Pirates GM: Jung Ho Kang may never return to team

The Pirates have been without infielder Jung Ho Kang all season, as the South Korean player was denied a work visa to return to the U.S. after being charged with his third DUI since 2009.

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington seems increasingly resigned to the fact the hard-hitting Kang may never again play for the Pirates.

That’s been an unfortunate reality from the outset that he may never get a visa again, Huntington told reporters Sunday, via MLB.com. We worked the process, worked the process again and have not gotten a different result. We’ll attack it in different ways again the next time through and hope there is a different outcome. We do need to begin to prepare as if he’s not coming back.
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It all flows together for the SABRcast, which MLB Network will likely produce again next year. The merger gives fans another way to ingest a game. It’s tough to say at this juncture whether MLB Network will start a trend of enhanced baseball programming, but one thing is certain: The effort shows Major League Baseball isn’t the relic or dinosaur that some believe it to be.
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As for the future of MLB telecasts? There’s at least a chance for change, Kenny said.

There’s a lot to be said for a guy who’s very spare in his call, gives you balls and strikes, lets you hear the murmur of the crowd, he said, but there’s also something to be said for, ‘Hey, let’s really scrutinize this, let’s really talk strategy, let’s talk team-building, let’s talk roster utilization.’

Peyton Manning makes himself the butt of 3 Patriots jokes at the 2017 ESPY awards

Former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning hosted the ESPYs and he made jokes at both the expense of himself and of others. Manning has always been one of the more comedic NFL players, including his iconic SNL skits that involve beaning kids with footballs (although I actually think Eli Manning is funny, too).

At the ESPYs, Manning and his once-rival New England Patriots had a little back-and-forth, with one great sketch of Manning watching the Patriots face the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
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There’s a second sketch featuring Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as Manning enjoys the retired life.

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As Mariota enters his third professional season, the sky is the limit. I’m an Oregon alum, so I’ve been following Marcus since he first stepped onto the field in the Oregon green and yellow (or gray, black, orange, white or whatever other color Oregon chooses on a Saturday). I knew Mariota was talented. He’s intelligent, a great leader, has a strong arm, and can move fluidly.

Still, I was skeptical he would succeed in the NFL.

We asked you what 2017 NFL game you would attend. Here’s what you said.

Football season is almost here! I mean, we still have to ease into it with the preseason and a few players are still holding out to get paid, but the regular season will be here before we know it.

“I think so, but again I haven’t seen him,” head coach Mike Zimmer told the Pioneer Press when asked whether Bridgewater would be placed on the PUP to start camp. That came true Wednesday with the team announcing the quarterback is the latest addition to the team’s PUP list.

Bridgewater’s recovery from a torn ACL and dislocated knee has provided several moments of optimism, but he’s not ready to take the field just yet. Minnesota can still rely on Sam Bradford, who put together one of his finest seasons as a pro last fall after being traded north from Philadelphia. Bradford is signed through the end of 2017, and Bridgewater’s rehab will play a significant role as to whether or not he reaches a contract extension with the team before the season begins.

On Monday, the club placed a pair of players on the PUP list, but not their young QB.

While Luck is in line to return by September, the jury is still out on Bridgewater’s return. Bridgewater’s ability to throw without a brace is a step in the right direction, but he’ll have to prove he can regain the mobility that allowed him to buy time in the pocket and find open windows downfield. The Vikings have kept flexible in the face of his unfortunate injury, declining the fifth-year option of his rookie contract while keeping Bradford in the fold. However, with the season just six weeks away, Minnesota will have to make some tough decisions soon.patriots_322-180x180

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame announces five inductees

The United States Hockey Hall of Fame announced on Monday its five newest members.
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He also played for the United States in three Winter Olympics and won a gold medal with the United States at the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

I like my body. There’s nothing great about it, but I’m stuck with it and I don’t mind it, Thornton said. I never remember being self-conscious about my body. That just comes from being in a locker room for so long. I’ve always felt natural being naked. Never a big deal to me at all. My dad wears his underwear out to go get the mail in the morning, so that’s probably where I get it.

You never know what to expect with something like this, Burns said. They were like, 鈥楤oom, let’s go!’ We both just dropped our robes and looked up into each other’s eyes and laughed: We’re both naked right now doing a faceoff, so this is kind of interesting.
There are even more behind-the-scenes photos over at Yahoo Sports’ Puck Daddy.

Thornton, a pending unrestricted free agent, may soon see an end to his 12 years in San Jose. At least now he and Burns have a keepsake should they part ways.

He is young and hungry enough to push Grubauer and Raanta, creating a competitive environment in the Vegas net. Should Pickard excel, Raanta could be traded to a needy contender.

Of course, the Avalanche could decide to protect Pickard and expose the 29-year-old Varlamov and his $5.9 million cap hit through 2019, which would scuttle this neat little plan.

Of the veterans, Fleury and Ward make the most sense for Vegas, though would the Golden Knights pass up a young, affordable defenseman like Brian Dumoulin, who likely will be made available by the Penguins, in order to select Fleury?

Predators hopeful Mike Fisher can return for Game 1

The Predators could get one of their key players back in time for the Stanley Cup Final.
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Nashville general manager David Poile on Wednesday said he is hopeful captain Mike Fisher can participate in practice Thursday morning and there’s a real good chance he could return in Game 1 of the championship series.

Schultz, who has two goals and six assists in 14 playoff games, hasn’t played since the team’s Game 2 loss on May 15 when he was injured on a hit by Senators left wing Mike Hoffman in the first period. Although he participated in warmups prior to Pittsburgh’s Game 5 win on Sunday, he didn’t make it onto the ice and remained sidelined for the team’s Game 6 loss on Tuesday.

Hornqvist, who has four goals and three assists in 13 playoff games, has been out since leaving during warmups for Game 2. He did not travel with the team to Ottawa earlier this week but has been skating on his own.

While the Penguins and Senators prepare for their last Eastern Conference finals matchup, the Predators have already locked up their first trip to the Finals after eliminating the Ducks in Game 6 on Monday.
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He is the most polarizing player in the sport, hated by many as intensely as he is loved in Pittsburgh, but Crosby has grown into one of the game’s great leaders, both in action and spoken word. The confidence and swagger the Penguins play with? It all starts with Crosby.

D’Angelo Russell could miss up to 2 weeks with leg injuries

D’Angelo Russell’s leg injury isn’t as bad as the team first feared, but the Lakers point guard is still expected to miss one to two weeks.

The team announced Saturday that an MRI revealed a mild MCL sprain in Russell’s right knee, a right calf strain and a bone bruise. The Lakers said he will be re-evaluated in a week, but he could miss up to two weeks.

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It’s so disappointing because the way we practice isn’t the way that we play in the game. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know. Starting from me going all the way down the line, we’ve got to be better as a whole, as a team. Otherwise, we’re just going to keep getting our asses beat. It’s bad.

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Don’t expect LeBron James, ‘Banana Boat Crew’ to be drowned by drama

We can’t remember a time when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony, three-quarters of the NBA’s famed “Banana Boat Crew,” ran their craft onto the rocks and were left to explain the wreckage. These are three of the league’s most powerful players, along with their fourth crew mate, Chris Paul, and they’ve all spent their careers carefully crafting and protecting their images.

While Los Angeles wouldn’t be giving up any big-name players, it would have to move around $27 million in cap space in order to work Anthony under the cap.

There’s also the whole part about Anthony’s no-trade clause, which is the biggest hurdle. The theory is that if the Knicks find a good spot for Anthony, he’ll waive the clause and accept a deal. He’s stated many times, however, that he wants to stay in New York.

The Clippers aren’t the only team the Knicks have spoken to. Earlier this week, a report stated the Cavs essentially laughed at a one-on-one deal that would have been Anthony for Kevin Love. After being shot down, New York looked elsewhere.

Boston is reportedly the other destination. This makes sense for New York as the Celtics have a lot of young players, and draft picks they could send in order to get a veteran player like Anthony. The problem, however, is they aren’t really interested.

According to ESPN, the Celtics told the Knicks there is “no interest” in Anthony. This isn’t really a surprise, as it makes more sense for them to build the core they have and expand, rather than trade it all for a pricey 32-year-old.
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He might be the best guy in the draft from a 3-and-D perspective

Before last year’s draft, one scout speculated McCaw could be one of the most NBA-ready prospects on the board. At 6-7, McCaw fits in with the Warriors’ long-armed, ball-hawking approach to defense, and earned a reputation as a top 3-and-D prospect.

He might be the best guy in the draft from a 3-and-D perspective, the scout said. He is very thin but he is athletic and smart. He is not going to do any one thing great for you, but he can do a lot of the little things and he is a plus on the defensive end. He can help a team right away.

Right away came sooner than expected for McCaw and the Warriors. There’s hope Durant could make a speedier-than-expected return from this knee injury. If not, the team’s ability to retain its grip on the Western Conference could rest on the performance of an unlikely critical figure, Patrick McCaw.

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After a 112-108 defeat on the road against Durant’s hometown Wizards, a team that didn’t even qualify for the playoffs in the easy, breezy Eastern Conference last season, the Warriors have now lost more games through 61 contests than they did all last season.

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(Rest) for what?, he told USA Today following Friday’s loss to Golden State. It’s messing with my rhythm a little bit, not just tonight but the last week or so. But I’ll be alright. It’s a little (frustrating). I’ll be alright. I’m strong enough.

DeMar DeRozan stole Kobe Bryant’s tricks and took his post game to the next level

Game Mens Gary Zimmerman Jersey DeMar DeRozan is unique in more ways than one. Beyond being the last of a dying breed as a midrange savant, the Raptors star is one of three guards scoring at least two points per game out of the post this season. It represents 9.1 percent of his offense in total, and he ranks in the 94.3 percentile in efficiency with 1.16 points per possession. The only players scoring more points on the block than him are two wings — Carmelo Anthony and Harrison Barnes — and a group of big men including DeMarcus Cousins, Nikola Jokic and Blake Griffin.

A big reason for DeRozan’s success in the post is his size. He’s built more like a small forward than a traditional shooting guard and he has a high release point, which combine to make him a nightmare matchup for most players at his position. As you can see in the table below, he’s not afraid of shooting over defenders either. In comparison to the other top-10 scorers this season, DeRozan leads the way with 74.5 percent of his shot attempts coming within four feet of a defender. He is also surprisingly successful in those situations: 457 for 948 (48.2 percent) on the season.

It’s easy to judge Anthony, a superstar who has never won much in the NBA, but he has been one of the best scorers of the last 13 years. He displayed the capability to score from all over the court against Philadelphia.

Authentic Womens Demarcus Lawrence Jersey The Knicks would love to move Anthony. He’s getting older at 32, makes a ton of money, and doesn’t play with the best tempo anymore. With that said, he can still fill it up and lead a team to victory any given night.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer suspended after tirade, shouldering official

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was suspended one game without pay for making contact with an official during a loss to the Cavaliers Friday, the NBA announced.

Budenholzer was irate with Brian Forte with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter when he bumped into the referee. The reason for his madness? LeBron James appeared to push off the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore, dropping him to the court on his back without a whistle.
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The Hornets started the season out strong, winning seven of their first 10 games and dipping no lower than .500 as of Jan. 13. Since then, they’ve gone 4-13 with only 2.5 games separating them from a 76ers team that has been without Joel Embiid since Jan. 27. They’re lucky nobody has emerged as a legitimate contender for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they can’t afford to slip much further.

Some of their problems will be solved when Cody Zeller returns to the lineup. Zeller has the best net differential on the Hornets this season and his ability to roll hard to the basket opens up a lot for Kemba Walker in the half court, which is sort of important seeing as their offense revolves almost entirely around Walker.

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