Windler’s status for start of Cavs’ season up in air

Cavaliers rookie swingman Dylan Windler could miss six weeks with an injured left leg.

Windler, who was selected by Cleveland in the first round of this year’s NBA draft, experienced discomfort in his leg following some recent team workouts. The Cavs said imaging tests revealed a tibial stress reaction, which is a precursor to a fracture.nfl nike jersey cheap

He’ll begin treatment, and the Cavs say he’ll be out at least one month. That could put him in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season.6

The 6-foot-8 Windler averaged 21.3 points and 10.8 rebounds as a senior at Belmont. The Cavs liked his versatility and range — he made 43% of his 3-pointers last season — and selected him with the No. 26 overall pick.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Cleveland opens training camp Tuesday under new coach John Beilein, who was previously at Michigan. The Cavs’ first preseason game is Oct. 7.

LeBron James’ high school jersey up for auction

A sweat-stained jersey LeBron James wore while playing Ohio high school basketball and during his first Sports Illustrated magazine cover shoot as a teenager in 2002 is being auctioned.

The online auction listing says the gold mesh jersey from the NBA star’s days with the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish in Akron features green lettering with the word “Irish” and No. 23, the same number he’d later wear for the Cleveland Cavaliers.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Goldin Auctions says James gave the jersey to its current owner, an unidentified seller who attended the school.5

The auction house says 5% of the proceeds will go to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The auction runs until Oct. 19. Early bidding reached $37,000.

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Giants not worried about Janoris Jenkins’ rough start

The numbers against Janoris Jenkins so far this season are scary. It’s problematic in that the New York Giants cornerback is supposed to be their best and most accomplished defensive player.

Not that there is much competition.

But what is defensive coordinator James Bettcher supposed to do if his best player on a talent-bereft unit can’t cover anyone? He’s in even bigger trouble than anticipated.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

That is where Bettcher and the Giants stand entering Sunday’s matchup with the Washington Redskins (1 p.m. ET, Fox). They haven’t even been able to count on their top cornerback to limit opposing receivers each of the past two weeks.

Imagine this: Jenkins is ranked 108th out of 111 cornerbacks with at least 45 snaps played this season with a 31.0 grade against the pass, according to Pro Football Focus. He has allowed 14 first downs and nine passes that have gained 15-plus yards, most in the NFL in both categories. His three touchdowns allowed is the second most of any cornerback.6

The Giants don’t see that, though. That’s why Jenkins has stunningly remained in New York even as the rest of the 2016 free-agent class was exiled. Even through these recent struggles, the Giants’ confidence in him hasn’t wavered.

“Honestly, I don’t have concern,” Bettcher said. “I don’t have concern about any of our players, as long as they are working the process. I think Jack is doing that. I think he is coming to practice — I saw it today — he’s diving to knock balls away. He’s competing. He’s working on fundamentals and techniques in individual [drills]. He’s all-in on fixing what he needs to fix.”cheap nfl nike jersey
“I mean, when you got time and get no pressure, I can’t cover nobody for 10 seconds. Who can cover anybody for 10 seconds?” Jenkins said after the Buffalo game. “Go look at within the first five seconds of the route. He’s not open. If he scrambles and there is no pressure, what do you want me to do? I can’t cover this side and that side. Come on, bro. We have to play football around here.”

The Bucs didn’t need 10 seconds on Sunday. Almost all of Evans’ damage came in one-on-one coverage against Jenkins, who also struggled the prior week as the Bills completed seven passes on seven targets for 75 yards when Jenkins was the nearest defender.

The Giants insist they’re not going to shy away from using Jenkins against No. 1 receivers moving forward. He’s still by far the best of what they have right now. Rookie DeAndre Baker is one of the few cornerbacks graded lower (28.2 overall) than Jenkins this season, even though he played better Sunday against the Bucs.

So whether it’s Adam Thielen, Amari Cooper or Larry Fitzgerald in future weeks, expect Jenkins to follow.

“Sure.” He’s out there and he’s going to compete,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “He’s going to be involved [against top receivers] when we play zone and when we play man. We expect that when he’s out there, he is going to play at a high level, which he’s done for a long time.”

Fantasy fallout: Goodbye Saquon Barkley, hello Daniel Jones

Normally you can’t accuse this column of any sort of East Coast bias. But the New York Giants changed that this week by becoming the center of the fantasy universe. For better and for worse.

We lost the consensus No. 1 draft pick, Saquon Barkley, to a high ankle sprain for an estimated 4-8 weeks. But we gained “Danny Dimes,” thanks to the surprisingly explosive debut of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones — which should also boost the value of tight end Evan Engram and receivers Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate, according to ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan.

“Engram and Shepard, they’re like on Cloud 9 right now,” said Raanan, who said it’s no coincidence that both of them had 100-yard games in Jones’ debut — because not only does he throw the ball deep with accuracy, but he also keeps plays alive with his legs longer than previous QB Eli Manning did.5

Raanan had a great breakdown of how Jones’ mobility played such a big role in the Giants’ 32-31 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in which he threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 28 yards and two more TDs.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Raanan stopped short of predicting Shepard will become a top-20 fantasy receiver, because he thinks Shepard and Tate could be somewhat interchangeable when Tate returns from a suspension in Week 5.

However, Raanan does believe that Jones himself can be a legitimate fantasy asset — especially when you throw in those bonus points he can provide in the running game.

“I mean, he’s done it pretty consistently,” Raanan said. “He completed 85% of his passes in the preseason. That’s really good no matter who you’re playing against. And he’s not throwing dink and dunks — he’s willing to throw it down the field. That’s probably the thing he does best. He averaged 9.8 air yards per attempt.

“And he’s gonna put up numbers because their defense is not very good. So they’re gonna have to score points.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Raanan did offer some notes of caution, though. For one thing, fumbling has been an Achilles’ heel for Jones, with three of them in the preseason and three of them already in limited regular-season action. And, of course, the Giants’ offense will lose some potency while Barkley is sidelined, especially when they face top defenses such as New England and Minnesota in Weeks 5-6.

As for replacing Barkley, Raanan said he thinks third-year RB Wayne Gallman is “their guy” and that he should see around 15 carries per game. He certainly won’t replace the production level of Barkley — and Raanan doesn’t think he will see nearly as much work in the passing game, some of which could go to fullback Elijhaa Penny. But Raanan said he’s a little higher on Gallman’s running ability than others seem to be and thinks he could have moderate success because the opportunity will be there.

Brewers seal playoff spot, eliminating Cubs, Mets

The Milwaukee Brewers continued their scorching September with their 19th win of the month Wednesday, clinching a postseason berth and eliminating both the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs in the process.

The Brewers’ 9-2 victory at Cincinnati brought the team to 88-70, a far cry from Sept. 5, when Milwaukee was only three games over .500 — with the same 71-68 record as the Mets and five games behind the Cubs for the National League’s second wild-card spot.

But despite losing MVP candidate Christian Yelich to a fractured kneecap Sept. 10, the Brewers have won 17 of their past 19 games to secure a playoff spot in consecutive years for just the second time in franchise history.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“I’m sure a lot of people wrote us off and said we couldn’t do it for numerous reasons,” he said. “Like I said, we believed the talent in this room, the kind of guys that we have and just the culture we’ve built and continue to build here. Really proud of all these guys. They’ve done an incredible job especially on the run that we have in September.”6

Maddon’s future with the Cubs remains uncertain with his contract set to expire, but pitcher Jon Lester said the manager’s critics should consider his full tenure with the ballclub.

“I can’t say enough positives about what Joe has done, flat out for this organization,” Lester said. “Up until this year we led MLB in wins. That’s a testament to him. We broke a 108-year curse. No matter what happens, if he continues here, it’s gravy. If he doesn’t, he should be revered as a legend in this town for a long, long time.”

The Mets could not keep up the pace that saw them win 15 of 16 games in July and August, and they will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season despite increasing their win total over the past two years, from 70 in 2017 to 77 in 2018 to 83 so far this year.

“It’s tough, but I thought we played pretty good baseball down the stretch to stay in it,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “Obviously, Milwaukee was just off the charts and nobody was catching them.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Mets relievers’ ERA of 5.01 is the sixth-worst in the majors this year, continuing a trend. Since making the World Series in 2015, the Mets have posted the fourth-worst relief ERA in MLB at 4.58, after compiling a 3.40 ERA in 2015.

“I guess now the fat lady’s singing,” said Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, who hit his 51st home run Wednesday to pull within one of Aaron Judge’s rookie record. “It’s unfortunate, but we came back so awesome and the way we went about our business is spectacular. So it’s bittersweet, if I had to put it shortly. When we finally put it together for a full 162, it’s going to be scary.”

The Brewers will join the Cardinals, Braves, Nationals and Dodgers in the National League field this year, but they still have a chance to win the division, at just 1½ games behind St. Louis with four games to play.

Maddon: Don’t care if Cubs’ lineup irks Brewers

The Chicago Cubs will have a say in the NL Central race after all — albeit as spoilers only.

The Cubs finish their regular season this weekend in St. Louis, where the first-place Cardinals are holding on to a one-game lead on the surging Milwaukee Brewers.

Already eliminated from the postseason this week, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was asked if he’ll play his regular lineup against the Cards.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“We’re going to put a good team out there, but of course they’re going to bitch,” Maddon said with a laugh. “Of course they are. I get it. But quite frankly, there are certain things I don’t give a s— about. And that would be one of them.”5

Cubs pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Yu Darvish have been shut down, and stars Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez are all nursing injuries. Righty Alec Mills will start Friday’s series opener against Dakota Hudson, and Cole Hamels is slated to pitch a few innings Saturday against Cards starter Miles Mikolas. Hamels has been out with a sore shoulder and is only pitching to prove he’s healthy entering free agency.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“This is the first time I’m going into free agency and I don’t want that in the back of team’s heads,” Hamels said.

The Cubs haven’t announced a starter for Sunday and could just go with a “bullpen game.” Maddon says his team will still compete; it just won’t be with many of the regulars.

“I will put out the guys that I think are the appropriate guys to play based on what’s good for our people, not for their people,” he said. “But we’re going to put a good team out there, regardless.”

The Brewers complete their regular season in Colorado, having already clinched at least a wild-card spot. The Cardinals, who swept a four-game series against the Cubs last weekend, also have locked up at least a wild card.

Entering Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago had lost eight straight.

Brighton fail to ignite in goalless draw at Newcastle

Brighton & Hove Albion did everything right except score a goal in a 0-0 Premier League draw at Newcastle United on Saturday that heaped the pressure on both teams.

In a game of few clear chances at St. James’ Park, Newcastle defended for large parts of the match against the visiting side who dominated possession and passing statistics but lacked the cutting edge up front.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Brighton substitute Aaron Connolly nearly stole a winner as he lifted the ball over Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the 75th minute but Fabian Schar acrobatically cleared it off the line to ensure the match ended goalless.8

The result left Steve Bruce’s side with one victory in six matches while, for all of Brighton’s new style of possession play under Graham Potter, the south-coast club have not won since beating Watford 3-0 on the opening day of the season.

“We found it very difficult. We knew Brighton would come and want to take the football and basically we couldn’t get after it well enough,” Bruce told the BBC.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“The Achilles heel is that we have to take big chances when we get them. We couldn’t wait to get them in at halftime. We didn’t deal with Brighton who kept the ball well and they made it a difficult evening for us. We got away with one (point).”

Newcastle brought on Andy Carroll for his first game since rejoining the club on transfer deadline day but the striker, fit again after an ankle injury, failed to spark them.

“It’s a missed opportunity. We dominated the whole game. They stuck Andy Carroll on late on but we defended well,” Brighton defender Lewis Dunk told Sky Sports.

“It was frustrating today. We’re passing the ball well and dominating games but we need to finish teams off… hopefully we’ll be in a more comfortable position at the end of the season. If we play like that, we’ll get there in the end.”

Brighton travel to Chelsea next Saturday while Newcastle face another potentially tough test at Leicester City the following day.

Is Christian Pulisic’s lack of playing time at Chelsea cause for alarm?

When Christian Pulisic’s $73 million move to Chelsea was announced in January, there were equal parts excitement and trepidation.

The anticipation came from having the American heading to one of the world’s biggest clubs for a fee more than three times the previous record for a U.S. international. If Pulisic could break through with the Blues, there was a chance that he could live up to the predictions — or hopes — that he would become the first transcendent American star.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

But the enthusiasm was tempered by concern over how much he would actually play, especially coming off a season with Borussia Dortmund in which his time decreased due to a combination of injury and the emergence of Jadon Sancho. When Maurizio Sarri — Chelsea’s manager when Pulisic’s transfer was agreed upon — returned to his native Italy and Frank Lampard came in to replace him, the American’s position looked even more vulnerable.3

Just six weeks into the season, Pulisic has shown flashes of ability, like when he set up Olivier Giroud’s goal against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup, but has found minutes harder to come by recently. When he has featured, he struggled to make much of an impact, often opting to play it safe.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

“OK” is the word that keeps coming up from those assessing the American’s performances. That hasn’t been enough to keep Pulisic in Chelsea’s starting lineup, even as he returned from international duty early. In fact, heading into Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match against Grimsby Town (ESPN+, 2:45 p.m. ET), he has been an unused substitute three games in a row.

The lack of minutes has, in some cases, been circumstantial. During last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, Lampard was forced to burn two substitutes in the first half when defenders Emerson Palmieri and Andreas Christensen were injured.

But other signs are more disheartening. When Mason Mount was injured early in Chelsea’s 1-0 Champions League defeat to Valencia, Pedro was summoned, not Pulisic. The return of Willian, hurt at the start the season, has also made minutes tougher to come by. With Callum Hudson-Odoi also on the mend, the competition is set to get more intense.

“It’s so early,” said former U.S. international Landon Donovan, who enjoyed two loan spells in England with Everton. “You don’t want to get carried away, but the signs don’t look great so far for Pulisic, especially when you have Pedro, Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi also not starting in [the Liverpool] match. You would think he’s moving down the pecking order.”

Realmuto sits out Phils’ loss with knee soreness

Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto sat out Monday night’s 7-2 loss to the Nationals with right knee soreness after leaving Sunday’s loss in Cleveland in the eighth inning.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Realmuto, who is hitting .275 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs, has started 130 of Philadelphia’s 154 games at catcher. He made his second All-Star Game appearance this year.6

“J.T. was prepared today,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “He was open about being willing to play today. It was a decision I made on his behalf to protect him and look out for his best interests.”

Realmuto said he suffered the injury while running out a double-play grounder in the fifth inning. He said he didn’t feel anything while running but experienced discomfort while catching.cheap nike nfl jersey

He said he would undergo an MRI as a precautionary measure.

“I don’t want to take any chances,” Realmuto said. “I don’t see it being anything too serious. I should feel better tomorrow.”

Alonso slugs 50th, now 2 away from Judge’s mark

The rookie Mets slugger hit his major-league-leading 50th home run of the season Friday, sending a towering two-run shot to deep right-center field in the eighth inning to help send New York to an 8-1 victory against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Alonso became the second rookie in major league history to hit 50 home runs and is just two shy of the mark set by the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who hit 52 in his first season in 2017. Alonso and the Mets have nine games left in the regular season.

“That’s just mind-boggling to me,” Alonso told SNY. “I’m a huge baseball fan. I’ve always been a baseball fan my entire life, and there’s so many great players who played this game. It’s just nuts — it’s just nuts to think about.”

Reds reliever Sal Romano was the victim Friday, as he watched Alonso crush a down-and-away 96 mph fastball some 437 feet at Great American Ball Park. It was Alonso’s 34th home run of at least 400 feet; the only other players with more than 30 such homers this year are the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (32) and Kansas City Royals’ Jorge Soler (31).cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“The catcher reached down and to the right, and he reached out and flicked it to the steam towers,” New York manager Mickey Callaway said. “It was a well-executed pitch. I don’t know what you do if you’re a pitcher. [Former Red] Todd Frazier said he’s never seen a left-hander hit one there.”5

At 24 years, 287 days, Alonso is the third-youngest player to hit 50 in a season. Only Prince Fielder (23 years, 139 days) and Willie Mays (24, 137) were younger.

Alonso leads Cincinnati’s Eugenio Suarez by two for most home runs in the majors.

“I just wanted to be the best I can every single day,” Alonso told SNY when asked if he ever thought his rookie season would unfold as it has. “Maybe later on in my career. I didn’t know that it’d happen right away. I was striving to be the best I can every single day. Just hard work, dedication has paid off. It’s such a tremendous feeling.”

Alonso became the 30th player in major league history to have at least one season with 50-plus homers. The most recent nonrookie to hit 50 home runs in a season for New York’s teams was Alex Rodriguez, who had 54 en route to winning American League MVP in 2007.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

It’s been a record-setting season already for Alonso. He set the National League rookie home run mark with his 40th more than a month ago. The following week, he set the Mets’ franchise home run record with his 42nd.

The Mets are the 21st franchise with a 50-homer hitter and the 12th in the NL. The only NL franchises without one are the Rockies, Dodgers and Nationals.