Watch: James Harden pinched Draymond Green so Green punched Harden’s sore wrist

While Draymond Green did nothing Friday night to soften his reputation as a dirty player, at least he had an excuse for his chippiness.

After the Warriors’ 107-98 win over the Rockets, Green admitted he punched James Harden’s sore left wrist in the third quarter because the Houston guard kept pinching him in the stomach. In fact, Green said he’s used to that treatment from Harden.

“I hope he does it. I always thought he was a great basketball player,” Robertson said Friday of Westbrook, via “I was talking to some basketball people the other night, and I said, ‘I don’t think any of these guards can beat him on a one-on-one game.’ I think he’s been tremendous for the team, his fans and also for television.”

Even though the Thunder are long shots to emerge as title contenders during the postseason, Robertson thinks Westbrook should win MVP this season.

“I think it’s Westbrook. That’s what I really think,” Robertson said. “Because years ago it was tough to win an MVP because it was based on winning championships — and [Bill] Russell with the Celtics. They dominated. But one year, Wilt [Chamberlain] averaged 50 points a game and 29 rebounds and me a triple-double, but Bill won because his team advanced and we did not.

“It’s changed now. A lot of people understand what an Cheap Liverpool Jerseys MVP means. They understand basketball better than they did years ago.”

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Vlade Divac promises to step down if Kings do not improve

Vlade Divac has vowed to resign as general manager of the Kings if the team is not better in two years than it is now.

In an interview with the Sacramento Bee centered around his decision to trade star forward DeMarcus Cousins, Divac said, “I totally understand why some fans would be upset. They supported DeMarcus, and I like DeMarcus a lot. But I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years. I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I’m right, great. If I’m wrong, I’ll step down. But if I go down, I’m going down my way.”

Divac also said back-channeling by Cousins’ agents forced him to accept a deal from the Pelicans that wasn’t as favorable for Sacramento as one previously on the table.

The near-kick came after Green mocked 39-year-old Paul Pierce, who is in his final NBA season. Pierce announced last September that the 2016-17 season would be his last. Pierce has played in only 13 games this season and did not play in the first half of Thursday’s game. That didn’t stop Green from heckling Pierce.

While Griffin was at the free throw line less than a minute into the game, Green shouted at Pierce, who was sitting on the Clippers bench.

“You’re chasing that farewell tour,” Green said loud enough to Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys be heard on the TNT broadcast. “You can’t get no farewell tour, they don’t love you like that…You thought you was Kobe?”

It’s hard for someone to get the love from the crowd when he’s not Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale playing, but damn dude, respect your elders. The man was a 10-time All-Star and led the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008.

Green kept it up in the third quarter, getting a technical foul early in the third quarter after running over Griffin. He then started to yell at Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who had pulled him from the game.

Mets advance Tim Tebow to Advanced A League

Tim Tebow is moving up in the baseball world.

The former NFL quarterback was promoted to St. Lucie of the Advanced A League after several months with the Columbia Fireflies, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced.

“It’s not like he’s tearing up the league, but at the same time all of the indications are positive in terms of various things we look at — chase rates and exit velocity,” Alderson said, via ESPN. “The bottom line is the average isn’t there, but he’s improving.”

Tebow was batting .222 with three home runs, 23 RBIs and a .311 OPS with the Fireflies. He also had 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 212 at-bats.

Tebow signed with the Mets in September and was sent to Columbia as an outfielder, where he committed seven errors in 58 chances this season.

Both guards finished among the top 40 NBA rookies in games played this season, even despite spending time in the D-League. Baker was assigned to the Westchester Knicks six times last season, and VanVleet was assigned 16 times to the Raptors 905, according to Basketball Reference, as both players bounced between the NBA and the NBA D-League, which has been renamed the NBA Gatorade League (G-League).

Undrafted players who move between the two leagues can benefit from the creation of “two-way” contracts, which were agreed to in December 2016 by the NBA and NBA Players Association in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players who sign two-way contracts are guaranteed a baseline salary of $75,000, with the ability to earn up to $275,000, depending on how much time they spend in the NBA. That’s Cheap Ireland Jerseys a significant pay raise over regular D-League players who make $26,000 or $19,500, depending on their Cheap Ice Hockey Jerseys classification as a Level A or Level B player.

Giants prospect Rando Moreno turns rare 6-3 triple play

It was the third triple play turned this year in the minors and the first by a Richmond player since current Giants second baseman Joe Panik helped turn one on May, 23, 2013.

Moreno did miss an opportunity to get the even rarer unassisted triple play. All he had to do was tag Josh Fuentes, who was the victim of a horrible strikeout last Friday, when the Yard Goats third baseman arrived at second base instead of throwing the ball to first.

The Marlins have allocated all of $700,000 MLB paid the team as a result of Jose Fernandez’s death to a trust for the late Marlins pitcher’s 3-month old daughter and to his mother, The Miami Herald reported, citing unidentified industry sources.

MLB policy calls for $1 million to be paid out to a team when an active player dies, but Fernandez, who died Sept. 25 in a boating accident, was found to have traces of cocaine in his system and a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit at the time of the wreck, so MLB’s insurance company balked at paying the full amount.

The insurance company and MLB recently negotiated a $700,000 payout, according to The Herald, which was passed through the Marlins to a trust to pay for infant Penelope Fernandez’s education and to help take care of Maritza Fernandez, the pitcher’s mother.

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Braves find stop-gap for Freddie Freeman in trade for Cardinals slugger Matt Adams

The Braves have found their stop-gap for the injured Freddie Freeman. Atlanta traded for Cardinals slugger Matt Adams Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals will also get cash considerations in the deal. Yepez is currently not ranked in the Braves’ top prospects according to He is currently playing in Low A ball with the Rome Braves. The 19-year-old is a career .281 hitter in the minors.

The Braves are currently in second place in the NL East with a 17-22 overall record. Adams is hitting .292 in limited time off of the bench for the Cardinals this season. He has spent much of the time on the bench for the Cardinals in the last few years after Matt Carpenter was converted into a first baseman.

Freeman, who left Wednesday’s game after being hit by a pitch, will be out approximately 10 weeks after additional testing Thursday showed he has a broken wrist, the team announced.

Melancon, who was dealing with a mild right pronator strain in his right elbow, spent the minimal required time on the disabled list, so the Giants obviously felt confident he’s healthy and ready to go.

Unfortunately for the Giants (17-24) they are still fourth in the NL West entering Wednesday’s games despite winning their last five in a row.

Maybe Melancon’s return will keep the hot streak alive.

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World Series MVP David Freese opens up about depression, alcohol abuse

Although he now plays for the rival Pirates, David Freese gets applauded every time he come to the plate at Busch Stadium as Cardinals fans still honor their hometown hero, who grew up in metro St. Louis.

Freese blasted an 11th-inning walk-off home run to beat the Rangers in Game 6 of the World Series en route to MVP honors but the now 33-year-old admits he never should have been lauded by the Cardinals after everything he put them through.

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By Wins Above Average, the chasm between Stieb and Morris in the ‘80s is even wider: 28.1, best in the decade for Stieb; 9.0, 31st-best for Morris.

He was an awesome pitcher,” Stieb said. He was an animal, a bulldog-like [workhorse], and wanted to win like no one else. I totally respect him and his skills and what he did. But if you had to look at everything, I think I was the best.”

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Giants team bus breaks down on way to airport

It didn’t take a Bob Dylan ballad to tell us that the Cowboys’ all-time leading passer was a little sad about how the times are a-changin’ without really changin’. The last-minute twist by the Cowboys to keep trying to trade him vs. a straight-up release to let him truly pick his team as a Peyton Manning-like free agent was another painful jab to his surgically repaired back. “When Romo was in Jerry’s World . . . let my Romo go . . .”

Things got worse for the Giants after they were swept by the Reds in Cincinnati.

The team bus broke down on the way to the airport.

Giants broadcaster Dave Fleming said he was in another bus that picked the team up from the side of the road to get them moving again.

The Giants didn’t even have super mechanic Madison Bumgarner around to help fix the bus. Bumgarner, of course, is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury suffered in a dirt bike accident.

The Giants probably could not wait to leave Cincinnati after the Reds blew them out in the three-game sweep with a combined score of 31-5. San Francisco (11-21) has the worst record in the National League in what is quickly becoming a nightmare season.

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Jets receiver Devin Smith tears ACL again, out for 2017 season

The Jets had nothing but high hopes for Devin Smith when they drafted him in the second round out of Ohio State in 2015. And they had hopes again this season, except the hopes this time are just that he has a good recovery.

Devin Smith tore his ACL before the team began organized team activities . Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan broke the news Saturday during a post-draft press conference. The Jets selected Alabama receiver ArDarius Stewart in the third round and Cal wideout Chad Hansen in the fourth.

Smith tore the same ACL he injured three games into his rookie season. Davis had nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown prior to the injury. He had only one catch on three targets in 2016 while limited because of the injury.

The 25-year-old set a Buckeye record averaging 28.2 yards per reception during his final year with the program.

Like the Jaguars, the Jets were in position to draft a franchise quarterback hopeful with the No. 6 overall pick. And with their current QB trio consisting of Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Hackenberg, the Jets could sorely use one. But not only did New York instead use the pick on LSU safety Jamal Adams, the Jets opted not to spend any of their nine choices on the position. This further feeds into the belief New York intends to tank this NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys season for either a free-agent QB run next offseason or stronger positioning in a 2018 draft class considered to have more elite-level passing prospects led by Southern Cal’s Sam Darnold. Hackenberg, who never took the field as a 2016 second-round choice, should now at least have the chance to show something this season that would entice the Jets to change that strategy.

Blackhawks need to pick a path this offseason despite limited options

There’s a different feel to this Chicago Blackhawks offseason than any other one I’ve covered in my two-plus years following the team. With an aging core coming off complete decimation at the hands of the Nashville Predators last month, wholesale changes actually feel possible in a way they didn’t before.

Comments about trading a big contract like Corey Crawford or Brent Seabrook were already common before the sweep, but they always seemed to be coming from the fringes. Oh, that guy who wants to trade Corey The Crawful? You don’t need to pay attention to him.

But this spring feels a bit different, for two reasons. The first is that the Blackhawks’ cap situation, always an issue, is hitting its breaking point. They have so little flexibility entering the offseason that shedding salary is a must. The only way to do that will be to get rid of players the team kinda needs to stay in contention. The second is that, again, the Hawks didn’t just get knocked out of the first round again. They got beaten so badly that demoralization set in before the series was even over.

You can see why there’s a greater sense of urgency now than the past couple years. After playing only 35 games last season — due to a broken hand from punching a trainer and a recurring quad injury — Griffin had bounced back to play 61, only sitting for one extended stretch in the middle of the year after undergoing a minor arthroscopic knee surgery. Still, it has now been three straight seasons that Griffin has played fewer than 70 games, and it Basketball Jerseys For Sale makes you wonder what will happen when he hits free agency this summer.

Is Giancarlo Stanton just an ordinary baseball player now?

Aaron Judge, our sweet pituitary powerboy, is the sports sensation of the year. There was a chance that he was going to start the season in the minor leagues, and he’s putting up Barry Bonds home run totals instead. When Judge destroys the moon with a home run, he will be legally obligated to move the tides himself for the rest of his life, but do not blame him, for he knows not what he does. We have never seen anything like this.

Canaan basically didn’t play from the All-Star break on, but the Rajon Rondo injury and general desperation forced him into the rotation for Chicago. In back-to-back games, he played 34 and 36 minutes. (He hadn’t played double digit minutes before that since Feb. 12.) Combined in the two games, Canaan has 26 points on 10-of-21 shooting.

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Although Boston missed a ton of open looks (as evidenced by their 6-25 shooting from long range in the first half), a huge reason why they struggled so much on offense in the first half was because of Isaiah Canaan’s defense on Isaiah Thomas. Though he did get caught cheating the wrong way a few times, Canaan did a great job of staying in front of Thomas on drives while also avoiding cheap shooting fouls that Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys would have led to free points for IT.

Thomas scored only seven points and did not register a field goal until there were less than 45 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Unfortunately, a sputtering Bulls offense that at one point had to rely solely on Anthony Morrow for production at one point couldn’t definitively recapture the lead, and the Bulls went into the locker room down 52-50.

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