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Sean Payton said last week the Saints won’t ask Alvin Kamara to carry more of a load while Mark Ingram is out. Kamara, speaking publicly for the first time since news of Ingram’s four-game suspension broke, said he won’t ask for a bigger role.
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The Twins, Rockies and Brewers have a lot in common: All are young, on upward trajectories and coming off more successful seasons than most of us expected last year. All have graduated prospects from previously standout farm systems, and all have at least one young major leaguer (e.g., the Brewers’ Orlando Arcia, the Rockies’ David Dahl and the Twins’ Byron Buxton, among others) who could bloom into an offensive superstar this year.

Which is to say nobody really knows what this year, or this era, will offer any of them. Just look at the Rangers, who were in a similar position last spring and dropped down to 78 wins. These teams’ competitive windows are simultaneously just opening and inherently uncertain. None of these teams needs to win the World Series this year to be successful, but each must look like a team that still could.

Upon returning to the dugout, Soto received a curtain call from the crowd at Nationals Park.

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His ascent to the bigs was so sudden that, as of Monday, he didn’t have a name plate at the top of his locker.
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That wasn’t the only thing that stood out. While taking batting practice before his first start, Soto was the only member of the Nationals wearing a helmet, a choice he made expressly for the purpose of getting accustomed to Dave Keon Authentic Jersey the single-flap ear helmet worn in the majors instead of the dual-flap model he used in the minors. By the time first pitch rolled around, he seemed more than comfortable.

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When the Texans were recruiting former Arizona Cardinals All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu, their vision for him meshed with the style of play and role he embraces.
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Mathieu was utilized in an extremely versatile role in the Valley of the Sun, lining up everywhere from safety, cornerback and linebacker.

The Texans have a much more specific plan for the feisty hitter known as ‘The Honey Badger.’

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We talked about keeping it strictly about football, eliminating some of those distractions, Pennington said. I certainly understand the business side of building your brand, but like I tell all the rookies I speak with, your brand is not how many followers you have on Twitter and friends on Facebook. Your brand is how you work and how you treat people, and if your work ethic is right and you treat people right, your brand will be built the correct way.

With Barkley off the board, there wasn’t a running back worthy of the sixth overall pick. Therefore, it was an easy decision for Indianapolis to scoop up former Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson.

Nelson is as good a guard prospect we’ve seen since Zack Martin. The Dallas Cowboys took him back in 2014, and Martin has since made four consecutive Pro Bowls and has made two first-team All-Pro teams.

This is the kind of player Nelson can be. While fans might not get excited about an interior offensive lineman, Nelson is likely to lock down a spot on the line at a high level for as long as he’s a member of the Colts. He’ll immediately improve Indianapolis’ run game, and he’ll make the line in front of Luck better from day one.

The Buffalo Bills made former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen the third quarterback taken in the draft after trading up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Allen may not have been Buffalo’s first-choice signal-caller (we’ll probably never hear anyone admit it), he does have intriguing physical traits.

Arizona Cardinals top draft pick Josh Rosen overcomes early jitters at first NFL minicamp

Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen entered a huddle as a professional football player for the first time Friday, sharing the moment with the 10 other players staring back at him.

The Cardinals opened a three-day minicamp for rookies and other young players, 61 in all, including those attending on a tryout basis.

The ballpark was the place of defiance and the introduction of a new, post-9/11 character: heroes. On the field, the players had always been the ones celebrated as heroes. Now sports would recognize the off-field citizen in uniform as heroes too: police, fire, military, sometimes emergency services. Two weeks after the towers fell, Arista re-released Whitney Houston’s iconic rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” from the 1991 Super Bowl.

A month later, the same week the Stealth Bomber flew over Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix before Game 1 of the 2001 World Series, the single peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. It went on to sell 1 million copies. Nothing better illustrated the new mood of patriotism that swept the country than this: For the first time in history, the national anthem went platinum.

Totally different if they had known then versus now. It may or may not have changed the hire, but certainly totally different in terms of the thought process, the discussion, the debate. Frankly, even the PR strategy.

The Lions, though they left enough wiggle room in their statement to change course should more facts come to light, gave Patricia a strong show of support Thursday when Quinn, Wood and the 92-year-old Ford attended Patricia’s seven-minute news conference.

The ballpark atmosphere made sports the perfect venue for that form of tribute, but it was also the perfect place to bring out the worst elements of our cultural instincts. Political confrontation was never supposed to be the plan. For years, sports was the country’s province of political neutrality, of fun and games, of root, root, rooting for the home team. And when the Heritage got involved, when a player wanted to make a political statement, the business of sports backed away, assuaging the public by clarifying that a player’s act of political protest was an individual one, not endorsed by the team.sabres_124

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Overshadowed by prized rookie Sam Darnold, fellow quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continues to work quietly on his NFL comeback.
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Coach Todd Bowles, speaking Saturday at rookie minicamp, was noncommittal on whether Bridgewater will be a full participant.

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Bowles said he expects Bridgewater to be out there throwing and competing with everybody else, but throwing and participating in team drills are two different things. Chances are Bridgewater will be limited in some fashion.

I know there’s a greater purpose here for a lot of guys in this league who I consider family members. The NFL and other sports leagues sometimes allow athletes to use otherwise banned substances if they receive therapeutic use exemptions for substances that have legitimate medical uses. But when James applied for a therapeutic use exemption to allow him to use marijuana, the NFL turned him down. Although James is not currently under contract to an NFL team, free agents remain subject to the league’s random drug testing.

It’s hard where I’m from, he said, so softspoken that he’s barely audible at times. But he never pined for the father figure he never had.

After contemplating retirement last offseason, Roethlisberger questioned his own future on the heels of a five-interception performance in early October. Just when it appeared that his career might be winding down, he turned his season around and played as well as any quarterback in December and January. It’s fair to wonder if that hot streak will continue with Randy Fichtner calling plays for the first time.

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The Falcons took another step toward restocking their defensive line Friday.
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The team announced they had agreed to terms with veteran defensive tackle Terrell McClain.

The one thing that sticks out most when you watch Acuna during batting practice, besides the monster bombs (As high and far as I’ve ever seen anyone hit’em, one scout says), is how much fun he seems to be having. Standing on the outfield grass in between defensive reps, he’s the only one dancing, holding his candy-apple-red glove in front of his face as if he’s at a club and the mitt is his date.
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While all of his teammates wear their road-gray pants down to their shoes, he opts for knee-high knickers that show off the navy socks with the bright green stripes. His flat-brimmed hat sits firmly on his head per the front office’s wishes, but he slants it to the right side of his head so that it’s pointing at about 1 o’clock Lance Parrish Youth jersey instead of the traditionally accepted high noon position.

Although his game has drawn comparisons to that of former Braves great Hank Aaron (among others), his pregame conjures up images of a more recent Hall of Fame outfielder.

The newest draft picks under contract are fourth-round defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes (pictured) and fifth-round tight end Tyler Conklin. The only unsigned rookie is first-round cornerback Mike Hughes, the 30th overall pick in the draft.

Hughes said Friday that, once he gets his contract, he’ll be buying his mother a house. He’ll be able to afford one; based on his draft position, he’ll be getting a four-year deal in the range of $10 million.

Houston slowed the pace as the season went on. You can understand the temptation to play one-on-one ball here. Minnesota has frustrated Houston’s pick-and-roll attack by aping the Spurs’ game plan from last season’s playoffs: park Towns near the rim, stay home on shooters, and invite Harden and Paul to try floaters. But the Wolves don’t have San Antonio’s discipline. Towns is still learning. His teammates stray further from shooters than Gregg Popovich would allow. Poke around, and someone will pop open.
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At their best, the Rockets mix in fast breaks, triples with 19 on the shot clock, and semi-scripted plays with more meat to them. Even the Rockets need to keep good defenses guessing.

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The Bills are spending some time with a possible addition to their backfield and special teams units on Tuesday.
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Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that running back Kenjon Barner is visiting with the team.

Signing in Buffalo would reunite Barner with former Eagles teammate LeSean McCoy as they played together during the 2014 season in Philadelphia. Barner spent the next two seasons with the Eagles as well and then returned to Philadelphia last September after a brief spell with the Chargers.

Why? It seems unlikely that batters are less capable of putting the bat on the ball than they were 10 years ago. Instead, it’s more likely that contact rate continues to become less of a priority, replaced by homers, exit velocities and barrels. Big swings, big misses.

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Entering the season, Hicks, 21, was squarely on the prospect radar, but no one thought he would reach St. Louis this soon — not even the Cardinals, who initially farmed him out near the end of spring training only to reverse course right before the start of the season.

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If things like that are going to impact your career, says Anthopoulos, I don’t like your chances to begin with. If a cold start at the minor league level is going to phase you, then you’ve got the wrong player.

Specifically, he’s disabusing Womens Stephone Anthony Jersey a reporter of the notion that his season-opening skid was starting to get to him, that prior to recording his first hit against Durham — a 110 mph laser down the left field line that went for a double and snapped an 0-for-11 slump — he had his hand on the panic button.

The Bengals drafted Smith at No. 3 despite his relative lack of college production, and Smith missing rookie training camp time due to a contract dispute certainly didn’t help.

Saturday brings us a full slate — and then some. With the Dodgers-Giants and White Sox-Royals set to play doubleheaders, we’ll get a supersized 17-game day. As you might expect, the abundance of games gives us plenty of streaming opportunities on both the hitting and pitching sides. With that in mind, here are the day’s most interesting streaming options, focusing on players rostered in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues.

Nick Pivetta (R), rostered in 49 percent of ESPN leagues, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves: Pivetta checks in at just below the 50 percent threshold, but he won’t be there for long. Through five starts, the right-hander sports a 2.57 ERA to go along with a 9.0 K/9 and 1.3 BB/9.

Mike Foltynewicz (R), 40 percent, Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies: Speaking of pleasant surprises, Foltynewicz looks like he might finally be delivering on his promise as a former first-round pick. The right-hander owns a 2.77 ERA this season and has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any single start. He’s also fanned seven or more batters in four of his five outings, leading to an 11.4 K/9 rate. While I’m not completely buying what he’s done so far (the 4.5 BB/9 needs to come down), this is still a high-upside matchup against a Phillies team that’s whiffing at a 28 percent clip against righties. When he last faced the Phillies on April 17, Foltynewicz delivered six innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts.

Two monster seasons at Michigan State made Rogers seem like a money pick for the Lions at the time. Then his rookie season was derailed by injuries. Then, in 2005, a violation of the NFL’s drug policy got him suspended. When the Lions dumped Rogers in 2006, nobody else wanted him. The former college star managed just 36 catches and four touchdowns during his three years in Detroit.

He ended up starting just 17 games in four years — 3-14 record, 5-13 TD-INT ratio — with the Bengals, the only NFL team on which he played.

New Orleans will catch heat for giving up an extra first-rounder (next year’s) to NFC rival Green Bay in order to move up only 13 spots from No. 27. But such a move matches the theme of the team’s offseason after it acquired inside linebacker Demario Davis and nickel corner Patrick Robinson. The Saints got deeper and rangier in their pass defense, and Davenport, a freakish athlete, can be an immediate third-down monster opposite Cameron Jordan.canucks_001

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According to CBS 11’s Bill Jones, who hosts the Jason Garrett Show, Witten was an official no-show to the team’s voluntary workout on Monday. That apparently was particularly impactful because Witten never misses workouts.

The Indianapolis Colts’ win-loss record in 2018 depends almost entirely upon the health of quarterback Andrew Luck.

Given new head coach Mike Vrabel’s defensive background, the Titans instead focused on bolstering their defense. Their Womens Will Tye Jersey major free-agent signings were cornerback聽Malcolm Butler and defensive tackle Bennie Logan, while their major draft picks were linebacker Rashaan Evans and pass-rusher Harold Landry.

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It’s difficult to understand what the Oakland Raiders are doing in Jon Gruden’s first year back as the team’s head coach.

After cutting Michael Crabtree, they signed Jordy Nelson and traded for Martavis Bryant. Are there enough targets to go around for those new additions and 2015 first-round pick Amari Cooper?聽

Their draft decisions weren’t much clearer, either. They selected project offensive tackle Kolton Miller in the first round. They drafted two small-schoolers, offensive tackle Brandon Parker and defensive tackle P.J. Hall, on Day 2. They also selected pass-rusher Arden Key, who temporarily left the LSU program for personal issues last spring, and defensive lineman Maurice Hurst, who has health concerns, in the first five rounds.

Instead of building a long-term foundation, Gruden’s Raiders seem to be taking a short-term, boom-or-bust approach. Seeing as he has 10 years of job security, that doesn’t make much sense.

At this point, Oakland’s roster sits far behind Kansas City and Los Angeles in the AFC West.

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The Jets drafted four players Saturday , when the 2018 NFL Draft concluded. The most interesting was their fourth-round pick — Miami tight end Chris Herndon .
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Auden Tate caught 16 touchdown passes in two seasons with the Seminoles. He’s 6’5 with long arms, making him an obvious red-zone target. But Tate is slow off the line and does little to eat up his defender’s cushion. It’s hard to imagine how Tate will get open in the NFL on anything but goal-line low-post plays. The Bengals may see him as a weak-tea version of Marvin Jones, who shined for them in the jump-ball role for a few years. At least the Bengals are keeping busy down to the wire. Grade: Fair.聽

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Another fact I want to throw out there: Many of us have no interest in supporting President Trump, he said. Yes, there are some. There are some players who do, too.聽But this is not where you brandish a group of people because they own assets in a sport we love, supporting what many of us perceive as, you know, one disastrous presidency.

The Eagles have been in conversations to set up a date to visit the White House, but a trip wouldn’t likely be too popular with the owner or the team.

Both Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount refused the chance to celebrate in Washington D.C., when they won the Super Bowl as members of the New England Patriots last season. Other players, like Malcolm Jenkins and Torrey Smith, have also said they聽won’t visit the White House聽if invited.

Meanwhile, the Eagles would be the first team to visit since Trump’s attacks on the league during last season.

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It has been just over a week since the Dallas Cowboys parted ways with star wide receiver Dez Bryant after eight seasons. In the time that has followed, there hasn’t been significant movement toward him finding his next home in the NFL.
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So just remember who Colbert picks at No. 28 in this draft, and look for that player to have a great chance to play in a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl in the years ahead. That selection could be a quarterback for the future with Roethlisberger now 36 and having contemplated retirement. It could be the next great Steelers linebacker or a corner to help on the back end. Regardless, the good news in Pittsburgh is the Steelers have no glaring needs for a team coming off a 13-3 season.

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The Virginia State Police says it’s reviewing claims made by new Washington Redskins receiver Paul Richardson Jr., who tweeted that a trooper asked whether he was in a gang and told him he thought he was a drug dealer after pulling him over Tuesday afternoon.

Richardson, the former Seahawks wideout who signed with the Redskins last month, tweeted that he got pulled over in a toll lane, leading to the questions from the trooper.

Before asking my name he asked me if I was in a gang, then minutes later told me he thought I was a dealer (drugs), Richardson posted. What a welcome to the east coast. Finished up with asking me how much car cost me.

I’ve had this car 2 weeks and this amazing officer gave me a ticket for only having temporary registration. Mind you I have up to 2 months in Va before needing to register it AGAIN in Virginia.

Richardson’s tweets have since been deleted.