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After each team showcased both its best and worst selves in Games 1 and 2, a homecoming to Oakland in Game 3 signaled a return to normality for the Golden State Warriors as they defeated the Houston Rockets 126-85 on Sunday. The Warriors now lead the Western Conference finals 2-1.
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Golden State displayed its usual combination of run-outs in transition, pretty split sets and swinging passes in the half court, and heavy quantities of Kevin Durant.

While Curry labored to find his shot in the first half, Durant sustained the Warriors’ attack. The Rockets simply didn’t have an answer for Durant, who ignited the Warriors in transition, knifed his way to the rack at will, as well as posted up and shot over Houston’s smaller defenders. He scored 25 points on 9-for-19 shooting from the field, including 3-for-8 from 3-point range.

The 58-year-old Fenton was introduced on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center, where the Wild have reached the postseason six Howie Morenz Womens Jersey straight times to match the Anaheim Ducks for the longest streak in the Western Conference. The problem is they’ve won only two series during that run, both in the first round. That’s why Leipold dismissed Chuck Fletcher after nine seasons and, after a month of interviewing and considering candidates, turned to Fenton for a fresh perspective.

Erik Condra Youth Jersey As we went through the process, we kept hearing good things about our team, Leipold said. We kept feeling better and better, and it really reinforced what we thought. This is not a rebuild. It’s a tweaking.

Existing contracts essentially make a teardown impossible. Center Mikko Koivu, left wing Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter accounted for almost 30 percent of the Wild’s salary cap in 2017-18. Koivu’s two-year extension kicks in this summer. Parise and Suter are signed for seven more seasons. All three players attended the news conference, as did coach Bruce Boudreau and several holdover hockey operations staffers.

It obviously doesn’t need to be overhauled, Fenton said. We have a lot of really good veteran pieces, young guys that are coming, and I’m just looking forward to trying to put on some finishing touches to help us win.

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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur says Odell Beckham is chomping at the bit to get involved as the team eases him back into reps.
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Seven months after breaking his ankle in a Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looks good despite not being fully cleared to practice, coach Pat Shurmur said.

State officials have also begun to research upgrades to the Superdome that could cost between $150 million-$500 million, though those aren’t specifically tied to New Orleans’ bid.
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I think you can really narrow it down to one or two cities that do that better than anyone. And this would be one of them, Saints coach Sean Payton said when told of the news at a charity golf event Monday. Just the proximity to the hotels and the restaurants really provide a unique venue and experience. You’re not getting in cars and driving out 40 minutes to another venue. So it just makes sense. So it’s good news.

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve wears a T-shirt paying tribute to the victims of Friday’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School. Associated Press

The Astros held a moment of silence before Friday’s game and flew the Texas flags at half-staff in honor of the victims and their families. Ten people were killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School earlier that day.

Santa Fe is roughly 30 miles southeast of Houston.

The NBA’s Houston Rockets, currently playing in the Western Conference finals, have plans to honor Santa Fe’s victims, survivors and first responders when they host Game 5 on Thursday against the Golden State Warriors.

Judge chooses his words carefully, and while he didn’t specifically say he hurt the shoulder during the Home Run Derby, the timing of the injury left everyone to speculate if that’s when the injury happened. Judge slumped through the rest of July and August before going on another tear in September. So, as he said, he’ll be One and done, Home Run Derby champion. It’s a blow for baseball, as the Derby is one event that brings in casual fans (especially kids) and now one of the sport’s biggest sluggers won’t be there. But given what may or may not have happened last year, his decision is understandable.

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As a new mentor of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, Chad Pennington has advice to share with the No. 1 overall draft pick for almost every situation he’ll encounter as a rookie.
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But Pennington’s main messages boil down to this: Continue to work like an underdog and focus on football instead of building a brand.

Darnold has some things to work on Keith Tandy Youth jersey before he can be a high-level NFL starter. Like most of the quarterbacks in this class, he shouldn’t be asked to start right away. However, if the Jets aren’t in playoff contention by midseason, they’ll likely insert him into the lineup.

Starter Josh McCown was steady last season. Unlike Taylor in Cleveland, however, he has virtually no chance of holding the starting job beyond 2018. The Jets will be quicker to turn the page on their veteran, who will be 39 at the start of the season, and hand the keys to their rookie.

The Patriots, like many teams, showed up to watch Manziel throw during a recent pro day session. And the general sentiment that came out of the two pro days Manziel attended was that he looked darn good.

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Jackson has as high an upside as any signal-caller in this draft class. He possesses a rare combination of arm talent, field-general skills and elite athleticism. The perception that Jackson is a runner who can also throw is misguided鈥攜ou don’t pass for more than 3,500 yards in back-to-back seasons by accident鈥攂ut he can decimate defenses with Michael Vick-like speed.

While the Ravens aren’t going to play Jackson at receiver (that’s more misguided nonsense), we could see him in sub-packages. This would help bolster the Baltimore offense and help Jackson adjust to the speed of the NFL game.

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Cowboys sign first-round pick Leighton Vander Esch

The Cowboys have hammered out a contract with their first-round pick.

The team on Friday agreed to terms with rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Dallas later announced the signing.

The No. 19 overall pick in the draft, Vander Esch is expected to slide right into a starting spot alongside veterans Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith.

Seen as a three-down contributor, Vander Esch starred at Boise State and thrived at the combine as a SPARQ-score darling. He is viewed by the Cowboys as something of a Brian Urlacher 2.0. according to NFL Network’s Jane Slater.

At least for the mainstream fan and skittish team management who didn’t want their players getting involved in race and social issues, the messy stuff of raised black fists and boycotts, greenwashing solved the issue. By the end of the 20th century, it had been nearly 30 years since a top-shelf, in-his-prime athlete had embraced the Heritage. Jackie Robinson had been dead nearly 30 years. Muhammad Ali had been ravaged by the effects of Parkinson’s disease, and he and the country had reconciled. Ali was embraced as a courageous warrior of yesterday’s fights, not a living, activist threat.

Wilson was born on August 16, 1996. Vinatieri has kicked 559 field goals and scored 2,487 points in his career, both second-most in NFL history behind Morten Andersen. If he plays all 16 games he’s sure to break Andersen’s record, and his young teammates will be there to see NFL history that started before they were old enough to watch football.

Fans had no issue with players being vocal. It was dissent from the black athlete the public didn’t want. After the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, Red Sox superstar David Ortiz took the microphone at Fenway Park before Boston’s first game back and said memorably, “This is our f—ing city!” to delirious applause. Later that year, as the Red Sox were on their way to overcoming a dismal, last-place 2012 season with a World Series championship, one of the enduring photos of the playoffs was a police officer cheering in the bullpen after an Ortiz grand slam. sabres_123

The Seahawks made news at the NFL draft when they selected Shaquem Griffin Jersey, the twin brother of Seattle’s second-year player Shaquill Griffin.

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Bust or Breakout: Predicting the Future for NFL’s Biggest Rookie Disappointments More Draft Position: No. 9 overall The Cincinnati Bengals selected wideout John Ross in the hopes of finding a complementary piece to A.J. Green in the aerial attack. However, the 40-yard-dash king only produced 12 yards on one rushing attempt that ended with a lost fumble in a Week 2 loss to the Houston Texans.

But the Patriots had already beaten them to uniting twin brothers on the same team this offseason. New England traded for Jason McCourty this offseason, adding him to a team that already had Devin McCourty, and they already had Jacob Hollister, who was on the Patriots’ regular-season roster last year, and his twin brother Cody Hollister, who was on Authentic Jonnu Smith Jersey the Patriots’ practice squad last year.
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Indianapolis Colts Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson: This is not a super rosy picture for Andrew Luck, but it is improvement, I suppose. At the very least he will have played and won some games! The Colts are pretty clearly going to keep investing in their defense. 13. Arizona Cardinals Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State: Harmon had a down stretch of three games last year, otherwise he could have had a monster season (he still finished with 993 yards). He has an NFL-made body and can stretch the field.
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Seattle Seahawks Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama: They keep not picking offensive linemen and we all keep giving them offensive linemen in mock drafts anyway. 15. Detroit Lions Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky: You could see Matt Patricia being extremely creative with the addition of Allen to a defense that has a lot of already interesting parts. 16. Tennessee Titans Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson: This might be too low for this guy considering how he gets after quarterbacks.

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With Carson Palmer retired, the Arizona Cardinals need a new starting quarterback. Currently, they have one. But that could change.
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Limited E. J. Manuel Jersey We’re pushing everybody to start, coach Steve Wilks said Friday, via NFL.com. I’ve stated this several times: Sam Bradford is our starter. We gotta go out there with 11 guys and Sam’s going to be the first guy out there. But everybody’s fighting for a position, so I’m not going to hold [Josh Rosen] back at all.

The Raiders being the Raiders decided to give it a try anyway and selected Herring in the sixth round of the 1995 draft. Raiders senior assistant Bruce Allen flew to Herring’s home and offered him a three-year, $1.5 million contract, which Herring declined.

Not that I would not have liked to have been in the NFL, but Sunday is a church day, Herring told the Seattle Times. One of our guiding principles as Christians is the Ten Commandments and the Lord has told us there and in the scriptures to `keep the Sabbath holy.’ The Lord has said that those who do enjoy certain promises, and I just decided that I would be better off in the long run if I obeyed His desires.

I was surprised, and I was proud at the same time, Marrow said of the firing.

It’s what every chief in the country should do to officers who cross the line, Marrow’s attorney L. Chris Stewart said. Officers who cross the line literally don’t care if someone’s recording or if they’re being recorded on their body mic. It doesn’t matter because they know their chief won’t do anything to them so that’s why what the chief did today was so phenomenal.

Marrow and his attorney are planning Al MacInnis Jersey a civil suit, and still hope to see Rose prosecuted for aggravated assault.

In addition to enhanced penalties for rules violations, the commission advocated accountability for athletic directors and presidents, which is long past due. For too long, coaches have been accused of looking the other way and using plausible deniability while those above them avoided all accountability.

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The Jets have signed a member of their 2018 draft class.
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Running back Trenton Cannon signed his four-year rookie deal on Thursday night, which was also the night before the team鈥檚 rookie minicamp got underway. Cannon was selected in the sixth round with the 204th overall pick.

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The endorsement isn’t an immediate change. It only means that the NCAA will now begin the hard work of changing rules, crafting legislation and building consensus among 351 Division I members on how best to make all this work. NCAA’s Division I Council, comprised mostly of athletic directors, had already begun working on some of the areas where the commission recommended reforms.

Said Fitzpatrick, who is widely regarded as a probable top-10 pick in this year鈥檚 draft: They preach that if you buy in and do what you’re supposed to do, you’re going to be more prepared because you’re being coached by a coach (Saban) with 40-plus years of experience. He鈥檚 coached in the NFL, and most of the other coaches have been in or played in the NFL.

The program is really hard and challenging. We run an NFL-caliber defense. I think it’s kind of understood, but we do say it a little bit that you’re a step ahead of the game when you come here.

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Dan Mullen is leading Florida into a new era and is ready to embrace the high expectations that come with being in Gainesville.

Disappointment stings much more when it’s preceded by a dollop of hope. The Capitals are 8-2 in the first game of their 10 playoff series against the Penguins, and yet are 1-9 in those series. Pittsburgh won Game 1 last season and in the quarterfinals in 2000, when the Penguins finished 14 points behind the Capitals in the standings but made a declarative statement in their 7-0 Game 1 win, thanks to four points from future Capitals star Jaromir Jagr.

“It’s stressful,” he explained, “and you freak out.”

Truth be told, Mullen ruffled some feathers early on, butting heads within the athletic department as well as the local media. But as he put it, “You don’t know what you don’t know sometimes.” Frustrated with a culture that had come to accept being average, he had to get things done the hard way.

Doolittle: I’m not punting on any of them after one month. Picking the second wild cards was my tender spot last year, and this year I picked the Phillies and Blue Jays. Sure, it can change fast, but I feel pretty good about those picks right now. I guess the worst-looking choice so far is tabbing Miami’s Lewis Brinson as my NL Rookie of the Year. Luckily, with that team, he’ll have plenty of chances to right the ship.

Schoenfield: Well, this wasn’t a prediction, but when Ohtani was struggling in spring training, I suggested it would make sense to give him a few weeks in the minors to start the season. Oops.

Miller: All of them. It’s an act of extreme foolishness and hubris to predict baseball. Never predict baseball.

And he did. He pushed through the changes he felt he needed, including new facilities and other much-needed resources, and he gradually built Mississippi State into a program that made a habit out of finding under-recruited prospects like Fletcher Cox and Dak Prescott and transforming them into superstars. The former whipping boys of the SEC became almost unrecognizable, reaching bowl games in eight consecutive seasons. The Bulldogs even reached No. 1 in the polls for the first time in school history, spending five weeks in the top spot in 2014.

After nine seasons in Starkville, Mullen had become one of the hottest coaching prospects in the country. And he’d grown up. By the time Florida came calling this past December, the now-45-year-old coach and father of two knew he had a plan to bring the Gators back to dominance.canucks_008

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The Giants are not dumping Ereck Flowers.
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Not yet, anyway.

Of course they are not happy Flowers has chosen to accent the voluntary description of the offseason workouts and last week’s three-day minicamp by staying away from the team facility. But that irritation will not yet lead to an immediate parting of ways with the highly disappointing 2015 first-round pick, The Post has learned.

Tavon Austin’s addition doesn’t move the meter much, especially since they’re planning to聽use him as a running back. Receiver Allen Hurns is the bigger acquisition, but he’s played in 11 and 10 games over his past two seasons, so he can’t be relied on.聽

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Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw for only 183 yards per game last season, which put the Bears in a bad spot. This offseason, they signed veteran receiver Allen Robinson and tight end Trey Burton, and they spent a second-round pick on Memphis wideout Anthony Miller. That should make life easier on new head coach Matt Nagy and new offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

The Bears have made marginal improvements this offseason, but they still have plenty of work to do before digging themselves out of the NFC North basement. Questions like How is anyone but Akiem Hicks going to get to the quarterback? still loom.

The Cincinnati Bengals are in purgatory.

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He played two games for the Seahawks as a rookie and 28 games for Oakland over the following two seasons. He has nine sacks in 58 games. Arizona already is strong at the starting defensive end position, with All-Pro Chandler Jones (the NFL sack leader with 17) and Marcus Golden, who is coming off knee surgery.

Jordan Lasley dropped 22 passes in 2016-17, according to Sports Info Solutions. Couple the drops with some early-career arrests (alcohol-related stuff) and team suspensions, and there are a lot of yellow flags flying around.

Jack Cichy missed all of 2017 with a knee injury and much of 2016 with a torn pectoral muscle. Patrick Patterson Youth jersey He’s a lean-framed linebacker who’s not built for thumping between the tackles, so injuries may always be an issue. Before the injuries, Cichy was a quick decision-maker with a little bit of burst. Maybe he can play the weak side, but that’s a bit of a projection.The sixth round is the injured-guy round; the Buccaneers must have snatched Cichy away from the 49ers. Grade: Poor.

Lee has a live arm but suffered a series of injuries that prompted him to transfer from Tulane to Nebraska. The Huskers program has fallen on hard times, so Lee endured a poor season (16 interceptions) but earned a Senior Bowl bid when Mason Rudolph dropped out because of injury. In Mobile, Lee looked good throwing against air but was a turnover waiting to happen as soon as defenders took part in the drills. Ultimately, what you see is what you get: a quarterback who lacks anticipation and will make bad throws (or eat the ball) once he’s pressured. The Jaguars are still looking to make something of that sweet, sweet arm, because that’s what NFL teams do. Lee is more of a threat to become (pre-Renaissance) Blake Bortles than a threat to Blake Bortles. Grade: Poor.
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Cannon rushed for 1,638 yards last year at the D-II level then ran well at his pro day. He’s a scant 185. There is still a lot of quality FBS value on the board at running back; no need to reach for undersized projects. Grade: Poor.
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