Month: April 2018

Inside the film sessions that helped turn Donovan Mitchell Jersey into Utah’s No. 1 option

Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder, remote control in hand as he sits in the spacious, state-of-the-art film room at the team’s practice facility, rewinds the clip of Donovan Mitchell drilling a corner 3-pointer, replaying it a couple of times on the large projector screen.
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Lue continues to have Love trap pick-and-rolls 25-plus feet from the rim, even though doing so opens holes everywhere. The Cavs were so worried about Turner slipping behind Love, they parked a third guy at the foul line — Jordan Clarkson here, about 30 feet from his actual man — to help before the pick-and-roll really even got started:

You can understand Brandon Crawford Authentic Jersey this: Make anyone but Oladipo beat you. Cleveland allowed less than a point per possession on trips when Love defended the screener — a stingy mark, per Second Spectrum.
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[Irving] sent us a message before the game today, just telling us what to expect, said Shane Larkin, one of Boston’s ball handlers thrust into a larger role due to Irving’s season-ending knee surgery.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart is with the team for its playoff series against Milwaukee to honor the wishes of his mother, Camellia, who told her son last week she’s been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. Smart said his mother told him to be with his squad.

We have a lot of guys in here that have never seen a playoff game, Larkin said. So he really gave some words of advice today and we all read it, made some comments back, and he just had an open conversation with us and he’s definitely helping off the court now that he can’t be out there with us fighting.
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He’s definitely still locked in with us every single game.

Players on both teams wore extra layers, many with neck wraps or head shells. Fenway Park, usually packed with fans, was less than half-full in conditions that made it feel more like a New England Patriots home game in mid-December. The Red Sox posted an announcement offering free hot chocolate to fans from the middle of the fifth inning on.

Heath Hembree (2-0) worked two innings of scoreless relief. Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his fifth save.

Sale gave up one run and two hits in five innings, striking out eight and walking two. Orioles starter Dylan Bundy (0-2) allowed three runs — one earned — on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts, two walks and two wild pitches.

After a recent rash of arrests for Jets players, the team’s owner said he is standing by the players.

Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson said Sunday he believes the team should support wide receiver Robby Anderson and linebacker Dylan Donahue, who were both recently arrested.

“I’m really disappointed, but I think these guys deserve the support of the team,” Johnson said at the NFL league meetings. “They deserve a second chance. We have a really good support system at the team. I think we can help these guys. My patience isn’t infinite. I expect these guys to straighten up and I’m going to talk to them about that.”

Anderson has been arrested twice in the last year. His latest arrest came in January when he was pulled over for speeding and arrested after he resisted arrest. The police report said he allegedly threatened to sexually assault the police officer’s wife.

Johnson was asked what he would tell a parent who purchased an Anderson No. 11 jersey for their child.

Johnson said he’s confident the Jets will do “something special” with the No. 3 pick.

“I’m hoping so,” he said when asked if this is seminal moment in franchise history. “We’ll know a little bit more as we get past the draft. I don’t think we’ll know for sure until we’ve had a few games under our belt, don’t you think? Speaking as a fan, which I am first, I think this is a really exciting time in the history of the Jets.”

“While I take full responsibility for this suspension, I want to clarify that my test showed traces of a banned stimulant from a pre-workout supplement bought over the counter,” Mauro said in a statement. “While I didn’t and would never intentionally put anything in my body that was a banned substance, I wholeheartedly honor and respect the NFL’s drug testing policy and I take full accountability. I want to thank the entire Giants organization for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to compete and help bring another championship to such a storied franchise. I look forward to overcoming this adversity I’ve ultimately brought upon myself and will do everything I can to contribute to this team winning football games.”

Mauro followed new Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher from the Cardinals. He is expected to compete for a starting job on the defensive line.

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Browns not expected to pursue Dez Bryant Jersey

The Browns, fresh off signing Jarvis Landry to a mega-deal, are not expected to pursue three-time Pro Bowl receiver Dez Bryant, who was cut by the Cowboys on Saturday, multiple sources tell
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The Browns signed their own three-time Pro Bowler, Landry, to a five-year extension on Friday worth about $75.5 million, including total guarantees of about $47 million.

General manager Marty Hurney signed veteran Ross Cockrell to fill the void, but he’s an average performer. James Bradberry still needs a running mate.聽

Iowa’s Josh Jackson is an ideal system fit due Carmelo Anthony Jersey to his zone-coverage skills, route recognition and ball skills. The unanimous All-American’s eight interceptions and 26 defended passes led the FBS last season.

Jackson isn’t a true cover corner, but he’s an ideal defender for the Panthers’ zone-heavy scheme behind a talented front seven.聽

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said there is no problem with Brady’s current contract and that the team wasn’t focused on getting him a new, lucrative deal.

He’ll be 41 when the season starts, Kraft told the Athletic. Neither side has an issue with it. If it becomes an issue, we’ll deal with it.

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At the moment, Brady is coming off a two-year contract worth $41 million. He’s expected to make a $14 million base salary in 2018 and, if he chooses not to opt out in 2019, make $14 million that season.
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Wesley Johnson Jersey visiting Detroit

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The Lions are hosting offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.
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Johnson, 27, has played 41 games with 24 starts.

The Steelers made him a fifth-round pick in 2014, but Pittsburgh waived him October 11 of his rookie season. The Jets claimed Johnson off waivers.

In our ongoing study of how to make the game better, we just seemed to see more lowering of the head, Cowboys executive Stephen Jones, who sits on the competition committee, said. Always we’re looking at ways to improve and make the game safer. And when you look at the plays where the players are dropping their head, we’re doing a good job of catching it after the fact with fines and things of that nature, but probably can do a better job of making the call on the field that hopefully we’ll even emphasize more. Darryl Morris Womens Jersey Heads-up football.

Prescott said he had heard the speculation that Bryant could be released throughout the offseason, but I can’t say that I actually thought that it would fully happen.

The Cowboys made a serious run at signing Sammy Watkins at the opening of free agency, which would have ended Bryant’s tenure with the team in mid-March. Eventually, they signed Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson. They have visited with and worked out almost all of the top receivers in the draft, including Calvin Ridley, D.J. Moore, Courtland Sutton and James Washington.

Bryant’s production decreased since he signed a five-year, $70 million contract in 2015. He battled through foot and knee injuries and was hurt by ineffective quarterback play in 2015 after Tony Romo was hurt. Prescott and Bryant finished strong to close the 2016 season (six of Bryant’s eight touchdowns came in the second half of the season), but they never got on the same page in 2017.
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Junior Galette played for Jay Gruden in 2017 and could play for Jon Gruden in 2018.
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(Interest) started picking up for me a little bit after I had a big game at the Senior Bowl, said Hunt, who ultimately was selected in the third round out of Toledo. People wanted to start meeting with me, having me visit and stuff like that. It definitely meant a lot.

Hunt allows that Kansas City’s offense might change a little bit this season with Watkins’ arrival and the stronger-armed Mahomes replacing Smith. But just how many tweaks made by coach Andy Reid and new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy won’t be known until down the road.

Warriors star Stephen Curry is sidelined with a knee injury and Kerr has said that he will miss the first round of the playoffs.

I’m comfortable with our team, Warriors forward Draymond Green said. I know we’re a damn good team. Excited to get started in the playoffs. That’ll be good for us. But I’m comfortable with what we’ve got. I’ve got a lot of confidence in this group.

Donovan Mitchell continued making his case for Rookie of the Year with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists Sunday afternoon. Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports
Game Womens Paul Krause Jersey Utah didn’t just become the first of the six teams (the others being the New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets) in a heated battle for the final five playoff spots in the West to clinch, but it’s surging as it heads into the postseason.

I think everyone else overlooked what we Dmitry Kulikov Authentic Jersey could do, Ingles said. We didn’t [though] from Day 1. I think that the group that we had from the kind of day we got together knew what we could do.

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Judge issues warrant for Aldon Smith’s arrest

Aldon Smith failed to show in court Thursday, violating a protective order stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident, TMZ Sports reports. A judge in San Francisco issued a bench warrant for Smith’s arrest.

Smith’s attorney argued Smith had never missed a court date and told him he planned to attend, per TMZ.

How did the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner (and 2014 first-round draft choice) fall this far? Let’s take a closer look at the 800-plus days since Manziel last played in the NFL.

January 2015: In Week 17 of the 2015 season, Manziel visits Las Vegas, wearing a wig to hide his identity, and misses a mandatory concussion treatment on the morning of the Browns’ final game. In an interview with Uninterrupted’s “The ThomaHawk Show” podcast last month, Manziel says: “What a complete lack of respect for an organization that was trying to stick by me,” he says. “What just a completely selfish decision.”

Ketel Marte (B), 6 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants (LHP Derek Holland): Marte has been hitting from the No. 2 spot, where he should be in line to score some runs. The Diamondbacks are also one of the clubs still including the stolen base in their offensive repertoire, an area in which Marte can contribute.

C.J. Cron (R), 6 percent, Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox (RHP Miguel Gonzalez): With Brad Miller on the disabled list, nursing a left groin strain, Cron should see regular playing time. It’s curious the Rays haven’t used him more versus right-handed pitching as his career wRC+ without the platoon advantage is 111, compared to 94 versus southpaws. (For those unfamiliar with the stat, wRC+ is a park-neutral form of weighted on base average (wOBA) where 100 is league neutral, so a mark of 111 is noteworthy.) Gonzales is a fly ball pitcher, vulnerable to power hitters from either side of the plate. Cron enjoys a hefty park upgrade, on the road in Guaranteed Rate Park.

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Free-agent S Eric Reid Jersey says he doesn’t plan to protest during anthem

Former 49ers safety Eric Reid remains unsigned, but he told reporters he’ll stop protesting during the national anthem if he’s picked up by an NFL team.
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I’m not saying I’m going to stop being active because I won’t. I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country and improve on the issues happening in this country, Reid Authentic Chris Stewart Jersey said, via NBC Sports. I don’t think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem. I say ‘during’ because it’s crazy that the narrative changed to we were ‘protesting the anthem,’ and that wasn’t the case. I think we’re going to take a different approach to how we’re going to be active.

Reid was selected by the 49ers as a first-round pick in 2013 and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. He has 10 interceptions and 36 passes defensed in 70 career games, and despite the protests, general manager John Lynch thinks Reid is stuck in a safety market that’s been quiet.

Eric played and played well for us last year, Lynch said. I would anticipate things starting to shake for him. We’ll see.

Spangenberg’s dangling glove hit the top of the wall and the ball bounced out, dropping into the stands. The homer was upheld on replay review, and Green was ejected after vehemently arguing over what he saw as fan interference.

I’ve had calls overturned on us plenty of times when a fan’s finger or hands were over the railing and they touched the player’s glove or the ball and both of those things happened, Green said.

Spangenberg, with his back to the wall, played the ball well and timed his jump perfectly. He was dumbfounded when he came back down to the ground and realized the ball wasn’t in his glove.
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I felt it go in my glove and as I was bringing it back I felt something un-lodge it, he said. I went to throw it back in and I realized it wasn’t there. … From my perspective, I thought I saw and felt a hand touch the ball but I guess that’s not what they saw. It was a big home run at the time but we were able to escape with a win and that’s that counts.

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Browns GM John Dorsey completes wipeout of 2017 QB room by trading Kevin Hogan Jersey to Washington

New Browns General Manager John Dorsey recorded a hat trick Friday by trading a quarterback for the third time in less than a month.
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By shipping backup Kevin Hogan to Washington, Dorsey completed a wipeout of the quarterback room the Browns had last season when they became just the second team in NFL history to go 0-16.

Koetter’s first season as an NFL head coach went well with a 9-7 record. The Buccaneers developed into a preseason favorite to make the postseason in 2017. Instead, Tampa Bay finished with a 5-11 record.聽

The Buccaneers decided to retain Koetter despite the underwhelming performance. He’s now on a year-by-year basis, with Winston’s maturation key to the coach’s survival.

We’ll approach it that way. We’ve been under pressure before and we’ve had to prove it and come out and produce, and that’s where we are.

The Devils had a chance to improve their playoff seed, but a regulation loss Ezekiel Elliott Jersey sealed their fate.
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They will enter the postseason as the second wild card in the Eastern Conference following a 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday at Capital One Arena. The Devils finished the聽regular season 44-29-9.

As the second wild card, the Devils will get the winner of the Atlantic Division in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That will be either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Boston Bruins, depending on the outcome of Saturday’s and possibly Sunday’s games.

Before the Capitals scored the final two goals, the Devils managed to tie it to start the third period.
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After assisting on the Devils’ first two goals, Patrick Maroon scored to make it a 3-3 game. He took a crossing pass from Pavel Zacha in the left circle, and his high shot found the net 2:04 into the final period.

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Things are moving quickly for the Broncos and punter Marquette King. Denver is expected to sign him to a three-year deal, a source tells Mike Klis of 9News (on Twitter).
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King was released by the Raiders late last week without much warning. Apparently, new head coach Jon Gruden was not a fan of King’s outspoken personality, but that did not dissuade other contenders from expressing interest in him. The Vikings quickly got in contact with King and it did not take long for the Broncos to get down to brass tacks with his agent.

The injury still didn’t prevent Jeffery from leading Eagles wide receivers with 768 yards and nine touchdowns, adding 219 yards and three touchdowns, including a remarkable grab in the end zone against the Patriots on a Larry Johnson Womens Jersey throw from Nick Foles.

Jeffery impressed the Eagles enough to receive a lucrative contract extension a 4-years, $52.5 million a in December, less than a year after signing a one-year deal.

Still, Jeffery was not himself, which might a at least, in part a explain why he only managed 57 catches off the 120 times he was targeted. Jeffery’s catch-rate of 50.4 percent ranked 106th (of 118 eligible) among receivers who played at least 25 percent of a team’s snaps.

Torgersen played his college football at Penn before hooking on with the Falcons as a UDFA in 2017.

The Cleveland Browns already traded away one incumbent backup quarterback; a second is attempting to move on as well.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported QB Kevin Hogan has requested and received permission for his agent to seek a trade out of Cleveland, per a source informed of the situation.

And I think being able to play in two systems that I have a lot of respect for with New Orleans and New England, you can really evaluate a variety of routes. And they were moving him around, playing in the slot, playing outside. And that’s the thing that you’re excited about is this guy’s got the ability to create in a variety of ways. And there’s really no limitations in how you can utilize him.
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The Patriots didn’t view Cooks as a No. 1 receiver, and according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, despite Cook’s numbers, he wasn’t a great fit in the Patriots’ offense.
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NFL passes rule to prevent helmet-to-helmet hits, but it could lead to more controversy

The NFL’s effort to make football safer was expanded Tuesday by league owners who voted to approve a rule that seeks to take head-first collisions out of the game.

Discussions about curbing the worst collisions in the sport led to the drafting of a new rule that quickly went to a vote.

The exact verbiage and application of the rule won’t be finalized until the next NFL owners meeting in May. It won’t mirror college football’s targeting rule exactly, but it’s a concerted effort to change the way football is changed at all levels.

Which is more likely for Ohtani in 2018: hitting 20 home runs or winning 10 games

In my mind, I think it’ll struggle, Dallas Cowboys COO Stephen Jones, a member of the competition committee, said earlier this week. There’s reasons for it. I certainly understand it. It’s certainly a big penalty. But at the same time, what we don’t want to see is more and more intentional pass interferences where players are tackling guys and things of that nature to keep them from scoring. The Jets proposed that all defensive pass interference fouls should warrant a 15-yard penalty unless the contact is intentional and egregious, which would instead be a spot foul.

I thought Harvey attacked the strike zone pretty good, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. Thought it was interesting to see him go out and compete like that. Good job by him.

Jerry Blevins (1-0) retired Odubel Herrera with two on to end the sixth. Seth Lugo followed with two perfect innings , striking out four.

Lively gave up six hits and walked one as the Phillies fell to 1/3 in Kapler’s first season at the helm. The right-hander struck out five.

Belichick’s trade history isn’t enough alone to call this one a win for the Patriots, but given that he managed to rent a star wide receiver for a year at the cost of a sixth-round pick when other teams are paying premiums to bring in backups, it’s pretty clear that the greatest coach in league history is on another level altogether.patriots_095

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