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Jon Dykema, the team’s cap manager and contract negotiator, has been in charge of directing the team’s analytics initiatives on the personnel side, while Evan Rothstein, a former quality control coach whose new title is head coach assistant for research & analysis, did much of that work on the coaching side,Now Patricia has added another member to his staff, hiring David Corrao as his director of football research.

However, Tebow has a ways to go before he makes it to the majors. The Eddie George Womens Jersey 30-year-old player finished last season with a .226 batting average, eight home runs and 52 RBI between Single-A Columbia and Port St. Lucie.

But this season Tebow is rumored to be starting at Double-A Binghamton and he could be promoted to the majors in the fall, depending on how he does.

We’re very pleased with his progress so far, Alderson said. He’s been super for us the first year-plus. He’s made progress on the field. He’s dedicated himself to improving.

Tebow once again reiterated that making the majors would be a dream come true, but that his ultimate goal is to try his best.

As an athlete, you always want to be the best you can, play at the highest level, win a championship, be the best, Tebow said. If the best that I can be is in the bigs, that would be awesome. I believe in myself, and so I want to strive for that. But if that doesn’t happen, then I won’t look back and regret playing baseball, because I’ve already enjoyed it.

Thomas is coming off a season-ending foot injury and turns 30 in June.

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This is a case of Mo’ money and Mo’ problems. He wasn’t very good in 2017 in every aspect of his game and isn’t ideal to have around for a rebuilding team. At 28, he has played his last down for New York.
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He is willing to move to free safety and flank Landon Collins in order to save his value for the team. But the nickel back is too rich to keep for a new regime that’s reconstructing the defense, too.

He is too expensive for his return in production and will be cut.

Beyond Robinson, there are a bunch of deep threats and slot options in free agency. Anderson lessens the need for the former, and someone like the Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry is too much of a luxury target for the latter. In that vein, going bargain for the Chiefs’ Albert Wilson or going flyer on the Redskins’ Terrelle Pryor is smarter.

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Adam Shaheen, a second-year second-rounder, could turn into something special for Nagy and Trubisky in the Travis Kelce vein. But as the Ashland product has an expanded developmental season, the Bears need a pass-catching veteran for Trubisky now. Zach Miller is a 33-year-old free agent coming off a scary leg injury, and Dion Sims is a good candidate to be released.

The Bears were attached to the Bengals’ Tyler Eifert when he was a first-round pick in 2013. His durability issues are about to push him out of Cincinnati, but that could set him up for a low-risk, high-reward deal to be a potential red-zone target for Trubisky. Going a little younger out of a different West Coast offense, the Eagles’ Trey Burton, 26, should have great appeal.

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This is a need the Bears can certainly address with a Day 2 pick in the draft, but should they go the free-agent route and choose not to spend as much at wideout or tight end, the Patriots’ Cameron Fleming and the Steelers’ Chris Hubbard are worth considering.

Mike Sullivan has led the Penguins to two straight Stanley Cups but was nowhere to be found in the top five coaches players would like to play for.

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But it appears that he’s set on getting a long-term deal done before playing another down of football. He was willing to hold out last season until September, though he ended up playing on the one-year tag.

Interestingly enough, when the NHLPA held this players’ poll in 2012, then-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma won it with 21 percent of the vote, over this year’s winner, Joel Quenneville.

Also making the cut in 2012 but not here: Columbus Blue Jackets taskmaster John Tortorella (then with the Rangers) and Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan (then with the Sharks).

The NHLPA poll asked players which assistant coaches should be the next head coaches. Please keep in mind that when they asked this in 2012, only one of the five (Dave Cameron) went on to get a head-coaching gig in the NHL. Sorry, D.J. Smith and Todd Reirden!
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If the Pelicans let Cousins walk this offseason, they would have to rebuild around Davis to prove they aren’t going to waste his prime years. If they re-sign Cousins and he sees a dropoff in production, there’s still a possibility Davis considers his options outside of New Orleans in search of a realistic chance at competing for a title.

I don’t see anyone winning without three or four All-Stars, Davis told ESPN in December. I was in the (MVP) conversation in my third year, and we didn’t win. We went to the playoffs, got swept and I dropped out of all that so fast. It’s about winning. You can have all the numbers in the world, but you better win. That’s what it is.

In theory, at least, Thornton could be just a few days behind Shattenkirk for the same recovery timetable. Of course, we are cancelling out Thornton’s advanced age with the fact that he’s a freak of nature as an athlete.

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Jimmy Butler ruled out Monday with knee injury

The Timberwolves will be without guards Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford on Monday when they travel to play the Clippers.

It brings some comfort to Cozart knowing that Simmons, the best defensive shortstop of his generation, is right by his side as a security blanket.

Myers hit a career-high 30 homers last year, but he also struck out 180 times and batted .229 after the All-Star break. He went home to Charlotte, North Carolina, in October, worked with a personal trainer, loaded up on protein shakes and increased his weight from 201 pounds to a bulked-up 226.

“I’m tired of being tall and skinny,” Myers said. “I wanted to be tall and big.”

Elfrid Payton led the Magic with 22 points and six rebounds. Evan Fournier added 19 points, and Aaron Gordon poured in 11 points with 13 rebounds. The Magic have now won two of their last three games (Celtics and Timberwolves) and lost by just one point to the Cavaliers in between.

While other losing teams like the Kings have essentially given up on the season, Orlando (14-32) has decided to fight despite owning the league’s third-worst record.

The Celtics, now losers of three straight, still hold a two-game lead over the Raptors for top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has played like an All-Star all season, and he continued his run of good form by scoring 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, four rebounds and three steals in a 94-86 win over the Spurs. Oladipo, averaging over 24 points per game this season, has been a steal for the Pacers.

Lillard is currently averaging 25.0 points, four rebounds and six assists per game. He also has the Trail Blazers (23-21) in playoff contention.

This year’s All-Star Game takes place next month, and starters will be announced Thursday night. Coaches then select the reserves Tuesday. More disappointment could be ahead for Lillard, who currently ranks behind even Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball in the voting.indians_005

Eagles listening to Foles offers, but price remains high

The Philadelphia Eagles have received multiple trade offers for quarterback Nick Foles but are setting a high price, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
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The Eagles have plenty of incentive to keep Foles. Wentz is recovering from a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee that he suffered against the Los Angeles Rams in December. While optimistic that he will be back for the 2018 opener, the Eagles have no guarantee that Wentz will be ready for the start of the season. They believe strongly in having two strong starting options at quarterback — a philosophy that was bolstered by how the 2017 season played out.
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But they are leaving the window open a crack in the event that a team comes to the table with an excellent offer. The Eagles are projected to be about $9 million over the cap and are without a second- or third-round pick in April’s draft. Roseman has expressed the need to add picks T. J. Leaf Jersey so the team can offset some of the large contracts on the books with more players on rookie deals.

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He has used a wheelchair but is making progress in his rehab. Shazier made an appearance at a Pittsburgh Penguins game in February and stood to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd. He says he is expecting to return to the NFL.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer remains in steady communication with Shazier, who was a first-round pick in 2014.

The Buckeyes have been honoring him with Buckeye Tough T-shirts that feature Shazier’s NFL No. 50 on the left arm and his Ohio State No. 10 on the right.

Jenkins, fresh off a Super Bowl-winning season with the Eagles, was a first-round pick in 2009 by the New Orleans Saints.

The two-time Pro Bowler won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back at Ohio State in 2008.

Jenkins, a leader of the NFL players coalition, is one of the most socially active players in the league, spearheading players’ efforts to improve the criminal justice system.

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Matchup ratings are based upon a scale from 1 (poor matchup) to 10 (excellent matchup). These are calculated using a formula that evaluates the team’s year-to-date and past 10 games’ statistics, their opponents’ numbers in those categories and their performance in home/road games depending on where the game is to be played. The column to the left lists the team’s total number of games scheduled, as well as home games, and lists the overall rating from 1-10 for that team’s weekly schedule.
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As such, most of the teams have moderate scores between 4 and 7 on the Forecaster, with only seven teams outside of that range (three over 7, four under 4).

The Vikings are wise not to blow the franchise tag on Keenum, because that would give him more than $21 million in what’s essentially a prove it again deal. A better deal is making it work long term with Cousins for closer to $30 million per season. The Jets, Browns and Broncos are suitors for Cousins, too, but the Vikings have something beyond the financial means to offer.

Those teams need a lot of work before they can be considered playoff teams, let alone postseason powers. Minnesota is established and has three top targets — wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, tight end Kyle Rudolph — who match the profile of the skill players who have helped Cousins to his best NFL success. Second-year standout Dalvin Cook also gives Cousins the versatile feature back he’s never had.

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Safety was taken care of last year for the long haul with the early drafting of Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. Corner is a whole different mess.

The plan here starts with re-signing free agent Morris Claiborne, who’s still only 28 and coming off a solid first season in New York after his many years in Dallas. The trick is also upgrading on the opposite site.

Detroit Lions give franchise tag to DE Ezekiel Ansah

The Detroit Lions on Tuesday designated defensive end Ezekiel Ansah as their franchise player for 2018.
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Ansah can sign the franchise tender at any time, which would fully guarantee the salary and place it all on the current year’s cap. The sides also have until July 16 to agree to a multiyear extension.

After 32 tackles and eight sacks his rookie year and 49 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 2014, Ansah had a breakout season in 2015. He had 47 tackles that season along with 14.5 sacks — enough to earn second-team All-Pro honors by The Associated Press.

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It’s not a coincidence that most of the positions listed above are on defense. Being an NFL defender is all about reaction: How quickly can you diagnose a play, come to a stop and explode toward the ball? And the 20-yard shuttle showcases a player’s body control as he is changing directions.

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly. The 4.11-second 20-yard shuttle Kuechly posted in 2012 is just outside the outstanding range above for inside linebackers. That kind of short-area quickness, in combination with Kuechly’s outstanding recognition skills, have helped turn him into a four-time All Pro.

The Eagles on the other hand, skew much, much higher, with an average star rating of 3.5. Recruiting fans scanning the Eagles’ roster will be familiar with those like Nelson Agholor, Tim Jernigan, Brandon Graham, Nigel Bradham, Ronald Darby, and Alshon Jeffery.

Perhaps the most interesting story on the Eagles is Lane Johnson. In high school, Johnson was 6’5 and 202 pounds. He went to junior college and just kept growing. And growing. And growing.
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What time does the Super Bowl end, for those who just want to see ‘This Is Us’ after the game ends

The Philadelphia Eagles are the champions following a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. And now that means we’re almost ready to find out how Jack Pearson dies on This Is Us. The expected start time for the show is 10:45 p.m. ET.

If you’re interested in taking the next step toward seeing just how and when Jack Pearson dies, you can skip the Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl that precedes it and tune in to NBC at approximately 10 p.m. ET. That allows for about three hours and 30 minutes of broadcast time and will ensure you don’t miss a minute of Emmy nominee Chrissy Metz’s powerful journey. In the last 11 years — but excluding last year’s overtime Super Bowl — the big game has typically ended its broadcast at 10:07 p.m.

Everyone loved this one. That’s why the Eagles won Celebration of the Year for it at Saturday’s NFL Honors awards show.

We thought the Eagles might top all of this in the Super Bowl, but no such luck. But they did get to hoist the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in team history, which probably makes up for it.

Penn State didn’t actually do anything wrong here. But if a question that faces you in life is, Should a little FCS program try to dunk on a historic, national blue-blood on Twitter for claiming one of its players? the answer must always be, Yes.

“He’s an awesome player and somebody who you have to be ready to play,” Long said. “He’s so unique. In my opinion, I’m not an expert historian, but you’d have to really sell me on there being a better tight end that ever played.”

Instead, Brady will have the biggest mismatch-maker in the NFL at his disposal now that Gronkowski has been cleared. He is the Patriots’ leading receiver this season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season.

Josh McDaniels took one last trick from Bill Belichick, and snubbed the Indianapolis Colts after initially accepting their head coaching job. He’s been a great student to Belichick, really.

The Colts now get to frantically search for a new head coach just a couple of weeks before the NFL Combine takes place, and the NFL draft happens in late April. It’s not an ideal situation for them, but apparently Robert Kraft did just enough to keep his offensive coordinator (and stick it to the Colts for Deflategate).

Only the Eagles could’ve got the short end of the stick by a rule that turns athletic plays into non-touchdowns.

The catch rule could’ve done that and been cast into the spotlight negatively Sunday. The NFL was fortunate that it wasn’t.
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It was a great game for the running back who finished with 100 receiving yards on four receptions. No play was bigger than his catch on an absolute dime from Nick Foles in the back of the end zone in the third quarter.

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Not only are the Blue Jackets struggling with consistency, but captain Nick Foligno and defenseman Markus Hannikainen went on the injured list this week. Replacing them are defenseman Taylor Chorney, brought in off waivers from the Washington Capitals, and Nathan Gerbe, a forward with some NHL experience who was called up from Cleveland of the American Hockey League.
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Let’s be clear: the Patriots were not screwed. They couldn’t be.

The Eagles made a pair of athletic plays that would be considered a catch without question in any world except the one the NFL has built. It’s a problem that hasn’t gone unnoticed by commissioner Roger Goodell who plans to lead a deconstruction and rebuild of the catch rule this offseason.

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock acknowledged his team didn’t play very well Thursday night, and his players know things could become much more difficult if they have to deal with another injury absence for Auston Matthews.
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Tyler Bozak scored the shootout winner in the first round and Toronto squeezed out a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders after Matthews left the game. He tipped in Jake Gardiner’s shot to tie it 3-all with 3:29 remaining in the third period, but exited with 1:06 to go in regulation favoring his right shoulder after being sandwiched by Adam Pelech and Cal Clutterbuck.

Alexandar Georgiev to make NHL debut for Rangers versus Canadiens

Alexandar Georgiev is set to make his NHL debut for the New York Rangers when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
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The 22-year-old Russian was 12-11-2 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .908 save-percentage in 31 games with Hartford of the AHL before being called up by the Rangers on Feb. 10.
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I thought we were really good in the first quarter, and then we got ourselves back into it in the third, but we had one stretch where we had three wide-open 3s in about 30 seconds — (Reggie) Bullock had two on one possession — and we couldn’t knock any of them down, Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. Those are the stretches that kill comebacks.

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Pistons: Andre Drummond had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Detroit shot 10 of 33 from 3-point range.

The team announced Wednesday that Jackson was entering the next stage of his rehab and has been cleared to begin light running, shooting and continued ankle-strengthening exercises.

The Pistons’ medical staff will monitor his progress throughout the week.

Jackson was hurt Dec. 26 against the Indiana Pacers.

Detroit hosts the Boston Celtics on Friday night in its first game since the All-Star break. The Pistons are 1? games behind the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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