Nationals’ Max Scherzer still waiting to throw fastball after stress fracture

Max Scherzer has been in spring training the past week with his teammates, but he’s still waiting for his fastball to arrive.

The Nationals pitcher is slated to throw his first bullpen session of the spring Saturday but will not use his fastball, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Scherzer suffered a stress fracture last August in the knuckle on his right ring finger that is still causing him some pain when he grips his fastball.

That fastball is what helped Scherzer lead the majors last year in strikeouts, including a game in which he tied a major league record with 20 strikeouts.

Another Seahawks player, Bobby Wagner, did it last season against Arizona. After the game, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians vented about the play, and said it needs to be removed.

“The Competition Committee went through that play and the officials wanted it taken out,” Arians said in October. “The committee left it in, but it cannot be officiated. Whether he touches, whether it was leverage, was his foot within the framework of the defensive lineman’s feet before he jumped, all those things that go into that call, I think it’s bad for football.

The NFL itself was impressed enough with Wagner’s move last year that it even tweeted video of the play — with an all-caps “BLOCKED” and “Wow.”

Arians is likely upset with this Cheap Jerseys In The US because his NFC West foe, the Seahawks, seem to have mastered it. Chancellor even tweeted his frustrations Monday afternoon about the proposed rule change. Wagner joined in as well.

NFL free agency: Raiders add speedster Cordarrelle Patterson to boost return game

The Raiders may have embarked on a new era of more responsible personnel decision-making, but they still have a need for speed.

To fill it, Oakland dipped into the free-agent pool Monday night with the signing of Cordarrelle Patterson, the blazing-fast former Vikings wide receiver and return specialist whose addition should help to improve a unit that failed to score a punt or kick return touchdown in 2016.

Terms of the contract were not released.

“I hate the New England Patriots, and no matter who they play I’d like them to lose,” Comey said. “At the same time, I’m rooting against the Patriots and hoping their opponent beats them, because there are only two teams on the field.”

Rounding out the “celebrity” cast are free-agent NFL running back Rashad Jennings, bull rider Bonner Bolton, “Saturday Night Live” alum Chris Kattan, actress Heather Morris, singer Normani Kordei and reality stars Nick Viall and Erika Girardi. And, oh yeah, because it’s the early 1980s all over again and everyone’s watching “The A-Team” and “Love Boat,” Mr. T and Charo.

Ross is old, but he isn’t Mr. T (64) or Charo (65) old. Donny Osmond (51) was the oldest star to win “DWTS,” so there’s a glimmer of disco hope for Ross.

It’s hard not to root for Ross going from Chicago Cheap Jerseys China NHL to the cha cha cha, just to see whether he’ll be carried off the dance floor by Mr. T in the season finale. Despite his “tools of ignorance,” pity the fool who doesn’t think Ross has one more championship left in him.

Yankees place Aroldis Chapman on 10-day DL

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been placed on the 10-day DL because of inflammation in his left shoulder rotator cuff, retroactive to Saturday.

The injury may explain the lefty’s recent struggles. In Chapman’s Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys most recent outing, Friday night in a 5-1 loss to the Astros, he gave up three hits and an earned run. In his appearance before that, May 7 against the Cubs, he blew a save, allowing three earned runs on three hits in the ninth inning of an eventual 18-inning 5-4 win by the Yankees.

“We are hopeful that [Tebow] will demonstrate enough progress in spring training that we will send him to a full-season club,” general manager Sandy Alderson said, via the New York Post.

Tebow, 29, spent his first year with the Mets in the Arizona Fall League, where he played in 19 games and hit .194 with 20 strikeouts in 62 at-bats.

This year, the Mets are reportedly open to Tebow playing in several Grapefruit League games if his performance improves in the minors.

“The guy is a tremendous athlete,” Mets third baseman David Wright said. “A nice guy and he’s really open to learning, and from the short period of time I got a chance to talk to him, he’s really focused and serious on becoming the best baseball player he can. That’s tough to do, especially when you haven’t played in so long.”

Before his stint in the minors last year, the last time Tebow had played competitive baseball was more than 10 years ago when he was in high school.

Derek Jeter-Jeb Bush group agrees to deal to buy Marlins, reports say

The group led by former Yankees captain Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has reached an agreement to buy the Marlins, according to multiple reports.

The Jeter-Bush group has an agreement in principle to pay $1.3 billion for the team, according to a Miami Herald report that cited an unidentified source. Bloomberg first reported the Jeter-Bush group’s bid had won out.

Current owner Jeffrey Loria bought the team in 2002 for $158 million, and estimates of what the team might sell for reached as high as $1.6 billion late in 2016 before dropping in recent months, according to Forbes.

McCloughan was entering his third offseason at the helm of the franchise, which hired him in January 2015. Thursday marked the beginning of the NFL’s new year and thus the opening of free agency. McCloughan didn’t attend last week’s scouting combine and was away from Redskins Park this week, the Post reported, with team president Bruce Allen orchestrating all personnel decisions in the meantime.

The Redskins maintained McCloughan had been away from his office dealing with a “family matter.”

Is this a gap in an otherwise loaded team, one that could hurt their chances at winning a second straight title? Or is it just a small hurdle the team will easily jump over?

Speed on the base paths could be a minor problem for the Cubs this season. Fowler Cheap Game Jerseys had just 13 stolen bases last season, but he was a threat to run. That threat is no longer in the lineup.

Eddie Lacy signs 1-year deal with Seahawks

Fast-food worker turned Super Bowl hero turned elite shutdown corner turned . . . ex-Patriot? The best restricted free agent hasn’t heard anything from New England regarding a contract extension beyond being tendered for ’17, and now the team has a contingency by spending big to get Gilmore from the Bills. The Patriots could use the money it would pay Butler to keep inside linebacker Dont’a Hightower. If the Saints can somehow get Butler for overrated wideout Brandin Cooks, they should jump at it.

Jones is the only third baseman in baseball history with at least a .300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage for his career. He also won an MVP, a batting title and a World Series. He’s also good by sabermetrics, with his 53.2 Wins Above Average fourth among all third basemen and his 85 WAR sixth.
Eddie Lacy has a new home.

The All-Pro running back on Tuesday signed a one-year contract that will send him from Green Bay to Seattle, his agents at SportsTrust Advisors announced.

Lacy’s deal with the Seahawks is potentially worth $5.55 million with $3 million fully guaranteed, ESPN reported.

The signing comes one day after former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson visited Seattle without being offered a contract. The team is also scheduled to host former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles this week, but Raiders free agent running back Latavius Murray will no longer visit after the Lacy signing, USA Today Sports reported.

Lacy, 26, was working toward a comeback season and averaging 5.1 yards per carry in the first five games of 2016 before a left ankle injury suffered in Week 6 derailed his resurgence. The Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys Packers put him on injured reserve and he underwent surgery to repair the damage.

Francisco Lindor turned down extension with Indians worth nearly $100M, report says

Francisco Lindor is one of the best young players in baseball and after just over 1 1/2 seasons in the MLB he has been offered a $100 million extension with the Indians.

Sounds good right?

Apparently not for Lindor, who turned down the big-money contract prior to opening day, according to SI.com. The shortstop, who is making $579,000 this season, apparently is a part of a growing number of young stars — Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Bryce Harper — who would rather wait until free agency rather than cash in with an early extension.

Josina Anderson: Alshon Jeffery said he “wanted to go to a team that gives him a chance more than the situation he’s currently in.”

Smith showed a lot of promise during his first four seasons with the Ravens before signing with the 49ers ahead of 2015. But he had two awful seasons in San Francisco, including just 267 yards last year in 12 starts.

“Last few years were terrible professionally, you know? Football, it wasn’t fun,” Smith said about his time with the 49ers this week.. “Wasn’t very involved, so it wasn’t a fun two years as a player, but had some great relationships with a lot of people out there. Loved the locker room, loved my teammates and I loved both coaching staffs I was involved with as well so it just was I came in at the wrong time, but I’m still thankful for the opportunity that they gave me.”

Pairing Jeffery and Smith with Matthews would suddenly Cheap Jerseys US make the Eagles a much more explosive offense. Jeffery was a standout receiver with the Bears, although injuries prevented him from finishing seasons.

Chris Paul’s front offices keep failing him

Chris Paul and the Clippers failed in the NBA Playoffs again. In the most critical game of his season, Paul had his worst performance of the series. There was no fight, no argument of bad luck, and no moral victory to be had. Paul was simply bad, and as it usually goes when he doesn’t play well, the Clippers followed suit.

Despite making the playoffs nine times in his 12 NBA seasons, Paul has famously never advanced past the second round. The Clippers as a team, with and without Paul, have never done that either.

And it’s worth noting that this was almost exactly like what happened a year ago when Durant stopped Westbrook from answering a question about how Mark Cuban said Durant was the only superstar on the team. “He’s an idiot,” Durant said of Cuban, defending Russ as Russ sat next to him in a charming fedora. Ah, the memories [*wipes away a single tear*].

HOWEVER: All of the previous 13 points above are moot because of what Russ is wearing. You can’t tell anyone who’s outfitted in a floral shirt, bandana, and John Lennon sunglasses NFL Cheap Jerseys Wholesale anything. Russ looks a character from Dazed and Confused. Or like your older brother’s hot friend from college who was in that cool band you’d later realize was actually trash. In other words: He’s untouchable and allowed to say whatever the hell he wants.

Freeman was thrown into a fire too hot for most to put out — an 0-7 team. Although he won his first start, he didn’t do much after to reduce the flames, and the Bucs lost their next five games. Despite a few bright spots in Freeman’s Tampa career, it didn’t work out — definitely not from the beginning.

Of course the highest-paid rookie in NFL history started immediately. His beating out A.J. Feeley for the starting job wasn’t much of a surprise.

Paul George deserves better than the Pacers

On a night that Paul George had 36 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists, the Pacers blew a 25-point halftime lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers to lose the third game of the series. They will almost certainly be swept out the first round.

This happened a game after George said that Lance Stephenson needs to control his emotions and body language better, and that Myles Turner, who had a below-average Game 2 with six points and five rebounds, needs to take his game to the next level. These comments were twisted and phrased as attacks on his teammates and seen as further indication that George wants to and will leave the Pacers.

It’s easy to burden Paul alone with his team’s constant postseason failures, but the game is much more than one lone star or a “Big Three.” When a player as great as Paul keeps falling short with different versions of the same problem, it’s fair to criticize his front offices for constantly failing to surround a great player that makes everyone better with enough supplementary talent. It shouldn’t be this hard to do, and yet, it has been for the Hornets and then the Clippers.

Paul’s lack of success will haunt his legacy, but his own front offices have also failed him in spectacular ways. Paul knows it, too.

When asked about the #Clippers future and who Basketball Cheap Jerseys will be on the roster next year, Chris Paul says “luckily that’s not my job.”

The practice wasn’t unique to championship contenders.

Popovich’s Spurs later rested Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Pau Gasol, but in the first game of a back-to-back against the Dallas Mavericks instead of the nationally televised second game against the Clippers.

The practice wasn’t unique to championship contenders. Tankers did it as well.

Both the Suns and Lakers benched their veterans to finish the season with the Western Conference’s worst and second-worst records, respectively.

In mid-March, Los Angeles shut down Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng — the two highest-paid Lakers — for the rest of the season. The very next day, Phoenix benched a healthy Eric Bledsoe for the year. Bledsoe was having a career year, averaging 21 points, six assists, and five rebounds per game. His benching followed the Suns’ decision to shut down both Tyson Chandler and Brandon Knight.

Stern is right to be upset. The Nets had no horse in NHL Hockey Jerseys the playoff picture and already weren’t getting their draft pick, so they had no reason to rest their top players for the season finale.

In short: the Celtics were a team again, all contributing and working off each other, not just isolated instances of individuals playing well. It’s a bit cliched, but Boston itself is a cliche, led by a head coach from a state where most basketball cliches come from. Thomas is their star, and everybody else in Boston falls in line by playing consistent, smart basketball. Brad Stevens has convinced them it will work, and it certainly has.

Blake Griffin’s injury is another chapter in the Clippers’ cursed history

Oklahoma City, Griffin’s hometown, won’t have max cap space, not with Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, and Victor Oladipo soaking up a combined $61 million. The Thunder can likely find a way to make it work if Griffin declares his intentions to return home, much as the Warriors had a contingency plan for Kevin Durant, but it wouldn’t be seamless.

This is where the conversation has gotten hilarious, with many analysts (and many more fans) claiming they wouldn’t want to pay Griffin max money. Are you crazy? He’s a 28-year-old, four-time All-NBA player who has played in 84 percent of his team’s games since his league debut. If you strip his name from resume and look at the data, of course he’s a max player. You pray you get a chance to sign him to a max deal.

Injuries are a concern. Griffin has had a couple of knee surgeries plus a few other issues. But here’s the deal: if injuries weren’t a concern, there’d be no way he’d be available! If Griffin weren’t an injury risk, he’d be an MVP candidate. (He has in the past been a legit MVP candidate, finishing third in 2014.) The only reason there is any potential to grab Griffin in free agency is because the Clippers have fallen short a few times, sometimes due to Griffin’s injuries.

Every team with cap space and an opening at power forward wants Blake Griffin. The Cheap Youth Football Jerseys next best power forward is 32-year-old Paul Millsap. After that it’s Serge Ibaka, Danilo Gallinari, Pau Gasol, and Ersan Ilyasova. Millsap will get max offers. Ibaka will get a bunch of money. None of those other guys remotely stack up.

What other teams will want Blake Griffin in free agency? Most of them. All of them?