the gesture was echoed by other players around the league.

Mack reiterated Carr’s reasoning, saying he wants to use his position as a platform to share his message with others in the hope that some will meet it with understanding.
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To show [that] different races can get along, white, black, whatever you are, get along and be friends and … just show unity, Mack said. Show togetherness. It’s discussed a lot. It’s one of the things I feel passionately about, but I just don’t like the attention, the attention that comes with it. But at the same time, just using my platform for positivity is what’s important for me.

Outside of Oakland, the gesture was echoed by other players around the league. Seahawks center Justin Britt placed his arm on teammate Michael Bennett’s shoulder on Friday night, and Eagles defensive end Chris Long put his hand on teammate Malcolm Jenkins’ shoulder on Thursday night as a sign of harmony.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith commented last week that a strike or lockout is almost a virtual certainty.

Winston agreed, but said he doesn’t care what another work stoppage might mean for the NFL’s future.

Honestly I don’t care and I don’t think the guys in this locker room care whether [the NFL] is going to be around in 20 years because none of us are going to be playing, Winston told the TV station. So if these guys [the owners] want to own for a long time, then they can own for a long time. But another work stoppage might kill the golden goose.
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Bills QB Nathan Peterman getting reps in ‘ghost town’ Buffalo

And then there was one.

Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman is getting in plenty of reps under center while fellow signal-callers Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates rehab from concussions, though being alone makes for an awkward situation at practice.

“I think they had me pretty good, outnumbered three to one, with the coaches,” Peterman said, via the team’s website. “Definitely different, being a little ghost town out there. I missed Tyrod and T.J. both. We have a good time out there. So hopefully they’ll get back quick.”

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $16 million and will pay Wood an additional $5.275 million in 2017. Wood received a $6.5 million signing bonus and is due a $1.75 million roster bonus in the next week as part of his $14.2 million in guarantees.

“You’re always hoping to get it done as quick as you can,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane told the Buffalo News. “Contracts happen when they’re supposed to. This afternoon, things came together with he and his agent and we were able to get it done and get it inked before we got on the field tonight.

“Eric’s done a great job since he was drafted here in ’09. We think he’s still playing well. We think he’s a leader up front, not only on the O-line but on the offense. He’s a guy that we feel is part of what we’re doing going forward and he’s going into the last year of his deal so we wanted to get something done.”

Wood, 31, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Bills after being selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The Pro Bowler played 59 consecutive games, including nine starts last season, before suffering a season-ending broken leg against the Seahawks in November last year.
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Suns’ Brandon Knight suffers torn ACL, could miss the season, per report

Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight has suffered a torn ACL and could miss the coming 2017-18 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kids Roger Craig Jersey The 25-year-old guard was picked No. 8 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, but the Suns are already his third team. He hasn’t played more than 63 games in any of the past three seasons, dealing with various injuries and ailments. However, none have been as severe as an ACL tear, which threatens Knight’s return at all. At the very least, Knight likely won’t return until after the All-Star break.

This rule change comes in the season after DeMarcus Cousins, a Western Conference All-Star, played only two minutes in the 2017 All-Star Game before he was dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans soon after. That trade was likely agreed to during the game, and became a way bigger deal than any event that happened during the weekend.
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While dodging that fiasco from ever occurring again, the NBA created a new one. If an All-Star is traded before the new trade deadline to the other conference, does he also switch conferences for the All-Star Game? We’ll see how that plays out.

Details on the Boogie rule change have yet to surface aside from Charania’s report that the teams were alerted of the change on Wednesday.

After the Radiohead incident, Hayes met with several department heads to discuss what happened. It was in that meeting that Barry Henson, the Vice President of Philips Arena, told Hayes that the security staff (which the suit claims is all black) is treated worse than anyone in the building and needed more support.

Adrian Wojnarowski accidentally walked onto live TV set at ESPN

Adrian Wojnarowski, king of NBA Twitter, recently left Yahoo! Sports to join ESPN. In fact, he made a dramatic return to Twitter right at midnight on July 1, as soon as NBA free agency started, dropping Woj Bombs as they are referred to on Twitter.

On July 4, his fourth day at ESPN, the NBA world was waiting to hear the final decision of Gordon Hayward’s future. Spoiler alert: He chose the Boston Celtics. But while all of this was going on, it appears Wojnarowksi was still trying to find his way around ESPN’s headquarters.

Reaction: Understood and acknowledged Giannis, but this is the circle of NBA life and it comes around for every young player on their journey. It will revolve around Anthony Davis and in years to come it will follow Karl Anthony-Towns, Nikola Jokic, and on and on.

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Reaction: This sets the bar for summer league quotes. Let’s see if we can surpass it this week in Vegas.
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Curry isn’t going anywhere. On the first night of free agency, he agreed to a 5-year, $201-million designated player maximum contract with the Warriors, earning Curry that big pay day he’s been waiting for. While Steph was the No. 2 overall free agent in this class behind Kevin Durant, it’s worth noting that the Warriors were always going to re-sign the top two free agents in 2017 with two other All-Stars already locked up on the roster. Good grief.

NBA schedule release 2017: Time, TV schedule, and live stream

The NBA schedule will look different this year, with an earlier opening day and fewer back-to-backs, especially leading into national television games. On Monday night, the schedule for the coming 2017-18 season will finally be released — and we can finally see it for ourselves.

Authentic Womens Blake Bortles Jersey The improvements in this year’s schedule are much more favorable to players. The NBA has completely eliminated four games in five night stretches and any instance of 18 games in 30 days. Teams will also play five games in seven nights less than half as frequently as last year (90 such instances have been cut to 40).

In shorter spans the schedule has improved as well. Forty back-to-back games have been cut, and teams will each play a game or two fewer of them (16.3 cases have been reduced to 14.3). The league also reduced single-game road trips by 17 percent, meaning those will only occur 11 times all season.
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The NBA is also ramping up on weekend games, something it tempted to avoid during football season. Nineteen more games will be played on weekends in 2017-18, most of which will fall on Saturdays, according to ESPN.

I’m not sure you’ll believe me when I tell you this, but it’s true: Nate Robinson was once on the court for the deciding moments of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Here, I made a screencap so you know I’m not lying:

The schedules are set to finalize this week, and will be announced soon.

This Broncos-49ers play that resulted in 5 penalties is the most preseason football thing ever

The referees in the Broncos vs. 49ers game had their hands full for a preseason game.

After the 49ers punted the ball late in the third quarter, the field was swarmed with flags. In total, five penalties had been committed on the play, and referee Pete Morelli needed so much help in making the calls that he nearly started laughing.

Tannehill’s left knee buckled with no contact, and the team was concerned because it was the same knee the quarterback injured last season. Tannehill opted against having the knee surgically repaired last year. That option isn’t on the table for Tannehill with his current injury.

Last year’s injury occurred when Calais Campbell hit him low, partially tearing Tannehill’s ACL. Tannehill missed the final three games of the season, as well as the Dolphins’ 30-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wildcard round of the playoffs. Before that injury, Tannehill had never missed a game since Miami drafted him with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Bell, 25, may be the NFL’s best running back and he wants a contract that will reset the market at the position. Shortly after the failure to agree with the Steelers on a new contract, Bell told ESPN that he believes he should be paid like the team’s top running back as well as its No. 2 receiver.

According to the Post-Gazette’s report, Bell was offered a five-year deal that would’ve averaged $12 million per year with $30 million headed his way in the first two years.

Bell is currently slated to make $12.12 million on a one-year deal under the franchise tag in 2017, but no other running back has a contract that averages more than even $9 million per season.
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NHL clears the air: No Olympics for minor leaguers on two-way contracts

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Given the opportunity to save face with some players still hopeful to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics, the NHL is drawing a hard line: No one, not even minor leaguers signed to two-way contracts, will be permitted to represent their country in Pyeongchang.
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Were the Leafs to sign Tavares, it would likely necessitate the trade of Nazem Kadri. The 26-year-old Kadri (selected six picks after Tavares in 2009) scored 30 goals for the first time last season and also established himself as a defensive center, but he is under contract for another five years at $4.5 million per season.

Pittsburgh, in its last two successful Cup runs, had the luxury of an effective third-line center in Nick Bonino (whose cap hit was less than $2 million) playing behind Crosby and Malkin. Toronto would have to clear out Kadri’s contract to allocate the cap space to address other areas of need, such as their blueline.

The addition of Tavares might also force the Leafs to make a choice between Nylander and Marner. Both wingers posted over 60 points in their rookie seasons and look to be on their way to a significant pay increase on their second contracts.

Unless Lamoriello can work his magic and get Nylander and Marner on cost-effective bridge deals or long-term extensions at below market value, Toronto may have to move someone they don’t want to, as the Hawks were forced to do with Brandon Saad in 2015 and Artemi Panarin this summer.

Of course, as was the case with Stamkos and the Lightning, Tavares may very well re-sign with the Islanders, though there are some significant obstacles to clear before that happens.

The caution that caused the dry delay was questionable.

Without any rain, Thursday night made its case to be even weirder. Ender Inciarte responded to a tweet encouraging using the tarp as a slip n’ slide with, Can’t. The tarp is dry. Bryce Harper favorited Inciarte’s tweet, which was probably the best thing to come out of the whole night, until he called the delay absolutely brutal in true Harper fashion on his Instagram story.

Field-level seats, free SpongeBob ice cream, soda, and water were offered and appeased at least the kids. The Nationals PR department barely made it out of the night alive, at one point sharing its hopes and dreams for the game. Few would fault anyone involved for their frustration. Even Mike Trout was probably somewhere shaking his head at the incorrect weather radar analysis.
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Yes, the last name stands out, but this is still one of the two times that five players who would finish in the 500 home run club competed in the same Home Run Derby (1998 was the other one). Three of them are in the 600 home run club. And one of them, well, he’s kind of alone at the top.

Both Berkman and Tejada finished with more than 300 career homers, too, which probably isn’t a milestone that at least half of this year’s field will reach. This was a tremendous collection, and it highlights what’s missing with this year’s Derby:
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The caution that caused the dry delay was questionable. According to general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Dusty Baker, one reason the Nationals delayed the game was so they didn’t have to burn a starter. With the All-Star break coming up, how much could that really matter? Predicting weather is hard, but all the SpongeBob ice cream in the world might not patch this up.

Aaron Judge’s 1st-round home runs were visualized in a chart, and it’s spectacular

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Aaron Judge is a tremendous enemy of baseballs in the wild, a dinger volcano who demands tribute, and you’re never going to believe this, but in the first round of the 2017 Home Run Derby, he hit a bunch of home runs.

Thanks to the magic of StatCast, we have an extremely beautiful visualization. Behold!

The silver lining fro Cubs pitching is that those run didn’t all get hung on one person, as Carl Edwards, Jr. and Hector Rondon split the responsibility for the majority of the runs before Justin Grimm took over for the last six outs, letting up only two runs in the process.

Which looks like an expert performance compared to the rest of the bullpen staff.

Zach Zenner Authentic Jersey Tomorrow is another day for Chicago’s pitching to bounce back, but on this day the Cardinals jumped on them for a crazy amount of runs and didn’t look back. The loss ended the Cubs’ six-game win streak and was a pretty convincing response from the Cards in the face of recent criticism.

According to a few stats released by the league, Judge walked away with not only the Derby crown but some pretty magnificent jersey sales. Jersey sales for All-Star Game festivities as a whole were up 42% year-over-year and the league has credited that specifically to Judge’s influence.

Emmitt Smith on Colin Kaepernick: ‘Somebody needs to give him a chance’

The pressure is mounting for an NFL team to offer Colin Kaepernick a job.

And Hall of Famer and former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith thinks the controversial quarterback has what it takes to secure a roster spot.

“I think Colin Kaepernick definitely has the talent to play the game of football,” Smith told BlackSportsOnline. “I think somebody needs to give him a chance.”

“Regardless of where it’s happening, injustice in the world we live in at any place is an injustice to humanity and a threat to the freedoms we have. It’s a small percentage of people involved who are blatantly in the wrong. And we need to do our best as good folks to continue to outnumber (them) and express our opinions and act accordingly when given the opportunity to. … Prayers to the families who lost folks. I’m thinking of all the people there going through this right now.”

Their voices, in a hometown context regarding the white supremacists and neo-Nazis’ rally and violence, added to those throughout sports — most notably the Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Nationals’ Sean Doolittle, like Chris Long a UVa alum — that reportedly could grow as the NFL preseason resumes this week.

Jones, 36, said “it was time” to retire because he’s “not a young guy in basketball terms.”

“It seemed like the perfect spot to invest my energy,” Jones said Wednesday. “I just knew this was the right time to come back home.”

Sarver and general manager Ryan McDonough, who received a contract extension, both said the only thing remaining for the Suns to accomplish as a franchise is to win a championship.dolphins_072