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Dez Bryant won’t be a distraction, says former QB

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Former Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is still looking for that perfect one-year gig, so he can stick it to his previous employer.

And his former quarterback insists Bryant won’t be a problem for whomever decides to employ him.

“There’s a ton of teams he could help,” retired Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “One thing, I don’t know how many teams will do their homework on it, but Dez is a good teammate and I think sometimes that might get lost in the way that the emotional aspect of things. If I was talking to any of the G.M.s or coaches, I would tell them he’s not going to hurt the locker room in any possible way. He’s going to come out and he’ll be a great teammate when he gets there. I think he’ll have a couple options here soon.”

What’s Romo’s commission should Dez get signed? I don’t know if Dez can still play but with his antics in the past, he has lost the benefit of the doubt.

I think the only people who don’t think Dez is good inside an NFL locker room are people who’ve never played sports. His teammates have always loved him.

Sorry yes, it was Dak’s problem. Dramatic decrease in Comp%, dramatic increase in INTs, DRAMATIC decrease in his rating (about 20 points), both as a passer and overall QBR. He only got sacked 7 more times in 2017 than in 2016, and according to you that was all in one game. OK so he had a bad game (that isn’t all on the line btw, QB decision making plays into sacks as well).And Tyron Smith was only out for 3 games last year – same as 2016 when Dak was sporting a 103+ rating – so no, that isn’t it.

The Cowboys made a move to try to replace Witten. They continue to insist they are happy with the other tight ends on the roster, but Rico Gathers, Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin have only nine catches for 94 yards and no touchdowns in 29 career games.

Witten made 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdownbroncos_061_d6ba102d513d1c9f-180x180s in his career.

So the Cowboys used a fourth-round pick on Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz on Saturday.

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Report: Dolphins could build new practice facility in Miami

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The Dolphins will upgrade their practice facility within the next four years, and team officials are considering a move to Miami, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

The Dolphins have trained at the facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, since 1993.

The Davie complex also serves as home to Dolphins training camp. The Dolphins facility has undergone renovations and improvements, including the addition of an indoor practice field in 2006.

This was worth the risk.

The Cleveland Browns have recently become serious about adding established NFL players to their roster, which indicates that even the slow-moving Cleveland front office is ready to try to win games rather than simply accumulate draft picks.

And the move that best signifies that is the team’s March trade for Jarvis Landry, who after catching an NFL-record 400 passes in his first four seasons with the Miami Dolphins should become the ultimate safety valve in a young but talented Browns offense.

Brandon worked for the Yankees and thereafter the then-Florida Marlins before joining the Bills in 1997. He essentially ran the team in the final years of founder Ralph Wilson’s life, and Brandon steered the franchise through the search for a new owner. The Pegulas were sufficiently impressed to keep him around — and to expand his influence into their hockey operation.

Some have suggested that Brandon won’t be out of work for long. However, the internal investigation and what it uncovered complicates his future prospects.

Prior to bringing in Talib, the Rams also pulled the trigger on a trade for Kansas City Chiefs interception-machine Marcus Peters. And although Peters is entering the final year of his rookie contract, this is an even better move because he’s only 25 years old and will cost Los Angeles just $1.7 million in 2018.

Since entering the league as a first-round pick in 2015, Peters has 19 picks. No other NFL player has more than 14 during that span. broncos_126_b026ea75d03acc23-180x180

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Orioles 3B Tim Beckham out at least 6 weeks after surgery

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The bad news just keeps coming for the Baltimore Orioles.

Infielder Tim Beckham had core muscle surgery on Thursday morning and is expected to be out until at least early June, according to manager Buck Showalter.

In Beckham’s absence, utility man Danny Valencia has started the past two games at third base, going 1-for-8 with a double and three strikeouts. Valencia is listed as the starter at third again on Thursday, when Baltimore hosts Tampa in the finale of a series that was abbreviated due to a rainout on Tuesday.

To provide depth while Beckham is out, the Orioles acquired Jace Peterson on Tuesday. The veteran utility man, who was most recently with the Yankees, has made 15 career starts at third base.

Herrera lined a three-run homer to right in the first to tie it at 3-3. His solo shot off Max Fried (0-2) gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead in the sixth. Herrera had never hit more than one homer in a game in the majors.

Alfaro drove a two-run shot out to center in the seventh off Chase Whitley, who made his first big league appearance this year after he was brought up from the minors Friday. Alfaro added an RBI single in the eighth and with three hits raised his average from .163 to .208.

Freddie Freeman got the Braves started with an RBI single. Nola almost worked out of a first-and-third, no-out jam by retiring Nick Markakis and Kurt Suzuki on pop-ups. But Ozzie Albies stole home on a double steal with Freeman beating the throw to second base. Ronald Acuna Jr. followed with an RBI double for the third run.

Acuna’s hit had 111.8 mph exit velocity, the hardest-hit ball by Braves this season, according to Statcast.

Teheran didn’t allow a hit in the next two innings before coming out.

The Phillies are off to a 16-9 start, their best mark after 25 games since going 17-8 to begin the 2011 season. A win Saturday would put them eight games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2011 season with a franchise-best 102 wins.dolphins_008

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Woman details alleged sexual misconduct by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson

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One of the women who has alleged sexual and racial workplace misconduct against Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has spoken out after comments by Houston Texans owner Bob McNair at the NFL owners meetings last month.

Sports Illustrated on Thursday published letters by the woman addressing McNair, the NFL, Panthers coach Ron Rivera, Richardson and the next owner of the Panthers. In the letters, she writes about how much she has been hurt by the misconduct and everything that has occurred since SI reported Dec. 17 that three former Panthers employees and one former scout alleged Richardson paid them off in exchange for their silence on the misconduct.

“Every organization’s different,” Pace said. “Every organization comes to different assessments [when it comes to the medicals].”

The Bears attempted to offset Meredith’s loss by aggressively targeting wide receivers Allen Robinson — coming off a torn ACL — and Taylor Gabriel in free agency. The Bears also added pass-catching tight end Trey Burton, who will play a much larger role in Chicago’s offense than he did in Philadelphia.

“I attacked this thing every day, and I did what I needed to do to get to this point, so I had no doubt when I first touched the field that it was where I wanted to be at.”

Cook had reconstructive surgery on Oct. 9. The first two weeks were the toughest part, with Sugarman pushing hard on his knee in the early struggle to regain that critical range of motion in the joint.

“I got a step on him. Felt like I even got grabbed on the way to the rim,” said Oladipo, who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. “I tried to shoot a layup, it hit the backboard, then he blocked it. … It was a goaltend. It’s hard to even speak on it. It just sucks, honestly. It really sucks. We fought our way back, we tied the game up, that layup is huge.”

James, who had 44 points and finished two assists shy of a triple-double, smiled when asked about the play.

“I definitely thought it was a goaltend,” James said with a laugh. “Of course I didn’t think it was a goaltend. I try to make plays like that all the time, and I mean he made a heck of a move, got me leaning right and he went left and I just tried to use my recovery speed and get back up there and make a play on the ball. And I was able to make a play.”

The play was never reviewed, as a referee’s whistle is required in order to trigger a review.sl_cardinals_007

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Mark Scheifele, P.K. Subban, Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg will be big factors in Predators-Jets series

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Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: I’ll take Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets. Earlier in the season, I polled a bunch of players about who they believed was the most underrated player in the league. One Central Division opponent initially identified Scheifele, then voided his answer. “I would say Scheifele,” he said. “But I think everyone in the league knows he’s been good for some time.” I firmly believe Scheifele would have entered the crowded MVP race this season had he not missed a chunk of time because of injury. Anytime I watch a Jets game, he stands out. The 25-year-old center already has four goals in his first five games these playoffs. I honestly wouldn’t be shocked if he maintains that pace.

Sachin Chandan, ESPN the Magazine researcher: My MVP for the Predators-Jets series is Filip Forsberg because the Predators will count on his scoring to win this series.

“It’s going to be crazy. It’s do or die at this point,” Bucks forward Khris Middleton said. “The crowd in Boston is rowdy, just like they are here. It’s going to be a great game. There are no secrets between teams. It comes down to who has more will.”

Only four players remain from Boston’s 2016-17 team that won a Game 7 against the Washington Wizards in the conference semifinals. Third-year guard Terry Rozier even made special mention of last year’s unexpected hero in Kelly Olynyk (now with Miami). The Celtics are hoping another hero will emerge from their young roster.

“I’m getting there, for sure,” Curry said after practice. “I’ve done a lot in the last two weeks, especially on my feet moving, getting back to movements that I expect to do in the games and try to build that tolerance and intensity. My knee feels pretty good. I don’t have any pain with doing the things that I’ve been doing.”

“That’s my plan — to show the type of person I am now,” Allen told Mortensen. “Whatever team picks me, they are going to get that from me. I will set the record straight for any team, any teammate, the media, and I think once they meet me and they’re around me, see how I act and how I think, that it’s not going to be a problem at all.”

One of the NFL’s most outspoken players, 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, doesn’t sound concerned about the Tweets. “He was a kid,” Sherman told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “If you gave most of us a platform early in high school, I’m sure our immaturity would have shown as his did.”

“It’s unique in the sense he was (young) when he Tweeted it but it’s still not acceptable at all,” free agent linebacker Arthur Moats told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Moats is an eight-year veteran who played last season with Pittsburgh. “I think guys would definitely have a talk with him to make sure he knew not to say it anymore,” he said. “The biggest thing is making sure he knows not to say it ever again.”

“Everything just clicked,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.jets_049

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Saquon Barkley taken by Giants at No. 2 as team bolsters offensive attack

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The New York Giants added another weapon to their offense with the selection of Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft on Thursday night.

Barkley joins an offense loaded with weapons at quarterback Eli Manning’s disposal. They include 2014 first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr., 2016 second-round pick Sterling Shepard and 2017 first-round pick Evan Engram.

Beckham FaceTimed with Barkley not long after the pick, and Manning sent him a congratulatory text. Beckham and Barkley did some training together in Los Angeles this offseason.

“I’m just truly excited to be a part of the New York Giants,” Barkley told ESPN after being selected. “When I got to visit their program, I fell in love. You walk in, you see the Super Bowls right away — and you see that team’s about winning, and hopefully I can go there and help as quickly as possible.”

Gettleman told the Giants’ website he instructed his lieutenants to not field calls after the Cleveland Browns selected quarterback Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall.

It didn’t matter that Darnold was on the board. Gettleman said he could’ve turned in the card for Barkley with 9:58 remaining on the clock. Each team gets 10 minutes to make its selection.

Barkley rushed for 3,843 yards and was the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year at Penn State. His 5,538 all-purpose yards, 53 total touchdowns and 43 rushing touchdowns were school records. The Giants were enamored with Barkley from the start of the process, and their offseason moves sent them in the direction of the draft’s top running back.

Fleury stopped 33 shots for his third shutout of the playoffs, and the Vegas Golden Knights went on to beat the San Jose Sharks 7-0 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

“I’ve always been a big fan (of the wave), I saw it coming around, heard the music going, sometimes I try to have some fun,” Fleury said with a wide smile. “We did our best to stay sharp for that first game and I think we did. I thought we had the jump on them right away and that was a big part of the win tonight.”

Fleury, who improved to 5-0 in the playoffs, got his 13th career shutout in the playoffs — and second straight. He also blanked Los Angeles 1-0 in Game 4 of the first round.

After getting seven goals from seven different players during a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round, the Golden Knights matched that with seven players scoring for them on Thursday.jets_137

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Packers WR Trevor Davis arrested for making joke about bomb at LAX

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis was arrested on a misdemeanor threat charge at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, police confirmed to NFL.com.

Patricia reiterated the importance of improving offensive balance, but also said the Lions will always do what’s necessary to win – whether that means running the ball more or throwing most of a game. Specifically, talking about the ground game, it was noted the Lions’ attack will likely mirror the Patriots’ multi-faceted usage of their backfield options from week to week to take advantage of mismatches.

“Anything we do, we certainly don’t want to give our opponents any advantage,” Patricia said. “Again, we’re always going to try to work hard than them, we’re always going to try to come up with a scheme that gives us and advantage and puts our players in position to make plays. It’s not necessarily the Xs and Os, it’s who is the X and who is the O and what’s the matchup.”

We know statistically your best chance of success is by rewarding your own players and maintaining that quality core. That is what drove that. We are certainly aware quarterback deals have evolved since then. We know that at the right time we will have to evolve as well. We don’t think this is the time right now. What we are going to focus on right now is building the best team for 2018 we possibly can.”

Dalton is due $13.9 million this year, which is on the low end for starting quarterbacks who are no longer on their rookie contracts. But with three more years on his deal, Dalton can’t really expect the Bengals to tear up his contract and give him a new one — especially when Dalton’s passer rating has declined three straight years.

Some day Dalton may get a new deal with the Bengals, but that day will not be this year. And probably not next year, either.

The free-agency acquisitions of Cousins and Siemian suggest Minnesota is set with its starter and backup. The former was made the highest-paid player in the NFL, and the latter finally finds himself in a clear role after a couple years of muddiness in Denver. Barring catastrophic injury or an enormous drop-off in Cousins’ production, the Vikings are set for a few years.rams_063

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NHL moves up All-Star skills competition, game in 2019

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The NHL is moving up its All-Star skills competition and game next season.

After years of holding the skills competition on Saturday night and the All-Star Game on Sunday, the NHL is moving each event up a day for the 2019 weekend hosted by the San Jose Sharks. The skills competition will take place on Friday, Jan. 25 and the game on Saturday, Jan. 26 at SAP Center.

The league announced the change Monday.

Luke Walton’s team was already playing without Lonzo Ball (knee contusion), Brandon Ingram (concussion) and Isaiah Thomas (hip) when it lost Kyle Kuzma in the third quarter to a mild left ankle sprain.

Kuzma, who was already playing through a sprained right ankle, had X-rays that were negative on his left ankle. Butler was available to play Thursday night, but the Wolves opted to keep the guard out for one more game to be safe. Minnesota lost that game 100-96 at Denver.

With Butler back in the starting lineup, all five of Minnesota’s starters scored in double figures.

Jeff Teague had 25 points and eight assists and Karl-Anthony Towns put up 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks after a slow start. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolves.

Romero appeared in two games this season for the Nationals, allowing three runs over two innings for a 13.50 ERA. In 55 appearances for Washington since the beginning of 2017, he was 2-4 with two saves and a 3.90 ERA.

Manziel’s CFL rights are owned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Their general manager, Eric Tillman, was among the NFL and CFL representatives in attendance. A total of 17 NFL teams have sent scouts to practices, according to Spring League CEO Brian Woods.

Manziel attended high school about two hours away in Kerrville, Texas, and most of the estimated 2,500 in attendance Saturday at Kelly Reeves Stadium appeared to be in support of their local hero. Manziel showed some glimpses of his playmaking ability, leaving the pocket twice to complete passes — including the touchdown — while also producing scrambles of 11 and 10 yards. The competition was inferior to what he would face in the NFL or CFL, but he gave scouts of both leagues an important check-in on his progress.buccaneers_079

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Titans agree to deal with veteran DT Bennie Logan

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Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (right pectoral strain) pitched three innings in a simulated game and is expected to throw make a rehab start later this week. He could be activated next week.

He has one year left on his current deal.

The Nuggets outscored Portland 35-20 afterward.

“Coaches are funny that way,” Devin Harris said. “I thought it was the right thing to do. Obviously, I thought Jamal got fouled. But he used it to kind of fire us up and we needed a little bit of an energy pick-up right there and I thought Coach gave it to us.”

The teams ahead of Denver in the playoff race haven’t done the Nuggets any favors. A loss to Portland would have eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention because the Spurs, Timberwolves, Thunder and Pelicans all won Monday night.

They won’t be watching the scoreboard Wednesday night, either.

Hurns had a break-out season in 2015, hauling in 64 receptions for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. But he has played in just 21 games in the two seasons since, catching a combined 74 passes with five touchdowns.

Some of Hurns’ problems since 2015 have rested with inconsistent quarterback Blake Bortles and the team’s shift in philosophy. Marquise Lee also emerged as a threat during the last two seasons, taking targets away from Hurns.

With Allen Robinson now with the Bears, and Hurns set to be released, Jacksonville has given up on the talented wide receiver tandem that took the NFL by storm in 2015.

Kintzler came on in the seventh and promptly gave up consecutive hits to Amed Rosario and Cabrera to make it 2-2. Then Kintzler — who allowed Jay Bruce’s grand slam Thursday — got Frazier to hit a bouncer up the middle. But Michael Conforto was running from first on the play and was safe when second baseman Howie Kendrick bobbled the ball before throwing over to get Frazier.buccaneers_021

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Broncos’ Von Miller being investigated over catching shark, report says

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The Broncos’ Von Miller caught a 9 1/2-foot hammerhead shark last week during a fishing trip off the coast of Miami, but the linebacker is facing some heat.

According to a report from TMZ.com, Miller is being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on whether he violated any rules in catching the shark. The probe comes after Miller posted photos and video posing with a shark that’s covered in bloody smudges.

PETA made the FWC aware of the social media posts and said the organization would “ensure that Miller is held accountable if killing this animal, was, as we suspect, illegal.”

For the Yankees, injured Aaron Hicks, who was set for a rehab start Monday night and could rejoin the Yankees in Boston, is 8-for-23 (.348) against Sale, but he’s the only current Yankees player with any success against the skinny left-hander — this Yankees group hits a combined .183 with one homer in 126 at-bats against Sale.

Aaron Judge heads the futility list, coming in 0-for-12 with 10 strikeouts against Sale. Brett Gardner is 4-for-23 (.174) and Gary Sanchez 3-for-17 (.176) with seven strikeouts.

Sanchez, off to a dreadful start at the plate, missed the last two games with a sore calf, but he hopes to play Tuesday night.

Holland then walked Orlando Arcia, and three-time All-Star closer was pulled.

“I hope it’s a rarity, but sometimes you just don’t have a good feel for the strike zone,” Holland said. “Obviously today I struggled with my command kind of from the go.”

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said Holland won’t let this debut affect him down the road.

“We threw him right into the fire. It was a tough spot,” Matheny said. “To me it’s one of those where we let go and we know what we’re going to get from him. He’s a pro, and he’s going to keep working to get sharp and we know what we’re going to get.”

Matt Albers (2-0) gave up the tying run in the ninth. The Cardinals loaded the bases with no outs, and Dexter Fowler’s sacrifice fly tied it at 4.

Albers threw a scoreless 10th.buccaneers_008

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