MLB trade rumors: Andrew McCutchen’s renaissance means Pirates should act now

MIAMI — Andrew McCutchen wasn’t at the All-Star Game this year, as you know.

The face of the Pirates franchise struggled through a frustrating 2016 season and his slow start to the 2017 campaign probably tanked any shot he had at getting to Miami. By the time the game was played at Marlins Park, though, his numbers were worthy of inclusion. Seems the reports of his demise had been greatly exaggerated.
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The White Sox had third baseman Matt Davidson in Saturday’s lineup as a designated hitter against the Mariners. The Sox could have used Davidson’s bat in the 4-3 loss, but he instead went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

The Rockies lost for the 15th time in 20 games after getting shelled by the Mets for the second straight day. They also lost starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood, who recorded just one out in Saturday’s 9-3 loss to the Mets. Chatwood gave up four runs on four hits and walked three before leaving with an undisclosed injury. Even when healthy this season, Chatwood has struggled and is now 6-11 with a 4.74 ERA for the Rockies, who are losing their grip on a wild-card spot.

John Ross Limited Jersey Another day, another grand slam. After Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun blasted a grand slam on Saturday, it was Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon clearing the bases in the seventh inning of Washington’s 10-7 win over the Reds. The home run was Rendon’s second of the day and part of a seven-run seventh inning.

Rangers (45-45) at Royals (44-45) 2:15 p.m. ET — If the Rangers hope to make the postseason, they’re going to have to do it as a wild-card team. The Rangers are 15 1/2 games back of the Astros in the American League West and sweeping the Royals, who are 2 1/2 games back of the Indians in the AL Central, could help Texas in the long run. Trying to avoid the sweep for the Royals will be Ian Kennedy (3-6, 4.45 ERA) while the Rangers will turn to Yu Darvish (6-8, 3.49) to get the brooms out at Kauffman Stadium.

Stephen Curry signed a supermax deal with the Warriors

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The clock hit midnight, and the calendar flipped to July 1. The NBA free-agency season has begun, and a lot has changed.
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Paul George was traded to the Thunder late Saturday night, setting the NBA universe on fire. Stephen Curry signed a supermax deal with the Warriors, the richest contract in NBA history. And that was just the start of it all.

Analysis (Rivera, Gatto): The Cubs’ front office is trying to create some mojo for its consistently inconsistent squad heading into the latter stages of the season. Justin Verlander has been very good this year aside from three very bad starts 鈥?nine runs allowed vs. Cleveland in April, six runs allowed vs. Houston in May and seven runs allowed vs. Cleveland in July.

With the money Verlander has left on his deal 鈥?$56 million over the next two seasons and a $22 million vesting option for 2020 鈥?he’s going to be pricey, both in terms of payroll and prospects. An anonymous Cubs official told Gammons the money is prohibitive. That’s why Chicago reportedly inquired instead about the Tigers’ best young starters, Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris. The 24-year-old Fulmer, last season’s AL Rookie of the Year, would seemingly require a huge talent outlay, but the Cubs have that type of depth and appear to be willing to part with some of it.
Analysis (Rivera): The Blue Jays are far underperforming expectations this year, and they have some very intriguing pieces to offer teams. Third baseman Josh Donaldson is one, and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman is another. While the Jays still have boppers who can do damage in August and September, they’re probably best suited to sell, and moving Donaldson and/or Stroman would definitely bring back a hefty haul.

Former NFL QB Todd Marinovich announces comeback to competitive football

Former USC and Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich is making a comeback to competitive football, announcing Friday that he’ll play this season for the SoCal Coyotes of the World Developmental Football League.

After serving last year as an assistant coach for the Coyotes, Marinovich will battle for the team’s starting quarterback job with 25-year-old Jacob Russell, who threw 35 touchdowns and led the team to a perfect record last year, USA Today noted.

Sidney Jones Womens Jersey I’m super-stoked, Marinovich said as his first words of his announcement.

Jake Fisher Womens Jersey It’s been 27 years since Marinovich was released by the Raiders and 16 years since he played professionally with the L.A. Avengers of the Arena Football League, during which he made headlines for drug abuse.

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Montana spent 14 years with San Francisco, where he won four championships as well as three Super Bowl MVP awards. He spoke at an event Tuesday to promote FanDuel’s new golf offering, which he says he plans on playing regularly.

As for the current 49ers, Montana thinks the team’s drastic roster shake-up was much-needed. Saying so far so good in terms of the overhaul, Montana was pleased to see some veterans come in to rebuild that culture.

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The Serbian’s transition to America, on the basketball, court came quickly, and his life off it has followed suit, largely through the influence of a veteran who is 16 years older than him to the day.

It’s easy to see just how close Jokic and 17-year NBA journeyman Mike Miller have grown. As Jokic warmed up before a late-season game against the Hornets at Spectrum Center, it was Miller who challenged him to a game of one-on-one. That’s something they do before every game.

Lopez was expecting that, coming into Game 2, the Celtics would make an adjustment to limit his effectiveness. They didn’t, and he admitted that surprised him.

“Yeah, a little,” he said. “I was able to put pressure on the rim in the first game and I went out and tried to keep on doing that tonight. When I can do that, it opens things up for the other guys, my teammates. We were able to do that again tonight.”

It’s worth remembering that, for all the grief the Bulls’ front office has taken, it did manage to wrangle Lopez from the Knicks as the principal return for Derrick Rose. Lopez signed a four-year, $55 million deal with New York in 2015, and in this series he has outplayed Boston center Al Horford, who was granted a $113 million contract by the Celtics last summer.

Lopez is a 7-footer with a two-inch advantage over Horford and a 17-pound advantage over Brad Stevens’ backup of choice, Kelly Olynyk. His sheer size has been an issue for the Celtics, and the Bulls have been outrebounded, on average, 57.0 to 46.5 in the series’ first two games. Lopez has accounted for 12 offensive rebounds in the two games, and the Bulls have scored 15 points off those rebounds.
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NBA playoffs 2017: Bulls’ Rajon Rondo out for Game 5, says injury hasn’t healed

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Rajon Rondo said Wednesday he will not play in Game 5 of the Bulls’ playoff series against the Celtics.

Rondo said he can’t do much with the thumb still. It’s still broke.
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American Race executive producer Dan Partland said it was a difficult decision, but they ultimately decided it was important to face the kind of overt racism Spencer represents.

In the end, we were convinced that it was more important to shine a light, Partland said. They say sunlight is a disinfectant. In the course of filming, we felt there was a lot of change in how the country viewed race and viewed groups like the alt right … The point that we started with the show was believing overt racism did not exist anymore and we needed to talk about systematic racism and subtle things on the margins that people are not always aware of. By the time we got to the end of filming, we felt we were not talking about the elephant in the room but about just racism. Richard Spencer provided an opportunity to expose that and to talk about what underlies all of those different issues.

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He is 33 now, and Gortat is proud to be one of the last remaining pure centers, a guy who has never shown much interest in perfecting a jumper, let alone 3-point range. He has no plans to change that.

Not at all, Gortat said. Back in the day, you had one or two players shooting 3s at the 5 spot. Channing Frye, like that. Now all the sudden, everybody wants to shoot 3s. That’s the path they took, that’s the path they chose … Me, I feel confident with what I do.

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Youth Dale Hawerchuk Jersey Warriors fans may be shouting Hypocrite! Yes, Popovich was way off base more than a decade ago, but also, it was more than a decade ago. Thought processes and opinions are allowed to change. Sure, you can call Popovich’s comments hypocritical, but that doesn’t necessarily make him wrong regarding what Pachulia did. And let’s be honest — no coach is ever going to respond to a question about his own guy being dirty by saying, Yep, he’s just an awful basketball player and human being.

Youth Wes Hopkins Jersey The Pachulia-Leonard play is part of a larger NBA problem, and as we can see from the history vaults, it’s one the league hasn’t been able to solve for some time. It’s a complex issue that deserves more discussion than making a dirty-or-not-dirty ruling.

As expected, Indiana forward OG Anunoby was a physical beast. He measured in at nearly 6-8 in shoes with a 7-foot-2-plus wingspan, big hands and a sub-seven percent body fat. Sure, the wingspan was lower than the previously rumored 7-6 wingspan, but these are still exceptional measurements for a player who profiles to play anywhere from the 3 to some of the small-ball center spot in the modern NBA.

Coming in just behind Anunoby, Wesley Iwundu measured out terrifically at 6-7 with a 7-1 wingspan. Given that he played point guard often this season for Kansas State and has ball skills from the wing, Iwundu profiles nicely as a versatile playmaker and defender if he can shoot the basketball.

the expectations for him would be lower with the Cavaliers.

The Colts selected Manning with the first pick of the 1998 NFL Draft and Mora was the team’s coach from 1998 to 2001. Despite going 3-13 in their first season together, they orchestrated a remarkable turnaround by going 13-3 the following season to win the AFC East. The team went 10-6 in 2000 and again reached the postseason. But following a 6-10 campaign in 2001, Polian told Mora to fire defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

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I didn’t walk away, though, I got fired. It was either fire Vic or fire me. I was asked by Bill Polian — I was told by Bill Polian — he wanted me to fire Vic Fangio, Mora explained. I said, well, he doesn’t deserve to be fired. He’s an outstanding coach, was then and he still is. So we had talks with Jim Irsay, it came down and I wouldn’t do it…

I couldn’t fire a friend or a coach that I felt was very qualified that didn’t deserve to be fired. So I got fired. That was it.
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If Anthony does reach a buyout agreement with the Knicks, the expectations for him would be lower with the Cavaliers. The only way the Cavaliers could realistically acquire Anthony in a trade is by including one of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love due to his salary, which is a big ask for a 33-year-old coming off an uninspiring season in New York. If he reaches a buyout with the Knicks, however, the Cavaliers would be able to keep their core together and sign Anthony to a much smaller contract.

Gordon Hayward reportedly picks Celtics; Isaiah Thomas approves

News travels fast — especially the kind of news that’s expected to create a domino effect in the NBA.

At 2:17 p.m. ET Tuesday, ESPN’s Chris Haynes broke the news that free-agent forward Gordon Hayward would sign with the Celtics. Four minutes later, at 2:21 p.m. ET, star Boston guard Isaiah Thomas tweeted his message of approval … or so we presume.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Redick and the 76ers have come to terms on a one-year deal that will pay him $23 million, a sum the 76ers can afford to dole out with the bulk of their roster still on salary-cap friendly rookie deals. Redick was the Clippers’ third-leading scorer behind Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, averaging 15 points on 44.5 percent shooting in 2016-17. His 42.9 percentage from 3-point range was sixth in the league. Philadelphia, which finished last season 28-54 after winning just 10 games in 2015-16, was 23rd in the league from behind arc, shooting a woeful 34 percent last season.

News of Redick’s agreement comes just two days afte it was rumored he might link back up with Paul as a member of the Houston Rockets, who led the league with more than 3,300 3-point attempts last year.

Look, I can understand Morrison’s complaint, since it seems in some years MLB has trouble rounding up eight players, and here’s one of the season’s home run leaders who apparently wasn’t asked to participate. I get that he’s not a big name, but what I don’t understand is why there has to be four players from each league. I’m fine with Bour being invited to participate in front of his home fans, but if you really wanted Sanchez in it, do we need Blackmon? He has 18 home runs, but it’s not like he’s regarded as one of the game’s premier sluggers. Why not reward one of the players at the top of the home run list?

Anyway, Morrison’s revenge: catch the Yankees in the standings. After beating the Cubs, 6-5, the Rays are only 1 1/2 games behind.browns_014

Wanna know why the Warriors and Cavs make up the only Finals trilogy in NBA history

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Greg Mancz Authentic Jersey The stunning thing here is that Jordan, not Griffin, is the bigger star in terms of current accolades. Griffin just signed a monster $173 million contract, but the results haven’t been great in recent years. He has exchanged dunks for 3s, which is probably smart for his durability. Griffin has missed the last two All-Star games due to injury and his only All-NBA appearance in the last three seasons was at third-team level. He’s not the box-office hit he used to be; his dunk rate has been sliced to a third of what it was in 2011-12.

There were some recent whispers that the Clippers would move Jordan in an effort to upgrade the roster with smaller pieces, but such a move would probably kick them off this list. This was one of the best big threes in the league with Paul around, but it’s possible that it will be a big zero if Griffin’s health betrays him again and Jordan is moved.

How they move up: The Clippers’ recent obsession with older vets leaves this roster with little hope for a blossoming All-Star. When Montrezl Harrell, Sam Dekker and the coach’s son are the best bets for the next star in waiting, that’s not a good sign. Jerry West has some work to do. It’s hard seeing the next superteam for Steve Ballmer’s new arena.

Wanna know why the Warriors and Cavs make up the only Finals trilogy in NBA history, and why they’re a favorite to make it a Round 4? The Cavs are still the only big three in the NBA while the Warriors are the only big four. Everyone else is still hoping to find that third piece (Does Hayward make Boston a big three or a big two?)

There’s no doubt that the Cavs are a superteam, even if LeBron doesn’t see it that way. In case you forgot, Love averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds before joining the Cavs. He’s a star. Proof: Love has averaged 35.7 points per 36 minutes without James or Irving on the floor, per NBAWowy.com. But until they get a fourth star …

Florida won the head to head regular season matchup

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No. 4 LSU (52-19) must win Tuesday and Wednesday if they want to capture their seventh national championship since 1991.

Florida won the head to head regular season matchup, taking 2 of 3 from the Tigers in Gainesville in March and LSU will be without starting pitcher Eric Walker (forearm). Is this the year the Gators finally win it all?

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Per NCAA rules, LSU won a coin flip and will be the home team in Game 1. The Tigers won a second coin flip and will be the home team in Game 3 (if necessary).

Jared Poche (12-3, 3.33 ERA), who became LSU’s all-time wins leader in an elimination game vs. Florida State on Wednesday will get the start in Game 2 for the Tigers. Florida will counter with freshman right-hander Tyler Dyson (3-0, 3.55 ERA, 33 IP).

That succession plan has temporarily changed, although Ramczy’s initial plans to workout with Strief during the lull before training camp have not.
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He’s got the mental makeup to be really successful, Strief said. He’s been kind of a sponge. He’s really excited to get new information.

Ryan is really good at being told something, understanding what it is and being able to do it with his body. Sometimes there’s a disconnect there with what you think you’re doing and what you’re actually doing. Ryan’s got that talent to be able to convert a verbal message into a physical action.