Why Willson Contreras’ makeover might hold key to Cubs’ season

Why Willson Contreras’ makeover might hold key to Cubs’ season

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This year, Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is going to let his play do the talking. Not long ago, the sometimes boisterous backstop was arguably on his way to becoming the best in the game at his position when -- very suddenly -- his development stopped. His energy never quit, but his bat and glove betrayed him as he dropped off both on offense and behind the plate. His second-half demise in 2018 mirrored his team's -- but now both are on the comeback trail. Contreras is out to prove that he is every bit the All-Star who was voted a starter just last season. "I'm going to do my work and let what you see speak for myself," Contreras said recently at Cubs camp while wearing a T-shirt with…
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Let’s find homes for Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel

Let’s find homes for Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel

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Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel remain unsigned. They are fine ballplayers. Either one could help any of the 30 teams, though the price those teams are willing to pay for their services has obviously remained a barrier, and the two pitchers remain drifting about in free-agent land.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale One hurdle to their employment that has perhaps been under-reported is that both players turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from their previous team. That means the signing team must pay a draft-pick penalty, which varies depending on that team's financial status. It's worth noting that all first-round picks are now protected unless a team has multiple first-round picks. In that case, the team loses its later pick. This is an obstacle and part of the reason Kimbrel…
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Warriors riding rocky road on path to three-peat

Warriors riding rocky road on path to three-peat

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While the Golden State Warriors have meandered through an up-and-down season, head coach Steve Kerr's message to his team has remained consistent: Winning a championship is difficult. Attempting to go to five straight NBA Finals is an arduous road not for the faint of heart. Trying to win an NBA championship for the fourth time in five years? The process is much more challenging than most understand. As the Warriors try to add to the list of incredible feats they've already accomplished, Kerr's message has proved prescient. The coach understood from the beginning that winning another title was never going to be as simple as running out an All-Star-laden lineup while adding DeMarcus Cousins to the mix. The basketball lifer knew that the process would be more arduous, but it…
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Thompson tweets apology to Warriors fans

Thompson tweets apology to Warriors fans

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Thompson's initial comments came unprompted on Sunday, when he was asked why the Warriors have struggled to find consistency throughout the season.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale "I expect our crowd to be little more into it, too," Thompson said. "Like, I know it's not the playoffs, but it is our last go-around at Oracle. Least you can stand up or something when we make a good play, especially in the beginning. We need that energy, especially this time of the year. It's hard to conjure up energy every single night 'cause you're looking forward to the playoffs and that run." Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he could see where Thompson's comments were coming from. Kerr and his players have been frustrated that they haven't been able to put on a…
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Bills to add WRs Beasley, Brown, sources say

Bills to add WRs Beasley, Brown, sources say

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The Buffalo Bills intend to sign former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley and former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver John Brown, sources told ESPN. Beasley will sign a four-year contract worth $29 million with $14.4 million guaranteed at signing, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by NFL Network. Brown will receive a three-year, $27 million deal, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by Adam Caplan.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale The signings of Brown and Beasley will address another position of need for the Bills' offense, which ranked 30th in the NFL last season. Buffalo is also expected to sign deals with running back Frank Gore, tight end Tyler Kroft and center Mitch Morse when free agency officially opens Wednesday. Brown, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds…
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Sweezy leaving Seahawks for Cards, sources say

Sweezy leaving Seahawks for Cards, sources say

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Former Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy has agreed to a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, sources confirm to ESPN. His addition gives the Cardinals a replacement for Mike Iupati, who is a free agent after finishing the 2018 season on injured reserve.china nike nfl jerseys cheap The NFL Network first reported Sweezy's deal with Arizona, which cannot become official until the start of the new league year Wednesday. Sweezy made 15 starts for the Seahawks in 2018 after re-joining the team on a one-year deal that paid him around $1.8 million factoring in roster and playing-time bonuses. Speaking at the NFL scouting combine last month, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said it was nice to finally be "established" up front, referring to continuity that Seattle's offensive line had lacked in…
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Ronaldo getting frustrated as he longs for Juventus to play more like Real Madrid

Ronaldo getting frustrated as he longs for Juventus to play more like Real Madrid

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Ronaldo's body language has unsurprisingly come under the spotlight, although anyone who has followed his career knows that, as with LeBron, this is nothing new. But this is a crucial week for Ronaldo. He was brought to Turin to win the Champions League for Juve, and they face Atletico Madrid having lost the first leg in Spain 2-0.cheap nfl jerseys china nike Ronaldo cut an irritated figure, spending much of the second half of Juventus' nominal top-of-the-table clash against Napoli gesturing to his team to push up and join him in attack. At one stage he jumped in the air and threw his hands down by his side, a familiar move to anyone who watches Ronaldo, but rather than performing his trademark celebration -- the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has…
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German club apologise for honouring Nazi who died last week

German club apologise for honouring Nazi who died last week

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Ahead of the 4-4 draw between Chemnitzer and VSG Altglienicke on Saturday, many of the 4,006 fans at the Stadion Chemnitz held a minute's silence for the late Neo-Nazi Thomas Haller, who passed away from cancer last week. In the 1990s, Haller was co-founder of the club's infamous Hooligans-Nazis-Rassisten (HooNaRa) group which officially folded in 2007 but remained in existence as a loose collective of around 30 people.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale To the sound of heroic music and a portrait of Haller on the giant screen, the stadium announcer read out a speech and a giant black cross was rolled out on the stands. The fans, many dressed all in black, lit white and red flares. The events in Chemnitz were brought to a greater attention following a report…
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Cardinals’ Molina singles in knee surgery return

Cardinals’ Molina singles in knee surgery return

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Leaving the clubhouse following his first exhibition game this year, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina received a congratulatory fist bump from third baseman Matt Carpenter. "It's good to have you back," said Carpenter, one All-Star to another.cheap nfl jerseys china nike Molina went 1-for-2 as a designated hitter Friday, the 36-year-old's first game since left knee surgery in mid-December. Molina is likely to be behind the plate Saturday, catching Adam Wainwright against Houston -- about a week ahead of the original projection for him to catch. "I can't really tell you how happy I am just to be back with Waino," Molina said. A nine-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner, Molina singled through the left side off Patrick Corbin and scored in a three-run Cardinals' first. "Just proves…
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Phils’ Harper homers again in simulated game

Phils’ Harper homers again in simulated game

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Bryce Harper homered for the second straight day in a simulated game against Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguers. Harper had an opposite-field homer to left in the first of 12 plate appearances Thursday at the team's minor league complex. Harper also lined a double down the right-field line, singled up the middle, drove a deep fly to center and had a broken-bat flare to left center.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler watched part of Harper's game before the Phillies played the New York Yankees next to the complex at Spectrum Field. "You want to make sure that he gets through those at-bats with good timing and good health, and saw that he did," Kapler said. After agreeing last weekend to a record $330 million, 13-year contract, Harper…
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