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Arkansas center Frank Ragnow is the 20th overall pick in the draft.

It’s the first pick of the Bob Quinn/Matt Patricia pairing, part of an ongoing effort to put the kind of blockers in place who will help protect quarterback Matthew Stafford and, in turn, unlock a running game that hasn’t had a 100-yard rusher in years.

Indianapolis’ roster is a mess thanks to terrible drafting. They have wasted some of Andrew Luck’s prime years. New coach Frank Reich will have a challenge rebuilding this team along with GM Chris Ballard.What’s wrong or right with these pictures?

Again last week, as it surfaced on the losing side of a federal fraud case, the name Lance Armstrong still inspires widespread public and media condemnation. He warrants no forgiveness as an athlete who reached the top of his sport both in fame and fortune because he was a drug cheat who lied about it, over and over, until he could lie no more.

And he remains past-tensed, cooked. Goodbye, good riddance.

Ward fills a need that was created last year when Joe Haden was cut. And the Browns now have addressed each side of the ball with two of the first four picks.

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Regardless, Rodriguez is now so much in demand that he serves two national networks, ESPN and FOX, as their highly paid and promoted lead on-air baseball analyst.

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Last week, with the Yankees rained out, YES aired Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, Dodgers at Yanks, the three-homers Reggie Jackson game that ended the Series on Oct. 18, which now is about when the AL and NL championship series begin.

Giants may look to trade Ereck Flowers


Three years ago, the Giants used the ninth overall pick in the draft on offensive tackle Ereck Flowers. This year, they might take any draft pick they could get for him.
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Flowers has not participated in the Giants’ offseason workouts, which is not a great way to endear himself to new G.M. Dave Gettleman and new head coach Pat Shurmur, and Jordan Raanan of ESPN writes that the Giants could try to move Flowers during the draft.

The San Antonio native arrived on the national scene by racking up 55 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, eight quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles as a senior for the Roadrunners. He was named the 2017 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and then turned more heads at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.

After a college career spent trying to bulk up, Davenport weighed in at the combine at 264 pounds. He credited the payoff to all the days he poured protein shakes into his Cinnamon Toast Crunch 鈥?he’d crush nine bowls in about two days, he said 鈥?and the countless trips to Chili’s, where he’d order grilled chicken and two servings of Cajun pasta. He usually planned on saving one for later, but usually ended up eating both before he left.

Finally, by the time he wrapped up his career at UTSA, he was seen as a top prospect 鈥?for the NFL 鈥?surrounded by guys he used to track on recruiting websites.

Gronkowski did not say whether he received any assurance that he won’t be traded, but he specifically referred to playing with the Pats, which suggests that he believes he’s staying in New England.

When healthy, Gronkowski is the best tight end in the NFL. Although there have been reports that Gronkowski and Belichick don’t see eye to eye Womens Tyler Toffoli Jersey over Gronk training with Tom Brady’s guru Alex Guerrero, Belichick has to be thrilled to have the best tight end in the game back.

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Who’s out, who’s in: Tracking the NBA coaching changes


After a 2016-17 season with no coaching changes, there has been plenty of movement on that front in 2017-18. Three coaches lost their jobs during the season, and the offseason firings began just hours after the regular season ended. We’ll be on top of all the moves as they happen.

The good feelings from Orlando’s hot start quickly faded as the Magic slumped to a 25-57 finish, leading to Vogel being fired after two seasons at the helm. Vogel was 54-110 in two seasons with the Magic.

The Raiders do have some great prime time slots including their NFL season opener in Los Angeles against the Rams in Monday Night Football.

At the very top of Sunday’s Cincinnati-Nevada, CBS’ Andrew Catalon, on TBS, was compelled to deliver this emphasized news: “Nevada is 24-3 after a loss.”

The significance of such a stat in a single-elimination tournament? Zero.

Yet a significant stat — free throws — has been eliminated from CBS/Turner’s in-game stat summaries.
Points-off-turnovers, often irrelevant or misleading, make the cut, but not foul shots.

Monday, ESPN’s “First Take” chose this as its posted topic for NCAA Tournament discussion and debate: “Are All These Upsets Good For The Game?”

Not sure what the answer is or why such a question would engender serious thought, let alone thoughtful opinion, but it’s irrelevant.

And if upsets are bad for the game, how do we solve it? Ban upsets or just legislate fewer? Do teams that outplay and defeat more talented teams hurt the game?

Hey, guess what? Embiid is just as dynamic on defense. Per Second Spectrum, when he was the closest defender to a play this season, he limited opposing players to an effective field goal percentage of 41 percent, best in the NBA. The Sixers vaulted from a good interior D (No. 9 in the NBA) to the league’s best with Embiid on the court.

Benches get shorter in the playoffs, and that … bodes well for the Sixers: When their five starters shared the floor this season, the Sixers outscored teams by an absurd 21.4 points per 100 possessions, tops in the NBA, and comparable to the two most recent champs. Here’s how the Sixers’ production this season stacks up with the Warriors and Cavs in offensive and defensive points per 100 possessions.seahawks_120

Browns bring Lamar Jackson in for a visit


The Browns haven’t scheduled visits with several of the candidates for the No. 4 overall pick, but they brought another quarterback in to Cleveland.
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The team announced that Louisville’s Lamar Jackson was among the prospects visiting today.
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Yes, a scorched-earth effort by Bryant to get his release would have potentially caused prospective employers to shy away. There’s a way to do it, however, that would have made the point without overmaking the point. And other teams would have realized that Dez was simply doing what he had to do to get to the market while there was still a market to get to.

The end result is that the Cowboys did on April 13 what they likely would have done on March 14, and now Dez will have to try to find a new team after the money has stopped flowing and most of the seats have been taken. Wherever it goes from here, the process would have been much easier if the Cowboys had released Dez sooner.

It’s an admirable approach, but it’s hardly necessary. Owner Stan Kroenke has the money, the Rams have the cap room, and Gurley has every reason to want to parlay a contract restricted by the rookie wage scale into the kind of long-term financial security that every great player deserves 鈥?especially a great player who plays a physically-demanding position like running back and who tore an ACL in Bud Norris Jersey college.
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Whether Gurley came to the conclusion on his own or someone with the Rams led him to believe there’s a waiting line or a pecking order, that’s simply not the case. Gurley is eligible for a new deal, and the Rams can give him one now, regardless of whether or when Aaron Donald agrees to terms. For whatever reason, Gurley 鈥?the reigning NFL offensive player of the year 鈥?isn’t insisting that he get his financial reward.

That’s not even really the focus right now, Gurley said. Once you win that Super Bowl, they don’t have a choice but to pay you whether it’s the Rams or any other team. Once we try to put that together and do that, everything will take care of itself. Just focus on what’s next.

It’s good that he’s focused on a goal, but winning a Super Bowl isn’t how a player gets paid. The building of leverage and a willingness to use it is how a player gets paid. Gurley has built leverage with his performance through three seasons. He’s apparently not willing to use that leverage for now, and based on his comments from Monday night he may not be willing to use it until the Rams win a Super Bowl.

Bruce Irvin tweets he’s asked for, received, permission to play punt return against Marquette King


Now that he’s no longer teammates with new Denver Broncos kicker Marquette King, Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin seems fired up about the chance to play against his former colleague.
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King was released by the Raiders on March 30 and he signed a deal to join J.A. Happ Authentic Jersey Oakland’s AFC rival less than a week later. Irvin, who spent the last two years as King’s teammate with the Raiders, tweeted out on Tuesday that he asked for permission to play on Oakland’s punt return team when the two teams play this season. That would put Irvin on the field when King is punting for the Broncos.

Right now in hard position, but it’s going to be fun when we bounce back and … tie the series, Ovechkin said.

Coach Barry Trotz, who said he’d let his decision on who starts Game 3 simmer, added that the Capitals are not going away. Through two games, the Blue Jackets have shown they aren’t, either.

The Dolphins released Lawrence Timmons this offseason and could use some depth inside, as they rebuild their defense.

After Wednesday, pre-draft visits to team facilities can’t happen. Pre-draft private workouts can, and will, continue after today.

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This means that, over the next week, plenty of secret workouts and meetings can and will occur. Some of them will be leaked, deliberately by a given team. Others will be leaked by the player, to the team’s likely chagrin.

Manziel has upped his workouts the past few months with hopes of a return to the NFL, and he sees the CFL as a backup plan.


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On Saturday, the former Browns quarterback will receive half of the offensive snaps for the South team, when he makes his Spring League debut in Austin, Texas. Manziel, 25, will start the first quarter before returning in the third, while East Carolina product Cody Keith will rotate in during the second and fourth quarters.
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They’ll get an equal number of reps, said coach Terry Shea, via ESPN, who is returning to the Spring League for his second consecutive year.
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I can’t tell right now, I feel like it’s a little early, Manziel told recently told ESPN when asked about his next opportunity.

I feel like I’m doing pretty good. Once I got the OK to really get a chance to go up to Canada, I really started [to] buckle down. I don’t really have a lot going on with my time than watching you [Scott Van Pelt] late night, playing a little golf, other then working out and doing football stuff. A&M pro day went great, and now I’m getting geared up for Spring League, which should be fun.

Manziel last posted Thursday on Instagram.

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I’m not a perfect-feeling athlete right now, Luck told Indianapolis reporters, according to NFL.com. 鈥?One thing I picked up upon myself is that I’m quite impatient as a person. It has gotten into places 鈥?looking back at the rehab 鈥?Sam Mills Jersey that maybe I shouldn’t have been in, in the first place.

I don’t want to repeat those missteps. I cannot miss steps, added Luck, who’s also dealt with a handful of concussions throughout his career. I very, very strongly believe in that. Some things just take time and I’ve learned that. When I do get the urge to do something a little silly, I talk to myself and say it’s not worth it right now.

He began throwing again in February, but with smaller-sized footballs to fine-tune his throwing motion. The 28-year-old has plans to move on to an NFL regulation football when the time is right.

Still, 15 months after the original surgery, Luck is not throwing a real football.

Joel Embiid lashes out as Heat snap 76ers’ win streak in Game 2


All-Star center Joel Embiid took to social media to express his frustration over sitting out the Philadelphia 76ers’ Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat due to injury.

“F—ing sick and tired of being babied,” Embiid wrote on his Instagram account.

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Embiid has been sidelined since March 28 after suffering a broken orbital bone and concussion in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. Embiid underwent surgery to repair the fracture.

Embiid, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 63 games in the regular season, has cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol. Philadelphia lost Monday for the first time in Embiid’s 10-game absence.

The Sixers had won 17 consecutive games before losing to Miami in Game 2 at home.

Shortly after the charges were announced, the 49ers said they had been made aware of Foster’s situation but indicated he’d remain with the team. Foster’s status with San Francisco will depend on what is learned through the legal process, according to the 49ers (h/t Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports).

Donald’s workouts absence was expected and isn’t cause for alarm. It sounds as though the Rams know as well as anyone how important it is to get this deal done. When (and for how much) remains to be seen.

When I bring up this topic with personnel executives, Rosen is the one they point to as the most likely slider of the group. I personally believe Rosen is the second-best quarterback in the draft class behind Darnold, but the former Bruins QB might fall out of the top 10. Why? Part of it comes back to the durability concerns for Rosen that we’ve heard about throughout the process. We’ll continue to hear people question his intangibles as a leader, but that’s far less of a concern than the fact that he missed half his sophomore year with a shoulder injury and suffered two concussions last season.steelers_034

Shohei Ohtani leaves after two ineffective innings with blister


Shohei Ohtani struggled through two innings of his highly anticipated start against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night and was ultimately removed because he developed a blister on his pitching hand, according to an in-game announcement from the Los Angeles Angels.
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Following the team’s 10-1 loss, Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said he is hopeful that Ohtani will make his next scheduled start, which is still undetermined, and added that the blister will not affect his ability to hit.

Prior to exiting, Ohtani gave up three runs and required 66 pitches to record the first six outs in front of a sold-out Angel Stadium crowd.

With a win, Ohtani would have become the first player in major league history to win three games as a pitcher and hit three home runs by the end of April, according to research from the Elias Sports Bureau. Instead, the two-way Japanese phenom never gained command of his splitter and didn’t have much of a chance against the high-powered Red Sox.

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Donald is in the fifth and final year of his rookie deal, which is set to pay him a base salary of $6.89 million (per Over The Cap), a significant increase from his 2017 number of $1.8 million. Coming off a Defensive Player of the Year campaign, his value doesn’t need to be explained. It’s in the best interest of the Rams to get a deal done before we reach 2019, when Donald will hit the open market.

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Cardinals sign Moubarak Djeri


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Djeri played in the German Football League, spending the past two seasons with the Cologne Crocodiles. He made 12 sacks, 40 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

I’ve blocked it off, Manziel said, via ESPN,com. I can’t do anything, I can’t stress about it, all I can do is make sure I’m where I need to be. 鈥?All I can do is block it off. If something [with the NFL] pops up, it pops up. And if not, if I don’t get the opportunity to go back, I’m going to go play in the CFL, and things are going to be fine. One way or another, one day down the line, I’ll get back to exactly where I want to be, because I’m not going to stop until I do.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats control Manziel’s rights in the CFL and their vice president of football operations Kent Austin said earlier this month that the team is still keeping tabs on the quarterback. Austin said he expects things to move quickly after the Spring League wraps up its short season, so it may not be long before Manziel makes his way north.

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Belichick said the mock drafts are often reflective of what happens during the draft in terms of being ready for the unexpected.

The Patriots are one of the intriguing teams in the 2018 draft because they enter with two picks in the first round (23, 31), two in the second round (43, 63) and one in the third (95). In his 18 years leading the Patriots draft, Belichick has made 62 draft-day trades, which was something he alluded to while noting how the team is in different position this year with multiple first-round picks. The team’s initial pick in 2016 was at 60th overall, and their initial selection last year was 83rd.

Giants expect Olivier Vernon to make smooth transition to new defense


The Giants traded away one of last year’s starting defensive ends when they shipped Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers last month, but the plan is for the other starter to make the move to outside linebacker in the system being installed by new defensive coordinator James Bettcher.
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Jones had 28 sacks over the last two years in Arizona and that kind of production would mark a big jump for Vernon after 44 sacks in his first six seasons. Whatever his Chris Stewart Jersey sack numbers, Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern said the team will be looking to get him on the field and let his talents kind of take over in a way that leads to better results than they enjoyed last year.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Mack didn’t report for the first day of the team’s offseason program. While the process is completely voluntary, his absence sends a clear message, especially with new coach Jon Gruden champing at the bit to coach up his players.
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Mack will make $13.846 million this year under the fifth-year option. The Raiders could tag him in 2019 and 2020 before facing a Kirk Cousins-style day of reckoning in 2021, but the 27-year-old Mack surely won’t want to wait that long, especially since he plays a position that entails enhanced risk of injury.

With no remaining signing-bonus proration, Mack can boycott everything until he gets a new deal, with the fines for missing mandatory minicamp and the daily fines for skipping training camp the only financial incentive to get Mack to show.

It appears that the teammate who called Apple a cancer as that season was coming to an end is willing to do the same thing. Safety Landon Collins apologized for making that comment, which came after Collins had made previous calls for Apple to grow up during a season that saw the 2016 first-round pick benched and suspended by the team at various points.