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Mixon got drafted before Perine because of the former’s flashy speed and explosiveness.

It was a grind for Kelley just to make the team in last year’s training camp. It’s an even tougher challenge to hold off Perine for lead duties.

While Perine’s former Oklahoma backfield teammate Joe Mixon has gotten more buzz with Gruden’s former team in Cincinnati, the Redskins’ fourth-round pick is out to remind everyone how he became the Sooners’ all-time leading rusher.

Mixon got drafted before Perine because of the former’s flashy speed and explosiveness. Perine is more of a head-down, lunchpail-type runner who grinds to get every yard. He quickly impressed in early practices by showing burst with his no-nonsense style.

Perine (5-11, 233 pounds) is built very similarly to Kelley (6-0, 233 pounds) but looks like a more sleek, compact power package. Although Perine’s trademark has been pounding away for chunk runs between the tackles and after initial contact, he also is capable of breakaway plays.

Though Sabathia isn’t striking out as many batters as in years past, he’s been keeping the ball on the ground and in the park. He’s allowed only 0.91 HR/9, which is his lowest mark since a 0.64 HR/9 during his 19-win 2011 campaign. Continuing a trend from 2016, Sabathia is also allowing ground balls at a 50.2-percent rate, which would be his highest ratio since a 21-win season in 2010.

Since May 15, or his last nine starts, Sabathia has been one of the best pitchers in baseball. He has the second-best ERA in that span, sporting a 7-1 record with a 1.62 ERA and an OPS of .589 against him. He has a better ERA than Clayton Kershaw and is second to Corey Kluber, who has a 1.56 ERA in that span.

Sabathia hasn’t just brought stats to the table to help his cause. He’s helped a young Yankees pitching staff that features two starters under the age of 25 who have been huge parts of the team’s success. He’s become the Yankees’ leader on the mound.rangers_098-115x115

Rosalyn pulls off the braid better, just for the record, JaVale.

Anyway, after watching this, it’s hard to see why Shaq and McGee don’t get along. Maybe McGee can interview Shaq and try and clear the air?

But on a grander scale, McGee won’t be able to practice his reporting skills any time soon, with Golden State poised to make another deep run in the NBA playoffs this season.
Celtics waste perfect opportunity to strengthen title hopes

After being linked with nearly every star player before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, the Celtics stood pat, retaining all of their assets instead of cashing in on another big-name player.

Celtics fans went through the same song and dance during the 2016 NBA Draft, when rumors were flying that Boston would trade some of its many picks for the likes of Kevin Love or Nerlens Noel.
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The Cavs’ four other starters all scored in double-digits as well.
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The victory went against an unnerving trend for Cleveland fans. Before their trip to Boston, the Cavs were 1-9 in road games on the second game of back-to-backs this season, losing those games by an average of 11.7 points.

More importantly, the win put Cleveland a game ahead of Boston for the top seed in the conference with four games to play and also secured the season series in the Cavs’ favor, 3-1.

Breaking Oscar Robertson’s single-season triple-double record will have to wait, but 45 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds are enough to earn Russell Westbrook stud of the night honors. Had the Thunder’s game at Memphis gone into overtime, Westbrook probably would have gotten that 10th rebound for his 42nd triple-double, but his 25-foot dagger to put OKC up by four with 14 seconds on the clock put OT out of reach for the Grizzlies.

NBA trades: Three reasons Lou Williams fits in perfectly with the Rockets

While the Pelicans made the biggest move heading into the NBA’s trade deadline by acquiring DeMarcus Cousins, the Rockets quietly addressed a need by turning Corey Brewer and a first-round pick into Lou Williams.
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It might seem redundant for a team as good as the Rockets are offensively to acquire someone known mainly for their scoring ability — Williams is averaging a career-high 18.6 points per game this season and checks out as one of the worst defensive guards in the NBA by advanced metrics — but there are three reasons in particular why they walked away from the deal as winners. From his fit with James Harden to how Williams helps their second unit, let’s take a look at each of them in detail.

A big reason for Nurkic’s success in Portland is he gives the Blazers an inside-out element they’ve been missing for quite some time. While they’ve always been a team built around the offensive firepower of C.J. McCollum and Lillard, he’s another scoring threat opposing teams have to respect in the half court. Nurkic is averaging 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds in 29.1 minutes per game with the Blazers, which puts him in the top 10 for both scoring and rebounding amongst centers this season. Extend those numbers to 36 minutes, and they jump to a dominant 18.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.

Mens Trey Hendrickson Jersey For what it’s worth, of centers who have played at least 30 games this season, only Clint Capela, Andre Drummond, Nikola Jokic, Hassan Whiteside and Nikola Vucevic are averaging at least 17 points and 12 rebounds per 36 minutes.

Julius Erving to coach in Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league

The doctor is in.

Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving, a.k.a. Dr. J, will be a coach in Ice Cube’s first-year 3-on-3 league, BIG3 announced Tuesday.

Erving, 67, joins a list of former NBA players affiliated with the league that begins play in June, including fellow former 76er Allen Iverson, who will be a player/coach.

In truth, the Bulls’ front office could not have won, no matter what they did at the deadline. John Paxson and Gar Forman could have dealt Jimmy Butler, conceded their recent mistakes and headed into rebuilding, which would have put their jobs on the line. Or they could have kept Butler and continued on the franchise’s rocky trajectory.
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The Bulls did not get a good enough deal to warrant a Butler trade. Sources said that while other teams felt the Bulls were serious in their exploration of Butler offers, internally, the Bulls were never committed to a Butler trade.

That’s understandable. Trading a star is a dirty business. But the team then decided to deal away Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson without receiving a first-round pick in return. Instead, they got Andre Roberson, Anthony Morrow and Cameron Payne.

Payne is the only player of consequence here. He is averaging 5.3 points on 33.1 percent shooting this year, which is obviously not good. But he is in his second year and could have value 鈥?the Bulls liked him a lot in the 2015 draft. He has not shown much to date, and there was an expectation that more could be had for Gibson, even as an impending free agent.
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A first-round pick was not going to happen, and fan reaction to the Bulls deal was overstated. Still, landing Payne is a light return. It’s been an underwhelming few days at the top of the Bulls’ organizational chart.

Terrence Jones reportedly picks Bucks for remainder of season

The NBA has been swirling with activity even after the trade deadline passed last week.

Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut chose the Cavaliers after being released from their contracts, and forward Terrence Jones will finish the season in a Bucks uniform, according to The Vertical.

Jones started the season in New Orleans, where he was averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, but the 25-year-old was deemed surplus by the Pelicans after they acquired DeMarcus Cousins.

Jones’ best season so far came in 2013-14, his second in the league, when he averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in a Rockets uniform.

The Bucks (26-33) are currently 10th in the Eastern Conference standings, two games behind the Pistons for the final playoff spot. Jones should give them another offensive weapon to help ease the loss of Jabari Parker.

Not only have opponents been comfortable with letting the Thunder beat them from the perimeter this season, it has made the decision to crowd Westbrook when he gets into the paint much easier. With less space to work with, Westbrook has had to do things he’s less comfortable with, like shoot 6.8 3-pointers per game.

That’s what makes Westbrook averaging a triple-double this season all the more impressive. It’s hard to believe his numbers would improve considerably if he was in Harden’s situation, but his shooting numbers and assists per game would almost certainly climb if he was surrounded with players who could space the floor more consistently. Throw a better team record in the mix, and it would be nearly impossible for people to pick his game apart like they’ve done this season.saints_021-223x223

MLB trade rumors: Do all signs point to Sonny Gray to Astros?

Limited James White Jersey There are so many signs pointing toward the Astros and Athletics matching up for a trade this deadline it’s almost silly to think they won’t make a trade.

But those two teams haven’t finished 1-2 in the division since 2009, and to take it a bit further, they haven’t finished a season separated by fewer than six games since 2007.

No, really.

They’ve both been contenders, of course. In that span, the Yankees claimed the AL East title three times and finished second three times; the Red Sox won twice and finished second twice.

Maybe Tuesday night’s trade signals the beginning of a renewed rivalry in the standings, not just in the history books. Both squads have loads of young talent, in the big leagues and the minors, and both will be contenders for many years to come.

For a little proof, let’s take a quick look back at recent AL East standings. We’ll list the division winner (if not the Yankees or Red Sox), then what place in the division those two teams finished and how far they were off the division lead.

Limited Fran Tarkenton Jersey In MLB this season, pitchers are throwing more offspeed pitches than ever before. In addition, they are throwing less four-seam fastballs than ever before. The reason for that is the growing consensus among analytic minds is that fastballs get hit, and more specifically, straight fastballs of the four-seam variety get hit. So now teams are opting for more breaking pitches and two-seam fastballs than ever before. Partly for the reason Mike Petriello, who covers Statcast for, says here.

Jazz’s Rudy Gobert didn’t like the way Gordon Hayward left team

Jazz center Rudy Gobert said he was upset on how Gordon Hayward left the team and signed with the Boston Celtics last week.

According to Gobert, he said he understands why Hayward wanted to leave, but how everything went down left him with a bad taste in his mouth.

One player the Hornets have shown interest in, a source said, is Jordan Hill. Hill was waived by Minnesota at the end of June after appearing in only seven games for the team last season. The previous season, Hill averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 20.7 minutes with Indiana. Hill played for the Lakers in 2012-13, when Hornets coach Steve Clifford was an assistant for L.A.

Authentic Youth DeMario Davis Jersey Also on the radar as the Hornets consider big men are shooter Ersan Ilyasova, versatile young forward Terrence Jones and former Heat center Willie Reed.

This will be one of the best contracts of free agency. Millsap has long been one of the most under-appreciated players in the NBA, despite being named an All-Star in the Eastern Conference in each of the last four seasons. His story of growth is remarkable.

Despite his deal being for the minimum, Green will cost the Cavs almost $8 million in salary and luxury tax next season. With a payroll of over $135 million, the team is on the hook for a tax bill of more than $46 million. The NBA salary cap for next season is set at $99.093 million, with the tax level at $119.266 million, per
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Green, an NBA journeyman who has played for the Sonics/Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies, Clippers and Magic, has career averages of 13.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.1 rebounds over 22 minutes per game in Orlando last season.

NBA free agency: James Harden to get 4-year, $228M extension

James Harden and the Houston Rockets have agreed on the largest contract extension in NBA history, which will keep the All-Star in Houston through the 2022-23 season.
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Houston is home for me, Harden said. Mr. Alexander has shown he is fully committed to winning and my teammates and I are going to keep putting in the work to get better and compete for the title.

Hayward had spent his entire career with the Jazz before this offseason. Hayward’s decision may have salted some wounds in Utah because he seemingly gave them hope he would return.

LeBron James did the same thing to the Cavaliers before ultimately laving for the Heat. Had Hayward just come out and stated his desire to play for the Celtics, controversy could have been avoided.

In regards to Booker’s comment, Hayward will not be expected to be the man in Boston, and that is just fine. Most of the best teams in the NBA have multiple stars expected to contribute. It is not a flaw in Hayward’s personality to want to play for a contender.

While Hayward certainly put a brighter spotlight on himself by choosing the Celtics, he has the game to silence critics and lead Boston to another deep postseason run.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo goes on DL with collapsed lung

At around 6-10 with little perimeter skill, Felicio is an undersized center who relies on his high motor, wide body and good athleticism for his size to create havoc. He’s a good rebounder, and for a Bulls team that continues to put a premium on the offensive glass, he’ll be a good fit in their scheme. His touch around the basket is strong, and he’s a solid defender at the rim due to his ability to be a deterrent around the basket.

Basically, he’s a screen, run, jump, catch, dunk, defend player, and he’s one that stays within himself while having an innate understanding of where he needs to be.

But while staying within oneself is a skill, the rest rest of his game is lacking. He doesn’t defend in space at a high level despite being relatively mobile. He’s a pure finisher in the pick-and-roll, not a player who can make reads off short rolls for others. He gets lost in rotation on defense.

While he was a bright spot for Chicago this year and developed into a rotation player, I’m not sure he does anything terribly different than some minimum-salaried bigs. The Bulls are betting big on upside here, paying for the potential top-end outcome. Given that the Bulls are rebuilding and that the money isn’t crazy, this isn’t a bad bet. But it’s hard to call it a good one, too.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a partially collapsed lung.

Outfielder Michael Conforto was recalled from his rehab assignment and activated from the DL to take Nimmo’s spot on the roster, the team announced.

While no collision or fall led to his collapsed lung, Nimmo on Friday was taken to a hospital in St. Louis, where the Mets are playing a weekend series, after complaining that he wasn’t feeling well. Doctors told the Mets that Nimmo’s condition is not life threatening, per the New York Daily News.

“(The diagnosis) is not necessarily real serious, but it’s surprising for sure,” manager Terry Collins told reporters, via ESPN.

Nimmo, who hasn’t played since July 4, is slashing .350/.458/.400 with 2 RBIs through 15 games for the Mets this season.

Manu Ginobili saves Spurs on Throwback Tuesday

The Spurs had a choice at the end of Game 5 in their NBA playoff series vs. the Rockets: Foul or defend. San Antonio, leading Houston by three, chose to defend.

As the final play developed, it fell to Manu Ginobili to make the stop. Manu Ginobili, 39 years young, who was playing his 31st minute of the game, double his average allotment this postseason.

You should never criticize what other teams are doing. At the end of the day if you are working with an efficient group of guys that are handling their business, then you should take it. But you should also look at, ‘Have we been playing the highest level of teams every single year everybody at full strength?’ before you go and criticize other people.

Authentic Mens Vinny Curry Jersey There’s something that burns them about the fact that Steph is the one that is exalted and because of that they want to go at him and demean his hype, Thompson said. They want to take him down.
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Curry’s teammate Draymond Green responded to this on his podcast Dray Dray.

He’s way more than what everyone expected him to be or ever gave him a shot to be. I think most people looked at it like, 鈥楢h man, this was a, in quotes, privileged kid growing up. Like, how did he become this? He ain’t supposed to become this. It’s supposed to be the guy from the hood that had nothing and had to grind for everything.’