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NFL Draft 2018 rumors: Browns shopping No. 4 overall pick

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The Browns hold a lot of power in Ray Allen Womens Jersey this week’s NFL Draft, owning the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks, but they may be looking to move back.
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According to ESPN, the Browns have shopped the No. 4 overall pick, looking to move back and acquire even more picks 鈥?they already have five in the first two rounds.

It’s believed Cleveland will select a quarterback with their top pick, with Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen most heavily linked. But the No. 4 overall pick could be prime real estate for another team looking to secure a QB.

Shane Lechler Authentic Jersey The Browns could get a sweet offer from the Bills, who also have two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 22). Should Cleveland move back outside the top 10, they could look to select Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey to replace retired star Joe Thomas.

Pham doubled leading off the seventh and scored on Marcell Ozuna’s single. Greg Garcia led off the eighth with a grounder that bounced off the glove of shortstop Amed Rosario, who didn’t get hit glove down and was charged with an error. Garcia advanced to third on Matt Carpenter’s single against Syndergaard and scored on Pham’s single off Robert Gsellman.

Martinez hit Brandon Nimmo twice and Todd Frazier once. Martinez has hit a batter in a team-record seven consecutive games dating to Sept. 26, matching Pedro Martinez and Dave Bush for the fourth-longest streak in major league history.

Both brothers out of Virginia Tech were selected in the first round. Tremaine, a linebacker, went 16th to the Ravens and Terrell, a safety, went 28th to the Steelers. They are the first pair of brothers ever drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.

However, Terrell was not supposed to be taken in the first round. In fact, some had a fourth-round grade on him. Because of that, he did not receive an invite as an individual into the green room.

He was there, however, to support his brother, who many gave a Top-10 grade.

But when pick No. 28 rolled around, Terrell got a surprise and heard his name called. He was the only player on the night to walk up to the podium without a walkout song because the NFL did not have one prepared for him.

Even better for Terrell, he was able to receive his jersey from Ryan Shazier, who walked out to the podium. The Steelers linebacker is still recovering from a spinal injury suffered during the 2017 season. Edmunds got two surprises and the NFL Draft got two great stories.

Fantasy baseball forecaster for Week 3: April 16-22

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Fantasy baseball’s Week 3 gets off to an unusually early start due to Patriot’s Day in Boston. As is the annual tradition, the Boston Red Sox game has an 11:05 a.m. ET scheduled first pitch on Monday, so make sure to set your lineups early, whether you play in a league with weekly or daily transactions. In a rare, bizarre scheduling twist, the Red Sox then hit the road for the West Coast, playing a game in Anaheim, California, at 10:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
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Ivan Nova (R), 14 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins: Conventional wisdom warns against chasing wins. But what if you need wins? Despite a road affair, the Pirates will likely be favored against the Marlins, with Nova the beneficiary. He’s protected by one of the best pitching venues in the league. So long as Nova doesn’t let Justin Bour beat him, he’ll keep the Bucs in the game.

Greg Holland isn’t ready to take over closing duties in St. Louis yet, but his second outing was more promising than his first. After walking four in his debut, Holland walked the first batter he faced in the encore, then retired the next three Brewers. Those who roster Bud Norris should hold tight for now, as it’s tough to usurp a guy punching out 12 with just one walk Womens Mario Chalmers Jersey in 6 2/3 frames.

He’s just got to get right to be able to start back on baseball activities, and then getting into and playing in games and coming out and getting through that, Boone said. When that is, I’d be guessing right now.

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The affable but grizzled general manager Thursday offered another reminder there is a new guy in charge and his attachments are few. Trading Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers was surprising, but not shocking, given JPP’s work on the field and the dent he put in the team’s finances.

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.

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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