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.”

Sources – Myles Garrett’s extension with Cleveland Browns includes $100M guaranteed, most for defensive player

Myles Garrett’s contract extension with the Cleveland Browns contains $100 million in total guarantees, the most ever paid to a defensive player, according to league sources, with $50 million guaranteed at signing.cheap nfl jerseys nike

The Browns’ star pass-rusher signed the record-setting five-year extension Wednesday. The team did not disclose financial terms, but sources told ESPN that the deal is worth $125 million, with the $25 million average salary also a record for a defensive player.

The Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack previously was the league’s highest-paid defensive player in average salary ($23 million) and guaranteed money ($90 million).8

The extension will keep the 2017 No. 1 overall pick under contract in Cleveland through the 2026 season. Garrett, 24, entered the offseason with two years left on his rookie contract after the Browns picked up his fifth-year option.

“In 2017, the Cleveland Browns bet on me,” Garrett said in a statement released through the team. “This city quickly became my home and these people quickly became my family. I’m eternally grateful for this opportunity, the support of my friends and family, the organization, my teammates, the fans — I could go on forever, but even that wouldn’t be enough time to express my gratitude. I’ll just say this: Keep betting on me, Cleveland, because I won’t let you down. Now, let’s get to work.”new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Garrett has been one of the NFL‘s most dominant pass-rushers since he entered the league, ranking fourth in the league in sacks per game (0.82) over three seasons.

He was suspended the final six games of last season for hitting Pittsburgh’s Mason Rudolph with the quarterback’s helmet during a skirmish at the end of their teams’ game on Nov. 14. Before that, he had 10 sacks in 10 games. The NFL reinstated Garrett in February.

The most recent first-round pick signed by the Browns to an extension was cornerback Joe Haden, who was drafted in 2010.

New York Giants’ Aldrick Rosas charged with 3 misdemeanors in June accident

New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas was formally charged Wednesday with three misdemeanors stemming from a June 15 hit-and-run accident.

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In 2016, Rosas was found guilty of driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08%, according to Glenn County, California, court records. His next hearing for the current matter is scheduled for Sept. 4.

Rosas was driving a black Chevrolet SUV one morning last month when a T-bone collision occurred. Witnesses saw Rosas driving erratically over the double yellow lines and at a speed estimated to be 100 mph when he ran a red light and hit a Ford pickup truck, according to the police report.7

Rosas, 25, allegedly attempted to drive from the scene of the crash before his vehicle became disabled. He exited and fled the scene on foot without shoes.

Officers went to Rosas’ home after the scene was cleared. The 2018 Pro Bowl kicker was not there, but was later stopped walking on the side of a road with his hands, legs and bare feet covered in blood. Rosas eventually was treated for minor injuries at Enloe Medical Center and later booked into Butte County Jail.

The police report originally stated that alcohol impairment was believed to be a factor. But there was no mention of any breathalyzer or blood test.

None of the charges that were filed Wednesday reflected alcohol being involved.cheap nfl jerseys nike

Rosas is coming off a down season in which he made just 12 of 17 field goal attempts (70.6%). He was re-signed as a restricted free agent for $3.3 million this offseason after the Giants used a second-round tender on him.

Rosas made 32 of 33 field goals (96.9%) the previous season and was named to the Pro Bowl. The former undrafted Southern Oregon kicker worked his way onto the Giants’ active roster in 2017.

Aston Villa survival hopes hit by late Walcott header in Everton draw

A late equaliser from Everton substitute Theo Walcott denied Aston Villa three points in their fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Thursday.

After a cagey first half, Villa scored with the game’s first attempt on target as centre back Ezri Konsa latched on to a Conor Hourihane free kick in the 72nd minute.

Everton struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities until Andre Gomes’ cross found the diminutive, Walcott who headed home three minutes from time.nfl cheap nike jerseys

“The lads are devastated in the dressing room because we deserved more out of the game,” Villa manager Dean Smith said.

“I thought in the last eight minutes we got a bit sloppy on the ball and didn’t take as much pressure off ourselves as we needed to.”8

Smith was unimpressed by Villa’s lack of composure in the closing stages, with forward Anwar El Ghazi smashing the ball over the crossbar from close range.

“It was one that probably should’ve gone into the back of the net, but it doesn’t and unfortunately they went up the other end and score,” Smith said.

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The result left Villa 19th in the table, three points adrift of the safety zone, having played a game more than 17th-placed Watford.

They face Arsenal at Villa Park on Tuesday before finishing the season against fellow strugglers West Ham United.

Everton extended their winless run to four league matches to stay 11th in the table, having failed to mount a challenge for European qualification spots since the league resumed last month.

Arsenal great Ray Parlour says FA Cup could salvage lost season

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour says an FA Cup title could offer some needed joy for the Gunners after a trying season in the Premier League.

Despite Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, Arsenal find themselves 9th in the Premier League and will miss out on UEFA Champions League football next season.

Their last chance for silverware this season comes in the FA Cup, where they face Manchester City in Saturday’s semifinal match.

The Gunners have a good history in the competition having claimed a record 13 titles, and Parlour — who won four FA Cups — says the nature of the knockout tournament means his former club stand a chance.nike nfl cheap jerseys

“It’s a one-off game — 90 minutes,” he said on The John Dykes Show. “We know Man City will be going for it because Pep Guardiola has got a great record in it as well.7

“Man City in the cup — it’s going to be difficult but this is such a massive game for Arsenal and they’ve done it before.”

The Gunners have had to overcome many hurdles this season, including the dismissal of former manager Unai Emery in November after they went seven games without a victory.nfl cheap nike jerseys

Parlour says Mikel Arteta has improved the situation — although it remains to be seen if the Gunners will spend during the transfer window and whether they will have the drawing power without top-level continental football next season.

“We do need better players,” added Parlour, who won three Premier League titles with Arsenal. “We need players to come in and we know that everybody wants to play in the Champions League. If Arsenal are not there, it’s going to be a little bit more difficult.

But according to Parlour Arsenal’s appeal lies in its history, location and the chance to redeem a struggling side.

“Also, it’s an opportunity for a player to come in and really turn it around for the club,” Parlour said. “If you get two really good players in and really start building the team around certain players, then I can see them getting back into the top four.”

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen says he has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19

Kenley Jansen reported to camp with the rest of his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates on Sunday and revealed that he was delayed because he previously tested positive for COVID-19.

Jansen, the Dodgers’ All-Star closer, said he seemingly acquired the virus from his 4-year-old son, Kaden, who had a fever one night and later tested positive. Jansen initially tested negative, then tested positive in a follow-up exam. He acquired the virus nearly three weeks ago but said he began to feel better by the fourth day.

“I tried to be careful, do everything we could do to try to avoid this virus,” Jansen said on a video call with reporters from Dodger Stadium. “It happened so fast.”nike cheap nfl jerseys

Jansen has previously dealt with atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes the heart to beat out of rhythm, and underwent his second ablation procedure in a span of six years in November of 2018.

After being diagnosed with the coronavirus, Jansen put himself on a restrictive diet, limiting sodium, cutting out dairy, drinking plenty of electrolytes and walking around as often as possible. Two days after being symptom-free, he began to play catch, then started utilizing the gym in his house and ultimately threw off the mound again, his latest bullpen session coming on Friday. Jansen expects to be ready for the season opener in 11 days and didn’t give any consideration to the possibility of opting out.8

“I always wanted to play,” Jansen said. “I love this game. I wanted to do it for the fans. We’re all going through a tough time right now in this world together. I think this is a good thing, not only for Dodger fans but all baseball fans around the world who have something to watch on TV.”

Jansen joins Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo, New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu and closer Aroldis Chapman, Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Luis Urias and Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Kole Calhoun among the more notable players to have publicly revealed they have tested positive for COVID-19.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Coronavirus cases continue to surge throughout the country as professional baseball, basketball and hockey are on the verge of returning. The U.S. reported 66,627 new cases on Friday, a record for the second time this week. Florida alone had 15,300 on Saturday. In the midst of that, players such as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, Washington Nationals corner infielder Ryan Zimmerman, Chicago White Sox starter Michael Kopech and Jansen’s teammate, David Price, have decided to opt out of the upcoming 60-game season.

“Take it serious, man,” Jansen said when asked if he had any advice for fans. “Wear your mask at all times.”

Jansen has been in L.A. ever since spring training was canceled around the middle of March. He said everyone who lives in his house, including his wife and two other children, tested positive for the coronavirus after Kaden was diagnosed. They have all recovered, but Jansen said “we’re all still paranoid” over the fear of contracting the virus again.

“It’s definitely scary and definitely a disappointment,” Jansen said. “When my son had it, it was more the disappointment of, ‘Why does my son have it and why not me?’ You just don’t want that to happen to one of your kids. Next thing you know, we all got it. It is scary, man. But at the same time, you have to keep the faith and just fight it.”

Twins’ Byron Buxton to undergo tests after injuring foot

Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was carted off at Target Field after suffering a left foot injury while tracking a long fly by teammate Nelson Cruz during an intrasquad game Monday in Minneapolis.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

But early reports on the oft-injured outfielder were positive, with manager Rocco Baldelli saying the team is cautiously optimistic.7

“Fortunately, relatively speaking, the initial once-over didn’t show anything, which I take as a cautiously optimistic good sign,” Baldelli told reporters. “But we’re going to go ahead and do a lot of other assessments and imaging tonight and tomorrow just to see what we can find and go from there.nike cheap nfl jerseys

“That’s probably what you’re hoping to see, but we also know that any time a guy is coming off the field — and you want to make sure he’s not walking off the field — we’re going to make sure we get him a full look-over by the medical staff.”

Cruz reportedly hit a long drive to center field that got caught up in the wind, forcing Buxton to change direction. Once he did, he went down to the ground in pain.

Buxton, a former highly touted prospect, has topped 100 games played just once in the past four seasons.