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Kasa was like any other fan of the Broncos

I thought too much was made of the controversy surrounding Magic coach Gundy calling Shaq out for flopping like a fish out of water while trying to guard. Gundy’s remark hurt Shaq’s pride, which is why Shaq responded with stinging criticism of his own. reality, what the so-called flop boiled down to is Shaq can’t guard one-on-one, but then who can? Shaq used to despise opposing centers — Vlade Divac comes to mind — for the same tactics, which overmatched defenders resort to with hopes of leveling the playing field. Shaq, welcome Jacquizz Rodgers Jersey to the other side of the fence, buddy. you know how it feels trying to guard you.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Last, Kasa was like any other fan of the Broncos. On Super Bowl, he’ll be one of the Broncos. The tight end, out of football since the, got a phone call while sitting the stands last weekend, watching the Broncos beat New England the AFC title game. He dropped his phone and cracked the screen — that’s another story — but when he finally restored his service, he learned the Broncos wanted to sign him to the practice squad to help them get ready for the Super Bowl against. It’s been pretty crazy. Kind of indescribable, said Kasa, who Jared Allen Jersey was signed Monday and would have to be activated from the practice squad order to play the game. These guys have been working hard toward this for a time. For me to come at the end here, is just kind of out-of-the-ordinary event. I’m honored to be here and ready to do whatever I can to help. That includes playing the part of Panthers tight end Olsen practice. He’s been studying film of the Pro Bowl tight end to give ‘s top-ranked defense accurate portrayal. role is to be the best Olsen that I can, said Kasa, who went to high school Broomfield, Colorado, and played at the University of Colorado. I didn’t this coming. I thought the was drawing to end.

I was ready to move on to the next year. Surprised me with this call. I’m ready to go. Kasa was drafted the sixth round by Oakland 2013, and played all 16 games his rookie. The only catch of his career was the final week of that, when he hauled a 9-yard TD pass against, fittingly enough, the Broncos. He missed 2014 after being placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Last, the Raiders let him go and he’s been looking for NFL job ever since. To stay tip-top tight-end shape, Kasa worked out just a few blocks away from ‘s practice facility. Still pretty much the same start to day, Kasa cracked. Only now he’s making around $6 per week on the practice squad and will be going with the team to, California, for the big game. He gets Super Bowl tickets, too, even if he won’t be suiting up. It’s a dream come true, for sure, the 25-year-old Kasa said. I ‘t know how to describe it.. It’s just good to be here. I ‘t want to distract from this team at all. They’ve been working hard for a time. To think, he initially missed a call he’s been waiting to receive. While attending the AFC championship game, the phone dropped out of his hand and the screen broke. As he was taking ‘s 20 win over and the Patriots, the team was trying to get touch with him. It wasn’t until the next day, when he picked up a new phone, that he saw the messages. His heart sank. I was out, for sure, Kasa said. But got it all turned around enough time and made it over here. I’m just on to however I can help.

Galvis will need to play well this to keep a job

It gave Cincinnati a 1 lead. I felt great physically, so that’s a positive, Cozart said. I think getting that first hit calmed me down a little bit. It’s the same game I’ve been playing forever. It’s just been a while since I’ve played. Hellickson’s first impression: The Phillies acquired Hellickson from the D-backs November because they thought he could stabilize the rotation and return to form a free agent year. He looked like that guy, allowing three hits, one unearned run and striking out six six innings his Phils debut. Hellickson pitched really, really well, then the wheels fell off that eighth inning, Phillies manager Mackanin said. Galvis steps up: The pressure is on Galvis, who has top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford breathing Tyus Jones Jersey down his neck.

Galvis will need to play well this to keep a job. He got started the right way. He hit a two-run home run to right field the second inning to give the Phillies a 2 lead. He also turned inning-ending double play the third inning. Iglesias looks good: Raisel Iglesias allowed the leadoff batter to get a hit four of his six innings, but it was still a strong performance with two earned runs, six hits, no walks and seven strikeouts. a 13-pitch first inning, he threw 11 strikes and retired the side order following a hit to begin the game. his final inning, one Zach LaVine Jersey of the perfect frames he had, Iglesias needed only six pitches. All of a sudden Galvis hits the home run to give them a 2 lead, it’s kind of like, ‘Oh,’ Reds manager Price said. Hellickson threw a great ballgame and he was very sharp. How much wiggle room do you really have after being down 2? I thought handled that really well. He made big pitches and gave us six innings, when at times it looked like it would be a challenge to get through four with his pitch count. He clutched up for us big time there and got us through six.

QUOTABLE I hope that the right guys are here right now. I’m not going to condemn Hernandez because he didn’t pitch that well tonight. He’s going to get more opportunities. We’ll continue through the and we’ll who rises to the occasion. — Mackanin, on the Phillies’ bullpen woes SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Votto struck out three times his first three at-bats. It was the first time he struck out each of his first three plate appearances since 15, against the Padres’. Hellickson became just the ninth pitcher to strike out Votto three times one game, according to Stats Inc. Mesoraco OK the fifth inning, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was hit the head by the follow-through on Maikel Franco ‘s swing. The bat got under the mask of Mesoraco, who needed a few moments to collect himself. He was checked out by head trainer Steve Baumann before staying the game. After the game, the catcher said he was doing fine. I know I felt it pretty good there for a second, Mesoraco said. He hit me right the temple; that’s where I felt it. WHAT’S NEXT Phillies: Right-hander had been considered for the Opening Day start, but the Phillies will have him pitch the second game of the Wednesday night against the Reds at 7 p.m. ET. It allows to pitch the home opener next Monday against the Padres at Citizens Bank Park. has never faced the Reds his brief career. Reds: Following Tuesday’s day off, Finnegan will get the ball for Game 2 of the vs. the Phillies on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Finnegan struggled the latter half of camp and posted a 10 six spring, including five starts. This will be the left-hander’s fifth career regular- start, after a four-start debut last. Watch every out-of-market regular game.

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Controversial venue opens Red Auerbach Jersey with Friday concert, attracting thousands of Jay-Z fans and a few diehard protesters Jay-Z on stage at the Center. Photograph: Carlo Allegri Reuters New is already known for mega-venues like Square Garden and tiny cult spaces like Joe’s Pub and the Blue Note, but now a new name has been added to the list: the Center. The controversial rust-coloured arena, which faced years of protest before it was built, opened the heart of Brooklyn on Friday night as rapper Jay-Z held its inaugural concert. The vast space attracted thousands of fans – and a few diehard protesters – to its first event, crowding the tight network of residential streets around the huge building. Tonight is a celebration of the borough where I’m from. Welcome to my house, Jay-Z, a Brooklyn native, told the crowd before he began his set. The sold-out gig was the first of planned concerts at the Center, which promoters have hailed as a way of rehabilitating downtown Brooklyn and critics have said destroy a vibrant local community. Other big names set to play there coming months include Bob and Barbara Streisand. The arena also be the new home of basketball team the Nets, bringing American team sports to Brooklyn for the first time since baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers Reggie Lewis Jersey left for southern California 1957. The first game the billion dollar state-of-the- complex, which can seat 18 people, be on 1 November against rivals the New Knicks. That game end more than half a century of sporting drought for Brooklynites, who have seen other franchises play the Bronx, Manhattan and – horror! – even New Jersey instead of Brooklyn. However, the Center has opened the face of determined protests. It is the first stage the massive Atlantic Yards development, which is heavily subsidised with public money and represents the biggest development ever tried Brooklyn. However, proposed housing towers on the site, complete with affordable units for local residents, have yet to materialise, raising concerns that the needs of corporations and profits for developers have been put far ahead of the interests of the local community.

Taking a keen interest food… Brown eating fish and chips with 2001 Photograph: Argles Guardian Brown would whip up a Chequers steak pie for the Scottish athlete Eric Liddell, immortalised the classic film Chariots of Fire, while David would take the time to slow roast a shoulder of lamb for recipient Johnson Beharry. The prime minister and Conservative Party leader have revealed the recipes they would serve up to personal heroes for a cookbook designed to raise money for Help the Heroes, a set up to help wounded military personnel. gained his sporting fame at Edinburgh University, Brown writes the book, and if the food was the same as it was days there, he would have approved of hearty fare like the Chequers pie. His recipe sees him cooking up beef steak, onion, celery, carrot and leek – with a dash of Worcestershire sauce – to create the pie’s filling, which is then covered with puff pastry, brushed with egg and cooked until. ‘s recipe is a little spicier, with two red chillies and a bottle of red wine adding a touch of zing to his lamb roast. More than 80 people have contributed to the book, with around 40 servicemen and women providing recipes alongside Brown, and other politicians and personalities including Ewan, Worrall Thompson, Forsyth, Holmes and Fry. The book is the brainchild of squadron leader Jon Pullen, who was moved by the plight of wounded soldiers Iraq that he decided to raise money for Help the Heroes. I thought, ‘are you going to lie a bath of beans to try and raise £125, or are you going to do something different?’ he said. I didn’t want to beg, I wanted to raise £100, which be slightly challenging. The first celebrity to sign up was, who revealed he would cook his mum’s beef and casserole for American actor. Jonny Wilkinson would put together a healthy-sounding spicy chicken pitta pocket, complete with almonds and apricots, for his hero Payton, the Chicago Bears running back. Hatton, meanwhile, plumped for boxer Duran – but as everybody knows I can’t even boil egg, what I would do is take to local cafe the Butty Box Hyde, and let the girls do the cooking while we have a chat and a brew, he writes. All profits from the book, which goes on sale for £14 on Armed Forces Day, 27 June, go to. Military chefs are cooking all the recipes the book to make sure they’re up to scratch, said Pullen – some, he added, needed a little doctoring. Brown appears to be suddenly and strangely busy as a food writer. This is the third contribution to a cookbook revealed by the prime minister this week. The Daily Mail reports that he has given his recipe for vegetable and mozzarella parcels to the Saints and Celebs Cookbook, raising money for All Saint’s Parish Church Ilkley, West Yorkshire. He has also penned a hymn to rumbledethumps, a Scottish version of bubble and squeak, for Donaldson’s School for the Deaf Edinburgh.

It definitely was exciting day

MIAMI — In any other, there might be more smiles, more laughter, more back slaps and congratulations. Ruiz is honored and excited to make his first National League All- team, but he is not going to go overboard expressing it. It is difficult right now, considering the Phillies are 36 and last place the NL East, 11 behind the first-place Nationals. He’s not going to give you too much, especially at this point, Phillies right-hander Leonard Johnson Jersey Halladay said following ‘s 5 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park. It’s been tough as a team, he’s not going to celebrate his individual achievements. But it definitely means a lot to him. I know he’s excited to go. I’m happy to go, the catcher said. I still can’t believe it.

It’s the first time. It definitely was exciting day. It would have been a shock had Ruiz not made the roster. He entered leading baseball batting average. He also ranked third on-base percentage, eighth slugging percentage and fourth OPS. Ruiz said making the team is a big deal for his family back Panama. He spoke to his mother the morning. She was real happy, I can tell you that, he said. She said congratulations like four times. She’s Logan Mankins Jersey excited. Said Phillies manager : I think that’s great. is a great example of what baseball is and how he’s improved the last few years and the player he’s become. That’s kind of what you work for this game, and what you strive for. Hamels and Papelbon are heading back to the All- Game. Hamels is 10 with a 3. He is tied for fourth the Majors wins. It is his third All- appearance. He also made the team 2007 and ’11. Papelbon is 2 with a 3 and 18 saves 19 opportunities. He is tied for eighth the Majors saves. It is Papelbon’s fifth All- Game, and first with the Phillies. He made the American League All- team with the Boston Red Sox from 2006. It’s a tremendous honor to be selected, Hamels said. It’s a hard game to play.

It’s hard to do well. Hamels did not pitch last year’s Midsummer Classic, he is hoping for the opportunity this year. I think that’ll be kind of fun, he said. But he also should be prepared for plenty of questions from reporters. The Phillies have been gauging interest on Hamels as a possible trade chip for some time. said the Phillies are looking for a huge haul for Hamels, a package of four to five prospects, including some A-plus prospects. The Phils could trade Hamels because they could be far out of contention before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and Hamels be a free agent after the. Hamels said it won’t be a big deal answering the questions. Why not? Because I ‘t have to answer questions, he said.

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Elvis Dumervil says he’s not playing in Ravens’ opener after setback

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil said Wednesday that he will not play in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Dumervil acknowledged he had a minor setback in his recovery from an offseason procedure in the foot area. He was the only Ravens starter who was not practicing Wednesday.

Since 2006, Dumervil ranks second among active players with 96 sacks. His 31 multiple-sack games leads all players in the past 10 seasons. Dumervil has been one of the most durable defenders in the NFL since joining the Ravens in 2013. He’s only missed one game and has played in 35 straight games.

“It’s one of those things where your body kind of tells you when it’s ready,” Dumervil said. “So we’re all pushing. We wanted it to be Week 1, but unfortunately, it wasn’t.”

“The big thing for both of them, they might try to play mind games with each other,” Roethlisberger said in preparation for the Sept. 12 opener at FedEx Field. “I’ll talk to my guy and makes sure he keeps a level head.”

Norman, who became the richest cornerback in the league after signing a five-year deal with the Washington Redskins this offseason, never backs down from a verbal confrontation, most famously scrapping with New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham last year.

Brown’s passion was on display in the preseason when an official in a preseason scrimmage issued an ejection warning after Brown complained ferociously about the lack of holding calls on Detroit Lions corners.

There’s a healthy respect between Norman and Brown. At the least, though, they will engage in some healthy debate about what happens downfield.

Roethlisberger isn’t sure whether Norman will shadow Brown, as he’s “traditionally been a one-spot kind of guy” but sometimes moves around. “We’ll be ready for anything,” Roethlisberger said. “[Norman’s] one of the best, if not the best in the business.”

At 6-foot and 200 pounds, Norman has size on his side against the 5-foot-10 Brown. But save the 6-3 Richard Sherman holding Brown to six catches and 51 yards last season, Brown typically toasts all comers. Brown averaged 10 catches a game with Roethlisberger in the lineup.

Trump on Kap: Maybe he should find another country

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has weighed in on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to refuse to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems as racial injustice in the United States in addition to recent comments from the quarterback on Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

It’s unclear if the Saints expect McCain to push third-year pro Kasim Edebali for a starting job or if they were just looking for depth and special-teams help. But the Saints have essentially been in the market for pass-rush help since back in March — a need that became even greater after second-year defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha went down with a knee injury this summer.

New Orleans apparently decided to look outside the building for help after being disappointed with its most recent preseason results. Coach Sean Payton called the pass rush “very concerning” after Friday’s preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coming of age in America’s turbulent 1960s, though, Brown is also recognized for a social activism beyond football that led to the Black Economic Union and the Amer-I-Can program which has changed the lives of former gang members and ex-convicts.

Appearing on Monday’s edition of NFL Total Access, Brown weighed in on the controversy surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s recent protest during the playing of the national anthem.

“I listened to him and he makes all the sense in the world. He’s within his rights and he’s telling the truth as he sees it,” Brown explained. “I am with him 100 percent. … Now if you ask me ‘Would I do that?’ No I won’t, because I see it a little differently. I’m an American citizen, I pay my taxes, I want my equal rights but this is my country, and consequently I don’t want to open up for ISIS or anybody that will take away what we’ve already gained.”

When Brown arrived on the NFL scene in 1957, he fought for equal rights in a league that still limited the number and influence of African-American players.

“We had to fight in a certain kind of way to make it better,” Brown said, “so these young people can make the kind of money they’re making and the league can be 80 percent African American.

“Young men in my day really stepped up. … These were champions for freedom, equality and justice for all humans beings, and they were educated individuals that used their education and knowledge to represent their case. So now 50 years later we have a young man saying something that was kind of taken for granted in our day. We were way past that. For me it’s like going back in time.”

While professional athletes have been reluctant to speak out in recent years, Brown believes there are signs that they are becoming more outspoken and willing to deal with the public backlash — as Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett implored late last month.

Alshon Jeffery not worried about Kevin White’s quiet preseason

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera called it a “misunderstanding.’’

Wide receiver Devin Funchess said “nothing happened.’’

Regardless, the ‘Peanut Punch’’ led to a mild skirmish between Funchess and rookie cornerback Daryl Worley during Tuesday’s fully padded practice.

For background, recently retired Carolina cornerback Charles “Peanut’’ Tillman has been at practice the past two days working with the young corners. A part of that has been teaching them the “Peanut Punch,’’ a method he used to force 44 career fumbles.

Worley tried the maneuver on Funchess after the second-year receiver caught a slant pass over the middle. Unfortunately, instead of punching the ball he caught Funchess in the neck area.

The best glimpse of White in the preseason could come Saturday versus the Kanas City Chiefs, where the Bears’ first team is expected to play at least one full half. While it’s not a requirement, it would be beneficial for White to get more involved offensively, without compromising what Chicago’s offense truly intends to do Week 1 at Houston.

The Windermere, Florida, native was a seventh-round pick by the Broncos in the 2015 draft. His regular-season playing time with the Broncos, after one year as Peyton Manning’s apprentice, amounts to one snap — a kneel-down play on Dec. 20 to close out the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He started only three games in his first three seasons at Northwestern before making 11 starts as a senior until he tore his ACL on Nov. 11, 2014, against Purdue. In those 14 career starts, he finished fourth all time in school history in passing yardage (5,931) and seventh in career passing touchdowns (27).

“… We are proud to call him a Titan, and he is always welcome around this team. We wish him and his family the best in his next chapter of life.”

49ers have quarterback competition with Kaepernick, Gabbert

Here are some things to watch for with the 49ers:

THIN RECEIVING CORPS: The 49ers lost No. 1 wideout Anquan Boldin, leaving them with only Torrey Smith as an experienced receiver in the unit.

With tight end Vernon Davis also gone, San Francisco must figure out the depth chart for its receivers. Bruce Ellington and Bruce Miller are expected to take on bigger roles. Miller has been primarily a key blocker at fullback but now is transitioning to tight end in Kelly’s scheme.

QUIET IN FREE AGENCY: General manager Trent Baalke hardly made a splash in free agency a year after adding Smith on a $40 million, five-year contract with $22 million guaranteed. Baalke acquired guard Zane Beadles after Alex Boone departed to the Vikings in free agency.

SPLITTING THE REPS: Kelly doesn’t envision any problems getting Kaepernick and Gabbert enough turns with the first team during training camp.

”We have enough reps. We get enough reps during the course of training camp and during the course of our training where it’s never been a concern for us in terms of, ‘Geez, we’re not going to get enough looks out there.’ So, we have enough reps for everybody,” Kelly said.

Kaepernick is eager to get back to work.

”Compete. That’s all I know how to do,” he said. ”Every year that I’ve stepped on the field, it’s a competition, whether people like to say you’re the No. 1 or not. It’s a competition. There’s always someone trying to be that starter, trying to make that step. And this year’s no different.”

HYDE’S COMEBACK: Carlos Hyde arrived last summer ready for a breakout second season as San Francisco’s No. 1 running back, then a foot injury derailed his year after seven games. He ran for 470 yards and three touchdowns, two of those TDs in a season-opening win against Minnesota.

There is depth behind Hyde, but who becomes his primary backup is yet to be seen. Shaun Draughn and DuJuan Harris provide reliable options in the backfield after both joined the 49ers midseason in 2015.

”I’ve been impressed with both of them,” Kelly said last month. ”I think they certainly have the ability to play in the NFL and have proven that. We’re excited to continue to work with them.”

DEFENSIVE LINE: With Glenn Dorsey and Ian Williams again working back from significant injuries, Mike Purcell might be the man at nose tackle to start the year, a natural spot for him, according to Baalke.

Dorsey is recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, while Williams is dealing with further ankle problems.

On March 9, Williams reached agreement on a five-year deal that was restructured to a one-year contract once his doctors in Miami shared findings with the 49ers medical staff.

Add Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Arthur Jones to the long list of players who will miss games at the start of the coming season because of NFL suspension.

Jones will sit the first four games after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, as reported by the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson and others.

Signed by the Colts to a five-year, $33 million contract ($16 million guaranteed) in 2014, a deal that reunited him with his defensive coordinator in Baltimore, Chuck Pagano, and was meant to shore up the Colts’ bad run defense.