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Five to six MLB teams interested in signing Tim Tebow

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Tim Tebow has received interest from about 5-6 MLB teams, according to a report.

Tebow held his workout for professional baseball scouts on Tuesday at USC’s Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles. He ran a 60-yard dash, threw balls from the outfield to show his arm strength, caught balls in the outfield, took batting practice, and then took swings off pitchers.

Dozens of media members as well as over 20 scouts were present for the workout.

Baseball America’s Taylor Blake Ward says about 5-6 MLB teams have expressed interest in signing the former Denver Broncos QB.

Tebow’s best asset as a player seems to be his power as a hitter. He showed around average speed and defense abilities, but well above average power.

Here’s a breakdown of how Tebow did in each aspect of the workout.

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Yasiel Puig reportedly claimed on waivers

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Yasiel Puig’s official exit from Los Angeles may finally be imminent.

According to a report by Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball on Tuesday, Puig has been claimed on waivers. Though the identity of the claimant is still unknown, the Dodgers can attempt to work out a deal with that team.

Puig was demoted to the minor leagues at the beginning of the month. Since then, the Chicago White Sox and the Atlanta Braves have been mentioned amongst several potential trade partners.

But the Dodgers don’t just want to give Puig away and have reportedly turned down a number of offers for him. The 25-year-old’s contract runs through 2018 and still has $14 million left on it.

The corrosive Cuban outfielder’s value is in the sewer at the moment. As such, it would make sense for the Dodgers to wait until the winter (at which point they would be free to negotiate with any team) and allow Puig to continue reestablishing himself in Triple-A, where he has posted a .369 batting average and a 1.045 OPS since his demotion.

Still, the team could just want to close the book on the Puig era already, so we’ll see how the process plays out.

Mike Zimmer: Teddy Bridgewater has ‘significant’ knee injury

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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer provided an update on the injury status of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater Tuesday afternoon during a news conference and acknowledged the QB’s injury could be season-ending.

Zimmer said he did not know the extent of Bridgewater’s injury, but he called it a “significant” knee injury. The Vikings head coach said he did not see the play as it happened in practice, but that he reviewed it on video.

“It was a non-contact thing. It was a freaky deal,” said Zimmer. “It doesn’t look good right now.”

Zimmer also explained his decision to call off practice for the rest of the day. He called it a “disappointing day.” Zimmer also complimented Bridgewater by saying, “Teddy is a great kid. Everybody loves him. Today they were disappointed.”

Bridgewater is undergoing an MRI.

Matthew Dellavedova wants to see NBA game played in his native Australia

Matthew Dellavedova

Matthew Dellavedova is now an NBA champion, but he definitely hasn’t forgotten his roots.

On a victory tour of sorts with the Larry O’Brien Trophy in his native Australia, Dellavedova expressed his desire to see an Association game played in his homeland.

“All the boys are working on it, it’s just a matter of whose teams are going to get out and play,” the 25-year-old guard said, per Michael Randall of the Herald Sun. “All the boys talk to the NBA and any chance we get we always make sure we mention (a game in Australia) and keep it fresh in their minds.”

Dellavedova, who could be looking at a big role with the Milwaukee Bucks next season, even took things a step further and said that he would like for the game to be played at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, one of the largest sports stadiums in the world with a capacity of over 100,000 people.

“I think the MCG would be pretty cool,” he continued. “I obviously can’t run out there playing footy, but it would be pretty cool to run out there if they can get a basketball court on the surface. I hope it’d be a sellout because I think a lot of people love basketball, it’s so accessible these days.”

Though the NBA has yet to host a game in Australia, they have a long history of holding regular season contests overseas in Japan, Mexico, and England as a part of their “NBA Global Games” campaign. With a growing number of Australian players in the league (and therefore a growing Australian fan base), it’s a proposition the NBA should at least consider.

H/T theScore

Bruce Ellington out for season with hamstring injury

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Bruce Ellington’s hamstring injury sustained during Friday’s preseason game is enough to knock him out for the season.

Ellington was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, four days after tearing his hamstring in the 49ers’ loss to the Packers.

Ellington was being hyped up during San Francisco’s training camp and appeared poised for a breakout season, so this news is detrimental for the Niners. The former fourth-round pick’s injury means the team will be even thinner at wide receiver this season. They will look to new acquisition Jeremy Kerley to fill Ellington’s spot in the slot.

Swaggy P sends funny video about Chris Brown

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Leave it to Swaggy P to come in with a funny opinion of the Chris Brown situation.

Swaggy P filmed this video where he talked about Brown ruining the neighborhood where they both live in Southern California. Swaggy complained about the music artist’s standoff with the SWAT team that is in the headlines Tuesday and said it was getting them both in trouble in the neighborhood.

Here’s the video:

Brown and Swaggy live in Tarzana, Calif., which is in the San Fernando Valley, northwest of where the Lakers play in downtown LA.

Colin Kaepernick’s mother Heidi Russo says QB brought ‘shame’ to family

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Add Colin Kaepernick’s birth mother to the growing list of people who are upset with the San Francisco 49ers quarterback over his national anthem protest.

Heidi Russo, Kaepernick’s biological mother who gave him up for adoption at birth, expressed disappointment on Twitter earlier this week over the way Kaepernick is expressing his political beliefs.

Russo has had a number of exchanges with Twitter followers this week, many of whom have ripped her for giving Kaepernick up for adoption. She fired back at some of those critics.

Russo is white, but Kaepernick’s father is black. Kaepernick was adopted by a white man and woman, but he is biracial. Rodney Harrison, who unloaded on Kaepernick Tuesday with some regrettable remarks (read them here), claimed he had no idea Kaepernick’s biological father is black.

When Kaepernick became a star with the 49ers a few years back, Russo expressed an interest in reconnecting with him and being a bigger part of his life. It’s unclear whether that ever happened, but her latest tweets indicate she does not always support every decision Colin makes.

H/T New York Daily News

Jason Terry: Luke Walton ‘utterly declined’ my offer to join Lakers

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The Jet apparently wanted to land in Los Angeles this summer, but Luke Walton wasn’t having any of it.

In a recent interview with Tom Byrne of SiriusXM NBA Radio, veteran guard Jason Terry revealed that he wanted to join the Lakers and reached out to new head coach Luke Walton (who also played his college ball at Arizona), but Walton wasn’t interested.

“I called my good friend Luke,” Terry said. “I told him if he needed any help, veteran leadership, in that capacity – Lakers – with an ability to coach at the end of my deal, then that was something I would be looking forward to. He utterly declined, and I respect him for that.”

The 38-year-old Terry ultimately chose to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks. While the Lakers have a number of young guards who could have used some Terry Tips, their roster has enough elder statesmen as is after adding Jose Calderon, Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng, and Yi Jianlian this offseason.

On an even younger Milwaukee team, Terry can both tutor and get some actual playing time on a squad desperate for three-point shooting, so it looks like everything worked out for the best.

H/T ProBasketballTalk

Buccaneers ‘begged’ Tim Tebow to play H-back for them

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Before Tim Tebow was trying to make it in Major League Baseball, he was an NFL quarterback. Had the former Florida Gators star been willing to change positions, he might still be playing professional football.

There have been rumors that several NFL teams tried to convince Tebow, who has always been considered a tremendous athlete, to transition from a quarterback to an H-back. On Tuesday, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik confirmed that the Bucs were one of those teams.

If Tebow would rather not play in the NFL than play a position other than quarterback, that is his choice. If he simply believed he could stay on a roster as a quarterback and had no interest in playing H-back because of that, he may have some regrets.

For those of you who aren’t football nerds, an H-back is basically a combination of a tight end and a fullback. If you remember what Tebow wrote on Twitter a few years back, you know he was probably overly confident in his abilities. Assuming he doesn’t make it as an MLB player, Tebow may end up wondering what could have been if he agreed to change positions.

Cowboys reportedly receiving calls on Darren McFadden

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Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden is injured and looks like the goose in a backfield of ducks, and other NFL teams are starting to take notice.

According to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network on Tuesday, the Cowboys are receiving calls about the potential trade availability of McFadden. However, the team apparently would prefer to keep the former No. 4 overall pick.

The 29-year-old McFadden had something of a reawakening with the Cowboys last year, rushing for 1,089 yards and three touchdowns. But he suffered a broken elbow in June in a strange accident, and his status is up in the air for the beginning of the 2016 campaign, having not been ready for the preseason as previously hoped.

Either way, McFadden had become something of an extraneous piece after the Cowboys (ironically) spent the No. 4 overall draft pick in this year’s draft on Ezekiel Elliott, then signed ex-Redskins running back Alfred Morris, himself a former 1,000-yard rusher, presumably to serve as Elliott’s backup.

But McFadden is on the final year of a cheap deal that will pay him just $1.25 million in 2016. With Elliott already causing concern with his behavior off the field and Morris having regressed every single season since his rookie year, McFadden would still be a nice player to keep around if possible.

H/T Rotoworld

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