Bellinger, Dodgers beat D-backs 3-1 to return to NLCS

Led by a big Japanese right-hander and a rookie from just down the road, the Los Angeles Dodgers are headed back to the NL Championship Series.

If Embiid met that narrow criteria and the Sixers decided to waive him after the 2018-19 season, he would receive $84.2 million of his full contract; after the 2019-20 season, $98.2 million; after the 2020-21 season, $113.3 million; and after the 2021-22 season, $129.4 million.

What’s more, if Embiid played a minimum of 1,650 regular-season minutes in three consecutive years during the extension, or three out of four including the 2017-18 season, those benchmarks would eliminate the possibility of a reduction in the contract, league sources said.

The first full season of Embiid’s contract extension starts with the 2018-19 season and pays him $25.3 million, a salary that escalates a standard 8 percent per year until the 2022-23 season.

For Embiid to reach the threshold of the super maximum contract criteria — which would pay him 30 percent of the salary cap and ultimately as much as $176 million — Embiid must Cheap Cycling Jerseys earn first-team All-NBA honors or be voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in the 2017-18 season.

Astros starter Brad Peacock escaped the second inning Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys with a 3-1 lead despite loading the bases with nobody out, but he ran into bigger trouble in the third.

Asked about the sluggish offense following Sunday’s game, Westbrook wasn’t interested in elaborating.

Embiid, one of the NBA’s most talented and popular young players, has the ability to earn an additional $30 million — bringing the value of the contract to as much as $178 million — if he earns an All-NBA first-, second- or third-team selection, or is named MVP this season, league sources said. The designated rookie scale extension — termed “the super-max” — reflects 30 percent of the 2018-19 salary cap if Embiid reaches the performance-based criteria.

Based on the details of what sources are describing as a complex contract structure, the 76ers would have to waive Embiid for him not to reach the full value of his $148 million extension.

“Joel Embiid is a transformative young talent that you rarely come across in our game,” 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. “Joel is only scratching the surface, but he has all the potential and promise to go down as one of the all-time greats to wear a Sixers jersey.

“Their aggressiveness probably at times took us out of some rhythm and flow, which was good,” Billy Donovan said, “and us having to work through that was really important.”

It has been a mild theme thus far in preseason as they work in two star pieces to play alongside Westbrook, who set a usage rate record last season en route to winning MVP. It’s also a bit of a touchy topic for Westbrook, as he tried to get in front of any conversation surrounding on-court chemistry issues or ragged offense on Saturday.

“We’re going to get it, man,” he said. “I think one thing key for everybody to know, especially you guys, you guys keep asking about the chemistry every damn day. We’re going Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys to get it together. It’s a season-long thing, and it’s not going to happen overnight, and we’re going to get Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys it together.

Packers dominate mistake-prone Bears in costly victory

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers continued their recent dominance over the Bears Thursday.

Given how poorly the team has been run, the only reason Brees should consider staying is his affection for New Orleans. The team over the last five years has traded away his best weapons and, in return, used the savings to spend on poor free agents — not to mention poor draft picks. The Saints threw away whatever gift Brees gave them this year with the extension.

The closest comparison to these Saints is the pre-Reggie McKenzie Raiders, which was arguably the worst-run organization in the history of sports. The only thing that has kept the Saints from being looked at in the same way is the presence of Brees, who effectively has played the same role Peyton Manning did for the Colts in the late 2000s. Once Manning went down with an injury, the Colts immediately became the worst team in the NFL. These Saints likely would be no different.

Brees last year agreed to, all things considered, a very low one-year, $24.25 million contract. He did not force the Saints to use a $36 million franchise tag that would have given the team no ability to improve around him. In return for doing that, Brees got two concessions from the Saints: the inability to trade him and the inability to use the franchise tag on him in 2018. The Saints have until the day before free agency in 2018 to either work out an extension or allow him to be a free agent.

Normally when teams face salary cap hell the way the Saints have, they make a major concession in one season and get their books in order so they can compete in the future. For the Saints, this should have been strongly considered in 2015 and certainly done in 2016, but Wholesale Jerseys Usa they have yet to do it.

Instead of taking the pain for a year, the Saints have continued to Paypal Cheap Jerseys sign any players they can regardless of fit or impact on the cap, hoping something would stick. Spend as much as possible, tomorrow be damned.

Marcus Mariota ruled out with hamstring injury

Marcus Mariota is out and Matt Cassel is in at quarterback for the Titans.

Mariota was ruled out in the third quarter of Sunday’s game at NRG Stadium with a hamstring injury. Mariota was 6 of 10 for 96 yards and two interceptions in the first half as the Texans held a commanding 37-14 halftime lead.

There is, however, another player expected to make his regular-season debut tonight who is worth keeping an eye on for fantasy owners. Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, suspended for the first three games of the season (Tampa Bay had its bye in Week 1 as a result of Hurricane Irma, hence the delayed suspension and subsequent debut), is expected to play tonight.

What is not known is just how much action Martin will see, assuming he does take the field, given that he has not been able to even practice with the team during his suspension. He has flashed star running back quality at times, faded at others and overall has struggled with consistency.

“I’m a man who tries to be a positive role model in my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. I take ownership to everything that comes with that. What I did was extremely unacceptable.”

Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue had asked Newton a question about Panthers receiver Devin Funchess Wednesday.

“I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards,” Rodrigue Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Site began. “Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him truck-sticking people?”

Before giving his answer, however, Newton said, “It’s funny to hear Cheap Jerseys Toronto a female talk about routes like that. It’s funny.”

Rodrigue was not amused, tweeting afterward: “I don’t think it’s ‘funny’ to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job.”

What a difference three weeks make.

What raw athlete? Watson is already making a claim as the NFL’s most exciting young player as an early Michael Vick-like sensation. He quickly has stolen the thunder from J.J. Watt as the face of the Texans’ franchise, on and off the field. Andrew Luck (shoulder) isn’t playing and won’t be for a while longer. Marcus Mariota (hamstring) looks to be back on the shelf, too. Blake Borltes is still Blake Bortles, even when fully healthy.

One now wonders why Houston even threw away Week 1 to Jacksonville — a game that is bound to haunt the team later — with Tom Savage, the division’s worst QB not named Matt Cassel or Scott Tolzien. Funny how Watson, a seasoned college QB with championship intangibles, would immediately make whatever plays necessary to win games.

It also came after Carolina coach Ron Rivera said his quarterback “made a mistake” with his conduct.

Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton during Wednesday’s news conference about wide receiver Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes and whether Newton Cheap Hockey Team Jerseys got enjoyment out of that.

Newton laughed and responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like … it’s funny.”

Rodrigue confronted Newton after the news conference, but he did not apologize, the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth reporter said in a statement Wednesday.

Tomlinson sat out the final preseason game with a shoulder injury.

Jayrone Elliott brings some special teams help as well as pass rush potential to the Cowboys. Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports
His $3 million base salary is guaranteed; however, there is offset language in the deal that would ease some of the Cowboys’ burden should he sign with another team.

Elliott, 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, brings some special-teams help as well as pass rush potential to the Cowboys, even though he has just four sacks in the past two seasons.

Tye, 25, was released Saturday after two seasons with the New York Giants. He started 10 games and caught 48 passes for 395 yards and a touchdown last season, but he fell down the depth chart after the Giants added free agent Rhett Ellison and No. 1 pick Evan Engram.

The Jets are thin at tight end because presumptive starter Austin Seferian-Jenkins is serving a two-game suspension stemming from a DUI arrest last September.

The backups are Eric Tomlinson and rookie Jordan Leggett. Tomlinson sat out the final preseason game with a shoulder injury.

Clay: Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys. Shadowed by Janoris Jenkins in two games last season, Bryant caught two passes for 18 yards and zero scores on 14 targets in those games. That included one 10-yard catch on nine targets against Jenkins. The Giants’ top Cheap Throwback NBA Jerseys corner will chase Bryant around the perimeter Sunday night, so he’s a Cheap Sports Jerseys candidate for a slow start to 2017.

Bills trade 2016 2nd-round pick Reggie Ragland to the Chiefs

The Bills have worked out a deal to trade Reggie Ragland to the Chiefs, the team announced Monday. Buffalo will send the former second-rounder to Kansas City in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019.

Why trade Ragland? Ragland missed his rookie season after suffering a torn ACL during training camp last year. This offseason, the Bills are shifting to a 4-3 defense. Ragland, a 3-4 inside linebacker, was slow to adjust. He slipped down the depth chart, all the way to third string.

The flooding in Houston is widespread and destructive, and it’s not over. Some areas could get over 50 inches of rain from this storm when it’s all said and done. At least five people have been confirmed dead, and many are still trapped by the high water. The damage is catastrophic.

As of this morning, over $300,000 has been raised through Watt’s efforts, and that number continues to grow. If you want to contribute, you can do so through Watt’s YouCaring campaign, and here are some other ways you can help.

Watt raised the goal to $1 million, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that it was met quickly. Since then, Watt has raised the goal half a million dollars each time the goal has been met. By the time it reached $3.25 million, he raised the stakes to $4 million, and then $5 million.

“Werth became an amateur MMA promoter and asked me to come on one of his shows and help sell some tickets, so I said OK,” Mitrione said. “I just wanted to use the opportunity to make sure that Werth was happy — he wasn’t Cheap Rugby Jerseys New Zealand charging Cheap Red Wings Jerseys any money to take our product to the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies. So I was like ‘Well, this is something that will appease him and will be good for the company as well. It’ll be fun for me to do it.’”

Aaron Rodgers believes Colin Kaepernick’s protests are the reason he’s unsigned

Aaron Rodgers doesn’t share his opinions often, but recently opened up in an interview with ESPN’s Mina Kimes. He was still tight-lipped about his relationship with his family and wasn’t very revealing about his break up with Olivia Munn, but Rodgers shared his thoughts on other subjects, including the unemployment of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Wright, who underwent the process two weeks ago, told the Seattle Times he felt “1,000 percent” better than before.

Pete Carroll has been happy with it overall and has even given it a nickname. “We have a few guys who have entered the circle—that’s what I’m calling it now instead of the process,” Carroll said. “They’ve entered the circle and they’ll be gone this week to do their stuff, then they’ll meet us in Oakland … We’re doing it to make sure that they’re strong going into the start of the season.

“Our guys that have gone through it have really been positive about it, brought back really good reinforcement thoughts and we’re kind of banking on that,” Carroll said.

Through two games, he’s attempted only 15 passes, but he completed 12 of them en route to an 8.7 yards-per-attempt mark. So far, it’s been the best preseason performance of his career.

The starting role still belongs to the veteran, but another big game from Mahomes could flip the hourglass that determines Smith’s tenure in Kansas City. If he struggles early in the regular season, Chiefs fans could point to the rookie’s ability to adapt as evidence he’s ready to take over the offense. First, he’ll have to work Cheap Online Jerseys his rookie magic against a much more difficult Cheap Pro Jerseys opponent — the Seahawks.

Not good for a guy who was supposed to be a speed receiver.

Ravens third-year receiver Breshad Perriman is a guy who was known for his speed and athleticism coming out of college, but there were a lot of question marks about his hands. For people who know how I evaluate receivers, a guy with inconsistent hands always scares me, no matter how fast their 40 time is. Perriman was also thought to be a little raw with his route running coming out, too.

He seemed to be a guy who had the tools to be a good NFL player, but who would need to work on his technique, especially catching the ball correctly.

And then he lost his entire rookie season to a PCL knee ligament injury.

Now, I’m not saying Clarke will definitely be the starter this year, because we all know that the Bengals aren’t necessarily known for doing what seems logical to everyone else. All I’m saying is that Clarke played well enough last year that it should at least be a consideration for them.

Even if Clarke doesn’t overtake Johnson as a starter, this season should still certainly be a big one for him. Especially if the Bengals continue to rush him inside on passing downs opposite of Geno Atkins. That should give him plenty of one-on-one pass-rush opportunities both inside and outside, and I think Clarke is going to make the most of them. By season’s end I would expect Clarke to be close to double-digit sack numbers and probably starting somewhere on the defensive line.

I think Will Clarke will in fact be an upgrade over Johnson Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys this year no matter how much he plays, and that’s why I chose him as the Cheap MLB Jerseys Free Shipping Bengals’ breakout player.

Bengals’ Kevin Huber turns in first sassy punter moment of 2017

Punters aren’t usually the ones who turn in the most memorable plays in any given game. The Bengals’ Kevin Huber was the exception on Sunday.

Ten Texans players, including wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and Braxton Miller, and running backs D’Onta Foreman and Akeem Hunt, stayed behind in Houston. The team has been in close contact with them, according to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain.

Tickets were on sale for the preseason matchup for $25 each. Proceeds were set to go to the United Way of Greater Houston Relief Fund, per the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.

What about Week 1? That’s up in the air at this point. The team hopes it will be able to play the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars in NRG Stadium.

“I’m gonna stand because that’s the way I feel about the flag — but I’m also 100 percent supportive of my teammates or any fellow players who are choosing not to,” Rodgers said. “They have a battle for racial equality. That’s what they’re trying to get a conversation started around.”

A year ago, Rodgers expressed a similar thought when he told Alex Marvez of Sporting News that he wouldn’t join the protests, but supported the freedom of expression used by Kaepernick and other players.

“I think the best way I can say this Cheap Kings Jerseys is: I don’t understand what it’s like to be in that situation,” Rodgers told ESPN. “What it is to be pulled over, or profiled, or any number of issues that have happened, that Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys Colin was referencing — or any of my teammates have talked to me about.”