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Celtics praise injured teammate Kyrie Irving’s text message of support

Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving sent a group text message to his teammates before Game 2, the contents of which resonated with his teammates before they took a commanding 2-0 lead in a first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Irving, who attended Game 1 and sat official nfl football jerseys on the bench during the first half, was not spotted inside TD Garden for Game 2, but his teammates said his words of encouragement helped them before Tuesday’s 120-106 triumph.

“[Irving] sent us a message before the game today, just telling us what to expect,” said Shane Larkin, one of Boston’s ballhandlers thrust into a larger role due to Irving’s season-ending knee surgery.

“We have a lot of guys in here that have never seen a playoff game. So he really gave some words of advice today and we all read it, made some comments back, and he just had an open conversation with us and he’s definitely helping off the court now that he can’t be out there with us fighting.194

“He’s definitely still locked in with us every single game.”

It’s notable that Celtics players have gone out of their way to praise Irving’s leadership, particularly when juxtaposed to a situation like San Antonio and the lingering uncertainty surrounding Kawhi Leonard.

The Celtics have won their first two games of the playoffs in large part because of the contributions of players like Terry Rozier, who hasn’t committed a turnover in 78 minutes of floor time since elevating to a starting role in place of Irving.

For 21-year-old Jaylen Brown and 20-year-old Jayson Tatum, Irving’s leadership and playoff experience is even more valuable.

“Kyrie talked to us before the game, just kind of let us nfl football jerseys for sale know what to expect, a lot of things to expect, and for us to stay locked in, and not worry about if we hit some adversity or whatever, just play through it,” said Celtics All-Star big man Al Horford. “And I thought our guys just did that. [The Bucks] made a run and we stayed poised and moved onto the next thing.”

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Jaylen Brown youngest in Celtics history to score 30 in a playoff game

Celtics second-year swingman Jaylen Brown authentic nfl jerseys cheap became the youngest player in franchise history to score 30 points or more in a playoff game during Tuesday’s Game 2 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Brown scored a postseason career-high 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting while helping the Celtics run away with a 120-106 triumph in an Eastern Conference first-round series at TD Garden.

The Celtics lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.

At age 21 years, 175 days, Brown topped a record that Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn held for six decades after scoring 30 points at age 22 years, 209 days against the Syracuse Nationals on March 23, 1957.

Per Basketball Reference, the only active players to score 30 points or more in a playoff game at a younger age than Brown are Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings and LeBron James.193

“I think Jaylen loves the moment,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “I think he really appreciated the opportunity to compete on this stage and at this level. And we’ve seen him against the better teams in the league all year be able to really raise his level in some of the biggest games.”

Brown set a new career high with 12 field goals, and he connected on 5 of 12 3-pointers.

“I put a lot of time in this summer and over the course of the year just improving, offensively,” Brown said. “Just coming into the draft, that was one of the biggest things people nitpicked me on, so that was one of the things I wanted to get better at. But I think the trust issue starts with Brad. When Brad tells you to shoot it, it gives you another level of confidence when your coach is like, ‘Shoot it!’ So when Brad tells me to shoot, I feel much better about it.”

Heinsohn, who was courtside Tuesday providing color official nfl football jerseys commentary for NBC Sports Boston, laughed when asked if he could remember his record-setting night.

Brown scored 12 first-quarter points, routinely attacking the basket, including a loud left-handed flush over former teammate Tyler Zeller. Brown came back with 10 points in the third quarter as the Celtics pulled away.

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Meet the FCS prospect who became the NFL draft’s top TE

Larson had delivered Dallas Goedert, a program-changing star who would go on to be a projected first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Stiegelmeier, however, wasn’t feeling it.

“The tape was really rough, actually,” he said.nfl jerseys for cheap “I saw a big guy who could control his body, but I did not see a dominant football player.”

There was no time to waste on a single prospect from a town of 1,250. Stiegelmeier stopped at Britton-Hecla High School once to watch Goedert play basketball but continued recruiting elsewhere. A few months later, Larson called again. He had just volunteered at a track meet where Goedert was tossing the discus like it was a piece of bread.

Life can turn on the chance of a random gift. Goedert wouldn’t have made it to South Dakota State without Larson’s repeated intervention. And if Goedert hadn’t made it to South Dakota State, albeit an FCS school, he would never have stuck the one-handed catch that catapulted him into the national consciousness. He wouldn’t have competed against FBS opponents such as Kansas and TCU. And, without a doubt, he would never, ever have become a projected first-round pick.

Goedert could be the first tight end selected when the draft opens April 26. The team that takes him will get 256-pound tight end with 10-inch hands like Odell Beckham Jr. and an affinity for dramatic plays. It will also take on a unique character who rides a 6-foot unicycle for fun, is ready to bust out from small-town stereotypes and isn’t opposed to wearing a leopard-print Snuggie to embarrass his sisters in public.182

“I like to bring the flair,” he said. “Fans of the city I go to will like it. If people are wondering what they’ll be getting, I’d say to think about how much fun and how much energy I’ll bring.”

You can trace Goedert’s elite receiving skills to the nighttime routine he began as an 8-year-old, when he would refuse to sleep until his stepfather, Gary Carlson, agreed to throw him footballs from his bedroom doorway.

Goedert showed up on the Brookings, South Dakota, cheap nfl jerseys campus in 2013 amid little fanfare. He redshirted his first year, then caught 34 passes over his next two seasons as he added 60 pounds. From the beginning, however, Goedert brought with him undeniable assets: big hands and a star’s mindset in deploying them.

To find gloves that fit, the school submitted a special order to Under Armour for size XXXL. With those mitts, attached to 34-inch arms on a 6-5 frame, Goedert could reach over any FCS defender.

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Manchester City Reportedly Avoid Transfer Ban After Benjamin Garre Investigation

Manchester City have reportedly avoided a two-window transfer ban following an investigation into the signing of Benjamin Garre.

As reported by James Ducker of the Daily Telegraph, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has been looking into the acquisition. Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield complained that City tried to lure Garre, now 17, away from them when he was 15 before signing him days after his 16th birthday.

However, according to Matt Lawton and Jack cheap nfl jerseys Gaughan of the Daily Mail, City will not be sanctioned after CAS gave the Premier League champions indication on Tuesday that the case will be thrown out.

If CAS had ruled in favour of Velez, then City would’ve been unable to register players for their squad for the next two windows.

“FIFA had upheld City’s argument that Garre was free to join them after his 16th birthday because he holds an Italian passport, but Velez alleged that FIFA rules only allow players under 18 to move between clubs in European countries,” added Ducker. “Velez also took the world governing body to CAS after they rejected an initial complaint from the South American club in September 2016.”170

Ducker noted that all parties involved were expecting an outcome in the case by March, although the complex nature of the deal means a verdict has been delayed.

As noted by Soccerway, Garre has made 13 appearances for City in Premier League 2 this season, scoring three goals.

According to Lawton and Gaughan, manager Pep Guardiola is keen to add two or three new players to his squad this summer after the team clinched the Premier League title last weekend.

And despite some fears about a two-window transfer ban,cheap nfl authentic jerseys it appears as though City will be able to strengthen their title-winning squad once again.

In recent years, other massive clubs have been hit with transfer bans by FIFA. Barcelona were the first major side to face one, as they were unable to register new players in January 2015 and the following summer.

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Harry Kane on target for Tottenham but Pascal Gross earns point for Brighton

It was on this day last year that Brighton ensured their promotion from the Championship. On Tuesday night at the Amex Stadium they took a small step towards retaining their Premier League status for another season.

The fiendish nature of their run-in has been well-documented and Chris Hughton’s team must still face the Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Burnley in their final matches.nfl jerseys for cheap They needed something, anything, to allow them to breathe a little easily after a worrying run of one point from an available 15. This was it.
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The horror of Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace was forgotten as Brighton put their bodies on the line to earn precious reward. The roar from the home crowd at the full-time whistle told its own story. Brighton are eight points clear of third-from-bottom Southampton, although they have played a game more.

Tottenham have a bigger match round the corner in the shape of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United and Mauricio Pochettino appeared to have one eye on it with his team selection. He made six changes from Saturday’s home defeat by Manchester City and omitted Davinson Sánchez and Dele Alli from the squad entirely. He gave Toby Alderweireld his first Premier League action since 28 October and the centre-half was not overly extended.169

However, Pochettino made the point yet again that the league was the priority. The personnel changes, he said, were purely down to fatigue from the City game. “If we win the FA Cup, we are not going to play Champions League,” Pochettino said. “You only do that if you finish in the top four. Today was the most important game.”

For Tottenham it felt like points dropped. Pochettino was entitled to say that his team had “dominated” the game in terms of possession and territory but he was also on the money when he lamented a “lack of aggression” in the final third. They were unable to create sufficient clear-cut chances.

Harry Kane put Spurs in front with his 26th goal of the Premier League season – cheap nfl jerseys his Golden Boot rival, Mohamed Salah of Liverpool, has 30 – but Brighton showed their strength of character with an instant riposte through Pascal Gross’s penalty. Hughton had given him the responsibility after a couple of penalty misses this season by Glenn Murray.

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The Yankees are letting Gleyber Torres open their eyes

158With Brandon Drury still on the DL due to migraine headaches and blurry vision, and Tyler Wade, Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar not hitting, stud infield prospect Gleyber nfl cheap jerseys Torres is on the Yankees’ radar for a possible promotion, although Boone didn’t sound like it would be this week.

“I would say anything is possible and we have conversations about that kind of thing. But possible? Yes,” Boone said. “Likely? Not necessarily.”

Torres, who had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow last summer and didn’t play well in spring training, has started strong for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

In 10 games, the 21-year-old infielder is batting .385 (15-for-39) and has been used at second base, shortstop and third base.

“I think he is playing well and the last couple of days have been better. I have been watching a lot of his at-bats and the last couple of days he has gotten better,’’ Boone said. “Obviously, nfl jerseys cheap china with Gleyber we watch closely. To see him playing well, healthy and off to a good start is certainly something we take notice of.”

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Andrew Benintendi stays hot at plate, Boston Red Sox rally past Orioles in chilly matinee game

157It seemed like a given that runs were going to come at a premium Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

Not even a scorching Red Sox offense averaging 8.9 runs over its last seven games stood much of a chance under chilling conditions, with the temperature clinging to just above freezing throughout the tilt.

Still, Boston had its chances against Orioles starter Dylan Bundy — stranding three runners in scoring position over the first four innings of play.

With the win, the Red Sox improve to 13-2 on the season, improving on the team’s best start in franchise history. Prior to 2018, the last team to start 12-2 or better was the Atlanta Braves in 2013 (13-2.)

Chris Sale earned the start for the Red Sox, holding Baltimore to just two hits and one run over five innings of work with fanning eight batters. Sale finished with 93 pitches — cheap nfl authentic jerseys standing as the fourth consecutive start in which the southpaw has not eclipsed triple digits in pitches.

The Red Sox ace’s lone blemish came in the top of the first, with Manny Machado driving a changeup from Sale into left field for a RBI double. Despite tossing 21 pitches in the opening frame, Sale settled down — tossing four no-hit innings to close out his appearance.

Benintendi’s RBI triple put Boston on the board in the fifth, while an error from Baltimore third baseman Danny Valencia allowed J.D. Martinez to reach first to lead off the sixth — setting the stage for Boston’s go-ahead runs.

A double off the bat of Moreland put runners at second and third for the Red Sox, with Bundy’s wild pitch allowing Martinez to cross home and give Boston the lead. With two outs in the inning,nfl cheap jerseys Lin jumped on a low slider from Bundy and flicked it into right, with the ball bouncing into the stands for the RBI double.

01/27/15  New York Rangers  vs New York Islanders  at  The   Nassau    Coliseum  Uniondale  N.Y. New York Islanders  lead   1-0  after  1 period  of play New York Islanders center John Tavares #91   gets  the  puck  past  New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal #18  in the  1st period  Photos  by Neil Miller  for The N.Y.Post

Rangers ready to go full tilt at John Tavares this summer

Jeff Gorton is getting ready for the offseason. He has his hands full with the upcoming draft, finding a new coach, and signing his restricted free agents. nfl jerseys for cheap All of which fall into the “longterm” plans for success. However, there is another road to be explored once the UFA market opens this summer.

Heading into the summer, the Rangers only have 13 players signed to a committed total of around $51,000,0000. If the salary cap rises to the lowest estimate of around $78 million, it will give them $27 million to play with. Sounds like a lot, but don’t get too excited.

The Rangers could get lucky and land one of the top 3 picks in the draft. Rasmus Dahlin, Andrei Svechnikov, and Filip Zedina all have the potential to play in the NHL next season and would come with an affordable entry level contract. While that would be a best case scenario, even if they got one there’s no guarantee the Rangers would keep them with the big club.

There are also the rumors of adding Ilya Kovalchuk on July 1st. If the numbers are really $6 million per for 2 seasons, it’s a hefty price tag. Regardless, the team is getting ready put this rebuild into warp speed in one fell swoop.

Should John Tavares hit the open market this summer, the Rangers are ready to make him one of the NHL’s richest players. It would not surprise anyone if the Rangers are ready to give him double digits and max years. An opening offer of 10 million or more is not out of the question to land the 27 year old center in his prime.

No matter how you slice it, even with some bridge deals all 5 must be re-signed and will come with a total combined price tag of around 17-20 million dollars. Gorton also needs cheap nfl authentic jerseys to retain John Gilmour but he should be relatively cheap. Once you add Alex Georgiev as Lundqvist’s backup and a player like Vinni Lettieri in place of Matt Belesky (he is signed) that’s 21 players under contract with 2 spots to fill and less than 10 million in cap space.

The math doesn’t add up to add a John Tavares alone, nonetheless Kovalchuk also. That means hard decisions will need to be made. One of these 4 roster players will need to be traded in order to make room for a bonafide NHL superstar center.

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Sidney Crosby, Penguins Breeze Past Flyers 5-1 in Game 3

A three-goal second period powered the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. The victory gives Pittsburgh a 2-1 series lead in the authentic nfl jerseys cheap opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sidney Crosby scored a goal and assisted on three more to finish with four points in the win. Matt Murray also had a nice game in goal, stopping 26 of the Flyers’ 27 shots.

According to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen, Crosby now has 171 career points in the playoffs, which leaves him one point back of Mario Lemieux’s franchise record.

Crosby scored his fourth goal of the series to put the Penguins ahead 1-0 in the first period. Pittsburgh then exploded with three unanswered goals in the second period to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

Only five seconds elapsed between the Penguins’ third and fourth goals. Evgeni Malkin sent a vicious slap shot past the right pad of Brian Elliott at the 6:48 mark of the period. Crosby won the ensuing faceoff and immediately got the Penguins on the attack. He passed the puck back to Brian Dumoulin, whose wrist shot slipped between Elliott’s five-hole.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Jonathan Bombulie, Malkin and Dumoulin combined to score the fastest two goals in Penguins postseason history. Seven seconds separated Ron Stackhouse and Rick Kehoe’s goals in Game 4 of the 1980 preliminary round.

Getting off to a fast start may be the most critical factor for both teams. The Penguins were up 3-0 after the first period in Game 1, and the Flyers took a 2-0 lead 47 seconds into the second period of Game 2. Philadelphia then dug itself into a big hole halfway through Game 3, with Crosby’s opener taking a lot of energy out of the arena.

Game 4 isn’t a must-win situation for the nfl jerseys for cheap Flyers since they’d still be alive even with a defeat. Dropping a second straight home game would leave Philadelphia in a precarious position nonetheless, as it would need to win twice in Pittsburgh to advance.

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Reuben Foster Won’t Participate in Offseason Workouts

The San Francisco 49ers will hold linebacker Reuben Foster out of offseason team activities, the team announced Sunday.

“[Foster] will not participate in team activities as he is tending to his legal matters,” 49ers CEO Jed York, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan said in a statement, nfl jerseys cheap china free shipping per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “As previously stated, his future with the team will be determined by the information revealed during the legal process.”

Police arrested Foster in February on allegations of domestic violence, and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday it was bringing charges, including felony domestic violence, against him.

In an official statement, the district attorney’s office said Foster’s live-in girlfriend was bruised and suffered a ruptured eardrum. The girlfriend also told authorities Foster “dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times.”

Shortly after the charges were announced, the 49ers said they had been made aware of Foster’s situation but indicated he’d remain with the team. Foster’s status with San Francisco “will depend on what is learned through the legal process,” according to the 49ers (h/t Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports).

NFL Network’s Jim Trotter reported the NFL wouldn’t place Foster on the commissioner’s exempt list until the league wraps up is own investigation into the allegations. As a result, nfl jersey free shipping it was up to the 49ers as to whether he would participate in any offseason workouts.