70 years later, Jackie Robinson continues to inspire

Jackie Robinson Day is also the final day of the inaugural Trailblazer Series. The Trailblazer Series is the first ever program hosted by Major League Baseball to celebrate and promote girls baseball. In a time when girls are often shunted into softball once baseball becomes competitive, it’s significant that MLB is promoting baseball as an option for young girls. Some 100 girls from 20 states and Canada were invited for three days of lectures, interaction with coaches and players in women’s baseball, and of course, actual baseball. And to play with only girls, when many of the participants have no choice but to play with boys at home, is a huge thing. The girls will also participate in Jackie Robinson Day festivities at Dodger Stadium to close out their weekend.

Anthony holds a no-trade clause, but many believe he will explore trade options this summer and could have played his last game as a Knick on Wednesday.

It hasn’t been pretty so far, but Dolan has committed to seeing the final years of the Zen Master’s deal through. Now, Jackson has two more summers to bring a winning team back to Madison Square Garden.

Jackson signed a five-year deal as team president in 2014. He and the Knicks each reserved the right to go a different direction after three seasons, as to avoid working through a potential lockout.

But amid the circus show that was the Knicks’ 2016-17 season, team owner James Dolan appeared on The Michael Kay Show on Feb. 10 for a radio interview, where he said he would honor Jackson’s contract “all the way to the end.”

The Knicks are 80-166 in Jackson’s full three seasons at the helm, including a 17-65 record in 2014-15 that was the worst mark in team history.

Marc Gasol was spectacular against the Spurs, but he can’t do it alone

Memphis was at another disadvantage after losing Chandler Parsons, who signed a four-year, $94 million deal over the summer, to a season-ending torn meniscus.

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The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers played a heck of an opening playoff game for a first-round matchup between the No. 1 and No. 8 seeds.

Many had the Warriors sweeping.

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum had them reconsidering, at least for a half.
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With virtually no scoring options on the inside for either team, both pushed the tempo as expected. The Blazers watched an unprecedented 48-point first half from their backcourt alone, as McCollum scored at will off the drive as well as back out to the three-point line.

Lillard matched his play, including a prayer from just inside the logo at halfcourt to head to halftime tied. The Aztecs were as aggressive as Air Force and prevented big plays almost as well as Boise State. Thats a devastating combination.

Its even more devastating when you realize that the Aztecs were young. The secondary lost contributors throughout the season and had to rely on youngsters like safety Parker Baldwin and cornerback Ron Smith. The linebacking corps had its own shuffling; six players averaged at least one tackle per game, but only two played in all 14 games. Sophomore Ronley Lakalaka put in major minutes.

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Brian Robison is ready to call it a career.

The Vikings defensive back is contemplating his retirement and expecting to hang his helmet after the 2018 season when he contract is up.

Now, obviously, you want to switch the narrative, McCourty said. So for me, it was simple. I don’t believe in excluding other people.

McCourty revealed he knew right away he would not go, clarifying because it was something I thought about before we even won the game.

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Anyone who covers the league must have at least a passing knowledge of metrics and their applications, because thats how the game is played. The mid-range game isnt dated because of an aesthetic decree. It lost to math, and to ignore that is to reveal yourself as a troglodyte.

NBA draft 2017: Who’s in, who’s out, and who’s on the fence

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The college basketball season is over. Now it’s time for players across the country to decide if they should turn pro or return to school.

The top players from across the country have already started declaring for the 2017 NBA draft. Washington’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball lead the way. The freshman point guards are expected to be in contention for the No. 1 pick when the draft rolls around in June.

The decision isn’t so clear-cut for all college hoopers. Some, like Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo, have declared for the draft but did so without an agent. That affords the kids an opportunity to return to school if they don’t like their standing in the draft.

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Here’s a list of who’s in and who’s out of the 2017 NBA draft so far: The Suns also have a 19.9-percent chance to land the No. 1 overall pick in the lottery.

“Obviously the record [24-58] is a little bit disappointing, given the expectations we started the year with,” McDonough told the Arizona Republic last week. “Recently we’ve been encouraged with the progress with some of the young players. Since the All-Star break, some of the guys who weren’t getting an opportunity to play much, if at all, got that opportunity and really made the most of it. I think that bodes well for the future.

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The only player in NBA history to average a triple-double throughout an entire season is Oscar Robertson. This year, Russell Westbrook became the second. We followed along all season as Westbrook made history.

“Yeah, he could do it. He could do it,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan told the Norman Transcript on Nov. 28. “I’m not gonna say he is or isn’t because I think the more important thing is Russell is winning, but he’s a guy that has great impact on generating assists. He has a great impact on rebounding the basketball, and he can score. So, there’s certainly a possibility that can happen.”

Jordan Spieth dropped a shot on the par-3 16th hole, three-putting after leaving his tee shot a bit short. He’s knotted with Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia at 4-under, all two strokes back of Charley Hoffman.

Jordan Spieth’s been the story of the day. Spieth started the day at even par, and he’s sitting at 4-under for the tournament through 14 holes. He trails exactly one player in the tournament: Charley Hoffman, at 6-under. It’s more or less a certainty at this stage that Spieth will be in serious contention on Sunday at Augusta, as usual.

Oh we got something cooking now. Sergio Garcia has birdied to get to 5-under, Jordan Spieth is also in red numbers and charging. Rickie Fowler for a brief moment led the whole thing by himself, but Charley Hoffman got his nose back out in front.


Mike Brey simply does not let the Irish fall too far

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In the tournament, the Zags have had a somewhat fortunate path. They played a fun but athletically challenged eighth seed, Northwestern, in the second round and won by six. Their Elite Eight game was against a No. 11 seed, Xavier, that was missing its top two point guards from the start of the season and had few functional scorers. Its national semifinal win came against No. 7 South Carolina. The Gamecocks were offensively challenged, though their defense was a top-two unit nationally.

Mike Brey simply does not let the Irish fall too far. Point guard Matt Farrell and All-ACC performer Bonzie Colson are back to lead yet another Notre Dame team that will be right there in the top third of the ACC.
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Replacing first-team All-American Josh Hart and March Madness icon Kris Jenkins is no easy task, but Jay Wright should be able to do the job relatively smoothly. After all, the man does everything relatively smoothly. Jalen Brunson, Phil Booth, Donte DiVincenzo, and Mikal Bridges should all return to form a core that is once again the best in the Big East.

Curry is averaging 25 points per game one season after averaging 30.

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Stephen Curry doesn’t feel he’s having a down season despite seeing a taper in production from last year.

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“Just five fewer points a game. Who cares?” You still have to nail a lot of other steps, though. Caragher didn’t, so now it’s Brennan’s turn.

Nobody else is P.J. Fleck, but SJSU is hoping Brennan’s Fleck-like enthusiasm provides a shot in the arm. Basically any article about Brennan uses the word “energy” approximately 4,000 times. (Here’s an example.)

The 44-year-old former UCLA receiver is regarded as an enthusiastic recruiter, and he has California ties and SJSU-specific experience. He was Dick Tomey’s recruiting coordinator, eventually working his way to offensive co-coordinator in 2009. When Mike Macintyre took over, he remained on as receivers coach before taking the same job at Oregon State.

North Carolina, leading by three in the final seconds, forced a stop against Gonzaga and set up a breakaway dunk by star small forward Justin Jackson. That gave the Heels a five-point lead in the final 10 seconds, effectively sealing the game.

Fournette is a can’t-miss prospect that gives this offense another weapon

Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden will miss the rest of the 2017 season after being placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Hayden suffered a groin injury during last Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans, and will go on the mend until 2017 as a result.

Hayden has an extensive medical history, including a life-threatening injury during his senior season at Houston that put his heart in peril. Hayden rebounded, and was considered one of the top prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft. More injuries kept him out of offseason workouts, however, and he was unable to make as big an impact during his eight appearances this season as he and many Raiders fans had hoped.

Pass rusher may be a bigger need, by taking a guy like Taco Charlton or Derek Barnett here is too much of a reach. You can argue offensive tackle is a big need here, but none of this year鈥檚 tackle prospects are worth a top-10 pick.

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