Kirk Cousins’ cousin drafted by the Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals’ draft has been all about family. Not only did they pick a one-time batboy and son of manager Dusty Baker, but now they’ve added to the Washington, D.C. family tree. In the 20th round, the team selected Jake Cousins, the cousin of Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins.

That’s a lot of cousins!

The younger, baseball-ier Cousins cousin is a pitcher who played for the University of Pennsylvania and maintained a 3.15 ERA over 11 starts this year. We’ll have to see where he fits into the Nationals organization, but for now, Kirk Cousins is just happy to have some family in the city:

Super productive player who should be able to play early on for the Hawks. He has defensive woes and occasionally gets into foul trouble, but he’s tenacious on the glass and has great touch. We had a lottery grade on Collins, and this is a great pickup for new general manager Travis Schlenk.

This is a home run swing from a Kings organization that did the same thing last year with Skal Labissiere to great results. If Giles hits, he’s going to be a potential star in the NBA, with elite athleticism and motor. But injuries are a major concern. Was his play last year the result of diminished athleticism, or just tentativeness? Who knows, but the Kings can afford to take the swing.

Ferguson fills a need on the perimeter for the Thunder as a potentially Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys high-level shooter. He also has the kind of athleticism that the Thunder value under Sam Presti, and his defense could go well with what OKC has on that end. The question will be all about his development. He’s Cheap China NFL Jerseys far away from being physically ready for the NBA.

Twins rock the purple to honor rock royalty Prince

The Twins are reigning in the AL Central. On Friday, they ruled with one of the best giveaways/theme nights you’ll see.

Minnesota honored the late musical legend/local icon Prince at Target Field.

The main attraction, though, was purple umbrellas for the first 10,000 fans. Really stylish umbrellas, at that. Here’s how they look on the inside:

Fans didn’t quite get to sing IN the purple rain (there were only pregame sprinkles), but they did SING “Purple Rain” during the seventh-inning stretch.

The game itself was a dud for the home team (the Twins lost to the Indians 8-1), but everyone had a blast afterward as fireworks set to Prince’s music took ’em all home.

This is the second year in a row the Twins have used a purple theme to honor Prince. Target Field displayed purple accents the day Prince died in April 2016.

Jones took the road less traveled to the NBA, from being an undrafted former one-and-done player who spent a quarter of the season in the D-League. He wasn’t the first, and he won’t be the last. The development of the D-League and implementation of two-way contracts are there to catch, and develop, players who may have slipped through the cracks.

When NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum read the 60th pick on Thursday, marking the end of the 2017 NBA Draft, there were a handful of familiar names that weren’t selected for one reason or another.

Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks, who started for North Carolina in the national championship game, went undrafted. So did Kris Jenkins, the Villanova forward whose buzzer-beater knocked Cheap Basketball Jerseys steelers_125off Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys the Tar Heels the year before.

he can at least keep the offense moving and stayed healthy last season

We all know about 3-1. We all know about losing a title after a 73-win regular season. We all know Curry was the first unanimous MVP. The Warriors heard all of the jokes and used them as fuel for the entire 2016-17 campaign, and they played like they had something to prove in the first three games of the NBA Finals.

But Golden State didn’t match Cleveland’s intensity out of the gates in Game 4. Complain about officiating if you want, but by the end of the game, the Warriors had shot 36 free throws to the Cavs’ 31.

That’s why defending the Warriors can sometimes feel like an impossible task. Do what is fundamentally correct, and it can lead to an open 3-pointer from the scariest shooter in NBA history. But take that option away, and one of the scariest all-around scorers in NBA history will end up with the types of shots a player of his caliber should never get on a stage as bright as the NBA Finals.

Considering the Warriors scored a league-high 2,025 points in transition this season and ranked in the 96.6 percentile with 1.21 points per possession, the Cavaliers certainly aren’t the first team to not have an answer for Durant and Curry in transition.

The good news is that Bradford is getting a full offseason with the team, working in OTAs and training camp instead of having to cram the playbook like he did last year.

While Bradford is nobody’s idea of a true franchise quarterback, he can Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys at least keep the offense moving and stayed healthy last season. Injuries have dogged Bradford for most of his career — he played a full 16 games just twice in seven years and missed the entire Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys steelers_1252014 season with a torn ACL.

Danny Ainge’s son running for U.S. Congressional seat in Utah

With a nudge from his father — Celtics GM Danny Ainge — Tanner Ainge is running for U.S. Congress in Utah.

Tanner Ainge, a Republican, is an investment advisor who doesn’t have much experience in politics. But his father encouraged his son to run for the Congressional seat to be vacated by Rep. Jason Chaffetz on June 30.

Smith fired back at Bradley Beal after the Wizards sharpshooter said the Cavs didn’t chase the No. 1 seed because they feared facing the Wizards in the second round.

“Cleveland didn’t want to see us. I always said that,” Beal told CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I felt like that’s the reason they didn’t play us in the second round. They didn’t want to see us in the second round. If they were going to go down, they were going to go down in the conference finals. They didn’t want to go down in the second round.”

The Cavs went 2-1 in the regular season against the Wizards, including a thrilling overtime win back in February. Maybe Washington could have kept the series much more competitive, but you must beat the team in front of you first. The Wizards didn’t take care of business, and now they’re planning early vacations while the Cavs chase a third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

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What was the best move each NFL team made in the 2017 offseason?

It’s way too early to try to pinpoint how each player who landed somewhere new this offseason will impact his team. But we’re going to do it anyway.

Last year, not many people would have thought drafting Dak Prescott was the Dallas Cowboys’ best offseason move. But then the fourth-round pick was pressed into duty when Tony Romo went down with an injury during the preseason. Prescott never gave Romo the job back and went on to beat out teammate Ezekiel Elliott for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Luck’s NFL career got off to a rousing start when he stepped into Manning’s vacated starting spot and led the Colts to the playoffs in his first three seasons, including two AFC South titles. He had three playoff wins along with three Pro Bowl selections from 2012-14. In his career playoff highlight, he threw for 443 yards and four touchdowns in leading the second biggest comeback in NFL playoff history (28 points) as Indianapolis beat Kansas City, 45-44, in the 2013 AFC wild-card round.

In 2014, Luck and the Colts made it to the AFC title game before they were eliminated for the second straight year by the Patriots in a 45-7 drubbing. Luck’s stats that night were equally dismal — 12 of 33 for 126 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions.

His 2015 season was injury-plagued with a shoulder problem early and a lacerated Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men kidney and abdominal tear later, limiting him to seven games. After Luck’s down year with a career-low 74.9 QB rating, the Colts showed they still had faith in him as an elite quarterback Cheap Chelsea Jerseys with a mammoth $24.6 million-per-year extension ($87 million guaranteed).

Then, last season, he battled through shoulder issues and had a strong season (31 touchdown passes and a 96.4 rating), but the Colts’ offensive line allowed him to be sacked 41 times, and the defense couldn’t hold up in an 8-8 season.

Saints’ Nick Fairley waiting on third opinion on heart condition before deciding NFL future

The Saints wrapped up organized team activities Wednesday and Nick Fairley still was not present.

The 29-year-old defensive tackle has a heart condition that has put his career in jeopardy.

“Right now, where it’s at, is he’s gotten two professional opinions,” Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday following the team’s OTA practice. “The first one was one that advised he shouldn’t play football again. The second opinion was a little different, and he’s getting Custom Cheap Jerseys a third opinion, or has already gotten a third opinion, and we’re waiting on that opinion.

“The things we know are this. It’s obviously something that’s significant and serious, and we’ve got to pay attention to, obviously, both for Nick and for the club. We’re hopeful and yet we’re guarded.”

Before the Lions selected Fairley in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, a heart condition was discovered during his pre-draft physical. It was a condition he had while at Auburn, where he was an All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year while helping the Tigers win a BCS national championship in 2010.

ESPN reacted to Williams’ statement at the time saying, “We are extremely disappointed with his comments.”

Considering the reasoning Williams was fired in the first place, it’s fair to bring politics into his return as well. After ESPN’s recent publicized layoffs, many argued the reason the network is struggling is because it was too liberal leaning. Some feel like this hiring should halt that argument.

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The Chargers made few headlines when it came to adding defenders this offseason

Hayward was an under-the-radar signing out of Green Bay last fall. Now the team has to hope similarly conspicuous moves can have the same effect.

The Chargers made few headlines when it came to adding defenders this offseason. They used the franchise tag to retain Melvin Ingram, an undersized but relentless pass rusher with 18.5 sacks over his last two seasons. After that, their biggest move was either retaining the services of Damion Square, a serviceable lineman who made his first career sack last season, or inking safety Jahleel Addae to a contract extension. They didn’t select a defensive player until the fourth round of this year’s draft.

Instead, they’re betting on Ingram, new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, and a handful of young veterans to blossom in the franchise’s first season in LA. The Chargers struck gold by landing Joey Bosa with the third overall pick of last year’s draft. His blend of power and speed on the edge enhances his ability to get to the quarterback while opening lanes for his teammates to exploit:

It seemed like all the pieces were in place to dethrone the Seattle Seahawks for good and make a serious run at a Super Bowl title.

Unfortunately, that never came to fruition. Injuries and inconsistent play doomed the Cardinals, who could never put together a strong stretch and finished with a 7-8-1 record. It was a bitter setback just one year after going 13-3 and reaching the NFC Championship. With the core players one year older and some key talent leaving in free agency, Bruce Arians suddenly has more questions than answers heading into his fifth season in the desert.

Palmer had an MVP-worthy campaign in 2015, but his momentum came to a screeching halt in the NFC Championship, when he threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles in a lopsided loss to the Carolina Panthers. Palmer was playing through a finger injury, which might have explained Cheap College Jerseys his Cheap Discount Jerseys struggles.

But it’s hard to explain away much of what went wrong in 2016.

Rex Ryan, brother Rob accused of assault in Nashville bar fight, report says

Rex Ryan and twin brother Rob are named in a police report related to a Nashville bar altercation caught on camera over the weekend, according to TMZ Sports.

The out-of-practice NFL coaches were seen scuffling with at least one man inside Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Sunday afternoon on the city’s famed Broadway strip.

It’s a near-ideal match of player and need. It wouldn’t been even more ideal in March or April.

So Maclin’s options are pre-shrunk. He’ll land someplace that might be a good fit … for their finances, not his.

And he’ll leave behind a team where he was an excellent fit, and where he had a quarterback who was willing to publicly defend him and lash out at his own team for letting him go this way.

When Alex Smith was told of Maclin’s release, besides saying he was “shocked” and calling him “a really good friend, an amazing teammate,” he made this telling observation, according to the Kansas City Star:

“He played through a lot last year, played through injuries and pushed through trying to help this team. Obviously as players we don’t get to make these decisions.”

The Bengals rookie has long looked up to Peterson. He wore Cheap Youth MLB Jerseys Peterson’s No. 28 as a high school running back and followed in Peterson’s footsteps by playing football at Oklahoma.

Because of their Oklahoma connection, Mixon and Peterson have developed Chicago Blackhawks Cheap Jerseys a relationship over the last few years. Mixon said he’s learned “certain points about the game” from Peterson.

NFLPA claims some language in rookie contracts violates CBA

The NFLPA may file grievances on behalf of 160 rookies because of some language in their initial NFL contracts.

The players’ union reviewed the rookie contracts and found that about 25 or 26 teams included in the deals language that is prohibited by the collective bargaining agreement.

Many are aware James was an all-state wide receiver in high school. Mark Murphy, a Packers Hall of Fame member who coached James at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, once compared him to Jerry Rice.

“I haven’t had the chance to be around Colin too much, but the times I have he’s been great,” Wilson said (via Pro Football Talk). “Obviously, I think first of all he’s a really, really good football player. He’s made a lot of good plays in a lot of big games and done a lot of good things. I have tons of respect for him in that way.

“And then in terms of everything else he stood for, I think he was trying to stand for the right things, he was trying to stand for equality. And so I respect that too, as well. … I wouldn’t have any issue at all. As many good players as we could have, the better.”

While cutting Decker would create $5.75 million in cap space, New York’s choices for a free-agent replacement are thin at this point. It’s clear the Jets are just trying to dump his salary after cutting veteran linebacker David Harris, who was going into 11th season.

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Despite age, Fred Jackson still wants to play football this season

Former Bills and Seahawks running back Fred Jackson still hopes to return to the NFL and suit up for a team in need.

Jackson, 36, has not played since carrying the ball 26 times for 100 yards during the 2015 season with the Seahawks. It seemed like his career was over, but Jackson is not ready to give up just yet.

Vick did not spend his entire career with the Falcons, but did play six seasons with the team that selected No. 1 overall in 2001. Unfortunately, his legacy is tainted by a brutal dog-fighting scandal that led to prison time for the dynamic signal caller.

Neither player will sign a contract or take a current roster spot to signify their retirement with the organization.

“We do not need a contract in place to consider them a part of our family and honor their decision to retire as a Falcon,” Blank said.

Despite an astonishing loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl last season, the Falcons enter this season optimistic and poised to contend once again.

With Matt Ryan throwing to Julio Jones, and Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman manning the backfield, Atlanta should, at the very least, have one of the more explosive offenses in the league.

Sporting News reported last week that the NFL Players Association is looking beyond its immediate membership in shaping a proposal to revamp the league’s marijuana ban. The union wants to work with spouses and other family members of players to insure marijuana would be used properly for pain management.

“The disciplinary aspect of it is one thing,” union executive George Atallah Hockey Jerseys said. “But what we’re really trying to focus on is helping players get better without having Jerseys Wholesale to resort to things like Toradol and heavy opioids.”