Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens reportedly suffers fractured right knee, out 8 weeks

Cowboys starting linebacker Anthony Hitchens left Saturday’s 24-20 preseason win against the Raiders early with a knee injury, and it appears to be serious.

According to, Hitchens suffered a fracture in his right knee and will need eight weeks to recover. The team originally feared he would miss the entire season.

“It felt good, you know. I was looking forward to it,” Peterson said, via ESPN. “I haven’t played in the preseason for a long time, so it was good to get out there. I think I had maybe five or six carries, 12 or 13 plays. It felt good to move around, to get hit and kind of get those first reps out of the way. …

“Get the body kind of banging around a little bit, getting some good looks against a top-three defense. Unfortunately we didn’t accomplish what we wanted to accomplish as an offense that first quarter. But playing against a defense like that, that’s one of those games you have to grind out.”

Peterson finished the game with six carries for 15 yards, adding one catch for a 1-yard loss, but he wishes he could have stayed on the field longer.

“It would’ve been fun to play four quarters against them,” Peterson added.

The 32-year-old’s regular-season debut for New Orleans is certainly intriguing, as he’s slated to face his former team in Week 1 when the Saints visit the Vikings for a Monday Night Football showdown.

Chauncey Billups turns down Cavaliers’ offer to be new president of basketball operations, per report

Chauncey Billups has withdrawn from consideration for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ general manager job, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The lead position has been unfilled since David Griffin stepped down from the role days before the NBA draft.

Griffin, who stepped down June 19, had a contract that was set to expire June 30. Since then, the Cavaliers have been run by assistant general manager Koby Altman, who ran the front office during the draft and re-signed Kyle Korver on a three-year, $22 million deal.

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James shouldn’t be blamed for this, although it does seem like his presence ultimately pushed Irving away. Irving reportedly wants to be a focal point for a team, and while he did take more field goal attempts and sport a higher usage rating than James last season, it’s true that he always fell in James’ shadow. Given James’ status as one of the most famous athletes alive, it was impossible for Irving to ever get the same recognition — even if his presence to James was a signal booster of his own.

For now, it seems like the Cavaliers will likely move swiftly to deal Irving, assuming any reconciliation isn’t possible. And while James might be the best basketball player alive, there’s nothing he can do to make Irving want to play with him.

Saints fire 2 doctors who failed to diagnose a fractured leg

The New Orleans Saints fired two team orthopedists, Deryk Jones and assistant Misty Suri, on Wednesday after the team discovered they misdiagnosed cornerback Delvin Breaux’s leg injury, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett.
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Breaux was originally diagnosed with a leg contusion, per ESPN, but the injury sidelined him for the majority of training camp. His unavailability reportedly frustrated Saints management, which eventually sought trade offers.

It was later discovered, however, that Breaux’s injury was actually a fractured fibula that requires surgery and has a recovery time of 4-6 weeks.
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We would have started off with a bit of hate on tap at noon between the Celtics and Wizards. Then, we would have moved on to the obligatory Warriors and Cavs matchup for the 17,364th year in a row, but we have to do it because it’s the best rivalry in the game.

Things would have gotten interesting when the Rockets and Thunder play with the two top MVP candidates and best offseason acquisitions from last year. The Spurs and Timberwolves don’t really have a rivalry or a history — it would have just been a really good matchup. And then we would have finished the night off with a bit of tradition between the Lakers and the Clippers. Lonzo Ball playing in his first Christmas day game should be fun.

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Every important date and matchup we know in the NBA’s 2017-18 schedule

The NBA’s schedule starts earlier and is more spaced out than ever before. That’s a good thing! The league is expected to put rules into place limiting teams from resting star players, but it’s also trying to avoid putting players in bad situations involving too many games over too short of a timeframe. That’s why this NBA season will start a week earlier than usual, cutting down the preseason and cutting out even more back-to-backs.

The full NBA schedule will be released next week. On Thursday, ahead of the full release, the NBA promoted the NBA Tip-Off Schedule (its opening week of national television games) and its annual Christmas Day slate.

We’ll keep this post updated with all the information you need to know about your team and their schedule, as well as national television games, important dates to keep track of, and anything else related to the upcoming schedule.

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When we look back, history will tell who was actually down for the people. You cannot question that Colin Kaepernick was down, Kwame Rose, a prominent activist who was in Charlotte, said.

This man has risked millions of millions of dollars in an effort to save millions of lives and bring awareness to the issues that people on the ground are fighting.

Mike Tomlin sends clear message to RB Le’Veon Bell regarding his return to the Steelers

The Le’Veon Bell “holdout” from the Pittsburgh Steelers story has been beaten like a dead horse. There is no need to speculate when the All-Pro running back will return to the team, the general sentiment from all involved is Bell will eventually return, but when certain people speak publicly about the situation, it is worth noting.

Left tackle Branden Albert unceremoniously un-retired. Yes, you can do that! Now the Jaguars have another problem on their hands.

Albert decided Monday that he would like to play again after all, and he told the Jaguars that he would return to practice. The Jaguars haven’t exactly welcomed him with open arms. They’re reportedly leaning toward not having him back at all.

Why would Albert want to come back in the first place? Maybe he just realized he’d rather be on the field instead of watching the games at home. It’s possible. Sometimes there’s a bigger tug of war between the wear and tear of the season vs. the lure of competition.

There’s also the matter of $3.4 million in bonus money Albert could personally be on the hook for — money paid out prior to his decision to retire. If he comes back to play, he won’t owe the team that money.

Why wouldn’t the Jaguars want him back? Albert skipped all of the offseason work prior to announcing his retirement last month. His contract will pay him more than $8 million this year, and it’s fair for the team to be hesitant about taking back a player who can’t make up his mind about whether he wants to play or not.

LA Kings’ Twitter feed trolls St. Louis fans hard during game vs. Blues

The NHL Kings are lapping up the tears of pro football fans in St. Louis hours after Los Angeles added a second NFL franchise on Thursday.

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And, really, the Kings can’t truly claim the Chargers as LA sports brethren until 2019, when the teams move into the Rams’ new palace in Inglewood, near the site of the Kings’ old barn, the Forum. The Chargers will be playing in the MLS Galaxy’s 30,000-seat stadium in nearby Carson, Calif., the next two seasons.
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Of course, some St. Louis folks took the bait and tried to turn it around on the Kings by talking . . . baseball!

They’re the cool guys. The way they pull up to the games and they just pop in. They have the whole new team with the youngsters shining. I’ve always found the Leafs cool. They play in Toronto, the nicest city in Canada. My favorite color is blue.

Then came the opener, Matthews’ historic night, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. With Siboko on hand, the rapper got a firsthand view of what would turn into his latest track.

Since its release, Siboko said the perks of the song’s popularity have mostly been getting more attention toward his other work, which he said there is plenty of. Plus little things, like getting into clubs for free, he said with a laugh.

But a major realization of the song’s following came at a concert in his home town of Ottawa, where, if anything, Matthews would be more of a heel than the adulatory rap-song subject.

The Washington Nationals invented a drizzle delay

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I, what, no, stop that. This year’s Derby is missing verifiable home run legends. Stanton will become one, health willing. So will some of the other youngsters, health willing. But this isn’t a group that’s at 300, 400, or 500 homers already and ready to challenge history. The participants of this year’s Derby are still very much in the first chapter of their careers.

Here’s the twist, though: Most of those Home Run Derbies were boring as hell. That 1990 Home Run Derby list, with five Hall of Famers and the stars of yesteryear? There were five home runs that year. Total. In the whollllllle Home Run Derby. Sandberg had three, McGwire had one, and Williams had one, and that was it. People paid cash money to sit around and watch the dullest batting practice in recorded history.

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Except, wait a second. Three straight days? Was this the first time three position players had pitched before in three consecutive days?

So I looked. Five seconds later, I found an instance of three position players pitching on two consecutive days, with one day featuring two in separate games. That was July 26 and July 27 of this year.

That’s six position players on the mound within a week. Eight since the start of July. Fifteen since the start of June, and 24 since the start of the 2017 seasons. That’s not even including experimental hybrid, Christian Bethancourt. While Chris Gimenez is a repeat performer (six times this year alone), that still means 18 different position players have pitched this season.

Here are your 2017 MLB All-Star Game lineups and starting pitchers

The 2017 MLB All-Star Game isn’t until Tuesday, but with all this time to kill on Monday before the Home Run Derby begins, Major League Baseball released the lineups for this year’s midsummer classic.
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Before we get to those, though, know that MLB also released the starting pitchers selected for the All-Star Game: we’ll get Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale taking on the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer. At least, we’ll get that to start: now that the All-Star Game doesn’t determine home field advantage in the World Series, we’ll probably see the two teams burn through pitchers faster rather than making them work toward a W.

Dickerson was shifted into the outfield after Colby Rasmus unexpectedly left baseball for (at least) the remainder of the season back in early July, and his improved play means that the Rays can feel comfortable with him staying out there while they add something more to the offense in the newly vacant DH role.

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Smith is the 30th-ranked prospect in the Rays’ system, reportedly throws in the mid-to-upper 90s, and is being projected as a reliever. He’s put up a 1.80 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP in 124.2 innings in the minors and is seen by some as being close to big league ready.

Raiders schedule 2017: Oakland’s playoff road isn’t pretty, including rough end

he Raiders’ 2017 schedule will be a good litmus test for how much they have improved from their breakout 2016 regular season. Getting back to the playoffs won’t be easy; Oakland’s opponents carry over a combined .564 winning percentage from last season, including their foes in the stacked AFC West and NFC East.

From wire to wire, there’s no breathing room or real gimme games for Oakland in 2017. One of the NFL’s most talented young teams will need to grow up faster, but with Derek Carr leading the way, that certainly can happen by the Bay.

Kundla was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, in the same class as Mikkelsen.

“That was one of the great highlights of my career,” Kundla said in 2014.

Kundla got his start in coaching at a Greek church and later coached the DeLaSalle High School team in Minneapolis. He spent just two seasons at DeLaSalle before serving in the Navy during World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters.

After the war, Kundla took over at St. Thomas, where he went 11-11 in his lone season leading the Tommies. He twice turned down offers to coach the Lakers before finally accepting the job. Kundla remained a fan of the Lakers and has always had high respect for former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, whom he described as “cool.”

Kundla’s wife, Marie, died in 2007. They had six children, one of whom is deceased. Kundla’s grandsons Isaiah and Noah Dahlman played at Michigan State and Wofford, respectively. His granddaughter, Rebekah Dahlman, was Minnesota’s all-time leading high school scorer before playing at Vanderbilt.

Guerrero is likely to see a greater increase in votes because he’s a position player and his case gets better

Guerrero has the rare combination of peak and career accolades that make him a likely eventual selection. He’s one of just 13 players in baseball history with at least 2,500 hits, 400 home runs and a lifetime .300 batting average, according to the Play Index tool. He was MVP in 2004 and finished in the top four of voting three other times.

He was done relatively early at 36 and doesn’t rate as well for Cooperstown by sabermetrics: a below-average Hall of Fame right fielder by JAWS and a borderline selection for the Hall of Stats . Still, seven out of 10 voters supported Guerrero’s case last year. More are likely to push him over the 75 percent hump this year.

Trevor Hoffman, with 77 percent of the vote in his third year of eligibility: Hoffman actually got more votes than Guerrero last year, with the former Padres closer receiving 74 percent and missing induction by just five votes.

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Former Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals front office executive John Schuerholz will also be honored. Schuerholz spent nine seasons as general manager of the Royals and 26 years as Braves GM and president.

Schuerholz started his career with the Royals and eventually engineered a World Series-winning team in 1985. He left to become Braves GM in 1990 and won the 1995 World Series with Atlanta. Schuerholz transformed a poor Braves franchise into regular division winners in the years he spent as general manager.