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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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Jason Garrett says he’ll always love Dez Bryant, but release best for Cowboys

Bryant went three straight seasons without 1,000 yards and was set to count $16.5 million against the cap in 2018. After much internal deliberation, Garrett said the decision was made to part ways with the franchise’s all-time leader in touchdown catches.

“Dez Bryant has been a great player for this franchise during his time here,” Garrett said Tuesday at the Albertsons Companies All-Star Gala in which Pat and Emmitt Smith were presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for their charity work. “Certainly a playmaker, a difference-maker. A guy that we all love. Love him as a player, as a person and that will never change.

“It’s a challenging situation. A lot of different factors go into these kinds of decisions and again the guidepost for all of this is: What’s in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys?authentic nfl jerseys cheap And that’s why we made this decision. Wish Dez nothing but the best going forward. He’s a special guy. I love him. I will always love him and the impact that he’s made on this franchise has been significant.”181

In an interview with NFL Network after his release, Bryant referred to “Garrett guys” and players who wear the “C,” as captains, as playing a part in the team’s decision. Dak Prescott, Jason Witten and Sean Lee were three of the Cowboys’ six captains in 2017.

“For me, I mean being a quarterback, being a captain, I take the blame,” Prescott said. “I take all the blame. When you lose, things like this happen. So Dez knows how I feel. We’ve shared messages and he knows my stance on everything so I wish him well.”

Bryant and Witten became close over the years, especially since Bryant moved into the same neighborhood as the Pro Bowl tight end. Witten said last Friday “was an emotional day for all of us,” but defended the captains.

“I don’t know what all that’s about,” Witten said. “I know when you go through these processes there’s a lot of things that probably go into it. I know I enjoyed my time with Dez and I think that I appreciated everything that we were able to do. Certainly invested a lot in him and he has helped me become a better player, nfl jerseys for cheap too. So I appreciate that time together. Look, being a captain is a huge honor for me and the other guys and I know what those guys’ character is all about. There’s really nothing there.”

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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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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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NBA players react to Andre Ingram’s impressive debut

When the Los Angeles Lakers called up Andre Ingram from the G League and signed him for the final two games of the regular season on Monday, nfl jerseys for cheap they were in desperate need of another body on the wing to fill the void left with Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol), Lonzo Ball (left knee contusion) and Kyle Kuzma (sprained left ankle) out due to injury. All the Lakers needed was a few solid minutes here and there from the 32-year-old rookie to give Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart, Alex Caruso and Tyler Ennis a breather.

But the Lakers could have never predicted the stellar performance they got from Ingram against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night — 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 blocks in 29 minutes in his first NBA game — nor him nearly leading them to a come-from-behind win against the best team in the NBA.

Los Angeles ultimately lost to Houston, 105-99, but Ingram’s impressive debut — after 10 years of grinding in the G League — dwarfed the game’s outcome. The uplifting story had social media losing its mind,cheap nfl authentic jerseys  including several notable NBA players — and a certain Lakers legend — who felt as shocked and inspired as everyone else.

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Cowboys Staffer: After Last Year Dez Bryant ‘Does Very Few Things Really Well’

Suffice it to say not everyone in the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff is sold on Dez Bryant as an elite receiver.

“Based on last year,nfl jersey shop he does very few things really well,” a Cowboys staff member told Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.

Bryant, 29, will apparently be on the Cowboys’ roster despite looking like a cut candidate this offseason. He carries a $16.5 million cap number for the 2018 season, which includes $12.5 million in base salary, numbers that both far exceed his recent production.

Bryant recorded 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns last season. He’s not had a 1,000-yard campaign since 2014, and members of the Cowboys staff are starting to take notice.

“He can’t run by anyone anymore. He lacks explosion, evident in the loss of inches off his vertical,” Breer wrote. “He’s still inconsistent as a route-runner. He’s hard to count on for Dak Prescott. And as some there see it, he’s not doing enough to counteract all of that.”

Bryant has said he does not plan on taking a pay cut. He also added he still sees himself as one of the best wideouts in football.

“I don’t know, but if that came about, I’m still Dez Bryant,” Bryant told reporters. “I’m still going over the top. If it’s there where I can grab it, I’m going to grab it. That’s who I am.”

The Cowboys signed Allen Hurns this offseason to bolster their receiving corps. nfl jerseys cheap shopHowever, it appears both Bryant and Hurns will be on the roster.

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Nikola Kalinic salvages late draw for AC Milan with Sassuolo

AC Milan’s hopes of qualifying for the authentic nfl jerseys cheap Champions League took a hit on Sunday as they settled for a 1-1 draw at home against lowly Sassuolo.

The point leaves Milan seven points behind their city rivals Inter Milan in fifth place and eight back of Lazio and Roma, who hold the final two Champions League qualification spots.

Matteo Politano enhanced his growing reputation with a well-taken goal in the 75th minute to give the visitors the lead.

But Nikola Kalinic equalised for Milan with four minutes remaining after receiving a pass in the centre of the area and controlling the ball before turning around and hitting the target.

Leonardo Bonucci picked up a yellow card that will rule him out of Milan’s meeting with second-place Napoli next week.

Sassuolo’s draw allowed them to move past Chievo and nfl jerseys for cheap Cagliari into 14th place, and they are now three points clear of the relegation zone with seven games to play.