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Grizzlies rule Jaren Jackson Jr. out for season due to meniscus tear

The Memphis Grizzlies, having already lost their first three games inside the NBA’s bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort, were dealt a significant blow to their playoff hopes Tuesday when promising young forward Jaren Jackson Jr. was ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a meniscus tear in his left knee.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

The Grizzlies announced Tuesday night that Jackson “experienced an unstable landing after making contact with an opposing player with contesting a shot” during Memphis’ loss on Monday to the New Orleans Pelicans, with further evaluation revealing the meniscus tear.8

Jackson, 20, had been outstanding in the first three games for Memphis, averaging 25.3 points per game — including 33 on Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers — and averaged 17.4 points while shooting nearly 40% from 3-point range this season. He and presumptive Rookie of the Year Ja Morant have already formed one of the most explosive one-two combinations among young players in the NBA and helped power Memphis into the Western Conference’s eighth playoff seed heading into the NBA’s restart.

But after three tough, close losses to open play — Friday in overtime to the Blazers, Sunday to the San Antonio Spurs and Monday to the Pelicans — Memphis is now just two games ahead of the Blazers and Spurs for eighth in the West, and with all five games remaining (vs. Utah, Oklahoma City, Toronto, Boston and Milwaukee) coming against surefire playoff teams.nike cheap nfl jerseys

The eighth- and ninth-place teams in the West will play against one another in a play-in tournament later this month at the conclusion of the eight seeding games — assuming there are four games or fewer between the two teams, something that is all but guaranteed to happen now. The eighth-place team will have to win one of two games to advance to the face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, while the ninth-place team would have to win twice.

LA Clippers’ Patrick Beverley exits with sore left calf; team to be ‘cautious’

LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley injured his left calf in the first quarter and did not return against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Beverley, who started the game, left with 3 minutes, 54 seconds remaining in the first quarter with what the team called soreness in the calf. He was listed as questionable to return before being ruled out in the third quarter.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“I don’t think it’s bad,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after the Suns stunned the Clippers 117-115 on Devin Booker’s buzzer-beater. “We’re going to be very cautious, I can tell you that.”7

Beverley had four points and two rebounds in his third game back since leaving the team briefly to tend to an excused family emergency. His injury comes as the Clippers were getting closer to being whole. Lou Williams rejoined the team for his NBA restart debut against the Suns after spending 10 days in quarantine following his departure from the bubble to tend to a family emergency.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Forward Montrezl Harrell is still not with the team, and Rivers said there is no update on a timetable for his return yet. Harrell left the team on July 17 to tend to a family emergency. The forward recently posted on social media that his grandmother passed away.

Source: Free-agent guard Larry Warford opts out of 2020 season

Three-time Pro-Bowl guard Larry Warford, who has received multiple offers as a free agent since being cut by the New Orleans Saints, is opting out of the 2020 season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Warford is looking to start a family and will continue to train and revisit playing in 2021, the source said.

The Saints released Warford on May 8, saving more than $7 million in salary-cap space and paving the way for first-round draft pick Cesar Ruiz to earn a starting job.8

Warford, 29, made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons with the Saints after they signed him away from the Detroit Lions with a four-year, $34 million contract in 2017.

It became evident New Orleans was considering a change after it re-signed left guard Andrus Peat to a lucrative extension in free agency and selected Ruiz with the 24th overall pick in the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-3, 317-pound Warford began his career as a third-round pick with the Lions out of Kentucky in 2013 and became an immediate starter.nfl cheap nike jerseys

He has started 101 regular-season games, including 44 over the past three years in New Orleans. He also started five playoff games with the Saints.

Packers WR Devin Funchess opts out, cites family’s health

Green Bay Packers receiver Devin Funchess, who had first-hand experience with COVID-19 this offseason while caring for family members with the disease, has opted out of the 2020 season.

The 26-year-old veteran was the only experienced addition the Packers made to their receiving corps, which was viewed as one of the few weaknesses on a team that reached the NFC Championship last season. He signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal that included a $1 million signing bonus after a lost year with the Colts in 2019, when he suffered a broken collarbone in Week 1.nike cheap nfl jerseys

Funchess canceled several scheduled media opportunities shortly after he signed with the Packers because of what sources said at the time was the need to care for family members diagnosed with COVID-19.7

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Funchess said in part: “My closest family members have experienced the life-threatening impact of COVID-19 first hand and for their own safety and my own safety, I’ve decided to opt out of the upcoming NFL season. This was not a decision I took lightly but it’s what is best for my family and myself at this time.”nike nfl cheap jerseys

Funchess, whose best seasons came with the Carolina Panthers, was in the mix to compete to be the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver behind Pro Bowler Davante Adams. After signing Funchess, the Packers passed on receivers in one of the deepest receiver drafts in history.

Funchess was placed on the reserve/opt-out list, which allows the Packers to retain him under the same contract for the 2021 season. The Packers also placed first-year outside linebacker Greg Roberts on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. Packers veteran players reported to Lambeau Field on Tuesday for their first round of COVID-19 testing.

Sterling, Manchester City cruise against relegation-threatened Watford

Watford’s hopes of avoiding relegation suffered a double blow on Tuesday when they were thrashed 4-0 at home by Manchester City and then slipped into the Premier League relegation zone after fellow strugglers Aston Villa beat Arsenal in the late game.

City were inspired by Raheem Sterling who struck twice before half-time at Vicarage Road while Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte scored after the break as the visitors racked up their 13th straight win over Watford in all competitions.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The previous two meetings between the sides resulted in an 8-0 home league win for Pep Guardiola’s City side in September and a 6-0 victory in last year’s FA Cup final.

Watford’s only consolation was that the scoreline could have been even worse on Tuesday, although with Villa beating visiting Arsenal 1-0, their fate is no longer in their hands.

Watford are level on 34 points with Villa but have dropped below them into the relegation zone on goal difference. Second-bottom Bournemouth have 31 points but could still escape.8

Watford face Arsenal away in their final game on Sunday when Villa, who have the better goal difference by one, visit West Ham United. Bournemouth travel to Everton knowing they must win and hope the other two lose to have a chance of staying up.

Hayden Mullins, in temporary charge of Watford following the sacking of manager Nigel Pearson on Sunday, watched powerless from the touchline as City went through their routines.

“It was always going to be a tough ask, we knew that. They are a great side with a great manager,” Mullins said.

“City do this to most teams. The minute you come out and give space they take advantage of it.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“Tomorrow we will look at the performance more, put it to bed and start looking at the next game.”

Watford did have an early chance when Will Hughes slashed a shot miles wide, but it was mainly one-way traffic.

Sterling opened the scoring after 30 minutes with a stunning strike. Controlling Kyle Walker’s driven pass instantly, he looked up and smashed a right-foot effort past Ben Foster.

The England forward doubled City’s lead when he fooled Hughes into a trip inside the area and although Foster saved his spot kick, the rebound fell kindly and Sterling touched the ball home for his 19th league goal of the season.

City, beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, hunted for more goals after the break and Foster performed heroics to deny Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne.

He made another save from Sterling in the 63rd minute only for the ball to fall to Foden who tapped it home.

When Laporte headed in a free kick shortly afterwards Watford were reeling, but they avoided any further punishment and had a stroke of luck, that could yet prove crucial, when Gabriel Jesus’s late header was ruled out for offside.

Arsenal shocked as Aston Villa leapfrog into safety zone

Arsenal’s hopes for European competition took a hit in a 1-0 loss as Aston Villa jumped back in the safety zone of the Premier League standings.

Egyptian midfielder Trezeguet’s first-half goal was enough to give Villa the win.

“It was unbelievable, I think it was deserved we were outstanding today,” Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, who was superb throughout, told Sky Sports.

“It’s been a tense day, all we can do is focus on ourselves. It’s up to us what we do on the last day. It feels massive to be out of the relegation zone,” he added.

Mike Arteta made six changes to Arsenal’s lineup that had beat City in Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

“Emotionally and physically it’s been a very demanding week but I saw a team whio wanted to fight until the end. I’m not disappointed about the attitude — I know where we are in certain areas and where we need to improve more. We will get that,” Arteta said.

Tuesday’s loss also seemingly ensures 10th place Arsenal can only reach the Europa League next season by winning the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Aug. 1 (stream the FA Cup final in the U.S. on ESPN+).7

Arsenal, who can no longer finish than eighth, are also guaranteed to have their worst Premier League finish since 1995.

“It tells you the gap doesn’t lie. We have to make that smaller and smaller,” Arteta added.

Trezeguet was one of many signings Villa made after their promotion last season, and the £8.75 million he cost might prove to be the club’s most important investment.

He scored both goals when Villa beat Crystal Palace in their last home game and delivered again.

When Conor Hourihane swung over a corner in the 27th minute the ball came out to the Egyptian stationed on the edge of the area and he set himself before hammering a shot past Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

It was a nervy night at an empty Villa Park with Keinan Davis wasting a glorious chance to make it 2-0 and minutes later Arsenal’s Edward Nketiah headed against the inside of the post.

Grealish went close before halftime and while Arsenal had plenty of possession after the break they looked flat.

Davis could have settled Villa’s nerves when Grealish played him through but his left-foot shot slid wide.

That miss almost came back to bite Villa when Nketiah’s glancing header struck the inside of the post and rebounded back into the hands of Pepe Reina who kissed the ball.

“It’s a big boost, that’s for sure. We knew we had to win to catch Watford up. Now we’ve got the season in our own hands and that’s all you can ask for,” Villa manager Dean Smith said.

Villa, now in 17th place with 34 points, are ahead of Watford on goal difference going into Sunday’s final round of matches. Second-bottom side AFC Bournemouth, who next play Everton, have 31 points and also remain alive.

Pirates 3B prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes out indefinitely because of coronavirus

Pittsburgh Pirates third base prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes is out indefinitely while dealing with the novel coronavirus.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Manager Derek Shelton announced Hayes’ illness on Sunday after the 23-year-old Hayes — the son of former longtime MLB third baseman Charlie Hayes — gave the team clearance to do so.8

The diagnosis blunts the momentum that Hayes, considered the top infield prospect within the organization, built during spring training.

The Pirates expected Hayes, a three-time Gold Glove winner while in the minors, to make his MLB debut this season while splitting time with Colin Moran. But now he must wait in isolation for his clearance to return to the team.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“Any time we lose development time, it’s challenging for us,” Shelton said. “As we’ve talked about numerous times, not just for (Hayes) but for all of our prospects, this is a big year for us. We have to be very thoughtful of how much work we get them and try to get them as much work as possible. Any time we lose prospect time, it’s challenging.”

Angels’ Julio Teheran delayed by positive virus test

Pitcher Julio Teheran said Sunday that his delay in reporting to the Los Angeles Angels’ summer camp was because he tested positive for the coronavirus.nfl nike jersey cheap

The right-hander said he began to have symptoms two days before the start of camp. He was later tested and the result came back positive. He made his comments in Spanish during a Zoom call with reporters.7

“I tried to keep everything private because it’s something serious,” Teheran said, according to the Orange County Register. “I think this virus, with all the things that we’re hearing in the news and media, it was something difficult for me and I decided to keep it quiet. We weren’t out of it yet, and my family was still recovering.”

Teheran said his wife and son also tested positive but were asymptomatic.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

He arrived to Angels camp on Saturday and estimated Sunday that he is only “a week behind” other players as they prepare to open the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teheran, 29, is in his first season with the Angels after signing a one-year contract in the offseason.

Damian Lillard’s birthday wish is for Trail Blazers to make playoff push

Damian Lillard can remember only one time in his life not having a birthday party, so as he turned 30 on Wednesday his teammates made sure he got to celebrate in the NBA bubble despite being away from his family.

But Lillard had only one birthday wish: “My only ask as a birthday gift is, let’s not waste our f—ing time out here,” he said to his teammates.

“The easy thing to do would be to come here and make up the excuse that we haven’t played in months, guys haven’t played and were rusty, we weren’t comfortable, not used to playing at this time. It’s a lot of ways out the back door,” Lillard said Thursday, explaining his message. “I just wanted to make sure we understood this is a great opportunity for us to come out and make a push for the playoffs. Everybody’s basically starting from scratch.”cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Teammate CJ McCollum said he reached out to a team staffer when the Trail Blazers arrived at the Walt Disney World Resort about doing something for Lillard’s birthday. It was an off day, so the Blazers gathered in a private room to eat dinner and drink some wine. After Lillard delivered his brief speech, he turned and blew out the candles on his cake, which presumably was served to the team.

“Obviously, nobody wants to spend their birthday in the bubble, especially their 30th birthday,” McCollum said. “Just tried to figure out a way to make it interactive for everyone and have a good time outside of their rooms and have a good meal with some wine and things of that nature.”8

Lillard, though, is always business, and with the Blazers entering the restart ninth in the West, 3½ games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot, he had his mind on making a push for the postseason.

“That’s the mentality he’s had coming down here from the beginning,” coach Terry Stotts said. “Even though we enjoyed the festivities, I thought it was typical Dame. Having his eye on the task at hand.”

Lillard has been consistent in media sessions saying he expects his team to be ready and come out aggressively in the eight seeding games, but he wanted to deliver a blunt, to-the-point message to teammates.nike nfl cheap jerseys

“We’ve talked about coming here being locked in and ready to play, but we haven’t addressed it in that way,” Lillard said. “Like, seriously let’s not come out here and take this for granted and see how it goes. Let’s come out and be aggressive and put our best foot forward and live with whatever the result is. But at least have the effort and mind in the right place where we could do that. That was my reason for saying that. If we come out here loose and let’s see how it goes and not really determined, you’re setting yourself up for failure.”

There’s considerable optimism within the team about its chances, with starters Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins healthy and said to be looking good in practice. The Blazers have some actual depth, rather than scrambling to fill lineup spots, and have amped up their size after being a team that struggled with rebounding and interior defense.

The Blazers have been a playoff staple in the Lillard era, but because of injuries this season, as well as underperformance in other areas, they haven’t been able to continue the momentum of last season that fueled a surprise run to the Western Conference finals. But with eight games ahead, the Blazers are aiming to win six, which they believe would put them in position to force the play-in series.

James Harden returns to Rockets practice after bubble arrival delayed

James Harden pleasantly surprised the Houston Rockets’ coaching staff by showing no signs of rust as a full participant in Thursday’s practice, his first since arriving at the NBA’s Walt Disney World Resort campus five days after the team flew to Orlando, Florida.

“He looked good,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He probably was rusty for about 30 seconds, and then he was back.”

Harden, who cited “some family issues” as the reason for his delayed arrival, said it was the first time he had played 5-on-5 in more than a month. Teammate Ben McLemore said Harden looked like the “same old James” during the team’s scrimmage.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“I think the world knows, no matter what’s going on, James Harden loves to hoop,” said Harden, who is averaging 34.4 points per game and is a virtual lock to claim his third consecutive NBA scoring title. “He’s a competitor, so today in practice we got after it. We played a couple of quarters and we pushed ourselves, and I’m doing a lot of trash talking as usual, just to get the guys motivated and keep pushing.”

D’Antoni anticipated easing Harden into practice after a layoff of more than four months. But Harden told D’Antoni that he believed he was ready to fully participate right away.7

“I thought we’d have to ramp him up a little bit, but he’s been going hard before he got here,” D’Antoni said. “I didn’t see any difference whatsoever. Now, we’ll watch [Friday]. If he’s sore or something else, then maybe we’ll back him off, but right now he’s full tilt. He looks like he’s ready to go.”

The Rockets are still awaiting the arrivals of Russell Westbrook, their other perennial All-Star guard, and recent addition Luc Mbah a Moute. Westbrook announced this week that he tested positive for COVID-19 before the Rockets’ departure for Orlando.

“Once we get Russ back and we’ve got our full roster healthy and we get in shape like we need to be, we can compete with anybody,” Harden said.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Harden plans to participate in the Rockets’ scrimmages in preparation for the eight-game seeding schedule. He acknowledged, though, that his goal for the Rockets is to hit their stride as the playoffs begin next month.

Houston is tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for fifth place in the Western Conference standings with a 40-24 record, a game behind the Utah Jazz. Harden indicated that the Rockets would treat the seeding schedule as somewhat of a tuneup period, noting that there was no such thing as home-court advantage in the bubble-like atmosphere.

“We don’t have any fans, so it’s you versus us and we’re going to have to figure it out,” Harden said. “If you’re fourth seed, fifth seed, sixth seed, it doesn’t really matter. For us, it’s about being in shape and making sure that our offense and our defense is crispy and we’re all on the same page. We’ll play anybody.”