Johnson and controlling Lakers owner Jeanie Buss later met with Joe Robbins and his family courtside during the game.

Elite Youth Terrell Davis Jersey Robbins’ 20-year-old son, Quinton, was one of the 58 people killed when Stephen Paddock fired hundreds of bullets from a 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into a crowd of 22,000 people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas strip, injuring another 489 people.

They helped 12-year-old Quade Robbins smile again. Joe Robbins had planned to bring his sons, Quinton and Quade, to the preseason game for Quade’s birthday. The Lakers invited the Robbins family, Quinton’s girlfriend and his friends to sit courtside a few seats away from Johnson and then brought them into the locker room to meet head coach Luke Walton and the players.

Yankees: Severino got only one out in the wild-card game against Minnesota last Tuesday, but New York’s lineup and bullpen bailed him out.

Tommy Kahnle relieved a wild Dellin Betances in the eighth and got six straight outs — five on strikeouts — for his first save of the season as New York improved to 3-0 when facing playoff elimination this year.

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A rainy day in the Big Apple prevented both teams from taking batting practice on the field. But the tarp was pulled and play started right on time, with fans in hooded ponchos bunched below the overhangs seeking cover from a heavy drizzle.

Showers dissipated in the bottom of the first, though a few puddles remained on the slick warning track all night.

Murray meshes well flitting around him.

The architecture of a not-terrible defense is here. Being not terrible — something like 22nd in points allowed per possession — should be enough to bust their four-year playoff drought, provided they settle in as a top-five offense.

The point guard spot is a question mark, but Jokic effectively runs the offense.

Most league insiders have the Wolves above this jumble. Some internal team projections around the league spit out 50 wins and a top-four seed.

Just a few minutes with Roberts is all you need to know he was raised well. He is friendly, communicative and considerate. He’s about you as much as he is about himself.

“He’s probably the best human being I’ve ever met,” says his friend and reserve first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Or, as Rich Aurilia, his former Giant teammate and current partner in Red Stitch Wines, says, “If you don’t like Dave Roberts, you’d better go look in the mirror.”

Growing up in a military family taught him manners and discipline; living in an interracial household broadened his worldview. And his parents encouraged him to make his own choices.

Roberts made two important ones at Rancho Buena Vista High. That’s where he started courting Tricia. “I used to waitress at a restaurant,” she says, “and Dave would come in to eat so that we could spend some time together. He’d save his money so that he could leave me a big tip.”

ESPN agrees to TV rights deal with FIBA into 2021

ESPN and FIBA have announced a multiyear agreement that includes the right to distribute events across ESPN’s platforms through September 2021.

ESPN is excited to continue our partnership with FIBA as the popularity of international basketball continues to ascend, said Burke Magnus, executive vice president, programming and scheduling. This is our largest deal to date with FIBA, which will expand our year-round basketball presence exponentially.

The two companies on Tuesday said Rakuten will offer the NBA’s premium live game subscription service exclusively to Rakuten’s members through, the NBA app and for purchase through Rakuten TV, the company’s video-on-demand service.

Rakuten is one of the world’s most innovative companies and an ideal partner for the NBA, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.
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Rakuten Viber, the company’s instant messaging platform, will be an official platform for the NBA, giving access to league content to more than 900 million users, Rakuten said.

Last month, the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and Rakuten announced a partnership to include the Rakuten logo on all Warriors jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 NBA season.
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It’s late August and Horford has taken his wife, Amelia, and their two young children, Ean and Alia, to SunTrust Park to catch an Atlanta Braves game.

He never texts me so I was like, ‘OK, something is up.’ I’ll never forget that moment.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that so many of our perimeter guys had the best years of their career last year, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. I think Al, the way he plays, how unselfish he is, his experience … he’s the kind of guy who has the reputation around the league that guys want to play with him.

NFL Draft scouting: Pro scouts following Big Ten matchups this week, flocked to Louisville-NC State

There are several marquee matchups as well as some big-name teams hitting the road this week in college football. Week 6 of the college football season will be an exciting one and NFL teams will take note.

Bradford was back on the practice field on Friday for the second time in a row throwing passes and showing good mobility.

It was night and day in how my knee felt, Bradford said. I feel much better on it, I feel much more comfortable moving around. In that regard, I think my mobility has definitely improved.

I don’t want to be known just as being the Aussie, Walker told during Capitals training camp.
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But I do realize that it is a big deal for Australian hockey.

Ivan Rodriguez Elite Jersey Walker, a 5-foot-9, 186-pound left wing, was first drawn to hockey by watching The Mighty Ducks. He began playing hockey in Australia but moved to the Czech Republic for junior hockey.

Walker has represented Australia in several international competitions, including the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division II tournament and the 2012 World Championship Division 1 Group B tournament.

In 202 career games with the Capitals’ AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, Walker has tallied 34 goals and 45 assists.

In fact, the conversation between Chayka and Sullivan — whom Arizona promoted to assistant GM this summer from his previous role as director of player development — in the press box that night in L.A., occasionally sounded like an echo chamber. A slash by rookie Coyotes forward Christian Fischer elicited a You can’t do that! exclamation from Chayka, which was echoed almost immediately by Sullivan, who then noted, … but it’s so natural to do it.

Fantasy football injury outlooks: Will Bradford play?

Injury concerns regarding players heading into the Sunday and Monday games can be critical. Each Saturday, this entry will be dedicated to those who appear on the official weekly NFL game status injury report and how their status may impact fantasy teams.

Hau’oli Kikaha Limited Jersey For those who may be new to this blog: Injury reports provide some insight to a player’s status. The NFL requires teams to submit practice injury reports several times a week, identifying the body part that is involved in the injury. This year, there has been a change in the language of injury reporting, per the league office. The most notable change is the removal of the probable designation. For more detailed information on the changes and what they mean, click here.
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Will Fuller has been a pleasant surprise for the Texans in his return from a broken collarbone. Fuller only had two catches on Sunday against the Chiefs, but both were touchdowns, including a 48-yard pass from rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson in the fourth quarter. Fuller now has four touchdowns in two games.

Colts receiver Donte Moncrief must not realize this is a contract year for him. The fourth-year receiver has the talent to be the team’s best all-around receiver, but he’s failed to live up to those expectations this season. Moncrief only has eight receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown through the first five weeks of the season. He began the year as the Colts’ No. 2 receiver behind T.Y. Hilton, but you can say he’s been passed by Kamar Aiken on the depth chart. The drop off by Moncrief comes a season after he had a team-high seven touchdown receptions in just seven games in 2016.

The biggest challenge for Manuel might be having enough weapons on offense.

It don’t matter what you say, it don’t matter what you do. I, I, I got a thing about you. Mariota is a thrilling young player and leader — the kind of quarterback around whom teams like to build their future. But he’s also hurt. Again. He missed four games in his rookie season, one at the end of last year and could miss this week with a hamstring injury. As noted above, guys like Matthew Stafford were injury question marks early in their careers who turned into iron men in short order. Mariota could do the same. Until and unless he shows an ability to stay healthy, the confidence meter stays here in the middle, while everyone sings songs in their heads about how great he still could be. Matt Cassel will start in Mariota’s place if he can’t go, and Cassel is 36-44 in his career as a starter.

Since being taken by the Buffalo Bills with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Manuel has appeared in 29 NFL games, including 17 starts. He showed some promise running the offense when he entered the game Sunday against Denver, going 11 of 17 for 106 yards and an interception.

Manuel played previously against the Ravens as a starter for Buffalo in 2013. He completed 10 of 22 pass attempts for 167 yards and an interception in the Bills’ 23-20 victory.

Derek Carr is Derek Carr. He has definitely come into his own, but EJ Manuel has also been an NFL quarterback, and I think the last time we played him, they beat us, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. Say what you want, but they beat us. I think they are still going to try to win the game. It is going to be two teams coming off losses, and both teams are itching for a win.


Contrarian NFL betting strategy for Week 5

After another wild week of upsets, contrarian teams covering and a mind-boggling bad beat, the NFL is looking more and more like an even playing field than a top-heavy league without parity.

What has gone right: Despite playing with an injured right shoulder, Jordan Howard has formed a quality running back duo with rookie Tarik Cohen. The defense has allowed less yards each game after Atlanta’s 370-yard showing in Week 1.

What has gone wrong: There’s no doubt the injuries that forced offensive line juggling and the decimated the wide receiving corps are contributing to the offensive struggles. But quarterback Mike Glennon has done nothing to validate the $18 million salary he’s earning in 2017.

What’s next: The inevitable change from Glennon to rookie Mitch Trubisky happened sooner than expected. Bears head coach John Fox made the change ahead of next Monday night’s home game against Minnesota.

What has gone right: The Jaguars lead the NFL in sacks with 18 as defensive lineman Calais Campbell (4.5) has made a huge impact. While far from proving himself as a franchise quarterback, Blake Bortles is performing much better than he did during a dismal preseason.

What has gone wrong: Jacksonville has won two of its first four games for the first time since 2010. But the Jaguars have proven incapable of building upon success so far, losing the following week after blowout wins over Houston and Baltimore. Top wide receiver (and pending free agent) Anthony Fasano Womens Jersey Allen Robinson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener.

What’s next: The next two games against the Steelers and Rams should provide Matt Barkley Jersey a better gage of whether the Jaguars are a bona fide threat heading into the midway point of the season.

Jets players ‘pissed off’ by Marshawn Lynch’s dance moves

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In case you were wondering if Marshawn Lynch is enjoying his return to the NFL with the Raiders, his dance moves during Oakland’s blowout win over the Jets on Sunday should provide the answer.

While Beast Mode’s apparent joy may bring a smile to the face of NFL fans, it didn’t sit well with Jets players who were on the wrong end of a 45-20 beating.

That irks my ever-living nerves, Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins said after the game (via the New York Daily News). I was out on the field on kickoff return, and I saw that happen, and it just was infuriating. I wanted them to kick the ball short so we could go out and get some more contact because that pisses me off. … That was embarrassing, losing like that, and to have Marshawn dancing like that, a good player, but seeing that happen, that’s infuriating for the whole team. It should infuriate everybody.

It’s just one of those things, when you have a lot of guys in tight quarters and something contagious hits, head coach Dirk Koetter said Friday. This isn’t the first time or the last time something like this [happens]. We have to take certain precautions, and it is what it is. We’ve just got to deal with it.
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Starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander has already been ruled out due to the hamstring injury he suffered last week against the Chicago Bears. Rookie Kendell Beckwith, who started at the strongside linebacker position last week before moving over to the middle, is expected to assume that role again.

Clinton McDonald will step into Baker’s role rather than splitting snaps like they did last week. McDonald started 31 games alongside Gerald McCoy the past three years and played 24 snaps last week.

Cam Newton brought the dab back after declaring it dead.

If Cousins can’t snap out of this early slump, it throws a wrench in that plan and casts a pall over what looked like a rare free agent quarterback opportunity. Washington may save money over the long term by locking him down but could be stuck with a lemon. San Francisco may have to head back to the drawing board with C.J. Beathard — a man who threw for fewer than 150 yards per game as a senior at Iowa — as its passer of the future.

Panic index: Low. Cousins was bad to start 2016, throwing a pair of interceptions in a 19-10 loss to the Giants last fall. He rebounded for a 4,900-yard, 25-touchdown season that forced Washington to lock him down for one more franchise-tagged season.

Lenny Dykstra Game Jersey Trufant stood out on a young defense that harassed Rodgers all night long. His interception put Atlanta in a position to extend its lead to 24-7 just before the half.

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When play resumed in the third quarter, it took Trufant less than a minute to make another game-changing play. Rodgers threw a backward pass, and Trufant picked it up and ran it into the end zone, giving the Falcons a 31-7 advantage.

Rodgers threw just seven picks through all of last season. But Trufant did exactly what he’s coached to do, and it worked.

The pass was intended for Geronimo Allison, who was just added to the Packers’ active roster this week after serving a one-game suspension. Rodgers let it fly, and whether there was a miscommunication or it was overthrown, Allison was not where he needed to be to make this play.

Trufant was. He tracked the ball right into his hands.

Marshawn Lynch dancing was the best moment from his 1st home game as a Raider

Sunday was Marshawn Lynch’s first home game as an Oakland Raider. He ended up with 12 rushes for 45 yards and a touchdown — and as SB Nation’s Harry Lyles points out, he did all the things that made us fall in love with “Beast Mode” during his time in Seattle.

Including this moment from Sunday’s game, where Lynch took a minute to get hype early in the fourth quarter while the Raiders enjoyed a comfortable lead.

I mean, just look at him.

Elliott was able to remain with the Cowboys and practice until the regular season begins. He was also permitted to play in preseason games.

On Friday, Sept. 8, Judge Amos Mazzant, a federal court judge in Texas, ruled on a motion for a temporary restraining order or an injunction to block Elliott’s suspension until Elliott’s lawsuit against the NFL is completed. Mazzant ruled in Elliott’s favor and issued the injunction.

Mazzant said that he issued the injunction because this is not a matter of guilt or innocent, but whether or not the disciplinary process was applied properly.

“The Court finds, based upon the injunction standard, that Elliott was denied a fundamentally fair hearing by Henderson’s refusal to allow Thompson and Goodell to testify at the arbitration hearing,” Mazzant said in the ruling.

Flash forward to September 17. The Ravens have just finished beating the Browns 24-10. Mizzell is on the Bears and Allen just capped off a breakout performance.

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