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Johnson’s patient running style has drawn comparisons to Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro Le’Veon Bell.

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The biggest concern with Johnson is聽his durability. He’s had a pair of shoulder surgeries and also missed time with ankle, hamstring and rib injuries while at Auburn.

Da’Ron Payne is a standard-issue Crimson Tide interior lineman, which is to say he’s awesome: a natural 310-pounder with surprising athleticism, a tenacious work ethic, proper leverage technique and a small-but-useful arsenal of pass-rush surprises. Payne is more likely to hurry or spill the quarterback from the pocket than to sack him, but he’ll be a high-impact run defender who can stay on the field and cause congestion on third downs.

Payne is a fine player and a good fit, but it feels like Washington just sat tight here and let a bunch of higher-impact defenders get taken before this.

The move comes with zero surprise and no suspense. Beasley is 25 years old, has 24.5 sacks in his first three seasons and has forced nine fumbles.

Beasley joins the Rams ‘ Todd Gurley and Marcus Peters, the Titans ‘ Marcus Mariota, the Cowboys ‘ Byron Jones, the Raiders ‘ Amari Cooper, the Steelers ‘ Bud Dupree, the Dolphins ‘ DeVante Parker and the Jets ‘ Leonard Williams as players who have had their fifth-year options picked up in the last few days.

Head coach Mike McCarthy and his Pamphlet O’ Plays aren’t new. There’s a new offensive coordinator, but he’s actually old offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.

But Ted Thompson is no longer GM! Except鈥e’s still involved in the organization, guarding the Jedi Texts on some island in Lake Michigan or something. And the front office is run by his disciples; the ones who didn’t flee to Cleveland during the power struggle, anyway.

Aaron Rodgers is still around, too, which is good news! Except he is getting a little impatient about earning some of that sweet, sweet Kirk Cousins cash. And he’s still expected to take on the whole NFL with a Jimmie Foxx Youth jersey laser sword, or something.
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Florida’s Callaway fails drug test at NFL combine

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Former Florida receiver Antonio Callaway failed a drug test at the NFL combine, a mistake that could damage his draft status. A person with knowledge of the situation says NFL teams were made aware of the result Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the league does not release that information publicly. NFL Network first reported Callaway’s failed test. It was the latest misstep for a talented but troubled receiver who was once considered a lock to be a first-round draft pick. Now, some teams surely will take the 21-year-old Callaway off their draft board.
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NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Gronkowski’s attitude toward the team’s offseason conditioning program stems from his desire for a new contract .

He is going to play for the Patriots , Rapoport explained on Tuesday’s edition of NFL Total Access . The only question is what is his salary going to be. I would expect that Gronkowski and the team are going to discuss that.

In the weeks following Super Bowl LII, New England’s loss was compounded by the doubts affixed to Gronkowski, quarterback Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Now that the all-important offensive trio is officially onboard for another run at the Lombardi Trophy, the healing can begin.

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It’s not my first rodeo. I’ve had my difficulties in my past, but I’ve come a long way from that. It’s all about keeping the right resources around me Authentic Leonard Floyd Jersey and continuing to stay on the right path. I’m going to make sure I get that done.

Garcia was an All-Star a year ago but is off to a sluggish start, hitting .233 with one homer and four RBIs in 18 games.

To take his roster spot, the White Sox called up outfielder Daniel Palka from Triple-A Charlotte. He’s hitting .286 with seven RBIs in 17 games.

You’re ready to hit him across the head, Cook said. It’s a lot. It really is, man. It’s the injury that can make you or break you. I chose the route that it wasn’t going to break me, so I’m going to move forward.

NFL Draft 2018: Saquon Barkley’s jersey reportedly best-selling in draft history through first round

It didn’t take long for Saquon Barkley’s NFL jersey to fly off the shelves.

The running back, selected second overall by the Giants on Thursday, generated more jersey sales on draft night than any other player in its history, a Fanatics official told ESPN. The previous top-seller was Johnny Manziel in 2014.

Cubs: Maddon said Bryant has been checked by doctors and could return Thursday night when the Cubs begin a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. “He’s fine,” Maddon said. “I’d be surprised if it took a turn in the other direction.”

Indians: LHP Ryan Merritt (sprained left knee) will make one more start at extended spring training before starting a minor league rehab assignment.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks will start the opener of a four-game series against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field on Thursday.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger, who allowed two hits in his first career complete-game shutout against Baltimore in his last start, goes against Seattle on Thursday.

The 36-year-old McCown released the news Friday through his agent, Mike McCartney, noting, “it’s bittersweet to leave the game I love and the craft I’ve worked at since the 2nd grade.”

McCown appeared in 62 NFL games for five different NFL teams, but made only 10 starts in a career that began in 2004. He appeared in 40 of those games and made one start with the Saints. His other NFL games came with the Browns (who drafted him in the fourth round), Buccaneers, Jaguars and Falcons.

Given McCown’s reputation as a career backup, Verizon signed him to do a 2015 commercial touting the network’s system of backup generators. With McCown dressed in uniform and old-style Western music playing in the background, the QB gazed at a backup generator and deadpanned, “I wonder why they save those backups and not just put them in the regular rotation. I bet if they just had the chance, some of those backups would really shine.”

The 22-year-old Lauer made a mistake in the second with a fastball that Story took deep to left to give the Rockies a 7-0 lead. Story’s other grand slam was April 21, 2017, against San Francisco.

Story is on a roll over his last eight games, hitting .423 with three homers.

“Just trying to put my best swing on it and not try to do too much,” Story said.steelers_050

Looking back at the best kicks of the 2017-18 regular season

Throughout the 2017-18 season, sneakers became more than just another piece of equipment. Whether it was the league’s biggest names promoting social messages, up-and-coming stars showing off their creativity or role players breaking out surprising vintage pairs, this season saw more incredible footwear than ever before.
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Truth be told, if this were simply a ranking of the most sought-after pairs, Houston Rockets wing PJ Tucker and LA Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell could’ve easily filled every spot. But for the sake of variance, each player is eligible for one top sneaker on our season-ending list. That makes room for coveted collabs from signature athletes like Damian Lillard and Paul George, to exceptional player exclusives from DeMar DeRozan, Kristaps Porzingis and Nick Young, who lived up to his Swaggy P nickname.

Embiid was wearing the mask for the first time after returning from Jamie Langenbrunner Womens Jersey a 10-game absence caused by a broken orbital bone around his left eye.

Yankees 聽manager Aaron Boone and infield coach Carlos Mendoza noticed the same thing Saturday when rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar walked from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box to hit with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

Authentic Kids Chris Doleman Jersey It also serves as an official parting of ways with 2017’s football season, which really brought a minimum of joy to both sides of MetLife Stadium. The Giants earned their No. 2 slot by slipping on banana peels for 16 weeks, the Jets get No. 3 because there were fewer icebergs and one willing trade partner. So now we have this, we have Thursday night, we have the most interesting NFL draft in at least 37 years, and we have the Giants holding all the (index) cards, same as they did 37 years ago.
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It is a unique spot Giants GM Dave Gettleman finds himself in, since in many ways he holds the immediate fates and fortunes of both teams in his hands. Will he pick Saquon Barkley, which would ensure the Jets will have a crack at a quality (and, possibly, game-changing) quarterback at No. 3? Were the last few weeks a ruse, and he’s fallen hard for a QB the whole time?

Either way, it will affect the Jets. And either way, after Thursday night, both teams will have been vaulted headfirst into their futures. Thirty-seven years ago it meant a return of football to a place of prominence in New York after a long tour through the desert. The drought hasn’t been nearly as long this time, it just feels that way.

You will feel different about your team, either team, by the close of business Thursday night. It might not only take a minute anymore. But if they hit the jackpot with their picks? They can take as long as they want. Just get it right.

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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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).

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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.

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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.