Shohei Ohtani shows on rainy Arizona day why he’s a ray of hope for Angels

Ohtani’s words will matter, but so will his bat. In Japan, teams throw batting practice from the mound. In the majors, the pitcher throws BP in front of the mound. So that took him a minute to adjust to Wednesday, though it didn’t stop him from spraying line drives around the field. Ohtani also sent a couple pitches over the fence, to right field and right-center.

Contrary to popular belief, Moneyball wasn’t about on-base percentage. It was about taking advantage of an underpriced commodity, which Billy Beane happened to identify as the ability to get on base. The analogous asset in today’s fantasy baseball game is high-strikeout middle relievers. This extends beyond saves or holds (if your league rewards those outings). Middle relievers can be staff-savers in almost every format.

In weekly rotisserie formats, the difference between a top reliever throwing three stanzas per week and a back-end starter who fails to last five frames is shrinking — if it hasn’t already flipped towards the reliever.

We’ll tell him, it’s not something we try to hide or try to fake it, we try to be really, really honest with him. We want him to trust us so we tell him when things are going to hurt or the medicine is going to taste bad.

They decided to release the 29-year-old receiver on Wednesday right before the new league year began.

Baltimore could also scour the free agent market to bolster its receiving corps. So far they’ve added John Brown and Ryan Grant this offseason. The Ravens could also address this need in the upcoming draft.

What’s next for Maclin? Maclin could still be a serviceable player. But he isn’t going to receive a lucrative contract this offseason. At best, a Super Bowl contender could offer him a one-year or two-year deal. If Maclin can go to a team where he doesn’t have to shoulder the receiving load, he could be a solid complementary piece.

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Red Sox’ David Price attempts to clear air before spring training

David Price wants to move on from his problems last season, both on the field and with the media.
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I could’ve handled it better last year, absolutely. But I didn’t, and I’ve moved on, Price told reporters at the Red Sox spring training facility Tuesday, via ESPN. I feel like I’ve always been one to lead with my actions, and I didn’t do that very well last year.

The 26-year-old Foltynewicz went 10-13 with a 4.79 ERA in 29 games in 2017. But he showed incredible Paul Martin Authentic Jersey potential in midseason, going 9-1 with a 3.56 ERA in 14 starts from May 12 through July 25 before slumping in his last nine starts.

The former LSU star never lived up to his draft status (sixth overall in 2012) and the Cowboys let him walk as a free agent.

Looking for a starting corner to replace Darrelle Revis, the Jets took a chance, signing Claiborne to a one-year, $5 million contract.

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Before the trades, Cleveland was $113 million under the salary cap and the team figures to remain busy next week,But after an historic losing season, the wins don’t feel as far away,Seahawks release Sherman,The Seahawks cut ties with star cornerback Richard Sherman, who became one of the NFL’s premier cornerbacks during his seven seasons with the team,The team informed Sherman early in the day he would be released, and he confirmed the decision in a text message to The Associated Press.

The Padres declined to comment on the situation, but, according to the Union-Tribune, felt it was best for Torres not to be in camp.

According to the probable cause statement contained in the court report the Union-Tribune cited, Torres is accused of knocking a door off its hinges, punching a hole in another door and pointing a semiautomatic handgun at the alleged victim.

Do the Browns suddenly matter in fantasy?

Are the Cleveland Browns, dare I say Johnthan Banks Jersey it, good? Well, that’s a conversation for another day, but there’s no doubt that Cleveland’s recent acquisitions have made the franchise more fantasy relevant than it has been in a long time.
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The latest of those transactions was Friday’s barrage of trades, which brought both Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry to town.

By making this trade, the Dolphins lock in a better fourth-round pick, get that selection a year earlier than they would through the comp market and can make moves in free agency without having to worry about impacting the compensatory formula. They still have to clear out more space — the Dolphins are $3 million over the cap even after trading away Landry — but this is a nifty sign-and-trade maneuver for a guy who wasn’t going to be on the Dolphins roster in 2018.

Limited Mens Trea Turner Jersey The third move of the bunch is my favorite for the Browns, although it comes with the most risk. It was only a year ago that Cleveland used the 52nd pick of the draft on Kizer, but Jackson’s bungling mismanagement of the former Notre Dame starter left Kizer entirely bereft of confidence. Few rookie quarterbacks are lame-duck starters by November of their debut seasons, but that was quite clearly the case with Kizer. As a backup behind Taylor and perhaps the No. 3 passer if the Browns draft someone this year, Kizer’s value wasn’t about to go up anytime soon.

While the Dolphins could make the move as early as Monday, it likely will happen Wednesday, sources said.

Suh might have hinted at the upcoming move when he tweeted a video Monday morning in which he said There will be some exciting things going on.

The Dolphins are moving on from Suh and Timmons as they continue their attempt at a culture change — a plan that already led to the trades of wide receiver Jarvis Landry last week and running back Jay Ajayi in October.

Suh’s release also will take a large contract off Miami’s books. Suh carried a salary-cap number of $26.1 million for the 2018 season, including a base salary of $16.985 million.

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Five teams that should call Hornets about trade for Kemba Walker

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Mitchell has been at his best as the primary ball handler for the Jazz, but Walker could space the floor for him better than Ricky Rubio can and take some of the playmaking burden off him. It would help Mitchell be a more efficient player, both now and in the future.
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While it probably wouldn’t be enough for the Jazz to make a playoff push this season, a core of Walker, Mitchell and Rudy Gobert 锟斤拷 plus Nicolas Batum or Marvin Williams? 锟斤拷 would set them up nicely to bounce back next season. The question: can the Jazz put together a package the Hornets are looking for based on the players they currently have on the roster?

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I think the way we all view the role of a defenseman is evolving. A shutdown defender who blocks a lot of shots and plays a physical game still has value, but the way that player impacts the game pales in comparison to defenders with skill, who move the puck and who are able to help their team keep the puck out of their own zone.

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So I’m going to go in the complete opposite direction. I’d like to see a defenseman scoring title. Call it the Bobby Orr Trophy. There would absolutely be years where a player wins both, just as there are plenty of Art Ross-Hart Trophy combos. But the existence of an official scoring title for defensemen could motivate the PHWA voter base to take a closer look at what makes a great all-around defenseman, which I think is already happening more regularly, just as Selke Trophy voting is evolving, as Greg mentioned. You have to consider all of the ways a defenseman impacts the game.

Russell Westbrook says Paul George should be All-Star, throws shade at Kevin Durant

Russell Westbrook stuck up for his teammate after the All-Star reserves were announced Tuesday, saying Paul George is a top-two player at his position.

Either Westbrook thinks George is better than LeBron James at small forward or he’s taking another subtle jab at former teammate Kevin Durant. Based on his comments after the Thunder’s 109-108 win over Brooklyn on Tuesday, it is the latter.

Varlamov stopped 25 shots as the Avalanche lost their second straight in overtime, but earned a point to pull even with the idle Los Angeles Kings, who are in the second Western Conference wild-card spot.

Coach Jared Bednar was disappointed his team didn’t buckle down in overtime for a chance to leapfrog Los Angeles.

“Wish we had two (points),” Bednar said. “I didn’t think we played a complete game tonight.

“And then, not happy with the overtime goal at all. We made a mistake on that easy coverage and we let a guy get in behind us, and it cost us the second point.”

Jordan, 29, averaging 11.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game, would instantly help Portland’s frontcourt gain an edge. Jordan has missed L.A.’s last four games with an ankle injury, but he’s expected to soon rejoin the team.

Clippers guard Lou Williams has also been linked with a move out of Los Angeles before the Feb. 8 deadline, with the Cavaliers expressing interest in the streaky guard.

With a long playoff run looking unlikely, the Clippers could decide to sell and build for the future.

Love was traded from the Timberwolves to the Cavs in 2014 after James announced he planned to return to Cleveland that summer. After averaging a career-high 26.1 points per game in his final season with the Wolves, he accepted a tertiary role behind James and Kyrie Irving. He has dealt with all the nonsense that comes with being the third wheel on a LeBron-led team. (That fit out/fit in episode with James happened nearly three years ago. Time flies!)

Dwyane Wade receives warm welcome back in return to Heat

The leader in almost every major statistical category in Miami Heat history made his return to the team that drafted him.
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Dwyane Wade was back in a Heat jersey Friday for the first time since the 2015-16 season, just one day after being traded from the Cavaliers for a second-round pick.

Back in his old No. 3 and rocking the team’s new NBA City jersey, Wade came off of the bench and checked into the ball game halfway through the first quarter to a standing ovation from the American Airlines Arena crowd.

Late last October at Gillette Stadium, 12-year-old Jack Hoffman and his parents, Andy and Brianna, found themselves as guests on the New England Patriots’ sideline before kickoff against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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We’re pretty big Rex Burkhead fans, Brianna said. We were there to see Rex.

For good reason. Five years ago this spring, a friendship between Burkhead, then a Nebraska running back, and Jack led to a moment at the Cornhuskers’ Red-White game that made the youngster an overnight celebrity. His 69-yard touchdown run electrified Memorial Stadium and brought awareness nationally to pediatric brain cancer, with which Jack was diagnosed in May 2011 at age 5.

I was down courtside, we had a timeout and all our guys walked to the bench, and I glanced over and I [saw] Dr. J [Julius Erving], I [saw] Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], I [saw] Bill Russell and I [saw] Jerry West, and I just thanked them, I thanked them, and the Big O [Oscar Robertson] is not here and I thank him, too.
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Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Fantasy managers thank the tankers

A game that the NBA would absolutely not want you to call a tank-fest happened last night, with the 18-44 Phoenix Suns tipping off against the 18-41 Memphis Grizzlies. It was only the sixth time in NBA history where both teams entered on a double-digit losing streak, with both teams riding 10-game slides. Let’s just say that, for most of the world, this was the exact opposite of a must-see game.
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Ball pushed the pace, disrupted the Miami passing lanes, and even hit the glass and kept possessions alive, such as when he tapped a Lakers miss away from Heat rebounders on a play that resulted with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hitting a 3. On another play, he passed up a potential open shot by delivering a touch pass back out to the perimeter to an open Brook Lopez for a 3 when a defender was scrambling toward Ball.

It’s contagious how he plays, said Randle, who made 8 of 12 shots. Everybody gets the ball, he’s always looking to make plays for other guys, it’s contagious.

With Randle, Thomas and Brandon Ingram (19 points) all scoring, Ball was a happy point guard trying to feed all his scorers. The Lakers shot 59.5 percent from the field and hit 16 of 29 (55.2 percent) 3-pointers.

I think generally how unifying it’s been with the conversation around how sports are mingling in with, not just with politics, but just change and society, Curry said Wednesday. Everybody has a voice, and I think when you come to the arena tonight, you’ll see people from all walks of life, all different backgrounds enjoying entertainment and sports on the court. It brings people together, and I think that’s kind of how it manifested itself with this whole conversation.

Rhetoric and hate and general disdain from the top, trying to be divisive, had the opposite reaction that I think it intended. We’ve done our part to try to further that message. I think guys around the league understand the power of their voice and having Womens Earl Mitchell Jersey each other’s back, and like we say, just spread love and positivity. That’s been the biggest thing that I’ve noticed in the last year, and that’s healthy, and that’s what we’re all trying to accomplish.

The Warriors toured the museum for three hours with kids from Seat Pleasant, Maryland, the hometown of Kevin Durant. It was Durant’s first visit to the museum. He said, I went in there just like one of those kids, trying to learn and happy to be there.

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One possibility Winston broached was NFL schedule-makers providing a longer runway for teams in preparation for Thursday night games. Potential options include scheduling a team’s bye week before playing on Thursday night or adding a second bye with expansion to an 18-week regular-season slate.

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The Mavericks issued a statement saying they are investigating, and the NBA says it has been informed. The team also said it fired website reporter Earl K. Sneed for misleading the team about a domestic violence incident.

If you see a guy struggling with the double move, the stop and go, with the ball going over his head for big plays, well, they see it, too, Eagles secondary coach Cory Undlin said. You’re going against some great athletes at receiver, some freaks of nature, and you are very exposed. But if you are playing in the Super Bowl, that means that at some time in the season you had to pick yourself up as a defensive back. You got beat and you got up. There is no substitute for experience at the position and not all of the experience is a happy experience. You can’t be fragile and play in an NFL secondary. You’ve got to know how to deal.

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore calls it letting go and not allowing negativity to build.
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Jeffery this season caught 52 passes for 732 yards and averaged 14.1 yards per catch.

He caught eight touchdown passes. Cooks grabbed 65 for 1,082 for a 16.6 average. He caught seven touchdown passes.

Jeffery, in his sixth NFL season, displays all of the nuances of a dynamic receiver.

”I thought I would be a Chicago Bear for life,” Jeffery said. “But I’ve fallen in love with Philly. I feel my destiny is here and we can build our own dynasty here. I feel like I am one part of this offense and that my job is to help us win championships. That means making adjustments and staying on point.”

I chronicled some of the most infamous cases of the curse striking last year:

Just a few months after the game was released, he suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs against the Falconson the first play from scrimmage. This caused him to miss the next two seasons after he developed Avascular Necrosis, which is the same condition that forced Bo Jackson to retire.

Coming off a 1,000-yard season, Levens appeared on Madden 99 and had one of the worst seasons in his career, playing in just five games and rushing for 224 yards.

The previous season, the Vikings had gone 11-5. That fortune was reversed in the year of Culpepper’s Maddenfame, with the Vikings finishing 5-11, and Culpepper missing the last five games of the season. After passing for nearly 4,000 yards the year before, Culpepper had just 2,612.

An appearance by holographic Prince would be an ode to the musician’s legacy, as well as a tip of the hat to Minneapolis, where the game is being played. A Minnesota native and die-hard Vikings fan, Prince’s memory will live on — but not be honored through a hologram. On Saturday night long-time Prince associate and friend Sheila E denied the report:

Can Houston keep the No. 1 seed away from Golden State? Is Utah’s 11-game run for real? Kevin Arnovitz takes the temperature of all 30 teams as the season approaches the playoff push.

Golden State resumed practice on Tuesday, but as a courtesy gesture, the four All-Stars didn’t have to rejoin the team until Wednesday, a day before they host the LA Clippers. No other team had four All-Stars, and the Warriors are the first team in NBA history to have four All-Stars in consecutive years.

Unlike Curry, Kevin Durant kept his weekend primarily to business meetings. A source close to Durant said his decreased participation was purposeful now that he is 11 years in and has grown out of most of the events associated with All-Star Weekend.49ers_009

Here’s a look back at times the franchise has tortured its fans by coming agonizingly close to the NFL’s top prize only to fall short.

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Since the Super Bowl debuted in 1967, Philadelphia has qualified for the postseason 21 times but only advanced to the finale three times. In both prior trips, the Eagles left without the Lombardi Trophy.

Luckily for them, they finally know what it’s like to come out on top.:

If what’s happening on the field isn’t quite enough to draw your attention, putting some money down on the action could make things a bit more interesting. Setting up a Super Bowl squares game is one way to stay involved in the matchup and may help keep the interest up for friends and/or guests who might not be as into football as the rest of us.
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Golden State led 104-93 on David West’s two free throws with 11:31 to play before a 9-0 Clippers run cut it to two.
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Curry let it fly from nearly halfcourt to end the first quarter, both his furthest 3 of the season and first as time expired. Those have been his signature shots in recent seasons, so the sellout crowd went crazy.

The two-time NBA MVP made another 3 just before halftime, then Los Angeles’ Danilo Gallinari drained a 47-footer at the buzzer to get the Clippers within 70-58 at the break.

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The Panthers (26-25-6) have dropped back-to-back games after opening their five-game road trip with three straight wins. Florida entered the night six points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Florida threatened in the third with Luongo pulled for an extra attacker, but Andersen managed to thwart the Panthers’ best chance — a point shot from Keith Yandle with 23 seconds remaining.