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.

Not only is James an ideal fit for Gus Bradley’s attacking defense, especially in the role of Kam Chancellor, but he’s entering a secondary already packed with talent, which should give聽him an opportunity to roam around the defense and hunt the football.聽

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.

Since the day I got drafted, I promised myself I was going to finish my studies and get that M.D. while I was still playing, he told ESPN earlier. It’s one of those life projects that you promise yourself you’re going to accomplish, Kevin Pillar Youth jersey and I’m on the verge of doing it, so I’m pretty excited.

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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.

Rashaan Evans already sees night and day difference in NFL

Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans played college football at Alabama, the closest thing college football produces to an NFL program. And even at that level, the first-rounder immediately noticed a stark difference at rookie minicamp.
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I think that’s the good part about playing linebacker for Vrabel. He’s very specific about things that he wants. I feel like that’s what makes great linebackers. And once again, I’m just honored to be coached by him and looking forward to continue to getting coached by him. It definitely will continue, and Evans will Mike Singletary Jersey be expected to make the adjustment quickly. As difficult as it is, it’s still a lot easier than it would be if he hadn’t played at Alabama.

The Yankees, who begin a two-game road interleague series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night, acquired Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks early into spring training to be their starting third baseman.

Drury was hitting.217 with a homer and four RBIs for the Yankees in eight games when he was forced out of a game on April 6. The next day he was put on the DL.

Besides Drury being optioned on Monday, the Yankees transferred the assignments of first baseman Greg Bird and outfielder Billy McKinney from high A Tampa to Double-A Trenton.
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But life is never perfect.

And on Friday, after running first- and second-year players through the first day of rookie camp, Wilks repeated an interesting line he’s also used at least a few times already.

When I say we’re going to play the best 11 guys, he said, it’s not lip service. Everybody has an opportunity coming in to really prove and show themselves why they deserve to be here. We continue to push guys in that direction.

I told the veteran guys the other day, ‘There’s no entitlement. Everybody’s here trying to earn their way.’ We said the same thing with the rookies when they came in (Thursday night). They’ve got a great opportunity, and hopefully they take advantage of it.

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But there is an opening for a fourth halfback, especially after the Giants released Paul Perkins (injured) and Terrell Watson last week and didn’t sign an undrafted free agent for the mix. Jalen Simmons, who has no NFL game experience, is the only other halfback on the 90-man roster.

“Tiger,” Bill Clinton said, “what commitments? I’m the president of the United States. Who do I have to call? I think I can get you out of them.” Tiger held firm, giving President Clinton the stiff-arm as well. The president offered to send an Air Force jet to deliver him to Shea Stadium. Instead, Woods was in Mexico partying on the beach with friends. Tiger said no, not just to the president but to the Heritage. Now he wasn’t even black.

He was Cablinasian. Even Nike, his risk-averse corporate sponsor, was horrified. Cablinasian? What in the hell was Cablinasian? Nike sold products but did so through storytelling, and here was Tiger Woods telling America that its favorite bedtime story — the black athlete breaking barriers to entry, and those old white institutions bending to a new day, each meeting in the middle to mutually overcome racism and fulfill the promise that America could overcome its deepest scar after all — wasn’t the story at all.

The veteran saw his 2017 season cut short after suffering a season-ending foot injury. He eventually underwent surgery and has been rehabbing since that point, but after seeing the Raiders select offensive tackle Kolton Miller in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Penn was seemingly not thrilled.

Not long after the selection of Miller was revealed, Penn posted on a tweet that simply said MORE MOTIVATION, which he later deleted. It would be understandable for him to be less than thrilled with the selection, especially while he’s in the midst of rehabbing hard in order to make sure he’s ready to get back on the field.

After that, Penn was in the news when TMZ Sports revealed that he was the suspect in a domestic violence incident involving his wife. When the pair came out and released a statement that there was a verbal disagreement but no physical altercation, things cooled off a bit. From there, TMZ revealed that Penn would not be charged in the case, as the L.A. City Attorney’s Office opted not to move forward due to a lack of sufficient evidence.
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Will Big Ben continue to speak his mind on team-building?

Ben Roethlisberger made no secret of his disdain for the Steelers ‘ decision to take Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph in the third round of last month’s draft, a bold — if not totally shocking — bit of grousing that figures to make for an icy quarterbacks room this spring and summer. (Seriously, if ever there was a time for the Steelers to star on Hard Knocks, this is it.) Rudolph took the high road after Roethlisberger’s comments went viral, and one can imagine some higher-ups in Pittsburgh are angling for a chat with their longtime star about basic teammate decorum.
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Then again, who’s to say Big Ben would listen? At this stage, Roethlisberger could Davante Adams Authentic Jersey be like the grandfather who hits a certain age and decides he just doesn’t give an eff anymore. I’m sure the Steelers will take the trade-off, given Roethlisberger’s sustained greatness.

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Washington, Abdullah, Riddick, Spence, Killebrew.聽

Now, some context. First of all, cap causality doesn’t really fit for Abdullah or Miles Killebrew. They’re not making enough for release to impact the cap.聽

As for the order, Cornelius Washington is in a tier of his own. The Lions drafted a clear replacement option in Da’Shawn Hand and could free up nearly $3 million in space, which can be carried over to 2019 if it goes unused.

Abdullah聽and Riddick are addressed above. There’s a strong likelihood one will be on the outside looking in when the final roster is set, but I’d still expect a trade over a straight cut.聽

At the moment, Spence seems safe, but perception could change when we see how he fits in a gap-control scheme. He’s better as a penetrator, which worked better in Teryl Austin’s defense.聽

Washington parts ways with Scott Campbell

Teams routinely make changes to the front office after the draft. In Washington, a man who has survived through a variety of regimes is leaving.
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Kids Steve Grogan Jersey Per a league source, Washington has parted ways with Scott Campbell, who served most recently was Senior Personnel Executive. Hired back in 2001 as Director of College Scouting, he became Pro Personnel Director from 2002 through 2005. He returned to the college scouting job in 2006, becoming the Director of Player Personnel in 2008. Campbell remained the team’s Director of Player Personnel until 2015, when he once again became the Director of College Scouting.

The son of former Falcons coach Marion Campbell, Scott Campbell took a job with Atlanta in 1987, remaining with the team in a variety of roles until leaving for the Chiefs in 1997 and later becoming Director of Player Personnel in Chicago for 2000.

It’s a good thing the pitching staff is dealing, holding opponents to three runs or fewer in 13 of the Indians’ past 14 games, because the offense has barely managed to score more than three per game during that same stretch. While the Tribe sound confident about getting their offense going, they almost literally have nowhere to go but up, ranking next to last in the AL in OPS and wOBA. — Kahrl

The rest of the undrafted signings are California linebacker Raymond Davison, Bowling Green tackle Ryan Hunter, Arkansas State defensive tackle Dee Darren Sproles Authentic Jersey Liner, Marshall quarterback Chase Litton, Arkansas State tight end Blake Mack, Northern Arizona wide receiver Elijah Marks, LSU running back J.D. Moore, Holy Cross center Jimmy Murray, Iowa linebacker Ben Neimann, Southern Illinois tackle Devondre Seymour, Oregon defensive back Arrion Springs, Murray State defensive back D’Montre Wade, and LSU running back Darrell Williams.

The Cardinals have quietly climbed near the top of the home run leaderboard. They have 30 home runs, tied for most in the National League and second most in the majors. That charge has been led by elder statesman Yadier Molina and youngster Paul DeJong. The team is on pace for more than 225 home runs, which would be second most in franchise history behind a 2000 output of 235 that involved Mark McGwire. The Cardinals didn’t break 200 last year, even in the Year of the Home Run. — Langs

Washington releases offensive lineman Orlando Franklin

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And the Wolves don’t have a lot of dangerous shooters to begin with — even while playing smaller lineups with Jimmy Butler at power forward. Butler gave Towns an outlet on one play in Game 3 by sneaking along the baseline and popping in the corner on Towns side, but we haven’t seen that type of brainy movement since.

Butler and Andrew Wiggins face the same issues when they post up on the wing — something Minnesota may want to try a little more, given Houston is playing three-guard lineups and switching a lot. The Wolves can get Butler and Wiggins a mismatch whenever they want. When Ryan Anderson is in, they can prey on him the same way — though he has improved at keeping wings in front of him.

Post-ups can beat switches — in smart doses. You have to mix in motion sets, anticipatory cuts, and slipped screens. Minnesota has shown glimpses of that, but it is not in its DNA. The Rockets have been smart about mixing in conventional defenses to keep Minnesota off balance.
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Scott led the nation in gross punting average during his freshman year at Alabama and continued to boot the ball well throughout his four years with the Crimson Tide. He also handled kickoff duties during the 2017 season.

Scott figures to spend a lot of time this offseason working with long snapper Hunter Bradley, a seventh-round pick who also signed on Friday. Bradley played college ball at Mississippi State.

The Cardinals might not force quarterback early and instead look a little later for their answer, perhaps Oklahoma’s Mason Rudolph in Round 2. But they have a need at wide receiver with Larry Fitzgerald possibly entering his last season and losing both John Brown and Jaron Brown in free agency. Moore’s explosiveness and big-play knack will allow him to edge Womens Pau Gasol Jersey Alabama’s Calvin Ridley and SMU’s Courtland Sutton for the honor of first receiver drafted.

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