Paul George gave Pacers a ‘gut punch’ with news about desired departure

Pacers president Kevin Pritchard was clearly agitated at Paul George and the way things have gone down since last Friday. According to Pritchard, he hasn’t had any direct conversation with George since it was revealed he didn’t want to play in Indiana any longer. George’s agent, Aaron Mintz, was the one who informed Pritchard about the NBA player’s decision, and it came as a shock to the team.
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The Tigers (52-19) got on the board when left fielder Antoine Duplantis homered in the sixth. After center fielder Zach Watson was hit by a pitch two batters later, he scored on Beau Jordan’s RBI single to bring LSU within a run.

The Gators got that run back in the seventh as Langworthy scored on Mike Rivera’s single up the middle.

LSU third baseman Josh Smith pushed another run across the plate, but was called out at second while trying to stretch his shot to right-center into a double. It was a controversial play, but not reviewable under CWS rules. It was the second out of the inning and Jordan grounded out to end the inning with the Tigers still trailing by a run.

The winner of Game 1 has gone on to win the national championship 10 times since the NCAA switched to a best-of-three format in 2003. The Gators will have a chance to close out the series in Tuesday’s Game 2, which has an 8 p.m. ET start.

NBA free agency rumors: Knicks interested in re-signing Derrick Rose

The Knicks produced another head-shaking moment Tuesday with the latest rumor flying out of their camp.

According to, the Knicks have legitimate interest in re-signing free agent point guard Derrick Rose, despite the player admitting last season the triangle offense wouldn’t be his first choice.

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I’m just excited to be here, Russell said about joining the Nets. I can’t control what [Johnson] says. I’m out, it’s the past, so it’s irrelevant, honestly.

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No one is in a front-office job with white flags in mind.

On the opposite end of the doom-and-gloom spectrum is the notion that the Warriors are so good they will force other teams into a kind of meek submission. Because there’s a dominant team, the rest of the league will consider transactions, remember that the Warriors exist and then shrug because nothing matters anymore. So there will be 29 versions of the Washington Generals, run by Eeyore front offices.
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Womens Mitch Morse Jersey I think that is a little offensive to everyone else in the league, one general manager told Sporting News. If there is a player we want or someone comes to us with a trade, do you think that we’re going to say, ‘well, that sounds good, but the Warriors are too talented so we’re not going to make that trade or sign that guy.’ That’s silly.

The Lakers and Celtics were both the No. 1 seed in their respective conferences in seven of 10 seasons from 1979-80 to 1988-89, and at least one of the teams was a No. 1 seed every single season in that stretch.

These Warriors could be different. They could keep their egos in check for the next half-decade and not suffer the fate of the Lakers or Heat. They’d still have to work against the luxury tax. It’s possible that the team could re-sign all its free agents this summer — Curry, Durant, supersub Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston — but according to The Vertical’s Bobby Marks, a former front-office exec, the tax bill over the coming four years would be $1.3 billion.

Even for the Warriors’ deep-pocketed owners, that is an exorbitant payment. In addition to the money, being into the tax severely limits the team’s ability to sign new free agents. Essentially, the Warriors would lock into this roster and hope that some of its recent draftees — Kevon Looney, Patrick McCaw, Damian Jones — will continue to develop as rotation contributors.

NBA Finals 2017: Cavaliers say they ‘need’ JR Smith to shoot more

The Cavaliers were not pleased with JR Smith’s shooting during their Game 1 loss to the Warriors in the NBA finals.

In 28 minutes, Smith attempted only four shots and scored just three points, which is a far cry from his motto, When in doubt, shoot.

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According to California Highway Patrol, Fisher’s vehicle veered off the road and hit the curb and guard rail as he approached the 405 interchange. The vehicle overturned and ended up on its roof, blocking two lanes of the 101.

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In 18 seasons in the NBA, Fisher played for five teams, most notably the Lakers, with whom he won five championships. He was also head coach of the Knicks from 2014-16, and was president of the NBPA during the 2011 lockout.

We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night. The comparison of always trying to compare people either living or still playing or not playing, I think it’s great for barbershops, but for me I’m just trying to put my mark on the game and leave a legacy behind so I can inspire the next group of kids that want to play the game the right way.

Markelle Fultz struggles hitting 3-pointers in Sixers workout

Markelle Fultz was not at his best in his workout with the 76ers Saturday night.

With possible future teammates Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Robert Covington in attendance, Fultz went 4 for 18 from beyond the arc in an around-the-world format and was not playing to his potential.

In theory, locking up Harden could help the Rockets convince other players to come to Houston. Chris Paul, who is opting out of an option with the Clippers, is expected to visit the Rockets next month, the L.A. Times reported recently, and with the Pacers shopping Paul George, he’s another star in Houston’s sights.

The Rockets, according to The Chronicle, would be willing to deal for George and take the chance they could keep him beyond the 2017-18 season even though he’s understood to want to join the Lakers when his current contract is up next summer. Houston, though, does not have a first-round pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, an asset that would come in handy to make Indiana an offer enticing enough to part with George.

Most Knicks fans, or anyone keeping on eye on basketball in recent years, probably would agree with Mark Jackson, especially on the last part. Phil Jackson has been highly criticized by people in NBA circles for how he publicly handled Anthony’s situation this season, especially at the end.

“We have not been able to win with him on the court at this time and I think the direction with our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else,” Phil Jackson said in his exit interview of Anthony.

Amid changes, Hawks still committed to Dwight Howard

The Hawks, like most Eastern Conference teams, are trying to find a way to unseat the Cavaliers.

After hiring new general manager Travis Schlenk, the franchise may be ready to make some changes. But don’t expect center Dwight Howard to go anywhere anytime soon.

Listen, Dwight is one of the best big guys in the league still, Schlenk told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. He averaged 13 points and 13 rebounds a game. He’s one of the best rebounders in the league. He’s one of the best rim protectors in the league.

I haven’t had a chance to talk to Dwight personally. We’ve exchanged some text messages. I certainly plan to talk to him soon and get to know him. I’m not going to judge you from what I’ve heard. Let me see you face-to-face.
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It would be a drastic move to get rid of Howard after he signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal last offseason, especially considering there is a good chance Atlanta will lose power forward Paul Millsap to free agency. Losing both frontcourt starters in the same offseason would be tough to manage.

The Cavaliers were up, 113-107, with less than three minutes left when an 11-0 run gave Golden State the 3-0 lead. Kevin Durant’s seven points in those last minutes were crucial, bringing his grand total of the night to 31 points scored.

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The Falcons scored on the ensuing possession and held a 17-0 lead after Ryan’s 14-yard touchdown run

The Falcons marched 80 yards on 13 plays on the game’s opening series, which ended with a 2-yard pass to Sanu.

The Packers (12-7) easily moved down the field, thanks to a pair of catches by Jordy Nelson, but the drive stalled inside the Falcons 30-yard line. Out trotted Packers kicker Mason Crosby for a 41-yard field goal attempt. Crosby had made an NFL-record 23 straight field goals in the postseason, but his kick Sunday against the Falcons went wide right. It was the first miss by an NFL kicker this postseason after 33 successful attempts.

The Falcons took a 10-0 lead on their next series and the Packers again responded by marching down the field. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski had plowed his way through defenders for a 12-yard gain, but was stripped by Jalen Collins inside the 10-yard line. The Falcons fumbled twice, but recovered each.

The Falcons scored on the ensuing possession and held a 17-0 lead after Ryan’s 14-yard touchdown run, his first rushing touchdown since 2012.

As great as the Falcons offense was, the Atlanta defense was also superb. Aaron Rodgers, Ryan’s top competitor for league MVP, was under constant pressure as the Falcons pinned their ears back with the large lead. Rodgers was sacked twice and went 27 of 45 for 287 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Rodgers was also the team’s leading rusher with 46 yards as the rest of the team totaled 53 yards.

Andy Reid is back on top of the NFL coaching heap for the first time in 14 seasons. Reid, in a close race over several strong contenders, was voted Sporting News Coach of the Year for his work with the Chiefs in 2016.

Reid is the sixth three-time winner of SN’s award. He joins Mike Smith, Joe Gibbs, Chuck Knox, Don Shula and Paul Brown. Reid also follows Knox (Rams, Seahawks) and Shula (Colts, Dolphins) in winning with multiple teams. falcons_079

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I would say it would be unlikely for any changes to occur, honestly, Irsay said. It’s unlikely, but look, we’ll see when we sit down and thoroughly vet the season… We’ll see what happens.

What this move means for Pagano’s future is anyone’s guess. Earlier this month, several media outlets reported a Colts source saying the team planned to keep both Grigson and Pagano, but more recent reports said Irsay was rebuffed in his pursuit of Jon Gruden to coach the team and that he is still trying to hire Peyton Manning as head of football operations.

The Colts went 49-31 in five seasons since Grigson and Pagano were hired in 2012. But after three straight 11-5 records, including a trip to the AFC Championship game following the 2014 season, the Colts have been 8-8 the past two seasons.

Grigson entered 2016 with a focus on the offensive line. Despite spending half their draft capitol going towards the offensive trenches, the Colts once again failed to make the playoffs. Under Grigson, the Colts used just four of their 14 draft picks in the first three rounds on defense, but ranked 30th in total defense this past season.

It took Trubisky a long time to earn even his one-year starting status for the Tar Heels. Kizer regressed with his decision-making and execution during a bad 2016 season for the Irish. Mahomes put up huge numbers, but they came in the defense-less Big 12 on a 5-7 team.

Game Womens Brandon Mebane Jersey We get why the scouting community likes those guys. Kizer, at 6-4, 230 pounds, has great physical tools as the best raw talent among the prospects. Trubisky, at 6-3, 220 pounds, also has the prototypical size, and he built himself up with his standout accuracy and efficiency. Mahomes, at 6-3, 219 pounds, showed a strong arm and pro-style pocket presence in a pass-heavy offense.

NFL Pro Bowl Skills Showdown will feature ball-dropping drones

Who needs a quarterback when you have a drone That was probably the thinking behind the NFL’s newest event that will be held Thursday during the 2017 Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.

How is your staff coming along in terms of the hiring process and the guys that you are going to retain

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I will say for someone like Tom Gamble, he’s got a ton of experience in this business and I’d be a fool not to sit down and soak that up and I’m eager to do that and like I said before, I’m very appreciative and I can’t wait to communicate how appreciative I am to the people in the building that are working really hard while things are kind of in flux and very soon we are all going to all be working together. I’m very appreciative and eager. Outside, I don’t want to get into specifics, but I can just tell you that we are going to be really aggressive. The response I can tell you has been magnificent from people who really want to be here.

What exactly are your duties as the GM Are you in charge of the salary cap and contract negotiations Will you oversee the scouting and college and pro personnel departments and will you have final say over the 53-man roster

You have to throw that consistency out there.

When asked whether he had any areas of work to focus on before his next start, Cole said no. He would simply have to continue to embrace the process.

That 6-4 right hander being at a loss for words is understandable. After all, his season got off to fairly successful start, as he allowed three or fewer runs in eight of his first nine outings and entered a May 22 contest against the Braves with a stellar 2.84 ERA. That night, however, Atlanta tagged him for five runs on 10 hits and started a string of four consecutive starts that have seen his ERA balloon to 4.83.

To hear Cole tell it, nothing in particular has changed in his approach or in his mechanics on the mound. The results just aren’t there.
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You have to throw that consistency out there. You have to continue to throw that quality out there, and it’s not happening, he said. It’s not very good.

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Of this group, Honeywell is both the most polished and has the biggest upside. In addition to his well-publicized screwball, Honeywell has plus command of four pitches and has performed well at Triple-A this season (3.69 ERA with a 45/6 K/BB). He profiles as a solid No. 3 starter and could provide quality innings at the back of the Rays rotation.

Lopez has pitched well at Triple-A this season (2.94 ERA with 50 Ks in 49 innings) and is almost certain to get a look in the White Sox rotation at some point. He has the potential for three plus pitches, but he’s struggled with consistency. If he can execute all three of his pitches, he has the stuff to be a No. 2 starter.