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Cardinals RHP Martinez to start season on IL

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez will begin the season on the injured list as the two-time All-Star tries to work his way back from shoulder weakness.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Martinez will not appear in exhibition games. He is to throw on flat ground for the next week before moving to a mound.

St. Louis has not announced a timetable for Martinez’s arm-strengthening program. The pitcher received a platelet-rich plasma injection two weeks ago, and manager Mike Shildt said treatment improved Martinez’s condition.5

A 27-year-old right-hander, Martinez was the Cardinals’ Opening Day starter last year but did not pitch for St. Louis from May 8 until June 5 because of a strained right lat muscle, then was out between July 19 and 30 because of a strained right oblique and between July 30 and Aug. 21 because of a strained right shoulder.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

When he returned, he pitched out of the bullpen and had five saves. He finished 8-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 18 starts and 15 relief appearances.

Joel Embiid is back to make everything work for the Sixers

As the Philadelphia 76ers have navigated major roster turnover and accelerated playoff goals, coach Brett Brown has returned to his mantra: “It all comes down to how the plane lands on April 15.”

The health of Joel Embiid will dictate what Philadelphia’s playoff path will be.

Less ubiquitous than “all is well that ends well,” Brown has used this saying as an anchor. The ups and downs of individual regular-season games are trivial, the saying goes, so long as the Sixers are a healthy, well-oiled machine come the postseason.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“You’re going to hear this a lot,” Brown said. “It’s all about landing the plane. Healthy, spirit, me figuring out the best way to substitute, the group playing for each other. It is still and always will be about a team. I mean this sincerely: That rules my world.”6

The Sixers have had their fair share of trials over the course of the season. Brown has worked to integrate fiery Jimmy Butler and sharpshooter Tobias Harris — both new to the team this season — into Philadelphia’s system. The team just had to fight through eight games without their dominant and emotional franchise center in Embiid, who was sidelined with a sore left knee.

The Sixers looked one step closer to playoff form on Sunday afternoon. Embiid returned for his first game since the All-Star break and the Sixers defeated the Indiana Pacers 106-89. The 76ers moved into third place in the Eastern Conference with the win over the Pacers, who dropped to fourth place.

Philadelphia now has 15 regular-season games remaining the get fully healthy, iron out their chemistry kinks and find a rhythm.

“There is enough time, I believe, to figure out proper rotations and how to integrate Joel back into this mix,” Brown said. “There are many pieces that equal we are ready to go play in the NBA playoffs. And right now we are cramming.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Before Sunday’s game, Brown said he expected to play Embiid in four-minute spurts because the big man’s conditioning level was a “C”. In the first half, Embiid was on the floor for short stints, but as the game went on and Embiid found his footing, Brown left him in for longer and longer stretches.

NBA suspends Ibaka three games, Chriss one

The NBA has suspended Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka for three games for his role in a fight with Marquese Chriss of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, the league announced.

Chriss has been suspended one game by the league.

Both bans are without pay. Ibaka will lose $448,276 in total salary; Chriss will forfeit $22,111.

Ibaka went to the floor after the two were battling for position under Cleveland’s basket as the Raptors attempted a full-court pass that sailed out of bounds.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Ibaka shoved Chriss from behind and grabbed near his neck before throwing a punch. Chriss responded with a punch before players from both teams separated the two. Ibaka immediately headed for the locker room, and both players were kicked out after the officials conferred.5

In announcing the suspension, the league said that Ibaka’s discipline was “based on his instigation of the physical altercation, throwing a punch at Chriss, and his prior history of fighting during NBA games” and that Chriss’ punishment “was based on throwing a punch at Ibaka.”

Ibaka will begin serving his suspension Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Chriss served his suspension Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Cleveland was ahead 91-77 at the time of the incident and went on to win 126-101.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Earlier in the game, Ibaka hit the court hard in the second quarter after being fouled by Chriss after a rebound.

Monday’s game marked the eighth ejection of Ibaka’s 10-year career and the third for Chriss in three seasons.

The NBA previously suspended Ibaka after altercations with Robin Lopez in 2017 and with James Johnson last season. He was suspended one game after both of those cases.

Agents: RT James to sign $51M deal with Denver

James, 26, was arguably the top right tackle on the free-agent market after starting 62 games for the Dolphins the past five seasons.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

The 2014 first-round pick (19th overall) out of Tennessee is coming off his best season as a pro. James, who was the highest-paid right tackle in the NFL last season while playing out his fifth-year option for $9.341 million, helped form one of the best offensive tackle duos in the NFL opposite Laremy Tunsil.6

One of James’ showcase performances came against the Chicago Bears in Week 5, when he held Khalil Mack to zero sacks and just one tackle as he was matched up with him for much of the game.

The 6-foot-6, 312-pound James is a strong athlete, which allowed him to pull effectively throughout the season, a task not many tackles willingly and successfully accept.

The previous Dolphins staff had a lukewarm relationship with James, but the new staff was vocal about a desire to re-sign him.

“We sure hope he does [stay],” new offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said Feb. 14. “He’s a good football player.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

But Miami is undergoing a rebuild, and the price to re-sign James exceeded what it wanted to spend. The Dolphins plan to rebuild their offensive line through the draft.

Dolphins bring back WR Parker on two-year deal

The Miami Dolphins have reached agreement on a two-year extension with wide receiver DeVante Parker, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal is worth up to $13 million if Parker hits every incentive included in the contract, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The new deal wipes away the fifth-year option worth $9.4 million that would have been guaranteed if Parker was still on the roster Wednesday and replaces it with a two-year deal with lower base salaries.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Dolphins exercised their fifth-year option on Parker last April in hopes that the player would realize the potential that got him drafted 14th overall in the 2015 draft out of Louisville.5

Parker’s bouts with injuries and inconsistency prevented him from becoming that player, but the new regime still wants to invest in Parker at a lower cost.

Parker’s best season came in 2016 when he finished second on the Dolphins with 744 receiving yards on 56 catches and four touchdowns. He had 24 catches for 309 yards and a touchdown in 11 games last season.

Parker, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver, has the ability to take over games.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

In 2018, Parker seemed to find himself in Adam Gase’s doghouse at times. Parker’s agent, Jimmy Gould, made headlines around midseason by calling Gase “incompetent” in statements to the media.

But it’s a new era in Miami under head coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier. They want to see if Parker, 26, can reignite his career.

Parker will rejoin a young Dolphins receiver corps that features Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant.

PSG players want to go on holiday, season to end after Manchester United loss – Tuchel

“Just days after the match, many of the players wanted the season to be over and to go on holiday for a bit,” Tuchel said at a press conference on Monday. “It was not an option.

“We are not going to win the Champions League this season, but it is an opportunity for us to act like champions.”

Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe — whose handball saw United awarded the late spot-kick — have both spoken publicly since the defeat, with the former reaffirming his commitment to the PSG project and that he has struggled to sleep since. Meanwhile Kimpembe said the team were complacent — something Tuchel does not agree with.

“I have not listened to Presnel’s take,” he said. “I felt my squad was more tense than before the match in Manchester.

“My players were very serious during Sunday’s training session. Last week’s match was different from Manchester or Belgrade. I feel differently to Presnel. If he feels that way about himself, then he should change things. This is not the time to try to explain the inexplicable.”

PSG’s ultras, who were allowed to attend training at Parc des Princes on Sunday to vent some of their frustration, have made it clear that they expect greater character from their team and Tuchel was understanding.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“The ultras are sad and angry,” he said. “We understand that and accept it.5

“However, they must understand that nobody feels worse than we do right now. We respect the fans and performed brilliantly together at Old Trafford. Now is not the time to voice doubts.”

Meanwhile, Tuchel has said he is keen to stay at the club for as long as he is wanted.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The defeat to United led to question marks over the former Borussia Dortmund manager’s future, but sources quickly assured ESPN FC last week that the German is safe in his job.

“Of course, I would like to stay here for a long time and enjoy success — that is my objective, clearly,” Tuchel said. “It feels bad.

“I feel bad and we are all sad. We have all spoken together and yesterday’s training session was of exceptional quality. It was not the same spirit as pre-Manchester, but it was still very high — lots of concentration and quality. That is a first step forward and we want to keep pushing the players to handle this situation in the best way. This Dijon match [in Ligue 1] is the best remedy.”

Tuchel said he is still adamant that PSG did not deserve to be dumped out of the Champions League and pointed to sporting greats that have overcome adversity. Although, he did also recognise that similar “accidents” predated his arrival.

Tanaka named Yankees’ Opening Day starter

Masahiro Tanaka will be the New York Yankees’ Opening Day starter March 28 against Baltimore, taking the spot left open by Luis Severino’s shoulder trouble.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced the decision before Saturday night’s spring training game with the Orioles.

Tanaka is replacing Severino, who will not make the start at Yankee Stadium because of right-shoulder inflammation. Severino was scratched from his first planned start of spring training Tuesday after feeling discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“Masa has clearly shown through his life really that he’s really good in the big spot,” Boone said.5

Yankees newcomer James Paxton will start the second game and J.A. Happ, both left-handers, will pitch the third game against the Orioles.

Tanaka, 30, discussed what it means to start the opener after his outing Friday night against the Detroit Tigers.

“Obviously, if you’re given the opportunity to pitch on that day, you want to go out and do your best,” the right-hander said through an interpreter. “If you look back, I don’t think I’ve necessarily been good on opening days. I’ve gotten some experience. We’ve gone through playoffs. So, if that situation were to arise, I can go out there and give a good performance.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Tanaka has made three previous Opening Day starts (2015-17) for the Yankees. New York lost all three games, with Tanaka charged with the loss in two.

Money game: Antonio Brown working system for new deal

Rumblings began to surface that Antonio Brown took note of the new money hitting the receiver market and would want to get in on it soon enough. Brown had just signed a five-year, $72.7 million extension a year earlier, but there was a vision.

Brown would cash in again.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Less than seven months later, Brown was posting pictures of agents Drew and Jason Rosenhaus working at a table at Brown’s home as the Steelers were inching closer to trading the All-Pro receiver. Drew Rosenhaus and Brown can hammer out parameters for a new deal with his new team — despite having three years left on his contract.6

To be sure, the notion that Brown sought a trade and publicly criticized his team solely over a new deal is misguided. Brown’s issues with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers mushroomed throughout the season, and Brown — tired of feeling like a scapegoat for the Steelers’ problems — sought a chance to remind people that he’s a transcendent talent, not a Steelers creation.

But the parallel of Brown’s impending uniform change and the lack of guaranteed money on his three remaining contract years is hard to ignore.

Brown, who calls himself an entrepreneur, used the turmoil as a contractual springboard.

He’s working the system.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

The merits of Brown’s unpredictability over the past few months can be debated, but through the prism of NFL business, Brown is attempting to pull off something quite difficult — treating himself like a free agent in the middle of a long-term extension.

And he seems to be getting away with it. He made himself untenable in Pittsburgh, and he has made himself untenable elsewhere without new money.

Grading the Antonio Brown trade from Steelers to Raiders: Who won?

The Antonio Brown trade, at its core, is about money. It’s about a lot of other things — power, respect, aging and double standards all come to mind — but at the end of the day, this is a trade about money, which is why I didn’t think it was going to happen. I’m not sure there’s been a swap like this in recent memory, in which a superstar player on a veteran deal was dealt away in the prime of his career without offering his team any sort of salary-cap savings.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

In making this trade now, the Steelers are passing up the opportunity to keep one of the five best wideouts in football on their roster for $22.2 million of cap space for the opportunity to eat $21.1 million in dead money on their 2019 cap and let that guy play for somebody else. Organizations only eat that sort of dead money when they have a player commit some serious off-field discretion (Junior Galette, Ray Rice), or if they’re rebuilding and dumping underwater contracts from the previous regime (Marcell Dareus), and that’s usually over two seasons.4

As a 30-year-old receiver who led the league in touchdowns last season, Brown is none of those things. For a team regularly in contention with an aging quarterback to willingly turn 11 percent of its salary cap into dead money requires a very specific, strange set of circumstances to go wrong. To make that decision and net a pair of midround picks is potentially unprecedented.

When it only appeared the Steelers were cranky about Brown, I assumed both sides would eventually work toward a resolution, mostly because it didn’t make financial sense for the team to tie up its cap space to let Brown go somewhere else. The point where things shifted was when Brown went onto social media and indicated that he also wanted a change of scenery. It wasn’t quite Terrell Owens doing sit-ups in his driveway, but Brown’s decision to go onto Twitter and call out Ben Roethlisberger didn’t do his situation any favors.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

In the process of trying to push his way out of Pittsburgh, Brown eroded the organization’s leverage. The Steelers spent the past two months publicly flailing, alternately leaking stories that suggested a trade hinged on getting a first-round pick, then suggesting it wouldn’t. They set a final offer deadline for Friday and then let that deadline come and go. After news conferences and statements from various levels of the organization seemingly contradicting each other, they were forced to settle for third- and fifth-round picks from the only team that seemed seriously interested in bidding for Brown throughout the entire process.

Imagine going 12 months back in time to tell the biggest Steelers fan you know that Pittsburgh traded Brown for two midround draft picks. Heck, imagine going back six months ago and telling the biggest Steelers fan you know that they would get worked in a deal by the Raiders.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer proves at PSG he’s the only choice for Man United manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted recently that he wanted to “give the best job interview I could ever do” during his supposedly temporary spell as Manchester United manager. The Norwegian had already done that before his team stunned Paris Saint-Germain to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals, but this historic victory must surely now be followed by confirmation that he really is the man to take the job on a permanent basis.

Solskjaer really can do no more to earn the right to become Jose Mourinho’s full-time successor at Old Trafford after this, but with the result — a 3-1 win — and performance being played out in front of club owner Avram Glazer, former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Old Trafford icon Eric Cantona, it was a night that felt like a coronation.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

The next time United make a public announcement, it should be to tell the world that Solskjaer, currently on loan from Norwegian club Molde, is their new manager. If not, United supporters might just storm Old Trafford in protest, and honestly who could blame them.

When the 46-year-old arrived at Old Trafford last December, he was answering an SOS call from his former club, who were drifting badly off course in the Premier League under Mourinho.6

United were 11 points adrift of the top four, with senior players, most notably Pogba, at odds with the Portuguese boss and so badly out of form that a January clearout could not be ruled out.

Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, called on Solskjaer to steady the ship and try to salvage something from the season while the club searched for and appointed an experienced manager to repair the damage caused by Mourinho. Mauricio Pochettino was top of Woodward’s list. The Tottenham manager was the only serious name in the frame, but Solskjaer not only got on with the job, he repaired the broken dressing room, restored belief among the supporters and put a smile back on the club’s face.

The results came immediately and they haven’t stopped, with only PSG beating Solskjaer’s United — 2-0 in the first leg at Old Trafford — during an incredible run of 14 wins in 17 games.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

But nobody outside of the United dressing room really believed they had a chance of overcoming PSG in the Parc des Princes. Inspired by Kylian Mbappe, the French champions destroyed United at Old Trafford in a 2-0 victory last month.