Cowboys expect to draw record crowd of 270,000 to draft

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The NFL won’t use every seat at AT&T Stadium for its draft next week, instead creating an end-zone theater. But the Cowboys still expect around 25,000 fans to witness the selection process inside the stadium each day.
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For the first time, each of the 32 teams will have a section just for its fans.

I think the NFL really views this event as an event for diehard football fans, Estis said. So I think having team sections like that, down on the floor, close to the stage to create all that really cool atmosphere of hardcore fans, I think that’s what the NFL wants, and I know they’re working hard to make sure that fans from each of those markets end up in those seats. I think that would just create this unique dynamic.

If you remember last year when our Drew Pearson stood up to announce our second-round pick in Philadelphia, and it created such a stir in the auditorium there. I think that’s something everybody looked to and said, ‘That’s actually the kind of atmosphere that you want at one of these events.’ So by having all the teams represented down right in front of the stage, I think we’ve just created some really interesting atmosphere.

I don’t understand that comment, Jones said. I certainly respect anybody that has a comment about the organization. You certainly always see things when it’s difficult for a player to take the next step. Whether it’s a Larry Aleksi Heponiemi Jersey Allen, DeMarcus Ware, an Emmitt Smith, all Hall of Famers who ended up playing with another team. Those things are hard. You know, when you have decided to move on, maybe there’s a thought in your mind [the player] that you weren’t a particular coach’s guy or an organizational guy. But I certainly don’t see that on this football team.

It was the second most points James ever put up in a half off a playoff game, trailing only the famous Game 6 against the Boston Celtics in 2012, a game many consider to be the best game of his career. James had particular success with Thaddeus Young as the primary defender, scoring 14 of his 29 points on Young while going 5-for-6 from the field (2-for-2 from 3), according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Indiana made a push in the third quarter, with Oladipo scoring eight of his 22 points to cut Cleveland’s lead down to just five at one point.
The Pacers got even closer in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to three, but Oladipo missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds left. The Cavs improved to 40-0 this season when taking a lead into the fourth.

Report: Browns not interested in Dez Bryant

The Browns signed Jarvis Landry to a five-year extension worth $75.5 million Friday. That leaves them uninterested in pursuing Dez Bryant, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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So far reports have surfaced of more teams not interested in Bryant than interested in him. The Ravens reportedly are interested.

MacMullan: The answer has to be a team in the East because the two best squads reside in the West, but which one? Are we audacious enough to suggest the Sixers, those 28-wins-of-a-year-ago Sixers, can pull this off? Any moment Joel Embiid, the self-proclaimed Phantom of the Process, will start trolling Hassan Whiteside and we’ll have a front-row seat to the unraveling. Philly’s path to the conference finals doesn’t include LeBron or the Raptors, so that alone qualifies the Sixers as a legitimate answer to this question. Everyone keeps chiding me that Ben Simmons isn’t really a rookie. He’s certainly not playing like one … so … could it happen? Too delicious to consider.

I don’t think it applies more pressure, Williams said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. I think the pressure’s always been a factor being a first rounder and coming in and playing with a lot of good guys already. Playing the game in general, there’s always going to be that pressure. It’s something we learn to deal with and get used to and get comfortable with. I’m comfortable under pressure. I trust my teammates to trust me. I trust myself to be a better leader this year and just taking it to the next level.

Williams has played in every game during his three NFL seasons and has 178 tackles, 12 sacks and two forced fumbles to show for his efforts. That’s likely to lead to the Jets picking up their option on his contract for 2019 and reaching that next level this year could lead to an even longer deal.

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Luck wouldn’t share the timetable for his return, though he said one does exist.

Andrew Luck appeared in front of the media Monday for the first time since December speaking optimistically about his return to the field, but the details surrounding that day still feel intangible.
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Behind Jacoby Brissett, whom the Colts acquired in a trade with the Patriots in the offseason as quarterback insurance, Indianapolis went 4-12 and failed to make the playoffs for the third straight season. In each of Luck’s first three seasons, after he was selected No. 1 overall in the 2012 draft, the Colts went 11-5 and made the playoffs. Luck didn’t miss a single game and made the Pro Bowl each year, results that earned him the richest NFL contract at the time, a six-year, $140 extension he signed before the 2016 season.

Manziel has gained something of an interested audience as his redemption tour continues. NFL scouts watched and were impressed by him when he threw at the pro days at San Diego and Texas A&M. Manziel was approached by Patriots brass after the one at his alma mater.

I wasn’t surprised [he looked good at the Texas A&M pro day], an evaluator told Yahoo Sports. As long as he wasn’t out of shape, I thought he’d probably throw well and he did. 鈥?He’s got talent. He’s always had talent. It’s just a lot of [stuff] there getting in his way. But just on talent, he’s Rogie Vachon Authentic Jersey better than a lot of quarterbacks on [NFL] rosters and he’s better than a lot of guys that will get drafted [this month].

Though few doubt Manziel’s talent, many still question his maturity in the wake of past transgressions, including a 2016 domestic violence incident involving ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, as well as his presence on social media.

With a curious audience tuned in to Manziel’s every move, the quarterback has the potential to pique their interest more by going off the social media grid completely.

If he’s trying to sell himself as something different, start with that. There are so many things to deal with already. 鈥?Social media is a big negative for anyone who wants to sign him. It’s like, ‘Be willing to sacrifice something that is clearly extremely important to you,’ the evaulator said.

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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

Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo was expected to come off DL Monday

Colon’s longest no-hit bid came with the Cleveland Indians on Sept. 18, 2000, when he held the New York Yankees hitless for 7鈪?innings. Colon ended up with a one-hitter in a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium.
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The Yankees and Tigers were rained out Saturday in what had been New York’s only scheduled visit to Detroit this year. The Yankees won 8-6 behind two Aaron Hicks homers in Friday’s game.

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Jon Lester (1-0, 4.40) hopes to change things on Wednesday although the Cubs Blake Wheeler Jersey have gotten mixed reviews from the veteran lefty this season. Lester scattered seven hits and allowed four earned runs in his only start at Wrigley this year. In 14 career starts against St. Louis, Lester is 5-4 with a 2.30 ERA.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday that he expects Chicago’s starters to warm up once the weather cooperates. But more wintery weather is expected in Chicago on Wednesday, which Hoyer acknowledges isn’t ideal conditions for pitchers to find a groove in.

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The Yankees and Tigers were rained out Saturday in what had been New York’s only scheduled visit to Detroit this year. The Yankees won 8-6 behind two Aaron Hicks homers in Friday’s game.

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (2-1, 3.50) will now start on Monday at home against the Miami Marlins, while Detroit’s Francisco Liriano (1-1, 2.13) will pitch Tuesday against Baltimore.

Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez attempted to throw out Beltre at first after fielding a liner on a bounce in the seventh, but the Rangers star crossed the base safely for his 3,067th hit.

Chirinos gave up six runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The rookie right-hander entered with a 14 1/3 inning scoreless streak.

Wilson Ramos hit a solo homer in the ninth for the Rays.

Could Beckham-to-Rams chatter bring others to the table?

The talk of a trade that would send receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants to the Rams continues to dominate (sort of) the NFL’s annual meetings. Peter King of breaks down in his Wednesday column the various ways in which a potential trade makes sense, and Fabian Moreau Youth jersey the notion of the Rams advancing the NFC West arms race by securing an H-bomb named Beckham will fascinate any football fan that craves a potential Dream Team story line.
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The Cardinals could be players in this one, too, if they actually care about keeping pace in the NFC West (some would say at this point maybe they don’t). Larry Fitzgerald’s contract isn’t so rich that the Cardinals couldn’t pursue Beckham, and pairing those two with running back David Johnson would make it even easier for Sam Bradford to play quarterback on one leg.
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So the longer the talk of a Beckham trade to the Rams remains just that, the greater the chance that someone else will swoop (or as Chris Simms would say swope) in. That’s when things could get very interesting.

In his NFL career, Su’a-Filo has played in 56 games, with 41 starts.

The Texans made him a second-round pick in 2014, and he spent his first four seasons in Houston.

The Seahawks wasted no time in responding after backup quarterback Trevone Boykin was accused of domestic violence.

Just minutes after a report that Boykin is accused of domestic violence, the Seahawks announced that they have released Boykin.鈥?

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The domestic violence case is the latest in a long line of off-field incidents for Boykin, and the Seahawks had likely decided that if he had any other incidents, he was done.

Trades make this year’s draft look very different in New England

In the last couple of years, the Patriots have not had high draft picks. This year will be much different.
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In Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey 2016, New England forfeited its first-round pick because of Deflategate and moved down from the second-round pick it received in the Chandler Jones trade to acquire more picks in the later rounds. New England’s first pick that year was No. 60 overall.

That means the Patriots can stockpile their roster with young, cheap talent after getting older and more expensive in recent years. There’s been some talk that the Patriots might make a move to draft Tom Brady’s successor, but Brady is surely hoping they’ll instead use those picks to replace departures like Cooks, wide receiver Danny Amendola and left tackle Nate Solder. With those picks, the Patriots can try to put their roster over the top to win Super Bowl No. 6 with Brady.
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Auston Matthews scored his 34th goal of the season to match his jersey number and added an assist for Toronto (49-26-7), which also set club records for overall victories and home wins (29).
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Zach Hyman, Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau had the other goals for the Leafs, who are going to the playoffs for the second consecutive spring. Jake Gardiner added two assists.

Andersen’s 37 victories coming in saw him sit tied with Ed Belfour (2002-03) and Andrew Raycroft (2006-07) for the most by a Toronto goalie in a season.

Washington (42-38) has lost four straight to drop into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with games remaining against the Celtics and at Orlando on Wednesday.

An eighth-place finish would match the Wizards with the Toronto Raptors, and seventh place gets them the injury-depleted Celtics (54-26) and sixth place either Philadelphia or Cleveland.

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“Very similar, [but] two different players,” Dorsey said. “They play the game in different levels. Myles is such an athletic [player], to me, he’s more like Julius Peppers in terms of his movement skills and his length and how he plays. Chubb plays the game a little bit differently, but he’s still an unbelievable defensive prospect for this draft.”

And that’s the kind of thing that could keep the Browns up at night for the next month.

Koetter got a pass because of extenuating circumstances.

“When you start out a season and people are heading in 12 different directions in Week 1 because a hurricane is on its way and you go 16 weeks without a bye, and your quarterback is hurt and playing hurt and you’re not having success on the field, that’s when you learn about people,” Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said, via Scott Reynolds of the Pewter Report. “Dirk was the same person through it all. He kept the team playing hard and we were in close games that didn’t go our way. Here’s what I know: I know up to the final whistle of the season and the final pass for a touchdown, our team was playing hard. That has something to do with the head coach.”

Koetter, though, will enter 2018 on the hot seat.

The Bucs expect improvement after a what they have deemed a successful offseason.

“I think it’s going to be impossible to officiate,” Pereira said. “You’ll see the same things happen with this as we’ve seen with the crown-of-the-helmet rule: very few calls. I think most of it will be taken care of after the fact with potential fines.

The rule, which was approved unanimously be league owners in Orlando earlier this week, has made it illegal for players to initiate contact with an opponent by lowering their head. While competition committee chairman Rich McKay has vowed the rule is a “substantial change,” it’s still uncertain exactly what the directives and enforcement of the rule will actually look like in reality. The possibility also exists for the NFL office to deem that certain violations are ejectable offenses as well and disqualify a player from a game.

Given the number of injuries observed recently, Pereira isn’t surprised that a change was made to the rules. However, he doubts the tangible enforcement of the new rules will truly lead to a significant switch in what is enforced.la_kings_008

76ers rout Mavericks to win 14th in row, tie club mark

Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown acknowledged that after he told his players and the media before the season began that the goal was to make the playoffs, it wasn’t well received by many in the cautious front office.
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Turns out, Brown had the pulse of The Process. Not only are the Sixers headed to the postseason, they’re poised to make some noise.

The only other time the Sixers won 14 straight in a single season, Dr. J and Moses Malone delivered Philadelphia its last NBA title in 1983. The 76ers won 18 straight spanning the 1966-67 and 1967-68 seasons for the franchise’s longest overall win streak.

I wouldn’t want to play these guys in the first round with them having home-court, Carlisle said. Not in this place.
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But Brown, now 125-283 in his fifth year in Philly, is still taking the long view after experiencing the pain of The Process’ early years.

He was dialed in, coach Dave Hakstol said.

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Michael Raffl and Ivan Provorov also scored for the Flyers, who needed at least one point to make the playoffs and eliminate the Florida Panthers from postseason contention.

We had a lot of good performances tonight and that’s what it takes, Hakstol said.

The Flyers (42-26-14) are returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, and will be vying for their third Stanley Cup. The club won back-to-back titles in 1973-74 and 1974-75.

We have to turn the page and get excited again, Giroux said.

Throughout his outing, Sabathia was touched up by the Orioles, allowing three home runs. Manny Machado hit two, and Chris Davis hit another.

Machado got Sabathia’s start off to a rocky start when he launched a one-out, first-inning homer into the second deck down the left-field line. In his next at-bat, Machado drove an 89 mph fastball into left-center field for his second homer off Sabathia.

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