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NBA trades: Raptors to trade DeMarre Carroll, 2018 draft picks to Nets for Justin Hamilton, per report


This isn’t a surprise, and it’s a simple deal. Livingston has been a terrific piece for the Warriors for the last three years, a bench player who can slide up and down their lineup anywhere from the 1 to the 3 position both offensively and defensively. He’s a perfect fit for their positionless scheme, and his ability to initiate offense also gives them some security on that end in case Andre Iguodala signs elsewhere. Value-wise, it’s a perfect deal on both sides.

The partial guarantee on the third year is also vital for the Warriors, who by that stage could be in major luxury tax hell. The ability to dump Livingston if necessary in order to keep their core of stars together is extremely important, and could save them from making a tough call. He’ll also be a tremendous trade asset in that second year due to the nature of the deal.

The Raptors will reportedly trade small forward DeMarre Carroll and both its 2018 NBA Draft picks to the Nets for center Justin Hamilton, per ESPN.

With the trade, the Raptors will be off the hook for $30 million owed to Carroll over the next two seasons. His contract expires in 2019.

Carroll played two seasons in Toronto, averaging 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in two seasons. In return, the Raptors get Hamilton, who played one season in Brooklyn and averaged 6.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists. He is set to get $3 million in the final year of his contract.

In the meantime, Carroll will reunite with Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, who coached Carroll as an assistant for two seasons from 2013-15. Carroll’s two-year stint there was the most productive of his career: He averaged 11.8 points, 5.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds in two seasons.

NBA playoffs 2017: Grizzlies players show David Fizdale’s fine worth more than $30K


Grizzlies coach David Fizdale proved he has his players’ backs with his postgame rant Monday night. His team wants him to know the feeling is mutual.

After the NBA announced Fizdale would be fined $30,000 for being highly critical of the officiating in the Grizzlies’ Game 2 loss against the Spurs, Memphis guard Mike Conley sent a message to Fizdale showing his appreciation. According to Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal, Conley texted Fizdale early Tuesday morning to say thank you and inform him players would collectively pay for his fine.

The Warriors were out of sync from the beginning, forcing bad passes and even bouncing passes off of their own players’ backs. The 102 points is a playoff low for the Warriors, and forced Golden State to find another way to beat the physical Jazz.

We had to win the game on the defensive end, Durant told ESPN following the game. Ninety-one points is pretty good, they only shot 39 percent from the field and that got it done.

The Jazz dirtied up the game like they wanted to, forcing Green into a technical foul in the first half. That actually ignited a 17-4 run for the Jazz. It allowed Utah to take a 50-59 lead into halftime and Utah built a nine-point lead in the third quarter.

There was nothing wrong with adding Korver or Deron Williams late in the season, but adding them both tacked more years onto a roster that already looked like it was assembled by James Naismith. If you want a clear picture of how creaky the Cleveland bench was as the reigning world champs were being buried deep in the first half, consider not one of Korver (36), Channing Frye (33), Richard Jefferson (36) or Shumpert reached 10 full minutes on the court — and every one of them was at least minus-10. Korver hit two 3-pointers and still was a minus-18 in 9:44 of PT.

Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair arrested on gun possession charges in Brooklyn


Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was arrested early Sunday in Brooklyn on gun possession-related charges, as originally reported by NBC New York.

New York Police arrested Telfair and 18-year-old Jami Thomas when officers found four loaded weapons — one of them a semiautomatic rifle — ammunition and a bullet-resistant vest. Police allegedly also found two bags of marijuana in their 2017 Ford F-150 pickup.

Not according to multiple reports.

“It’s not even close right now,” the source said, per Schultz’s Twitter feed. “Ball won’t be a Laker unless they really start 2 buy into him as a star.”

While ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported Ball will work out for the Lakers on Wednesday, Schultz tweeted, “Needless to say, both workout and interview process must be (great).”

Schultz’s reporting seems to confirm what Basketball Insiders reported last week: “Unless Lonzo absolutely blows the doors off (during the workout and interview), he may not be the Lakers’ guy.”

Should they pass on Ball, the Lakers figure to take Kansas forward Josh Jackson or Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox, if the Celtics pick Washington’s Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall as expected.

Now Draymond Green gets his second personal and a technical foul after taking an inadvertent shot to Iman Shumpert’s head. Foul trouble could be a very big problem down the stretch.

who nobody has been able to stop lately.


Holloman made Bill Veeck’s sad-sack St. Louis Browns as a 30-year-old rookie in 1953. In his fifth big league game, the right-hander no-hit the A’s 6-0 on May 6. He made just nine starts after that and was back in the minors by late July. He was out of baseball the next year. So was Veeck, at least temporarily; he was forced to sell the Browns to a group that moved the franchise to Baltimore and renamed it the Orioles.

Ward, the son of former major leaguer Gary Ward, was a slugging first baseman/outfielder for six major league clubs over 11 seasons. He was also a lumbering first baseman/outfielder; he had one career stolen base and five career triples. One of those triples helped him complete a cycle for the Pirates against the Cardinals in St. Louis on May 26, 2004. Ward lasted four more seasons in the majors, capped by a brief run with the Cubs in 2008. He was playing independent ball as recently as 2015.

The Steelers took a 36-0 lead early in the second half, cruised to a 43-14 win, took the national anger about lopsided prime-time games to another level, and considering they had fallen on their faces at home against the Eagles the week earlier scared the wit’s out of AFC followers who feared what the Steelers might be once they got all their key pieces together.

Now they have them all. Presumably a healthy Ben Roethlisberger, who did leave the stadium Sunday in a walking boot, but who also hit his stride again in December after October knee surgery. Antonio Brown, the most unstoppable wide receiver in the NFL.

And Bell, who nobody has been able to stop lately.

He pretty much humiliated the Dolphins with a franchise playoff record 167 yards rushing, putting on a clinic of waiting for his blocks and then exploding through them. It was his sixth game of 100-plus yards in the last seven hes played; he gained 93 in the other, sat the season finale out to rest and threw in the Steelersregular-season single-game rushing mark with 236 against the Bills during that run.

Tension between Bills, Tyrod Taylor reaches point of awkward passive-aggressiveness


Tyrod Taylor took a Snapchat on Thursday morning of himself apparently preparing for surgery.

Shortly after people noticed, the Bills’ public relations department released a passive-aggressive statement confirming the procedure.

[Taylor] had a consultation visit yesterday with Dr. William Meyers and elected to have surgery this morning. The Bills were informed late yesterday of this morning’s procedure.

McVay, 30, became the youngest head coach in league history earlier Thursday when the Rams hired him away from the Redskins, where he was offensive coordinator the past three seasons. Lane Kiffin, the previous youngest coach, was four months shy of his 32nd birthday when the Raiders hired him in 2007.

Phillips has been a head coach for six different teams, most recently on an interim basis with the Texans in 2013, and became one of the most sought-after defensive coordinators on the market when Broncos coach Gary Kubiak retired and Phillips wasn’t retained with the hire of defensive mind Vance Joseph on Wednesday.

The Rams already possess a stable of defensive talent, having ranked ninth in total defense in 2016, and it’s safe to bet they’ll be there again under Phillips next season. His defenses have finished in the top 10 in nine of the last 10 seasons, including first overall in 2015 when the Broncos’ vaunted unit led the team to a Super Bowl 50 victory.

The Rams are expected to announce Phillips’ hire Friday morning.rams_085

MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger talks draft, Mike Trout memories and Bernie Bickerstaff


The MLB Draft presents a unique challenge — and big opportunity — for the folks at MLB Network. This draft is every bit as important as the drafts in the NBA or NFL, of course, but the difference is the general public knows next to nothing about any of the baseball players who are going to be drafted in the first few rounds (and especially nothing about the players selected in Days 2 and 3 of the draf).

And, remember, the 2016 season was pretty disappointing, too. The club didn’t make the playoffs for first time since 2010 despite leading the NL in home runs; the sloppy way in which that team squandered games rubbed fans (and players and coaches and the front office) the wrong way, and it soured the fan base on Matheny. Also, remember that Mozeliak has made a couple of relatively bold moves lately, cutting veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton and trading first baseman Matt Adams, two guys who have worn Cardinals uniforms for quite a while.

Mozeliak was pretty candid in his assessment of this year’s team. He said he’ll take the next four to six weeks to evaluate the team, which enters play Friday with a 26-32 record, 4.5 games out of first place in the NL Central. If the Cardinals played in the NL East, they’d be 11.5 games behind the first-place Nationals (38-21). But they’re in the Central, which is led by Milwaukee (32-29).

“Clearly we want to put a product out there that we’re excited about,” Mozaliek said to close his press conference. “A product that people are excited about. A product that, after a game, you’ve got some fist bumps and smiles going.”

As far as Cardinals fans are concerned, everybody’s ready for that.nike_cardinals_310

Super Bowl 51 hype video will pump you up for Patriots vs. Falcons


Peterman doesn’t have any wowing arm talent, ball placement or mobility to merit a high draft pick. But after a strong Senior Bowl in which he highlighted his pro readiness in his footwork, timing and pocket awareness, Peterman may be the most pro-ready quarterback mentally and fundamentally in the draft.

He’ll draw comparisons to Kirk Cousins for his relative blandness as a prospect yet perceived safeness as a quarterback, and his floor is likely the third round. Like Cousins, in the right system and in time, he might emerge as a viable starter. Though I wouldn’t invest a top-two round pick in Peterman with the hopes that he’d eventually become Cousins.

The weeks leading up to the Super Bowl annually provide endless previews for the big game. Microanalysis takes over. Ridiculous prop bets are placed. Parties are planned. The hype is real. Super Bowl 51 between the Patriots and Falcons is no different.

So of course a movie preview-like Super Bowl hype video has been produced.

As Vikings GM, the only time I signed an often-injured quarterback to be our starter was during the 1993 season. We brought in Jim McMahon at age 34, and it was a relatively successful move. The former Bears Super Bowl-winning quarterback led our Vikings to the playoffs as a 9-7 wild card.

But we had to hold our breath and hope McMahon would hold up physically. He did miss four games that season with various injuries. So we did not re-sign McMahon the following year and instead decided to trade for Warren Moon, also an older but more durable vet.

Most important: I did not take on the risk of a huge contract with the McMahon signing — $1.6 million on a one-year deal plus incentives.chargers_215-168x168

Jonathan Martin will meet with NFL investigators, per report


Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin plans to meet with the NFL’s special investigator next week, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The NFL has appointed Ted Wells, a New York attorney with prior experience with sports-related cases, to investigate the claims of misconduct and hazing in the Dolphins locker room. Offensive guard Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely by the team after a profanity-laden voicemail surfaced that featured several racial slurs and threats.

Tolzien was pressed into action early on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles after veteran Seneca Wallace left with a groin injury. The third-year former undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin came into Sunday with no career pass attempts, but finished 24-of-39 for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions as the Packers lost, 27-13.

After an impressive career with the Badgers, Tolzien was undrafted but signed a contract with the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers released Tolzien during final cuts, but he was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers and spent two seasons there before being released and signed by the Packers.

He will now try to hold the fort down until the All-Pro Rodgers can return, just 10 weeks after Tolzien was released by the 49ers. When Tolzien was at Wisconsin, he set the school record for completions in a season with 211 of them. Over the course of his two-year career as the Badgers starter, he completed 68 percent of his attempts for 5,164 yards, 32 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, and 8.7 yards per attempt. And then Wilson came along.