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LONDON — In the Wholesale Houston Texans Jerseys first game since he tore his pectoral muscle, J.J. Watt couldn’t do anything to help out his teammates. So he tweeted.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — On Friday, the Wholesale San Francisco 49ers Jerseys got terrible injury news when an MRI revealed that linebacker Kwon Alexander will miss the rest of the season because of a torn pectoral. But after a weekend of rest, the injury news is about to get a lot better.

As the Niners prepare for a Monday night showdown against the Wholesale Seattle Seahawks Jerseys (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), they’re expected to begin welcoming back a quartet of starters from previous injuries. It’s a group that includes tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey, fullback Kyle Juszczyk and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon.

From that group, Staley and Juszczyk look most likely to return, but it’s possible McGlinchey and Witherspoon will also be back.

While the loss of Alexander is big, the return of so many pieces has the 49ers believing they can improve on their 8-0 start.

“The ceiling is however high you want to make it,” defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. “We’ve been playing really well with guys down and the guys have been stepping up really well. To have some of those guys back is going to be very exciting. We’ve been missing them for a couple weeks and the fact we’re 8-0 without them just shows the depth on this team.”

Starting with Staley’s broken fibula in Week 2 against Cincinnati, the Niners had a streak of three games where they lost at least one starter to injury. Witherspoon injured his foot the following week against Pittsburgh, and McGlinchey and Juszczyk followed with knee injuries in the next game against Cleveland.

Each time, there were questions about the Niners’ ability to replace each player. What’s happened since has been one of the most important developments of this season. With unproven youngsters such as tackles Justin Skule and Daniel Brunskill, cornerback Emmanuel Moseley and tight end-turned-fullback Ross Dwelley, the Niners proved deeper than they’ve been in recent seasons.

All four replacements have played better than expected, with the help of creative scheming by the coaches to help make the transitions more manageable.

“Just being able to have so many guys that can fill in, it’s incredible,” tight end George Kittle said. “Being able to fill the cog in the machine and just keep rolling. Just being able to get those reps, that was huge. That’s how you get better at the game is get live reps against guys.”

Getting the likes of six-time Pro Bowler Staley, three-time Pro Bowler Juszczyk and developing building block McGlinchey back should allow coach Kyle Shanahan to open his playbook further. The Niners had been heavy on ’21′ personnel, with Juszczyk playing all over the formation, but they’ve cut down on it since his injury. Dwelley has proved a solid replacement, but his playing time at fullback hasn’t been the same as what the 49ers do with Juszczyk.

While the two tackles and Juszczyk have healed, the 49ers have added more looks out of ’11′ personnel (three receivers, one tight end and one running back) and ’12′ personnel (two receivers, two tight ends, one running back). They’ve even turned to some ’13′ personnel with three tight ends.

That experience mixing things up should serve the Niners well moving forward and allow Shanahan to get even more creative.

“We’ve found two guys who can do it and you wouldn’t have known that if Joe and Mike were playing the entire time,” cornerback Richard Sherman said of the tackles. “You’d still have a lot of questions like, ‘Oh, if one of these guys gets hurt, who is going to step in?’ Those questions have been answered, and even with Juice coming back it gives us even more versatility because the guys who have had to fill in for Juice are going to be able to be just as versatile. Kyle [Shanahan] is going to be able to call the offense as he has whether Juice is in or not.”

As for the defense, Moseley has been so good in Witherspoon’s stead that some have wondered if Witherspoon will have to win his job back. Shanahan and coordinator Robert Saleh have said they don’t believe in players losing their job to injury, but they trust Moseley.

Suddenly, a cornerback group that seemed to lack depth behind Sherman has multiple options.

“Emmanuel has been fantastic and been one of the best corners in the league statistically,” Sherman said. “Anytime you are playing like that, it shows depth … it gives everybody confidence in what we can do with who we have.”

The Niners don’t play on the road again until Dec. 1. The schedule will get tougher, but the Niners believe that as it does, they will only get better as they get healthier — a scary proposition for a team that hasn’t lost yet.

“We’ll heal up, get some guys back and make a run at this thing,” quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. “We’ve got a long way to go but we’re on the right track.”

While Watt couldn’t help against the Jaguars, his teammates were able to hold the Jaguars to three cups … or points, for the rest of the game. It’s only one game, but the Texans showed signs they might be OK going forward without the three-time Wholesale NFL Jerseys Defensive Player of the Year.

The Texans’ defensive game plan against the Jaguars on Sunday, safety Justin Reid said, was to take the ball out of Leonard Fournette’s hands. The Jaguars came into the game ranked fifth in rushing, averaging 136.5 rushing yards per game. Houston held Fournette — who entered the game No. 2 in rushing yards and No. 1 in attempts — to 40 yards on 11 carries.

“[Fournette] and [Panthers running back] Christian McCaffrey, they get the most touches in the league, so a big part of this game plan was just get them out of their usual system,” Reid said. “Get the balls away from him. Force them in passing situations.”

When the Texans forced quarterback Gardner Minshew into passing situations, the goal was to keep him in the pocket. Houston learned when they played Minshew and the Jaguars in Week 2 that Minshew makes his biggest plays when he can scramble. “We learned how elusive he was from that game, and then the games after,” Reid said.

On Sunday, Minshew ran for 34 yards on four carries, but the defense was able to keep him in check through the air. The quarterback completed 27 of 47 passes for 309 yards, but didn’t throw a touchdown. He threw two interceptions.

The defense was also focused on making sure they didn’t give up any big plays to Minshew.

“We really wanted to make them chip their way down the field and make them play sound and see if they can handle trying to string together a 13-, 14-play drive,” Reid said. “We didn’t just want to give up a two-play, big-play drive. So we just kept everything underneath us, played sound, fundamental technique.”

Jacksonville had only one drive of more than 11 plays, and that resulted in turning the ball over on downs with 10 minutes and 58 seconds left in the game. Houston allowed only four plays of 20-plus yards, and only one play that went 20 or more yards through the air. It’s a credit to the Texans’ depleted secondary that was without safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Lonnie Johnson. Veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who played through injuries to his neck and shoulder, called the victory over Jacksonville “one of our best games” as a secondary.

When Watt was put on injured reserve, he led the NFL in pressures and quarterback hits. Against the Jaguars, the Texans had four sacks, three of which came in the second half. Minshew was hit five times after halftime as well. Outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus acknowledged that in the first half, the Texans weren’t getting as much pressure as they wanted, but said Houston was focused on having a “disciplined rush.” According to Mercilus, that paid off in the second half.

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All week, Texans players acknowledged that they’d obviously miss Watt but that they couldn’t dwell on it. The NFL cliché “next man up” was said over and over again. After all, Houston has been through this before. This is the third time in the last four seasons that Watt will spend at least half of the season on injured reserve.

In the past, the Texans have had players step up to overcome the absence of Watt. In 2016, when Watt needed back surgery, Mercilus had 7.5 sacks and the defense ranked No. 1 — and secondary No. 2 — in the NFL in yards allowed per game. In 2017, when Watt broke his leg, Jadeveon Clowney had a career-high 9.5 sacks.

Who will step up this year? It could be Mercilus, the Texans’ only proven pass-rusher after Houston traded Clowney before the start of the season. But head coach Bill O’Brien has said it will be a group of players who will replace Watt. The Texans took a step in the right direction against the Jaguars, which is a welcome sign before the tough three-game stretch Houston has coming up after the bye week: games against division leaders Wholesale Baltimore Ravens Jerseys, Wholesale Indianapolis Colts Jerseys and Wholesale New England Patriots Jerseys.

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MILWAUKEE — The Wholesale Milwaukee Brewers Jerseys cut $15 million in payroll for next season, trading right-hander Chase Anderson to the Wholesale Toronto Blue Jays Jerseyson Monday for prospect Chad Spanberger and declining a $7.5 million option on first baseman Eric Thames.

Anderson was 8-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 27 starts and five relief appearances. Milwaukee had planned to decline his $8.5 million option, which would have made him eligible for salary arbitration. Toronto exercised the option after the trade.

Thames, who turns 33 on Sunday, hit .247 with 25 homers and 61 RBIs in 149 games last season. He will receive a $1 million buyout.

Signed to a three-year, $16 million contract after establishing himself in the South Korean League, Thames hit 59 homers in three seasons with Milwaukee.

While Thames does not have six years of major league service, his contract included a provision stating he would become a free agent when the deal ended.

MLB’s reward season kicked off Sunday night with the announcement of the Gold Glove awards. (Finalists for the other major awards will be announced Monday, with rookies of the year winners named Nov. 11, followed by managers of the year on Nov. 12, Cy Young winners on Nov. 13 and MVPs on Nov. 14.)

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Wholesale Colorado Rockies Jerseys third baseman Nolan Arenado has won a Gold Glove in each of the first seven seasons of his career. That’s the second-longest streak to begin a career in Wholesale MLB Jerseys history, according to Elias Sports Bureau research (Ichiro Suzuki, 10).

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• Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain won his first career Gold Glove. Cain had 112 career defensive runs saved before this season, the most of any active outfielder to have never won a Gold Glove.

• The Wholesale Houston Astros Jerseys ‘ Zack Greinke won his sixth career Gold Glove, although it was the National League award from his time with the Wholesale Arizona Diamondbacks Jerseys. All of those have come in the past six seasons. The only pitchers with longer streaks are Jim Kaat (16 straight), Greg Maddux (13), Bob Gibson (nine) and Bobby Shantz (eight).

Wholesale Boston Red Sox Jerseys right fielder Mookie Betts won his fourth straight Gold Glove. He joins right fielder Dwight Evans (1981-85) as the only players in Red Sox history to win at least four straight.

• Left fielder Alex Gordon, whose contract option was not picked up by the Wholesale Kansas City Royals Jerseys, won his seventh career Gold Glove. The only player in Royals history with more is second baseman Frank White (eight).

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Wholesale Cleveland Indians Jerseys catcher Roberto Perez, who won the first Gold Glove of his career, had no passed balls this season in 993⅔ innings caught. That’s the most innings caught without a passed ball since Johnny Bench in 1975 (1,002⅔ innings).

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“We’ll continue to be in touch with Eric and his agent and we’ll see if there’s a fit at some point later in the offseason but at this point, at the dollar value associated with his club option and with the market we see developing at that position, we thought it was in the best interest to decline the option,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said,

Anderson, 31, was 38-27 with a 3.38 ERA in 166 appearances over four seasons with the Brewers, who acquired him with infielders Aaron Hill and Isan Diaz from Arizona in January 2016 for Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner.

Anderson went 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 2017 and signed a two-year, $11.75 million contract with a pair of club options.

“Given there was a team that clearly had interest in him and we were able to get back a prospect that we liked, we thought it was the right move to make,” Stearns said.

Spanberger, a first baseman and outfielder, hit .237 with 13 homers and 59 RBIs this season at Double-A New Hampshire. Selected by Colorado in the sixth round of the 2017 amateur draft, he was acquired by Toronto in the July 2018 trade that sent reliever Seunghwan Oh to Colorado.

“We think he fills in nicely at the upper levels of the minor league system,” Stearns said.

Milwaukee also exercised a $1.85 million option on catcher Manny Pina, who would have received a $150,000 buyout if it had been declined. The 32-year-old hit .228 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 158 at-bats this season, his fourth with the Brewers.

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Nolan Arenado extended his streak of winning a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in every season of his career on Sunday, when the Wholesale Colorado Rockies Jerseys star captured the award for National League third basemen for the seventh consecutive year.

Arenado has won the award each year since he debuted in 2013. With this year’s win, he moved into sole possession of fourth place for the most Gold Gloves among third basemen and just one behind Scott Rolen for third place all time.

Only Wholesale Baltimore Orioles Jerseys legend Brooks Robinson, who won 16 Gold Gloves in a row from 1960 to ’75, and Mike Schmidt, who won 10, have more than Arenado. Robinson has the most Gold Gloves among all position players, but at just 26 years old, Arenado has a chance to catch him.

Wholesale Kansas City Royals Jerseys veteran Alex Gordon also won his seventh career Gold Glove on Sunday, claiming the AL left fielder award for the third straight year to move into a tie for 14th-most among outfielders.

2019 Gold Glove Winners
C Roberto Perez, Indians J.T. Realmuto, Phillies
1B Matt Olson, Athletics Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
2B Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox Kolten Wong, Cardinals
SS Francisco Lindor, Indians Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks
3B Matt Chapman, Athletics Nolan Arenado, Rockies
LF Alex Gordon, Royals David Peralta, Diamondbacks
CF Kevin Kiermaier, Rays Lorenzo Cain, Brewers
RF Mookie Betts, Red Sox Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
P Mike Leake, Mariners Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks
The Wholesale Arizona Diamondbacks Jerseys had four Gold Glove winners on their team this season, including both pitchers, Mike Leake and Zack Greinke, though the two never played with each other. Leake won the American League pitcher’s award for his time with the Wholesale Seattle Mariners Jerseys before Arizona acquired him at the trade deadline on July 31, the day the Diamondbacks dealt Greinke to the Wholesale Houston Astros Jerseys.

Shortstop Nick Ahmed, who won his second straight Gold Glove, and left fielder David Peralta were the other Diamondbacks honored Sunday. Peralta was one of three National League outfielders who won their first Gold Gloves, joining Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger.

The Wholesale Oakland Athletics Jerseys had a pair of winners, as first baseman Matt Olson and third baseman Matt Chapman both won for the second straight season. The Wholesale Cleveland Indians Jerseys had two Gold Glovers in shortstop Francisco Lindor, who won the second of his career, and catcher Roberto Perez, a first-time winner.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Wholesale Minnesota Twins Jerseys have declined a $7.5 million option on left-hander Martin Perez and made a $17.8 million qualifying offer to All-Star right-hander Jake Odorizzi.

Perez will receive a $500,000 buyout as part of a contract agreed to last winter that paid him a $3.5 million salary this year.

The 28-year-old was 10-7 with a 5.12 ERA in 29 starts and three relief appearances this year, striking out 135 and walking 67 in 165 1/3 innings. He is 53-56 with a 4.72 ERA in eight major league seasons that include 157 starts and 16 relief appearances.

Odorizzi, 29, was a career-best 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA and a career-high 178 strikeouts. He is 22-17 in two seasons since the Twins acquired him from Tampa Bay.

Minnesota also said Monday the Wholesale New York Mets Jerseys claimed left-hander Stephen Gonsalves off waivers. Minnesota right-hander Kohl Stewart refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Rochester and elected to become a free agent.

The second baseman awards went to the White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez and the Cardinals’ Kolten Wong, who both won for the first time.

Also in the American League, Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts won for the fourth straight season, and Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier won his third career Gold Glove after a two-year absence.

In the National League, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won his third career Gold Glove and second in a row, while catcher J.T. Realmuto earned his first award in his first season with the Phillies after a preseason trade from the Marlins.

Managers and up to six coaches per team vote for the awards in their league and cannot choose their own players. For the first time, the defensive index from the Society for American Wholesale Baseball Jerseys Research was used, and it comprised about 25% of the vote, with the managers and coaches ballots the rest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hockey Hall of Famer and popular longtime NHL executive Jim Gregory, best known for being one of the first to start bringing European players to North America, has died at the age of 83.

The league said Gregory died Wednesday at his home in Toronto. A cause of death was not disclosed.

Gregory spent a decade as general manager of the Wholesale Toronto Maple Leafs Jerseys from the late 1960s until the late 1970s and was one of the first to import European players, most notably Swede Borje Salming. He spent almost 40 years with the NHL as director of central scouting, executive director of hockey operations and senior vice president of hockey operations and supervision.

USA Hockey announced Wednesday that it is increasing penalties for racial and derogatory slurs of any kind by way of a directive from the governing body’s president.

Anyone penalized under the rule that covers racial and derogatory slurs will now receive a match penalty, which comes with an automatic five-minute major and disqualification from the game. Additionally, offenders will be suspended until an investigation and hearing can be held by a governing USA Hockey affiliate or junior league. The governing affiliates and leagues will have 30 days to complete the investigation and hearing, and further discipline can be doled out at the discretion of those entities.

Previously, such incidents would come with an automatic game misconduct and additional one-game suspension, but member affiliates and leagues could issue further discipline at their discretion.

Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey, said in a press release that he made the decision to elevate the previous penalty as an increased deterrent.

“We continue to get reports of disturbing incidents of racial and other derogatory slurs, behavior which is reprehensible and has absolutely no place in our game, especially around our children,” he said. “For reasons I cannot explain or understand, the current penalty in place does not seem to be enough of a deterrent to stop this type of conduct.”

A USA Hockey spokesperson said that the move was not the result of a specific incident or increased reports of incidents. The spokesperson said that the organization does receive a number of reports of such incidents each year and this directive is aimed at getting those numbers “closer to zero.” A presidential directive as opposed to a board-reviewed rule change is rare, but has been used in the past, according to the spokesperson.

“The use of hateful language is a hurdle to creating a welcoming environment for families that want to be involved in our sport,” said USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher in a statement. “Eradicating this kind of behavior from our game is critical as we continue to make a positive impact on society through hockey.”

Wholesale Winnipeg Jets Jerseys general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said absent defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has had ankle surgery and the team was not “directly involved” in the decision.

The Jets also announced that forward Mark Letestu will be out at least six months because of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.

Cheveldayoff declined to discuss the team’s relationship with Byfulgien other than to call it “complicated.” He did not say whether Byfuglien might return to the team this season. The 34-year-old player was suspended without pay after failing to report to training camp in September, and there was talk that he may retire. Byfuglien had been granted a leave by the team for personal reasons.

The team said that the long-term health of the 34-year-old Letestu is not in question. The myocarditis is usually the result of a viral infection.

Letestu signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with Winnipeg this summer and had appeared in seven games with no points.

Cheveldayoff spoke Thursday in San Jose, California, a day after it was reported Byfuglien had surgery for a high ankle sprain last week in his native Minnesota.

Cheveldayoff wouldn’t say whether there was a difference of opinion between the team and Byfuglien’s camp on what kind of procedure was required stemming from the injury late last season.

The Jets blue line was decimated in the offseason. Tyler Myers, Jacob Trouba and Ben Chiarot all left as free agents before Byfuglien didn’t show.

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“It is impossible to express the extent to which the National Hockey League family adored Jim Gregory and the loss we feel as a result of his passing,” Wholesale NHL Jerseys commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Jim Gregory wasn’t just a great ‘hockey man,’ though he certainly was that. He was a great man — a devoted husband to Rosalie, his wife of 60 years; father to Andrea, Valerie, Maureen and David; grandfather of 13; and mentor and friend to too many to number.”

Known around the sport as “Mr. Gregory,” he served as chairman of the Wholesale Hockey Jerseys Hall of Fame selection committee from 1998-2014 and was a fixture at the NHL draft and other league events. He’d hand out silver sticks to players for reaching 1,000 games played, present new Hall of Famers with their rings and call names on the second day of the draft.

“There’s no better man and no better ambassador that represented the NHL so honorably,” retired defenseman Aaron Ward said on Twitter. “He was everywhere, at every event, and he’d immediately make you smile just seeing him. That says enough about the man.”

Gregory was elected to the Hall of Fame as a builder in 2007. Beyond his years running the Maple Leafs, he was central to the NHL’s use of video to review goals and the expansion of the league’s Central Scouting system.

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CHICAGO — Trailing by one in the closing minutes, the Wholesale Chicago Bulls Jerseys were looking for someone to hit the big shots. Zach LaVine delivered the baskets they needed.

LaVine scored 26 points, Otto Porter Jr. added 22, and the Bulls overcame a big effort by Derrick Rose against his former team to beat the Wholesale Detroit Pistons Jerseys 112-106 on Friday night.

Rose delighted the hometown crowd with 23 points and seven assists. But the Bulls came away with the win after dropping three in a row while handing the Pistons their fourth loss in five games.

LaVine put Chicago ahead for good with back-to-back 3-pointers and added four free throws in the final 11.5 seconds.

“Somebody’s got to step up to the plate,” he said. “I think I’m that dude.”

Porter did his part, shooting 8 of 12 and nailing three 3′s. Wendell Carter Jr. added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Bulls snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Pistons.


Rose got a loud ovation when he entered the game in the first quarter and heard those familiar “MVP! MVP!” chants from the Chicago crowd throughout the night. The South Side product flashed some of the old explosiveness that made him the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2008 and Wholesale NBA Jerseys youngest MVP three years later, before injuries derailed his promising career with the Bulls.

“I felt the love out there,” Rose said. “I wish we would have gotten the win, but coming here is always special and playing here is always special.”

Andre Drummond led Detroit with 25 points and 24 rebounds — his third 20-20 game this season.

Luke Kennard scored 15 and made three 3-pointers. But the Pistons missed their first 14 from beyond the arc before he hit one late in the first half and were 6 of 29 in the game.


Chicago, which led by as much as 16, trailed 100-99 after a layup by Tony Snell.

But LaVine responded by hitting back-to-back 3′s to put the Bulls back on top 105-100 with three minutes left.

Chicago was clinging to a 107-104 lead with just over a minute remaining when Tomas Satoransky got called for traveling. But Rose missed a runner.

After LaVine missed a layup, Snell missed a 3 for Detroit. Carter then made 1 of 2 free throws with 17.5 seconds remaining to make it 108-104. Kennard then missed a 3, and LaVine hit two free throws, bumping the lead to six with 11.5 seconds left.


“He is as tough a cover in the league as there is right now, with his ability to split, his ability to burst, his ability to sneak and his ability to shoot the ball. I’m really happy for him.” — Bulls coach Jim Boylen on Rose.


Pistons: Despite the poor 3-point shooting, Detroit shot just over 48 percent overall. … The Pistons still don’t have a timetable for the return of star F Blake Griffin (left hamstring and posterior knee soreness), who has missed the first six games. “Obviously, we’re all hoping that it’s sooner than later,” said assistant Sidney Lowe, who handled pregame media duties with coach Dwane Casey a game-time decision because of an illness. “He was out there on his own today doing some stuff.” … Casey worked the game.

Bulls: F Lauri Markkanen hurt his left side and missed the final 9:30 after being held out down the stretch two nights earlier at Cleveland. Markkanen could have returned to the game and does not expect the injury to linger. … Boylen expects F Chandler Hutchison (strained left hamstring) to practice Saturday and travel with the team to Indiana for Sunday’s game. He wasn’t sure if the second-year pro will be ready to make his season debut against the Pacers. … Rose wasn’t the only former Bulls player to get a big ovation. The crowd greeted former teammate Joakim Noah with a big one when he was shown on the videoboard in the second quarter.

Undrafted point guard Kendrick Nunn has begun his Wholesale Miami Heat Jerseys career on a record pace, scoring more points in his first five games than anyone in the past 25 years except Kevin Durant and Jerry Stackhouse.

His 28-point performance against the Wholesale Atlanta Hawks Jerseys on Thursday night pushed his points total to 112, the most by any player in their first five games with the Heat — including LeBron James (102) and Dwyane Wade (57).

Nunn, 24, began his career with 24 points against Memphis on Oct. 23 and has not stopped scoring since — garnering at least 24 points three times in Miami’s first five games.

Despite going undrafted in 2018, Nunn has outperformed the past 26 No. 1 picks in points — trailing only Shaquille O’Neal, Elvin Hayes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and David Robinson through their first five career games in the common draft era (1966).

“It comes from hard work, most definitely,” Nunn said after the Heat’s 106-97 win over the Hawks on Thursday. “My faith in Jesus Christ and just hard work, letting it all out on the floor.”

Nunn, 6-foot-2, spent three years at Illinois and one at Oakland University. Nunn was dismissed from Illinois in 2016 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery.

Nunn signed a contract with the Wholesale Golden State Warriors Jerseys in July 2018 but was waived three months later. The Heat snatched up Nunn over the summer, signing him to a 3-year, $3.1 million deal.


Pistons: Host Brooklyn on Saturday.

Bulls: Visit Indiana on Sunday.

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ASHBURN, Va. –Wholesale Washington Redskins Jerseys Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams says he no longer trusts the organization and felt they were vindictive in how they waited until the last minute to try to trade him. He also remains upset over how long he said it took them to take care of a cancerous growth on his scalp.

Williams, who ended his holdout Tuesday, spoke publicly for the first time since the end of last season. He held little back.

“There’s no trust there,” Williams said. “There are some things that happened that are hard to look past.”

Williams said he held out because he was upset with the medical staff, though he didn’t name anyone in particular, and because the Redskins wouldn’t give him more guaranteed money in the last two years of his contract. It expires after the 2020 season. He also wouldn’t say whether he’d play for the Redskins this season. He returned because if he hadn’t done so by 4 p.m. Tuesday, he would need the team to apply to the commissioner’s office for his reinstatement. That could have prevented him from getting credit for a year played.

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It wasn’t until he had a cancer scare that he wanted to end his relationship with the organization. Williams said he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP). Williams said doctors told him the growth was removed only weeks before it would have reached his skull. And, he said, doctors told him to get his affairs in order. Williams said when he said goodbye to his daughters — ages 9 and 5 — before surgery he did not know if they’d see him again.

“It was cancer. I had a tumor removed from my skull — attached to my skull — it got pretty serious for a second,” Williams said. “I was told some scary things from the doctors. It was definitely nothing to play with. It was one of those things that will change your outlook on life.”

Williams said he first asked the Redskins’ medical staff about the growth on his head six years ago, but he said nothing was done until this offseason. The Redskins, over the past several months, have offered a different version, and sources said they prodded him to seek more medical attention.

In a statement released Thursday evening, the Redskins said they’ve requested that the Wholesale NFL Jerseys Management Council and NFLPA review the medical records and the medical care given to Williams.

“We have requested this review under the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement that provides for an independent third party review of any NFL player’s medical care,” the statement read. “The Redskins continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our players and staff. Due to healthcare and privacy regulations, we are unable to comment further at this time.”

Williams asserts that he was told the lump was “something minor.”

“I mean, the lump continued to grow over the years. It was concerning, but there was no pain involved, and if I’m being told by the very people I put my career in the hands of, people are telling me I’m fine, I’m fine,” he said. “That’s how I looked at it.”

After his 18-minute interview session with reporters at his locker, Williams said he even told doctors to remove the growth during previous surgeries on his knee and his thumb.

But it wasn’t until this offseason when Redskins doctors examined him and told him to go to a specialist.

“They kind of underestimated it, and it was far more advanced than they realized, and I don’t think they realized how long it was there,” Williams said.

From there, he flew on owner Dan Snyder’s plane to Chicago for further examination. That’s where he had the surgery in the winter. Williams said he needed 350 stitches and 75 staples on his head; the diameter of the incision was about that of a softball.

“We literally caught it within weeks of metastasizing through to my brain to my skull,” Williams said. “Extracting it was the only thing they could do. Doing radiology on it would have put a cap on my life. I think 15 years was the most I would have had after I started chemo. So I had to cut it out.”

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All of the emotion from this offseason rushed back to Williams when he walked into the building Tuesday and had to get a physical from a staff he no longer trusted. During his media session, Williams constantly shook his right leg as he sat on a stool in front of his locker.

“It was a lot of emotions. I’m not going to lie and say it wasn’t,” he said. “I almost lost my life. Seriously, I almost lost my life. You’re 30 and coming off seven straight Pro Bowls and a doctor tells you to get your affairs in order, it’s not going to sit well with you. It still doesn’t. It still, even thinking about it, it’s a scary thing to go through. Think how you describe to your 9-year-old, your 5-year-old that daddy might not be here. It’s tough.”

He had two subsequent cosmetic procedures done in the spring.

Williams’ scalp remains sensitive from the surgery; he said it caused him discomfort when he put on a helmet. Because of that, he failed his physical. Redskins interim coach Bill Callahan said they’re trying to have a helmet customized for Williams. However, Williams did not say he would play again for Washington.

Williams said he told the team before their June minicamp that he no longer wanted to play for them. But the Redskins told teams the price tag to obtain Williams was high, and they did not try to aggressively shop him until before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

NEW ORLEANS — To say Wholesale Denver Nuggets Jerseys coach Mike Malone wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance Thursday night might be an understatement.

Malone ripped into his team following a 122-107 loss to the previously winless Wholesale New Orleans Pelicans Jerseys.

“I’m embarrassed,” Malone said at his postgame news conference. “That was an embarrassing effort defensively. Gave up 37 fast-break points. You can give all the transition defense rules that you want. To me, transition defense boils down to one thing — effort. Get back. You can tell them. You can lead a horse to water, whatever analogy you want to use. We did not get back.”

Malone called a timeout with 7:53 left in the fourth quarter with his team trailing by 19. On the next offensive possession after the timeout, Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor got a steal on a bad pass from Jamal Murray and ran down the court for a layup.

Malone turned to his bench and immediately replaced four members of his starting lineup and emptied his bench just two minutes later.

“I thought our starting group struggled. I thought they were low energy,” Malone said. “We were lucky to be down by four at halftime, and they come out and punch us in the mouth to start that third quarter.

“I thought tonight was a disappointing, embarrassing effort. I thought guys off the bench played hard, gave effort. We gotta find ways to get our starters to play the same way, because they’re not playing like that right now. They’re just not.”

The Pelicans had 20 fast-break points — more than they had in any of the first four games — in the first 15 minutes and finished with 37. It is tied for the most fast-break points a Nuggets team has allowed under Malone, according to ESPN Stats and Information research.

“We’re a great talk team. We can talk before the season starts about all the things we want to accomplish, and we want to be a contending team,” Malone said. “It’s all bulls—. Don’t tell me about it, show me. And right now we’ve got a lot of guys that aren’t showing me much.”

Malone pointed out reserve Mason Plumlee as someone he wants the rest of the team to play like.

“Every night, he’s on the bench supporting his teammates,” Malone said. “When he goes into the game, he gives 1,000 percent. That’s great to see.

“I thought the guys off the bench were really committed. I got to find a way to get those five starters playing the same way for every minute that they’re on the court, because it’s not happening right now and I gotta figure that out, and that’s on me.”

Plumlee, who played 15 minutes and had 10 points and seven rebounds while fouling out, agreed that the Nuggets struggled in transition.

“They were faster, you know; faster on the break, faster on the boards,” Plumlee said. “They were more into the game all night.”

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic said the Pelicans just outworked them.

“Sometimes it’s communication, sometimes it’s effort, sometimes it’s just the turnovers,” Jokic said of the fast-break points. “It’s not just effort.”

When the Pelicans were in transition, they finished with 1.68 points per play on 13-of-18 shooting, according to ESPN Stats and Information research. When the Nuggets were able to slow them down in the halfcourt, the Pelicans dropped to 0.86 points per play on 28-of-59 shooting.

New Orleans also had a 37-35 edge in rebounding. The Nuggets and Pelicans both finished with just five second-chance points.

Thursday night also represented the regular-season debut of Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr, who missed all of last season because of injury. Porter played 21 minutes and finished with a team-high 15 points. He shot 5-of-8 from the floor, including one 3-pointer, and was 4-of-6 from the line.

“It was cool and it was fun, but I was trying to win,” said Porter, who was the only one of Denver’s 10 rotational players to finish with a positive plus-minus (+1). “I’m not really in a great mood right now. At the end of the day, it’s amazing to make my NBA debut, I thank the Lord for the opportunity, but I was trying to get a [win].”

A team source said head athletic trainer Larry Hess spent at least a week with Williams in Chicago. The source also said multiple team officials called Williams during this time and after he was released but those calls weren’t returned.

Williams said he wanted guaranteed money in the final two years of his contract. The final two years of his contract did not include guaranteed money, including next year’s base salary of $12.5 million. The Redskins have long said privately that this situation was about money, and they did not want to give him an extension, fearing a bad precedent. But Williams said he just wanted to be taken care of, especially after seeing quarterback Alex Smith suffer a possible career-ending leg injury last season.

“I’ve represented this franchise in the Pro Bowl the last seven years. To me, I would think that would be good for something,” Williams said.

When last season ended, Williams said he did not envision this day.

“No, no, never. We had conversation or so about the guaranteed money or lack thereof, but it was never me thinking I’d be in any other organization, not in December, not at all,” he said.

Williams said he does not harbor any ill will toward Snyder, adding he has a “ton of respect for Dan. I love him to death. I don’t look at it being his fault.” That’s why he didn’t want to speak publicly during his holdout, fearing his words would make Snyder look bad and be taken out of context.

But when asked if his relationship with team president Bruce Allen could be repaired, Williams said simply, “Next question.” Williams said he did not think the Redskins were vindictive in the beginning.

“I think it turned that way,” he said. “It became a power struggle. It became, ‘No we’re not going to fold for you as a player,’ because that would make it seem to every other player that’s how they get business done. I get that part of it. But I do think it did turn that way over time.”

Nor did Williams think about retiring in the offseason.

“I still love it. It’s still the game. I’m here,” he said. “But I just feel like things could’ve gotten handled a lot better. Obviously, it got us to this point.”

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Following last year’s surprise NFC North title, the Bears were a trendy pick to reach the Super Bowl. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had shown signs of growth with the offensive-minded Nagy as coach. The defense, led by Khalil Mack, looked unstoppable, even after veteran coordinator Vic Fangio left to take over the Wholesale Denver Broncos Jerseys.

Yet, the Bears (3-4) enter the midway point of the season as one of the league’s biggest underachievers. Being named 2018 NFL Coach of the Year has not insulated Nagy from criticism. The 41-year-old coach is forced to do damage control, on a number of issues, almost daily.

Why does Nagy’s offense struggle to score points? What’s wrong with Trubisky? Why haven’t the Bears committed to the run? Why is there zero production at tight end? Why was Roquan Smith deactivated in Week 4? Why not run another play in the closing seconds to give kicker Eddy Pineiro a shorter last-second field goal attempt last week?

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It’s halfway through his rookie season and already Daniel Jones is growing up quickly. That is the result of being thrown into the lion’s den almost immediately for a bad team.

The 22-year-old Wholesale New York Giants Jerseys quarterback is now six games into his NFL career and it’s as if he has been there forever. There has been a magical comeback, some “wow” throws, too many turnovers and a steady mix of ups-and-downs.

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“He has definitely lived up to the sixth pick of the draft,” former Giants quarterback and CBS analyst Phil Simms said in a phone interview with ESPN. “I think everyone agrees with that. I don’t hear any dissension from all the people that I’m around in business, work with, behind the scenes. In fact, I hear the opposite. ‘Wow, OK, he looks like the really stable, productive quarterback that is going to stand the test of time too.’ I surely don’t look at him and go, ‘He’s having a good streak here.’ I see him as very capable.”

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In Jones’ most recent game, he threw for 322 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He became the second rookie in history (along with Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota) to post those numbers in a game, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Still, the strong performance included rookie moments and mistakes. Jones had a sloppy backward pass in the first quarter that was ruled a fumble and returned for a touchdown.

It all seems par for the course at the moment. He is showcasing his talent while simultaneously taking his lumps. But even the mishaps at this point are beneficial. They serve as valuable learning experiences.

For example, Jones’ first game action came against the Cowboys in the season opener. He tried to run late in the game, and instead of stepping out of bounds, he took a big hit from linebacker Leighton Vander Esch that forced a fumble.

Since then, Jones has been quick to slide or step out of bounds to avoid taking unnecessary hits. While his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame might have allowed him to overpower certain players in college, the NFL is different.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has thrown 10 TD passes and seven interceptions in his six starts this season. AP Photo/Rick Osentoski
This is the maturation process in progress. The Giants, who have been quick to pat themselves on the back for the pick, are ecstatic publicly and behind closed doors. They believe Jones has a chance to be a star. It starts with the way he handles his business.

“There’s areas in each game where he has shown improvement just playing quarterback,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “Just focused on [Sunday], I think we had the play where he gets hit, the ball goes backwards and it becomes a fumble, but he stays in the moment and he just keeps playing. I keep saying this each week, but he’s tough and he’s resilient and he competes, and he fights and he tries to do everything right.

“There’s plenty of production, things he did in terms of getting us in the right protection. There were some run checks he executed properly. I think he made some nice throws, he scrambled around, a couple of zone reads. The important thing for him is to continue to put more good plays on tape, continue to get the ball off on time and try to eliminate the mistakes that can wrongly affect the game.”

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Jones, with 10 touchdown passes and seven interceptions, is on pace for 23 TD passes and 28 turnovers. There is undoubtedly room for major improvements. Jones has talked specifically about ball security and decision-making. On Monday, Shurmur mentioned timing, accuracy and decision-making.

Arm strength was the main public critique of Jones coming out of Duke, a notion the Giants correctly rejected. He didn’t show more than an average arm from inside the stadium during his combine workout. And Simms didn’t see consistent velocity on his passes while watching his college tape.

It hasn’t been a problem in the NFL. If anything, Jones’ arm strength has been a pleasant surprise. He fired a strike from the left hash mark off-balance Sunday in Detroit to the far sideline for a completion.

“When he wants to turn it on, he turns it on,” said Simms, a trend he noticed from his college tape as well. “And I’ve seen that this season.”

Simms has been most impressed with the way Jones reads defenses and moves through his progressions. Those skills are rare for a young quarterback, but they’re likely a product of what Simms described as playing pro football at Duke. Jones was playing in an NFL system, taking hits, under constant pressure, going through his progressions and being forced to throw into tight windows. That prepared him for making the right reads at the next level.

Jones’ teammates have been equally impressed, even if they have had to live with the rookie mistakes. They see a quarterback who isn’t perfect but is becoming more comfortable and progressing. Even the way Jones interacts with them has changed in the six weeks since he’s been named the starter ahead of Eli Manning.

“He’s being more vocal. He’s communicating with receivers. He’s pushing the offensive line. His energy driving down the field and trying to finish drives is going up,” tight end Evan Engram said of Jones. “He’s just coming out of his shell. … It’s noticeable and contagious. It’s something that he’s going to grow into.”

Veteran wide receiver Golden Tate mentioned after Sunday’s loss that Jones is texting with his receivers at night or talking to them constantly in between plays at practice to try to get on the same page. Receiver Bennie Fowler said Jones has taken receivers out to dinner to fortify those relationships.

It’s necessary. They all know the kinks aren’t going to be worked out overnight.

“I think that is important,” Tate said. “I think we’re doing a better job. I don’t think we have it figured out. We have to keep working to get this thing right.”

That’s the thing with Jones. He’s always working to make it right. And that is why the Giants and those watching Jones regularly — like Simms — seem so confident he is trending in the direction.

“There are a handful of guys, head coaches who I stay in communication with,” Nagy said. “The No. 1 one guy is my mentor in coach Reid. So I talk to him all the time. And I’m very, very lucky to have him in my corner. Because he has seen it all. And the best part about coach is he just gives you great advice. He gives you great insight. He’s like a father figure to me. So when you’re in a position where you’re looking for a little advice on how to handle whatever it is, he’s got it. And it always amazes me with the way he says it.”

The Bears don’t play the Chiefs until Week 16, but this Sunday affords Nagy the opportunity to reconnect with another branch of the Reid tree: Wholesale Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys coach Doug Pederson.

Pederson can relate to Nagy’s predicament.

“I look at my first year [2016], we were 7-9 and we were the worst team in the NFL at the time and everybody was talking bad about me and the team and we didn’t have any talent and this, that and the other, not that I pay attention to that stuff,” Pederson said.

The next year the Eagles went 13-3 and won the Super Bowl.

“It all boils down to just you have to trust in your ability as a head football coach what you’re teaching your players, the messaging that you’re teaching your team, the culture you’re trying to establish, and it’s not easy,” Pederson said.

“One of the things that I think in my situation here, is being consistent that way. How I speak to the team, and my message to you guys and my message to the fans and my message to the players; it all has to be consistent. You just have to trust it. If it’s good enough, it’s good enough, and if it’s not, then you know, coaches move on. That’s just the way this business works … ”

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HOUSTON — Everything about the Houston Astros, and the colossus they have become, and the unstoppable force they’ve been built to be, was on display during the World Series. It just turned out to not be enough.

The Astros didn’t choke. There wasn’t a blown umpire’s call that would be remembered forever. There wasn’t a player to be fitted with goat horns. There wasn’t a managerial blunder. There wasn’t a key injury suffered at just the wrong time. The Astros just lost, barely, to a team that came through a couple of more times than they did.

“This is about the Nationals,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. “This isn’t about not performing at home or anything that we didn’t do. I come away incredibly impressed by the team that we played and got beat by.”

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Still, despite remaining at the peak of the industry and at the vanguard of a sport that reinvents itself at an accelerating pace with each passing season, for now, the Astros have fallen just shy of greatness. It was all there for them, so close they could almost reach out and grab it. Instead, like other great regular-season teams of the past, Houston found out that dynasties vanish in flashes of moments and because of plays that go wrong by mere millimeters.

The Houston dynasty that still isn’t, teetered and tumbled in a seventh inning that longtime fans will play over and over again like a recurring nightmare. Poof. It happened that fast.

“Seasons end really fast,” Hinch said. “I don’t care if you get all the way to the seventh game of the World Series. It’s all of a sudden, boom, it’s over. I’ve got a group of heartbroken men in there that did everything they could to try to bring a World Series championship to this city. And we fell one win shy.”

There’s an alternate universe in which that inning plays out differently. Anthony Rendon’s homer to get Washington on the board came on “not a bad pitch, but I think a bad pitch selection,” Houston catcher Robinson Chirinos said. It was a Zack Greinke changeup; maybe they call for something else and Rendon pounds the ball into the turf. It was the only bad pitch Greinke made all night.

“I thought he was going to go complete game, the way he was pitching,” Chirinos said. “The pitch count was low, he was hitting his spots. Everything was working for him.”

Maybe instead of selecting Will Harris to relief Greinke, Hinch calls for Gerrit Cole, mid-inning, to come on for his first relief appearance since he was a freshman at UCLA in 2009. Cole was down in the bullpen getting loose. We all saw it — the fans in the park, the Nationals from their dugout, the people watching at home on television. Maybe Cole comes on, pitches like Gerrit Cole, and Hinch rides him to the finish of a 2-1 win.

The run-scoring rallies the Nats piece together in the eighth and ninth never happen. The Rendon homer is it and it’s the Nats who are bemoaning how close they came. Cole is swarmed on the mound after a title-clinching strikeout and is handed the MVP trophy on the field a few minutes later.

Or maybe Howie Kendrick simply doesn’t poke one off the right-field foul pole against Harris for the two-run homer that gave the Nationals the lead and let all of the air out of Minute Maid Park. By all rights, he should not have.

Harris threw Kendrick a cutter. Chirinos set his target down and away. Harris delivered it right on the money. It just barely caught the corner of the strike zone. Kendrick had seen 28 cutters to that area of the zone this season. He had one hit — a double off Minnesota’s Martin Perez in September. This one, he poked off the foul pole.

“It was a perfect pitch,” Chirinos lamented.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has spoken time and again of how his team was built toward sustainability, to “win multiple championships.” But winning world championships is hard. It’s unlikely even, especially during what might be the most hypercompetitive era in baseball history when you factor in both level of talent and technological advances. And it’s hard to win it all because sometimes you do everything right to become the best, and you lose anyway.

“A special group of guys that battled day in and day out, since spring training,” Carlos Correa said. “Our goal was to win another championship. We got here, but unfortunately we couldn’t finish it.”

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But that promo was Bregman in the raw. He’s good. He knows he’s good. He knows his team is good. And they make sure everybody knows it. The promo was an accurate reflection of who Bregman is. He’s an adrenaline hound who got so worked up over his home run in Game 6 that he created a social media storm by carrying his bat all the way to, and past, the first base bag.

At the same time, Bregman cares deeply about his teammates, his family, the game itself. So after Game 6, he apologized for his theatrics, saying, “That’s not the way I was raised.”

Some time before Game 7 began, Bregman’s maternal grandfather died and he posted a tribute to him on his Instagram page. His Game 7 was quiet — 0-for-3 with a walk — and he was on deck when Michael Brantley made the last out. He walked slowly back to the dugout when Brantley swung and missed, undoing his batting gloves.

In the clubhouse, Bregman sat on the floor next to Correa’s locker, his face a bleary-eyed expression of devastation. Correa sat on the floor with him, consoling him. Or maybe it was the other way around.

“I’m extremely proud to be a part of this team, and proud of every guy in this clubhouse,” Bregman said. “We’ve been knocked down a lot, gotten back up and we just got knocked down today. But we’ll be back for 2020.”

In many ways, Bregman personifies everything about what the Astros have become. Excellence. Fundamentals. Showmanship. Brashness. Efficiency. Passion. These are the qualities that stand out in our tech-driven world, especially as it’s presented through the hyper-real looking glass of social media. The Astros are all of those things. They have lit the way for everyone else. The other 29 franchises in baseball have caught up at times, trying to extinguish a torch the Astros seem intent on carrying for the foreseeable future.

From a single-season standpoint, the Astros just completed one of the greatest campaigns a team has ever had. In surpassing 100 wins for a third straight season, they join a list with but five predecessors. They won 117 games between the regular season and playoffs. Their run differential during the regular season (plus-280) was the 12th-best total of all time.

There’s more. According to the FanGraphs’ offensive metric wRC+ (weighted runs created plus), the Astros’ hitters were 25% better than average. Only the 1927 Yankees have exceeded that figure. Their rotation features two likely Hall of Famers in Justin Verlander and Greinke, and another in Cole who can reach that status if he is able to prolong his current run of excellence.

We just haven’t seen many teams like this. And it still wasn’t enough. Because it’s baseball. Of the 12 teams that have posted a better run differential in a season than the Astros — teams that averaged 106 wins — seven went on to win the World Series. That’s what being historically good gets you in this sport, a coin-flip chance to put a championship cherry on top.

“I don’t think I can handle this,” Jose Altuve, the heart of the Astros, said. “It’s really hard to lose Game 7 of the World Series. What I can tell you is we did everything we could, possible and impossible. We got guys playing since day one, 100 percent. We did everything to make it happen. We couldn’t [finish it], but that’s baseball.”

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In the Houston clubhouse, though, there was little day-to-day variation in the atmosphere. Every day was simply the precursor until tomorrow. There was no panic, nor any overconfidence. The Astros entered each game certain they’d win and that never wavered, even as their margin for error shrank. They surely still feel as if they are better than everyone else. It’s a conceit they’ve earned over a period of a half-decade now.

This is a confident team. Even cocky. Even arrogant. Even brash. All qualities that rub fans the wrong way, unless it’s your team that has them. But with those traits comes emotion, a belief, and there is little doubt that until the very moment that Brantley swung over a Daniel Hudson slider, Houston figured it would somehow win. Because the Astros have so often for three years now.

Then — poof — it’s over.

“I believe we’ll have more opportunities to win World Series and play in the postseason,” Bregman said. “This team was amazing — 107 wins. This team will bounce back from this and come ready to play next year.”

The Astros are the avatars of the baseball moment in which we are immersed. They have led the way down countless paths, and not all of them obviously good. Their tentacles are everywhere, from tanking as a rebuilding strategy to heightened emphasis on strikeouts (as in not doing it on offense, and getting them on defense) to the focus on high-spin four-seamers, the ramping up of the usage of breaking pitches for the pitchers who have them, video scouting, defensive shifts. All stuff that the get-off-my-lawn branch of baseball fandom hates — it mostly seems to have been born or popularized with the Astros.

However, to focus on those things is to overlook the timeless things about this remarkable collection of talent. They led the majors in batting average. No team struck out fewer times. They rode a very traditional-looking starting rotation almost to another crown. They run the bases efficiently but also aggressively. They are as good as anyone at minor league development, which has helped keep their prospect supply robust even as their contending rosters advance, succeed and become more expensive.

About that … among the changes ahead, the worst one is not a certainty, but pretty close to it: The departure of Cole for what promises to be the richest pitching contract in baseball history.

“Not much,” Cole said, when asked how much he was thinking about his future. At the moment, he was wearing a Boras Corporation hat.

That constant churn in baseball, with teams breaking apart and coming together in reimagined ways — not all of them appealing — are what make the near misses so painful. There are only so many chances.

With the final out of the World Series on Wednesday, the moment sealed another decade of baseball history. It was arguably the most innovative decade in the game’s history, just as it might have been the most innovative decade in our country’s history. With innovation comes disruption, a term that has become a cultural buzzword.

The Houston Astros are baseball’s disruptors. In a time of information explosion, our understanding of every facet of the greatest game iterates with each new big batch of data. No one has been better at making sense of it all, while meshing the best of the old with the best of the new than the Astros. They are a team of heart and of mind.

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The Pirates also announced the hiring of Travis Williams as the team’s new president. He will replace Frank Coonelly, who was fired last week.

“I greatly appreciate Neal’s dedication to the Pirates organization and our city over the past 12 seasons,” Pirates chairman of the board Bob Nutting said in a statement. “His time with the Pirates should always be remembered for ending a long stretch of futility and bringing Postseason baseball back to Pittsburgh.

“This past season was by far the most frustrating and challenging season that I have experienced as owner. It became clear to me as the season progressed that significant change was necessary in order to refresh our entire operations.”

Manager Clint Hurdle was fired on Sept. 29, and two other coaches were let go that same week.

Pittsburgh finished last in the NL Central this season, going 69-93 and missing the postseason for the fourth consecutive year. The Pirates were 42-43 on July 3 and only three games out of first place in the division at the time.

Huntington, 50, had served as general manager since replacing Dave Littlefield after the 2007 season. He had two years remaining on his contract.

Williams, who spent 11 seasons with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins as the chief operating officer, will officially begin as Pirates president Friday. He had been serving as the New York Islanders’ president of business operations, a role he took over in 2018.

“This is a homecoming for me, both personally and professionally,” Williams said in a statement. “It is a tremendous opportunity to come back to a city and a team that I love. I am excited about working with Bob and the rest of the Pirates family to return this franchise to a winning tradition.

“Today, we turn the page and start writing a new chapter in the history of the Pirates. We are committed to a refresh of our entire operations. The first step in this process is to immediately begin the search for new leadership of our baseball operations.”

Kevin Graves, who has been the team’s assistant general manager, will take over the Pirates GM role on an interim basis.

The decision to fire Huntington was a sharp turn from Nutting, who gave a strong endorsement to the general manager after Hurdle was fired.

“I strongly believe Neal Huntington and the leadership team that he has assembled are the right people to continue to lead our baseball operations department,” Nutting said at the time.

Nutting, however, changed his mind, saying the front-office overhaul was “not easy” and was made after “a systematic and thorough review.”

Nutting said the team will not start looking for a new manager until Huntington has been replaced.

The Pirates also fired pitching coach Ray Searage and bench coach Tom Prince following the season. The team said all other members of the major league coaching staff are candidates to remain with the team pending the outcome of the managerial search.

“This is a great team and the one thing we can’t do is go back and regret anything,” Josh Reddick said. “We played our asses off out there. It was the best team I ever played on in my career. I’ll never forget this team.”

Love ‘em, hate ‘em, don’t care about ‘em. It doesn’t matter. When the history of baseball in the 2010s is written, the Wholesale Houston Astros Jerseys might be on the cover. But that’s not guaranteed, because with one title during the decade, it’s hard to argue that Houston is the decade’s best team, even if it might be the most representative. And there is no guarantee that the front-running Astros will remain out in front of a hungry bunch of predators in hot pursuit behind them.

It was so close to being different. It was so close to the birth of a new dynasty. But the quest continues. That much was guaranteed under the roof of Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night, the day before Halloween, when so many porches are decorated with jack-o-lanterns and the color orange is on everybody’s mind.

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ATLANTA — Joel Embiid missed the previous game with an ankle injury, and the Wholesale Philadelphia 76ers Jerseys weren’t sure he’d be able to play Monday night until he tested it during warmups.

He didn’t seem to be in any pain.

Embiid scored 36 points, including the winning free throws with 5.3 seconds left, and the 76ers won their third straight to begin the season with a 105-103 victory over the Wholesale Atlanta Hawks Jerseys.

In a matchup between the last two unbeaten teams in the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia made things tough for Trae Young and dominated down the stretch to deny the young Hawks their first 3-0 start in three seasons.

Embiid made 12 of 19 shots from the field — including a couple of 3-pointers — and knocked down all 10 of his free throws. He also had 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

“He was our crown jewel in a blatant way,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “We needed him, particularly offensively.”

The Hawks tied the game at 103 with 7.4 seconds left when John Collins tipped in a missed free throw by Young to complete a de facto three-point play after the Atlanta guard made his first attempt from the line. The 76ers had fouled Young before he could attempt a tying 3, but the Hawks wound up getting the points they needed when Al Horford failed to block out Collins, who flexed both arms on his way back down the court.

After a timeout, Horford made up for his mistake by lobbing a pass to Embiid breaking loose in the lane. Collins fouled the 76ers big man to deny the basket, but Embiid calmly drained both free throws.

The Hawks had one final chance, getting the ball to 42-year-old Vince Carter sprinting along the sideline. He threw up a wild 3 that never really had a chance, bouncing over the backboard as the horn sounded.

Tobias Harris had eight of his 13 points in the final quarter as the 76ers outscored the Hawks 15-5 over the final five minutes. Josh Richardson chipped in with 14 points, and Ben Simmons also had 14.

“We have a lot of weapons,” Embiid insisted.

Young, the first Eastern Conference player of the week this season, had 25 points on 7-of-20 shooting. Collins added 16 points and De’Andre Hunter 14, including a 3 from the corner that gave the Hawks a 98-90 lead. Philadelphia dominated the rest of the way.

Young averaged 38.5 points in Atlanta’s first two games. He was held to six over the final two quarters by the 76ers.

“They were denying me the ball,” he said. “They got it out of my hands the whole game.”

The 76ers made sure Young didn’t get a chance on that final play.

“I had two defenders on me,” he said. “I couldn’t get open.”


Philadelphia’s Shake Milton exited in the third quarter with a hyperextended left knee. He was injured on a drive to the basket when he stepped on an Atlanta player’s foot and twisted his knee.

Before that, Milton gave the 76ers a boost off the bench by scoring nine points.


76ers: Former Hawk Mike Scott was ejected in the second quarter for a flagrant foul on Atlanta’s Damian Jones. Scott gave Jones a chest bump as the Hawks center was driving to the basket, sending him flying out of bounds. While the play didn’t look especially egregious, officials upheld the call after checking the replay. Scott shook hands with Jones before leaving the court, stopping on his way to the locker room to give his wrist bands to young fans hanging over the railing. … Philadelphia trailed by 13 midway through the opening quarter and didn’t grab its first lead until late in the first half. The 76ers never led by more than four. “We were soft in that first quarter,” Embiid said. “We just had to turn it on a little bit.”

Hawks: No. 10 overall draft pick Cam Reddish hasn’t made much of an impact in his first three Wholesale NBA Jerseys games. He has a total of 11 points. … Carter played only 10 minutes but was on the court for key minutes down the stretch. … Rookie C Bruno Fernando had the first double-figure scoring game of his career with 11 points. … Collins fouled out on the play that led to Embiid’s winning free throws.

DETROIT — Derrick Rose made a driving layup with 28.3 seconds left to give Detroit the lead, and the Pistons went on to a 96-94 victory over winless Indiana on Monday night for their second win against the Wholesale Indiana Pacers Jerseys in less than a week.

Rose shot just 4 of 16 from the field and was having a particularly tough time in the fourth quarter, but his left-handed layup went in off the glass to put Detroit up 95-94. Malcolm Brogdon missed at the other end, but Indiana got an offensive rebound. T.J. Warren then missed badly on a tough shot from the corner, and the Pistons came up with the ball.

Luke Kennard made one of two free throws for Detroit, and Indiana had one more chance with 2 seconds left. Warren missed a 3-pointer from the left wing.

Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Pistons, and Christian Wood had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Detroit led most of the game, but the Pacers erased a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter and led by four late. Kennard then got a fortunate bounce on a 3-pointer to make it 94-93, and Rose’s basket gave the Pistons the lead.

Domantas Sabonis had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Indiana, and Brogdon contributed 15 points and 11 assists.


Indiana entered the night one of five NBA teams without a victory. The Pacers are minus star guard Victor Oladipo, who is still working his way back from a right knee injury.

But the Pistons are nowhere near full strength either — Blake Griffin (hamstring and knee injuries) hasn’t played yet this season — and they’ve still beaten Indiana twice.


Pacers: G Jeremy Lamb (right hip pointer) did not play.

Pistons: Detroit was also without G Reggie Jackson (lower back tightness) and rookie F Sekou Doumbouya (concussion protocol). … Former Pistons star Isiah Thomas was at the game, and the team announced it is teaming up with him on a champagne sponsorship deal.


Pacers: At the Wholesale Brooklyn Nets Jerseys on Wednesday night.

Pistons: At the Wholesale Toronto Raptors Jerseys on Wednesday night.


76ers: Return home to face Minnesota on Wednesday before heading out on a West Coast road trip.

Hawks: Head straight to Miami for the first of a home-and-home with the Heat on Tuesday. The division rivals meet again Thursday in Atlanta.

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HOUSTON — Wholesale Houston Texans Jerseys defensive end J.J. Watt confirmed on social media that he is done for the year after injuring himself in Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Wholesale Oakland Raiders Jerseys.

“This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal,” Watt tweeted on Sunday. “Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.”

The Texans fear that Watt tore his pectoral muscle, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. Watt also referenced his pec in another tweet after Sunday’s game.

INDIANAPOLIS — After the Wholesale Denver Broncos Jerseys 15-13 loss to the Wholesale Indianapolis Colts Jerseys on Sunday, an angry Joe Flacco called into question the team’s conservative approach down the stretch, including first-year offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello’s playcalling given the Broncos had held the lead for most of the game.

Adam Vinatieri’s 51-yard field goal with 22 seconds to play completed the Colts’ comeback, as the Broncos suffered their third loss of the season decided in a game’s final 30 seconds.

“Well, c’mon, I just look at it like we’re now a 2-6 Wholesale Football Jerseys team, and we’re like afraid to go for it in a two-minute drill, you know?” said Flacco, who received medical treatment on his neck throughout the game. “Who cares if you give the ball back with a minute, 40 seconds left? They’ve obviously got the field goal anyway.”

Pushed on the Broncos’ late-game offense, Flacco added: “Once again, we’re a 2-6 football team and it just feels like we’re kind of afraid to lose a game. It’s third-and-5 at the end of a game, who cares if they have a timeout at the end or not? Getting in field goal range isn’t that tough, you’re just putting your defense in these bad situations and I just felt like what do we have to lose? Why can’t we be aggressive in some of these situations? That’s kind of how I feel a lot about the game today.”

The Broncos certainly had multiple opportunities to put away what would have been their third win of the season.

With 7:38 remaining, after a sack and a forced fumble by Derek Wolfe on Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett had given the ball to the Broncos at the Indianapolis 48-yard line, the Broncos had an ugly three-and-out that included pass plays on first and third downs. But then the Broncos’ defense forced another punt and Denver got the ball at their own 38-yard line with 3:37 to play.

After two runs to move the ball to the Colts’ 48, the Broncos gained just 5 yards on the next two plays as they faced a third-and-5 at the two-minute warning. The Broncos, in a three-wide set and Flacco in the shotgun, chose to run Phillip Lindsay into the middle of the line for no gain on third down.

They then punted the ball away, and seven plays later, Vinatieri kicked the game winner.

“We’ve got to find a way to score more points, we’ve got to be more aggressive at it, period, [because] our defense is doing its job … we should have been able to get the 5 yards and run the clock out,” Lindsay said. “We’re asking [the defense] to do a lot, we got to do better. Like Flacco said, Joe is right, we’ve got to be more aggressive. When that’s coming from our quarterback, that’s saying something. Joe is our leader.”

Flacco said the Broncos should have gone more to wide receiver Courtland Sutton late in the game. Sutton drew several penalties on Colts cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (three for holding and twice for pass interference) and finished with 72 yards on three receptions.

Asked whether he had the power to question some of the calls, or if he had in between series, Flacco said: “Of course you talk on the sideline about what’s happening, but there’s only so much you can do. As players you’ve got to go out and execute what’s given to you …

“I felt like at some point we just got to start going up to [Sutton] and taking some shots. I kind of mentioned it at halftime. He’s a really good wide receiver and you can’t not take some shots with him. Even if you don’t hit them … good things happen.”

The Broncos have now scored 24 or fewer points in 17 consecutive games, the longest stretch in the league over that span and they have scored more than 16 points just twice this season — a 26-24 loss to the Wholesale Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys in Week 4 as well as a 20-13 win over the Wholesale Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys in Week 5.

Scangarello is in his first season as an Wholesale NFL Jerseys playcaller after serving as the Wholesale San Francisco 49ers Jerseys quarterbacks coach the previous two years. He also worked with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan when the two were with the Wholesale Atlanta Falcons Jerseys.

Watt left the field for the Texans’ blue medical tent midway through the second quarter before running to the locker room. The Texans first announced he was questionable to return to the game before later ruling him out at the start of the third quarter.

“We feel terrible for him. He works so damn hard, and he’s such a good person. Can’t replace him on or off the field,” a source told Russini.

Before he left the game, Watt had three tackles, a tackle for a loss and a pass defended. Watt has four sacks this season.

Cornerback Lonnie Johnson was also ruled out with a concussion. Houston was already without starting cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph (hamstring/neck) and Bradley Roby (hamstring).