NFL Draft 2017: Jets reportedly shopping Sheldon Richardson, Calvin Pryor

Often the darlings of first rounds past, tackles and guards weren’t expected to go before No. 20 in this draft, and that’s how it played out. But it was worse than expected.

Utah’s Garett Bolles got his name called, as many expected, by the Broncos. But Ramczyk had to wait until the very last pick Thursday. Western Kentucky’s Forrest Lamp and Alabama’s Cam Robinson, both trending upward late, were shut out. Expect the position to dominate the second and third rounds.

The Jets look like they’re going to be active on Friday, Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft .

While most everyone knew the Jets were shopping former No. 13 overall pick Sheldon Richardson , to hear Calvin Pryor, the No. 18 overall pick in the 2014 draft, is also on the block comes as a surprise. But that is reportedly what is happening leading into rounds two and three Friday.

The Jets selected former LSU safety Jamal Adams with the No. 6 overall pick Thursday night, which made Pryor expendable. It’s similar to what happened to Richardson last year when the Jets selected former USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams with the No. 6 pick.

Just in case you needed to be reminded that character isn’t a concern in Cincinnati, team officials outdid themselves in ignoring risk, especially considering there’s limited reward with this controversial pick.

It wasn’t a need, with Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill occupying the Bengals’ backfield, and it shouldn’t have been a want with the recent issues involving Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones. The first-rounder on wideout John Ross was odd. This is an absolute misjudgment.

Murray was believed to be injured in the last game he played

Phil Taylor Authentic Jersey Brian Dumoulin and Carl Hagelin were somewhat surprise no-shows at a practice today. Usually when Mike Sullivan shows up on the ice (as he did today) it’s not an optional, and to that end, several veterans who usually take the option and skip (Crosby, Kessel, Daley) were all out there.

For a guy like Hagelin, maybe no big deal. Coming off a bad foot he probably doesn’t need to go on the ice for practices.

Limited Mens Evan Fournier Jersey Dumoulin took a big hit from TJ Oshie early in the 2nd period but was able to return and finish the game with no obvious issue.

Officially all the players who didn’t practice were deemed game time decisionsthough that designation would probably be given to anyone with a pulse in Western Pennsylvania today. Bottom line, we’ll have to wait and see who is in the lineup.

Should Hornqvist + Hagelin be out, both Scott Wilson and Carter Rowney will play. If Dumoulin can’t play, Mark Streit or Ruhwedel would slot into the lineup.

Murray was believed to be injured in the last game he played, on Thursday 4/6 against the New Jersey Devils, he looked a little clunky after making a breakaway save on Taylor Hall, was a scratch the last two games of the season. Murray tried to warmup on 4/12 for Game 1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets but looked uncomfortable and left early, not to be seen since.

That makes almost 3 weeks at this point, and with Marc-Andre Fleury in great form at the moment, the Pens aren’t in need of Murray at the moment. And even if that doesn’t change, it sure would be nicer to have Murray as a backup than a guy with a single NHL game.

Murray may be a way off from a return, since some light skating is hardly the same as ready to jump from post-to-post and do the splits, but time heals all wounds and every passing day is one day closer to the return of Murray, should they need.

LeBron James is saving Dahntay Jones from losing two-thirds of his salary

LeBron James told reporters he will pay the fine that cost Dahntay Jones two-thirds of his salary after the Cavaliers’ Eastern Conference semifinals Game 1 win over the Raptors on Monday.

I told him tonight, I said, Listen, Dahntay, now enough is enough. Stop getting kicked out against Toronto all the time. I’m going to stop paying your damn fines,’ James told reporters, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. But yeah, he don’t have to worry about it. He’s good.

Jones played just two minutes in Cleveland’s 116-105 win, but was assessed back-to-back technical fouls and ejected with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He picked up the first after a verbal spat with Raptors rookie Jakob Poeltl. The second came after a run-in with Toronto’s Norman Powell, who took exception with Jones’ late dunk that increased Cleveland’s lead to 14.

Limited Kids Doug Gilmour Jersey Special guy, special talent, unique talent. With yesterday being his sister’s birthday, I believe that she was just looking upon him, looking down on him, and giving him everything and more. There was no way he was going to get tired last night.

Thomas played virtually all of the fourth quarter and overtime in the Celtics’ win, sitting only 23 seconds in the final two periods. He scored nine of Boston’s 15 overtime points on 4-of-4 shooting, outscoring the entire Washington team and hitting a dagger and-one to seal the Celtics’ victory.
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Thomas has had clutch performances all season long, but Tuesday night’s took the cake. James understood that. So did everyone else.

Cavaliers opened up Game 1 vs. the Raptors by demolishing rims

The Cleveland Cavaliers are dunking all over the place in the opening quarter of their second-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors.

Iman Shumpert wound ALL the way back for this one in just his second minute off the bench.

It doesn’t take him too long to get adjusted.

This comes after Kyrie Irving launched an alley-oop off the backboard to LeBron James just a few minutes earlier.

After a 30-18 first quarter, the Raptors have some adjustments to make. But are the Flyers uniquely well set-up for this situation? They’ve got a number of talented, young, just-about-NHL-ready (and expansion-exempt) defensemen ¡ª exactly the kind of player Anaheim would rightly demand in exchange for one of their guys. They’ve got an inexpensive defenseman who could fill Anaheim’s expose-a-player-with-experience obligation in Brandon Manning. And they have 11 picks in this upcoming draft, for potential trade sweetener. Heck, Anaheim could even have one of the forwards we were talking about in the last section of this article.

We don’t know if Anaheim would be willing to trade someone like Josh Manson, but if any team could make a trade like that work out, it’s probably the Flyers. And while trading one of the young guys just as they’re on the cusp of the NHL would hurt, you’ve gotta give to get legitimate top-4 defensemen in their early 20s. So it goes.

Anaheim’s the best example (and the one that would probably cost the most and have the best reward), but there are others that may work as well.

Game Kids Justin Bethel Jersey Minnesota might be stuck exposing one of Jonas Brodin or Matt Dumba, two respectable young guys probably worth taking a shot on.

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Pittsburgh’s probably going to make a big deal about T.J. Watt.

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Like his brother, Watt rose from unheralded high school player to game-changer in Madison. His rich bloodlines helped boost his recruiting stock — he was a three-star athlete — and made him a no-brainer pickup for the Badgers back in 2013. A knee injury kept him off the field in 2014, but it also presented an opportunity — coach Paul Chryst moved him from tight end to linebacker to help bolster a unit that had lost Chris Borland the year before and was set to lose Joe Schobert the following season.

He showed flashes at the position as a sophomore, but only recorded seven tackles in eight games thanks to a combination of injury and inexperience. That set the foundation for a junior season worthy of the Watt surname.

Now the Steelers have another big name, and Pittsburgh’s probably going to make a big deal about T.J. Watt.

The Steelers drafted Watt, the younger brother of Texans end J.J (and Chargers fullback Derek), with the 30th pick in the NFL draft. General manager Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin didn’t pick Watt because of anything sentimental. But the Watt pick is familiar for this franchise, and I think I mean that as a compliment.

Linebackers have occupied a particular niche in Steelers lore going back to the 1970s. The “Steel Curtain” that catalyzed four Super Bowls in the ‘70s generally refers to the team’s line, anchored by the franchise’s best player ever, Joe Greene. But LBs were a big part of the Steelers ethos back then, too.

Allen expounded on this in April

Standout former Bama player and NFL draft prospect Jonathan Allen admitted back in December that in practice, Tide players encouraged the blowups by disrupting the offense as much as they could with good defense.

Coach Kiffin, he gets real competitive so he tries to scheme us a little bit, but feel like we do a good job, Allen said. As a defense, you try to get Coach Saban mad at him and try to get him yelled at in practice.

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It was just during (drills), Allen responded. We would just try to blow it up and just destroy it and kill the offense and then you would know Kiffin’s just…gonna get it, after you just blow it up in the backfield. That’s probably the most fun we had at Alabama during practice this year, just watching Coach Saban lay into Kiffin.
But the thing about the Saban-Kiffin tiffs is the fact that Kiffin pretty routinely gave it back to Bama’s head man. And Allen said as much too:

Besides Philly, the draft has been hosted by six other cities, dating back to the 1930s. New York has hosted it the most, thanks to the 50-year streak it held from 1965 to 2014. Then comes Philly, followed by Chicago.

Chicago was the first to host the draft following NYC’s 50-year streak. One of the biggest tipping points for the move came after the 2014 draft was moved to the beginning of May, due to a scheduling conflict with Radio City Music Hall.

Game Womens Seantrel Henderson Jersey The NFL chose to move the draft out of New York City after a poor experience in 2014. Radio City Music Hall double-booked the draft and a Rockettes performance, and the league was forced to move the draft from the last weekend of April to the first weekend of May. New York had been home to the draft for 51 years when the league decided to move the festivities to Chicago.

NFL draft 2017: Live grades for every pick

The 2017 NFL draft is almost halfway over with the second and third rounds happening Friday night. The Packers kicked off the action with a very good pick, getting Kevin King. The Jaguars got an A for their second-round pick, Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson.

Unfortunately for everyone except Patriots fans, New England may have gotten the best pick of the third round. They took Derek Rivers, a defensive end from Youngstown State. Rivers who a lot of experts thought had enough talent for the first round.
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Tampa Bay added another weapon for the offense, getting Chris Goodwin the wide receiver out of Penn State. Just think, the 49ers couldve had Alshon Jeffery or T.Y. Hilton, who went in the second and third rounds, respectively. Drafting receivers is always a crapshoot, but it stings when you miss on one with a precious round one pick. He was active for exactly three games as a rookie and targeted just once. The 49ers swapped disappointing, over-drafted receivers with the Chiefs a year later, sending Jenkins to Kansas City in exchange for Jonathan Baldwin, neither of whom happen to be in the league anymore.

Game Kids Walt Aikens Jersey In hindsight, the 49ers picks that year were a sure sign that Trent Baalke was in over his head as a general manager. Kalils career got off to a strong start after being drafted by the Vikings with the fourth overall pick. But he went downhill from there, consistently allowing pressure and being flagged for penalties. Knee injuries may have contributed, and he had arthroscopic surgery on both knees following the 2015 season. A hip injury that required surgical repair sidelined him for most of 2016, and hell get a fresh start with the Carolina Panthers after signing with them in free agency.

I just want to be as happy as Deshaun Watson and Dabo Swinney in this ball pit

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Ben Chiarot Authentic Jersey Deshaun Watson and Dabo Swinney won a national title for Clemson in January, the quarterback and coach bringing the Tigers to their greatest height in decades. Watson¡¯s now a top NFL draft prospect, and Swinney accompanied him to the draft in Philadelphia on Thursday. There is a ball pit. They went into it.

Here, via the NFL Network, is Swinney trust-falling into a pit of red and blue plastic balls. Look at the glee on his face as he begins his descent:

Watson also made the plunge and clearly felt accomplished for it:

Watson is the best player in Clemson school history. Swinney said in the winter that any NFL team passing on him would be, in effect, passing on Michael Jordan.

Watson¡¯s Clemson teammates speak effusively about him, praising him for his poise and on-field ability. We now know that in addition to being calm in the pocket, Watson is calm in the ball pit. That means tighter windows and a whole lot more information to process, diagnose, memorize, and relay to teammates.

Some guys can handle that; some guys can’t, Jackson said in March. Some guys can handle it early, and some guys can’t. I think those are the things we have to find out. Some guys might be really able to process football but can’t play as well. Some guys play as well and can’t process football.

When the Rams selected Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick a year ago, they intended to give him an entire year on the sideline to adjust to the NFL. But then the team tanked with Case Keenum at quarterback, and Goff replaced him late in the year. Goff threw just five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

NFL releases ‘statement of reasons’ for Raiders relocation

In the wake of the third NFL team announcing its intended relocation during the span of 15 months, the league released a “statement of reasons” Friday to justify why the Raiders’ move from Oakland to Las Vegas was approved by 31 of the league’s 32 owners.

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The driver told police that she consumed alcohol at a bar just off of campus two hours prior to the incident.

Police reported [the driver] failed all five parts of the field sobriety test, and had a measured blood-alcohol level of 0.19. [Driver] was charged with two counts of driving under the influence with damage to a person or property.

So best of luck, Tyler Naquin? He’s miscast as a center fielder in the majors, and it was noticeable in the postseason, with some rough moments coming under national lights. It’s possible that was a hiccup, as he’s logged 322 games in center in the minors, so he’s not exactly learning on the job. Still, the Indians would love to supplement their troika of aces with a waterbug outfield, and that’s not possible. The next option is to have a strong center fielder be the anchor for the entire outfield, and that’s not possible.

That leaves hoping that Naquin can either a) surprise defensively or b) hit enough to make them not care. Austin Jackson will help them feel better every few games, but that doesn’t take the pressure entirely off Naquin. If he’s not hitting or fielding, look for some weird ERAs and W-L records from that vaunted front three. If he’s doing both, the Indians are probably rolling.nike_jaguars_582

First base used in Game 7 of World Series sells for $101,237

Some game-used items from the World Series commanded big bucks from bidders in auctions offered by Major League Baseball that closed Monday night.

The top item was the first base used for the final two innings of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, in which the Cubs won their first title since 1908. That base sold for $101,237, the most ever paid at auction for a baseball base.

Jacoby Brissett Limited Jersey The second base that was used in the ninth inning of Game 5 at Wrigley Field, when the Cubs won their first World Series game at home since 1945, went for $43,025.

The Cubs’ on-deck circle used for games 1, 2, 6 and 7 topped $20,000.

Not everything was for Cubs fans. The components seem as strong as ever, and BSU brings a lot of exciting pieces back: quarterback Brett Rypien, receiver Cedrick Wilson, center Mason Hampton, nose tackle David Moa, and corner Tyler Horton, to name a few.

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Jon Lester’s wild-pitch ball that brought in two runs in the form of Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis in the fifth — and gave the Indians a 5-3 lead in Game 7 — sold for more than $10,000.

The items were authenticated by Major League Baseball and auctioned by the league on its website.