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Antique rugs, even old rugs, are becoming increasingly rare and so, if their condition is good, are ever more valuable. Heirlooms definitely should be looked after, but holiday souvenir rugs, too, can be rescued if accidents happen. And if the disaster is bad enough – a lovely rug can still be reincarnated as beautiful cushions.

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

Apr 18

Cards aiming for 6th straight win

Even if the weather isn’t following suit, the St. Louis Cardinals have been heating up of late.
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Limited Earl Thomas Jersey The Cardinals have won five straight games heading into Wednesday’s game against the rival Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Friendly Confines haven’t been so congenial to the Cardinals of late, They lost nine of 10 games in Chicago last season but they captured their first Wrigley victory of the young season in a 5-3 victory on Tuesday.

The win improved St. Louis to 8-3 on the road this season. But considering the frustrations the Cardinals experienced here a year ago, extending their win streak on Chicago’s North Side Tuesday was a welcomed sight.

Starting pitching — no matter the venue — has been an issue for the Cubs, who again dropped under .500 (7-8) with Tuesday’s loss.

Tyler Chatwood walked seven over just 4 2/3 innings while laboring over 97 pitches. Chatwood also surrendered two earned runs and continued what’s been already become a disturbing trend for Chicago.
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The Nationals optioned righty Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse. He was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in five games for Washington.

Catcher Jhonatan Solano was put on the 60-day disabled list because of bone chips in his Authentic Darryl Roberts Jersey right elbow. He spent a short time with Washington this season and didn’t get into a game before going on the 10-day DL.

Ohtani spiked five pitches in the first inning, one of which bounced about five feet in front of home plate and resulted in a wild pitch. He began the second inning with two high sliders that backed up Eduardo Nunez, then allowed each of the next four batters to reach base.

My splitter, I didn’t have good command of that. My fastball, I didn’t feel off my fingertips. Same with my slider, Ohtani said.

The Angels (13-4) and Red Sox (14-2) entered as the two leaders in run differential, respectively. But the Red Sox pulled away early, adding another five runs in the third inning against Luke Bard.

Apr 16

Sanchez could be Seahawks’ backup quarterback plan, though cries begin for Kaepernick

It wasn’t long after the Seahawks cut Trevone Boykin on Tuesday that speculation began about the possibility of Colin Kaepernick becoming the team’s backup quarterback.
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The Seahawks hosted Kaepernick last spring, the only free agent visit the former 49ers quarterback has had the past 14 months. Kaepernick, 30, did not play last season.
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According to Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Brown had hip replacement surgery recently and didn’t make the trip.

The 82-year-old Brown wasn’t ready to travel, but his daughter Katie Blackburn is representing the team this week and joked that her father would be up and running soon.

He’s getting to be 100 percent, we are going to test him in the 40 when we return to Cincinnati, Blackburn said.

Brown’s son Paul Brown, the team’s vice president of player personnel, is also absent this week as he recovers from a torn ACL.

The Eagles confirmed Worley’s arrest and later Sunday announced that they had released Worley.

According to NFL Network, Worley was tased during the 6 a.m. arrest after he allegedly became combative toward police. A gun was found at the scene, according to the report, which added that the incident occurred near the Eagles’ team facility.

Worley was traded to the Eagles by the Panthers in March in a deal that sent wide receiver Torrey Smith to Carolina.

The NFL has a new rule on what constitutes a catch.

The much-derided catch rule was unanimously changed today, with all 32 teams voting for the rule that has been Patrick Kerney Jersey hammered out by the competition committee with input from players, coaches and officials.

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Apr 14

Blue Jays bopping along against Orioles

The Toronto Blue Jays have shown plenty of power in the first part of 2018. They will try to show more of it in the second game of their series with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.
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Kendrys Morales came out of Monday’s game with a strained left hamstring and is going to be checked by the Toronto medical staff again Tuesday.

The Orioles (4-7) have done well with power at times but have struggled on occasion with runners in scoring position. That trouble continued in Monday’s loss.

Justin Williams had a goal and an assist, Jordan Staal scored a deflected goal and Phil Di Giuseppe had two assists for the Hurricanes. They had lost three straight and four of five down the stretch during their ninth straight season without making the playoffs — tied for the third-longest such drought in NHL history.

Listen, it’s tough for me to put on a smile for a couple seconds, and then you realize where you are, Williams said. And then instantly turns into a frown.

Ondrej Palat scored the tying goal with 8:49 left and Ryan Callahan also scored for Tampa Bay. But with star Steven Stamkos out for a third straight game with an upper-body injury, the Lightning earned one point for going to OT but relinquished control of the Atlantic Division race to Boston.

The Bruins, who beat Ottawa 5-2 on Saturday night, will win the division and claim the top spot in the East if they beat Florida on Sunday night.

J.J. Watt is the only player in NFL history who fits the above description. And there’s no doubt it pains the defensive end to ponder his recent on-field plight and wonder how long the Texans will continue to pay him superstar money if he can’t regain his All-Pro form.

Second, through his agent and other contacts in and around the NFL, Manziel could have been (and supposedly was) doing everything he could from Noah Syndergaard Youth jersey January until May to figure out what he needs to do in order to be successful in the NFL. Third, Manziel said later in the interview that, when Josh McCown joined the Browns in 2015, McCown showed Manziel how it’s done. So why did Manziel, who also had a new offensive coordinator in 2015, still flame out of the NFL after what was only his second season?

While most of the interview revealed a guy who now seems to be much more self-aware and mature than he ever was during his NFL career, any explanation for his failure in Cleveland other than I chose partying over football suggests that he truly hasn’t come to terms with why his career fell apart before it could get started.
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Apr 13

DeMarcus Ware was just joking about a return but would like to coach

DeMarcus Ware did take some calls early this offseason, inquiring whether he was interested in a comeback. So it figures that the pass-rusher would field a phone call or two if he really was considering a return. Alas, Ware said Tuesday his tweet about a comeback was an April Fool’s joke.

“I was playing around, April Fool’s,” Ware said of his tweet. “I got some old workouts [and posted them on social media] and told everybody I was going to come back. And then last night, Jerry Jones and his jet were out there at an event. He said, ‘Hey, why don’t you finish that April Fool’s and come off the jet,’ so I ended up walking out and was like, ‘Hey, he came and got me.’ I was like maybe that isn’t going to go off right with a lot of guys, but I’m a funny guy, and it’s about having fun. That’s what I did. I’m not coming back. I’m not coming back. That’s for sure.”

“I’m going to really give back now, helping out the guys and mentoring guys,” Ware said. “If they want to work on pass rush, breaking down film and really work on how to be a champion, so working with guys any way that I can. If there’s a job out there, if anybody’s watching, holler at me or let me know.”

Bradford started only two games last season because of his knee injury, which required arthroscopic surgery. He returned to backup Case Keenum in the postseason, though Bradford didn’t see the field.

“As a player, you can’t focus on it,” Bradford said. “I trust the process I’ve been through to this point; I know the strength staff here, the training staff here. We talked . . . about putting in the plan to make sure my knee is as healthy as it can be come Week 1.

“I am trusting the fact they know what they are doing. They’ve dealt with some guys who have had knees that have had issues like mine. With that work, we’ll be in a place where it will allow me to do can do what I need to do for 16 games.”la_kings_008

Apr 11

Balanced Oakland Athletics outlast Ohtani-less Angels 7-3

Blake Treinen and the Oakland Athletics’ entire pitching staff were still smarting from their struggles against the Los Angeles Angels’ powerful lineup this season.
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The A’s finally took control on the mound, and their lineup provided ample backup.

It was nice to come back and shut them down, A’s manager Bob Melvin said. When they’re swinging the bats, they’re a dangerous lineup.

Two days after an emotional win over the Cavaliers, the Sixers missed five of their first six shots. But Simmons keyed a 17-3 second-quarter run by assisting on Covington’s consecutive 3-pointers before his twisting layup in traffic that made it 50-34.
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The Sixers led by 19 before Smith helped get the Mavs within four points late in the third quarter. But the Sixers quickly got the lead back to double figures.

Dallas shot 11 of 40 from 3-point range in its final road game. The Mavs will soon face big decisions in the draft and free agency that the Sixers were once contemplating.

I hope that I represent a real-time example to other owners that can say, `Here’s the plan, and we’re really going to adhere to the plan and walk it down and not blink, Brown said. We have fantastic owners that have said something to me and they have delivered.
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When we’re hot, I feel like we can run with anybody in the gym, Acy said. And tonight, we got hot.

Acy’s season has been hot and cold following offseason ankle surgery, but he looked plenty comfortable letting it fly Saturday. He took 13 of his 14 shots from deep.

He’s our bench leader, a great guy, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. I think he hasn’t been fully healthy and he’s played through a lot.

Brooklyn got its fourth road win in its last five games. It was Brooklyn’s second straight victory over the Bulls, something the Andrew Ladd Jersey Nets haven’t done since February 2008. The win clinched the season series for the first time since 2009-10.

The Nets had a season-high 36 assists, led by nine from Spencer Dinwiddie and eight from Caris LeVert, both off the bench.

(The shooting) comes from our thrust at the rim and how we get there, and how we set the defense after that, and made good passes, Atkinson said.

Sean Kilpatrick led Chicago with 20 points, and Bobby Portis had 18 points and eight rebounds.

Apr 09

Chris Long Admits To Getting Caught Cheating At NFL Combine

Chris Long tried and failed to cheat at the NFL Combine.
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Long, who ended up being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, finished with impressive numbers during the combine. But there was one exercise he wanted to improve: the vertical leap.

An enormous collective exhale consumed the Wells Fargo Center, and the Sixers overtook Cleveland for third place in the East.

Fittingly, Allen Iverson was seated courtside.

The last time this franchise elicited this type of excitement, Iverson was The Franchise.

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Turns out this morning’s warning to not worry about triskadekaphobia proved to be true.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone updated the status of his two injured center fielders before Friday’s game.
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Feeling like his shoulder issue from Opening Day has healed, starter Aaron Hicks is saying he’ll be ready to play when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list early next week.

As for backup Jacoby Ellsbury, his return from an early March oblique strain is in limbo due to a new issue that developed this week while he was playing extended spring training games in Tampa, left hip soreness.

Apr 07

NFL Rumors: Details On Gronkowski-Belichick Friction Emerge

New England Patriots fans appeared to get some good news Saturday night when ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported that Rob Gronkowski is pretty certain to return for the 2018 season.
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Darlington also noted that the relationship between Gronkowski and head coach Bill Belichick is strained and while it isn’t irreconcilable, it certainly appears the two have some issues that need to be worked out.

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Although New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is reportedly expected to return to his club for the 2018 season after considering retirement, a new report says things have been tense between the 28-year-old and his head coach. There has been friction between Gronkowski and Bill Belichick, along with other members of the Patriots this offseason, as the head coach is questioning whether his tight end is all in with the team, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.

Gronkowski reportedly cited the large physical and mental toll of playing the position and role the Patriots have him in as reasons for retirement consideration. Coming back to the team, Gronkowski is aware he will be expected to Ferguson Jenkins Youth jersey fill the same role. Darlington adds that the tension could ease throughout the offseason if Belichick feels Gronkowski is showing a commitment to football. One caveat to the report is that Gronkowski is pretty certain he will return for his ninth season as long as Tom Brady is also back, which is expected to be the case.

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Apr 06

Reddick drives in 6 as Astros beat Orioles 10-6

A day ago Josh Reddick was pleading for a hit on Twitter after typing I will get a hit 13 times in one post worked for St. Louis outfielder Dexter Fowler.

Once Reddick got that first hit out of the way, he busted out in a big way Tuesday night.

Reddick hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and a grand slam in Houston’s five-run seventh, leading the Astros to a 10-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

George Springer put Houston ahead to stay with a one-out RBI double in the seventh. Walks to Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa prompted Orioles manager Buck Showalter to replace Pedro Araujo (0-1) with Nestor Cortes.

The Dodgers tied it in the third when Austin Barnes led off with a double, advanced on Kershaw’s sacrifice and scored when Chris Taylor flew out to deep center. But Arizona regained the lead 2-1 in its half of the third. Peralta, hitless against Kershaw in eight career at-bats, hit a leadoff home run just over the right-field fence.

Arizona expanded its lead after Kershaw’s departure.

With runners at first and second and nobody out, the Diamondbacks sent reliever Jorge De La Rosa up to put down a sacrifice, but Alexander walked him to load the bases. After one out, Alexander walked Ketel Marte on a 3-2 pitch to bring in a run. Baez relieved Alexander and walked Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock to score two more.

Yankees: OF Jacoby Ellsbury hurt a hip in his comeback from an oblique injury, a setback that means OF Aaron Hicks (strained ribcage) is likely to return from the disabled list first. Hicks is eligible to be activated April 9.

RHP Luis Severino (1-0) starts Wednesday’s series finale for the Yankees and LHP Blake Snell (0-0) for the Rays. Severino will pitch with five days’ rest after allowing one hit in 5 2/3 scoreless innings during the opening win at Toronto. Snell pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Friday’s loss to Boston.

It sure did turn out to be a nifty piece of business, though. If we assume that the sixth-rounder is L.A.’s initial pick (No. 198), the Patriots picked up what amounts to the 33rd pick of the draft according to the Chase Stuart chart as part of this deal. The trade they made with the Saints last year sent the equivalent of the 29th pick in draft capital to New Orleans for Cooks. The difference between those two picks is somewhere around the 199th selection, a fateful number for Patriots fans. Belichick basically rented Cooks for a year, paid him less than $1.6 million during a season when his top two wideouts — Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan — were healthy for a combined total of eight games, and spent a late sixth-round pick in the process. He’s good at this.patriots_303

Apr 02

Richard Sherman makes feelings clear about negative assessments of 49ers deal

Richard Sherman, dressed in a bright red tailor-made suit for his first meeting with the Bay Area media Tuesday, made it clear how he feels about the negative assessments of his deal with the San Francisco 49ers and why he valued the chance to negotiate it.
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It was really important to me, said Sherman, who served as his own agent. I think that a lot of times in our league there are players that have the ability to do that and have the ability to structure their own deals and really take advantage of just being in control of their own destiny.

Sherman also wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune on Tuesday that offered further details on the contract in an effort to shed light on some of the points that have been criticized.
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Receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson are among the eight visitors to The Star this week. The team has a need at linebacker after losing Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber. Hitchens signed with Kansas City, and Wilber left for the Raiders. Thomas spent the past three seasons in Green Bay after a brief stint on the Cowboys’ practice Jake Guentzel Jersey squad in 2015. The Packers did not tender him as a restricted free agent, allowing him to hit the open market.

For the critical third element of the revised catch rule, the NFL’s Competition Committee could have chosen an objective standard or a subjective standard. The Competition Committee has chosen both. That’s the most important takeaway from the Wednesday tweet by NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron, who unveiled a three-part standard for the third element of the catch rule, which generally requires the player, after possessing the ball and getting two feet (or a body part) on the ground to perform a football move. The Competition Committee’s proposal defines football move in three ways: (1) taking a third step; (2) reaching or extending the ball for the line-to-gain; or (3) having the ability to do either.
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