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Cam Newton to sit out Saturday’s game as Panthers continue being cautious


This is certainly no surprise, but Cam Newton will be dressed in street clothes when the Panthers play the Titans in their second preseason game Saturday afternoon.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that the Panthers quarterback will sit out the game, as had been expected all week.

This should not be construed as any kind of setback in Newton’s recovery from off-season shoulder surgery. The team continues to be cautious with Newton, and coach Ron Rivera has said he’d be comfortable if he sat out the entire preseason.

The big question now: Will the missed work in camp and preseason games affect Newton and the offense early in the regular season? Newton participated in drills Thursday, and Rivera conceded he looked “rusty.”

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero? reported Friday that Newton is “throwing more each day and feels fine,” and is on track to play in the third preseason game against the Jaguars.

The former Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback of course became famous, or maybe infamous in this case, when he first sat for the national anthem and eventually took a knee for “The Star-Spangled Banner” throughout the NFL season. It was a polarizing decision that had players following him, others standing against him, and everyone having an opinion about him.

Since opting out of his contract with the 49ers this past offseason he has been looking for a job without any luck. Since teams are already out of minicamp and he still isn’t employed it does beg the question, how does a quarterback with a 16:4 touchdown to interception ratio last season not have a job?

These fan-made NBA jerseys are so much better than the real ones


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Nike and the NBA released details on Tuesday about their jersey partnership that will officially take over on Oct. 1, redesigning all jerseys across the league. The biggest change is that there will be four major jerseys for each team, which had fans quite excited about all of the different jersey possibilities.
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Brian Begley has been creating jerseys himself and honestly, if Nike released all of his designs, it would be a wild success. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.

These jerseys are fairly similar to their current set, but bringing the rainbow alternate back would be incredible. Hopefully Nike feels the same way.

Rondo had taken a backseat as point guard free agency mostly sorted itself out, and the Pelicans and Lakers were the only teams who reportedly had serious conversations with the veteran. But the Pelicans finalized the deal, most likely to help convince free agent-to be DeMarcus Cousins to stay in New Orleans. Cousins and Rondo both played together two seasons ago with the Sacramento Kings.

In New Orleans, Rondo is expected to start, according to coach Alvin Gentry, despite that the team just invested $126 million in another guard, Jrue Holiday, this summer. (Gentry’s plan is to start Holiday next to Rondo, which makes questionable sense.) The Pelicans are also missing a backup guard after shipping Tim Frazier off to the Wizards for a second-round pick, and he should see some run with the second unit as well.

The Pelicans still lack shooting though, and Rondo won’t help that. But the elite passer should get the most out of Cousins and Anthony Davis, one of the best big man pairs in the game.

Dion Waiters, Heat agree to a 4-year, $52 million deal, per report


Dion Waiters and the Miami Heat have agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Heat, who just cleared Chris Bosh’s contract off their pay roll, have the cap space to sign him and just missed out on the Gordon Hayward sweepstakes, leaving them in need for more scoring.

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Portland’s standout first-round pick Caleb Swanigan put up 15 points and 11 rebounds in yet another impressive Summer League showing. He and Jarnell Stokes, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds of his own, led the charge on a 19-point Trail Blazers rally.

Then Ball got off to another hot start for the Lakers, picking up 16 points and 10 assists through two-plus quarters. Magic Johnson pulled him after the rookie guard suffered left calf tightness, and Smith Jr. finished with 21 points and six assists. But even after the Mavs cut a massive deficit down to single digits, Kyle Kuzma’s 27 points on five threes and Vander Blue’s 17 points and six assists kept the Lakers lead afloat.

Now, Portland and Los Angeles square off in a championship matchup that showcases some of the most surprising young talent there was on display this summer.

Days before December ended, WWE Live came to the Philips Arena. Per the suit, several white performers made special requests, which were all granted.

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we felt that Monroe was the best player available.


Now for the players. This was an alternating pick with the Sonics picking first. We’ll tag who Virginia Beach selected during the round as well.

While taking a big with the first pick felt a little too Wally Walker-ish, we felt that Monroe was the best player available. He had a bit of a dip last season, which led to him being available, but the hope is that with him as the central part of an offense, he can get back to the kind of numbers he put up in Detroit, roughly 15 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Part of the expansion agreement with Charlotte assigned the Bobcats the No. 4 pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. They didn’t participate in the lottery. The league — and by that I mean the other 29 NBA team owners — didn’t want Charlotte to show up and immediately land a top-three draft pick.

But the Bobcats found a way around that rule through an expansion draft swap.
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Charlotte agreed to take Predrag Drobnjak off the Clippers’ hands via the expansion draft in a deal that would move the Bobcats up to No. 2 in the amateur draft and give L.A. the Nos. 4 and 33 picks. This was considered a top-heavy draft with phenom Dwight Howard destined for No. 1 overall but college star Emeka Okafor slotted as the next best option. Okafor had led UConn to a title and won Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four, Big East Player of the Year, and national Defensive Player of the Year.

Elite Youth Gale Sayers Jersey Zach Lowe recently reported that the NBA is considering a rule barring teams from trading a pick swap option for a season in which they had already traded their first-round picks in adjacent seasons.

Marcus Mariota was the last guy to leave the tunnel because he took time to hug fans


Nobody can fault the rest of the Titans for giving a handshake and heading to the field, but Mariota made sure the fans felt extra special. He offered up hugs, talked to the family, and even posted for a photo before playing in his first preseason game.

Mariota is poised for a breakout season this year. He’s quietly been one of the best and most underrated quarterbacks in the NFL, and this year there’s more attention — a spotlight that could finally put him among the NFL elites. But regardless of the stats or how the Titans end up this season, he’s proved himself to be an awesome guy.

This play was nullified by a penalty, but you can see Watson’s quick instincts at work, along with some pinpoint accuracy on the run.

It was in the third quarter where Watson had his best performance of the game. He marched the Texans down the field on a 15-play, 75-yard drive, carving up the Panthers with quick, efficient passes. Watson didn’t really challenge the defense on deep throws, preferring to work underneath, but it was more than enough as he calmly converted third downs and kept the chains moving at a methodical pace.

Watson capped off the drive himself with a rushing touchdown, but it wasn’t just any regular scramble. Watch him patiently wait in the pocket, looking for options until there’s an opening in the middle of the field. With the secondary occupied by coverage assignments, Watson is able to sprint in untouched.

That’s the kind of unique element Watson adds to the Texans’ offense, one they don’t really have with Savage under center.

it’s not like Freeman has had stellar defensive numbers over his career at first


Of those three players to move to a more difficult position on the defensive spectrum, Frazier and Shaw were successes. Dobbs was pretty rough at third base, though if he hit like Freeman, he would have stuck around for decades, of course. So if you’re a Braves fan looking for optimism, look toward Frazier and Shaw.

Except don’t forget that each of them had more than 100 games at third in the minors, and both of them played minor-league games at third in their first professional season. The are not comparable to Freeman, who is 27 and has played five games at third base as a professional. (He was 17 and made three errors on 13 chances, if you’re scoring at home.)

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Hernandez believes that he is being discriminated against. It’s not a light accusation, and it has implications about how the employees above, below, and equal to him are treated as well.

But Bellinger, like Kershaw, isn’t one for the spotlight. The son of a former second-round pick who spent 11 seasons in the minors only to see limited action in 183 major-league games, Bellinger is as humble as they come, speaking softly with a sheepish grin despite growing up alongside his dad in the Yankees clubhouse, starring in the 2007 Little League World Series and now, being the star player on the best team in baseball.

Andrew Shaw wedding: Nuptials cap life-changing year for Canadiens’ forward


Andrew Shaw’s wedding to the stunning Chaunette Boulerice this past weekend put quite the exclamation point on a busy, and life-changing, past 14 months for the pugnacious Montreal Canadiens’ forward.

The Nets also have drawn better crowds since 2015, when the Islanders moved from Long Island, with an average attendance of 15,283 compared to 13,227.

The Islanders are averaging 12,828 fans at home games this season, third-worst in the NHL.

Those who do attend the games complain about poor sight lines in an arena layout that’s not ideal for an NHL rink. Players often criticize the quality of ice.

Elite Kids Pierre Turgeon Jersey The Islanders’ former home, the Nassau Coliseum, is now owned by Prokhorov, so chances are scant the franchise would return to Long Island, where much of its fan base remains. What’s more, Malkin and Ledecky didn’t pay $485 million to play outside New York City.
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There are some issues about playing in Barclays, it may be fundamental to the ice system, and that’s not something that can be fixed in the short term, Bettman said Sunday. I think as is prudent, Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky are reviewing the situation and looking very seriously at what their options are.

Two weeks ago, Sweeney expressed frustration over the pace of discussions with Pastrnak’s camp, which he said were caught in a holding pattern. And coupled with the report from Lawton, a well-connected former agent and GM, a trade, in the context of recent history, would not be surprising, considering the Bruins’ penchant for such moves.

Rockies minor leaguer literally climbs hill to make latest outrageous catch


The only change to their roster the Rockies have made at the trade deadline so far was optioning outfielder Raimel Tapia back to the Albuquerque Isotopes, their AAA affiliate, to make room for Antonio Senzatela. Tapia put in work in at least part of 40 games for Colorado, batting .314 with two home runs to his name.
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While Tapia will most likely find himself back in the show at some point in the future, he’s having some fun in the minors adding to his already impressive highlight reel.

As a centerfielder, Tapia gets to flex his fielding skills with the help of a significant incline at Isotopes Park which makes routine catches extra tricky. On Wednesday night, he made a dancing catch to end an inning and made it look easy.

Still, you can understand the Tigers’ reluctance to simply give him (and cartoonish sacks of money) away. There’s a strong chance that they’ll have an unwatchable team that’s hard to sell in the coming years. Keeping around a franchise icon is probably preferable to paying him to pitch for someone else. And if the Tigers avoid the long and slow decline somehow, they’ll be happy to have reliable innings, even if they’re paying far too much for them.
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For now, it looks like Verlander is sticking around. There’s always a chance of a post-deadline trade, considering how likely he is to pass waivers, but the problems of his salary and the Tigers’ willingness to subsidize his departure will remain. He’s probably not going anywhere.

Hindsight is 20-20, but I’m so very curious if there were any offers the Tigers turned down after Verlander’s second-place Cy Young finish last season. In the AL Central, it appears as if the White Sox are the only team allowed to have impeccable timing with their trade chips. The Tigers, alas, will likely be forced to ride it out with one of the more popular players in franchise history. There are worse fates.

J.J. Watt praises brother T.J.’s explosive debut with Steelers


Steelers rookie linebacker T.J. Watt had a huge preseason debut Friday night, and big brother was watching.

Big brother, of course, is three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, who tweeted an appropriate message after T.J. recorded two sacks in his first four defensive plays in the Steelers’ 20-12 win over the Giants.

Strangely enough, Watt didn’t actually see his brother’s debut. He was in a team meeting at the time, but when he got out, he had a congratulatory tweet from Grammy Award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar.

According to Ian Rapoport’s report, Perryman likely will be sidelined at least four regular-season games but could be out longer if surgery is required. He was scheduled to have an MRI exam Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

Perryman suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s game and limped off the field after before being taken to the locker room on a cart. He was later seen on the sideline wearing a boot and using crutches.

Perryman, 24, recorded 72 tackles, good for third on the team, with two sacks and an interception in 12 games last season, starting 11 times in his second NFL season.

On the offensive side, the Chargers also are without rookie wide receiver Mike Williams while he recovers from a herniated disk in his lower back. He is expected to be held out until October when he could be healthy enough to make his NFL debut.

Hoying, the former leader of Ohio State’s high-powered offense, was so-so with his seven starts in 1997, but the bottom fell out in ’98. That season, he went 1-6 with no touchdowns to nine interceptions and was sacked 35 times. Luckily for the Eagles, they landed Donovan McNabb in the first round of the 1999 draft and quickly became a playoff team.dolphins_115

Steelers schedule 2017: Pittsburgh fast start a must given difficult December


The Pittsburgh Steelers are seeking a third AFC North title in four years, not to mention a return trip to the AFC championship game.

Ben Roethlisberger is back, and the Steelers will have an emotional Week 2; it will be the first home game without owner Dan Rooney, who died April 13. Pittsburgh faces the usual potholes in the AFC North along with the semi-annual matchup with New England Patriots, but that game will come later than expected. There are also black-and-blue games against the NFC North.

Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of the Steelers’ 2017 regular-season schedule, and how we see it playing out.

Ryan addressed the past and why he’s bullish about the 2017 Falcons during a Sunday interview with co-host Gil Brandt and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
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What do you feel you were able to accomplish during training camp?

When I started back with (my personal quarterback coaches) this offseason, it was about getting my footwork just right, making sure that I was in really good position to deliver the ball as well as I could. There also was a lot of working on the same things I’ve done the past couple of years but better. That daily challenge of trying to improve is really what motivates me.

We can have time off the field, dinners, hang out, do fun things together. But when we get on the field, understand what’s the most important thing 鈥?that’s how good of a football team we can be. I thought it was a great jump-start for us this season.

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