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Back in saddle, Mets’ Matz faces Dodgers (Jun 22, 2017)

Back in saddle, Mets’ Matz faces Dodgers (Jun 22, 2017)

LOS ANGELES — The New York Mets can wonder what their season might have looked like if Steve Matz had been available from the start, before injuries overwhelmed the rotation. Matz returned two weeks ago and put together back-to-back seven-inning outings, something only Syndergaard had managed for the Mets this season. Matz is the first Met to do so in his first two outings of a season since Harvey went seven innings in four straight games in 2013. He came back with seven more innings in a Friday loss to Washington in which he allowed eight hits and four runs without a walk. He is 2-0 lifetime against the Dodgers in regular-season play, with a 1.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 12 innings. Hyun-Jin Ryu was 28-15 in his first two seasons with the Dodgers (2013-14) before a shoulder injury shut him down for all of 2015. He returned in 2016 long enough to make one appearance before an elbow injury ended that season. Ryu balked at being used in relief, but the Dodgers have indicated starting pitching is a fluid exercise in the era of five-inning outings and the beneficial 10-day DL. It’s what he’s known throughout his career.” Ryu is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three career appearances against the Mets, with a 1.80 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 20 innings. All of those outings, however, came before his injuries.
Osorio’s many risks ultimately work out for Mexico in hard-fought win over New Zealand

Osorio’s many risks ultimately work out for Mexico in hard-fought win over New Zealand

Mexico had a surprisingly difficult time, but secured three big points and a giant step toward the Confederations Cup knockout stage with a 2-1 victory over New Zealand in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday. On the other, it disrupts continuity, places added responsibility and accountability on more players and, in some cases, puts players in less comfortable positions on the field. And when Salcedo went down injured in the first half and Osorio had to burn a sub, it limited what he was able to do in the second half. But if the ultimate goal is getting calls correct, it succeeded. Both teams entered a slappers-only confrontation and referee Bakary Gassama went to the video tape to see about any retroactive cards. Then he took his time to issue three yellow cards. Much like instant replay has done for referees in the NFL, VAR will allow for referees to call matches in a different way, knowing the video evidence is available as a back-up plan. In many instances, VAR is and will be a good thing for the sport. While many–including Osorio–maintain that the meaning of said word is lost in translation and does not represent what most perceive it to and that it is not an offensive or anti-gay sentiment, it's quite clear that it should have no place in the game, and Mexico's federation is putting clout behind kicking it out. Wednesday was a step in the right direction, though, and it's a testament to the commitment of Mexico's federation and El Tri fans on site for carrying out the change.
Isaiah Hartenstein – OKC Thunder NBA Draft Prospect Series

Isaiah Hartenstein – OKC Thunder NBA Draft Prospect Series

Isaiah Hartenstein – OKC Thunder NBA Draft Prospect Series. Isaiah Hartenstein is the next potential OKC Thunder prospect up in the TI NBA Draft prospect series. Tale of the Tape Height: 7′ 0″ Weight: 250lbs Wingspan: 7′ 2.25″ Position: Big Man Age: 19.1 Statline: 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, only 12.7 minutes per game in LKL College: Zalgaris, Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) Home Town: Eugene, Oregon As always, the rankings reflected below are as current as of the time this is being written and are subject to change. His father, Florian Hartenstein was a German League legend. Isaiah, at this point, is all potential. Although currently limited to mostly dunks, he attacks the rim and is a very nice lob target already. Hartenstein is an above average passer for a 19 year old big man, and showed a willingness to make the extra pass at Zalgaris. Consequentially, if everything develops for him, Hartenstein can be a very good NBA player someday. Despite being a good passer, Hartenstein sometimes makes poor decisions with the ball. The Fit: Although I like the potential of Hartenstein’s all-around game, he’s not yet ready to compete in the NBA, and feels more like a draft-and-stash option at this time.
Lakers guard Nick Young declines player option, becomes unrestricted free agent

Lakers guard Nick Young declines player option, becomes unrestricted free agent

Lakers guard Nick Young declines player option, becomes unrestricted free agent. Grade the trade: Lakers and Nets swap Brook Lopez and De'Angelo Russell x player version 2.5.8 playback state -1 Grade the trade: Lakers and Nets swap Brook Lopez and De'Angelo Russell 1:07 Start video Large play-pause toggle Share Play pause 00:00 00:00 Closed captions Settings Volume ChromeCast Fullscreen X Twitter Facebook / Small (320x180) Medium (480x270) Large (640x360) Learn More This video is not available. x This video is not available. Please try again in a few minutes. x This video is geo-restricted. We are experiencing technical difficulties, please try again in a few minutes. Ads keep our content free for all to enjoy so please turn off any ad blockers to keep watching. This video is not available on your platform. Shooting guard Nick Young has declined his player option and will become an unrestricted free agent, the Lakers announced Wednesday. The 32-year-old Young had a player option with the Lakers for one more season that would have paid him $5.7 million.
No Longer Surrounded By Several Vets, Jones Now Eyeing Leadership Role

No Longer Surrounded By Several Vets, Jones Now Eyeing Leadership Role

FRISCO, Texas - In some respects, it could seem like just yesterday that the Cowboys drafted Byron Jones in the 2015 NFL Draft. But all of a sudden Jones is entering his third season and the Cowboys are treating him like anything but a young, new player. “Like all things in life, when you’re having a good time it goes by fast,” Jones said. “I remember when I came in I was looking at a guy who was in his third year, thinking, ‘Wow, he’s played a lot of football.’ Within an instant I’m that guy.” Not only is Jones “that guy,” but after an eventful offseason there will be far less of those types of guys in the Cowboys’ secondary this upcoming seasons. For me, it’s stepping up and leading the young guys and steering them in the right direction so we can win some games.” Jones has been a reliable safety since he entered the league. “Just making those big plays,” Jones said when asked where he wants to improve. I’m doing a decent job tackling, doing a good job covering, but making those big plays, getting those interceptions, getting the ball out someway, somehow.” Plenty of eyes will be on the rookies the Cowboys added to their secondary, including safety Xavier Woods, but for much of Mini-Camp, the first-team defense consisted of Jones at safety alongside a player he has grown with since entering the league in Jeff Heath. If there’s one guy we can trust with that it’s Jeff Heath. “Just being more vocal,” Jones said of his leadership style. “Just trying to help the young guys in terms of what they’re doing on certain plays.
Thunder NBA Draft prospect series: Kobi Simmons

Thunder NBA Draft prospect series: Kobi Simmons

Thunder NBA Draft prospect series: Kobi Simmons. When it comes to players with incredibly low floors and extremely high ceilings, Kobi Simmons may be the most polarizing of the bunch. Specifics Height: 6’4 Weight: 170 Ibs Position: Shooting Guard Age: 20 College: Arizona Statline: 8.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2 assists, .6 steals, .1 blocks Current rankings Please note that rankings are the most up-to-date at the time of writing this. They are subject to change at any moment and for any reason. The only problem is he is wildly inconsistent. Although it may seem like Simmons’ sole purpose in life is to get buckets he turns out to be a solid passer. Weaknesses Actual basketball skills. Besides scoring/setting up opportunities to score Simmons doesn’t do much on the court. In over 23 minutes a game he averaged only 1.6 rebounds, .6 steals, .1 blocks and 1.2 turnovers. He rarely engages himself in a play unless he or his man has the ball.
Markelle Fultz May Be the Final Step of the Process

Markelle Fultz May Be the Final Step of the Process

1 pick in the NBA draft swings open the glass door to JOEY Kitchen, an upscale joint a mile from Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. "The college game isn't challenging enough for him," an NBA scout tells B/R Mag. "I actually want to be the best to ever play this game. During the Arizona game in mid-February, stacks of free posters featuring Fultz and his teammates sat untouched on a concourse table. But the NBA can come at teenagers faster than ever these days: Chriss made 75 starts with the Suns as a rookie, while Murray played in 11 playoff games with the Spurs before Fultz, who never got to play with either, shakes the commissioner's hand on draft night. "At first, I was thinking about just getting to the NBA, just watching the NBA, being one of the All-Stars in the NBA. "But I actually want to be the best to ever play this game. "It's pretty crazy for a guy to be averaging 23 points and six assists to be told he's not doing enough. Here's what Fultz has to say for himself: Asked to reflect on the Huskies' losing season, Fultz motions toward the Martin Luther King Jr. quote he had tattooed across his abdomen shortly before the start of the season: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. After the Arizona game February 18, Fultz limps out of Washington's training room and back to the court.
3-star OL Max Barth In No Rush To Make a Decision

3-star OL Max Barth In No Rush To Make a Decision

3-star OL Max Barth In No Rush To Make a Decision. "I have ten offers but he most outstanding right now are Oregon and UCLA," said Barth. "My latest visits were Cal last week and UCLA and Oregon in the spring," said Barth. "There were too many schools to remember, but some notable ones were UCLA, Colorado, Oregon State, Arizona State and Washington," said Barth. And a couple of those could be close to joining the mix. Barth doesn't have much on his agenda for the summer. That open mind is helping Barth keep all of his options open. Barth said he's definitely feeling the Pac-12 programs. "All of the Pac-12 schools are recruiting me the hardest," said Barth. Barth hasn't scheduled any official visits yet but anticipates taking a handful since a decision isn't looming.

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