Braves’ Sean Rodriguez injured shoulder in car wreck, reportedly out 3-5 months

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has become the most progressive public voice calling for a regulated system to be put into place.

The NHL has expanded to Las Vegas for its 31st franchise. The NFL is also considering relocating a franchise to the gambling Mecca.

An estimated $4.7 billion was bet on last weekend’s Super Bowl between the Patriots and Falcons, according to American Gaming Association figures — an all-time high. Yahoo noted 97 percent of bets were placed illegally.

Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez will be sidelined three to five months as he recovers from shoulder surgery, Fox Sports first reported.

Rodriguez sustained the shoulder injury, first disclosed by the Braves on Sunday, during a Jan. 28 car wreck when a a stolen police cruiser crashed into an SUV carrying Rodriguez and his family. Initially, it was reported Rodriguez, who was driving, was uninjured. But the shoulder injury will instead cause him to miss most of the 2017 season.

Rodriguez’ wife, Giselle, was seriously injured in the wreck and sustained a broken tibia, fibula and needed surgery on her wrist.

The couple’s children, ages 2 and 8, were hospitalized for a period after the wreck but have since been released.

The driver of the stolen cruiser died in the wreck after Cheap Jerseys China the car burst into flames.

Rodriguez signed a two-year, $11.5 million deal with the Braves this offseason after spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons in Pittsburgh. He was tabbed to start at second base full time in Atlanta.

Saints optimistic Max Unger could return in ‘early August’

Max Unger could return to the football field earlier than expected.

Despite undergoing surgery about a week ago to repair an Cheap Ireland Jerseys injured foot, the Saints are optimistic the veteran center could rehabilitate in time for the regular season.

“We anticipate probably early August,” coach Sean Payton said Saturday, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I see him possibly being able to get into the preseason. Our goal would be Week 3 (of the preseason), so that’s where he’s at.”

The initial timetable had Unger missing roughly five months and likely beginning the 2017 season on the physically unable to perform list, though the team believes Unger is gradually moving ahead of schedule.

Unfortunately, Howard J. Lamade Stadium (dimensions: 225 feet to all fields) is a bit too cozy for major league hitters, so the game figures to take place at historic Bowman Field.

Opened in 1926, the home of the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters is the second-oldest operating minor league ballpark in the country. It seats only about 4,500, ensuring the game will be one of the hottest tickets in baseball all season even if extra seating is added.

Those types of logistics are the biggest hurdle for the event. Playing the final game of a series 200 miles from where the first two are played is no easy feat, but when it comes to breaking up the occasional monotony of division rivals playing 18 times in a season, this event figures to go over well.

MLB Trade Rumors: White Sox ready to trade David Robertson to Nationals?

The Nationals’ reported signing of catcher Matt Wieters could have a profound ripple effect.

Washington is in desperate need of a closer after losing Mark Melancon to the Giants and choosing to pass or missing out on other options. The White Sox are in need of a catcher, and the Nats now have some to spare.

Multiple sources reported Tuesday that Wieters and the Nats agreed to a two-year deal, leaving Derek Norris and Jose Lobaton expendable.

Terms of the 30-year lease call for the Braves to play in a 9,000-capacity stadium starting in 2019. The ballpark would have 6,500 fixed seats and a grass berm that can accommodate 2,500 general admission patrons.

Today, Braves vice chairman John Schuerholz told county officials the club would run the facility year-round. It would include a youth baseball academy, according to a story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

If the project is approved, the Braves will be the second MLB team to call Sarasota County home. The Baltimore Orioles’ spring training facility also is in Sarasota. The O’s moved there from Fort Lauderdale seven years ago as a $40 million renovation of Ed Smith Stadium was completed.

In Atlanta, meanwhile, the Braves move into SunTrust Park, their new $672 million regular-season home, in the coming weeks. The team’s first regular-season game is April 14 against the Padres.

Two weeks earlier, the Braves christen the ballpark with a March 31 Cheap Gaelic Jerseys exhibition against the Yankees.

Earl Thomas ‘way ahead of schedule’ in recovery from gruesome leg injury

Earl Thomas shared some good news with his Seahawks teammates and fans Tuesday.

The safety, who suffered a gruesome leg injury last season that left him pondering retirement, tweeted a video of his workout on a treadmill.

Thomas suffered a broken tibia in his left leg in a 40-7 win against the Panthers in early December. Before the game was even over, he tweeted out a hint at retirement (“This game has been so good to me no regrets.. A lot is running through my mind including retirement thanks for all the prayers.”)

But he quickly reassured the Seahawks he intended to return. reported coach Pete Carroll told Seattle’s Sports Radio KJR Tuesday that Thomas is “way ahead of schedule now. бн Look for 29 to be back in action.”

The 27-year-old Thomas, a four-time first-team All-Pro, has been one of the key figures in the Seahawks’ feared “Legion of Boom.”

Some joyless voters will forget that almost every player has a decline and will treat the last five seasons as a true assessment of Pujols’ worth outside the friendly confines of St. Louis. Others might Cheap Goalie Jerseys Soccer not realize just how good Pujols was through 2010.

Watch: You can’t unsee Cam Newton’s happy birthday to himself on Instagram

If they don’t, you do run the risk of the reputation of officiating even sinking lower than it is thanks to social media. You are never going to win those people over on social media, but the presence you have to have when you speak with the media is very important. The presence that you have to have when you stand up in from of 32 coaches and present what the new rule changes are is critical.

Al has personality. I know that about Al. He’s a really good guy and he’s fun to be around. He’s funny. How that reflects in the way he handles himself when you put a microphone if front of him we’ll see, but I think he’ll be okay.

What is your stance on the NFL moving toward hiring officials as full-time employees?

Pereira: I think you really have to think full-time. It’s come. This is one big thing with Dean leaving that is going to be somewhat difficult because they were already beginning to make that move under Dean’s leadership. But I am a strong proponent of all 17 referees being full-time. Not full-time working at home during the week but at an officiating institute someplace.

Cam Newton is never one to shy away from a good celebration, and NFL Cheap Jerseys Nike judging by his latest Instagram post, his 28th birthday will be quite the party.

Newton turned 28 Thursday, and while it appears the Panthers’ franchise quarterback will have a good time, the team probably would like to forget some of the adventures seen in that post.

After leading the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015 with a career year, Newton and Carolina stumbled last season, missing the playoffs altogether.

Maybe a party for the ages will get Newton back on track and help the Panthers win in 2017.

Washington freshman Markelle Fultz has emerged the consensus pick at No. 1.

He was soon called up for Ottawa’s post-season run in 2013 and delivered with the unforgettable three-goal effort against the Montreal Canadians where the Pageau, Pageau, Pageau chants sprung into action. The same ones newly reborn down the corridors at CTC this past Saturday. Good times for sure.

This would probably be the easiest option for Bowman, depending on the final cap number. He could shed a salary like Marcus Kruger, stick to adding contracts worth under $1 million annually, and try to fill out the depth on his team with roughly the same core. As we projected last month, the Hawks could probably pull this off if they wanted to. It might be necessary with all the no-movement clauses they have preventing bigger changes.

The problem is that, with so many entry-level players on the team, you’d be looking at a roster that’s still quite thin, with a core that’s a year older than it was last time around. Sure, maybe Nick Schmaltz and Gustav Forsling take a step forward, but there’s also a good chance guys like Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews start showing their age more. If the 2016-17 Blackhawks weren’t a contender, staying the course probably won’t make the 2017-18 Blackhawks a contender.

Washington freshman Markelle Fultz has emerged the consensus pick at No. 1. Fultz leads a strong crop of guards, with UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, NC State’s Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina of France all projected to go in the lottery.

Ball has become the draft’s biggest name and most polarizing talent. He’s a transcendent passer with superior basketball IQ, but there are real questions about his ability to create offense in halfcourt settings. The NBA team that lands him would be wise to mimic how UCLA constructed its roster around his gifts.

The last variable left is the lottery, which will be held on May 16. Until then, we’re Baseball Jerseys Wholesale randomizing the order using ESPN’s lottery machine.

Are any of the other candidates for best player alive in the top 10 in the world in defense?

Ottawa, CAN. Ottawa Senators’ forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau (#44) in warm-ups before Game 2 vs NY Rangers on Saturday at CTC. Pageau would have a career game with four goals including the GWG in double OT. Photo by Alicia Strauch – S7S
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The Ottawa Senators 6-5 thrilling double overtime victory vs. the NY Rangers on Saturday came largely in part of forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s four goal performance that put the Sens in a 2-0 series lead in the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Pageau’s performance reached epic tiers that will be forever instilled in the hearts and souls of the Senators’ fanbase without a doubt.

If you disagree, I turn your attention to the devastating defense Kawhi played on Harden in Wednesday’s Game 2. By my count, Harden — one of the most efficient scorers ever this season — went 1 of 8 from the floor when Leonard defended him.

In any era when individual playmakers are taking on historically large role in offenses, those shutdown defenders take on increased importance. In sussing out who is the best basketball player alive, that matters.

Are any of the other candidates for best player NHL Cheap Jerseys alive in the top 10 in the world in defense? LeBron has a case if we consider only the playoffs. (There’s an argument that in this stage of his career, we should only pay attention to the playoffs to judge who Actual LeBron is.)

The former five-star recruit’s stock surged with a stellar 2016

Impact playmakers at inside linebacker are hard to come by, but the 49ers think they’ve found one in former Alabama standout Reuben Foster, trading up to select him with the 31st pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The former five-star recruit’s stock surged with a stellar 2016, highlighted by his leadership on a juggernaut Crimson Tide defense that ranked first against the run, in total yardage, and scoring.

A diluted sample at the NFL Combine and unrelated dismissal from the event, however, make the selection of Foster a gutsy move. The linebacker is one of the more talented players in this year’s draft class, but his list of concerns has grown over the past couple of months.

Unlike Fournette and Cook, McCaffrey isn’t built like a typical workhorse running back. At 5’11, 202 pounds, he isn’t a small back, but he has a slighter frame than most.

His 2016 stats were hurt a bit by an undisclosed injury that cost him one game and a decision to skip the final bowl game of his collegiate career. McCaffrey’s choice to pass on playing in the Sun Bowl raised eyebrows, but Fournette made the same kind of decision, and it’s unlikely that NFL teams took it into consideration much.

The two games McCaffrey missed in 2016 were the only two he missed in his collegiate career, and he proved durable at Stanford where he often had more than 30 touches per game.

But the other concerns about his less-than-ideal size are his Cheap Youth Basketball Jerseys ability as a pass blocker and his capability of running through arm tackles the way he managed to do at Stanford. If McCaffrey proves unsatisfactory at doing either, he could be relegated to a change-of-pace role, which is hard to justify spending a first-round pick on.

What scared other teams away from selecting him?

Davis was solid against Big Ten competition, but his gaudy statistics take a hit against better competition. If you extrapolate his Power 5 production to a 12-game season, you’d get 74 receptions for 964 yards and six touchdowns, but that doesn’t include the non-conference cupcakes he’d face as part of Ohio State or Michigan’s offense.

Clip his Big Ten projection down to eight games and add his average MAC performance from 2016 — 7-plus catches and 115 yards per game — and you get an adjusted stat line that looks like 79 receptions, 1,110 receiving yards (13.9 yards per catch), and 10 touchdowns.

For comparison, those numbers would have trailed only Northwestern’s Austin Carr in the Big Ten. It’s safe to say Davis would have been a first-team all-conference pick, no matter where he played his college ball in 2016.

What’s more, Davis also suffered from being his team’s primary weapon on offense, which meant any of the Big Ten teams he faced, barring perhaps Purdue in 2014, were focused on stopping him. He’ll have less pressure to be the sole or main offensive threat on his team in the NFL, especially on a team with Marcus Mariota, Derrick Henry, and DeMarco Murray.

What scared other teams away from selecting him? Randolph became a reserve this season, playing about 25 minutes per game. There will likely be interest from other teams. The question is whether Z-Bo wants to play anywhere else.

Focus on the players crushing the ball, though. Is this a new Avisail Garcia, or are there red flags? He’s struck out 21 times to just five walks in 93 plate appearances, and his batting average on balls in play is .443. It’s gauche to use BABIP as the explanation for everything, so I don’t use it often, but it’s an obvious culprit here. There’s a strong, strong chance that Avisail Garcia is going to hit like Avisail Garcia Cheap Soccer Jerseys From China this year, not a twitchier Manny Ramirez.

Tony Parker injury: Spurs star goes down holding his left leg

Tony Parker fell to the floor clutching his left knee in the fourth quarter of Game 2 between the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets. Parker laid on the ground as play continued until the Spurs regained possession and called timeout.

As play stopped, the home fans in San Antonio chanted Parker’s name.

The play happened as Parker drove on Houston’s Patrick Beverley and missed a floater. It was a non-contact injury. His teammates carried him off the floor.

Parker had 18 points and four assists at the time of the injury with the Spurs leading. His play in this game was a big reason why San Antonio went on to win 121-96 and tie the series at 1-1.

Kawhi Leonard was the star for the Spurs in Game 2, but there’s no doubt San Antonio will need Parker going forward. He didn’t return in the game and will have an MRI on Thursday, according to the team.

Tony Parker suffered a left leg injury and will not return to tonight’s game. He will undergo an MRI exam tomorrow.

As Nene comes out to set the screen to Harden’s right, watch Kawhi look back at Nene, determine where he’s going, and angle his body to force Harden to drive away from the screen. But the Rockets counter. Nene sees Kawhi’s adjustment and simply switches his screen to Harden’s left. Because Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys Harden is so patient with the basketball, the Rockets big men always have time Chinese Cheap Jerseys to flip their screens and prevent their opponents from icing.