The pitchers have a dangerous weapon in their hands that they can buzz by batters at 100 miles per hour.

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Manny Machado isn’t going to charge the mound with bat in hand the next time a Red Sox pitcher throws at him. Well, probably not. When Machado suggested that he could do that very thing following Tuesday’s game — in which the Red Sox, courtesy Chris Sale, threw at Machado again — what the Orioles third baseman was trying to get across in his expletive-laden postgame interview is how dangerous and uneven the playing field is for hitters in these situations.

The pitchers have a dangerous weapon in their hands that they can buzz by batters at 100 miles per hour. The hitters just kind of have to take that abuse: If they charge the mound, bat or no, they’re likely to get ejected, fined, and suspended. Pitchers can just keep on throwing baseballs at hitters, though, until an umpire goes Hey, guys, that’s enough. I’m warning you, the next time a projectile that could literally kill someone is thrown at a batter, there will be one, maybe two ejections.

Ryan Griffin Authentic Jersey The Red Sox threw at Machado five times in their previous series, all because Machado had a dirty, but likely accidental, slide against Dustin Pedroia that knocked him out for a few games. Pedroia seems to be the only Red Sox player over the incident, as he publicly denounced Matt Barnes throwing behind Machado.

Kovalchuk is, from all accounts, still a premiere scoring talent, at least in the KHL, and if there’s one thing the Devils could use to improve it’s their defense putting the puck in the back of the net. We know that Kovy can do that, and if he’s willing to sign and come back to New Jersey, some would say there’s no reason not to bring what is probably at least another 20 goals into this currently scoring-anemic (outside of Kyle Palmieri, Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall and even somewhat Travis Zajac) fold.

Bills rescind UDFA offer for WR Keevan Lucas minutes after he announces signing to his own draft party

Keevan Lucas, a wide receiver out of Tulsa, had a rather stressful experience in NFL draft this past weekend. Lucas went undrafted and not only did he haveto wait all seven rounds just to be passed on entirely, but he then had to essentially be teased by a pair of teams.
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Lucas threw a party with nearly 300 people gathered to hear his name called in the draft. After he wasn’t drafted, he received a call from the Bills saying they wanted to sign him. He announced it in front of his friends and tweeted about it, only to have the Bills call back to withdraw the offer because of medical concerns.

Cleveland is the first team finished with its first round series in the playoffs. The Cavaliers dispatched the Pacers quicker than many thought, and in doing so, they will have time to decompress and relax until they meet their second-round opponent.

James and company face off against the winner of the No. 3 Toronto Raptors-No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks series, and after the Raptors surrendered Game 1 on their home floor, that matchup seems destined for seven games.

The Bucks and Raptors are tied at two apiece with the series headed back to Toronto for Game 5. If each team holds down home court over the next two games, Game 7 wouldn’t be played until April 29.

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Capitals beat Penguins in overtime after blowing 2-goal Game 3 lead in regulation

Game Womens Richard Dent Jersey The Washington Capitals turned a potentially disastrous finish to Game 3 into something positive with a 3-2 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. They’re now firmly in the Eastern Conference Semifinals series after Kevin Shattenkirk scored the game-winner to make up for blowing a 2-0 lead minutes earlier.

Even without Sidney Crosby, who left earlier in the game due to injury, the Penguins are the team nobody can put away. They delivered that message to the Capitals via a pair of last-minute goals in that forced overtime in backbreaking fashion after Pittsburgh fell behind, 2-0, through the first 58 minutes of action.

Evgeni Malkin has long been Crosby’s starring partner, and naturally he stepped into the limelight with his teammate out in the third period. Malkin rifled an absolute beauty of a one-timer to beat Braden Holtby with 1:53 remaining in regulation, cutting the Capitals’ lead in half.

Less than a minute later, the Penguins had their goalie pulled again when Justin Schultz fired a shot from the blue line that deflected off a defender’s stick and bounced high to beat Holtby. It was a brutal bounce for the Capitals, who were just 65 seconds away from their first win in the series.
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The Capitals will have a big opportunity at a comeback in this series, especially if Crosby is sidelined going forward. Either way, Washington just injected life back into its Stanley Cup hopes minutes after they appeared on the brink in Pittsburgh. Oh, playoff hockey, how you swing our emotions.

He told him if he only worked out at his pro day and happened to pull a muscle or suffer another injury

“I have no idea, honestly man,” Howard said when asked why he was used so infrequently at Alabama at the Senior Bowl. “It was kind of a question mark my whole career about that, but I’ve never been able to give an answer to this day.”

Howard came to Alabama as the top tight end recruit in the nation and a consensus five-star prospect, but finished his career with just seven touchdown receptions. His only two games with more than 100 receiving yards were his pair of national championship performances against Clemson.

“I can be a guy like that every game,” Howard said. “Being able to make those plays in big moments is huge, but I feel like I’m the type of player who can do that consistently.

“It was a little bit that the game plan was different and a little bit just being able to make plays — in the right place at the right time and having the opportunities. I was thankful for those games, I got the opportunity to show off the ability that I have in those last two games on a big stage.”
Howard is projected to go in the first round of the draft, but it’s a bit unclear where exactly he’ll land. In SB Nation’s latest mock draft has Howard landing with the Carolina Panthers with the No. 8 overall pick.

Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.

He told him if he only worked out at his pro day and happened to pull a muscle or suffer another injury, then what? There would not be other workout results for NFL teams to consider. He told him he must work out. So, Garrett did. And Cook said that Garrett is thankful that he listened to Fisher’s combine advice. So is Cook.
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Watson was too young at the time to do the heavy lifting on the build of his own home.

Among the trophies Watson’s received throughout his Clemson career, perhaps none has had the unique presentation of the Lowe’s AFCA Good Works Team award he got in October of 2016. He was surprised at a team Habitat build in front of the whole squad, his mother, and the family receiving the house.

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Watson was too young at the time to do the heavy lifting on the build of his own home. But his mother put in over 200 hours of volunteer work. Now he’s an active part of Habitat builds, and he’s paying it forward just like those who did the same for him as a child.

He’s 5’10 and was listed at 235 pounds during his junior year at OU, after which he declared for the draft. At the NFL Scouting Combine in the winter, Perine out-bench pressed every running back and almost every offensive lineman.

He had 40 catches in three seasons for 321 yards. In the NFL, he’ll be a battering room, not a Le’Veon Bell-style runner and receiver who can line up anywhere and torment either defensive tackles or cornerbacks.

His value is in his ability to take the ball many, many times — an average of 19 per game at OU — and grind out 4 and 5 yards at a time.

It was a complicated trick, carried out by a professional magician. I don’t really understand how it worked, but it ended with a piece of it in Meg’s mouth that said, among other things, Will you marry me? Pretty creative!

Raekwon McMillan will carry his legacy of leadership to Dolphins

Raekwon McMillan stood out as a player and a leader on an Ohio State defense that was stacked with NFL talent. Now hes moving to the pros after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 54th overall pick.

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In his final season at Ohio State, McMillan led the team in tackles with 102, but thats just a partial representation of what he meant to the Buckeyes defense. He was a captain and served as the quarterback of the defense, relaying play calls and assignments to his teammates on the field. That leadership could serve Miami well.

Samuels talent is undeniable, but hes undersized. That may present some challenges against press coverage. As a ball carrier, its part of the reason Samuel was featured so often on sweeps with the Buckeyes. Hes much more of a threat once he gets into space.

Hes not the most natural receiver and needs to improve his technique. Samuel had a tendency to catch the ball against his body in college as opposed to looking it into his hands.
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One of the biggest adjustments for running backs in the transition from college to the NFL is often becoming a proficient blocker. Samuel wasnt called upon to block at Ohio State very much, so hell likely have some ground to make up there.

Phil Jackson and the Knicks picked up the final 2 years on their 5-year contract

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The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson jointly agreed to pick up the final two years of their five-year contract on Thursday, according to ESPN¡¯s Ian Begley and Ramona Shelburne. They did so without a public announcement, sweeping the extension under the rug of one of the weirdest seasons in a storied Knicks history.

Trenches looked like the way to go for the Giants, but instead the team adds a tight end that most had behind O.J. Howard and David Njoku. Finding an upgrade at the position makes sense, especially on a team with tiny receivers, but it¡¯s not exactly a premium position and the Giants need offensive linemen.

The Dolphins have relied on Cameron Wake to generate a pass rush on his own for a long time, but that era may not have many years left. Putting Ndamukong Suh in the middle helps and now adding Harris on the other side is perfect. Andre Branch was slated to start, and still might, but Harris has the potential to be a big upgrade.

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Fournette is a big upgrade over T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory, the question is whether or not he presents the type of value expected out of a top 10 running back. He struggled to produce on his own against Alabama, and the Jaguars offensive line may not clear the way very well for Fournette.

Top recruit named after Allen Iverson picks Florida, and you’re old

Four-star New Jersey running back Iverson Clement committed on Thursday to play his college football for the Florida Gators. In doing that, he also committed to making you feel really old.

Clement is named after Allen Iverson, the 76ers legend whose NBA career stretched from 1996 to 2010. Clement is a high school junior now, so he was born somewhere in the 1998-2000 window that included Iverson’s liftoff as one of the world’s great players. The Georgetown product was becoming a popular topic of conversation.

Liz Heaston made a few extra points for NAIA school Willamette in 1997 and is believed to be the first woman to ever score a point in a college game.

“Dan Rooney was a great friend of mine, but more importantly, he was a great friend to the people of Pittsburgh, a model citizen, and someone who represented the United States with dignity and grace on the world stage,” Obama said in a statement. “I knew he’d do a wonderful job when I named him as our United States Ambassador to Ireland, but naturally, he surpassed my high expectations, and I know the people of Ireland think fondly of him today.

In all, he has the worst playoff field goal percentage in the playoffs (37.9 percent) among all active players, with DeRozan (39.1 percent) not too far behind, according to Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver.

There are many concerns with the timing of the current immediate effective date. An April effective date is in the middle of the budget year for the membership and is late in the hiring period for a football staff.
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The biggest on-court questions for each 2017 NBA Playoffs 1st-round series

It didn’t work, as Lynch received a $20,000 fine and a warning that he would be penalized for dickgrabbing in the Super Bowl. There was a bit of humor here, as the NFL was spotted selling pictures of the penis-touching mere hours after the fine came down. The league also fined Lynch’s teammate for allegedly making an obscene gesture near Lynch, although there’s no evidence anybody has seen that this ever actually happened.

Before the Super Bowl, Lynch appeared on Conan to teach Conan O’Brien and Rob Gronkowski how to do the dick grab:
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The NBA Playoffs are here, and we are super excited. To help us look at the first round, we brought back Mo Dakhil, a former NBA video coordinator for eight years thats worked with the Clippers and Spurs, for a two-part preview extravaganza.

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As such, Mo provided eight key questions — one for each series — to serve as jumping-off points for our discussion. Those questions are:

The Rams finished 38th in S&P+. A 7-6 mid-major finished ahead of a host of nine-win power conference teams (Minnesota, Utah, Georgia Tech, Nebraska), plus four teams it lost to. Thats not normal.

Upside doesnt tend to just disappear, as long as the reasons for it are still in town. And if the reason for the inconsistency had anything to do with inexperience, then 2017 could be a very special year in Fort Collins.

Will Toronto and Lowry come close on contract terms?

Elite Womens Marc Savard Jersey That was also a question a year ago as DeRozan became a free agent. Toronto offered a historically large contract (one subsequently superseded by the Grizzlies’ contract with Mike Conley). There’s a difference here, though: DeRozan was 26 years old and on the rise as a top-flight scorer. Lowry is 31 with a speckled injury history.
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Again, without question, the Raptors will want to re-sign Lowry. But will the Raptors be willing to spend what Lowry wants? DeRozan signed for just less than the max, but he still had something to prove and can expect another massive contract when this one ends, if all goes according to plan.

This will be Lowry’s last huge contract in all likelihood, and Lowry hasn’t actually had a deal befitting of his contributions to date in the NBA. Lowry signed a four-year, $48 million deal with Toronto in 2014, when he was at roughly the same stage of his career that DeRozan had been a year ago when he signed the $139 million deal. In discrete terms, $48 million — which is actually $36 million since Lowry will decline his player option — is generational wealth. But it’s not $139 million. That’s the kind of dough Lowry is looking for now.

Will Toronto pay it? What if the Raptors bow out to Giannis and the Bucks as Lowry continues to struggle? Will Toronto and Lowry come close on contract terms?