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Von Miller, Khalil Mack and other NFL sack artists met for a ‘pass-rushing summit’

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Von Miller suggested in January that he, Atlanta Falcons rusher Vic Beasley, and other sack leaders throughout the NFL should meet up for a pass-rushing summit. On Thursday, the Denver Broncos star made that a reality at Stanford University — not far from where Miller has a home in the Bay Area.
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Last year Stanton hit 24 home runs in the first round, 17 in the second round and then 20 in the finals. That’s 61 total. MLB went to the timed format in 2015; since then, here are the most home runs hit by guys not named Stanton: Todd Frazier (42 in 2016, 39 in 2015), Joc Pederson, 39 in 2015) and Mark Trumbo (30 in 2016). Yep, Stanton is the pick.
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The second round can be a different animal. Remember 2014, when Stanton and Jose Bautista hit the most home runs in the first round? Neither guy made it to the finals. In 2010, Corey Hart hit 13 in the opening round (four more than anyone else), then zero in the second. Both of these guys are in their first derby, so this one’s hard to pick. I’m going with the beard again.

For what it’s worth, the Bears have decent depth on their offensive line. Eric Kush was re-signed as a do-it-all interior lineman. Tom Compton and Bradley Sowell were brought in as swing tackles.

Here lies the issue most have with Chicago’s decision to select Trubisky. Even 49ers GM John Lynch thought the Bears were trading up to draft a guy like Solomon Thomas and address a massive need in a class stuffed with versatile defensive line talent.

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Rockies’ Chad Bettis nears minor-league rehab stint in return from cancer

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The Rockies, in the throes of a 10 losses in 11 games skid, got this healthy dose of perspective: Right-hander Chad Bettis is almost ready for a minor-league rehab stint in his comeback from testicular cancer, The Denver Post reported.

The cancer and subsequent chemotherapy have sidelined Bettis, 28, all season.

The veteran announcer told Sports Illustrated on Monday that he has decided to step away from the high-profile gig after the 2017 season so he can spend more time at home. Shulman will continue working college basketball games for ESPN, in addition to a selection of midweek baseball games and his MLB postseason radio duties.

Shulman, 50, is a Toronto native who still calls the city home. He told SI he is getting married next year and wants to make sure he has the right balance between his personal life and his professional life. Though his decision comes amidst significant cost-cutting throughout ESPN, he insisted the decision was his alone.

“I’m grateful to ESPN for giving me this opportunity, and equally grateful that they agreed to let me reconfigure my situation in order to make this work,” he told SI. “It was not an easy choice. I have been thinking about it for months. I still want to accomplish certain things professionally but getting the balance in my personal life was the important thing. The older we get I think we sometimes reprioritize and I guess I’m doing that.”

Shulman took over for Jon Miller as the voice of “Sunday Night Baseball” in 2011. He currently works alongside analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza after previous Sunday stints with Curt Schilling, John Kruk, Bobby Valentine, Orel Hershiser and Terry Francona in the booth for ESPN’s signature MLB broadcast.warriors_004-115x115

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Vince Young still affected when he sees other NFL quarterbacks play

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Elite Youth Marreese Speights Jersey Vince Young hasn’t played an NFL game since 2011 and hasn’t been in the league since 2014.

He recently tried to kickstart his football career again with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, but was waived after he tore his hamstring.

Fourth-round pick Vince Biegel should be a rotation player at linebacker along with Blake Martinez and Jake Ryan, and that should allow for Green Bay to put Clay Matthews back outside with Nick Perry. Green Bay needs to pass-rushers to be consistent in Dom Capers’ scheme, and with Julius Peppers gone, Matthews needs to be that player again.

The Rams decided not to pick up Robinson’s fifth-year option and had already moved him away from left tackle. Is it safe to say he wasn’t going to be a Los Angeles Ram in 2018?
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Absolutely not. In hiring a new coaching staff led by Sean McVay, the Rams are in the midst of a personnel overhaul that will shed much of the core of the roster from the Jeff Fisher years. McVay and Co. don’t want their careers tied to the players from the previous regime, and Robinson (along with QB Jared Goff) was at the center of that effort. Given the quality of his play in his three years, there was no way he was going to get a second contract from the Rams especially after signing Andrew Whitworth in free agency this offseason.

The stunning thing here is that Jordan, not Griffin, is the bigger star in terms of current accolades. Griffin just signed a monster $173 million contract, but the results haven’t been great in recent years. He has exchanged dunks for 3s, which is probably smart for his durability. Griffin has missed the last two All-Star games due to injury and his only All-NBA appearance in the last three seasons was at third-team level. He’s not the box-office hit he used to be; his dunk rate has been sliced to a third of what it was in 2011-12.

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There may not be a more interesting story in NFL history beyond Kurt Warner

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It’s crazy because there was me talking with guys about Cleveland, then all the outside rumors with Boston, Minnesota, Phoenix, then the feeling that I’m not going anywhere, Butler said. I mean, I had so many people telling me what could possibly happen, but I just got to the point where I stopped paying attention to it.

It’s crazy because it reminds you of what a business this is. You can’t get mad at anybody. I’m not mad — I’m not. I just don’t like the way some things were handled, but it’s OK.

There may not be a more interesting story in NFL history beyond Kurt Warner, and the most interesting story of the day is this piece on NFL Europe. Take a few minutes and dive in.

Last year, Ezekiel Elliott gave fantasy football fans hope that rookies could save the day. Elliott, running behind an exceptional offensive line in Dallas, reinvented the feature back role while leading the NFL in rushing yards.

Authentic Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey Many assume that No. 4 overall pick Leonard Fournette will be the top rookie running back this year. The former LSU star was selected by the Jaguars to fix a woeful rushing attack and alleviate pressure from quarterback Blake Bortles.

While Fournette is in line for a huge workload, there could be another rookie running back, flying under the radar, that supplants Fournette for rookie fantasy dominance.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara, a third-round pick out of Tennessee, was so coveted by head coach Sean Payton that he traded away next year’s second-round pick to secure his services.

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Roger Clemens on Hall of Fame: ‘I did what I needed to do’

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Authentic Womens Robert Thomas Jersey Roger Clemens had a lot to say Friday night in Houston, including a few words about the Hall of Fame.

Before his turn as a guest radio analyst on the Red Sox’s broadcast, he talked to reporters about a wide range of issues, Cooperstown among them. His public stance on the Hall remains the same even as he gets closer to enshrinement with five years of eligibility remaining.

After the Red Sox’s 6-5 win over the Astros, John Farrell told reporters the swelling limited Pedroia’s range of motion.

The pitch hit in the left lat area, left rib cage. It continued to swell and tighten up, Farrell said (via ESPN). He was losing a lot of range of motion with the left arm, so we had to get him off his feet.

After Pedroia’s exit from the game, Josh Rutledge moved from third base to second and Pablo Sandoval came in to play third. That’s likely the move Farrell would make if Pedroia can’t go Monday.

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The news comes exactly two weeks after Melisa Russell posted on Instagram an image of her in a bathing suit with text reading, Being free to be able to make your own choices for your own happiness beats being cheated on, lied to, & disrespected any day. #herestonewbeginnings #onlygetsbetterfromhere

The post has since been deleted. But it prompted Russell to make a statement the next day. Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful, Russell said. For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment.

MLB launched an investigation into the allegations that same day. At the time, a Chicago Police Department spokesperson said the department did not have any investigation into the matter.

Russell and his wife had a son, Aiden, in August 2015. They married in January 2016.

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NFL playoff picture: Lions’ loss puts Packers, Redskins in business

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What does the NFL playoff picture look like after Week 16?

Champions, East. New England went in with the division title and a first-round bye locked. After thrashing the Jets, the Patriots stayed ahead of the Raiders in their quest to lock down the top seed and home-field advantage.

First place, West. Oakland, already in the playoffs as at least a wild card, beat the Colts to keep pace with New England in the race for the top seed and made sure Kansas City couldn’t leap back into first place in the division in Week 16. The Raiders need to win next week or hope the Chiefs lose then to lock up the division.

Point is, Thome was much more than a homer-cranking, one-trick baseball pony. He was a well-rounded offensive player whose accomplishments were perhaps misplaced or overlooked in the noise and controversy created by the Steroid Era.

Thome has never been linked to PEDs. By all accounts, he did everything right. Which is why he could (read: should) find himself in the Hall of Fame class of 2018, his first year eligible. It’ll be a crowded ballot, with holdovers and newcomers including Chipper Jones, meaning a first-ballot induction for Thome could be a challenge.

It seems weird to say that a clean player with 600 homers might not be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but, again, here we are.

This is the story of Jim Thome’s quiet baseball life. Always great, often overshadowed.

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Isaiah Thomas contemplating surgery for injured hip

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Isaiah Thomas has a decision to make.

The Celtics guard met with a hip specialist Tuesday to determine whether surgery would be necessary to repair his injured hip.

Bosh, who sat out last season and missed the latter half of the previous two seasons because of blood clots, has a guaranteed contract that would pay him $25.3 million next season and $26.8 million for the 2018-19 season. But most of his contract is covered by insurance and his contract will no longer count against the Heat’s salary cap.

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Bosh’s blood clots moved into his lung in 2015, but received immediate treatment with blood thinners. Those blood thinners, which are used as typical treatment for clots, create another potentially dangerous situation if Bosh were cut or badly bumped, causing bruising, while playing.
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Removing Bosh’s salary from the Heat’s books will clear up about $37 million in cap space when the new league year begins on July 1.

It’s funny cause I told him earlier in the year, I said, 鈥業t’s cool that you’re here, but we really don’t need you for the regular season. We kinda gonna need you for these Finals.’ And he stepped up big and made plays for us.

In short, Durant, once the lifeline of a franchise in Oklahoma City, knows he’s just insurance for the Warriors. That’s fine with him, which means problems 鈥?big problems 鈥?for the rest of the league.

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Isaiah Thomas: It’s ‘BS’ Brad Stevens isn’t finalist for NBA Coach of the Year

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LeBron James wasn’t selected as a finalist for NBA MVP. And Isaiah Thomas has a beef with his coach being left off the list of finalists for Coach of the Year.

The Celtics guard had some pretty harsh criticism for the panel of NBA media members who determined the finalists for the league’s top awards.

Thomas used a question about potential free agents coming to the Celtics to vent about the omission of Celtics coach Brad Stevens from the list of the three coaches who were selected as Coach of the Year finalists — Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Houston’s Mike D’Antoni.

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The ref who made the call signaled for a tech, but did not point toward who he made the call on. The result was all-out chaos.
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This game seemed out of the refs hands all throughout the first three quarters. Tempers flared repeatedly, LeBron James and Kevin Durant argued. Kevin Love was given a flagrant foul for an infraction on Durant that was a clear play on the ball. Zaza Pachulia later hit Iman Shumpert in the groin and a fan was ejected in the ensuing melee as the officials attempted to get things in order.

Despite great offensive production from both teams as the Cavaliers held a 115-96 lead, the game had little flow through three quarters and the refs need to be held responsible. The game was reckless and out of control.

Green’s second technical probably didn’t need to be called, but he needs to be smarter in those situations. Refs are watching him, and he continuously gives them reasons to call technical fouls on him.

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Steelers’ rejuvenated defense follows lead of James Harrison, ‘Killer LBs’

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Running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown deserve to dominate Pittsburgh headlines after the Steelers’ 30-12 wild-card rout of the Dolphins on Sunday.

The continued prolific, exceptional play of the Killer Bs was a given for the playoffs, however. After all, even the two Super Bowl favorites, New England and Dallas, aren’t capable of slowing that duo down.

But more impressive and imperative than Bell and Brown combining for 298 yards of offense was the fact that the Dolphins were limited to 305 yards. That led to the score being flipped from the Steelers’ Week 6 loss at Miami, where they gave up 474 yards 222 of it rushing.

The Giants are an organization at a crossroads, but there are signs as to which way they’ll go. The chances of a full-on rebuild are slim, for a few reasons. It’s not in the team’s DNA to to blow things up, and when the Giants have been bad in the past (the 2013 season comes to mind) they’ve tended to keep their roster in tact and not make wholesale changes at the trade deadline. They clearly value continuity and sticking with players they know.

Plus, the Giants have constructed their roster in such a way that a full rebuild just doesn’t seem possible. They are clearly a team that’s built to contend, with their star players — Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt, etc. — signed to long-term deals with no-trade protections. And while they’re getting perilously close to being on the wrong side of 30, most of their core group are still productive. It hasn’t worked out this year, but it’s hard to see the Giants giving up so quickly on a group to which they’ve made so many multiyear commitments.

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Twitter has questions for doctor who cleared Matt Moore after crushing hit

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Dolphins QB Matt Moore missed only one play after taking a vicious hit from the SteelersBud Dupree in Sunday’s AFC wild-card playoff game.
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Moore was almost immediately cleared to play, leaving Twitter with a lot of questions.

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Bradys interception percentage was the lowest of his career, and his adjusted yards per attempt (9.3) was only a decimal point less than that of 07. He was on pace to take only 20 sacks, his second-lowest total for a full season.

Consider, then, that he did it with several unfamiliar targets Martellus Bennett, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan, James White as Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis all missed significant time. His TD total was only limited because of the anomalistic fact that LeGarrette Blount rushed for 18 scores.

Then theres that vengeance narrative; that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had hell to pay for coming down so hard on his leagues long-time best player.

Although its overblown, theres no doubt Bradys relentless competitiveness has always been fueled by his draft diss. Putting any extra chips on his shoulder was bound to be used to his and his teams advantage.

No wonder the Patriots are 16-point favorites in their first 2017 playoff game and remain heavy favorites to add a fifth Super Bowl title.

After all Brady did in 07, remember he didnt end that season with a ring. If anyone is still convinced he was better then, getting one for the thumb would confirm hes better now.

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