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10:54 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment WASHINGTON — Nationals All-Star pitcher Stephen Strasburg is headed to the 10-day disabled list. Following his team’s 8-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, manager Dusty Baker confirmed that Strasburg will not take the mound on Saturday as originally scheduled. Instead, Washington will call up top pitching prospect Erick Fedde to take his place. Strasburg exited early from his most recent start on Sunday after pitching two scoreless innings against Arizona. On Tuesday morning, he underwent a diagnostic ultrasound that revealed a nerve impingement in his right forearm. Later that afternoon, in keeping with his typical between-starts routine, Strasburg played catch on flat ground in the outfield, and both Baker and general manager Mike Rizzo suggested that the 28-year-old righty might be available to take his next turn. Now that turn is being given to Fedde. A former first-round pick of the …

6:49 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and new general manager Koby Altman called Kyrie Irving‘s reported trade request to the Cavs’ brass several weeks ago a “fluid situation” and would not say if they indeed plan to deal the four-time All-Star. “He’s a core piece of what we’ve done,” said Gilbert at Altman’s introductory press conference Wednesday. “Kyrie is a tremendous player. He has made great contributions to this franchise and we enjoy him as a player and we’re going to keep this stuff in house in terms of what was said in those meetings, but he continues to be a core piece of who we are and what we do.” Gilbert and Altman would not even confirm that the trade request even occurred, even though it’s been widely reported since ESPN’s Brian Windhorst broke the news last Friday. When pressed if …

2:50 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LeBron James invited new teammate Derrick Rose to join him for workouts in Las Vegas this week, and the invitation was accepted, league sources told ESPN. The two former MVPs could participate in their first workout session as early as Wednesday, sources say. Rose inked his one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. James has spent the past few days vacationing and working out in Las Vegas. Derrick Rose is set to spend his 10th NBA season as a teammate of LeBron James in Cleveland.┬áLeah Klafczynski/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, who has been linked to trade talks for disgruntled Cavs star Kyrie Irving, is also among the players working out with James in Las Vegas, sources say. James sold Rose on the idea of coming to Cleveland for a new beginning and a chance to compete for an NBA title. …

10:50 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment GREEN BAY, Wis. — Ty Montgomery is used to people recognizing him on the street; it’s a regular occurrence for the Green Bay Packers’ budding star. Still, it was a bit unusual for Montgomery to be on the other end of such an encounter. But a chance meeting in downtown Houston could prove valuable for Montgomery and the Packers this season. It was there during Super Bowl week when he ran into Rischad Whitfield, who has quietly become one of the leading trainers of NFL running backs, even though he’s better known by his nickname. “He stopped me in the middle of the road and was like, ‘Hey, are you the Footwork King?’” Whitfield recalled. “I told him I was, and he said, ‘I’ve got to get in with you.’ We exchanged numbers, and we went right to work.” It’s all part of Montgomery’s …

4:27 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment SEATTLE — By the time Rafael Devers stepped to the plate for his first major league at-bat Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox were still scoreless in Seattle. Matter of fact, they had been shut out for 15 consecutive innings and hadn’t scored in 136 of their past 167 innings overall. Eduardo Nunez might help fix that. Maybe. Nunez, acquired from the San Francisco Giants late Tuesday night for minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos, is both valuable and versatile. He can platoon at third base with Devers, spell banged-up and slumping shortstop Xander Bogaerts or steal a base late in a game as a pinch-runner. He’s a useful player, to be sure, and he’s owed less than $2 million before becoming a free agent at season’s end. What Nunez doesn’t do, however, is hit for power or drive in a bunch …

2:15 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Kyrie Irving informed the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month that the New York Knicks were one of the teams he would be willing to join. But it seems unlikely at this point that Irving will land in New York. Here’s why: Carmelo Anthony‘s top choice in any trade, as of late Tuesday night, is to end up with the Houston Rockets, per league sources. Basically, nothing has changed since ESPN’s Adrian Wojanarowski reported over a week ago that Anthony still expected the Knicks to carry out their previous plans to trade him to Houston. Now things can evolve quickly in the NBA. Anthony can shift his thinking on his no-trade clause and where he would like to end up at any time. But as of Tuesday night, landing in Houston remained his top priority over all other potential trade destinations, including the Cleveland Cavaliers. …

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LOS ANGELES — If Jon Jones is really interested in taking on Brock Lesnar in a UFC superfight, Lesnar will be ready to roll. Jones is preparing for his rematch with Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 214 this weekend, but he made headlines during a recent Facebook Live chat by saying he would love to take on Lesnar, who is back in professional wrestling after his return to the Octagon at UFC 200 last year. Jones added that he thought Lesnar would never accept such a fight, which would certainly be one of the biggest events in mixed martial arts history. When Lesnar was contacted by The Associated Press for a response Tuesday, the former heavyweight champion made his willingness clear. “Would I fight Jon Jones? Anytime, anywhere,” Lesnar said. “Right now he should be worried about D.C. on Saturday night.” With that statement, …

6:21 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The Portland Trail Blazers are trading guard Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told ESPN. Brooklyn signed Crabbe to a four-year, $75 million offer sheet a year ago. Portland matched the sheet and, under league rules, needed to wait one full year to include Crabbe into a deal with the Nets. The Nets will send forward Andrew Nicholson to the Blazers, league sources said. Portland will likely waive the remainder of the three years, $20 million on Nicholson’s contract, and use the stretch provision to ease the luxury tax hit on the Blazers’ cap, league sources said. Portland generates a $12.9 million trade exception in the deal, too. The exception expires in one year. The Blazers have $110 million in salary committed to the 2018-19 season, with center Jusuf Nurkic eligible for his rookie extension before the season. Allen Crabbe averaged 10.7 …

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The saga that has engulfed the Cleveland Cavaliers over the past several days continued to expand Tuesday, with LeBron James issuing a tweet expressing his unhappiness with how he has been portrayed in the reporting of teammate Kyrie Irving‘s request to be traded. During talks, Billups knew Irving was unhappy Chauncey Billups said in an interview Tuesday that he knew Kyrie Irving was unhappy while Billups was interviewing for the Cavaliers’ president job last month. Sources: LeBron hands-off in Cavs’ Irving call LeBron James has told the Cavaliers he is focused on his offseason workout regimen and is planning to report to training camp with the intention of leading his teammates to a fourth consecutive Finals no matter who those teammates are, sources told ESPN. Friday, ESPN reported that Irving had requested a trade and that James was blindsided by the news. Saturday, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith …

10:10 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment When the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight opened at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook on Feb. 16, Mayweather was a -2500 favorite and McGregor a +1100 underdog. A lot has changed since then. Biggest bets for Mayweather-McGregor One bettor has already wagered $50,000 on Floyd Mayweather to beat Conor McGregor at -800 odds. Here is a running file of the biggest Mayweather-McGregor bets across Nevada sportsbooks. Tyson: McGregor ‘is going to get killed boxing’ Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson says Conor McGregor “is going to get killed boxing” against Floyd Mayweather. Those two bets were the largest the Westgate has taken on McGregor so far; the sportsbook took a “low six-figure” wager on Mayweather at -650 the week of July 3. For comparison, a $100 wager on Mayweather placed on Feb. 16 would’ve won a grand total of $4; now, that $100 bet would yield …

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