Da’Ron Payne goes to Washington with 13th pick

Jonathan Allen won’t have to introduce himself to his newest teammate on the defensive line in Washington.
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The Redskins selected Alabama defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne with the 13th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night. They selected Allen, who also went to Alabama, with a first-round pick in last year’s draft.

There have been a string of draft busts the past 15 years, primarily on the offensive side of the ball. Tackles such as Greg Robinson, Luke Joeckel and Jason Smith haven’t panned out, though the Eagles and Titans are satisfied with their quarterback selections, Carson Wentz and Marcus Mariota.

No matter the position, though, Giants fans might as well flip a coin to determine if they will hit or miss with the No. 2 pick.I have seen every one of The Quarterbacks Who Would Be Joe Namath, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly since the first torch was passed in 1977.
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Last summer, the Texans held joint practices against the Patriots and the Saints.

In 2014, the Texans hosted the Falcons and worked against the Broncos in Colorado. A year later, Houston held joint practices at Washington’s training camp. The Saints practiced at Houston in 2016, and then the Texans went to Santa Carey Price Authentic Jersey Clara, California, early to work against the 49ers.

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Collins, 24, was not as impactful in 2017. Still, he is viewed as a fixture on a defense that is now directed by a new coordinator, James Bettcher.

Second-year WR Darius Powe was waived. He spent most of last season on the practice squad and broke his foot making his first NFL catch, Dec. 10 vs. the Cowboys. He stayed in the game and had one more reception before exiting and landing on injured reserve the next day.The Jets enjoyed the rising stock of Baker Mayfield, until now.

Is the kickoff going away? If it is, what will take its place?

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That’s all to be determined, but it remains clear that the kickoff as currently configured will be going away, sooner or later. (And probably sooner.)
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The best alternative articulated to date entails a fourth-and-15 play from the 30 yard line of the team that would be kicking. This allows the punt to simulate the kickoff, a play from scrimmage to simulate a planned onside kick, and a fake punt to simulate a surprise onside kick. (It also allows a team to pooch punt from scrimmage and pin the other team deep at a point in the game where the team that still trails would have otherwise been torn between kicking away or kicking onside.)

Are we now or are we tomorrow? Irvin said. You don’t believe it’s going to happen now if you get that quarterback. You get Barkley, oh yeah, we’re gearing up to try to get to the Super Bowl right now.

Irvin called a franchise quarterback the toughest thing in this business to predict. The Giants could have their choice of Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen 鈥?depending on whom the Browns take at No. 1.

Though the 37-year-old Manning is nearing the end of his career, Irvin said he believes the Giants still could make one last run at a Super Bowl if they give him some help at running back.

Gaffney was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 and played a summer of minor league ball with them before returning to Stanford and the football field. He’s now back in the Pirates organization and playing for the Bradenton Pirates of the Florida State League.

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Gaffney said he was considering a move back to the diamond when the Jaguars offered him a contract last year. One last injury sealed the deal and Gaffney’s athletic pursuits will now take place far away from the gridiron.

Giants not “currently” interested in Dez Bryant

In the week since he was released by the Dallas Cowboys, free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant has expressed a strong desire to join another NFC East team in order to get back at his former team – such as the New York Giants. However, it takes two to tango, and it seems as though the Giants aren’t looking to dance.

Speaking on NFL Up to the Minute Friday on NFL Network, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Giants currently are not interested in adding Bryant to their wide receiver corps.

“As far as the Giants go,” said Rapoport, “my understanding is they are not at this point a team vying for his services.”

Rudy Gay started in place of Kyle Anderson, a lineup switch Popovich made because he said the Spurs needed more offense, and Gay responded with 12 points.

Kerr harped on turnovers before the game, saying it was one of his main critiques of Saturday’s double-digit win, in which his team tallied 18 turnovers.

“We got very careless with the ball in transition,” Kerr said.

His team then recorded seven turnovers in the opening quarter Monday, one shy of the most in a first quarter since Kerr took over in 2014.

New Orleans made 12 picks in the last two drafts. Out of those 12, the Saints have landed three Pro Bowlers, five starters — including a couple more with Pro Bowl potential — and two key members of the defensive line rotation, all of whom established themselves in two seasons or less.

Any team in the NFL would be happy to have that success rate.

“That’s hard to follow,” Loomis said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “We’re going to try. We’re going to give it our best shot, but it’s harder when you don’t have as many picks, that’s the bottom line.”

Picking late in the first round might limit a few options, but there is still immediate impact to be found outside of the top half of the round. New Orleans landed Ryan Ramczyk at No. 32 last year, Marcus Williams at No. 42, Alvin Kamara at No. 67 last year and grabbed Michael Thomas at No. 47 and Vonn Bell at No. 61 in 2016.

The Popovich coaching tree has produced fruit in Brett Brown (Philadelphia Sixers), Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta Hawks), and Mike Brown (Golden State Warriors assistant coach), and with Udoka on the rise, the tree continues to flourish.seahawks_110

Orlando Brown using awful Combine workouts as motivation

Oklahoma left tackle Orlando Brown knew he made a mess of the Scouting Combine.
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But when middle-schoolers kept reminding him how bad it was, he had to unplug for a moment.

He was considered a possible first-rounder before the Combine, and it’s unclear if scouts will be able to overlook that after a better set of numbers at pro day. The tape is generally good, and he’s been endorsed by his quarterback. And for a 6-foot-8, 345-pound man with 35-inch arms, some of the testing isn’t the best indicator of what he’s about. But he’s also going to have to convince teams it’s not a sign of work ethic (though the fact he came to Oklahoma over 400 pounds shows some degree of work on his body).

The combine doesn’t represent who I am, he said. My mentality, or anything like that.

He better hope not, or the 12-year-olds will let him hear it.

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Authentic Youth Demarcus Walker Jersey There was some discussion ahead of the meeting about the Cowboys asking Bryant to take a pay cut from the $12.5 million base salary he was due to make in 2018. According to multiple reports, however, Bryant was not asked to revisit his contract before the axe came down.

Authentic Youth Ethan Westbrooks Jersey That suggests there was at least some truth to reports that Cowboys coaches believed Bryant’s game has slipped to a point where the salary wasn’t the only issue behind their willingness to move on without him. Those reports about no pay cut being offered also say the move will not be designated a post-June 1 cut, which means the team will only get a little more than half of his $16.5 million in cap space back this year.

We’ll see what teams might have an interest in seeing what remains in the tank. Bryant Phil Simms Youth jersey reportedly said he plans to see the Cowboys twice this year, which would give Cowboys fans a chance to return the love Bryant sent their way on Friday or send a different message to the wideout.

It was crazy in the final minute of the game. They were buzzing around, Fleury said. We had to keep pushing to the very end.

Facing elimination, the Kings came out aggressively and outshot the Knights 14-8 in the opening period. Quick stopped two shots on goal during the only power play in the period when Adrian Kempe was sent off for hooking.

Gronkowski won’t be present for first day of offseason program

Ten weeks ago today, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski declined to commit to playing football in 2018. With the team’s offseason program opening on Monday, Gronkowski still hasn’t decided what to do.
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Gronkowski won’t be attending the first day of the voluntary workout sessions, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Phase One of the offseason program consists primarily of strength and conditioning activities.

Erlin started in place of Luis Perdomo, suspended five games for his role in a brawl at Colorado on Wednesday. Erlin made his first start since April 17, 2016, against Arizona. He made three starts that season before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He missed all of last season and began this year in San Diego’s bullpen.

Erlin lasted three innings, giving up six runs, four earned, and six hits while striking out four and walking one.

I felt inconsistent, Erlin said. I felt like there wasn’t very good command of the fastball. That’s kind of what you pitch off of. That inconsistency led to the hitters’ counts. Just wasn’t able to make pitches.

He said he left too many pitches over the plate and second time through the order they didn’t miss them.

Those players include punter Michael Palardy, wide receiver Damiere Byrd, and offensive lineman Tyler Larsen.

The ERFAs aren’t able to negotiate with other teams so they’re not really free agents, and their deals aren’t guaranteed if they’re cut later in the year. But if you’re going to lift with the team, you need to be protected, so signing is what those guys do.

Byrd has some speed and could have had a role last year before injuries derailed him, and Larsen will have a chance to compete for a starting job at left guard after the loss of free agent Andrew Norwell.

The Giants now have no players left from their 2008-13 draft classes.

In this year’s draft, the Giants could be closing in on Chubb with that No. 2 pick. The Post’s Paul Schwartz reported this week that the Giants view Chubb as standing alone as the best all-around defensive end in this draft and the drop-off is much greater from him to the next best at his position than at guard with Quenton Nelson and Samson Ebukam Jersey the next best guard.

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Marte’s 5 hits help Pirates, Nova beat Marlins 7-3

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Both teams kept their tempers in check even as two Pirates and one Marlin were hit by pitches. Harrison left in the Authentic Mirco Mueller Jersey third inning after being plunked on the back of the left hand by a 96 mph fastball from Jose Urena.

I’m a very patient, calm guy, Marte said through a translator. It’s always tough to lose one of your key players. But we’re trying to win. The focus here is to remain focused. That helped us out.

Marlins reliever Odrisamer Despaigne plunked Francisco Cervelli on the left hand in the seventh. Despaigne appeared to apologize as Cervelli trotted to first base, and the Pittsburgh catcher responded with a conciliatory wave.

We’ve had a lot of hit batsmen here, for whatever reason, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. I don’t believe the situation has had any intent. We don’t like to get hit, though.

You play on. I thought both teams handled it very professionally.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has completed the sale of a 49 percent interest in the team to Joe Tsai, who could become the controlling owner in three years.

The Nets finished this season with a 28-54 record, their third consecutive 50-loss season after three straight playoff appearances. However, the season did end on an up note after the team won seven of its last 13 games after losing 19 of 22.

I don’t think we can argue with what Kenny and the staff have done in terms of developing talent, Marks said. We’re all sitting here saying ‘Can we do better?’ Sure, and that starts with me. Kenny would say the same thing. Can we improve over the course of the next offseason and years to come? [Yes] 100 percent.

On the court, Jeremy Lin didn’t even make it through one full game this season. He has played in just 37 games over two seasons as he enters the final year of his three-year, $36 million deal, but Marks isn’t counting out the 29-year-old guard.

Corey Schneider starts in goal for Devils, gets first win since Dec. 27

New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider, starting in place of Keith Kinkaid, made 34 saves to help the Devils claw their way back into their first-round series with Tampa Bay on Monday night, beating the Lightning 5-2 in Game 3.

Some of the numbers back Lue up. Even so, this strategy feels exploitable for any team prepared to take what the defense gives.

And that, more than anything, is what the Pacers do. They have a lot of clever, versatile players. They adapt.

One great example: With about 10 minutes left in the game, Cleveland switched against the Cory Joseph-Domantas Sabonis pick-and-roll, leaving Clarkson on Sabonis in the post. Joseph entered the ball. LeBron saw the mismatch, hustled across the paint and dragged Clarkson off Sabonis — and onto LeBron’s original assignment, Booker.

What happened? Booker ducked under the rim with Clarkson on his back, and Sabonis dumped him the ball for a layup. The Pacers have been opportunistic like that all season — a delight to watch.

Game 1 went about as well as could have been expected for us saps who picked Milwaukee to win this series. The Bucks (mostly) ditched the hyperactive trapping defense and formed a shell around the paint, daring the Celtics to find a way inside instead of gifting them one.

Popovich was asked Sunday whether he expected Leonard to rejoin the team at some point during the postseason.

“You’ll have to ask Kawhi and his group that question,” Popovich said. “So far, they say that he’s not ready to go. So we can’t do anything until that happens. Then, we would have to decide what’s going on from there. But that’s the first thing that has to happen.”

Popovich said Leonard remains in New York, where he is continuing to rehabilitate a right quadriceps injury, and Spurs general manager R.C. Buford confirmed that information.

Asked whether there was value in Leonard spending time supporting his teammates during the playoffs, despite being not cleared to play, Popovich declined to address the question specifically.

“He’s rehabbing right now in New York trying to get healthy,” Popovich said.

A source told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that Leonard is improving and undergoing routine exams to determine his progress.

Leonard hasn’t played in a game since Jan. 13, and he has participated in just nine contests all season.jets_105

Former NFL player Monty Grow gets nearly 22 years in prison for fraud

A former NFL and University of Florida football player has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for a health care fraud scheme that prosecutors say bilked the federal government out of about $20 million.
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Matz is 1-1 with a 1.85 ERA in five career starts against the Nationals. The ERA is the lowest Matz has compiled versus any team he has opposed more than once.

Matz faced Washington on April 7 this year, but didn’t figure in the decision after giving up three hits and one unearned run while striking out eight over five innings in the Mets’ 3-2 victory.

When I pitched seven innings perfect, I started thinking about it, Colon said. I know that [Jose] Altuve and all those guys can be a hard out.

Colon walked Correa on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth before Reddick lined an 0-2 delivery Michael Conforto Womens Jersey down the right-field line for a double that put runners at second and third, spoiling the no-hitter bid as well.

He left a changeup up, and I was looking over the plate and got enough of it to get it over the first baseman’s head, Reddick said.

Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove.

A fan favorite all around the majors, the beefy right-hander nicknamed Big Sexy is on his ninth team in his past 11 seasons.

It was probably top-three games I’ve ever been involved in, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. I was getting excited. You find yourself pulling for it. A lot of different things run through your mind in those types of situations. It was his game.

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Mailata has been working with the same coach who prepared the German wide receiver Moritz Bohringer for his NFL workouts before the Vikings chose Bohringer in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft. Bohringer didn’t pan out and is currently out of the league, and that experience may make NFL teams more likely to sign Mailata as an undrafted free agent than spend a draft pick on him. But Mailata is a name to keep an eye on after the draft, when he may get some calls who think he has the raw talent to make an impact, once he learns the sport.

Perhaps this amounts to over-fretting, but: It feels chancy whenever the Heat play any two of Dwyane Wade, Justise Winslow and James Johnson with one of their paint-bound centers — Bam Adebayo and the surly Hassan Whiteside. Those groups feature three non-3-point-shooters, and some of them include neither Goran Dragic nor Josh Richardson — Miami’s most reliable stewards.

Cassel is expected to compete with Jake Rudock for the right to back up starter Matthew Stafford. Rudock, an exclusive-rights free agent, signed a non-guaranteed $630,000 tender last month.

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Entering his 14th season, Cassel spent his first four seasons with the New England Patriots prior to being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s served as a veteran backup for four different franchises the past five years.
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He will miss the first four regular season games of the 2018 season.

Niners GM John Lynch locked up young quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on a record five-year, $137.5-million contract and spent money on free-agent center Weston Richburg and running back Jerick McKinnon to surround Garoppolo with more pieces. But Lynch didn’t make a huge splash at receiver as many had expected; he simply extended Marquise Goodwin at a reasonable $6.2-million cap average (through 2021) to pair with Pierre Garcon ($9.2 million through 2021) and Aldrick Robinson ($2 million through 2018).
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Kluber threw all three pitches all the time today, and he got every call in his favor, said Tigers catcher James McCann, who struck out looking in all three at-bats. He had our number tonight.

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Spyridon said that if league declines to award the 2019 or ’20 draft to Nashville, he won’t be deterred.

We’ll be disappointed, I’ll tell you that, he said. But we’re not going to give up. The city deserves it, the Titans deserve it, and I think it’ll be a home run for the NFL. We do parties as well as anybody, if not better than anybody, and the draft is a celebration. I know they wouldn’t be disappointed and I know Nashville would shine.

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