Why it’s better to laugh with JaVale McGee than at him

JaVale McGee is one of the most underrated figures in the NBA. Yes, he was a punchline for a long time. You could say he was appreciated then, but mostly because we were laughing at him on Shaqtin’ a Fool. Now, we can laugh with him.

McGee’s been better than ever for the Warriors this season, especially in the playoffs when Kevin Durant was missing due to injury. His averages on field goals and field goal attempts have gone up, too.

It hasn’t been easy to shake his old, blundering reputation. He also got into a wild Twitter beef with Shaquille O’Neal over Shaqtin’ that had everyone involved — Durant, the Warriors as an organization, even Shaq’s mom — jumping into the fray.

OK, so that one was maybe a mixture of laughing and looking on in mild horror. But he’s also the butt of jokes that are more in good humor — like Andre Iguodala using toilet paper with his face on it. (Iguodala and McGee have been teammates twice now, first with the Nuggets and now again with the Warriors.)

McGee can poke his own fun, though. He gave the whole Golden State team blankets with Draymond Green’s sleeping face on them, since Green was exposing everyone else’s naps on Snapchat.

NBA aside, we’ve also recently gotten some great glimpses into McGee’s personal life. His latest is posting this picture of him holding his baby daughter like a phone.

This was just the beginning for Westbrook. He would finish with three 50-point triple-doubles on the season.

“Official Photographer”

The world was watching when Westbrook’s Thunder and Durant’s Warriors met for the first time on Nov. 4. The hype was out of control for this game and Westbrook took it to another level when he showed up at Oracle Arena wearing a pinny that said “Official Photographer”.nike_redskins_2188

4 reasons we’re so happy Marshawn Lynch is back in the NFL

Marshawn Lynch is back in the NFL, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Even though he continued to entertain us during his retirement by starting a fire with one of his dreads in the wilderness with Bear Grylls and riding a bike around Houston, Scotland, for a Skittles Super Bowl commercial, football wasn’t the same without his antics.

Whether Lynch was leaping over the goal line or repeating I’m just here so I don’t get fined so often to reporters that he eventually trademarked the phrase, he was never afraid to be himself.

There are many memorable moments from Lynch’s career that kept us waiting eagerly to see what he would do or say next. We’re looking forward to adding many more to this collection from Lynch’s new chapter with the Oakland Raiders.

Watt is an outside backer, unlike his hell-raising defensive end of a big brother. He was a college starter for only one year at Wisconsin, but it was a great year. Watt had 63 tackles and 11.5 sacks for the Badgers. Watt is not massive; he measured 6’4, 252 pounds with 21 bench reps at the NFL combine. But he’s an explosive athlete, with a 4.7-second 40 time and a 37-inch vertical leap. He’s going to get sacks. We like sacks.
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The Steelers have really enjoyed making this sort of pick in the last few years. They got Jarvis Jones from Georgia in the first round in 2013, which failed. They got Ryan Shazier, an athletic inside linebacker from Ohio State, in 2014. That worked well. They got Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree in 2015, and the jury’s still out there.

Elite Kids Orlando Pace Jersey This is the fourth time in five years the Steelers have gone with an uber-athletic linebacker in the first round. That’s mostly because they’ve been old at the position, but I’m convinced it doesn’t hurt that Pittsburgh always rallies around a good linebacker. Watt would be a thrilling first-rounder in this market even if his last name were not Watt and his brother were not a future Hall of Famer.

Mike Mayock thinks Reuben Foster is still a top-10 NFL draft pick after failed drug test

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Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster revealed Thursday that he failed a drug test at the NFL Combine, but NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said Friday that he doesn’t believe it will do much to Foster’s draft stock.

Foster blamed food poisoning for forcing him to hydrate to the point that his urine sample was reported as diluted at the NFL Combine. The league treats that as a failed test, and Foster was later sent home from the event after a heated argument with a hospital worker.
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After Mixon was drafted, Adam Schefter gave us an idea of just how many teams said they would not take him.

One AFC executive told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Bob McGinn, I don’t have the confidence in him to draft him. We can get another back. He added, You may turn down a special guy but the special guy’s got risks. I couldn’t do it.

Another executive told McGinn, How can you in our (large) market? How could you in any market take that guy early or in general? Off the board, an AFC executive said to McGinn. Me, personally, I’d have a very hard time living with that.

Of course, there were four teams who said that they would. An NFC executive that spoke to McGinn said, What he did was terrible. It was three years ago. He got suspended for a year. It’s not like he hasn’t paid a price. Since he did, he’s been fine. It will come down to the owner. I think a lot of owners will be very skeptical doing it. If I was in the 20s I’d take him.

Giants would be smart to sign LeGarrette Blount

Authentic Cameron Fleming Jersey LeGarrette Blount is still a free agent after the Patriots decided to move on from last years rushing touchdown leader. He might not be on the market much longer. The New York Giants and Blount reportedly have mutual interest,according to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport. The Giants would be smart to sign him to bolster their 29th-ranked rushing attack.

He feels like his age isnt slowing him down.

On that point, I feel great,Blount said in February. Im in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to.

I couldnt eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade, Foster told Rapoport. Then a few coaches said something about me being too light. And Im a coach-pleaser. I dont care what everybody thinks, but I care what coaches think. So I drank and ate as much as I could without throwing up. Then I went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test.

Now that Foster has a failed test as a professional, he is in the NFLs drug program, which means periodic, random tests. But he says hes not worried.

Put me in the program, he said. Test me.
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Once considered the consensus top linebacker in the draft class, the concerns stemming from his trip to Indianapolis have caused him to slide on draft boards. Temples Haason Reddick has jumped ahead of him on many mock drafts, although SB Nations Dan Kadar still ranks Foster as the best at the position.

It will only take one NFL franchise to roll the dice on Foster, but concerns about failed tests have scared away teams in the past.

Dan Rooney’s greatest gift to Pittsburgh: Transforming steel town into City of Champions

“We’ve lot of won a big games in New England,” he said. “We’ve won a lot of games through the years. A lot of great wins, a lot of team victories. But you know, a night off training camp is pretty close to some of our biggest wins.”

From there, Belichick thanked the coaches and praised the state of Ohio — where his NFL head coaching career began with the Browns. He waved through an applause while exiting stage left. Tim Hinton, the Ohio State executive director for football relations, then took the mic and called for an encore.

“If you could take a minute for one more applause for the best coach in the United States of America?” Hinton asked.

Everyone obliged, and few could argue at this point. Even if he’ll never admit it, it’s clear Belichick is enjoying this victory lap. When will it end?

“Sometimes kids think they know it all,” Jim Kelly said then. “Chad’s like a lot of other kids. Sometimes your mom, dad or uncle have advice and you think you know better. It’s part of maturing — how much do you really want this?”

Chad Kelly got into legal trouble before he landed in Oxford. He reportedly fought with bouncers and police officers in Buffalo in late 2014. The Buffalo News said Kelly was accused — though it wasn’t clear by whom — of telling bouncers, “I’m going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place.”

Kelly later took a non-criminal plea deal and agreed to community service. He didn’t get into any similar trouble during his two seasons at Ole Miss.

And at the highlight of Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze era, when the Rebels won the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 2015 season, Jim sat in the Superdome in New Orleans to watch — way, way up in the nosebleeds.
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Silvio Berlusconi finally sells AC Milan.

After three years of headaches with multiple bidding groups, Silvio Berlusconi’s company Fininvest has finally completed the sale of AC Milan. The new owner is Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux, a holding company led by Chinese businessman Yonghong Li.

The Pacers end up with the No. 7 seed and a date with the Cavaliers. Indiana found its identity right in time. The Bulls get No. 8 and a series against the Celtics. What a weird season they’ve had.

Here’s the full schedule for the first round, tipping off Saturday afternoon.

The other important part of Wednesday night was ironing out the NBA draft lottery odds. The Knicks and Magic hurt their odds badly by winning on the final night. The Sixers, unsurprisingly given their experience in this game, came out ahead. The full draft order has some ties that need to be resolved, but Portland is on track to have three picks in the first round.
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This probably doesnt mean a whole lot for the Indians. And if you think that contradicts my thesis, well, buddy, let me tell you that

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They are one. They are intertwined by the skein of baseballs fates, super prospects who arent prospects anymore, who could both lead the Twins to unimaginable heights or unthinkable failures.

Dwyane Wade started his 2017 playoffs getting blocked by the rim

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Wade came away with a steal in the passing lane and took just one dribble before elevating over Thomas in the second quarter of the Chicago Bulls first-round playoff matchup against the Boston Celtics. But the ball rocked right off the front of the rim and into Al Horfords hands.

Antetokounmpo has to have a standing reach of, like, 96 for this photo to be possible, I think. Lets say he has pulled the rim down by four inches or so, and there are actually two or three between his feet and the ground, which on closer inspection, seems likely. Add all that up, and its still absurd.

Thats why they call him the Greek Freak and why hes able to do things like finish top 20 in every major stat — the first time anyone has ever done that.

In Game 1, Antetokounmpo was the best player on the floor and it wasnt close. He was clearly also the longest. I started covering the league as a backup newspaper beat writer in the late 90s. It was a different, more insular time. Pregame interview sessions with coaches were informal, often held in their offices. Players were generally approachable and locker rooms werent as crowded. Our work was read primarily by those in our coverage areas, our colleagues, and the teams we covered.
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I covered the 76ers, which gave me one of the best seats in the house to watch the Allen Iverson show. Theres never been anything like it for reasons that went far beyond the confines of the court. Each game was a test. It was a chance to prove that one man could break the game into a million tiny pieces and that all the broken glass was worth it.

Switzer was ready to run the Boston Marathon, coach Briggs was ready to support her

The pair practiced together and when Switzer sailed past the finish line of a 26-mile run with ease and decided to tack on an extra five miles for good measure, she proved to her coach she was ready.

Switzer was ready to run the Boston Marathon, coach Briggs was ready to support her — but the world wasn’t. Kathrine knew she needed to register for the race officially, but didn’t dare use her full name for fear of the attention. Instead she registered as “K.V. Switzer,” and traveled with Arnie to Boston.

Chuck Bednarik Womens Jersey When the race began, Kathrine felt welcome. Several fellow runners said it was great to see a woman running along with them, but this experience was quickly sobered into the race. Switzer was chased by a race official who tried to stop her competing.

“A big man, a huge man, with bared teeth was set to pounce, and before I could react he grabbed my shoulder and flung me back, screaming, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!” Then he swiped down my front, trying to rip off my bib number, just as I leapt backward from him.”

In a world where players like Didi Gregorius and Freddy Galvis are hitting 20 home runs in a season, maybe every hitter is a power breakout candidate?

To help narrow the focus on who might take his slugging up a notch this season, I’ve refined our hang-time-consistency research that identifies power breakout candidates by borrowing from the cutting-edge work the MLB Advanced Media research team has performed using their exciting new data source, Statcast. Their team has created a new statistic called “Barrels” that identifies batted balls as barreled if they are hit with a combination of launch angle and exit velocity that results on average in at least a .500 batting average and at least a 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Kuchar spun his tee shot on the par-3 16th directly into the cup.

Matt Kuchar made the first hole-in-one of the Masters on Sunday evening, shortly after 5 p.m. ET. Kuchar’s ace came on the par-3 16th hole Augusta National Golf Club.

CBS’ Verne Lundquist said it was the 18th ace in Masters history. The 16th hole is playing at 170 yards this week. It’s been among the easier holes on the course, with 40 birdies made there in competition so far. But nobody had aced it — or any other hole on the course — until Kuchar knocked his tee shot in on Sunday.

Kudos to these two fans who brought it to the seventh inning of Friday night’s Twins vs. White Sox game and kept us on the edge of our seats.

In the video, the guy on the right had the clear advantage: He finished his beverage first, and he had a lighter touch on each of his flips. Better technique and fundamentals are usually key.

But, man, the guy on the left just steamrolled him in the greatest comeback since J.K. Rowling’s perfect response to someone telling her they want to burn her books. And he did it with one eye on his opponent!

After flip cup, they kept their antics going into the bottom of the eighth. In addition to that, a simulcast of the television coverage will always be available at NBC Sports Live, though it may require login credentials from a cable or satellite provider. Either way, you’re totally covered trying to watch the races in the United States.
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The league cited a conflict of interest as its reasoning.

The NBA issued a memo to team broadcasters on Monday, stripping them of their power to vote for league awards, according to Indiana Pacers play-by-play commentator Mark Boyle. The message cited a conflict of interest, with team broadcasters having a direct impact on local players’ accolades, which in turn could impact their money made in the long term.
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What else do you expect from a legendary wrestler who has spent his entire life trying to get people worked up? Getting cheers and boos is what he lives for.

Flair still keeps up with WWE and notes that his favorites also happen to be his friends. “My favorite is still Triple H but I like [Randy] Orton a lot.” In the early 2000s Flair, Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista formed Evolution, a group that dominated wrestling by touting its past, present, and future. Flair excelled as the elder statesmen ready to pass the torch. It’s a role he has revisited.

Most recently, Flair has accompanied his daughter Charlotte who is making her own mark in wrestling. Billed from the Queen City (that’s Charlotte, N.C.), the second-generation superstar has already become one of the most talented women in WWE as the company focuses more on women as competitors equal to their male counterparts.

Biggest 2017 game: Fresno State (Oct. 6). It’s maybe the best shot at a conference win, but it’s also a chance for a confidence booster after a draining September.

Summary: San Jose State was looking for its personal Fleck when it hired the energetic Brent Brennan to replace Caragher. With a rugged non-conference slate and only a couple of units with senior starters, he’ll probably have to wait until 2018.

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