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Ings double seals Southampton victory over struggling Watford

Watford were dealt a major blow in their bid to avoid relegation as a Danny Ings double and James Ward-Prowse’s stunning late free kick condemned them to a 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Saints started strongly and took a well-deserved lead in the 16th minute when Ings glided past the challenge of two Watford defenders before curling a low effort into the far corner.8

The striker added a second goal in the 70th minute after intercepting a wayward throw from goalkeeper Ben Foster before Jan Bednarek’s own goal handed the Hornets a lifeline.

But Ward-Prowse’s free kick in the 82nd minute sealed the victory for Southampton, who rose to 13th place with 40 points, while Watford remain in 16th with 28 points, one point ahead of third-bottom Bournemouth, who have a game in hand.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Rays’ Wander Franco one of many top prospects picked for 60-man player pools

Top prospect Wander Franco is part of the Tampa Bay Rays’ 60-man player pool, and the Detroit Tigers are including their most heralded young pitchers as baseball gears up for its abbreviated season.

Sunday was the deadline for teams to submit player pools, although additions can be made later. Many teams announced pools well below the 60-player limit.

Franco, a 19-year-old shortstop, is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline. He spent last season at Class A, so it would be quite a jump for him to contribute in the majors in the immediate future, but putting him in the player pool makes him an option for the Rays — and could help his development in a year when the coronavirus shut down the minor leagues.

Pitcher Brendan McKay and infielder Vidal Brujan, two other top Tampa Bay prospects, also made the pool.nfl nike jersey cheap

“They are some of our more advanced prospects,” Rays general manager Erik Neander said. “Certainly on the position player side that’s where things went and why Wander was a leading candidate for a spot.”8

The Tigers are rebuilding around pitching prospects — including Casey Mize, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft. He’s in their player pool, along with Matt Manning, Tarik Skubal, Alex Faedo and Franklin Perez.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

A majority of teams took at least five catchers, and the defending champion Washington Nationals included a whopping 36 pitchers in their pool. The Baltimore Orioles announced only 44 players total at this time — not counting outfielder Trey Mancini, who was listed on the 45-day injured list and is likely to miss the season following colon cancer surgery in March.

The Nationals included infielder Ryan Zimmerman in their pool, although he said recently he was still deciding whether he would play.

The New York Yankees listed Miguel Andujar and Tyler Wade as infielders/outfielders, a sign they could see more outfield time if Aaron Judge (broken rib), Giancarlo Stanton (strained right calf) and Aaron Hicks (Tommy John surgery) aren’t sufficiently healed. New York put right-hander Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery) on the 45-day IL, agreed to minor league contracts with infielder Matt Duffy and catcher Max McDowell and released right-hander Dan Otero, then re-signed him to a minor league contract.

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ player pool was without reliever Edgar Santana, who will miss all of the 2020 season after being suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. MLB announced Sunday that Santana tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The Pirates did not include right-hander Quinn Priester or shortstop Nick Gonzales, their top draft picks from 2019 and 2020.

Bucs CB Carlton Davis recounts guns-drawn, ‘traumatizing’ traffic stop while teenager

In the wake of ongoing conversations surrounding racism and police brutality, Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting cornerback Carlton Davis gave an account Wednesday of an encounter with law enforcement that he says, to this day, has made him fearful of police.

When Davis, who is African American, was 14 or 15 years old attending Miami Norland Senior High School, he, his brother and a few friends were pulled over by police officers and had guns drawn on them.

Davis said on Instagram that as the car was pulled over “we were bum-rushed with guns in our faces. It was just like guns in our faces and we had done nothing wrong. It was the fact that they had seen kids in the car and said that the car looked like a car that was involved in a crime.”

“What would have happened if we felt startled and made a sudden movement?” Davis said in the post. “The trigger could have been pulled, you know what I mean? It would have been another case of the police officer just saying, ‘I was fearing for my life’ because you moved.”nike nfl jerseys for cheap

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences found that black men and black youth face a 1 in 1,000 chance of being killed during an encounter with law enforcement during their lifetimes. Those odds are 1 in 2,000 for men in general, according to the study.7

Davis’ mother is a correctional officer and had spent years instructing Davis on what to do should he encounter law enforcement, including not reaching for his phone, not making any sudden movements and not speaking out of turn. He carefully followed all of her instructions, but to this day he’s still haunted by the experience.

“It was very traumatizing. It was so unexpected,” Davis said after the post went live. “To kind of live on eggshells and have to be very cautious around your own community is not an ideal way to live. That definitely does something to your psyche as far as your everyday living and how you go about making your choices as far as going to the store or driving and when the police pops up, what are you doing and how are you driving? To have guns pointed at us at such an early age, it just kind of introduced us to the world a lot quicker than we wanted to.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Stanford Open Policing Project, which analyzed 93 million traffic stops from 2001 to 2017, found that black drivers were 20% more likely to be pulled over by police than white drivers. The study also found that police were more likely to find drugs, guns or contraband in stops of white drivers, but black drivers were still searched 1.5 to two times as often.

“When you’re being stopped, the first thing a cop sees is a black man and once they see that, anything they do is to intimidate you. For what reasons? I don’t know. I don’t know what they experienced or what happened, but I’ve been stopped by so many cops. And it honestly started when I started driving,” Davis said.

“I can’t say I’ve never ran into a good cop, but I can say that every time I got stopped, for one made-up traffic reason or another, I felt them trying to intimidate me through orders, through tone of voice. It was constant threats of, ‘You could go to jail for this,’ and it’s like, ‘Uh, why are you mentioning taking me to jail if I’ve done nothing wrong?'”

Zach LaVine disappointed Bulls aren’t part of NBA’s 22-team plan to finish season

Summer has officially begun for the Chicago Bulls and seven other NBA teams not invited to Orlando to finish out the rest of the 2019-20 regular season.

“It sucks. You’ve got to understand it. It’s a weird time, especially with everything that’s going on right now, but it’s upsetting too,” Bulls star Zach LaVine said during Friday’s media availability. “We weren’t even good enough to get to the play-in game, so it’s upsetting and it just shows that we’ve got to do a lot of things differently to get ourselves that recognition to get to that spot.”

Chicago (22-43) was 11th in the Eastern Conference standings and on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season when the coronavirus pandemic shut down the league on March 11. Since the Michael Jordan era ended in 1998, the Bulls have won fewer than 45% of their games, which ranks in the bottom third of the league (23rd), according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Golden State, Minnesota and New York were the others not included in the 22-team format to complete the season.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

Games are set to resume July 31. But even if the Bulls were invited, forward Thaddeus Young admits there is concern among players about the new format.

“For me, it’s two-fold. Obviously, I wanted to play. I wanted to be a part of it,” Young said. “But another side of me was worried about being away from my family or if they were to even come down. Just me being around everybody in general, playing basketball and then going back to my family and not knowing if I contracted the virus. Or not knowing if my family contracted the virus.

“As I said before, I have two young kids and I have a wife and my major concern is their health. Me, personally, I think I can fight it off, but I don’t know if my kids would be able to do that. I don’t know if my wife would be able to do that. So I don’t want to put them in harm’s way.”8

The eight teams left out of this season’s resumption — fearing significant setbacks in the development of young players over months of inactivity — have proposed ideas for regional mini summer leagues, training camps and organized team activities, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.

“Not playing for eight months puts us in a competitive disadvantage,” Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas said Saturday. “… These eight teams, we’re getting now on calls and we have conversations of how we can develop our players and how we can have structure in place to get some practicing and possibly some scrimmaging in the offseason to catch up to the teams that are going to be playing. So, the work never stops and I informed players that we will inform them, depending on what the league will allow us to do this summer, and we’re going to go from there.”cheap nike nfl jersey

Young said the long hiatus has likely “added a couple more years onto my career,” while LaVine eyes the 2021-22 season as an opportunity for a strong comeback by the Bulls.

Chicago pulled the trigger to shake things up by hiring new general manager Marc Eversley and bringing in Karnisovas, but LaVine thinks a change starts with the players.

“We’re the ones on the court,” said LaVine, whose 25.5 points per game was the highest by a Bulls player since Jordan averaged 28.7 points in 1997-98. “Obviously, they’re going to go out there and do their job and do the best they can and will work their butt off, but we have to continue to go out there and grow as well.

“We can’t continue to make the same mistakes. We have to change our identity and how we’re looked at as a team to [having] a winning culture. We had high expectations for this year … and it wasn’t anything like that. I think we competed extremely well. I think we were one of the hardest-playing teams in the NBA, but you need that ‘W’ in your win column, so we’ve got to get better.”

Man Utd not in market for striker with Ighalo stay – sources

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is satisfied he does not need a striker this summer following Odion Ighalo’s loan extension and will instead focus his attention on signing a more versatile forward, sources have told ESPN.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Manchester United have agreed to keep Ighalo until January 2021 after a successful initial spell, prompting plans to add another centre forward in the next transfer window to be scaled back.

United have monitored Timo Werner, Moussa Dembele and Harry Kane but efforts to sign at least one of Jadon Sancho or Jack Grealish — both of whom can play across the front line — will be prioritised instead.7

The club are still waiting to discover the extent of the financial implications caused by the coronavirus pandemic but sources have told ESPN there will be money to spend and Solskjaer will be allowed to strengthen his squad ahead of next season.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has said publicly he does not expect £100 million transfers in the next window because of the COVID-19 outbreak but Sancho and Grealish are expected to be available at the right price.

Both fit Solskjaer’s profile for permanent signings being British and under the age of 25.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Meanwhile, United are yet to make a decision about the short-term future of Marcos Rojo despite suggestions by Estudiantes coach Leandro Desabato that he is set to return to Old Trafford.

Rojo has played just once for Estudiantes since returning to Argentina on loan in January.

The Big Sexy comeback: Bartolo Colon wants a last spin in MLB

If there’s a pathway to play baseball under the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 season will serve as an accelerated test lab for implementing changes in the game. One of them will be the use of a universal designated hitter. The concept that Major League Baseball will be better served by having bona fide hitters at every spot in the lineup is widely popular but, unexpectedly, not with Bartolo Colón.

And not because Colón, among the players most unskilled with a bat in MLB history, hit an all-time memorable home run.

“In general, when it comes to baseball, I don’t like all the changes they’re putting in,” Colón, who turned 47 Sunday, said during a video call with ESPN. “Nowadays baseball has too many changes. We have never seen so many home runs. Right now, the game is only for the hitters.”

And for one magical day, May 7, 2016, Colón legitimately looked the part of one when, as a member of the New York Mets, he launched a home run to left in San Diego’s Petco Park off Padres right-hander James Shields.nike jerseys nfl cheap

Then 42 years and 349 days old, Colón became the oldest player ever to hit his first career home run. Video of the dinger and the portly Colón slowly rounding the bases became a social media sensation.8

“I still have the bat; it’s a beautiful memory for me,” he explained. “Ever since [my debut] with Cleveland, I always dreamt of playing interleague baseball. When I was with the White Sox [in 2003], one time I thought it was going to happen, when I faced Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs. I really thought I was going to hit it out that day because the ball was flying out of the park.”

In 2018, Colón spent his 45th birthday as a member of the Texas Rangers as the oldest active player in the majors. Bartolo kicked off his Rangers tenure with a solid 3.55 ERA over his first nine starts, but finished the season with a 7-12 record and 5.78 ERA over 146⅓ innings pitched.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

He wanted to continue pitching in 2019 but no opportunities materialized. In February, Colón signed a deal to play in Mexico with the Acereros of Monclova before the pandemic hit.

Now, facing a shortened season and expanded rosters, Colón hopes for another shot as veteran help for the back end of any MLB rotation. And, if given the choice, he would go back to the team he spent the 2014-16 seasons with, the Mets.

In a career spanning over two decades — he has also played for the Indians, Expos, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, Athletics, Braves and Twins — Colón singled out his time with the Mets as “really special.”

“If it was up to me, I would retire with the Mets. I would like my career to end in New York. I’ve played with 11 teams, but with the Mets, the way all those players treated me, how that entire franchise treated me, from the front office to the kitchen staff, was amazing. I felt like all the players were a family, and the support that the team and the fans gave me was great,” Colón said. “And Mets fans are the best. In the beginning, when they laughed at me every time my helmet fell off when I was batting, at first I felt uncomfortable. But when I saw how much the fans enjoyed it, I asked for a bigger batting helmet so that it would fall more because it was so much fun for them!”

Colón became one of the most popular players in Mets history, particularly after pitcher Noah Syndergaard anointed him with the “Big Sexy” moniker. Syndergaard even went on to publish an Instagram post of his entire family donning “Big Sexy” T-shirts.

Source: Seahawks make 1-year offer to Devonta Freeman, in talks with Carlos Hyde

In need of a veteran running back, the Seattle Seahawks have made a one-year offer to two-time Pro Bowler Devonta Freeman and also have been in talks with Carlos Hyde, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.

The Seahawks are looking to reinforce their backfield with starter Chris Carson and 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny coming off season-ending injuries. Another veteran running back, Marshawn Lynch, told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt earlier this month that his agent had been in contact with the team about a potential return to Seattle.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

The 28-year-old Freeman, meanwhile, has been a free agent since the Atlanta Falcons released him in March with three years and $21 million remaining on his contract.

SiriusXM NFL Radio first reported Seattle’s offer to Freeman.8

Hyde, 29, is coming off a career-high 1,070-yard season with the Houston Texans. He carried 245 times, also a career high, and scored six touchdowns in his lone season with Houston. The 2014 second-round pick previously played for the 49ers, Browns and Jaguars.

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General manager John Schneider told KJR-AM in Seattle earlier this month that Carson (hip) is expected to be ready by Week 1 but that Penny’s recovery from reconstructive knee surgery might sideline him beyond then. Penny tore his left ACL and suffered additional damage to the knee in Week 14 of last season.

Schneider said it’s going to be “really hard” for Penny to make it back by roster cutdowns, which happen the weekend before the opener. The Seahawks believe there’s a strong chance Penny will have to begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, in which case he’d have to miss the first six games.

The rest of the Seahawks’ backfield consists of second-year pro Travis Homer and three rookies: DeeJay Dallas (fourth round), Anthony Jones (UDFA) and Patrick Carr (UDFA).

The Seahawks open the 2020 regular season against the Falcons in Atlanta.

Jets, Jamal Adams reach impasse in contract extension talks, sources say

The New York Jets and Jamal Adams have reached an impasse in contract talks, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday, raising tensions between the team and its star safety.

The two sides have had multiple conversations since the NFL draft, but the Jets told him they prefer to wait on a long-term extension and Adams wants a deal before the season, sources said.

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On Wednesday, the cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesalepossibility of a trade came up in a conversation between the two sides, sources said, but there are conflicting accounts on how serious those talks were.

The Jets remain intent on signing Adams, 24, to an extension and have no desire to trade him, a source said. Adams is said to be open to a trade if his contract demands aren’t met. More than half the teams in the league have reached out to the Jets to express interest, according to a source.7

Clearly there is a fundamental difference on the timing of a potential extension. They haven’t discussed money yet, sources said.

Adams, eligible for a new contract now that he has completed his third season, said in January that he wants an extension by the start of the 2020 season. He is due to make $3.5 million this year. His salary jumps to $9.9 million in 2021, the amount of his fifth-year option.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Conversely, the Jets don’t feel there is a sense of urgency because they have Adams under team control for at least two years and have the option of the franchise tag in 2022. Another component is the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic, which could have a massive impact on NFL revenue.

Since 2011, only 16 of 223 first-round picks received a new contract after their third season. The most recent was Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who was drafted eighth overall in 2017 — two spots after Adams.

Adams believes he is worthy of being an exception after being named All-Pro and making two Pro Bowls in his first three seasons. He hasn’t named his price publicly, but it’s believed he wants to become the NFL’s highest-paid safety. The Chicago Bears’ Eddie Jackson has the highest average per year at $14.6 million.

The Jets entertained trade offers for Adams last fall at the trade deadline, with the Dallas Cowboys showing interest. Adams was furious upon hearing his name had come up in trade discussions.

General manager Joe Douglas said in February that his goal was to make Adams “a Jet for life,” and he hasn’t wavered on that position publicly. After the draft, Douglas said his plan was to reach out to Adams’ agent to initiate contract talks. He did, but those talks haven’t been fruitful.

Free agent Aaron Lynch signs with Jaguars

Free agent Aaron Lynch, who can play both defensive end and outside linebacker, has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced Tuesday.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

The signing of Lynch, 27, is another indication the Jaguars are going to use more 3-4 looks in 2020; the team has run the 4-3 defense since coach Gus Bradley was hired in 2013. Todd Wash came to Jacksonville from Seattle with Bradley as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2016, and coach Doug Marrone retained Wash as the defensive coordinator when he was hired in 2017.8

The Jaguars drafted Josh Allen last season and K’Lavon Chaisson last month, both of whom can play both defensive end and outside linebacker. After the draft, Marrone said the Jaguars would employ some 3-4 looks with the strongside linebacker playing up on the line of scrimmage.

Lynch spent the past two years with the Chicago Bears and appeared in 29 regular-season games with five sacks.

While Lynch missed only three regular-season games, the veteran defender sat out extended portions of training camp because of injuries each of the past two summers.

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Lynch registered 12.5 sacks over his first two years in the league but has just 7.5 sacks over the past four seasons.

Cowboys’ Ben DiNucci reminds Mike McCarthy ‘of a young Marc Bulger’

Late last week, Ben DiNucci was driving back from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a couple of things he had left at his college place as he was preparing for the NFL draft.

The seventh-round pick had been part of the Dallas Cowboys for less than a week, and he was on his way back to his family’s home in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Instead of flying to Dallas for a rookie minicamp this week, he was back in his old bedroom, surrounded by trophies and posters reminding him of his dream of playing in the NFL.

“The bedroom’s still the same,” DiNucci said. “Might be a little more dust on [the trophies].”new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Like the rest of the rookie class, DiNucci doesn’t know when he will make it to The Star, as NFL facilities are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. He has an iPad and playbook and, by the end of the week, will be taking part in virtual meetings with his new teammates.

Without the chance to be on the field in the offseason, DiNucci’s chances to impress the coaches will be more difficult, but that’s life every year for a late-round pick.

DiNucci is used to seizing opportunities.7

Go back to January, when he was at The Star as James Madison’s quarterback, preparing for the FCS national title game against North Dakota State. The Dukes were staying at the Omni Hotel connected to the Cowboys’ practice facility, and DiNucci stepped on the elevator to get to a meeting.

A number of teammates were in the elevator — and so was Mike McCarthy, who only a few days earlier had been named Cowboys coach.

“He was standing in the back and I recognized him immediately, so I went to the back, stood by him and introduced myself,” DiNucci said. “Just elevator talk: ‘Hey, Coach, your brother Joe was my eighth-grade basketball coach.’ He was familiar with the Pine-Richland area, being from Pittsburgh. He said good luck, and I wished him the best of luck in Dallas.

“When I got off the elevator, I asked my teammates, ‘Any of you guys know who that was?’ And they were like, ‘No.’ ‘Come on, that’s coach McCarthy.’ It was pretty funny. They were like, ‘Are you kidding me?’“buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

From that chance meeting, DiNucci made an impression and McCarthy kept finding connections.

DiNucci grew up outside Pittsburgh, like McCarthy. He was coached by McCarthy’s brother. He started his college career at Pittsburgh, where McCarthy coached. His coach at James Madison, Curt Cignetti, is the brother of a former McCarthy assistant, Frank Cignetti Jr., who is now the offensive coordinator at Boston College.