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SALT LAKE CITY — Lonzo Ball accepted blame for Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell’s momentum-changing, one-handed putback dunk and the Los Angeles Lakers’ eventual 96-81 loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

“Put this loss on me,” Ball said. “We were coming back. Two dumb plays by me, and they got up.”

Ball, the Lakers’ No. 2 overall pick, was held to 9 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 5 turnovers. It was the first time this season that Ball failed to post at least 7 rebounds in a game.

Ball and the Lakers fell behind 31-16 at the end of the first quarter but were within six late in the third, when Mitchell came flying from the wing on an Alec Burks’ missed 3, catching and throwing down the rebound with a thunderous, one-handed putback dunk that electrified the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

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Ball was in position to grab the rebound, and no one boxed out Mitchell, who had a running start. Ball then threw a turnover on the ensuing play, and that led to a Mitchell 3-pointer that pushed the Jazz lead back to 11 heading into the fourth. The Lakers got no closer than five after that.

“That was my fault,” Ball said of the Mitchell putback dunk, which Lakers coach Luke Walton said swung the momentum. “If you think about it, that kind of changed the whole course of the game. … I should have boxed him out. Then I threw the turnover.”

Ball struck a more defiant and determined tone on Twitter after the loss.

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While Ball has arguably had the most attention and hype around him in this draft class, Mitchell was the best rookie on the floor Saturday. The 13th overall pick, Mitchell made nine of 16 shots and had a career-high 22 points to lead the Jazz (3-3).

Ball rediscovered his outside shot, making three 3-pointers after shooting 1-for-14 from behind the arc in his previous three games.
The Jazz did the best job of any team thus far this season keeping Ball off the glass and limiting his assists as well. His two rebounds were a season-low, and his four assists tied his season low.

It has been a tough stretch of games for the Lakers rookie, who turned 20 on Friday. Ball and the other Lakers’ starters sat out the final 3 minutes, 42 seconds of a 101-92 loss to Toronto on Friday at Staples Center after Walton was upset with his starters for not getting back on defense.

“Definitely can improve a lot,” Ball said of his play. “I think I had nine points and four assists. It’s not enough when I am going like that.”

“That’s just a big team, man, to be honest,” Ball said of why he wasn’t able to make an impact in rebounding and assists like he normally does. “[Rudy] Gobert, he is very hard to keep off the glass. Favors as well. They were around the rim constantly, kind of picking up everything.”

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — General manager Jerry Reese and the New York Giants’ front office concocted a plan this offseason that included bringing back an offensive line that struggled last season. It was a head-scratching plan, at best.

The Giants cited continuity and familiarity for a young group they were hoping would grow into something more reliable. They went all-in on Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart as their left and right tackles, respectively, despite no significant evidence either would be a substantial player at the NFL level. It was a flawed line of thinking.

“Well, the starting five we felt like had a lot of snaps together, and we felt like those guys, when you have some continuity in your offensive line, that’s a help,” Reese said of the offseason approach during his annual bye week news conference as his team sits 1-6 and in last place in the NFC East.

“We brought [D.J.] Fluker in,” he said. “We drafted a young kid. … And there weren’t a lot of choices to go out there. We looked at a lot of different situations, but there just weren’t a lot of offensive line help [options] out there from our perspective, and we had an opportunity to get somebody, but we looked at some different situations, and it didn’t work out for us.”
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Fluker came cheaply. He was a one-year, prove-it flier. The draft pick was a sixth-rounder, Adam Bisnowaty, who sits on the practice squad.

The Giants didn’t invest heavily in improving their offensive line. They doubled and tripled down on Flowers at left tackle, saying he was working out during the offseason — as if that translated to improved technique or a sudden spike in instincts. The Giants re-signed John Jerry to play right guard. They signed Fluker to be a backup, barely giving him a shot to start during training camp.

Through it all, they bypassed the big free agents, most notably left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who signed with the Los Angeles Rams. Reese and the Giants never showed any significant interest in the 35-year-old. All he’s done is stabilize the Rams’ offensive line and enter the conversation as the single-best offseason acquisition across the NFL.

“Well, again, we want to be a younger football team, and everybody has an opinion about who was available and who wasn’t,” Reese said. “To us, it didn’t make sense for us, and that’s what we went with. We want to be a younger offensive line. Again, do you want to try to develop a 23-year-old guy, or do you want to bring in a 36-year-old guy? We chose to go with the young guy.”

The number 36 was an interesting choice, considering Reese wasn’t asked specifically about Whitworth, who will turn 36 this season. But Reese did re-sign the 31-year-old Jerry, and his top offseason acquisition was 33-year-old wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

The Giants clearly weren’t fully intent on being a younger football team. It’s a curious approach regardless, with a soon-to-be 37-year-old quarterback who lacks mobility and needs maximum protection to be successful.

“Yeah, well, again, we want to be a younger football team,” Reese said. “We looked at all different situations with all the offensive linemen available. We stayed with what we have.”

It was obvious in training camp the approach could be trouble. Flowers struggled badly. It became more evident as the season progressed. Hart injured his ankle and hasn’t played well. He has subsequently been benched, and guard Justin Pugh has been forced to move out to tackle.

The Giants’ offense has been handicapped by the offensive line. They are 27th in rushing, despite more success in recent weeks, and have to scheme to get the ball out of Manning’s hands quickly because of the inevitable pressure.
But Reese remains all-in on Flowers and the line. He insisted Flowers was making progress and getting better. He emphatically stated Flowers takes too much blame and is not the reason for the Giants’ 1-6 record. Reese said the blame should be on his shoulders, but then he denied overestimating what the Giants had with the offensive line entering this season, particularly at tackle.

“No. I think our offensive line — we have some young players,” he said. “They have improved. We’ve run the ball some, a little better than we have in the past. But you have to be consistent doing it. You have to commit to running the ball some. I think our offensive line is comparable. Do we want to upgrade our offensive line? Of course we do, but is our offensive line comparable to a lot of teams around the National Football League? Absolutely, it is.”

No wonder they didn’t feel the need to make any significant offseason upgrades on the offensive line. Being comparable to other bad lines seems to be enough.

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MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing “at a crazy level,” according to teammate Khris Middleton.

Hard to argue with that.

Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks scored the final nine points in a 103-94 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

The reigning Eastern Conference player of the week was 13 for 21 from the field and 6 for 8 at the line. He also had six assists and blocked two shots.

The 22-year-old Antetokounmpo has scored at least 30 points in each of his first four games. He had a career-high 44 points Saturday against Portland.

“I mean, we need him to play like this,” Middleton said. “He’s a match-up nightmare for everybody. The more we can play for him, the more that he relies on us too, the easier the games are going to be for us.”

Middleton added 20 points for Milwaukee, which played its third game in four days, all at home.

Charlotte, which missed its last seven shots after the score was tied at 94, was led by Frank Kaminsky’s 18 points. Jeremy Lamb added 17 points, Kemba Walker had 15 and Dwight Howard grabbed 22 rebounds — three shy of the team record.

Antetokounmpo’s two free throws gave Milwaukee a 96-94 lead with 1:34 left. Charlotte missed two 3-pointers on its next possession and Middleton made a 3 from the top of the arc with 43.5 seconds to go.

Howard missed two foul shots with 33 seconds remaining to finish 0 for 9 from the line, but Charlotte caught a break when the rebound was tapped to Lamb. But he missed a shot after driving through the lane.

Antetokounmpo sank two more free throws, Walker shot an air ball from long range and Middleton capped the scoring with two free throws with 16.2 seconds left.

“I thought the guys executed their sets offensively and I thought they were patient,” Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. “Sometimes we can get in a rush and take that first shot because it’s wide open but turning down a good shot to get a great shot, those are what the good teams do in this league, and I thought that’s what we did tonight.”

A floating shot by Middleton gave Milwaukee a 90-81 lead with 7:49 left. But Charlotte responded by scoring the next seven points, and shortly after tied the score at 94 on a 3-pointer by Kaminsky with 3:05 remaining. But the Hornets were shut out from there.

“It was terrible offense,” Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said. “The second half, it is just not going to work in this league.”

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Antetokounmpo’s 147 points through the first four games are the most in team history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 146 in 1970-71.

“We played Friday, so Saturday you start watching (film on Milwaukee), and you sit and enjoy his greatness,” Clifford said. “It’s not just his size and athleticism, he has an energy level and a flare and a passion for playing that is fun to watch. Then … you’re like `What are we going to do?’ That happens a lot in this league, but certainly he’s one of the guys that you enjoy watching.”

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Charlotte announced before the game that guard Julyan Stone will miss four to six weeks with a strained left hamstring. He got hurt in practice Sunday.

Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon also did not play because of a left ankle sprain. It is uncertain how long he will be out.

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Hornets: Howard became the first Hornets player with three straight 15-plus rebound games since Al Jefferson in 2014.

Bucks: Milwaukee attempted just three free throws in the first half, compared to 22 for Charlotte.

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Hornets: Charlotte hosts Denver on Wednesday to begin a three-game homestand.

Bucks: Milwaukee hosts the Celtics after opening their season with a win in Boston.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning star forward maintained his torrid pace Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils, scoring his eighth goal of the season — in just his seventh game.

The Bolts took the lead in the second period on goals from Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, but couldn’t hang on and ultimately lost to the Devils (how about this start for New Jersey?) by a score of 5-4 in the shootout.

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Kucherov also added an assist on Vladislav Namestnikov‘s beautiful first-period goal. The Devils, though, completed the comeback to continue their strong start to the season, both in wins and goals for. They entered Tuesday’s contest among the league leaders in scoring and surged out to an early lead following a wild five-goal first period.

Drew Stafford opened the scoring for New Jersey and then tied it late in the third period. Kyle Palmieri scored the winner in the shootout.

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Five-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached an agreement on a three-year, $72.3 million contract extension with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told ESPN.

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The contract extension culminates what had been two often-turbulent seasons between Aldridge and the Spurs since his arrival as a free agent from Portland. The deal reflects the Spurs’ desire to continue surrounding Kawhi Leonard with talent and Aldridge’s increased comfort with the franchise.

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San Antonio did discuss trade scenarios with teams centered on Aldridge prior to the draft and during the summer but never found an offer that intrigued them enough to make a deal, league sources said.

At times, Aldridge hasn’t been happy with the franchise, and the franchise hasn’t been happy with him. Nevertheless, Aldridge arrived in training camp in strong shape and with a better relationship with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, and both sides understand that the uncertainty of free agency next summer could make an extension a wise option.

San Antonio didn’t have a better alternative available in free agency to partner with Leonard, and Aldridge couldn’t be sure that he’d be able to find this kind of long-term financial score available on the free-agent market.

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Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville – The Jaguars rookie rumbled for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries at Pittsburgh, building on the week before when he had accumulated 145 yards from scrimmage. With a strong defence and a running game, Jacksonville is having success even with less than stellar quarterback play.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston – The Texans rookie is officially a starting-calibre fantasy quarterback after he passed for 261 yards and five touchdowns, adding 31 rushing yards in a 42-34 loss to Kansas City. He’s thrown for 845 yards and 11 touchdowns, with 96 rushing yards and a touchdown, over the past three games.
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Cam Newton, QB, Carolina – After a slow start to the season, Newton is on his game once again. He was a force at Detroit, throwing for 355 yards and three touchdowns. For the second straight week, he completed more than 75% of his passes, while throwing for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati – The Bengals star caught seven passes for 189 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets against Buffalo.
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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh – He threw for 312 yards against Jacksonville, but Roethlisberger had no touchdowns and threw a career-high five interceptions.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota – Returned to the Vikings lineup and completed just five of 11 attempts for 36 yards before hurting his knee and getting replaced by Case Keenum.
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland – With one catch on two targets for eight yards against Baltimore, Cooper has somehow managed just four catches for a total of 23 yards in the past three games.
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1. The Giants’ receiving corps was destroyed against the Chargers. WR Odell Beckham Jr. had five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown, but suffered a season-ending broken ankle as did WR Brandon Marshall. With Sterling Shepard also out for 2-3 weeks with an ankle injury and return specialist Dwayne Harris suffering a season-ending broken foot, that leaves the Giants extraordinarily thin at wide receiver. With those injuries, TE Evan Engram becomes the most desirable Giants receiver. Among wideouts, Roger Lewis, in his second year out of Bowling Green, is the only remaining wide receiver with more than a handful of targets (let alone catches).
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4. Shocking receiver numbers in Week Five: Panthers TE Ed Dickson had a career day, with five catches for 175 yards on five targets, and 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin caught five passes on 11 targets for 116 yards.
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Patriots WR Chris Hogan saw a season-high 11 targets in Thursday’s win over Tampa Bay. He’s accrued at least 60 yards and a touchdown in each of the past four games.
Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson had five catches for a season-high 106 yards against New England.
The quick ascent of Deshaun Watson has raised the stakes for others in the Houston passing game. Texans WR Will Fuller had two catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas City while Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins caught four passes on 12 targets for 52 yards and three touchdowns.
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Steelers WR Antonio Brown had 10 catches on 19 targets for 157 yards against the Jaguars.
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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott accumulated 132 yards on 30 touches against Green Bay.
Chiefs star rookie RB Kareem Hunt gained 116 yards on 32 touches against Houston.
8. Buccaneers RB Doug Martin, making his first start of the season Thursday against New England, put up 82 yards and a touchdown on 14 touches. That will keep him ahead of Jacquizz Rodgers on the depth chart.
9. Ravens RB Javorius Allen wasn’t ready to give up his role at Oakland, putting up 85 yards and a touchdown on 25 touches. Alex Collins, his primary challenger lately, finished with 55 yards on 12 carries and Terrance West suffered a calf injury.
10. More injuries: Jets RB Bilal Powell suffered a calf strain at Cleveland, and rookie Elijah McGuire finished with 30 yards on 13 touches.
Bills TE Charles Clay suffered a torn meniscus against Cincinnati and is expected to miss a month of action. Nick O’Leary moved into the lineup and caught five passes for 54 yards on six targets against the Bengals.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught eight passes on 11 targets for 98 yards before suffering a concussion.
Texans DE J.J. Watt suffered a broken leg against Kansas City, and that will end his season. Injuries have taken away from this generational talent in the past couple of seasons.
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has agreed to a five-year, $148 million designated rookie scale maximum contract extension, league sources told ESPN.

Embiid, one of the NBA’s most talented and popular young players, has the ability to earn an additional $30 million — bringing the value of the contract to as much as $178 million — if he earns an All-NBA first-, second- or third-team selection, or is named MVP this season, league sources said. The designated rookie scale extension — termed “the super-max” — reflects 30 percent of the 2018-19 salary cap if Embiid reaches the performance-based criteria.

Based on the details of what sources are describing as a complex contract structure, the 76ers would have to waive Embiid for him not to reach the full value of his $148 million extension.

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76ers coach Brett Brown, without commenting on the contract’s specifics, told media before Monday’s preseason game at Boston that Embiid has transformed the 76ers with “his physical presence; he does it with a defensive mindset, and he does it with an offensive target that is different than anything else that we have.”

“When he has been able to practice with us, he has changed the gym,” said Brown, while calling Embiid a “difference-maker.”

The deal represents the 76ers’ commitment to Embiid’s talent, given that he has been healthy enough to play in only 31 regular-season games since Philadelphia selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

“You don’t give up that tag freely — but he has a chance to be great,” Brown said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done. You know, when you look at his body of work — only playing 31 games, and really he’s only been playing basketball for six years, and he’s 23. He’s just scratching the surface.”

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“He does things on a court that remind me of, you know, somebody that’s able to hear music and just play the song,” Brown said. “You know, he will study [Tim] Duncan, or study KD, or another player, and all of a sudden it’s a part of his game. He’s very unique, very unique.”

The deal will include some salary-cap protection for the 76ers should Embiid suffer injury that causes him to miss significant playing time, league sources said.
The $25.3 million salary for Embiid in 2018-19 will rank third among NBA centers, trailing behind only Hassan Whiteside and Andre Drummond.

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The Astros got to Red Sox starter Chris Sale early and never let up, slugging their way to a 8-2 victory in Game 1 of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park on Thursday.

Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve hit back-to-back solo home runs off of Sale in the bottom of the first inning to stake starter Justin Verlander to an early 2-0 lead. The Red Sox chipped away at the deficit in the top of the second, scoring a run on what would have otherwise been a base running blunder by Dustin Pedroia. Mitch Moreland and Pedroia both drew walks with one out. After Rafael Devers struck out, Sandy Leon singled to right field. Moreland was thought to have scored easily, but Reddick fired a strike to third base to get Pedroia, who appeared to be tagged just before Moreland touched home plate, which was the ruling on the field. The ruling, however, was overturned upon replay review and the Red Sox got the run. The Red Sox scored again in the fourth thanks to a Devers sacrifice fly, knotting the game up at two apiece.

Sale faltered again in the bottom of the fourth. Evan Gattis doubled down the left field line and Reddick singled on a ball Jackie Bradley, Jr. appeared to catch on a dive in shallow left-center field. Replay review overturned the ruling on the field, giving Reddick his single. With two outs, Marwin Gonzalez ripped a double to right-center, plating both Gattis and Reddick to put the Astros up 4-2. In the fifth, Altuve hit another solo home run almost exactly to the same spot as his blast in the first inning. That moved the lead to 5-2.

The wheels further spun for Sale in the sixth. Gattis led off with another double down the left field line. Reddick drew a walk, which ended Sale’s night. Unfortunately for Sale, reliever Joe Kelly couldn’t strand either of his inherited runners. Yuli Gurriel singled to load the bases, then Brian McCann brought home two more runs with a single to shallow right field.

Verlander exited after six innings, giving up the two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. He was solid if unspectacular, but given the way other starters have fared so far this postseason, he looked like Cy Young.

In the seventh inning, Altuve blasted his third solo home run of the game, this time off of Austin Maddox, to make it an 8-2 game. It’s the 10th time since 1903 a player has homered three times in a playoff game. The last to do it was the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval in Game 1 of the World Series against the Tigers in 2012. The last second baseman to do it was the Angels’ Adam Kennedy in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Twins in 2002. It’s only been done five times in total this millennium (Albert Pujols and Adrian Beltre are the others).

Chris Devenski worked a scoreless seventh for the Astros, sandwiching a Sandy Leon pop-up with strikeouts of Devers and Bradley. Will Harris and Francisco Liriano combined to pitch a scoreless eighth. Joe Musgrove came on in the ninth, setting down Pedroia, Devers, and Sandy Leon in order, finalizing the 8-2 victory.

The series will continue on Friday as the Red Sox and Astros do battle at Minute Maid Park at 2 PM ET on Friday. Drew Pomeranz will start for the Red Sox opposite the Astros’ Dallas Keuchel.

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert injured his left foot in Wednesday’s 109-93 preseason loss to the Atlanta Hawks and will undergo medical imaging Thursday to determine the severity of the injury.

“We won’t know until tomorrow morning, but I think he should be OK,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after the game.

Shumpert suffered the injury while landing awkwardly after a missed dunk attempt with 2:16 remaining in the first quarter. He limped back to the locker room after a timeout and did not return to the game.

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Earlier in the week, Shumpert shared that he and Lue had an air-it-out meeting prior to the Cavs’ minicamp in Santa Barbara, California, last month to discuss his place on the team after he was included in trade talks over the summer.

Shumpert’s injury could complicate what already figures to be a challenging roster shuffle for Cleveland general manager Koby Altman.

The Cavs have 16 players signed to guaranteed contracts for 2017-18 and can carry only 15 players on their roster, meaning they will either have to cut or trade a player or players before the regular season opens on Oct. 17 against the Boston Celtics.

“It’s a tough process if you can move guys or if you have to let one go,” said Lue. “It’s going to be a tough decision. Just trying to see who plays the best for us, who stays healthy, and we’ve got to go from there.”