Felipe Vazquez got the last two outs for his 16th save.

The Pirates won for the third time in nine games and the Padres lost for the 10th time in 12 games.

While Musgrove dominated, the Pirates piled on against rookie lefty Eric Lauer (3-5) and the Padres. The Pirates scored an unearned run in the first inning on two singles and Austin Hedges’ passed ball, and added four runs, including two unearned, in the third. Hedges and shortstop Freddy Galvis each had a throwing error. Gregory Polanco hit a two-run double and was thrown out to end the inning trying to stretch it into a triple. Josh Bell hit an RBI triple and Elias Diaz drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.

That looks untenable. I would expect the Wolves to explore the trade market for Wiggins soon, if they haven’t started already. To shed his salary, they might have to wait until next summer, when a team with unused cap room could be willing to take Wiggins into space — and send out something nice in return.

He wanted to wear the number, let him wear the number, Irving said to ESPN on Monday.

Irving wore the No. 2 with Cleveland from 2011-1He made four All-Star teams during his time with the Cavaliers and helped the team win an NBA title in 2015-1But Irving reportedly wanted a bigger offensive role and forced a trade to the Celtics in August.

The Cavaliers advanced to their fourth straight NBA Finals, where they were swept by the Warriors, and then selected Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The story is probably going to be the number, but I’m more excited about who (Sexton) is as a player in the league, Irving said to ESPN. The number thing is like, just chalk that up to the game. It’s cool. It’s no hard feelings from my end. He just has to start at the chopping block just like everyone else did. So, I’m excited for him.

Irving was an All-Star during his first season with the Celtics, averaging 24.4 points and 5.1 assists over 60 games. But he injured his knee in March and missed the playoffs. The 26-year-old guard wears No. 11 in Boston.

Lakers’ NBA title odds improve to 7-2 after LeBron James acquisition

The Los Angeles Lakers, with the addition of LeBron James, are suddenly top-tier contenders to win next season’s NBA championship, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks.

After news broke Sunday evening that James is headed to Los Angeles, the Westgate SuperBook reopened the Lakers at 9-2 to win next year’s title.

The Lakers’ odds immediately were trimmed to 7-2 after a respected wager quickly came in on the Lakers, according to Westgate assistant manager Jeff Sherman.

Only the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors have better championship odds than the Lakers at the Westgate. The Warriors are odds-on favorites at -110 to three-peat.

The Boston Celtics, like the Lakers, are 7-2. The Houston Rockets, at 7-1, are the only other team with single-digit odds.

The current odds on the Lakers also reflect the possibility of them landing another big name, including potentially Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs.

We have [the Lakers] lower based on anticipated support and the possibility of adding to the roster, Sherman told ESPN in a text message.

Moore has also played for the Rangers, Coyotes and Blue Jackets in an eight-year career.

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell added an RBI single in the fourth inning and made a highlight grab in the sixth inning before leaving the game with an apparent injury resulting in the catch. Russell bumped into Baez while making the running catch on Eduardo Escobar’s ball down the left-field line in foul territory. He walked off the field and into the dugout after talking to a team trainer and manager Joe Madddon.

Twins: LF Eddie Rosario, one of three Twins to leave Saturday’s game due to heat was in the lineup on Sunday. Teammates Bobby Wilson and Max Kepler were available, as was infielder Ehire Adrianza, who received intravenous fluids after finishing the game.

We just encouraged everyone last night to rest and hydrate the best they could again this morning to get themselves in positions to get through the game, Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. You just try to be aware of it. There’s not much you can do: You’ve got to play people and you’ve got to get through the game. . SS Jorge Polanco’s 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension ends Monday and Molitor said he expects him to rejoin the club in Milwaukee after a stint with Triple-A Rochester.

Rutgers football begins summer conditioning program | How much can players work with the coaches?

jets_059Rutgers coach Chris Ash has often said the three-month period between spring camp and training camp is a key part to the development of his team, a time when his players digest the playbook, develop their bodies and build a chemistry that lasts through the season.

For the Scarlet Knights, a pivotal eight-week period starts Tuesday.

The remainder of the workouts will be organized by team leaders, with players getting together on their own for positional drills and 7-on-7 competitions throughout the summer.

It all leads to the season opener at home against Texas State on Sept. 1.

We made a lot of progress in the spring — still got a long way to go — but I like the way this team has come together,Ash said at the conclusion of spring camp in mid-April. We’ll move forward and continue to work in the summer leading into training camp.

Kirkpatrick was actually in Atlanta yesterday, according to his Instagram, which had a picture of him outside of the InterContinental Buckhead hotel in Atlanta.

We’ll keep you posted as more Bengals OTA news develops.

What’s in those darkest corners of his mind today? Lewis stays vague.

You start thinking, Lewis says, of other stuff.

A warning pops up on Lewis’ iPad screen. His battery has drained to 10 percent, but he doesn’t see it. Instead he’s now explaining how going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit prepared him. How football prepared him. How everything equipped him to prepare for anything and expect everything.A few moments later, I tell Lewis that his battery is about to die, and he checks for himself. You’re right!he blurts, frantically typing away with beads of sweat dripping down his temple.

The screen goes black, and Lewis pops up to his feet.

Hold on, he says. I’m going to get my charger because I’m not going anywhere.

Tom Brady will attend minicamp despite OTA absence, Robert Kraft says

Tom Brady was absent at the Patriots’ organized team activities this week, but owner Robert Kraft doesn’t seem too concerned.

Biggest breaks: The Lions haven’t had a losing record at home since 2012, and that should help against tough opponents such as the Patriots, Panthers, Rams and Seahawks. Detroit also has won four of its last five Thanksgiving games despite last year’s loss to Minnesota.

“I mean, I talked to our guys, our personnel people. People know him. He’s a fabulous guy. It’s great for Detroit,” he was quoted as saying.

A grand jury in Texas indicted Patricia in 1996, but the case was dismissed in 1997 after his accuser refused to testify in court.

Patricia categorically denied the allegation the day after the Detroit News reported it on May 9. “I did nothing wrong,” he said at a news conference.

The NFL later announced it would not discipline Patricia or the Lions over the allegations.

San Francisco (actually Santa Clara) hosted Super Bowl 50 as part of the “if you build it, they will come” new stadium quid pro quo. San Francisco (actually Santa Clara) now wants another one.

Defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril are gone, as is cornerback Richard Sherman, and strong safety Kam Chancellor’s career is in jeopardy after a neck injury. The difference-makers left over from those Seattle defenses that you remember dominating the league amount to off-ball linebackers and free safety Earl Thomas, who has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason.

Seattle hasn’t made it out of the divisional round in three seasons, and it missed the playoffs completely last year. With a regressing defense and a struggling offensive line, quarterback Russell Wilson will have to shoulder the load in hero-ball fashion for the team to even have a chance at the playoffs this year.

Why should the Seahawks be neck and neck with a 2017 playoff team like the Tennessee Titans odds-wise? Unless a defensive unit or an offensive line group collectively picks up the pace unexpectedly, this isn’t a contending team.cowboys_078

XFL considering putting a team in Orlando

Next year, the Alliance of American Football plans to put one of its teams in Orlando. In 2020, the XFL possibly will, too.

Via Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, the XFL is exploring the possibility of putting a team at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. The AAF plans to play at UCF’s Spectrum Stadium.

During the first run of the XFL in 2001, Orlando played host to a team known as the Rage (pictured).

The XFL, like the AAF, plans to put franchises in eight cities. In cities targeted by both leagues, the AAF will get the benefit of a one-year head start.

The suits filed by Davis and Ware aren’t demanding million-dollar contracts or the kind of treatment given to players.

They are simply asking to be treated like valued members of the organization: more pay, more security, better treatment, more recognition of their talent.

At Northwestern, the cheerleaders weren’t half as important as the football team (nor did we think we should be).

“Julio and the organization are doing very well,” Dimitroff said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “I’m not concerned one bit about any of the social media. I think we’re in a great spot. He had very good discussions with [coach] Dan [Quinn]. And we’re in a great spot.”

Jones has seen his average salary per year fall behind receivers like Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins when they signed new deals this offseason, but there’s been no public comment about wanting a bump from the $14.25 million average from the deal he signed in 2015.

Cheerleaders shouldn’t have their injuries used against them, and considering the physical demands of the job they need much more than that.

They should have a dedicated athletic training staff for their care.

USE LAST NAMES Every NFL cheerleading team refers to their cheerleaders by first name only.

Bailey Davis was just Bailey, Kristan Ann Ware was just Kristan Ann.broncos_128_f486199b8fb2f027-180x180

Tom Brady mercilessly skewered over Met Gala ensemble

The Twitterverse had a field day Monday night, mercilessly skewering Tom Brady over his all-black ensemble at the annual Met Gala.

Ditching his tried-and-true jacket and bow tie for a black turtleneck and a embroidered lapel from Versace, the Patriots quarterback received high marks from E!’s Fashion Police, as he and supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen paid homage to the event’s Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination theme.

But in the holy grail of sports, however, the online opinion matters most.

Tom Brady just has to have the tough conversations with Giselle and say, ‘Look it, I will pick my own damn suit to wear — just once ok #metgala, one user commented.

The Saints will lean heavily on Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara during Ingram’s absence. The depth behind Kamara those four weeks could be a bigger question. NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reported the team doesn’t plan to add a veteran. Instead, they’ll lean on their current cast, including sixth-round rookie Boston Scott. Behind Ingram and Kamara, the reserve backs saw few totes in 2017. Trey Edmunds led the way with nine total carries.

Expect Kamara to see the boatload of carries until Ingram returns in Week 5.

He’s got his confidence back, Green said. The way he’s working this offseason is unbelievable. He’s healthy and explosive again.

This could be a huge boost for the Bengals’ passing game if Ross is any bit of the player that the team is hoping to have in the fold.

Unfortunately, it looks like he’ll again cede early-down work to a bigger, veteran back. When this question was posed to me on Twitter, one commenter suggested Joe Mixon as a breakout candidate. Mixon frustrated the heck out of fantasy owners last year by averaging a mere 3.5 yards per carry but at least he had the benefit of volume. Only two rookies—Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette —earned more carries than Mixon last season. That’s impressive, especially considering he played all of 38 snaps in Weeks 1 and 2 before the Bengals fired in-over-his-head offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. The former Oklahoma Sooner saved the best for last though, averaging a robust 5.02 yards per carry over his final four games.sharks-024