David Akers trolls Cowboys fans with epic NFL Draft speech

With commissioner Roger Goodell ceding the stage to various NFL alumni for the announcement of picks on day two of the draft, former players from a number of teams took the opportunity to take shots at the Cowboys in their home stadium.
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And nobody relished that chance more than former Eagles kicker David Akers.

Announcing the Eagles’ selection with the 49th overall pick, Akers taunted Dallas over division rival Philadelphia’s recent victory in Super Bowl 52 in an epic speech.

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It didn’t get much better for Minnesota the rest of the quarter. The Rockets were 14-of-23 from the floor, 9-of-13 from 3-point range and 13-of-13 from the line as they came within a point of matching the 1962 Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff record for points in a quarter.

We can be that team, said sixth man Eric Gordon, who had eight points in the quarter, including a 3 at the buzzer. We just hadn’t gotten into a flow throughout this whole series. It was good to see that.

It’s a frightening sight for any team in the Rockets’ path.
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When the Bucks surround Antetokounpo with shooters, they have been nigh unstoppable offensively in the series. Meanwhile, his length and rebounding, along with his ability to defend opposing center Al Horford, also have been key for the Bucks’ defense.

There’s a strong argument that Holiday has been as impressive as teammate Anthony Davis, perhaps even more so. He is the engine of the Pelicans’ offense, mixing great decision-making with an aggressive scoring style that pushes the whole unit forward.

He is also a scrappy defender, and when he was defending Damian Lillard he did as much as anyone to slow down the Trail Blazers’ most important line of attack.

Simmons stepped up in a major way down the stretch of the regular season with Joel Embiid injured. He continued to lead the 76ers in the early part of the playoffs before Embiid’s return.

Health. The Penguins were nicked up a bit in Round 1. They missed Patric Hornqvist and, later, Evgeni Malkin. Yet surprisingly, especially during Malkin’s absence in Game 6, they did not miss a beat. We’ll see if there are any lingering effects from those injuries. Burakovsky underwent minor surgery for an upper-body injury and could be back later in the playoffs, though probably not to start this round. Advantage: Capitals.



Alabama heading for a 10th straight draft with a first-round pick

On Thursday night, Alabama has four players who are likely to go in the first round of the NFL draft: safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, linebacker Rashaan Evans and defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne. When Roger Goodell calls one of those names, it will mark 10 straight years with an Alabama player in the first round.
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If the GM believes that strongly in the player, it should make you feel good as a Giants fan. But it should make you feel good as a Jets fan, too, because the team’s mission from the start of this draft season was to position itself for a quarterback. It is impossible to believe they thought they would have any shot at Darnold three months ago. But they have him now.

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I’d say [they’re] mostly wildly untrue, Robinson said, via Jason Wolf of the Tennesseean. You just try to sort through it and you try to connect as many dots as possible, knowing once the commissioner puts the teams on the clock and the draft gets going, all bets are kind of off.

Hearing this has shaken my foundation of trust in people’s inherent good nature, and is enough to make you wonder if anything is true at all.

Either that, or the draft rumors are reacting as a gas does, which is to fill the space available. With most boards set over a week ago, there’s little left for teams to do but wait and lie, and it seems that’s what many of them are doing.

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Connor Hellebuyck bounced back in a big way, just as the Winnipeg Jets were expecting.

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



Raiders working out Lamarr Houston today

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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Raiders are working out veteran outside linebacker Lamarr Houston today.

During this past season, we received assurances from both Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the Management Council, John Mara, that the right of players to demonstrate would be protected, the union said in a statement issued last month, after Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said that he would prohibit kneeling (and then backtracked). We are glad that both the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins have clarified their positions to be consistent with what was confirmed with our union leadership, and we expect all other NFL teams to maintain the same commitment to protecting those rights. (The NFL has at no time disputed the notion that Goodell and Mara provided assurances that the right of players to demonstrate would be protected.)

This is the most important point to keep in mind when addressing whether the NFL may make hiring and firing decisions based on a player’s inclination to participate in anthem protests: The NFL created the right to protest in 2009, the NFL confirmed the right to protest in 2016 and the NFL reiterated the right to protest in 2017.

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I mean, it’s an 18-year marriage, and it’s been an incredibly Womens Trent Taylor Jersey successful run, Chopra said. But there’s a lot of intensity and a lot of pressure, and a lot of big personalities. And Tom is one of them. That hasn’t been easy, and I find it interesting that by the end of the season, that all kind of faded away, because when you get to the end of the season, no matter what is going on, everyone sort of gets on the same page and focuses. . . .

Again, they had another incredible run. And that’s what [Brady] says at the end is like, this is a very different offseason for him. It’s the fact that he’s got three growing kids, a wife who’s like, ‘You know, I’ve kind of been putting stuff on hold for a while, and I wanna go out and do my thing now too.’ And so Tom’s juggling a lot of things, and I think that’s basically what he says at the end: ‘I gotta recalibrate. I have to find that conviction again’.



Dolphins meeting with Dallas Goedert, Hayden Hurst

The Dolphins cut Julius Thomas and Anthony Fasano is a free agent, which means Miami is without two players who saw 1,138 offensive snaps between them during the 2017 season.
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Cano moved into second place on the career home run list for players that primarily played second base. Cano’s 302nd home run passed Rogers Hornsby. Cano trails only Jeff Kent, who had 377 career homers.

You always dream that you’ll come up and be able to do something special in the game. It would have been great if we ended up winning, he said.

Jose Altuve played in the 1,000th game of his career and went 1 for 5. He has the second-most hits for a foreign-born player in their first 1,000 games, trailing only Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki. Altuve has 1,272 hits. Suzuki had 1,414 in his first 1,000 games.

Allen injured his right shoulder two weeks earlier against Air Force and missed the game against San Jose State while the Seahawks were in town to play the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s also worthwhile to have as much information available on possible prospects in case they hit the free agent market in coming seasons or when your team has to play them during the year. If Allen somehow ended up with the Arizona Cardinals, for instance, it would behoove Seattle to have as much background as possible on a divisional rival.

Wilson is Seattle’s quarterback for 2018. No discussion whatsoever. His contract only runs through 2019 and negotiations for a new deal could become contentious, though they could always use the franchise tag, if necessary. However, the Seahawks likely won’t have the opportunity to select Allen even if they wanted to. They currently hold the 18th pick in the draft and don’t have second or third round picks to use to trade Curtis Lazar Jersey up. Unless an Aaron Rodgers situation occurs where Allen unexpectedly falls to the latter stages of the first round, Seattle won’t have the chance to select Allen anyway.

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Tarik Cohen: I don’t feel like I’ve done anything yet

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There weren’t many bright spots for the Bears during the 2017 season, but running back Tarik Cohen’s play was among them.
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Cohen became the first rookie in more than 50 years to score touchdowns as a runner, receiver, passer and punt returner and showed a versatility that has left many excited about the prospect of seeing Cohen in new head coach Matt Nagy’s offense this Denis Malgin Authentic Jersey year.

Cohen is in that group, but he’s not getting ahead of himself thanks to the mix of last year’s results and this year’s expectations.

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 2.20 ERA) is 10-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 15 career starts at Citi Field.

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-0, 1.29) pitched seven sharp innings at Miami in his season debut, retiring the last 16 batters he faced. He is 2-7 lifetime vs. Washington — tagged by the Nats in his final two starts in spring training, he got sent to the minors to begin the season.

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Brayden McNabb scored against his former team in the second period and Fleury stopped 31 shots as the Knights finished off their fourth one-goal victory of the series. It was the goalie’s second shutout of the playoffs.

I didn’t picture this happening, me scoring a goal against the Kings, McNabb said, but it feels real good to get this win and finish this series.

The Knights poured into the net to hug Fleury at the final horn. Vegas fans in the crowd chanted the goalie’s name in celebration.

We knew we were getting a superstar when we got him, Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. He has playoff experience and he’s been a part of three Cups and he makes us better. LA put on the pressure on him but he was huge for us.



Why the Broncos should … pick an offensive lineman at No. 5

In all likelihood, only one offensive lineman in this year’s draft class could possibly end up selected in the first five picks. That the lineman happens to play guard makes this possibility one of the most fascinating of this season.

Carlton Davis, Auburn (6-1, 206): Perhaps the draft’s most imposing defensive back off the line of scrimmage, the three-year starter excels at jamming and re-routing receivers. Despite recording just four interceptions in 36 career games, he finds his way to the ball and makes life difficult for receivers on contested passes. An upright runner, Davis’ change of direction skills are subpar, and he can be thrown off by double moves. Projected: Round 2

Donte Jackson, LSU (5-10, 178): His pledge to top John Ross’ combine record in the 40-yard dash (4.22 seconds) went unfulfilled, but Jackson tied Ward and Tulane’s Parry Nickerson for the top overall mark in Indianapolis at 4.32. Jackson’s game is all about making a play with the ball in the air, as the former track standout consistently shows dangerous closing speed. However shortcomings in his route recognition and overall feel for the game are readily evident, and a maxed-out frame could leave him vulnerable to physical receivers. Projected: Round 2

Shaquem Griffin obviously meets the marks when it comes to competitive toughness and heart. Complications during pregnancy led to Griffin’s left hand not developing fully. As a result, he had the hand amputated at the low forearm when he was four years old. Now, he’s an above-average athlete who has all of the movement skills to be a weak-side ‘backer in a 4-3 defense. There’s no precedent for how the NFL might judge Griffin, but he’s worth a comfortable mid-round pick.

Coach Mike McCarthy is entering his 13th season, but he has two new coordinators in Joe Philbin, who returns for a second stint, and Mike Pettine, who takes over the defense. New general manager Brian Gutekunst needs to nail this draft and give the Packers more talent around star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Edge rusher: Clay Matthews and Nick Perry combined for 14.5 sacks last season, and the tandem of Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark combined for 9.5 sacks from the interior. Still, another solid edge rusher would allow Matthews, 31, to move inside some with Blake Martinez. A team can never have enough of a pass rush.

Ansah’s return comes as no surprise. The 28-year-old defensive end spent last week in Ghana for a family obligation, but kept in touch with Detroit’s front office and first-year head coach Matt Patricia. steelers_006



Eagles’ Carson Wentz says watching Super Bowl LII was a ‘challenge’

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz acknowledged that it was a challenge to watch Super Bowl LII from the sidelines, calling it a lesson in humility and faith during a media session Tuesday to mark the start of the team’s offseason training program.
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One minute Wentz was a top candidate for league MVP, and the next he was out with a season-ending knee injury that shifted him into a support role while his backup, Nick Foles, helped deliver the city of Philadelphia its first Lombardi Trophy.

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A great night in a place that he’s been very comfortable in through his career, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. Seemed to be in control with a great curveball, changeup mix.

Moore (1-3), who went 39-28 with Tampa Bay before being dealt to San Francisco in 2016, struck out six and allowed five hits and two walks. The Rangers acquired the left-hander from the Giants in December.

It was a lot of fun, Moore said. A lot of familiar feelings. You know where everything is at. Just being on that same mound, it’s probably one of my more favored mounds.

Daniel Robertson had the lone run off Moore, scoring on shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s throwing error in the third.

Moore lowered his ERA from 8.76 to 5.59.

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Vikings re-sign Marcus Sherels to one-year deal

The Vikings have re-signed cornerback Marcus Sherels to a one-year deal, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports. Monetary terms were not available, but Sherels had a $2 million cap hit last season.
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Contrast those comments (and harmonize them if you can) with G.M. John Dorsey’s remarks on PFT Live about Taylor’s status.

We’ve said and Hue and I will continue to say Tyrod’s our starter moving forward here, Dorsey said. But you live in the present and what you try to do is try to acquire as many good football players you can. I think we’re in a position to acquire good football players at the first pick and the fourth pick. There’ll be some good players here that will help this organization catapult forward.

He underwent shoulder surgery during an injury-plagued 2016 campaign and suffered multiple concussions while in college.

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The Rams added a big piece to their defense on Monday when they signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal and some people may be wondering about how making a move like that might sit with Aaron Donald when he’s looking for a new contract.

On Tuesday, coach Sean McVay said he’s not concerned about any friction between the players or how Suh will fit into the defense. He said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, that Suh will play nose tackle while Donald stays at the three-technique Jeff Allen Youth jersey spot and that the mutual respect that exists between those two players was imperative and really paramount to even pursue this in the first place.



Titans longtime strength and conditioning coach retires

I have invested a lifetime in this franchise and have so much love and respect for the people who work here, and I only want the best for them. There are so many fantastic memories that I was lucky enough to be a part of during my time here; and I loved getting to work with world-class athletes for more than three decades. Seeing guys improve on a daily and yearly basis was a constant reward.
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Considering all that, if Allen goes ahead of Mayfield as expected, then three could be the number of passers drafted early, as the Colts, Buccaneers, Bears, 49ers and Raiders won’t be thinking QB at No. 6 through No. 10. The Dolphins at No. 11 had been an emerging threat for Mayfield but now are less so with the Ryan Tannehill contract restructure.

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Raptors: DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points. … Toronto outscored Detroit 60-38 in the paint. … The Raptors completed a sweep of their back-to-back after beating Orlando on Sunday night.

Pistons: Kennard led Detroit with 20 points and Reggie Jackson scored 16 with nine assists. Ish Smith had 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

Godley (2-0) struck out nine and allowed four hits and no walks. He’s allowed just one run in 14 innings this season.

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Godley was pretty good, too, attacking with a biting curveball that had the Giants batters off-balance all night.