NFL prime-time games to kick off earlier in 2018, report says

Prime-time NFL games will start 鈥?and, more importantly, end 鈥?earlier in 2018.
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The Boston Globe reported the NFL will move up the kickoff time of Monday night games by 15 minutes, Sunday night games by 10 minutes and Thursday night games by five minutes. The changes mean no game should start after 8:20 p.m. ET, aside from the late game of the now-traditional doubleheader on the first Monday night of the season.

Rockets: D’Antoni said that Luc Mbah a Moute, who missed the entire first round after dislocating his right shoulder, is getting better and will be re-evaluated next week. … Eric Gordon scored 19 points. … Tucker finished with a playoff career-high 15 points.

The Rockets made a series-high 18 3-pointers on Wednesday night. They’ve made at least 15 3-pointers in their last four games, which is tied with Cleveland in 2016 for the longest streak in NBA playoff history. Last season Houston made 15 or more 3-pointers in just three of their 11 playoff games.

The Rockets will host the first two games of the Western Conference semifinals against the winner of the Jazz-Thunder series.

Inviting the Stoneman Douglass football players to be a part of the draft is one of many gestures the team has made to help the community since the tragedy. Miami also donated $100,000 to Greg Luzinski Womens Jersey the Parkland community in February and made an additional $17,500 donation to Feis’ family. Several Dolphins players have also visited the survivors.

Thon loves the big moments, and he just finds a way to get it done, Bucks point guard Matthew Dellavedova said after Game 3. I’m happy for him because he’s continued to work hard and be a great teammate and stay ready. He deserves what he gets.

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When you’ve got a guy like KG in your corner talking to you, giving you tips on your game, and coming to work out with you … he’s one of the best players that’s ever played the game, Middleton said. The intensity that he brings to the floor — you can see Thon is getting up front with himself. There’s no reason he shouldn’t bring that with a guy like that in his corner.

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Chiefs expect to improve their defense in the draft

The Chiefs aren’t making a big secret of what they want to do in next week’s draft.
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I don’t think as an evaluator, as a personnel member, you’re ever happy with your team unless you win a Super Bowl, Veach said, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, so we’re going to look to improve the defense. We’re going to look to make changes.

The Chiefs traded cornerback Marcus Peters but got Kendall Fuller in the Alex Smith trade. They signed inside linebacker Anthony Hitchens and nose tackle Xavier Williams in free agency.

But Kansas City remains in need of depth at cornerback and in the defensive line.

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The Giants, Rozelle said, as the din of assembled Giants fans filled the room, select North Carolina linebacker鈥?

The roar that followed drowned out the words Lawrence Taylor, and it’s doubtful even those hearty-throated faithful knew just how delighted they should have been by what they just saw.

But beyond that … the house money has been spent. The Knights could go from being a carefree team with no expectations and nothing to play for to one with a realistic shot at a championship. There aren’t a ton of rings in that room, outside of Fleury. Does the mindset that got the Golden Knights here change the closer they get to the ultimate prize for any NHL player?

As the two teams face each other in the playoffs for the first time since one of Boston sports’ greatest miracles — and one of Toronto sports’ greatest meltdowns — here’s how it all played out five years ago, in the words of those who experienced it:

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WATCH: Yankees address being worst-fielding team in majors

Yankees manager Aaron Boone dubbed Friday’s pre-game workout “defensive day,” and, for sure, this was different from the regular routine where infielders take a few groundballs during batting practice.

This half-hour session took place before BP and looked somewhat like a morning spring training session.

Ten of the Yankees’ errors were committed by infielders – three by third baseman Brandon Drury, two each by utility infielder Ronald Torreyes and third baseman Miguel Andujar, and one by shortstop Didi Gregorius, second baseman Tyler Wade and first baseman Tyler Austin.

Last year, the Yankees committed 95 errors in 162 games – that was tied for 13th best in the majors – and their .984 fielding percentage was tied for 14th best.

Watch our video above to see the Yankees go through their “defensive day” workout.

The way NFL Network’s Mike Mayock sees it, none of this year’s prospects are clear-cut future  NFL stars. At least, not compared to two recent quarterback draftees who carried all of the traits Mayock looks for when he’s evaluating quarterbacks with franchise-changing potential.

In 2008, Huizenga’s final season as owner, the Dolphins had a turnaround year and won the AFC East on the final day of the regular season.

“It was a magical feeling,” Huizenga said. “I had tears in my eyes. I kept looking away so I wouldn’t have to wipe my eyes in front of everybody.”

Miami lost in the first round of the playoffs and didn’t return to the postseason until 2016. But Huizenga won praise from such disparate personalities as Shula, Johnson and Marlins manager Jim Leyland even when they no longer worked for him.

Harry Wayne Huizenga was born in the Chicago suburbs on Dec. 29, 1937, to a family of garbage haulers. He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but dropped out and began his own garbage hauling business in Pompano Beach, Florida, in 1962. He would drive a garbage truck from 2 a.m. to noon each day, then shower and go out and solicit new customers in the afternoon.
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Jason Witten committed to football, hopes to play until he’s 40

Jason Witten has played 15 seasons. He will play at least one more and hopes to play three more after that.
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Speculation began about Witten’s future after a Sporting News report that FOX was interested in hiring Witten, who auditioned for Thursday Night Football.

Witten said Tuesday he has no interest in a TV job right now.

Maccagnan is a lifelong scout and you have to trust he and trusted lieutenant Brian Heimerdinger know what they are looking at when evaluating these quarterbacks. They have traveled thousands of miles to work out the top quarterbacks in this draft 鈥?Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield. Jared Crick Authentic Jersey They have gone to their pro days and have several of them coming to New Jersey this week for pre-draft visits.

Of course, it’s smart for the Patriots and/or Brady to get the word out about his whereabouts. The way last season ended (on and off the field), and with him openly questioning his career mortality during his Tom vs. Time documentary, it would have created a stir if he wasn’t there and there was no explanation.
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Making his first start of the season, Joe Biagini allowed three runs on six hits, striking out four, in 5 2/3 innings. He plunked Lucas Duda to force in a run in the first. Biagini last pitched on April 9 for Triple-A Buffalo.

It’s fun to pitch in the major leagues, he said. It’s a pretty cool thing and it was fun to see us come back and score a couple of runs and make something out of it.

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In the first game, Yangervis Solarte homered and drove in four runs and Grichuk went deep for the second time this season.

Solarte’s third homer of the season was a two-run shot off Erik Skoglund (0-2) into the second deck in the first inning.

NFL, NFLPA prohibit use of 10 helmet models after lab testing

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The NFL and NFLPA made a joint announcement about laboratory testing on helmets Monday that included news that 10 low-performing models will no longer be cleared for use by NFL players.
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In a statement, the league and union said that the models have been banned because they perform poorly in laboratory testing, have been discontinued by the manufacturer, or were produced by companies no longer manufacturing football helmets. Players could previously use any helmet that met National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment criteria for certification.

The most technical of the four shoots was for the Porzingis ad. A pigeon master brought in 30 trained pigeons to an old factory in Brooklyn.

It Authentic Mitch Moreland Jersey took me like 15 takes to catch the pigeon, Porzingis said.

To nail the step aerobics routine famous in the late 1980s, Diggins-Smith said she asked for advice from her mother.

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Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Lucas is re-signing with the Rams with the team starting their offseason program on Monday.

Lucas joined the Rams last September after being waived by the Lions. He was inactive for every game but the regular season finale, however. Lucas started that Week 17 game as the Rams’ regulars prepared for the playoffs.

The Rams have not added any tackles in free agency this offseason, leaving Lucas as the top option to back up Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein as the team heads toward the draft.

Basically, allowing teams to hire and fire based on whether a player has protested or will protest represents a de facto revision to the anthem policy, making standing mandatory without actually changing the key word in the policy from should to must.

Today is 20th anniversary of Manning-Leaf draft

Twenty years ago today, the Colts chose Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick. In hindsight, the choice of Manning over Ryan Leaf seems incredibly easy.
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Manning is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a record-setting career, and Leaf long ago entered the biggest-busts-in-history conversation after starting only 21 career games and going 4-17.
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But the choice was harder than it now seems, said Bill Polian, the Colts General Manager in 1998.

There are a lot of people now who have amnesia, Polian said, via Clark Judge of the Talk of Fame Network. It was a much tougher choice than people now believe.

It’s college football, Bowles said. He’s an emotional guy. I’ve seen [Terrell Owens] do a lot of things. I’ve seen worse than that.

Players get excited when they play. That’s kind of the way they are.

Bowles said Womens Pekka Rinne Jersey Jets fans approach him every day with suggestions of whom they should get at quarterback.

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Broadway Joe is not walking through that door 鈥?but Broadway Baker just might.

Although the extent to which Brady wants a new deal remains be vague at this point, and possibly a point of variance between what was said on NFL Network and what was written about it on NFL.com, the reality is that Brady is grossly underpaid. At $14 million in salary for 2018 and 2019, Brady currently makes $4 million per year less than Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. Setting aside the rookie quarterbacks who have yet to get a second contract, Brady makes less than every starting quarterback not named AJ McCarron.

So does he want a new contract? The truth may be that he thinks he shouldn’t have to want one. It arguably should be obvious at this point that the greatest quarterback in NFL history 鈥?arguably the greatest player of all time at any position 鈥?needs an adjustment to his deal.

Despite the low salaries this year and next year (he also has per-game roster bonuses of $1 million each year), Brady’s current deal averages $20.5 million per year, and that’s still well behind the current market maximum of $28 million, paid to a guy who has never won a playoff game.

Maurice Harkless returns from knee surgery for Blazers

Forward Maurice Harkless returned to action for Portland in Game 2 of the playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

Harkless, who checked in with 4:53 to go in the first quarter, had a minor procedure on his left knee in late March and had missed 11 games.

“When you get married,” Snyder says, “you’ll realize that’s how it works.”

The last clip of the session features an awkward pick-and-roll dance with Gobert. With the shot clock down to eight seconds, Mitchell rushes and jacks a contested pull-up 3 that misses short after Gobert doesn’t get much of a screen on Larkin.

Bryant, who had mentioned moments earlier that eight seconds is an eternity in a half-court possession, blames Mitchell for not giving Gobert a chance to set a good enough screen.

“Let him get in the channel, retreat dribble, keep [the defender] on your hip, let Rudy flip it,” Bryant says. “Now you can attack there.”

Adds Snyder: “It’s the patience.”

FAST-FORWARD TO the following week, when Mitchell coverts a dazzling drive and and-1 layup over LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan that was featured on all the highlight shows. It’s a high pick-and-roll with Gobert, and after the initial pick isn’t much of a hit, Mitchell spins and takes a dribble with his left and crosses back over.

The move brings Clippers forward C.J. Williams right into Gobert and gives Mitchell a clear runway. He changes speeds and directions as he goes to the basket, getting Jordan on his heels before accelerating toward him.

Mitchell draws contact while executing a “goofy-foot finish” — a technique Bryant taught him, catching shot-blockers off-guard with a quick, right-handed scoop while leaping off the right foot.

Mitchell listened, learned and executed.

In his sixth NBA season, Harkless played in 59 games for the Blazers in the regular season, starting 37, and averaged 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds.

“But I’m telling you: Rudy makes this play.”
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Cardinals-Cubs game postponed because of poor weather

The series opener between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals has been postponed because of poor weather.
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With light snow falling and the temperature around 30 degrees, Monday night’s game was postponed about six hours before the Patrick Peterson Jersey scheduled first pitch. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on July 21.

Gyorko, who hit 20 homers last season, has been sidelined since April 2. Gregerson was injured in spring training.

Burke has not been given anything, as she has worked her way through the ranks, first finding acclaim on Liberty games on MSG years ago. It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t played in the NBA; she has shown her skills for years, going rung by rung, and now, if Van Gundy or Jackson move on, she should transition from the sideline into one of the top game-analyst seats in the sport. It is an easy call.

Authentic Youth Ron Greschner Jersey As mentioned above, ESPN+ began on Thursday at $4.99 per month, which the company has presented as a very big deal. It is a process that ESPN needed to begin, but with so much focus put on it, ESPN will have to make sure there is no confusion with it or with it being mostly ignored by sports fans, despite the resources ESPN has poured into it.

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The Patriots, who have picks 23 and 31 in the first round, are on the hunt for another QB to groom as Brady’s eventual successor after trading away Jimmy Garoppolo. The dual-threat Jackson would be a changeup from the flat-footed Brady, but he did play in an offense similar to the Patriots’ at Louisville.

Jackson may have hurt his draft status by not running the 40 at the combine or Louisville’s Pro Day. There were reports that some teams had asked Jackson to work out as a wide receiver, though he denied them, and analysts have (controversially) wondered if he can transition to being a pro QB.

Perhaps that’s just setting it all up for the Patriots to steal the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner as Brady’s eventual replacement 鈥?with the MVP’s endorsement locked up.

Panthers bidder Alan Kestenbaum on site today

While NFL owners are wrapping up their meeting in Orlando today, one of the guys trying to join their club is in Charlotte.
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Via Kelsey Riggs of WCNC, Canadian steel magnate Alan Kestenbaum is touring the Panthers facilities at Bank of America Stadium today, the first bidder for the team to do an in-person site visit.

The interest in the team has clearly ramped up in recent days, and it’s likely that Jerry Richardson’s choice will be known in the next few weeks.

The Rams can pair him with Aaron Donald on what could be one of the league’s most dangerous fronts, but there’s nothing long-term about their investments.

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Suh had also visited the Saints and Titans, but called off a trip to see the Raiders. The Jets pulled their offer before it got to this point.

The league is still investigating Panthers owner Jerry Richardson’s alleged workplace misconduct, but otherwise the news seemed good for him.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said owners got a presentation from the Panthers on the sale of the team, and described the interest in the team as unprecedented.

The previous record for a sale of an NFL team was the $1.4 billion the Bills fetched in 2014, and early estimates on the Panthers sale put it in the $2.5 billion range. One bidder is in Charlotte today, and Goodell said that the hope remains a buyer will be able to be ratified at the May meeting in Atlanta.

The restricted free agent wideout has taken his third visit, as he met with the Saints Saturday, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

He has also met with the Colts and Ravens.

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Allen, in particular, feels like an intriguing personality fit to go with his impressive physical skills.

Shurmur said at the league meetings that Allen is tough and competitive, which are traits that I admire in a quarterback. Shurmur admitted he’s had more exposure to Allen than any of these QBs.
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And Allen at the NFL combine in early March clearly felt Shurmur was a great fit for him: I’d want to play for him because he just had this kind of silent vibe to him, Allen told the Daily News. He was kind of reserved, and at the same time I can feel his presence and understand how much he loves football, how much he knows football.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: Dorsey will owe the football gods quite an offering if he winds up with the quarterback of his choice and Barkley, who’s almost universally regarded as the draft’s best player and perhaps the perfect guy 鈥?see Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Mark Jackson Youth jersey Elliott, et al. 鈥?to relieve pressure on a sidekick like Allen.

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While recent drafts suggest most teams are not locked into the idea of drafting running backs early, there’s also evidence of teams aggressively moving up to select a special, franchise-changing player, regardless of position.

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Despite his pectoral injury at the Combine, Price should be either a late first-round pick or an early second-round pick. The Vikings could use Price at either guard spot, reuniting him on the line with his former Buckeyes teammate in center Pat Elflein.

The Patriots lost Nate Solder in free agency, and it would be surprising if they didn’t draft a top offensive tackle in the draft. McGlinchey should remind them of Solder 鈥?an oversized left tackle with some movement issues but an overall strong pedigree.