Brewers activate Manny Pina from DL for game against Royals

The Brewers activated catcher Manny Pina from the disabled list and put him into the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals.

They cleared roster space by optioning catcher Jacob Nottingham to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

“The narrative and the storylines that will be out there, I do think are unfair about Hassan right now,” Spoelstra said Friday.

Earlier in the regular season, the Heat fined Whiteside for “comments detrimental to the team” in response to his remarks expressing frustration over a diminished role.

“He really battled and grinded through not feeling 100 percent, several times,” Spoelstra said. “It’s just one of those seasons that never felt like he was able to fully be healthy and ready to give like he was in that first game.”

Last year, Cleveland selected DeShone Kizer out of Notre Dame in the second round. Despite providing him with little talent at wide receiver, running back and tight end, the Browns decided to trade Kizer to the Packers this offseason. They then nabbed Tyrod Taylor from the Bills as a placeholder.

While Taylor has already been named the starter for 2018 by coaches, the Browns are expected to draft a quarterback with either the No. 1 or No. 4 overall picks in the draft.

According to The Ringer, the Browns have actually considered drafting a quarterback with both of their top-4 picks. Wyoming’s Josh Allen has been heavily linked as a possibility for the first pick, and many pundits believe Cleveland remains interested in USC’s Sam Darnold.

Could the Browns actually select both quarterbacks? Would that strategy work?

Drafting quarterbacks in the top 5 has had mixed results for teams over the last couple decades. For every Andrew Luck, there’s a Robert Griffin III. But recently, draft classes featuring multiple quarterbacks in the top-5 picks have shown promise. Both Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are quality starters, and Jared Goff and Carson Wentz look like stars.

However, if the same team drafts two quarterbacks in the first five picks it sets at least one of them up for failure. Teams can only play one quarterback at a time, and the Browns have already stated they are starting Taylor next season.steelers_016

Jrue Holiday’s game-high 33 points, tough defense stifle Trail Blazers

When New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry thinks about the best two-way players in the NBA, he thinks about a guy on his own roster. He thinks about a player who has been a force at both ends in the Pelicans’ two playoff victories at Portland.

He thinks about Jrue Holiday.

I may be a bit biased, Gentry conceded, but if you can tell me a better two-way player in the league right now, I’m willing to listen. But what we ask him to do and the things we ask him to do offensively, he was just great tonight.

Holiday’s 33 points Tuesday were a game high. He scored a career-best 20 of those in the restricted area. Holiday drained 14 of his 24 shots and dished out nine assists, leading the Pelicans to a 111-102 victory that gave the team a commanding 2-0 lead as their first-round playoff series shifts to New Orleans for Game 3 on Thursday.

He’s a helluva player — especially both ways, said Holiday’s backcourt mate, Rajon Rondo. I get better as a player offensively when he checks me in practice.

The Blazers have pick-and-rolled their way to 49 victories and home-court advantage in the opening round of these playoffs. But they have matched up poorly with a player who has been able to neutralize their most potent weapon. Holiday successfully defended 1,846 pick-and-rolls in the regular season, making him the second-most effective guard who faced a minimum of 1,000, according to Second Spectrum.

He showed both definite potential and the rawness of a man doing just his fifth game as an analyst and second with his Sunday night partners, Matt Vasgersian and Jessica Mendoza. The trio did an exhibition game together last week.

On Thursday, Rodriguez improved and relaxed as the game went on and, by the ninth, was giving some strong opinions. Rodriguez even went against the modern theory, recommending a bunt, while also second-guessing the Giants outfielders for playing too shallow.

What Rodriguez’s presence brings to the sport’s second-most prestigious booth — after FOX’s World Series crew — is star power. This includes girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, who made a brief TV appearance in a non-speaking role, giving A-Rod a kiss of encouragement between innings.

To reach the level he has as a FOX studio analyst, Rodriguez is going to need to be less rehearsed and more off the cuff seahawks_099during games.

Keishawn Bierria is an ultimate competitor and wins with hustle and effort each and every down.

Unfortunately, those are the minimum requirements in the NFL, and the other aspects of his play leave a bit to be desired. He’s an average athlete at best and will need time studying film to learn the ways he can position himself to be successful. Teams looking for a depth player and core special-teamer could find it in Bierria.

Special teams value is critical for backup linebackers in the NFL. Dorian O’Daniel will have to prove he can continue to be a special teams standout while fighting for a depth role as a linebacker. A lack of size and pure speed make him a difficult player to find a position for. He’s average in most areas and lacks a top-tier trait to hang his hat on, forcing evaluators to look long and hard when trying to find a fit.
      
Jermome Baker is a supremely talented linebacker who looks to fit the mold of the NFL’s new-age linebackers. He has the range to make tackles on either sideline and the coverage instincts to stay on the field on third down. Concerns about Baker’s size and competitive toughness against beef up front will have to be answered for him to be seen as an immediate starter at the next level.

Harrison was a fixture of the Steelers defense for over a decade and delivered one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history with his pick-six in the final seconds of the first half in Super Bowl XLIII. Considering Harrison didn’t become a regular starter for the Steelers until he turned 29, he made up for lost time in a big way.

Strengths and weaknesses figured into the grades, with a pro-player comparison added to match the prospect’s style or fit in the pros. The top 400 prospects will be broken down by position for easy viewing before the release of a top-400 big board prior to the April 26-28 draft.
In the case of a tie, players were ranked based on their overall grade in our top 400.

The speed (4.33 40-yard dash), fluidity and coverage skills that Ohio State’s Denzel Ward presents can’t be had later in the draft. Ward gives the Browns a cornerback who can turn and run with any NFL receiver.steelers_049

Titans went for Malcolm Butler over Trumaine Johnson

Two of the top cornerbacks in the 2018 free-agency class agreed to terms on Tuesday afternoon/evening, with the decision of the Titans to chase and land Malcolm Butler providing plenty of additional intrigue to one of the biggest lingering questions from Super Bowl LII.

The Titans, per a source with knowledge of the situation, did not make a run at Trumaine Johnson, who has agreed to terms with the Jets. While Johnson’s deals is believed to be richer (roughly $15 million per year versus $12.1 million for Butler), the ballpark is sufficiently similar to put both guys in the real money category.

Yes, Jones runs around a lot and wins tackles, but does that mean he cares more about his country than the controlled Darlington NagbeBut he can only be as successful as Roseman lets him be.This fan be extra exhaust for heat and dust particles.I got a date he element catch clearly it was that it outplayed vegetable.

Kline was claimed off of waivers in 2016 after spending the first three years of his career with the Patriots. He’s started 30 regular season games in his two seasons with the Titans and made both starts in the offs last year as well.

With left guard Quinton Spain getting tendered as a restricted free agent, the Titans are positioned to return their entire starting offensive line after a strong performance in 2017. More of the same would be good news for running backs Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis in Mike Vrabel‘s first year as the team’s head coach.

The move keeps Amukamara part of Vic Fangio’s defense, a solid component of a team that could become quickly competitive with improvement on the offense.

He was honoured a ceremony on February 26, before a home game against the Montreal Canadiens; he scored two goals that night, including the game winner.Getting released, that was a low point, Kazmir said Tuesday on an introductory conference call with reporters.And I want.The Montreal Expos were the opposing team that day and after Stargell singled the first inning off of Rogers at Three Rivers Stadium, Ottawa, Ont., native Doug Frobel pinch ran for him.When you find that consistency and how to maintain that, that’s when you become a great player.

Smyly made a career-high 30 starts 2016, posting a 7 record with a 4. In 1982, the Phillies traded shortstop Larry Bowa to Chicago for shortstop Ivan DeJesus and tossed Sandberg as part of the deal, a move the Phillies would deeply regret.I could even think of a few household appliances that would be a better option than Kalil at left tackle for next year.I lived the dream.There’s no reason it has to happen.

Grant has 84 career receptions for 985 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons.

If the total value of the deal is accurate, that’s $345,238 and change per career reception.49ers_216

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

NFL free-agency reset: Best remaining players, teams still in the QB market, more Who are the high-end players still on the market Here are the top 10, plus more on the new benchmark set for contracts and teams that still will be looking to draft quarterbacks in April. 1 Related The 2013 first-round pick out of Syracuse started his career at right tackle, before shifting to right guard and landing back at right tackle this past season when the Giants were desperate on the outside.

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

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 SportsBettingDime.com 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

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.
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Why did Butler get benched for Super Bowl 52, and did it cost the Patriots their sixth Lombardi Trophy?

Bill Belichick gave almost no answers. Malcolm Butler had no answer, either, but lots of emotion, wild guesses and dejection. To be fair, the questions were complicated.

There’s a question in there, though, that’s easier to answer: Is this one of the worst and costliest coaching blunders ever in the Super Bowl? That answer is yes. Is it the all-time worst and costliest? It’s hard to find another, even with 52 years of competition.

There isn’t a large library of even questionable coaching moves in recent Super Bowl history, much less outright bizarre or indefensible ones. The aforementioned slant by the Seahawks. Last year’s decision by the Falcons to keep throwing with a chance to work the clock and put the win over the Patriots away. Andy Reid’s clock management the last time the Eagles and Patriots played in 2005. Bill Callahan running a Raiders offense against the Buccaneers that Jon Gruden knew like the back of his hand.

For now, they pale in comparison to Belichick leaving a vital defensive player on the bench while the other team ran up 538 yards and 41 points in a track meet of a game.

The Eagles beat the Patriots on Sunday, but by benching Butler, Belichick gave them a ton of help.

“You’re gonna see me playing football next year. I don’t envision not playing,” Brady said. “You’re at the end of the race but you’ve got your biggest mountain to climb right at the end. Hopefully all the lessons we’ve learned have allowed us to be at our very best for this moment and that’s what it’s going to take and that’s what we’re prepared for and that’s what I go out and expect our team to do.”

Brady became the oldest player to be named NFL MVP this season, claiming his third league MVP honor Saturday. He led the NFL with 4,577 yards, becoming the oldest quarterback to lead the league in passing yards, with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Brady is under contract through the 2019 season and expects to fulfill that contract. He and Patriots coach Bill Belichick have already won five Super Bowls together, heading into Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Making his eighth Super Bowl appearance, Brady told his wife he’d like to win two more Super Bowls before he retires and has said he’d like to play until he’s 45. It remains to be seen, but we do know we’ll see Brady in a Patriots uniform for a 19th NFL season. bills_043

Browns hire Scot McCloughan to help with 2018 NFL Draft, report says

As the NFL draft is quickly approaching, the Browns are under pressure to make decisions that will help rebuild their franchise coming off of a winless season.

The former Redskins general manager will work closely with Dorsey in a reunion as the two served together with the Packers under general manager Ron Wolf.

The seemingly robotic nature of an athlete like Brady often takes the human element out of the public’s perception. The decisions he makes about his career are not met with the same standards as those made by your average Joe. The public is selfish, and it assumes Brady, as a football player, is not susceptible to career-altering moments in life.

But Brady is a father of three, and he has never been shy about expressing how much his family means to him. News broke during the week leading up to last year’s Super Bowl that Brady’s mother had been dealing with an illness, and she hadn’t been able to attend her son’s football games that season like she always had. Brady’s dad was able to attend just one.

“And I said to them, ‘This is probably something I should have told you two weeks ago, but this is the longest two weeks of your life, and this is going to be the longest 24 hours-plus of your life. The game, at this point, cannot get here quick enough. But it’s going to slow down even more.”

While Favre revealed he kept the message “lighthearted and fun,” he wasn’t holding back when it came to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

“We know the Patriots. They’re a tremendous team. Their quarterback is the greatest to ever play. Bill Belichick is the greatest coach to ever coach. You know what they’re about,” Favre said. “They’re going to play the whole game. Don’t ever say — kinda like last year, ‘We have it won and we’re going to go to the drive-thru.’ That’s not a good idea.”

Last year, the Falcons found themselves with a 28-3 lead against the Patriots, but couldn’t hold on as they fell in overtime 34-28.

It may seem like there’s no connection between the Eagles and Favre, who played for the Packers for the majority of his career before spending a year with the Jets and two with the Vikings. However, Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson and Favre played together in Green Bay.
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After finishing 28th in total yards allowed in back-to-back seasons, the Redskins’ defense improved to 21st under coordinator Greg Manusky in 2017.

On June 23, about a month before NFL training camps opened, Dr. Harry Edwards, the well-known Cal-Berkley sociology professor and one-time adviser to Kaepernick, sent an email to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Edwards implored Goodell to use his influence to make certain Kaepernick signed with an NFL team.

Rookie Jonathan Allen, the team’s first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, made an impact up to the point he injured his left foot, requiring surgery ultimately ended his season. But even with Allen healthy, the line needs help. Matt Ioannidis proved a valuable contributor, as did Stacy McGee. But there wasn’t enough quality depth up front to consistently rattle quarterbacks or stuff running plays.

But the unit backslid in points allowed (from 19th to 27th), surrendering 24.2 points per game, a lot for an injury-strapped offense to overcome.

The show of defiance comes hours after Trump on Sunday morning renewed his demand that NFL owners fire or suspend players who kneel during the national anthem in protest, again urging that fans should boycott the sport to force change.

“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” Trump wrote. “Fire or suspend!”

The loss dropped the Redskins to 4-6 and also proved costly in the personnel department. The latest injury to strike the team was to running back Chris Thompson, who was carted off the field with his leg in an air cast.

Who knew that, at this point, the Los Angeles Rams-Minnesota Vikings game would be so intriguing? Both teams were 7-2, but the Rams’ winning streak ended at four as Minnesota won its sixth straight with a 24-7 victory.
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