MLB’s seeming evolution on sports betting shouldn’t get Pete Rose off hook

Major League Baseball is reexamining its stance on gambling, which is big news.

Commissioner Rob Manfred admitted as much Wednesday afternoon at a summit hosted by Yahoo Finance. Here’s what he said:

Sports betting happens. Whether it’s legalized here or not, it’s happening out there. So I think the question for sports is really, ‘Are we better off in a world where we have a nice, strong, uniform, federal regulation of gambling that protects the integrity of sports, provides sports with the tools to ensure that there is integrity in the competition? Or are we better off closing our eyes to that and letting it go on as illegal gambling?’ And that’s a debatable point.
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We can discuss the merits of this later (short take: It needs to happen). Right now, let’s look at the obvious question that rises up from this bit of news: How does this impact Pete Rose?
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Which is why, if the NFL does establish immediate ejections and suspensions, it better be crystal-clear not only on what types of hits warrant such punishment, but for Cam Newton’s sake, how liberally those penalties are to be enforced.

Forgive the pessimism, but the league already struggles with both.

Should varying degrees of brutality be punished by varying suspension lengths? Is a player who uses the crown of his helmet to make a hit more or less offensive than a player who, as the NCAA puts it, makes forcible contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent?

There’s plenty of gray area for the NFL to fill with its colorful legislature.

Let’s just hope those colored pencils have been sharpened.

The desperation to compensate this offseason began when the Bears released Cutler and signed Glennon

For a few selections, the order makes no difference at all. Only one of those exists among regular draft picks, with pick No. 119 and No. 120 earning the exact same signing bonus and contract.

Starting after the third round, the league awards special draft selections called compensatory picks at the end of each round. This year there are a record breaking 11 picks that will be given between Rounds 3-4, with the first being selected by the Dolphins and the last by the Jets. The smallest 11-pick differential in the third round is about $56,000, but each of these third round compensatory picks will earn identical contracts, whether the first or last compensatory selection. The same holds true in all other rounds in which comp picks are awarded.

Bears coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace probably have even less time to prove they’ve gotten this pick right for their own job security.

The duo put themselves in an unenviable situation with their bungling of the quarterback position the past two years, which is inexcusable considering Pace and Fox should have began formulating an exit strategy from Jay Cutler immediately upon their arrival. The Bears failed to draft a quarterback in 2015 or 2016 while posting 6-10 and 3-13 records, respectively.

The desperation to compensate this offseason began when the Bears released Cutler and signed Glennon — who hasn’t started in two seasons as a Tampa Bay backup — to a three-year, $45 million contract that will pay him a whopping $18.5 million for the 2017 campaign. It continued when the Bears surrendered third-round picks in the next two drafts and a 2017 fourth-rounder to San Francisco to leap one slot to No. 2 and secure Trubisky out of fear another quarterback-needy team like Cleveland would attempt a similar trade-up.nike_cardinals_300

It is no secret that a certain South Side team has my loyalty

Through his years in Anaheim, followed by stops in Baltimore, Detroit and San Diego, Lynn had a slash of .263/.343/.456. Some of his problems were health-related, with Lynn averaging just 114 games a season from 1981 through his final season, 1990.
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Every year where I (got) to 140 games, I had really good years. I just needed to play more games. That’s all. I’ve never in my life done poorly if I played a lot, just never have.

He recounted a whole host of injury issues, including a broken toe, cracked ribs, a bad back, hamstring issues and three knee operations. One can only wonder what it did to Lynn’s numbers, with him winding up with 306 home runs and 1,960 hits, both totals that would seemingly doom a modern era outfielder not known for speed with Hall of Fame voters.

If you could throw in another 30 games, you’d be getting me to high 140s, Lynn said, I’m going to hit 30 homers a year instead of 20.

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Asked whether he considered himself a Hall of Famer, Lynn said Talent-wise, yes. Numbers-wise, no.

He noted, If you want to make the Hall, you’ve got to play games and get numbers, Lynn said.

Obama’s affinity for Chicago’s other MLB team, the White Sox, is well known. The Cubs’ title was far more significant to other folks in the White House, including his wife, Obama acknowledged.

It is no secret that a certain South Side team has my loyalty. … So I can’t claim that I had the same visceral joy of some in this White House. But FLOTUS is a lifelong Cubs fan.

Obama continued, I told the team this: In the eight years I’ve been here, we’ve hosted at least 50 teams – football, basketball, baseball, soccer, you name it. Michele has never come to a single event celebrating a champion until today.

NFL free agency rumors: Malcolm Butler visiting Saints Thursday

The intrigue surrounding the Saints and Patriots is set to continue.

After swapping Brandin Cooks for a Patriots first-round pick last week, the Saints might be sending a first-round pick right back to New England. Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed to The Associated Press that Patriots restricted free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler is visiting New Orleans on Thursday.

The Saints can sign Butler to an offer sheet, but the Patriots would have a chance to match any offer and would get a first-round pick back from New Orleans if they choose not to match.

Not only would the Saints lose a first-round pick, they would lose the No. 11 overall pick owned through last year’s record. They would keep the No. 32 pick acquired from the Patriots in the Cooks trade.

But Duquette told MLB Network Radio Sunday that the team is still seeking an outfielder through free agency or the trade market. And without specifically saying Bautista might be a player of interest, he did say his earlier comments were misconstrued.

The thing with [Jose] Bautista, Duquette said, I was just trying to make it clear to the agent that we didn’t want the Orioles in that conversation because I didn’t want the fans to be upset that we were trying to bring Bautista here after we had competed against him for the last six or seven years.

Authentic Kids Lawrence Timmons Jersey That kind of got blown out of proportion. We are always interested in the market this time of year. There is some good value. We’re still interested in a number of players on the market. We’ll have to see if there’s a match.

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Bills hire Brian Gaine as VP of player personnel

You get the picture. Impressive.

And it’s not just those three on the Charlotte roster. Yoan Moncada, who is’s No. 1 overall prospect and BA’s No. 2 overall pick, is the starting second baseman for the Knights. And Zack Burdi, the club’s first-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft out of Louisville, is prepping for his career as a big-league closer in the back of the bullpen.

There’s a reason the Knights were an easy choice for the No. 1 spot for Baseball America, when that respected publication was trying to determine the minor-league club with the top prospect roster. Lots of elite talent, which is rather unique for a Triple-A squad.

A lot of the time, most of your top prospects will be in Double-A or Single-A, just seems it works out this way, Knights pitching coach Steve McCatty said. I’m really …
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The Bills have hired Brian Gaine as their new vice president of player personnel, the team announced Monday.
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A source tells Sporting News the Bills had interviewed Gaine for their previously-vacant general manager position, which was given to Brandon Beane. Buffalo also hired Jim Schoen as assistant general manager.

Gaine comes to Buffalo from Houston, where he served in the Texans’ front office, most recently as director of player personnel.

It’s generally a pretty lateral move, but Brian was excited about building this and starting this, Beane told of Gaine’s jump north. I think partnering with me and Joe was attractive. I know Brian and who he is to the core and trust that he’s going to be a big time asset.

Gaine in recent years has interviewed for GM roles with the 49ers, Eagles, Bears and Jets, according to the site.

Documents detail Aaron Hernandez’s troubled time in prison

New details keep emerging in the days since former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison while serving a life sentence for murder.

The Associated Press obtained documents that reveal Hernandez was cited more than a dozen times for violations as an inmate and became a member of the Bloods gang. He also had delusions of one day returning to the NFL.

The 27-year-old Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of former friend Odin Lloyd. He hanged himself April 19, five days after he was acquitted of a 2012 double murder.

According to documents obtained by the AP through a public records request, Hernandez was disciplined for five violations while he was held in a Bristol County jail awaiting trial on the 2013 murder charge. The violations were, “threatening to kill a corrections officer and his family; submitting a urine sample that tested positive for a painkiller; committing an aggravated assault; refusing to obey an order; and possessing gang paraphernalia.”

The gang paraphernalia was reportedly related to the “Security Threat Group,” or STG, an informal group of inmates, and his gang affiliation was listed as the Bloods.

After he was convicted and transferred to the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, Hernandez was cited at least a dozen times for physical altercations with other inmates and became “insolent” with a corrections officer, the records show. Hernandez also was cited for having a homemade weapon, getting an unauthorized tattoo and having another inmate in his cell.nike_steelers_318

Lions, Giants showing interest in RB LeGarrette Blount, report says

The Lions and Giants may not be done improving their rosters even after the draft.

According to Yahoo Sports, both teams are showing interest in former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who is still unsigned after rushing for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns on 299 carries last season.

Detroit, surprisingly, opted not to take a running back in last week’s draft, despite entering the season with just oft-injured Ameer Abdullah, Zach Zenner and third-down back Theo Riddick on the depth chart.

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Carr and Jackson have both emerged as two of the top players at their respective positions. Carr is coming off his best year, throwing 28 touchdowns with just six interceptions while leading the Raiders to a 12-3 record 鈥?before suffering a season-ending leg injury against Indianapolis.
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Jackson helped the Raiders lead the NFL in fewest sacks allowed (18), while also paving the way for the league’s sixth-ranked rushing attack (120.1-yard average).

The Clippers are finished … maybe for good

The Utah Jazz danced into Los Angeles on Sunday and led Game 7 just about wire to wire in winning the series 4-3. Utah ended up winning three of the four games at Staples Center (the Clippers took two of three in Salt Lake), and it’s the Jazz who will move on to face the Golden State Warriors in the conference semifinals beginning Tuesday.

Authentic Kids Derek Watt Jersey All chatter is now focused on the fate of the Clippers. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and J.J. Redick are all free agents this summer. Bringing back the core would mean spending upwards of $250 million in payroll … for a crew that’s never made the conference finals. That seems like a bad play. But what do you do? Let Griffin walk? Say goodbye to Redick? Do the unthinkable and wave goodbye to CP3? We’ll find out in a couple months.

The Clippers became the first NBA team to blow a series lead in five straight postseasons. Paul Pierce played his final game, closing a very strange farewell tour. Utah survived early controversial foul trouble for Rudy Gobert. Perhaps no one should have been surprised at the outcome: The game was played on International Jazz Day!
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Maybe the Raptors will rediscover themselves and give James a close game 鈥?if not to win, then to at least refocus his attention back on the fact that he is playing against real people with real dreams, hopes, and families.

The Cavaliers will likely make light work of the Raptors, who should probably give up the pipe dream that they can beat a LeBron James team. Instead, they need to try to catch James’ eye, to make him notice them 鈥?because right now, he’s probably somewhere watching The Good Dinosaur and drying a single tear rather than studying film of the Raptors.

Patrick Mahomes II lands in great spot with Chiefs

Game Mens Steve McNair Jersey Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II might be one of the biggest boom-or-bust prospects in this year’s NFL draft. The Kansas City Chiefs are taking a huge gamble here, trading away their 2018 first-round pick to move up and select Mahomes with the No. 10 pick.

The son of former MLB player Pat Mahomes, Mahomes II was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014, but turned down a contract offer to play football at Texas Tech. Mahomes racked up 11,252 passing yards and 93 touchdowns in just three seasons with the Red Raiders. He was also an asset in the running game, rushing for 845 yards and 22 touchdowns in his college career.

It looked like the Blazers had a chance before Game 3 quickly turned sour. Jusuf Nurkic returned to the lineup after sitting out the first two games, and the Blazers got off to a quick start, with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum seemingly unable to miss.

Portland’s backcourt combined for 63 points, but it wasn’t enough to slow down Klay Thompson (24 points) and Steph Curry (34 points), who took over the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

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FaceApp made Bill Belichick smile and turned Gregg Popovich into a monster

FaceApp. Your social feeds are full of people making themselves look older and younger — now it’s time to unleash the app’s power on the world of sports. Everyone is into different things, so we have three distinct sections for you to enjoy.

I need to preface this with a warning. The natural person to feed into the youth field from the sporting world was Gregg Popovich, everyone’s favorite sports dad. But something happened. The app struggled, took a long time to process — it refused to churn out a creation. After three uploads I finally prevailed and took the opportunity to make a young Coach Pop.

I don’t care.

Are there any peculiarities about playing on a big [ice] field for you?

You don’t always want to race on such an airfield. So much space in the corners. The game is slower. It’s more comfortable for me to play in the NHL. I love hockey with high speed, love make quick decisions. Create moments, shoot the puck. I don’t like playing on the big field. I’m not used to it.

There are some discussions in the KHL about switching from big fields to small ones…

If there is an opportunity, it should be done. The game will be more interesting for fans. More hits, collisions, shots. It will be harder for goalies. You can shoot from everywhere and it will be dangerous moment. But trust me, hockey is much more interesting on NHL-sized fields.

Game No. 1 in Russell Westbrook’s historic season did not start off with a triple-double, but it still contained one of his most memorable moments. A Philadelphia fan flipped Westbrook the double bird, and he gave us a reaction that can be meme’d forever.

Westbrook handled that better than a lot of other people would have.