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Sabathia throws first BP session since procedure

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia threw 20 pitches Tuesday during his first batting practice session since a heart procedure in December.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Sabathia, expected to miss his first two or three regular-season starts, is slated to throw a simulated game Saturday.

The 38-year-old, who is retiring after the season, had a stent inserted Dec. 11 after a blockage was found in an artery from his heart. He has had chronic right knee problems that required several operations.11

“He’s really responded well to everything,” Yankee manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s doing well.”

Sabathia also is suspended for five games for hitting Tampa Bay’s catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch on Sept. 27.

The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner with Cleveland, Sabathia is 246-153 with a 3.70 ERA and 2,986 strikeouts in 18 major league seasons. He was 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts last season. This will be his 11th year with the Yankees.

Center fielder Aaron Hicks, who hurt his back during batting practice March 1, got a cortisone shot Monday. Boone said there is still enough time for Hicks to be ready for Opening Day.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“There’s a level of concern but I’m not too worried about it,” Boone said.

Acquired from Minnesota in November 2015, Hicks has been on the disabled list in all six of his big league seasons, nine trips in all for hamstring strains (three times), oblique strains (twice), shoulder, forearm and intercostal strains, and a concussion.

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Westbrook not interested in revisiting fan drama

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook declined to share any thoughts Wednesday about the Utah Jazz issuing a lifetime ban to fan Shane Keisel for the incident that occurred during Monday night’s game.

“If you want to talk about tonight’s game, we can do it,” Westbrook said when asked his reaction. “If not, enjoy your night.”

Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the NBA for “directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.”cheap nfl nike jerseys china

The Thunder did not practice Tuesday, and did not hold a morning shootaround Wednesday. In the locker room before Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets was the first time Westbrook had officially been available, but he declined to talk. (By rule, Westbrook is required to be available at least once on game day before tipoff, whether at shootaround or in the locker room pregame.)11

Thunder coach Billy Donovan called the incident an “unfortunate situation” and credited the Jazz for how quickly they responded with the ban.

“It sheds to light sometimes these things that players have to deal with during the course of games,” Donovan said. “It’s unfortunate because I think a lot of people do come to the games as fans and want to root and cheer their team on, but those situations are really unfortunate. If anything, it brings light to something the league, along with players — everybody can try to make it better.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Westbrook was sensational in the Thunder’s 108-96 victory over the Nets, recording his 26th triple-double of the season with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. After one particularly thrilling sequence late in the fourth quarter that ended with Westbrook drilling a dagger 3 to put the Thunder up 13, he danced and shimmied at half court as the Nets called timeout.

“I’m extremely blessed man, humbled, to go out and hoop,” Westbrook said when asked if playing Wednesday was helpful in moving on from the recent situation. “And that’s that.”

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Source: Jets to keep DE Anderson on 3-year deal

Spurned earlier in the day by linebacker Anthony Barr, the New York Jets addressed their front seven by agreeing Tuesday with their top free agent, Henry Anderson, on a three-year, $25.2 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

The New York Daily News was first to report the news.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Barr had told the Jets he intended to sign with them but changed his mind and informed the Vikings that he would be returning to Minnesota, a source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

Anderson, 27, was one of the biggest surprises last season for the Jets, tying for the team lead with a career-high seven sacks. He made $1.9 million in the final year of his rookie contract.12

The Jets acquired Anderson on draft day, sending a seventh-round pick to the Indianapolis Colts because they wanted a veteran presence on the defensive line after releasing Muhammad Wilkerson. They never imagined he’d record more than twice as many sacks as he did in three seasons with the Colts; he had only three from 2015 to 2017.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Initially, Anderson was used by the Jets primarily on passing downs, which he felt contributed to his improved production. That enabled him to stay fresh throughout games. He saw an uptick in playing time over the second half of the season and wound up playing 60 percent of the defensive snaps for the year, second among the Jets’ defensive linemen.

Anderson, a third-round pick of the Colts in 2015, was traded because he didn’t fit their new 4-3 front. It made for a taxing offseason. He dropped 30 pounds before the trade with the hope of improving his viability in a 4-3 front. When he went to the Jets, who played a 3-4 base, he regained the weight so he could hold up against double-team blocks.

Listed at 6-foot-6, 301 pounds, Anderson also has a knack for blocking field goals and extra points. He became the first Jets player since 1997 to block kicks in back-to-back games.

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Manchester City’s Sterling: Flashy footballer portrayal degrading’

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has spoken of his frustration over the media’s portrayal of him as a flashy footballer describing it as “hurtful” and “degrading.”

Sterling previously hit out at media coverage that he said “helps fuel racism,” after he suffered alleged abuse during a match at Chelsea in December.

Sterling, 24, highlighted a difference in the coverage of young white and black players and added that he has been unfairly depicted as extravagant.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“From the very start of my career, there has been a perception of a flashy kid from London: loves cars, loves the flashy lifestyle,” he told the New York Times. “I’m not saying I’m a saint or anything, but that is the complete opposite of who I am.

“These people do not know me. They will define me by what they read about me; that is how they will treat me. When people are making the public believe you are a character you aren’t, that is hurtful, and it is degrading.”12

Sterling has emerged as a potential candidate for Player of the Year after his hat trick in the 3-1 victory over Watford took his goal tally for the season to 18 in all competitions.

He was also a major part of England’s run to the World Cup semifinals in the summer, although that hasn’t stopped the boos that come his way at many away grounds across the country.

And Sterling said negative depictions are not just confined to football with the focus on spending among successful black people.

“It is not just me,” he said. “Whenever you see a report on a black player or a black entertainer it has to end up with money, or bling, or cars, or something flashy.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“With a successful white person, it is nice, short, sweet, what a lovable person.”

He added: “It is a stereotype of black people: chains and jewellery, bling and money. These are words that are associated with black people. If I was showing 10 cars on my driveway, if I was on Instagram biting my gold chain, or with two Rolexes on, you can call me flashy.

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Cooking too long gives Dodgers’ Kelly sore back

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said hard-throwing right-hander Joe Kelly, who was scratched from his scheduled appearance Wednesday night, will throw lightly on Friday and hopes to get in a game in a couple of days.

Kelly felt tightness in his back on Wednesday. Roberts said Kelly told him he hurt his back when he stood too long cooking Cajun food.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Roberts said the injury was not expected to be serious.12

In December, the team signed the reliever, who spent the last four seasons with the Boston Red Sox, to a three-year, $25 million free-agent contract.

He has made two appearances. In his debut, he allowed two walks, two hits and one run in an inning, but on March 3 allowed just one hit in a scoreless inning against the Texas Rangers.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Roberts said that catcher Russell Martin, who has also been sidelined with a back issue, could play Sunday.

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Rangers name LHP Minor Opening Day starter

The Texas Rangers on Sunday named Mike Minor their Opening Day starter against the Chicago Cubs on March 28.

“He’s earned it. Obviously, the way he pitched last year, the way he came to camp as a No. 1 guy, his arm feels great and he’s ready to go,” manager Chris Woodward said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Mike’s got a different way about him. He’s almost possessed.”nfl nike jersey cheap

The left-hander finished 12-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 starts for the Rangers last season, his first with the team.11

He signed a three-year contract with Rangers after the 2017 season when he pitched exclusively in relief for the Kansas City Royals, finishing with a 2.55 ERA in 65 appearances. He began his career as a starter with the Atlanta Braves, going 38-36 in 110 starts from 2010-14 but had shoulder surgery in 2015 and didn’t pitch that season or in 2016.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“I’ve always been labeled a No. 5 or a 3 or a 4. I believe I can be an ace,” Minor told reporters Sunday, according to the News.

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Olivier Vernon trade signals another Giants move is coming

The Giants were toeing the line with Vernon. He had a big contract (counting $19.5 million against the salary cap this season) and an injury history in recent years. But he was still the team’s best pass-rusher, by a wide margin. The plan, according to a source close to the team, was to move Vernon only if they could find a suitable replacement.

That would indicate something is in the works either via free agency or trade. Vernon is gone, and now we’re left to wait for the other shoe to drop.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

One intriguing name on the trade market that would fill their desire to replace Vernon with a top pass-rusher is Kansas City’s Dee Ford. He is probably a better fit in the Giants’ 3-4 defense than the 4-3 defense Steve Spagnuolo is bringing to the Chiefs.

In free agency, there are players such as Baltimore’s Za’Darius Smith and Washington’s Preston Smith near the top of the list. Za’Darius Smith had 8.5 sacks in 2018 and would be a natural fit with the Giants. Markus Golden, with his familiarity with Giants coordinator James Bettcher’s defense, is also a strong possibility.11

As currently constituted, the Giants’ cupboard is bare. Vernon will officially be traded next week and Connor Barwin was released last month. That leaves Lorenzo Carter, Kareem Martin and Avery Moss as the team’s only edge rushers. Carter flashed some promise as a rookie and Martin isn’t known for his pass-rushing skills. Moss spent the season on the practice squad.

The Giants can’t wait until the draft to address these gaping holes, no matter how strong and deep it is in pass-rushers. They are going to make a significant move either via trade or free agency in the next week or so.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Legal tampering begins on Monday. Teams can officially start signing players at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

The trade for Vernon makes sense for both parties. The Browns upgraded on the edge and the Giants added a right guard. Jamon Brown filled in admirably at that spot in the second half of the season, but Zeitler is at a different level.

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With Bundesliga at stake, Dortmund might be supporting Bayern in Champions League·

On Feb. 18, diners at an exclusive Italian restaurant on Liverpool’s Castle Street were disturbed by cries of joy. The club bosses of Bayern Munich, in town for the following night’s Champions League tie with Liverpool, had just received news of Borussia Dortmund’s score: 0-0 away to bottom side 1. FC Nurnberg.

The Bayern board’s laughter and jubilant shouts showed that they regarded their rivals’ meek draw as a big win for themselves. The deficit was now only three points. The championship, all but gone when Dortmund had opened up a nine-point lead before the week before Christmas, was very much back on.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Disappointment over a lack of clear direction has not gone away but seems less of an issue now the team is more settled and balanced, courtesy of in-form Javier Martinez at the heart of midfield. Bayern are increasingly able to find workable solutions in attack, too.12

Right on cue, last Saturday’s 5-1 demolition of (an admittedly awful) Borussia Monchengladbach was a demonstration of supreme confidence and unprecedented fluidity in attack. Bayern are clearly enjoying the rush that comes from hunting down their prey, step-by-step, week after week, in contrast to the boredom of walking away with it for six successive years. “It’s a more emotional season,” executive chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said last week.

Germany manager Joachim Low has also unwittingly helped to raise the temperature. His surprising move to end the international careers of Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels this week has hurt the trio’s pride and made them even more determined to prove that they’ve been written off prematurely.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Bayern are still on course for their worst points tally of the decade, but Dortmund allowing them back into the title race with a series of poor results has been met with a typically steely resolve. For the next nine weeks at least, they will pull together to ensure it is they who will be celebrating at a fancy restaurant after the last ball has been kicked.

But in Dortmund, they have nice Italian restaurants too. There’s one very close to the Signal Iduna stadium that BVB players love to frequent, and its VIP area could yet witness a party come the last day of the season on May 18.

Despite having their lead chipped away, the club have become a little more optimistic following the 1-0 defeat by Tottenham in Champions League that they can stay the course. “German champions: only BVB,” the supporters on the “Yellow Wall” south stand were chanting after the final whistle on Tuesday night. They had seen enough to feel that a terrible run of seven winless games in eight across all competitions was merely a blip.

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Manchester United’s miracle win over PSG a warning to Manchester City – Aguero

“Looking at the recent results, we have to be very careful,” Aguero told ESPN with Manchester City 3-2 up over Schalke ahead of next week’s round-of-16 clash at the Etihad.

“We saw strange things happening this week and it helps us to know that we must be very focused on how we handle our game next week at home. [There were] so many unexpected results. PSG had a good lead after winning in Manchester and you saw how United advanced.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“The Champions League is very difficult, all teams are very good. In a long competition like the Premier League you can allow yourself some mistakes but in the Champions League you can’t. You have to be very focused, be very careful with set pieces and on all the small details.”11

City have never gone beyond the semifinals of the Champions League and the competition remains a priority for the club. This year’s final is at the home of Aguero’s former club Atletico Madrid and in the city where his 10-year-old son Benjamin was born.

“I learned during my years here that the title of the Premier League is always decided at the end,” he added. “There are some exceptions like what happened last season when we won the league a month and a half before the end. But I don’t think this will happen any time soon.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“We made history getting 100 points, it’s a difficult feat, not easy to repeat something like that. In my eight seasons in the league, I remember that six of them were very close until the last weeks.

“Obviously we are in a great shape right now after coming back from a big points disadvantage against Liverpool. We knew that the key game to win was the one we played against them and from that moment we started to narrow the gap. We needed to win for them to see that we were pushing back. Now we are top and in a great position over Liverpool.”

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Donaldson set for exhibition debut with Braves

Josh Donaldson plans to play in his first spring training game for the Atlanta Braves on Friday night against Philadelphia.

After being slowed by injuries for two seasons, the 33-year-old third baseman signed a $23 million, one-year contract with the Braves and spent the first two weeks of the exhibition season strengthening his legs, feet and toes. He also tried to “to clean up some running technique issues that I’ve had in the past.”cheap nike nfl jerseys china

“It’s been awesome to come out here every day and to be able put some quality work in, and not have to tend to the calf,” he said. “Last year I had some shoulder issues to where I wasn’t really going into the season feeling right.”12

The 2015 AL MVP award winner with Toronto, Donaldson was limited to 113 games in 2017 and 52 games last season, when he was traded from the Blue Jays to Cleveland on Aug. 31.

Donaldson likely will get two plate appearances Friday, then not play Saturday. He doesn’t have a set number of plate appearances in mind for spring training.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

“The last week or so I’ve been kind of chomping at the bit,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of conversations and we’re just trying to be smart about everything, check all the boxes off. I’m looking forward to be being able to go out there and play.”