NBA Finals 2017: Scuffle breaks out as LeBron James approaches tunnel after Game 2

Fans in Oakland showed more fight than the Cavs did in the second half of NBA Finals Game 2 against the Warriors. And it all happened right in front of LeBron James.

From the video below, it looks as though a spectator maybe was trying to engage Cavs backup forward Derrick Williams (EDIT: The incident started before Williams approached). LeBron and J.R. Smith rolled up on the scene just as things got really heated.

Smith executed his best boxout in a long time as he tried to steer James away from the action.

Tani Tupou Elite Jersey James and Smith got to the locker room unharmed. Now they’ll focus on trying to counterpunch the Warriors, who lead the best-of-seven series two games to none. Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland.

Kyrie re-tied his left shoe and remains in the game but is moving gingerly. Looks like his left ankle was the issue.
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LeBron drops a nice bounce pass in transition to Kyrie, who gets a layup to fall as he steps on Rozier’s foot. Kyrie remains down on the ground after the play.

Tyler Zeller sighting!

The Celtics announce that Jae Crowder suffered a strained left thigh and is availabe to return.

So what can we draw from Ball’s comments? He could see Russell as someone who doesn’t compete with him, but the more likely scenario is he’s echoing comments he heard from the front office. He had met with team president Magic Johnson, coach Luke Walton and general manager Rob Pelinka and the impression he came away with was that they’re still looking for a leader.

It’s also important to keep in mind Russell recently liked an anti-Lonzo Ball tweet. The harmless action could mean nothing, but we can’t discount it entirely.

the Steelers have fallen hard in the previous three meetings.

Tomlin, however, has proved he’s not a cheerleader, but rather a button-pushing master motivator. It takes a certain brand of fearlessness and brashness for a team to take down Belichick’s with so much at stake. Many Patriots opponents show early signs of intimidation and never have a chance.

Tomlin is taking a little from John Harbaugh and Rex Ryan two guys who have had some limited-but-key success against the Patriots and taking it to the next level.

The two times Tomlin’s Steelers have made it to the Super Bowl in his previous nine seasons, it didn’t require going through New England. It also has been a dozen years since, pre-Tomlin, the Patriots faced the Steelers in the playoffs.

But since that point, New England has gone 6-2 in the series, and one of those losses came without Tom Brady. With Tomlin at the helm, the Steelers have fallen hard in the previous three meetings.

Baalke, his choices and the rift between him and ex-coach Jim Harbaugh that couldn’t be healed made the move inevitable.

Once again, though, owner and CEO Jed Yorks fingerprints are all over this crime scene and, again, hes not going to fire himself.

Both got and deserved the credit for the sudden success the 49ers had from 2011-13, when they went to three straight NFC championship games and that narrow Super Bowl XLVII loss to the Ravens. Feud with Harbaugh or not, hiring him was one of the most inspired coaching moves this decade, if not the most inspired.

Pushing him out, of course, has been one of the worst in hindsight, and it looked that way in real time, too. But the personnel and coaching decisions since then were just as devastating.
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Official gets Super Bowl nod after Travis Kelce said he shouldn’t work at Foot Locker

Carl Cheffers, the referee Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce deemed as unfit to work at Foot Locker, is part of the officiating crew assigned to Super Bowl LI, according to ESPN.com.

Andrew Cashner Authentic Jersey Kelce was highly critical of the officials following a 18-16 loss to the Steelers on Sunday. Specifically, he ripped into Cheffers for calling a holding penalty on Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher, negating a successful two-point conversion that would have tied the game at 18-18 with under three minutes remaining.

It hurts. You fight all year, you fight all game, for it to end like that, for the ref to take it ot of our hands, that hurts, Kelce told reporters after the season-ending loss. You try to play this game with integrity and to the end of the whistle. When the refs wants to take over the game and make it their own platform, there’s nothing you can do about it.

He signed for a few of the guys he knew and I asked him for an autograph and he looked me in the eyes and said NO. I get it if you gotta go or can’t do it at the time but at least say sorry kid I can’t do it right now. I wanted to box him. Now that I’m in the league I know that there is a time and a place for everything and you can’t get to everyone but he was just RUDE.
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You will never be able to sign or take a pictures with everyone but there is a way to say no, and Theisman’s way was RUDE! Anyways that’s my story for the day. I have no beef with Theisman. He helped me with how I try to interact with fans.

While Smith may not have beef with Theisman, he clearly remembers the negative encounter from all those years ago.

Bills owner details how Rex Ryan firing went down

There’s something to be said for being direct. In Rex Ryan’s case, it hastened his departure as Bills head coach.

Kids Dan Hampton Jersey In an interview with The Associated Press, team owner Terry Pegula said it was an executive decision to fire Ryan during a Dec. 27 conference call that also included general manager Doug Whaley.
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Pegula said at the end of the call Ryan asked to speak with the owner privately. When Ryan asked specifically about his future, Pegula decided to pull the plug on Ryan’s tenure in Buffalo.
I was asked a point-blank question and based on the discussions we’ve been having all year, I felt it was better to tell Rex that we were going in a different direction, Pegula told the AP.

Whaley, who was retained by the owner, said Monday at a news conference that he was unaware of Ryan’s fate when he left the call something Pegula confirmed to AP.

The last play: Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse for a walk-off win in overtime. I did not know it was Kearse who caught the ball until just now, because I’ve only watched the play the one time.

Who I yelled at most: Wilson. Oh, I loved the four-interception, five-sack meltdown. This was all residual effects of the ‘Fail Mary.’

True story: I asked my future father-in-law for permission to marry his daughter the day before the game then tried to be on my best behavior while watching the game with those in-laws. They left shortly after all the multi-syllable choice words I had for all-things Giants after Donald Driver’s 90-yard TD reception in the second quarter. I didn’t have time to worry about that.

Koda Glover hurts back in shower, didn’t tell team

Nationals closer Koda Glover says he hurt his back in the shower before Saturday’s game, but he didn’t tell the team.

Over the past two seasons, Jean has been one of the premier offensive players in baseball, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. His combination of average, power and speed is extremely difficult to find, especially as a top-of-the-lineup hitter at a key defensive position like shortstop. We are all quite excited about having him here with the Mariners and believe he is a key ingredient in our ongoing effort to build a championship level roster.

The details of the deal, initially reported by MLB Network and confirmed by the Seattle Times, were reported by Z 101 in Segura’s native Dominican Republic and reportedly includes a $17 million option for 2023.

Segura, 27, went on the disabled list Friday with a high ankle sprain but is leading the American League in hitting at .341 and has scored 29 runs and carries a .391 on-base percentage.
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Elite Youth Kyle Fuller Jersey He is in his first season with the Mariners, acquired from the Diamondbacks in a five-player trade last November, and in the final year of a contract that pays him $6.2 million in 2017.

In 2016, Segura hit .319/.368/.499 with 20 home runs and 63 RBIs for Arizona, leading the National League with 203 hits while posting a career-high 5.7 WAR.

Amsinger was a college kid with the college TV station, and though I don’t think we ever officially met, I remember it was clear he had the voice and persona to be a big-time broadcaster. Our paths crossed from time to time, particularly after Swarm games. The Swarm was part of the short-lived International Basketball League, and they were a damn good team led by long-time NBA man Bernie Bickerstaff as the coach and a roster sprinkled with former NBA guys. The Swarm won the only two IBL titles ever handed out (in 2000 and 2001) before the league merged with the CBA.

32 teams have to leave whatever hard feelings they had of Young behind.

The super-agent has been back in the elite quarterback business for a couple years now (he represented Paxton Lynch in last year’s draft and has Pat Mahomes as a client for this year’s). Steinberg’s standing in the business was based on not dealing with clowns and knuckleheads.

Young has been both before. But observers taking note of his announcement of Young hiring him sent a message that Young may have left those days behind.

Next: 32 teams have to leave whatever hard feelings they had of Young behind. If they have … then they’d have to realize there are far worse options, some of which were in uniform last season.

Gase’s rising star as a “quarterback whisperer” guaranteed that would be his only year in Chicago, before being elevated to head coach and trying to tame Ryan Tannehill in ’16. Although Tannehill improved in some ways — throwing deeper downfield, making smarter decisions with the ball — his struggles with pressure still were there. In the end, while showing a higher ceiling, Tannehill’s play and production were closer to his floor.

In relation, Cutler was a much better Gase pupil, going away from many of his long-established bad habits. Tannehill’s development more inched along like it has since he entered the league.

Or does Fox censor Gaga by cutting to commercial? Or hit the mute button? Staying on the air might for another celebrity political rant might equally outrage fans who don’t want to hear about politics during the biggest sporting event of the year. The NFL’s passive acceptance of protesting political players such as Colin Kaepernick outraged some hard-core football fans who launched a #BoycottNFL movement this season. While the networks showed Kaepernick and other players kneeling during the national anthem at the start of the season, they gradually phased those shots out of their game telecasts.
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Consider Chicago a long shot and Cleveland the favorite, but San Francisco is just right.

Lynch and Shanahan will be willing to be aggressive in their first signature move together. Garoppolo is the least risk-adverse move in relation to Kaepernick or a rookie, and he comes with a greater, quicker reward.

The 49ers have the balance of being able to give up enough and still have the necessary picks for the rebuild ahead. Every QB should be want to work with Shanahan after 2016, and Garoppolo is too good of a fit with him to pass up.

Green Bay would love a top tight end or more help for its offensive line, but Williams could finally give Jordy Nelson some help on the outside and eventually take over his mantle as Aaron Rodgers’ No. 1 receiver.

Willis may not be a heavily mocked first-rounder at this point, but after a strong Senior Bowl week and an expected impressive Combine, Willis should get more first-round buzz. The Steelers need more pass-rushers, even with Bud Dupree on the rise.
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Game Youth Terry Bradshaw Jersey Con: Trubisky played just one season as a starter at North Carolina, and he’s been lumped in with Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer as possible first-round picks. Yet none of those quarterbacks are a slam-dunk at No. 1, and that’s not what a franchise that has become a punch line because of the number of quarterbacks who have played since 1999 — when they drafted Tim Couch at No. 1 — wants to hear.

Falcons shred Patriots’ defense on first touchdown drive of night

The Falcons are off to a strong start in Super Bowl 51.

Atlanta’s first touchdown drive started with a nice catch from Julio Jones.

Announcers hyperventilating over 40-yard dashes by linemen who rarely run more than 10 yards. Three-cone drills and shuttle runs 鈥?yawn.
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And let’s see how many reps the wide receivers can manage on the bench press, as if that’s as important as what kind of route-runners they are and how well they catch the football.

Same for quarterbacks throwing to receivers with no pass rushers or defensive backs in coverage. How tough is that?

Tom Savage Limited Jersey I generally feel the Combine is a boring, tedious, expensive exercise. For the coaches, it is in effect a convention with their peers. GMs are more interested in talking potential contracts for free agents with the many agents in town. Those agents are there to support their rookies, but they’re just as focused on free agency, which this year begins March 9.

That moment came when Brady led the Patriots 91 yards 鈥?only one yard short of the 92-yard drive Montana had against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII 鈥?for the game-tying score. Brady’s encore was a 75-yard walk-off drive in overtime.

My text, Facebook and Twitter notifications 鈥?and probably yours 鈥?were combinations of wow, unreal, and unbelievable. Because it was all of those things, and somehow more.

Hightower was the one young pending free agent to not be traded away from New England, so it would make sense for the Patriots to keep Hightower. He should be looking to be the highest paid non-rush linebacker in the NFL, which would put his salary over $13 million a year.

That won’t be an easy negotiation if the Patriots want to keep him for the long term. The Patriots have used the tag five times since 2009, but only once in the last four years, so they could be inclined to let Hightower test the market and not use the tag.

he had one of the worst outings of his career.

If you want to dislike Harper because he crushes your favorite team and because he’s having another phenomenal year to this point go ahead. But don’t hate him because it’s trendy or cool, or because he’s bringing personality and gusto to a game that’s been sorely lacking both for years.

Don’t hate him because he’s got a pretty face, he’s marketable, he’s got too much salad for the bowl or because he’s passionate.

Sure, Harper represents something that long-time baseball fans aren’t accustomed to seeing. But does he deserve all of the hate he gets?

That’s a clown question, bro.

Authentic Kids Allen Robinson Jersey While Kershaw came up four strikeouts shy of getting to 2,000 for his career, he had one of the worst outings of his career. The three homers allowed tied for his most in one game and the left-hander also gave up a career-high 11 hits.

As much as the Dodgers ace struggled, Cubs ace Jon Lester was even worse. The four-time All-Star and MVP of last year’s National League Championship Series left after 3 1/3 innings with six runs allowed and home runs surrendered to Cody Bellinger and Enrique Hernandez.
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Kershaw, who needed 10 strikeouts to become the 78th player in MLB history and just the fourth Dodgers pitcher with 2,000 strikeouts, struck out six over 4 1/3 for a no-decision. Dodgers reliever Josh Fields got the win with 1 1/3 innings of perfect work.

The Cubs scored for the first time in the series after going 19 innings without a run. The Cubs have now slipped into a tie with the Cardinals for second place in the National League Central, a game and a half behind the surprising Brewers.

Gronkowski was on the cover of Madden NFL 17 last year

One of the things that stands out is how clean his mechanics are. He has close to what I would call the ideal throwing motion. This is one of the traits his Los Angeles comrade and fellow first overall pick wannabe, USC’s Sam Darnold, doesn’t have.

First, look at how high his elbow gets. He’s causing zero stress on his shoulder blade, and that’s good.

He “slashes” a bit on his follow through, meaning his arm comes a little bit across his body after he releases, but that’s normal. No one is going to have a straight up-and-down motion with the elbow starting from that good of a position.

We see Darnold’s elbow is much closer to his head, so he ends up going almost straight down. So yes, it looks better than the slashing motion of Rosen, but I feel like he’s causing more stress on that shoulder.

Tom Brady’s so convinced he’s not going to be cursed by the Madden cover that he’s smashing mirrors and walking under ladders.

Gronkowski was on the cover of Madden NFL 17 last year, which is a big deal and an accomplishment for any player. It means you are one of the more visible and recognizable players in the league, and one of the best.

Though, with the Madden glory comes a perceived curse. Many players who have graced the front of the video game since they were first allowed to in 1999 have suffered awful seasons, whether it be just a regression in play or an injury.

Tom Brady was announced as the cover athlete for Madden NFL 18, and will be hoping to avoid his own version of the Madden curse.
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