Michael Jordan tells campers that LaVar Ball should ‘shut up, and let the kid play’

It’s been months since LaVar Ball made his ludicrous claims about beating Michael Jordan one-on-one, but up to this point the NBA legend hasn’t responded. On Monday at Michael Jordan Flight School, the GOAT answered.

As it is, teachers do not make big bucks, so the financial burden should not fall on their wallets. Yes, it should partially fall on the districts. But in underfunded schools in poor areas, schools would still be cash-strapped and prevented from providing the best education possible. Therefore, tax dollars must be invested in areas that will enable individuals to thrive, which breeds better citizens, reduces crime and lowers incarceration rates.
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That the state of California is spending $11.4 billion on the prison system, while teachers nationwide are spending a collective $1.6 billion annually to provide supplies for their students, speaks volumes about our society’s priorities and motivations.
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The United States of America is supposed to be a world leader on issues of human rights and an exemplar for democracy and invention. Yet, this country continually denies opportunity and education from the poor and people of color, which keeps the criminal-justice system a burgeoning business.

Not only is the criminal-justice system deeply flawed, the entire social structure — mired in systemic racism — is ingloriously vitiated. Until elected officials and the voters who put them in office can accept that each citizen’s success improves the nation overall, the problems will remain. Sadly, bigotry and racism prevent many from acknowledging this truth let alone accepting it.

St. Louis shelter slams ‘bullying tactics’ by Cardinals over Rally Cat ownership

This Rally Cat saga has officially turned the corner from an adorable, spontaneous event to a growing controversy that could make the St. Louis Cardinals look like bad guys.

After running onto the field during a Cardinals game, getting lost, and getting found, Rally Cat is now recovering in a shelter before it is adopted to a loving home. The latest update, for those following this very important Rally Cat tale, was that the team claimed it would get to keep the cat after it was recovered and done with a period in quarantine.

Now, as she’s more comfortable and has settled in, she’s opening up more. She explains that most people’s reactions are more shocked than dismissive, asking her how she got into baseball and wondering about her past with the game. Even in this day and age, that could be considered great progress right there.

Stanton is hitting these home runs in an environment where pitchers are OK challenging him because he’s occasionally willing to get himself out. They’re willing to gamble with him in a way they weren’t with Bonds.

That’s not to diminish what Stanton is doing. It’s to explain the sense of reverence and wonder that I have for Bonds and why I bristle at the suggestion that his home run record isn’t canon. Since Bonds broke that record, 25 major league hitters (and scores and scores of minor league hitters) have been suspended for performance-enhancing drugs. None of them hit 73 home runs.

Stanton is absolutely right that these numbers need context. Babe Ruth faced white Americans and only white Americans. Roger Maris faced expansion pitchers and played an extra eight games compared to Ruth.redskins_004_92a27cd2143c6a8b-180x180

The Colts are having a crappy August

Things are not going well for the Colts.

Nobody seems to know what’s going on with Andrew Luck’s recovery from shoulder surgery. Safety Malik Hooker, their first-round pick this year, has been dealing with a shoulder injury, and No. 2 tight end Erik Swoope just had knee surgery. They got another round of bad news on the injury front Wednesday when it was revealed that center Ryan Kelly will have to have foot surgery.

Head coach Chuck Pagano said that Kelly will miss the start of the season, but that was as specific as the coach could be about just how long the center would be on the shelf. It’s expected that Kelly will be placed on the injured reserve list with the designation to return. That means he’ll be out at least eight weeks.

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One would think the restaurant would make an exception given Sunday will be the only day of the week where fans are in the stadium — but alas, no adjustment will be made to the hours.

Chick-fil-A started their tradition of being closed on Sunday in 1946. The restaurant’s website has an entire section devoted to explaining the reasoning.

Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today. Sundays are meant for getting out and spending time with family and friends.

NHL offseason: Five unanswered questions

With most of its offseason business conducted already, and training camps not opening until mid-September, August is the redheaded stepchild of months when it comes to the NHL.

Team executives squeeze in some vacation time after largely filling out their rosters in July with trades and free agent signings, the players train away from the spotlight in their various hometowns and, well, there’s just not a lot hockey news taking place.

However, that does not mean there aren’t important storylines to follow and decisions to be made in, this, the quietest of all hockey months.
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Remember that elusive three-goal lead we talked about? Yeah.

The Leafs overcame a 3-1 series deficit and were on their way to wrapping up the series, thanks to a 4-1 lead heading into the third period.

Limited Olivier Vernon Jersey The Bruins responded with three goals of their own, two of which came without goalie Tuukka Rask in favor of the extra attacker. Patrice Bergeron scored in overtime to shred all of Toronto’s hopes in one of the worst collapses you’ll ever see.

The final score can be deceiving sometimes, and this game is no exception.

Although the No. 8 Canadiens defeated the No. 1 Caps, they were outshot 42-16, outhit 27-13 and trailed 34-31 in faceoff wins. Their win is largely due to goalie Jaroslav Halak, who had 42 saves. Halak’d even has its own entry in Urban Dictionary.

The game wasn’t without controvery, either. Maxim Lapierre crashed into Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov, pushing the puck into the net. No goal was called, and neither was there a penalty.

How many baseball players does it take to not catch this routine pop-up?

Ever seen a batter reach third on a dropped pop-up? You’re about to, thanks to an incredible moment on Thursday night. The Springfield Cardinals were playing the Midland RockHounds when this happened.

Sano gets off to a good start, with five homers in 2:30 seconds, and enough of them long enough to earn him bonus time already. Sano called timeout with just under two minutes on the clock and six homers on the board, four behind Sanchez.

Sano is looking like he might not even need all of the time he’s got left, as he hit nine with 1:15 to go in regulation. And he tied Sanchez at 10 with 54 seconds, then got 11 by 43 seconds. That cuts his round short — you don’t want to waste swings, you know. Maybe Sano has the right idea, not going all out but winning anyway.
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Fans and bettors are now wondering whether this year’s Dodgers club could match the MLB record of 116 wins, which would require a stretch run of 33-12.

After going an abysmal 3-20 over a 23-game span from July 9 to Aug. 6, the White Sox pulled off a shocking four-game winning streak with a series sweep over the Houston Astros and a win over the Kansas City Royals at home.

Chicago came back to earth with back-to-back losses against Kansas City over the weekend, and will now enter a six-game road trip with a 1-9 record in its last 10 road games. The White Sox lost both games to Los Angeles at home when the two teams met in July.

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The only thing really going for the White Sox in this David vs. Goliath matchup is the fact that the series is only two games long. Chicago will leave Los Angeles after sending Carlos Rodon out to square off against Yu Darvish Wednesday night.

Melvin Gordon’s father, freed from prison, will finally see him play NFL game

For Melvin Gordon III, Sunday’s preseason game against the Seahawks will be an emotional affair.

Millennials are on their phones all the time anyway, said Jets president Neil Glat. Boarding Pass is a smart way to appeal to fans who might like the novelty and surprise of sitting in different seats on any given Sunday.

“Some games you’ll be upstairs, some game you’ll be downstairs, some games you’ll be in a club,” promised Glat here at MetLife Stadium’s Toyota Club, where the Jets held their second annual “upfront” presenting news ticket plans, food offerings and customer experiences.

Glat declined to comment on how many fans he expects to purchase the 10-game season pass. But the team does say do say that if a fan attends all 10 games, the face value of the tickets is “guaranteed” to exceed the purchase price.

Boarding Pass sounds like a great idea. But it also shows the mighty NFL is no longer Teflon after an 8-percent drop in TV ratings last season.

Moving forward, more clubs like the Jets are going to have to get creative to retain season ticket holders.

With the exception of the elite squads – the Patriots, Cowboys, Steelers and Giants, namely – the days of just mailing out a renewal notice may be over. Especially if the economy doesn’t improve.

“The Cleveland Cavaliers are not operating with any sense of urgency on finding a Kyrie Irving trade. League sources say they are continuing to field calls and talk through ideas, but that there is no sense of closure on the situation looming. In fact, there does not seem to be much urgency in how the Cavs are approaching the situation at all.
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It gets tricky after those two.

Matt Harvey has been injured four of the past five seasons. You might think he’s young enough — and talented enough — to earn a big payday, but I think teams would be turned off by the varied injury history; by that I mean he has had a million different injuries, and they’ve all been in the arm area.

That said, if you could play fantasy GM and predict perfect health for him, I think Harvey would be in for a two-year, $26 million deal. Starting pitching carries a pretty big price tag, and Harvey isn’t exactly knocking on the door of the retirement home.

Steven Matz could turn out to be a solid left-handed starter, but like Harvey the injuries are getting in the way. His numbers this season aren’t great, either: He’s pitching to a career-worst 4.96 FIP in 11 starts. Not great, Bob.
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All that makes him a wild card: Do you pay him for what he is, or what he could be? I think GMs across baseball are more inclined to pay guys on what they could be (Homer Bailey, Line 1), so Matz would probably get four years and $75 million.

If there was a most improved player in the MLB like with the NBA is Jonathan Schoop the unanimous winner?

It’s a good kind of rivalry among the young guys. We all play together, we practice together, we travel together. JT lives right down the street from me. It’s only going to make me want to beat him more. It’s good to see.

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I hope people not from this area of the country understand that the people that were marching in and around [the university] and Charlottesville, they’re not from there, Doolittle said Sunday. These aren’t people that represent the school or the community. This was a rally where people came from other parts of the state, other parts of the region. Because that area, that town, is an incredibly accepting and diverse and embracing community.

Chris Christie gets in a Cubs fan’s face: ‘You’re a big shot’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should probably just watch MLB games from the comfort of his own couch.

During Sunday’s Cubs vs. Brewers game, Christie went nose-to-nose with a fan at Miller Park.

But luckily at the end of the season I had a few months for him to try to figure that out.

And also Andre, really the reason why my second son was named Andre is because of Andre Dawson. He actually forced me to name him Andre. No, just kidding.

Authentic Youth Gustav Nyquist Jersey You know, those two guys were the reason why I actually went out each and every day and played my heart out, you know, because they are my family. They kept me going day in and day out, and I wanted them to see what it was like to play the game the way I played the game, and I wanted them to be proud of their dad.

And I also want to thank my lovely wife Shannon. She has been through this with me the past 13 years. You know, she has been the one that made me keep my faith that this was going to happen, and baby, it happened. Thank you so much for being there for me. I love you so much for that.

And also, my two little angels, Amelie and Ava. Each and every year I looked at the votes, and when I knew I wasn’t going to get in, I knew that all I had to do was look at my two little girls, and they were going to take me in the back and play all day long and made me forget about what had happened. Thank you, two little girls. I love you so much.
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And also, I want to thank my in-laws who weren’t able to come here today because my mother-in-law was going to have surgery, eye surgery, and she couldn’t make the trip here today. Peter and Debbie, even though you’re not here, you’re here in my heart. Thank you.

The New Orleans Saints applied the franchise tag to tight end Jimmy Graham in 2014.

Nineteen running backs have totaled 500 carries in the last three seasons, and Bell’s 4.8-yard carry average is .15 yards better than the next-best guys, LeSean McCoy and Mark Ingram. His 182 catches are the most among all running backs, and so are his 1,606 yards. He averages 7.1 yards per receiving target, making him a more efficient receiver than a whole lot of actual wide receivers. He’s close to a perfect player.
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Bell is the best running back in the world, but his contractual future is very much in doubt. Even if the Steelers keep him, running backs don’t usually stay on top for long. Bell’s had a series of injuries in his first four pro seasons, including a groin ailment that required surgery this offseason. He’s an irreplaceable talent, but the odds that he’s both at the height of his powers and a Steeler in one year do not seem great.

We could run down the Steelers’ other running back options to evaluate what might happen if Bell declined or left town, but there’s no point. Losing this version of Le’Veon Bell would make any offense in the league miles less potent.

So now it’s on Bell to demonstrate his worth as a rusher and a receiver this season. However, $15 million, or more, per year still feels like a stretch.

Bell carries some risk. He’s missed 14 regular season games over the past two years due to a combination of injuries and suspensions.

He’ll be 26 next spring, and his next contract should carry him through his 30th birthday, the age when running backs historically start to slow down.

There’s precedent working against Bell, too. The New Orleans Saints applied the franchise tag to tight end Jimmy Graham in 2014. Graham pushed to be categorized as a wide receiver instead of a tight end. The difference in the tag amount was over $5 million.
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Now Garoppolo is in the final year of his contract with New England.

“Obviously, I want to play,” Garoppolo said in June, via Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today. “That’s just the competitor in me. I think everyone out here wants to play. And we come out here and compete every day for that opportunity. If you go out and earn it, it’s yours.”

“I feel like I’m relatively young to the profession, granted I have been with this team for a long time,” Payton said in a telephone interview on Wednesday afternoon from the Saints training camp in Metairie, La., at the team’s headquarters outside of New Orleans. “In the last few months, we saw another college football champion (Clemson) crowned, the Golden State Warriors win another NBA championship, and just recently a fantastic British Open where Jordan Spieth won it with that great finish. It reminded me of our Super Bowl champion team and that once you get to that spot, you are obsessed with returning.

“It’s all you think about. It is somewhat consuming, but in a good way. Mr. (Tom) Benson, our owner, just turned 90. We’ve got to bring him a second one.”

Training camp is a huge marker in each NFL team’s championship quest; a period of hot days and taxing work that help form their enduring mettle.

The Saints for the last three years held camp in West Virginia, but they returned home this year. Payton says it is time to mix it up, recalibrate this bunch, retool, rethink, sculpt and mold.patriots_125-180x180