Shaquille O’Neal to pay for funeral of teen who accidentally shot himself on Instagram

Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will cover funeral expenses for Malachi Hemphill, a 13-year-old Georgia teen who accidentally shot himself on social media this past week.

After the game, the Celtics’ Avery Bradley said Rondo was calling them out near the end of the game.

I looked around and a few times in the game guys were putting their heads down, I think getting down on themselves. But as a team, we have to stay together. The other team is looking at that. They’re using that as motivation for themselves. I could even hear Rondo, like, ‘Yeah, they gave up. They gave up.’ But you never can let a team see that. You have to continue to be positive and go out there and play hard, no matter what the outcome is.

Perhaps the best example of this was in the fourth quarter when Marcus Smart Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys appeared to flip off a fan in the crowd after bricking a 3-pointer. Immediately after that, Rondo lobbed the ball up to Cristiano Felicio for an alley-oop.

The Celtics will need to improve on the court, and apparently their mindset, before Game 3 if they want a chance to get back in this series.

What happened: Toronto treated this one with the appropriate amount of urgency from the beginning and looked like the team that won 51 games during the regular season. The Raptors hit the Bucks with a 17-0 run in the first quarter to set the tone and didn’t drop their intensity from there. Despite Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys dealing with stiffness in his back, Kyle Lowry had his strongest performance of the series, posting a double-double (16 points, 10 assists) and finishing a team-high plus-29 for the game.

Russell Westbrook fined $15K for dropping f-bomb

As the the significance of the games intensifies, so will the chippiness of the exchanges among competitors in the heat of battle. At some point, it might (read: probably will) jump off. You never know. In anticipation of the inevitable, we thought we’d gift you with a guide to separate the authentic from the fugazi, the ones who’ll talk about it from the ones who’ll be about it, the studio gangstas from the Roscoe P. Coldchains, the Danny Grangers — remember when he suddenly tried to become an enforcer in the 2012 playoffs against the Heat? — from the … well, you get the picture.

We present to you our 2017 All Bout That Life team.

Russell Westbrook has been fined 15,000 for using inappropriate language during a postgame interview, the NBA announced on Friday.

The moment came after the Thunder’s 115-111 Game 2 loss to the Rockets in Houston, when a reporter asked Westbrook about his 51-point triple-double performance.

I guess if you cuss you get fined, he said. So soon as somebody else cuss, then Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth make sure when they cuss at me, I hope they get fined too. It is what it is, but I’m OK with it. I’ll take it.

The Rockets currently have a 2-0 series lead over the Thunder.

Despite Porzingis’ frustrations, a trade is highly unlikely: He’s the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada centerpiece of the Knicks, and the lone bright spot on a team that has dealt with unflattering drama between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson — not to mention the drama between owner James Dolan and Charles Oakley. Trading Porzingis would only add to the team’s dysfunction.

Celtics’ Marcus Smart fined $25K for flipping off fan

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Celtics guard Marcus Smart let his emotions get the best of him late in a home playoff loss to the Bulls on Tuesday, and now he’s paying for it.

Late in the fourth quarter after missing a 3-pointer, Smart appeared to flip off, point at and shush a fan on the sideline. In wake of the incident, the NBA announced Wednesday it levied a $25,000 fine against Smart.

Obviously, I’ve been told of the gesture, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday during a conference call. I saw a brief video clip of it but, from my clip, from the angle that I saw, I couldn’t tell. But obviously if he made a gesture, it’s unacceptable and that will be handled Cheap Heat Jerseys by the league.

It was a frustrating night all around for Celtics players and fans during a Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys 111-97 loss, dropping Boston to a 2-0 deficit in the opening-round series.

Game 3 is Friday in Chicago.

Washington’s NFL team just benefitted from a Supreme Court decision permitting disparaging trademarks

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling on Monday that should benefit the Washington NFL team’s bid to regain trademark protection for the term “Redskins.” In Matal v. Tam, the Cheap Jerseys Ireland Court ruled that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, and is thus unconstitutional. All eight Justices joined in part of the decision, with four offering a concurring opinion on part of it. All agreed the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act was a problem.

Here’s what that looks like in practice. When Bogaerts is ahead in the count, he hits .309 with a .364 slugging percentage. When he’s behind in the count, he hits .303 with a .487 slugging percentage. When you watch Bogaerts hit, there are times when he’s ahead in the count 2-0 or 3-1 and you’re thinking, “All right, time to crush one,” and he gets a hittable pitch and either takes it (ARG!) or slaps it into the outfield for a single. Singles are great, but for strong hitters in hitters’ counts who get a hittable pitch, singles are a missed opportunity.

But there’s another side to that coin: When you don’t change your approach, you get better at executing it. Think of a pitcher who only throws one pitch. He’s going to be incredibly good at that one pitch, right? That’s Bogaerts. He’s what you get if you turned Mark Trumbo inside Cheap Jerseys NBA China out.

Green Bay lost Micah Hyde via free agency but brought Davon House back in return

Pick your adjective to describe how bad Green Bay’s secondary was last season. Most of them would fit. The Packers allowed a league-worst 8.1 yards per attempt and ranked 31th in pass defense. The Cheap Jerseys AUStralia team declined to address that in free agency but spent a pair of second-round picks on Washington cornerback Kevin King and N.C. State safety Josh Jones, and the latter will work in behind Ha-Ha Clinton Dix and Morgan Bennett.

Green Bay lost Micah Hyde via free agency but brought Davon House back in return, and at least one from the combination of Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and Ladarius Gunter needs to step up and be better.

Those cornerbacks can’t be that bad again if the Packers want to make that run to the Super Bowl.

Corners and safeties under McDermott, in theory, should benefit from more zone coverage. But the secondary features several new faces — as far as starters go, only corner Ronald Darby and potential nickel man Kevon Seymour are retained as guys who played in Ryan’s more challenging, man coverage-based scheme.

Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, the safeties acquired in free agency to replace Aaron Williams and Corey Graham, will be needed more as ballhawks than run-supporters. Both are capable. In contrast, the corners who were left on islands in Ryan’s scheme will be more involved in rush defense.

That said, rookie first-rounder Tre’Davious White will have an immediate impact as a likely starter opposite Darby. Newcomers Shareece Wright, Leonard Johnson and Charles James Cheap Jerseys Cn will earn reps at corner, too.

Randy Moss was overcome with emotion remembering the late Dennis Green

The Vikings announced earlier this week that Randy Moss would be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor on Sept. 11. Wednesday, he talked about the honor with the media. But the most emotional moment came when he was asked what he would say to his former coach Dennis Green, who passed away in Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys July of 2016:

A disciple of Bill Walsh, Green’s 1998 Vikings went 15-1, setting the NFL record for most points in a season. The record now belongs to Peyton Manning and the 2013 Denver Broncos.

During that season, Moss pulled down 69 receptions for over 1,300 yards while collecting 17 touchdowns, the most in the NFL.

The Yankees (38-29) provided the opportunity last week, with a disastrous seven-game California road trip that produced just one win against the Angels and zero wins against the A’s.

And the Red Sox (39-30) took advantage of the opportunity, going Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys 4-2 last week — including two wins in three road games against the AL-leading Astros — to pull into a virtual tie atop the standings. The Yankees are a couple measly percentage points in front of the Red Sox (.567 to .565) because they’ve played two fewer games to this point.

The Warriors aren’t an aberration. They’re a reflection of the trend. A lot of people who deeply love the game have written exhaustively of “The Process,” the nickname assigned to former GM Sam Hinkie’s supposed rebuild of the 76ers. But does rebuilding by continually showing up in the lottery room cough, tanking, cough, cough and picking near the top of the draft lead teams anywhere but back to the lottery room?

2017 MLB All-Star Game voting: Astros hold down three spots in latest AL update

Three weeks from the 2017 All-Star Game, three Houston Astros are in position to start the game July 11 at Marlins Park, according to updated fan voting announced Tuesday by MLB.

The Diamondbacks felt like nothing more than a punchline over the past few seasons. Yet, they currently hold a firm lead on a Wild Card spot. What’s changed in Arizona? They’ve had one of the most productive offenses in baseball up to this point. The Diamondbacks have scored the fifth-most runs in the league (342), and they’re in the top 10 by BA, HR, RBI, R, and SB. That sounds like a team capable Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys of scoring a lot of runs.

The usual suspects are contributing to these results. Paul Goldschmidt is on pace to have one of the best seasons of his career. Similarly, Jake Lamb has built on a productive 2016, and it appears that he’s taken another step forward. Brandon Drury, David Peralta, and Chris Owings are all performing at or above league-average production. These pieces together have given Arizona a potent offense.

Perhaps even more surprising has been the success of Arizona’s starting rotation. Zack Greinke has rebounded from a disappointing 2016, and he’s looking more like the pitcher the Diamondbacks thought they were acquiring. However, Greinke isn’t the only story here. Three of the other four starters in the Diamondbacks rotation are giving the team above league-average production.

Robbie Ray has been the most impressive of this group. Over 13 starts, Ray has gone 7-3 with a 2.62 ERA. He’s striking out a career-high 11.7 batters per nine, and he’s surrendered zero earned runs in four of his last five starts.

Benjamin says he needs to do more than just go back to his playing weight from last season.

“I’m a new kid. I’m all red-faced sweating and thinking, ‘I’m never going to do this again,’” said Fauria, who joined the Lions as an unsigned college free agent from UCLA. “It wasn’t until two veterans and the coup de grace — (wide receiver) Calvin Johnson — came up to me and said, ‘Big Joe, keep dancing, man. It’s great.’

“So I’m like, ‘Ok, I’m going to undermine my head coach. Great.’”

Fauria said Schwartz “warmed up” to his shtick later that season after a three-touchdown game against Cleveland.

“Around practice, I would score a touchdown once in a while and do a little preview of what I was going to do that weekend,” Fauria said. “I was pushing some buttons, but Jim Schwartz finally jumped on the bandwagon. He said, ‘Joe, keep it up. It’s ok with me now.’”

Fauria admits Schwartz’s replacement Jim Caldwell wasn’t a fan either after he “twerked” to celebrate his first touchdown in an injury-plagued 2014 campaign.

Benjamin had a fantastic rookie year in 2014, making 73 catches for 1,008 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. But he suffered a torn ACL in 2015 and was inconsistent in 2016.

Benjamin says he needs to do more than just go back to his playing weight from last season.

“I need to be in the best shape of my life. That’s what we’re getting to,” Benjamin said. “I have to get back to being dominant.”

Despite Benjamin’s inconsistent play and weight Cheap Jerseys Mall concerns, the Panthers picked up his fifth-year option on his rookie contract, keeping him in Carolina through the 2018 season.

“I’m excited. I’ve been grinding, going hard,” Benjamin said. “I’m happy that the team picked up the fifth-year (option). That shows they believe in me. There Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal is a lot still in store for me.”

Aaron Hernandez timeline: From murders and trials to prison suicide

On June 26, 2013, the nation awoke to the sight of a star player on one of the NFL’s model franchises being escorted out of his house by police, a T-shirt pulled over his cuffed wrists. New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged later that day with the murder of Odin Lloyd, whose body had been found six days earlier near Hernandez’s home.

Since that day, before he was found dead in his prison cell on April 19, 2017, Hernandez was charged with two previous murders and implicated in the shootings of three other people in two separate incidents dating back to his college days.

Clady, who has missed 37 games in the last four years, simply is never healthy. He had a chance to jumpstart his career with the Jets last season but played poorly and once again finished the season on IR.

Teams are desperate for left tackles, and he may follow the Jake Long career path, playing for $1.5 million or so per year and hoping to put together one last quality season.

The NFL realized it wasn’t fair for a team to be able to win on a first-possession field goal, so it implemented the touchdown twist for overtime. Offense and defense should decide such games, not heads or tails. For example, Tom Brady and the rallying Patriots had the momentum and got the coin toss in Super Bowl LI, giving the Falcons zero chance to regroup.

Each team should be guaranteed one OT Cheap Jerseys Baseball shot on offense vs. a gassed defense. It would add more end-of-fourth-quarter-like excitement. It also would add some strategy regarding whether to possess or kick Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping the ball first. It’s the happy medium between sudden death and a true fifth quarter.

Michael Sam saga might keep other gay NFL hopefuls from coming out, former exec says

The NFL still hasn’t fielded an openly gay player during a regular-season game.

And according to a former team executive, that day may not be coming anytime soon based upon what happened with Michael Sam.

The fourth Jet on this list, Mangold’s free agent status is the most surprising on the list. He missed eight games last year but had made three straight Pro Bowls before that.

Yet it’s not too late for Seattle to deal Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys him and get a high draft pick or two next year, or perhaps a veteran player and a 2018 pick.

If a Sherman trade does not happen this year, it surely will occur in 2018, when he’ll be in the last year of his $14 million-per-year deal and the Seahawks could save $8.8 million in cap room.

Both Sherman and Carroll are talking a good game about how the trade rumors will not impact Sherman’s concentration or level of play. That’s an illusion, not reality.

The best thing for both the Seahawks and Sherman is to exit this shaky situation and make the best deal possible sooner rather than later.

So, the NFL itself was finally so embarrassed by how it policed its players’ celebrations, it got out of its own way and gave the pull-back order.

Commissioner Roger Goodell made it official early Tuesday afternoon that the 2016 end-zone siege was over. The sudden over-emphasis on penalizing players for how they expressed their on-field joy will not continue in 2017, as numerous celebrations for touchdowns and other big plays will no longer be flagged or fined for being “excessive.”