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The MLB draft will be held Monday to Wednesday, and what will follow both the first round and the whole process is the assigning of grades.

The picture became a hit on social media, and Jones and his twin brother, Ravens linebacker Alvin Jones, both tweeted that the instinct to help someone in need comes from the way they were raised. Aaron and Alvin were raised by Alvin Jones Sr. and Vurgess Jones, both of whom are retired after long careers in the Army. Alvin Jones Sr. told the Packers’ website last year that he prided himself on raising sons with the right values.

What I’ve told Aaron and Alvin, this is a reward for all the hard work that you guys have put in, Alvin Sr. said. What mom and I always try to do with them, even now, is make sure they understand why they’re successful. That, first and foremost, is the blessing from the man upstairs. Secondly, we try to keep them humble and working hard. No matter how much success you have, there’s always something you can improve so continue to work hard, stay humble and good things will always happen for you.

Mount was a sixth-round pick of the Titans in 2015 and had an interception in four games as a rookie. He played one game for the Colts in 2016 and spent the 2017 offseason with them until being waived in August.

Then there is Chris Webber, whose terrific NBA career helped him overcome calling the timeout he didn’t have at the end of the 1993 NCAA finals. Of course, since his Michigan team and its banners were all vaporized by the NCAA enforcement committee a few years later, did that ever really happen at all? Smith should only be that lucky.

The only surprise with the news that my amazing teammate Larry Brooks, will become a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame is that he hasn’t already been in there for 10 or 15 years. I’m sure the news has Dan Boyle in a good mood, wherever he is.

Ron Darling (right) and Mr. Met join the Forde family (Kendall and Nick, front) and dad John at Shannon Forde Field.AP

On Saturday morning, four teams of girls from the sixth through the eighth grades played the first doubleheader at Shannon Forde Field in Little Falls, N.J.

MLB raised $250,000 in a nationwide auction to help finance the creation of this park to honor the Mets’ late media-relations executive.

Nice work there by everyone.

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How the NFL will (try to) rewrite the catch rule


It also lessened the need for players to keep the ball off the ground in the first place. Even under the current rule, a player can avoid the going to the ground mess if he simply keeps it in his hands.

What gets lost in this is that the sheer number of pass plays every year is 17,000 or 18,000, Blandino said. And we’re only talking about, what, five or six of them? That’s what it seems to be every year. Obviously they’re controversial, but I think [previously] the committee ultimately felt they didn’t want to make a change for five or six plays that could impact more plays in other ways. That’s part of the challenge they have now.

The Giants finally made official last week’s trade for LB Alec Ogletree. They sent their fourth-round compensatory pick (135th overall) and their sixth-round pick (176th overall) in this year’s draft to the Rams for Ogletree and the Rams’ 2019 seventh-round pick.

He gives us our defensive quarterback, Gettleman said. As for giving up two picks in this year’s draft, Gettleman said, When you get a player of this quality, you can do it. Alec is 26. He’s young, he’s under contract for the next four years. We really thought he was a great guy to add.

Wanted to make sure to challenge the opportunity to get better, Carroll said. Wanted to find ways to make… and there was some tough decisions here to get that done, but I wanted to work at changing just kind of the approach to it so that maybe we can find our ways and maybe some newness to uncover. It was difficult to make those choices, because the guys that left we have done so much together and worked together in great fashion. But I just felt it was time. It really just comes back to competing and just trying to find a way to get a little better. That’s why we made those choices.

The team hired Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator and Mike Solari as the offensive line coach. Ken Norton Jr. returns to the team to take over as defensive coordinator after three years with the Oakland Raiders. The team also hired Jethro Franklin as assistant defensive line coach, Larry Izzo as assistant special teams coach and Steve Shimko as an offensive assistant.

Seattle also moved Carl Smith from quarterbacks coach to associate head coach, moved Dave Canales from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach, and promoted Nate Carroll to wide receivers coach from the assistant position.

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At one time, the Broncos had big hopes for Cody Latimer, making him their 2014 second-round draft pick out of Indiana. Four years and not much impact on the field later, the Giants are taking a chance on him, adding a tall receiver to a room that includes Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and, for now, Brandon Marshall.

Mauro joins linebacker Kareem Martin in coming to the Giants from Arizona, where new Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher ran the defense the past three years. Mauro figures to challenge for a starting spot as an end in Bettcher’s three-man defensive line as the front office adds pieces to improve the run defense.

It’s shoot first, ask questions later, Mauro told the Giants website, describing Bettcher’s defense. It is an offensive defense. I like to play that type of way, just getting off the rock, being explosive, just causing mayhem in the backfield. There’s a lot of pieces that really fit that type of style, that type of mold. I think it’s going to be very effective.

Latimer’s most productive season was in 2017, when he caught 19 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns.

The Giants are interested in overhauling their roster, but they did not turn their backs on all of their own unrestricted free agents. They brought back Wynn on a one-year contract.
Looking to fortify their depth, the Giants also signed Webb to a one-year deal.

You surrender three second-round picks and your sixth-overall pick to the Colts for the third pick of the NFL draft.

It means you are so desperate for one of the quarterbacks, so terrified that you might have been left standing in the game of quarterback musical chairs that you are willing to settle for the third-rated quarterback on your board.

There remains a danger, of course, that another quarterback-desperate team — the Bills at 12 for example, perhaps the Broncos at 5, perhaps the Cardinals at 15 — could leapfrog the Jets for the apple of their eye.

Maccagnan made a smart play signing Teddy Bridgewater to a one-year deal and bringing back Josh McCown, the 39-year-old godsend.

What those moves do, if the Browns choose Sam Darnold with the first-overall pick, is allow Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates to let Josh Allen or Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield redshirt for most or all of his rookie season, à la Pat Mahomes II in Kansas City.

And there will be no mentor better for him than McCown.

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The Ottawa Senators had a fast start and a strong finish, and they needed both against one of the hottest teams in the NHL.


Matt Duchene scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with three minutes left, to lift the Senators over the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Monday night.

Magnus Paajarvi also had two goals for Ottawa, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau added one late. Craig Anderson made 35 saves, and Erik Karlsson and Mike Hoffman each added two assists.

Trying to figure out what’s going on, Moustakas said.

Moustakas said the regular season approaching, spring training winding down and the urge to play this season had a lot to do with his signing.

I’ve [sat] for quite some time this spring training, he said.

Moore was happy to close the deal.

He retired the final seven batters he faced, including striking out Justin Upton to end the third and Albert Pujols to lead off the fourth. He threw only 19 of his 53 pitches in the final two innings.

I was throwing a changeup, so I got them out of rhythm, Colon said. That’s why I got the outs quick.

In three appearances, Colon has a 1.04 ERA, giving up one earned run in 8? innings. He has struck out six, walked one and allowed nine hits.

Colon has a base salary of $1.75 million if he makes the team.

Meanwhile, the younger Rangers pitchers are paying close attention to Colon fooling hitters with less than overwhelming stuff.

They can learn a lot, Colon said. There is a reason why I have pitched so long in the major leagues.

And he is hopeful the Rangers want him to pitch even longer.

Arrieta has a relatively low 1,161 major-league innings on his arm at age 32, but a drop-off in performance and a decline in velocity last season generated some concerns about his staying power. In 2015, Arrieta posted a 22-6 record with a 1.77 ERA and won the NL Cy Young Award while averaging 94.6 mph on the radar gun. Last year, Arrieta’s velocity dipped to 92.1 mph and he went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA. Opponents logged a .283/.364/.528 slash line vs. his cutter, compared to .186/.239/.271 in 2015.

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Best and worst moments from Saturday’s 9 NFL preseason games


Saturday we had a full slate of preseason NFL games. A total of nine games were played, and there was plenty of action to take in throughout the evening.

The Panthers and Titans played the lone afternoon game and gave us lots of scoring to kick off the day. The 34-27 win for the Titans was highlighted by a pair of former college standouts — Derrick Henry and Christian McCaffrey.

But there’s also that whole Cheeto thing. And strawberries. And a topping called bagel spice. I don’t even know what bagel spice is, but I feel confident that it probably doesn’t belong on sushi.

To prove he’s worth a first-round pick, Watt will have to actually beat opposing offensive linemen. But for now, he looked big, fast, strong and smart. That’s a good start.

After about six minutes of the first quarter of Pittsburgh’s first preseason game, first-round pick T.J. Watt already had two sacks. Neither was particularly impressive, but Watt was there, made the plays, and was a force on defense for most of the first half against the Giants.

The first sack came when the rest of the Steelers’ defensive line forced Josh Johnson to run out of the pocket straight into the arms of Watt. The second came unblocked Cheap NFL Jerseys China when he burst into the backfield and didn’t fall for a play fake.

While some passers sit, others will be waging another round in a fight Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys for a starting role. The Broncos and Bears will meet with their passer situations in flux; Trevor Siemian and the aforementioned Glennon are the penciled-in starters, but two first-round draft picks, Paxton Lynch and Mitchell Trubisky, respectively, will push them.

Odell Beckham Jr. flew to Texas to visit a sick child in the hospital days before training camp


The few days before training camp begins are the last opportunity NFL players have to relax before the grind of the new season begins. Odell Beckham Jr. spent one of those days visiting a sick child in a Texas hospital.

Jayro Ponce is a 9-year-old boy fighting a rare form of cancer, and Beckham is his favorite player. According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, Beckham went to visit Ponce in the hospital after hearing about his battle.

Lewis then allegedly took the pillow he was sleeping on and hit her with it. The pillow I was on, I hit her with it, he said. He also added that he had thrown the pillow at her.

I didn’t hit her. I just hit her with a pillow, he added. My whole goal was to get out of the house.

According to the police report, she suffered a scratch on her nose and hand. She also said that Lewis had pushed her to the ground by her throat, and stepped on her at one point.

The report also detailed how law enforcement had previously been called to the residence for a domestic incident in 2015.

Both officers who testified in the case said that the apartment was Cheap Authentic Jerseys not in disarray, and that the woman did not request medical treatment. She testified in court, saying that Lewis hit her hard enough to qualify as assault, per MLive.com.

Officer Mark Pulford testified that Nothing stood out that an altercation Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike had occurred, and a jury of six decided in favor of Lewis.

NL Central-leading Brewers get Ryan Braun, Jonathan Villar back from DL


The Brewers activated Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar from the disabled list Tuesday.

OF Ryan Braun and 2B Jonathan Villar reinstated from the 10-day DL. INF/OF Nick Franklin designated for assignment. 40-man roster is at 39.

Braun has been out since May 25 due to a calf strain. He has played just 30 games this season.

Villar had been struggling even before hitting the shelf (back). The speedy infielder, who nabbed 62 bases last year, currently holds a woeful .213/.283/.342 slash line with six home runs and 14 stolen bases.

This pick goes to the Jazz, who will send Trey Lyles and the No. 24 overall pick back to Denver. It’s a somewhat steep price to pay, but it makes sense for the Jazz to do it for Mitchell given some of the uncertainty in their backcourt. He’ll immediately increase their athleticism levels, and he’s also a high-character, high-level kid to add to that locker room.

In a vacuum, I had Adebayo at No. 22 on my board. But this is a perfect fit schematically for what Miami likes to do, and it makes a ton of sense for the Heat to select the Kentucky product here. He moves exceedingly well on the perimeter due to his quickness/athleticism. He’ll be able to blitz pick-and-rolls defensively, and hopefully add some skill offensively. The key for him will be rebounding, as he’d Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses occasionally get beaten on the defensive glass this year.

The Kings can really use some size and shooting skill on the wing, and Jackson is a great fit, especially when you consider they moved back to take a perfect player for them and gained assets to do it. De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Jackson is a great triumvirate to build around on the Cheap Jerseys Basketball perimeter, with star power as well as role players.

Diamondbacks offering ridiculously cheap tickets with two-month package


Two dollars won’t get you excellent seats, of course, but fans use the Ballpark app to upgrade from the upper deck to a better location.

Under a similar package offered recently by the A’s, a month’s worth of home games was available for $19.99.

The Diamondbacks are different, the Arizona Republic writes. They have a winning team and one of the best home records in Major League Baseball. And yet their stadium vibe is closer to morgue than Mardi Gras.

Before Sunday’s action, the Diamondbacks were in second place in the NL West with a record of 26-18 (18-8 at home), yet are averaging just 23,177 fans, third-worst in the National League.

I think we’re all cautiously optimistic about what’s happening on the field, Hall said. You’re always an injury or a losing streak away from going backwards. But I think we’re seeing the beginning of something special. And without question, the more energy and fans that we can bring to this ballpark will only help that momentum.

There have been reports of the Red Sox looking at White Sox lefthander Jose Quintana as well, but we doubt the Red Sox would give up another package of top prospects for him.

The take: Pablo Sandoval has been on the DL with a knee problem Basketball Cheap Jerseys for more than a month. Sandoval’s (.213/.269/.377, 3 HRs and 10 RBIs) and Frazier’s slow-starting numbers are a wash. But Frazier’s pull-swing power is perfect for Fenway Park, he hit 40 homers as recently as last season and his contract is up after 2017, clearing the way for Devers, a top prospect, in 2018. Still, the White Sox’s 20-22 start pegs them as what many are calling motivated sellers, while Boston needs more Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China production from a corner-infield spot. Don’t expect Boston to give up a lot if the deal is done.

Braves retaliate against Jose Bautista, then immediately pay for it


The Dodgers have gone with college players for five of their past seven first-rounders, but they’ve hit prep gold in the past with Corey Seager (2012) and Clayton Kershaw (2006). They could go with Bubba Thompson, but if Warmoth is still here, the college hitter with a good glove might be too much to resist.

He’s an outstanding college bat who could play first or corner infield. The past two college bats they’ve taken: Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. Not too shabby.

Thompson is a prep star in both football — he received SEC scholarship offers as a quarterback — and baseball, and he’s committee to Alabama to play baseball. But the Nationals, or whatever team winds up taking him in the first round, should be able to convince him to take the professional route this summer.

The Braves got their pound of flesh against Jose Bautista in the first inning Thursday. So not worth it, Atlanta.

Braves starter Julio Teheran hit the Blue Jays’ Bautista in the left thigh with a fastball, a response to Bautista flipping his bat after hitting a home run Wednesday night. Unwritten rules followed to the invisible letter.

At that point, it was on Teheran to make sure the Jays didn’t score. He failed.

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