Celtics push Cavs to the brink as Tatum, defense spark Game 5 rout

As Jayson Tatum chased down the loose ball, he had to know LeBron James was lurking nearby. And yet the 20-year-old rookie showed no fear, no hesitation while immediately attacking the basket.
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To understand why this play was so important, you must rewind six months to opening night in Cleveland when Tatum was battling a major case of first-game jitters. James swatted one of the rookie’s offerings in the opening minute, as big a welcome-to-the-league moment as it gets.

Now, in a sign of just how far Tatum and these young Boston Celtics have come, it was the rookie who won a footrace to the pass he had deflected into the backcourt then, after one strong dribble, went up and finished as James eased up without truly contesting the finish.
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His composure, he plays above his age. The unfortunate events of injuries [the Celtics] have had has allowed him to get better faster than they expected, James said. It’s given him an opportunity to make fail plays or make mistakes and be able to learn from them and still be able to be on the floor.

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The 41-point margin of victory was also the largest in the Warriors’ playoff history, eclipsing a record set 70 years ago when the franchise was located in Philadelphia. Golden State essentially dominated every facet of the game.

Houston was horrible offensively, shooting only 40 percent from the floor and committing 20 turnovers, which the Warriors converted into 28 points. The Rockets were dreadful defensively, allowing the Warriors to shoot 52.2 percent from the floor and 40.6 percent from 3-point range. And the Warriors won the rebounding battle by a 49-40 margin.

[D’Antoni is] right, said Rockets guard James Harden, who led Houston with 20 points and nine assists but was beaten defensively for many of Warriors star Stephen Curry’s game-high 35 points. Mason Crosby Authentic Jersey We weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be. We started off the game pretty solid, and then we let them gain some confidence to end the first quarter. But just defensively, they didn’t feel us, and it showed tonight.

Raiders president says concerns about Las Vegas as sports host are moot as team pursues NFL Draft

The Raiders are hopeful to bring major NFL events and not just their franchise to Las Vegas when the team relocated to southern Nevada in 2020.
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Las Vegas is one of several cities vying to host the NFL Draft in the coming years. The league is set to vote on host sites for the draft in 2019 and 2020 during the upcoming league meetings beginning Tuesday in Atlanta. With the Raiders set to move into a new stadium in 2020 and the Vegas Golden Knights being wildly successful in their first season in the NHL, earning a spot in the upcoming Stanley Cup Final, Raiders team president Marc Badain believes concerns about Las Vegas’ ability to be a strong host for events of major sports leagues is no longer relevant.

When Sherman went down with a torn Achilles last season, Griffin stayed on the right side of the defense with Byron Maxwell taking over as the starter at left Womens Tim Hardaway Jersey cornerback. In Maxwell’s first stint with the Seahawks, he played right cornerback opposite Sherman. Moving Griffin to the left side would allow Maxwell to move back to the right cornerback spot he’s more accustomed to.
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Additionally, fifth-round pick Tre Flowers is also working on the right side as he makes the conversion from college safety to cornerback.

This year, Garrett wants things to be different.

Garrett says he’s working on his conditioning with the specific goal of being able to remain fresh into the fourth quarter even if he plays every snap on defense.

I wanted to get in better shape, so I can be out there and make plays, create turnovers, Garrett told the Akron Beacon Journal.
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Garrett played 52 of 59 snaps in Week 17, and he said he’s hoping to play about that much every week this season.

NBA draft lottery 2018: Chances for No. 1 pick

The future of the NBA 聽will be determined this week.
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While there’s still a month until the actual Eric Berry Womens Jersey 2018 NBA Draft, the draft lottery will set the league up for everything that happens in the next few weeks.

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the NBA will hold its draft lottery to determine the selections of this year’s non-playoff teams. Here are the odds for each team to land the No. 1 overall pick 聽and to jump into top-three position–including the Knicks.
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Well, the Bills start the season with the Ravens, Chargers, and Vikings. Is that really the kind of environment you want to throw your rookie quarterback into? After what happened with Nathan Peterman against the Chargers last season, I don’t think so. That means for Allen to hit the over, he’s likely got to start Week 4 in Green Bay, or Week 5 at home against Tennessee — and then not come out of the lineup the rest of the season.聽

We’re going to get a second opinion on him, check out his quad, his quad tendon, see what happened, said Gruden.

The result of the second opinion and an MRI confirmed the injury and the need for surgery.

Don’t use the term bust to describe Solomon Thomas’ rookie season. Based solely on sack count, three is an underwhelming number for the No. 3 overall pick. It looks further behind the curve next to Browns pass-rusher Myles Garrett’s seven in the category.

However, Thomas knows he needs to adjust to the scheme and avoid overanalyzing his moments on the field, per San Jose Mercury reporter Cam Inman.

I overthink sometimes, Thomas said. Just trying to adjust to this scheme. You know, I haven’t really played on the edge much my whole career. So adjusting to that and to moving inside during games.
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Once Thomas hurdles the mental block, he’ll have his hands on the quarterback frequently. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh also plans to use him at the Leo position to tap into his ability as a pass-rusher, per Sacramento Bee reporter Matt Barrows.聽

Quenton Nelson among nine Colts draft picks to ink deals

As the newest Colts convene this morning for the start of rookie minicamp, the team announced the signing of nine members of its 11-member draft class.

Among the Colts now signed to contracts are sixth overall pick Quenton Nelson, who was in line to sign a four-year deal worth more than $23 million according to the league’s rookie salary structure.

On Friday night after Jake Arrieta handed the bullpen a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning, Neris gave up three runs – coming off back-to-back home runs – in an eventual 3-1 loss to the New York Mets.

Frustrated but undeterred, the foundation looked down the lineup card, went to the bullpen, skipped the eighth-inning setup guy and went straight to the closer. Not Michael Jordan or Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus but the most powerful man in the free world: President Bill Clinton. The president personally called Tiger Woods, and Woods told him the same thing: Thanks for the call, Mr. President, but I’m swamped.

Peterson wants to continue to play and said, per Tom Pelissero of NFL.com, multiple teams have reached out to him. However, the 33-year-old back adds that nothing is imminent regarding a landing spot. Although, at this juncture of his career, Peterson may not need an extensive offseason with a team.

I’m healthy and I’m ready to roll, Peterson said, via Pelissero.

If you want someone to help you win a championship and be productive — be very productive — you know how to contact me.

Peterson finished last season on IR with a neck injury, one that didn’t require surgery. The future Hall of Famer said three doctors in Houston and Los Angeles have cleared him. The three-time rushing champion also would be open to returning to the Saints, who suddenly have some uncertainty in their backfield with Mark Ingram being suspended for four games and skipping offseason workouts. Pelissero reports the Saints viewed Peterson, his apparent ill-fitting style in New Orleans’ offense notwithstanding, as a positive influence on Alvin Kamara.

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Bryant McKinnie To Kaepernick: I Beat NFL In Collusion Case!

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Bryant McKinnie says it’s VERY possible — and he’s living proof.

The ex-NFL lineman says, just like Colin Kaepernick, he filed a grievance against the NFL back in 2002 when he felt the Minnesota Vikings and K.C. Chiefs had colluded against him and another player.

At the time, McKinnie was trying to work out his rookie deal — and was pissed the Vikings were offering him a smaller signing bonus than a player who was taken AFTER him in the draft.
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He was also聽arrested聽for domestic violence in 2016, though he agreed to undergo a counseling program in exchange for having the charges dropped.

He’s been attempting a comeback, however, throwing at the San Diego and Texas A&M Pro Days. He has participated in the Spring League, a camp for NFL hopefuls to show off their skills and attract the attention of scouts and coaches.聽

KEEP ANY EYE ON: Kevin Love’s resurgence. Cleveland’s other All-Star has been revived in this series, a development that bodes well for the Cavs going forward. Love finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds in Game 3, responding to urging from Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to play faster.

PRESSURE IS ON: Raptors coach Dwane Casey. His moves have been questioned throughout the first three games. Toronto ran a mind-boggling inbounds play in the final minute of聽Game 3聽with guard Fred VanVleet hoisting and missing a 35-foot jumper before the shot clock expired. Casey also benched All-Star DeMar DeRozan for the entire fourth quarter, a bold decision given that he’s the club’s best offensive player.

PRODUCT PLACEMENT: James’ choice to wear a Seagram’s 7 whiskey cap to his postgame news conference was interesting. Some suspected he might be trolling the Raptors since Seagram’s was originally a Canadian company. The logo also includes a small crown, so Alex Avila Jersey there’s the royal angle. Whatever the case, he may want to start getting Samuel Adams hats ready for the East finals — if he wants to tweak Boston fans a bit more.

Seahawks release Cliff Avril with failed physical designation

The dismantling of a once-great Seahawks defense continued Friday.
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The team announced that defensive end Cliff Avril had been released with a failed physical designation.

He suffered a neck injury early last year, and the team made it clear that if he came back to play, it wasn’t going to be with them.

The Titans moved up three spots to sneak ahead of the Patriots and grab another inside linebacker in Rashaan Evans, which should make Wesley Woodyard worried about his future in Tennessee. This was the most balanced (and therefore least interesting) trade of the night, although it might tell us a bit about how Mike Vrabel is going to value players in Tennessee. Unsurprisingly, he seems to like players who might remind people of Mike Vrabel.

I’m valuing future picks as if they were worth the 16th selection in the round in question and without any discount for time. While the fact that Lamar Jackson came off the board at the end of the first round seems to suggest that the Ravens are taking a flier on a Heisman Trophy winner, this is a pretty significant investment by the Stuart model (which is similar to what an analytically inclined team like the Ravens would use). Baltimore sent the rough equivalent of the sixth overall pick Donald Trump Authentic Jersey to acquire Jackson and a fourth-round selection, so this is a very nice return for an Eagles organization that had traded away its picks in the second and third rounds.

Stewart was a three-year starter at North Carolina should join fellow second-round pick Carlton Davis in a push for early playing time at cornerback in Tampa. Whitehead also picked up a lot of starting experience at Pitt while Cichy was productive while healthy at Wisconsin, although injuries limited him to just 20 games over four years in Madison.

The deals leave the Buccaneers with four other picks to sign, including first-rounder Vita Vea.
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Colts claim Randall Telfer off waivers

Tight end Randall Telfer has had an eventful week.
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He was involved in a trade that sent him from the Browns to the Chiefs last week, but he never Fred Biletnikoff Womens Jersey actually made it onto the roster in Kansas City. The trade, which would have put linebacker Dadi Nicolas in Cleveland, was rescinded by the teams on Friday and both players were waived instead.

The Bills might think they need to trade up to get Rosen, either between the Browns and Jets or right after. But regardless of where they get him, Rosen’s fearless gunslinging and bright personality would give the Bills something they’ve been missing in their pursuit of a longtime franchise QB.

The Redskins will be thrilled to get Vea into their defensive line rotation. He’s the best player at his position in this draft and also has the high motor to please their coaches.

The Packers could think about cornerback here, but ultimately, the best-pass rusher not named Chubb makes sense to add another key weapon for new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Davenport can maximize his freakish skill set in Green Bay’s revamped 3-4.
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The league announced in February that Nashville was one of five finalists to host the draft in either 2019 or 2020. Denver, Las Vegas, Cleveland/Canton and Kansas City are the others in the mix to host one of the next two drafts.

There’s time for one final mock draft before the real 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

Sure, we expect plenty of trading and surprise picks that will shake up the board. But given the limited accuracy of projections based on teams picking where they currently are, this mock draft is more about our predicting what they’ll be thinking.

Limited Kids Omri Casspi Jersey Allen vs. USC’s Sam Darnold has become the question, and you have to credit John Dorsey and Hue Jackson for hiding their cards with no true consensus top quarterback. But if the Browns are looking for the kind of big-armed, pocket QB that fits Todd Haley’s schemes best, that player is Allen. And with Tyrod Taylor, the Browns can have the patience to refine Allen’s raw skills.

Dolphins Hosting DT Terrell McClain For Visit

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Dolphins are bringing in free agent DT Terrell McClain for a visit on Friday.

“As we have in the past, we have asked all of our media partners not to tip the picks,” said NFL spokesman Alex Riethmiller.

Although Allen played against smaller schools and had issues with completion percentage, his arm strength, size (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) and leadership skills won over the Bills. Their hope is he becomes the next Jim Kelly, a Hall of Famer from the renowned 1983 class that had six first-round quarterbacks.

“He can make all the throws and all that type of stuff,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said of Allen. “Certainly, as we know, no one’s perfect. If you take the right approach, the right attitude, you can get a chance to improve the right areas.”

The bartering wasn’t over. Arizona, also in a QB quandary, moved from 15th to 10th, trading with Oakland, for Rosen. Many NFL personnel people believe Rosen is the most ready to play next season. The Cardinals also signed former Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford.

She felt like she was going to die or get beaten really bad, the police report reads, according to the gossip site.

Crowley and Manziel eventually made it back to her apartment, but the former Texas A&M star destroyed her phone as she was trying to FaceTime a friend, the report states. Then Crowley grabbed a knife, which got Manziel out of the apartment and her fleeing to a neighbor’s house.

Jones made sure to let Witten’s wife, Michele, know the diamonds were all real, too.

For the first time, all seven rounds will air on broadcast TV. With five star quarterbacks — Sam Darnold, Heisman Trophy winners Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen — likely to go in Thursday’s Round 1, this draft is poised to be the most-watched of all time. Besides, what would sports fans rather see on big Fox Thursday night? “Gotham?” “The Orville?” Or Round 1 of the NFL Draft? Please.tigers_052-115x115

Promises made are not necessarily promises kept especially in horse racing.

‘He is like a high school athlete with skill and talent, but in desperate need of good coach. That’s where Todd (Pletcher) comes in. I don’t know what he will do Saturday.
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Vino Rosso drew the No. 18 post among the 20 thoroughbreds who will run.

Kemoko Turay, DE, Colts (No. 52): While at Rutgers, he occasionally looked like he had the skill set of a future Pro Bowler, with the ability to contort around blockers and close on quarterbacks. But he disappeared for stretches amid injuries and is still quite raw. And, unlike Davenport in New Orleans, Turay won’t even have the benefit of a dominant teammate to mask his inexperience or regularly afford him one-on-one opportunities.

A good friend of the family played basketball when she went there, said McClain, who also holds offers from Cincinnati and Kentucky. Her name is Myia McCurdy. She said it’s where I can get a great Marcell Ozuna Youth jersey education and that Rutgers changed her life for the better.

Hence, Rutgers certainly has McClain’s attention following the offer, as he plans to experience the program and academic side of the school first-hand.

I’m sure I’ll make a visit, but I’m not sure as to when it will be yet, he said.
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McClain, who missed his freshman season due to injury, isn’t rushing to any early conclusions about his recruitment, and plans to carefully vet all of his opportunities. But, so far, Cincinnati his lone non-Power 5 option stands out most.

I have to do research and visit all three of them, he said, but UC stands out right now because it’s my hometown school.

They pledged $90 million (over a seven-year span) to assist social justice efforts and organizations. Some owners have even taken active roles in leading community outreach efforts or lending financial support to organizations that aim to educate and strengthen citizens and law enforcement.

But with Reid left holding the bag, owners appear disingenuous. They seemingly believe they can rid themselves of the protest dilemma and quiet the player by throwing money in their direction. The majority never paid attention to the heart of the matter.

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New Kind of Dual Threat: Chad Thomas Is ‘Gonna Win a Grammy’ and Play on Sundays

MIAMI 鈥?It should be Joonas Korpisalo Authentic Jersey easy for you. You’re in the music business, Buccaneers defensive line coach Brentson Buckner says to Chad Thomas 10 minutes into the workout. The former Hurricanes defensive end is standing next to a neon yellow agility ladder on the University of Miami’s practice fields. 聽
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Buckner asks Thomas to do a reverse karaoke drill, something he hasn’t done since high school. He must tap his right foot inside the ladder, then cross his left leg behind him and tap the opposite side of the ladder. It’s a difficult drill.

Which is why the conversation around his future in football always transitions into the one question he hates: How much do you love football?
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You ask me that question, I feel like you trying me, Thomas says after his workout with the Bucs while sitting on a couch at his cousin’s smoke shop in Liberty City, the predominantly African American neighborhood five miles north of downtown Miami in which Thomas grew up.

We’ve gone through the information gathering and we have a pretty good feel for where we are. It’s ongoing. We’re not done with that decision at all. Reports surfaced earlier this month that Seattle pulled out of a planned workout for Kaepernick, who has been without an NFL team since the end of the 2016 season. Seattle has been one of the few teams to show any interest in Kaepernick following his protests during the national anthem during the 2016 season with San Francisco.

You gotta let these guys play football and that, at the end of the day, brings a lot of excitement to a lot of fans out there. 鈥?This is a position. It’s how a lot of kids make a living, and at the end of the day it’s football, man. They’re trying to find ways to eliminate injuries but the moment you step on the field, you’re bound to get hurt somewhere. You can’t avoid injuries. That’s just the nature of the beast. And I think taking that out of the game, it’s big.