Nats’ Dusty Baker plays 2 hunches in late innings vs. Cubs; both fail

A town that already held bad playoff memories for Dusty Baker found a way to torment him again.

The Washington Nationals manager sat down in the interview room to explain two late-inning pitching changes that went south. Combined, they produced a 2-1 loss that left Washington on the brink of elimination in the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Judging by how Baker leaned in toward the microphone to answer questions, his seat must have already been hot.

“I probably couldn’t live with myself if [Kyle] Schwarber had had hit one out of the park,” Baker began, “which he’s dangerous to do that.”

Trailing 2-1, the Rangers pressured an injury-depleted Blues squad in the third period, outshooting St. Louis 16-8.

New York outshot the Blues 32-23 overall.

“There’s no doubt that in the first two periods we didn’t generate a lot,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said. “In the third I thought we brought a lot more energy and willpower. We spent a lot more time in their end and we finally got some pretty good looks but we weren’t able to score.”

Hutton, in his first start of the season, was a significant reason why the Rangers were stymied. His three biggest stops occurred in the third period, beginning with Michael Grabner’s short-handed semi-breakaway, later followed by Jimmy Vesey’s stuff-in attempt during a goalmouth scrum, and Pavel Buchnevich’s try from the low slot.

Buchnevich slammed his stick against the ice in Cheap Chelsea Jerseys frustration a moment after the whistle blew to stop play.

“I felt really comfortable,” Hutton said. “In the Cheap Discount Jerseys third we hung on.”

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Arrieta acknowledged Monday that his time with the Cubs may be drawing to a close.

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Asked about a connect-the-dots theory that his public flirtation with retirement in the offseason has affected his play, Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday his heart is “100 percent” committed to the 2017 season.

“You wake up Monday morning and you realize, man, I’m still one of the best in the world that do what I do,'” Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio appearance. “I’m going to have that confidence when I go out there Wednesday to practice and Sunday when we go to Kansas City. I have that belief that I’m one of the best that’s ever done it, the best that’s ever played this position. You have to have that confidence.”

Roethlisberger was 33-for-55 on Sunday during a 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw two pick-sixes in a game for the first time since 2006, and he became the first Steelers quarterback since Mark Malone in 1987 to throw five interceptions in one game.

Arrieta, who was slowed by a right hamstring injury late in the regular season, insists the ailment will be a non-issue. He recently threw two successful bullpen sessions.

Given his free agent status when the season ends, Arrieta acknowledged Monday that his time with the Cubs may be drawing to a close.

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Dolphins’ Jay Ajayi hugs childhood hero as he makes history at Wembley Stadium

Jay Ajayi couldn’t hold back his emotions ahead of his historic appearance at Wembley Stadium.

The Dolphins running back on Sunday became the first London-born skill position player to take the field for an international NFL game in Miami’s matchup against the Saints.

“Having local heroes has always been something we see as a key part of growing the sport,” Mark Waller, the NFL’s executive vice president for international, told NFL.com. “Jay’s success has given us a player who gains national media attention and can create headlines through scoring TDs in a way that a lineman, for example, can never achieve.

“He is someone we can use as a success story when talking to young British athletes about the potential of taking up our sport.”

Ajayi, who moved to the United States at age seven, also shared a special moment with his childhood hero as he hugged retired footballer Thierry Henry before the game.

Roethlisberger said Brown’s attitude didn’t set a good example for young players and undermines his “superhuman” talent.

“AB is the best receiver in the world, maybe one of the best to ever play the game,” Roethlisberger told 93.7. “I’d like to think him and I together may be one of the best quarterback-wide receiver combos to ever play the game. I don’t know he needs to react that way. He’s superhuman on the football field, and when that happens, it almost brings him back to being a mere mortal, if you will. Because it gets in his head and it just messes with all of us a little bit. … I’m not trying to call AB out. I just think this is causing a distraction that none of us really Cheap Jerseys Shop need.”

Coach Mike Tomlin said at his weekly news conference that he didn’t see the sequence but heard about it afterward and hopes Brown makes the proper Cheap Jerseys US adjustments.

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Kamara has steadily been getting more carries in the backfield and more passes thrown to him each week and Sunday in London was no different.

“When I saw the maturity, it was time for him to get his contract done. I remember standing outside the weight room and saying something to him about it, like, ‘you’re about to become the highest-paid player in the NFL.’ He brushed it off. His focus wasn’t on the money. It wasn’t on anything besides football. That’s the same time you started hearing stories of him getting dropped off at the facility in the morning and then he’d jog back home. Then he started jogging to work and jogging home. In everyone’s eyes he was already one of the best, but his thought was he’s going to go even further and higher.”

The Broncos have worked through their bye week “in pretty good shape,” according to coach Vance Joseph, but as they adjourn for the players’ four-day weekend, they will keep an eye on cornerback Bradley Roby’s ankle injury, as well as running back Jamaal Charles. Both are not expected to miss any game action, but Roby has missed some practice time in each of the previous two weeks, though he did play against the Bills and Raiders before the bye. Charles took a helmet to the knee in last week’s win and was limited after the play. However, he has been on the practice field this week and said he didn’t expect to have any trouble when the Broncos return to work next week. — Jeff Legwold

Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints #41) – Despite what looked like a crowded Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys backfield for the Saints coming into the season, coach Sean Payton Cheap Hats And Jerseys has made no effort to hide his love for the rookie running back selected in the third round of this year’s draft. Kamara has steadily been getting more carries in the backfield and more passes thrown to him each week and Sunday in London was no different.

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Ron Rivera: Cam Newton ‘made a mistake’ by laughing at reporter

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Thursday said quarterback Cam Newton “made a mistake” when the 2015 NFL MVP made light of a female reporter for asking a serious football question.

Ezekiel Elliott (3.5 yards per carry) and Dez Bryant (10.4 yards per catch) have looked a little sluggish. Playing against the Rams, who just allowed 39 points in a win over the 49ers, could help get them going.

With Dak Prescott regaining his form at Arizona and the defense performing better than expected, the Cowboys should continue their regular-season home winning streak this week.

— What are the odds … Raiders quarterback Derek Carr bounces back against the Broncos?

For a short time this offseason, Carr was the highest-paid player in the NFL. (That honor now belongs to Detroit’s Matthew Stafford.) Carr is expected to lead the Raiders to the playoffs this season, but has thrown for only 610 yards through three games.

He threw for only 118 yards — with two interceptions — in last week’s loss to the Redskins. It was the eighth multi-interception game of Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys his career. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree is banged up, and the Raiders face a tough test on Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys the road against the Broncos’ “No Fly Zone” secondary.

Expect Carr to get things going at some point this season, but not in Denver.

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UCLA’s gigantic comeback vs. A&M began at the exact same second as the Patriots’ in the Super Bowl

UCLA’s 34-point comeback to beat Texas A&M was the second biggest in the history of college football (only 2006 Michigan State’s 35-pointer against Northwestern can top it). Once you factor in stakes, it was still only the second biggest football upset of the 2017 calendar year, though.

The last time these two teams met was in the AFC Championship last season, and it seems appropriate that the first game back is a chance for Kansas City to earn back a bit of their pride. The Chiefs actually hold the all-time lead between the two, claiming 17-13-1 record in the series, and they’re banking on rookie rusher Kareem Hunt to fill in for Jamaal Charles this season. Hunt will face one of his toughest tests this year during his regular season NFL debut.

Of course the Saints still have Coby Fleener who will be in his second year with the team, and I’d expect Fleener to get the majority of targets at the position. But I can still certainly see Hill easily surpassing his career best for catches (16) and receiving yardage (176), while potentially exceeding his high water mark of five touchdowns as well.

He might not make the Pro Bowl, but I do think Josh Hill will take a big leap forward in his production. That is why I chose him to be the Saints’ breakout player of 2017.

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Sounds like a small thing, but it isn’t.

The physicality of playing tight end may present Thomas with a few more challenges than a guy like Pryor had moving to wide receiver, but Thomas will be fine long as the Bills put him in positions to succeed.

He may not be quite as athletic as Pryor — hell, who is? — but Thomas’ combine numbers were still pretty impressive. He ran a 4.61, had a vertical leap of 35.5 inches, and a short shuttle of 4.16 seconds. He did those things at the combine at 248 pounds and now he is listed at just two pounds heavier, so I don’t imagine he lost much if any of that athleticism with his change in position. So just off his combination of size and athleticism alone, it’s very plausible that Thomas could develop into a legit match-up problem in the passing game. All that is left to find out is if he can catch.

Tyrone Crawford is a guy who I thought would provide some good pressure from the 3-technique position, but that hasn’t really happened. He actually looked much better when he was out at left defensive end. Demarcus Lawrence has a lot of ability, but he had only one sack last season even though he started nine games.

The guy who actually led the Cowboys in sacks last year, defensive end Benson Mayowa, isn’t really getting much attention right now. Dallas selected Taco Charlton in the first round to play defensive end, which may be overshadowing Mayowa. The Cowboys also have the recently suspended David Irving, who usually balls when he gets opportunities at defensive end, so maybe that has also dominated the Cheap Packer Jerseys conversation about Dallas’ defensive line. Mayowa, however, was the only guy who had at least six sacks last Cheap Nike Jerseys year out of all of the Cowboys’ defensive linemen, so I wouldn’t sleep on him this year.

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What I love about him is his effort.

He looks like a Mack truck running down the field and chasing down plays. He isn’t afraid to dive to try to get a guy on the ground. Whatever it takes to stop the ball carrier, McGee is not only able, but willing to do on most plays.

He also has good technique which allows him to anchor down and not get pushed around on those occasions when he is called on to go down the middle of somebody.

I gotta tell you, I think he is a perfect fit for a Washington defense that has been much maligned of late. After losing their nose tackle Chris Baker to Tampa Bay this offseason, Washington needed a replacement like McGee who could come in and be just as good of a run defender, while maybe being an upgrade as far as a pass rusher.

His 2012 wasn’t as good, but led to his only Pro Bowl selection to date and set him up for a massive contract extension. Cruz re-signed with New York for five years and $43 million, though he’d never perform up to the expectations of that big deal — or the two seasons that preceded it.

While he played well in 2013, his 2014 season ended in disaster. A torn patellar tendon ended his year after just six games. While he planned to return early in 2015, a calf injury suffered during rehab kept him from the field entirely.

He returned to the gridiron in 2016, but the speed and explosiveness that Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys defined his early success struggled to return. He had just 39 receptions for 586 yards, providing key depth but failing to live up to the big money he was due over the tail end of the contract. The Giants released him early in the 2017 offseason, clearing $7.5 million in cap Cheap Moto X Jerseys space along the way.

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Chiefs vs. Patriots 2017 odds: New England begins Super Bowl defense as strong favorite

The New England Patriots are 6-0 straight up and 4-2 against the spread in their last six home games against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Patriots will begin their Super Bowl championship defense with a home game against the Chiefs on Thursday night.

In the first quarter, a screenshot appeared that made FSU quarterback Deondre Francois look a heck of a lot like Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

If you don’t remember, when Newton was at Auburn, he led the Tigers to a comeback victory, after falling down 24-0 in the second quarter.

Rivers has satellite TV, Wi-Fi, a small refrigerator and a 40-inch television that makes his new SUV the “best QB room [he’s] ever been in.”

He’ll also have to pay a driver’s salary, but Rivers is due to make $14 million in 2017, so he shouldn’t have any problem fitting it into his budget.

“My two biggest things were my family time and my preparation and what I owe this football team,” Rivers told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I was not going to sacrifice either of them in any big proportion. I can look at all the pluses and minuses and say, ‘OK. This does it.’ This allows me to get home in the six to seven hours, which is when I got home the last 11 years, and it allows me Cheap Jordan Jerseys For Sale to watch all or more of the film I watched before.”

Rivers is a father of eight children and told Cheap Kyrie Irving Jerseys the Union-Tribune that he considered moving to Orange County but felt like his mobile film room was a much more hassle-free way to avoid a move. His new awesome SUV is a good solution.

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NFL vice president Jon Runyan said that it’s the linebacker’s history that led to the harsh discipline

With the offseason pickup of former Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe, it looks like Jarrett will now be able to move primarily to three technique for this season.* I think you are going to see him vault himself into the elite defensive tackle discussion with his play there.

With his phenomenal short area quickness as well as impeccable pad level, Jarrett is going to be hell on a guard now that he gets to shoot upfield in his gap most plays. And Poe’s presence is going to demand a lot of attention too, which means opposing centers won’t always be in a rush to help the guard trying to block Jarrett, lest Poe end up making the play.

“We’ve been focused on everything going on back home,” O’Brien said. “We’ve been truly inspired by the resilience we have seen as people continue to deal with what’s going on.

“I’ve seen numerous heroic acts, everything we’ve seen on the TV from the first responders to just neighbors helping neighbors. It’s incredible to all of us and that’s what it’s all about. Houston is a strong community.”

“This is not your first offense with respect to illegal Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Site hits to defenseless players,” Runyan said in a letter to Burfict announcing the punishment. “To the contrary, this incident is consistent with your pattern of egregious safety-related violations including your hit on a defenseless Cheap Jerseys UK player during the 2015 Wild Card game and your hit against a Baltimore tight end away from the play on Jan. 3, 2016.

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