Browse Month: April 2018

Leighton Vander Esch had a busy pre-draft travel schedule

Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is a man in demand as the draft approaches.
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Vander Esch made 11 pre-draft visits in 14 days, a fact that he confirmed during a Friday visit to PFT Live.
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He didn’t remember all of them off the top of his head. Here are the ones he was able to quickly recall: Eagles, Saints, Steelers, Ravens, Lions, Bills, Cardinals.
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Vander Esch will be making one more trip: To Texas for the draft. The notorious Vander Esch bus won’t be making the trek from Riggins, Idaho to Arlington, Texas, however.

The fact that this one came out of the factory in strong condition, survived for many decades in that same condition, didn’t get put in spokes or thrown away by mom is miraculous, said Heritage director of sports auctions Chris Ivy.

The [card] captures the attention of baseball fans, serious collectors and investors alike and this auction made it one of the most valuable sports collectibles in existence.The fraud case centering on Eli Manning’s alleged phony game-worn gear scheme will go to trial next month, a New Jersey Superior Court judge has ruled.

Bryant has not had a 1,000-yard season since 2014 and his last 100-yard game came November Prince Amukamara Jersey 13, 2016, giving him a 23-game streak without one.

Such a game today would be unimaginable. Torres would have been pulled after five or six, the game would have included 12 pitchers, not five, and would have run four hours.

Thursday, another rotten night to play baseball, one couldn’t help but notice while watching the game on Ch. 11 that Yankee Stadium again was close to empty.

Still, attendance was announced as 36,665 鈥?nonsense by about 20,000.

Monday, another miserable night empty house against the Marlins. The 8鈥娐?inning game ran 3:38. Attendance was announced as a laughable 32,526. But again, don’t believe what you see, believe what you’re told.

Baker Mayfield in his documentary: I want to go No. 1 overall

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Gang Green selected Darnold with the No. 3-overall pick on Thursday night, a slight surprise because Darnold had been projected to go No. 1 by many people for the past month.
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Bryan is still a very raw prospect, but the Jaguars had a pretty good line to begin with and he can learn from some veterans such as Calais Campbell.

Bryan gives them the potential for another disruptive interior rusher, as he has rare athletic ability for a player his size, who is still developing as a player since he only started for one year at Florida.

The Bengals had a good run in the draft in the earlier part of this decade with A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, but they have fallen off the cliff. They have not taken a Pro Bowl player since Eifert in 2013.

John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are in their second year trying to clean up the mess they Authentic Keenan Robinson Jersey inherited. Foster looked like he might be a steal in last year’s draft, but his recent legal troubles sound really serious and could derail his career.

The Browns have only won one game over the past two years, but they have drafted a bunch of players who look like they could be part of the team’s future. Schobert tied for the NFL lead in tackles last year.

The first practice of minicamp is in the books and quarterback Derek Carr made it sound like there was a bit more than just simple instruction going on during the session. Carr said Gruden threw everything at me during Tuesday’s practice and the result was that it felt far different from the first step in the journey.
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We went out there and we practiced and it didn’t feel like a Day One, Carr said, via the East Bay Times. We felt like we had been in it. We felt like we had been grinding. We felt like we kind of knew what we were doing, then just making little corrections. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, this is brand new.’ It just felt like, ‘This is what we do.’

One thing that may have helped Carr is the presence of offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who was in the same job during Carr’s first year with the Raiders in 2014. That helped speed up Carr’s learning curve this offseason and Gruden said the quarterback didn’t blink when faced with the things being thrown his way. The longer that’s the case, the better the chances of Carr and the Raiders bouncing back from a disappointing 2017 season.

Kershaw sharp, Dodgers end 11-game skid vs Diamondbacks, 7-2

Clayton Kershaw took care of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ long drought against the Diamondbacks.

Kershaw struck out 12 and pitched two-hit ball over seven innings as the Dodgers ended an 11-game losing streak to Arizona in the regular season, beating the Diamondbacks 7-2 on Sunday.

When you face a team like we’re going to face the Diamondbacks, four times in the first two months — same thing with the Giants — you can’t be predictable, Kershaw said. The slider was better today. I mixed some shapes on it, I threw it to the arm side a little bit more today.

Kershaw (1-2) gave up one run, on Paul Goldschmidt’s leadoff homer in the seventh, and has a 1.73 ERA after four starts. The Dodgers totaled just three runs in three previous starts this season by their ace lefty.

We’re here to play, goalie Devan Dubnyk said, and we’re fully capable of pushing hard.

The Wild will try to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2 when they host Game 4 on Tuesday night.

They have been physical so we’ve got to push back, said Jordan Greenway, who scored his first NHL goal just 20 seconds after Eric Staal sent a wrist shot past a struggling Connor Hellebuyck. Fighting pucks all night, Hellebuyck was pulled for Steve Mason at the second intermission.

Matt Dumba and Marcus Foligno bookended the furious middle frame with goals for the Wild, who won a postseason home game for only the second time in their last nine contests. Mikko Koivu and Nick Seeler each had two assists and Dubnyk made 29 saves, keeping the crowd loud all night.

Blake Wheeler and Tyler Myers scored for the Jets.

Mallex Smith (L), 8 percent, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies (RHP Ben Lively): Before long, it will be a given to check Smith’s availability if you need a steal or two. This being the last day of the scoring period, here’s another reminder that Smith’s speed is enough to bank on even though the Phillies are one of the better teams when it comes to defending the stolen base.seahawks_121

CFL, AAF could be potential Manziel destinations

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Surely, he hopes to be offered an NFL contract. It’s possible that a team will give him a spot on a 90-man roster before the draft or, even more possibly, after the dust settles on the draft and the post-draft land rush for undrafted free agents.

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He appeared in one game for the Texans last year but hasn’t thrown a pass in an NFL game. He spent parts of three years with the Vikings and was with the Patriots also.

Authentic Brynden Trawick Jersey The Panthers don’t have much of an answer behind Cam Newton since they allowed Derek Anderson to walk into free agency 鈥?where he remains. They have Garrett Gilbert on the roster, and figure to add one at some point during the draft.

Protecting the rights of a player to protest means so much more than allowing players who are currently employed by a team to protest. It also includes prohibiting activities that would tend to discourage a player from exercising his right to protest. Cutting a player for protesting is the most obvious contradiction of a player’s right to protest. Not hiring a player who intends to protest is no different than that.

These realities remain true even under the assumption that anthem protests are bad for business. If anthem protests are truly bad for business, the league knew or should have known that anthem protests would be bad for business in August 2016, when the NFL confirmed that players have the right to not stand during the anthem. And if at some point after confirming in August 2016 that players have a right protest the league realized that it’s bad for business and something should be done about it, the NFL should have changed its rule.

RGIII sees great opportunity to learn from Joe Flacco

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Robert Griffin III is back in the NFL after going unsigned for the entire 2017 season and the Ravens formally introduced their newest addition to the quarterback room at a press conference on Wednesday.
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Griffin said that his focus isn’t really on getting back to where he was as a rookie and that he wants to do whatever I can do to help the team win games. He is paying some attention to his personal growth as a player, however, and said that he is looking forward to the chance to learn from Joe Flacco.

Mariners: OF Ben Gamel (oblique) is expected to rejoin the Mariners in the next couple of days — likely before the homestand with Houston ends — after being on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. … C Mike Zunino (oblique) was expected to be the designated hitter for Class A Modesto on Tuesday and will play at least one more game in the minors before the Mariners consider bringing him of the disabled list.

Astros: Gerrit Cole (1-0) tries to replicate his last start where he struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings. Cole has recorded at least 11 strikeouts in each of his three starts.

Mariners: Mike Leake (2-0) looks to remain perfect on the season after getting a no decision in his last start despite allowing three runs in six innings against Oakland.

James became emotional, telling TNT, I’m a huge Pop fan. I love Pop. Such a tragedy. My best wishes go out to Pop and his family. That’s devastating news. The NBA family … we all stick together, compete every night. But something like this puts everything in perspective.

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Snyder peppers Mitchell with this sort of pop quiz throughout the session, prodding him to explain his thought process.

I believe it was this time, I told Ricky, I just want to jam the guy off me, Mitchell says, pointing out a detail a casual fan might not notice: a subtle screen Rubio set to force Celtics stopper Jaylen Brown to switch, leaving Shane Larkin on Mitchell.

You got it, you got it, Snyder says as the screen shows Mitchell coming off a pick-and-roll with Rudy Gobert and firing a simple pass to Rubio, who is wide-open on Authentic Dickie Moore Jersey the left wing because Brown has shifted all the way to the nail — the middle of the free throw line — to help.

New York is built on business and dreams.

We’re no stranger to the rise of new industry. And often, business is conducted in good faith and done with the best of intentions.
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However, as bad actors look to take advantage Andre Dawson Jersey of the system, industries can turn from practical to predatory. That is exactly what is taking place in the now-lucrative settlement-advance industry, also known as lawsuit lending.

Recent reporting by The Post and other news outlets has highlighted the urgent need for reform in this sector, which provides up-front cash to plaintiffs in lawsuits who promise to repay the money after winning a settlement or award in their case.

A simple Google search reveals the multitude of firms that peddle these loans in New York and the ways in which they aggressively advertise to vulnerable individuals 鈥?pointing up the need for reform. Indeed, we’ve heard horror stories about lawsuit-lending outfits that scammed retired NFL players seeking settlements from the much-publicized concussion case. There have also been reports about lenders who target #MeToo movement victims.

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But should Jets fans feel good about Maccagnan being the man in the big chair making that decision?

Should his selection of quarterbacks Bryce Petty in 2015 or Christian Hackenberg in 2016 give fans pause that Maccagnan will stumble when it comes to selecting the right quarterback to end the Jets’ four-decade search for one?

I’m very confident from that standpoint, Maccagnan said two weeks ago at the NFL league meetings. That doesn’t faze me. It’s the college draft. Guys you’ll hit on. Guys that don’t pan out, that’s part of the process. But we feel pretty good about this year’s group and where we’re situated.

Limited Mens Cameron Wake Jersey The question of trusting Maccagnan is one I have heard a lot of from fans in recent months. Maccagnan’s quarterback track record is not a good one with Petty and Hackenberg. Petty proved he was not the answer for the Jets in two stints as the team’s starter at the end of the last two seasons. Hackenberg? He remarkably could not even get on the field.

Why you’ll never boo Gabe Kapler for the same mistake twice

Gabe Kapler wants all those Philadelphia Phillies fans who booed him before the team’s home opener to know that he heard them and understands their inclination to vent when he makes a decision that backfires. It’s a long season, and he can’t guarantee he’ll be free from rookie growing pains.

If there’s one promise Kapler can make, it’s this: Nobody will boo him for making the same mistake twice.

Ogwumike: The true Rookie of the Year, who won’t win the award because of the actual Rookie of the Year.

Pelton: Fred VanVleet. Perhaps VanVleet has already broken out; he’s gotten plenty of love from the national media for his lead role on a Toronto bench that has been key to the Raptors’ success. Still, I think VanVleet has the opportunity to prove in the postseason that he’s more than just a spark plug off the bench by being one of Dwane Casey’s most trusted options to finish games with so much on the line.

The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday they signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a contract extension.

Ronnie Harrison, Alabama (6-2, 207): If Fitzpatrick was Alabama’s safety for a new era of football, Harrison was the throwback — a hard hitter primarily focused on separating the ball from the receiver. With prototypical size and speed, he could become a versatile piece if his coverage skills catch up to his run support ability.

Jack Cichy’s injuries are a major concern and will weigh heavily in his evaluation. He simply doesn’t have enough consistent tape to know what teams will be getting at the next level. Throw in his limited athleticism and teams will be guessing about where exactly he’ll fit with their teams. The instincts are obvious and Wisconsin’s staff clearly had high hopes, suggesting there’s enough there to warrant a look.steelers_033

Gray preached patience to the audience for the show that officially launched in the new year.

The trio in the middle of the WFAN vs. Mike & the Mad Dog spat came to their own defense on Tuesday for the first time, at least publicly.
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A week after Mike Francesa and Chris Russo mocked their old station as a whole, and the ratings of the afternoon hosts in particular, Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott responded with differing levels of distaste.

Carlin said he spoke to both Francesa and Russo, whom he worked for as a producer at WFAN, privately after their barbs. He also said he talked to Russo, who was critical of Scott before the new afternoon show launched, at the Super Bowl, and that the Sirius XM host refused to come on as a guest of the show.

Here’s the deal, Carlin said. We’re at a point now where we’re just trying to get this thing going. Can we compare r茅sum茅s? Of course we can’t. There’s nothing I or any of us can do about anything that anybody else says. So if they’re going to say what they said, that’s fine.

The one thing is we’re trying to do the show for the listeners, we are trying to gain your trust, Gray said. We are trying to build an audience, we are not trying to build a show for one or two people out there. We are doing it for all of you, we are trying to do something new from scratch. We are trying to do things the right way.

Let us just try and do what we are doing for a couple of months. We don’t feel like we need to use this time slot, platform to take shots unnecessarily.

The Dodgers called up infielder Breyvic Valera to fill the open roster spot.

Berrios (2-1, 2.18 ERA) has gotten off to a good start in 2018, sandwiching a pair of shutout efforts around a five-run hiccup through his first three turns through the rotation. He struck out a season-high 11 over seven innings in his last appearance, a 4-0 Twins victory over Chicago last Thursday.

That was masterful, Molitor said. Maybe one of his better outings — even after he threw a shutout (April 1 at Baltimore) — in terms of being in command of where you saw the baseball and using all his pitches.

He’s 2-2 with a 5.31 ERA in four career starts against Cleveland, which sends righty Carlos Carrasco to the mound.

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NFL owners approve Raiders’ stadium plan

The Las Vegas Raiders moved a step closer to fruition Tuesday.
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Game Nick Foles Jersey NFL owners voted to approve the Raiders’ $1.8 billion stadium plan, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority will review the project’s final details and vote on the plan Wednesday. Construction currently is scheduled for completion August 1, 2020. The Raiders received approval for relocation last March.

Of course, the easy answer is that perhaps high schools and colleges should amend their rules to stop being anti-fun, a position the NFL had to be dragged to a year ago.

But Tomlin, being a serious football person, said he didn’t pay much attention to some of the Steelers’ creative celebrations, which included a game of hide-and-seek behind the goalpost.

Tony Romo’s success on CBS led to renewed pursuit of Manning.

Instead, FOX will have to turn to Plan B. Kurt Warner is expected to be among those considered for the job, according to Marchand. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, retired quarterback Carson Palmer and retired offensive linemen Joe Thomas auditioned with the network.

ESPN is considering Olsen, Warner, Matt Hasselbeck, Louis Riddick and Randy Moss, among others, for the Monday Night Football job, via Marchand.

New Colts head coach Frank Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator the last two years, and he coached through Super Bowl LII without giving any thought to any other job. And then something surprising happened.

He became one of the most Chase Utley Jersey well-known kickers in NFL history because of his on-field success as well as his atypical build (6-foot-1, 260 pounds) and his history of run-ins with the law while at Florida State and in Oakland. The most recent came in 2011, when Janikowski was charged with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment stemming from a 2010 incident involving an alleged victim who was a female. Among his other legal scrapes was a 2002 DUI charge.
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Mike Shula: Odell obviously a vital part of our offense

Also promoting the league on CBS this morning were Charlie Ebersol, the founder of the league, and Hines Ward, who is serving as a consultant.
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Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Jazz’s play has been how it has come with a rookie leading the way.
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Mitchell, the 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft out of Louisville, is the fifth rookie to lead his team to the playoffs as the team’s leading scorer, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. Mitchell, who entered Sunday averaging 20.4 points, joins Carmelo Anthony (Denver, 2003-04), David Robinson (San Antonio, 1989-90), Chuck Person (Indiana, 1986-87) and Michael Jordan (Chicago, 1984-85) as the only rookies to lead their teams to the postseason while leading their teams in scoring since seeding began in 1983-84.

What’s concerning is how we’ve played the last three or games last week and how we’ve changed from the way we played before, Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky said. We are supposed to be playing great for the playoffs, improving in all things and now we are just struggling all over the floor. We have to really change it quickly.

The Wizards are just a game back of the Miami Heat for seventh and a game-and-a-half behind the sixth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
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The Leafs finished with a club-record 105 points — bettering the 103 earned in the pre-lockout 2003-04 season before the shootout was introduced to break ties — but will have to wait until the Boston Bruins play the Florida Panthers on Sunday to see where they open their next playoff chapter.

A win for the Bruins over the Panthers, who have been eliminated from postseason contention, would see Boston move into Chris Mullin Jersey first in the Atlantic Division and set up a meeting between Tampa Bay and Toronto.

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