The Cardinals hit a comeback grand slam right after a rally kitten appeared on the field

Setting the scene, as it were: The St. Louis Cardinals are down 5-4 in the sixth inning at home. Suddenly, a rally cat appears on the field. Except it’s even better than a rally cat because it’s a tiny, adorable, RALLY KITTEN.

It’s just trying to get important Rally Kitten business done, man! Why are you crushing it’s dreams?

But after only a few moments on the field, the Rally Kitten magic was enough to make an impact on the Cardinals, as immediately after it went back to whence it came the Cards jacked a grand slam to go ahead in the game 8-5.

Aaron Judge hit homers on his first three swings and then four in five swings and also already got the 30-second bonus for distance and hit another two homers before I finished this sentence.

It’s a battle between potential Rookie of the Year winners, as Cody Bellinger takes on Aaron Judge in the semifinals for the right to face Sano in the finals.

By the way, Aaron Judge’s first-round homers were visualized in a chart, and that chart… is good. Meanwhile, Cody Bellinger has eight homers with 1:20 to Cheap MLB Jerseys go, but he has yet to hit a single 440 foot homer that will earn him Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids the bonus time he might very well need against Judge.

He’d finish with a dozen and no bonus time, and now it’s Judge’s turn to earn a shot at Sano.

Bulls’ Dwyane Wade forgot to play defense against Celtics

Just ask Harden, who had some of his worst games this season against the Warriors.

Lillard has had some success against the Warriors in the past, though, like when he scored 51 points against them with nine 3-pointers during the 2015-16 season. He followed it up by dropping 40 points against them in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, although he struggled in the four games the Blazers lost. If Jusuf Nurkic can return to the lineup at full health and be the sort of inside presence the Warriors have had issues against in the past, he could help create the space Lillard and McCollum desperately need to get going from 3-point range.

It might not be enough to upset the Warriors either way, but it could make for a more competitive series.

Dwyane Wade was really not feeling it on the defensive end in the Chicago Bulls’ playoff game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Isaiah Thomas swung the ball out to Kelly Olynyk on the 3-point arc and there was absolutely nobody in sight of the center. That was largely because Wade just stared at him from a distance.

If that wasn’t enough, Olynyk missed the shot and Avery Bradley put the ball back with one hand for the score. Wade was still watching.

That’s not going to get the job done in this series. Then again, did we think the Bulls would even make it this far?

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Rockets advance while Spurs, Jazz take 3-2 leads

Russell Westbrook did not go gentle into that good night, and try as he might to rage against the dying of the light, the Rockets took flight and ended his fight.

Now that we’ve tipped our caps to Dylan Thomas, let’s get back to the NBA playoffs. James Harden and the Rockets kicked off Tuesday night’s slate of games by eliminating the Thunder in a 105-99 win. (Thanks to Russ for making the 2016-17 season a ton of fun.) As for the other series, the Spurs and Jazz both gained 3-2 leads in key Game 5 matchups. The Jazz will travel back home to Utah for Game 6 while the Spurs head to Memphis in the hopes of closing things out and meeting Houston in the second round.

Had Pacers coach Nate McMillan not called a timeout and allowed the Cavs defense to reset at the end of Game 1, maybe George would have found his own Iso Joe moment, both clutch and correct in the context of the game. But given the information presented to him, he kicked it over to Miles, and the veteran shooting guard got off a decent attempt, not unlike Young’s play above. If he passes back to George, then it’s one-on-one against James out near half court with less than five seconds to go.

The most clutch players in league history needed help to ultimately win it all. James inbounded the ball to Kyrie Irving before Irving drilled a 3-pointer in Game 7 last year to help bring Cleveland a title. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal both missed before the ball landed in the hands of Robert Horry for the game-winner in the 2002 Western Conference finals. Even Michael Jordan found an open Steve Kerr in the 1997 NBA Finals when John Stockton decided to double him.

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Craig Sager posthumously awarded first Sports Emmy

The stars came out for Game 6 of the Hawks-Wizards series. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was seated courtside next to Atlanta icons Quavo of the rap trio Migos and Gucci Mane.

In the heat of battle, they dished some friendly trash talk Wall’s way. He was more than willing to engage, serving up his best game of the playoffs as as he scored 42 points and ushered in the Hawks’ offseason. After the game, Sporting News’ Nubyjas Wilborn asked Wall what exactly he said to his famous friends. Wall and Beal took a not-so-subtle dig with a reference to Migos’ latest album.

Death did not stop the accolades coming for Craig Sager.

The late TNT sideline reporter was awarded his first Sports Emmy Tuesday as television sports reporter of the year.

Sager was first nominated for outstanding sports reporter in 2011, but lost out to NBC’s Michelle Tafoya. Sager, who died Dec. 15, 2016, following a lengthy battle with cancer, was also the 2017 recipient of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award, given to outstanding basketball writers and broadcasters.

Sager was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame just two days before his death at the age of 65.

TNT posted a video tribute to Sager, who began working for Turner Sports in 1980, shortly after his passing.

Sager’s Emmy on Tuesday was the first of three on the night for Turner Sports, which also saw NBA analyst Charles Barkley win for best studio analyst and NCAA basketball analyst Bill Raftery win best sports event analyst.

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Russell Westbrook fined for ‘inappropriate language’

Russell Westbrook probably knew he was going to be fined for this comment, but he said it anyway.

I don’t give a about the line. We lost.

Westbrook said that in the postgame press conference after the Thunder’s 115-111 loss to Houston Wednesday night. ESPN was unable to censor the comment as the interview was live, and you just can’t do that. Now, the NBA has fined him $15,000 for it.

I guess if you cuss, you get fined, Westbrook told reporters Friday, via The Oklahoman. … It is what it is. I’m OK with it. I’ll take it.

Leave it to Westbrook to tell it like it is. Maybe his fans will pay for his fine like Grizzlies coach David Fizdale’s players are paying for his.

Either way, in a world where many players and coaches are ruled by cliches Westbrook will always give it to you straight. There is worth in that $15,000 worth apparently.

However, if he is to perform to what his current experience level is which is to say, never participating in a collegiate game against players 20 to 23 years old like he’ll be performing against here it could hurt his stock enough to where teams don’t believe he’ll be ready early enough to contribute on his rookie contract, and he’ll get indications that he should return to school. No pressure, just have to perform in your first-ever set of games against this level of competition, with potentially millions of dollars riding on the outcome.

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Cleveland police: Cavs game will be ‘safe’ despite shooting suspect on the run

Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said fans attending Monday night’s Cavaliers playoff game against the Pacers will be safe.

The city has been on edge since Sunday afternoon when a man identified as Steve Stephens, shot and killed Robert Godwin, a passerby who was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Stephens then uploaded video of the killing to Facebook, where he warned he had killed several others. Police have only verified one killing.

But with the Rockets and Thunder facing off the the first round of the NBA playoffs, Westbrook made it clear that his friendship with Harden will be nonexistent on the court.

When I get on the floor, I got one friend, and that’s the basketball, Westbrook said, via ESPN. I’ve been like that since I was a little kid. My dad told me that when I was younger, ‘You got one friend and your friend is Spalding. At the time maybe it was Wilson or some other s—.’

Whatever the ball is, that’s who my friend is.

Even though they pitted against each other in the MVP race this season, Harden maintains he will always have a solid friendship with Westbrook.

Since 10 years old. That’s never gonna change, Harden said at the Rockets’ shootaround Sunday morning.

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LeBron James is still very good at chase-down blocks, destroys Thad Young’s soul

We’ve seen those screens used for Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard in the past. Even though Paul didn’t shoot as many pull-up 3-pointers as them on the season, he made 39.1 percent of those opportunities. Of the 27 players who attempted at least 2.0 pull-up 3-pointers per game this season, only Kyle Lowry (42.1 percent), Eric Gordon (40.5 percent) and CJ McCollum (42.9 percent) made then at a higher rate . If Paul looks for his shot more than he does in the regular season, it could crack one of the best defenses — and one of the best defenders — in the NBA.

Westbrook is a one-man wrecking crew in transition. He led the NBA this season with 6.8 transition opportunities per game, and he turned those opportunities into 6.7 transition points per game. It made up for 20.2 percent of his offense in total, which played a big role in the Thunder scoring more points than all but five teams on the fast break: Wizards, Cavaliers, Rockets, Suns and Warriors.

LeBron James doesn’t simply let fast breaks happen without trying to swallow them whole.

Just like he did in Game 7 of the NBA Finals last year, James completely evaporated a Pacers’ fast break Sunday, swatting Thad Young from behind to prevent a score in Game 4 of the Cavaliers’ first-round series against Indiana.

Why do people still think they can finish a fast break anywhere close to LeBron’s vicinity? King James is a worldeater on fast-break defense.

At this point, I wouldn’t even feel comfortable with a five-on-one if LeBron was the one.

Anyway, it’s always a good time when LeBron reminds everyone just how insanely good, strong and athletic he is despite being 32 years old.

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the Royals’ Eric Hosmer overtook Yonder Alonso of the A’s at first base

Nothing is guaranteed this year, still, even with this haul. Lightning could strike along the way. It would have to be literal lightning, though, because this is the team that won it all after four games without Tom Brady, and 11 (including the postseason) without Rob Gronkowki.

These guys looked Super in March, and they look even more Super in Cheap Jerseys Coupon Code June. It could be all over long before February. But, is this “bad” for the league?

While rookies Yankees slugger Aaron Judge continues to lead all AL vote-getters, the Astros double-play combo of second baseman Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa continue to lead at their positions, while Houston outfielder George Springer holds down the third outfield spot, 175,697 votes ahead of the Indians’ Michael Brantley.

In the only change from last week, the Royals’ Eric Hosmer overtook Yonder Alonso of the A’s at first base, the most closely contested position as time winds down. Hosmer holds just over a 40,000-vote edge on Alonso.

There’s nothing more embarrassing than trying to catch a fly ball with one hand and dropping the ball. Well, maybe one thing is just as embarrassing. Just ask Khris Davis.

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Jake Arrieta once again fails to get out of fifth inning in Cubs loss

Jake Arrieta’s mechanics have been spotty at best this season. While it may be no excuse that his thumb hurts at the moment, the Cubs need to seriously figure out how to Cheap Islanders Jerseys fix their ace’s throwing motion if they want to make another run in the postseason.

If he wants to keep playing baseball and have a chance at moving up, we have one suggestion. Quit this whole outfielder thing. It’s time to devote yourself to pitching, but not just any pitching: It’s time for Tim Tebow to become a knuckleballer.

You might ask: What evidence is there that Tebow can throw a knuckler, the most unpredictable pitch there is? And I would counter: Have you ever seen Tim Tebow throw a football?

Instead, Colby Woodmansee — who started the inning by drawing a walk — came up for the second time in the frame. He saw three pitches, all strikes, and was sent back to the dugout without swinging at any of them. The game was over. Tebow didn’t get the chance to play hero in the state where playing hero was his bread-and-butter back in his college days with the Florida Gators. The fans’ request was not granted.

Well, the request was not granted on that day.

Big-picture, though? The Mets are clearly operating with a fan-oriented set of priorities when it comes to Tebow. Fans can’t get enough of Tebow the baseball player, a truth that’s evident when you look at attendance figures for the Fireflies and the other teams in the South Atlantic League who have benefited Cheap Jerseys Baseball from the Tebow bump.

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