When Super Bowl appearances practically become routine, internal disagreements feel like small matters.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said just as much at the owners’ meetings in Orlando, Fla., on Monday when asked about the reported organizational tension, exposed in a January ESPN report that detailed a rift among the Patriots’ Big Three.
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Kraft, Belichick and Brady have repeatedly had to address ESPN’s account, which surmised growing tension could lead to the trio’s imminent breakup. Each of the three has denied the explosiveness of the report. Together, they’ve won five Super Bowls over 16 seasons.

Although Kraft said he still hasn’t gotten over the deflating loss to the Eagles, the 76-year-old downplayed the effects of a loss in the title game when compared to a losing season. In his first season of owning the Patriots in 1993, the team went 5-11 under then-coach Bill Parcells, who also was in his first season in New England.

I’ve owned the team 24 seasons, and I’ve had Bill [Belichick] as a head coach for 18 of Jason Smith Jersey those seasons, Kraft said. When I think of tension, I think of my first year as an owner. I love Bill Parcells, but players walked on eggshells and maybe ownership did as we went down the learning curve of how to get along. 鈥?The so-called tension gets greater when you lose.

If the Giants take a quarterback with the second overall pick, it could lead to some bruised feelings, with Eli Manning returning at 37 years old for his 15th season with the Giants and his replacement lurking on the roster. In this day and age in the NFL, a quarterback picked No. 2 in the draft is expected to play far sooner than later.

I think a lot of times that’s unavoidable in this sport, Mara said of hurting the feelings of the incumbent quarterback. You have to make decisions that are in the long-term best interests of the franchise. If feelings get hurt, you try not to do that, but if they do, they do.

Mara said it is too early in the evaluation process to know whom the Giants are targeting and, ultimately, whom they will take the night of April 26.

You want to know who we’re going to pick? We don’t, Mara said. You can give me eight different scenarios and I can tell you that it’s a possibility.
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Believe me when I tell you, I don’t know if we’re taking a quarterback.

Derwin James’ availability is a godsend for the Green Bay Packers since the organization’s primary offseason goal is to overhaul a porous secondary. 

Safeties aren’t generally seen as top prospects, yet James’ combination of size, athleticism, versatility and playmaking ability make him a surefire top-15 selection.

Simply put, guards are rarely drafted in the top 10 in the modern NFL, let alone the top 5. In the 51 years of the modern NFL Draft — since the AFL and NFL had their first common draft in 1967 — just 16 guards have been picked in the first 10 picks, with only five of them going in the first five selections.

So Amendola said he did what he had to do for his family, and accepted Miami’s offer.

While Amendola praised Belichick as the best coach ever, he admitted playing for him could be hard.

Head coach Todd Bowles is expected to be in attendance along with General Manager Mike Maccagnan, who also attended Rosen’s workout at UCLA’s Pro Day. The Jets contingent will then head to Wyoming on Friday for Josh Allen’s Pro Day before hitting Norman, Oklahoma to work out Baker Mayfield this weekend.

The Jets moved up to the No. 3 pick in a trade with the Colts last weekend and many expect they made the move to improve their chances of landing their desired quarterback in this year’s draft.

C.J. Anderson was the first Broncos rusher to top 1,000 yards in a season since 2013. But that wasn’t enough for Denver to keep him around. Anderson has been released and will hit the market as a free agent, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo .

Gay spent 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Steelers, deviating only in 2012, a season he played for the Cardinals. Despite his advanced age for a cornerback, his career is marked by remarkable durability. Gay has never missed a game, playing in all 176, starting 101. Pat Shurmur, the new head coach, has talked since he was hired about “availability’’ as an underrated quality in a player.

Twins’ Berrios excited to start vs. Indians in San Juan

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Womens C. J. Prosise Jersey Berrios will take the mound Wednesday when the Minnesota Twins face the Cleveland Indians at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Or, as Berrios Jaden Schwartz Authentic Jersey likes to call the island … home.

Knowing how meaningful the occasion was, Lance Lynn volunteered to wait until Friday for his next turn — a full 10 days after his last outing — so Berrios could keep the start.

He beat me to the punch, said Jake Odorizzi, who started Tuesday in the Twins’ 6-1 loss to Cleveland. He volunteered for it. We both wanted Jose to throw down here. This is a very special thing. We’re excited to see him in his homeland, getting to throw in front of a bunch of family.

Favre recently came in for one of the auditions, according to sources. Though it was unclear if Favre would even want the job, sources said he was not great during the tryout and has been told he is no longer under consideration. Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, did not return a call. ESPN declined comment.

Late Tuesday, Favre tweeted that he felt he had a good meeting with ESPN and was intrigued by the opportunity, but he wasn’t sure he wanted to do it, if ESPN had chosen him.

Wanted to clear something up from today’s press on me & ESPN. Truth is I had a good meeting about possibly joining the MNF crew. I was intrigued when they called yet not sure I want to pursue a broadcasting career right now. I wish them the best of luck and a great season. Brett

Favre likely would have been able to demand the same type of salary as Jon Gruden. ESPN was prepared to offer Manning the same $6.5 million salary as Gruden with possibly even a little room for negotiation, according to sources.

Owners vote down West Coast teams’ proposal limiting early kickoffs

Teams in the Pacific time zone wanted a rule limiting how many early kickoffs they could be forced to play, but those teams were not able to convince the teams in the rest of the country to go along.
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As it stands, his one-year, $14 million contract with the Rams puts Suh within $3 million of what he was due to make in 2018 in Miami.

So if Suh rips it up, as he quite possibly will, with defensive tackle Aaron Donald next to Suh, he should be able to cash in next year on the open market.

Having cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib on the roster will help Suh, too. Having defensive coordinator Wade Phillips running the show on Suh’s side of the ball also should be good news, since Phillips likely will let Suh do what he wants as long as Suh brings it between snap and whistle.

Zay Jones’ recent incident won’t impact his spot on Bills

Once the criminal justice process is complete for Foster, the NFL will launch an investigation into any domestic violence allegations under its personal conduct policy. The league’s process doesn’t require the same burden of proof as the courts, so a six-game suspension 鈥?the baseline for a first-time alleged domestic violence offender 鈥?may be looming for Foster.

The 49ers cut cornerback Tramaine Brock last year not even one day after he was arrested on allegations of domestic violence. Now we’ll see what they do with Foster.
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Saquon Barkley’s 12 best fits in NFL Draft: Favorites, sleepers and long shots

Who should select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft? Pretty much every team that needs a running back and has a first-round pick.
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Barkley, the top prospect at the position in this class, is the most talented all-around back to enter the league since Ezekiel Elliott went No. 4 overall to the Cowboys two years ago. Barkley is expected to be a top-five pick, too.

Losing Jharel Cotton and A.J. Puk to Tommy John surgery might have already dented hopes that Oakland’s young rotation could surprise people this year, but at least Sean Manaea is turning heads. In his first two starts, the lefty allowed just nine baserunners in 15鈪?IP, with an 11-1 ratio of strikeouts to walks. — Kahrl

Matt Davidson stole the show on Opening Day, becoming just the fourth player in MLB history to hit three homers in a season opener. He has slowed down a bit from that 486-homer pace, but the 27-year-old has still been swinging the bat well. Though the White Sox will gladly take the home runs, his improved plate discipline over the first week is an encouraging sign for a player who struck out 165 times and drew just 19 walks last season. — Casella

The Patriots’ Bill Belichick, 65, continues to succeed despite ruling with an iron fist. The oldest coach in the league, Seattle’s 66-year-old Pete Carroll, actually prefers working with younger players than crusty veterans. He and his staff emphasize a streamlined approach and simplistic mission statement to better equip young players while encouraging聽healthy dialogue to cultivate a feeling of ownership.

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Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: Had he not been born in 1943, Joe Namath might have been a聽Millennial right out of central casting. So don’t expect GM Mike Maccagnan to flinch at taking Rosen 鈥?there’s probably no rookie QB better equipped to step right into Gang Green’s lineup 鈥?no matter how much Jamie Benn Womens Jersey former Bruins coach Jim Mora elaborates/equivocates about him.

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Tom Landry made decision for Cowboys to pass on Joe Montana in 1979

The Cowboys weren’t the only team to pass on Joe Montana in 1979. He was, after all, the 82nd overall pick that year.

But according to the system devised by Tex Schramm, Tom Landry and Gil Brandt, the Cowboys took the best player on their draft board regardless of position. With 76th overall pick that year, the Cowboys had Montana at the top of their draft board.

They also had Roger Staubach, Danny White and Glenn Carano already on their roster at the position.

Greg Aiello, who retired from the NFL last month after serving as the league’s senior vice president in charge of communications, was in his first month working for the Cowboys when Dallas passed on Montana.

He was a highly rated talented, a second-round pick, so in Tom Landry’s mind, we had three guys better than this guy ranked in the third round, Joe Montana. So [the Cowboys] took a pass and violated our own system and took the next guy on the board, who happened to be Doug Cosbie, who it would turn out was a very good pick. He was an outstanding tight end.

Ironically, in the famous ‘Catch’ game, Doug Cosbie caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Danny White in the fourth quarter to put us up 27-21, and it looked like we were about to win that game. Unfortunately, we know what happened. Two teams and two quarterbacks went in different directions as a result of that game.”

Landry made the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history, but his decision that day proves even the best get it wrong every now and again. It also again shows just how hard it is to evaluate quarterbacks, something that hasn’t gotten easier over the years.

Jackson had a private workout for the Texans before his Pro Day workout, and he met with the Chargers after his throwing session. He didn’t disclose the other teams he’ll be meeting with.

Still, the reference to “all 32 teams” attending his workout likely was intended to indicate that all teams have interest in Jackson. With no agent to say those things on his behalf, Jackson is the one who has to do it.

The announcement from Jackson comes on the heels of a claim from Mike Mayock of NFL Network that teams have had a hard time scheduling visits and workouts with Jackson.

While it’s good that Jackson is taking the initiative to promote himself, he’d still benefit from having a skilled third party to affirmatively tout his skills — and to defend him against the negative things that agents representing other draft-eligible players surely are saying to scouts, coaches, and/or the media.la_kings_012

Raptors clinch top seed in East, set franchise mark for wins in season (57)

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Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 25 points, DeMar DeRozan had 12 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 92-73 on Friday night, clinching the top seed in the East for the first time in team history.

There’s gratification, but you’re not satisfied, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. We haven’t got to our ultimate goal, but it’s a feeling of gratification.
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And, as Brooks proved, the reality is Jackson wasn’t going to escape being compared to Michael Vick or Deshaun Watson, or any of the other targets of the traditionally lazy, superficial comparisons that infect every sport, but which are amplified during NFL Draft season.

As all that was unfolding, meanwhile, the topic of Jackson not employing an agent emerged. That may or may not be creating an obstacle as the draft draws closer. For instance, it’s certainly plausible Jackson did not find, or has not yet found, an agent who agrees with him about downplaying the position-change angle by any means necessary.

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Just ready to hit, ready to attack him early, Pearce said of his first career leadoff homer . That was the game plan. You don’t want to wait around and let him bury you with that changeup. He’s got some good stuff.

Jaime Garcia (1-0) won while facing Texas for the first time in the 31-year-old’s 176th career start. The left-hander allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, leaving after Joey Gallo’s two-run homer. The 445-foot shot down the line in right was the Texas slugger’s third of the season.

After becoming the first Texas pitcher to get the first eight outs on strikeouts in a win at Oakland in his previous start, Hamels (1-2) let four of the first five hitters reach in the left-hander’s second straight home loss. The first was on opening day.

Hamels, who started 9-1 each of the past two seasons, gave up seven runs — five earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. He struck out 11 in five innings against the Athletics.

Junis impressive as Royals beat Tigers 1-0 for 1st win

With another postponement looming as a possibility, Jakob Junis and the Kansas City Royals breezed to their first victory of the season.
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Junis took a shutout into the eighth inning, and the Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday. On a chilly, rainy day — with snow a possibility on Wednesday — Kansas City and Detroit played nine innings in 2 hours, 17 minutes.

Those conditions out there are miserable for everybody, Royals manager Ned Yost said. When it’s misty like that it helps you a little bit, because you get a little bit of moisture on your fingers. When it’s super ice cold, the ball feels like you’re throwing an ice cube.

Jorge Soler, who still doesn’t have a major league hit since July 2, drove in the game’s only run with a sacrifice fly in the second.

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Panik went deep in the fourth, his third solo drive of the season. At that point, he had accounted for all three of Drew Doughty Authentic Jersey San Francisco’s runs for the season with those shots.

At this rate, the Giants might need him to hit 60 just to stay competitive.

All I can do is laugh about that one, Panik said of Bochy’s bold prediction.

Marco Gonzales (1-0) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Mariners.

Evan Longoria added a two-run shot for the Giants, the first hit with his new team after an 0-for-17 start.

No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change into their personal attire.
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Those rules and additional work requirements have sparked another public relations headache for the N.F.L., after The New York Times revealed last week that Bailey Davis, the cheerleader the Saints dismissed in January, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming unfair treatment. The complaint comes at time when the N.F.L. is dealing with issues of domestic violence and sexual harassment among players and league employees, and when issues of gender equality are facing unprecedented scrutiny in nearly every corner of the country.
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Winston took only two weeks off after the 2017 season and generally works out twice a day. The morning is for weight training and cardio, the afternoons are for field work. The goal is to rebuild his body so it can sustain the punishment of a 16-game NFL season.

He’s also sought advice from other veteran quarterbacks on the matter, according to coach Dirk Koetter. No way of knowing their conversation, but a few weeks ago Winston did spend some time with former Packers quarterback Brett Favre at a charity event. Favre made 297 regular-season starts over 19 seasons.

I talked to Jameis and I know he’s put in a lot of study in the offseason and a lot of time, Koetter said. I just think the main thing that he learned last year is it’s hard to make it through a 16-game season at any position without having your body nicked up. He’d been blessed in his career to have never had many injuries, and he had some significant injuries last year and he did a great job of trying to play through it.

Smoak’s 2 HR, go-ahead slam in 8th rally Jays past Yanks 7-4

After fouling off a pair of curveballs, Justin Smoak figured he’d get a fastball from David Robertson.

Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery starts New York’s home opener Monday afternoon against the Rays, who had not announced a starter for their bullpen day. Tampa Bay is using a four-man rotation and plans to turn to its bullpen to get through a game every fifth day.

Ross (1-0), who allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, was pitching for the Padres for the first time since opening day 2016. He didn’t pitch again that season and eventually had thoracic outlet surgery. He pitched for Texas last year before returning to the Padres on a minor league deal.

Ross nearly made it unscathed through the order the first time, but Freeland singled to center with one out in the third. Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu walked to load the bases before Nolan Arenado doubled to left. Freeland and Blackmon scored but LeMahieu was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw by shortstop Galvis.

The Rockies added another run in the fourth and had another runner thrown out. With runners on the corners, Chris Iannetta singled to left to bring in Gerardo Parra. Trevor Story tried to advance from first to third and was cut down by Jose Pirela.

After being the designated hitter in the opener, he expected to be far more nervous to pitch. It didn’t show.

Reaching the upper 90s (mph) with his fastball and keeping the A’s guessing with a nifty splitter, Ohtani struck out six and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.

He didn’t hit while pitching, as Albert Pujols was the DH and went 0 for 5.

Ohtani (1-0) pounded his glove following a 1-2-3 shutdown fifth. He walked one, and the only damage against him came on Matt Chapman’s three-run homer in the second.

The 23-year-old righty briefly removed his cap and looked to the sky after the drive, then went back to work and blanked the A’s the rest of the way.

After that three-run shot, Scioscia came up to me and said I’m doing fine, Ohtani said.