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Cowboys’ pre-draft visitors include top defensive tackles

The Cowboys (almost) always show their hand in their pre-draft visits.

In the past 13 drafts, the Cowboys’ first-round choice has made a pre-draft visit except for Morris Claiborne in 2012. So it’s a safe assumption that Dallas’ first-round pick will come from one of the prospects it hosts at The Star.

Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley, Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans, Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea and Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne are among the names on the list to watch because of the positions they play. (It’s no wonder the Cowboys sent a large contingent, including head coach Jason Garrett, to Alabama’s Pro Day.)

But the Cowboys view Payne and Vea as three techniques, which is one of the most important positions in Marinelli’s defense. It’s the position Warren Sapp played during his Hall of Fame career with Marinelli as his position coach in Tampa.

Since the Cowboys switched to the Tampa 2 in 2013, Jason Hatcher has come the closest to being a dominant three technique for them. He had 11 sacks — the most for a Cowboys’ defensive tackle since Randy White had 12.5 in 1984 — as well as 33 quarterback pressures. Hatcher left for Washington in free agency in 2014.

The Cowboys would love to find a three technique to disrupt things inside, and Vea and Payne could be just that.

One of the items — a diamond ring for which Brees paid $8.18 million — allegedly appraised for only $3.75 million.

Moradi’s lawyer contends that nothing improper occurred.

“Drew Brees aggressively purchased multi-million dollar pieces of jewelry,” Eric M. George told TMZ. “Years later, claiming to suffer ‘cash flow problems,’ he tried to bully my client into undoing the transactions. . . . Mr. Brees’s behavior and his belief that he was wronged because the jewelry did not appreciate in value as quickly as he hoped both demonstrate a lack of integrity and contradict basic principles of both economics and the law.”la_kings_002

Encarnacion’s inside-park HR highlights Indians’ 6-0 win

The Cleveland Indians loved the sight of 35-year-old Edwin Encarnacion chugging around the bases on his way to a standup inside-the-park home run.

I knew he had wheels, but … starter Mike Clevinger said with a laugh. You see something new every day.

I was too tired, he said. I just see the ball and when the ball go away from Upton, I said in my mind, `I’ve got to make it to the plate.’ It was a lot of running. But I like it. It’s good.

The most recent inside-the-park homer by the Indians was Naquin’s remarkable game-ending hit on Aug. 19, 2016, against Toronto.

That’s a lot of praise for Edwin, Naquin said. That man’s hit a lot of homers. It’s not easy to get an inside-the-park home run, so that obviously says Eddie’s running hard. He plays the game the right way and he showed up. You’re either going to have a triple or a homer in the books. Doesn’t matter how you get it.

Encarnacion was welcomed back to the dugout with high-fives and a teammate fanning him off with a towel.

Napoleon McCallum, a former Raiders running back and now the director of community development for Las Vegas Sands Corp., was sitting between the parties. As a fan of both sides of the table, McCallum made this meeting happen.

The Las Vegas side of the table was excited, though skeptical of the Raiders’ intentions. Prominent UNLV official Don Snyder, who had spent the past year as the school’s president, was in the room. Snyder has had a hand in some of Las Vegas’ most ambitious projects such as the downtown Fremont Experience and, more recently, the $470 million Smith Center for Performing Arts. He’s well-connected in town. This meeting was the first he was learning of interest from the Raiders. Everyone hoped this was the beginning of something special, but it was early in the game.

At the time, the Raiders’ focus remained on Los Angeles or finding a way to stay in Oakland. Davis didn’t want any news of the meeting at UNLV to damage those discussions. There were many other suitors, too. San Antonio was interested; so was Sacramento. Casual inquiries came from Calgary and Mexico. Among the primary candidates, Las Vegas was the long-shot bachelorette with a history of gambling.

At the other end of the table, across from Davis, was Bo Bernhard, executive director of the International Gaming Institute. A former captain of the Harvard baseball team, Bernhard is forward-thinking, humble, witty and a leading authority on gambling.patriots_379

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

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?

Meanwhile, other coaches have tougher jobs to make sure they get the mix just right, like McLellan and the young North America .Really, this category should be for the least unlikely team, not the likely team.The process be completed after laces them up tightly that his well-worn knuckles are bright red with the effort.lions_240

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.
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2018 Super Bowl: What time is kickoff?

Super Bowl 52 will feature a rematch 13 years in the making, when the Philadelphia Eagles try to enact revenge against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC (live stream at NBC Sports).

On the other sideline, you’ve got Tom Brady, who is obviously no stranger to playing in a Super Bowl. The Patriots might have experience on their side, but they’ve had to overcome some significant injuries as well and are hoping to return tight end Rob Gronkowski — who is still in concussion protocol — to the lineup before kickoff. Even without him, the Pats boast a rushing duo that is hard to stop and a mastermind head coach who is sure to throw in more than few surprises come game time.

There are a couple of different ways to catch a live stream of the big game, including on NBCSports.com. You can also watch Super Bowl 52 from the NFL App and Yahoo! Sports App. The game will also be streamed for your listening pleasure across the airwaves, including NFL GamePass, SiriusXM (Ch. 88), ESPN Deportes Radio, and NBC Universo.

Brandin Cooks may offer a bit more value for Patriots backers, at +110 to score a touchdown at some point in the game. Cooks put up comparable numbers to Gronkowski during the regular season with 65 catches, 1,082 yards receiving, and seven touchdowns and feels due for a big game after a slow start to the regular season.

Other Patriots options include Dion Lewis (+120), Rex Burkhead (+175), James White (+175), Danny Amendola (+175), and Chris Hogan (+225).

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (+140 to score a touchdown in Super Bowl LII) and Nelson Agholor (+225) each had eight receiving touchdowns during the regular season, while Alshon Jeffery (+175) led the team with nine. Jeffery also snagged two touchdowns catches in Philadelphia’s 38-7 win over Minnesota in the NFC Championship. Jay Ajayi (+150) and LeGarrette Blount (+200) will also try to reach the end zone out of the backfield.bears_016-223x223

a few football fields from the home stadium of the Buffalo Bills

It’s 10 a.m., and about the same number of degrees outside. “A little early for beer,” remarks a patron at this local watering hole. This is merely an observation; not a deterrent. He proceeds to take a long swig of cold Bud Light.

Just not a football Sunday in January—at least, not since the days of Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed and Bruce Smith, the Bills greats who used to pop by this neighborhood joint in the 1990s.

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Every offseason, They pick a mutually convenient restaurant or coffee shop, crack open their laptops, and spill. Nothing is considered private at the table. “Every piece of trivial information that we can get our hands on, we trade to help each other get better,” Hitchcock says. “It’s like a four-hour individual coaching symposium.”

It was definitely big for us, Niederreiter said.Every day that goes bye, just makes me think that this is all a smoke screen and the Glazers ‘t really have any intention of building this team quickly and spending close to the cap.The only tree dad has ever wanted, I now realize, is a family tree.A replay ruled that Rizzo had come off the bag, but it almost didn’t matter; the throw itself was enough to leave Cubs fans salivating.

As one looks over the MLB Hall of Fame, there are bound to be players inducted that make one wonder who they were.His production slipped with each year that passed, complete with more off-the-court issues at every stop.

Two Rivers Water Protectors say the border reveals the federal government’s priorities when it comes to regulating pipelines, noting that while the federal government easily greenlit ETP’s pipelines to cross major waterways like the Rio Grande and the Missouri River , it showed more hesitation regarding ETP’s plan to route the Comanche Trail pipeline under the border fence and under the federally-owned Canal, filing injunction to halt construction on the pipeline November, and filing another motion to ensure the Department of Homeland Security has opportunity to review ETP’s route.If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X the upper right corner of the comment box.Diaz, the Mariners’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year, likely return to Class AA .bears_142-223x223

Sony Michel sprints his way to a 74-yard touchdown to make it an insurmountable 21-0.

Columbus prosecutor Robert S. Tobias told USA Today in an email that he believed Elliott had been violent with his accuser, but didn’t think his office had the evidence to pursue charges:

“I think we’ve made major progress since our last game,” Smart said. “But on the other hand, we haven’t played a game since our last game. You want your on-court results to mirror the progress you’re making off the court and in practice culturally. Sometimes, that doesn’t happen as fast as you want it to. But this is a big year for us to take a big jump on the court in terms of results.”

Said Bamba: “The platform for winning now is as big as can be. We have a really talented team this year. Can’t wait to get out there and show how things have changed since last year.”

“He’s had to deal with more than most people deal with in their entire career,” Rivera said. “Some of it’s happened naturally. Some of it, he’s brought on himself. But he’s tried to be that guy who says, O.K., I can compartmentalize it, and I can do football when I have to do football. It’s what I say to the guys: Be where your feet are. Last week he epitomized that as well as you can.”

So now that story is gone, Newton’s healthy, and the offense is geared to help him take the next step. And the Panthers can turn the page on all this, starting tonight.

And let’s start with the one player to actually change hands in the deal. The 49ers took half-measures this offseason to address the quarterback position, signing Brian Hoyer as a result of his experience playing under new coach Kyle Shanahan before using a third-round pick on C.J. Beathard.

As a white-and-blue sea of players parts, Sony Michel sprints his way to a 74-yard touchdown to make it an insurmountable 21-0.
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After the game the players run off the field into the small locker room.

Stat of the Week: Kevin Owens has spent over half–559 of his 1,028 days, to be exact–employed by WWE as the NXT, United States, Intercontinental, or Universal champion.

Al Snow’s weekly advice column, Inside Al’s Head, discussed the tragic events from the Las Vegas shooting this past Sunday.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking,” said Snow. “It’s so sad that there is nothing any of us can say or do to change this horrific event.”

Bortles hasn’t been great, but he hasn’t had to be, and you can easily argue that circumstance is better for a young quarterback than giving him a bunch of weapons and asking him to win every game. And all this really left me with two thoughts to close out this week.

In Super Bowl XXI, McConkey etched his name into Giants lore with a momentum-shifting 25-yard punt return, a 44-yard reception on a flea-flicker and a fourth quarter coup de grace touchdown catch that is still fondly remembered in franchise history.

Both the NFL and NFLPA argued before the three-judge panel in New Orleans. The NFL is asking the court to throw out the stay that’s put Elliott’s suspension on hold. There will be no decision Monday, but one is expected soon:

“We chose to come to the University of Chicago!” Wilkerson shouts inside the cramped space, voice hoarse from yelling during the game. The players shush each other in anticipation and look to Wilkerson, standing in the middle of the huddle.

The injury to Rodgers is a rerun of the 2013 season, when, in the eighth game of the season, Rodgers broke his left collarbone, also in a key division game the Packers went on to lose.
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