Why Yankees’ Gleyber Torres will hit ninth all Subway Series

Expect to see more of the Yankees ‘ potential Rookie of the Year candidate at the bottom of their order.

Before the Yankees beat the Mets, 4-1, at Citi Field in Game 1 of this year’s Subway Series on Friady, manager Aaron Boone said he figures second baseman Gleyber Torres will hit No. 9 for the rest of the time they’re in Queens.

I always tell guys, you don’t necessarily need to have sight to have vision. For me, I have this vision of us being the best, of us winning championships. Now, that’s me saying that. The minute you put that out in the air… you’ve got to move toward that. You have to work your tail off. The Cardinals have a new right side of the line with right guard Justin Pugh and right tackle Andre Smith, while center A.Q. Shipley, left guard Mike Iupati and left tackle D.J. Humphries remain. If that group really can jell well enough to be the best line in the NFL, that would dramatically change the fortunes of a team that has missed the playoffs two straight years.

Uh, people also used to think the Sun revolved around Earth and leeches were an effective medical treatment too.

Look, The Times interview is pretty interesting and about a lot more than the concept of a flat Earth. And the possibility this is an elaborate troll to get people to write internet stories still remains. But if that was the case, wouldn’t Irving be at the point where he needs to let the world in on the joke? You can only be the subject of jokes and ridicule for something you know is preposterous for so long. And when confronted with a tangible consequence of his stupid comments – a teacher who can’t properly teach their students because they are taken by the nonsensical ramblings of LeBron James’ old sidekick – there’s no backing down. Which is kind of stunning.

Matt Duffy (R), 22 percent, Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees (LHP CC Sabathia): While pitching well overall, Sabathia is still vulnerable to righty swingers. Duffy has been smoking, posting a 1.008 OPS the past two weeks.

It was big for the Yankees and bigger for Stanton.

His first 3 1/2 months in a Yankees uniform included some highlights, but his good power numbers have dwarfed the ones that he put up last season when hitting 59 homers and winning the NL MVP playing for the Miami Marlins.

I was trying to decide whether I bowl it or throw it at ’em or throw it up, Stanton said.

He’s kind of switched from more of a curveball to a slider and we’ve seen a little bit of a bump in the velocity since spring training, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. I know a year or two ago he was throwing harder, and he had lost some of the velocity. We’re routinely now seeing 92, 93, 94 mph, and the one thing he does great is pound the strike zone.

But he’s relied more on the slider as opposed to the curveball early in the year, and that’s become a real weapon for him.

Holder began the year with the big club, but was optioned to Triple-A after allowing seven runs, six earned, over his first three outings.

Being sent down motivated Holder, a 25-year-old from Mississippi who as a rookie in 2017 was 1-1 with a 3.89 ERA over 37 appearances.

Looking at primary skill-position players only—running backs, wide receivers and tight ends—and taking past accomplishments, accolades and to a lesser degree upside into account, here’s how we rank every NFL quarterback’s supporting cast ahead of the 2018 season.

Rookie No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold will eventually take over for veteran Josh McCown as the quarterback of the New York Jets, and when that happens, Darnold’s supporting cast might face a quantity-over-quality dilemma. 

You’d think somebody would be bound to emerge among a receiving corps that includes 2017 breakout player Robby Anderson, 2016 breakout player Quincy Enunwa, second-year third-round pick ArDarius Stewart as well as the more established Jermaine Kearse and Terrelle Pryor. 

The problem there is Anderson has had a string of arrests, Enunwa is working to get back from a lost season due to a neck injury, Stewart has proved nothing after catching just six passes as a rookie last season, Kearse hasn’t come close to the 1,000-yard mark in six NFL seasons, and Pryor has a lot to prove as a converted quarterback after a disappointing 2017 season in Washington.

High school pitcher holds off celebrating so he can console childhood friend

Sports give us plenty of incredible moments, such as what happened this weekend in Minnesota.

A high school game between Totino-Grace and Mounds View ended with a heartwarming moment after pitcher Ty Koehn struck out Jack Kocon.

This high school pitcher held off celebrating with his teammates so he could console his childhood friend instead.

Bowles said there is nothing wrong with how the Jets are evaluating players or disciplining them. He said Herndon had a clean record before this.

There’s nothing wrong with our [disciplinary] policy right now, Bowles said. You sign a contract and everything else, you’re making 10, 20, 30 million dollars. If that doesn’t stop you, what else is going to stop you?

While not condoning their actions, Bowles seemed to be throwing his hands up on Tuesday and asking what he’s supposed to do about his players driving drunk.

But Brady isn’t like any other quadragenarian quarterback. He is coming off an MVP season in which he threw for a league-best 4,577 yards, tossed 32 touchdowns to just eight picks and came up eight points shy of a sixth Super Bowl title.

When Brady retires, it will likely be on his terms. But what those terms are continue to elude anyone who tries to get an answer out of the future Hall of Famer, even Oprah.

U.S. Open 2018 tee times: Pairings, times for Saturday at Shinnecock Hills | When do Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler tee off?

Dustin Johnson is 36 holes away from a second U.S. Open title and a little bit of history.

The world’s No. 1 ranked golfer, who sits 4-under, will kick off his third round at Shinnecock Hills on Saturday at 3:10 p.m. He’ll play alongside Scott Piercy, who is tied for second at even par.

Watch: Packers associate coach Winston Moss stares down reporters in strange scene

Relationships between coaches and reporters can get tense, sometimes causing scenes that are uncomfortable to watch.

Then there’s what happened Wednesday between Packers associate head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss and reporters at Green Bay’s minicamp in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Moss sat down to talk to the media, but clearly did not seem in the mood. He rolled his eyes, disputed a reporter’s account of a player’s on-field actions and seemed unwilling to volunteer any information.

An eagle-eyed neighbor helped crack the bizarre case of a former NFL star now accused in a slew of attacks on women.

It was just after 2:30 p.m. June 7 when the Encinitas, Calif., resident spotted him: a hulking, muscled, 6-foot-4 stranger emerging from her 86-year-old neighbor’s mobile home.

Kang, who is currently in the minor league system after missing all of last season following the arrest, admitted he never told the Pirates nor his previous Korean Baseball Organization team, the Nexen Heroes, about his first two DUIs.

He said it was an ill-informed decision he is very regretful for withholding information about his arrests.

According to Kang, he never drank when he was playing, but did during the offseason to to kind of let the steam out.

Kang is currently in the final year of his contract with the Pirates and is attempting to get back to the majors. After several attempts at obtaining a visa, he was granted one earlier this spring.

Last January, Thompson, a Fox Sports NFL host, was enjoying her day when the news hit her: Nude photos of Thompson had been stolen from her iCloud and shared online.

Thompson opened up about the horrors that followed in a podcast with The Athletic, saying her friends helped her through the publication of pictures that were from so long ago.

Gregorius had three hits. Stanton and Aaron Hicks were the only hitless Yankees.

Saturday: Yankees righty Luis Severino (9-2, 2.27 ERA) vs. TBA Rays pitcher, 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Sunday: Yankees lefty CC Sabathia (4-1, 3.27 ERA) vs. TBA Rays pitcher, 2:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium.

To prevent that from happening in the future, Garrett said the NBA needs to put an NFL -like salary cap in place. At the end of the day I’d rather see hard caps, Garrett said. It focuses more on team play, being able to have chemistry instead of getting the big player and who’s going to change the game. You can get a couple of guys like Boston, who didn’t have their two star players and yet they went to the [conference] finals because they all gave a collective effort. Everybody pitched in and were almost successful.

Garrett’s popularity in Cleveland was already high after a rookie season in 2017 where he tallied seven sacks and it’s likely only going to get higher now that he’s gone on the record and ripped the team that’s been torturing the Cavs in three of the past four NBA Finals.

Manager Aaron Boone held Gardner, his usual leadoff hitter, out of the lineup in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

Gardner got an MRI on the knee Sunday morning, which went well, he said.

It’s not really something I’ve had an issue with in the past, he said. A little alarmed by it not really feeling like it should. Got an MRI this morning. Everything looked pretty good on that. Had some inflammation in a couple of spots that I’ll try to get treatment for and drive out of there and hopefully get out onto the field in the next day or two.

While he wouldn’t explain how many seasons he has left in him, Brady was definitive in speaking with Oprah that, in regards to football, he feels there are mountains left to climb.

I still feel like I’m in it. I still feel like I’m doing it. I still feel like there’s still more to be accomplished, Brady explained, four months after his eighth Super Bowl appearance. I still feel like I can be better, be a percentage better. I’ve played a long time.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are on hand at Gillette Stadium

There have been assurances that Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski would be on hand this week.

Now we have an official sighting.

But five pro and college sports leagues repeatedly sued to stop the state. The leagues won every case until the Supreme Court last month sided with New Jersey, overturning the federal ban and allowing states across the U.S. to legalize sports wagering.

Underground bookies accept billions of dollars in illegal bets each year. But until now, Las Vegas has been the only place in the country will full-scale legal sports betting.

Delaware began allowing full-scale sports wagering Tuesday, beating New Jersey to become the first place outside of Las Vegas to offer it.

It was a major step toward credibility, and I’m not sure the XFL had much of it before.

This version of the league seemed to be on shaky ground. The hires have been slow, and the league has been mostly quiet, but the hiring of Luck changes all of that. He gives the league a shot at long-term viability. He’s that smart.

If you don’t know his background, Oliver Luck is the father of one of the best quarterbacks of this generation, the Colts’ Andrew Luck, but he’s also one of the most respected sports executives out there.

A quick run through his bio, via the league’s release: Luck served as president of NFL Europe and general manager of the league’s Frankfurt Galaxy and Rhein Fire. Most recently Luck was the NCAA’s Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Partnerships where he oversaw all NCAA regulatory functions including enforcement, academic and membership affairs, and the Eligibility Center.

Bob Baffert misses the simple pleasure of watching American Pharoah breeze.

On the verge of his second Triple Crown with Justify, the Hall of Fame trainer is quick to recall his admiration for his first history-making superhorse.

I’ve never had a horse work like him,Baffert said. His mechanics, his motion, just the way he did it…. This horse is starting to act like Pharoah.

Justify isn’t American Pharoah. He wasn’t a 2-year-old champion and never seemed destined to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. American Pharoah looked bred and built for that.

Though Justify’s path to this point has differed wildly from American Pharoah’s run to the 2015 Triple Crown, Baffert sees similarities in his stride, his growth and his potential. That’s why he thinks Justify could be just the second Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Justify looked gassed at the end of the 1 3/16-mile Preakness though Smith thought he had more horse left. American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat said Monday he has been wowed by Justify and believes he’ll be the 13th Triple Crown winner.

Iron sharpens iron. That’s all we’re doing, getting each other better. We’re all competitors out there, so obviously sometimes we are going to butt heads.

The Giants seem set to go with Ereck Flowers and Nate Solder as starting tackles, but the three interior offensive line spots are up for grabs between Hernandez, Jon Halapio, Brett Jones, John Greco and Patrick Omameh. Hernandez is the favorite to start at left guard.

Is he trying to send a message that he won’t be pushed around by the veterans?

I don’t go out with that intention of ‘Oh yeah, look at me. You can’t do it,’ Hernandez said. I just go out there and play, and if it ends up happening, it ends up happening. That’s just the nature of the game.

Hernandez endured an 0-12 season at UTEP as a senior. He was projected as a late first-round pick before slipping to the Giants at No. 34 overall, giving him an extra chip on his shoulder that won’t let him back down.

Earl Thomas to skip Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp over contract

cowboys_076Seattle Seahawks star safety Earl Thomas announced Sunday that he will not attend this week’s mandatory minicamp until my contract situation is resolved.

In a message posted on Twitter, Thomas emphasized that he wants to remain a Seahawk for the rest of my career. But Thomas, who is entering the final year of a four-year, $40 million deal, also said he wants to have certainty in regards to the upcoming years of my career.

Thomas, 29, was the subject of trade speculation earlier this offseason. Seahawks general manager John Schneider never shot down the possibility when asked about it, saying it’s his job to listen to all offers. He told Seattle’s Sports Radio 950 KJR after the NFL draft in April that the team wasn’t trying to trade Thomas.

Thomas and linebacker Bobby Wagner are two of the star defenders who remain with the Seahawks after an offseason of big-name departures. Seattle cut Richard Sherman, traded Michael Bennett, lost Sheldon Richardson in free agency and released Cliff Avril with a failed physical designation. Kam Chancellor’s football future is uncertain because of a neck injury. Seattle also lost tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Paul Richardson in free agency.

Davenport will be able to practice this week before having the surgery, according to the source. It’s unclear when Davenport suffered the injury. But the timing should work out as well as possible under the circumstances, since the Saints are scheduled to break for seven weeks after the minicamp.

The Saints obviously have high hopes for Davenport, as they traded up from No. 27 to No. 14 to get him (using their 2019 first-round pick to do so). But the 6-foot-6, 265-pounder is still considered a bit of a raw, developmental prospect after playing at the University of Texas-San Antonio, where he had 15 sacks over his final two seasons.

Among other things Davenport will need to adapt to at the pro level, he is switching to a more traditional three-point stance after playing almost exclusively in a two-point stance in recent years. That means the Saints will want him on the field for as much of training camp and the preseason as possible. But Davenport has gotten some valuable work already during the past three weeks of OTA practice sessions. He has practiced regularly with the first-string defense since veteran DEs Cameron Jordan and Alex Okafor have been recovering from injuries of their own.

Falcons safety Ricardo Allen signs RFA tender

cowboys_077The Falcons wanted to make sure not to lose Ricardo Allen this offseason, and the significance isn’t lost on him.

According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, the Falcons safety has signed his restricted free agent tender, which is worth $2.914 million this year.

They tendered him at the second-round level to deter other teams from trying to pry him away.

A UVA athletics spokesperson was asked where Mendenhall got his statistics. The response? No idea.

We’ve got no idea regarding what Mendenhall is trying to prove, but it’s safe to say that the coaches against whom he recruits will be printing and laminating his comments for use in recruiting.

Vince in a very sort of clear-eyed way analyzed the original XFL [and] realized that there are a number of things that needed to be done better, Luck said last week in a visit to the #PFTPM podcast. Clearly there was a belief that the quality of play simply wasn’t at the point that it needed to be, particularly when you consider there was national television. We’re going to be very, very focused, laser-like focused on making sure that as we prepare for a 2020 launch. The good news is we have the time to do this in a very sort of methodical manner. Very focused on producing a high level of play. We believe that football is popular because people understand it in many cases in this country and want to make sure that we’re offering a great level of play.

I think our business plan is solid. I think the capital structure and that money of course is coming from Vince who’s got an incredible passion for the game. I think that’s solid. All in all I think that lessons were learned from the original league. Also I think at the end of the day, it’s a little bit of a different era in the sense of technology and what we have available both from a health and safety standpoint, for players, for coaches in terms of competition on the field, for practice, for fan engagement. I think it’s almost a different world if you think about what was around 2001 versus today. I think that’s going to be a real benefit for us.

NFL free agency: Brandon Marshall to sign with Seahawks

cowboys_078NFL free agency: Brandon Marshall to sign with Seahawks More Russell Wilson will have another veteran target available this fall. Brandon Marshall has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks, ESPN reported Tuesday. The news came shortly after Marshall posted a series of pictures on his Instagram account in which he sported a Seahawks 12sjersey. Marshall, 34, gives Seattle a big body alongside Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, not to mention more than a decade of NFL experience.

There are a lot of people on the team that have plenty of different views, Smith added in a subsequent tweet. The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go.

The NFL Players Association expressed displeasure with Trump’s decision, saying in a statement Tuesday: Our union is disappointed in the decision by the White House to disinvite players from the Philadelphia Eagles from being recognized and celebrated by all Americans for their accomplishment. This decision by the White House has led to the cancellation of several player-led community service events for young people in the Washington, DC area. NFL players love their country, support our troops, give back to their communities and strive to make America a better place.

Several Eagles players have been active in trying to raise awareness of social injustice, but none took a knee during the anthem last season. Several, like Jenkins, raised a fist during the anthem at times; Long has supported those teammates, standing beside them.

This is a very winning, strong issue for me, Trump told Jones, according to the deposition. Tell everybody you can’t win this one. This one lifts me.

In order to win, the owners needed to connect with their players, turn the protests into more community action and send a smarter message about a sensitive subject. They could have given their players reason to stop kneeling and using the pregame ceremonies to protest by supporting them and using their influence and a little money to provide another avenue to spark meaningful discussion and possibly even change. The players were trying to speak for the voiceless and make pleas for justice and equality. Most of the owners didn’t even understand that until after meetings with a coalition of players late last season. By then, however, the league was amid a civil war, and it was desperate to negotiate a truce.

And what happened after all those negotiations turned into an agreement to partner on an $89 million fund for social justice causes, which will be doled out over a seven-year period? The owners thought it was over; the players thought it was a good start. The owners returned to being underhanded; the players called them out, but they also failed to stay unified and couldn’t agree on what to ask for next. It was an awful mistake.