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Willie Snead doesn’t seem to bear hard feelings toward the Saints after the team declined to match the Ravens’ offer for the receiver.
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Special teams. The Predators would like a do-over in a few areas for that first-round series, but they’ll gladly keep the penalty kill exactly as it was: a smothering Madison Bumgarner Youth jersey 90 percent efficiency. The Jets were decent at 76.9 percent. The Jets, meanwhile, flexed their dominant power play in the first round (23.1 percent efficiency vs. 15.8 percent for the Predators). Advantage: Even

He also has to manage a young roster with many players navigating their first postseason run. The job is easier for the more accomplished Laviolette. Advantage: Predators

Health. The Jets are nicked up. Nikolaj Ehlers, Toby Enstrom, Tyler Myers and Mathieu Perreault all missed games against the Wild in the first round. Enstrom hopefully returns soon, while Perreault, an underrated depth player, is one to monitor. Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has been out since early March, and backup goalie Steve Mason is banged up too. Advantage: Predators
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Much like last offseason, Fox may make a run at getting Cutler in the booth as a color analyst to recreate the magic CBS found with Tony Romo, and what ESPN hopes to get with Jason Witten.

It was the Sharks’ worst loss in playoff history. Detroit blanked San Jose 6-0 in the 1995 Western Conference semifinals.

We had a laundry list of issues today, San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. It’s obviously not pretty, we know we have to do better across the board. It’s on us to respond now.

Eakin started the scoring barrage when he deflected Brayden McNabb’s wrist shot from the point past Jones 4:31 into the game. Before the public-address announcer could trumpet the game’s first goal, Haula finished Tuch’s rush to the net 26 seconds later with a sniper past Jones to double Vegas’ lead.

Marchessault made it 3-0 when he fired a shot from inside the circle past Jones, notching his first career playoff goal. Tuch capped the scoring in the opening period when he sliced through four defenders, made a swift move to his forehand for a wrist shot that beat Jones for a power-play goal.

McCown, 38, is accustomed to being a stopgap QB in the NFL, so this situation in New York shouldn’t be an issue for him. He’s never been considered the guy for any of the eight teams he’s played for though he’s played in 95 games and made 73 starts since being picked in the third round of the 2002 draft.

Titans G.M. says most draft rumors are wildly untrue

So wait, does this mean teams aren’t going to take the best available player and explore every option? Now I don’t know what to believe.
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Titans General Manager Jon Robinson pulled back the curtain on his profession during his pre-draft press conference, saying most of the rumors you hear this week leading up to Justin Britt Jersey the draft could lift a balloon.

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I didn’t know what to do when you asked me to turn around so you could see how my jeans looked. I didn’t know what to do when you brushed my breasts to put my seat belt around me in the front seat of your car. I didn’t know what to do when you put your hands on my mouth, for me to kiss them. I didn’t know what to do when you asked me uncomfortable, sexually charged questions.
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But once Alabama moves to 10 straight years, it will still be a ways away from the all-time record: Miami had 14 consecutive drafts with a first-round pick, from 1995 to 2008.

Given the talent Alabama recruits, there’s every reason to believe that Alabama players will keep going in the first round in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. That’s when Alabama would tie Miami’s record for the most consecutive drafts with a first-round pick.

So Gettleman, barely on the job four months, immediately assumed a unique place in New York’s football history, essentially orchestrating the respective pathways for both teams for the foreseeable future. And he did the right thing when he was asked about the Jets taking their dream quarterback, who fell to them only because the Giants passed on him: I don’t care.

Even if you thought Gettleman should’ve gone with a quarterback given that the one he inherited, Eli Manning, is a little long in the tooth, there was something about the way Gettleman has talked about Barkley, and it is not unlike the way ex-general manager Ernie Accorsi used to coo about Eli both before and after he took him in the 2004 draft.

Mike Mayock predicts Browns will draft Sam Darnold No. 1 overall

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock pumped the brakes on the national buzz about the Browns picking Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen first overall Thursday night instead of the longtime presumptive front-runner, Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold.

“If you’re asking me for my gut feel, just based on all the film work I’ve done and talking to people around the league, et cetera, my gut tells me that at one, Cleveland will take Sam Darnold,” Mayock said Friday during a conference call.

Back in 2014, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, who were on the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers team that came back from being down 0-3 to defeat the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals, served as examples that the seemingly impossible was very possible. This year, the locker room is littered with players who have been there before, although there likely won’t be any motivational speeches harkening back to the 2014 squad.

“How many times has it been done? Four times?” said Kings right winger Tyler Toffoli. “So it’s not something that is common, obviously, so if we do talk about it, it will be something that will be joked about. The group of guys that we have, that’s the way we would bring things up. I think we just have to focus on winning one game.”

The younger players on the Kings who were not on the roster in 2014 remember what the team did four years ago. Kings rookie Alex Iafallo was a freshman at Minnesota-Duluth when the Kings came back against the Sharks, and would like to be a part of history himself this year.

One drawback is he’s a bit undersized for the pro game and can be a one-trick pony in pass rush, relying on outside speed. In 2017, Landry had 38 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks and two passes broken up. He missed some playing time with an ankle injury late in the year.
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I know there was some stuff going around, a possible trade, and I would love the opportunity to be a starter again. I know my spot in Philly. I think I’ve shown what I can do. Foles said during an interview with KVUE in Texas, via Philly.com. I’m signed for one more year and I love the team, I love the city. I’m excited for Carson [Wentz] to get back on his feet. I’ll be ready to go whenever they need me. But we’ll see.
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The Eagles acknowledged there had been calls about trading for the Super Bowl MVP, who will be a man without a starting job when Wentz returns from his knee injury. But because there’s at least some uncertainty about Wentz’s timeline, the Eagles said they intend for Foles to be on the roster at the start of the season.

There’s also the small matter of compensation, as the Eagles aren’t going to just give away a valuable commodity without a good return. But Foles said he has a good enough relationship with coach Doug Pederson and General Manager Howie Roseman that he’d expect to know if something was going on.

I think the big thing with Philly is I have such a great relationship with all the personnel decision makers that if there ever does come a day where I am traded or something does happen, it’s going to be an open conversation, Foles said. We’re excited to go back to Philly. . . . I don’t know what my career holds from here on out.

Mancz started all 16 games for Houston at center in 2016 after Nick Martin went down with an injury. He started seven of 10 games he appeared in last season with five of those seven starts coming at right guard.

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The Jaguars haven’t played on Sunday night since 2008, and they’ve been absent from Monday night since 2011, when they hosted two games. Those games, per O’Halloran, against the Ravens and Chargers were ESPN’s two lowest-rated games for the year. A 2010 Monday night game against the Titans was the lowest-rated ESPN game that year, too.

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Aaron Rodgers doesn’t seem to be feeling very valued

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Via Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin, the Packers quarterback lobbed another subtle volley toward his own organization, after one of his favorite targets (Jordy Nelson) and coaches (Alex Van Pelt) were sent packing.

It’s not the first time Rodgers has gone the passive-aggressive route with the Packers, registering his feelings about the Van Pelt move early in the process. And they did invest in a major target for him, signing tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency.
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Reid, caught off guard by the line of questioning, wasn’t willing to make a commitment on the spot. Last month, Reid said he’s currently not planning to kneel or otherwise demonstrate during the anthem. But Reid, who is considering other options for bringing attention to societal issues he considers to be important, hasn’t made any final decisions, and he wasn’t willing to do so at the direct request and behest of Brown.

After the meeting with Brown, Reid took a physical and spent time reviewing film with members of the coaching staff. He developed a clear sense that the coaches (specifically, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin) were interested in signing Reid and weren’t concerned about whether he’d kneel or otherwise demonstrate during the anthem or at any other time. Late in the visit, however, coach Marvin Lewis asked Reid if he wants to clarify anything that Reid told ownership regarding the anthem. Reid said that he had no clarifications or changes to make to what he had said, and the visit ended not long after that without an offer being made to Reid.

Sharks aim for sweep of Ducks

San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said Tuesday that the Sharks have had to work for everything they have accomplished this season. After an inconsistent start, the club reached 100 points for the first time since 2014.
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You want to finish it at home in front of your fans, especially against a rival, Couture said. We know it’s going to be loud. We know they’re going to be energized.

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It’s not just the saves, it’s the timing of the saves, DeBoer explained. When you make saves at key times or the right times of the game, you just have that confidence as a group to try and make some more plays or take a chance here or there.

Jones is one playoff win short of becoming the second player in team history with 20 victories, joining Evgeni Nabokov (40 postseason wins between 2000 and 2010.)

With their backs to the wall, the Ducks would appear to have no option but to come out flying in Game 4. Or do they?
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Subban shook off the criticism Tuesday.

If you’re in the playoffs, physical things are going to happen, Subban told The Colorado Springs Gazette.
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That has been evident in this series, from Nashville center Ryan Johansen’s hit on Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie in Game 1 to the increased scrums throughout the games. The teams are guaranteed to play a Game 5 in Nashville on Friday night and if the Avalanche can win at home again, there will be a Game 6.

That will only increase the animosity between the Central Division rivals.

Anytime you play the same team over and over and over again you start to really dislike each other, Nashville forward Austin Watson said after Game 3. That’s to be expected in the playoffs. It’s good battles, good intensity out there and it’s fun hockey.

Colorado’s win on Monday made it a closer series but if the Predators rebound to win Wednesday night, it’ll be tough for the Avalanche to come back against the Presidents’ Trophy winners. Colorado snapped a 12-game losing streak against Nashville without some key players in the lineup, and it might get some reinforcements for Game 4.

Ole Miss has no further response as NCAA evaluates Shea Patterson’s eligibility

Ole Miss will have no further response in the case of former quarterback Shea Patterson, who is seeking immediate eligibility at Michigan, Patterson’s attorney told The Detroit News.

Pelton: LeBron James. A series of close games against the Indiana Pacers could give James a chance to continue his clutch heroics from the regular season, and with so much time between games there’s no reason to expect Tyronn Lue to cut James’ minutes now. So I think the likely second-place finisher in regular-season MVP voting will be the most valuable player in the first round of the playoffs.

The Saints’ handbook for cheerleaders, reviewed by the Times, prohibits the women from having any contact with players in person or on social media.

Cheerleaders must block players from following them online and aren’t allowed to post any images of themselves in Saints gear.

The women can’t even eat in the same restaurant as players. If they get to an eatery and a player is dining, they must leave. If they’re in the middle of a meal and a player shows up, they’re also forced to go.

But NFL players have no limit on who can follow them on social media and aren’t punished for reaching out to the cheerleaders.

The team says the rules are there to protect cheerleaders from players preying on them, but they put the women in charge of fending off the men, Davis’ lawyer told the paper.

“If cheerleaders can’t contact the players, then the players shouldn’t be able to contact the cheerleaders,” Sara Blackwell said. “The antiquated stereotype of women needing to hide for their own protection is not permitted in America and certainly not in the workplace.”

A lawyer for the Saints, Leslie Lanusse, denied that Davis was the victim of gender discrimination.jets_064

Updated fantasy baseball prospect rankings for the 2018 season

Fantasy baseball managers always seek upside, and often young players on the verge of a breakout are the leading candidates to exceed expectations and deliver tons of value for a fantasy roster.
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So which prospects currently in the minors should be on your radar as potential impact players for the 2018 season? Here’s my top 10, ranked considering a blend of talent and potential MLB (and fantasy) opportunity.

Check back all season for regular updates to this top 10.

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It was the third time this season a Tampa Bay starter has pitched at least six innings.

Boyd made two starts against the Orioles last season and didn’t get a decision while posting a 13.50 ERA. He’s 7-9 with a 4.28 ERA in 29 career appearances at Comerica Park.

Dating back to last season, Boyd has a 2.09 ERA in his last six starts.

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Slater, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, described the focus on the kickoff as disheartening.

The game has changed so much in my lifetime since my father played to now, and I understand. I’m a player rep. No one cares more about player health and safety than the players, than the men that are out there on the field putting their bodies on the line, he said. That being said, we understand that we’re playing football. To take away the kickoff, I really think it would be tragic. You’re changing the fabric of the game that we all love to cover, report on, play, coach. I think it’s very disheartening to continue to have this brought up.

Lions sign Levine Toilolo to one-year deal

The Lions have agreed to terms with free agent tight end Levine Toilolo on a one-year deal, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports.
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Toilolo spent the past five seasons with the Falcons after they made him a fourth-round choice. Atlanta cut him to save $3.5 million against their salary cap in 2018.

The Lions were desperate for help at the position after losing Eric Ebron and Darren Fells. They added Luke Willson last week, and now Toilolo fills the need for a blocking tight end.

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Kessler showed some promise as a rookie, finishing his first season with a 92.3 passer rating on a lousy Browns offense. But last year both DeShone Kizer started while Kessler rode the bench, and even when Kizer was benched the Browns went to Kevin Hogan instead.

So it’s clear that the Browns don’t think a lot of Kessler. Now they’ll see if any other team thinks enough of him to give up a draft pick for him.

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But the larger, overriding issue is the starter, Joe Flacco, which means the importance of who backs him up can’t ever be downplayed. Flacco hasn’t missed a game since he tore his ACL in 2015, and he played all 16 last season despite preseason back problems. But between inconsistencies in health and performance, he has kept backup quarterback on the front burner for his team.

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That’s the general consensus, right? I mean, I’m with you as far as the talking heads, ESPN, NFL Network, Rudolph told Sporting News. But I think if you talk to those guys and then you talk to the actual decision-makers and the evaluators in the NFL, you get two different opinions. I think everyone’s going to see draft night what’s going to happen and how it’s all going to sort itself out.

Tebow is playing for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, and Thursday’s game lured Mets COO Jeff Wilpon to witness Tebowmania personally.

He did well last year in A ball, Wilpon said, via the Associated Press. Now, he’s got to prove himself here and probably have to go to Triple-A at some point. He’s a hard worker. He’ll do whatever he has to do to succeed.

Mets G.M. Sandy Alderson has said that he believes Tebow eventually will play in the Major Leagues.

Teammate Ian Kinsler snickered, while Cozart added: People thought he should be in the minor leagues, apparently, to start the year.

Mike Trout and Ryan Schimpf homered, and Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the Angels’ seventh win in nine games.