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World Baseball Classic 2017 live updates: USA. vs. Puerto Rico score, highlights, and news

Posted by    |    March 22nd, 2017 at 10:11 pm

The United States and Puerto Rico each try for their first WBC championship

11:07 p.m. EDT — Marcus Stroman is pitching a whopper of a game, holding Puerto Rico scoreless through five innings. Keep tuned for updates!

He hasn’t allowed a hit. He’s throwing a no-hitter. Turn on your television.

Yep, just a great outing by Stroman. He’s looking to be an ace for a Blue Jays team that needs one, but he’s busy being an ace for the United States, first.

Literally no hits. This is amazing. He needs to retire 12 more batters without allowing a hit. He can do this. Shhhhhhhhhh.

In the fifth inning, Brandon Crawford fielded three straight grounders of moderate to substantial difficulty, and he made it look easy. But the important part is that Marcus Stroman is throwing a no-hitter.

End blog post, hit publish.

10:56 p.m. EDT — An infield single from Andrew McCutchen has the U.S. up 4-0 in the fifth inning, but it’s almost more important that Francisco Lindor made the play close.

It’s hard to describe without moving images, but trust me: It shouldn’t have been close. It was a diving sprawl that finished with a pop-up throw to first, and it was just about the most ridiculous play of the WBC, including Adam Jones’ catch.

10:49 p.m. EDT — The U.S. is up 3-0 now after an RBI single to right field from Christian Yelich, with Ian Kinsler beating the throw home easily.

.@ChristianYelich stays in this #WBC2017! @USABaseball leads 3-0.

— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) March 23, 2017

The United States is just five innings away from a WBC championship!

Is it jinxy to point out they have a Giants reliever in the bullpen? Or was the five-innings mention jinxy already? I’ll shut up now.

10:42 p.m. EDT — Apparently, Marcus Stroman is rather giffable tonight:

The Stroman Shake

— philDwolf (@PhilDWolf) March 23, 2017

strikeout, look to the Puerto Rico dugout, words for the ump, Marcus Stroman is making me swoon.

— chris jones¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) March 23, 2017

10:35 p.m. EDT — We have a WBC proposal!

Dodger Stadium erupts as a Puerto Rican fan, with his hair dyed blonde, proposes and when she accepts, proudly waves the Puerto Rico flag.

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 23, 2017

One day I hope to love anything as much as this guy must love baseball to propose at the WBC.

10:23 p.m. EDT — We have moving images of the home run!

Is Team a step closer to the #WBC2017 title?

Visit for channel info.

— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) March 23, 2017

Meanwhile, Marcus Stroman is through three extremely quiet innings, facing the minimum number of batters.

10:04 p.m. EDT — Ian Kinsler opens up the scoring, pounding a two-run homer to left-center and putting the United States up, 2-0.

And, yes, he pointed at the dugout and crowd as he rounded the bases, but it was probably to say, “Shhhh, calm yourself, friends.”

(It was a very nice swing and a gorgeous home run. There were U-S-A chants.)

9:43 p.m. EDT — Meanwhile, in HELL:

Fun crowd at Dodger Stadium tonight, it appears.

— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) March 23, 2017

Seriously, though, how big are those things? Match them up with yellow-wig man. I know the perspective isn’t going to be the easiest to judge, but my stars. Where do you even find masks like that?

Well, I’m out of ideas.

9:35 p.m. EDT — Marcus Stroman gets through the bottom of the first with three quick groundball outs. SB Nation’s legal team has told me to mention this one last time:

Reminder that if you root against Marcus Stroman, his dad comes to your house to talk about it.

— Grant Brisbee (@mccoveychron) October 5, 2016

9:27 p.m. EDT — After a seeing-eye double from Christian Yelich, the top of the first ends on a Nolan Arenado strikeout. The sample-size goblins have attached his underwear to a flagpole, and they’re hoisting him up high.

9:21 p.m. EDT — Ian Kinsler grounded out to third on the first pitch of the ballgame. He stoically went back to the dugout, where he folded his bat into a tiny square and ate it, piece by piece, without making a single noise. Pay attention out there, kids.

9:10 p.m. EDT — I’ll let you decide which look works best:

Angel Pagan is all-in on Puerto Rico’s bleached blonde look:

— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) March 23, 2017

9:00 p.m. EDT — The lineups for your 2017 World Baseball Classic final, between Team USA and Team Puerto Rico:

Team USA vs Puerto Rico. Which country will walk away with its first World Baseball Classic title? #WBC2017

— WBC Baseball (@WBCBaseball) March 23, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton is hitting seventh. That’s a good sign that a) your manager is on mescaline, b) Stanton is in a slump, or c) the lineup is stacked. Or all three! We don’t know what Jim Leyland’s up to these days.

John Stockton and Bryon Russell recreate ‘The Shot’ from 1997 Western Conference Finals

Posted by    |    March 22nd, 2017 at 8:15 pm

Just as good as the first time!

The Utah Jazz are honoring the 1997 team on Wednesday during their game against the Knicks. Before the game though, John Stockton and Bryon Russell got together and recreated “The Shot” that sent the Jazz to the 1997 NBA Finals. Jeans and all, Stockon still has it.

John Stockton just reenacted The Shot!!!! He made Bryon Russell inbound it to him. Pretty awesome.

— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) March 22, 2017

This shot holds a lot of meaning to Jazz fans as it’s the shot that finally sent them to the NBA Finals after falling short three times before. The Jazz would eventually fall short in the NBA Finals in 1997 to Michael Jordan in Bulls. They faced the same fate 1998 as well.

Here is the shot from that 1997 Western Conference Final Game 6. Stockton and Russell recreated it quite well, to be honest. Good to see Stockton still has it.

Here is Stockton remembering earlier today how it felt back in 1997 after hitting the shot:

Stock talking about “The Shot” #JazzReunited

— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 22, 2017

Check out these programs from tonight as well. This will be a special celebration.

tonight’s programs

— Hayley Byrnes (@HayleyByrnes) March 23, 2017

Latavius Murray undergoes surgery on ankle 6 days after signing with Vikings

Posted by    |    March 22nd, 2017 at 6:10 pm

The Vikings knew Murray would need the surgery prior to signing him.

The Minnesota Vikings announced on Wednesday that running back Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery.

According to the team’s release, the surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team also said that they knew that his ankle would require surgery prior to signing him earlier in March. He is expected to be ready for training camp.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had more details on the type of injury:

#Vikings RB Latavius Murray’s ankle injury was described as bone spurs. This is why he took visits: Teams could take a first-hand look at it

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 22, 2017

The Vikings announced the signing of Murray in the middle of the night on March 16.

Murray spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, after drafting him in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He missed his entire rookie year with an ankle injury. In 2016, Murray was bothered by the ankle in the second half of the season. He played in 14 of 16 games in 2016, starting in 12 of them.

Despite battling the injury, Murray finished with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s tasked with replacing Adrian Peterson as the lead back in Minnesota, so he’ll need to be in full health if he hopes to live up to expectations.

At least he won’t be wearing Peterson’s No. 28.

Brett Favre came out of retirement to throw laser passes to Robert Alford

Posted by    |    March 22nd, 2017 at 4:20 pm

He’s still got some zip on the pigskin.

Brett Favre isn’t coming back to play in the NFL anytime soon (we think), but that doesn’t mean he has to stop slinging the pill.

He joined Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford and others in workouts, where he was throwing some passes with serious zip on them still at age 47.

Had the G.O.A.T. Brett Favre out throwing today. I asked him to come out retirement to throw a pick to me. J/P cool guy… #TAT

— Robert Alford (@rockorocky) March 22, 2017

Favre wasn’t totally dressed up for the drills, in a brown t-shirt and some khakis, but he still has a little something.

I don’t think I’d want to be in front of one of those.

Kevin Garnett was nearly traded to the Warriors in 2007, according to Chris Mullin

Posted by    |    March 22nd, 2017 at 1:10 pm

The former Warriors general manager said then-owner Chris Cohan vetoed a potential deal.

In 2007, a trade that sent Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics drastically reshaped the NBA landscape. But had a previous trade not been vetoed by its team owner, Garnett might have found himself on a Western Conference contender: the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors orchestrated a three-team deal that would have sent Jason Richardson to Charlotte and other moving parts and draft picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher.

In return, Golden State would have received a 30-year-old Garnett, fresh off a season where he averaged 22.4 points, a league-best 12.8 rebounds, nearly two blocks, and a steal per game.

“It was basically done,” then-Warriors general manager Chris Mullin told Bucher. “I was doing an extension with [agent] Andy Miller on Kevin Garnett’s deal. KG liked [Baron Davis] enough, and we had talked enough. He said, ‘Yo, I’ll do it.'”

That Warriors team was fresh off a playoff series upset over the Dallas Mavericks. Adding Garnett to team that already had Davis, Stephen Jackson, Matt Barnes, Monta Ellis, and Al Harrington in their primes would have boosted them to the West’s upper echelon.

Unfortunately, the Warriors’ owner at the time, Chris Cohan, declined to make the trade.

But they still traded Richardson for a power forward!

They even sent him to the same team. Instead of putting together a package for Garnett, Golden State shipped Richardson to Charlotte for rookie Brandan Wright.

The Warriors went on to win 48 games in 2007-08, six more than the season before, but would lose 11 of their last 19 to finish ninth in the Western Conference. Shipping out Richardson and not landing Garnett, according to Barnes, killed their mojo.

“We were making moves to get KG, and then we traded J-Rich for Brandan Wright,” said Barnes, according to Bleacher Report. “We won more games, but it just wasn’t the same anymore. It all shifted so quickly. The magic was gone.”

For the following four seasons, the Warriors would fail to reach 37 wins. The Celtics, on the other hand, made consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning the championship in 2008.

And guess who won Finals MVP? Not Chris Cohan.