Ben Roethlisberger has ‘no hard feelings’ towards Le’Veon Bell ahead of preseason debut

Ben Roethlisberger’s time to get in on the preseason action has come.

Although he likely won’t play more than two series with his offense, the Steelers quarterback will suit up and make his debut in the team’s third exhibition game Saturday against the Colts.

“It’s going to depend on how well we play, how long we play,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Hopefully if we go down the field and score …”

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Gronkowski is showing a new side of himself this season, as the notorious party boy made some lifestyle changes during the offseason by adopting quarterback Tom Brady’s training program.

After suffering a number of injuries that limited his play over the last few seasons, Gronkowski opted to put an emphasis on his overall health and general physical preparedness by working with TB12 Sports Therapy Center leader Alex Guerrero. Gronkowski revealed on Wednesday that he has even cut out both coffee and alcohol.seahawks_099

Anthony Davis is doing the #DriveByDunkChallenge in a driveway near you

On Thursday, the great James Dator introduced us to the brand new viral internet hobby, the #DriveByDunkChallenge, which is exactly what it sounds like: You drive around and dunk on every rim you see, even if it’s in someone’s driveway.

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The only question is how many takes were done. Given the goofy Red Bull sip — are we to believe A.D. needs his wings to dunk on an 8′ hoop? — and lack of seatbelt, I’m guessing three.

The #DriveByDunkChallenge is the perfect salve for the NBA’s summer downtime. But forget the big men: We need to see Isaiah Thomas, Chris Paul, and the NBA’s little guys out here.

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Two-Pat is an efficient shooter, but has remained at low volumes his entire career. He’s an undersized but active defender, and he’s pretty young at 28 years old. Patterson is a major candidate to go to a franchise where he’ll work himself into excellent shape, boost his per-game numbers, and set himself up for a payday in one year. Consider him the next James Johnson (replacing the passing with shooting).

There’s an understandable instinct to rationalize another Celtics’ failure to turn their bushel of assets into a star. Danny Ainge’s most recent offer for George — unveiled suspiciously soon after George went to OKC, for the record — was a better one than the package Oklahoma City presented. Tom Ziller is right: the Celtics can’t help it if the Pacers did something dumb.

Here are the most underrated players in ‘NBA 2K17’

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NBA 2K18 is set to release next month on Sept. 19, and it looks amazing. The graphics are unreal, and the new features will make you feel like a real-life NBA general manager. It’s time to start planning how you’re going to beat all of your friends in the new game.

Everyone knows how good the superstars in the game will be. Steph Curry will hit threes from wherever, Kyrie Irving will blow by anyone, and LeBron James will dunk on anyone. Those are obvious. But when playing in 2K leagues and fantasy drafting for GM mode, you need to draft a bench.

We’re here to help you find some of the game’s underrated players who you haven’t used before. Take note of them when the new game comes out.

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The Lynx will hopefully see Whalen return before the playoffs begin in early September. Minnesota is good enough that they might be OK without her, but the last week hasn’t been a good indication for that being true.

In a showdown with the Lynx, the Sparks — second-best team in the WNBA — won soundly. Their 80-74 victory on Friday was spurred by Chelsea Gray’s 23 points and Maya Moore recording a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double.

The 1996 NBA draft class had the best rookie photo EVER

The 1996 NBA draft class brought out two future Hall of Famers and a ton of personality, but Slam Magazine didn’t know that when it took this iconic picture of the standout rookies ahead of their league debuts.

I’ve owned the team for three years now, and I really better understand what an owner’s responsibility is — and it turns out that running a franchise and coaching are two enormous and different jobs, Ballmer said.

Ballmer went on to say that the Clippers need two functional strong people to build this team. He also said players need to have a different relationship with the head coach and front office.

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Ballmer told ESPN, Doc has won a championship, one of only a few coaches in the league to do so. Two-thirds of our lineup will be new, and there’s a huge job to bring everybody along to fit together.

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This enthusiastic Vikings fan has glorious dance moves

Look, we’re all happy that football’s back in our lives, even if it’s in preseason form. Some folks are happier than others though, like at Friday’s Vikings-Seahawks game, where this group of Vikings and Seahawks fans flaunted their stuff for the camera. There’s an obvious No. 1 dancer among these fans, but first I want to give some honorable mentions.

In the team’s 20-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, running back Andre Ellington led the team with four receptions. Brittan Golden caught a 26-yard pass in the game, the only reception for the Cardinals that netted more than 15 yards.

Much of the problem for Arizona has been a rash of injuries for the team’s receivers. Chad Williams, Aaron Dobson, Golden, and John Brown have all missed time and Arizona may sign a new receiver due to a combination of the injuries and lackluster performance from the receivers.

“We’ll look around, see who is available,” Arians said.

If new receivers are added to the mix, it could mean the end of the road for at least one Cardinals receiver.

“They’ve been warned,” Arians said.

With less than four weeks until the regular season opener, the Cardinals receivers have been put on notice. Start impressing Arians soon or it’ll be time to find another job.

Bennett wants other to join in on the protest, he told ESPN on Wednesday. “Because when you bring somebody who doesn’t have to be a part of [the] conversation making himself vulnerable in front of it, I think when that happens, things will really take a jump.”

A few hours before the game, Michael’s brother, Martellus, posted his first political cartoon in honor the NFL players sitting during the anthem. He specifically mentioned his brother as an inspiration for the illustration.


Brent Burns is the reigning Norris Trophy winner

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Brent Burns is the reigning Norris Trophy winner, and has scored 20 goals or more in three of the past four seasons — including a career-high 29 in 2016-17. However, he’s on this list because he, too, has never won a Stanley Cup since entering the league in 2003-04.

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Calvert, who in his seventh season is Columbus’ longest-tenured player, knows all too well how it feels to dwell in the NHL’s basement. The franchise’s last playoff run was in 2013 鈥?when they lost in the first-round loss to the Penguins 鈥?and the only one before that was 2009.

In a year’s time, the Blue Jackets transformed from last place, owners of the third overall draft pick, to the top of the league.

Columbus’ turnaround starts and ends with the 2013 Vezina Trophy recipient, who’s again playing like a front-runner for the award this year. Bobrovsky’s .933 save percentage and 39 wins are tops in the league (among goalies with at least 30 starts), and he’s second in goals-against average (2.06). That’s a far cry from his slash line of career worsts 鈥?15-19/.908/2.75 鈥?during an injury riddled season in 2015-16.

Grading Aaron Judge and the rest of the 2017 Home Run Derby participants

The four best Home Run Derby candidates are participating in the Midsummer Novelty, and that’s all that matters. I could spend a paragraph or two complaining that Justin Bour or Mike Moustakas might take some of the attention away from our sweet brobdingnagian dinger angel Aaron Judge, except that’s just petty. The Home Run Derby will feature the four contestants I wanted, and four others to round out the numbers.
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Here’s the full list of Home Run Derby participants, in order of how excited I am to watch them:

Here’s a little bit on how these minor league equivalencies work. They’re not projections of what might happen in the future, but they’re a good way to look backward at how a player would’ve done in a major league environment.

That makes sense given their physical builds. Jordan’s baseball size, as listed by Baseball Reference, was 6’6 and 205 pounds. Tebow’s is 6’3, 255. Tebow is only slugging .364 for his entire minor league career, but again, Jordan slugged .266 in Double-A. That’s couldn’t hit your way out of a wet paper bag territory. He had 21 extra-base hits in almost 500 at-bats, which is brutally hard to do if you’re not a pitcher.

Both of these guys are bad hitters by the standards of the professional game. Tebow’s extra oomph probably makes him better on the whole, though.
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They need a starter who can match up with the other team’s top two pitchers just in case their lineup is getting bested, a complement to Keuchel at his best. Verlander might be that guy. Or he might be a rich man’s Samardzija at this stage of his career — good for keeping his team in the game and giving them a chance to win, but not necessarily dominating or putting said team on his back anymore.

Diamondbacks vs. Cubs odds 2017: Chicago, Jon Lester home betting favorites for Tuesday

The Chicago Cubs have won each of their last five series and taken over first place in the NL Central in the process. They’ll hope to stay hot when they return home Tuesday night for the series opener of a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Chicago is a -180 home betting favorite with Jon Lester on the mound at sportsbooks monitored by Patrick Corbin will attempt to lead the Diamondbacks to an upset as +155 underdogs.

The Cubs wrapped up a five-game road trip over the weekend with four wins, taking both games over the Chicago White Sox and two of three from the Milwaukee Brewers. After an underwhelming first half that saw Chicago enter the midseason break below .500 at 43-45, the Cubs are now looking more like the team that won the World Series last year with a 13-3 second-half record.

As far as everything besides that though…is there a baseball team that wasn’t providing toilet paper and towels? Or replacing their towels at a decent rate (especially after 162 games of wear and tear)?
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It’s apparently important to have this in the CBA since parts of it weren’t happening. However, it does provide the opportunity to imagine how this could play out down the road.
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A player getting reprimanded for tucking away some of the hair products for his own use and trying to argue that they were specifically provided under the CBA? A team being publicly called out for not having towels and hand wipes in the locker room at all times?

This could have ramifications (it probably won’t) that ripple far and wide (they won’t). But it is funny to think that someone had to figure out how to incorporate please put toilet paper in the bathrooms into a pile of legalese that affects the entire league.

CB Tramaine Brock to begin job hunt with Seahawks, report says

Former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock, cleared last week of domestic violence charges, is a free agent looking for a job, and he’ll start his search Tuesday with the Seahawks, Pro Football Talk reported, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the situation.

The Seahawks clearly are very familiar with Brock, who played seven seasons for the Niners in the NFC West.

Seattle would consider Brock, who has 11 interceptions in his career, at the corner opposite Richard Sherman.

The Niners released Brock in April after he was charged with criminal domestic violence, The charges were dismissed last week, but it’s unclear whether he still faces punishment under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The Buccaneers’ second-year kicker — yes, still a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft — missed an extra point and a field goal in Tampa Bay’s preseason-opening loss to the Bengals.

The Cowboys running back will also claim that Thomas told friends and acquaintances to to lie to the police about his relationship with her.

Elliott’s father, Stacy Elliott, tweeted out an itinerary of the points Elliott’s legal team plans to outline and said his son is “ready to fight.”

Elliott was handed the six-game suspension on Friday after more than a year-long NFL investigation into claims that Elliott abused his ex-girlfriend. The length of the suspension was a surprise, especially because no charges were filed against Elliott and because team owner Jerry Jones said he didn’t see Elliott being sidelined by the league.

“I came out of my meeting and I actually had a text on my phone and the first text that I saw it was the most crazy thing in the world,” Watt said Saturday (via the Houston Chronicle). “I read the text and it said, ‘I see your little bro out there ballin’, hope all is well.’ And I looked and it was from Kendrick Lamar. … It was a pretty wild thing to see.”


Cardinals’ 9-run inning highlights offense-heavy day in MLB

If you enjoy home runs and offense, Sunday was a great day to follow Major League Baseball.

Teams throughout the league put up some crooked numbers on the scoreboard, as the day epitomized the offensive explosion in the game this year.
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Rumors: The Dodgers were originally linked, but their current conversations are focused more on Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray than Verlander, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi.

To tell you the truth, the past couple of years what I was doing really wasn’t working too well so I had to change some stuff last year, Peacock told Omnisport. I did it at the All-Star Break in Triple-A. I changed my arm angle and learned a new pitch from one of my buddies and just practiced it down there and brought it to the season.

Peacock primarily was a fastball-changeup-curveball pitcher in 2013-14 for the Astros, but now throws his slider more than 35 percent of the time and has a batting average against of .201, much of that due to the slider.

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The end result has been Peacock’s best season to date both out of the bullpen and in the starting rotation. He will get the start Thursday when the Astros, who lead the AL Central by 13 games, take on the White Sox.

According to MLB Rule 1.06, major league bases are marked by white canvas or rubber-covered, and are securely attached to the ground. In recent years, the lack of give in bases has been cited as a source of numerous hand injuries incurred by players during head-first slides.