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Brees awarded $6M in diamond fraud lawsuit

A jury has awarded more than $6 million to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in a lawsuit that claimed a San Diego County jeweler sold him overpriced diamonds.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that a Superior Court jury made the award Friday in a fraud suit Brees and his wife filed against a La Jolla jeweler last year. Brees wasn’t in court.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal6

The suit claimed that Vahid Moradi improperly valued gems the Breeses bought as an investment at $15 million, when they were worth millions less.nike nfl cheap jerseys

Moradi denied the allegations in court.

Brees was with the San Diego Chargers from 2001 until joining the Saints in 2006. He led New Orleans to victory in Super Bowl XLIV following the 2009 season.

Last season, Brees set the career passing-yardage record for NFL quarterbacks.

No home rehab for Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay this time

The hit to the wrist of Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay during a Christmas Eve game against the Oakland Raiders last season sent shockwaves of anxiety through the rookie.

Lindsay knew something was wrong. After all, he had suffered injury before, having torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during his senior season at Denver South High School. The memories of the pain, the recovery and the do-it-yourself rehab sessions on the living room floor of his parents’ Aurora, Colorado, home are always with him.

“But a lot of has changed this time,” Lindsay said. “Like night and day, a lot of night and days.”

Oh, what a difference a few years can make. Lindsay is on track to return from wrist surgery to repair ligament damage and should be ready to go when the Broncos open training camp next month.

After spending countless hours with the team’s medical staff, the strength and conditioning staff and the training staff, Lindsay has promised, repeatedly, to return to the lineup and remain the Pro Bowl running back he showed himself to be during his rookie season in 2018.nfl nike jerseys cheap china5

“I’m very thankful [for the Broncos’ staff],” Lindsay said as the Broncos’ offseason program drew to a close. “They hold the reins back on me a lot. They make sure everything goes well, which they’re supposed to. You don’t want to go out there and mess up by tripping or falling or by something that’s not supposed to happen. I’m itching to be out there, and they know that.”

The recovery process is much different than what he endured in 2012. When he suffered that knee injury, his family couldn’t afford visits to a physical therapist. Lindsay’s “rehab” usually consisted of his father, Troy Lindsay, trying to bend and stretch the injured knee the way he believed a physical therapist might. That process has Phillip Lindsay carrying injury baggage that many players don’t. Lindsay has often said he didn’t get into any sort of physical rehab with a doctor, or a physical therapist, until he arrived at the University of Colorado in the fall of 2013.

That was more than eight months after he had suffered the injury. And Lindsay has routinely credited Dr. Ted Layne at Colorado as being the person who saved his knee.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

This time, Lindsay has immersed himself in his rehab. He has been on the field with his teammates during the Broncos’ offseason program but was held out of virtually all drills.

“I feel like I’m very close,” Lindsay said. “It’s going to come down to the head coach and our training staff to make the decisions. I trust them. For me, I’m going to be ready when it’s time. That’s it. When they say it’s time to go, they say I’m going today, I’ll be ready. … It’s a long process, but it’s worth it. You can’t go out there half injured, half healthy. You’re going against these grown men and it’s your livelihood. You have to be OK.”

It remains to be seen if the Broncos want to put Lindsay on some kind of limit when it comes to his carries, at least early in the season, but the team’s new coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, knows what it has in the 24-year-old. Last season, Lindsay rushed for 1,037 yards, had 10 total touchdowns and added 35 catches for 241 yards.

Nationals release struggling reliever Rosenthal

The Washington Nationals released right-handed reliever Trevor Rosenthal on Sunday after his struggles continued in his second stint in the major leagues this season.

Rosenthal had a 22.74 ERA in 6⅓ innings over 12 appearances this season. In his final game for Washington on Saturday, he allowed three earned runs and three walks without recording an out as the Nationals blew a four-run lead in a 13-9 loss to the Braves.

‘”He’s got great stuff,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “He just couldn’t find the strike zone.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Rosenthal retired the only batter he faced Friday night before bottoming out Saturday night.6

“I was very hopeful he had turned a corner,” Martinez said. “We’re up four runs (on Saturday), we’re down a couple guys, and to me, that was his spot. It just didn’t work out.”

Washington also optioned right-hander Joe Ross to Triple-A Fresno. Ross was the losing pitcher Saturday after giving up four earned runs and five hits in the eighth inning. He had been considered for a start Sunday before being used in Saturday’s game.

Rosenthal, 29, had rejoined the Nationals in June after starting the season with a 36.00 ERA in seven games — not recording an out over his first four appearances — and agreeing to go to extended spring training.

Things didn’t go much better upon his return, as he had a 10.80 ERA over five appearances this month.

The Nationals have a major league worst 6.32 ERA from their bullpen this season.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

An All-Star in 2015 with the St. Louis Cardinals, Rosenthal underwent Tommy John surgery in 2017 and missed all of the 2018 season.

The Nationals recalled right-handers Austin Voth and Kyle McGowin to fill the open roster spot. Voth, 26, was 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA in four games (two starts) for the Nationals last year, while McGowin has a 9.90 ERA in three games (one start) for Washington this year.

Mets apologize after confrontation with reporter

New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at a reporter, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging him during a confrontation in the team’s clubhouse after a loss Sunday.

The dustup with beat writer Tim Healey of Newsday occurred after the Mets blew a late lead in a 5-3 defeat to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. There was no physical contact.

In a story published by Newsday on Sunday night, Healey said Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon called him “to apologize on behalf of the organization.”cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The incident followed a tense postgame news conference, when reporters asked Callaway repeatedly about his decision to stick with reliever Seth Lugo during the eighth inning instead of going to closer Edwin Diaz. Lugo allowed a go-ahead, three-run homer to Javier Baez.5

After the news conference, Callaway walked past Healey and other reporters in the clubhouse. Healey told Callaway he would “see you tomorrow,” and Callaway responded by calling Healey an obscenity. Callaway walked away and then returned, cursing at Healey again and telling him to leave the clubhouse.

“I thought he was leaving for the day, so I said, ‘See you tomorrow, Mickey,'” Healey said. “And then he said, ‘Don’t be a smart-ass.’

“I tried to tell him, I didn’t mean anything by it,” Healey added. “I was just saying, ‘I’ll see you tomorrow.’ And then he said, ‘Get this guy out of here,’ and that got the attention of Jason Vargas.”

Vargas stared down Healey and eventually tried to charge him. Players stepped in to restrain the veteran left-hander.

Healey left the clubhouse moments later. He said Wilpon called later in the evening to apologize.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“He stressed the fact that I should feel comfortable being able to do my job at the ballpark and that moving forward, there’s no reason for me to feel uncomfortable,” Healey said. “I appreciated that sentiment from him, absolutely.”

Vanderbilt’s Garland: I’m best guard in draft

If Thursday’s NBA draft truly has a steep drop-off in talent beyond the presumed top two picks in Duke’s Zion Williamson and Murray State’s Ja Morant, somebody forgot to tell Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland.

The 6-foot-2 guard, who left school after playing just five games his freshman season because of a meniscus injury in his left knee, said there’s nobody better at his position in this draft.

“I humbly say this, I think I’m the best (guard) in the draft,” he told ESPN. “I mean, I think I can do everything that an NBA team wants me to do.”
After Garland pulled out of the NBA draft combine in Chicago last month and sat out his agency’s (Klutch Sports) pro day in Los Angeles, draft pundits wondered whether he had received a promise from a lottery team. Garland and his agent, Rich Paul, lifted the smoke screen this week, however, as the guard granted private workouts to both the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers in L.A., sources told ESPN.cheap nfl nike jerseys china5

Both workouts occurred prior to the Lakers’ blockbuster trade Saturday for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, which included Los Angeles sending the No. 4 overall pick to the Pelicans, sources said.

Garland impressed with his shot-making ability and deep range, according to sources present for the Lakers’ workout.

The Cavaliers, who hold the No. 5 pick Thursday, could arrange another swap with New Orleans, of course, if they set their sights on Garland and feel the need to move up to secure him. Should New Orleans take Williamson at No. 1, as expected, and want Garland at No. 4, Garland could pair with the Duke phenomenon a year after choosing Vanderbilt over the Blue Devils. Garland was heavily recruited by Mike Krzyzewski to become part of Duke’s heralded freshman class that included Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones. Kentucky also was interested in Garland, but he decided to play near his family in Tennessee.

“I got a chance to watch some Duke games (last season). I mean, it would have been a great fit, I guess. But I chose to stay at home, go to Vanderbilt. I always stick with my gut,” Garland said. “I wanted to do something different.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Garland’s father, Winston, played seven seasons in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves. Winston Garland’s time in the league ended in 1995, five years before Darius was born.

Though Winston averaged a respectable 9.4 points and 4.7 assists in 511 career games at the point, his son is primed to man the position in the modern NBA.

Cowboys’ Sean Lee greeting new role with familiar intensity

Linebacker Sean Lee knew something wasn’t quite right as quarterback Dak Prescott rolled to his right on the first day of the Dallas Cowboys’ minicamp.

Out of the corner of his eye, he saw wide receiver Amari Cooper stop, which immediately triggered to Lee that Prescott was throwing back across the field. As Prescott threw the ball, Lee darted to his right and tipped the pass away for an incompletion.

Lee played in only seven games in 2018 because of recurring hamstring injuries. When he returned late in the season, he told the coaches not to mess with Vander Esch and Smith because they were playing so well, which limited his own playing time. Lee’s 37 tackles were a career low, coming in just 220 snaps. In 2017, he missed five games because of hamstring injuries, but Lee still had 118 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four quarterback pressures and an interception.

There was a time when the Cowboys could not win without Lee. From 2015 through 2017, they were 1-7 without him.

Last season, the Cowboys found out they could succeed without him — as Vander Esch, a rookie first-round pick, and Smith, a second-rounder in 2016, flourished.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal7

However, Dallas wasn’t quite ready for life without Lee, and in March, he agreed to a restructured contract that will pay him $3.5 million and give him the chance to earn $7 million based on playing time and a playoff appearance.

“He’s a warrior, man,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said.

Lee could have looked elsewhere without the pay cut, but 10 years with the Cowboys mattered to him.

“I mean, it’s gone too fast,” said Lee, who was the Cowboys’ second-round pick in 2010. “It’s been a dream come true. I’ve been so blessed to be a part of this organization, to play with some incredible football players. I’ve been lucky to have a lot of faith put in me by the Joneses, stuck with me through a lot of injury and tough times; for me, the ultimate goal is to be able to bring a championship here. By now, I was hoping we would have one, but every time we step in here it’s a blessing. It’s so much fun. I feel like a rookie half the time I walk in here.“cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Lee, who will turn 33 a few days before the Cowboys leave in July for the start of training camp in Oxnard, California, will need to learn a new position: strongside linebacker. In the 4-3 scheme, the strongside linebacker can play on the ball or off the ball, depending on the call or formation, but there aren’t many snaps. Last season’s starter, Damien Wilson, played only 285 snaps with the Cowboys using their nickel defense more.

Inside the NFL contract that two Steelers won’t sign

Alejandro Villanueva considered walking away from football in 2017. He was 28 years old and beginning business school at Carnegie Mellon. His exclusive-rights free-agent status kept him on league-minimum money despite two years as a starter at left tackle.

So in 2017, Villanueva worked out with the Pittsburgh Steelers but didn’t sign his exclusive-rights tender. Hours before the training camp reporting window expired, the Steelers signed him to a four-year, $24 million deal.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

“I can’t say if it’s better to sign now or later,” said Villanueva during this week’s minicamp, entering his third year on that deal. “But betting on yourself, in this business, usually works.”

Intentionally or not, Villanueva set a precedent in the Steelers locker room that at least one player is following.

Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton finds himself in a similar situation, an exclusive rights free agent (ERFA) who refuses to sign the tender, at least for now.5

The two have discussed the matter, Hilton said, and though Hilton isn’t divulging the nature of those talks, he calls Villanueva “a guy I can go to with questions.”

These are shared experiences of a tapped market.

ERFAs are players with expired contracts and two years or fewer of accrued NFL seasons. Teams can retain them on a one-year tender at a low number (around $645,000) with no negotiation and no chance for the player to shop his services. Right tackle Matt Feiler, who started 10 games last season, signed his tender this offseason.

This is a way for owners to keep good undrafted players before they can cash out. Hilton wants out of that scenario after two productive years as a slot corner for Pittsburgh.

But what Villanueva pulled off is “very rare,” said former NFL agent Brodie Waters, a consultant who runs ESPN’s Roster Management System. He estimates fewer than 10 players under the current collective bargaining agreement have landed new deals during their ERFA year.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“The player has zero leverage other than retiring,” Waters said. “It would be extremely rare for the Steelers to do anything unless they identify they really want him, and he’s willing to take a below-market deal. If he’s played two years, they’ve got him for two more years. There’s not a lot of incentive to do something.”

Source: United to improve De Gea contract offer

Manchester United are ready to make David De Gea an improved offer in a bid to keep him at Old Trafford beyond June 2020, a source close to the Spain international has told ESPN FC.

De Gea, a reported target for Paris Saint-Germain, recently turned down a five-year United contract worth £350,000 a week.

Negotiations over a new deal have been ongoing for 18 months but appeared to have stalled, leading to reports that United were prepared to pay De Gea millions to leave in the summer in order to avoid him leaving for free next year.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

However, the source said United did not want to sell De Gea at any price, were not prepared to transfer him and would make him a new contract offer.7

De Gea reportedly earns £240,000 a week, half what teammate Alexis Sanchez is reported to earn.

PSG are looking for a keeper after parting company with Gianluigi Buffon and are the only club that could afford to pay both a fee for De Gea and his wages. A move to the Parc des Princes would enable De Gea to play in the Champions League.

De Gea had a difficult second half of last season, with the 28-year-old making a number of errors as United missed out on a top-four finish, but remains a key player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Since joining United from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011, he has made 362 United appearances and said last season that he was “very happy” at Old Trafford.nfl nike jersey cheap

But he looks to have lost his No. 1 spot in the Spain team, with Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga having started the past three games.

Suarez: I lost 3kg (6.6 lbs) for Copa America

Luis Suarez has said he lost three kilograms (6.6 lbs) during his recovery from knee surgery in order to be fit for Uruguay’s Copa America opener.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

Medical and Barcelona club sources gave ESPN FC details of the rehab process, which began a couple of days after the May 9 surgery, performed in Barcelona by renowned knee specialist Ramon Cugat.

“I lost three kilograms,” Suarez told ESPN FC on Sunday night after the win over Ecuador at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte. “We did all kinds of exercises to regain mobility.

“I worked with the first team nutritionist we have [at Barcelona]. I have shed some kilos, and now I feel lighter.”

Suarez rested and iced the knee for a couple of days after the surgery, and then began the recovery process at the Ciutat Esportiva club facilities under the supervision of Ricard Pruna, head of the Barcelona medical services, and first team physio Juan Brau, who oversaw the training on grass and sand to strengthen the right quad, a team source said.6

“The recovery time is shorter because it was the internal meniscus,” a medical source with direct knowledge of the Suarez procedure said. “It’s not about whether he ran more or less.

“The recovery time for the surgery he had, if there are no medical setbacks, can be as quick as three weeks, and he was out for five weeks.”cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Barcelona agreed to the surgery at the request of Suarez, who was keen to play in his second Copa America with Uruguay. He had been bothered by knee soreness and cartilage issues for some time, although the striker said in a press release that he injured the meniscus in the Champions League semifinals against Liverpool.

This is the second time in his career that Suarez has recovered from a meniscus injury just in time to play an international tournament with Uruguay. In 2014, the then Liverpool striker had left knee surgery 24 days before the Celeste’s first World Cup game in Brazil.

He remained on the bench in a surprising 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica, but started five days later to score twice in a 2-1 win over England.

“Luis always gives maximum effort, whether it’s in a match, a training session or whenever he has a task in front of him,” the club source said. “He always delivers.”

Suarez scored 25 goals for Barcelona in all competitions last season and was one of the players with the most minutes (4,132) on the team.

The Ketel Marte All-Stars: How are these guys doing it?

I don’t know if that’s the craziest statistic in a season full of insanity, but it’s certainly one of those numbers that pops like a Jackson Pollock painting. Marte is on pace for 44 home runs — after entering the year with 22 career home runs in 1,399 at-bats. That’s one home run every 63.6 at-bats. In 2019, he’s homering every 14.5 at-bats. That’s the career rate for Sammy Sosa and is better than Manny Ramirez, Mickey Mantle and Ken Griffey Jr.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Marte reached the majors in 2015 as a speed-first shortstop who the Mariners envisioned as their future leadoff hitter. In his two seasons with Seattle, he hit three home runs in 656 at-bats, about a full season of playing time, and when his plate discipline deteriorated in his second season and he struggled on defense, the Mariners included him as the second piece alongside Taijuan Walker in the trade that brought Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger to Seattle.

That was Mike Hazen’s first big trade as Arizona’s general manager, and though Walker helped the Diamondbacks to a wild card in 2017 before he blew out his elbow last season, Marte’s emergence is making the deal look much better for Hazen than it did the first couple of seasons.5

The 25-year-old switch-hitter has filled out a once-skinny frame to add muscle and strength. He showed signs of power potential with 14 home runs in 2018, but nobody could have forecast this kind of outburst.

“The results are matching the potential,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told the Arizona Republic. “Dynamic, exciting, those are single words that I can use. He’s a mature baseball player today compared to when we first met him. … He’s matured in a way where he feels he’s one of the top players, and you can tell by looking at him. But he’s still humble and would never outwardly say that.”

Working with new hitting coach Darnell Coles, Marte has tapped into his strength by — yes — changing his launch angle. His average angle has gone from 5.7 degrees to 11.2, meaning more fly balls and more home runs.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Marte’s power comes from a good foundation of contact hitting, however. Last season he ranked 19th in lowest strikeout rate among qualified batters. His strikeout and walk rates were basically identical to Anthony Rendon’s. He has been more aggressive this year, and while that has led to a few more strikeouts and a little more chasing out of the zone, it has paid dividends in the power department.