Royals acquire All-Star Trevor Cahill, relievers from Padres for playoff run

The Royals entered Monday’s game against the Tigers in a tie with the Rays for the second wild card spot. After seeing the Rays make a trade for a reliever, the 2015 champions did one better, trading for three Padres pitchers, including 2010 All-Star Trevor Cahill.

In addition to Cahill, who is 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA this season for the rebuilding Padres, Kansas City received left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter and righty Brandon Maurer in exchange for left-handed pitchers Matt Strahm and No. 5 starter Travis Wood, minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz and cash considerations, the team announced Tuesday.

“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” James told ESPN. “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.

“All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that.”

According to ESPN, there’s history between James and Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys Barkley that’s been simmering for some time. Most of it stems from Barkley’s criticisms on various outlets.

In the report, James also mocks Phil Jackson’s flippant comment this season referencing LeBron’s “posse.”

But James directed the hard heat toward Barkley, saying he’s tired of taking the high road. “Screw Charles Barkley. … I’m tired of biting my tongue. There’s a new sheriff in town.”

Barkley later laughed off James’ barbs and said he stood by his criticism.

“I was laughing, clearly he did some homework … he Googled Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys me and found some things,” Barkley said. “He was young when I was playing, so I appreciate that, but I’m not upset about it … my criticism was fair and I’m good with that.”

Braves send southpaw Jaime Garcia to Twins in three-player deal

Jaime Garcia is on the move.

The Braves announced Monday they have traded the 31-year-old pitcher, along with catcher Anthony Recker and cash considerations, to the Twins in exchange for pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa.

“It’s like the elephant in the room, and you don’t want to talk about it,” Beckham said. “But I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’m like, ‘No, I’m going to … there’s no need to not talk about it.

“I believe that I will be hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest-paid, period.”

Those are some pretty lofty goals for Beckham, whose remaining year on his 2014 first-round pick’s rookie contract calls for him to be paid $1.8 million. The Giants recently picked up the fifth-year option on the contract at what is expected to be in the $8.5 million range.

Right now, Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown tops the list of highest-paid receiver after he scored a $68 million contract extension in February.

As for the highest-paid player in the league? That honor belongs to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who scored a five-year, $125 million deal during the offseason.

That’s a big ‘if’ because of the fact that most penalties are in favor of the offense at this point. Think about how and when pass rushers can hit a quarterback. It is very hard for a defender to get to the quarterback that many times simply because the rules prevent it, but honestly, why couldn’t Mack do it?

J.J. Watt showed that an interior lineman can get to the quarterback some 20 times in a year, so why couldn’t a pass rusher on the Detroit Lions Cheap Jerseys outside do it? The obvious reason is that he will be double-teamed, but still, if anyone Chinese Cheap Jerseys could do it, Mack may be the man.

MLB trade rumors: Latest news, rumored deals before July 31 trade deadline

MLB rumors, rumors everywhere and not a drop to drink. Or something.

Prior to MLB’s July 31 trade deadline is like the month leading up to Christmas for baseball fans, and you know what that means: no shortage of rumors and high levels of anticipation for all.

New York would love to get a hold of the Rangers starter given he is the best pitcher out on the market right now, but they will have to deal with the competition presented by the Cubs and likely the Dodgers. It’s unlikely Darvish is traded to the Astros simply because it would be in division and those two ball clubs have not made any trades of note in recent years.

But with Michael Pineda out for the year and more, Jordan Montgomery starting to struggle and Luis Severino closing in on a career-high in innings, the Yankees could use some pitching help down the stretch in their search for either a division title or a wild card spot and Darvish would go a long way in getting them to the postseason.

Darvish does become a free agent after the season so China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale the price for him will be lower than it would be if he had a couple of years left, but that doesn’t Cheap Youth NBA Jerseys mean he will be cheap by any stretch of the imagination.

At this point, the NFLPA has made its recommendation and the NFL will take that under advisement in the coming weeks as it decides on Elliott’s punishment under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

NFL will not announce any possible Ezekiel Elliott discipline today, nor this weekend. Cowboys report to camp Saturday with matter pending.

The NFL will make its decision before the start of the regular season in fairness to the club.

The Cowboys’ season opens Sept. 10 at home against the Giants on NBC’s prime-time game.

Kyrie Irving reportedly not taking calls from Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers reportedly aren’t on speaking terms right now, according to the Athletic.

That sentiment was echoed by ESPN Thursday morning.

“Kyrie’s standing there looking straight at him,” ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh said Thursday in reference to a video where James is seen in a game poking Irving on the bench.”He’s that teenager that doesn’t want to hear it from his dad and LeBron James is not happy about it, but that was telling to me, of course we’ve seen that from Mario Chalmers and Dwayne Wade in Miami.

Beyond next season is not known, though it is widely believed James will head west in 2018. Irving has recently requested to be traded and would reportedly prefer the Spurs.

James is one of only three NBA players with a no-trade clause, including Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. Anthony is rumored to be on the market, but would have to waive his no-trade clause.

Unwilling to do the same is James, who returned to Cleveland after helping the Heat win a pair of championships during a four-year stint in Miami.

James has led the Cavs to three straight NBA Finals since his return, winning the title last year. He will make $33.285 million this year with a player option of $35.6 million for the 2018-19 season.

Anyway, back to the balance thing. If the Tigers offer to pay for $40 million of the roughly $66 million Verlander is owed from now through the end of 2019, they would likely be offered a very nice package of prospects. It’s highly doubtful they’d throw that much cash out there, though.

If Detroit offers to pay only $20 million of the roughly $66 million he’s guaranteed, the prospect return drops a couple notches. And if Detroit offers to pay next to nothing? It would get a paltry return, and basically dumping a franchise China Cheap Jerseys hero to save salary wouldn’t sit well with a long-frustrated fan base. The Tigers can’t Cheap Youth MLB Jerseys allow that to happen.

Knicks owner James Dolan hasn’t spoken to new GM Scott Perry since hiring him

James Dolan is not known to be the most personable man in the world. Charles Oakley can attest to that. But most people would assume he would go out of his way to meet his new hires, since he, you know, owns the Knicks.

“I have not met with him yet, but I’m looking forward to that,” he said.

Now owners don’t always meet with every employee that is hired onto their business, but normally an owner of a professional sports team will have met with his GM, especially within five days of hiring him.

But apparently Dolan hasn’t taken time out of his busy day to show up to Perry’s introductory press conference or, you know, just to say hi. Maybe his band is out on tour and he just can’t spare a moment.

Either way, it’s just more of James Dolan being James Dolan.

Pistons stars Marcus Morris and Andre Drummond led the Pistons to a 116-108 win against the Timberwolves. Morris scored 38 points with six rebounds and Drummond added 12 points and 18 rebounds. Drummond now has 32 double-doubles on the season, which is tied with Dwight Howard for the fifth-most in the league.

James Harden exploded once again to score 42 points with 12 rebounds and nine assists in a 121-117 overtime win against the Bulls. The only engative, he shot just 13 of 33 from the field.

Kyle Lowry struggled to get anything going in a 102-94 loss against the Magic by scoring just 18 points on 5 of 20 shooting. He did add seven assists and five rebounds, but with DeMar DeRozan out yet again with an ankle Chicago Blackhawks Cheap Jerseys injury, Toronto needs more out of its All-Star point guard.

Cavaliers (33-15) at Knicks (22-29) 8:30 p.m. ET — Cleveland versus New York brings together two disappointed fan bases expecting more Cheap Youth Jerseys out of their teams at this point in the season. LeBron James and company have been playing better lately, but Carmelo Anthony may come to play in a de facto audition.

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Pablo Sandoval officially signs with Giants Saturday

A change of scenery can do many people a lot of good, and maybe going home is just what Pablo Sandoval needs to resurrect his playing career.

Jon Heyman has reported that Sandoval, who was released by the Red Sox this week, will be in San Francisco to officially sign with the Giants on Saturday.

Sandoval signed a massive free agent deal with the Red Sox before the 2015 season, but never found his footing in Boston and forced the Red Sox to part ways with the man they hoped would be their third baseman of the future.

The former Giant comes back to the Bay Area with a successful track record for the team including three World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The 30-year-old third baseman never batted worse than .268 in his seven season with the Giants and had a career .344 batting average in 39 postseason games with the club while hitting six home runs and driving in 20 runs.

James also said Monday the team’s personnel isn’t as good as it was last season when Cleveland won it all. That’s a valid point: Griffin has not yet found suitable replacements for backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova and center Timofey Mozgov, who both left for big money from the Bucks and Lakers, respectively, in the offseason. The only significant roster addition has been wing Kyle Korver, which was as much a Cheap Youth Football Jerseys reaction to J.R. Smith’s injury as an actual upgrade attempt.

Griffin, though, still has ample time to make moves before the playoffs, so LeBron’s sounding the alarm now feels premature. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 23, and a handful of useful players likely will become available after that date as teams buy out their contracts.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters Wednesday, “We Cheap Zetterberg Jerseys have enough on this team to win a championship.” James, clearly, disagrees. Should be an interesting next two to three months in the Land.

Billy Beane talks MLB’s international appeal, says Mike Trout would be soccer superstar in Germany

The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching, which means Oakland A’s front-office guru Billy Beane is a very busy man. As always.

Managing the roster is a constant challenge for Beane, now the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations, and GM David Forst given the budgetary restraints that have been a reality of baseball in Oakland for a couple decades. The July 31 non-wavier trade deadline has been a Beane showcase for years, and 2017 has been no different. The A’s have already traded relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Nationals, and starting pitcher Sonny Gray is No. 1 on the list of coveted-and-available starting pitchers.

SPOX, Sporting News’ partner site and the official home of MLB in Germany, interviewed Beane about a wide range of topics. Below are excerpts of the interview (questions are paraphrased, answers are not).

Mitchell then took to Twitter to say he was able to spend the night at home but will need further testing.

Mitchell went undrafted in 2014 but has spent time with multiple Summer League teams in the NBA. Last summer he spent time with the Knicks.

“I’m looking up and my eye’s still moving but it’s out here,” he said Friday. “I touched it and I immediately wanted to push it back in and I was like, ‘That’s a bad idea.’ I could still see, I could still move it. I never lost vision, never Cheap Youth Basketball Jerseys went blurry, thank God. It’s feeling much better.

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MLB trade rumors: Yankees scouting Yu Darvish, possibly eyeing trade

Yu Darvish helped the Rangers end their four-game losing streak Friday night tossing eight innings while striking out 12 in an extra-inning win, but until the July 31 deadline passes the scouts are going to be swirling and rumors will be flying about the possibility of the ace going on the block.

According to the New York Post, the Yankees had a scout in Tampa Bay to watch Darvish’s start and it was a good one to see considering he showed both the ability to stretch himself out deep into a game and maintain his velocity deep as well.

Analysis (Gatto): The BoSox, it appears, are making sure the ChiSox don’t get comfortable. Silverman, citing a source, listed six other potential third base trade candidates: David Freese and Josh Harrison from the Pirates; Asdrubal Cabrera and T.J. Rivera from the Mets; Eduardo Nunez from the Giants; and Martin Prado from the Marlins. Prado has been mentioned previously (see below). Reports Sunday night said Cheap Zach Parise Jerseys Boston had settled on a Brock Holt-Deven Marrero platoon for the time being; based on Silverman’s report, that Cheap Youth Baseball Jerseys arrangement won’t last long.

The result: The Rockies thought they were getting two reliable veteran starters, but Harris lasted just 42 games (32 starts) in Colorado, before he was released with a 6.60 ERA over parts of two seasons. And Hurst made just three starts with the Rockies before he left as a free agent. Ashby developed into an outstanding starter for the Padres (he had a 3.49 ERA in 173 starts from 1994-99) and Ausmus made his MLB debut soon after the trade, embarking on what turned into an 18-year big-league career.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw going on DL with lower back tightness

There is no panic at Dodger Stadium. Yet.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was pulled after two scoreless innings of Sunday’s game against the Braves. Kershaw, who had struck out two with a walk, had not allowed a hit before leaving with an apparent injury. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Sunday’s 5-4 win that Kershaw will go on the disabled list without a timetable on a return. Tests on Kershaw’s back are scheduled for Monday.

Urschel’s retirement comes just two days after a Boston University study concluded that 110 of 111 former NFL players who donated their brains for research after death had CTE.

Urschel has written in the past that he envied 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, who retired early from the NFL because of concern over concussions and how that would affect his brain later in life.

However, when mentioning Borland’s situation, Urschel also indicated that he continued to play the game out of his love for the sport despite concerns over brain injury.

“I play because I love the game. I love hitting people,” Urschel wrote for The Players Tribune. “There’s a rush you get when you go out on the field, lay everything on the line and physically dominate the player across from you. This is a feeling I’m (for lack of a better word) addicted to, and I’m hard-pressed to find anywhere else.”

They’d love to rebuild, but the contracts on the books — Miguel Cabrera, Jordan Zimmermann, Victor Martinez and Justin Upton — are prohibitive to that process. They don’t want to trade young ace Michael Fulmer, who made the All-Star team this year and is still years from arbitration.

That brings us to Justin Verlander. He’s been the face of this franchise for a decade now; he won the AL Cy Young award and MVP in 2011, and he’s Cheap Yankees Jerseys helped the Tigers to five playoff appearances, including two World Series Cheap Youth Soccer Jerseys trips.

Oops! Worst in-season trades for every NL franchise

The MLB trade deadline is both an exciting and dangerous time.

General managers across the league are looking for ways to improve their club, to find gold in the form of future World Series heros.

But they also have to avoid deals that will make lists like this one, the worst in-season deals for every National League team (yes, there’s also an AL version). We’re not just looking at deadline deals here, but all deals that happened between opening day and Game 162 of a season.

Add the tumultuous relationship between Carmelo Anthony and team president Phil Jackson and injuries to Kristaps Porzingis and Rose, and it’s not surprising to Fisher they’ve struggled. He admits he faced similar problems trying to execute what Jackson wanted.

“One of the challenges for all of us was we were in the basketball department under the umbrella of Phil Jackson and who he was and who he is and what he was able to do as coach and leader,” Fisher said.

“Then [when you’re] asking me as a head coach in a sense not to create the same results, but take the same system or way of playing and try and teach these guys how to play it — and utilize it in similar ways as when he taught it — I think at times it was more challenging for our players to really understand, ‘Who am I committing myself to? Who am I selling myself to? Who am I running through the brick wall for?'”

Fisher said he and Jackson didn’t mesh as they had hoped in their new roles as coach and president. Fisher also blamed an “inaccurate opinion about a personal matter” for his downfall under two seasons into a five-year contract. The Cheap Xavi Jerseys Cheap Xavi Jerseysreference was about an altercation with former Lakers Cheap Youth NHL Jerseys teammate Matt Barnes over Barnes’ ex-wife.