Andrew Hawkins’ brain donation makes retirement even more bittersweet

Andrew Hawkins is one of more than 1,000 people — athletes, including football players, and military members — to pledge their brains for study by the Concussion Legacy Foundation since December 2015. More than 1,900 have donated in all since 2008.

To Barkley’s credit, he’s not backing down.

“I stick by what I said. I’m not going to make this personal … he was all whiny last week,” Barkley told ESPN Radio. “I’m good and I’m straightforward. I’m never going to get personal on an NBA player.”

All James did was ensure that “Inside the NBA’s” TV ratings will be through the roof Thursday night.

In fact, he said he was more upset with the commentators who were making a big deal of the exchange. Barkley said he played golf the past two days.

“It was ‘done’ after he said what he said and what I said (what I said in response),” Barkley said when host Ernie Johnson asked if this episode is over. “And It bothers me when people are like, ‘Well, what are you going to say?’ I’m like, ‘Dude, I’m not 12,'” Barkley said. “‘Oooh, he said something bad about me, I’ve got to say something bad about him.’ I’m not 12 years old. I’m a 53-year-old man who’ll be 54 in three weeks. This notion that just because somebody insulted me . . . I’m not 12, I’m not back in Leeds (Ala.) as if I’m in projects, where if you knock a stick off my shoulder and all hell breaks loose.”

Barkley set off James last month when he said the Cavaliers superstar was being “whiny” Trade Cheap Jerseys for publicly calling for roster help. James ripped Barkley in response, referencing several of Barkley’s infamous Super Cheap Jerseys off-court actions. Barkley stood by his comments and said he would stick to basketball.

He played the final 35:52 of the game, including every minute of the fourth quarter and overtime.

It also mattered when they were used: managers Joe Maddon and Terry Francona brought in their best relievers to face the heart of teams’ lineups in tight situations. Using their best relievers for multiple outs in clutch spots meant that the Cubs and Indians wanted to prevent games from spiraling out of hand. While this resource-intensive style of management might not work in the regular season, it’s extremely effective during the do-or-die postseason.

You can contrast this with the way Orioles manager Buck Showalter infamously kept Zach Britton sitting on the bench while Ubaldo Jiménez gave up the game winning home run to Edwin Encarnación in the AL wild-card game. Instead of bringing in his best reliever to a tight situation, Showalter held onto Britton for a save situation which never came. Baltimore had a fantastic bullpen, but Showalter operated on a regular-season mentality — not “postseason rules” — which led to an early Orioles exit.

Millsap, bound for the All-Star Game as a reserve for the Eastern Conference, tied a franchise record by playing 61 minutes on Sunday. The power forward logged 37 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block.

He played the final 35:52 of the game, including every minute of the fourth quarter and overtime.

“There was no chance I was coming out,” Millsap said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Even with ‘Melo on the bench with six fouls, the Knicks nearly forced a fifth overtime.

In fact, Courtney Lee had two chances to do that in the closing seconds on New York’s last possession.

With six seconds left on the clock, Lee missed a leaner from three-point range, but got his UK Cheap Jerseys own rebound and got a better look on his next attempt. His shot from the right elbow with less Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply than two seconds left, though, rattled out and the game was finally over.

“I got a great look,” Lee said, via the New York Daily News. “It just didn’t go in.”

NHL ref Wes McCauley gets extra pumped about fighting call

No NHL official appreciates the art of building drama in a rivalry game quite like Wes McCauley.

On Sunday, Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw and Bruins defenseman Torey Krug set the tone with an inspired tussle 58 seconds into the game. McCauley, a veteran referee with 14 NHL years under his belt, was noticeably pumped while announcing the dual fighting majors, so he put his own twist on the call.

The Islanders had a few fantastic draft classes that helped forge a dynasty in the early 1980s. Clark Gillies (No. 4) and Bryan Trottier (No. 22) are both in the Hall of Fame, and Trottier might even be slightly underrated among the all-time greats. This class also included Dave Langevin (No. 112) and Stefan Persson (No. 214).

The Rangers do not have a very decorated draft history, but they did tab two great players in 1990. Doug Weight (No. 34) was traded in 1993 to the Oilers and ended up with more than 1,200 games and 1,000 points. Sergei Zubov (No. 85) was a steal and should get more consideration for the Hall of Fame. Sergei Nemchinov (No. 244) in the 12th round was a nice pick as well.

The Senators took Hall of Fame name member Radek Bonk at No. 3, and he went on to play nearly 1,000 games in the NHL. The reason this group makes the list is the guy who went 130 picks later in the sixth round. Daniel Alfredsson became the best player in franchise history and collected 1,157 points.

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James is not one of those. He’s keenly aware of what’s gone on with the Cavs

Producing hand-tailored versions of NBA or MLB broadcasts that are distinct from legacy networks’ content may sound like a tall order for a sports website only founded in 2007, but Bleacher Report has come a long way in recent years. It has been expanding its video offerings through live sporting events, animation and content deals with major collegiate sports programs that can be viewed on mobile devices and shared across social networks.

The site got its feet wet broadcasting live events last October when it produced a game between Pulaski Academy in Arkansas and Sylvan Hills High, led by Kevin Kelley, “the coach who never punts.”

It tailored another Facebook Live broadcast in November around Najee Harris, a five-star running back from California who ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruit before signing with Alabama this month. There was a third broadcast later in the fall.

James is not one of those. He’s keenly aware of what’s gone on with the Cavs, and the messages Gilbert has been sending — no meaningful roster additions, no firm hand at the top of the basketball operation — are being read loud and clear by the Cavs’ bedrock star.

Don’t be surprised, then, when James sends his own message next Soccer Cheap Jerseys summer, and it goes something like, “G’bye!” And, this time, don’t blame him. The owner has done too much to clear an easy path for James to take out of town.

But there has been harm done to the relationship between James and his team this month. There are plenty of players who go into their summers, disappear for a tropical vacation, return to begin Premier League Cheap Jerseys offseason training and prepare to rejoin their teams without taking meaningful looks at the machinations of their organizations.

As Nikola Jokic’s rise continues, Nuggets seek to deal frontcourt pieces

Back in August, after his Serbian national team had been defeated in the Olympic gold-medal game by Team USA, center Nikola Jokic was beaming. “This is really cool,” he said, admiring his medal. “I mean, me and my teammates—I don’t know how many people have silver medals. Maybe 1,000 people in the world. So that’s a big thing.”

Barring injury or an unexpected drop in performance, Cousins could very well be hit with either a transition or franchise designation in 2018.

The franchise tag would cost almost $34 million — consuming roughly 19 percent of the room under a projected NFL cap of $180 million — but insure the Redskins retain Cousins’ rights. The transition tag stands at about $29 million but would allow Cousins to sign an offer sheet with another team (cough, 49ers, cough) that the Redskins then would have the right to match.

And knowing Snyder, why wouldn’t they, even if the NFL’s highest-paid passer (Oakland’s Derek Carr) currently averages $25 million a season?

It also should be noted that the Redskins made no plans to find an heir apparent for Cousins in 2018 when declining to select a quarterback in April’s draft. The Redskins continue to make moves designed to help them contend for a Lombardi Trophy now — understandable coming off two straight winning seasons with Cousins under center — rather than tearing down the roster with an eye on rebuilding toward the future, a la the 2016 Browns and 2017 Jets.

Likely, the only way this deal gets done is through a third team looking to unload a bad contract while sparing a first-rounder. It’ll be hard to piece that scenario together, but the Orioles Cheap Jerseys sides have NFL Jerseys Authentic 20 days to do it.

Dodgers’ offensive juggernaut will help team survive Clayton Kershaw’s injury

A weakly hit ground ball to shortstop Addison Russell; the flip to second baseman Javier Baez, and a bullet-like throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

And before you write off those early years as Irving being a youngster trying to carry an awful roster, keep in mind what happens to his current team when LeBron leaves the floor.

Just gonna leave this here … Cavs with Kyrie Irving ON, LeBron James OFF last season: -120 in 635 minutes.

In a 2012 Team USA scrimmage, before injuries robbed Bryant of his powers, Irving was willing to bet $50,000 he could beat the future Hall of Famer in a game of 1-on-1.

He was tripping then, and he’s tripping even harder now.

Give Hernandez at least three runs in 77.1 percent of his games instead of 64.3 percent and quick calculations based on his winning percentage say he’d be at 177 wins right now instead of 159. Even with Hamels or Verlander-esque support, he’d probably have at least another 10 wins for his career at this point.

Of course, a pitcher can’t do much to change what’s Texans Cheap Jerseys already happened. For Hernandez, his quickest ticket to the Hall of Fame can come with how many more wins he piles up. Getting another 41 wins to reach 200, essentially the minimum for Cooperstown, should be no problem. The more wins beyond 200, the better his odds to reach Cooperstown.

With Hernandez likely to be around 165 wins after this season, he’d need to Rg3 Cheap Jerseys average 15 wins a year through his age-40 season. Barring a trade, that’s likely pushing it. Hernandez has averaged 15 wins for every 162 games through his career, but pitchers decline and can become more susceptible to injury as they age.