Can the Cavs push this series to Game 5?

Cleveland threw everything but the kitchen sink at Golden State in Game 3 ‘ actually, the Cavs threw the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink and every sink in Bed, Bath and Beyond. It still wasn’t enough. LeBron James’ efficient 39/11/9 line and Kyrie Irving’s 38 points on 16-of-29 shooting kept it close until that deciding run shut the door on Game 3 ‘ and likely the Cavs’ season.

So, what happens next? Can the Cavs push this series to Game 5? Or will the Warriors prevail and avenge last year’s 3-1 collapse? Here are a few important factors that may decide this contest.

Maybe not, but Arthur is a respected columnist who doesn’t traffic in spurious rumors. If the I’m-outta-here sentiment did not come from Lowry himself, it likely came from some member of Lowry’s team. And it needed to be reined in, quickly.

Lowry is pragmatic, and he’s been briefed on the potential market for his services. It’s not exactly bustling. There was some hope that the Sixers would make a push toward signing Lowry this summer, bringing him home to Philadelphia. That rumor, though, did not come from the Sixers, who are not that eager to bring in a 31-year-old point guard as part of their rebuilding efforts.

Philly’s acquisition of the No. 1 pick, to be used on Markelle Fultz, has sealed that notion. Now, even those in Lowry’s camp hoping to use a potential departure to Philadelphia as free-agency leverage can’t possibly push the Sixers as a realistic destination.

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Giants’ Johnny Cueto to opt out of deal after season, report says

Johnny Cueto’s stint in San Francisco may soon be coming to an end.

After signing a six-year contract worth $130 million last offseason, the Giants starter is expected to opt out of his deal with the team after this season, FanRag’s Jon Heyman reported.

According to the report, Cueto “would listen to any extension offer” if the team is willing to negotiate. However, the Giants “don’t seem inclined” to work with those terms.

Despite Cueto’s lag, the Giants are struggling as a team with a 27-47 record that ranks last in the NL West and second-to-last in the National League.

Allen took a step back during a whirlwind year that was a mess for him, from injuries to problems with tripping to everything in between. When his game is right, though, he’s an elite collegiate scorer who also possesses a lot of athleticism and shooting ability.

Graham is another one of my picks for All-America this season, as the Kansas point guard should step out of Frank Mason’s shadow and into a spotlight that is all his own. He’s a good pick-and-roll player who can get his bucket when he wants, and he’s also turned into a solid passer.

Crawford has been a sleeper favorite of this writer for a long time, and he did nothing to quell that this year. He posted 16.2 points, 5.5 assists and nearly 4.0 rebounds per game while also getting into passing lanes and creating turnovers. He’s a consistent jump Cheap Jerseys NY Giants shot away from going much higher than this.

Heron is 6-5 with relative length and a good offensive game. He averaged 15 points per game with Auburn last year while shooting over 40 percent from 3 — a concern coming in. If he can Cheap Jerseys NHL just finish better around the rim next season, he’s exactly what the NBA is looking for from a wing.

Golden State holds a commanding 3-0 lead against the Cavaliers with a chance to close out the series Friday.

As mentioned above, James and Irving were spectacular for much of Game 3. While Kevin Love showed tremendous effort with 13 rebounds (four offensive) and six steals, he was 1 of 9 from the field in 37 minutes.

Back in Game 2, James posted a triple-double, and Love started 4 of 5 from the field on the way to 27 points. Irving had 19 points on 8-of-23 shooting and looked out of sync for a large portion of the game. It certainly wasn’t the best version of the All-Star guard.

Golden State holds a commanding 3-0 lead against the Cavaliers with a chance to close out the series Friday. Durant scored a team-high 31 points for the Warriors, including 14 in the fourth quarter. That shot could be the indelible image of this series in which the Warriors continue to knock down 3-pointers at the right time, all the time.

Durant’s shot wasn’t the dagger. It was the 16th dagger from 3-point range that put the Warriors one step closer to a 16-0 playoff run. Golden State knocked down 48.5 percent of its 3-pointers in Game 3.

This time, they did it in Cleveland. That’s even more impressive. The Warriors shot a combined 21 of 67 from 3-point range in Game 3 losses to the Cavaliers at the Q the last two seasons. This is the best Golden State has shot at Cleveland in the NBA Finals since hitting 17 of 36 in Game 4 of last year’s series.

That put the Warriors one win away from the championship. Now, they are back in that Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys spot again. The difference here, as you’ve heard a few times by now, is Durant.

He played the role of the third Splash Brother in this one. Durant knocked down two quick 3-pointers early and finished 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys combined to hit 11 of 20 from 3-point range for the game.

Astros’ Dallas Keuchel placed on 10-day disabled list

Dallas Keuchel will miss his upcoming start, though he isn’t anticiapted to miss much more.

The Astros on Saturday placed the left-handed ace on the 10-day disabled list with a pinched nerve in his neck, the team announced.

The move, retroactive to Wednesday, is expected to keep Keuchel off the field for only one turn in rotation. He was initially scheduled to start Monday in Miami against the Marlins.

From 2006 to 2008, an exhaustive search was launched in Congaree — the Ivory-billed’s distinctive double-knock had been reportedly heard — which has thousands of acres of thick cedar swamps and old-growth bottomland forest, prime Ivory-billed habitat. Exactly 8,893 official survey hours later , no conclusive evidence was found.

Still, hope exists in Congaree and elsewhere in the American South.

Same for Tebow. Hope exists, though an eventual call-up to the majors based on merit (more on that in a moment) feels like the longest of long shots right about now. More Gamecocks than Ivory-billed, but not by much.

He’s batting .230 for the Fireflies, with a .319 on-base percentage, three home runs, 14 RBIs and a .688 OPS. To be fair, I should point out that it’s not like anyone on that club is lighting it up, though — of the 13 players with at least 35 at-bats, only two of them are batting higher than .245.

What does that mean? It’s honestly hard to know.

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NBA playoffs 2017: Zaza Pachulia says Gregg Popovich was ‘very big part’ of death threats

When Zaza Pachulia hopped below the feet of Kawhi Leonard while Leonard was shooting in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, some people thought his intentions were to injure San Antonio’s star forward.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s comments after the game added fuel to an already raging fire.

Pachulia, on the other hand, has been left with the carnage eating away at his reputation. Many now believe the 33-year-old center is a dirty player. Pachulia and his family have even received death threats.

While Pachulia believes he could deal with the backlash had it been directed at just him, he blames Popovich for making the situation an even bigger deal than it already was.

The Warriors are now 14-0 in the postseason, but the coach warned against complacency after the Cavs surged back from 3-1 down to win last year’s Finals between the two teams.

Kerr said: “It’s been a great run, but none of that matters unless we can finish the job with this series. Trust me, we know, it was 2-0 last year and we lost.

“Playing an unbelievably good, competitive team, dominant team. They have what two, three losses the whole playoffs? Now we’ve got go back there, this is where the series Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys changed last year.”

Is this still the biggest question mark of the first round? With Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick entrenched as the starting CBs, Dennard hasn’t really had a chance to see the field in Cheap Hockey Team Jerseys meaningful snaps. It’s possible he simply plays out his rookie contract and tests the free agent market next spring. Dennard isn’t a complete bust yet, but the Bengals might’ve been better off using this pick on a higher-need position. Grade: C

Aaron Judge gets his own special section at Yankee Stadium

One of the silliest things about the MLB Draft is people comparing prospects to former stars. I get the motivation: The average fan knows little about these players, and comps are an easy way to get an idea of what type of player the prospect is on the field. But Adell has been compared to everyone from Bo Jackson to Byron Buxton to Melvin Upton Jr., and that’s more than a bit crazy. What you need to know is this: Adell is a ridiculously talented prep star with a big upside who could wind up pretty much anywhere in the first round.

Remember that HR-to-K ratio Haseley’s teammate, Pavin Smith, has put up this year? Haseley isn’t far behind, with 14 homers and 19 strikeouts heading into the ACC Tournament. Must be something about those Virginia hitters, eh? Oh, and Haseley’s batting .400 with a 1.186 OPS and 10 stolen bases, to boot.

The Yankees on Monday unveiled an 18-seat section in the right field stands of their ballpark to promote rising star Aaron Judge, their right fielder.

Tickets to the section are not for sale. Instead, the team will choose 18 fans each game to sit there, and they’ll receive a judge’s wig and a gavel that says All Rise or Let’s Go Yankees, according to Ruocco.

Ruocco reported the Yankees conceived the idea for the special section during spring training, and as they saw more and more fandom about this right fielder, they decided to finally implement that.

Ahead of Monday’s action, Judge led MLB with 15 home runs and had 30 RBI with a .321/.421/.707 slash line.

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Famed White Sox broadcaster Ken ’Hawk’ Harrelson to retire after 2018 season

You can put Ken Hawk Harrelson on the board for one more season in the White Sox broadcast booth.

The renowned 75-year-old broadcaster will return for his 34th and final year in the booth in 2018 with a schedule of primarily Sunday home games, the White Sox announced Wednesday. Harrelson has cut back his schedule the past two seasons since he lives in Indiana and drives about 90 minutes each way to and from the ballpark.

The Braves next batter, Joe Adcock, clubbed a homer to center field to give the Braves a 3-0 win and ruin Haddix’s nearly-perfect night. Well, not exactly.

Aaron, not realizing the ball had gone out and thinking it had landed in the outfield, left the field after he saw Mantilla cross the plate, knowing the game was over. But Adcock then passed Aaron between second and third, and both men were ruled out. Adcock was credited with a double, and the Braves won 1-0.

Haddix’s line score: 12.2 innings pitched, 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts. Game score: 107. In other words, Haddix’s loss to the Braves that day in Milwaukee was one of the greatest pitching performances in history.

Haddix’s day aside, Burdette deserves props, too. He went the distance for the Braves (which is ludicrous), scattering 12 hits (but no walks) over those 13 innings. Yep, it was a different time.

A 12-inning perfect game? Rare. A 13-inning Baseball Jerseys Custom complete game? Also rare. Both happening in the same game? We won’t see that again.

Bryce Harper brawl-related suspension reduced to three games, reports say

Greene might be the most recognizable name in the draft, thanks to the Sports Illustrated cover story last month. He deserves the attention, too. Like McKay, he has the chance to be a star either as a position player (he’s a shortstop) or as a pitcher. And like McKay, his ceiling is probably higher as a pitcher. Unlike McKay, though, Greene has reportedly topped 100 mph with his fastball, which makes him pretty desirable. It’s hard to imagine he’d drop past the top three spots in this draft.

Baseball America has Wright at the No. 1 spot in its most recent mock draft, citing his combination of safety (relatively speaking) and upside. Padres fans have to love the idea of a guy like this — mid 90s fastball, hard curveball — pitching in a park like theirs. Of course, any fan base has to love the idea of Wright potentially joining their favorite team’s rotation.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper’s suspension for his involvement in Monday’s benches-clearing fight with Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland has been reduced to three games from four, according to multiple reports.

Both Harper and Strickland received an undisclosed fine for fighting. Harper was also knocked for charging the mound and throwing his helmet, MLB said.

The status of Strickland’s appeal remained unclear as of mid-afternoon Wednesday.

Harper’s suspension, delayed while he appealed, will take Baseball Jerseys Cheap effect Wednesday night, when the teams meet at 10:15 p.m. ET in San Francisco. He will be eligible to return Sunday in Oakland.

NFL free agency: Five takeaways from the biggest moves on Day 1

NFL free agency began Thursday as a flurry of expected moves were finalized. Then there were a few surprises.

The Browns, Jaguars, Eagles and Ravens were the most active teams as the new league year began at 4 p.m. ET while the Redskins saw several players jump ship.

The biggest surprise was the trade of quarterback Brock Osweiler from Houston to Cleveland in a move that included multiple draft picks.

The Browns, Jaguars, Ravens and Eagles are the early winners as free agency begins while the Redskins and Texans had a rough day.

Here are five takeaways from the first day of free agency.

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The Cubs have added and lost some significant talent this offseason following their World Series title. Key departures from the roster include closer Arolid Chapman and outfielder Dexter Fowler, free agents who left for the Yankees and Cardinals, respectively, and backup catcher David Ross retired.

They also traded outfielder Jorge Soler to the Royals for star closer Wade Davis to replace Chapman. They also further bolstered their bullpen by signing former Red Sox closer Koji Uehara to serve Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China as their set-up man, as well as Brian Duensing and Brett Anderson to fight to replace long reliever Travis Wood.

These Reds are for real so far, but sustained success is a different question

I’ll admit it: I expected the Reds to be well on their way to last place by now. Their early season hotness would certainly subside within a week or two, I convinced myself. This is a bad team, after all.

Yet, here we are on May 9, more than a month into the season, and the Reds keep plugging along in the NL Central. Baseball is beautifully weird.

Heading into play Tuesday, Cincinnati is a half-game out of first — a sudden Cardinals surge has dropped the Reds into second place — with a record of 17-15. Good, not great, but way better than anyone expected from a team projected by many to lose 90-plus games again this season.

Washington’s bullpen entered Tuesday’s game with an MLB-worst 5.38 ERA and it didn’t get any better in the 5-4 loss.

While he had to settle for a no-decision, Scherzer turned in his third double-digit strikeout game of the season in just his seventh start. Scherzer has 62 strikeouts to just 13 walks in 48 2/3 innings this year.

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