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NBA Draft 2017: First-round picks still fighting for position in latest prospect rankings

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With NBA Draft day on June 22 quickly approaching, members of the talented 2017 draft class have limited opportunities left to prove they are worth a first-round selection.
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While top players like Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson and Lonzo Ball are likely locks for top-five picks in some order, pre-draft workouts and interviews will still be valuable for many with questions left to answer. Here’s how version 7.0 of Sporting News’ Big Board prospect rankings looks with less than a month to go until NBA commissioner Adam Silver starts announcing draft picks.

Because of the luxury tax, the Cavs have very limited ability to add much in the offseason. They’ll need to find veteran players willing to give up some money to sign small, one-year deals in order to have a chance at a championship. Allen might well stay put in Memphis, but he would be perfect off the bench for the Cavs, providing a defensive weapon against a wing star like Durant who could give James a break. Tucker would add some depth to that fight.

Cleveland also has a question at backup point guard, where Deron Williams was erratic in the postseason. They might not be able to get much better than Williams if he is willing to stay, but a guy like Darren Collison could be a fit if they move on. There will be talk about possible trades of Kevin Love, but that remains a long shot.

James worked on his eighth straight season of leading the NBA in VORP (value over replacement player), while Wade needed help to add to his previous King-less ring. They were 1-2 for Miami in both points and assists while also playing terrific defense. They came through in a tough pair of NBA Finals battles with the Thunder and Spurs with James leading as series MVP twice.
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For all the heat James got for wanting to play with Wade and Chris Bosh, the level of individual results that added up to ultimate team success lived up to expectations in Miami.

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Yet quarterbacks have lifted up more than their share of good-not-great receiver groups.

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In recent years, EA Sports has been adding stadiums to Madden NFL one year prior to their openings. In Madden 25 (2013), it was the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, which opened for the 2014 season. In Madden 16 (2015), it was the Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened this season. The LA Coliseum was added to Madden 17 for the Rams, and next season’s Mercedes Benz Stadium for the Falcons also was added. Should that trend continue, the new Inglewood stadium will first be seen in the 2018 release of Madden NFL 19.

It’s extremely rare for a league-licensed sports game to change as dramatically as having a team relocate or having an expansion take place, and even new stadiums don’t come around every year, so they become intriguing changes and additions for consumers to look forward to and play around with when they do. They also turn the previous editions of a video game series into somewhat of a collector’s item. The Chargers will make it back-to-back editions of Madden with a franchise move and, potentially, newly rendered stadium in the StubHub Center to play in for the next two years.

Remember, of course, that the Packers made the playoffs last year and won a wild-card game without Nelson at all, and made it to overtime against the Cardinals without Cobb for some three-quarters of that game.

The best of this era still depend largely on the cream of the crop to catch the ball, the aforementioned Brown and Jones being the current examples. Peyton Manning never went long in his career, if ever, without elite receivers.

Yet quarterbacks have lifted up more than their share of good-not-great receiver groups. The Seahawksreceivers used slights against their abilities as motivation when they and Russell Wilson won the Super Bowl three years ago, and last week Wilson was still throwing to players a level below. Jimmy Graham has still spent most of his two seasons there injured or returning to form from injury. jays_1232_dd5700fd830b85af-180x180

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Twitter laughs at Tom Brady’s gigantic warming coat

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Tom Brady was wearing a gigantic warming coat on the sideline of Sunday’s AFC championship game.
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With temperatures around 40 degrees in Foxborough, it’s understandable that the Patriots quarterback wanted to escape the cold.

Who cares what (Joe Theismann) thinks Everyone from DMV knows he is one of the most arrogant people ever. His opinion has no value. Story time about my trip to a Redskins game. The game was over we got lost and ran into the players lot. I saw some crazy cars and what I know now as the autograph dudes just chillin. One of them told me and my little bro to wait and the players will come by and we could need them so we did. The first person was… Joe Theisman.

Whenever he goes out and he plays and he controls his emotions, he’s huge for that team. But when he goes out and he allows his emotions to get the best of him, he’s a cancer for that football team and you can see it, it’s evident.

Davis cited last season’s incident between Beckham and then-teammate Josh Norman.

Game Gary Zimmerman Jersey Beckham was ultimately suspended one game for his antics, but Norman was not innocent either.

When we played him, you could see him and Josh going back and forth, you could see that the whole team was getting caught up in that and they wasn’t focused in the first half, that’s why we were able to jump out to a big lead, Davis said of the Panthers’ 38-35 win over the Giants in 2015. They kinda settled down later in the second half in the football game and they were able to come back. It was just really evident that they were not a focused bunch when he was doing all of that.

After getting off to a slow start, Beckham finished the 2016 regular season with 101 receptions for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns.

While Beckham may be difficult to gauge on a weekly basis, a statement like this may have said more about Beckham had it been one of his teammates saying it.

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Bills fail to return kickoff, give up incredibly stupid TD

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The Bills may have already locked up Worst Play of the Year for 2017.

In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between AFC East basement dwellers, the Jets kicked off to the Bills following a Nick Folk field goal. Folk booted the ball high and short, and the Bills let it bounce near the 15-yard line.

Here’s where things got weird: Bills return manMike Gillisleeretreated toward the end zone to pick up the ball or so we all assumed. Gillislee stopped and watched the ball trickle into the end zone, then Doug Middleton dove on it for one of the easiest touchdowns in football history.

A couple years ago, Tanner Houck was in the conversation about guys who could potentially be the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, but his time at Mizzou wasn’t always smooth. Still, the fastball plays and the Red Sox decided he was worth a first-round pick this time around. The raw stuff is still there, and if he harnesses that stuff, the Red Sox could have a steal here.

The end of a relatively uneventful first quarter. The period ended with a sack of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, which might be considered a microcosm for Green Bay. New York at the time had a 105-7 advantage in total yards, and Rodgers had completed just 3 of 7 passes for 19 yards with two sacks. The Giants looked like the better team in almost all aspects after one quarter.
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The Giants, after passing on a potential field-goal opportunity and electing to punt on their first drive of the game, went for the three points after their second drive stalled at the Packers’ 8-yard line. Robbie Gould’s 26-yarder was good. The nine-play drive took 3:34 off the clock. 3-0, Giants.

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David Price has another reason to be angry as Yankees rout Red Sox

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Limited Anthony Morrow Jersey If David Price was mad before Thursday’s game against the Yankees, he’s probably livid now.

Gary Sanchez homered twice as New York drilled Price a night after the Boston southpaw had an angry exchange with a reporter. According to multiple reports, Price swore at a Red Sox beat writer and then others when they asked to interview him after Wednesday night’s game.

Could the incident have factored into Thursday’s 9-1 Yankees win over the Red Sox? Perhaps, but Price has struggled against the Bronx Bombers of late. Price was tagged for six runs on eight hits and four walks in five innings. The Yankees have scored at least five runs in five of six games against Price since the start of 2016. In fact, he is 1-4 with an 8.31 ERA against them in that stretch.

More embarrassment could be coming for Price, after Red Sox manager John Farrell said his outburst at a reporter would be handled at some point after Thursday. Price told another reporter that he will speak to the Boston media only after his starts going forward.

He basically had this entire system based on throwing more often, with less exertion and (with more) changing speeds, Mazzone said. He didn’t care how hard a guy threw and I didn’t care how hard a guy threw.

Sain eschewed much of the conventional pitching wisdom in baseball, such as flat-footed long-tossing by pitchers from the foul line to the middle of the outfield. Mazzone despises this practice to this day.
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You practice your craft at 60 feet, 6 inches going downhill to a catcher, he said.

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Redskins’ Vernon Davis hopes to ride curling hobby to 2018 Winter Olympics

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Redskins tight end Vernon Davis has spent part of his offseason a little differently than most NFL stars.

Instead of vacationing on a lush island beach, Davis has been training in a different sport: curling. And Davis is hopeful to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang as a guest of the USA Curling team.

“I love the sport of curling because it’s just you and the stone and the broom,” Davis told ESPN’s The Undefeated. “You have to have a still mind, a calm mind. Just like anything else, like when it comes to football. The mind-set has to be still.”

Thomas, himself a two-time Pro Bowler and one of the league’s best tight ends in 2013 and ‘14, is coming off a season where he caught 30 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns in Jacksonville. He would help a Dolphins team that has two free agents at the position (Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims).

“My tenure in Miami, I served my purpose,” Albert told the Sun Sentinel. “I was brought here to help change the culture and I believe I did that. Now the team is on a winning path and I leave my mark on the people I was supposed to leave it with, the youngsters on the team.”

“Nobody on this team is selfish. We’re a family out here and we have each other’s backs through thick and thin,” Blount said. “No matter who is going to get the rock, who’s playing the most, it’s always going to be our group that supports each other.”

White was called upon to Do His Job a little bit more than usual. Belichick, as he does with with every one of his players, had full trust to thrust White into a very important role.

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The Jets made a big commitment with $39 million in guarantees

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Authentic Derek Rivers Jersey Julio Jones made some spectacular receptions and was a factor in the game with his 87 receiving yards, but maybe Matt Ryan should have looked his way some more. The talented wideout caught all four of his targets, but those four looks were the fewest Jones has seen in any game this season. Instead, tight end Austin Hooper led the team in targets with six, only catching half of the passes thrown his way.

Hindsight is 20/20, but the Falcons might be kicking themselves for not trying to look for Jones more often.

The Bears want/need to add a quarterback this offseason, as Jay Cutler isn’t the long-term answer, and they can get out of his contract as early as this year. Trubisky grew up in the midwest and can handle the Chicago conditions.

Jacksonville is loaded with talent, but it hasn’t turned into success yet. The Jaguars can continue to add to their remarkably talented defense with Hooker, who could be the second coming of Ed Reed.

The Jets made a big commitment with $39 million in guarantees, but the fairy tale has turned into a nightmare.

It was clear from the start that Revis was no longer an elite player, but the wheels came off in 2016 as teams picked on him often and with great success. Revis reportedly was out of shape and dealing with a hand injury, but many also questioned his effort on the field.

Revis has openly said his future might no longer be at cornerback, sounding like a player with one foot out the door. Revis has a cap charge of over $15 million, $6 million of which is guaranteed if he’s cut.

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DT Earl Mitchell reportedly signs four-year deal with 49ers

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Limited Womens Jarome Iginla Jersey The 49ers and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell have agreed to a four-year deal worth $16 million with $5.5 million in the first year, according to NFL Media.

Mitchell, a six-year veteran out of Arizona, was recently released by the Dolphins in an attempt to improve their salary cap standing. Mitchell was set to earn around $4 million from Miami.

There are some 鈥?including Ray Lewis 鈥?who have said the controversy surrounding that game is the only reason we know who Brady is. Raiders Hall of Fame receiver Tim Brown took a similar stance Wednesday, saying Brady isn’t a starter if he lost the game.

I tell people all the time, if Tom Brady would just start out every interview saying ‘I wanna thank the Oakland Raiders,’ I’d be happy and I’d let it go, Brown said on NFL Network. But until that day happens, I’m not gonna let it go.

Robin Lehner Limited Jersey Because think about this 鈥?if he loses that game, he’s a kid who lost a home game to a West Coast team in the snow. So he’s not starting the next year. Because we were the Raiders, any other team, that game is over. Because it was the Raiders, it took them 12 minutes to come up with an answer.

Sorry, Tim, it has been 16 years and Brady has proven he’s one of the greatest of all time. It’s time to let it go.

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Yankees’ ‘Judge’s Chambers’ could open door for these genius fan experiences

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The Judge’s Chambers are the new coolest seats in Major League Baseball, as the New York Yankees capitalized on the marketability of breakout star Aaron Judge and devoted a fan section to the rookie in right field.

We’ve seen fans start their own pop-up cheering sections, be it The King’s Court in Seattle or even the ubiquity of Dominican flags at Fenway when Pedro Martinez pitched. But rarely has a movement been team-initiated like the Judge’s Chambers, 18 seats framed by wood paneling to give that authentic Bronx courthouse feel. The team selects fans in Judge jerseys to sit in the section, where wigs and Styrofoam gavels are distributed.

Authentic O. J. Howard Jersey Jose Quintana has looked like a shadow of the pitcher that broke out last season. The White Sox hurler gave up eight runs off of eight hits in just 4 1/3 innings Wednesday, while losing 8-6 to the Diamondbacks. Quintana is now 2-6 with a 4.82 ERA this season.

Braves reliever Josh Collmenter surrendered seven runs in the 10th inning of Atlanta’s 12-5 loss to the Pirates. Over Collmenter’s last six appearances, spanning eight innings, he has allowed 15 earned runs and five homers. Collmenter’s ERA has now ballooned to 9.00 in 11 appearances this season.

One day after Max Scherzer spun a gem, teammate Stephen Strasburg struck out 15 batters in seven scoreless innings to beat the Padres 3-0 at home. Strasburg allowed just three hits while improving to 6-1 with a 2.94 ERA this season.

Continuing the run of fine pitching performances, Brewers starter Chase Anderson almost recorded the first no-hitter of the season. Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but gave up a hit to the first batter. He ended the day leading Milwaukee to a 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks by tossing seven shutout innings with just one hit and a career-high 11 strikeouts.

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The Bears signed the most free agents of any team in the league with 12.

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Safety Quintin Demps and cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper could be upgrades in the secondary. But they’re not sure things, due to age and injury concerns. Demps is 31, and Amukamara missed 26 games in five years with the Giants due to injury, and the Bears have invested $12 million in guaranteed money into them.

Cooper had four interceptions with the Cardinals — which would have accounted for half of the Bears’ total last year — and may be the playmaker the Bears have been lacking in the secondary. But he also shared a defensive backfield with Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Tony Jefferson last season.

The Bears signed the most free agents of any team in the league with 12. Though many of the signings were underwhelming, they invested a lot of money into these players.

However, one thing general manager Ryan Pace did well with the free agent signings is front-load the contracts so that if any of these guys don’t work out, the team won’t be hindered by dead money long term. Glennon is the highest-paid player on the team this season, but the way his contract is structured makes it easy for the Bears to move on to Trubisky next season.

But in an offseason where the Bears really didn’t get any game-changing playmakers, it’s hard to imagine they did enough to drastically improve on their 3-13 finish last year.

On paper, there’s a lot to like about this Texans team. Their defense is great, and should get a boost when Watt returns. They have young, promising weapons on offense, with a legitimate star in Hopkins. They have the talent to win the division and make a deep playoff run.

But Houston needs that franchise quarterback, and after years of trying to patch the position with short-term Band-Aids, the team finally made the bold move to go get one. That’s a good thing. If Watson pans out, the Texans are in good hands for the next several years.

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