Rays send Tim Beckham to Orioles

Limited Alan Branch Jersey The Orioles acquired shortstop Tim Beckham from the Rays just before Monday’s MLB trade deadline

Tampa Bay announced the addition of Orioles prospect Tobias Myers in return.

Limited Troy Hill Jersey Beckham was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, but struggled to translate his skills into MLB success. The 27-year-old middle infielder, who can play second base and shortstop, is in the midst of his best season. He is currently slashing .259/.314/.407 with 12 home runs, 36 RBIs and five stolen bases.

Beckham became available after Tampa Bay acquired Adeiny Hechavarria from the Marlins last month.

Thoughts: Bowker and Martinez had a minimal impact in the bigs after the deal, and Turpen, Crawford and Pucetas all failed to make the majors. Molina played the second half of the 2010 season with the Rangers and that ended his time in the majors

Lopez, obviously, became a mainstay in that Giants’ bullpen for years to come. They might not have won a single World Series title without him, much less three of them 鈥?he made 23 total appearances in 2010, 2012 and 2014, with a 0.73 ERA, and only nine of the 44 hitters he faced reached base. Guillen, Ramirez, Ray and Fontenot all made solid contributions for the Giants down the stretch of the regular season.

Thoughts: Fryer has carved out a decent career as a backup catcher. Neither Erickson nor Weems ever made the majors. Hinske and Hairston both were useful bench players for the Yankees that year.

This year is the only clear title shot for this Steelers core.

And really, this should be a special season. Antonio Brown is still Antonio Brown. Bell will remain a star if healthy, and Roethlisberger should still be one of the handful of best quarterbacks anywhere. Home run-hitting receiver Martavis Bryant is conditionally un-suspended after missing last year, and a top-three offensive line is fully intact.
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The defense got better last season and played well in the playoffs until it came up against Tom Brady. It’s a good enough unit to win a Super Bowl but probably only if it’s attached to a devastating offense. That’s what the Steelers have in this moment.
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Bell is a singularly dominant running back and Roethlisberger a Hall of Fame quarterback. The Steelers will fall off considerably without either of them, and this is the last year both are guaranteed to play together. If it’s their swan song in the same backfield, the Steelers can only hope they’ll make beautiful music.

Teez Tabor displayed first-round talent at Florida, but poor performances in the lead-up to the draft led him to the Lions in the second round. He and 2017 signee D.J. Hayden are high-ceiling players who will have several questions to answer with their new team. Hayden, the 12th overall pick of the 2013 draft, failed to live up to expectations with the Raiders but could be aided by a change of scenery.

The team also still has defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who interviewed for the Chargers head coach job last spring — his ninth interview in the last three years. Austin wasn’t able to mold last year’s unit into even an above-average squad, but his spectacular 2014 continues to give the team hope.

Bill Belichick has some very good advice about training camp

Training camps are underway around the NFL, and it’s everybody’s first true football fix since the Super Bowl in February. While it feels like a monumental milestone, Bill Belichick wants to remind you that what you’re seeing now doesn’t mean as much as you might think it does.

On Friday, Belichick — who is usually short-winded with his answers (except when it involves actual football) — delivered a long speech on why the early parts of camp don’t really matter.

Kaepernick has said that he won’t continue his national anthem protest this year. And he’s working with a trainer to make sure he’s in game shape. He has more experience and has achieved more in this league than quarterbacks like Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer, and Nick Foles, who are all on rosters right now.

The fear of fan backlash is a flimsy excuse. Kaepernick’s officially licensed merchandise sales demonstrate that he has plenty of fan support.

The most common working theory for Kaepernick’s continued unemployment is that he’s being blackballed by owners who fear a negative fan response to his national anthem protests. Giants owner John Mara, who was slow to cut kicker Josh Brown despite a known history of domestic violence, claimed there was an outpouring of fan anger about last year’s national anthem protests like he had never seen.

“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara said, via the MMQB. “If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot.”

Charges dropped against ‘redneck’ Stanley Cup catfish thrower

Jake Waddell and his catfish are off the hook.

Youth Roosevelt Nix Jersey The charges pending against the Predators fan for throwing a catfish onto the ice at PPG Paints Arena during Monday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final have been dismissed, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

The two teams are meeting in the postseason for the third time, including the past two seasons — series won by the Predators due in large part to the standout play from goalie Pekka Rinne. The three-time Vezina Trophy finalist was stellar again Friday, stopping 27 shots.

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1. Predators’ James Neal — The winger finished Game 1 with a plus-1 rating and six shots on goal in just under 20 minutes of ice time. He now has four goals and one assist in 11 games this postseason.

2. Predators’ Mattias Ekholm — The defenseman was key in holding the Ducks to just 29 shots but was also effective on offense, recording two assists. This postseason, the Predators have enjoyed 30 points from its defensemen.

3. Ducks goalie John Gibson — Despite suffering the loss, Gibson had a playoff-career high 43 saves and was masterful while the Ducks survived 1:28 with a 5-on-3 disadvantage in the third period shortly after Hampus Lindholm’s first playoff goal in two years tied it for the Ducks.

Nashville TV station thinks Predators are heading ‘to the Stanley Cup Finals’

You’ll have to excuse the folks in Nashville. They’re not used to this.

After the Predators closed out their second-round Stanley Cup playoffs series with a 3-1 victory over the Blues, Nashville television station WSMV showed footage of happy yellow-clad fans leaving Bridgestone Arena.

One of the things we love doing is taking ordinary life situations and making them a wild and crazy experience. The Predators were a natural group to collaborate with since the whole city is rallying around them, including us,. Austin Bever (the Austin in Austin and Colin) told The Tennessean on Monday.

It was going to be a low-key (read: low-budget) effort, until the Predators got involved, at the CEO’s behest. Soon it involved Bridgestone Arena, dancing with mascot the Gnash and the Predators Ice Girls, as well as with fans at a watch party last Thursday.
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The video was uploaded Sunday afternoon to the duo’s Facebook page and by Monday afternoon had been viewed more than 640,000 times.

The Preds can close out the series and reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time with a win Monday.
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Nashville appeared to grab a 1-0 lead in Game 6 when Colton Sissons banged home a rebound early in the second period. However, referee Kevin Pollock clearly whistled the play dead before the puck went in because he lost sight of it after Matt Murray made an initial save. What Pollock did not see is that Murray, with his back turned towards the official, never had control of the puck, and it had bounced into the blue paint where Sissons was waiting.

That particular play is not reviewable, an unfortunate bad break for the Predators and another sign in the eyes of conspiracy theorists–and Crosby haters–that the league wanted Crosby and the Penguins to win the Cup.

Joel Embiid attempts monster dunk, gets blocked by rim, fails hard

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Authentic Mens Kirk Mclean Jersey Joel Embiid was blocked in the first half by Kristaps Porzingis. In the second half, he was blocked by the rim.

This third-quarter dunk attempt versus the Knicks is one that Embiid probably wants to wash from his memory.

Thankfully, Embiid bounced right back up, and in his defense, he suffered a sprained ankle in the first half, so maybe his hops aren’t all the way back yet.

In any case, this might not save him from #Shaqtin.

Singh repeatedly described his desire to help open doors back home. His role in this process is not to be the Yao Ming of India, though. He probably isn’t good enough 鈥?Yao was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft and possessed a set of skills that translated to him winning Sporting News Rookie of the Year. (He finished second in a close vote to Amar’e Stoudemire for the NBA’s official Rookie of the Year Award.)

Instead, Singh can hope to be India’s Wang Zhizhi. The 7-foot center was the first Chinese player to reach the NBA, two seasons before Yao. Wang managed a five-season NBA career, playing for the Mavericks (under Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson), Clippers and Heat. He then returned to China and concluded his lengthy, decorated playing career last season.

Kellyanne Conway the other day said that he wasn’t really making fun of that handicapped person. It’s beyond, it’s incredible. It just really makes you wonder how far would someone go to actually cover for somebody that much. The comment was well you have to look in his heart, you don’t know what’s in his heart. He wouldn’t do that. Well, no, he did it. And all the things that he said during that time, if our children would’ve said it we’d a grounded him for six months. Without a doubt. But we ignore all that because, because why? That says something about all of us and that’s what’s dangerous, or that’s what scares the hell out of me to this day. It makes me uneasy.