Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher should return by end of season

Willson Contreras should be back in time to help the Cubs in the playoffs, but they’ll have to get most of the way there without him.

The team told reporters Friday (via the Chicago Tribune) that Contreras has been diagnosed with a moderate right hamstring strain, which typically sidelines a player for four to six weeks. They hope the catcher is pain-free within two weeks and will evaluate him from there.

“If Eck was around, he’d know who we are,” Price told reporters (via the Boston Herald). “He’s never in the clubhouse. Mr. [Jerry] Remy is always in here. [Play-by-play announcer] Dave O’Brien is always around. Mr. [Mike] Timlin, on the road trip, was always in the clubhouse. (Eckersley is) the one guy I’ve seen in my career that doesn’t ever show his face in the clubhouse. There’s a reason behind that.”

Several of Price’s teammates reportedly stood and applauded on the plane after Price’s outburst.

“I’m standing up for my teammates. That’s it,” Price said. “That’s who I am. That’s who I always have been, and that’s who I will continue to be.”

Price conceded that he could have handled the situation better.

“I could have handled it probably a different way, but ever since that happened, he’s been really good,” Price said. “Said a lot of positive stuff MLB Cheap Jerseys From China about everybody in this clubhouse and this is one band, one sound. Gotta NBA Jerseys For Sale have everybody on board. That’s that.”

Price said he plans to speak with Eckersley, but when asked if that would involve an apology, he said, “When he’s around, we’ll speak face to face. I’m sure you’ll all hear what’s said. That’s the way it goes.”

Phillies cancel Pete Rose wall of fame induction amid sex scandal

The Phillies will not enshrine Pete Rose on the team’s wall of fame at Citizens Bank Ballpark this weekend, canceling the ceremony honoring baseball’s all-time hits leader only days before it was scheduled to take place.

The team’s announcement was prefaced with “Due to recent events бн,” an apparent reference to news this week, via court documents in Ohio, that Rose acknowledged having sex with a female who was younger than 16, though the former MLB star and manager claimed to believe she was of legal age at the time of the extramarital affair in the 1970s while he was with the Reds.

“Due to recent events, the Phillies and Pete Rose have decided Pete will not participate the Phillies Alumni Weekend festivities at Citizens Bank Ballpark,” the team said in a statement.

The Chicago Cubs are giving Steve Bartman a 2016 World Series ring. What a classy move. Hopefully he comes back to beautiful Wrigley Field.

Those are kind words for a man who had to be escorted out of Wrigley Field by security as fans pelted him with beer and debris (Bartman later had police protection outside his home). ESPN detailed Bartman’s traumatic post-incident saga in the 2011 30 For 30 film, “Catching Hell.”

Cubs fans’ attitudes toward Bartman have softened in recent years. It probably helped that the Cubs snapped their 108-year World Series championship drought last season. Some fans suggested Bartman be invited to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game last year, or be allowed to participate in the Cubs victory parade. (Bartman has steadfastly refused to be interviewed or otherwise capitalize on that 2003 incident.)

In a statement Monday, Bartman thanked the Cubs organization US Cheap Jerseys Club and fans for the ring, noting, “I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul Texans Cheap Jerseys ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over.”

Browns ‘starting’ Brock Osweiler at quarterback is great news … for DeShone Kizer

So the Browns have named Brock Osweiler their starting quarterback for the team’s 2017 NFL preseason opener in Cleveland on Thursday. That’s exactly what rookie DeShone Kizer should want to hear in his quest to start when it counts — Week 1 of the regular season.

Coach Hue Jackson, in a statement released by the team, based his decision to go with Osweiler against the Saints because of the current “stage in the evaluation process” of their quarterbacks.

EA Sports recently released the first gameplay trailer for “Madden NFL 18,” which includes a quick look at new features like Target Passing, Play Styles, and WR/DB Interactions.

“Madden NFL 18” also introduces the series’ first ever story mode, featuring actors that include Mahershala Ali and Scott Porter, plus appearances from licensed colleges Texas and Oregon.

The game will release Aug. 22 for those who buy the $80 “G.O.A.T” edition, and Aug. 25 for the standard edition. Those with an EA Access subscription on Xbox One will be able to start playing a 10-hour trial of the game Aug. 17.

With both a formidable defensive line and an impressive secondary, the Giants have one of the most imposing defenses in “Madden NFL 18.” Landon Collins (92 Overall), Janoris Jenkins (89 Overall) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (89 Overall) trail only Seattle for top-rated trio in the league.

The TV debate swirling around Colin Kaepernick’s continued unemployment is getting more heated, with FS1 co-host Jason Whitlock charging that the former 49ers quarterback’s supporters are attempting a “racial shakedown” of the NFL.

Whitlock, noting that Spike Lee is promoting a pro-Kaepernick rally outside the NFL’s New York City headquarters, said his supporters are following Liverpool Cheap Jerseys the Knicks Cheap Jerseys protest playbook used by Al Sharpton in the 1980s during the Tawana Brawley case.

The most recent rights deal is worth $44.5 billion.

The games will be a respite from all the time there were no games. This year, seemingly more than ever, there was everything but games for six months.

There’s the backup quarterback nobody wanted to sign for fear that he would be a distraction. Yet, as kickoff for the Cowboys and Cardinals in Canton approached, guess what was the biggest distraction in the NFL: the backup quarterback nobody wants to sign. If somebody had signed Colin Kaepernick in March, the distraction would be over. Instead, it’s an international story that has no end in sight. Well done, NFL.

If not for him, the league would likely not have its current television contracts.

Ever-increasing TV revenue has driven up player salaries and thus heightened the salary cap, but it also has made other owners a lot of cash.

Jones used a little of that cash to build what is considered the gold standard of NFL stadiums, his “billion-dollar playpen” known as AT&T Stadium, which opened in 2009.

His influence most recently was felt when the Rams relocated to Los Angeles last year. Jones played a major role in owners approving Stan Kroenke’s bid to move the franchise back to LA, which included a $2.6 billion playpen in Inglewood, Calif.

Jones has always been an innovator and he belongs in Canton not only for his decisions as the Cowboys’ owner but also for the major contributions he has made in transforming the NFL into the most popular major sports league in Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys America.

New FS1 hire Mark Schlereth noted that when the league wants to make bad publicity go away, it’s more than capable. When Michael Sam was poised to be the NFL’s first openly gay player, the league made sure he was drafted, noted Schlereth. Sam didn’t last. But Hot Cheap Jerseys his brief stint in the league enabled the NFL to to avoid accusations of homophobia.

The Penguins trailed 5-0 in the third period before a pair of late goals made things a little prettier

The Caps forced a Game 7 with a dominant 5-2 win in Pittsburgh on Monday. The Penguins have now blown series leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and given all the momentum back to the Capitals, who have looked like a new team since dropping star Alex Ovechkin to the third line to help ignite the bottom six.

It’s no surprise this series is heading to Game 7, but how it got to that point is pretty shocking.

Up until Game 5, no team in the Stanley Cup playoffs was playing better than Pittsburgh. The Penguins handled the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Round 1, scoring three goals or more in all five games. They were the superior team in those first four contests against the Capitals, too.

Penguins beat writer Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette called Monday’s loss “among the worst playoff losses in franchise history.” This is a franchise with four Stanley Cups, so that means something.

The Penguins trailed 5-0 in the third period before a pair of late goals made things a little prettier. They had just eight shots entering the final 20 minutes and the Capitals’ defense was making them look like they had cinder blocks strapped to their skates.

In 2003, they became free agents and signed together with the Avalanche at discounted rates, joining a star-studded cast of Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote in pursuit of an elusive Stanley Cup for one season. But that’s around the time their careers took separate turns.

Even with the Ducks winning the shot battle 25-8, Nashville took its lead into the third period and Sissons’ second goal of the game made it 3-1 three minutes in.

A pair of goals scored two minutes apart by Chris Wagner and Cam Fowler tied the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China game, but Sissons completed the hat trick by netting the go-ahead goal with six minutes remaining. A pair of empty-netters ensured the underdog darlings of the playoffs would indeed go Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys the distance.

the Ducks came unglued. Anaheim picked up a couple of cheap penalties late in regulation

The Ducks should never have been in that overtime, season-on-the-brink situation. After being outshot 40-20 in a 2-1 loss in Game 3, the Ducks came out aggressive on offense in Game 4. Rickard Rakell opened the scoring at 11:20 in the first period, and the Ducks outshot the Predators 14-2 in that period. Nick Ritchie added a goal, his fourth of the postseason, midway through the second period, and with John Gibson looking sharp in the crease, the game appeared in Anaheim’s control.

“The one thing we wanted to make sure we established was a strong start, and we did that, with an exclamation mark,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said after the game.

But in the third period, the Ducks came unglued. Anaheim picked up a couple of cheap penalties late in regulation, and the Predators set up shop down at the Ducks end of the ice, outshooting Anaheim 11-5 in the third. For about 90 seconds, they had a 5-on-3 power play. P.K. Subban scored the Predators’ first goal at the 13:33 mark, just seconds after the end of a Nashville power play.

In fairness, the NHL’s best regular-season team has run into the best playoff story in Marc-Andre Fleury.

The veteran netminder was sensational in turning aside 36 of 38 shots. To date, he’s Pittsburgh’s unquestioned MVP and he will be on another team’s roster in a few months.

Pittsburgh’s win, most importantly, allows Crosby time to fully recover from concussion symptoms that can be so tricky, so temperamental. There’s no sense of urgency to have him in the lineup for Game 5 or even Game 6 if it comes down to that. The Penguins proved their mettle; now the Capitals Hockey Jerseys Cheap are forced to do the same.

“We’ll see what we are made of,” Oshie said after Wednesday’s Good Cheap Jerseys loss. “That’s a good question for us. It’s been the question everyone has been asking for a couple years.”

Senators forward Bobby Ryan was given a game misconduct for trying to fight the Rangers’ Dan Girardi

Karlsson is Ottawa’s unquestioned MVP, so if he goes, Ottawa’s chances at advancing could go too. New York opened a 4-0 lead with him in the locker room in the third period and didn’t look back, though that’s about when teams started piling up the penalty minutes.

Senators forward Bobby Ryan was given a game misconduct for trying to fight Cheap Youth Soccer Jerseys the Rangers’ Dan Girardi, who wasn’t so willing. That incident was sandwiched between a pair of line scrums with usually candidate Dion Phaneuf and Tanner Glass contributing to the madness. The teams accounted for 58 penalty minutes in the third period alone.

Couple those frustrations with the Karlsson uncertainty and an uncharacteristically shaky performance from goalie Craig Anderson — he was pulled to start the third period after allowing three goals on 20 shots — and the Senators are starting to come unhinged.

3. Ron Hainsey, Penguins — If Hainsey scores, you know it’s a going to be good. He Dallas Cowboys Cheap Jerseys of four regular-season goals netted his second of the playoffs in the second period, giving the Penguins their 6-0 lead. He also assisted goal No. 3 of the night for his first multi-point game since February.

2. Phil Kessel, Penguins — Just as linemate Evgeni Malkin predicted, Kessel got off the schneid with a goal and two assists. Meanwhile Malkin kept up his Conn Smythe chase with an NHL-best 27th and 28th points.

1. Sidney Crosby, Penguins — The Penguins fed off their captain from the get-go and Crosby finished with three assists, the 56th multi-point playoff game of his career.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says players ‘made a mockery’ of ASG voting

Steve Kerr took a look at the All-Star Game voting by NBA players and didn’t like what he saw.

The coach, who will be leading the Western Conference team, doesn’t believe the players took the process seriously. This was the first year players were allowed a vote, and their selections were valued at 25 percent of the total ballots.

“I am very disappointed in the players though. I mean, they’ve asked for a vote and a lot of them just made a mockery of it. So I don’t know what the point is,” Kerr said before Monday’s loss against the Heat. “So, that was too bad but all in all, these things are always going to be debatable about who’s starting and who gets named. There’s always going to be worthy players left out of the starting lineup, left out of the roster entirely. It’s the same thing every year and I don’t know what the perfect answer is.”

The past two weeks haven’t been kind to the Cavs from an injury front as well. Kyrie Irving suffered a hamstring injury, Kevin Love reportedly lost 10 pounds due to food poisoning, and LeBron James has been suffering from a nagging cold.

“Schedule, injuries, sickness, a lot of stuff,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “But I mean it’s no excuse. We know what we’re doing, what we’re supposed to do. Right now it’s like, we’re not going to have assists if we’re not making shots [and] shoot 34 percent.

“I mean, how many assists can you really get? Just got to do a better job of making shots but also finishing around the basket when we get in the paint, and get in the paint instead of Nike NFL Jerseys China taking tough shots, kicking it out for open shots. Just got to read and play the game NBA Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping the right way.”

Well-balanced Warriors use big third quarter to glide past Pistons

Thursday night’s clash between the Warriors and Pistons was shaping up to be an exciting game, until the two teams walked out of the locker room to start the second half.

The first half featured 21 lead changes, which was the most in a game involving the Warriors this season, but Golden State outscored Detroit 41-19 in the third quarter to blow the game open. Golden State ultimately won, 127-107, thanks to three players scoring over 20 points.

Allen’s best-case scenario in terms of the draft is late teens and into the 20s. That’s where it was last year, after he averaged 21.6 points and shot 41.7 percent from the 3-point line. That’s where it is this year, only that could be a stretch. But not because Allen keeps getting involved in high-profile skirmishes with opposing teams.

In fact, the GM said, as long as his own teammates have no problems with him, the skirmishes can be positive. They show Allen’s competitive fire. NBA teams interested in drafting Allen will do plenty of digging around the Blue Devils program, talking to coaches and members of the Duke athletics staff. That’s how they get a better sense of a player’s personality, not by seeing a player getting fired up during heated moments.

The GM compared the Allen situation to that of Marcus Smart, chosen sixth by the Celtics in 2014 out of Oklahoma State. In the winter before that draft, Smart fell into the stands trying to block a shot at Texas Tech and overheard something he didn’t like from a fan. He wheeled and Tampa Bay Lightning Cheap Jerseys pushed the fan, an incident that cost him a three-game suspension and loomed Premier League Cheap Jerseys over him entering that year’s draft. But the Celtics did enough research to know that Smart was simply caught up in the moment, and that his stock should not be hurt because of it.

Twins, Royals making moves to try to catch first-place Indians

The Central divisions in both the National League and American League are the tightest in baseball.

Just four games separate the Brewers, who lead the NL Central, from the fourth-place Cardinals with the Cubs and Pirates in between.

The AL Central has the Indians in the first place, but the two teams right behind them each made a trade Monday they hope will help them catch the Tribe.

The Royals, who are 1 1/2 games back of the Indians after Monday’s 12-inning 5-3 win over the Tigers, acquired All-Star pitcher Trevor Cahill from the Padres. The Twins landed former Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Braves in a three-player deal.

Garcia is just 4-7 this season, but is coming off his best start of the season last Friday against the Dodgers and has postseason experience while helping the Cardinals win the World Series in 2011.

The best season in Hornets history came in 1996-97, when they finished 54-28. A “good,” even great season by any measure. But even that was only good enough for a first-round playoff exit. Charlotte’s had deeper playoff runs, but has never gone farther than the second round — because it can’t. Not realistically. Not in this NBA.

So until things change — either with the league or with the franchise’s monetary desire to compete — fans of the Hornets and other “good” teams will have to stay focused on the journey rather than the destination.

Chicago’s pursuit to get younger and take a chance on a player whose stock Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys is Quality Cheap Jerseys at an all-time low makes sense. It’s a step in the right direction. But they’ll have to be careful not to give away too much.