The umpires stood by their decision, but weren’t willing to accept responsibility.

“This whole thing was Tom Lasorda’s fault,” umpire Bob Davidson said, according to The Associated Press. “He instigated the crowd, waving his arms. He has himself to blame, absolutely. He knows he’s to blame.”

“How did I instigate it? I was talking to Jim Quick. All I was asking was why he threw my players out,” Lasorda said. “Who made them (the fans) throw the balls the first time? What did I do? If I don’t come out and ask why my players are being thrown out, what kind of a manager am I? That’s all I did. I tell you, that is a real crime, for those guys to try to put that blame on me.”

Regardless of where the blame fell, it was the first MLB forfeit since Disco Demolition Night in 1979 — and the last one to date. Though the forfeit prevented the Dodgers from inching closer to a postseason berth, they ended up winning the division anyway — then were swept by the Reds in the NLDS.

Two years later, a similar ball-tossing incident occurred on opening day in Milwaukee. The dreaded F-word was threatened, but thankfully for the Brewers, order was restored before baseball’s nuclear option was needed.

After the Milwaukee fiasco, MLB declared that giveaways of baseballs or other throwable objects must occur after a game as fans leave the stadium.

Based on the information available, thanks to Pavlidis and others like Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys him, we’re able to compare pitches as they are called by umpires versus what the radar tells us. That includes an estimate on how accurate the average umpire is behind the plate.

“Both (radar and the umpire) would probably be about 90 percent,” he said. “An automated system would not have the big misses but would actually miss more on the margins, according Very Cheap Jerseys to some unpublished research I’ve heard about. The bigger difference would be the zone wouldn’t expand and contract during at-bats.”

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Furious Phil Kessel shakes off frustration, scores Game 2 winner

For most of Monday’s maddening Game 2, linemates Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin made no attempt to hide their frustration with one another, themselves, the Senators, pretty much everything and everyone.

It was fitting then that the pair of Penguins connected for the only goal late in the third period that tied the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece.

Television cameras caught Malkin and Kessel seething on the Pittsburgh bench, at times inconsolable while venting to teammates, coaches, or in Kessel’s case, perhaps, an imaginary friend. Ottawa’s grind-it-out trap game was working wonders to dishearten the Pens’ stars into submission, a repeat of Game 1 when they hit three posts and failed to cash in on five power plays.

Driving Lyft before Game 3, Brett McCormick, 39, told a story about his Pittsburgh roots and growing up going to Penguins games. His move to Nashville 18 years ago almost exactly coincided with the Predators’ birth.

It was an NHL experiment then. Hockey’s conversion rate to a Southern fan base isn’t great elsewhere, but Nashville, unbeknownst to outsiders, was fine-tuning a brand all its own, waiting for a moment like this to flaunt what they had come up with.

“You go back then and half the arena was empty,” he said. “Now there’s barely Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys room to move on the streets.”

The dual-fandom also means he’s a conflicted man these days.

Pressed, McCormick admitted he’s now partial to the Predators — “I root Cheap Braves Jerseys for the underdog” — even if it means being shunned by some family in Pittsburgh.

“I have people asking all the time who I’m rooting for,” he said. “Last week I told my aunt I have to go with the Preds and she said she couldn’t talk to me anymore.

“I thought she was joking, but I haven’t heard from her since.”

Clippers can be dangerous again soon — if they can stay healthy

The Chris Paul-less Clippers continued to inch their way back in the right direction Wednesday with a 115-106 victory over the Grizzlies.

Paul, who is expected to return Friday, was replaced by Austin Rivers. Coach Doc Rivers’ son scored a season-high 28 points, while also dishing out seven assists.

Life without Paul hasn’t been easy for the Clippers, who had dropped six of their last seven games before playing Memphis.

Portland Trail Blazers: Any team with two star guards such as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum should be able to consistently close out tight games. That wasn’t the case in Wednesday’s 107-85 loss to the Hornets when Portland was outscored 28-13 in the fourth quarter.

There may not be a more disappointing team in the NBA this season than the Trail Blazers.

Controversy aside, Derrick Rose is still a supreme talent at point guard.

Rose finished the 117-106 win against the Celtics with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Isaiah Thomas scored 39 points for Boston.

Normally, this wouldn’t be a very interesting game, but the Cavs are reeling Paypal Cheap Jerseys right now and Phoenix is led by shooting guard Devin Booker, who has scored 39 points in two of his last Soccer Cheap Jerseys three games. Cleveland needs a convincing win to get its confidence back up.

Andre Roberson hugged Thunder media before addressing NBA trade deadline confusion

Andre Roberson caused a real stir in the hours before the NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday. The Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard was seen hugging coaches after a team film session earlier in the morning. That signaled to reporters that he may have been traded. But as the deadline came and went, Roberson stayed with the Thunder.

Roberson first played in on the joke on social media, and continued on Saturday, as he hugged media members and then addressed the confusion of it all on Friday.

“[The hug ordeal] was actually pretty funny,” said Roberson. “I went back to the locker room and checked my phone and my agent called me. I was getting all these tweets and my phone was blowing up.”

Carroll has taken a several parting shots at the Raptors on his way out the door, telling the Toronto Sun the team’s style of play was too isolation-heavy and pointing to a lack of trust as a major issue in the locker room: “This year, I feel like a lot of guys didn’t trust each other and a lot of guys, they didn’t feel like other guys could produce or (be) given the opportunity, so there was a lot of lack of trust on our team, so that’s what hindered us from going (as far as they wanted to go).”

Former NBA players and ESPN analysts Stephen Jackson and Paul Pierce discussed Carroll’s comments with host Rachel Nichols on Wednesday’s edition of “The Jump,” and well, they had a Cheap Jerseys Bulk lot Cheap Jerseys And Hats to say. Pierce offered a simple response.

Senior Bowl 2017: Alabama’s O.J. Howard finally gets chance to shine

MOBILE, Ala. Four years ago, O.J. Howard was the top high school tight end prospect in the country. The five-star recruit chose Alabama and went on to play every game for the Crimson Tide while he was on campus.

Now Howard is the projected top tight end prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft. But after a Cheap Hockey Jerseys college career that saw the team’s featured tight end surpass 50 yards in a game just eight times in the last three years, Howard’s NFL draft evaluation isn’t quite clear.

I want to thank the Cleveland Browns organization for giving me this opportunity, Collins said. From the day I walked in the door, I felt welcomed by my new teammates and everyone in this organization. The past is the past as far as last season’s record, but today is a new day. I’m only looking forward. I know we have a lot of work to do, and with Coach Hue leading us and the front office bringing in talent, I feel like we are going to get there and I feel good about continuing my career here.

Collins was a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2013 and spent over three years in New England. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015, but was traded to Cleveland last Halloween. He finished the 2016 season with 112 tackles and three sacks, with 69 tackles and two sacks coming in his final eight games with the Browns.

The Browns likely aren’t done with these blockbuster deals. They have over $50 million in salary cap carryover money, which is more than any other NFL team.

He’s a versatile, smart, competitive and physical football player who has experienced winning at the highest level. Jamie was great to have in our building this season, and we look forward to him being a Cleveland Brown for a number of years to come. We are counting on him to be a big part of us becoming a winning team.

Don’t dive for that ball: The Triple-A game that was played on concrete

Portland Beavers outfielders didn’t want to dive on opening day in 1969.

The Beavers, then the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate, played at Civic Stadium in downtown Portland, Ore. Their ballpark gained national headlines that winter from a significant field announcement.

“The city council yesterday voted unanimously to carpet Portland’s city-owned Civic Stadium with artificial turf,” the Arizona Republic reported. “Councilmen said they hoped the turf would be ready for the opening of the baseball season this spring.”

As a native of Japan, Darvish was required by age 22 to renounce his Iranian citizenship to remain a citizen of Japan, which he did.

According to The Morning News, Darvish currently is in the U.S. and it would appear (key word there, given the early lack of clarity on the order) he wouldn’t be directly affected. Under current interpretations of the order, he might only be affected if he left the United States, in which case he might not be allowed back into the country.

The Rangers play May 26-28 in Toronto. Rangers officials told The Morning News that they intend to double-check to make sure that Darvish isn’t directly affected.

However, because the Rangers pitcher’s Cheap Jerseys Made In USA father, Farsad Darvish, is a native of Iran, he would be banned from traveling to the U.S. for at least 90 days.

Reached this weekend by The Morning News, Yu Darvish wasn’t sure if his father planned to visit in the near future, but he occasionally has come to the U.S. to see his son pitch since he signed with Rangers in 2012.

Madison Bumgarner injury update: Giants confirm no surgery needed

This qualifies as good news these days for the 7-14 San Francisco Giants: Ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner won’t need surgery on his injured shoulder.

Instead he’ll begin rehab work in four or five days on the separated shoulder sustained last Thursday in a dirt-bike accident, manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday.

Nonetheless, Chapman became the first player to be suspended under MLB’s more stringent punishment system for domestic violence offenses, which does not require criminal charges for commissioner Rob Manfred to issue punishment.

Chapman voluntarily accepted the ban and returned to make 20 saves for the Yankees, posting a 2.01 ERA, before he was dealt to Chicago for three prospects. He performed even better for the eventual World Series champions, including pitching the final 1 1/3 innings to close out the Indians in Game 7.

More importantly, Chapman stayed out of trouble, and cashed in as a free agent to return to the Yankees with the richest contract even given to a relief pitcher.

Steinbrenner raves about Chapman every time he’s asked, and he believes Yankees fans feel the same way.

“It’s a lot of money for a reliever,’’ he said. “Obviously, he’s a special player. He’s about as strong a guy as you’ll ever come across.

“He’ll be great. The fans are excited. … They love him. There are so few Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys baseball players that I feel can really get fans to buy a ticket and brings their kids to their game, and he’s one of them.’’

Rex Ryan to join ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ team, report says

There was little doubt about Rex Ryan’s next career move when the NFL coach-hiring cycle passed without him getting a job, and now the expected has come to fruition.

Ryan has signed on as an analyst for ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” the New York Daily News reported Friday. The full-time gig comes on the heels of Ryan doing a guest spot on the show for its Super Bowl 51 edition last month.

“Rex is a great personality and has a unique perspective,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told SportsBusiness Journal at the time. “He knows the Patriots really well. He’s raring to go.”

Now Ryan will have the opportunity to share his insights into every team in the NFL, and that could make for decent entertainment.

The 54-year-old has spent the past eight seasons as a head coach in the league with the Jets and Bills after serving as an NFL assistant for a decade before that.

The Daily News reports Ryan is getting a multi-year deal with ESPN, so Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys we’ll see if he ever finds himself back on a sideline.

“But guess what: It’s 2017. You’ve got to start appealing to what appeals to the next generation. So what is viewed as, ‘This is how you’re supposed to play’?”

Leiter’s point holds water. While high school baseball participation rates have steadily been rising and the sport is raking in more money than ever at the major league level, maybe Americans should look to other countries — say, the Dominican Republic — as an example of what’s appealing to the next generation.

The recruiting world knew about Fournette years before he signed.

Garrett stood 6’4.5 and 240 pounds, yet he looked almost skinny, clearly having room to add a good 25-plus pounds to his frame. He was an excellent pass rusher with good speed off the edge. Right away this looked special, because most high school speed rushers are typically lighter. That Garrett could rush off the edge with burst, play the run with power, and had the room to continue to grow was an elite combination. And since he was not overaged like many prospects are (Garrett did not turn 18 until after Christmas of his senior season), it suggested he had good potential for future growth.

Garrett also seemed smart for a high schooler. I could hold a conversation with him, as opposed to an awkward interview. And he was coachable, the staff at the Under Armour All-America Game told me.

The recruiting world knew about Fournette years before he signed. Watching him run, his style and balance reminded me of a bigger, faster Willis McGahee (before McGahee’s gruesome knee injury, of course). He was widely considered the best running back in a 2014 recruiting class that also featured Dalvin Cook, Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Joe Mixon, Royce Freeman, Elijah Hood, Christian McCaffrey, Samaje Perine, and more.

Pierce had his moments in those other stops, particularly in Washington, where he helped guide the young Wizards while raining down clutch shots during the postseason. His season with the Wizards was memorable in that he finally reached the age where he gave exactly zero f–ks.

He gave hilariously cranky interviews where he ripped old teammates Cheap Team Baseball Jerseys and trashed upcoming opponents. He couldn’t figure out social media to save his life, but always managed to post charmingly corny photos dressed up for Halloween or a Kansas NCAA Tournament run. The further he was removed from Boston, Pierce became oddly endearing to the rest of the country.

Marcus Morris is cheering on the Wizards and could totally pass as his brother Markieff

Marcus Morris has been in D.C. to cheer on his identical twin brother, Markieff Morris, during the Washington Wizards’ 2017 playoff run.

Now that Markieff is questionable to return with an ankle injury in the second-round of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics, Marcus should just fill in for him.

There is no way you can convince me that he isn’t who he says he is.

They can grow out the same facial hair, have the same tattoos, and seriously just look like the same person. Their different styles of play may be hard to disguise, but who has the guts to question it.

This is a nice gesture from Marcus, though, as his brother wore a Detroit jersey to a Cleveland Cavaliers-Detroit Pistons game last year.

More structurally, I think a couple of things are in play. First, we’re seeing the GM-coach become more popular. You have Tom Thibodeau and Stan Van Gundy taking gigs like that fairly recently. They aren’t firing themselves.

You also have more frequent opportunity for player turnover due to shorter Cheap Reversible Jerseys For Basketball contracts. In the old NBA, contracts were so long that it truly was much easier to fire the coach than to fire the players. That’s still the case, but it’s a little bit easier to fire the players via free agency, the stretch provision, and a still-robust trade system.

That’s all a long-winded way of saying I think NBA coaching will Cheap Rugby Jerseys UK become more stable over time, but that this season remains an outlier.

This isn’t to say we won’t have any turnover this summer. You’re not worried about Steve Clifford and I agree that he’s probably safe at this point. Are you worried about anyone else, in the playoffs or otherwise?