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Gregg Popovich says Kawhi Leonard still not cleared by his medical team

Gregg Popovich reiterated that Kawhi Leonard’s continued absence from the San Antonio Spurs during their run in the Western Conference playoffs stems from the lack of clearance from the star forward’s medical team for a return to the court.

A league source said the club doesn’t expect Leonard back at any point during the postseason, and has harbored that belief since the week after the All-Star break.

Leonard briefly returned to the team from his rehabilitation stint in New York in March, but decided in April to head back East to focus on the rehab process.

Pelton: Philadelphia 76ers. With Kyrie Irving injured and the Boston Celtics no longer so formidable as a second-round matchup, the Sixers clearly have the easiest path to the conference finals. And since almost any opponent there is going to be difficult, I guess I’d say that also means Philadelphia has the easiest path to the NBA Finals.

Ogwumike: The Cavs have had nine lives so far this season. Add the playoff bracket to the count. Not as blatantly obvious as last year, Cleveland’s late losses this season have positioned the Cavaliers best for postseason success.

Schneider, who seemed to hurt his groin in a collision with Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh midway through the final period, survived a late power play to nail down the win.

It was Schneider’s first playoff win since 2012, when he was with the Vancouver Canucks, and his first win with the Devils since Dec. 27. Schneider had gone 0-10-2 in his final 12 games for the Devils this season.

After the game, Devils forward Blake Coleman said, “[Brian] Boyle and I looked at each other halfway through the game and said to each other, ‘This is the Cory that we know.’ ”

Devils coach John Hynes decided to make the switch in goal with New Jersey trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 will be Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.
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Manaea, Lowrie lead A’s to 2-1 win over King Felix, Mariners

Sean Manaea admits that last season, giving up a home run in a tight game could have been the start of a rough outing.
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It wasn’t a problem on Sunday.

Manaea pitched seven strong innings and Jed Lowrie hit an early two-run homer off Felix Hernandez, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

That wasn’t a balk. I stepped off the rubber, Hernandez said. It’s frustrating. It should have been an out.

Lowrie took advantage, sending a drive to right field.

I was just trying to figure out what was going on, Lowrie said. I don’t know. Let’s just play, that’s all I’m thinking.

Pavel Bure Jersey The longtime ace worked into the seventh inning for the first time this year, giving up five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He retired 13 in a row after Lowrie’s homer, and struck out seven without issuing a walk.

In the eighth inning, Seattle leadoff Eli Manning Womens Jersey hitter Dee Gordon bunted down the third base line with a runner on first. Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman charged in and narrowly threw out Gordon, a call that was upheld after a replay review.

I don’t know how he makes that play, Melvin said. You’re talking about probably the fastest guy in the league, and when he puts it down and deadens it like that, it’s almost impossible to get him.

Authentic Youth Xavier Ouellet Jersey The play also ended Gordon’s 18-game hitting streak that dated back to last season.

Athletics: INF Chad Pinder (hyperextended left knee) began a rehab assignment with Class A Stockton on Saturday, going 1 for 5. Pinder is eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list Monday. Looks like he’s on track to come back here pretty quick, Melvin said.

Gronk isn’t retiring (but not that Gronk)

Gronk will be participating in a major American sporting event this year, after all.
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No, Pats fans, your star tight end hasn’t announced that he’ll continue to play football. Instead, a horse named Gronkowki will run for the roses.

Via ESPN, Gronk the horse has qualified for the Kentucky Derby by winning the Burradon Stakes in England on Friday. Gronk, as it turns out, is a European horse, and the folks at Churchill Downs have decided for the first time to give one of the 20 spots in the Kentucky Derby to a horse from the Old World

Unless the Jets just don’t feel like Darnold’s anyone they’d be interested in under any circumstances (or unless they’re scheduling a workout as we speak), it just doesn’t seem to make sense not to do the legwork.
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Before Exum injured his shoulder in preseason, the Jazz were cautiously optimistic he was ready to make a leap after so many aborted attempts. His play since returning last month has justified that hope.

The official cause of death for Jamie was listed as acute heroin and fentanyl intoxication. A toxicology report also revealed the presence of Alprazolam, the generic form of Xanax.
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He should have never been on Xanax, Ken says. He should have Lance Stephenson Youth jersey never been in that place. Having good insurance put him in that place. … I think all contributed to his death.

We might get into a fight while we’re doing something. You know what I’m saying. It was personal. It was personal. We wanted to kill Hines Ward. I had to threaten him before every play like, ‘If you crack me, I swear to God I’m going to break your f鈥搆ing neck,’ Suggs said.

In 2008, Ward broke the jaw of Cincinnati’s Keith Rivers, leading to the NFL passing a new rule against blindside blocks the next year. Suggs said that he warned Ward that if he tried that against the Ravens, he’d have to worry about a lot more than a 15-yard penalty.

Snow pushes back Cubs’ home opener against Pirates

When Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon woke up Monday morning to snow-covered streets and sidewalks, he knew the April blast of winter wasn’t ideal for a home opener at Wrigley Field.
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Steve Watterson is retiring from the role he has held the past 32 seasons, making him the longest-tenured NFL assistant coach with consecutive years working for the same team. Tom Kanavy, with 22 seasons of NFL experience, will take over.

Kanavy has spent the past three seasons as Watterson’s assistant. He previously worked for the Vikings and Eagles.

I never spent much time thinking about this moment, but as I was preparing for another offseason to begin, it became clear to me that it was time for me to step down and retire, Watterson said in a statement.

Bailey now says she was driving the vehicle that night and the reason she crashed is because Boykin was hitting her, which caused her to lose control of the car. She said she covered for him at his request because his football career would be lost.

She said he also told her to say she injured herself last week with the story that she either got jumped or fell.

As a senior at TCU, Boykin was suspended for the Alamo Bowl after he was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and public intoxication after an altercation at Jason Witten Youth jersey a San Antonio bar at around 2 a.m. two days before the game.
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I think there will be a lot more wins if I can throw the ball like that consistently versus the first game, Ross said. I’ve got some things to learn from this one and get better for next time.

The Bengals are used to this with Vontaze Burfict

If nothing else, the latest Vontaze Burfict suspension isn’t a total surprise to the Bengals, as they’re accustomed to being without him.

The linebacker has missed 29 of a possible 66 games the last four years because of suspensions and injuries, so the four he’ll miss at the start of the season because of a PED violation is just another log on an already blazing fire (it will be the third straight season he’s missed at least the first three games).

“Our focus is on having the best 2018 we can and we feel Vontaze helps us do that, . . .” Bengals vice president Troy Blackburn said. “Vontaze is well-liked and respected in the locker room. The players know that a) he’s a special player and b) he’s a really smart football player. I don’t think there is going to be a negative that way. The negative is going to be lost time. When you are not there you are not helping the team win.”

And yet, they continue to prop him up, hoping his play when eligible is enough to make a difference.

Dalton signed a six-year, $96 million extension almost four years ago, which has him under contract through 2020. His $13.9 million base salary ranks 21st in the league for 2018, according to overthecap.com, and his per year average of $16 million also ranks 21st.

Dalton, though, isn’t complaining. He’s good with his deal.

“I’m still a couple of years away from my contract being up,” Dalton said. “It’s what I agreed to. It’s what I signed, so we’re going to let it all play out how it’s supposed to.”

Bengals Vice President Troy Blackburn said the team has no thoughts of extending Dalton this year, and Dalton said he didn’t expect a new deal this year.

“I wouldn’t expect it to happen this year,” Dalton said after being asked about Blackburn’s comment. “There are other guys that will be free agents next year that are a priority. We’ll see. That’s not what I’m thinking about. I’m not thinking about the contract for sure.”flames_023

Mavericks, Suns close out lackluster seasons

The season mercifully comes to end for the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, who finish Tuesday night at American Airlines Center with not much on the line.
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The Mavericks (24-57) actually have a little more to play for, if needing a loss counts as incentive. A loss means Dallas clinches at least the third-worst record in the league.

Danuel House Jr., making his second career start, scored a career-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds. House went undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2016.

With the opportunity to play, he’s shown that he knows how to play the game, Triano said. I think he’s a guy that’s used this opportunity to showcase what he can do.

Phoenix is going for its first sweep of Dallas since 1997-98. The Suns’ four-game winning streak in the series is their longest since nine straight from 1997 to 1999.
As a matter of fact, I think it shouldn’t be (a quarterback), Tuck said, per the New York Daily News. But that’s my opinion. The Giants have done a really good job drafting, especially in early rounds, ‘sure things.’ They haven’t been up this high but the last time they had a guy named Eli Manning come across the board, so that worked out pretty well for all guys involved.

Tuck also added that he thinks 37-year-old Manning still has multiple years left in him.

Every time something has happened to make people doubt Eli or question his ability, Tuck said. He’s come back in a really, really big fashion.

Who would Tuck pick instead? It appears the defensive end, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants and Manning, is a big fan of Saquon Barkley.
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Game Mens Troy Stecher Jersey They took advantage of Minnesota’s hospitality again Monday, despite another chilly LeSean McCoy Youth jersey night in the Land of 10,000 lakes, where weather prevented the Twins from playing Sunday and the temperature has in the low 30s at first pitch Monday.

Keuchel, an Oklahoma native who played collegiately at Arkansas, said he’d be ready for whatever Mother Nature has to offer.

Bring a parka and have a bunch of heat packs, Keuchel said. If you see me with my left hand in my pocket, I’m reaching for some warmth.

Keuchel did not face the Twins last season but is 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA in four career appearances against Minnesota, striking out 21 while walking 10 in 20 innings of work.

Donaldson homers again as Blue Jays rout White Sox 14-5

The Toronto Blue Jays have slugged their way to early win streak.
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Josh Donaldson and Aledmys Diaz each hit a two-run homer, and the Blue Jays routed the Chicago White Sox 14-5 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

According to Statcast, Garcia’s one-out drive off J.A. Happ in the fifth travelled 481 feet, making it the longest home run in the majors this season and the longest by a White Sox player since Statcast was introduced in 2015. Garcia’s exit velocity of 116.7 mph was also a White Sox record.

His towering shot hit off the facing of the fourth deck in left-center, just below the window of a stadium hotel room.

Elite Kids Adam Shaheen Jersey A pretty impressive blast, to be honest, Renteria said. Anybody who is a fan of baseball must have been impressed by that shot.

Anderson went 3 for 4, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Brandin Cooks Jersey He stole two bases and scored three runs.

The first four Boston starters — Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Velazquez — combined to give up two runs over 24 innings. The Red Sox, citing the Elias Sports Bureau, said it’s the first time in the club’s 118-year history the starters allowed one run or fewer in each of the first four regular-season games.

Game Kids Rishard Matthews Jersey The defending AL East champions won three of four at Tropicana Field under new manager Alex Cora.

Our starting pitchers did an outstanding job in this series, Cora said. For me, it’s great, it’s a good start. We’ve been playing well for a while now.

Velazquez (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. Marcus Walden, Bobby Poyner, Matt Barnes and Joe Kelly, who got three outs for his first career save, combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings of three-hit relief.

Odell Beckham trade rumors: Here’s Giants asking price

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The Giants say they aren’t shopping Odell Beckham Jr., but have reportedly set a high asking price for teams willing to make an offer for the enigmatic wide receiver.
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According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Giants are looking for a return of two first-round draft picks as a starting point in any Beckham trade discussions:

While rumors have been swirling this week during the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando that teams such as the Los Angeles Rams or Cleveland Browns could make a run at acquiring Beckham, an individual with knowledge of the negotiations told NJ Advance Media Wednesday that one team not involved in the Beckham sweepstakes is the Indianapolis Colts.

Cravens sat out the entire 2017 season on the reserve/left squad list after contemplating retirement amid concussion concerns. Cravens was reinstated in February.

The 2016 second-round pick played well in his rookie season in a hybrid safety/linebacker role, compiling 34 tackles, one sack, five passes defended and an interception. The USC linebacker employs athleticism and versatility that are a commodity in today’s NFL.

Cravens’ history of concussions put his future in murky territory. If he bounces back, Denver gains a talented, versatile player as Vance Joseph attempts to remake his defense in 2018.

Advice: If Miami wants to use its first-round pick (No. 11) to fill Suh’s shoes, Washington’s Vita Vea and Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne are the clear choices, though the Dolphins could even potentially trade down to acquire more assets. Later-round prospects Miami might be targeting include Georgia’s Trenton Thompson, Florida State’s Derrick Womens Trent Williams Jersey Nnadi, and Miami’s R.J. McIntosh.

2. Deficiencies at outside linebacker have long been a sore spot. Miami needs to address this issue early in the draft.

Advice: Georgia’s Roquan Smith and Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds are potential first-round options, though both could be gone by the time Miami is on the clock. Jerome Baker from Ohio State could be a solid option in the second or third round, as could Smith’s teammate Lorenzo Carter.

NFL reportedly raising debt limit on Rams stadium after L.A. project nears $5B price tag

The Los Angeles Rams are currently engaging in one of the more aggressive construction builds in modern sports history, erecting a palatial tribute to west coast football out in Inglewood, California.

We invited Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, my dad, Jose Cruz and Enos Cabell to be part of the parade. All those guys got close in the postseason, and you could just watch them in the parade with all those people and know what was going through their minds: ‘What would it have been like if we were the team that won it ‘

It was special to see those guys enjoying it. You don’t achieve anything without the success of past teams. They build the fan base and set the standard. This was a world championship that was celebrated by anybody that ever put on an Astros uniform.

If the Giants pull the trigger on a deal involving the 25-year-old, where might he land and for what price Let’s break it down.

The NFL and Las Vegas have grown up together, an upstart sports league from the East Coast and a liberal city in the desert coming of age to emerge as icons in American culture.

During the Super Bowl era, the NFL overtook baseball, the national pastime, to become America’s favorite sport. At the same time, Las Vegas was separating itself from the mob and blossoming into an entertainment mecca — to use NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s words.

Even so, the NFL always maintained its distance from Las Vegas, concerned that the city’s legal sports betting would tarnish the integrity of its game. In 2013, the league said it wouldn’t even consider playing an exhibition game in the city because of sports betting.

Five at-bats are certainly not enough to judge his hitting — and he did hit the ball hard, albeit on the ground — but after the bad spring, after some critical evaluations from anonymous scouts, after seeing the challenges other Japanese hitters have had transitioning to the majors, it’s not at all obvious that he has that kind of offensive ceiling, especially if it has to develop in a part-time role with lots of other distractions and physical demands.patriots_305

Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton: I won’t wait on leadership role

Giancarlo Stanton won’t wait to earn his pinstripes before calling someone out.
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The Yankees ‘ newright fielder said he believes leadership is organic and he’s OK addressing a problem as soon as he sees it, if the time’s Chris Wondolowski Authentic Jersey right.

It’s not about when I get my Yankee pass to say something, Stanton said in an approximately 10-minute session with beat reporters before Wednesday’s game against the Orioles.

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We looked at everybody, the Broncos General Manager said, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. Case was our guy. We figured that there’s a special fit for everybody. All those other quarterbacks are good ers. . . . I think it’s arguable that, even though Kirk got the most [attention], who had the best year

Keenum did take the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game, while Washington didn’t make the postseason. But the Vikings replaced Keenum with Cousins nonetheless.

Some Broncos ers wanted Cousins, too, recruiting him on social media.

Von [Miller] was the first person that reached out, Keenum said, and I applaud those guys for wanting to make their team better. Just the reception we’ve had, not just from the city, the fans, the coaches, but the ers it’s been great.

I still believe I’m the same successful kicker I was when I was ing in Kansas City, Santos said in a statement. I needed a franchise that would believe in me that I will be that same kicker. By the way I’ve been treated by the New York Jets, that’s how they see me. Those are my goals to come in, have a good year and hopefully remain here for a long time. I think we’re aligned in those goals and one step at a time I pray that we’ll get there.