Belt’s check-swing ruins Corbin’s no-no, Dbacks 1-hit Giants

Patrick Corbin had hitters chasing sliders in the dirt and made up a 65 mph pitch on the fly. Arizona’s defense had a pair of spectacular plays behind him, the kind that end up in the highlight reel when history is made.
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A buzz filled Chase Field as the left-hander inched closer to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ third no-hitter.

One check swing ended Corbin’s bid. No history, but one awfully dominant performance.

Corbin lost his no-hit bid on a checked-swing infield single with two outs in the eighth inning but finished a one-hitter to lift the Diamondbacks over the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Tuesday night.

It was really great stuff from him all night, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. It was a Jake Lamb Jersey fun night to be a baseball fan, a special night.

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The Diamondbacks struck when the San Francisco right-hander exited.

Tony Watson (1-1) walked Jarrod Dyson with one out in the eighth and Corbin moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. David Peralta then lined a single up the middle to score Dyson for the game’s only run.

Cahill pitched seven scoreless innings in his season debut, Jed Lowrie marked his 34th birthday with a go-ahead home run in a five-run first inning and the the A’s beat the Chicago White Sox 10-2 Tuesday night on the 50th anniversary of the A’s first game at the Coliseum.

I was just kind of mixing everything in there, Cahill said. The curveball was kind of erratic early, and then later I was able to throw it for a strike. We started mixing in a little slider-cutter there at the end. We just kind of used a little bit of everything.
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Stephen Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs apiece, and Mark Canha added three hits and two RBI. Oakland extended its winning streak to three with its first series win this season.

Cardinals haven’t shut door on Tyvon Branch’s return

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Keim added the Cardinals are monitoring the situation with Branch’s rehab.

Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union takes a closer look at the NFL’s conundrum when making its schedule, fueled by the size of the team’s market (42nd), the team’s recent history of struggles, and the fact that the Jaguars are a team that wins without a high-powered offense.

They’ll host both the Patriots and Steelers, postseason rematches that should attract serious consideration for Sunday, Monday, or Thursday night placement. Road games against the Cowboys (hello, Thanksgiving?), Chiefs, and Giants (with Tom Coughlin returning to New York) also should draw interest. And a home game against the Eagles in London could end up getting early-morning treatment on a Sunday, pulling it from the scrum of 1:00 p.m. ET games.
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Although Stanton struck out twice in Monday night’s 12-1 win over the Marlins — he was the only player in New York’s starting lineup who didn’t have a hit in the game — he launched a long foul ball in his first at-bat of the game that would have been a massive homer had it stayed fair. The third-deck shot had Yankees fans audibly gawking.

That was the last time he impressed spectators during the brief two-game series against his old teammates.

Stanton understands why he’s hearing boos at home, but added that it’s been very simple to block them out.

I have no problem with the Steelers family, Harrison told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I have no problem with the Rooneys. They made a business decision that was best for their organization. I made a business decision that was best for me and family at the time. We went our separate ways. Fans get mad because they’re stuck with a team, one team, that’s their team. At the end of the day, it’s a business. Yes, you have loyalties to teams, but when it comes down to Adam Butler Jersey it, it’s a job, and when your job fires you, you need to find another job. 鈥?There were a lot of things said, and I think a lot of guys said things because, hey, they were hurt, and when you’re hurt, you say things you may not normally say.

There was supposed to be another frontrunner in the race for Kirk Cousins, and they might’ve had as good a shot as anyone.

49ers general manager John Lynch reflected Thursday on what the team originally had in mind for its quarterback of the future, which had little to do with Jimmy Garoppolo, now the NFL’s second richest man. First-year coach Kyle Shanahan, who knew Cousins from his time with the Redskins, was apparently all-in on the 2018 free agent, even after the 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a trade with the Patriots last season.

“We made the [Garoppolo] trade, but then there were some days when Kyle Shanahan was, like, in mourning, because I think everybody knows his master plan was to have Kirk Cousins come in eventually,” Lynch said on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo.” “I was proud of Kyle, because I think he knew that this was the right thing for our franchise. And he didn’t hesitate.

Cousins one-upped him when he agreed to terms with the Vikings last week on a deal that will pay him $28 million each year, with all $84 million guaranteed.

No matter, the 49ers are content with the guy who blew them away.

“We saw a guy who made everybody around him better, and I think that’s the mark of a great leader. That’s the mark of a great quarterback,” Lynch said. “There’s not a huge sample size, so there’s a lot of faith involved in our decision, absolutely. But we’re excited for his future.”

The Jets contingent includes general manager Mike Maccagnan, head coach Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and VP of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger.

The Jets hold the No. 3 pick in next month’s draft after trading up with the Colts. They signed veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater in free agency, but are still looking for a long-term answer at the position.

New Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson was asked if he and Morris Claiborne can form the best cornerback tandem in football.

“Why not?” Johnson said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. “I’m going to hold him accountable, and I know he’s going to hold me accountable. I just can’t wait to go out there and compete with the guys.”

The Jets signed Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million contract with $34 million fully guaranteed at signing. But he is not worried about living up to that deal.

“No pressure at all,” he said. “I know what I can do. I know what I can bring to the game. I’ve been confident all my life. I love winning, and I can’t wait to get started with this defense.”
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Avery Williamson deserves credit.

Not for being a solid run-stopping linebacker, or the kind of player who will make any defense better.
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No, Avery Williamson is a warrior for truth.

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Keeping the defensive mainstays signed for the long term while adding free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason should keep the Vikings near the top of the NFC for years to come. They reached the NFC Championship Game in the 2017 season, and though they fell short against the Philadelphia Eagles, the core of the team remains one of the NFL’s best.

Harrison was subsequently picked up by the Patriots, recording two sacks and forcing a fumble in his only regular-season game with the club. He also appeared in each of New England’s three playoff games, including a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.

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Sanchez, 31, likely will appeal the suspension. In the meantime, he will hope for a call from a team in need of a veteran quarterback who has experience mentoring young talent, like Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch with the Broncos, Dak Prescott with the Cowboys and Mitchell Trubisky with the Bears.

Sanchez never played like the franchise quarterback the Jets envisioned when they selected him with the No. 5 overall pick in 2009. Starting almost every Richie Ashburn Youth jersey game over four years, Sanchez threw more interceptions (69) than touchdowns (68).

The onerous criteria Gettleman established for this No. 2 pick will be what likely steers the Giants away from a quarterback. Remember, Gettleman insists the second pick in the draft must be a player who projects to be a Hall of Famer and also is worthy of the second-overall selection in any draft.

I don’t think Dave will take a quarterback,” the national scout said. I don’t see it. I could see Chubb putting on that gold jacket. I could see Nelson putting on that gold jacket. Barkley, no question. If you have a crystal ball and say, ‘This guy is gonna be an annual All-Pro and make it to the Hall of Fame,’ Barkley would be the No. 1 guy.”

Where does the Reuben Foster situation go from here?

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office on Thursday announced charges against linebacker Reuben Foster that even the 49ers organization labeled as disturbing.
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Foster remains a member of the 49ers, as the allegations that surfaced this week were not enough to prompt the 49ers to release him.

And it appears obvious the decision-makers of the 49ers are skeptical of the information the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office included in its report.

This is clear: If Foster hit the woman once 鈥?let alone eight to 10 times 鈥?and, certainly, if his actions caused her to sustain a ruptured ear drum, the 49ers do not have any other option but to release him.

Is there a double standard?

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Crabbe’s career-high 41 lifts Nets to 3rd straight win

The rebuilding Brooklyn Nets have finally started to click over the season’s final month.
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Allen Crabbe is hoping it’ll carry over to next season.

Crabbe scored 20 of his career-high 41 points in the first quarter and the Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 114-105 on Monday night for their first three-game winning streak this season.

Kane last played at the world championships in 2008, his first in the NHL and the last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs. The three-time Stanley Cup winner’s presence should improve the quality of play at the tournament and boost the interest in fellow U.S. players to join him.
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I think what it says is it doesn’t matter where you are in hockey, if you love the game, you want to be part of it and respect USA Hockey and Pat Kane showed up, Zito said. It’s really exciting. I think it’s exciting for the whole tournament. It’s a great day for USA Hockey and for hockey in general.

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The Pelicans were just getting rolling.

Their scoring binge continued into the third, and when it was over — a 33-6 spurt over both halves — they led 79-53. Davis had nine points, Mirotic eight and E’Twaun Moore seven.

Anthony has taken this team and put it on his back, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. If we could have had a better record his name would definitely be in the MVP conversation.

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Bears expected to sign Earl Watford

The Bears and Cardinals became the first two teams to start their offseason programs on Tuesday and it looks like guard Earl Watford will be joining one of those programs soon.

Unlike his first four seasons, he won’t be spending the offseason in Arizona. Watford tweeted out “GSH” on Tuesday and it’s apparently not a coincidence that he went with the initials of Bears founder George S. Halas a day after visiting the Bears.

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Niklas was a second-round pick by the Cardinals in 2014 — Matthews was also a second-rounder that year — and saw his most playing time in 2017 by starting 11 times in Arizona. Niklas only caught 11 passes in 15 overall appearances, which did little to change the view that his greatest utility at the NFL level comes as a blocker.

The Wolves and Spurs can move up or down — or even miss the playoffs! — but the most likely outcome for each is to finish either fifth or sixth. Exactly how that plays out — and how the seedings above them play out — is especially intriguing when we look at how our rating system views Portland and Utah.

For the Wolves, the most likely playoff opponent is the Jazz, third in our RPM-based power rankings. Meanwhile, the Spurs might face the Blazers in a series that appears to be a potential upset, given Portland’s likely status as a relatively weak No. 3 seed.

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Richard Sherman explains why he acted as his own agent

Richard Sherman broke down why he acted as his own agent and dispelled any rumors about how his departure from the Seahawks went down.
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The 49ers newest cornerback said he wanted to make sure someone had his best interests at heart, so why wouldn’t he make sure those interests were served.

I think that a lot of times in our league there are players that have the ability to do that and have the ability to structure their own deals and really take advantage of just being in control of their own destiny, Sherman said, via ESPN.com.
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…I didn’t feel like I needed an agent. I felt like I knew contracts well enough and I felt like coming off the Achilles (injury), there’s going to be negotiation points, there’s going to be give and takes on both sides, and I felt comfortable with that.

Sherman also addressed his torn Achilles and how that factored into his contract with the 49ers 鈥?and what led to the Seahawks not matching their offer.

He wrote he has a $2 million roster bonus he will receive if he can pass a physical before Nov. 11, and that he already has a $3 million signing bonus. Should Sherman pass the physical (he said he should be ready to go for full drills by June), he will have $5 million in guaranteed money in 2018.
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There’s three things in life and in football that if you can master and you can remember from time to time, you’ll be able to be successful 鈥?be on time, pay attention and work hard, Thomas said. If you can do those three things in life or on the football field, you have an opportunity to have great success, and I thank you guys for all those great lessons that I learned.

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Thomas’ best season came in his rookie year, 2007, when Cleveland went 10-6 and barely missed out on the playoffs. As many know, since then the Browns have been stuck in a franchise rut. Thomas was the lone positive constant: He played a record 10,363 consecutive offensive snaps until a triceps injury ended his 2017 season and, eventually, his career.

He didn’t forget to thank former backup Vinston Painter 鈥?the player who tried to sub Thomas out one game 鈥?for helping keep the snap streak alive.

As far as his career after football, Thomas was noncommittal, but he has had success with his podcast, The ThomaHawk Show, with former teammate Andrew Hawkins, and he has interviewed with several networks, so a TV role could be coming.

I think you guys will probably see him very soon.

The center fielder was playing in Triple-A spring training games in Florida, but it appears he won’t play in any regular-season rehab games in the minors before coming off the DL.
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The next step for Vargas, who signed a $16 million, two-year contract with the Mets as a free agent in February, is another simulated game in Florida in four days.

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He then played first base the next day and homered again, and on May 9, he took his turn in the rotation and pitched into the 10th inning. He spent most of the rest of the 1918 season playing the outfield (including some center field) while starting 19 games as a pitcher. He led the majors in homers (11), OPS (.966) and strikeouts (58) while finishing fourth in the AL in total WAR (7.0).

Now granted, Shula for the past 7 years has coached a pretty good quarterback with a strong personality 鈥?maybe you’ve heard of him: Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. Talent trumps all. So if the Giants feel one of these QBs is clearly above the rest and he’s available when they pick second overall, they are expected to take him.

No position sets the tone of a team more than its quarterback. And so, if GM Dave Gettleman and Shurmur and Shula are consistent with this philosophy when they evaluate QBs, this is probably a differentiating factor that sheds some light on what direction they might lean.

Closer Carousel: What to do with a struggling Kenley Jansen

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Kenley Jansen is special and does not struggle with performance, injury or anything else, most everyone believes. He is different, everyone will point out, and that is why selecting a closer in the fourth round has not looked so strange.
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A day after New York’s home opener was postponed because of 5 1/2 inches of snow, the game started slightly late at 4:19 p.m. in a light, steady rain and with a 40-degree temperature. The stands were half-full despite an announced crowd of 46,776, and the Yankees called off the pregame introductions that Boone had been looking forward to.

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After his third homer , Villanueva popped out of the dugout to answer a curtain call from the crowd of 19,283.

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Toronto manager John Gibbons said he wished he could have taken credit for sending the runner home in such a crucial spot, but that it was all Pillar.

I’ve never seen anybody ever do it from the stretch [windup]. That’s almost a no-no, Gibbons said. But you could see him coming off third base, and you knew it didn’t look normal. He did it.

That’s pretty cool.

When Pillar ran to the outfield moments later to play defense in the top of the ninth, he had another brief conversation with Granderson. Granderson told Pillar that was the first straight steal of home he had seen as a big leaguer.

Kiper has Wyoming’s Josh Allen and USC’s Sam Darnold going first and second overall, to the Browns and Giants. And then Rosen goes to the Jets, as the third quarterback off the board.