Lonzo Ball’s comments at Lakers workout could indicate D’Angelo Russell’s future

Lonzo Ball had his one-and-only pre-NBA Draft workout with the Lakers Wednesday, and everything appears to have gone well. In fact, Ball is already talking like he’ll be D’Angelo Russell’s replacement in Los Angeles.

They have a lot of good players. I just think they need a leader at point guard. I feel I can bring that to the team, he told the media after his workout.
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Tyson Ross Elite Jersey While he didn’t mention Russell by name, it’s easy to see that as a shot at him. After all, Russell was the No. 2 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft and he is a point guard. While Russell’s leadership skills can be questioned, many see the point guard position in Los Angeles as occupied.

With a rematch with Cleveland all but inevitable, the Warriors needed a ringer, and they got one when they landed four-time scoring champion and former MVP Kevin Durant in the biggest free-agent signing in recent memory. Durant has been all that and then some in this year’s finals against the Cavs, averaging a series-high 34 points to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists. His pull-up 3-pointer over James with 45 seconds remaining Wednesday night was the go-ahead bucket and the dagger in a 118-113 victory to give the Warriors a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 lead heading into Game 4 on Friday.

The lanky 7-footer with point-guard handles and the touch of an elite shooting guard was brought on to help the Warriors — who already had a trio of All-Stars that also included Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — down the Cavs when they didn’t have the benefit of key Cleveland players hurt or out.

According to SB Nation, Green told Durant flatly that Golden State could get to the NBA Finals without Durant. They just needed him to get over the finals hump and hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The Steelers’ offensive line has helped Roethlisberger avoided taking too many sacks or hit’s in general this season

Baalke has admitted to his failures with the quarterback position. Following their Super Bowl season, Baalke engineered a trade that sent Alex Smith to Kansas City in 2013. The 49ers made the playoffs with Colin Kaepernick as the full-time starter, but he has regressed since. Smith has not had a losing season in Kansas City, taking the Chiefs to the playoffs in three of his four seasons.

Kaepernick is just one of three quarterbacks drafted by Baalke, who also selected South Florida’s B.J. Daniels in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. Daniels is now a practice squad wide receiver with the Falcons. The 49ers took Louisiana Tech’s Jeff Driskel in the sixth round of the 2016 draft, but he was released after training camp and is now the third-string quarterback for the Bengals.

Instead of selecting quarterbacks like Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Savage or AJ McCarron in 2014, Bryce Petty or Trevor Siemian in 2015, Jacoby Brissett or Dak Prescott this year, the Niners stubbornly stuck with Kaepernick and former Jaguars bust Blaine Gabbert while adding retreads like Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis. Each of those quarterbacks passed on in the three previous drafts have started and won games in the NFL.

The Steelers’ offensive line has helped Roethlisberger avoided taking too many sacks or hit’s in general this season, but the Chiefs will be fine with him hanging in there too long to welcome Justin Houston and their edge pass rush. They have the playmakers in the secondary, led by Marcus Peters and Eric Berry, to capitalize on any mistakes Roethlisberger makes against their coverage. They will be hungry to build on their NFL-leading 18 interceptions.vikings_010

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Aaron Rodgers’ dad details ‘complicated’ relationship with Packers QB

Aaron Rodgers has great chemistry with his receivers. He’s able to take relatively unknown wideouts like Geronimo Allison and Jeff Janis and make them look great.

Rodgers’ chemistry and relationship with his family, however, remains complicated, according to Rodgers’ father, Ed.
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A wide-ranging story published Sunday in the New York Times details how the Green Bay Packers star quarterback’s rise to fame has left his relationship with his family strained. At the same time, Rodgers remains close to some in his hometown of Chico, Calif.

John Jenkins Mens Jersey But Carey, who normally stood several yards behind the quarterback to his front side, scrambled around behind Manning on that play.

For some reason, I don’t know why, I ran all the way around (behind Manning), Carey told Siragusa. I just got lucky, and as I got there, they were pulling him back. Had I stayed (in front of Manning), I would have just seen him collapse into a pile. But I got a look in there, and I saw him free up, he launches it, and the rest is history.

‘Had I stayed (in my original position), I think the outcome would have been different,’ Carey said. ‘I probably would have blown the whistle.’

Just imagine if Carey had blown the whistle. Instead of a 32-yard completion, first down and instant-hero status for Tyree, the Giants would have faced fourth and long in their own territory. But it happened, and four plays later, Manning hit Plaxico Burress with a 13-yard TD pass to give the Giants a 17-14 lead with 35 seconds to play. They held on to win and end the 18-0 Patriots’ dreams of a perfect season.

After retiring from officiating, Carey served as a rules analyst on NFL broadcasts. An inventor, he owns or shares eight ski apparel patents.

EA Sports trolls Jerry Jones, Tony Romo after optimistic Super Bowl prediction

John Wall Limited Jersey America’s Team might also be America’s Most Trollable Team.

Video game giant EA Sports got in the game Tuesday, firinga digital burn toward Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who told a Dallas radio stationhe believed former star andnow-backup quarterback Tony Romo still has a big future in the NFL.

Jonathan Toews Limited Jersey ‘I really believe that Tony Romo will play in a Super Bowl,’ Jones said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. ‘Now try that one on. I know that if he’s healthy enough, he’ll be in a Super Bowl. I strongly believe that.’

After missing nearly the entire 2016 season on the sideline thanks to injury recovery, but mainly because he got overshadowed by rookie sensation Dak Prescott Romo’s real-word football future is uncertain. But hope always springs eternal in the digital realm.

Moseley’s arrival to Jamie’s team in 1995 was the final piece: The Generals never lost a game with him on the team, going 22-0 over the next two seasons. Their only loss in ’95 came before his arrival, a 1-point loss on a last-second interception.

‘It was a combination, Moseley said, of young men playing, giving it everything they had, a coach who had a lot to prove and a player, a former NFL MVP who had the ability and the willingness to step into a situation that he wasn’t sure about.’

It was a talented team from top to bottom: not just Moseley.

Oregon State ace Luke Heimlich is registered sex offender, report says

Luke Heimlich, the star pitcher on the best college baseball team in the country, pleaded guilty to child molestation when he was 15, according to court documents obtained by The Oregonian.

Heimlich, now 21, is set to lead Oregon State in its super regional against Vanderbilt this weekend with a berth in the College World Series on the line. The left-hander is rated the No. 43 overall prospect for this month’s MLB draft by Baseball America, though his stock has been on the rise lately.

You’re going to be open to using steroids in 1996. Like, really open to it, Jones wrote. And you should be forever grateful that your wife was around to discuss it with you. When you raise the topic with her, and tell her what you’re considering, she’s going to ask you this:

‘Would you be able to look your parents in the eye if you earned a bunch of accolades and honors while taking steroids? Would you be OK with that?’

According to Jones, that shame was all he needed to hear to avoid using performance-enhancing drugs.

Jones decided to end his career in 2012 after 18 years in the majors. Even though he didn’t quite collect 3,000 hits or smash 500 homers, Jones said walking away was the best decision.

Elite Mens Jason McCourty Jersey You’ll do the right thing. For the right reasons. It will be time to devote yourself to being the husband and father and man that your family has always deserved, Jones wrote.

Elite Mens Rajon Rondo Jersey Jones goes deeper into his personal life in his newly released book, Ballplayer.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn ready to make Melvin Gordon elite

Melvin Gordon was easily one of the biggest fantasy football studs last year before an injury ended his season after 13 games.

The second-year pro out of Wisconsin was a disappointment as a rookie, but he finished last season with more than 1,400 total yards and 12 touchdowns. New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn thinks Gordon can do even more next season.

“I’ve watched some tape on him,” Lynn said, via ESPN.com. “Man, he has some upside. He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year. And I told him we can take this to another level. We’re going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him.”

Despite the great leap between Gordon’s first and second years in the NFL, Lynn believes there is still room for growth.

“AB is a big contributor to our success, has been for several years now, and I think he’s capable of continuing to be that kind of player,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “I think he’s someone who wants to be a great player and works hard to be that. Hopefully, he’ll continue to evolve as a player and as a person.”

Going on 29, Brown was set to make $4.71 million in the final year of a six-year restructured contract, but now he’ll easily make more than salary leaders A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Dez Bryant.

A five-time Pro Bowler, Brown deserves every penny after four outstanding seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished the 2016 season with 106 catches for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Brown has had four straight seasons of at least 100 receptions and led the league in catches in 2014 and 2015. His 136 receptions for 1,834 yards in 2015 broke his own franchise records set a year earlier, when he established a team record with 13 touchdowns. texans_136

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Who is singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 51?

Jalin Marshall Elite Jersey Lady Gaga used her incredible Super Bowl 50 national anthem performance to springboard herself to an even bigger stage: the halftime performance for Super Bowl 51 in Houston.

Authentic Adam Joseph Duhe Jersey In 2017, Luke Bryan will get his chance to serenade the country — and the world — with his singing of The Star-Spangled Banner before Super Bowl 51, which pits the Patriots against the Falcons.

Kansas City had one of the highest salaried rosters in the NFL last season and will need to make some difficult decisions in 2017. The Chiefs have two potential high-priced free agents in safety Eric Berry and DT Dontari Poe, and $4 million in cap space won’t be enough to cover one, let alone both.

The team would save $7 million by releasing running back Jamaal Charles, which should be a given roster move. They would then need to decide between their two quarterbacks, Alex Smith and Nick Foles. Cutting Smith would save the team $9.7 million, while cutting Foles would save $10.75 million.

They also could look to rework Jeremy Maclin’s contract, which calls for a $12.4 million cap hit.

“I just read my blocks and saw one defender in my way,” White said. “I dipped my shoulder and just wanted to do everything I could to get the ball in the end zone for my teammates. They deserved it.”

White was swarmed by Patriots players as confetti fell from the top of NRG Stadium. In the chaos, White lost track of the football that he snuck across the goal-line just before his knee hit the turf.

“I have no idea where it is,” a laughing White said. “I kind of left it behind because I was trying to get up and run around and stuff. I was real excited. I can’t really put it into words.”

Very few Falcons fans showed up to greet team after Super Bowl loss

Those poor Falcons. On the wrong side of the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, at least they would find comfort in a warm welcome from fans upon their return to Atlanta following a gut-wrenching 34-28 overtime loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

It turned out the crowd waiting faithfully in the rain to greet the Falcons Monday at the team facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., numbered no larger than a couple dozen.

Understandably, Falcons fans young and old were pretty bent out of shape about the loss. But this was a decidedly depressing display, especially considering Atlantans showed up in droves when the going was good before the big game.
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If you dominate the nation’s most popular sport playing the highest-profile position for this long, then you belong in that conversation. Montana, for what it’s worth, was ranked No. 25, which was way too low. Brady would be ranked higher than that, especially after leading the Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl victory.

That moment moment came, and it came in the most entertaining way possible. Now, all that’s left to do is say it out loud.
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Berry’s goal last season was to become the highest paid safety in the NFL, and it’s doubtful his goal has changed. It’s also unlikely the Chiefs’ position has changed when it comes to a long-term extension, which will likely lead to them using the tag on Berry in back-to back-seasons.

It won’t be cheap at nearly $13 million, but given the state of the Chiefs franchise as a contender, it’s doubtful they will let him walk away. The Chiefs are one of the biggest proponents of the franchise tag, having used it in each of the last five seasons.

The Athletics didn’t live up to their name Thursday against Corey Kluber and the Indians.

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Of course, this isn’t to say Freeman is the next Brett (he’s not, if you compare their first six full seasons). It’s just to point out that all might not be lost for him in 2017, assuming the healing and recovery go as planned.

But just for the record, there are similarities between Freeman and Brett, and they aren’t insignificant. Freeman gets on base a lot and hits for average, just like Brett. Freeman hits for power and drives in runs, just like Brett. Freeman can just as well beat you with a single or a double as with a 420-foot home run, just like Brett. Freeman can drive balls the other way, just like Brett. Freeman’s made multiple All-Star teams early in his career, just like Brett.

Similar players, if not similar numbers. At least not yet. A similar recovery from serious injury? That remains to be seen.

Kids Josh Hamilton Jersey The Athletics didn’t live up to their name Thursday against Corey Kluber and the Indians. Oakland managed just three hits and committed three errors in an 8-0 loss. The A’s struck out 17 times led by Mark Canha’s Golden Sombero.

In the Yankees’ 12-2 win over the Blue Jays, Gary Sanchez joined Giancarlo Stanton as only players this season to hit two homers at 110-plus mph and 430-plus feet in one game. Here’s Sanchez’s second one of the night as he became the first player in MLB history with four multi-homer games as a catcher this early into his career (82nd game).

Jacksonville only won three games in 2016

The last time the Jaguars had a winning season was in 2007. That year, the team leaned on the combination of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew to rush for the second-most yards in the league. Quarterback David Garrard wasn’t asked to do much and the Jaguars finished No. 27 in pass attempts.

Replicating that blueprint is a good way to hide Bortles’ propensity for providing blooper reels with content.

Jacksonville only won three games in 2016, but don’t blame the defense for that. Only five teams allowed fewer yards than the Jaguars, and that’s despite the fact that the team was near the bottom of the NFL in time of possession and turnovers.

At times, symptoms of concussions don’t show for days. I once had a teammate who felt super dehydrated after a game. He drank liquids for a few days. Went into the facility on Wednesday, still didn’t feel right. They ran him through tests and he passed all of them, but he still felt off. Ended up skipping the game on Sunday because the team and player both decided it was best to be cautious. I’ve also had a teammate not show any symptoms of a concussion, nothing at all, until Tuesday night. So the symptoms of concussions vary for everyone. That’s one reason it’s tough to catch and document all of them.

We have seen players retire early for concerns over CTE and current players get brain scans to determine the possible damage before moving forward into the next season. When a player enters the NFL now, there is no excuse to not be educated on head trauma. The effects of CTE will always haunt the NFL. We’ve made progress, but there’s more work to do.yankees_808_024d9f1b3cd66ab8-180x180

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