Braves’ Freddie Freeman plays 3B in first rehab game at Triple-A

Freddie Freeman was flawless in his debut at third base, although that meant merely fielding cleanly his one and only defensive chance in a rain-shortened rehab game Saturday for Triple-A Gwinnett in Charlotte.

The Braves slugger, who has played 935 games at first base for Wholesale NHL Jerseys Atlanta, fielded Everth Cabrera’s grounder and threw to first for the final out of the second inning.

“Just catch it and throw it and just try not to embarrass myself,” Freeman had said, laying out his mindset before Saturday’s game (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ). “I think if I make the routine plays, everything else is kind of gravy from there.”

Of course, there would likely be some apprehension from the Celtics’ side of the table. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has been notoriously stingy when it comes to giving up anything of significant value to the point it sometimes feels like he’s on an episode of “Hoarders” with future draft picks trapping him inside of his bedroom. Would he be willing to give up players like Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and/or one of his talented young forwards along with those coveted picks?

Gasol signed a five-year contract with the Grizzlies in 2015, but he has a player option after the 2018-19 season, allowing him to opt out of the deal and become a free agent ahead of the 2019-20 season. If the Celtics did acquire the 32-year-old All-Star, they would have two guaranteed years of Gasol on the team, plus a third year if he took that player option for roughly $25.5 million.

All of that is a long way down the road, but Mannix’s report lends credence to the fact that the Celtics feel there is a chance to close the gap on the Cavs and knock LeBron James off his Eastern Conference throne.

Marshawn Lynch is giving 2,000 kids free tickets to a water park

Marshawn Lynch has poured himself into Oakland since signing with the Raiders in April and has focused his community involvement efforts on kids in the Bay Area. Lynch grew up in Oakland and has always made the city a priority, but the running back has upped his efforts since donning the silver and black.

Given Matt Forte’s age (31) at his position and what has happened to the roster around him, the veteran back’s status is a bit of a surprise. Then again, the Jets don’t have much behind NFL Jerseys Outlet him.

Forte, who with the Bears often excelled as a receiver out of the backfield, likes the idea of West Coast Offense principles, which Morton is expected to employ. He should see more third-down snaps and receiving opportunities as a result.

The Panthers have made a consistent financial and depth commitment to their front four under GM Dave Gettleman, and the results (see their increase to 47 sacks last season) have been there. No wonder they didn’t hesitate to re-up with their best returning veteran ends, Charles Johnson and Mario Addison, before locking up elite franchise tackle Kawann Short at five years and $80 million. They also brought NHL Jerseys Wholesale back Julius Peppers after all these years to their 4-3 and essentially replaced 2014 second-rounder Kony Ealy (traded to Patriots) with third-round draft pick Daeshon Hall.

Their rotation is loaded inside and out. Peppers and Hall will bring good situational energy. The key for Carolina has been keeping players fresh and motivated, whether it’s been on early or passing downs. Peppers this year can give them more than Jared Allen did in 2015, and the high-upside Hall has more to his motor than Ealy. The Panthers should be a stronger unit overall, in position to jump Arizona for the league’s most productive pass rush.

Young Darren Sproles made Pop Warner opponents look silly, too

Darren Sproles is the speedy NFL gift that keeps on giving. The league’s active kick and punt return yards leader, the Eagles running back is entering his 12th NFL season at age 34.

Philadelphia in a birthday tribute to Sproles on Tuesday shared a video of him as a youth football player. The highlights, as you might imagine, look familiar.

Only seven players in the history of the NFL have accumulated more all-purpose Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA yards than Sproles during his career with the Chargers, Saints and Eagles. With Steve Smith now retired, Sproles is the active NFL leader in career all-purpose yards.

Sproles, a three-time Pro Bowler, is entering the last year on his contract with the Eagles.

Holiday shouldn’t be the top option in an offense, but he can manage a team and make the correct decisions. He’s a great defender, a huge plus in a league full of talented point guards.

New Orleans may have to overpay to keep Holiday, but the alternative could be much worse. Sporting News’ Mitch Lawrence has reported the Timberwolves are looking to make an upgrades at point guard and may target Holiday, so there is desire for his services. This may come down to what the Pelicans are willing to offer.

There are logical reasons to believe in the sophomore slump. When a player comes into the NFL from college, opponents won’t have much beyond preseason tape to get a sense of what to expect in that player’s new scheme. This is especially a factor early in the season.

In Cam Newton’s first game as a rookie in Week 1 of the 2011 season, he threw for 422 yards and two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals. He set a record by being the first Cheap Kids Soccer Jerseys rookie quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in his debut game, beating Peyton Manning’s previous high mark by 120 yards.

NBA Finals: Biggest deciding factors for Game 2 of Cavs vs. Warriors

If Game 2 of the NBA Finals follows the same script as Game 1, basketball fans may have to prepare for a short series.

The Warriors throttled the Cavs on Thursday night at Oracle Arena with suffocating team defense and an offensive onslaught from Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, who combined for 66 points on 25-of-48 shooting. Despite winning 113-91, Golden State can be even better after shooting only 42.5 percent from the field as a team and getting little offense out of starters Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Or just last year in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals when Durant scored 27 points in a 96-88 loss as Curry scored 36 and recorded a plus/minus of plus-18? Some of Curry’s most clutch baskets in that game came while the 7-foot Durant defended 6-3 Curry. Curry captured his moment while Durant fell short.

If the Warriors lose the NBA Finals and Durant fails during crunch time, then it’ll be open season on the NBA’s newest super villain.

Stephen Curry starts drawing Peyton Manning comparisons
For a two-time league MVP and first ever unanimous winner, Curry’s finals Cheap Jerseys US struggles are beginning to quietly affect his legacy.

In the 2015 finals, Curry shot 44 percent from the field and 38 percent on 3-pointers compared to his 49/44 percent regular-season splits.

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Last year, his finals slump continued. After averaging 30 points per game on 50 percent shooting and 45 percent from 3-point range in the regular season, Curry averaged 22 points on 40 percent shooting in the Finals.

If Curry has another disappointing series, then he’ll start Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Site to be known as one of the best players ever — when a championship is not on the line — i.e. Peyton Manning.

Watch: Red Sox manager John Farrell almost kisses umpire during livid ejection

Red Sox manager John Farrell was already upset his club was losing to the Angels Saturday after another disappointing outing from David Price, but then a questionable balk call put him over the top.

Reliever Fernando Abad was called for a balk with a runner on third base in the seventh inning resulting in an Angels run. Farrell pleaded with the umpires to reconsider since the call Cheap Jerseys Sale is unreviewable. After the umpires huddled to confer, the balk was upheld and Farrell stormed the field, directing his anger at crew chief Bill Miller.

The two went nose to nose, exchanging saliva and expletives after Farrell’s first ejection of the season. Check it out.

The Lakers continue to stay busy in trade talks, sending the No. 28 pick (Tony Bradley) to Utah for the No. 30 pick (Josh Hart) as well as the No. 42 pick.

The Grizzlies traded for the No. 35 pick from Orlando in return for the Nets’ 2019 second-round pick, which Memphis owned.

The Sixers weren’t content with trading up to land the No. 1 pick in the draft, Markelle Fultz. On draft night, they obtained the Magic’s No. 25 pick (Anzejs Pasecniks) Cheap Jerseys Supply for their 2020 first-round pick (via Oklahoma City) and 2020 second-round pick.

Hill isn’t lacking for confidence. When he came in at No. 36 on the NFL’s Top 100 list, he said he has his sights set on a much higher number.

“I belong No. 1 over Tom Brady,” Hill said. “Tom Brady, I’m calling you out. I’m No. 1. Cheetah.”

If that’s what Hill wants to do, he’ll have to replicate his rookie performance, or at least come close. Hill is dynamic, and he used his speed to get into the end zone 12 times last season as a rusher, receiver and return specialist — including this 70-yard touchdown against the Broncos in Week 16.

Le’Veon Bell contract: What does franchise tag mean for Steelers’ star running back?

The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to use their franchise tag on star running back LeVeon Bell this offseason, NFL Media reports.

Bell, 24, is in the last year of his current Cheap Hockey Jerseys For Sale contract with the team.

The former Redskins quarterback appeared on Fox News’ Outnumbered, where he ripped into the reasoning behind giving Kaepernick the team’s most prestigious award voted on by players.

Theismann also said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell needs to make a stand on players honoring the national anthem and adopt a policy similar to that of the NBA, which requires all players to stand during the anthem.

I don’t agree with what he’s done, Theismann said of Goodell. As a matter of fact, the American flag… stands for the right to be able to do the things you want to do, to be able to stand up and have a difference of opinion. I agree with that part of it, but not when you’re on the job.

Kaepernick has sparked controversy throughout the 2016 season, kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and other civil rights issues in the United States.

Since MLB Statcast has been keeping the data in 2015, Aroldis Chapman has led the league with the fastest average pitch speed, a 100-plus mph four-seam fastball. With Chapman a bit banged up and only averaging 98.2 on his heater this year, there’s a new sheriff of speed. That would be Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys Cardinals set-up man Trevor Rosenthal, who has fired his four-seamer 307 times at an average of 99.2 mph. That pitch was coming in at 97.2 last season, and the 2-mph jump in 2017 seems to be making a difference, as Rosenthal has bounced back from a career-worst season.

Gambling sportsbooks lose big with Packers, Steelers upsets

Sunday was a thrilling day in Pittsburgh and Green Bay, as fans celebrated their team’s upset win in the NFL playoffs.

But it was Black Sunday in Las Vegas, as sportsbooks suffered what one gambling exec called colossal losses. Sportsbooks lost money on both games, as the 5.5-point underdog Cheap Heat Jerseys Packers and 2-point underdog Steelers both won.

MGM race and sports executive Jay Rood told ESPN.com his Cheap Giants Jerseys company’s loss Sunday is just colossal.

Wynn sportsbook director John Avello told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the Packers game was a big money loser.

We had a ton of Packer money lines and a ton of parlays on the over, Avello said. It was not a good weekend overall.

Westgate SuperBook assistant manager Ed Salmons told ESPN the weekend’s results, Can’t be worse. (They’re) awful.

The one thing that figured to give Houston a chance against New England was winning the turnover battle. Tom Brady (kind of) committed one early in the second quarter, when his pass bounced off Michael Floyd’s hands and into those of A.J. Bouye. The Texans corner returned the pick seven yards to the Patriots’ 27-yard line.

Houston would not be pushed around by New England on Saturday night not in the first half, at least. In fact, the opposite might have applied.

Houston entered the locker room trailing New England in total yards, 156-123, but the Texans had a huge advantage in time of possession, 18:40 to 11:20. The Patriots’ two turnovers were huge for the Texans to keep the game close, but Houston’s creativity on defense also made life difficult for the New England offense through the first 30 minutes. Rattled would be a good word to describe how the Patriots looked in the first half.

Chargers to announce move to Los Angeles, report says

The San Diego Chargers will be no more.

Unable to reach an agreement with San Diego city officials on a new stadium, Chargers owner Dean Spanos will announce this week he will move the team to Los Angeles, according to ESPN.com.

ESPN reported Wednesday night the announcement could be made as early as Thursday. Spanos had until Sunday to make a final decision, but has has already informed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of his intent to relocate the team, the report said.

As the NFL proves every year, a franchise divided cannot stand tall.

Another one of Elways tasks was finding the right head coach. Curiously, he picked the one whose team had finished with the NFLs worst record the previous season. Elway, though, hadnt forgotten John Fox enjoyed prosperous times with the Carolina Panthers before that 1-15 mark.

The affable Fox helped energize the Broncos. He also assembled a fantastic Cheap Epl Jerseys coaching staff that spawned three future head coaches in Mike McCoy (San Diego), Dennis Allen (Oakland) and Adam Gase (Miami). A fourth current Raiders HC Jack Del Rio came as defensive coordinator in 2012 following Allens departure.

This left one more task: Finding the quarterback who could lead Denver to its first Super Bowl win since Elway himself did it during the 1998 season. Tim Tebow provided a Cheap Football Jerseys From China spark that carried the 2011 Broncos into the playoffs, but Elway astutely realized that he wasnt the answer.

Peyton Manning was when he became a free agent in the 2012 offseason.

Texans’ us-against-world mentality is their best shot at beating Patriots

The main reason Houston has reached the second round of the AFC playoffs is because of its top-rated defense.

The main reason the Texans enter Saturday nights game at New England as a whopping 16-point underdog: its 29th-ranked offense and equally dreadful special teams.

He had eight catches for 125 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. It was his 66-yard touchdown early against the Seahawks that set the tone in a 38-10 Packers victory.

Rodgers rolled away from pressure and flicked a perfect in-stride pass to Adams, who had gotten behind Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane.

Without Nelson, the Packers also will expect Geronimo Allison to step up. The undrafted rookie from Illinois came on late in the regular season with eight catches for 157 yards and a touchdown in the final two games.

Allisons 10-yard touchdown against the Lions in the regular-season finale was another result of Rodgers’ keeping the play alive and receivers working the scramble drill to perfection.

The guy makes crazy plays no matter what,Cowboys defensive lineman Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys Crawford said of Rodgers. I don’t know how he does some of the things he does passing that ball. We just have to keep our lanes and make sure we dont lose (containment) to make sure he doesn’t get out of Cheap DUKe Basketball Jerseys the pocket.

Cowboys’ loss to Packers reportedly sparked deadly fight between brothers

Sports can bring out the best in us, or in the case of two brothers in Las Vegas the worst.

Las Vegas police say two brothers got into a deadly argument following the Packers’ last-second win over the Cowboys on Sunday. The brothers, 40-year-old Justin Boyer and 46-year-old Robert Boyer, had to be separated after drinking and watching the close playoff game at a neighbor’s house, according to NBC Las Vegas.

The report, citing friends of the brothers who witnessed the altercation, said the Cowboys’ loss set off Justin Boyer, who retaliated by physically attacking his brother.

Fearing for his life, Robert Boyer stabbed his brother multiple times at the house across the street from Robert’s Las Vegas home, according to the report.

Williams became the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl with a historic performance against the Broncos. He finished 18 of 29 passing for 340 yards, four TDs and an interception. That included a legendary 35-point second quarter in a 42-10 victory.

Montana’s final Super Bowl victory might have been his best effort. He finished 22 of 29 for 297 yards and five TDs in a 55-10 blowout against Denver.

Young was nearly flawless during a performance in which he finished 24 of Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys 36 for 325 yards and six TDs in a 49-26 victory against San Diego. That Cheap College Jerseys gave San Francisco its fifth Super Bowl victory.