Month: June 2017

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers top 2017 NFL MVP odds

The 2017 NFL regular season is 11 weeks away, but some early odds are out on who will win this year’s MVP award.

The list, released by Bovada in Las Vegas, shows 40 players and their odds to win the award, with some obvious names in the top 10.

Quarterbacks Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr sit atop Bovada’s early list, with odds of 4/1, 7/1 and 9/1, respectively.

Matt Ryan, last year’s MVP, is seventh on the list 16/1 odds, while Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot tops non-quarterbacks at 20/1.

At 100/1 odds to open are quarterbacks Blake Bortles, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco and Carson Wentz, along with running backs DeMarco Murray and Marshawn Lynch, receiver T.Y. Hilton and linebacker Von Miller.

Cole Freeman showcases some serious speed with an infield single 鈥?LSU has runners on the corners with no outs and once again LSU looks like it’s in business.

Kramer Robertson advances to second off a wild pitch from Michael Byrne. There’s still plenty of hope for LSU.

Kramer Robertson barely bloops a ball over second baseman Deacon Liput to single.
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Scandrick, who was slowed by injuries last season, doesn’t feel threatened by the addition of so much defensive back talent.

Like I told them, I’m not going to give anybody my job and I’m going to come work every day, Scandrick said, via the team’s website. I want to be back to where I was, and until I’m back to where I was and I’m doing it Sunday after Sunday after Sunday, I’m going to keep striving. And then when I get back to where I was, I’m going to reach for higher.

Game Mens Clark Gillies Jersey The pass rush should also be better this season. Dallas used the 28th overall pick on defensive end Taco Charlton and brought in Stephen Paea and Damontre Moore in free agency. Jaylon Smith, who could have been a top-five pick in 2016 if he hadn’t suffered a catastrophic knee injury at the end of his final season at Notre Dame, should be healthy and ready to go for next season too.

Warriors headed to Finals, but Steve Kerr is still ‘day by day’

Klay Thompson Authentic Jersey The Warriors have breezed through their competition in the NBA playoffs thus far, going a record 12-0 in three straight sweeps. Most of that stretch was done without their head coach, Steve Kerr, on the bench as he coached only the team’s first two playoff games.

Harden signed an extension last summer which keeps him under contract through the 2018-19 season with $58.7 million remaining on the deal. As an All-NBA first-team player, he’s eligible for an extension under the super-max provision that could be worth $168 million over the following four seasons, beginning in 2019-20.
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The Warriors source said that a season-ticket holder sold the seats Sunday night on the team’s Ticketmaster resale site, and the buyer 鈥?at the price paid 鈥?incurred more than $17,000 in fees alone for the tickets.

It was the Ticketmaster site’s third high-dollar exchange for the most expensive seats in the house. Earlier, two tickets went for $90,000 and another pair sold for $82,000.

Exact face value of specific tickets is unknown, but the Warriors said during the season-ticket renewal period last offseason that courtside seats for the NBA Finals would have a face value of $3,000.

For context, ESPN reported that non-season-ticket holders were given the opportunity on Saturday to buy Game 5 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis 鈥?presumably for seating up from the arena floor 鈥?for $575 to $975.

The Warriors lead the Cavaliers 3-1 in the series.

Steph who? Steve Kerr ‘blew it’ by forgetting Curry in Warriors parade speech

Arguably the most impressive aspect of the Warriors’ story over the last calendar year is star players setting aside egos — and possibly money, as well — in order to form a virtually unbeatable team and win an NBA championship. Most notably, Stephen Curry knew he was going from two-time reigning league MVP to the second best player on his own team when Kevin Durant arrived in July.

And while the 29-year-old sharpshooter is far from forgotten in Golden State, he momentarily was consigned to oblivion during coach Steve Kerr’s speech at the Warriors’ championship parade Thursday.

In fact, Curry is the only player about whom Kerr did not speak. The coach did mention the name “Steph” one time in the context of his praise for Klay Thompson. Here’s the speech, in case you missed it.

“Oh my God. I’m such an idiot,” Kerr told The Mercury News when asked what he told himself after he realized he had omitted Curry in the speech. “I blew it. I completely spaced.”

James said he wasn’t fatigued during the game and that he got second and third winds, but at the end of the night he did feel exhausted in every sense after the final buzzer.

“Obviously, it’s physically and emotionally draining because I give everything to the game and want to put myself and my teammates in a position to be successful,” he said. “I lay it all on the floor, and I did that tonight, gave everything that I had, both mentally and physically. So obviously, I’m drained right now, ready to get home. But you’re going against a team like this and you put together a game like we had where we had an opportunity, it’s definitely draining.”
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NBA Draft 2017: De’Aaron Fox wants to ‘shut LaVar Ball up’

Fellow lottery pick De’Aaron Fox has known Lonzo Ball since high school, but is perhaps most frequently linked to him ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft for Fox’s dominating effort (39 points on 13-of-20 shooting) in his Kentucky team’s NCAA Tournament win over Ball’s UCLA team this spring.

Lonzo Ball is perhaps most frequently linked to … LaVar Ball.
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And only in the past months has Fox become aware of the situation. And now he apparently takes motivation not from trying to compete with Lonzo but instead trying to quiet LaVar.

James finished with just 11 points and didn’t score at all in the final 16 minutes of the game as Boston pushed back from a 21-point deficit to move the series to 2-1. Since Boston was without Isaiah Thomas due to a hip injury, the Cavaliers should have been able to keep the mojo going and dispatch the Celtics with ease.

He’s got to be aggressive, get downhill, play like he’s been playing, play confident,Smith said Monday after practice. That’s what I always think, (with) people of his stature or people like him, you’ve got to play confident the whole night and play aggressive. It’s the Eastern Conference finals. It’s not enough for him. For what he does, what he brings, it’s not enough. He knows that. We know that. Just expect him to be better in Game 4.

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We had opportunities, James said. It is what it is. They played a helluva game and they took it to us and we weren’t able to stop the runs that they made, the momentum that they [built]. Some of the plays that we made, some of the plays that I made, I was like, ‘What are we doing?’ or ‘What could I have done better?’ But you figure out the next game and go forward.

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That was the tipping point, and people have been extra vigilant about avoiding window-dressing interviews, as well as coaches falling clear through the gap, as Jim Caldwell, then the offensive coordinator of the Super Bowl champion Ravens, never got a call.

The damage from that hiring whitewash continues: Only two of the eight coaches hired are still with those teams. Chip Kelly has been fired, hired and fired again since then.

That shows that, in the big picture, theres a serious glitch in the hiring process overall, one that leads to bad, premature and short-sighted decisions that affect coaches of every color.

Among the stadium options, there aren’t really any similar to Stubhub Center. The Basic Canopy Stadium would probably be the best choice, but there’s no getting around the dramatic difference in capacity regardless of which stadium type is picked.

The decision could be made instead to plan further ahead and just go with the option that looks most like the Inglewood stadium. Based on the renderings, none of the options are quite like what is being built. Given that it’ll have roof, the closest would be the Deluxe Sphere Stadium. Yet, because it’s a clear roof, going with the retractable-roof Deluxe Hybrid Stadium or open-air Deluxe Canopy Stadium may be preferred.

After settling on a stadium, then play the rest of the season, complete free agency and the draft, or sim all the way ahead to the start of the 2017 season. Now with the start of the second year in the franchise, the Chargers are officially situated in Los Angeles and even the commentary will make mention of the move.

Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at Pastapadre.com, is co-founder of the sports gaming site HitThePass.com, hosts the Press Row Podcast and be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre.
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Broncos coach Gary Kubiak likely to step down amid health concerns

Gary Kubiak’s ailing health could be getting the best of him.

The Broncos head coach will likely be stepping down as his family grows more concerned about his well-being, ESPN reported Sunday.

The response is understandable, given Ryans track record as an NFL defensive coordinator. He most recently served as DC of the Bills under his brother Rex before both were fired Dec. 27.

Limited Womens Nick Bjugstad Jersey Observers outside of D.C. hypothesize that the rest of the NFC East must be hoping Ryan gets the job.

James Kratch, who covers the Giants for the Star-Ledger, writes of the Redskins giving Ryan an interview, It’s a move that many will see as desperate, considering Ryan’s less-than-stellar track record as a coordinator, and should be met with crossed fingers in East Rutherford, Dallas and Philly.

The Redskins have considered several candidates to replace Joe Barry, fired after their season ended with a Week 17 loss to the Giants. While former Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and former Browns coach/Jets coordinator Mike Pettine got interviews, Wade Phillips decided to join new Rams coach Sean McVay’s staff rather than go for the Washington job.

That leaves Ryan, apparently, as a candidate for the gig.
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Peterman has used the Senior Bowl for its ideal purpose. He has lived up to and built up his buzz. He has won over NFL teams in the interview process with his demeanor throughout the week. He has proven himself as a pro-ready quarterback.

He doesn’t have highly impressive arm talent, and his college film doesn’t scream top-three round pick. But after a historically notable week of practice in terms of composure, accuracy and play progressions, Peterman has made good on his Senior Bowl hype.

Erin Andrews reveals battle with cancer

Erin Andrews has been battling cervical cancer since September, the popular NFL reporter and Dancing With the Stars host disclosed to MMQB.com.

In a lengthy interview titled The Pain You Can’t See , Andrews shares very personal stories leading up to and following her legal victory in the high-profile Peeping Tom invasion-of-privacy case.

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Before undergoing the procedure, Andrews said she told her doctor: ‘I’m not watching any football games at home. This is [Fox’s] Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl.’

She returned to work two days later in Green Bay.

‘Throughout my career, all I’ve ever wanted is to just fit in,’ Andrews said. ‘That I had this extra baggage with the scandal, I didn’t want to be any different. I felt that way about being sick too. I don’t want players or coaches to look at me differently.’

The last play: Phil Dawson ended the game with a 33-yard field goal. Then a bunch of Browns fans populated my timeline saying how they happy they were for Dawson. I did not share their enthusiasm.

Who I yelled at most: Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree. They torched the Packers in the playoffs the previous season, and they did it again. I enjoyed none of it.

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s 1-year-old daughter threw adorable first pitch at Mariners game

This might just be the cutest pitch ever.
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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s 1-year-old daughter Luna threw the first pitch at Safeco Field before the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins game on Tuesday.

His dad, Bobby Bonds, was a star for the Giants in the 1970s, but Barry opted to play for Arizona State because, according to this report , the Giants offered $70,000 instead of meeting the asking price of $75,000. Sheesh. Instead, he played at ASU, then was drafted by the Pirates and helped that club to three playoff appearances (winning two NL MVPs) before eventually joining the Giants as a free agent in 1993.

Kids Alexei Kovalev Jersey Before he was on the NFL’s radar, Jordan was a star baseball player at Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore, and Cleveland wanted him in its organization. His parents, though, insisted that he should go to college first , and that worked out pretty well. At the University of Richmond, Jordan developed into a football star, too, and wound up with a successful dual-sport career (he was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in the 1988 MLB Draft and played parts of three seasons for the Falcons in the NFL). Side note: Jordan wasn’t the only two-sport star drafted in the 20th round of the 1985 draft; six picks after Cleveland drafted Jordan, the Angels drafted Bo Jackson (who didn’t sign). Crazy.

Few players have a more convoluted draft history than Seaver. You can read all about his three-team eligible/ineligible issues involving the 1966 draft here , but we’re going to look at the 1965 draft, when the Dodgers picked him in the 10th round out of USC. He reportedly wanted $70,000 but the Dodgers balked at that price. The scout who said he wasn’t worth that? Tommy Lasorda . Yep.

With Antonio Brown deal, Steelers chose to dance with a star, shrug off ‘distraction’

The news broke late Monday afternoon about Antonio Brown’s new contract extension with the Steelers, and social media was immediately flooded with images of him twerking. This one, for example.

No one has earned the right to an excessive celebration more than Brown. Not after the year he has had.

Never mind all the catches, touchdowns, game-breaking plays, the third straight first-team All-NFL selection and the Steelers’ trip to the AFC championship game.

It’s the constant noise about the distraction his end-zone celebrations had become. How the flags were endangering his team on the field. How winning “Dancing With The Stars” might mean more to him than winning a ring. And how his Facebook Live show meant he was selfish, immature, unintelligent, violated the franchise’s trust and the sanctity of the locker room, and was becoming less and less worth the trouble.

Amazing what the space of a few months, and of the approach of a deadline and a sudden confrontation with reality, can all make a distraction disappear.

As great as any player can be, if he lasted longer than Davis did, the only thing that should get credit for it is luck. To go a generation back, no running back left as permanent an impression as Bo Jackson. He’s never going to get into Canton. He wasn’t lucky enough to play long enough.

To go to Davis’ era itself, Sterling Sharpe is getting overlooked almost the exact same way.

Tom Brady is planning for his 18th season. He’s lucky. He didn’t dodge all the bullets, either, let’s not forget.

Neither did Peyton Manning. Or Adrian Peterson. Or Rob Gronkowski. Or Earl Thomas. Or Jamaal Charles.

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Cam Newton hilariously takes over a pee-wee football game in Buick’s Super Bowl ad

Buick has released its Super Bowl commercial, Not So Pee Wee Football, starring Cam Newton and supermodel Miranda Kerr.

The ad starts with a group of children who are playing a fun football game, while their parents watch from the bleachers.

But Miller, whose instrumental defensive performance in the Broncos’ win over the Panthers saw him named Super Bowl 50 MVP, is backing Ryan to deliver Sunday.

I think Matt Ryan is going to be the Super Bowl MVP. I think it’s his time. He could be the MVP of the National Football League and he’ll win the Super Bowl MVP, Miller told Omnisport.

Will Fuller Elite Jersey I’m calling it right here. We’re talking about those two guys [Tom Brady and Peyton Manning] being the GOAT [greatest of all time]. But Matt Ryan, he has a very special game as well.

Manning, who retired after winning Super Bowl 50, remains Miller’s favorite quarterback. However, he believes Brady is the best to play the position.

He’s the GOAT [Tom Brady]. He’s the GOAT. You know, me and my opinion I feel like Peyton Manning is my personal favorite quarterback, Miller added. But Tom Brady is definitely the GOAT. After overcoming so many trials and tribulations and so much adversity and is still able to play at an elite level.

Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo, original cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Hamilton: An American Musical, will sing America The Beautiful as part of Super Bowl 51 pregame festivities.

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