Casper Ware hassles Russell Westbrook, issues NBA reminder

In helping Melbourne United almost defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, American point guard Casper Ware also reminded the NBA fraternity that his skills have not diminished since he was last in the league.

In the second of the National Basketball League’s games against NBA opposition, Ware took the game right up to the Thunder, and their superstar point guard Russell Westbrook, finishing with an impressive 20 points (6-19 from the field, including 6-13 from three-point range), six rebounds and three assists.

“It opened some eyes around the world that the NBL is a great league,” Ware told ESPN after the game. “We got some good players over there and everybody is gonna take notice now.”

Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are averaging well over a point per game against the Capitals. Crosby has 20 goals and 40 assists in 41 games, while Malkin has 16 and 35 in 51 games.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray missed last season’s playoff series due to injury, and the since-departed Marc-Andre Fleury pitched the 2-0 Game 7 shutout that sent Pittsburgh to the conference finals. Murray is 2-2 with a 4.43 goals-against average vs. the Capitals.

Washington’s Braden Holtby is 7-7-2 (2.77 GAA) with Cheap NFL Jerseys China two shutouts against the Penguins.

The Capitals again will be without forward Tom Wilson, who is Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys serving a four-game suspension for boarding St. Louis Blues forward Sammy Blais.

NLDS Game 4 of Nats-Cubs rained out, set to play Wednesday

The showers came a little late, but the rain that soaked Wrigley Field and washed out Game 4 of the NL Division Series followed Tuesday’s forecast pretty closely.

Instead, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker delivered the biggest surprise of the day.

Baker announced after the rainout that he will stay with Tanner Roark for Wednesday’s must-win game against the Chicago Cubs instead of giving the ball to ace Stephen Strasburg on regular rest. Jake Arrieta pitches for the Cubs in his return from a right hamstring injury.

From the latest on A.J. Green, Chris Hogan and more, Mike Clay has the information you need to make the right fantasy football decisions this week.
The Cardinals have had major troubles running the football since the David Johnson wrist injury in Week 1, and that’s partly because the replacements weren’t, well, David Johnson, but also the offensive line isn’t performing well. Chris Johnson, who had some bountiful moments in his fine career and played competently as recently as 2015, which is also the last time Peterson did, was cut Tuesday to make room. Chris Johnson was averaging 2.5 yards per carry this season. Will Peterson really be much of an upgrade?

Well, as one might expect, it’s tough to be optimistic about this trade altering the fantasy landscape. Peterson is healthy and remains in fine shape, but the Cardinals are last in the NFL in rushing yards for a reason, and it probably wasn’t solely about personnel. In theory, Peterson will see considerably more volume than he got with the Saints, so the trade should elevate expectations to a degree. Peterson Cheap NFL Jerseys China was never a great fit with New Orleans, not when Mark Ingram is still competent and rookie Alvin Kamara is teasing star potential. Peterson turned his 29 touches into 85 yards. If the Cheap Barcelona Jerseys Cardinals simply let him run, then there is surely flex potential here.

Ray has done well in a backup role the last two seasons

Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray is a guy I broke down when he was coming out of college at Missouri. After probable future hall of famer DeMarcus Ware retired this offseason, it was a foregone conclusion that Ray would step right in and take over for him.

Ray has done well in a backup role the last two seasons. He was a little raw as a linebacker coming out of college where he played with his hand in the dirt most of the time, but he has Cheap Jerseys Toronto adjusted well in his short time in the league.

He was mostly a speed rusher at Missouri, but added a little bit of power to his game now as a Bronco.

The board members said their decision to fire Mr. Briles wasn’t merely because of the school’s requirements under Title IX, the federal law that has increased the requirements on universities to police sexual violence on campus.

“As he heard information, what did he do with it? From a moral standpoint, what is the right thing to do?” said Ron Murff, a Dallas businessman who is chairman of the board of regents.

In one of the alleged gang rapes, the victim, who also was an athlete, told her coach that she didn’t want to go the police. When notified of the allegation, Mr. Briles told the victim’s coach that he hoped she would go to the police, according to people familiar with the matter. One person close to the victim said she viewed Mr. Briles as supportive of her claim. However, Mr. Briles didn’t notify the school’s Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys judicial-affairs office or the Title IX office, these people said.

Here were the NBA Christmas Day games we wanted

How do you know you’re not a kid anymore? When you stop waking up at 7 a.m. on Christmas Day, eager to sprint downstairs to tear apart wrapping paper clinging to your presents, and instead roll out of bed a couple hours before noon, killing time before the five-game slate of NBA games that happens each and every Buy Cheap Jerseys year.

The league displayed the Timberwolves last year, and showcasing them again with Jimmy Butler in tow would have made even more sense. The Los Angeles rivalry and the Cavaliers vs. Warriors showdown are both inevitable, we’re betting. UPDATE: Guess not on the LA showdown! No Clippers!

There are few surprises in terms of who will be getting national TV games: plenty of action on ABC, ESPN, and TNT for the Warriors, Cavaliers, Rockets, Thunder, Celtics, and, uh, Lakers. Y’all really have to stop being surprised the Lakers are on TV so much: they draw, and as a Pacific Time Zone team they have the advantage of scarcity. Some West Coast team has to host late games. You can only give the Warriors, Clippers, and Blazers so many of them.

The 18-7 Sparks needed every bit of Johnson’s production against a 13-14 Wings squad that watched Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike score 21 points apiece. This was a huge win for the Wings as they are fighting for a playoff spot.

It was Toliver’s night to shine, as she tallied 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to lead the Mystics to an 85-80 win over the Mercury. Toliver came up big down New Vikings Jerseys Cheap the stretch, scoring seven of Washington’s last 11 points, including a clutch step-back jumper to give the Mystics a three-point lead with 13 seconds left.

The Mystics now have a two game lead over the Mercury for the fourth seed in the WNBA Playoffs. They also play each of their next three games at home, since this was their first home game since the All-Star Break ended.

Max Scherzer removed himself from the game after hitting his first career home run

In the second inning of the Nationals’ tilt against the Marlins, Max Scherzer hit his first career home run: a three-run shot that put Washington up 4-zip early in the game.

While that should be exciting for the team and fans, and for Scherzer, it almost immediately turned sour when Scherzer abruptly pulled himself from the game in the bottom of the inning.

But isn’t that the best kind of friendship? When you can be sort of joking and sort of serious all in one moment? That’s when you know it’s real. And with these two guys, it’s real.

Mike Trout happened to also hit his 150th home run when he was 24 years and 295 days old. Which wouldn’t be so incredible if it weren’t for the fact that both players have long been compared to each other.

In fact, it seems that no major milestone can be reached by either player without a note of comparison about the other.

Trout did hit number 150 in less games than Harper, at game No. 701 of his career, while Harper reached it in game No. 759. Even so, what remains true is that both players remain outsized talents at a young age, and people we will be talking Cheap New York Giants Jerseys about to our children and grandchildren.

This is just another statistic that will serve as an entertaining Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping footnote for two very impressive careers.