NBA announces 2014 playoff schedule

NBA announces 2014 playoff schedule (via SiriusXM Blog)

Bobby Bonett April 16, 2014 While 16 teams knew they were headed to the postseason entering the NBA’s final day, they didn’t necessarily know where they were headed until the end of play Wednesday. After a jam-packed finale of regular season hoops…


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Aussie Exum, possible top 5 pick, headed to NBA

Dante Exum is arguably the best guard prospect in June's NBA draft.

(Adidas)Dante Exum is arguably the best guard prospect in June's NBA draft. (Adidas)
Australia native and potential top-five pick Dante Exum has hired an agent and will enter the NBA draft, ESPN. com reported Tuesday morning. "We are excited to be working with Landmark Sports, " the Exum family said in a statement given to Chad Ford of ESPN. "Our family felt The Landmark Team represented our style and manner of treating people, and in doing businesses. We also all shared a common commitment to achieving excellence in all things. The fit is just great and we are really pleased to now begin the work. "

After meeting with multiple agents over the past couple of months, Ford is reporting that Exum decided to hire Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency.

 

Exum, a 6-foot-6 point guard, played on the AAU scene a couple of summers ago in Las Vegas, demonstrating his playmaking skills and ability to get into the lane and finish for himself or create for teammates. He impressed nearly anyone who watched him. Exum also played well at the U17 World Championships that summer.

Exum continued that momentum with a very good performance in the Nike Hoop Summit game last April. He finished with 16 points and two assists, outplaying an USA backcourt that included Andrew and Aaron Harrison, as well as Kasey Hill. At the U19 World Championships last summer, Exum cemented himself as an elite NBA prospect, averaging 18. 2 points and totaling 34 assists in nine games.

He is projected by most outlets and mock drafts as a top-five pick, competing with Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart for the title of best guard in the draft. Based on ceiling and potential, Exum might have the edge.

There was a slight chance he would play college basketball before going pro, with his five finalists including Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan and Oregon. However, Exum is going straight to the NBA.

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Kyoji Horiguchi Drops to Flyweight, Faces Chris Cariaso at UFC 169 in New Jersey

Kyoji Horiguchi is headed for the UFC’s lightest division. |Taro Irei/Sherdog.com

 

High Japanese prospect

KyojiHoriguchi

will minimize to a hundred twenty five pounds for a meeting with

ChrisCariaso

at

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UFC officers Tuesday announced the matchup, which is scheduled totake place Feb. 1 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

UFC 169 is headlined by a bantamweight title unification boutbetween returning champion DominickCruz and interim titlist Renan Barao.The pay-per-view event may also function a featherweight titleco-headliner pitting Jose Aldoagainst RicardoLamas.

Horiguchi captured Shooto’s 132-pound title in March and made hisstateside debut as a bantamweight last month at UFC 166,dispatching “TUF 14” alum DustinPague by way of second-spherical TKO. The win marked Horiguchi’s sixthstraight victory and his eighth knockout win in thirteen careeroutings.

Cariaso has competed 10 occasions within the UFC and WEC, posting a 6-4mark in his three years beneath the Zuffa banner. “Kamikaze” has gone2-2 since he dropped to flyweight in July 2012, most recentlyfinishing IliardeSantos last month at UFC Combat Evening 29.

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Miller/Thomas could be headed for dreaded timeshare

Thomas is changing into a thorn in the side of Miller fanatics. (USAT)

Pulled from the ‘Are you (expletive) serious?’ file, the Miami Herald and Palm Seaside Post are reporting the Dolphins are certainly locked in a RB controversy.

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Face meet palm.

As most in Fantasyland salivated over the prospects of presumed starter Lamer Miller, ‘Fins GM Jeff Ireland has repeatedly talked up third-yr plodder Daniel Thomas this summer, predicting a ‘large function’ and ‘breakout season’ for the working again simply final week. His statements, considered nothing greater than outlandish bluster, was as much dumb because it was dumbfounding, but it surely appears the competition is certainly undecided. From Armando Salguero of the Hearald:

Ask coach Joe Philbin if the starting job is open, and he interrupts the query before it reaches the query mark.

“Absolutely,” Philbin stated Tuesday.

That reply got here only minutes after the Dolphins finished their first regular-season-fashion follow in preparation for Saturday night time’s gown rehearsal sport by which starters will play into the second half towards Tampa Bay at Solar Life Stadium.

And on this essential observe main as much as this vital exhibition sport, running backs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas shared first-staff snaps in 11-on-eleven drills…

“You probably have a No. 1 running again and a No. 2 that’s a distant 2 it’s probably not so good as a 1 and a 1A,” offensive coordinator Mike Sherman stated. “I believe we now have a 1 and 1A so now we have two really good ones, or have a chance to be.”

Sigh.

Thomas has proven very little in his un-illustrious NFL profession. He’s sloughed his method to numerous three-yard positive aspects (three.5 career YPC), gotten stonewalled typically on the objective-line (27 profession atts inside 10, 4 TDs), been saddled with a nasty case of fumblitis and has made few tacklers miss (7.9 career missed-deal with proportion). Granted, he appeared a lot improved in Miami’s last preseason game, however compared to Miller, he’s a hamburger sans toppings – very plain.

The sophomore again, conversely, has the look of a beaming fantasy star. He’s elusive, fast via the opening, more versatile and a greater cut-again runner. His 4.9 yards per carry and respectable eleven.2 missed deal with fee from last yr are evidence of what he brings to the desk. Sadly, uncharacteristic errors made this preseason (fumbles, poor reads and sketchy move protection) have tarnished his picture within the eyes of Philbin. As acknowledged above, the group still thinks highly of him, but by two exhibition games he’s did not take advantage of the chance.

Until the fog on South Beach lifts, it’s clever to knock Miller (31.6 ADP, RB19) down a couple of spots in your rankings. Once more, the expertise is there, however he simply can’t afford a marginal effort in the Fins’ gown rehearsal Saturday vs. Tampa. If he stumbles, a full-blown timeshare of unsavory distribution would doubtless be within the offing. Even if Miller does acquire some distance this weekend, Thomas (151.6 ADP, RB56) will likely be thrown to the wolves near the goal-line, limiting the buzzy RB’s chances of reaching double-digit scores.

In different devastating information, Jay Glazer stories Le’Veon Bell has suffered a Lisfranc sprain. Yesterday, reviews surfaced suggesting the projected prime rookie RB had dodged the potential season-ending damage, but now his status may be very much in doubt. If he can avoid surgical procedure, a return in six weeks is the very best case state of affairs. He is expected to obtain a second opinion on his foot imminently.

With Bell doubtless toast, the Steelers RB situation has gone from promising to dire. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman have been root canal-thrilling final yr averaging properly-below 7.0 fantasy points per recreation in normal codecs. Greatest guess: Dwyer/Redman will split early down work with LaRod Stephens-Howling sprinkled in on third downs. In other phrases, it is an avoidable backfield state of affairs.

If there’s any silver lining in light of Bell’s loss, Ben Roethlisberger might be leaned on closely, probably exceeding 550 pass makes an attempt this 12 months. That occurs, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown ought to emerge as reliable fantasy starters in 12-team leagues.

Lastly, a bit of optimistic news. As first reported by Adam Schefter, prized rusher Arian Foster was activated from the PUP listing early Wednesday. Sidelined with calf/back accidents, he is anticipated to return to the observe field briefly order. Ben Tate is slated to start Houston’s preseason clash in opposition to New Orleans this week, but when all goes smoothly, Foster needs to be able to shoulder the load Week 1.

It’s time for the skittishness to stop. In a run-first system tailored completely to his skills, the multi-time Professional Bowler still deserves high-5 recognition. Tate will ease the burden, but another 22-25 touches per game for Foster are on the menu.

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Jake Peavy headed to Boston Red Sox in three-team trade involving Detroit Tigers

(USA Right this moment) Maybe the most important chip on the trade market, Jake Peavy is headed to Boston Crimson Sox as part of a 3-group deal involving the Detroit Tigers. CBS Sports activities Jon Heyman was the primary to report a deal was in place between Chicago and Boston. A number of reviews, including one from WEEI, rapidly identified the rumored third crew to be the Detroit Tigers.

To fill in the particulars of the deal, along with Peavy the Pink Sox will obtain reliever Brayan Villarreal from Detroit. The Tigers will receive shortstop Jose Iglesias, who would step in for the quickly to be suspended Jhonny Peralta, from Boston. The White Sox will receive highly regarded outfield prospect Avisail Garcia from their divsion rivals and three lower-degree prospects — pitchers Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken, and infielder Cleuluis Rondon — from Boston.

It’s a really interesting commerce that appeared to develop shortly late on Tuesday night. The White Sox wisely scratched Peavy from his scheduled begin in opposition to the Cleveland Indians in case a deal would fall into place. In response to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, a three-team deal was the truth is materializing with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels earlier within the day. That report appeared to have numerous momentum, too, contemplating the D-Backs had been being considered as probably the most aggressive suitor for Peavy, nevertheless it was additionally recognized Arizona would have to rearrange some furnishings and create wage relief by dealing starter Ian Kennedy or outfielder Jason Kubel to make it work.

The potential three-means deal would have included the Angels acquiring Kennedy to help up that money and the White Sox receiving multiple prospects from both teams, but they obviously discovered a greater match for their wants with Boston and Detroit.

As for the Crimson Sox, the deal is straightforward. They wanted so as to add depth to their starting rotation with Clay Buchholz’s status nonetheless up within the air. According to Heyman, they had been also in strong on Cliff Lee all day Tuesday, so they have been determined to fill the necessity. How a lot Peavy ultimately helps is yet to be decided. He is a seemingly fixed damage concern — just lately returned from a damaged rib — and has allowed 14 home runs in considerably limited time this season. That stated, he has huge sport expertise, and now has a bit extra motivation by getting into directly right into a vital race within the American League East.

All things considered, it appears to be a properly thought out deal for all three groups involved. Whether or not or not we’re saying that six months or a 12 months from now could be anybody’s guess, (trace: we most likely won’t) however for now it appears like a potential win-win-win.