Monthly Archives: March 2018

Esteban Loaiza, longtime MLB pitcher, arrested on felony drug-trafficking charges

Esteban Loaiza, the second-winningest pitcher from Mexico in MLB history, is scheduled to be in court Wednesday to face felony drug charges, according to San Diego Sheriffs Office records (via
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Brad Wing Youth Jersey His 126 MLB victories are second to only Fernando Valenzuela’s 173 among natives of Mexico.

They also invested in local companies like Dixie Beer, and TV and film production companies.

And they helped bring the Super Bowl back to New Orleans in February 2013, an economic windfall for the city.

The Bensons were also generous in their charitable efforts throughout New Orleans, the Gulf South region, San Antonio and the Catholic Church community, among others.

Elite Cordrea Tankersley Jersey In 2014, Benson pledged $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the largest donation by an individual in the Hall’s history.

Benson is one of six NFL owners who have died since October 2013, along with Bud Adams ( Tennessee Titans ), William Clay Ford ( Detroit Lions ), Ralph Wilson ( Buffalo Bills ), Malcolm Glazer ( Tampa Bay Buccaneers ) and Dan Rooney ( Pittsburgh Steelers ).

The vigil was held at Pine Trails Park; Rod Woodson Youth jersey noted Rizzo conducts an annual charity walkathon there.

Rizzo was in Arizona preparing to report to spring training when he heard the news of the shooting. A day later, he was back in Parkland.

I’m only who I am because of this community, and I just want you to know how proud I am to be part of this community, he said. I want you to know you’re not alone in your grief. We’re all grieving with you. The entire country is grieving with you.

The veteran has spent his entire six-year career with the Lions and is set to enter free agency for the second time in two years.

The Lions re-signed him last go-round, and after struggling at middle linebacker in 2016, he rebounded with his finest season last year,Whitehead made a smooth transition back to the outside following the addition of Davis and made significant strides as a run defender, showing vastly improved timing and hand usage when filling his gap,He also gave the Lions a team-high 950 snaps at his position and has missed just one game during the past five seasons.

NFL free agency winners, losers: Vikings get right QB; Bears, Chiefs help theirs

They’re not playing together again. Brees got his two-year deal to return to the Saints, while Graham leaves Wilson and the Seahawks …. to join Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. The tight end has had a blessed career as a young basketballer-turned-veteran red-zone receiving stud. Graham by default should work out for Green Bay after the Martellus Bennett disaster.
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Lewis in 2017 was an excellent return man and remained an open-field threat as a receiver, but he also proved hebe a complete runner working between the tackles and handling a good workload. He was a key cog for New England, but that team doesn’t typically spend much to keep backs.

The Jets traded the one-time Pro Bowl defender before the 2017 season, and he promptly found a strong home as a 4-3 tackle after playing 3-4 end for most of his career. He was very disruptive in the middle of the field with Seattle. With a lot of other positional money issues, especially defensively, it will be hard for the Seahawks to keep him.

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Now that Arizona will land Sam Bradford, it leaves the Jets and Bills still in search of veterans.

According to the Arizona Republic, Cousins was Plan A, but he’ll be signing with Bradford’s former team, the Vikings. That left the Cardinals and Bradford, 30, making alternate Womens Victor Mete Jersey plans that intersected.

The Cardinals also were considering another former Vikings QB with a significant knee injury, Teddy Bridgewater, as well as Josh McCown and AJ McCarron, the Republic reported.

By going with Bradford, the Cardinals are making a less expensive though definitely more risky route. Bradford was limited to just two games in 2017 because of a third injury to his left knee. He initially was injured in Week 1, missed Weeks 2-4 and saw his comeback in Week 5 end before halftime when he re-aggravated the injury.

Case Keenum replaced him and never gave up the starting job.
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The most surprising results of the NHLPA’s player poll

Look, if the question is, If you need to win one game, who is the No. 1 player (any position) you would want on your team? then Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid probably belong in the conversation. But how does only one goalie make this list? This is the player whose performance can literally be the difference between a win and a loss. And it’s not like the NHL is lacking big-game goalie options: Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick, Pekka Rinne, Matt Murray, Corey Crawford and also Carey Price, who was our representative here.
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Game Womens Clinton McDonald Jersey The biggest quagmire for Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman? The contract of Brent Seabrook. The defenseman carries a hefty cap hit of $6.875 million and is locked in for seven more seasons. At that point, Seabrook will be 39. Here’s the problem with Seabrook’s deal: In September 2015, when the extension was handed out, it didn’t feel like a terrible deal.

Of all the teams in the NBA, there are five in particular that should show some interest in trading for Walker if the Hornets do indeed make him available before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. Let’s take a look at each of those teams and examine why they make sense for Walker.

The Spurs are an elite team with two All-Stars already on their roster in Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. Even without Leonard for most of this season, they are tied with the Timberwolves for the third-best record in the Western Conference. And yet, if there is a weaknesses on Dave Dravecky Authentic Jersey their roster moving forward, it’s at point guard.

[Jackson] is a quarterback. He’s never played any other position. Why would he go play receiver now? The teams that pick him up now will give him a shot at playing quarterback. There are so many other players that are playing quarterback that shouldn’t have been playing quarterback, and they did alright. So Lamar is a Heisman winner. He’s going to play quarterback in the National Football League.
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Heat vs. Rockets: Preview, time, TV channel, how to watch online

After an impressive victory over the defending champion Warriors, the Rockets are hoping to avoid a letdown against a scrappy Heat team.

Houston (32-12) heads into Monday’s matchup against Miami (27-19) coming off consecutive home wins against Golden State and Minnesota. James Harden will look to continue his return to MVP form after scoring 22 points and dishing out eight assists against the Warriors.

Laine opened the scoring by putting a wrist shot past Lundqvist at 19:05 of the first period. He added on midway through the second period when he snapped off another wrist shot, then scored into an empty net with 34 seconds left.

Laine, the third overall pick of the 2016 draft, scored 36 goals in his rookie season. He leads the NHL in goals since entering the league with 74. Ovechkin and Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov each have 73.

Ben Arledge, Insider editor: The Dallas Stars aren’t the same high-octane, all-offense team they were a few years back, but they are still dangerous up front with the likes of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov. More important, their defense is drastically improved. Following the acquisition of goalie Ben Bishop and defenseman Marc Methot in the offseason, Dallas sits fourth in the league in goals-against average (2.61). Bishop has played in a Cup final before and knows what it takes to make a deep run. If he gets hot, the Stars won’t be easy to dismiss.

Sean Allen, fantasy writer: The Florida Panthers. They’re coming in hot to the playoffs with Aleksander Barkov finally earning the credit he’s due and Roberto Luongo well-rested because of his injury layoff.

Kaplan: Pittsburgh. Yes, the Penguins’ defense is a bit leaky. But the addition of Derick Brassard gives Pittsburgh unparalleled center depth, and this is still a high-octane team — the Pens have scored less than three goals just once in their past 13 games. Their remaining schedule is quite favorable too; six of their final regular-season 14 games are against teams well out of playoff position. The Flyers only have only two such games.

Heat reportedly believe LeBron James ‘checked out’ in 2014 NBA Finals

As much as Dan Le Batard gets noticed for having a quirky radio show that plays to a certain audience, the man is connected in South Florida. He has been a columnist at the Miami Herald since 1990 and has plenty of sources in the city.
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So when he says people in the Heat organization believe LeBron Bernie Parent Jersey James checked out during the 2014 NBA Finals, which Miami lost in five games to the Spurs, he is likely telling the truth. He said just that on the Le Batard Show on ESPN Friday.

Bell, 26, confirmed he turned down last year’s contract offer worth $42 million over the first three years with an average of $13.3 million over the life of the deal. Even his mom wanted him to sign it. Bell almost did.

Kids Tyrone Crawford Jersey Since then, the Steelers are closer but not quite where Bell wants them to be with an offer — though Bell said both sides are negotiating in earnest.

Bell plans to stick to his number — which he isn’t revealing — and is accounting for everything. Asked about his criteria for assessing that worth, Bell explained:

He’s putting up more yards per game than any NFL player (his career average of 128.9 yards from scrimmage per game is the best since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger).

He plays every down and basically fills the role of three backs.

Tagging Cousins would have been an attempt to recoup lost compensation after trading a third-round pick and corner Kendall Fuller to Kansas City for quarterback Alex Smith. Cousins will be worth a third-round compensatory pick in 2019 — but whether Washington actually gets that still depends on what happens in free agency.

Tagging him was fraught with risks if a trade couldn’t be made immediately. Had the Redskins tagged him and he didn’t sign, then it would have counted on their salary cap once free agency started. Had he signed and they were unable to trade him, they would have had two expensive quarterbacks and one awkward situation.
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That potential $34.5 million cap hit would have prevented them from pursuing other free agents. In the end, it wasn’t worth it for Washington.

Now the question focuses on Cousins’ next stop. The final four teams that emerged over the weekend include the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.

He tweeted Tuesday that he’s open to suggestions on his next team.

Bobby Portis leads Bulls to latest win they might not want later

Markkanen drains late 3 to extend Bulls’ leadLauri Markkanen drains a late 3-pointer from the top of the key to keep the Bulls in the lead.
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CHICAGO — The peak of Friday’s tankathon between the Dallas Mavericks and the Chicago Bulls came late in the third quarter during one of the strangest sequences of the season.

The reason the Mavericks lost is because Bulls forward Bobby Portis had another big night off the bench, scoring 22 points and pulling down five rebounds in 34 minutes. Led by Portis, the Bulls outscored the Mavericks 49-27 in the final 17:55 of regulation to steal a win that much of their fan base would rather they lose in the battle for draft lottery pingpong ball supremacy. The fact that Portis, who was suspended for the first eight games of the season after knocking out former teammate Nikola Mirotic in practice, continues playing the best basketball of his career only reinforces how truly strange the entire season has been for a rebuilding Bulls team.

I think with Bobby, it’s all about confidence, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. He’s not shying Eric Ebron Authentic Jersey away from anything. He’s not shying away from his shot certainly. Sometimes when he gets in that rhythm, he gets in that zone, it’s fun to watch him … it’s great to have Bobby. He plays with such a swagger and a confidence. He brings that energy every time he steps on the floor and we need it.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks estimated that Thomas could fetch a one-year deal in the range of $15 million to $20 million.

There are teams with cap space, but Atlanta, Chicago, Brooklyn, Dallas, Philadelphia and Phoenix all either do not need a point guard, are rebuilding or could draft a point guard.

Thomas could also opt to go the midlevel route for a short-term deal and continue to try to rebuild his value, which is probably the least appealing option.

On this night in Miami, Thomas showed flashes of being the same prolific scorer he was last season in Boston.

I could do it, I’ve done it before, Thomas said of playing the way he did in Boston if given the opportunity. I’m a scorer, I’m a guy that makes plays. So when given that opportunity, I can do it, I’ve showed I can do it but there’s no other way around it. I’m not here to prove to anybody I can do it, the world knows what I bring to the table and my job is just to help this team get to the next level and win.
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The Patriots will win Super Bowl 52. But here’s how the Eagles could pull off the upset.

So really, really disappointed that our franchise, that my franchise, that stuff like that was going on, Nowitzki said. It’s very sad and disappointing. But I think [Mavericks owner Mark Cuban] is trying to step up and lead this franchise to the right direction, and that is hiring investigators, finding out all the little details that we have to know as a franchise what really was going on. I think Mark is going to step up here. …
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As a franchise, obviously, we feel bad for the victims and for what happened to some of these ladies. Like I said, it’s truly, truly disgusting. Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with some of these victims.

Patriots’ possessions (out of 11) that didn’t end in points, although two of those were because of half endings and another because of a missed 26-yard field goal. There was almost nothing in the way of real defensive stops, all night long.

Brady’s 鈥?and the Patriots’ 鈥?biggest asset is his ability to find an exploit and needle the hell out of it. The Pats are notorious for the Next Man Up mantra that your favorite team likes to talk about a lot 鈥?only they actually embody it. Against the Jaguars, that man was Danny Amendola. In the fourth quarter, he caught five passes for 56 yards 鈥?two of them for touchdowns, and one of them a 21-yard gain on third-and-18.

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One area in which Barkley need not worry is the interview process with NFL teams at the Combine. He received high marks for his character while at Penn State and by all accounts has a squeaky-clean background.

The way I’m going to attack (the interviews) is to be honest and open and just let it all out there because I feel like I don’t have anything to hide, Barkley said. I give credit to my family, coaches and friends that have kept me in line at school and made sure I didn’t make dumb decisions.

Unlike some other prospects who might feel uncomfortable about the 15-minute get-to-know-you sessions at the Combine, Barkley is looking forward to learning more about his potential suitors.

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Super Bowl 2018: Why isn’t Donald Trump doing an interview before the game?

The rift between the president and the NFL dates back decades to when he was owner of the USFL’s New Jersey Generals. He even fronted a $1.76 billion lawsuit against the NFL, alleging it was a monopoly, but it got the USFL just $3.76 … as in three dollars and 76 cents.

Trump also attempted to purchase the Buffalo Bills, but didn’t, citing the $1.4 billion price tag picked up by Terry and Kim Pegula:

Murray dealt defenseman Tyler Myers, forward Drew Stafford, two prospects and a first-round pick in acquiring Kane, defenseman Zach Bogosian and prospect goalie Jason Kasdorf. And it made no difference to Murray that Kane would miss the final two months of the season after having shoulder surgery.

Minnesota’s an awesome, awesome state. Minneapolis, everyone has been so friendly, Alex says, then adds: Go Pats.

Grabner led the Rangers with 25 goals at the time of the deal. Last season, he was second on the club with 27 goals. An unrestricted free agent on July 1, Grabner practiced with his new club on Friday, and will play on a line centered by Travis Zajac or Pavel Zacha on Saturday.

He’s certainly happy about moving to a playoff contender.

In March 2017, the NFL added a provision that allowed for immediate ejections for dangerous helmet-to-helmet hits — mirroring college football’s targeting rule — but it seemingly wasn’t applied at all by officials.

When the league’s competition committee meets this spring, it’s expected to discuss the addition of an automatic ejection: The final piece that would make college football’s targeting rule a part of the NFL.

The violations that are considered targeting in college football fall under the unnecessary roughness umbrella in the NFL.

Things like a hit out of bounds or a late hit on a sliding quarterback would draw an unnecessary roughness penalty, but wouldn’t be an example of a targeting penalty that results in an ejection.49ers_010