NBA playoffs 2017: Kyrie Irving picks self, Cavaliers back up in moment of adversity

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving fell hard to the floor late in the third quarter of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics on Tuesday.

Irving stepped on Terry Rozier’s foot, then landed awkwardly after a layup with 1:47 remaining in the period. That induced the usual quick-trigger panic from Quicken Loans Arena. With trainers surrounding him, Irving could have gone to the sideline and had that left foot checked out. Instead, he simply got up and walked to the other end of the court. That induced the usual quick-trigger applause.

“I’ve twisted my ankle so many times,” Irving said. “You have two choices. You can either dwell on the sorrows of twisting your ankle or you can capture the moment.”

“LeBron needs to quit embracing his victimhood because he’s not a victim and it’s a terrible message for black people,” said Whitlock.

Whitlock says the real impact of racism is felt among the poor.

“When they graffiti your name in Compton or one of these poor communities in Los Angeles, it’s a death threat and there is some family safety concerns. But when your family is in Cleveland and you live in a $20 million estate — unless O.J. got paroled this week, there ain’t a whole lot going down in Brentwood.”

Whitlock finished his thoughts by saying the hardest thing to be in America is poor.

“This message that we are constantly pumping out to young black people that we’re Cheap Jerseys Kids NFL just victims and oh my God the worst thing in the world is to be black in America, is just not true. The Cheap Jerseys Make Your Own worst thing to be in America and anywhere on the planet is poor. Go do the numbers, go do the stats. If you’re poor, regardless of color, you’re catching hell in America and on this planet,” said Whitlock.

Will Dodgers, Marlins feud carry over to Saturday?

The benches cleared in the ninth inning Friday night in Los Angeles after Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling threw a pitch behind Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton.

In the middle of the scrum, Marlins manager Don Mattingly and Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren could be seen heatedly arguing, possibly about that pitch, or the fact Miami reliever A.J. Ramos had hit outfielder Brett Eibner with a pitch in the eighth inning. Or both.

The incident led to the ejection of Stripling, Mattingly and Geren. After the Dodgers finished out a 7-2 win, everyone wondered the obvious: Will the bad blood between the two teams carry over into the rest of the weekend series?

Who knows? You never know what happens, Mattingly told reporters, via MLB.com. It should be something that’s over. I don’t see it really carrying over or there being any reason. They got hit, they throw a ball behind Stanton, they swing 3-0, whatever they do, whatever happens at that point, just move on.

But when reaching to grab the base, his left thumb became lodged against the bag. Trout immediately shook his left hand and did remain in the game before being replaced in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler told reporters Monday that surgery is an option for Trout, who heads to the disabled list for the first time in his career. Should the Angels elect for surgery, the timetable for a return to the lineup is 5-8 weeks but he could be back sooner.

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’False alarm’ disrupts Pirates-Braves at SunTrust Park

SunTrust Park’s Twitter account posted an apology later in a game won by the Braves, 6-5, that also experienced a three-hour rain delay and didn’t end until just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, some 6 hours, 15 minutes after the first pitch.

An apparent altercation involving fans in one of the ballpark restaurants caused a malfunction that resulted in the alarm sounding, The Associated Press reported.

One fan told the Journal-Constitution that in a time of heightened awareness at entertainment and athletic venues, the incident caused some anxiety.

The Cobb County Police Department released a statement, saying in part there was never a security issue or an evacuation of the park.

Masahiro Tanaka is the Yankees’ friendly neighborhood starting pitcher.

Per Newsday’s Erik Boland, Yankees manager Joe Girardi says the team is avoiding giving the struggling Tanaka any kind of medical scans for fear of ’ are you ready for this? ’ turning him into a superhero.

You just don’t scan people, Girardi said prior to Wednesday’s home game vs. the Royals. You just don’t light them up inside. We don’t want to turn him into Spider-Man or Superman or something like that. Radiation is something you have to deal with, so, no, you just don’t scan people to scan them. We have to do that in the airport and none of us like it.

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Braves retaliate against Jose Bautista, then immediately pay for it

The Dodgers have gone with college players for five of their past seven first-rounders, but they’ve hit prep gold in the past with Corey Seager (2012) and Clayton Kershaw (2006). They could go with Bubba Thompson, but if Warmoth is still here, the college hitter with a good glove might be too much to resist.

He’s an outstanding college bat who could play first or corner infield. The past two college bats they’ve taken: Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. Not too shabby.

Thompson is a prep star in both football — he received SEC scholarship offers as a quarterback — and baseball, and he’s committee to Alabama to play baseball. But the Nationals, or whatever team winds up taking him in the first round, should be able to convince him to take the professional route this summer.

The Braves got their pound of flesh against Jose Bautista in the first inning Thursday. So not worth it, Atlanta.

Braves starter Julio Teheran hit the Blue Jays’ Bautista in the left thigh with a fastball, a response to Bautista flipping his bat after hitting a home run Wednesday night. Unwritten rules followed to the invisible letter.

At that point, it was on Teheran to make sure the Jays didn’t score. He failed.

Toronto put up a three-spot in the inning. Darrell Ceciliani doubled home Bautista, and then Chris Coghlan doubled home Ceciliani and Kendrys Morales.

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