Former Phillies All-Star Darren Daulton dies at 55

Darren Daulton, who helped lead the Phillies to the World Series in 1993, died Sunday at the age of 55.

Daulton, a three-time All-Star during his 14-year MLB career, was added to the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2010.

Daulton is regarded as the heart and soul of the 1993 Phillies, who beat the Braves in the National League Championship Series before falling to the Blue Jays in the World Series.

The Phillies traded Daulton to the Marlins in 1997 and he was able to earn a World Series ring while contributing to the Marlins’ championship run.

“From the day that we drafted him until today, he constantly earned our respect and admiration as both a player and person,” Phillies chairman David Montgomery said in a statement. “Darren was the face of our franchise in the early 1990’s. Jim Fregosi asked so much of him as catcher, clean-up hitter and team leader. He responded to all three challenges.

“One of my toughest decisions as team president was to approve his trade to the Marlins in July of 1997. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Amanda, his parents, his brother and his four children. Dutch was truly ‘one of a kind’ and we will dearly miss him.”

But there is one aspect of the human element that takes on a UK Cheap Jerseys different conversation: umpires.

In recent years, Major League Baseball has made an effort to catch up to its counterparts in major American sports, incorporating and refining instant replay. But one thing that Wholesale Jerseys Cheap hasn’t been changed is the way that balls and strikes are called.

MLB trade news: Rockies take calculated risk in deal for Jonathan Lucroy

The last time the Rockies made the playoffs, Todd Helton was entrenched as the club’s No. 3 hitter, Dexter Fowler was their rookie leadoff batter and Huston Street was the closer.

That was way back in 2009.

So, yeah, the Rockies are doing their best to seize the opportunity in front of them. They’re 60-46, a half-game behind the Diamondbacks in third place in the NL West, though both are light-years behind the division-leading Dodgers. More importantly, they own the second wild-card spot, and the closest contenders are the Brewers (5.5 games back) and the Cardinals (7.5 games back).

And he’s hitting well again this year. In 107 games played, Votto is hitting .305/.427/.578 with 27 home runs and 72 RBI. While his season has been nothing short of excellent, it’s unlikely Votto will receive any recognition or accolades at the end of the year.

Why? Perhaps because his team sits in last place in the National League Central. This is somewhat of a common theme for Votto and the Reds in recent years. With Votto on the roster, Cincinnati made Wholesale NHL Jerseys the playoffs in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

The Reds were division champs in both 2010 and 2012 and earned a Youth Cheap Jerseys wild card spot in 2013. Outside of those three seasons, the Reds have only finished above fourth place once in Votto’s career (third place in 2011). They failed to finish above .500 in six of his first 10 full seasons, and that trend looks to continue this season.

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Becoming the Rams starter was a game of chance, landing the job only after incumbent QB Trent Green suffered a season-ending knee injury in a preseason game. Warner ended up being the NFL MVP in 1999. He was also the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV. He was named league MVP again in 2001, when he led the Rams back to the Super Bowl, and later helped the Cardinals reach their only Super Bowl in 2008.

“I wasn’t sure this moment was ever going to come,” Warner said. “People say Hollywood couldn’t have written it any better. After this, they don’t have a chance.”

“Those pinnacle accomplishments on the field were simply by-products of the moments that would lay the foundation of the man who stands here this evening.”

He included the “Kill Kurt” drill in high school that helped him face his fears and stand tall in the pocket as a quarterback.

Warner thanked his dad for always saying, “Yes,” whenever his son wanted to spend time with him. Warner said those yeses kept him going in the face of some many noes.

“Not a lot of guys are willing to step out there,” Sherman told USA Today. “So the guys not speaking up for him are doing him a disservice. There should be a lot more guys saying something. Most guys are like, ‘I don’t want my job to end up the same way.'”

In the end, Sherman says NFL owners have given opportunities to players accused of far worse than kneeling during the national anthem. His teammate Michael Bennett went one step further.

“I think it shows the racial divide in the league,” Bennett said. “There are (accused) rapists and drunk drivers in the league. But he’s somebody who didn’t do anything to anybody. But Kids Cheap Jerseys you hear owners Hanson Brothers Cheap Jerseys say, ‘We have to ask our fan base first.’

Connor McDavid’s monster contract with Oilers, in perspective

Connor McDavid has already made his mark on the ice as a generational talent. Now, he’s making his mark off of it, as well, becoming the NHL’s highest-paid player.

Not bad for a guy who just left his teens five months ago.

McDavid and the Oilers agreed to an eight-year contract extension which will cost $12.5 million per year against the salary cap once it kicks in following the upcoming season. That deal easily tops the dual $10.5 million cap hits of Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, which are currently the highest in the NHL for 2017-18. Anze Kopitar of the Kings has a salary cap charge of $10 million; and Montreal’s Carey Price will earn an average of $10.5 million per season beginning in 2018-19.

The deal became official Wednesday at a news conference in Edmonton. Reportedly it is worth $750,000 less per season than originally reported last week.

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3. James Neal, Predators — Neal’s 14th career playoff goal with the Predators tied teammate Filip Forsberg for most in franchise history. His goal late in the second period gave the Predators all the Cheap Basketball Jerseys momentum they needed heading into the final stanza.

2. Roman Josi, Predators — Josi was on ice for three of four Predators goals, scoring the first and assisting on the second and third. He also led the team with six shots on net. He’s the first defenseman with three points in a Cup Final game since Duncan Keith in 2010.

1. Pekka Rinne, Predators — With a pregame standing ovation and countless “Pekka! Pekka!” chants, Bridgestone Arena made clear it hadn’t lost faith in the struggling goalie. Rinne shook off an early goal that could’ve broken his already fragile spirit and delivered with his best game Cheap College Basketball Jerseys of the series by making 27 saves.

Alex Ovechkin failed to clear the puck past Justin Schultz at the blueline

There was some optimism this year might have been different, but that notion was laid to rest about four minutes into the third period when Patric Hornqvist caught Braden Holtby off guard on a turnover and gave the Pens a two-goal lead that might as well have been 20-0.

Seconds before, Alex Ovechkin failed to clear the puck past Justin Schultz at the blueline, and it bounced right to Hornqvist.

Holtby, dumbfounded, never saw the backhand flutter past him and stood motionless as the hockey world already knew the outcome. The Capitals managed just five shots on goal after that — two came in the game’s final minute — and went out with a whimper.

Botterill pledged to build the Sabres’ prospect pool with the Rochester Amerks, Buffalo’s minor league team. The Amerks haven’t won a playoff series since 2005. The Penguins’ minor league team in Wilkes-Barre has won 15 series over that stretch, and a majority with Botterill overseeing the team.

“It has to be a priority of management and the development group to get down to Rochester and be around,” Botterill said. “We had a bigger staff in Pittsburgh. I was fortunate enough to work with people such as Tom Fitzgerald, Bill Guerin, Mark Recchi. The last time we looked at it, in a three-year period at least one of us was down for there for 95 percent of the games. Players realize that. Players notice when management is around making that a priority.”

Botterill expects to have a GM in place to oversee the Amerks, and hopes to Liverpool Cheap Jerseys bring Knock Off Cheap Jerseys in more assistant GMs to help run the franchise, a similar to hierarchy Pittsburgh has.

Botterill admitted he hasn’t had a lot of time to evaluate Buffalo’s roster, considering he was just at Game 7 with the Penguins on Wednesday, but he knows one thing for sure.

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As important as de Haan is to the Islanders, it is clear with the one-year agreement Wednesday that general manager Garth Snow and team brass are not quite sold on him as a long-term answer on the back end. de Haan is a physical shot-blocking machine, ranking fourth in the NHL with 190 a year ago, just Make Your Own Cheap Jerseys eight shy of his career-high set the previous season. He had the second-best plus/minus on the club in 2016-17, a career-high +15, and appeared in all 82 games for the first time in his four-year career.

However, his possession numbers dropped each of the past three seasons, with his Corsi For at even strength falling to a career-low 48 percent last season, one in which the Isles narrowly missed out on reaching the playoffs for a third consecutive year.

Still, de Haan is an important New York Islander in 2017-18, whether it is his final year with the club or not; and as such, this is de Haan’s most important season as a pro, one that can Kids Cheap Jerseys China largely determine his future moving forward.

“Joe has become one of the faces of this franchise since his arrival in 2005 and we feel it’s only fitting that he will be wearing teal going forward,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Sunday. “He is a generational playmaker and his accomplishments place him amongst the elite players to ever play the game. He has helped lead this team to new levels and continues to be one of the top two-way centers in the League. His leadership on and off the ice have been instrumental in this franchise’s success, and we’re excited that he has continued his commitment to this organization and the fans in San Jose.”

Thornton, the No. 1 overall pick by the Bruins in the 1997 NHL Draft, has spent Fashion Online Shop Cheap Jerseys the past 12 seasons in San Jose, where he’s become a beloved figure. His legend grew in Flyers Cheap Jerseys April, when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL near the end of the regular season, yet returned for the Sharks’ first-round playoff series against Edmonton.

Jimmy Butler scores one point in ugly loss to Russell Westbrook, Thunder

At least Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had a reason for his dismal night from the floor in an ugly loss to the Thunder. The same can’t be said about Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.

“I don’t know what we got to offer… I just know me, personally? I don’t got no time to waste. I’ll be 33 in the winter, and I ain’t got time to waste. That’s what I’m talking about.”

“Listen, when I feel like physically and mentally, me personally, can’t compete for a championship no more or I feel like I can’t do it, then I won’t have this problem. But until that happens, and it don’t seem like no time soon…”

“We got to figure it out. It’s been a (expletive) 2017 so far.” Suns first-round pick Marquese Chriss started in a 118-103 loss against the Cavaliers, but unlike Murray, the rookie was unable to make much of an impact. Chriss scored just six points in 22 minutes, failing to get to the free-throw line.

Warriors (36-6) at Rockets (33-12) 8:00 p.m. ET — Golden State has been unstoppable NFL Jerseys Paypal lately — just ask the Cavaliers — as Kevin Durant finally seems to have found his stride in Oakland. Houston has been playing fabulous ball as well, led by MVP candidate James Harden.

Far from giving Hoiberg a young bunch to mold, the Bulls buried him with more strong-willed veterans. For a guy still feeling his way among the ranks of NBA coaches, Hoiberg was given a near-impossible NFL Cheap Jerseys Nike task.

NBA franchise in Mexico isn’t on the horizon but is a midseason tournament?

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is in favor of an NBA franchise in Mexico City, but he might have to settle for a midseason tournament.

As the NBA continues to brainstorm ways to make regular-season games for exciting throughout the 82-game grind, NBA commissioner Adam Silver hinted Saturday of more games south of the border.

“He’s one of the main reasons why I talk so much, talk so loud when I’m out there. Because when I’m watching film of him or playing against him, the presence that he has — on both ends of the floor — is something that’s contagious. And you want take things from that from people like that, especially if that’s already in their personality.”

Garnett, Pierce and coach Rivers won the 2007-08 championship with the Celtics.

Thunder (25-18) at Warriors (35-6), 10:30 p.m. ET — Wednesday’s matchup will mark the second time Russell Westbrook and the Thunder face former teammate Kevin Durant. In the first matchup, Westbrook missed 11 of 15 shots and had six turnovers in a 122-96 loss. He could be in for another long night. The Warriors have won four straight against the Thunder, scoring at least 116 each game.

Kawhi Leonard continued his stellar play of late, putting up 34 points in a Real Cheap Jerseys 122-114 win over the Timberwolves. It was Leonard’s 12th 30-point game of the season and his fourth Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale consecutive. Per ESPN, the last Spurs player to score 30 points in four straight games was Tim Duncan in 2003-04.

This ‘Space Jam’ honest trailer is here to destroy your childhood memories

“Space Jam” taught millennials that, if we’re ever abducted by cartoons in the center of the Earth to help wage a war between good and evil, we can do anything that we believe. But the Internet is mean, and the fine folks at Screen Junkies weren’t going to let us enjoy it without a second thought.

This whole thing is simultaneously hilarious, saddening and undeniably true (except for two points we’ll get to toward the ending).

“Based on a sneaker commercial comes a film that got the rights to Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes, then said, ‘Screw it, that’s all the work we’re going to put into this one. It’s money time!’ ”

“Rev your engines to the debut of Lola Bunny, who gave boys a weird rabbit fetish long before Judy Hopps.”

“[The Spurs have] bodies. For the most part, all championship-contending teams has got guys that are ready to step in. Knock on wood, what if Ky goes down? For two weeks. Let’s say two. What if I went down for three weeks?” James asked.

Rose has returned to the team and been fined, but the situation was never going to be a particularly good one for the Knicks. It was an act of desperation, a panic move by team honcho Phil Jackson, who was feeling the pressure of needing to show some progress in Year 3 of his administration. Remember when Jackson took the Knicks job in 2014, promising to consider character and culture when building the team? He tossed all that aside when he went after Rose, whom Chicago was all too eager to unload.

When Jackson decided to put in his lot with Rose this offseason, acquiring him in Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys a trade with the Bulls, it was argued that there was little risk, since Rose was in the final year of Super Cheap Jerseys his contract. But this was not just about the contract. Rose was also headed for a sexual assault trial (he was exonerated), but this was no low-risk, high-reward situation.

Yankees’ biggest surprise of 2017 is not who you think

Rewind to the end of the 2015 MLB season when the Yankees were days away from facing the Astros in the must-win AL wild-card game.

That’s when the shocking announcement came that CC Sabathia would miss the postseason — which was ultimately one game due to the loss to Houston — because he was checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center. The previous weekend, while on a road trip in Baltimore, Sabathia was binge drinking Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal in the hotel and drinking in the clubhouse after a game had been canceled.

Dual-threats out of the backfield are extremely valuable in the NFL and “Madden.” With Cheap Official NHL Jerseys that in mind it’s no surprise Bell takes the top spot. Right behind him are the likes of David Johnson and LeSean McCoy. Johnson comes in at 94 Overall and features 92 Speed, 94 Juke Move, 93 Agility, and 76 Catching. McCoy is 92 Overall with the highest Agility rating at 98 and rates 93 in both Juke Move and Elusiveness.

Johnson is the biggest mover at the top, going from 90 Overall at the end of last season to 94 in this season’s edition. DeMarco Murray has also been raised 4 points, helping him jump several players that had been rated above him previously. Ezekiel Elliott rounds out the top five with 92 Speed and 94 Agility.

One player that remains a mystery for now is Marshawn Lynch, who came out of retirement to sign with his hometown Oakland Raiders. At the time of his retirement following the 2015-16 season, Lynch Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa was rated 93 Overall. Look for him to settle somewhere in the mid-to-upper 80s.