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Report: Manny Machado likely joining the Dodgers

As Machado prepared for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in what could be his final appearance in a Baltimore uniform, the Orioles were going through medical records and other paperwork involved in the transaction, sources told Olney.

Diaz, 21, who homered twice in Sunday’s Futures game, is hitting .314 this season with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 59 games for the Dodgers’ Double-A Tulsa team and is ranked as one of the team’s top prospects.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers were also among the teams that reportedly had made a strong push to acquire Machado, who came into the All-Star break hitting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Machado, 26, spoke briefly to reporters in the American League clubhouse before his team’s 8-6 All-Star Game win and said he has not received any updates on his status from the Orioles or his agent.

“Nothing,” he said. “I haven’t heard anything. I’m just worried about the game today. Whatever happens moving forward will happen, and there will be a time and place for everything.”

Machado later pulled out his phone and snapped a selfie with Dodgers All-Star Matt Kemp, who had pulled into second base with a double leading off the second inning.

He also took a selfie with a former teammate, Braves All-Star Nick Markakis.10

Olney reported Sunday that even if the Phillies do not trade for Machado this summer, they would ardently pursue him as a free agent after the season. Philadelphia’s front office is loaded with former Orioles officials who were involved in the drafting and developing of Machado — including president Andy MacPhail, general manager Matt Klentak and assistant GM Ned Rice.

In an interview with Fox after being removed from the All-Star Game in the sixth inning, Machado was asked what his day was like amid the rumors.

“You know what, just try not to think about it honestly,” said Machado. “Just try to enjoy this moment, come out here with the American League guys and just enjoy it with all these guys that I’ve played with for a long time.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Knowing it was likely the last time he would wear an Orioles uniform, Machado said his emotions were “Amazing. Through the roof. It was a tremendous honor to wear this uniform. They gave me the opportunity to come up and play in the big leagues. That’s everyone’s dream, and they gave me that. They gave me the opportunity to play shortstop again. The organization has done everything, so if this is the last time, hopefully I treated them well and did everything I can for the organization.”

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane targets quick return to Premier League

England captain Harry Kane is confident he can recover from the fatigue of a taxing World Cup campaign as he aims to return to action in Tottenham Hotspur’s opening Premier League fixture against Newcastle United on Aug. 11.

After 48 appearances across all competitions for Tottenham last term, the 24-year-old forward continued his prolific form at the World Cup, scoring six goals in as many matches to lead England to the semifinals and win the Golden Boot award.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Kane returned home with the rest of his England teammates on Sunday and has less than a month of downtime but is already focused on a return with Spurs.12

“I want to be playing in four weeks’ time,” Kane said. “We’ll have to talk to the gaffer [Mauricio Pochettino] at Spurs. It will be a couple of weeks [off].

“The most important thing is mentally [to be ready]. Physically, this has been our preseason. We tick over and are not going to just do nothing for two weeks. We will ease our way into it.

“Physically your body will take you where you never thought it would. It’s always mentally. We train all year round… With the season starting soon it will be hard, but that’s something we have to deal with.”

Kane, the Premier League’s top scorer in two of the last three seasons, has already set targets for a goal-scoring return to action.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“I will hopefully be back for the first game and hopefully try and score in August [for the first time in the Premier League] this year,” he added.

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NFC South Q&A: Who will win the division?

Will the Saints repeat as division champs in 2018? Our roundtable reporters give their picks for who will win the division and how many playoff teams will emerge from the NFC South.

Vaughn McClure, Atlanta Falcons reporter: The race should be a close one again, based on FPI projecting at least nine wins for the Saints, Panthers, and Falcons. The Saints took the title last season with an 11-5 record, while the Panthers (11-5) and Falcons (10-6) also made the field. No one can ever bet against Drew Brees, but the Falcons are best equipped to win the division. There are so many playmakers on offense for one-time MVP Matt Ryan, who is surrounded by Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Mohamed Sanu, Austin Hooper, Justin Hardy and rookie first-round pick Calvin Ridley. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian gets to put more of his stamp on the offense in Year 2 after having to learn Kyle Shanahan’s scheme a year ago. And defensively, the Falcons have a fast, physical, confident group that believes it can be a top-five unit. If the Falcons can clean up their issues on special teams and take advantage of playing five of their first seven at home, they should be right on pace for their second division title in three seasons. And the Falcons, Saints, and Panthers just might well be in the NFC playoff picture once again — along with the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

David Newton, Carolina Panthers reporter: Let’s get how many teams will make the playoffs out of the way first. Three. This is the strongest division in the NFC — maybe the NFL — with New Orleans, Atlanta and Carolina all legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Carolina gets the early nod here for two reasons. The defense should be the strongest in the division once again. Adding Atlanta defensive tackle Dontari Poe was huge. Surrounding Cam Newton with more weapons than he’s had since entering the league in 2011 and giving him a fresh approach with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner gives Carolina the firepower it had in 2015 when it led the league in scoring and went 15-1 during the regular season.9

Mike Triplett, New Orleans Saints reporter: Saints. This might not be the best team the Saints have fielded in the Sean Payton-Brees era (2009 and 2011 will be awfully hard to top). But it could be their most balanced team yet. The Saints have reloaded their offensive line, run game and defense in recent years — thanks in large part to one of the greatest rookie classes in NFL history in 2017. It was led by Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara and Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore. They had seven Pro Bowlers, including first-team All Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan and receiver Michael Thomas, a rising star. As a result, these well-rounded Saints don’t need the 39-year-old Brees to be Superman every week anymore. His attempts, yards, TD passes and interceptions in 2017 were all his lowest totals in his 12 years with the Saints. But that also allowed him to be efficient enough to set the NFL record for completion percentage (72.0) for the third time in his career. I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of the four NFC South teams make the playoffs after New Orleans, Atlanta and Carolina all made it last season. But the problem for all of them is how stacked this division — and the entire NFC — is right now, with the Eagles, Vikings, Rams and Packers among other bona fide contenders. So I’ll put the Saints and Falcons in and leave the Panthers and Buccaneers out.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Jenna Laine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter: I think the Falcons and Saints — teams with MVP-caliber quarterbacks and promising young defenses that continue to add key pieces — will be back in the postseason. Jones’ contract situation and the fact that he’s creeping up in age creates a bit of a concern as to how deep the Falcons will go in the postseason, but drafting Ridley should help — even if they did lose Taylor Gabriel. Still, I think the Saints will win the division. Mark Ingram is so tough north and south, Kamara carves up defenses underneath and Thomas does damage in the slot and vertically, making that offense just too much for most teams to handle. And they now have a viable defense with Jordan up front and Lattimore anchoring the back end.

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Mark Cuban says DeAndre Jordan ‘gave us the best chance to win now’

It took Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and DeAndre Jordan a matter of seconds to make up a few years after the big man left the franchise at the altar in free agency.

“There’s like four guys I hold grudges with, and three of them are from grade school, maybe even before,” Cuban told ESPN hours after Jordan officially signed with the Mavericks on Friday. “I just want to win. Look, only Dirk [Nowitzki] and J.J. [Barea] were there from that period anyway. All of our guys were like, ‘Go get him! Go get him!’

“I talked to him on the phone, and he’s like, ‘Everything behind us?’ I’m like, ‘Let’s go win.’ He goes, ‘Let’s go to war.’ Done.”cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Jordan, who infamously reneged on his verbal commitment to the Mavs to re-sign with the Clippers in the summer of 2015, signed a one-year deal with Dallas. His salary will be $22.9 million, sources told ESPN. That’s less than the $24.1 million Jordan could have made if he exercised the player option for the final season of his contract with the Clippers, but the lack of state income taxes in Texas makes up the difference.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said he didn’t have any discussion with Jordan about burying the hatchet.57

“There was no need. There just wasn’t,” Carlisle told ESPN. “Sometimes things take a while to happen. Sometimes you have obstacles, you work through them and figure it out. That’s what we did.

“He’s a good fit for any team that’s trying to get better. He gives us a great rim presence on both ends of the floor.”

Cuban believes Jordan, a dominant finisher who averaged 12.0 points and 15.2 rebounds per game last season, will aid the development of young franchise cornerstones Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic by providing them a lob threat to go along with reserve center Dwight Powell.

“Hopefully it’s just the start of something and they play together so well that we just add to it,” Cuban said.

Cuban said the parties mutually agreed that a one-year deal was the best way to go because they want to test the fit before committing to each other long term. The Mavs offered Jordan a four-year maximum contract in 2015.cheap new nike nfl jerseys

“It’s not like it was a few years back when we had a veteran team and we were trying to make it all work together,” Cuban said. “We have a relatively young team. We wanted to get a chance to see how he fits, he wanted to see how he fits, and if we make it work and we get to where we think we can be, we keep it all together.

“It was really just making us both comfortable. There’s no question about his skill set. There’s no question about his abilities. There’s no question about any of it. It’s just that he wanted to check us out too, and I think he was just done with where he was.”

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Brighton sign Brazilian defender Bernardo from Leipzig

Brighton & Hove Albion have brought in Brazilian defender Bernardo from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on a four-year deal, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

The transfer fee for the 23-year-old full-back, the club’s fourth signing of the close season, was undisclosed but local media said Brighton had paid £9 million.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

“I chose the club because they showed a big interest in me and my goal has always been to play in the Premier League because it’s the biggest league in the world,” Bernardo told the club’s website.

Manager Chris Hughton added: “He is a strong, committed defender who can play on the left or right, and so his versatility gives us good options at the back.”

Brighton finished 15th last term in their first season back in the top flight since 1983, when they were FA Cup runners-up.34

Bernardo joined Salzburg at the start of 2016, playing 13 games as the Austrians retained their league title.

He moved to sister club Leipzig at the end of that campaign and has played 49 times in the last two seasons, including three games in the Champions League and five in the Europa League.

Bernardo’s father, also called Bernardo, played over 300 league games for Sao Paulo, Santos and Corinthians, and featured four times for Bayern Munich. He played 19 games for Brazil.

Brighton had already signed Romania striker Florin Andone (Deportivo La Coruna) and Nigeria international Leon Balogun, who joined on a free transfer after leaving Mainz, plus goalkeeper Jason Steele (Sunderland).nfl nike jerseys cheap china

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Breaking down Jarvis Landry’s belief he is NFL’s best receiver

The discussion started when Landry was informed that he was ranked as the NFL’s 52nd-best player by NFL.com. He said his goal is to be ranked first.

Which led to his being asked where he feels he is among receivers.

“I consider myself the most complete receiver,” he said. “If you turn on the film, I do everything — I block, I play inside, I play outside and I come out of the backfield. My value is that much more to the team and to the offense. I consider myself the best receiver in the NFL.”cheap nfl nike jersey

Landry certainly has every right to believe in himself. His ability and his numbers allow that.21

But in the minds of most observers, Landry probably wouldn’t be considered the No. 1 receiver on the Browns. That honor would go to Josh Gordon.

Landry also would not be considered the best receiver in his division. Not with Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green and Gordon catching passes.

There are very few analysts who do not believe Brown is the NFL’s best receiver — and perhaps its best player. In his four seasons, Landry has 400 catches for 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns. In the same four seasons, Brown had 471 catches for 6,349 yards and 44 touchdowns. System and quarterback can affect a player’s numbers, but it’s hard to argue against Brown given his consistent production.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Landry’s numbers also fall short of Julio Jones of Atlanta, who had 411 catches for 6,311 yards and 23 touchdowns. Green? He had fewer catches than Landry (296) but more yards (4,380) and one more touchdown (23). Odell Beckham Jr.’s numbers are thrown off by his injury last season, but Beckham will be in the discussion for the league’s best.

That doesn’t mean Landry didn’t put up impressive numbers in his four seasons in Miami before he was traded to the Browns. Follow the money and the Browns clearly think highly of him. They gave him a five-year, $75.5 million contract extension, making him one of six receivers in the NFL to average $15 million or more per season. Landry, 25, will be a starter opposite Gordon, and given the Browns’ plan to expand his role and his ability to work at different levels, Landry could have more targets (and catches) than Gordon.

However, follow the money leaguewide and Brown is the league’s best based on his average salary of $17 million per season. Landry ranks fifth, behind Brown, Mike Evans of Tampa Bay, DeAndre Hopkins of Houston and Sammy Watkins of Kansas City.

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NFL fines Panthers owner Jerry Richardson for workplace misconduct

Outgoing Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been fined $2.75 million by the NFL after an investigation into sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday.

The independent investigation, conducted by former U.S. attorney Mary Jo White, substantiated the allegations against Richardson. It also stated that the team failed to report the allegations or any resolution agreements to the league.

The NFL, in a statement, said most of the money from the fine will be “used to support the work of organizations dedicated to addressing race and gender-based issues in and outside of the workplace.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

The Panthers initiated an investigation into Richardson on Dec. 15 and informed the league of what was taking place. The NFL took over the investigation two days later when Sports Illustrated published a story in which four former employees anonymously stated they reached a financial settlement with Richardson in exchange for silence.11

Richardson, 81, announced shortly after the NFL took charge of the investigation that he planned to sell the team that he and investors paid $206 million for in 1993. He also stepped away from the day-to-day operations, naming Tina Becker the new COO.

The allegations against Richardson included three cases of sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur toward a team scout. None of the employees remain with the organization.

In a letter to Richardson published by SI, one of the women said she “didn’t know what to do” about alleged multiple sexual advances by the Panthers owner.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“I didn’t know what to do when you called me to your stadium suite in the middle of the week so you could take off my shoes, place my legs in your lap and rub their entire length, from toes to crotch,” the woman wrote in the letter. “I didn’t know what to do when you asked me to turn around so you could see how my jeans looked. I didn’t know what to do when you brushed my breasts to put my seat belt around me in the front seat of your car. I didn’t know what to do when you put your hands on my mouth, for me to kiss them. I didn’t know what to do when you asked me uncomfortable, sexually charged questions.

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Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata ‘too expensive’ for Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund cannot afford Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, sporting director Michael Zorc has told Funke Media.

BVB are still looking to fill the void Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left in central attack when leaving for Arsenal in January. And there has been speculation that Dortmund could make a move for Morata, with some papers suggesting a swap deal with U.S. international Christian Pulisic.

“I’d still say that Morata is too expensive,” sporting director Michael Zorc said, and added with a smile: “Without knowing the exact sums involved.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Last Monday, a report in German football magazine kicker suggested that BVB could be open for offers for Pulisic following the club’s tour of the United States next month.67

And when asked if Dortmund could consider taking a forward on loan like they did with Belgium international Michy Batshuayi, Zorc said: “Right now, I don’t rule out anything. Why should we limit ourselves 70 days before the window closes?

“Right now, I have the impression that the transfer market, not only for attackers, has escaped reality a bit. High fees are demanded.

“We must not do any crazy things. Even more so because we have players in our squad who can play that position and can score a certain number of goals, like Maximilian Philipp for instance.”

Dortmund finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season, and while they have qualified for the Champions League they are in the middle of a squad rebuild.

They have already signed four new players — Frankfurt’s Marius Wolf, Denmark international Thomas Delaney, and back-up keepers Marwin Hitz and Eric Oelschlagel — and are also closing in on France under-21 defender Abdou Diallo, but Zorc played down the turnover.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“It’s more of a reboot,” Zorc told Reviersport on Sunday before confirming to kicker that defender Erik Durm and midfielder Gonzalo Castro could leave the club within the next week.

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Autopsy of ex-NBA player Butler reveals drugs, alcohol at time of crash

Former NBA player Rasual Butler had drugs and alcohol in his system when he and his wife died in a one-car accident in January in California.

Butler had alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine and oxycodone in his system at the time of the crash, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.nfl authentic jerseys cheap

According to Los Angeles police, Butler was speeding before jumping a curb, and his vehicle hit three parking meters and a concrete wall before flipping over twice and coming to rest in a shopping mall parking lot. Butler, 38, and his wife, Leah LaBelle Vladowski, 31, were pronounced dead at the scene..

The coroner’s report says both died from “multiple traumatic injuries” in the crash.22

Butler played 13 seasons in the NBA with eight different franchises as a swingman after being drafted out of La Salle by the Miami Heat in 2002.

Butler’s wife was an R&B singer who appeared on “American Idol” in 2004.

Butler played his final NBA games with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2015-16 season and attended training camp with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2016. He played in Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league last summer.nfl jerseys cheap china

He averaged 7.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 809 career NBA games. Butler appeared in all 82 games for the 2009-10 Los Angeles Clippers and averaged a career-best 11.9 points per game.

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Klay Thompson catches fire beyond arc in Game 6 win: ‘I was born for it’

Klay Thompson had another big Game 6 outing in the Western Conference finals, and this time, the Houston Rockets were on the receiving end of a 115-86 beatdown Saturday night.

With the Golden State Warriors facing elimination, Thompson erupted for a game-high 35 points on 13-of-23 shooting and 9-of-14 from 3-point range. He splashed in seven of his triples in the second half to help his team outscore the Houston Rockets 64-25 in the final two quarters.nfl jersey for cheap

“The guy’s a machine,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s just so fit physically. He seems to thrive in these situations. But he was fantastic.”

In 2016, in another Game 6 elimination scenario against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thompson exploded for 41 points and drained 11 of 18 3-pointers.

“I don’t know if I was born for it, but I definitely worked my butt off to get to this point. I mean, I guess you could say I was born for it,” Thompson said while laughing. “I guess everything happens for a reason. That felt good, to be honest. I just wanted to play with as much passion as I could tonight. Probably sounded more vocal than I usually am. When your back’s against the wall, if your shot’s not falling, you can always control your passion and how hard you play. Usually when I do that, it trickles over to other aspects of my game.”

Thompson, who displayed several raw-emotion moments seldom seen from him, also contributed six rebounds and four steals. He hadn’t registered four steals in a game since December 2016, and it was the most he has ever accumulated in a postseason game.334

“The most important thing I think Klay did tonight was his defense,” Draymond Green told ESPN. “He changed the game for us definitely, getting into the ball and which in turn allowed us to get loose offensively. It’s ironic how that happens. Play some defense, get out in transition, get some easy looks, and all of a sudden the dam breaks and we can really get into our offense. I think the most important thing he did tonight was what he did defensively.”

On this night, there was no hesitation on Thompson’s part. According to Second Spectrum, on seven of his made 3-pointers, he released the ball within one second of touching it. That’s the most such instances in a game over the past five postseasons.customized nfl jerseys cheap

“I think Klay doesn’t worry too much about repercussions. He doesn’t worry about judgment and results. I think he just loves to play,” Kerr said. “He’s so comfortable in his own skin. I just think he wants to go out there and hoop, and he doesn’t worry about much else. So the pressure doesn’t seem to bother him much. He just competes and plays. As I said, the two-way ability of this guy hounding the MVP of the league, most likely [Rockets guard James Harden], all game, and continuing to rain down 3-pointers, he’s amazing.”