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New Orleans Saints star WR Michael Thomas to be examined by Packers doctor Robert Anderson

The New Orleans Saints sent Michael Thomas’ ankle MRI to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to renowned surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson, who determined that the star wide receiver has a mild high ankle sprain, sources tell ESPN.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

The Saints play their Week 3 game at home against the Packers, but they will have Thomas travel to Green Bay this week to meet in person with Anderson, who also is the Packers’ team doctor.

This sets up a potentially ironic scenario in which the Packers’ doctor might be the one who signs off on Thomas returning to play against his team.7

While any high ankle sprain might have sidelined some players for weeks, that might not be the case with Thomas, who already has been ruled out for Monday night’s game against the Raiders but who surprised the Saints last week with how well he was faring despite his injury.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

There is hope and even some optimism that Thomas could be back as soon as Week 3 against the Packers — especially if Anderson is comfortable with what he sees.

Thomas, who set an NFL record with 149 catches last season, limped off the field with the ankle injury just before the two-minute warning of New Orleans’ season-opening victory over the Buccaneers.

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.

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.

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.

Michael Malone expects Nikola Jokic to join Nuggets ‘very, very soon’

Nikola Jokic is expected to join the Denver Nuggets “very soon” in Orlando, Florida.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone hinted that the team’s All-Star center could arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort as early as Saturday night.

“Nikola Jokic will be in the bubble very, very soon,” Malone said during a video conference call with reporters on Saturday. “I know that is a big topic of discussion, when’s he going to be here. He will be here very, very soon, and excited to see him.”

“No new arrivals today,” Malone later added when asked if any other Nuggets players who aren’t in Orlando have arrived yet. “But the midnight hour has not struck yet, and I’m expecting a big surprise from Europe to arrive fairly shortly.”nike cheap nfl jerseys

A source told ESPN that Jokic did not fly with the team when the Nuggets departed for Orlando on Tuesday due to travel issues. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported on June 23 that Jokic tested positive for the coronavirus while in Serbia and that his arrival to the United States would be delayed. A source said Jokic has since tested negative, something he would have to do twice before leaving Serbia and then twice again in the United States.7

Upon arriving at Disney World, Jokic will have to quarantine for two days before participating in team activities.

“If he doesn’t have [the coronavirus], then that’s good,” Nuggets guard Jamal Murray said when asked what it will be like to have Jokic back with the team. “So I hope he doesn’t have it when he comes here, doesn’t contaminate the bubble. … It will be good to have all of our teammates [back].”

While Malone would not go into specifics, he said the team is waiting to see if other Nuggets in the travel party who did not fly with the team to Orlando will be arriving soon. The Nuggets closed their team facility before departing for Florida after two members of the team’s 35-member traveling party tested positive for the coronavirus, sources told Wojnarowski.

“We are awaiting positive news from back in Denver,” Malone said. “And I can’t wait for us to get whole and be here as a full family.”

Malone has repeatedly said Jokic is healthy and feeling good. The All-Star center turned heads when photos of his new slimmed-down physique went viral recently.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“So much is being made of Nikola’s weight loss,” Malone said. “I think there was a picture that spread like wildfire while he was home in Serbia. The funny thing for me is long before the league was suspended on March 11, Nikola had lost a ton of weight from the beginning of the season. … To his credit, he just continued to be disciplined and focused with his routine during the suspension and hiatus.”

“Nikola had committed himself to losing that weight,” Malone added. “From the beginning of the season until now, he has lost a considerable amount of weight, probably in the best shape of his life.”

Korea Baseball Organization prepping for fans in stands as soon as Friday

The Korea Baseball Organization is trading in its cardboard cutout fans for real ones.

South Korea announced Sunday it will begin reopening stadiums to spectators this week. A KBO official said the league is working to welcome fans back as soon as Friday.

“We haven’t yet established specific guidelines, and we have to monitor the situation with the virus, but we expect to have fans back in the stands by Friday at the earliest,” the league’s secretary general Ryu Dae-hwan told the Yonhap News Agency on Sunday. “We’ll make the health and safety of our fans the No. 1 priority.”7

The KBO aims to open stadiums at 30% capacity before working its way up to 50% in the coming weeks, according to the news agency.

The league had been playing in empty stadiums since the season began on May 5.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

The highest level of baseball in South Korea, the KBO was one of the first sports to return during the coronavirus pandemic. With games airing on ESPN throughout the summer, the league has become popular among baseball fans awaiting MLB’s return.

Christian Pulisic goal for Chelsea ‘inspiration’ in fightback win – Frank Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard praised Christian Pulisic, as the American forward scored an equaliser five minutes after coming off the bench to help his team earn a 2-1 comeback win at Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Pulisic levelled on the hour after Kortney Hause had given Villa a 43rd minute lead, and Frenchman Olivier Giroud netted the winner two minutes later, tightening Chelsea’s grip on fourth place.

Lampard also singled out midfielder Ross Barkley and right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, who set up both Chelsea goals — one with a superb cross from his flank, and the other with a sublime pass to Giroud from the opposite side.7

“The individuals who make the difference should always take all the credit, so with Christian and Ross Barkley, who came on at the same time, they’re both players who have trained well and had cases to start this game,” said Lampard.

“We knew that fitness would play a part, so the idea of bringing on Christian and Ross early in the second half was always something that was in my mind.

“The way it was going, we needed a bit of inspiration, and Christian gave it with his goal. I thought Ross did really well, too. I keep saying to the players how important subs could be in this period, and they showed that.”nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“I thought Azpi was really good in the game. Obviously, he delivers the ball for Christian’s goal and got really high up in areas.”

The result left Chelsea on course for a Champions League berth next season, five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United and sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Lampard praising his team’s character.

“We showed great character and quality in the second half to win the game, so I’m pleased. I thought we moved the ball pretty well for most of the game and dominated possession clearly.”

Rockets’ Tilman Fertitta says he encourages speaking out on U.S. issues

Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta told CNBC in an interview Tuesday that he “loves” the protests happening in cities across the United States and that he encourages all of his employees to speak up about issues such as racial injustice.

Fertitta also said he was disappointed that his team “got in trouble” last year for a tweet general manager Daryl Morey made in support of the Hong Kong protesters. He clarified later in the interview that there is a difference between speaking out on domestic and international issues.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

“Speaking up on an issue in America and speaking up on an issue somewhere else in the world are two different matters,” Fertitta told CNBC. “In America, we have free speech and we can do whatever we want to do and say whatever we want and not be penalized because of it. That’s why we all love this country so much.”8

Though Fertitta emphasized his businesses “should not be a political organization because we have 60,000 employees and 100 million customers, and we don’t all agree,” he said he encourages his employees to share their opinions on issues such as race.

“When it comes to an issue like this in America, you should speak out and say what you want,” he said. “And I encourage all my employees from my basketball team to my restaurants to my hotels and casinos to speak out on this issue, and let’s make this country better that we live in and has been great for so many of us.”nike nfl jerseys for cheap

The death of George Floyd has sparked protests across the country. Floyd, a black man, died last week in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Fertitta called Floyd’s death “inexcusable” and said he understands and agrees with the protests.

“I love the protesting. That’s what makes America great. Remember, we got in trouble early in the year, my team, because we commented about something which was such a disappointment because that’s what makes America great. I just hate that we have to see the coverage of a few negative things, when it’s such a great issue to be protesting about.”

Fertitta, who owns hundreds of restaurants across the country, also said a handful of them have been vandalized during the protests.

“It’s really disappointing because where the protests are happening are in urban areas where a lot of the restaurants and retail were just now opening up again, literally in the last seven days,” Fertitta said. “Obviously, this is going to set us back weeks now. Last night in Houston, where we haven’t had a lot of problems, the roads were desolate, which is really a shame.”

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown drives 15 hours from Boston to lead peaceful protest in Atlanta

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown led a peaceful protest march through Atlanta on Saturday night.

Brown, who streamed part of the march live via his Instagram account and also posted videos of speeches to his page, said during the livestream that he had driven 15 hours from Boston in order to protest in Atlanta, which is about a 20-minute drive southeast of his native Marietta, Georgia.

“I drove 15 hours to get to Georgia, my community,” Brown said. “This is a peaceful protest. Being a celebrity, being an NBA player, don’t exclude me from no conversations at all. First and foremost, I’m a black man and I’m a member of this community. … We’re raising awareness for some of the injustices that we’ve been seeing. It’s not OK.nfl nike jerseys cheap

“As a young person, you’ve got to listen to our perspective. Our voices need to be heard. I’m 23 years old. I don’t know all of the answers. But I feel how everybody else is feeling, for sure. No question.”

Brown, who is a vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, marched with a megaphone while holding a sign that read, “I Can’t Breathe,” a reference to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday.7

Floyd, who is black, died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Floyd’s death has shaken the Minneapolis community and sparked protests in cities across the United States.

Brown was joined by another NBPA vice president — Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon — as well as former first-round pick Justin Anderson, who played with Brogdon at Virginia and is currently in the G League with the Long Island Nets, and rapper Lil Yachty.

“I’ve got brothers, I’ve got sisters, I’ve got friends that are in the streets, that are out here, that haven’t made it to this level, that are experiencing it, that are getting pulled over, just discrimination, day after day,” Brogdon told protesters in a video posted to Brown’s Instagram page. “Dealing with the same bulls—. This is systematic. This isn’t something where we come and … we don’t have to burn down our homes. We built this city. This is the most proudly black city in the world. In the world, man. Let’s take some pride in that. Let’s focus our energy. Let’s enjoy this together.

“This is a moment. We have leverage right now. We have a moment in time. People are going to look back, our kids are going to look back at this and say, ‘You were part of that.’ I’ve got a grandfather that marched next to [Martin Luther King Jr.] in the ’60s, and he was amazing. He would be proud to see us all here. We got to keep pushing forward. Jaylen has led this charge, man, and I’m proud of him. We need more leaders.”cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Brown also tweeted Saturday night that three people who were part of the peaceful protest were arrested, and in a follow-up post, he asked for their names.