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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Steiner Collectibles last week offered Odell Beckham Jr.-autographed photos, Normally $250, for just $99 today, only and limited to the first 50 customers! An online countdown clock was attached to add to the come-on and, I suspect, excite the easily excited.

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.

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.”

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.

NFL Network is just airing audio of the game with a scoreboard of the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is happening! The game is on NBC, complete with the Eagles and Patriots playing football on the network’s airwaves.

NFL Network — known as THE official network of the National Football League — has on a scoreboard and audio of the game. That’s it.

With David Johnson due to return from injury for Arizona, Peterson could be released this offseason, finding himself in the same spot as last year.

The Falcons jumped out to a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI. Then New England scored 25 unanswered points to tie things up and send the game to overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history. James White punched in a two-yard touchdown to get the win and spawn a lifetime of 28-3 jokes at the Falcons’ expense.

The longtime Giants quarterback has more title game victories as a starter than anyone in franchise history, derailing the team of the 2000s in the process. Four years of preparation failed to develop the kind of protection the Patriots needed to keep Brady comfortable in the pocket, as the league’s No. 1 and No. 3 ranked offenses were shut down by Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin’s indomitable pass rush.

With the trade deadline having passed in standard leagues, what is the top piece of advice you have for fantasy managers as we enter the stretch run of the season?

Kyle Soppe: The importance of staying active on the waiver wire cannot be overstated, though not in the same crucial way as in the first part of the season. Up until the All-Star Break, your primary mission is to build the best roster possible. While not easy, it’s a reasonably simple concept. However, as we approach the finish line, you are no longer aiming to build the most talented roster but, rather, the one that will perform the best over a short period of time.

While that may sound like splitting hairs, unwise loyalty to a slightly “better” player can doom you. For example, if and when the Rockets lock up a top-two seed in the West, might they curtail the minutes of a player like Eric Gordon? After all, last season was the first time since his rookie campaign that he appeared in at least 65 regular season games. Conversely, should the Pelicans continue to battle for a playoff spot while Darius Miller’s playing time increases, doesn’t it stand to reason that his best production could come when you need it most?jaguars_111-223x223

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, 80, hospitalized in Bay Area

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was rushed to a Bay Area hospital on Monday night, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A San Francisco Giants spokeswoman who confirmed Cepeda’s hospitalization to the Chronicle said she had no further information on his condition or the nature of his illness, the newspaper reported.

Cepeda, 80, was an 11-time All-Star first baseman who played 17 seasons for six MLB teams, including the Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves.

As for the Player Rater, Ohtani will become the first player to receive credit for his contributions both as hitter and pitcher. He’ll receive the traditional Player Rater valuation for his pitching statistics — the Rater normalizes stats against what you could reasonably expect from a replacement level player in your league — but because any hitting contributions he provides you would be considered bonus contributions, each of those numbers would be rewarded incrementally.

But now 2017-18 looks like a transition year more than anything, with the bright spots coming from young players such as Nick Schmaltz, Alex DeBrincat, and Vinnie Hinostroza. Here’s a look at some of the factors that have contributed to the Blackhawks’ downfall.

There’s been a lot of debate about the value of Crawford over the years, but the past few months should’ve laid to rest any question about his importance to the Blackhawks. The goaltender has been their best player for the past several seasons, papering over the team’s decline across the rest of its roster.

The same goes for earlier this season, when the Hawks were already displaying many of their flaws, but Crawford was good enough to keep the team in the playoff mix. There’s a real chance that he would’ve been a contender to win the Vezina Trophy had he stayed healthy.

So here’s your answer to the winter’s most pressing question: In ESPN leagues, Ohtani will serve as one player — just as he will be for his Angels — with the ability to be started as either a hitter or pitcher.

In the big picture, plan on Arizona batters losing hits and homers, piggybacked by a drop in runs and RBIs. The change won’t be felt equally but no one is immune; they’ll all suffer. Even Chuck Norris’ exit velocity would drop with the humidor. The silver lining could be an increase in steals, as lower scoring is usually a harbinger for increased running. Even in a still run-friendly Coors Field, pilfers increased after the installation of the humidor.

Given ERA is highly variable, Greinke lines up as a top-15 starter to as high as sixth, depending how you rank the highly skilled but injury risk options like Noah Syndergaard and Stephen Strasburg.

Steven Souza Jr. filling big shoes in J.D. Martinez’s No. 28

Surprised to be traded, Steven Souza Jr. heads to Arizona for what promises to be a key role on a Diamondbacks team that expects to be good.

The 28-year-old outfielder knew the Tampa Bay Rays were making some big changes but felt assured by management that he still figured in their plans.

As much as people were flying off the shelf, it seemed like I was not going to be one of those people, Souza said Wednesday in a conference call from the airport before boarding a plane to Arizona. It definitely caught me off-guard a little bit. I was definitely preparing for the role that I had there.

It was also odd that he was being celebrated for this moment of redemption when just a year ago he was facing a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Lena Zawaideh, the former drummer of his band. The suit was settled last summer and White dismissed it in a celebration interview as gossip. Then another reporter who also wanted to ask about the case was passed over and none of the women in the press seats was called on to question him:

After that, the behavior was mentioned begrudgingly, because it is a moment of celebration. But also, what has to be sold by the Olympics and then the media that covers it isn’t Shaun White the actual person, but Shaun White the Olympian. The American gold medal winner.

Sure, it’s still technically the offseason, but as of last week, spring training is underway. Traditionally, that means one thing: It’s time to hope. It’s time for fans of the best teams to hope for a championship. And it’s time for fans of the worst teams to hope for a surprise — a Cinderella run toward relevance. The regular season can slam shut doors of possibility, but right now, all doors remain open.

Hope is different everywhere, and it’s partly informed and moderated by preseason projections. Teams and fans aren’t going into spring training blind. Once rosters get more or less set, different analytical services use prior data to project what’s likely to happen. Here are the current projected 2018 standings at FanGraphs. There will be shifts between now and Opening Day, but they probably won’t be dramatic. Right there, you can get an informed idea of which teams look solid and which teams look weak.

From the fan perspective, maybe mathematical projections rob us of the fun of the unknowable. It’s clear the White Sox are rebuilding, but the projections also make it clear how far they still have to go. Without the math, it might be easier to dream. But allow me to let you in on a little secret: Projections aren’t destiny. Projections don’t work against hope. They just make clearer what’s being hoped for.royals_011