MLB trade rumors: Yankees reluctant to give up Clint Frazier for A’s Sonny Gray

It’s easy to say players like Bryce Harper, Aaron Judge and Mike Trout are untouchable trade pieces. Of course teams won’t trade Hall of Famers. But when it comes to trades for big-name pitchers like A’s ace Sonny Gray, there are prospects that are untouchable, too. Every team has them, and the A’s reportedly are starting to ask for them.

According to FanRag Sports, which first reported that one source close to the situation believed Gray would be heading to the Yankees by “Friday or so,” now says talks have stalled between the Yankees and the A’s because Oakland is asking for one of two prospects the Yankees view as untouchable: Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres.

Sanchez has a great arm and is doing a good job preventing stolen bases and picking runners off base, but several other defensive stats and metrics are holding the 24-year-old back.

The passed ball he allowed in the second inning was his league-leading 12th of the season. He has committed 10 errors on the year which is second worst in baseball and he has also reportedly had trouble getting on the same page with several pitchers as he has been crossed up multiple times this season, resulting in wild pitches and passed balls.

The trouble has come to such a head that back-up catcher Austin Romine has been seeing more action while Sanchez has been relegated to DH duties quite often. Giradi has been considering doing more of that as of late.

“We’re trying to think of everything, so we’ll talk about everything,” he said.

Girardi believes it’s just a matter of attention to detail and hard work, and USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys he is confident Sanchez can do it.

“He’s late getting down,” Girardi said. “That’s what I see sometimes, and Texans Cheap Jerseys it’s something we’ve been working on and we continue to work on. He’s capable of doing a better job.”

LaDainian Tomlinson issues passionate message of unity

Tomlinson said he would not have been able to play in the NFL because of his mother, Loreane Chappelle.

He finished his career with 145 rushing touchdowns and another 17 through the air to rank third all-time in touchdowns scored. Only Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (208) and Emmitt Smith (175) found the end zone more.

Credentials: McNair is also in that toughest QB conversation. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and MVP in 2003, and he had successful stints in Tennessee and Baltimore. McNair died in 2009.

Credentials: McNabb was a six-time Pro Bowl selection who enjoyed success with the Eagles and helped the team reach Super Bowl XXXIX. He had a 9-7 record in the postseason and finished with 37,276 yards and 234 TDs.

I think it’s great when players are confident, and during my NFL management career, I worked with a lot of star players who had big personalities. Guys like Vikings Hall of Famers Fran Tarkenton and Cris Carter talked a lot and were supremely confident, but they were team players and leaders.

Beckham goes beyond being self-assured to the persona of a cocky, obnoxious egomaniac. His pompous and spoiled act has to be wearing thin with the Giants execs and coaches. His teammates who are leaders, like Eli Manning and Landon Collins, have to roll their eyes and question Beckham’s level of commitment.

Prior to the absurd comment about his pay, Beckham made news by skipping Giants OTAs to supposedly make a stand on his contract demands. Then there was his infamous South Beach excursion to party the week before his dreadful performance in January’s playoff loss in Green Bay. For those who were keeping track — and that surely includes Giants brass, coach Ben McAdoo, Manning, the New York media and the Lsu Cheap Jerseys Giants’ fan Knock Off Cheap Jerseys base — the tally was four catches for 28 yards, two drops and one Lambeau Field wall punch.

Lynch can’t shake the erraticism that plagued him as a raw rookie.

“For the most part, I just try to keep myself (set) out there at all times because you never know when they are going to come my way,” Peterson said. “When they do, I have to be more than ready and prepared.

“Those guys have eyes in the sky as well watching my mannerisms, watching my every move. I want to make sure that I’m not giving those guys any room for error on my behalf to have the play come my way.”

Peterson’s high level of play does have a negative externality on Arizona’s defense: The cornerback on the opposite side is under heavy stress because of teams avoiding Peterson. The Cardinals hope special-teams standout Justin Bethel is up for the task now that he is fully recovered from a long-lingering foot injury.

“The biggest thing for Justin now is just getting the game-time experience under his belt,” Peterson said. “He’s been with us for a substantial amount of time. It’s just now getting the reps, actually playing cornerback for 60 minutes and understanding the different conditions he may face. But I think he’s ready.”

“Fake news!” refrain aside, there’s no reason to think there’s dissent in Denver to the point of wanting to suddenly deal for a third quarterback. The Broncos’ biggest issue with their two QBs is this: Paxton Lynch isn’t taking the reins like they thought he’d be ready to do. It was all set Giants Cheap Jerseys up for the 2016 first-rounder to emerge and win the battle in training camp. By all accounts, he operated very Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys well in OTAs, both on the field and in the locker room.

But even in a Mike McCoy offense new to both quarterbacks, Siemian, like Hot Cheap Jerseys he did as the more experienced option in Gary Kubiak’s system, has consistently proven himself the more polished pocket passer. Even with his arm and athleticism tailored well to what McCoy wants to do in the passing game, Lynch can’t shake the erraticism that plagued him as a raw rookie.

Stanley Cup Final 2017: Longtime Predators voice Pete Weber having time of his life

Pete Weber is one of those people who rarely, if ever, has a bad day.

Yet the uber-upbeat play-by-play broadcaster of the Nashville Predators is even more buoyant than usual lately.

“Someone said the other day that I’m bouncing around like I’m having the time of my life,” Weber told Sporting News this week. “I said, ‘That’s because I am!'”

Both Weber and the team he has worked for since its inaugural season in 1998-99 are taking part in their first Stanley Cup Final this spring. The raucous celebration not only is spilling onto Broadway just a couple blocks from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, it’s also bringing unbridled joy throughout the landscape of the National Hockey League — save for the folks in Pittsburgh, whose Penguins find themselves deadlocked 2-2 in this best-of-seven with the Predators.

Meanwhile, chronic head injuries felled Kariya’s once-skyrocketing trajectory. He said he suffered his first concussion in 1996, followed by countless more, big and small, leading up to the hit that would end his 15-year NHL career in 2011, a blindside blow to the head by the Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta.

Yet, Kariya totaled 989 points in as many games, one of only nine NHLers to score at a point-a-game rate since 1994-95 — his rookie season.

After a reluctant retirement, Kariya was viewed as a high-profile casualty of the NHL’s alleged negligence in protecting players from head injuries. In his retirement announcement, Kariya lashed out at the league over its system for punishing reckless players. Kariya was a no-show when the Ducks retired Selanne’s No. 8, a ceremony attended by many of their former teammates. Selanne revealed his friend Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys didn’t “like to Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys be part of hockey right now” because of how his career ended.

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Ducks blow lead, recover in overtime to tie West finals

The Ducks did everything they could to give away Game 4 to the Predators, but in the end, Corey Perry showed up once again in overtime to potentially save Anaheim’s season.

Perry’s goal with just under 10 minutes to play in overtime gave the Ducks a 3-2 win and tied the Western Conference finals at two games apiece. It was Perry’s third overtime goal of these Stanley Cup playoffs, making him only the third player in NHL history to perform that feat.

The victory snapped the Predators’ 10-game winning streak on their home ice in the Stanley Cup playoffs, including six straight this season.

“He’s been a really important mentor for me, just such a support person for me over the last couple of years,” Murray said. “There’s no way I’m able to play as freely as I do without it being (Fleury) there to support me. He’s meant everything to me.

3. Jake Guentzel, Penguins — Guentzel scored the Pens’ second goal and assisted on their third as he continues to score at an an almost unprecedented rate for a rookie in his first postseason. The 22-year-old has 12 points in nine games. His eight goals lead all playoff scorers, making him the first rookie to score that many in his first nine playoff games since Maurice “Rocket” Richard in 1944.

2. Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks — Getzlaf has been a force to be reckoned with all playoffs but that was especially true in Anaheim’s 4-3 Game 4 victory. He scored twice — the first two-goal game out of 112 in his playoff career — and added two assists, including the helper on Jakob Silfverberg’s overtime winner. The captain also passed Teemu Selanne to become the Ducks’ all-time postseason goals leader with 36.

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With new arena in mind, Coyotes name former Arizona State AD Steve Patterson team president

“We are very pleased to name Steve as our new President and CEO,” Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway said. “Steve has a wealth of experience and has served as an innovative and successful executive in the NFL, NBA, professional hockey, professional baseball and college athletics for over 30 years.

Less than three minutes to play in the opening period, Crosby became entangled with Patric Hornqvist and John Carlson and the three tumbled into the boards behind the Capitals’ net at high velocity. Crosby absorbed the brunt of the impact, landing on his head and left shoulder, and was visibly shaken on the ice.

He rose slowly to his feet, seemingly disoriented, but remained in the game.

In the offseason, the NHL announced an expansion to its concussion spotters program to include “a new staff of Central League Spotters [that] will monitor all games from the Player Safety Room in New York” in addition to those already in place at league arenas, hired locally by the home team to work games.

Crosby told reporters after the game the crash “kind of knocked the wind out of me” but claimed he was otherwise fine. He said he underwent a “standard” concussion evaluation during the first intermission, which Penguins coach Mike Sullivan unknowingly contradicted in answering with a flat “no” when asked if Denver Broncos Cheap Jerseys Crosby was examined during or after the game.

Sullivan also insisted there’s no concern Crosby might miss Wednesday’s Cheap Youth Soccer Jerseys winner-take-all Game 7.

After another loss, LeBron James delivers expletive-filled rant

The Cavaliers suffered their fifth loss in the past seven games and LeBron James isn’t happy about it.

Following Monday’s 124-122 loss to an Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Pelicans team, James delivered an expletive-filled rant aimed at Cleveland’s front office, according to a report from ESPN.

The Wizards are now 16-6 since December 8, which is the best record in the East over that time.

Carmelo Anthony appeared like he was headed for a moster game after posting 25 points in the second quarter but the veteran struggled down the stretch, adding only two field goals the rest of the way. In the final seconds, all Anthony could do is watch helplessly as Wall put the Wizards ahead by three points with a controversial fastbreak dunk with 13 seconds remaining.

Goran Dragic led the Heat to a 99-95 win against the hapless Mavericks by pouring in 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting and six rebounds. Dragic has now scored double-figure points in eight straight games.

Spurs first-round pick Dejounte Murray, a 6-5 point guard, started in place of an injured Tony Parker and scored 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting with two assists and two rebounds in a 118-104 win against the Nuggets. San Antonio desperately needed an infusion of youth, and Murray may be the guy.

Now it is up to the front office—Gar Forman and John Paxson—to dig out of Nike NFL Jerseys China the rubble of last summer’s mistakes. They’re likely to keep Rondo through the trade deadline, in hopes of moving him as part of a larger package in the next seven weeks, but that could prove a long shot. Instead, a NBA Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping post-deadline buyout might be the only way for the team to move on from Rondo.

Heat’s Hassan Whiteside: All-Star vote is based on who makes best Twitter jokes

The voting process for the All-Star game relies heavily on tweets, and the Heat’s Hassan Whiteside is not a fan.

“It’s more so a gimmick,” Whiteside said Thursday, via the Sun Sentinel. “I look at guys and they just do stuff to win the fans over, make jokes on Twitter to get people to vote for them. It ain’t got nothing to do really with talent.”

Instead it was Westbrook’s old friends Kevin Durant and James Harden getting starting nods, the NBA announced Thursday. The All-Star Game reserves, chosen by NBA head coaches, will be announced Thursday, Jan. 26. Surely Westbrook’s name will be at the top of that list.

The NBA announced in December that in addition to the usual fan vote, players and members of the basketball media will now have a say in who gets selected.

NBA fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote total for All-Star starters. Players and a panel of media members, who are allowed just one ballot each, accounted for the other 50 percent.

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be played Feb. 19 in New Orleans. It was originally scheduled to be played in Charlotte, N.C., but the weekend’s events were moved because of North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law.

Here’s another example, only against a much better defensive team. This time, notice how Shumpert sets a screen for DeAndre Liggins on the weak side to prevent Marco Belinelli and Jeremy Lamb from helping out. It’s less of a necessity when Frye is on the court because he’s one of Tampa Bay Lightning Cheap Jerseys the best spot-up shooters in league, but Liggins has made only 14 3-pointers in Plain Cheap Jerseys 32 games. If they don’t involve him in some sort of off-ball action, his defender can afford to back way off of him and break up the play.

MLB rumors: Dodgers’ trade targets start with, but not limited to, Yu Darvish

The truth is, the World Series-or-bust Dodgers need another top-of-the-rotation starter to pair with Clayton Kershaw in the postseason.

Alex Wood has been great this year, but he’s never made a playoff start. Rich Hill is great when healthy, but his blister issues have been persistent for years. Brandon McCarthy and Kenta Maeda are solid starters, but McCarthy has never pitched in the postseason and Maeda has a 6.75 ERA in three career playoff starts without making it past the fourth inning.

The fact that Kershaw will be on the DL for at least a month with lower-back issues only highlights the Dodgers’ need. If they make a move — and they absolutely should — they’re not trading for a back-of-the-rotation type. They’re only going to trade for a pitcher who will start in the postseason.

But Barkley saved his best mewling for the Sixers’ general manager, Gene Shue. When an unnamed team official was quoted in the media questioning Barkley’s desire to win, Barkley assumed it was Shue (who denied it) and unloaded.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford made good points after his team’s we-almost-won-but-not-really loss against the Warriors on Wednesday night. He’s right that fans in Charlotte should expect more from the team than a good effort. After all, the Hornets are (many nights) a good team, and Quality Cheap Jerseys good teams should win most of their games.

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The complicated case of trading Tigers icon Justin Verlander

The Detroit Tigers are in a pickle.

They haven’t made the playoffs since 2014, and barring some unforeseen miracle, that’s not happening in 2017, either. They’re eight games under .500 heading into Tuesday’s game, and their core group of aging players isn’t getting any younger (or better, likely).

Darvish’s 12-strikeout performance was his 32nd career 10-strikeout game, moving him past Hideo Nomo for the most by a Japanese-born pitcher in MLB history.

Even though the Cubs recently acquired Jose Quintana, they could still use another quality arm as they try to position themselves for a deep postseason run (if they even make it into the playoffs).

According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Dodgers joined the Cubs in scouting Darvish’s start Friday night. Los Angeles has been linked with a number of starting pitchers as they look to build more depth. A one-two combo of Clayton Kershaw and Darvish would leave hitters shaking in their cleats.

While the Rangers ultimately won Friday thanks to an Elvis Andrus infield single, they are still 18 games behind the Astros in the AL West. Texas is not often associated with selling, but they at least seem intrigued by trading Darvish.

The July 31 trade deadline is inching closer. Moves made Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale from now until then could shape the rest of the season, and Darvish’s whereabouts Cheap NBA Basketball Jerseys could play a large part in dictating which team wins it all.