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According to Mike Triplett, Mark Ingram‘s appeal has already been heard and an arbitrator has notified all parties of the final decision, which is why the suspension was announced Tuesday.

The May 16 date referenced by Ingram’s agents is the due date for the arbitrator’s full written decision.

The more likely scenario is that Patricia told the truth within a narrow set of questions but did not go further than he had to, thus avoiding disclosure of a murky episode in his life that he has long since left behind. 

Haddonfield School Superintendent David T. Lindenmuth said the district was investigating and has not identified the player involved, according to the Philly.com, which first reported the allegations.

Haddonfield and Sterling school officials could not be immediately reached to comment Thursday night. Representatives for the state civil rights division also could not be reached.

But the Giants see Barkley as much more than a runner. Writers for the team’s official website are making the case that Barkley’s biggest asset is being a receiver, not a runner, and that seems to be coach Pat Shurmur’s view of Barkley as well.

“The most important thing, and the first thing you look for in a running back is, Can he catch? Does he have ball skills? Because we all know, if we can run them all deep, and if they cover them, sometimes the best matchup on the field is just dropping the ball to the running back,” Shurmur said. “He’s multidimensional and you can play him all three downs.”

The top of this draft feels destined to be analyzed for years, and the Giants’ decision to go with a running back over a quarterback will be scrutinized, especially if Sam Darnold develops into a star with the Jets and Eli Manning proves to be past his prime at age 37. But the Giants think Barkley’s value goes beyond that of a typical player at his position.

The Yankees lost on Thursday night 5-4, but won two out of three. colts_089

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Celtics guard Marcus Smart returned to action in Game 5 of Boston’s first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Smart felt fine after engaging in some contact work following Tuesday morning’s shootaround. Smart came off the bench and saw his first action with 4:08 left in the first quarter.

“Those three shifts, they score,” said Kuznetsov, whose goal was the second-fastest in Capitals playoff history. “I feel like they got momentum, and then they score again and again.”

As even as the play was, a handful of mistakes were enough to put the Penguins up going into Game 2 Sunday afternoon. Sullivan already sees opportunities to cut down on chances against, and his players think they can be better as the series goes on.

“It’s one game, we did some good things,” Crosby said. “I think in any playoff series, it’s just about getting better with every game.”

The Capitals have killed 18 consecutive penalties dating to Game 2 against Columbus. .., Malkin skated Thursday morning with teammates, while Hagelin did not make the trip. Malkin could be an option for Game 2 if his apparent leg injury has healed enough.

“I thought he wanted to cuddle. I just wanted to get close to him,” said Marchand, who wasn’t penalized on the play. “He keeps trying to get close to me. I don’t know if he’s got a thing for me or what. He’s cute.”

The NHL felt Marchand’s actions were a little less cute. A league spokesperson confirmed a report by Sportsnet that the NHL demanded Marchand not repeat that particular antic again. A message was communicated to Marchand through the series’ supervisor of officials Mick McGeough.

Marchand has three goals and six assists in seven games for the Bruins, who begin their second-round series at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

The surge Ingles kept going finally culminated in another dunk by Gobert that punctuated the decisive 20-3 run that gave Utah a 67-52 lead.

“The whole year, one of the things that we’ve wanted to do collectively is try to generate open shots,” Snyder said. “You’re not always going to make them, but you want to keep taking them. Eventually, you’re going to make some. We hit some timely ones in the second half.”steelers_058

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The 24-year-old goalie turned aside every shot Minnesota could muster, shoving the Wild to the brink of elimination.

Mark Scheifele scored both goals for Winnipeg and Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his seventh shutout this season, as the Jets beat the Wild 2-0 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

You knew, five to 10 minutes into that game, he was right and feeling good, Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

Across the hall, Morrissey adamantly defended his action as accidental.

He’s a big guy, and my stick ended up getting up a little bit on him, Morrissey said. I would never try to do that to anybody. I’m not a dirty player.

Morrissey apologized to Staal later in the game, but that wasn’t any consolation for him or the Wild.

I’m the tallest guy on the ice. He cross-checked me in the neck. There’s not much more you can say. Everyone saw it. I don’t know how no one with stripes saw it, Staal said.

DeRozan, whose 37th point came on a friendly roll on a fourth quarter free throw, equalled his total from Game 3 of the second round against Cleveland last year. It was his 12th career 30-point game in the postseason. The Raptors are 9-3 in those games.

I though DeMar was super on the offensive end, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. We needed every point. He did an excellent job of reading what the defense was doing to him and making them pay.

Lowry called DeRozan an MVP-type caliber player.

DeRozan missed his first two shots but connected on 14 of his final 21 attempts, including three of six from long range. He also converted a four-point play.

When he’s making 3’s, he’s very tough to guard, Washington’s John Wall said of DeRozan.

Toronto, which made a team playoff record 16 3-pointers Saturday, connected on 13 of 35 from long range in Game 2, making only two in the second half.

Wall scored 29 points, Mike Scott had a career playoff-high 20 and Ty Lawson 14 for the Wizards, who host Game 3 on Friday night.seahawks_160

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Corey Widmer may be the exception, but he’s willing to be the vocal exception.

The former Giants middle linebacker, who played eight years in the NFL, recently turned down an invitation to be enshrined in the Montana Football Hall of Fame because he’s so disturbed by what the game he once played did to him and countless others. So for him, all the pain present and future isn’t worth the money and the glory in his past.

Widmer described physical and emotional symptoms consistent with other former players dealing with brain injuries, and he’s fearful for what is to come.

“I’m 49 years old, depressed to the Nth degree but have a lot of money . . . and some people might say it’s still worth it. I just tell them to watch what they wish for,” Widmer said. “If someone could’ve explained all of this to me when I was 14, I would’ve given it all back in a heartbeat. I would’ve wished for something else.

“The 6-foot-2, 260-pound canary in the coal mine has died. Maybe having been in the coal mine is the only way to really get the point across.”

While many former players are willing to acknowledge the benefits of the sport — including financial — Widmer no longer feels comfortable with the trade-off. And he’s willing to walk away from any recognition of his playing career to underscore his point.

Koetter said Winston talked to Brett Favre and other former quarterbacks this offseason, looking for any tips to keep him healthy over the long haul of the season.

“I talked to Jameis and I know he’s put in a lot of study in the offseason and a lot of time,” Koetter said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “I just think the main thing that he learned last year is it’s hard to make it through a 16-game season at any position without having your body nicked up. He’d been blessed in his career to have never had many injuries, and he had some significant injuries last year and he did a great job of trying to play through it.

“I think he did some research with some veteran quarterbacks on how to get through those injuries, and I know he’s doing a great job of taking care of his body. These guys come into the league and they’ve just always been better than everybody, and now they’re playing against all elite players. I mean, Jameis has always been a winner and we haven’t won. I know Jameis will always do whatever it takes to help our team win.”la_kings_005

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The 2018 Major League Baseball regular season will begin on March 29 — the earliest Opening Day in league history.

In addition to the early start, all 30 MLB teams will be in action on Opening Day this year. The full slate of games begins on ESPN at 12:30 p.m., when the Miami Marlins host the Chicago Cubs.

This was easy. Realmuto is either the first- or second-best position player on this team, and there’s a reason for that (besides that the team lacks a true hitting star). He hits extremely well for a catcher, and Baseball Prospectus’ catching metrics rate him as a positive defender across the board, including his framing. He’s one of the best backstops in the game, and the Marlins are going to get an impressive haul for him when the inevitable trade finally happens. Fortunately for the Marays, Realmuto is here to stay.

Lincecum did not play in 2017 and only made nine appearances with the Angels in 2016. That wasn’t enough to keep the Rangers from going out and getting him though. Neither was the fact he made just eight appearances out of the bullpen in his first 10 MLB seasons.

What is really good news for Texas is the 33-year-old can’t wait to get back into the game, saying he felt weird not being out on the diamond when spring training started last year.

“It’s one of those things that’s an itch in you and it’s kind of one of those things when you see everybody going out spring training, we gotta migrate, I gotta head down,” he said. “I don’t feel right if I’m not doing the same thing.”

The 5-11 pitcher won two Cy Young awards with the Giants in 2008 and 2009 and threw more than 200 innings four times.
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Bucks forward Jabari Parker announced Monday that he will make his season debut Friday against the Knicks.

Currently seventh in the Eastern Conference standings, Milwaukee is trying to reach the postseason again after earning the six seed last season. While Parker may be brought back slowly, he should provide a lift for the Bucks.

There’s still more that Gordon must tackle to master his new position, as evidenced by some items on his spring to-do list. He’ll spend his time working on his throwing motion to generate more spin off his fingertips to get greater carry with more accuracy, staying on top of situations to have an idea of where he needs to throw the ball before it’s hit to him, communicating with his fellow outfielders (a group that now includes Ichiro Suzuki), backing up second base in the event of errant throws and learning to read situations so he can change his depth and position in the middle of counts to gain precious extra steps.

“We talked about it, so I think that needs to happen,” Thomas said, via ESPN. “My minutes just can’t be with LeBron at all times. We got to play to our strengths. Just like Chris Paul and James Harden, they don’t play together at all times.

“We got to play to our strengths. Kyrie (Irving) last year, they didn’t play together at all times. So (Lue is) figuring it out, and we’re figuring it out as a unit, how to use our strengths, and at the same time, we know for the most part we start games together, finish games together, and we go from there. So it’s a learning process, and we’re still learning each other. I’m still learning this team, and Ty Lue is still learning how to use me and use me to the best of my ability.”

After a huge midseason slump, Lue admitted last week that he needed to shake up the starting lineup to see if that would help. He ended up benching Jae Crowder, put Tristan Thompson in at center and moved Kevin Love to power forward for Friday’s home game against the Pacers.lions_082

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“Once again, we got out-worked tonight,” McMillan said, referring to what he said was a similarly discouraging effort in a loss at Dallas on Monday.

McMillan said the strong effort from the lowly Hawks should be a warning to his players about the competition they can expect in the final weeks of the regular season.

“You are getting a taste of what it’s going to be like going down the stretch,” he said.

“It was the first time I’ve had fun in a while,” Bazemore said. “The season being what it’s been, I’ve kind of been frustrated. … That’s not who I am and that’s not what got me here.”

Curry apparently hurt his ankle when he stepped on teammate Zaza Pachulia’s foot. After returning with 7:18 remaining in the first half, Curry scored the Warriors’ next 11 points — including two 3-pointers and a three-point play.

Atlanta, in contention for the league’s worst record, stayed close with Golden State, which began the night a half-game behind Houston in the race for the league’s best record.

“It shows how hard we’re working,” said Taurean Prince, who had 15 points. “It shows what we can be.”

“We did a great job of fighting back,” Bledsoe said. “They did a great job of keeping their composure and making plays.”

Looking lost on offense and trailing 64-50 at the half, Bledsoe, who had 17 points, sparked the resurgence in the third with eight points during an 18-6 run, including his second 3 that pulled Milwaukee to 70-68. The Wizards immediately called time out to regroup. They pushed the lead back to seven. Jason Terry hit a wide-open 3 with 13 seconds left in the third that cut the lead to 84-81.

Shooting guard is tough to figure out tonight. D’Angelo Russell, the most expensive option, plays way down in pace in Sacramento tonight, and though the Kings are the worst overall defensive team in the league, their DvP to guards is merely average. Conversely, appealing bargain choices like Dwyane Wade and Rodney Hood are playing up in pace and getting significant court time, but are nonetheless hard to trust.
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After a sizzling start to the season, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves on the outside of the playoffs looking in if the season ended this weekend.

Fortunately, the Kings have 21 games remaining to climb into the top eight and qualify for the postseason. They’ll try to make up ground Saturday night against the visiting Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center.

Los Angeles (33-23-5) is one point behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card from the Western Conference, and two points behind the Anaheim Ducks for third place in the Pacific Division.

The Kings started a franchise-best 9-1-1, but couldn’t maintain that pace after losing last season’s leading point scorer to injury.

Jonathan Quick made 32 saves in a 5-0 victory in Edmonton on Jan. 2, and Darcy Kuemper was the winning goalie with 25 saves in a 5-2 win in Los Angeles on Feb. 7.

Edmonton (25-31-4) has seen its playoffs hopes fade as losses such as those have mounted. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl continue to be the bright spots for the Oilers, however.

McDavid has 27 goals and 44 assists, leaving him well within reach of last season’s career-high 30-goal total.

Draisaitl has 18 goals and 36 assists, notching one of each in a 3-2 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Draisaitl has played well against the Kings in his career, totaling two goals and eight assists in 13 games, but his minus-7 rating equals the lowest against any team in the NHL.

A 4-12 season followed, and Reid was ousted after 14 seasons as head coach. Philadelphia needed a change, and it certainly got one with a swing-for-the-fences hiring of former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly, who was later given general manager duties as well, made his share of changes — trading LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles and signing DeMarco Murray to a big contract — but ultimately lacked the kind of control he had held over players who weren’t yet of drinking age in the NCAA. Despite starting his career with back-to-back 10-win seasons, he didn’t see his way to the end of a third.

What does this mean for Revis? It could mean the end of the road for one of the best cornerbacks of his era. Over an eight-year span in the last decade, Revis made the Pro Bowl seven times, but he has struggled to find work recently and things won’t get any easier.

Revis likely will keep his eye out for another opportunity, though.
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For virtually the first time all season, the New England Patriots are projecting to be fully healthy when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52. Players like Julian Edelman and Dont’a Hightower, who were lost to season-ending injuries are still out but the rest of the team is good to go per the Patriots’ latest injury report.

Like the Patriots, Philadelphia put out a clean injury report as well, expecting all of their active roster players to play on Sunday. It is rare to see two teams this healthy heading into the final game of a grueling NFL season, with the obvious exception of course being Carson Wentz’s absence under center.

News of Gronkowski’s return may have contributed to a slight uptick in the total, which moved from 48 to 48.5. Four of the last five Super Bowls have had at least 52 total points and seven of the last nine have had at least 48 scored.

Brady had some competition for MVP earlier in the season, when Carson Wentz and the Eagles rolled out to a 10-1 start on the season. That came to a screeching halt after he tore his ACL against the Rams. Antonio Brown was also considered to be a contender for the award, but he missed the final two games of the regular season with a partially torn calf he suffered against the Patriots.

The prewritten speech before Brady was even named the winner of the award is just another example of his extreme preparation.

Or at least, somebody will draw that ridiculous conclusion.

Holtby dropped his fifth straight start and is 2-4-2 in February. His goals-against average has risen to 2.95, more than half a goal above his career percentage.

Washington (34-20-7) has lost two straight since winning at Buffalo on Monday. The Capitals are just 6-6-4 in their last 16 games and have more losses overall than in each of the past two seasons.
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It was scary. I don’t think nobody can have fun having those kind of problems, but it’s all in the past, Martinez said. I think my family helped me a lot. Surgery I think helped me a lot too.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire says the team will look out for Martinez’s health.

NBA players are confident. They bet on themselves constantly (figuratively — we’re not attempting to start a gambling scandal here) in games and when signing contracts. There are major concerns that a shooter will be losing his legs or be right up against the clock, causing him to shoot less efficiently, when reaching the final round. But NBA players all imagine themselves as the best. Of course, they’ll put the moneyball rack last and assume their rhythm will trump any other downsides.

That’s the strategy for the NBA’s new and improved Three-Point Contest. You’ll have to ask the contestants exactly why they chose to put their moneyball rack where they did, but you can imagine it’s probably similar to the reasons above.

Seattle traded for Phelps to bolster its bullpen and entering the 2018 season he’s slotted to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. But he has started 64 games in six seasons. Phelps laughed when asked if he ever thinks about going back to starting.

I think about pitching, he said. I stopped worrying about that a couple years ago. I’m just trying to be the best version of myself and everything else will take care of itself.

Position players reported to camp on Monday and received physicals. Seattle’s first full-squad workout will be Tuesday. . On Sunday, Servais said pitcher Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks because of minor lat strain.

The 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest was filled with throwbacks. Donovan Mitchell gave us a moment to remember Dr. Dunkenstein and put on a Toronto Vince Carter jersey to do a famous Toronto Vince Carter dunk. Larry Nance Jr. wore his dad’s old uniform to do his dad’s old dunk.
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