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Tom Benson remains in stable condition but showing signs of improvement

Tom Benson remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Ochsner Medical Center in stable condition. But the Saints owner has shown signs of improving, the Saints announced in a tweet.
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Mr. Benson once again thanks everyone for their continued support and prayers, the team added.

As a result, Stafford realistically has a four-year, $108.5 million deal before the Lions could give any thought to moving on from their longtime quarterback.

The former Georgia star pushed the quarterback market way forward. Eli Manning set the bar for three-year money at $68.5 million in 2015, only for Andrew Luck to leap to $75 million the next year. Fourteen months later, Stafford pushed the bar significantly higher to that $87 million mark.

That’s the genius of the low-key lowball deal that 49ers executive Paraag Marathe negotiated with Sherman for Sherman. Sherman the client always will boast that it was a great deal, to justify the work of Sherman the agent. And Sherman the client/agent is/are boasting.

I don’t think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract, Sherman told Peter King of As long as I’m content with what I’m making, nothing else matters to me.

That second sentence seems to undercut the first one, coming off as a recognition that maybe an agent could have done better but that doesn’t matter because I’m happy with the deal that I negotiated for myself. Sherman has to be happy with the deal. Ego and pride will prevent him from ever calling it was it is: A substandard deal, one that any good, experienced agent could have improved upon easily and quickly.

The Texans have reacted strongly to a Houston Chronicle report regarding the team’s potential lack of interest in free agents Womens Bryce Petty Jersey who protested during the national anthem.

The report from Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle cited a pair of unnamed agents who claimed that the word is the Texans aren’t interested in any players who participated in protests. The report was picked up by various outlets, including SportsBusiness Daily.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the first player to protest, has found himself shunned by the NFL. It will be interesting to see whether other players who protested experience similar difficulties if/when they are looking for work, starting with 49ers safety Eric Reid, a looming free agent who supported Kaepernick and who has spoken out against the deal struck by some of the players with the NFL.
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Rosen, Darnold have nothing in common except being the best

INDIANAPOLIS The two California kids likely will be the first two quarterbacks off the board and their worth is certainly in the eye of the beholder, because they are so very different.
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Just listen to how they answer a simple question: Are you the best quarterback in the NFL draft?

Josh Allen, the strapping Wyoming gunslinger, is also part of the discussion, but is considered more of a project. The Giants were scheduled to meet Friday night with Darnold, Rosen and Allen.
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Rosen is the best pure passer and NFL scouts love the way the ball spins out of his hand. He is the most ready to play right away, smart and polished. He is not especially mobile think Manning in the pocket and does have an injury history (shoulder surgery two years ago, two concussions this past season). He is opinionated and has an edgy personality that will intrigue some and scare off others. His skills are obvious; his ability to lead a team and be the face of a franchise is less obvious.

If they think I’m a good player, but not a good fit for their personality profile, you can respect that, Rosen said. I’m not going to present a fake image of myself. I think you have to be yourself. You have to be authentic.

The talk here at the NFL Scouting Combine all week has been the Jets are planning to be aggressive bidders for Cousins, the 29-year-old quarterback who will be a free agent on March 14. The Jets are desperate to find an answer at quarterback and like what they have Robert Covington Youth jersey seen from Cousins in his three years as a starter for the Redskins.

There had been speculation that the Browns would be in the chase for Cousins, but that talk has cooled. The general belief around the league is the Browns will target Bengals free agent AJ McCarron and draft another quarterback with the first pick next month.

The Jets are expected to make a monster offer to Cousins, but it might not come down to money. The tougher task for Gang Green will be selling Cousins on coming to a team that has not made the playoffs since 2010 and lost 22 games in the last two seasons.

Cousins is expected to get around $30 million per season with a large portion of the contract guaranteed. ESPN reported that most of the final four teams are preparing short-term deals, possibly three years.

Dolphins reportedly interested in RB DeMarco Murray

By moving up from No. 6 to No. 3 in the 2018 NFL Draft in a blockbuster deal with the Colts, the Jets are making loud and clear their intentions to find and select their next franchise quarterback. If the Browns, as widely expected, take Sam Darnold with the first-overall pick, the Jets are assured of getting whoever they like best among Josh Rosen, Josh Allen or even Baker Mayfield — as long as the Giants at No. 2 do not take him.

The Colts, who held the No. 3 pick, have Andrew Luck and did not need a quarterback. The Jets can sit tight at No. 3 — as long some other team does not trade with the Giants to get up to No. 2 to land a quarterback. If the Giants are taking a quarterback, they are staying put at No. 2 and taking him.

Here is where Giants general manager Dave Gettleman can have some fun. If he wants to make the Jets believe he is open for business on a trade-down, he should rent out three billboards outside East Rutherford, N.J., advertising that intention. If the Jets take the bait, perhaps they will be inclined to make a trade with the Giants, moving up one spot, to get to No. 2 to ensure they get their guy.

The move gives the Cowboys $1.4 million in cap space and allows Scandrick an opportunity to find a new home.

Scandrick, 31, has requested his release with the Cowboys going with a youth movement in the secondary with corners such as Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie.

And the president tweeted this shortly after midnight Saturday morning.

It’s readily apparent why getting McCabe fired might send a message Trump likes. But might it also come back to bite Trump

Trump has now, after all, cemented the enemy status of a top-ranking official at the FBI (its No. 2) and onetime acting director. He previously did that by firing McCabe’s superior, former FBI director James B. Comey, and Comey has rewarded that decision by leaking unhelpful things and testifying about Trump in a negative light. He is now set to release a book.patriots_301

Orioles start program to let kids come to games for free

Major League Baseball has the oldest fan base among the four major sports, and the Baltimore Orioles want to do something to change that. The team announced Monday that it is starting a program called Kids Cheer Free in which parents can bring children age 9 and younger to games for free.
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Every parent who buys a regularly priced upper-deck seat can get two free tickets in the upper deck for their kids. The promotion runs month-to-month, so tickets for games from March 31 to April 29 are available now.

Sacramento’s Willie Cauley-Stein came off the bench for the second straight game on Sunday after returning from a four-game injury layoff due to a back issue. For the second straight game he played near-starter minutes, this time notching 29 minutes while AJ McCarron Jersey producing 9 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block. Kosta Koufos started at center on Monday, but only played 16 minutes.

James Harden returned for the Rockets after missing Sunday’s game (knee), and he turned in a ho-hum 28 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 3-pointers. Chris Paul and Eric Gordon both only played 23 minutes, though Paul was much more productive with 18 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 3-pointers and 1 steal in his limited time on the court.

Top draft needs: As Pat said, I still expect the Browns to take a quarterback at the top of Round 1, and I expect this to be an offense-heavy draft for Cleveland. Top running back Isaiah Crowell is a free agent, so the Browns should replace him in the first or second round. They need weapons for their new quarterbacks, even after acquiring wideout Jarvis Landry. Cornerback is a position to watch on defense. — Kiper

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Making yet another appearance in this space since his trade from Boston, Spooner clearly merits a little more fantasy cheerleading in the season’s concluding weeks. Competing on a Rangers’ second scoring line with Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello, the former Bruin has two goals and 11 assists in his eight games with the Rangers. With his current contract expiring after the season, the 26-year-old RFA-to-be would do well to maintain that torrid pace as best he can.

Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich meeting Tuesday for clarity on impending return

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he’ll speak to Kawhi Leonard on Tuesday when the team returns home following its 109-93 loss to the Houston Rockets. It’s expected the club could gain some clarity about the star forward’s potential return to the lineup.
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Leonard’s pending return date hasn’t changed, and is barring a setback from a right quad injury, sources told ESPN. Leonard said last week he planned to return soon from the injury, which has kept him out for all but nine games this season.

A two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Leonard played in those nine games after missing the season’s first 27, but returned to the sideline after playing against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 13.

Leonard said he has been riding a stationary bike and participating in 3-on-3 drills to simulate the physical contact of games, but he has done so with Spurs staff members, not teammates.
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Leonard admitted that the only way to work himself into proper cardiovascular condition is to actually play in games.

Last season, you could have gotten 17 HR from your catcher with either Realmuto or Robinson Chirinos on your roster. The major difference was that Chirinos did so in 270 fewer plate appearances. He’s locked in as the starter again for Texas, only with the team planning to limit his workload to a maximum of about 120 games. I know people tend to shy away from a player when they hear that word limit but keep in mind Chirinos played in only 88 games last season. This particular limit is actually a huge leap forward in playing time and could easily result in a 25-HR season. — AJ Mass

Austin Barnes’s batting average was 78 points higher than teammate Grandal’s in the second half of last Authentic Owen Daniels Jersey season and that resulted in him holding a 42-to-8 postseason at-bat edge over Grandal. I’ll say that Barnes’ batting eye (second-lowest chase rate among catchers with 100 plate appearances last season) earns him a regular spot in this strong offense sooner than later and that should be enough to make him a fantasy starter when all is said and done. — Kyle Soppe

NFL protests are going to play into free agency, and possibly the draft

The protests that went on in the NFL last season over the oppression faced by people of color in the United States was a topic of discussion all season. While that slowly burned off, it’s not over.
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VM: That started when I was interviewing Emanuel. Emanuel Sanders was my very first interview, and that’s my buddy. I go to work with him every day, I see him every day. So doing an interview with him, I was comfortable. It was a good first step. Interviewing him I was just being goofy, like, Do you know any other Emanuels? And then I was like, I’m just going to make up some shit real fast and see if he’s going to follow along with it. And say, like, Yeah, I know him too. So i did it, and he was like No, I don’t know him! I gotta look him up! He was real into it. And then, when I told him I was lying, everybody busted out laughing. So I was like yeah, I’m going to do this from now on.

But taking his size into account makes his numbers even more astounding.

Mens A.Q. Shipley Jersey Records are a little shady for any Combine before 2006, which is how far back’s database goes. You’ll rarely hear NFL Network cite any numbers before then. But adding in Pro Football Reference’s numbers, which go back to 2000, and community-collected numbers like these into the mix, makes it even clearer that Barkley did something special.

Barkley’s only a couple inches shy of the record among all RBs, in fact, set by 195-pound Jerry Azumah and 200-pound Jay Hinton.

That reality could lead the Lakers to a more proactive solution. If they see that Clarkson would be hard to move in June or July, the front office could try to trade Randle at the February deadline. Doing so would allow the Lakers to extract some value, which could come in the form of a pick or their trade partner taking on a contract, ideally Clarkson’s or Deng’s. The acquiring team would have Randle and whomever else they acquired for the stretch run and playoffs, plus restricted rights on Randle.

Leipsic stars in OT, Canucks beat Islanders 4-3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — It wasn’t the ending anyone wanted to see in a marquee showdown between Calder trophy contenders Brock Boeser and Mathew Barzal.

Boeser, the rookie Vancouver forward who leads his team offensively, lay face down on the ice in the final seconds of regulation in what would be a 4-3 Canucks’ overtime victory against the New York Islanders on Monday night.

After falling awkwardly into the boards, Boeser was helped to the locker room and taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons.

Ideally, a Van Gundy team features a big man like Drummond surrounded by quality shooters, including one at the power forward spot. Griffin has been a good midrange shooter in his career, but his foray into making himself a 3-point shooter has yielded subpar results. He is making 34.2 percent on 3s this year, well below the league average (36.2 percent). Worse, as he has stretched himself out to the 3-point line, one of his strengths — the midrange shot — has failed him. Griffin is making just 20.5 percent of his 2-pointers from 16 feet and out.

How does Griffin fit with Drummond? Well, he probably doesn’t. And that’s even when he is healthy, which, recent history shows, he won’t be very often. But Van Gundy is in the fourth year of a five-year contract he signed, as coach and chief exec, to clean up the mess the Pistons had become. His clock is ticking.

Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils will face off against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers to open the regular season in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Oct. 6 as part of the NHL’s Global Series.

In the second year of regular games in Europe, the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets will also play Nov. 1 and 2 in Helsinki. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced the games and two exhibitions Tuesday morning.

After losing Chris Paul to the Rockets and a number of valuable contributors to injuries at the outset of the season, Rivers managed to keep the Clippers together behind the steady performances of Williams and Jordan, plus some MacGyver-level rejiggering of the rotation. (How many people are aware Tyrone Wallace is playing significant minutes in LA?)packers_135

NBA All-Star 2018: Three takeaways from NBA Rising Stars Challenge

The World team took home its fourth straight Rising Stars Challenge with a 155-124 victory over the U.S. Friday in Los Angeles.
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The World team won the event by getting the 3-point competition a day early.

Kings guard and Game MVP Bogdan Bogdanovic led all players with seven 3-pointers made and the World team knocked down 23 treys in the game.

Brown was a key part of the Celtics attack in the postseason last year, but he was clearly out there for energy and wasn’t expected to truly produce offensively. He still had a lot of work to do both in the offense and with his shooting.

He has made leaps and bounds this season in both areas though and it was unmistakable Friday. Brown finished with a game-high 35 points with 10 rebounds. He also went 3 for 8 from 3-point range. He is shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc Womens Robbie Ray Jersey this year, up a good bit from last season, while taking three more per game. Brad Stevens has done a great job with the youngster and the sky appears to be the limit on his potential.

It’s fun, man. Adversity is great, Westbrook said, via ESPN. Me personally, I love adversity. It gives you an opportunity to bring your teammates together, bring everybody together and look forward to positive things. Throughout the season, there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs, but we never flinch. That’s one thing about this organization, about our team: We never flinch based on what’s going on. We always stay together.

Westbrook, who finished with 36 points and nine assists, acknowledged the Thunder’s costly turnovers but couldn’t deny the defensive errors and improvements that need to be made.

I’m most concerned about that defensively, to be honest, is our 3-point defense, Westbrook added. I’m really, really concerned about that. You want to protect the deep paint, and you don’t want to give up layups, but when the ball gets kicked back out, we have got to have more urgency to run people off the line.
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Teammate and forward Carmelo Anthony echoed Westbrook’s optimism, saying the team remains confident amid their slump.

Lamar Jackson opted out of 40-yard dash at NFL Combine due to WR talk

Lamar Jackson would have been the fastest quarterback at the NFL Combine, but he decided not to run the 40-yard dash. He participated in all of the throwing drills, but his decision to partcipated in the 40 left some analysts curious.
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Speaking to NFL Network’s NFL Now crew, Jackson admitted the recent talk of him playing wide receiver led to him not wanting to run.

Lamar Jackson has said no one asked him to do WR drills. But the requests were, in fact, made. Three more: DBs Marcus Allen, Terrell Edmunds and Derwin James were asked to do LB drills.

Limited Womens Taurean Prince Jersey I felt I did pretty good today, there were a lot of passes I wanted back, but you know, you can’t be perfect, he said.

While Jackson didn’t take part in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, he did say he was going to run it at his Louisville pro day. The QB also said if he had to predict his 40 time, he says he would have run in the 4.3 range, says he likely would have matched a 4.38.

Louisville’s pro day takes place on March 29th, so we’ll know for sure by then.

After measuring in at 6-feet, 233 pounds, Barkley started off his workouts getting everyone’s attention when he did 29 reps at 225 lbs. Barkley and Nick Chubb, who also had 29 bench press reps, led all running backs but more impressive than that, they both had more reps than all but five of the 36 offensive linemen at the combine this year.

Barkley followed up Friday with even more impressive performances, posting a 41-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.40-second 40-yard dash on his first attempt.

To put all of his workouts in perspective, according to NFL Research, the only player with more than 25 bench press reps and a Authentic Robby Fabbri Jersey vertical jump higher than 40 inches at the 2017 Combine went as the No. 1 overall pick, which was defensive end Myles Garrett who had 33 reps and a 41-inch vertical.
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Adding in the 40-yard dash, NFL Research also noted that there are only two players to weigh over 230 lbs, run the dash in 4.40 seconds or faster, and vertical jump 40-inches or higher at the combine since 2003. Vernon Davis was the other to do so in 2006.

Comparing Barkley to some of the top athletes of the NFL, when Joe Thomas went through the combine, he had 28 reps. DeSean Jackson’s 10-yard split was 1.55 seconds (Barkley was 1.54). Devin Hester was 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash while Julio Jones’ vertical jump was 38.5 inches.

Parks is still subject to discipline under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.

Youth Cameron Erving Jersey Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan survey the non-rental options at the trade deadline and take a look behind the curtain with TSN’s James Duthie at what hosting TV coverage of the big day is like. Then we hear from J.T. Brown of the Ducks, and Madison Bowey of the Capitals alongside his father, Will. Finally, a look at the Hart Trophy race, and a fan vents some Olympic frustration to the ESPN On Ice rant line. Listen ?
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ESPN: When you were a player, did you like having to sit through number retirement ceremonies?

Flashing elite athleticism on film and likely at the Combine, the former basketball player reminds of Lane Johnson and has similar right or left tackle potential.

After the busy summer that GM Jim Nill had, don’t expect much from these Stars between now and Monday. Yes, the rest of the Central Division teams probably will be buyers, but you don’t have to keep up with the Joneses every time.

To add a top-six winger or not, that is the question. This Blues team — which has Luke Joeckel Youth jersey been tremendous at times this season — has a few flaws. Rick Nash might not be the panacea, but … he certainly wouldn’t hurt.

We don’t think Brian MacLellan will make nearly the splash he did last season. This year could bring another small move. (The Caps have already executed trades for depth defensemen Michal Kempny from Chicago and Jakub Jerabek from Montreal.)

Parks, 23, has played in all 32 games since the Broncos selected him in the sixth round of the 2016 draft. He started five games last season and registered an interception, 4 passes defensed and 47 tackles.

Sando: Miami Dolphins. I think the Dolphins are motivated to trade Landry, but how many teams will be motivated to acquire — and then pay — a limited receiver deemed expendable by his own offensively anemic team? Landry ranks third in receptions since 2014 with 400. However, he has only five scoring receptions on passes that traveled at least 5 yards past the line of scrimmage. That is tied with Tavon Austin, among others, for 121st in the league over the past four seasons.

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