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May 04

Hurts vs. Tagovailoa: Opposing coaches break it down

It’s a question that will resonate throughout the college football world all offseason: Who will be Alabama’s starting quarterback in the fall?
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Usually, when a defending national champion returns a quarterback who’s 26-2 as a starter, it’s an open-and-shut case who will man the backfield. But it’s anything but that simple at Alabama, where incumbent Jalen Hurts has to hold off sophomore Tua Tagovailoa, who came off the bench in the second half of the national championship game against Georgia to rally the Crimson Tide to their fourth title in seven years.

The Falcons’ immediate concern, from a financial standpoint, is signing quarterback Matt Ryan to a contract extension. The 2016 NFL MVP has one year and $19.25 million left on his current contract.

Gray found himself in a one-out, two-on jam in the fourth. After Franchy Cordero struck out, Chase Headley flied out to end the threat.

That was really good to see, manager Bud Black said. He bent, but he didn’t break.

I’m athletic, Archer said. From the team perspective, it wouldn’t be smart for Womens Mike Remmers Jersey me to do something silly and get hurt. But I train to be an athlete. I saw the dude take off. It was a close play.
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While Snell’s WHIP will remain at risk until he gets ahead in a greater number of counts, his improvements greatly enhance his odds of finishing with a K/9 rate over 9.00, with his strikeout rate perhaps approaching the 30 percent levels he routinely displayed in the minors. He’s on pace for 236 strikeouts (albeit in an unsustainable 37 starts) and might well be destined for 200-plus K’s, considering the Rays should be willing to let him approach 33 starts and 200 innings pitched after throwing 173 1/3 frames between the majors and minors in 2017.

It’s mostly chasing one category, but considering it’s the one you want first and foremost, Snell’s a pitcher to keep around for the long haul in the hopes he only continues to polish his control in the coming weeks.

There was just a lot of blood, said Matheny of Wednesday’s incident in the batting cage, and that drew everybody’s concern.

Pham was just happy he was able to return to the lineup so quickly.
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It could have been worse, Pham said. I’m just extremely lucky.

May 04

NFL Draft 2018: Browns beat writer presents evidence that Baker Mayfield will go No. 1

As speculation runs rampant that the Browns will draft Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick, many fans and draft observers are asking the question: How did this happen?

The Browns have long been tied to a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick, but former USC quarterback Sam Darnold and Wyoming QB Josh Allen were believed to be the most likely prospects.

Yet for those reading between the lines, the Browns have been high on Mayfield for quite some time. Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot of wrote a commentary Thursday entitled, “Why I believe Baker Mayfield is the Browns’ pick at 1 tonight.” Cabot dug back through her notes from recent months and found some surprisingly frank praise from Browns execs about Mayfield.

McCoughan made similar comments on a radio show last October, playing up Mayfield’s similarities to Favre.

“He reminds me of a shorter version of Brett Favre,” McCloughan said. “Tough guy. He can throw it. And he’s very confident, and he’s not afraid whatsoever, whatsoever. He’s a battler. … this guy has talent.”

Pat Shurmur: Odell Beckham Jr will “absolutely” be part of team in 2018. They have talked often. OBJ not ready physically to take part in minicamp but is at #NYG.

The Giants possess the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. New York could trade out of the spot as other teams seek one of the top-ranked quarterbacks, but it might make sense to stay put and select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to further bolster the offense.

The game was paused briefly in the sixth when home plate umpire Todd Tichenor was hit below the belt by a pitch from Scherzer. Brandon Crawford swung under the pitch and catcher Pedro Severino missed the ball before it hit Tichenor.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman and 2B Howie Kendrick were held out of the starting lineup. Kendrick singled and scored as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

Giants: Mac Williamson was a late scratch because of neck stiffness, one day after stumbling over the bullpen pitching mound and crashing into a low fence while chasing a foul ball. … RHP Chris Stratton was placed on the paternity list. … RHP Roberto Gomez was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.

May 02

Why ‘good cop’ Ime Udoka should be a NBA head coach

With the NBA regular season in the rear-view mirror, the start of the off-season coaching carousel is set to pick up speed, and former Nigeria small forward Ime Udoka, now coaching with the San Antonio Spurs, should be considered for a top job.
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Cornerback is a position where the Jets have short-term answers but need to look for some long-term solutions. They signed Trumaine Johnson to a monster, five-year, $72.5 million contract in March, so he will be around for at least three years. But other than Johnson, everyone is on a short-term deal. The Khris Davis Jersey Jets clearly are not taking a cornerback in the first round, but maybe they go there in the third round (they don’t have a second-round pick). Stanford’s Quenton Meeks, Alabama’s Anthony Averett and Florida’s Duke Dawson all project as third-round picks. If they wait until the later rounds, Tulane’s Parry Nickerson is a possibility.

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Strong edge rusher who’s also played with his hand in the dirt. Has explosion and became known as a strip-sack specialist. His quickness creates penetration and can be disruptive to opposing running game.
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This means that, despite the presence or absence of nefarious intent, someone failed to spot and to scrub the offensive messages before the offensive messages hit the fan. Which arguably isn’t a good look for CAA, the mega-agency that represents Allen.
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To its credit, CAA instantly mobilized to clean up the mess. Resisting the temptation to let Allen speak publicly about the situation was important, because the risk of an untrained, inexperienced public speaker making things worse likely outweighs the likelihood that things will be better. To tell Allen’s story, CAA apparently hand-picked CAA-client Stephen A. Smith to be the media member who received a late-night phone call from Allen aimed at apologizing for and explaining the tweets.

Smith, who claimed I don’t have any idea why he picked up the phone and called me at two o’clock in the morning, passed along the things Allen said in a concise and persuasive way. At one point, Smith said they (presumably, Allen’s agents) sent Smith a clip from Modern Family supporting Allen’s view that he wasn’t speaking in his own voice but making a reference to the TV show.

Apr 29

Derrick Coleman works out for Jets

The Jets worked out free agent fullback Derrick Coleman on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Coleman spent the 2017 season with Atlanta. He played 16 games, rushing for 8 yards on two carries and catching two passes for 20 yards.

He played 22 percent of the team’s offensive snaps and 63.4 percent of the special teams snaps.

Coleman, 27, originally signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played four seasons for the Seahawks, appearing in 31 games with seven starts.
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A group statement last week issued by the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA players’ unions demanded a say on any proposed league-run betting enterprises, as such gambling could alter players’ privacy and publicity rights, the integrity of our games and the volatility of our business.

That was followed with, we cannot allow those who have lobbied the hardest for sports gambling to be the only ones controlling how it would be ushered into our businesses. The athletes must also have a seat at the table to ensure that players’ rights and the integrity of our games are protected.

The journeyman running back has spent time with the Giants, Lions, Cowboys, Steelers, Raiders, Patriots, and Texans.

He has played in 19 games in his career, with 23 carries for 74 yards.

The Packers have not drafted as well in the past few years, but that 2013 class had three Pro Bowl players and the Rookie of the Year with Lacy, who faded after his hot start. The 2014 class had two good ones with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Davante Adams in the first two rounds.
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Getting Bell in the second round in 2013 was an absolute steal. Pittsburgh looks like it had a good class in 2017 with the early returns on T.J. Watt and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Jacksonville GM Dave Caldwell deserves a lot of credit for building the roster that Doug Marrone and Tom Coughlin took to the AFC Championship last year. Once a laughingstock, Womens Trevor Story Jersey Jacksonville has landed some really good players recently.

Apr 27

Giants didn’t waste any time before picking Saquon Barkley

With teams looking for quarterbacks on Thursday night, some thought the Giants might entertain trade offers for the No. 2 pick rather than using it themselves.
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General Manager Dave Gettleman wasn’t in the mood for such conversations. Gettleman said that the only reason the team didn’t take running back Saquon Barkley immediately was a league rule forcing them to wait.

I have no thoughts about the timing of when we decided to move on, Jones said. For everyone concerned, that was as good a time as any from the end of the season.

Once this week’s draft passes and teams have a more clear idea of their rosters, Bryant can perhaps become the focus of a receiver-needy team again.

As for the Cowboys, they don’t plan to fill Bryant’s cleats immediately.

Limited Kids Babe Ruth Jersey I think we recognize that we’ve got a hole to fill with Dez, Jones said. We, actually, in general know right now that and have known that we probably won’t have what we would call a pure X receiver to take the place of Dez.

The Cowboys select 19th overall in this year’s draft.The long-held thought from experts has been the Browns would take Sam Darnold with the top pick. Increasingly, with the draft starting Thursday, it’s looking as if the experts have been wrong.

It doesn’t look like Shurmur will have reason to be discouraged by the attendance at this week’s voluntary minicamp. Dianna Russini of ESPN reports that Beckham is in attendance for Tuesday’s start to the three-day minicamp the Giants get to hold because they hired a new head coach this offseason.

Beckham is expected to go through the walkthrough portion of Tuesday’s practice, but not the practice itself as Rees Odhiambo Authentic Jersey he is still rehabbing from last year’s season-ending ankle injury.

While the lack of a contract extension creates some uncertainty about Beckham’s long-term outlook with the team, chatter about a possible trade that would take him off of this year’s roster has quieted down significantly over the last month. His appearances at voluntary workouts has played a role in that and continued attendance this offseason would likely keep things quiet on that front.

Gang Green desperately need a quarterback, and called Cleveland in an effort to get the No. 1 overall pick before ending up jumping from No. 6 to their current No. 3.Each passing NFL Sunday brought a headline more alarming than the one before.
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NFL ratings continue historic slide, with no end in sight.

Apr 26

The Minnesota Wild returned home from Winnipeg and regrouped to roar back in their first-round playoff series.

The Jets were a late arrival for Game 3 in more ways than one.

Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise had power-play goals in the first period for the spark that was missing on the road, and the Wild scored four times in the second to beat the Jets 6-2 on Sunday night.

We’re in a series here, said Hellebuyck, who made 16 saves. We’re going to lose one once in a while. It’s how we respond to the next one.

After overtaking the Wild with two third-period goals to win 3-2 in Game 1 and dominating the action in Game 2 on the way to a 4-1 victory, the Jets hit some minor turbulence. The blizzard that blanketed the Twin Cities forced their charter flight to land in Duluth on Saturday afternoon and return to Winnipeg for the night. The Jets skipped the customary morning skate and arrived Sunday about eight hours before faceoff.

Whether or not the Jets were actually affected by the weather hardly mattered, given the way the Wild greeted them after the lackluster performance in Game 2.

I don’t know if it made us worse, but I can say for a fact that it certainly didn’t make us better, Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts it was good to end the losing skid.

It’s good to get a win against anybody but, yeah, these guys have had our number, Roberts added. Clayton was sort of in a groove early. There’s something with Clayton’s track record, when he takes the mound there’s a heightened focus. His intensity every single time and when he takes the mound, our guys felt that today.

Los Angeles had been 0-5 versus the Diamondbacks this year, and hadn’t beaten them in the regular season since last August. But the Dodgers swept Arizona 3-0 last year in the NL Division Series.

Chris Taylor homered, doubled and drove in three runs to help the Dodgers stop a three-game skid. The Diamondbacks, who had won three in row, finished a 6-3 road trip.

Hopefully we can build on this momentum, Taylor said. I thought today was the best approach we had offensively so hopefully we can build on that.seahawks_132

Apr 25

Packers announce Davon House signing, cut David Talley

The Packers announced the signing of cornerback Davon House. They also cut linebacker David Talley.
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House, a fourth-round pick in 2011, has played 84 career games with 45 starts. He has made 199 tackles, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles and 69 pass breakups in his career.

He spent 2015 and ’16 with the Jaguars before returning to Green Bay last season.

The Packers signed Talley as an undrafted DeMarcus Lawrence Womens Jersey rookie free agent last May. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve after the Packers placed him there September 3.

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The NCAA announced today that on all kickoffs in college football, the receiving team will have the option to fair catch the ball anywhere inside the 25-yard line and have the play count as a touchback.

The NCAA was clear about the reasons for the rule change: Players get hurt on kickoff returns, and fewer returns will result in fewer injuries.
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The Football Rules Committee made the proposal to continue efforts to increase the number of touchbacks during kickoffs since fewer injuries occur during kickoffs that result in touchbacks than on kickoffs that are returned, the NCAA said.

This rule will result in fewer kickoff returns, and once fans become accustomed to fewer kickoff returns, they’ll become accustomed to the idea of getting rid of the kickoff entirely. The kickoff is going away.

And that’s it. No mention of Papa John. No mention of owners discussing the possibility of taking away the franchise, or of the manner in which Jones and son Stephen aggressively dismissed that possibility (even though the NFL’s Constitution & Bylaws contain a clear procedure for doing so). Ultimately, no mention of the league forcing Jones to pay back more than $2 million in legal fees incurred by the league and its teams as a result of the threatened litigation and the actual/perceived support for Ezekiel Elliott’s court challenge to his suspension.

Apr 23

Cardinals sign Beau Sandland Jersey

The Cardinals announced they have signed tight end Beau Sandland to a one-year contract.
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He joins Jermaine Gresham, who ruptured his Achilles in Week 17, Ricky Seals-Jones, Gabe Holmes and Bryce Williams at the position.

Sandland entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Panthers in 2016 out of Montana State. He spent his rookie season on the practice squads of the Panthers and Packers.

So a day after Mara made sure to remind everyone the Giants are in charge, NFL Network reported Beckham will not take the field without a new deal. Players seeking new contracts often stay away from the voluntary portions of the offseason workouts 鈥?the lifting sessions and organized team activity practices 鈥?and sometimes are no-shows for the mandatory minicamp that signals the end of the offseason work 鈥?an absence that would incur a fine.
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To truly take a stand, Beckham would have to sit out training camp and insist he will sit out the season unless he gets a new contract. If the Giants believe this is the direction Beckham is headed, they could immediately start looking for a trade partner 鈥?although they would set a high price for their superstar receiver.

But the 28-year-old Liuget may benefit indirectly from the move.
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He was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s performance enhancing substances policy, and those suspensions are without pay. So now instead of being docked 4/17ths of $8 million, he’ll have to surrender 4/17ths of some presumably smaller number. The Patriots did that with Tom Brady’s contract before his DeflateGate suspension, saving him $1.865 million.

He has two more seasons on his contract after this year. But he hasn’t lived up to the Jarius Wright Womens Jersey six-year, $58 million contract he signed in 2015, so some adjustment was probably to be expected regardless the suspension.

I thought he played with a lot of confidence. I thought he made good decisions out there on the floor, Indiana coach Nate McMillan said of his star guard. We talked about some of the things that Cleveland would do. I thought he recognized those and did a good job of attacking. He’s been a guy who has created a lot of things for us on both ends of the floor.

Apr 21

Maccagnan said the offer to Suh was a one-year deal and there was a deadline attached to it.

A day after Jets CEO Christopher Johnson revealed the team pulled its offer for free-agent defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, general manager Mike Maccagnan added some clarity to the situation.
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When that deadline passed without even a visit to the Jets by Suh, he and Johnson decided to pull the offer.

Our focus with those guys is to try to set them up for success, he said. Some of those guys have pending legal cases that will play themselves out. We’re going to do our due diligence and monitor them. As we go forward, we’ll make decisions accordingly with those guys.

So, what happens to Christian Hackenberg with the Jets possibly drafting a quarterback next month and signing Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater? Will they release the 2016 second-round pick?

Is not Beckham supposed to be pulling some sort of power play, with a report he will not step on Womens Rod Langway Jersey the field unless he has a contract extension? Well, Beckham is rehabbing a fractured left ankle and there will be no work on the field for several weeks as the Giants convene next month. The superstar receiver showing up, as Shurmur for the first time welcomes his new players, would certainly send the message the Giants want to see from him.

I had a chance to share my thoughts on all topics Odell, other than football, certainly, and it was a good visit, Shurmur said Tuesday morning. He told me his favorite restaurants in town. We just got a chance to get to know one another. He’s a very charismatic guy, I think he really cares and I’m looking forward to working with him.
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Despite a cacophony of noise at the NFL owners’ meetings this week, the Giants are not trying to trade Beckham. In fact, Shurmur is trying to get to know the lightning-rod 25-year-old and believes the West Coast sit-down was a step in that direction.

Yeah, I’ve got a good radar on people, Shurmur said. That’s why it’s important as players and coaches, anybody that’s working together, that you get a chance to visit and get to know one another. I really don’t think you can know somebody by just seeing reports, reading reports, hearing what people think and say, I think it’s really important, especially in the player-coach relationship that I get to know him.

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Apr 20

NFL mock draft: Predicting earliest QB dominoes

The top safety prospects entering the 2018 NFL draft:

1. Derwin James, Florida State (6-2, 215): With outspoken confidence reminiscent of former Seminoles teammate and current Jaguars all-pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, James has predicted he will go in the top 10 — and there’s a legitimate chance he will be proven correct. After a torn lateral meniscus sidelined him for almost the entirety of his sophomore season in 2016, he bounced back by earning second-team All-American honors despite a disappointing overall season for Florida State’s defense last year.

The Lions now have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal with Ansah, who piled up 12 sacks over 14 games in 2017.

Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson could be the most talented player at his position in this year’s draft class, and is arguably the best guard prospect in the last 30 years.

Until that happens, there’s no telling when Donald will return to L.A. Rams brass continues to speak positively about getting Donald’s extension finalized, but that didn’t prompt Donald to report for Monday’s start of offseason workouts.

After being released by the Denver Broncos, C.J. Anderson is expected to draw plenty of interest as a free agent. One team that makes sense is the Miami Dolphins, who tried to trade for Anderson earlier this offseason.

Thomas played college football at Stanford and went undrafted, signing with the 49ers in 2012 and eventually joining their practice squad.

Thomas joined teammates in Miami last year in kneeling during the national anthem and has been involved in the NFL meetings concerning how to find a solution both sides will agree on.

Set to take part in April’s developmental Spring League, Manziel hopes his performance impresses scouts enough to warrant a second chance. No matter the outcome, however, he has the support of his family and new bride, Bre Tiesi.steelers_009