Lonzo Ball had a bad summer league debut. He’ll be fine

Lonzo Ball didn’t play well in the first summer league game of his career, and that does not matter at all. ESPN and Deadspin, to name a few, are crushing the 19-year-old, though, with headlines describing his performance as a “disaster” and “nightmarish.” Those are harsh words for a rookie playing in a game with such unimportance that a very minor Brandon Ingram leg cramp was enough for Magic Johnson to pull him before overtime started.

Ball wasn’t good, but was far from that bad. He had a few good flashes. His first play of the game was an alley-oop tossed from Steph Curry’s-three-point range to a cutting Ingram that had the entire arena roaring.

He saw the floor just as he did at UCLA, finishing with five assists and a number of plays leading to assists. Yet his 1-of-11 shooting from three are what most are taking away from his first taste of NBA action, especially the two misses he had late with the game on the line.

Ultimately, Smith and an impressive group of young Mavericks rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a respectable margin. But the Lakers still pulled away with a 108-98 win with Ball as the twilight of the night.

Los Angeles moves on to the Summer League finals for a shot at the tournament crown against the Trail Blazers on Monday. Smith takes his first NBA loss to Lonzo Ball.

There are several ways you can cut a two-game night that also featured Portland’s 19-point Cheap MLB Jerseys From China comeback victory. But if you called the night quits early, here’s what you missed:

Memphis was giving Portland a lashing. The Grizz were Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys up 19 in the third quarter thanks to solid play from Wayne Selden, Vincent Hunter, and Jarell Martin. But Blazers rookie Caleb Swanigan added onto an impressive Summer League output with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

LeBron James and his obsession with wine

Professional athletes are always looking for new trends or hobbies that they can possibly dive into. When you have an unnecessary amount of money and the majority of your time is consumed by one activity, searching for something else to obsess or preoccupy yourself with comes naturally. Whether it be super cars, expensive clothing, or the finest jewelry, there is always something for the rich to spend their excess money on. In LeBron James’ case, he chooses to follow the path of red and white grapes.

LeBron’s obsession with wine is something relatively new to social media and it has even become a meme in plenty of different circles of the Internet. What’s interesting is that LeBron has been a wino for some time now, but once the Twitter-sphere got to it, it turned into something that fans of any team can take part in enjoying.

LeBron has been showing of his taste for wine ever since he was kicking it down in South Beach with former Miami Heat teammate, Dwayne Wade – who has also shown patterns of being a wine enthusiast.

Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng signed with the Lakers for a combined $137 million over four years. Chandler Parsons — who had been recovering from injury going into the offseason — signed a max four-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies. The Knicks inked Joakim Noah to a four-year, $73 million deal. Ryan Anderson picked up four years and $80 million. Allen Crabbe got a four-year, $75 million contract. Evan Turner got four years and $70 million.

At the lower end of the salary pool, rotation players got what Cheap Knicks Jerseys would have previously been eye-popping contracts. Some examples: Andrew Nicholson at $26 million for four Cheap Jordan Jerseys For Sale years, Solomon Hill at $48 million for four years, and Matthew Dellavedova at $38 million for four years.

NBA free agent signings: George Hill to Kings for 3 years, $57 million, per report

George Hill was not left out in the free-agent point guard musical chairs dance after all. He’s agreed to a three-year, $57 million deal to join the Sacramento Kings, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania. The third year is partially guaranteed, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge.

The Kings also will be signing forward Zach Randolph to a two-year, $24 million deal, so they are bringing in multiple veterans to help their young core. This does take them out of the Otto Porter sweepstakes, since they no longer have enough cap space to offer the Wizards’ restricted free agent a maximum contract.

One problem: according to ESPN, Gilbert lowballed Billups too, initially offering $1.5 million per year (less than what Griffin made) and bumping that to $2 million per year when rebuffed. ESPN reports that typical starting salary that position is $4 million.

This is like spending $100 on porterhouse and lobster and eating it with plastic cutlery. This is like drinking Louis XIII out of a Dixie cup. This is like building an immaculate, expensive manor on top of a shaky, cheap foundation. When you spend this much money Cheap Jerseys Paypal Free Shipping on something, you had better not cut corners. Otherwise, why bother?

The sad truth of this is that Griffin and other GMs have little leverage.

The fact that LeBron likes Griffin, has recently advocated for a new contract for Griffin, and is a free agent in 2018 makes Gilbert’s contract quibbling all the more foolish. That the team is now flailing a week into free agency without any apparent plan going forward is malpractice.

Franchise owners almost always get away with twisting the screws on their GMs. Maybe this Cheap Jerseys Sale time it will end up twisting Gilbert’s screw.

LSU baserunner called out on play where he was clearly safe

LSU and Florida are currently locked into a College World Series dogfight, with the Gators holding a slim 4-3 advantage in the top of the ninth.

Big bat Greg Deichmann reached first on a strong double down the first base line to begin the inning, then centerfielder Zach Watson popped out to center. Up came third baseman Josh Smith, with high hopes of batting Deichmann around to at least cross another runner for the tie.

The Seminoles’ first baseman Drew Mendoza fielded the ball clean, then underhanded it over to pitcher Andrew Karp, who couldn’t make the catch. Then, catcher Cal Raleigh slinged the ball over to Mendoza, who couldn’t help but collide with Smith, who sort of half-slid back to the bag. Never have four baseball players looked more confused about what is happening around them.

Only Mendoza earned a throwing error on the play, which is actually remarkable.

All told, two players ended up on their asses on this play, with Mendoza’s fall-then-roll bewilderment taking the trophy for most awkward gymnastics of the entire sequence.

Anyway, Florida State plated a run in the bottom of the frame, and LSU continues to hold a commanding lead over the Noles, 5-2.

The 2017 NCAA baseball tournament and College World Series delivered some of the most watchable baseball of the year. In fact, baseball is one of the few sports where the college game may outdo the professional game in terms of enjoyment factor, inasmuch as the amateurs use every inch of the field, fiddle around Wholesale NFL Jerseys China with batting order and pitching staffs, and commit heinous errors while New Nike NFL Jerseys doing so.

FSU catcher barely misses tag on wild leaping catch at home plate

LSU and Florida State haven’t gotten as weird as they should, but things are certainly heating up in Omaha on Wednesday, including a wild limb-flying play at first. The Tigers Jerseys Supply hauled a 5-2 lead into the top of the ninth, hoping to shut things down for the night, and FSU’s hauled in some pretty impressive defense.

Kramer Robertson, who’s fallen completely asleep in the College World Series, finally managed a single to center, then stole second to put himself into scoring position. That brought up left fielder Antoine Duplantis two batters later, and he reached on a fielder’s choice, but not before Robertson was involved in one of the most spectacular plays of the CWS thus far.

After Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina shanked the ball into the stands, it just magically glided into this fan’s open purse — easily the best defensive play of an otherwise mediocre game.

But also, let’s check out that celebration: She takes the ball out of the purse to show it off … and then puts it back in for safekeeping! Talk about convenience — she probably never even needed to take it out.

So instead of following the old adage of “giving that fan a contract,” let’s just use this fan as the standard of true athleticism and hope more baseball players decide to use purses instead of gloves in the future. After all, they’re fashionable, practical, AND they clearly work just as well as Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping any glove.

The game somehow got to a shootout for Bickell to have his moment.

Bickell worked extremely hard to return for the final four games of the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2016-17 season, five months after being diagnosed. When he came back, he realized his body was already betraying him. He knew he was done playing at 31.

“From where I was at my peak to where I am now, there’s a difference in my game,” Bickell told reporters Saturday. “I don’t think I will ever get back to that point with the circumstances. For the last couple months, from where I was mentally and physically to where I am now, it’s a big change. I’m just happy to finish up here and move on.”

The game somehow got to a shootout for Bickell to have his moment. Carolina’s Sebastian Aho tied the score with 5:10 remaining in regulation after Carolina had blown a third-period lead. From there, the teams sweated out 10-plus minutes of hockey, the final five a 3-on-3 overtime designed to avoid shootouts. With the game knotted 3-3 after OT in Game No. 82, Bickell had his chance.

If Burns continues his current pace, he’ll finish tied with fifth-most goals by a defenseman in a season all time. Burns also in on pace for 87 points, which would be the most by a defenseman since Brian Leetch of the Rangers had 88 in 1990-91

Burns had a 14-game road scoring streak end Thursday in Boston. It was the longest such streak for a defenseman since Coffey’s 15-game road scoring streak in 1995, according to Sharks stats guru Darin Stephens.

To put Burns’ scoring ability in perspective, his 27 goals are more than 20 NHL teams have from their defensemen. The Sabres have just 10 goals from defensemen in nearly 7,069 combined Cheap Jerseys For Sale man minutes. The Sharks as a team lead the NHL with 42 goals from defensemen. The Predators are second with 33 Nike NFL Jerseys 2015 apiece.

NHL shouldn’t wait to pull 2018 draft from Dallas over proposed ‘bathroom bill’

On Wednesday, the Stars became the first professional sports franchise to openly oppose a proposed “bathroom bill” in the state of Texas that would require transgender people to use bathrooms in schools and government buildings assigned to the gender on their birth certificate.

This is very much in line with the NHL’s longstanding efforts to be an inclusive league, and this is good. A long-time partner with You Can Play, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity, the NHL has aligned itself with the message that hockey is for everyone.

Forwards William Nylander and Mitch Marner earned NHL Rookie of the Month honors a combined three times and both scored over 60 points. Marner also set a franchise record for most assists by a rookie with a league-high 42.

In addition, Connor Brown scored 20 goals in his first full season, Zach Hyman set a club rookie record with four short-handed goals and 25-year-old blueliner Nikita Zaitsev played on the Leafs’ top pairing, finsihing second to Jake Gardiner in defense scoring.

However, if the Leafs hope to build on the success of last season and advance further in their third season under head coach Mike Babcock, their youngsters will have to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. Despite career years from veterans Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk and Gardiner, Toronto Cheap Mls Jerseys was heavily reliant a year ago on a lineup with as many as seven rookies on most nights. That group (which also included Nikita Soshnikov, Frederik Gauthier and Kasperi Kapanen) accounted for 45.9 percent Wholesale Jerseys All of the Leafs’ offensive production and will need to follow it up in 2017-18.

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The Yankees are loaded with prospects. They already have quite a bit of youth on the big-league roster, too. Their previous deals, both in the offseason and in-season, show a general manager who doesn’t want to give up on the future just to help the present. Adding Gray wouldn’t change any of that: He’s only 27, and he won’t be a free agent until after 2019. The Yankees would be getting someone to help them both now and in the future, which was what brought them not just Frazier and Robertson, but Kahnle and his team control as well.

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The league’s decision to pause the 2017-18 season two weeks in February to allow players to attend the Games has not been received well.

Some namely Capitals star Alex Ovechkin have said they intend to play for their countries regardless of the NHL’s stance. It remains to be seen the sort of repercussions players may face for defying the ruling. That’s another wrinkle on which Daly and the NHL have yet to rule.

Committees also were limited in who they could hire as a coach, pooling from the NCAA and unemployed former NHL bench bosses.

The U.S. last week picked Tony Granato, the head coach at NFL Jerseys Authentic Wisconsin, to head its men’s ice hockey team, citing his ability to teach what will be a vastly less experienced Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys roster than previous iterations. Team Canada will be coached by Willie Desjardins, who was fired by the Canucks this year.

Ravens owner resisting signing Colin Kaepernick, report says

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is resisting his team signing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, despite support for the move from both coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, ESPN.com reported Wednesday, citing unidentified sources.

Brady also brought up the familiar refrain that football is a physical game, you expect to be banged up playing it, but you still keep playing it.

“You’re not blind to it as a player,” Brady told reporters. “It’s a contact sport and I think we all understand that. And there’s a lot of great benefits that football brings you. You certainly can be put in harm’s way.”

Brady has been cleared, and he clearly wants to move on. But this isn’t about protecting himself anymore, but rather helping to protecting the next generation of the game. Even the possibility that the game’s greatest QB was “OK” to play through an unreported concussion is contradictory to the NFL’s message that it’s taking every measure to emphasize safer youth football.

Brady had no choice to comment any other way: following the company line. He knew the league would take any chance to further investigate him. But as the latest case seems closed, it has revealed that it’s getting harder to believe whether the league is really doing everything it can to be transparent on concussions.

“He kind of gave it up to help me take care of her,” said Peggy Wiggins, McKinley’s aunt, via the Los Angeles Times. “I promised him that God was going to bless him for sticking in there with me to help take care of her.”

McKinley committed to Cal, but he didn’t qualify academically. He Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses started talking about giving up football, and he was afraid he wouldn’t fulfill the promise Cheap Jerseys Borntrade he made to his grandmother.

Dolphins fear Ryan Tannehill might be ‘done’ for season, report says

The initial wave of optimism emerging from South Florida on Thursday afternoon about Ryan Tannehill’s injury may have been premature.

ESPN reported overnight that the Dolphins believe the quarterback may need season-ending surgery after going down with a non-contact injury to his left knee Thursday morning.

The final determination won’t come until more doctors get a look at Tannehill’s knee, but one source told ESPN, “He’s done, I think.”

“I can’t lie, we’re all scared,” Davis said Friday, via the Denver Post. “We’re concerned because we don’t know what the future holds. When I’m at home and I do something, if I forget something I have to stop to think, ‘Is this because I’m getting older or I’m just not using my brain, or is this an effect of playing football? I don’t know that.”

Davis, who was the NFL MVP in 1998 after rushing for 2,008 yards and helping the Broncos repeat as Super Bowl champions, said he tries to keep his mind “as sharp as possible,” but that still does not take away the fear he has for his future health.

“Yeah, I’m scared… but I also know the game has gone through great lengths to change, from Pop Warner to college,” Davis said. “People ask me the question, would you let your kids play? Yeah, I would. Now, 10 years ago I may have said something different. But now, the way they’re teaching kids to Cheap International Soccer Jerseys tackle, the fact that they identify concussions a lot faster, they sit you out a couple plays, you’re not going to practice as long. All that stuff is helping the game of football. But, yes, I’m Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys concerned.”