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With no NBA games or events from Monday to Wednesday this week, sports shows were forced to come up with different ways to fill air time. Fox Sports’ Undisputed decided to bring up the classic LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate featuring a special guest: Eddie House.
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If you don’t recall, House was James’ teammate during the 2010-11 season with the Heat when Miami reached the NBA Finals. It was House’s final season in the league, and he didn’t contribute much, averaging 6.5 points in 17.5 minutes per game.

Game Kids Tedy Bruschi Jersey But House isn’t the only one to question James’ motivation in that series. Henry Abbott, founder of TrueHoop, wrote in 2011 that James was just being lazy and didn’t show much effort on defense.

So, did James quit on the Heat in 2011? That may be a strong word used to create drama for a TV show, but it is interesting to hear a different perspective from one of James’ teammates who witnessed the series up close.

So far this season, LeBron James and Anthony Davis received their first career ejections, Shaun Livingston and a referee went forehead-to-forehead during an argument, and Draymond Green has gone so far as to say league should get a whole new crop of referees.

In this meeting, we took some important steps in identifying existing frustrations for both sides, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said. Now with that information, we plan to move forward and continue to work together to find solutions that will enhance the on-court experience for both parties.

NBRA spokesperson Mark Denesuk agreed with Roberts’ assessment: Our two unions met out of the necessity to examine issues that have previously Dion Dawkins Authentic Jersey been left unaddressed. We look forward to continued collaboration between our two organizations to explore common interests.

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Talking trash is a right that must be earned first by proving yourself in the league, something Booker was rudely reminded by Westbrook during a rookie-season trash-talk attempt.

I don’t know who you are, Booker recalled of the reigning MVP’s response. Why you talking?

The required status is subject to interpretation, but a lack of it is a sure way to shut down any talk.

While in the nation’s capital to face off against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Curry will celebrate MBK with a pair of customized Curry 4 sneakers. The hand-painted shoes will later be signed by Curry and auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting local communities connected to the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

The sneakers were designed by Dez Customz and Kreative Custom Kicks in tandem with the foundation, and styled in a black to white fade with subtle gold accents throughout, symbolizing togetherness and achievement. Featuring the Alliance’s wordmark and circular logo icon along the collar, one of Obama’s defining quotes from his last MBK National Summit speech while in office can also be found in script throughout the toe:

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General manager Chris Ballard met with Frank Gore and told the veteran running back that the Colts don’t plan to re-sign him.

Elite Kids Cory Littleton Jersey We had a discussion. We had it multiple times during the season. Frank knows we’re at the point where we need to get younger, and I want to give Frank a chance to see what’s out there and see if he finishes in a place he wants to finish it, Ballard said Wednesday. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Fame player. He likes it when you’re honest with him.

I keep going back to the initial asking price for Evander Kane: reportedly a first-round pick, a prospect, a roster player and a conditional pick. No teams have taken a bite, because that seems astronomically high for a player like Kane, who will be an UFA in July. I think that’s the minimum for Karlsson. A first-round pick is non-negotiable.

Not only are the Rangers said to be unloading Rick Nash, but Michael Grabner and Mats Zuccarello have also been discussed as players on the block. That is going to free up a heck of a lot of scoring-line and power-play ice time for the final month-and-a-half of the season. With absolutely no reason to promote top prospects such as Filip Chytil this season, the ice time is going to be divided up internally. While players like Pavel Buchnevich have already been getting prime minutes this season, Vesey has largely been relegated to a checking line.

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With Mike Green on the block and Trevor Daley also coveted for locker room presence by playoff teams, the Red Wings’ blue line could be getting thin next week. While Niklas Kronwall is playing plenty of power-play time, too, he’s not ideal in that role. In the meantime, the Red Wings have a 20-year-old Czech defenseman in the AHL who has been honing his North American game for the better part of two seasons.

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Curry was in dagger mood, executing clutch heroics.

With center DeAndre Jordan switched on him at the top of the key, Curry drove right and hit a contested 3-pointer with five seconds left in the half. But on this occasion, there was a little bit too much time left on the clock as Danilo Gallinari received an inbounds pass and nailed a half-court heave to end the first half.

The Clippers stayed in it, erasing what was an 18-point second-quarter deficit.

Greg Wyshynski, senior writer: Patrick Maroon has two obvious virtues: a contract that carries a $1.5 million cap hit, which is remarkably low for a guy with 14 goals in 56 games, and a contract that expires after this season, so there’s no multiyear commitment the way there is with Mike Hoffman or Max Pacioretty.

After that, it’s a matter of perception. There’s no question that Maroon’s numbers are a product of playing with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl — he has played more than 827 minutes with them at 5-on-5 during the past two seasons. At last check, only one team in the NHL has a Connor McDavid, with due respect to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. So one way to look at it is that Maroon is a product of Connor and Leon.

Another way of looking at it is that he’s talented and effective enough not only to hang with them but also to excel without them. His 63 even-strength points are third best for the Oilers over the past two seasons. His physical game fits well with two of the most talented players in the league, and he could replicate that in another team’s top six.

While the time spent interviewing and learning about the different sports involved in the Winter Olympics is educational for Duvernay-Tardif, he still couldn’t help but take a seat in stands and be a fan of his fellow countrymen at times, despite being a famous athlete himself.

“When Samuel Girard won the 1,000-meter on the short-track speed skating, that was an epic moment. I was off duty, we were done shooting and I walked in with my producer at the end of the day, right when the final was starting, and the next thing we know he’s dominating the race and he’s winning. It was crazy,” Duvernay-Tardif said.

“Then the next day, 24 hours after the race, I got an interview with him and we talked about the different ways you can pass without getting penalized and we’re basically going through a race with each other and then I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, that guy is the best in the world and I get a chance to spend 30 minutes with him.’”

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Kane has been inconsistent this season. After scoring 15 goals and 18 assists in his first 35 games, he has just four goals and two assists in his past 25.

Lindholm gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with 6:45 left in the first, barreling in to bury the rebound of Getzlaf’s shot into an open net for his third power-play goal of the season. It was Lindholm’s 38th career goal, breaking a tie with Fredrik Olausson for fifth place in franchise history for the most by a defenseman.

I think we did a lot of good things tonight, but just couldn’t win the special teams, said Bishop, who made 15 saves.
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We can’t come out with mindset here we have to get punched in the face and then fight back, Booker said. We’ve got to be the aggressors.

Clippers: Los Angeles has won seven straight over the Suns and 16 of the last 18. … Williams and Harris were second Clippers duo to top 20 points apiece in same games. Williams and Rivers have done it twice. … Los Angeles won on second night of back-to-back games for only second time this season. … Williams is on pace to be the highest-scoring reserve in the NBA since at least 1983-84, when the Suns’ Eddie Johnson averaged 21.5 and won NBA Sixth Man Award.

I thought Louie did a heck of a job with his speech and to get in net and to throw a performance out like that after, it was one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in a long time, Panthers coach Bob Boughner said.

The next two players with the strongest case for making it this year are Brian Dawkins and Alan Faneca. Dawkins, a safety, was the absolute best player at his postion for more than a decade. The same can be said for Faneca, who will likely be getting in at the expense of Steve Hutchinson.

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But history wasn’t on the Eagles’ side coming into this one. There had been six Super Bowl rematches in NFL history before Sunday, but the team that lost the first game has only won a rematch twice 锟斤拷 and one of those teams, the Cowboys, needed a third attempt (and Neil O’Donnell at quarterback) just to beat the Steelers.

That didn’t matter Philadelphia, however. The Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 for their first ever Super Bowl title. In the process, they followed one recent trend: In rematches that have come at least 10 years apart, losing teams are now 3-0 against their former foes.

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There was not a single shred of doubt on Pederson’s face that he was making that grab. He even looked directly at the person who threw it so smoothly.

This is the most appropriate thing to happen during this parade. It could have been a sloppy toss, Pederson could have gone for the catch with two hands, or even missed the catch entirely.

Of course, this is what Eagles quarterbacks do.

Nick Foles caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl. Pederson is a former quarterback, so there was no question he was about to catch this. They’re built for it.

The only possible way it could have been better is if he cracked it open and chugged it. Regardless, it was still incredible.

Last year, Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters that the quarterback intends to play until he’s 45. That’d be an unprecedented feat for NFL quarterbacks, but so was winning MVP at age 40.

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In fact — they play the Marlins that final weekend. Maybe he’ll get to play then.

Miller: Baseball Prospectus’ projection for him: .200/.272/.333, with below-average defense in left field. His WAR, in this case, would be around minus-3 wins per year, meaning, over a full season, he’d be about three wins worse than the Mets’ minor leaguer he got promoted ahead of.
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We’re supposed to have faith he’s still learning the game and has room to grow that will outpace the aging of his body, and in theory he does. But he also hit .170/.236/.214 in his final 30 games last season at High-A, where the average pitcher is 23 years old and will never make the majors.

The divorce became official in January 2014.

On Friday, Lucchesi said how thankful her client was that the NFL conducted a thorough investigation and gave Hurney a chance to clear himself.

He is also grateful for the continued confidence and support of the Panthers organization, Lucchesi said. Marty is looking forward to getting back to the work of building a strong and successful Panthers team for the 2018 season.
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That presents a problem in that there’s only so many of those experiences to go around, and those are limited by the constraints of physical space.

Why does Goodell foment the impression that there is little beneath his dignity?

They’re tired of being shown and told that an Odell Beckham Jr., Cam Newton, Josh Norman, Richard Sherman and Antonio Brown — players who should be stars based only on their considerable skills, yet are so extra-attention-driven that they rate TV cameras to even follow their sideline conduct — are worthy of our unconditional admiration.

But the dignified are not that easy. They recognize the ridiculous, flag-insisting and now weekly misbehavior of a Beckham isn’t any more sufferable when the Giants win; they don’t practice such one-conditional love. Newton, for crying out loud, sat out a game with a concussion suffered because he slowed to showboat into the end zone rather than run!

The NFL’s biggest, most heavily marketed stars are among the most difficult for the dignified to root for.

Considering that viewpoint and how Donald has consistently ranked as one of the most disruptive defenders in football since he stepped onto the field as a rookie, I don’t know why the Rams are pausing before writing a check that rewards him for his stellar play.

3. Bill Belichick, coach, Patriots (10): Can he win without Tom Brady? For at least the first four games, we’re about to find out if Belichick can repeat his 2008 success with Matt Cassel while Brady serves his Deflategate suspension. Then again, even a 1-3 or 2-2 start with Jimmy Garoppolo would be no reason to panic, considering New England always seems to start slow and finish fast.

There, he tapes transitions (“Need to get to Tennessee on the Red Zone Channel, hello Greg Gumbel and Trent Green for Texans and Titans”) to be used in the unlikely event he’s in the men’s room when it’s time for him to throw it to a specific game. The broadcast hasn’t used one of those in years, and, though there’s time for him to make a pit stop while network coverage of a game is on the screen, he hasn’t gone to the bathroom once all season during his seven-plus hours of weekly broadcast time.

One would think that by now, if such a me-first, no-awareness-of-circumstances, outcome-altering thing happened even once in a game played at its highest, most expensive professional level, it wouldn’t happen again.

Richardson trade… The trade of Sheldon Richardson from the Jets to Seattle gives the Seahawks a formidable defensive line. They now can use Richardson alongside Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Frank Clark. When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl title in the 2013 season, they had a defensive front that was both extremely talented and extremely deep. This season’s version might be able to rival that.nike-youth-cardinals-094

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Joeckel, who won the Outland Trophy at Texas A&M, was expected by many to be the No. 1 pick. His drop to No. 2 did not prove to be good fortune for Jacksonville. Joeckel missed most of his rookie season with an ankle injury and most of last season after knee surgery. When he’s been healthy, he’s started 39 games, but has not gotten good grades for his play. Now he’ll try to resurrect his career in Seattle after signing a one-year deal.

Miami traded up to draft Jordan, a pass rusher out of Oregon, and blew it big time. He had 26 tackles and two sacks as a rookie, then 20 and two the next year while serving a six-game suspension for twice violating the NFL’s drug policy. He missed all of 2015 for a third violation and all of 2016 with a knee injury before the Dolphins finally released him. By that point, he’d become the only active player on our list of every NFL team’s worst draft pick ever. Now he’s another reclamation project for the Seahawks after signing a one-year deal.

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In Sunday’s earlier game, the Steelers may have won the first Roger Goodell Spontaneous Fun Trophy for most acts of individual gloating in a losing playoff game.

After wide receiver Eli Rogers ran for a first down off a shovel pass, he slowly rose to perform his all-about-me, first-down preen. That the Steelers were down, 21-0, the clock running, made no difference.

One would think that by now, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, among all coaches, would have schooled his troops on game and clock awareness.

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One day before Pittsburgh fell to the Jags, Bell missed all but five minutes of the team’s walkthrough practice, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. On game day, when Tomlin requires players and coaches to show up at the stadium two hours before kickoff, Bell reported much later than that, Bouchette added.

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That’s the same viewing deficit the NFL recorded through Week 7, breaking the NFL’s seven-week streak of narrowing its viewership losses versus a year ago.

After Week 1, amid hurricane distractions and a controversy over kneeling, TV viewership of NFL games plunged 11.8 percent.