Watch Mets’ David Wright Salute Citi Field Crowd For Final Time

Legendary New York Mets third baseman, David Wright, played in the final professional baseball game of his career Saturday night.
Hamstring, shoulder and spinal injuries have troubled the seven-time All-Star in recent years, keeping him off of the diamond since 2016. But before hanging them up, he wanted to suit up in the blue and orange one final time.
Wright has made an immense impact on the city of New York over the course of his 14-year career, to the point where New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Saturday as “David Wright Day.”
The two-time Gold Glove winner took the field alone to a thundering applause before catching the first pitch thrown by his two-year-old daughter, Olivia.

Olivia Shea Wright throws out tonight's first pitch.
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) September 29, 2018

The Mets icon spent his entire career 14-year career with New York, posting a .296 batting average and smacking 242 home runs. He also was chosen to represent the United States in the World Baseball Classic on two separate occasions where he earned the nickname, “Captain America.”

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Wright played a few innings of Saturday’s game, exiting to thunderous applause and a memorable curtain call.
Take a look:

#DavidWright says goodbye.
— MLB (@MLB) September 30, 2018

Cheers on a legendary career, the baseball world thanks you.

Thank you #DavidWright! #OurCaptain
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 30, 2018

Al Horford Sheds Light On Mindset With Possibility Of Free Agency Looming

Much has been made about Kyrie Irving’s future in Boston, but Celtics big man Al Horford is in a similar position.
Like Irving, Horford has an option in his contract that would allow him to opt-out after this season. Though Horford isn’t quite the high-profile player Irving is, he’s cemented himself as a key part of the Celtics on both ends of the floor in his first two seasons in green.
While it would be reasonable for Horford to be contemplating his future, his focus remains simple.
“I’m not focused on next year and free agency,” Horford said, via The Boston Globe. “I’m very grateful and happy with what we are building here in Boston. When I came in here two summers ago (president of basketball operations) Danny (Ainge) and (co-owner) Wyc (Grousbeck) and (head coach Brad Stevens) sold me on the vision that we were going to be able to stack this type of team, and I believed them then and I made a commitment that I want to be the best that I can and win a championship here.

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“We have such a big opportunity that we can’t allow ourselves to look ahead or look at any of that. I’m really locked in with this season.”
Horford is at an interesting point in his career, especially if he plays well in the upcoming season. At 32-years-old, he could be in line for one more big contract as he enters the twilight of his career. While remaining a tremendous defender, he diversified his game by becoming a reliable shooter from 3-point territory, meaning he now is a threat to score anywhere on the floor.
He’s in line to make north of $30 million in the 2019-20 campaign should he elect not to opt out, but that would put him at 34 years old by the time he’d hit unrestricted free agency.
So while there are questions he’ll have to answer, don’t expect him to do so until next summer rolls around.

Tom Brady Posts Simple Message On Instagram Ahead Of Patriots-Dolphins

It’s tough to say that a Week 4 game is a must-win, but the New England Patriots sure would benefit big time from a victory Sunday.
The 1-2 Pats will host the 3-0 Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium, with the Patriots looking to avoid one of their worst starts in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.
Belichick said during his weekly interview on WEEI on Monday that what was “really concerning” to him was the Patriots’ lack of execution, and it appears Brady feels the same way.

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In the Pats quarterback’s weekly Instagram post on the eve of a game, Brady’s caption on his photo simply read: “Execute.” The post came with a photo that also featured the simple message, plus photos of him, his teammates and a shot of the Boston skyline.
You can view the post here.
There’s no questioning that the Patriots often are one of the most well-prepared teams in the NFL, but the execution this season clearly has been lacking. However, that shortcoming sounds like it was a point of emphasis heading into the weekend.

Young Boy Who Survived Gunshot Throws Down Dunk With Help Of Kristaps Porzingis

A little over a year ago, six-year-old Bronx native, Jaheem Hunter, almost lost his life to a stray bullet that struck the side of his head.
After an arduous recovery that required multiple operations, Hunter now is healthy and found himself taking part in the New York Knicks’ open practice Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
Hunter fit right in with his new teammates as the newest member of the Knicks. He was given a personalized jersey from New York superstar Kristaps Porzingis and entered the team’s scrimmage to a raucous ovation.
Coach David Fizdale wanted to work Hunter into the offense right away. He drew up a pick-and-roll play that would give him an open lane to the basket where Fizdale wanted him to “dunk it.”
Center Enes Kanter’s screen worked to perfection as Hunter was able to slice right through the defense like butter en route to a Porzingis-assisted slam dunk in front of the 10,000 hometown fans.

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— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) September 29, 2018

Sports can be truly special, and Hunter’s slam dunk certainly is one of those special moments.
To watch the whole video, click here.

Michael Irvin Believes This Player Has Overtaken Rob Gronkowski As Top Tight End

Rob Gronkowski has been the best tight end in football for the past six seasons, but he might have been overtaken this season.
That is, of course, if you ask Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
Irvin went on WEEI’s “Dale & Keefe” on Friday, and noted the New England Patriots tight end likely will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but he no longer is at the top of his class.
“But I give you this, I shall lay this upon you,” Irvin said, “I do believe that a man has snatched the top from Rob. Rob’s a bad boy, but I believe Travis Kelce now can truly say he’s probably the best tight end in the league.”
Irvin admitted that he thinks Kelce has jumped Gronk in large part due to the amount of talent the Kansas City Chiefs have around him.

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“What’s around Travis Kelce has a lot to do with it. Just look at what everybody is doing right now. Every team comes in and says, ‘We’re going to double Gronk and make somebody else beat us.’ If they go in and say, ‘We’re going to double Travis Kelce  and make somebody else beat us,’ they’ll say, ‘OK, no problem, I’ll beat you with Kareen Hunt. I’ll beat you with Sammy Watkins.’ So a lot of it has to do with what (Kelce) has around him, compared to what Gronk has around him.”
The Patriots’ lack of offensive weapons certainly has hampered Gronkowski and the rest of New England’s offensive players. Without Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola — both of whom found new homes in the offseason — and Julian Edelman (suspension), the Patriots’ passing game has struggled to get going through the first three weeks.
Kansas City, on the other hand, has been one of the NFL’s most electric offenses early in the season, as quarterback Patrick Mahomes has connected with Kelce 16 times for 229 yards and two scores.
Irvin isn’t the first person to suggest Gronk might have lost a step. Former Patriots executive Michael Lombardi suggested the Arizona product has gotten “slow,” and that’s caused him to struggle to get open.
Can Gronk and the 1-2 Patriots get back on track in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins? If they don’t, it might be time to panic.

Bruins’ Torey Krug Leaves Preseason Finale With Lower Body Injury

The Boston Bruins suffered a blow to their blue line Saturday evening, but the severity remains unknown.
Defenseman Torey Krug left Boston’s preseason finale loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period, with the ailment being described by the team as a lower body injury. It was Krug’s second preseason game of the campaign, as he was eased back into things during training camp since a fractured ankle ended last postseason prematurely for him.
After the game, head coach Bruce Cassidy could not offer much of an update.

Adds he would be fine with Urho Vaakanainen making NHL debut on Wednesday if necessary.
— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) September 29, 2018

Cassidy on Krug: “I don’t believe this is the same injury.”

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— Joe McDonald (@JoeyMacHockey) September 29, 2018

Should Krug’s injury cause him to miss time, the Bruins are in something of a precarious spot on the left side of their defense. Matt Grzelcyk also is contending with a lower body injury, meaning if neither he nor Krug can go in Wednesday’s series opener, Urho Vaakanainen likely would get the nod.
As mentioned above, Cassidy appears comfortable with Vaakanainen, a 19-year-old who has heaps of talent — although it remains to be seen if he’s ready for the NHL game right now.
While Krug may have become part of the third pairing with the Bruins signing John Moore, he has been a staple on the second line in past years. He also is a key part of the Bruins’ power play unit, with Vaakanainen seeing time on the man advantage Saturday upon Krug’s departure.
Last season, the 27-year-old slashed 14-45-59 in 76 regular season games, with his goals matching a career high and his assists and point total setting a career high.

Tiger Woods ‘Pissed Off’ After Falling To 0-3 At 2018 Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods isn’t having a good time in Paris.
2018 has been a year of redemption for Woods, who won his first professional tournament in over five years last Sunday at the Tour Championship, but he has struggled this week at the Ryder Cup.
Woods has dropped all three of his matches throughout the tournament. He and partner Patrick Reed lost their fourball match in Friday’s morning session and the pair suffered another L in Saturday’s morning wave. The Big  Cat got a new partner in Saturday’s foursome matchup, but he and Bryson DeChambeau were dusted by Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, dropping Woods to 0-3 on the week.

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The 14-time major champion isn’t pleased with his record, but he doesn’t think it’s indicative of how he’s played.
“Just pretty pissed off, the fact that I lost three matches and didn’t feel like I played poorly. That’s the frustrating thing about match play. We can play well and nothing can happen.”
Although it has been a tough tournament so far for Woods, he does have a chance for redemption Sunday. Woods will face Jon Rahm in the singles match at Le Golf National, with the United States looking to come back from a 10-6 deficit to retain the Cup.

Nick Wright Explains Why It Will Be ‘Panic Time’ If Patriots Lose Vs. Dolphins

It’s become almost commonplace for the New England Patriots to cause a premature panic with slow September start only to turn it on and win the AFC East convincingly.
The Patriots once again have started slow in 2018, going 1-2 over the first three weeks due to a troubled passing game and a defense that has trouble getting to third down, let alone getting off the field on third down.
Many fans and pundits are tempering their panic ahead of New England’s critical Week 4 tilt with the Miami Dolphins. Miami enters the game at 3-0 and in first place in the division and can put the Patriots behind the eight ball with a win Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
While it might not be time to panic yet, FOX Sports’ Nick Wright believes that a loss to the Dolphins should cause everyone in Patriots Nation to hit the alarm.

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“Frank Gore is the only person on the Dolphins who’s won in this building, who’s won at Gillette,” Wright said Friday on “First Things First.” “And he did it not as a Dolphin, he did it as a San Franciso 49er. And that’s not to make the point that he brings some knowledge, but it’s to the point that nobody in the AFC East goes to New England and wins. With Tom Brady at quarterback since 2007, they are 27-1 at home against the AFC East, and the one loss was a Week 17 game that Brady didn’t play the second half.
“So if Brady actually plays, from 07 to now, they are 27-0. So I say that to say this, if the Pats lose this weekend it is officially panic time. It is not the typical slow start. It is not, ‘Oh, wait til November.’ It is uncharted waters. Three straight losses would be the first since ’02, 1-3 would be the worst start in almost 20 years for them, and to lose a divisional home game that matters, something they haven’t done since prior to the undefeated season. It would be official panic time in New England if they lose this weekend.”
The Patriots haven’t looked like the team they were expected to be through three weeks, but this is the type of game Tom Brady and Bill Belichick usually win to begin righting the ship.

Patrice Bergeron Injury: Bruins Star Expected To Be Ready For Opening Night

Patrice Bergeron’s preseason will conclude without him playing in any games, but that’s not expected to keep him out of the lineup once the regular season begins.
The Boston Bruins will open up their 2018-19 campaign Wednesday against the Washington Capitals, and all signs are pointing toward Bergeron manning his usual spot in the center of the top line once the puck drops at Capital One Arena.
During the offseason the 33-year-old underwent groin surgery, with his rehab stretching into training camp. He’s eased his way back into hockey activities, and though he still was wearing a red non-contact jersey during Friday’s practice, Bergeron expressed optimism for his Opening Night status.
“It’s a lot better. I wouldn’t say it’s back to 100 percent, but it’s definitely trending that way and it’s been good,” Bergeron said after Friday’s practice, via “It’s good to be back with the full group obviously — first one in a while. Felt good. Overall, no issues.

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” … Gonna have a few more good practices and be ready for the opener in Washington.”
As for head coach Bruce Cassidy, he stated “I believe he’ll be ready Wednesday.”
Bergeron’s absence has allowed Cassidy to see how different centers perform on the top unit, with Trent Frederic getting the nod in Saturday’s preseason finale against the Philadelphia Flyers.
But with the regular season mere days away, having everyone back at full health is key. The Bruins have plenty of talent and are poised to try and get past the second round of the playoffs this season, and having their top-line center good to go right from the start will help get things off on the right foot.

Patriots Roster: New England Releases WR Corey Coleman From Practice Squad

The New England Patriots announced a move regarding a former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Saturday, but it wasn’t Josh Gordon.
New England announced it released Corey Coleman from the practice squad. The Patriots signed Coleman to the practice squad Sept. 20. There has been no corresponding move announced.

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Coleman originally was signed by the Patriots on Sept. 11 but was released Sept. 17 after being inactive for the Patriots’ Week 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
As for Gordon, the 27-year-old receiver is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins and head coach Bill Belichick was typically discreet about the possibility of Gordon making his Patriots debut.