Dion Waiters finalizing deal with Heat, report says

Dion Waiters is staying in the Sunshine State.

After narrowing his destinations down to the Knicks, Lakers and Heat, the free agent guard is finalizing a four-year deal to re-sign with Miami, ESPN reported Wednesday, citing unidentified league sources.

Waiters, coming off a career season with the Heat following subpar stints with the Cavs and Thunder, was hoping to cash in on his breakout performance after signing a one-year deal worth $2.9 million with Miami last July. He turned down a player option worth just over $3.2 million to test the free-agent market, but the former No. 4 overall pick is sticking with the team that gave him the opportunity to prove he can bounce back.

Waiters, 25, averaged 15.8 points last season and posted career bests with his 39.4 percent 3-point shooting and 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.

It’s tough to see Iguodala leaving the Warriors, but he reportedly plans to test the free-agent waters this summer. He has shown he’s still one of the best wing defenders in the NBA and one of the few humans ever who can make life (somewhat) difficult for LeBron James.

Iguodala’s game translates well to almost any team. Perimeter defense never goes out of style, and he doesn’t need the ball on offense in order to be effective. It helps to have shooters around him, as he remains inconsistent from the outside.

The former NBA Finals MVP is a proven veteran that would be a welcomed addition to a number of squads, but his situation with Golden State is so perfect it would still be a surprise if he chooses not to re-sign.browns_033

His suit isn’t seeking financial gain, outside of legal fees.

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His spin on Packers-Bears: It’s the biggest rivalry. The excitement is Bears and Packers fans together, representing their teams. I could have worn something nondescript, but I’m there for the Packers-Bears game. I feel like the Bears are diminishing that.

Beckman, who has had Bears season tickets since 2003, says he earned the right to go on the field through a team loyalty program’s points system.

Beckman’s lawsuit alleges that only after he used his points in August on pregame sideline access before the Dec. 18 Bears-Packers game did he get an email from the Bears: Fans wouldn’t be allowed on the field in opposing team gear, unlike previous years when Beckman said he wore Packers gear without incident.

His suit isn’t seeking financial gain, outside of legal fees. He said he just wants the Bears to reverse their policy so he can wear his Packers jersey and dozens of strands of green and gold beads on the sideline at Soldier Field.

It’s something I paid for, he said of the sideline experience. I’m not on a noble crusade. I’m not the center of attention where I stand. [The Bears’ policy] bothers me, and I’m taking them to court.

Nolan Arenado completes cycle with walk-off homer to beat Giants

Nolan Arenado struck out to end the seventh inning and it did not appear he was going to get another at-bat after hitting a triple, single and double in his first three at-bats Sunday at Coors Field.

But after the Rockies blew a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, Arenado got his shot at the cycle in the bottom of the ninth.

The next season, Halladay’s cutter usage increased from 33.2 percent in 2008 to 41.5 percent in 2009. Coincidentally, Halladay’s K/9 ratio shot up more than two strikeouts per game after the 2007 season.

By the time Halladay was traded to the Phillies during winter 2009, he maintained cutter usage around the 42 percent mark.

Halladay’s refined cutter helped propel him to a no-hitter, perfect game and Cy Young Award all in the span of one season in 2010.

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The cutter gave Halladay his second wind as a starter. It also allowed him to enjoy continued success in the National League, an eventual berth in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and perhaps one day, a plaque in Cooperstown.

The first of the trio will be a newly illustrated edition of Mitchell’s debut work, The Magician’s Hat, which he self-published in 2015 as he headed into his senior year at Georgia. The book, aimed at children ages 4-8, tells the story of a magician who wows kids by introducing them to the power of books and reading.

Mitchell followed up the book’s release by starting the Share the Magic Foundation, which promotes youth literacy.

Mitchell, 23, helped lead the Patriots to a Super Bowl title as a rookie after being selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He caught 32 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season and picked up six receptions for 70 yards in Super Bowl 51.

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.

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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’

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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.”

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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