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At ill mother’s behest, Celtics’ Marcus Smart targets return from thumb surgery

Celtics guard Marcus Smart said his 63-year-old mother has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer but that she implored him to rejoin the team for the start of the playoffs in hopes that she can watch Smart play again this season.

Smart said his mother, Camellia, revealed her diagnosis when Smart visited her in Dallas last week. Smart is currently rehabbing from thumb surgery but has said he’s targeting his return for a potential Game 7 in the team’s first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks. That game, if necessary, would be played on April 28.

Smart’s older brother, Todd, lost a long battle with cancer at the age of 33 in 2004, when Smart was just 9 years old.

Smart said he planned to travel home to visit his mother again soon, pending the results of a checkup she had Tuesday.

Green said Spurs forward Davis Bertans played a role in the incident, which occurred with 4:52 left in the contest, and warranted the same penalty. The two players were battling for position to collect a rebound. Bertans was sealed off by Green, and Bertans’ left elbow appeared to be planted near Green’s throat. Green reacted by swinging his right elbow into Bertans’ chest, and the follow-through appeared to make contact with Bertans’ chin.

“I think it was a little bit of a flop,” Green said at the podium, after producing nine points, five boards and six assists. “I don’t even know if I hit him, but if I did — I’m not saying I didn’t, I don’t know — but if it’s going to be a flagrant foul, shouldn’t it be a double flagrant? Like, I can just get grabbed around my neck? I’m not going to sit up here and say I did nothing. I’ve got to get someone off my neck, though. If you’re going to penalize me, then why not penalize both? That’s really my only thing.”

Green was animated and irate after the officials reviewed the play and made their ruling. Bertans then missed the free throw.

Green has one flagrant point on his record this postseason; if he exceeds three points, he will receive an automatic suspension for the following game. Green accumulated five flagrant points during the 2016 postseason, and it earned him a suspension for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors, after going up 3-1 in the series, lost the final three games as Cleveland won its first championship.jets_033

Josh Bellamy signs RFA tender with Bears

The Bears tendered a pair of wide receivers as restricted free agents this offseason and Cameron Meredith has seen signs of interest from other teams over the last few weeks.

Josh Bellamy‘s name hasn’t come up quite as often and he opted to end any chance of outside interest on Wednesday. Bellamy’s agent announced that Bellamy has signed his tender and will remain in Chicago.

Bellamy was given the lowest of three tenders and is set to make a salary of $1.907 million during the 2018 season.

Yet, somehow, the Nuggets pulled off a 126-117 win at Quicken Loans Arena. And the next morning, still in the fog from a string of late nights and lost sleep, Malone credited his players not just for beating the Cavaliers but for fighting through heavy fatigue.

“Sometimes, mentally, you have to find ways to fight through it and it’s not easy,” Malone said, “because some days you wake up, you literally wake up and you go, ‘What city am I in? Who are we playing tonight? And what happened last night?'”

It’s unclear precisely what Bell was referring to, but he may be blanching at suggestions that he’s looking for too much money. This year Bell is due $14.56 million if he plays on the franchise tag, but he hasn’t signed that tag because he’s hoping for a contract that pays him more.

When the season starts, and Bell is scoring touchdowns for the Steelers, Pittsburgh fans will surely cheer him. But in 2019 it won’t be surprising if Bell ends up in a place where he feels more appreciated.

In fact, NBA head coaches will say that traveling to Denver to play on the second night of a back-to-back set is the most feared travel scenario in the league, because of the higher elevation in Denver, the weather and the distance from the airport to downtown.

“By far,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told ESPN in 2016. “It’s not even close.

Blueliner Erik Gustafsson joins this week’s waiver adds

With Steve Mason shelved, again, for another two to three weeks, Hutchinson is called upon to spell off Connor Hellebuyck as the Jets march towards the playoffs, starting Tuesday in Nashville. Despite starting only two contests for the NHL club this season, the 28-year-old was solid enough to win both.

Not only does the reliever check all the ratio boxes, but at least he has a chance for a vulture victory. The lesser starter doesn’t last the necessary time required for a win. The only advantage the starter has is in strikeouts and, in many instances, that’s not even the case — especially with the number of two-start weeks on the decline.

All in all, not a bad first day’s work in the desert rain.

But Ohtani, a left-handed hitter who turns 24 in July, wants to do both things, like he did when he was a superstar with the Fighters. He wants to be a regular in both the Angels’ rotation and in the Angels’ lineup. That’s not exactly a normal thing in Ohtani’s new league. Sure, there are a handful of guys who have done both things in the majors — Rick Ankiel, Brooks Kieschnick and Adam Loewen — but they didn’t do both simultaneously (OK, Kieschnick did make three starts in the outfield and four at DH when he was a relief pitcher with the Brewers in 2003).

Nate Solder, OT* Headed to: New York Giants | Age: 30 News: Giants expected to sign Solder to four-year, $60M deal Raanan: Giants nab Solder, solidifying offensive line Solder finished the regular season on a strong note but is undeniably an inconsistent player who would have never been a candidate to hit the open market if his play had smoothed out.

And while the contract and its structure were important to Cousins, he said he chose the Vikings because he believes they’re built to win for a sustained period thanks to a talented roster, stability at head coach and general manager and an ownership that has committed financially to building both the team while moving it into a new stadium and training facility.

“Winning is what I said it would be all about, and it’s true,” Cousins said. “I think it’s the best chance, and that’s what truly matters.”

Lucroy had been with the Rangers for almost a full year, since they acquired him from Milwaukee on Aug. 1, 2016 — the trade deadline day that season.

The 31-year-old Lucroy was a two-time All-Star with the Brewers.patriots_013

NBA All-Star 2018: Paul George, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons among biggest snubs

Frontcourt: Paul George, Thunder. George has sacrificed on the offensive end, but is still averaging 20.8 points and making 42.9 percent of his 3s. He’s also played elite defense for the No. 4 defensive team in the league.

Wild card: Klay Thompson, Warriors. Thompson is shooting a bit less this year, but making a league-high 45.3 percent of his 3s, averaging a career-best 4.0 rebounds and still maintaining a 20.6 points per game average.

The Kings guard isn’t bothered by the possibility of being traded to the Cavaliers after rumors the teams are progressing in conversations on a deal began to swirl.

“I’m not mad or frustrated,” Hill said, via USA Today. “Either it happens or it doesn’t. I don’t follow Hoops Hype. I don’t follow Bleacher Report. I don’t watch ESPN.”

Hill was held out of the Kings’ win over the Magic on Tuesday as part of the team’s strategy to rest veterans, but is more concerned about what’s best for his team. He insisted that it’s important to “play to win” and “be a great teammate” above all else.

Since so many MLB teams rest star players and/or shut down injured players during the final month of the season, once their rosters expand from 25 players to a maximum of 40, it is wise to wrap up your fantasy league a little bit earlier.

The Bruins led 2-0, 4-2 and 5-3 before Mantha scored his second goal in a four-minute span to make it a one-goal game with a little more than four minutes left in the second. It stayed that way until Frk was left alone in the slot, falling to his knees as he swatted the pass from Tyler Bertuzzi into the net with 10:14 remaining in regulation.

The Red Wings attacked first in the overtime but got a bad bounce off an official near the blue line to send the Bruins off on a rush. Marchand picked up a rebound off Krug’s shot, moved it to his backhand and scored the winner, triggering an avalanche of the free green hats given out in honor of Irish Heritage Night.giants_033

Mike Vrabel hired as Titans’ head coach

The Titans have announced the hiring of Mike Vrabel as their next coach.

Vrabel has seven years’ worth of coaching experience, including only four in the NFL, all with the Texans. He was Houston’s linebackers coach from 2014-16 and its defensive coordinator in 2017. Houston in 2017 allowed a league-high 436 points and ranked 20th in yards allowed, giving up 346.6 yards per game. The Texans also ranked 20th in rush defense (109.2 yards per game) and ninth in the NFL pass defense (237.4 yards per game).

Vrabel also has a storied 14-year playing career in the NFL, winning Super Bowls 36, 38 and 39 with the Patriots. He was named first-team All-Pro in 2007, which saw New England fall one game short of a perfect season.

New England, naturally, is a big favorite to beat upstart Jacksonville in the AFC championship game Jan. 21 in Foxborough, Mass. The early lines in Las Vegas on Sunday had the Pats favored by nine over the Jaguars, who upset the Steelers on Sunday in the divisional round. That spread had been bet down to Patriots -7.5 by Sunday morning. The over-under (total points) was set at 48, but has dipped to 46.5 in some places.

The Pats are 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 games, according to Vegasinsider.com; the UNDER is 7-4 in those games.

The NFC championship matchup, Vikings at Eagles on Jan. 21, is much closer in Vegas’ eyes, and once again, the conference’s top seed is an underdog. Philadelphia is getting 3 1/2 points from Minnesota after beating Atlanta outright as a 2 1/2-point ‘dog Saturday. The Vikings were favored by between 3 and 5.5 points leading up to the game, but that number had settled at Vikings -3 on Sunday morning.
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Chris Taylor singled leading off the first but was thrown out on a delayed steal attempt that ended the inning

The Astros didn’t use relievers Brad Peacock, Will Harris or Chris Devenski in Game 6. With two days of rest, those three are expected to be fully available. Ken Giles, Houston’s struggling closer, also didn’t pitch in Game 6, but it would seem unlikely that Hinch would go to Giles, unless he was forced to by the game’s circumstances.

—Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, to the Indianapolis Star after the vice president walked out of the stadium following some 49ers kneeling for the national anthem.

A word about NFL TV ratings. Several words, actually. The NFL is concerned about them. Some people in the league are hugely concerned about them. They should be. A year ago, when the ratings were tanking, most media cognoscenti said it was because the rancorous presidential campaign was sucking all the TV air out of the room, and the marginal football fan was watching Fox News or MSNBC or CNN instead of football. So we’ll skip 2016 ratings for the purpose of this exercise, and compare 2017 to 2015.

“The innings were rolling pretty quickly there the first four, five, six innings,” Wood said. “It kept us both of us locked in.”

Chris Taylor singled leading off the first but was thrown out on a delayed steal attempt that ended the inning, the first runner caught stealing by Houston catcher Brian McCann since June 18. That was part of a streak of 15 straight outs by Morton before he hit Barnes on the right forearm with a pitch leading off the sixth.

Enrique Hernandez’s single put runners at the corners and Taylor hit a two-hopper to third that Bregman scooped on an in-between hop and threw home in plenty of time for McCann to tag Barnes, who tried to stop about 10 feet from the plate and fell. Bregman also threw out the Yankees’ Greg Bird at the plate in the fifth inning of Game 7 in the AL Championship Series.

“We’re a super-resilient team,” Bellinger said. “Taking one here to make sure we go back to LA is huge.”ducks-100

I’ll never forget this game we had in Holguin.

We were practicing at 10 in the morning, and the stadium was filled. People were waiting there for the game that night. The energy was so electric. You see a sign that says ‘Socialism Or Death,’ but you’re surrounded by this incredible joy for baseball. The Cubans were the best in the world, not for money or politics, but because they loved the game.”
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The Falcons righted the ship following a three-game losing streak, but the road ahead looks daunting. No Womens Victor Rask Jersey team has a remaining strength of schedule more difficult than Atlanta’s (.591 opponents’ win percentage).

Shawn Lauvao, OG, Washington Redskins: One of the league’s most banged-up offensive line units took another hit Sunday, as Lauvao was removed from action in the third quarter and received treatment in the medical tent on the sideline before heading back to the locker room. He Authentic Pavol Demitra Jersey was designated as questionable to return because of a stinger. Arie Kouandjio replaced Lauvao at left guard. He was later downgraded to out.

If there’s one conference that understands a pragmatic approach to this season, it’s the Big Ten. The league has felt in transition, with new members Maryland, Rutgers and Nebraska in recent years. Having the East Coast connection of the Terps and Scarlet Knights has opened a little more recruiting ground for Big Ten teams, and some coaching changes have brought different philosophies into the league.

But while it might sound overly harsh to whittle an entire league’s experience to one word, “disappointment” might best cover the Big Ten last season.

Ridley spent the preseason with the Broncos and had 38 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Third-year defensive end Frank Clark, who produced 10 sacks as a rotational player last season, will continue to start in Avril’s absence opposite Michael Bennett on early downs. Marcus Smith, Quinton Jefferson and Branden Jackson are the other defensive ends on Seattle’s roster.

The Seattle Seahawks climbed back into the top 10 on CBS Sports’ power rankings. They took care of business against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 5. Washington had a bye week, but it finally moved into the top 10.

NFL.com has the Eagles as the second-best team heading into Week 6. The Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Washington, and Seattle are all in the top 10.

Ridley spent the preseason with the Broncos and had 38 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. He played in just one game for the Falcons in 2016 and had three carries for 7 yards.

Derek Carr left the Raiders’ Week 4 loss to the Broncos with a back injury. The team initially said its quarterback had back spasms, but that wasn’t the case. On Monday, the Raiders announced that Carr has a transverse process fracture in his back. Carr is expected to miss two to six weeks to fully recover.

Carr had x-rays and an MRI, but both were inconclusive. A CT scan on Monday confirmed the fracture.

Bowman joins a Raiders team that could use some help defensively. They rank 23rd in the NFL in total defense, and desperately need help at the linebacker position. Their fifth-round pick from the 2017 draft, Marquel Lee, is injured. Behind Lee are Tyrell Adams and undrafted free agent rookie Nicholas Morrow. So Bowman’s experience will immediately come in handy, even if he isn’t the player he once was.sabres_008

It’s Carson Palmer vs. Carson Wentz.

Arizona has become a one-dimensional passing offense behind a shaky line, which is good and bad against Philadelphia. Palmer will get sacked several more times, but his receivers are bound to make a few big plays against a weak secondary. Wentz has a respectable running game behind him, but his mobility vs. that of his counterpart makes the difference.

Just when Le’Veon Bell gets going, the rest of Pittsburgh’s offense is suddenly in disarray and dysfunction. That means plenty more Bell against a Jacksonville defense that can give up chunk runs see the Jets’ and Titans’ committees. It’s also the best way to avoid putting Ben Roethlisberger too much in front of Calais Campbell and Sacksonville, especially with A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey ready to contain Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Unfortunately for the Jags, after Leonard Fournette is slowed, Blake Bortles won’t avoid Blitzburgh.

What has gone wrong: The Packers still have no answers for Atlanta, which doesn’t bode well for Green Bay if the clubs meet again in the playoffs. The Falcons jumped to a 31-7 lead before coasting to an 11-point home win in Week 2.

What’s next: Coming off last Thursday night’s rout of Chicago, the Packers get extra time for their roster to heal before embarking on back-to-back road games against Dallas and Minnesota.

What has gone right: Sean McVay is the early NFL Coach of the Year frontrunner for installing an offense that has helped quarterback Jared Goff develop in his second NFL season and gotten running back Todd Gurley back to prime form. The defense has leaked at times but deserves credit for limiting Dallas to just six second-half points in last Sunday’s 35-30 road victory.
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Texans vs. Bengals odds 2017: Houston road underdog at Cincinnati on Thursday night

The Houston Texans are 7-1 straight up and 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Texans hope their success against the Bengals continues when the two teams meet this Thursday night.

Houston is a 5.5-point road betting underdog in Cincinnati at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Cincinnati has been favored in each of its last three home games against Houston but is 0-3 SU and ATS over that stretch.

Going off as a 6-point favorite in their home opener against Brandon Carr Youth Jersey Jacksonville, the Texans were blown out 29-7. The offensive line looks like it could be a problem for Houston all season long, failing to open up running lanes for Lamar Miller and leaving Mark Scheifele Womens Jersey both Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson under duress in the majority of their time under center.

That duo combined for just 162 yards of passing and were sacked 10 times for a total of 54 yards lost. Houston announced Tuesday that Watson will start this week.

Of the injury itself, Richardson simply told ESPN, “It hurt a lot.”

The play itself wasn’t exactly easy, but knowing what Richardson went through moments earlier makes it even more impressive.

“He went back in and caught the game-winning touchdown pass with it,” coach Pete Carroll told ESPN. “Good stuff.”

Richardson’s injury happened on Seattle’s opening drive after going for a low throw from Russell Wilson. After the game, Wilson also commended Richardson’s effort to see the game through.

“That shows his toughness,” Wilson said. “To be a receiver and have your fingers sewed up and to battle and to come back in, that shows his courage.”

SB Nation’s Stephen White chose Richardson as the Seahawks’ breakout player this season. If Richardson’s going to continue to put forth an effort like he did Sunday, that pick looks pretty good.