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.
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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

Ask fans in Northern California and all over Ohio how they feel about resting players

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Shame on you, Adam Silver, for not doing the right thing and putting a stop to this charade that is the NBA playoffs. You are not seeing the big picture.

Without a semblance of parity, your league will suffer.

NBA regular-season ratings were down this season, likely because everybody knew Golden State vs. Cleveland in the finals for the third straight year was a foregone conclusion.

Not committing to Ball might be a smokescreen, but I am not sure what they’re screening. I think they’re just still uncertain.
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The NBA Finals will start Thursday, and folks in those two locales will be glued to the proceedings. The teams are arriving in those Finals almost entirely healthy, thanks in part to strategic rest throughout the regular season. One will have a parade through town in a few weeks, and that matters a lot more to the locals than the high-stakes pouting of disappointed broadcasters.

Ask fans in Northern California and all over Ohio how they feel about resting players. They’ll tell you what’s become obvious here: They’re fine with it, because it worked.

Stephen Curry played all seven games in last year’s NBA Finals, but you have to wonder if he had some lingering injury concerns. He was hurt in the team’s first playoff game against the Rockets and missed the next two games. He returned briefly before injuring himself again, missing the next four games.

Warriors guard Andre Iguodala reached in and slapped the ball from James, forcing the ball out of bounds for a turnover that sealed the game.

No fatigue? James looked weary on that play. He spiked the ball into the floor after the whistle blew. I lay it all on the floor, James said, and I did that tonight, gave everything that I had, both mentally and physically. So obviously I’m drained right now, ready to get home.

NBA Finals 2017: LeBron James in awe of juggernaut Warriors ‘firepower’

LeBron James hailed the Golden State Warriors’ unrivaled firepower after his Cleveland Cavaliers fell, 118-113, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors are closing in on an unprecedented 16-0 playoff record, but they have cause to be wary after the Cavs became the first team to come from being down 3-1 to steal last year’s title from their grasp.
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In NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s state of the NBA press conference Thursday before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, he was asked about the situation and if there were going to be any repercussions for what Jackson said. The commissioner was quick to say no.

We did not consider disciplining Phil Jackson for those comments about potentially trading Carmelo, he said. The view of the league is it’s not reciprocal. Players can’t trade themselves, teams can trade players, so it’s never been a history in this league of fining a team or disciplining a team executive for talking about trading a player.

For now, Roberts will just have to stew about Jackson and take solace in the numerous times he’ll stick his foot in his mouth in the next few years, because, honestly, James Dolan isn’t going to move on from Jackson. Dolan only has his eyes on getting ex-players out of his arena.
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As Mike Breen said on the ABC broadcast, The greatest scoring in half in NBA Finals history comes to an end. Irving leads all scorers with 28 points (11 of 14 from the field), James has a typically brilliant line (22 points, eight rebounds, six assists) and Love poured in 17 points. Durant kept the Warriors within shouting distance by scoring an efficient 22 points, including a buzzer-beater to end the half. We’ve seen the Warriors cut huge deficits before, but the Cavs are burning down the nets right now. That was crazy.

The Giants likely will instead try to rebound

The difference will need to come from either the Patriots’ or Falcons’ pass rush. Ryan was sacked 37 times on his 571 dropbacks, rather high for someone with his overall downfield passing numbers, and Seattle got to him three times in the divisional round. Brady took only 15 sacks in 12 games, but was sacked twice each in the playoff wins over Houston and Pittsburgh. New England’s defense recorded 34 sacks in the regular season, which tied for No. 16 in the NFL with Atlanta.

What have made Ryan and Brady so good this season is the fact that after their clear (healthy) go-to guys Julio Jones and Julian Edelman they spread the ball around well to everyone else. Their respective No. 2 targets change from matchup to matchup, from wideouts to running backs to tight ends. That’s all helped by working with the two best offensive coordinators in the game, Kyle Shanahan and Josh McDaniels.

All the QB evidence points to the Patriots and Falcons playing a crisp, clean shootout in Super Bowl LI. The winning QB will walk off having earned his game MVP award in a championship passing duel for the ages.

And if they do get to that point — late July, double-digit games below .500 and staring at an insurmountable deficit in the standings — and they decide to trade, say, Johnny Cueto before he opts out of his contract at the end of the year, expect the Giants to insist on major league ready talent in return. As bad as this season may get, they’re still not in a position to start looking four or five years down the line. If they give up on 2017, it’ll be with an eye toward 2018. They simply have too much invested in their core group to do otherwise.

A full rebuild Not likely. The Giants likely will instead try to rebound, embrace a youth movement at certain positions to see who can contribute next year, and try to reload in the offseason in hopes of getting themselves back into contention. It’s worked for them in the past, and chances are they’ll pin their hopes on it working again.jays_1239_fab10f41556d4852-180x180

Patriots fans call Roger Goodell ‘coward,’ ‘afraid’ after he ducks AFC championship

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be at the Georgia Dome for a second consecutive week, as he’ll attend the Packers-Falcons NFC championship game Sunday instead of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium, according to multiple reports.

The Browns began the year with 14 straight losses before knocking off the Chargers last week for their only win. The Browns have the top pick but will also pick 12th in a selection acquired last April from the Eagles (7-9).

They will be followed in the draft by the 49ers (2-14), Bears (3-13), Jaguars (3-13) and Titans (9-7), who have the fifth overall pick because of their trade last April with the Rams (4-12). The Titans also own the 18th overall selection.

While picks 21-32 will be determined by the results of the playoffs, selections 1-20 are set. The defending Super Bowl champion Broncos (9-7) will pick 20th. The Panthers, who won the NFC last season with a 15-1 record, stumbled to a 6-10 mark this year and will pick eighth.

The Browns would help themselves drafting for any position. If they choose to go for a great defensive edge rusher, such as Alabama’s Jonathan Allen or Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, with their No. 1 overall pick, you can’t blame them.
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Since his arrival last January as an unknown cog in New Englands front office, Quinn has done an excellent job helping to change the culture in Allen Park. He made changes to team headquarters in the weight room and cafeteria to make it more player-friendly. He adroitly replaced retiring wide receiver Calvin Johnson with free-agent targets Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin, who picked up the slack.