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Packers lose Jake Ryan, Kentrell Brice to injuries

What looked like a standout practice for the Green Bay Packers’ burgeoning defense — which picked off Aaron Rodgers three times — turned into an injury-filled disaster.

Two potential starters — linebacker Jake Ryan and safety Kentrell Brice — were carted off the field Monday with injuries. And that was after defensive tackle Mike Daniels dropped out.

While Daniels appears to have avoided anything serious, Ryan and Brice might not have been as fortunate. One source said the Packers fear Ryan sustained a significant and potentially season-ending injury to his right knee. The injury occurred during an 11-on-11 drill late in practice. Ryan pounded his fist on the ground as he received medical attention.

Ryan was slated to start at inside linebacker next to Blake Martinez, who tied for the NFL lead in tackles last season.nfl cheap nike jerseys

“He was just devastated,” Martinez said after practice. “Obviously, he was super-excited about the season. He’s been putting a tremendous amount of work in. He’s been awesome throughout OTAs and these past four practices. It’s been good for him. It’s just really tough.11

“I talked to him right after I got off the field. Basically, told him if he needs anything, I’m here for him. I obviously don’t know the extent of it. Obviously, everybody will know when they know. I’m just praying for him and hoping the best for him. I know he’ll come back even stronger.”

This could accelerate the need for rookie third-round pick Oren Burks to play a bigger role on defense. Also, defensive back Quinten Rollins has worked at inside linebacker in the sub packages, and the Packers are high on undrafted rookie linebacker Greer Martini of Notre Dame.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Meanwhile, Brice also had been working with the No. 1 defense and was perhaps the leading candidate to replace Morgan Burnett, who signed with the Steelers in free agency. Brice missed the final nine games of last season with a right ankle injury. It was unclear if Monday’s injury was related.

“I think he’s definitely having one of the best offseason programs,” McCarthy said during the June minicamp. “The thing that goes unnoticed, and rightfully so from our perspective, is his communication skills. I love the way he plays. I think the ability to get past the injury and be here the whole time, having him full-go in the strength and conditioning program, you can see he’s really comfortable out there with the adjustments and the communication. I would definitely be shocked if we’re not sitting here after the season thinking that he’s definitely taken a big jump, because I’ve seen it throughout the offseason.”

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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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England must make World Cup run the start of something big, not another false dawn

For England, this was so much better than anyone could have possibly expected. But in the end, it wasn’t enough.

That’s the problem with progress. People will always want more and, having been within 22 minutes of playing in their first World Cup final since 1966, England must now prepare for a third-place playoff against Belgium in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, when they really wanted to be playing in Moscow 23 hours later.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Croatia, in the end, were simply too good and too streetwise in the semifinal and their 2-1 victory was deserved, despite England’s impressive start to the game.

But defeat still stings for Gareth Southgate and his overachieving players.9

“Did we feel we would be in this position?” Southgate asked after the game. “Realistically, I don’t think any of us did.

“But when you get to this point and play as well as we did in the first half, you want to take those opportunities in life, so the dressing room is a very difficult place at the moment.”

England’s shortcomings, the fault lines that have consumed them long before the semifinal stage in previous tournaments, remain the same as ever. Southgate has done well to mask his team’s flaws and give them a renewed sense of confidence and identity, but the problems that cost them against Croatia were the same that almost handed victory to Colombia in the round of 16.

England don’t have a Modric — few teams do — but they have to learn how to control games better against top-class teams. Had Southgate’s players faced a Brazil, France, Uruguay or Portugal before this stage, they might not have made it so far because the lack of service to Harry Kane would really have told against such high-quality opposition.

Southgate is keen to remind people that England’s squad was the least experienced in Russia. This journey to the semifinal will certainly help his players and make them more confident in the future, but their lack of nous at this level did show against Croatia.nfl replica jerseys cheap

“We played extremely well in the first half, given the size of the game, and I was really pleased with the way we controlled possession,” Southgate said. “But when you’re in charge of the game and have the chances we had, you have to take a second goal at that point.

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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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Battling Jordan Henderson struggles to win over Liverpool, England fans

Jordan Henderson has had two good games for England in this World Cup so far. The quality of opposition certainly must be taken into account but for a player who’s had his share of critics among Liverpool fans, never mind England’s, he has done well.

“Quietly effective” is about the highest praise he’ll ever receive from anybody but in a tournament where some truly great players haven’t really turned up yet, his efficiency and work for the team should not be disregarded.

He nearly scored too, placing a difficult shot against Panama narrowly wide. Captain Harry Kane received plenty of plaudits for his goals — two penalties and a deflection — yet it wasn’t a surprise when he handed the armband to Henderson as he was substituted.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Football is a team game and steady, methodical players have their place like anybody else. Henderson’s managers, at club and international level, have always appreciated his contribution yet he’s often struggled to receive acknowledgement from supporters.

It is the eternal fate of the water carrier, the faint praise once used by Eric Cantona to damn fellow countryman (and World Cup winner) Didier Deschamps.68

Some of the criticism at international level can be attributed to club bias, including one rather bizarre article in a Manchester newspaper which put the blame for Raheem Sterling’s poor performance on Henderson’s shoulders.

Gareth Southgate has chosen him in a stabilising midfield role which frees more attacking players like Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli to focus on creativity. Even that was an excuse for some to complain about Eric Dier’s exclusion.

Liverpool fans cannot agree about their own captain either. Even praise from the sainted Jurgen Kopp doesn’t budge them from long-held antipathy.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Next season may see vindication for such supporters, since Liverpool have already added Naby Keita and Fabinho to their central midfield stockpile. The bid to land Lyon’s Nabil Fekir is also still alive, according to some outlets.

That’s three players who could all take the besieged Henderson’s place. From almost lifting the European Cup to the substitutes’ bench would be quite the comedown but Henderson’s demise has been predicted so often that one more spell of adverse prophecy won’t affect him.

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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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Jets rookie Chris Herndon charged with DWI after crash in N.J.

New York Jets rookie tight end Chris Herndon was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing his car into a vehicle operated by a 76-year-old man at 4:45 a.m. ET Saturday in New Jersey, a state police spokesman confirmed.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Herndon, 22, driving a Nissan Armada, totaled a Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser that was transporting a vintage automobile, spokesman Lawrence Peele told ESPN. Herndon was handcuffed at the scene and taken to a nearby New Jersey State Police barracks, where a Breathalyzer test confirmed he was over the legal limit, Peele said. He declined to release the results.

Herndon suffered minor injuries, but they weren’t disclosed on the police report. The other driver, Albert Elliott, of Manalapan, New Jersey, suffered a bruised and gashed arm, according to police.

Herndon, a fourth-round pick from the University of Miami, was processed and released. An undisclosed court date was scheduled. He’s subject to discipline under the NFL’s personal-conduct and substance-abuse policies.10

The accident occurred on Route 80 in Rockaway, New Jersey, about 20 minutes from the Jets’ training facility.

“We are aware of the situation and have no further comment at this time,” a Jets spokesman said.

This was the Jets’ sixth player arrest in the past 13 months, the third for drunken driving. Linebacker Dylan Donahue has two pending DWI cases.cheap nike jerseys nfl

The Jets continued OTA practices on Monday, but it’s unclear if Herndon attended. He recently signed a four-year, $3.2 million contract that included a $711,000 signing bonus.

At Miami, Herndon caught 40 passes for 477 yards and four touchdowns last season. He suffered a knee injury late in the year, which probably hurt his draft stock. He just recently had been cleared to practice fully.

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Jean Segura hasn’t been cleared from concussion protocol

The Seattle Mariners scratched shortstop Jean Segura from the starting lineup for Monday’s game against the Texas Rangers.nfl cheap nike jerseys

Segura had been penciled in as the leadoff hitter but still needed final doctor’s clearance to be removed from the concussion protocol. He left Saturday’s game against the Minnesota in the bottom of the eighth inning after Twins shortstop Gregorio Petit appeared to hit him in the head with his cleat when he leaped over him on a double-play attempt.321

Segura, who leads the Mariners with a .324 batting average, sat out Sunday’s game against the Twins. He has four home runs, 34 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. His .324 average was fifth in the American League entering Monday’s games.

Center fielder Guillermo Heredia replaced Segura in the leadoff spot Monday, while Andrew Romine replaced him at shortstop and is batting ninth. Outfielder Denard Span is set to make his Mariners debut as he is batting second and playing left field.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

The Mariners added Span to the active roster Monday and optioned outfielder John Andreoli to Triple-A.

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Expansion Vegas Golden Knights advance to Stanley Cup Final

”Everybody on this team has something to prove,” Ryan Reaves said. ”We call ourselves ‘The Golden Misfits’ for a reason. We’re doing a good job of proving everybody wrong.”

Reaves scored the winning goal, Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves and the Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday to wrap up the Western Conference final in five games.

”It’s insane,” said defenseman Deryk Engelland, who grabbed the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl after the final buzzer to celebrate with his teammates. ”Your goal is always to make the playoffs. But if I were to guess I would be sitting here doing this right now, you would be a little skeptical at the time.”order cheap nfl jerseys

Alex Tuch also scored for the Knights. They lost Game 1 in Winnipeg before winning four straight to become the first expansion team since the 1968 St. Louis Blues – when the six initial expansion teams were put alone in the West – to get to the final.

”It was their time,” Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said. ”They’re just playing really well.”298

Vegas will meet Tampa Bay or Washington in the final. Tampa Bay leads the Eastern final 3-2, with Game 6 set for Monday night in Washington.

The Knights, whose jaw-dropping inaugural 109-point campaign included a Pacific Division crown, swept Los Angeles in the first round, and knocked out San Jose in six games in the second.

”All those records and everything, it doesn’t mean anything if you’re not the last team standing,” Vegas center Jonathan Marchessault said. ”I think we have a lot of gas left.”

Josh Morrissey scored for the Jets, and Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves.

”It’s very difficult to find that positive feeling at this moment,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

Reaves, the bruising Winnipeg native acquired from Pittsburgh before to the trade deadline in February, snapped a 1-1 tie with 6:39 left in the second period when he tipped Luca Sbisa’s point shot past Hellebuyck. Reeves last goal before Sunday came 3 1/2 months ago while with Pittsburgh.wholesale nfl jerseys supply

”The guys that weren’t playing, myself included, we stayed ready,” Reaves said. ”We had fun while we were doing it, but we worked hard so when we were called upon we were ready to go.”

Fleury stopped 151 of 161 shots in the series, and allowed just six goals the rest of the way after giving up four in the opener.

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Harden carries early, CP3 leads late as Rockets withstand frenetic Warriors

Finally, the basketball world got to witness the kind of classic it has been waiting all season to see in the highly anticipated Western Conference finals.

After the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets alternated double-digit wins in the first three games, with the margin of victory soaring each time, Game 4 went down to the wire. The teams will head back to Houston with the series tied after the Rockets scrapped their way to a 95-92 comeback win to stun the sellout Oracle Arena crowd and end the Warriors’ 16-game postseason win streak in Oakland.nike nfl jerseys for sale

The fourth quarter was far from the beautiful basketball expected from two of the best offensive teams in the history of the game. It was more like the 15th round of a fight between heavyweights gassed from throwing haymakers at each other all night.260

The Warriors, a potential dynasty featuring three of the NBA’s premier scorers, managed to score a grand total of 12 points in the final frame. It ended with Stephen Curry, arguably the best shooter ever, missing a good look at a 3-pointer — a shot he failed to get off before the buzzer sounded, anyway.

It was a shocking dud down the stretch for the Warriors, particularly Curry, who was 1-of-8 from the floor in the final frame after carrying Golden State in the third quarter.

That Curry scoring flurry started with a wide-open 29-footer from the left wing midway through the third quarter. He swished a lead-changing, step-back 3 over Clint Capela on the Warriors’ next possession, with the Oracle Arena crowd buzzing throughout the dazzling dribbling display and roaring when the ball splashed through the net. Draymond Green passed up an open look to feed Curry for a corner 3 the next trip. Then Curry sliced through the Rockets’ dizzied defense for a finger roll.

Just like that, the Warriors’ point guard uncorked 11 points in the span of 96 seconds. Curry had 17 in the quarter, matching the Rockets’ total and falling one point shy of his slump-busting, sizzling Game 3 third quarter. As a result, Golden State held a double-digit lead, seemingly putting Houston on the canvas. But the Rockets’ defense, which general manager Daryl Morey made a priority over the summer, came through.cheap official nfl jerseys

It wasn’t the first time in this game that Houston needed to rely on its defense, as the Rockets proved they could fight back after an awful first five minutes. It took 5:18 for Houston’s historically high-powered offense to put any points on the board, as the defending champion Warriors roared out of the gates with a 12-0 run while the Rockets sputtered to eight shots and a couple of turnovers in their first 10 possessions.