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Ranking all 30 teams from least to most likely to employ Giancarlo Stanton in 2018

Ranking all 30 teams from least to most likely to employ Giancarlo Stanton in 2018

This video is not available for this device, browser, or operating system. It should also go without saying that not every team can afford Stanton himself -- either due to financial or prospect limitations. As such, we've decided to try to rank teams according to their perceived likelihood of employing Stanton come Opening Day 2018. But it doesn't make a lot of sense at this point in Kansas City's competitive cycle to go all out for Stanton -- besides, it's unclear if they have the talent to make a deal. Even so, Stanton seems unlikely. Colorado Rockies: It'd be fun to see Stanton play 81 games in Coors Field every year. Miami Marlins: You could argue the Marlins should be higher, if only because a Stanton trade is going to be complicated no matter who the Marlins end up doing business with, and that makes it more likely that any prospective deal falls through -- remember, both sides have to work out an agreement with regards to finances and players, and then Stanton has to sign off on any deal. Los Angeles Dodgers: Historically, you can't go wrong betting against Andrew Friedman trading away his top prospects. Los Angeles is this high because they're loaded with young players and money -- we're just guessing they finish second or third in the Stanton derby for the reasons listed above. They have added financial breathing room due to a television deal signed a few years back, as well as a number of talented young starters to offer up.
Vontaze Burfict latest ejected, Bengals lose 24-20 to Titans

Vontaze Burfict latest ejected, Bengals lose 24-20 to Titans

Another week, another Cincinnati player ejected. You can't have these penalties. Lewis said curtly that the Bengals can't have those penalties when asked about his frustration at the penalties and having a player ejected for a second straight game. Burfict's ejection hurt an already depleted defense. "You hurt your team. He's going to be fine and he'll be back next week." The difference between Green and Burfict is when the linebacker pushed judge Jeff Bergman's left arm on the sideline Sunday that this wasn't the first time Burfict has gotten into trouble . The Bengals linebacker has been among NFL's most suspended and most frequently fined players. We pay a price because it hurts us when it's on the field that way and then he's not on the field." Cincinnati has lost three of four with a trip next to Denver.
Cowboys lineman Cooper parlays health into starting job

Cowboys lineman Cooper parlays health into starting job

In part because of that, he ended up a starter four games into the season — for a third different team over three seasons since injuries shortened his time with the Cardinals and never gave him a chance to make a difference in New England after a trade. And I made it out completely healthy. Chaz Green was the left guard for the Cowboys the first three games, while Cooper was inactive. Twice in those three games, the NFL's No. Talk of the Dallas offensive line always starts with three Pro Bowl players from the past three seasons — 2014 All-Pro right guard Zack Martin, center Travis Frederick and left tackle Tyron Smith. Green had mostly been a tackle since the Cowboys drafted him in the third round two years ago, but they gave him a shot at left guard. Cooper's resurgence pushed Green back into the swing tackle spot. Cooper played 24 games with 11 starts over two seasons before the Cardinals traded him to the Patriots in the offseason last year. "It's been one of those things where I've honestly had to forget it because people are constantly trying to remind you, but not in a positive fashion," Cooper said. "It's, 'Well, you were top 10 and you haven't done this, you haven't done that.'
Colts keeping Luck out of practice because of sore shoulder

Colts keeping Luck out of practice because of sore shoulder

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has stopped throwing passes for now, and it’s not yet clear when he’ll resume. “In terms of the rehab, it’s been going well.” Ballard explained some soreness was expected as Luck continued to work his way back from a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. He was throwing passes of 35 to 40 yards with increased velocity and was scheduled to run the scout team as Indy (2-4) prepared for Monday night’s matchup at Tennessee. And we’ve made sure we’ve kept a daily log of where we’re at and where we’re going.” Ballard refused to say definitively that Luck would play this season and said the team does not intend to put Luck on injured reserve, a move that could end his season. Brissett has produced mixed results, going 2-3 as the starter with Indy struggling to maintain second-half leads. The Colts’ only wins have come against the NFL’s two remaining winless teams — Cleveland and San Francisco. “I don’t think it’ll be long,” Ballard said when asked about when Luck could start throwing again. And the Colts are hoping a little extra rest and the cortisone shot will be all Luck needs to make a full recovery. “The good news is when he comes back, it’ll be right where we were at,” Ballard said. We’re just going to shut down the throwing right now to get this thing calmed back down.” NOTES: Ballard said the Colts should have a decision about whether to put running back Robert Turbin on injured reserve in the next day or two.
Maybe the Nationals will find a better manager than Dusty Baker. Good luck trying.

Maybe the Nationals will find a better manager than Dusty Baker. Good luck trying.

Rizzo got them all. Here are Rizzo’s challenges. Two years ago, the Nats were down to Black and Baker as their primary candidates. Ted Lerner didn’t love Black’s desire to discuss salary at their first meeting rather than stick to the wonders of managing his Nats. But consider this: Almost everyone in MLB agreed that if he had won a World Series either last season or this one, he would have been a lock for Cooperstown. Baker was not such a good manager that he couldn’t be fired. Maddon burned through his bullpen, using five relievers to get just eight outs. In the game that ended the Nats’ season and probably cost Baker his job, Baker may have won the biggest element in the managing battle.
Scott Coker on Gegard Mousasi’s debut: Bellator’s ‘going to be a tough going for everybody’

Scott Coker on Gegard Mousasi’s debut: Bellator’s ‘going to be a tough going for everybody’

Mousasi (43-6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) edged former Bellator middleweight champion Shlemenko (56-10 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) by unanimous decision in the Spike-televised main event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. He was forced to overcome a busted eye for all but the first few minutes of the bout, hindering his ability to inflict his full offensive arsenal. “The Dreamcatcher” came into the organization as a high-profile free agent signing, joining multiple other notables who have jumped over from the UFC in recent years. There’s a growing trend of those crossovers struggling in the Bellator cage, and company President Scott Coker said it’s a familiar situation. “Here’s how I feel about it: When I owned Strikeforce and we were doing fights back in the day, we had some of the best fighters on the planet, and it was like, ‘Well, the UFC guys are better than the Strikeforce guys,'” Coker told MMAjunkie at Bellator 185’s post-fight news conference. It’s just that people when they come over here feel it should be easy, but Shlemenko is a guy that had 55, 60 fights. “Gegard is a tough guy,” Coker said. That’s why we always have to come back and see how the fights unfold, see how the fights do and then we’ll reshuffle the deck.
WATCH: Georgia coach Kirby Smart roams the sidelines as he watches QB Justin Fields

WATCH: Georgia coach Kirby Smart roams the sidelines as he watches QB Justin Fields

Just two weeks ago, helicopters flew overhead to get a look at the No. On Thursday night, his future coach at Georgia dropped in from a helicopter to see Fields in action. Smart touched down to watch Fields lead Harrison High (Kennesaw, Georgia) against Dalton High in a nationally televised game on ESPN2. That total is the most in the SEC for a class that is conversely ranked No. 1 in the SEC and sixth-best in the country. Fields did leave the game late in the third quarter after breaking a finger on his throwing hand and did not return. He rushed for 207 yards and a touchdown while throwing for 185 yards and another score in the game. His Hoyas led region rival Dalton 28-23 at the time of the injury.
You Had One Job: Chicago Bulls Can’t Even Get Culture Right

You Had One Job: Chicago Bulls Can’t Even Get Culture Right

CHICAGO — From day one of the Chicago Bulls' rebuild, management has pushed a new and improved culture as a central selling point. Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade are out of the picture, and questions surround many of their young players. There isn't enough talent on the roster to expect anything more than 30 wins. Even hope isn't marketable yet. So that leaves culture. But just two days before Chicago opens its season Thursday in Toronto, that new Bulls culture is being tested in a way that nobody wanted or anticipated. The first of potentially many rebuilding seasons was derailed Tuesday by an incident during practice between power forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic. By all accounts, what started as a normal, high-intensity practice escalated into words and shoving between the two big men. Portis threw a punch at Mirotic, and it landed. Mirotic is in the hospital, out at least four to six weeks with a concussion and maxillary fractures, while Portis has been suspended for the Bulls' first eight games.

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