Utah Jazz to sell ‘JP Strong’ T-shirts to benefit ‘former Jazzman’ battling cancer

The Utah Jazz are set to do their part to help “former player” JP Gibson in his latest battle with cancer.

The team announced Monday that shirts designed by Steven Diaz with the words “JP Strong” on them will be sold online through Fanzz, at the Jazz team store and during the team’s Oct. 6 preseason game at Vivint Arena to benefit the 8-year-old who is receiving treatment for cancer for the second time in less than three years.

The navy shirts feature a gold J-Note with a “P” tucked inside, with the word “strong” comprising the vertical line of the letter.

The shirts will cost $15.

“We treasure our relationship with JP and his family, and if we can help in just the smallest way, we want to show our support for his bravery in the face of cancer,” team president Steve Starks said in the announcement. “We know he will be strong in the fight and this gives all of us an opportunity to rally behind JP.”

Gibson joined the Jazz in October 2014, signing a one-day contract. He appeared in an intrasquad scrimmage that night and has been a fan favorite since.

Throughout the season, Utah will wear a patch on jerseys advertising the “5 For the Fight” campaign, which raises money for cancer research.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

Vikings QB Sam Bradford says knee is ‘better’

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford says his left knee is feeling better this week, raising the possibility he’ll return from injury after only a one-game absence.

Bradford said he’s planning to test the knee in practice Wednesday. He took limited turns last week, because of soreness and swelling. After going through pregame warmups Sunday at Pittsburgh, Bradford was ruled out. Case Keenum took over at quarterback for the Vikings, who lost 26-9 to the Steelers.

Bradford said he hurt the knee in the season opener against New Orleans, when he had a career-best 143.0 passer rating in leading the Vikings to a 29-19 victory over the Saints. Bradford has twice had his left ACL surgically repaired.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

Estrada deal gives Blue Jays head start to challenging off-season

TORONTO – Extending Marco Estrada provides the Toronto Blue Jays a head start on what projects as a challenging off-season but more notably, gives them another piece for 2018 with no commitment beyond that.

A $13-million, one-year deal strikes a balance for a right-hander who struggled badly in June and July and will turn 35 midway through next season, but chose to forgo the open market in order stay put, a desire for stability helping to bring both sides together.

The Blue Jays can now knock one starter from their winter-time to-do list, slotting Estrada in behind Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ, with Joe Biagini still under evaluation for his role next year. Brett Anderson, who starts Tuesday night, remains in an extended get-to-know-each-other period and will get some consideration for a return.

Their other needs include one, if not two corner outfielders, a capable middle infielder to protect against the risk of longer-term absences for Devon Travis and Troy Tulowitzki and a backup catcher. More support for the bullpen would help, too.

Including Estrada’s $13 million, the Blue Jays now have $88.375 million guaranteed to eight players. Factoring in very rough estimates for their eight arbitration-eligible players (Dominic Leone could make it nine if he qualifies as a Super 2), they’re at about $135 million, leaving some $25 million to spend on external additions and 0-3 service time players if the payroll remains in this year’s $160 million range.

Barring some transformational trades — and that’s very possible — the Blue Jays don’t have very much money to work with relative to their needs.

In that sense, the short-term nature of the …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca