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    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. Last week, just before a short holiday hiatus, we took a traditional approach to power rankings, focusing on the best teams in the league. Today, we’re going to put a twist on things, looking at which teams are on pace to blow past their preseason over/unders the fastest. This creates some overlap with the best teams in the league but also captures a few more teams projected to be in the middle of the pack but looking like strong playoff contenders.Which NBA teams have outperformed preseason expectations by the biggest margins?5. Charlotte Hornets: 13-9, +3 wins ahead of over/under pace The Hornets hit a rough patch at the beginning of November, losing five in a row after a 5-2 start to the season. But they’ve bounced back from that losing streak by winning eight of their last 10 games, including a pair of wins over the Wizards and wins over the Knicks and Warriors....
    Celebrities Are Divided Over Aaron Rodgers Controversial Vaccine Views 10 Risky Career Moves That Can Pay Off NHL teams have played between 9 and 13 game each. Let's round-off and say a little under 15% of the regular season is in the books. While it's a nice sample size, the vast majority of the season still remains in front of us. We've seen teams that have surprised us in a positive way, but there's also been a few preseason favorites who haven't impressed us just yet. Is now the time to attack teams like the Avalanche, Golden Knights and Islanders in the futures market? Colorado Avalanche The Colorado Avalanche entered the season as favorites to win the Stanley Cup. They were coming off a season in which they won the President's Trophy as the league's best team during the regular season, and they looked dominant in the process. Colorado also entered the season as a -260 favorite to win the Central Division. After a 4-5-1 start in their first 10 games, Colorado is now +100 to win the division....
    Gonzaga is entering the college basketball season at the top of the polls. The Bulldogs lost in the national title game last season to Baylor, but they’re entering the 2021-2022 campaign with all the hype in the world. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Gonzaga Men’s Basketball (@zagmbb) Gonzaga is number in the preseason AP and Coaches polls. UCLA is second in both polls. So, it’s clear who is viewed as elite going into the season.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Gonzaga Men’s Basketball (@zagmbb) Gonzaga is returning a ton of talent, Mark Few is one of the best coaches in the country and there’s no doubt the Bulldogs are going to be excellent. In fact, I would also ride with Gonzaga as the top team in the country to start the season. With the facts in front of us, I’m not sure how you could pick anyone else as the preseason number one team.  ...
    Michelle Obama to Guest on ‘Black-ish’ in Final Season Dow, S&P 500 resume rally boosted by earnings reports despite disappointing economic growth data From Timme to Abmas, these names enter with the inside track on college basketball’s biggest individual award. With college hoops tipping off in less than two weeks, let’s take a look at some of the country’s most prominent stars and their potential cases for men’s National Player of the Year honors. This list may look silly in a few months—other candidates always emerge—but expect at least a handful of these guys to pop. 1. Drew Timme, junior, GonzagaThe top returning player on what may well be men’s college basketball’s best team, Timme and his mustache return to Gonzaga with a chance to improve on last season’s 19 points and seven rebounds per game, on 65% shooting. He may not actually be Gonzaga’s best player—freshman Chet Holmgren gets his own blurb here in a minute—but Timme will be the Bulldogs’ primary stabilizer, providing high-energy, skilled interior play and dominant paint scoring (77% at the rim last season,...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Paige Bueckers, Caitlin Clark, Aliyah Boston headline The Associated Press preseason women’s All-America team. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Getty Gary Payton II guards LeBron James in an October 12 game. If it were up to Steph Curry, Gary Payton II may have never made it to the final roster for the Golden State Warriors. Now, three games into the season and three strong performances from Payton later, Curry is singing the praises of his new teammate. A last-minute addition to Golden State’s roster — Payton was officially signed just hours before the team opened the season against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 19 — the defensive-minded guard has earned some important minutes, scoring 10 points in Sunday’s win over the Sacramento Kings. The latest Warriors news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Warriors newsletter here! Join Heavy on Warriors! Curry Initially Favored Another PlayerWhile many close to the team believed that Payton had the inside track to winning the final roster spot during the open competition that the team held during training camp and the preseason, reports indicated that it was a different veteran guard who had Curry’s endorsement.  Marcus Thompson II...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Miami Heat hit the court Thursday night in prime time for their season opener at the FTX Arena against the defending NBA champ Milwaukee Bucks. The last time these teams met, the Bucks swept the Heat out of the playoffs in a humbling first round exit. It prompted a host of offseason changes in which the Heat added three veteran players with championship experience. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment?  Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat reacts against the Boston Celtics during a preseason game at FTX Arena on October 15, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) The most notable, point guard Kyle Lowry, who teams up with Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler to form a new, defensive minded big three. After an undefeated preseason, the Heat feel good about their makeover. READ MORE: Miami-Dade Students Honored For 'Doing The Right Thing" And Helping Save Lives Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat looks on against the Boston Celtics during a preseason game at FTX...
    The biggest storyline to the Warriors’ 2021-2022 season is obvious: the return of Klay Thompson. When will Klay return? What will he be able to do when he does? Thompson’s legs — injured the last two seasons — will define the Dubs’ season. But there’s more at play for Golden State. Here are three other keys — low keys, if you will — that will shed light on the Warriors’ campaign: The Wiseman in the middle (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)  What was arguably the biggest story of the truncated 2021 season has been relegated to an afterthought this season. That’s a good problem to have — especially if you’re sophomore center James Wiseman. The Warriors revamped their coaching staff and Dejan Milojevic was brought in to, ostensibly, work with Wiseman. The Serbian specialist has worked with the likes of 2021 MVP Nikola Jokic and Ivica Zubac. The Warriors don’t need MVP-level performance from Wiseman — though they won’t turn it down in the future — competence would play. Wiseman has all...
    Popular movies that arent available to stream anywhere 10 Common Credit Card Mistakes You’re Making and How To Stop Will the Russell Westbrook experiment Work? It might take time for the Lakers to find their rhythm. View the original article to see embedded media.Panicked? Not Frank Vogel. “At the end of the day,” said Vogel, “it’s really about the practice work we’re putting in.” Concerned? Not LeBron James. “I care more about the practice court,” said James, “than I care about preseason games.” Bothered? After committing nine turnovers in a preseason loss to the Suns last week, Westbrook, smiling, said “Good thing they don’t count.” The NBA season opens on Tuesday, and the Lakers have all the momentum of the Titanic. L.A. completed a winless preseason last week. The last time the Lakers didn’t win a preseason game: 2012, when Dwight Howard and Steve Nash joined Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. Now This Is Going To Be Fun, screamed the Sports Illustrated cover. And we all know how that turned out. Does it matter? The Lakers...
    Gonzaga and UCLA headline the Preseason AP Top 25 poll in men’s college basketball. With men’s college basketball right around the corner, what teams are best equipped to challenge the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the UCLA Bruins this season? The Associated Press has spoken, as they have revealed the Preseason AP Top 25 Poll for college hoops. While many of the usual suspects find themselves situated somewhere in the top 25, it is interesting as to where they have placed some of the blue-blood programs in the sport. They might be giving underperforming teams from a year ago a bit too much love right out of the gate. With Gonzaga and UCLA coming at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively, here is how the rest of the top 25 shakes out heading into the college season.College basketball rankings: Preseason AP Top 25 pollGonzaga Bulldogs UCLA Bruins Kansas Jayhawks Villanova Wildcats Texas Longhorns Michigan Wolverines Purdue Boilermakers Baylor Bears Duke Blue Devils Kentucky Wildcats Illinois Fighting Illini Memphis Tigers Oregon Ducks Alabama Crimson Tide Houston Cougars Arkansas Razorbacks Ohio State Buckeyes Tennessee Volunteers...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Go ahead and crown the Warriors now. For the preseason, that is. A perfect preseason may not count for much, if anything, but it has left Stephen Curry and Co. brimming with swagger after sweeping their five exhibition contests. When the regular season begins Tuesday night in Los Angeles, the same group will also be starting its quest to end a two-year playoff drought. That’s not much of a dry spell in the grand scheme of things, but a third straight miss for a regime that has notched three championships this decade, well, that would be unprecedented. Listen to their words, and it would also come as a surprise. “With all these pieces we have, I definitely think we’re a championship-caliber team,” the typically soft-spoken Andrew Wiggins said this week. “We got all the right tools. We’ve got some talented young guys, some talented old guys, a good mix of guys that I think can be really good defensively. We’ve got a bunch of guys who can put the ball in the hoop. I...
    The best episode of every season of The Simpsons Mortgage and real estate news this week: Forbearance winds down and some evergreen advice It's the preseason and you know what means? It's also overreaction season! With opening night just days away, let's look at some of the outlandish takes to come out of exhibition play. What better place than to start with one of the championship contenders. It's time to panic about the Lakers! The Los Angeles Lakers ended preseason play 0-6.They were 0-2 in games where the big three of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook took the floor.  The offence was clunky, Russell Westbrook finished the preseason with 20 assists to 23 turnovers and 14-for-40 overall shooting. The defence gave up an average of 118.5 points. The last time Los Angeles entered the regular season in this fashion was back in 2012-13 with an 0-7 mark. That year the Lakers added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash and never quite got going. "I've been in the league 13 years, I don't know my preseason record for any of...
    MIAMI (AP) — Let the (real) games begin. The NBA preseason finales were Friday night, the end of a two-week slate of exhibitions featuring more than 500 players — from 18-year-old Josh Primo in San Antonio, to 41-year-old Udonis Haslem in Miami — and some relatively unusual events. — A game in Memphis between the Grizzlies and Milwaukee was stopped after three quarters because a fire alarm went off and sprinklers came on. — The Golden State Warriors attempted 69 shots from 3-point range in one game, a preseason record and what would have been one shy of the NBA’s single-game mark. — The Dallas Mavericks led the Charlotte Hornets by 70 points earlier this week, on the same night that Phoenix’s 45-point lead over Portland seemed tiny by comparison. — The Los Angeles Lakers went 0-6, the worst preseason record by any team since the Mavericks went 0-7 in 2015. It didn’t matter much that season; Dallas made the playoffs, and nobody would reasonably expect that a winless slate of exhibitions means anything to the Lakers’ chances. “You don’t...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Draymond Green’s reputation precedes him. Nemanja Bjelica? Less so. Bjelica, the seventh-year forward from Serbia in his first season with the Warriors, admitted this week that his new teammate was one of his least favorite players to go up against during his previous stops in the NBA. “I hated him,” Bjelica said. “But I always had respect for him and his game.” Green, on other hand, has been pleasantly surprised by the game Bjelica has shown since joining the Warriors. He may have a reputation as a spot-up shooter, but Bjelica hasn’t been afraid to put the ball on the floor or pass it along. “I didn’t know Belli could make plays like that,” Green said. “I had no f—ing clue. … That’s good to see. That’s good to know. Because when you’ve got a jump shot like that, teams are going to close out on you hard. So you put the ball on the floor like that and make plays.” Since coming stateside six seasons ago, Bjelica has carved out a...
    Getty Javonte Green The Chicago Bulls‘ Javonte Green has been a stud through the team’s first three preseason games. He’s admirably played the power forward position in place of the injured Patrick Williams averaging 7.6 points, 6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2 blocked shots per game. It’s just preseason, but Green has done this while playing just 16.6 minutes per game. With Williams likely coming back to the starting lineup for the Bulls’ preseason finale against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, the question is, where does that leave Green? According to one NBA analytics publication called NBA Math as an “end-of-the-bench piece.”Javonte Green Not Projected to Play a Huge Role, Per NBA MathNBA Math is sports stats website that creates formulas that the publication has designed to generate results and categories for players from the past and present. In the site’s “Crystal Ball Ranking” it uses a system that projects the impact each player will have on their team. The highest rating is a 12 with the lowest being 1. Here is how this works: Shouldn’t Get...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The preseason is the preseason for a reason. The games don’t count in the standings, both teams are testing lineups and systems, slowly working their stars into game shape and taking a look at younger players who might not be on the court much once the actual games start. The predictive value of preseason play is shaky but teams and players would at least like to build some positive momentum for the regular season. That certainly hasn’t worked for the Lakers so far. They’ve already lost both Talen Horton-Tucker and Trevor Ariza to injury and after Tuesday night’s 12-point loss to the Warriors, the Lakers are 0-5 in preseason play and have been outscored by an average of 15.3 points per 100 possessions. Anthony Davis has only played in four of those five games but he’s shot under 50 percent from the field. Roughly half his shots have come outside the paint and he’s...
    Getty Charlotte Hornets owner, and former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan, the greatest player in Chicago Bulls history, hasn’t been involved with the franchise since his departure in 1998. But there’s no love lost between the current Charlotte Hornets owner and his longtime NBA home of 13 seasons. That’s why when Jordan was asked about the Eastern Conference playoff picture in an October 11 interview with USA Today, he made sure to mention Chicago: Well, it’s hard to knock out Milwaukee. I’m a firm believer that if you’re a champion, someone is going to have to knock you off the pedal. You got Brooklyn in the East. Miami has changed. You know, my old team Chicago made some big big changes, so they may compete in the East, as well. Arturas Karnisovas and the Bulls’ front office made a slew of roster changes, including the dual sign-and-trades for guards DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball. Still, even with the excitement that’s stemmed from three preseason games, it’s unclear how the Chicago Bulls stack up in comparison to...
    The Warriors were without their superstars going up against a star-studded Lakers team during the preseason. The result was surprising as 111-99 victory over Los Angeles. Consider it a little pay back for what happened on the other side of town. The Warriors have one more tune up against the Portland Trail Blazer before they begin the NBA season Oct. 19. They’ll play the Lakers yet again on the road during a TNT broadcast. The matchup will likely be a better test for Golden State as Stephen Curry and Draymond Green will likely be in the lineup to face LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. They’ll be on national TV again on Oct. 21 when they’ll face the other Los Angeles team — the Clippers. It will also be the first home game of the year. With that said, here are some of the best pictures from the preseason game. Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole, left, shoots under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game...
    No ‘MotorCade’ in the Garden: Cunningham will sit out Knicks-Pistons game Alder Almo October 12, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit After two impressive preseason victories, the New York Knicks will head into Wednesday’s game as the overwhelming favorites when they host the Cade Cunningham-less Detroit Pistons. Cunningham, the No.1 overall pick, has yet to see action for the Pistons in the preseason after suffering a mild ankle injury during the training camp. Dwayne Casey earlier said there’s no timetable on Cunningham’s return. And it remains that way heading into a preseason matchup against the rampaging Knicks. “We’re not gonna rush Cade back,” Dwayne Casey said after Tuesday’s practice. “When he comes back, it doesn’t mean he’s ready to go & throw him out there and see what happens. He’s too valuable for us. Whatever it is, we’ll sit down with his team, the medical team, myself, and Troy (Weaver) & map out a plan.” The Pistons will be missing seven players, including Killian Hayes, who...
    SAN FRANCISCO — The number? 3,721. The pace? Oh, about 45 per game. If Golden State lets it fly in the regular season at the same clip as it has through its first three preseason games, the Warriors stand to obliterate those figures — the regular-season record for 3-point attempts, achieved and broken again in recent years by the James Harden-era Houston Rockets. Coach Steve Kerr hasn’t done anything to throw cold water on the idea. Eighty 3-pointers in a game? Hey, why not? “The more the merrier,” Kerr said. “If they’re good shots. … I just believe in open shots. If you have a whole team full of guys who can make 3s, like we do now … If they want to take 80, they can take 80.” The regular-season record for a single game is 70 shots heaved up from deep, set by — who else? — the 2019 Rockets. The Warriors came one shy of that mark in their first preseason game. They haven’t gone a game with fewer than the Rockets’...
    SAN JOSE – The Sharks placed center Dylan Gambrell on waivers Saturday, two days before NHL teams have to submit 23-man rosters to the NHL. NHL teams have until 11 a.m. (PT) on Sunday to claim Gambrell, who played 99 games for the Sharks over the last two seasons. If he is unclaimed, the Sharks can assign him to the Barracuda of the AHL. The move solidifies Jasper Weatherby’s chances of making the Sharks roster out of training camp as the team’s fourth-line center, as both he and Gambrell were vying for that spot throughout camp. Weatherby had two points in four preseason games and also spent some time on the power play. Gambrell had two points in two games. The Sharks claimed Jonah Gadjovich off of waivers on Thursday, further crowding a forward pool. Of the 29 players that were on the Sharks’ roster as of Saturday, 18 were forwards, including Gambrell. Prior to picking up Gadjovich, Sharks coach Bob Boughner has said the team was likely going to keep 14 forwards to start the...
    Getty The Lakers are on of the more intriguing NBA teams heading into the 2021-22 season. LeBron James is not a fan of the NBA preseason games as the Los Angeles Lakers superstar noted there is “nothing at all” he can learn from the contests. James emphasized that he does think the practices are important but does not see the games as a significant part of the evolution of the team. “I don’t know, I just want to continue to play ball, just continue to work our habits, things of that nature,” James explained on October 9 after the Lakers’ preseason loss to the Warriors. “Preseason is, I care more about the practice quarters, and I do not care about the preseason games. You get out there you play on rotations that they’re trying to figure out. “So, it’s so much that you can get out of a preseason game for me individually, but I love our practices. I love to see what we’re doing and continue to work behind closed doors. So, I don’t know,...
    The Giants’ matchup against Dodgers wasn’t the only San Francisco-Los Angeles contest Friday night. A few blocks down the road at Chase Center, the Warriors took on the Lakers in a preseason game. It didn’t have the intensity of postseason baseball, but the contest did have its moments and share of stars as LeBron James and Russell Westbrook took to the floor for the first time this preseason and went up against Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, who returned as a Warrior after two seasons with the Heat. Being a preseason game, the play wasn’t exactly crisp and clean. It was downright sloppy at times. Nevertheless, it was a game of note as both teams will prepare to face each other again as one of the opening games of the NBA’s 75th anniversary season. Here are some images from the game. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 8: Golden State Warriors’ Otto Porter Jr. (32) and Los Angeles Lakers’ Malik Monk (11) dive for a loose ball in the first quarter of a NBA game at Chase...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Even Stephen Curry has been infected by magic of October baseball. The Warriors star was sporting a baseball glove on his hand Friday morning when he arrived for post-shootaround media availability at Chase Center, where the Warriors host their third preseason game Friday night at the same time as the Giants begin their historic playoff series against the Dodgers, a quick kayak paddle away at Oracle Park. “A lot of chaos around here today,” Curry noted. “Hopefully the Giants get it done.” When it comes to October, Curry has dueling allegiances. The faithful fan of the American League’s Boston Red Sox will cross that bridge when it comes. “Until we get to the World Series, I’ve got two teams,” Curry said. The NBA’s best shooter has his own brief history on the baseball diamond. At 6-3, 190, he has the build of a middle-infielder, and that’s where he was initially penciled in the lineup, Curry said. He could swing it a little, too, as a two-strike hitter, he said. “Then...
    Getty Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka directs his club during a preseason bout with the Orlando Magic. When Boston Celtics president Brad Stevens hired Ime Udoka to replace him on the sidelines, he wasn’t just looking for someone who could squeeze out a few more wins than the team managed last season. He wanted a coach who could re-shape the club in their own, no-nonsense image. For his part, Udoka looks intent on doing just that. And part of that mindset apparently includes not mixing it up with the officials unnecessarily. “Only when needed,” he said of arguing with referees during his October 6 media availability. “I’ve stressed that to our team and we got a little chippy out here in practice, just guys getting after it. I said, ‘Let me b**** at the refs. You guys play through plays and move on to the next thing and let me be the guy who complains to the ref.” In Udoka’s mind, executing on both sides of the ball and persevering through adversity will be the expectation. Theatrics involving...
    Getty The Clippers huddle up before their preseason opener. There were plenty of positives gleaned from the L.A. Clippers preseason opener in Los Angeles on Monday, a 103-102 win over the Denver Nuggets during which rookie forward Brandon Boston showed he can score at the next level, guard Terance Mann seemed comfortable in a more prominent leadership role, and newly acquired point guard Eric Bledsoe flashed plenty of burst as a paint-busting playmaker. But if head coach Tyronn Lue was hoping to learn more about who will eventually occupy the team’s 15th and final roster spot — a decision that needs to be made before the start of the season and is still expected to go to a big man even after some positive Serge Ibaka news — Lue may have to chalk up this first showcase to a wash. Follow the Heavy on Clippers Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content out of Clipper Nation! Follow Heavy on Clippers The two main contenders, 23-year-olders Harry Giles and Isaiah Hartenstein, each played well...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was hit in the head by a puck during the team’s preseason game Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres. Sullivan was hit at the start of the third period while on the bench and went to the locker room to be evaluated. Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan was just struck by a puck on the bench. He heads to the locker room to get checked out while holding a towel to his head. — Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 6, 2021 No update on his condition has been given.
    The Toronto Raptors are finally playing basketball in Toronto again after a long time away. The ongoing pandemic forced a lot of things to be done far differently. One of those things was where the Toronto Raptors played their home games. Usually, it’s in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena, but that hasn’t been the case for 584 days, since February 28, 2020, the last time the Raptors played a true home game. The team concluded their 2019-20 season in the NBA’s Orlando bubble and played the 2020-21 home games in Tampa, Florida at the Amalie Arena due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. On Monday night, the team finally returned to their home court for a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers, and they were happy to be home. Lets play some basketball! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/QW6wbTtkQ0 — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 4, 2021 Toronto Raptors finally return to home court Although it was just the preseason, Toronto treated fans to a 123-107 victory. It was a nice introduction to the team that is largely different from the one that took the court last time...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The NBA preseason is officially underway and even a sample size of a single game we’re already seeing some rookies showing out against the increased level of competition and more experienced players benefiting from the different situations around him. Here are the most surprising stars after the first game of preseason action.Otto Porter Jr., Golden State WarriorsPorter Jr.’s reputation has slowly declined since his 2017-18 season with the Wizards when averaged 14.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, shooting 44.1 percent from beyond the arc. A big reason for that was a slew of injuries that allowed him to appear in just 98 of a possible 219 games over the past three seasons. That’s why his signing by the Golden State Warriors wasn’t met with much fanfare. But after one preseason game, it’s worth imagining what he could do for the Warriors this season if he stays healthy. Porter Jr. played just...
    Getty Mavericks forward Josh Green looks to make a play against the Raptors. With the preseason kicking off for the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, the future of several players will begin to become more clear. Roster cuts will need to be made over the next few weeks, meaning a handful of players are fighting for a spot on the roster.  Dallas will open their preseason schedule against the Utah Jazz, where fans will get a first look at quite a few new players. With that in mind, it will be the first of four opportunities for players to prove they’re worth a chance at making the team.  Which players have the most to prove in the preseason for the Dallas Mavericks? Moses Brown GettyMoses Brown puts down a dunk against the Atlanta Hawks. Brown joined the team this summer after being traded twice within a span of a few weeks. Unfortunately for him, he entered a locker room that already has a ton of guys that can play center in Dallas.  With 16 guaranteed contracts on the roster...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — As they huddled at their Arizona Spring Training site, the San Francisco Giants were hearing what the ESPN pundits were saying, what the Vegas oddsmakers were predicting and the chatter that was cascading across social media. This would be the season of an epic battle for the NL West title between the star-studded, highly paid rosters of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. READ MORE: Video: Antioch Sutter Delta Medical Center Health Care Workers Launch 5-Day StrikeAnd the aging Giants? They would be mediocre at best. Maybe they would win 75 games. At best, they could play the role of spoiler to make sure the Padres brought an end to the Dodgers run of eight straight NL West titles. Surprise, surprise. The Giants would play spoiler — to both. The 2021 Giants won a franchise record 107th game Sunday over a reeling San Diego club. They forced the 106-win Dodgers into a one-or-done wildcard game against the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals in Tuesday to earn the right to take on San...
    PORTLAND — Bob Myers and Steve Kerr are anxious to see the squad they’ve assembled in action, and while it will be months before the full-strength Warriors are on display, they’ll get their first look Monday night. Golden State tips off its preseason in Portland at 7 p.m. Monday (NBATV, 95.7 FM). Asked how he’ll measure success, Kerr quipped, “By height,” a reference from the movie ‘Caddyshack.’ “We’ve had five practices now, put in a couple of concepts, a few side out-of-bounds, talked a lot about how we want to play offense,” he continued. “I want to see how much guys have picked up on the offensive side. I think defensively, I want to see a tight shell. I want to see the basics. Don’t give up the easy stuff. That’s the whole game.” How do the rookies look? Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, the Warriors’ pair of rookie lottery picks, get their first chance to display what has garnered praise from Kerr and teammates during the first week of training camp. It is also...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The NBA preseason officially got underway Sunday with two championship favorites — the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers — facing off. It’s tough to draw too many meaningful takeaways when almost the entire core rotation for both teams sat out — LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza for the Lakers; Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Patty Mills, Blake Griffin and Joe Harris for the Nets. Still, we got a first look at a few new players for each team and some ideas about how they might start to fit together.The Brooklyn Nets really upgraded their depthThe two most impressive players for the Nets in their 123-97 blowout of the Lakers were rookies Cam Thomas (21 points on 14 shots) and Day’ron Sharpe (13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals). Neither is likely to play many meaningful minutes for this season on a deep, veteran team with championship aspirations. But seeing...
    Imbalance of power: Why low-wage, working women bear the brunt of anti-mask backlashes Refi rates on Oct. 4, 2021: Rates move up The San Francisco Giants exceeded their preseason win expectations more than any other team in baseball. The Giants beat the San Diego Padres on Sunday to win the NL West with a record of 107-55. San Francisco won the division by a game over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers as no one else in the National League won over 100 games.  No one else came close to San Francisco when it came to beating its preseason win total either. The Giants' over/under at BetMGM ahead of the season was at 75.5 wins. San Francisco ended up topping that total by a crazy 31.5 games. Here's some context on that stat. The Giants entered the season tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the third-highest win total in the West. The Dodgers' win total was the highest in baseball at 102.5 while the Padres' win total was at 94.5 following offseason additions in anticipation of a playoff run. The...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The calendar turns to October and that means hockey season begins in earnest, with the Panthers’ preseason schedule in full swing. The team has played well, is winning, and stayed away from major injuries which is much bigger than game results. READ MORE: FBI Joins Search For Missing Florida College Student Miya Marcano As Search Enters 7th DayThe last 3 preseason games will be against Tampa, with the finale at home Saturday, October 9. The regular season starts October 14 as the Panthers host Pittsburgh. Some training camp quick hits. Guard The Net Spencer Knight and Christopher Gibson have each played one full game and both were outstanding in wins. Gibson was signed as a free agent this summer Floridian Opens Eyes Chase Priskie is a great South Florida story. He is from Pembroke Pines, played youth hockey in South Florida, and grew up going to Panthers games. His offensive ability has been evident and he’s still in the running as a Longshot for a roster spot. READ MORE: Monetary Settlements Continue To Be Recovered 2 Years...
    SAN JOSE – The great debate about what the Sharks should do with top prospect William Eklund has kicked into high gear. Should they send him back to Sweden for another year of development in his homeland? Assign him to the Barracuda so he can continue to adapt to the Sharks’ system and the smaller ice surface? Should they keep him in the NHL? Every option still appears to be on the table after the first seven days of training camp, and perhaps keeping Eklund, the seventh-overall pick in this summer’s NHL Draft, on the big club no longer seems so far-fetched after two impressive preseason performances. Eklund, who turns 19 on Oct. 12, picked up two more assists in the Sharks’ 4-3 exhibition loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at SAP Center, providing the primary helper on goals by Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl. He also assisted on a Sasha Chmelevski goal on Sunday in Las Vegas and leads the Sharks with three points. Eklund will also play in Thursday’s preseason game...
    The San Jose Sharks play two road preseason games Sunday, one against the Anaheim Ducks at 5 p.m. at Honda Center and the other with the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Here’s how to follow each game. Sharks at Anaheim Ducks TIME: 5 p.m. TELEVISION: None LISTEN: Sharks Audio Network (sjsharks.com; Sharks app); Ducks broadcast — AM 830 (www.am830.net). AMONG THE SHARKS PLAYERS EXPECTED TO PLAY: Alex Barabanov, Nick Bonino, Dylan Gambrell, Noah Gregor, Tomas Hertl, Kevin Labanc, John Leonard, Ryan Merkley, Radim Simek, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Ozzy Wiesblatt. #SJSharks lines from AM skate (for the Ducks game) Barabanov-Hertl-GregorBalcers-Bonino-LabancLeonard-Gambrell-BlichfeldN.Merkley-Robins-Wiesbaltt Simek-VlasicKniazev-MerkleyMiddleton-Meloche Melnichuk expected to start — Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) September 26, 2021 Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights TIME: 7 p.m. TELEVISION: NHL Network, 8 p.m. (joined in progress); LISTEN: Sharks Audio Network (joined in progress after the conclusion of the Sharks-Ducks game on sjsharks.com and the Sharks app); Golden Knights broadcast — KTNV TV (local only); KKGK Radio (streema.com/radios/KRLV) AMONG THE SHARKS PLAYERS EXPECTED TO...
    Movies turning 50 in 2021 that everyone should see The 10 Best Places to Retire © Provided by Sports Illustrated We are one week closer to having a composite that doesn't rely on preseason rankings We inch our way to full conference play with a few more games picked this week (58 FBS vs. FBS matchups in total). That means tighter spreads with fewer guaranteed games on the schedule between Power 5 and Group of 5 teams. But, of course, the SI Composite projects Georgia to beat Vanderbilt by 38 points, so there are still big spreads to be had if that's your angle to picking. We also inch our way toward rating systems phasing out preseason priors. The Composite does not generate its own numbers soup-to-nuts, it simply averages some of the best predictive analytics systems around, but for an idea of what preseason priors can do, a tweet from ESPN's Bill Connelly is helpful. Connelly runs SP+, a wonderful analytic rating. In Connelly’s actual rankings that include priors, those teams are, respectively are Michigan (6th),...
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    Zooey Deschanel, Property Brothers stars have glam double date, plus more stars at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Just How Rich Are Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump and These Other Big Names? KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In one play, Patrick Mahomes reminded his Kansas City Chiefs of the reason for their unfailing belief. AFC Week 1 overreactions: Chiefs, Mahomes show they still have championship mettle USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Nick Wright unveils his Super Bowl LVI predictions ahead of Week 1 I FIRST THINGS FIRST FOXSports Colin Cowherd unveils his final predictions for the 2021 NFL season I THE HERD FOXSports The Hurry-Up: JuJu Smith-Schuster Interview Sports Illustrated The Hurry-Up: Jalen Hurts Interview Sports Illustrated Reid Fowlers 2021 fantasy preview presented by DraftKings NFL Palmer, Rosenthal: Broncos rookie RB shows shades of Gore, Kamara NFL PFFs Chahrouri: What to watch between Browns-Chiefs, Steelers-Bills, Bears-Rams NFL Marcas Grant: Top 4 sneaky fantasy starts...
    Getty Images Rondale Moore blows by a Cowboys defender in the preseason in 2021. Other than Kyler Murray, the Arizona Cardinals haven’t drafted this special of an offensive prospect in a long time. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler talked to anonymous NFL scouts, coaches and executives about who can break out in 2021 and who will win awards this season. One anonymous AFC executive saw the potential of wide receiver Rondale Moore during the preseason. “You could already see in the preseason they are trying creative ways to get him the ball. He’s dynamic. I think he’s heavily involved in what they do.” Rondale Moore isn’t any ordinary second-round drafted player. Despite being picked 49th by the Arizona Cardinals, Moore is expected to be a dominant figure in the slot and maybe even some time in the backfield this season. The 21-year-old isn’t fazed by the moment and is very excited for the season opener against the Tennessee Titans on September 12. Cardinals rookie WR Rondale Moore said he’s anxious and excited for his first NFL game, not nervous. He...
    All the celebs whove co-chaired the Met Gala over the years United Airlines gives employees deadline: Get vaccine or face termination or unpaid leave FRISCO, Texas — Dan Quinn patrols the sideline of the Dallas Cowboys' northern practice field, the intentionality in his day evident from the Army-print baseball cap blocking the North Texas sun to the trademark Jordans his players consider one of many indicators their defensive coordinator exudes swagger. Cowboys WR embraces playing Brady and Bucs: Were going to get the respect weve earned USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next SI Top Ten: Quarterbacks Entering The 2021 NFL Season Sports Illustrated Daily Cover: The Kaepernick Effect Sports Illustrated PFFs George Chahrouri: Team win projections for 2021 NFL Dr. Allen Sills discusses his top COVID-19 concern entering Week 1 NFL Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay preview Giants offense heading into 21 season NFL Pelissero: Crowder may not be available Week 1 after positive COVID-19 test NFL ...
    Getty Baltimore Ravens practice squad quarterback Trace McSorley takes reps during training camp at M&T Bank Stadium in July. The Baltimore Ravens have added 14 players to their practice squad, according to the team’s official roster, with a healthy mix of youngsters and veterans to provide extra depth to the team this season. The NFL has adopted flexible roster rules for the second season in a row, expanding the practice squad to a maximum of 16 players, up from 10 in years past, and allowing more veterans than in previous seasons. The Ravens have taken advantage of the expansion, keeping the maximum of six players with more than two accrued NFL season on their practice squad, filling out the rest of the spots with early-career players. With the Delta variant still spreading rampantly across the United States, the coronavirus is likely to impact the NFL season, especially since games will not be postponed due to any team’s COVID-19 outbreak. Teams can elevate two players from the practice squad to the active roster the day before a game without...
    Best sitcoms of the 2000s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Cl B stock falls Friday, underperforms market With training camp and the preseason in the books, clarity has come to many teams' quarterback situations. Now, the focus turns to the regular season, which kicks off next week. Its gotten a little soft: Deion Sanders on NFL protecting offenses and quarterbacks USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Fantasy Football Tiers: Tight End Rankings Explained Sports Illustrated Tweets of support for New Orleans pour in from NFL community in wake of Hurricane Ida NFL Marcas Grants Top 5 fantasy sleepers for 21 NFL Fantasy Live NFL Tua Tagovailoa vs. Mac Jones: Which QB will have the better outing in Week 1? NFL Rosenthal, Wyche: Two concerning O-line situations entering Week 1 NFL Trotter: What sets Derwin James leadership tactics apart NFL Frelunds top boom-or-bust candidates in 21 NFL Fantasy Live NFL Which TEs should you target in mid-to-late rounds? NFL...
    Former American Horror Story ensemble cast members: Where are they now? Elder fraud: What to know about financial scams Stop if you've heard this one: A bettor walks into a sportsbook, and tells the ticket writer to give him (or her) $1,000 on Mike McCarthy to win NFL coach of the year.  That's it, that's the punchline.  A bettor made a wager at BetMGM that will get some eye rolls. The bettor took McCarthy, the oft-criticized Dallas Cowboys coach, to win coach of the year at 30-to-1 odds. It would pay $30,000.  Jokes aside, it's not too bad of a bet.  Can Mike McCarthy win coach of the year?  Coach of the year, across all sports, is a weird award. It rarely goes to the best coach. Think about that for a moment. It's usually based on which team most outperformed its preseason expectations. It can't be that the preseason predictions were just wrong. It had to be a genius coaching job, right?  That makes handicapping coach of the year different than any other award. You probably should eliminate...
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    Getty New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. Mac Jones appeared in three preseason games for the New England Patriots, helping his team to an undefeated preseason record and earning the starting quarterback job over veteran Cam Newton. Jones’ preseason stats helped coach Bill Belichick make the decision to go with the rookie first-round pick over Newton right away, handing him the keys to the offense for week 1 of the 2021 NFL season. Jones’ play during the preseason earned praise from his teammates. “You can tell he had what it takes from the first practice with him. He’s constantly learning. Constantly trying to improve. He’s tough on himself but I think he has high expectations for himself,” running back James White told reporters, according to the Boston Herald, after it was reported that Jones would be New England’s starting quarterback and Newton would be cut. White added, “When he comes into the huddle, he wants to control the huddle and make sure everybody that’s in there with him believes in him.. He’s building that confidence each and every...
    The San Francisco 49ers were always going to start Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback for their Week 1 matchup against the Lions. Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan didn’t make such a commitment public, but all the evidence pointed to that being the case. But now the Niners have no choice but to start Garoppolo in Week 1, as Trey Lance has a chipped finger on his throwing hand, which will keep him out of practice for at least a week. Related Articles Football 2021: A Kickoff guide to the teams, players, games — and sports bars Kurtenbach: The 49ers’ new Trey Lance-led offense is a decade — or a century — in the making 3 Big Things: Trey Lance’s running ability takes 49ers offense to new level Kurtenbach: The 49ers’ 2021 season depends on these nine Niners Kurtenbach’s 53-man 49ers roster projection: Niners must get creative to keep talent The injury — which came when Lance hit a Raiders defender’s helmet in the first half of the...
    The definitive ranking of every TGIF show Why It’s Never a Bad Idea To Invest In Apple, Coca-Cola and These Other Companies © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad An interesting post-script has emerged regarding the season-ending injury suffered on Saturday night by Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins. Taylor Bisciotti, an NFL Network employee who also is the niece of Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, tweeted after the Dobbins injury, “I just don’t understand playing starters in the preseason. Can’t convince me otherwise.” Dobbins thereafter liked the tweet. It’s awkward, to say the least. Coach John Harbaugh decided to play Dobbins and other starters. The owner’s niece generally criticized the approach. And Dobbins agreed with that criticism. None of it matters in 2021, since Dobbins is out for the year. If, however, the Baltimore running game struggles, some players may wonder whether the team would be better off with Dobbins, and whether starters should have been kept in bubble wrap in the preseason. Thanks to social media, we know that it’s already a...