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Tim Couch returning to Cleveland, as broadcaster on Browns’ preseason games

Tim Couch is back with the Browns. Sort of.
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Couch, the first overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft who was supposed to be the savior of the expansion franchise but turned into a bust, will work the Browns’ preseason games as a broadcaster this year.

Do you know how coveted Stafford would be if he hit the open market? My goodness, look what the 49ers paid Garoppolo, after he started five games. Look at all the jostling before the draft, where four quarterbacks 鈥?Allen, Jrue Holiday Youth jersey Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield 鈥?could be among the top five picks.

Protecting your most important investment, your quarterback, is more than signing offensive linemen and receivers. The Lions currently have the same pass-catching corps as a year ago 鈥?Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, TJ Jones and multi-purpose back Theo Riddick 鈥?minus tight end Eric Ebron, who wasn’t worth the salary-cap hit.

It’s also putting together a staunch defense, so wild fourth-quarter comebacks aren’t the primary way your quarterback is judged. Patricia is billed as a defensive mastermind, and he’d better be. Because while Stafford has shown he can’t do it alone, he certainly can do more, and more people than ever will be counting on it.
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Former wideout Anquan Boldin retired shortly after signing with them last summer, but then sent out signals that he’d consider playing again. But the Bills refused to release him from reserve/retired, which kept him from signing elsewhere.

While it’s unclear if Incognito was even considering such a thing, the Bills made sure he didn’t turn up with a division rival, though one of those was crossed off the list already.

Spurs: Aldridge made all 12 of his free throws. … The Spurs missed 9 of their first 11 3s and were 4 for 28 from long range. … San Antonio lost its sixth straight games overall against the Warriors at Oracle Arena. … The Spurs took their first lead of the series, 18-17, with 4:20 left in the first quarter. They trailed from wire to wire in the series opener.

Warriors: Golden State outscored San Antonio 69-48 in the second half. … After getting 32 assists on 44 field goals in the series opener, the Warriors tallied 24 assists on 41 baskets. … Golden State has won nine straight postseason Game 2s, all at home, and 11 consecutive home playoff games overall.

West scored on three straight second-quarter possessions and finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.

But he got injured with 9:59 left defending Aldridge and headed to the locker room, despite appearing to try stretching out his legs to return.

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Blizzard postpones start of Packers conditioning work

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t be on hand for the scheduled start of the Packers offseason conditioning program today. Then again, none of Womens Nick Novak Jersey the rest of his teammates will be either.
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A spring blizzard in Green Bay has forced the Packers to delay the start of their team workouts, according to Aaron Nagler of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

They were supposed to convene today, but the unexpected (I guess, I mean it’s Green Bay) snowstorm which dumped more than 20 inches in some areas near Green Bay made it impossible for a number of players to get back to Wisconsin.

But these are quintessentially personal matters best left to the individuals directly concerned. As an Adderall-assisted college student interviewed by Klayman says, It’s kind of just a balance you have to figure out.

I’ve missed way too much for way too long, Harrison wrote next to a picture of his children. I’m done. Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life.

Harrison initially signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in 2002, briefly spent time with the Ravens and NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire, and then really made his mark with the Steelers starting in 2004. He was a Pro Bowler for five straight years from 2007 to 2011 and the NFL defensive player of the year in 2008. After one year with the Bengals in 2013, he went back to the Steelers in 2014. They cut him last season and he finished his career with the Patriots.

Sean Payton: No QB prospects as good as Luck or Wentz in this draft
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Elite Kids Lamarcus Joyner Jersey The Saints own the 27th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, which means they won’t be taking one of the top quarterbacks, which frees coach Sean Payton to speak honestly about those prospects. And Payton isn’t overly impressed.

Payton told Peter King of that he doesn’t view any of these quarterbacks as the same kind of top-notch prospects that he thought Andrew Luck was heading into the 2012 draft, and Carson Wentz was heading into the 2016 draft.

Cavaliers ride LeBron’s hot start to Game 2 win over Pacers

Maybe LeBron James should lose a game in the first round more often. Sunday’s defeat set the table for one of the more memorable playoff performances of his career in the Cavaliers’ 100-97 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday to knot their series 1-1.
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James scored the first 13 points of the game for either team and the first 16 points for the Cavs, hitting seven of his first eight field goal attempts to open a commanding lead for Cleveland.

In Game 1, James didn’t attempt a shot until there was 1:52 remaining in the first quarter and the Cavs already trailed 25-8. In Game 2, James took just 16 second to hoist his first shot, A. J. Cann Jersey a turnaround jump shot which he canned, and the Cavs rode James’ energy to a 26-8 advantage from the jump.

Outside of James’ early dominance, Indiana also had foul trouble for its star, Victor Oladipo, to contend with. Oladipo was whistled for his second foul of the game with 10:58 remaining in the first quarter and Pacers coach Nate McMillan promptly subbed him out.

By the end of the first quarter, Cleveland led 33-18, and James’ 12 shot attempts in the opening frame were tied for the most he’s ever had in the first quarter of his career.

By halftime, James already had 29 points, more than the 24 points he had in the entirety of Game 1. Love had 10 points at halftime, more than the nine he had in Game 1. And Korver had nine points at the break, easily outpacing the zero points on 0-for-3 shooting he had in four minutes in the series opener.

Yeah, I feel like it’s been a very complicated month in my mind, but I feel like I’m in a good spot right now and I’m ready to play.
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Korver, who says he has a really deep bruise in his right foot that bothered him for the last several weeks of the regular season, is cleared to play in Wednesday’s Game 2.

He was a shell of himself in Game 1, playing just four minutes and going 0-for-3 from the field with a turnover in Cleveland’s 98-80 loss to the Indiana Pacers. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he came down with a sickness after the game that caused him to miss Monday’s practice.

I couldn’t sleep I was coughing so hard, Korver said, sucking on a lozenge in between answers.

Needless to say, it has been a trying time for the 15-year veteran.
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Roy Finch, ex-Sooners and current CFLer, arrested for assault

A former University of Oklahoma football player who now plays in the Canadian Football League has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an Oklahoma police officer.

Oklahoma County Jail records indicate Roy Finch, 26, was arrested on Sunday for assault on a police officer, possession of marijuana and other charges. Records indicate Finch remained jailed Monday but don’t indicate if he’s represented by an attorney.

The Angels could not have scripted a better start. Shohei Ohtani continues to dazzle on the mound and at the plate. Mike Trout ranks among the league leaders in home runs, runs scored, RBIs and extra-base hits. Ian Kinsler homered in his first at-bat with the club after returning from the disabled list. Put it all together, and the Angels are off to their best start in franchise history. — Paul Casella, ESPN Stats & Information

The Mets continued their hot start, becoming the 22nd team in the World Series era (since 1903) to start 11-1 or better. Will that start yield postseason success? Of the 21 teams to start 11-1 or better through 12 games before this season, only eight made the postseason, and only three of those won the World Series: the 1955 Dodgers, 1966 Orioles and 1984 Tigers. Of the teams to start that hot in the past 30 seasons, none has even won a playoff series. — Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

Dormady, who began the 2017 season as the Volunteers’ starting quarterback, will join the Cougars as a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play immediately. The Boerne, Texas, product returns to his home state to compete with Houston quarterback D’eriq King — who started four games at quarterback last season — for the starting job.

Last season, Dormady started the Vols’ first five games before being replaced by Jarrett Guarantano. Dormady also underwent shoulder surgery that cut his season short. He finished his Tennessee career with 1,282 passing yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions in 13 career games (five starts).

The 6-foot-4, 222-pound Dormady was a four-star recruit coming out of Boerne High in 2015, ranked as the 14th-best pocket passer in the nation. He backed up longtime Tennessee starter Joshua Dobbs for two seasons before getting his first career start last season.

He joins a Houston depth chart that has three other scholarship quarterbacks — King and freshmen Clayton Tune and Bryson Smith — but lacks experience, as Tune and Smith have yet to attempt a collegiate pass.jets_056

The Ravens have interest in WR Dez, but is the feeling mutual?

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Roseman, though, said Monday that in America there is something called presumed innocence, via Jeff McLane of That suggests the Eagles will stand by Bennett.

Here’s how good it was: — Cornerback Marshon Lattimore (first round, 11th overall) was Pro Football Focus’ninth-rated corner as a rookie. — Ramczyk (first round, 32nd) was Bill Mazeroski Jersey PFF’s number four tackle, and top-rated rookie. — Safety Marcus Williams (second round, 42nd) was PFF’s top-rated rookie safety, and 12th-rated overall. We had him with a low first-round grade, Payton said. If we got him low in the first round, that would have been fine with us. — But when they took Williams, Payton figured the skill player he wanted badly, Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara, was gone.

Win or lose in the series finale, the A’s have created the type of home buzz they thought was possible when they opened the season with a highly anticipated set against Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels.

But Oakland didn’t take advantage, losing three of four as they saw their attendance dip from 27,764 on Opening Day to 16.644 by the time Ohtani dominated them in his major-league pitching debut in the series finale.
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A’s manager Bob Melvin admitted he saw the Free Baseball experiment as getting a second chance to make a first impression, and he was gushing after the 13-hit onslaught.

It was loud, he said. I really wanted to put on a good show for them, and our guys did right away.

Oakland thrilled the packed house with a five-run first, ignited by a two-out homer by Jed Lowrie.

The homer was the A’s second in two nights. Matt Olson contributed one to Monday’s 8-1 win.

Fulmer (0-1, 4.66 ERA) hasn’t allowed a homer in his first two starts of the season. He’s coming off a 6-5 defeat at home against Tampa Bay, a game in which he suffered his loss.

Manziel had a little more work to do on his second rushing touchdown.

He escaped the pocket and stiff-armed a linebacker before diving for the pylon. Of course, Manziel’s ability to improvise was never really in question. If an NFL team is going to give him another shot, he’ll have to prove he can consistently do the little things that all good quarterbacks have mastered and avoid mistakes. Throwing a second-half interception won’t help his case, but he does have the option of going to Canada if NFL teams aren’t sold yet.
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Say I go first round or third round, if I get that chance I’m going to remain on that team. They’re going to love what I bring to the table.” Miller comes by that self-confidence naturally. That’s why he ignored Joe Young Womens Jersey a couple of offers from Football Championship Subdivision schools in order to walk on at his hometown university.

And he left with a handful of receiving records: 238 catches for 3,590 yards and 37 touchdowns for his career. He topped his own single-season marks with 96 receptions for 1,462 yards, helping Memphis rank No. 25 in the final Associated Press poll.”It’s just fun to me,” Miller said of playing football.”I feel like a person shouldn’t do anything if they don’t enjoy doing it.

According to the DA’s office: The victim told responding sheriff’s deputies and Los Gatos police that Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times.

The DA’s office reports the alleged victim was bruised and sustained a ruptured ear drum.
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General manager John Lynch, coach Kyle Shanahan and others with the organization have spoken to Foster multiple times since his arrest. The 49ers likely did not know the nature of the allegations the DA’s office would report 鈥?or they remain unconvinced that is really what occurred.

In a statement the 49ers issued approximately 90 minutes after the formal charges were announced, the team described the allegations as disturbing.

The 49ers stated Foster’s future with the team will depend on what is learned through the legal process.

Jazz clinch playoff spot in crowded Western Conference

Quin Snyder wasn’t too concerned about the pressure of a win-and-in situation for his Utah Jazz.
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Now, he and the rest of the Jazz can rest easy.

Man, every day we talk about it. Honestly, I don’t want to play them first. Can’t lie, Morris said after Boston’s off-day workout Saturday. I don’t want to play them first because it’s my brother and we’re going to war. When I go out there — I’ve been telling [my teammates] this is war time. It’s like fighting for your life out here, and I’d hate to see my brother in the first round, to have to be that bully to my brother when I know it’s gonna be like.

The Celtics are locked into the No. 2 seed in the East, and entering Saturday’s action, the Wizards were their most likely first-round opponent, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.

Kevin Seifert of ESPN spoke to several coaches who were strongly against the use of in-game video and their objections were summed up pretty well by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer felt that video would make it too easy to make the kinds of adjustments that separate better coaches than their less-talented brethren.

If I’m looking at the video, I’ll never be wrong, Zimmer said. I’m against it because I think it takes some of your true coaching skills away and it makes it even for everybody, for good coaches and bad coaches. 鈥?We come in on Monday morning and start watching the tape. And you say, ‘Oh that’s what they were doing.’ Now, you wouldn’t. So I can do this at six minutes in the first quarter and say, ‘Oh here this is what they’re doing. Here’s how they blocked this.’ And I can coach my guys on what’s happening. Whereas in the past, you have to rely on your skills to figure it out.

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Nat Berhe visiting Steelers

The Steelers are hosting free agent Nat Berhe, Art Stapleton of reports.

Berhe, 26, spent his first four seasons with the Giants after they made the safety a fifth-round draft choice in 2014.

He played 15 games last season, making two tackles and a sack. In his career, he has played 38 games with two starts, making 35 tackles, a sack and forcing a fumble.

Berhe, though, would help on special teams, and the Steelers have tried to add to that unit this offseason. Pittsburgh had interest in Matthew Slater and Michael Thomas.

This is an unusually favorable week of hitting matchups for the San Diego Padres, thanks in large part to their beginning it with three games at Colorado’s Coors Field. Add a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants’ bruised and battered pitching staff, and this is a good week to chance it with some of their widely available hitters: Jose Pirela (available in more than 90 percent of ESPN leagues) is routinely batting in the upper third of the lineup; Hunter Renfroe (available in roughly 85 percent) should see regular playing time in Wil Myers’ (DL, arm) absence this week, while batting fourth or fifth; and Christian Villanueva (roughly 95 percent) has been stealing time from Chase Headley at third base. It’s also a likely week for leadoff man Manuel Margot to get his season rolling.

Hall has played 11 seasons, including nine with the Bengals after they made him the 18th overall choice. He has played 142 games with 108 starts and has made 27 interceptions and 115 pass breakups.

Highlighted by conversations with TSN’s Jason Brough and “The Keeper of the Cup” Howie Borrow, Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan debate the draft lottery situation as well as barrel down the last days of the playoff race, including injuries of note and more. Listen »

Wyshynski: I’ve seen a few of my colleagues here proclaim a lack of trust in Kinkaid, to which I’d ask whether they considered the alternative: Schneider has been a slice of Swiss cheese gently laid atop a sieve for the past two months. Like Philipp Grubauer of the Washington Capitals, should Schneider see action, we just don’t know what we’ll see from him. We do know this: Sergei Bobrovsky, for all his regular-season mastery, has an .887 save percentage and a 3.63 goals-against average in 18 appearances for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. He has made 14 starts in the playoffs; three of them fell under the parameters of what defines a quality start. I love Bob — just a little less so in the postseason.flames_014

Panthers spoil Bruins’ bid for top seed in East

The Bruins didn’t seem like the team Bryce Harper Jersey with the most to gain until it was too late Sunday night.
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Roberto Luongo came off the bench to shut down Boston in the third period, and the Florida Panthers dashed the Bruins’ hopes of getting the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-2 win.

The Bruins trailed Tampa Bay by a point heading into the regular-season finale but couldn’t top a Panthers team that was eliminated from postseason contention Saturday.

You would have hoped the urgency would have been there with an opportunity to win the division, Bruins forward David Backes said. We had it in the third, but needed it right from the get go.
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Boston will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round beginning Thursday night. The Leafs were 3-1 against the Bruins in the regular season.

Florida starter James Reimer left in the third with an injury, and Luongo came in and stopped eight shots over the last 8:07. The pair combined to make 41 saves.
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Henrik Borgstrom, Frank Vatrano, Maxim Mamin and Evgenii Dadonov scored for Florida.

Would have been easy for them to come and in and shut it down but it’s a competitive league, Bruins forward Brad Marchand said.

Boston had been unbeaten in regulation over its last 11 home games and had beaten Florida in 12 of 13 overall.

Boston lost in the first round last year to Ottawa in six games after failing to make the playoffs the two previous seasons.

Marchand failed to score in the Bruins’ final six games, and David Krejci has one goal in 16 games. … Borgstrom scored his first career goal. … Florida D Keith Yandle tied his career high with his 48th assist.

Beckham has made it clear he wants a new contract at a higher price, but when general manager Dave Gettleman was asked about the report at the annual NFL owner’s meeting, he said, Yeah, I can read. I got nothing to say. However, Co-owner John Mara said the team would listen to trade offers for Beckham.

Beckham is coming off a season-ending ankle injury in which he missed 12 games, but he holds the NFL record for fewest games to 200 catches and fewest games to 3,000 career receiving yards through his first three seasons.

He put pitches where he wanted to, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said, noting that Scherzer was able to throw his cutter to some spots where we didn’t have a chance to hit it.

By the end, Scherzer was still reaching back for 95 mph pitches, finishing things off with strikeouts of pinch hitter Charlie Culberson and Ender Inciarte.

Kind of like he got stronger as he went, too, Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. Last couple of innings were his best.

Tucker, Freeman hit 3-run HRs as Braves stop Nationals 13-6

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Freddie Freeman and Preston Tucker each hit a three-run homer, and Atlanta handed Washington its first loss with a 13-6 victory over Bryce Harper and the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Third baseman Johan Camargo and catcher Tyler Flowers are on the disabled list, but the Braves’ 41 runs through five games is the team’s best offensive start since 2006. The Braves’ 56 hits are tied with the 2008 team for the Atlanta record through five games.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first for Washington, and Cole added his first career Richie Ashburn Youth jersey homer in the second. Leading off the third, Harper continued his hot streak with his fourth homer in the last three games.

Atlanta ace Julio Teheran was charged with five runs in 2 1/3 innings, ending his streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings against Washington. The right-hander threw 89-mph fastballs on the homers hit by Zimmerman and Cole.

We honestly thought we would continue with Ticketmaster, said Chad Estis, the team’s executive vice president of business operations. But we have a commitment to have the best in class and we thought that SeatGeek’s technology from a fan standpoint and the ease of use and flexibility on the back end with our folks internally made this deal the right one.

The Cowboys aren’t the first team to opt out of the Ticketmaster deal. The Detroit Lions switched primary ticketing to Veritix for the 2013 season but will return to Ticketmaster for the 2018 season. The Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, who signed with SeatGeek in November, will be the only teams not currently part of the league deal.

The move is consistent with the history of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who famously struck deals with Pepsi and American Express in the 1990s, when the league had deals with Coca-Cola and Visa. The NFL sued but eventually dropped the case.