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Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Watch: Brandon Crawford exits game after scary collision

San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was forced to exit Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after a frightening collison.

Crawford was attempting to track down a fly ball in the bottom of the fourth inning when he ran into left fielder Gorkys Hernandez. Here is video of the play, where Crawford’s head appeared to collide with Hernandez’s knee:

After getting checked out by trainers, Crawford stayed in the game long enough to bat in the top of the fifth, flying out to left. He wound up exiting before the bottom of the inning though and was replaced by Alen Hanson.

Crawford, 31, is hitting a career-high .276 this season to go along with 11 home runs and credited an unlikely source for his improved performance. With the 59-60 Giants losing ground in the NL West but not completely out of it yet, the hope here is that their All-Star shortstop was able to avoid serious injury.

Jimmy Butler hits back at Instagram user who questions his leadership

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler has averaged 0.5 blocks per game for his NBA career, but he may have just upped that number with a well-timed swat on a fan this week.

On Monday, the Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star took to Instagram to post a picture of himself walking ahead of three other men. In his caption, Butler wrote, “One job of a leader is to show the lost ones the way. Every last one of these idiots behind me look hella lost smh.”

One wise fan decided to drop a comment in response to Butler’s post that read, “So show [Karl-Anthony] Towns and Wiggs [Andrew Wiggins] the way then instead of crying about them.”

Not long after, Butler hit back with a profane response, saying, “I don’t cry about s—. Imma grown a– man. You show them since you have the answers.”

Reports emerged this summer that Butler, who is entering his second season with the Wolves, had some issues with his aforementioned young teammates. The 28-year-old also rejected a four-year extension from the team in July.

Butler can be a free agent next summer, and it’s hard not see the reference to “idiots” looking “hella lost” (and his subsequent comment confirmation) as a shot at his teammates as much as it was a shot at the Instagram user.

Dolphins release DL who elbowed teammate

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The Miami Dolphins released a defensive lineman who was involved in an incident with running back Kenyon Drake during practice on Monday.

During a session, veteran defensive tackle Gabe Wright elbowed Drake, who was not wearing a helmet at the time. According to The Miami Herald, Wright’s actions were uncalled for.

Wright was a fourth-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Since then, he has also played for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles prior to signing with the Dolphins last year.

It is not uncommon for players to get into fights with teammates during training camp. The Jacksonville Jaguars recently suspended one of their defensive linemen for getting into with another member of the team during practice. The Dolphins opted to not keep Wright around.

LT Donald Penn agrees to restructured contract with Raiders

Donald Penn Raiders

Donald Penn and the Oakland Raiders have agreed to a restructured contract.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken describes the new deal as “team-friendly,” which likely means Penn is taking a pay cut for the upcoming season. In exchange, Gehlken says Penn is receiving more guaranteed money over the next two years.

Penn is recovering from Lisfranc surgery. The 35-year-old played well at left tackle last season. The Raiders also have first-round pick Kolton Miller playing left tackle. He may continue there until Penn is ready to practice.

Jim Harbaugh not expecting any suspensions due to shoe selling

Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh is not expecting Michigan to join North Carolina in suspending players due to shoe violations.

The Wolverines investigated its football players to see whether any of them had violated team rules by selling shoes they were given by Jordan brand as part of school endorsement.

On Monday, Harbaugh said that they took a shoe inventory and that all shoes were accounted for. Because of that, he’s not expecting any suspensions.

Michigan was one of three schools contacted by North Carolina about potential violations. A shoe reseller told UNC that they had bought shoes from Michigan, Marquette, and Cal, leading the Tar Heels to warn those schools.

North Carolina last week announced the suspension of 13 players for selling their school-supplied gear.

Mike Trout may not return from DL when eligible

Mike Trout

Mike Trout may not be ready to return to the Los Angeles Angels when he is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday.

Trout is away from the team due to a family matter, and the team is not sure if he’ll be ready to play on Thursday.

Trout has not played since Aug. 1 due to a wrist injury. He had a cortisone shot last week which supposedly led to some improvement, though the Angels retroactively placed him on the DL.

The 27-year-old MVP candidate is batting .309 with a 1.083 OPS this season.

Antonio Brown accuses reporter of ‘making s— up’

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown was upset with one of the reporters who covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and called him out over Twitter Monday.

Brown returned to action on Saturday after missing time with a quad injury. Two days later, a report from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette made it seem like Brown may have suffered a setback. Bouchette reported that Brown had “limped off practice” on Monday.

Brown did not like that report from Bouchette and let him know it.

“Bro seriously have some respect you making s— up clown,” Brown said in response to Bouchette’s tweet (profanity edited).

Did Brown have a good reason for being upset? Another Steelers reporter said Brown was not limping.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said in a tweet that Brown did limp off the field.

Maybe we need video to determine things once and for all. The good news is that Brown did not re-aggravate the injury.

Rams coach cast doubt on report of imminent Aaron Donald deal

Aaron Donald Rams

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay cast some doubt on a report that suggested an Aaron Donald deal was imminent.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported on Monday morning that he expects the Rams and Donald to reach agreement on a new deal by the end of the week.

Speaking from Rams practice later in the day, McVay said any talk of a deal being close is “news to us.”

Donald, who was the AP Defensive Player of the Year last year, is holding out for the second consecutive season. The 27-year-old is set to make just under $7 million in the final season of his rookie deal. He is deserving of a much larger contract from the Rams and is willing to wait until he is paid accordingly.

Kenley Jansen may be able to return earlier than expected

Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen may be able to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier than projected.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Jansen threw a bullpen on Monday. He is encouraged about Jansen possibly returned earlier than the 4-6 week projection.

The Dodgers closer experienced an irregular heartbeat and was hospitalized last week. As of Friday, a report said Jansen would likely miss a month.

The team is expecting to reevaluate Jansen next week. The reliever has a 2.15 ERA and 32 saves this season.

Padres’ Wil Myers making first career MLB start at third base

Wil Myers

The San Diego Padres are pressing forward with their Wil Myers experiment.

Myers will make his first career MLB start at third base during Monday’s Padres-Los Angeles Angels game.

The 27-year-old was placed on the disabled list with a foot injury on Aug. 3 and began playing third in rehab. That pattern will continue as he returns to the bigs.

Since signing with the Padres prior to 2015, Myers has mostly played first base and also in the outfield. Prior to San Diego, he mostly played in the outfield for Tampa Bay. He entered the Rays’ system as a catcher, according to his Baseball Cube page.

According to ESPN’s profile, Myers has made one appearance each at second and third during his time with the Padres.

If he’s able to successfully play third base full-time, that would allow the Padres a lot more flexibility in their future team-building. Their Eric Hosmer signing moved Myers back to the outfield for 2018.

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