Don’t expect NFL to change May 16 Rule anytime soon: ‘There’s a lot of factors’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey spoke to media Thursday after his first minicamp practice as an NFL running back, he said he would be in favor of changing the rule that prohibited him from participating in offseason workouts until his college, Stanford, ended its school year.
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Tom Savage Limited Jersey About 24 hours later at a Charlotte hotel located 1.4 miles southeast of Bank of America Stadium, NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent explained why McCaffrey and those who agree with the 21-year-old won’t be getting what they want anytime soon.

I’ve always wanted to be an All-Star, wanted to be a dude that can help lead the team, LaVine said. At Minnesota, it was us three young guys and we were all building each other up. Andrew and Karl were No. 1 picks, so this might be the first time that I get really more of the center stage. It’s going to be a little bit different. I’ve got to go in there and be a leader. I have to go in there and be someone that can lead a team and someone that can help out and try to build this place back up.

LaVine is an athletically gifted scorer, who averaged 18.9 points last season before an ACL tear forced him to sit. Considering so much of LaVine’s ability comes from his athleticism, one has to wonder how much of an impact this ACL tear will have on him. The timetable for his return is still uncertain, and the Bulls have to make a decision next year on his team option.

As for LaVine’s All-Star aspirations, it may be difficult to gain much attention on the Bulls. The team has been stripped of most of its stars, as it looks possible that Dwyane Wade could get bought out of his contract in free agency.

LaVine is right about taking center stage, but with his ACL recovery and the rebuilding process in Chicago, it may take a while for him to be an All-Star player, if at all. But it’s good he has high aspirations about his new role with the Bulls.

Joey Gallo could be MLB’s next homer-launching phenomenon, teammates say

No one ever doubted that Joey Gallo could hit for power.

The Rangers’ infielder/outfielder has been touted as a hitter with mammoth power potential ever since he was drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft. What he has yet to develop is his ability to cut down on strikeouts and make consistent contact.

When that happens, teammates say, look out.

I am excited about Marcus Mariota and the young talent he is, Decker said, via the team’s website. He’s a big guy, and he throws a great ball. He is very accurate, and he uses his feet and gets out of the pocket and throws. He’s a talent, but I also like the way he carries himself. He is very stoic, and he seems very humble. I hear he’s a real football junkie who wants to be great, and that’s so important.

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It was kind of a perfect storm, Decker said. You only get so many years to play this game, and I wanted to find the right fit. I wanted to come to a place where I can help out, and this is home.

Limited Mens Delano Hill Jersey The move south also worked perfectly with his wife’s profession. Jessie James Decker is a noted country artist and writer, which means the couple and their young family already spend a fair amount of time in Nashville.

There were a lot of factors, Decker said. This is a team on the rise, and I like the coaching staff, the GM, and the philosophy upstairs. I like the quarterback, the locker room and the mentality. When I talked to the GM and the coaches, finding out what they wanted out of me, what my role would be, Tennessee was the best opportunity.

Curry is fully healthy and the Warriors’ earned plenty of rest

If nothing else, fatigue was a factor for Curry in last year’s Finals. The Warriors fought hard in the regular season to achieve the 73-win season and ended up going to a seven-game series against the Thunder and then a seven-game Finals with the Cavs. That’s a lot of effort expended, especially considering Curry was just coming off of an injury.
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Now, Curry is fully healthy and the Warriors’ earned plenty of rest. By the time Game 1 starts, the Warriors will have played just 19 games in the last 63 days. The rest has benefited the guard as he’s been on fire this postseason, averaging 28.6 points while shooting 50 percent from the field, 43 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line. Oh yeah, and he’s averaging 5.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds as well.

Kevin Love also struggled from 3-point range, drilling just 1 of 7 from deep. He scored just nine points with 13 rebounds and six steals. The Cavs shot just 12 of 44 as a team from beyond the arc.

The Warriors are well on their way to capturing their second NBA championship in the last three years and have the chance to be the first team in history to go a perfect 16-0 during the title run. The addition of Durant has paid dividends as a matchup nightmare. Though Golden State shot just 48 percent from the field, it made key baskets and stops when the game was on the line.

I have no problem with him doing it, it’s just something from a competitive point, for me, I guess when I played it would have been tough for me to join Detroit. Having said that, he has the ability to do it, guys are doing it, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Game Mens Dez Bryant Jersey As Rivers repeated, he doesn’t have an issue personally with Durant because as a free agent, it’s his choice to go where he wants. But he’s clearly upset with the trend of star players teaming up with other stars to create a dominate force in the league.

Lamar Odom’s daughter speaks out about dad’s terrifying overdose

For the first time, Lamar Odom’s daughter has spoken about her perspective on his drug overdose and how she has dealt with her father’s addiction.

Destiny Odom, 18, said her first thought upon hearing her father was unconscious in the hospital after overdosing in a Las Vegas brothel was that he was going to die.

“It was a school night when I found out,” Destiny told People Magazine of the October 2015 incident. “We all thought that he was, that this was it for him and he was going to pass away. But, life is so crazy.”

Yes, we double-checked to make sure the tweet came from the real Woj’s account, not one of the countless imposters that turn up this time of year. Then again, some of the fake Woj Twitter accounts could come up with better trade scenarios for the Lakers than the one they reportedly agreed to Tuesday night.

Mozgov just finished the first season of a four-year, $64 million albatross of a contract, so this trade amounts to a significant salary dump for the Lakers, who are clearing cap room for potential trades and free-agent signings (see Paul George and, just maybe, LeBron James) the next two summers.

And by dealing Russell, the Lakers are probably confirming the inevitable: drafting UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick Thursday.

From the Brooklyn perspective, the Nets get a quality young asset in Russell for the price of one season of Lopez, whose contract expires in 2018, and a late first-round pick. Russell started 60 games for the Lakers last season while averaging 15.6 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Watch: LeBron James, Cavs teammates jam at Future concert

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The Cavs are making the most of their free time before the NBA Finals.

Authentic DeMarcus Ware Jersey Ahead of the team’s third consecutive meeting with the Warriors in the championship series, LeBron James and his teammates decided to do some bonding at a Future concert Saturday night outside Akron, Ohio.

James, who was joined by J.R. Smith and Dahntay Jones among others, was spotted dancing with his squad two days after eliminating the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Anunoby’s game is one of contrasts. On one hand, he might have more defensive upside than anyone in the NBA Draft due to his size, length, frame and athleticism. On the other, he’s probably the least polished offensive player in the draft 鈥?to the point where it’s difficult to see where he makes an impact on that end right now. Coaches can work with the offensive side, though, as his shot overall is workable mechanically. He’s recovering from a torn ACL.

Mitchell is one of the best athletes in the class, and his 6-foot-10 wingspan helps to make up for his size. He’s a strong instinctual defender who creates plays, as well as a reformed shooter who hit 37 percent of his attempts this season from deep. If he can add to a solid game off the bounce, he has a chance to become a starter.

Jackson led North Carolina to a national title this year and has excellent positional size for a wing shooter at 6-8. He’s not an elite athlete, but he has tremendous feel for the game and should be able to step in and space the floor immediately. His defensive footwork is also underrated.

NBA Finals 2017: LeBron James ‘stopped caring a long time ago’ about critics

LeBron James has learned a thing or two about concentration after seven consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

When asked how his team would recover from a sluggish start to this year’s championship series, a 113-91 loss to the Warriors in Game 1, the Cavs star emphasized one of his secrets to his success is ignoring critics and keeping his focus on the court.
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Myers added, We’ve got a little bit of a runway here to see if things change and when he feels better, we’ll make that determination, but right now, it’s unfortunately status quo. Meaning, he’s doing what he can, but we’re not able to say, I’m not able to say, and most importantly, he’s not able to say he’s able to coach yet and we’re trying and he’s trying.

Kerr, who is dealing with complications from two back surgeries he had in 2015, has not coached the Warriors since April 19, in their Game 2 win over Portland in the first-round. On May 5, he underwent a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak, notes.

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As for Kerr’s return to the bench, Myers said, At this point there’s not really an update. … I know people are writing and saying certain things and that’s probably because he’s been more visible, he’s around. But there won’t be an announcement that he’s coaching Game 1 or anything like that and as to (when it gets closer) if something changes, we’ve always said that we’ll speak on that.

49ers GM Trent Baalke fired; coach Chip Kelly learns same fate

Chip Kelly met with 49ers ownership following Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks and learned his fate. It was the same as that of general manager Trent Baalke, who was told he was relieved of his duties in San Francisco hours earlier.

Baalke confirmed the news to San Francisco radio station KNBR on Sunday.

It was the right thing to do. This is a class organization, Baalke, who had been with the 49ers for 12 years, told the radio station.

Roethlisberger should also be wary of the Kansas City weather. He’s been terrific in the cold over his career, but this week, Bell sets up as a more reliable element in those conditions.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, sit as a very vulnerable run defense. They’re not as bad as Miami, but they still allowed 4.4 yards per carry in the regular season. They’ve lost a key player who could help contain Bell as a runner and receiver in inside linebacker Derrick Johnson.

Including his performance against the Dolphins, Roethlisberger has been a much different, much better QB in his seven home games this season. He rated 115.3 and completed 70.9 percent of his passes. He averaged 302 yards per game and 8.7 yards per attempt. His 22 TDs well offset his 7 INTs.

Early in the season, Big Ben’s big road struggles were tied to not having Le’Veon Bell rolling in the running game like has been the past seven games. Roethlisberger was caught often in a one-dimensional attack in trail mode, bound to lead to more inefficient play for even the best QBs. In other games, however, it was tied to forcing big passes that weren’t there and some bad decision-making.

Prosecutor in Adam Jones case wants to know NFL’s punishment before acting

Matthew Slater Mens Jersey The prosecutor in court proceedings against Adam Pacman Jones for recent incidents in Cincinnati said he’s waiting to see what if anything the NFL does before proceeding with the case.

The Bengals cornerback faces charges of assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business and harassment with a bodily substance for his alleged actions early Jan. 3 at first a downtown hotel and later at the Hamilton County Jail. The harassment with a bodily substance charge Jones allegedly spit on a nurse is a felony charge that could lead to a one-year prison sentence if he is convicted.

Jones’ attorneys last week waived his right to a speedy trial, and the judge ruled proceedings would continue Feb. 10. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told he wants to know how the NFL will handle the case.

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Here’s how it went down over a long weekend (via and the San Jose Mercury News): After he reached out to Shanahan last week to express his interest, Lynch spent Thursday night with York in the Bay Area, then he flew to Atlanta and met with Shanahan. The Niners also had Shanahan meet with GM finalists George Paton of the Vikings and Terry McDonough of the Cardinals on Saturday.

York came away thinking Lynch fit best, and Shanahan did too.

‘Neither of those guys are afraid of failure, and I’m not either,’ York told MMQB’s King.

Lynch is expected to be introduced Monday at a news conference. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lynch was given an unprecedented six-year contract, as will Shanahan when his deal becomes official after the Super Bowl.

Marshawn Lynch, Skittles and Scotland what’s not to love

Move over Loch Ness Monster there’s a new Beast Mode invading your territory.

We’ve found out why Marshawn Lynch, mythical and legendary as ever, was in Scotland popping dangerous wheelies on a bike a couple weeks ago.

The retired Seahawks running back was there to spread his Skittles love with a Scottish Lowlands village called Houston and ask them what they felt about Super Bowl 51 being played there next Sunday.

The only problem is, you know, the game is in Houston, Texas, United States, and not Houston, Renfrewshire, United Kingdom.

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A few history lessons and a few expletives later, Lynch no doubt left Scotland a changed man. The media, meanwhile, is still expecting him to not talk to them at the Super Bowl.

That’s when Moseley came in. Jamie who became acquainted with Moseley earlier in his broadcast career asked him to come on and help coach the Generals’ special teams. Moseley himself admitted the idea hurt his ego at the time. After all, he was a 16-year NFL veteran, a former All-Pro kicker and NFL MVP.

‘But as I started thinking about it, I said, ‘I can’t be selfish,’ Moseley told SN. To me, it was something that touched my heart.’

Game Mens Demarcus Lawrence Jersey Moseley’s 16-year career, which ended with the Browns in 1986, had not ended the way he wanted. He was released from the Redskins that same season, and no longer felt joy from the game when he retired. But he felt he was still good enough to have finished his career on a higher note; it wasn’t too hard for Jamie to persuade Moseley, then 47, to assume kicking duties for the Generals.

2017 MLB All-Star voting: Bryce Harper continues to lead NL balloting

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continues to lead all NL All-Star vote-getters in the most recent update of balloting released by MLB on Monday.

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Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, third among outfield vote-getters, has the slimmest lead among players currently holding starting spots, some 58,000 votes ahead of teammate Ben Zobrist.

Mo Alexander Elite Jersey It’s really important. It’s realizing that, when these African-American middle schoolers, they look on TV and they look at the NBA and it’s all African-American guys, they watch football and you’ve got a lot of African-American guys playing. But they flip to a baseball game and they don’t see that many guys who look like them, he says. They don’t see that as being an option for them, just based on the fact that there aren’t a lot of guys on the field who are African-American. And it’s unfortunate that that’s the mindset. And the parents of those kids, I’m sure they see the same thing. They see that baseball is an expensive sport, and there’s not a lot of African-Americans playing, so they don’t want to jump into that. That doesn’t feel safe to them.

That’s what I’ve gotten out of this. It’s, OK, how do we come up with a solution to open this thing back up and say, 鈥楲ook, you guys can come get this sport. This is for you’? Baseball is looking for athletes.