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He’s also 6-8 and capable of playing up and down the lineup from the 2 through the 4 while giving all sorts of different lineups versatility and options. And at just 27 years old, Hayward is entering his prime, unlike many free agents signing deals later in their careers.

So where does Boston go from here? Now, it will have to release the qualifying offer to Kelly Olynyk, making him an unrestricted free agent, and waive Jordan Mickey. It will then have a decision to make. Boston is still about four million short of the max. That means they’ll have to trade one of Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley or Jae Crowder.

The third inning brought a two-out fielding error by Brewers shortstop Jonathan Villar to give the Yankees a pair of runners with one out. But after Brett Gardner was caught stealing, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez struck out to end the inning. Another crisis averted despite three errors and the Yankees leading 1-0 after three innings.

Bogdanovic’s best hope is that the Kings, in need of a small forward, miss on other targets and put together an offer that the Wizards won’t match. It’s not likely to be in the salary range Bogdanovic wants, but he could soon find himself short on options.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians admits he used to drink paint as a kid

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Bruce Arians is known to have his quirks, but this one takes the cake.

The Cardinals coach told Sirius XM radio that he used to drink paint as a kid. Yes, you read that right.
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The reasoning is even stranger. According to Arians, he thought drinking paint would make him harder to tackle when he played football with the neighborhood kids.

Naturally, one can’t drink paint and have a clean bill of health. Arians said he had to have his stomach pumped twice for ingesting paint.

Once wasn’t enough, Bruce?

Given that Arians is 64, he likely ingested paint during the 1960s — a time when lead was still fully present in paint.

Coincidently, Arians’ admission comes right after he revealed in his new book he was treated for a cancerous spot on his kidney in 2016.

This signing also represents that Thibodeau is almost certainly going to continue playing big in Minnesota as opposed to embracing the merits of small ball sweeping across the NBA. Barring another leap from Andrew Wiggins as a shooter, this team is still going to struggle to space floor in crunch time. In that vein, they’re going to need to find a way to create efficient offense beyond just isolating Jimmy Butler or Wiggins.

But they’re going to be huge, physical, mean and tough on defense. That’s a Thibs team to the core, and it’s going to be a fascinating experiment to see if a team like this can still succeed in the modern NBA.

This has been widely expected since the Raptors traded for Ibaka at the deadline. Ibaka and Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri have a relationship from their Giants of Africa days, and that likely helped grease the wheels not only for his acquisition, but for this deal.

Do the Raptors have any chance of stopping LeBron James?

There shouldn’t be much surprise that the Cavs and Raptors are back at it in the postseason, but the surprise might be that it is coming in the second round and not the conference finals as it did last year, when Cleveland wiped out the Raptors in six games. But one of the drawbacks of losing out on the top seed this year is that, after making quick work of Indiana, the Cavs have this difficult second-round opponent.

The Cavs were proud of their resilience in this series, particularly in Game 3, which required the largest comeback from a halftime deficit in playoff history. They felt they improved defensively in the final game, which is important for a team that struggled terribly in pick-and-roll coverage through much of the year. They’ll obviously have to be dramatically better in that area to last into a third consecutive NBA Finals.

“I thought we took a step forward,” Lue said. “That’s all I wanted to see. I know we can score the basketball. All the games came down to the wire, and when we needed to get stops, we got stops.”

When reminded his last first-round loss came five years ago against the Knicks, James immediately fished from his memory a devastating dunk now-teammate J.R. threw down for the Knicks.

Does it matter that LeBron was off by a few days, that this dunk actually occurred in Game 3, which James’ team won? It does a little, because it helps to know he is not perfect. This, and his singing in the locker room as he looked forward to a week or so off, offered sufficient proof he is mortal.falcons_052

The play caused an uproar over whether Pachulia intentionally left his foot in Leonard’s landing zone

Leonard landed on Pachulia’s foot, turned his ankle and missed the rest of the game. The Warriors came back and won that game, with Leonard’s status for Game 2 in question.
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The play caused an uproar over whether Pachulia intentionally left his foot in Leonard’s landing zone, and whether some action other than a common foul should have been called because of it. Pachulia shook off such a notion after the game, saying, That’s really stupid. I’m not that good to be doing intentional stuff like that. I did my part like I said. I had to challenge the shot.

Frank Jackson officially entered the NBA Draft for good on Tuesday morning, so it’s worth mentioning his measurements. He came in at 6-3.5 with a 6-7.5 wingspan. Like Dorsey, the measurements aren’t ideal for a scoring guard, but he should be okay situationally next to points.

Devin Robinson has tremendous size for the combo forward position, coming in at 6-foot-8-plus with a near 7-1 wingspan and an 8-10 standing reach. If he can become more consistent, he has the size and skill to be a useful player.

Game Youth Matt Barkley Jersey Skip ahead to Monday, and the TD Garden rocked on three occasions with the chants of Kel-ly! Kel-ly! That’s because Olynyk was a workhorse in this one, scoring 26 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Seven of his baskets came on hard, thick-legged forays to the basket frequently followed by a sprawling, improbable finish. Such was the enthusiasm for Olynyk that Stevens reinserted him with eight seconds remaining for a curtain call.

Photo leak of white board was ‘last straw’ in Magic firing GM, report says

The Magic have fired general manager Rob Hennigan, the team announced Thursday morning. Hennigan had been with the team for five seasons, missing the playoffs each year. This season saw Orlando go 29-53, the fifth-worst record in the league.

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Alexander, 73, declined to discuss the matter during halftime of the Rockets’ 105-99 series-clinching win, saying only he was upset, really upset.

The NBA announced immediately afterward that it was conducting an investigation into the matter. The resulting fine is a stiff message from the league, which has come down hard in the past on public-facing criticism of its officiating from owners, coaches and players.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, never shy about vocalizing his opinion on NBA referees, said he was fined $25,000 in January for postgame remarks about an official.
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There doesn’t appear to be a recent precedent involving an owner who left his seat to address an ref during a game.

The Celtics had some special guests at the Garden Tuesday night, with several members of the New England Patriots on hand to watch Game 5. Among those in attendance: coach Bill Belichick, owner Robert Kraft, and offensive stars Julian Edelman and LeGarrette Blount. Belichick, a big believer in the overall team concept, might have been taking notes watching the Celtics get a total team effort to put them one win away from a showdown with Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals.

It will probably be about a month or so because those guys are in the playoffs

According to the Denver Post, the attendees of the Von Miller Pass Rush Summit included Beasley, Shane Ray (Broncos), Khalil Mack (Oakland Raiders), Malik Jackson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Solomon Thomas (San Francisco 49ers), Cassius Marsh (Seattle Seahawks) and Cliff Avril (Seahawks).

It will probably be about a month or so because those guys are in the playoffs — I got my [offseason] early — but Vic [Beasley]’s my guy and we’ll link up, Miller said in January, via ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. I’ll get with Vic and [the Kansas City Chiefs’] Justin Houston and all those guys and have a little pass-rush summit. Vic, being a guy with that type of game so similar to yours, you want to get with those guys and work out with those guys. I’m looking forward to it.
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Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia finished a single shy of a cycle in a 5-3 win against the Reds. Tapia tripled in the second inning, smacked a double in the fourth inning, then hit a home run in the sixth inning. Unfortunately, he struck out his fourth time up to bat, needing just a single for the rare feat.

Marlins starting pitcher Jeff Locke gave up a shocking 11 earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings in a 14-6 loss against the Cardinals. Locke, who is now 0-5 with an 8.16 ERA this season helped the Cardinals get more hits through three innings Monday night (11) than they had accumulated in their last two games combined (nine).
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Diamondbacks (52-31) at Dodgers (55-29) 9:10 p.m. ET — This heavyweight battle in the NL West pits Arizona’s lethal lineup against Cy Young favorite Clayton Kershaw (12-2, 2.32 ERA) on Tuesday. The Diamondbacks are fresh off a big series win against the Rockies, the third team contending for the NL West title. Not only are the D-backs and Dodgers teams trying to win their division, they are in a fight with the Astros for the best record in baseball.

Fan at Braves-A’s game catches two foul balls on consecutive pitches

This is why you bring a glove.

A fan at the Braves-A’s game on Sunday got double the pleasure of snagging a batted souvenir when he pulled in foul balls on consecutive pitches during a Danny Santana at-bat. Just watch. The first catch was more right-place-right-time. A second replay showed the second foul came right to him, enabling him to catch it on the fly.

Doc Rivers probably wasn’t the first name you expected to see in an analysis of the best three-man lineups in NBA history but here’s the rationale: during Moses Malone’s three seasons in Atlanta, when he played alongside another Hall-of-Famer in Dominique Wilkins, Rivers was probably their best teammate, at least in terms of fit in a 3-on-3 game. In 1989, when Wilkins averaged 26.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, and Malone averaged 20.2 points and 11.8 rebounds, Rivers recorded nearly 14 points and seven assists per night, while shooting almost 35 percent from three.

Putting two of the NBA’s top-15 leading scorers of all-time on the same team while both are in their prime is something few teams can replicate.

With 17 NBA Championships, Boston has more than a few Celtics deserving of consideration spanning from their first title in 1957 to their most recent in 2008 with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. However, it’s hard to pass up a trio of Hall of Famers in Dennis Johnson, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale that won two NBA championships together and two more apart. Johnson had good size (6-4), durability (he averaged 78 games played in 14 seasons) and vision (6.4 APG as a Celtic), Bird is one of the all-time great scorers in NBA history, and McHale followed up Boston’s 1986 championship with a season in which he averaged 26 points and 10 rebounds per game. A case could also be made for Robert Parish, who put up better numbers than McHale in the early ’80s.

It could be something in between.

McCants, who spent four seasons in the NBA, said the startup eight-team league has plans to expand internationally after its inaugural season, which begins Sunday in Brooklyn.

After the IOC announced its decision to add 3-on-3 hoops for the 2020 Games, the Big3 released a statement that the decision reconfirms our gut instinct that 3-on-3 basketball is what sports and entertainment fans want to see.

Elite Womens Kurt Warner Jersey And there were going to be major injuries. The Ravens’ Dennis Pitta, after suffering another hip injury, gave the closest thing to a retirement speech this week without actually retiring. Camps had barely wrapped up in Jacksonville and New Orleans when, respectively, injuries to Jalen Ramsey and Terron Armstead were announced. Armstead, who tore his labrum, could be out as long as six months.

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This could be nothing. It could be everything. It could be something in between.

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Red Sox manager John Farrell suspended for incident with umpire

John Farrell’s outburst with the umpire during Saturday’s matchup is going to cost him some time in the dugout.

The Red Sox manager on Tuesday was suspended one game and given an undisclosed fine by MLB for his altercation with upmire Bill Miller during Boston’s loss to the Angels, the league announced.

The incident occurred in the seventh inning of Saturday’s meeting after Red Sox reliever Fernando Abad was called for a balk, which brought in a run for the Angels. After some intense nose-to-nose screaming, Farrell was tossed from the game by home plate ump Ryan Blakney.
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The Nets go upside here with Allen, a solid chance to take a potential lottery-level talent if things go right. He’s mobile, has great hands and good touch and can play in the pick-and-roll, a necessity in Kenny Atkinson’s scheme for bigs. Like the D’Angelo Russell chance they took earlier this week, this is a good home run swing.

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For Eli Manning and the Giants, the Super road looks coldly familiar

Theres going to be brutally cold weather at Sundays NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field. Theres also going to be history, expectations, long memories and the aura of an MVP candidate on a legendary roll.

Most problematic for the host Packers, though, is that Eli Manning will be there. That’s a bad omen for the Packers. it’s a much better omen for the Giants.

It isnt so much that the Giants have won the past two playoff games in Green Bay, and that the Giants were Cinderellas both times, and that the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl each time. Or even that Manning is the only remaining major figure from the first meeting in 2008, and one of just a handful from 2012.

it’s that Manning is entering the playoffs looking just as underwhelming and doubt-inducing now as he did both times before. Which means, of course, that hes got the Packers and the rest of the NFL right where he wants them. Including the Patriots, the overwhelming favorites to go back to the Super Bowl from the AFC, as they were before on the Giantstitle runs (definitely after their perfect 2007 regular season, only slightly less so in 2011).

It’s one of the best years I’ve seen a coordinator have, said Lynch, who added he will report directly to York.

Shanahan said Monday night that nothing is set in stone, but he thinks Lynch will be successful as the Niners GM.

‘If I’m going to bet on somebody, I’m going to bet on John Lynch, Shanahan said during Super Bowl Opening Night. John has succeeded at everything. That’s what excites me about him.sharks_302