Dolphins sign LB Rey Maualuga to one-year deal

The Dolphins have signed veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga to a one-year deal, the team announced Saturday in a move first reported by the Palm Beach Post.

With this week’s season-ending injury to 2017 second-round draft pick Raekwon McMillan, the Dolphins needed to bring aboard a linebacker for depth purposes. With Maualuga, though, the Dolphins get more than just depth.

Head of School Neal Brown said Green Acres, a school of about 320 students ages 3 through eighth grade, has at least one Native American family that has felt distress due to the Redskins moniker that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deemed disparaging in 2014 when it revoked the team’s trademark.

“We want to approach this with children in a very age-appropriate and sensitive way. We’re in no way trying to vilify anyone for rooting for the local football team because, in truth, I root for the local football team,” Brown said. “I think it’s only honest to acknowledge the times when the need to be respectful and thoughtful and sensitive overrides people’s ability to express themselves as they’d like.”

The Redskins and owner Dan Snyder, who has vehemently defended the mascot, have yet to comment.

Rivers, a third-round pick out of Youngstown State, was injured on a kickoff coverage drill during the Patriots’ joint practice with the Texans on Wednesday in West Virginia. The team sent him back to Boston for more testing and apparently the results were not good.

Rivers had 41 sacks in his college career, including 14 last fall as a senior. The Patriots were counting on him to be a regular contributor up front, if not necessarily a starter right out of the gate.

With the rookie out of the mix, the depth chart at defensive end is looking thin: Kony Ealy, Trey Flowers, Geneo Grissom and Caleb Kidder, the latter an undrafted free agent. That could mean the Patriots are in the market for veteran help at the position as the regular season approaches.
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Dewayne Dedmon agrees to sign with Atlanta Hawks, per report

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Dewayne Dedmon will sign a new deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The deal will reportedly be for two years and $14 million with a player option in the second year. Dedmon has played four seasons in the NBA, most recently with the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged just over 17 minutes per game, putting up 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Dedmon is a 7’0 center who could likely start for the Hawks after the team traded away Dwight Howard to the Hornets.

The Celtics were scheduled to pay Bradley $8.8 million for the 2017-18 season, the final year of his deal. Instead, they save $3.4 million by taking on Morris’ $5.4 million contract, which expires at the end of the 2019 season.

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Morris is a gifted volume scorer at the forward spot, averaging 14 points per game for the Pistons last season. He joins a crowded Boston frontcourt, also featuring Hayward, Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum — the third-overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. Morris could also be a replacement for Crowder, who is rumored to be part of a sign-and-trade to the Jazz in exchange for Hayward.

But fortune favors the bold, not the exceedingly patient. Ainge may have the last laugh in five years, but there’s a price to waiting for the perfect opportunity instead of pouncing on repeated good ones.

The East already stunk, and now it’s lost Jimmy Butler and Paul George in the span of eight days, with Paul Millsap possibly next. Dion Waiters might make the All-Star team next year!

Jazz fans burn Gordon Hayward’s jersey while yelling the saddest zingers

Nobody can tell you how you’re supposed to feel when your favorite player leaves town — but these Gordon Hayward jersey-burning Jazz fans need to at least work on their zingers.

Hayward announced on the Fourth of July that he’d be leaving the Jazz and heading to Boston to reunite with his former Butler coach Brad Stevens on the Celtics. Understandably, fans in Utah are upset their All-Star is leaving in his peak — but those quips.
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Instead, Paul leaves a situation that had grown stale for one that is ready to bloom. The Rockets were one of the few credible challengers the Warriors had in the West last season and now they’ve added the greatest point guard of his generation to pair with James Harden. With CP3 on board, the Rockets have two top-10 players on their roster and only the Warriors and maybe the Thunder can say the same.

This is a bold move even if it does come with a potential downside. Paul is 32 years old and missed 21 games last season with a thumb injury. He’ll be looking for a massive extension next summer, thanks to a new provision in the collective bargaining agreement that Paul helped negotiate. The Rockets could wind up paying a premium price for the latter stages of his career.
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The fit with Harden is an interesting one because both players thrive with the ball in their hands. Both Paul and Harden are proud and stubborn and both are franchise players who run their respective offenses through their own unique games. Both are also smart as hell, and both will benefit from working with one of the game’s genius offensive minds in Mike D’Antoni.

Markelle Fultz drained 3 one-handed, backward full-court shots at the NBA rookie photo shoot

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The wrong place is all many people are able to call home, and what becomes of their lives often is the result of the disenfranchisement that comes with poverty and having black or brown skin. This is not about people having a victim mentality, but a society that stacks the deck against certain groups of people who, then, have to overcome numerous obstacles for a chance at a decent life.

In such a scenario, success becomes a rarity and a life of crime (for individuals who did not have the benefit of good schools and have limited-to-no employment prospects) becomes the norm. Thus, the inequities in the criminal-justice system will remain so long as society is mired in systemic racism.

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Meanwhile, towards the end of the tour, Bob Myers notes that many of the inmates grew up in the wrong place and made the wrong decisions. This, in juxtaposition to his upbringing in Alamo, CA, where he perhaps knew one person who went to prison.

Le’Veon Bell turned down a 5-year deal with the Steelers at the last minute, per report

In the final hours before the deadline to sign Le’Veon Bell to a long-term contract, the Pittsburgh Steelers thought they agreed to terms with the running back’s agent, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. But then Bell nixed the deal.

It’s great news for Chick-fil-A employees who want to watch the Falcons on Sunday, and horrible for anyone else seeing the Falcons on Sunday. It’s good news for college fans and MLS fans though, who will get all the chicken they can eat on their game days.

The Mercedes-Benz stadium concessions list notes that on Sundays, Chick-fil-A is replaced by “Fries Up,” which was a hashtag Chick-fil-A coined during the Falcons playoff run in 2017, but despite the link there won’t be any chicken at the restaurant.

Undrafted rookie Marcelis Branch blows his coverage, and Bosher tried to recover the punt before it hit the ground, but the ball bounced off of his hands. The blocked punt came shortly after another one of Bosher’s punts was very nearly blocked.

Atlanta also allowed the Steelers’ Trey Williams to run one of Bosher’s punts in the third quarter back 64 yards for a touchdown.

The Falcons have plenty of young players and undrafted free agents — including Branch — who are trying to make an impression in the preseason. That lack of experience for Bosher’s blockers plays into this.

But preseason is the time for everybody to knock the rust off, including punters.redskins_012_ffe26216cd11f695-180x180

The Islanders could opt out as soon as the conclusion of next season

Fully healed and healthy again, Shaw and Boulerice visited Europe in May before the couple exchanged vows Saturday in Toronto with many of his current and former teammates on hand to celebrate their happy day.

There will be no big honeymoon — the trip earlier in the summer took its place — as Shaw now shifts his focus to the upcoming NHL season.

I’m going to make sure that I come back in the best health that I possibly can be, and the best shape as well, Shaw said on the Canadiens’ site. It’s going to be a big year for us.

Bloomberg reported Monday on a looming split between the Islanders and Brooklyn’s multibillion-dollar entertainment hub, which has housed the NHL club the last two seasons to mixed reviews for all involved. The report, citing sources familiar with the facility’s financials, said Barclays Center officials view the Islanders as a hindrance to future profit and plan to evict the franchise at the earliest possible date.
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The lease agreement, per Newsday, stipulates arena officials can’t terminate the deal until after the 2018-19 season.

The Islanders could opt out as soon as the conclusion of next season, but that would require an alternate venue to host games.

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Last season, the Flyers had a 21-16-5 record 42 games into the schedule, highlighted by a 10-game win streak, and were in the middle of the wild-card chase in the East. The club scored at a 2.98 goals-per-game clip, ranking them among the league’s elite.

Why did Sonny Gray choose Pickles for his nickname?

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It makes sense, and the desire to keep a bullpen fresh is obvious when you compare the position-player pitchers used today to some of the position players from years past. We know one of the most famous examples of a star pitching:

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This is so beautiful. Phegley, who fits the bill of a Player to Be Named Later perfectly as a backup catcher who came to Oakland as a throwaway player in a trade, isn’t afraid to poke fun at himself here and in the process has one of the best nickname jerseys of the weekend. Way to commit, Josh.

Nobody seems to know. That makes it better, though, as he either just decided that his own nickname was going to be Pickles starting right now or there’s a really good story behind it. Gray just got to New York. Way to make an impression.

Edwards Jr. is the only player in the league who was allowed to put a brand name on the back of his jersey. The policy makes sense in that the league can’t have players compromising their sponsorship deals with other companies that could conflict.

If there was one exception that the league was going to make (seeing as it had to approve all of jerseys), we’re glad it was this one.

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Justin Turner is hitting .387 with a .472 on-base percentage. Those are absurd, fan-fiction numbers, suggesting that the Dodgers’ third baseman has found a new gear. He hasn’t made the All-Star team yet.

Kris Bryant isn’t hitting for average, but the reigning MVP is still pummeling the ball, with a .901 OPS to match his stellar defense. He hasn’t made the All-Star team yet

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The Mariners absolutely knew what they needed. They needed to go to the reliever store and fill up the cart like they were on a game show.

The only problem was that there weren’t a lot of relievers traded. Scott Service was traded in a minor deal. Roberto Hernandez was traded in a major deal that involved Wilson Alvarez and six of the Giants’ best prospects, so you can understand how it would have been hard for the Mariners to worm their way into the middle of that.

There should have been a lot more relievers traded. Todd Jones was on a listless Tigers team. Jeff Montgomery wasn’t doing the Royals much good, and you would have figured the Rangers would have been eager to trade John Wetteland and his contract after the season started falling apart. Ugueth Urbina, Ricky Bottalico, Dennis Eckersley, Jeff Shaw, and about a dozen other relievers on bad teams would have been dealt in today’s trade market. The pitchers with team control would have been especially popular.

Ravens waive Dustin Vaughan, sign free agent QB Thaddeus Lewis

The quarterback carousel continues to spin in Baltimore.

The Ravens on Monday announced the team has waived quarterback Dustin Vaughan and signed free-agent signal-caller Thaddeus Lewis.

Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the Cowboys’ dynamic duo will not play, and neither will fellow Pro Bowlers Tyron Smith and Sean Lee and second-year linebacker Jaylon Smith, among others.

The NFL on Friday suspended Elliott for the first six games of the 2017 regular season, pending appeal, for a 2016 domestic violence incident, but that suspension does not apply to preseason action.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Pro Bowl offensive linemen Travis Frederick and Zack Martin also are not expected to play.

The Bengals play their third home game in the first five weeks against the Bills. Buffalo beat Cincinnati 16-12 last season. That’s a game the Bengals can’t afford to lose. Cincinnati should have a good idea of where it sits in the AFC North race when it travels to face the rival Steelers.

Cincinnati needs to go 3-1 in November in order to have any postseason hopes. That means winning on the road against Jacksonville and Tennessee and taking their best shot at Denver, then returning home and beating the in-state rival Browns. That would set Cincinnati up for an interesting November.

“The whole LeBron leaving the next year, to be honest that didn’t bother me that much. Here’s why: when you have an opportunity to really put something together and put your imprint on it — rebuilding is a beautiful thing if the (owner) is going to have the patience with you. dolphins_074

There were rumors that they might be in the market for a big name

You sure about that? Like the Blue Jays, they expected to contend this year and to be in position to sell was a big disappointment. They did find a home for Addison Reed, which is good. All three prospects heading to New York’s system ranked in the top 30 of Boston’s system, according to MLB.com. But the Mets didn’t trade versatile infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, and they didn’t move free agents-to-be Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce, two left-handed hitting outfielders. Just felt like they could have done more, but maybe they will in August.

Good job! There were rumors that they might be in the market for a big name, but that never seemed likely. They had already added relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson in a trade with the A’s, and right before the deadline on Monday they picked up Twins closer Brandon Kintzler. He’s not a headline-making name, but Kintzler has been really good the past couple seasons in Minnesota and he’ll do a good job shoring up a Nats bullpen that’s often been a disaster the past few seasons.

Baseball’s Hall of Fame, by Ken Smith: Older fans might have grown up with this in their bookshelf. Smith served at one point as director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His book, originally published in 1952, laid down a lot of institutional history about Cooperstown, as well as a comprehensive look at early honorees.
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Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says Colin Kaepernick’s inability to latch on with an NFL team demonstrates the divide between black players and the fans who follow the sport.
Bennett has been vocal in expressing his opinions on social issues over the past year.
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He spent time with Colin Kaepernick during the offseason and wore a T-shirt supporting Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights campaign during a spring news conference. Bennett was asked earlier this month what it will take for a team to take a shot on Kaepernick.