NBA trade deadline: Paul George not leaving Pacers, Nuggets offered ‘monster deal’ for SF

In the end, the price was just too high.

Multiple teams inquired about Pacers star Paul George, but no one was willing to meet the lofty demands to acquire his services by Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline. Now, the four-time All-Star, averaging 22.3 points and 6.2 assists per game, will have to attempt to lead a 29-28 squad the rest of the way without much help other than budding second-year player in Myles Turner (15.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg).

The Celtics and Nuggets were the most aggressive suitors in the race for George, one of the NBA’s best small forwards along with LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, but, in the end, Celtics Legend Larry Birds simply wanted too much to part ways with his talented 27-year-old.

It shouldn’t have taken that, though.

The NBA was trending away from candidates like Ewing. More coaches without head-coaching experience. More without even assistant experience. More without even NBA playing experience. A Hall of Fame center with 14 years on the bench as an assistant? There was no place for him.

His place, as it turns out, is back where he began. Patrick Ewing is a novice head coach who’s as ready for the job as anyone could be.

Not this college job. The one in the NBA that he never got.

For Hinkie, this would be a shocking endpoint; the league has warmed up to his philosophies, and surely any other job would be more appealing. The Sixers are still going Cheap Game Jerseys through “The Process” years later; the Kings, meanwhile, appear to be in the midst of a decadelong ordeal. Without much to trade, and with the rest of league distrustful of the current front office after the Cousins Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys trade, free agents will be hesitant to sign with them. The solutions for this franchise aren’t evident.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Cam Newton working to improve flexibility

Cam Newton is working to redeem himself following the worst season of his career.

The Panthers quarterback has been focused on improving the flexibility of his throwing shoulder with strength and conditioning experts in his hometown of Atlanta this offseason with the hope of getting his team back to its dominating form in 2015.

“You expect to go in there and talk about your offense or learning their offense,” Feeney said, via MLive, “and then here’s a guy with a deck of cards, and I’m like, ‘Hey, man, are we playing Blackjack or something?'”

This wasn’t like a trip to Atlantic City. According to Feeney, the card tricks were to test his memory, which sounds like the game of concentration. One person shows the other what’s on the card before flipping it over and moving it around then asking which cards are which.

The test doesn’t prove much about his football skills, but the Browns were likely testing Feeney’s brain following the concussion he suffered during his last season at Indiana. The brain injury kept him out a month before he returned to the team.

According to, playing cards can help with traumatic brain Cheap Replica Jerseys injuries and Cheap Qpr Jerseys help determine “the cognitive function of athletes.”

Mets’ Noah Syndergaard exits game vs. Nationals with apparent injury

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard exited Sunday’s game vs. the Nationals with a lat injury.

The injury comes after New York decided to skip his start Thursday due to a tired arm. Mets brass called the injury a case of biceps tendinitis, and Syndergaard compounded the issue by deciding to forgo an MRI late in the week.

He has thrown a lot of innings during his prime years (a major league-high 698 2/3 over the past three seasons, including 230 in 2016), and showed slight signs of decline in his first season with the Red Sox. By his own admission, his fastball command was off. Perhaps that’s one reason he threw his fastball a career-low 48.8 percent of the time. He filled the void with his cutter and changeup.

In addition, Fangraphs’ stats say his average fastball velocity was 92.9 mph, down from 94.2 mph in 2015 (but not far below his 93.2 mph average in 2014).

Those issues with the fastball contributed to him allowing a career-high 30 home runs last year. He needed a strong second half to get his ERA down to 3.99 (3.60 FIP).

As the risk of breakdown grows with each pitch, there’s a reasonable chance Price’s performance will further erode over the next two seasons. That will make it much easier for him to ride out a contract that guarantees him $31 million a year on average.

That’s not foremost in his mind, naturally; as he Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys told The Globe, being part of a perennial contender is. But if everything turns out right and Price is still an ace heading into the 2018 offseason, he shouldn’t hesitate to become a better negotiator and use his leverage.

That’s why normally you’d want to put a guy that size outside.

Out there he will see more favorable opportunities to make big plays against offensive tackles who are, again, further off the ball in general and where the double teams are usually done by a smaller tandem of a tight end and a tackle rather than having to take on two 300+ pounders at center and guard

My gripe isn’t just that he played inside, but more so that so much of the time it was as a 4-3 nose tackle on the center or a 2i (inside shade) of the guard, rather than as a three technique.

You couldn’t possibly put a guy that size, with McDowell’s physical gifts and tools and his athleticism and his array of power and finesse pass rush moves, in a worse position than having him line up in the A gap play after play.

On the rare occasion when they actually did stick McDowell out on one of the edges to pass rush, the guy looked amazing at times. When Michigan State matched him up against an offensive tackle, he was opening up cans of whup ass all over the place.

Why yes, that was probable first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk that McDowell beat like a drum, why do you ask?

The Blue Jays have had an awful start to the year, and blew one of their best chances to erase it last week when they dropped series to a pair of division rivals. This week presented a chance to undo at Cheap Zach Parise Jerseys least a little of that, as Toronto was facing the also-struggling Cardinals in a three-game set. The Jays took game one, 6-5, and then had the second matchup rained out, setting up a doubleheader for China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Thursday. That doubleheader managed to right the Cardinals’ metaphorical ship while further sinking that of Toronto.

This fan’s idea to keep Blackhawks in playoffs would erase Cubs’ World Series win

The Chicago Blackhawks, winners of three Stanley Cups in five seasons, met an early end in the 2017 NHL playoffs.

You know the story by now. The Nashville Predators held Chicago to three goals all series in a stunning first-round sweep. Some fans are handling this more than others.

For instance, this Reddit post:

No disrespect to the preds, I’m a firm believer that Nashville sweeping them is a huge fluke and robs the Hawks of truly accomplishing what their capable of. I’ve spent the last few days in pure disbelief and it just doesn’t make sense to me. I’ve spent the entire regular season watching the Hawks play great hockey it’s just not fair.

Even without Crosby, offensive-minded guys like Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Jake Guentzel, and Patric Hornqvist (a heckler for Braden Holtby) are elite players who will undoubtedly take Crosby’s workload and spread it out amongst the bench. Hell, even Chris Kunitz is turning heads and making tough plays. It’s that kind of attitude that will lessen the stress of losing Sid.

From that aforementioned list, Malkin is a powerful player that really stands out. Tonight’s bout will be only the second time he’s played in a postseason game without Crosby in the lineup, dating back to the 2013 playoffs. The good news for Head Coach Mike Sullivan and the Penguins is that the Russian forward enters Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 beast mode in Crosby’s absence and has played some of his best hockey when Pittsburgh is desperate New York Giants Cheap Jerseys to fill the gaping hole in in the team’s top forward line.

Two Raptors players accidentally wore identical $990 t-rex sweaters

NBA fashion has quickly become one of the best things in sports, and the quest for bold individuality is only surpassed by two players wearing the same clothing. Enter Patrick Patterson and P.J. Tucker of the Toronto Raptors.

Ahead of Game 4 against the Bucks, the pair found themselves in the locker room wearing the identical $990 t-rex sweater.

Tucker does his best to assert that he’s “owned this sweater for eight months,” to try and grant social ownership of the look, but it’s still hilarious. It doesn’t take long before Serge Ibaka runs over gleefully saying “It’s Christmas!” and asking for a family photo.

The indignity of wearing the same $990 sweater as your teammate and THEN having another person call them ugly Christmas sweaters is just too much. For now this can be entry 945,271 in “The NBA is just the friggin’ best.”

Ryan Zimmerman is 32 years old and coming off the worst season of his career. He’s been in a slow, steady decline for about four seasons now, with a mix of injuries and ineffectiveness making him one of baseball’s worst regulars. From 2014 through 2016, Baseball-Reference has him worth exactly 0.0 WAR. He was the replacement player.

Now he’s had one great month, and we’re all supposed to forget that?

Kind of! It takes talent to go from a 69 OPS+ to a .420 batting average — talent and a keen eye for irony — but that’s what Zimmerman has done from last season to this one. It’s not just Orioles Cheap Jerseys coming out of nowhere, either. There’s science behind the renaissance. He did the hitter’s version of Basketball Jerseys Cheap
learning a new pitch.