Month: March 2018

Bizarre day: Braves P Mike Foltynewicz loses arbitration, welcomes new son

Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz lost his arbitration case with the team Saturday, but he had much bigger news in his life later in the day.
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The right-hander had sought $2.3 million, but the Braves’ offer of $2.2 million prevailed, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That virtually amounts to a rounding error in a multi-million contract.
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The coaches were satisfied with his performance even though he made only one interception.

Everything I’ve been through in the past two years, it’s been a struggle, absolutely, Price said. But I feel like I’ve gotten better from it. I’ve learned from it. I look forward to continuing to learn.

Price signed a seven-year, $217 million deal prior to the 2016 season and Boston wants him to be the 1B to Chris Sale’s 1A for years to come. However, if he wants to stay in the city, he is going to have to learn from the negativity surrounding him in 2017.

All he does is go back to free agency and get a larger deal.
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This is all water under the bridge now.

The Browns tendered Gordon as Authentic Cory Schneider Jersey an exclusive rights free agent, which means he can either play for the Browns or not play at all next year.

And Randall is making the transition to safety with the Browns, according to Mary Kay Cabot of, which is a move Randall is fine with.

If there’s any beef between these two this season, it’ll be limited to the practice field.

Chicago has been busy adding pitchers this offseason but was still in the market for an elite arm. Darvish, 31, has struck out an astonishing 1,021 batters in just 832 1/3 MLB innings throughout his regular-season career.

Bradley McDougald agrees to deal to return to Seahawks

Sixers fans have to be happy to have a team with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons right now, but architect Sam Hinkie wasn’t able to reap the benefits of his strategy, given that he resigned under pressure in April 2016. Likewise, Sashi Brown spent years losing and then turned over a clean cap and a historic amount of draft capital to Dorsey after being fired in December. The names have changed in Cleveland. Now, the plan is changing, too.
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Limited Youth Stephen Curry Jersey Scandrick, 31, is signed through 2019 with base salaries of $3 million and $4 million. If the Cowboys release or trade him, they would save $1.4 million against the salary cap.

Scandrick joined the Cowboys as a fifth-round pick in 2008 and outperformed their first-round pick from that year, Mike Jenkins. Scandrick served as a slot corner his first five years, becoming one of the best interior defenders in the league. He moved into a full starting role in 2013. Injuries took their toll in recent years, with the most severe a knee injury that cost him the 2015 season.

At last year’s draft, the Cowboys and New Orleans Saints talked about a deal involving Scandrick and safety Kenny Vaccaro, but the trade didn’t materialize. The Saints continue to have a need for a cornerback and could go after Scandrick again.

The future Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate was able to sign a three-year, $39.2 million deal one day after being released by the Seahawks, who didn’t want to pay him an $11 million base salary in 2018. Darren Fells Authentic Jersey

Brent Grimes will be back with the Buccaneers next season after agreeing to a one-year deal. AP Photo/Jason Behnken
An undrafted free agent out of Harvard, Brate was set to become a restricted free agent in 2018 but instead will be with the club through the 2023 season. His 14 touchdown catches since 2016 are third most among tight ends in the league.
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Grimes, a four-time Pro Bowler will who will be 35 this year, battled a shoulder injury in 2017 but still started 13 games, finishing with three interceptions and 11 pass breakups. In 2016, he led the NFL with 24 pass breakups and was arguably the Bucs’ best player on defense. He also has served as a mentor for first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves, who’s now entering his third year.

As the Pelicans approach the one-year anniversary of the DeMarcus Cousins blockbuster trade, it’s all quiet on the Cousins trade front.

Elite Kids Calvin de Haan Jersey The Sixers appear to have already found their franchise cornerstones, so filling out the pieces around them is now the priority. Michigan State’s Bridges would give Philadelphia a (theoretically) versatile defender with the ability to create offense off the catch from the 3-point line. The 19-year-old is one of the draft’s best athletes with plenty of potential to turn into one of the best role players in the 2018 class.
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As expected, the Hornets stood pat on Kemba Walker at the trade deadline. Now, they’ll look to inject their forward rotation with some youth and upside.

Kentucky’s Knox doesn’t have the statistical profile of the wings ahead of him, but his positional size is a positive in a draft sorely lacking at the position. Knox flashed his potential in a 34-point performance against West Virginia last month. He needs to show he can consistently knock down shots in order J.J. Jansen Youth jersey to move up NBA teams’ boards.

Offensively, Williams represents an enticing lob target out of ball screens. His opportunities have been limited with the Aggies, though, as he plays next to Tyler Davis, one of the top post-up bigs in the country.

If projections hold, the Clippers will have two lottery picks to replenish their roster with youth and athleticism following the Griffin deal. Here, Brown would give Los Angeles positional size, versatility and playmaking on the wing. The 6-7 freshman is one of just two first-year players averaging better than 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season.

That’s not to say Adams is a poor defensive rebounder. Westbrook leads the Thunder in defensive rebounds per game, but only 13.9 percent of those have been contested because Adams usually does the dirty work by boxing out the biggest offensive rebounding threat on the opposing team to give Westbrook an opportunity to grab and go. While there is a stat-padding element to those possessions, cutting out the middleman helps Westbrook, who leads the league with 6.2 transition possessions per game, put pressure on teams following missed shots.
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Adams could be more aggressive on the defensive glass 锟斤拷 he averages 7.6 defensive rebounding chances per game 锟斤拷 but he seems perfectly content leaving that to Westbrook while he focuses on grabbing offensive rebounds at a historic rate instead. It makes him an invaluable part of the Thunder as a whole, and a key to the individual success of Westbrook, George and Anthony.

Yup, just like last season, when it also was deathly quiet on the Cousins trade front after the Kings told Cousins they were intent on keeping him and re-signing him to a maximum contract north of $200 million.

Kevin Durant after ejection: Officials T’ing up players to get back at them

Warriors forward Kevin Durant said his ejection Tuesday was the result of official James Williams getting personal, something Durant believes is part of a trend in the NBA.

Durant told reporters after his team’s victory over the Knicks that Williams was looking to toss him “because he was still in his feelings” over Durant telling Williams in the first half he was wrong to call Durant for carrying.

Williams gave Durant a second technical foul late in the fourth quarter as KD was arguing being called for a personal foul. It was Durant’s 11th tech and fourth ejection of the season.

Jones has split six decisions in his career versus St. Louis while with the Sharks, but two of the losses came at home and San Jose failed to score in either contest. Aaron Dell lost in his only home appearance against the Blues last March 16.

St. Louis (35-26-5) is still in the mix for a postseason spot, but its hopes of playing past the regular season took a huge hit Saturday.

“I enjoyed my time in Milwaukee. There’s no regrets,” Kidd was quoted as saying. “We took an organization that was in a bad place and shined a light on it. They’re still young in running their race. Giannis is young in running his new race, as one of the best players in the world.”

Antetokounmpo is certainly one of the NBA’s best young players. Last season he earned the Most Improved Player Award as he made the All-NBA second team and the NBA All-Defensive second team. This season he is averaging 28.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, both career highs, and last week he was named an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive season.

ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported earlier Monday that Antetokounmpo was “devastated” after he learned of Kidd’s dismissal.

The Bucks (23-22) had lost four of their last five games heading into their matchup with the Suns on Monday night. Milwaukee held a one-game lead on Detroit for the Eastern Conference’s eighth playoff spot.giants_048

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Patriots won’t pick up option on Alan Branch, will keep Kenny Britt, sources say

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The New England Patriots have informed veteran defensive tackle Alan Branch that they don’t intend to pick up his $1 million option for the 2018 season, a source confirmed.
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Branch will become a free agent at the start of the 2018 league year on March 14.
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Branch played 25.7 percent of the defensive snaps in the 2017 regular season and finished with 12 tackles. He had been with the Patriots since signing on Oct. 24, 2014.

The Patriots did pick up wide receiver Kenny Britt’s $150,000 Andrej Sekera Jersey option, a source confirms. There are no other financial obligations for Britt.

Picking up Britt’s option bonus was widely viewed as an obvious move for the Patriots due to the cheap cost and Britt’s upside. Britt is scheduled to earn a base salary of $1.05 million in 2018.

Patriots receivers currently under contract for 2018 include Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell, Britt, Bernard Reedy, Cody Hollister and Riley McCarron. Edelman is coming back from a torn ACL that sidelined him for all of 2017 and Mitchell also missed the 2017 season because of a knee injury.

Receiver Danny Amendola is scheduled for unrestricted free agency and has stated his preference to return in 2018.

Of course I’m not playing this year so I’m able to be a fan this year. Any basketball player will tell you, no matter what team… and it’s hard for us to say it. Any team LeBron James on is a lock to come out of anywhere – except in the West, because the West is a different monster, Beverley explained.

… And you have to give every team out there respect. Brad Stevens has done a hell of a job with Boston. Toronto has been playing their a—es off. It’s a lot of good teams. But, you know, it is LeBron James.

So there you have it. With LeBron James leading the Cavs, they will certainly make it to the playoffs, according to Beverley.

But deciding not to tag Cousins ends the drama for Washington. The Redskins used the franchise tag on him each of the past two offseasons, earning him $44 million in guaranteed income. The sides never came close to a multiyear deal, but they both wanted a long-term solution. For Washington, that solution was Smith — who will count $17 million against the cap this season. He will sign a four-year extension once free agency begins and the trade becomes official.

Jets’ team needs line up for good chance to ace NFL Draft, free agency

What do the Jets need via NFL free agency and the draft in 2018? Two words: almost everything.
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In their fourth year together, general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles face the biggest stage yet in New York’s rebuilding process. The offense needs an overhaul, while the defense will need replacements at core positions on every level.

Although this screams that the Colts need to think about Notre Dame’s Quinton Nelson, the draft’s best offensive lineman, with Mewhort and inside backup Mike Person as free agents, the team could use at least one seasoned fix. The Patriots’ Cameron Fleming would solve the Good/Clark problem. The Steelers’ Chris Hubbard could start either at right tackle or one of the guard spots.

If the Colts want to move on from Mewhort, the Panthers’ Andrew Norwell, free agency’s best offensive lineman, would be a terrific get for left guard and Marcus Foligno Youth jersey somebody they can easily afford. The Titans’ Josh Kline and the Bears’ Josh Sitton could start at either guard spot.

Going from a three-man front to a four-man front is always tough, because the makeup of this particular position changes. The Colts now need ends who can edge rush again, long removed from the days of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis going after the quarterback.

Indianapolis had only 25 sacks in 2017, with outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard recording a team-high 5 1/2. The good news is Sheard is better built to play end, so he should have a more natural transition. Strongside linebacker John Simon, however, will need to stay where he is as a run-stuffer. And behind both, Barkevious Mingo is a free agent.

Since being acquired from the Chicago Bulls last summer, the All-Star swingman has given Tom Thibodeau’s team a hardworking swagger that has brought it to the precipice of the organization’s first playoff berth in 13 seasons. However, as the Timberwolves continue their most daunting stretch of the season — tonight will be the second of eight consecutive games against teams above .500 — they’re being forced to readjust to life without Butler, who went down with a meniscus injury in the first game after the All-Star break and is expected to miss four to six weeks following surgery.
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That puts the priority on getting guys to fill out the 3-4 end rotation for Bowles. The Bears’ Mitch Unrein and the Titans’ DaQuan Jones, pending free agents, played in that base scheme last season.
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In the draft, Washington’s Vita Vea is yet another non-skill consideration for either the No. 6 pick or a slight trade back. Because of Williams’ presence, the Jets could also be OK waiting until Day 2 or 3, as Virginia’s Andrew Brown and Alabama’s Da’Shawn Hand both could serve them well.

Jerry Jones says he’s looking forward to reimbursement hearing with Roger Goodell

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he is looking forward to his hearing in front of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in Palm Beach, Florida.
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Jones said he will be under oath as he seeks to reverse the league’s decision to seek reimbursement for legal fees the NFL is seeking for Jones’ involvement in Womens Russell Okung Jersey the Ezekiel Elliott case and Goodell’s contract extension talks last season.

The Patriots were fined $1 million and lost a first-round pick because of Deflategate.

The reimbursement action was generated by fellow owners, not Goodell, and has been approved by the league’s finance committee, sources told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

There is no timetable on when Goodell would make a decision from the upcoming hearing.

Game Mens Karlos Dansby Jersey There’s a lot of debate on that, said Packers president Mark Murphy, a committee member. Obviously it’s a huge penalty — 40-, 50-yard penalty at times. It seems to have worked in college. I think there’s a concern that our defensive backs are so skilled that the end of the games we’d just have a series of 15-yard penalties. You don’t see that in college.

A source tells ESPN the chances of a revised pass interference rule being enacted this season is a long shot.

Saints WR Brandin Cooks. This is a good example of a player who looked fast on tape coming out of Oregon State and showed off his speed in the 40. He ran a 4.33 prior to being drafted in the 2014 first round. That is tied for the sixth-fastest WR time of the past six combines. Cooks’ speed has certainly transitioned to the NFL.

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Saquon Barkley loved watching the NFL Scouting Combine on television.

That’s one of the reasons the star Penn State running back is about to pay it forward for those who also get their kicks watching draft-evaluation drills.

Unlike other elite prospects who previously have shunned Combine participation in favor of more comfortable surroundings at their schools’ Pro Days and private team workouts, Barkley is good to go for Indianapolis in late February.

Harden scored 31 points and Houston won its 11th straight game with a 120-102 victory Friday night over the Timberwolves, who lost Butler to an apparent right knee injury.

Butler left the game late in the third quarter. After grabbing a rebound late in the third quarter, the All-Star pivoted and planted hard on his right foot before collapsing and grabbing his right knee. He was on the floor for at least three minutes before he was carried off the court by two teammates. He appeared to avoid putting weight on his right leg when heading to the locker room.

Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said early evaluations by the team’s medical staff were inconclusive and that Butler will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

“You’ve got to wait for the doctors to do their thing,” Thibodeau said. “Until they do the MRI, it’s speculating. We’ll know more tomorrow. I don’t want to speculate on what it might be, but we’ll just hope for the best.”

Butler did not speak to reporters after the game but was in high spirits, according to multiple teammates. He was visited in the training room by Harden.

Jones only had four catches against the Patriots, but those receptions were good for an impressive 87 yards and one play that should have been the nail in New England’s coffin.

Instead, the game ended up birthing a million 28-3 jokes.

Artists go to great lengths to keep their performances under wraps ahead of the Super Bowl halftime show, but that doesn’t keep fans from speculating. Things are no different for Justin Timberlake, who hasn’t been on the halftime stage since the “wardrobe malfunction” performance alongside Janet Jackson in 2004.

This does mark the 36-year-old’s third time performing during the Super Bowl halftime, but his first time as the headliner. His first taste of the spotlight was with his ‘90s boy band, *NSYNC, when they performed alongside Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Britney Spears in 2001, followed by his first solo appearance alongside Jackson (if you’re nasty).49ers_011

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