Jaguars asked fans to GIF their training camp excitement and it was a disaster

Fans are usually eager for the start of training camp. It gives a glimpse of what they can expect from their favorite team this season and it means the long wait for football is nearly over. Jaguars fans, however, are having a harder time being enthusiastic about the team right now.

“We’re going to look at it,” Marrone said, via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco. “We’re going to look at those plays. If there’s any struggle or things we don’t like, then obviously we’re going to be smart enough to throw that crap out.”

Tyler Patmon, who has started two NFL games in his three-year career and was not signed by any team in 2016, picked Bortles off twice. Linebacker Telvin Smith snagged one interception and ran it back for a touchdown, and linebacker Josh McNary and safety Tashaun Gipson each had a pick.

Ryan O’Halloran of Jacksonville.com charted Bortles as completing 13 of 22 passes, or 59 percent, in 11-on-11 drills. Three of his picks came in 11-on-11 work.

This is part of the reason Jaguars fans have such a hard time mustering any enthusiasm about training camp. Bortles threw 16 picks against just 23 touchdowns last season, and he has thrown 11 pick-sixes over his three-year career.

But it is just practice, and Bortles hadn’t thrown any picks over the first two days of training camp. And it’s unlikely that Chad Henne or Brandon Allen will beat out Bortles for the starting role. For Jaguars fans’ sake, here’s hoping Bortles shakes off his very bad day.
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List of picks, results for Rounds 1-7

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft opened the offseason in earnest Friday with the first round. Below is the full draft picks and results for all seven rounds, featuring pick number, team, player and position.

There may not be a generational talent like Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews in this year’s class, but the draft still offers plenty of intrigue. That’s especially so as Vegas, a true wild card, builds for its future with the myriad draft picks acquired while holding other teams hostage during the expansion process.

Fans have pointed out how hypocritical of a comment this is given Scott’s career in the NHL. The journeyman player was suspended multiple times while in the league for his dirty play.
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We have more revenue than the Flyers, Penguins, the Boston Bruins. Most of our tickets are multiyear. The lower bowl is three to 10 years.

That’s impressive company to keep, especially for a team that has yet to take the ice.

Elite Kids Brandon Marshall Jersey Foley insisted the Knights have sold 13,500 of the 17,000 seats for regular-season games at T-Mobile Arena. All of the suites sold out, too, he said.

For perspective, the Penguins have a sellout streak of 484 consecutive games at PPG Paints Arena and were the NHL’s 11th-most profitable franchise in 2016 according to Forbes’ most recent valuation. Forbes estimated the Penguins took in $85 million in gate receipts for the 2015-16 season.

I know this is not a team, player or coach, but the green room idea was a terrible one. Keeping many of the top prospects in the green room, as opposed to in the stands where there is always a special public reaction when selected, was a misfire by the league’s events/PR group. Please, next year have all of the prospects in the crowd, not off behind closed doors like in other sports.

Wild sending Erik Haula to Las Vegas Golden Knights prior to expansion draft

In an attempt to keep defensemen Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella and center Eric Staal, the Minnesota Wild reportedly will send center Erik Haula and 2014 first-round pick Alex Tuch to the Vegas Golden Knights.

According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Wild, who made Dumba, Scandella and Staal available for Wednesday’s expansion draft, agreed to losing Haula and Tuch instead in a deal with Vegas.

Elite Kids Jonathan Toews Jersey Haula would have become a restricted free agent July 1. Russo reported he agreed to a multi-year deal with the Golden Knights during their exclusive free agency window, which closed at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday.

Haula, 26, played in 72 regular season games and recorded 15 goals and 26 points for the team with the second-best record in the Western Conference last season.
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The Vegas Golden Knights announced on Wednesday that their expansion draft picks have officially been submitted.

To maintain salary cap equilibrium after handing Evgeny Kuznetsov a monster eight-year, $62.4 million extension, the Capitals traded 24-goal scorer Marcus Johansson to the Devils in exchange for second- and third-round draft picks in 2018. Johansson, 26, broke out as a consistent threat last season, logging a career-high in goals and points (58). His loss will be difficult to bear, but it was necessary in that it cleared his $4.5 million cap hit from the books.

Isaiah Austin beats the odds, signs professional contract

Just before the 2014 NBA Draft, Isaiah Austin saw his dream of playing professional basketball dashed.
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The former Baylor center was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. NBA commissioner Adam Silver made Austin a ceremonial pick between the No. 15 and No. 16 picks of the draft on June 26, 2014, to at least fulfill Austin’s dream of getting drafted.

In fairness, New York was without star forward Kristaps Porzingis for the second straight game because of an Achilles injury. Yet, Hornacek’s anger seems to have been boiling with some unsavory performances in recent games.

I have to find someone to play some defense, Hornacek said. You can’t come out beginning of the game 鈥?I think their first three or four baskets were 3-pointers. We’ve got to have better pride in that.

Entering Monday’s game, the Magic were averaging just 99 points per game, and they played without shooting guard Evan Fournier because of a heel injury. The defensive letdown caused the Knicks to lose their fifth straight game.

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Bucks concerned for status of Sudan native Thon Maker following travel ban

President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on the entry of non-American citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries has caused a headache for a lot of people, including those in the NBA.

The NBA has contacted the State Department for clarification on how the ban might affect the league and teams with players from those countries.

“That’s one of the things in the meeting: Young guys just want a little bit more from him,” Gibson told ESPN, noting that Wade practiced Saturday. “And he brung it today. He pushed the young guys. And that’s a sign that that meeting did a little something.

“It’s all about positive. We’re not trying to have any negative aspects, anything like that. We got everybody against us right now. The only people who are going to help us out of this is ourselves. And we understand that. And [executive VP John Paxson] said it in the meeting yesterday, too.”

Wade and Butler started Friday’s loss to the Miami Heat on the bench as punishment for their comments following Wednesday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Butler told reporters Wednesday that the Bulls “don’t play hard all the time.” Meanwhile, Wade called out some of his teammates for not caring about winning, saying “I can’t be frustrated and I can’t care too much for these guys. [They] have to care for themselves.”

Bulls guard Rajon Rondo then interjected himself in the story Thursday after making a lengthy post on Instagram in which he criticized Butler and Wade.

ESPN reported the Bulls fined all three players an undisclosed amount.
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they cried foul after visiting the free-throw line 13 times.

Jack Lambert Game Jersey John Wall recorded his 11th straight game of at least 10 points and 10 assists (second to only James Harden’s 12 this season), but the Wizards shot just 42.5 percent from the field in the 102-92 loss to the Jazz. Then they cried foul after visiting the free-throw line 13 times.

Jonathan Quick Game Jersey It’s frustrating, Wall told reporters. You keep attacking the basket. No-name guys getting calls on the other end, that’s getting little contact. You drive to the basket and get contact the whole game and [they] try to make up for those calls the last two or three minutes of the game. It gets frustrating.

Boogie’s 18th technical foul this season came 32 seconds into Sunday’s loss and will earn him another automatic one-game suspension by the NBA, lest the foul is rescinded. For his part, it’s the fastest Cousins has ever gotten a technical in an NBA game.

Indiana Pacers (30-29) at Houston Rockets (42-18), 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT — In opting against trading Paul George at last week’s deadline (and failing to acquire any help for the face of the franchise in turn), the Pacers solidified their status as a lame duck in the competitive Eastern Conference. George has just 19 points (on 6-of-20 shooting) in two games since, and Indiana could quickly fall out of the playoff race.

Raptors (37-25) at Bucks (27-33), 8:00 p.m. ET — Toronto is surviving without Lowry, but it faces a tough game on the road against a Milwaukee team that desperately needs wins to sneak into the final playoff spot. The Eastern Conference seemed wide open, but the Cavaliers look like the favorites once again.

DeRozan has stolen one move from him that has taken his post game to the next level.

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It’s worth noting DeRozan is 9 for 15 when he turns over his left shoulder, so he is comfortable going in both directions. And while he’s less likely to turnaround over his left shoulder, it doesn’t prevent him from being a dominant post scorer. As Kobe Bryant once explained (to Nick Young of all people), players have to be predictable to be unstoppable. The reason why?

If you’re unpredictable you don’t know what the heck you’re going to do, so how can you dictate to the defense what you’re going to do?

Speaking of Bryant, DeRozan has stolen one move from him that has taken his post game to the next level. Being able to turnaround over both shoulders gives DeRozan a strong foundation to work with because he can take what the defense gives him, but his shimmy makes him practically unguardable. You’ll often see players put all their weight into defending DeRozan on the block to prevent him from getting deeper post position. As a counter, he’ll simply fake as if he’s going to turn over his left shoulder before turning over his right.

Chatwood was only able to record one out before being replaced by Freeland, and is now on the disabled list with a right calf strain, further compounding the rotation’s injury woes and increasing the emphasis on the rookies.

But Freeland has been getting a lot of help from his veteran teammates, who he said have helped him with mechanics or other issues that they may have faced in their younger years. He’s picked their brains to find out what helped them succeed, as Freeland put it.
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They helped us out with whatever we needed, Freeland said. They encouraged us to be part of this team and help us win.

Gray, 25, has pitched in three big-league seasons, which qualifies him as a seasoned veteran in this rotation. He’s helped dispense advice for his less-experienced teammates.

Marcus Morris wants no parts of Jimmy Butler’s high-five

If you played competitive sports as a kid, you likely learned important life lessons about competing with maximum effort while respecting your opponents — or maybe you got more of Marcus Morris’ motto: I’m here to win, so get out of my face.

The Pistons forward visited the free-throw line in the third quarter of Monday night’s game against the Bulls. Morris, an 80.1 percent free-throw shooter this season, missed his first attempt and got the traditional high-fives from his teammates. Shake it off, make the next one, bend your knees, follow through. All that stuff.
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This looked like the season the Clippers would finally put it all together. Not only did they win 14 of their first 16 games in dominating fashion, they looked like the type of team that could give the Warriors problems if they were to meet in the postseason. Then they dropped a few games — as most teams usually do when they come out of the gates as hot as the Clippers did — which was later punctuated by Blake Griffin missing 17 games with an injury followed by Chris Paul tearing a ligament in his thumb.

The Clippers have surprisingly kept their heads above water despite those injuries and are in a position to walk into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed with Paul set to return soon. They’ll need him to stay ahead of the Jazz, Grizzlies and Thunder in the standings with 25 or so games to go.

Game Youth Dylan Strome Jersey What’s most important, though, is Paul, Griffin, J.J Redick and DeAndre Jordan are healthy when the calendar hits April 15. Since this might be the last opportunity for them to make a run with this core, it’s about time we got to see them at their full potential. And who knows, if they are all healthy, maybe they can actually give the Warriors a run for their money.

Louisville sophomore Donovan Mitchell to enter NBA Draft, won’t hire agent

Louisville sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell will the NBA Draft, but has no plans to hire an agent, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. That means he can attend the NBA Draft Combine, but may return to college without losing eligibility. He will have 10 days after the combine to make a decision.

“I talked to Coach [Rick] Pitino and he felt like it was the right decision also,” Mitchell said via Goodman. “Whether or not I leave or not, I can improve.”

“It’s my dream to play in the NBA,” he continued. “But I want to make sure it’s the right decision. There’s no downside to doing this, and I want to see where I’m at.”

Mitchell, a 6-3 combo guard, averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Cardinals this past season. He’s expected to be a first-round pick and is rated No. 25 in Sporting News’ latest NBA mock draft.

Shaq became the fourth Laker to be immortalized with a 1,200-pound, nine-foot statue now hovering over Star Plaza at Staples Center.

“I still think there’s a couple other guys that probably deserve a statue more than me,” Shaq said, mentioning Wilt Chamberlain and James Worthy. “But I’m honored. They’re giving me a statue in front of the place I like to say I built. Staples does start with ‘S.'”

Staples is also getting crowded when it comes to housing statues. The Lakers have Shaq, Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in bronze. They’ll no doubt add a fifth statue when they decide it’s time to honor Kobe Bryant. That got us thinking: Bryant is an absolute lock to get a statue. West calls him the greatest Laker ever. But who else in the NBA is a no-brainer?

Then we’ve taken it even further, looking for the top four players who just fall short of a statue. No disrespect, but we’re talking about the ultimate honor. Lastly, we’ll go out on a limb and forecast the four players we believe will one day be immortalized in bronze.
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MLB trade rumors: Blue Jays GM: ‘No plans for a complete rebuild’ in Toronto

With less than two weeks until the trade deadline, there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only just about the viability of contention this year, but whether the organization is preparing to press the reset button and begin a rebuild.

Although there have been whispers of a potential fire sale in Toronto, GM Ross Atkins has offered the most convincing evidence yet that the Blue Jays won’t be tearing things down anytime soon.

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Atkins spoke with Buster Olney on the Baseball Tonight podcast a few weeks back and addressed many things, including the Blue Jays’ trade deadline approach. Atkins reiterated that the club isn’t looking to tear things down ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

It’s just about trying to improve, get better and win. We’re never going to say ‘we don’t want to win,’ Atkins told Olney. Ultimately, why we have our jobs, in our minds, there is no plans for a complete rebuild.

For us, it’s how do we get better — how do we compete — how do we win? We certainly feel like we have a chance to do that this year and next year.

Game Kids Marcus Cooper Jersey Atkins wasn’t naive about the team’s dwindling playoff chances this year, but it appears the Blue Jays are reluctant to endanger their 2018 plans by making any potential big-ticket trades involving Josh Donaldson, Marcus Stroman or Roberto Osuna.

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