Home Run Derby favorites tune up for potential showdown

The bracket for Monday’s Home Run Derby was announced Wednesday with Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Yankees rookie Aaron Judge as the top two seeds.

Each homered Wednesday, but they weren’t the only Derby participants to go yard.

The Bills’ feel-good story last season with his emergence as a 3-4 edge rusher, Lorenzo Alexander as a strong side linebacker will not produce the career-high 12.5 sacks that earned him his second Pro Bowl in 10 seasons. (His previous career high was 2.5.) But that doesn’t mean he won’t be effective Hot Cheap Jerseys in his new role, dropping back in coverage more often and patrolling the field laterally.

The key to Buffalo’s defense will be the middle man, the Luke Kuechly position McDermott relied upon in Carolina. Reggie Ragland, who missed his entire rookie season due to an Jerseys From China ACL injury, is the favorite to earn the starting spot over Preston Brown.

Now, it’s the Knicks’ turn. It will take patience to turn this thing around, but with Phil Jackson now out, the opportunity is there. The team has turned to Raptors executive Tim Leiweke as a consultant until it finds a permanent top decision-maker, and here’s hoping he brings some tough love with him. (He might, in fact, bring something else — Toronto GM Masai Ujiri — with him.)

If Leiweke needs some guidance, we’ve got five things he should do in the next few weeks to restart these Knicks:

But the injustice of it all can’t guide this decision. The right thing for the franchise is to free itself of Anthony’s deal and start over, immediately.

Dean would love to come back to America and return to the big leagues.

He also considers it fortunate that his interpreter is available at any time, day or night, and can be called upon to assist in any situation where the language barrier may be an issue.

Dean would love to come back to America and return to the big leagues. He hopes a good showing in the KBO will earn him that opportunity and bring him closer to home. And while Good Quality Cheap Jerseys he knows getting that opportunity is not guaranteed, should he find himself playing for an MLB club in the future, he’ll have deeper appreciation for the struggles his international teammates face on a daily basis.

“After having this experience, it definitely makes me appreciate and understand the guys that I played with from other countries that came to America,” Dean said. “Not just with the language, but Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys with their lifestyle as well.”

Where they stand: The Braves are probably better than most experts thought they’d be. They’ve survived an injury to Freddie Freeman, made a shrewd trade to replace him in the lineup, and have managed to play close to .500 ball while ranking in the middle of the pack league-wide in most hitting and pitching categories. In short, they’ve been a nice surprise.

Are they contenders? Also in short, no. The Braves have been mentioned in a few trade rumors, but the players they’ve been rumored to have interest in (Chris Archer, Jose Quintana) are young, controllable pitchers who could help them down the line rather than just this year. The Braves may have a bright future, but they’re not good enough to catch the Nationals this year and there are too many teams ahead of them in the Wild Card race to make much noise.

This should be a position of strength as Garrett continues to develop as an NFL pass-rusher.

Why he’s here: I’ve said this on a couple of radio shows lately, but maybe the best thing about Arizona’s strong season is this: Maybe Goldschmidt will finally start to be recognized on a national level for the superstar player he has become. By WAR, he’s been the best position player in the NL since Find Cheap Jerseys Online the start of the 2013 season, and it’s not particularly close. And he’s never been better than he has been so far in 2017. This position is absolutely packed with stars having phenomenal seasons, btw. Guys like Joey Votto, Ryan Zimmerman and Justin Smoak have been great.

Gregg Williams replaces Ray Horton as defensive coordinator after the Browns ranked 30th in points allowed last season. Williams’ in-your-face style is a welcome change for this unit, which will now mix 3-4, 4-3 and “46” looks under the veteran defensive coordinator.

Williams gets a centerpiece in Garrett, a freakish athlete who signed a $30.4 million deal as the No. 1 draft pick. Garrett will be teamed with defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, who led the Browns with 6.0 sacks as a rookie. Nose tackle Danny Shelton, a first-round pick in 2015, also should benefit Football Cheap Jerseys from Williams’ arrival. There’s depth with backups in returners Carl Nassib and Jamie Meder, plus rookies Caleb Brantley and Larry Ogunjobe.

This should be a position of strength as Garrett continues to develop as an NFL pass-rusher.

There isn’t much change here because of the additions made last season. Jamie Collins returns, and he’ll be joined by leading tackler Christian Kirksey. Second-year outside linebacker Joe Schobert should fill out the group. There is an opening after trading Demario Davis to the Jets.

We’re all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children’s game

“I feel good,” Colon told reporters after Wednesday’s game. “I just feel like I’ve hit a bad streak and it’s tough to snap out of it. That’s all you can do. You just have to work and try to get out of it any way you can.”

But that’s the thing. Once Father Time taps your shoulder, there’s no Cheap Womens Baseball Jerseys getting out of it, no matter how good you feel.

“We’re all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children’s game,” goes the quote from “Moneyball.” “Some of us are told at 18, some of us are told at 40, but we’re all told.”

It’s not just the offense that’s getting a little fresh blood, either. The team’s vision was clear when it released linebacker Rey Maualuga (30 years old) and let 35-year-old Karlos Dansby walk, and signed the 26-year-old Kyle Minter to play alongside second-year player Nick Vigil. The Bengals also drafted three linebackers: Jordan Willis, Carl Lawson, and Jordan Evans.

William Jackson III, their first-round pick from 2016, is set to make his NFL debut after missing his rookie year with a torn pec, too.

However, the defense, which allowed the eighth-fewest points last year, still has its key players from last season. The Bengals will bring back Pro Bowl defensive linemen Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, and they locked down top cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on a five-year extension.

The Bengals might be counting on youth to fill the holes on their roster, but Cheap Youth Soccer Jerseys they still need their veterans to help catapult the team back into the playoffs. They will soon see how the newer and faster players fit in with the roster. Whether it’s an immediate success or takes a few years to foster, the Bengals seem committed to speed.

Kings’ reported record $36M deal with Bogdan Bogdanovic continues makeover

The Sacramento Kings have made another move toward youth, though clearly not as a cost-saving measure, as their rebuild continues.

By making Bogdan Bogdanovic the highest-paid rookie in NBA history with a 3-year, $36 million deal, according to the Sacramento Bee, the Kings have handed the franchise’s future to younger players.

Considered one of the best shooters in Europe, he averaged 14.6 Fc Barcelona Cheap Jerseys points on 50 percent shooting last season, including 43 percent from 3-point range.

If Clayton Kershaw had taken his regular turn in the rotation, he would’ve started Wednesday, not Wood. But manager Dave Roberts used an off-day to juggle his rotation, getting an extra start for Kershaw before the All-Star break on Sunday, which, under MLB rules, will make the pitcher NL players voted to be their starter in Tuesday’s All-Star Game ineligible to pitch. Kershaw was more interested in the extra start. “He’s made it very clear his priority is the Dodgers,” Roberts said.

The NL determines a replacement for Kershaw, and the Dodgers appear confident Wood, 26, is the guy. “He’s very deserving,” Roberts said. “Obviously, he’s pitched well enough to join that team.” Said Wood: “It’s something you dream of as a kid. It’s hard to even fathom right now.” But it’s not so hard to fathom, considering the left-hander’s numbers: In addition to being 10-0, he has a 1.67 ERA, good enough to lead the majors, except …

Wood, unbeaten this season, didn’t even begin the year in the Dodgers’ rotation, so he doesn’t have enough innings to qualify for the league lead (a pitcher needs a minimum of one inning pitched per team game to qualify for the ERA title). But his ERA is a full quarter of a run better than NL leader Max Scherzer’s 1.94 ERA. Wood ranks 42nd in the NL in innings pitched but is good enough now to 1) get a win when the Find Cheap Jerseys Online Dodgers got one hit after the second inning and had a grand total of four Wednesday and 2) be an All-Star.

It’s a problem that Shazier and the Steelers are eager to solve.

The Patriots have been to seven Super Bowls since 2001, winning five of them. They’ve also only missed the postseason twice in that span.

It’s a problem that Shazier and the Steelers are eager to solve.

“I feel we are going to get them when we need to get them. And Cheap Infant Jerseys at any day, I feel we can win the Super Bowl. We might have had a problem in the past, but I think we are going to be ready this time.”

The Steelers made it all the way to the AFC Championship last season, only to lose to the Patriots 36-17 in a game that was never really close. Pittsburgh hasn’t beaten the Patriots since the 2011 regular season, so there’s no question the Patriots have to be a nagging pain for the Steelers.

Because of his pitching background, Na boasts a plus arm from the outfield. In fact, he sat in the low 90s in a surprise relief pitching appearance during a 2015 playoff game. Originally, Na had the speed and agility to play in center field, but was later transitioned to right field. A KBO scout told me that Na profiles fine as a corner outfielder in MLB. While he could still play center field in Korea, he lacks the ability to immediately read the ball off the bat to play a nimble center field in the big leagues.

As noted, a bulk of Na’s values come from his bat. He has a very simple hitting Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys mechanism. Load, quick step forward and launch. Na has a batting stance and swing that can be described as “clean and efficient.” He has a slight uppercut stroke that generates doubles and home runs when locked in. Here is a gif of his home run swing:

It’s no coincidence that Shazier and the Steelers are feeling confident right now, though. His comments come on the same day that the Pittsburgh Penguins visited Steelers practice and brought the Stanley Cup — arguably the nicest piece of hardware in professional sports.

The Nationals already had 12 runs by the end of the fourth inning.

Taylor’s outburst marked the fourth time a Nationals player has had a four-hit, two-home run game this season. No other team has accomplished that feat more than twice.

The Nationals already had 12 runs by the end of the fourth inning. Surprisingly, this was not their highest-scoring game of the season. They dropped 23 runs on the Mets back on April 30.

Reds pitcher Homer Bailey did not fare well in his first start of the season. Bailey gave up eight earned runs off of six hits and three walks in just 1 2/3 innings.

Washington already has a pretty firm grasp on the NL East. The Braves trail them by nine games, and the Marlins, Mets and Phillies are all struggling. Relief pitching has been an issue for the Nationals this season, but that problem was thrown out the window Saturday with such a large margin of victory.

Still, it is likely the Nationals make a move or two before the July 31 trade deadline to shore up their bullpen for the postseason.

In 2016, despite going into a slump in the second half, Na showed an Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth overall improvement with his walk rate, bumping it up to 10.3 percent. In 2017, however, his walk rate has gone down a bit to 8.0 percent so far. This might be because of the league’s new strike zone, which is noticeably wider than in Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys the past. The overall offensive production has gone down in the league this season. Meanwhile, the overall walk rate in the league has decreased from 9.3 percent to 8.2 percent, so Na’s decreased walk rate shouldn’t be cause for alarm.

However, his average, power numbers and overall offensive production have gone up, which may indicate that he went back to the aggressive approach and has used his hit and power tools to combat the bigger strike zone. In fact, according to Statiz swing rate strikezone charts, Na has been swinging at fewer pitches outside the zone while being more aggressive with the ones in the quadron.

Bengals’ Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones released from jail, questions charges against him

Adam Pacman Jones apologized to fans as he was released from a Cincinnati jail Wednesday morning before scoffing at the reason he was there in the first place.

The Bengals cornerback was arrested Monday night following an alleged Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping confrontation with security at the Millennium Hotel. Prosectuors said Jones had been pounding on various hotel room doors and pushed and poked a responding security officer in the eye when confronted.

Nelson dropped to the ground on the Packers sideline and remained on the turf for several minutes before being helped onto a cart and taken to the locker room. The Packers initially said Nelson was questionable to return before ruling him out to begin the second half.

The Packers had just 7 yards of total offense through their first four possessions as the Giants held a 6-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Green Bay finally got on the board with an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass to Davante Adams with roughly two minutes remaining in the half. Green Bay extended its lead to 14-6 with Cheap Jerseys NCAA a 42-yard Hail Mary pass from Rodgers to Randall Cobb on the final play of the half.

Tied with Michael Roberts for the longest wingspan at the Shrine Game (85 inches), Wise’s length and speed-to-power explosion on the perimeter could make him the highest drafted Shrine Game attendee. Even in a loaded pass-rusher class, Wise’s ideal body type, college experience and college flashes are all coveted by NFL teams. A sack or two in the game should leave scouts with a positive taste in their mouth as the shift their attention to the Senior Bowl.

Alshon Jeffery guarantees Super Bowl for Bears next year

The Bears put the final touches on a 3-13 season Sunday, the worst 16-game finish in franchise history… so start the Super Bowl talk for next year

Alshon Jeffrey is a believer.

Chicago’s outspoken wide receiver, a pending free agent, couldn’t hold back the hyperbole following a season-ending 38-10 loss to the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Asked how the Bears might improve in 2017, Jeffery guaranteed a worst-to-first transformation.

As a competitor, I think you would want to say no (it didn’t affect his play), but I think as somebody that’s realistic, and I know my body and know how I can throw a football, I think it would be stupid to say that there weren’t throws that were affected by the wrist or by the shoulder, Bortles said. I think that’s part of playing with injuries.

Things are going to happen, they’re going to affect you differently, you’re going to have to find ways to use other parts of your body to compensate and still deliver efficiently. There were times Cheap Jerseys Made In USA where I didn’t do that.

The shoulder injury occurred Oct. 27, although Bortles didn’t appear on Cheap Jerseys Kids NFL the injury report right away. He says the shoulder was aggravated about a month later, and Bortles did show up on the injury report by Week 12. He says the separation won’t require surgery.

Bortles finished the season with more pass attempts than last year but had 523 fewer yards and 12 fewer touchdowns. His quarterback rating fell to 78.8, which ranked 26th (out of 30) among qualifying passers.

Jaguars’ Blake Bortles has an excuse for his poor play in 2016

Blake Bortles regressed as a quarterback in 2016, and now we know a potential reason why.

The Jaguars passer told ESPN he played over half the season with a separated shoulder. Technically he had a Grade 1 sprain to his AC joint. Bortles also said he played with tendonitis in his right wrist, which he claims was more bothersome than the shoulder.

I guarantee you we are going to win the Super Bowl next year,he told reporters, via the Chicago Tribune, after making one catch for 10 yards in potentially his final game as a Bear.

Chicago’s 3-13 record tied for the most losses in franchise history since the NFL expanded to 16 games in 1978.

Jeffery is no stranger to bold proclamations.

In September, following a 31-17 loss to the Cowboys, he insisted the Bears would rebound from their 0-3 start to challenge for a championship this season.

Remember this date, ‘Sunday Night Football,’ he said. At the end of the year, the Bears are going to be on top. Believe that.

The 2013 Pro Bowler finished this season with 821 yards and two touchdowns on 52 receptions. He Cheap Jerseys In Toronto played in just 12 games, having served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL Cheap Jerseys In China policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Miami needed some sort of spark after another three-and-out, so the Dolphins ran a fake punt on fourth-and-1 with a direct snap midway through the second quarter in their own territory. It was risky, but it worked, and Miami extended its drive.