The Phillies send Jeremy Hellickson to the Orioles

The Orioles are acquiring Jeremy Hellickson from the Phillies, per reports from FanRag’s Jon Heyman. Philadelphia is also sending cash to the Orioles in the deal, as Hellickson is making $17.2 million this season.

Hellickson was scratched from his anticipated Friday start late in the day, beginning speculation about an impending trade. The Brewers were also rumored to be a trade destination for the righty at various points.

Hellickson came to the Phillies in 2015 from the Diamondbacks, and wasn’t stellar this season with a 4.73 ERA and 1.255 WHIP. However, he made 20 starts and was reliable enough that he can offer a drop of stability to the rest of Baltimore’s rotation – which currently has no starter with an ERA under 4.50.

The purpose of the program is to use baseball to get young athletes to the next level, and set them up to achieve not only in the years to come but right away by setting them up to be leaders in their neighborhoods and city immediately.

Elite Youth Brian Quick Jersey To date, 100% of its ambassadors have graduated high school and enrolled in college while a whopping 92% have received some sort of scholarship opportunity through baseball.
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L.E.A.D. was recognized by Mercedes-Benz USA for its impact on the community, and the company is featuring Stewart as an unsung hero in its Greatness Lives Here initiative. Stewart considers Mercedes-Benz’s involvement a sign of hope for the program and the success it has experienced helping young athletes.

With that recognition and a recent grant awarded to the nonprofit, the hope is that it will continue to impact young people in Atlanta for years to come. As Stewart himself knows, community support could be the difference between experiencing later success in life or not.

LB Thomas Davis gets another contract extension from Panthers

Thomas Davis has long said he plans to spend his entire career with the Panthers, but he’s in no hurry to leave.

The All-Pro linebacker has signed an extension that takes his contract through the 2018 season, the team announced Tuesday. NFL Media reported the new deal will net Davis an additional $3 million in guaranteed money between 2017 and 2018.

Davis, 34, has torn the ACL in his right knee three times, most recently in September 2011, but has been at his best the last few seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2015 as he led a suffocating Panthers defense that helped the team reach the Super Bowl, and has been picked for the Pro Bowl the last two years.

Davis carries immense respect in the Panthers locker room and was named the NFL’s Man of the Year in 2014 for his charitable work off the field.

“I started trying to pull them out, but I couldn’t because my hands were so weak. The nurses came running in to stop me. You ever had a really bad dream, where you’re trying to run away from a monster or some shit, and you just can’t run? Your legs don’t work like they should, and the monster is coming right behind you, and it’s like you’re in slow motion. That’s what it felt like.”

“At that point in my life, I was doing coke every day. Pretty much every second of free time that I had, I was doing coke. I couldn’t control it. … I didn’t want to control it.”

The rival Bengals swept Cleveland last season, so a victory against Cincinnati would be a big statement for Cleveland. Since beating the Bengals 24-3 on Nov. 16, 2014, the Browns have lost five consecutive two-score games against their in-state rivals. The can’t-miss games on the schedule are home games against the Jets and Titans. The Browns have to win those. Will Brock Osweiler be Cleveland’s starter at Houston? If so, that’s an interesting storyline.
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MLB trade deadline winners and losers (well, kind of)

For about 12 minutes on Monday afternoon, Dodgers fans had to be pretty annoyed.

MLB’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline had passed, and instead of landing dominating Orioles closer Zach Britton to team with Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers wound up with only lefty relievers Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani added to the bullpen. And for those 12 minutes, it looked like the team had failed to add prized rental starter Yu Darvish to the rotation behind Clayton Kershaw.
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And then Ken Rosenthal teased Dodger Nation with a tweet.

Will that deal be the difference between the Dodgers breaking their World Series-less drought? (They haven’t been since they won in 1988.) Honestly, there’s no way of knowing. Remember, the postseason produces heroes like Mark Lemke and humbles the best in the sport, and there’s no way of predicting those occurrences.

So instead of definitive MLB trade deadline winners and losers, we’ll hand out good job and you sure about that? awards to the teams that made the biggest moves, or failed to do so.

Francona began instilling Cribbage during his eight-year stretch (2004-11) in the Red Sox’s clubhouse. In Cleveland, starter Josh Tomlin, reliever Bryan Shaw and outfielder Michael Brantley have carried on the tradition for their beloved leader.
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I’m being vulnerable right now, Bennett said. There’s a whole bunch of people sitting at home judging me, but they will never get to this point where they can be vulnerable. Let people attack me because they don’t believe what I believe in, but at the end of the day, I’m being vulnerable to show every person that no matter [what] you believe in, keep fighting for it. Keep fighting for equality. Keep fighting for oppressed people. And keep trying to change society.

Dodgers acquire Yu Darvish from Rangers

In a shock move, the Dodgers acquired Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish as Monday’s MLB trade deadline reached its final moments.

The Rangers received prospects Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy and Brendon Davis in return.

Darvish, who is set to become a free agent after this season, was one of the most sought after pitchers this summer among contending teams.

Joe Klecko Youth Jersey The Dodgers already have the best record in baseball, but Clayton Kershaw is on the disabled list, and Darvish will give them an elite arm while Kershaw heals.

Alex Smith Youth Jersey Darvish was rocked for 10 earned runs in his last start, but he had a 3.44 ERA before that outing, and he has 148 strikeouts in 137 innings pitched this season.

The Dodgers reportedly also added relievers Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani before the trade deadline. Both Los Angeles’ rotation and bullpen appear deep and dangerous, which sets them up nicely for a potential World Series run.

A quick, but significant complication: Verlander has complete veto power over any trade, as a player with 10 years of MLB service, including five with his current team. He’d have to approve any deal, which seems likely to happen because it’s doubtful the highly competitive Verlander wants to pitch through the rebuild that is coming soon to Detroit. To agree to wave that veto power, though, he could make demands 鈥?such as forcing the other team to guarantee that 2020 option, for example 鈥?to allow the trade to go through.

And then there’s this issue: Verlander hasn’t been nearly as good this year as he was in 2016, when he finished a very close second in the AL Cy Young race. It’s not just his ERA that has jumped in the wrong way 鈥?from 3.04 to 4.50 鈥?but the peripherals, too: K/9 (from 10.0 to 8.7), BB/9 (from 2.3 to 4.1), H/9 (6.8 to 8.9), WHIP (1.00 to 1.44) and FIP (3.48 to 4.21).

Marshawn Lynch could be the best version of Beast Mode thanks to Oakland

Game Mike Singletary Jersey Marshawn Lynch’s tenure in Seattle was one that every NFL fan could enjoy, even if they weren’t a fan of the Seahawks. He played as if his life was on the line, and he had to make it to the end zone every time he got the ball. The kicker was that he had fun while doing it, and he wasn’t going to change for anybody.

Game Dennis Byrd Jersey What’s driving the Tennessee Titans’ resurgence? Geoff Schwartz takes a closer look at the best red zone offense in the NFL and the man behind it, quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Last season, Mariota completed 62.5 percent of his red-zone passes, good for top five in the league. He’s yet to throw a red-zone interception in his two seasons, running his tally to 33 touchdowns against zero picks. This is all without a go-to red-zone receiver.

A good front office is one that knows how to surround its franchise player with weapons. In 2016, they were Murray, Henry, and Conklin. This offseason, the Titans drafted Corey Davis fifth overall, a big-bodied wide receiver for Mariota. The Titans also drafted a receiver in the third round and a tight end in the fourth. Lastly, they brought in free agent Eric Decker, another go-to receiver in the red zone. Mariota should be excited about this offseason haul.

As well as improving the offense around Mariota, the Titans upgraded their secondary that was piss-poor last season. Improved play on defense should equal better field position for the Titans offense and more points.

Everything is looking up for the Titans and Mariota. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Titans, behind their franchise quarterback, win the division and go deep into the playoffs.

Jimmy Graham’s comeback isn’t over

When all is said and done, Jimmy Graham will surely go down as one of the best tight ends of his generation. He was a crucial element in the New Orleans Saints offense for years, racking up touchdowns and dunking on goalposts for fun (until the NFL banned his signature celebration, because No Fun League).

Easley was the first inducted during the Enshrinement Ceremony on Aug. 5 and it ended with Warner:

Again, Tomlinson is one of the bigger highlights of the class. It’s his first year of eligibility, and he was a no-brainer as he was consistently the best running back in the league for the majority of his career with the Chargers’ organization.

Everyone is a big name, really. Taylor was a defensive end for 15 years in the league, spending 13 of them with the Miami Dolphins. He finished his career with a massive 139.5 sacks. He and Tomlinson were the only players in their first year of eligibility to make the cut down to be among the 15 modern-era finalists. And now both have made it.

Davis is far from being a first-ballot Hall of Fame player. He’s had to wait an awful long time and was consistently passed over, with many suggesting his short career as a reason for him not making it. But Davis was arguably the best back in the league for the seven-year stretch he played in the NFL, and though many thought it would be difficult for two running backs to make it in the same year, he’s in.

Quarterback Kurt Warner has made it, and it was considered only a matter of time. He bounced around like a journeyman quarterback, but he still took two different teams to the Super Bowl.
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Marian Hossa’s NHL career could be over because he’s allergic to his equipment

Game Youth Matt Prater Jersey Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will not play in the 2017-18 season because of side effects from medication to treat a skin disorder. There is also a legitimate possibility the future Hall of Famer has played his final game because of serious allergic reactions stemming from the equipment he wears, according to Sportsnet.

Over the course of the last few years, under the supervision of the Blackhawks medical staff, I have been privately undergoing treatment for a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder, Hossa said in a statement Wednesday.

This marks the fourth time the Rangers have been featured in an outdoor game. The franchise was a visitor for a pair of Stadium Series matchups at Yankee Stadium in 2014 with the Flyers and Devils and played at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park against the Flyers in the 2012 Winter Classic.

Is it an extra added bonus that both Patrick and Hischier are centers, considering how NHL champions tend to be so strong down the middle, and the fact that you drafted (center) Pavel Zacha sixth overall in 2015?

I think whether it’s defensemen or centers, that’s what everybody seems to be looking for, and it’s a plus that the top two-rated guys in this draft are centers. That’s a great asset to have if you can get it, so this is beneficial for us.

Game Youth Baltimore Ravens Jersey Of course, it is impossible to know the strategy of Vegas’ brain trust when it comes to choosing goaltenders, or signing free agent goalies during the summer, for that matter. The Golden Knights could opt to select three younger goalies to groom, grow and battle it out. They could select and/or sign a veteran like Fleury, or fellow Cup winner Cam Ward, or Jimmy Howard, to mentor and share the load with a less-experienced netminder or two. As an added bonus, the latter move would help the club reach the salary cap floor as the likely available veteran goalies all carry healthy cap hits.

Penguins eliminate Capitals in Game 7 to advance to Eastern Conference finals

The Penguins are heading to the Eastern Conference finals.

They defeated the Capitals 2-0 on Wednesday to win the deciding Game 7 of their second-round NHL playoff series. The defending Stanley Cup champions will play the Senators in the Eastern Conference finals beginning Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Penguins forward Bryan Rust opened to scoring off a slick feed from Jake Guentzel in the first period. Patric Hornqvist scored an insurance goal in the third.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves to earn the shutout, the ninth of his postseason career.

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All of this certainly doesn’t preclude a Duchene trade, but we’re not holding our breath.
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Open the floodgates! You can find a list of all the free agent signings here in SN’s live tracker.

Limited Kids Brandon LaFell Jersey Nick Bonino beat ’em and apparently is now joining them, too. The 29-year-old former Penguins center will sign with the Stanley Cup runner-up Predators on a four-year contract worth $4.1 million annually, TSN’s Darren Dreger first reported. Bonino is coming off a fractured tibia that kept him out of the final four games of the championship series. Could his addition affect Nashville’s rumored interest in trading for Matt Duchene?

As tends to be the case on days like this, there’s a false alarm on the Kevin Shattenkirk front courtesy of Kevin Weekes. The ESPN analyst tweeted Shattenkirk would sign with the Rangers for four years at $6.9 million per, then backpeddled 16 minutes later.

Damian Lillard accuses D’Angelo Russell of playing dirty: ‘He poked the bear’

Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard had to be separated from the Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell during Tuesday night’s game, and had some strong words for the youngster afterward.

Elite Youth Jim McMahon Jersey He poked the bear and you seen what happened the rest of the game, Lillard said of the 20-year-old, second-year player.

Spicer received a heavy amount of criticism after he attacked the media for accurately reporting the size of crowds at President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway then defended Spicer’s use of what she called alternative facts 鈥?or as they should be known, definitely not facts 鈥?during her Sunday appearance on Meet the Press.

Kerr decided to take the alternative facts strategy and apply it to his brief time in Orlando.

Sean Spicer will be talking about my Magic career any second now, Kerr said after the Warriors’ 118-98 victory. 14,000 points. Greatest player in Magic history.

Elite Youth Bruce Boudreau Jersey In the spirit of alternative facts, I declare the Warriors have never blown a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals and hope to win their third straight title this season. Period.

Thomas and Mayweather’s friendship 鈥?some would consider an evolving bromance 鈥?is well-documented. Recently, Mayweather has been campaigning on Twitter for Thomas to be voted an NBA All-Star Game starter.

Sometimes it doesn’t look like the defender bites much on the move, but the slightest hesitation can be the difference between someone playing good defense on Thomas and getting absolutely burned. Just watch how Rondae Hollis-Jefferson barely slows down in the following clip. While he sticks with Thomas rather well afterward, Thomas is so good at keeping a defender on his hip and using his body to create separation at the rim that he makes it look easy.

Pacers come together vs. Timberwolves to flash playoff potential

The Pacers are quietly lurking in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference, and they proved in Thursday’s 109-103 win over the Timberwolves what they can accomplish when their three best players all show up on the same day.

Paul George, the heart and soul of the team, led the way with 32 points and five assists after being named to the All-Star reserves.

“With cocaine especially, there’s a high, and then an emotional low. So it’s like a roller coaster. You go high, and then you go low. High, low, high, low. After you do it, you feel shame. You think about all the reasons why you shouldn’t have done it. Then the cycle starts again.

“That’s the thing people don’t understand. Anybody who’s lived a complicated, drug-infused life like I’ve lived knows the cycle — with women, cheating on my wife, shit like that. Nights when I should have been asleep. Nights when I stayed up sniffing coke. Lot of those nights. When your heart is beating fast. When you should know better. When you’re just riding that roller coaster, man.”

“My daughter, Destiny, is 18. She’s beautiful and smart. And she doesn’t take any shit. When I was able to talk again, she told me straight up, ‘Dad, you need to get yourself help or I’m not going to talk to you again.'”

“I’m sober now. But it’s an everyday struggle. I have an addiction. I’ll always have an addiction. It never goes away. I mean, I want to get high right now. But I know that I can’t if I want to be here for my children.”

Enes Kanter should be celebrating Oklahoma City’s win right now, but instead he’s starting the process of rehabbing a fractured forearm. The self-inflicted wound occurred in the second quarter when he decided to treat one of the team’s bench chairs as his own personal punching bag. He has no timetable for a return.rangers_253-115x115

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