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After months of buildup, it is finally the week of the 2018 NFL draft. At this point, most teams have gone quiet as they make any final adjustments to their draft board. And believe it or not, teams are building their own mock drafts. You’ll never see those, so mine will have to do. Here’s this week’s mock draft: 1. Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming I moved Allen to the first pick last week, and in this mock draft he’s staying there. There will be one final mock before the draft. It’s unknown whether or not Allen will still be here. The uncertainty is simply because of Browns General Manager John Dorsey keeping tight-lipped about what he’s doing with the top choice. Maybe in a couple
My advice to all of those professional and fan forecasters of the 2018 NFL draft in the hours leading up to the first round on Thursday: Be careful with the absolute statements. Three of the first four picks are controlled by two men (Cleveland GM John Dorsey at one and four, GM Dave Gettleman of the Giants at two) who could work for the CIA. “This year it seems like there’s no normal,” San Francisco GM John Lynch said on Saturday.
The Yankees expect to lose first baseman Tyler Austin to a suspension this week for his involvement in a brawl with the Red Sox on April 11. Austin, who charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly, was handed a five-game suspension and had an appeal hearing Thursday. MLB could possibly announce a decision as early as Monday. “We do anticipate a decision this week, when that is I don’t know. Hopefully it gets knocked down a little bit,’’ manager Aaron Boone said following Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Blue Jays. “It’s never a good time to be playing short and not necessarily looking forward to that. We know it’s coming and will do the best we can.’’ Austin has 11 hits
With five minutes to go in a crucial Game 4, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal would have to watch his team from the bench. Beal fouled out on a controversial call during Sunday’s Game 4 matchup against the Toronto Raptors. With the game tied 92-92, Beal picked up his sixth foul while trying to draw a charge on a rebound.
When there's a runner on second base, it's up to the catcher and pitcher to mask the signs so the batter doesn't get tipped off. Cubs shortstop Javier Baez didn't want to leave anything to chance. With D.J. LeMahieu on second base in the third inning, Baez made the effort to stay in front of LeMahieu and block him throughout the leadoff. Then, he'd retreat back to his position at short before the pitch was delivered. Baez was convinced that LeMahieu was trying to steal signs. The entire exercise seemed pointless since LeMahieu is four inches taller than Baez. As the broadcast pointed out, LeMahieu's view of the catcher wasn't really blocked. So all Baez was doing was getting under the Rockies'
Kevin Durant was once the big star in a little city. The former Oklahoma City Thunder star now plays for the Golden State Warriors, and has a championship ring to his name after making a switch in 2016. The Greek Freak is currently leading the charge for the Bucks against the Boston Celtics in the first round, and he’s seen as the future in Milwaukee.
Midway through the third quarter of Golden State's Game 4 matchup against the San Antonio Spurs, forward David West was assessed a technical foul. Apparently, West expressed his frustration over a call on the floor by jumping up and running towards the stationary bike in the tunnel. Referees just called a technical foul on David West, who sprinted into the tunnel after that last call.
Usually modest about his achievements, Rafael Nadal allowed himself a moment to appreciate his record 31st Masters title on Sunday. Nadal was at his dominant best against Kei Nishikori, beating him 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final to become the first man in the Open era to win the same title 11 times. ''It's unbelievable,'' Nadal said, pausing to take it in.
The NFL Draft is less than a week away, which means it's time to start working on your 2019 NFL Mock Drafts. Oh, and it's also time to get your 2018 mock drafts in while you still can, so with that in mind, here's my final mock draft before the real thing takes place. Every pick in this final mock comes with a 100 percent guarantee that a player will be selected by a team in that position. They will all be the player that was at the top of that team's board, too. Change the way you listen to NFL news, subscribe to the Pick Six Podcast with Will Brinson and you'll be the most informed fan at your NFL Draft party. via iTunes | via Stitcher | via TuneIn Seriously, it's almost more difficult to do
Injured Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar should leave France and resume his career in Spain if he wants to become the world's top player, former Brazil great Rivaldo said Sunday. Rivaldo, who starred in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, told GloboEsporte.com and Esporte Espetacular that while a return to Barcelona might be too complicated, Neymar should consider rivals Real Madrid.
14. GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-9) LAST SEASON: Missed playoffs for first time since 2008 after quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed two months with broken collarbone. His absence exposed how much team's limitations could be covered up by two-time NFL MVP. Davante
Ricky Rubio outplayed Russell Westbrook Saturday night in Utah and now the Jazz are up 2-1 in that series. Rubio did his damage from the midrange — he was 5-of-5 between the key and the arc — on his way to 26 points, to go with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. All series the Thunder have dared Rubio to shoot and to beat them, Saturday he did.
The curious disconnect between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs may be coming to a head, as a report indicated Gregg Popovich was open to the possibility of trading the former MVP candidate. As it stands, Leonard has just one year remaining on his contract. However, the Spurs can offer him an extension this summer in excess of $200 million. Some, such as Kyrie Irving and Paul George, have opted against signing such a deal. However, the more common decision has been for a player to take the guaranteed money. What Leonard may opt for is anyone’s guess. He reportedly has a preference to be traded to the Lakers. That may prove to be a difficult, if not impossible scenario. According to Mark
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was everywhere Saturday night, the image of his face on the navy blue shirts worn by fans gathered at the gates of the StubHub Center two hours before the Galaxy’s scheduled kickoff Saturday night. One, two, three There was no point in counting. It looked as if every other fan had the shirt. Everyone was here to watch and the Galaxy knew this, which is why merchandise stands were stocked with Ibrahimovic jerseys and shirts. When the stadium’s video scoreboard showed the home team walking from the locker room to the field, the camera focused on the 6-foot-5 striker from Sweden as if he were a boxer about to enter a ring for combat. The sight alone elicited cheers from the packed
Floyd Mayweather may have announced his retirement from boxing last year, but he could be tempted to transition to mixed martial arts and fight in UFC. For Mayweather, "It's all about presenting the right numbers." And that means he wants to get paid big bucks for his blood, sweat, and tears. If he does compete in a UFC octagon, he could go on to fight multiple times — perhaps, even, on a billion dollar deal. Mayweather may be 41 years old and attempting another sport late on in life, but the American took hardly any damage throughout his 50 professional boxing bouts and is a disciplined athlete. To maintain his sporting dominance, Mayweather has to eat right. So what sort of food does a former
With 247, Rivals and ESPN all finalizing their 2018 basketball rankings, the 247 Composite has the final team and player rankings for this cycle. Michigan ended up with one of their best classes ever, coming in at eighth in the country and second in the Big Ten, right behind Maryland. This ties Beilein with his 2012 squad for his highest class ranking since he’s been at Michigan. That class should be very familiar to Michigan fans. It included four future NBA draft picks in Glenn Robinson, Mitch McGary, Nick Stauskas and Caris Levert, along with cult hero Spike Albrecht. Michigan didn’t start the day that high, though. Thanks to some funky rankings regarding Ignas Brazeikis, the Wolverines were
NFL predictions have come rolling in since the 2018 schedule dropped on Thursday. Unsurprisingly, predictions surrounding the Detroit Lions have sat right around where they finished last year at 9-7. In fact, just about every local beat writer has predicted a third-straight 9-7 season for the Lions. However, it’s always interesting to see how the national market thinks of the Lions. We got a little hint of that on Saturday, when Las Vegas set Detroit’s win total at 7.5 wins on the season, a bet in which early money is actually on the under. A user on Reddit took things one step further this weekend. All 32 teams’ beat writers for ESPN did game-by-game predictions this week, and Reddit user “Chasefortheelliott”
The Atlanta Braves signed Jose Bautista to a minor league contract earlier this week but has apparently impressed officials enough that he could soon debut in an Atlanta uniform. Brian Snitker told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman that the plan is for Bautista to join Gwinnett on Monday and play in the team’s doubleheader. Bowman adds that Bautista could join the Braves sometime on their upcoming road trip. Bautista has appeared in two games with the Braves’ High-A club in Florida and is 2-for-7 with a double. Per Bowman, the reports on Bautista’s condition and readiness have been good. Atlanta begins a 10-day, three city road trip in Cincinnati on Monday. Bautista appeared in 157 games with Toronto last
The UFC’s lightweight division has been an embarrassment of riches for years now, but the high level of exciting competition has been particularly noteworthy of late. The last three UFC events have been headlined by lightweight tilts: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Al Iaquinta, Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje, and Kevin Lee vs. Edson Barboza. And hey, let’s not forget that UFC 223 cameo from former lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Even after he was quietly replaced as champ, McGregor continues to dominate the narrative at 155 pounds. When and who will he fight next is the biggest question in the sport right now. The most likely opponent is Nurmagomedov, but not if the Irish superstar doesn’t return
Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas spent 12 rounds trading punches. Judge Julie Lederman scored the fight 115-113 for Broner, and Eric Marlinski and Kevin Morgan had it 114-114. According to the scorecards, Lederman and Marlinski had Broner winning 105-104 heading into the 12th round, while Morgan had Vargas ahead, 105-05.
Justin Verlander has had a lot to say lately. On Friday, the Houston pitcher found a reason to complain about Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson daring to steal a base on him while the Astros held a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning with a 3-0 count, apparently breaking one of baseball’s countless, ridiculous unwritten rules. On Saturday, Verlander was hearing it from a White Sox fan while hanging out in the dugout.
After Kyle Busch crossed the finish line to win his third consecutive race of the season in Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway, he went into the grandstands to celebrate with the fans. It was a first time Busch had ever done so in his career. “It was the 10-year anniversary of you know what and I was wondering if I’d come out alive,” said Busch in his post-race press conference.
The depth of this year’s quarterback class has been well documented, and the latest 2018 NFL mock draft from ESPN’s resident gurus projects and early run on this year’s top passers. Mel Kiper and Todd McShay teamed up for a back-and-forth mock that covers the first three rounds of this year’s draft, with five quarterbacks scattered among the top 15 selections. Kiper’s first three picks are all quarterbacks, starting with Wyoming’s Josh Allen to the Cleveland Browns at No. 1 overall. USC’s Sam Darnold heads to the New York Jets at No. 3 overall, while Kiper sends UCLA’s Josh Rosen to the Denver Broncos at No. 5 overall. The other two passers who land among the top 15 picks also come from Kiper,
For two games, Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns was a no-show for their playoff series against the Houston Rockets. For two games, the Timberwolves came up short of their first playoff win since 2004. Towns had by far his best game of the series with 18 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks as Minnesota cut its series deficit to 2-1 with a dominant 121-105 win to keep hope alive in Minneapolis of a competitive series.
A win is a win, so Akshay Bhatia will gladly add the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley to a résumé that already includes the Junior PGA Championship and first-team AJGA Rolex All-American honors. Lucky for Bhatia, he had built a four-stroke lead so the late stumbles. “I told myself all day that I’m still in control of this golf tournament no matter how many bogeys I made,” said Bhatia, who started the day up by four strokes on his nearest competitor.
Sure, Anthony Davis had 47 points and Jrue Holiday had 41. But Alvin Gentry opened his press conference after the Pelicans' sweep of Portland by thanking Kobe Bryant. His shoes, it seemed, saved Holiday from stepping out of bounds at a key moment. "I'd just like to thank Kobe Bryant and Kobe 1s," he said, "Because if he didn't have those nice Kobe 1s, he'd probably be down the sidelines. But because he was wearing those good old Kobe 1s, his heels were up and he wasn't out of bounds and that's how we got the ball back." Thoughts, Kobe?
UCF presented its most audacious claim to the national championship yet on Saturday with a banner and rings declaring itself as college football’s king. UCF football was fantastic in 2017, posting a 13-0 record for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision’s only undefeated season. Since capping the season with a win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl, UCF has been on a persistent campaign to declare itself college football’s national champions after watching a one-loss Alabama team win a College Football Playoff that it wasn’t invited to.
A crowd of more than 82,000 cheered when Justin Fields jogged onto the field for the first time at Sanford Stadium at Georgia's G-Day spring game on Saturday. There were more reasons in the scrimmage to cheer for the freshman dual-threat quarterback who was the biggest name in Georgia's top-ranked signing class . Fields enrolled early to compete with returning starter Jake Fromm, who remains the favorite to keep his job.
Amir Khan's first bout in a British ring for five years saw him knock out Canada's Phil Lo Greco in a mere 39 seconds on Saturday. The 31-year-old British boxer had not fought anywhere for two years since being beaten by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas in May 2016. Khan then pinned Lo Greco to the ropes before the super-welterweight contest ended moments after it had started.
Here's what insider Laken Litman took away from Notre Dame's spring game. SOUTH BEND — Brian Kelly stood behind Brandon Wimbush with his whistle. He threatened to use it if his quarterback took off running. Perhaps luckily for both of them, it never came to that. In Notre Dame’s annual Blue-Gold Game on Saturday, which concluded spring practices, Wimbush was forced to move in the pocket while maintaining his progression reads instead of relying on his feet to make plays. Last season, Wimbush struggled most throwing the football. He showed flashes, but was inconsistent, completing less than 50 percent of his passes and throwing only 16 touchdowns while rushing for 14. There was a lot thrown at
All eyes will be on the Cleveland Browns next Thursday when the 2018 NFL Drafts gets underway in Dallas. While there have been varying rumors about who the Browns will select with the No. 1 overall pick, general manager John Dorsey’s latest comments might have hinted at which direction Cleveland is going. “You all laugh at me when I say it, but I think hand size is important,” Dorsey said Thursday, per Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “With that being said, hand size in November and December, when it’s snowing, raining, it’s getting muddy. We all know the elements in Cleveland are going to play a role.” If you choose to read into Dorsey’s note about hand size, Josh Allen topped the charts at February’s
The unseemly details of former Cavaliers coach David Blatt’s sour relationship with LeBron James in Cleveland were spelled out in a recent book, “Return of The King.’’ In an interview published Saturday in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and translated from Hebrew, Blatt declined to talk about the book by Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin, but admitted he didn’t “realize my potential’’ in the NBA and wants to redeem himself. The Steve Mills-Scott Perry research-and-development coaching tour is bound for Europe this week to meet with Blatt, who confirmed, “I’ve been scheduled to talk to the Knicks.’’ First, brass will meet with Hawks coach Mike Budenolzer on Sunday after receiving permission from
Ben Simmons did something no rookie has done in nearly 40 years, and the Philadelphia 76ers are a win away from advancing to the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs for the first time in six years. Simmons became the first rookie to record a triple-double in a playoff game since 1980 as the 76ers survived a late flurry by the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade to win Game 4 106-101 and take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. The Heat tried to sprint away from the Sixers in the third quarter, but Philly clawed back and took the lead early in the fourth.
Former ace Matt Harvey may have started his final game for the New York Mets. If all goes according to plan, Harvey will be available out of the bullpen beginning on Tuesday, according to Mike Puma of the New York Mets. Jason Vargas will take Harvey’s spot in the rotation next weekend in San Diego. When asked about the possibility of being demoted to the bullpen following Thursday’s outing, Harvey was dismissive.
We’re less than a week out from the 2018 NFL draft and another milestone moment for the 49ers’ new regime of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Using the Fanspeak mock draft simulator, we’re able to project all of the 49ers’ nine picks through seven rounds. Right off the bat, things get interesting. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen fell out of the top five in the projection and was still on the board for the 49ers at No. 9, prompting the phone to ring in San Francisco’s draft room. The 49ers seem to have won the October trade when they gave up pick No. 43 to the Patriots for their new franchise quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. In this mock, Lynch decides to return the favor, allowing
Take a look at USA TODAY Sports' projected top 10 teams ahead of the 2018 college football season. LINCOLN, Neb. – The starters beat up on the backups at Nebraska’s spring game, the first of the Scott Frost era, as a near-capacity crowd celebrated the return of the former championship-winning quarterback after his two seasons as coach at Central Florida. Starters treating backups like traffic cones is a springtime tradition across the country, with Nebraska being no exception. Well, with one exception: According to Jay Sims, a former Nebraska running back from the 1990s, the only time the Cornhuskers’ backups have won the annual spring game was in 1995, when they were quarterbacked by – you guessed
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie seemingly had his role lessened by owner Mark Davis, and now he’s calling coach Jon Gruden names. McKenzie playfully called Gruden a “bowling ball of butcher knives” during his pre-draft press conference Friday. McKenzie also touched on a slew of subjects like former Raiders punter Marquette King, wide receiver Amari Cooper’s contract and free-agent linebacker NaVorro Bowman still being a free agent during his question and answer session Friday. “He’s [Gruden’s] a bowling ball of butcher knives, he’s great. I love the fire, I love the enthusiasm. We can talk football all day, watch film, it’s been really good. I’m excited to watch him on the grass, you
Stephen Curry returned to practice Saturday, but there will be no miracle Sunday when the Warriors meet the Spurs in Game 4 of their first-round series. "He's coming along well," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The Willis Reed reference dates back to the 1970 NBA Finals, when the Knicks center came limping onto the court for Game 7, despite a torn muscle in his right thigh, provided an emotional lift that gave New York the victory.
Baseball seasons aren’t defined in April unless it is the hapless Reds, Rays, Orioles and Marlins, who are already dead. There is far too much baseball left on the schedule to get euphoric about winning and depressed over losing. Yet, there are certain points in every month of every season when a team has a chance to feel good about itself by taking a series from a divisional foe and answering some questions. That day for the Yankees is Sunday, when they attempt to cop three of four from the Blue Jays after spanking the visitors, 9-1, on Saturday in front of 40,986 at Yankee Stadium. “Take it one at a time. We got the win today and onto [Sunday],’’ Aaron Judge said, after going 2-for-4 with a
But the past errors haven't kept Sumlin out of the running for top quarterbacks. Arizona, his new schools, is in the running for former A&M commit Grant Gunnell, one of the top 2019 quarterback prospects in the country. Sherrington: The situation sounds similar to the QB exodus at Texas Tech a few years ago, when Baker Mayfield, Michael Brewer and Davis Webb left. They complained that it seemed like Kliff Kingsbury stopped communicating with them. The difference in that situation was that Mayfield, Brewer and Webb were all good QBs who went on to star or at least play significant time at their next stops. And Coach Cool still ended up with a better QB in Patrick Mahomes. Unbelievable that one
In the days leading up to Kobe Bryant playing his final game for the Los Angeles Lakers, several of his former teammates shared their favorite memories of the five-time champion. One in particular that gained national attention involved J.R. Rider and a heated practice session. The talented but embattled guard signed with the Lakers in August 2000. It was the first notable roster move completed by Mitch Kupchak as general manager. Although Rider had a checkered past, he was capable of providing a scoring punch off the bench. Lakers head coach Phil Jackson of course had a history, if not a proven track record, of handling difficult personalities. Rider averaged 7.6 points in 18 minutes over the
If we told you the New York Mets would get off to a 14-5 start this season, you might not have believed us. If we told you that would happen despite Yoenis Cespedes barely hitting over .200, you definitely wouldn’t have believed us. After 19 games, the Mets are an NL-best 14-5 even with Cespedes’ .208/.274/.377 battling line and league-leading 34 strikeouts.
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss made sweeping changes to the team’s front office earlier than some expected, casting out general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss. Jeanie replaced her brother with her longtime personal friend and Lakers legend Magic Johnson, naming the previous advisor as the team’s new president of basketball operations. That was followed by the hiring of Rob Pelinka as general manager. In a recent appearance on “The Full 48 Podcast,” Jeanie told Howard Beck that once she brought in Johnson, she was happy to learn they shared the same view on how to build the Lakers moving forward: “When Magic got involved last year, we sat down
ESPN (well, its ‘NFL Nation reporters’) apparently believes next season’s New England Patriots will do something the franchise hasn’t done since 2009. That season, the Patriots “struggled” to a 10-6 record, eventually losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card Round. In each of the following eight seasons, the Patriots have won at least 12 games, including two seasons (2010 and 2016) with 14 wins. But it all comes crashing down next season, according to “The Mothership.” With the release of each teams’ 2018 schedules fresh in mind, ESPN on Thursday published its annual regular-season predictions, and it has the Patriots going a decidedly meh 11-5. The explanation, however, is rather