Training camp is a time for players to work out the kinks, and there are bound to be mistakes. Blake Bortles took the field on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 4,015 Jaguars season ticket holders, and he threw five interceptions.
Even in the context of training camp, that’s a lot of mistakes. Head coach Doug Marrone said he was “concerned.”
The team has won just 11 games over the past three seasons despite being praised for their solid efforts in the draft and free agency. Last preseason, plenty of people believed the Jaguars were in for a turnaround. They won three games.
It may have something to do with the Jaguars being crowned offseason champions seemingly every year, and season after season of futility surely doesn’t help. Jaguars fans are just not having any of it right now.
Jacksonville fired Gus Bradley before the end of a disappointing 2016 season, and now new head coach Doug Marrone and executive vice president for football operations Tom Coughlin are tasked with turning things around. It’s a tall order.
Here’s hoping training camp exceeds your apparently low expectations, Jags fans.
Clowney became the first name off the board after a dominant college career. A rare physical specimen, he weighed in at 6’5, 266 pounds at the combine and still ran a 4.53 40 time. Unfortunately, Clowney’s first two years in the pros were plagued by injuries. He missed most of 2014 with a torn meniscus and later underwent microfracture surgery. Clowney managed to play 13 games in 2015 and showed glimpses of his massive potential, but he still had trouble staying healthy.
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Alex Ovechkin’s future in Washington is secure for now, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be a career Capital.
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Washington general manager Brian MacLellan on Tuesday acknowledged that trading the team’s captain doesn’t make sense right now, though it could happen eventually if a lucrative deal presented itself.
The $7 million annual value of Vlasic’s deal ranks ninth-highest among the league’s defensemen. The Sharks signed Vlasic’s fellow defenseman Brent Burns to an eight-year, $64 million extension in November.
The Mercury News writes Vlasic’s contract is particularly impressive because he lacks the offensive numbers that are usually required for a top-dollar defenseman. The contract shows just how much respect Vlasic has earned around the NHL by shutting down the league’s top forwards on a nightly basis and how integral his role is to the Sharks’ success.
Vlasic has tallied 53 goals and 254 points, and boasts a plus-129 rating through 812 games in the league.
In a statement, San Jose GM Doug Wilson said, We’re thrilled we could get this extension done early and ensure one of the league’s top defensemen will remain in San Jose for the long term.
Jones’ deal makes him the 12th-highest paid goalie in the league, based on average annual salary, per the Mercury News.
I’m obviously very grateful to the Sharks. When they traded for me, I had 50 games under my belt, so they showed a lot of faith in me right from the start, Jones told NHL Network. I just want to play well and bring a Stanley Cup there.
The only catfish Nashville fans will be able get in Pittsburgh will be cooked and served with fries.
Wholey’s Fish Market in Pittsburgh’s Strip District is taking a hilarious but serious precaution ahead of Monday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final to ensure Predators fans won’t be able to toss catfish on the ice at PPG Paints Arena during the championship series against the Penguins.
Instead, Jonathan Bernier was the first goalie on the ice for warmups to make his first career playoff start in Nashville as the Predators attempt to close out the series.
With Gibson scratched, third-stringer Jhonas Enroth is Bernier’s backup.
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Bernier stopped 16 of 18 shots filling in for Gibson in the 3-1 loss and owns a .905 save percentage in three appearances this postseason. The 28-year-old went 21-7-4 with a .915 save percentage during the regular season.
Gibson had a .939 save percentage in the West finals, with 10 goals allowed on 163 shots faced.
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For the second straight spring, Murray was on the ice when the final buzzer sounded, mobbed by his teammates after the Stanley Cup finally was secured. While he won 15 of the 16 post-season games a year ago, Murray backstopped the final seven victories this spring. He did so after Fleury stepped in for the injured No. 1 netminder and masterfully guided the club to series wins over the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals, the President’s Trophy winners, in the first two rounds, as well as the first victory over the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference finals.
NBA stars Stephen Curry, James Harden, Jeremy Lin, and Anthony Davis are celebrating the Chinese New Year in a new commercial.
The ad is titled Secret Envelope, and features a grandfather who gives his young son a red envelope, containing mini paper cartoons of Curry, Harden, Lin, and Davis.
The gifting of red envelopes is a Chinese New Year tradition.
The envelopes usually contain money, but Chinese fans surely wouldn’t mind finding their favorite NBA stars inside.
Limited Kids Tom Johnson Jersey The league will celebrate the Year of the Rooster from January 26 to February 11, and will broadcast a record 60 NBA games in China.
The Warriors, Rockets, Raptors and Wizards will also wear special Chinese New Year uniforms.
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Davis suffered an injury after a fall in the Pelicans’ loss to Indiana on Monday, but before that, he had been contributing to a New Orleans team that had begun to turn things around since getting healthy: Davis averaged 28.7 points and 15.6 rebounds, shooting 51.1 percent, for a team that had gone 7-5 in its previous 12 games.
In college, because the Sooners had Mixon, Perine caught only 40 passes in three seasons. But he’s a more natural receiver than Kelley. With Perine in there, the Redskins don’t telegraph plays as much in terms of the power backs vs. Thompson.
Perine was an extremely efficient runner at Oklahoma and left the program as a smart, experienced and polished player. He’s mature beyond his young age of 21, nearly three years younger than Kelley.
It was surprising that Perine lasted on the board until No. 114 overall, but he had to find the right smashmouth system. He fits Gruden’s power-gap attack to a tee, just like Morris did the zone blocking scheme in 2012.
Green, who has his own history with Barkley, went so far as to say Barkley’s “Inside the NBA” colleagues Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson have the right to talk about championship players — but Barkley doesn’t.
“I got two different views on that,” Green told Thompson. “My first view on that, when I immediately read that, as soon as I read that comment, I said, ‘Oh. … Oh. Yeah, destroy him!’ I’m all for destroying Barkley. You know, Barkley talks a lot. A whole lot for a guy who has not won a championship, which I’ve stated multiple times. I think Shaq should talk about the champions. Kenny should talk about the champions. Ernie can talk about the champions. When it comes time to speak about someone who has a championship, Barkley should be muted.
Lonzo Ball, UCLA: Any agent he hires is going to have to navigate the tight waters between NBA teams and his outspoken dad, LaVar Ball. The consensus among agents, and pretty much as expressed by LaVar Ball, is that Ball will hire an attorney — a source said that would be Harrison Gaines of SLASH Sports — strictly for contracts and let his father do the negotiating otherwise. There’s some risk to that, and Ball would be wise to ensure he has an NBA-level pre-draft program in place.
Josh Jackson, Kansas: Jackson has been getting a lot of buzz as a potential No. 1 lately, especially if a team that doesn’t need a point guard lands with the top pick. Darren Matsubara of Wasserman Sports is a candidate, as well as LeBron James’ agent, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul.
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After losing five of their first seven games since Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury Feb. 28, the Warriors have now ripped off five straight wins following a 112-87 win over the Mavericks, the second game of a back-to-back. Golden State used a well-balanced approach and strong defense in the win. Brother of Stephen Curry, Mavs guard Seth, made just four field goals in the loss as Dallas shot just 35 percent from the field.
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After punches were thrown in the Bulls-Raptors game, Chicago proceeded to blow a 14-point fourth quarter lead as the Raptors forced overtime and eventually walked away with a home win. Rajon Rondo had 19 points at halftime but scored just five in the second quarter while registering a minus-7. Toronto ended a streak of 11 straight losses to the Bulls dating back to Dec. 31, 2013.
Brook Lopez drained a game-winning jumper at the buzzer to give the Nets a win over the Pistons.
While expressed simply, that question involves multiple pieces of analysis. The first is player evaluation. This includes both objective and subjective components, particularly for Dallas. While Philadelphia has had time to figure out how Noel fits in with their other pieces — even though Noel and presumptive Rookie of the Year Joel Embiid played just eight minutes together — the Mavericks have to use the information in front of them to ascertain both his ability as a player now and fit in coach Rick Carlisle’s system.
Dallas could see untapped offensive potential playing with Dirk Nowitzki and attacking guards, or simply feel that his defensive upside is high enough to justify giving up resources to acquire him now. Of course, they also receive the benefit of generating substantially more information for themselves between now and when Noel hits restricted free agency on July 1. Getting first-hand experience concerning a player’s work ethic, skills and fit with existing talent can be incredibly valuable, and that applies even more strongly to a player who has missed significant time and played in situations that challenge talent evaluators.
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But Lue has reason to maintain his calm. The Cavs are the defending champs, coming off back-to-back Finals appearances, and are the favorites to again win the Eastern Conference. Sure, they’re 7-9 in their last 16 games heading into Monday’s tiff with San Antonio, but the Cavs have been wracked with injury all season and weathered some rough times in past years before strong postseason showings.
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Ever since Steve Kerr was named head coach of the Warriors, his teams have been almost unbeatable. He took over at the start of the 2014-15 season and went 67-15 in his first year. He then made NBA history with a 73-9 record the following season, and is 60-14 in the current campaign.
The team’s 60th win, which was recorded Tuesday night against the Rockets, marked Kerr’s 200th as a head coach. What makes that stat amazing is that he only needed 238 tries to win 200 games, which made pro sports history as the quickest ever to reach that milestone (previous was Phil Jackson, 270).
Lopez will serve is suspension Wednesday night when the Pistons come to Chicago, while Ibaka will sit out when the Raptors travel to play the Heat on Thursday.
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Lopez smacked the ball out of Ibaka’s hands and shoved him, and the two exchanged punches. Both players were ejected from the game.
Toronto went on to win 122-120 in overtime.
Johnson also grasps the main problems with Randle, going nowhere fast unless he gets a right hand. Ingram, without an NBA body or a superstar’s take-charge disposition, hasn’t exactly lived up to the Kevin Durant comparisons. Both entered the NBA at 19 years of age, with only one season of college experience. Yet Durant showed right away that he would become a premier scorer, averaging 20 points per game for a bad Seattle team as a rookie. Ingram hasn’t come close. When it comes to great players, usually you know right away, with Kawhi Leonard being the notable outlier.
Dwyane Wade really surprised an Uber driver who picked him up from a Waffle House in Orlando on Tuesday.
The driver thought he’d be picking up “ordinary people” and couldn’t believe his luck when the NBA star got into his car.
The ACC’s Player of the Year, Jackson has done a great job of making strides with his game in order to bring himself back into the first-round conversation. He’s become a knock-down shooter from the outside to pair with tremendous feel for the game in terms of passing and midrange shot creation.
But while he has shored up the shot question, concerns still remain among NBA scouts about his overall athleticism and defense. We’ll see what happens with Jackson if he decides to declare. The overall range of opinions on him will be wide.
Nothing new to talk about here with Anunoby, really. He’s missed the last few months of the year with a knee injury, but he’s still an interesting defensive flier for someone to take as a 6-foot-8, long athlete.
There are reasons to question Irving’s ability to be the go-to point of a team. The Cavaliers struggled mightily before James returned to Cleveland, and they still struggle when he’s not on the court. With James and Irving in the lineup this season, Irving’s net rating stands at +10.2 points per 100 possessions. When James is off the court, however, Irving goes into the negative at -7.9 points per 100 possessions. It was a similar but far less extreme case last season: +7.7 net rating with James and Irving on the court compared to +1.1 without James and just Irving.
There’s some noise in those numbers — the Cavaliers are built more around James than Irving and they didn’t have much talent around Irving before James returned — but there’s enough there to wonder how Irving would fare in Harden’s situation. It’s basically the difference between him being an All-Star and a superstar.
Zach Britton’s name has been tossed about on the trade market the past few days, which can’t make Orioles fans too happy.
Would the Orioles really trade their dominating closer? They’re four games under .500 entering the second half of the season (42-46), which puts them 7.5 back in the AL East but only four games out of the second wild-card spot.
We’re looking to make sure we have the nucleus of a competitive team going into year, he said. While we wouldn’t completely discount any possibility of a trade of that type, because who knows what may be presented, I don’t think enough would be presented for us to bite on that. Again, a lot of it has to do with how we view this team as we start thinking about next year as well.
Suffice to say deGrom isn’t completely untouchable, but he’s close to it. So teams are going to continue to pursue him until the Mets stick the trade equivalent of a chastity belt on him.
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Elite Womens Nellie Fox Jersey The Cubs, who are fortunate Kris Bryant’s injured finger is not serious, are off Thursday as the Pirates will try to complete a four-game sweep of the Brewers and inch even closer to the top two teams in the division.
If the Cubs can win the series against the Cardinals and Brewers, with a four-game set against the White Sox sandwiched in between, the Cubs could find themselves atop the division as the calendar flips to August.