Kyle Shanahan: I want to help Reuben Foster, but it’s a two-way street

When 49ers General Manager John Lynch addressed linebacker Reuben Foster’s two offseason arrests on Wednesday, he said that the team wants to build a great structure around the 2017 first-round pick while adding that it’s harder to do at the professional level than it might be in college.
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Coach Kyle Shanahan covered some of the same ground when Foster’s name came up for discussion on Thursday, but he also highlighted the player’s role in avoiding off-field issues that can impact on-field availability. Foster was arrested for marijuana possession last month and again on charges of domestic violence and possession of an assault weapon this month.

Elite Larry Doby Jersey While an ankle injury set him back for about a month midway through the season, Lewis ended up completing just 36.8 percent of his pass attempts for 167 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. The 6-3, 240-pounder from East Orange also rushed for 111 yards and four touchdowns.

Although Lewis said late in the season he might’ve been better served with a redshirt year to learn the craft, he’s using his first spring camp as another learning tool.

It’s big, Lewis said. I’m more of an in-person learner. I have to see the plays develop. I gotta see routes. I gotta see it to learn it better. So (participating in spring camp) definitely helps me better.

Oliver was a highly ranked recruit, regarded by some recruiting analysts as the best high school player ever to choose a college outside the Power 5 major conferences. He said he always had plans to go to the NFL and saw Houston Womens Trevor Ariza Jersey as a place where he would develop.

This was a dream of mine coming in, Oliver said. I knew I was going on a business trip, and whether my business trip was three years or four years it just depend on how early I got on the field and how effective I was.

Oliver said he’s hoping he can show in his final season that he’s the best player in college football.

I want to compete for the Heisman, Oliver said. There’s a lot on my plate I want to achieve.

Oliver should achieve a lot in the NFL, and he’ll do it as soon as the NFL lets him.

Shifty Sean Miller hasn’t earned the benefit of our doubt

As he spoke, MSG+ showed the tape. It was a long wrist shot from the right blue line, called by Doc Emrick. Greene with the shot score!!! on March 8, 2007.
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Ex-Jet Antonio Cromartie, according to N.J.’s Star-Ledger, is selling his three-acre, 20-room, 9,650-square feet home in Kinnelon, N.J., for $1.7 million.

Cromartie, the father of 14 children with eight women, last played in 2016, his current wife claiming he was cut by the Colts for demonstrating his social consciousness by protesting the national anthem.

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I don’t know how normal prices are established for autographed photos of pro athletes. But if one can normally get $250 for Beckham’s, why sell 50 for $4,950 when they’re worth $12,500, thus incurring a $7,550 loss in value?

Has the value of a Beckham autographed photo declined? Or is the advertised normal cost just a rough estimate of what the gullible will believe?
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It’s the $64,000 question with all three of these guys, right? Can Sam stay healthy? Is Teddy what he was? Is Case the guy that he was last year or two years ago? Zimmer said. So that’s really the $64,000 question with us. With Sam, I love Sam I love all three of them, they’re all great people. Sam was skiing in Jackson Hole last week. He’s a tremendous athlete. I think he’ll stay healthy, but who knows? I have a crystal ball, but I don’t have it with me. But it didn’t tell me if he’s going to stay healthy.

Many in the league believe the Vikings are going to pursue Kirk Cousins in free agency. The Vikings are thought by many people to be the favorites in the Cousins sweepstakes because of their success in 2017. Zimmer did not address Cousins directly because that would be against NFL rules, but he made a reference to the reports the Vikings want him.

I know there’s a lot of rumors and a lot of different things going on out there, but don’t believe everything you hear unless it’s from me, Zimmer said.

And just for the record, Watson does not think Jackson should switch to receiver. The Texans quarterback was asked by Reiter what position he would tell Jackson to play if the topic came up in conversation.

The free-agency dominoes started falling in the NFL on Wednesday, reshaping the league hierarchy with every move.

Wednesday marked the beginning of the new league year, when all 32 teams could go official with trades, free-agent signings, cutting pesky salaries before guarantees kick in and more.

The Bengals were in the market for a backup after losing quarterback AJ McCarron to the Bills in free agency.

McCarron was Dalton’s primary backup from 2015-2017 and started three regular-season games and an 18-16 loss to the Steelers in the AFC wild-card game after Dalton got hurt in 2015.

Ballard’s long-term plan comes into focus The Colts’ free-agency plan has been sharply criticized so far, with Indy unable to sign any big-name free agents.

Only rotational pass-rusher Denico Autry has been brought in by second-year general manager Chris Ballard, who had the third-most cap space at his disposal entering free agency.

However, Ballard continuously stated that the Colts wouldn’t pay premium prices for B-level players despite their ample cap space, and emphasized the team’s desire to build through the draft and construct a roster capable of competing for a long time.

Ballard added after the announcement of the trade that the move was ideal for the Colts because it still allows them to get a premium player while still being able to replenish our young talent.

But the Jets can take it further.

According to Mike Nash of Jets Wire, Jets safety Jamal Adams tried to recruit free-agent wideout Jordy Nelson before deleting the social media post. Nelson later signed with the Oakland Raiders.

No need to delete—the Jets need offensive weapons to help the quarterbacks. Running back should be a priority too, but with Robby Anderson in hot water, a jolt to an already weak wideout depth chart is a must. It didn’t turn out to be Nelson, but it could be Terrelle Pryor, Mike Wallace or an upside guy like Cody Latimer.

Well, the Oakland Raiders might be the poster boy for this predicament coming out of a season where tight end Jared Cook led the team in receiving. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree combined to catch 15 touchdowns, which sounds great, but they also combined to only catch 106 of 197 targets.

That would explain why the Raiders signed Jordy Nelson.patriots_123

Tyrann Mathieu Agrees to 1-Year Contract with Houston Texans

Veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu agreed Friday to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans, the team announced.
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the deal.Schefter added the deal is worth $7 million.

The Arizona Cardinals released Mathieu on March 14 after he declined to accept a pay cut for the 2018 season.

According to Pro Football Talk’s Steve Palazzolo, Mathieu allowed opposing quarterbacks to have a passer rating of 130.2 in 2016 and 91.6 in 2017.During his All-Pro season, he allowed a passer rating of only 70.3.

On Thursday, Palazzolo argued Mathieu can once again be a dynamic playmaker on defense if he’s utilized in the right way:

He can affect the game at all levels of the field, though there should be Jason Motte Youth jersey some concern that his coverage grades have declined over the last two seasons. Mathieu can be had when matched up against good slot receivers in man coverage, so the best bet to maximizing his value is tapping into the versatility.
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Alongside the video, BSO’s Robert Littal added, A bottle girl at the Gold Room confirms Beckham was there and states the fight was broken up quickly, a couple of people were thrown out, but cops were not called to the scene. She went on to say Beckham stayed at the club after the mini brawl and had a good night going forward.

But an unnamed source disputed that Beckham wasn’t even in the city of Atlanta.

This is 100 percent not Odell. He was not and is not in Atlanta, the source told Leonard. He has not even been in the state of Georgia recently. The people who falsely posted and reported this will be hearing from his lawyers.

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MLB free agents: Unsigned players will have training camp in Florida, report says

Unsigned MLB free agents will have the opportunity to train in Florida at a camp staged by the players union beginning Wednesday at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., The Athletic reported, citing unidentified sources.
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Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to camps in Florida and Arizona next week, but an Womens Trae Waynes Jersey unusually slow market this offseason has left many free agents without teams.

Iowa native and University of Iowa graduate Follow on Twitter Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Tom Benson, owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans , died Thursday in New Orleans with his wife at his side, the teams announced.

He was 90.

Benson was one of only three owners of both an NFL and NBA franchise at the time of his death.

He was widely credited with keeping both teams in his native New Orleans when their futures were in doubt, first when he purchased the Saints in 1985, and then when he purchased the former New Orleans Hornets in 2012.

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The Rams could have held on to Watkins with the franchise tag. The team opted instead to shore up the defense by tagging Lamarcus Joyner. Now Watkins will start over again in Kansas City. It’s a three-year deal worth $48 million, with $30 million guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

What does Watkins bring to the Chiefs?

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The interior will take priority because the Giants are tired of ineffective power run blocking.

There is room, however, for one big spend that will set the Corey Brewer Womens Jersey tone for the team’s offseason 锟斤拷 getting back to the brand of football that has led to the Giants’ highest level of recent success.
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The Giants can think about re-signing Pugh or Richburg, but they also can’t ignore the potential for open-market upgrades for Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula.

It’s easy to connect the dots with Gettleman and Shula, with the Giants getting aggressive in going after the top free-agent offensive lineman, Panthers left guard Andrew Norwell. He would cost them about $12 million per season. That’s doable and highly desirable for both sides.
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The thought was this could go either way under new coach Jon Gruden. So far, there are positive vibes that Beast Mode will remain in Oakland for his age-32 season after a productive finish to 2017.
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The Lions are keeping Ezekiel Ansah with the franchise tag, but they still need to upgrade the edge pass rush for new coach Matt Patricia and coordinator Paul Pasqualoni. Davenport could have the same situational impact as the Eagles’ Derek Barnett did as a rookie.

They’re used to catering to a mobile QB in Tyrod Taylor. Even with Taylor now in Cleveland, as a 2017 playoff team, the Bills’ recent offensive history should make them feel more comfortable than other teams with Jackson. Their offensive future is in the hands of Brian Daboll, who just worked with the super-athletic duo of Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa at Alabama. The line and the running game are still there, and the additional draft pick gives Buffalo an opportunity to pair Jackson with a fellow rookie wideout. It also gives the Bills a chance to slide up if needed to take Jackson.

Consider those four teams the ideal draft wheelhouse for Jackson. There’s also a chance he falls into the purview of the Saints (No. 27), Steelers (No. 28), Jaguars (No. 29) and, yes, the Patriots (No. 31).

Mike Clevinger earns Indians rotation spot; Danny Salazar to start season on DL

The Indians boast one of the deepest rotations in MLB, and 27-year-old Mike Clevinger earned his spot Monday after facing a stacked Dodgers lineup in spring training.

“As we stand right now, he’s going to be in the rotation,” manager Terry Francona said of Clevinger, via

Last season, Clevinger made 21 starts, owning a 12-6 record with a 3.11 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 121 2/3 innings. Clevinger moved to the bullpen during the postseason, but was always expected to start during the regular season.

The values for Seager and Turner are much more in concert with each other in regard to DRS and UZR, though Cabrera paints a polarizing picture defensively.

Cabrera’s differences could be explained by the fact that DRS calculates the penalties and credits for batted balls that multiple fielders can make a play on differently from UZR.

Those relievers include a legion of young talent, such as Anthony Banda, Yonny Chirinos, Jose De Leon, Chih-Wei Hu, Andrew Kittredge, Austin Pruitt, Ryan Yarbrough, and Hunter Wood, as well as veteran Matt Andriese.

Manager Kevin Cash said the team will use this system throughout April and early May, when there are a lot of off days. However, he said the Rays will use that time as a testing period to see if the four-man rotation will work for the entire season.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia knows about the minor sprain in newly acquired pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani’s elbow, but he is not concerned.

“No restrictions with Shohei,” Scioscia told reporters Wednesday at baseball’s winter meetings. “The only understanding we have is really just something that’s behind him. There’s no concern, and there’s no restrictions. He’ll be full go in spring training.”

Watch the all-time best Dunk Contest throw-downs

The NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest has gotten better in recent years, but it used to be awesome, featuring not just All-Stars but superstars.

Way back before the All-Star event was filled with 11th men and no-name rookies, the most athletic stars in the NBA used to actually compete, and it was righteous.

Here is a rundown of the best individual dunks in the contest’s history. (Spoiler alert: There are none from the past five years.)

This is the dunk. When I hear the phrase “slam dunk,” it’s Vince Carter dangling on the rim like it’s his squaredance partner that immediately comes to mind. This is just an ultimate display of physical skill and creativty. Who thinks to do that?

There are plenty of things people can criticize Dwight Howard for, but creativity isn’t one of them. In 2009, Howard took advantage of the “getting props approved” rule, bringing in a 12-foot rim, Superman cape and phonebooth for him to change from Clark Kent to the Man of Steel. He makes leaping to the insanely high basket look like a cakewalk, only leaving a desire for him to have gone even higher.

Booker scored 31 points with 10 assists before leaving the game in obvious pain. He will reportedly have X-rays on his ribs and hip areas to determine the exact injury.

Booker now has 16 games with at least 30 points this season, but the Suns are only 8-8 in those games. After being snubbed from this year’s All-Star game, Booker moved to point guard, leading the Suns’ young offensive attack. A natural shooter, Booker has dealt with the switch well, but the Suns are just 3-9 this month.

You can choose to lock lineups either on a weekly basis or on a daily basis. If you choose the weekly setting, your lineups for the week have to be in before the first game on Monday, and this is a good setting if the managers in your league don’t have a lot of time to spend obsessing about their teams throughout the week. It’s a more casual setting. The more hard-core baseball fan typically prefers a daily setting, which requires attention pretty much every day of the MLB calendar. lions_085

Which teams should be next winter’s big spenders?

When it comes to the bottom-line total of wins and losses, rebuilding can be a difficult time for fans, even with the knowledge that it’s part of a long-term plan for future success. The Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs have their forever-flags, but Houston did see attendance drop from 3.1 million in 2004 to 1.6 million in 2012 while even the attendance of the Wrigley Faithful has had its ups and downs, dropping below three million in 2012-2015. But coming out of that rebuild? That’s an exciting time for a team and for fans, the team shifting toward prioritizing current wins rather than future ones.

“Whether it’s second week of April, whenever, we’re going to be really happy to have him back,” Francona said, “because that’s a position then that you don’t have to platoon, you just kind of wind him up and let him go play.”

It’s a tough thing to feel when you feel like you’ve got to be perfect, especially kicking .You can’t do it.Hickson, 27, was the 19th overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers 2008 and spent three seasons with the Cavs, peaking 2010 when he averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds.Sponsor: Sen.And it’s easier to stick with guys like him that work hard and ‘t complain about things and ‘t make excuses.A few observations: 1) The weight that Smotrycz and Horford has put looks to have a large part of it be below the waist.

The Warriors did, however, manage to keep from feasting on lobs.When the Kings traded Bernier to Toronto, I can tell you that Ranford and Lombardi and a number of people that Kings front office – who I think you guys believe have a clue about how to win – they were sick to their stomach trading Bernier.These hugs have become a ritual between the two after every win.

Considering those shots represented around half of his shot attempts over the last two seasons, it bodes well for his fit with LeBron James, who functions as the point guard on offense for the Cavaliers. It also helps that Hill has spent most of his career playing alongside an All-Star in the backcourt, such as Paul George in Indiana and Gordon Hayward in Utah. It should make for a much smoother transition than the one we just witnessed with Thomas.

Part of what drew the Celtics to Brown was his desire to learn and grow.

“I don’t know necessarily what to expect in terms of what the crowd will be or the expectations, but I’ve got some interesting ideas and I can’t wait to share them.”

“Obviously, he’s a smart guy and he’s really curious about getting better on the basketball court and a lot of other things,” said Boston coach Brad Stevens. “I’ve really enjoyed spending time around him. I think he’s really thoughtful. I think he’s a guy that wants to continue to grow in every way.

“We’ve talked about — we want guys in here that are growth-oriented and have that mindset. That was clear before we drafted him, just in meeting with him, that he had that.”

“That’s where I thought it went wrong, middle to end of the third,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. “The pick-and-roll was really causing us problems … and then on the other end of the floor (the ball) wasn’t moving as freely.”

“It’s unbelievable,” said Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr. “It’ll never … if that ever gets done again, I’ll be shocked. We’re in the presence of something special right now and it’s an incredible accomplishment, so congrats to him, obviously.”

Point guard Jordan Clarkson, a recent addition to the Cavs (along with Nance) who hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining in Tuesday’s contest, was asked what he has learned about James in six games with him as a teammate.

Wade had Oliver’s name written on his sneakers, then went out and scored 15 of Miami’s final 17 points as the Heat took down the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 102-101.

Wade’s jumper with 5.9 seconds remaining was the game winner.

Afterward, he reacted to how special the moment was.

“From the standpoint of away from the game of basketball, as I continue saying, just understanding how important we are as professionals,” Wade said. “And for me, it’s just giving whatever I can to people who believe in me, and especially people who were happy about me coming back here [after the trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month] who embrace me the way that I only can dream of with me coming back home. So just paying some due respect to [Oliver] and his family tonight.”

Wade later posted on social media about the night, singling out both his late agent, Henry Thomas, and Oliver.

Oliver was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and also was a huge Heat fan. His parents revealed Sunday on the Univision talk show “Al Punto” that their son was buried in his Wade jersey, something not lost on the 12-time All-Star when asked about it Monday.