2018 NBA Draft Odds: Latest Lines for Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic at No. 1

Arizona Wildcats center Deandre Ayton remains the betting favorite to be selected No. 1 overall by the Phoenix Suns, according to OddsShark.com, holding odds at -285 (bet $285 to win $100).

Real Madrid point guard Luka Doncic isn’t far nfl jerseys nike cheap behind at +175 odds, while the field—including players like Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. and Duke’s Marvin Bagley III—sits at +850.

The Suns certainly have a fascinating choice at No. 1. They could always shop the pick, hoping to pick up a superstar or a collection of draft picks for their ongoing rebuild. But it’s unlikely they’ll pass on the chance to take the top player on their board, who they’ll ostensibly be able to keep under team control for the next eight seasons.

In Ayton, the Suns could add a young, physically imposing center with a polished offensive game and the ability to dominate on the boards. His athleticism and his ability to potentially become a solid perimeter shooter could make him  cheap nike nfl jerseys china an ideal modern center on the offensive end.

The defensive end is where the questions begin, however. Ayton did not dominate as a rim-protector in college, and there are questions about whether he has the instincts on that end to ever be great defensively. In an NBA that has prioritized rim-protection as the most important skill for the center position, Ayton could be a liability in the long term.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Doncic, at just 19, has already been a Euroleague champion, Euroleague MVP and Euroleague Final Four MVP in his young career. Facing far superior competition than Ayton or any other college basketball player faced this season, Doncic was the headliner for Real Madrid, showing off an assortment of skills that should translate at the NBA level.

He’s a talented facilitator who shows a craftiness beyond his years. He finishes well at the basket, creates space with a strong step-back jumper and has the size at 6’8″ and 220 pounds to play 1-3 at the NBA level. Watch Doncic’s tape and buy nike nfl jerseys cheap  you’ll see a player who looks like a savvy veteran, creating offense in a number of ways.

But like Ayton, there are questions about Doncic’s defensive upside, and unlike Ayton, there are also questions about his athleticism, which threatens to temper his long-term upside. Still, Doncic is already so good—and will have plenty of time to work on his body and chisel his frame—it would be surprising if he drops far in the draft if he isn’t the top pick overall. cheap nfl nike jerseys china

NFL Cheerleading Can Still Be Saved

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Bailey Davis couldn’t wait for the calendar reveal party. This was August 2016, in her second year as a member of the Saintsations, the New Orleans Saints cheerleaders, and she’d worked so much harder on toning her body for the calendar shoot than she had as a rookie. She’d been eating clean, going to Pure Barre and CrossFit and she’d even won a plank competition by holding the pose for 33 minutes. The result was her very first six-pack,nike nfl jerseys cheap  a tangible sign of her discipline. She hoped that six-pack would help her make the cut—her own month on the calendar.

Davis arrived at New Orleans’ Royal Sonesta Hotel with her teammates, all dressed in black cocktail dresses for the formal event. They greeted team sponsors and Saints employees, but mostly they whispered about who might get a month this year. The first sign of trouble was the team photo—four rows of smiling women in white bikinis—projected across the backdrop of the ballroom stage. Davis’s eyes were stuck on the middle of the second row, on the altered version of herself. Her breasts had been noticeably enlarged, and the change wasn’t subtle; teammates (some of whom have actually had breast augmentation) teased her about her double-Ds. “I was super embarrassed,” Davis says. “It was the first thing you saw when you walked in.”

Throughout the course of the night, each page of the 16-month calendar was revealed for the first time, January 2017 through April 2018. Davis, who had a page as a rookie, sat through 11 months, growing anxious as she waited to see nfl jerseys cheap nike if she had made the cut. Relief came with the reveal of December; her photo flashed on screen, in a red bikini, posing on a waterbike. Her chest was back to its normal size—an obvious difference from the group shot plastered on the backdrop of the stage. But the moles on her stomach were missing, and her six-pack had been erased.

Davis was annoyed at her smoothed-over stomach, but she wasn’t completely surprised. Airbrushing away all traces of perceived masculinity had been a trademark of the Saintsations swimsuit calendar long before Davis joined the team.

“No one had a six-pack in the calendar,” she says. “I wanted a rip-tuck picture for the calendar, but they smoothed it over because someone said, Guys don’t like six packs on girls.”

(In a statement to The MMQB, outside counsel for the Saints said that nike nfl jersey cheap until June 2017 the Saintsations were outsourced to a third party-organization, St. All-Star LLC, including the 2015 and ’16 seasons, Davis’s first two years with the team. nfl nike jerseys cheap The Saints discontinued the calendar after the 2017-18 edition in question, which was prepared in 2016.)

Growing up, Davis had an especially close connection to the Saintsations—her mom worked for them as a field director, one of several assistants for the squad—and always dreamed of dancing on the sideline in black and gold. She joined the dance team at Jones County Junior College and tried out as soon as she was old enough for the Saintsations. She expected it to be the height of her dance career and push her to improve her technique. cheap nfl jerseys nike But once she made the team, the reality was much different. “Routines got watered down to look better for the girls who couldn’t really dance,” she says. “If you gained a little bit of weight or if you didn’t sell enough calendars, you weren’t going on the field. Everything but your ability determined whether you got to dance or not.”

Wayne Rooney Has Reportedly Told Everton He Wants to Join MLS’ DC United

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Wayne Rooney has reportedly told Everton that he wants a transfer to DC United in the MLS, according to Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail.

Per that report, “the former England captain is on the verge of joining the MLS club after his representatives travelled to Washington, D.C., for talks. Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, was in the U.S. capital to discuss a contract that will run until the end of the 2020 MLS season.”cheap nfl custom jerseys

The deal would reportedly be for a £12.5 million fee.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post reported that “inside the old walls of team headquarters at RFK Stadium, there is cautious optimism—’We’re holding our breath,’ one person said—that United will land the greatest scorer in the history of Manchester United and the English national team, who also stands second in Premier League annals.”nike nfl jerseys cheap

Rooney, 32, has scored 10 goals and two assists in 31 Premier League appearances (27 starts) for Everton this season. He earned him a grade of 6.64 from WhoScored.com, ranking him 15th on the Toffees.

The impact he would offer DC United and the MLS, however, is far greater. Much like Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining LA Galaxy, Rooney would add a big-name, marketable star to the league, albeit one perhaps past his prime.nfl jerseys cheap nike

Rooney’s move isn’t guaranteed, of course. As Goff noted, Rooney is set to make around $10 million this season, meaning United would have to open up the purse strings to satisfy him. But per Goff, United have reportedly been monitoring players like Javier Hernandez, Carlos Tevez, nfl nike jerseys cheap Mario Balotelli and Andres Iniesta and reached out to Rooney last summer, so the club appears ready to make a splash.

RB Mike James’ Request to Take Marijuana as a Painkiller Denied by NFL

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The NFL denied a request by free-agent running back Mike James to use marijuana, rather than prescription opioids, as a painkiller.

“I am hopeful that I’ll be able to keep playing football,”custom nfl jerseys  James told Steve Politi of NJ.com. “It is a game that I love very dearly. I know right now I’m doing something that makes some people uncomfortable, and that I’m going against the establishment to push for a change in the way they look at this medicine. I know there’s a greater purpose here for a lot of guys in this league who I consider family members.”

James, 27, spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve with a concussion. He was on the Detroit Lions’ roster but did not play after August.

Marijuana is on the NFL’s banned substances list. Repeated positive tests can lead to suspensions or expulsions from the league. James has never been suspended for a positive test.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been pessimistic about the use of marijuana.customized nfl jerseys

“I think you still have to look at a lot of aspects of marijuana use,” Goodell said on Mike and Mike in 2017 (h/t Los Angeles Times). “Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say. It does have an addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long term. All of those things have to be considered.”

James said he wants to be known as a pioneer for marijuana use in the NFL as a painkiller.nfl custom jerseys cheap

“I hear it all the time from retired players who say, ‘I was so scared to say something when I was playing,'” James said. “We are the engine that drives this league. If we can’t get onto the field with a less harmful medicine and we can’t live our life after football, how are we going to tell our kids to play this game?”cheap custom nfl jerseys

Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets

Somehow, it seems like an upset to have both top seeds in the NBA Finals this year.authentic nfl jerseys cheap

The Rockets have to stave off their dynastic foes in the Warriors, while the Raptors likely won’t be favored in Las Vegas during any matchup with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Their previous playoff flops still leave a bitter taste in many mouths, even if this squad is light-years better and, despite boasting similar personnel, barely resembles those disappointing outfits.

But in our predictions, they’re each here on the biggest stage. cheap nfl jersey And we’ve established both squads nfl jerseys for cheap  as dominant bunches that have obliterated teams with their work on both ends of the floor; Toronto, Houston and Golden State are the only three squads to rank in the top seven for defensive and offensive rating alike.hi-res-b388b28c39a2d1930f16dfaed2eba291_crop_exact

This becomes about matchups, and that’s bad news for the Raptors. nfl jersey cheap How are they going to slow down a historic offense when its biggest strength coincides with the Toronto defense’s largest weakness?

Led by James Harden and his remarkable penchant for forcing contact and earning trips to the stripe, the Rockets embark upon veritable parades to the free-throw line. They earn a league-best 0.236 free throws per field-goal attempt—their only No. 1 placement in the offensive Four Factors.

Meanwhile, the vaunted Toronto defense successfully depresses shooting percentages, forces a solid number of turnovers and is barely above average on the glass. But it fouls early and often. Only the Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns fare worse in opponent free throws per field-goal attempt, cheap nfl jerseys from china which spells trouble for the Eastern Conference challengers. Harden will have a field day attacking DeMar DeRozan and the rest of the backcourt defenders tasked with slowing him down.

Toronto has the ability to slow down any pick-and-roll attacks that feature Clint Capela dashing to the hoop (No. 2 in roll man defense), but the fouling alone is an exploitable weakness. When you’re trying to quell an all-time offense, you can’t have any of those.

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron

The Detroit Lions appear as though they’re trying to trade cheap nfl jersey  tight end Eric Ebron before the 24-year-old’s $8.25 million team option for 2018 becomes guaranteed on Wednesday.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported last week that the team met with Ebron last Thursday to discuss his future, adding that they’re “open to dealing him” and gave him no assurances regarding his status there.

The 2014 No. 10 overall pick is two seasons removed from 61 catches on 85 targets for 711 yards in only 13 games, and he scored four touchdowns in 2017. But the team might prefer to bring back veteran Darren Fells alongside intriguing second-year fourth-round tight end Michael Roberts. 0b6269137e4ec39bf4d068f12c9e5ed3_crop_exact

There’s a good chance something gets done here in the next couple of days.  cheap nfl authentic jerseys

Nick Foles isn’t the only Eagles player who could be on the trading block. Don’t be surprised if teams call Philly general manager Howie Roseman about veteran defensive end Vinny Curry, who makes a lot of money for a rotational player on a team strapped for salary-cap space.

Philadelphia already has Brandon Graham, 2017 first-round pick Derek Barnett, veteran cheap authentic nfl jerseys  Chris Long and new acquisition Michael Bennett on the edge, making it tough to justify Curry’s $11 million projected cap hit for 2018.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported before the Bennett trade that the cheap nfl jerseys from china Eagles were trying to keep the 29-year-old at a different salary and that “teams are also interested in potentially trading for him.”

Considering that he was one of the best defensive players on Philly’s Super Bowl run, another team just might blow the Eagles away with an offer they can’t refuse. nfl cheap jerseys