Mariners put Dee Gordon on DL with fractured toe

The Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon has joined Robinson Cano on the disabled list, just after taking over for him at second base.

Seattle said Tuesday that Gordon hurt his right big toe on May 9 in Toronto and reinjured it Sunday.

Manager Scott Servais said the team has known about the injury since Gordon underwent X-rays earlier this month and that Gordon’s discomfort was obvious Sunday.

Gordon is batting .304 (56-for-184) with 16 stolen bases in 45 games.

I don’t think it’s going to completely heal in nine or 10 days, but certainly calm down enough to the point where hopefully we can get him back sooner than later, Servais said. “As soon as the 10 days are up I hope to have him back out there with us.”

Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence didn’t waste any time signing the franchise tag he got from the Cowboys in March and he’s been with the team this offseason rather than following the path of others who have stayed away from their teams in hopes of getting a long-term deal.

Regardless of the team’s motivation for submitting or the audience’s motivation for watching, remember that the subject of Hard Knocks always has final say over what gets televised. So unless the same incompetence that has fueled 1-31 has infected every level of the organization, chances are that the final product will look a lot less like an objective tour of the Factory of Sadness and more like an infomercial edited by the Chamber of Commerce.
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Buccaneers sign 14 undrafted free agents

The Buccaneers have gotten big contributions from running back Peyton Barber, wide receiver Adam Humphries and tight end Cameron Brate in recent seasons, so they have a good track record when it comes to finding undrafted rookies that can play at the pro level.

If any of the other guys up for the guard spot manage to outperform Garcia in the offseason, it would make fiscal sense for Denver to cut him.

The Detroit Lions haven’t had a running back rush for 100 yards in a single game since 201Detroit drafted former Nebraska star Ameer Abdullah in the second round of the 2015 draft with the hope he could break that depressing streak, but he has yet to do so.

While Abdullah shows flashes at times, he has struggled to be an every-down back. He missed most of the 2016 season with a torn foot ligament and has averaged just 3.8 yards per carry in his three-year career.

This offseason, the Lions brought in LeGarrette Blount, who used to play for new head coach Matt Patricia’s Patriots. They also spent the 43rd overall pick on former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson.

And there’s photographic evidence!

That photo is in this photo gallery on the Eagles’ website. It’s the first time we’ve seen Wentz in his jersey since the injury (aside from Super Bowl photo day) and he’s wearing that heavy brace on his surgically repaired left knee. (There’s another photo that shows Darren Sproles working out too.)

The Eagles are right now in Phase 2 of the offseason workout schedule.

Matt Patricia’s failure to disclose old allegation makes him either dumb or devious

For someone who has spent his career carefully cultivating the image of a genius in coach’s clothing, Matt Patricia sure looked like a dope on Thursday.

Here he was, in front of the news media on a random day in mid-May, publicly discussing 22-year old allegations for the first time only because he seemed to foolishly expect that the kind of fame one acquires by becoming an NFL head coach would never result in a serious legal matter from his past being uncovered. 

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Nuggets’ Mason Plumlee undergoes surgery to fix core-muscle injury

Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee underwent surgery to fix a core-muscle injury.

The team said Plumlee had the procedure performed Thursday morning by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.

A raucous Milwaukee crowd repeatedly chanted “MVP!” throughout the night in support of Antetokounmpo’s play while mixing in a “Bucks in 7!” chant toward the end of the game. Many fans stuck around a little longer to enjoy the postgame moment, knowing that Thursday’s game will be the last in the Bradley Center if the Bucks don’t win Game 7 in Boston. The Bucks move into a new downtown arena next season.

“It means a lot,” Antetokounmpo said. “This city has supported this team since day one. It was extremely loud tonight, and as much as we say we play for the team, we play for the city, too. This is a Game 7, this is a new opportunity for us as a team and for Milwaukee, so we got to go out there and leave everything on the line, try to get Game 7.”

The combined record of the Cowboys’ opponents is exactly .500, at 128-128 last season, putting them in the middle of the pack in unadjusted strength of schedule. Here’s breaking down Dallas’ schedule this year and what it means for the team’s chances of making the playoffs for the third time in five seasons.

Toughest tests: Games against the Eagles, Jaguars and Saints mean the Cowboys will face three division winners in AT&T Stadium. None will be intimidated by Jerry World. Between those and the Titans game, the Cowboys finishing above .500 at home will be a challenge after last season’s 3-5 mark.

Biggest breaks: There’s not much far interdivison travel, save for the trip to Seattle. The Cowboys also will be in familiar domed conditions in Atlanta, Houston and Indy. Dallas probably won’t go 6-2 on the road again, but there’s nothing close to brutal on the road.

Bottom line: The Cowboys are built to remain an inconsistent team, and their schedule is more difficult than what the overall numbers indicate. The offense and the defense are both in transition, and Dallas is bound to play in a ton of close games. The Cowboys will be half underdog, half favorite over 16 games. Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott will do their thing together again, but their help will be streaky. Record prediction: 8-8

Kerr also directed a message to Popovich, his former coach.
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Realmuto shines in return, Marlins rout listless Yankees 9-1

With catcher J.T. Realmuto back in the lineup, the Miami Marlins rebounded from an ugly loss and looked much more like a major league team.

Realmuto homered and drove in four runs in his season debut after coming off the disabled list, leading Jarlin Garcia and the stripped-down Marlins to a 9-1 blowout of the sloppy New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Realmuto broke open the game with a three-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka (2-2) in the fifth, and the Marlins set a season high for runs. The athletic backstop, sidelined by a bruised back since March 11, wanted to provide a lift in his return.

Hopefully, the spark lasts a lot longer than one game, Realmuto said. With these young guys, you can see they don’t get their heads down. They wash it away with their shower that night and the next day they’re coming in hungry ready to go try and win a ballgame.

Playing as a big leaguer in his native Puerto Rico for the first time, Lindor connected on a two-run home run to open the scoring and help spark the Cleveland Indians to a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

And yes, the moment was just as the All-Star shortstop imagined.

I love the Cleveland Indians fans. I love them. They’re supporters, big-time, Lindor said. But this is where I grew up. These are my people. It’s extremely special.

He seemed to skip around the bases, crossed home plate and threw his arms into the air, enticing the already-screaming crowd to go even louder. They obliged, and eventually Lindor emerged from the dugout for a curtain call — in what technically was a road game, no less. The Indians were the visitors in this one.

No matter. Lindor seemed more at home than anyone else.

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G League announces player-salary increase to $35,000

The G League announced Tuesday that players will receive a base salary of $7,000 per month or $35,000 total for the five-month 2018-19 season.

Rockets star Chris Paul told G League call-up Andre Ingram that he was in awe of his story, saying Ingram’s “10 years grinding” in the NBA’s developmental league before finally making his NBA debut Tuesday was “unbelievable.”

“If I see in a second at-bat where they are really trying to work with that curveball or offspeed pitches early, then I know they are probably going to come after me with something offspeed to maybe get me off-balance,” Judge said. “It’s real cool to have that ability to just kind of watch and observe someone who has the same kind of build.’’

Perhaps the most obvious comparison to Stanton and Judge, Maris was traded to the Yankees from the Kansas City A’s prior to the 1960 season after making his first All-Star appearance. Maris was named MVP in 1960 and 1961 (when he hit 61 homers), with Mantle finishing second in each season before winning the award in 1962.

The original home run duo, Ruth and Gehrig led the Yankees to three World Series titles, and while the two played together, one of them won the AL home run title 11 times.

Coach Mike Babcock said Komarov will try skating Tuesday and would likely be a game-time decision for Game 4 Thursday.

The Maple Leafs beat the Bruins, 4-2, to cut the Bruins’ advantage in the best-of-seven series to 2-1.

Komarov is the second Toronto forward sitting out, with Nazem Kadri serving the second of a three-game suspension for his illegal hit on Tommy Wingels in Game 1.

Dominic Moore, a healthy scratch in the first two games of the series, was added to the lineup Monday in place of Komarov.

The White Sox just can’t catch a break. They have lost six of their past seven games and just had the final three games of their four-game series against the Twins wiped out by snow. The good news is they will leave the snow behind on Monday, when they open a series in Oakland. The bad news is they have averaged just 3.1 runs per game after scoring 14 on Opening Day. — Casella
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Could Gronk be traded?

It’s been nearly two months since Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski declined to commit to another season of football. Could the Patriots be inclined to make the decision for him?

But can the Patriots manage to keep the trade quiet that long? Absolutely. The Patriots routinely insist on secrecy from teams and agents as to all transactions; four weeks ago, agent Drew Rosenhaus wouldn’t comment on whether the Patriots had simply asked Gronkowski about his plan for 2018.

His plan for 2018 may be to play for another team. And it’s possible that Gronkowski has feigned interest in retirement in the hopes of getting the Patriots to decide on their own to get what they can for a guy whose career may be pulling into the station.

Bell and Cousins were teammates at Michigan State, and Bell is now in the position Cousins was in a year ago: Franchised for the second year in a row, and seemingly not on the same page as his team about a long-term contract extension.

It could make sense, then, for Bell to follow in Cousins’ footsteps, sign the franchise tender this year, and hit unrestricted free agency next year. Like Cousins, Bell would benefit from the NFL rule that makes a third franchise tag so expensive as to be almost impossible: Washington was never going to put the franchise tag on Cousins this year, and Bell is even less likely to get the franchise tag next year. If Bell plays out this season in Pittsburgh on the one-year franchise salary of $14.56 million, he’ll become a true unrestricted free agent next year.

The big risk, of course, is that Bell could suffer a serious injury during the 2018 season. If he blows out his knee this year, the big payday he wants next year may not materialize.

“We’re going to look back at this particular time in history as being a transitional moment for the city,” Snyder said. “We’re a city that was known as the entertainment capital of the world. I think 10 years from now, we’re going to look back and see that this was the turning point for it to become the sports entertainment capital of the world. I’ve said many times that this stadium, over time, will become the most successful stadium in the world.”

It’s still a year or two away before the Raiders arrive in Vegas. Aug. 1, 2020, is targeted for completion of the stadium. Bernhard and McCallum, a pair of Las Vegas dads who became friends during the process, each have visions of opening night.
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Before getting their rings, Astros relive World Series memories

Crane: The parade was special. There were a zillion people there. They were hanging out of garages. It was breathtaking to see everyone that turned out. I remember standing on the podium next to Marwin Gonzalez, and I said, ‘Marwin, if you didn’t hit that home run in Game 2, we may not be here.’ That’s how close it was. Everybody was elated in the city. The reaction was great, and it’s still great. And I hope to keep it like that.

Look for that to change in Nagy’s system. Cohen can be the joker in the offensive game plan, a chess piece to expose opposing defenses. Along with his ability as a zone runner, Cohen can be featured on jet sweeps, misdirection plays and screens. He can be flexed out from the formation as a receiver. With a 5-6, 181-pound frame, Cohen can put defenders on skates in the open field.

I wouldn’t say (sports gambling) was an out-sized concern, said Mark Lipparelli, one of the report’s co-authors and a longtime Nevada gaming official and state senator. I didn’t get that impression. I think [the Raiders] were responsible, careful and open-minded. To me, they were doing the right thing.

In the end, a $750 million public contribution for a shiny, new stadium was more than enough of a reward for NFL owners to accept any perceived risk from Las Vegas. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move.

Gambling, that is a major concern for us, Goodell said at a media conference shortly after last year’s vote. I think we have to make sure that we continue to stay focused on making sure that everyone has the full confidence that what you see on the field is not influenced by any outside factors. That’s our No. 1 concern. That goes to what I consider the integrity of the game, and we will not relent on that.

Ross nearly made it unscathed through the order the first time, but Freeland singled to center with one out in the third. Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu walked to load the bases before Nolan Arenado doubled to left. Freeland and Blackmon scored but LeMahieu was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw by shortstop Galvis.

The Rockies added another run in the fourth and had another runner thrown out. With runners on the corners, Chris Iannetta singled to left to bring in Gerardo Parra. Trevor Story tried to advance from first to third and was cut down by Jose Pirela.
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Valiant Seton Hall falls to top-seeded Kansas, 83-79 | March Madness

Malik Newman scored 28 points, Udoka Azubuike stood toe-to-toe with Seton Hall’s bruising Angel Delgado, and No. 1 seed Kansas held off the plucky Pirates 83-79 on Saturday night to send the Jayhawks to their third consecutive Sweet 16.

It was 71-66 with 53 seconds left when Devonte Graham made two free throws for Kansas. Carrington kept pouring in shots for Seton Hall, but the Jayhawks kept making foul shots to seal the win.

Azubuike played just three minutes in the Jayhawks’ opener because of a lingering knee injury, but he came up big against Delgado. The 7-foot, 280-pound sophomore played 22 minutes, including some tough defense on his bruising counterpart, rendering Seton Hall’s star far less effective than when Mitch Lightfoot and Silvio De Sousa were trying to guard him.

Kansas led just 31-26 at halftime, when Delgado had already piled up 12 points and 12 rebounds, and was forced to make some significant adjustments in the locker room.

John Elway’s front office could roll the dice on 25-year-old Cameron Fleming or at add a veteran such as Austin Howard.

The Detroit Lions have quietly gone about their business in free agency by signing Christian Jones and adding linebacker Devon Kennard.

Offensively speaking, though, the Lions are dragging their feet.

Detroit released tight end Eric Ebron for cap reasons, according to Schefter, despite his gradual improvement in 2017.

While running back is an issue, the Lions also lost tight end Darren Fells, so a mismatch-creating player at the position is key for the Matthew Stafford-led offense. The good news is the Lions have options, as they could roll the dice on a guy like Bennett and pair him with a rookie.

The Vikings were the only team known to have met with Richardson, and it didn’t take long for a deal to come together.

The Vikings wined and dined Richardson a bit on Friday and pitched him with new quarterback Kirk Cousins in tow. patriots_149

Cardinals ‘concerned’ about Matt Carpenter’s shoulder, back

Matt Carpenter’s lingering shoulder and back problems may force the Cardinals to rethink how they’ll use their so-called “super-utility fielder” in 2018, manager Mike Matheny says (via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

A sore back has sidelined Carpenter, 32, for most of spring after he dealt with significant pain in his right (throwing) shoulder almost all of 2017.

Per the Post-Dispatch: Both are concerns for the Cardinals. So, would plans to have Carpenter enter the 2018 season as a super-utility fielder be shelved in favor of having him play only first base?

I’ll confess some ignorance on this. I live 2,706 miles from Oakland, and I don’t watch many A’s game, so I can’t speak with any real authority on how David Kaval has affected the team for the better since taking over as president before the 2017 season. But I will say that, generally speaking, sometimes new leadership at the top brings an infusion of energy to a team. Perhaps the players have just connected with him and/or bought into his vision. It could also just be a coincidence. The A’s did win six more games — and score a lot more runs — in 2017 than they did in 2016, which, while not spectacular, is a decent improvement. The 2018 A’s will have pop in the lineup, but not a whole lot of on-base prowess. And the pitching will again not be great. But, hey, dingers are fun, so you should again enjoy watching the team this season.

“We’re not the Cubs,” Keuchel told The Washington Post. “I firmly believe we have better players.”

On the heels of its historic 2016 title, Chicago won 11 fewer games last year with essentially the same team. The Cubs repeated as NL Central champions in 2017 but lost to the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. The Astros went on to beat the Dodgers and win the World Series.

The sentiment was similar among other Astros players; pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. offered a reason why teams seem to have a disappointing performance after winning a championship.

“I think that demand on your time is more of the quote-unquote hangover than anything else. It’s just the time you didn’t get to devote to preparing for the season,” McCullers said. “I did all the media stuff, all the requests — sometimes two, three times a day — which plays into it as well. That’s not an offseason. That’s a media tour.”

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Paul George replaces injured DeMarcus Cousins on Team LeBron

Russell Westbrook doesn’t have to complain about Paul George getting snubbed as an All-Star anymore.

Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn Achilles tendon in Friday’s game against the Rockets and can’t play in the game. The NBA announced Saturday that George will replace Cousins on the roster.

Somewhat appropriately, George will join Russell Westbrook on Team LeBron James. It is unclear whether George will start considering Cousins was elected a starter.

You can adjust to have multiple starters at each position. You can eliminate the utility spot. Adding more bench spots is another option worth considering, but be aware that it changes the complexion of your league. More bench spots provide additional wiggle room on your roster, giving you more choices on a daily basis, and that can be helpful with the uneven MLB schedule (some teams have multiple days off in a given week while other play all seven days).

The Big Baller Challenge, which was started as an effort to give LiAngelo and LaMelo more minutes against other teenagers, featured five friendly games, though they do not count in the standings.

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