Rays catcher Wilson Ramos hit in head by broken bat

He’s also shown signs of wear and tear, with shoulder and knee injuries over the past three seasons. Those things, along with his usual drawbacks — he’s always been a ball-stopper, not a ball-mover, and doesn’t make teammates better — are reason enough for the Knicks to rebuild around second-year forward Kristaps Porzingis.

Porzingis has been Jackson’s signature move, and arguably, his only positive move since taking over the show in March of 2014. By winning Friday over the Hornets, the Knicks now would have to win 82 straight games to get back to .500 in the Jackson era. That’s how bad it’s been for fans of a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2013.

The losing has been heightened by the Melo-Phil soap opera. On Jan. 12, long-time associate and conduit to Jackson’s thoughts Charley Rosen wrote a Knicks piece in Fanrag. Rosen, who wrote a Jackson diary of the 2016 season for ESPN, ended his scathing analysis of Melo’s play with this zinger:

Rays catcher Wilson Ramos left Monday’s game in the fifth inning after getting hit in the head by a broken bat.

After Orioles shortstop Ruben Tejada swung at a Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon fastball from Rays pitcher Blake Snell, Tejada’s bat shattered. The detached barrell flew over Tejada’s shoulder and hit Ramos on the top of his head. Fortunately for Ramos, he was wearing a helmet, but the bat did press his mask into his Cheap Jerseys For Sale head and Ramos was taken out of the game to be treated for a cut on his forehead.

Odell Beckham Jr. visits young boy battling cancer

Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. squeezed in a good deed before training camp when he visited a young man battling a rare form of cancer.

Beckham made the trip to Amarillo, Texas, over the weekend to visit 9-year-old Jayro Ponce after the father of Giants center Weston Richburg shared a post from a local radio personality trying to help Jayro meet his favorite player.

Beckham responded, How could I make it happen? Then he made it happen.

Sources said the Bulls’ front office was most irate that Rondo revealed that the two stars were going against Hoiberg’s in-game plans. That, in itself, shows how Forman and others view Hoiberg, who is said to be firmly entrenched with three more years on his contract. Owner Jerry Reinsdorf is not a fan of paying off one coach while bringing in another, which might have a lot to do with Hoiberg’s security.

For the Miami game, the worst game Cheap Jerseys Borntrade we played all year, Hoiberg said, the Bulls benched Wade, along with Butler, for criticizing their teammates. In half of a season, Wade can already see that this is not the Heat, in more ways than one. There is a lack of accountability and there is not a culture of winning, compared to how Miami is run under Riley.

More than ever, after what transpired last week with Rondo, Wade will take a hard look at whether he should opt out of a contract that pays him close to $24 million next season. That would be a bold move for a first-ballot Hall of Famer who just turned 35, since even with his three championships, nobody is going Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale to match that money for one season.

Browns’ Myles Garrett reportedly ‘ready to go’ after injury

The Browns got a scare when Myles Garrett suffered a foot injury in June, but the No. 1 overall pick is reportedly ready to go, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Garrett suffered the injury during Browns mini-camp on June 20 and has since been rehabbing to bounce back and get ready to participate in the preseason, which starts Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. ET when the Browns take on the Saints.

In addition to learning of Garrett’s health, Jackson also announced quarterback Cody Kessler would be taking the first snaps of training camp. Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer will also be taking snaps this preseason for the Browns as well.

Kessler played in nine games last season while starting eight. He threw for 1,380 and six touchdowns to just two interceptions.

Analysis (Gatto): Baltimore will be very popular the next 12 days now that team owner Peter Angelos has, per Rosenthal, given GM Dan Duquette Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys his blessing to shop the likes of Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Darren O’Day. Oh, and outfielder Seth Smith is available, too. The pitchers, of course, are the main attraction. All three are late-inning prizes, in particular Britton, the All-Star closer who is back from an elbow injury. There was immediate speculation that the Dodgers and Cubs would be big bidders for Britton. Will Angelos allow Duquette to actually make a move if Cheap Jerseys And Snapbacks a deal is agreed upon? Ehhhhh . . .

Gary Kubiak rejoining Broncos as personnel advisor

Gary Kubiak is getting back in the saddle with the Broncos.

The former Denver coach has rejoined the franchise and will serve as senior personnel advisor, the team announced Tuesday.

That’s Brandon’s opinion and Brandon is a friend of mine, Josh McCown said, via ESPN.com. I love him and he’s entitled to his opinion. I wish him the best at the Giants. We’ve got a direction we’re headed and excited about. I really don’t pay too much attention to it just because guys have different opinions about things, and that’s his. I don’t agree with it, but as a friend, hey, I respect it.

Marshall and McCown played on the Bears together, have remained friends, despite Marshall’s caustic exit from Chicago.

McCown has an uphill battle with the Jets, who were at the bottom of the AFC East standings with a 5-11 record last year. He will also be competing against Christian Hackenburg and Bryce Petty for the starting quarterback position.

The Bucs should be happy to have seen Mike Glennon leave, because by the nature of his Bears contract, he was more of a disappointed former starter than willing backup. It looked for a while like the team would be OK with Ryan Griffin as the No. 2, but it was smart to add well-traveled Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys top short-term reserve.

After Fitzpatrick looked and couldn’t find a starting gig away from the Jets, he landed in a strong role behind Winston. He will still have a noticeable influence on the offensive side of the locker room, and he’ll provide Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys one of the league’s best insurance plans in a scheme suited to his strengths.

As for Winston, he’s proved to be a very durable young gun through his first 32 games. Between Koetter and Fitzpatrick, he’s got the ideal direct support to keep pushing forward as a passer.

Dwight Howard can’t resist dirty joke in postgame interview

For better or for worse, Dwight Howard has always been a fun-loving guy.

You can never accuse the 6-11, 265-pounder of taking himself (and some would add the game) too seriously,.

Following the Hawks’ hard-fought 119-114 win against the Bulls Wednesday Cheap Dolphins Jerseys night, the big fella, along with point guard Dennis Schroder, was handling an otherwise run-of-the-mill postgame interview with Fox Sports Southeast’s Olivia Harlan.

Schroder immediately noticed the sophomoric humor in his teammate’s statement. Howard made sure to reiterate his point, realizing he’d made a funny. To her credit, Harlan, the daughter of NFL and NBA commentator Kevin Harlan, kept it professional unlike her much older subjects.

The moment mirrored a similar interaction between the Warriors’ Klay Thompson and sideline reporter Ros Gold-Onwude that went viral on social media a couple seasons ago.

If you didn’t chuckle at all, congratulations, you’re a mature adult.

The Bucs did spend a little on this line, signing 29-year-old former Redskins 3-4 end Chris Baker to complement Gerald McCoy as a 4-3 tackle. McCoy has needed veteran support at this level for a while, and the strength of a good unit will lie inside.

William Gholston and Robert Ayers will remain the Cheap Elite Jerseys starters at end, but expect the Bucs to dial up their usage of second-year man Noah Spence to be a bigger force in edge pass-rushing situations. The team should build on the 38 sacks (tied for 9th in the NFL) it had last season. Baker’s impact should also be felt against the run, where the Bucs were below average last season.