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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.

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.

Extensions are MLB’s new normal. Are Bryant, other Cubs next?

Has there been a change in strategy around baseball? What used to be the goal of nearly every player — earning the right to choose which team he plays for — might now be less appealing. From Nolan Arenado to Aaron Hicks, young players are beginning to see the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side. It means signing extensions with their current teams could be the norm more than the exception.nike nfl jerseys for cheap

“Of course there’s some hesitation that goes along with it [free agency],” Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant said recently.

Pitcher Kyle Hendricks added: “We’re paying attention and taking note of what’s happening. Regardless of all of that, I’ve always said I would love to be in Chicago for my whole career. I know how tough that would be in this day and age.”6

The Cubs are an example of a team that has been unable to sign any of its young players. But it’s not for a lack of trying. Past discussions haven’t resulted in a single long-term deal for players such as Bryant, Hendricks, Javy Baez and Kyle Schwarber. Common thinking is players want to test the free-agent market, figuring they can’t do worse when all 30 teams can bid on them.

At least, that used to be the thinking. It still might be for stars such as Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, but that leaves many others wondering about the free-agent landscape before the collective bargaining agreement expires in a little less than three years. After all, it’s March and there are plenty of players without jobs.

“We’re all watching what’s going on,” one agent for a second-tier type player said. “I wouldn’t say our strategy has changed. But it could. And it it’s different for every player.”

Union chief Tony Clark said the message from players is loud and clear: They want to see all 30 teams trying to win every year. If that were the case, the 30- to 32-year-old veteran might be more in demand.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

“The value for players that can help teams win doesn’t seem to be what it should be,” Clark said last week after visiting with Cubs players. “It appears that there are a number of teams who are working toward and interested in being the last team that’s standing, and there are a number of teams that don’t appear to be quite interested in that.”

Would you rather have a team of 25-homer hitters or all Gold Glovers?

This debate was a topic of discussion on last week’s Baseball Tonight podcast with Buster Olney: Would you rather have a lineup of eight 25-homer players or eight Gold Glovers? Fun question. With eight 25-homer dudes you’re going to hit 200 home runs, although 200 home runs isn’t what it used to be — 11 teams reached that figure in 2018. The Gold Glove team is going to be brilliant on defense, but you have no idea what kind of offense they bring to the table.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Buster, Tim Kurkjian and myself went with the Gold Glovers. Producer Josh Macri went with the 25-homer team. So did the listeners, as the 25-homer lineup easily won the poll on Twitter with 65 percent of the vote.5

Well, I looked into this … and let’s just say that Buster, Tim and myself were correct and Josh and the rest of you were wrong. I was surprised the poll results (with over 11,000 votes) weren’t closer, because when I think of Gold Glovers, the first names that pop into my head are Nolan Arenado, Mookie Betts, Yadier Molina and Andrelton Simmons, two superstars with the sticks and two solid hitters with legendary gloves.

Now, I suppose the 25-homer defenders could make this argument: Gold Glove winners are often selected because they had good seasons at the plate that aren’t necessarily representative of their true ability. That might be somewhat true (although more so before they reworked the way Gold Gloves were awarded a few years ago). For example, Jacoby Ellsbury’s lone Gold Glove came in 2011, which also happened to be his best offensive season, as he hit 32 home runs.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Most Gold Glovers, however, have long careers. Probably the most obscure Gold Glove winner over the past 10 seasons was Darwin Barney, the National League Gold Glover at second base in 2012. He spent three seasons as a regular, with eight seasons total in the majors. On the other hand, many members of the 25-homer club have brief careers or short stints as regulars or just one fluky 25-homer season.

So I’ll stick with my guess: Go with the Gold Glovers. Trust your old baseball writers, my friends.

Adam Vinatieri, 46, finalizes return to Colts

Future Hall of Fame kicker Adam Vinatieri has agreed to terms on a new contract to return to the Indianapolis Colts, general manager Chris Ballard told 1070 The Fan on Friday.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The NFL’s all-time leading scorer with 2,598 points will return for a 24th season at the age of 46. League sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Vinatieri was finalizing a one-year contract with the Colts.5

Vinatieri and the Colts were eliminated from the playoffs in the AFC divisional round by the Kansas City Chiefs. Vinatieri missed the shortest field goal of his career and an extra point in what was an overall abysmal performance by the Colts, whose season ended with a 31-13 loss.

Prior to the playoff miss, Vinatieri had been 194-of-200 in his career on field goals between 20 and 29 yards. He was 97-for-97 on field goal tries from 23 yards and shorter entering the game against the Chiefs.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

This season, Vinatieri was 23-of-27 on field goals, with a long of 54 yards, and made 44 of 47 extra points.

Pedro insists Kepa substitution row did not split Chelsea dressing room

The incident with Kepa was widely viewed as undermining Sarri’s authority and several reports this week claimed members of the Chelsea squad had sided with their goalkeeper over their head coach.

But speaking to ESPN after the Spurs win, Pedro insisted: “There has been a lot of talk this week and that always destabilises [things] a little, but the truth is that in the dressing room we are together, as a great team.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

“We have not given much importance to everything that has been talked about and in the end that is the most important thing. We are focused on doing well in every game to get the three points, because from here to the end of the season they will be all finals and we will try to fight to be in the top four.

“This was a great match for us to gain confidence and stay there [in the fight for the top four].6

“We have all talked to each other in the dressing room. We’ve also talked to Willy and we’ve talked to the coach. The truth is that we have solved all the problems and I think it has been a [small] incident rather than a serious problem.

“It always serves to learn. We are with Kepa, with Willy and with the manager. This is the path that we have to follow. Now we need to get ready very well for the match against Fulham because it is another final.”

Kepa’s moment of public insubordination at Wembley overshadowed an improved performance from Chelsea even in defeat on penalties to City, and they built on the positives on their return to Premier League action against Spurs.

Asked if Wednesday’s win could be a turning point in a difficult season, Pedro replied: “I think so. We have played very well in the last two games, we were more solid, more compact and we created more chances.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“Against City we already played a great game. It was a pity that we did not have luck in front of goal. Today we did have that and this is the way to go.

“We have to keep playing like this against the top teams and against any team every week to try not to drop points and be in the top [four], because now it is our main goal.”

Yankees’ Troy Tulowitzki ‘a little pumped up’ after homering against Blue Jays

And if he wasn’t sure his actions were enough, Tulowitzki did his share of talking after the Yankees’ 3-0 win.

“That was the team that basically told me I couldn’t play anymore,” Tulowitzki said. “You guys know the story. You know what happened. So yeah. No doubt about it. It was definitely extra, extra special.”

Tulowitzki called the solo shot “the biggest spring training home run I’ve ever hit.”

The intense, raw emotion he spoke with was on display when he rounded the bases, too. Tulowitzki could be seen shouting loudly as he ran the bases, and he did the same when he came back to the dugout, where he was greeted with high fives and hard pats on the back by teammates.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“Oh, I’ve been thinking about that at-bat for a long, long time,” Tulowitzki said. “So yeah, I got a little pumped up there. But anybody who tells you you’re done, you’re going to have a little extra fire.”5

Following two injury-plagued seasons, the Blue Jays released Tulowitzki, 34, in December. They continue, however, to pay him $38 million over the next three seasons. Although he’s with the Yankees on a league-minimum $555,000 deal, Tulowitzki is still getting paid more by Toronto than any other player currently on the Blue Jays’ roster.

His injury troubles began in 2017, when an ankle sprain cost him much of the second half of that season. Last spring, his heels were the problem. Tulowitzki was forced into having surgery on both to fix bone spur problems. Ultimately, it cost him the entire 2018 season. As a result, Tulowitzki hasn’t played in a regular-season game since July 28, 2017.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“All the rehab that I was doing and all the hours that I put in trying to come back from my surgery, there were a lot of people that said, ‘Forget about it,'” Tulowitzki said. “There were people who said I’d never make it back on a baseball field again.”

Just after he was cut last December, Tulowitzki held workouts that drew interest from multiple teams, including the Yankees, who flew back to where he was training in California to look at him a second time. After that workout, they decided to give him a chance to be their regular shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery.

Mark Glowinski, Indianapolis Colts reach 3-year, $18M extension

The Indianapolis Colts kept Mark Glowinski from becoming a free agent, signing the guard to a contract extension Tuesday. A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the three-year deal is worth $18 million.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Glowinski, who was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks in 2017, started nine of the 11 games in which he saw action for the Colts in 2018. He became the starting right guard in early October after Matt Slauson sustained a season-ending back injury.6

With Glowinski re-signed, all five starters on the Colts’ offensive line are under contract for the 2019 season. He was the team’s only regular starter not signed through next season.

The Colts’ offensive line allowed just 18 sacks this season — fewest in the NFL. Quarterback Andrew Luck went 239 pass attempts this season without being sacked — the third-longest stretch in NFL history.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Indianapolis’ offense ranked seventh in yards per game (386.2) and sixth in passing yards (278.8).

Candid Anthony Davis says Celtics part of trade list

That was just one of several jaw-dropping moments during Davis’ 24-minute meeting with the media Saturday. He discussed not only the possibility of playing for the Celtics but also why he would be interested in joining the New York Knicks, the firing of Pelicans general manager Dell Demps on Friday afternoon and why he asked for a trade out of New Orleans in the first place.

“I’m just keeping it real, to be honest,” Davis said with a smile, when asked why he was being so forthright about his future. “I knew that’s all you guys wanted to talk about. I just stated how I feel, stated my intentions, and we’ll go on from there.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The most significant of those stated intentions, however, was Davis’ willingness to go to Boston. With young forwards Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and a plethora of draft picks — most notably a protected first-rounder from the rebuilding Memphis Grizzlies that could become unprotected in 2021 — the Celtics have enough to beat any other team’s realistic offer for Davis.

The one thing that could have stopped them, however, was being unsure of Davis’ willingness to stick around after he can become a free agent in 2020. That, in theory, could have opened the door to Davis’ top destination, the Los Angeles Lakers, where he could play alongside LeBron James and instantly return the Lakers to championship contention. New Orleans, however, was underwhelmed by the Lakers’ collection of young players (Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball) and draft picks, and negotiations became both public and acrimonious on both sides.5

Davis, though, was happy to talk about his future in mid-February. When the Celtics came back up in the wake of him saying they were on his list, Davis repeated a variation of the same phrase — “I never said Boston was not on my list” — three times. He subsequently went on NBA TV and declared that “all 29 teams” were on his list, which ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported before the trade deadline was initially two teams — the Lakers and Knicks — before later expanding to the LA Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.

“Market [size] doesn’t matter to me,” Davis said. “I just want to win. Big market, small market, it doesn’t matter. My focus is on winning at this point in my career. And wherever that may be, it could be a big market or a small market, I just want to win.”

Davis was asked why he would be interested in playing for the Knicks, who are on his list while sporting the NBA’s second-worst record at 11-47.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“It’s a great franchise,” Davis said. “Playing obviously at the Garden, the city … but also Milwaukee is on that list, too. It doesn’t matter about big market, small market; it’s about winning for me.