Jim Caldwell: ‘Important’ for Lions to repair relationship with Calvin Johnson

Jim Caldwell does not want Calvin Johnson to remain disgruntled with the Lions organization.

The Lions coach said Wednesday he hopes the team can repair its relationship with the franchise’s all-time leading receiver. Caldwell wants Lions alumni at team events and hopes to include Johnson for future events.

“Our practices are open to all of our alumni. They can come any time, any day,” Caldwell told reporters. “I think you can see from the Taste of the Lions that a lot of the guys still come back and participate. Lomas Brown is always around doing something for us or helping us out with something. Barry (Sanders) was here during the Taste of the Lions. Billy Sims was here.

“There’s so many of the guys that have been such an important part of the organization were involved. That is important to us.”

Caldwell said team owner Martha Ford, president Rod Wood and general manager Bob Quinn are all “concerned” about a possible rift between Johnson and the Lions.

Should Murray suffer an injury, Cook would be a prime candidate to handle a heavy workload. He could develop into a three-down back at some point during the season.

Jerick McKinnon is also on the roster, but Cheap Jerseys From China NBA he did not take advantage of his opportunity last season when he averaged just 3.4 yards per carry.

Last year, Elliott was a sure-fire first-round pick in Cheap Jerseys MLB fantasy drafts because he was virtually assured a huge workload behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Cook does not have the same upside heading into the season, but he could payoff for a fantasy owner willing to gamble on a rookie with explosive talent.

Manny Machado hits ball out of Fenway Park, takes leisurely stroll around the bases

Revenge is a dish best served with ridiculous exit velocity.

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who has been targeted by Red Sox pitchers on more than one occasion over the past few weeks, exacted payback with a mammoth home run Thursday night at Fenway Park.

The home run traveled an estimated 466 feet, which is good for Machado’s second-longest home run of the season. His longest was a 470-foot blast to dead center field at Yankee Stadium. Thursday’s dinger exited his bat at 113.6 mph.

Not only did Machado announce his presence with authority, but he mimicked former Red Sox great David Ortiz with a leisurely stroll around the bags. Statcast marked the trot at 29.8 seconds.

Machado’s bomb was good for three runs, and the Orioles tacked on a few more Cheap NFL Jerseys USA in an 8-3 win.

Scherzer’s absence leaves Chris Archer and Marcus Stroman as the top starting options for Team USA.

Fulms was part of something special in college. His Vanderbilt squad won the 2014 College World Series, and Fulmer started the winner-take-all championship game against Virginia — he struck out five in 5 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits and two runs (one unearned). Vanderbilt made it back to the CWS final again in 2015, but that time Virginia took home the title.
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NHL draft lottery 2017: How does it work, and what are the odds for each team?

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft lottery takes place on Saturday night, and you might be asking yourself a simple question.

Lottery surprises are not unheard of in the NHL. Winnipeg won second overall in 2016 despite the sixth-best odds (7.8 percent) to jump that high. They picked Patrik Laine, who is a Mitchell And Ness Cheap Jerseys Calder Trophy finalist.

When the Grizzlies seemed to have the game in the bag in overtime, Leonard activated Terminator level 5,000.

First, Leonard hit a triple to bring the game within two points:

Then after Conley missed a free throw on the other end, the MVP candidate hit a corner three to tie the game.

Leonard became the first player in NBA history with more than 40 points, more than five steals and more than five threes made in a playoff game.

And the Spurs lost.

That’s how good Game 4 was. It was an all-out war between two teams that find a way to meet each other almost every season in the playoffs. The series is now tied at two games apiece and it’s headed back to San Antonio, where the Spurs won the first two matches.

But the Grizzlies proved they can beat the Spurs in a variety of ways. And if both Conley and Leonard show up like they did for Game 4, regardless of who wins, the fans will come out on top yet again.

Hockey media may wring its hands over injuries like Crosby’s, but the ranting and fury of men (and, it has to be said, they are always male) reporting hockey is the worst kind of hypocrisy and crocodile tears. These reporters write not out of concern for players health, nor do they write out of a sense of right. These pearl-clutching articles are often written as much to try and expiate their guilt at the damage their promotion of hyper-masculine aggression as an ideal and constant need to compare sport to warfare creates as to report it – even as they say “well, it’s the game, not my bastardized view of it”.

The stand-off could make for an interesting summer in New York.

Anthony is also the best player on a Knicks team that has underperformed in each of the past four seasons. The Knicks failed to make the playoffs this year, finishing 31-51 despite a well-documented roster revamp that included deals for Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings. That’s worse than the year before, when the team won 32 games despite having two fewer All-Stars.

Those two seasons pale in comparison to the Knicks’ 2014-15 campaign that ended with a 17-65 record, worst in franchise history.

It was also Jackson’s close friend and former assistant Website For Cheap Jerseys coach, Charley Rosen, who authored two scathing columns critical of Anthony’s on-court deficiencies, including a propensity to hold onto the ball and lack of effort on the defensive end. In February, Jackson came out of his social media hiatus to publicly agree with a column written by Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding that questioned Anthony’s desire to win.

Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan jointly opted into the final two years of Jackson’s five-year contract as team president. But Anthony also controls his own fate, holding a no-trade clause.

The stand-off could make for an interesting summer in New York. But then again, when is summer in New York ever dull?

You become a coach, maybe in your specialty position (defense or offense) or if you’re really lucky, a desperate team takes a chance on you as a head coach and you’re given overall control of a franchise. You learn the art of coaching, have success or otherwise, spend ten, twenty or maybe even 30 years doing that job, and then you get moved upstairs, to the big offices and the rarified air of GMship.

The Worst NBA Dunk Contest: 1997

Michael Jordan from the free throw line, Spud Webb soaring through the air at 5-foot-7, and Vince Carter with the Honey Dip are all iconic slam dunks. This year’s Slam Dunk Contest didn’t have anything close to those legendary moments, but it still doesn’t take the title of Worst Dunk Contest Ever.

The date: February 8th, 1997. The dunkers: Darvin Ham, Chris Carr, Bob Sura, Michael Finley, Ray Allen, and Kobe Bryant, the only hint of personality in the event.

Wizards-Hawks is the first Game 6 on the schedule after Washington pushed through for a win on Wednesday. As great as John Wall has played, Bradley Beal has been Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys just as consistent while averaging 39 minutes per game. In Game 5, he shot only 1-of-9 from behind the arc and still scored 27 points on an efficient 50 percent shooting from the floor, showing how far his game has advanced from where he started his career.

Boston can’t prove it’s worthy of a No. 1 seed by winning Game 6 — it has already garnered questions by dropping the opening two games of this series. But that’s not something it should really care about, with only one win separating the Celtics from the conference semifinals, where everyone will pay closer attention to them. For Chicago, it must be hoping Rajon Rondo will be ready to play and can make a difference in the game, keeping its season alive.

For the nightcap, we mostly just want Utah to finish off the Clippers. It’s not that this series hasn’t been great — front to back, it has probably been the best one — but ever since they lost Blake Griffin, it’s just hard to see them putting up much of a fight in the next round against Golden State. Can the Jazz? Probably not, but there’s at least some uncertainty there.

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Since the early signing period is purely optional, not all of the big names will sign in December. We’ll still see dozens of blue chips and a handful of top-15 players on the board until February’s NSD, though perhaps not quite as many as before.

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If the Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday, as conventional wisdom has it, someone forgot to drop that well-known bit of golf knowledge on Sergio Garcia.

Because the 37-year-old Spaniard, who is looking to break an 0-fer-73 major-less drought, certainly got it going in his first nine holes. Garcia had a birdie-par-birdie start to the final round at Augusta and made the turn at 2-under 34 to get to 8-under for the week and in a tie with playing partner and 54-hole co-leader Justin Rose.

If Garcia goes on to win, he may look back at No. 7 as critical to his triumph. That’s where he hit his tee shot into the woods, his second into a green-side bunker, and eked out a huge par-saving sandy — his 16th straight bogey-free hole — while Rose made birdie. Just like Cheap San Francisco Giants Jerseys that, Sergio’s two-shot cushion was down to one.

Terrelle Pyror’s injury, performance concerns Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are worried about Terrelle Pryor.

“It wasn’t something that we thought was going to be a big factor going into the game. But, obviously, it was a factor,” Allen told reporters, per the Bay Area News Group.
Something even more alarming has been Pryor’s play over the past month. The former Ohio State star has been a disaster in the last four games, throwing eight interceptions while finding the end zone once.

Overall, Pryor has thrown for 1,559 yards with a 58.9 completion percentage and only five touchdowns against 10 interceptions. He has also run for a team-leading 504 yards.

Lets be honest right off the bat, the Bengals had no business having a shot to win that game Sunday anyway. Their quarterback Andy Dalton appeared to be channeling Trent Dilfer during his Bucs years for most of the game. Their defense played well most of the day, but still gave up two touchdowns to one of the worst, most off-kilter offenses in the league right now. The only reason Bernard was even in position to have that epic brain fart was because the Ravens defensive backs thought it would be fun to play volleyball and set the football rather than spike it on the last play of the game. A.J. Green caught what was probably his easiest touchdown of his career.

And yet, there they were. Trying to convert a fourth-and-2 from the Ravens 33-yard line, Bernard caught a little swing pass to the right side of the line. Turns out that was probably not a good play call because Ravens safety James Ihedigbo was right in Bernard’s face as he caught Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike the Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping ball. The Bengals aren’t going to get the first down, which means it will probably be the Ravens ball around their own 35 or so, not really a big deal.

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Matt Hasselbeck says he wants to spend one more year backing up Andrew Luck in Indianapolis then hang up his cleats.

The 38-year old Hasselbeck, who is best known for his nine-year stint as the Seattle Seahawks’ starting quarterback, told FOX Sports that he plans to retire following the 2014 season.

Vick served as the emergency quarterback last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, suffering a hamstring injury the game before against the Giants. Foles threw for three touchdowns Baseball Jerseys For Sale and ran in another in the 31-20 win over the Bucs in Tampa Bay, with Vick missing his twelfth game since 2010.

One player that Foles won’t have to face on Sunday is Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who is inactive for the first time in his nine-year career. Ware suffered a quad injury early in last week’s win over the Washington Redskins and did not return, and has been dealing with a neck injury for most of the season.

Ware was limited last season due to shoulder and neck injuries and required multiple surgeries in the offseason. Kyle Wilber, who had a strip-sack and fumble recovery last week, will start in place of Ware against the Eagles.

The full list of inactives for each team can be found here.

Buffalo – EJ Manuel will be back this season. In the meantime, Doug Marrone has found a steady replacement in Thad Lewis. It helps to have a backup who can run, adding a wrinkle to what defenses have to defend.

Minnesota – Josh Freeman takes over for the limp-armed combo of Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. It’s the one team that may be better off than it was.

Philadelphia – Vick will be back in the fold soon. We’ll see just how injured Nick Foles is. Matt Barkley isn’t ideal, but with LeSean McCoy and Chip Kelly having a pretty high aptitude for working with, or around, his players, the Best Cheap Jerseys From China Eagles can get by in a forgettable NFC East.

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New England remains atop the AFC East, but its lead is much smaller after the Patriots lost to the Jets on Sunday. If the Patriots had come away with the win, they would have had a three-game lead over New York. Instead, the Jets are one game back at 4-3. Miami is still in contention, but has now lost three straight after a 3-0 start. Buffalo has lost multiple close games this season and is 3-4 despite having just a minus-19 point differential.

The Jaguars have not won a game, I realize that, but Baseball Jerseys Wholesale they weren’t helped at all by some shoddy officiating on Sunday in their game against the Chargers. There were several blown calls and several calls that should’ve been made but weren’t in my opinion and I started to wonder if that was a Pac-12 crew reffing the game.

The most egregious blown call of all occurred with around 7:36 left in the third quarter. Chargers tight end Antonio Gates caught a shovel pass inside the Jaguars’ 5-yard line and appeared to have a shot at scoring. Instead the Jaguars tackled him, ripped the ball out before he hit the ground and their rookie safety Johnathan Cyprien clearly recovered it.

Now from the side view it was hard to see when the ball came out but on the broadcast they showed the end zone view which left no doubt that it was in fact a fumble. At the time the Jaguars were trailing 14-3 and it would have been a huge momentum swing for them.

This play is beautiful in its simplicity. Make all your reads like a good quarterback, scan the field from touchdown to check down, then find the open man. It’s a great idea in theory, except when your running back is SITTING ON THE GROUND when you elect to throw the ball to him.

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The Jets beat the Patriots on Sunday with a 42-yard field goal in overtime by Nick Folk, but that attempt was only possible thanks to a 15-yard penalty on New England’s Chris Jones. On the same play, Folk missed a 56-yard field goal attempt.

Wake has 2.5 sacks on the season after Basketball Jerseys missing one game this season due to injury. He leads to Dolphins in sacks along with Olivier Vernon, making his presences today vital against the Bills. It will be interesting to see how Miami deals with running back C.J. Spiller, who’s active. The Dolphins have the defense to keep him contained, but this job will be considerably more difficult without middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who is out of today’s game.

Buffalo’s passing game rests on the shoulders of Thad Lewis, making his second start for the Bills. There isn’t a safety net if Lewis falters in his return to South Florida, as newly-signed quarterback Matt Flynn is inactive this week. This is presumably a byproduct of being signed on Wednesday and still learning the Bills’ offense.

Hall was injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s game while covering Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Initially called an “Achilles injury”, its severity is as yet unconfirmed. With Hall out of the lineup Johnson caught nine passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

If Hall is lost for the season it would cause a huge weakness for Cincinnati’s secondary. Entering Sunday’s game he totaled 20 tackles, seven passes defended and one interception, but more importantly he was a much-needed veteran presence for the defense.

It’s likely Adam Jones will move into the starting role if Hall is unable to play. Jones would start across from Terence Newman who suffered an injury scare in practice but was able to play in Sunday’s game. Jones Basketball Jerseys Cheap has amassed 25 tackles and an interception in seven games this season and started five games for Cincinnati in 2012.