Rob Gronkowski commits to 2018 season with Patriots

Rob Gronkowski isn’t calling it quits just yet.

The subject of retirement and trade rumors this offseason, the Patriots tight end committed to the 2018 season with New England during a meeting with coach Bill Belichick Tuesday.

Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski and his agent Drew Rosenhaus met today with Bill Belichick, and told him that Gronkowski is playing this season for the Patriots.

“It was very positive and Rob is committed,” Rosenhaus said.

Manfred tries to visit as many big league teams as he can each season and, having not been to Toronto last year, was eager to come early this season. The timing of his trip was unrelated to Monday’s deadly attack in Toronto in which 10 people were killed and 14 injured when a driver deliberately struck pedestrians with a van along a busy sidewalk.

“All of us at Major League Baseball were devastated,” Manfred said. “You were in our thoughts all day yesterday and will remain there for some time. I hope that maybe our game tonight will provide a little bit of the beginning of a healing process that will be important for this city.”

A blue banner reading #TORONTOSTRONG was hung from the second deck in center field before Tuesday night’s game, Toronto’s first since the deadly incident. Similar signs were hung on the wall behind home plate, and the team honored the victims and first responders who helped at the scene of the attack before the first pitch.

In addition to Darnold, how many quarterbacks will go in Round 1? Oddsmakers released that prop bet in addition to many others ahead of the NFL Draft later this week, via BetOnline.

AJ Mass: I wrote a bit about Baez and his strong start to 2018 Thursday and how I don’t want to give too much weight to his early-season success. After all, through the first 14 games of 2018, Baez was batting just .191 with a 27.7 strikeout rate. His rise on the Player Rater has really come primarily from what he’s done over the past eight games, hitting .459 with a 16.2 strikeout rate.

True, Baez has shown unusual (for him) power this season, with 7 HR and 24 RBIs on the year, but that may also prove to be streaky as all of the homers and 19 of those RBIs fell in a 10-game stretch from April 10-22. His fly ball rate (36.5 percent) is currently well in line with previous seasons, but the 30.4 HR/FB rate is not sustainable. I expect a .275 season with at most 30 HR and 80 RBIs — and more likely 25 and 70. That’s good for a top-10 finish at his position and perhaps top-75 overall on the ESPN Player Rater, but not much more than that.dolphins_090

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It takes time and effort. You have to get to know your teammates. In college it took over three years to develop some of these relationships. They need to understand how invested you are so that once it comes down to those crucial moments in a season, when you say something it comes from a place of understanding and respect for how much I have put in the offseason. . . .

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Whether it’s been taking some risks on players with character concerns, injury concerns or other issues, the Seahawks have not gotten the return on investment from their draft choices over the last several years they would have liked. Frank Clark, Tyler Lockett, Justin Britt, Luke Willson and others have become quality starters and contributors and the jury is still out on some players from last year’s class, but they haven’t been hitting at nearly the same rate they did early on in their tenure. That led to a refining of the process.

At some point, the character stuff, there’s red flags usually on everybody but what happens is you end up kind of ignoring some of those red flags if you feel like you have a specific need or a fit for a player. I think it’s happened in the past, it will probably happen in the future but you just want to limit those, Schneider said.

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Buccaneers take Washington DT Vita Vea with 12th overall pick

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to trade back five spots in the first round and still get one of the top defensive linemen in this year’s class.
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With the 12th overall pick, the Buccaneers took Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea.

Vea is a bowling ball of a tackle that can force double teams up front and still manages to be effective in rushing the passer from the interior. He has exceptional quickness despite his 6-foot-4, 347-pound frame and caused havoc for offensive lines in the Pac-12.

Yeah, it’s a big decision, but as long as you’ve done your homework and turned all the rocks over, you will come to the right answer.

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A day after The Post’s Andrew Marchand reported that a desperate Francesa was trying to work his way back to WFAN, the broadcasting legend confirmed his intentions to Newsday.

Ward had 15 passes defensed and two interceptions last season as a junior and then impressed even more at the combine with a 4.31 in the 40-yard dash with a broad jump of 11 feet, 4 inches and a 39-inch vertical jump.
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Over the past 40 years, some of the NFL’s all-time greats have come from the third pick, as have some of the league’s biggest draft busts.

After trading up from the sixth pick, the Jets are hoping to land in the first category.

One silver Darius Butler Authentic Jersey lining for the Jets: There’s actually a slightly better success rate (56.4 percent) for teams from the third position than at No. 2 (51.3 percent), as detailed in The Post on Monday.

If Gang Green does as expected and uses the pick on a quarterback, it has been a mixed bag. Matt Ryan (Falcons) and Steve McNair (Titans) took their teams to the Super Bowl after being drafted third, but the names Akili Smith, Joey Harrington and Health Shuler still cause nightmares for fans of their unfortunate teams.

Exactly where do the deer and the antelope play? Do you have to buy PSLs?

And why expel Russian diplomats? Do them worse: Make them pay their parking tickets.
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He’s women’s college basketball’s version of Vlad the Impaler. And he’s here to punish you 鈥?stomp you when you’re already thoroughly beaten 鈥?in the names of the University of Connecticut and NCAA student athletics.

The only thing worse than a bad loser is a bad winner, and Auriemma specializes in annihilations and humiliations. Why win by 40, 50, 60 when you can win by 70, 80, 88, making your opponents appear as small and as worthless as possible?

But according to Auriemma, those who would dare fault his winning methods are dopes. Then I’m a dope, proud of it, too.

Saturday, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, UConn, playing at home, did what it does under Auriemma: It pulverized its opponent. Yet even by Auriemmea’s long-established standards, this one was extra twisted.

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But recently, teams have shown running backs can be worth those premium picks. Gurley has excelled for the Rams. Elliott helped the Cowboys to the playoffs as a rookie. Fournette and McCaffrey each played key roles for playoff teams last year with the Jaguars and Panthers, respectively.

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Yankees drop Blue Jays in Gleyber Torres’ debut

Gleyber Torres  turned his head and looked up. Each time the wave would make its way around the upper deck and to his left, Torres would take a brief moment to stare from second base, reveling in his first visuals of the major leagues.

He’ll want to remember that. He’ll want to remember his first roll call from the Bleacher Creatures, too, and the thunderous applause he got each time he walked to the plate.

Udoka reflected on the best moment of his coaching career so far: “The [finals] one after Miami came back, obviously that was special based on the previous year and how heartbreaking it was. We were basically on a mission. To do that against Miami was even more sweet.

“What I love about Pop, [on] the first day of training camp we watched the video and he said, ‘This is what happened, we’re not running from it and we’re gonna use it as motivation and fuel throughout the whole year’.

“That was a great thing to do, not hide from it. We owned the loss and saw the things we could have done to obviously win that championship. To carry that motivation throughout the whole year, and use it against the team that beat you, was great.”

The 25-year-old has logged 177 total tackles, 24 passes defensed and two interceptions (one for a touchdown) and two forced fumbles in his three-year career.

By 1996, with Cleveland, Albert Belle had firmly established himself as both an MLB slugger and an insufferable human.

But that didn’t prevent HBO from exercising its habit of throwing money at Spike Lee to produce predictable documentaries. Lee presented Belle as a good guy misrepresented by racist media.

It was an absurd, inflammatory, baseless, wishful take then, and, given Belle’s latest arrest — this week for DUI and indecent exposure — it remains one.

It’ll be interesting to see how Aaron Boone and the YES crew react when Giancarlo Stanton does what he often does: Posing home runs into singles. ESPN’s reel of his plate-posing doesn’t show whether he guessed right, whisteelers_123le John Sterling and S uzyn Waldman can ignore it — we can’t see on radio.

With Kansas in the Final Four on Saturday, name the only losing basketball coach in the school’s history. Answer, below.

Nick Foles: I would love the opportunity to be a starter again

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And with most of the chairs filled around the league (at least until next week’s draft), it’s likely that they’re willing to keep him. But if a late injury comes up, there’s still a possibility someone gets desperate and makes a Sam Bradford-like call, at which point they’d have to listen.

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Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead just 38 seconds into the third with a shot from the left circle that squeezed between Schneider’s arm and body and dribbled into the net. It was his first goal of the series.

Tampa Bay, which never trailed in winning the first two games, took the lead again 42 seconds into the second period on Killorn’s third power-play goal of the series and fourth overall. Kucherov sent a pass from behind the goal line that Killorn redirected into the net before Schneider could move.

Hall tied the game 1-all with an unassisted goal at 12:24. Vasilevskiy made an excellent stop on a shot from near the blue line by Kyle Palmieri. The puck was misplayed by the Lightning and went to Hall between the circles and he ripped a shot past Vasilevskiy.

Hall could have had more. He hit the crossbar on a first-period breakaway.

Source: Kenny Smith, who has never coached in the NBA, to interview with Knicks

TNT analyst Kenny Smith will interview for the New York Knicks’ head-coaching job on Friday, a source told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.
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Erin Popovich, the wife of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died early Wednesday at age 67. She had been battling an illness for an extended period.
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Hopefully it’s a more confident presentation, but hopefully it’s still rooted in what I have circulating around in my head, these voices of my youth, that we’re my heroes, they still are. I hope I’m a composite of some of these men we talked about. And please do note for me there were many others that I didn’t get a chance to comment on. I hope that I am representing them in a way that would make them proud. I feel their presence, I do. I feel them peering over my shoulder figuratively. I feel them watching.

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The lawyers will figure it out.

He was just telling me I don’t know what you’ve been through in the past, but basically we get the job done here, Patterson said. We’re gonna make you the player you should be.

Patterson faded in and out of the offensive plans with both the Vikings and Raiders and Belichick’s comment suggests the team sees room for further growth on that front.

Patterson didn’t say what role was laid out during his discussions with Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He did say that his response to what he does well was to say just put me on the field and everything else will just take care of itself.

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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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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.