Derrick Rose wants to remain with the Knicks, his agent says

Derrick Rose’s agent B.J. Armstrong insisted the three-time NBA All-Star wants to stay with the Knicks, despite being included in trade negotiations.

Rose was traded by the Bulls in June but the former MVP point guard has not completely convinced people in New York, having angered Knicks officials when he missed last month’s loss to the Pelicans without informing the team.

The 28-year-old Chicago native was subject to trade interest before the deadline, but Armstrong reiterated Rose’s desire to remain at Madison Square Garden.

The consensus among front office executives who discussed the matter with USA TODAY Sports this week was that his draft stock won’t be harmed by his father’s controversial style. As one general manager put it, and many other executives confirmed in various forms when consulted on the matter, “No one’s paying attention to Ball’s father.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed that LaVar’s comments aren’t helping his sons. “I think it’d be better for them if they can just play and have fun and not have to hear that every day,” Kerr said.

Others don’t see the harm.

“There are players who come from more challenging family situations who have (done) quite well in the NBA,” an unidentified general manager told USA Today.

Another unnamed NBA executive added, “Passing on the kid because of the father may not hold up well over time.”

Lonzo is expected to declare for the NBA Draft after this season and is a consensus top-five pick in the upcoming lottery. His brothers, high schoolers LiAngelo and LaMelo, have committed to follow Lonzo’s footsteps to UCLA.

WNBA star Sue Bird comes out as gay, dating USWNT’s Megan Rapinoe

Sue Bird came out as gay to ESPNW Thursday, and also said she is dating U.S soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

In a lengthy interview, the Seattle Storm forward said she never hid her sexuality, but also said she never felt the need to broadcast it to the entire world.

“I’m gay. Megan’s my girlfriend. … These aren’t secrets to people who know me,” Bird said. “I don’t feel like I’ve not lived my life. I think people have this assumption that if you’re not talking about it, you must be hiding it, like it’s this secret. That was never the case for me.”

Bird, 36, is the oldest active WNBA player. She has spent 15 years in the league, where Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply she has been an All-Star 10 times and has won two titles. Despite being one of the most prominent women in the league, she said she has always been shy when it comes to her personal life.

Only five NBA teams are knocking down more 3-pointers per game Wholesale Jerseys NFL than the Mavericks, who entered Saturday averaging 10.6 3-pointers a game. That average will dip a bit after the Mavs’ starters’ miserable 3-for-17 shooting effort in a 94-86 loss to the Raptors. The bench helped, but the Mavs still made only 7-of-28 from behind the arc.

LeBron James had a couple of highlight-worthy plays Saturday. In one, he passed Mo Cheeks for 12th on the NBA’s all-time assist list. Then there’s this gem where he dribbles by four Wizards to hammer it home.

Thunder (41-30) vs. Rockets (50-22), 3:30 p.m. ET — The schedule says “Thunder vs. Rockets” but fans are thinking, “Russell Westbrook vs. James Harden.” The two MVP candidates and former teammates face off in what should be an entertaining game. The Rockets are all but locked in as the No. 3 playoff seed in the West, but the Thunder could end up anywhere from No. 4 to No. 7, depending on what happens in the last few games.

Jansen has been incredible this season.

Why he’s here: This was basically a coin flip between Sale and Max Scherzer, two of the best pitchers in baseball having Cy Young-worthy seasons. Sale has double-digit strikeouts in 10 of his 16 starts this season (and nine in three others), and think about this: The lefty has 155 strikeouts this season, while only allowing 21 walks and 82 hits. That’s just stupid good.

Why he’s here: Jansen has been incredible this season. He’s faced 122 batters on the year: He’s struck out 53, allowed 17 hits and walked only one batter. Two of those three earned runs he’s allowed all year? They came way back in his second appearance of 2017; since then he has a 0.28 ERA in 32 innings. Yikes. Special shout out to Craig Kimbrel, Boston’s closer who has struck out 63 of the 123 hitters Cheap NFL Jerseys he’s faced. Damn.

The Brooklyn Nets and restricted free agent Otto Porter Jr. have reached an agreement on an offer sheet that will pay the Washington Wizards forward the maximum of $106 million over four years, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

The Wizards have made it clear that they intend to Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys exercise their right to match any offer to Porter, a source reiterated to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk on Tuesday night.

The Utah Jazz had also intended to make a run at Porter as well, following Gordon Hayward’s decision to sign in Boston, sources told MacMahon.

News of Porter’s agreement with the Nets was first reported by The Vertical. When a bullpen finds itself collectively struggling, the mental aspects of the game can be just as tough as getting outs on the field. Not giving in to negative thoughts can be just as important as making the slight adjustments sometimes necessary to pull out of a slump. And sometimes, no adjustment is needed — you just have to push through.

the FC crew debate his place among the all-time great footballers.

Why he’s here: Jansen has been incredible this season. He’s faced 122 batters on the year: He’s struck out 53, allowed 17 hits and walked only one batter. Two of those three earned runs he’s allowed all year? They came way back in his second appearance of 2017; since then he has a 0.28 ERA in 32 innings. Yikes. Special shout out to Craig Kimbrel, Boston’s closer who has struck out 63 of the 123 hitters he’s faced. Damn.

Why he’s here: Springer’s talent has long been undeniable, and he’s been a very good player the past couple of years for the Astros. In this, his Age 27 season, though, he’s taking the leap up to legitimate star. You see those 24 homers already — remember, he’s Houston’s leadoff guy — and he’s regularly making spectacular plays in right field for the Astros.

In honour of Lionel Messi’s 30th birthday, the FC crew debate his place among the all-time great footballers.

Barcelona have announced that Lionel Messi has agreed a three-year contract extension, committing his future to the club until 2021.

Messi, whose current deal was due to expire in 12 months, sees his release clause rise to €300 million and the deal will be signed in the coming weeks, when he returns to the team for preseason training.

It will be the ninth professional contract the Argentina Cheap Mitchell And Ness Jerseys international has signed since he moved to the Camp Nou and commits him to the club until he is 34.

The pitchers’ and position players’ meetings are often at the same time

“We have three international players on the team: two pitchers and a position player, and we all share the same interpreter,” Dean said.

Because of that dynamic, he said, there are times throughout the day at the ballpark when the interpreter is unavailable because he is assisting another international player, leaving Dean to fend for himself. One of the toughest times to go without the assistance of the interpreter, Dean said, is the daily scouting meeting the Tigers have before every game.

“The pitchers’ and position players’ meetings are often at the same time, so we have to decide who gets the interpreter for their meeting,” he said. “When we [the pitchers] don’t Cheap La Kings Jerseys have him, we are completely lost in the meeting and will miss out on some pretty important details about the opposing lineup.”

Needless to say, as someone who earns a living by getting batters out, missing NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys the scouting report for an opposing lineup in its entirety is not something that will make your life easier.

Richard spent most of the early years of his career in southern California, but after missing the 2014 season because of a shoulder injury, Richard joined the Cubs in July 2015, just months before the team went to the playoffs.

“Ever since I got there, there was a feeling that something special was going to happen,” he said.

Though the Cubs ran into a buzzsaw in the Mets in the National League Championship Series, Richard said the team had high expectations heading into 2016.

The 42-year-old father of five plodded his way to the interview room

The game has giveth money, fame and fortune to Iverson. “My face will bring in checks,” he said. “My legend brings in checks.”

But the game has also taketh.

The 42-year-old father of five plodded his way to the interview room, with an ice pack in tow due to a recent knee injury, after just 11 minutes of halfcourt action.

“I’m not Allen Iverson at 25 any more,” he said. “I’m 42 years old and been away from the game for six, seven years, so for you to think that you’re coming to see a game for Allen Iverson being ‘The Answer’ for real, for real, it’s not going to happen.”

His name was nearly added to the Big3’s list of casualties, which includes MLB Cheap Jerseys Jason Williams, Kenyon Martin and Corey Maggette, who were lost during Week 1. While fighting through a screen Sunday, Iverson suffered a knee-to-knee blow that drew a collective gasp from the fans in the arena. He checked out of the game during the next stoppage in play and later commented how he couldn’t stand up too quickly after sitting down.

“Hopefully this knee don’t linger on because of my old-ass age,” he said.

Paul is one of the purest point guards to take the hardwood the last three decades. Harden is a combo guard whose dangerous scoring ability and vision give him the opportunity to dish more than 10 assists per game. Adding the former Clipper will allow Harden to return to his Oklahoma City roots and play off the ball more. With a passing wizard as his partner, he’ll get cleaner scoring opportunities than ever. Paul, a nine-time NBA All-Defensive team honoree, will also help mitigate his new teammate’s defensive lapses as well.

Mets admit signing Tim Tebow was part of ‘entertainment business

The Mets promoted Tim Tebow from low-Single A to Advanced A despite a paltry .220 batting average.

Maybe the operative word there is promoted because Mets general manager Sandy Alderson admitted Friday the team essentially signed the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner last September for the publicity.

The Dodgers, in third place on the first day of June, are threatening to Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping run away with the NL West, having won 22 of 26 games, including two straight against the second-place Diamondbacks, who they now lead by 4 1/2 games.

Brady: “She’s there every day. I mean, we go to bed in the same bed every night, so I think she knows when I’m sore, she knows when I’m tired, she knows when I get hit. We drive home together [from games]. But, she also knows how well I take care of myself. She’s a very concerned wife and very loving.”

The simple fact he didn’t come out and say she was wrong is essentially code for saying she’s right. The quarterback wasn’t pushed very hard on the issue, with no questions directly asking him whether he’s had a concussion in the past that he hid.

Quintana got off to a terrible start this season, but he has turned a corner in June. After leaving May with a 2-7 record and a queasy 5.60 ERA, he has won his last two starts while tossing 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball in his last start. His ERA is now at a semi-respectable 4.69.

The Braves have a number of intriguing pieces that could be moved in a trade. Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies will likely be off limits, but they have other moveable pieces rebuilding teams may find interesting.

The Braves have become adept at working out trades in recent seasons, so there is a pretty good chance a deal gets done one way or the other.

Darren McFadden’s family members injured in Little Rock mass shooting

Three of Darren McFadden’s family members were among 25 people shot inside a nightclub in Little Rock, Ark., early Saturday morning.

The Cowboys running back and Arkansas product rushed to the scene at Cheap Dog Jerseys Power Ultra Lounge, but was seen being told to retreat by police.

Wilson has teamed up with former Seahawks teammate Jake Heaps, who was on Seattle’s practice squad last year. Heaps, who is listed as the “Head QB Coach,” made the announcement Wednesday with a tweet that included a video of Wilson and Heaps welcoming prospective clients to RWQB.

Wilson is far from the first NFL quarterback to make a foray into coaching clinics. Along with their father, Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning are heavily involved in the Manning Passing Academy, which is one of the more elite camps in the country. Former Packers quarterback Craig Nall also helps run QB1 Sports in Texas and his old teammate, Hall of Famer Brett Favre, says he’d like to get into coaching after helping out at a high school in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Maybe this is a way for the 28-year-old Wilson to set up a coaching career once his playing days are over.

The Panthers saw one tackle, Mike Remmers, go to Minnesota, and they added a former Viking, Matt Kalil, to be their new starter on the left side. Kalil was a terrific rookie first-rounder for his former team, but his play and inability to stay healthy have forced a sharp decline since.

With a five-year, $55 million investment, Carolina literally is banking on Kalil having an all-around rebound. The change of scene that includes the presence of his five-time Pro Bowl brother Ryan at center may end up working well for both Matt and the Panthers. It’s reasonable to think Nike NFL Jerseys Supply Matt can become Nike Elite Cheap Jerseys an above-average pass protector again.

Myles Garrett diagnosed with lateral foot sprain, expected to be ready for training camp

The Cleveland Browns announced Saturday that Myles Garrett has been diagnosed with a lateral foot sprain, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has been wearing a walking boot since Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys injuring his left foot during drills in the Browns minicamp on Wednesday. The Browns had not commented on the severity of his injury until Saturday afternoon.

On Friday, after a Minnesota court acquitted former police officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter in the shooting death of black motorist Philando Castile in July 2016, Kaepernick tweeted the following. “A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled!”

That in itself isn’t too inflammatory, but the accompanying image of a police badge pictured alongside a “runaway slave patrol” badge riled many people. The images included a caption that read, “You can’t ignore your history бн Always remember who they are.”

Kaepernick tweeted his support for Castile’s family, noting “My heart aches for Philando’s family.” He also retweeted a link to an NPR story revealing Castile had been stopped by police at least 46 times in his life.

Elliott said that, like Marshall Faulk, he wants to be like a second quarterback on the field with Prescott.

“So this offseason, I’ve just been focusing on kind of learning the offense outside of my roles and just kind of being able to be back there and be a help to Dak and just kind of learning not what I have to do, but what everyone else is doing and how I fit into my job,” Elliott said.

And Saints head coach Sean Payton isn’t worried about any kind of decline from Prescott, either, though his perspective is really just a gut feeling.

there are clearly numerous fixes the Cavs need to make ahead of Sunday night.

As mentioned above, Durant has been a monster all postseason, but especially in these finals. He’s averaging 34.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists on 52.3/43.3/91.4 shooting splits. There’s only so much you can do with a 7-foot offensive annihilator.

In Game 4, the Cavs turned to Durant stopper… Richard Jefferson? Yes, really. Jefferson Cheap Jerseys World logged a playoff-high 22 minutes in the victory, following Durant for longer Cheap Jerseys Wholesale stretches than anyone could have imagined prior to the finals.

Head space. Cleveland.com’s theory for the Cavaliers’ less-than-impressive Game 1 performance is debatable.

“Team sources surmise the Cavs’ heads were not in the proper space to deal with the Warriors and all they throw at you,” the report says. “The situation, in a sense, was similar to the 2016 Finals in which Cleveland was on its heels for the first two games and lost both, before finally gaining footing in Game 3 at home.”

One source said, “The moment was huge and it got to us. What (the Warriors) do requires time to focus your mind and energy. We didn’t do that (in Game 1).”

“It’s more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing,” Kyrie Irving said. “Going into Game 2 we’ll be a lot more settled in, a lot better on the defensive end. Offensively, I mean, we still have to take good shots against this great team. So we’ll get better.”

Considering this is the third year in a row the Cavs have played the Warriors in the Finals, this notion rings strange to us.

Nevertheless, there are clearly numerous fixes the Cavs need to make ahead of Sunday night.

“We made a lot of mistakes. There’s nothing really needs to be said,” James said. “We didn’t play as well as we know we’re capable of. We look forward to the next one.”