Comment on Anheuser-Busch’s The High End responds to ‘independent craft’ seal by Feliciano Montoya   
It really is not that complicated. If they are associated, specifically, with a Big Beer conglomerate that has the intention of stifling out or buying out all competition, then they shouldn't get the seal. I am not as worried about who owns the brewery as I am about what those owners do to/with other fellow breweries. You can say it's all about the beer all you want, but at the end of the day, if InBev had the ability to nip any famous craft beer brews in the bud, they would have. With every brewery they buy out, they get closer and closer to being able to do just that. Who knows how many amazing beers we will miss, or have already missed, due to business practices like this. To sum it all up, if they are ANTI CRAFT, they are the enemy. If they simply don't get along with other craft breweries, then that's still fine. The line to cross is when they become a part of the machine that aims to harm other breweries.
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          Legislature to Consider Bayou Corne Buy Out, Saltdome Regulation   
It’s been 200 days since a sinkhole forced residents of Bayou Corne to evacuate their homes. Homeowners are fed up. Some testified at a Joint Committee meeting Tuesday at the Capitol. Some are calling for Texas Brine – the company responsible for the failed salt-mining cavern that allegedly caused the sinkhole – to buy out their properties. State lawmakers have an eye on legislation aiming to amend constituents' problems and assure Louisianians won't meet the same situation in the future.
          NHL teams steer clear of long-term deals   
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri (13) races with the puck as Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J. NHL teams are taking advantage of their final chance to buy out players this offseason. Among the players placed on unconditional waivers for buyout purposes was Cammalleri. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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          Bulls Re-Sign Felicio to 4-Year Deal: Reports   

The Chicago Bulls aren’t expected to be big players in free agency this summer, but they’ve already made one move as they’ve reportedly re-signed Cristiano Felicio.

The move, first reported by The Vertical’s Shams Charania, will keep Felicio with the Bulls for four seasons and will pay him a total of $32 million.

Felicio averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season for the Bulls. He has played a reserve role for the Bulls, starting four games in his two-year career thus far, and he’ll likely stay in that role barring unexpected changes to the team’s rotation.

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The Bulls made two other moves on Friday to clear salary cap room, waiving point guards Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Canaan. Rondo is still owed just over $3 million in guaranteed money, but he’ll be able to sign with any other team if he clears waivers.

There will be a few other interesting decisions to come for the Bulls as free agency gets underway. They’re reportedly interested in re-signing restricted free agent Nikola Mirotic, and there are reports that they could potentially buy out Dwyane Wade, but the star guard would have to give back some of the $24 million that he will be paid for his 2017-18 contract. 



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          Cleveland Cavaliers Scribbles on Paul George, trades, free agency -- Terry Pluto (photos)   

Despite not making any major moves, the Cleveland Cavaliers are now in better position in the Eastern Conference than they were at the opening of free agency.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scribbles in my Cleveland Cavaliers notebook as NBA free agency opens:

1. Paul George being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder is yet another example of all the crazy media frenzy -- yet missing a huge trade. For weeks, there were reports of George heading to about 10 teams. None had the Indiana star landing in OKC, where he was traded Friday night.

2. I mention this because some fans became inflamed about a report of Kyrie Irving being traded to the Utah Jazz. That's right, Irving to Utah. And five seconds of thought should have screamed, "No way." I'd bet Utah asked acting general manager Koby Altman about Irving. I know the Indiana Pacers did as a possible trade for George.

3. The Cavs want to a win a title. You don't do that by trading Irving, who has shown he can star on the NBA's biggest stage. The Cavs need to find the right third player to go with LeBron James and Irving as they try to find a way to beat the Golden State Warriors. That's why they wanted Jimmy Butler or George, another athlete to hopefully match the quickness of Golden State.

4. Speaking of Butler, his trade from Chicago to Minnesota also was not leaked to the media. Nor was the Chris Paul trade from the Clippers to Houston. Or Dwight Howard from Atlanta to Charlotte. At least, none of these moves were reported more than few hours before they happened. Now the George deal is on the list.

5. Obviously, the media did get some things right, such as Jrue Holiday re-signing with New Orleans and Jeff Teague signing with Minnesota. There are other examples. But it's fascinating to see so many big moves made that are surprises.

6. So what about the Cavs? With Butler and George now in the Western Conference, the East is even a better place for them. If Boston can sign Gordan Hayward, it will be an upgrade. Boston drafted Jayson Tatum, who has talent as a scorer. Is it enough for Boston to catch the Cavaliers? I doubt it.

7. Boston seems to be the only possible threat in East. Toronto is dealing with some salary cap issues. The Raptors' free agents are Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, P.J. Tucker and Patrick Peterson. Do they give a 31-year-old Lowry close to maximum contract? Toronto has been knocked out the playoffs decisively by the Cavs in the last two years. It doesn't seem they are in any position to improve.

8. Back to the dumb Irving rumors. If the Cavs are to have any hope of beating Golden State, they need Irving. In the 2017 Finals, Irving averaged 29.4 points, shooting .472 from the field (.419 on 3-pointers). Other than James, Irving is the only Cavs player who worries the Warriors.

9. An executive from a Western Conference team told me this Saturday: Nine of the 10 members of the NBA's all-defensive team are in the Western Conference. Only Milwaukee's Giannis Anetokounmpo is from the East.

10. Nearly all the stars are in the West. Butler (Chicago) and George (Indiana) have departed the Central Division for Western teams. I was told the Bulls and Pacers preferred to trade their stars to the Western Conference, and that was especially true of the Pacers.

11. I talked to one Eastern Conference executive about the Cavs' situation. Finally, he said: "I wish we had the Cavs' problems. We're trying to figure out how to beat LeBron." That comment put things in context. The Cavs with James, Irving and Kevin Love remain a power. They need to re-work their bench.

12. As for the Cavs in the deals for George/Butler, those teams (Chicago/Indy) want to lose. They don't want a high-priced good player such as Love. They are in lottery pick mode. Even Boston couldn't find the right deal, and they wanted both players.

13. There have been so many out-of-nowhere trades recently, I'm not ready to say they are unlikely to make a major move. The trades of George and Butler have cut down on some obvious options. But maybe there is something else no one in the media sees coming right now.

14. It's hard to know what the New York Knicks plan to do with Carmelo Anthony until they find a general manager. There are rumors of him being traded to the Houston Rockets. So far, there are no plans to simply buy out Anthony, who has two years and $55 million left on his contract. A trade would be difficult for the Cavs to work out because of the salary cap issues.

15. The Cavs obviously need to settle the general manager question. No one that I've talked to recently understands why Chauncey Billups has not taken the offer. He has wanted to be a GM for a while. It's not like Billups has any other team wanting him. Once again, I asked NBA people if they have heard of the Cavs interviewing anyone else besides Billups for the job. No names were mentioned.


          7/1/2017: SPORTS: Devils plan to buy out forward Cammalleri   
NHL teams are taking advantage of their final chance to buy out players this off-season. Among the players placed on unconditional waivers for buyout purposes were New Jersey Devils forwards Michael Cammalleri and Devante Smith-Pelly, Florida Panthers...
          So long, Scotty — Blue Jackets buy out Hartnell   
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          Fairfax buyout ditched, TPG and Hellman & Friedman retreat    
Fairfax Media will remain in shareholders' hands after private equity firm TPG informed the board on Sunday afternoon it was withdrawing its $2.76 billion offer to buy out the company.
          7/1/2017: SPORTS: Devils plan to buy out forward Cammalleri   
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          Fairfax buyout ditched, TPG and Hellman & Friedman retreat    
Fairfax Media will remain in shareholders' hands after private equity firm TPG informed the board on Sunday afternoon it was withdrawing its $2.76 billion offer to buy out the company.
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          Comment on How will NUFC’s Championship stars fare in the Premier League? by kimtoon   
Sharpy, I don't think it's hysteria, more frustration. WE have or had what looked like a nice new beginning on the horizon and it's looking a little wobbly at the moment. Maybe it's not, trouble is this owner has shafted managers and fans so many times now that we are just waiting for him to derail us again. I am clinging on to the hope that the delay getting faces in is because investment or buy out is on the horizon.
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          The end for Albert Pujols? He's now below the Kozma Line   
Albert Pujols: the end of
the baseball road?
Has Albert Pujols, one of the half-dozen (or fewer) greatest ballplayers of the last 20-30 years, finally hit the end of the road?

Even for me, who touted the possible career milestones in front of him, it seems it may be that way.

And, that leads to the header of this post.

For those who are wondering, the Kozma Line is named for former St. Louis Cardinals, and current Texas Rangers, non-standout Pete Kozma. I invented the Kozma Line, the sabermetric version of the Mendoza Line named after Mario Mendoza, in his "honor."

It's similar to the Mendoza Line's .200 batting average. But, as I noted, sabermetrically based.

It's a sub-.600 OPS, or on-base percentage plus slugging percentage.

It's bad enough when a banjo-hitter utility infielder who might have some glove falls below it.

But for a hit-first first baseman, or one who's now almost a full-time DH, this is the end of the road, if one is not making $25 million a year, and possibly still drawing fans to the park with his star power.

And, as of the Angels' Sunday loss to the Mariners, El Hombre had an OPS of .599.

Why?

Did he roid during his peak years? I've always rejected that.

Did he shave a year or two from his age, first to get into a U.S. high school? I've long wondered.

Will he stay around for all of these possibilities? I think nothing changes until the Haloes get Mike Trout back; more on that here. But, after that?

He is still short of Sammy Sosa at 609 and Jim Thome at 612 on the career homers chase. Ken Griffey at 630 may have to wait until next year. If there is a next year.

Another milestone also lies ahead. Currently at 2,896, Pujols is eyeing 3,000 hits. That also will have to wait until next year, if not forever. He passed Pudge Rodriguez and Babe Ruth. He needs 30 to pass Barry Bonds, and has a good shot at moving into No. 35.

Career in that department? Even allowing for nagging injuries and continued decline, at the start of this year, I thought he should get at least 3,550 hits, which would put him past Tris Speaker into fifth all time. (That's on an allowance of 155 hits this year and an average of 145 per year over the four remaining contract years. Another 81 — which might be a tough challenge — would give him 3,631, and Cardinals fans know who that's about.)

But now? Even if he stays for the rest of this year, and Arte Moreno doesn't buy out his contract, that seems unlikely. Anything above 3,300 seems very unlikely.

So do all these other career records I thought he had a shoat at, in the start of the year

I didn't see him catching the big three of Bonds, Hank Aaron and Ruth, but thought he had a good shot for passing 700 with 20 a year for the rest of his contract, and 24 a year would push him past Ruth. At a minimum, after Junior Griffey, he'll catch Willie Mays, then should pass A-Rod.

Now? Passing Mays seems his best hope. And, speaking of A-Rod, remember the Yankees bought him out.

And, I earlier thought Albert still has a decent shot at one all-time career record. Right now, he's 480 short of The Hammer on the career RBIs mark. Throwing out his injury-plagued 2013, he's met or beaten that mark every year with the Haloes. Ruth is in second, just 398 ahead of Pujols. Barring serious injury, Albert catches him. Even with more injury problems, he's just 270 RBIs away from passing A-Rod into sole third place.

Aaron's mark for career extra-base hits also seemed a possibility. No longer.

I'm venturing Moreno won't even consider doing anything until the end of this year. But, Phat Albert will be looked at very carefully in spring training.
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          NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony will accept trade to either Cavs or Rockets   

After Phil Jackson tried to buy out Carmelo Anthony, it looks like the Knicks’ star will waive his no-trade clause for either the Cavaliers or Rockets. As NBA Free Agency winds down with the biggest names finding a landing spot, the next thing to watch for are trades. One of the most popular names in […]

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          Gabrielle Union Posts Epic Snapchat Video of Dwyane Wade Singing, Dancing in a Robe   
It’s unclear whether Dwyane Wade will be returning to the Chicago Bulls next season or whether the team will buy out his contract. Either way, Wade doesn’t seem to be too concerned as he’s been spending plenty of quality time with his beautiful spouse, Gabrielle Union. Union took this epic video and posted it to […]
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          Comment on Leafs Sign Patrick Marleau by NewTown   
The deal is front end loaded. They can easily buy out the last year if need be and the Leafs can afford to financially over pay. JVR is going to command 7-8 years at 6+ million. Yes, he can score but his skating and defensive game is suspect. His line was exposed in the playoffs. Marleau comes in and helps the young Leafs develop into better pros and has a much stronger defensive game. It also buys time for Matthews to take the reigns as captain rather than rush him into the role. Still, this trade took me off guard but I'd rather this than vastly overpay picks / prospects for say a Hamonic. The leafs are going to move JVR by the trade deadline and possibly Bozak as well. Will these players get a 1-2 defense man? No, it won't with the prices as they are unless they add prospect(s) / pick(s) as part of the package. Adding Moore helps in the short term as well.