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Sam Darnold could be the sixth USC player drafted first overall

Their draft position might be considerably worse this year, but their situation has improved remarkably. As Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell put it, they suddenly “don’t have a glaring need” anymore.

“[The media has] been around us where we didn’t have guys to line up with at this point of the year,” he said Friday, via The Florida Times-Union.  “Our first year here, we had to draft rookies and start them. Now we can take the best player available. We have needs, don’t get me wrong, but we don’t have a glaring need.” And that means the Jaguars won’t be forced to reach for a player, which is the point executive vice president Tom Coughlin made. “You’re not going to reach for a player,” Coughlin. “We know some people will drop, but will they drop as [low] as we are?”

But Piñeiro likes his and Townsend’s chances. “Oh my goodness, that would be amazing,” Piñeiro said during the team’s March 28 Pro Day. “I think we have the best chance if you look around the country.

Ready, fire, aim: NFL “instant” replay rules, born without foresight, continue to be altered in hindsight. Now, after another season of lunacy that weekly changed the outcome of games, the NFL will radically change pass-catch qualifiers. The league again failed to consider the rules’ in-game impracticality prior to installation.

Reader Vincent Gugliuzzo asks, “Do Tiger Woods’ playing partners drop out? After the first tee they’re never seen again on TV.”

Actually, Vincent, they must still be there as we occasionally see their ball-markers on the green.

When he clocked at least 30 minutes this season, he averaged 25.7 points. In the 10 games in which Embiid logged 35 minutes, he produced all-time great numbers (28.9 PPG, 11.6 RPG). The only player in NBA history to match that level of career production at those minutes? Some guy named Wilt Chamberlain.
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Nat Berhe visiting Steelers

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

The franchise endured a rocky maiden season in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Chargers have two picks in the top 50, including the No. 17 overall selection, and just enough salary-cap space to make room for a long-term Beckham deal. And while the offense doesn’t lack weapons, the Chargers could be motivated to bring in a megastar like Beckham for non-football reasons.

The Chargers often felt like the road team in their miniature temporary home stadium, and their future landlords—the Rams—have a clear advantage over them in the fight for Los Angeles pro football supremacy.

Over the past two years, he’s only 18th in the majors in batting average. By a proprietary club metric we call Owkwardly Paired Statistics, or OPS, he’s 10th. That’s very good! But it’s way, way behind the truly elite hitters, Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Remember: As a pitcher, Ruth already is the truly elite.

Now, hitters tend to age more predictably than pitchers. We might expect Babe to get better as a hitter as he matures but not necessarily as a pitcher. But Babe’s such an odd hitter: He strikes out way more than his peers. His 17 percent strikeout rate would be the highest of all time if he were a non-pitcher, almost double the league average. He also walks less than the average American Leaguer. There’s no doubt he’s strong and hits the ball hard, but his plate discipline is terrible, and his strikeouts suggest he might really struggle when exposed to more good pitching.

Two Houston victories rank among the greatest in World Series history. In Game 2, the Astros and Dodgers combined to hit a record five extra-inning home runs. In Game 5, the Astros rallied from deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 against Kershaw to win 13-12 on a walk-off RBI single by Bregman.

Springer: I thought Game 2 was the craziest game I’ve ever played in. Then we played Game 5. That’s something you can’t prepare for, especially at a stage like that. You hardly see a game like that in the regular season, let alone the playoffs. Game 5 was the most mentally and physically drained I’ve ever been after a game.

Reddick: Game 5 was the biggest turning point of the World Series. As hectic as that game was, to go back and forth, you had a feeling whoever won that game was going to move on and take it all. It makes it even more impressive when you’re down three against Kershaw and you’re like, ‘Oh man, it’s not going so well.’ Then all of a sudden we turn things around. It was definitely eye-opening.patriots_429

Danny Woodhead retires from NFL after 10-year career

[Trump defenders’ efforts to cast Mueller as tainted are gaining urgency]

White House officials said they did not believe Trump had explicitly ordered Sessions to fire McCabe in recent days. But he arguably did not have to: The FBI’s former No. 2 official had long drawn Trump’s ire, and the president has publicly called for his dismissal. Trump has been furious at Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller probe. White House officials said the embattled attorney general is perpetually trying to prove his worth to Trump and had to have known that firing McCabe would please the boss.

Once the 2018 regular season begins, Burfict earns a bonus of $140,625 every time he’s on the 46-man roster, protecting the Bengals from suspension and injury. That adds up to $2.25 million for the season. It is the maximum allowed amount by the collective-bargaining agreement.

According to the salary-tracking site www.spotrac.com, Burfict now stands to lose $896,470 in game checks, $223,529 in signing bonus money and another $562,500 in roster bonus money (a total of about $1.68 million) if he is indeed suspended for the four games.

Should he miss all four games, the linebacker will have lost over $4.06 million in game checks, adding in his 2016 and 2017 three-game suspensions for on-field discipline.

But when he signed his three-year, $35.5 million contract extension last September, the Bengals took very little risk. His $3.3 million signing bonus was guaranteed but paid out within 20 days of inking the deal.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Burfict will argue he was on prescribed medications following a concussion suffered on Dec. 4 and an injured shoulder suffered on Dec. 24.

Suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs are rarely overturned.

In 2014, the NFL changed the appeal process for PED violations to go to an independent arbitrator instead of assumed liability that whatever you put in your body is your responsibility. Players can hope for more of a fair shot in the appeal process.

Winning an appeal is still a rarity. The only cases of a player winning a PED appeal came in 2012 when Richard Sherman had his four-game suspension withdrawn after the collector of the sample compromised it from reported spilling.patriots_323

There are two big issues the supposed fix doesn’t address. One, the Patriots easily could be 0-4 in Super Bowls since Spygate.

“A perfect storm of issues” led to Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler being benched for Super Bowl 52, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday evening.

Butler, who because of illness arrived in Minneapolis a day after the rest of the Patriots, apparently didn’t practice well and, in a final complicating factor, violated a team rule “believed to be related to curfew,” according to the report.

Teams and coaches have always embraced the underdog role. The Eagles and Pederson brought it to a new level, as the team was motivated by the disrespect shown by oddsmakers who had the sixth-seeded Falcons and then the Vikings favored over the top-seeded Eagles.

The dog masks were a cute prop, but they sent a message of how the team and the proud city of Philadelphia felt when they were written off as injuries mounted. Besides Wentz, the Eagles lost All-Pro tackle Jason Peters, middle linebacker (and defensive signal caller) Jordan Hicks, elusive running back Darren Sproles, special teams captain Nick Maragos and kicker Caleb Sturgis.

They lost twice to the Giants, and unless you believe Seattle’s Russell Wilson intentionally tossed an interception at the goal line and Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan threw the game with play-calling, there is no cheat code for those New England victories. Had the Patriots lost those two games, the narrative around Belichick and Brady would be a hell of a lot different.

Two, there is never a good explanation for the entanglements within Goodell’s web. Does Goodell instruct officials not to call penalties on the Patriots? Do Belichick and Brady have knowledge of the situation? Is a ref patting Brady on the shoulder indicative of a league-wide conspiracy that if uncovered would destroy the NFL? If such conspiracy existed, millions would never watch again.bills_028

Bennett said he has remained in touch with Kaepernick on a weekly basis and wants to see Kaepernick signed by an NFL team.

“I’m hoping he has an opportunity to play,” Bennett said. “Obviously I believe that he’s had an impact in the country. You see what he started, taking a knee, and how he’s affected the communities from young children to even older Americans and finding a way to have an impact. I believe that if this conversation is happening with the commissioner and happening with our employers, his job situation should be brought up and it should have some kind of resolution.”

Bennett was among a group of eight Seahawks players in uniform who sat on the bench on the team’s sideline during the anthem Sunday. He said the status of Kaepernick is not the only issue of concern for the players.

Kenny Stills, WR, Dolphins: Stills is still widely available (owned in 44 percent of ESPN leagues) and while he won’t likely duplicate his 180-yard effort in Week 11 (with a touchdown), he has tallied more than 65 yards in four of the past five weeks and has been outperforming DeVante Parker. Stills has been better with Matt Moore at quarterback, and with Moore looking like he will be starting again in Week 12, that bodes well for Stills. Even if the ailing Cutler (see above) manages to start, Stills still warrants consideration if you’re in need of an WR2 or flex play.

Gruden has made no secret of his interest in Carr, and this is where the Raiders will be on the surest footing. Gruden’s acumen is in getting the most out of quarterbacks — he brought Rich Gannon to the greatest heights of his career and then won a Super Bowl in a season in which he used Brad Johnson, Rob Johnson and Shaun King as starters. And Gruden has surely paid the closest attention to the evolution of offensive play over the years he has been gone.

Hernandez’s professional career was not a long one. He played 44 NFL games, including the playoffs, in three seasons for the Patriots before he was arrested at age 23. He also played in 40 games in three seasons at the University of Florida, but research has found that football players suffer from CTE regardless of how long they play the game or what level they reach. Recent studies suggest that the accumulation of smaller hits can damage the brain as much — if not more — as the head-rattling collisions that might result in concussions.
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Bradley talks frequently about focusing only on what he can control.

He started to learn that years ago, when his career kicked off amid accusations of nepotism. He can’t change what people think. He can only learn, regroup and do his best. And there’s no way at this point he can soothe the hurt south of the border.

“I don’t spend two seconds worrying about any of this stuff. I leave that to everybody on the outside to comment on, to discuss. Ultimately it’s noise—needless noise—distraction,” he told reporters following the game at Red Bull Arena.

What he can do Saturday is help ease the pain from TFC’s loss in last year’s final, bringing a championship to a city that’s rarely, if ever, been ambivalent about him. He’s appreciated and adored, and he aims to return the favor.

I want to be the ace.” Stroman, 24, is only 5-foot-8, but he is a high-performance pitcher peak condition.As as he’s got body feeling great and I can train hard during the offseason and I still the game, I am going to come back and play as hard as I can.Moving to plays beyond the dunk, his scoring percentages dipped to a mere 58% from the field, but he led the team with a 15 per game scoring average.

Bet on it. The NFL, traditionally opposed to gambling as a threat to the game’s integrity, is certainly “evolving” on this issue. The league has embraced fantasy, invested in gaming integrity companies and now, of course, allowed the Raiders to move to the country’s gambling epicenter, Las Vegas. Meanwhile on the legal front the league is fighting the implementation of sports betting in New Jersey in the U.S. Supreme Court. Having attended the Court hearing this month, I predict a favorable outcome for New Jersey, which would set the stage for other states to jump in and permit sports betting. Along with other leagues, however, the NFL could continue to lobby for a federal solution. The clock is running, with a game-changing SCOTUS decision due in the spring. We are certainly at a moment in time for the NFL and gambling.

The financial future of quarterbacks such as Jimmy Garoppolo (I still don’t understand why the 49ers didn’t negotiate a contract upon the trade), Case Keenum, Kirk Cousins and perhaps Alex Smith. And, of course, Colin Kaepernick.

Whether, with leadership of the NFL and NFLPA secured for the future, there will be meaningful negotiations towards a new CBA.

He ranked 35th amongst all tackles Pass Blocking Efficiency on; not good, but not awful.I had no clue .Puck retreived by Cammalleri.

Pavel is a player who defined what it meant to be a skilled forward and a two-way player.He recorded 135 tackles, 16 pass breakups and seven interceptions during that stretch.The Packer fans I know uncle and friends can actually have a civilized discussion about how we think the Vikings and Packers do each year.
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The Raiders held on to defeat the Dolphins 27-24 in Miami on Sunday night.

The Dolphins scored a touchdown and followed with a successful two-point conversion to cut the margin to three in the final two minutes, but Oakland recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock to secure the victory.

After the game, Redskins coach Jay Gruden indicated that Thompson has a fractured fibula and will require surgery.

Things slowing down for Garoppolo: Jimmy Garoppolo watched the 49ers’ loss from the sideline, with C.J. Beathard somehow surviving a game in which he was sacked five times and hit on 16 occasions. Asked about his first week as a Niner and his adjustment to the playbook, Garoppolo said: “It was a bit of a whirlwind, but it’s starting to slow down, though.” Given the 49ers’ porous offensive line, Kyle Shanahan may be hesitant to put Garoppolo in regardless of how quickly he adapts.

The Seahawks got shocked by the other team from Washington, as Seattle’s one-dimensional offensive ways caught up to it a bit. On this short week, though, the Seahawks face a secondary that can be shredded. Expect them to shut down Adrian Peterson and rattle Drew Stanton while Russell Wilson rebounds with more big plays and less mistakes.

Texans receiver Will Fuller injured his ribs in Sunday’s 33-7 loss to the Rams.

Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater (hamstring) left Sunday night’s game against the Broncos and did not return.

The Saints had not have five rushing touchdowns in a game since 1979. They got a franchise-record six in their 47-10 rout of the Bills. Mark Ingram led the way with three scores and 131 rushing yards, but even quarterback Drew Brees ran one in from 7 yards out. nike_steelers_3449

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Saints control NFC South, but Panthers, Falcons in position to steal division

The NFC South was touted by some as the best division in the NFL before the 2017 season. It has been even stronger than expected, with the potential of three teams from the division making the playoffs. Consider that after Week 10, New Orleans, Carolina and Atlanta have a combined points differential of plus-154.

“It is different,” Fox said. “His brother [LaMelo] is the most famous high school player ever.”

Walters is less impressed.

“I don’t think anyone takes [Big Baller Brand] really seriously,” he said. “Have they sold shoes more than to curious people? I have friends that have sold that much on their own.”

In turn, the Jaguars can be put even in more control of game flow, meaning Bortles can improve as a better “game manager” than Peyton Manning was when the Broncos won it all going defense-heavy just two seasons ago.

From introducing a $495 signature sneaker to changing his shoes – and brand – every game at summer league, Lonzo Ball’s entry into the signature sneaker market is like nothing we’ve ever seen. What does it all mean for the multi-billion dollar industry?

The stars shined bright this week, as Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry and LeBron James all rocked special-edition sneakers. But who had the best pair?
Ultimately, there was a familiarity and love for the Swoosh’s sneakers that drove Fox’s decision.nike_steelers_1978

After holding off the Cardinals last Thursday, the Seahawks have a mini-bye before hosting the Falcons on Monday.

“We got some nice 2-point conversions,” said Wentz, who was 14 of 27 for 168 yards. “Now we’ve got to go back to the drawing board with our 2-point plays.”

The Cowboys appeared to have fixed the problems of missing injured left tackle Tyron Smith and 2016 All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee from a week earlier, when they allowed eight sacks of Prescott along with three Atlanta scoring drives following Lee’s injury in a 27-7 loss to the Falcons.

But after protecting Prescott fairly well before halftime, Dallas allowed three sacks and 180 of Philadelphia’s season-high 215 yards rushing in the second half. Lee’s replacement at weakside linebacker, Anthony Hitchens, left with a groin injury after halftime.

Prescott was 18 of 31 for 145 yards for a career-worst 30.4 passer rating before backup Cooper Rush took mop-up duty.

If Del Rio actually calls up (or signs) an actual cornerback this week and plays Melifonwu at safety for the majority of his snaps on Sunday, the rookie will get a chance to show his closing speed and athletic ability against the Broncos… in the high altitude of Denver’s Mile High Stadium.

Hammered by the Steelers last Thursday in one of their worst games of the season, the Titans have had a couple extra days to stew while getting ready for Sunday’s game in Indianapolis.

The Ravens have three shutouts this season and three of the previous four teams to accomplish the feat during that span won the Super Bowl in that season.

The 2017 Chiefs are looking like the 2016 Vikings, who started 5-0 only to miss the playoffs. Kansas City looks to snap its skid Sunday against the Bills.nike_steelers_715

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