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Evan Longoria sidelined due to lingering ankle injury

San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria has been scratched from Tuesday night’s starting lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to a flare-up of a lingering ankle injury.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Longoria is expected to nfl jersey wholesale be sidelined for at least a couple of games, but he said he does not consider the injury to be serious.

The 32-year-old Longoria will be replaced in the lineup by Pablo Sandoval, who will play third and bat fifth.

Longoria, who has been dealing with swelling and inflammation of his left ankle joint since spring training, tweaked the ankle while taking some pitches during a pregame bullpen session for Giants pitcher Derek Holland, Bochy said.214

“That’s all he was doing, but somehow he just tweaked it,” Bochy said. “I don’t know how.”

Despite the nagging injury, Longoria has appeared in 14 of 15 games this season. custom nfl jerseys cheap He leads the team in doubles (five) but is hitting only .204 with two home runs and five RBIs in his first season since he was acquired from Tampa Bay in December.

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A’s cut Trayce Thompson, brother of NBA All-Star Klay Thompson

The Oakland Athletics have cut outfielder Trayce Thompson, the brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson.

Thompson, in his fourth major league season, nfl authentic jerseys cheap was claimed by Oakland just 12 days after he was waived by the New York Yankees. But he had just two pinch-hit appearances and one start at center field since joining the A’s on April 5, going 1-for-7 in three games.

The move made room for the team to promote starting pitcher Trevor Cahill, who will start Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox.

Thompson was also waived by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first week of the season before being claimed off waivers by the Yankees.

Thompson, 27, has a .232 batting average, 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in 414 at-bats over three-plus major league seasons with the White Sox (2015), Dodgers (2016-17) and A’s (2018). He hit .122 for the Dodgers with one home run and two RBIs last season.213

Thompson could go down to the A’s Triple-A Nashville farm club if he clears waivers.

Klay Thompson, 28, nfl jersey wholesale has played his entire seven-season NBA career with the Golden State Warriors and is a four-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion.

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Gregg Popovich ‘pleased’ with Spurs, but ‘you’ve got to make shots’

The San Antonio Spurs prepared to rebound from a horrendous Game 1 showing at the Golden State Warriors by simplifying defensive concepts, nfl shop free shipping cranking up their physicality and aggression and improving their shooting.

The Spurs accomplished all but the most fundamental of those lofty goals, as poor shooting once again doomed the club in a 116-101 loss to the Warriors that dropped them to 0-2 in this best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series.

“I was pleased with them tonight,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of his players. “They executed the game plan wonderfully. Their physicality was great. We were aggressive, played very well. But the ball has to go in the basket. That’s the difference in the ballgame. They shot [48.4] percent from 3. I don’t know what we shot — 14 percent, 4-for-28. That’s tough to overcome.”

San Antonio’s 14.3 percent accuracy from 3-point range in Game 2 registered as its second-worst percentage from long distance in a postseason game (minimum 20 attempts) since 1997-98, Popovich’s first full season as head coach, according to research from ESPN Stats and Information research.202

The Spurs even clanked shots off the rim on open looks, hitting 5-of-16 in such situations. On uncontested 3-point attempts, San Antonio finished 0-for-7; it is 4-for-18 on such shots so far in this series.

The shoddy perimeter shooting muddied a 34-point night from LaMarcus Aldridge, who racked up 17 points in the first half alone. Going into the matchup Monday, the Spurs owned a record of 10-1 in games in which Aldridge scored 17 points or more in the opening half.

With Aldridge on fire, he constantly drew double-teams that forced him to kick the ball outside to open teammates. They simply failed to make the shots.

“I trust my teammates, nfl shop jerseys authentic and I’ll always tell them to keep shooting it,” Aldridge said. “We’re not going to roll over. We’ve got to take the mentality that we had tonight of trying to take the fight to them. You know, go home with that same mentality, and hopefully we’ll shoot the ball better from the 3, and guys will be feeling better. We’ve got to take the same intensity from tonight home with us.”

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DeMar DeRozan shows off offensive skills with 37-point outburst

The buckets came at will, falling from the rafters at Air Canada Centre like the chunks of ice crashing violently from atop CN Tower and neighboring skyscrapers this week onto the streets of downtown Toronto.

It started, as it did in Game 1 of this series,nfl jerseys cheap shop with the Toronto Raptors’ big men, who were beneficiaries of Washington’s pressure on DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. The Wizards would vary their defense later in the game, but they opened with their blitzes — and the guards responded. DeRozan danced first with Serge Ibaka, an open mid-range jumper off a pick-and-roll, then Lowry found Jonas Valanciunas at close range off a pick-and-roll.

Twelve Toronto points in six possessions before an open 3-pointer in the right corner by OG Anunoby forced a Wizards timeout. The shot was a near facsimile of what Toronto did in Game 1, when the Raptors worked through a series of actions before reversing the ball to the rookie on the weak side.201

The Raptors had picked up where they left off in Game 1, as a deep, opportunistic team that would punish Washington for its facile make-the-other-guys-beat-us brand of defense. By the time DeRozan drained his first shot more than seven minutes into the game — a driving layup courtesy of a little give-and-go on the left side with Valanciunas — the Raptors led 26-13 and were on their way to a 44-point first quarter, a franchise best in the postseason.

After DeRozan was held to 17 points on 6-for-17 shooting in Game 1, he graciously commented that he welcomed Washington’s traps — what better way to get teammates involved? But DeRozan, along with Lowry, came into the playoffs with a less-than-stellar postseason resume. Decoying isn’t a bad contingency for a night, but for the Raptors to achieve what they want this spring, DeRozan would have to reverse his personal history.

What followed was a 37-point night in which DeRozan shot 14-for-23 from the field, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, as Toronto rolled 130-119.

DeRozan is likely to be the engine that determines whether the Raptors’ locomotive can be slowed. If the Game 2 model is truly Playoff DeRozan — if the Raptors’ 2-guard can now nfl shop free shipping shoot from distance, read defenses instantly and attack with guile, then it might be time to retake the measurements on the Raptors’ ceiling.

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With Eric Kendricks done, more Vikings in line for extensions

As the first domino to fall in a line of upcoming contract extensions, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks set into motion a official nfl jerseys cheap tricky test for Minnesota’s front office to keep the roster together in coming years

Kendricks was the first Viking with a contract due to expire in 2019 to receive an extension. His new deal is worth $50 million over five years with $25 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Pro Football Talk is reporting that Kendricks is to earn $15 million in Year 1, $22.5 million over the first two years, $31.5 million over three years, $40.5 million over four and $50 million over five.

Kendricks, who was to make $1.64 million this season, is now in an elite class of inside linebackers making $10 million or more per season, joining Luke Kuechly ($12.4 million), Bobby Wagner ($10.7 million) and Alec Ogletree ($10.5 million).190

The Vikings had $17.8 million in available cap space prior to Kendricks’ deal, according to the NFLPA’s daily report. With a handful of needs to be addressed in the draft next week, Minnesota shifts focus to the other prominent players scheduled to become free agents after this season: linebacker Anthony Barr, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive end Danielle Hunter. The Vikings also have until May 3 to exercise the fifth-year option on cornerback Trae Waynes’ rookie deal.

Getting deals done for all four will be difficult given the Vikings’ restraints on future cap space. Kendricks’ cap figure in 2018 will be considerably higher than it was before the extension, and though it might not present any issues right now, available spending in 2019 is a completely different story.

General manager Rick Spielman has said the Vikings plan their cap out two years at a time, which is why the franchise felt it was able to give Kirk Cousins a three-year, nfl authentic jerseys fully-guaranteed deal worth $84 million. Getting creative with deals in the future will be critical as they work to keep their foundational pieces.

With one of those key defensive pieces in the fold, here’s a look at which Viking might be next to receive an extension.

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Eagles’ Carson Wentz says watching Super Bowl LII was a ‘challenge’

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz acknowledged that it was “a challenge” to watch Super Bowl LII from the sidelines, calling it a lesson in humility and faith during a media session Tuesday to mark the start of the team’s offseason training program.

One minute Wentz was a top candidate for league MVP,wholesale nfl jerseys and the next he was out with a season-ending knee injury that shifted him into a support role while his backup, Nick Foles, helped deliver the city of Philadelphia its first Lombardi Trophy.

His relationship with Foles, though, helped ease the sting, he said, and should make for a less awkward situation as Wentz takes the reins back from the Super Bowl MVP.

“You’ve got to fight that,” said Wentz, speaking about any pangs of jealousy that came with Foles’ accomplishments in his stead. “It’s human nature to want to be on that podium and be that guy. You grow up wanting to do that as a kid, but to not be able to be up there, I would not rather have anyone else be up there than Nick.”188

Wentz has been making strides in his recovery from a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, which he suffered against the Los Angeles Rams in December. He is in the “running progression” stage of his rehab and is “feeling good with where I’m at.” The target date for his return remains Week 1 of the regular season.

Should Wentz reach that goal, Foles will return to his role as the Eagles’ No. 2 quarterback, barring a trade. He recently expressed the desire to be a starter again during an interview with a Texas ABC affiliate while also highlighting the positives of remaining with the Eagles for another season.

“We love Philly. nfl jerseys from china I know there was some stuff going around [about] a possible trade, and I would love the opportunity to be a starter again,” Foles said. “I know my spot in Philly. I think I’ve shown what I can do. I’m signed for one more year and I love the team, I love the city. I’m excited for Carson to get back on his feet. I’ll be ready to go whenever they need me. But we’ll see; just living in the moment.”

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Mauro Icardi ‘shouldn’t be happy’ with scoring 25 goals – Luciano Spalletti

Inter coach Luciano Spalletti demanded more from Mauro Icardi despite a superb performance from his player in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Cagliari.

Icardi scored his career-high 25th Serie A official nfl jerseys cheap goal of the season to boost Inter into third place as they fight for a place in the Champions League next year.

But Spalletti said he wasn’t totally satisfied, and said the 25-year-old shouldn’t be either.

“I think a player like him shouldn’t be happy,” he told Mediaset Premium. “It’s true 25 goals are a lot and he is learning to track back to tighten up the team, so he got a lot of touches.178

“Anyone who says he just has to stand there and score goals is hurting him, because if he helps out then he’ll score twice as many.

“If he just stands there, it’s easier for the defenders to mark him. If he comes back, spaces are created.”

Spalletti also called for Yann Karamoh to improve his finishing after the speedy winger missed a number of chances to score.

“He’s a very good player and when he turns on the afterburners, he leaves you in the dust,” Spalletti said.

“He’s very creative and that means collaborating with teammates is tricky, reebok nfl jerseys but he mustn’t get into bad habits. I know the crowd loves him, but it’ll help him become a better player.

“He is capable both of squirming through defenders and of going down the flanks. He does lose the ball cheaply and has to improve his finishing, but we can work on that.”

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Accrington promoted to League One for first time in club history

John Coleman hailed a team effort as Accrington secured promotion to League One for the first time in their history with a 2-0 win over Yeovil.

On a historic day at the Wham Stadium, nfl jerseys from china a quickfire double from fans’ favourite Billy Kee sent unfancied Stanley, who have one of the lowest budgets in League Two, into the third tier.

It was Coleman’s fourth promotion in two spells with the Reds — he has led them all the way from the UniBond First Division and now into League One.

They are still going for the title but Coleman wanted to reflect on an emotional night in Lancashire.

“It’s been a tough season,” said the Stanley boss. “We lost one of our apprentices Jordan Moseley, one of our former directors John Demaine died last week and we wouldn’t be where we are now without him.177

“And it’s my late dad’s 91st birthday and you would like to think he played a part.

“You can’t help but get emotional but it’s all about the players. They were fantastic against Yeovil, it was 2-0 but it could have been 16-0 as we really turned on the style in the second half.

“The fans have come out in their numbers and I am delighted for them as well.

“The whole team, and staff, have worked so hard and we have got our rewards. We will give it a good go in League One, it is a massive achievement. It’s absolutely fantastic.”

Sean McConville, who missed out in the playoffs in 2011 and 2016 with the Reds, official nfl jerseys cheap hailed it as “the biggest achievement of my career”.

“It’s unbelievable, we have an amazing set of lads here,” said the midfielder.

“We said at the start of the season we wanted to get promotion and a lot of people might not have believed us but we certainly believed it.

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Tillman toppled in two-plus in Orioles 7-3 loss

A 2.39 ERA in nine career starts at Fenway Park meant nothing tonight. It didn’t enable Tillman to locate the plate, to lower his pitches into the strike zone, nfl authentic jerseys to gain velocity on his fastball, to properly defend himself.

Tillman faced three batters in the third inning without recording an out and was charged with six runs in the Red Sox’s 7-3 victory over the Orioles. His ERA rose to 11.91 in 11 1/3 innings and his placement in the rotation again comes under scrutiny.

The Orioles’ streak of quality starts ended at three in a row with the Red Sox still batting in the bottom of the first. J.D. Martinez lifted a sacrifice fly to score Mookie Betts, who led off with a walk, and Eduardo Nu?n?ez followed Rafael Devers double with a three-run homer over the Green Monster in left field.

Tonight marked Tillman’s shortest start since also going two-plus innings on Aug. 3, 2017 against the Tigers, when he allowed five earned runs and seven total.166

Tillman still hasn’t recorded a win since May 7, 2017, a span of 21 starts. He faced 16 batters tonight and retired six.

The 21 consecutive starts without a win is an Orioles record, according to STATS. David Hernandez is second with 16, and Jason Johnson and Jeremy Guthrie are tied for third with 15.

In Tillman’s 11 1/3 innings this season, he’s surrendered 15 runs and 22 hits and walked 10 batters with only three strikeouts for a 2.82 WHIP. His fastball mostly was 89-90 mph tonight.

Alex Cobb joins the rotation on Saturday and the Orioles must clear a roster spot for him. Mike Wright Jr. isn’t listed among the starters for the Red Sox’s series and he pitched in relief tonight, nfl authentic jerseys cheap allowing one run in 2 2/3 innings. The club could decide to option utility infielder Engelb Vielma and return to a three-man bench.

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Jonathan Schoop Placed on DL with Oblique Injury; Orioles Recall Alex Cobb

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday.

The team announced official nfl jerseys cheap Schoop has a strained right oblique, and starting pitcher Alex Cobb was called up to take his spot on the 25-man roster.

Schoop was removed from Friday’s 7-3 loss against the Boston Red Sox in the bottom of the eighth inning. He had struck out swinging to end the top of the seventh.

He has been extremely durable in recent years, missing only two games over the previous two seasons.165

In that time, he has also developed into one of the best in the majors at his position. He finished last season leading all second basemen with 105 RBI and ranking second with 32 home runs. He also set new career highs with a .293 batting average and .841 OPS while playing above-average defense.

He not only earned his first All-Star appearance in 2017, he also ranked 12th in MVP voting.

Schoop was off to a slow start in 2018 with a .230/.266/.344 slash line and one home run in 14 games.

While Schoop has made a positive impact for the Orioles at the plate and in the field, his injury could create a giant hole in the lineup. Baltimore has other top hitters like nfl authentic jerseys Manny Machado and Adam Jones, but depth is certainly an issue.

With Schoop unavailable, the Orioles could turn to Engelb Vielma.

Cobb, who signed a four-year, $57 million contract last month, will make his first start of the season against the Red Sox on Saturday. The veteran right-hander started 29 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017, recording 12 wins, 128 strikeouts, a 3.66 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 179.1 innings.