Joe Maddon stands behind slumping Kyle Schwarber as Cubs’ leadoff hitter

Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber is mired in a terrible slump, hitting only .195 and leading the team in strikeouts with 43.

Those aren’t numbers most managers would want out of their leadoff hitter, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday he’s not giving up on his outside-the-box strategy this season to use Schwarber atop the lineup.

“As of right now I’m not ready to just give up on anything like that,” Maddon told reporters Wednesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “And his struggles are not anywhere based on him hitting leadoff. He’s just struggling.”

The issue came up before Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to the Rockies, because Maddon gave Anthony Rizzo the day off, and batted Schwarber in Rizzo’s usual No. 3 hole. That doesn’t mean he’s ready to move Schwarber out of the top spot.

The Mets starter is scheduled to get a second opinion on the partial tear in his right lat muscle Thursday in Los Angeles after an initial examination estimated he could miss up to three months, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

After being scratched from his scheduled start against the Braves last Thursday with biceps and shoulder discomfort, Syndergaard was forced to leave Sunday’s 23-5 loss to the Nationals in the second Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys inning due to the injury and was later placed on the 10-day disabled list.

The Cleveland Cavaliers matched the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history on Thursday

The headliner for the Chiefs 2017 draft was a trade up to take Patrick Mahomes with the No. 10 pick. That’s a developmental play that does little to help the team win now and will hamstring them in the 2018 draft. They doubled down on the future by taking Villanova project Tanoh Kpassagnon in the second round. Kpassagnon is talented, but raw. If he and Mahomes reach their ceilings, it will be a major win for the Chiefs — but that won’t happen for a few years, at least, and Kansas City needed Discount Code For Cheap Jerseys to add impact players for 2017.

The Cleveland Cavaliers matched the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history on Thursday, spinning a 26-point deficit into a 119-114 Game 3 victory over the Indiana Pacers. They did it behind LeBron James, whose masterful second half produced a triple-double of 41 points (on 14-of-27 shooting), 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, to take a 3-0 series lead over the Pacers with the threat of sweeping them in Indiana in Game 4.

James put together one of history’s amazing basketball stories without his All-Star teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, who were on the bench much of Cleveland’s run. Instead, Tyronn Lue surrounded The King with shooters, as James led a Cavaliers offense that outscored Indiana, 70-40, in the second half.

And they’ve taken a five-point lead going to the same lineup here in Game 4 after trailing much of the first half.

The lineup forced the Pacers to defend James and each shooter Design Cheap Jerseys Online straight up much of the fourth quarter. That gave the world’s best player clear sight lines to the rim.

Marks will not wow you physically. His 40 time at the NFL combine was 4.56 seconds.

You might say, “Wow, that sucks, after the most savage rejection, a man had to deal with the ridicule of not only an entire stadium but also the entire internet.”

To which I say: No. Granted, I don’t know the full story here, and ostensibly there could be some touching reason or heartbreaking details behind it, but if this is just a run-of-the-mill public proposal, then this guy gets no sympathy. He didn’t pay attention to the rules I listed above, rules everyone should know because they are common sense.

I am anti-public proposal because asking someone to marry you seems like a very intimate moment (though I don’t know that for sure, because I have not been formally proposed to) and I can’t understand why you’d want to share that with a whole bunch of strangers.

It goes without saying that none of these players are guaranteed any sort of professional success. That’s true for first-round picks, and it’s definitely true for UDFAs. But these players are all fun, and if your team nabs one of them, there’s a chance you’ll at least have someone to pull for during training camp.

Here are a few whom I, a college football person, think you should watch:

Marks will not wow you physically. His 40 time at the NFL combine was 4.56 seconds. He repped 11 times on the bench and leapt 29.5 inches in the air. But he was the top Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys target and a catch machine in Mike Leach’s Air Raid at WSU, hauling in 193 balls over the last two seasons. The NFL is clearly growing more accepting of Air Raid QBs, and ex-Air Raid receivers like Welker and Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys Danny Amendola have been under-the-radar gems. If Marks makes the Jets, he will catch many footballs.

the Penguins benefited from incredible depth scoring down their lineup.

The 23-year-old defenseman was all over the ice for New York in Game 2, playing almost every role imaginable as the Rangers played to an overtime loss. Skjei had two goals, four shots on goal, and two blocks in 22 minutes of ice time. It’d be a crime if Alain Vigneault doesn’t bump up his minutes from here on out.

Once again, the Penguins benefited from incredible depth scoring down their lineup. Phil Kessel had a pair, Jake Guentzel had two, and Matt Cullen had his first. Hard to stop a lineup like that, even with Washington’s improved defense.

Minnesota didn’t have a first-round pick but still came away with first- and second-round talents thanks to smart drafting. Dalvin Cook will provide an immediate boost for the league’s 32nd-ranked rushing offense, and Pat Elflein will help clear a path for him at the interior of the line. Bucky Hodges was a strong value pick who could give the Vikings a dynamic tight end tandem alongside Kyle Rudolph.

San Antonio isn’t made up of bad players, by any means, but a dirty secret around the league is that the Spurs aren’t as good as we’ve perhaps made them out to be. Despite 61 wins, San Antonio has had to lean heavily on Leonard throughout the year to be the best player, lacking enough consistency around him to direct those responsibilities to anybody else.

At every stop along the way, Leonard responded positively. Now, with Packers Cheap Jerseys the season on the line and Leonard already in the midst of a career year, the Spurs are asking him to do even New England Patriots Cheap Jerseys more. Keep scoring on offense, they tell him, while making him defend a star opponent for even longer stretches of time.

Migos predict Hawks will somehow make the NBA Finals

Migos think that the Golden State Warriors won’t make the NBA Finals, but the Georgia native group believes the Atlanta Hawks will.

They saw enough heartbreak in the Super Bowl as their Atlanta Falcons came crashing down to the New England Patriots, but in an interview with Complex, they stayed true to their city, for, of course, the culture.

They weren’t as confident that Dennis Schroder would win MVP. Instead they opted to pick Steph Curry.

“Chef Curry,” group member Offset told Complex. “I like my boy Steph Curry, man. I call him Chef Curry ‘cause he cooks. He a shooter. Dat way.”

The group doesn’t think that the Warriors will play into June though, but they do think the Hawks will.

“Naw, Atlanta Hawks! Da Atlanta way! Dem Hawks. Da bird way.”

The Hawks trail the Washington Wizards, 3-2, in the first round of the playoffs, but Best Place To Get Cheap Jerseys don’t count them out just yet.

He’s had another absurd April, though, and Harper is still just 24, which is absolutely hilarious, so it’s not unreasonable to think he might not have reached his ceiling yet. When picking the Nationals for first place before the season, I figured Harper would be excellent, not otherworldly. We have 25 games entered into evidence that suggest he’s otherworldly again.

So if Zimmerman is going to hit like a classic slugging first baseman, and Murphy is a perennial MVP candidate, and if Harper is the same hitter that won the MVP with one of the greatest America Cheap Jerseys offensive seasons since Barry Bonds, what in the heck else can go right for the Nationals?

Rams hope Cooper Kupp’s FCS yards translate to NFL success

No player in the history of college football has ever caught more passes than Cooper Kupp (428). No one has ever gained more receiving yards (6,464). Not a single player has caught more receiving touchdowns (73).

The question now, though, is whether or not the Eastern Washington product can bring a fraction of that remarkable production to the NFL.

The Los Angeles Rams are betting he can. The Rams invested a third-round choice on the small-school standout after selecting him with the 69th pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

The national guys that do, like Mike Freeman at Bleacher Report or Jason Cole at Yahoo!, don’t have broadcast rights and aren’t shackled to the strong suggestion by the league.

As the draft progresses into later rounds, more and more reporters feel comfortable breaking news about the teams they cover. The second and third rounds are on a Friday night, but rounds four through seven begin at noon on a Saturday, when people aren’t locked in on their TVs and often look to Twitter to find out what’s happening.

The latter days of the draft are also pretty chaotic, with much shorter times between picks. When watching on ESPN, sometimes the broadcasters don’t even talk about the picks as they happen. Once the draft ends and the undrafted free agents period begins, everything turns into a free-for-all.

By the time the draft’s over, tipping where players are headed becomes as much of a vital service as it is the rest of the year. The biggest reason Gonzalez was worth a Cheap Fan Jerseys draft pick is because he made a whole bunch of kicks at Arizona State. He improved throughout his time with the Sun Devils and became one of the most reliable in the nation, successfully making 23 of 25 field goals as a senior to finish with 96 Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys field goals over his collegiate career — the most ever in the FBS.