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NFL trade news: Patriots acquire OT Trent Brown from 49ers

A day after using their first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to address their offensive line, the Patriots have made another move to protect Tom Brady.
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New England has acquired tackle Trent Brown from the 49ers, the team announced Friday. The Patriots also will get a fifth-round pick (143rd overall) in this year’s draft while sending San Francisco a third-rounder (95th overall).
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Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick by San Francisco in 2015 and has started at right tackle the last two seasons. At 6-8, 355 pounds, he’s an imposing force, but the 49ers selected Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick Thursday night and this move opens up a spot for the rookie.

Obviously the Bills organization vetted him, Alexander said Friday. So when something like this comes out, [you have to talk to] other teammates or coaches. He’s played with some African-Americans on his teams, so I know they would say something at some point — or especially when something like this comes up, they’re gonna tweet, ‘Yeah, this is him.’

You haven’t heard anything like that. He’s grown, matured, owned it. He’s very contrite and apologetic for what he said and did, because he’s learned the magnitude of that word.

Foster was originally arrested Feb. 12 on charges relating to domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon. He was accused of assaulting his live-in girlfriend, rupturing her eardrum and leaving her bruised.

The 49ers were heavily criticized for not cutting Foster immediately, but Lynch again said he wanted to make sure the team had all the facts before they made a decision.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said RHP Danny Farquhar has been able to go on light walks with his wife as he continues to improve. He remains in Charles Clay Authentic Jersey stable condition in intensive care after suffering a brain aneurysm Saturday and collapsing in the dugout.

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White Sox: 1B Jose Abreu was not in the lineup with flu-like symptoms, which caused him to exit in the fourth inning Wednesday. … LF Nicky Delmonico was scratched with a stiff neck. Traycie Thompson replaced him in the lineup.

Inside Taylor Hall’s transformation — and what’s next

After DeRozan was held to 17 points on 6-for-17 shooting in Game 1, he graciously commented that he welcomed Washington’s traps — what better way to get teammates involved? But DeRozan, along with Lowry, came into the playoffs with a less-than-stellar postseason r茅sum茅. Decoying isn’t a bad contingency for a night, but for the Raptors to achieve what they want this spring, DeRozan has to reverse his personal history.
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Judge’s two-run, third-inning liner deep into the left-field seats off Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was the difference in the game until the sixth when the Yankees sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven times to turn a 2-1 nailbiter into a blowout.

Boone called it a a little bit of swagger.
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They didn’t see this a couple weeks ago when Andujar was hitless in his first 12 at-bats following a first-weekend-of-the-season call-up from Triple-A.

After becoming the buzz of summer league by changing sneakers every game, Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball stuck to just a handful of mostly solid color pairs of his debut Big Baller Brand ZO2 signature shoe, leaving room to build on his rookie campaign and the massive early attention that the brand was able to generate.

Edwards: I don’t know how that puck found its way from Bergeron’s stick to the back of that goal.

Reimer: [Zdeno] Chara was screening me. I didn’t see that goal. I still haven’t seen that goal.

Kids Clay Matthews Jersey Patrice Bergeron, Bruins center: We had a reminder against [the Philadelphia Flyers, who rallied from 3-0 down to beat the Bruins] in 2010 that it’s never over. It’s always nicer when Brice Butler Jersey it’s on your side than the opposite. [Our series in] 2013 was a lot more fun than 2010. Sports is crazy like that.

Ty Lue is crowing about a secret best five-man lineup the Cavs didn’t use in Game 1. Umm, the playoffs started. The Pacers smacked Cleveland with a level of intensity these Cavs have never displayed. Might want to ratchet things up, guys.

The Cavs will get a dunk, layup or 3-pointer on a huge majority of possessions — like, almost all of them — when LeBron posts up Bojan Bogdanovic or Lance Stephenson. Those guys have no chance. (That’s no slight. Bogdanovic played LeBron well. No normal wing has a chance when LeBron decides it’s time to work.)

The true story behind the Capitals’ ‘puck girl,’ first-grader Keelan Moxley

Young Washington Capitals fan Keelan Moxley was standing near the ice before her team’s playoff game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, watching warmups, when Capitals winger Brett Connolly noticed her and tried to toss her a puck. A man behind her caught the puck and gave it to the boy next to Keelan instead. Disappointment immediately registered on the 6-year-old’s face.

The tweet has been seen on Twitter more than 14 million times, according to the site’s analytics, and the video itself has been watched more than 7.1 million times.

But what’s more telling is the fact that the tweet was interacted with more than 1.6 million times and drew more than 2,200 comments — including this one from someone with the handle @hollyrene44: I know I’m supposed to focus on the positive of the situation, she tweeted. But I hate this video. So many parallels to be made here for females who love sports. Holly Rene has 238 followers. Her comment was liked 6,900 times.

I didn’t shoot the video. I just tweeted it. But seeing how it went viral, I felt some responsibility to do a follow up.

I’ve always stayed even-keeled with the postseason, James said after registering his 20th career playoff triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. I mean, I’m down 0-1 in the first round. I was down 3-1 in the Finals. So I’m the last guy to ask about how you’re going to feel the next couple days.

Indeed, James and the Cavs crawled back from a 3-1 deficit against a record-setting Golden State Warriors team in the 2016 NBA Finals to capture the first championship in franchise history.

But that team had more time together and a combination of more top-level talent (such as Kyrie Irving, now with the Boston Celtics) and more playoff-tested role players (such as Richard Jefferson, now with the Denver Nuggets) than this season’s.

Game 1, according to James, was a rude awakening for some of his teammates getting their first real taste of competing in the playoffs on a team with a target on its back as a title contender.seahawks_163

Joe Staley earns a raise from the 49ers

Now that they have a quarterback, the 49ers are going to make sure he’s protected, and by a guy who feels valued himself.
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Game 2 is on Monday, and even though the Warriors are short-handed, they are confident that their team-first mentality will carry them through.

It’s not just one guy who has the ball all the time and making all the plays, Durant said. I think that’s the beauty of our team: that all of us can go off and score 30 or get eight, nine assists or grab 11 rebounds. That’s just the beauty of our team, and all of us Budda Baker Authentic Jersey chip in when it comes to facilitating and orchestrating.
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Bryant and Witten became close over the years, especially since Bryant moved into the same neighborhood as the Pro Bowl tight end. Witten said last Friday was an emotional day for all of us, but defended the captains.

I don’t know what all that’s about, Witten said. I know when you go through these processes there’s a lot of things that probably go into it. I know I enjoyed my time with Dez and I think that I appreciated everything that we were able to do. Certainly invested a lot in him and he has helped me become a better player, too. So I appreciate that time together. Look, being a captain is a huge honor for me and the other guys and I know what those guys’ character is all about. There’s really nothing there.

Slater said Tuesday that he understands the desire to make the game safer for players and acknowledged his own bias toward keeping things as they are given the role he plays in the NFL, but called kickoffs part of the fabric of the game while strongly disagreeing with attempts to take it away.
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To take away the kickoff, I really think it would be tragic, Slater said in comments distributed by the team. I really think, like I said, you’re changing the fabric of the game that we all love to cover, report on, that we love to play, coach, and I think it’s very disheartening to continue to have this brought up. I understand, look, people are concerned with the long-term health and safety of the players. But as I said, no one’s more concerned than the men that are actually out there doing it, and if we’re OK doing it, I don’t understand why we have to continue to look for alternatives, continue to push. Those are just my thoughts on it. As you can tell, I feel strongly about it and would love to continue that dialogue throughout the course of the season.

49ers: Reuben Foster will not participate in team activities

The NFL, for reasons neither apparent nor obvious, chose not to place 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster on the Commissioner’s Exempt list after the 2017 first-rounder was charged with three felonies arising from an alleged incident of domestic violence. The 49ers have decided to handle the situation on their own.
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Reuben Foster will not participate in team activities as he is tending to his legal matters, the 49ers said in a joint statement from CEO Jed York, G.M. John Lynch, and coach Kyle Shanahan. As previously stated, his future with the team will be determined by the information revealed during the legal process.

The 49ers likely lack the authority to make this move, absent Foster’s consent. It’s possible, if Foster didn’t consent to the decision, that Foster will push back against the effort to keep him out of the building. If he pushes too hard, however, the 49ers could simply do what they would have done if he weren’t regarded as a good player: Cut him loose.

Just trying to do too much, not letting the game come to me, Green said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. I was thinking too much. Thinking I have to make every play to get the offense going. Not being myself and just going out there and having fun like I usually do. 鈥?Seasons like that you have to change and grow. I felt this was definitely one to help me grow more as a person and channel my emotions a little bit better.

Green will be working with a new wide receivers coach this season and everyone in Cincinnati will be hoping that there’s more to smile about in 2018 than there was last year.

The controversy that often comes along as Beckham Baggage does affect the team’s stance on making a long-term commitment.

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There is seemingly always something new with Beckham for the Giants to consider. A seven-second video surfaced showing Beckham in a bed with pizza, holding what could have been a dark cigarette. The woman posting the video, French model Laura Cuenca, told The Post last Authentic Brad Hand Jersey week she met Beckham March 8 at a club in Paris and that they spent the night together at the exclusive Four Seasons George V hotel off the Champs-Elysees.
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McCullers strikes out 11 as Astros shut down Mariners 4-1

Lance McCullers Jr. saw manager A.J. Hinch walking toward him in the Houston dugout during the top of the seventh inning. He thought Hinch might tell the young right-hander his night was done.
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He just walked right past me. I Chad Williams Authentic Jersey was like, `Hell yeah, McCullers said. I really wanted to go back out there for the seventh, and I’m glad I finished it the way that I did.

McCullers matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-hit ball, Brian McCann hit a tiebreaking two-run home run and the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Will Harris pitched the eighth and Chris Devenski worked the ninth for his second save.

McCann’s home run in the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie and was his first of the season. Reliever Dan Altavilla (1-2) struggled to get into a rhythm taking over in the sixth, walking Evan Gattis to start the inning then leaving a 97 mph fastball in the middle of the plate for McCann.

Seattle starter Ariel Miranda was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to make the start and pitched well holding the Astros to one run in five innings, but skirted trouble throughout his first outing of the season.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks agreed with his shooting guard on Toronto’s hands-on defense.
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Yeah, he was, Brooks said when told that Beal said Toronto grabbed and held him. But you got to move and come off screens with great pace. You can’t just stand still, that is what they do. Kyle is a tremendous defender but if you don’t move him, you will play into his hands, literally.
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Wall had said on Sunday and Monday that some of his 14 missed shots from the field came on drives while he was fouled with no call. Wall finished with 23 points and 15 assists while shooting 6-for-20 from the field. The point guard, playing in just his fifth game since returning from knee surgery at the end of March, went to the line more than anyone else in the game.

Wall, who missed all four regular-season meetings between the teams, was 8-for-10 from the free throw line but said he was told he probably should have had even more foul shots.

Still unsigned, Willie Snead attending start of Saints offseason workouts: source

Some New Orleans Saints players have shared on social media their excitement for the start of offseason workouts this week.

But, one player whose attendance remained a question was wide receiver Willie Snead. A restricted free agent, the Saints offered Snead the lowest tender with a $1.907 million contract for next season, but he has yet to sign it.

The organization opened itself up to this possibility when it released veteran left guard Josh Sitton. Nelson can slide into the spot with the potential to provide Pro Bowl and All-Pro performances for the next decade.

Micah Kiser’s numbers are eye-popping and highlight a player who routinely tracks the ball and makes plays when it matters. He has a relentless motor that keeps him active in all phases and will endear him with NFL coaches who love toughness and hustle. A limited athletic skill set makes specific matchups worrisome, but Kiser’s thumping attitude is built for the NFL.

Two bad right knee injuries cannot be overlooked by NFL teams. Shaun Dion Hamilton has not been able to test for teams and needed to show his range and athleticism. Fundamentally, Hamilton is very solid and well-coached. An instinctual player who can drop into coverage and play in traffic. Despite not being the best prospect at the position, Hamilton has been able to earn playing time in a star-studded defense throughout his career at Alabama. Teams will fall in love with his IQ and leadership skills.

Josey Jewell is an ode to the throwback linebacker in playing style despite a frame that doesn’t quite match. He lives near the ball and racks up tackle after tackle, an encouraging sign that highlights his instincts and competitiveness. Jewell will struggle when isolated against above-average athletes in space and will have to rely on tape study to compensate.

Fitzpatrick is most comfortable covering the slot, and Washington traded last year’s nickel corner, Kendall Fuller, to the Kansas City Chiefs as part of the Alex Smith deal. The 21-year-old former Alabama defender can be an interchangeable piece as a safety, cornerback or nickel linebacker.  

A prospect’s role doesn’t need to be defined if he can do a little bit of everything.steelers_001

Brewers’ Yelich expected back against Reds

Christian Yelich will be back in the starting lineup for Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon when the Brewers wrap up their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park.
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Yelich was activated from the disabled list Tuesday night but did not appear in the Brewers’ 2-0 victory. He had been sidelined since April 5 with a strained oblique, an injury that brought a fantastic start to a screeching halt.

He has a 2/3 record with a 3.72 ERA in nine career starts against the Reds, and went 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA in four starts against Cincinnati last year.

Driving out again, it was remarkably bad, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. It’s just the right thing to do. It’s not about just getting games in. You want to be able to play the game on a major league-caliber, championship-caliber level.
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Yesterday’s game, we were fortunate actually that it was played in its entirety, because that’s why we won that game, based on how badly the conditions were by the end of the game, et cetera. So we’ll take it, but I’m glad that the decision was made this way today.

Five other major league games were postponed Sunday — White Sox at Twins, Angels at Royals, Blue Mark Glowinski Jersey Jays at Indians and the Yankees-Tigers doubleheader in Detroit — running the season total to 21. That is baseball’s highest number through the end of April since there were 26 in 2007.

It was the second postponement of the Cubs’ first homestand after their home opener against Pittsburgh was pushed back a day by snow.

If it was up to me, no one would play north of Atlanta or east of Colorado in the first few weeks, but that’s not going to happen, Braves reliever Peter Moylan said.

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The Braves chased Jose Quintana in the third on their way to a 10-2 lead. But the Cubs went ahead to stay with nine runs in the eighth on just three hits, taking advantage of five walks, two hit batters, an error and a wild pitch.

the Denver Broncos are expected to be in the market for a quarterback during the 2018 NFL draft.

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His production hasn’t been the same over the past three years, however, averaging just 678 yards per season. He missed 10 games due to injury during this stretch and totaled just 17 touchdowns.

This caused plenty of speculation about Bryant’s future with the team considering his exorbitant cap hit.聽

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We’re going to be grinding it out and trying to determine what is in the best interest of our business, executive vice president Stephen Jones said of the receiver in February, per Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram.

Barkley’s positional versatility is singularly impressive among the running backs in this class, and it would be the same in most draft classes. He can run inside and outside with tremendous speed, lateral agility and acceleration. As a receiver, he can line up anywhere from offset in a Pistol formation to the slot to outside鈥攈e has the potential to be the NFL’s best receiving back since Le’Veon Bell rounded out his skill set. As a direct-snap running quarterback who finds himself behind the center from pre-snap movement, Barkley can also create explosive plays. It’s easy to see why some would tout him as a truly great back, and in many aspects of his play, he is just that.

Bert Whigham, who has been training Barkley this year at Tom Shaw Performance in Florida, set the bar fairly high regarding his client’s professional prospects, comparing him to another player Whigham has trained.

New ‘Bus’ for Steelers? Leighton Vander Esch’s next stop could be Pittsburgh

The last notable Bus associated with the Steelers was Jerome Bettis.
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That could be changing in April’s NFL Draft.

Leighton Vander Esch does not share the same nickname with the Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, but the Boise State linebacker’s family actually owns a bus. That’s right 鈥?a 40-foot coach that can sit 30 passengers, complete with a mini-kitchen, tables and televisions. And just like the Jerry Mobile that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones brings to NFL happenings, there’s no mistaking who is connected with this vehicle.

The bottom line is that the Ravens needed a backup quarterback, and they didn’t have a ton of cap space or viable options. Griffin accepted a contract worth not much more than the veteran minimum. (The extra benefit is that Griffin could be used in a change-of-pace Wildcat-style package, if the Ravens would choose to do that.)
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Whatever the reason for adding Griffin, the status of Flacco can’t be overlooked. The price for winning Super Bowl XLVII included a market-value contract for Flacco, backloaded in a way that required a restructuring two years ago. Now, Flacco has a salary of only $12 million but, due to payments previously made, a cap figure of more than twice that. Cutting him would trigger more than $28 million in dead money.

After giving up the triple to Goldschmidt, the 31-year-old left-hander retired 17 of his final 18 batters.

The Giants’ best scoring chance off Godley came in the fifth, when Buster Posey reached on a fielder’s choice and went to third on Brandon Crawford’s one-out single. But Godley got Hunter Pence to pop out to first and Gregor Blanco on a grounder to second.

He did everything we needed him to do on a night when we might’ve been a little short in the bullpen, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

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