Oakland A’s had 3 rookies hit 1st career home runs in the same game

The Oakland Athletics aren’t having the best year. We’re almost halfway through the 2017 season, and they’re sitting last in the AL West. But one cool part about a struggling club is the young talent that gets called up to gain experience and show what they can do at the highest level. In Saturday’s game, the A’s saw three rookies hit their first home run in the Major Leagues.

Cabrera is having a rough year. His WAR is a cool 0.2, according to Baseball-Reference.com, and his current batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage would all be the worst of his career. His strikeout rate is up over 20 percent for the first time, and his defense is somewhere between “acceptable if he’s hitting” and “atrocious.” He’s even 0-for-1 on stolen base attempts.

At the same time, he’s still Miguel Cabrera, inner circle Hall of Famer. I would rather be wrong about him deserving an All-Star Game than be wrong about him not deserving one. When you go back to the days of Mays and Aaron, there were always a couple extra appearances for them in the sunset of their careers, something between a reward and an earnest desire to remember the good days.

And when I look at the options among AL first basemen, they’re all a bunch of weirdos. Logan Morrison was unremarkable for years, and now I’m supposed to believe he’s Joey Votto? Justin Smoak was unremarkable for years, and now I’m supposed to believe he’s a switch-hitting Paul Goldschmidt? Yonder Alonso was unremarkable for years, and now I’m supposed to believe he’s like the Logan Morrison Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping of Wholesale Jerseys Cheap the West Coast?

Kessel was being accused of prioritizing a dietary cheat over keeping his body in peak physical shape

Kessel’s latest accoutrement on his revenge dish perfectly put into perspective the nonsensical Kessel hate. At its core, Kessel was being accused of prioritizing a dietary cheat over keeping his body in peak physical shape. (Keeping in mind, again, this is a guy who came back after a bout with testicular cancer and has also not missed an NHL since the 2009-10 season.)

Like the pure goal-scorer Kessel is, he waited and picked his spot — the post came two years and 45 days after Simmons’ column was published — but boy did Kessel hit the back of the net and then some.

When the puck drops on the 2017-18 NHL season, the Penguins and Kessel will attempt to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup in three consecutive years since the Islanders did so in the early ’80s. Kessel will play an integral role in determining Pittsburgh’s success because he’s a star player the Penguins lean on for production.

But just remember this: However this season plays out, and whatever premonitions — based in fact or meaty illusion — you have about Kessel, he will laugh last, and he will laugh best.

Tavares said he is waiting to see what comes of the Request For Proposals issued July 30 by New York state regarding the Belmont Park development. The Islanders, along with the owners of the Mets and a Madison Square Garden-backed sports arena consortium Oak View Group, are expected to pitch building an arena on the 43-acre lot.

Therrien, hired for a second time by the Canadiens in 2012, was said to have lost the locker room. And with the success shown by teams who recently fired their coaches — the Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike Blues are 5-1 under Mike Yeo, who replaced Ken Hitchcock Feb. 1; the Bruins are 3-0 with Cassidy — the Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys time to make a move to salvage the season was now.

Vanek led the Red Wings in goals (15) and was one of the more coveted rental players on the market.

Talented forwards Taylor Leier, Oskar Lindblom and Michael Vecchione are also vying for spots on the opening-night roster and the Flyers D-corps will likely feature four players age 24 and under.

Shayne Gostisbehere, who signed a six-year, $27 million extension, has the highest profile of the young defensemen. Behind him is 20-year-old Ivan Provorov, who is coming off a rock-solid 30-point rookie season.

Robert Hagg, 22, and Travis Sanheim, 21, are also set to join the back end full-time, while Samuel Morin is close to making the jump from the AHL.

The clock is ticking for Iginla, a future Hall of Famer and one of hockey’s all-around nice guys, to win his first Cup. First the 39-year-old will have to find a way to get the Kings into the playoffs as they were one point out of a wild card spot Wednesday. It’s clear GM Dean Lombardi believes the Kings’ best hockey lies ahead a la 2012 when they sneaked into the playoffs as a No. 8 seed and won a championship. Los Angeles made its big splash Sunday, acquiring goalie Ben Bishop from Tampa Bay as insurance to get there.

Vanek led the Red Wings in goals (15) and was one of the more coveted rental players on the market. He can settle in nicely on the Panthers’ third line alongside Jonathan Marchessault and Nick Bjugstad as one of the NHL’s hottest teams makes a playoff push. Florida is Vanek’s sixth different team since the start of the 2013-14 season.

The Senators were frantically shopping Lazar, the 17th overall draft pick in 2013 who will be a Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys restricted free agent this summer. Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion was reportedly Cheap Jerseys Online holding out for a first-round pick, but settled with an hour to go before the deadline. Lazar is having a rough season, with only one point in 33 NHL games, but gets a fresh start with the Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale playoff-bound Flames.

Jamal Adams clarifies ‘die on field’ remark was about being ‘passionate’

Jamal Adams is backpedalling after he received backlash for saying the football field was “the perfect place to die.”

The Jets rookie was responding to a fan’s question at a fan forum relating to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disorder that has been linked to head injuries, when he made the comment.

McMahon said Strzelczyk acted moody and irrationally, common symptoms of CTE, and sometimes scared their son and daughter. Both children have struggled emotionally following his death.

“I bet my kids would want their father here,” McMahon said. “I know in my heart of hearts that Justin would have wanted to see his daughter get married someday or see his son graduate from college, not dying on a football field.”

Goodell said he understood Adams made the remarks — which were cheered by fans at the forum — out of his passion for the game. The rookie safety, selected out of LSU No. 6 overall, made the remarks at a fan forum for Jets season-ticket holderss.

Goodell told fans there is work to be done in improving safety and educating players.

“Players now are doing a great job of raising their hand when they don’t feel right,” Goodell said (via the Chicago Tribune). “Teammates are raising their hands, officials, coaches. We have Cheap Jerseys China backup plans with video. I think all of that is part of a culture change to say, ‘It’s great to Cheap Jerseys Authentic be a hard-nosed player, but you play within the rules, and you also play as safely as possible.’

NFL reportedly will work with NFLPA on marijuana study

Maybe the NFL is finally coming around to the idea of players using medicinal marijuana.

The Washington Post reported Monday that the league has offered to work with the NFLPA to study the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players.

“Then you might miss one game, and then you get two and a half, then you’ve got 10 in five games right there. Then if you go three, two, three, it’s definitely doable.”

It would be a ridiculous accomplishment, since Michael Strahan set the current record back in 2001 with 22 1/2 sacks in a season. At this point, the most sacks Miller has gotten in a year is 18 1/2.

Miller added the player would have to be cool as a cucumber under pressure, since extra attention will be on him. That means other teams will be paying close attention and will try to stop him.

“Teams are going to chip you, that’s definite, that’s just the gospel right there,” Miller said. “But you’ve got to take advantage of those opportunities. If you get five open rushes, you’ve got to win all five of those rushes. Out of five you might get two or three sacks out of those, that’s the math that I have.

“Out of all the rushes in the game, all of the plays in the game, out of those five plays, you’ve got to get home on those plays. It’s definitely doable.”

“Every week, we ran the same defense,” Ramsey said after the team’s Week 17 loss, via ESPN. “We never changed defenses. We never changed plays. What we were running on first down at Cheap Ireland Jerseys the beginning of the season we were running on first down at the end of the season. What we were running Cheap Jerseys 90 on second down, third down, same. Nothing ever changed.”

Even with those problems — which safety Tashaun Gipson echoed — the Jaguars defense finished No. 6 in yards allowed. After adding Bouye, Calais Campbell, and Barry Church in the offseason, it promises to be even better in 2017.

Ravens waive David Olson, sign another QB who isn’t Colin Kaepernick

Given another opportunity to sign Colin Kaepernick, the Ravens passed once again.

The team on Monday announced it has waived quarterback David Olson and signed fellow signal-caller Josh Woodrum.

Olson was signed just last week to assist backup Ryan Mallett after news of veteran Joe Flacco’s back injury emerged. Dustin Vaughan also remains on Baltimore’s roster at quarterback.

Woodrum, 24, signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent last year following his college career at Liberty. He was cut by New York after the rookie minicamp and later spent time with the Colts, Bears and Bills. Buffalo released him May 24.

This is the concept of respectability and its inherent problem. It was, initially, thought as a construct that would protect the marginalized and hopefully propel that group to a higher sphere. It’s an idea that if you talk right or act right that white people will treat you better.

So, it’s not far-flung that Vick could not only believe this but offer it as a resource to other black athletes. Vick is a convicted felon who was sentenced to 23 months behind bars for fighting and killing dogs. He still receives backlash over his crime. But he found a way not only to play football after that, but to succeed in the sport. It’s not hard so see how he’d conclude that with a haircut, Kaepernick could do the same.

The misguidedness of the attempt isn’t just something Vick conjured. It’s had a home in American rhetoric as long as black people have been in America. In an infamous 2004 NAACP speech meant to honor Cheap Dri Fit Jerseys those who fought for the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, Bill Cosby lambasted poor Cheap Dream Team Jerseys black folk for failing to live up to the dreams of the Civil Rights Movement.

Ben Roethlisberger says he and Martavis Bryant talked and all is well

All appears to be well between Steelers teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Martavis Bryant.

The tension between the pair began in May, when Roethlisberger said Bryant would need to earn back the trust of his teammates after he missed the entire 2016 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

The important thing is [that] there will come a time where we have a plan for him, and we’re not quite there yet, and it may come pretty quick, Mornhinweg said Friday, via the Baltimore Sun. So we’ll see. Maybe I’m hoping and wishing, but I hope that comes pretty quickly.

Flacco suffered a disc injury in his back while lifting weights last month and was anticipated to miss three to six weeks. With preseason games scheduled to begin this week, Flacco said his rehab is progressing well and is optimistic he won’t miss much of the regular season.

By Joe’s account, he’s getting better and feeling better and all those things, Mornhinweg said. When he’s back, it’ll be a good thing to get him back. From here until that time, we’re rocking and rolling with the fellow we have.

Last week, the team waived quarterback David Olson after signing him a week earlier Cheap Gaelic Jerseys and added fellow signal-caller Josh Woodrum. Dustin Vaughan also remains on Baltimore’s roster Cheap Flag Football Jerseys at quarterback.

Matthew Stafford worked with private quarterback tutor this offseason

Matthew Stafford has yet to reach the elite status the Lions envisioned for him when selecting him first overall in 2009. But the flamethrower made an effort to get over the hump this offseason.

Stafford, 29, opted to hire a private quarterback tutor during the offseason. Heading into his ninth NFL season, Stafford wanted to seize every opportunity he had to improve.

Afterwards, head coach Vance Joseph praised his kicker for the impressive feat.

That’s a true weapon. That was amazing. That was what, 73 yards, maybe? In the first one, he just swung his leg and he was two yards off. The second one he said, ‘I’ll make it for you this time.’ Well thank you, I want to see that. Then he swung it — that’s special.
Joseph was then asked if he’d try a 73-yard kick during a game, to which he responded, Of course, yeah. Whatever wins games.

The current NFL record for longest field goal is 64 yards, currently held by former Broncos kicker Matt Prater. Not many coaches would even attempt a kick at that distance for fear it’d be returned by the other team. But if he has the leg, it might be worth it.

Tannehill was sacked on nearly 10 percent of his passing attempts in the fourth quarter in 2016. In fact, that’s his career average of sacks per fourth quarter. It wasn’t just one season.

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Rookie ratings for ‘Madden NFL 18’ released; Myles Garrett, O.J. Howard lead the way

Ratings reveals for the upcoming “Madden NFL 18” release are highly anticipated, and on Wednesday, EA Sports began the rollout by providing the ratings for those who were selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Top pick Myles Garrett naturally leads the way with a rating of 83 Wholesale Jerseys All Overall. His Strength rating of 96 is in the top 10 of the league, and he also has 90 Acceleration and 84 Speed to wreak havoc on offenses. The Browns also have two other top rookies with David Njoku (78 Overall) and Jabril Peppers (76 Overall).

That’s why Kessler saw his hold on the first-team reps in OTAs and minicamp become more of a split with Kizer, with Kessler wilting. Kizer’s football intelligence is doing him plenty of favors in picking up Jackson’s offense quickly. He already has a better natural feel for the passing game, and every day in practice, he reportedly has gotten sharper with his rhythm and mechanics.

As the Browns are seeing Kessler and Kizer side-by-side, the Wholesale Jerseys China rookie has made things Wholesale Jerseys All even going into training camp. His upside already was undeniable in contrast to that of Kessler. While Osweiler is trying to re-grasp the basics, and while Kessler’s throwing has hit a low ceiling, Kizer is showing a nice floor faster than expected.

Kizer is no stranger to the heat of a highly competitive preseason environment given his battles just to get on the field in South Bend. As the preseason pressure is dialed up, Kizer Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys should respond well. Kelly not given him much of an endorsement likely also has Top Cheap Jerseys accelerated Kizer’s dedication to pleasing Jackson.

He’s making people like Jason Whitlock of FS1 change their minds about him.

The assets being overlooked in discussing potential Celtics deals, though, are the draft-and-stash players the Celtics selected last year when they had three first-rounders and three second-rounders. As much as the Celtics’ trove of picks in the next two years, NBA sources said, it is those players who are attracting pre-deadline attention.

“They did a nice job of getting guys they could develop, and if you know you can’t get the big picks they have this year or next year, the players they took last year, that is where you can get a lot of value,” one general manager told Sporting News.

With the Warriors looking unbeatable this season, James is probably frustrated — and looking to lash out.

Hey, Barkley is a convenient target. He’s the old guy, remember-when TV analyst who seemingly disapproves of the current generation of NBA superstars.

Besides, why in hell does James care so much about what Barkley thinks? All LeBron did was bring more attention to Barkley’s legitimate criticism of him and the Cavaliers.

He’s making people like Jason Whitlock of FS1 change their minds about him.

“I’ve always been a huge LeBron James fan. I’m starting to back up. LeBron James sees himself as a victim,” Whitlock said Tuesday on “Speak for Yourself.”

Kluber struck out 14 batters over 7 2/3 innings and allowed just one run off of five hits in an 8-1 victory to complete a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays.

The Dodgers and Nationals also won Sunday, but each saw their All-Star pitcher leave after just two innings of work.

Kershaw left following the second inning of his start against the Braves with lower back Youth NFL Cheap Jerseys tightness. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the game that Kershaw will go on the disabled list without Very Cheap Jerseys a timetable on a return. Tests on Kershaw’s back are scheduled for Monday.