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High expectations have been the norm for the former five-star prospect who garnered comparison to Archie Manning when he first showed up at Ole Miss. He’s capable of shouldering the pressure that comes from a team’s lofty goals, but heaping all those hopes on him in unrealistic. Michigan got one answer it needed in order to improve; it has several others it needs to provide on its own.
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Forte, a versatile, workmanlike running back who was a two-time Pro Bowl selection, rushed for 8,602 yards and 45 touchdowns and had 4,116 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns over eight seasons with the Bears from 2008-15. He set an NFL single-season record for running backs with 102 catches in 2014.

Hester played his final season in 2016 with the Ravens. Forte played for the Jets in 2017 and announced his retirement in February.

Willson Contreras doubled to start the eighth, but Olson got pinch-hitter Victor Caratini on a groundout and struck out Kyle Schwarber.

Nick Goody struck out Addison Russell to end the eighth before Allen worked the ninth.
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The teams split the two-game series in their first meeting since the 2016 World Series that saw Craig Robertson Jersey the Cubs win Game 7 at Progressive Field for their first championship since 1908.

There’s nothing to be upset about, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. They just got us today.

Baez got the best of good friend Lindor in the seventh inning just before Miller entered the game.

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I wasn’t waking up from being too hot in the long sleeves and long pants, but I did toss and turn a bit through the night. It wasn’t a completely sound sleep.

I also didn’t love the fact that I couldn’t technically measure the effect the pajamas had on my recovery. Because I’m not a professional athlete and I don’t own any high-tech machines or administer blood tests that can check my hormone and energy levels, I was able to measure the pajamas’ effect only based on how I felt and my soreness level.

Another setback for the average consumer: the price tag. The sleepwear costs $100 for the top and $100 for the bottom, and for most, $200 is an investment for a pair of pajamas.

It has been more than two decades since a running back went No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft.

Could this be the year that drought ends?
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But these are triumphant days for bogus sells, known in the short form as BS. Even half-truths are sacrificed.

Last week, new Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett 鈥?a recidivist cheap-shotter, trash-mouther and dubious social activist 鈥?made the rounds, making noise and news, bragging that no one can block him, Eli Manning should run for the hills, and reasoning that it takes bad guys to make good teams.

Not that Latrell Sprewell’s Authentic Paul Molitor Jersey teams won much, but Bennett cited Sprewell and his physical attack on his coach, P.J. Carlesimo, as a good example. According to Bennett, NFL teams need guys like that.

Biggest Surprise: Given that there was a 60 Minutes promo every other dribble within the Kansas-Duke game Sunday, CBS did not have Stormy Daniels in the studio at halftime.

Creepy Story of the Week: When Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton instructed his defense to allow Michigan, a poor free-throw shooting team, to run the clock out 鈥?not giving a foul down four with 13 seconds left 鈥?the Seminoles, 4陆-point dogs, covered.

And for all the mindless, tired, formulaic sells of monster slam dunks and outside bombs, what Webber described remains the smartest, most appealing basketball.

Hold Your Nose Geno Auriemma Game of the Week: Monday, though Connecticut was up 32 against South Carolina, which had surrendered in the fourth quarter by replacing starters, Auriemma nonetheless played one of his starters 39 minutes, another 38, while two subs played the last 1:41, two others played 59 seconds.

But as long as UConn remains a bad winner rather than a loser, it’s all good with the school and most 鈥?but not all 鈥?of its fans. Auriemma’s ways and means remain a required taste.

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The Lions converted just 27 percent of third- and fourth-down running plays where they needed two or fewer yards last season, the worst rate in the NFL. Blount, on the other hand, has successfully converted those situations at a 54-percent clip the past two years.

But Blount will turn 32 this season, and despite averaging 4.4 yards per carry for the Eagles last season, carried the ball fewer than 11 times per game. Plus, he’s operating on a one-year contract, which Quinn acknowledged is a factor when evaluating draft decisions.

Quinn also acknowledged the ability to find quality backs late in the draft, or among the pool of undrafted free agents, referencing former New England Patriot BenJarvus Green-Ellis as an example. He ran for 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns in for the Patriots in 2010.

“I think you can get them in all shapes and sizes,” Quinn said. “You can get them early, mid, late. I think it’s really, you know, my job and my staff’s to kind of just get the best guy at the right time and whenever that is. If it is this year, then great.”

“At one point, I did want to go far. And at another point, I did want to stay close. So it was kind of mixed emotions,” he said. “But something good about me going to Rutgers is that if anything ever happened to my mom — because you know I love my mom, everybody loves their mom. If anything ever happened back at home, I’ll be there to snap two fingers and fix it. If I was all the way across the West Coast, I couldn’t just drive there, I couldn’t just get on a plane and come over and see how my mom is.”

The talent level coming out of South Jersey is on the rise, evidenced by the number of FBS offers extended to that half of the state over recent years. Although North Jersey football has dominated the landscape, the number of strong programs splitting the talent has allowed for more parity throughout the entire state.

The Camden cornerback is an example of that, becoming a Power 5 offeree in February, while attending Rutgers’ first junior day of 2018. steelers_109

Bill Belichick doesn’t really understand drafting for need

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Incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton’s lobbying last year to kill the nuclear deal with Iran tells us a lot about how he understands America’s place in the world, contends Bloomberg’s Eli Lake. Unlike the Beltway establishment, which wanted the deal to remain fully intact, Bolton set out to rock the boat. So he crafted a detailed and aggressive political and diplomatic strategy that would be more involved than just announcing America’s withdrawal. Indeed, he laid out options that come very close to regime change. But President Trump instead went with the strategy to try to fix the Iran deal instead of killing it altogether. Now, however, in his new official role, Bolton will have a chance to make his case again.

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Then this from Hamm: Reports have surfaced that Jones is considering legal action to block the contract extension of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The reports also suggest that Jones’ actions are retaliation for the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott.

Next comes another clip from Jones talking to reporters on a different occasion, with Jones being asked whether fellow owners should slow the process of extending Goodell’s contract.

We make the Commissioner of the NFL the most powerful person that I know of, as to the organization and his constituency, Jones says. It’s a big deal when we not only hire him but when we extend him. So that’s a lot of consideration. It shouldn’t surprise anybody.

Next comes a clip of a local news report, with the anchor explaining that Jones received a letter from the NFL accusing him of engaging in conduct detrimental to the league’s best interests.

Lions incentivizing attendance at conditioning program

The dirty secret about NFL voluntary offseason workouts is that they’re not really all that voluntary.
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But the Lions have figured out a way to guarantee attendance from a significant number of their players, by paying them.

Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions have made an effort to incentivize attendance under General Manager Bob Quinn, with 14 players having workout bonuses of at least $100,000 in their contracts.

Topping that list is quarterback Matthew Stafford, who will make $500,000 for showing up for 90 percent of the workouts this spring. Stafford has always been a regular attendee, and quarterbacks generally are at programs around the league.

It’s unreal, Gallant said. When you think back to early October when the season started, we were thinking about competing and playing hard, and now all of a sudden, we’re moving on to the second round of the playoffs. We’re playing good hockey, and we got experienced guys and a good hockey team, so we’re pretty proud of Alonzo Mourning Jersey it and real happy.

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As Tony Dungy explained it last month on PFT Live, citing the Steelers’ decision not to draft Dan Marino with Terry Bradshaw on the team as the prime example, the Giants should take a quarterback at No. 2 if that’s where their evaluation leads. And I agree with that thinking, as long as the Giants are 100-plus-percent sure that the quarterback they take will become a franchise quarterback and keep the team relevant for more than a decade.

If the Giants have any doubt about the potential quarterback pick at No. 2, they should pass on a passer 鈥?especially since that means getting a player like running back Saquon Barkley or defensive end Bradley Chubb. Which would do a lot more to improve the team while Eli is still on it.

But if they choose to take a quarterback, the Giants need to be ready for a rough ride, given the market in which they play, a fan base still miffed about the clumsy benching of Eli during the 2017 season, and the reality that the Mannings will find a way to make their feelings known. The ride will get rougher if the quarterback they take doesn’t become the right quarterback for the next generation.
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Heyward gets big hit as Cubs sweep Cardinals with 4-3 win

Wade Davis bent over on the mound with his head resting in his arms. The All-Star closer thought Dexter Fowler’s drive was headed for the iconic scoreboard at Wrigley Field, but Leonys Martin caught the ball on the warning track in center field.
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Such is life these days for the rolling Chicago Cubs.

Jason Heyward hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh, Fowler’s bid for another big homer came up just short and the Cubs swept the St. Louis Cardinals with a 4-3 victory on Sunday.

I definitely sat back in my seat when I heard it get hit, Schwarber said. But then we took a look at the wind and saw it was blowing in and we were able to make the catch there.

St. Louis went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base in its fourth loss in five games, damaging its chances of making the playoffs. Lance Lynn lasted just four innings, allowing five hits and three runs.

Bettis (3-0) allowed five hits in 7 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and two walks.

He used his entire arsenal effectively. He pitched, Colorado manager Bud Black said. It was a very effective outing. He kept them off balance and there weren’t a lot of hard-hit balls.

Bettis worked quickly, contributed to a relatively swift game time of 2 hours, 31 minutes.

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Colorado improved to 5-1 on a seven-game trip that started in Washington, and the Rockies are 9-4 on the road overall.
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The Giants are going to have to wait a little while to see one of their new free-agent signings in regular-season action.

The NFL suspended defensive end Josh Mauro on Friday for the first four games of the 2018 season after violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Mauro just signed a one-year, $880,000 deal with the Giants this week.

Mauro can participate in all offseason and preseason activity, but then must leave the team until Week 5. The Giants were aware of the possible suspension before signing him.

I had 100 percent faith he was gonna be absolutely great at this. I saw it for years. I saw it in production meetings. I saw it at dinner tables. … He had a way of telling a story, an enthusiasm, that if you’re able to get that guy that I saw away from the field, that would be magic on the air. I had, four years ago, a round of golf with my good friend, Al Michaels. We’re playing on the eighth hole, I can still see it. Al said, “What active player right now will one day make a great NFL analyst? I have a guy.” I said, “Well I have a guy, too.” He says, “You first.” I said, “No you first.” This goes back and forth. I finally said: “OK, Tony Romo.” He goes, “That’s my guy!”

“I’m really hopeful that Robby will put this kind of thing behind him and that he will be the kind of person — forget about his playing, he’s an incredible football player, but that he will be the kind of person all-around that will make people proud to wear a No. 11 jersey,” he said.

Johnson said he wants Anderson to be on the team, but would not stand in the way if the coaches wanted to get rid of him.

Donahue, a 2017 draft pick, was arrested last month after causing an accident by driving the wrong way in the Lincoln Tunnel while intoxicated.

“Young men are sometimes young men,” Johnson said. “They make silly mistakes. I’m hopeful that we can be part of helping them become better people.”

Johnson said he was “absolutely” disappointed not to land quarterback Kirk Cousins in free agency, but liked how the Jets rebounded by signing Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and trading up to No. 3 in the draft to potentially take a quarterback.

“We moved very quickly to Plan B and it’s almost a shame to call it Plan B because it’s shaping up to be something pretty magnificent,” Johnson said. “I’m pretty excited about it and we did so swiftly. It doesn’t hurt at all that we now have an awful lot of money that we were thinking we might be sending out the door to one player now back with us and we can spread that out over a lot of other players over the next few years.”jets_035

Since the day he took over as general manager of the Jets in 2015, Mike Maccagnan has repeated one phrase: Build through the draft.

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On Monday, Collins sounded excited about Bettcher’s scheme.

Today we went over two schemes and it’s perfect, Collins said. While he was going over it, it was like I was in college again. It was back to what I knew like the back of my hand and it’s going to play fast because it’s very stern.

At the moment, we’re not even sure who the quarterbacks will be when OTAs begin. Josh McCown and Bridgewater will be there, but will Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty? The quarterback room is expected to get a new resident in next week’s NFL draft.

If the Jets take a quarterback at No. 3, as expected, will that mean the end for Petty and/or Hackenberg? Petty appears to be a definite goner. There are still some people in the organization clinging to the hope of getting something out of Hackenberg, but he will be the fourth quarterback in a four-man group if he survives the next few weeks.

On the mound — In his second home start of the season, Ohtani got worked over by the Red Sox Tuesday night, giving up a leadoff home run to Mookie Betts to begin the game and three runs in just two innings before exiting. His fastball location was poor, and the Angels subsequently announced he was removed after developing a blister on his pitching hand during the second inning.

At the plate — On Friday night in Kansas City, Ohtani went 2-for-4, including his first double, to bring his season line to .367/.424./.767.
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At the plate — He should get Wednesday — the day after his start on the mound — off as a rest day, so the earliest he’s expected to be back in the Angels lineup would be Thursday against Boston.
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On the mound — Depending on how they respond to Ohtani’s short start against the Red Sox, his next start may have to wait until the Angels’ homestand against the Astros from April 23-25.

Jed York will make final call on Reuben Foster’s future

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York said he would make the decision on Foster.

Ultimately, you can say everything is my call, York said. So, if it comes down to it, if there was something I’m not comfortable with but football [side] was, I would ultimately make that decision.

Now, for the first time since Bryant led the team in catches in 2011, the Cowboys will be transitioning to a new No. 1 wide receiver.

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The obvious in-house choices to play a bigger role are Terrance Williams, a 28-year-old target entering his sixth season in Dallas, and former Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns, who is 26 and signed with the Cowboys in March after Jacksonville released him.

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Jordan Spieth double-bogeyed the first hole to fall out of the lead.

It definitely went in one ear and out the other early on, Reich said. It didn’t go exactly like this, but this is just made up to protect the innocent, or protect the guilty, however you say it: We would say to him, ‘Hey, you just need to kind of back off on some of this tackling stuff.’
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LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 points and 14 rebounds but was 6 for 19 from the field.

De’Aaron Fox added 21 points, and Hield had 17 for the Kings.

Kings: Fox’s season-high for 3-pointers is six against the Spurs on Jan. 28. … The Kings’ last victory over the Spurs was Nov. 15, 2014 in Sacramento and their last win in San Antonio was Jan. 20, 2012. … Sacramento was without Iman Shumpert (left knee surgery), Garrett Temple (sprained left ankle), Skal Labissiere (sprained left ankle), Frank Mason (sore left heel) and Harry Giles (knee rehabilitation).

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The Braves handed the Nationals their first loss of this season on Tuesday, winning 13-6, and can post a series victory by solving Scherzer again.

Scherzer (1-0, 0.00 ERA), though, was 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in three starts at Atlanta last season, and dominated the Reds in Cincinnati on Friday in Lenny Dykstra Youth jersey the delayed opener, striking out 10 while giving up five hits and a walk over six innings in the 2-0 victory.

The biggest thing for me is not becoming a fan. I have to manage the game, said Washington’s Dave Martinez after getting a victory in his managerial debut. It was hard not to be a fan of Scherzer.

The honeymoon period won’t last too long since the Cardinals may struggle to compete in the NFC West against the stacked Los Angeles Rams, improved San Francisco 49ers and established Seattle Seahawks.聽