Olney: Keep an eye on these starting pitchers as deadline nears – Buster Olney Blog

Small sample size carries weight in July in a way it does not the rest of the baseball season, as teams get inspired — or spooked — by a couple of really good or really bad games leading up to the trade deadline. An evaluator told a story recently about how one of his players in the midst of a good season struggled one day, and the phone calls from other teams with expressions of trade interest stopped. As if someone had turned off a light switch. Everybody is looking…

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Olney: How deadline dominoes will fall following Machado deal – Buster Olney Blog

It is true the Orioles possess some kind of all-time record for deals wrecked by failed medical examinations, and yes, their proposed trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers was slowed by a snag in the doctor review. But the trade is done, about 24 hours after the Dodgers kicked off the production of jerseys and shirts with MACHADO stitched across the back. Now the dominoes will fall in a lot of different directions: Los Angeles Dodgers: The addition of Machado and the $6 million he’s owed for the rest…

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Chris Long pushes back on Ben McAdoo’s Eagles commentary – Philadelphia Eagles Blog

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long knows getting back to the mountaintop is no easy feat, but he isn’t buying what former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo is selling. Chris Long said it’s fine for the city of Philadelphia to savor the emotions of winning the Super Bowl, but the players need to separate themselves from the buzz. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire In a recent interview with the New York Post, McAdoo picked his old team, the Giants, to win the division in 2018, in part because he believes the…

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What can NFL’s best sophomore class do for an encore? – New Orleans Saints Blog

They say it takes three years to truly evaluate an NFL draft class, but the New Orleans Saints shifted that process into hyperdrive last season with one of the best rookie hauls in league history. Running back Alvin Kamara and cornerback Marshon Lattimore became the first duo to sweep the league’s Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards in 50 years, with both making the Pro Bowl. A total of five rookies became starters for the Saints, including offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk and safety Marcus Williams, who looked like…

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Olney: Home Run Derby sluggers prep for the big event – Buster Olney Blog

Freddie Freeman is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and one of the eight participants in Monday’s Home Run Derby, the annual event of big and powerful and frantic hacks, and he is fully capable of hitting a baseball a long way in batting practice. It’s just that he doesn’t. Ever. Freeman chuckled in a phone conversation Friday and said, “I haven’t hit a home run in batting practice in three years.” Three years? Seriously? Freeman confirmed this. Three years. It’s one of the many interesting back stories behind this year’s Derby, related…

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San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle could break out at TE – San Francisco 49ers Blog

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In an offseason that saw Jason Witten retire to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth while Antonio Gates awaits a team to sign him and Rob Gronkowski flirts with ending his NFL career, it’s safe to say the tight end position in the NFL is in a state of transition. With those superstars moving on or close to it, there are a number of vacancies at the head of the class alongside the likes of Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz. While there’s no shortage of options…

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La dolce vita: Former NFL WR enjoys pizza, pigskin in Italy – Detroit Lions Blog

Kris Durham had been through hundreds of game days. His plan, naturally, was to arrive early, get dressed, take the field and warm up. Nope, he was told. Taking the field would have to wait. An under-15 youth soccer game had to finish first. The former Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans receiver laughed. This was a place so far from where he had been and, yet, so much of where he wanted to be. Former NFL receiver Kris Durham spent two seasons playing professionally in Parma, Italy. Lorenzo Dalco/Special…

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Falcons’ Ito Smith has long-distance fan in namesake Judge Ito – Atlanta Falcons Blog

Lance Ito grew up a Los Angeles Rams fan. He cheered from the L.A. Memorial Coliseum stands in October 1961 when five-time Pro Bowler Jon Arnett returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. Although his heart and loyalty remain with the Rams and the hometown UCLA Bruins, the 67-year-old Ito now has a legit reason to root for at least one player on a football team located outside Los Angeles. It’s a guy nicknamed after the famed judge from the well-publicized O.J. Simpson murder trial:…

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Coral-Eclipse Preview | RaceBets Blog EN

Ulysses winning the 2017 Coral-Eclipse The Coral-Eclipse is the undoubted centrepiece at Sandown this Saturday. This Group 1 contest ran over 1m 2f has been won by some elite thoroughbred down through the years, with racing greats such as Sadler’s Wells, Giant’s Causeway and more recently Golden Horn. This year’s race has a slightly open look to it, with Epsom Derby winner Masar is likely to start favourite but his form has a somewhat suspect look it however which I know is a strange thing to say about a Derby winner.…

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Irish Derby Weekend Review | RaceBets Blog EN

Latrobe winning the Irish Derby It was another red letter day in the brief but fruitful training career of Joseph O’Brien this weekend as his Latrobe won the Irish Derby under his brother Donnacha O’Brien. This was a first classic victory for the fledgeling 25-year-old trainer with a horse that was given very little chance by many. The lightly raced son of Camelot took four runs to shed his maiden tag and in doing so did not impress people particularly the handicapper who actually dropped him a pound for…

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