Bryce Harper interested in participating in next year’s Home Run Derby

For those who had hoped to see Bryce Harper take on Aaron Judge during this year’s Home Run Derby, good news may be on the way.

Speaking Wednesday at a logo unveiling for the 2018 All-Star Game, which will be played in Washington D.C., Harper talked about his availability for next year’s home-run contest.

The Cavs are looking to build its own Big 4 to contend with the Warriors’ quartet of all-stars, a group comprised Stephen Curry, winner of the last two NBA MVP awards, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, meaning they aren’t willing to part with power forward Kevin Love in order to obtain Anthony. According to ESPN, New York’s front office insists Love, a four-time all-star, be included in any deal that would send its leading scorer to Cleveland where he’d join good friend James and Kyrie Irving.

With Love, the Knicks would be left with formidable frontcourt, anchored by second-year Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis.

Anthony signed a five-year, $124-million extension with the Knicks in 2014. He’s Cheap Jerseys Cycling set to make roughly $25 million this season and pocket $55 million the following two seasons, including a Cheap Jerseys China Paypal player option for 2018-19. Anthony has also been linked to potential trades with the Clippers and Celtics, a team he reportedly would be willing to waive the no-trade clause in his contract to join.

Congress seeks answers from NFL over unpaid concussion pledge

Roger Goodell is taking heat from Congress over concussion research.

Via Deadspin, a letter from members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce was sent to the league asking why $18 million is still owed to the National Institutes of Health.

Now, with President Trump in office and making executive orders such as the travel ban, Kerr continues to question him. When asked about the ban, Kerr provided a poignant response, bringing up the death of his father, Malcolm, who was killed in an act of terrorism.

As someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father, if we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, by really going against what supposedly our country’s about and creating fear, it’s the wrong way to go about it. If anything, we could be breeding anger and terror, so I’m completely against what’s happening. I think it’s shocking. It’s a horrible idea, and I really I feel for all the people who are affected. Families are being torn apart, and I worry in the big picture what this means to the security of the world. It’s going about it completely opposite. You want to solve terror, you want to solve crime, this is not the way to do it.

In theory, Taylor’s skill set fits perfectly. He’s able to both burn defenses with shots downfield and keep defenders honest with his feet. Dennison has nine years of NFL offensive coordinator experience, and QBs in those nine years have combined to average 7.2 yards per attempt. Taylor’s career average is 7.4, so don’t expect him to be coached out of his comfort zone.

It’s on Taylor to continue to develop in his third year as a starter, which would Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China have been the case regardless of who was hired to coach him. If he fails to Cheap Jerseys Baseball do so, Cardale Jones and rookie Nathan Peterman (and, sure, T.J. Yates, whom Dennison coached in Houston) will be waiting to pounce on a possible opportunity.

Chiefs’ Andy Reid to Tamba Hali: ‘If you have a problem, let’s talk about it’

Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali is making the turn toward the latter half of his career. He started a career-low two games in 2016 while tallying just 3.5 sacks, his lowest sack total since 2008.

After playing just seven snaps in the Chiefs 18-16 first round playoff loss to the Steelers he wasn’t happy, so he went off on a Twitter rant Saturday complaining about his situation.

Generally, I’m not going to tell our head coach or our GM not to bring in a player if they think that player can bring us some success on the field and make us better, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt told NBC Sports Radio (via CBSSports.com). Now there are certain circumstances where guys get in trouble off the field and that is something as an organization and as a family we care about. We’re not going to bring those types of players in.

In terms of a player like Colin, I would have no hesitation bringing him into the organization.

Alex Smith, the quarterback Kaepernick replaced in San Francisco, is currently the starter for Kansas City. But that isn’t the only odd dynamic that will likely keep Kaepernick from joining the team. Remember, Kansas City spent the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft on QB Patrick Mahomes.

Analysis (Gatto): Seattle is in the American League wild-card race despite being a .500 team, and despite having just a middle-of-the-pack ‘pen (eighth in the AL in bullpen ERA, 10th in opponents’ OPS Cheap Islanders Jerseys through July 19). The identity of the reliever possibly joining the M’s was unknown as of early Thursday on Cheap Infant NFL Jerseys the East Coast. (UPDATE: Feinsand later reported the Mariners had been talking with the Marlins about right-hander David Phelps, but it was unknown whether Phelps was headed to Seattle.)

Matt Barnes reportedly plans to turn himself in on misdemeanor assault charges

Kings forward Matt Barnes reportedly plans to turn himself in on misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a nightclub brawl Dec. 5 in New York City.

The New York Daily News reported Friday that police sources indicate Barnes could turn himself in as soon as next week. The Kings, on a road trip to face Eastern Conference teams, finish their road trip Monday in Philadelphia.

So much of what I’ve learned this year is that I thought I was doing what I needed to be doing, Syndergaard said, via the New York Times. But I realize now how messed up my body was, and I’m working hard to get it back to normal.

Syndergaard, who hasn’t appeared in a game since April 30, had refused an MRI exam after he missed a start with biceps tendonitis and shoulder discomfort, but tore a lat muscle three days later. While he has no regrets about his past decision, he has every intention of making better choices in the future to ensure he gets healthy and stays that way.

Nobody really wants to stretch now but I’ve had this desire to become a more well-rounded athlete, as opposed to just someone who lifts and is strong, Syndergaard said. I want to be strong, and be mobile, hostile, and agile.

After this offseason and after this rehab program, I don’t see myself having another Cheap Eagles Jerseys injury like that, he added. I know what my weaknesses are. I Cheap Essendon Jerseys know how to address them.

NBA playoffs 2017: Today’s scores, schedule, news and live updates

Get the latest NBA scores and updated playoff schedule below. We’ll also bring you news, updates and video highlights before, during and after each game.

The Cavaliers advanced to the second round of the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs Sunday by completing a four-game sweep of the Pacers. In the west, the Rockets took a 3-1 series lead against the Thunder with a chaotic Game 4 victory in Oklahoma City. The Celtics-Bulls series is tied 2-2 after another win by the road team, and the Jazz evened their series vs. the Clippers at 2-2 with a win in Salt Lake City.

There are three NBA playoff games Monday night: The Raptors took a 3-2 lead in their Cheap Rugby Jerseys series by routing the Bucks 118-93 in Toronto; and the Hawks evened their series vs. the Wizards 2-2 with a 111-101 victory in Atlanta.

George received similar criticism after Game 1 when he said he should be the one taking last-second shots after C.J. Miles attempted the game-winner and missed. To his credit, a day later he admitted Miles made the right play, but that quote didn’t get near as much publicity.

Saying George hates his teammates was an easy assumption following back-to-back games of criticism, but that doesn’t mean it was the reality. He was asked specifically about those players, and gave his honest opinion. He understandably wants the best out of teammates in order to win the series.

While there’s still a real possibility George leaves Indiana in the near future (either through trade or free agency), he’s dedicated to the team at the moment. He wants to win just as much as anyone.

Pacers’ Paul George fires back at media’s ‘complete ignorance’

After Game 2 of the Pacers’ NBA playoff series against the Cavs, Paul George made comments about his teammates that many viewed as critical. He said Lance Stephenson needs to “control himself” and said Myles Turner needs to “take it to the next level.”

Numerous outlets ran with the quotes, but George wasn’t happy with how he was portrayed. Many headlines claimed the All-Star was unhappy with his team, and that these quotes were evidence he wanted to leave the Pacers.

“Complete ignorance,” George said Wednesday when Cheap Replica Soccer Jerseys asked to respond to the criticism. “Everybody knows how close I am with my teammates, and to really make that the highlight of the series — I said that only to motivate us and to win the series. That’s what this thing is about. Winning. And trying to bring a championship to Indy and try to get out of this first round. That was the only story that needed to be written about.

“For them to say I’m a selfish teammate or I don’t think about my teammates, or Cheap Retro Jerseys NBA I’m throwing my teammates under the bus — I didn’t say anything bad about my teammates other than what [the media] asked that I think my teammates can do down the stretch to help this team win. I didn’t say anything that was even close to throwing them under the bus.”

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas upset at refs after finishing with 0 free throws

Standing at under 6 feet tall, Isaiah Thomas finds it difficult to navigate his way through the trees on his way to the basket. When he does decide to go that route, he’s often fouled, as he shot 649 free throws in the regular season (fifth-highest total in the league).

The free-throw line is where Thomas shines, as he shot 90 percent from there, second-best among eligible players. But in Game 5 of the Celtics’ playoff series against the Wizards, Thomas didn’t go to the line once, and the point guard was not happy about it after the game.

“But it’s just, I don’t like it when they make stuff up. … If I didn’t do a good job or I didn’t do something [correctly], then I understand that. That’s your job. You got to write it. But when you make stuff up, that’s the part that I don’t get that kind of makes me mad.”

The media criticism reached a boiling point when Lue made the choice to bench starters LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love so they could get some rest. The media, fellow coaches and players from around the league weighed in, with many opinions bashing Lue’s choice.

“That’s why I know that the media has to do what they have to do, because when you Cheap Quality NBA Jerseys rest him, they cry, ‘Oh, he should play! [Michael] Jordan would never sit!’ And then you play him 42 minutes: ‘He’s playing too much!'” Lue said. “Like, what? So if you don’t play, you mad. If you play too much, you mad. … And I’ve come to the realization that it is what it is. That’s why I just try to tune Cheap Queensland Reds Jerseys the outside noise out.”

Florida forward Devin Robinson enters NBA Draft

Gators forward Devin Robinson will forgo his final season at Florida to enter the NBA Draft.

Robinson, a 6-8 slasher, averaged 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds last season while helping Florida reach the Elite Eight.

After the game, Westbrook was asked about his box score line. Decked out in the Cheap Lacrosse Jerseys most Russell Westbrook attire there is, a black-and-white speckled suit with a bandana, he responded, I don’t give a f— about my line. We lost. (GRAPHIC LANGUAGE WARNING!)

He can’t be pleased, down 2-0 in the series when this game looked to be Oklahoma City’s until the final frame. But he will have a tough time blaming anyone other than himself for the game’s finish.

Westbrook’s game was well-rounded as usual with 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and he was on his way to another great scoring night on 13-of-25 shooting through three quarters. The forced looks changed the outlook of his overall performance, however; more importantly, they allowed the Rockets to come back and win a game that wasn’t theirs.

The Celtics showed up in Chicago to shrink the Bulls’ advantage in the series to 2-1. The Thunder outlasted the Rockets after James Harden’s potential game-winner hit the rim and bounced safely to the ground. Chris Paul turned into the Point God, saving the Clippers and giving LA home-court advantage Cheap Lions Jerseys once again.

Let’s take a look at what happened in each playoff game, along with the turning points Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys and X-factors that helped shape the final scores.

Pau Gasol joins rare NBA company with 20,000th career point

The 35-year-old is a three-time first-team all-defense choice. More notoriously, he’s the reason the league now bans gambling on team flights. It all goes back to an incident during which he lumped up teammate O.J. Mayo over a card game. As the story goes, Mayo owed Allen $7,500 but refused to pay and began selling out about how he wasn’t going to do so while claiming he was a better player and boasting about being a lottery pick.

Here’s how Allen responded, according to an ESPN.com article penned by Chris Broussard:

…Allen had enough and struck Mayo in the face. He then landed a succession of blows to Mayo’s eye, mouth, shoulder and the side of his head. Mayo was able to get off a swing, but Allen ducked to avoid it and then clocked Mayo once more for good measure.

Gasol, who has also played on the Grizzlies, Lakers and Bulls during his so far 15 Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys years in the league, is undoubtedly in elite company.

Turning point: At the end of the third quarter, the Thunder held a 77-72 lead. Coach Billy Donovan tried to give Westbrook, who played 42 of a possible 48 minutes, a short break before subbing him back in for the rest of the game. Donovan used a five-man lineup of Oladipo-Abrines-McDermott-Grant-Gibson. Less Cheap Kings Jerseys than three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Rockets were ahead 86-81. Yep, just like that.

OKC was outscored 27-9 in the six minutes Westbrook sat in Game 5. For the entire series, the Thunder finished plus-15 with Westbrook on the floor and minus-58 when he sat. Yes, the offense dropped significantly without a singular driving force like Westbrook available, but as ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh pointed out prior to Game 5, the defense was even worse. Donovan didn’t stagger Steven Adams’ minutes and separate him from Westbrook this series, and the Thunder’s defensive efficiency plummeted as a result.

Charles Barkley: Isaiah Thomas crying ‘makes me uncomfortable’

Charles Barkley seems to be missing a sensitivity chip.

Before the Celtics took on the Bulls in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Sunday, the Inside the NBA analyst discussed how he felt uncomfortable about Boston star Isaiah Thomas crying during warmups.

Thomas’ 22-year-old sister, Chyna, died in a car wreck in Washington State Saturday morning, so it’s only natural he’s playing with a heavy heart. It’s impressive he’s able to play at all. But Barkley said Thomas shouldn’t be in the lineup if he can’t keep emotions in check.

The score was 55-46, Warriors, at the half, by the way. The Warriors then went out and held the Blazers to six points over the first 7 1/2 minutes of the third period. (UPDATE: The Warriors held the Blazers to 35 points for the entire second half and cruised to a 110-81 victory. Golden State now leads the first-round series 2-0.)

A quick scan of the not-fancy regular-season stats shows how far off Barkley was. True, Golden State was 11th-best in the NBA with 104.3 points allowed per game, but it was first in field goal defense (43.5 percent), steals (9.6 per game), blocked shots (6.7 per game) and turnovers forced (15.5). It also was third in defensive rebounds per game (35.0).

The nerdy stats explain it, too: The defending West champs were second in the league in defensive rating (104.57 points per 100 possessions), just behind the Spurs.

See, Chuck, the Dubs play fast, and they shoot early and often, which leads Cheap Jordan Jerseys China to lots of possessions on both ends. So while the points per game look iffy, the rest Cheap Kids Football Jerseys of the fundamentals are strong.

I’ve asked this before, and I’ll ask it again: Does Chuck even watch basketball?