Cardinals putting together health plan for Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford didn’t work outside with his new teammates Tuesday, instead staying inside to meet with the Cardinals’ medical and training staff to formulate a plan to keep him healthy.

“We’ll identify what Sam needs to do, and put him on a program that’s based on him, the individual,” strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris said, via Darren Urban of the team website. “We like to individualize a lot around here.”

Morris said he talked with “everybody that’s ever trained” Bradford as well as the quarterback’s current physical therapist.

“I think we’ve got a great plan between myself, Tom Reed [the team’s head athletic trainer] and obviously Sam, just like we did for Carson [Palmer] a couple years ago,” Morris added. “I get tired of people telling me what I can’t do. I worry about what I can do. So we’re going to focus on what we can do with Sam, and we’re going to put him in a position to achieve optimal levels and put him in the best possible position to help us win football games.

Ware, 35, retired after the 2016 season, walking away with 138.5 sacks in his 12-year career.

“I miss the game, but I’ve hung my cleats up and put a suit on, so I’ve got a new uniform,” said Ware, who is representing the Cowboys as a NFL Draft Community Ambassador.

Ware, though, does want to coach. He has worked with some of the Cowboys’ pass-rushers in the past and hopes to continue in that role.

With the calendar flipped this weekend, the 2018 NFL Draft evaluation process is about to enter its final phase before the April 26-28 annual selection meeting.

There are only a few pro days on college campuses left on the schedule this week, and most of the high-profile workouts have already come and gone.

Otherwise, teams are bringing a few players in for visits to their facility (maximum of 30), and are working to finalize their draft boards. And also gossiping, and lying, and sending out smokescreens. Because that’s the bulk of what’s happening over the next three and a half weeks.
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Blue Jays look into future as Guerrero, Bichette, Alford star in 9-3 Grapefruit win

It was only a spring training game on March 8 in Sarasota, but it was also a glimpse into the future for the Blue Jays. And what a vision it was.

The top two prospects in the Jays system went to work again the following pair of innings. In the eight inning, Bichette drove Roemon Fields home with a ribby single — though he was thrown out trying to advance to second on the play. Then in the ninth, Guerrero led off with an opposite field single to right, eventually scoring on a Jonathan Davis RBI double.

Alford’s three-hit day lifted his spring batting average to .364 and his OPS to 1.166. Five of Alford’s eight hits this spring have been for extra bases.

As far as things that affect the present big league club more directly, the best news Thursday was a solid, blister-free three innings from Aaron Sanchez.

The Jays right-hander allowed one run and four hits while striking out five and walking one. Afterwards, Sanchez told reporters he did not want to show a division rival too much of what they might see during the regular season, but was pleased overall with the outing, his third of the spring.

“There was a lot of weak contact,” said Sanchez. “It was a pretty good day.”

Sanchez has struck out nine batters in seven innings, so far, this spring.

Why did the Browns trade Kizer? As a rookie, Kizer struggled badly in Cleveland. He threw 22 interceptions, tanking an offense that had a good offensive line and decent rushing attack.

It was rough to watch .

It also meant there was just no way the Browns planned on allowing Kizer to be a starter for the team again. Cleveland will probably start Taylor in 2018 and is almost definitely going to add a rookie quarterback who can learn behind him.

If the top four QBs are gone, don’t be surprised if the Cardinals try to trade down with the intent of getting Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph later in Round 1?or early in Round 2. If they stay here, they should not?be disappointed in getting?the best offensive tackle in the draft. Williams has a good combination of technique and power, making him equally adept in pass protection and run blocking. seahawks_001_4c9c0fd0ee94bd6a-180x180

LeBron James trade rumors: Cavaliers star won’t waive no-trade clause

LeBron James isn’t leaving Cleveland — at least not yet.

The Cavaliers star won’t waive his no-trade clause, according to Yahoo Sports, as other teams have apparently looked into the possibility.

James signed a three-year, $100 million deal following the Cavaliers’ 2016 championship win, but can opt out at season’s end. He still seems committed to at least one more run at a title with Cleveland.

Is he holding pressers?Jenkins is a threat to steal a base every time he’s on.Fort Plain Dillenbeck , Florian , Hisert , D.guarantees that our prices are the lowest you’ll find anywhere online.He has 4 wheels to go along with his 6-foot-6-pound frame, but caught only one pass 16 as a rookie.Portis just wants to shower and dress.

The jury did not buy that, however, and after the Knicks were found culpable (the jury was split on whether Thomas should have paid), Browne Sanders agreed to an $11.6 million settlement. Even as the settlement was underway, though, the organization continued to trash Browne Sanders and claim innocence.

PowerPlay Forward Lineup #1 – Toews, Cammalleri, Kessel are on ice for Predators.What about Imoan Claiborne from State, LA?Only by constant refinement, by qualifying for the Atonement through and obedience, can I walk that path.

After former teammate Show died of a drug overdose, Gwynn couldnt attend the funeral even after being asked to be there by Shows wife.His efforts helped the Patriots to the AFC Championship again, only to lose to the Denver Broncos 16.But as the Steelers opened their first week of regular practice, was named the first-string strong safety.This year, he’s going to get into the historical ledger at some point, even if his role is yet to be determined.

And somehow as I started to talk about Colon being the loneliest the world, I thought, Oh, Vin said something like that.Green plays a position where you have to make tough catches the middle of the field repeatedly and be able to take a hit.His fluidity coverage is the first place to start.He ranked No.His parents were ardent Democrats, but Rendon was mostly apathetic – politically and academically.

While he has a decent first step, can carve out space at the rim with good upper body strength and is a creative finisher around the basket, he lacks the necessary advanced dribble moves to separate from quality defenders on a consistent basis. Those may come in time, as he does do a good job of getting his shoulders low relative to his defender.

Additionally, his ability to make tough shots is a boon here. NBA offenses aren’t always capable of generating the perfect shot, so when things break down, having a player like Porter can be useful as the shot clock ticks.
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LeBron creates a statistical category all his own to close out historic month

“My teammates are making shots … and I couldn’t do that without them,” James said at Tuesday’s shootaround when asked about the approaching accomplishment. “I just try to put the ball on time and on target, if it’s a cross-court pass to a shooter or an outlet pass to a streaking runner or a lob to one of my bigs. They actually have to make the shot for it to become an assist.

“Rebounding for me has always been instinctual. I’m not a big boxout guy; I’ve always kind of used my instincts and seeing the ball if it’s coming off the rim, how it’s coming off the backboard or off the guy’s hands and just try to use my athleticism to get the rebounds.”

With 20-plus points on Tuesday, James tied Michael Jordan for fourth place on the all-time list of 20-point performances with 926.

“Wow,” Lue said of James. “Hell of a achievement. I mean, yeah, especially coming into the league he’s a pass-first guy. Unselfish. To score 30,000 points in elite company — but to do all the other things he does shows he’s a complete all-around player and probably one of the best our game has seen as far as all-around passing, dribbling, powerful, shooting the basketball, scoring. Just a great player.”

“Listen, man. I can’t even talk about that,” he said. “Me and my mom was poor, I’ll tell you that, and they expected me to step foot on a college campus and not to go to the NBA? We weren’t going to be poor for long, I’ll tell you that.”

James would like to see the NBA expand the G-League into a farm system, an idea he wants to discuss with commissioner Adam Silver.

CLOSE, BUT…

The Thunder opened the final quarter with a 10-2 run to lead 107-101 on Raymond Felton’s 3. Booker’s 14-footer at the shot-clock buzzer tied it at 110 with 4:48 remaining.

“I think we probably fatigued a little bit,” Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. “I don’t know if our guys are used to playing at that level for that long of a period of time, but that’s what we’ll get to.”
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After the Thursday vigil, Rizzo met with families of victims and visited with other survivors at a local hospital.

Rizzo stressed that he doesn’t have all the answers, as he’s just a baseball player, but it’s obvious to him things can’t go on as they are.

I said there needs to be change, but I don’t know what the change needs to be, Rizzo explained. I think it’s good for the kids to go out and show they have a voice. For them to be outspoken about it, it shows they’re not going to sit back and be another statistic.

He returned to the Cubs this past weekend to begin spring training, but he says his heart will always be in Parkland.

After hosting Oregon on Saturday, the Bruins play their final three games in hostile environments, starting with the daunting Utah-Colorado trip and a finale at archrival USC. With wins over all three of those foes currently qualifying for Group 1 status, Steve Alford’s squad can put itself in great position by taking two out of three.

Honestly, the Atlantic 10’s struggles have negatively impacted the Bonnies’ hopes. With only St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island ranking in the RPI top 50, and only Davidson joining the pair in the top 100, quality win opportunities in the league are almost non-existent. And it doesn’t help that none of the Bonnies’ top four victories — Buffalo, Vermont, Syracuse and Maryland — is guaranteed to be in the field as of right now. This is why defeating URI at the Reilly Center is absolutely vital for Mark Schmidt’s squad’s chances.

The Tigers gave Martinez a four-year, $68 million deal after that season, but they haven’t made the playoffs since. Martinez struggled to a .245 average in 2015 before bouncing back (.289, 27 HRs) in 2016. Then last year, he hit .255 with 10 home runs in 107 games — and the concerns about his offensive numbers were nothing compared to the health issues he ended up facing.

As you read this, whether you do so soon after this is sent out to the Say Hey, Baseball mailing list and posted to SB Nation’s MLB page or well into spring training, there will likely be upwards of 100 free agents at the training camp in Bradenton, Fla. put on by the MLB Players Association. Some signed players may attend in solidarity. Scott Boras clients won’t attend, as they have their own facility provided by the agent. The camp remains a manifestation of the offseason’s screwy economics, and the number of seemingly deserving players are out of a fair-paying job because of it.bears_001

That trend continued with this year’s first hire, as the Jacksonville Jaguars promoted interim coach and former offensive assistant Doug Marrone.

With the Steelers, Patriots and Chiefs firmly entrenched atop their divisions, the only division race that looks remotely competitive right now is the AFC South, where both the Jaguars and Titans sit at 6-3. Now I’m not going to say Jacksonville will finish 12-4 and perhaps bump someone out of a playoff bye, but look at the Jags’ remaining schedule: at Browns, at Cardinals, Colts, Seahawks, Texans, at 49ers, at Titans. Take away Seattle and the New Year’s Eve finale at Tennessee, and that’s a ghastly assortment of middling-to-bad NFL teams.

Tesfatsion: I’m leaning toward Haason Reddick or Christian McCaffrey, but I’m not even sure if either player will be available with the 17th overall pick now. This is going to be a crazy first round. Everyone expects the Browns to pick Myles Garrett with the first overall pick, and they should. I have no clue on how the draft plays out from there, which should make things interesting throughout the night, and it makes it difficult to pick just one player. You almost have to pick at least three. What about you?

Jones: I like Reddick, but also like Reuben Foster, if he’s still there. It’s impossible to really know. Some projections have him going in the top 10, others have him lasting until the early 20s. I feel like the Redskins have to use this pick — and probably their first three picks — to get significantly better on defense.

Joseph spent this season as Gase’s defensive coordinator in Miami. The Dolphins ranked only 29th in the NFL in total defense. And Joseph’s defense did not fare particularly well in Sunday’s 30-12 defeat at Pittsburgh in the opening round of the AFC playoffs.

But Joseph’s reputation as a rising star in the coaching ranks went mostly unaffected. Broncos front office chief John Elway seemed to zero in on Joseph and Shanahan after also interviewing Kansas City’s special teams coordinator, Dave Toub. When Joseph did not leave for a planned interview with the Chargers, it was clear that Elway had settled on his man.
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NFL playoffs: Picks, odds for Falcons vs. Rams wild-card game in L.A.

Defending NFC champs against biggest one-season turnaround in the NFL? Yes, please.

Phillips will set up his secondary to contain Julio Jones with varied coverage looks and make Ryan beat them with other guys. Meanwhile, McVay, as he usually does, will get Goff focused on the best matchups, working on the advantages for the inside, intermediate passing game with Gurley and rookie slot wideout Cooper Kupp.

Quinn has made sure his team has become physically and mentally tougher to respond to adversity. The Falcons were overlooked between the Cowboys, Seahawks and Packers in last year’s NFC playoffs, but it didn’t matter to them one bit. In that sense, they already are prepared to thrive as big underdogs.

With him, Schneider pushed to the and kicked him at least 30 times with steel-toed boots while begged for his life, according to court documents.Right behind Hooker is cornerback Marshon Lattimore at number three overall.Bortles spoke highly of the group now under the direction of Marrone, who was hired to run the offensive line after being the head coach of the Buffalo Bills the previous two seasons.

The Falcons are looking to get to their third conference championship game since 2012, while the Eagles are looking to get to their first since the Donovan McNabb era in 2008.

Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant hit four field goals in his team’s win last week, becoming the third kicker in league history to do so in a playoff game at age 40-or-older.

Philadelphia defensive end Brandon Graham led the team with 9 1/2 sacks in 2017. He had recorded more than six sacks just once in his first seven years in the NFL.

The Patriots went 13-3 and have homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. It’s the 15th straight winning season for the Patriots, who have won at least 12 games an NFL record eight straight years.

Created in 2003 and named after late Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, the Rooney Rule seeks to create more diversity in the NFL coaching ranks by requiring teams to interview minority candidates. There have been cases in the past where teams skirted the rule by interviewing people before settling on the coach they wanted all along, which can lead to fewer minorities getting a serious chance to get a head coaching job. Currently, only six of 32 NFL head coaches are African-American, and there is just one Latino head coach.patriots_019_eb686dcf5e2c16fc-180x180

Giants coach Ben McAdoo: No regrets about Eli Manning benching

Giants coach Ben McAdoo insists he has no regrets about how the benching of Eli Manning was handled and he’s “on the same page” as team co-owner John Mara.

Detroit began this season 3-1 but have lost their last two games — both critical to the playoff race — without ever holding a lead. The Lions have also had issues getting the right number of players on the field, putting 10 men on defense for a Minnesota Vikings touchdown on Thanksgiving and nine men on a critical third down in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Garoppolo again showed that he could be the answer for the 49ers (3-10) at quarterback, going 20 of 33 in his second start for the team. Acquired before the trade deadline from New England, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards in his debut with the team last week to help the 49ers to a 15-14 win at Chicago.

DeAndre Hopkins had 149 yards receiving and two touchdowns, but lost a fumble in the fourth quarter with the Texans down by 7 . San Francisco added 41-yard field goal after that to secure the victory.

T.J. Yates threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns after Tom Savage left with a concussion in the second quarter. Texans (4-9) lost their third straight and sixth in seven games.

Jim Caldwell’s contract contains a guarantee for 2018 only, with the Lions having the option to extend the deal, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Caldwell’s job was in question at the end of the 2016 season, when the Lions lost three straight games to close the regular season, but still made the playoffs because Washington lost in Week 17. The Lions were then blown out by the Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round.panthers_022

Lynch stood for the Mexican national anthem

Marshawn Lynch — as he’s done for the duration of the NFL season — sat for the national anthem prior to the Raiders’ game against the Patriots in Mexico City.

I remember going to signings with the Edmonton Oilers at West End Mall and trying to get all the autographs.He processes pretty well.However, they were eliminated by the Detroit Pistons, 4., 35, is a Capitol graduate who also was part of the staff.

It’s exclamation point; just a great effort from top to bottom.Or do you want to have them beat you like they did, on your home court?’ Repeating this performance: When we show the video of this, it won’t be the shots.I have a dog grooming business on Ainsworth and Mississippi.He’ll keep learning.

Sunday night’s total is set at 43.5. The UNDER is 8-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 10 games as a betting favorite.

This will be the first time since 2010 that the Packers have been a double-digit underdog. Green Bay is 0-6 SU and 2-3-1 ATS in its last six games as a double-digit dog, and the fate of this game will likely lie on the defense. The Packers won’t be able to put up many points on this Steelers defense, so it will be up to their defense to prevent this game from getting out of hand.

I’d say since Maddux, Biggio, Bagwell and Piazza are all no-brainers compared to him.The couple had two children, daughter 1998 and II 2000.He’s coming off a loss to the Clippers, which he scored 18 points with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks.The Jets are likely to have plenty of upheaval on their roster the offseason.I told Jay kind of what happened to make me even want to tee off on the , Hall says.Only four players from the 2007 draft have scored more goals and the only players with a greater points per game are Kane and Jamie Benn.like usual.orioles_001

The wrestling scene has welcomed back a familiar face in Teddy Hart.

The former prodigy, who is the nephew of Bret “The Hitman” Hart, wrestled his first match in a WWF ring at the age of 16 during a house show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Hart’s two-plus decades in wrestling have seen him grapple with tragedy, success, and controversy, but wrestling remains a better place with a clear-minded Teddy Hart in the ring.

At one point, as Taylor rose from the turf, Schulte dug his knee between the linebacker’s face mask, seemingly in an attempt to break his nose. Taylor ended up with two sacks in the game and countless more hits on McClure, a disruptive performance that Giants owner Wellington Mara later called the best of Taylor’s career.

Cam can do the curmudgeon thing full-time if he wants, but from what I can tell that’s not him and if it was him he wouldn’t have these opportunities off the field.

He is an absolutely magnetic personality; I’ve only been in this industry for a decade-plus and I’ve only been around Cam for two days (for a TV show, at that), but I’ve never seen anyone else like him (Karl-Anthony Towns is the only one who comes close). If you put him in a room of 100 people, spread across demographics, and told him he had 20 minutes to make every one of them smile, he could do it with about 12 minutes to spare. That’s why it’s so jarring when he gets into these press conferences and goes positively turdular for—as far as most of us can tell—no good reason.

So, sure, Cam can go the Belichick route, but if he does he’s really got to go the Belichick route 24/7. (And, just a reminder: Belichick’s approach wasn’t charming until he started winning Super Bowl rings on a fairly consistent basis.)
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