The looming Kyrie Irving trade leaves the Cavs with a unique problem while trying to reload for another run at the Warriors

Kyrie Irving has reportedly asked the Cleveland Cavaliers for a trade, likely ending the super-team Cavs as we know them. According to reports, the Cavs feel confident about trading Irving, believing his age (25) and contract status (two years, with a third-year player option) make his stock particularly high. However, while the Cavs are likely to get a good return for Irving, finding the perfect return for him is particularly challenging because Irving carries a unique value for the Cavs. Irving is undoubtedly one of the most talented scorers in the NBA, but his value in other areas is lower. He’s mostly ceded playmaking duties to LeBron James and his… Read More

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Mike Weir happy to see strong Canadian contingent at national Open

OAKVILLE, Ont. – Beside the pond to the right of the 18th green at Glen Abbey Golf Club stands a giant billboard reading, “True North Strong” in bold lettering. Pictured are seven Canadians, including three PGA Tour event winners. Appropriately, the player on the top is Mike Weir – the person, according to fellow billboard model David Hearn, who deserves a good portion of the credit for this golden age of Canadian golf. “Weirsy was the last guy to do it before them. You’re seeing a lot of influence from Mike on that,” said Hearn, 38, who has two playoff appearances on his resume. “He’s paved the way for a… Read More

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Venezuela leader’s foes levy new sanctions and fresh strike

By Michael Weissenstein | Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela — Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro at home and abroad tried again Wednesday to pressure the socialist leader into halting his plans to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution though there was no public sign their efforts were working. The Trump administration announced sanctions on 13 current and former members of Maduro’s administration, freezing their U.S. assets and barring Americans from doing business with them. The U.S. also joined with a dozen other regional governments in urging Maduro to suspend Sunday’s election of a national assembly for rewriting the charter. Those moves came as a coalition of Venezuelan opposition groups organized a second national strike… Read More

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Redskins TE Jordan Reed starts camp on PUP list

RICHMOND, Va. — Tight end Jordan Reed was a surprise inclusion on the Washington Redskins‘ physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp. Reed, safety DeAngelo Hall, linebacker Houston Bates and receiver Kendal Thompson were put on the PUP list Wednesday before camp practices begin Thursday. Hall, Bates and Thompson all missed off-season workouts with injuries. But the inclusion of Reed came out of nowhere. Washington’s top pass-catcher skipped voluntary off-season workouts, but looked good during minicamp in June. The 27-year-old had 66 catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games last season. He missed time with a concussion and a shoulder injury. Hall and… Read More

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Dave Ramsey says: Using the grandchild for money

Dear Dave, My wife and I have been helping our adopted daughter financially for some time. She’s 25, has been married for three years, and we don’t see this cycle stopping anytime soon. The worst part is, they will often throw in that our grandchild will go without something unless we help. We’re certain this isn’t teaching them to stand on their own feet, but we don’t know what else to do. — David Dear David, You’re right about one thing. It’s time they both learned how to handle money like mature, responsible adults. I don’t know how much you’ve tried to teach her about finances when she was growing… Read More

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Raiders sign second-round pick Obi Melifonwu

NAPA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have signed second-round pick safety Obi Melifonwu to a four-year contract. Melifonwu signed the deal Wednesday, two days after Oakland’s rookies reported to training camp in Napa. The team does not hold its first full training camp practice until Saturday. Melifonwu was picked 56th overall out of Connecticut in April’s draft. He is expected to bolster a suspect secondary and help solve Oakland’s issues with covering tight ends. The Raiders still have not signed their first-round pick, cornerback Gareon Conley. More from Sportsnet Packers’ McCarthy focused on same approach going into camp Associated Press Safety Reshad Jones placed on active-NFI list by Dolphins Associated… Read More

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Packers’ McCarthy focused on same approach going into camp

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Mike McCarthy made no grand pronouncements Wednesday. There was not any sort of guarantee from the 12th-year Green Bay Packers head coach. Going into training camp, McCarthy said he and his staff were focused on the same steady, focused approach that has sent the team to the post-season each of the past eight years. With two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers still in his prime, McCarthy believes that will give the Packers a shot at reaching the Super Bowl in Minneapolis in February. “We have full confidence. The goal here has never changed. It’s been the same since Day 1,” McCarthy said in his annual pre-camp news… Read More

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Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that’s expected to create 3,000 jobs. The announcement comes at a critical juncture for a Trump administration that pledged to generate manufacturing jobs but has struggled to deliver results as quickly as the president promised. Trump’s plans for health care and tax cuts face an uncertain future in Congress, while his administration is bogged down by an investigation into Russia’s possible ties with his presidential campaign. Related Articles Facebook’s revenue and earnings climb in second quarter NY police eyeing “textalyzer” for crash probes Trump’s treasury secretary is ‘looking closely’ at online… Read More

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Chris Harrison on Bachelor in Paradise Drama: ‘Drunk and Stupid Does Not Make Good TV’

In the wake of the Bachelor in Paradise scandal that caused a halt to production due to what Warner Bros. called a “misconduct” in June, Chris Harrison is now opening up about the changes that have been made to the reality series. “I know people want us to say there have been massive changes, but you’re not going to see sweeping changes,” the longtime ABC host told PEOPLE at The Bachelorette: Men Tell All taping. “We’ve learned from this. There will be some adjustments, but again, our cast has always been most important. Alcohol has never – that’s such a misconception that they rely on it. Drunk and stupid doesn’t… Read More

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