MLB playoffs: Postseason schedule leading to 2017 World Series

The 2017 MLB regular season has had plenty of talking points and storylines. Each league has a clear World Series contender in the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros, but surrounding them are the superhuman efforts of Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, the emerging Nationals led by Bryce Harper and an up-and-down-but-not-out repeat bid from the defending world champion Chicago Cubs.

Here is all the information you need to follow the 2017 MLB playoffs up to the World Series.

The last day of the MLB regular season is Sunday, Oct. 1, and the playoffs are scheduled to start Tuesday, Oct. 3. Two wild-card teams from each league will face off in a one-game playoff to determine who advances to the American and National League Division Series. The wild cards will be the top two teams from each league that didn’t win their division.

The best-of-five ALDS and NLDS start Oct. 4.

Age has crept up to them at quarterback, balancing out the boundless youth of David Johnson at running back. Defensively, they have core pieces such as Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, but just enough peccadillos to not be as good overall as the Seahawks.

The Jeff Fisher era ends as the Sean McVay tenure begins. The good news is the Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys new wunderkind coach put wily old Wade Phillips in charge of the Aaron Donald-powered defense. The bad news is McVay will need to do a lot of heavy lifting with Jared Goff to get Cheap NHL Jerseys the offense on track.

Trail Blazers fans support Meyers Leonard after his dog was diagnosed with cancer

Meyers Leonard’s dog Bella was diagnosed with Lymphoma before the Trail Blazers’ game Thursday against the 76ers.

Leonard shared with his followers that Bella wasn’t feeling well earlier in the week, and Blazers fans offered their thoughts and prayers. It wasn’t until Thursday night that Leonard shared what was wrong with Bella, and thanked fans for all of their support.

The break-in happened while Young was in New Orleans to participate in the 3-point shooting portion of the All-Star Skills Challenge.

The Times noted that the burglary is the most recent in a stream of break-ins at celebrity homes across L.A., though LAPD investigators haven’t said whether they think the crimes are connected.

Last week, burglars broke into Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s home and got away with what police estimated at $170,000 in jewelry and other items. Last month, thieves stole a safe containing $2 million in jewelry from singer Alanis Morissette’s home in Brentwood. Also in recent months, former NBA player and current TV analyst Derek Fisher’s home in Tarzana was broken into, as was hip-hop star Nicki Minaj’s Westside home, and burglars are estimated to have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry, police said.

“It’s absolutely true that you get at least two hours more sleep getting Cheap Jerseys And Snapbacks laid on the road today versus 15 years ago,” said one former All-Star. “No schmoozing. No Cheap Jerseys China going Cheap Jerseys Bulk out to the club. No having to get something to eat after the club but before the hotel.”

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says he has a fix for team’s defensive woes

After the Cavaliers’ 127-115 home loss to the Wizards on Saturday night, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue claimed to have something up his sleeve to fix the team’s porous defense.

While the Cavs, who are 6-8 in the month of March, have watched their lead over the Celtics for the No. 1 seed in the East dwindle to a half-game, Lue said he doesn’t want to implement his plan too early. Postseason preparedness is of higher priority than home-court advantage over Boston, apparently.

The Warriors and Thunder face each other again Monday after meeting just a month prior. Heading into that game, the Warriors reportedly were “furious and bewildered” there wasn’t more done to relieve the tension that was a result of Durant’s first time back to OKC, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Haynes wrote: “The Warriors’ belief, according to sources, is that the Thunder’s silence contributed to the raw emotions, outrage and indignation that created an unsettling, hostile atmosphere for a player many consider to be the franchise’s all-time best.”

Stephen Curry also refuted the report by discussing it in broader terms.

“This league is a very interesting place all the way through. Certain Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys stories that don’t need to see the light of day, don’t need to have any life kind of breathed into them, are somehow the most popular. It’s kind of how it goes,” he said. “To me it’s kind of comical. Just what can be put on a spotlight during an 82-game year, and at the end of the day we’re all just trying to win Cheap NBA Basketball Jerseys games and enjoy what we do for a living and that’s it.”

Jeanie Buss remains controlling owner of Lakers after battle with brothers

It looks like the Buss family drama has subsided. For now.

Jeanie Buss has been confirmed as controlling owner of the Lakers, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Jeanie and her brothers, Johnny and Jim, have been in a battle to control the team. The three agreed that Jeanie would be the controlling owner and on the team’s board of directors as long as the Lakers stay within the Buss family.

The Busses reportedly went to a Los Angeles judge on Monday morning to iron out the details and have the agreement in writing.

For Stevens, an Indianapolis native who led Butler to consecutive national championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011, this rebuffing of Indiana is becoming a sort of annual address.

In 2014: “I’ve committed to being here. I’ve already left a situation once and that was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to choose to do. This is something that as long as they want me to be here, this is what I want to be doing, and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I know it’s all specific to the rumor mills and the discussion of one spot. I think they’ve got a good coach (Tom Crean) who’s done a hell of a job (at Indiana). He doesn’t deserve that speculation.”

In 2015: “I don’t put any stock into (the reports). Very rarely do Nike NFL Jerseys From China people even ask me about it. Even when we went on those runs at Butler, with that winning and with those players playing as well as they did and with that attention, the thing to talk about after the season is where those coaches are going.”

In 2020, I assume: “Jeez, guys, I’ve already turned down 72 college coaching offers, including Duke, UNC and Kansas, and even rejected becoming the chairman of the Patriots Cheap Jerseys NCAA! I! Am! Not! Going! Back! To! College!”

AFC follows defense to win low-scoring Pro Bowl

Hopefully anyone who wagered on the 2017 Pro Bowl took the under.

The NFC was a 4.5-point favorite to beat the AFC with an over/under of 81 points for Sunday’s all-star game.

The point total didn’t come close to going over as Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada defense was actually played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando and Chiefs coach Andy Reid led the AFC to a 20-13 victory.

Reid dug deep into his bag of tricks, running a double-reverse combined with a flea-flicker on the first play from scrimmage. The AFC was fortunate the play didn’t result in a turnover as Tyreek Hill’s pitch to Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry hit the turf. Landry picked it up and tossed it back to Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, whose pass to Hill in the flat sailed too high.

It was no wonder that as the attention naturally and understandably flowed to Rodgers for another spectacular performance, Rodgers kept turning the spotlight back onto Crosby, the Packers kicker his entire nine-year career as the starter.

Only Adam Vinatieri has more postseason field goals among active kickers through this weekends games.

Wherever Joseph has been, the emphasis has been forcing takeaways. With the Broncos, he inherits a strong pressure team with a secondary full of ballhawks. His personality and their talent set him up to be an immediate success.

And if you’ve been told that, gosh, we really want to find ‘qualified candidates from groups that almost never get jobs like this, but we don’t know where to find them, we don’t even know where to look But we sure want to get you into the pipeline, and we’ll agree to interview one of you every time an opening comes along, because we’d sure like to get the best person regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, and the only color we see is green and the only thing that matters is winning …

Mike Trout will skip All-Star Game, but return to Angels is near

Mike Trout will work out with an Angels minor-league affiliate beginning Tuesday but will not be participating in the MLB All-Star Game even if he makes significant progress this week, the team said Monday.

The six-time All-Star and two-time All-Star Game MVP was the only Angel chosen for next week’s game in Miami, but he’ll sit this one out as he recovers from a thumb injury.

While speaking about Hayward on the “Russillo Show,” ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski brought up a player who will have to make a similar decision in a few years: Giannis Antetokounmpo. Bucks fans can relax for now as the Greek Freak signed a 4-year extension last season, but once that Hockey Jerseys contract is up it could be an exit for the young All-Star.

“Milwaukee’s going to go through this with the Greek Freak. That day’s coming, right? Where he’s going to look and say, ‘Where is this organization? What are they doing here?’ Like, you don’t think Giannis has been watching what went on there for the last several months? Of what they allowed to go on with the front office? He’s watching it. And the clock has started. Everybody in the league is trying to figure out how they are going to get him out of there. That has started.”
With all of the excitement in free agency, it was easy to miss the Jerseys Wholesale Bucks’ front office drama. As ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported last week, the decision to hire Jon Horst as GM last month was the result of friction among the team’s three owners.

Tom Brady breaks silence on Gisele’s claim that Patriots QB had concussions

Tom Brady has been in the business long enough to know how to answer questions without really saying anything.

During an “E:60” profile aired Sunday on ESPN, the Patriots quarterback was asked to respond to claims recently made by his wife, Gisele. In an interview with CBS earlier this year, she revealed that Brady has suffered concussions throughout his career, which was previously unknown.

Led by MVP Russell Westbrook, who became the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson did so in 1961-62, this past season the Thunder went 47-35 Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys and earned the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoffs before being downed 4-1 by the Rockets in the first round. As big a help as All-Defensive Second Team pick Andre Roberson is on that end of the floor, he’s nearly as big a hindrance on offense. He averaged 6.6 points per game, 58th among shooting guards, despite playing 30.1 minutes a night and starting 79 games during the 2016-17 season.

Gay’s scoring average would have been ranked ninth among shooting guards and small forwards. His 37.2 percent shooting from 3-point range and 85.5 free-throw percentage would give a much-needed boost to an OKC offense that rated in the bottom half of the league in terms of offensive efficiency (105.0) and field-goal percentage (45.2).

Gay could also be a player of interest for the Celtics should they miss out on signing Hayward or putting together a trade package that would bring Indiana star Paul George to Super Cheap Jerseys China Beantown, reports Steven Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Giancarlo Stanton, not Aaron Judge, is top seed for Home Run Derby

To be the champ, one must beat the champ.

That is the reason why 2016 Home Run Derby champion Giancarlo Stanton, and not Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, is the top seed for the 2017 Derby next Monday in Miami. There’s also the fact that Stanton plays for the host Marlins, so he is probably getting some homefield love.

Ujiri has been in his position since 2013 and hand-picked Webster to succeed former GM Jeff Weltman, who left just over a month ago to become Orlando’s President of Basketball Operations. On the same day that Ujiri introduced Webster as the new GM, things became complicated when the New York Knicks parted ways with Phil Jackson. Ujiri immediately became a person of interest and he has yet to comment on whether he’s staying or leaving.

According to Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star, sources say the USA Cheap Jerseys Knicks are confident they’ll land the 2012-13 executive of the year, which would be a big blow for Webster and the Raptors, who have four key free agents that could leave, including star point guard Kyle Lowry.

SN’s David Steele believes the Jets are headed for “rock bottom with a threadbare roster,” and Bowles, who has a 15-17 record over two seasons in New York, including a 10-6 year in 2015, might be forced to go down with what’s left of the ship. Maccagnan might, too, even if his 2017 draft picks show promise.

One possible silver lining to New York’s apparent submission: Nobody in the AFC East is going to dethrone New England this season, anyway. The Jets can save themselves the Plain Cheap Jerseys disappointment and, until the Patriots release their divisional stranglehold, keep reciting JFK quotes.

Justice Dept. drops fight against Redskins’ trademark

In the wake of a Supreme Court ruling earlier this month, the Department of Justice is dropping its fight to cancel the trademark for the NFL’s team in Washington, D.C.

The Supreme Court ruled June 19 that federal trademarks of terms some consider derogatory are covered by the First Amendment, a decision that clears the way for the Washington Redskins Wholesale Jerseys to get back trademarks that were canceled in 2014 after complaints by Native Americans.

The ruling came in a case involving an Asian-American rock band called “The Slants” in the case Matal, interim director, United States Patent and Trademark Office vs. Tam.

The Knicks and Jackson decided on Tuesday to separate after three seasons and his 80-166 record as the man in charge of basketball decisions for the franchise.

Calipari previously coached the New Jersey Nets under difficult ownership. He has told SN in the past his one regret about accepting that job was the challenge of dealing with a team that had multiple owners and was trying to position itself for a sale. Knicks owner James Dolan has been routinely criticized for his handling of the franchise.

Calipari was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He has coached in six Final Fours and led UK to the 2012 NCAA Championship. Eight of his past dozen teams have passed the 30-win mark.

The Kentucky team he will coach this fall will be the youngest in his 26 seasons as a college head coach. The most experienced returning player for the Wildcats, forward Wenyen Gabriel, averaged 18 minutes a game as a freshman. But UK will be loaded with five star talent, including incoming Wholesale Jerseys Paypal freshman Kevin Knox, a forward, and point guard Quade Green.

Jay Glazer: Cowboys should be ‘petrified’ of red-hot Aaron Rodgers

As the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Cowboys have rightly been installed as favorites over the Packers in this Sunday’s divisional playoff game.

But football is also a game of momentum.

At the same time, Bradshaw thought Tomlin made a mistake responding to his comments. TV sports analysts like himself are supposed to have strong opinions.

Similarly, Bradshaw thought victorious Clemson coach Dabo Swinney should not have gone after Cowherd for calling the Tigers a fraud earlier this season.

Vance Joseph, defensive coordinator, Dolphins: Joseph’s name was mentioned in an NFL Network report as someone the Broncos already have in mind. Although coach Adam Gase is getting praise for Miami’s turnaround, it wouldn’t have been possible without Joseph’s great work with the defense.

Young (44) and energetic, Joseph would be a good fit operating with Wade Phillips and also would understand the need for a better run-oriented offense. It would also be a homecoming Cheap Jerseys Ireland of sorts for Joseph, who played college football at Colorado.

Kyle Shanahan, offensive coordinator, Falcons: Where there’s an Elway Cheap Jerseys Mall and there was a Kubiak, there needs to be talk of a Shanahan.

Elway teamed with Kyle’s father Mike for his glory days as a player, and this would be more than a nice full-circle story. Kyle Shananan can restore the dynamic, zone-blocking running game in Denver and also help the team’s true QB of the future Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch or someone else.

The Falcons, however, are without top corner Desmond Trufant for this one, giving both Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham solid matchups. The Seahawksoffensive line is coming off its best performance, springing Rawls in the wild-card round. Atlanta is a weaker run defense, and Wilson will be comfortable against its front seven to take favorable deep shots. The home team stays close to its league-best scoring from the regular season, but Seattle takes the shootout on the road.