Texans LB Brian Cushing suspended 10 games for second PED offense

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games by the NFL for his second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The Pro Bowler was also suspended four games in 2010 for performance-enhancing drug use.

The NFL announced the suspension Wednesday.

“Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans has been suspended without pay for the team’s next 10 games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances,” the official statement read. “Cushing’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Texans’ active roster on Tuesday, November 28 following the team’s November 27 game against the Baltimore Ravens.”

Rapoport noted that even though coach Sean Payton tried to work out those issues Top Cheap Jerseys with Cooks, the wide receiver “felt the elephant in the room -— Brees’ arm strength not Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping enabling him to find Cooks deep — couldn’t be talked about on any level.”

Cooks’ problems with the Saints arose following a 35-34 win over the Chargers in Week 4 last season in which he only had three catches. The damage became irreparable two months later when he had no catches in the team’s 49-21 win over the Rams.

“Closed mouths don’t get fed,” Cooks told reporters at the time.

New Orleans traded up in the 2014 NFL Draft to take Cooks 20th overall, and he hauled in 215 receptions for 2,861 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons with the team.

The Saints will host the Patriots for their home opener at the Superdome on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Both Amendola and Gronkowski have had difficult times staying healthy.

At first blush, many observers thought the Patriots’ offense would be fine with premier tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receivers such as Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell picking up the slack. Coach Bill Belichick is highly regarded as a master of adjusting when key players are lost, and he traded for former Colts No. 1 pick Phillip Dorsett.

But the problems at receiver intensified first when Mitchell went on injured reserve with a knee injury (he can return in eight weeks if healthy), and then when Amendola left the Chiefs game with a concussion.

Without Edelman, Mitchell and Amendola if he’s out for a few weeks, Brady must work with a receiving corps that includes two guys, Cooks and Dorsett, in their first years in the Patriots’ system, plus Hogan in his second year. Even a 12-time Pro Bowler and five-time Super Bowl champ needs time to develop chemistry with new receivers.

As pointed out in Geoff Schwartz’ preview of the opener, the Chiefs’ West Coast-style offense emphasizes a strong rushing attack and intermediate passing routes to move the chains.

“Smith helps win football games because he doesn’t make mistakes and manages Reid’s game plan,” Schwartz wrote. “However, for the Chiefs to take the next step, they need him to throw the ball downfield more. Since 2013, he’s had the fewest air yards per pass attempt.”

On Thursday, Smith attempted only four passes of more than 20 Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa yards, but when he did, he nailed it. He completed three of those passes for 178 yards with two Cheap Official NHL Jerseys touchdowns.

both of those players are worth far more than they’ll be making over the next few seasons.

The details are still being worked out, but the trade should happen, according to Wojnarowski. Miles will sign a three-year deal for around $25 million with a player option for the third year, according to Wojnarowski.

Miles will likely replace the departed DeMarre Carroll in the starting lineup, while Joseph will compete with new Pacers signee Darren Collison for the starting point guard gig.

Miles, a 12-year veteran who can play both wing positions, averaged nearly 11 points per game last year while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range. He will share minutes on the wing with emerging third-year player Norman Powell.

But what Durant did represents much more than that. The Warriors’ live and die by their “Strength in Numbers” motto. Nothing epitomizes that culture more than the sacrifice Durant made.

And, if Kerr is being truthful here, it was a voluntary sacrifice Durant made without the Warriors requesting he take such a cut. We also saw a similar sacrifice, though, not on the same pay scale, with Shaun Livingston’s three-year, $24 million deal.

On the open market, both of those players are worth far more than they’ll be making over the next few seasons. But, as Livingston told NBC Bay Area, “You can’t put a price on happiness.”

Winning matters to these guys more than money, and that’s fine. It would be fine the other way around, too.

Sure, Durant took a deal for less than his market value as a superstar. He isn’t the first star to do this and he won’t be the last one.

As Kerr said, it’s up to star players whether they want to take a bit less money to keep the squad in tact. But that’s the thing — it’s a choice. Yes, Durant made less money than he Cheap Jerseys Online China could have. And maybe that does put more of an expectation on other star players to do Cheap Jerseys Stitched the same.

Candelario and Paredes will both shoot toward the top of the Tigers’ farm system

Candelario has hit .266/.361/.507 with 12 homers in 81 games with Triple-A Iowa this season. Though he is ranked by MLB.com as the top prospect in the Cubs’ system (with Jimenez and Cease gone) and the no. 92 prospect in all of baseball, Baseball America is a bit less impressed, ranking him ninth among Chicago’s prospects.

Paredes, an 18-year-old shortstop, was signed out of Mexico for $800k by the Cubs in 2015. He has hit .261/.341/.399 with seven homers in 91 games for Single-A South Bend so far this year, coming in as BA’s no. 5 prospect in the system and tenth according to MLB.com.

Candelario and Paredes will both shoot toward the top of the Tigers’ farm system, joining no. 12 prospect Dawel Lugo and no. 21 prospect Sergio Alcantara, who were sent over in the J.D. Martinez deal with Arizona. Detroit may have more moves in store, with Justin Verlander, Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias all on the rumor mill with 16 hours before the deadline.

For a look at every deal completed this July, be sure to check out our 2017 Trade Deadline Tracker.

Gary Sanchez just killed it! Stanton is out! I am so proud of Judge, my large adult son! Every dinger is a present! Every song is a new jam! I am so jazzed I could go kick down a door!

I mean, I’m absolutely crestfallen that Stanton was eliminated in the first round, but it’s not like Sanchez isn’t a spectacular dinger lad himself. I can’t stress enough how much the new format Reebok Cheap Jerseys helps. I was skeptical. I used to spend my time thinking of ways to make the Derby better. I think Wholesale Jerseys Paypal that genre is dead, save for a couple little tweaks here and there.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

The Lakers could get more involved in talks for George

This all could be innocent. The Lakers could be merely taking a gamble, unwilling to break up their young roster, just as uncertain about George’s future as everyone else, but willing to risk that George still want to come to LA next summer. But NBA front-office types are a paranoid lot, and the impression remains that maybe the Lakers know something about George’s intentions that others do not.

That leaves the Pacers in a tough spot. The Lakers could get more involved in talks for George, but that might scare off other suitors. But those suitors are equally suspicious of the Lakers’ silence on George and their confidence that George will sign with LA next summer.

Mixon only played for two seasons at Oklahoma, yet amassed over 2,000 rushing yards for 17 scores, as well as 894 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches. He ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 in rushing yards, yards from scrimmage, touchdowns, and touchdowns from scrimmage in 2016.

Mixon is also a better pass blocker than Hill. Pass protection was a fickle mistress for the Bengals last season, eventually leading to Ogbuehi being benched after allowing nine sacks (and 40 totals pressures) in just 11 games. With an early career filled with injuries and shifting from right to left tackle, Ogbuehi heads into the 2017 season with a full offseason of preparation to get him out of his slump.

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NBA trade rumors: Jabari Parker’s injury history leaves Bucks with limited options to improve roster

When new general manager Jon Horst was introduced in Milwaukee a little more than a week ago, there was one face in the crowd of particular interest: forward Jabari Parker.

Horst is taking over a Bucks operation that had a breakthrough last year around budding star Giannis Antetokounmpo, winning 42 games for its best record since 2010. But it’s also a franchise that heads into this summer with decidedly few options when it comes to bolstering the roster.

The knuckler isn’t something players start out with: It’s a last refuge for those failing to find success elsewhere. That’s why Brian Wilson, who used to be one of the game’s best closers but pitched his way out of MLB, is trying to make it back as one. Tebow didn’t stick in the NFL. He’s got a job talking about college football, sure, but he clearly wants to keep playing professional sports, and he got a shot to make his way to MLB courtesy of the Mets.

However, unless the Mets promote him to New York for the sole purpose of the media and merchandising firestorm it’ll create — make fun of Tebow all you want, but he’s the most popular player in the game right now thanks to his pre-baseball career — he’s not making it to the bigs at this rate. He’s still got a couple of months left in his 20s, though, which is more than enough time to start tinkering with a knuckleball.

Hand Tebow a baseball. Tell him about how the thing to do is grip the pitch with your fingernails and push it toward home plate while keeping your wrist stable to minimize or completely remove any Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys spin on the ball. Science takes care of the rest: “Without Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys the gyroscopic effect of spinning, the ball’s movement is unstable. Its seams create an uneven flow of air over the surface of the ball, pushing it in random directions.”

somebody owed Kaepernick an “I’m sorry” about how casually his reputation was being dragged through the mud.

For an organization that had spent at least three years burning bridges at an alarming rate, Lynch’s handling of the most volatile subject in front of them is a long-overdue positive.

If nothing else, somebody owed Kaepernick an “I’m sorry” about how casually his reputation was being dragged through the mud. It wasn’t necessarily the 49ers or Lynch who owed it, but they gave it anyway.

Lynch has done a lot right in a short period of time. It’s a welcome change in an offseason too many people let turn ugly. It’s a welcome change for Kaepernick … and a welcome change for the 49ers.

Smart teams don’t give up good players just because they scrap and curse each other out, or because they push buttons they usually go un-pushed.

The Seahawks are a smart team. Their roster is composed of smart players who don’t get told to stop being smart in public or private, on or off the field.

Instead of figuring out why they’re like that, ask why all the others are not.

Belichick is correct when he says NFL teams’ medical staffs, not Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys coaches, are primarily responsible for injury management. Former Rams coach Jeff Fisher expressed that in 2015. Panthers coach Ron Rivera last year took it personally when a reporter questioned Cheap Epl Jerseys his team’s treatment of star QB Cam Newton.

“When it comes to the (concussion) protocol stuff, I don’t know what that is,” Rivera said. “I follow what I’m told by the doctors and the trainers. It was explained to me afterwards, and after it was explained to me, I told you what was explained to me.”