Bengals WR A.J. Green visits foot specialist, source says

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green visited noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay on Monday, a source told ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter.

Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver, has not played in a game all season. He tore multiple ligaments in his left ankle during the Bengals’ first practice of the preseason and underwent surgery in late July.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

The Bengals have kept Green on the active 53-man roster in case of a potential return. On Monday, Bengals coach Zac Taylor gave the standard weekly statement regarding Green’s availability.6

“We’ll discuss what the plan will be for him, starting with Wednesday,” Taylor said. “If he’s able to go on Wednesday, we’ll go from there.”cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

On Nov. 4, Green participated in team drills as Cincinnati concluded its off week. Two days later, Green reported swelling in the ankle. He has not participated in practice since.

The 31-year-old Green is in the final year of his four-year, $60 million contract with the Bengals.

Bengals’ A.J. Green says he’s likely done for ’19

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has confirmed what many expected regarding the fate of his season.

In an interview with the team’s website, Green said he will probably not play in Cincinnati’s final two games this season.nike jerseys nfl cheap

Green hasn’t played for the Bengals this season. On Monday, he went to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to see Dr. Robert Anderson, a renowned foot specialist. Green said Anderson told him that the ankle injury will not prevent him from going through a normal offseason or hinder his long-term outlook.5

“I never thought it would be that bad that I could never play at a high level,” Green told Bengals.com. “Just hearing him saying it made me feel a lot better.”nfl nike jerseys cheap china

In the first practice of the preseason, Green tore multiple ligaments in his left ankle. Green had surgery in July but still experienced swelling as he attempted to return to the field.

Green said there were no setbacks regarding his recovery and Monday’s trip to Green Bay was a scheduled visit.

“[Anderson] liked the way it looked,” Green told the team’s website.

Dodgers, RP Blake Treinen finalize 1-year contract

Reliever Blake Treinen and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a $10 million, one-year deal Sunday.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The 31-year-old right-hander and the Dodgers reached agreement during the recent winter meetings, shortly after the Oakland Athletics declined to offer Treinen a new contract.2

Treinen was an All-Star in 2018 with a 0.78 ERA. But he struggled last season with a 4.91 ERA and lost his closer’s role to Liam Hendriks.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

The Dodgers have won seven straight NL West titles.

Madison Bumgarner reaches 5-year, $85M deal with D-backs, sources say

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal, sources familiar with the agreement told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The value of the contract was first reported by The Athletic. There is $15 million of deferred money in the deal.

This marks the second time in four years the typically frugal Diamondbacks have signed a top-tier, free-agent pitcher. In 2015, Arizona added right-hander Zack Greinke on a $206.5 million, six-year deal.

Arizona went 85-77 last season and traded Greinke to Houston in late July. The Diamondbacks haven’t had a lot of success in October lately, not winning a game in the National League Championship Series round since taking their only World Series title, in 2001.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

Bumgarner will join a rotation that includes right-handers Zac Gallen, Luke Weaver and Merrill Kelly and left-hander Robbie Ray, who is in the final year of his contract and sources said is likely to move in a trade. If Ray is dealt, left-hander Alex Young or right-hander Mike Leake would fill out the rotation.1

The 30-year-old Bumgarner, the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 World Series for the San Francisco Giants, went 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA last season, following two somewhat forgettable injury-shortened seasons.

In 2019, Bumgarner bounced back to tie for the National League lead with 34 starts and was second with 207 ⅔ innings pitched, which erased many doubts that the Giants icon could again showcase his trademark durability.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

A 10-year veteran, “MadBum” logged six straight seasons with double-digit wins, more than 200 innings and 30-plus starts — finishing with 18, 18 and 15 wins, respectively, in 2012, 2013 and 2014. But the 6-foot-4 left-hander went 4-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 17 starts in 2017, when he missed nearly three months following a dirt bike accident during an off day in Colorado. He threw just 111 innings that season to match his career-low total from 2010, when he was promoted to the majors in June.

Then, Bumgarner broke the pinkie on his pitching hand when he was hit by a line drive from Kansas City Royals hitter Whit Merrifield in his final 2018 spring training start, and he underwent surgery to insert pins into the finger. He returned in June and wound up going 6-7 with a 3.26 ERA in 21 starts and 129 ⅔ innings.

In April 2012, Bumgarner signed a $35.56 million, six-year deal through 2017 that included $12 million in club options for both 2018 and ’19. Before San Francisco staged a bit of a midseason surge to get into playoff contention this past season, Bumgarner was mentioned as a potential top trade target prior to the July 31 deadline.

Bumgarner has 1,794 strikeouts, which ranks 14th on the active list, and has a career record of 119-92 with a 3.13 ERA. He was a clutch postseason pitcher in each of San Francisco’s World Series-winning campaigns in 2010, ’12 and ’14.

Anthony Davis says Lakers trio urged 50-point effort

It wasn’t Anthony Davis’ idea to score 50 points Sunday in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 142-125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Avery Bradley first suggested it to him at halftime, when Davis was already up to 27 points. DeMarcus Cousins then encouraged him to keep chasing it during second-half timeouts. And finally, Rajon Rondo instructed Davis to go get one more bucket when his point total was up to 48.

“The team was telling me, they weren’t telling me how much I had, but they were saying, ‘Get 50,'” Davis said after logging the fourth 50-point game of his career. “Usually I don’t really pay attention. I just go out there and play and try to get the win. But it’s hard when your teammates are constantly reminding you, ‘Go get 50! Go get 50!’ So they made sure I was constantly reminded.”

James finished with 32 points (including a 6-for-8 mark from 3-point range) and 13 assists. He assisted on eight of Davis’ field goals, including setting up the one that gave Davis the half-century mark with a 7-foot floater over the Wolves’ Jordan Bell.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

It was the most assists James has had to any one teammate in a game this season and the second most to any teammate in a game in his 17-year career, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information. (Last March, he dished 10 assists to JaVale McGee.)

“For me and AD, we just, it starts with us,” James said. “If we’re on the same page it makes it a lot easier for the rest of the ballclub, and that’s both on and off the floor. So we’re just trying to lead by example, lead by command, lead by our voices, lead by our play and see where it takes us. It’s been pretty good for us so far.”8

Davis became just the second teammate of James’ career to score 50 in a game. Kyrie Irving did it twice for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2014-15 season. James didn’t play in one of those games, and the other went to overtime.

Davis did his damage in 39 minutes, going 20-for-29 from the field and 10-for-10 from the line.

“Just keep feeding him,” James said. “He was efficient all night. Getting the ball exactly where he wanted it: midpost, low post, perimeter. He can do it all, so it’s our job to continue giving him the ball.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

It was Davis’ third game with 40-plus points this season, and it came on the heels of a 39-point effort at Portland on Friday. He and James became the first pair of Lakers teammates to combine for 70-plus points in back-to-back games since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.

“The first thing that sticks out to me is that he has four steals, a block and great defense for all 39 minutes he was out there,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said of Davis. “He played strong on that end of the floor and anchored us, and to still go for 50 in what I feel like is an old-school, smashmouth way of getting 50 — no 3s? Right? [He shoots] 20-for-29 and then living at the free throw line. Post-ups, offensive rebounds, crashes, all those types of things. Just an old-school performance and one for the ages.”

Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma out with sprained ankle

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma missed Wednesday night’s 96-87 win against the Orlando Magic because of a sprained left ankle.

The three-year veteran injured his ankle nearly two weeks ago against the Washington Wizards but had continued to play on it through soreness and discomfort, the team said.

The Lakers’ medical staff stepped in to hold him out against the Magic as the Lakers begin a five-game road trip, hoping the ankle can heal fully before Kuzma plays more games. His status is considered day-to-day.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

It’s been a difficult season thus far for Kuzma, dubbed the third member of the Lakers’ big three alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, after the team was able to hold on to him during negotiations for its blockbuster deal with New Orleans in the offseason.7

A string of injuries, starting with a stress reaction in his left ankle suffered during USA Basketball training camp in the summertime — the same ankle that is currently injured — has slowed the 24-year-old’s progress as a young star on the rise.

Through 20 games, Kuzma is averaging 11.1 points on 43.3% shooting while playing 23.1 minutes per night. Last season he averaged 18.7 points on 45.6% shooting while playing a bigger role on a lesser team, logging 33.1 minutes per game.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Kuzma has repeatedly spoken to the media in recent weeks about his patience being tested this season. A team source told ESPN that he has experienced more upheaval in his role than the team anticipated; Davis is playing fewer minutes at the 5 because JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard have filled that role so well. When Davis plays the 4, it pushes Kuzma out of the ideal stretch role he provides (he has lifted his 3-point percentage from 30.3% a year ago to 36% this season) and challenges him to make the most of playing out of position.

Lions place WR Marvin Jones Jr. on injured reserve with ankle injury

The Detroit Lions placed wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after he suffered an ankle injury on the game’s final drive against the Minnesota Vikings.

It’s the second straight season he ended his year on IR.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Jones hurt the ankle while planting his foot on the last drive, but he finished the game. He played every snap Sunday during the Lions’ 20-7 loss, then went to get examined. He was the last Lions player out of the locker room and did not speak with the media.

“His foot kind of got stuck in the ground, pretty tough look for him,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said. “He actually got up and got back in his stance because he knew how important it was for us to get lined up and not have an injury in that situation.

“To his credit, he’s a tough guy. He did everything he could and it just kind of happened at the end of the game.”

Patricia said he didn’t know if Jones would need surgery.

Jones, 29, had 62 catches this season for 779 yards and nine touchdowns. With Jones out of the lineup, Detroit will focus even more on Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola and Chris Lacy. The Lions also have three receivers on the practice squad: Tom Kennedy, Travis Fulgham and Victor Bolden.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

“He’s a great part of our team,” Patricia said of Jones. “Just someone that has had a great year, worked really hard. He’s been consistent all year. I think he’s improved this year, drastically. … He just has great energy about him and certainly was just really going in a great direction.”

The Lions signed defensive tackle Frank Herron from Miami’s practice squad to replace Jones on the roster.8

Bears LB Roquan Smith out for season with torn pec

Chicago Bears second-year linebacker Roquan Smith is being placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle, head coach Matt Nagy announced on Monday.

Smith, Chicago’s leading tackler, suffered the injury on the opening drive of the Bears’ 31-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday night.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

“I really thought you felt him especially here in the last several games really turning it on, really playing fast,” Nagy said of Smith. “He’s always had that every play that he gets, every game that he plays, for the rest of his career, he’s only going to get better and better in my opinion… it’s just unfortunate that it ended like that.”

The eighth overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft, Smith appeared in every game last season as a rookie and recorded a team-high 122 tackles. However, Smith’s second NFL season got off to a slower-than-expected start and the Bears deactivated him in Week 4 for what the club termed “personal reasons.”7

Smith returned to Chicago’s starting lineup the following week and played much better as of late as the Bears surged to three straight wins.

“You know we all have some games where we feel like we could play a little bit better, a little bit faster, and we all have our own challenges on and off the field,” Nagy said. “He’s not the only one. But I like the fact that you know with his challenges, his own personal challenges, he came out and I thought he had a good year this year, flew around.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“I mean you see it on tape he’s really moving fast, flying around making tackles. He’s violent, he’s always had instincts, that’s been his biggest strength and he’s violent, he’s a violent tackler. I know a lot of defensive coordinators that have come up to me and explained to me how bad they wished he was on their team and the future that he has ahead of him.”

Nagy said he’s unsure whether Smith, 22, will be ready for the beginning of the offseason program in April.

Kevin Pierre-Louis replaced Smith at linebacker for the remainder of the Cowboys game.

Leicester cruise past Aston Villa to open six-point lead over Man City

Leicester eased past Aston Villa 4-1 on Sunday to stay within eight points of Premier League leaders Liverpool and move six clear of third-placed Manchester City.

The result also saw Leicester — on 38 points — open a sizeable gap over fourth-placed Chelsea on 29 points and fifth-placed Manchester United on 24 points.

What began as an end-to-end encounter in the torrential rain soon turned in the visitors’ favour when Jamie Vardy opened the scoring on 20 minutes.nfl nike jersey cheap

Kelechi Iheanacho doubled Leicester’s lead with four minutes remaining in the first half, but Villa captain Jack Grealish pulled one back for the hosts after a VAR check on the stroke of half-time.7

Leicester defender Jonny Evans netted for the first time this season in the second half, however, before Vardy struck again to seal victory for the Foxes just two days after coach Brendan Rodgers signed a new deal at the club amid links to managerless Arsenal.

Vardy’s second goal of the day was his 16th this season, cementing his status as top scorer in the Premier League so far this term. The 32-year-old’s finishes also meant he has scored in eight consecutive games for the second time in his Premier League career. The only other player to achieve that feat is former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Villa’s defeat was not their only setback as England defender Tyrone Mings was forced off with an injury in the first half.

Elsewhere, Matt Targett was seemingly fortunate to remain on the pitch after a reckless challenge on Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira saw the Villa man receive a yellow card, which a VAR check did not overturn.

Leicester’s win was their eight in a row in the Premier League — a club record.

Man United’s Solskjaer: Lingard back to best after off-field issues

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Jesse Lingard is back to his best after hinting off-field issues have contributed to the midfielder’s loss of form.

Lingard had not made a Premier League start since September before returning to the team to play a key role in back-to-back victories over Tottenham and Manchester City.

“He’s Man United through and through. He’s a Red, he’s got a great attitude and a great work rate.”

Lingard was caught up in controversy over the summer when he accidentally posted a video on Instagram of his friend simulating sex with a pillow in a hotel room. He was reprimanded by Solskjaer over the incident.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

This season the 26-year-old has spent two spells on the sidelines with injury and lost his place in the England squad but sent a message to boss Gareth Southgate ahead of Euro 2020 with two impressive displays against Spurs and City.

Some United supporters were quick to jump on Lingard’s back during his dip in form but Solskjaer has told fans they cannot always see the full picture.8

“You can criticise anyone about anything, that’s the privilege some people think they have,” Solskjaer said. “For me as a manager, I have to look after these boys in the good and the bad times.

“It’s great to work with him. I had him in the reserves, I gave him his debut in the reserves against Burnley. It’s good to see him back to his old self.”nfl nike jersey cheap

After collecting six points from two tough games in the space of four days, United have moved up to fifth in the table — five points off the top four. They have a favourable run over Christmas with games against Everton, Watford, Newcastle and Burnley before a trip to Arsenal on New Year’s Day and, after struggling against so-classed lesser teams this season, Solskjaer said it is down to him to lift his players for every game — not just those against the top six.

“That’s up to me, to make sure that for every single game,” Solskjaer said. “They know they have to earn the right to win a game of football.

“You’ve got to earn the right to win. It’s consistency and just being better at taking care of our chances. We’ve had chances in every single game.

“There are so many games I could go through that we should have won. We know that we have to get better results against teams that drop deeper. We’ll improve on that.”