We can have the best offensive line in the league.’ I was like, ‘Wow, I said that,’ Brown told the team’s website. When you say things like that [out loud], you have to work toward it. I always tell guys, you don’t necessarily need to have sight to have vision. For me, I have this vision of us being the best, of us winning championships. Now, that’s me saying that. The minute you put that out in the air… you’ve got to move toward that. You have to work your tail off.

How does one go about establishing every team’s most underpaid player? We started by looking at several key indicators of player value: Pro Football Reference’s approximate value metric (which is an attempt to put a single number on the seasonal value of a player at any position from any year), assessments from outlets such as Football Outsiders and Pro Football Focus, raw statistics from PFR and and the good old eyeball test. And then we juxtaposed those results with contract information provided by Spotrac.

Kaepernick’s attorney insists the NFL colluded against his client over fear of the President

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Kaepernick’s attorney insists the NFL colluded against his client over fear of the President More Not only are the NFL owners colluding against Colin Kaepernick, the embattled free agent quarterback’s lawyer claims, but they did so out of fear of President Donald Trump, who has seized upon the issue of players protesting during the national anthem.
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It’s great that he stuck his neck out there,linebacker Darron Lee said, because I know a lot of people feel passionate about that.Story Continues New York Rep. Pete King wrote on Twitter on Saturday that it was disgracefulthat Johnson would pay fines for players who would kneel during the anthem. King added that Johnson’s decision was encouraging a movement premised on lies vs. police.Would he support all player protests?King continued. Would he pay fines of players giving Nazi salutes or spew racism? It’s time to say goodbye to Jets!The Jets have not decided what they will do this year during the national anthem, but Lee said if he had to take an educated guess,he thinks the team will lock arms again. Beachum and Kearse stressed that unity is the top priority with the Jets. I think it’s very important that no matter what we do, that we do it together,Kearse said.

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According to a police report obtained by, the arresting officer was alerted to two men, one of whom was Kirk, by a man lying down in a van allegedly damaged by a rock thrown by Kirk and his friend. The man then observed Kirk and his friend throwing rocks at other cars and semi-trucks.
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The Cardinals selected Kirk with their second-round pick (No. 47 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

So that’s it for this week: The NFL will miss Savage and the work he did in Mobile, and, as such, ex-Seahawks and Patriots scout Jim Nagy has some big shoes to fill when he takes over next month. Savage helped secure Reese’s as a title sponsor in one of his first acts in 2013, and did a second deal with the company just a few months back. He also grew the game’s exposure, to the point where both ESPN and NFL Network were broadcasting practices in 2016, and 600 media members were credentialed last year.

Raiders install new defense while Mack stays away

Paul Guenther is installing a new defense for the Oakland Raiders with the most important part of the unit missing.

Mack has missed the entire voluntary portion of the offseason and has not indicated whether he plans to report for next week’s mandatory minicamp or risk fines of more than $80,000.

Trump reportedly felt snubbed when he learned Tom Brady would not be with the team during their visit to the White House after Super Bowl LI.

From the Washington Post:

Trump grew angry in April 2017 when Tom Brady said he planned to skip the White House visit with the Patriots, huddling angrily with aides and even calling Patriots owner Robert Kraft. One former senior administration official described a chaotic scene unfolding over the heartlands of America, as Trump flew back from an event in Wisconsin. Trump made a number of calls and asked aides to help fix the situation, worried that Brady’s absence would reflect poorly on him.

During the intervening years the Leagues’ actions nearly put Monmouth Park out of business, inflicted significant financial and emotional hardship on hundreds of innocent Monmouth Park workers, and jeopardized the continued viability of New Jersey’s entire equine industry, the lawsuit says.

The leagues lost the fight to prevent the spread of sports betting. Now they’ll have another fight over the actions they took to try to prevent the spread of sports betting.

Few understand the NFL rulebook better than Mike Pereira. So at a time when the NFL rulebook will be changing like never before, it makes sense to talk to him.

Talk to him I did on Friday, for a full hour.

Isaiah Crowell: Week in, week out, I never knew my role in the Browns’ offense

After four seasons in Cleveland, running back Isaiah Crowell signed this offseason with the Jets. He’s not going to miss the Browns.
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Crowell described the Browns’ offense as one where he never knew his role, and that wore on him.

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The Dolphins needed a receiving threat at tight end for Adam Gase after seeing how Julius Thomas didn’t pan out. Ryan Tannehill also needed a new security blanket after the team didn’t bring back Jarvis Landry. Gesicki is athletic, but there are some concerns about his blocking.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Chargers have signed safety Derwin James. James was the 17th overall pick in April and signed a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season.

There were plenty of predictions in the days and weeks leading up to the draft that had James going earlier in the first round after starring at Florida State, but he wound up lingering long enough for the Chargers to add him to their secondary.
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James has been working at strong safety during OTAs, but, per the team’s website, he’s expected to add to his portfolio as he gets comfortable at the professional level. Wherever he winds up come September, it’s a good bet that he’ll be in the starting lineup.
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McPhee saw Methot as a veteran sage on the blue line who could share his 11 years of NHL experience with the young defensemen. Then he decided he had too many defensemen, so he traded Methot to the Stars for junior goalie Dylan Ferguson and Dallas’ second-round pick in the 2020 draft. The Knights missed an injury-limited season for Methot (36 games). Ferguson was called up from juniors and appeared on an emergency basis in one November game.

Mike D’Antoni guided the Rockets to an NBA-best 65 wins during the regular season.

The Rockets have taken 3-point shooting to historic extremes since D’Antoni arrived in Houston, but he has drastically adapted his system to suit his personnel, particularly probable MVP James Harden and his future Hall of Fame backcourt partner, Chris Paul.
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If the best that we have is an iso, or if my personnel on my team dictates that that is really good, then that’s what we’re going to do, D’Antoni said during a visit in his office late in the regular season. I’ve had trouble in the past because really good players weren’t real efficient [on isos]. They weren’t real efficient, so I’m looking at the numbers and going, ‘Somehow the efficiency has got to go up.’

Rutgers last hosted an NCAA Tournament women’s basketball game in 2008-09, Steve McNair Youth jersey winning first- and second-round games en route to a Sweet 16 ouster.

The way the process works for Division I schools like Rutgers to host is to submit to the NCAA a bid for teams with a realistic shot of making the field. Rutgers officials told NJ Advance Media that the athletics department submitted bids to host NCAA early-round games in women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse in recent years but those requests went for naught because the teams failed to qualify for the tournament.

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James was at his best at Florida State when he was able to play all over the field and attack the offense from multiple positions. Expect Bradley to give James that freedom right away. He can handle deep safety responsibilities, play in the box as a linebacker, blitz the quarterback from multiple angles and cover a variety of positions in man-to-man coverage.聽
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The Chargers added Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey to shore up the middle of the offensive line, but James has superstar potential and an opportunity to flourish under Bradley’s leadership in Los Angeles. Don’t be surprised if he ends the season as a聽front-runner to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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Patriots hiring martial arts expert to serve as pass-rushing consultant

The Patriots are hiring martial arts expert Joe Kim to work with their pass rushers, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports. Kim has worked with 10 other NFL teams since 1992, most recently the Browns in 2016.
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The Cleveland-area taekwondo master got started working with NFL teams in 1992 when then-Browns coach Bill Belichick hired him after reading a newspaper article about the former U.S. national team member.

Kim will work with Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly in helping the team’s pass rushers improve their hand-to-hand combat skills.

New Patriots defensive tackle Danny Shelton worked with Kim in Cleveland.

The good news for Trubisky as he prepares for his second season: that has all changed. Fox has been replaced by quarterback guru Matt Nagy, who got the best out of Alex Smith in Kansas City. And general manager Ryan Pace spent the first half of the offseason shopping for new offensive weapons to make life easier for both his signal-caller and new head coach.聽

Durvernay-Tardif, 27, had joked that once he earned his medical degree he might want the nameplate on his Chiefs jersey to read Duvernay-Tardif M.D.

That’s the story behind his tongue-in-cheek graduation photo, posted on Twitter, with his newly earned title on the back of a white doctor’s lab coat with his No. 76, as if it were a Chiefs jersey.

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Cowboys ‘in a standstill under coach Jason Garrett,’ says Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens, who spent three season with the Cowboys in the back half of his career, offered a scathing review of current Dallas head coach Jason Garrett on 105.3 The Fan earlier this week.

“At the end at the day, how can you keep allowing the players to be the scapegoat for what’s not happening,” Owens said, “especially when you have a head coach that’s supposed to be offensive-minded? They’re supposed to direct and lead the team to where it hasn’t gotten in a number of years, and they’ve pretty much been in a standstill under coach Jason Garrett.”

Owens likened Dallas’ situation to that of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, who recently fired Dwane Casey despite the team entering the playoffs as a No. 1 seed.

“(Casey) was voted unanimously coach of the year, has taken Toronto to the playoffs, had three straight years of 50-plus wins and then they don’t make it beyond what the expectations are within that organization and he gets fired,” Owens said. “And then you have Jason Garrett who has no accomplishments not even close to that and he continues to still have a job.

“It all boils down to players being the scapegoat for his inability to lead the team as he should. For me it’s mind-boggling. I don’t understand.”

“If the NFL prohibits players from betting on football games, and a player is found to have done so, will he be suspended the same length of games a player gets whacked for PEDs? More games? Less?” King writes. “Will the NFL have to employ a gambling czar? And 32 enforcements officers, one per team, to make sure there’s no funny business going on? Will the NFL have its own Pete Rose case?”

For all we know, the NFL already has had its own Pete Rose case. And its own Tim Donaghy case. And, quite possibly, plenty of players and coaches providing inside information about game plans and injuries and non-injuries to people who would pay very good money for that enhanced knowledge.

The point is that gambling has been around for decades. Making it more prevalent and acceptable by the general public shouldn’t corrupt the sport any more than the widespread ability to play fantasy football for money.

Then again, maybe fantasy football for money already has corrupted the sport, with players and/or coaches secretly involved in high-stakes leagues (possibly through a third party), using what they know about the games and/or how they can affect them to make plenty of money on the side.ravens_122

Sweden crushes U.S., to play for gold medal at ice hockey worlds

Sweden strode into the final of the ice hockey world championship by crushing the United States 6-0 on Saturday.
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The defending champion set up a gold-medal game on Sunday against Switzerland, a 3-2 winner over Canada.

The Swedes set up the victory with three goals in three minutes and seven seconds midway through the second period.

We didn’t play our best game but we put up a lot of goals, forward Patric Hornqvist said. We still have some improvement to do for the game tomorrow.

U.S. captain Patrick Kane, the overall scoring leader, failed to register a point for the first time in the championship.

We just made too many mistakes and they capitalized, Kane said. They’ve got a lot of good players over there Cody Bellinger Authentic Jersey and made us pay for those mistakes.

It’s gonna be tough to regroup (for the bronze medal game) … but we have to do it.

The players banged their sticks in appreciation as Trotz finished his lap. He dropped to one knee like Ovechkin does … and looked a little wobbly in the process.

Game Kids Melky Cabrera Jersey I almost bit it at the end there trying to imitate Ovi, Trotz said. I was worried about the turns. The rudders haven’t been sharpened all year. So you didn’t see a lot of crossovers there. I used body mass and weight. It was a bit of a slow lap, but you’re all-in. They call your number, you step up to the plate, gotta do it. Obviously, we’re pretty loose.

How did his players feel about the 19-second lap?

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Looked pretty smooth. He didn’t fall, so I mean, it’s considered a success, forward Devante Smith-Pelly said. He’s probably going to be pretty sore tomorrow. But he gets everyone excited, like Ovi did. Guys might have been even more excited today.

Royals Hammel earns first win in win over Cardinals

Salvador Perez puts the Royals up 3-1 with a solo home run to left-center.
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Luke Weaver (3-4) pitched seven innings in his first career outing against Kansas City. He allowed seven hits and struck out eight against one walk.

Gordon added two singles in a 3-for-4 night after entering the game hitless in his previous 14 at-bats. He was in a 4-for-40 skid that dated back to May 9.

Kansas City is 1/3 in interleague play this season. The Royals had lost their last five games against St. Louis and are 4-10 against their cross-state rivals in interleague play dating back to May 24, 2015.

Kansas City went ahead 2-1 in the fourth on a two-out double by Alcides Escobar, who snapped an 0-for-9 skid with a single in the second inning. Whit Merrifield walked with one out and went to third on a single to right by Gordon. Escobar, who went 3-for-4, lined a 3-2 off-speed pitch to left to drive home Merrifield.

A leadoff homer by Perez in the sixth gave the Royals a 3-1 edge. Besides hitting the home run, Perez threw out two baserunners.

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Covey allowed six runs in four innings in his only career start against the Orioles last season. He gave up 10 hits, including a pair of home runs, and walked one while striking out three.

The Orioles continue to await the return of right-handed closer Zach Britton, who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Britton threw a 20-pitch simulated game Tuesday in Chicago..

Royals: 1B Lucas Duda (right foot plantar fasciitis) is eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list Thursday. Duda is batting .256 with four home runs and 19 RBI in 37 games this season.

Cardinals: C Yadier Molina continues to recover from a traumatic hematoma sustained when he was hit by a foul ball earlier this month. He’s seeing the doctor on Thursday, said St. Louis General Manager Michael Girsch said of Molina. That’s how fast we will get some guidance on when he can start doing physical activity. He’s been on significant rest so it’s hard to project until he can start jogging and stuff like that. … Greg Garcia, 28, who left Monday’s game in the sixth inning with Joakim Noah Womens Jersey lower back tightness was not in the lineup Tuesday. He is listed as day to day. Garcia is hitting .241 with two home runs and nine RBI in 36 games as the Cardinals’ utility man.