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En dédicace les 23 et 24 Juillet à La Fouillade

Les 23 et 24 Juillet, je suis en dédicace au salon de La Fouillade pour Marl le Chevrier, Rorhak du Marteau et Le Manoir Steamaker (Rodrigo Arramon).

Si vous achetez les tomes 1 et 2 je vous offre un exemplaire du Manoir Steamaker.

J’assure une  dédicace illustrée sur le Manoir Steamaker.

Nikus Tim’s, illustrateur de la couverture de la seconde édition de Marl le Chevrier sera à mes côtés pour des dédicaces illustrées sur Marl le Chevrier et Rorhak du Marteau.

Les prix :

Marl le Chevrier : 15 euros avec une dédicace illustrée, un texte et deux marque-pages.

Rorhak du Marteau : 15 euros avec une dédicace illustrée, un texte et deux marque-pages.

Le Manoir Steamaker (un mini-roman illustré) : 6 euros avec une dédicace illustrée, un texte et un marque-pages.

Marl le Chevrier + Rorhak du Marteau + Le Manoir Steamaker (offert) = 30 euros. Avec une dédicace illustrée sur Marl ou Rorhak et une sur Le Manoir Steamaker, plus les marque-pages.

Attention : je n’apporte que 20 exemplaires de Marl, 20 de Rorhak et 20 du Manoir. Si vous souhaitez en réserver d’avance, n’hésitez pas à me contacter !

 

Steelers veteran Mike Mitchell likely to be cap casualty, source says

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Safety Mike Mitchell’s four-year run with the Steelers might be up. The Steelers are likely to release Mitchell because of his $8.1 million salary-cap charge but are interested in him returning on a new deal, according to a source.

Releasing Mitchell should save the Steelers around $5 million in cap room, which is necessary for a team that enters the weekend with $1.022 million in space.

“Just hand us all some flags. Hand us all some flags, and we’ll go out there and try to grab the flags off. Because we’re not playing football,” Mitchell said. “This is not damn football. When I was 6 years old watching Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson, Sean Taylor, the hitters, Jack Tatum — that’s football. This ain’t football.”

The Steelers have restructured three contracts since February and can create more cap space by reworking veteran deals or releasing players. The Steelers have not informed 33-year-old cornerback William Gay of his status. Releasing Gay would save $1.75 million in space.

Sherman was an instrumental figure in Seattle’s historically good defense, which allowed the fewest points in the NFL every year from 2012 to 2015. During his seven seasons with the team, the Seahawks made five playoff appearances, reached two Super Bowls and delivered Seattle its first NFL championship.

Elway had said early in the offseason “for us to have a chance to get better we have to get better at that position.”

The Broncos had three quarterbacks start games this past season — Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler — but it was a bumpy ride on offense as the Broncos were among the league leaders in turnovers and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired in November.

Only the winless Cleveland Browns threw more interceptions than the Broncos’ 22, and Denver had just one receiver catch more than 50 passes and finish with more than 560 yards receiving — Demaryius Thomas with 83 catches and 949 yards.buccaneers_088

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Red Sox, J.D. Martinez contract signing delayed by language

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The Red Sox are apparently still tweaking the language in J.D. Martinez’s contract and are not worried about the slugger’s current physical condition.

Since news broke last week that the two sides had reached a five-year deal worth $110 million, rumors have swirled that Martinez’s physical uncovered a problem. Those fears heightened Friday when NBC Sports Boston reported the Red Sox and Martinez had agreed to consult “additional medical experts.”

Here’s the thing: They shouldn’t be necessary.

If pitchers and catchers could communicate with each other with actual words, with headsets or earpieces, the trips to the mound wouldn’t be necessary. Opposing teams can’t steal signs if there aren’t signs to steal. And if there are no signs to steal, there’s no need to be worried about stolen signs and far fewer reasons for time-consuming mound visits.

The complaint comes a month after the MLBPA hinted their frustrations to the league. However, MLB said, “We do not have concerns about the Pirates’ and Marlins’ compliance with the Basic Agreement provisions regarding the use of revenue sharing proceeds.”

Teams are required to use the revenue-sharing money to improve the on-field product but not necessarily on their major-league payroll, according to the collective bargaining agreement.

MLB acknowledge the grievance, which was filed Friday, in a statement to the Times adding they “believe it has no merit.”

The Pirates responded in a statement Tuesday from president Frank Coonelly calling the complaint “baseless” and a “meritless claim.”

“As previously indicated, our revenue sharing receipts have decreased for seven consecutive seasons while our Major League payroll has more than doubled over this same period. Our revenue sharing receipts are now just a fraction of what we spend our major League payroll,” the statement read.buccaneers_031

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Russell Wilson gets chance to bat in Yankees spring training game

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What happens when one of the top NFL quarterbacks of his generation pulls a Bo Jackson and plays in an MLB game?

Russell Wilson stepped to the plate in the Yankees’ spring training game against the Braves Friday afternoon, with the eyes of both MLB and the NFL upon him. While he ended up striking out, the Super Bowl champion QB certainly didn’t embarrass himself.

“I knew I faced him! That’s funny,” Shreve said. “I knew he played football and knew he was leaving to play football, but I didn’t know what he was going to turn into.”

This year, however, many of those free agents are at a MLBPA free agent camp, the union’s first of its kinds since the players’ strike in 1995, with Astros manager Bo Porter leading the workouts.

“The thought process was, if we’re gonna do it, let’s do it the way spring training is supposed to be run,” Porter said about coaching the camp, per ESPN.com.

Although there is still hope for the free agents, many have started to see the warning signs after waiting for months without a call, including free-agent infielder Chris Johnson. He’s not alone as nearly a third of those who were free agents in November are still without a team.

“After you get past New Year’s and haven’t heard anything — not even a little interest — obviously you start to worry in the offseason. You’re like, ‘Man, is this it? Am I done? Am I not gonna be able to play anymore?'” Johnson said. “[When] you don’t hear anything, and people start talking about ’20 days until pitchers and catchers [report]’ and things like that, then obviously you start to panic a little bit.”seahawks_122_81a60b72faaac6ef-180x180

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It’s going to take more than 40 attempts for Ramirez to reach 30 steals.

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There will be an entirely new broadcast team for ‘Monday Night Football’ on ESPN, but one that won’t include Peyton Manning per Andrew Marchand of the New York Post . There will be an entirely new broadcast team for ‘Monday Night Football’ on ESPN, but one that won’t include Peyton Manning per Andrew Marchand of the New York Post .
Manning has been a hot commodity in the NFL broadcasting circuit, with ESPN looking to replace lead MNF analyst Jon Gruden, now the head coach of the Oakland Raiders . But per Marchand if Manning decides to shift to television it won’t be with the Worldwide Leader:
“Sean is so well-respected at ESPN and throughout our industry and we look forward to his return to college football where he will be a signature voice on many of our biggest games,” said ESPN senior VP Stephanie Druley in a statement .
Hanley Ramirez is not Tom Brady. Ramirez has been a damn good athlete in his own right, but has also been prone to getting thick and stocky. He’s slimmed down before, as he did before the 2016 season. Injuries have been part of what’s robbed him of his all-around athleticism (remember when he was a shortstop?), but he’s also not as young as he once was. While it’s likely that he’s gained some speed back, it’s probably more in the vein of his 2016 numbers.
Hayward signed with the Chargers as a free agent in 2016 after four seasons in Green Bay. Since then, he’s had two straight Pro Bowl appearances and two consecutive Second Team All-Pro honors.
The shutdown corner started all 16 games during the 2017 campaign. Over the past two seasons, he’s recorded 83 total tackles, 11 interceptions, 42 passes defensed, three tackles for loss, and two fumble recoveries.
The Chargers ‘ defense allowed the third-fewest passing yards per game last season (197.3). Securing Hayward seemed like a no-brainer move for general manager Tom Telesco.
The Bengals did not?replenish their offensive line?last offseason after losing Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler, and it cost them?in both run blocking and pass protection. Nelson’s best position may be guard, but he is athletic enough to settle into a starting role at any position on the line.

There will be an entirely new broadcast team for ‘Monday Night Football’ on ESPN, but one that won’t include Peyton Manning per Andrew Marchand of the New York Post .

Manning has been a hot commodity in the NFL broadcasting circuit, with ESPN looking to replace lead MNF analyst Jon Gruden, now the head coach of the Oakland Raiders . But per Marchand if Manning decides to shift to television it won’t be with the Worldwide Leader:

“Sean is so well-respected at ESPN and throughout our industry and we look forward to his return to college football where he will be a signature voice on many of our biggest games,” said ESPN senior VP Stephanie Druley in a statement .

Hanley Ramirez is not Tom Brady. Ramirez has been a damn good athlete in his own right, but has also been prone to getting thick and stocky. He’s slimmed down before, as he did before the 2016 season. Injuries have been part of what’s robbed him of his all-around athleticism (remember when he was a shortstop?), but he’s also not as young as he once was. While it’s likely that he’s gained some speed back, it’s probably more in the vein of his 2016 numbers.

Hayward signed with the Chargers as a free agent in 2016 after four seasons in Green Bay. Since then, he’s had two straight Pro Bowl appearances and two consecutive Second Team All-Pro honors.

The shutdown corner started all 16 games during the 2017 campaign. Over the past two seasons, he’s recorded 83 total tackles, 11 interceptions, 42 passes defensed, three tackles for loss, and two fumble recoveries.

The Chargers ‘ defense allowed the third-fewest passing yards per game last season (197.3). Securing Hayward seemed like a no-brainer move for general manager Tom Telesco.

The Bengals did not?replenish their offensive line?last offseason after losing Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler, and it cost them?in both run blocking and pass protection. Nelson’s best position may be guard, but he is athletic enough to settle into a starting role at any position on the line.seahawks_123_09e47cbf345250a6-180x180

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: Reserves leaked ahead of announcement

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The 2018 NBA All-Star reserves — as selected by league head coaches — were leaked ahead of Tuesday’s 7 p.m. ET scheduled announcement on TNT.

Damian Lillard, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell Westbrook and LaMarcus Aldridge were named Western Conference reserves, according to multiple reports and later confirmed by the NBA.

“I see it in practice,” Dragic told Heat.com’s Couper Moorhead about Adebayo’s defense. “He can stay in front of guys, points guards, two guards, three guards. He’s athletic enough and he’s great at contesting those shots.”

Adebayo’s versatility makes him an ideal fit in Erik Spoelstra’s system. He can use his speed and length to swarm ball handlers in pick-and-rolls and recover to his assignment before they can get off a clean look.

Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: The Los Angeles Kings. A potential first-round matchup with the Predators could debunk my pick; a date with the Vegas Golden Knights would be much more favorable. Either way, I like the Kings to get hot at the right time. Center Jeff Carter is playing with a vengeance; he has three goals and 23 shots in his first five games back since missing 55 games with a lower-body injury. Los Angeles is still one of the league’s elite defensive teams (2.5 goals allowed per game) and the whole been-there-done-that aspect cannot be understated.

Chris Peters, NHL prospects writer: It’s the Kings for me, too. Goal prevention is a huge indicator of contender status — and, as Emily notes, L.A. is among the best. In fact, only the Predators, with their loaded D corps and Pekka Rinne, have allowed fewer goals per game. Goalie Jonathan Quick is having his best season in years and Anze Kopitar is playing at a level where I think he could carry this team on a deep run.lions_026

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Oakland A’s release designated hitter Brandon Moss

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Designated hitter Brandon Moss has been released by the Oakland Athletics.

Moss was acquired from Kansas City on Jan. 29 and was 4-for-10 with two walks in four spring training games. He was designated for assignment when Oakland claimed left-hander Jairo Labourt off waivers from Cincinnati on Sunday.

Braun has been taking ground balls daily during practice, though with his history of back problems, the Brewers have been careful to monitor that workload. He is comfortable with the basics of the position, but it’s the smaller intangibles, including the footwork required to play the position, on which Braun has been focusing most of his attention.

He also has had to pick up the nuances of defensive shifts, which are more common now than when Braun broke into the majors as a third baseman in 2007.

Milwaukee had yet to pursue Cain or Yelich when Counsell first approached Braun with the idea of playing first base, after injuries limited him to 105 games last season.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner said he will wear the number his brother used as an amateur.

“I always looked up to my brother,” Lincecum said. “He was an idol for me. He just had a lot of bad runs with the choices he made in life.”

Texas general manager Jon Daniels said the 33-year-old right-hander will be a reliever and that he could be the Rangers’ closer as he attempts to pitch in the big leagues for the first time since 2016.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Lincecum said. “It was a difficult decision with the Dodgers and the Rangers, but it came down to those two teams. I thought the Rangers would be a better fit. The conversations that we had just made me feel a little bit more warm and fuzzy inside.”

Lincecum is fascinated about becoming a closer.

“I feel like I could do that,” he said. “I’ve done that in the Cape [Cod League] and at the college level. It is going to be, obviously, different, but I feel like I could tap into that mentality.”

Lincecum has made only eight regular-season relief appearances and seven in the postseason.

“Right now, I’m just trying to see where I fit on this team,” he said. “The idea was to go to a bullpen role because I felt like that’s what would be best for the way I am right now and at this point in my career.”raiders_009-223x223

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NFL free agency: 49ers team needs, targets line up with gold mine to spend

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The 49ers are happy about what big second-year cornerback Akhello Witherspoon (6-2, 195 pounds) could become as a cover man holding down one side, but they need help otherwise at the position. They should look to add one outside starter in free agency and draft a couple more defensive backs, as well, given safety Eric Reid is unlikely to be re-signed.

The Patriots’ Malcolm Butler, the Bears’ Kyle Fuller and the Bills’ E.J. Gaines all are good veteran candidates to start opposite Witherspoon. The Rams’ Trumaine Johnson is a boom-or-bust playmaker who has faded of late, and Witherspoon has a chance to be a better version of him.

Unlike most teams outside of the playoff race, the Lakers don’t own their first-round pick in 2018, so the team’s big picture remains focused on free agency and whom Johnson and Pelinka can lure this summer or next. Additionally, management would love to see the young Lakers keep learning what it takes to win with continued improvement from Ball, Ingram, Kuzma and Hart.

And if Thomas finds a way to do what he hopes to — rebuild his value back to that of the player who averaged nearly 29 points per game a season ago and earn a lucrative long-term deal that likely would come from another team — without disrupting the Lakers’ growth, the remainder of this season will qualify as a success for a team that is just three wins shy of matching its total from a year ago.

This week’s contributors are: Chris Forsberg, Ian Begley, Nick Friedell, Ohm Youngmisuk and Michael C. Wright.

What is the likelihood that the Boston Celtics would scale back Kyrie Irving’s minutes and/or workload during the stretch run to keep him fresh for the playoffs?

Chris Forsberg: Celtics coach Brad Stevens has worked hard to manage Irving’s minutes, as reflected by him ranking 42nd overall in minutes per game before the All-Star break. This despite the fact that Boston has routinely had to rally from behind this season.

To put Irving’s 32.8 minutes per game in perspective, the entire Minnesota Timberwolves starting five averaged more minutes per game before the break than Irving (ease up there, Thibs!)

With Witherspoon, Adrian Colbert, Jacquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward, the 49ers have some good young pieces in the secondary. One more big addition, via free agency or the first round of the draft, would give their back-end defense a lot of promise in Year 2 under Saleh.patriots_034

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Flames in must-win territory vs. Avs

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Fresh off a 5-2 road win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, the Calgary Flames will look to build on that momentum when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Heading into the afternoon affair at the Scotiabank Saddledome, both the Flames (31-22-9) and Avalanche (32-23-5) are on the outside of the NHL’s Western Conference playoff picture looking in.

“We’re in a dog fight and we know it,” said Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic following Thursday’s victory that ended a three-game losing streak for the Flames. “We’ve got to start collecting points and stringing some (wins) together.”

Meanwhile, the Avalanche will be looking to bounce back from a 3-2 overtime loss they suffered to the Oilers in Edmonton on Thursday.

“Every game from now on is huge for us,” said rookie center Tyson Jost, who had an assist against the Oilers to extend his point-scoring streak to three games. “Our goal is to be in the playoffs, so we’re going to have to have a lot better than we did (against Edmonton). I know our team’s capable of that.

“Everybody just has to be a little bit better and our compete (level) has to be a little higher. These points are crucial for us because our end goal is the playoffs and we’re not afraid to admit that.”

Left winger Gabriel Bourque said the Avs have extra motivation to win against the Flames because they want to finish their three-game road trip with a 2-0-1 record.

The first 20 picks were decided in Week 17, but the final 12 weren’t be determined until the playoffs were through. The four teams eliminated in the Wild Card round own picks 21-24, and so on until the Super Bowl loser, the New England Patriots, pick No. 31 and the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles that get the No. 32 pick.

There were three ties for spots in the draft order, but only the 49ers and Raiders will go to a coin flip to decide. The ties between Washington and Green Bay, and Dallas and Detroit were decided by a tiebreaker of records against common opponents in the NFC.

“Not only did we spend a little too much time in our zone, we couldn’t generate enough offensively,” coach John Stevens said.

The day began with five teams all within three points of each other in the Western Conference playoff race, including the Stars and Kings.jays_878_b5995f17d1a37b9a-180x180

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Could an NSYNC reunion be coming at Super Bowl 52?

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With Justin Timberlake headlining the Super Bowl 52 halftime show, the opportunities are endless for collaborations and special guest appearances.

Not only are Chris Stapleton and Alicia Keys featured on Timberlake’s new album Man of the Woods, but he also has songs with the Black Eyed Peas, rappers Timberlake and T.I., as well as Madonna, among others.

Timberlake is actually setting a record this year for the most Super Bowl halftime show appearances as he also performed with Janet Jackson in the infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. Given the controversy that followed that incident, there likely won’t be a reunion between the two on this stage.

Then again, just last week, Ronda Rousey claimed she was in Bogata, Colombia to fake out her fans and make them believe she wasn’t signing with the WWE. What do you know? She did!

So while all signs point to there being no early-2000s reunion at the halftime show, maybe that’s what they’d want you to believe. We’re holding out hope that there could be some surprises in store — TMZ has already reported a Prince hologram is in the works — at halftime of the Eagles vs. Patriots Super Bowl 52 matchup.

Awards voted on by the Associated Press include MVP, Coach of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, and the Sportsmanship Award.

The NFL also has awards where fan voting is factored into the equation. The FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Year (won last year by Matt Ryan and Ezekiel Elliott, respectively) have three finalists apiece. Alex Smith, Carson Wentz, and Brady are the three quarterbacks vying for the first, while the second is down to running backs Kareem Hunt, Le’Veon Bell, and Todd Gurley.

Brady may not be the only lock to take home some prestigious hardware Saturday. J.J. Watt’s humanitarian efforts helped raise more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief in his adopted hometown of Houston. While fellow Payton Award finalists Greg Olsen and Ben Watson are deserving nominees, it will be tough to match Watt’s impact in terms of community building in 2017.bears_086-223x223

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Wolves’ Jimmy Butler leaves game with right knee injury

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Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler left Friday night’s 120-102 loss to the Houston Rockets with a right knee injury.

Butler drove into the paint with about three minutes remaining in the third quarter and missed a short jumper. After grabbing the rebound, he pivoted and planted hard on his right foot, before collapsing to the floor in pain, holding his knee.

“His first reaction was, ‘I’m OK, I’ll be OK,'” Wolves forward Taj Gibson said. “But he was smiling. That was a big thing, and it was a huge relief for everybody in this locker room. He’s a warrior, so we’ve just got to hold it down for him.”

Butler, 28, leads the Timberwolves with 22.4 points per game. He also is tops in the league in minutes played per game at 37.3, but he drew criticism for choosing to sit out the All-Star Game.

Butler told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth before Friday’s game that he’d rather sit out the NBA showcase than miss time with Minnesota.

“I’m not going to say that I want to cut back my minutes [with the Wolves], but when I have an opportunity [to rest], I will,” Butler said.

Ball, who was sidelined for 15 games with a knee injury, had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists in 17 minutes. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram scored 15 apiece to help Los Angeles stop a three-game slide.

It was Randle’s second triple-double this season and No. 5 for his career. Josh Hart added 12 points and 10 boards as the Lakers enjoyed a 61-29 advantage on the glass.

Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes each scored 19 points for the Mavericks (18-41), who have dropped five of six.

Mavericks: Rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. was one of the players identified in the Yahoo Sports story on federal documents obtained in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption.jaguars_010-223x223

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