Colin Kaepernick items to be displayed at Smithsonian

Colin Kaepernick can’t find a home in the NFL, but items related to his national anthem protest have found a place in the Smithsonian.

“I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best,” Burfict said, via the team’s website. “I feel like I’ve let down my teammates, but I also feel like I’ve done a good job with this. I only had one personal foul last year. We feel like this was a legal hit. I hit him in the shoulder. I hit hard, so it may have looked like I hit him in the head, but it was the shoulder. I helped him up and he said he was good and I asked if he was good on the next series and he said, ‘Yeah, that was a legal hit.’

“The rules say you can eliminate a receiver within five yards of the line of scrimmage as long as you don’t hit him in the head and I don’t think I hit him in the head.”

Burfict was banned for hitting Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman while he was in a defenseless position, which is a new rule by the NFL heading into the season.

No stranger to NFL fines and suspensions, Burfict will appeal the decision. The hearing is scheduled to take place next week, and the Pro Bowler will lose $882,353 in base salary should the league uphold the suspension as a repeat offender.

In three years with Chicago, Houston has started only 10 games and has missed 22 games due to injury. Houston is not a natural pass rusher, though he did have the highest sack total of his career when he moved to linebacker in 2015.

Davis hasn’t been worth $5 million a year since 2013, and there should have been very little interest in him as a free agent even after a moderately successful year in 2016. Davis basically is an expensive insurance policy for Jordan Reed, and one they had no reason to commit to at this level. The team had better use of this money for players expected to make more of an impact.seahawks_100

NBA Summer League schedule 2017: Time, TV channel, and live stream for Las Vegas championship

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Galloway played 55 games with the Pelicans, averaging 8.6 points off the bench last season. He was then traded to the Kings as part of the trade for DeMarcus Cousins, where his production was slashed, but he improved to a 47.5 percent 3-point shooter in 19 games in Sacramento.

The 25-year-old guard began his career in the NBA Development League before catching on with the New York Knicks after impressing during back-to-back 10-day contracts. In New York, he developed into a capable perimeter shooter and pesky perimeter defender. For a portion of the 2015-16 season, Galloway led the NBA in three-point percentage.

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Caldwell-Pope thought himself worthy of a Porteresque offer sheet. Whether he’s right or wrong, through the first week of free agency no team with interest in chasing restricted free agents agreed. NBA norms would dictate that Caldwell-Pope continue searching for a rich offer as more cap space dried up. We’d get a threat from his agent about taking the qualifying offer in an attempt to pressure the Pistons into offering a deal. Either some stalking horse team would make an offer to force the issue (the ol’ Enes Kanter resolution), Caldwell-Pope and the Pistons would find middle ground, or he’d take the qualifying offer after giving up on the 2017 market (the Greg Monroe doctrine).

Ersan Ilyasova agrees to sign with Hawks for 1-year, $6 million, per report

Ersan Ilyasova has agreed to sign a deal with the Hawks for one-year, $6 million, per The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Ilysova played for the Hawks last season, after being traded at the deadline from the 76ers.

This will be Ilyasova’s ninth-year in the league. Ilyasova averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 24 minutes with the Hawks last year.

Not everyone jumped on board. The Spurs stayed out of the deep end of the free agent pool and landed Rudy Gay for a team-friendly sum. The Grizzlies said goodbye to their grit and their grind. The Jazz were dealt a blow when Gordon Hayward moved East. The rest of the conference was left to scramble for relevance or bide its time with youth movements.

We may be living in the Warriors’ universe, but all of these moves are better understood through a narrower lens. In that sense, it wasn’t the Warriors that drove their offseasons as much as local concerns.
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Brett Howden Limited Jersey The Wolves, for example, have a 12-year playoff drought hanging over their heads and looming contract extensions for their young core to factor into their accounting. In clearing out Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn in the Butler deal, the Wolves acknowledged that extensions for Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns will take priority.

Certainly we will miss Gordon and his many contributions to our team, but I always tell our players that ‘adversity is opportunity in disguise.’ This is one of those moments and we need to live those words. We have a roster of young, talented, and resilient players. I am confident that together we will accept this challenge while continuing to strive toward our goal of individual and collective improvement. To further lament Gordon’s departure does not honor the commitment we have to our current players.

No. 1 recruit Marvin Bagley III commits to Duke, plans to reclassify to play college ball next season

Marvin Bagley III is going to Duke. The No. 1 recruit in the country selected the Blue Devils over USC and UCLA on Monday night.

Bagley is currently still a member of the 2018 high school class, but he has filed for reclassification, which would allow him to play college basketball this upcoming season if the NCAA grants his request. Before he committed, Bagley said he plans on playing college ball next season. If Bagley is indeed a member of Duke this year, Mike Krzyzewski might have himself the preseason No. 1 when the new polls open.
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Now that Irving has been traded, James finally has publicly commented about his time with Irving. In a response to a hilarious video of a Cavs fan giving Irving’s jersey the treatment it deserves, James tweeted out some love for his ex-teammate:

As David Griffin had pointed out earlier this summer, what Irving did is rather unique in the NBA. Most hide their feelings and aren’t upfront about not being all-in with a situation. Irving let the Cavs know ahead of time where his heart was at and they were able to get one of the largest returns for an All-Star in recent memory.

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Cowboys WR Noah Brown lit up the Colts punter with a blindside shot

Punters don’t get hit very often. As long as the punt gets off clean and there isn’t a long return, they’re usually in the clear.

Maybe that’s why Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez didn’t think to keep his head on a swivel after a punt in the third quarter of a preseason game.

The other big concern is the lack of progress from Blake Bortles. He didn’t play much in last week’s preseason game, completing only 3 of 5 passes for 16 yards, and his practice performances have drawn poor reviews. During Tuesday’s joint practice with the Bucs, Allen Robinson audibly yelled “keep that s*it in bounds, bro” while head coach Doug Marrone acknowledged that Bortles had “some good throws and some horses*it throws.” The No. 3 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bortles is possibly running out of rope with a new coaching staff that didn’t draft him.

The Bucs at least have their franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston, although their preseason opener left something to be desired. The team lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-12, with the big story being Roberto Aguayo’s continued struggles. After he missed a field goal and an extra point, the Bucs quickly pulled the plug on Aguayo, releasing him just one year after trading up to draft him in the second round. They’ll move forward with Nick Folk as the new kicker.

The good news is that Winston did well in his preseason reps, completing 9 of 13 passes for 99 yards. The backup QB situation is a little more tenuous, though. Ryan Fitzpatrick went just 6-of-13, threw an interception, and fumbled the ball. Ryan Griffin left the game after injuring his shoulder, and rookie Sefo Liufau played well in his one series late in the game. In the running game, Doug Martin got the start despite being suspended for the first three games. Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims are expected to fill in for him during that time.


the Tigers contributing some money to get a better prospect or package is probably the best bet here for both sides.

The good news for both the Tigers and Brewers is that Milwaukee, who had Opening Day payrolls of over $100 million in 2014 and 2015, opened this season at just $63 million. If they think Verlander is the piece for them, and they want to bring someone aboard that only costs money without having to give up a major prospect, then they likely have the room to do that. Verlander would, however, take up basically all of that room by himself.

So, the Tigers contributing some money to get a better prospect or package is probably the best bet here for both sides. And it also sounds like the tactic they plan on taking in negotiations. At least, that’s the whisper out there at a time of year full of nothing but.
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This one is difficult … maybe a C+, due entirely to the likelihood of a deal happening. The Brewers need a starter, the Tigers want to shed one of their big contracts, and it’s not going to be Jordan Zimmermann or Miguel Cabrera who they get rid of. The problem is that Verlander is popular in Detroit, was a legit Cy Young candidate a year ago, and hasn’t been outright bad even if he hasn’t been himself. The Tigers might not be ready to part with him yet, and could instead balk at any package the Brewers deem reasonable.

In any event, the fragile orb is an amazing way to reveal a secret or answer a question, but it’s been woefully underutilized on baby gender. The reason is simple: Almost nobody cares what gender a child is except for the parents-to-be and close family. Anyone else who pretends they care is lying to you.

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Buddy makes a connection with Josh Framm and his family and becomes famous in town for his dog tricks.

The villain in the first movie, Norm Snively, actually had a direct relationship to Buddy. He was Buddy’s abusive owner — Buddy’s origin story exists because of him. Snively worked as a terrible party clown, and Buddy was his sidekick. During a children’s birthday party, Buddy gets rough during a ball trick (I’m assuming he was fed up with Snively’s bulls*** at this point), and the both of them cause a mess at their client’s house. Snively gets angry and threatens to send Buddy to the pound, but Buddy escapes after falling out of an open truck bed.

After that, Snively learns about this and tries to steal him back for his traveling act. Snively is the only villain in the franchise who gives the story any stakes.

Limited Kids Chris Jones Jersey With Kershaw, you’re getting more guaranteed success. It’s the way the game is designed — the pitchers have the control. And if you’re not satisfied with a binary safe/out measure of success, we can move to the signature play for each player. Judge hits long dingers. Kershaw makes opposing batters look like dummies who can’t hit a baseball.

Now, long dingers and strikeouts aren’t perfectly comparable, specifically because of the relative rarity of home runs, so feel free to adjust those numbers accordingly. Even though Kershaw does his thing three times more often than Judge, if home runs are four times as exciting as strikeouts, the watchability scales tip toward him.

They don’t give trophies for the best record in the American League, and the hands are closer together than they’ve been all year. The Astros didn’t do anything, they haven’t played like the Astros for most of the last week, and now there are rumors they’re interested in Justin Verlander, who had one of his best outings of the year on Friday.
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It was the 24th straight appearance in which Verlander didn’t pitch into the eighth inning, though.

5 winners and losers from the 2017 MLB trade deadline

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Last year at this time, the Rangers made one of the biggest moves at the trade deadline, acquiring Jonathan Lucroy for some of their top prospects. He was widely seen as a huge acquisition, an all-star who was still under control for 2017. Even though the Rangers gave up a formidable chunk of their farm system, it was hard to blame them.

Over the weekend, the Rangers traded Lucroy to the Rockies for a player to be named later.

That’s how quickly the walls can melt around you, so let’s not pretend that we actually know who won or lost the trade deadline. Last year, apparently, the only winners were the Cubs, Indians, all of the teams that got prospects back, and absolutely no one else. We’ll know the real winners and losers in a few months, if not a few years.

We can guess, though! We can guess. Here are the provisional winners and losers of the 2017 MLB trade deadline.

Authentic Gavin Escobar Jersey The 1995 Cleveland Indians, for instance, went 100-44 in a strike-shortened season, but because it was the National League’s turn, the 90-win Atlanta Braves had home-field advantage in the World Series and won in six games.

The 1987 St. Louis Cardinals won 95 games, but in an American League year, the 85-win Minnesota Twins — a team that was outscored by 20 runs on the season — had home-field advantage and won a seven-game series in which the home team won every game.

Under the new system, the team with the better record will open the World Series at home. If both teams have the same record, the next tiebreaker is head-to-head record. If that doesn’t solve it, the team with the best record within its own division gets home-field advantage.

The new system is about as fair as baseball can offer and not something we have to worry about anymore while watching the All-Star Game.

Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal will hone in on ex-girlfriend’s statements

When Ezekiel Elliott appeals his six-game suspension on Tuesday, much of the counter-argument will focus on his ex-girlfriend’s testimony.

According to documents obtained by the Star-Telegram, Elliott will say that Tiffany Thompson made multiple threats to “ruin his career.”

Aguayo clanged a PAT attempt off the right upright after a Bucs touchdown late in the first half, then missed a 47-yard field goal wide right on Tampa Bay’s final possession of the game.

The Florida State product did make a 20-yarder on Tampa Bay’s first series of the game, but his struggles afterward, paired with competitor Nick Folk making a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter, were just the latest fuel for Bucs fans’ ongoing frustration with their kicker.

Aguayo, the first kicker drafted as high as the second round since 2005, made just 22 of 31 field goals as a rookie, with a long of 43 yards. He made 32 of 34 extra points last season.

Tampa Bay had to stick with Aguayo in 2016 after spending such a high pick on him, but the leash figures to be much shorter this preseason with the veteran Folk on hand.

“We have laid the foundation for what we hope will become the next championship-caliber Suns team,” McDonough said. “There is still a lot of work to be done to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a championship to Phoenix so we are thrilled to add James Jones to our staff.

“James has a wealth of experiences that will greatly benefit our organization. He is a three-time NBA champion and has been one of the top executives with the National Basketball Players Association over the past few years. We welcome ‘Champ’ and his family to our Phoenix Suns family.”

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert released a statement Wednesday evening wishing Jones, who has been an NBA players union representative over the last eight years, well in his new position. dolphins_077

It’s good to be 20: Ozzie Albies, Rafael Devers show youngsters have power

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Normally, a game this season between the Dodgers and the lowly Mets is not one to watch, but considering this is Yu Darvish’s debut for the Dodgers and the Mets are trotting out one of the best pitchers in the game in Jacob deGrom, this is one that Yu won’t want to miss.

Analysis: Man, Darvish’s no-trade clause really throws a wrench in things.
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Among the clubs blocked, three make lots of sense for Darvish: the Indians, the Cubs and the Red Sox.

Though David Price hit the disabled list Friday with a re-emergence of elbow issues, Heyman reported there’s no evidence that Boston will be exploring trade options.

With Kershaw down for the next month or so, the Dodgers make the most sense for Darvish. They have the prospects to get it done, and if they really want to solidify a shot at the World Series even after Kershaw gets back, a Kershaw/Darvish/Wood one-through-three makes a lot of sense even if Darvish got shelled for 10 runs his last time out.

Peacock has kept hits down and the numbers look real. When a pitcher has a low batting average on balls in play (BABIP), it means he’s getting lucky. Peacock’s BABIP is right on line with the league average so the results are backed up by the advanced stats. Add that to his strikeout numbers and his success is hard to ignore.

This all comes after he missed most of 2015 with hip and back injuries and pitched in Triple-A almost all of 2016 after being one of the team’s promising young starters the previous two years.

A lot of ups and downs, a lot of learning, he said. I got hurt, my back, I had surgery and I expected to be in Triple-A last year for a good bit until I could prove I was healthy and they gave me a chance at the end of the year and I did pretty well and I’m glad I got another chance this year.