Mike McCarthy is holding back the Packers, says disgruntled but correct former employee

Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL. We can all acknowledge that, no matter what team it is we root for individually. (Patriots fans, you have five championships. Admitting this is no slight to Tom Brady.) So why haven’t the Packers won more than a single Super Bowl with Rodgers in the huddle?

Ted Thompson’s low batting average in the draft and an aversion to free agency is definitely part of the problem.

Now that he’s healthy, Arians is taking a different approach to each day. I now realize more than ever nothing is guaranteed in life, he wrote. Every day needs to enjoyed and celebrated to the fullest. Roses need to be smelled, sunsets savored, time with family cherished.

Arians’ strength has been impressive. It’s easy for most to walk away from their work after experiencing bad health as Arians did as many times as he did. But he will try to use his perseverance to inspire others to push through their own trials and tribulations.

Moving forward, I want to be a beacon of hope for others struggling with cancer, he wrote. My fight is their fight. I’m not coaching for myself in 2017; I’m coaching for everyone who’s dealing with cancer. This is my charge.

The Cardinals had a disappointing 7-8-1 season last year, missing out on the postseason. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald both returned to make at least one more push for a Super Bowl. Tyrann Mathieu will be healthy, they added a pair of Baseball Jerseys Custom veterans on the defense in Antoine Bethea and Karlos Dansby, and drafted highly touted Authentic Cheap Jerseys safety Budda Baker.

Arians will also be along for at least one more — possibly more.

Kenny Easley takes stand against police brutality in Hall of Fame speech

Kenny Easley became the fourth former Seahawks player enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After congratulating his fellow Hall of Famers, stating the case for several of his former teammates and peers to get elected, and thanking former coaches, teammates and family members, Easley’s speech then took a serious tone during Saturday’s ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

He makes it easy, Mariota said, via the team’s website . He made a couple of great plays, and that is something to build off of and hopefully we’ll carry that over. He’s savvy, and he understands routes and ways to get open and create separation. So I think the way he was able to come out today and make plays says a lot about him and we are excited.

Decker, who is coming off a season-ending shoulder injury, spent three seasons with the Jets before being released in June after the team failed to find a trade partner for the 30-year-old wideout. Despite his dismissal from New York, Decker shared his optimism about working with Mariota, saying he admired the young signal caller and thought they would have great chemistry on the field.

He’s a big guy, and he throws a great ball. He is very accurate, and he uses his feet and gets out of the pocket and throws, Decker said in June. He’s a talent, but I also like the way he carries himself. He is very stoic, and he seems very humble. I hear he’s a real football junkie who wants to be great, and that’s so important.

A third-round pick by the Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft, Decker Cheap NFL Jerseys China has three seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 receiving AC Milan Cheap Jerseys touchdowns since 2012.

LeBron James blindsided by Kyrie Irving request that Cavs trade him, report says

Cavs guard Kyrie Irving made an interesting comment at a Sports Illustrated event this week calling the Cavs’ offseason “peculiar.” You know what would have made their offseason even more peculiar? Trading Kyrie Irving.

According to ESPN.com, Irving asked the Cavs last week to trade him. One of his preferred destinations is the San Antonio Spurs.

Obviously Irving has not been traded at this point, but if this story is accurate then what on earth is going on in Cleveland? Per ESPN.com:

Jones, a former fourth-round pick of the Bills out of Ohio State in 2016, was in jeopardy of making the team after OTAs and minicamp because the Bills signed veteran backup T.J. Yates in free agency and selected Nathan Peterman in the fifth round of this year’s draft.

Big thanks to @buffalobills and #BillsMafia for showing me nothing but love & support my during my brief time with the organization

In L.A., Jones will be reunited with former Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn, now head coach in Los Angeles. Jones made his only career start in the season finale last year for the Bills with Lynn as interim coach, going 6 for 11 with 96 yards and one interception in a Week 16 loss to the Jets.

The Chargers’ move doesn’t bode well for Robert Griffin III, who Cheap Jerseys USA Soccer worked out for the team on Tuesday and was hoping to be a viable backup to Philip Rivers in San Diego. The Chargers currently have Kellen Clemens, Mike Bercovici and Eli Jenkins Cheap Jerseys Paypal Free Shipping on the roster behind Rivers.

NBA trade rumors: Cavs, Pacers, Nuggets nearly pulled off blockbuster deal involving Paul George, Kevin Love

To say it’s been an ugly offseason for the Cavs would be putting it mildly.

Cleveland let general manager David Griffin walk out the door along with vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden only days before the NBA Draft. The Cavs saw the gap between them and the Warriors widen during free agency as Golden State seemingly improved its roster while Cleveland retained Kyle Korver and added only Jose Calderon and Jeff Green in free agency. Chauncey Billups passed on the GM opening after being offered a below-market salary. All of this left LeBron James “frustrated” and “concerned” about where the Cavs are going.

Then the Kyrie Irving trade talks picked up this past weekend after it was reported Irving wants out of Cleveland. Can’t get any worse, right? Wrong.

According to an ESPN report documenting the weeks leading up to Irving’s trade request, the Cavs nearly acquired Paul George in a three-team deal with the Pacers and Nuggets. Here’s how it went down, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst:

So they’re basically in the same situation, standings-wise, but with 16 fewer games to make up the deficit. That’s not ideal.

During that June 30 press conference, DeWitt, John Mozeliak (who was bumped up from GM to president of baseball operations) and new GM Mike Girsch all Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop said the same basic thing: They were going to use the next couple of weeks to Cheap Jerseys Online evaluate how they would approach the deadline, using a healthy amount of caution during the evaluation period.

Adam Silver: Seattle has good shot when NBA expands

Seattle was once a proud NBA franchise for nearly 40 years before it moved to Oklahoma City.

The Supersonics won an NBA championship in 1979 and went to two more NBA Finals in 1978 and 1996. Great players like Gary Payton, Jack Sikma, Ray Allen and many more played for the Sonics.

Allen and several other players have been trying to get a team back to Seattle in recent years and Adam Silver gave them hope in an interview with The Players Tribune and C.J. McCollum.

He continued, “the Cleveland Cavaliers have given him everything he’s wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. They brought in Kyle Korver. He’s the best player in the world. Does he want all the best players? Does he want to compete?”

LeBron fired back. “He’s a hater,” he said to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?”

So J.R. gave us his thoughts on the feud and some well-needed extra nuggets to make the internet a fun place again.

A quick, but significant complication: Verlander has complete veto power over any trade, as a player with 10 years of MLB service, including five with his current team. He’d have to approve any deal, which seems likely to happen because it’s doubtful the highly competitive Verlander wants to pitch through the rebuild that is coming soon to Detroit. To agree to wave that veto power, though, he could make demands — such as forcing the other team to guarantee that 2020 option, for example — to allow the trade to go through.

And then there’s this issue: Verlander hasn’t been nearly as good this year as he was in 2016, when he finished a very close second in the AL Cy Young Cheap Jerseys NFL Wholesale race. It’s not just his ERA that has jumped in the wrong way — from 3.04 to 4.50 — but Cheap Jerseys NCAA Basketball the peripherals, too: K/9 (from 10.0 to 8.7), BB/9 (from 2.3 to 4.1), H/9 (6.8 to 8.9), WHIP (1.00 to 1.44) and FIP (3.48 to 4.21).

Cubs’ Kris Bryant returns to the lineup Saturday

Kris Bryant gave the entire Cubs fan base a scare when he slid into third base and caught his hand on a cleat this week. They let out a collective sigh of relief when they discovered it was just a pinky sprain, but still, no Cubs fan wants to see their star third baseman get hurt.

Bryant has been held out of the lineup since injuring his pinky, but the Cubs announced he makes his return to the lineup Saturday.

The San Diego grad will be batting second behind Ben Zobrist as the Cubs will attempt to win for the seventh time in their last eight games. Their six-game winning streak they had coming out of the break was broken Friday night with an 11-4 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis (Gatto): Nightengale says Boston wants to do one-stop shopping to plug holes at third base and in the bullpen. Prado and Phelps fulfill those respective desires well. Prado is healthy after two trips to the DL because of hamstring injuries. He would be ideal for the Sox’s contact-heavy lineup (third-fewest Ks in the majors). Phelps, a right-hander, can be a multi-inning option out of the ‘pen. His poor April has mostly been forgotten; he compiled a 2.70 ERA over 30 innings from May 3 through July 9.

Analysis (Gatto): Miami is expected to sell this month, and Gordon would represent a substantial piece of that sell-off. Nightengale reported three teams have expressed interest in the speedy (32 stolen bases) leadoff Cheap Jerseys In Toronto man, who would be a long-term play for those clubs. (UPDATE: Heyman reports the Angels, Blue Jays and the Royals are the teams that have inqured.) Gordon three years and $37 million remaining on his contract after 2017, plus a $14 million club option ($1 million buyout) for 2021, per Cot’s Contracts. One potential drawback: age. Gordon is 29, which means he will be entering his decline phase during the latter stages Cheap Jerseys Ireland of that contract.

Yoenis Cespedes wants to play ‘last year of career’ in Oakland

Yoenis Cespedes started his MLB career in Oakland, and he would like it to end there, too.

The Falcons gave their new tackle $125,000 after he reached his weight goal of under 330 pounds, ESPN reported.

According to Poe’s one-year contract with Atlanta, he needed to make the weight by the start of training camp this week. He had also met his weight in June, when he was supposed to weigh 340 pounds or less.

In talking to him, he’s under the guidelines, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. I’m happy for him to be at his best. I’m not surprised. This is a guy who handles … I mean, this guy is a pro. Whatever we’ve asked him to do, he’s done that.

Per the contract, Poe has two more weigh-ins he needs to make, which are also worth $125,000 each. For both those weigh-ins, he must maintain his weight at 330 pounds or less.

Poe signed the $8 million contract with the Falcons in March after spending five seasons with the Chiefs. He started all 16 games for Kansas City in 2016.

That situation made it imperative to target a wideout in the draft, and it just happened be a more explosive Buckeye in second-rounder Curtis Samuel. Samuel’s size (5-11, 196 pounds) and quickness suggest he’ll see heavy slot duty Cheap Jerseys In Canada as a rookie. But the Panthers can also benefit from his ability to line up and stretch the field outside. With his hybrid rushing skills, he also can cause matchup nightmares when lining up in the Cheap Jerseys From USA backfield along with McCaffrey. It makes sense for Samuel to both step into what Ginn and Brown did vertically and zip across the field. Newton will appreciate having control of that joystick.

Wizards livid over ‘disrespectful’ shot by Warriors at end of game

Leading 137-115 with under 10 seconds to play, the Warriors’ JaVale McGee attempted a 3-pointer against the Wizards, and Washington players weren’t happy about it.

The Wizards weren’t happy because the Warriors broke an Cheap Dodgers Jerseys unwritten rule in basketball. Usually with time running out, especially in a blowout, the team with the lead just drains the shot clock to zero, takes the violation and lets the game end mercifully.

That didn’t happen Sunday night.

The trip will be the third for the Warriors after the team visited in 2008 to play the Bucks and 2013 to play the Lakers.

“I have visited China every year since 2013, and the fans there are incredibly supportive of me, the Warriors and the NBA,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to return to China, enjoy the country’s culture, and bring the excitement of live NBA games game directly to Chinese fans.”

The Timberwolves, on the other hand, will be playing in China for the first time.

“It is a great privilege for me and my teammates to play in China for the first time in our franchise’s history,” Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns said. “When I visited last summer, I was amazed at the passion that Chinese fans have for the game of basketball. Traveling to China with my teammates and coaches will be Cheap Dri Fit Jerseys a fantastic experience.”

Tyronn Lue bashes NBA’s ‘stupid’ reaction to resting Cavs stars

During Saturday’s matchup against the Clippers, Tyronn Lue decided it was in the best interest of the team to rest his star players. So LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all sat, and people were not happy.

LeBron James led the Cavaliers to a 116-104 win over the Cheap China Jerseys Magic by scoring 24 points with 13 assists and 12 rebounds. Now with nine triple-doubles this season, James has set a new personal record for one season.

Tobias Harris and Andre Drummond led the Pistons to a 112-92 win against the Knicks. Harris scored a game-high 28 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Drummond added 24 points and 15 rebounds. Detroit has now won four of its last five games.

Warriors vs. Spurs: This game was supposed to be one for the ages, or at least a juicy sneak peak at a possible postseason matchup. But San Antonio’s two best players Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge were held out with injuries. The Warriors then decided to rest their stars, making this a virtual exhibition game.

Cavaliers (43-21) at Rockets (45-21) 9:00 p.m. ET Whenever LeBron James and James Harden are on the same court together fireworks could go off. Both players are in spectacular form on both ends of the court. Harden’s efficiency has skyrocketed as Cheap Custom Jerseys the team’s main ball-handler. James and Kyrie Irving are carrying the team with Kevin Love injured.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek’s job safe, report says, but for how long?

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek’s job is safe, despite the team’s record (27-41) and team president Phil Jackson’s growing hands-on input, the New York Post reported Thursday, citing an unidentified NBA source.

It’s unclear whether Jackson, who has pushed Hornacek to reemphasize the triangle offense, merely is hesitant to fire the fourth coach in his three years in charge or he sees reason for optimism primarily because of Hornacek’s willingness to communicate with the team president.

If Love returns during the cross-country trek, which begins Saturday in Los Angeles and runs through March 24, it would be five weeks since he went under the knife.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Love would practice Wednesday depending on how he felt following the scrimmage. Either way, the star’s return is imminent.

Not a moment too soon for the defending NBA champions, who are 6-6 with Love out of the lineup the past few weeks. It’s been even worse of late as the Cavs dropped four of five entering Tuesday and are quickly ceding ground to the Celtics and Wizards for the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

Love is in the midst of his best season in Cleveland, averaging 20 points and 11.1 rebounds.

The Cavs have been bitten hard by the injury bug recently. Kevin Love’s knee injury last month put much more offensive weight on James’ and Irving’s shoulders. Andrew Bogut broke his leg minutes into his debut in Cleveland. Iman Shumpert NBA Jerseys Wholesale missed Monday’s game with a knee injury. Korver has been shut down for the week with a left foot issue. James has gotten scratched in the eye and New York Giants Cheap Jerseys elbowed in the back in the past week, and he’s still second in the league in minutes per game (37.5).