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Colts now have a motivated Andrew Luck, new offense waiting for him


It is not in Andrew Luck’s nature to publicly rebut skeptics who claim he will never become the same caliber quarterback as he was pre-shoulder surgery. That doesn’t mean the Colts signal-caller is oblivious to the criticism.
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In fact, Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard believes Luck is using such doubts as motivation as he continues to recover from the damage that cost him the entire 2017 NFL season.

Ballard, who described Nelson as the easiest pick he has ever made, continued: To me, a difference-maker comes at any position on the field. We feel Quenton is a difference-maker in both the run game and pass protection. With Andrew, we think he gives him a shot to ascend and be the playmaker he can be with protection. I think that goes hand in hand.

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If I was Ben, I’d probably say the same thing, Rudolph said, via NFL.com. He’s a competitor. Obviously, he has a lot of confidence in himself, like I do and yeah, he’s going to be a future Hall of Famer and I would expect him to say that.

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Roethlisberger has inched closer to retirement due to numerous injuries in recent years, but the 36-year-old has never played fewer than 12 games in a season and is adamant about continuing his career.

Ovechkin, Holtsby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0


Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around and set it back down on a table.

The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final, a victory that sent Washington to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.

Ovechkin, who had never advanced beyond the second round, scored 1:02 into the winner-take-all showdown he had described as probably the “biggest game in my life.”

“The first goal was very important,” Ovechkin said. “After that you could see we have all the momentum on our side. Holts was unstoppable today. He was special. Everybody was all in. Everybody was sacrificing their bodies. I think we all deserve the win.”

To earn a spot in the Stanley Cup Final, where they’ll play the Vegas Golden Knights, the Capitals beat the top-seeded Lightning three times on the road, improving to 8-2 away from home this postseason.

The retired star quarterback and iconic golfer are set to join forces May 30 for the pro-am at The Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

A room filled with heroes — Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling & Marc Sessler — weigh in on audio clip consuming the nation — the Laurel or Yanny debate (2:00). The heroes then take a look at the current QBs in the league and how they measure up on The Dalton Scale (6:00). Where does Derek Carr rank (18:00), is Tyrod Taylor ahead or behind Dalton (24:00), how do the top rookie QBs compare to the Red Rifle (32:33) and more.

That rule would reduce speed and space on kickoffs, the NFL said, so fewer collisions with long running starts. It will be odd to see only three players allowed to line up deep on the kickoff return team, if the new rule passes.

The top social media moments from Weeks 4 and 5 of the NBA playoffs


There have been two themes over the past two weeks on NBA social: subtweets and throwback pictures. Stars have unfollowed their teams on social media, the flames from an old rivalry were stoked with a simple like, and a player unintentionally dissed his own teammate.
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Here are the social media moments of Weeks 4 and 5 of the playoffs (with apologies to Elfrid Payton’s new hair):

As Drake raps, your idols become your rivals. And though James is averaging 28 points, 7.3 rebounds and 11 assists against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, Tatum’s team has the 2-1 lead. His younger self would be proud.

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Instead, all you need to know is that the Cavs looked like a different team from 3-point range, and it was a totally different outcome. They went 9-of-17 on treys in the first half alone and finished 17-of-34. Thusly, they won easily to pull within 2-1 in the series.

We did a good job moving the basketball and making the extra pass, and we shot it well tonight, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. When we’re playing like that, guys are going to get open shots.

In the early going Saturday night, the Cavaliers were spurred by George Hill, who had been terrible in the games in Boston, registering zero rebounds or assists in Game 1 and being part of the 41-3 thrashing in scoring that the Celtics’ starting backcourt put on the Cavs in Game 2.

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Odell Beckham’s doing everything this spring for new contract


With other receivers from his draft class landing lucrative deals, the Giants star is out to prove he deserves a long-term contract.
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The star receiver ran smoothly and without a limp before spending the rest of practice watching from the sideline.

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The only notable Giants player who did not attend Monday’s voluntary OTA was veteran defensive tackle Damon Harrison. Shurmur said Harrison has been at the facility some this offseason and he knew why Harrison wasn’t there this week.

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So the question of the moment: Which young second baseman do you like the most? You know, if you had to choose one or your dog would run away, or if you’re starting a team from scratch and can pick only one, or just because it’s a fun question to contemplate. Torres is just 25 days older, so we’re talking two 21-year-olds who are going to make a lot of All-Star teams in their careers.

Since I love my dogs, I’ll make a choice and go with Torres. Two things I like from him so far: He has a little more patient approach than Albies and I think that eventually turns into higher OBPs, and his defense looks great at second base (plus-5 defensive runs saved already). When I was in Yankee camp in spring training, the team raved about his hands and instincts on defense, plus his arm strength. He can play shortstop, and he’s at second base only because the Yankees have Didi Gregorius, but Torres could eventually end up back at shortstop. For now, we have a great debate brewing. Who do you have?

D’Antoni believes the 6-foot-10 Capela’s ability to switch on guards as well as defend in the paint will be a key in this series.


The Golden State Warriors, led by guard Stephen Curry, meet the Houston Rockets, led by guards James Harden and Chris Paul, in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs, best-of-seven Western Conference Finals on Monday, May 14, 2018 (5/14/18) at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
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Everybody always wants to point out me and James, but he’s the X-factor, Paul said.

Houston is 50-5 this season in games where all three have played, and during the regular season the Rockets outscored their opponents in those games by an average of 11.5 points.

It’s a must that you have to have (someone like him) against Golden State or they’re going to get you, he said.

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With Donald Penn on the roster, it would make sense for Oakland to start Miller at right tackle. However, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden sounds as if he wants to give him a shot to beat out Penn on the left side of the line.

That’s where he has recently played, Gruden said of Miller, per Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. We like him at left tackle.

The problem with starting Miller at left tackle is he isn’t athletic enough to make up for his NFL inexperience. Miller isn’t a high-upside prospect, and he isn’t going to be a high-level player early on, either.

His tape tells you exactly who he is, one AFC scout said of Miller, per Zierlein. He’s big and he’s got decent length, but he’s an average athlete and he will always be up and down depending on the guy across from him. I think he’ll start, but I don’t see anything special.

Rasul Douglas saw significant time on the field as a rookie, but the team drafted Sidney Jones in the second round of the same draft with plans for him to eventually lead the secondary. At his pro day, he suffered a聽torn Achilles聽that nearly kept him out an entire year. The Washington product only took 29 snaps in the season finale against the Cowboys.聽

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Jalen Ramsey Deletes ‘Pick Waiting to Happen’ Tweet on Josh Allen Minicamp Throw


Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey tweeted and deleted a negative comment regarding Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen on Friday.

As seen in the following screenshot courtesy of Sporting News, Ramsey tweeted, That’s a pick waiting to happen, in response to a tweet by the Bills showing Allen throwing at rookie minicamp:

The Bills selected Allen with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft in hopes of developing him into a franchise signal-caller.

Boehm sits behind Mike Iupati and Justin Pugh on the guard depth chart, and it wouldn’t make financial sense for the Cardinals to cut either one. Pugh just signed a five-year, $45 million deal in March. While Iupati played only one game last year due to a triceps injury, he has $8.4 million of guaranteed money remaining on his contract.

As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation, Patricia said in the statement, which was released by the team. I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done.

I would never condone any of the behavior that was alleged and will always respect and protect the rights of anyone who has been harassed or is the victim of violence. My priorities remain the same to move forward and strive to be the best coach, teacher, and man that I can possibly be.

Patricia and a friend and former college teammate, Greg Dietrich, were charged but never prosecuted for aggravated sexual assault during a spring break trip to Texas in 1996.

According to records in Cameron County Circuit Court, Patricia was indicted in August of 1996. The case was dismissed five months later, in January of 1997.

Enunwa was asked if he’ll be ready to participate fully on May 2He wouldn’t say definitively.


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He will rejoin the Red Sox on Thursday, and he could return to the rotation for his next start as early as Saturday. Red Sox Manager Alex Cora聽called the diagnosis good news after Price went through a battery of tests.

The seats behind home plate at Yankee Stadium have become a hot spot for politicians.

One night after former New Jersey governor Chris Christie took in the opening game of a three-game series between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox, Rudy聽Giuliani,聽a newly appointed聽attorney聽for President Donald Trump,聽made his way to the Bronx on Wednesday.

Gronkowski is on the books for a base salary of $8 million this coming season.

In the 12-page filing, Richardson and Yanagi say they both went to Lions’ human resources in December with complaints 鈥?Richardson claiming an employee in the scouting department made racist comments, and claiming disparate treatment by an employee in the operations department, and Yanagi claiming general manager Bob Quinn treated him differently because of his race.

The two men were fired the following month. The men claim the reason they were given was that all of the coaches wanted them fired.

Richardson’s last employe evaluation earned him a score of 2.8 out of 5, with one coach scoring him 1, the lowest, in every category, Richardson claimed.

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Jaguars sign three more draft picks, including Tanner Lee


The Jaguars signed three more draft picks, including sixth-round pick Tanner Lee.
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It’s incredible, Lee said, via quotes distributed by the team. It just motivates me to continue to do what I’ve always done and continue to set goals for myself. It definitely made it feel more real. I didn’t know to expect, or what I was going to feel, but that was a big-time, goal-of-mine, dream-come-true moment. Those are always good.

The thing you know about those Alabama guys is that football is important to them, Harbaugh said. They understand the value of competing every day at practice and working hard in the offseason. They understand pressure and that you have to do things right, that there is a line and you can’t go below it if you want to be successful and be on the field.

They know everything is earned. I don’t think they come in with any sort of entitlement. To me, that’s a credit to coach Saban.

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The Eagles’ first regular-season game is on September 6, so if he’s fully recovered on the most optimistic side of that 4-6 month estimate, he’d be healed just three days before the season opener. That makes it seem likely that he’ll miss at least part of the regular season.

Last year Jernigan started every regular season game except the Eagles’ meaningless Week 17 game, and he started all three postseason games as well.

Jernigan signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension in November, but the low guarantees on the contract mean he’s not necessarily safe in Philadelphia for long.

As Bauer raises his profile by pitching better on the mound, he’s straying from his cocoon and embracing his surroundings off it. Throwing a baseball is the same solitary pursuit that it has always been. But on the four days between starts, it’s comforting for Bauer to know he’s no longer on an island.
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The numbers are a testament to Bauer’s professional growth. He made strides last year, with a career-high 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings, a 3.2 WAR and 17 wins — a number he dismisses as totally irrelevant. Entering Wednesday night’s start against Jon Lester and the Cubs at Progressive Field, Bauer is rolling along with a 2.67 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, .622 OPS against and 27 strikeouts in his first 20 innings.

Raiders add Derrick Johnson


Soon after, Green was a regular with the Relief Gang on off days, doing everything from unloading supplies at a warehouse the city temporarily allowed them to use, to meeting with families in need and working with the Rockets to secure corporate assistance from companies such as Rooms To Go.
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Allen, 28, has missed six games in the two seasons he has played in Houston since the Texans signed him to a four-year, $28 million deal. He has dealt with concussion and ankle injuries.

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Zach Fulton and Senio Kelemete are options as the starting guards if the Texans decide to part ways with Allen.

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The team announced the signings of nine of their 11 draft picks Friday morning, including first-round guard Quenton Nelson, the sixth overall pick.

They also finished contracts with defensive end Kemoko Turay, defensive end Tyquan Lewis, running back Nyheim Hines, wide receiver Daurice Fountain, running back Jordan Wilkins, wide receiver Deon Cain, linebacker Matthew Adams and linebacker Zaire Franklin.
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That leaves just their first two second-rounders, linebacker Darius Leonard and guard Braden Smith.

The Bills didn’t have to send both of their first-round picks to the Bucs to move up and grab newly controversial Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, but they didn’t get a discount by any means.

Wade Phillips: They say I’m old, but it doesn’t get old to me


Wade Phillips has seen a lot in his more than 40 years coaching in the NFL. Phillips, 70, has coached in the NFL longer than Sean McVay, 32, has been alive.

Phillips enters his second season with the Rams, the 10th team he has coached for since beginning his career under his father, Bum Phillips, in 1976.

“They say I’m old, but it doesn’t get old to me,” Phillips told Myles Simmons of the team website. “I’m looking forward to it.”

“The challenge I think for the officials sometimes is some of these hits are bang-bang,” Payton said. “We’ve seen that in the secondary and then you go back in the hits in the shoulder pad area. I don’t think it will be something that we will be looking at in the 20s or 30s. I think when the season’s over with that number will be smaller than most think. . . . Specifically there’s a timing element where it’s not bang-bang. But where I’ve got time here and I’ve continued to keep my head down here in this position. That’s where you run the risk of ejection.”

While that helps address concerns that the changes to the game will be significant, the fact remains that Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay has said that the changes will indeed be significant. If it’s too significant, fans and players will make their displeasure known. And if the question of when a flag will be thrown becomes too amorphous, many will argue that the officials have too much discretion to alter a game — especially with legalized gambling on the horizon.

The Cowboys definitely remain in search of safety help.

The Cowboys moved free safety Byron Jones to cornerback this offseason. Chidobe Awuzie, whom they drafted in the second round last year with the idea of playing him at safety, remains at cornerback after making six starts there as a rookie.

That leaves Xavier Woods as the starter at free safety . . . and the Cowboys looking for additional help.

“Absolutely. I mean, we don’t ever quit looking in terms of player acquisition,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “One of the things that is unique is, when you have players with versatility, it probably makes you feel a little better.orioles_010