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When will Julio Jones be traded? NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport outlines timetable for Falcons to move top WR



When will Julio Jones be traded? NFL Network's Ian Rapoport outlines timetable for Falcons to move top WR

The Falcons are likely to move on from their best receiver, Julio Jones. At this point, it’s just a matter of when.

But NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that there is “no actual deadline” to get a deal done.

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In a recent appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show,” Rapoport discussed a potential timeline for a Jones trade. And simply put, there isn’t one in place right now.

The weird thing about [a] Julio [Jones trade] — it is possible that it gets done this week — but there is no actual deadline until training camp. If the Falcons are like, we have to get a first-round pick. We are not trading him unless we get a first-round pick, then they may not trade him until July 27th or something like that.

That’s a sensible time frame to get a deal done within. As Eisen and Rapoport discussed on the show, the Falcons don’t have any of their rookies under contract yet, so the latest that they could realistically wait to sign them is right before training camp.

If the rookies aren’t under contract by that point, they aren’t able to participate in training camp. They are, however, able to participate in OTAs and rookie minicamp without signing a contract.

So, that’s the reason the rough deadline of July 27 would be the latest a potential Jones trade could happen.

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Rapoport did acknowledge multiple times that a trade could happen as soon as this week. However, unless the Falcons create any sort of artificial deadline, they could hold out and try to get their preferred compensation for Jones.

I would be a little surprised if something is not done before training camp, but other than that, it’s really just whatever deadline they decide to create. Like, they could tell teams we have to get it done this week so get your best offer in so put your best offer in because we are trading him. I haven’t heard that’s happened. Otherwise, it’s all kind of waiting around to see if something spurs movement in a trade market that seems pretty fleshed out. I don’t get the sense it’s really accelerated anywhere.

Basically at this point, everything with Jones appears to be a waiting game. There are reportedly several suitors for the former All-Pro, including the Patriots, Titans and Seahawks.

It’s just a matter of whether Atlanta can get the first-round pick it desires for him — or whether they’ll have to settle for less.

The Falcons have just under two months to answer that question.

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Padres’ Manny Machado wore the perfect Father’s Day footwear



Padres' Manny Machado wore the perfect Father's Day footwear

Manny Machado’s got heat on feet. Kind of.

While ostentatious, loud and colorful cleats are all the rage in baseball, the Padres’ star third baseman dialed it down on Father’s Day. Like, a lot down.

Machado took the field wearing a pair of Nike Air Monarch cleats — the preeminent, iconic dad shoe — during San Diego’s Dad Day matchup vs. the Reds.

The Monarchs have fostered a reputation for being an unforgettable dad-worn sneaker, making Machado’s footwear a tremendous salute to fathers (and grillmasters) around the country.

What makes the cleats even better is that they are in the classic white, silver and navy blue colorway, which is the only way to wear those bad boys. While these are Jordan Brand player-exclusive cleats, they’re dad-exclusive away from the field.

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Machado has worn all different makes of cleats throughout his career, usually flashy and gaudy types. The All-Star infielder has worn Jordan 11s, 12s, 4s and a bunch of others on the field.

Still, lacing up a pair of Grillmaster 5s on Father’s Day earned him plenty of praise from fans who understood the tribute:

You’ll probably be able to catch Machado after the game at a BBQ near you, likely cracking some bad puns and calling everyone “big guy.”

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Nets’ Kevin Durant joining Team USA for Tokyo Olympics after Game 7 loss vs. Bucks, report says



Nets' Kevin Durant joining Team USA for Tokyo Olympics after Game 7 loss vs. Bucks, report says

Kevin Durant isn’t going to be taking much time off this summer.

In fact, he appears to be ready for more action despite playing all 53 minutes of the Nets’ Game 7 overtime loss to the Bucks and scoring a game-high 48 points. And he’s joining another super team that has title hopes.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Durant is expected to commit to Team USA ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

Durant would become the sixth player to commit to Team USA, joining another player with Olympic experience, Draymond Green, and four first-time Olympians: Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal and Devin Booker.

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Durant competed in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. He averaged 19.5 points at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and 19.4 points at the 2012 London Olympics.

In addition, Durant shot 54.6 percent from the shorter-range international 3-point line at the two tournaments and has compiled a 39-0 record in international play.

Team USA can now turn its attention to its remaining question marks with Durant’s commitment reportedly secured. Anthony Davis and LeBron James won’t be participating in this year’s Olympics, but Stephen Curry was “50-50” about competing in the event.

Either way, Team USA should be considered the top threat at the 2021 Summer Games with Durant in the fold.

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Yankees secure win vs. Athletics with another triple play, tie MLB record



Yankees secure win vs. Athletics with another triple play, tie MLB record

If a double play is a pitcher’s best friend, then what’s a triple play?

The Yankees had already turned two triple plays this season before Sunday, including one that has literally never been seen before in MLB history. Then they pulled off one more, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

With the Yankees teetering on the brink of danger in the ninth inning, closer Aroldis Chapman got A’s catcher Sean Murphy to ground to third baseman Gio Urshela, who stepped on the bag and relayed to DJ LeMahieu, who then threw to Chris Gittens for the 5-4-3 game-ender.

It was a record-tying play by the Yankees: The high-water mark for triple plays turned in a season is three, with the feat most recently accomplished by the White Sox in 2016.

The Yankees’ second triple play of the year — a 1-3-6-2-5-6 triple killing vs. the Blue Jays on June 17 — had never accomplished in baseball history:

The around-the-horn game-ending triple play on Father’s Day secured a 2-1 victory over Oakland and gave New York the series win over a hot A’s team. New York moves to 38-33 and continues to right the ship in an up-and-down season.

But, hey, that’s a pretty cool gift for dads everywhere.

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