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Miguel Sano said Sunday that he’s just waiting to see what happens regarding an MLB investigation into an alleged assault incident.
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I have no comments right now and I’m just waiting to see what happens, he said.

I like to be kind of that Swiss army knife and be able to take advantage of a lot of different things, and certainly see how creative they’ve been here and look forward to continuing that. But even though the organization wanted to move past Cousins, his presence lingered in one aspect: the long-term security offered by Smith.

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There will be no talk of franchise tags and quarterbacks for the time being.

I don’t understand the [people] that say we didn’t want to commit to the other guy, Williams said.

It wasn’t a matter of wanting to commit to the other guy.

Jake, in our opinion, was the best player available this offseason. Period. Not just the best pitcher — the best player,” said Phillies owner John Middleton. Handing him the ball every fifth day is going to be great. But it’s what he does in the clubhouse and the dugout and for the other players on the days he’s not pitching that’s going to make a huge difference. We recognize that, and that’s why we really, really wanted him.”
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After Arrieta passed his physical exam in Philadelphia on Monday, Middleton’s private plane flew him to St. Petersburg, Florida, for Tuesday’s Phil Rizzuto Jersey news conference. A greeting committee welcomed him upon arrival.

What we can do, however, is cut down our sample size and look at the league leaders in categories since Jan. 1. With that in mind, let’s take a spin through each category and highlight any player who is widely available in ESPN leagues for help.

NFL free agency lines up perfectly for Colts’ needs with Andrew Luck, Frank Reich

The Colts have a top free agent they would like to re-sign in Rashaan Melvin, who shut down opponents’ top receivers as a 28-year-old last season. The problem: For an older veteran on the market, other teams also know how good he was in 2017, and that might price him out of Indianapolis.
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With the promotion of Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator, the Jets are going to a true West Coast passing game after their personnel in 2017 forced them to go more Air Coryell-turned-Air Raid. Now that Josh McCown is a free agent, the top order of business is finding a QB to push New York forward in the new scheme.

Option A is using a chunk of their cap space to sign Kirk Cousins to a lucrative, long-term deal as their franchise QB. Option B is simply sitting back and taking the best QB available at No. 6 overall in the draft.

As tempting as Cousins is to serve as a quick fix, his cost would hamper the team’s ability to get additional veteran offensive skill players for short-term return. The alternative is being a little more patient with a promising rookie and using the extra funds to give him a more experienced support system.

Cousins would represent control of the situation; a chance for the Jets to know exactly what they’re getting in March vs. the uncertainty of the draft in April. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is a popular first-round mock draft pick to the Jets, but that could change during the scouting process.
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Authentic Mens Alex Chiasson Jersey Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills: Two years, $30.5 million. He got sort of close to that, but on a long, twisting path; $15.5 million was guaranteed, and after one season, he signed an extension reported for six years and $92 million with lots of injury guarantees. That in turn was restructured before last season, lowering his cap hit 鈥?and last week he was traded to the Browns, with $16 million due him for 2018. His earnings in three years in Buffalo: $25 million.

The Packers wouldn’t cut Aaron Rodgers’ Ian Kinsler Womens Jersey go-to guy as he returns healthy for a full season, would they? Nelson does carry a big number and turns 33 in May. Look for Green Bay to try to restructure and keep Nelson around for one more season. He becomes a free agent in 2019.

NBA trade rumors: Latest news on DeMarcus Cousins, Cavs’ pursuit of George Hill

Hill will help the Cavs’ defense and give them another shooter. Despite what’s transpired in Sacramento, he’s also viewed as a pro’s pro when it comes to leadership and setting a great example in the locker room. Once they get Hill, the Cavs will try to make another move or two because that’s how owner Dan Gilbert rolls, as he attempts to keep LeBron James past this season by giving him a team that can win the East for the fourth consecutive season.
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TE Dallas Goedert, No. 25, Tennessee Titans. This pick is questionable, especially for our friends over at Music City Miracles. Goedert is a talented player 锟斤拷 that’s not a question. But the Titans have bigger needs than tight end. They have Delanie Walker, Cornellius Carradine Authentic Jersey who has been great for them. Although he is aging, the position doesn’t seem like it should be priority for the Titans. Kadar had the Titans going with Ohio State pass rusher Sam Hubbard in this spot.

This whole league, everything is about winning. Every award. Everything. It’s all about winning.

Authentic Kids Kyle Rudolph Jersey The Pelicans remain in the middle of a playoff race, so these conversations are likely on the backburner for now as Demps figures out the best course of action in the immediate aftermath of this injury. But a dark cloud has floated over a promising season in New Orleans, and how the Pelicans handle this major setback will have ramifications well beyond 2018.

With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror, fantasy managers are running low on outs to find value between now and the end of the season – whether you’re playing rotisserie or head-to-head. However, there is still one opportunity for value that never goes away: injuries. More specifically, finding the right moment to pick up an injured player in which he doesn’t languish on your bench, but you still beat your opponents to him.

There are still several significant, impact players that have been dropped in some leagues, but may make an appearance in time to help swing your fantasy fortunes before the end of the season.

Kevin Durant: Clint Capela talking trash because of his ‘easy’ role with Rockets

Following Saturday’s 116-108 win over the Warriors, the Rockets’ Clint Capela claimed his team has surpassed the Warriors after beating them twice this season.

“We’re confident because we know if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do, we’re going to beat them … We are better than them,” Capela told

Naturally Capela’s comments didn’t sit well with the Warriors, who sit 3 1/2 games ahead of the Rockets in the Western Conference standings. Kevin Durant, who said after Saturday’s game that the Rockets’ win didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, responded to Capela’s claims Monday.

“They should feel confident,” Durant told reporters of the Rockets after practice. “Obviously we’re confident. We feel as though we’re the best team in the league. We can beat anyone as well.”

There are great offensive performances, and then there’s what Maxime Comtois did in his past three games for the Tigres: 12 points on five goals and seven assists. He’s has 47 points in 21 games since Jan. 11 and recently signed his entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks (he was drafted No. 50 overall in 2017).

The Montreal Canadiens draftee (No. 25 overall, 2017) scored this incredible goal in the 4-on-4 and then again in overtime to give his team a huge win at North Dakota. He added a third goal of the weekend in a 2-2 tie. St. Cloud State is the top-ranked team in the nation.

The Cavs, who have dropped nine of their last 12 games, tied a franchise record for most points allowed in regulation as they put on a poor defensive performance during Saturday’s loss.

“I’ve never in my basketball life gave up 148 points, not even probably playing video games,” James said. “They got everything that they wanted. Inside, outside — they had it moving. … It’s just a really bad, really bad loss on our part.”

Despite talks of coach Tyronn Lue being in the hot seat, James took responsibility for the team’s slump and emphasized the importance of perseverance going forward.


Aldon Smith turns self in to police, released on $30K bond

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Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith turned himself in to San Francisco police on Tuesday and was booked at 3:25 p.m. ET on domestic violence-related charges.
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He was later released from custody after posting $30,000 bond on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, false imprisonment and vandalism (less than $400 in damages).

A spokesman for the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office said Smith will be arraigned Monday.

Smith played nine games for the Raiders in 2015, with seven starts, and had 3.5 sacks. But the NFL, in response to his brushes with the law and violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, suspended Smith for a year on Nov. 17, 2015, and the league has yet to reinstate him.

As for Woods, speaking with two people very high up in the organization, both had the same general take on Woods: not a fluke. Both felt that he was a very polished route runner who was underutilized in Buffalo, where the Bills were more run-oriented and the offense often broke down into more of an improvisational, playground style of football with Tyrod Taylor under center. They felt Woods would thrive with more of a rhythm passer who could execute timing patterns. And forget draft pedigree, make no mistake, they view Woods, not Watkins, as their No. 1 receiver.

Ohio State is bringing two of its most celebrated alums back for its spring game on April 14.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins will serve as honorary coaches for the Buckeyes.

Shazier, 25, suffered a severe spine injury in December and underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 6. The former All-America at Ohio State is now in outpatient treatment.

I’m thrilled and I can’t wait to see these two heroes back in Ohio Stadium, Meyer said in a statement. The respect and admiration I have for each of these young men is off the charts, and I am so proud for our program and for the Ohio Kevin Garnett Womens Jersey State fans that these players want to come back and be a part of our spring game.
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The unwritten rules for modern-day NBA trash talk

Maybe a future Hall of Famer gets an exemption to this rule, but Paul Pierce probably wishes he would have followed it during a game against the Golden Bruce Bochy Jersey State Warriors last season.
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I mean, if you’re a bum, you can’t talk trash, Rockets guard James Harden said. We won’t respect you. Obviously, you’ve got to be doing something. You’ve got to have a name or gotta be getting buckets to talk trash. Everybody can’t be talking trash.

We’re continuing to raise awareness on supporting young men and boys of color in their pursuit of achievement and the highest success in life, said Curry.

In addition to the pure grants, the MBK will also provide resources and access to experts from a variety of fields, along with continued funding to hire full-time project leads. A key tenant of the organization’s cradle to college to career mantra is pairing youths with mentors at the sixth- and ninth-grade levels.

While Wednesday’s game featured plenty of intensity, the remnants of the January tilt seemed remote. The Clippers have been completely reconstituted, with Griffin now playing for Detroit. Though the Clippers made a second-half run, the game was never competitive enough to warrant any elevated testosterone.
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When the Rockets returned the visitors locker room after the win, they found the back door that was the conduit to the January fracas barred with several strips of bright yellow caution tape, the handiwork of the team’s equipment manager, Tony Nila.

The players enjoyed a good laugh — an amusing closure for an embarrassing event. A month later, the Rockets clearly look like a team with far more profound goals than settling scores or emotional day-trading. They appear serious about the business of integrating new pieces such as Joe Johnson, finding the right shots for a complement of talent that will need to win both fast and slow, big and small, from deep and inside, with the ball and defending it. Right now, they’re excelling in any and all of these contexts.
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New-look Cavaliers provide reason for optimism, but questions remain

Tristan Thompson bounced offstage following a panel discussion about The Carter Effect — the Uninterrupted-produced documentary about how Vince Carter helped instill a love for hoops in Thompson and a whole generation of Canadian basketball players — and spoke about his love for the moves the Cleveland Cavaliers made to change their season.
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We’ve got a lot more energy, a lot more youth, Thompson told ESPN during All-Star Weekend at the NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, where Uninterrupted shares its office space. So I’m excited to get back to practice and really just mesh with the guys even more.

One of the more notable invitees is UCF’s Shaquem Griffin, who lost his left hand when he was a child. He’ll join four of his teammates in Indianapolis.

The combine will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. You can check out the entire list of attendees below.
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In are George Hill and his defense-minded approach to the point guard position combined with a steady outside shot; Rodney Hood and his smooth offensive game with potential for becoming a two-way impact guy; Jordan Clarkson and his scoring penchant and fast-paced motor; and Larry Nance Jr. and his elite athleticism and win-at-all-costs approach without needing the ball in his hands.

Alabama is fresh off yet another championship and leads all schools this year, with invitations extended to 14 players. Keep an eye on defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who are both slated as top 10 picks in Dan Kadar’s latest mock on Mocking the Draft.

There is plenty of reason to be optimistic about the overhaul, even though only 26 games remain for the Cavs to get into playoff form. The Cavs, as Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue noted at the first post-break practice, are basically starting from scratch.

Just like how I suspected, they forgot the plays, Lue said after Wednesday’s practice session when Joonas Donskoi Womens Jersey asked what his new players retained over the weeklong break that put their 2-0 start together on pause.

Beyond practice, Thompson is prioritizing the hang — putting in the effort to establish bonds beyond the locker room.
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Saquon Barkley’s approach to Combine sign of franchise-changing passion

“As they’re asking you questions, you’re getting to know the people that you might be surrounding yourself with,” he said. “You never know — that team might be the team that drafts you and you want to give a good first impression.

Knowing specific lineups only removes some variables. One must also handicap rotations, effort and other unknowns.

“I don’t believe for a second that the players are not giving full effort,” professional bettor and handicapper Ron Boyles told ESPN. “But if the coach plays players at the end of games that aren’t their best, then that clearly tells you those teams aren’t trying to win.”

“Every player tries. It’s a matter of what product is put out on the floor,” Sherman added. “If you look at the trade protections, they incentivize the tanking aspect big-time.”

Furthermore, the point spread is the great equalizer. Thus, tanking’s true impact on sportsbooks is somewhat neutralized since the line hinges on margin of victory.

“They only need to lose the game, not lose by 100,” Bogdanovich said. In fact, sometimes the market corrects too much with the point spread, especially if public bettors exaggerate a bad team’s desire to lose.

Thanks to a trade with the Houston Texans during the 2017 NFL draft, the Browns are also set up with two top-five picks after Houston finished the season 4-12 with a Week 17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. That locked up the No. 4 pick for the Browns, just behind the Giants (No. 2) and the Colts (No. 3).

Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan referred to Thursday’s win over the Coyotes as a step in the right direction.

We’ve got to get this train rolling here and that’s a start, said Gulutzan, whose move to elevate Sam Bennett to play alongside Gaudreau and Sean Monahan paid off as the trio combined for seven points against the Coyotes. I thought that they made some plays and they had some energy and what we’re looking for at this time of the year is any sort of spark that we can get. We’re just trying to create some energy and get a spark here with our group.

Miller wants the Ducks to maintain that feisty play and spirit.