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Why Randy Johnson was a better strikeout pitcher than Nolan Ryan

The debate over who is the greatest strikeout pitcher of all time often comes down to the two men at the top of the list: Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson.

Here’s why my vote goes to Johnson; it has to do with when he began his major league career.

Whitehead’s agent, David Rich, told the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport early Tuesday that all charges had been dropped because, “Cops had the wrong guy.”

So how did Whitehead get wrongly implicated in the crime? According to the Prince William County statement, “The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.

“Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database. The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided.”

Porter isn’t only a spot-up threat in those situations, though. The Wizards use his gravity as a shooter to put defenders in tricky situations by planting him one or two passes away from the ball handler in the pick-and-roll. If they don’t help in some capacity, Wall or Beal will create a basket for themselves Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike or the roll man. If they commit the cardinal sin of helping one pass away, Porter will cut backdoor for a layup Cheap Official Jerseys or dunk.

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Resting star players ‘a significant issue’ for NBA, commissioner Adam Silver says in league memo

Just two days after the NBA voiced its displeasure with the Cavaliers for resting their “Big Three” on national television, the league sent a sternly worded memo to all teams calling extra rest “an extremely significant issue.”

Thus, it was somewhat surprising that Washington didn’t even garner an in-person meeting with Durant last offseason, when he eventually decided to leave Oklahoma City for Golden State.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Durant detailed why he decided to spurn his hometown.

“I don’t want to open up anything in the past, but I really just didn’t want to play at home,” Durant said. “It was nothing about the fans. Being at home, I was so happy with that part of my life — playing at home, being in front of friends, hanging with friends and family every day. That was a part of my life that has come and gone.”

Durant continued, saying that he felt he had accomplished everything he needed to in the region.

“To be honest with you, I’m gonna have to go at my old coach, Phil Jackson,” Pippen said. “I think he just hasn’t put the right pieces on the floor. I give a lot of credit to Carmelo, who has been very professional in getting through this 82-game season, and now he’s being benched to some degree they’ve taken a lot Best Site For Cheap Jerseys of his minutes away. But this team really just hasn’t had it, and they haven’t had it since Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike Phil Jackson landed there.”

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NBA could hold 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte to promote ‘inclusion’

The NBA pulled its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte last year after the passage of a controversial North Carolina law that prevented cities from instituting anti-discrimination ordinances.

The league could very well award its 2019 midseason showcase to the city as a way to trumpet the virtues it believes that since-repealed law threatened.

Commissioner Adam Silver said at a news conference Friday that Charlotte is under consideration to host the 2019 game now that HB2 has been repealed and replaced with a compromise bill. That move by the legislature last week already has prompted the NCAA to put North Carolina back in the mix to host its championship events, something that had been pulled from the table last August.

Jennings, who scored four points Thursday while picking up three assists and three rebounds, said he felt bad for Anthony most of all.

“I think it was just like a roller-coaster emotional roller-coaster for him this year with everything he had to deal with, which isn’t fair,” he said. “For a player to wake up every day and you’re hearing trade rumors and that you might be gone, this and that.”

The guard added it was “one of the wildest things” he’s seen during his eight-season career. In addition to the Melo rumors, he claimed the triangle offense tripped up players as well: “We Cheap Mitchell And Ness Jerseys were trying to learn an offense that guys didn’t really know.”

Jennings got out when he could and instead of going home in a few weeks, he’ll Cheap NFL Jerseys be playing for one of the top seeds in the Eastern Conference.

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LeBron James topples into Bill Belichick at Cavaliers-Celtics game

LeBron James had an encounter with Bill Belichick on Wednesday in Boston, but the Patriots coach wasn’t trying to convince him to replace Martellus Bennett at tight end.

Following an attempt at a block during Cleveland’s game against the NHL Jerseys Cheap Celtics, the Cavaliers star toppled into Belichick, who was sitting courtside behind the basket at the TD Garden.

Belichick is not known to flinch in moments of crisis, but he certainly flinched when the 6-8, 250-pound James came hurtling his way.

Also, note how Belichick leaves his girlfriend, Linda Holliday, totally out to dry. LeBron almost steamrolled her.

Hopefully the two didn’t get any of their 10 combined championship rings mixed up in the scuffle.

Rajon Rondo’s suddenly improved play, paired with showing the ability to fend off foes such as this, will help the Bulls gain confidence as the regular season dwindles.

Thunder: Something just isn’t working with this team. Russell Westbrook scored NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 45 points in a 114-109 loss to the Trail Blazers, but he did so on 12 of 36 shooting. For someone who averages a triple-double, Westbrook has some really ugly shooting nights. The rest of the Thunder team did little to assist Westbrook, or at least give him reason to pass. Enes Kanter had 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, but the four other starters combined to score just 12 points.

Cavaliers (41-18) at Hawks (34-26), 7 p.m. ET Yep, the Cavaliers are the favorites NFL Jerseys Wholesale again. Despite a thrilling, hard-fought loss at Boston Wednesday, Cleveland is now on top again, at least until Durant comes back. Atlanta kind of takes two steps forward then one step back. It will be interesting Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 which direction they take in this game.

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Warriors’ Kevin Durant trolls Russell Westbrook with cupcake hat featuring ring

It all started with Russell Westbrook’s seemingly innocuous Instagram post of a cupcake display last Fourth of July.

On face value, the picture appeared to be a patriotic gesture by Westbrook, but Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated later revealed that Thunder players used to use the term cupcake to refer to someone who was soft, meaning the post was actually a jab at Kevin Durant, who had recently left the Thunder for the Warriors in free agency. Well, it turns out Durant had the last laugh.

Durant was recently photographed wearing a custom-made hat that featured a cupcake on it, with a championship ring on top, in honor of the Warriors’ 2017 NBA championship.

Redick is one of the top shooters in the league (41.5 percent from 3-point range for his career) and has the ability to stretch a defense and shift its focus off the ball. He’s an underrated defender who can cover his assignment within team concepts. He has also flashed more playmaking ability later in his career to keep defenders honest.

The Sixers and Nets are expected to make a hard push for Redick, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor. He would see his offensive role open up even more on those teams, and he may average close to eight or nine 3-pointers per game.

No one is pretending Redick will transform a franchise, but he’s the best shooting guard on the market, and he could be the missing piece in some starting lineups.

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Twins ink top draft pick Royce Lewis to record deal

Royce Lewis, the No. 1 overall pick in last weeks MLB Draft, has signed a $6.725 million contract with the Minnesota Twins, the largest deal ever signed by a high school baseball player, according to

While the team has not confirmed the value of the deal, the Pioneer Press reported the same $6.725 million figure, noting the club-record signing bonus was below the $7.77 million slot approved under the collective bargaining agreement.

Rose is the eighth Reds legend honored with a sculpture outside the park. Former teammates Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez, who also have sculptures there, attended Rose’s ceremony.

It’s just an honor to be on the same block with these guys, Rose said (via ESPN). This has to be the ultimate goal for any player of his or her sport.

Rose collected an MLB-record 4,256 hits during his 24-year career from 1963-1986, but he’s ineligible for Cooperstown because he bet on baseball games while he was the Reds’ manager in the 1980s. But the Reds have received MLB’s permission to honor Rose. Last year, they inducted him into the team’s hall of fame and retired his No. 14 jersey.

Saturday it was the statue.

Oh, about that headfirst slide, Rose had an interesting explanation for why he slid that way.

I think you’d have to agree that I was kind of known for being aggressive, and part of being aggressive is sliding headfirst, Rose said. And you always get your picture in the paper.

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Jerome Bettis: NFL withheld concussion information from players

Jerome Bettis said the NFL purposefully withheld information about the risk of concussions and takes advantage of their ignorance.

The Hall of Fame running back spoke out while in Jerusalem, where he was visiting for a presentation by ElMindA, an Israeli neuro-technology company that is trying to help the NFL diagnose concussions better.

Thomas Randolph evidently purchased one, and loves the jersey so much he wants to wear it to his double-murder trial.

The Las Vegas man is accused of killing his sixth wife and then killing the hitman in May 2008. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Randolph has petitioned a Clark County (Nev.) court to allow him to wear his Romo jersey to trial. When asked why the 62-year-old man wants to wear the shirt in such a setting, public defender Clark Patrick had a simple response: Because he’s a Cowboys fan.

Opening statements in the trial were expected to begin Friday, and Randolph is expected to testify sometime later this month. His attorneys admitted to the Review-Journal the court is unlikely to grant the Romo jersey request, as the apparel would have to be processed through the jail.

Elliott’s teammate was even more of a pleasant surprise. The Cowboys drafted Prescott hoping he could develop into Tony Romo’s heir apparent. Prescott was a fourth-round pick and the eighth quarterback off the board, but he outperformed the others — including Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, the first- and second-overall picks in 2016.

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Padres use 103-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor to throw out first pitch

Clayton Richard got the start for the Padres in Sunday’s game against the Tigers. But the best pitch Sunday at Petco Park may have come from a retired Navy officer.

Lt. Jim Downing is the second-oldest survivor of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday’s game.

Downing had some showmanship, too. The 103-year-old war veteran stood up from his motorized wheelchair and wound up his arm a couple of times before skipping the ball to home plate to the roar of the crowd.

For Richard and Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann, it was a tough act to follow. Zimmermann surrendered a first-inning solo home run to Wil Myers as the Padres grabbed an early 1-0 lead.

Porter is a restricted free agent, meaning the Wizards can match any offer from another team. Washington would like to get a deal in place sooner rather than later, though, because matching an outside offer could become an expensive proposition.

Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reported last month the Nets, Magic and Sixers will consider chasing Porter, but the Wizards don’t plan on letting him go. Porter hit career-highs in points per game (13.4), rebounds per game (6.4) and effective field goal percentage (60.8) while playing strong defense on the wing.

Keeping Porter may not come cheap, but Washington won’t blink when it comes down to deal time.

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Richard Jefferson: LeBron James’ playoff scoring record ‘will be unbreakable’

LeBron James passed Michael Jordan in career playoff scoring Thursday night against the Celtics and now has 5,995 points scored in the postseason. At 32 years old, we know James has several more playoff series in him, and that’s why Richard Jefferson believes James just made himself immortal in the record books.

Once the dust settles, and the moves are made, will it even matter? Will anyone be able to compete with the Warriors next season?

The Spurs, who seem interested in Porzingis, and have been linked with pending free agent Chris Paul, would certainly be upgraded with those two moves, but wouldn’t have the chemistry of Golden State.

The Cavs are in a tenuous state trying to balance James’ situation. Cleveland is stuck in between wondering if it should try to win now, or keep an eye on building for the future.

Boston remains the most dangerous long-term threat to Golden State with a collection of solid veterans and high draft picks. But this is a pivotal offseason for the Celtics. They need to get another star.

Rumor season is certainly fun in sports, especially the NBA these days, yet it seems as though the Warriors will still be on top once everything is figured out in the next couple weeks.

Known for his versatility, Bucannon plays a hybrid linebacker/safety role for the Cardinals and he’s been a quality playmaker for most of his NFL tenure. He wasn’t quite as prolific in 2016 and missed time with an ankle injury, but Bucannon still has lots of potential at age 24.

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Rangers activate Cole Hamels from DL to start Monday vs. Indians

Rangers fans get to see a familiar face return to the mound Monday against the Indians.

Cole Hamels, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since early May, and has not made a start since April 26, has been activated after two minor league rehab starts.

Before heading to the shelf with an oblique strain, Hamels had a 2-0 record with a solid 3.03 ERA. He only had 15 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings, though.

Hamels will face off against Carlos Carrasco (8-3, 2.99 ERA) in his return.

Michael Papierski with another good rip, but that wind blew it dead center. Tigers have to be cursing the wind as they head to the bottom of the second still down 1-0.

Nick Coomes reaches after the ball stays inside the foul line. Tigers with two outs, one on base as Michael Papierski comes to the plate.

Josh Smith gets a good rip on the ball, but Austin Langworthy fields it perfectly in left center. It’s worth noting the wind is blowing heavily mph toward home plate right now.

Why he’s here: No surprises with the top spot. Judge has dominated headlines all season, and deservedly so. In fact, he’s been so very good that it’s easy to forget how much he struggled in his first taste of the bigs last year — he hit just .179 and struck out in exactly half of his at-bats (42 times in 84 ABs). He’s not going to wind up winning the Triple Crown, but the fact we’re nearing the end of June and he’s top five in all three categories speaks to his production this season.

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