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Warriors withstand James’ 51 points to win NBA Finals Game 1

Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Warriors capitalized on Smith’s mistake that sent the game into overtime, overcoming a 51-point performance by James to beat Cleveland 124-114 in Game 1 on Thursday night.

The game nearly over, James jawed with both Curry and Klay Thompson, then Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green tangled moments later and made contact. After replay review, Tristan Thompson received a Flagrant 2 foul and ejection with 2.6 seconds left.authentic cheap nfl jerseys

James was in utter disbelief as regulation ended stunningly: George Hill made the first of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left after being fouled by Klay Thompson, but when Smith secured the rebound of the second, he dribbled back toward halfcourt instead of shooting, apparently thinking the Cavs had a lead.

”He thought it was over. He thought we were up one,” coach Tyronn Lue said.24

Yet Smith insisted he knew the score. Green figured Smith was simply looking for James, saying, ”I would have looked for LeBron, too.”

”I just thought we were going to call a timeout. Because I got the rebound, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t shoot it over KD,” Smith said of Kevin Durant. ”If I thought we were ahead, I would have just held on to the ball so they could foul me. Clearly that wasn’t the case.”

Instead, OT.nike nfl jerseys for sale

And why not? Both these teams were pushed to their limits in seven-game conference finals they each had to win on the road.

”I can’t talk about a situation that way because I do some dumb stuff on the court,” Durant said of how the fourth quarter finished. ”I don’t know what was going through J.R.’s head. He made a great rebound and gave them an opportunity to win the basketball game.”

Game 2 is Sunday night back at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors have won 18 of their last 19 postseason games. In 2015, when the Golden State beat the Cavs to capture the franchise’s first title in 40 years, the first two games of the series went to OT – Golden State winning the opener and Cleveland Game 2.

James shot 19 for 32 to go with eight assists and eight rebounds in the opener of his eighth straight NBA Finals and ninth overall, as well as Cavs-Warriors Take IV. James notched his eighth 40-point game during this playoff run to tie Hall of Famer Jerry West’s feat in 1965 for most in a single postseason.

”We’ve got to move on,” James said. ”This game is over and done with. We had opportunities.”

James drove past Curry for a three-point play with 50 seconds remaining in the fourth. But James was given a foul following a review with 36.4 seconds left and Durant converted a pair of free throws to tie it at 104.

The call had initially been a charge on 2017 finals MVP Durant and James protested the change – while KD said afterward he thought it was the right decision because ”I knew he was late on the drive and I knew I had my man beat and he came over a little late.”

LEADING OFF: Dodgers’ Buehler makes 1st start, Bryant rests

START HIM UP

Prized Dodgers prospect Walker Buehler makes his first big league start, taking on visiting Miami. The 23-year-old righty reached the majors last September and had a 7.71 ERA in eight relief appearances.cheap chinese authentic nfl jerseys Buehler was a first-round draft pick in 2015. He’s getting this chance because starter Rich Hill is on the disabled list with a cracked fingernail.

REST HELPS

The Cubs are off, meaning slugger Kris Bryant gets to heal from a beaning. He had a cut above his eye, caused by his sunglasses, after a fastball from Colorado’s German Marquez hit off helmet Sunday. The team said Bryant passed tests and had no sign of a concussion. The 2016 NL MVP is hitting .319 with two home runs and 11 RBIs. The Cubs next play on Tuesday night at Cleveland.

”As good as can be expected,” manager Joe Maddon said after Chicago’s 9-7 win. ”I haven’t heard the word concussion yet, so hopefully good.”

ASCENDING ASTROS263

Fresh off sweeping a three-game series from the White Sox and outscoring them 27-2, the World Series champion Astros return home to face the Angels, having won six in a row. Gerrit Cole is 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA over four starts in his first season for Houston, striking out 41 in 28 innings. Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to pitch the second game of the series on Tuesday night for Los Angeles.

STREAKS

Twins star Brian Dozier has set a team record with a 16-game hitting string to begin a season. He passed the 15-gamers by Kirby Puckett (1994) and Josh Willingham (2012). Dating to last year, Dozier has a hit in 23 straight games.chinese made nfl jerseys He’ll try to extend the streak when Minnesota opens a series against Masahiro Tanaka at Yankee Stadium. … Indians righty Carlos Carrasco is 9-0 with a 1.75 ERA over his past 11 starts since Aug. 27. He pitches the series finale at Baltimore

Wall takes over, Wiz beat Raps 106-98 to tie series at 2-2

He raced to the other end of the court. When he returned to his team’s sideline, china nfl nike jerseys he threw a red towel, before being held back by teammates.

”I was beyond emotional. Beyond mad. Frustrated. Pretty much any synonym you can add,” Beal said. ”I told my team that we were going to win, regardless. Especially if we’ve got John still in the game, I love our chances.”

That would be John Wall, and Beal was exactly right. Wall took over down the stretch after his backcourt mate was done for the day, scoring or assisting on 10 of Washington’s last 14 points as the No. 8 seed Wizards came back to beat the No. 1 Raptors 106-98 Sunday night and even their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at 2-all.

”When Brad went out,” Wall said, ”I knew I had to do whatever it took.”250

Wall finished with 27 points and 14 assists and, at the other end of the court, guarded All-Star DeMar DeRozan, making sure the Wizards would not be pushed to the brink of elimination ahead of Game 5 at Toronto.

Asked whether the official told him why that call was made, Beal replied: ”He wasn’t explaining that one. There was no explaining to do.”

Wizards center Marcin Gortat’s view of the officiating: ”I truly believe that some of those calls are very soft. I’ve never seen so many soft calls in the playoffs.”

After Beal left,buy nfl jerseys wholesale  the Raptors immediately went up by two, but Wall pulled the Wizards even with a layup that drew a goaltending call, then put the hosts in front to stay by feeding Markieff Morris for a layup off the glass.

With Beal cheerleading, jumping and waving his arms, Wall just kept producing, showing no signs of fatigue despite playing all 24 minutes in the second half. This is a guy who missed about two months of the regular season because of surgery on his left knee.

Will the Bills have the NFL’s worst quarterbacks in 2018?

With about three weeks until the draft, this is not the time to believe everything that is said across the NFL.

But if Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula was being truthful — and not necessarily strategic — last week, the new nfl jerseys then the Bills might have a higher opinion of their current quarterback situation than most do.

“Without tipping our hand at what we’re going to do in the draft, we look at all positions,” Pegula said at the annual league meetings. “It could be a quarterback. But we’re not in as bad of shape as you might think we are at that position right now.”

The Bills’ trades last month of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, in exchange for a third-round pick, and left tackle Cordy Glenn, moving the Bills from No. 21 to No. 12 in the first round, added fuel to already-rampant speculation Buffalo was maneuvering to trade up further in the first round and acquire one of the draft’s top quarterbacks.

Yet within days, the New York Jets made an aggressive trade to move from No. 6 to No. 3, potentially boxing out their division rival from what appeared to be a prime draft slot for a team looking for a franchise quarterback.

In the wake of the Jets’ trade, Bills general manager Brandon Beane stressed at the league meetings — as he did at his combine and post-free agency news conferences — that it is far from certain he trades up for a quarterback.

That could be viewed as a negotiating tactic from Beane, who might not want to appear too desperate, or simply a way of managing fans’ expectations if he is unable to execute a trade up the board.

But Pegula’s comment the next day seemed to be more than a smokescreen. nfl football jerseys cheap His hint that the Bills are happier than most believe with only AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman on their roster at quarterback suggests Beane keeping his bounty of draft selections and going a different direction than quarterback at No. 12 overall is a real possibility.

Mike Tomlin’s spring dinner schedule tips off Steelers’ draft strategy

When dining with a draft prospect around a pro day, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike cheap nfl jerseys chinaTomlin often lets the player pick the place. He figures the selection might reveal a little something about the person he’s considering in the draft.

He’s been everywhere from local barbecue spots to Red Lobster, but the food is an afterthought.

“I love getting out and meeting a young player in his environment,” said Tomlin from the NFL owners meetings at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes.

The Steelers are leaving a crumb trail spanning thousands of miles, and it just might affect the Steelers’ first-round pick for the third straight year.

Two years ago, Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert buttoned up with cornerback Artie Burns at Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach. They drafted him 25th overall.

Last spring, they dug in at The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co. in Madison, Wisconsin, with linebacker T.J. Watt and Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst. Watt went 30th overall to Pittsburgh.

Joining them at the table next week is LSU running back Derrius Guice, who will dine with Colbert and Tomlin in Baton Rouge before the Tigers’ pro day.

To be sure, sharing a meal is not a prerequisite to get drafted by the Steelers. But it can definitely help, especially because of Tomlin’s affinity for the process.
Tomlin will eat with any prospect even if they aren’t expected to be on the board when the Steelers draft — like running back Saquon Barkley, a projected top-five pick.authentic nfl jerseys Tomlin proves this by revealing he dined with cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the No. 4 pick in 2016, the week of that year’s draft. The Steelers had no chance of getting Ramsey but that’s not the point for Tomlin, who’s building a file on a player for now and for years down the road.

“It’s team building,” Tomlin said. “If you’re in our business, team building is exciting. The position is exciting. We’re all undefeated and scored upon. There’s optimism associated with that. I love getting out and meeting a young player in his environment.”

Pierre-Paul trade sets stage for more Giants moves

There is an overhaul in progress at 1925 Giants Drive. New general manager Dave Gettleman is cutting, trading and allowing pieces to walk with regularity these days. cheap nfl nike jersey It’s a necessary course of action after a 3-13 collapse that resulted in coach Ben McAdoo and former general manager Jerry Reese being fired.

The latest exile from Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur’s new regime is defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.

This move surprised even Pierre-Paul himself, according to a source. It comes just one year after he signed a four-year deal worth $62 million with $40 million guaranteed.

Those numbers are at the core of the move. Gettleman is clearing money for the future and shedding a player who didn’t really fit the team’s new 3-4 defensive scheme with Olivier Vernon also on the roster.

The Giants will have $15 million in dead money against the salary cap this year. They save only $2.5 against the cap for 2018 by sending Pierre-Paul elsewhere. It’s in the future that this move will offer its biggest benefit.

The Giants are free of Pierre-Paul’s $19.5 million cap hit next year and $17.5 million the following year. If quarterback Eli Manning comes off the books as well, the Giants will enter next offseason with financial flexibility they haven’t seen in years.

This will allow Gettleman and Shurmur to really put their stamp on the team and build a roster that fits their vision. It’s not a one-year process. Not after 3-13 with five missed playoff appearances in six years. They’re going to need two to three years to rectify some of the mistakes of the past.

The Giants don’t have a single player remaining from their 2010-13 draft classes.nike nfl jerseys cheap china  They are one of five teams, along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills without anyone remaining from those four drafts. The Giants have only one player, Odell Beckham, remaining from the 2014 draft.

Special teams a priority for Jaguars in free agency

Being among the best teams in the NFL in special teams has been a priority under head coach Doug Marrone. It’s one of the key parts of what he wants the Jacksonville Jaguars’ identity to be: cheap nike nfl jerseys china a tough team up front that’s built around the run game, plays good defense and has consistency on special teams.

That’s why he hired Joe DeCamillis, who is one of the league’s top special-teams coordinators, and it’s why general manager Dave Caldwell has made adding players who specialize in special teams a priority during free agency the past two offseasons.

Last week the Jaguars signed or re-signed nine players in free agency and four of them were done specifically for special teams: Cody Davis, Don Carey, Niles Paul and Lerentee McCray.

“We felt like we had a good core of guys last year,” Caldwell said. “James O’Shaughnessy, Blair Brown, Donald Payne — those guys did a nice job for us but to add to those three guys and bring in a guy like Niles Paul, Cody Davis and Don Carey — and then we’ve got the draft to bring in some more in that aspect, too.

“Not only for special-teams player, but those guys could be good solid backups for us, too.”

The Jaguars successfully converted three fake punts last season. Two were on runs by Corey Grant, who also ranked fifth in the NFL among players with at least 15 kickoff returns at 24.9 yards per return. Kicker Josh Lambo, who was signed on Oct. 17 to replace Jason Myers, made 19-of-20 field-goal attempts, including a 34-yarder late in regulation and a 30-yarder in overtime to beat the Los Angeles Chargers in his third game with the team.

The Jaguars ranked 13th in kickoff coverage and 17th in punt coverage — not great,nfl nike jersey cheap  but not terrible — but also ranked 31st in net yards per punt. The Jaguars were tied for 24th in Rick Gosselin’s annual special-teams rankings, which he has compiled for the past 39 years.

Cowboys could find ‘keeping their own’ even more problematic in 2019

The Cowboys can argue that they did not want to pay the price to keep those players, which is fine, nike nfl jersey cheap but if they don’t get ahead of the market by signing players to extensions before they reach free agency, then they won’t do anything but spin their wheels in free agency.

Speaking on the team’s luxury bus from the NFL scouting combine last month in Indianapolis, owner and general manager Jerry Jones was almost gloating about the compensatory picks the team received for losing Leary (fourth round), Church (fifth round), Carr (fifth round) and Claiborne (sixth round).

Depending on what they end up doing in free agency, they could get a fourth-rounder for Hitchens in 2019. The picks help make up for the loss of proven players, and the Cowboys could use them in trades to move up in next month’s draft.

But if the Cowboys’ plan is to “keep their own,” then they could face a difficult task in 2019.

They could have as many as 12 players set to hit unrestricted free agency, including three massive pieces to their success: Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin and defensive lineman David Irving.

The Cowboys kept Lawrence on the franchise tag this year, chewing up $17.143 million of their cap space. They have until mid-July to sign Lawrence to a multi-year contract or else he will have to play this season on the tag.

Martin is set to play out the year on his fifth-year option at $9.3 million. The Cowboys have wanted to lock him up to a long-term contract since last summer, but have not been able to close the deal. An extension would free up cap space this year and lock down Martin the same way they did Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. The Cowboys will not shy away from making Martin the highest paid guard in the NFL, which is now north of $13 million per season.

The Cowboys gave Irving, a restricted free agent, the second-round tender at $2.9 million. authentic nfl jerseys Theoretically, another team could sign Irving to a massive offer sheet, which the Cowboy won’t match in order to gain a second-round pick this year, but if not, then Irving would be scheduled to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent in 2019. If Irving can put together a full season of work, then his price will be enormous.

It took 92 years, but Devin and Jason McCourty on cusp of rare football feat

1. What is Gene and Tom Golsen, with the 1926 Louisville Colonels?

If you guessed the answer for that question is the last and only time the Pro Football Hall of Fame has record of twin brothers playing regular-season games on the same professional football team,cheap nike nfl jerseys china take a bow. It also means Patriots defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty have a chance to do something in 2018 that hasn’t been done in 92 years.

That’s one of the fun storylines as a result of the Patriots’ acquiring cornerback Jason McCourty — who is expected to compete for a starting role opposite of Stephon Gilmore — in a trade Thursday. Tom Golsen played in one game for the Cardinals in that ’26 season, while Gene played in three.95

And while it faces some longer odds, this bit of “twin Patriots history” actually has two chances to happen in 2018 because Jacob and Cody Hollister are also on the roster.

Jacob played 15 regular-season games last season as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming and shows promise as a developmental tight end/special-teamer, while Cody spent 2017 on the practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas and hopes to carve out a niche as a reserve receiver/core special-teamer.

2. When newly signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn was with the Falcons over the past three seasons, he played mostly on the right side, which traces to how he suffered from Erb’s palsy at birth (he had lost some movement and had some weakness in his right arm). That Clayborn has overcome that to have a productive college and pro career has been inspiring to many, nfl nike jersey cheap and was one thing that stood out to me when communicating with those who have coached Clayborn. “Tough-minded competitor, resilient, quiet in the locker room but a respected teammate,” one said. The Falcons drafted Takk McKinley in the first round last year, which made Clayborn expendable in Atlanta.

Tyrann Mathieu’s skill set has to intrigue Steelers

A rangy safety who can line up as a cornerback or linebacker with a mix of athleticism and physicality?

That’s the kind of hybrid weapon the modern Pittsburgh Steelers defense covets. Versatility is why they drafted Ryan Shazier and Sean Davis.cheap nike nfl jerseys china And that’s why the team should at least have a detailed conversation about free agent Tyrann Mathieu, who was released by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday due to a bloated salary.

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The reasons for not signing him are clear — money and injuries. Despite turning 26 in May, Mathieu has battled through two significant knee injuries and a shoulder issue. The Steelers sit at $6.512 million in cap space as of Thursday, the third-lowest clip in the league, so meeting Mathieu’s demands would be a challenge. Mathieu is used to making $10 million per year, which should be his market. The Steelers barely have enough cushion to sign a rookie class.

But since signing a former Pro Bowl defensive back fresh off a release worked out well last summer with Joe Haden, maybe the Steelers employ a similar strategy. Haden carries a $11.916 million cap number and the Steelers don’t seem to care much because he’s their best player in the secondary. Haden is one of five Steelers with a cap hit of more than $10 million, which has them in cost-cutting mode this time of year, but no move is impossible. The Steelers did just make $26 million of space disappear with four contract restructures since February.

Point is, if the Steelers really wanted to make a run at a wrecking-ball safety in free agency,nfl nike jersey cheap they can make it happen. They passed on the top inside linebackers at $5-9 million per year, but only the elite linebackers can swiftly cover the pass as well as the run, which is crucial in today’s NFL. Mathieu can do both.

Steelers teammates have nudged Mathieu on social media, with Haden teasing a phone call to the Honey Badger. Recruiting won’t be enough to move the Steelers into a deal. And all signs point to bargain-shopping once again.