Amid changes, Hawks still committed to Dwight Howard

The Hawks, like most Eastern Conference teams, are trying to find a way to unseat the Cavaliers.

After hiring new general manager Travis Schlenk, the franchise may be ready to make some changes. But don’t expect center Dwight Howard to go anywhere anytime soon.

Listen, Dwight is one of the best big guys in the league still, Schlenk told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. He averaged 13 points and 13 rebounds a game. He’s one of the best rebounders in the league. He’s one of the best rim protectors in the league.

I haven’t had a chance to talk to Dwight personally. We’ve exchanged some text messages. I certainly plan to talk to him soon and get to know him. I’m not going to judge you from what I’ve heard. Let me see you face-to-face.
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It would be a drastic move to get rid of Howard after he signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal last offseason, especially considering there is a good chance Atlanta will lose power forward Paul Millsap to free agency. Losing both frontcourt starters in the same offseason would be tough to manage.

The Cavaliers were up, 113-107, with less than three minutes left when an 11-0 run gave Golden State the 3-0 lead. Kevin Durant’s seven points in those last minutes were crucial, bringing his grand total of the night to 31 points scored.

Authentic Kids Mike Webster Jersey He took over, Kerr said of Durant’s effort. You can tell, he knows this is his moment. He’s been an amazing player in this league for a long time, and I think he’s — he senses this is his time, his moment, his team. When I say his team, I mean it’s not literally just his team, it’s we got a group around him that can help him and create space for him with the shooting and the play making, and I think he’s having the time of his life out there.

The Falcons scored on the ensuing possession and held a 17-0 lead after Ryan’s 14-yard touchdown run

The Falcons marched 80 yards on 13 plays on the game’s opening series, which ended with a 2-yard pass to Sanu.

The Packers (12-7) easily moved down the field, thanks to a pair of catches by Jordy Nelson, but the drive stalled inside the Falcons 30-yard line. Out trotted Packers kicker Mason Crosby for a 41-yard field goal attempt. Crosby had made an NFL-record 23 straight field goals in the postseason, but his kick Sunday against the Falcons went wide right. It was the first miss by an NFL kicker this postseason after 33 successful attempts.

The Falcons took a 10-0 lead on their next series and the Packers again responded by marching down the field. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski had plowed his way through defenders for a 12-yard gain, but was stripped by Jalen Collins inside the 10-yard line. The Falcons fumbled twice, but recovered each.

The Falcons scored on the ensuing possession and held a 17-0 lead after Ryan’s 14-yard touchdown run, his first rushing touchdown since 2012.

As great as the Falcons offense was, the Atlanta defense was also superb. Aaron Rodgers, Ryan’s top competitor for league MVP, was under constant pressure as the Falcons pinned their ears back with the large lead. Rodgers was sacked twice and went 27 of 45 for 287 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Rodgers was also the team’s leading rusher with 46 yards as the rest of the team totaled 53 yards.

Andy Reid is back on top of the NFL coaching heap for the first time in 14 seasons. Reid, in a close race over several strong contenders, was voted Sporting News Coach of the Year for his work with the Chiefs in 2016.

Reid is the sixth three-time winner of SN’s award. He joins Mike Smith, Joe Gibbs, Chuck Knox, Don Shula and Paul Brown. Reid also follows Knox (Rams, Seahawks) and Shula (Colts, Dolphins) in winning with multiple teams. falcons_079

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I would say it would be unlikely for any changes to occur, honestly, Irsay said. It’s unlikely, but look, we’ll see when we sit down and thoroughly vet the season… We’ll see what happens.

What this move means for Pagano’s future is anyone’s guess. Earlier this month, several media outlets reported a Colts source saying the team planned to keep both Grigson and Pagano, but more recent reports said Irsay was rebuffed in his pursuit of Jon Gruden to coach the team and that he is still trying to hire Peyton Manning as head of football operations.

The Colts went 49-31 in five seasons since Grigson and Pagano were hired in 2012. But after three straight 11-5 records, including a trip to the AFC Championship game following the 2014 season, the Colts have been 8-8 the past two seasons.

Grigson entered 2016 with a focus on the offensive line. Despite spending half their draft capitol going towards the offensive trenches, the Colts once again failed to make the playoffs. Under Grigson, the Colts used just four of their 14 draft picks in the first three rounds on defense, but ranked 30th in total defense this past season.

It took Trubisky a long time to earn even his one-year starting status for the Tar Heels. Kizer regressed with his decision-making and execution during a bad 2016 season for the Irish. Mahomes put up huge numbers, but they came in the defense-less Big 12 on a 5-7 team.

Game Womens Brandon Mebane Jersey We get why the scouting community likes those guys. Kizer, at 6-4, 230 pounds, has great physical tools as the best raw talent among the prospects. Trubisky, at 6-3, 220 pounds, also has the prototypical size, and he built himself up with his standout accuracy and efficiency. Mahomes, at 6-3, 219 pounds, showed a strong arm and pro-style pocket presence in a pass-heavy offense.

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How is your staff coming along in terms of the hiring process and the guys that you are going to retain

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I will say for someone like Tom Gamble, he’s got a ton of experience in this business and I’d be a fool not to sit down and soak that up and I’m eager to do that and like I said before, I’m very appreciative and I can’t wait to communicate how appreciative I am to the people in the building that are working really hard while things are kind of in flux and very soon we are all going to all be working together. I’m very appreciative and eager. Outside, I don’t want to get into specifics, but I can just tell you that we are going to be really aggressive. The response I can tell you has been magnificent from people who really want to be here.

What exactly are your duties as the GM Are you in charge of the salary cap and contract negotiations Will you oversee the scouting and college and pro personnel departments and will you have final say over the 53-man roster

You have to throw that consistency out there.

When asked whether he had any areas of work to focus on before his next start, Cole said no. He would simply have to continue to embrace the process.

That 6-4 right hander being at a loss for words is understandable. After all, his season got off to fairly successful start, as he allowed three or fewer runs in eight of his first nine outings and entered a May 22 contest against the Braves with a stellar 2.84 ERA. That night, however, Atlanta tagged him for five runs on 10 hits and started a string of four consecutive starts that have seen his ERA balloon to 4.83.

To hear Cole tell it, nothing in particular has changed in his approach or in his mechanics on the mound. The results just aren’t there.
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You have to throw that consistency out there. You have to continue to throw that quality out there, and it’s not happening, he said. It’s not very good.

D.J. Augustin Youth Jersey His poor performance could not come at a worse time for the Pirates, who are fighting to stay relevant in the NL Central race and find themselves in last place, trailing the Brewers by 5 1/2 games.

Of this group, Honeywell is both the most polished and has the biggest upside. In addition to his well-publicized screwball, Honeywell has plus command of four pitches and has performed well at Triple-A this season (3.69 ERA with a 45/6 K/BB). He profiles as a solid No. 3 starter and could provide quality innings at the back of the Rays rotation.

Lopez has pitched well at Triple-A this season (2.94 ERA with 50 Ks in 49 innings) and is almost certain to get a look in the White Sox rotation at some point. He has the potential for three plus pitches, but he’s struggled with consistency. If he can execute all three of his pitches, he has the stuff to be a No. 2 starter.

Tynes held the Bucs responsible for employing trainer Todd Toriscelli

While Kraft has admitted the scandal damaged his friendship with Goodell, the commissioner said Wednesday things never got personal.

“I have disagreements with probably all 32 of our teams,” Goodell said. “I’m not afraid of disagreement. I don’t think disagreement leads to distrust or hatred. It’s just a disagreement. You take your disagreements, find a common place and move forward. That’s what it is. It’s not all personal in nature, which I know people like to make it. For us, it’s about making sure we do what’s right for the league long-term.”

Tynes held the Bucs responsible for employing trainer Todd Toriscelli, who now works for the Titans. Toriscelli, the director of sports medicine for the Titans, was with the Bucs for 17 years. He had several knee surgeries and had “admitted to close friends” that his own infection is what led to the MRSA infections of Tynes and Nicks because they shared the same hot and cold tubs and other therapy devices and equipment at the Bucs facilities, according to the Times.

Tynes, now 38, was undrafted out of Troy in 2001 and spent his first two NFL seasons on the Chiefs practice squad. After stints with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe and the CFL’s Ottawa Renegades, he rejoined the Chiefs in 2004 and was their full-time kicker for three seasons.

Tynes spent the next six seasons with the Giants, helping them win a pair of Super Bowls before joining the Bucs in the summer of 2013. He never played a game for Tampa Bay after an ingrown toenail in mid-August led to his MRSA infection. He was still paid his $905,000 in base salary for 2013.

Tynes made 81.5 percent of his field goal attempts, with 190 made, and missed six of 363 extra-point attempts over his nine-year career.
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Bowser had begun to thrive even before Tom Herman arrived on campus.

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In the play below, Bowser, as a freshman, showcased the type of versatile upside he’s blossomed into at Houston. Here, he aligns as a 4-3 over the strongside linebacker and transitions from a line-of-scrimmage player into coverage to make the interception in space.
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Despite the buzz around the position, one name is far too frequently left out. Tyus Bowser, a leader of the revitalized Houston program, doesn’t just merit consideration as one of many pass-rushers. He’s a first-round prospect, one of the most uniquely talented prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft, and deserves to be considered in that tier before and after the NFL Scouting Combine.

A four-year contributor and two-year starter at Houston, Bowser had begun to thrive even before Tom Herman arrived on campus. He further blossomed with the coaching staff as the talent level around him rose. Bowser has bounced between a true defensive end role and an outside linebacker over his career, and has offered value as both a pass-rusher and coverage option.

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Once the Chiefs make their cap casualty cuts, it makes sense for them to step up and pay Berry his market value, which is in the range of $12.5 million per year with approximately $30 million-$40 million in guarantees.
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Berry and his agent surely are focused on Tyrann Mathieu’s deal with the Cardinals signed last year 鈥?five years, $62.5 million, $15.5 million signing bonus and $40 million guaranteed with a first-year cap number of $4.3 million.

Kansas City brass 鈥?owner Clark Hunt, general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid 鈥?might feel Berry’s health resume makes him a risky player to sign to a contract befitting one of the best (if not the best) safeties in the game. And since recent big contracts for Dwayne Bowe and Justin Houston have not panned out, the Chiefs might be overly cautious with such deals.

The Chiefs also have salary cap issues, as they’re basically right at the projected cap of $168 million. The good news is they have several viable options to create cap room via releases or pay cuts with players such as Jamaal Charles, overpaid backup quarterback Nick Foles and aging linebacker Derrick Johnson.

Colon has been essentially a one-pitch pitcher for years

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The MLB-best Astros are 38-16 and are on pace to win 114 games, which would be tied for third-most in history with the 1998 Yankees.

Colon has been essentially a one-pitch pitcher for years, but he has made it work with movement and smarts. When too many fastballs move into the happy zone, lots of crooked numbers follow.
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His fly-balls-as-home-runs percentage is the highest it has been in eight years. His extra-base-hit percentage, per Baseball-reference.com, is at a career high. Other peripherals (home run rate, ground ball rate, line drive rate, hard-hit rate) are roughly in line with those of recent years, so those first two percentages really stand out.

The Braves signed Colon to a one-year, $12.5 million contract last offseason to eat innings and give their younger pitchers more time to develop in the minors. He’s making it very difficult for management to stay that course.

And if he does find himself without a job this summer, how many teams will risk even a pro-rated share of the minimum salary in the hope he can figure it out? Will time have finally run out for him?

Look at how much these NFL players love their moms

It’s Mother’s Day, and social media is filled with people expressing their thankfulness for the women who raised them and cared for them. NFL players are no exception.

Players had some really sweet messages for their moms and wives. Rams cornerback Kayvon Webster praised his mother’s strength.

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“At some point, everybody moves on,” Brady said. “Some people don’t do it on their terms. I feel I want it to be on my terms.”

Brady’s football career got off to a fairly inauspicious start. He started out as the seventh-string quarterback at the University of Michigan, and everyone knows that he fell all the way into the sixth round before the Patriots selected him with the 199th pick in the 2000 draft.

But what you may not know is that Brady’s early days in football were just as much of a battle. In the interview, Brady shared that his high school team went 0-8 in his freshman season, and Brady wasn’t good enough to win the starting job even though the guy ahead of him on the depth chart threw just two touchdown passes all season.

Brady certainly wasn’t the G.O.A.T. back then, but he may be wrong about whether he is now.
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