Former Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead has all charges dropped

A day after the Dallas Cowboys cut wide receiver Lucky Whitehead amid reports he faced larceny charges, police in Virginia admitted he had been a victim of mistaken identity.

According to a statement released by Prince William County officials, “Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named “Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys.”

At the plate, Boston was lifted by rookie third baseman Rafael Devers, who made his MLB debut Tuesday night. Devers, who went 2 for 4, hit his first-career home run in the third inning. The long shot traveled 427 feet, proving the 20-year-old has serious power.

The win, which snapped a four-game losing streak, helped the Red Sox maintain a narrow one-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.

While Sale has been well worth the lofty price Boston paid to acquire him this offseason, he can’t pitch every night. The Red Sox need guys like David Price and Rick Porcello to step up their games if this team is going to reach its full potential.

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 3 for 4 with two runs Cheap Kids Jerseys NHL scored, a home Cheap Jerseys Online China run and two RBIs in a 5-1 win against the Orioles. Starting pitcher Alex Cobb allowed just one run in seven innings, while striking out six batters, to improve to 9-6 with a 3.46 ERA this season.

Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr come to JaVale McGee’s defense in beef with Shaq

JaVale McGee has been an easy target for Shaquille O’Neal for quite some time, but the Warriors center is done with the constant ridicule — and so are his teammates and coaches.

After McGee and Shaq engaged in an ugly Twitter beef following the Warriors’ win over the Clippers on Thursday night, Golden State star forward Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr defended McGee. Both agreed Shaq’s jokes had gone too far.

“Shaq was a s—y free-throw shooter. He missed dunks. He airballed free Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys throws. He couldn’t shoot outside of the paint,” Durant said. “He was bigger than everybody. He didn’t have no skill, but he was bigger and stronger than everybody. And he’s still a great player, but you had your flaws, too, as a player. And he played on five or six teams, too. So it’s not like he was just this perfect center.”

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his breakout season by scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, five assists and five steals in a 99-85 win against the Pacers.

Nikola Jokic, one of the NBA’s fastest-rising stars, was at his best again in a 119-99 win over the Celtics. Jokic scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while hauling in 10 rebounds with seven assists and four steals.

Draymond Green recently made fun of the Hawks for not game-planning Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys against him, but he can’t make that claim Friday in a 103-102 loss to the Timberwolves. Green scored just five points on 1-of-8 shooting in 38 minutes. He did add seven assists and six rebounds, but he’s expected to be the team’s third scorer with Kevin Durant out. He has not stepped up, though.

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder troll Devin Booker’s 70-point performance

Only six players in NBA history have scored 70 or more points in a game, but when the Suns’ Devin Booker dropped 70 against the Celtics on Friday, some of Boston’s stars took issue with the performance.

Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas was annoyed by Phoenix’s late-game tactics of timeouts and fouling despite a trailing by a wide margin, as the Suns clearly wanted more possessions for Booker to score.

“The fact that everybody keeps talking about him, he seems to be accomplishing whatever he’s trying to accomplish, because the things he says are so outlandish. But he keeps getting headlines, and I guess that’s what he wants.

“I don’t think it’s helping his kids,” Kerr continued. “I think it’d be better for them if they can just play and have fun and not have to hear that every day, but whatever. It’s all part of him.”

Lonzo isn’t the only potential basketball star in the family. LiAngelo and LaMelo are prep stars gaining attention for their play at Chino Hills High School. For what it’s worth, the kids have downplayed their father’s bold comments.

“He’s been like that my whole life. It’s nothing new to me,” Lonzo Ball said Thursday during UCLA’s media session. “He’s got a camera in front of his face now, so y’all are seeing it for Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys the first time. He’s never going to change for the cameras. He’s been the same his Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys whole life.”

Homer announcers banned from NBA MVP voting

The NBA MVP voting just got a little more objective.

If you’ve got NBA League Pass or even just enough discretionary income to have a cable or satellite package that allows you to check out regionally-televised games from time to time, you probably loathe certain local announcers.

But Stephenson fired back on social media Wednesday, making sure everyone knows the Raptors have treated their own opponents with similar disrespect.

Last season, Toronto’s Norman Powell put an exclamation point on a 122-95 win over the 76ers with a windmill dunk. Stephenson dug up the clip and posted it on Instagram.

Players had to be separated after Stephenson’s layup, and Stephenson later apologized. But perhaps the Raptors should have been more mindful of their own transgressions before reacting the way they did.

Westbrook, who is now six triple-doubles shy of tying Oscar Robertson’s single-season record, scored 18 points on a perfect 6-of-6 from the field, and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, with 14 assists and 11 rebounds in a 122-97 win over the 76ers.

He also became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double while perfect from the field and line.

No, he didn’t score 30-plus points or threaten a 20-20-20 game, but New York Giants Cheap Jerseys he was in control and efficient. Westbrook has had trouble executing from the field, which has cost the Thunder some games. They are a much better team when he lets his teammates have a chance to shine.

Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter stepped up to help Westbrook. Oladipo scored Cheap Kids NHL Jerseys 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting. His athleticism and versatility makes him dangerous alongside Westbrook.

Is Kings’ rookie Skal Labissiere the next great Kentucky big man in the NBA?

Skal Labissiere is coming out. He wants the world to know.

Taken as a project by the Suns after a disappointing freshman season at Kentucky with the 28th overall pick in this past summer’s NBA Draft before being dealt to the Kings the same night, the 6-11 Haitian had a breakout performance Wednesday. He went for 32 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes, all career-highs, in a 107-101 win at Phoenix of all places.

A sworn statement from a former jury forewoman that reads she conducted her own investigation into Jordan’s murder, a violation of a judge’s order.

An affidavit appears to show that Jennifer Elwell, a state forensics expert, withdrew a statement that said she found Jordan’s blood in his car. Documents also say Elwell was ordered by a supervisor to destroy the only known sample of Jordan’s blood shortly after the trial, unbeknownst to Green’s defense attorneys at the time.

An affidavit from a former newspaper editor who says Demery told her he killed Jordan after the victim witnessed a drug transaction. In her statement, the editor says she never spoke of the confession.

An allegation that Robeson County Sheriff Hubert Stone, whose office helped conduct the murder investigation, had an illegitimate son, a known cocaine dealer, who was the first person called on Jordan’s phone. The judge at Green’s trial did not allow jurors to hear about the relationship Wholesale NBA Jerseys between Stone and the drug trafficker.

There have been several appeals to the North Carolina attorney general’s office filed in Green’s defense. Just over a year ago, his lawyers claimed to uncover new evidence in Wholesale Jerseys the 1993 shooting death and filed a 250-page request for a new trial. Each appeal was dismissed on the grounds the defense’s findings were mostly irrelevant and inadmissible.

Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell looks healthy playing hoops

Le’Veon Bell appears to be recovering well from offseason surgery.

The Steelers running back hasn’t been participating in workouts since being franchise tagged in February, but retweeted a video (with some NSFW language) Sunday night in which he was recorded playing a pick-up game of basketball.

After playing through a groin injury for weeks and then aggravating it during the AFC Championship Game in January, Bell underwent a procedure on his core muscle in March. The NFL launched an investigation into why Pittsburgh omitted Bell’s injury from report, which remains open.

Bell, who is set to earn $12.7 million if he doesn’t reach a long-term contract agreement with the Steelers by July 15, has rushed for 4,045 yards and 26 touchdowns since being drafted in 2013 despite missing 14 games because of injuries and suspensions.

Each NBA team is allotted a pair of two-way contracts that allow players to move between the NBA and D-League without counting against a team’s 15-man roster.

“The quality of play has improved significantly in the D-League,” Cuban said. “The delta from there to the NBA is shrinking every day. Particularly for guard play. With the new two-way contracts Cheap Jerseys Made In China it will improve even more and we could see more players that have an impact in the NBA.”

Remember Jones, the man who put on a show at this year’s Slam Dunk Contest? He took a winding path to the NBA, declaring for the draft after a freshman season in which he was ruled immediately ineligible when his test scores were canceled by the ACT in March of 2016. He went undrafted but made his NBA debut on Nov. 19. However, he Cheap Jerseys Make Your Own didn’t play in consecutive games for Phoenix until mid-February, after playing 19 games for the Northern Arizona Suns in the D-League.

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.

NBA Finals 2017: Historic scoring outburst helps Cavs extend series

The Cavaliers survived a circus event Friday to win Game 4 of the NBA Finals with a 137-116 home victory over the Warriors.

They did so in record fashion.

After struggling to shoot during the first three games of the series, Cleveland came out red-hot to score 49 points in the first quarter and 86 points in the first half, both of which broke NBA Finals records. The Cavs later set a Finals record by hitting 24 3-point shots in the game.

Smith only had 17 touches in 28 minutes, shooting 1 of 4 from the field. Hell must have frozen over because someone had to tell J.R. Smith to shoot more.

Korver also needs to find his 3-point stroke after going 0 of 3 in 19 minutes. He doesn’t need to explode for 30-plus, but Korver can’t give the Cavs another goose egg in the box score.

With all of that said, the Cavs are still the defending champs, and LeBron James didn’t suddenly disappear. The Cavs won’t turn the ball over 20 times again. They won’t let Durant saunter down the lane, cock the ball back behind his head and rattle the rim to the delight of the Warriors faithful.

If Golden State wants to avenge last year’s 3-1 collapse, it can’t lose focus for a Cheap Jerseys Made In China minute. Based on how the Warriors looked in Game 1, that shouldn’t be a problem.

All statistics provided by the indispensable NBA.com stats pages. For three years, this was an ace draft pick. Cooks fit right into the Saints high-flying offense, emerging as a big-play threat for Cheap Jerseys Kids NFL Drew Brees. However, Cooks began expressing frustration at his role in 2016, as rookie Michael Thomas supplanted him as the new No. 1 receiver. Evidently this was enough for the Saints to cash in on Cooks’ value, sending him to the New England Patriots for a first- and third-round pick.

Jonas Jerebko hasn’t played a major role in this series

Kentucky earned APR recognition for the academic years of 2014, 2015 and 2016, seasons in which the Wildcats lost a combined seven players to the draft following their freshman seasons. UK officials have said that for all the one-and-done players who have played for John Calipari since he arrived in 2009 now up to 20 with Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk leaving this year only one failed to finish his spring semester. That’s a 95 percent retention rate.

Of course, Silver did see the Showtime documentary about former LSU forward Ben Simmons, who acknowledged he stopped attending class in the second semester.

Silver surely must be better than making policy decisions because of an isolated example he picked up watching television.

Jonas Jerebko hasn’t played a major role in this series, or the entire playoffs for that matter, but the Celtics played well with him on Sunday. After scoring just 4 total points in all seven games against the Wizards, Jerebko dropped 10 in Game 3 against the Cavs.

Even more impressive, Jerebko had a game-high +/- of +22, which is ridiculous Cheap Jerseys In USA when you consider the fact he only played 13 minutes. The forward hasn’t seen much action in the playoffs, but maybe he’s earned himself some more playing time against Cleveland.

Although he struggled in his rookie year, Matthews has been a Cheap Jerseys In US fixture on the Falcons’ left side, missing just one game in three seasons. He’s mostly been a fine lineman but is prone to badly timed mistakes. Matthews’ most infamous performance came in Super Bowl 51, where he committed a critical holding penalty in the fourth quarter that knocked Atlanta out of field-goal range, contributing to the team’s stunning late collapse. At 25 years old, you could argue Matthews still has untapped potential.

You can see the dramatic difference in offensive rating when Green exits

If the Cavs want to keep up with the Warriors, they need to take advantage when Golden State’s best defensive player is on the bench. Green played less than 25 minutes in Game 2, down more than seven minutes from his regular-season average. But Cleveland couldn’t take advantage.

You can see the dramatic difference in offensive rating when Green exits, but that’s countered by the Cavs becoming much worse defensively. Part of that comes from the Warriors having multiple weapons and Durant becoming a small-ball weapon of mass destruction at center, but Cleveland needs to use these chances to close leads (or maybe take one) with offensive bursts.

As deep as the upcoming draft is, it is heavy on bigs and very light on shooters. No one stands to benefit more from that than another Duke guard, Luke Kennard. Scouts see Kennard projecting favorably as an offensive player, one who shot 49.0 percent as a sophomore, including 43.8 percent from the 3-point line. He showed lights-out touch at his pro day at the beginning of June, and he also has the ability to handle the ball and run pick-and-rolls.

That will likely get him into the lottery. As far back as last month, there was talk of Detroit’s interest in Kennard, given their desperate need to add shooting. The Pistons, picking 12th, are Cheap Jerseys Kids also considering moving that pick. The Hornets, at No. 11, have interest in Kennard as well, and will give him a workout.

Other teams are jumping on the Kennard bandwagon. The Magic, Knicks Cheap Jerseys In US and Mavericks will have Kennard in for workouts, too, though those teams have considered adding (or already have) picks later in the draft and could look at Kennard there. Orlando has No. 6 and 25, the Knicks have No. 8 (but have been active in searching for another pick) and Dallas has No. 9.