The Celtics rallied Sunday night to defeat the Cavaliers in a shocking win. Not many people were giving Boston a chance, especially considering Isaiah Thomas was inactive and it was a road game. Nevertheless, the Celtics found a way to win and the stats from the Cavs’ collapse are pretty impressive.
Ginobili, who has been delegated to the bench has he ages, will become a free agent July 1 and knows his career is coming to a close.
I’m going to go game by game, Ginobili said via San Antonio Express-News. We’ll see if (Monday) is the last one of the season. We hope that it’s not, and that we have a few more. Once it’s over, then I’ll start wondering what the future brings.
Green finished the game with 16 points and 14 rebounds, but struggled with his shooting, going 6 of 16 from the field and 1 of 6 from the 3-point line. He was less effective corralling center Tristan Thompson in this game, as Thompson went for five points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
He said that, after getting that first technical foul, he kept up his aggressive approach, even as a potential ejection loomed.
Ain’t no tech going to stop me from being me, Green said. At least if I am going to get them, let me earn them. Let me get my money’s worth if I am going to get some techs. But hey, that’s the day and age we live in.
Former Miami Dolphins great Jason Taylor, a man with no hair, will have Jimmy Johnson, a man with famous hair, introduce him at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in August.
Johnson drafted Taylor in the third round in 1997 out of Akron. Taylor rewarded Johnson and the Dolphins handsomely with a franchise record 139 1/2 career sacks in 15 seasons.
Awesome pickup here for the Nuggets, who could use Morris potentially sooner rather than later as a backup point guard. We had a grade on him at No. 35, meaning he was much higher than where he was selected. This is simply an awesome pick.
Indiana is getting this pick, and will take a flier on an athletic point guard in Sumner as he recovers from knee surgery. He’s a monster athlete who can get into the lane whenever he wants. The key is the rest of his skill. But at 6-6 with point guard handle, he’s worth a shot this late, for sure.
Allen is among the best perimeter defenders in the 2017 NBA Draft. Not sure what the Celtics will ever get out of him offensively, but Allen’s athletic, quick and tough as hell at the point of attack. Interesting choice.
Peters is a knockdown shooter who can hopefully grow into becoming a stretch-4 in today’s NBA. He’ll need to find someone to guard, but he’s fine here.
Simpson, who has served nearly a decade of a 33-year sentence on burglary and kidnapping charges, was sentenced in a Nevada court in 2008, 13 years to the day after he was found not guilty of the murders in California of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Last July, the Baseball Hall of Fame quietly did a good thing. A decade before, the Hall had permanently shut the door on Negro League inductions after a special, one-off election that put in 17 contributors. Several people subsequently cried foul, because white contributors as far back as the 19th century have remained eligible. So last July, amid a series of rule changes, the Hall of Fame made Negro Leaguers eligible again.
So who are some of the Negro League contributors who might be worthy of more frequent consideration by the Hall of Fame? Here are 10 deserving of at least another look:
No sugar-coating here: Urias’ first two big-league starts were rough. He didn’t make it out of the third inning in his debut, then gave up three dingers in his second outing. But, y’know, he was just 19 years old and he spent the rest of the season showing why he was considered baseball’s best pitching prospect. In his final 16 games (13 starts), the lefty fashioned a 2.73 ERA and struck out 77 in 69 1/3 innings while working with tight pitch limits.
The 10th overall pick of the 2012 draft, Dahl hit .315 with seven homers and five stolen bases in his 63-game debut with the Rockies in 2016. His Coors Field numbers were outstanding, but the left-handed hitter still batted .291 with four homers an .833 OPS on the road. He’s next in the long line of feared Rockies hitters.
Forget about that ugly 8.02 ERA last year. Berrios has the stuff to be an All-Star pitcher in the bigs, and with an offseason to digest 2016’s whirlwind, he should be fine in 2017 if he finds the control that often eluded him in his rookie year. The right-hander doesn’t even turn 23 until late May.
Now that NFL Free Agency has hit a lull and most of the top players (outside of Dontari Poe and Jay Cutler) have found their new homes, we have a clearer picture of the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Browns, Titans and now Saints have two picks in Round 1. The Jaguars and Bengals have seen their draft needs change dramatically after free agency, but for very different reasons. And the quarterback market, still as volatile as ever, sees three quarterbacks go in the top-15 with three more finding homes in Round 2.
The Browns will be drafting Myles Garrett or trading down to a team searching for a quarterback. Garrett can help rebuild the Browns’ defense.
It’s worth noting that the Hall of Fame has been here before. The early to mid-1980s saw the induction of several shortstops: Travis Jackson in 1982; Luis Aparicio and Pee Wee Reese in 1984; and Arky Vaughan in 1985. A few other shortstops also got a lot of consideration from the Veterans Committee in this time: Phil Rizzuto, who was eventually inducted in 1994; and Glenn Wright and Marty Marion, whose names might not be as well-known to contemporary fans but who each appeared on several Veterans Committee ballots. Wrights case has seemingly been dormant for 20 years. Marion, on the other hand, still pops up on ballots when his era is up for consideration.
We could be nearing a stretch of heightened regard for shortstops, given the number of well-regarded shortstops outside Cooperstown. The other possibility, of course, is that Jeter debuts on the ballot for 2019, receives 100 percent of the vote or close to it, and all other shortstops look worse by comparison. That would be unfortunate. Lackluster sabermetric rating or not, Vizquel would be one of many shortstops to get short shrift under such an arrangement.
Through his Age 29 season, Jones seemed like a surefire Hall of Famer. He introduced himself to the baseball world by hitting two homers in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series as a 19-year-old, in Yankee Stadium and spent his first decade as a home run-hitting defensive marvel in center field for the Braves. Through that Age 29 season (2006), Jones compiled 57.9 WAR and won nine Gold Gloves. In his final year in Atlanta, 2007, though, he struggled at the plate, batting just .222 with a .311 on-base percentage. He would never again be an everyday impact player. In the final five seasons of his career, he bounced around the majors (he played for the Dodgers, Rangers, White Sox and Yankees) and produced a combined 1.8 WAR.
The Braves will surprise people. Don’t laugh. Atlanta will be a compelling on-field story in 2017. The Braves won 20 of their final 30 games in 2016, giving hope that the team’s rebuild would be complete faster than expected. They’ve got a legit ROY candidate in Swanson, a legit MVP candidate in Freeman, an elite center fielder in Ender Inciarte, plus a potentially solid starting rotation. While most pre-season projections peg the Braves somewhere around 72 wins (a four-win improvement over 2016), a total that’s closer to 80 is possible. If everything breaks just right and I mean just right Atlanta could even finish the season above .500.
Bring it on, 2017. Prove me right or prove me wrong. It doesn’t really matter. Just entertain us along the way.
The Red Sox Andrew Benintendi will win AL Rookie of the Year. Benintendi had a similar pre-rookie debut as Swanson, so this is another safe prediction. He showed impressive skills at the plate (.295/.359/.476), as well as his own highlight-reel defense. Expect him to take another step forward in 2017 and put everything together to become the American League’s top rookie.
A number of people helped establish the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Cleland, the first executive secretary for the Hall, might be more responsible than anyone. He worked much of the 1930s to assemble a collection, oversee construction and handle many other duties ahead of Cooperstown’s first induction day in 1939. Other sports, such as hockey, have put people in its Hall of Fame who contributed to it. Alas, Cooperstown has been light on honoring its pioneers.
The batting order did its part to help set the major league record for strikeouts in a game by both teams (48). Chicago fanned 26 times against seven New York pitchers. Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell and Willson Contreras all K’d three times. Javier Baez struck out twice.
Bryant’s .946 OPS is far and away the best among the regulars. After that it’s Baez (.794) and Rizzo (.769), with everyone else falling below them. Contreras is at .610.
To their credit, the Cubs scratched out three runs in the bottom of the ninth against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to tie the game. Rizzo forced in the tying run when he was smoked on the left forearm by a 100 mph fastball with two outs and the bases loaded.
Let’s fast-forward to 2016: Major league pitchers threw 100 or more pitches in just 35.7 percent of starts last season, per baseball-reference.com. That’s the lowest percentage over the past 10 seasons (40.7 percent in 2007 was the previous low). A plurality of pitchers (49.2 percent) lasted between 80 and 99 pitches last season. Pitchers failed to crack 80 pitches in the remaining 15 percent of starts. That’s the highest such percentage since ’07.
One quick thing before we get to the percentage guess: The public ballot element of next years vote probably will impact him more than any other first-ballot star. Does Chipper deserve to join the 98 percent club, a group that has just six members Ken Griffey, Jr., Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr., Ty Cobb and George Brett? No, because nobody thinks he is one of the seven greatest players ever, but will voters want to make a very public stand by not voting for him just for the sake of not voting for a first-year guy?
The World Series winner will be a team you don’t expect. We think we know the teams that will seriously compete for a title, but sometimes baseball has other plans. This will be one of those years. I’m not saying teams such as the Padres, Rockies or Rays will suddenly dominate the game, only that the World Series winner won’t be one of the usual suspects. Sorry, Boston and New York.
The NL MVP winner will be someone you are not thinking of. Just like the World Series race, the MVP race will end with a surprising (at the moment) face holding the award. We always think we know roughly how things will play out, but we’re often wrong. Most of the usual candidates will still have great seasons in 2017, but someone else is going to emerge with a stellar performance to take the honor. Maybe someone such as, I don’t know, Freddie Freeman (6.5 WAR in 2016).
The proposal to get rid of the four-pitch intentional walk will win approval, but have little effect. This idea has plenty of supporters and plenty of detractors. Not to mention plenty of people who are indifferent. But even its most ardent supporters acknowledge that eliminating the four-pitch intentional walk won’t speed up or shorten games enough to make a real difference, but MLB will give it a shot anyway. (
The results from the toxicology report on the late Yordano Ventura will not be made public, an official in the Dominican Republic told the Kansas City Star on Thursday.
The Royals pitcher died in a crash Jan. 22 on a mountainous highway northwest of Santo Domingo. The Star reported at the time that officials found no sign of alcohol at the crash site, but that a toxicology report would be completed within 21 days.
Clark continued, The one piece of good news is that the disease seems to be progressing more slowly than in some patients. While I’m still trying to wrap my head around the challenge I will face with this disease over the coming years, the only thing I know is that I’m going to fight like hell and live every day to the fullest.
Clark played in San Francisco for nine seasons, amassing 506 catches for 6,750 yards and 48 touchdowns. He was part of the 49ers’ Super Bowl-winning teams in 1981-82 and 1984-85 and is a two-time Pro Bowler.
Clark was part of one of the most famous plays in NFL history, dubbed The Catch. With 58 seconds left in the 1982 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys, Joe Montana found Clark in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown that propelled the 49ers to a 28-27 victory.
Freddie Freeman isn’t particularly fond of Miller Park.
The Braves first baseman criticized the Brewers’ ballpark Saturday before the team’s 11-3 win at Milwaukee, citing lighting problems across the field that hinder his vision.
“I think it’s a bad-lit Little League field,” Freeman said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I can’t see anything here.”
Freeman went on to describe another distortion due to fireworks set off at the stadium before the Brewer first inning, adding he’s relieved the series is almost over.
I feel like Little League fields are lit better than this. Obviously they have no problem because their guys are hitting. I guess you get used to it. Our lights at SunTrust [Park] are awesome. Turner Field was a little dark.”
Despite his complaints, Freeman has hit .391 with three home runs and six RBIs dating back just over two seasons in Milwaukee.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller is scheduled to have a precautionary MRI exam Monday after exiting early from Sunday’s game against the Dodgers, the team announced.
Miller (2-2) left his team’s eventual 6-2 loss in the fifth inning because of right forearm tightness. He held the Dodgers scoreless through four innings but was responsible for three runs in the fifth, in which he didn’t retire a batter.
He’ll do everything mentally, Arians said, via the team’s website. He tosses some soft ones around. He doesn’t need to be out there right now.
To give Palmer some time to rest, the Cardinals have four other quarterbacks on their roster this offseason. The majority of the work will likely go to veterans Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert, while fifth-year quarterback Zac Dysert and undrafted rookie Trevor Knight handle the back-up work.
We’ve got four arms for both fields because we’re always going to have our dual practices, Arians added.
Palmer had mulled retirement before deciding to commit to his 15th NFL season and fifth with the Cardinals. The 37-year-old, who is signed with the Cardinals through the 2018 season, set a personal high for pass attempts with 597 last year while completing 364 for 4,233 yards and 26 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.
After the game, he downplayed the severity of the problem.