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The St. Louis Blues are less interested in identifying why they’ve suddenly turned things around than they are in simply extending their improved play.

After losing nine of 10 and fading in the playoff race, the Blues won their second consecutive game against a team they’re pursuing in the Western Conference, beating the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Monday night.

I have Ovechkin’s goal erosion beginning two years from now, during his 34-year-old season. I am curious if, at any point in the coming years, Ovechkin will try to play 15 pounds lighter to counter losing speed in a league going almost exclusively with players who can wheel. If Ovechkin is going to break Gretzky’s record, he needs to keep that childlike enthusiasm he has brought to the game since he first arrived.

Kirk Cousins is definitely not the starting quarterback in Washington any longer. His future was the biggest storyline of the 2018 offseason. Now it’s been decided. The Vikings have already come to an agreement with Cousins on a fully guaranteed three-year deal worth about $86 million.

It was settled the moment the team worked out a trade with the Chiefs to bring in Alex Smith. Washington had two choices. It could have let Cousins hit free agency, or it could have used the franchise tag for a third consecutive season to try to get something for him via trade.

Washington made the smart decision and declined to tag him a third time. Cousins will officially hit free agency, which begins on March 14. He’s expected to make the deal with the Vikings official at that point.

Brees’ deal looks like a lot on paper. But it’s team-friendly, with just $27 million guaranteed. That gives New Orleans an out after Year 1 if this turns out to be the season that Brees finally plays like he’s 39 years old.

Quarterbacks were the big story of this free agency period, but there were a couple of huge wide receiver moves, too. Once Jarvis Landry was tagged by the Dolphins and then traded to the Browns, Robinson became the hottest commodity on the receivers market. The Bears snatched him up with a three-year deal that could pay out as much as $42 million.

Mathew Barzal and Johnny Gaudreau are tied in second with 28 assists.

How likely are the Browns to draft a QB? 100 percent. There is no doubt about this decision now: The Browns will draft a quarterback, and it’s likely they draft him first overall. Taylor appears to be a one-year placeholder while the young quarterback learns. His play and the success he brings the team could change that, but it’s likely Taylor will be playing to win games and his next contract, with the drafted quarterback taking over in 2019. Cleveland has the Nos. 1 and 4 picks in the first round, along with three second-round picks. — McManamon
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Luongo had no idea that his speech would have such an impact. He has accepted awards before at banquets and has addressed teams in locker rooms. But he had never spoken in front of 15,000 people in an arena — let alone had his words amplified by national media coverage.

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Baltimore ranked 23rd in the majors in home attendance last season, attracting 2,028,424 fans — down from 2,172,344 in 2016. By letting kids attend games for free, the Orioles hope to bring more adults to the park and entice more families to enjoy a day at Camden Yards.
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Why Richard Sherman’s contract is gold for 49ers

Sherman at bestmaximize the guarantees to $16 million protected for injury if he makes the Pro Bowl this year. He also could increase the yearly compensation to $13.05 million by playing 90 percent of snaps, making the All-Pro team and being named to the Pro Bowl. That would bring his max compensation to $26.1 million over two years.
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Alex Smith is set to replace Cousins in Washington, and the rumors of the Redskins tagging and trading him won’t become reality. Consider the Vikings as Cousins’ top team, with the Broncos and Jets tied for a distant, fading second. He would be a great mental and physical fit in Minnesota.

Great run-blocking guards ready for big raises are hard to keep, as the Bengals experienced last year when they lost Kevin Zeitler. Norwell, an undrafted gem, is stepping into a market short on worthy offensive linemen, setting him up for a big payday elsewhere.

He’s close to being fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered in Jacksonville’s first game last season. He had a monster 2015 campaign as a big-play and red-zone threat before cooling off in 2016. He is the only true No. 1 outside wideout available, but the Jaguars have the cap room to bring him back post-injury.

By now, based on Butler’s Super Bowl 52 benching, everybody knows how much he fell out of favor in New England as the No. 2 corner. That’s the way he needs to be viewed as a free agent: not on the same level as his one-year teammate, Stephon Gilmore, from a year ago.

Last year was Amendola’s best in a Patriots uniform with 61 catches for 659 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season. He had 26 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns in three games during the postseason.

Amendola joins former Chiefs wideout Albert Wilson as new weapons in the Miami offense.

If a club extends a required tender to a non-exclusive franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.

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Lawrence’s 14.5-sack season was the first time a Cowboys player put up the numbers of a premier pass rusher since DeMarcus Ware left.

The Browns have a grand total of four players set to hit free agency and none is worth the cost of a franchise tag. Isaiah Crowell is the Vernon Butler Authentic Jersey only one close, but it won’t happen.
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A long-term contract is the top priority for Dallas, but since he still he doesn’t have one, the franchise tag is a solid option to give the Cowboys more time to make a deal happen.

I’m not worried about him playing for us again, I’m more worried about him, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Y’all have been updated as much as we have. The thing that we’re hopeful for and prayerful for is that he comes back and he’ll be OK. The football stuff is secondary. His life is a lot more important to me than football.

Shazier’s teammates came up short of their goal to win Super Bowl LII, falling to the Jaguars in the Divisional Round.

Shazier wasn’t on the field for the postseason. But he was still a huge part of what his teammates accomplished this season.
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Like everything about the pre-draft process, the Wonderlic test should be just one of a complex tapestry of player evaluation. There’s also nothing to suggest that proficiency on the test is indicative one way or the other of on-field success.

There are myriad problems with the fact that the Wonderlic test is still used and how much is extrapolated from it.
A wonderlic result doesn’t take into account a players’ level of test anxiety or other factors such as educational training for standardized tests in the past. Also just because a player is book smart doesn’t mean he lacks the incredible amount of skill in mental processing and spatial awareness that it takes to score a touchdown or make a tackle.

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Since John Calipari took over as Kentucky head coach ahead of the 2009-10 season, the program has produced 21 one-and-done prospects through eight drafts ranging from future All-Stars to disappointing flame outs (Someone somewhere still resides on James Young Island).

That’s almost three per year! And far more than any other program in that time frame.

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).

Kevin Love says it was necessary to clean house in Cleveland

Kevin Love is on board with all of the moves the Cavaliers made at the trade deadline. He saw a team that needed change and Cleveland went through a near complete rebuild a week ago.
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It might not have been a bad thing to get some fresh faces in there and guys from situations where they really wanted to win, Love told reporters at NBA All-Star Weekend Saturday in Los Angeles. I think first and foremost, seeing those (new) guys in Atlanta, they didn’t play, but they got there right after the trade and they just said they want to win. You can tell when somebody says it, you can tell when somebody means it. They really meant it and it felt good to have that there.

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Get the bench ready. One of the keys to Toronto’s emergence as a contender in the East this year has been the play of its reserve unit, which has been the best in the league with a net rating of plus-8.8. But five of the six bench regulars are 25 or younger, and only C.J. Miles (17.6) and Norman Powell (16.0) have averaged more than 8.0 minutes per game in the playoffs in their careers. Getting important minutes in big stretch run games should help.
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Even wing Kent Bazemore is not getting much love on the market, despite having the most productive season of his career. Bazemore is a good perimeter defender averaging 13.2 points and making 38.9 percent of his 3s, a career high. But he is due $37 million over the next two seasons (the second is a player option, and he is expected to opt in).

The Pelicans have had interest in Bazemore, but the Hawks likely would have to take back Solomon Hill ($26 million over the next two years) and would not be able to get a first-rounder out from New Orleans until 2020.

Bring back the D. In the first 45 games of the season, the Thunder were among the best defensive teams in the league, allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions, third in the NBA. In their last 15, though, OKC has held opponents under 100 points just once, and the team’s defensive efficiency has ranked just 21st in the NBA. The loss of defensive specialist Andre Roberson has been a big part of that, but the Thunder have to find ways to make up for his absence.

UCLA’s Josh Rosen: I can ‘really pick defenses apart’

Josh Rosen is viewed by many as the top pro-ready quarterback in the 2018 draft, and he has an explanation for that. He spoke on his ability to break down defenses at the NFL Scouting Combine Friday.
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I can sit in the pocket and really pick defenses apart, he told reporters.

I think if you can get to three, four reads into your progression you give yourself more opportunities to get the ball down the field, he said. If you’re a one, two and run guy, and you say, throw the ball … 40 times a game, NFL 30 times a game, you’re giving yourself … 70, 80 opportunities to get the ball down the field.
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The 21-year-old player is favored to go in the early portion of the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft which begins April 26 and he could be taken by any one of several teams including the Browns, who have the No. 1 pick.

Hurst, who played for Michigan, is leaving the combine for a week, but he is expected to return to Indianapolis for the second medical check for players with medical red flags.

ESPN noted this has happened before, when an echocardiogram found a heart condition in Utah’s defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. However, after a medical recheck came back clear he was drafted by the Panthers in the first round in 2013.
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Hurst compiled 13.5 sacks in the 41 games he played at Michigan.

Aldridge sprained his right ankle in the first half of Wednesday’s game, and didn’t return. The severity of the injury is unknown, so he should be considered questionable ahead of Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Given the Spurs’ tendency towards caution I am not expecting him to play, but keep an eye out for official reports. Pau Gasol also sat out Wednesday with a sore knee, and he is also questionable for Saturday.

Browns won’t play rookie quarterback immediately, coach Hue Jackson says

The Cleveland Browns aren’t drafting a quarterback with the intention of playing him right away, coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine.
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Would we have to [play him]? Jackson told reporters. I would hope not.

Jackson then mentioned free agency as an opportunity to add a quarterback to go with players already on the roster. That comment points to free agent A.J. McCarron — whom Jackson declined to comment on — and DeShone Kizer, who played in 15 games for the Browns during their winless 2017 season.

On Thursday, Carroll said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis that he had no problem with Wilson participating in spring training. He just hopes Wilson’s approach to pitches in a certain part of the strike zone improves.

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He will be part of our team officially, and really unofficially because he’s still with us day-to-day as he rehabs, Colbert said. He involves himself in team issues so he can be a formidable member in 2018.
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Shazier is due $8.7 million for the fifth-year option the team picked up last April. He’s not under contract for 2019.

Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery Dec. 6 and has graduated to outpatient treatment. Questions persisted about Shazier’s ability to move his legs shortly after the injury, but he is now standing on his own accord and making steady progress.

This offseason, Shazier has been working out at the team facility and sitting in on scouting meetings. Speaking on teammate Roosevelt Nix’s podcast last week, Shazier outlined plans to play again.

Targeting is limited to cases of illegal contact to an opponent’s head or neck area.

Unlike college football, the NFL doesn’t have a “targeting” rule — for now, at least — but the unnecessary roughness rules provide offensive players with essentially the same exact protections.

The biggest difference is that targeting in college football results in an automatic ejection and 15-yard penalty, while unnecessary roughness is just a 15-yard penalty in the NFL.

“The media made it a situation to where they thought I was grandstanding, “ Owens said. “But like I told a lot of people. If [that was] Brett Favre, they would have called him a warrior. For me, they said I was selfish. If I’m selfish, I’m selfish because I want to help my team win.”

No matter what anyone believed in, Owens proved himself to be a great teammate. It was also a testament to how passionate he was about the game, to be willing to risk his career for a championship.

Though the Eagles lost, it’s an all-time performance by Owens.
There are not many games in any sport where a performance in a losing effort is remembered so fondly. Owens’ game on a broken leg is arguably the most memorable.

Owens didn’t get into the Hall of Fame in 2017, with some voters citing his antics and attitude. He’s a finalist again in 2018 and knows he belongs. On Good Morning NFL Owens said, “As far as my body of work, I constantly say it, it speaks for itself.”

Though Kane has produced on the ice when healthy and been active in working with Buffalo-area charitable groups, he has been questioned for his immaturity off the ice.

Kane has had two legal run-ins, including being arrested for grabbing three women by the hair and neck during an altercation at a Buffalo bar in June 2016. The charges were eventually dismissed on condition Kane stayed out of trouble as part of a plea agreement in which a prosecutor described the player’s behavior as arrogant, boorish and surly, but not criminal.

We saw him in Boston, we came and saw him, and the year before that we watched him, and then they made it this year, Alex says. It didn’t work out last year to go to the Super Bowl, but we kept in touch with him.

Both are predicting Patriots victories, not surprisingly. Alex says 27-24, Sydney says 37-33. Whatever happens, they’ll be partying with Waddle afterwards. They’re having a blast.

The NFL Honors show comes back for a seventh year as the league’s answer to the Academy Awards.

During NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s annual All-Star news conference in Los Angeles over the weekend, Silver revealed he is weighing the merits of adjusting the postseason to the top 16 seeds, regardless of conference, in the hopes of improving the chances of the two best regular-season teams facing off in the NBA Finals.
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You also would like to have a format where your two best teams are ultimately going to meet in the Finals, Silver said. You could have a situation where the top two teams in the league are meeting in the conference finals or somewhere else. So we’re going to continue to look at that. It’s still my hope that we’re going to figure out ways.

The problem is that the ESPN report says many Patriots players felt pressured to use the program and some described it as being like a cult.

Guerrero denied those claims in a January blog post that said he encouraged every client to follow their own path toward what they believe works best for them.

But Belichick curbed Guerrero’s access to the team in 2017, a decision that neither Brady nor Belichick has spoken much to the media about.
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All the NFL’s awards are being handed out Saturday night in a bloated television special, complete with a red-carpet show. The entire thing will be tape-delayed and air at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC (live stream at NBC Sports, fuboTV).

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Despite rumors of a potential split 鈥?including a report Belichick could coach the New York Markus Granlund Jersey Giants 鈥?Belichick said he’s committed to being the Patriots coach in 2018 and there’s little reason to believe the rumors created any kind of significant fracture.

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