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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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.

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.

For the latest NHL playoff scores and stats, visit SN’s live scoreboard and check out some highlights below.
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.

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“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

T.S. Eliot once wrote that April is the cruelest month

It’s also been a rough March for the Hawks, who were humming along at 33-26 and seemingly comfortable in the No. 5 spot in the East when February wrapped up. But a seven-game losing streak in the meat of the month hurt Atlanta on its way to a 6-10 month, and torpedoed Hawks’ stretch run. They now sit just three games above .500 and in a virtual tie for fifth with the Bucks, with the Heat and Pacers just two games behind.
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T.S. Eliot once wrote that April is the cruelest month, but you can’t blame the Cavs — and others — for begging to differ.

The greatest exception to that theory is, of course, his college head coach, one John Thompson Jr., all 6-10 of him. Yet another reason why this hire was destiny.

Mens Benardrick McKinney Jersey It’s no secret the Kings are in disaster mode after a number of terrible trades over the past few years, capped by the trade of their best talent in years, DeMarcus Cousins, for pennies on the dollar. The team has few talented prospects and has already dealt its 2019 first-round draft pick, incidentally to the Sixers, in what was one of most lopsided trades of the decade.

It’s unclear what role the Kings want Hinkie to play in their rebuild, but according to Wojnarowski, Ranadive has been looking to place someone over current general manager Vlade Divac.

Hinkie’s Process to make the 76ers a contender was controversial at best, but it left the team with loads of promising, though injured, talent, including maybe this season’s best rookies, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, as well as Ben Simmons. The Kings have had no such vision; thus the Dumpster fire of a roster that Ranadive thinks can be led by 23-year-old rookie Buddy Hield, the main piece Sacramento received for Cousins. If there’s anyone who can turn the little talent that’s left in Sacramento into something more, it’s Hinkie, who was notorious for trading prospects at their peak for an inflated market value.

Triple-double talk aside, history shows why Russell Westbrook won’t win NBA MVP

Game Youth Jaye Howard Jersey Russell Westbrook is having a year for the ages, but if history tells us anything, he won’t be taking home the NBA’s MVP award at season’s end.

Make no mistake about it, the Thunder superstar is putting together one of the greatest individual seasons in NBA history. With averages of 31.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.0 assists, he’s on track to become the first NBA player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson more than 50 years ago.

Williams won’t likely run as many pick-and-rolls in Houston, but he will be counted on to improve their bench. With Harden on the court this season, the Rockets are averaging 113.5 points per 100 possessions. Without him, that number drops to 105.4 points per 100 possessions. Seeing as the Lakers scored 9.1 points per 100 possessions more when Williams was on the court 鈥?basically the difference between the Knicks and Warriors in offensive efficiency 鈥?they’re hoping he can have a similar impact on the Rockets.

There’s no reason why Williams shouldn’t have a similar impact, either. Mike D’Antoni will probably use him as the Harden of the second unit, running pick-and-rolls with Montrezl Harrell while Eric Gordon and Sam Dekker space the floor around him. The biggest difference when compared to his time with the Lakers is he’ll have to take more of a backseat role when sharing the court with Harden by functioning as a spot-up shooter and secondary playmaker.

Game Youth Alex Rodriguez Jersey Hield has made 14 straight starts for the Kings. He first cracked the their top five on March 10, when he put up 18 in the first half, including four 3-pointers, before going scoreless the final 24 minutes of the contest in a 130-122 loss at home against the Wizards. Nonetheless, it was a preview of what was to come. As a starter for Sacramento, Hield is averaging 15.2 points, more than five better than his season average, on 47.3 percent shooting (41.3 from 3) as the Kings have gone 6-8.

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