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Reports emerged on Tuesday morning that the NBA champion Warriors had already opted out of a visit to the White House, a decision the team is now denying ever happened.
2017 MVP Kevin Durant led the Warriors to their second title in three years on Monday night when Golden State took down LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120. According to several reports, the Warriors unanimously decided soon after their victory celebrations that they would not visit President Donald Trump at the White House to commemorate their championship win — but the team has since said they have made no such decision.
“Today is all about celebrating our championship,” the Warriors stated in responding to a Business Insider request for comment. “We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

The Chicago Bears won’t play tag with Alshon Jeffery this year.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning the Bears aren’t expected to franchise tag the wide receiver, per sources.


Jeffery played under the tag in 2016, earning $14.599 million. If the Bears utilized the tag on Jeffrey again it would cost them $17.5 million, a price too rich for a receiver that missed 11 games the past two seasons. Teams have until March 1 to apply franchise tags.
Jeffery earned 821 yards and two touchdowns on 52 receptions in 2016, as he dealt with a four-game suspension and instability at the quarterback position. If Jeffrey walks in free agency, Chicago will be left with a mostly young, unproven receiver corps led by Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.
Heading to the open market, Jeffery’s size and skill will make him one of the top receiver targets in free agency, if the Bears can’t get a long-term deal done before the new league year opens on March 9.
Chicago has balked at paying Jeffery A.J. Green/Dez Bryant money in the past. But with several teams, including the Eagles, Rams, 49ers, Titans, etc., in need of receiver help, Jeffery should cash in when the bidding begins.

Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, D. Wade added 23 and the Bulls pull together to beat the Phoenix Suns 128-121 in overtime Friday night.

Butler and Wade led the Bulls as they rallied from 11 down in the 4th quarter to beat the Western Conference’s last-place team. Both players scored 14 points in the third to help the Bulls win their 3rd straight.

Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points and hit four 3-pointers. Robin Lopez added 19 points. Denzel Valentine, who figures to get more playing time after Doug McDermott was traded to Oklahoma City along with Taj Gibson on Thursday, had 15points. The rookie hit 5 of 8 three-pointers.

“You get more confidence, obviously, because you’re not looking over your shoulder every time something happens,” Valentine said. “You get more confidence when you know you’re in the rotation.”

Devin Booker scored 27 points for Phoenix but missed a chance to win in regulation after Wade fouled him on a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left. Booker hit the first two free throws to tie it, then missed the third.

Bledsoe had 17 points and 10 assists for Phoenix. T.J. Warren and Marquese Chriss scored 17 apiece. Alan Williams added 16 points on 8 of 9 shooting, but the Suns lost for the 6th time in 8 games.

Just being inexperienced,” Booker said. “Not getting stops down the stretch. Committing dumb turnovers. A bunch of stuff leads to that, a lot of stuff we need to work on. We have a lot of young players playing in crunch time, so we’ll learn from it.”

The Bulls tied a franchise record by scoring 20 points in overtime and were leading 116-110 after a seven-point spurt that Mirotic started with a 3.

Bulls take on LBJ and the Cavs tonight in Cleveland. For their first back-to-back game after the All-Star Game.

The Boston Celtics are linked to Jimmy Butler in trade speculation and get an upclose look at the Chicago Bulls guard Thursday night at the United Center.

The Celtics are coming off a 116-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night at TD Garden. Whether the Celtics get Butler or not, they have their sights set squarely on the top spot in the Eastern Conf, Which is held by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics are 2 1/2 games behind Cleveland.

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The Bulls are coming off a 105-94 victory Tuesday night at home against the Toronto Raptors, whom they’ve defeated 11 straight times. Butler whos battling a sore heel, led the way with 19 points and 12 assists, including 15-19 from the charity stripe on a night he was 2-10 from the FG.

The victory ended a 3 game losing streak for Chicago, which went 2-4 on a six-game road trip and fell to 7th place in the East standing. The Bulls cling to one of the last two playoff spots and find themselves surrounded by trade rumors involving Butler, power forward Taj Gibson and center Robin Lopez among others.

The Bulls have played the past three games without rookie Paul Zipser (ankle sprain) and the past two games without starting shooting guard Dwyane Wade (wrist) and reserve forward Nikola Mirotic (back spasms). Wade was able to get through half of practice Wednesday, while Mirotic participated in full. Both are questionable for the game tonight.

Chicago must defend Boston guard Isaiah Thomas, who averages 29.9 points. Thomas poured in 33 points against the 76ers to tie Hall of Famer John Havlicek for the most consecutive games scoring at least 20 points in franchise history (40).

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Carlos Rodon may not be a “star” in the traditional sense of the term. But he is a former No. 3 pick playing in a big media market, and he holds a high rank in the “Better Than You Think” club.

On the surface, there’s the 3.90 ERA that Rodon has put up in his 304.1 innings with the Chicago White Sox. Most recently, he managed just a 4.04 ERA in 165 innings as a sophomore in 2016.

But from another perspective, Rodon was the equal of the American League’s Cy Young winner last season. He matched Rick Porcello’s 3.89 xFIP, a stat that prioritizes strikeout and walk rates while normalizing home run rates.

This was the lefty’s reward for striking out over a batter per inning (9.2 K/9) while drastically improving his walk rate from his rookie season, going from a 4.6 BB/9 to a 2.9 BB/9. What’s more, these and Rodon’s home run rate improved from the first half to the second half.

Lo and behold, the 24-year-old was a different pitcher down the stretch. His pitch selection evolved from a sinker-heavy approach to a multidimensional attack with more four-seamers, sliders and changeups.

Rodon will look the part of a top-of-the-rotation starter if he picks up in 2017 where he left off in 2016, showcasing strong command of wicked stuff. Even better, the results should also be there.

Adrian Peterson probably raised a few eyebrows Wednesday evening by typing a thought provoking message about the New York Giants.

The Minnesota Vikings RB, took to social media to muse upon the “interesting moves” the Giants have been making this offseason.

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Peterson, 31, is unlikely at this stage to return to the Vikings next season, at least with the current $18 million salary cap hit. While Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was talking persuasive Peterson would retire a Viking, things are on tenuous ground at best.

Vikings president and co-owner Mark Wilf said a few weeks ago some “tough analysis” is needed regarding Peterson’s future with the team.

Peterson also said last month he would “love” to finish his career with the Vikings. But he later tabbed the Texans, Buccaneers — and, most interestingly, the Giants — as teams he would consider should it not work out in Minnesota.

The “interesting moves” to which Peterson may be alluding is how the Giants cut wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings. The release of those two players saved upwards of $10 million in cap space.

With that in mind — not to mention the Giants finished 29th in the NFL in rushing offense last season — and it’s possible Peterson just cryptically let the Giants know he might be interested in them should things not work out with the Vikings.

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Bellamy wasn’t the only Bear with a drop on a potential game-winning play in the closing seconds. On Barkley’s final pass, Deonte Thompson didn’t see the ball early enough and failed to secure a sliding catch in the back of the end zone. According to my count from watching the game, that was the last of the Bears’ 10 drops, including eight in the fourth quarter.

Second-year receiver Cameron Meredith who has been the Bears shining star since White went down with an injury and Jeffery out on suspension, Meredith had three devastating  drops on the Bears’ second to last drive.

Marquess Wilson also bungled a potential 14-yard TD pass on that series, miscues the offense ultimately overcame on a 69-yard touchdown drive. Still, those lapses proved representative of the receivers’ sloppiness.

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The Bears are closing the scene for a miserable month, they lost 27-21 to the Titans, completing a winless November that was filled with injuries, suspensions, and silly on-field mistakes.

The Bears are 2-9 and heading into December with little to be hopeful about.