Cowboys reportedly concerned about backup QB Kellen Moore

Cowboys backup quarterback Kellen Moore had another sub-par performance Saturday night against the Colts, reportedly raising concerns in the team’s front office.

Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Saturday that a team source said Moore will be a “subject of conversation at personnel meetings this week.”

The Cowboys are obviously set with Dak Prescott as the starter at QB, but the 29-year-old Moore, who has thrown only 104 passes in parts of two NFL seasons, is still unproven as a backup option. He’s completed 18 of 38 passes for 200 yards in the first two preseason games, including 10-21 for 131 yards in Saturday’s 24-19 win over the Colts, but lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

The criminal complaint stated Green allegedly hit his 15-year-old when he became upset she would not do her chores. Green’s daughter told deputies he pushed her to the floor, into cabinets, and forcefully carried her into kitchen. The daughter said that Green punched her, and Green told deputies he slapped her upside the head.

The complaint also notes that Green’s daughter suffered a black eye and scrapes by her eye. Green said the injuries came from accidentally hitting her glasses. After the incident, the daughter went to a neighbor’s house to call police. Green’s wife, other family members and a nanny were in the home at the time of the incident.

Green, 40, had stints with Green Bay, Seattle and Houston during his 12 seasons in the NFL and finished his career after the 2009 season with 9,205 rushing yards, 2,883 receiving yards and 74 total touchdowns. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, he rushed for more than 1,000 yards six times for the Packers and remains Green Bay’s all-time leading rusher with 8,322 yards.

Kevin Durant on LeBron James being better than him: ‘Nah’

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Kevin Durant took to a YouTube comment section on his YouTube channel to tell a fan LeBron James is not better than him.

Yes, you read that correctly.

There’s a lot to unpack here. Yes, Durant thinks he’s the best player in the world. Of course he does. He just won finals MVP after his Warriors gentleman-swept James’ Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

He averaged 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.4 assists over five games while shooting 55 percent from the field and 47 percent from deep. He’s an NBA player and one of the best at his craft. Is he supposed to think someone is better than him at what he does? Nah.

Stewart recently had a string of 12 consecutive games scoring 20 or more points, which tied a single season record set by Diana Taurasi in 2006. Perfect time to show off the step-back jumper.

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Extra points here for clarifying that she wants it in points, blocks, and rebounds. But young Stewie must remember that even Mr. Triple-Double himself, Russell Westbrook, didn’t even average a a triple-double until his ninth year in the league. There is still time for this one to come true.

At only 22 years old and her second year in the WNBA, the future is so bright for Stewart. This list is incredible and so is she. Make sure to watch the Seattle Storm as they finish out their season and make a push for the playoffs in September.

Look at this f***ing sailfish that Quincy Acy caught

Gone fishing is normally associated with a player or team who’s eliminated from playoff contention. But Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy gave the term a whole new meaning when he snagged the first sailfish of his reeling career.

Anthony has a no-trade clause, but reportedly is willing to waive it for either of those two teams. However, his preferred route out of New York would be a buyout, something the Knicks have not seemed willing to give to him. They would understandably rather get something in return, which is complicated and would likely take a third or even fourth team involved in the deal. That helps explain why the deal is taking so long.

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Restricted free agency is a bizarre concept, and it’s weirder in practice. Even it’s name is an oxymoron and an accurate reflection of the tension it embodies. Players falling under the tag are both free and restricted!
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Let’s go through what makes restricted free agency so dangerous for players and teams alike, and specifically how its quirks impacted Kentavious Caldwell-Pope this summer.

If Caldwell-Pope could shoot with consistency, we wouldn’t be here: Detroit would have locked him up. If Caldwell-Pope weren’t such a nice defender, he might have jumped at any offer, or Detroit might have declined to extend a qualifying offer in the first place, making him unrestricted. (We’ll get back to this point.)

Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell sent Celtics’ Jayson Tatum to floor in Summer League game

Summer league is here! The 2017 NBA draft class if full of exciting players, and two of them went head-to-head on Thursday night. Jayson Tatum of the Celtics vs. Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz lived up to the hype. Just check out Mitchell sending Tatum to the ground before delivering a beautiful assist.
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In the end, they got Millsap to team with Nikola Jokic and it looks like a fantastic fit on paper. Millsap is a rugged, defensive-minded four whose all-around game should pair beautifully with Jokic. That Millsap has local connections to the area doesn’t hurt either.

Denver has a host of intriguing young players, but years of 30-win seasons has left the once-proud basketball city flat. The Nuggets also need to start making progress as Jokic’s dirt-cheap deal comes due in a few years. Warriors or no Warriors, Denver needed to make a move toward viability.
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Then there are the Clippers, who could have folded their tent and cleared the way for an extensive overhaul once Paul left. Instead, they re-upped Griffin for the max, swung a sign-and-trade for Gallinari, and smartly scooped up EuroLeague veteran Milos Teodosic to help run the point.

Even their haul from the Paul trade was solid. Pat Beverley and Lou Williams are terrific role players, Sam Dekker has some bounce to fill that gaping hole at small forward, and Montrezl Harrell looks like a keeper as a rotation big man.

Marshawn Lynch dodged questions about sitting for the national anthem like only he can

Marshawn Lynch is notoriously tight-lipped in his conversations with the media, but there were many wondering if he’d speak about his decision to sit during the national anthem before his first preseason game with the Oakland Raiders. The answer was no.

When asked about it Thursday, Lynch rambled about nothing in particular and gave no real answer about his motivations.

Marshawn Lynch with a funny sidestep after being asked about the anthem.

“I think that elephant just left the room cause a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch said. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mouses or something? That motherfucker left, cousin.”

If you watched Fournette play in college, he never had much trouble running over, around, and through defenders in the SEC. Truck stick hits were his thing, and if you need proof, here it is.

Yes, those words are probably going to be used against him when the season starts. That’s fine. He’ll have his ups and downs, but he’ll still be truck sticking opponents.

What makes his comment especially sweet are the whispers from anonymous NFL scouts and front office types before the draft. They questioned his passion for the game, lol, in part because he skipped LSU’s bowl game after an injury-riddled season.

Leonard is going to get plenty of work with the Jaguars offense, which features Blake Bortles at quarterback. As long as he can stay healthy, he’s going to put up big numbers. He’ll probably contend for the Rookie of the Year award too.

It’s a lot of pressure for a rookie. I suspect he can handle it.

Bryan Bickell’s dramatic final act as NHL player certain to endure

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The story behind Bryan Bickell’s only career NHL shootout goal will be recounted and expanded over time. It’s already special, but it will become more powerful in the telling.

It will add layers as Bickell battles the effects of multiple sclerosis, the incurable disease that ended his playing career effective Sunday. It will become more and more about how sports and humanity intersected at multiple junctures:

On Jan. 16, 2016, the Blue Jackets and Predators completed a rare one-for-one swap: Ryan Johansen, a talented but soured pivot, to Nashville in exchange for Seth Jones, once touted as the next great American defenseman. It’s been a win-win for all involved, especially Jones, who’s fulfilling his potential and anchoring Columbus’ top pairing, driving possession with upstart rookie Zach Werenski.

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In this new event added this year, Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith hit a length-of-the-ice shot to score 20 points and give the Pacific Division an easy win.

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby hit four targets in 10.73 seconds to win this event and earn the Metropolitan Division two points.

Having Kershaw and Zack Greinke didn’t cut it

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The franchise has a lot of corny, ridiculous things that deserve to be made fun of: villains who contribute to excruciatingly formulaic plots; the soundtrack, which can range from romantically cheesy to wait, this is totally a knockoff of John Fogerty’s Centerfield’; the ridiculous sports scenes involving Air Bud, like his aforementioned batting practice, and this block from Spikes Back.

Having Kershaw wasn’t enough. Things didn’t work out in 2016, when the Dodgers leaned heavily on Kershaw and closer Kenley Jansen in a post-Greinke world, hoping they’d sneak enough wins out in the other games to keep them moving through to the World Series. As great as the Dodgers have been in 2017, it feels like they’re setting themselves up for a repeat of that situation, especially now that Kershaw’s back has him on the disabled list once again.

Marcus Peters Limited Jersey It’s not that the Dodgers are guaranteed to be eliminated from the postseason or anything like that. They also aren’t guaranteed to advance, as the last four seasons so cruelly reminded the organization and its fans. However, if they have an opportunity to improve, they should take it, even if it means giving up prospects in a way they’ve recoiled from at past trade deadlines.

This isn’t to say the Dodgers were wrong to hold on to Joc Pederson and Julio Urias and Corey Seager or Cody Bellinger just because they were eliminated short of a World Series berth or victory in each of the last four seasons. There are two things about 2017 that make this year much different than previous ones, though, and in turn, means that if someone like Yu Darvish is available at the deadline, the Dodgers should pay the price to acquire him.

Logan Morrison wanted an invitation to the Home Run Derby

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We’re less than one week away from the MLB All-Star break already despite it feeling as if the season only got started a week ago. This past weekend, we learned almost the entirety of the all-star rosters, with just one spot left for each league.

Jackson was strong in a spot start for the Nationals last week, allowing only three hits and two earned runs in seven innings against the Los Angeles Angels.

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With Colorado and Arizona leading the way in the wild card standings, the division race between Chicago and Milwaukee will be an important one for these two teams down the stretch.
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Tuesday night’s total is set at 10 runs. The UNDER is 8-1 over Milwaukee’s last nine games.

Milwaukee should be playing this series with more desperation, but that desperation may not be able to bridge the skill gap between these two clubs. The series continues Wednesday with a matchup between Gio Gonzalez and Jimmy Nelson and wraps up on Thursday night with Max Scherzer facing off against Matt Garza.

Chris and Kyle Long speak out on hometown Charlottesville

Chris and Kyle Long felt they had to speak up.

In the wake of the weekend’s violence, the former Charlottesville, Va., residents weren’t going to stick to football.

“Some people are tired of hearing me tweet because they want me to stick to football but I like to use social media like I was a regular guy because I think I am. I don’t tell people to stick to their job when they want to talk politics. And this isn’t political. That’s the thing. Everybody is trying to turn this political. This isn’t a political issue. This is right or wrong. I believe you’re on one side or the other. For me, being from Charlottesville, no one wants to see you sit idly by and watch that stuff happen and not say anything. And I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down but didn’t.”

Kaepernick remains unsigned following the backlash last year for kneeling during the national anthem before 49ers games in protest against police brutality and racial injustice, though he said he would not continue the protest this season with a new team.

“He deserves to be back in the game, regardless,” Smith said. “He is an American citizen and he does have rights, and his rights should not be violated — just like no one else’s rights should be violated.”

Other players have already begun to echo Kaepernick’s protest this season. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat on the team’s bench with a towel over his head during the national anthem Sunday night, and Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch posted up on a water cooler while eating a banana during the anthem Saturday night.dolphins_068

I think his game-calling and his understanding of situations has gotten a lot better as the season has gone along

Reliever Hector Rondon also shares a sound connection with Contreras, beyond their Latin roots. Rondon cited his much-improved blocking behind the plate, instilling confidence within himself to throw his slider whenever the situation calls for it.

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Overall, Contreras’ 11 dWAR on Fangraphs, trailing just the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (11.7), further exhibits his impact defensively. It’s more than doubled since his rookie campaign (4.5), too.
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I think his game-calling and his understanding of situations has gotten a lot better as the season has gone along, starter John Lackey said. A lot of stuff in the game that you gotta manage in the game behind the plate. Having bunt coverages and that kinda stuff. He’s gotten good at being in charge of those sorta things.

What marks the success for Stanton this season though has been how hot he has been out of the All-Star break. The 27-year-old has hit 12 homers in addition to driving in 25 runs in 23 games since coming back from the break. He has hit a home run every 6 1/2 at bats since coming off of the break and has driven in a run about every three at-bats.

While Stanton has been incredible to start the second half what might be more incredible is just how well all of MLB has hit this year, especially in the power department.

Major leaguers are hitting home runs on 13.7 percent of every fly ball that is hit this season. That’s up by a full percent from a year ago and more than four percent since 2010. As for Stanton? In 2012 he hit home runs on 28 percent of the fly balls he hit. In 2014, 25 percent of the fly balls he hit went out of the park. This season more than 31 percent of every fly ball he hits is leaving the yard.