Yankees’ Brian Cashman calls ex-Devils GM Lou Lamoriello New York’s best of last 50 years

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman still has plenty of respect for former Devils architect Lou Lamoriello.
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Cashman, who is also a Devils fan, is still friends with the聽new president of hockey operations for the New York Islanders, and according to a report from The Athletic, Cashman believes Lamoriello’s work with the Devils made him the best GM in the metropolitan area in more than a generation.

He’s going to eliminate anything that’s between where they are now and the ultimate goal of being a Stanley Cup contender, Cashman told The Athletic. Anything that could erode that, take away from reaching that goal, he’ll get rid of it.

He’s followed by Damon Allen,聽brother of Marcus Allen, who previously held the record with聽72,381. Warren Moon amassed 70,553 total yards when combining his CFL and NFL stats. The New Orleans Saints’ Drew (70,445 in the NFL) will almost surely surpass Manning early in the 2018 season and might overtake聽Calvillo in 2019 if he maintains his prolific pace.

Five times a CFL quarterback has surpassed 6,000 yards in a season聽鈥?Doug Flutie holds the record Authentic Ben McLemore Jersey with 6,619 in 1991聽鈥?and two have more than 600 yards in a game (Matt Dunigan had 713 in a 1994 contest). No NFL passer has reached any of these thresholds.
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Flutie and Moon were superstars in Canada before returning to the U.S., where Moon built a Hall of Fame career.聽Ricky Williams played for Toronto聽in 2006 while in temporary NFL exile. Before becoming a Pro Bowler with the Dolphins, Cameron Wake had 39 sacks in two seasons for the British Columbia Lions. Jeff Garcia, Chad Johnson and Brandon Browner are part of an extensive list of players who appeared in both leagues.

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Mike Williams working to get “haters” on his side

The Chargers made wide receiver Mike Williams the seventh overall pick of last year’s draft, but his contributions were limited during his rookie season.

Williams missed the preseason and early part of the regular season with a back injury, and then missed more time with a knee injury sustained once he did get on the field. Williams wound up with 11 catches for 95 yards in 10 games, which he attributes to a lack of “rhythm” with quarterback Philip Rivers caused by his absences from the lineup.

Williams’ approach to the 2018 season has been to focus on increasing his flexibility and getting help from Keenan Allen in order to erase doubts about whether the Chargers made the right choice last year.

San Francisco can push into the playoffs with the help of a fourth-placed NFC schedule that also includes playing the Arizona Cardinals twice in 2018, but they aren’t Super Bowl contenders until we see proof defensively. Last year, the 49ers were 26th in points allowed.

Boston’s Jayson Tatum also was selected Tuesday to the first team, falling one vote short of unanimous. Simmons, Mitchell and Tatum are the three finalists for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Tuesday that “somebody made a mistake” when asked how Tatum missed out on being a unanimous selection by one vote.

The NBA noted that the individual balloting of voters won’t be revealed until after its award show following the season.

“He’s had an unbelievable rookie year,” Stevens said of Tatum. “I know that any awards that come his way is well-deserving.”

Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (93 first-team votes) and Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen (76) rounded out the first team.

“This is one of the best draft classes in the past 10-15 years, or they say since ’03,” Kuzma said. “Just a credit to the level of talent that has come into this league and really took it by storm and everything.”

Cowboys defensive line looks as deep as it’s been in a long time

Tyrone Crawford was asked last week if the current Cowboys defensive line was the best he’s seen in his time in Dallas.
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I mean, are you talking about when Ratliff, D-Ware, Spence and Hatcher were all here? Crawford said.
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How soon they forget.

I’m more excited to get this thing going than ever, Crawford said. The defensive line, we’ve got a lot of weapons and with what we’ve shown so far in workouts, I’m excited to see these guys on the field. It’s going to definitely be a fun year. I’m ready for everything Coach Marinelli has to coach us and we’ll see how it goes.

We want to be great partners in this league, and we also recognize Hard Knocks gives fans a special opportunity Jordan Martinook Youth jersey to learn more about our team and players. Organizationally, we are confident about where we are headed, but we have a lot of work to do in order for this franchise to earn the respect of our fans on the field. We understand winning is ultimately most important to our fans. We’re looking forward to partnering with HBO and NFL Films to show how our team is working hard at training camp to prepare for the 2018 season.

The entire situation invites speculation as to what kind of deal was struck to get the Browns to do it. Will Cleveland/Canton get the 2020 draft? (The 2019 draft reportedly is earmarked for Nashville.) Will the Browns get something else that they’ve been trying to get behind the scenes?

Plenty of teams simply don’t want to do Hard Knocks, and the NFL surely doesn’t want to create the impression that any team is being forced to do it (although a truly involuntary participant would make the series a lot more compelling). So teams that agree to do it without kicking and screaming likely are getting something for their trouble.
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If not, then they’re just suckers.

Report: Eagles turned down trade with Browns, who offered 35th pick for Nick Foles

The Browns wanted Nick Foles, offering the 35th overall pick to the Eagles for the Super Bowl LII MVP, Mike Silver of NFL Media reports. The Eagles presented the deal to Foles, who said he would prefer to remain in Philadelphia.
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What makes the Panthers’ sale price truly staggering, however, is that it’s nearly a billion more than what Terry and Kim Pegula paid for the Buffalo Bills less than four years ago.

Granted, the Bills are the least-valuable of the 32 NFL teams, according to Forbes’ 2017 valuations. But that alone can’t explain the exorbitant jump in price. These are the Panthers that Tepper is buying, not the Patriots.聽
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Joe Mullen Limited Jersey For months now, the critics and naysayers have been sounding the alarm on the NFL. TV ratings are cratering! Fans have turned their backs on the league because of player protests during the national anthem!

But what Tepper’s purchase shows is that the NFL remains America’s undisputed king. Owning a franchise is as close to a guaranteed moneymaker as there is.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Giants co-owner John Mara (who essentially runs the league) said Tuesday that further discussion regarding the anthem issue will happen on Wednesday. Mara also said that he expects a resolution.

Even if there’s a resolution, the issue will hardly be resolved. As previously explained, the NFL gave players the right to protest during the anthem, the NFL confirmed the right to protest during the anthem when Colin Kaepernick began to protest during the anthem in 2016, and the NFL reiterated the right to protest during the anthem when President Trump launched an all-out attack on the league and its players. How can the league simply remove that right unilaterally, with no negotiation, discussion, etc. regarding the situation?

The fact that the owners reportedly are considering potentially clunky outcomes like letting the home team decide whether protests can happen (ensuring that protests will never happen in states where the fan base would be the least inclined to accept it) or imposing a 15-yard penalty on any team with players who protest confirms that owners still don’t understand why players protest 鈥?and that owners simply want the issue to go away, primarily to ensure that President Trump (a man for whom Micheal Haley Jersey many of the owners privately and/or publicly have little or no regard) will simply leave the NFL alone.

Setting expectations for Giants rookies

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The Giants, I had heard a little bit from a scout and from [offensive line] Coach Hal Hunter, Brown said Saturday prior to his second rookie minicamp practice. So, I knew they聽were interested in me a little bit, but聽I knew they didn’t have many picks in the draft later in the draft which is where I figured I’d have my opportunity at.
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So, had a feeling they weren’t going to draft me in the fourth or fifth when they had their last pick, but I also knew that I had a decent opportunity here. That’s why聽I ultimately chose them.

I think he’s going to get even better as the series goes on, which is good for us, Kerr said of Curry.

The Warriors, who are the second seed in the West, opened a playoff series away from Oracle Arena for the first time since 2014 when they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 4-3 in the opening round.

Houston struggled to slow down Durant all night, and things got even worse when Trevor Ariza picked up his fifth foul with about 10 minutes left in the third with Golden State up by 3. Durant made two baskets for the Warriors around one by Chris Paul that left the Warriors up 73-68 a couple of minutes later.

Davis was a three-year starter at Georgia and compiled 184 tackles with five interceptions, 12 pass breakups, 4.0 sacks, and 11.5 tackles for loss while appearing in big games such as SEC Championships, College Football Playoff games and a National Championship loss to Alabama.

I think they competed well, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said of Haley and Davis on Saturday. There is Authentic Mariano Rivera Jersey going to be competition at all spots and certainly we’re going to depend on those younger players to really get in the mix and try to make the team. But they did a good job in their first day.

There is plenty of opportunity for Haley and Davis given that Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple are the only proven cornerbacks, along with William Gay currently on the roster.

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Vikings exercise 2019 option on Trae Waynes

The Vikings drafted a cornerback in the first round last Thursday for the first time since they drafted Trae Waynes in 2015.

The arrival of Mike Hughes isn’t a sign that the Vikings are looking to a future without Waynes, however. The Vikings announced on Monday that they have exercised their option on Waynes’ contract for the 2019 season.

The option is guaranteed for injury only and sets Waynes up to make a base salary of just over $9 million.

Iyiegbuniwe (Pronounced: JOEL-from-WEST-ern-ken-TUCK-ee) recorded 116 tackles for the Hilltoppers last season and performed well at the combine. He runs well and can play in space, making him an athletic-upside pick who can be useful in pass coverage. The Bears already drafted a perennial Pro Bowler at linebacker in Roquan Smith. Taking a late-rising project behind him is just gilding the lily.

So adding the 2019 option (guaranteed for injury only) gives them some cost-certainty in a rebuilt secondary. Randall joined first-rounder Denzel Ward and free agent pickups E.J. Gaines, T.J. Carrie, and Terrance Mitchell, for a team that needed the reboot.

Malik Jefferson, Texas: Big 12 defensive player of the year in 2017, his fluid movement and strength led to 110 tackles last season. Athleticism allows him to attack effectively when he’s aimed in correct direction but can work against him when he fails to correctly diagnose a play. Could be another signal Vontaze Burfict is done after Cincinnati added Preston Brown in free agency.

Rasheem Green, DL, Southern California: Pete Carroll picks up a Trojan for a defensive line that lost Michael Bennett and may soon say goodbye to Cliff Avril. 

Martinas Rankin, OL, Mississippi State: Houston might try him all along its offensive line, which makes sense because it’s a serious weak spot. That’s dangerous considering QB Deshaun Watson is on the road to recovery following knee surgery.

Russell Wilson Expects To Be Franchised In 2020

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s current contract runs through the 2019 campaign, but he expects to be in Seattle beyond next season. Wilson and his camp expect the Seahawks to deploy the franchise tag in 2020, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
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Barnwell can be seen pacing again while the woman lies on the ground and makes a phone call before trying to wake her. He then picks her up and walks off camera. About 40 minutes later, he calls for medical help, police said.

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Wentz says that even after the injury, he isn’t going to change how aggressive he is as a player.
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As far as changing as a player, there’s just things that I’ll continue to learn through my whole career, Wentz said. There’s times when you look back on the tape and maybe I should have avoided that (hit), know when to cut your losses. But overall, as an aggressive player, I’m not going to change, so to speak. I’m not going to let this slow me down going forward. I truly believe I’ll come back stronger than ever. Especially having to miss the playoffs, miss the Super Bowl. As exciting as it was there was just that little uneasiness inside of me to have to miss those games. I truly believe I’ll be back stronger than ever and I’m not too worried about it going forward.

As for potential issues between him and Nick Foles, Wentz is confident that it won’t come to that, due in large part to their friendship.

Just natural progression, one league executive told Yahoo Sports. The best ones will get paid big money. It’s good to be a quarterback in the NFL as Matt Ryan signed an extension that guarantees him $100 million.

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That was a little bit Jordan Crawford Womens Jersey of my fault, General Manager Chris Ballard said, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. Don’t blame that on the coaches. Blame that on me. Right when I got here, I figured ‘Let’s cut the field down for him.’ That was on me. And then he struggled in L.A. [in the season opener]. He’s a safety.
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Green is back at safety, with a new coaching staff in a new scheme and with a new start.

I feel like this scheme is built for players like me, Green said.

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I feel like there ain’t no time to waste, Green said. This is a business league. You have to perform. And that’s what I’m here to do. I’m here to produce.

Pittsburgh Pirates — Apparently, the memo concerning weather affecting play failed to make it to the Steel City as the Pirates have surprised everyone with their strong start at the plate, even though 14 or their 22 games started with a game-time temperature below 50 degrees.
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Greene says authorities knew the shooter admitted he lied about getting a gun from Greene and that they falsely told a judge Greene was seen handing over a gun on surveillance video. The suit claims defamation, malicious prosecution and other civil rights violations and asks for damages, remedial training for police officers in Elizabeth and the installation of an independent monitor to oversee the department.

Greene last saw regular season action with the Bears in 2014 and spent time with the Bucs and Lions before signing with the Chiefs.

In large part because Cora must find playing time for everyone, he has been giving more days off to the outfielders than the previous staff.

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Running back Jaylen Samuels is the first member of the Steelers鈥?2018 draft class to sign a contract with the team.
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The Steelers announced that Samuels, who was selected in the fifth round with the 165th overall selection, agreed to a four-year deal on Wednesday. The Steelers drafted seven players overall last month.

But they may not face that choice. The third year could become the inflection point in a bidding war between New Orleans and Dallas, or some unknown team. Is anyone willing to fully guarantee it? If not, is one team willing to guarantee more than the other? Does one team insist on the third year being a team option?

A two-year deal is over before you know it. It might be better than a one-year deal, since players coming off severe injuries are often more productive two years out. It would set things up so that deals for both Davis and Cousins expire at the same time — making it easier to transition into tank mode if things somehow go haywire.

Teams trading up to take a quarterback at No. 3 are doing so because they hope the outcome is going to Blake Griffin Youth jersey be exactly what Johnson has in mind for Darnold. Getting things to work out that way often proves to be more difficult, but at least Darnold knows that the guy on top of the organization is behind him all the way.

As a TV property, the NFL Draft has come a long way. ESPN had coverage to itself from 1980 to 2005. Led by Chris Berman and Mel Kiper, ESPN did a phenomenal job, establishing it as a marquee TV event.

The league added its own NFL Network cable channel to the presentation in 2006. This year’s draft will be aired by two broadcast networks (Fox, ABC) and four cable networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and NFL Network). For the first time ever, all seven rounds will air on broadcast TV.

We interrupt the NCAA tournament for a very important football announcement …
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Todd Bowles: I’m not inhibiting Sam Darnold

Mocking a question about his initial impressions of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, New York Jets coach Todd Bowles screamed and slammed his podium.

He was great! I want him to play right now! the normally subdued Bowles yelled Friday after the first rookie minicamp practice.

He used an exaggerated response to prove a point: Don’t draw conclusions after one day.

Fitzgerald was and is a safe, can’t-miss pick with an infectious work ethic, the kind every team would like to make a first-rounder every year.

It didn’t matter that Ware was coming out of Troy — not to be confused with either USC or the actual Alabama. Bill Parcells locked into his special talents as the transcendent 3-4 edge pass rusher the Cowboys’ defense needed.

Houston got third-round safety Justin Reid, third-round offensive lineman Martinas Rankin, third-round tight end Jordan Akins, fourth-round receiver Keke Coutee, sixth-round defensive end Duke Ejiofor, sixth-round tight end Jordan Thomas, sixth-round linebacker Peter Kalambayi and seventh-round cornerback Jermaine Kelly under contract.

The Texans didn’t have a first-round pick, trading it to move up and take Deshaun Watson in the 2017 draft. They lost their second-round pick in the trade that send Brock Osweiler to Cleveland last year.

Houston took Reid with the 68th pick, Rankin at No. 80 and Akins with the 89th choice.

On the other hand, by attempting to secure an acquittal in the court of public opinion, Patricia arguably has opened the door to a wide variety of questions regarding what didn’t happen — and what did — on the night in question.

Battling 30-mph winds with even stronger gusts, he completed only 11 of 21 passes for 85 yards and rushed for a rather empty 35 yards, with the defense barred from touching him. As a result, Murray failed to engineer a touchdown drive through the first and only half of the competition portion of the scrimmage.

On his first possession, Murray had a prime opportunity to electrify the Sooners’ spring-game crowd of more than 50,000, which braved 30-degree, wind-chilled weather to see what Mayfield’s heir apparent had in store for them.