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Vikings take Mike Hughes with No. 30

The Vikings have beefed up one of the best defenses in football.
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With pick No. 30, UCF cornerback Mike Hughes has joined the Vikings.
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There had been plenty of speculation that Minnesota would trade out of round one. Ultimately, they didn’t. (Obviously.)

Can Jameis Winston become a star? He has shown the potential, but how he fares will determine how Tampa Bay is viewed going forward. The Bucs have not taken any impact players since Winston.

If the arrangement is finalized, as expected, he will become the third former Cowboys player to work as a lead network broadcast analyst, joining Troy Aikman (Fox) and Tony Romo (CBS).

The Cowboys now must determine whether the tight end position becomes a priority for the second and third rounds of the NFL draft Friday night. CM Punk Jersey James Hanna (knee) was placed on the reserve/retired list; the Cowboys still have Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin and Rico Gathers under contract.

Swaim’s nine career receptions represent the trio’s entire output. Witten had 19 games in his career with at least nine catches, including an 18-catch, 167-yard effort against the New York Giants on Oct. 28, 2012. The 18 catches are the most ever by a tight end and tied for third most in a game overall.
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McGlinchey was mentioned in connection with the Raiders at No. 10, so winning the coin flip with their Bay Area neighbors proved fruitful for the 49ers.

Noble, altruistic, cautious sentiments. Decoded it reads, What’s our cut?

New NYU coach Dagan Nelson, replacing Joe Nesci who has retired after 30 years, is just the 14th coach since the school began its basketball program in 1906. Thus, over 111 years, NYU had just 13 coaches. Since 1995, the dawn of the Jim Dolan era, the Knicks have had 14.

Ed Randall’s Talking Baseball, Sunday mornings on WFAN, continues to feature the different and often surprising. Last week he chatted with 91-year old Brooklyn Dodgers pitching favorite Oisk, aka, Carl Erskine and Jackie Robinson’s daughter, Sharon. Sunday morning, between 9-10, David Wells is scheduled.

Good question from reader Mark Elder: If having an NFL team or two in Los Angeles is considered essential to Roger Good Investment Goodell, how is it the Oct. 21 Titans-L.A. Chargers game in London will begin on the West Coast at 6:30 a.m.?

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Report: Dez Bryant won’t sign before draft

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear yesterday he’s not interested in re-signing Dez Bryant later.
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And it appears no one else will be before the draft either.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Bryant won’t be signing with anyone before the draft.
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The NFL is living that reality with the RedZone and Fantasy channels, which give fans who bought DirecTV’s NFLSunday Ticket package all the scoring action in one place and take them away from the game telecasts themselves.

College basketball appeared to be the most recent victim of transforming viewing habits. March Madness TV sold Villanova’s 72-69 win over Michigan in the men’s national championship game on across TBT/TNT/truTV as the highest-rated program across all of TV on April 2. When you make the year-over-year comparisons, however, that 10.3 overnight rating is a record low for a championship game. North Carolina’s win over Gonzaga last year drew a 14.5 overnight rating on CBS, while Villanova’s buzzer-beating victory the year before registered 12.0 across the same three networks.
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Kraft has been a strong supporter and close friend of President Trump. Previously, Kraft publicly expressed dismay at the tone of President Trump’s comment when he said as to any player who fails to stand during the anthem, Get that son of a bitch off the field.

A lot of these guys I looked up to back in high school looking at the best of the best, Davenport said Wednesday at a pre-draft event.

And while he wasn’t completely alone as an underdog 鈥?Wyoming QB Josh Allen and Iowa CB Josh Jackson were also two-star recruits by rivals while Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch wasn’t rated at all 鈥?he wasn’t done trying to prove himself.

I talked to my dad the other day, I was like, ‘Everything, every mistake, everything that went great made me this,’ Davenport said. It couldn’t Womens Terry Sawchuk Jersey have happened any other way.A former employee of the Carolina Panthers 鈥?who says she was a victim of sexual harassment by outgoing team owner Jerry Richardson for many years 鈥?has come forward anonymously to detail how Richardson besieged her with creepy, sexually suggestive handwritten notes; how Richardson used the N-word with an African-American team scout; and how the NFL’s investigation into the matter is a farce.

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The Indianapolis Colts already traded down once in this year’s NFL draft.

General Manager Chris Ballard would be open to doing it again before the team makes their first selection next Thursday.

Joining NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Friday, Ballard was asked whether he’s prepared to trade down from the No. 6 spot if the opportunity arises to stockpile additional picks.

If what’s past is prologue, the Los Angeles Chargers should be marking down an L for their Week 1 matchup versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

K.C. has owned Philip Rivers and the Chargers in recent seasons. L.A. has lost the past eight meetings against its division rivals — random fact: Rivers’ youngest daughter, Clare, has yet to witness her father beat the Chiefs.

While speaking about the makeup of the Chargers’ schedule with Ricky Henne of the team’s official website, Rivers pointed out how opening with a division opponent makes it vital getting out of the gate fast.

There might not be a better way to reignite a rivalry between two division foes seemingly headed in divergent directions than for one of the series’ most infamous figures to switch sides. Sherman was released by Seattle after seven years, during which time he routinely antagonized the Niners. But it didn’t take him long to find his landing spot, as he zeroed in on an ascendant San Francisco team led by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Even if he’s not back at full form as he recovers from an Achilles injury, the first matchup with his old mates is appointment viewing. 

Titans CB Malcolm Butler vs. Patriots (Nov. 11, Week 10)

Bill Belichick’s decision to bench Butler in the Super Bowl still remains somewhat of a mystery. While this divorce might not be as acrimonious as some others, it will undoubtedly be intriguing to see how one of New England’s former heroes settles in with his new surroundings. With Mike Vrabel taking over as head coach and running back Dion Lewis defecting to Nashville with Butler, there are plenty of juicy connections here. 

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J.D. McKissic signs tender with Seahawks

Running back J.D. McKissic signed his exclusive rights tender Friday, keeping him with the Seahawks for another season. Seattle announced that move and made two others official as quarterback Stephen Morris signed his free agent deal and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson signed his exclusive rights tender.
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He’s a good player and good players are going to make plays, Lightning center Brayden Point said. He had a good night tonight. He is a guy we have to watch, know when he is out there and take away his space.

Butcher had tied it at 4:03 of the period, just 24 seconds after Deone Bucannon Authentic Jersey the Lightning were penalized for having too many men on the ice during a penalty kill.

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The Lightning, who scored on 3 of 4 power plays in the first two games, converted on two more in Game 3.

According to Mickey Spagnuolo of the Cowboys’ team website, Bryant walked out of the team facility saying I’ll see guys twice this year.

The idea of Bryant bouncing back with Washington, the Giants or the Eagles is an interesting subplot, but only if the revenge makes him play the way he did when Tony Romo was his quarterback.

Of the three of them, Washington probably needs the most help at the position, unless the Giants end up moving Odell Beckham Jr.

The paperwork submitted by the NFL further includes allegations of former players directly committing fraud. Consider this quote regarding an unidentified (for now) former player: A Retired NFL Football Player diagnosed with purported Alzheimer’s Disease in June 2016 at the age of 54 claimed that he had stopped coaching football by the time of his evaluation due to his severe cognitive impairment.

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Ozzie Newsome’s parting gift to the Baltimore Ravens is a franchise quarterback.

The Cleveland Browns secondary is far from complete even after the additions of Damarious Randall, T.J. Carrie, E.J. Gaines and Terrance Mitchell. The unit still lacks a true cover corner.聽
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Penn State’s Saquon Barkley seems to be the logical choice at No. 4, but the Browns already have Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson with a chance to select a talented running back later in the process.聽

If he does, be afraid, AFC West rivals. Be very afraid.

I’m straight back to working out and doing what I did when I came here, Manziel said, per ESPN. Everything else will sort itself out. I’m trying to do what I can do to come back to playing football whatever capacity that is.

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Grandal doubled into the left-field corner off Tyler Webb (0-1), who was called up earlier in the day from Triple-A El Paso. Corey Seager was aboard on a leadoff single and Enrique Hernandez on a walk. Kyle Farmer added a two-run double off Kazuhisa Makita with two outs.

Grandal was with the Padres from 2012 until being traded to Los Angeles for Matt Kemp in December 2014.
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The Dodgers took a combined two-hitter into the ninth before Jansen blew his second save this season. He allowed Eric Hosmer’s towering leadoff home run to center, his second, before center fielder Chris Taylor robbed Christian Villanueva of a homer for the second out. Jansen then walked Franchy Cordero, who stole second and took third on Jansen’s balk.

Pinch-hitter Chase Headley, who came in hitting just .038, doubled to right on a 3-2 pitch to tie it. Headley clapped his hands and pumped his fists after sliding into the bag. Jansen struck out pinch-hitter Austin Hedges to send it into extras.

Hosmer had struck out in each of his previous three at-bats.

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The Jets entered free agency with $90 million in salary-cap space.

With all the focus on what the Jets are doing at quarterback, some of their free-agent signings have not gotten the attention they normally would have. Jets coach Todd Bowles was asked about them this week. Here is what he had to say about their pickups other than Teddy Bridgewater:
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On cornerback Trumaine Johnson: Trumaine’s a good football player. I think he can play in any scheme. He can play man, zone, off or on. He’s just a heady football player. Tall, long, physical, understands how to play. Those are a lot of the things that attracted us to him.

On linebacker Avery Williamson: We’re very confident that Williamson can play football. We’ve watched him. He’s a Nick Vannett Jersey first-, second-down, third-down guy. We have different packages we can use him [in]. He’ll be used to fill in and replace Demario [Davis]. He’s a tackling machine. He has a ton of tackles, year in and year out. He’s a very solid tackler. He’s very good, making some space tackles, which is very important for us. Obviously, he’s a little bit younger [than Davis]. We thought he was a very good football player.

On center Spencer Long: Spencer has good position flex. He can play center or guard. We were looking for a guy with versatility. He has great size and great toughness. Along the line of what we’re doing on offense this year, he was a perfect fit.

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The NFL ostensibly wants to make the game safer, for the players and the owners. But in doing so, some defensive players believe it’s losing the essence of the sport.

I don’t know how you’re going to play the game, Redskins cornerback Josh Norman told USA Today. If your helmet comes in contact? How are you going to avoid that if you’re in the trenches and hit a running back, facemask to facemask and accidentally graze the helmet? It’s obviously going to happen. So, I don’t know even what that definition looks like.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Capitals name Braden Holtby as Game 3 starter

Down 2-0 in their first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Washington Capitals are going back to Braden Holtby in net for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Philipp Grubauer started the first two games. He was the first Capitals goaltender other than Holtby to start a postseason series since 2011.

“Our decision starting Gruby was just the numbers he’s put up over the last while, and Holts was a true pro,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “He’s been working with our goalie coaches on his game and got some momentum toward the end of the season. So you look at what [Holtby’s] done in the playoffs, all those things, I think it’s a pretty good option for us. And coming here to Columbus, here in Columbus, he’s had a lot of games here, and he feels pretty comfortable.”

He does have a 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 60 playoff games.

“Braden’s going in tonight, and he’s going to do what he’s done for a while,” Trotz said.

If he doesn’t, the Capitals will be on the cusp of being knocked out of the playoffs in the first round for the second straight season. They haven’t gotten past the second round since 2012-13 and have never won a Stanley Cup.

Former Raider Marquette King signed a three-year deal with the AFC West-rival Broncos on Thursday, less than a week after Oakland released him in a move that didn’t seem so surprising after the motive came to light. Gruden, the Raiders’ new $100 million man, had issues with King’s eccentric personality and thus pushed for his departure, according to a number of Oakland reporters.

King, who had three years left on the 2016 contract he signed with the Raiders, sounded like he had ulterior motives of his own in choosing the Broncos — and getting the chance to face the Raiders twice in a season.

“I just wanted to find the best place that I thought I would fit,” King told Denver reporters in a conference call after inking his deal. “I think there is somewhat of a revenge factor in there, too.”

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Cardinals-Cubs game postponed because of poor weather

The series opener between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals has been postponed because of poor weather.
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With light snow falling and the temperature around 30 degrees, Monday night’s game was postponed about six hours before the scheduled first pitch. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on July 21.

Gyorko, who hit 20 homers last season, has been sidelined since April 2. Gregerson was injured in spring training.

Davis and Ware appeared on ESPN together to discuss the complaints. Ware alleged she was told by Grogan that she should be quiet Womens Trevor Siemian Jersey about her faith and not talk too much about Jesus. She recalled one instance when she was doing a photoshoot and Ware told her to hold a fruit basket as if they were testicles.

I thought I was being tested because my virginity was just brought up in a negative light, Ware said.

She said she started to become emotionally distressed and started receiving headaches from the stress.

Ware said Davis played a huge role in her coming forward with the allegations.

All of this had to do with God, Ware said. It was God’s perfect timing and I had to be honest with my story.

Monday’s a good day, the speedy outfielder said. But it’s April so I’m not really too excited about what’s going on right now. We’ve got a lot of games to play.

Smith bunted for a single against Martin Perez in a four-run second inning that gave the Rays a 5-0 lead.

Perez had a second consecutive outing that was so bad it left the Rangers wondering.

Maybe he’s tipping his pitches, catcher Robinson Chirinos said after Perez gave up eight runs — seven earned — and 10 hits in four innings. Seems like they were feeling comfortable with him, taking those pitches, especially late in the count. So we’re going to come early tomorrow and go and watch video and see what he’s doing.

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I’ve been in this situation before and I’m just trying to find a way to start to pitch good again, Perez said. I’m going to find a way.

Snell (2-1) was more excited about his zero walks than his nine strikeouts. He yielded one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

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Owners table discussion of Josh McDaniels rule

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The NFL’s owners considered on Tuesday a so-called Josh McDaniels rule, which would allow teams to hire as head coaches assistant coaches from other teams before those teams have concluded a playoff run. The owners decided to consider the proposal again in the future.
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The rule has been tabled until the Jonas Brodin Youth jersey May meeting, which often becomes a graceful way of killing a proposal.

Colts G.M. Chris Ballard, whose team was directly impacted by McDaniels’ decision not to sign a contract to which he had unofficially agreed before his current team, the Patriots, played in Super Bowl LII, was opposed to the rule change.

When you’re a playoff team, you’re trying to eliminate all the distractions that you can, Ballard said Tuesday, via the Indianapolis Star. And we’re going to be a playoff team and we’re going to have these issues. It becomes a slippery slope. We have rules in place for a reason. I think they’re good rules. It gives you a chance to interview and then, after the season, whatever happens, happens. In our case, he changed his mind and we moved on.

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Josh will go into it as the starter, and by the end of training camp, we’ll see who the starter is, Jets coach Todd Bowles said, via Calvin Watkins of Newsday. It’s competition at every position, even with the two young safeties. Whether it’s Leonard Williams or anybody else, everybody has competition going in. If they’re not performing well enough, they won’t be the starter at the end of August, and that goes for every position. So that’s never changed since I’ve been here.

The Jets also have Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty on their roster and are expected to draft a quarterback with the third overall choice.

The team tried to replace McCown in training camp last year, giving more reps to Hackenberg and Petty in hopes of getting younger at the position. Neither won the job, and McCown started 13 games before breaking his hand.

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For some teams drafting a quarterback high, disaster is inevitable

With possibly four quarterbacks taken in the first five picks and five (maybe six) quarterbacks taken in the first 32 selections, each of the teams that writes the name of a quarterback on a first-round draft card will believe that they are getting a franchise-changing guy. In the end, up to half (or more) could be dead wrong.
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I think we have pretty much ironed that out, Strunk said. I haven’t seen any problems, nothing’s come up that would make us think there is still a big issue.

As Kuharsky explains it, the third branch of the Adams family tree (consisting of Bud Adams’ daughter-in-law, Susan Lewis, and her sons, Kenneth Adams IV and Barclay Adams) designated the control aspect of their shared 33 percent to Strunk. In return, it appears that Strunk has agreed to transfer control to Kenneth Adams IV, when Strunk retires as controlling owner.

Ryan was at his Pro-Am golf tournament on Monday to raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that can help other children who need medical attention. He answered questions from reporters at the event about the new arrivals to his household as well as the contract talks that have been a frequent topic of conversation this offseason.

Ryan and the Falcons will kick off their offseason program next Monday and the quarterback said he’s looking forward to getting off to a strong start after an inconsistent offensive season in 2017. Assuming the contract gets done, there will be several more offseasons for Ryan in Atlanta in the years to come.

The Seahawks began the process of replacing Blair Walsh when they signed Jason Myers in January, but coach Pete Carroll has acknowledged the team would like to add another kicker.

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