We needed a backup big man and while Johnson’s numbers don’t jump off the page

We needed a defensive presence off the bench and Sefolosha provided that. He can guard three and depending on who is on the floor up to four positions. He has a nice stroke from the corner so you can’t leave him alone while on offense.

Stan Mikita Womens Jersey We needed a backup big man and while Johnson’s numbers don’t jump off the page, he’s a solid contributor who can play the four or the five in a small ball setting. He’s not going to light up the scoreboard or fill up the stat sheet, but he’s a solid role player coming off the bench.

With one exception, what’s most interesting about the 2004 NBA expansion draft isn’t what happened to the Bobcats — though that’s interesting in a way that particularly rancid meat is interesting. What’s truly fascinating is what happened around the expansion draft.
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Before the expansion draft, the mediocre Phoenix Suns worked out a deal with Charlotte. They’d made Jahidi White, a veteran big man, available in the expansion draft. There was not much demand for White in Phoenix, Charlotte, or anywhere, especially give his $6 million salary. (This was enormous for a late-rotation player in those days.)

Wallace, meanwhile, became an All-Star and All-Defense player for the Bobcats. He had a run in the late 2000s where he was considered one of the top five small forwards in the league. He never really developed a jumper and his fall from stardom was exceptionally fast — remember when the Nets traded an unprotected first that became Damian Lillard for Wallace to get Deron Williams to re-sign? that was fun — but he was the expansion draftee who made it.

DeShone Kizer looks better than Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler in Browns debut

Brock Osweiler finished his day six of 14 for 42 yards. Cody Kessler was up next, and went five of 10 for 47 yards. Then it was time for rookie DeShone Kizer, who outshone them both.

Kizer gave the Browns a late-game lead on a 45-yard bomb to Jordan Payton, and he looked poised doing it. He completed 11 of 18 passes for 184 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions.

Malcolm Jenkins went on with his now-normal national anthem protest on Thursday night. However, he was joined in solidarity by teammate Chris Long, who played his college football at the University of Virginia, which is in Charlottesville.

Remember how Matthews was traded from the Eagles to the Bills last week? Well the other player involved in that deal, Ronald Darby, picked off his former quarterback less than a week later:

Bortles is entering his fourth NFL season. Things haven’t gone so well for him in the previous three years, and fans have grown impatient as he has yet to show any signs of life in the preseason.

Luck, still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, is the most prominent member of his team’s physically unable to play (PUP) list. While his rehab has been going well, the Colts aren’t eager to rush their star back into the lineup. His status for the opening game of the regular season is still up in the air.

Instead, the league’s special counsel for conduct, B. Todd Jones, wrote that the “photographic, medical, testimonial, and other evidence that is sufficiently credible in the commissioner’s judgment to establish the facts, even allowing for concerns you and your representatives have advanced about the complaining witness’s credibility.”redskins_021_28d0dbcd88e8433d-180x180

Jaguars need to find a better quarterback than Blake Bortles NOW

Blake Bortles went from a promising, but unrefined talent in 2015 to a dumpster fire in 2016. The Jacksonville Jaguars have played two preseason games now. That trend appears to be continuing in the wrong direction.

The Jaguars starter finished his preseason game against the Bucs just 8-for-13 with 65 yards, but the stats don’t tell the full story. Bortles was off the mark all night with stunners like this one.

If it wasn’t already frustrating enough for fans who have watched him throw 51 interceptions and get sacked 140 times in his 46 career games, it’s apparently frustrating Jaguars players now, too.
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Eli Manning Mens Jersey Not a good night for Washington. Kirk Cousins only threw two passes. Ryan Mallett got most of the action for Baltimore, and struggled mightily, finishing 9 of 18 for just 58 yards.

Justin Tucker hit a 59-yard field goal. He is ridiculously good. A solid rushing effort and Tucker brought home the win for the Ravens.

Hoyer is expected to be the starter for the 49ers going into the season. Kyle Shanahan couldn’t have been too confident after seeing a blooper like that one.

Pete Morelli could barely keep himself from laughing after the Broncos and 49ers combined for five penalties on one punt. It’s hard to blame him, especially when you hear another official giving him help on making the call.

The investigators looked at photographs, police records, and text messages. Two medical experts consulted by the league determined that a series of photographs of the woman’s injuries appear recent and consistent to her statements.

There’s still youth on the roster.

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At last four of those expiring contracts are features, not bugs, and they should be able to spend some of the savings to improve the team. The big question is Darvish, of course. Without him or a free agent equivalent, the Rangers will have some serious pitching needs.

They were 22nd, which is substantially lower than the previous season. Trades for Jonathan Lucroy and Cole Hamels took a big bite out of their prospect cache, but so have promotions. There’s still youth on the roster.

Rougned Odor harnessing his tools. Joey Gallo making more contact. Cole Hamels avoiding age gremlins. Jurickson Profar returning from the abyss (he’s hitting .300 with more walks than strikeouts in Triple-A and is just 24, after all).

Tashaun Gipson Jersey I then made my way over to Giancarlo Stanton. He’s a large baseball man, but everyone seems to have forgotten how large he is because Aaron Judge has supplanted him as the large baseball man du jour. I feel kind of bad for Stanton because of this. He didn’t seem to mind, though, as he fielded question after question from other reporters about being a large baseball man with a new large baseball man in town.

The other reporters around me didn’t seem thrilled that I was taking up press conference time by playing Smash Mouth for Correa. One guy tried to speed up the process by singing the song for him.

I still don’t know it, Correa said, looking at the other reporter blankly. To be fair, the guy didn’t do a very good job singing it (no offense to whoever this guy was).

Oh, THIS song! Correa said, grinning in only the way the realization that Smash Mouth’s All Star is playing can inspire. Yes, I know this song!

And there you have it, folks: Most baseball players don’t have All Star stuck in their heads, but they do know all the words.

49ers schedule 2017: San Francisco gets treated to needed breaks

The 49ers’ 2017 schedule is one of the NFC’s most favorable for their first regular season with Kyle Shanahan as coach and John Lynch as general manager. With low preseason expectations, this season is all about improving and potentially climbing out of the NFC West basement.

Although at a glance San Francisco gets breaks with fellow last-place teams in the AFC South, their own division and the NFC East balances that out for another well below-.500 outlook.

“They haven’t let me down or haven’t let this team down yet.”

The Bills revamped their receiving corps by trading Sammy Watkins and acquiring Matthews in separate deals on Friday. Watkins, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2014 draft, was dealt to the Rams along with a sixth-round pick for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-rounder. The Bills then made a deal with the Eagles for Matthews and a third-round pick next year for cornerback Ronald Darby.

Wentz, who drove Matthews to the airport after one last dinner with four other Eagles players, was notified of the trade after it was completed but before it was announced. Given their chemistry both on and off the field, Wentz knows Matthews’ presence will be hard to replicate but is still hopeful he finds his groove in Buffalo.

“We were so close off the field that on the field that helped,” Wentz said. “Replacing a guy like that in the locker room is definitely not going to be easy.”

Matthews, a second-round pick in 2014, was second on the Eagles with 73 receptions last season.

Three names didn’t help Tolliver find success with any of his five NFL teams, but 1994 with the then-Houston Oilers was the lowlight. He went 0-7 with a passer rating of 62.6 and a completion percentage of just 50.4. He also took 28 sacks, or 10 percent of his dropbacks. He resurfaced in the league three seasons later only to be slightly less awful for the Chiefs, Falcons and Saints.dolphins_116

Matt Ryan ready for Falcons rebound: ‘It’s about what’s in front of us’

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There are ample reasons to believe the Falcons can avoid the post-Super Bowl curse that for decades has befallen the losing team the following season.

Ryan is not only coming off an MVP season in which he set career highs in passing yards (4,944), passing touchdowns (38), completion percentage (69.9) and passer rating (117.1), but he is also providing the leadership needed if the Falcons are going to rebound from the biggest collapse in Super Bowl history last February against New England.

How hard is it to form a relationship with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian after being so close with his predecessor Kyle Shanahan?
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Ryan: That’s one of the challenges. Kyle and I were very much on the same page. It took time for us to get to that point. We worked really hard on open lines of communication and getting an understanding for each other. I’ll miss him in the fact that we were on that level all through the season last year. That’s probably the biggest thing for me to work on with Sark is just opening up the lines of communication, making sure we’re very much on the same page in specific situations in games. That’s probably the biggest thing where quarterback and coordinator have to be on the same page. But I’ve enjoyed working with Sark up until this point. He’s really smart. That’s one of the things when you spend time with him. He’s had to adjust to our system and he’s been able to pick it up really, really quickly.

One of the big problems for Carolina last year was living in the past following its Super Bowl loss the previous season. How do the Falcons avoid having the same thing happen?

Ryan: For me it’s about what’s in front of us and learning from the past but not being consumed by it. I think it starts with (Falcons coach) Dan (Quinn), though. His messaging every day, every meeting we have, every time we’re on the field, it’s about today — winning today, being present, being where you’re feet are. We talk about that a lot.

Orioles appear to be in holding pattern, but roster crisis looms

The Orioles are three games under .500 this season, but in this year’s parity-fest that is the American League, they’re still on the fringe of the playoff race.

Kids Marshal Yanda Jersey Heading into Tuesday’s action, Baltimore is 6.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and only 4.5 behind the second wild-card spot (though there are eight teams fighting for those two spots). Not an ideal position, sure, but the O’s aren’t quite in need-a-miracle territory, either. That said, it’s challenging to figure out exactly how the front office views this team.

Kids Davis Webb Jersey Boston’s Mitch Moreland had struck out to apparently end the game in the bottom of the ninth, but he reached first base due to Allen’s wild pitch. The Red Sox then became the first team with a walk-off win after striking out with two outs in ninth inning or later, and trailing at the time, since the Washington Senators in 1961.

Recently-acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez also recorded three hits while tallying four RBIs for the Red Sox. He is now batting .500 since arriving from San Francisco last week.

The game was already garnering attention early when Indians outfielder Austin Jackson robbed Hanley Ramirez of a home run by diving over the fence into the bullpen.

The Indians (57-48) have now lost three straight games after previously winning nine in a row. Despite its recent skid, Cleveland still holds a two-game lead over the Royals in the AL Central.

Boston’s late win helped them climb a half-game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East after New York lost 4-3 to the Tigers.

As their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, reels from a weekend beset by violence stemming from a series of white supremacist rallies, NFL players Chris and Kyle Long said the community will emerge stronger.

Coming from Charlottesville, it’s a quiet town. The loudest it gets is on Saturdays at [University of Virginia’s] Scott Stadium. I’d say it was shocking to see that, but, you know, there are bad things that happen all the time and, like I said, prayers to those who are involved, said Kyle Long, an offensive guard with the Chicago Bears.

The reigning MVP just turned 32 and led the Falcons to the Super Bowl.

For the reasons it wouldn’t make sense– the LA Chargers would be bonkers to lose the single biggest reason San Diego fans have to watch the team. Rivers is also the heart and soul of this athletic team, and a team would be insane to turn back to GO without collecting $200.
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That said… Denver would have to pony up a slew of prospects (QB almost definitely included) to make something of this magnitude happen. While I know that the Chargers are strapped for cash (and that extra 67 million they’re sending the league for the next 10 years isn’t helping), this scenario isn’t even worth considering unless two people are primed to make it happen: Philip Rivers and John Elway. I’m sure that the actual coaches of each team also would like their two cents added, let alone the owners.

Youth NaVorro Bowman Jersey All-in-all, this is another case of Deion being Deion: giving sportswriters something to type about, regardless of the time of year. It’s worth noting, however, that he isn’t necessarily wrong at all. Philip Rivers is probably a piece that is strong enough to push Denver back into contention. If Anthony Lynn has his way, though, Mr. Rivers hopefully feels that he has as good or better odds to do the same with Los Angeles.

We’ve been happy with the trajectory he’s on,” Licht said of Martin. I’ve said that before but it’s the truth. He has the right mindset right now and he looks good physically.

The reigning MVP just turned 32 and led the Falcons to the Super Bowl. He might need a Julio Jones to get the job done in Philadelphia, but the team has a lot of pieces in place and Alshon Jeffery is plenty dangerous.

Newton was an MVP a year ago, but finished near the bottom of the NFL in passer rating in 2016. In reality, he’s somewhere in between and still just 28. He’s a player that can be built around for the future.

Dontari Poe and Alex Smith earned extra cash for losing weight and showing up

Imagine working at a job that would pay you hundreds of thousands — or even millions — extra just for losing a little weight or showing up when you were supposed to be there. That was the case for Dontari Poe and Alex Smith this week.

Poe, the Falcons’ new defensive tackle, has several make-weight bonuses built into his contract. Every time he hits a benchmark, he gets a hefty bonus. No pun intended.

So Dallas Cowboys defensive end David Irving probably should’ve thought twice before showing up for camp with nipple rings … because the obvious happened.

Irving tweeted Thursday night that he lost a nipple ring in practice, and it was about as gross as you’d expect.

Irving, 23, is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy, so his nipple should have plenty of time to heal before it’s time for the third-year pass rusher to go after opposing quarterbacks in the regular season.

But for now, Irving’s going to keep practicing in camp and it will probably be uncomfortable. Maybe that’s a good thing, though.

A quality starter his first two years, Fuller’s 2016 ended before it began when he got knee surgery in training camp and ended up missing the entire season. Fuller should be healthy in time for the 2017 season, but the Bears are clearly hedging their bets, signing Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper in free agency. Now playing for a coaching staff and GM who didn’t draft him, it’s not a sure thing that Fuller gets his fifth-year option picked up.

Alex Ovechkin slowed by pair of leg injuries as Captials bowed out

Alex Ovechkin was dealing with a pair of leg injuries as the Capitals’ latest playoff disappointment culminated in a Game 7 loss to the Penguins this week.

Washington’s star forward told reporters Friday that he was playing with a left knee injury suffered on a controversial hit during Game 5 of the Maple Leafs series, then hurt his hamstring in Game 3 against the Pens.
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Alex Ovechkin played through knee and hamstring injuries: knee from Kadri hit, hamstring in Game 3 vs. Pens. No surgery required for either.

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The score wasn’t what we wanted. We decided to shorten down the bench and get ready for the next game, Karlsson told reporters.

The Norris Trophy finalist has had no trouble playing through the pain over the last month. In the second round, he was forced to miss the third period of a Game 5 loss to the Rangers because of the injury and returned to scored five points in the final two games of the series to help the Sens to the East finals.

Karlsson, who leads the team with 15 playoff points, skated 12:36 before his exit Sunday.

Asked if he’ll be able to play Tuesday as the Senators attempt to force a Game 7, Karlsson said his injury is a non-issue.

Oh yeah, absolutely, he said. Same as against the Rangers, same mentality, same thing. We all need to move on from this pretty quick. It’s wrong to say but I’d rather lose like this than in overtime or anything.