Month: July 2018

Nowitzki has been the face of the Mavericks’ franchise for most of the past two decades.

That included a stretch of 11 consecutive 50-plus-win seasons from 2000 to 2011 — a run bettered only by the Lakers from 1979 to 1991 and San Antonio Spurs from 1999 to 2017. The stretch of 50-plus-win seasons featured two NBA Finals appearances and was capped by a championship in 2011.

The Mavs have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since the first two years of Nowitzki’s career, bottoming out with a 24-58 campaign last season. Dallas, one of few teams with significant salary-cap space, hopes to fast-track the rebuilding process and return to the playoffs this season.

BALTIMORE — Adam Jones took a big swing, and the result was a popup. He slammed his bat to the ground in disgust and dutifully jogged to first base.

Somehow, that seemingly routine out became the catalyst for a six-run inning that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Los Angeles Angels 8-2 on Sunday.

Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo hit consecutive homers after the Angels lost the popup in the sun, and the Orioles got a strong pitching performance from Kevin Gausman in snapping a seven-game losing streak.

Machado followed with his 21st home run , Trumbo connected , and Steve Wilkerson singled in a run before Tim Beckham capped the surge with a two-run single.

The home runs were lamentable, but the popup was especially galling to the Angels.

Obviously it’s unexpected. It happens, manager Mike Scioscia said. He thought he had a bead on it and all of a sudden it disappeared in the sun.

Jones got credit for a hit, but it sure didn’t feel that way.

Sure, it’s just like an error, Scioscia said. I don’t think (McGuire) was Cheap Jerseys With Numbers affected by it, but obviously it adds fuel to the fire and starts a rally for them.

Trumbo homered again in the fifth and Trey Mancini also connected to Cheap Jonathan Toews Jerseys help Baltimore secure its only victory during a seven-game homestand that began with four straight losses to Seattle.

Mark Canha hits an RBI double as the Athletics rally to take the lead in the sixth inning.

Edwin Jackson is making the most of his opportunity with yet another new team.

The 34-year-old journeyman earned his first win with Oakland, pitching neatly into the seventh inning as the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Saturday for their season-high sixth straight victory.

That’s saying a lot. Barkley was named a consensus All-American his junior season at Penn State. He was considered a near-flawless prospect whom Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has described as a special young man. Barkley has even received rave reviews from teammates early in his Giants career.

He seems to be doing just fine off the field as well as being a new father and thoughtful son. Getting the house for his parents out of the way without touching a paycheck from the Giants was a meaningful gesture.

Obviously it’s special, Barkley said. I just hope I can set an example for future athletes and other athletes that, planning on doing something like that, I was able to do that without signing my contract, he said. That just shows that so far I’ve been making a lot of right decisions and surrounding myself with a great team. They have been able to help me a lot. I have to give a lot of credit.Reds look to remain hot vs. White Sox

Oklahoma City is expected to lose Paul George — possibly to the Lakers — leaving Anthony with Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams.

If the Thunder feel George’s absence leaves them short on talent in the tough Western Conference, they could try to trade Anthony. But moving the former No. 3 overall pick could prove challenging after he averaged just 16.2 points (a career-low) while shooting 40 percent from the field last season.

The Thunder acquired Anthony from the Knicks in September 2017, and it appears the two could remain together next season.

Current ESPN reporter Adrian Woj Wojnarowski has a reputation for announcing an Cheap Jerseys Team NBA team’s selection on Twitter minutes before Adam Silver actually takes to the podium. When news broke of an agreement between the league and its broadcast partners, including ESPN, centered around not prematurely disclosing picks this year, it looked like one of the NBA Draft’s most time-honored Cheap Jerseys US traditions was in trouble. Luckily, Wojnarowski had a solution.

NBA free agency rumors: Magic waive guard Shelvin Mack

Shelvin Mack will be looking for a new team this summer.

The 28-year-old guard was waived Monday by the Magic, according to multiple reports. Mack, whose full contract was not guaranteed, would have received $6 million in 2017-18.

Orlando is waiving guard Shelvin Mack, league sources tell ESPN. He would’ve been guaranteed $6M this season. Mack will join the free agent market of capable back up guards.

Mack averaged 6.9 points and 3.9 assists per game as the Magic’s backup point guard last season. He signed a two-year, $12 million contract with Orlando in July 2017.

Mack appeared in a pair of national championship games while playing collegiately at Butler. He was selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Wizards.

This could be Michael Porter Jr., but reports out of Chicago indicate the Bulls prefer the Duke big man. Adding Carter to the frontcourt alongside Lauri Markkanen would create a modernized duo capable of spreading out the floor. The 6-10 big man would also give the team additional protection at the rim.

Porter would be a solid selection for the Cavaliers here, as he could potentially slot in as the next man up should LeBron James leave this summer or play off him as a dangerous shooting threat if he sticks around.

Kevin Knox says one team interview at the Combine pressed him if he had a child. Knox, was surprised, obviously replying no. The team asked again, saying their intel had learned he had a child. Knox asked for the kid’s name and the team finally relented, admitting it was hoax.

Not that this line of questioning had any viable strategy to begin with, but the team seemed unprepared for Knox to call its bluff.

Regardless of Knox’s answer, it would have had no discernable value in determining his NBA potential. If the identity of the team comes out, it should make fans a bit uneasy about its talent evaluation and draft strategy.

His NBA projections paint a slightly rosier picture. Doncic is trusted to hoist a significant number of 3-point attempts, suggesting his coaching staff believes in his ability to make them, and his 80.1 percent rate from the foul line indicates he has the touch to develop into a more Cheap Jerseys Website consistent shooter. If Doncic is able to knock down pull-ups coming off a screen consistently, NBA teams will Cheap Jerseys USA be forced out of their under and over and drop-ball screen coverages.

Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks agree that the Rockets are unlikely to sign LeBron James in free agency.

LeBron James did not pick up the player option on the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and became an unrestricted free agent.

James had until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to inform the Cavs of his intentions before the option expired.

The decision makes the four-time MVP the headliner of a star-studded free-agent class that includes Paul George, Chris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins, among others.

According to ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks, Cleveland can offer James a more lucrative deal than any other team — a five-year max contract in the neighborhood of $205 million. Any other suitor can offer a four-year pact worth $152 million.

Should James re-sign with a shortened one-plus-one deal in Cleveland — in order to give himself the chance to explore free agency again in the summer of 2019 — his compensation for 2018-19 would be $35.4 million, and 2019-20 would jump to $38.2 million as the option year.

Scioscia is the sixth manager in major league history to manage 3,000 games with one team.

You don’t think about it, Scioscia said about his longevity. It’s 3,000, one game at a time.

Struggling Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop (.197) was given the day off, and will likely be rested Sunday before Monday’s off day. Showalter said he wanted the 2017 All-Star to reset.

Angels: RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani, who has a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow, batted in a simulated game Saturday and did not experience any setbacks, Scioscia Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL said. The team hopes Ohtani can avoid Tommy John surgery. . LHP John Lamb has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo surgery in Los Angeles. . RHP Jake Jewell will Cheap Jerseys Paypal Payment be out at least six months after undergoing right ankle surgery Friday. . RHP Garrett Richards (hamstring) allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings in a rehab start Friday with High-A Inland Empire. He lost some of his command as the outing went on, but physically he felt great, Scioscia said.