The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring David Price in a blockbuster three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners.
Price acknowledged the deal Thursday on his official Twitter account, sending out his thanks to Tampa fans.Detroit sent center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle. Tampa Bay received left-hander Drew Smyly from the Tigers and infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners.
The Rays also received infield prospect Willy Adames from the Tigers.The deal was completed just ahead of Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline for non-waiver trades.
Jackson was pulled from Detroit’s game Thursday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox and was seen hugging several teammates before exiting into the clubhouse. Smyly started the game but lasted just five innings, allowing four runs and 11 hits.
Price, the AL Cy Young winner in 2012, joins a Tigers rotation that already features Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello. Detroit entered Thursday’s game with a five-game lead atop the AL Central standings.
Price is eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season and could serve as a short-term replacement in Detroit for Scherzer, the 2013 Cy Young winner who will hit free agency this winter after declining the Tigers’ reported six-year, $144 million offer.
But at least for the remainder of the 2014 season, the Tigers will have a star-studded rotation to rival that of the Oakland Athletics, who acquired Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox in Thursday’s other major trade. Detroit and Oakland have played each other in each of the last two postseasons, with the Tigers winning both matchups.
Price’s departure became a clear possibility when the Rays fell way behind in the AL East race earlier this season. Tampa Bay has played much better over the last month and entered Thursday only 5 ½ games behind a wild card — but the Rays decided to deal their ace anyway.
Tampa Bay signed Price to a $14 million deal for this season, avoiding arbitration.
http://www.knockouts2sleep.comhttp://www.knockouts2sleep.com The Boston Red Sox traded ace pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics not with an eye to the distant future, but to next season, acquiring slugger Yoenis Cespedes. The Red Sox also will also get Oakland’s competitive balance draft pick while the Athletics received cash considerations in the trade, which bolsters Boston’s historically weak outfield defense.
The deal, which took place hours before baseball’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, marks the end of Lester’s storied stint with the Red Sox, who won two World Series championships with the left-hander in their rotation.
The Red Sox made another multiplayer deal later Thursday, sending veteran starter John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Allen Craig and right-hander Joe Kelly.
Lester, who is scheduled to become a free agent after this season, had publicly stated his desire to remain with the Red Sox. But contract negotiations stalled this past offseason, when Lester reportedly turned down Boston’s four-year, $70 million offer.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, a teammate of Lester’s since 2006, tweeted farewell to the ace pitcher on Thursday morning.
http://www.knockouts2sleep.com Jason Kidd will be the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks if the Brooklyn Nets agree to the Bucks’ terms of a 2015 second-round draft pick in exchange for Kidd, a source with direct knowledge told ESPN on Sunday. The source said the Bucks offered a second-round pick, but the Nets wanted a 2015 first-round pick in exchange, a negotiating chip the Bucks originally dismissed.
"If the Nets agree then there will be a deal, if they don’t then [the Bucks] are comfortable moving on and there will be nothing further to talk about," said the source. "The only thing (the Bucks) would give them is a second-round pick. They want a first. In the next 24 hours, there will either be a deal or there won’t be a deal."
The source said the Bucks only talked to Kidd about being the coach, not any kind of administrative position running basketball operations. The source said the negotiation was supposed to be between the owners, not involving any basketball personnel, before the story was leaked out by the New York Post. But the source said the negotiations are now being handled by Bucks general manager John Hammond and Nets GM Billy King.
The source said Hammond and high-ranking Bucks officials David Morway and Dave Babcock are all safe and that their jobs are not in jeopardy if Kidd is hired as coach. The source said current Bucks coach Larry Drew has not talked to ownership during this process.
"If Jason accepts then they will work it out [with Drew]," said the source. "If the deal doesn’t happen, then there will be an issue with Larry."
A league source told ESPNNewYork.com Saturday that Lionel Hollins has already emerged as “a very serious candidate” to become head coach of the Nets in the event Kidd does end up in Milwaukee.
"In a lot of ways he makes the most sense," a league source said of Hollins. "He represents stability, and stability is very important right now. He rules with an iron fist and gets a lot out of his players, so he’d be very high on the list right now, and likely the leader."
Sources said Bucks co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens met with Kidd on Friday in New York City after asking for and receiving permission to talk to Kidd a few days before last Thursday’s NBA draft.
Lasry was familiar with Kidd and had a previous relationship but Edens did not. The source said Kidd told the owners that he would like to have the job. The source said Kidd was intrigued by coaching a young, rebuilding team that just added the No. 2 pick in the draft in Duke’s Jabari Parker and was looking for the challenge.
The source said the ownership wanted Kidd because he was able to handle a number of egos on the Nets in his first head coaching stint and guide them into the playoffs.
The ownership view of Kidd is that he was a great player, a good young coach and somebody who could be a good disciplinarian, the source said. The ownership saw someone who handled a lot of pressure in Brooklyn, held the team together and was one of the best teams in the East.
A champagne bottle exploded in Brad Keselowski’s right hand Saturday night after he hit it against a podium in victory lane while celebrating his win in the Quaker State 400, sending him bolting to the infield care center to receive four stitches in his right hand.
Keselowski, who won his second race of the season, later returned to the winner’s circle to complete his media obligations with a bandage on his hand. But he needed a fresh firesuit to do it — one without any blood on it.
NASCAR said the cut was between the 2012 Sprint Cup champion’s pinky finger and ring finger.
Pirates acquired RHP Ernesto Frieri from the Angels in exchange for RHP Jason Grilli.
Both hurlers began the season as the closer for their respective squads, and each lost their role recently due to ineffectiveness. Frieri will work in a setup capacity with the Pirates, but with Mark Melancon locking down the ninth inning and Tony Watson excelling in the eighth, it’s unlikely that Frieri sees any save chances in the immediate future.
Ronda Rousey Highlights Ronda Rousey Highlights http://www.knockouts2sleep.com UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is well known for stirring up controversy in the MMA community with her sometimes brash words. She seems to be doing that a bit more now that she’s accepted her new role as the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s most hated — yet most marketable — superstar.
During a recent interview with USA Today Sports, Rousey (8-0-0, 8 submissions) declared her “MMA striking is the best in the game.” She then went on to explain why improving her standup arsenal remains a top priority.
"I’ve reached a certain level of competition where what’s required out of striking to come into the clinch to grapple is a lot more complicated than at the lower levels," Rousey added. "It requires much more high-level footwork and striking to be able to use grappling at all."
Rousey deserves a lot of credit for her constant improvement in the striking department. It’s obvious she spends a lot of time working on technique, so at the rate she’s progressing, her striking might very well be the best in women’s MMA at some point in the future.
For now, her striking certainly isn’t the best in women’s mixed martial arts. Matter of fact, it’s not even the best in the UFC.
One could easily make a case that fellow UFC bantamweight Sarah Kaufman (16-2-0, 10 KOs) is a few levels ahead of Ronda in terms of both striking technique and finishing power. Heck, Ronda would likely find herself in serious trouble if she was forced to stand and trade with Dutch striker Germaine De Randamie — who compiled a 37-0 pro kickboxing record before crossing over to MMA.
Then there are the ladies who are so far ahead of Rousey striking wise, it would literally take the UFC women’s bantamweight champion a few years — at the very least — to attain similar skills.
Let’s start with Holly Holm.
After racking up a solid 33-2-3 record as a professional boxer (winning several world titles along the way), Holm decided to give MMA a shot. She quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with, amassing a 6-0-0 pro record, winning five or her bouts by some form of knockout.
As any sane person would expect from a former world champion, Holly has displayed solid boxing technique inside the cage. Footwork, fast jab, finishing power, it’s all there. She even added a few kicks to her striking arsenal, kicks she’s already finished three opponents with.
Without a doubt, Holly could teach Ronda a thing or two about the striking game.
Then there’s Ronda’s arch nemesis, former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. The same woman who sent the former face of women’s MMA, Gina Carano, into retirement.
Cyborg (12-1-0, 10 KOs) doesn’t just bring high-level muay thai technique, she combines her skills with explosiveness and finishing power. That — coupled with her solid grappling skills — was more than enough to get her past Gina’s solid striking technique and everyone else she’s faced inside a cage since her MMA debut.
Cyborg isn’t just significantly better than Ronda striking wise, at the moment, she’s the only woman who has a better than 50 percent chance of emerging victorious if she finds herself inside the Octagon opposite the new face of women’s MMA.
One thing Ronda has going for her is the rapid rate at which she improves her striking skills — and every other facet of her game, meaning the probability of her defeating Cyborg will continue to improve as time goes by.
For now, Ronda remains solely focused on her next title defense against fellow Olympian Sara McMann (the first bout in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s history featuring two Olympic medalists). The two will headline the UFC 170 fight card set for Feb. 22 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
http://www.knockouts2sleep.com DeSean Jackson Gang Signs. Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson said he has never been in a gang and that any alleged gang signs he displays are just “hand gestures” dedicated to his childhood friends. Jackson, in an interview with ESPN The Magazine, said he knows people in gangs. But any implication that his hand gestures during games or on social media are gang-related is false, he said.
"If I score a touchdown or make a play and my boys at home can see me throwing up the area we’re from, that’s me showing them love," Jackson told ESPN The Magazine. "They weren’t fortunate enough to make it where I’m at. All my friends wanted to be in the NFL growing up, but they weren’t able to do that, and I was. That doesn’t mean I forgot about them. They’re my boys, I grew up with them, and I’m going to give them love."
Jackson’s mother, Gayle, said her son’s loyalty has always been unshakable. “Those guys gravitated toward him because he had structure in his life,” she said. “A lot of time I was trying to chase these cats away. I told him it would catch up with him and that people don’t understand, so he should leave those guys alone. He told me, ‘Mom, you can’t treat people like that.’”
Jackson, 27, signed with Washington on April 2, five days after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles. At the time, reports indicated the Eagles were troubled by Jackson’s alleged gang connections. This included an NJ.com report, which quoted a Los Angeles police detective.
"Those were neighborhood Crip gang signs," the detective told NJ.com, referencing some of Jackson’s hand signs during a game against the Redskins.
According to the report, Theron Shakir, a rapper signed to Jackson’s Jaccpot Records music label, and a man named Marques Binns were arrested and charged with a gang-related homicide in 2010. Shakir was acquitted in 2013; Binns, who said he doesn’t know Jackson, was convicted and drew a sentence of 15 years to life.
The Eagles have maintained that the decision to release Jackson was purely a football decision. In his first and only season under coach Chip Kelly, Jackson finished with 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
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http://www.knockouts2sleep.com Lakers Draft Julius Randle with the 7th pick in the draft. With the highest pick in franchise history since selecting James Worthy No. 1 in 1982, the Los Angeles Lakers drafted another power forward in Kentucky’s Julius Randle with the No. 7 selection on Thursday.
The 6-foot-9, 250-pound big man averaged 15.0 points on 50 percent shooting and 10.4 rebounds in his freshman season, leading the Wildcats all the way to the NCAA championship game.
"It’s the organization that I wanted to go to," Randle said while on a conference call from New York with reporters covering the draft at the Lakers’ practice facility. "I couldn’t be a in a better situation for me and I’m just really excited to get things started there."
http://www.knockouts2sleep.com Tiger Woods Returns at Quicken Loans National. Playing in his first tournament since back surgery in late March, Tiger Woods shot a 3-over 74 on Thursday in the first round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club. The 14-time major champion had bogeys on seven of his first 12 holes before closing with birdies on three of his last six holes.
Woods’ round was characterized by several sloppy mistakes around the greens. Yet he drove the ball accurately, hitting nine out of 14 fairways. He also hit 10 of 18 greens.
"The score is not really indicative of how I played," he said. "I had four up-and-downs right there on 15 through 18. I had an easy pick on 2, don’t get that up-and-down and a wedge in my hand on 3 and I jerk it in the bunker."
Greg Chalmers finished with three straight birdies for a 66 and has an early one-shot lead over Ricky Barnes. Erik Compton, a runner-up at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, closed with four straight birdies to join Patrick Reed at 68. They were among 14 out of 60 players from the morning who broke par.
Only once in his career has Woods shot as high as 74 and gone on to win the tournament. It happened in the 2005 Masters, when he was tied for 33rd after the first round after shooting 74.Woods, who last played in a PGA Tour event in early March, said Thursday afternoon that the most difficult aspect of the round was getting into the rhythm of playing competitively.
"You play with your buddies all day for cash and stuff, but it’s just not the same," he said. "It’s not the same as tournament golf, different level. Adrenaline is rushing, and I hit the ball further out here than I do at home.
"I was trying to get the numbers and the feel. That didn’t start happening until midway through my front nine."
Woods, who said his back felt great, was pleased to be back in competition.
"I unfortunately have been in my career on the sidelines enough," he said. "So it’s always fun to come back out here and play against these guys, the best players in the world, and to get out here and see what I can do."
http://www.knockouts2sleep.com NBA #1 Pick Andrew Wiggins The NBA draft lottery Tuesday night will decide which franchise gets the No. 1 pick in June’s NBA Draft, and many expect former Kansas star Andrew Wiggins to go first. Wiggins, still only 19 years old, led Kansas to a 25-win season while scoring 17.1 points per game — all while dealing the pressure of being the most hyped player in the country.
Wiggins joined ESPN’s First Take Monday afternoon, and said he had a successful college career by his own standards
“I think I had a good year. We accomplished a lot as a team. As for the hype… I think I lived up to my own expectations, my own goals. The hype that was portrayed by the media, no, I don’t think anyone could live up to that.”
He also declared that he should be the No. 1 draft pick on June 26th.
“I think for me, Jabari [Parker], and Joel [Embiid], we all want to go No. 1. It’s not the end of the world if we don’t. There’s been a lot of great players that ended up to be the best ever, and great hall-of-famers that never were No. 1 and still had a great career…. I always put myself No. 1 above anyone else, that’s just me. I’ve got a lot of confidence in myself.”
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http://www.knockouts2sleep.com The Mavericks and the New York Knicks have consummated a six-player trade that sends center Tyson Chandler back to Dallas.
The Mavericks, who immediately made reacquiring Chandler one of their priorities after their first-round playoff exit against San Antonio, completed a trade with the Knicks that was clinched by agreeing to take back the contract of New York’s out-of-favor guard Raymond Felton as well.
The trade cost Dallas two starters — point guard Jose Calderon and center Samuel Dalembert — along with prized young point guard Shane Larkin, reserve guard Wayne Ellington and the 34th and 51st picks in Thursday’s draft. The deal was first reported by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Chandler is the player Dallas has missed most since it decided to let go several key contributors in free agency after the team’s championship run in 2011. Chandler, 31, wound up landing a four-year, $60 million deal in free agency with the Knicks that year, a deal that has one season remaining.
The departures of Chandler and Felton are believed to be just the start of a roster overhaul by new Knicks president Phil Jackson, with Jackson pursing as much salary-cap flexibility as he can in the hopes of convincing star free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony to stay.
"The journey to build this team for the upcoming season and beyond continues," Jackson said in the announcement. "We have added players with this move that will fit right in to our system while maintaining future flexibility.
"We would like to thank Raymond and Tyson for their time and hard work with the organization over the past few years."
If the Knicks keep all players acquired in the deal they will have saved $3 million in cap space for this summer but forfeited $5.2 million in cap space in the summer of 2015, when they are expected to chase big-name free agents. The Knicks are currently over the salary cap and will only be able to use trade exceptions to lure free agents this summer.