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Saints to leave empty chair in draft room as tribute to Tom Benson

The Saints will hold a draft for the first time anyone can remember without owner Tom Benson in the room. Benson died in March at the age of 90.
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The Saints believe he will be with them in spirit.

I haven’t met [the top quarterbacks in Cleveland Indians Authentic Jersey the draft], but I’ve watched them and the most outrageous, so to speak, that I’ve seen has been Mayfield, he told ESPN. When I see his quick feet and I see him throwing every which way, I see the accuracy, I see the intensity, his hustle. Hey, I tell you, I wouldn’t want to play against him. I didn’t want Alabama to play against him.Cardinals safety Budda Baker was in the Seattle area this weekend when his older brother, Robert, was found shot Sunday morning and died en route to the hospital.

Seattle police are investigating the incident that left Robert Baker, 29, fighting for his life from a gunshot wound to the chest around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning, when officers were sent to the street where he lay, the News Tribune reported. They attempted to revive him then placed him in an ambulance, where he was soon pronounced dead.

Brother Budda commented publicly on his death later Sunday.

Clowney is set to make just over $12.3 million in the option year of his rookie contract. His next deal figures to be a sizable one and Gaine said that he’d prefer not to conduct negotiations on a deal with anyone once the regular season gets underway.

Game Womens Tyrell Williams Jersey Maccagnan did the annual dance with the media at his pre-draft press conference, where he said a lot of words in a 25-minute session with reporters 鈥?and still said nothing that would indicate whom the Jets are taking in the draft.

And why should he? The Jets don’t want anyone to know whom they are picking with the No. 3-overall selection, but for those of us searching for clues, it was a fruitless session.

I know everybody seems to be locked in on that. I don’t know why, Maccagnan said. We actually may take a safety this year. I’m just joking. The quarterback is such an important position. There’s always going to be a focal point that this may be a position of interest for us, but we’ll see how it plays itself out.

Limited Antonio Brown Jersey As for what traits he might value in a quarterback, Maccagnan would rather talk about the legislature of Liechtenstein.

Bucs incorporate a parrot into their third-day draft picking

The Buccaneers will see the Colts’ ape, and raise them a bird.
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Elite Youth Pavel Datsyuk Jersey Via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the NFL has announced that the Buccaneers’ third-day draft picks will be communicated to an announcer via a parrot. Yes, a parrot.

At least there’s a connection between the animal prop and the team nickname, since Buccaneers are pirates and pirates walk around (for some reason) with parrots perched on their shoulders. (Which would explain why actually pirates often smell like bird sh-t.)

The next question for the Jets and Darnold is what kind of timetable awaits for him in terms of playing time and eventually starting. Darnold immediately inherits the best kind of veteran quarterback there is in Josh McCown, who will be invaluable to him as a mentor.

There’s no timetable, Bowles said. We’ll see how fast he learns and how fast he can grasp everything and then get some experience. We’re not going to throw him in there, but we’re not going to hold him back, either.

We extend our condolences to the Baker family.

Wesley Walker Jersey Aussie rules punter (47.4-yard average) and Ray Barry Church Authentic Jersey Guy Award winner could go as early as fourth round.There will be a feeding frenzy at the top of Thursday night’s NFL draft, where desperation rushes the passer, where hyperventilating franchises sack the franchise quarterback of their dreams and begin a better and brighter future just like that.

All is right with the world when a JaMarcus Russell or a Tim Couch or a Ryan Leaf walks across the stage with a big smile and hugs the commish and poses with his new hat and jersey, but years later the same decision-makers are desperately seeking a new franchise quarterback 鈥?if they still have a job.

This is risky business, where beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and one of these beholders on Thursday night (Browns GM John Dorsey?) will gaze at Josh Allen and see John Elway, another will look longingly at Baker Mayfield and see Drew Brees or Russell Wilson.

New York was in the market for a punter after releasing Brad Wing in March.

Although Dixon has averaged a healthy 45.7 yards per punt in two NFL seasons, he hasn’t fared as well in net yards, hang time and kicks inside the 20-yard line. Even with the advantage of Denver’s thin air, he has ranked in the bottom third of Pro Football Focus’ punter ratings for 2016 and 2017.

The Giants are counting on him to perform better than Wing, whose net average of 37.5 was the league’s lowest last season.

As of Friday, they have nine receivers on the roster. It’s not the most inspiring group of players: Donte Moncrief Marqise Lee Dede Westbrook Keelan Cole Jaydon Mickens Rashad Greene Jaelen Strong Shane Wynn Tevaun Smith If the Jaguars do take a receiver in the first round, that receiver would likely jump to the top of the depth chart. The problem is that several receiver-needy teams — the Cowboys , Ravens , and Panthers most notably — are positioned ahead of them. As Coughlin alluded to, the Jaguars can’t bank on their guy being there at No. 29. 

Torres’ wife will be his only family member or friend in attendance Sunday. He said he didn’t know what it would be like to finally stand on the field in the Bronx.

Torres was scheduled to hit eighth and play second base. He’ll wear No. 25.

Manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees had been considering calling up Torres for a while. The club even dispatched Tim Naehring, general manager Brian Cashman’s right-hand man and the team’s vice president of baseball operations, to see Torres play a few games a Triple-A.

“Obviously, you see the stat line and know that he was playing well,” Boone said. “I think early on we didn’t feel like he was quite ready. But more and more the daily consistent at-bats. He had the back issue that kept him out about a day and a half. So we wanted to make sure we felt good about him being free and clear from that as well.”

Consider this: Of the Devils’ top 10 scorers in team history, none have been a Hart Trophy finalist. The highest-placing forward was Zach Parise in 2009, finishing fifth after a 45-goal campaign. Ilya Kovalchuk was never a Hart Trophy contender for the Devils, nor Brendan Shanahan nor Peter Stastny nor Alex Mogilny.

But Brodeur? He finished in the top five for the Hart seven times and was a finalist three times.steelers_120

Broncos sign five exclusive-rights free agents

The Broncos announced they have signed five of their exclusive-rights free agents.
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As far as implementing an official policy 鈥?in response to the swirl of controversy and divisiveness last season 鈥?on how teams respond to the national anthem, Mara said something is likely coming, but not yet.

I don’t expect any specific resolution to come out of this meeting on the anthem policy but I certainly think it will be discussed and some resolution hopefully will come out of the May meeting, he said. I don’t think we can wait more than that.

Mara said the Jets never called the Giants about trading up to get the second pick in the draft. The Jets struck a deal with the Colts to land the No. 3 pick. 鈥?Mara was informed by general manager Dave Gettleman that defensive end Josh Mauro was going to be suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on illegal substances before the team signed him. I still gave the OK to sign him, Mara said. We have some coaches that have worked with him before [with the Cardinals] that believe he can help us long-term, so I gave the OK.

For the past 10 years, I’ve been blessed to play professionally a game that I’ve loved since I was 6 years old, Forte wrote in February. But, after much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided to retire from the NFL.

I think, probably, the comparison with me is more appropriate, Leaf said last month on FOX Sports Radio. The highly competitive, borderline arrogant, angry individual. . . . The biggest thing for me will be how he deals with failure. That’s where my downfall was, when things began to fall apart, how I was able to deal with that. When the media is on you, you play a bad game, your whole city is on you, that’s where we’ll see where Baker Mayfield is at. . . . Right now there’s no evidence to back up that when things get tough, he won’t break.

Leaf broke in a more significant and notorious way than most young players ever have. He knows the signs, he knows the patterns. He’s taking his own experiences and he’s trying to predict whether other young quarterbacks are behaving the way he did.

Game Mens Alex Smith Jersey Not that it will matter. As Leaf explained it a year ago on PFT Live, the 1998 version of himself would have ignored any advice the older Ryan Leaf would have offered. But Leaf is providing a useful voice during the typically hype-filled pre-draft Buster Skrine Authentic Jersey process 鈥?a voice shaped by the experience of entering the league as a top pick and failing spectacularly.

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Anthony Rizzo OK with taking pay cut for fewer games: ‘We play too much baseball’

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is advocating for a shorter season, even if that means a smaller paycheck for players.
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I think we play too much baseball, Rizzo said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on ESPN 1000. Yes, guys are going to take pay cuts. But are we playing this game for the money or do we love this game? I know it’s both, but in the long run it will make everything better.
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Rizzo believes a transition period with guaranteed contracts could be worked out, perhaps grandfathering them into a new system with new contracts reflecting fewer games played.

Right fielder Randal Grichuk, acquired from St. Louis in January, has struggled through the first two weeks, batting .071 amid a 1-for-16 slump.

Starting Perdomo Wednesday means freshness for a lot of guys, Green said. It gives a lot of guys two more days. Looking at Tyson coming back from basically missing an entire season, this gives him the opportunity to get extra rest.
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It gives Joey Lucchesi a chance not to be overly taxed as well. It pushes everybody back a couple of days and that’s a good thing.

Plus, Perdomo is thoroughly rested.

Darnold and Ward address two of the NFL’s four cornerstone positions, and the Browns still have three second-round selections.聽

The Denver Broncos must be wary of teams jumping in front of them to a select a quarterback. A legitimate possibility exists where four quarterbacks are chosen among the first four selections. This will leave the Michael Stone Womens Jersey Broncos out in the cold if they want to draft their future face of the franchise.聽

Justin Reid, Stanford (6-1, 207): The younger brother of former LSU and 49ers safety Eric Reid, Justin is a versatile and savvy defender who is comfortable both up high and in the box. He could also prove valuable defending pass-catching tight ends.聽Though Reid recorded five interceptions last season, he isn’t a ballhawk. He also has a tendency to overpursue in run defense.聽Projected: Round 1-2

Teheran finally shines at SunTrust, Braves beat Phillies 2-1

Julio Teheran found his go-to slider for the first time since the Braves moved into their new home last season.
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Teheran outpitched Aaron Nola for a rare night of success at SunTrust Park and Atlanta snapped the Philadelphia Phillies’ six-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night.

Teheran (1-1) allowed one run, five hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in six innings. He began the night 3-10 with a 6.20 ERA and 21 homers allowed in 19 starts at the Braves’ second-year stadium, but Teheran kept the Phillies guessing.

Teheran threw a good game, Nola said. I think all their pitchers did. It was one nights where obviously in low-scoring games are hard-fought for both teams.

Kurt Suzuki’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning scored Ozzie Albies to put the Braves up 2-1. Suzuki hit the ball to shallow center field, where Odubel Herrera pulled up to let strong-armed right fielder Aaron Altherr make the play. Albies’ beat Altherr’s throw with a headfirst slide, and the 5-foot-8 second baseman’s helmet flew off as he dashed past catcher Jorge Alfaro’s tag attempt.

I wasn’t seeing the play happen because the third baseman was in front of me, Albies said. When I saw one of them was confused, I said, `I’m going.
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Guerra issued consecutive one-out walks in the first but then limited Cincinnati to a single and another walk over 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven. Dan Jennings (2-0) finished up the sixth, Jeremy Jeffress retired three straight in the seventh and Josh Hader pitched the final two innings for his second save despite allowing a two-out double in the ninth to Tucker Barnhart.

I don’t think he came out of the chute with his best stuff, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Guerra. But he put it together and then got on a roll. I think Junior, when he gets it going, it’s pretty darn good.

Romano allowed two runs and four hits in five-plus innings, striking out four and walking two.

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Ryan Braun and Orlando Arcia each had two hits for Milwaukee.

Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell questionable for Game 2 with bruised foot

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, Utah’s leading scorer in its first-round playoff series, is questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.

Mitchell suffered a left foot bruise in Game 1, a 116-108 loss to the Thunder, and a Jazz spokesman said he is questionable. The rookie went through portions of Tuesday’s practice. He had 27 points and 10 rebounds in the opener after averaging 20.5 points in the regular season.

“One thing about him is he’s not afraid to try things and really apply it,” Bryant says after the film session. “That’s something that’s rare. A lot of guys want to stay in their comfort zone. He has the ability to go out there and apply it.”

Herring: The Sixers have it really nice. Yes, they have a treacherous first round against Erik Spoelstra and the Heat, who might cook up something to challenge Ben Simmons’ unwillingness to shoot from outside the paint. That and Joel Embiid’s potential absence for the first few games are concerning given Miami’s stout defense. But if Philly advances to Round 2, the young team would almost certainly be favored there, too — especially if they draw the Celtics without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Either LeBron or Toronto would figure to be waiting in the conference finals, but the road to that point is about all a team could ask for.

Spears: No NBA team will have it easy in the conference finals. So, the better question is which team has the easiest road to that point. The 76ers do not have to face the Toronto Raptors or Cleveland Cavaliers en route to the East finals, but this is new pressure for the young Sixers.

If all goes well, Mitchell will have the luxury of playing the majority of his career with Gobert, a dominant defensive force who takes great pride in excelling as a complementary offensive player, in particular as a screener. According to NBA.com advanced stats, Gobert averaged 6.1 “screen assists” per game, the most in the league by a wide margin.

Bryant and Snyder spend a lot of time discussing the subtleties of screens with Mitchell. “Connectivity” is one of Snyder’s buzzwords, and it especially applies to the Jazz’s two franchise cornerstones.

“How is the communication going with Rudy?” Snyder asks. This question comes after a defensive clip, but it applies to offense as well.

“It’s gotten better,” Mitchell answers. “Even if what he’s saying I don’t really agree with, it’s kind of just saying, ‘OK,’ so that he feels confident to keep [talking].”
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I don’t think it applies more pressure, Williams said. I think the pressure has always been a factor, being a first-rounder, coming in and playing with a lot of good guys already. I think just playing this game in general, there’s always going to be that pressure. That’s just something we learn to deal with and something you get used to and comfortable with. I’m comfortable under pressure.
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He’s gotten better, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. The conditions, whether it’s catching the ball, hitting the ball, throwing the ball, you’ve got to give guys a little pass right now. It’s hard. Kevin’s going to be fine. He’s given us a chance to win.

Gausman (1-1, 6.60 ERA) will oppose left-hander Matthew Boyd in the second contest of a three-game series at Detroit’s Comerica Park. The game has been changed to an afternoon start with inclement weather in the forecast later in the day and both sides hoping to avoid a postponement.

Gausman made six starts against Detroit in past seasons, going 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA.

Detroit (5-9) won the first game of the series 4-2 on Tuesday to snap a five-game losing streak. The Tigers hadn’t played since Friday because of postponements and a scheduled day off.

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That’s all he was doing, but somehow he just tweaked it, Bochy said. I don’t know how.

Despite the nagging injury, Longoria has appeared in 14 of 15 games this season. He leads the team in doubles (five) but is hitting only .204 with two home runs and five RBIs in his first season since he was acquired from Tampa Bay in December.

Tampa Bay dropped to 4-13, matching the 2001 Devil Rays for the worst 17-game start in team history.
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Beltre hit his second sacrifice fly of the game and Guzman had a two-run double off Yonny Chirinos (0-1) as the Rangers went ahead 5-1 in the fifth.

Guzman has hit safely in his first four big league games since being recalled Friday from Michael Palardy Womens Jersey Triple-A Round Rock.

Beltre drove in Texas’ first run with a first-inning sacrifice fly, and Choo made it 2-0 on a sac fly during the second.

Sanchez suspended four games for violating NFL drug policy

Mark Sanchez’s NFL career appears to be on life support.
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The NFL announced Friday that Sanchez has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season after violating the league’s PED policy.

Sanchez, a free agent, hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2016 and hasn’t started one since 2015.
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Lynch has bristled at the suggestion the 49ers cut Tramaine Brock within hours of his arrest after an alleged domestic incident last spring because Brock was not a good enough player to justify sticking with him. Lynch has noted Brock was a starting cornerback. The 49ers’ weakest position last season was cornerback.
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The 49ers announced on Thursday that Foster would not be cut at this time. The team stated Foster was aware his spot in the organization was Johnny Gaudreau Jersey under great scrutiny.

The 49ers clearly want to believe Foster. They want him on the team because he is a good football player and they invested a first-round pick in him last year when there were already questions about his character and his shoulder.

He spent three seasons in New Orleans, from 2013-15, catching 113 passes for 1,187 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Dolphins have parted ways with three significant members of last year’s squad by cutting defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and center Mike Pouncey and trading wide receiver Jarvis Landry after using the franchise tag on him.

They’ve balanced the departures of those players and last year’s trade of running back Jay Ajayi by bringing in the likes of defensive end Robert Quinn, guard Josh Sitton, wide receiver Danny Amendola and running back Frank Gore. Head coach Adam Gase said Tuesday that he feels like we’ve added more guys than we’ve lost and that the changes will benefit the team’s locker room.

I am not hoping [the culture will improve], Gase said, via the Miami Herald. I know it’s going to be different. You have some alpha dogs who are not going to accept a lot of the [expletive] that has gone on. 鈥?I think you guys will notice it kind of when we get going. I don’t know, there’s something about a lot of these guys that we brought in.

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Nothing displays confidence in a player quite like the Chiefs dumping their longtime starter in Alex Smith in favor of a second-year passer who has made Joe Haden Youth jersey just one NFL start. That leap of faith is why the Chiefs rank above other teams that employ young franchise passers on their rookie contracts. Their depth also could be better.

Though Mariota has proven a capable starter for the long term, his injury history led the Titans to make sure they had a reliable backup. Hence the signing of Gabbert, who unlike Cassel has a running element to his game similar to that of the starter. Assuming he can stay healthy, Mariota’s big pay day is coming soon.

You’ve seen dudes come back from ACLs, Achilles, broken bones, Bailey said to Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report. I want to be the one to show people that no matter what you go through, you don’t have to let other people define who you are as a person, what you can do as a person 鈥?and I can show the world anything is possible. I know when I step on the field, there’s a 100 percent chance I win Comeback Player of the Year. And then I’ll get up on the stage and just blow you away with all that I’ve been through.

Bailey, who has a titanium plate in his skull, expresses no doubt about his ability to return to the field but knows that others will harbor them. He says that he’d ask those people what’s stopped Bailey to this point and vows not to let anyone tell him he can’t achieve his goal.
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That’s the attitude he’ll need to see a comeback through and it’s hard not to root for Bailey getting another chance after all he’s been through the last few years.