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.

Boston Red Sox Limited Jersey It’s just one thing led to another, D’Antoni said. Played soft, actually. I mean, you can’t do that with these guys. These guys are good.

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

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.

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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.

Wednesday’s NFL: Bryant rebuffs Ravens’ offer

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Frisco, Texas 鈥?Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant remains unemployed almost two weeks after being released and it will likely stay that way until after this weekend’s NFL draft in Arlington at least.
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Other possible post-draft options include the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers.

49ers GM John Lynch felt like he had filled a hole at middle linebacker when he drafted Reuben Foster in the first round a year ago.

Now with Foster facing legal trouble and possible league punishment following three felony charges in a domestic violence case, Lynch heads into this year’s draft knowing he can’t count on Foster to play this season.

You have to think about those things, he said. You have to take that into account. You would be foolish not to.

So having said that, we grade all the players. We look at every position. I think with the improvements we’ve made on our roster last year, one of the things we’re excited about, does every team have needs? Of course they do. But we filled a lot of those.

They might need to fill the one at linebacker again and could have options with the ninth overall pick where Georgia’s Roquan Smith or Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds could be possibilities.

There are still plenty of restrictions this time of year. There’s no contact, players are limited to individual drills, and any work between the offense and defense, such as the receivers going one-on-one against the defensive backs, is still prohibited.

But this stretch is important because it’s the first time the players will be introduced to the basic schematic concepts Patricia is looking to install this season, through both on-field work and in the classroom.

I think this is definitely an interesting Dennis Rodman Authentic Jersey kind of segment in the offseason program because we’re really just coming out of phase one, Patricia said, referencing the past two weeks, where players were limited to supervised workouts with the team’s weight room staff. We really haven’t had a chance to be on the field with them at all or anything from that standpoint.
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It’s kind of an in-between going into phase two, but yet some of our requirements are a little bit looser, so we’re allowed to do some more things. You’ve got to be careful as far as how fast you go. From a standpoint of these guys are just getting into the routine of the offseason and we want to make sure that we’re progressing in a manner that is building over a course of time to get ready, obviously, for OTA’s, mini-camp and then training camp.

The only people who seem to really love the strike zone square that now is ubiquitous on TV produce baseball games.

The epidemic begun by ESPN in 2015 has spread to Fox, YES and all the Fox-owned regional networks this season.
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The square is supposed to be akin to the NFL first-down marker, which was a great invention that enhanced the viewer experience and provided objective, important information, while staying out of the way of the action. The square does not do that.

I run faster now, Brown joked after Philadelphia blasted the Miami Heat 130-103 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first playoff game in six years.

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The coach in him knows Saturday was only one win, that they’ll need to build off that win for this whole endeavor — the four years of YOLO-tanking to get players at the top of the draft such as Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric who could develop into superstar, championship-caliber players — to be called a success.

So after the game, Brown was already on to scheming for the adjustments the Heat will inevitably make before Monday’s Game 2. The Sixers won this game by pushing the pace and shooting the lights out from beyond the 3-point arc (18-for-28, 64 percent).

Wall and the Wizards know they have to be better in the fourth quarter in Game 2 on Tuesday night. Fellow All-Star guard Bradley Beal, who logged a career-high 36.3 minutes this season while trying to keep the Wizards afloat with Wall out, was held to two of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.

We feel like we didn’t even play our best basketball, Wall said. We didn’t shoot the ball well from 3, they shot over 50 percent and we still gave ourselves a chance to win.

Game Mens T.J. Ward Jersey On a windy Sunday afternoon with a game-time temperature of 42 degrees — perfect for Jackie Robinson Day when all players wore that number — the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 to open a season with five straight series wins for the first time. If only a runner had been on base, the score would have been, fittingly, 4-2.

Rookie manager Mickey Callaway was down to one available reliever in his bullpen when the Mets came off the field after Jeurys Familia (1-0) worked around a walk in a hitless top half.

Hey, win it right here and we get to go get warm, Callaway remembered saying.