Money being raised for LeBron statue in Akron

While LeBron James is trying to hang another banner commemorating a championship in Cleveland, a fellow alumnus of St. Vincent/St. Mary High School is trying to erect a statue in Akron, Ohio, of the Cavaliers star.

“I mean, I don’t know,” James said. “I don’t have a particular pose in mind. Like I said, I think it’s the thought that counts. It’s pretty cool.”

Should the requisite money be collected, several locations are in play to put the statue, including outside St. Vincent/St. Mary and outside James’ I Promise School, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Carey has also already met with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to discuss the project, according to the newspaper.

His best season came in 1976 when he had 1,042 yards from scrimmage and scored 10 touchdowns.

Johnson was a star quarterback in college, leading Georgia to two bowl victories and setting the SEC career record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,799. He also competed on the Georgia baseball team.

Johnson’s survivors include his wife Charlotte and three children, Kristy, Brent and Brooke. A visitation is scheduled Saturday from 3-5 p.m. ET at Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens, Ga., with a graveside service set for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, Ga.

“I felt like in the fourth quarter we just ran out of gas,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Scored 12 points. Tried to buy a little rest for our guys, but yeah, they just outplayed us in the fourth and they earned it.”ravens_122

The Eagles are planning to trade out of the first round.

At this point, the Washington Capitals must view the Pittsburgh Penguins like Charlie Brown does a football, Wile E. Coyote does the Road Runner or the New York Jets do Bill Belichick. They are an insurmountable obstacle, a constant and unavoidable hindrance. The twee definition of insanity has long been “doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.” But can one really be insane if he is at the mercy of a playoff bracket and his rival’s stubborn refusal to check out in the first round? Or does that still fall under the diagnosis?

There have been many, many lowlights for Washington. Here are the 10 lowest in their postseason battles with Pittsburgh:

But no matter where they pick, running back is likely the target, with Guice and Sony Michel both being considered. Offensive tackle also might be an option.

Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama: Atlanta has ample athleticism throughout its defense, but Payne will serve a needed role as a run stuffer who can handle the dirty work.

Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina: New Orleans has flirted with finding another tight end for Drew Brees, and the sure-handed Hurst could handle a starting role right away. 

Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama: Replacing Ryan Shazier won’t be easy, but the athletic Evans can cover a lot of ground and shore up a defense with several holes up the middle.

Isaiah Wynn, G/OT, Georgia: Even after ponying up for Andrew Norwell, Jacksonville might look to further bolster its offensive line with the fleet-footed Wynn, whose truncated build portends a move inside.

Starlin Castro (R), 50 percent, Miami Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies (RHP German Marquez): One of the few advantages of playing for a bad team is that Castro is locked into the three-hole in the Marlincanucks_667s lineup. He’d bat much lower on nearly any other team. On Saturday, he finds himself in a nice spot against Marquez, who has allowed a career .258 ISO to right-handed batters. In fact, Marquez has surrendered 11 hits to righty batters this season, and seven of them have gone for extra bases.

More importantly, the Cardinals appeared to be setting Holland up for a save opportunity in Thursday’s extra-inning win over the Mets. Unfortunately, the save opportunity never came, but the fact that Bud Norris (who has been serving as the team’s closer) was used in the eighth inning could be telling. Holland is still available in roughly 45 percent of ESPN leagues.

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has enjoyed the draft process. Well, most of it.

During a recent visit with PFT Live, Allen admitted that the amount of time that people have to talk about the draft on TV, radio, the Internet, etc. can become a little tiring. So I asked him what about the ongoing chatter regarding Josh Allen bugs him the most.

Any team that falls into the 0-3 hole is going to be in a bind, but this is one series that hasn’t looked all that close since it started. And I had such high hopes for it in terms of entertainment value and drama going in.

Ben Arledge, associate editor: Well, all of them. The Maple Leafs probably have the best team on paper of those in a 0-2 deficit, but they’ve looked helpless against the Bruins. The New Jersey Devils seem unable to contain the Tampa Bay Lightning to a similar degree. The Anaheim Ducks and Capitals have surrendered the opening two contests in closer fashion, but 0-2 is 0-2. And did we mention that the Kings are already in a 0-3 rut?

Hardy, who trains with American Top Team, has a 3-0 record as an amateur, with all three victories coming by way of knockout in under two minutes.

“I thought their defense was outstanding. That was the story of the game. They made it really tough for us offensively. We just couldn’t score, and it’s a bad combination to play defense as lackadaisical as we did. I don’t think we were very physical, not very aggressive. They pretty much scored at will, and we weren’t shooting well on the other end. So that’s a bad combination.”

The difference a healthy Leonard could make on the court is undeniable.

Last season, when Leonard matched up as a defender against Kevin Durant (17 times in Game 1 of the 2017 conference finals, second most among Spurs defenders), the Warriors averaged 82.4 points per 100 possessions. Conversely, with Danny Green matched up with Durant 20 times in Game 1 last season, the Warriors averaged 180.0 points per 100 possessions.seahawks_058

NFL heiress Jacqueline Kent Cooke will be forced to schlep to court yet another time, after prosecutors refused to offer the society blonde a plea deal.

Wearing a cream-colored dress, complete with demure black bow and open-toed heels, the daughter of late Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke appeared briefly in the dingy courtroom Wednesday alongside lawyer Robert Caliendo.

Commanding voice. Presence about him that signified that the moment was big. And, he honored the game. He was fair, he never tried to make it about him. And he was arguably the best to ever tee up his analysts.

Had an enthusiasm for the moment. I can still hear him saying on a college football game: “Is there a better way to spend an autumn afternoon?” You’d wait for him to like be in awe of what was unfolding at the event and it was just like a gee-whiz kind of a line that would leave his lips. He had a kindness about him that I really think came out on the air.

Gifted wordsmith. Versatile broadcasters. He too carried that boyish enthusiasm for sport. He was a farm kid out of Michigan, and he had a little bit of that disbelief that I’m sitting here presenting the Super Bowl to you, or the Rose Bowl, or Wimbledon, and the Final Four.

There will be a steep price if the Rams or anybody else plans on acquiring the controversial receiver. ESPN reported that it would take two first-round picks to land Beckham, which is a price that any team is unlikely to pay. The Rams have the No. 23 pick in this year’s draft.

The paper asked Gurley, who was trying to steer clear of tampering, how “hypothetically” Beckham would fit into the offense.

“There’s always enough snaps,” Gurley said with a broad grin. “There’s always enough snaps. If we had him, man, it would be awesome. I’d be happy, [Jared] Goff will be happy, Coach [Sean] McVay will be happy, [owner Stan] Kroenke, the whole team would be.”

But for now, it still appears Beckham, who spends his offseasons in Los Angeles, will remain with the Giants in the final season of his rookie contract.

That community of college football — I’m talking coaches, fans — they trusted him. He was their voice. But I do think that his career was so much broader and bigger than that.
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As for Gruden, he presses forward with a tight end corps of Cook, Lee Smith, Derek Carrier and Pharaoh Brown.

Reid Ryan, Astros president of baseball operations: When Marwin hit the home run in Game 2, it just energized the team. It was like, ‘We stole one out there,’ and everybody felt like we had a shot at this. It was the first World Series win ever for the Astros after getting swept in ’05 and losing the first one in L.A. Winning that game got the monkey off everybody’s back. We were like, ‘Hey, we’ve won a World Series game. We can do this.’

Walford, a former third-round pick, had the worst season of his pro career in 2017, earning just nine catches for 80 yards in 13 games. He ended 2017 on injured reserve due to a concussion. Despite the struggles, the athletic tight end should land on his feet elsewhere.

The Houston Astros will raise their 2017 championship banner when they begin their home schedule Monday against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park. The following night, owner Jim Crane has arranged for the team to distribute 900 World Series rings to everyone from Jose Altuve to the coaches to the stadium ushers and even some long-term and loyal season-ticket holders.

The Astros are five months removed from one of the most thrilling and entertaining championship runs in baseball history, but some pivotal moments remain vivid. As the Houston players and team officials enjoy the ceremonies, here’s what they recall most from the team’s postseason journey.

Charlie Morton: The first thing I remember is how we got to Chris Sale. Because of how good he is, I think that set the tone right off the bat. It just got the ball rolling.”

After failing to get running back Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension overturned last year, and then taking a $2 million loss on legal fees in his efforts to block Goodell’s contract extension, Jones said he had no regrets standing up to the league’s power structure.

When you get pretty supportive then you run or get a chance to pay the fiddler, Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. I have understood that. The commissioner has that power.

Jones had previously aired his concern’s about Goodell’s power and said he spoke again on the topic during a meeting Monday, and plans to again when they meet in Atlanta in May.

It was very satisfactory and we will address more of it in May, Jones said, but I was very satisfied.

Derek Fisher: Marwin’s homer was the most overlooked moment in the World Series. That moment was the first one where I can remember exactly where I was and what I was thinking. I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s huge.’
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Sean McDonough: Monday Night Football wasn’t fun, we got the worst games

When ESPN announced that Sean McDonough would no longer be the -by- voice on Monday Night Football, they tried to put a positive spin on it. McDonough himself is not putting such a positive spin on his tenure there.

McDonough told WEEI that he wasn’t enjoying himself working NFL games on Monday nights.

His dad, Darrin Hayes, has been in prison nearly Mathieu’s whole life. He was in for robbery when Mathieu was born—and then the day he was released for the robbery, he shot Donald Noten four times. Hayes was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole. Mom? She was flat-out absent from Day 1.

“I’ve got two kids now,” Mathieu says. “I couldn’t imagine. As a kid, I struggled with, ‘Why is my life like this? I want this but I have this.’?I struggled with that the most as a kid. I couldn’t understand it. And it made me angry.”

And while it may not mean anything for his future employment, it appears Colin Kaepernick is at least trying to stay prepared in case anyone decided to stop blackballing him.

If a netminder underperforms, it perhaps carries unfairly heavy influence on the overall result, but the end, the goaltender is still a part of the team.Tellin’ ya, Daric, you’d better keep your phone charged.

The Eagles have had one of the most eventful a team has ever had, swapping quarterbacks, shipping out disgruntled stars, revamping a defense and dealing with allegations of racism against their head coach.Spend some of his own money, build a resume of 450SX races and stay ready.Being on PUP he had a little bit of extra time terms of starting right at the beginning of the.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is in Minnesota, so there is a chance he won’t return to the Seahawks. The Seahawks want to keep him but not at what he reportedly is asking.

Seattle has offered Richardson a deal worth $11 million a year, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports, but Richardson wants $15 million a season.49ers_126

Kris Dunn injury update: Bulls PG suffers chipped, dislocated teeth

Kris Dunn is in danger of missing some time.

The Bulls point guard took a nasty fall late in Wednesday’s 119-112 loss to the Warriors, resulting in two chipped and dislocated front teeth. He was also evaluated for a concussion.

“I’ve watched the celebration about 50 times. It’s just awesome,” says Rooney, who made 29 saves through overtime, then turned away four of six Canadian shots in the shootout. EPA/SRDJAN SUKI
“A lot of our first-timers have never lost to Canada in a major tournament. They show up to tournaments, and they’re ready to go. They haven’t experienced that,” Lamoureux said.

But in Rooney’s case, it’s something beyond her naivete toward Canadian dominance. It’s that calmness. It’s that enthusiasm. It’s all the emotions she embodied that, as a goalie, lent a confidence to her team in the gold-medal game.

“You can’t teach that. I don’t think she understands what a big deal that is,” Lamoureux said.

Embiid could soon become even more dominant because he stated Thursday that he hopes to be cleared for back-to-backs by the end of the month.

Joel Embiid “hopefully back-to-backs by the end of this month, I’ll be able to play.”

More bench spots can help even that out, but it also means fewer players will be available to pick up as free agents throughout the season. Be sure to weigh your options with this important decision.

You can also include injured reserve (IR) spots, so you can stash an injured player until he is ready to play again without sacrificing one of your active bench spots. Given the amount of injuries in MLB these days, it can often be a good option to have at least one but more often two IR spots.packers_009

Warriors ready to get back to work after restless All-Star break

“We know it’s time now to get the right habits going into the playoffs, trying to get in a groove,” Green said. “So we’ve got to come back ready to go to work. Look forward to trying to close out the season the right way.”

The Rockets were without guard Eric Gordon, who was a game-time scratch with an illness. P.J. Tucker started in his place and had 11 points in 28 minutes.

Trevor Ariza, who missed the previous nine games before the All-Star break with a hamstring injury, was back in the starting rotation and scored 11 points in 26 minutes.

The Timberwolves have lost four of their last six.

“Injuries are an unfortunate part of the NBA,” Thibodeau said. “The next guy has to get up and be ready to get the job done. Every night is a challenge, but dealing with your injuries and being mentally tough when you face adversity is a big part of winning. We have to find a way to win.”

After draining 14 3-pointers, the Rockets have hit at least 10 3-pointers in 54 straight games, which is twice as long as the previous NBA record of 27 consecutive games set by Houston last season. Six Rockets had 3s on Friday night, including three apiece from Ariza, Tucker and Harden.

Paul arrived to the Toyota Center wearing a tan cowboy hat and a double-breasted button-down western shirt tucked into tight blue jeans with a buckled belt and cowboy boots to complete the ensemble. Friday marked Go Texan Day, which is celebrated in Houston as the kickoff to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

“For us mortals, it would be real difficult, but for somebody like him, not much. I’ve known Joe forever and he’s a machine. He just keeps playing, doesn’t get tired, he’s strong and just really understated in his game.” — D’Antoni, on 16-year veteran Johnson.

How are Vegas bookmakers preparing for this inevitability in the second half of the season?

For many, it will be business as usual, with tanking seen as just another aspect of booking the second half of the NBA season.
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When the Patriots and Raiders meet Sunday in Mexico City, they’ll be two teams that prepared for the high altitude in advance.

The stadium is nearly, 7,300 feet about sea level — some 2,000 feet higher than Denver’s Mile High Stadium, which give opposing teams trouble.

The Patriots, 7-2 and leading the AFC East, played the Broncos in Denver on Sunday and stayed in Colorado all week to work out at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, which sits at approximately the game altitude as Mexico City, so they could remain and train at mile-high altitude.

McCarron, a 2014 fifth-round pick, might be a better fit requiring far less draft capital. Browns head coach Hue Jackson was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator in 2014 and ‘15 so he already knows McCarron’s capabilities. Giving up at least the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft would be a necessity with Garoppolo.

McCarron took over at quarterback down the stretch of the 2015 season after a broken thumb sidelined Andy Dalton. In seven games (three starts), he connected on 79 of 119 passes (66.4 completion percentage) for 854 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions, which was good for a 97.1 passer rating. McCarron would have a playoff win to his name but for the Bengals’ ill-timed defensive penalties late in a wild-card loss to the Steelers. He didn’t throw any passes in 2016.

McCarron will not be entering the open market like Garoppolo after the season despite being in the same draft class. He didn’t earn a year of service toward free agency in 2014 because he spent most of his rookie season on the non-football injury list with a shoulder injury.

Raiders: Leave it to the Raiders to take a chance on a character-questionable player, picking Ohio State CB Gareon Conley at No. 24 overall despite recent rape allegations hanging over his head. The Raiders went DB in the second round, too, with UConn’s Obi Melifonwu.

After that drive, Glennon is now 20 of 27 for 173 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during the past two preseason games, a major improvement over his performance (2 of 8 for 20 yards and a pick-six) in the preseason opener against the Broncos. The Bears clearly want Glennon to win the job and give Trubisky a chance to spend at least part of this season learning the position from the bench, and Glennon’s performance of late is much more encouraging than what Chicago saw early on.

Bears wideout Cameron Meredith left the game at the end of the first quarter after suffering a gruesome knee injury. He caught a pass over the middle of the field and got sandwiched between two defenders, resulting in his knee bending in a way that knee are not supposed to bend. (Don’t watch the video below if you have a weak stomach.)

Word out of Pittsburgh is Tomlin and the Steelers plan to be on the sidelines Sunday in Baltimore for the anthem. They should especially honor Villanueva while they’re out there.
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Super Bowl 52 MVP odds: 5 best bets to upset favorite Tom Brady

The Patriots are significant favorites (by 5 1/2 points) to beat the Eagles in Super Bowl 52. And Tom Brady is an even more overwhelming favorite to win his fifth Super Bowl MVP award.

Bovada has released its early Super Bowl 52 MVP odds, and Brady is listed at 4/5. The next closest player is at 13/4, and the field is at 20/1.

The only time New England won the Super Bowl and Brady wasn’t named the game’s most valuable player was the 24-21 Super Bowl 39 win over Philadelphia. That year’s winner, wide receiver Deion Branch, had 11 catches for 133 yards thanks in big part to Brady. When New England lost the Super Bowl twice with Brady to the Giants, his counterpart Eli Manning winning game MVP both times.

Amendola has lived up to Gronkowski’s new nickname for him — “Danny Playoff.” All the guy does is make clutch catches in the middle of the field, all the way into the end zone.

Amendola is the reason why the Patriots aren’t missing Julian Edelman too much at this point of the season. He could match the MVP performance Branch had against the Eagles.

Darren Collison added 15 points for Indiana, which snapped a three-game losing streak in San Antonio.

The Spurs pulled within 83-76 with 5:03 remaining on Davis Bertans’ 3-pointer, but San Antonio committed two turnovers on the next two possessions.

“It happens a little too much with our team,” said Pau Gasol, who had 14 points. “We get a little bit out of whack. We don’t execute, we’re a little sloppy at times and we pay the price. We can’t afford mistakes like that.”

One game after scoring 31 in a loss at Vanderbilt, Reath made 9 of 14 shots and also grabbed eight rebounds. He scored the game’s first four points and helped LSU (12-7, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) build an early double-digit lead in a wire-to-wire victory.patriots_002_f174cdaf1d0e1cef-180x180