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Three technical fouls called after Marcus Morris-Larry Nance Jr. scuffle

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Tempers flared Wednesday night in the second quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, resulting in three technical fouls being doled out.

With 10:47 remaining in the second quarter and the Celtics leading 36-19, Boston forward Marcus Morris broke up a lob pass from LeBron James to Larry Nance Jr., tipping the ball out of bounds and causing Nance to hurtle to the floor.

Morris already had established himself as an agitator earlier in the series, screaming in Cavs center Tristan Thompson’s face when they were both on the floor by the stanchion following a foul.

Assistant general manager Mark Hunter, who had been with the Maple Leafs’ managerial staff since October 2014, has mutually parted ways with the team. Hunter, 55, had previously been the owner, vice-president, and general manager of the London Knights in the OHL for 12 years.

“Following extensive discussions with Mark, he and the Toronto Maple Leafs have mutually agreed to part ways,” said Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. “I’d like to sincerely thank Mark for everything he’s done for this organization over the last four years and I wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

News of Hunter’s exodus comes one day after it was reported that former general manager Lou Lamoriello was leaving his senior advisor role with the Leafs to take over hockey operations for the New York Islanders.ravens_082

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A third reason was the team’s belief in Ogbah, a second-round pick in 2016.

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“Ogbah’s a rising star in this league,” Williams said. “He’s got a chance to be Chubb.”

While that all makes sense, it demonstrates the need does indeed have an influence. In this case, it was enough to overcome the reality that Chubb widely was regarded as the better player. So much better that, as PFT explained in the aftermath of round one, the No. 4 pick as of Thursday morning was Chubb. By Thursday night, it had flipped to Ward.

It’s like here we go again. Especially with that team, what they’ve been doing, Cora said. They did it to the Indians. I think two out of three, they came back late in the game. They did it to Houston. They did it to Anaheim. They did it to us twice. You’ve got to play 27 outs against them. From first pitch all the way to the end.

“He’s doing excellent; he’s way ahead of schedule,” Gutekunst said, via ESPN.com. “Those are big injuries. He’s fought through those things before, we expect him to do that again. But yeah, we expect him to be a part of our team.”

Two other options at right tackle — Jason Spriggs and Kyle Murphy — are also coming off of injuries and the Packers waited to draft an offensive lineman until taking Cole Madison in the fifth round, so the lack of a sure Plan B may be part of the reason why no one’s pushing Bulaga out the door despite a $7.9 million cap hit.

Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma It’s hard to believe Jimmie Ward is entering his fifth season. His first four years have been spent at various positions, flashing various degrees of potential. That convinced the Niners to use the $8. 5 million fifth-year option on him2018 could make or break Ward’s long-term earning power. He hasn’t fully caught on at his latest position, which is free safety in defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s Seahawks/Jaguars style Cover 3 zone scheme. Carlos Hyde, one of the league’s most underrated traditional runners, more than lived up to his draft status. But, being average in the passing game, he wasn’t an ideal fit for new head coach Kyle Shanahan’s scheme.
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Chiefs bring back Stefan Charles

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The Chiefs waived defensive tackle Stefan Charles earlier this week, but he won’t have to find a new place to hang his hat.

The team announced on Thursday that they have re-signed Charles while also making it official that defensive end Rakeem Nunez-Roches has been waived.

Charles initially signed with the Chiefs in January to end an absence from the league that started when he was cut by the Jaguars last September. Charles last played in the regular season with the Lions in 2016 and made 12 tackles in 12 games. He spent the previous three seasons with the Bills and had 48 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 37 appearances.

The Detroit Lions didn’t know that coach Matt Patricia had been indicted for aggravated sexual assault in 1996. So here’s the question: Should they have?

On one hand, it’s understandable to assume that Patricia wouldn’t have made it as far as he did in coaching without something like this coming out. Some have called it a skeleton in the closet; the reality is that it was an unburied bag of bones hiding in plain sight.

Deadspin.com demonstrates just how easy it would have been to find the information, if the Lions had searched for it. A simple Nexis search uncovered it. A league source with access to the service tells PFT that, indeed, the Patricia indictment “comes up right away.”

Apparently, someone else uncovered it, too. The original report from the Detroit News indicates that a private investigation firm requested the court files for Patricia’s case in January. It’s not clear whether the Lions, the NFL, or some other team requested the information.

We have spoken to Coach Patricia about this at length as well as the attorney who represented him at the time. Based upon everything we have learned, we believe and have accepted Coach Patricia’s explanation and we will continue to support him. We will continue to work with our players and the NFL to further awareness of and protections for those individuals who are the victims of sexual assault or violence.”orioles_056

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NFL: No evidence Derrius Guice was asked invasive questions at combine

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An NFL investigation has found no evidence that 2018 draft prospect Derrius Guice was asked invasive questions at the NFL Scouting Combine, the league announced on the eve of the draft.

Guice, a potential first-round pick, appeard on SiriusXM Radio on March 7, shortly after the combined ended, and described his experience.

“It was pretty crazy. Some people are really trying to get in your head and test your reaction. … I go in one room, and a team will ask me, ‘Do I like men?’ just to see my reaction. I go in another room, they’ll try to bring up one of my family members or something and tell me, ‘Hey, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?'”

In an effort to uncover whether and which team or teams asked the questions, the league spent weeks combing through reviews and reports from every team that interviewed Guice, as well as interviews with the player, his agent and others, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified source.

The NFL found no conclusive evidence of the questions. According to ESPN’s source, at least one team said Guice admitted he “made up” that he was asked the questions.

It is thought the sale could not only see more NFL games played at Wembley, but also open the door to a permanent franchise based in London. But Khan emphasized Thursday that his bid does not affect the franchise’s commitment to Jacksonville.

“Today’s news changes none of what we envision for the long-term promise for the Jaguars here in Jax, and it changes nothing as to the goals we have for your downtown,” he said in a statement. “If anything, today’s news is the embodiment of the ethos we adopted several years ago of being proud, bold and committed.”

The Jaguars have played a “home” game at Wembley each of the past five seasons and will face the Super Bowl champion Eagles there Oct. 28.

Mark Waller, the NFL executive vice president of events and international, called the move a “powerful sign” of a commitment to growing football in the UK.

“We are very happy for Shad Khan and the Jacksonville Jaguars,” he said in a statement. “The potential purchase of Wembley Stadium is a further powerful sign of their commitment to the UK and their vision to help us grow the sport.steelers_060

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Alex Rodriguez admitted to being a little tight off the top and then sounded that way.

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When asked at the beginning of Thursday night’s Dodgers-Giants telecast what it is like to be in the ESPN booth on Opening Day, Rodriguez flubbed his first line: A little bit more nerv …, he said, before stopping himself, because he had flipped his own script. A little bit more excitement when you are playing. Up here [in the booth], a little bit more nervous.

Rodriguez settled in and was OK in his debut on the big-game TV analyst stage. It was akin to a 1-for-4 debut with an RBI double. That’s not bad, but not great.

Rodriguez had some moments as he tried to emulate Tim McCarver, whom he watched first-guess during Mets games on WOR as a kid in Miami.

To end the seventh, Rodriguez said he would Bet the house that Giants pitcher Cory Gearrin would throw Chris Taylor a slider. He did and Taylor looked at strike three. This type of stuff is second nature to A-Rod and illuminating for a viewer.

He’s playing extremely well, Blazers guard CJ McCollum said. We’ve got to limit some of his opportunities going forward.

Coming off that pick-and-roll, he’s able to get those floaters and get to the rim, said Portland All-Star Damian Lillard, who finished with 17 points on the night. He’s impacting the game on both ends of the floor.

Holiday has arguably done his most effective work at the defensive end against Portland’s best player. He held Lillard to 0-for-4 shooting, zero points and two turnovers as a primary defender in Game 2. Lillard is now 0-for-8, and the Blazers are 6-for-24 (25 percent) against Holiday in the series.

In my opinion, I think he’s one of the best defenders out there on the perimeter, said Lillard, who typically has his way with most NBA defenses but has yet to find his shot in this series. He’s just playing well. He’s big and crafty. He’s impacting the game on both ends of the floor.

McCollum said he is not surprised by the way Holiday has harassed Portland’s potent pair.

He’s a very good player, McCollum said. I said it coming into this series: He doesn’t get a lot of credit because he’s playing with [Pelicans big man Anthony Davis], and I think you’re starting to see how good he truly is on both ends of the floor.

Even his Pelicans teammates have had to cope with Holiday’s suffocating defense.
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The 20-year-old nicknamed Flatline has the perfect mentality to lead a franchise.

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The 2018 NFL draft truly begins with the second overall pick since the Cleveland Browns are destined to select a quarterback with the top choice. The New York Giants have plenty of options. 

Except for a two-run homer by Thames that proved the difference Tuesday night, Reds pitchers have done well holding Milwaukee’s offense in check the last two games.

It’s getting better, manager Bryan Price said of his rotation. It is. It seems like every year we start the year with a new group of pitchers. This particular group, if we give them the repetitions we need, they’re going to evolve into a really nice starting rotation. We’ve talked about growing pains so many times the last few years with all the young pitchers … there’s nothing you can really do other than give these guys the opportunity for them to pitch for them to learn through game situations.

We’ve begun to see that over the last couple of years, players [are] moving from helmets that rank in the poorly performing areas to those that are ranging closer to the top-performing helmets, Miller said. We think that is an important move, and we think that will improve player health and safety. And the purpose of continuing to rank the helmets, and the purpose of the joint decision to prohibit certain helmets this year, is to increase that continued movement into better-performing helmets.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com provided more details on the circumstances surrounding the arrest:

Yes, Lynn also gave the obligatory mention of the backups on the roster — Cardale Jones and Geno Smith — adding I wouldn’t look past those two right now. Eventually, though, a replacement must arrive for Rivers, whether its Jones, Smith or a draft pick. Rivers knows this, but he’s also not conceding his job anytime soon.

A sixth first-round quarterback may be a stretch, but the New England Patriots are in a predicament. The Jimmy Garoppolo trade is still a sore spot, and the organization must find Tom Brady’s eventual successor. steelers_004

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Mikolas homers, wins in majors return as Cards beat Brewers

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Miles Mikolas won in his first big league game after a three-year stint in Japan, but left his biggest impression at the plate.

Hitting a home run to help spoil the Milwaukee Brewers’ home opener sure was special for the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander.

Paul DeJong connected for the second straight game, hitting his third homer this season, and Mikolas collected his first big league hit with a two-run homer in the Cardinals’ 8-4 win on Monday.

He’ll savor his fifth-inning drive off Zach Davies (0-1) that broke a 2-all tie for a while.

I might remember the home run just because that was a highlight of the day, Mikolas said. But looking back I’ll probably look at the mistakes I made as a pitcher … and make myself better moving forward.

Cardinals 3B Jedd Gyorko left before the bottom of the seventh with a strained right hamstring. … RHP Adam Wainwright (left hamstring strain) shagged fly balls and grounders during batting practice. Wainwright went on the disabled list on March 26 and is eligible to come off Thursday, which is the Cardinals’ home opener against Arizona. Asked how he felt, Wainwright said with a smile, That’s what everybody wants to know. It’s a secret.

Manager Mike Matheny didn’t rule out starting Wainwright for the home opener. We didn’t take anything off the table, Matheny said. Just kind of take all the information in. Just see what happens.

McCallum moved to Nevada shortly after his injury and now lives with his wife, Yvonne, and their four daughters in Henderson, a Las Vegas suburb. He loves the city. Everyone’s looking to be friends, he said. He also loves the Raiders, and, for years, envisioned bringing his new home and his former team together, but kept running into the same line of resistance.

Anytime I’d mention it to someone, the first thing they’d say was, ‘But the gaming, the gaming,’ McCallum recalled from his office at The Venetian during a February interview with ESPN. They were worried about the integrity of the game.

On its face, sports betting’s threat to the integrity of the game is match-fixing — a player, coach or official purposely trying to impact an outcome inside the competition for gambling purposes. That’s only one part of the NFL’s concern, however.patriots_323

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Tod Leiweke out as NFL’s COO

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Before becoming the NFL’s Commissioner, Roger Goodell served as the league’s Chief Operating Officer. For most of the first decade of Goodell’s tenure as Commissioner, the COO job remained vacant.

It’s now vacant again. At least temporarily.

But in discussing Terrell Owens and Dez Bryant recently, Romo said the current Cowboys star ismisunderstood.

Some think that more changes are coming to 345 Park Avenue in the aftermath of Goodell securing a long-term extension, which may have come with a mandate to address some of the issues that have created problems for Big Shield in recent years.

If more changes are coming, it will be interesting to see if the news breaks while most of the reporters covering the league are otherwise tracking free agency, which essentially gives the league an extended Friday afternoon bad-news dump.Marqise Lee staying with Jaguars

Allen Robinson is on his way to Chicago, but another Jaguars wide receiver will be staying in Jacksonville.

Guice is expected to be selected in the early rounds of the NFL Draft next month. For a lot of prospects, NFL teams will ask weird questions ( and in Guice’s case, absurd questions ), and evaluate players on every last thing that they do. One team even had a private investigator follow Baker Mayfield around Norman, Oklahoma .

So for Guice, you’d have to imagine this can only be a good thing for his draft stock, right?

More importantly, it was good he was in the right place at the right time.

Norwell has agreed to a five-year, $66 million deal with $30 million in guaranteed money. Norwell’s contract sets new highs for guards in terms of total value, average per year and guaranteed money a year after Kevin Zeitler of the Browns did the same.

The move upgrades the interior of the Jaguars line, which should make both Leonard Fournette and Blake Bortles happy as they head into the 2018 season. It also strikes a blow to the Giants as General Manager Dave Gettleman signed Norwell in Carolina and hoped to make him the centerpiece of an overhauled offensive line in his first offseason in his new job.
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Source: Bucs sign DE Vinny Curry after releasing Robert Ayers

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It is a three-year deal for up to $27 million with a $11.5 million injury guarantee, the source said.

Editor’s Picks 10 NFL free agents who landed in perfect spots Jimmy Graham can be a red zone monster for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Here’s who else signed with an ideal team this offseason.

Curry is the third defensive lineman the Bucs have signed this free-agency period, along with former Eagles teammate Beau Allen and defensive tackle Mitch Unrein.

Curry has not missed a regular-season game in four years, with 22 sacks since 2012.

His best season came in 2014, when he finished with 9.0 sacks.

Last year, he had 3.0 sacks but managed 41 quarterback hurries.

They even sent one of their food trucks to the Baltimore airport to greet Crabtree ahead of his visit with the Ravens.

Crabtree is the sixth athlete to be inducted into the exclusive free crab cakes club, joining former Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, North Carolina alumni Justin Jackson, and WWE star Roman Reigns, according to Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports.

There will be no discounts,” McCartney said. The pitches were strong, without many upsets. Arizona pushed its strong core of young premier players (David Johnson, Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson).

That’s good news for the entire cornerback market. By addressing their cornerback question marks via trades, the Rams did every team interested in upgrading at the position a favor. It: A) Took one of the teams most desperate for cornerbacks out of the free agency market, and B) Guaranteed that Johnson would become available. That’s more talent to pick from and less competition to parse through it.
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Yankees’ Aaron Judge says he won’t compete in another Home Run Derby

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Don’t expect to see Aaron Judge taking swings at this season’s Home Run Derby.

I’ve watched him a little bit on TV. I’ve watched clips of him, so I really don’t have much knowledge about him, but he’s played five years in Japan and he’s come over here. There’s definitely a lot of expectations from fans around what he can do, what he’s going to do, what he’s able to do, how he’s going to be able to perform here. There seems to be enormous expectations for him, but no one really knows how well he’s going to perform here. That’s something to be seen.

Now, you do know a little bit about Mike Scioscia and the Angels. You spent some time with them at the end of your career. What can Ohtani expect from his new team and manager?

As far as I know, the people that were there with the Angels at the time when I played, a lot of them are still there. So he’s with a good ballclub, he’s surrounded by a great support environment, the Angels have a great fan base, so from my experience, I think he made a really great choice in signing with the Angels.

Jake Arrieta’s painfully slow free agency is now over.

According to multiple reports, the 2015 Cy Young Award winner has agreed to a three-year, $75 million deal with the Phillies on Sunday.

After striking out the next batter, Nate Orf, on a splitter, Ohtani walked Ji-Man Choi. With clean-up batter Manny Pi?a up, Ohtani threw a wild pitch in the dirt. Catcher Martín Maldonado’s wild throw to second in a bid to catch the advancing Choi allowed a run to score.

Why do you think that is regarding the Japanese baseball population?
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