Michael Vick now ‘truly sorry’ for Colin Kaepernick comments

After being pounded across TV and social media, Michael Vick has reversed himself. He said Thursday that he’s “truly sorry” for saying Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment is due to his play rather than his protest of the American flag/national anthem last season.

Vick also said he is sorry for suggesting the ex-49ers quarterback lose his afro, get a haircut and adopt a more “clean-cut” look if he wants to save his NFL career. Vick gave his controversial advice to Kaepernick during an appearance with Jason Whitlock on FS1’s “Speak for Yourself” on Tuesday.

“I mean, those things are being handled in house,” Prescott said (via the Star-Telegram). “For me, it’s just about being a good teammate. Making sure I back these guys up, being in their corner. We’re all grown men. We know what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s about staying focused and knowing what’s important, that’s what we do on this field.”

Though Prescott seems like the beacon of hope for the Cowboys amongst a sea of police reports and investigations, he had his own troubles in March 2016 when he was arrested for DUI. The charges were eventually dropped. However, Prescott is humble when discussing recent events involving fellow Cowboys.

“I mean, I’ve made probably as many bad decisions as any of these guys have, only being 23, so I’m definitely not one that can point fingers and be mad or be pissed,” Prescott said. “All I can do is give from my young experience and the things that happened to me.”

Now we wait to see if Elliott and others learned from their mistakes the same as Prescott.t_rangers_021-115x115

Buddy Hield is making the Kings’ biggest mistake look a little less stupid

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His output against Dallas came three days after he tied a season high with 22 points on 60 percent shooting from the field in a six-point win against the Timberwolves last Saturday.

It feels good, and he’s been working hard … trying to learn a new place and how to be play in the league, Joerger told the Sacramento Bee after Hield won Rookie of the Month. He’s improving. I thought he had one of his better games against Minnesota. You know, he scores baskets, and sometimes, you know, we think he’s playing great, but I thought he played great all the way around in Minnesota.

Fellow rookie and former Kentucky man Skal Labissiere has shown flashes of the potential that once made him a five-star recruit, rated behind only Ben Simmons and ahead of the Lakers’ Brandon Ingram and the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown. Willie Cauley-Stein, also a UK product, has averaged close to a double-double (10.9 ppg, 9 rpg) the past 10 games. Those aren’t reasons for Kings fans to be cautiously optimistic just yet.

But Hield is beginning to make things better, and that’s all they can ask for.

Warriors (51-11) at Hawks (34-28), 7:30 p.m. ET 鈥?Golden State has been in a rut since Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury. A lack of music dulled that fact Sunday, but the Warriors have to go on the road against a solid team in the Eastern Conference next. Atlanta has lost five of its last seven games.

MLB trade rumors: Tigers should blow it up to get younger, better

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However, since baseball expanded the playoffs to include two Wild Cards it’s become more difficult to tell which teams should do what — which brings us to the Tigers.
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Simply, Iverson is the only MVP in the last 60 years to even flirt with Westbrook’s poor shooting percentage.

It’s fair to argue that OKC needs him to catapult shot after shot to present a respectable offense. But still, 41 percent isn’t MVP worthy.

Westbrook is the league’s leading scorer, but even that doesn’t necessarily trend toward an MVP season. Over the past 20 years, only five players have won the scoring title and the MVP in the same season — Steph Curry (2015-16), Kevin Durant (2013-14), Allen Iverson (2000-01), Shaquille O’Neal (1999-00) and Jordan (1997-98).

For a point a guard, we’ve never seen an MVP candidate score like Westbrook. But it’s also incredibly rare how reckless Westbrook is with the ball in his hands.

Westbrook leads NBA point guards — actually the entire NBA — with 345 turnovers. And while averaging 10.0 assists a game, second in the league, Westbrook is ranked 40th among point guards in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.83). He’s had multiple double-digit turnover games and is on track to break James Harden’s NBA record for turnovers in a single season (374).

Looking at a very small three-game sample size (alert!), it does suggest the early load has been placed squarely on Holiday’s shoulders to make this thing work. Despite adding Cousins’ second-ranked 37.2 usage percentage, Holiday’s touches are up 11 percent with Boogie, his average time per touch is up 13 percent and his overall time of possession is up 25 percent. Only two NBA players have touched the ball more than Holiday since the break, and that’s while his shots per game and assists are both down.

This smells of here’s the ball, Jrue. Figure out how to make these two studs happy. Two studs who each rank top 10 in the league in usage percentage, pick and roll scoring, post-up scoring. Good luck sorting that out.

Arizona freshman Lauri Markkanen declares for NBA Draft

Lauri Markkanen is the latest freshman to take his skills to the pros.

The 7-foot Arizona forward has opted to forego his sophomore season and declare for the NBA Draft, the university announced Thursday.

Markkanen made the most of his lone season at Arizona, playing in every game for the Wildcats while averaging 30.8 minutes, 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The Finland native also sunk an impressive 42.3 percent of his three-point attempts, despite his enormous size.

Markkanen, who turns 20 in May, is projected to be a top-10 pick.

The idea of Bridges as a prospect is currently much stronger than the reality of him. In theory, Bridges is a 6-7 3-and-D guy with go-go-gadget arms who can defend and knock down shots. In reality, he really doesn’t have a ton of game yet with which to work unless things go exactly his way.

He struggles to defend bigger players, as Nigel Hayes showed over the weekend, and he has no game off the bounce if teams run him off the line. These are both parts of his game that he can improve by returning to Villanova and working with assistant coaches like Ashley Howard, known as one of the better developers of guards in the country. But right now, there are a lot of parts of his game that are missing to where it would be tough for me to select him in the upcoming draft.

Due to some poor free agency decisions, they were also in a tough spot as far as improving their talent level. Davis still has three years after this one remaining on his contract, but that’s not as far off in NBA years as you’d think. Had the team continued to struggle building around him, we’re only about 18 months away from when trade rumors would have started to pop up about the 2017 All-Star Game MVP.
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Cubs’ Kris Bryant exits game with sprained finger, X-rays negative

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Wednesday’s game in Atlanta after spraining the little finger on his left hand sliding into third base in the first inning.

The Cubs said initial X-rays of the injured finger were negative and he is listed as day-to-day.

The play came as Bryant was trying to advance from seconde to third on a wild pitch. Braves catcher Tyler Flowers gunned down Bryant, who slid into third base head first and appeared to catch a finger on third baseman Johan Camargo’s foot as he tagged out Bryant.

This comes just one day after Astros All-Star Carlos Correa was put on the DL for a torn ligament in his thumb that stemmed from injuring his hand sliding into home plate in a game versus the Braves before the All-Star break.

Elite Youth Daimion Stafford Jersey Mike Trout also missed some two months earlier this season sliding into second base head first on a stolen base.

Bryant is hitting .273 this season with 19 home runs and 40 RBIs.

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Home Run Derby 2017 results: Aaron Judge conquers all with righteous, epic moonshots

Compared with Sano’s early swings, Judge looked like a fountain of energy and got the win fairly quickly with a bomb to center field for his 11th dinger. He was the odds-on favorite to take the crown, and he made good on those expectations.

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All eyes are are on a quality group of starting pitchers: the A’s Sonny Gray, the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole, the White Sox’s Jose Quintana and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander.

Earlier reports said Verlander could hit the trade market in the coming weeks. In order for that to happen, Verlander must waive his 10-and-5 rights. The Cubs and Tigers have been engaging in talks, according to reports, but the Cubs seemingly are not willing to take on Verlander’s contract.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, what will the Royals do? With some key players — Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar — eyeing free agency after the season, could the 2015 World Series champs blow it all up and go back to Square 1?

After his latest offensive outburst, Springer is batting .307 with 27 home runs and 60 RBIs already this season. He has recorded 22 multi-hit games since May 26 and is the first leadoff hitter in history to hit 27 home runs before the All-Star break.

Kelly Olynyk shows how Celtics can change game vs. Wizards

For the Celtics, things could not have been going much worse. They’d missed their first six shots and had been outrebounded by the Wizards, 8-0. The game was not yet four minutes old, but already the Boston faithful at TD Garden was groaning as the Celtics trailed, 16-3. They were on pace to give up 194 points.

That’s when Kelly Olynyk checked in for the Celtics. And boy, did he save their Canadian bacon in this one.

“Kelly came in and was huge for us,” said Al Horford, the man Olynyk replaced. “I feel like he made some big plays and just the way that he played in the first half really helped us when we were hurting to score the ball.”

That confluence of factors created the center bumper crop, which reared its head last summer and has only grown since. In a development that would dumbfound pundits from decades ago, even talented big men on reasonable contracts could be poor uses of salary cap space for some teams.

“Then you get young guys who are still getting better on the job. To me, Erik Spoelstra is the best one in that category. He is a coach who can adapt, he can be a leader, he is steady in how he handles himself and his team, and he has proven himself.

It’s hard for many to see through the bluster to the common-sense, individualistic foundation Ball is laying down. Yet it’s as simple as the old Chris Rock joke: Shaq is rich, but the man that signs Shaq’s check is wealthy.

The check Lonzo Ball would have gotten from one of the big shoe companies would have been enormous. It also would have been someone else’s check.

Not everybody is satisfied with that, and not everybody is supposed to be.falcons_041

Kevin Durant: Being able to lift weights ‘doesn’t matter’ in NBA

Limited Eric Lindros Jersey Kevin Durant has earned the nickname Slim Reaper for a reason. He’s a wiry player, standing tall with not much meat on his bones. But he’s also a former league MVP and one of the most dangerous players in the game, which is why he’s telling top NBA Draft prospects to skip the upcoming combine.

In an interview with ESPN, Durant had plenty of crticisms of the combine. His 2007 performance at the event has been well-documented as he had a terrible showing, most notably being the only prospect at the time who failed to bench press 185 pounds.

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Fizdale gave his players a little extra push by saying, They’re not gonna rook us. The first-year head coach is tapping into every underdog story in order to drive the Grizzlies toward a rare comeback. If it doesn’t work, what’s the harm? If Memphis does steal a couple games or somehow the series, it’ll be looked at as a turning point.

Not to completely discount the importance of strategy, but a lot of coaching comes down to more than drawing Xs and Os. Fizdale understands that. Sure, the rant cost him $30,000, but he may have gotten much more back in return.

Kawhi Leonard doubtful for Game 2 despite negative MRI results

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On the plus side, Leonard’s MRI on his ankle revealed no structural damage which gives him a chance to play again this postseason.

Unfortunately for the Spurs, Leonard has been listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s Game 2 against the Warriors.

The Spurs led by 25 points at one point Sunday, but ultimately lost 113-111 after Leonard left the game midway through the third quarter.

Many have called the foul by Warriors center Zaza Pachulia dirty because he stuck his foot into Leonard’s space following his jump shot. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was among them.

Whether the foul was fair or foul, the result certainly changed the scope of this series.

A 37.8 percent three-point shooter in his one season at Kansas, Jackson projects to help the Suns’ floor spacing. Phoenix’s small forwards T.J. Warren (26.5 percent) and Derrick Jones Jr. (27.3 percent) were neither high efficiency nor high usage outside shooters last season.

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15.6 percent odds of No. 1 pick 鈥?This could be the second coming of the Showtime Era Lakers with Magic Johnson, now the team’s president of basketball operations, offering advice to Lonzo Ball, a point guard with good size who’s also an exceptional passer. There’s a good chance, regardless of how the lottery shakes out, that Ball’s basketball journey will take him from Chino Hills (Calif.) High School to UCLA to the Lakers.

Aaron Judge dents Yankee Stadium with latest home run

Aaron Judge made his mark on Yankee Stadium Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

The sensational rookie hit his MLB-leading 28th home run in the fourth inning, a towering shot to centerfield, and he left a dent in the stadium for good measure.

Judge confirmed Monday that he will be competing in this month’s Home Run Derby along with teammate Gary Sanchez. Few predicted this level of success for Judge after he struggled to make consistent contact in a brief stint with the Yankees last season.

Not only has Judge flourished this season, he is a serious threat to win the Triple Crown.

The question with Belichick now: Is the personnel boss making the coach better, or is the coach making the personnel boss better? The last two offseasons have made a strong case for the former, an amazing feat considering his status among the greatest coaches ever in any sport. Since rallying to win the Super Bowl last February, they have schooled the rest of the league on roster movement, so that their additions were almost an embarrassment of riches. In a competitive field, Belichick reigns.

Schneider and Pete Carroll have deftly juggled personalities, roster changes, contracts and an up-and-down NFC West, and they have gone at least one round in the playoffs six of their seven years together. Their franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson, is locked up long-term. They dangled the idea of trading Richard Sherman, then regained their senses. They’re among the NFC favorites again. Schneider has earned his annual high ranking.warriors_048-115x115