DeMarcus Cousins describes Carmelo Anthony as an “old head” of Team USA. Cousins grew up admiring Anthony. So being on the Olympic team not only allows Cousins a chance to win a gold medal next month in Rio de Janeiro, it gives the Kings center an opportunity to play alongside his favorite player.
Adam Silver speaks softly, resembles a cerebral college professor and carries a big stick. On Thursday, the NBA commissioner threw down the hammer heard around the league, around the country, around the world with the decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte in opposing a North Carolina bill that limits anti-discrimination protections within the state.
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Kendall Graveman’s use of his sinker in his past two starts reminds his pitching coach of another former A’s right-handed starter. “He’s almost been in the Bartolo Colon percentage with that pitch,” says Curt Young. Relying almost exclusively on his sinker, Graveman has a 2.68 ERA over his last six starts and has pitched deeper into games.
Tim Beckham homers and then sparks a four-run inning with his eighth straight hit over three games to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night.
After 13 straight seasons without a winning record, playoff berth or even much hope most years, the Raiders head into training camp this year with an unfamiliar burden: expectations.
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