NBA wrap: Cavs soar into All-Star break; Rockets down Timberwolves

LeBron James’ attitude, along with the Cavaliers’ play has done a 180 in the last week.
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After Cleveland blew a 21-point lead in a loss to the Magic last Wednesday, James was downtrodden and discouraged, but after a trade deadline which saw the Cavs completely alter their roster, the four-time MVP has new hope.

Newly acquired Bucks center Tyler Zeller may be finding his niche in Milwaukee as he scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds in his team’s 97-92 win over the Hawks.

Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins scored just seven points on 2-of-14 shooting in 41 minutes of play. This was the first time this season Wiggins failed to score in double digits when playing at least 40 minutes (11 games).

Warriors (44-13) vs. Trail Blazers (31-26) 10:30 p.m. ET ‘ The Warriors have one more game before they head into the break and it’s a matchup with one of the best backcourts in the league. Damian Lillard has scored 89 points in his last two games while CJ McCollum is averaging 23.1 over his last seven. Both have 50-point games in that span.

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It took all the plays the Thunder could get as Devin Booker had 39 points, eight rebounds and six assists himself for the Suns.

Meanwhile the Warriors watched Curry go out with an ankle injury in the second half, but thanks to a late dunk from Kevin Durant they were able to come away with a Eric Reid Womens Jersey victory. Curry finished with 28 points despite playing just 24 minutes. His injury is not thought to be serious.

Celtics (44-19) at Rockets (49-14) 8:30 p.m. ET ‘ The last time these two teams faced off the Celtics came back from a huge deficit and James Harden was called for back-to-back controversial offensive fouls in the final seconds. The Rockets will want some revenge and will be looking to extend their winning streak to 15 games.

Kirk Cousins free agency rumors: Jets fear QB ‘destined’ to sign with Vikings

While the Broncos are planning to make an all-out push to sign Kirk Cousins when free agency kicks off March 14, one team expected to be a finalist in the sweepstakes believes the quarterback is headed north.
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Cousins has been with the Redskins since they selected him in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Washington took Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick that season, but after Griffin was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year in 2012, injuries derailed him and Cousins stepped in. The former Michigan State quarterback has started every game for the Redskins since 2015 and was a Pro Bowler Authentic Norichika Aoki Jersey in 2016, where he threw for 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Cousins has thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of this three seasons as a starter, but the Redskins have just one playoff appearance and have seen their wins dip each season. After placing a franchise tag on Cousins last season, paying him nearly $24 million, the Redskins signaled the end of his time in Washington when they traded for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

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To put all of his workouts in perspective, according to NFL Research, the only player with more than 25 bench press reps and a vertical jump higher than 40 inches at last year’s combine went as the No. 1 overall pick, which was defensive end Myles Garrett, who had 33 reps and a 41-inch vertical.

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According to NFL Media, Barkley is firmly in the mix at No. 1 for the Browns so for all we know the rest of the league’s coaches could be kicking themselves (or worse) for not getting the chance at drafting Barkley.

Wilson wasn’t the only player excited about the at-bat.

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Meanwhile, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was a pregame scratch, taken out of the lineup for what Boone called a mild oblique strain. Ellsbury felt discomfort on his right side at some point during a batting practice session that Boone praised.
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It’s unclear how much time Ellsbury will miss. Boone said Ellsbury probably could have played through the injury, but at this early stage in spring training, the manager thought it was best to keep the veteran out of the lineup.

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It was cool, said Giancarlo Stanton, who was in the on-deck circle during Wilson’s at-bat. We were anticipating it all day, making sure he was good in the cage and our BP sessions.

An eight-year veteran, Young has been one of Chicago’s best pass-rushers since he joined the club in 2014. Young set a career high with 10 sacks in his first year in Chicago, and he signed an extension in the summer of 2016 after he switched from defensive end to outside linebacker to fit in the 3-4 defense used by veteran coordinator Vic Fangio.

Young suffered a triceps injury last year that landed him on injured reserve after Week 4’s loss to Green Bay. The 32-year-old was due a roster bonus of $1 million on the third day of the league year — Young’s 2018 base salary was scheduled to be $3.5 million.

Some guys are maybe traveling all over the world. He’s playing ball. He’s playing baseball. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that, at all. The focus that it takes to play at this level — whether it’s baseball, basketball or football — to compete at that level, the mentality that you have to be at, I think it’s only enriching. So I have no problem with that.

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He has grown a lot, I’ll say that. That’s all I say about that, Sydney says. But he was just as friendly, just as genuine, and I’m just proud of him. Just to see him grow over the years.

Sydney calls going to the Super Bowl a bucket list item. They have been in constant communication with Waddle, and are lucky that the Patriots made the Super Bowl again after missing an opportunity last season.

In September, Trump said that NFL owners who see players disrespecting the flag should say get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. Players around the league responded with massive amounts of protests during the national anthem in the game immediately after his comments.

An interview with NBC prior to Super Bowl 52 likely would’ve touched on his thoughts on the NFL and player protests, and by sitting out he can avoid that conversation altogether.

Kane’s pending departure marks a dramatic setback for a franchise that under former GM Tim Murray pinned its hopes on him being part of its long-term future after finishing last in both 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

Some 25 million-plus people are going to watch an episode of This Is Us on Sunday night. Some of that audience will have made that decision based solely on commercials focused on sadness and pain. I’m very worried about those people.

Earlier this year, Harden had planned to wear shoes with “FREE MEEK” written on them during a game. Colin Kaepernick also tweeted about Mill’s sentence.

Mill was convicted on drug and gun charges in 2008 when he was 18, and imprisoned. In 2009, he was released with a 10-year probation. In March 2017, Mill was arrested for misdemeanor assault in an incident involving airlines employees requesting photographs, and later that summer was arrested for “reckless endangerment” when popping wheelies on a dirt bike he owned. In November, Mill appeared before court summons and was sentenced to two to four years in federal prison for parole violation.
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The Eagles finally bring Philadelphia its first Super Bowl win

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The No. 2 pick in the 1999 NFL draft, quarterback Donovan McNabb ended a three-year Eagles playoff drought in just his second season. However, his first three NFC East title-winning seasons all ended with the same disappointment: a costly defeat one step short of the Super Bowl.
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When David Akers’ ensuing onside kick failed, it all but sealed the Eagles’ fate. While a defensive stand got the ball back with 46 seconds left, Philadelphia had zero timeouts and 96 yards to cover for a game-winning touchdown. That faint glimmer of hope faded when McNabb threw his second interception of the game, keeping the City of Brotherly Love without a Super Bowl title for at least 13 more years.

I think blame can get passed all around the organization and it starts with me, Lions general manager Bob Quinn told co-host Gil Brandt and me Monday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio. I’m in charge of delivering the players and hiring the head coach.

If anyone wants to point a finger as to why the running game did not work last year, they can point it at me.

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The 19-0 start to a game was the most on record for the Clippers and most for any team since Washington scored the first 20 against Brooklyn last April 11.

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A source told Sporting News that Bobby Johnson will be hired as the team’s assistant offensive line coach.

Johnson spent the past three seasons as the Raiders’ tight ends coach. He interviewed last month for the Raiders’ head coaching vacancy even though team owner Mark Davis was already set to finalize Jon Gruden’s hiring.
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There are plenty of good fits to improve the interior. The Titans’ Josh Kline, the Jaguars’ Patrick Omameh and the Chiefs’ Zach Fulton top the ideal, reasonable free-agent list. Should the Jets not go QB, RB or defense with No. 6 overall, Notre Dame guard Quinton Nelson would be a can’t-miss pick as an exceptional pulling athlete. A little later, Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn and Arkansas’ Frank Ragnow have appeal because of their pro-position versatility. Auburn’s Braden Smith (guard) and Alabama’s Bradley Bozeman (center) are more position-specific targets.

Finding tackle solutions will be harder, but the Jets can start by considering the Patriots’ Cameron Fleming for left tackle. Between Wynn, Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neill, Western Michigan’s Chukwuma Okorafor and UCLA’s Kolton Miller, there are intriguing prospects in the draft beyond the early first round.

The Buccaneers receiver’s 2016 Chevy Silverado was found crashed into a tree and abandoned with bullet holes and marijuana inside on Dec. 24 in Tampa.

Jackson, who Tampa Bay police said isn’t a suspect, was out of town at the time and said he didn’t give anyone permission to use the truck.

Police say Jackson’s friend Therrian Fontenote was the one driving the car during the crash, however, there is not enough evidence nor eyewitness accounts for charges to be filed.

We don’t have enough information to definitively say who was driving when the crash took place, Tampa Police spokesperson Janelle McGregor said.

Jackson initially tried to report the vehicle stolen, but under police pressure he admitted Fontenote was driving the truck.

The case stalled as Jackson didn’t follow up with the report, and Fontenote has not come forward, even though there were warrants for his arrest at the time of the crash due to outstanding traffic violations.

J.D. Martinez continuing physical at Red Sox spring training camp

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Considering it took four months for the Boston Red Sox and J.D. Martinez to get together, what’s another day before they make things official?
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Martinez arrived at the Red Sox’s spring training facility Wednesday and underwent a physical, the last step in finalizing his five-year, $110 million contract. But for a second day in a row, the team announced there would not be a news conference to introduce the free-agent slugger because the physical had not been completed.

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The 2014 second-round pick started his career with 1,124 rushing yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie. But his yards per carry plummeted from 5.1 as a rookie to 3.6 in 2015, even if he finished the season with a league-leading 11 rushing touchdowns.

Hill was progressively phased out of the Bengals’ offense as he struggled with an ankle injury, and he fell on the depth chart behind Giovani Bernard and 2017 draft pick Joe Mixon. Now 25, Hill will hit free agency and could be a steal if he recreates his 2014 form with another roster.

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Ohtani would be subject to the same in-season position qualification rules as any other player, meaning that he could add additional field positions with 10 appearances at any one spot, or relief pitcher eligibility with five relief appearances. In either case, he’d still need to be slotted in either an active hitter or pitcher position in each scoring period.

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Adrian Peterson never was a proper fit with the Saints after carving out a brilliant career in Minnesota.

Now the 32-year-old Peterson begins Act 3 of his NFL career, having been traded to the Cardinals this week.

The 32-year-old running back is expected to play Sunday when the Cardinals host the Buccaneers. And he is expected to be the Arizona feature back, something he was not with the Saints.

Peterson started just one of four games with New Orleans and rushed for just 81 yards on 27 carries. Had that pace continued, he was on pace for a career-low 324 yards.

And the league’s actions didn’t sit well with some outside observers, including Sen. Arlen Specter, who requested a meeting with Goodell in November 2008 to learn why the tapes had been destroyed.

What Specter learned from the one-hour, 40-minute sitdown in February 2008 was that the Pats had been spying on opposing teams for nearly a decade, ever since Belichick’s first year as head coach of the Pats.

“There was confirmation that there has been taping since 2000, when Coach Belichick took over,” said Specter, who called for an independent probe similar to a Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. It never materialized.

“I found a lot of questions unanswerable because the tapes and notes had been destroyed,” said the late Pennsylvania lawmaker. “We have a right to have honest football games.”

Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State. The Buccaneers could go one of a few ways with this pick, nabbing Barkley if he makes it out of the top six or fortifying the offensive line by finally upgrading over Donovan Smith. But when you’re looking at both value and need, Chubb is the perfect fit at No. 7. He’s a dominant edge-rusher that gives high effort on nearly every play. With 10 sacks and more than 20 tackles for loss in each of his last two seasons for NC State, he’s the perfect guy to come in and take the Bucs defense to another level.

Christian Wilkins, DE, Clemson. If the Bears re-sign Mitch Unrein, or if Key or Chubb make it to No. 8, the Bears are probably going to go in a different direction. But with how the board plays out here, Wilkins would seemingly be a great fit as a 3-4 base end that can kick inside in nickel downs and be just as effective getting into the backfield. New coach Matt Nagy may want to give Mitchell Trubisky a new No. 1 weapon, but that strategy makes most sense after a trade down. Any team targeting a quarterback may want to give Chicago a call if their desired prospect is still on the board here.

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Team owners, GMs, coaches would instill upon the players making millions of dollars that preventable punitive post-play misconduct is forbidden.

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Seattle was bound to start slipping down this list. The Seahawks had no first-round picks three straight years (2013-15). The 2012 class is still an outstanding one, headlined by Wagner and Russell Wilson in the third round. Their recent classes have not been as impressive, but the average draft position of their first pick over the five years is 43.2. It is hard to hit on players when you are drafting that low.

Reggie McKenzie has turned around the Raiders with some great drafting. The 2014 selections of Mack and quarterback Derek Carr are as good a first- and second-round combination as you’ll find. Both look like stars. He added Amari Cooper in 2015 and has built a strong nucleus to his team.

Packers: With no first-round pick, the Packers added defense in the second and third rounds, picking Washington CB Kevin King, who was viewed by analyst as possible first-round talent. The Packers think the 6-3 King has a chance to be a No. 1 cornerback. King gives the Packers their tallest cornerback and is the tallest corner GM Ted Thompson has ever drafted. King also can play multiple positions from safety to the slot cornerback to the outside corner spot.

Texans: They moved up 13 spots and gave up two first-round picks to get Deshaun Watson at No. 12 overall. Watson will sit behind Tom Savage, but for how long? Savage isn’t an established NFL QB, and Houston fans will be clamoring for the dynamic Watson, who was 32-3 in college. The Texans missed badly on Brock Osweiler in free agency a year ago and have no first-round pick in 2018. So Watson better work out for them.

As a matter of fact, when we say they had a huge game, we mean they actually outscored the Colts on their own. The Rams tallied two pick-sixes and also picked up a safety for a total of 16 points.

Patriots’ owner says NFL’s future is through livestreaming

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the future of NFL broadcasts is in over the top deals like the livestreaming agreement the NFL signed with Amazon this spring.
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Now we play four games a year in London and sell tickets to 80,000 people and we’re going to have a team in London, Kraft said. We’re playing the Raiders in Mexico and have plans to play in Germany, Canada and Brazil and China. I don’t know why not France?

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We were unfairly punished but we wound up winning the Super Bowl.

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Yet, according to ESPN, the two likely will keep working together, as O’Brien is believed to be staying in Houston, where he shares a good relationship with rising star Deshaun Watson.

A Facebook group called Boycott the NFL is asking ticket holders to stay home and viewers to tune out the league’s games this Veterans Day weekend.

Boycott the NFL, which has 220,000 followers going into the weekend, added that its members plan to resist watching as long as millionaire football players protest the national anthem.

It appears to be a new day for Rodgers and the Packers’ offense.

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