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Braves’ Vizcaino has surgery, out for season

The Atlanta Braves have a big hole in their bullpen now that closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after undergoing right shoulder surgery.

Vizcaino had the procedure on Wednesday in New York. He pitched in four games this season, getting one save and allowing one run in four innings for the National League East champs.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos has heard fans chanting at SunTrust Park for the team to sign free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel and bring him back to Atlanta, and Anthopoulos indicated the Braves are exploring all available options.

“There’s been a ton of turnover from the beginning of camp to where we are today,” Anthopoulos said Wednesday. “I think it goes without saying we’re going to look to do what we can both internally and externally.”cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Even before Vizcaino got hurt, there had been speculation that Kimbrel, who closed games last season for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, would return to the Braves, his original team.6

Anthopoulos declined to say if the team already has reached out to Kimbrel, as the Braves appear set in the immediate future to stay with A.J. Minter and other relievers to fill Vizcaino’s role.

Atlanta ranks 24th in the majors with a 5.43 bullpen ERA and 25th with two saves. Minter is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA, after allowing a career high-tying three runs in Tuesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“I just don’t want to position it like I’m trying to foreshadow like great expectations — ‘Oh, he’s working the phones. They’re going to get someone tomorrow,'” Anthopoulos said. “But for me to sit here and say, ‘We’re good, everything’s great, this too shall pass,’ when Viz is down, that would be very insincere.”

The 28-year-old Vizcaino was put on the 10-day injured list a few days ago with right shoulder inflammation. Vizcaino, on a $4.8 million, one-year contract, has often been injured during his two stints with the club.

Dr. David Altchek performed the surgery. He cleaned up Vizcaino’s labrum and removed scar tissue from the right shoulder joint.

“When he’s right, he’s one of the best there is,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Vizcaino. “I felt for him. The kid cares. He wants to help this club and just wasn’t able to do it.”

Eli Manning figures Giants will draft QB of future

Eli Manning expects his potential successor to be added to the roster later this month, believing the New York Giants will select a quarterback in this year’s NFL draft. The Giants have the sixth and 17th picks in the first round of the draft.

“Yeah, I figure the Giants are going to get a young quarterback. So I understand that,” Manning said Monday, on a day when Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was making his top-30 visit at the team’s facility and the Giants began their offseason workout program. “I still have to do my job, and I’ll do my part. And my job as I see it is to go out there and play quarterback and win football games. That is what I’ll do.”

Coach Pat Shurmur had told ESPN in recent weeks that the team intended to have all the top quarterbacks visit. That group included Duke’s Daniel Jones and West Virginia’s Will Grier.

Giants ownership explained at the NFL annual meetings that the team would like to come out of the draft having addressed the quarterback position. Manning is 38 years old and in the final year of his contract.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

But the value of the Giants’ picks has to align with the grade on the quarterback. That makes it just as likely the Giants could land a quarterback at pick No. 17 as 6.5

“I would like to come out of this draft with a quarterback, but here is the thing: Show me what the grades are,” co-owner John Mara said recently. “What is the value there? If the top quarterbacks are graded towards the bottom of the first round or even the second round, I’m not going to insist we take him at No. 6 or even No. 17. Show me what the value is. That has always been our philosophy on that. The worst thing you can do is try to force the issue and then you end up with a quarterback that isn’t worth taking at that particular spot.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“Would we love to have a quarterback coming out of this draft? Yes. But only if we have a conviction about him.”

Manning understands that part of his role this season could be working alongside another young quarterback. It’s nothing new. The Giants drafted Davis Webb in the third round two years ago and Kyle Lauletta in the fourth round last year. Webb is now on the Jets.

While Manning doesn’t necessarily view his job as being a mentor, it doesn’t mean he won’t be willing to help. Webb has consistently raved about working alongside the two-time Super Bowl winner. Manning abides by the lead-by-example philosophy.

“That’s just kind of part of being a quarterback,” he said. “Enjoy putting in the extra effort and work to get everybody up to speed and help young guys when they’re trying to learn a new offense.”

Manning’s concentration now is on being a good teammate and getting the team ready to win football games. He told the Giants immediately after the season about his desire to continue playing even after a rough season. That came during what general manager Dave Gettleman described as a “no-holds-barred” meeting.

Benintendi exits after fouling ball off foot

Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox left Sunday’s game against Baltimore with a bruised right foot after fouling a ball off it.

Benintendi is considered day-to-day and said after the game that he doesn’t see it “being anything super serious.”nfl nike jerseys for cheap

The outfielder went to the ground in pain after the foul in the third inning Sunday. He had trouble putting weight on his foot when he got up and lightly jogged down the first baseline.6

Benintendi then got back in the batter’s box and doubled into the left-fielder corner. He had a noticeable limp heading into second and again when he ran the bases on Mookie Betts’ inning-ending flyout.

Blake Swihart came into the game in left to replace Benintendi in the top of the fourth.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Benintendi originally had the day off, but was inserted into the lineup when center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was scratched with the flu.

Could Jachai Polite follow Terrell Suggs’ path to Ravens?

Asked if the Ravens should be alarmed by Suggs’ slow times, coach Brian Billick said, “If quarterbacks started taking 40-yard drops, then I’d be a little concerned.”

With Suggs departing this offseason as the franchise’s all-time sacks leader, the Ravens could fill his spot with someone who has followed a similar path.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Florida’s Jachai Polite established himself as one of college’s top pass-rushers, recording 11 sacks in 13 games. But Polite has experienced this year’s biggest free-fall after he ran his pro day 40-yard dash in just 4.96 seconds — even worse than his 4.84-second effort at the combine (the second slowest among edge players).

The Ravens need an impact pass-rusher after Suggs and Za’Darius Smith left in free agency. Their 15.5 sacks last season represented over one-third of Baltimores’s production.6

With the growing expectation that the Ravens will trade out of the first round, could Polite be on Baltimore’s radar if the team falls back into the second round? Ravens officials didn’t sound too scared off by Polite’s troubling workouts.

“I think ultimately it comes down to the film, and then, the testing results are just that,” Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said when asked about Polite. “They’re testing results on that day.”

This is more than lip service by Baltimore. In last year’s draft, the Ravens benefited from Orlando Brown Jr.’s nightmarish NFL combine.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Brown went from being a first-round pick to slipping to the third round, where Baltimore selected him. In 10 starts, Brown helped the Ravens become the league’s second-best rushing attack and didn’t allow a sack.

Man United are running out of time to give David De Gea a new contract. Can they do it before he leaves for free?

In 2015, after a summer of rumour and speculation, Manchester United accepted defeat in their attempt to get David De Gea to sign a new contract and agreed to sell the Spaniard to Real Madrid. Four years and a faulty fax machine later, and United are back where they started. In less than three months’ time — July 1, to be exact — De Gea will officially have one year left on his deal at Old Trafford and the decision facing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Glazer family will be whether to cash in on their prized goalkeeper or hold their nerve.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

Sources have told ESPN FC that their plan, as of writing, is to stand firm. Bids in the summer will be rebuffed in the hope that De Gea can be convinced to stay. Their view is that they can take the financial hit should the worst happen and he leaves for nothing in 12 months; to the club, it’s worth the risk if it gives them extra time to negotiate a fresh agreement.

At the moment, though, an agreement is some way off. Sources close to De Gea have suggested the club do not have the “capacity” to meet his demands. Other sources have hinted that associated costs (including agents’ fees) have driven up the price of the deal.4

De Gea and his representatives believe he deserves to be one of the highest-paid players at United. He has, after all, won the club’s player of the year award in four of the past five seasons and is among the best goalkeepers in the world. At 28, he is in the prime of his career and is keen to cash in while he can. You can see his point.

United, meanwhile, are trying to manage a wage structure that has been wrecked somewhat by Alexis Sanchez’s mega-money move from Arsenal in January 2018. More than that, they’re also trying to cope with a shifting landscape in the transfer market. Neymar’s £199m move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 blew the roof off the market in terms of transfer fees and it’s taken time for wages to catch up. During negotiations with De Gea and Ander Herrera in particular, they’ve started to feel the pinch. After more than a year of talks, Herrera is two months away from leaving on a free transfer, cheap nfl jerseys from china nike with PSG linked most closely to the Spanish midfielder.

Neymar and Sanchez have set a benchmark, but United are at least learning. From now on, their top players will be offered five-year contracts with the option of a sixth rather than the four-plus-one deal De Gea signed in 2015 when his transfer to Real Madrid fell through at the last minute. Club chiefs hope it will give them more protection from situations like this happening again in the future.

Bullpen breakdowns, basepath mishaps add to Yankees’ woes

The New York Yankees’ season is only 11 games old, and already two troubling trends are forming.

Firstly, the bullpen — long deemed the strength of the team — has struggled. A pair of blown late leads in the past two games have highlighted that issue now more than at even the earliest stages of this still-young season. Evidence of the bullpen woes so far? Three blown saves and 19 runs allowed.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Secondly, sloppy play has become the team’s calling card. Since the start of the season, the Yankees have had trouble stringing together a series of completely clean games, both offensively and defensively.7

Baserunning miscues remain a concern, and mental lapses in the field have been a problem. Still, the manager of the team that entered the season with the easiest April strength of schedule believes both bullpen strength and cleaned-up play are at hand.

“We’re prepared, the guys are focused, I love the way the guys are competing, but when you’re not clicking on all cylinders, you’ve got to do the little things. Because every little thing matters,” Aaron Boone said. “It’s important that we learn from every time there is a bump in the road, every time there is a mistake that we learn from it and grow from it. We’re confident we will.

“The bottom line is, we’re really close to playing a good brand and a complete game.“cheap nfl jerseys nike china

That complete game didn’t come in a loss Monday night. And it certainly didn’t in Tuesday’s 6-3 defeat.

But the thing is, the Yankees very much needed it both nights. In the middle of arguably their biggest series to this point, it was important they used these games at Minute Maid Park to send an early message. Although much of their first-month schedule is against teams that were sub-.500 last season, the Houston Astros likely will be in the playoff picture once the season ends.

The games on Monday and Tuesday were prime opportunities to put all of baseball on notice: Even with 11 players on the injured list, these Yankees can compete with the best. That message might have turned some heads this week.

Warriors get delay of game after Young gets ring

Nick Young smiled from ear to ear when he received his championship ring for the Golden State Warriors’ 2017-18 title run in his return to Oracle Arena on Friday. But after the pregame presentation, it was his former teammates and coaches who got a chuckle.

Referee Ken Mauer assessed the Warriors a delay of game warning before tipoff for taking too long with the ceremony. Young spent extra time laughing and joking with teammates and waving to the crowd.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“The last two years, we’ve had probably five or six of those celebrations, and it usually spills over,” Curry said. “I wish he would have just given it to Nick Young because he was taking his sweet time, for sure, as he should have. But probably more just entertainment for everybody, [Mauer] trying to get the game started. But we did take a long time, for sure.”6

Young seemed to be enjoying the moment, telling reporters before the game that he was happy to be spending time with his kids in his year away from the game. He said he would be interested in coming back to the NBA if a team on the West Coast called and he could stay close to his family.

In the meantime, Young said he has a TV show coming out soon called “Swaggy’s World.”nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Young also said he was hopeful that LeBron James would give him a call to play a role in the upcoming movie “Space Jam 2.”

“You’ve got to have Swaggy in Space Jam,” Young said. “If you want to sell tickets, you got to have me. I could give them swag once they get their powers taken. They could come to me, I could be, like, a sorcerer of swag, and I could, like, hand it out to them, give them hope”

Magic closer to ending playoff drought

The Magic are on the brink of ending the longest playoff drought in the Eastern Conference.

Orlando’s 149-113 win over Atlanta on Friday night came in the home regular-season finale for the Magic. In every year since 2012, the home finale has been the last chance for Magic fans to see their club until the following fall. This time, the Magic might be coming home for Game 3 of the East first round. With the win, they jumped from the eighth to sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Magic have won nine consecutive home games, the longest active streak in the league.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china5

“I think the fans are a big part of it, but we’re definitely playing with a lot more purpose and a lot more balance here in this last, whatever it’s been, five or six weeks,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said.

Detroit fell from sixth to eighth after losing to Oklahoma City 123-110. Brooklyn stayed in seventh (the Nets were idle). Miami stayed ninth after a 111-109 loss in Minnesota, its third straight defeat. Charlotte remained 10th with a 113-111 win over Toronto.

There are still five teams alive for the last three spots, and oddly, four of them actually control their destiny. Miami will be assured of getting in by winning its final three games. Orlando, Detroit and Brooklyn would also be in if they all win out — Orlando plays Brooklyn on Sunday, and Brooklyn plays Miami on Wednesday, the final night of the regular season.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Celtics’ Irving, Horford ruled out for Nets game

Kyrie Irving and Al Horford will both miss Saturday night’s game between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.

After both Irving and Horford played 35 minutes in Friday night’s 114-112 victory in Boston over the Indiana Pacers — a win that moved Boston into a tie with Indiana for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings with seven games to go — the Celtics announced Saturday morning that both Horford (left knee soreness) and Irving (lower back soreness) would sit. The Celtics also said that Jayson Tatum is questionable with an illness.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Boston’s two best players sitting out is a potential boon for the Nets, who are desperate for any victory in the midst of what is easily the toughest closing stretch in the entire league. Coming off a seven-game road trip that saw Brooklyn face five playoff teams, Saturday marks the beginning of a six-game closing stretch that sees the Nets face six teams currently in the playoffs: the Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks (twice), the Toronto Raptors, the Pacers and the Miami Heat — a game in Brooklyn on the final day of the season that very well could be a play-in game for one, or both, teams.6

The Nets begin Saturday in seventh place with a 38-38 record, a half-game behind the Detroit Pistons in sixth and a half-game ahead of the Heat in eighth. The Orlando Magic are another half-game behind the Heat in ninth, while the Charlotte Hornets are now two games back of eighth after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

Boston, meanwhile, holds a 2-1 edge in the season series with Indiana, giving them the current edge in the race for fourth, and with it home-court advantage when the two teams all but certainly face each other in the Eastern Conference playoffs in a couple of weeks. Boston’s win Friday night meant that race will all but certainly be decided next Friday, when the Pacers host the Celtics in Indianapolis in the final meeting of the season between the two teams.

Panthers could take a long look at Charlotte native Will Grier

In Will Grier’s home in Morgantown, West Virginia, there’s a photo of him as an 11-year-old wearing a Lake Norman Giants uniform, preparing for the 2006 Christmas Town Bowl.

A few weeks ago, Chad Grier noticed the picture as he and his son discussed the upcoming NFL draft.

“I said, ‘If somebody told you that little boy is going to get picked in the seventh round by the Buffalo Bills, how happy would that kid be?’” Chad recalled. “I told him, ‘Man, you’re going to get picked before the seventh round and it’s not going to be by Buffalo.’”

Most draft analysts see Grier being selected in the second or third round, behind Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock, who are considered likely first-round picks. The Carolina Panthers could be one of the teams that could target him on Day 2.

Born just five months before the Panthers played their first NFL game, Grier grew up a stone’s throw from Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium in nearby Davidson, North Carolina. From the time he was 3, Grier sat in the stands and cheered for his hometown NFL team.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

During the April 25-27 draft, Will will be with his father and famous brothers — social media stars Nash and Hayes — at his uncle’s house, only four miles away from the stadium.5

“If the Panthers draft him, I will drive him there,” Will’s father told ESPN.com. “That would be incredible. From Day 1, we’ve been Panthers people.”

There’s definitely interest from Carolina. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner recently attended West Virginia’s pro day, and they reportedly had a steak dinner with Grier the previous night.

The Panthers don’t plan to spend their first-round pick (No. 16) on a quarterback, as Cam Newton’s prognosis is good as he rehabs after shoulder surgery. But as the Carolina starter approaches 30, looking for a long-term replacement in this draft might be in the Panthers’ plans.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Not that Grier believes he should fall that far. He told reporters at the NFL combine, “I’m the best quarterback in the draft.” Chad Grier, who coached his son in high school at Davidson Day School before moving to Oceanside Collegiate Academy in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, agrees.

“I admire Will’s confidence and willingness to say that,” the elder Grier said. “He’s a guy, from a total quarterback perspective, he is the best quarterback in the draft.

“He’s not going to be a risk off the field. He’s just going to be an all-in guy that wins. Strictly from a football perspective, he’s the lowest-risk and highest-return quarterback in the draft.”