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Austin Jackson flips over Fenway Park fence making HR-saving catch

Now warming up, Austin Jackson.

The Indians outfielder made an incredible catch in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday at Fenway Park robbing Hanley Ramirez of a home run in the best way possible.

Ramirez belted an 83 mph slider from Indians reliever Dan Otero to deep right-center field but Jackson leapt at the wall and caught the ball as his momentum carried him head-first over the outfield wall and into the Red Sox bullpen.

Thoughts: Meaux never appeared in the majors, and Blum only saw action in 31 games for the White Sox, but he’s forever part of that franchise’s history. See, with two outs in the 14th inning of Game 3, Blum’s solo home run broke a 5-5 tie and proved to be the winning run. The White Sox finished the series sweep the next night.
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Thoughts: The Garciaparra trade rocked Boston’s fanbase, but he was obviously an established star, and not a prospect. Murton had a couple nice seasons for the Cubs (3.8 rWAR, 28 homers from 2005-07). Neither Shipman nor Stanley made the majors, and Hattig only played 13 games in the majors (though he did hit .333 in those 13 games).
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Cabrera was outstanding at shortstop for the Sox. Dave Roberts produced the most famous stolen base in Red Sox history (in MLB history?) and the Red Sox don’t break their curse without those July 31 trades.

Also, the waiver trade deadline period is usually reserved for guys who have big contracts or guys who couldn’t be moved at the nonwaiver deadline.

Justin Verlander intrigues me: He’s scheduled to make a lot of money in the coming seasons (potentially $85 million or so through 2020), but it’s not as though he has been terrible this year. He’s pitching to a 4.13 FIP, a half-run higher than his career average 3.48, but he’s an innings-eater, and giving him a chance to pitch in another World Series would probably rejuvenate him.

he’ll be pivotal in making the Eagles’ defense one of the most aggressive in the NFL.

The most exciting thing about Hicks’ performance last season is that it set the perfect foundation for 2017. He entered the offseason more confident and with a full year of experience in a new defensive scheme. Building on what he did last year will set him, and the Eagles defense, up for a havoc-wreaking year.

Marcus Allen Youth Jersey In what quickly became a bright spot for the team in 2016, the defensive side of the ball gained momentum throughout the season. Despite a few light position groups (like at cornerback), as a whole, the defense was on the cusp of being among the top 10 in the league — finishing 2016 at No. 13 of ESPN’s total defense rankings.

With Hicks firing on all cylinders at the end of last season, in addition to his offseason motivation, he’ll be pivotal in making the Eagles’ defense one of the most aggressive in the NFL.

Bell’s presence helps Roethlisberger and Brown, too. His consistent production on the ground balances out the offense and makes it easier for Roethlisberger to connect with Brown and the other receivers through the air. Defenses also have to account for Bell’s threat as a receiver.
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Despite missing those three games last year for a suspension, Bell still finished fifth in the league in rushing with 1,268 yards, and he had seven touchdowns. He added an impressive 616 receiving yards and two touchdowns through the air.

After the season, Bell could be tagged again by the Steelers, but it’d cost them $14.5 million, which is huge money for a running back. The transition tag is a cheaper option that would allow Bell to negotiate with other teams as a free agent, and the Steelers would have the opportunity to match any offer.

Todd Gurley is going to start making defenses fear him again in 2017

When the Rams used the No. 10 pick in the 2015 draft on running back Todd Gurley, I thought it was a bad idea because he was coming off a serious knee injury. Gurley’s rookie season changed my mind dramatically. I enjoyed watching him outrun defensive backs, plow over linebackers, and hurdle defenders for extra yards.

OK, that’s the premise. Last week, I stumbled upon a photo that belonged in this mix. It happened innocuously — I had actually used said image in a post for our Mavericks blog, Mavs Moneyball. At the time, I thought nothing of it. But please look at this glorious photo now.

UGH, IT’S GORGEOUS. It reminds you of The Creation of Adam, and the chaos behind Nerlens Noel is just so typical of a baroque-era painting. I tweeted it, expecting it to amuse maybe 20 people enough for them to “like” it. Instead, as of post time, almost 900 people chose to click that heart.

Clearly, the internet wants more sports photos that look like renaissance paintings. I polled SB Nation’s staff, and here’s what we came up with.

Probably the most under-the-radar bust of the first round. Smith played a grand total of 53 defensive snaps in his rookie year and 127 in 2015. He managed 23 tackles in three years before the Eagles cut him before the 2017 season. This is one of the bigger blunders of the Chip Kelly era in Philly.

When all is said and done, this looks like a win-win for everyone involved. New Orleans turned a good receiver into high picks at the peak of his value, while Cooks gets to play with Tom Brady and contend for Super Bowls. nike_steelers_3018


John Scott on Predators’ P.K. Subban: ‘He’s a piece of garbage’

P.K. Subban is about to play in his first Stanley Cup Final with the Predators after being traded from the Canadiens last summer. He’s a popular player in hockey because of his charisma, but that popularity can also make him polarizing.

This is why ESPN felt Subban would be a perfect player to profile for its E:60 show, which takes a deep dive into what makes him unique. The episode aired Sunday morning, and retired hockey player John Scott was interviewed and made a controversial statement.

Felix Potvin Game Jersey I don’t like him. I think on the ice, he’s a piece of garbage. Perceived as like a hot shot, this guy thinks he’s better than everybody, Scott said on the show.

Brian Burke runs Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames and he and many Calgarians have strong views about this topic, King stated. However, he is not our spokesperson regarding a new events centre for our city. We remain committed to our dialogue with the City and very optimistic we will get to a positive conclusion. We admire everyone’s enthusiasm on this subject.

Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi has said residents do not want public money used to build a new stadium. Scott Hennig, a vice president for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, told the Herald using public funds to sports arenas is not standard in Canada.

Burke says that leaves Canadian NHL teams at a disadvantage.

Tom Rathman Game Jersey We’re playing against teams in the U.S. that have their venues built for them almost 100 percent cost and have favorable leases, Burke said. It’s discouraging when you hear someone from the city say that we have zero economic impact. We think it’s hundreds of millions of dollars.

Coyotes reportedly closing in on Rick Tocchet to become new coach

The Coyotes are close to naming a new head coach, and it could be one of their former players.

The team is reportedly closing in on a four-year deal with Rick Tocchet, who spent three of his 19-year playing career with the Coyotes. The four-year deal, which was first reported by Sportsnet, would be the same length as the recent deals given to new Panthers coach Bob Boughner, Canucks coach Travis Green and Sabres bench boss Phil Housley.

There haven’t been many updates from either side regarding the status of potential negotiations, but on Tuesday, Tavares addressed the topic in Toronto.

Limited Youth Cassius Marsh Jersey I’ll just keep that all internal, the Islanders captain told TSN of his contract negotiations. We’ve had great open communication, it’s obviously a great place to play, I’ve enjoyed my time being an Islander and I want that experience to continue.

It wasn’t exactly saying much, but the Islanders have made it clear that Tavares is a player whom they’d like to wear an Islander sweater for the entirety of his career.

Elite Cam Johnson Jersey The Ontario native is entering the final year of a six-year, $33 million contract, and will command a much steeper cap figure wherever he signs next. The Islanders have reached the Stanley Cup playoffs in three of Tavares’ eight seasons with the teams, and most recently in 2016.

Since debuting in 2009, Tavares is ninth in the NHL in points, and seventh in goals.

Allen Iverson: It was a good day to join Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 league

Allen Iverson says his decision to join entertainer Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league was an easy one to make.

When I got the call it was a no-brainer, it’s Ice … you don’t turn that down, Iverson said at the league’s introductory news conference, via ESPN. That’s success looking you right into your eyes. I just wanted to be a part of it, and I hope that me being a part of it makes it a success like everything he’s been doing in his life.

Head coach Steve Kerr said the team’s body language language was bad and that the fourth quarter was terrible. Green agreed.

Game Mens Bishop Sankey Jersey Our fourth-quarter offense has been atrocious, and I don’t know if you could see, Green said. Everyone only notices in losses, but I actually pay attention to things when we win also.

With some big changes during the offseason, including acquiring Kevin Durant, the team is still getting to know each other.

That much is evident, since the Grizzlies are the first team in two years to beat Golden State twice in one season.

We just haven’t executed very well, Kerr said, via Maybe that’s something that we can do better as a coaching staff, trying to get guys in better position. We’ll look at the tape and continue to experiment and try different things. But we have to close games better and execute better offensively.

Game Donald Stephenson Jersey The move is what it sounds like: Thomas fools his defender into thinking he’s going to spin 180 degrees to attack in the opposite direction, only to stop halfway through and continue going in the direction he was initially heading. While simple, the possession below involving Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky is perhaps the clearest example of how effective it can be in a one-on-one situation.