MLB trade rumors: Astros take prospects out of games, many jump to Jacob deGrom conclusion

A Saturday night rumor had Astros fans going absolutely nuts it might not be without basis.

Those who paid attention to the Futures Game in any way shape or form probably know the name Kyle Tucker. He is the brother of former Astros’ regular Preston Tucker, the former No. 5 overall pick, and a man that all rumors over the last few weeks have said is untouchable in trade talks.
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When the Corpus Christi Hooks removed Tucker from the lineup Saturday night after he went 2 for 2 with a run scored and did not suffer any noticeable injury, it gave people pause. Then when Yordan Alvarez, one of the Astros other Futures Game participants and a player who ESPN’s Keith Law has as his No. 46 overall prospect, was scratched from the lineup before his game started, many instantly assumed a trade.

Bernie Kosar Womens Jersey Fans appropriately freaked out, understandably so, but nothing went down Saturday or Sunday. When Alvarez was again not in the lineup Sunday and Tucker reportedly isn’t in the lineup Sunday, the trade rumors are still swirling.

Are the Astros getting Jacob deGrom from the Mets? Or are they getting someone else, like Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija?

Either way, until Tucker or Alvarez returns to a lineup there will be no quelling the social media firestorm surrounding these incidents, and everyone in baseball will continue to watch trade rumors like a hawk. It should also be noted that a trade for deGrom would take more than Tucker and Alvarez.

Moustakas looked like he’d easy pass Sano’s 11 dingers,

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You can only polish the turd of that 9-23 record so much. Pace has not given John Fox, who has taken two teams to Super Bowls, much to work with, and no one really knows what they’re trying to do at quarterback. The Bears have only gone backwards since Pace took over, which was hard to do considering how much they had fallen in the two years before that. They could regress even more in 2017.

Rookie Bellinger had a steady showing, and barely managed to get extra time with a 440-plus-foot shot at the buzzer (wait, a buzzer in baseball?) before besting Blackmon with his 15th dinger with five seconds left.

Moustakas looked like he’d easy pass Sano’s 11 dingers, but he couldn’t launch the final tater to tie. He finished with 10. Sorry, Moose.

Authentic Adam Foote Jersey Analysis (Gatto): Nightengale says Boston wants to do one-stop shopping to plug holes at third base and in the bullpen. Prado and Phelps fulfill those respective desires well. Prado is healthy after two trips to the DL because of hamstring injuries. He would be ideal for the Sox’s contact-heavy lineup (third-fewest Ks in the majors). Phelps, a right-hander, can be a multi-inning option out of the ‘pen. His poor April has mostly been forgotten; he compiled a 2.70 ERA over 30 innings from May 3 through July 9.

Analysis (Gatto): Miami is expected to sell this month, and Gordon would represent a substantial piece of that sell-off. Nightengale reported three teams have expressed interest in the speedy (32 stolen bases) leadoff man, who would be a long-term play for those clubs. (UPDATE: Heyman reports the Angels, Blue Jays and the Royals are the teams that have inqured.) Gordon three years and $37 million remaining on his contract after 2017, plus a $14 million club option ($1 million buyout) for 2021, per Cot’s Contracts. One potential drawback: age. Gordon is 29, which means he will be entering his decline phase during the latter stages of that contract.

Nationals apologize for long rain delay that had no rain

The Nationals have apologized for a controversial decision Thursday night to delay the start of their game against the Braves because of rain that was still two hours away.

The Nats announced the delay nearly 25 minutes before the scheduled 7:05 ET start at Nationals Park, but the slow-moving rain was still more than 50 miles away. It did not rain for two hours, and the precipitation that fell was so light the game that play wouldn’t have been disrupted. The game finally started at 10:10 p.m.

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Over the last four seasons he’s played a critical role in building our football team. I look forward to working with him to continue to build on the strong foundation we have in place.
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Dorsey was fired in June after four seasons with the team on the same day the Chiefs signed coach Andy Reid to a five-year contract extension. Veach has shared a close relationship with Reid during his time in the NFL, serving as Reid’s assistant with the Eagles from 2007-09 and a scout for Philadelphia from 2010-12.

My family and I would like to extend our gratitude to Clark and the Hunt family for this incredible opportunity, Veach said. I am humbled and honored to serve as the General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Over the last four seasons I’ve had the privilege to work alongside Andy Reid, John Dorsey and a great group of coaches and personnel staff. Together, we built a strong foundation of players that have helped us sustain success on the field. I’m looking forward to continuing our progress as we head into 2017.

Veach, 39, is entering his 11th year in the league and his fifth season with the Chiefs after joining the team in 2013.

His last first-round NBA playoffs loss came in May 2012

To be fair to Anthony, he has made adjustments to his game in an attempt to keep up with the times. He has had some very good seasons as a 3-point shooter (37.9 percent in 2012-13, 40.2 percent the following year), but some bum years, too (34.1 percent two years ago, 33.9 percent last year). He attempted 5.7 3-pointers per game this year, second-most in his career, and made just about the league average, 36.0 percent.

Front-office executive: “To me, there are two great coaches in the league, and that’s Pop (Gregg Popovich) and Rick Carlisle. That’s it. After that you have some very good coaches, guys who you would trust like Steve Kerr, Dwane Casey, Doc (Rivers), Thibs (Tom Thibodeau), I think Terry Stotts falls in that category now, Scotty Brooks. There is that tier of guys.

I like Bud (Mike Budenholzer) a lot, too, I would probably have him behind Spo. Then I would say Stevens, third in that group, and guys like Quin Snyder, Ty Lue and Billy Donovan after that. I think David Fizdale and Kenny Atkinson could be guys like that in time, and maybe Luke Walton.”

His last first-round NBA playoffs loss came in May 2012, with James playing for the Heat against the Knicks. With Cleveland completing a 106-102 victory over the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, this became the fifth consecutive season in which his team won four consecutive first-round games; that’s never been done before. “Great coaching,” Cleveland boss Tyronn Lue said with a laugh.

It was quite obvious a sweep was very much a part of the plan for Cleveland against Indiana because Lue nearly kept James on the floor for every single minute. He came out for 85 seconds at the end of the first quarter — Lue had to call timeout to get him a break there — and then just short of two minutes at the end of the third.
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NBA playoffs: Rockets crush Thunder behind hot hand of unheralded guard Patrick Beverley

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James Harden and Russell Westbrook dominated the spotlight before the Rockets and Thunder met in Game 1 of their playoff series. It doesn’t get much better in terms of matchups — two of the leading MVP contenders and two of the NBA’s elite guards going head to head.

Aaron Ekblad Womens Jersey But another guard proved the difference for Houston Sunday night in a dominant 118-87 win over Oklahoma City. Starting point guard Patrick Beverley scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds, and looked unstoppable at times, even after he got floored by a brutal-but-legal screen by OKC big man Steven Adams.

The 28-year-old Beverley, who came in averaging only 9.5 points per game, knocked down 4 of 6 treys.
Yes, Harden played well (37 points, nine assists and seven rebounds), but this night belonged to the unheralded Beverley. Although he’s been the starter at the point for the Rockets four seasons, he’s never averaged more than 10.2 points per game.

While esports is huge within some genres and specific games — think the likes of DOTA 2, League of Legends, Counterstrike — it has not taken off with games that represent actual sports. There has been a legitimate question about whether it ever will, given the competition from televised sporting broadcasts and the video games being played in an unrealistic manner that make them unappealing to spectators. The companies have also had to face controversies related to the actions of the competitors who are unaccustomed to being in the public eye, cheating scandals, and various online-related problems.

Crowder is averaging 14.6 points per game.

While Horford has surged, increasing his scoring (14.0 to 16.1 ppg), passing (5.0 to 5.8 apg) and rebounding (6.8 to 7.5) averages along with his 3-point field-goal percentage (35.5 to 58.3) from the regular to postseason, Thomas (28.9 to 25.4 ppg, 46.3 percent shooting to 44.1) and Bradley (16.3 to 15.8 ppg, 46.3 percent shooting to 45.8) are scoring less and shooting worse. Boston could use a whole lot more of the Crowder who dropped 24 points, going 8 of 14 from the field along with six rebounds in 35 minutes, in a 12-point win against the Wizards in Game 1. It could do without the Crowder who turned in his worst game of the postseason a week later when he tallied six points, missing seven of his nine shots from the field, in a 19-point defeat.

Authentic Womens Daniel Sedin Jersey In the Celtics’ eight playoff wins, Crowder is averaging 14.6 points per game. In their five losses, he’s scoring 9.0 per contest. He’s shooting 35.7 percent from 3-point range in playoff wins as opposed to 27.2 percent in losses.

Crowder is an effective screener and capable of finishing at the rim against bigs like he did on 7-0 Wizards center Jason Smith.

In a matchup against the Cavs, whose 114.5 points per game is second to only the Warriors (115.0) in the postseason, the Celtics could use every morsel of offense they can muster.

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NBA trade rumors: Celtics shopping key role players to make room for Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward’s new four-year, $128 million max contract with the Celtics is not only causing the NBA market to shift but its likely going to have a profound affect on Boston’s roster.

According to ESPN.com, the Celtics have been discussing trades involving Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley in order to clear out some cap space after signing Hayward.

Wall became eligible for a “supermax” contract when he made the All-NBA team last season.

With point guards dominating headlines around the NBA this week, Wall’s news should come as little surprise despite the hefty price tag. The former Kentucky guard averaged 23.1 points, 10.7 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game last season, proving he’s one of the best all-around players in the league.

The report states Wall will take some time to assess the offer before making a decision. He has two years and $37 million remaining on his current contract.

Wall said earlier in the week he’s been recruiting Paul George to join him in Washington. Wall understands the Wizards currently have a competitive roster, but need to add another piece to truly contend.

While the report says Wall wouldn’t base his decision on what the Wizards do during free agency, it’s reasonable to believe he will have an eye on Washington’s activity.browns_035

which is why spending a year away from the sideline will be an adjustment.

One priority for Turner this fall will be watching the University of Michigan now that his son Scott was hired as an offensive analyst. Turner has already come away impressed with head coach Jim Harbaugh’s program after attending two practices and Michigan’s spring game in April.

People give Harbaugh a hard time (because) he’s out there a little bit with the Twitter and some other things, but I was really impressed with their staff and the way they coach and practice, Turner said. Jim is an old-school guy when it comes to football.

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I’m looking forward to football season as a fan or spectator, he said. But there will always be that coaching part of it in me.

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Astros are winning at new, old numbers games

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The Astros are running away with the AL West, so expect to hear a lot more about that magazine cover story that predicted big success for the franchise in 2017.

Now that the prediction (or at least the cover) has a real shot at being right, the question is whether this year’s success has flowed directly from the ideas that were laid out in the story.

It would be silly to believe the 76ers can’t win 10-12 more games with those players on the court, and in Fultz’s introductory news conference Friday afternoon he was the first one to say (via ESPN.com) that he fully believes the Sixers can make it to the postseason: I am serious when I say that. That is not just me talking because I am a player. I really think that we can be a [playoff team].

And when you add facts like Jimmy Butler moving on to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Indiana Pacers possibly trading Paul George, the East is losing top players rather than gaining them.

That’s why Fultz’s teammate Joel Embiid is fully on board with Fultz’s opinion, as outlandish as it may be for a team that has won 75 games in its last four full seasons combined.

Joel will come out and [say] something similar, Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. How can you not respect it? … You want them feeling like that.
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And you circle back, if it’s delivered, you got to own it, you got to practice like that, you got to act like that, you got to be that. It is not just words. So I think it is perhaps ammunition at times to remind them of statements and to help them achieve their in-game goal.

NBA teams wonder about what can be perceived as a laissez-faire attitude on the floor.

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NBA teams also wonder about what can be perceived as a laissez-faire attitude on the floor. In college, he was hot and cold in terms of the takeover, killer instinct that teams want from superstar players. It’s a small thing because it’s far from a certainty that he doesn’t have that instinct, and it’s incredibly difficult to measure, but it’s something people at the very least have in the back of their minds.

None of this stuff will be his calling card, though, as it’s questionable how much of his creation ability will translate. And beyond that, he’s not a perfect prospect. He does struggle sometimes with quick guards. His lack of standing reach and wingspan will make him easier to finish over than other players of his ilk. He’ll struggle to finish around the rim against bigger players, like the ones he’ll see in the NBA.

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