Here’s What Alex Cora Had To Say About Red Sox’s Trade Deadline Inactivity

The Boston Red Sox, in a borderline stunning development, elected not to make a move at the trade deadline.
It was suspected, and understandably so, that the Red Sox would attempt to make some type of a move to bolster their bullpen, which has struggled periodically this season. But alas, the deadline came and went, and the Red Sox elected not to make a move.
Shortly after the deadline passed, Sox manager Alex Cora addressed the media, and he did not express frustration.
“I’m not disappointed,” Cora said. “This is a team, a group that we trust. I’ve been saying all along that the group has to get better. Yesterday, we had a chance to win the game; we didn’t come through. Today is a new day. We have chance to win the series. We gotta stay with that frame of mind; just win series, keep moving on, get better. We got guys in that clubhouse and they’re capable of doing it. We’re going to trust the group and move forward.”

Alex Cora spoke to the media about the Red Sox's inactivity during the trade deadline.
— NESN (@NESN) July 31, 2019

There’s no question the Red Sox have the talent to win, but in four months they have yet to prove they are a legitimate contender. But with Wednesday’s developments — or lack thereof — it’s clear the organization’s hope is that guys start playing up to their potential.

Julian Edelman Creates Great, New Nickname For Bulked-Up Tom Brady

Tom Brady has become known by a number of different nicknames over the years, but that didn’t stop Julian Edelman for coming up with a new one for the New England Patriots quarterback.
Brady on Wednesday told reporters that he bulked up over the offseason so that he can better absorb hits. Upon hearing the news, Edelman took to Twitter to share the new name he has for Brady.

Tommy weight room
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) July 31, 2019

Of course, that flies in the face of the “TB12 method” Brady swears by, which is more about being pliable than just a meathead.

We’re not sure if the nickname ultimately will stick, but can’t blame Edelman for trying.

MLB Trade Deadline: Red Sox Stand Pat, Elect To Proceed With Current Roster

The Major League Baseball trade deadline came and went without the Boston Red Sox making any moves.
Despite the usual swarm of pre-deadline rumors, the defending World Series champions elected to stand pat and go forth with their current roster. The Red Sox were rumored to be after relievers, most notably New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz and San Francisco Giants closer Will Smith.
Boston reportedly also was in on multiple middle-relief arms, including Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Daniel Hudson.

Understandably, the Red Sox remain confident in the players they have.

Red Sox didn’t make a move. Cora: ‘I’m not disappointed … it’s a group that we trust.’
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 31, 2019

Reminder: This is the first year where there will be no Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline. The Red Sox cannot make any trades until the offseason.
That said, the Red Sox will gain reinforcements when rosters expand in September.

Which Golf Hat Keeps Your Head Coolest in the Dog Days of Summer?

With the dog days of summer bringing excessive heat to the links, your choice of golf hats could be the difference between an early departure to the clubhouse or playing through 18. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are real concerns on the course in the months of July and August as temperatures can reach into the 100s in some areas. 
While many individuals tend to strip down to stay cool, when the sun is directly beating down on your skin, it heats your core temperature up quicker. Protecting your face, neck and scalp from the sun is crucial to keeping you cool and protecting your skin from harmful rays. A light hat is an ideal way to achieve this barrier when you’re out on the links.
The key to picking the right golf hat is to opt for breathability, lightweight feel and UV protection. To help you keep those beads of sweat from cascading down your forehead, blurring your vision and sending your ball into the abyss, we’ve broken down the top four types of hats that will keep you cool and your golf game strong through the end of summer.
Mesh Cap
If a golf hat is your “go to” look, mesh caps are your best friend for a hot and sweaty round. While retaining your signature golf cap style, the tiny holes allow for ideal breathability so heat can easily escape from your head rather than bottling up under the brim. 
A normal concern with mesh caps is UV protection. There’s no need to worry though, as these holes are so tiny, they still provide that necessary barrier. It also makes for a more lightweight feel as there are less layers of fabric on the sides and back of the cap.
Our favorite mesh back caps:

X110M The Original Lightweight Mesh Back: A mesh back version of our lightest cap with our softest mesh
X210SM The Structured Performance Mesh: A performance poly fabric mesh back cap that comes in eight colors and has a mid-structure profile

Golf Visors
PGA TOUR player Beau Hossler frequently wears the Imperial Tour Visor on and off the golf course.
Too much hair under that hat to avoid the heat? Opt to go topless! Golf visors reduce the extraneous fabric to let your head breathe with ease while still protecting your face from the harmful rays of the sun. Easier to maneuver than normal golf caps, you can adjust them up or down to better keep the sun out of your eyes and off your face. Of course, if you’re missing a little something up top, you’ll want to stay away from visors as they leave your scalp fully exposed.
Some of our favorite golf visors include:

The Tour Visor Collection:  Made in the USA, this preppy style is as popular as ever and completely synonymous with the Imperial brand
3136 The Sweetspot Ladies Performance Visor: A performance material visor with a moisture-wicking and anti-microbial sweatband

Bucket Hats
Not your average golf hat, bucket hats are becoming more and more popular on the course. Staples to the wardrobes of Bill Murray and PGA TOUR player Joel Dahmen, they are regarded by many as the best hot weather golf caps. In addition to being lightweight, the wide, 360-degree brim is what gives this hat the winning title.
PGA TOUR player Joel Dahmen’s preferred hat is The Hampton (GT08) bucket hat.
All caps are designed to provide protection to your face, but when you’re lining up your shot, the sun is beating straight down on your neck and ears. With a bucket hat, these elements of your body are still protected and shaded throughout your game.
A few of our favorite bucket hat styles include:

GT08 The Hampton: Features a shorter conservative brim with an adjustable velcro strap and removable chin strap, this hat also comes in four distinct colorways
1371 The Oxford Bucket: This classic bucket hat fends off harmful rays with a 2 1/4″ floppy brim and a satin ribbon

Cooling Hats
Top row hats include: WSSEA The Seabird Sport in Breaker Blue and the GT01 Sun Protech hat in Gray. The second row features GT08 The Hampton in sand and the Oxford Bucket in white with a red ribbon.
Taking the element of “cool” to a new level, cooling golf hats use the process of evaporation to draw heat away from your scalp. By submerging your hat in cold water before heading to the course, the heat surrounding causes the water to evaporate, pulling the heat from your head to the surface, and cooling everything underneath. The Imperial powered by Coolcore line is the only patented chemical-free golf hat on the market.
Our favorite sun protection style includes:

CC050 The Old Norse Watership Cooling Sun Protection Hat: Imperial powered by Coolcore buckets are the only patented, chemical-free golf buckets on the market. The moisture-activated cooling technology will have you feeling cool when the heat is on, while coming in five different colorways

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Liverpool Vs. Lyon: Score, Highlights From Reds’ Preseason-Finale Win

Liverpool welcomed a clutch of senior stars back to action Wednesday in Geneva as it rounded off its preseason schedule with a 3-1 win over Lyon.
The night began at the Stade de Geneve with Alisson Becker conceding a third-minute penalty by bringing down Moussa Dembele when attempting to recover the ball after it had slipped from his grasp. Memphis Depay converted the resulting spot kick.

Alisson mistake Memphis Depay penalty goal
Watch live:
— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) July 31, 2019

The Reds tied the game through Roberto Firmino soon after, though, with the Brazilian finding the net with a smart strike on the turn from a deflected Xherdan Shaqiri cross.

Firmino is back
— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) July 31, 2019

Liverpool then took the lead moments later, as Joachim Andersen inadvertently crashed Ki-Jana Hoever’s delivery into his own goal from eight yards.

If you're gonna score an own goal might as well go top corner
— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) July 31, 2019

Harry Wilson extended the advantage early in the second half with a stunning effort from range, as the Reds signed off ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield encounter with Manchester City in style.

— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) July 31, 2019

Red Sox Vs. Rays Lineups: Second Baseman Michael Chavis Returns For Middle Game

The Boston Red Sox need a win Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Losers of two straight, the Red Sox will host the Tampa Bay Rays in the middle game of their three-game set. Boston began the day nine games back of the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East and two games back of the Oakland Athletics for the final AL wild-card spot.
Alex Cora will turn to right-hander Rick Porcello, while Kevin Cash will counter with righty Andrew Kittredge.
As for the lineups, Michael Chavis will play second base and bat eighth after sitting out the series opener. Sam Travis playing first base and batting sixth is the only other change to the starting nine.
Here’s Boston’s lineup for Wednesday’s game against Tampa Bay:
(We’ll add the Rays lineup once it’s released.)
Mookie Betts, RF
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
J.D. Martinez, DH
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Sam Travis, 1B
Christian Vazquez, C
Michael Chavis, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Rick Porcello, RHP (9-7, 5.55 ERA)
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Patriots Notes: Stephon Gilmore Not Celebrating ‘NFL Top 100’ Ranking

FOXBORO, Mass. — Some leftover notes and nuggets from Wednesday’s media availability at New England Patriots training camp:
— Stephon Gilmore earned the highest ranking of any NFL cornerback on the player-voted “Top 100 Players of 2019” list, checking in at No. 22 overall.
Asked whether that type of recognition is meaningful to him, the soft-spoken cover man replied: “It’s a good accomplishment, but it’s a new year.”
“That’s the type of person I am,” he added. “I try to prove myself every year. Nobody cares about last year. If you don’t do it this year — if you don’t come out and work this year — you’re not going to be a good player this year.”

Stephon Gilmore on being the top-ranked corner on this year’s NFL Top 100: “It’s a good accomplishment, but it’s a new year. That’s the type of person I am.”
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) July 31, 2019

Gilmore’s been more than a good player through six days of training camp. He has more total pass breakups (three) than catches allowed in team drills (zero), with Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots’ quarterbacks rarely even attempting to test the first-team All-Pro.
“I just try to focus on myself,” Gilmore said. “Even when the ball’s not thrown my way, I just try to make sure I’m in the best position to cover the guy in front of me. That’s pretty much what I focus on.”

— Gilmore got some additional reps in after practice concluded, standing deep downfield while Brady, Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham heaved high, looping passes in his direction.
“(I) just try to track the ball,” Gilmore explained. “Those guys throw pretty balls, so just trying to track the ball in the air as much as I can so I can come down with the ball.”

Stephon Gilmore simulating some deep-ball interceptions after practice with Brady and the other QBs.
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) July 31, 2019

Gilmore also worked for a few minutes on press coverage technique with slot corner Jonathan Jones before chatting with reporters and heading off toward the locker room.
— It’s always interesting to watch the various exercises players choose to run through after practice. Another one from Wednesday featured rookie edge rusher Chase Winovich sprinting at Brady in a mock pass rush and smacking his fellow Michigan product with a pad as he released the ball.

Video stinks, but here’s a look at Tom Brady and Chase Winovich working together after practice. Brady throwing passes while Winovich provides pass rush and a pop.
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) July 31, 2019

— Wednesday’s practice was rookie corner Joejuan Williams’ best yet. The second-round draft pick broke up two passes in 11-on-11 drills — one to Phillip Dorsett, the other to Maurice Harris — after failing to get his hand on a single ball during the first four competitive practices.
“I feel like he’s getting better every day,” Gilmore said. “He’s asking questions. Whatever we can to help him become a good player for our team to help our team win, that’s what we want to do.”
Patriots defenders broke up 12 passes in all during the session, including 10 by cornerbacks.
— This was the hottest practice of camp to date, with temperatures topping 90 degrees and the heat index nearing 100 degrees on the fields behind Gillette Stadium.
Dan Skipper, who’s taken first-team reps at left tackle of late, was in no mood to discuss the conditions.

Was this the hottest day of camp yet?
Dan Skipper: “I’m not a weatherman.”
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) July 31, 2019

Bill Belichick Hopes Tom Brady Will Stay Around Patriots Another Few Years

FOXBORO, Mass. — Perhaps ex-Patriots defensive end Willie McGinest gave Bill Belichick some truth serum Sunday because the New England head coach revealed more than usual in a 1-on-1 interview with his former player.
McGinest asked Belichick if he wants quarterback Tom Brady, who’s entering the final year of his contract, around for another 2-to-3 years.
“I definitely hope that’s the case,” Belichick said, via The Boston Globe. “Right now all of us are just focused on this year. We want to have a good season. I know Tom’s worked hard in the offseason, we all have. We’re out here in training camp, trying to get things going.”
Brady joked around Wednesday when he was asked three consecutive questions about his contract, so it seems no one on the Patriots is overly concerned about the QB’s deal.

Who Is Dan Skipper? Meet New Challenger In Patriots’ Left Tackle Competition

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ two most recent left tackles (Nate Solder and Trent Brown) both were towering figures at 6-foot-8.
The man who’s held down that spot this week is even taller.
That man is Dan Skipper, a 6-foot-9, 325-pound Arkansas product who joined the Patriots’ practice squad just before their playoff run last season. Skipper only has one game of regular-season NFL experience — with the Detroit Lions in 2017 — but he’s been in charge of protecting Tom Brady’s blind side during New England’s last three training camp practices.
“Last year, I was shown the culture,” Skipper said after Wednesday’s session. “But now it’s this year. I’ve got to figure out what to do this year and get going and get moving on.”

A confluence of factors led to Skipper’s elevation from bottom-of-the-roster player to first-team left tackle candidate, the most notable being the status of 2018 first-round draft pick Isaiah Wynn. Wynn, the team’s projected Week 1 starter at the position, has yet to participate in full-speed team drills as he continues to recover from the torn Achilles that cost him his entire rookie season.
Veteran tackle Jared Veldheer, who’d been brought in to provide experience at the position, retired just days after signing this spring, and 2019 third-round pick Yodny Cajuste has yet to even attend a practice after undergoing pre-draft surgery to repair a torn quad muscle. Depth piece Cole Croston also was cut Tuesday after sitting out the first five training camp practices.
Joe Thuney filled in as the first-team left tackle during the first three days of camp, but the Patriots chose to move him back to his usual spot at left guard last Friday. That opened a spot for the 24-year-old Skipper, who’s looking to latch on in New England after brief stints with the Dallas Cowboys, Lions and Denver Broncos.
“I’ve got Joe next to me, and he’s been awesome,” said Skipper, who went undrafted in 2017. “I’m trying to get on the same page and get caught up to speed with the rest of the guys. … I try not to look in the rear-view mirror, because everything worth getting is right here, right now. Now, I’ve got to go in, watch film and get ready for tomorrow.”
Skipper has looked overmatched at times during 1-on-1 and 11-on-11 drills — some of his battles with rookie edge rusher Chase Winovich have been particularly one-sided — but he received a positive review Monday from Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
“He was only here for a couple weeks (last season),” Belichick said. “… So only a couple weeks of practice. But Dan works hard. He’s got experience in the league, and he’s certainly had a good opportunity to learn our system a little bit last season and then was here really regularly when the season was over and into the offseason program. So he got off to a good start there and has built on that.
“He’s competing well. We’ll see how it goes. He’ll get a good opportunity. He’s earned that. He’s put himself in position to compete, so we’ll see how it goes.”

MLB Trade Rumors: Edwin Diaz, Other Relievers Now Off Board For Red Sox

Relievers began flying off the board a couple hours before the Major League Baseball trade deadline, (likely) tot he dismay of the Boston Red Sox.
Most notably, the New York Mets shifted course and committed to keeping closer Edwin Diaz, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Diaz was rumored to be a target for the Red Sox, who were “confident” they would make an impactful move to bolster the bullpen before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Here’s Heyman’s report:

Belief now (not guaranteed) is Mets hold onto Edwin Diaz. He might need to rebuild value first.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2019

Additionally, Daniel Hudson and Roenis Elias, two relievers rumored to be “in play” for Boston, were dealt to the Washington Nationals.
Here are the details:

Source confirms: #Nationals get Daniel Hudson from #BlueJays for Kyle Johnson. First reported: Scott Mitchell of TSN in Canada.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2019

Roenis Elias is indeed headed to the Nationals, sources confirm to ESPN. That's two moves already for Mike Rizzo to improve a bullpen that needed it.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019

Round and round we go.
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