Browse Month: April 2018

NFL Draft 2018: Roger Goodell welcomed with resounding boos

A trio of Cowboys legends weren’t enough to prevent Roger Goodell from being booed in Dallas.
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Limited Kids Ondrej Palat Jersey The NFL commissioner walked across the stage at the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday accompanied by Hall of Fame quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman as well as Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten, but was still welcomed with resounding boos.

The boos inside AT&T Stadium were so thunderous, Goodell’s opening remarks could hardly be heard.

I can’t believe you guys are booing the Cowboys, Goodell joked. Come on.
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The boos didn’t stop there, as Goodell continued to be booed each time he took the podium for every pick that followed.

Miami: RHP Dan Straily (right forearm strain) and LHP Wei-Yin Chen (left elbow strain) both pitched this week and will continue their minor Darren Collison Womens Jersey league rehab assignments.

Los Angeles: Injured 3B Justin Turner (left wrist fracture) started taking `dry’ swings. No firm date has been set for is return.

The Dodgers acquired minor league left-hander Logan Salow from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for righty Wilmer Font.

Miami: After an off day Thursday, the Marlins open a six-game homestand starting with the Colorado Rockies on Friday. RHP Jose Urena (0-3, 5.88) will take the hill for the Marlins.

Los Angeles: The Dodgers are off Thursday and will begin a season-long 11-game, 10-day road trip starting Friday at San Francisco. Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-0, 1.99) will take the mound to open the four-game series.

The Maple Leafs have an average group of defensemen, and against this top-tier Boston offense, Andersen has been leaned on heavily on the back end. Look for Rick Nash and Marchand to create some chaos in front of the net, and expect a heavy dose of rubber off the stick of Pastrnak once again — he leads the team with 24 shots in the playoffs. But there is little doubt this game hinges on just how well Andersen can perform.

Wyshynski: I originally picked the Maple Leafs to win in six. I’ll pick them to win in seven instead, as I feel like they’ve found their footing against the Bruins. As long as they get the dominant Freddie Andersen and not the soft-goal Freddie Andersen.

Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan break down the second-round playoff matchups that have been set, and give their top candidates for the Conn Smythe. Plus, Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon and longtime Penguins beat writer Rob Rossi.

Kaplan: The Bruins. Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak put a ton of pressure on Andersen in Game 6; they just didn’t get the results. I see Boston’s big names breaking through, as one of them will play hero at home.

NFL plans a player safety summit next week, with a focus on kickoffs

The NFL has already made one major change to player safety rules this offseason, banning players from lowering their heads to initiate contact with the helmet. And a discussion of more changes is on the agenda for next week.
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A player safety summit is being planned for next week, May 1-2 at the league office, an NFL spokesman told ESPN.
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Kickoffs will be a focal point of the meeting, with continuing discussions about how to make the play safer 鈥?or get rid of it altogether. Packers President Mark Murphy said last month that the league was planning to call on head coaches and special teams coordinators to come up with solutions to the problem of concussions suffered on kickoffs, and that input will be sought at next week’s meeting. Steve Tasker, one of the best special teams players in NFL history, has confirmed that he’s part of the discussions around the future of the kickoff as well.

All we can talk about, though, is what happened, and how it happened, and what it meant for both New York teams, who both got it exactly right that night.

It serves as a wonderful backdrop for what the teams need again, 37 years later, where the quaint old selection meeting is now a full-blown phenomenon, one the NFL takes on the road, this year to the outskirts of Dallas.
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Alex Claudio picked up a save on Saturday. This isn’t a sign that the former Rangers closer has regained the job, but rather an indication that Texas won’t hesitate to play matchups when warranted. Keone Kela is still the closer, with the ability to handle lefty swingers, but on occasion, Claudio could still be called upon to retire left-handers.

With Rookie of the Year voting due last Friday, Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell Authentic Kevin Johnson Jersey — the two front-runners for the award — had their final chance to make an impression and potentially sway voters.

In an interview with ESPN on April 9, Simmons said he is 100 percent the Rookie of the Year. On Tuesday, Mitchell arrived to the Utah Jazz’s game against the Golden State Warriors wearing a black Adidas sweatshirt with the word rookie accompanied by the word’s definition across the front of the hoodie. The underlying message? Simmons shouldn’t be eligible for the award because he was drafted in 2016 and this is technically his second season as a professional.

Then the Warriors calmed down, tallying just eight turnovers in the final three quarters.

Rob Gronkowski reportedly in no rush to return to Patriots, enjoying offseason

Over the weekend, Rob Gronkowski seemingly gave his strongest hint of the offseason that he is planning to play football in 2018. That does not mean he is in any rush to resume working out with the New England Patriots, however.

Gronkowski was at Gillette Stadium on Saturday to announce a partnership with Monster Energy Supercross. He managed to dodge most questions from reporters about his playing future, but he may have tipped his hand when asked specifically if he has any message for fans who want answers.

Bergeron: Honestly, I haven’t really thought about it. You guys just reminded me of it. It’s great memories, for sure, something you’ll never forget. That being said, it’s a new challenge, it’s a new year. It’s been a while. It’s two different teams facing each other. Can’t put too much emphasis on that.

Morgan Rielly, Maple Leafs defenseman: I feel like I have an out because I didn’t play on that team. It actually doesn’t hang over the locker room in my opinion. There are so many new faces in here. We talked about it the other day, just a few of us, because it was being talked about in the media. We discussed it for two minutes, and then we never brought it up again. We were like, “That sucked, so let’s win this time.”

This is what the Giants must consider when analyzing Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield. They are all intriguing, but will there be that conviction on any of them?

Accorsi said he believes the criteria Gettleman established for the No. 2 pick — you must be able to project the player as a future Hall of Famer and that he must be deemed worthy of the second-overall selection in any draft — are sound. Accorsi has watched the quarterback prospects in this draft but has not studied them the way the Giants have and continue to do.

“You can’t draft by the curve at quarterback,’’ Accorsi said. “If it happens to be one of those drafts where there’s only one great player, you can’t invent one if you’re picking 2. There may be a draft you do have that worry. This draft I don’t think you have that worry.

“Dave’s got more options than I had. He’s got a bunch of options. He can go a lot of different directions.’’海鹰53

Aaron Rodgers: Just have to trust the process

A report on Tuesday indicated that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is frustrated by some of what’s gone on in Green Bay this offseason because the team has not gauged his feelings about moves including the release of wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
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Rodgers’ feelings became a topic for his first media session of the offseason program later on Tuesday. As he did in a radio interview last week, Rodgers said that Nelson’s departure was a tough one for him because of how close the two players had become over the years.

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I thought our hockey team got better through the series, first-year Kings coach John Stevens said. Tonight was our best game and created the most quality chances, just didn’t finish off.

Quick made 20 saves and allowed seven goals in the series, but he and the Kings couldn’t duplicate the rally they pulled off in 2014. Los Angeles lost its first three games to the Sharks in the first round that year and went on to win the series and eventually the Stanley Cup.

He clearly was at least interested in the job; otherwise, Favre wouldn’t have traveled to Bristol for the screen test. As noted by Kyle Koster of, Favre’s history with Jenn Sterger would have made him a potentially curious choice for the job, Dede Westbrook Jersey possibly prompting the kind of pushback that may have forced ESPN to quickly pull the plug.

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Here’s the bigger question for Bristol: Given the army of NFL analysts currently under contract, can’t ESPN find someone who’d be both competent and compelling in the Monday night booth? At some point, they should just press Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler into service, drop Joe Tessitore to the No. 1 college team, and be done with it.

Sean Rodriguez bounced to McMahon, the third baseman, who threw out Mercer at home. McGee induced Gregory Polanco to hit an inning-ending pop out.

Mercer had two hits as the Pirates lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

The reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year needs to refine his technique to realize his full potential.

The Seattle Seahawks shifted gears recently with far more emphasis placed on their defensive line than on the vaunted secondary. The defensive backs room has undergone an overhaul, and the front requires a similar approach.聽
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While Manziel and his camp are aware of when deadlines are, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner is grateful to be back in action in some capacity. He believes he’s finally moved on from a myriad of off-field transgressions, including troubles with substance abuse and a domestic violence incident involving an ex-girlfriend, which plagued his lone two seasons in the NFL.

So while just 31.3 percent of the pure guards taken in the first 10 picks became Pro Bowl selections, 53.6 percent of those taken in the next 10 selections were Pro Bowlers, including eight All-Pros — which, B.J. Goodson Jersey at 28.6 percent, is higher than the percentage of All-Pros from the first 10 picks (25.0 percent).

James tied for first among Power Five safeties with a 43.6 percent catch rate allowed in coverage, per Pro Football Focus.聽

Maeda went 2 2/3 innings in his most recent start against Arizona at Dodger Stadium. He allowed five runs (two earned), five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. He was credited with the defeat in an 8-7 Diamondbacks victory.

But as we’re learning about concussions, he told Kelly, there’s a term we use in football and maybe other sports, that I got ‘dinged.’ When you have ringing of the ears, seeing stars, that is a concussion.

Elite Kids Chuck Foreman Jersey Favre appeared on Kelly’s program with three other retired star athletes: soccer’s Abby Wambach, baseball’s David Ross and Favre’s fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer and former teammate Kurt Warner. All four have invested in a company developing a concussion-treatment drug that is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Favre said he would not encourage youngsters to play football.

Holiday has 33 and Pelicans beat the Blazers to go up 2-0

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Removed from the turbulence that marked his previous seasons in New Orleans, Jrue Holiday is in a good place — and it shows.
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Holiday had a career playoff-high 33 points as the Pelicans took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 111-102 victory on Tuesday night. The series shifts to New Orleans on Thursday.

Holiday also had nine assists for the Pelicans, while Rajon Rondo came close to his 11th postseason triple-double with had 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Anthony Davis added 22 points and 13 rebounds.

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Portland trailed by as many as 11 points in the third quarter but Lillard hit a 3-pointer and added a free throw to tie the game at 93 with 7:31 left. Holiday’s pull-up jumper and Rondo’s driving layup kept the Blazers from pulling ahead.

Maurice Harkless dunked and Al-Farouq Aminu had a layup to re-tie the game at 97. After Holiday’s hook shot, Harkless made a 3-pointer to give Portland a 100-99 lead.

Kevin Love scored 15, but Cleveland’s All-Star center injured his left hand, the same one he broke earlier this season, with 3:43 left. Love’s status could affect the remainder of this series — and perhaps Cleveland’s season.

Kyle Korver added 12 points, all on 3s, and made several hustling plays for the Cavs.

Oladipo scored 22 — he was in early foul trouble — and Myles Turner 18 for the Pacers, who shocked the Cavs with an overpowering win in Game Chris Doleman Authentic Jersey 1.

Indiana clawed back from an 18-point deficit and was within 95-92 when Oladipo, who scored 32 in the opener, somehow came free but missed maybe his easiest shot in two games. James grabbed the rebound and made three free throws over the final 22 seconds as the Cavs avoided falling behind 2-0 on the series.

Game 3 is Friday night in Indianapolis.

The 33-year-old James was expected to be more aggressive than in Game 1, when he was unusually passive, deferred to teammates and suffered the first playoff-opening loss of his career.

Gregg Popovich says Kawhi Leonard still not cleared by his medical team

Gregg Popovich reiterated that Kawhi Leonard’s continued absence from the San Antonio Spurs during their run in the Western Conference playoffs stems from the lack of clearance from the star forward’s medical team for a return to the court.

A league source said the club doesn’t expect Leonard back at any point during the postseason, and has harbored that belief since the week after the All-Star break.

Leonard briefly returned to the team from his rehabilitation stint in New York in March, but decided in April to head back East to focus on the rehab process.

Pelton: Philadelphia 76ers. With Kyrie Irving injured and the Boston Celtics no longer so formidable as a second-round matchup, the Sixers clearly have the easiest path to the conference finals. And since almost any opponent there is going to be difficult, I guess I’d say that also means Philadelphia has the easiest path to the NBA Finals.

Ogwumike: The Cavs have had nine lives so far this season. Add the playoff bracket to the count. Not as blatantly obvious as last year, Cleveland’s late losses this season have positioned the Cavaliers best for postseason success.

Schneider, who seemed to hurt his groin in a collision with Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh midway through the final period, survived a late power play to nail down the win.

It was Schneider’s first playoff win since 2012, when he was with the Vancouver Canucks, and his first win with the Devils since Dec. 27. Schneider had gone 0-10-2 in his final 12 games for the Devils this season.

After the game, Devils forward Blake Coleman said, “[Brian] Boyle and I looked at each other halfway through the game and said to each other, ‘This is the Cory that we know.’ ”

Devils coach John Hynes decided to make the switch in goal with New Jersey trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 will be Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.

Manaea, Lowrie lead A’s to 2-1 win over King Felix, Mariners

Sean Manaea admits that last season, giving up a home run in a tight game could have been the start of a rough outing.
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It wasn’t a problem on Sunday.

Manaea pitched seven strong innings and Jed Lowrie hit an early two-run homer off Felix Hernandez, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

That wasn’t a balk. I stepped off the rubber, Hernandez said. It’s frustrating. It should have been an out.

Lowrie took advantage, sending a drive to right field.

I was just trying to figure out what was going on, Lowrie said. I don’t know. Let’s just play, that’s all I’m thinking.

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In the eighth inning, Seattle leadoff Eli Manning Womens Jersey hitter Dee Gordon bunted down the third base line with a runner on first. Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman charged in and narrowly threw out Gordon, a call that was upheld after a replay review.

I don’t know how he makes that play, Melvin said. You’re talking about probably the fastest guy in the league, and when he puts it down and deadens it like that, it’s almost impossible to get him.

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Athletics: INF Chad Pinder (hyperextended left knee) began a rehab assignment with Class A Stockton on Saturday, going 1 for 5. Pinder is eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list Monday. Looks like he’s on track to come back here pretty quick, Melvin said.

Gronk isn’t retiring (but not that Gronk)

Gronk will be participating in a major American sporting event this year, after all.
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No, Pats fans, your star tight end hasn’t announced that he’ll continue to play football. Instead, a horse named Gronkowki will run for the roses.

Via ESPN, Gronk the horse has qualified for the Kentucky Derby by winning the Burradon Stakes in England on Friday. Gronk, as it turns out, is a European horse, and the folks at Churchill Downs have decided for the first time to give one of the 20 spots in the Kentucky Derby to a horse from the Old World

Unless the Jets just don’t feel like Darnold’s anyone they’d be interested in under any circumstances (or unless they’re scheduling a workout as we speak), it just doesn’t seem to make sense not to do the legwork.
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Before Exum injured his shoulder in preseason, the Jazz were cautiously optimistic he was ready to make a leap after so many aborted attempts. His play since returning last month has justified that hope.

The official cause of death for Jamie was listed as acute heroin and fentanyl intoxication. A toxicology report also revealed the presence of Alprazolam, the generic form of Xanax.
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He should have never been on Xanax, Ken says. He should have Lance Stephenson Youth jersey never been in that place. Having good insurance put him in that place. … I think all contributed to his death.

We might get into a fight while we’re doing something. You know what I’m saying. It was personal. It was personal. We wanted to kill Hines Ward. I had to threaten him before every play like, ‘If you crack me, I swear to God I’m going to break your f鈥搆ing neck,’ Suggs said.

In 2008, Ward broke the jaw of Cincinnati’s Keith Rivers, leading to the NFL passing a new rule against blindside blocks the next year. Suggs said that he warned Ward that if he tried that against the Ravens, he’d have to worry about a lot more than a 15-yard penalty.

Snow pushes back Cubs’ home opener against Pirates

When Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon woke up Monday morning to snow-covered streets and sidewalks, he knew the April blast of winter wasn’t ideal for a home opener at Wrigley Field.
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Steve Watterson is retiring from the role he has held the past 32 seasons, making him the longest-tenured NFL assistant coach with consecutive years working for the same team. Tom Kanavy, with 22 seasons of NFL experience, will take over.

Kanavy has spent the past three seasons as Watterson’s assistant. He previously worked for the Vikings and Eagles.

I never spent much time thinking about this moment, but as I was preparing for another offseason to begin, it became clear to me that it was time for me to step down and retire, Watterson said in a statement.

Bailey now says she was driving the vehicle that night and the reason she crashed is because Boykin was hitting her, which caused her to lose control of the car. She said she covered for him at his request because his football career would be lost.

She said he also told her to say she injured herself last week with the story that she either got jumped or fell.

As a senior at TCU, Boykin was suspended for the Alamo Bowl after he was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and public intoxication after an altercation at Jason Witten Youth jersey a San Antonio bar at around 2 a.m. two days before the game.
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I think there will be a lot more wins if I can throw the ball like that consistently versus the first game, Ross said. I’ve got some things to learn from this one and get better for next time.

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