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Mariners OF Ben Gamel out 4-6 weeks with strained oblique

The Mariners will be without their starting left fielder to begin the season.

Seattle announced Monday that 25-year-old outfielder Ben Gamel is out 4-6 weeks with a strained right oblique muscle.

The Mariners could seek a free agent like Jon Jay or Carlos Gonzalez, though would likely offer just a one-year deal.

Collectively then, the offense is rich with talent. There’s the natural caveat of youth and the unpredictability of an offense driven by players a year or two from their expected prime age, but if a few of them click they’ll need to be reckoned with.

“During my time with the Cardinals, we’ve always been searching for that shortstop,” president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said (via the team’s website). “This does give us a level of comfort, that we’ve found a player who can play there for a long time.”

DeJong, 24, had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .285/.325/.532 with a team-high 25 home runs and 65 RBIs in 108 games to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year voting to the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger.

“I know how hard this game is, and I’m relatively new in the big leagues,” DeJong said. “For me, it’s more about a sense of security and going out there knowing the Cardinals are committed to me and I’m committed to them.”

DeJong’s extension includes two team options for 2024 and ’25 that can max out the deal at $51.5 million over eight years.

So I’d go with Mike Moustakas as my free-agent choice, with two caveats: 1) if they can get him for a decent price; and 2) on a one-year contract, because Austin Riley is waiting in the wings as the third baseman of the future. The first condition might be possible, but the second one is doubtful. So it’s not likely to happen.seahawks_022_cb4decafb67ada8d-180x180

Andre Roberson taken off on stretcher after injuring patellar tendon

Thunder guard Andre Roberson fell hard in the third quarter of Saturday’s game vs. the Pistons while going up for an alley-oop, and remained down on the court for several minutes until a stretcher was brought out.

ESPN’s Royce Young initially said Roberson had a “severe left leg injury” and those concerns turned out to be true. Before the game was even over, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski? reported, per a source, that Roberson had ruptured his patellar tendon. He also added, “There is still testing to do on Roberson to confirm full severity of leg injury.”

The Blue Jackets understandably looked sluggish at times after the long trip home, but they persevered against one of the top teams in the league. Artemi Panarin (12 points in the past nine games) scored 16 seconds into the game, Zach Werenski set a franchise record for defensemen with his 13th goal of the season and veteran defenseman Ian Cole, a trade deadline acquisition, added his first goal for the team.

“I think right now, when we’re not scoring that many goals, it’s nice when defensemen can contribute and try to help the team win,” Werenski said. “We’re in a tight playoff race. Every game matters, every point matters, and if I can contribute offensively, I’m going to try to do that.”

Casey, who is Toronto’s winningest coach, will lead Team LeBron at the NBA All-Star Game and will be opposed by Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, who will lead Team Stephen. It will be Casey’s first time coaching the All-Star Game in nine seasons, marking the longest tenure in Raptors history.

Because of the NBA’s new unconferenced format, Casey will actually coach against two of his own players. Raptors stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were both drafted to Team Stephen.

Held to fewer than three goals for the first time in their winning streak, the Predators leaned on defense and goalie Pekka Rinne until they found a way to beat Kari Lehtonen. New acquisition Ryan Hartman did it on a backhander early in the third period for his second game-winner in five contests with Nashville.

Rinne’s 26 saves gave him his seventh shutout of the season and upped his record to 36-9-4. His 2.29 GAA and .928 save percentage should plant him squarely in the middle of Vezina Trophy discussion.lions_079

The relationship with the city is something Kapler wants the Phillies to embrace.

Because they’ve been through the ups and downs, they’ve displayed courage, they’ve come together as units, they know what it feels like to have people count them out and then to prove people wrong, he said.

Kapler said the Phillies’ video production staff put together a piece for the team over the weekend that included some highlights from the other sports teams in the city, as well as some footage from the movie Rocky spliced in and some highlights of their own players.

Rory McIlroy is no stranger to the mobocracy that chases Tiger Woods around a golf tournament, but even a player who’s teed it up many times with the aging superstar can’t believe how his boyhood idol deals with increasingly unruly crowds that may cost golf’s most popular player a few shots per event.

Indeed, McIlroy, who played the first two rounds of the Genesis Open with Woods and Justin Thomas, believes the hordes of spectators that move as one and cheer every Tiger swing, sometimes mid-stroke, may be detrimental to the former world No. 1’s scorecard.

But Hurney, who was named the interim GM the week before training camp after Dave Gettleman was fired, has been the front-runner throughout the process, according to sources.

The team had tentative plans to announce the new general manager two weeks ago before the allegations were made against Hurney but put them on hold while the NFL investigated.

Hurney’s ex-wife withdrew the complaint after the judge denied a temporary restraining order during an ex parte hearing in which only Jeanne and her attorney appeared.

On Friday evening, the gold, silver and bronze medals in men’s figure skating will be won and lost at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The free skate, known by many as the long program, is the second part of the competition following the short program held on Friday.bears_026

Brady admits his personal life affected him in 2016.

His Deflategate battle against the NFL reportedly ended when it did only because Brady had a more important battle with which to concern himself back home.

Brady was willing to give up that fight in the name of personal priorities. There’s no reason to believe they would not trump an unnecessarily long playing career, either. And we know very well how Gisele feels about the matter.

But Brady also witnessed the physical deterioration Manning experienced through his last couple of seasons.

“Football is such a physical sport, and every game could be your last game,” Brady told reporters this week. “It’s the reality of the sport, so I’d love to plan for those things. I try to work hard at the things I need to for my body to feel good week after week and year after year.

McVay led Los Angeles from a 4-12 season in 2016 to an 11-5 record in 2017. He was the favorite to be named the league’s best coach for a while. It helped him out that Gurley broke out with 2,093 yards from scrimmage which earned him the offensive player of the year award. Donald anchored the team’s defense tallying 11 sacks and five forced fumbles on the way to being named the league’s best defensive player.

As for the Saints, it was the first time since 1967 a team has swept the offensive and defensive rookie of the year awards. Lattimore was a first-round pick out of Ohio State while Kamara was taken in the third round out of Tennessee. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was also named the Clutch Performer of the Year.

The Super Bowl in 2018 seems relatively easy to predict if one goes by the odds. The Patriots opened as 5 1/2-point favorites over the Eagles in Super Bowl 52, set to be played Sunday in Minneapolis. So of course the majority of SN’s experts are picking New England to beat Philadelphia. But not all.

Super Bowl picks and predictions are the bottom lines during the two-week hype train that is Super Bowl analysis. The matchup will be dissected and previewed to no end. Will Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots pad the numbers that make up their dynasty? Will the Eagles, with Nick Foles in position to become one of the most unlikely Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in history, shock the world and win their first Super Bowl?bills_028

They’re all full of it to varying degrees, but none more than Roger Goodell’s NFL and his dutiful adjutants, the league’s compliant TV networks.

What’s ladled out — make that shoveled — as social altruism has formed Mount Manure, built on public relations cons and high-definition, high-in-additives baloney.

The annual presentation of NFL games played on Thanksgiving — up to three since 2006, instead of two, to maximize TV rights and get-out-there-and-shop commercial revenues — comes wrapped in home-and-hearth values with good wishes from “our family to yours.” And it’s self-evident nonsense.

“Her red bra was all that was supposed to show, no nipple, no exposure,” the insider said. “It was meant to be a little racy, but nobody meant for her breast to show. It became a big deal because Justin grabbed the costume much too hard and, instead of pulling the one small part, he tore the bra part, too.” (Representatives for Timberlake did not return calls for comment.)

Behind the scenes, there was confusion, as MTV executive producer Salli Frattini, recalled to ESPN The Magazine in 2014: “There was lots of chaos in the [production truck, and we played it back and we were like, ‘Oh, s – – t. What just happened?’ ”

New kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who spent time in six NFL training camps over the past five seasons before finally getting a shot to play this week, was the star of the game for Oakland. The former Cal kicker went 4 for 4 on the day, hitting field goals from 20, 52, 52 and 43 yards in the win.

It’s fitting that the Raiders went with a kicker who has such an unusual backstory because the Raiders won in an unusual way. Going into the season, the biggest question in Oakland had to do with whether or not their defense would actually be able to stop anyone.

We know the Raiders can win a shootout, but can they punch you in the mouth and win with defense?

In 2003, Houston Oilers defensive end Elvin Bethea made a rather impolitic confession as he was about to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He admitted he rarely watches NFL games.

When I think back on my seven years playing for Coughlin, it all comes down to attention to detail and preparation.

Two teams promoted their own offensive coordinators: the New York Giants with Ben McAdoo and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Dirk Koetter. Three hired someone else’s offensive coordinator: the Cleveland Browns with Cincinnati’s Hue Jackson, the Dolphins with Chicago’s Adam Gase and the Philadelphia Eagles with Kansas City’s Doug Pederson. The 49ers hired Chip Kelly, the offensive-minded head coach fired by the Eagles. The Tennessee Titans made their former offensive assistant turned interim coach, Mike Mularkey, their full-time coach.

O’Hara: It was stressed constantly that although you can’t win the game on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, you can certainly lose it. That was driven home from the time I got there in 2004 until I retired. To be prepared for any situation gave us great confidence heading into any contest, let alone Super Bowl XLII against Belichick and the Patriots. I specifically remember one instance of this in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLII.

“There is no question the league is suffering negative effects from these protests,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has since gone on to wage his own war against Goodell and fellow owners, said in October. “I care about a lot of things, but our ability to be substantive is based on having a strong NFL, a league that people are really interested in and want to watch games. At all times, if I am anything, I am first and foremost a proponent of making the NFL strong. Making us have as many people watching the game as we can and watching in light of what we are doing and that’s playing football.

“If all this makes you stronger to represent messages, let’s don’t do it in a way that tears down the strength of the NFL.”

“It’s pretty obvious that getting public financing for a stadium in the state of California is very, very difficult,” Carter said in a phone interview. “It’s been the crux of the Chargers’ problem in San Diego for a very long time. Are the Chargers better off in L.A.? Maybe marginally so. But that’s compared to what has become a contaminated situation for them in San Diego. It’s a better option. It may not be the ultimate option.”

The Rams spent this season playing in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Chargers’ temporary home for the 2017 and ’18 seasons will be the StubHub Center in Carson, where they will have a seating capacity of around 30,000.

The Steelers dedicated the victory to Ryan Shazier, Ron Cook writes.

The Steelers’ crazy victory Sunday night might end up being a huge win. Pittsburgh seemed to be dead late Sunday, down by two possessions in the fourth quarter, with a defense the Ravens’ running game was shredding. They had an emotional week, playing six days after linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a harrowing spinal injury. But somehow, behind 500 yards from Ben Roethlisberger, more than 200 of which went to Antonio Brown, the Steelers pulled it out, 39-38.

It clinched the AFC North for Pittsburgh. More important, it helped protect their first-round bye. The Steelers will play the Patriots next week in a showdown that will decide the top seed. If the Steelers had lost, and for most of the second half it seemed like they would, they would have been in danger of falling into a tie with the Jaguars and out of the second seed. Now, their bye is pretty secure.

Smith-Pelly did not protest during the anthem before the Capitals game on Monday.

This isn’t the first time that the anthem protests crossed into a league known for its more conservative fan base. Last month, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to participate in the protest.

I’m kneeling, Maxwell told reporters after his first anthem protest, for the people who don’t have a voice.

The NFL declined to comment Sunday through a spokesman.

No Club, its employees or agents shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL or any other Club, its employees or agents to restrict or limit individual Club decision-making, the CBA says, adding that applies to whether to negotiate or not to negotiate with any player and whether to offer or not to offer a Player Contract to any player, among other things.

The CBA also says: The failure by a Club or Clubs to negotiate, to submit Offer Sheets, or to sign contracts with Restricted Free Agents or Transition Players, or to negotiate, make offers, or sign contracts for the playing services of such players or Unrestricted Free Agents, shall not, by itself or in combination only with evidence about the playing skills of the player(s) not receiving any such offer or contract, satisfy the burden of proof set forth бн above.


Was Marcus Williams’ whiff the worst mistake in NFL playoff history?

Said Aikman: Marcus Williams is going to have to live with this for the entire offseason, and, quite frankly, for the rest of his career. You just wonder when he comes up if he’s worried that he doesn’t want to pass-interfere? It’s around the 35 yard line or so as to when the catch is made. How does he play it? Obviously he doesn’t play it well. It’s game over.

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The smart money seems to indicate that New Jersey will prevail here, and we thereupon will enter into yet another new era in our complicated relationship with the games that entertain us. They have proven to be quite malleable. In fact, they have adjusted to winning and losing every other battle for control that they have fought. They have adjusted to free agency.

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The Jaguars won a defensive slugfest over the Bills and the NFL’s top-ranked defense picked off Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times on Oct. 8. The two teams meet again in Pittsburgh, a day after the Patriots play host to the upset-minded Titans.

In what might be a defacto NFC championship game, the Vikings play host to the Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. patriots_104_c8f1f7c10512174c-180x180

Travis Kelce ruled out of Chiefs’ game vs. Titans with a concussion

Travis Kelce left the Chiefs’ game against the Titans after taking a hit to the head on a second down late in the first half. Kelce was wobbly getting up and had to be held up by some of his teammates.

Players are slipping, and it’s making it hard for either offense to get much going. The Rams had just 14 total yards of offense in the first quarter. Todd Gurley had just 15 total yards with just under six minutes left to play in the first half. It’s hard to get yards when you can’t keep your feet.

After not quite one full half of football, you can see huge divots and clumps of turf all over the field.

Matt Ryan fell prey to it, also. His back leg went out from under him, and he went down and had an ugly collision between his head and Rams outside linebacker Robert Quinn’s knee.

“How appropriate,” said Houston manager A.J. Hinch. “He deserves to be forever in the last highlight of the first world championship in Houston Astros history.” The season ended in the right hands not only because Altuve endured all three of those 100-loss seasons—his first three in the big leagues—or because he was the soon-to-be-named MVP. But it also was because he was the right kind of sports hero at the right time: a relatable one.

This is someone who told the Astros he would sign for free, and gladly accepted $15,000. Who gained 38 pounds in his first four years in America. (“Burgers and ice cream—a lot!”) Who before every game, home and road, walks to the stands to sign autographs for kids. Who has a size-9 shoe and a XXXL heart.

But mostly that relatability comes from being the smallest player in baseball. While we marvel at the amazing skills of those bigger, swifter and stronger than us, Altuve is not just inspirational but also aspirational, a 5′?6″ superconcentrated formula of willpower. We can achieve because Altuve can achieve, despite being as short as Napoleon Bonaparte (without the eponymous complex) and shorter than four of the starters on the 2017 Little League champions, from Lufkin, Texas.

Brown suffered a torn calf muscle in Week 15 against the New England Patriots, when his leg got awkwardly bent while he tried to make a touchdown catch. It initially had the looks of a season-ending injury when Brown spent several minutes on the turf, but the Steelers avoided a worst-case scenario. Brown missed the final two weeks of the regular season, but the bye week gave him extra time to rest.patriots_037_38b52494b1ae61ae-180x180

Stalock stopped eight shots in the first and 11 in the second. He is 0-3-0 in his career against the Predators.

Cavaliers star LeBron James turned 33 on Saturday, and he took time to reflect on all the places “that round, orange ball” has taken him during his lifetime.

“I don’t think at the end of my career people are going to say, ‘Oh, you know, LeBron did some great things but he lost eight in a row versus the Jazz,'” James said incredulously. “Nah. It is what it is. No one is going to remember that. I don’t think so. No.”

Nor will people remember the Cavs’ late-December problems should they get back on track in the new year. If Cleveland fans need signs of success on the horizon, look no further than Tristan Thompson’s contributions on Saturday — the center had 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes — as an encouraging development, after he missed most of the season with a calf injury.

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Nashville LW Filip Forsberg missed the game with an upper-body injury. The Predators placed their leading goal scorer on injured reserve earlier Saturday. … The Predators are 5-0-1 this season when the game is tied going into the third. … Olofsson was scratched in Minnesota’s last eight contests. … The Wild have allowed one power-play goal against in their last three games.

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