Monthly Archives: August 2017

Yankees to benched Gary Sanchez: ‘Your defense needs to improve’

All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez was benched for the Yankees’ game against the Indians, and manager Joe Girardi didn’t sugarcoat why.
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Mens JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey The start is not the message, Girardi said, via The message came from us verbally that, ‘Your defense needs to improve. That you need to get better. You need to work at it.’ We have stressed how important it is.

It’s got to be Adrian Beltre. Every pitch you call that’s a strike, he says, Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!’ I had a game with him recently and the pitch was right down the middle. He tells me, ‘That ball is outside.’

I told him, 鈥榊ou may be a great ballplayer, but you’re the worst umpire in the league. You stink.
The 64-year-old umpire did what very few pro athletes do. He told the reporter what he was really thinking. He also found out why pro athletes don’t usually speak their minds.

The World Umpires Association ‘strongly opposes’ the suspension of the most senior umpire in baseball.

Despite the multitude of balls Gardner pulls into the upper deck during impressive batting practice sessions, he didn’t bite when asked whether he goes up to the plate looking to turn on a pitch and put it into the seats.

I have different approaches against different pitchers and different situations, Gardner said. It depends on who is on the mound, the situation in the game, what inning it is, who is on base in front of me, who is up behind me.

Le’Veon Bell doesn’t get new deal from Steelers. Was it the right move?

Le’Veon Bell will play this season under the franchise tag — that is, if he actually signs it. Bell and the Steelers failed to come to an agreement on a long-term deal before the July 17 deadline for franchise-tagged players.

If Bell signs the $12.12 million tag, he will be highest-paid running back in the league this season. That’s substantially more than next back in line, LeSean McCoy, who averages just over $8 million per year on his current deal with the Buffalo Bills. But Bell doesn’t have security beyond the upcoming season. He is now set to be a free agent in 2018.

Bell is one of the best running backs in the league, and he’s a key member of the Killer B’s — Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, and Antonio Brown — that make the Steelers offense so difficult to defend. He’s also only 25 years old and unarguably in his prime. And now, he has a little extra motivation for next season:

Bell could sign the franchise tag and hope it leads to a longer deal next offseason. It’s not quite the $15 million Bell dropped bars about on his rap track Focus, but there’s something to be said for making more than every other running back in the NFL this year.

Scott Kazmir Limited Jersey When Roethlisberger retires, the Steelers won’t contend for a seventh title until they’ve found a top-end replacement. Those don’t grow on trees. If his replacement walked into an offense that had a peak Bell, it’d be easier. But maybe he won’t.
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Watson and Mahomes are close to an equal value, so the two players going back-to-back makes sense. While Watson isn’t Newton, he can be a threat in a backfield with Christian McCaffrey in many of the same ways, albeit at a much less dangerous level.

Finally Brady is off the board and he goes to the team that cost him two more Super Bowl rings. At 40 years old, the Giants aren’t going to have him long, but the team’s defense and offensive weapons mean Brady should be able to compete for another ring right away.

I don’t have any butt-dialing with that thing

“It is awesome. I was with Bruce at the Washington Redskins. I was coaching on the staff when he was there. I have always had a personal relationship with him. He has a relationship with Myles. I thought it was important for him to come out and spend time with us. He knows (defensive coordinator Gregg) Williams. He knows (defensive line coach) Clyde Simmons. He knows some of our coaches. We all kind of go back.

“I don’t have any butt-dialing with that thing, I know that,” Jones said.

That’s not the only thing Jones has had to say about butts. He was asked if Felix Jones was an every-down back or a change-of-pace guy.

“He has one of those nice bubble butts,” Jerry Jones replied. This was the 49ers’ first playoff game in nine years. Jim Harbaugh took over a team that had gone 6-10 and turned into an embarrassment under Mike Singletary. The team stormed to a 13-3 record and a first-round bye.

We’re not sure what that meant about Felix Jones’ role in the Cowboys offense at the time. We’re also not surprised it was Jones’ answer.

The 2015 season was a rough one for Dallas, and the Cowboys’ 4-12 finish presented Jones with the opportunity to say something else about butts.

However, Graham had a slower start than expected with the Seahawks in 2015. Through 11 games, he had 74 targets and 48 catches but reached the end zone just two times, well off his usual career numbers. Much was made of the Seahawks using Graham more as a blocker, which Field Gulls explored in depth here.

Jones’ children, Stephen, Charlotte, and Jerry Jr., are poised to take things over for the Cowboys when Jones does decide to call it a career. But we’ll enjoy his creative expressions for as long as we can.patriots_321-180x180

Capitals sent home early again; internet responds accordingly

If you’re a Capitals fan, Twitter might not be the place to be for the next day or seven.

The jokes are flying again after the team made another early exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs. This year’s farewell came Wednesday courtesy of a seven-game loss to the rival Penguins in the second round. Washington fell 2-0 at home in the finale.

The planning that goes into successfully smuggling something as cumbersome as a dead fish into a sporting event theoretically could inspire someone who wishes to carry in something more dangerous, and prove that it’s possible to do so without detection.

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On Wednesday, Bickell will be honored during the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas, though he wasn’t nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy, given annually to an a player for their perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport both on and off the ice. He’ll deliver a speech and go back to enjoying the unexpected perks of retirement.

Just the will and the want were the biggest thing in coming to grips with MS, he said. At times I wanted to just move on with my life and play hockey again. I wanted to get back on the ice and do what I’ve done my whole life and finish off on a positive note instead of just turning over and accepting it.
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Me and my wife did the best we could do. I know I inspired a lot of people and that was our goal.

Senators edge Penguins, force Game 7 in East finals

The Penguins are still a win away from joining the Predators in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

Pittsburgh was unable to close out the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night in Ottawa. The host Senators, thanks to a tiebreaking goal from Mike Hoffman in the third period, came away with a 2-1 victory. Game 7 will be Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

Ottawa rebounded from a 7-0 loss in Game 5 and finally broke through against Pens goalie Matt Murray. Murray was supposed to be the Pens’ No. 1 goalie in the playoffs, but he suffered an injury in Game 1 of the team’s first-round matchup. Marc-Andre Fleury stepped in and kept the job through 2 1/2 rounds, but a bad Game 3 loss to the Senators put Murray back between the pipes.

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Talked to Shattenkirk camp. He hasn’t decided where he will sign yet, reports otherwise are premature.

They’re getting the band back together in Chicago. The Blackhawks will sign old friend Patrick Sharp, now 35 years young. Sharp’s deal is expected to be for one year worth a discounted $1 million, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. It’s a low-risk deal and totally worth it for the Blackhawks, who also orchestrated a Brandon Saad reunion last week. They are trying to win many more Cups, and Sharp and Saad have won a few.

Jimmy Butler rips Bulls’ effort after loss to Hawks

Jimmy Butler did not mince words when explaining what he felt following Friday’s 102-93 loss against the Hawks.

Though Chicago was playing on the road against a tough opponent, Butler felt his team could have put up a better fight from start until finish.

Game Mens Patrick Kerney Jersey Russell went down awkwardly after stepping on another player’s foot early in Friday’s game against the Pacers. After grabbing his knee while down on the floor, he later walked to the bench on his own before heading to the locker room.

Coach Luke Walton told reporters after the game he was pretty worried.

I don’t think it’s as bad as I initially thought, Walton said. I saw him go down and I was pretty worried for him, but he said he feels all right when I checked on him at halftime. I’ll get more of an update tonight and then even more so tomorrow.

Russell is averaging 14.3 points and 4.4 assists per game.

Veteran Jose Calderon will get more playing time in Russell’s absence. But in the end, little of those skills showed up on offense, and his effort level on defense became exacerbated. In his first summer, he didn’t get a chance to play in summer league due to the injury. Then, when his rookie season rolled around, he struggled to adjust to the athleticism around him as he was still out of shape. It took the polished college scorer nearly 50 minutes of game time to score his first field goal in an NBA game, then over half of a season to get into double-figures for the first time 鈥?something he only did 16 times in his NBA career.

More than that, though, there were points where Bennett didn’t try while he was on the floor. He quit at times, as seen below with what has to be described as the most casual screen in league history.
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