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Conflicting Reports Surround LeBron James’ Plans to Leave Cavaliers After Season

Conflicting Reports Surround LeBron James’ Plans to Leave Cavaliers After Season

Conflicting Reports Surround LeBron James' Plans to Leave Cavaliers After Season. As many NBA fans wonder whether LeBron James is entering his last year with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a source told longtime NBA writer Chris Sheridan the four-time MVP is already planning for his exit. "This will be LeBron's final season in Cleveland," the source told Sheridan. Relationship with owners beyond repair." In his first-person essay with Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins announcing his return to the Cavs, James emphasized "my calling here goes above basketball." Much has changed since then, though. Perhaps more importantly, an organization that was rarely a model for the rest of the league has been thrown into disarray this summer. The Cavs jettisoned general manager David Griffin, who helped build a team that reached three straight NBA Finals. In his place comes Koby Altman, who is only 34 and spent one season as the assistant GM before getting the top job. Compounding matters, ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst reported in July that four-time All-Star Kyrie Irving is seeking a trade out of Cleveland.
Fantasy Insider: Which Players To Target In Round One?

Fantasy Insider: Which Players To Target In Round One?

They obsess about who to pick first, and how the next round or two may play out after that. So if you are picking eighth, have your Top 8 players ready, and when your pick comes up, you simply take the top one on the board. David Johnson is often the first player off the board in most drafts regardless of format, and he has a current NFL.com Average Draft Position (ADP) of 1.32. Bell may go first in some leagues, which is sensible, as he did not finish far behind Johnson in in terms of receptions despite playing in fewer games. Odell Beckham Jr. is being taken next in many drafts, with an NFL.com ADP of 6.55. His 13 TD runs last year are a big attraction to Fantasy owners, and he will be seemingly even more of a focal point of the offense now with some key roster changes by the Bills. 1 player at his position last year with 208.10 NFL.com points. In PPR formats, though, you may opt for Devonta Freeman or DeMarco Murray first. Murray was fifth in NFL.com standard scoring last year at RB with 240.80 points and he also caught 53 passes. A healthy Green can be right near Beckham and Evans in terms of Fantasy production.
Daniels wins 1,000th game as Rangers GM

Daniels wins 1,000th game as Rangers GM

pic.twitter.com/q6KJKnoH3y — Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 17, 2017 Beyond the wins, the Rangers have won two American League pennants and four division titles during Daniels' tenure. Andrus has multiple reasons to like the general manager. ARLINGTON -- Wednesday, as it turned out, ended up being a pretty good day for Jake Diekman. If I get a count where I feel like I can throw a slider and stuff, I'll do that. But once Diekman entered professional baseball with the Phillies, it worsened. You walk into a department store, and that's the first thing you scan. When the colitis flared up, Diekman coined the "gut it out" mantra, and a few years later the foundation with the same name has launched. I'd like to find a cure for these kids that are on a drug that harms them down the road." Beyond that, it's all about finding a cure and helping the people who are dealing with colitis and Crohn's disease. The biggest thing is we don't make any money off it.
49ers training camp: Three things we learned Wednesday

49ers training camp: Three things we learned Wednesday

“It’s a great measuring stick and it’s a great opportunity for our team to go up against one of the deeper rosters in football and see how we stack up,” said general manager John Lynch, who wrapped his playing career 10 years ago as a Broncos safety. Rookie safety Adrian Colbert drilled Broncos tight end Steen Scheu high near the head and somewhat late. I went over there and said, ‘Adrian, that’s not how we practice. Next thing you know he was there.’ I can’t tell you I haven’t been there myself.” The 49ers are coming off their worst defensive season in history, and Saleh has tried rallying his unit with mottos such as “excessive violence” and “all gas, no brakes.” Colbert should have applied the brakes in this 7-on-7 drill. Dakoda Watson, a Bronco last season, contributed to the 49ers’ improved pass rush with a pass breakup and at least one would-be sack. Tight end competition. “We’ve been thoroughly impressed with how Vance responded to that,” Lynch said, citing how McDonald’s consistent blocking in Friday’s game was as good as he’s ever seen from the fifth-year veteran. Kittle lined up first at tight end at the start of team drills. — Linebacker Reuben Foster came out of full-team drills the last 30 minutes of practice after appearing to nick his right shoulder or neck area. Lynch said: “I talked to him and, like Reuben, he had a big smile and said, ‘I’m straight.’ So he’s good, he’s ‘straight.’ ” Foster made a one-handed interception in a one-on-one drill.
Rookie T.J. Watt’s emergence signals changing of the guard

Rookie T.J. Watt’s emergence signals changing of the guard

I’m 39 years old and still playing football.” Harrison, the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, dressed for one padded practice during training camp. Watt, the 30th overall pick in 2017, is the younger brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt — a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The younger Watt flourished as the starting right outside linebacker during the Steelers first preseason game against the New York Giants, earning two sacks in the first four snaps. “I’ve always said from the beginning, I’m never going to turn down reps,” Watt said. On the next defensive snap, Watt didn’t fall for a run fake and sacked Johnson for the second time in as many plays. Harrison, who has a franchise-best 79½ sacks, didn’t have a sack through the first seven games of the 2016 season while rotating with former first-round pick Jarvis Jones. Harrison, who played in 15 games and made seven starts and picked up 2½ sacks in three playoff games. Harrison said Wednesday he would do whatever the Steelers asked of him this season. Watt just wants to play. “I’m trying to be the best player I can be.” NOTES: Steelers rookie second-round pick WR JuJu Smith-Schuster left Wednesday’s practice with a lower-body injury.
Rehabbing Diekman launches foundation

Rehabbing Diekman launches foundation

Rehabbing Diekman launches foundation. ARLINGTON -- Wednesday, as it turned out, ended up being a pretty good day for Jake Diekman. If I get a count where I feel like I can throw a slider and stuff, I'll do that. But once Diekman entered professional baseball with the Phillies, it worsened. You walk into a department store, and that's the first thing you scan. When the colitis flared up, Diekman coined the "gut it out" mantra, and a few years later the foundation with the same name has launched. I'd like to find a cure for these kids that are on a drug that harms them down the road." The foundation raises money through direct donations and through the sale of "Gut It Out" T-shirts, and the first $10,000 that the Foundation receives will be donated to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., as a thank you from Diekman for the care he received there. Beyond that, it's all about finding a cure and helping the people who are dealing with colitis and Crohn's disease. The biggest thing is we don't make any money off it.
Gomez recovering, hopes to return soon

Gomez recovering, hopes to return soon

Wednesday marked the third game Gomez has not started. Balk instead of steal Umpire crew chief Ted Barrett explained why Rougned Odor scored on a balk instead of a steal of home in the seventh inning of the Rangers' 10-4 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night. It will be Holland's first start in Arlington since he pitched for the Rangers last season. ARLINGTON -- Wednesday, as it turned out, ended up being a pretty good day for Jake Diekman. The left-hander is scheduled to throw 15 pitches in his first game action this year. If I get a count where I feel like I can throw a slider and stuff, I'll do that. The Rangers had 10 hits but were held without a home run for only the 21st time in 114 games. The Rangers are 7-14 when they don't hit a home run. The biggest hit was a two-out, two-run single by Carlos Gomez that gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead. "Really big right there with Gomez, coming through with the two-out base hit," Banister said.
Mailbag: Toughest Roster Cuts? Confidence In Dak’s Practices?

Mailbag: Toughest Roster Cuts? Confidence In Dak’s Practices?

With all the promising young guys on the team, how do they fit in the 53? David: When you have a talented team, you’re going to have to make some tough cuts – that’s the nature of it. On top of that, the practice squad has been expanded to 10 in recent years, which opens up a few more spots. There will be some tough cuts, but I think they’ll be able to keep the majority of the guys they want to keep. Rob: I hate to say this, but injuries usually play a factor by the time Sept. 2 rolls around. Right now, I’d guess Gathers makes the team as the fourth tight end and perhaps Cooper Rush can make a push to be the third quarterback kept over a sixth receiver such as Brown or Andy Jones. It seems every time I read about practice, Dak has some good moments, but also a decent amount of tipped or intercepted throws. David: It’s the age old question of “good defense or bad offense?” I have watched every rep Dak Prescott has taken in this training camp, and I think he’s been phenomenal. That’s the nature of this game. He has said there are times in practice he might take a chance or two with a pass in a tight window.

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