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A season that opened with such promise for the Grizzlies wound up as one of the franchise’s worst since moving to Memphis. The Grizzlies couldn’t have started better than 5-1 Cheap Sam Darnold Jersey , sitting near the top of the Western Conference standings with a pair of early wins over the Houston Rockets and a home victory over the Golden State Warriors. By the end, the Grizzlies’ hopes of an eighth straight postseason appearance turned to hopefully landing a top two pick in June’s NBA draft. When the injuries started, most notably what wound up a season-ending left heel-Achilles tendon injury to point guard Mike Conley, the season imploded. And kept getting worse through multiple double-digit losing streaks. The first long slide cost coach David Fizdale his job after a short tenure and leaving interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff at the helm. The change didn’t help as the Grizzlies lost 19 straight between early February and mid-March – the longest skid since the team moved to Memphis in 2001. ”It’s been a challenging year, obviously Cheap Preston Brown Jersey ,” center Marc Gasol said. Asked if he had ever endured a 19-game skid, Dillon Brooks, a rookie from Oregon, said, ”There’s not enough games in college to go through a losing streak like that.” Actually Authentic Kalen Ballage Jersey , there are. But rock bottom for the Grizzlies came with the largest defeat in franchise history came with a 61-point loss in Charlotte in late March. ”It’s been difficult,” Bickerstaff said. ”It wasn’t what we expected when we sat down over the summer and put our plan together and went through training camp. So, there’s always that shock value.” — Some things looking at the Grizzlies’ season and the future: RARELY THIS BAD IN MEMPHIS: The Grizzlies’ win over Detroit in their home finale – their 22nd of the season – kept Memphis from notching the worst record since the team moved to Memphis for the 2001-02 season. The Grizzlies had two other seasons with 22 wins since relocating. So how did the Grizzlies deal with all the losses? ”Red wine helps at night,” Gasol said. BICKERSTAFF BACK? Bickerstaff was associated head coach when Fizdale was fired in late-November. Bickerstaff says he has discussed his future with management and would like to return next season. ”I feel like we have started something,” he said. ”We have started to build a culture. You want to be part of a group that you like. I think there’s going to be a tremendous bump next year Cheap Markus Wheaton Jersey , health permitting. I would love to be a part of it.” OWNERSHIP RESOLUTION: One huge offseason concern was answered this week when majority owner Robert Pera said he would retain controlling interest. Minority partners Steve Kaplan and Robert Straus had invoked a buy-sell option in November. That forced Pera to buy out the shares of the other two or sell his interest to them. Pera told select season-ticket holders Monday he was retaining control of the Grizzlies, a move that should provide stability this offseason for Bickerstaff, front office personnel and the draft. DRAFT PICKS: Memphis hasn’t capitalized on draft choices often even when blessed with a high choice. The franchise picked Hasheem Thabeet with the No. 2 pick in 2009, a player who never lived up to his potential. Beyond that, the best first-round choice has been Conley Youth Adrian Clayborn Jersey , the fourth overall choice in 2007. The Grizzlies did get serviceable play from a pair of second-round picks last summer in Brooks and Ivan Rabb out of California when forced into greater roles by injuries. INJURIES: Not only did Conley get hurt, but replacements such as Andrew Harrison and Mario Chalmers also suffered injuries. Chandler Parsons played in only 36 games missing 32 games with various knee problems and not counting the nights of Memphis simply sat him for ”rest.” The strangest situation involved Tyreke Evans, Memphis’ offensive threat when shut down before the trade deadline in anticipation of a deal involving the guard and his expiring contract. But the Grizzlies never consummated a deal. Evans returned for six more games, and has not been with the team for ”personal reasons” since scoring 16 points in the 61-point loss at Charlotte on March 22. — .

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Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer leads the big leagues with 109.3 pitches per game this season. The 27-year-old emerging star would not have it any other way. “I feel great Authentic Nick Nelson Jersey ,” Bauer said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer when asked about his high pitch counts. “I recover really well, and I’m glad I can get deep in the game for the team.” Bauer will go for another triple-digit performance Wednesday night when Cleveland (35-30) visits Chicago (23-42) for the third contest of a four-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field. The teams have split the series’ first two games, with the Indians posting a 4-0 victory Monday and the White Sox bouncing back for a 5-1 win Tuesday. It is not impossible for the White Sox to beat Bauer Youth Royce Freeman Jersey , but the challenge will be steep. The right-hander is 5-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 13 starts this season. He has walked 29 and struck out 109 in 86 innings. He has registered double-digit strikeouts in each of his past three outings and in five starts overall this season. No wonder Indians manager Terry Francona has left Bauer in the game for 100-plus pitches in every start this year. “I just don’t see a reason (to pull him),” Francona said to the Plain Dealer. “I just feel he deserves to stay out there.” In 14 career games (12 starts) against the White Sox, Bauer is 6-2 with a 3.55 ERA. He has fanned 89 in 76 innings. The White Sox will counter with right-hander Dylan Covey (2-1 Carlton Fisk Jersey , 2.22 ERA), who has emerged as an early bright spot during a rebuilding season. The 26-year-old struggled badly as a rookie in 2017, but he has looked much better since being promoted from Triple-A Charlotte in late May. He has not allowed an earned run in either of his past two starts. In three career games (one start) against Cleveland Rich Hill Jersey , Covey is 0-0 with a 3.68 ERA. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will try to stay hot at the plate after going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles Tuesday. The 24-year-old has a team-leading 23 doubles to go along with 14 home runs and 35 RBIs. Five Indians players already have double-digit home runs. Jose Ramirez leads the group with 19, while Edwin Encarnacion (16) and Lindor (14) round out the top three. Yonder Alonso and Michael Brantley have 11 apiece. Chicago is led in homers by Matt Davidson and Tim Anderson, who each have 11. White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will look for another strong game as he tries to strengthen his case to be a starter in the All-Star Game at Nationals Park. The 31-year-old is hitting .286 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs Christian Yelich Jersey , and his 25 doubles lead the club. A second All-Star appearance would be special for Abreu. “It will be excellent because we play this game for the fans,” Abreu said via an interpreter to “To have the honor to represent them, and they know what I’m doing Authentic Mike Remmers Jersey , that is really big. If that happens, I would be really happy.” .

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Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson abruptly resigned Tuesday and the team said he had fallen short of meeting its ”high standards of conduct” amid reports he had acted improperly toward women. The Timberwolves announced Brunson’s resignation in a one-sentence release and later sent a statement about the 45-year-old former NBA player. ”Our entire organization – made up of the Minnesota Timberwolves illson Contreras Jersey , the Minnesota Lynx and Iowa Wolves- is deeply committed to creating a safe work environment for our employees, partners and fans,” the team said. ”We work to maintain high standards of conduct and expect our staff to lead by example. We did not believe Mr. Brunson’s conduct was consistent with those standards.” The Star Tribune Authentic Luke Falk Jersey , citing a source it did not identify, reported Brunson had been the subject of complaints of improper conduct toward women. The Athletic also reported that he was accused of improper conduct toward women while on the job. The Timberwolves did not return phone calls seeking additional comment and the NBA did not respond to a message. In 2014, Brunson was arrested in suburban Chicago and charged with sexually assaulting a massage therapist. He was acquitted of all counts in that case Cheap Marshall Newhouse Jersey , saying he had an ongoing extramarital affair with the woman. The Timberwolves hired Brunson in 2016, and last season was his fourth working under coach Tom Thibodeau, who helped the team reach the NBA playoffs for the first time in 14 years. Brunson had previous assistant coaching jobs with the Denver Nuggets Clayton Kershaw Jersey , Charlotte and Chicago, where he worked under Thibodeau. Brunson played in the NBA for nine years, including stops in New York and Houston. He made it to the playoffs in five of his nine seasons Authentic Lorenzo Carter Jersey , and was a member of the 1999 Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks, who lost to San Antonio in the finals. Brunson is the father of Jalen Brunson, The Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year who declared for the NBA draft last month after winning two national titles at Villanova. The star guard averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists per game in 40 games for the Wildcats this season. — .

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Sean Couturier’s long shot from the point got past Matt Murray with 1:17 left and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Friday night to force a sixth game in the first-round series. The Flyers cut the Penguins’ series lead to 3-2 going into Game 6 on Sunday in Philadelphia. After missing Game 4 with a lower-body injury Authentic Kyzir White Jersey , Couturier extended his team’s season at least two more days by picking up his second goal of the series. Claude Giroux, Valtteri Filppula and Matt Read also scored for the Flyers. Michal Neuvirth stopped 30 shots, including a diving stop on the doorstep to deny Penguins star Sidney Crosby shortly after Couturier’s knuckler put Philadelphia in front. Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust scored for the Penguins. Matt Murray made 21 saves but had no chance on Couturier’s winner as the puck found its way through a sea of players and into the net. JETS 5 Youth Antonio Callaway Jersey , WILD 0 WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little Authentic Nick Nelson Jersey , Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the first 11:59 to chase Minnesota goalie Devan Dubynk and Winnipeg beat Wild to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his second shutout of the series, and Mark Scheifele added a goal in the third to help the Jets finish off the Wild in five games. Winnipeg will face the winner of the Nashville-Colorado series in the second round. Winnipeg’s previous post-season appearance was a sweep by Anaheim in 2015. The franchise moved from Atlanta in 2011. The Thrashers started in 1999-2000, with their only playoff series ending in four straight losses to the New York Rangers in 2007. AVALANCHE 2 Mark Lowe Jersey , PREDATORS 1 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Sven Andrighetto scored with 1:28 left to lift Colorado past Nashville, sending the first-round series back to Denver for Game 6. This is the third time the Avalanche had trailed 3-1 in a series since the franchise relocated to Colorado. They lost the first two Kurt Suzuki Jersey , but will have a chance Sunday to push this series to a seventh game after rallying with two goals in the final 4:11. Gabriel Landeskog started the rally with his goal into an empty net with Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne caught outside the crease with his own teammate Ryan Ellis in his lap. Then Andrighetto gave the Avs the lead off a rebound of a shot by J.T. Compher. Andrew Hammond made a career-high 44 saves for his first postseason victory in his first playoff start since April 17, 2015, with Ottawa and just the third of his career. Nick Bonino scored for Nashville. .

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Nelson Cruz was suffering from migraines when the Seattle Mariners were in Tampa Bay last weekend. He certainly has been causing headaches for opposing pitchers recently. Cruz Authentic Derrick Nnadi Jersey , the Mariners’ designated hitter, has eight home runs in his past 16 games, during which he has raised his average from .220 to .251. He hit three home runs in a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels this week and will set his sights on Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello when the teams meet Friday night at Safeco Field. “He’s certainly in a really good groove right now,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “So hopefully we can ride it for as long as we can.” Cruz, who missed most of spring training with a quadriceps strain Authentic Kendall Wright Jersey , hit home runs in each of the first two games of the season. But when he returned to the dugout after that second homer, he sprained his right ankle on the bottom step as he was about to put his helmet and gear away and was placed on the 10-day disabled list. He had seven homers in his first 37 games this season before more than doubling that since May 28. “I think we’ll look up at the end of the year and we’ll get a typical Nelson Cruz year here. He was off to a slow start early, everybody was all, ‘Where is this going?’ But he’s righted the ship,” Servais said. Cruz downplayed his part in leading the surprising Mariners to near the top of the American League West. “The pitching is the one that got us here Roy Oswalt Jersey ,” Cruz said. “I think we score enough to be able to win most of the games. We just find a way to scratch runs.” Servais said the key to Cruz’s recent play has been his health. The 37-year-old also was hobbled after being hit by a pitch on the foot May 15. “He is feeling healthier,” Servais said. “He’s such a big part of our lineup, driving guys in, getting the ball out of the ballpark. We saw it coming at the end of the last homestand. He started coming out of it, hitting those balls hard Youth Robert Golden Jersey , hitting balls better. “He’s getting the ball in the air. His timing is much better, he’s staying behind the ball and he isn’t chasing. He is swinging at strikes. That’s the key for any batter, not just Nelson.” Porcello (8-3, 3.54 ERA) is 6-5 with a 3.62 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mariners. He has looked much more like the 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner (when he went 22-4) than the pitcher who lost a league-high 17 games last season. “Two years ago is a long time ago now, it feels like Authentic Rick Leonard Jersey , so it’s hard to compare,” Porcello told “I think we’re doing some things differently than we even did two years ago. So I haven’t really thought about what I was doing then. I know what I’m doing now, and I want to keep that going.” The Mariners will send left-hander James Paxton (6-1, 3.02) to the mound. Paxton, who hasn’t lost since his first start of the season Youth Dorian O'Daniel Jersey , is 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox. .

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The New York Yankees are trying to make the most of a rare trip to Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia Phillies are trying to prove they can keep hanging with some of the best teams in baseball. The Yankees Boone Logan Jersey , making their first trip to Philadelphia since the 2009 World Series, will go for their second straight win over the Phillies on Tuesday night. It could turn out to be a pitcher’s duel between Yankees ace Luis Severino against former Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. New York took the first game of the series 4-2 on Monday night and held Philadelphia to three hits. The Phillies (41-35) need to win the last two games in the set for their fifth consecutive series victory. Three of those series wins have come against the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals — who are all above .500. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said his team is embracing the tough stretch on the schedule. “It shows we’re not scared of any situation. We don’t back down from any opponent,” Kapler told NBC Sports Philadelphia ahead of Monday’s series opener. “We’re resilient. When we have a loss like (Sunday) we bounce back the next day. We come prepared. We’re working in that clubhouse like animals Youth Troy Niklas Jersey , and we know this is not going to be an easy matchup by any stretch. But we’re prepared for it.” The Yankees (51-25) have the best record in the majors, and they ended a season-worst three-game losing streak on Monday. The team did so with a healthy amount of New York fans among the 44,136 in attendance. Severino (11-2, 2.24 ERA) will try to give Yankees fans more to cheer about Tuesday. Severino tied a season high by allowing eight hits in his last start. The Seattle Mariners scored three runs against the 24-year-old righty Kenley Jansen Jersey , but the Yankees still picked up a 4-3 win last Thursday. “Every time they give me the ball, I want to go out there and have a good game,” Severino told reporters after the game. “Today, I wasn’t the best. Wasn’t feeling that good Authentic Robert Golden Jersey , wasn’t feeling that comfortable. I was missing some pitches and getting deep in counts. But we got a great team and got some runs.” Severino, who has never faced the Phillies, has allowed more than three earned runs in just one of his 16 starts in 2018. The Yankees are 14-2 when he pitches. The Phillies, on the other hand Cheap Will Hernandez Jersey , are just 6-8 in Arrieta’s 14 starts this year. Arrieta (5-5, 3.42) has a 6.97 ERA in four starts this month. Arrieta did have his best start of June in his last outing, however. He struck out five and gave up three runs and four hits in six innings against the Cardinals last Wednesday. Arrieta, who spent parts of four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles Paul Goldschmidt Jersey , has faced the Yankees eight times in his career. He is 3-1 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.213 WHIP in those games. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and infielder Neil Walker are the Yankees with the most experience against Arrieta. Stanton is 2-for-11 with a solo home run, and Walker has a .243 average in 37 at-bats. .

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ATLANTA — Atlanta Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb hadn’t lost since his opening start of the season until falling to the Dodgers in Los Angeles last Sunday Cheap Orlando Brown Jr. Jersey , ending a six-game winning streak. Now Newcomb gets a chance to bounce back against one of the teams he blanked during the streak as the Braves face the San Diego Padres on Saturday in the third game of their four-game series at SunTrust Park. The Padres ended an eight-game losing streak in Atlanta on Friday night, beating the National League East-leading Braves 7-3 for their 12th victory in the past 17 games. Newcomb (7-2, 2.92 ERA) held the Padres (34-38) to three singles in six scoreless innings at San Diego on June 5 in a 14-1 rout that was the only victory for the Braves (40-29) in that three-game series. Newcomb’s performance was a near duplicate of his first major league victory last June in San Diego and gave him a 1.31 ERA during a seven-start stretch. “Every time he goes on the mound you’re pretty confident we are going to get the win that day Cheap Chase Edmonds Jersey ,” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said after going 4-for-4 with a homer. “He’s been lights-out for a long time.” Newcomb hit a speed bump against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, though. The 24-year-old native of Massachusetts gave up two first-pitch home runs, one on a three-run shot in the third inning Youth Weston Richburg Jersey , and allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-2 loss. “I’ll do everything I can to not let it happen again,” Newcomb said. “I’ll take away the positives and move forward.” Padres starter Jordan Lyles (2-3, 4.83 ERA) gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Braves made things easy for Newcomb in San Diego and the 27-year-old right-hander took another loss in his most recent start. Lyles again allowed 11 hits and this time four runs in six innings against the Cardinals in St. Louis Cheap Mark Andrews Jersey , getting just three swings and misses on 102 pitches. Lyles’ rough stretch followed some impressive work in May after he was moved into the rotation from the bullpen. He took a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies in his second start and ended up allowing a hit and a walk while striking out 10 in 7 1/3 innings. The Padres are the only major league team to never throw a no-hitter and Lyles was pitching against the team that released him last August. “It would have been sweet regardless,” Lyles said afterward. Lyles has a 6.35 ERA in four games (three starts) against the Braves, with the loss in San Diego last week his only decision. Both Newcomb and Lyles are former first-round draft choices. Newcomb Authentic Ian Thomas Jersey , acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in the Andrelton Simmons trade after the 2015 season, was the 15th overall pick in 2014. Lyles was drafted by Houston as the 38th overall pick in 2008 and traded to Colorado after the 2013 season. .

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The first round is over. The U.S. is halfway to the Basketball World Cup. The Americans wrapped up the first stage of the new qualifying format Sunday by beating Cuba 93-62 Philadelphia Eagles News , bouncing back from a loss in Mexico on Thursday to finish alone atop their group at 5-1. Using G League players instead of the NBA stars they’ve been relying on to dominate for more than a decade, the Americans lost a game at the national team level for the first time since 2006 and were pushed a couple other times in the new qualifying format in which teams play home-and-away games against regional rivals. They expect things to be just as difficult in the second round Authentic Rasheem Green Jersey , which begins in September. ”We have really good players that are playing right now. We just don’t know who is going to be available,” coach Jeff Van Gundy said. ”But the point is we have to play better because the competition does get better.” Reggie Hearn and Xavier Munford each scored 16 points for the Americans in their first game in Havana since 1991 Patrick Corbin Jersey , when they earned a bronze medal in the Pan Am Games with a team that included Duke stars Christian Laettner and Grant Hill. NBA players were introduced in the Olympics the next year and the Americans have almost always been able to count on a talent advantage since. But they shuttled in players from the G League for all three windows of games in the first round, and had two tough victories over Puerto Rico before the loss in Mexico City. ”We had lots of different guys participate and so the weakness is that we had a constant turnover of players Cheap Daryl Worley Jersey ,” Van Gundy said. ”But our strength is our defense and our 3-point shooting.” Cuba led 28-24 after the first quarter Sunday before the U.S. quickly seized control with a 19-1 run to start the second. The Americans plan to continue using G League players in the second round, when they move into a group that will feature Argentina Authentic Jessie Bates III Jersey , Uruguay and Panama, along with Puerto Rico and Mexico. The first-round record carries over Cheap Anthony Averett Jersey , and the Americans will have to finish in the top three of that group or be the best fourth-place finisher from the Americas to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in China. That tournament will serve as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympics. .