Astros’ Dallas Keuchel cites polar bears as secret to successful shoulder rehab

Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel learned the hard way that it’s not good to pitch through shoulder pain: 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 starts during his injury-shortened 2016.

But after a full offseason of rest, he’s ready to dive into 2017 — just like he dove into the icy waters of Antarctica to swim with the polar bears. Wait, what?

Whatever lingering arm issues he might have, the long-bearded 2015 AL Cy Young winner’s funny bone is certainly in good health, as reporters found out this week when asking about his offseason shoulder rehab. The lefty met one question with an award-worthy deadpan response.

Cameron, who has said he’ll retire after suffering four concussions in six seasons with the Browns and Dolphins, calls it “a great question” but one he “couldn’t stand when people asked (it).”

“I don’t think a lot of these guys love football, to be honest,” Cameron said. “A lot of them don’t. You play for other reasons, and every guy has their own reason. They know why, and as long as your why is really important, you keep playing without really loving football.

“Because really, who loves to get hit in 10-degree weather by a 280-pound person? Really, no one likes that. ‘Do you love football?’ I couldn’t stand when people asked me that.”

Like many — not just at the professional level and not just Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China in football — Cameron said it’s more than the game, it’s the people you play it with.

“Every single guy talks about the locker room and how that’s the thing they will miss,” Cameron said. “It’s so true. Some of the most down-to-earth, intelligent human beings are in there.”

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang to enter alcohol treatment program

Jung Ho Kang, who was recently arrested for DUI for the third time, has agreed to enter an alcohol treatment program.

The Pittsburgh Pirates infielder’s agent, Alan Nero, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Kang had agreed to enter a program recommended to him by a Major League Baseball panel.

According to the Post-Gazette, an appearance before the panel, set up through the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement, is mandatory when, “a Player is arrested or charged by law enforcement authorities with driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol, or any other criminal violation relating to the use of alcohol.”

Rojas’ tweet, translated by Twitter, reads: “Yordano Ventura died instantly and [his] garments were not touched.”

According to The Kansas City Star, a forensic scientist provided the photo to Rojas and told him that Ventura’s family had been given a bag containing jewelry and documents claimed at the scene.

Unsubstantiated reports that the 25-year-old Royals pitcher initially survived the wreck early Sunday but was robbed and left for dead at the scene first surfaced Monday.

The Star reported that one website, Ensegundo, went so far as to say that Ventura “was found alive, but several people assaulted him instead of helping him.” However, the coroner who performed the autopsy on Ventura’s body told the Royals that he died instantly from his Cheap Jerseys Make Your Own injuries.

On Tuesday, the day of Ventura’s funeral, his family called for an investigation into the crash and its immediate aftermath.

Woman busted for flashing at Marlins game was ‘just having fun’

The Marlins fan busted by the team for creating “a distraction” with her breasts says she won’t do it again.

Korina Evaniuk, 22, created an Internet sensation earlier this week when she pulled down and opened the V-neck of her Marlins shirt while sitting behind home plate.

And while she told “Inside Edition” that she was “just having fun,” the team wasn’t pleased. Evaniuk was at the game as a guest of “Marlins Man,” Laurence Leavy, who calls the females who accompany him his “Mermaids.” Leavy reportedly received a text from the Marlins shortly after the incident.

“I was just having fun,” Evaniuk told “Inside Edition.” “That’s just me. It’s my personality. We were drinking. We were, I don’t know, watching the game. It was, I don’t know, we wanted to have a distraction. We wanted to try and win! I’m bringing attention to baseball I guess, so where’s my cut?”

Part of who I am now is very much who I was, and that was cultivated growing up.”
While there’s some truth to that, it’s hard to say all of the success he’s had is just because of how he developed. Sure, the Patriots have provided a great environment for him to thrive in, but you don’t become a five-time Super Bowl champion because of dumb luck.

Of course, people who argue that Brady really is just a system quarterback will often point to the 2008 season, when he tore his ACL in the opener and Matt Cassel Cheap Jerseys Cycling took over. The Patriots went 11-5 that season with Cassel playing extremely well despite limited experience.

Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles out for season with torn ACL

The Dodgers outfield took another hit Wednesday with the news that Andrew Toles is done for the season with a torn ACL.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday Toles will Cheap Jerseys America have surgery on his right knee in about two weeks.

Toles was injured during the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against the Pirates. Julio Urias took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but it was broken up with Andrew McCutchen’s lead-off double to the left-field corner. As Toles gave chase, he pulled up lame before just before he got to the wall and the ball bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double.

“As we all know, Kang has had some issues,” Kim said at a press conference, via Yonhap. “So our coaching staff made this call (to drop him).”

The announcement came shortly after police in Seoul said they would seek an indictment against Kang, who is accused of leaving the scene of a DUI accident on Dec. 2. The 29-year-old eventually turned himself in to authorities. It was his third arrest on DUI charges, and his license was revoked.

The Pirates issued a statement after the incident last month saying they were “extremely disappointed in Jung Ho and in his decision process during this matter,” but no disciplinary measures have been announced by the team or MLB.

Kang also faces potential legal issues in Chicago, where he has been under investigation in connection with an alleged sexual assault in June. No charges have been filed in that incident.

NFL free agency: Mark Sanchez will sign with Bears, report says

The Bears released Jay Cutler on March 9, hours after finalizing a three-year contract for former Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon.

Connor Shaw, who spent his first two seasons with the Browns before joining the Bears last year, is the only other quarterback on the roster.

The Bears will soon add a third veteran as Mark Sanchez is finalizing a deal to join the Bears on a one-year contract, NFL Media reported Thursday.

The Bears could also select a quarterback in next month’s draft and probably will, though it’s unlikely they’d take one with the third overall pick with many other needs.

Rodriguez, who was behind the wheel, was uninjured. Giselle and the children, ages 2 and 8, were taken to area hospitals under varying conditions.

WSVN-TV in Miami reported Sunday night Giselle is listed in fair condition, while the children were both considered serious but stable.

“We are aware that Braves player Sean Rodriguez and his family were involved in a very serious car accident Saturday night in Miami, Florida,” the Braves said in a statement. “At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the health and well-being of Sean’s family as they look to Cheap Google Jerseys recover.”

Miami-Dade police said one of their officer’s cruisers was stolen at a nearby restaurant. The suspect fled at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the cruiser, sideswiped a third vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, then stuck the Rodriguez family, according to WSVN-TV.

Watch: ‘Sound guy’ Greg Maddux throws Kris Bryant a curveball

“Snacks” Harrison was the best free-agent signing of 2016; he became a dominant pure inside run stopper. This year, Brandon Williams got more than Harrison to stay in Baltimore, although it was weird there was limited interest; more suitors could have further raised his value as the highest-paid nose tackle. Hankins, who played well next to Harrison, hasn’t been that hot of a name yet. Poe had a down year in Kansas City, but there’s no way a solid nose tackle like him should be lasting this long on the market. Good things will come to those teams that wait to get these two.

This one could go into the Prankster Hall of Fame.

Former Cubs and Braves star Greg Maddux, known during a Hall of Fame career as “Mad Dog,” added a new nickname to his resume — “Sound Guy” — as he got fellow Cubs star and Vegas native Kris Bryant in an offseason batting practice prank.

Bryant, under the impression he was doing a baseball workout video before leaving for spring training, instead first was bemused by the Red Bull video crew’s “Sound Guy” who offered “pine tar … hand sanitizer?” and eventually stepped in as a replacement BP pitcher who had Bryant laughing — “He’s pretty good” — not to mention off-stride with an assortment of curveballs.

Only after the “Sound Guy” asked for an autographed bat was Bryant clued in that the dude with the boom mic, long hair, mustache and goatee was, yes, Maddux, a.k.a. “The Professor,” and Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys Bryant had been schooled.

NFL Draft 2017: Leonard Fournette first running back off the board at No. 4 to Jaguars

Flowers was last released from a contract in 2014, and he signed a one-year deal with the Chargers that paid off big when they signed him to a $9.1 million-per-year contract just one season later. Since signing that contract, Flowers has missed 16 games, which makes him a question mark for any other team.

If Flowers is willing to give another shot on a low-cost, one-year contract, expect someone to give him a chance in the summer.

McCourty still being a free agent is an indication that he might be looking for too much money. While he did miss 12 games in 2015, he played in 14 games last year and had two interceptions. Now that the draft is over, more teams should seriously target McCourty. He’ll be signed as soon as a team is willing to convince him to come in at a reasonable price.

Leonard Fournette is going to Jacksonville.

The former LSU running back was selected Thursday by the Jaguars with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Jaguars ranked in the bottom third in rushing offense last season and Fournette is the type of workhorse back they can use to take some pressure off quarterback Blake Bortles. Fournette was bothered by an ankle injury last year, but the 6-foot, 240-pound back still managed to average 6.5 yards per carry and score eight touchdowns. That came after he ran for 1,953 yards and 22 scores as a true sophomore.

He set LSU’s single-season record for rushing as a sophomore NFL Jerseys Paypal and left LSU as the school’s fourth-leading rusher with 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns. Fournette is one of only two running backs in college football to post at least five 200-yard rushing games. Only Wyoming’s Brian Hill, who is expected to be a mid-round pick, has more.

We can figure out whether bringing the team back or blowing them up makes more sense once we get there.

We’ve seen plenty of criticisms of Westbrook’s style as a result. Some carried over from previous seasons. Others could be proved wrong with the same on- and off-court numbers used to praise his counterparts. But in they rolled regardless.

He’s too selfish. He shoots his team out of games. He doesn’t make his teammates better. His triple-doubles are overrated because a handful of them a game are gifted to him. His achievements are empty because the Thunder still lose games where he does incredible things.

Yet look at what this selfish, stubborn, short-tempered, inefficient, and reckless player gave this season. This Thunder team is only eight wins worse than last year. Westbrook took them to the playoffs and provided countless highlights every single game. He turned the season into an action movie full of explosions, drama, emotions, fights, rivalries, subliminal messages, dancing, self-aware commercials, and so much more. He made a No. 6 seed a must-see team.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, who also serves as president of basketball operations, said he wants to keep the team together no matter how the season ends. Certainly, with a 2-1 series lead over Utah and a win despite Griffin leaving, the Clippers’ chances in this series aren’t done yet. (It’ll take a superhuman effort from Chris Paul, but he provided that in Game 3, dropping 34 points and 10 assists.) Still, even if they got to the next round, they would have next-to-no chance against the Warriors.

We can figure out whether bringing the team back or blowing Cheap NFL Jerseys China them up makes more sense once we get there. For now, this is just another moment in the unlucky futility of the Clippers franchise.

Last playoffs, it looked like the Clippers might finally be the team catching a break.

NBA playoff scores 2017: We’re getting a Game 7 in round one thanks to the Clippers

Yes! We’re getting a Game 7 in the first round and we’re getting it from the Clippers and Jazz, the best series of the entire first round. The Clippers were able to win Game 6 on the road in Utah and force a winner-take-all game on Sunday. The prize? The winner of that game plays the Golden State Warriors in the next round. Earlier in the night the Celtics and Wizards both took care of business and sent home the Bulls and the Hawks respectively. Here’s how it all went down.

You can believe it, the Wizards are good and for real. They showed it on Friday night in a must win Game 6 on the road. Sure, the Wizards could have gone back to Washington D.C. for a Game 7 but that’s not what good teams do. Good teams finish a series when they can and that’s exactly what the Wizards did. The reason the Wizards were so good on Friday night was the same reason they were so good all season — John Wall and Bradley Beal.

I’ve seen people call this a threat. This is not a threat. This is a succinct argument against the baseball tradition of throwing baseballs at hitters. And it’s absolutely correct.

If you want a threat, Machado could have made it a threat. “I’m a gonna come out there with a bat,” would be a great way to start. “If he’s got a ball as his weapon, guess what? I Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap have a bat” would be another. There are so many ways to turn the blunt object into a specific threat. “Maybe I’ll just have the weapon that’s available to me, then.”

we didn’t expect much from the rebuilding Carolina Hurricanes.

It’s that time of the NHL season where a few fan bases start buying playoff tickets while the rest turn their attention to the NHL playoffs. Elimination is no fun. But it shouldn’t color your whole fandom with tears. Just most of it. Seventy percent of it.

This is the 30 percent: SB Nation NHL Silver Linings, where we send hockey’s eliminated teams into the offseason with five good things to remember from this season.

Once again, we didn’t expect much from the rebuilding Carolina Hurricanes. And once again, the rebuilding Hurricanes flirted with the Eastern Conference wild card race for about two or three months before finally bottoming out.

So, once again, Carolina fans are left without the playoffs but plenty of optimism. Let’s discuss.

There were so many moments that they all blurred together. Massive threes. A crossover that left Markieff Morris on the ground. Clutch free throws late in regulation that tied the game. Those moments are what he lives for and it’s those moments that sustain him through his grief.

“One thing I always try to do is stay in the moment,” Thomas said. “I China Cheap Jerseys always dreamed of moments like this. Winning playoff series, close games, overtime games in the playoffs, because that’s where legends are born. One day I want to be one of those guys.”

What has impressed everyone throughout the season, but especially now, is how Thomas has slowed down in those moments. Gone are the days when he goes 1-of-5 and jacks up whatever shot he could get. Now he reads the actions and understands when he needs to attack and when someone else is open. He plays with an edge but maintains his calm.