Baby-toting dad at Mets-Dodgers game snags ball; horrified mom snatches infant away

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We’ve seen this happen all over major league parks: A dad makes a one-handed catch of a foul ball while holding a baby in the other arm.

Seldom do you see the baby’s mother going all protective services on the man afterward.

But that’s what happened Thursday night at Dodger Stadium when a guy in a Mets jersey made a juggling catch as he held a child. He appeared to juggle the ball and the infant.
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Nick Horvath up 3-0 in the count with bases loaded.

Ryan Larson next batter up, but is struck out looking. Tense moment here with two outs and bases loaded in bottom of the third.

And now we see an intentional walk for Florida’s Mike Rivera to load the bases. He ranks fifth on the team with 28 RBIs this season.

Austin Langworthy is thrown out at first, but Nelson Maldonado and Jonathan India advance to third and second, respectively. Gators with runners in scoring position with one out.

Florida already with six hits. Jonathan India keeps it going with a single to left. The Gators have two on base with no outs.

Jake Slaughter is in at first base for Nick Coomes, who has been credited with two errors. Meanwhile, Nelson Maldonado singles to center.

You shake his hand and you feel like he’s a guy who’s hard to get off his spot and that’s going to serve him well throughout his career, Payton said, via ESPN.com’s Jean-Jacques Taylor. I like the look in his eye. When the game starts and you’re watching the game, you feel calm watching him play — and that’s a good trait because you trust him.

Prescott and Elliott can’t carry the Cowboys alone, though. They’ll need improved play from the defense and consistent production from the other nine guys on offense. Otherwise, their numbers could take a hit because the other team is only focused on stopping the Cowboys’ young QB-RB combo.

SUV Derek Fisher crashed was registered to Matt Barnes, report says

Well, this is uncomfortable.

The SUV Derek Fisher was driving — and subsequently wrecked — before his arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence is registered to Matt Barnes, TMZ Sports reported.

Yes, the Matt Barnes whose ex, Gloria Govan, is now dating Fisher. Yes, the Matt Barnes who Fisher got into a fistfight with in 2015 because of his relationship with Govan.

The white 2015 Cadillac Escalade was totaled early Sunday morning after Fisher hit a guard rail, causing it to roll over. When police arrived on the scene, they had to help Fisher and Govan out of the car, then arrested him after they deterimined he had been drinking.

According to TMZ, Barnes left the Escalade with Govan to cater to the two children the former couple have together.

Barnes is currently in the middle of the NBA Finals with the Warriors, but once the playoffs are over he might have a word with Fisher about the situation.

Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke. The Sixers could use a point guard, but that depends, in part, on how much ballhandling Ben Simmons will do. They need shooters who can stretch the floor and work off screens, too, and Tatum would fit the bill.

a team that sees past that could very well choose him first overall. He can score and has the potential to be an elite defender.

De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky. Fox is a blur with the ball, and that speed is something that could change the look of the Kings. Sacramento has some athletic young big men and Buddy Hield, who could potentially team up with Fox in an exciting young backcourt.
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Heat receive approval to clear Chris Bosh’s salary

The Miami Heat will no longer be on the hook for the remainder of Chris Bosh’s contract.

The NBA and NBPA agreed following a joint medical review that Bosh has a career-ending illness, the Sun Sentinel reported after confirming the ruling with parties involved with the process.

His X-rays and all of the information that they gathered is being sent to another specialist, Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters prior to Tuesday’s game in Cleveland. I think he’s probably going to collect one to two more opinions and then go from there before he ultimately makes a decision on the next step, whether that next step is surgery or a specific rehab program, whatever the case may be.

But he’s still obviously really sore… the last [doctor] said that some of the inflammation that he has has to go down before they can make the final call.
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The Celtics held a 57-47 halftime lead on the Cavs in Tuesday’s Game 4. Thomas did not make the trip to Cleveland, but the Celtics are hoping he can attend Thursday’s Gamr 5 back in Boston.

James has a triple-double. Love has 24 points. The Warriors have 16 turnovers. Green is on the bench with five fouls. And yet, it feels like it doesn’t matter. Let’s see if the Cavs have anything left in the tank.

Adam Silver thinks LaVar Ball ‘will settle down’ once Lonzo gets drafted

Adam Silver believes LaVar Ball will settle down once son Lonzo is picked in the upcoming NBA draft.

Bud Dupree Kids Jersey The NBA commissioner spoke with with ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike on Wednesday, and naturally the topic of LaVar Ball’s controversial comments and outspoken personality was raised.

I think here, if I were an NBA team looking at Lonzo Ball, I’m not sure how much consideration I would give to his father, Silver said. I think ultimately the issue is, how much game does Lonzo have, how great a player can he be.

I think his dad will invariably settle down once his son is drafted and a team has the appropriate discussions with him. So I’m not concerned about that.
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According to Silver, much of that has to do with LaVar trying to make a brand and impact with his son before a team selects him. Silver said LaVar’s promotional skills are quite incredible.

Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina. Jackson is 22, and that might be held against him in some quarters. But he was also the ACC Player of the Year, averaging 18.3 points and showing vast improvement in his 3-point shot (37.0 percent). The Nuggets need to solidify their small forward spot.

T.J. Leaf, PF, UCLA. The Heat need an upgrade at power forward, and Leaf could be an ideal fit alongside center Hassan Whiteside. He can knock down perimeter jumpers and play in the paint when Whiteside is on the bench.

Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga. The Blazers will have options in the draft this year, with three picks. Even with Jusuf Nurkic in place, they could use frontcourt depth. Collins needs work, but he has the makings of a versatile big man who will blossom with time. He was a reserve for Gonzaga but showed good shooting form when he did play.

The Patriots will play that mum and praise card all week

The Patriots are fine. They’ve been called worse. They’ve been in enough conference title tilts with Belichick to know how much their consistent presence in this playoff round has made them the most evil of empires. They’re successful in being the bad guys, and they never lose their edge. Tomlin’s words won’t cause them to stray from their diabolical game plans.

It would be a mistake for the Steelers to pretend this is just another game against just another opponent. The Patriots will play that mum and praise card all week, because that’s Belichick’s playbook.

When McDermott succeeded Johnson as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator, it was for two playoff teams in 2009 and ’10 under coach Andy Reid. Donovan McNabb was the standout QB in the first season. It was Michael Vick who led them to the playoffs as a Pro Bowler in the second season.

Although end Trent Cole and corner Asante Samuel led McDermott’s defenses, Philadelphia was a complete team. In Carolina, McDermott witnessed the development of Cam Newton into a multiple division winner and league MVP. That position won’t be ignored or killed the way it was under Ryan.

OK, so it wasn’t an offensive wunderkind such as Gase from last year, or either Kyle Shanahan or Josh McDaniels this year. But McDermott is not much older than any of them and has had the most stability in his career. He’ll have his best players hungry and motivated, a la Luke Kuechly.

LeSean McCoy has had two weird coaching experiences post-Reid, first with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia and then with Ryan in Buffalo. McCoy still has plenty left as a powerful, explosive feature back, which he proved with a big 2016 season. He’ll appreciate being led by someone who grew with him as a young Eagle.vikings_087

Falcons learned how to ‘finish’ in Week 8 win over Packers

It was a Week 8 win over the Packers when the Falcons began to believe this could be a special season.

The Falcons were 4-3 heading into the game, and coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday the 33-32 win over the Packers helped his team learn how to finish.

‘That game was a clear example of being in one of those fights where this game is going to mean something for us later,’ Quinn said Tuesday at Houston’s Memorial City Mall ice arena.

Nolan Cromwell Game Jersey The Steelers running back’s approach is described as a patient running style that involves the offensive line holding the defense for a longer period of time, which then allows big holes to appear and for Bell to make huge rushing gains.

Curry’s Warriors teammate Draymond Green said he used to play pick-up basketball with Bell when they both were at Michigan State, and that the comparison to Curry is not unfounded.

That patience he has as a runner has never been seen before, Green told Bleacher Report. You had Barry Sanders, who shook you out of your socks. Quick as grease. You had ‘The Bus’ (Jerome Bettis) and his power running. You have super-fast runners. But a runner with the patience he has I mean, I don’t know if we’ve ever seen that. He’s a special runner who’s definitely transcending the game and it’s fun to watch.

No one else in the NFL runs like that, but I guarantee you, there will be some runners coming out and there’s probably some in the NFL now that’ll try to take on that technique.

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Bell set the Steelers’ franchise playoff record with 167 yards rushing in last week’s wild-card victory over the Dolphins. He also scored two touchdowns.

A cringeworthy Tom Brady does worst impression of The Rock to sell pajamas

One look at Tom Brady’s latest Facebook post is enough to make even the most loyal Patriots fan cringe.

In the post, Brady does a questionableimpression of Dwayne The Rock Johnson whilesitting on, wait for it a bunch of rocks.
Hey Rock, what kind of sleepwear you sleeping inIt doesn’t matter what kind of sleepwear you’re sleeping in! Brady exclaims, before telling the former WWE star that he’s sending him a set of his new Under Armour pajamas.

The Patriots quarterback debuted the athlete recovery sleepwear during a press conference last week.

Lewis could easily wind up with the Padres at No. 4, if they opt for the local prep star (relatively speaking), but the Braves would be happy to help Lewis find his eventual position home. The Braves are actually in a decent spot; they’ll wind up with one of the top five players 鈥?all guys the Twins have scouted for the top spot 鈥?without having to make much of a decision.
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Both BA’s John Manuel and MLB.com’s Callis note the A’s scouts have been in the state of North Carolina a lot this year, and there’s a lot to like about Bukauskas, what with his developing nasty slider and a mid-90s fastball. For what it’s worth, Bukauskas was roughed up in his final start of the season; he was knocked out in the fourth inning of UNC’s Regional opener vs. Davidson, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks. He finished the season with a 2.53 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings.
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Carlson could be the first prep pitcher from Minnesota to go in the first round of the MLB draft, which is cool. He’s a big kid who throws hard, and that velocity has jumped up a bit this spring. Teams like that kind of thing.

Scooter Gennett becomes first Reds player ever with four-home run game

Game Devin Hester Jersey The Cincinnati Reds were founded in 1882. During that time, no player in franchise history had ever hit four home runs in a single game.
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That changed Tuesday when the four homers came from the most unlikely source.

MLB originally posted the jersey on its auction site as a game-used Memorial Day jersey worn May 27-29 by Strickland, who was ejected from the game after fighting with Bryce Harper. Strickland and Harper were both suspended for setting off the brawl.

The auction for the jersey opened June 1 and bidding was up to $1,500 before MLB shut it down after public criticism.

Bidding was closed less than two hours before the auction was set to end Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET.

The item is still on the auction site, with a winning bid of $200, but the number of bids is listed as zero. Harper’s jersey was not put up for auction.

MLB teams wore special uniforms over Memorial Day weekend as a tribute to the country’s military. Proceeds from jersey and cap sales went to MLB’s military charity, Welcome Back Veterans. Proceeds from the MLB auction site go to the team, however, an MLB Auctions spokesperson told the Washington Post.

As for the person who was denied memorabilia from the Memorial Day melee, he (or she) should just look on the bright side: That person still has $1,500 to spend frivolously elsewhere.

Former Lions LB Kyle Van Noy ‘in a better spot’ with Patriots

Following a standout career at BYU, Kyle Van Noy was a second-round pick of the Lions in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Lions made the playoffs during his rookie season, but he had trouble cracking the lineup as a linebacker. He primarily played special teams in 2015, when the Lions went 7-9 and missed the postseason.

He finally became a starter in his third year, but the Lions traded him to the Patriots after seven games.

And that was perfectly fine with Van Noy.

McAllister added: “It seems like this is one of those cases where the NFL and [NFL vice president of football operations] Troy Vincent have decided again to not gather all the facts and make a decision, shoot from the hip, and we cannot get a clarification as to why. Chad is being singled out and being made example of, for what? It definitely ain’t domestic abuse, and it definitely ain’t violent crime.”

Kelly was kicked off Clemson’s team in 2014 for “detrimental conduct” and was arrested later that year after an altercation at a Buffalo bar, which resulted in a guilty plea for disorderly conduct. He played at a community college between those two incidents and kept a relatively low profile at Ole Miss.

McAllister’s other issue with this ordeal is the fact Kelly did receive an invite. He also says the league never officialy told them their client wasn’t going.

“We have an official invite to come to the Combine; we got a flight booked,” McAllister said. “He has a jersey number there waiting on him, and until we get a written dis-invite — or whatever you want to call it — from the league, we’ll be in Indy. We’ll show up, and they’ll have to tell Chad ‘no’ then, because they’re obviously not willing to put it in writing to tell Chad ‘no’ now.”texans_089

The NFL’s most improved players, according to ‘Madden NFL 17’

With the beginning of the NFL league year and the Combine still a few weeks away, we have an opportunity for another look back on the season that just completed before turning the page forward.

It’s not fair to give Brady a longer halftime to make such adjustments, when 12 minutes is way too much for him already. It’s almost like it was by design that he created the challenge of a big hole to give himself a chance to find a higher gear as a competitor.

The thing is, Brady was in that gear from start to finish. Even with the bad throw Robert Alford took 82 yards the other way, Brady still hasn’t had one bad Super Bowl. Joe Montana’s 4-0 and no INTs still falls short to Brady going 5-2 with some mistakes.

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Don’t be surprised if he’s up at the podium with that grin and those duds one or two more times, making it look easy when it is so extremely hard.

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Change is hard for any quarterback who hopes to hit his prime and actually earn his big money. Although Cousins’ new play-caller will be familiar in head coach Jay Gruden, the offense is bound to be more run-oriented and less passer-friendly. The lack of two veterans Cousins trusts will only add difficulty to his transition.

There’s no doubt Cousins will be a much wealthier quarterback in 2017. But the Redskins need to accept that his payday actually decreases his worth to them moving forward.