NBL player Akil Mitchell’s eye pops out of socket in scary injury

Former Virginia starter Akil Mitchell suffered a gruesome eye injury in a National Basketball League game Thursday night in New Zealand.

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While trying to tip the ball in on a rebound, a defending player accidentially poked the New Zealand Breakers forward in the eye. Mitchell went down immediately to the concern of his teammates, and then a camera zoomed in on his face to show the horror.

Over his last 10 games, Thompson is averaging 8.9 points and 8.6 rebounds but upped his game on Sunday against the Thunder, posting a season-high in scoring (19), steals (4), shot attempts (15), and made free throws (5) while matching his season-high in blocks (4).

“For me, the way I judge a game is what I do on the defensive end,” Thompson said. “That’s what my calling is, right? So, making it tough for [Steven] Adams, keeping him from getting a double-double, it’s a good game. Obviously the scoring, that’s extra, that’s a cherry on top, that’s a bonus. So as long as I take care of what my duty is every night, everything else is extra.”

While Kyrie Irving and James applauded Thompson’s effort on Sunday, Thompson says he’s not trying to live up to his contract.

“At the end of the day, I’m going to do my job. That’s what it’s about,” the 6-9 forward said. “Do my job and do whatever it takes to win and do what my teammates need me to do. I don’t need to go out there and try to prove myself or prove my contract. I already earned my keep, but the key is to keep building every day and never be satisfied.”

Krause managed the franchise as Michael Jordan

Limited Youth Andrew Hawkins Jersey The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause, Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a release from the team. Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years. He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the ’90s. I would not have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame if it were not for Jerry. We will miss him tremendously, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Thelma and the Krause family.
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Born and raised in Chicago, Krause began his NBA career as a scout for the Baltimore Bullets and also dabbled in baseball scouting but became famous after he succeeded Rod Thorn as the Bulls GM in 1985, after Jerry Reinsdorf bought the team.

Krause managed the franchise as Michael Jordan, who he inherited as a player, and Phil Jackson, who he made the coach in 1989, ascended to elite status.

But his eye for talent also brought the Bulls players such as Scottie Pippen, from tiny Central Arkansas. Still, he was criticized by fans for frequent misses on draft day.

With Channing Frye, Deron Williams, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson starting, the result was not surprising for the Cavs. It was, however, what LA needed in order to keep pace with the Thunder for playoff positioning.

ABC and the league, on the other hand, likely saw ratings drop a week after the Warriors and Spurs sat their stars during another Saturday night primetime matchup. Basketball fans not tuned into March Madness got to witness the Cavaliers have season-lows in points, 3-pointers made (five) and 3-point percent (18.5). Not to mention, Clippers stars Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan sat out the entire fourth quarter.

Bulls, Bucks, Nuggets, Cavs? What’s next for Dwyane Wade?

Back in November, a more innocent time for the Bulls and their backers, Dwyane Wade was leaning back near the sideline at TD Garden in Boston, looking ahead to what figured to be a fascinating season for his new team. Chicago had brought together Wade and former rival Rajon Rondo to go along with established star Jimmy Butler. The future was still cloudy, but promising.
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We don’t look at ourselves as a Big Three, Wade said then. We’re just coming out here and trying to help lead this team and play basketball. Everyone on this team is on the same level, same page. It’s just the way it is. We are all cheering for each other, cheering for each other’s success. We know we need all of us and everyone to be successful.

You guys are sitting at ninth in the West (one game behind the Nuggets in the West standings). Where do you see this team going?

We have enough to not only make the playoffs, but maybe make some noise. I know a lot of people thought we were ahead of schedule last year. It was a bit humbling this season. We jumped the curve. We won a series and fought the Warriors tough. We kind of missed that stumbling period. Turns out we needed that growth. It’s a lesson about not taking anything for granted. We have a lot of talent though and have a great coach. I believe we can give any team in the playoffs hell. I’m that confident in my squad.

Did the expectations from last year add pressure?
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Pressure, nah. Fam, this is just playing ball. Pressure is the homeless man, who doesn’t know where his next meal is coming from. Pressure is the single mom, who is trying to scuffle and pay her rent. We get paid a lot of money to play a game. Don’t get me wrong — there are challenges. But to call it pressure is almost an insult to regular people.

The Bulls are unbeatable at home — when TNT airs their game

If an NBA team is traveling to Chicago to take on the Bulls, they had better hope Turner Sports isn’t involved.

Trevor Linden Authentic Jersey The Bulls on Thursday extended one of the most obscure streaks in sports, defeating the Cavaliers 99-93 — their 20th straight victory at home when TNT broadcasts their game.

It’s true. The Earth is flat, O’Neal said. The Earth is flat. Yeah it is. Yes, it is. Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind — what you read, what you see and what you hear. In school, first thing they teach us is, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America,’ but when he got there, there were some fair-skinned people with the long hair smoking out of peace pipes. So, what does that tell you? Columbus didn’t discover America. So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this s— is flat to me. I’m just saying. I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me. I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity. Have you looked outside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? You mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat.

That reasoning definitely belongs on Shaqtin’ A Fool.

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Currently fifth in the Western Conference with a 46-31 record, the Clippers have dealt with injuries to Chris Paul (thumb), Blake Griffin (knee) and most recently Redick (ankle), who missed Sunday’s game against the Kings before returning to score 31 points Wednesday against the Wizards and 14 points Thursday against the Suns.

Knicks’ Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for drug violation

New York Knicks big man Joakim Noah will be suspended for the final 10 games of this season and the first 10 games of the 2017-18 campaign after violating the league’s anti-drug program, the NBA announced on Saturday.

Noah, 32, tested positive for a league-prohibited over-the-counter supplement but didn’t “knowingly or willingly” violate the policy. Noah, who has been out since a February knee surgery, co-operated fully with the league’s investigation.

“Joakim was completely forthcoming and co-operative throughout the investigation and we believe that this isolated occurrence was a regrettable mistake,” the NBA players’ union said in a statement. “Joakim has offered his deepest apologies for this infraction, and neither he nor the NBPA will pursue an appeal.”

In his first season of a four-year, $72 million (£58m) deal , Noah averaged only five points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games for the struggling Knicks.

At some point during his fourth quarter streak, Thomas’ heroics stopped being a fluke. He is obviously a gifted scorer — players who can pull-up from anywhere on the court and shoot 60 percent around the basket are hard to come by — but it wouldn’t be possible for him to dominate fourth quarters for as long as he has if he didn’t have the right system and teammates around him. As much of a sports cliché as it sounds, they have both played a big role in his success.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at how his teammates and coaches have helped him become one of the best fourth-quarter scorers of all time as well as how his approach differs when the Celtics need him most.steelers_122

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.

Cassius Marsh Authentic Jersey Fans roasted the team on social media for the non-rain delay, and even some players questioned the decision to sit and wait.

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.

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.

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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.