Bengals punter Kevin Huber clowns Redskins with Lucy move

Lucy Van Pelt, meet Kevin Huber.

The Bengals punter took a page from the “Peanuts” character’s book during Sunday’s NFL exhibition vs. the Redskins. In Huber’s case, he kept himself from kicking the ball so he could avoid a block, and he did so with flair.

The quarterback first took a knee during the national anthem prior to a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, explaining his intent to bring attention to the killings of people of color at the hands of police officers.

Undeterred by the threats, Kaepernick has continued through the first few weeks of the regular season. He also spoke out Tuesday about the death of Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old black man who was shot dead by a Tulsa, Okla., police officer Friday.

Video made public Monday showed Crutcher, a pastor, with his hands in the air before he was killed. The Tulsa Police Department said no weapons were recovered on Crutcher’s person nor in his vehicle.

“They shot and killed a man and walked around like it wasn’t a human being,” Kaepernick said, via the Sacramento Bee. “… That’s not right. And they should be in prison for that.”

Kaepernick said he’ll donate $100,000 a month for the next 10 months to increase awareness about the issues. He intends to create a website where the public can track the donations made.seahawks_127

Thabo Sefolosha agrees to 2-year, $10.5 million deal with Jazz to help replace Gordon Hayward

The Utah Jazz have found another wing player to replace Gordon Hayward. They’ve agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million deal with veteran Thabo Sefolosha, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania.

I think just the flow of the game, substitutions. Just feeling that a little better. Out of timeout plays. Definitely can improve there. And general communication. Film sessions and messages before the game, after the game. You’re used to being an assistant, quiet never saying a word. Now, you’re managing a staff. You’re communicating with your players. Being a little sharper there.

I’m a go guy – just keep going. So I don’t really reflect on it that much. If I did, I’d pinch myself 1,000 times over because Brooklyn, I’m from New York, family. It’s too good to be true.

And I love working with [general manager Sean Marks]. We’re married so to speak. We are. We finish each other’s sentence. We have a few disagreements here and there, but for the most part, I think we both understand the culture we’re trying to build. And that’s not always the case in this league.

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We had a lot of people we knew in common, and then we got to know each other on a somewhat friendly basis. I think our personalities fit. Because I’m a pretty intense dude, and Sean is like the ying to my yang.
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Both played the situation perfectly. Griffin threatened meetings with the Suns and Nuggets to coerce the Clippers into handing him a five-year, $173 million max extension. Holiday’s camp made noise about the Pacers before agreeing to a five-year, $125 million deal with a player option at the end and incentives that could push the final number to $150 million.

Antetokounmpo had been fighting through a knee injury while training with the Greek team

That Giannis would participate in that exercise given where his career sits was a coup. It was too good to be true, though: Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks decided that due to knee pain, he would not participate after all.
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Youth Jonathan Lucroy Jersey Antetokounmpo had been fighting through a knee injury while training with the Greek team; when he attended to NBA functions in China, the Bucks administered a physical and determined — apparently in partnership with Giannis and his camp — that playing in EuroBasket starting Aug. 31 would be a bad idea.

For Brogdon, what’s been done has been great, but athletes need to speak louder if the country is going to listen.

I see guys like Colin Kaepernick in the NFL. Guys like Marshawn Lynch, they’re sitting down, they’re making statements, they’re standing up for what they believe in and I think it’s terrific, he said. I think we need more athletes like that that have platforms, that have stages, that are willing to make sacrifices to see that our country improves as a whole.

Brogdon wasn’t the only Virginia Cavalier to speak out. His former teammate and current Philadelphia 76ers forward, Justin Anderson, promoted equality in light of the Charlottesville incident, as did UVA head coach Tony Bennett, who delivered a strong message of belief in diversity and unity to its fullest extent, and when those two things come together, something beautiful and triumphant comes out it it.

Jaylen Brown never misses an opportunity to dunk, even at the NBA Africa Game

Mens Davante Adams Jersey Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown is a merciless competitor, and he didn’t just let the final seconds of a nine-point lead for Team World over Team Africa in an exhibition game tick away. He flashed an unreal dunk down in a game that was just for fun because he couldn’t pass up on this wide-open dunk opportunity.

Andre Drummond just watched in disbelief, but Dirk Nowitzki was DEFINITELY COOL with that windmill slam.

Brown finished with a team-high 15 points for Team World on 6-of-10 shooting with three rebounds and two assists. His most impressive bucket might not have even been that wild dunk though.

Brown was just an NBA rookie a few months ago, playing key minutes for the Celtics in the playoffs. Now he’s impressing on a global stage. The Cal product looks like he has a bright, ruthless future ahead of him.

We got emails. We got Facebook messages. One said ‘All the coaches need to be hung. This is Southeast Texas, recognize where you at,’ he said.
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Kids were horrified. People threatened to burn the boys alive, hang them, and shoot them. After 30-40 messages Barber stopped reading.

That same September, on Nebraska’s campus, Michael Rose-Ivey and two other Husker football players returned from a game at Northwestern, where they didn’t stand during the anthem.

Rose-Ivey’s Facebook and Twitter inboxes erupted. One message read: You are a clueless and confused nigger. Another: You should be kicked off the team or suspended. Another fan told him that if he didn’t want to stand he should be hung before the anthem of their next game, a message he re-read to reporters between painful exhales.

Seattle Seahawks’ sexy dance moves are already in midseason form

It’s the first preseason game of 2017 for the Seattle Seahawks, and their sexy dance is already in midseason form:

No. 98 defensive tackle, Garrison Smith, is seen showing off the dance moves here. This was after a pick-six and as you can expect, when a defensive player gets the opportunity to show off his moves, he’s gonna do it.

If you haven’t been keeping up, the Seattle Seahawks are the kings of sexy dance:

The only thing that comes close is Denver’s Von Miller. But he is only one man:

The Seahawks have it down to a science — so much so that Michael Bennett has determined exactly how many thrusts will get you a fine vs. how many thrusts will get you a baby. And we respect that.

With the NFL easing up on its punishment for celebration, there is no doubt that the Seahawks are fully prepared to take advantage of this and continue their dominance of sexy dancing celebrations.

Depends. If you’re a Volunteers fan, absolutely. Rookie quarterback Joshua Dobbs, a fourth-round pick out of Tennessee, will get the start for the Steelers. Dobbs isn’t a finished product, but he’ll have a chance to show the Steelers if he’s worth investing time and work into. That could mean Dobbs can eventually succeed Roethlisberger — or at the very least backup Landry Jones, who is out due to injury.

Friday’s preseason showdown will likely be a sloppy affair between two teams taking their first game reps, but it will also give a glimpse of how two expected contenders will look in 2017. The Steelers and Giants both have explosive offenses led by veteran championship quarterbacks. If their defenses can rise to the occasion, Week 1 of this year’s preseason could be a preview of the final week of the postseason.redskins_101_1a88549a616571c2-180x180

Stars are first Texas pro sports team to publicly oppose state’s ‘bathroom bill’

When the NHL awarded its 2018 draft to Dallas, it was met with harsh criticism from the LGBT community in the wake of the controversial bathroom bill proposed by Texas legislators.

Limited Kids Ben Roethlisberger Jersey While Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Texans owner Bob McNair have criticized the measure, the Stars are now the first team to officially oppose it.

If the game is tied at the time play is stopped permanently, any time after two periods of play, each team will be awarded one point in the standings, with an opportunity to earn an additional point in a standard shootout format.

If weather conditions permit, the shootout will be conducted at Busch Stadium immediately after regulation play has been stopped. If weather conditions make it impossible to conduct a shootout safely at Busch Stadium, the shootout will take place at United Center on Sunday, February 26 prior to the regularly scheduled St. Louis-Chicago game, with St. Louis deemed the home club for shootout purposes only.
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If the game is started, and stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, and fewer than two periods of regular time has been played, the game will be officially postponed and, if possible, will be played in its entirety at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, January 3. If the game cannot be replayed at Busch Stadium on January 3, it will be rescheduled at Scottrade Center for a date to be determined later in the season.

it’s time to update the master list of the last time position players pitched for each franchise.

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This seems like an A- that has all the potential in the world to be bumped up to an A should further reports come out. The report originating from the Herald is a sign that this is legitimate talk, at least on Boston’s side of things.

The Mets know their season is over and the Sox could help them unload the aging Cabrera while sending back a few prospects to help New York look to the future. Boston’s internal preferences for a new third baseman might have a few names listed above both of the Mets’ offerings, but if conversations fall through elsewhere and talks progress here, it wouldn’t be unthinkable for this deal to happen.

While it looks like the trend is down from last year, note that the season isn’t over. There were 26 position players who pitched last year and 24 so far this year. The record for as far back as Baseball-Reference’s Play Index search went was 27 in 2015*. It would appear that the position-player-pitching records are destined to fall, just like so many home run records. And maybe those two aren’t unrelated.

Or not. I got confused when I got to the early 40s because there was a generation of half-pitcher, half-hitters from the Island of Dr. Kieschnick. Hybrids like Max Macon, Chubby Dean, Rene Monteagudo, and Johnny O’Brien seemed like they were midway through a permanent conversion one way or the other … but still stuck in the other world. Even Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx was experimenting in this arena. So I quit counting. Your mileage may vary.

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Yankees, A’s at ‘impasse’ in Sonny Gray trade talks

The A’s want to trade Sonny Gray, and the Yankees want to trade for Sonny Gray, but so far, this is about all the common ground the two sides have been able to figure out during negotiations. According to Ken Rosenthal, the two sides are at an impasse caused by different ideas of what kind of pitcher Gray is.
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The Yankees would love to get back a pitcher with team control if they give up prospects at the trade deadline. Sonny Gray is the top candidate for that, as the A’s want to give up their best starting pitcher — who isn’t a free agent until after 2019 — now in order to help fuel their rebuild. The problem is that the A’s see Gray as the top option at the deadline — he’s not a rental like Darvish, and ignoring strikeouts, their career results aren’t all that different — while the Yankees believe Gray is a No. 3 most days, a No. 2 on his better ones.

The 36-year-old was sent to the Phillies by Houston in last year’s offseason. He will be a free agent after this year with a $6.5 million team option. Most of the reliable talent for the Rockies this year is left-handed, so this is a good pickup for the team to balance its bullpen.

They are in a comfortable position for the second wildcard, 4 1/2 games up on the Cubs as it stands, with hopes to pass the Diamondbacks for the first slot as they are currently only a half game back.

The Colorado prospects heading to the Phillies are INF Jose Gomez, RHP J.D. Hammer, and RHP Alejandro Requena.

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Steelers’ T.J. Watt to start ahead of ‘relief pitcher’ James Harrison

Pittsburgh’s defense will look slightly less intimidating this season, but it’s expected to be even more dominating.

Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter on Monday revealed that rookie first-round draft pick T.J. Watt and third-year linebacker Bud Dupree will get the nod as starters while veteran linebacker James Harrison serves as backup.

“We have two guys who are first-rounders, we drafted them for this,” Porter told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . “Now you have to turn them loose and let them play.

“Because you want to play against the best to be one of the best, and he is one of the best out there,” Collins said. “You want to play against the best to prove yourself as a defense, as a whole, so you don’t have to deal with the backlash of, ‘if this person wasn’t here and that person wasn’t here’.”

Last year, Elliott looked nothing like a rookie for the Cowboys. He rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 2016 first round pick’s emergence was a major reason why the Cowboys surprised many en route to an NFC East division title.

The fact that he will miss the first six games of the season for the Cowboys certainly sees his team come down to earth a little bit, his suspension likely hurting their chances to repeat as division champions.

Collins was an All-Pro and a Pro Bowl selection in 2016 for a Giants team that made the playoffs and finished second in the NFC East. While he isn’t relieved that Elliott won’t be on the other side of the ball come Week 1, he admits that the running back’s absence is a big deal.

“It’s a big difference. He’s the difference maker of that team. He kind of just sets the tone of the offense and they are definitely handing the ball of to him on first down to set the tone,” Collins said. “He’s a big difference maker for them.”

That included last month’s Open Championship title at Royal Birkdale

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This season has been a series of cascading disasters for the Mets, and they signaled the end of contention hopes this season when they traded Lucas Duda to the Rays. So who’s next? Late-inning stopper Addison Reed is a free agent-to-be and would be a bullpen boost to any contender. Outfielders Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce are both free agents after this season, too, and though they won’t bring back blue-chip prospects, they could help with a playoff push. Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and lefty reliever Jerry Blevins have options for 2018, so the Mets don’t have to move them, but both could bring back decent returns.

Pat Neshek is a veteran right-hander having a great season for the Phillies (1.17 ERA), and he’s a free agent after the season, which means he’s getting traded at some point soon. The Marlins are in a trading mood, too, and they have a couple right-handers who could help the Cubs down the stretch. A.J. Ramos has been Miami’s reliable closer the past couple seasons and is under club control for one more year, his final season of arbitration, before he becomes a free agent. Kyle Barraclough isn’t as well known, but he has a career 12.2 K/9 ratio and 2.93 FIP, plus he’s under club control through 2021.

Their relationship goes back more than a decade, which says something about two guys who are just 24 years old. They battled as junior golfers, and at rival colleges, and each could hold their share of bragging rights.

Game Kids Moritz Boehringer Jersey But Jordan Spieth matured a bit more quickly as a pro than Justin Thomas, who always praised his good buddy Spieth’s success through an amazing early run on the PGA Tour. That included last month’s Open Championship title at Royal Birkdale, as well as through all the hype Spieth was getting coming into the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.