Gonzalez wins again at Citi Field, Nationals beat Mets 5-2

Gio Gonzalez has kidded about what makes him so successful at Citi Field — the Latin cuisine in the clubhouse, the jets that fly overhead, the odd angles and neat architecture.
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Gonzalez won again at his home away from home, Trea Turner kept Washington in gear all game and the Nationals beat the Mets 5-2 Tuesday night.

Food, I don’t know, airplanes, Gonzalez said. It’s a beautiful ballpark.

A day after topping the Mets with an eighth-inning rally from a five-run deficit, the Nationals never trailed. Bryce Harper put them ahead early with a sacrifice fly and slumping Ryan Zimmerman hit a late RBI single for insurance.

When he starts doing that, he’s fun to watch, manager Dave Martinez said.

Gonzalez (2-1) was the only player on the field in short sleeves on a chilly, breezy night. He allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings, avoiding big trouble despite eight hits and two walks.

I learned from an early age you’ve got to want that fifth at-bat, Hoskins said. Somehow, the baseball gods always seem to put that guy in situations to try to win the game.

Hoskins also grounded into a double play.

The first couple of at-bats for him weren’t his best of the season, manager Gabe Kapler said. To see him really dig in there and get a big knock against a guy with some velocity is pretty awesome.

Franco’s hit sent what was left of the small crowd headed for the exits, except for one irate Braves fan whose rant could be heard throughout the stadium.

For much of the night, the Phillies struggled with runners in scoring position. They grounded into four inning-ending double plays — each time with two runners aboard.

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Prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against Bills receiver Zay Jones after a naked, bloody argument with his brother in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Los Angeles prosecutors declined the case because of “insufficient evidence,” district attorney’s office spokesman Paul Eakins told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Jones was arrested after officers were called to a disturbance in downtown Los Angeles, said police spokesman Luis Garcia. Jones was found “breaking glass doors and windows” and arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, Garcia said.

The arrest was first reported by TMZ, which posted a video showing a nude Zay Jones pushing his brother, Cayleb, in what appeared to be the hallway of an apartment building.

Cleveland might want to write this off as a “make or miss league” loss. Cleveland shot a hideous 8-of-34 from deep. Hit their average mark, and this is probably a close home loss against a fifth seed that didn’t exactly rain fire either. So … hooray?

What a listless, disengaged effort. The Cavs played as if this were Game 83, starting with LeBron. He drifted off Darren Collison several times in the first quarter; Collison led the league in 3-point percentage. Trevor Booker scooted right around James for an offensive rebound on a free throw. He let Turner sneak behind him for a layup. He sulked. He didn’t get back on defense.

As a receiver, Harris contributed 37 receptions for 409 yards in his three seasons. He had a total of only one catch the past two seasons and played in only five games in 2017 before fracturing his foot in Week 5 against the Chargers. Receiver Brandon Marshall, another player lost in that game — he went down with an ankle injury that needed surgery — is also in danger of becoming a salary-cap casualty. The Giants would save $5.1 million on the cap by jettisoning Marshall. It is more likely that the Giants will ask Marshall to take a pay cut and have him compete for a spot this summer.

Harris’ best work came as a return man, but he regressed badly in his production. He is the third player in Giants history with a kickoff and punt return for a touchdown in the same season — the first to do it in 60 years. He is the first Giants player to score a touchdown on a punt return, on a kickoff return and with a reception in the same season. The signing of receiver and special teamer Cody Latimer made Harris expendable.jets_040

2018 NFL Mock Draft: Complete Updated 1st-Round Projections

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The NFL draft never goes according to plan, nor should anyone expect it to.聽聽
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The 2018 event in Arlington, Texas, is only 10 days away, and nothing is certain. The lying season is in full swing, and multiple options are available for every franchise.聽
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The Cleveland Browns aren’t locked into any specific course due to the availability of several talented quarterback prospects, specifically Wyoming’s Josh Allen and USC’s Sam Darnold.聽Every other team’s decision will be a byproduct of the cascading effect started by the Browns’ stranglehold of the top four overall.聽

Bryant has long been known as a passionate and outspoken player, a competitor who lets his desire to win be known. We’re not out to drag an outcast under the guise of trying to uncover why a team released him, but according to Irvin, that seemed to bubble over into producing negative results recently. Combined with a large salary-cap number for a player who wasn’t producing 1,200-yard, 10-touchdown seasons anymore, Dallas decided to cut him loose.

As an organization we hold Dez Bryant in the highest regard, and we are grateful for his passion, spirit and contribution to this team for the past eight years, Jones said, per Talkin’ Cowboys correspondent, Rob Phillips. Dez and I share a personal and professional relationship that is very strong, Morris Claiborne Jersey and he is one of just a handful of players with whom I have become that close to over the past 30 years.

Bryant’s production has declined in recent years. He caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns last season. Bryant was owed $12.5 million for 2018, representing a $16.5 million hit against the cap. Releasing him saves the Cowboys $8.5 million in cap cash.

Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million deal in 2015, which included $45 million guaranteed and a $20 million signing bonus.

As for Allen, Pennington said his low college completion percentage (56.2) would not worry him. He said he believes Allen’s accuracy can improve with coaching, but teams must not rush him.

NFL Accusing Lawyers in $1 Billion Concussion Settlement of Fraud

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The NFL聽filed a motion in聽U.S. District Court on Friday in hopes of having a special investigator appointed to oversee attorneys and doctors representing the players who agreed to a $1 billion settlement with the league over concussions.
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The motion, which was obtained by CNN’s Homero De la Fuente, alleges there has been deep and widespread fraud committed by lawyers, doctors and players in response to complaints that payments have not been made fast enough.聽

The league, according to the terms of the agreement, did not admit any fault.聽

On Friday,聽Christopher Seeger鈥攐ne of the attorneys for the retired players鈥攖old the聽Associated Press聽he agreed with the appointment of a special investigator but emphasized the league cannot use claims of fraud to avoid making payments.聽

Unlike other NFL benefits programs, this settlement is overseen by the court, and the league cannot escape its responsibility, Seeger said. We will make sure that former NFL players and their families receive every benefit they are entitled to under this agreement.

McCoy is one of Jujhar Khaira Jersey the best backs of his generation because he’s been with teams that have used his skills correctly and avoided situations where he’s forced to do things he doesn’t do well. You don’t want McCoy trying to get you three yards against eight in the box on 3rd-and-short over and over, but if you need a 60-yard blazer for a touchdown, there are few better in recent years.

Still, I’d pump the brakes on the generational label. In truth, Barkley may not even end up as the best running back in this draft class. If LSU’s Derrius Guice returns to his pre-injury form in 2016, when he showed nearly equivalent speed and far better ability to move through defenders in power situations, he might prove to be more valuable. Guice doesn’t have Barkley’s receiving chops鈥攏o back in this class does鈥攂ut Guice has the more polished skill set as a pure running back. And Barkley’s inconsistency on those big plays is cause for concern if his future team doesn’t have a fundamentally sound and potentially dominant offensive line.

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Sean McDermott led the Buffalo Bills to their first playoff appearance since the 1999 campaign.

Donnie Shell Authentic Jersey [Alex and Mitchell are both] driven, Nagy said, via ESPN. They are completely driven and competitive. Hate to lose. Want to win more than anybody. They don’t just talk about it; they show it by their actions.
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The violation means Davis will miss the first four games of the 2018 season. It also creates a full-time opportunity for 2015 first-round linebacker Shaq Thompson, who was already expected to see a bigger timeshare of snaps with Davis. But, as the 14-year vet revealed at the end of Friday’s Jamie Benn Womens Jersey video, Who knows? Maybe this isn’t my last year.

What we do know is the Panthers will be without their seven-time captain and all-time leading tackler for the first quarter of next season.

Charlotte Hornets Authentic Jersey The NFL isn’t trapped in a time warp even though it feels like we’re in 1998 with Jon Gruden’s hire as the Oakland Raiders head coach and the organization’s subsequent moves.

Owner Mark Davis described Gruden’s acquisition as the biggest day of his life, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.

Unfortunately, the Packers didn’t make it that simple. Reports suggest that Fuller will make $20 million in Year 1 of this deal and $29 million in Year 2, which is an enormous increase from the $10 million per year the Bears had previously been offering. The $18 million guaranteed number doesn’t mean anything given the structure of the deal; the Bears might not have guaranteed that $9 million, but if it will cost them more money to cut Fuller in Year 2 than it would to keep him on the roster, he’s not going anywhere.

The Monday filing accuses Florida wildlife agency investigators of prematurely concluding that Jose Fernandez was responsible and then altering or ignoring evidence to the contrary.

I was like, ‘No, there’s no way you’re gonna do that. We gotta figure out another situation,’ Jeffery recalled.

The Eagles’ medical staff ultimately determined that after rehab, he could play with minimal discomfort. Jeffery didn’t miss a game, taking part in 82 percent of the offensive snaps, catching 57 passes for 789 yards and nine touchdowns.

Ex-Ram Isaiah Pead aiming for Paralympics gold after losing his leg

Isaiah Pead was a second-round draft pick of the Rams who spent five season in the NFL before a severe car accident required him to have his leg amputated in November of 2016. That ended his football career, but it didn’t end his athletic career.

Pead says he’s now in the early stages of learning to sprint with a prosthetic leg, and he’s hoping to be good enough to win a gold medal in the 2020 Paralympics.

But with just one win in Houston (Sat., 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC) or Miami (Monday), the Thunder should put themselves outside the reach of the long arm of the lottery when factoring in a likely easy win versus Memphis on the final night of the season, which would put OKC at 47 wins. Either Minnesota or Denver, each of which holds the tiebreaker over OKC, will top out at 46 wins given they have a rematch of Thursday’s thriller on Wednesday in Minnesota.

The first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Clowney got off to a slow start but is coming off the best year of his career. He started all 16 games last season and had a career-high 9.5 sacks. Clowney just turned 25 years old and is entering his prime, and he could become one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL.

Two first-round picks from 2014, Blake Bortles and Mike Evans, have already signed contract extensions. Clowney is among several members of that draft class who could sign big contracts this offseason. Others include Khalil Mack, Taylor Lewan, Odell Beckham and Aaron Donald.

Assuming Mother Nature cooperates, Saturday will be the first day of the young season that all 30 teams compete. From a fantasy perspective, this avails more pitchers and hitters for streaming, with less of a need because there aren’t any off days to fill. As such, many fantasy managers won’t bother to look for upgrades. However, with the first scoring week coming to a close, the sage skipper will take advantage of the larger pool of available players and upgrade fringe roster spots. Here are some suggestions.buccaneers_091

Sharks’ Evander Kane eager for 1st playoffs in 9th season

Evander Kane followed a similar timeline after each of his first eight NHL regular seasons.
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Pack up the locker, say goodbye to teammates and get frustrated watching other players compete in the playoffs rather than getting his own opportunity on the big stage.

A late-season trade to San Jose changed all that for Kane, who is excited for his first chance at the postseason after 574 career games when the Sharks open their first-round series in Anaheim on Thursday night.

That’s why Kane was so excited about the trade to San Jose on Feb. 26 for two draft picks and a prospect.

Kane has made a big impact on the Sharks since arriving. He stepped right onto the top line with captain Joe Pavelski and has used his speed and physical play to deliver nine goals and five assists in 17 games.
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He got mobbed by his teammates just the same.

It’s pretty cool having all my teammates come out and throw everything at me, said Wolters, who was doused with water.

After Carlos Gonzalez doubled down the left field line with one out, Vizcaino (1-1) struck out Ian Desmond and intentionally walked Gerardo Parra. The runners advanced on a wild pitch before Vizcaino walked Trevor Story to load the bases.

Cameron Artis-Payne Womens Jersey I just knew that he didn’t have a good feel with his fastball, Wolters said. And once I saw that he was coming back with his fastball, I was like, `I’m going to take until I get two strikes and just feel him out because he doesn’t have good command.

Facing Wolters with the bases full was obviously a difficult situation, Vizcaino said. Make any mistake and the game’s over. Just one of those things. Pitches weren’t falling in the zone.

Did Titans uniform unveiling boost chances of hosting NFL draft in Nashville?

Amy Adams Strunk’s eyes grew as wide as saucers as the Titans’ controlling owner walked onto the stage Wednesday night on Lower Broadway, her view flooded by the estimated crowd of as many as 20,000 fans who packed the street to see the team’s new uniforms, a free Florida George Line concert and fireworks.
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Wow! I am just blown away by this. And you know what, Mike? Strunk said to Mike Keith, who emceed the event, before turning to the audience. I think Nashville needs to host the NFL draft! What do you think?
This is an example of what we can do, Keith said. There’s no doubt about it.

Worst case, we have a 40 percent shot. Two out of five. I feel like our chances are better than that, but I certainly don’t think it’s a slam dunk.
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The Titans aimed to produce the grandest uniform unveiling in NFL history, viewing the event at least in part as an opportunity to showcase Nashville Chris Archer Authentic Jersey to league executives and bolster the city’s candidacy for hosting the draft.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy indicated the unveiling made an impression on the league.

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The Browns are at the Pittsburgh 12-yard line, and pre-snap, Griffin sends tight end Seth DeValve (No. 87) in motion. This gives Griffin a better sense of what defense the Steelers are running; as no defender moves specifically with DeValve’s motion, it’s likely a zone concept he’s facing.

At the snap, Griffin fakes a handoff to running back Isaiah Crowell (No. 34) and starts to roll right. At the same time, DeValve looks to be run-blocking linebacker Bud Dupree (No. 48).

When DeValve releases from that block to become a receiver, Griffin has rolled to his right, and he has a clear view of DeValve’s release.

At the same time, intelligent play design gives Griffin an advantage. Tight end Gary Barnidge (No. 82) runs a deeper crossing route from left to right, forcing cornerback Ross Cockrell (No. 31) to focus on either DeValve or Barnidge in his coverage, with Griffin able to pick the open receiver.

From there, it’s up to DeValve to rumble into the end zone.

Anthony Averett is a polarizing prospect as a track star who shines athletically but didn’t make enough plays for Alabama.

If Giants rising star Evan Engram wants to shake the label of a big wide receiver playing out of position, Lunda Wells just might be the person to teach him how to do it.
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Engram and Wells, the first-year Giants’ tight ends coach, make an interesting pairing.
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His track background led to a 40-yard dash time of 4.36 seconds. That shows he has the speed to defend the deep ball and keep up with the NFL’s fastest vertical threats.

But in college, those physical gifts didn’t add up to much production, as Averett intercepted just one pass and recorded a modest 16 passes defensed over three seasons.聽That is why opinions are split, and Averett might need time to work his way up an NFL depth chart.

Zierlein compared him to Tre’Davious White, the Buffalo Bills cornerback who allowed a reception only once every 15.8 cover snaps, the third-best mark from a rookie corneback, per PFF. But as Walter Football’s Charlie Campbell noted, other sources don’t share in that high praise.

A lot of team sources see problems with Averett, Campbell聽wrote. They think that he is not a play-maker on the ball and is not a finisher. He is intelligent and was more consistent within the scheme, which earned him playing time over the more physically gifted Tony Brown, but sources from each team said they didn’t like how Averett played the ball.

This offseason is going to be about my family, and they deserve it, Brady said. There’s more to think about than just me. And I think that’s what you commit to when you have a family.
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And they commit a lot to me. It obviously goes both ways. It’s a big commitment. Sitting here, laying here three days after Womens Graham Glasgow Jersey the year getting my Achilles worked on and my thumb. And you go,’What are we doing this for’ You know’What are we doing this for Who are we doing this for Why are we doing this’ You’ve got to have answers to those questions, and they have to be with a lot of conviction. When you lose your conviction, then you probably should be doing something else. A recent ESPN report from Jeff Darlington explored Rob Gronkowski’s feelings of retirement and included a nugget about Brady’s status for the upcoming season. Darlington wrote Gronk was pretty certain he’d return as long as Tom Brady remains with the team. That statement, like Schefter’s, cast some doubt as to whether Brady has decided on playing.

Report: Hue Jackson believes Browns will get their franchise QB

Since their return in 1999, the Cleveland Browns have swung and missed on four quarterbacks taken in the first round.

Head coach Hue Jackson and General Manager John Dorsey have a new confidence that their franchise quarterback will come from the 2018 NFL Draft.

I think everyone around the game understands what a good player he is and what a big-time money player he’s become, Boone said.

Stanton starred in last Thursday’s opening win at Toronto, homering twice. But he struck out three times against Chris Archer and once each when facing Austin Pruitt (1-1) and Sergio Romo. Stanton was booed in the eighth inning after the first five-strikeout game of his 11-season professional career.

I was awful today, he said. You put up a performance like that, you should get some boos.

Gregorius was asked to think back to April 2015, when he hit .206 in his first month with the Yankees and made several errors and baserunning blunders in his first month. Fans taunted him by chanting Jeter’s name.

The reason why they boo you, because they want you to do good. It’s not because they hate you, Gregorius said. It’s a bad day today, but tomorrow if he gets five home runs, everybody’s going to forget about it.

However, if it takes additional first-rounders on top of the pair in 2018, the offer suddenly isn’t all that attractive for the Bills. Even if it means moving all the way up to second overall, no quarterback in this year’s draft class is worth three firsts.

The McCarron signing offers the Bills some semblance of a safety net—a Plan B if they aren’t able to move up.

They shouldn’t be afraid to use it.

The problem is that the Rams have now used their top two picks in this draft on wideouts, given that the first-rounder is going to New England and their second-round pick was shipped off to Buffalo in the Watkins deal. They’ve traded a first-round pick for one year of Cooks at $8.5 million and the right to franchise him in 2019 or pay him a market value deal. (Franchising him would also take the tag off the table for Aaron Donald, increasing Donald’s leverage.) Nobody can question the star power the Rams currently possess, but this is a team with little depth at a number of key positions and major question marks at positions like tight end and edge rusher. Those draft picks could have helped.patriots_038