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Oscar Gamble, whose enormous Afro hairdo cast a wide shadow over a 17-year MLB career, has died, his agent, Andrew Levy, said Wednesday. Gamble was 68.
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If McCourty doesn’t make the roster, the Pats aren’t out much.
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It’s a very reasonable bet for the team.

I’m not sure why McCourty is less likely to be an effective cornerback than Mitchell, who was benched repeatedly by the Chiefs last season.

But the Browns will pay a premium for the privilege of finding out.

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Poe settled for a one-year deal with the Falcons in the hopes of rebuilding his value, and it worked.

The Jets invested heavily in the secondary a year ago by drafting Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, but the cornerback position still needed work. It’s suddenly in a much better place with Johnson added to the fold.

There aren’t many, other than potential over-payment given the past two years of the franchise tag and Johnson’s potential expectations. He’s young enough to be worth a big deal, though. Since he became a full-time starter in 2014, he has dealt with a few injuries, playing in just nine games in 2014, and missing two games in both 2015 and 2016.

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The veteran signed a one-year, $10 million deal with New York, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. This pushes him one year closer to joining Tom Brady as the league’s only passers to see their fifth decades while calling plays. McCown had a bounceback season at age 38 to prove he’s still capable of leading an NFL team, guiding New York to an overachieving 5-8 record before succumbing to injury and completing more than 67 percent of his passes.

Eric Winston re-elected president of NFL players’ union

Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Eric Winston has been unanimously re-elected as president of the NFL players’ union, earning his third straight three-year term.
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At two years and $19 million, the Rams aren’t paying an exorbitant amount for Talib at his current level of play, since the going rate for solid 1A cornerbacks in free agency these days is $10 million per season. If Les Snead restructures Talib’s deal and adds guaranteed money after this season, I would be a little concerned, but this is a logical acquisition for the Rams. Throw in the low-cost addition of cornerback Sam Shields, who sat out in 2017 as he recovered from a concussion, and the Rams probably have the best set of corners in the game.

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Shead’s free-agent status had been in question after he spent all but two games of the past season on the physically unable to perform list while working his way back from a torn ACL. Per the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, that would technically require Shead’s contract to toll, or to roll over to 2018 on the same terms.
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For Keenum, he will now face a pile of expectations in a quarterback-crazed region that saw its team win a Super Bowl just two seasons ago.

Keenum’s teams are 20-18 in his games as a starter and he made both of his career playoff starts this past January for the Vikings.

The Broncos haven’t made the playoffs since their Super Bowl win to close out the 2015 season. Their inconsistent play on both the offensive line and at quarterback have been big reasons why they’ve sat out the postseason.

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Also helping Phillips is Stanford’s brand of intellectual brutality. It’s a term coined by current Cardinal head coach David Shaw, and a mentality Phillips hopes to bring to the NFL.

That’s actually how I play, Phillips said. I’m very intellectual and anticipate plays. Then when it comes down to it, I want to be violent and brutal.

How does he do it? Some of his success is simple to explain: Adams is a mammoth of a human being. Standing at 7-feet and weighing in at a solid 255-pounds, he is one of the more imposing centers in the league today. (Jimmy Butler, an extremely strong dude himself, said he thought his life was over after Adams hit him with a screen during a game this season.) It gives Adams the tools to be a one-man wrecking crew on the offensive glass because he can outmuscle just about anyone standing in his way.

I don’t think one man can stop [Adams] in the paint, Anthony told Katz. When he’s being aggressive and he’s going to the offensive glass, if it’s him versus you, you’re going to lose that battle every single time. It forces teams to bring two, three guys in the paint to try and keep him off the boards.

Don’t forget what happened to Monty Williams, said one NBA executive.

Isaiah Thomas: Cavs were in ‘panic mode’ when they made trades

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In an interview with ESPN’s E:60, which will air March 11, Thomas said the team went into panic mode because of how poorly they were performing.

In those 15 games Thomas was with the Cavs, the team went 7-8. Thomas also struggled on the court, averaging 14.7 points per game. He averaged a career-high 28.9 ppg last season in Boston

Despite the abrupt end to his tenure in Cleveland, Thomas says he doesn’t hold a grudge against the Cavaliers and is looking forward to continuing his career in Los Angeles.

I’ve been in this situation before when I got traded to Boston, Thomas said, a team right outside the playoffs, a team that was young, really didn’t know how to win. And I just brought a different swagger to that organization. And we took it and ran with it.

Decreases in the production of Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson have led to their contracts earning the distinction of being undesirable. Shumpert is owed roughly $11 million next season (assuming he opts in), while Smith and Thompson are under contract until 2020; Smith and Thompson are both set to earn over $30 million each in the final two seasons of their contracts. While the money would match if these players were included in a deal for Jordan, there would be a slight imbalance in returns.

If the Clippers’ trades of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul serve as any indicator, a pairing of undesirable contracts and a late first-round pick should not be enough for the Cavs to land a player of Jordan’s caliber. Cleveland would likely have to part ways with Brooklyn’s draft pick in addition to a young player with upside like Cedi Osman.
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With LeBron James’ free agency looming, Cleveland’s front office is under immense pressure to make moves to improve the Cavs’ roster in a span of four days. Do not count Cleveland out, though, as the franchise has a recent history of making some surprisingly impressive late season acquisitions.

Ballard at the Combine admitted that type of edge-rusher is hard to find in free agency.

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While Henry Anderson slides from end to run-stuffing tackle next to former Giants 4-3 standout Johnathan Hankins, it leaves the other end as a concern with 2017 third-rounder Tarrell Basham as the next edge-rushing option. A starter and more depth are needed for the rotation, given Al Woods, who turns 31 in March, is more of a 3-4 nose.
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Cases in point are the Lions franchise-tagging Ezekiel Ansah. The Cowboys are ready to do the same with DeMarcus Lawrence, for whom there will be no Dallas reunion with defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.

Looking at multiple numbers can create bias toward the best or worst numbers or fail to consider how the numbers (such as weight and 40 time, bench press and broad jump, etc.) go hand in hand when considering a player’s ability.

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Rather than splurging for Cousins, the Broncos’ best move would be signing a cheaper, shorter-term veteran and drafting another QB, as well, to hit reset on their options. The Vikings’ Case Keenum could work as an acceptable consolation, given he started his career in the West Coast offense under former Broncos coach Gary Kubiak in Houston. An even wiser move might be waiting for the Bills to release Tyrod Taylor.

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Russell Wilson strikes out in spring training at-bat for Yankees

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson got to stand in the batter’s box of a spring training game for the New York Yankees on Friday.
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Wilson, pinch-hitting for right fielder Aaron Judge, led off the bottom of the fifth inning of Friday’s game and faced Atlanta Braves reliever Max Fried. After chasing the first pitch he saw — a high fastball that he just missed and fouled back hard — Wilson worked a 2-2 count before striking out on a fastball.

I think the deal that sent Ilya Kovalchuk from the Atlanta Thrashers to the New Jersey Devils in 2010 might also give us something to think about in this scenario. Kovalchuk was in his age 26 season on an expiring contract when he was traded. Karlsson is 27, but having that extra year of team control only increases his value, so it’s definitely not a straight comp, but it gets us in the ballpark. Kovalchuk, Anssi Salmela and a second-round pick that became now-Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Jon Merrill went to New Jersey.

The Thrashers got an established defenseman in Johnny Oduya; a reasonably solid young depth player who didn’t end up taking the next step, in Niclas Bergfors; and a prospect who didn’t end up panning out, in Patrice Cormier. The best part of the trade, however, is that Atlanta got a first-round draft pick and a second-round pick that ended up being packaged in the trade that brought Dustin Byfuglien to the organization — where he became a star for the Thrashers and then the Winnipeg Jets.

He looked good swinging, but he felt a little something, Boone said. So like a lot of little nagging injuries like that, that’s something we’re not going to mess with. … Hopefully by missing some [time] here a little bit now, you can save a longer stint later.

Boone also provided an update on left fielder Clint Frazier, who has been out since last Sunday due to concussion-like symptoms. Frazier hit his head on an outfield wall after leaping for and catching a fly ball. Although Frazier had expressed optimism Thursday about the exercises he could do to test his concussion recovery, Boone said Friday that the workouts didn’t go as well as the team hoped.

One season removed from the gruesome knee injury he sustained at the end of the preseason, Bridgewater’s sample size also poses challenges for the Vikings.

Germany upsets Canada, to play OAR for men’s hockey gold

It has been a rough few days for Canada at its best Winter Olympics ever because of struggles in the two sports that are most tightly woven into its national identity.
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Poulin refused to speak to reporters afterward. There weren’t many answers for what happened to the team that had looked dominant against Finland.
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I don’t know, forward Andrew Ebbett said. Just a couple penalties there early on. We were in the box the whole second period. It’s tough to win a hockey game when you’re killing penalties that whole time. We maybe needed two, three, five more minutes there at the end maybe to tie it up, but it was too late.

Canada outshot Germany 15-1 in the third period but couldn’t climb all the way back after digging a deep hole. It started with high-sticking and faceoff violation penalties 36 seconds apart and unraveled when Macek scored.

The 49ers are unlikely to re-sign Carlos Hyde. For Kyle Shanahan’s second season, then, it’s not ideal to trust second-year players Matt Breida and Joe Williams plus a rookie in the backfield.

With the team feeling more like it can win now with Jimmy Garoppolo, there should be a desire for an explosive-yet-steady element in the running game. Lewis has good familiarity with Garoppolo from their days together in New England, and with Lewis possessing some of the same skills as those of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, he should remind Shanahan of the rushing/receiving boon he had in Atlanta.

San Francisco also is right in between Indianapolis and Tampa Bay with ample salary-cap space at more than $74 million.

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Super Bowl 2019: Where and when is it?

After a successful venture to the great white north, the Super Bowl is returning to a familiar setting for 2019. Super Bowl 53 will take place in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, giving the Falcons a chance to earn home-field advantage in the biggest game of the year.
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter wrote Wednesday morning that Robert Kraft made a late push, which included sweetening his deal, but there was more than that:
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McDaniels has been, statistically, one of the most successful offensive coordinators of the past decade. Of course, it’s easy to look good when you’ve got human cheat codes like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski on the roster. In his last six seasons, his offenses have never ranked lower than fourth in the NFL in total scoring.

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Sunday’s Jets game with the Panthers was an example of all of this.

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