Month: April 2018

Dolphins put in a waiver claim for Clive Walford

Tight end Clive Walford played his college ball at the University of Miami and he almost wound up heading back to South Florida after being waived by the Raiders.

According to multiple reports, the Dolphins joined the Jets as teams making waiver claims for Walford on Monday. The Jets had a worse record than the Dolphins during the 2017 season, so they added Walford to their roster when the process came to an end.

Using real plus-minus-driven team power ratings that adjust for player injuries, we simulated the final days of the season thousands of times to shed light on the playoff picture — coming up with projected wins, most likely seeds and most likely playoff opponents for each NBA team.

That is contingent on Gronkowski playing, of course. The most recent report on that front is that the tight end is likely to keep playing despite frustrations with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, although nothing’s come from Gronkowski since saying he’d take some time to think about his future after the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.

The Eagles and Patriots were behind schedule when the NFL offseason began. After Super Bowl complete, they joined the 30 other NFL teams that had been in draft and free-agency mode for several weeks prior.

Philadelphia — or at least its front office — did not have long to celebrate its championship. The waiver system for 2018 began the day after the big game. On Feb. 20, the window opened for teams to begin designating franchise or transition players. The NFL Combine began Feb. 27 and ended March 5.

Seemingly in an effort to remain the talk of the sports world throughout the year, the NFL has stuffed the calendar with key dates and events, spreading them out through kickoff of the 2018 regular season. Here are those events, including free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft.buccaneers_088

Schwarber hits 2 HRs, Cubs pound Pirates 17-3

The Chicago Cubs are piling up runs and wins. And they’re having some laughs along the way.
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Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs, Ian Happ and Anthony Rizzo also went deep to back Jose Quintana, and the Cubs pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-3 on Wednesday night.

Chicago tied a season high for runs set against Philadelphia on Saturday and banged out 20 hits to match its highest total since May 12, 2014, at St. Louis. The Cubs (72-60) outscored the Pirates 27-5 in a three-game sweep and moved 12 games above .500 for the first time this year. They also remained 3 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the NL Central lead.

Rizzo hit his 31st homer, scored three runs and drove in two. Schwarber came through with his second multihomer game of the season, with two-run drives in the fifth and seventh.

Javier Baez became the first Cubs player in seven years to steal home .

Quintana (5-3) held Pittsburgh to three runs and four hits in six innings. He retired 14 in a row after giving up two runs in the first and also had an RBI single.

Limited Kids Brian Dawkins Jersey Nova (11-12) lasted just three innings in his shortest outing of the year, allowing five runs (four earned) and three hits after getting roughed up in Cincinnati last week.

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Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez was emphatic with his out call on the play in the sixth inning, but Maldonado immediately pointed to manager Mike Scioscia for a replay challenge.

I wouldn’t have believed it, Scioscia said. But Martin did everything he could to avoid a tag and he got his hand in there.

Maldonado came home on Chris Young’s double that ricocheted awkwardly off the wall down the left-field line and avoided the attempted tag by fellow catcher Robinson Chirinos, putting the Angels up 5-1.

The Angels are 8-3 for the first time since 1987, and fourth time in Chris Kunitz Jersey franchise history. Shohei Ohtani, the rookie two-way standout who was chosen AL Player of the Week, didn’t play a day after striking out 12 in seven scoreless innings against Oakland.

Pujols led off the fourth with a line shot just inside the pole in left, his second homer this season and 1,923rd career RBI to break a tie with Jimmie Foxx for sole possession of ninth place on the all-time list. He later added a single for his 2,981st career hit.

UCLA’s Josh Rosen hardly first Millennial who could challenge NFL coaches

Ex-UCLA coach Jim Mora has kept the internet humming in recent weeks by labeling his former quarterback, Josh Rosen, as聽a Millennial who requires extra work to help him focus and perform at his best.
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He needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn’t get bored, Mora told The MMQB this week.聽He wants to know why. Millennials, once they know why, they’re good. Josh has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire. He has so much ability, and he’s a really good kid.聽

Athletes dabbling in the worlds of entertainment, business or fashion isn’t a new concept. But ever-expanding technology makes it easier to diversify.聽That doesn’t mean players can’t still achieve greatness, or that a team should drop eclectic prospects like Rosen on their draft boards. But it does force coaches to have more understanding of unique personalities.

Four innings into the Yankees’ 7-3, 14-inning loss to the Baltimore Orioles, left-hander CC Sabathia left his second start of the year with right hip soreness that was serious enough that was an in-game MRI was scheduled.

Later, three other starters left the game – second baseman Tyler Wade, third baseman Brandon Drury and catcher Gary Sanchez.

Sabathia’s MRI showed lucky and it appears that he’ll avoid going on the DL, and the other issues appear to be nothing serious, as Wade has the flu, Drury had a migraine headache blurred vision, and Sanchez left with a cramp in his right cramp.
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Another scare came with the Orioles batting in the ninth when closer Aroldis Chapman did something to warrant a ninth-inning visit from manager Aaron Boone and a team trainer with two outs, two strikes and the go-ahead run on second base.

The issue was the Yankees were concerned that Chapman’s fastball was topping out in the high 90s as opposed Clinton McDonald Authentic Jersey to 100-plus. Chapman talked his way into staying in, then needed just one pitch to strike out Trey Mancini to end the inning and his outing.

Three years, three different uniforms for Jordan Matthews.

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Adding Matthews to this receiving corps gives Tom Brady yet another weapon at his disposal. With Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman, the Patriots quarterback already has some playmakers to throw toand that doesn’t include a talented group of running backs led by Rex Burkhead.

While Edelman knows how to move the chains and find the end zone, the veteran wideout is listed at just 5’10. The 6’3, 212-pound Matthews provides size on the outside.

The fact that Matthews spent last season in the AFC East should help him transition to New England. He had eight catches for 107 yards in two games against the New York Jets, although he missed both meetings with the Miami Dolphins.

This guy’s been a dominant force in the league. He’sdrivena culture. He’s driven a team. He’s been extremely consistent, and you look at what he means to our team on and off the ice, I don’t think there’s a comparable situation to what he’s been able to accomplish.

Authentic Alex Burmistrov Jersey Hall’s production has ramped up since Jan. 1, where in 39 games in the new year, he has points in 36 of them, going for 27 goals and 30 assists for 57 points.

Even in the pressure of a playoff race, Hall has elevated his game. For him, a well-rounded game helped increase his production on Womens Kam Chancellor Jersey the offensive side.

Just try and have fun with it. Not every night you’re going to produce, and not every night you’re going to have the game go your way, Hall said. I think I’ve taken more pressure off my offensive game because I know I’m much better in my own end, much better without the puck, much better defensively.

Saints’ Drew Brees sues jeweler for allegedly cheating him out of $9M

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has filed a lawsuit accusing a California businessman of cheating him out of $9 million through jewelry purchases.

Area media report that Brees and his wife filed suit Monday in California against Vahid Moradi, who operates CJ Charles Jewelers in San Diego.

Even before Tuesday’s trade with the Rams, we expected the Patriots to be in the quarterback market late in the first round. It didn’t seem reasonable to think they could get all the way from No. 31 to the top five, but now that they have the 23rd and the 31st picks, along with two second-rounders, it seems as if nothing is impossible. With Jimmy Garoppolo now plying his trade in San Francisco, there’s no long-term successor in place for Tom Brady. The Patriots absolutely should be a factor if Lamar Jackson makes it into the middle of the round, and it’s entirely possible they could get even higher up in the round if they decide they want to do it.

Not too shabby, considering he struggled in spring training with his arm and bat. He went 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA in a pair of Cactus League outings and wound up pitching against minor leaguers on back fields, and also had trouble making contact with his swing.

He showed really good command today and was able to move the ball in and out, up and down, and we had a hard time getting consistent contact off of him, Chapman said.

Ohtani received ample support from the Los Angeles lineup.

Rain probability: 15 percent chance of light rain showers at 1 p.m., a 40 to 50 percent chance from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., then a 30 percent chance after 5 p.m.

Our advice to Mets fans: Dress in light layers and bring your rain gear with you, just to play it safe. Unlike some other sports stadiums in the New York region, Citi Field allows fans to bring umbrellas inside.
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Schedule release coming within the next month, most likely

The announcement of the next season’s schedule has become in recent years one of the major NFL offseason tent pole events. With free agency quickly dying down, it becomes be the next big thing to which to look forward to. Which.
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Based on the trend that has developed in recent years, the league most likely will strip the sheet off the slate of games on or about Tuesday, April 17, nine days before the draft commences.

The league rarely announces the date and time for the schedule release more than a week or two in advance, primarily because it takes time for the millions of potential permutations to fit into a 256-game grid of games to be ed on 17 Sundays, 16 Mondays, most Thursdays, and a couple of Saturdays.

But, what does that mean for potential buyers Well, at least one is dropping out of the race. The rapid escalation in bidding has prompted Michael Rubin, the billionaire executive chairman of sports-apparel company Fanatics, to drop out of the process, said the people, who requested anonymity because the matter is private. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson would put the team up for sale after an investigation into alleged workplace misconduct. On the field, the Carolina is coming off a postseason appearance. And, they are still in good shape going forward. For perspective, the sale of the Buffalo Bills in 2014 ($1.4 billion) would set an NFL record at the time.

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