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Broncos center Matt Paradis signs RFA tender

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Today’s the deadline for restricted free agents to sign an offer sheet with another team.
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But the ones who weren’t going to now have no reason not to sign with their existing team.

That’s what’s happening in Denver, as center Matt Paradis is signing his $2.9 million tender today, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.

Of course, it was unlikely another team was going to give up a second-round pick in exchange for Paradis, so it’s the inevitable outcome. But someone might have if the Broncos decided to go cheap with the low tender of $1.9 million, since it would have cost a sixth-rounder.

Paradis has been a solid pickup for a Broncos line that otherwise needs some work, and now they have him for another year.

Of the previous three first-rounders, only Palmer had what you would call a successful 鈥?if unfulfilled 鈥?Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Jersey NFL career, playing 14 seasons and starting 181 games. But even Palmer, who retired after last season, barely had a winning record (92-88-1) and played in just four playoff games with a 1-3 record.

Pagano’s father, Sam, was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame earlier this week. Peyton Manning also earned induction in the Class of 2018.

The Colts fired Chuck Pagano as head coach after six seasons. Thirteen other Colts’ coaches found jobs in the NFL or a collegiate program, according to Andrew Walker of the team website.

We are much more focused on what we’re doing. We’ve done it for 39 years. We’ve done it the same way. We think we are the best at it. We added some new touches this year. For four decades viewers have come to us for the draft. For me, I am sort of hoping the loyal viewers we’ve had for all those years will stick with us.
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Those who do will be greeted with some new looks. With Jon Gruden leaving to coach the Raiders, ESPN’s top college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit will join the coverage. Herbstreit will forgo NFL projections 鈥?leaving that to the other analysts 鈥?and concentrate on how the top players performed in college.

ESPN also will have its entire College Gameday crew in Arlington, Texas to cover the event from a unique perspective.

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Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Sunday

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A mid-April storm which caused a couple of Saturday games to be postponed has seen more of the same for Sunday, including the cancellation of both scheduled games in Motown.
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The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, thanks to a pair of games to be played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday and Wednesday, play a major league-low five games apiece in Week 3. It’s a significant disadvantage to these two teams, especially in a week where 12 other teams play seven games. Seven of those teams are American League squads, further depressing the value of Indians and Twins in AL-only leagues.

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The full interview from Darnold, which begins and ends with a Darnold/Chris Simms duet, is attached to this entry.

Darnold, who is from Capistrano Beach, Calif., spent three years at USC and started the past two seasons. He led the Trojans to a 20-4 record as a starter. Last season he completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,143 yards with 26 touchdowns. He ran for another five touchdowns.

The biggest knock on Darnold is his turnovers. He finished 2017 with 13 interceptions and nine lost fumbles. He turned the ball over 37 times in 26 games for the Trojans. There is also concern he has an elongated throwing motion.

It’s a fun defense. We’re an attacking, heavy pressure team, Martin said. We keep teams guessing. Make a lot of checks and we keep a lot of teams on their toes, we disguise a lot of things. It gets guys energized. You never know who’s coming, who’s dropping. I think that adds to it, to the success that we’ve had the past couple of years in Arizona. And we look to bring that here.

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The Yankees’ injury list grew again Saturday morning.

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During his sixth inning plate appearance, Andujar got behind in the count 1-2 facing Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman. From there, he fouled off a pitch to stay alive, he took a slider in the dirt that evened the count and then he got a mistake pitch … a 2-2 hanging slider.

Andujar smoked it over the head of Blue Jays rookie left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr., for a double that cleared the bases in a seven-run inning that was the knockout punch of a  9-1 win.

“That’s a big-time at-bat off Stroman there,” Boone said. “Especially getting to two strikes and Stroman is trying to expand (the strike zone). His plate coverage was excellent.

That pressure didn’t carry over into the second period because the Devils spent nearly half of it with a player in the penalty box.

The Devils took four minor penalties during the period, giving the Lightning four power plays. But Schneider stood tall, making 18 saves to keep it 1-0. The Lightning earned a fifth power play to start the third period when defenseman Andy Greene was called for cross checking in the closing minute of the second.

Nikita Kucherov then doubled the lead by scoring from the point at 12:27 of the third, making it 2-0 with his fifth goal of the series.

The Devils finally broke through with 3:00 to play in regulation, when a Kyle Palmieri shot from the point found the back of the net under Vasilevskiy. Patrick Maroon received credit for the goal for tipping the shot.

“Yeah, of course,” Andujar said. “(Torres has) been playing third. That’s good for him. If he comes over to play with us, we’re going to receive him with open arms. He’s a good friend and a really good ballplayer who has a lot of talent.”

The Lightning won the series, 4-1, eliminating the Devils for the postseason.

Cory Schneider kept the Devils alive all game, stopping 35 of he 37 shots he faced while anchoring five successful penalty kills by the Devils.

But Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy was one save better, saving 26 of 27 shots to end the Devils’ season.

The Lightning struck for the opening goal 8:07 into the first period, thanks to a heavy forecheck and a failure to clear by the Devils.

Lightning forwards Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde forced a turnover behind the Devils’ net with their forecheck before Cirelli dropped a pass to defenseman Mikhail Sergachev at the point.

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Bryce Callahan signs restricted free agent tender

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The Bears announced defensive back Bryce Callahan has signed his restricted free agent tender.
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Callahan started 10 of 11 games he played in 2016, making 31 tackles and five pass breakups. For his career, Callahan has played 32 gaems with 19 starts, making 77 tackles, two sacks, 14 pass breakups and two interceptions. He also has three punt returns for a 32.0 average.

Play every play like it’s our last play because it can be taken away from you, he told his defensive teammates before the game. It was almost taken away from me. I was at home, lonely.

The Giants stood by him and rewarded him with the long-term deal 鈥?four years, $62 million, $40 million guaranteed 鈥?that he so badly wanted and had nearly blown when he blew off half his right hand..

While saying he wanted to stay with the Panthers beyond the final year of his contract, Olsen told Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer he’s hoping for a new deal before the start of the season, while casually dropping hints about his future in broadcasting.

My preference would be to know my future here in Carolina past this year, if I’m being honest. Whether or not Authentic Julio Teheran Jersey that happens, we’ll see, Olsen said. But that would be the ideal situation and then that would answer a lot of these unknown questions.

Game Bobby Orr Jersey A year ago, Olsen threatened a holdout when then-G.M. Dave Gettleman didn’t rush to give him an extension. Gettleman eventually got fired, and replacement Marty Hurney eventually added some incentives to Olsen’s deal to soothe some feelings. And Olsen showed up to camp on time, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction (and not wanting to pay $40,000 a day in fines for a deal that wasn’t coming).

Now, he’s using a recent audition with ESPN for a possible analyst role on Monday Night Football as the latest leverage.

The reality of it is there’s not a lot of those jobs out there and when they ask you to come in and go through that audition process and go through those motions, it’s a great opportunity, Olsen said. My mind and my prep has always been on playing. But the reality is those jobs do get your attention a little bit and you’ve at least got to look behind the curtain.

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NFL wants investigation of widespread fraud in concussion settlement

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Amid claims that the NFL unreasonably is delaying the payment of claims in the concussion settlement, the NFL is fighting back. Aggressively.
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The league also alleges that evidence exists of specific coaching of former players to help them beat the psychological testing in order to secure payment, that one neuropsychologist claimed to have spent, on two different occasions, 130 hours evaluating players in the same 24-hour period, and that 21 medial reports submitted by the same neuropsychologist showed identical vital signs for each of the players.
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Smith faces a variety of charges, which began with an alleged incident of domestic violence that occurred on March 3. He thereafter allegedly violated a court order to stay away from the alleged victim, and he then failed to appear in court. Then came the ridiculously high BAC reading, which resulted in Smith being jailed on $500,0000 bail.

The seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft, Smith played for the 49ers and Raiders. The league suspended him multiple times, most recently in November 2015. He hasn’t played in the NFL since then.

The passing-and-pushing offense that got the Sixers to the No. 3 seed in the East failed them for the first time since early March.

But there was life left in the fourth.

Saric was fouled by Wade and sank both from the line to make it 91-82 and he followed with a 3 the next time down that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Saric broke up a pass on defense that led to a Simmons dunk and suddenly 18 straight wins was within reach.

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Crosby scores goal, leads Penguins to 5-1 Game 3 over Flyers

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The kitschy light-up bracelets flickered in the darkened arena and another packed house roared Crosby sucks! Crosby sucks! Here’s the thing Philly fans haven’t yet accepted about Sidney Crosby over the last 13 years, he really doesn’t — and especially not against the Flyers.
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Crosby matched a postseason-best with four points on a goal and three assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins silence the raucous crowd and beat Philadelphia 5-1 on Sunday for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

It’s not the first building that’s happened in, Crosby said, smiling. I don’t know if they stole that idea from someone else.

Two of the so-called fiercest rivals in the NHL have provided three lopsided games: Pittsburgh’s 7-0 win in Game 1 and Philadelphia’s 5-1 victory in Game 2 could about qualify as nail-biters in this series.

When we needed to, we made some good plays, we got some big saves and that’s what you need this time of year, Crosby said.

It’s the path Pittsburgh took the last two seasons all the way to parade routes in June.

Crosby, who has 93 points in 63 career regular-season games against Philly, shut up the orange-and-black die-hards with a wraparound goal off a turnover midway through the first.

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Flyers fans even stuck photos of the hated Crosby inside the urinals throughout the arena that had to guarantee they were more on target with their shots than anyone on the home team’s roster.

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Former NFL star Clinton Portis has reached an agreement to repay $190,000 he owes a New Jersey casino.

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The former running back with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos was given $200,000 in credit in 2011 to gamble at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City. But he didn’t have sufficient funds to cover the debt, and six checks he signed to the casino bounced.

Portis retired in 2012 after rushing for just under 10,000 yards and scoring 75 touchdowns between 2002 and 2010.

Under a deal reached last week in Florida bankruptcy court, he will pay the Borgata 10 percent of any income he receives above $30,000 through August 2021.

During court proceedings, lawyers for Portis said he thought he had more than enough to cover the debt. He anticipated $8 million from his NFL contract, but it ended when he was cut from the Redskins a month later.

Portis told Sports Illustrated last June that he contemplated killing one of his financial advisers but was talked out of it by a friend while parked outside his office with a gun.

Several of his advisers were barred from working in the financial services industry but were not convicted of a crime.

Silton did not return a message seeking comment Wednesday, and the Borgata declined to comment.

But when Al Horford is at center, the Celtics don’t have the heft or manic rebounding to hurt smaller Milwaukee groups. Any counter by Brad Stevens to play Aron Baynes and Greg Monroe more is probably a win for Milwaukee. The Bucks should be open to more Giannis-at-center in Game 2.

There is no real counter for Antetokounmpo attacking Horford from the 3-point arc with four shooters around him.

One wrinkle in which Milwaukee’s old (bad) habits showed up: fronting Boston post-ups as if they were urgent threats. Boston’s entry passers digested that and drove right at the front, using it as one giant two-man pick:

On the flip side: yeeeeesh, Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker. We will all remember Rozier turning Bledsoe to stone on his shoulda-been game-winning 3, but Bledsoe defended with Phoenix-era sloth the entire game. He smashed into picks and gave up on plays. He lost Rozier for another pivotal triple:

Tim Tebow hit a home run in his first at-bat with a Mets minor league team for the third time, with the outfielder connecting on a three-run shot on the first pitch of his Double-A Rumble Ponies debut Thursday. Tebow homered in his first plate appearance in April of last season with the Single-A Columbia Fireflies, before repeating the heroics in June with High-A St. Lucie.

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Did Saquon Barkley just drop a Giant hint?

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The projected top running back in this month’s draft was spotted at a Pennsylvania barber shop recently wearing a hooded Giants sweatshirt, according to photos captured by TMZ. Barkley has been linked to the Giants in the run-up to the draft on April 26, with GM Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur both indicating he would be worthy of the No. 2 pick.
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It was likely a coincidence Barkley wore the sweatshirt, which the Giants reportedly gifted him during his pre-draft visit, but the timing raised eyebrows.

Barkley, who entered the draft after three seasons at Penn State of over J. D. Martinez Jersey 1,000 yards rushing in each, became the talk of the NFL Combine after posting record-breaking numbers that showcased his speed and strength.

What we all really want is for the NFL to pay attention, Blackwell told The Washington Post. We want them to have us over and say, ‘Where are we going wrong, and how can we fix it?’ As an employment lawyer, it wouldn’t cost them a penny to make this a successful and wonderful program, where people could be proud and not be harassed and not be discriminated against.

For his part, Landry said his friend deserves to be the highest-paid player in the entire NFL. Not highest-paid wide receiver, the highest-paid player, period.

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ESPN+ may find more success with more niche programming, like Ivy League action and smaller leagues, which might have a group of die-hard fans who will pony up for the service. These ultra-loyal fans are where these subscription models can excel at a reasonable monthly price point, but there are limits on scale compared to major, must-watch events, like the NFL. There will be no NFL games on ESPN+.

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Browns could keep plans for No. 1 pick a secret until draft day

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The Browns could keep their plans for the No. 1 overall pick a secret until the draft April 26.
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After the NFL first decided, nearly eight years ago, to emphasize the prohibition against hits on defenseless players, coaches periodically praised (privately) hits that the NFL deemed to be illegal. With the players, and only the players, paying the price for these hits, the coaches face no consequence (other than not having the player available to play, if ejected or suspended).

Safety rules need to compel teams and coaches to insist on safe practices of every type. This new rule, which is sufficiently vague to potentially result in a broad application aimed at further getting the head out of the game, won’t be as successful as it could be if the Kentrell Brice Youth jersey coaches who aren’t successfully coaching these unsafe tactics out of the game suffer no consequences for failure to comply.

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Titans considered a metallic silver helmet

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The Titans 鈥?or more accurately the NFL and Nike 鈥?have been working on new uniforms since 2014.
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And while the most dramatic change in the for-sale-at-a-retailer-near-you clothes is the new navy helmet, it was nearly something even flashier.

By league rule, they have to stick with this uniform for at least five years, before the can tweak it again and sell new stuff to their fans.

Pulled those things up, this could happen. You could step on that sweat pant as you’re going down the stairs and it’s over. I’m squeezing him. I’ve got him right there. And I’ve got my other hand on the rail as I’m going down those stairs. I’m not squeezing him like I would a football. You can’t squeeze a baby like 鈥?you can’t squeeze into a baby like that. But I got him. Once I got to the bottom of those stairs, I’m thinking about the toys. Kids could have left the toys on the ground, could be something to step on. And that baby’s not coming out, is the point. And when you got the ball in your hand, there is no other job. There is no other job more important than that ball in the hand.

Before a game at Purdue, Jim Harbaugh provides a fairly graphic mandate to his players.

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From start to finish, the All or Nothing series isn’t quite as compelling as its NFL counterpart. And it would have been a lot less interesting but for the involvement of Jim Harbaugh.

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While that might have matched the sunglasses of the local cops, they ultimately went with a navy blue with a silver sword-like stripe down the middle. Either way, the white helmet was one of the first things to go in the design process.

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