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Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs head coach, dies at 67

Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died early Wednesday, the team announced. She was 67 and had been battling an illness for an extended period.
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The couple had been married for four decades and had two children — Jill and Mickey — as well as two grandchildren.

We mourn the loss of Erin, Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.

That’s the kind of respect elite scorers get in the NBA, and this play is an example of the progress Mitchell has made this season.

In this instance, moving the ball to the weak side was the right play, one that draws praise from Snyder.

Perfect, Snyder says. So this is a great example, Donovan, of you starting the blender. So even though this play is quote-unquote ‘for you,’ you go right there, and you make the simple play and get off it.

I really do look forward to getting in the quarterback room with him, Griffin said. It’s a great opportunity for me. I still feel like I’m a young player. I’m 28, but feel like I’m 25. He’s been through a lot of things in his career. He’s been to the pinnacle, won the Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP. I think that’s a great opportunity to learn from him.

As a backup, Griffin isn’t guaranteed a chance to show what he’s learned on the field. If he does get that chance and makes the most of it, he may be able to shift his attention to restoring his place in the league’s quarterback hierarchy in 2019 Chris Scott Jersey and beyond.

Astros: The Astros are expected to activate reliever Tony Sipp (oblique strain) from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. The Astros optioned RHP James Hoyt to Triple A-Fresno after the game. Sipp has been out since April 8.
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Reds cruise past Brewers 10-4 to end eight-game skid

A rare offensive burst, solid starting pitching and stellar defense provided the Cincinnati Reds needed relief from their early-season woes.
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I was focused on going after the hitters and I was trying to make my pitches on the corners, Castillo said through a translator.
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The Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Tucker Barnhart’s RBI single and Hamilton’s two-run single.

Cincinnati broke the game open in the sixth, scoring six runs and hitting four doubles off reliever Oliver Drake. The Reds sent 10 batters to the plate.

Limited John Hannah Jersey The first run scored on back-to-back doubles by Adam Duvall and Gennett. Castillo had a run-scoring single. Hamilton followed with his second RBI single of the game.

Jose Peraza had a two-run double, and Joey Votto’s RBI double finished the scoring in the inning. The double was Votto’s first extra-base hit of the season.

It’s been a battle for us to start the season but I feel like the last couple games we’ve been getting better, Hamilton said. Today, we broke out and got a few runs and got up early.

Milwaukee starter Brent Suter (1-2) allowed three runs and six hits over five innings and struck out four.

It was a frustrating outing, Suter said.

Milwaukee scored four runs in the seventh. Reliever Jorge Lopez had a two-run double for his first career hit.

We didn’t hit a lick, that’s for sure, manager John Gibbons said.

Vargas worked with Womens Wil Myers Jersey pitching coach Dave Eiland on adjusting his mechanics after a five-start stretch from Aug. 8 until Sept. 5 in which he allowed 29 earned runs in 28 1/3 innings.

He’s been really good from that point on, Yost said. He’s been downhill. He’s been changing speeds well.

Vargas hadn’t had a scoreless outing since a complete-game shutout of Cleveland on June 2.

Gibbons said Vargas did a good job of keeping the Blue Jays off balance.

He knows when to add and subtract on his pitches, can lull you to sleep away and then shoot that fastball in, Gibbons said. He got us a few times tonight doing that.

Kendrys Morales hit a leadoff single in the second and was promptly erased on a double play, with Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar using his glove to flip the ball to second baseman Whit Merrifield.

NFL players are joining attorneys, professors and others at Harvard Law School for a summit on criminal justice issues.

The Players Coalition members participating in Friday’s event include the New England Patriots’ Devin McCourty and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins. Retired player Anquan Boldin also will attend.

The Players Coalition is a group formed by Boldin, Jenkins and others advocating for changes to further social and racial equality.

The Rays own the worst win percentage in the AL, and their ace, Chris Archer, has not quite been himself. Archer has allowed 19 runs in four starts, tied for the most runs allowed in baseball to this point. One bright spot for the Rays so far has been the performance of Yonny Chirinos, a 24-year-old rookie right-hander who has pitched 14⅓ scoreless innings so far. — McCarthy

Gronkowski missed one game due to injury last season but struggled through a concussion in the playoffs.

“I definitely feel like a brand-new guy just being able to do exercises here [at the TB12 center]. Exercises that help stabilize your core, exercises that help me and my whole body,” Gronkowski told the Boston Herald in early 2017.

While Gronkowski’s status for the forthcoming season has yet to be confirmed, insiders told ESPN it’s “pretty certain” the tight end will return to the Patriots as long as Brady, 40, is still under center. That seems a certainty for this upcoming season, even with reports surfacing that it’s possible the father of three pulls the plug on his NFL career sooner rather than later.

There is some thought that Belichick could consider trading Gronkowski, too.

Over the weekend, Gronkowski was spotted working out with a familiar face, on-and-off-again flame Camille Kostek. The Sports Illustrated beauty posted a snap on the beach as she held a cable pulley for her one-time beau. They later browsed through a pet shop.

Namath had his best season in 1967, when he passed for 4,007 yards, and Maynard — who is with Namath in the Hall of Fame — had 1,434 yards. Both led the NFL.
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Patriots’ Matthew Slater defends keeping kickoff: ‘What would happen next?’

New England Patriots captain Matthew Slater, who has tied Steve Tasker for most career Pro Bowl berths by a special-teams player with seven, spoke passionately Tuesday about the importance of keeping the kickoff in football, saying that if it is eliminated because of safety concerns it would be tragic.
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Slater, entering his 11th NFL season, added that the careers of many players would be affected negatively.

Meanwhile, at March’s NFL annual meeting, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy said the league’s medical department presented statistics showing that concussions are five times as likely on kickoffs as an average play. Murphy, who is a member of the NFL’s competition committee, told a small group of reporters the league planned to bring together head coaches and special-teams coordinators to discuss the issue.
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Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (1-1, 3.50 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Mets left-hander Steven Matz (1-1, 3.77) on Wednesday.

While the season is not even one-sixth complete, the results of the last two nights certainly changed the early season tenor in the NL East. The Nationals (9-9) were on the verge of falling Authentic Dickie Moore Jersey seven games behind the Mets (12-4) on Monday night but can close within three games Wednesday with a win.
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A victory by the Nationals also would negate New York’s sweep of Washington April 5-7, which came in the midst of a 3-8 stretch for the two-time defending NL East champions.

You always want to keep the momentum, especially for something good like this, especially (against) a team that’s as strong right now as the Mets, said Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who earned the win Tuesday after allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings. You want to try to catch up, shorten that distance.

You can bet general manager Marty Hurney is already crunching numbers.

It would take some masterful money Gary Harris Authentic Jersey movement for the Carolina Panthers to bring in Dez Bryant鈥攖he team only has about $7.5 million in wiggle room under the cap.
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The Panthers were a playoff team in 2017, but that was in spite of their wide receivers, not because of them. The leader in catches was tailback Christian McCaffrey with 80. Devin Funchess led Carolina in receiving yards with 840.

And the Panthers were 28th in the NFL in passing.

Taking a run at Bryant affords Lynch an unexpected chance to get better around Garoppolo and fire another salvo in the burgeoning NFC West arms race with the Los Angeles Rams.

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Bryant said he believes it was difficult for team owner Jerry Jones to release him. However, he feels there were other forces within the Cowboys’ organization that ultimately were pushing for him to be cut.

Jerry Jones, he loved me to death and I loved him too, Bryant said. I honestly believe in my heart that this was a hard decision for him. But when it’s five, six guys at a table against one guy, you got to do it.

… It was an unfair situation because if they wanted to get rid of me, they could have told me that…. I would have respected it.

Bryant said he wanted to stay in Dallas, but his expensive contract and declining play jeopardized his status within the team all offseason. The 29-year-old was due $12.5 million base salary in 2018 and was set to cost $16.5 million against the salary cap. Even though he stated publicly all offseason that he held no intentions of taking a pay cut, Bryant said he changed his stance.

Unlike some NFL coaches, O’Brien is willing to adapt his offense to Watson’s unique skill set

After years of dealing with uncertainty at the game’s most important position, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien understands Deshaun Watson’s play will drive the team’s overall success.
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Years. He’s tried to battle through it and not say anything. That’s kind of the gamer, grinder that he is, but I think he’s realizing that we need to try as best we can to get to the bottom. So Monday he’ll go through a lot of testing to try to see if we can start to get some answers Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey and start to get him the proper help. Hopefully he’ll able to put something like this behind him because we think he can be a terrific player for us, especially if he’s been dealing with this.

As the draft becomes even more of a spectacle (this year, the first two nights will be broadcast by FOX, NFL Network, and ESPN), the crowds get larger and the boos necessarily become louder. With the draft happening this year at the Cowboys’ home stadium, and in light of the league’s decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games last season, the locals in attendance will feel even more compelled to make plenty of noise each time the Commissioner makes an appearance.

And he didn’t quite say it like this, but it was essentially, ‘No, I’m not backing off. This is me. This is how I play.’

Life couldn’t be much better for Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. He already leads one of the league’s best teams after last season’s 13-3 effort, but it has the potential to be even better with Kirk Cousins.聽
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Hamels struck out 11 in five innings, and Texas beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Tuesday night.

That’s kind of what I do well so it’s really not that big a deal, Gallo said. I’ve always been that kind of hitter. I don’t think too much about it.

Texas third baseman Andre Beltre singled in the second to tie Rod Carew for most hits by a Latin-born player. Rougned Odor singled twice and drove in two runs, and Nomar Mazara added two hits and scored twice.

The Rangers also ended a nine-game skid at the Coliseum.
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Dolphins bringing Luke Falk in for a visit

Early in the pre-draft process, the Dolphins were linked to Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, and coach Adam Gase has made his fondness for him known.

But they also have to have a backup plan in case they can’t (or choose not to) get him at the 11th pick.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are bringing Washington State quarterback Luke Falk in for a visit next week.

He’s the second quarterback known to be visiting the Dolphins, with Mayfield being the other.

Falk’s probably a mid-round pick, and would present a different storyline than Mayfield, for a team that has insisted they’re fully behind Ryan Tannehill even though they haven’t seen much of him lately.

Washington has lost 13 of 19, including dropping recent games to New York, Chicago and Atlanta. While one is tempted to wonder if the Wizards are playing for playoff positioning — they have played the Raptors tough, winning two of four — it’s more likely that this is just a continuation of a season-long pattern of inconsistent play, especially against weaker teams.

The surgery entailed removing a portion of Kelly’s fibula in an effort to rebuild his upper jaw, along with the removal of cancer cells and lymph nodes.

Jill Kelly said in a statement that the recovery process for her husband will be “extensive.” He’ll be hospitalized for at least a few weeks.

We extend our best wishes to Kelly, a Bills legend who led the team to four straight Super Bowl appearances, and who entered the Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Bucks close out Bradley Center with 102-86 win over Magic

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Coach Joe Prunty was just as impressed with the contributions from his quick point guard that didn’t make the stat sheet.

Bledsoe had his fourth career triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 102-86 win on Monday night in the final regular-season game at the Bradley Center.

The shooting touch was missing Monday, when Orlando was just 5 of 24 from behind the arc.

The Magic couldn’t make up for the misses on the defensive Justin Patton Youth jersey end, especially in the third quarter.

It’s been the case all season. Our defense has never been consistent enough, coach Frank Vogel said.

Milwaukee won its second straight game without Antetokounmpo, who is resting a sore right ankle. Both victories came against 50-loss teams.

After making his first two starts of the season in chilly weather, Syndergaard took the mound on a humid, 83-degree night and tired in the sixth. He also dealt with blisters on two fingers but said they weren’t a hindrance.

I was actually just more annoyed with my hair flipping in my eyes, he said.

He was sweating, and his hair was hitting him in the face, manager Mickey Callaway confirmed with a chuckle. He said that’s what he was most frustrated with.

Syndergaard (2-0) had less than his best stuff but stranded four runners in scoring position. That was good enough to help the Mets extend their longest winning streak since September 2016, and they improved to 8-1, matching their start in 1985 and 2006.

It’s a lot of fun watching us play, Syndergaard said. It’s a contagious feeling. Everybody is on the edge of the dugout cheering each other on. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of.

Jeurys Familia escaped a jam in the ninth to earn his fifth save, most in the majors. He gave up a single and double before striking out Miguel Rojas and Starlin Castro for the victory.
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Three and out: Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits

In the build-up to the 2018 draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a look聽at each NFL team’s situation and needs.聽
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1. The Buccaneers currently have just two running backs on the roster with any NFL experience: Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers. And while head coach Dirk Koetter is talking up Barber as the team’s potential No. 1 tailback, the Bucs should look to add competition in this draft.

3: Pass rusher was the top need heading into the offseason, but adding Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry ahead of Noah Spence could take care of the issue. The offensive line remains a sore spot, with right tackle Demar Dotson potentially needing a successor as he turns 33 in October.
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Trevor Williams Authentic Jersey Advice: With no third-round pick after the Pierre-Paul trade, Tampa Bay is likely best served waiting to make an addition up front. Ohio State’s Jamarco Jones and Western Michigan’s Chukwuma Okorafor both have starter potential and聽could be available early on Day 3.

Based on last year, one member of the Cowboys’ staff told Breer, he does very few things really well.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports re-set the odds for the impending Harper derby. After placing the Dodgers (3/1) and Nationals (7/2) as the top two favorites, the Phillies (5/1) and Yankees (25/1) entered the picture.

Here’s what was said about Philadelphia, a team on the cusp with young talent and money.

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And don’t rule out the Yankees despite the addition of Giancarlo Stanton.

In theory, Wells should be able to take his offensive line background and help Engram round out his game.

Engram ranked seventh among all NFL tight ends with six touchdown receptions, sixth with 64 catches and fifth with 722 receiving yards during his record-breaking rookie season.
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Potential-wise, his ceiling is real high, Wells said. He’s a high-character guy, he’s a guy that comes in and works hard, so he has a lot of potential in Year 2.

He’s the biggest quarterback in the class, and the ball zips out of his hand in a way that makes scouts drool. Woodside is 6’1, 201. At the combine, he was the lightest QB and the fourth-shortest. Another problem is that he played in the MAC. Ben Roethlisberger played in the MAC. Khalil Mack, Antonio Brown, Woodside said. I don’t think that’s a problem. I think the MAC is one of the best conferences in college.

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Later in his career, Sullivan performed as an actor and comedian with a one-man show, An Evening with Johnny Valiant, during which he recalled sharing a hotel room Draymond Green Womens Jersey with the 7-foot-4-inch wrestler Andre the Giant, who he said walked around naked.
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A statement from WWEoffered condolences to Valiant’s family, friends and fans.

Harrison聽Phillips recorded an absurd amount of tackles for a defensive tackle during his final season at Stanford. He finished with 98 tackles, 17 of which went for loss.