Pacers consider Lance Stephenson at point guard amid Paul George saga

Paul George’s reported message to the Pacers – that he will enter free agency in 2018 with his sights set on the Lakers after his current contract is up – is sending ripple effects across the NBA.

As the Pacers listen to potential trades for George, Indiana has to prepare to rebuild without the four-time All-Star. One of the more entertaining subplots of the Paul George saga is a possible Pacers rebuild that features Lance Stephenson at point guard, according to the Indianapolis Star’s Gregg Doyel.

James, who purchased the home in 2015 but doesn’t live there regularly, was not at the house when the incident occurred. He later addressed the vandalism with a stern response to the racial slur and race issues in the United States.

“If this is to shed the light and continue to keep the conversation [about race relations] going on my behalf, then I’m okay with it,” James said. “My family is safe. At the end of the day, they’re safe and that’s the most important.”

“But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America. Hate in America, especially for African-Americans is living every day. … No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough. And we got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.”

James’ Cavaliers will face the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night in Oakland.

Watch: Lonzo Ball passes basketball through windows of moving Cadillac

ESPN’s Sports Science visited the Ball family recently and asked Lonzo, the oldest Ball son and a top NBA Draft prospect, to try to pass a basketball through the windows of a moving vehicle.

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Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissues. It’s the same disease that Baylor’s Isaiah Austin was diagnosed with before the 2014 draft. Austin was cleared to resume basketball activities in November 2016 and signed a contract with KK Crvena zvezda, a European basketball club based in Belgrade, shortly after.

Jeanne, who worked out with the Raptors on Wednesday, hopes to follow in Austin’s footsteps and resume his basketball career with medical supervision, his agent told The Vertical. It’s a sad revelation for a player who was called arguably the biggest winner of any Combine participant nearly a month prior.

Kids Darren Daulton Jersey We wouldn’t expect any other from James. He won’t say to the public that he’s getting worn down, but the stats are there to say otherwise. When you compare his first half stats to the second half, you see a clear picture of a player who wasn’t attacking the rim the same way.

In stats compiled by ESPN, James had no drives in the second half of Game 2 compared to five in the first half. He also took part in less transition plays (8 in first, 3 in second), had less points in the paint (16 in first, 4 in second) and dramatically saw his average shot from the basket increase (3.3 feet in first, 16.8 feet in second).

Concerns remain that NFL minority coach interviews are more talk than action

It shouldn’t be troubling to hear that Anthony Lynn, Vance Joseph, Teryl Austin and Harold Goodwin are scheduled for head-coaching interviews.

But it is, because seeing is believing. And everybody who pays attention to the NFLs hiring practices knows that interviewing is not hiring. Too often, interviewing is checking off a box, then chasing after just about anybody except them then repeating the cycle the next offseason.

Those who keep NFL teams feet to the fire about the spirit of the Rooney Rule are torn this time of year. Interviews have merit of their own, because they lead to future interviews, and they get minority coaching candidates into the pipeline.

The steps are simple, but because Madden NFL 17 begins in 2016 the first season will have to be played through or simulated in order to reach the 2017 season, where the relocation would take place. Keep in mind that there are steps in between, such as free agency and the draft, that will alter the makeup of the team.

The first thing to do is to start a new Franchise and select the Chargers. Before continuing, make sure to Change Role and choose Owner rather than the default, which is Coach. It doesn’t matter whether you create an owner or stick with Alex Spanos. Adjust any other desired settings and then begin the season.

In Week 5 the option to declare intention to relocate appears. This is when the destination city of Los Angeles would be chosen.

In Week 6 the name of the team is selected. The Chargers name and branding can be carried over instead of going with one of the three created options.

In Week 8 the new stadium is chosen. Reportedly, the team will play in the StubHub Center (home to MLS’ LA Galaxy) until the Inglewood stadium that just broke ground is completed for the 2019-20 season.falcons_032

Packers vs. Cowboys: Picks, predictions, odds for divisional playoff game in Dallas

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Authentic Mike Morgan Jersey When Dallas beat Green Bay 30-16 in Lambeau Field back in Week 6, the teams were headed in different directions.

It marked the Cowboysfifth consecutive win in the middle of an 11-game unbeaten streak, setting up their NFC-best 13-3 record. The Packers dropped four of their next five after that game before rallying to take the North with six straight victories.

Make it seven in a row after the Packers took out the Cowboysbiggest nemesis, the East runner-up Giants, on wild-card weekend.

Floyd, who faces a 45-day jail sentence in Arizona for driving with what police said was a blood-alcohol content of.217, says he hasnt been to Boston since he arrived in Foxborough almost a month ago.

I dont want to,Floyd said. Im not into going sightseeing. I dont really care. Im here for one reason.

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said Floyd was unapologetic over the DUI arrest. The receiver had a chance to apologize in the interview with the Globe, but didn’t offer one.

He also didn’t comment on whether he’s consumed alcohol since joining the Patriots. In fact, Floyd ended the interview with the Globe when asked about it.

Floyd caught two touchdown passes for the Patriots in Week 17.

With another extra week to learn the Patriots playbook, Floyd could be a catalyst for Tom Brady and the Patriots, who were lacking a big red zone threat out wide.

The first four draft picks in Quinns inaugural draft left tackle Taylor Decker, defensive tackle AShawn Robinson, center Graham Glasgow and safety Miles Killebrew have made an immediate impact.

And the most important decision of all: Even though he could have brought in someone else both last year and for the 2017 season, Quinn is sticking with Caldwell as head coach while continuing to try to mold the Lions into a bona fide Super Bowl contender.

Senior Bowl 2017: Rosters, weigh-in results for North and South

The 2017 Senior Bowl kicks off in Mobile, Ala., this week, and the first looks at this year’s prospect come during weigh-ins.

While it’s an absurd start to the evaluation process players walk across the stage and on the scale in their underwear it tends to be one of the most important parts.

NFL teams value size thresholds at each position, such as quarterback hand size and offensive tackle wingspan. This is the first step to start helping teams decide which players they’d like to draft.

That’s not what we’re going to be. We’re going to strive to create a culture where everyone’s working together. I think that’s one of my strengths. It’s something that I’ve done throughout my career is I’ve had an ability to bring people together. I’ve been out front oftentimes. I’ve been named captain. On a broadcast crew, you’re out front and I think that’s a strength of mine and whoever this head coach is going to be, that will be something that we all understand, that we’re likeminded in our pursuit of winning a championship. Also, making a real positive impact in the community in which we play. Making our fans proud is something that we’re going to be all about.
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This team has been lacking a cultural identity they can identify with. What type of culture identity do you plan on implementing here in San Francisco

Elite Kids Brian McCann Jersey I think one thing I learned in my time in Denver, [Broncos owner] Pat Bowlen I think did terrifically as an owner and I think it’s one thing that really drew me to the San Francisco 49ers, I was around here when they were winning championships. In those places, I think a lot of people, I think everyone wants to win championships but in a lot of places, there’s lip service being paid to the commitment to doing that. I think when you’re in a place, like when I was in Denver, the San Francisco 49ers that won all those championships, the Pittsburgh Steelers, everything they do is to give you the best chance to do just that.

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier out at least two months with hip fracture, report says

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He’s going to be out a while,manager Kevin Cash said.
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Kiermaier a€ batting .258/.329/.408 with seven homers and 20 RBIs, typically in the No. 2 spot in the order? a€ suffered the injury Thursday night while? sliding into first base to avoid a collision with the White Sox’s? Jose Abreu.

According to the Times, he was on crutches after the game and was scheduled to undergo a series of tests Friday morning, the Times reported, adding that? Mallex Smith is expected to be recalled from Triple-A to place of Kiermaier.

Look, Blue Jays fans, this one was always a longshot. Bryant was a star in high school, and it was well known he would need a ton of money to bypass his college commitment to San Diego and turn pro. That’s why he wasn’t picked until the 18th round, even though he had opening-rounds talent. Still, as Bryant noted in this 2015 story by Shi Davidi , the Jays didn’t make much of an effort: There was definitely a chance, but I didn’t get offered anything, so obviously my only option was to go to school, Bryant said. If there’s any solace, the Jays still landed Aaron Sanchez and Noah Syndergaard in that draft, among others, so overall it was a good effort.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams on saving lives, overweight cats and his future

DeAngelo Williams is the oldest running back in the NFL, and he’s set to become a free agent after playing the last two years with the Steelers.

His first season in Pittsburgh was a success, as he led the NFL in rushing touchdowns, and finished just shy of 1,000 yards. He didn’t get quite the same workload this past season with Le’Veon Bell healthy, and his playing days are numbered as he approaches his 34th birthday in April, but he still has some unfinished work to do.

Eli Manning is 36, and the last word that would describe his 2016 season is “elite.” Despite being settled in coach Ben McAdoo’s offense, Manning threw it back a little to his disastrous 2013 season. The NFL’s ironman QB isn’t far from true deficiency.

If the Giants really do love Kizer as potential successor, they would need to pull the trigger in the first round. Kizer, being a less polished but more skilled overall prospect than Trubisky and Watson, could use the time to learn McAdoo’s efficiency-leaning system. Ryan Nassib isn’t the answer to go from unused No. 2 to sudden No. 1 in a few years.

Drew Brees, 38, keeps defying his age, but at some point soon, likely tied to whenever Sean Payton’s time in New Orleans ends, he will walk away from the game. There’s no worry about that in 2017, though.

Trubisky’s talents — especially his accuracy — are tailored to what New Orleans does well. Absorbing everything from Brees and Payton with a strong supporting cast is a much better scenario for Trubisky than being throw into the fire elsewhere. The potential of a parallel to the Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers smooth hand-off is there with this move.

Young says he may have quit ESPN years ago if not for his private equity partners

Ron Jaworski, for example, was quoted in the high-falutin’ The New Yorker magazine about his then “Monday Night Football” partner Jon Gruden in 2011.

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When it was Jaworski’s turn, he issued a stern proclamation. “Call me crazy, but I’m really excited for Tyler Palko tonight,” he said, and a roomful of skeptical sports producers erupted in laughter. Jaworski had given himself the thankless task of building up the Chiefs, praising them as much as he could without putting his own credibility at risk. Perhaps viewers would buy into the idea, however far-fetched, that Palko would emerge as the night’s underdog hero. Later that day, as Jaworski was making a cup of coffee in the ESPN bus, he tried the line again. “Call me crazy, but I’m excited about Tyler Palko,” he said. He exhaled. “I’ve got to sell this,” he said to himself.
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Young, a Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP, has become a self-professed “deal guy” with Huntsman Gay Global Capital (HGGC).

If it was up to Young, he’d give up his ESPN TV gig entirely for the world of high finance, according to the story.

Via Bloomberg:

Young says he may have quit ESPN years ago if not for his private equity partners, who like him to keep a high profile. When he works a Monday Night game for the network, he spends no more than an hour or two at the stadium preparing his commentary, he says; the rest of the time, he’s holed up in HGGC’s suite, cramming for deals. Once the game starts, he barely watches the action. A couple of transactions, he notes, have even been agreed to with handshakes in the suites.

“My wife hates football, and my kids don’t really care,” Young says. “I see myself as a deal guy first. I’ve put football behind me. Roger Staubach once told me—and I’ll never forget it: ‘When you retire, run. Never look back.’?”

Falcons’ Julio Jones will practice ‘the whole week’ ahead of game

Julio Jones isn’t holding anything back.

The 49ers have never been a big spending team. They have been conservative with many of their own players and have stayed out of the fray when it comes to big bidding wars in free agency.

New general manager John Lynch comes from the media world, where free agency usually is given more attention than it gets in the league itself. Shanahan also has been around teams that are no strangers to the use of free agency as a team-building tool. The 49ers already made one minor move when they signed Earl Mitchell to a four-year, $16 million contract, a pretty big price for an often injured, part-time player.

After using most of last week’s off-week to continue rehabilitating his sprained toe, the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver is confident his troublesome injury is finally behind him and will hit the field full throttle this week in preparation for Super Bowl 51.
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I feel great, Jones told reporters Wednesday, via USA Today. I’m practicing the whole week.

Jones missed two games in December with his sprained toe and left the team’s divisional playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks after aggravating the injury.

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Three reasons why the Astros will keep improving this season

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Some baseball fans may be surprised that the Houston Astros still own the best record in baseball. Not only are the Astros for real, they are just getting started.

In demolishing the Twins 17-6 Wednesday afternoon, the Astros improved to 38-16 this season. They are now on pace to win 114 games, which would tie the 1998 Yankees for third most all-time.

Wednesday’s win was Houston’s seventh straight victory. It raises the question whether or not the Astros have already reached their peak. The simple answer is no, they most certainly have not.
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Here are three reasons why the Astros can still get better this season:

A hitter-friendly ballpark such as Yankee Stadium has inflated his ERA. His home ERA is 3.77 and his ERA on the road is 2.08. In total, hitters are slashing .220/.271/.343 with an wOBA (weighted on-base average) of .269. He’s really managed the strike zone well, as shown by his 69/15 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He’s striking out hitters 27.8 percent of the time and they’re hitting ground balls 54.4 percent of the time.

Every time he steps foot on the mound, his team feels like they have a great chance to come away with a win. He’s been showcasing a type of confidence that is what you’d want out of a young star like him.

Even with the grueling times of 2016, Severino has displayed that he is the ultimate workhorse of the Yankees’ rotation and could go a long way toward helping the team return to the postseason.