Month: April 2018

Denzel Ward is Browns’ choice at No. 4

After getting their quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick, the Browns had their choice of players aside Authentic Brandon Williams Jersey from Penn State running Saquon Barkley. They pulled a second surprise, passing on defensive end Bradley Chubb to take Denzel Ward.
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The Ohio State cornerback fills a big need for Cleveland, just like Baker Mayfield did on offense.

Cleveland resisted trading down with Ward on the board, and he improves their secondary. In fact, the two first-round picks the Browns got from the Texans, who selected Deshaun Watson last year, were defensive backs. The Browns made Jabrill Peppers the No. 25 choice last year after the trade with Houston.
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It has been nearly four decades since either the Jets or Giants drafted from this position, but both had success with their picks. Carl Banks became a key component of the Giants’ two-time Super Bowl-winning defense, while running back Freeman McNeil is a member of the Jets’ Ring of Honor.

Pete Carroll said Monday the Seahawks have not closed the door on the possibility of adding Colin Kaepernick to their roster, but how much further they pursue it may depend on the upcoming NFL draft.

The Buccaneers slid down five spots from No. 7 to No. 12 in order to pick up a pair of second-round picks from Buffalo. While secondary help would have been welcome as well, having the top two cornerbacks in the draft in Denzel Ward and Minkah Fitzpatrick off the board led the Buccaneers to look to the defensive line.

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Maccagnan, with the third overall pick, doesn’t necessarily need to land a future Hall of Fame quarterback, but he absolutely, positively must find a long-term starter who’s good enough to make the Jets a title contender.

Gettleman last week said the words Maccagnan avoided like the plague on Monday when he stated, When you’re picking this high, if you make a mistake, you’re done. When you miss on a quarterback, you really hurt the franchise for probably five years. It’s a five-year mistake.

Grandal’s slam, Kemp’s 3-run HR send Dodgers past Pads 10-3

Yasmani Grandal and Matt Kemp were traded for each other in December 2014, when the San Diego Padres tried for a quick fix with high-priced veterans.
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Now that they’re teammates with the Los Angeles Dodgers, they punished their old team on Monday night.

Grandal hit a grand slam, Kemp had a three-run homer and Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out nine in six strong innings for the Dodgers in a 10-3 victory over the Padres.

Definitely weird but definitely good to be on the same team, Kemp said. We’re doing what we’re doing. Long season, got a long way to go, hopefully just keep the Irving Fryar Womens Jersey hits coming.

Lobbying records released Tuesday show they met with Peter Cammarano, Gov. Phil Murphy’s chief of staff, as well as state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, and state Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex. The meetings were first reported by Politico.

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You just have to be in the right place at the right time, he said. It can only happen in America.

For a time, Huizenga was also a favorite with South Florida sports fans, drawing cheers and autograph seekers in public. The crowd roared when he danced the hokey pokey on the field during an early Marlins game. He went on a spending spree to build a veteran team that won the World Series in only the franchise’s fifth year.

But his popularity plummeted when he ordered the roster dismantled after that season. He was frustrated by poor attendance and his failure to swing a deal for a new ballpark built with taxpayer money.

Many South Florida fans never forgave him for breaking up the championship team. Huizenga drew boos when introduced at Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino’s retirement celebration in 2000, and kept a lower public profile after that.

We know that it’s possible. We’ve done it before, said Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty. I don’t think we’re looking that far ahead. We just have to win one game right now. A series has so many momentum turns and you never know what could happen if we win that next game.

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Andujar has seven doubles and 10 total extra base hits in the last six games. He finished 4-for-4.

David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman pitched clean eighth and ninth innings, respectively, though Chapman put runners on first base and second base with one out.

Romine started at catcher for the second straight day with Gary Sanchez at designated hitter. Sanchez went 1-for-3.

Anthony Rizzo (DL, back) is eligible to be activated by the Chicago Cubs on Monday, and word has it that he should be ready by then. Should that remain the case by the time weekly lineups lock, he’d be an instant start in all formats — despite the tricky nature of back injuries and their sometimes-adverse impact upon hitters’ power numbers — as the team draws a good-to-excellent set of hitting matchups.

Three weekend games at Colorado’s Coors Field have a lot to say about that, but it also helps that the Cubs play the week-opening three games against the St. Louis Cardinals at home, which is the more hitting-oriented of the NL rivals’ home ballparks, and against only right-handed Cardinals starting pitching. That’s also great news for Ian Happ, typically the team’s leadoff hitter against righties, and Kyle Schwarber, usually the team’s No. 5 hitter against them.

Although it appeared just a few days ago that Torres was being groomed to take over at third base, it now seems as if he’ll be handed the Yankees’ starting second base position.

Torres, 21, played second base on Friday night and Saturday afternoon in Triple-A after a string of games at third base.

After being trounced in Game 1, the Spurs fought admirably behind Aldridge and jumped out to a six-point halftime lead.

“They just took it to us the whole first half,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “They were tremendous defensively. That’s I think the second-best defense in the league statistically, and they showed it in that first half. They got after us. They took away everything we were trying to do.

“So in the second half, I thought we matched that effort level, that physicality, and we’re able to get the upper hand and obviously we had a lot of guys do some great things out there.”

The Warriors deployed their usual third-quarter barrage, this one a 17-5 run to start the frame. Then in the fourth, the Warriors kept leaning on their stars, and Thompson and Durant produced. Thompson scored 24 points in the second half alone, his second-most second-half points in his postseason career.steelers_121

Derwin James leans on big brother Jalen Ramsey

Former Florida State defensive back Derwin James enters the draft in eight days. As he prepares, he has gotten plenty of advice from another former Florida State defensive back: Jalen Ramsey.
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James was coy about the teams that have shown interest, saying only that he’s been to a couple spots in the top Womens Timmy Jernigan Jersey ten . . . top fifteen visits.

Elite Womens Dave Casper Jersey As he waits for what he calls the surprise of finding out who draft him, James has been exploring the various alternatives. James said he has put himself in each uniform in the Madden game in order to see how he’d look in those logos and colors.

I do that, James said. I ain’t gonna lie. I’ve been doing that since a kid. I’ve probably got all 32 teams by now. I’ve been doing that since a kid playing special teams, playing safety, playing corner. One day, I made myself a receiver. I’ve been doing that a long time man. A lot of years.

But the incentives could push his earnings this year to $10.5 million, which should help keep some people happy if they’re not going to extend him and give him a raise.

Report: Tom Brady still has not committed to playing in 2018

Tom Brady has mused many times about playing well into his 40s. But officially, the 40-year-old Brady hasn’t even decided for sure to play past 40.
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That’s the word from Adam Schefter of ESPN, who reports that Brady has not committed to playing the 2018 season. Schefter adds, however, that people close to Brady do expect him to play this year.

That raises the question of what exactly it would mean to commit to playing the season anyway. Players rarely announce a formal commitment to playing. It’s generally just assumed that a player under contract to an NFL team is going to play until he announces his retirement.

However, teams have been burned in the past by assuming a star player was going to play. Barry Sanders spent an offseason declining to commit to playing, and then announced his retirement on the eve of training camp in 1999. That caught the Lions off-guard, and made them wish they had prepared for Sanders’ departure better.

Alex Avila: ‘Definitely owe’ Deven Marrero after costing him homer

About the only thing that went wrong for Arizona in another win over the Dodgers was a baserunning blunder that took away a home run.
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Diamondbacks third baseman Deven Marrero appeared to hit a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts argued that Marrero had passed Alex Avila between first and second. After a review, Marrero was credited with a single and ruled out for passing Avila, turning the hit into a two-run single.

I’ve never seen a play like that before, Hill said. I understand the rule, but I was glad they got one less run out of it.

Tyson Ross was scheduled to start for the Padres against Dodgers right-hander Anthony Fasano Jersey Kenta Maeda (1-1, 2.08 ERA). But with Thursday being an off day, Green elected to slide Perdomo back into the rotation and give Ross, rookie Joey Lucchesi and Clayton Richard the equivalent of two extra days off.
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The brain and just the skull itself, for (8- to 15-year-olds), and maybe even older, is not developed enough and they should not be playing tackle football, Favre said. We should protect them, especially when there is no treatment solution out there.

The Oakland Raiders are not positioned well to protect Derek Carr for an extended period. Donald Penn turns 35 years old later this month. Meanwhile, right tackle is wide open even after signing Breno Giacomini, who allowed constant pressure on Houston Texans quarterbacks last season.聽

It’s been beyond my wildest dreams, Manziel said. There was a time there I didn’t know if I would actually do it. 鈥?I’m extremely happy just to be healthy, just to get to throw the ball around. I’ve missed this.

Jermaine Carter was incredibly productive at Maryland, leading the team in tackles each of the last three seasons, but simply lacks the height/weight/speed to be considered a draftable prospect. His motor and football IQ, plus special teams experience, make him a valuable free-agent pickup.

Tre’ Williams made a name for himself with big hits at the Senior Bowl, but he lacks the hips and speed to play in space in the NFL. He projects well as a backup middle linebacker whose aggressive, physical style would play well on special teams.

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Harper hits broken-bat HR, helps Nats rally past Mets 8-6

The shear power of Bryce Harper was startling. The late comeback by the Washington Nationals? Yep, that was shocking, too.
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Barreled it pretty good, Harper said. It just broke and kept going.

Harper hit his major league-high eighth home run, and his 33 1/2-inch, 31 1/2-ounce Marucci bat paid the price. It cracked into two pieces, but the ball still flew an estimated 406 feet to right-center field.

The lumber shattered just above his hands, and the barrel helicoptered into the high, protective netting behind home plate on the first base side. The five-time All-Star trotted most of the way to first holding the few inches of the handle that remained after connecting in the first off Jacob deGrom.
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On his way back to the dugout, Harper playfully pulled up his sleeve to show his biceps.

The 25-year-old former NL MVP has hit 158 home runs so far. Anything like that?

However, the majority of the league is going to fall into that gray area somewhere in between the two extremes. They’ll have good weeks followed by bad weeks, and while not all player pendulums will swing as wildly — or end up settling at the same level of overall performance — most will end up in the same general neighborhood of fantasy production.

This is why I’m always ready to zig when a large portion of fantasy managers decide to zag. Overreaction is always going to be a part of fantasy baseball. Sometimes, these rash decisions actually prove out to be the correct ones, but more often than not — well, we Shane Ray Jersey call them rash decisions for a reason.

Let’s take a look at two of the players who were among the most added/dropped from the past seven days.

Asdrubal Cabrera was added to a whopping 47.1 percent of leagues over the past week. With the New York Mets playing solid baseball, and Cabrera putting up solid stats April 5-10 (8-for-21, 3 HR,.381/.435/.857, 25 fantasy points), it’s easy to see why folks were drawn to him like moths to a flame. And, of course, from April 11 to April 15, the story for Cabrera was quite different: 3-for-13,.231/.231/.308, four fantasy points.

The Harris County district attorney’s office says a grand jury indicted Bennett on Friday on a felony count of injury to the elderly.

Prosecutors in Houston say a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett for injuring a paraplegic woman as he tried to get onto the field at last year’s Super Bowl to celebrate with his brother.

Authorities say Bennett was a spectator at the game in Houston when he tried to get onto the field immediately after the game to see his brother, Martellus Bennett, a tight end for the Patriots at the time. Prosecutors say he pushed through security personnel, including a 66-year-old disabled woman who had told him to use a different entrance to access the field, after the Patriots came from behind to beat the Falcons, 34-28, in Super Bowl LI.

Jeff Green was awful, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Lue yanks him from the starting five, or at least pulls him earlier. The Cavs can’t run an optimal spread pick-and-roll with Green on the wing, because the defense ignores him. He’s not an accomplished pick-and-roll screener, so they can’t adjust by using him that way. The Pacers are hiding Myles Turner on him, which has the ripple effect of slotting two like-sized players — Bogdanovic and Thaddeus Young — on LeBron and Love, neutering that pick-and-roll combination.

He is also one of only five rookies since 2005-06, the year Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby came into the league, to finish the season averaging more than a point per game while appearing in at least half of his team’s games. Of those five, Barzal is the only one to appear in all 82 games of his rookie campaign. The company Barzal keeps in that group shows how special his accomplishment this season is. The center averaged 1.04 points per game, which puts him behind only Ovechkin (1.31), Crosby (1.26), Evgeni Malkin (1.09) and Connor McDavid (1.07), who appeared in 45 games in his injury-shortened rookie campaign.

While Barzal is in a class all his own this season, he was far from alone as an impact player in Year 1. The many immediate contributions are great signs for the teams that are drafting and signing these guys, and it’s great for the league that the players coming into the NHL seem to keep getting better.

Here’s a look at my top 10 rookies for the 2017-18 season.jets_038

Moore goes 7 strong innings, Rangers beat Rays 7-2

Matt Moore had a successful return to Tropicana Field.
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Moore allowed an unearned run over seven innings in his first start against his former team, and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Tuesday night.

Adrian Beltre, Ronald Guzman and Shin-Soo Choo had two RBI each for the Rangers. Kiner-Falefa had four hits, including a double.

One of our better offensive nights, Banister said. We made some hard outs as well.
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The Jets have 16 wide receivers on their roster entering the offseason program. They could run some spread offense. Some of them are mainly returners, but plenty of them are fighting for roster spots. It will be interesting to see how new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates manages a rotation this large in the spring.

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There’s a lot of things I have planned to address it as soon as they get back in the building, Bowles said. It was a big deal.

His relationship with Foles, though, helped ease the sting, he said, and should make for a less awkward situation as Wentz takes the reins back from the Super Bowl MVP.

You’ve got to fight that, said Wentz, speaking about any pangs of jealousy that came with Foles’ accomplishments in his stead. It’s human nature to want to be on that podium and be that guy. You grow up wanting to do that as a kid, but to not be able to be up there, I would not rather have anyone else be up there than Nick.

Wentz has been making strides in his recovery from a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, which he suffered against the Los Angeles Rams in December. He is in the running progression stage of his rehab and is feeling good with where I’m at. The target date for his return remains Week 1 of the regular season.

Should Wentz reach that goal, Foles Jason Spriggs Youth jersey will return to his role as the Eagles’ No. 2 quarterback, barring a trade. He recently expressed the desire to be a starter again during an interview with a Texas ABC affiliate while also highlighting the positives of remaining with the Eagles for another season.

With no first- or second-round pick in this year’s draft, the Houston Texans probably won’t add any impact players via that route in 2018.

Houston added Tyrann Mathieu on defense, but there haven’t been any splash signings on offense in free agency.
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Bryant affords a Texans team with almost $35 million in cap space one more (big) bite at that apple.

The Texans could offer Bryant plenty of money, the opportunity to stay in Texas and an up-and-coming signal-caller to throw him the ball in Deshaun Watson. Bryant would offer the Texans a proven complement at wideout opposite superstar DeAndre Hopkins.
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Provided he’s healthy and can come close to his old form, Bryant would be Washington’s best pass-catcher by a sizable margin the moment he stepped on the field鈥攁 go-to target for new quarterback Alex Smith.

Daniel Snyder has never been shy about signing big names, and this is a double dip鈥攂oth for the Redskins and Bryant.

Not only does the team get better and the player get paid, but they get to stick it to Jerry Jones while they do it.

Let’s dive into 10 hypothetical landing spots where the ex- Cowboys receiver could be throwing up the X in Anthony Stolarz Youth jersey 2018:

Never underestimate rivalry. Surely the Redskins would love to snag their division opponent’s former top target and deploy him twice a year against Dallas. Bryant could revel in facing the team that cut him to try to prove it was the wrong decision. It wouldn’t be a surprise if team owner Daniel Snyder opens the pocketbook to offer Dez the most money on the open market. Oh, and how fun would it be for former enemies, Bryant and Josh Norman, to hook up with the same team?

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Steve Wilks didn’t enter the ideal situation as the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Granted, most hires are forced by poor performances the previous season, but Wilks must overcome more than most.
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First, the former defensive coordinator replaces one of the NFL’s most personable and successful coaches in Bruce Arians.
That includes Rutgers, who will have at least three players in attendance, a person with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media.
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Former Rutgers defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph, offensive lineman Dorian Miller and quarterback Kyle Bolin will all be participating. It was also reported this week by Metro US that punter Ryan Anderson will be in attendance.

The only good news for the Braves is that the Scherzer’s lone loss after June 21 last season came against Atlanta, when the right-hander uncharacteristically gave up six walks and seven runs during a September game in Washington.

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech: Bolts GM Tom Telesco admits needing more from his linebackers.It’s probably worth Brandin Cooks Jersey surrendering a fourth-round pick in order to leapfrog the Raiders for Edmunds, 19, who already packs 253 pounds onto his 6-5 frame. Yet his size doesn’t appear to impede his range, and that could bolster the AFC’s worst run defense, which is sometimes left vulnerable up the middle when Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are roaring around the edges.

Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama: Jon Gruden would probably like another toy for his offense, but the smart play is putting more talent around Khalil Mack and a defense that ranked 23rd.

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Sanchez left while the Orioles were batting in the 14th with the bases loaded and nobody out, and two batters later Pedro Alvarez hit a pinch-hit, grand slam off Jonathan Holder, the Yankees’ eighth pitcher.