Giants QB battle: Davis Webb ready to be the guy behind Eli

The Giants have not needed to think about their backup quarterback much for almost 13 seasons. Eli Manning will make his 212th consecutive start, including playoffs, in Week 1 of the 2017 season. But he’s also 36 and coming off one of his shakiest passing seasons.

As many expected, Manning’s recent play pushed New York into taking a QB relatively high in the draft. Third-rounder Davis Webb was the first QB the team drafted since fourth-rounder Ryan Nassib in 2013. Before Nassib, there were only late-round flyers Rhett Bomar and Andre Woodson since the Manning era began in 2004.

Webb will be the No. 3 QB in Week 1 no matter what. That doesn’t mean he won’t emerge as the best guy behind Manning.

Gruden, who reportedly rejected coaching opportunities with the Colts, Rams and 49ers this past offseason, says he’s not only leaving the door open to a return to coaching football but is preparing himself to come back when the perfect opportunity arises.

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Oscar Robertson hopes Russell Westbrook breaks triple-double record

Russell Westbrook is fast approaching some impressive history, and the person he’s ready to pass is on his side.

Oscar Robertson’s record of 41 triple-doubles in one NBA regular season is hopelessly looking on as Westbrook’s total continues to climb. Heading into Friday’s game against the Spurs, Westbrook needed just four Cheap Jerseys America triple-doubles, with eight games left, to surpass Robertson.

Some might think Robertson would be quietly hoping Westbrook catches a case of poor shooting down the stretch to preserve his record set during the 1961-62 season. That, however, is not the case.

“I hope he does it. I always thought he was a great basketball player,” Robertson said Friday of Westbrook, via ESPN.com. “I was talking to some basketball people the other night, and I said, ‘I don’t think any of these guards can beat him on a one-on-one game.’ I think he’s been tremendous for the team, his fans and also for television.”

So yes, Monday night might have been a preview of that upcoming first-round series a month from now. The Jazz had plenty to prove. Not only had they lost nine in a row to the Clippers at home, they’d also lost both previous games to the Clippers this season, by 13 and 16 points.

A day after being inactive against the Celtics, Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic came off the bench to score 24 points and snare 11 rebounds in Chicago’s 115-111 victory over the Hornets. His performance helped Cheap Jerseys Borntrade the Bulls snap a five-game skid.

LeBron James admits sacrificing family for success, apologizes to wife

LeBron James is a big man.

The three-time NBA champion and four-time MVP is listed at 6-8, 250 pounds officially, but most recognize he’s likely closer to 6-9, 270.

Known for his selflessness off the court, James, who’s averaging a career-best 8.8 assists in 2016-17, isn’t too big to admit his selfishness off it. During a recent episode of Cavs’ teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye’s podcast “Road Trippin,” the 13-time all-star admitted he’d had to apologize to his wife for, at times, sacrificing his family in the pursuit of greatness.

“It’s got to be up to us to change that and the only way to do that, is to do it out there on the court. I think we’re taking steps in that direction. I think our guys want to get there and I think they are learning how to get there, we’re just not there yet.”

If the phrase “soft” and “Lakers” sound familiar together, it’s probably because it’s the same thing Byron Scott said about the team in 2015. Being labeled as “soft” in the NBA is one of the worst insults because it means you’re an easy opponent since you don’t try hard enough.

Julius Randle, who had a triple-double in Tuesday’s game, wasn’t so ready to give his Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys teammates the soft label. Although he admits they need to get better.

“It pisses me off, cause we’re not soft,” Randle said, via Lakers Cheap Mitchell And Ness Jerseys Nation. “But, we’re not the aggressor, when we’re the aggressive team, we give ourselves a chance to win and the soft stuff is out the window. When we’re not the aggressor, then teams have confidence, players have confidence.”

Brandon Jennings admits Carmelo Anthony trade rumors ‘took a toll’ on Knicks

A few months ago, Brandon Jennings asked the Knicks to release him because he wanted to play for a contender. Shortly after, he signed with the Wizards, and it’s been a great move. He’s averaging about 10 fewer minutes in Washington, but he was able to walk away from the dysfunction in New York and he’s now on a playoff-bound team.

Thursday night, he faced the franchise that he played for earlier this season and won. Now that he’s gone from the Knicks, he is able to speak candidly about what went wrong. On Thursday, he blamed Phil Jackson and the front office for putting trade rumors out there about Carmelo Anthony.

“Everything was hitting your phone about Melo leaving,” Jennings said, via the New York Times. “It definitely took a toll on the team, too. Because it wasn’t even about basketball anymore. It was more about what’s going on with Melo.”

The NCAA noted in announcing that decision earlier this week that it was doing so “reluctantly,” as it considers the replacement measure signed last week by new Gov. Roy Cooper “far from perfect.”

Silver’s aim appears to be turning the issue on its head via the international spotlight the NBA All-Star Game brings with it.

“An All-Star Game in Charlotte could be a powerful way to display our values of inclusion,” Silver said Friday, via the Charlotte Business Journal. “It’s not a done deal yet. We now need to go back to Charlotte Nike NFL Jerseys Supply бн and develop an anti-discrimination policy as part of our festivities.”

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NBA playoffs 2017: We’re seeing exactly why Kevin Durant came to the Warriors

Kevin Durant needed to be wanted. He didn’t want to be needed.

He went to the bench with 6:48 to go in the first quarter of the Warriors’ Game 4 matchup on the road against the Jazz in the Western Conference semifinals Monday night, having not scored a single point. He wouldn’t re-enter the contest until the 9:23 mark of the second. It didn’t matter.

Durant would heat up before the half and go to the break as one of three Golden State players with 10 points at that juncture. The Warriors, the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs, would go on to a 121-95 victory, their eighth-straight in the playoffs and 23rd in the last 24.

He’s been obviously great for the game of basketball, great for the NBA, great for the Spurs organization, Stephen Curry said. I want to see where that fountain of youth is so I can see if I can get a hold of that for the rest of my career.

Kevin Durant added that, despite turning 40 in July, Ginobili still enjoys the game.

You can just tell how much he loves the game of basketball, Durant said.

Should the Spurs lose and Ginobili decide to retire, he can look back on Game 3 of this series as one of his more startling performances. With Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee out of the lineup, Ginobili scored 21 points, which was the second-most by a player his age in a conference finals game.

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Here are a few important factors that may end up deciding this contest

Cleveland has confidence after completing a comeback in 2016, and knowing LeBron James still exists always helps. But this version of the Warriors provides a much different challenge, especially with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant both healthy and playing at MVP levels.

So what happens in Game 3? Here are a few important factors that may end up deciding this contest as well as the series.

The biggest storyline for the second half (apart from whether the Cavs win) will be LeBron James’ bid to surpass Michael Jordan in all-time postseason scoring. With 20 points this game so far, James needs only eight points to surpass Jordan. He also seven rebounds and steals, and is well on his way to a triple-double.

Some stats from the half. Cleveland is shooting 59.5 percent from the field (25 of 42). Boston is 44.7 percent (21 of 47). LeBron James (20), Deron Williams (14) Kevin Love (12) and Kyrie Irving (11) all have double-digit scores Avery Bradley (19) and Jae Crowder (11) lead the Celtics in scoring.

The Cavs lead the Celtics 75-57, putting up a franchise record for most points scored in a half. If they had a mind to, they could likely hit 150. But it won’t get that bad, not if they keep dominating Boston.

The Cavs are currently shooting 8 of 17 from 3-point land, compared to the Celtics’ 4-of-12 shooting. Cleveland has 18 points off the bench compared to Boston’s 14. Perhaps Deron Williams has something to do with the Cavs’ success?

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Banned in Boston: NSFW David Ortiz roast won’t be replayed on NESN

David Ortiz is an easy target for jokes and he’s fine with that. It’s part of why he agreed to do the roast Thursday night at the House of Blues in Boston. Unfortunately, the people of Boston are apparently too sensitive to hear what was said in the roast.

NESN intended to air the roast this weekend, but according to the Boston Globe, that will not be happening now or ever.

The regional sports net has pulled the show because of the vulgar nature of many of the jokes told Thursday night. Go figure that Bill Burr, Lenny Clarke and Sarah Tiana would have a clean show for the people of Boston.

In a 14-inning game Buehrle came on in relief and eventually tallied a save. He apparently did so with a pretty solid buzz.

In an article he wrote for The Player Tribune Buehrle said he chugged, like three beers … Max, prior to coming into the game in the 14th inning. Definitely no more than three, though. I swear, he continued.

Baseball does have its own beer leagues but this may be getting a little ridiculous. But hey, if a guy can go out and save a game with a nice little buzz, more power to him right?

The White Sox would go on to win the series in four games over the Houston Astros. It was the White Sox first World Championship since 1918. To this day it is the Astros’ only World Series appearance.

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LeBron James will never be a Clipper, report says

Late night radio may not be appointment radio, but believe it or not news does break after 12 a.m. And that’s exactly what happened on the Freddie and Fitz show ESPN Saturday morning.

Mike Wise has been doing this whole basketball reporting thing for a long time. He was an award-winning columnist for the Washington Post, covered the New York Knicks during the 90s for the New York Times, and is currently a senior writer for The Undefeated over at ESPN.

Incoming rookie Jordan Bell, who was drafted by the Bulls before being bought by Golden State, is already feeling comfortable with his new team. Gazettes Sports was with Bell during his NBA Draft party Thursday night, and filmed several moments of his celebration. But something they may have missed was Bell yelling, F– Bron Bron at a colleague.

The phrase is obviously a reference to LeBron James, but you may not know it’s connected to a song. Last year, rapper Mac Bari made a viral hit with the track, appropriately titled F– Bron Bron, which is just basically a two and a half minute dis track toward the Cleveland All-Star.

Bell smiled when he said the phrase, and it appeared to be more of an inside joke between friends sort of thing. But he clearly looks ready to join the Warriors in their quest to conquer the NBA, which will likely end in a showdown against James and the Cavs.

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In facing his greatest challenge, LeBron James learns the limits of his powers

CLEVELAND There was a metaphor for the Cavaliers situation here in the NBA Finals, and it came in the first quarter of Game 3.

It was almost exactly at the midway point of the first quarter, and LeBron James was caught out of position after a Warriors offensive rebound. James scurried out toward the 3-point line to catch up with his defensive assignment just as Cavs big man Tristan Thompson was crossing the lane. Thompson wasn’t looking and didn’t see his hefty shoulder smack straight into James jaw.

They used that to keep Golden State out of striking distance. The Warriors cut the lead to 37-27 before Draymond Green was called for a technical foul (or so we thought), and that’s when Love put the finishing touches on that first-quarter run with a free throw and one more 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining.
Love finished with a team-high 14 points in a dazzling 49-point quarter. Cleveland shot 14 of 22 from the free-throw line and prompted 12 first-quarter fouls from the Warriors.

After that first quarter, they were only up, what, four points? From the second to the fourth, they only beat us by four points the last three quarters, Durant said. So that first quarter they came out and hit us with that amazing punch; 49 points in the first quarter is way too much.

That first quarter had an outside-in effect. From there, Cleveland set a physical tone, which became one of the leading topics of conversation in the postgame.

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NBA Finals 2017: Cavs’ Game 4 win shows near impossibility of winning series against Warriors

Whenever anyone says, All you have to do is the next thing they say is always something impossible.

The above is a truth communicated by comedian Chris Rock while narrating Everybody Hates Chris, the now defunct sitcom loosely based on his childhood. In the episode, young Chris must make Thanksgiving Day macaroni and cheese without, well, macaroni and cheese. His boss at the corner store he worked at told him, You don’t need macaroni and cheese to make macaroni and cheese. All you got to do is…

I want to go on record because I want to be the first one to say this. His record, when he’s done, will be unbreakable, Jefferson said after the game Thursday night.

The veteran Cavs player compared the record to Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak in baseball and Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game as records that will never be broken. He believes James falls under that category because no other player will be able to maintain his level of success in the playoffs.

Whoever tries to get to [James’ record] is going to have to play in 10 NBA Finals and average 30 points a game to get there. Like, let’s put that in perspective. That’s impossible. What he’s doing right now is obviously on a level that has never been seen before. To pass Michael Jordan when you’re still in the prime of your career, you know one of the greats of all-time: that record will be unbreakable.

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