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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Johnny Manziel has given plenty of interviews as he tries to rehab his image, but got close to taking a step back on Wednesday.

Speaking on the “Dan Patrick Show,” Manziel, 25, seemingly called out Browns brass for selecting him in the first round of the 2014 draft given a suspect work ethic.

“If Cleveland did any of their homework, they would have known I wasn’t a guy who came in every day and watched film,” the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner said. “I wasn’t a guy who really knew the X’s and O’s of football.”

Which teams will land the best prospects in the 2018 NBA draft? Jonathan Givony breaks down the new picks in both rounds.

Arnovitz: The Houston Rockets could potentially average 1 million points per game against the Timberwolves, which means James Harden will post some gaudy numbers as he steps back, changes speeds and generally decimates the Wolves’ fragile defense.

The defensive line has gone from a strength to a weakness for the Jets. Beyond Leonard Williams, they don’t have anyone who is a long-term starter. Anyone they draft at this spot in the middle or late rounds will be a project they hope can develop into a starter, but they need to restock the cupboard here.

John Abraham was the last elite edge rusher this team had. Sam Darnold got all the attention at USC’s Pro Day, but the Jets also had their eye on edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu, who could be a third-round target for them.

Portland got a ton of mileage in the regular season out of having Aminu and Nurkic improvise double picks for Lillard just as they all cross the half-court line. We saw that only a few times in Game 1.

Mars, who represents five other former Ole Miss players who are transferring, added: “I could be wrong, by my interpretation of the message that Ole Miss sent back to the NCAA this morning is, ‘We’re done fighting. Just grant Shea a waiver and get this over with.'”

The NCAA ruled in December that Ole Miss football had shown a lack of institutional control. Ole Miss previously self-imposed a one-year bowl ban for the 2017 season, but the NCAA added another year to that postseason ban, among other penalties.jets_001

David Blatt takes shot at Cavs’ defense after brutal loss to Thunder

To put it kindly, the Cavs are struggling mightily on the defensive end of the floor. An old coach happened to notice.

Before the Turkish BSL All-Star Game on Sunday, former Cavs and current Darussafaka coach David Blatt took a quick swipe at his old team after Cleveland lost to Oklahoma City in particularly humiliating fashion Saturday afternoon. The Thunder started the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back, destroying the Cavs by a final score of 148-124. After allowing 43 points in the first quarter alone, Cavs players were booed off the floor by the home crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.

This is the worst it has ever been. That cannot be overstated or exaggerated. The mood around the locker room, the vibe among players, the general feeling throughout the organization is a stunning bewilderment of how it all fell apart so quickly… Even LeBron James is privately acknowledging to those around him that this is the worst it has been since he returned.

It was already bad enough in Cleveland. Blatt just threw some salt in the wound.

After Rondo said Allen wasn’t invited last year, it was revealed that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce also had strained relationships with Allen after he left the Celtics to sign with the Heat.

However, Pierce and Allen mended their relationship during a trip to China this past year, posting a photo on Instagram to show all was well.

Now it appears Allen and Rondo have moved past their differences, too.

While Adebayo is built more like a modern power forward at 6-10 with a 7-1 wingspan, he has the skill set of a traditional center. Almost half of his points have come on a combination of pick-and-rolls and cuts this season, and he’s finished those plays at a rate of 1.24 points per possession. (Adebayo currently ranks in the 63.1 percentile with 1.14 points per pick-and-roll possession and the 62.8 percentile with 1.34 points per cut possession).
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Broncos challenge Browns for designation of worst team in AFC

The Broncos play the Jets, Colts and Redskins over the next three weeks, the latter two on the road. There’s no reason to think they’ll play any better against any of those sub-.500 teams after the Dolphins had their way with them.

The Buccaneers can play spoiler in all of this. After playing the Lions in Week 14, they’ll get a shot at all three NFC South contenders. An upset loss to the bottom-feeders could be disastrous for the Falcons, Panthers or Saints.

Rams defensive back Trumaine Johnson is called for pass interference on a third-and-1 play, moving the Eagles to the Los Angeles 39.

Jared Goff completes a third-down pass well short of the marker and the Rams punt. Philadelphia will take over at its 12.

Touchdown Eagles. Philadelphia answers the Rams score with one of its own. The Eagles string together an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ends with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz to Brent Celek to tie the score at 7-7. Corey Clement registered a key 28-yard reception on the drive.

Touchdown Rams. Los Angeles scores three plays after the Eagles’ turnover and take a 7-0 lead. Todd Gurley takes a second-down handoff and runs for 30 yards, advancing to the Philadelphia 2. One play later, he punches it in for the score.

With jobs on the line everywhere in Denver, starting with Joseph’s, maybe Denver will end on a high note. Otherwise, nobody will be saved from the understandable wrath of John Elway.
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Eagles QB Carson Wentz feared to have torn ACL

He came up limping after absorbing multiple hits on a touchdown run that was negated by a holding penalty. Wentz stayed in the game for the remainder of the drive, which he capped with a fourth-down touchdown throw to Alshon Jeffery that gave the Eagles the lead.

Following the series, Wentz went to the trainers tent to be evaluated, and he was taken indoors a short time later.

Nick Foles immediately began practicing snaps with center Jason Kelce on the sideline in anticipation of going in.

“We got the win for him. We’re going to move on and whatever happens, happens. Next man up mentality,” Eagles safety Rodney McLeod said afterward. “That’s been the story of us this entire season. We’re not going to miss a beat at all and we’re just going to keep this thing rolling.”

Wentz passed for four touchdowns. He passed Sonny Jurgensen for the most touchdowns in a single season (33) in franchise history, a record that had stood since 1961.

“He was the first person greeting everyone in the locker room on the way in,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “I don’t know what to tell a man in that situation; I just told him I loved him as a teammate, loved him as a friend, obviously everyone is feeling for him.”

Greg Schiano would have earned $27.7 million in a proposed deal of six-plus years with Tennessee before the deal fell apart because of uproar from fans and on social media.

The school on Monday released a copy of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between John Currie, who has since been replaced by Phillip Fulmer as athletic director, and Schiano.

ESPN had reported last month that the MOU was never signed by Chancellor Beverly Davenport, which was likely to lead to a battle over whether Tennessee owed Schiano any money.orioles_018

He finished 38th and 20th in his first two Martinsville races and then 12th last October.

Los Angelenos with a laid-back reputation were on their feet for two-strike counts against Astros batters, a wave in Pantone 294 — also known as Dodger blue.

“We feed off the crowd, for sure,” Taylor said. “We feel we have a huge home-field advantage.”

Yuli Gurriel, who made a racist gesture toward Darvish in Game 3, was booed loudly during introductions and each time he batted, and Hill stepped off the rubber to allow the crowd extra time to jeer.

So the Jackets are winning without every gear turning in the same direction. Tortorella is already Tortsing all over this team, demoting goals leader Sonny Milano to the fourth line during a drought and stripping Brandon Dubinsky of his alternate captaincy in an effort to get him going. Yes, this is a bit like giving a thoroughbred the whip after the first quarter turn, but this is what Tortorella does.

He finished 38th and 20th in his first two Martinsville races and then 12th last October. In April, he finished third.

“He did a great job,” crew chief Alan Gustafson said. “This is a tough track for us to start. His rookie year, he didn’t have much success and ran good in the spring.

“The test was terrible for us two weeks ago. Just terrible. We took a different car, we did a lot of work, and he did a lot of work and came back and obviously had a car that could win.”

Gustafson said he expects drivers to have contact for the lead. Then they’ll try to get back on track Wednesday, when they host the Indiana Pacers, another supposed Eastern Conference cellar dweller that might not be an easy out, considering the way the Pacers upset the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. Whatever happens against the Pacers, the Cavs have put themselves behind the eight ball.ducks-009

That’ll leave a playoff-level roster with a lot of money still left to spare looking for a quarterback.

With the 49ers out of the way, this seems like the new match made in heaven for Cousins.

Salary cap space isn’t great in Arizona and it’s part of the reason the team lost important players like Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson in free agency. But the Cardinals would have a lot more room to work with if Carson Palmer retires after the year, nullifying his $20.625 million cap hit.

But, Jarrett Jack hit a long jumper and Lee added two free throws and the Knicks were able to hold on down the stretch.

“Fourth quarter, too many mental breakdowns. Lack of discipline to give Tim Hardaway Jr. three straights 3’s and he was the one guy we were supposed to be running off the line,” said Nuggets’ Head Coach Mike Malone. “So, just poor game awareness.”

They are, however, 0-2 at home this season, falling to Boston and Houston despite holding second-half leads.

Rookie guard/forward Ben Simmons generated 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to lead seven players in double figures in Monday’s rematch with the Rockets. Center Joel Embiid finished with 22 points, nine boards and five assists.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Dario Saric added season highs of 17 and 14 points, respectively, but the Sixers committed 21 turnovers and saw the Rockets cut a 14-point third-quarter deficit to one with 3:06 left in the game.

With both teams skating 4-on-4 in the third period thanks to penalties on Calvert and Brad Marchand, Torey Krug caught Bobrovsky moving side to side and made it 3-2 at 10:26. Assists went to Kevan Miller and Pastrnak.
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Jets upset, baffled after replay review negates TD in game vs. Patriots

The New York Jets were upset and baffled by an apparent touchdown that turned into a fumble and a touchback following a replay review in their 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

It’s ongoing, it’s not going to be a resolution overnight, Butler said. Obviously these are issues important to the players. That’s what we talked about and some things going forward.

Butler saw the meeting as a good step.

The NBA viewership story is an interesting one. The league’s national average audience across ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT was down six percent last year during the regular season, per Sports Business Daily. TNT had its lowest regular-season average since 2007-08, with an average of 1.54 million. ABC posted its lowest regular-season viewership season (3.3 million viewers) since 2007-08. ESPN games (1.565 million average) were down five percent from the previous year (1.652 million). NBA TV was also down from 2015-16 (312,000, from 345,000). The NBA’s local TV ratings fell 14% during the 2016-17 regular season, per Sports Business Daily.

Minnesota will have to make some tough decisions regarding its quarterback depth chart. But if Keenum begins to struggle and Bradford never returns to full health, Vikings fans could potentially see Bridgewater lead the charge this season.

Ok, that’s a little much. Rodeo was a big part of his youth in Bellville, Texas, however, as it showed Sanders how far people would go for the love of competition. That love propelled him through youth football, his career as a high school standout, and four successful years with the Mustangs all the way to the NFL. This is the story of that journey, and the people along it who helped Sanders become the incredible athlete he is today.
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Both teams are tied for fourth in fewest points allowed at 17.5 per game.

Maybe this is too low. Sam Bradford looked great in Week 1, and since he got hurt Case Keenum has stepped in and actually played pretty well. Keenum’s 65.5 QBR is fifth best in the league, and he ranks a surprising eighth in yards per attempt (7.6). Add in the possible second-half return of Teddy Bridgewater from injury, and the Vikings appear to have some depth at a position where almost everyone lacks it. But the low mark is because of the future, which is a total unknown. Bradford and Bridgewater are both eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the season. Both are major health question marks. The Vikings have no idea who’ll be their quarterback in 2018, and honestly they don’t even really know who’ll be available to play the position for them in the second half of this season. Too much mystery here to have any confidence.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford enjoys seeing Newton at his best, except when he’s facing the Lions.

He’s fun to watch, right? Stafford said. The guy’s an MVP, a big-time player.

Stafford is a big-time player in his own right. He’s off to a strong start, throwing seven touchdown passes and just one interception.

Detroit (3-1) is a half-yard shy of being the only undefeated team in the NFC. The Lions lost their last home game when, upon an officials’ review, Golden Tate was ruled just short of the goal line in the closing seconds against Atlanta. The game ended on that play, because a 10-second runoff was required after the review because the Lions didn’t have any timeouts left.

The Lions bounced back from that gut-wrenching defeat by topping Minnesota 14-7 on the road.

Turnovers have been a major factor in Detroit’s quick start. It leads the league with a plus-9 in that category. The Lions’ 11 takeaways are tied for the league lead.vikings_087

NFL overtime rules 2017: What changes were made for this season?

The NFL is seemingly on a never-ending quest to fix overtime, tweaking and revamping the rules every so often in an attempt to please everybody. After two games ended in ties last year, it seemed inevitable that we’d see another rule change, and the league delivered.

Starting in the 2017 season, overtime periods are now just 10 minutes long, compared to the normal 15-minute quarters in regulation. The main reason for Tim Williams Womens Jersey this, at least according to the competition committee, was to reduce game times for the players’ safety.

The new rules didn’t come into play in Week 1 with all Authentic Clark Gillies Jersey 15 games ending in regulation, but got their first run in Week 2 when the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts needed extra time to break a 13-13 tie.

“It’s tough for something like that to just happen,” Olsen said after the game. “Obviously it sucks, but I’ve been very lucky in my career to not get injured a lot. This is something that obviously will take a little bit of time, but sometimes that’s just a part the game.”

Why does this injury matter?

The Panthers are going to miss Olsen’s presence on the field. Olsen, a three-time Pro Bowler, is Cam Newton’s go-to target on third down and in the red zone. He can line up in the slot, out wide, and line up along the offensive line to block. Olsen is an all-around tight end who can do anything on the field.

Now, the Panthers will have to depend on Ed Dickson to step in for Olsen. Dickson, 30, isn’t a prolific tight end like Olsen, but he can occasionally make plays in the passing game and block. Dickson has 150 catches, 1,574 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns in his career.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera thinks that Dickson can help fill the void:

Rivera says that in Olsen’s absence, one of the worst things offense could do would be to try to change up everything. Has faith in Dickson.