Month: April 2018

Packers’ 2018 draft picks: Projecting first-rounder, late-round sleepers

The Packers have the No. 14 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. This is a pivotal draft for the franchise after a 7-9 season led to some organizational changes.

Even with Ansah back in the fold, Detroit veers into this month’s draft with a defined need for pass-rushing help. Longtime beat writer Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press tabbed ends Harold Landry out of Boston College and UTSA’s Marcus Davenport as possibilities for the Lions come the draft.

Andre Smith’s season-ending knee injury will give teams pause when trying to project him to the NFL. With only one year of consistent tape, he’s an unfinished prospect. Nonetheless, Smith has no fear of contact and will stick his nose in every play.

In late March, Kapler lifted Aaron Nola after 68 pitches on the way to a season-opening loss in Atlanta and messed up royally by summoning reliever Hoby Milner from the bullpen sans warm-up throws and putting the umpiring crew in a compromising position. Philly fans took a break from cheering on the 76ers’ late-season surge to give Kapler the Jayson Werth-as-Washington National treatment before the team’s home opener against Miami on April 5.

It was a humbling experience for Kapler and an ominous sign for a young manager who wants the focus to be on his players. But the cold snap has since passed, the young Phillies are on a roll and he’s a model of introspection as he reflects upon that challenging first week.

“What I knew is that I was going to f— up,” Kapler told “In a perfect world, that f—-up happens after a long run of good play. You’re in the middle of the season, everything is sort of settled, and you’ve seen some ups and downs, but you’ve ridden past those, and you’ve accomplished some good things. The tough part is a lot of this stuff came at the very beginning of the season at the most visible moments. I get that.steelers_027

Twins ready for Puerto Rico, Chisox to Oakland after snowout

Rows of blue suitcases lined the hallway leading into the Minnesota Twins’ clubhouse on Sunday, signs of a trip the frigid players can’t wait to take.
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Three straight postponements because of snow only heightened the anticipation for this week’s series in Puerto Rico.

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Before resuming for the two-game series in Puerto Rico with the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota will have played 11 games in the season’s first 19 days.

You can pretty much bank on the fact early in the year there’s a good chance that you might lose a game or two, Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. But when it starts to get excessive, it backs you up later in the year. You lose some of the flow that you like to have coming out of spring training, in terms of getting your players into a bit of a rhythm.

But you can’t control it, as the old adage goes, so we’re trying to adjust the best way we can, he said.

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Tampa Bay also transferred center fielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 10- to 60-day disabled list. Kiermaier is to have surgery Friday for a torn ligament in his right thumb and will be out two to three months.

The auditions have been done with Joe Tessitore on play-by-play. The Post reported more than a month ago that Tessitore would replace Sean McDonough on Monday nights; however, ESPN has not made it official yet as its search for his partner or partners continues. Network executives are considering a two- or three-man booth, but want to make sure the group meshes.

A decision of this magnitude may be the first major personnel move for new ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro. Pitaro is charged with repairing ESPN’s relationship with the NFL, which suffered under John Skipper’s leadership. Skipper resigned at the end of last year, telling the Hollywood Reporter he was being extorted by someone he bought cocaine from.

Cleveland’s priority is first win after 0-16 season

The Browns’ 2018 schedule features another uneasy path for a franchise coming off an 0-16 season that set a rebuild in motion with new GM John Dorsey in the offseason.
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Hue Jackson is back, and the coach will have to show some progress after compiling a 1-31 record over the last two seasons. The goal should be simple against the usual AFC North rivals and cross-over games against the NFC South and AFC West: Win one game and go from there.

Having Johnson healthy would be significant to the Cardinals under any circumstances. With a new head coach and a new starting quarterback, it’s even more significant to their hopes this season so Wilks’ update is good news as the offseason rolls along in Arizona.

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If that specimen was ordered on a day where the patient wasn’t in the state of Florida, that would absolutely be a fraudulent specimen and I wouldn’t have ordered it. I couldn’t have ordered it. It’s not what I do. It’s not how I practice, Ligotti says.

If we can detect CTE in living patients, that’s going to be a huge win, Jordan said, via Kent Somers of

The goal is to get 200 volunteers, none of whom will be paid for participating. The goal is to identify CTE biomarkers in bodily fluids, allowing the condition to be diagnosed without examining brain tissue.

It wasn’t easy, and he’d be the first to admit, at the [Super Bowl] ring ceremony, that it wasn’t easy playing for him. The silver lining was that we were at the ring ceremony.

Lawyer: Michael Bennett will plead not guilty

The felony charge on which Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett has been indicted means that, absent a dismissal of the case or a plea deal, Bennett will stand trial. Not surprisingly, Bennett’s lawyer says that, if there’s a trial, Bennett won’t be admitting to anything.
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It’s hard to have a more energizing win than the one the Giants had over the Dodgers at AT&T Park on Saturday night. Andrew McCutchen entered the game 2-for-24 on the season, but went 6-for-7, notching his first career six-hit game, culminating in a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning with the Giants trailing by a run.

Outside of Manny Machado, the Orioles’ offense has not inspired much confidence. Baltimore was the first team in the league to reach the 100-strikeout mark, and the O’s lead the league in percentage of pitches out of the zone that result in a swinging strike. On the mound, Dylan Bundy has looked excellent in his first two starts despite not Derrick Shelby Authentic Jersey being able to get a win, posting 15 strikeouts to go with a 0.69 ERA. — McCarthy

I don’t want anybody to be a bust, Leaf said. I want them to be successful. And there is no evidence to show me that Cleveland is going to be successful. It’s a place where quarterbacks go to die.

Leaf said John Elway with the Colts in 1983 and Eli Manning with the Chargers in 2004 had the right idea: Simply refuse to play for a team you don’t think will represent your best interests.

Do something like John Elway or Eli Manning did, Leaf said. What if he plays five years there and is mediocre because they never win?

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Seahawks G.M. urges fans to “trust the process”

The Seahawks have undergone major changes to the coaching staff and the roster in 2018. Seahawks General Manager John Schneider doesn’t regard it as a big deal.

“It’s a constant reset every single year, it doesn’t stop,” Schneider said during an appearance on 710 ESPN in Seattle. “When I say ‘reset’ people are like, ‘Well it’s a rebuild.’ We’re not rebuilding. It’s just a reset. We’ve got some pretty good players on this football team. And there’s a lot of young players that people don’t necessarily — they haven’t heard their names yet. I remember going through this when we traded Josh Wilson, and Kelly Jennings and Marcus Trufant were here. And nobody knew who Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman and Walter Thurmond were. . . .

Regardless, it had to happen. For a variety of reasons that the Seahawks would freely admit — and that they would prefer not to discuss. It was time to clear the players who had lingering hostility regarding Super Bowl XLIX off the roster, and it was time to shift the focus of the team away from the Legion of Boom and toward a franchise quarterback who is still in the front end of his prime.

Plenty of players on the Seahawks of past years (and a few who are still on the roster) resent Russell Wilson. As the team moves forward, those guys need to go. They need to be replaced by players who recognize from the moment they enter the locker room that, if the Seahawks are going to thrive for the next decade, Wilson needs to be the centerpiece of the franchise.

So trust the process, Seahawks fans. The team has the most important position covered. All Schneider needs to do is fill in the roster around him and Schneider already has proven he can do just that.

If Rosen truly hopes to not play for the Browns, and if the Browns fail to get or heed the message, what happens next?

Whether it’s because he’s a “millennial” or for some other reason, Rosen thinks what he wants and says what he thinks. While he may be wisely keeping his desire to avoid the Browns close to the vest for now, it’s hard to imagine Rosen willingly accepting a career path with which he doesn’t agree.

Incoming NFL players routinely set aside what they want because they accept that, at least at the outset of their careers, they believe they can’t get it. Rosen possibly believes he can. If he does, he shouldn’t be afraid to try.la_kings_015

49ers CEO: Reuben Foster’s future with franchise depends on behavior

Reuben Foster will have to stay out of trouble if he wants to stay in San Francisco.
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From my conversations with John and Kyle, I know Reuben is very cognizant of where his position is right now, and his time with the 49ers could potentially be over if he continues to do things outside of the team that aren’t what we want him to be a part of, York said.

Any time there’s an issue like that, we’ll have a discussion, York told NBC Sports Bay Area. Right now, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done with Reuben. And we’ll handle that as it comes. You don’t want to say it’s easier outside of the season, but it is easier outside of the season because you don’t need to make a decision today.
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Foster, 23, was selected by the 49ers with the no. 31 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. However, 49ers general manager John Lynch indicated San Francisco was aware of his history when they drafted him.

Miller earned his fourth shutout of the season and 43rd of his career. It was also his 370th career win, moving him past Tom Barrasso for second place on the all-time list among U.S.-born goalies.

Definitely somebody I looked up to, Miller said of Barrasso. Just happy to still be playing meaningful hockey and getting some wins.

Adam Henrique scored his 24th of the season for Anaheim and added an assist, and Hampus Lindholm scored an empty-netter before the final Al Davis Jersey buzzer.

The Ducks (44-25-13) won their fifth straight to finish 10-1-1 over the final 12 games.
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The Coyotes (29-41-12) finished last in the Pacific, but went 17-9-3 in their last 29 games in a season they started 1-12-1.

I thought we got better from October, so there’s some good positive things, Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. We just ran out of gas tonight. For the most part, the last 25, 30 games, we beat some good hockey teams and I thought some of the young guys really progressed, which is nice.

The two teams combined for 26 penalty minutes.

In filing, Jose Fernandez lawyer alleges evidence altered, ignored

An attorney for the late Jose Fernandez says the former Miami Marlins ace was unfairly blamed by investigators for the 2016 crash that killed him and two others.
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Attorney Ralph Fernandez made the argument in a legal filing meant to defend the pitcher’s estate from a civil lawsuit.
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After depositions began there was external tampering by law enforcement agents and a disassociation from the very conclusions sworn to and ratified by others in a chain of command, the attorney wrote. Like a house of cards, this whole case is compromised.

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He also scored on a fumble recovery. At 6-foot, 244 pounds, Goode brings another body to a position where the Colts were thin after losing Barkevious Mingo and Jon Bostic in free agency.

Instead, Fuller went out and found a four-year, $56 million deal with the Packers that contains $18 million guaranteed. For one, the Bears immediately matched the deal, which is bizarre; they could have waited the full five days and tied up the Packers before accepting the offer. (If the argument is that they didn’t want Fuller to twist in the wind, that’s also silly since you can privately tell a player you’re privately going to match and want to stick it to your division rival.)

NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA’s targeting rule.
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Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. It will apply to tacklers, ball carriers and even linemen, and it will take the place of a previous rule that limited the penalty to contact with the crown of the helmet.

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The Redskins’ run defense ranked 32nd in yards per game last season and 29th in yards per carry. The Redskins have not ranked in the top 10 in rushing yards allowed per game since 2012.

Speaking at the coaches’ breakfast at the league meetings in Henrik Borgstrom Womens Jersey Orlando on Tuesday morning, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer shared that he and the team’s medical staff were concerned about Bridgewater’s surgically reconstructed left knee and felt he still had limitations. The reports I’d get back from the medical people weren’t as positive as I was about it, Zimmer said, according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.

Twins: Jake Odorizzi makes his second start for the Twins on Wednesday after being acquired in a mid-February trade with Tampa Bay. Odorizzi pitched six shutout innings in his 2018 debut last week against Baltimore.

Pirates: Ivan Nova (0-0, 3.60 ERA) is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two career starts against Minnesota.

What have we learned about Shohei Ohtani so far

What is a 2018 stat line — hitter/pitcher combined — that would make Ohtani’s rookie season a success, and will he get there

Miller: 130 innings with a 3.80 ERA and a .770 OPS in 200 or so plate appearances. If he stays healthy, he should get there, though I wouldn’t be shocked by an OPS 150 points higher or lower.

Blue Jays: Donaldson (dead arm) made his third straight start at DH instead of 3B. An hour after the game ended, Donaldson played catch on the outfield turf, making throws from right-center to the left field foul line, before fielding grounders and making throws to first base.

Another dream come true, Villanueva said through an interpreter. It’s amazing, especially on a night like tonight, getting the first win. I was just happy I was able to play my part. I think we all played really well, the pitching was great, and I think if we’re able to play that way all together as a team that it’s going to be a good year.

Villanueva, who made his big league debut Sept. 18, capped his big night with a three-run shot that went an estimated 390 feet to left off Antonio Senzatela with two outs in the seventh.

His first two were solo shots off left-hander Kyle Freeland (0-1). The first went an estimated 400 feet off the facade of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in the left-field corner with one out in the second. The second went an estimated 399 feet into the second deck in left with two outs in the fourth.

Villanueva hit four homers in 32 at-bats last year after his debut.

Trevor Richards (0-1), the Marlins’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2017, retired his first seven batters in his major league debut but then allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals likely would need to offer this year’s first-round pick as well as next year’s as a starting point for negotiations if they wanted to get into that top-four mix. Maybe they’ll get more aggressive if one or two of the big four QBs slips out of the top five or six. The Cards are heavily invested in Sam Bradford as this year’s starter and have Mike Glennon as the backup, but they have yet to address their long-term future at the position.

Wide receiver Allen Hurns isn’t the only er saying goodbye to the Jaguars this week.

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Selling Pierre-Paul provides Gettleman cap flexibility down the road possibly to use on an Odell Beckham Jr. extension. In the short term, it could signal the Giants might consider using the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft on a pass rusher, like Bradley Chubb . The former N.C. State standout had a private workout with the Giants recently and is scheduled to visit the team next month, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport . The trade could also indicate a complete rebuild for a team with an aging quarterback.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis is also being released by Jacksonville. Lewis had his option picked up earlier this offseason, but his $3.5 million salary for the 2018 season was not guaranteed.

Lewis told Mark Long of the Associated Press that he’s not happy about the way things ended.

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The NFL is no longer the only league on the block. With the recent announcements of the XFL and Alliance of American Football , the Spring League is almost getting lost in the mix as football fans aren’t used to such a variety. But the league that starts up April 7 will get a boost this season by adding former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel to the four-team organization. The league announced its full rosters on Tuesday and there are more than a few former NFL players hoping to make a comeback.