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Durant, Green double-technical rescinded

The NBA has rescinded technical fouls called against the Warriors’ Kevin Durant and the Clippers’ JaMychal Green during Thursday’s Game 3, the league announced Friday.

Both players appeared surprised by the third-quarter call, since they were just exchanging a few words when the double-technical was given.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Durant said after the game that he hoped the technical would get rescinded.8

“Me and JaMychal Green, we were conversing about the play that happened before, just like you and I,” Durant said. “Somebody came out of nowhere and tech’d us both. How would you feel? That was pretty quick. Hopefully they rescind that one because I don’t want somebody to think somebody is in my head, that’s why I got that tech. I just want to get that out of the way because I don’t want to jeopardize my team in the future.”nfl nike jerseys cheap china

With the technical rescinded, Durant is now five away from an automatic one-game suspension.

Klay: Dip in Pacific Ocean spurred 32-point game

Golden State Warriors All-Star swingman Klay Thompson said that a few moments in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday helped him clear his head after a slow start to the playoffs. After scoring 42 points combined in the first three games, Thompson scored 32 points in 40 minutes on Sunday in the Warriors’ 113-105 Game 4 win over the LA Clippers.

“I didn’t think I had bad games, but I didn’t have any big games,” Thompson said of his early series performance. “I told Jonas [Jerebko on Saturday] — we went to the beach and played some volleyball — I’m like, ‘Yo, I’m just going to jump in the ocean, and I just know that will reset my mind.’ And it worked. I don’t know if I’m going to jump [in the water] up north [in the Bay Area] because it’s freezing, but it’s something I’ll definitely contemplate if I don’t shoot the ball that well the rest of the year. But hopefully that doesn’t happen.”nfl nike jerseys cheap china

As has been the case throughout the season, the Warriors never doubted that Thompson would get rolling. His teammates and coaches have repeatedly said how confident they are in his game, even when he goes through colder stretches.5

“When Klay gets going like that, it fuels the whole bench,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “You can see everybody jumping around. Everybody gets happy. We all love when Klay gets hot. It fuels our momentum. It didn’t surprise me at all. He kind of had a quiet first few games of the series, so it was only a matter of time until he broke out.”cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Thompson’s offensive output came on a day when Curry was 3-for-14 from the field. Thompson walked the hallways of Staples Center with a renewed confidence, as he wore sunglasses and the hint of a smile as he headed to meet with reporters. He knows that the Warriors, now up 3-1 in the series, appear to be on a collision course with the Houston Rockets, and he hopes his team can close out this series on Wednesday in Game 5 so the Rockets don’t get much extra rest if they sweep the Utah Jazz on Monday.

“We see our opponent. They’re up 3-0,” Thompson told ESPN’s Lisa Salters after the game, in reference to the Rockets. “So we don’t want to give them any more rest days. Same with us. We don’t want to extend the series any longer than we need to. ‘Cause every game is so pivotal in the playoffs, and we’ll give our fans a show, redeem ourselves from the last time we were in Oracle, ’cause we owe ’em one.”

Jozy Altidore blasts Toronto FC president over ‘games of ego’

After limping out of Friday night’s game, Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore said his injury could have been avoided had club president Bill Manning “put his ego aside” and allowed a former trainer to stay with the club.

Altidore left Toronto’s 4-3 win over Minnesota United in the 82nd minute with hamstring tightness, then sought out reporters to express his dissatisfaction with management.

“It’s bittersweet because this could have been avoided, but you’ll have to ask Bill Manning why it’s not avoided,” Altidore said of his exit. “It’s just disappointing. I’m just disappointed.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Altidore said that following former MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco acrimonious exit from Toronto FC this winter, the club also cut ties with trainer Giuseppe Gueli, who had worked with Altidore and a number of players “every day” to prevent muscle injuries.

And Altidore said Manning’s “vendetta” against Giovinco and those associated with him was what led to Gueli’s termination.4

“Well, we had a trainer here the last three years that’s been helping me with muscle injuries, but because he was attached to Seba [Giovinco], he’s not allowed at the club, which I think is ridiculous,” Altidore said. “And so now this is what I’m faced with — games of egos and that (kind of) thing. Hopefully [Manning] can put his ego aside and I can get the guy that’s kept me healthy, kept Michael [Bradley] healthy, kept a bunch of the guys healthy, and we can make things move forward.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“He’s not here. He’s not around, so you can’t find him,” Altidore said. “You go to his office and he’s not there, he’s travelling, he’s this and that, so I wish I knew, but I don’t know.”

In a text message sent to ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle, Manning said of Altidore that “he was frustrated” and added that he would talk privately to the U.S. international striker.

Bradley was more diplomatic of his longtime Toronto and United States teammate when asked about Altidore’s comments.

“Jozy is a guy who feels like at this point in his career he knows exactly what he needs,” Bradley said. “He knows exactly what he needs to do day in and day out to keep himself healthy, fit and ready to play at the highest level.

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.”

Tigers’ Moore (knee) expected out for season

Tigers starting pitcher Matt Moore is expected to miss the rest of the season after right knee surgery, the latest setback for the left-hander who was once one of the game’s rising stars.

The 29-year-old Moore signed with the Tigers in the offseason and did not allow a run in 10 innings this year, but he hurt his knee April 6 while trying to field a bunt.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Moore said last weekend he had a tear in his meniscus, but the severity wasn’t clear. Manager Ron Gardenhire provided more information on Wednesday.5

“He had the surgery, and they had to fix some things up in there, and he’s out for the year,” Gardenhire said.

Moore was an All-Star in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays, but Tommy John surgery cost him almost all of 2014, and he hasn’t been very effective since. He signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with Detroit. That deal included an extra $1 million in performance bonuses, but none of those kicks in until his 10th start.

“He was making a great comeback with us, throwing the ball really well, had a great spring and we were excited — and now he’s going to miss a season,” Gardenhire said. “Him and his family, that’s very frustrating, so our thoughts go to him.”cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Dr. Keith Meister performed the operation on Wednesday.

“He got in there and fixed what he saw,” said Doug Teter, Detroit’s head athletic trainer. “The rehab coming back for what he had to do to repair it is not the timeline we were hoping for.”

Detroit also is without right-hander Michael Fulmer, who is out for the season following an elbow injury.

Bears TE Miller retires 1½ years after leg injury

Miller entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009, but battled injuries throughout most of his career. Miller landed in Chicago at the tail end of the 2013 season after being cut by the Jags and Buccaneers. The tight end spent the 2014 season on injured reserve before emerging as a key offensive contributor for the Bears in 2015.

The team honored Miller as the Bears’ 2018 Ed Block Courage Award winner last week, and the veteran, who has not played since the leg injury occurred close to 19 months ago, hinted that he planned to make a decision soon about his future.

“There will be a time, probably soon, that we’ll make that decision,” Miller said on April 9. “I haven’t made that decision yet. It’s something we’re exhausting every option we can. I know it’s getting close. I can’t hold it hostage forever. And I don’t plan to, but there are some things I need to try and do physically and see if it’s possible. What we’ve been doing rehab-wise and communication-wise with the franchise is we’re going to give it a little bit of time to kind of see where we go, and when that point comes, I know I’ll have given every single thing I had to do that. And I’ll be comfortable any which way that it happens.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Miller was rushed to University Medical Center New Orleans on Oct. 29, 2017 after he dislocated his left knee while making an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone against the New Orleans Saints.6

Miller’s leg bent awkwardly on the play, and he stayed down for several minutes until he was taken off the field on a cart.

Officials later ruled that Miller did not maintain possession of the ball, negating a touchdown.

Doctors performed emergency vascular surgery that night to repair a damaged artery in Miller’s left leg that stemmed from the knee dislocation. Miller was hospitalized in New Orleans for eight days before being transported back to Chicago in a medevac jet.

Miller underwent a total of nine surgeries, but was a regular visitor to the Bears’ team facility last season, where he underwent rehabilitation on the leg and assisted whenever possible.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Miller is now able to walk without a noticeable limp, but admitted last week that he still experiences discomfort after he jogs.

As of last week, Miller said the Bears had not discussed any permanent non-football playing role for him moving forward, but given Miller’s popularity among teammates and fans, it would not be a surprise if the organization retained him in some capacity.

“I had a first-class seat throughout all of last year, and in a weird way it was one of my favorite seasons,” Miller said. “Not being able to be on the football field and do the things I love was difficult, but to see that whole thing take place, Coach Matt Nagy coming in and the regime change and everything put together, it was special because now you see the game through a different viewpoint.

Afcon 2019: Nigeria’s ‘easy’ group isn’t as easy as it looks…

It is hard not to picture Gernot Rohr, an impish smile lurking beneath his serious visage, doing all he can to restrain himself from rubbing his hands in Grinch-like glee as he contemplated the kind draw for his side at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Rohr could not have asked for a more favourable group if he had stood on the podium and dipped his hands into the bowl himself. Guinea, Madagascar, and Burundi are as good as he, or any other Nigerian, could have hoped for going into the ceremony on Friday night, under the shadow of the legendary Sphinx.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Straightforward as the group may look, it likely won’t be the case. The last time Nigeria were at the Nations Cup, they also had an easy draw. With Burkina Faso, Zambia, and Ethiopia to face, and they barely managed to scrape through on 5 points out of an available 9. To be fair, they did go on to win the tournament.6

The German was practically preening as he attempted to keep his eye on the details on Friday. “It would be a great showpiece of football but it is important for our players to avoid injuries as the season heads towards the end,” he told ESPN.

But as is always form with the Nigeria coach, he was quick to advise caution: “It is a tough group and we have to be at our best and our fittest.
Skipper Ahmed Musa also toed the same line: “I think it is a tough group for the Super Eagles. It is important for us to stay fit and avoid injuries so that everyone would be in great shape in Egypt.

“We have a young team who have played at the World Cup but have not played at the Afcon. For me, we are ready for any country in Egypt. It would be an interesting experience.”cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Both men are wise to advise caution. Both Guinea and Madagascar will throw up bad memories for the Super Eagles. All three were in the same group for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

During that series, which was the last time the Super Eagles met either side, interim coach Austin Eguavoen’s side lost 1-0 in the first leg of the qualifiers in Conakry.

Premier League goalkeeper didn’t know what Nazi salute was, says FA panel

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey “did not know” what a Nazi salute was, a Football Association panel has said.

The Wales international was charged after appearing to perform a Nazi gesture in a photograph posted on Instagram by German teammate Max Meyer. Hennessey denied the allegation, and suggested the gesture was “absolutely coincidental” — and the charge was eventually dropped.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The written reasons for the decision, published on Tuesday, stated the 32-year-old was not punished because he proved he was unaware of the historical significance of the gesture.4

“Mr. Hennessey categorically denied that he was giving a Nazi salute,” the statement read. “Indeed, from the outset he said that he did not even know what one was.

“Improbable as that may seem to those of us of an older generation, we do not reject that assertion as untrue. In fact, when cross-examined about this, Mr. Hennessey displayed a very considerable — one might even say lamentable — degree of ignorance about anything to do with [Adolf] Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime.

“Regrettable though it may be that anyone should be unaware of so important a part of our own and world history, we do not feel we should therefore find he was not telling the truth about this.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“All we would say [at the risk of sounding patronising] is that Mr. Hennessey would be well advised to familiarise himself with events which continue to have great significance to those who live in a free country.”

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.

Orioles’ Davis ends 0-for-54 streak, asks for ball

Baltimore’s Chris Davis ended an MLB-record 0-for-54 skid with his first hit of the season Saturday, dropping in a two-run single in the first inning off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.

Davis clapped his hands and called for the ball after reaching base to end the longest hitless streak by a non-pitcher in major league history. It began last season on Sept. 15, 2018.

He finished the Orioles’ 9-5 win with three hits — adding an RBI double in the fifth inning and another double in the eighth for his first multihit game since Sept. 4, 2018.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“It felt good to contribute today and finally see some hits fall,” Davis said. “Hard work’s paying off; I knew it would. … There was definitely a significant weight lifted off my shoulders.”5

Davis confirmed after the game that he did get the ball after the first-inning hit, and he plans to get it authenticated.

“You’re just pulling for him,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I talk about it every day, but that’s part of my job, and I’m OK with that. Things happen. It’s not about me; it’s about Chris and his well-being and his mindset and what he’s going through.

“When you’re with somebody for 12 hours a day, and you see the work they are putting in, and it wasn’t paying off until today. It’s a great feeling to watch him do what he did today.”

Davis, 33, is looking to regain his All-Star form from 2013, when he drove in 138 RBIs and hit 53 home runs. He hit at least 26 home runs the four seasons after that but regressed dramatically last season, posting a career-worst .168 batting average with 49 RBIs and 16 home runs.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“I think the biggest thing for me is just not having the headache of having to answer questions and having my teammates have to answer questions,” Davis said about the end of the streak. “… We’ve kind of turned the page now and really focused on the team.”