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

No one can boast a Twin Towers frontline as formidable as New Orleans’ version.

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No one can boast a Twin Towers frontline as formidable as New Orleans’ version. Fit is a real concern here, considering the Pelicans went a disappointing 6-11 with Cousins in the lineup next to Davis. An offseason should help Alvin Gentry and his staff maximize their talents.

How they move up: It’s hard to see how Holiday, even with a healthy full season, would beat out a loaded West backcourt to another All-Star bid or All-NBA team. Crazier things have happened in this league. The real problem is that the team lacks movable assets to exchange for the third star.

Elite Mens Vince Wilfork Jersey For example, Solomon Hill, Omer Asik and E’Twaun Moore will make $31 million combined next season and they ranked 126th, 204th and 286th in ESPN’s RPM last season, respectively. However, the team does have all its first-round picks going forward.

Wanna know why the Warriors and Cavs make up the only Finals trilogy in NBA history, and why they’re a favorite to make it a Round 4? The Cavs are still the only big three in the NBA while the Warriors are the only big four. Everyone else is still hoping to find that third piece (Does Hayward make Boston a big three or a big two?)

It wasn’t any better before Jackson arrived in Cleveland either

They were clear with me we have a No. 1 receiver that’s not even in his prime yet, and that we also have a freakin’ stud in Sterling Shepard, so there’s only one ball, Marshall told The New York Post on Tuesday. I want this to be my most efficient year. It may not be my best statistically, but when it comes to the standpoint of efficiency, I really want to dominate in that category.

Marshall, 33, had his best season in 2015 during his first year with the Jets, with 109 catches for 1,502 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdown receptions. He then logged 59 catches (seven drops), the lowest since his rookie season, for 788 yards and three scores last season. Still, the 11-year veteran’s 168 receptions were 63 more than any other Jets receiver over that span.

I know I could have gone to another team and caught 100-something balls and put up 1,500, 1,600 yards, but that’s not the mission right now, Marshall told The Post. That’s not the goal. My goal is to touch that Lombardi Trophy. Sometimes you got to sacrifice. There’s gonna be times where I may think I’m open or may be open and not get the ball, and it might hurt. I understand I’m in a great place, and the only thing that matters is bringing home that trophy.
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It wasn’t any better before Jackson arrived in Cleveland either, with Mike Pettine having to deal with the fiasco that was 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel.

I want to be the starter of this team, and I’m working every single day to put myself in a position to earn that starting job, Osweiler said at practice Wednesday. But my focus isn’t about who is getting what reps. My sole focus is ‘What can I do today to be a better player, have a good practice and make my teammates better?’
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That focus is serving Osweiler well so far, and the quarterback competition is sending Jackson to the liquor cabinet. Go Browns.

Holograms could be the new way to introduce NFL players — and Tom Brady loves it

Tom Brady, a hologram?

That could become a reality as former NFL player Tully Banta-Cain looks to develop the idea as soon as this upcoming season.

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The Richmond, Va., man loved them so much, in fact, he dedicated his obituary to getting the Nats some bullpen help.

Killebrew, 68, died June 20 at his home. His obituary on Richmond.com notes that he passed away peacefully бн after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead.

On June 19, the Nationals bullpen gave up two runs in the late innings to lose 8-7 to the Marlins.
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Killebrew’s last wishes were to remedy the Nats’ bullpen woes. A U.S. Navy veteran and longtime attorney, Killebrew asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Nationals Bullpen Fund.

Killebrew’s sense of humor in his obit attracted the attention of other Nats fans. One comment left on Killebrew’s memorial page at lastingmemories.com notes, A total stranger here, offering my condolences. You had a great sense of humor! I hope you get to watch many Nationals victories from up above.

his home run came off a starter who the Cubs seemingly couldn’t get to all game long.

The biggest reason it doesn’t matter is that they’re not going to miss out on great candidates to replace him. The field is wide-open for them, and that doesn’t happen very often.

A busy hiring/firing season among coaches six openings, just a hair under the norm of seven or eight in recent years has not been matched with GM openings. Last year there were five changes; back in the 2013 offseason, there were seven. Until Saturday’s Grigson move, though, only the 49ers had made a change this offseason. That’s the Colts’ only competition.

The inevitable chase of Peyton Manning has been completed, at least for now, although clearly Irsay is leaving the door open for Manning to join the front office in some capacity.

Taylor’s grand slam gave Kenley Jansen the chance at a save and extend his MLB record of most strikeouts without a walk to begin a season. He now had 40 in 23 innings and zero base on balls.

As for Schwarber, his home run came off a starter who the Cubs seemingly couldn’t get to all game long. With Chicago down 3-1 in the seventh inning, the former Indiana Hoosier gave the Cubs a 5-3 lead they would never relinquish.

It was an exciting moment, a big moment to put us ahead in that spot, he said after the game. And to be able to hold those guys off and come out with a win was big.

It was just a ho-hum day for Oakland’s Ryon Healy Saturday. The A’s first baseman didn’t hit a grand slam like so many others were doing. He just had to go 4-4 with two home runs to make up the difference. He drove in three runs and scored two himself just for good measure in the 10-4 win over the Nationals. sharks_158

Celtics GM says Lonzo Ball rejected workout request ahead of NBA Draft

Earlier this month LaVar Ball said his son Lonzo would work out only for the Lakers. Turns out he wasn’t bluffing.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge appeared on the Toucher & Rich radio show Thursday and confirmed that Ball’s camp turned down a request to work out with the team. Boston, of course, has the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft next month and Ball is a potential selection, but Ainge admits the rejection doesn’t bode well for him.

It’s not ideal, Ainge said about how Ball’s rejection affects his chances with the Celtics.

Barry proceeded to tell Parker he didn’t know the game and should be ashamed of himself. It got personal from there, as Barry and Parker turned what was supposed to be a basketball question into a name-calling session between third-graders on the playground.

Barry is correct about the decision made by James. In attacking the basket, James faced likely Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green as well as help defender Kevin Durant at the rim. Stephen Curry rotated down to prevent an easy pass to Kevin Love, leaving Korver open in the corner. According to NBAsavant.com, Korver shot 59.6 percent from that spot during the 2016-17 season.

Limited Womens Jay Bromley Jersey The problem came when Barry hit Parker with the you never played the game argument and the loser comment. Barry could have easily torn down another silly Fox Sports hot take about LeBron by sticking to Xs and Os, but he fell into the embrace debate trap, and here we are.

For the best analysis on that specific play, just listen to James himself. This should (but won’t) silence any critics.
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Paul Pierce ready to say Kevin Durant has passed LeBron James as ‘best player’

Kevin Durant has been the clear Finals MVP through the first two games, and perhaps high off of recency bias, Paul Pierce said Sunday night on ESPN’s postgame show the Warriors forward may be the best player in the world today.

Despite battling a knee injury toward the end of the regular season, Durant enjoyed an impressive first year with the Warriors. The sweet-shooting small forward averaged 25.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while adding length and versatility to an already stacked roster.

Durant’s stance, if it holds true, will make life easier for the Warriors this offseason because point guard Stephen Curry is in line to sign one of the new five-year, supermax contracts when the season ends.

Should Durant ultimately take less than the league max, it would create a positive domino effect on Golden State’s entire offseason. Not only would they comfortably be able to supply Curry with the pay raise he deserves, they may also be able to keep one or both of free agents Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

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This chapter of the Lonzo/LaVar Ball saga ends June 22, the day of the NBA Draft, when we’ll learn which team values the son’s talents over the father’s bluster.

Thomas Rawls makes Seahawks true NFC playoff beast again

Thomas Rawls didn’t get to play in the playoffs as a rookie. He’s wasting no time making up for lost time.

The Seahawks have been waiting for the Rawls who rushed for 161 yards in Saturday night’s 26-6 playoff rout of the Lions for a long time.

His 2015 season was cut short by a broken ankle, just as he was dominating in December as Seattle’s feature back. His ’16 season was limited to nine regular-season games after he suffered a fibula injury early.

With his team having more offensive line woes, Rawls posted only one effective game before running all over the Lions. In Week 12, he flew out of the gate in the first half against the Panthers and rumbled for 106 yards total, leading to a 40-7 dismantling of Carolina.

Bottom line: When the Seahawks are blocking like they did against the Lions and Rawls is bursting through holes like he did, they won’t lose in the playoffs, all the way through Super Bowl 51.

No, the Falcons didn’t condonedog-fighting by inviting Vick to the game. Because, again, he paid for that crime. He has expressed public remorse. He has worked with the Humane Society to help end dog-fighting. He is not who he used to be. This petition suggests change isnt possible. Or that if it is possible, it should be ignored and previous malfeasance should define someone forever. This, of course, is silly.

It would be understandable if Vick was still awaiting trial, or was unrepentant, or arrogant, or showed no signs that incarceration and humiliation had changed him. But That’s not the case.jays_1209_07538b1818b8e436-180x180

Colts fire GM Ryan Grigson

The Indianapolis Colts have fired GM Ryan Grigson, the team announced Saturday.

Team owner Jim Irsay discussed the decision during a press conference that evening.

Grigson has been on the hot seat for months, and rumors swirled that both he and head coach Chuck Pagano would be let go after the Colts finished their disappointing 8-8 season. But last month, Irsay told NFL Network that he didn’t plan any big changes in the offseason.

In fact, NFL Media reports that trading Romo is the Cowboys’ No. 1 priority this offseason, and the Broncos are his preferred landing place.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Sunday (via Business Insider) that the Cowboys, out of deference to their longtime quarterback, want to take care of him by trying first to move him to a championship-contending team.

It’s no secret, his No. 1 spot would be the Denver Broncos, Rapoport said. But from what I understand, that is not something the Broncos would be inclined to do.

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There’s also the challenge of Romo’s contract. At 36, an injury-prone Romo has three years and $54 million remaining on his contract. His cap number is more than $24 million in 2017 and ’18.

If the Broncos follow their inclination, then retirement is still a possibility, Rapoport said, while other teams mentioned as possible landing spots are the Texans, Bills and Bears.

Braves fan eats dirt in race against super hero

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The fan was tasked with beating the freeze, a between-innings race where he got a 200-foot head start against what looks to be a super hero, The Freeze. Everything was going well until the fan decided to coast to the finish line and, well, you can see the rest for yourself.

If this poor fan ever finds himself in a similar position — how many chances do you get to race a super hero, really? — I’m sure he’ll sprint from start to finish, and at least maintain his dignity.

Teixeira was clearly a first-round talent, but rumors about his signability made clubs hesitant to draft him in 1998. The Red Sox took a calculated chance with this ninth-round pick, but Teixeira, soured by the entire process , gladly played at Georgia Tech instead. A couple years later, the Rangers made him the fifth overall pick in the draft.

The Twins picked Grace in the January MLB Draft (MLB had both January and June drafts from 1966-86) out of junior college. Instead of taking the money , though, he transferred to San Diego State and hit .395 for the Aztecs, but that didn’t help his stock much. The Cubs picked him in the 24th round of the June draft, and he hit .332 in 270 minor-league games before finishing second in the NL rookie of the year voting in 1988.

The Yankees pushed hard to sign Jackson out of high school, reportedly offering $250,000 to persuade him not to attend Auburn and play both football and baseball. You know how that worked out, though. Still, it’s fun to imagine what might have happened if Jackson had focused solely on baseball his entire career (and thinking about him on George Steinbrenner’s Yankees is almost too much to comprehend).