The Bengals are marking their 50th season with a new jersey patch.

If your uniform passion extends to practice gear, the Steelers added their team name to their practice jerseys this season — and added an advertising patch to boot:

Finally, if you were wondering what happened to uni numbers on the front of the Steelers’ helmets, don’t worry. They never bother with the front numbers during the preseason, but you can be sure the numerals will reappear for the season opener Sept. 10 in Cleveland.

The Bengals are marking their 50th season with a new jersey patch. Interestingly, it’s one of the newfangled synthetic patches, not a traditional embroidered design. These modern patches have been worn in the Super Bowl, but this appears to be the first time an NFL team has worn one for a standard season-long patch.

Bennett said the incident is an example of the racial inequality that he is protesting by sitting for the national anthem during NFL games. Bennett sat through the anthem for all four of the Seahawks’ preseason games this summer, and he has said he will continue doing so during the regular season.

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I’m holding high, breaking downhill from there and I know where my help is — I have my flat defender, my corner, the linebacker inside. I have the first “inside,” the linebacker has the second one — Brandin Cooks — coming over. So I have the hash to the numbers to cover. By holding off the tight end, it gives my corner time to play over the top and gives me the time to break on anything below.

Cody Bellinger is happy to let Lonzo Ball have the LA sports spotlight

Count Cody Bellinger among the Los Angeles sports fans enjoying the Lonzo Ball Show this summer, but don’t think for a second he wishes it was the Cody Bellinger Show.

Bellinger, the Dodgers’ 22-year-old phenom and the overwhelming favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year award, is a microcosm for his team: a reserved, wide-eyed player with immense talent who is laser-focused on delivering the team its first championship since 1988. Born and raised in a suburb of Phoenix, Bellinger hasn’t let his newfound celebrity status in a major city sidetrack his mission.

“I’m a laid-back guy, so being all over TV … that’s cool, but at the end of the day, it’s whatever,” Bellinger said. “They can have cameras following [Lonzo] all over the place.”

“It’s more than basketball with that,” Smith says when asked about Carlisle’s words. “That’s the way I was raised to be as a man. That’s a credit to my whole family, especially my father. It just translates from being a man on to basketball.”

After spending time with the senior Smith in Las Vegas this week, Carlisle agrees:

“I’ve gotten to know his dad a little bit, sat with him during the second game, and I can see why he’s a kid with strong character.”

Smith, the ninth overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, joins the Mavericks as a future face of the franchise, something made even more important due to Dirk Nowitzki’s career drawing near an end. The Mavericks hadn’t owned their own top-10 draft pick since Nowitzki was selected No. 9 Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys in 1998. They felt certain that Smith was a top-five talent in the draft, putting him Cheap Paintball Jerseys And Pants out of their reach.

But when the New York Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina one pick before, Carlisle says the Mavericks draft room erupted into “thunderous applause” knowing the guy they truly wanted was still on the board.

The Cavaliers watched Griffin leave town after owner Dan Gilbert lowballed him during negotiations on a new contract.

Gilbert pursued ESPN’s Chauncey Billups to be his new president of basketball operations, but Billups turned him down after reportedly being lowballed as well. Now, Cleveland’s watched the free agent market dry up and all desirable trade targets have been dealt, with the exception of Carmelo Anthony.

On top of it all, we don’t even know who’s calling the shots in the front office. It’s probably Koby Altman, who was promoted to assistant general manager in 2016 and is the highest front-office member left. But without an official voice and direction for the franchise moving forward, the Cavaliers can’t possibly advance.

NBA history is littered with examples of players who needed to leave one team to achieve stardom on another.

The most recent example is James Harden. It’s hard to remember now, but there was a time when many weren’t sure if Harden was even deserving of a max contract. It Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale was hard for him to show how good he really was alongside both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City.

As soon as Harden went to Houston, it became apparent he was one of the great players in the league and an MVP-caliber talent.

Again, what Noel does is valuable — skilled defense is perhaps still undervalued overall. But the concessions you make when you pay and play rigid archetypes are beginning to be better understood.

This isn’t to say that the best centers in the NBA are going Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale anywhere. They are the exceptions that prove the rule. Marc Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins are excellent passers and emerging shooters. Gasol’s a defensive ace; Cousins is a star scorer from every spot inside the arc. Joel Embiid is a throwback 20-10 pivot with excellent rim protection and more joie de vivre than a New Orleans second line.

What’s next after Gordon Hayward agrees?

The Boston Celtics got their man. Well…kind of. They have an agreement to sign Gordon Hayward. But getting there is going to be almost as interesting as the circus-like day leading up to Hayward agreeing to sign in Boston.

The Celtics, as currently constructed, do not have the cap space to sign Hayward to a maximum contract outright. Boston has several free agents who have cap holds that will need to be renounced in order to clear space for Hayward to sign. Chief among these is Kelly Olynyk, who as tendered a qualifying offer prior to free agency to make him a restricted free agent. Per several reports, the Celtics are rescinding Olynyk’s qualifying offer and will make him an unrestricted free agent. He’ll join Gerald Green, Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson (reportedly agreed to a deal with the 76ers) and James Young as unrestricted free agents.

Cleveland’s only offseason moves were to sign Jose Calderon and Jeff Green to minimum contracts, and bring over 2015 second-round pick Cedi Osman from Turkey.

James was fourth in this year’s MVP voting after averaging 26.4 points along with career highs in 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game. With an option in his contract for the 2018-19 season, the four-time MVP could be a free agent as early as next offseason.

Should the Cavaliers be concerned about James leaving next season?
At this point, they have to be. Cleveland is a good situation with talented pieces, but the team had to improve to compete with the Golden State Warriors. They have not improved at all this summer.

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Brian Cashman swung a blockbuster late on Tuesday night, and Pinstripe Alley has thoughts.

Other teams had been chasing Frazier doggedly over the last few days, most notably the Red Sox, who still desperately need a third baseman. The first major hint that something was going down appeared when Frazier was seen hugging his teammates and shaking hands in the dugout just as the Find Cheap Jerseys Online White Sox were wrapping up batting practice before Tuesday’s game.

New York will be happy to get some relief help, and while Frazier doesn’t perfectly fit its hole at first base, it doesn’t hurt to have him at third where he can trade off with Chase Headley for the time being before the latter (possibly) moves across the diamond.

Of course, besides picking up this quartet of players, the trade has the additional benefit of taking Todd Frazier away from a division rival. That might not have been the primary motivation for the deal, but in the AL East that rivalry is usually on the top of fans’ minds, especially with the Yankees only 3.5 games back from Boston for the division lead.

However, Aaron Judge was also on that top 10, and his 2017 has him dominating the AL. Clint Frazier was ranked second, and not only is he still around, but he could push Jacoby Ellsbury out of a job. Gleyber Torres will miss the rest of 2017 recovering from Tommy John surgery, but the young shortstop was tearing things up at the plate before then, and the long-term concerns are much different for a position player than a pitcher.

They would have had prospects, they would have been facing the same confusing offseason, and they still would have lost just as many games. There was no way to justify it back then, but we’re here, and even with the Royals just a game behind the Mariners for the second wild card, I would be ready to pull the Cheap Youth NBA Jerseys emergency chute.

Here is a conversation between Charlotte Wilder and Grant Brisbee as they sat at the Home Run Derby and marveled at the dingers.

During the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, as the game dragged on without much fanfare, a scene was unfolding in the good seats as the team’s current owner Jeffrey Loria seemingly passed the torch to potential future owner Jorge Mas. Mas, founder of Florida-based engineering company MasTec, reportedly Vip Cheap Jerseys bid $1.17 billion for the team and Loria agreed to that price despite it being a few hundred million below his original asking price of $1.3 billion.

While a two-thirds majority of MLB owners still has to approve Cheap Youth NHL Jerseysvthe sale, the two men chatting and laughing during the game certainly seems to confirm that this bid is the winning offer and the other hopeful groups came up short in their attempts.

As recently as Monday, a group that involved both Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan bid as much as $1.2 billion for the team and reports had them extremely close to sealing things that night. However the situation was also deemed “fluid” in those reports and, in this case, it seems “fluid” means lol sorry guys you are definitely not getting this team even though you bid more and are famous. This latest development also rules out the bid from a group involving Pitbull winning the day either, which thankfully also means that Tagg Romney won’t own a baseball team … yet.

Here is a conversation between Charlotte Wilder and Grant Brisbee as they sat at the Home Run Derby and marveled at the dingers. Both of them came to the same realization that this Cheap Zetterberg Jerseys event is truly marvelous at the same time, and rather than write two articles, figured they’d work through their excitement and thoughts together.

Cubs offer closure with World Series ring for Steve Bartman

And thus the jinx is truly buried.

The Chicago Cubs, who snapped 108 years of futility with a World Series victory last fall, presented infamous fan Steve Bartman with a 2016 championship ring Monday as a special gift from team ownership, the Ricketts family, and the Cubs organization.

Bartman has remained out of the media spotlight since he was vilified by Cubs fans for tipping a foul ball that left fielder Moises Alou was trying to glove near the stands during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS that Chicago lost en route to blowing a 3-2 series lead to the Florida Marlins.

Miami has been widely seen as a seller this season as they have reportedly been selling on Dee Gordon, Justin Bour and even taken some phone calls on Giancarlo Stanton though he’s unlikely to be sold with the contract he has hanging over his head. And by trading Ramos they get back prospects Merandy Gonzalez, a pitcher, and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes. Both players have never played above A ball, but are currently ranked among the Mets’ top 22 prospects.

Why would the Mets trade for Ramos, though? They look to be out of the race and have little chance at making the postseason. Well, for one, Ramos can be locked up for cheap in arbitration this offseason so the Mets can get an affordable closer for next season if they get healthy and make a run then, and secondly, with teams making inquiries on Reed, the Mets could simply want insurance in case they sell their closer this season.

Who knows? We’ve seen some weird trade rumors this offseason as the Twins are reportedly already selling on Jaime Garcia, who they acquired barely more than a week ago, so maybe the Mets are trying Lebron Cheap Jerseys to package Ramos in a trade with a better-known player to get prospects back in a Minnesota Vikings Cheap Jerseys blockbuster trade.

Rockies catchers have three home runs in 415 plate appearances this year.

Why are the Rockies willing to take the chance on Lucroy bouncing back? Start with this: Lucroy has long been one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, and his track record of pitch framing is exceptional. And there’s this: Colorado hasn’t got much, at all, offensively from its catchers.

Tony Wolters is the primary catcher, and he had exactly zero home runs in 234 plate appearances. As a group, Rockies catchers have three home runs in 415 plate appearances this year.

That’s the lowest total in the majors, not surprisingly. Think about this: Giants ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner missed nearly three months after he injured his shoulder in a dirt-bike accident on an off-day in Colorado. He has 18 plate appearances this season, and he’s hit two home runs. Yeah.

Maybe Lucroy just needs a change of scenery. Maybe he has been pressing with free agency on the horizon and his trade to a playoff-bound Rockies team is the perfect catalyst for an awakening. Who knows?

The Rockies are willing to bet he finds his swing again. It’s certainly worth the limited risk.

In 12 games since the deal with the move over to first base, Headley has managed to post an impressive slash line of .395/.477/.579 (15 for 38) over 44 plate appearances, along with five extra-base hits and five RBI. He finished the month of July slashing .333/.388/.467 (30 for 90), a return to form that he opened up the 2017 campaign in.

“He’s been great,” manager Joe Girardi told Newsday. “He’s swung NBA Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping the bat great. It even started a little bit before the All-Star break, for me. He went through the tough period (in May), but golly, he’s swinging the bat really well, and he’s adapted to NFL 21 Cheap Jerseys first base really well.”

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.

That’s why racism is the biggest issue in America.

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.’