Blue Jays, Jose Bautista agree to 1-year deal, reports say

Free-agent right fielder Jose Bautista reached agreement Tuesday on a one-year deal with the Blue Jays, according to multiple reports.

According to FanRag Sports, the deal is worth $18 million guaranteed in 2017 with options that could take it to as much as $60 million over three years.

“You’re never going to see that again in your life … never. You’re never going to see the show Mark and I put on … never. You’re not going to see that excitement again. We were the ones bringing more fans to the stadium … I feel proud of what I did. The only thing is, they can say whatever they want to say about me. First of all, I’m clean. They don’t have a case on me. I never failed a drug test. Never in my life.

“But you know what – this is not my field anymore. I’d rather not be in the Hall of Fame and have a lot of money in my pocket than to be in the Hall of Fame and try to find money to pay my bills (laughing) … You saw me grow up, you saw how hard I was working. A lot of people say so many things, but I’m telling you — they have nothing on me. I’m not going to go out there begging, because they have no case. They had the Mitchell Report trying to find something, but they had nothing on Mr. Sosa.”
Asked a follow-up question about whether he believed he Cheap Jerseys USA had been found guilty without any evidence being presented, this was Sosa’s response:

“Chuck, it’s like Jesus Christ when he came to Jerusalem. Everybody thought Jesus Christ was a witch (laughing) — and he was our savior. So if they talk s— about Jesus Christ, what about me? Are you kidding me?”

Boston mayor says person who taunted Orioles’ Adam Jones isn’t a fan: ‘Nothing but a racist’

Boston mayor Marty Walsh had some strong comments for the person at Fenway who taunted Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

Christie’s remarks referred to the Phillies’ decision to put the famous “Ya Gotta Believe!” slogan on a huge mural at their spring-training facility in Clearwater, Fla. Former Mets reliever Tug McGraw coined that inspirational phrase during the Mets’ long-shot run to the 1973 World Series.

In fairness, McGraw also used the slogan later after he was traded to the Phillies. Christie, a Mets fan, apparently doesn’t care. But it’s not like he needed an excuse to hate on Philadelphia sports. Last month, Christie, a Dallas Cowboys fan, made similarly nasty remarks about the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans.

“Now Eagles fans I can understand it from a little more because the Eagles do suck and they’ve sucked for a long time,” Christie said, via CSNPhilly.com. “And their fans are generally angry, awful people.”

The Phillies quickly issued a response defending their fans, tweeting, “We love our fans and appreciate their unwavering support as we “bridge” to a bright future!”

Once mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate or Cheap Jerseys In USA cabinet member in a Trump administration, Christie told CNN this week that, “I have absolutely no intention, nor any understanding, that I will be asked to be in the administration in the years to come.”

That should leave Christie plenty of time to talk sports. No word on how he feels about the Philadelphia 76ers or Flyers.

Astros quietly emerging as possibly baseball’s best team

Through the first six weeks of the 2017 MLB season, there are five teams with at least 20 wins.

The Yankees (21-10) and Orioles (22-11) are in a dead heat atop the American League East. The Nationals (22-12) lead the National League East by a healthy margin and the Rockies (22-13) are the surprise early leaders in the NL West.

But better than all of them are the Astros, who are off to the best start in franchise history following Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the Braves.

In a conversation with Yahoo Finance, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday baseball may soon follow the NBA’s lead in calling for the legalization of gambling on sports, acknowledging that betting “can be a form of fan engagement, it can fuel the popularity of a sport.”

“There is this buzz out there in terms of people feeling that there may be an opportunity here for additional legalized sports betting,” he said. “We are reexamining our stance on gambling. It’s a conversation that’s ongoing with the owners.”

“Sports betting happens,” Manfred said. “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 Cheap Jerseys China Paypal off closing our eyes to that and letting it go on as illegal gambling? And that’s a debatable point.”

Gawker block: Derek Jeter gets OK to build taller gate to foil looky-loos

Show’s over, folks. Time to move along.

The City of Tampa has given retired Yankees captain Derek Jeter permission to install a taller, opaque gate at his mansion to discourage uninvited visitors from Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys stopping in the exclusive Davis Islands neighborhood to take pictures and shoot videos, among other things, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Jeter’s neighbors — including former Buccaneer-turned-lawyer Brad Culpepper — supported Jeter’s zoning-variance request to protect his privacy as well as that of his wife, supermodel Hannah Davis.

Kyle Hendricks, who finished third in Cy Young voting last year after going 16.8 with a 2.13 ERA, will likely wrap up the three-game series with the Cardinals, with John Lackey then starting the fourth game of the year against the Brewers.

Lester, 33, started two games in the World Series and won the Babe Ruth Award for postseason MVP after going 3-1 in October with a 1.93 ERA and 30 strikeouts to six walks in 35 2/3 innings.

Arrieta, 30, has a no-hitter in each of the last two seasons and was the NL Cy Young Award winner in 2015.

“Not many groups have that luxury — we do,” Maddon said of having two ace pitchers, via MLB.com. “Jake, two years in a row, has done an outstanding job, so has Jon Lester. Of course, there’s the ascension of Kyle. It has to go to Jon Lester based on the body of work. We feel good about that. However we want to set up three, four, five will follow.”

Eddie Lacy gets a fat bonus from Seahawks if he can lose weight

Shortly after the Seahawks signed Eddie Lacy, a report came out about his weight being at 267 pounds, or 30 pounds heavier than he was a season ago.

This talk spread through NFL circles, and eventually Pete Carroll commented on it, saying he wants Lacy big but down closer to the 240 range. If Lacy is able to get down to Seattle’s preferred weight for him, then he can earn a solid bonus, according to multiple reports.

Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy’s 1-year deal is protected — $1M in per-game roster bonuses, a $385K workout bonus and a $385K weight bonus.

Cooks, 23, enters 2017 in the fourth year of his Saints’ rookie contract, a year in which he will earn $1.56 million in base salary. The Saints will still owe him roughly $1.1 million in bonus money and have till May 3 to exercise his fifth-year option for $8.5 million in 2018.

Cooks, who seemed frustrated at his reduced role in New Orleans in 2016, regardless pulled down 78 receptions for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He will join a receiving corps that ranked fourth in the league last season with 269 passing yards per game.

New England, thanks to recent trades bringing in Dwayne Allen and Kony Early, now Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys has no picks in the first two rounds, but still has two thirds, a fourth and two fifth-round picks. New Orleans now has five picks in the first three rounds in this year’s draft, including Nos. 11 and 32 overall.

Omnisport’s Alec Brzezinski contributed to this report.

Ravens’ Kenneth Dixon suspended four games for PED policy violation

Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon will be suspended four games to start the 2017 season for a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy, the team announced Thursday.

In a statement, Dixon, a fourth-round draft pick by Baltimore in 2016, apologized and said he “mistakenly took a substance without the proper NFL medical exemption.”

“I accept full responsibility for my actions and their consequences,” he wrote. “I am truly sorry for the mistake I made and the distraction it causes. Moving forward, I remain committed to focusing on my offseason training, conditioning and game preparation so I can be an immediate impact player for the Ravens when my suspension is over.”

The Louisiana Tech product ran for ran for 382 yards and two touchdowns on 88 carries as a rookie.

He was in line to compete to become a full-time starter in the Ravens’ backfield in 2017 alongside restricted free agent Terrence West.

The Ravens also announced the signing of free-agent running back Danny Woodhead.

Some teams were more aggressive than expected, landing veteran free agents to push them closer to contention or respectability. Others were careful with their pocketbooks and missed out on keeping their own key players while seeing competitors spend to get better.

A few positions got paid way too much, while several others didn’t get their deserved deals. That doesn’t even include the most shocking move, a trade by a Texas team that wasn’t Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys the Cowboys.

17 takeaways from Russell Westbrook’s tense postgame press conference

Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams gave a press conference yesterday after the Thunder lost to the Rockets in an exciting, close, and sloppy Game 4 during the first round of the NBA playoffs. Sorry, let me rephrase that: Steven Adams didn’t give much of a press conference at all, because when a reporter asked him a question, Russ stepped in and this happened:

Let’s walk through this and break it down, because the hot takes concerning this one minute and thirty-five seconds of #content are probably only going to heat up as Monday morning progresses. And, in reality, I don’t think it’s all that take-able. It’s just a series of events that illustrate a series of facts, and I think these are the facts.

Smith was a second-round pick, but he’s included because he was drafted to replace Mark Sanchez, who had struggled throughout his Jets career. A preseason injury to the incumbent allowed Smith to begin his career immediately in Week 1.

Smith had a pretty good rookie season for Jets standards, and a little improvement toward the end of the year had New York fans feeling optimistic. That wore off after Year 2, and the Jets eventually gave up on Smith and moved on.

The Chargers were patient with Rivers, and it paid off with a 14-2 record in his first full season as a starter. Other than two down seasons at the end of the Norv Turner area, he has thrived as efficient and durable, two of the most important elements for happy returns from a franchise QB.

This happened by a happy accident. The Steelers were about to stick with Tommy Maddox as their starting QB, but the veteran suffered a major elbow injury in Week 2. Roethlisberger NFL Jerseys Authentic hasn’t looked back since starting in Week 3 as a rookie.

There are things the Mets could have done differently

This is the leading theory for the increase in Tommy John surgeries. Pitchers throw harder. They’re stronger, but that comes at a cost. So when you get a super-rotation like the Mets (or the Indians last year), it’s almost more of a “when they run into injuries” instead of an “if.” It’s always been like that, but it’s exponentially more so in the modern game.

Or to get technical: It is what it is. A team with seven guys who all throw 95 with a wipeout breaking ball is a team that knows they might be down to two of them without warning.

And there really isn’t anyone to blame.

There are things the Mets could have done differently, I’m sure, and the most recent Harvey situation was borked on a couple different levels. But I don’t think blame is what needs to go around. Just hugs and crossed fingers. The Mets are a mess, and they’re a mess in a way that’s extraordinary hard to watch.

Whether George leaves or stays with the Pacers has nothing to do with what’s happening right now. The current issue is that George is frustrated because he has done everything individually possible to help his team win, and everyone else has let him down. The Pacers will be out of the playoffs because of bad coaching decisions, bad personnel decisions, and bad play from the rest of the team. They will Basketball Jerseys Cheap lose because once again, Paul George is the only one performing to the level required.

At this point, he seems to be the only one who really cares at all.

It sort of feels like we’ve forgotten about Giancarlo Stanton

Chicago handily won the season finale, 112-73, to jump ahead of a surging Miami Heat team that won 30 of its final 41 games. The Bulls did so against a resting Nets squad that won the same matchup, 107-106, with a full roster just four days earlier.

A trend that San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich made popular years ago has taken over the league.

The Warriors rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala in a March 18 nationally televised game against the Spurs. Kevin Durant was already sidelined with a knee injury.

I mean, if you can think of another extremely large homer man who hits home runs 440 feet with alarming frequency, someone who towers over all of his peers, you’re welcome to chime in.

This is certainly the first time I’ve ever seen it. Unless … wait …

It sort of feels like we’ve forgotten about Giancarlo Stanton, everyone.

It’s both unfair and fair at the same time. It’s unfair because Stanton NHL Jerseys China is still just two years older than Judge, still a youngster of sorts. He can still be a first-ballot Hall of Famer before he turns 32 or 33.

But it’s fair, in a way, because Stanton has been mostly unremarkable in a baseball sense over the last two seasons. He hit 27 homers last season, which is a fine total, except it tied him with Marcus Semien and Yasmani Grandal for 49th in baseball. And over the last calendar year, Stanton has hit .233/.309/.461 in 476 plate appearances, which is more like Pedro Feliz in his best seasons than the homer obelisk we grew used to.

The Wizards will go on to face the Celtics in Round 2 where the most petty regular season rivalry turns into a playoff rivalry.

There are any number of factors you can attribute to the resurgence of the Wizards, experiencing their best season in more than three decades. The biggest one is clear: John Walland Bradley Beal have never been better than this.

On Friday, it was the same story. Wall led the way with 42 points, while Beal tossed in 31 points on his own. They shot 27-of-42 (64 percent) from the field, combined for 11 assists, seven steals, and three blocks, and that was enough to carry the Wizards to a 115-99 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6. The win pushes Washington onto the conference semifinals, and it’ll face the Celtics with a chance to head to the conference finals for the first time since 1979.

The Wizards will go on to face the Celtics in Round 2 where the most petty regular season rivalry turns into a playoff rivalry. This should be good.

Secondly, and something Kucherov has benefited from, is his ability to spot a teammate up the ice, behind the other’s team pass and connect with a pass. While some announcers might refer to it as a “hope” pass, Hedman’s ability to do it time and time again shows that it is a legitimate offensive strategy, especially when teams are trying to change their lines.

As for Kucherov’s very strong claim to the team MVP title, he Cheap Youth MLB Jerseys doesn’t get to 40 goals without someone feeding him the puck. Hedman recorded an assist on 18 of his 40 goals and an amazing 13 of of his 17 power play goals. Hedman’s ability to handle the puck at the point with the man advantage was a key element to the massive improvement on special teams. In order for Kucherov to be able to fire off his lethal one-timer someone had to put the puck in the right place, more often than not that person was Hedman.