Meche here or Crow there would fill a reserve role

Meche here or Crow there would fill a reserve role, and that would be that. You might have noticed that things have changed with Kansas City. The Royals captivated our collective imagination last October and have surged to start this. Now the difficulty is not much finding a on this roster worthy of his Midsummer moment but rather winnowing down the list of worthy candidates. has been the face of the Royals William Gholston Jersey for some time now. The No. 2 overall pick the 2005 Draft shifted from the hot corner to left field, reinventing his reputation to become one of the game’s great all-around players. One of the great things about Kansas City’s postseason run is that it gave the nation at large a greater appreciation for how much has meant to this franchise and fan base. Though his.266.432 line wasn’t all that eye-catching, FanGraphs’ WAR calculation pegged as the third-most valuable player baseball last.

That’s how much the advanced Alexander Semin Jersey math appreciated ‘s defensive contributions. This year, has bounced back from offseason right wrist surgery to improve upon his 2014 offensive totals, and he remains a defensive wonder. Just the other day, he made one of his patented crashes into the wall for a terrific catch against the Reds, and his dive into the stands against the White Sox last month remains one of the highlights of the 2015. But the crazy thing about the Royals is that they could probably get by just fine with a subpar defensive option either outfield corner. It sometimes seems Cain is capable of covering all three positions simultaneously. That’s exaggeration, of course, but Cain invites exaggeration with his electric play. Again, this was one of the things you had to about last October. Here was a who didn’t even take up baseball until his sophomore year of high school, and with a series of clutch hits and incredible plays on the game’s biggest stage, he established himself as a star. This, Cain has solidified his star status. He took a.303.426 line into the week, to go with a team-high seven stolen bases. And though the metrics obviously think highly of ‘s defense, they are absolutely head over heels with Cain’s glove — much that Cain entered the week trailing only Trout FanGraphs-calculated WAR value among full-time AL outfielders. take your pick among these Royals regulars. Because defensive metrics are uncertain, I’d lean toward ‘s more potent and more established offensive profile. But one way or another, Kansas City is likely to be well represented Cincinnati this. You can vote for starters at and all 30 club sites — on computers, tablets and smartphones — until Thursday, July 2, at 11 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online. Fans also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 or 101010. Or text VOTA for a ballot Spanish.

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Detroit also host Game 4 of this series on Tuesday

Detroit also host Game 4 of this series on Tuesday. Getting a split of the first two on the road came as a relief to Detroit head coach Babcock, who saw his team go just as the guest this . We’ll take the best-of-five and go back to our building and get out of here, said Detroit head coach Babcock.

We’ll be a better hockey club. This Max Unger Jersey is a good win for our team. We’ll take a step now. The fifth-seeded Red were backed by 24 saves from Game 2 at Bridgestone Arena. Ian White, Cory Emmerton and Johan Franzen all lit the lamp for Detroit, which is the playoffs for the 21st straight . Weber and Andrei Kostitsyn scored the goals for the fourth-seeded Predators, who got just 14 saves from Pekka Rinne. I thought we played really well, said Rinne. They didn’t really get anything, they were tired, they had to defend a lot, but they did a good job defending, and we didn’t give them much offensively.

It’s obviously frustrating when the score is this way and we created a lot of chances. Weber was allowed to play Game 2 after receiving a $2 fine for slamming Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass the closing seconds of the opener. Although Weber avoided a suspension, he did have to answer for his actions Game 2 when Detroit’s Bertuzzi got Nashville’s defenseman to drop the gloves for a fight early the first period. I just thought that the incident the other night wasn’t a part of hockey, Babcock Michael Bennett Jersey said of Weber’s actions Game 1. I haven’t seen it since junior hockey, and I thought it was unacceptable. And I think sometimes when things don’t get looked after, you have to look after it yourself and I didn’t think things were looked after at all. One of the biggest issues for Nashville right now is its inability to score on the power play.

The Preds finished first the NHL power-play efficiency during the regular , but have failed to score on 12 opportunities with the advantage this series. Detroit is 2-for-10 the series on the power play after going 0-for-2 on Friday. On the injury front for Nashville, the club has played the first two without defenseman Hal Gill, who was acquired from Montreal before the trade deadline to add depth to the blue line. The 6-foot-7 Gill is questionable for today’s game with a lower-body injury. The Predators, who have only made it past the first round of the playoffs once team history, are looking for their first playoff series victory against the Red the third meeting between the clubs. The Central Division rivals also met the first round 2004 and ’08, with Detroit taking both series six.

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Two services were forced to turn back

Two services were forced to turn back after those on board had endured long delays at the French port. Another London-bound train was unable to get back to Paris due to a technical fault. Some passengers complained they had been abandoned the early hours of the morning as they waited for alternative transport.

Police had been called to Calais just before 9pm to reports of people on the tracks at the crossing, with hundreds of Cam Neely Jersey passengers stuck on carriages for hours while the trespassers were removed. Some travellers said they had seen migrants on top of other trains, and complained of their frustrations at the delays and re-routes.

One passenger on the 9055 train from Paris to London told of his anger on learning that he had to wait on alternative transport, having already been re-routed back to the French capital. tweeted: We’ve been abandoned on a platform somewhere the cold with NO INFORMATION. Eurostar apologised saying: It be possible for another train to be sent to you. We appreciate it is very late now and everyone must be very tired.

A number of passengers said they saw or were told of migrants the area. Lucy from London posted online: the trespassers are on the roof of the train front of us. Gentry said: On a Eurostar apparently ‘surrounded by migrants’. Been asked to ‘listen out for people walking on the roof’ while we wait for the police. Conor Maples wrote: Our Eurostar has been stopped outside Calais. Train manager told us there are migrants on the roof. Police are now here. Very very sad. A spokesman for Eurostar said passengers hoping to travel later this morning should expect a normal service.

But he added that two trains have been cancelled order to ensure the service is as robust as possible. The crossing at Calais has been plagued with problems all summer amid a growing migrant crisis. Many migrants are stationed at a Carl Soderberg Jersey camp near the port and on several occasions have broken into the Tunnel and climbed aboard lorries or trains attempt to get to the UK. Eurostar said it was sending empty train to Calais from London the early morning to pick up stranded passengers of the 9055 service. Traveller Mayes said he had far endured a nine-hour delay and described the operator’s apology as not good enough. He tweeted: Hungry, tired and fed-up people here. Not good, adding: children out the cold here. Disgusting. Related articles.

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Dwyane Wade adjusting to his new jersey, new team

Dwyane Wade says he first dreamed of playing for the Bulls at 9 years old, but the reality of seeing the future Hall of Famer in a Chicago Bulls jersey after 13 years in Miami is going to be an adjustment for everybody — Wade included.

“It’s really not the jersey. It’s the same material, so it feels the same,” Wade said with a smile during the Bulls’ media day on Monday.

As happy as Butler and various Bulls personnel are that Wade is in town, Wade seems happiest of all that he gets to wear the jersey he grew up dreaming about.

“1991, when the Bulls won their first championship,” Wade said of when he first envisioned being with the Bulls. “I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I can do that, I can be out there with those guys.’ I could go out in my backyard, I see the snow, it didn’t matter. I’d try to emulate the things that my favorite players were doing. At 9 years old, that’s where my vision started. Not only to play in the NBA, but to play for the Bulls.”

“This is the first time my team has gone the extra mile to really take care of me both on and off the court,” he said. “They even care about how well I sleep. They just care about me so much.”

Lin can appear shy at times, but he doesn’t hide how badly he wants to lead as a starting point guard in the NBA.

“I always wanted to be a leader,” he said. “Three months after I joined the Rockets, James Harden was on board so he became the leader. The situation with the Lakers wasn’t good either. I just didn’t have the opportunity to prove myself. But I think I have a pretty good chance this time.”

Head coach Kenny Atkinson considers Lin to be the Nets’ Eli Manning. He believes in Lin’s leadership and has asked Lin to be the commander of the Nets. Lin has responded by emphasizing some of the important goals that the Nets players need to focus on.

“Defense is really important,” Lin said. “Team chemistry is really important and this training camp is really important!”

But besides his focus on basketball, Lin is apparently enjoying city life.

“My favorite restaurant in Manhattan is a sushi restaurant. I wish I could eat there every single day, but I can’t afford it. It’s too expensive,” he said, laughing.

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Mavericks’ Deron Williams leads Grannies With Attitude to dodgeball glory

FRISCO, Texas — Deron Williams wanted his charity event to be different. Mission accomplished for the Dallas Mavericks’ point guard.

Williams loves golf, as many NBA players do, but there are dozens of charity golf tournaments every offseason. He preferred to pick a less traditional sport for a charity event, so he decided to go with dodgeball.

“It’s a big honor for him, not just him, but everybody that looked up to him,” Thomas told reporters while volunteering to help revitalize East Boston’s McKay School on Friday morning. “He’s pound for pound the best player to ever play the game, in my eyes, and, on the court, I definitely want to be just like him.”

Thomas got a chance to meet Iverson in Philadelphia last month and emerged with an autographed jersey. Posting a picture of the two together, Thomas wrote on Instagram, “There will never be another Allen Iverson but I’m for damn sure going to be the closest thing to you.”

He reaffirmed that statement Friday while reflecting on Iverson’s induction.

“He told me I’m cut from the same cloth as him,” said Thomas. “I go about my ways the same way he did, and now that he’s told me that, nobody can tell me anything. So that’s a check off my list, that he approves of my game. He’s really a fan of, not just me as a basketball player, but me as a person. And that says a lot because I followed every footstep that he took and I want to be just like him.”

Uniforms were mandatory for the teams entered in Saturday’s Deron Williams Celebrity Dodge Barrage. And Williams picked the uniforms for his team, which returning Mavs knew was potential trouble.

In case it isn’t already apparent, that means the value in Rounds 3 and 4 lies in the other positions, particularly power forward and center. So if you already drafted a pair like Cousins and Griffin, that means you are suddenly set in the frontcourt while a swarm of bigs remain available: Kevin Love (35), Marc Gasol (37), Pau Gasol (38), Andre Drummond (39), DeAndre Jordan (40), Derrick Favors (41), Rudy Gobert (44), Nikola Vucevic (45) and Nikola Jokic (47).

If you enter Round 3 without at least one of the 10 point guards ranked inside ESPN’s top 25, you’ll feel like you just got trapped heading into your third turn of tic-tac-toe. You’ll find yourself with an unbalanced roster that’s too deep up front and woefully thin in the backcourt, dependent on second-tier fantasy point guards like Reggie Jackson, Brandon Knight and/or Mike Conley to carry the load despite incomplete fantasy résumés.

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Red Sox’s Drew Pomeranz pummeled in loss to Orioles

BOSTON — Given his recent run, this was probably similar to an out-of-body experience for Drew Pomeranz.

Since coming over to the Boston Red Sox from the San Diego Padres via trade on July 15, the All-Star left-hander has been one of Boston’s most consistent arms in its second-half pennant push. Headed into Tuesday’s matchup with Baltimore, Pomeranz had surrendered three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts, artfully weaving in a sophisticated knuckle-curveball with some mid-90s heat.

But it all blew up in his face, a steady burn over the course of 45 pitches, in an elongated second inning that left the heavy-hitting Baltimore Orioles with a 5-0 lead, having done enough damage to chase Pomeranz from the game a few at-bats into the third inning. With little help from his own bats — the Red Sox were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position — Pomeranz took his third straight loss.

With Baltimore’s 6-3 win and Toronto’s loss to Tampa Bay, the Orioles moved into a tie for second place in the AL East with the Blue Jays. The teams also sit tied for the two AL wild-card spots, while Boston maintained a two-game lead for the division title.

But it isn’t as simple as it seems, in part because of sample-size issues. Garcia had a career 3.31 ERA in seven seasons before this one. That’s borderline elite. What if Reyes loses touch with the strike zone, as he has done in stretches this season, including large chunks of Tuesday’s game? He pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings after Matheny wasted little time yanking Garcia in the second inning, but Reyes walked nearly one-third of the batters he faced. Reyes was as dominant as usual but also, at times, as wild as the Cardinals feared he might be. He walked six batters and threw nearly as many balls (42) as strikes (43).

The first order of business will be determining if Garcia is healthy. His velocity has held surprisingly firm, but he has pitched more innings than in any other season since 2011, when he was 24. He acknowledged that he could be hitting a wall of either physical or mental exhaustion.

So what’s going on? The fact that Pineda and Ray show up at Nos. 1 and 2 on the list is perhaps an indicator that the game is changing, that it’s possible, in this era of strikeouts, to both strike out a lot of hitters and give up a lot of hits because of the approach of hitters. If we relied on FIP — fielding independent pitching — we might suggest that Pineda and Ray have simply been unlucky, undone by bad defense or bad luck in allowing a high batting average on balls in play. Among qualified starters, Ray has allowed the second-highest BABIP at .356 (only Collin McHugh is higher) and Pineda is fourth at .344. Except this has happened before to both pitchers. Pineda allowed a .335 BABIP last season and Ray a .317 mark.

In his seventh consecutive gem, Price dominated the power-packed Orioles for eight innings of a 12-2 throttling in which he was staked to a 5-0 first-inning lead and David Ortiz tied Mickey Mantle for 17th on the all-time home run list with 536. Price gave up only two hits, and although they were towering solo homers by Chris Davis and Manny Machado, it barely caused the ace lefty to flinch.

“Solo homers don’t beat you,” Price said, a slight smile creeping across his face, “unless you’re in San Fran and you lose 2-1.”

Saints ‘win’ standoff, but Drew Brees deserves kudos for playing ball

METAIRIE, La. — Drew Brees just led the New Orleans Saints to another big victory.

The Saints deserve congratulations because they essentially “won” their contract standoff with Brees on Wednesday.

They got exactly what they wanted by limiting his extension to just one year for a fully guaranteed $24.25 million, according to league sources. The extension takes Brees through the end of the 2018 season. The Saints got to lock up their Hall of Fame quarterback for a little while longer, but they didn’t have to commit to the 37-year-old beyond 2017.

Brees, meanwhile, deserves a ton of kudos for playing ball instead of playing hardball.

Instead of maxing out his value — which could have been enormous if he hit the open market next March — Brees left money on the table and turned this deal into a win-win.

“I plan to play for longer than two years, so yeah, I think my mindset going into this was to be able to secure a deal that would take me for as long as I plan on playing,” Brees admitted Wednesday. “But this is what was in the best interest of the team. And so that’s why it was a two-year deal [one year left on his current contract plus the extension].”

The deal is a “win” for Brees, too, for a few reasons.

First, he got fair market value for an elite quarterback — whether you want to consider it a one-year, $24.25 million extension or a two-year deal worth $44.25 million.

Brees is also betting on himself — because he is scheduled to hit the open market again in 2018, when he turns 39. (And who knows, maybe he will be ready to bail out then if the Saints don’t get things turned around).

Brees has insisted repeatedly that he plans to keep playing at a high level into his 40s. And if he keeps playing near his current level, teams will probably be just as willing to back up those money trucks two years from now.

And I’ll probably implore the Saints to re-sign him again, just as I did this offseason.

This is the Saints’ 50th year of existence — and they’ve had exactly one Hall of Fame quarterback during those five decades. They were wise not to push him out of the building.

I loved defensive end Cameron Jordan’s reaction Wednesday when he was asked if it would be hard to be in the running without Brees.

“We don’t have to worry about that, do we?” Jordan said.

“I’ve come a long way,” Goff told reporters. “I feel good with where I’m at.”

But Goff finished the preseason completing only 22-of-49 passes for 232 yards, with two touchdowns, two interceptions, two fumbles and four sacks.

The 21-year-old had two drives against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, the first ending in an interception and the second ending in a sack. His first two drives against the Kansas City Chiefs ended with a lost fumble and a near-fumble sack, but Goff showed flashes of promise in the second half, which culminated in the game-winning touchdown drive. In Week 3, against the reigning Super Bowl champion Broncos in Denver, Goff was up-and-down throughout, a handful of impressive throws sprinkled in with some errant ones. Then came Week 4, which quickly turned sour.

“He is much better now than he was before,” Fisher stressed. “He is comfortable and understands things. He has progressed, so we are a lot further along than when we started.”

That doesn’t say much about where it all began.

In his four games, Goff faced 21 third downs in which he did not hand the ball off to a running back. He converted only four of them. Five others ended in either an interception, a sack or a fumble. Often the game seemed a little bit too fast, which was perhaps to be expected for a rookie quarterback who needed to learn how to take snaps from under center and call plays from the huddle.

Perhaps Goff will one day live up to his promise, but the preseason finale was definitive proof that he is not yet ready.

Now there’s no telling when we’ll see Goff in a game again.

Goff said he will take “the good things I did and all of the stuff I can learn from” in hopes of building on his first preseason as a professional.

“Obviously there’s a lot of both. I was very happy with the growth I’ve been able to make mentally, physically, everything. Just how comfortable I feel now as opposed to the beginning of training camp. Just continue to build off of that and continue to build that confidence.”

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The world should know Carmelo Anthony is also Afro-Latino and Puerto Rican

With Team USA’s victory in the Olympics, and news that Carmelo Anthony is now the first men’s basketball player to win three gold medals, I am still holding out hope that someone (anyone) in the mainstream global sports media will acknowledge that Melo is not just a successful African-American athlete, but also a proud Afro-Latino of Puerto Rican descent.

You would think such a fact would be common knowledge, especially since news of Anthony’s boricua roots isn’t a shocking new discovery. Fans of Puerto Rican basketball have wanted Anthony to play for Puerto Rico ever since his Syracuse days. That dream is even making a comeback after Anthony’s gold medal trifecta with USA Basketball.

“We had Moses Malone, but he was here only two games,” he recalled. “He played a total of only six minutes for us and I think he had one rebound. Then he was traded off. We had Tiny Archibald too, in 1977, but he blew out his [Achilles tendon] in training camp and never played a regular-season game here. Adrian Dantley [was traded after his rookie of the year season]. … By then, Paul Snyder, the Braves’ owner, lost interest and he was just selling off assets.”

The No. 1 draft pick from 2005, Bogut has tasted, by far, the most success from an Australian standpoint: 2015 NBA champion, 2015 NBA All-Defensive second team, 2010 All-NBA third team, 2006 NBA All-Rookie first team.

Having recently been dealt from Golden State Warriors to Dallas Mavericks, Bogut will be a bigger focal point at both ends of the floor and should look to regain the form he possessed in Milwaukee.

He is the quickest Boomers star of all, although Dante Exum may challenge him when healthy, and their go-to player on the international stage. Mills has led the scoring for the Boomers at the past three Olympic Games.

His teammates love playing with him; they love his energy and the way he goes about his game.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is a hard taskmaster but even he has a soft spot for Mills. Boomers assistant coach and former NBA champion Luc Longley interestingly said during the Olympic tournament that Mills was “a first-string point guard or 2 man somewhere in the NBA, he’s just been in a very deep and talented situation in San Antonio”.

Wizards’ John Wall: Money ‘not why I play the game’

Washington Wizards star John Wall replied in a video posted online Friday to apparent critics who have voiced concerns over how he is “watching other people’s pockets and I’m not worried about basketball and getting better.”

The three men most responsible for Team USA’s surviving the absence of all the starry names that, because of injury or a mere desire for extra rest, didn’t make themselves available this summer: LeBron James, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, et al.

San Antonio signed a second Argentinean earlier this summer when they added ?swingman Patricio Garino to the roster. Garino, 23, played high school and college ball in the United States, earning second-team honors in the Atlantic 10 last season at George Washington before not being selected in the June draft.

“I was ready,” Bryant said. “This is a process that I’ve been on for 17 years, to try to figure out what comes next. What you understand as athletes, once you hang up the first passion you have to find something that you’re just as passionate about. It’s very difficult. It was difficult for me. I was born to play basketball. From the age of 4, this is all I knew. but I knew it comes to an end, so what comes next? But it took me 17 years for me to figure out what that is. It’s a lot of hard work, it’s a lot of reading. For the last three years, I was ready.”

There was one bit of basketball business to attend to. The city chose this date — Aug. 24, or 8/24 — because it represented the two jersey numbers Bryant wore during his career. So how would Bryant differentiate between the two versions of him?

“I think 24 grew to have more perspective,” Bryant said. “Eight was like a racehorse, you’ve got the blinders on, you see one thing, you’re going after it. Twenty-four, you start getting a little broad[er] perspective, you have a little more awareness.”

Which number would he chose to hang in Staples Center?

“I’ll probably flip a coin,” he said with a grin.

“When Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were playing well we were all Angelenos, united and watching greatness,” council member Jose Huizar said.

“The unforgettable moments at the buzzer inspired us to work harder on the things in our lives,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Speaking in Spanish at the conclusion of his remarks, Garcetti said Bryant represents the spirit of Los Angeles and the heart of Los Angeles.

JC Tretter named Packers’ starting center with Corey Linsley on PUP

GREEN BAY, Wis. — JC Tretter has his old job back.

Two years after he lost his job as the Green Bay Packers’ starting center because of a preseason knee injury, he was anointed as the team’s opening-day starter at the position.

The former fourth-round pick from Cornell did not play as a rookie because of an ankle injury he sustained in spring workouts. He then spent the first half of the 2014 season on the temporary injured reserve list. By the time he was activated, McCarthy felt so good about Linsley’s performance that he decided not to go back to Tretter.

Tretter admitted earlier this month that he wasn’t sure if he was just holding a place until Linsley came back.

“I think everybody comes into camp competitions, whether it’s in a true open competition, to me that doesn’t really matter because it doesn’t change what I’m going to do,” Tretter said at the time.

With two preseason games done and two more to play, let’s look at a few:

What about the pass rush?

This was the biggest question as the Cowboys left for Oxnard, and it remains so as they practice in Frisco. They do appear more stout at defensive tackle with the addition of Cedric Thornton and the health of Terrell McClain, playing alongside Tyrone Crawford. Jack Crawford has also shown the ability to rush from the interior. At defensive end, David Irving was making a push to be the starter on the left side, but he has been slowed by a groin injury. Benson Mayowa has yet to play in the preseason and has only a handful of practices under his belt because of June knee surgery. Ryan Russell, in his second season, has been given plenty of snaps but has not produced. Charles Tapper, a fourth-round pick, has missed the past two-plus weeks with a low-back strain, affecting his chances of making an impact. If there was one thing notable about the Cowboys’ time in Oxnard, it was their aggressiveness with the blitz. It’s not in Rod Marinelli’s DNA, but he might have to do more of it.

And the backup QB is …

If you said Dak Prescott at the start of training camp, then congratulations. But it’s like answering “C” for every question on a multiple-choice test — eventually you’ll be right. When Kellen Moore broke his fibula Aug. 2, the Cowboys went into search mode but were rebuffed by Nick Foles and backed off on a potential deal for Josh McCown. Since then, Prescott has performed remarkably well. After two of his poorer practices in Oxnard, he accounted for four touchdowns last Friday against Miami. The Cowboys profess they are still analyzing the position, but think about this: They went 1-11 with Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Moore last season in Romo’s absence. Would a rookie backup do worse?