Bruce Arians won’t play starters in Hall of Fame game because it’s just not worth it

Bruce Arians isn’t willing to risk anything for the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, and will rest his starters, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Cardinals — who didn’t know this offseason whether or not they’d get another season out of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald — don’t want to risk injury in the first preseason game of the year.

Gilmore signed a five-year, $65 million deal with the Patriots in March after five seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

Is it a big deal that he’s just a few days into his first training camp in New England and already getting into fights with teammates? Not at all. Camp fights happen all the time and Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan brushed it off as no big deal.

The Patriots will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday and Tuesday next week for joint practices before the team’s preseason opener on Thursday, Aug. 10. They’ll also have joint practices with the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions in August. There’s a good chance that more training camp fights will be on the way for the Patriots.

Rarely does a player step into the NFL and instantly become one of, if not the best player at his position. Martin has possibly been the league’s best right guard since day one of his rookie year. He hasn’t missed a game, made the Pro Bowl all three seasons, and is a key component of the Cowboys elite offensive line. Dallas already picked up his fifth-year option, and a big-time extension should be in the works over the next year or so. patriots_304-180x180

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Jaromir Jagr still wants to play, but has gotten zero calls

Limited Reshad Jones Jersey After playing in all 82 games this past season, Jaromir Jagr still believes he can contribute to an NHL team.

The 45-year-old future Hall of Famer sent out a couple of tweets Thursday wondering why none of the NHL’s 31 clubs appears interested in signing him.

Laviolette actually has been a little more expansive in his discussion of Rinne — who has a .778 save percentage through Games 1 and 2 and is winless (0-7-2) in nine career starts against the Penguins — since pulling him from Wednesday’s loss.

Laviolette: I said it a couple days ago when everybody was asking about [Mike] Fisher and [Craig] Smith. I said it then. We don’t talk about the lineup. When they ask the next day, we’re going to stay consistent with that. We don’t discuss the lineup.

Downtown Nashville has become a Predators-obsessed place to be on playoff days and nights, with watch parties outside the arena and in the Music City Walk of Fame Park across the street. Then there’s the screaming 17,000-plus fans lucky enough to be in the arena. Before playoff games begin, they are thrilled by the stream of A-list music or sports stars, including Fisher’s wife Carrie Underwood, who either sing the national anthem or wave the honorary rally towel.

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Sharks re-sign defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, goalie Martin Jones

The San Jose Sharks signed Marc-Edouard Vlasic, one of the NHL’s best defenders, to an eight-year, $56 million contract extension Saturday, as well as goalie Martin Jones to a six-year contract extension worth $5.75 million annually, according to multiple reports.
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By inking the deal, Vlasic is forgoing the opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent next summer for the first time in his 11-year NHL career, the Mercury News noted.

People are looking for a major solution to what we have going on, MacLellan said, via The Associated Press. I think part of it is they watch certain things in his game and then it shows up and they say, ‘That’s not acceptable.’ But he’s a big part of our franchise, a big part of our history. He’s been a big part of where we’re at as an organization and just to casually say, ‘Let’s trade him for what for who?’

I don’t think it makes sense from an organizational point of view. Maybe at some point if there’s a legitimate hockey deal that came available, but I don’t know that that’s where we’re at right now. I just think he’s got a history here, he’s a big part of this franchise and he’ll continue to be going forward.

Ovechkin finished his 11th year in the NHL with 33 goals during the regular season. Although it was his lowest in an 82-game season in six years, the 31-year-old veteran added five goals and three assists in 13 postseason games.

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Barack Obama once blasted Joakim Noah for shooting technique

President Barack Obama earned notoriety during his eight years in the White House for being an avid basketball fan — and for all the trash talk that comes with being one.

So who was the poor NBA player who was subjected to disses by the leader of the free world? Why, none other than Knicks center Joakim Noah.

As a matter of routine, the NBA reviews all flagrant fouls — Pachulia was assessed a flagrant foul 1 on the play — but is expected look into the totality of the incident, ESPN reported.

He hit me kind of hard, Westbrook told reporters after the game. But it’s all right. I’m gonna get his ass back. Straight up.

League disciplinarian Kiki Vandeweghe declined to comment on the incident or the league’s review of it.

I thought it was a good steal, honestly, because I had the ball in my hands, Pachulia told reporters. Officials called a foul; there’s nothing you can do. A foul is a foul. If it was a hard foul, it was a hard foul. There is nothing you can do. So you just move on. If he got hurt, that’s fine, too. It’s part of the game.
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Westbrook’s potential opportunity for revenge would be Feb. 11, when the Warriors visit the Thunder in Kevin Durant’s first game back in Oklahoma City since leaving for Golden State in free agency.
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But I felt great today watching the march in protest to how he has conducted himself, because it tells me hey, I really do live in a country where a whole lot of people care. And we have to be vigilant to make sure that, although we all hope that he does good things for our country, that we don’t get, you know, embarrassed by him, and roll back liberties that have been worked for, for so long in so many different areas. So, I think that’s enough to make somebody think I sound terrible.

Steelers sign Alejandro Villanueva to 4-year extension

Alejandro Villanueva received the offer he’s been waiting for.

The Steelers on Thursday announced they have signed the offensive tackle and Army Ranger to an undisclosed four-year contract extension. According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $24 million.

Villanueva, who wasn’t under contract because he didn’t sign his exclusive rights tender of $615,000, said he couldn’t be more proud to continue his career with a franchise that makes him feel valued both on and off the field.

“Sometimes when I walk into the locker room, Carmelo (Anthony) will start talking like a cowboy and be like, ‘You from Kaaansaas, home of James Naaaaismith,'” Baker said with a drawl. “It’s gotten more hysterical as I’ve gotten to know the guys.”

Baker’s trying to get to know the city as well despite not being near his usual wide-open spaces surrounded by wheat. He drives 45 minutes from White Plains to Madison Square Garden, trying not to get lost along the way.

“In Kansas, you base all directions on where the sun is — it’s something you just naturally do,” Baker said. “Here, sometimes you can’t see the sun because of the buildings and I’ll be like, ‘I don’t know where I am.'”

There have been other minor difficulties off the court for Baker as well.

“The first couple of times I pulled up to the MSG parking lot and told the security guard I was a player, the guy did a double time and seemed skeptical,” Baker said.

“But now when they see my Hyundai Sonata roll in, they know who it is and that business is coming.”

Despite being a walk-on at Wichita State and going undrafted in 2016, Baker has made multiple starts for the 22-29 Knicks this season. Hopefully the Knicks will let Baker stick around unlike Lin. t_rangers_014-115x115

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Jerry Krause, GM of six Bulls title teams, dies at 77

Jerry Krause, the general manager Bulls fans loved to hate but the man in charge when their team won six NBA titles, died Tuesday. He was 77.

While Lillard went off, Goran Dragic floundered. The Slovenian point guard shot a paltry 6 of 22 from the floor, missed all but one of seven 3-point attempts and logged just three assists to two turnovers in the Heat’s loss at home.

Among 76ers forward Dario Saric’s four assists against the Celtics was this no-look gem to Richaun Holmes.

Warriors (55-14) at Thunder (40-29), 8 p.m. ET, TNT — Kevin Durant will be in the building, as he’s traveling with the Warriors for the first time since he injured his knee Feb. 28, but he won’t be playing against his former mates. Still, we’re sure some OKC fans will be donning their cupcake/KowarD T-shirts.

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Divac’s first year at the helm in Sacramento was befuddling at times and disappointing throughout. But he turned that around in the wake of the poorly-handled DeMarcus Cousins deal pulled off at the trade deadline.

This is the first time the Warriors have lost four of six regular season games under Steve Kerr and they could be in for another Saturday against the Spurs. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Green will be sitting out to rest on the second half of the back to back.

There are two ways in particular Williams like to score out of the pick-and-roll

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Ball’s defense has gotten better, too, and he’ll need to show that against Fox, who struggles as a perimeter shooter (23.4 percent) but gets to the rim with ease—a skill that was on display in the first matchup, when Fox was able to attack the Bruin defense even when Ball went under screens. But scouts want to see more than scoring from Fox, who has to prove himself as a playmaker. In five postseason games, going back to the start of the SEC tournament, Fox is averaging 19.8 points on 54.8 percent shooting, but he has had only 12 total assists in those games.
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There are two ways in particular Williams like to score out of the pick-and-roll, the first being with pull-ups. Take free throws out of the equation and Williams is scoring 38.1 percent of his points this season from pull-ups, over half of which are coming from the 3-point-line. When defenders go underneath screens in an effort to keep him out of the paint, Williams won’t hesitate to light it up from deep.

The second way Williams likes to score out of the pick-and-roll is with floaters. According to NBA Savant, Williams is just one of three players this season to attempt at least 100 floaters, and he’s made 48.2 percent of those opportunities. So when he starts to get it rolling from the 3-point line, teams can’t simply counter him by running him off the perimeter.

Pacers’ Paul George frustrated with ‘dark moment’ of trade uncertainty

At one point Thursday, Paul George looked like a lock to join the Celtics.

He ultimately stayed put, maintaining his position as the Pacers’ franchise player, but Indiana may have done some damage with its star player.

All my family is in L.A. so I would be able to play in front of them. That would mean more to me, Ball said on ESPN’s Sports Nation Thursday.

Ball, who hails from Chino Hills, Calif., was the only freshman named first-team All-American after averaging 14.7 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and 7.6 assists for UCLA.

Which NBA team holds the No. 2 overall pick will be determined with the draft lottery, but the Lakers currently are in position with the third-worst record in the league. Ball would fit in well with the Lakers’ young, talented core and, despite his poor shooting motion, could have an instant impact in the league.
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He is an athletic, tough defender, and a key role player for the Wildcats if they’re to have an extended NCAA run. Adebayo’s draft range is pretty wide, anywhere from 15 or so down into the early second round. The more he looks like an NBA-quality big man in the next couple of weeks, the more likely he secures a spot in the middle of the first round.

NBA free agency: Sergio Rodriguez headed back to EuroLeague, reports say

Sergio Rodriguez’s trans-Atlantic basketball career is headed back to the EuroLeague.

The well-traveled guard, who began his NBA career in 2006 with the Trail Blazers and also had stints with the Knicks and Kings, has signed a long-term contract with CSKA Moscow, according to freelance pro basketball reporter David Pick.

NBA free-agent Sergio Rodriguez, former Euroleague MVP, agreed on long-term deal with CSKA Moscow till 2020.

According to CBS Sports, Rodriguez will step in at CSKA Moscow for Milos Teodosic, who will begin his NBA career this season with the Clippers.

He could have two statues and among today’s players is the only one who merits an argument for the NBA’s Mount Rushmore. He delivered two titles in Miami during his four seasons with the Heat, when he won two MVPs, two Finals MVPs and led Miami to four straight Finals appearances.

James also should be cast in bronze for what he did for his home-area Cavaliers, delivering their first ever title in historic fashion during his second tour of duty. At age 22 and in only his second postseason, the Akron native carried the Cavs to their first-ever Finals berth.

He highlighted his return to the Cavs in 2014 by taking the team to its second Finals, in 2015. Then he delivered on his promise to bring Northeast Ohio a pro sports title, its first since the Browns in 1964, when he led the greatest Finals comeback in history after the Cavs trailed the Warriors last June, 3-1.

James is one of only a handful of players to win four MVPs, to go along with three Finals MVPs. He is favored to make it to his seventh straight Finals this June and is fast closing in on being only the seventh player in history to score at least 30,000 points. On the dual statue issue, the only question is do they forgive him in Miami for leaving?steelers_123

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Dodgers continue record pace as playoff contenders begin shopping sprees

The deals in MLB are beginning to heat up ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, but it seems everyone is simply trying to catch up to the Dodgers.

The Diamondbacks added another bat to bolster their lineup before Tuesday’s win over the Reds by acquiring J.D. Martinez from the Tigers. But Arizona is simply playing for wild-card spot because the Dodgers are on a record pace.

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Yu Darvish, Rangers. Here’s what he said at the All-Star Game: Liking Texas and signing a deal are two different things. … It’s all business. Translation: If the Rangers struggle at all over the next two weeks, the right-hander (6-8, 3.49 ERA) will be shopped before he becomes a free agent. (Oh, and Cole Hamels could be had, too.)

Lance Lynn, Cardinals. Rarely sellers, the Cardinals are trying to make that determination, and Lynn is in the big middle of it. After a self-described dead arm resulted in his ERA ballooning from 2.69 to 3.86, Lynn (8-6) has consecutive quality starts. I said earlier this season that I would like to be here for a long time, Lynn told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That hasn’t changed. It’s a business. I know how it goes. We control what we control. If the other teams win it could change. I have control of what I do — where I throw the pitch.

Marco Estrada, Blue Jays. Team president Mark Shapiro is taking calls after a bad first half (though he says he still thinks the Jays are talented enough to contend). Estrada’s 4-6 mark and 5.17 ERA would mean a team is taking a risk, but he might benefit from a change of scenery and then walk at season’s end.