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Cauley-Stein to sign with Warriors, source says

Free-agent center Willie Cauley-Stein will sign with the Golden State Warriors, a league source told ESPN’s Zach Lowe, confirming multiple reports.

The deal is worth slightly above the minimum salary, a league source told Lowe.cheap nfl jerseys nike china

The 7-foot Cauley-Stein had played all four of his seasons in Sacramento since the Kings took him sixth overall in the 2015 draft.

The Kings extended a qualifying offer to Cauley-Stein, making him a restricted free agent, but later rescinded it in order to agree to terms with point guard Cory Joseph when free agency opened.4

Cauley-Stein’s agent, Roger Montgomery of Roc Nation Sports, had told the Sacramento Bee on June 22 that they preferred the Kings not even give Cauley-Stein the qualifying offer so he could instead become an unrestricted free agent.

“We haven’t felt that he’s been able to get what has been necessary for him to be able to lead the franchise the way he wants to,” Montgomery told the Bee. “We are very, very thankful for the opportunity that was presented to him, but we just think it’s not working. It’s not going to work. It’s just time for a fresh start. We need a fresh start and maybe the Kings do, too.”

Cauley-Stein excelled at running the floor for a Kings team that likes to play at pace, giving them an athletic center who could take some of the focus away from defenses, pass the ball and finish at the rim.

But consistency has been a trouble spot for the former Kentucky star. Take this past season as an example. Cauley-Stein started it by averaging 17.4 points in October. But his numbers dipped after that, including two months (February, April) in which he didn’t even average double figures in scoring.cheap youth nfl jerseys

Cauley-Stein, 25, holds a career average of 10.1 points on 53.4% shooting to go with 6.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks.

Hunt questioned by police after incident at bar

An online video shows Browns running back Kareem Hunt being questioned by police after an apparent incident Saturday night at a Cleveland bar.

The video, published Monday by TMZ Sports, shows Hunt speaking with multiple officers. Hunt was not arrested and officers did not make a police report about the incident, a police spokesperson told Cleveland.com.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

A Browns spokesman said the team is aware of the incident and has spoken to Hunt but had nothing further to say at this point.

The incident took place outside the Barley House in downtown Cleveland. The owner of the bar, Bobby George, told Cleveland.com that Hunt got into a minor altercation with a friend.6

Hunt is already suspended for the first eight games of this upcoming season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The NFL declined comment about Saturday’s incident.

Two sources with the Browns told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the team was not concerned at this time, saying based on what they had read, it didn’t seem like a big deal, especially because Hunt was not arrested.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Another source characterized the incident to ESPN as “just an argument.”

The suspension stems from a February 2018 incident in which he shoved and kicked a woman during an early-morning altercation outside his downtown Cleveland residence, and an incident in June 2018 that involved a physical altercation with other men at Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

Release of the video from the February incident, and the fact that Hunt had lied about it, prompted the Kansas City Chiefs to release him on Nov. 30. The NFL investigated a third incident in Kansas City, but said there would be no discipline stemming from that.

Hunt signed with the Browns on Feb. 11 to a one-year deal worth up to $1.1 million with no money guaranteed.

Rypien enters not guilty plea on domestic charge

Former Super Bowl hero Mark Rypien pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of domestic violence against his wife.

Rypien was taken to the Spokane County Jail on Sunday afternoon after his arrest near a bank on the north side of the city. A witness who saw the couple called police and said Rypien’s wife alleged he had struck her. Danielle Rypien was evaluated and did not need medical treatment, police said.

Rypien, 56, was released without bail; his next court appearance was scheduled for July 31. Prosecutors initially asked for a no-contact order between Rypien and his wife at the brief hearing, but she argued against that.

In a joint statement from Mark and Danielle Rypien released Monday night, the couple said: “In response to Mark being arrested for domestic violence, we want you to know that he did not commit any crime. … Occurrences like this one are often chaotic scenes which are not conducive to revealing full clarity about what actually transpires.

“In Washington State, officers are mandated by law to make an arrest in a possible domestic violence case even where there is very little proof that a crime occurred. We will continue to cooperate with authorities to ensure that the truth of Mark’s innocence comes out. … We are confident that a complete investigation will result in the dismissal of all charges.”

Rypien announced last year he believes he has Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, caused by repeated concussions while playing in the NFL. But the statement said that suspected CTE did not play any part in the incident.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“Mark suffers from what we suspect is CTE and that does leave us with some challenging situations to navigate with the assistance of a team of fantastic professionals,” the statement said. “This, however, was not one such situation and we are confident that in the coming weeks, clarity about this unfortunate situation will be provided.”5

Rypien was a lead plaintiff among 4,500 former players who won a settlement related to CTE in 2013. He has said that in the past he has attempted suicide and suffers from persistent depression and anxiety.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“I’ve been down the darkest path,” he said last year. “I’ve made some horrible, horrible mistakes.”

Rypien was the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXVI after the 1991 season, as the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills.

In a lengthy interview with The Spokesman-Review newspaper last year, Rypien acknowledged that he was also involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife in 2017.

“I got angry and I threw her on the bed a couple of times,” Rypien said. He and his wife blamed a medication change for his behavior.

A high school quarterback in Spokane who went on to star at nearby Washington State University, Rypien was drafted by the Redskins in 1986. He played in four games during his last season in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, in 2001, although he did not play between 1998 and 2000.

Numerous NFL players have reported a wide variety of problems related to CTE, including homelessness, erratic behavior, suicide and other early deaths.

Source: Zaha prefers Arsenal move over Man Utd

A source has told ESPN FC that Arsenal have submitted a £40 million bid plus add-ons but Palace value Zaha at £70m.

The source added that Zaha would favour a summer move to his boyhood club Arsenal than a return to United because he wants to remain in London for family reasons.

Zaha endured a difficult spell at Old Trafford during the 2013-14 campaign before returning to Crystal Palace where he signed a new five-year contract last year.cheap nfl nike jerseys china6

United have already completed business with Palace this summer after signing full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka on a five-year deal.

Sources have told ESPN FC that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff as he looks to bolster his midfield options.nfl nike jersey cheap

Zaha is currently on international duty with the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations where he scored in the 4-1 victory over Namibia on Monday.

Sources: Man United table £70m Maguire offer

Manchester United have made a £70 million bid for Leicester defender Harry Maguire, sources have told ESPN FC.

United are battling rivals Manchester City for the defender and have made a second offer after seeing an initial bid of around £40m rejected.

Maguire is open to leaving Leicester but favours a move to City because they can offer Champions League football.

He has not ruled out a transfer to United, who will play in the Europa League next season, if they can agree terms.

United’s bid is still short of Leicester’s valuation of more than £80m, and is likely to be rejected, but believe it might be enough to kill City’s interest and prevent a bidding war. United could be willing to offer a player plus cash to sweeten the deal but that is not yet on the table.cheap nfl nike jerseys china4

Leicester are under no pressure to sell after Maguire signed a contract extension in September but are aware the 26-year-old is keen on a move to a top six side.

Maguire was also targeted by United last summer after a successful World Cup with England but, despite Jose Mourinho urging a move, the club were put off by Leicester’s price tag.

Should he arrive, it would raise questions about the futures of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s other centre-backs — Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and youngster Axel Tuanzebe.nfl nike jersey cheap

Meanwhile, sources have told ESPN FC that Newcastle are braced for an opening offer from United for midfielder Sean Longstaff this week.

The 21-year-old is on Solskjaer’s wanted list and is likely to cost around £25m.

Solskjaer has already added two new players to his squad this summer after the arrivals of Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a combined fee of £65m.

Cubs’ Strop: Puig ‘stupid’ for fuming after HBP

There aren’t likely to be any Christmas cards exchanged between Chicago Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig after the two had words with each other as the benches cleared in the Cubs’ 6-0 win on Saturday.

Puig got hit in the hip by a 3-0 pitch from Strop in the bottom of the eighth inning and began to walk toward the mound while screaming at the pitcher. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and first baseman Anthony Rizzo held Puig back while Puig and Strop kept yelling at each other. Things eventually calmed down, and after the game, Strop didn’t understand why Puig was so upset.

“He just reacted like that,” Strop said. “Maybe because it was a 3-0 pitch, maybe it looks weird. I wasn’t commanding my sinker, and I didn’t want to leave a cookie 3-0. He’ll swing 3-0 and hit it way out of the park. He just acted stupid.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“I told him, ‘Why are you talking?'” Strop said. “‘You have a chance to do whatever you need to do on the mound. Now you’re just screaming.’8

“It’s not a secret he’s stupid. He’s stupid as f—. I have nothing against him, but he’s stupid. There’s no doubt about it.”

Puig told reporters that he hasn’t had any previous issues with Strop and wasn’t sure why he was hit with a 3-0 pitch.

“I don’t know. You need to ask [Strop],” Puig said. “Myself and my teammates want to go out tomorrow and win the series. … We’ll play the game tomorrow and forget about what happened today.”

Neither player got ejected from the game, as Puig took first base before Strop ended the inning by striking out Jose Iglesias. Reds manager David Bell did get tossed in the ninth inning, when Cubs righty Dillon Maples hit Reds infielder Jose Peraza without any punishment from the umpires.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Bell said he was asking why Maples was not ejected after both teams had been warned and was told that the pitch that hit Peraza was unintentional. It was Bell’s sixth ejection of the season.

“The bottom line is I don’t like it when our players get hit,” Bell said.

Strop said there is no history of bad blood between him and Puig, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon stressed that Puig got hit in the hip — not up high.

“I told Strop he threw his three best sliders of the year after that, to Iglesias, so he rose to the occasion,” Maddon said.

Braves reliever Swarzak on IL with inflammation

Atlanta Braves reliever Anthony Swarzak has been placed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, a significant blow to the bullpen for the National League East leaders.

The team hopes the right-hander will be ready to return July 12, immediately after the All-Star break.

The move was made Sunday, retroactive to Saturday. Right-hander Chad Sobotka was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before Atlanta’s series finale against the Mets.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Swarzak mentioned some discomfort when he came off the mound Friday night after escaping a bases-loaded jam to preserve a one-run lead in the seventh inning of a 6-2 victory over New York.6

“It’s nothing structural, nothing bad, so hopefully this little time off, he’ll be good to go in San Diego after the break,” Snitker said. “Just hope it’s nothing more than what it is. But he checked out and everything and they don’t feel like it’s anything that’s going to be a problem.”

The 33-year-old Swarzak, pitching for his eighth big league team, has provided a major boost to the Braves since arriving from Seattle in a May 20 trade. He has allowed only one run and eight hits in 17⅓ innings, striking out 21.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Swarzak has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings over his past 13 appearances, and his success earned him a late-inning role in high-leverage situations.

Sobotka had a 7.07 ERA in 14 relief outings with Atlanta this year. He had given up 13 hits, nine walks and three home runs in 14 innings.

In other injury news, second baseman Ozzie Albies was out of the starting lineup. Albies exited Saturday’s game after getting hit by a pitch on the inside of his left elbow. He wore a protective sleeve on the elbow Sunday afternoon but was available off the bench, Snitker said.

Celtics’ Smart optimistic about state of franchise

Things haven’t exactly gone according to plan for the Boston Celtics.

And yet, as the start of free agency approaches this weekend, Marcus Smart remains optimistic about the state of the franchise — even as both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford appear headed elsewhere next month.

“I’m excited,” Smart said Tuesday afternoon at his annual basketball camp at Brandeis University. “We’re excited. As competitors, you have a season like we did last year and it leaves a funny taste in your mouth.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“We use that as our motivation and to keep going. We’re very excited. Whatever team or whatever people or whoever is on the board or whoever is on this roster with us, we’re excited to have them to go out there and fight.”7

Still, to have both Irving and Horford likely leaving the franchise as free agents is not what anyone was expecting would happen this time a year ago, when the Celtics were the favorites to take over for LeBron James as rulers of the Eastern Conference for years to come.

Instead, the Celtics never got going this season, finishing fourth in the conference and eventually getting rolled in five games by the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Smart was asked about the up-and-down nature of Boston’s season, but pushed back on the idea that the locker room itself was disconnected.

“Even in the regular season, it wasn’t a disconnect,” he said. “It was just a lot of people kind of got in and … it was like a telephone game. You tell one person this, and by the time it gets back to you, the whole narrative had changed. That’s kind of how it goes.

“You can only control what you can control. You focus on what you can focus on. As a player, you focus on getting into the gym, getting yourself better and you let the front office handle the front office stuff, and you do what it is you need to do for the team.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Meanwhile, Smart isn’t ready to write things off in Boston, even if Irving and Horford leave. He pointed to the reigning champion Toronto Raptors — who underwent massive changes themselves last summer before winning this year’s title — as inspiration for that belief.

Blame Kyrie? It’s not that simple, Boston

It’s too simplistic to put all the blame of Boston’s lost 2018-19 season at the feet of this basketball supernova, who declared as recently as early May, “I’m an actual genius when it comes to the game.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Don’t snicker too loudly — he’s not entirely wrong. The talent is unmistakable, the work ethic indisputable and the courage to take a shot in the biggest moment is what drew the Celtics to him in the first place. Yet Kyrie’s awkward attempts at providing forceful leadership proved to be flawed, and ultimately destructive. His journey began as an earnest attempt to fulfill his dream of leading his own team to the pinnacle, but he failed spectacularly, with help from a disjointed collection of talented individuals who simply could not figure out how to collaborate in unison.5

In fact, it didn’t take long for Boston’s coaching staff to grow concerned about the team’s vibe. They peeked in on the preseason pickup games and discovered young players who experienced exhilarating results the previous season by making the extra pass, but were now jacking up shots and running isolation plays. Ironically, it was Irving who implored his teammates to share the ball in the infancy of the season. And yet, by season’s end, it was Kyrie who had hijacked the offense.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Celtics coach Brad Stevens says he knew from the beginning it would be a challenging season for Boston.

“The bottom line,” Stevens told ESPN, “is that we had seven perimeter guys who were all very good players, and all of them brought something different and unique to the table. If you ask any one of them, I’m sure they’ll tell you it was hard to find all that they wanted this season.

“I don’t lose any sleep over that. They were all extremely competitive, well-intentioned guys. The pieces just didn’t fit.”

Marshal Yanda can rank among all-time best guards with strong finish

Marshal Yanda made certain that he will finish his career with the Baltimore Ravens.

Yanda can put himself in the conversation as one of the NFL’s all-time great guards if he adds an exclamation point over the next two seasons.

If Yanda reaches the Pro Bowl in 2019 and 2020, he will total nine trips to the all-star event. Randall McDaniel, Will Shields and Larry Allen would be the only players with more Pro Bowl selections as a guard, according to the Elias Sports Bureau (Bruce Matthews’ 14 Pro Bowls included five as a center).

But it’s uncertain whether Yanda will play next season and strengthen a potential Hall of Fame resume.

“You just take it one day at a time,” he said. “I’m healthy, I’m feeling really good about playing this fall, and I don’t look any further down the road. I’m worried about playing this fall and playing good football.”

Yanda, who will turn 35 in Week 2 of the regular season, has been among the most dominant linemen of his generation. He is the second-best guard in Pro Football Focus’ grading history (since 2006).
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Known for his toughness and technique, Yanda was a key member of the Ravens’ run-heavy offense with quarterback Lamar Jackson. Last season, he led an offensive line that has helped the Ravens produce the NFL’s No. 2 rushing attack (141.9 yards per game).

There was concern among Ravens officials that Yanda wasn’t returning this year.6

Asked recently about the state of the offensive line, owner Steve Bisciotti said, “I’d be much more concerned if our All-Pro decided that he was going to call it a career. I kind of looked at that as our upgrade. I really thought that Marshal was pretty close to maybe deciding that it was a career.”

Yanda was entering the final year of his four-year, $32 million contract before agreeing to a one-year contract extension on April 11.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

He received an $8 million signing bonus after reducing his 2019 base salary by $5 million (from $7 million to $2 million). His base salary for 2020 is $7 million.

“Whatever happens, we just wanted to make sure I could finish it here, and that’s important to me, just being able to play my entire career here and just taking care of me,” Yanda said of the reasoning for the extension. “That was the whole deal there.”

A third-round pick in 2007, Yanda has gone from being the 10th offensive lineman drafted in 2007 to becoming one of the best in the league. Known for his powerful run blocking, Yanda has shoved three defenders to single-handedly open a hole. A top-notch pass protector, he regularly allows the fewest sacks at his position.

In 2014, then-offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Yanda is as good as any offensive lineman he’s been around. In 2015, coach John Harbaugh offered a prediction.