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I don’t really talk about free agency. But the bottom line is that obviously we’d like to have him back on our team, Gentry said Monday while speaking at the Saints Hall of Fame Golf Classic. Anyone that thinks you’re better having a guy that averaged [25 PPG, 13 RPG, 5 APG] not on your team is really kind of not in tune to what it takes to win in this league.

So there’s just so many factors that enter into it. But there’s not one single person, player or coach or in the basketball ops department or ownership that doesn’t want him back.

I know for a fact my teammates want me back there, but you know it’s a business. The people in the front office are going to make the best decision for the team or whatever they feel is the best decision. You know, we’ll see what happens, said Cousins, who was asked if he was open to re-signing with New Orleans if the deal is right.

Oh yeah, for sure, Cousins said. This is my first time in free agency, but I’ve been around this business long enough. I know how things work. I’m not out here trying to hold a grudge or anything like that. I’m going to make the best decision for me, and I believe teams are going to do the same thing.
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Cousins told The Undefeated that his goal is to be back from his injury in time for training camp, though doctors have not put a target date on his return. He had primarily been rehabbing in Los Angeles but was cleared to travel in time to sit courtside as the Pelicans finished their first-round sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in New Orleans.

The Celtics were making their most spirited charge of the night early in the fourth quarter when Al Horford raced off a pindown screen from Marcus Smart and got a wide-open look from beyond the 3-point arc on the right wing. It’s a shot that has been automatic for Horford for most of the postseason, and he held his follow-through high as it left his hand, only for the shot to clang hard off the back rim.

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But Horford’s missed 3-pointer was the first of five chances the Celtics squandered over a 98-second span before Cleveland scored again. Boston missed three shots and committed a turnover before big man Aron Baynes drew a foul following an offensive rebound. Even then, Baynes missed one of the two free throws, and Boston never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

I think we had to tighten up a little bit more, and we didn’t do that. We let it slip away a couple times when we had [the deficit] at eight, Terry Rozier said. And that’s something that we have to get better at, especially being on the road. We’ve gotta take good shots, better shots.

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The Reds traded catcher Devin Mesoraco to the Mets for Harvey on May 8, giving him a chance to revive a career that had bottomed out. Harvey (1-2) has thrown more pitches each outing as he gets back into form after being relegated to the Mets bullpen.
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He is looking a little better each time out, too. He limited the Pirates to three hits.

Nolan Ryan Game Jersey It was a good step for me, Harvey said. There were times earlier this year when I thought I might not get another win in the big leagues. It was good to get that first one.

The Pirates loaded the bases in the first with the help of a pair of walks, but Harvey escaped the threat by fanning Colin Moran for the first of his five strikeouts. Moran hit a solo homer in the fourth.

Regardless of how often the Browns make that statement, the presence of first overall pick Baker Mayfield means that people are wondering when a quarterback change is coming to Cleveland. That might bother some quarterbacks, but Taylor pointed to his own draft experience as a reminder that he’s been overlooked before and that his approach shouldn’t change because of who else is on the roster.

I was drafted in 2011, Taylor said, via Cleveland.com. [Ten] quarterbacks were taken ahead of me. Two of them are playing now [Cam Newton and Andy Dalton]. And that’s not any disrespect to the guys who aren’t Clint Boling Womens Jersey playing, but what drove me every day was remembering my mom and my parents’ faces and the feeling that I had on draft day, not being happy about that. So I’m going to continue to keep pushing, continue to keep working the way I do. [I’m] ready to take my game to the next level. I think that I’ve been able to take steps in the right direction each year that I’ve been able to play the game. So I’m excited about the opportunity that I have here. There’s so much talent on this team and guys that are in the right mindset.

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Richard Sherman signed with the division rival 49ers, which opens up the lead cornerback spot. The team re-signed Byron Maxwell, who’s familiar with the territory, but Shaquill Griffin had a better year as a rookie.

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I think there will be a reexamination of all positions with respect to what games are played and where, he said. We’ll just wait for that guidance.

Washington cuts defensive tackle Terrell McClain

Teams always love the players they sign in free agency, at least until they can find younger and cheaper ones.

According to John Keim of ESPN.com, Washington is releasing defensive tackle Terrell McClain.

Last spring, McClain got a four-year, $21 million contract to come over from Dallas.

Nike saw the lucrative and eminently sellable narrative of the African-American who conquered the exclusive, white sport of golf go up in flames. “I thought that this was a new form of denial,” Al Sharpton said, “and the subtlety that was disturbing to me was it was a subliminal message that our children should feel almost ashamed of being black and we have to find a way to not be that. The message was, ‘He’s all of this but doesn’t want to be that. Therefore, I shouldn’t want to be that.'”

“Obviously, we’ve got a little chip on our shoulder about that one because we had a snowstorm and it didn’t go perfect,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told Schuyler Dixon of the Associated Press. “There’s a big school of thought in the league that these things should go to kind of vacation-type spots, South Florida and Southern California and Phoenix and New Orleans. I get that. We’d still like a redo there.”

There is one reason the Super Bowl likely returns to North Texas — money. Despite the problems, Super Bowl XLV became the most financially successful Super Bowl in history.

The size of AT&T Stadium makes it unlikely any Super Bowl has passed it in the seven years since. Super Bowl XLV drew 103,219, and the most highly attended Super Bowl the past seven years was XLVIII at MetLife Stadium with 82,529.

But Los Angeles hosts in 2022 with a stadium size close to AT&T.

The Cowboys successfully hosted the three-day draft last weekend. The NFL has not announced final attendance numbers, but the festival did draw over 100,000 on Thursday.

“It exceeded our expectations in terms of the energy down here,” Peter O’Reilly, who oversees special events for the NFL, said. “It’s been a terrific event for us as the draft continues to evolve.”

Shazier told Nix that he tries to get at least “12 tackles, a pick, a forced fumble and a touchdown” every game and is doing rehab for his injury at least two hours per day, five times a week to get back to that point. sabres_250

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With the Colts, Fleener had notched an average of just under 46 catches, 539 yards and four touchdowns per season. However, what drew the Saints’ eyes to him was his speed and athleticism. In New Orleans, his stats didn’t improve much.

One person who apparently is not excited about the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner coming aboard is incumbent starter Joe Flacco. And understandably so. In answering a simple question of whether he had spoken to Flacco as of last week and saying no, Jackson opened the social-media floodgates to speculation that the veteran QB had his nose out of joint.

Owners are expected to vote on a potential change at this month’s upcoming meeting, including a possible league-wide policy that would require all players to stand. Other options include allowing players to remain in the locker room or keeping all players in the locker room until after the national anthem.

Lynch, like Johnson, ran a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, and each posted strong explosion numbers in the vertical and broad jumps. In fact, Johnson posted slightly better numbers in both of the explosiveness and agility drills, while Lynch put up a far more impressive bench press than Johnson.

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The Chargers should do backflips after watching James fall to them and round out what has become an elite defense on every level. James is a perfect addition to start alongside Jahleel Addae, and he adds to the team’s massive playmaking quotient with Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and Casey Heyward. Gus Bradley gets a hybrid of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

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The Cowboys had a massive void at linebacker, and with Anthony Hitchens having signed with the Chiefs in NFL free agency, Vander Esch will immediately start to flank Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith. They have three hard-nosed pursuit options who can play any of the three positions. For now, Vander Esch is tabbed for the strong side because of his untapped coverage skills.

The Lions have Graham Glasgow at center and T.J. Lang at right guard, but their vow to improve their rushing attack required a mauling blocker to clear running room at left guard. Ragnow was a worthy late riser up the board and will start and help as advertised right away.

Of course, there’s a fundamental difference between new money and total value at signing, which will make a full analysis of Ryan’s new deal and Rodgers’ eventual deal critical.

For now, we’ll wait for the Ryan numbers and, inevitably, the Rodgers dollars.
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The change of heart is easy to understand. So far this season, only the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman has a higher average fastball velocity than Hicks’ 97.9 mph. He clearly has won over St. Louis manager Mike Matheny: So far, only eight pitchers have faced more hitters in high-leverage situations. If you look at the list, you might also notice that those ahead of him are considerably older and that he has held opposing hitters to 1-for-23 in those spots.

There is a disposition on the mound, a confidence, and then there is execution. But talent trumps all. You talk about high velocity, but the thing I talk about is the amount of movement with that velocity. He can control the strike zone. And he’s pretty fearless in how he goes about his business.

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Moore can play inside and out, and he can help out as a returner. He turned 21 earlier this month, and he is one of the youngest players in this class, so it’s reasonable to expect a slow start. Funchess, Samuel, Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright also are in the mix in what is typically a low-volume passing offense.

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Margot has yet to get going offensively, and a DL stint for a rib injury didn’t help matters.

Kurt Suzuki (R), 27 percent, Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds (RHP Sal Romano): Suzuki is doing his best to show that last year was no fluke as he continues to dominate at the dish. Last year’s success was heavily influenced by his work against lefties (1.191 OPS), but this year he’s crushing righties with a 1.071 OPS and all three of the homers he has this year. As rough as catcher can be to fill, I’m surprised that Suzuki is so widely available.

Yonder Alonso (L), 40 percent, Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs (RHP Tyler Chatwood): Chatwood doesn’t have a major platoon split (56-point OPS split for his career) over his career, but he’s a walk machine who consistently has traffic on the bases, which should be good for a middle-of-the-order bat like Alonso. The Indians first baseman had a fantastic .900 OPS against righties last year with 23 homers. He hasn’t caught fire yet this year (.727 OPS, 2 HR), but his plate skills are still strong and he remains a worthy stream against righties.

So the Patriots didn’t draft a quarterback or defensive help; they instead went for an interior offensive lineman they hope to mold into a starting tackle, then a running back built more for their passing game. The fact that New England didn’t take Brady’s successor and doubled down to help replace what he lost (Nate Solder, Dion Lewis) should please the veteran QB, especially with a wideout likely to come on Day 2.

Curtis Granderson (L), 13 percent, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers (RHP Bartolo Colon): Granderson has been pretty helpless against lefties in recent years, but right-handers have been a different story. So far this season, he’s produced a .333/.424/.588 slash line against right-handed pitching. He’s also been a top-50 hitter against righties since 2015 in terms of hard-hit rate. Colon has had success this season, but a 45.6 percent hard-contact rate, along with a .200 ISO allowed to lefty batters from 2015-2017, suggests that success will be short-lived.

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Josh Allen… big arm… he could throw the ball from here to the moon. When they have to make excuses… why are they not completing passes? That’s a problem. Fair enough; Allen’s college numbers don’t blow you away and if you’re not convinced he’ll be a better pro than college player, you move on. But what about Rosen, widely considered the most NFL -ready of the quarterbacks drafted. This is when things get weird. I was at an airport, Highsmith begins. UCLA’s volleyball team was in front of me. You heard so much about Rosen. He’s this or that. We all know how people talk. So I asked one of the volleyball coaches,’What’s Rosen like?’ He said,’Aaaaa, you should probably ask his girlfriend. She’s one of the players. She’s over there.’ I’m like,’All right coach. That’s good enough.’ I don’t know what all this means, but there was something about him that bothered me.
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Seems like a terrible reason to disqualify a candidate but we’re guessing there’s more to it than just a chance encounter with someone tangentially in Rosen’s life.聽 Either way, Highsmith’s account on Mayfield’s attributes aligns with what Browns coach Hue Jackson said over the weekend, when he admitted that he wasn’t a Mayfield fan until five weeks ago.

He has a tremendous arm talent, more so than I think anybody knows. Obviously he’s proven he’s very accurate with the football and I really think he’s a tremendous leader, so he really has a lot of qualities that we look for and I think it’s now somewhat coming out that a lot of people had him as their best quarterback so we’re very excited to have him and very glad that he’s going to be here in this organization. Of all the quarterbacks drafted, Mayfield is probably the furthest away from a starting job. That could change, of course, but Allen, Rosen, Darnold and Jackson in that order will probably see the field first.

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The answers showed maturity from a third-year star player who seems to get as many questions about his defensive mistakes as he does about his awesome offensive talents and best-in-baseball catching throwing arm.

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The Steelers have drafted four defensive backs in the first three rounds since 2015 but have had rotten luck. Artie Burns has become a good starter, but Sean Davis cannot find a position, Senquez Golson is now in Oakland and Cameron Sutton played just one game last year. Terrell Edmunds could become a playmaker if his instincts develop, but the Steelers are taking on another project at a position where their need is immediate, and he would have been a better value as a middle-round pick.

Taven Bryan drew J.J. Watt comparisons at Florida, which is pushing things a wee bit. (In fairness, the comparisons were more popular among broadcasters spicing up the play-by-play than anyone in the scouting community.) He’s an athletic, raw defender with two signature traits: a first-step get-off that rivals that of Michigan’s Maurice Hurst and the ability to get skinny when penetrating the line of scrimmage.

We’ve had a minor setback and we will know where we are in the next 24 hours, trainer Jeremy Noseda said Monday, according to RacingPost.com.

The Lions offensive line ranked last in the NFL in adjusted line yards, according to Football Outsiders. Their running back play was terrible, but often there was simply nowhere for them to run.

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This is a solid pick, though with Harold Landry and others on the board (including a pair of centers who may be as good or better than Ragnow), it may not have been the Lions’ best selection.

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