Sports News You Can Use – Monday, July 24

After a small delay, we’re back. Take a look at the top stories for today.

Baseball

Blue Jays closer to pretenders than contenders: Griffin
Selling seems likely, but moving both Marco Estrada and Francisco Liriano would be tough, even if they consider 2018 a bridge season. Read more.

Anthony Rendon Is Baseball’s Unknown Superstar
On a Nationals team team full of big names putting up big numbers, Rendon’s 2017 season hasn’t garnered the recognition that it deserves. So, we’ll say it: He’s one of the best players in baseball. Read more.

Born for This
At just 18 years old, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is already the best Blue Jays prospect in a generation. Read more.

MLB Rumours: Jays’ Bautista could be in demand
If the Toronto Blue Jays decide to sell ahead of MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline, right fielder Jose Bautista could be a piece that brings back a worthwhile return Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Bautista could be in demand at the trade deadline because he’s still seen as a valuable player. Read more

Toronto Blue Jays limp out of Cleveland after series sweep
On Sunday afternoon, Cleveland put up three hits and a run on J.A. Happ’s first four pitches. Happ’s location was fine, and nothing was hit particularly hard, but that’s the way baseball goes sometimes. Balls are going to fall in. Read more.

Hockey

Predators keep gambling with smart bets
The way things have gone for the Predators lately, it’s like great things just keep dropping on their laps. The Montreal Canadiens, so desperate to become harder to play against, gave them an elite defenseman for an older, slightly less expensive, worse counterpart. Half the young players on the roster broke out in one way or another last season. They went to the Stanley Cup Final and, if not for a few key injuries and maybe a bad game or two in net, might have done a lot better. Read more.

Basketball

Sources: Free agent Derrick Rose meeting with Cavaliers
Rose is discussing a potential contract with Cleveland on Monday, according to the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. Read more.

That Kyrie might believe LeBron leaked his trade request is a story in itself
We’ll never know exactly how news of Kyrie Irving’s trade request became public, but Irving and his camp reportedly have a theory. They, according to a report from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, suspect LeBron James was the one who handed the story to the media. Read more.

How Kyrie Irving has ended the super-team Cavs as we know them
It couldn’t have been easy for Kyrie Irving to walk into a meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and napalm one of the NBA’s best partnerships. Three years, three Finals appearances and one championship connected Irving and LeBron James, and yet if an ESPN report is true – that Irving explicitly told Gilbert that he no longer wanted to play with James – that relationship is damaged forever. Read more

The Kyrie Irving Questions
The Cavs point guard has reportedly demanded a trade, which calls for a lot of answers to a lot of questions. How does this news impact Cleveland, LeBron, the Suns, the Knicks, and many more? Read more.

Golf

Spieth in elite company because of majors, not style points
Jordan Spieth was happy enough to see his name on the claret jug without wondering where he fit in among the rest of the British Open champions whose names are engraved on the oldest trophy in golf. In that respect, nothing has changed. Read more.

Football

Argos years were best of Flutie’s illustrious career

It was only two years, but Doug Flutie calls his time in Toronto the most enjoyable of his illustrious 21-year career. Read more.

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