This is technically cheating because these two didn’t move anywhere

The decision to switched to a timed format for each round — previously, each hitter got 10 outs (non-home runs) — for the 2015 Derby was brilliant. I’ll put it this way: As bad as Bud Selig’s decision was to tie the outcome of the All-Star Game to home-field advantage in the World Series, this is equally as good of a decision.

The fans I talked with agreed.

“This is so much better than it used to be,” Tony Frederico told me. “The timed rounds, so you have a clock and it keeps moving, makes it more exciting.”

Frederico lives in San Diego now, but he was here visiting his dad, Tom, who lives in Delray Beach, and was at the game with his nephew, Luke. He wound up with an Aaron Judge home run ball after it bounced around a bit, causing the beer vendor to lean over to try to grab it, spilling ice and water all over the floor. The ball scooted just a few feet past me, but I was trying to get video with my phone, so the primary goal was to make sure Aaron Judge didn’t Lebron Cheap Jerseys break my phone.

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant re-signing with Warriors — This is technically cheating because these two didn’t move anywhere, but Golden State still had to act to bring them back. Curry signed a “supermax” deal, which will see him wearing yellow and blue for the foreseeable future, while Durant opted to sign a team-friendly two-year deal.

Some may have expected to see Paul George to Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys the Thunder here. While Oklahoma City did fleece the Pacers — even if George is just a rental — Russell Westbrook has not proven he can play nice with other stars. That pairing could lead to disaster. We already know how well Curry and Durant fared in the same backcourt.indians_015

That’s when he signed with the Redskins.

Simpson, 70, stood trial in 1995 for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, but was acquitted in one of the most-watched trials in U.S. history. He was later found liable in a 1997 civil trial and ordered to pay $33.5 million to the victims’ families.

Despite the notoriety that came from the murder trial, as well his fame as the 1968 Heisman Trophy winner and Hall of Fame running back for the Bills, Simpson told one of his closest friends last week he’s hoping his “life will go back to normal” after Thursday’s hearing.

After an All-Pro 2015 season, it was time for Norman to cash-in a long-term deal with Carolina. The team had initially placed the franchise tag on the CB while the two sides attempted to come to an agreement. When no agreement was reached, Gettleman rescinded the tag, making Norman a free agent.

That’s when he signed with the Redskins.

“He’d always been nice to me. He always was smiling, cracking jokes with us. But when you’re smiling and cracking jokes, you never know behind your back it’s totally different,” Norman said about Gettleman to the Charlotte Observer. “When it comes down to it, I guess it’s all about money than it is relationships.”

Another player who didn’t leave on good terms with Lakers Cheap Jerseys Gettleman was receiver Steve Smith. His words from 2014 about Gettleman were a lot stronger than Norman’s.

He doesn’t even have the cojones to tell us Knicks Cheap Jerseys to our face [about the release], Smith said. “We have to hear it from someone else. Then he calls and says it wasn’t personal. If Hanson Brothers Cheap Jerseys the first thing that comes out is ‘well it wasn’t personal,’ then guess what? It was personal.”indians_016

he limited the potential success to a “pickup” game against a summer league opponent.

That Packers team is one of only two Super Bowl-winning teams in NFL history to have the NFL’s No. 1 scoring offense and scoring defense in the same season, the other being the undefeated 1972 Dolphins.

Favre won his second of three straight NFL MVP awards and took the Packers back to the Super Bowl in 1997. Favre was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year and joined ’96 teammate Reggie White in Canton. The Packers, who were coached by Mike Holmgren, who could also be inducted into the Hall one day, and the roster was built by Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf.

What? OK, this is a complete long shot, but not one totally out of the Carolina blue given what John Elway has done and what John Lynch can do.

Martin, 39, was less emphatic, but he said a 15-man roster would get the W.

Gary Payton, one of the Big3 coaches, played along, too, but he limited Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap the potential success to a “pickup” game against a summer league opponent.

“If we give them about a great month to get in great, great shape . . . yeah, anybody in summer league, ’cause some of them dudes in summer league are trying to make a team that are not going to be on a team and they’re not as talented as these guys were in their prime and some of them still in their prime,” Payton said.

Even Clyde Drexler, a fellow Big3 coach, gave the “seasoned Hockey Cheap Jerseys veterans” the nod over the summer stock, but then he took it a step further.

“The guys in the summer league are just coming from college; they really don’t know how to play yet. That’s not even a fair fight,” he said. “Let’s talk about the real players, the NBA players. I think they’d have a great shot against the guys in the league.”indians_023

Let’s just say that pace might be a tiny issue

What if Kaepernick is accused of selling out rather than keeping it real? Vick said he’d tell him not to sweat it if they were talking face to face.
It’s not about selling out. When you’re good, and you’re playing great, then you’re going to be wanted. People are going to want to sign you, going to want to see you play, Vick said.
I thought I had heard all the Kaepernick hot takes in recent months, but Vick’s haircut advice is a new one.

Investing in Bell has become a question for the Steelers since he has been plagued with injuries and suspensions, missing 16 games in his four-year career.

That being said, Bell has been a productive member of the Steelers when he is on the field. Last season, he ran for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns.

Bell especially shined in Week 14, when he set the franchise regular-season rushing record in a single game with 236 yards.

If this was a work designed to generate buzz around the Big3, then well done, everyone. You now have us talking about the theoretical possibility of a team featuring, say, Jackson, Martin, Chauncey Billups, Jermaine O’Neal, Al Harrington, Ricky Davis, Cuttino Mobley, Rasual Butler, Larry Hughes and DerMarr Johnson keeping up with active players who are half their La Galaxy Cheap Jerseys age or more than 10 years younger.

Let’s just say that pace might be a tiny issue, no matter how Hockey Jerseys well these guys can get in shape. Old-man games and spot-up 3s on old-man legs aren’t going to get it done over 48 minutes.

One legend who probably wouldn’t be part of this geriatric “super team” is Hall of Famer Allen Iverson. The Answer told reporters (including SN’s Andy Wittry) last week his days as a high-level player are over.indians_022

You almost never see that in a Home Run Derby.

The power display was pretty amazing. On his way to the Derby title, Judge hit three home runs of at least 500 feet, which is jaw-dropping, even by the standards of a kid who spent the first three months of the season dropping jaws on a game-by-game basis.

And here’s Judge through two rounds. Look at how many he hit to the opposite field. You almost never see that in a Home Run Derby.

“As long as he wants to continue to work, and he’s still doing a good job — and I think he still does a great job for us — we want him to continue to be our general manager,” Murphy said of the 64-year-old Thompson, who began his time with the Packers as a scout in 1992. “At a point he decides he doesn’t want to do it anymore for whatever reason, then we would do a search.”

Murphy met with reporters following his annual meeting with shareholders as the Packers revealed their net income increased 49 percent from the previous year. As the NFL’s only publicly owned franchise, the Packers are the only team in the league legally required to disclose their earnings.

Danilo Gallinari to Clippers — The Clippers enter next season in limbo. Not Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys bad enough to tank, but probably not good enough to contend, either. Adding Gallinari did little to shift the team in either direction.

Gallinari possesses a deft shooting touch, and he is good around the Hockey Jerseys basket. But he is injury-prone (he has played over 70 games just once since the 2009-10 season), and he has little-to-no foot speed. Los Angeles already had one injury-prone forward (Blake Griffin) returning, and another slow big man (DeAndre Jordan) clogging the paint. Gallinari is a respected name, but not a good fit for the Clippers.indians_016

it is up to him to harness that talent the way Holmgren did with the Packers and then again with the Seahawks

The Eagles selected Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and picked up Washington cornerback Sidney Jones in the second round, though Jones is not yet fully recovered from an Achilles injury in college. They also got great value in the third round with West Virginia corner Rasul Douglas and a Darren Sproles clone in the fourth round with San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey.

Even if Pederson is right, it is up to him to harness that talent the way Holmgren did with the Packers and then again with the Seahawks, whom he led to their first Super Bowl in 2005.
You acquire all this new talent through the draft, through free agency, always having roster moves, Pederson said. “And so being able to bring all of that together through training camp … you keep asking yourself that question of just how well can they join together and play together, and you don’t know until you start playing in July and August.

“I think it becomes legitimized as a position, not that it needed to be, but there has been a stigma that not an every-down player was somehow a handicap when it came to Hot Cheap Jerseys consideration for the Hall,” Andersen added. “I think we need to move the conversation forward in saying, ‘Who are the trendsetters? Who are the best at their position regardless whether they played 20 plays or 75 plays? How Hockey Jerseys Cheap did they affect the game?’

Stenerud, who played the bulk of his career with the Chiefs before stints with the Packers and Vikings was a four-time Pro Bowler and seven-time All-Pro selection and is in the halls of fame for both the Chiefs and Packers. A Super Bowl champion with the 1969 Chiefs, Stenerud was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. indians_024

Redskins says Kirk Cousins ‘prefers to play on a year-to-year basis’

The NFL deadline to sign players designated a franchise player to a long-term deal came and went Monday without Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins agreeing to a long-term deal.
Redskins president Bruce Allen released a statement Monday, saying he met with Cousins in person and the sixth-year quarterback and his agent “made it clear” Cousins prefers to play on a one-year deal.

After discussions with Kirk face-to-face over the weekend, I want to clarify our negotiations for this year, Allen wrote. “Kirk is obviously important to our team and fans, and they deserve to know where things stand. Our goal was to sign Kirk to a long-term contract with the final objective of having him finish his career with the Redskins.

On May 2nd, right after the draft, we made Kirk an offer that included the highest fully guaranteed amount upon signing for a quarterback in NFL history ($53 million) and guaranteed a total of $72 million for injury. The deal would have made him at least the second highest-paid player by average per year in NFL history. But despite our repeated attempts, we have not received any offer from Kirk’s agent this year.

The Eagles thought they had elite talent in 2011 with their infamous “Dream Team” of quarterbacks Michael Vick and Vince Young and Pro Bowlers LeSean McCoy at running back, offensive tackle Jason Peters and defensive end Jason Babin, along with free-agent acquisitions Cullen Jenkins Good Cheap Jerseys from Green Bay and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha from the Raiders. But that team, led by current Chiefs coach Andy Reid with Pederson on the staff Kobe Bryant Cheap Jerseys as the quarterbacks coach, went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.indians_007

Cookie contraband nearly derailed O.J. Simpson’s chance at parole, report says

O.J. Simpson reportedly thinks he will be released from prison soon, but the former NFL star once nearly saw his chance to be approved for parole Thursday go up in smoke.

With the cookie technically considered contraband, the guard was ready to stop the illegal activity until Felix, who wrote a book about his experiences with Simpson as an inmate, stepped in.
Being the loud O.J. he is, the guard in the bubble saw him eating a cookie, Felix said of the incident he says took place not long after Simpson arrived at the prison nearly nine years ago. “And of course she said, ‘Where’d you get the cookie from?’ Well, O.J. doesn’t lie. He got it from a guy, a culinary worker.

The Eagles signed former Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles to back up Wentz, and landed offensive weapons in former Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery and former Ravens and 49ers wideout Torrey Smith, while retaining offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski and former Titans guard Chance Warmack. They also got former Rams and Patriots defensive end Chris Long and former Patriots running back Knock Off Cheap Jerseys LeGarrette Blount, who are both fresh off a Super Bowl title.

But we also had a lot of talent in [2011] here and where did that get us? Pederson said. “So there’s got to be a combination of blending all this talent with the coaching staff, with my ideas and philosophy, to bring that all together, put the egos aside, put pride aside, and just Giants Cheap Jerseys go focus on winning this game that we have in front of us. I’m a big believer [that] if you do that, then you look back at the end of the season and you’re probably going to be where you want to be, and that’s playing in the postseason.”indians_006

Paul George attempts to clear the air about ditching Pacers

Paul George put the Pacers in an odd position this offseason. They were essentially forced to trade him after he had his agent tell the front office he wasn’t going to play in Indiana past the upcoming season. With their hands forced, the Pacers traded George in a deal with the Thunder.

Indiana could have moved its All-Star forward at the trade deadline and received a much larger haul, but instead the team ended up with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. No matter which way you look at it, this was a poor deal for a player of George’s caliber.

But it was about the best Indy could get, because not only did George deliver what Pacers president Kevin Pritchard described as a “gut punch,” but there were also a number of reports saying George was going to bail after the next season to play for the Lakers.

Jimmy Butler to Timberwolves — The Timberwolves have been collecting young players, biding their time for a big move. They decided to pull the trigger this offseason by adding Butler to team with Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, two of the game’s brightest Knicks Cheap Jerseys young stars.

Not only does Butler give Minnesota another proven scorer, he provides them with a much-needed veteran who has won playoff games (and a gold medal). Butler’s move to Minnesota won’t instantly make the Timberwolves contenders in the loaded Western Conference, but it should get them Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys into the postseason with a chance to surprise.

Chris Paul to Rockets — As good as the Rockets were at times last season, they always appeared to be missing a key piece. Paul is a great organizer and shooter. His addition allows James Harden to play off the ball, which could equate to better ball movement.indians_005