Walton said his god-sister was injured in the shooting but is recovering at home now.

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I call her my god-sister, Walton said. She has bullet fragments in her leg. Obviously, in the South Bay, there’s the school teacher that got shot, someone who worked in the police force over there. There’s all sorts of stories you hear, that you either know them or you know people who do know them. So it touched everybody.
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The Lakers got into Las Vegas on Saturday, and Walton said he had never seen the city like it was this weekend. He praised the city for taking pride in rallying around one another.

The resignation continued until it didn’t. The Nationals went out Saturday night, getting a lead, giving it back and losing without much resistance — until scoring five exciting, improbable runs in the eighth and stealing Game 2, 6-3.

Such is life in the crucible of managing; everybody spilling nacho sauce on their shirts thinks they can do the job — but these days it carries with it one important exception: The Nationals front office seems to think the same way as its fans. Each twist of the series carries with it the added knowledge that Baker has no contract for the 2018 season, the implicit message being his future is being evaluated not by his stabilizing the organization and winning for the last two years, but by what the Nationals do in the playoffs.

Denver probably won’t seriously contend this season.

Bet the under. The paper-thin Wolves start two traditional bigs and three so-so 3-point shooters who dominate the ball in Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague. Those three will diminish each other — at least over the first stretch of the season. The Wolves will have to bash through walls of defenders in the paint.

It’s fun to joke that the bench doesn’t matter, since Tom Thibodeau will play the starters into the ground. Luckily, the foursome of Teague, Butler, Wiggins and Towns has been remarkably durable. But what if one of them misses 20 games? Can Karl-Anthony Towns give a crap on defense before we anoint him a top-10 player? Minnesota flopped to 27th in points allowed per possession in Thibodeau’s first season. Swing the ball just once, and the Wolves fractured, conceding both the rim and the arc.

And they might not register 12 months from now, either. But any conversation about who’s next absolutely needs to include the Mile High franchise that is doing a better Warriors impersonation than any other team.

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“It was a really busy summer,” Ainge said recently while reflecting on Boston’s blizzard of activity. “My golf handicap should be a lot better than it is right now.”

Beyond the jaw-dropper trade for Irving, the Celtics dealt away the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft and sent out its longest-tenured player, Avery Bradley, in order to clear cap space to ink Hayward. Boston also signed 12 players this summer, if you include rookie deals and a ceremonial signing of Celtics legend Paul Pierce so he could retire as a member of the team that drafted him.

Simmons’ versatility opens up so many weird lineup combinations.

Philly is almost deep! There will be a legitimate battle royale (with cheese) for minutes between Justin Anderson, Furkan Korkmaz and Sauce Castillo! Even Jahlil Okafor looks spry, pumping his trade value before the Sixers dump him to Chicago or Phoenix.

Want to go super big? Trot out Bayless (or Fultz), Robert “Bob” Covington, Simmons, Dario Saric and Embiid. Simmons alone is going to instill matchup panic. He will likely guard power forwards so Covington can envelope wings, but opponents won’t want their power forwards stuck on him.

Waymon Roberts passed away on March 17, two weeks shy of Opening Day. A retired master gunnery sergeant in the Marines, he followed the Dodgers religiously. “We didn’t talk every day, but I knew he was watching. There’s been so much this season that I could have told him about.”

There was the April call-up of rookie Cody Bellinger that jump-started the offense. There was the scuffle in San Diego on June 30, when Roberts shoved Padres manager Andy Green as the umpires tried to separate them. “Hey, I was out there defending my guys. My father would’ve approved.”

Roberts especially missed having his father around July 6 at Authentic Sven Baertschi Jersey Dodger Stadium. That was Dave Roberts Bobblehead Night — 13 years after the first Dave Roberts Bobblehead Day at Dodger Stadium had to be cancelled because he had just been traded to the Boston Red Sox.

But that July evening wasn’t just about the Miguel Cabrera Womens Jersey figurine. Singing the national anthem was his daughter, 12-year-old Emme Roberts, and throwing out the first ball was his son, 15-year-old Cole. As his wife Tricia recalls, “The Dodgers’ front office was at Waymon’s funeral and heard Emme sing there — all day long I kept thinking that my father-in-law would have gotten such a kick out of her getting ‘discovered’ at his funeral.”

Derek Jeter begins shaping Marlins front office, hires former mentor Gary Denbo

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Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has begun restructuring his front office by hiring a former mentor, Gary Denbo, as vice president of scouting and player development.

Denbo will oversee player development and amateur scouting. He spent the past eight seasons with the New York Yankees, including the past three as vice president of player development, overseeing a farm system that ranks among the best in baseball.

Jeter was a minor leaguer in the early 1990s when he first met Denbo, who was a coach in the Yankees’ minor league system. Denbo has had many jobs with the Yankees and also worked for the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays.

Last week, Jeter’s group closed on its purchase of the Marlins, who announced the hiring Tuesday.
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Aaron Gordon leads an intriguing collective of fours, particularly since his lack of 3-point production goes essentially unpunished in this scoring system.

I’m optimistic on Derrick Favors. If he can even approximate his production from two seasons ago, there is a ton of profit potential in his profile.

This tier is also dually deep at point guard and center. I think the Tier 7 point guards come with decidedly lower floors than this group, as even the rookies in this section should enjoy the keys to their respective offenses right away.

This likely reads as too low on Jamal Murray, but I think his value as a potential volume shooter with intriguing assist potential doesn’t translate well in points leagues, given he’s unlikely to enjoy any sizable surges in rebounding or defensive metrics.

My favorite value from this tier is Nikola Mirotic, a player who could feast as the rudderless roster supplies him with bountiful opportunity rates.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Derek Carr expected to play next week

Derek Carr, who sat out Sunday’s 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens for the Oakland Raiders’ third straight loss, will play next week against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Authentic Youth George Blanda Jersey Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was asked if he had a feel about Carr being ready to play next week, adding Yeah, I have that feel.

Carr, who suffered a transverse process fracture at Denver, was among the seven Raiders players inactive against the Ravens, even as he was a team captain for the opening coin flip.

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The Green Wave (3-2, 1-1 American Athletic) scored on all seven first-half possessions, including TDs set up by an interception and fumble recovery. Tulane outgained the Golden Hurricane 435-128 total yards by halftime.

Hilliard had 19 carries and scored on runs of 1, 23, 17, and 43 yards. Banks hit Terren Encalade on a 62-yard scoring pass, ran 13 yards for a second-quarter score, and gained 93 yards on 10 carries.

Tulane had 653 total yards with 488 rushing, including TD runs of 2 yards by Stephon Huderson and 8 yards by Darius Bradwell. Banks was 9 of 13 for 165 yards passing.

Luke Skipper was 10 of 14 for 256 yards passing for Tulsa (1-5, 0-2), hitting Justin Hobbs on a 59-yard scoring strike, and scoring on a 1-yard keeper. Shamari Brooks scored on 13- and 12-yard runs and gained 104 yards on 12 carries.

Jordan on British cuisine: “Baked beans and breakfast does not go together.

McVay has installed a more up-tempo offense similar to what Goff ran at Cal and is emphasizing mistake-free football so Goff is more careful in his decision-making. The new offense also has set up running back Todd Gurley as a modern-day Marshall Faulk with his production jumping significantly as a runner and receiver (362 rushing yards, 234 receiving yards and seven combined touchdowns, on pace for 2,384 yards and 28 touchdowns this season).

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall on the NFL’s best defense: “We’re gonna shut down everybody we play, I promise you. We just have a different tenacity about us this year, a different mindset. A lot of guys came back stronger and more focused. We’re just more aggressive, more confident.”

I’m good with pie and mash though. That I could probably have every day but they’d probably have to move me to nose tackle, so I only had it once. Something about steak and ale pies doesn’t go well with being an athlete but chicken and leek, chicken and leek is healthy, right?”

McVay on his team’s 3-1 start and assessing the next four games: “The players have really done a great job about being able to buy into that and I think that’s a credit to our coaches as well. But, that’s really I know it’s like, ‘No duh, Sean.’ But, that really is our approach and I think that’s helped us because you have a tendency to want to look ahead, but really all you have is whatever this game is this week, your one day at a time approach and preparation.”

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I think both sides got to walk away with an understanding of how each other felt, McCourty later said.

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It was clear to several, but not all, owners that there was a divide between race, age, class and social stature with the players, and it would be incumbent on owners to try to transcend it, whether they wanted to or not. Smith got a briefing on the players’ meeting with the owners on Wednesday morning as he drove to Cincinnati for a locker room session with the Bengals. He was frustrated. The crisis has been mentally exhausting for some players, taking a toll on their ability to perform their jobs.

Panthers director of communications Steven Drummond said in a statement that he spoke with Newton and Rodrigue and I know they had a conversation where he expressed regret for using those words. We strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team.

Rodrigue said in a statement that Newton did not apologize.

Authentic Womens Kevin Bieksa Jersey This afternoon, I did my job as an NFL beat writer and asked Cam Newton a question about one of his receivers. I was dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs, Rodrigue said. I sought Mr. Newton out as he left the locker room a few minutes later. He did not apologize for his comments.

According to a Charlotte Observer report, Rodrigue asked Newton afterward whether he thought a woman couldn’t understand receiver routes.

Newton said she wasn’t really seeing specific routes when watching the game, she was just seeing if somebody was open, the Observer reported. She argued that he didn’t know what she saw nor how hard she had studied football, and that maybe the two of them needed to have a deeper conversation.

Dolphins LB Lawrence Timmons AWOL, not expected to play against Chargers

Game Kids Le’Raven Clark Jersey Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons reportedly won’t play against the Chargers today after several mysterious reports surfaced Sunday morning.

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Timmons went AWOL yesterday and team been trying to find him, was found today and team trying to get more info.

While Timmons has reportedly been found, the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero reports he is not expected to play against the Chargers. Salguero tweeted, Something angered him. He’s not with team. Dolphins know where he is.

Salguero added that Timmons had not been arrested or run afoul of law.

After spending the first 10 seasons of his career with the Steelers, Timmons, 31, signed a two-year, $12-million contract to join the Dolphins this season.

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: His heroics led his team to a stunning 36-33 victory, with his 35.72 fantasy points good for the fourth-best total in any of his 239 career NFL games. Started in 94.2 percent of ESPN leagues, Brady now has 77.2 fantasy points through three games this season, his third most through three team games of any season behind only 2011’s 88.18 (he finished with 366.30) and 2015’s 78.58 (he finished with 344.70). Reminder: Brady is 40 years old, and he’s already 27.2 percent of the way to Brett Favre’s all-time record of 283.58 fantasy points (2009) in a player’s age-40 season or older. Brady is on pace for 411.63 fantasy points.

Game Kids Datone Jones Jersey Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: So much for sweating over Tarik Cohen’s emergence. Howard, who scored the winning touchdown in overtime, finished with a career-best 31.4 PPR fantasy points, and his 26.4 non-PPR fantasy points were his second-best total behind only his 29.7 of 2016 Week 13.

There weren’t a whole lot of Bengals highlights in this one.

No Patriot had ever run for four touchdowns in the first two games of the season, let alone his New England career. Gillislee did that in six quarters. New England may miss LeGarrette Blount’s 250-pound frame on fourth-and-1 situations, but the former Bill is doing an admirable job of replacing him at the goal line.

ANd it was apparent when he talked to the press, telling reporters I didn’t sign up for nine snaps. He won’t be happy with Sunday’s performance either. The future Hall of Famer gained only 26 yards on eight carries as his team lost its second straight.
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Clowney took the ball down to the 20-yard line, and the Texans soon got their first points of the game with a field goal.

Unfortunately for Ross, he wasn’t able to get a second chance at glory like Kareem Hunt did last week.

If there was going to be one though, you had to figure it was going to come from A.J. Green.

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The Falcons were less than sharp in their season opener, but they did enough to eke out a 23-17 win over the Chicago Bears on the road. Matt Ryan, coming off an MVP campaign, threw for 321 yards and a touchdown in the victory. The big highlight was tight end Austin Hooper laying down a mean stiff-arm during an 88-yard touchdown catch.

The Packers are coming off a gritty 17-9 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Aaron Rodgers got all he could handle against the Legion of Boom, but the Packers’ defense stepped up to shut down Russell Wilson and Seattle’s running game. That defense will have another tough test against the Falcons, who smoked them for 493 total net yards in the 44-21 NFC Championship loss.

It should be an electric atmosphere in the Falcons’ new home, with two teams looking to build off 1-0 starts and get back into the postseason. It would not be surprising at all if they meet in January once again.

Colts reportedly name Jacoby Brissett Week 2 starter against Cardinals

After a disastrous showing in Week 1 against the Rams in which the Colts lost 46-9, Jacoby Brissett has been named the starter for Week 2 against the Cardinals, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The decision isn’t official, however. Head coach Chuck Pagano declined to say whether Brissett or Scott Tolzien would start against the Cardinals this week, according to the team’s official website. But starting Brissett makes sense.

Why did the Colts do this? Scott Tolzien had a nightmare of a game in Week 1. Tolzien threw two pick-sixes, and nearly a third had it not been for Donte Moncrief committing a facemask that prevented Tolzien from tying the NFL record for a single game. Tolzien finished the game 9-of-18 with 128 yards and two interceptions. He was also sacked four times.

For a while it felt like the Eagles were going to make a statement. They were going to beat the Chiefs, who were riding high after blowing out the Patriots. It didn’t even matter that Carson Wentz threw a terrible pass, because it landed in Zach Ertz’s hands.

The Eagles lost in Kansas City, but that was an away game. Surely it couldn’t apply to home, right? The Phillies hosted the A’s and in the top of the sixth Joey Wendle blasted a grand slam to put the visitors up 6-3.

Not you too, Flyers! Sure, it was only NHL preseason — but not like this, not like this. Much like their fellow Philly sports teams, the Flyers gave up a late lead and ended up losing in overtime.

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