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Jazz Agree To Extend Joe Ingles’ Deal By One Year


The Utah Jazz have agreed to a one-year contract extension with Joe Ingles, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The extension will take effect for the 2021-22 season given that Ingles has two more years left on his current deal.

Ingles has become a vital piece of the core that the Jazz have assembled and averaged 12.1 points and 5.7 assists per game for the franchise last season. He’ll earn $14 million in the extension season.

Ingles inked a four-year, $52 million pact with the franchise back in the summer of 2017 and the 32-year-old hasn’t disappointed. Ingles is a veteran presence and versatile forward.





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LSU QB Joe Burrow goes from 200-1 long shot to Heisman co-favorite


LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has gone from a giant long shot to one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy.

Burrow and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts are co-favorites to win the Heisman, at 5-4, at Caesars Sportsbook.

Burrow, a senior in his second season as LSU’s starter, was listed as long as 200-1 in the summer but has thrived in the Tigers’ new spread attack. He has passed for 2,484 yards and 29 touchdowns, with only three interceptions, leading LSU to a 7-0 start.

Hurts, who transferred to Oklahoma from Alabama this offseason, has been just as prolific, accounting for 30 touchdowns (20 passing, 10 rushing) for the Sooners, who are unbeaten at 7-0.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had been the Heisman favorite but suffered an ankle injury in the Crimson Tide’s win over Tennessee on Saturday. Tagovailoa underwent surgery Sunday and is expected to miss an undetermined amount of time.

Tagovailoa is 5-2 to win the Heisman at Caesars Sportsbook.

Alabama hosts LSU on Nov. 9. The Crimson Tide had been 10.5-point favorites over the Tigers in early lines. The SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas took the game off the board after Tagovailoa’s injury and has yet to repost a number. Ed Salmons, veteran oddsmaker at the SuperBook, told ESPN that he expects LSU to be the favorite against Alabama if Tagovailoa is out.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is 7-1, and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is 25-1 to win the Heisman at Caesars. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, one of the favorites to start the season, has fallen to 100-1.

This offseason, the SuperBook took 11 bets on Burrow at 200-1, including a $150 wager placed in July that would pay a net $30,000, in addition to two other $100 bets. Burrow is the solo favorite at the SuperBook at 6-5.

“Burrow is the biggest liability of the guys who can win it,” John Murray, executive director for the SuperBook, told ESPN. “[The liability] was close to six figures at one point.”



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Detroit Pistons To Waive Joe Johnson


The Detroit Pistons are waiving Joe Johnson, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The release of the veteran will open up a roster spot for preseason standout Christian Wood.

Johnson inked a partially guaranteed deal with the franchise after an iconic campaign dominating the BIG3. The 38-year-old signed on with Detroit of all teams in no small part because of his ties to former agent and current team vice chariman Arn Tellem.

Johnson has been out of the NBA since 2017-18 but remains a gifted isolation player. The Pistons, eager for any offensive support on the perimeter, were quick to take a flyer on the former All-Star.

Johnson will bank his partial guarantee worth $220,000 and set out for the next chapter in his career. As we wrote about earlier in the summer, there were several organizations interested in working out the veteran.





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Joe Burrow sets LSU’s single-season touchdown passing mark


STARKVILLE, Miss. — It took only seven games for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow to break the school’s record for passing touchdowns in a single season.

Burrow threw his record-setting 29th passing touchdown of the season during the second half Saturday, putting the No. 2-ranked Tigers ahead of Mississippi State 36-7 in an eventual 36-13 win.

Matt Mauk set the previous record of 28 in 2003. JaMarcus Russell then tied it in 2006.

Burrow finished the game 25 of 32 for 327 yards and four TDs in the win. The senior transferred to LSU from Ohio State last season.

He and new passing game coordinator Joe Brady have helped lead an offensive transformation in Baton Rouge this season which has seen LSU rise all the way No. 1 in the country in scoring entering the weekend with 52.5 points per game.

LSU hosts No. 11 Auburn next Saturday. Following a bye week, the Tigers will travel to No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 9.



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Chiefs trample Joe Flacco and the Broncos’ offensive line – NFL Nation


DENVER — The Denver Broncos‘ offensive game plan, and perhaps their season, dissolved into a “what now?” mess of offensive line play on Thursday night, as quarterback Joe Flacco was unable to escape the Kansas City Chiefs during a 30-6 loss.

The Chiefs had six sacks in the first half and finished with nine in the game — the most against the Broncos since 1983, or as it is known in these parts, John Elway’s rookie season. Kansas City’s oft-criticized defense was more than enough to get an all-too-easy win even after watching quarterback Patrick Mahomes limp to the locker room with a right knee injury in the first half. He would not return.

The loss drops the once-again-reeling Broncos to 2-5 with significant questions about what, if anything, they can do to fix the troubles up front in any attempt to salvage the season.

Troubling trend: The Chiefs (5-2) came into Thursday’s game 30th in the league in run defense, 27th in total defense and 24th in sacks and yet the Broncos couldn’t run the ball effectively, couldn’t put drives together and simply didn’t protect Flacco at any point against that same defense. Right tackle Ja’Wuan James hasn’t played since leaving the season opener with a knee injury — he had practiced the past two weeks on a limited basis — and the Broncos consistently allowed free rushers to crowd the front porch on Flacco.

Toss in three key drops from rookie tight end Noah Fant, three holding penalties on Garett Bolles, a run game mired in neutral, and the recipe for the most disjointed performance of the season on offense was in place.

Biggest hole in game plan: There is something to be said for risk-taking, there is something to be said for believing in your guys and there is something to be said for shaking things up with something unexpected.

And then there is going for two on the first touchdown of the game after you’ve already made the extra point. The Chiefs were penalized for encroachment on the play and Phillip Lindsay couldn’t pound it in for the conversion. Then there was the fake punt that never appeared to have any chance of working on a fourth-and-4 on the first play of the second quarter. All in all, Chiefs coach Andy Reid, with a backup quarterback and perhaps as many injuries to key players across the depth chart as the Broncos, easily won the strategic battle with Vic Fangio.

QB breakdown: Flacco was certainly under siege, but it’s not all on the quarterback no matter how long he does or doesn’t hold the ball. The Broncos never adjusted. There was no effective screen game or an attempt to pick up the pace with shorter drops and shorter throws to offset the Chiefs’ onslaught.

Pivotal play: Mahomes left the game with just under 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Chiefs were driving and settled for a field goal that would give them a 13-6 lead with 8 minutes, 1 second remaining until halftime.

After that point, the Broncos surrendered a defensive touchdown, seven sacks, a 57-yard touchdown from Matt Moore to Tyreek Hill and perhaps any chance of digging out of their early-season hole.



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Joe Maddon agrees to be new manager of Los Angeles Angels


The Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with Joe Maddon to make him their next manager, the team announced Wednesday.

Maddon is expected to receive a three-year contract in the $12 million to $15 million range, a source told ESPN. He will be formally introduced by the Angels at a news conference next week.

“We are thrilled that Joe is coming back home and bringing an exciting brand of baseball to our fans,” general manager Billy Eppler said. “Every stop he has made throughout his managerial career, he has built a culture that is focused on winning while also allowing his players to thrive. We believe Joe will be a great asset for our club and look forward to him leading the team to another World Series championship.”

Maddon, 65, is returning to the Angels organization — with which he spent the first three decades of his career — after managing the Chicago Cubs for five seasons and leading the franchise to its first World Series title in 108 years in 2016.

“I could not be more excited to come back home and manage this great organization,” Maddon said in a statement. “I’d like to thank Arte Moreno, Billy Eppler and John Carpino for giving me the opportunity to add another chapter to my Angels career. I was lucky enough to be a part of the first Angels team to win a World Series title and I look forward to the opportunity to bring Angel fans their second championship.”

The three-time Manager of the Year had been linked to the Angels job ever since the team fired Brad Ausmus on Sept. 30, a day after Maddon and the Cubs announced they were parting ways.

The Angels finished 72-90 during Ausmus’ only season as manager, and the franchise has made the playoffs just once in the last 10 seasons — getting swept by the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 American League Division Series.

The Angels also interviewed veteran managers John Farrell and Buck Showalter and Padres hitting coach Johnny Washington for the job, but Maddon, who was expected to be a valued candidate for other managerial openings around the majors, was the choice. He kept a home in Long Beach during his 14 seasons away from Anaheim, and he has fond feelings for the organization that gave him his start.

Maddon signed with the Angels as an undrafted catcher in 1975, and he spent the next 31 years working at almost every level of the organization as a player, coach and manager. He served as a big league coach under five managers, and he had two stints as the Angels’ interim manager.

His last six seasons with the team (2000-05) were spent as Mike Scioscia’s bench coach, a span that included the Angels’ championship season in 2002. Maddon left to manage the Tampa Bay Rays for nine mostly successful seasons beginning in 2006. He led the team to its only World Series appearance in 2008.

Maddon signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Cubs prior to the 2015 season, and the team finished above .500 in each of his five seasons. His .582 winning percentage ranks second in franchise history behind Frank Chance’s .664 (768-389 from 1905 to 1912).

In 2016, Maddon guided Chicago to 103 regular-season wins and then a long-awaited World Series title. He was credited with changing the culture and creating a loose atmosphere for his players during a pressure-filled time when they were picked by many to win it all.

Only Bill McKechnie (Reds, Pirates and Cardinals) and Dick Williams (Red Sox, Athletics and Padres) have led three different franchises to World Series appearances.

Maddon inherits a franchise in turmoil following an Outside the Lines report that team employees allegedly were aware of Tyler Skaggs’ opioid use prior to the pitcher’s July 1 death and didn’t inform the commissioner’s office. The Angels could face significant sanctions from Major League Baseball if it finds that the allegations were true.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers and The Associated Press contributed to this report.





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Scott Brosius replaces Joe Girardi as manager of USA Baseball


DURHAM, N.C. — Joe Girardi has quit as the manager of the U.S. baseball team trying to qualify for the Olympics before it played a single game.

Girardi said Wednesday that he is leaving to pursue a major league managing job. There are seven current openings.

He will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who had been slated to be Girardi’s bench coach. Brosius, the MVP of the 1998 World Series with the New York Yankees, became the senior director of baseball development for USA Baseball earlier this year.

Willie Randolph will shift from third base coach to bench coach, and Ernie Young from the first base coaching box to third.

The U.S. will train Oct. 21-28 at the Kansas City Royals‘ complex in Surprise, Arizona, then start competing Nov. 2-4 at Guadalajara, Mexico, as part of a group that includes the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands.

The top two teams advance to a qualifying round in Tokyo from Nov. 11-16. The winner of that group advances to the six-nation Olympic field, which already includes host Japan and Israel, and the second- and third-place teams advance to another qualifying event.

Baseball is returning to the Olympics after being dropped for 2012 and 2016. Cuba won the gold medal in 1992, 1996 and 2004, the United States in 2000 and South Korea in 2008. Next year’s Olympic baseball tournament is to be played from July 29 to Aug. 8 at Fukushima and Yokohama, Japan, as part of the Tokyo Games.

Players on MLB 40-man rosters are not eligible to play for the U.S. in qualifiers. The 28-man U.S. roster includes several top prospects, including Los Angeles Angels outfielder Joe Adell, Chicago White Sox infielder Andrew Vaughn and Atlanta Braves outfielder Drew Waters.

Vaughn was the third overall pick in this year’s amateur draft.



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Joe Budden calls Logic “one of the worst rappers to ever grace a microphone”


“I have to be honest, you are horrible, man”

Joe Budden has described Logic as “easily one of the worst rappers to ever grace a microphone” on his latest podcast.

The comment came on a recent episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, after the ‘Pump It Up’ rapper had listened to French Montana‘s ‘Twisted’ single featuring A$AP Rocky, Juicy J and Logic.

“I’m going to be honest with you – I don’t know what they tell you at Def Jam, I know you sold a lot of records, I know you sell out a whole bunch of tours and I know just how successful you are,” he said on the show, referring to Logic. “I have to be honest, you are horrible, man.” Listen to the comments in full below.

“He is really bad,” he continued. “But why am I the only one? C’mon y’all. You can say it.”

Budden has criticised Logic before, including during a Year-End Special for Revolt, where he and Charlamagne Tha God both mocked the Maryland-bred artist for frequently talking about being biracial.

Last year the rap veteran denied that he’ll be coming out of retirement to rap on a song in response to Eminem’s diss track n new album ‘Kamikaze’. Budden came under fire on ‘The Ringer’ and ‘Fall’ after previously slammed his track ‘Untouchable’ as “trash” and “once of the worst songs he’s ever heard”.

While not responding to Eminem’s latest attack through a song, he did take to the air to say that he’s “been better than him for the last decade” – before later suggesting that the rapper had “nothing to say”.

 





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Cubs set to interview Gabe Kapler, Astros coach Joe Espada


CHICAGO – The Cubs will interview former Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada this week for their vacant managerial position, the team said on Monday.

Espada is expected to interview on Monday, during an off day for the American League Championship Series between the Astros and the New York Yankees.

Kapler, 44, was fired by the Phillies on Thursday after two seasons and a 161-163 record. He played for the Boston Red Sox from 2003 to 2006, when current Cubs executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer held similar positions for that franchise.

Kapler has also been linked to the San Francisco Giants, who are looking for a replacement for the retired Bruce Bochy. Kapler worked with Giants team president Farhan Zaidi when both were with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Espada, 44, has been the bench coach for the Astros for the past two years. Before that, he was a special assistant to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and also served as the team’s third-base coach,

Espada is the brother-in-law of Brandon Hyde, who worked in Chicago before becoming manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Espada and Hyde, whose wives are sisters, were employed by the Miami Marlins together in 2010 and 2011.

Kapler and Espada bring the number of managerial candidates to six. David Ross, Joe Girardi, Mark Loretta and Will Venable have already discussed the job with the team.

The Cubs could make a decision on who replaces Joe Maddon soon after the latest candidates interview, as one source indicated last week that Kapler and Espada could be the final candidates to discuss the job with the team.

Industry sources have indicated for some time that Ross is the front-runner for the job.



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The Joe Budden Podcast ep.288


“Do You Gotta Boyfriend?”

It’s Saturday, so you already know what that means… Joe Budden and the fellas are back with Episode 288 of The Joe Budden Podcast.

Finally, footage leaked from Mal’s Masterclass and the guys react (9:18). T.I. reveals his biggest regret as a music executive (24:43), Wale’s new album (35:30), a Logic lyrical breakdown (43:35), and much more!

On the Sleepers segment, Joe played Sheek Louch’s “Hood pt.2” with Sha Stimuli and himself, Rory rocked Stack Bundles’ “Listen,” Mal hit us with Ice Cube’s “Wicked,” and Parks played “1-800-Suicide” by the Gravediggaz.

The Joe Budden Podcast ep.288 was last modified: October 12th, 2019 by Shake





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