Baker Mayfield’s agent says Patriots were prepared to trade up to No. 2 if QB was available

On draft night, Baker Mayfield could have ended up as a New England Patriot, according to the quarterback’s agent.
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Jack Mills said on Andrew Brandt’s podcast that New England was prepared to trade all the way up to the No. 2 overall draft slot in order to pick Mayfield, if he was available. But Mayfield was selected by the Browns with the top pick.

They had 23 and they had 31 and they had two seconds,Mills said during the podcast. We thought, ‘That’s going to be a heck of a move, to get up that high from where they are.’ And, of course, (Mayfield) wasn’t available. So, we never knew if that was reality or not.

At the end of the day, the elimination of a play the NFL already has diminished will not sink football, but it could play a role in the long-term preservation of the game.
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Roosevelt started that preservation process more than 100 years ago. In 2018, the sport’s evolution remains ceaseless. We should be used to it by now.

The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is suing the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA, saying that when they sought a restraining order in 2014 to block Monmouth Park Racetrack from taking bets on the leagues’ games, Monmouth Park lost out on gaining some $139 million in revenue.

During the intervening years the Leagues’ actions nearly put Monmouth Park out of business, inflicted significant financial and emotional hardship on hundreds of innocent Monmouth Park workers, and jeopardized the continued viability of New Jersey’s entire equine industry,the lawsuit says. The leagues lost the fight to prevent the spread of sports betting. Now they’ll have another fight over the actions they took to try to prevent the spread of sports betting.
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I don’t think people should be staying in the locker room, but still it’s good, President Donald Trump told Fox News about the NFL’s anthem policy. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn’t be playing. You shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.

Eagles’ Lane Johnson didn’t like arrogant Patriots ‘talking sh—’

Super Bowl 52 may have been three months ago, but Lane Johnson is still riding Philadelphia’s victory.

During his Tuesday appearance on Steve Austin’s podcast, the Eagles offensive tackle discussed how his team was treated poorly and elaborated on how the Patriots got under his skin leading up to the championship game.

The Eagles won the franchise’s first Super Bowl with a 41-33 win despite being the biggest opening underdogs since 2009.

Worrilow was signed in April to add competition to a group that includes Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Corey Nelson, Joe Walker, Nathan Gerry and Kamu Grugier-Hill.

The combined record of the Cowboys’ opponents is exactly .500, at 128-128 last season, putting them in the middle of the pack in unadjusted strength of schedule. Here’s breaking down Dallas’ schedule this year and what it means for the team’s chances of making the playoffs for the third time in five seasons.

Toughest tests: Games against the Eagles, Jaguars and Saints mean the Cowboys will face three division winners in AT&T Stadium. None will be intimidated by Jerry World. Between those and the Titans game, the Cowboys finishing above .500 at home will be a challenge after last season’s 3-5 mark.

Romine followed Andujar’s homer with his first of the season, a blast to center that capped his 3-for-5 afternoon.

Right fielder Aaron Judge was 0 for 4 with a strikeout and walk. He’s now is hitless in 15 at-bats over his last four games. His average is down to.282, the lowest it’s been since April 3.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius, mired in a 1-for-52 slump, was benched for the second game in a row. He’ll be back in the lineup on Monday when the Yankees open a road series against the Texas Rangers.

Bird, whose rehab assignment was transferred from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, appears to be just a few days away from being activated from the disabled list. “I think it’s reasonable sometime within the next week you will see him,” manager Aaron Boone said Sunday. Recovering from March ankle surgery, Bird traveled on Sunday to Pawtucket, R.I. to meet up with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which begins a four-game series there on Monday night.

Way-too-early 2018-19 fantasy basketball rankings for points leagues

It’s never too early to look ahead to the next fantasy season, right? Sure, things will change dramatically after the NBA draft and free agency, but the point of these rankings is to give an initial reset of value as we enter the offseason.
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2018-19 rookies aren’t included here, nor are incumbent guys who likely will be benched for those rookies. Players who were injured last season are put back into more reasonable slots, and players who shot up the rankings during the garbage time of the NBA season are pushed back into their more likely range moving forward.

This list should be a good resource for fantasy managers in keeper leagues who are considering the future, and it also should help establish reasonable ranges to ArDarius Stewart Jersey then be modified as the offseason plays out.

Elfrid Payton doesn’t have a clear team or role for next season. But, he finally got a haircut, which means that he should actually be able to see the rim, which can only help his shot.

Markelle Fultz was the No. 1 pick in the last NBA draft, and after his shoulder injury robbed him of a rookie season, he enters next season as a major enigma. Presumably, like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, Fultz will get the chance to have a fresh rookie season and make more of an impact next season.

Which is how a player can go from being as cold and ineffective as Curry was in the first two games of this series to what happened Sunday night, when he erupted for 18 of his game-high 35 points in the third quarter of Golden State’s 126-85 blowout win over the Rockets at Oracle Arena to give the Warriors a 2-1 series lead.

Game Womens Morris Claiborne Jersey I always say you never lose confidence, Curry said. A lot of it was just talking to myself, almost like you’ve got to be your biggest fan sometimes.

Everybody’s human, Curry conceded. But consistently, that’s what’s gotten me through some tough times and really keeps my perspective right when games go well too, because it can change quick.

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Dismissed sexual assault case against Lions coach Matt Patricia had at least five witnesses

Dale Hunter Limited Jersey The prosecution’s witness list in the sexual assault case against Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia included a nurse, a doctor, a police detective, a police officer and a college friend of the alleged victim, according to court documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press.
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The South Padre Island police department does not have a computerized record of the investigation. Police officials said Friday that in 1996, the retention policy for police records was only 10 years. But the department is currently going through old storage files Womens Tracy McGrady Jersey manually to see whether a paper record of the police report still exists.聽

In the Patricia case, the NFL coach has聽adamantly maintained that he is innocent and that聽he was falsely accused.聽

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When asked whether he was in the hotel room on the day of the alleged incident, or if any consensual sex took place, he would only say:聽Again, I did nothing wrong, and that’s all I’m going to say on that matter.聽

The Lions organization is standing by Patricia. The NFL has said it is investigating the alleged incident.

Gibson was roughed up his last time out. He gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks with a pair of home runs and struck out five in an 8-3 loss Friday.

Unfortunately the home runs got to me, Gibson said after Milwaukee bumped his ERA from 3.43 to 3.96. I’ve been doing a better job this year trying to avoid those and keep the ball in the park, and the story of the night is home runs and walks.

Gibson is 6-7 with a 5.59 ERA in 16 starts versus Detroit.

The Twins have been active on the transaction wire over the last 24 hours. They signed 31-year-old first baseman Chris Carter in a deal with the Angels on Tuesday night, assigning him to Triple-A Rochester. Earlier in the day, recalled outfielder Ryan LaMarre from Rochester after designating right-hander Phil Hughes for assignment.

Hughes had a 6.75 ERA through 12 innings this season. He began the year in the starting rotation but was moved to the bullpen after two unimpressive starts as he struggled to recover from rib surgery.

Former Rams, Seahawks coach Chuck Knox dies at 86

The football world has lost one of its mainstays in the coaching ranks.
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Knox coached the Seattle Seahawks from 1983-1991, leading them to winning records in six of nine seasons. Knox’s Seahawks got off to a hot start, winning nine games and reaching the AFC Championship Game in the coach’s first season at the helm, and won 12 games the following season before a Divisional Round exit.

Seattle posted a 3-4 playoff mark during his tenure. The coach who finished with an 80-69 record in Seattle was inducted into the franchise’s Ring of Honor in 2005.

During a media session on April 16, coach Sean McVay complimented what he categorized as really good dialogue with Donald, who enters the final year of his rookie contract on a fifth-year option.
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The Penn State product should come close to 1,500 yards from scrimmage; only eight players reached that mark last season. In their first seasons, Hunt and Kamara listed among those names.
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Clive Walford came out of Miami with high potential as a receiving tight end. He flashed some upside when he caught 28 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie.

Walford suffered a knee injury in an ATV accident during the 2016 offseason, and his production seemed to level off at his rookie numbers. He didn’t show much improvement in his second year, and then he became an afterthought Earl Thomas III Womens Jersey when the Oakland Raiders signed tight end Jared Cook last offseason.

After playing just 130 snaps with the Raiders in the previous year, Walford can put a disappointing start to his career behind him with the New York Jets. Looking at the bright side, he caught six touchdown passes in Oakland and didn’t struggle with constant focus drops.聽

Bills acted properly in team president’s resignation

The NFL has determined the Buffalo Bills acted properly in the aftermath of team president Russ Brandon’s resignation amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female employee. The league released a statement Friday saying it will take no further action against the Bills.

Brandon told the AP he had contemplated stepping down from the job for some time, and felt the timing was right following the conclusion of the NFL draft. He did not respond to follow-up questions regarding the alleged relationship.

The Giants ‘ approach to building depth at wide receiver is akin to buying all the lottery tickets in one convenience store and believing odds are one has to hit.

Behind one of the NFL’s best tandems in Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham, the Giants have nine other wide receivers on the 90-man offseason roster.

Two of the nine are in rookie minicamp this weekend — undrafted signing Jawill Davis and futures contract signing Amba Etta-Tawo — alongside five other tryout invitees.

But the picture isn’t getting any clearer — and probably won’t until the 10 offseason training assignments that begin May 21 and include 11-on-11 offense-versus-defense drills.

I think it’s a little bit easier to catch the ball versus air, head coach Pat Shurmur said, so we’ll start to be able to evaluate the receivers as a whole once we can be as competitive as we can be with the OTAs. I think that will start to separate what we think of the wideouts.

With the exception of a special three-day minicamp granted to first-year head coaches just before the draft, the Giants’ veterans have been prohibited from 11-on-11 during the offseason thus far.

It goes to reputation of the organization, certainly. … This is kind of the exact thing that a lot of these teams fear.

Suhajda said the background checks that he’s run for professional teams have been all-encompassing searches that sometimes take weeks to complete.

Typically, job candidates authorize teamsto delve into any financial issues, any criminal issues, any social issues or litigation matters, so you’re not worried about what legalities there are, Suhajda said.

His firm uses legal research sites like LexisNexis, where Patricia’s arrest is easy to find, and TLO, plus more personal legwork that can include visiting a perspective hire’s former places of residence and even providing a team’s anonymous tip hotline to friends or colleagues who may be reluctant to spill potentially damaging information about someone they know.colts_095

How Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly reacted to boos at Yankee Stadium

As soon as Joe Kelly stirred in the Boston Red Sox bullpen at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, the taunts began.
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Making his first appearance in the Bronx since an April 11 benches-clearing brawl at Fenway Park in Boston sparked by a Kelly hit by pitch, the relief pitcher didn’t think much of potty-mouthed remarks hurled his way.
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Nothing I haven’t heard before, Kelly said.
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We just wanted to hang out with each other, whether that was playing spades or aces or watching Monday Night Football or having a dance party, whatever it may be, said Ray Moran, Patricia’s former teammate, coach and frat brother at RPI. We were all really tight, and especially the fraternity guys, were extraordinarily tight, and the football guys were really tight. I don’t think we ever mis-enjoyed a moment together.

After college and a year as a graduate assistant coach at RPI, Patricia spent two years as an engineer before returning to football.

He worked as an assistant coach at Amherst for two seasons and then spent three years as a graduate assistant at Syracuse before joining the Patriots as a low-level assistant.

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T.J. Green ready for new start in Colts’ new defense

T.J. Green hasn’t lived up to the expectations the Colts put on him by making him a second-round choice in 2016, but in fairness, the defensive back hasn’t had a chance.
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He played only one season as a starting safety in college, arriving at Clemson as a receiver. Then, last season, the Colts switched him to cornerback in training camp, starting him at his new position after only three weeks of practice.

The pitchers really haven’t taken advantage of the conditions, sporting a middling 4.27 ERA to date. The bats have done the job, averaging an impressive 4.7 runs a game, notwithstanding a bottom 10 home run rate. Some of the low power output is the homer-suppressing nature of PNC Park, but some is weather. It hasn’t affected Gregory Polanco, but Corey Dickerson, Josh Bell and Colin Moran can in part blame the cold air for their paucity of pop. Acquiring someone from that trio shouldn’t cost much, yet could yield profit as the Midwest warms.

It was an unusual offseason as four of the six hires were on teams with playoff aspirations. The trends to look from new field bosses are how they manage the bullpen and the running game, along with general tendencies for platoons and resting regulars.

Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox — When you have Craig Kimbrel at your disposal, managing the late innings is straightforward. Though, in the occasions where Kimbrel isn’t available, Joe Kelly has been asked to handle the ninth.

They’ve made it abundantly clear from the word go, as soon as this past season ended, what they’re going to try to do, said former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, now a CBS analyst, via Tom Rock of Newsday. Keep the team together, fix it up a little, let Eli be the quarterback and try Ozzie Smith Youth jersey to win this year. This is not ‘we drafted Saquon to win and get in the playoffs in three years.’ It’s about this year. They put a lot of pressure on themselves. I understand what they’re doing.
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Simms said he believes Manning, at 37, has good years left in him. Therefore, the Giants didn’t need to draft Manning’s replacement yet.

Thirty-seven? Big deal, Simms said. I was 38 and went to the Pro Bowl [in his final year of 1993].

How safe will the kickoff have to become to save it?

After years of simply trying to reduce the number of kickoffs, changes finally are being made to the kickoff play in an effort to make it safer. So how safe does the most dangerous play in the game have to become before the NFL will choose permanently to keep it?
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In a new online question-and-answer session with fans, Packers CEO Mark Murphy offers a summary regarding the current status of the kickoff.

Is it 1:1? Or is 2:1 good enough? No one has provided that information, yet.

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The Knights’ swarming forecheck can pin opponents for long stretches.

The team’s bond with the city itself was tested early when, a week before the home opener, a gunman opened fire on a country music festival at Mandalay Bay on the Strip, killing 58 and wounding nearly 500. Defenseman Deryk Engelland, who has made Las Vegas his offseason home since playing for the local minor league team in 2003, delivered groceries to the local firehouse. Some players visited the hospital, while others showed up at blood drives. At the opener, the team brought 26 first responders to the ice and in an emotional pregame ceremony gave Engelland the mic. “We’ll do everything we can to help you and our city heal,” he pronounced. “We are Vegas Strong.”

His teammates showed little mercy, texting him panoramic photos of their helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and Snapchatting selfies from backstage at an Avicii show. Bellemare sulked — and renewed his passport, with an expiration of 2023. That’s good, his mother, Frederique, told him, because it means one day you can live in the United States — and live there for a while.

“I didn’t say shut up,” Bellemare says now. “But I was thinking, ‘This is bulls—.'” After all, the NHL was little more than a pipe dream for the 28-year-old — even his own coaches on the French national team told him to give up on the idea. “You’ll see,” Frederique said at the time. “One day we will be laughing about this.”

A year later, Bellemare helped lead Skellefteå to a second straight title and signed as a free agent with the Flyers. Now the left winger is an alternate captain for the Golden Knights in their wildly successful inaugural season. “So now I’m not just traveling to Vegas, I own a house in Vegas,” he says. “I have a wife and child here. I sometimes have to think, ‘How did my career end up like this?'”

His unselfishness as a playmaker in transition has really stood out, as well. He does a great job of pushing pace, identifying shooters such as Redick and Marco Belinelli and driving toward their defender before shoveling the ball back for an open 3.

They have a wealth of capable defenders after taking 13 in the expansion draft; none profiles as a traditional No. 1, but none is overtaxed either. Then there’s Fleury, a stud goalie who posted career bests in save percentage (.927) and GAA (2.24) in his age-33 season.

Coach Gerard Gallant is a fitting leader for this ragtag bunch. He became somewhat of a meme last season when he was fired by the Panthers at a road game. Cameras captured him outside Raleigh’s PNC Arena waiting for a taxi. Since moving to Vegas, Gallant has downloaded Uber but maintained his simplicity. canucks_683