Cardinals cut Josh Mauro

The Cardinals released defensive lineman Josh Mauro.
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In four seasons in Arizona, Mauro played 47 games with 26 starts. He finished last season with 26 tackles and a sack in 13 games with seven starts.

Corey Peters, Olsen Pierre, Robert Nkemdiche and Rodney Gunter are the Cardinals’ top defensive linemen. Arizona tendered restricted free agent Xavier Williams.

AC: Yeah, we talk every so often. I was back there in the fall for a game and got to talk to him, and he calls me about every season, so yeah.

Q: Do you consider yourself at this point a three-down player, or are you more focused on the sub-situation kind of roles that you’ve taken on?

AC: I believe that’s what people have pigeon-holed me in as a third-down player, but I know I can play first, second, third down if need be. That was my role in Atlanta because that’s what they asked me to do, but I mean, I can play all three downs if you ask me.

Q: How hard was it watching and not playing in Super Bowl LI? Do you think you could have made a difference in the game?

AC: I mean, it was tough to watch being hurt. The Super Bowl was two weeks after I tore my bicep, so it was hard to watch. It was a hard week. I don’t know if I could have made an impact. I would hope so. I mean, that’s my job to do every game, so I would hope I would have been able to make an impact in that game and possibly a different outcome.

A fourth-round pick in 2012, Wright was due to earn $3.6 million this year in base salary. The move creates $2.12 million in dead money, which will be split equally between 2018 and 2019, if the Vikings opted to make the move a post-June 1 transaction.

Wright caught only 18 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns during the 2017 regular season. He had six catches for 107 yards in a pair of playoff games.

With Haslam listening and smiling, Thomas even described the Rob Chudzinski coaching era by saying both those Charles Barkley Authentic Jersey days were outstanding.
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There were plenty of serious moments. Thomas mentioned numerous people he wanted to thank, starting with Annie and his family and continuing through teammates, coaches (he credited former Browns line coach George Warhop for much of his growth), friends and front office types. Thomas even wiped his eye when the Cleveland chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America informed him that its player of the year award would henceforth be known as The Joe Thomas Award.

He had a successful rookie season in 2014, rushing 222 times for 1,124 yards and 9 touchdowns.

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His versatility is a plus.

He was drafted by the Bengals, but the writing was on the wall for the 25-year-old as it became known that Cincinnati coveted a running back in the 2017 NFL draft and eventually took Joe Mixon in the second round.

But he has never been the same since fumbling late in the 2015 AFC wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, ultimately contributing to an eventual loss.

Since that game, Hill has combined for 955 yards and nine touchdowns in the past two seasons and lost playing time to Mixon last year.

With Burkhead and James White locks to make the Patriots’ roster at running back, Hill projects to compete with Mike Gillislee and veteran special-teamer Brandon Bolden for a roster spot.

The defensive lineman lasted just one season with the team.

Under new head coach Frank Reich and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, the Colts are switching back to a 4-3 base defense in 2018.

Hankins is a better fit as a 3-4 nose tackle.

The former Giants second-round pick accumulated 24 tackles and two sacks in 15 games last season.

Devils forward Miles Wood left the game in second period following a collision with Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Wood appeared to bend his right arm awkwardly on the hit. He skated to the bench in pain and went down the tunnel. patriots_152

Cleveland creates Joe Thomas Day to be celebrated 7/3

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Thomas is known for being one of the Browns’ most resiliant players, not missing a snap in 10 years until a triceps injury cost him the rest of the season in 2017.

The Detroit Lions are signing running back LeGarrette Blount to a one-year, $4.5-million contract, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Blount won two consecutive Super Bowl titles over the last two seasons – first with the New England Patriots in 2016, and then with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 against his former club. The running back also won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2014.

Kurt Coleman Womens Jersey In his lone season with the Eagles, Blount rushed for 766 yards and two touchdowns on 173 carries. He led the NFL in rushing touchdowns during the 2016 campaign. It appears the Lions finally have their man after a dramatic ordeal with running back Frank Gore, who left the club without a contract this week despite reportedly being close to a deal. Copyright 2018 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. Related slideshow: Best player in the history of every NFL franchise (provided by Touchdown Wire)

Well, Lynch will be a Raider in 2018, and a telling sign will kick in Sunday. According to NFL Network, Lynch will receive his $1 million roster bonus previously scheduled to come March 18. As his head coach has expressed desire for before, Lynch will be the feature back in Oakland锟斤拷s offense during Year 1 under Gruden.

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The Raiders signed veteran running back Doug Martin on Thursday, meaning Oakland锟斤拷s running backs corps currently consists of Lynch, Martin, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. Martin figures to be the No. 2 behind Lynch, who is coming off a second half of 2017 that placed him among the most effective running backs in the NFL.

The Twins still have a good farm system, and they have young fringe players on the roster

Goose Gossage isn’t one to mince his opinions, so when the Yankees didn’t invite the Hall of Famer to spring training, he let them hear it with his usual expletive-laced rant.
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Nelson is on board in Oakland as a replacement for the newly released Michael Crabtree, with Nelson agreeing to a two-year, $15 million deal guaranteeing $13 million.

At face value it doesn’t seem likely. Archer is under a team-friendly contract that pays him $13.75 million over the next two Jared Crick Youth jersey years with club options for $9 million in 2020 and $11 million in 2021. The Rays can demand a big return for Archer’s services.
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The Twins still have a good farm system, and they have young fringe players on the roster, but Tampa Bay would have to be blown away by a trade offer since they don’t need to move Archer.

Minnesota may have a better chance before the July 31 trade deadline. The Rays may be more anxious to sell by then, and the Twins may be more desperate to offer a better package. It just doesn’t feel like Archer is moving before the season starts.

Will they sign a high-priced free agent? Will they trade Jackie Bradley Jr. for a slugger? Will they sign one of the free-agent starting pitchers? These are decisions the Red Sox should have already made, and desperately need to make now. It’s important for team cohesiveness once spring training starts.

Players like to know where they stand, and the Red Sox seem unsettled despite having a solid lineup and rotation. The outfield trio of Bradley, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi is one any team would take. Boston needs to focus on winning with the lineup already in place.

Boston’s rotation, in its current state, is fine. Chris Sale, David Price, Drew Pomeranz and Rick Porcello offer a formidable four-man postseason rotation, but injuries have been an issue for this group.

The Red Sox may feel compelled to sign an Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn to make sure they have depth should Price or Pomeranz suffer another injury. Price and Porcello also possess poor playoff records and Sale has limited playoff experience. If the Red Sox do make another move, it should be a starting pitcher.
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Browns trade for Bills QB Tyrod Taylor

The Browns have agreed to trade for Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, according to multiple sources.
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Remember when Browns GM John Dorsey took some heat for his comment about the previous regime not landing real players in Cleveland?
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And to top it off, the Browns sent quarterback DeShone Kizer (their 2017 second-round pick) to Green Bay for Randall, swapping fourth- and fifth-round picks with the Packers in the process. Randall emerged as one the few bright spots on Green Bay’s miserable defense last season, and at minimum practice with Gordon will be entertaining, given their exchange on Twitter last year.

Chicago, however, has a chance to have a special offense immediately under Nagy, and that requires being aggressive. A good model to follow is that of Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia, which went out and got key weapons for sophomore Carson Wentz 鈥?including former Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery 鈥?knowing it could round out elite line play.

The Bears have work to do in order to get Trubisky better protection while also overhauling the skill positions. Taking all that into account, here’s a look at how they might fill their five biggest veteran needs with free agents in March.

This move is the fourth trade the Browns have made in less than 24 hours, but the trades can’t become official until Wednesday when the 2018 league year begins. It’s becoming clear new general manager John Dorsey is ready to rebuild the roster in Cleveland.
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The decision to trade Shelton comes a day after the team acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Bills, wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins and cornerback Damarious Randall from the Packers.

NFL Network noted that the Browns shopped Shelton at the trade deadline last year with the Broncos among teams interested.

Shelton, 24, was the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and had a decent 2016 season. However, he didn’t make much of an impact in 2017 Authentic Jose Cruz Jr. Jersey as the Browns went winless. He compiled 33 tackles in 14 games last year.

MLB 2018: World Series, MVP odds and wild prop bets ahead of Opening Day

Can the Astros repeat as World Series champs? Will the Yankees reign once again with Giancarlo Stanton now in the lineup? How many at-bats will Tim Tebow get in the bigs?

The oddsmakers at released odds and props for those questions and more with the 2018 MLB season approaching. Here’s a rundown of intriguing lines:

But the headline-grabbing move for the Angels, of course, was winning the Ohtani sweepstakes. The early returns from spring training have been mostly positive, and however the two-way star is used, he’s going to have an impact.

Minnesota’s rotation had its issues last season as well, throwing 869 2/3 innings, the fourth fewest in the AL Twins starters struck out just 7.08 batters per nine innings, the fourth fewest in the league and fifth fewest in baseball, though attacking the strike zone and pitching to contact has long been their strategy. Regardless, the Twins finished 10th in the AL in rotation ERA, a number that must get better if they want to build on their 2017 success.

Over the weekend, the Twins acquired a similar pitch-to-contact strike zone attacker from Tampa Bay in Jake Odorizzi, who posted a career worst 4.14 ERA last season and won 10 games, a win total which should increase with better run support. The Rays scored just 4.21 runs per Odorizzi start last season, the eighth lowest mark among AL starters with the least 140 innings pitched, per ESPN.

The two-way Japanese star registered six strikeouts, but he threw two wild pitches, hit two batters and walked one.

“I felt like I made a lot of good pitches and quite a few bad ones,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “The good thing I got out of this outing was pitching with runners on base, out of the stretch.”

Not too much weight should be given to an outing this early in spring training, though, and there were some positives amid Ohtani’s overall shaky performance.

“His fastballs, mostly registering around 92-95 mph, were spotty, including one that a 33-year-old journeyman named Dustin Martin blasted over the right-field fence,” according to the O.C. Register. “While many of his pitches were off the mark, Ohtani threw some sliders and splitters that befuddled the Tijuana hitters — only one of which, Jorge Cantu, had seen any significant major league time.seahawks_037_6e230c72fa238eeb-180x180

Donovan Mitchell says he has not received invite to NBA Slam Dunk Contest (not yet, at least)

The list of NBA All-Star snubs continues to grow and might have now spilled over into the rest of the weekend’s activities.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell told reporters Wednesday that he has not received an invitation to participate in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest.

“I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be in it so it’s all right that I’m not,” Mitchell said. “Not really complaining about it, but it would’ve been cool, a great experience.”

A lot of Adebayo’s assists have come in the form of handoffs. Similar to how the Pistons have used Andre Drummond this season, the Heat like to give Adebayo the ball at the elbow and have him hand the ball off to a guard curling from the corner.

It opens up driving lanes for his teammates and forces the defense to account for Adebayo despite the fact that he struggles to create for himself outside of the paint. If they don’t, it can lead to uncontested opportunities for the ball handler curling off his screen.

“As a die-hard Spartan fan, as an alumnus, as a supporter, I wish those who were affected, touched by it, broken by it, shaken, whatever it did to you, I wish them well in their recovery. Because it touches everybody in a different way,” Green said after the Warriors’ win over the Celtics, via ESPN. “Whether you’re a supporter and it kills your pride or whether you’re a victim and you’re going through the things that you’re going through.

“I offer my support to coach (Mark) Dantonio and coach Izzo in their efforts to rebuild and to help the victims in any way that they can. They say the true test of a man is what he does in a time of adversity. I know those two guys will stand up and do whatever they can to help. I look forward to helping in any way I can. Those affected, supporters, most importantly, the victims, any way I can help, I look forward to that.”

Green’s statement came after an investigation by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” into Michigan State and its athletic department “found a pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression of such allegations by officials ranging from campus police to the Spartan athletic department … well beyond the highly publicized case of former MSU athletic physician Larry Nassar.”

The bombshell report published Friday comes the same week Nassar was sentenced in a Lansing, Mich., court to 40 to 175 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct, some in his role as an MSU athletic department physician.lions_041

Yu Darvish shows range in debut for Cubs, clocks 95 on fastball

After throwing two innings against his former team on Tuesday, Chicago Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish was pleased with his velocity. He clocked 95 mph on several fastballs as he struck out four and walked two while giving up one run.

“Because I lost some weight in the offseason, I was worried about my velocity, but it was right up there,” Darvish said through his interpreter after his spring debut. “I’m glad it’s 95 mph.”

“As we get closer to the season opening, I’ll think about that,” Darvish said.

He maintains whether he was tipping or not, he didn’t execute and got beat by a good team.

Darvish was then asked why he lost all that weight during the winter.

“Because of what happened in the World Series,” he responded.

He’s slated to pitch for the Cubs in Game 3 opening week, against the Marlins.

Writing about the best players in baseball over the next half-decade comes down to equal parts math and guesswork. Whenever you’re supposed to look forward, it can be instructive to look back. Here are the top 10 players since 2013:

Out of that group, eight players were terrific in 2012. But with Kluber and Donaldson there was very little warning. Both were late bloomers, with Kluber learning a sinker in Triple-A and Donaldson overhauling his swing. There’s simply nothing I can do to be able to predict random breakouts such as those. The same would apply to someone such as J.D. Martinez. Sometimes we don’t get indicators, aside from a player being in the majors or the high minors in the first place.

So going forward, I’m trying to think about the best probabilities. I’m not going to pick a non-prospect in Triple-A at random. Instead, we’re going with players who have already shown they’re good, emphasizing two things: youth and being a position player. Youth because we’re focusing on value from 2018 through 2022, and baseball players just don’t age very well. Being a position player because as a general rule, don’t trust pitcher health. There is one pitcher included in the top 10, but I couldn’t bring myself to add another. There’s just too much risk, and just about every pitcher’s body is a ticking time bomb.

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown to talk advocacy, social issues at Harvard

Celtics second-year swingman Jaylen Brown, never bashful about sharing his opinions about issues beyond basketball, will speak at Harvard University on Thursday night as part of a speaker series for its Graduate School of Education.

“To be honest, I’m overwhelmed. I’ve been preparing mentally for it, so I’m looking forward to it,” Brown said Wednesday after scoring 15 points in Boston’s 134-106 triumph over the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden.

Multiple Cavs players told ESPN that they respected the newly acquired Clarkson for taking action and said they appreciated him showing pride on their home court.

With Clarkson ejected, the Cavs subbed rookie London Perrantes into the game. With the game already decided, Perrantes shot a 3-pointer on the final possession and missed.

For most of the game, Smith stood out against Markkanen in a matchup of 20-year-old rookies. Markkanen entered fourth in rookie scoring (14.8 points per game) and Smith fifth (14.6).

Dallas settled for a 49-47 lead at the half after opening an 11-point lead in the first quarter and 14-point advantage in the second. The Mavericks raced ahead 10-0 just 3:12 in on Barnes’ driving dunk and went up 21-10 on Smith’s jumper with 4:51 left.

Ilyasova averaged 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 46 games this season for Atlanta, including 40 starts. He is fourth in the NBA with 22 charges drawn after leading the league with 36 in 2016-17.

To make room for Ilyasova, the 76ers waived Trevor Booker, a forward they acquired from Brooklyn in December when they dealt former No. 3 pick Jahlil Okafor to the Nets.

Booker plans to sign with the Indiana Pacers, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The injury would prove critical down the stretch for the Spurs, who’ve lost five of six. The team did not immediately disclose how long Aldridge will be out.

Jrue Holiday finished with 25 points and Rajon Rondo added 13 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans.

Rudy Gay had 19 points for the Spurs and Dejounte Murray scored 18.

Sabres could pose road block for Capitals

Returning home from a loss in Florida, the Washington Capitals will be looking to bounce back against the lowly Buffalo Sabres.

That may be harder than it sounds.

While still mired in last place in the Atlantic Division, the Sabres (18-32-11) have become road warriors of late as Marco Scandella’s goal with 0.2 of a second remaining in overtime Thursday lifted Buffalo to a 3-2 victory in Detroit.

“I understand the business, so I know why some teams sit guys out, but that’s not what I want,” Kane told “I want to be playing with my team, no matter what might happen. I don’t want to be watching.”

“I thought the second half we took it to them,” Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader said. “I felt from the drop of the puck we weren’t winning battles. I thought in the second and third period we were better.

“It’s tough to spot a team like that two goals. You’ve got to fight and scratch and claw to get back. We did. We had a lot of chances as the game went. It’s tough to finally lose it.”

The Red Wings recalled G Jared Coreau from AHL Grand Rapids to replace G Petr Mrazek, traded Monday to Philadelphia. … Red Wings D Mike Green missed his third straight game due to an upper-body injury. … The Predators are 5-1-1 in the second game of back to backs this season.

She still has to cover the costs of travel and lodging, according to the Post Courier, but there is an online fundraising effort to fulfill that dream.

There were items stolen. We’re not going to release the nature of the items stolen. Obviously the people who committed the theft know what was stolen. It’s an investigative advantage for us to know that as well and not share it with the public, so I won’t have any further comment on that.

The items that were taken haven’t been confirmed, but police spent Monday night at his home gathering evidence:

It’s a tough combination to have suffered this unfortunate loss, and then to get home and be a victim of this kind of crime which really has a profound effect on everybody who is a victim of this crime when your personal space is breached like that, Baker told reporters.jaguars_093-223x223