NFL Draft 2018: Packers double up on CBs by selecting Josh Jackson in Round 2

The Packers doubled up on cornerbacks early in the 2018 NFL Draft, selecting Iowa’s Josh Jackson in the second round.
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Green Bay moved down 13 spots Thursday during the first round, but then moved back up to select corner Jaire Alexander out of Louisville. Friday, they added another cornerback.
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Jackson, a 6-1 jam corner, recorded eight interceptions last season for the Hawkeyes. Though he only spent one year as a starter for Iowa, he proved he could handle top competition.

Coaching. Barry Trotz’s playoff woes in Washington are well documented. He’s all but coaching for his job here. It has been widely reported that the 55-year-old does not have a contract for next season. Whether he overthought the Holtby-Grubauer decision initially or whether he played it perfectly — firing up his struggling No. 1 with a quick snub — is open to interpretation. Meanwhile, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is in a much more comfortable spot and has far less baggage to deal with. Advantage: Penguins.

Hey Dallas, the last time you were in the Super Bowl, these draft picks weren’t born, Akers bellowed amid deafening boos from Cowboys fans.

Some of you might want to check your tweets at halftime, D’Antoni joked.

Elite Womens Alex Lewis Jersey D’Antoni also kidded that the key was his halftime adjustments, but the reality is the Rockets did what they always do. They spaced the floor and put the ball in the hands of two of the NBA’s best creators. The big difference was that the shots started falling — and just like that, Houston matched its point total from the first half in a matter of 12 minutes.

A couple of looks that I had in the first half that I missed, Josh Hill Womens Jersey I was going to shoot those same shots, said Harden, who finished with 36 points, with Paul adding 25. Out of the first play of the half, coach drew up a play, and I was aggressive. Just had that mentality. Not only for myself, but Chris had that same mentality and the entire team. We’re going to shoot the 3-ball well, we’re going to be aggressive, we’re going to attack.

Harden, who missed all seven of his shots from the floor in the first quarter, didn’t hang his head when his easy floater missed to start the second half. He attacked again the next possession, getting a finger roll to fall.

Chris Harris hopes Broncos don’t draft a QB at No. 5

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Cornerback Chris Harris spoke to reporters on Tuesday and made his case for the team to look elsewhere when they are on the clock with the fifth overall pick on Thursday. With Case Keenum on board at quarterback, Harris wants someone who can play right away.

I have a lot of faith in Eli, Raines said. How many Super Bowls has he taken us to? How many MVPs does he have in the Super Bowl? I’m not worried about him.

It was hard to find anyone who thought taking a running back with the No. 2 selection was not the right move. Not when his name is Saquon Barkley. Since 2012, the Giants have used five of their six first-round picks on offensive players. Only wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has gone to the Pro Bowl. Barkley could be next.

Barkley is the guy they need, Raines said. We need more guys like [Phil] Simms, Taylor, [Carl] Banks and [Michael] Strahan. Those were the guys that had blue in their blood. I think Barkley Jake Rudock Authentic Jersey does, too.Even the Jets’ notoriously tough fans couldn’t boo Sam Darnold.

Gang Green fans jeering their picks has become a rite of passage. But with the draft in Arlington, Texas, MetLife Stadium hosted both Jets and Giants fans in a draft party Thursday night. And the Gang Green fans erupted in actual real-live cheers when their team picked Darnold third overall.

USC has also had the most first-round picks of any school since 1967, when the AFL and NFL combined their drafts. USC has had 69 first-round picks. Ohio State is next with 64, Miami has had 60, and no other school has had even 50 first-round picks in the common draft era.

The draft is about measurables and nobody has them better than Josh Allen at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Aikman said, after Buffalo’s selection. He has a rocket for an arm. I was at his Pro Day, I saw him throw it 80 yards. So that excites everybody. He’s able to make a lot of throws. When I watched him, he was great on his initial reads and when he could drive the ball he was really good. He struggled a little bit when he had to lay it in. When he had to get to his second or third receivers, it was a little problematic.

LeBron James: ‘I’m the last guy to ask’ about coming back in the playoffs

Sunday’s 98-80 loss to the Indiana Pacers put Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James in an 0-1 hole in the first round for the first time in his career.

But James projected confidence looking ahead to Game 2.

We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting, and they definitely … Like I told you guys, you always ask me, ‘Is there anything you can tell them [about the playoffs]?’ Listen, experience is the best teacher, and they got it today, James said. I think everybody is going to be a lot more calm and a lot more precise in what we want to do, too. So it’s definitely a feel-out game. We’ll see what they’re going to do.

The loss snapped a 21-game winning streak in the first round by James’ teams, dating to May 9, 2012, when the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their series.

Jordan Clarkson, making his playoff debut, was 2-for-6 from the field. Rodney Hood, making his first career playoff start, scored seven points on 3-for-7 shooting, but five of those points came in the fourth quarter with the game already out of hand.

Connolly, hoping to reach his intended target, retrieved another puck. He hit the glass, as if to say, It’s for her. The same guy caught it and gave it to the boy on the other side of her. Keelan didn’t know what to do. But Connolly did. He went back and got a third puck, pointed to her, and lofted it over the glass. The third time was the charm. The man finally gave the puck to Keelan, who was overjoyed.

The entire sequence was caught by NBC’s cameras and recapped by the broadcast team.

That father orchestrated that, because only the cute little girl was going to get it, the announcer said — apparently assuming that the man who had caught each puck was the children’s dad. He made sure all three of his kids got a puck.

Before the commentary, it was a cute moment. After the family dynamic was assumed, it went viral.

I know because I tweeted out the NHL’s footage on Monday morning at 9:43 a.m. Since then, the video has been retweeted more than 92,000 times, and has drawn more than 305,000 likes. I’ve tweeted more than 130,000 times since I joined Twitter in 2009 and this is the tweet that has had the most engagement.
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Hue Jackson: Everyone still in play for No. 1

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The Browns are a Doug Martin Womens Jersey little more than a week away from making the first selection of the 2018 NFL Draft and coach Hue Jackson said on Tuesday that nothing’s been decided about what name will be on the card they hand to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
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Fresh off the two wins in Anaheim, the Sharks were greeted by a frenzied crowd that sparked them to a fast start. Mikkel Boedker got things started when he used his speed to get around Hampus Lindholm and feed an open Couture in the slot for the tap-in into the open net.

Anaheim answered when Rakell got his first point of the series when he scored on a one-timer on the power play.

D Andy Welinski was back in the lineup for the Ducks after being scratched in Game 2 for Kevin Bieksa. … F Jason Chimera got his first action of the series for Anaheim in place of Antoine Vermette. … Sharks C Joe Thornton, who has been out since Jan. 23 with a knee injury, took part in pregame warmups once again but isn’t ready to play.

So which teams would be the best fit? That was the subject of Tuesday’s PFT Live draft.

Simms and I struggled to come up with three clear, obvious fits each. And that may have something to do with the fact that there is no clear, obvious fit 鈥?due in part to the fact that free agency unfolded for a month before Dallas dumped Dez.

For the full draft, including an unconventional move made by yours truly after securing the first pick, check out the video. And then chime in with your views regarding whether we got it right, or whether we got it wrong.

As for the acquisition of Teddy Bridgewater, Maccagnan said they are hopeful he can recover from his 2016 knee injury and return to the player he was with the Vikings before the injury. Maccagnan said there is a chance Bridgewater will be able to throw in OTAs this spring.

Christian Sam has a NFL-ready frame and the combination of skills that will make him a valuable three-down linebacker at the next level.

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He had a short outing then a couple extra days off, Green said. He’s going to be really fresh. He’s actually been on the mound twice between these two starts. So he got some extra work in. He’s not a finished product, so I think the extra work went very well. I think he’s focused and ready to pitch tomorrow.

Perdomo is 1-1 this season with a 4.91 ERA in three starts. He has allowed 16 hits and seven walks with 13 strikeouts in 11 innings. But he has allowed only one run on nine hits and three walks over seven innings in his two most recent starts.

Perdomo has had little success in his career against the Dodgers. The 24-year-old is 1-4 with an 8.40 ERA in seven games (four starts) against them. He is 10-11 with a 5.51 ERA in 32 games (25 starts) at Petco Park.
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In a perfect world, we’d start the season later and play a few scheduled doubleheaders going into an off day, he said. As a fan you’re going to a baseball game in April, and it’s raining, snowing and [with] freezing rain. Is it really that much fun? That’s my question.

Rizzo conceded that nothing is likely to change, and players will just have to deal with the winter-like conditions. The Cubs’ last game, on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves, was played in freezing rain, prompting both sides to complain. The Cubs haven’t played since.

Holiday party: Pelicans hold off Blazers, take 2-0 series lead

Several times during the three days between the New Orleans Pelicans’ Game 1 road win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday and their Game 2 matchup on Tuesday, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was asked if he worried that his team would be complacent after stealing home-court advantage in the series. Gentry had no such concern.
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At the other end of the court, Holiday took a leading role as New Orleans again contained Damian Lillard. While the Blazers got excellent production from role players Al-Farouq Aminu, Zach Collins and Maurice Harkless, as well as 22 points from CJ McCollum, Lillard struggled to make the playoffs Dame time. He finished with 17 points on 7-of-18 shooting, including six misses on his seven 3-point attempts.

I’m not feeding into that, Rozier told ESPN.

While it remains unclear exactly what Bledsoe’s motives may have been in not giving Rozier any postgame respect, speculation abounds in Boston that Rozier’s commentary after Game 1, in which he called Bledsoe, Drew, as in the former New England Patriots quarterback, may have upset the Bucks point guard.

There was also the issue of shot distribution in Game 1. Kevin Love went just 3-for-8 from the field.

It’s not enough, Lue said, adding that he had addressed Love on Monday. He had small guys on him and he’s floating out to 3. He’s got to demand the ball in the post. He said he has to be more aggressive. They’re trying to be physical with him on his post-ups, but he’s seeing that a lot of times before. We’ve got to do a better job of getting into him because they’re playing a hard three quarters, so our guards got to be able to deliver the ball on target and he has to be aggressive when he gets it.
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Chris Covington is a sturdy athlete with the requisite athleticism and power to compete for a role in the NFL.

As a converted quarterback who began his collegiate career as a passer, the questions about Covington’s long-term linebacker projection linger. He’ll have to spend a couple of years learning the nuances of the linebacker position before being expected to do too much, but the foundation is there to warrant a look during training camp.

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo felt bad for Marrero.

When I picked my head up, there was some space between the two of them, and I thought that, based on what I heard from the replay guys, Lovullo said. They said there was enough space in there, but there was one angle they were a little uncomfortable with. It’s the first time I’ve seen something like that. Luckily it didn’t impact the game. I felt terrible for Deven. It was his first NL home run.

What is interesting is the variance among guards drafted in the first 10 picks. Three of the 16 became Hall of Famers — an astounding 18.5 pecent Hall of Fame rate, even accounting for the small sample size — and another two became a two-time All-Pro selection (Bill Fralic, No. 2 overall by Atlanta, 1985) and 2015 No. 5 overall pick Brandon Scherff of the Redskins.

Bob McManaman of azcentral recounted the story of Arians suffering a torn rotator cuff in December 2016 due to a celebratory bear hug. In March 2017, the head coach said a get-well card wouldn’t be enough; no, it would take a get-well convertible.

Tight end: Jason Witten turns 36 in May, and 2018 probably will be last NFL season for the future Hall of Famer. Whether Witten hangs it up after this year or next, it’s high time to line up a replasteelers_001cement receiving threat. Gavin Escobar didn’t quite work out five years ago.

If Fox had been able to convince Manning to do Thursdays, then the network had looked into trying to borrow Mike Tirico from NBC. While Buck is the face of Fox Sports’ coverage, he was not in the Manning plan because, on top of all the events he does in the fall, he and his wife, the ESPN sportscaster Michelle Beisner, are expecting twin boys soon.

Forecaster: Hitting and stolen base matchup ratings for fantasy baseball

Plan ahead in fantasy baseball with help from our forecaster projections. Each day, we will provide an updated preview of the next 10 days for every team, projecting the matchup quality for hitters (overall and by handedness) as well as for base stealers.
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Rangers: OF Delino DeShields (broken left hamate bone) is hitting off a tee.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier, who tore a ligament in his right thumb sliding into second base Sunday, will have surgery Friday and be out two to three months. … 1B Brad Miller (strained left groin) could start a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Charlotte.

Rangers LHP Matt Moore, who pitched his first 5 1/2 seasons for Tampa Bay, will make his first start at Tropicana Field as a visiting pitcher. RHP Yonny Chirinos, who has not given up a run in 14 1/3 innings, will start for the Rays.

I think it’s the start of something good, Altherr said.

Altherr took away a two-run hit from Denard Span with a diving catch in right to end the sixth with the Phillies leading 5-3.

Even if he didn’t get the big hit, the play in right field was tremendous, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. The read, the break, the laying out and the positioning were all spot on.
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Reliever Yacksel Rios (2-0) went 1 1/3 scoreless innings as the Phillies swept a series of at least three games from an AL East team for the first time since June 2003 Isaac Seumalo Womens Jersey at Baltimore.

Span homered and had two RBI for the Rays, who have lost six straight at home.

Span hit a leadoff homer during a two-run first and walked with the bases loaded in the eighth.

Tampa Bay Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier left after one inning with a sprained right thumb, which happened while sliding into second base, and appears headed to the disabled list.
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I don’t want to get too far ahead of it, but he’s going to be out, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. There’s a chance he’s going to miss a chunk.

Kiermaier will have an MRI exam Monday.

The Dez Days in Dallas are done.

On Friday, the Cowboys released wide receiver Dez Bryant after eight seasons with the team.
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Bryant tallied 7,459 receiving yards and found the end zone 73 times with the Cowboys. The 29-year-old piled up three 1,000-yard seasons and an equal number of Pro Bowl nods while developing a reputation as one of the most feared red-zone threats in football.

Bryant has fallen off of late, missing 10 games over the past three years and failing to hit 1,000 yards in a season since 2014. But it wasn’t that long ago that he posted 1,300 receiving yards and 16 scores, and he’s still on the right side of 30.

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While Jerry Jones had stayed on the periphery on Bryant’s offseason contract quagmire, Cowboys senior vice president Stephen Jones was more vocal. The younger Jones admitted at one point in February that keeping Bryant in Dallas in 2018 on his $12.5 million price tag would be a tough one and that Bryant understood this is a business.

Bryant will be re-introduced to the business of football quickly.

For the first time in his career, Bryant will be a free agent — and a highly sought-after one at that. NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reported that the market will be aggressive for the receiver’s services despite his release coming so late into free agency. Multiple players, including Tyrann Mathieu, Jamal Adams and Su’a Cravens, began Twitter-recruiting the wideout within minutes of his release.

Where Bryant lands remains to be seen. There are many WR-needy teams with salary-cap room to spare, but only three of them ( Redskins, Eagles, Giants) play the Cowboys twice a year.

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Jets announce new deal with Ben Ijalana

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Word of Ijalana’s return popped up last month, but the team didn’t make anything official until Thursday. They did not announce the terms of his deal, but it promises to be less than the $4.5 million he was set to make if the option had been exercised.

I’ve said for a long time, I think they’re the best team in the East, and the team to beat, Van Gundy said. So, we’ll see what happens, but that’s a really, really good team.
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Goldschmidt tripled to right-center off Giants starter Derek Holland (0-2), highlighting a two-run first inning. A.J. Pollock’s sacrifice fly scored Goldschmidt.

Holland allowed two runs, struck out eight and walked one in six innings of two-hit ball in his second start with his new team.

If the Bills think Mayfield is their guy, then their trade with the Bengals already has them in position take him at No. 12. For now, the only thing that could ruin that plan would be the Jets drafting Mayfield and somebody else jumping between the Bucs and Dolphins to snag Rosen.

By late morning, the decision was made to push the Cubs’ Wrigley Field debut to Tuesday, which was originally scheduled for an off-day in the three-game series between the National League Central rivals.

The Cubs remain the last team in the majors to not have played at home this season after opening the year with nine straight road games.

I woke up and saw everything going on, Maddon told reporters Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune. I looked at the (weather) map and looked at (Tuesday) being an open date with a much better forecast, so I thought it would be the prudent thing, and we did it.