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Colts general manager Chris Ballard said the teams had been discussing a potential trade since early in the week.

Syracuse University graduate Follow on Twitter Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The New York Jets shook up the top of the NFL draft on Saturday morning, completing a blockbuster trade with the Indianapolis Colts that will put them in better position to select a potential franchise quarterback.

They had an interest to move up to (No.) 3 and kind of went back and forth for the last four or five days, Ballard said in a video posted on the Colts’ website.

But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long.

But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love.

First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible.

He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way.

All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school.

Scandrick reportedly requested his release from Dallas earlier in the week.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2008, Scandrick had a productive career as a slot corner, accumulating eight interceptions, eight forced fumbles, and 11.5 sacks in 125 career games.

He was Dallas’ longest-tenured defensive player and started 11 games in 2017, with 38 tackles and three passes defended.

But the odds of that happening are low. The Browns pick first and fourth and need a quarterback. With the Jets moving up to No. 3, Cleveland knows the options will be limited by the time the fourth pick comes around. And even if the Browns don’t pick Darnold at No. 1, it’s hard to imagine him falling to No. 3.

Vinny Curry Reportedly Agrees to Contract with Buccaneers After Eagles Release

Defensive end Vinny Curry has found a new home with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, agreeing to a three-year deal, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.
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The contract is reportedly worth up to $27 million with $11.5 million guaranteed in case of injury.

The 29-year-old spent the first six years of his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles, starting all 19 games during their run to the Super Bowl title last season.

Elite Kids ArDarius Stewart Jersey He has proved his reliability with four straight seasons of 16 games and added big-time playoff experience last season. Considering the Buccaneers finished last in the NFL with 22 sacks in 2017, this appears to be a quality fit for both sides.

On defense, coach Bill Self called for double-teams on Delgado whenever he got the ball down low, especially when Azubuike was sitting on the bench. On offense, he had his guys throw it to Azubuike on the block or rely on Mykhailiuk — by nature a 3-point specialist — to slash to the basket.

Together, they helped the Jayhawks stretch their lead to double digits.

Wade, at second base, ranged far to his Jermaine Gresham Youth jersey left before diving, popping up and throwing a runner out at first base. Watch it here:
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Later, Drury snagged a Miguel Cabrera liner that would have easily gone for extra bases down the third-base line. Watch it here:

Boone: I think he’s a really good player. Look, I think the utility part of him just adds to his value because he’s such a good athlete and the ability to move all around I think is something that’s really going to benefit him and us, not only this year but in the years to come. He’s going to get into a game at third one day this week. Yeah, it’s one of the things that we love about him, the versatility he can provide.

Lakers leave an impression on LeBron in punishing rout of Cavaliers

Randle, who had been slowed by an illness in the previous two games, had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Randle is a key piece for the Lakers because they can clear up to $70 million in cap space this summer to pursue two max free agents by parting ways with Randle and stretching Luol Deng’s contract.
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But Randle played on Sunday like a player who was determined to remind the Lakers what they have in the 23-year-old forward and show James at the same time how his game is blossoming. Randle has been on a tear since being inserted into the starting lineup at the beginning of the season, but this was the best performance of his career.

There are three games featuring one likely playoff team against a longshot that is still seemingly motivated by their slim mathematical playoff hopes: Charlotte Hornets-New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons-Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets-Los Angeles Lakers

Those games aren’t magical must-have stack-fests. It’s not impossible to get value from the other five games that aren’t listed. But, again, the point is to build some order from the chaos.

The Blazers’ rising star took some advice from a teammate and landed a sneaker deal that could make him the face of a company that calls a nation of 1.3 billion people home.

It’s a move that has made waves through the signature-sneaker industry in the years since, drawing the attention of young NBA players who are Alan Page Jersey navigating their own endorsement deals and branding opportunities. There are now more than a dozen players with endorsement deals with the three major Chinese manufacturers (Li-Ning, Anta and Peak), most of them guards — a significant shift from a decade ago.
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Word of mouth matters throughout the NBA, and it didn’t take long for the concept of doing a Chinese shoe deal to gain traction. A year after Wade signed, Rajon Rondo agreed to a six-year deal with Anta, following in the footsteps of teammate Kevin Garnett, who landed with the company in 2010 after his Adidas deal was up.
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When Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson received an offer from Anta the following summer, his agent at the time, Bill Duffy, suggested he reach out to Rondo, a fellow BDA Sports client, for feedback.

Kirk Cousins having crew follow him, film his free-agent journey

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New England will probably decline Shelton’s fifth-year option, given that run-stuffing defensive linemen just aren’t making eight-figure salaries often in free agency; but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Pats offer Shelton a contract extension if he starts his career in Foxborough well.

The return isn’t much for the Browns. Cleveland sends a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft to the Patriots, although it’s unclear whether it’ll be the pick the Browns acquired from the Packers on Friday or the fifth-rounder the Browns picked up from the Chiefs for another former first-round pick, Cam Erving. In return, Cleveland will get a 2019 third-rounder, but given the Patriots’ nearly unprecedented run of success, it seems extremely likely that pick will fall into the 90s next year.
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After five years of anchoring the middle of the Carolina defense, Lotulelei could be ready to test the market. The Panthers would have to decide whether to add another significant contract to a defensive line that already includes Kawann Short’s monster deal ($16.1 million annual average).

A torn ACL limited Robinson to one catch in 2017, but it occurred early enough for him to be fully recovered in time for training camp this summer. Giving significant money to a player Cody Zeller Jersey returning from a serious injury is tricky, but Robinson will generate a ton of interest. Catching 201 passes from Blake Bortles in three seasons (2014-16) is impressive.

It seemed likely in December that the Browns and Giants would take quarterbacks with the first two selections in April, but that’s not clear anymore. At the very least, it seems like there’s a chance that Saquon Barkley and Bradley Chubb are the first two picks of the draft.

Best prospect fits: If Denver doesn’t sign Keenum or another veteran in free agency, grabbing Wyoming’s Josh Allen at No. 5 (or moving up a couple spots to get him) makes a lot of sense. General manager John Elway personally scouted Allen at the Senior Bowl and at the Cowboys’ bowl game.

A chat with Godzilla: Hideki Matsui on Yankees job, Shohei Ohtani, and adjusting to America

My focus has been on working with children, because the baseball population has been dwindling in Japan. So that’s something I’ve been really focused on. I haven’t actually thought much about how Major League Baseball can be improved.

Dodgers: Yes, the Dodgers have lots of rotation options. Yes, they have elite pitching prospects who could make major impacts in 2018. But they also have a desire to A) Win the World Series and B) Control their payroll. Archer could help the Dodgers accomplish both goals. And remember that LA front-office guru Andrew Friedman traded for Archer once before, when he was the Rays’ GM and Archer was a prospect in Cubs organization.

Nationals: Yes, they have Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg atop the rotation, but they’ve already been linked to Jake Arrieta, and GM Mike Rizzo loves a powerful rotation. And, of course, there is urgency here with Bryce Harper’s expected departure after the 2018 season. Adding Archer for multiple years would help them retain a very legitimate contender status.

Unfortunately for Arrieta, a slow free-agent market forced him to accept a lesser deal than he reportedly turned down from the Cubs. Chicago made a last-ditch call to Arrieta, gauging his interest in a deal similar to what Darvish eventually agreed to. Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million deal, but before that deal was closed Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein reportedly put in a final call to Arrieta, who had been a mainstay of the team’s rotation in recent seasons.

Shohei Ohtani, the most celebrated hitter/pitcher in baseball since Babe Ruth, had mixed results in his first MLB game appearance in Tempe, Ariz.

The 23-year-old former Japanese star got the start for the Angels against the Brewers. He went 1 1/3 innings, throwing 31 pitches, before manager Mike Sciosia pulled him with the score tied 2-2. That’s standard procedure for most pitchers in early spring games, to have a low pitch count and come out early.

The right-hander struck out the first and the last batter he faced in the first inning, but labored in between. He fell behind leadoff hitter Jonathan Villar, 3-1, who then smashed a line drive to deep center that bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double.seahawks_002_b2441fff1b920b96-180x180

Pistons make big gamble with Blake Griffin trade, but it’s unlikely to pay off

In sports, desperate acts rarely work out for the best. What Pistons coach and front office honcho Stan Van Gundy agreed to do on Monday, 10 days ahead of the February trade deadline, amounts to utter desperation, and it’s hard to see how this works out for the best in Detroit.

Not that there is no reason for desperation. The Pistons have dropped eight straight, including losses to the Hornets, Bulls, Nets and Jazz, none of whom are remotely close to postseason contention. Things have gone sideways in Detroit, quickly, and it is no secret in NBA circles that this collapse could cost Van Gundy his job.

By shipping away Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, spare parts and a potential lottery pick to acquire Griffin, the Pistons have committed a king’s ransom — five years (including this one) and $173 million — to a player who is three years removed from last ranking among the elites. Griffin posts good numbers, certainly. No one would complain about 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

Vegas F Pierre-Edouard Bellemare returned after missing seven games with a hand injury. … Atkinson has 15 points in his last 19 games after missing 11 games with a fractured foot suffered in late December.

“He’s the Milli Vanilli of coaching,” Ball said. “What I mean is, you can go stand in the same spot like Luke Walton did and win 20-something games when you’ve got the right horses just running. Sometimes less coaching is the best coaching, but some of these guys like to act like they’ve really coached some guys that know how to play.

“How do you coach KD [Kevin Durant], Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson? You know how you coach them? You don’t. Turn your back and let them do what they do. As soon as they win the championship, everybody is like ‘Oh, he’s a great coach.’ That team was put together by Mark Jackson. And now he jumped up and (is) trying to take all the credit. That’s why I’m calling him Milli Vanilli of coaching.”

If Bridges develops as a creator, he can be a star. Both Kawhi Leonard and Gordon Hayward fit the above criteria in 2016-17 — they are obviously absent from the 2017-18 data due to injuries — and while they’re not necessarily good direct comparisons, they do provide a template for the type of two-way player Bridges could become at his ceiling.

Cavaliers’ trade acquisitions will not play vs. Hawks Friday, report says

Neither Rodney Hood, nor George Hill will play for the Cavaliers when they face off with the Hawks Friday as Cleveland waits for its trade with the Kings and Jazz to be finalized.

According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, now-former Cavaliers forward Iman Shumpert will not be able to get his physical done with the Kings until Saturday at the earliest. The trade is not complete until he passes his physical.

The video caused an uproar Sunday morning, which caused the video to be re-edited so Redick wasn’t in the montage.

Still, many fans are upset and are also demanding a statement and an apology from the NBA, even though the video was licensed to Chinese media company Tencent.

There’s still the possibility that the team moves on from Joe Johnson, however. Johnson has been hoping for a trade out of Utah, and if a deal can’t be found, he will be a candidate to have the remainder of his $10 million bought out. Miami, which signed Johnson in 2016 after he was bought out by the Nets, would be a potential destination. The Sixers, if they’re unable to add a wing on Thursday, would have interest as well.

On the defensive end, Porter appears to be a mixed bag. At times, his size and mobility are overwhelming for smaller opponents, but occasionally, he can be lackadaisical in making rotations and getting back in transition. His lateral quickness also isn’t great, and he doesn’t always sit down in a stance, although he’s capable.

In theory, Porter could be a multi-positional defender who can help on the defensive glass, as evidenced by the 16.6 rebounds per 40 minutes he grabbed in the Nike EYBL. It’s not clear he’s actualized that defensive potential yet. Realistically, one of the most valuable aspects of Porter potentially taking the floor for Missouri would be the opportunity to see him play defensively. How’s his effort? Does he fit in well within a team scheme? Can he regularly guard quicker small forwards?

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Dwyane Wade: ‘Paying some due respect’ to Joaquin Oliver, family

Dwyane Wade turned back the clock Tuesday night, showing the form that made him beloved by Miami Heat fans in his first run with the team.

And he did so while honoring Joaquin Oliver, one of the 17 shooting victims who died Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.

“You really can’t put that in words. You hurt for the family,” Wade told reporters. “If you ever get the opportunity to speak to them, you just try to hope the time where he was alive that you were able to bring some type of joy to his life and something memorable. A story that his family and you guys can talk about.”

Wade crafted another story Tuesday with a performance that left teammates and foes in awe of the 36-year-old guard.

“There’s something about Dwyane Wade when you put that Miami Heat jersey on and play in front of these fans,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He becomes somebody very special.”

Sixers guard JJ Redick, who missed a 3-point try at the buzzer that would have won it for Philly, offered his take: “D-Wade down the stretch was amazing.”

Lance Stephenson added 16 points for Indiana, and Bogdanovic had 14 after going 12 of 13 from the foul line.

Middleton led all scorers with 30 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks. Milwaukee looked out of sorts at times offensively and alternated near-misses with out-of-control possessions until the near-comeback in the fourth quarter.

“We’re not moving the ball side-to-side as much as we need to,” Middleton said.

Pacers: After an ugly 24-turnover game in a loss Wednesday at Atlanta, Indiana’s 13 turnovers against the Bucks were in line with its season average of 13.4. … Indiana entered 13-16 on the road, matching last season’s win total.

James reflected further on the accomplishment after the game, telling ESPN, “I need my own category,” now that he set himself apart with that statistical achievement. He also posted about the feat on Instagram.