Braves’ Vizcaino has surgery, out for season

The Atlanta Braves have a big hole in their bullpen now that closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after undergoing right shoulder surgery.

Vizcaino had the procedure on Wednesday in New York. He pitched in four games this season, getting one save and allowing one run in four innings for the National League East champs.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos has heard fans chanting at SunTrust Park for the team to sign free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel and bring him back to Atlanta, and Anthopoulos indicated the Braves are exploring all available options.

“There’s been a ton of turnover from the beginning of camp to where we are today,” Anthopoulos said Wednesday. “I think it goes without saying we’re going to look to do what we can both internally and externally.”cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Even before Vizcaino got hurt, there had been speculation that Kimbrel, who closed games last season for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, would return to the Braves, his original team.6

Anthopoulos declined to say if the team already has reached out to Kimbrel, as the Braves appear set in the immediate future to stay with A.J. Minter and other relievers to fill Vizcaino’s role.

Atlanta ranks 24th in the majors with a 5.43 bullpen ERA and 25th with two saves. Minter is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA, after allowing a career high-tying three runs in Tuesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“I just don’t want to position it like I’m trying to foreshadow like great expectations — ‘Oh, he’s working the phones. They’re going to get someone tomorrow,'” Anthopoulos said. “But for me to sit here and say, ‘We’re good, everything’s great, this too shall pass,’ when Viz is down, that would be very insincere.”

The 28-year-old Vizcaino was put on the 10-day injured list a few days ago with right shoulder inflammation. Vizcaino, on a $4.8 million, one-year contract, has often been injured during his two stints with the club.

Dr. David Altchek performed the surgery. He cleaned up Vizcaino’s labrum and removed scar tissue from the right shoulder joint.

“When he’s right, he’s one of the best there is,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Vizcaino. “I felt for him. The kid cares. He wants to help this club and just wasn’t able to do it.”

Tigers’ Moore (knee) expected out for season

Tigers starting pitcher Matt Moore is expected to miss the rest of the season after right knee surgery, the latest setback for the left-hander who was once one of the game’s rising stars.

The 29-year-old Moore signed with the Tigers in the offseason and did not allow a run in 10 innings this year, but he hurt his knee April 6 while trying to field a bunt.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Moore said last weekend he had a tear in his meniscus, but the severity wasn’t clear. Manager Ron Gardenhire provided more information on Wednesday.5

“He had the surgery, and they had to fix some things up in there, and he’s out for the year,” Gardenhire said.

Moore was an All-Star in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays, but Tommy John surgery cost him almost all of 2014, and he hasn’t been very effective since. He signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with Detroit. That deal included an extra $1 million in performance bonuses, but none of those kicks in until his 10th start.

“He was making a great comeback with us, throwing the ball really well, had a great spring and we were excited — and now he’s going to miss a season,” Gardenhire said. “Him and his family, that’s very frustrating, so our thoughts go to him.”cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Dr. Keith Meister performed the operation on Wednesday.

“He got in there and fixed what he saw,” said Doug Teter, Detroit’s head athletic trainer. “The rehab coming back for what he had to do to repair it is not the timeline we were hoping for.”

Detroit also is without right-hander Michael Fulmer, who is out for the season following an elbow injury.

Bears TE Miller retires 1½ years after leg injury

Miller entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009, but battled injuries throughout most of his career. Miller landed in Chicago at the tail end of the 2013 season after being cut by the Jags and Buccaneers. The tight end spent the 2014 season on injured reserve before emerging as a key offensive contributor for the Bears in 2015.

The team honored Miller as the Bears’ 2018 Ed Block Courage Award winner last week, and the veteran, who has not played since the leg injury occurred close to 19 months ago, hinted that he planned to make a decision soon about his future.

“There will be a time, probably soon, that we’ll make that decision,” Miller said on April 9. “I haven’t made that decision yet. It’s something we’re exhausting every option we can. I know it’s getting close. I can’t hold it hostage forever. And I don’t plan to, but there are some things I need to try and do physically and see if it’s possible. What we’ve been doing rehab-wise and communication-wise with the franchise is we’re going to give it a little bit of time to kind of see where we go, and when that point comes, I know I’ll have given every single thing I had to do that. And I’ll be comfortable any which way that it happens.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Miller was rushed to University Medical Center New Orleans on Oct. 29, 2017 after he dislocated his left knee while making an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone against the New Orleans Saints.6

Miller’s leg bent awkwardly on the play, and he stayed down for several minutes until he was taken off the field on a cart.

Officials later ruled that Miller did not maintain possession of the ball, negating a touchdown.

Doctors performed emergency vascular surgery that night to repair a damaged artery in Miller’s left leg that stemmed from the knee dislocation. Miller was hospitalized in New Orleans for eight days before being transported back to Chicago in a medevac jet.

Miller underwent a total of nine surgeries, but was a regular visitor to the Bears’ team facility last season, where he underwent rehabilitation on the leg and assisted whenever possible.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Miller is now able to walk without a noticeable limp, but admitted last week that he still experiences discomfort after he jogs.

As of last week, Miller said the Bears had not discussed any permanent non-football playing role for him moving forward, but given Miller’s popularity among teammates and fans, it would not be a surprise if the organization retained him in some capacity.

“I had a first-class seat throughout all of last year, and in a weird way it was one of my favorite seasons,” Miller said. “Not being able to be on the football field and do the things I love was difficult, but to see that whole thing take place, Coach Matt Nagy coming in and the regime change and everything put together, it was special because now you see the game through a different viewpoint.

Eli Manning figures Giants will draft QB of future

Eli Manning expects his potential successor to be added to the roster later this month, believing the New York Giants will select a quarterback in this year’s NFL draft. The Giants have the sixth and 17th picks in the first round of the draft.

“Yeah, I figure the Giants are going to get a young quarterback. So I understand that,” Manning said Monday, on a day when Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was making his top-30 visit at the team’s facility and the Giants began their offseason workout program. “I still have to do my job, and I’ll do my part. And my job as I see it is to go out there and play quarterback and win football games. That is what I’ll do.”

Coach Pat Shurmur had told ESPN in recent weeks that the team intended to have all the top quarterbacks visit. That group included Duke’s Daniel Jones and West Virginia’s Will Grier.

Giants ownership explained at the NFL annual meetings that the team would like to come out of the draft having addressed the quarterback position. Manning is 38 years old and in the final year of his contract.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

But the value of the Giants’ picks has to align with the grade on the quarterback. That makes it just as likely the Giants could land a quarterback at pick No. 17 as 6.5

“I would like to come out of this draft with a quarterback, but here is the thing: Show me what the grades are,” co-owner John Mara said recently. “What is the value there? If the top quarterbacks are graded towards the bottom of the first round or even the second round, I’m not going to insist we take him at No. 6 or even No. 17. Show me what the value is. That has always been our philosophy on that. The worst thing you can do is try to force the issue and then you end up with a quarterback that isn’t worth taking at that particular spot.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“Would we love to have a quarterback coming out of this draft? Yes. But only if we have a conviction about him.”

Manning understands that part of his role this season could be working alongside another young quarterback. It’s nothing new. The Giants drafted Davis Webb in the third round two years ago and Kyle Lauletta in the fourth round last year. Webb is now on the Jets.

While Manning doesn’t necessarily view his job as being a mentor, it doesn’t mean he won’t be willing to help. Webb has consistently raved about working alongside the two-time Super Bowl winner. Manning abides by the lead-by-example philosophy.

“That’s just kind of part of being a quarterback,” he said. “Enjoy putting in the extra effort and work to get everybody up to speed and help young guys when they’re trying to learn a new offense.”

Manning’s concentration now is on being a good teammate and getting the team ready to win football games. He told the Giants immediately after the season about his desire to continue playing even after a rough season. That came during what general manager Dave Gettleman described as a “no-holds-barred” meeting.

Afcon 2019: Nigeria’s ‘easy’ group isn’t as easy as it looks…

It is hard not to picture Gernot Rohr, an impish smile lurking beneath his serious visage, doing all he can to restrain himself from rubbing his hands in Grinch-like glee as he contemplated the kind draw for his side at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Rohr could not have asked for a more favourable group if he had stood on the podium and dipped his hands into the bowl himself. Guinea, Madagascar, and Burundi are as good as he, or any other Nigerian, could have hoped for going into the ceremony on Friday night, under the shadow of the legendary Sphinx.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Straightforward as the group may look, it likely won’t be the case. The last time Nigeria were at the Nations Cup, they also had an easy draw. With Burkina Faso, Zambia, and Ethiopia to face, and they barely managed to scrape through on 5 points out of an available 9. To be fair, they did go on to win the tournament.6

The German was practically preening as he attempted to keep his eye on the details on Friday. “It would be a great showpiece of football but it is important for our players to avoid injuries as the season heads towards the end,” he told ESPN.

But as is always form with the Nigeria coach, he was quick to advise caution: “It is a tough group and we have to be at our best and our fittest.
Skipper Ahmed Musa also toed the same line: “I think it is a tough group for the Super Eagles. It is important for us to stay fit and avoid injuries so that everyone would be in great shape in Egypt.

“We have a young team who have played at the World Cup but have not played at the Afcon. For me, we are ready for any country in Egypt. It would be an interesting experience.”cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Both men are wise to advise caution. Both Guinea and Madagascar will throw up bad memories for the Super Eagles. All three were in the same group for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

During that series, which was the last time the Super Eagles met either side, interim coach Austin Eguavoen’s side lost 1-0 in the first leg of the qualifiers in Conakry.

Premier League goalkeeper didn’t know what Nazi salute was, says FA panel

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey “did not know” what a Nazi salute was, a Football Association panel has said.

The Wales international was charged after appearing to perform a Nazi gesture in a photograph posted on Instagram by German teammate Max Meyer. Hennessey denied the allegation, and suggested the gesture was “absolutely coincidental” — and the charge was eventually dropped.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The written reasons for the decision, published on Tuesday, stated the 32-year-old was not punished because he proved he was unaware of the historical significance of the gesture.4

“Mr. Hennessey categorically denied that he was giving a Nazi salute,” the statement read. “Indeed, from the outset he said that he did not even know what one was.

“Improbable as that may seem to those of us of an older generation, we do not reject that assertion as untrue. In fact, when cross-examined about this, Mr. Hennessey displayed a very considerable — one might even say lamentable — degree of ignorance about anything to do with [Adolf] Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime.

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“All we would say [at the risk of sounding patronising] is that Mr. Hennessey would be well advised to familiarise himself with events which continue to have great significance to those who live in a free country.”

Benintendi exits after fouling ball off foot

Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox left Sunday’s game against Baltimore with a bruised right foot after fouling a ball off it.

Benintendi is considered day-to-day and said after the game that he doesn’t see it “being anything super serious.”nfl nike jerseys for cheap

The outfielder went to the ground in pain after the foul in the third inning Sunday. He had trouble putting weight on his foot when he got up and lightly jogged down the first baseline.6

Benintendi then got back in the batter’s box and doubled into the left-fielder corner. He had a noticeable limp heading into second and again when he ran the bases on Mookie Betts’ inning-ending flyout.

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Benintendi originally had the day off, but was inserted into the lineup when center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was scratched with the flu.

Orioles’ Davis ends 0-for-54 streak, asks for ball

Baltimore’s Chris Davis ended an MLB-record 0-for-54 skid with his first hit of the season Saturday, dropping in a two-run single in the first inning off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.

Davis clapped his hands and called for the ball after reaching base to end the longest hitless streak by a non-pitcher in major league history. It began last season on Sept. 15, 2018.

He finished the Orioles’ 9-5 win with three hits — adding an RBI double in the fifth inning and another double in the eighth for his first multihit game since Sept. 4, 2018.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“It felt good to contribute today and finally see some hits fall,” Davis said. “Hard work’s paying off; I knew it would. … There was definitely a significant weight lifted off my shoulders.”5

Davis confirmed after the game that he did get the ball after the first-inning hit, and he plans to get it authenticated.

“You’re just pulling for him,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I talk about it every day, but that’s part of my job, and I’m OK with that. Things happen. It’s not about me; it’s about Chris and his well-being and his mindset and what he’s going through.

“When you’re with somebody for 12 hours a day, and you see the work they are putting in, and it wasn’t paying off until today. It’s a great feeling to watch him do what he did today.”

Davis, 33, is looking to regain his All-Star form from 2013, when he drove in 138 RBIs and hit 53 home runs. He hit at least 26 home runs the four seasons after that but regressed dramatically last season, posting a career-worst .168 batting average with 49 RBIs and 16 home runs.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“I think the biggest thing for me is just not having the headache of having to answer questions and having my teammates have to answer questions,” Davis said about the end of the streak. “… We’ve kind of turned the page now and really focused on the team.”

The anxious undercurrent of these NBA playoffs

There are stresses within the high-stakes games naturally, but there’s also another layer that is perhaps unique to this season. It’s the pressure of the aftermath and it will mount by the day, by the loss and, oddly in this unusual season, even by the win in some cases.

With so many contenders loaded with fragile, big-name free agents and other concerns that are tied to the uncertainty of their finishes, there is more at stake than just winning. There’s also the future and, in these times, that’s always on the mind.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

This applies across the board in the Eastern Conference, where it’s accentuated because you could make a legitimate case that any of the top four seeds could/should reach the NBA Finals. And all of them have ancillary issues that bubble under the surface.5

The Toronto Raptors have lived all season with the Kawhi Leonard cloud on the horizon. Leonard hasn’t articulated, well, almost anything. Certainly not what will be most important to him when he has the option to become a free agent this summer. But it’s a safe bet that an early exit would not bode well for the Raptors’ chances at re-signing him, especially after they changed coaches and retooled the roster to try to bury past playoff disappointments.

The Boston Celtics have been one of the most maddening teams in the league. In some weeks they appear to have the firepower and togetherness to beat anyone. Other times, their chemistry is absent.

They have lived on Kyrie Irving’s yo-yo for months. Even if you give him a pass and write off his promise to re-sign in October as an emotional utterance while in a festive mood at a fan event, his choice to make a Nike commercial in which he announced a hope to raise his number to the rafters sure seemed more secure. And it isn’t just his free agency, it’s the hot and cold support for his teammates and head coach that have been perhaps even more trying.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Boston has all the ingredients of a team that could make the Finals, especially when bigs Al Horford and Aron Baynes are healthy and Jayson Tatum finds a balance between grace and aggression. But if it goes south, it’s possible the Celtics could not only lose Irving in July but also be more judicious in an expected trade offer for Anthony Davis in the summer. There’s a wide swing of possibilities here that bears watching as the Celtics make their way through the playoffs.

After disjointed Game 1 loss, Sixers are feeling the pressure

About an hour before the Philadelphia 76ers tipped off Game 1 of their first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, Sixers owner Josh Harris tried to project an air of triumph. Only there was plenty of cause for trepidation when examining his team.

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia’s force-of-nature center, was a game-time decision because of tendinitis in his left knee — the same knee that was operated on in 2017 to remove a small portion of frayed meniscus — and coming into the postseason having sat out 14 of 24 games since the All-Star break.

“It’s been a long six years for all of us, but at the end of all this, we’ve assembled an enormous amount of talent and we’re really excited to be on the eve of the playoffs with a team that we think can make a deep playoff run,” Harris said.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

But what exactly does a “deep run” mean? And if the Sixers don’t go deep, what does that mean for their coach Brett Brown? And what about that collection of talent? If they don’t go as far as Harris expects, will he still dig into his pockets to keep the likes of Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick in free agency?4

Embiid ended up playing, scoring 22 points on 5-for-15 shooting with 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. But the Sixers were outscored by 17 points in his 24 minutes, and lost 111-102. It didn’t even feel that close, as they trailed by as many as 17 and were booed off the court by the home fans who hadn’t left early — as a hoard of Philly faithful did with about three minutes to go.

Brooklyn isn’t the team that has played less than a dozen games with its starting unit together. Brooklyn isn’t among the four teams widely considered to have a chance to make the Finals out of the East now that LeBron James is in Los Angeles. Brooklyn isn’t the team worrying about its star’s health — heck, the Nets got 23 points out of Caris LeVert and there were doubts earlier in the season if he’d be able to contribute in 2018-19 after the nasty ankle injury he suffered in November. Brooklyn isn’t the team with a second star like Ben Simmons who plays guard in the best basketball league in the world, yet is 0-for-17 for his career from beyond the 3-point line.

“I’m fine,” Embiid said after the game, even though he admitted he did away with the brace the team fashioned for his left leg because it made his calf and tibia feel sore.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale