Spurs G Tony Parker demoted to bench, says ‘no problem’

The Tony Parker era for the Spurs may not have ended Sunday, but it may have entered its twilight era when Spurs coach Gregg Popovich started Dejounte Murray at point guard in place of a healthy Parker.

The 35-year-old Parker has started almost every game he’s played for the Spurs since 2001, helping lead them to four NBA championships. But as he’s seen with some of his Spurs’ teammates through the years, from Tim Duncan to Manu Ginobili, Father Time eventually comes calling.

“If Pop sees something that is good for the team, I will try to do my best,” Parker said. “But I will support Pop’s decision, and I will try to help DJ the best I can, and try to be the best I can in that second unit with Manu and Patty (Mills).”

Parker scored 12 points and dished out five assists in 20 minutes in a 94-86 loss to the Pacers Sunday. The 21-year-old Murray scored eight points, with seven rebounds and four assists.

Braun, the longtime franchise face, is no longer the focus of attention in Milwaukee. The Brewers spent $80 million on free agent Lorenzo Cain and traded four players to Miami for Christian Yelich, and the new arrivals adorn the cover of the team media guide. The Brewers would be happy with a healthy season from Braun, who logged an .823 OPS while missing 58 games because of calf and wrist injuries a year ago.

Braun broke into pro ball as a third baseman and has made 1,296 MLB starts in the outfield, but first base is foreign turf to him. In his Cactus League debut against the Giants, he used an outfielder’s glove at first.

“There are going to be mess-ups, no question,” said Brewers coach Pat Murphy, who is helping Braun with the move. “He’s never played first base. Never. It’s a huge transition, and there’s so much to learn. But he’ll make that transition as good as anybody in the game because of the athlete he is. He’s diligent about his game, and he will take care of business.”
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LeBron James is reportedly unhappy with how he and Isaiah Thomas are playing together

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According to ESPN though, the frustration has carried over far beyond that meeting. The Cavaliers are no longer just frustrated and annoyed with Thomas, they are no doubt tired of James, and that’s because he is currently unhappy with how poorly his team is playing.

Meanwhile Thomas called out the Cavaliers’ mental toughness after the team’s loss to the Magic Tuesday saying, When we hit adversity, we go our separate ways.

This year, they often had two or three news conferences going at a time, so I would cover some, I knew my buddy Byron had others, and my friends and colleagues Stephania Bell, Field Yates and Mike Clay were there as well. Between all of them (and many unnamed contacts), we saw and heard it all at the combine. That is why I go.

Although it happens less frequently each year, a common question I hear is, What’s the fantasy guy doing here? The answer is: information. The combine is one of my favorite football weeks of the year. It is the only time on the NFL calendar that so many people from so many teams are all in one spot. Make no mistake, they are working hard, but while they are interviewing and evaluating, there is more of a relaxed atmosphere, as there is still some time before free agency and the draft begin and meaningful games are played.

Root for Miami — and Utah. The Clippers have done well to scrap their way above .500 despite an injury-riddled season and the trade that sent Blake Griffin to the Pistons. They’re within reach of a playoff spot, which is nice, but not really in the best interests of the franchise, long-term.

Because LA has Detroit’s pick as a result of the Griffin deal, the Clippers have a shot at two lottery picks this year, but only if both they and the Pistons miss the playoffs. Thus, the Clips want to see the Heat, losers of seven of their last eight, rally to stay ahead of the Pistons, and should not worry too much about the possibility of Utah streaking past them in the West standings.

NFL trade rumors: Rams sending DE Robert Quinn to Dolphins

The Rams traded two-time Pro-Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn to the Dolphins on Friday, according to multiple reports.
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The Nuggets have a league-high six schedule alert games this season, and they lost their first four before finally notching a win when they were playing not just their opponent but a stiff dose of fatigue as well. Granted, it came against a Phoenix team that was without star Devin Booker, starting point guard Tyler Ulis and center Tyson Chandler, but a win is a win.

Here’s the breakdown for the Nuggets, who have been on the wrong end of so many of these games this season. They were in Houston on Feb. 9, then headed out that same night — gaining an hour — Marcus Williams Authentic Jersey for Phoenix to close out a back-to-back set. That’s not an easy flight, either, as it covers about 1,000 miles as the crow flies. And the Suns entered this game with a two-day rest advantage.

Even with those key Suns players absent, the Suns still tallied a whopping 37 points in the second quarter and, as the Arizona Republic keenly noted, achieved some pretty impressive stats in other categories. Namely, the Suns’ 21 fast-break points marked their most in six games, and their 66 points in the paint registered as a season high.

The question about Payne, the latest inside run-stuffer to roll out of the Crimson Tide’s dominant front, is how consistently he can rush the passer in the NFL. We at least now know he can fly upfield given his blazing 40-yard dash for his size (6-2 1/2, 311 pounds).

Because of Payne’s pedigree in Nick Saban’s scheme, the most common comparison for him has been A’Shawn Robinson, whom the Lions drafted No. 46 overall out of ‘Bama two years ago. But Payne has a chance to be better overall than Robinson and other recent Tide products at the position.

Payne’s 1.67-second split was one hundredth of a second faster than that of Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who went No. 3 overall in that 2016 draft. It wasn’t far off from the 10-yard number posted by 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas (1.65), who went No. 3 overall last year.

Because of team needs and the strength of many top prospects at other positions, Payne won’t be drafted that high. But he has a case to be the first defensive tackle selected.

Rodgers still has two seasons left on the five-year, $110 million extension he signed in 2013, but that deal has become outdated.

After missing two and a half months with a lower-body injury, Luongo looked solid enough in Saturday’s 6-3 road victory over the Calgary Flames. With James Reimer surrendering seven in Sunday’s loss to the Jets, count on seeing the 38-year-old veteran more often than not in the season’s waning months — particularly if the Panthers remain in the playoff conversation. Just maybe hold off on enlisting Luongo as a fantasy asset until after Tuesday’s contest in Toronto. The Maple Leafs have scored an average of 4.2 goals per game since Jan. 25.
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In jetting the struggling Detroit Red Wings for a playoff contender in Philadelphia, Mrazek morphs into fantasy asset sporting genuine appeal. With the exception of one horrid outing against the New York Islanders earlier this month, the 26-year-old has been reliable for the Wings since mid-January, boasting a save percentage of .954 through nine Ryan Schraeder Jersey other appearances.

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He said he would like to get it done this offseason and after the podium he said, I wouldn’t expect it to be real difficult.

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Terrell Owens never had the opportunity to win a Super Bowl in his illustrious career — but he’ll always be known for having the most heroic performance in the big game.

Seven weeks before Super Bowl XXXIX, Owens broke his leg and and tore a ligament in his right ankle. The injury required surgery, and his doctor wouldn’t clear him to play against the Patriots back in 2005.

When the injury happened, Owens believed the Eagles could still get to the Super Bowl without him. “There’s no reason for the city of Philadelphia to get down because I’m not there,” he said, via the Washington Post. “Obviously, my presence will be missed, but we have the guys to get it done.”

Life moves on, and our focus shifts to 2022. While it was obviously a lesser brand of hockey than we’re accustomed to seeing, many hope that NHL players will return for the 2022 Games in Beijing. Though NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has remained coy on the topic, it will certainly be an issue in the next collective-bargaining talks, and the players have some leverage to work with: The league has an interest in growing the game in China, and has planned even more preseason games there for next season.

“We always have a good group of guys in the locker room, and we love having fun,” Nowitzki said. “We enjoy each other’s company, but we also respect one another. We respect females and our male co-workers. Whatever happened on the business side, I can’t really comment on.”

The Eagles and Patriots gave us a Super Bowl instant classic on Sunday. It featured a 505-yard performance by Tom Brady with three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to top Nick Foles and the underdog Eagles.

Foles finished the game completing 28 of his 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns. Former Patriot LeGarrette Blount ran the ball 14 times for 90 yards against his old team, and rookie Corey Clement had four receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.

It was a game for the ages and one that we’ll talk about for years to come. These were the defining moments of Super Bowl 52 that won’t ever be forgotten in Philadelphia.

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