There’s a glimmer of hope now a year after Roseman’s return to power in the Eagles’ front office.

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This teardown and rebuild, meanwhile, is grinding along slowly and painfully. Brown is stockpiling draft picks and has worked their high picks well — but they’ll know soon enough whether having lots of picks means as much as having good players. Trying to get clever with the Brock Osweiler trade might leave them stuck with him. They parted with some professional veterans (Andrew Hawkins, Terrell Pryor) arguably too soon. The payoff better be really, really good.

His best move, by far, was hiring Adam Gase, who clearly was exactly what this team needed when they needed him. One huge move and one far more subtle one from a year earlier paid off big last season: Ndamukong Suh’s contract, and drafting Jay Ajayi in the fifth round. The Dolphins leaped ahead of their AFC East brethren for the honor of Patriots runner-up, which is no small thing.

There’s a glimmer of hope now a year after Roseman’s return to power in the Eagles’ front office. After mortgaging so much of the future to get Carson Wentz as their franchise quarterback, Roseman snapped up Alshon Jeffery (albeit for one year) to help him and recently extended Jason Peters to protect him for the next few years. It likely will mean nothing in the standings, but the Eagles needed the overhaul post-Chip Kelly, and Roseman has been good enough so far.
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Robinson is off to a heck of a start in Tennessee. Going into his second season, he has the Titans in serious contention for the AFC South title. Most recently, they beat the pack to late-offseason free agent Eric Decker, who can only help Marcus Mariota, the way that DeMarco Murray’s acquisition and a strong first draft did.

Lawyers urge Patriots to pay in Aaron Hernandez lawsuit

Aaron Hernandez was acquitted this spring in the drive-by killing of two men, but attorneys on Tuesday urged the Patriots to compensate the men’s families, who have filed a wrongful death suit against the late Patriots star’s estate, the Boston Globe reported.

We would welcome the Patriots looking into that issue and doing the right thing, which is to compensate the victims, said Kenneth Kolpan, a lawyer for Daniel de Abreu’s family.

Hernandez was acquitted in April of shooting to death de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in July 2012 in Boston. Hernandez, who already was serving a life sentence for a separate murder, hung himself in his prison cell days later.
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While officer Armstrong and Officer Morgan were clearing out a crowd on the lot of Splash Waterpark, suspect reached for and displayed a gun while sitting inside his vehicle, just feet away from officers, a police report from Sharonville Police Department read, via Buffalo’s WKBW-TV. The suspect did not inform officers beforehand. Suspect was arrested, process at the PD and released.

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The Ohio State product does have a history of run-ins with the law. In 2015, the then-senior was suspended from the Fiesta Bowl after he was arrested for attempting to solicit a prostitute.

Houston went on a 12-3 run with Westbrook on the bench to end the third

So one of those guys could be MVP, but Kawhi Leonard is right there, too. He had a ridiculously efficient season. When the Spurs played the Rockets in March, he had 39 points.

That’s not all that impressive.

That’s not the fun part. With less than a minute to go, he hit a clutch 3-pointer, then ran down the other end to block Harden’s shot. It sealed the win and showed everyone why Leonard is such a fantastic player in two clutch possessions.

What happened: We got the MVP battle we wanted. Russell Westbrook posted 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds — the first 50-point triple-double in NBA playoff history — while James Harden put up 35 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. The Thunder jumped on the Rockets early, starting the game on a 16-4 run and holding a six-point lead at the half. Then, it all went south for OKC at the end of the third quarter.

Turning point: Houston went on a 12-3 run with Westbrook on the bench to end the third. Watching OKC’s advantage shrink to three points must have changed Westbrook’s mentality. He had done a good job finding his teammates and picking his spots up to that point, shooting 13 of 25 entering the fourth quarter.

However, Westbrook finished 17 of 43 from the field, choosing to put the entire offense on his shoulders, even if it meant declining to pass to open teammates. It’s hard to blame the guy who has a 50-point triple-double, but Westbrook’s “me against the world” mentality hurt the Thunder’s chances of stealing Game 2.

Maybe the team can get him in a sign-and-trade using the non-guaranteed contracts they’ve cobbled together in recent days if the reported discussions for Iman Shumpert fail. That would allow them to keep their mid-level exception intact, and not necessarily hard cap themselves at this stage. Toronto, Tucker’s old team, would be able to pick up a trade exception in the process that may be useful down the road.

For a team trying to contend sooner rather than later, though, this is a smart acquisition. falcons_059

NBA trade rumors: Who can coexist with James Harden? Question looms in background of Chris Paul trade

In the end, Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley did not much want to keep playing with Rockets star James Harden. He’d done what he could to make things work last season under new coach Mike D’Antoni, and the fact that the team was winning papered over any problems in the locker room.
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Malik Jackson Game Jersey But the Harden no-show in Game 6 of the conference semifinals against the Spurs last month — Harden had 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting and six turnovers — was not just a bizarre ending to a stellar season for Harden, it was also a concern for many on the Rockets, Beverley included. It was one reason Beverley was open to a trade, and he let the Rockets know it after the year was over.

The strength of Chicago’s inside linebacker unit largely depends on the health of Danny Trevathan, who’s coming off a nasty injury and might not be ready for training camp. Jerrell Freeman, meanwhile, is the best linebacker in the NFL if you ask Pro Football Focus. The Bears’ leading tackler from last season will be key again patrolling the middle of the field, assuming he can avoid another PED suspension.

The Bears understood the safety combo of Adrian Amos and Harold Jones-Quartey didn’t cut it in 2016. While both players remain on the roster, give Chicago credit for addressing the position in free agency and the draft.

The NFL’s investigation has been going on for just short of a year, stemming from incidents in July 2016, when Elliott’s girlfriend filed a complaint with police in Columbus, Ohio. No charges were filed against Elliott, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has maintained his player’s innocence.

Brewers’ Orlando Arcia chases foul ball, steals a bite of ice cream

Baseball fans always have to be on the lookout, for a foul ball and bat flying into the stands. Fans sitting in the front row at Miller Park also have to look out for players taking a bite of their snacks.

Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia chased a foul ball down the third base line and into the stands in the fourth inning of Saturday’s game against the Marlins. The ball was well out of play, but as a man holding a small helmet full of ice cream turned to see where the ball landed, Arcia siezed an opportunity. The 22-year-old grabbed the small spoon and had a taste of ice cream before putting the spoon back in the helmet just as the surprised man turned his head back toward the field of play.

The fan did not seem to be bothered by the dairy theft and Arcia used the sugar boost to lead off the fifth inning with a solo home run to give the first-place Brewers an 8-4 lead.

Redick is one of the top shooters in the league (41.5 percent from 3-point range for his career) and has the ability to stretch a defense and shift its focus off the ball. He’s an underrated defender who can cover his assignment within team concepts. He has also flashed more playmaking ability later in his career to keep defenders honest.

The Sixers and Nets are expected to make a “hard push” for Redick, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor. He would see his offensive role open up even more on those teams, and he may average close to eight or nine 3-pointers per game.

No one is pretending Redick will transform a franchise, but he’s the best shooting guard on the market, and he could be the missing piece in some starting lineups.browns_017

Philip Rivers will turn 36 years old before the end of the 2017 season.

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Rivers wants to play about four or five more seasons, but the Chargers can’t wait that long to look for a replacement.

Philip Rivers will turn 36 years old before the end of the 2017 season. While that’s still four years younger than the ageless Tom Brady, it’s close to the age the average NFL quarterback’s career comes to an end.

Rivers isn’t ready to hang it up, though. Like Brady and Aaron Rodgers, the Los Angeles Chargers quarterback is aiming to play after his 40th birthday.

I’ve got a couple more years left on this contract — three years left on this contract — and I feel good, I feel healthy, Rivers told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on a recent podcast. I still enjoy the proce.

A peek to the future is now, right? I guess that’s a record, those three home runs, A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters afterward. It’s amazing. These guys have fed off each other all through the system, they know each other really well and have won together. The more the merrier at this point.

Olson added a second home run later in the game.

That was a lot of fun, a lot of special moments for some guys that have been playing together for a while, Olson said. So it was cool to do that on the same day.

The A’s rookie trio overshadowed a big day for another Oakland rookie; right-hander Daniel Gossett pitched six innings without yielding an earned run to collect his first MLB win.
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Now, technically, three players in the Federal League — which was considered a legitimate major-league competitor to the American and National leagues more than 100 years ago — hit their first home runs in a 1914 game.

But that was a long time ago, and what Olson, Brugman and Barreto did is an MLB first. And we’re sure that those Federal Leaguers, Duke Kenworthy, Art Kruger and John Potts, didn’t get the same treatment as Olson, Brugman and Barreto did after Saturday’s game; A’s beat writer Susan Slusser reports the three Oakland rookies got beer and baby powder showers after the game.

Christian McCaffrey finally got to make his OTA debut on the last day of Panthers minicamp

Christian McCaffrey wasn’t allowed to join the Carolina Panthers for the first three weeks of OTAs, but on Thursday the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft got to make his debut with the rest of the team.

We wanted to make sure that we sent those kids the message that it’s OK to stand up for what you believe in, Jenkins told ESPN. We didn’t want them to walk away from the season feeling punished for trying to do the right thing. We wanted to make sure that was rewarded and acknowledged and encouraged, so that was our main motivation for helping.
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The Southeast Texas Oilers organization was formed and, according to Barber, already has 140 kids ages 4-13 in the program, including more than 50 who came from the Beaumont Bulls.

The NFL players’ money — twice what the Oilers organization estimates it would’ve taken 18 months to raise to get the program off the ground — covered the cost of footballs, helmets, shoulder pads, tackling dummies and blocking pads, as well as a hydration station, field-striping kit and down markers, most of it scheduled to arrive in the next few days.

They made it possible for my kids to play football, said Barber, whose organization holds free camps every weekend for kids of all ages, begins practice in mid-July and kicks off its first regular-season games on Labor Day.
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So far in 2017, it has been Osweiler who has earned praise from Jackson and the media. That likely comes as a surprise to everyone except Osweiler, who told reporters in May that his tape from the last two seasons proves he’s a starter. (Uh, OK.)

NBA Finals 2017: Three things we learned from exhilarating Game 4

Game 4 of the NBA Finals featured a litany of emotions and records that could have been amassed throughout an entire season.
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Once the dust settled, and the Cavaliers stopped draining 3-pointers in their 137-116 victory, the series stood 3-1 in favor of the Warriors, but Cleveland fans got to celebrate Friday night.

Here are three things we learned from Cleveland’s record-setting Game 4 win:
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I’m different than Steve in a lot of ways, Brown said. My car is clean; his car is dirty. His locker is dirty, my locker is clean. He actually pointed that out to me today. We walked in the coaches’ locker room, and he goes, ‘Mike, look in my locker.’ And I just shook my head and I said, ‘Steve, look at mine.’ You know?

So there’s a contrast between the two of us where I think it fits well because we kind of sort of meet in the middle. So it’s a good mix. I see things, after being here with him for a year, probably more his way.

Kerr has very much stayed involved with the Warriors through this odyssey. He is at practices and in film sessions. He talks to Brown, offers game-plan advice and helps him figure out what adjustments his opponents might make. Kerr concedes the arrangement is weird. But he has also been grateful that Brown has handled the weirdness with consistency and level-headedness.

Clowney became the first name off the board after a dominant college career. A rare physical specimen, he weighed in at 6’5, 266 pounds at the combine and still ran a 4.53 40 time. Unfortunately, Clowney’s first two years in the pros were plagued by injuries. He missed most of 2014 with a torn meniscus and later underwent microfracture surgery. Clowney managed to play 13 games in 2015 and showed glimpses of his massive potential, but he still had trouble staying healthy.

Diana Taurasi becomes WNBA all-time leading scorer

Diana Taurasi made history Sunday afternoon when she became the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer.

The Phoenix Mercury star surpassed Tina Thompson’s record of 7,488 points with a layup late in the first half against the the Los Angeles Sparks. Taurasi finished the game with 19 points, setting the new record to 7,493 points.

The game was halted after the layup, to which the Los Angeles crowd gave Taurasi a round of applause. Even though the Mercury lost 90-59, Taurasi’s 19 points still led all players on both teams.

It took Taurasi 13 seasons in the league to reach the mark, while it took Thompson — who set the record in 2010 —17 seasons.

Thompson even took to Instagram to make a congratulatory video for Taurasi, referring to her as “D-Money.”

At the beginning of June, Taurasi broke the WNBA record for most career 3-pointers made, passing Katie Smith’s mark of 906.

Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard issued a statement on Ellis, saying, “Monta’s suspension is a very serious matter to our franchise and it will be dealt with accordingly.”

The 31-year-old Ellis averaged 8.5 points last season. Bullock averaged 4.5 points per game in his fourth season in the league. He will become a restricted free agent if the Pistons decline to pick up his $3.3 million qualifying offer, according to Bleacher Report.


NBA Finals 2017: Cavs thinking about benching J.R. Smith in Game 3, per report

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In Game 2, Smith shot the ball only twice, and missed both attempts, finishing with no points. As a result, he saw a dramatic decrease in minutes, going from 28 in Game 1 to just 14 in Game 2. Iman Shumpert ended up with more minutes in the second game (22), and that will likely be the case in Game 3.
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After watching how the players have performed, Lue and his coaching staff are considering a lineup change as the series heads back to Cleveland, according to ESPN. The move would insert Shumpert, a stronger defender, into the starting lineup, replacing the ineffective Smith.

Lue’s comment is interesting, since the Warriors are unanimously considered a better team than the Celtics. Not to mention, the Cavs have barely had to deal with Boston star Isaiah Thomas, who is done for the season with a hip injury.

However, Lue said Boston coach Brad Stevens’ plays are what throws Cleveland off guard, which is what makes defending the Celtics more difficult.

Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s鈥? Lue said of Stevens’ style. I’ll be like, ‘F鈥?’ They’re running all kinds of s鈥? man. And Brad’s got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It’s tough, you know, it’s tough.