Rarely does a playoff team flip a switch so hard, but Kansas City did, and it did so rather successfully.

It started with trading Alex Smith and anointing Patrick Mahomes as the new starting QB. Gone are Marcus Peters, Derrick Johnson and Albert Wilson. Arriving are Kendall Fuller, Anthony Hitchens and Sammy Watkins.

Fuller can end up being better than Peters all-around, and he will be much less of a headache for coach Andy Reid. Hitchens can make a ton of plays like Johnson did for many years, and at 25, he’s a decade younger.

Daniel was behind Carson Wentz in 2016, but the Eagles felt his advice was so important that they ate more than $4 million to cut him and replace Daniel with Nick Foles instead.

Cousins made top-market money up front and landed with a contender that will help him push his career to a higher (see: winning) level of success. The NFC runners-up from 2017 are the new NFC favorites for 2018.

They’re not playing together again. Brees got his two-year deal to return to the Saints, while Graham leaves Wilson and the Seahawks…. to join Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. The tight end has had a blessed career as a young basketballer-turned-veteran-red-zone-receiving-stud. Graham by default should work out for Green Bay after the Martellus Bennett disaster.

They’re the best. The Blackhawks have obviously slipped a few notches, while the Penguins have won back-to-back Cups.

Lucroy joins Nick Hundley of the Giants, Rene Rivera of the Angels and Chris Stewart of the Braves as the fourth free-agent catcher to sign a one-year major-league contract this offseason. Welington Castillo’s two-year, $15 million deal with the White Sox was the biggest for a free-agent catcher, while Chris Iannetta agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Rockies and Alex Avila signed for two years and $8.25 million with the Diamondbacks.

Lucroy batted.310 with 2 homers and 13 RBIs in 46 games for the Colorado Rockies after being acquired in a midseason trade with the Texas Rangers. The two-time All-Star catcher hit.242 with 4 homers and 27 RBIs in 77 games for the Rangers before that.

“I’ll put it up against anybody’s,” the right-hander added. “And at the end of the season, we can look at the numbers and see how we all fared.”patriots_001

MLB free agent rumors: Orioles agree 2-year deal with Andrew Cashner

The Orioles and starting pitcher Andrew Cashner agreed to a two-year deal worth $16 million Thursday, according to multiple reports.
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Cashner went 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA last season with the Rangers. With a lifetime 3.80 ERA, Cashner is a solid No. 3 or 4 starter, who registered a career-best 4.6 WAR last season.
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This time, it’s Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams,Unlike Wynn, who had experience playing guard during his collegiate career, Williams served as a three-year starter on the blindside for the Longhorns, making his ability to successfully transition to the inside purely hypothetical,Williams is also coming off a season where he missed seven games with a knee injury,Even with Ezekiel Ansah tagged, Detroit could use help at defensive end, but there isn’t the value here, McShay writes.

Instead, the Lions should turn their attention to keep Matthew Stafford upright.

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We are all shocked and deeply concerned for Eilas’ mother, as well as Elias and his entire family, the statement read. We have Elias’ mom and Elias’ entire family in our prayers. We are using all of the resources available at the Pirates and Major League Baseball to support Elias and his family during this incredibly difficult time. As we work with authorities on his mom’s safe return, we will withhold further comment and ask that you please respect the family’s need for privacy.

Once considered one of the Pirates’ top prospects, the 27-year-old Diaz has hit .216/.257/.304 with one home run in 194 at-bats in limited action with the team the past three seasons. He is expected to make the team’s 25-man roster this season.

It was assumed the Browns would target Cincinnati’s AJ McCarron, whom they tried to land in a trade last season before the deal was squelched when the teams failed to properly Adrian Clayborn Jersey file paperwork to the league,McCarron wants to start and it’s unlikely he would want to compete with Taylor, who led the Bills to their first postseason appearance since 1999.

Joe Thomas: Browns’ moves won’t affect retirement decision

The Browns won’t be able Karl Mecklenburg Womens Jersey to change Joe Thomas’ mind regardless of their offseason moves.
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The veteran left tackle will soon decide whether he will return to play another season or take a job as a TV analyst, but his choice will be limited to one important factor.

Those teams need a lot of work before they can be considered playoff teams, let alone postseason powers. Minnesota is established and has three top targets 鈥?wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, tight end Kyle Rudolph 鈥?who match the profile of the skill players who have helped Cousins to his best NFL success. Second-year standout Dalvin Cook also gives Cousins the versatile feature back he’s never had.

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For the Vikings, the better fallback plan should they not land Cousins is keeping Bradford over Keenum.

According to the New York Post, Joe Tessitore has been named the program’s play-by-play commentator. Tessitore has filled a number of roles for ESPN since joining ABC/ESPN in 2002.

Tessitore will be the sixth play-by-play voice in MNF’s 48-year history. He will replace Sean McDonough, who headed the broadcast for the last two years alongside now-Raiders coach Jon Gruden. McDonough will stay with the network to do college football broadcasts.

Witten’s representatives declined to comment. Fox also declined to comment.

The Cowboys signed Witten to a four-year contract extension in March 2017. His retirement would be a blow to a squad trying to play catch-up in the NFC East, having fallen behind the Super Bowl champion Eagles.

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I just have to decide if I’m going to play when the time comes, Bell said.

If things somehow got very ugly, a trade wouldn’t be out of the question for Bell either as a last resort for the Steelers, although it seems unlikely.
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He’s a great person, man, former NC State all-purpose back Jaylen Samuels said. I trained with him out in San Diego, been around him for four years now. Our relationship has gotten closer. He’s a heck of a football player on the field and off the field. He does all the extra stuff 锟斤拷 take care of the body, watch extra film. He’s the best.

Amid all the fun Chubb has, he’s intensely focused on his craft.

First and foremost, he’s a humble guy, ex-Wolfpack defensive end Kentavius Street said. I mean, he works hard. Even given all his accolades and stuff, he works harder than most of the guys. He’s a guy who’s gonna put in the hard work first, and the results will just come. So he’s an outstanding person.

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He lived with constant, scorching pain every time his jelly-like fingers and hand touched anything. One night, his mother found Shaquem in the kitchen with a knife attempting to cut his fingers off.

He was like, ‘It’s hurting me really bad, it hurts, it hurts. Just cut it off, cut it off,’ Tangie said. I called the doctor the next morning.

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The Sabres’ season isn’t going to continue beyond the end of John Jaso Youth jersey the regular season, so in theory there is no rush to get Eichel back on the ice. That said, he’s a competitor and he’ll do what he can to return to action. Fantasy managers should anticipate a return for the superstar, but when should you reach out and pick him up in leagues where he’s become available?

2018 NBA All-Star Game: Reserves leaked ahead of announcement

The 2018 NBA All-Star reserves — as selected by league head coaches — were leaked ahead of Tuesday’s 7 p.m. ET scheduled announcement on TNT.

Damian Lillard, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell Westbrook and LaMarcus Aldridge were named Western Conference reserves, according to multiple reports and later confirmed by the NBA.

Rooney’s favorite NHL goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights, and it’s not difficult to see the parallels between them. The manner in which Fleury has carried himself through adversity — remaining a beam of sunshine even after playoff disappointments or frustrating losses or being jettisoned to an expansion team — defines him. He lifts his teammates with his play and his attitude. Rooney did the same for the U.S. Olympic team. Whatever tension her teammates felt as the gold-medal game went to a shootout against Canada, Rooney undercut it by flashing that huge grin before the shootout and, as Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson notes, during it.

“Wanna be one of the first to Congratulate you on this accomplishment/achievement tonight that you’ll reach!” James wrote. “Only a handful has reach/seen it too and while I know it’s never been a goal of yours from the beginning try(please try) to take a moment for yourself on how you’ve done it!”

“The House you’re about to be apart of has only 6 seats in it(as of now) but 1 more will be added and you should be very proud and honored to be invited inside,” he continued. “There’s so many people to thank who has help this even become possible(so thank them all) and when u finally get your moment(alone) to yourself smile, look up to the higher skies and say THANK YOU! So with that said, Congrats again Young King ????! 1 Love! ”

James will join Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Dirk Nowitzki as the only players to score 30,000 points in their NBA career when he does eventually eclipse the number.

Clayton Keller is playing more like a seasoned veteran than a wide-eyed rookie.

He’s also a big reason for the Arizona Coyotes’ late-season surge.giants_151

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says players on team to stand for anthem in 2018

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says all players on his team will stand for the national anthem starting next season.
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All of our players will be standing, Ross told the New York Daily News on Monday.

Wide receiver Kenny Stills, safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas knelt during the anthem several times during the 2017 season. Only Stills is likely to be with the Dolphins next season, as Michael Thomas is set to become a free agent later this month and Julius Thomas is likely to be released.

The NFL has proposed partnering with players to effect social justice change with a plan that would contribute nearly $100 million to causes considered important to African-American communities. The hope is that the league’s commitment would create an environment in which players would no longer want to protest. The plan, however, has met resistance from some players, including Michael Thomas and Stills.

Ross did not say what the consequences would be if a Dolphins player chose to kneel during the anthem in 2018. Last season, Dolphins coach Adam Gase had established a team rule requiring players to either stand for the anthem or stay in the tunnel but later told players that if they wanted to kneel, they could do it and wouldn’t be punished.
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The Dolphins owner was in New York to be honored with the ROBIE Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation. On its website, the foundation recognized Ross’ work in the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality to improve race relations and drive social progress.

The cap increase could have been higher, but a new $1.5 million per-team veteran performance bonus pool was added.

But since 2013, the Jonathan Casillas Authentic Jersey cap has risen more than $54 million, from $123 million to $177.2 million, an increase of 44.1 percent.

Teams were notified of the salary cap and the numbers for franchise tag designations on Monday. There is an exception for players franchised for a second straight year.

The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement allows teams to carry over unused cap space from one year to the next. It also establishes a spending floor. Every four years, teams must spend at least 89 percent of their cap space in cash to avoid a CBA violation.

Free agency begins March 14, with the start of the NFL’s new league year. Teams that are over the cap must clear salary by that date. Currently, three teams are over the cap: the Philadelphia Eagles ($11,210,390 over), Miami Dolphins ($8,874,165 over) and Kansas City Chiefs ($3,285,981 over).

The Cleveland Browns have the most room under the cap, with $108 million to spend.
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NFL Scouting Combine 2018: Seahawks challenge Texas’ Michael Dickson to staring contest

Michael Dickson is coming off one of the best seasons any college punter could ever have.
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So, it’s only natural one NFL team challenged him to a staring contest at this week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Dickson explained to reporters the Seahawks asked to see how long (he) could Mike Piazza Youth jersey stare without blinking.

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Keep an eye out later Wednesday night as Curry dons the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance custom Curry 4, which also include the text, Husband. Father. Son. Leader, along the inner heel of each shoe.

Special colorway, supporting a special initiative and a special mission, Curry said. It’s going to be a great night.
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A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Forte was drafted by the Bears in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent eight years with the team before the Bears, and during that time, Forte ran for 8,602 total yards and scored 64 total touchdowns.

In 2016 he signed a three-year, $12 million free-agent contract with the Jets. He played well in his first year, scoring eight total touchdowns and rushing for 813 yards. However, his production dropped in 2017 as he battled a toe and knee injuries. He rushed for only 381 yards and scored three total touchdowns.

Also a prolific pass-catcher, Forte’s total yards from scrimmage (14,468) are the most by any player over the past 10 seasons.

It’s time for the workhorse to finally rest in his stable, wrote Forte, 32. While my heart is a bit heavy as I close this chapter of my life, I am excited about what the future holds. God Bless and Bear Down!

The Pacers got a solid game from star Victor Oladipo but a klunker from Turner on Wednesday night. They did get a trifecta of strong efforts elsewhere, though, with Bojan Bogdanovic turning in 26 points (10-17 FG, 1-1 FT) with 5 3-pointers, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block; Lance Stephenson pitching in 18 points (7-14 FG, 3-4 FT) with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 3-pointer in 30 minutes off the bench; and Domantas Sabonis notching 14 points (4-7 FG, 6-8 FT), 12 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes, also off the bench.
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Think you know cream of 2018 QB draft class? History says you’re wrong

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The player taken 87 spots after him just won Super Bowl MVP. The one picked 14 spots after that is likely to pass Luck, and everybody else, as the highest-paid player in the NFL. And a quarterback in the same draft class as all of them, who hits the free-agent market next month coming off his best season, a division title and a trip to the conference championship round 锟斤拷 was not drafted that year at all.

The Browns in 2017 saw stalwart left tackle Joe Thomas miss his first time since he entered the league in 2007. He’s still mulling over whether he wants to return for his 12th year. Right tackle was a real weakness for Cleveland, especially sticking out as Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter and Kevin Zeitler made the interior a strength.

Left tackle needs to be a target in the draft, because the options behind aging Nate Solder are dry in free agency. Another Patriot, Cameron Fleming, only 25, would be a great target for right tackle. The Dolphins’ Sam Young, 30, also could work as a short-term solution there.

It seems clear Cobb won’t be returning to Green Bay as the team tries to keep Nelson after signing Davante Adams to a massive extension. Cobb, 27, was a fading blip in the offense with or without Rodgers.

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Garoppolo thrived with a team that had won just 11 percent of its games the two seasons before he became starter. That’s a great start, but not a sustainable one. With a quarterback locked down and a team on the rise, there’s no reason for Lynch not to spend in an effort to end San Francisco’s playoff drought at four years.

That doesn’t mean spending recklessly, however. Lynch raised some eyebrows by resetting the previously low-key fullback market with his $21 million deal for Juszczyk and guaranteeing a 30-year-old wideout $20 million, but those moves belied his team-building philosophy. He wants productive, low-risk veterans and understands he’ll have to pay a premium until his team starts winning.

Super Bowl score by quarter: Eagles defeat Patriots by final score of 41-33

The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl 52 champions after one of the most dramatic NFL season finales in recent memory. Philadelphia defeated the New England Patriots by a final score of 41-33, taking the lead with a Zach Ertz touchdown in the fourth quarter, then sealing the win with a field goal following a fumble by Tom Brady.

Last season, the Patriots were the road team against the Atlanta Falcons. They also wore white uniforms in that game, and you could say that things turned out pretty well for them after overcoming a 28-3 deficit — the largest in Super Bowl history.

Jeffery tries to pull in this Foles pass, but can’t do it. He bobbles the ball into the air, and Harmon’s in the right place at the right time to make the play.

This was really Foles’ only mistake of the day. It was a wild play, but it was really just kind of par for the course for this roller coaster of an upset win by the Eagles.

Browner claims that the decision was more of a political move on Belichick’s part rather than one made to help the team.

Here’s what Browner said during his rant:

Man, Bill wasn’t right at all tonight, man. I ain’t know how to feel watching that shit without my man, without my homie, without Malcolm. I didn’t know whether to cheer for they ass. Feel me … That dude has started every game for that team. Feel me. Since he picked the fucking ball off and he was taking on their number one dude at that.

The catch appeared that it might help the Falcons maintain that 28-3 lead against the Patriots you might have heard a thing or two about. At that point, the Falcons were up 28-20, and the 27-yard reception put them at the New England 22-yard line.

Then a 1-yard loss by Devonta Freeman, a Matt Ryan sack, and a holding call on Jake Matthews pushed the Falcons back and forced them to punt. The rest is history.

The NBA and fantasy returned from the All-Star break with plenty of intriguing box scores. Here are the big takeaways from Thursday and a look ahead to Friday’s action.

King James has flirted with triple-doubles in five straight games (and even almost pulled it off in the All-Star game, too), and he shouldn’t have any problems against Memphis’ 20th ranked defense. Last time he faced the Grizzlies things worked out just fine, as he finished with 34 points and 12 assists. Expect another monster performance from one of the game’s best.jays_955_40350f7db02a8053-180x180