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Donald Trump talked with Belichick about Brady’s status

Count Donald Trump among the crowd curious about Tom Brady’s status.

The president was on the phone with Bill Belichick last week to talk about Brady, the New York Times reports. The nugget of information was published by The Times in an article on Tuesday about chief of staff John F. Kelly’s tough relationship with the president.

Ryan, the No. 3 pick in the 2008 draft out of Boston College, hasn’t missed a start since December 2009.

Nelson became the salary-cap casualty over Cobb, because at age 32, Nelson has lost much of his speed, quickness and versatility. Cobb didn’t have a great 2017 season, either, but he’s five years younger and can rebound better in his comfortable slot receiving role.

There might be greater appeal, though, in Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds because of his versatility to potentially flank Foster against the run while also getting to the quarterback. Davenport has great upside as a sack artist, but Edmunds is a little more complete at another position of need. Georgia’s Roquan Smith is a similar playmaker firmly on the 49ers’ second-level radar for the first round.

The unlikely availaiblity of Notre Dame offensive lineman Quenton Nelson would be the only thing to make the 49ers stray away from defense if they stay put at No. 9.

Recently ranked as the No. 92 player in the NFL in a players’ poll conducted by NFL Network, Collins is sidelined for the Giants’ offseason program after undergoing a second surgery on his broken forearm.

I was in the 20 percentile that my arm wasn’t healing the proper way, Collins told NJ Advance Media on Friday morning. It was bad luck. I had to go back and get surgery again. It happens.

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Journeyman QB Luke McCown retiring from NFL

The National Football League is down to just its final McCown.

While 38-year-old Josh still toils under center for the New York Jets, his younger brother, Luke McCown, is calling it quits.

The 36-year-old career backup passer announced his retirement Friday, sending a statement out through his agent, Mike McCartney:

McCown entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick of the Browns in 2004, making four winless starts as a rookie for Cleveland in the post-Tim Couch era.

Since suffering a fractured orbital bone a couple of weeks ago, Embiid has been playing up his new face mask, referencing a Bane line from Batman in his Instagram caption about his mask, flaunting the protective gear all over the Well Fargo Center and even donning a Phantom of the Opera replica mask to ring a ceremonial Liberty Bell before Game 1 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round series with the Miami Heat.

But Embiid’s week on social media wasn’t finished there. Before Game 1, he took to Instagram to post about his excitement for the playoffs — and preview what he believes is the Sixers’ path through the postseason (Heat, Celtics, Cavs and Warriors).

McCown appeared in 62 NFL games for five different teams, but made only 10 starts in a career that began in 2004. He appeared in 40 of those games and made one start with the Saints. His other NFL games came with the Cleveland Browns (who drafted him in the fourth round), Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. He finishes his career with 2,370 yards, nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

But, forced to pick one, I agree with Emily. The Predators are Cup contenders for good reason, and Colorado lacks the punch to hang with Nashville, let alone fight back from a multi-game deficit. The absence of Semyon Varlamov hurts quite a bit, and MacKinnon and his linemates won’t be able to carry this club through a Cup favorite down 3-0. The Avalanche had an impressive regular season, but they are probably a year early here, forced to play a juggernaut right out of the gate.

Sachin Chandan, ESPN The Magazine researcher: The Ducks would be in jeopardy should they fall behind 3-0, not because they’ve been outplayed by the San Jose Sharks, but because their chances to come back are drying up. steelers_064

Mathew Barzal finishes the season atop the rookie rankings

First-year players getting a shot to impress in the NHL has become an annual breath of fresh air, provided in part this season by the burst of wind trailing New York Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal as he blazed past another defenseman.

The 2017-18 rookie class was once again deep and talented, bringing optimism for ailing fan bases, filling holes on playoff-bound teams and taking on leading roles far earlier than should have been expected.

No one did that more emphatically than Barzal, who was a ray of light in an otherwise disappointing Islanders season. He will easily win the Calder Trophy after leading all rookies with 85 points as a possession-driving center who is just 20 years old.

“It does not matter what historic expectations are out there of me,’’ Stanton told The Post. “I have a higher one for myself. I’m the one who has to put in the work. I don’t just put the jersey on and show up at game time. Aaron is the one who does all the work that he does.

“What we need to do is not read papers. Not worry about, ‘Hey it’s May 1, we’re supposed to have this many home runs. The public needs us to have this many home runs.’ What’s important is how are we in our own game, how are we helping the team. This isn’t a competition who’s going to hit more between me and him. This isn’t who is going to be second, who is going to be third, who cares.’’

The Eagles, who earlier this month acquired Bennett from the Seahawks, commented on the matter later Friday.

“We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information,” the team said in a statement. “Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Ty Lue is crowing about a secret best five-man lineup the Cavs didn’t use in Game 1. Umm, the playoffs started. The Pacers smacked Cleveland with a level of intensity these Cavs have never displayed. Might want to ratchet things up, guys.

The Cavs will get a dunk, layup or 3-pointer on a huge majority of possessions — like, almost all of them — when LeBron posts up Bojan Bogdanovic or Lance Stephenson. Those guys have no chance. (That’s no slight. Bogdanovic played LeBron well. No normal wing has a chance when LeBron decides it’s time to work.)

This is classic LeBron: He knows this, but he rarely cares to exploit it on an almost-every-possession basis until he has to. And don’t lean on the “he just wants to get other guys involved” trope. His post game is, first and foremost, a vehicle with which to get other guys involved.
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Redskins waive running back LeShun Daniels

The Washington Redskins waived running back LeShun Daniels on Thursday.

Daniels appeared in four games last season for Washington and gained 14 yards on three carries. He was placed on injured reserve in December due to a fractured hand.

Daniels was an undrafted free agent signing out of the University of Iowa last year. He spent the offseason with the New England Patriots before being released at the end of training camp. After a short stint on the practice squad of the Los Angeles Chargers, Daniels signed with Washington’s practice squad in November. He was promoted to the active roster a week later.

What else can one say about the Seahawks? Earl Thomas is the last man standing in the Legion of Boom, and the defensive line rotation is without Michael Bennett. So far, Russell Wilson has not gotten line or receiving help (bye, Richardson; bye, Jimmy Graham) as even more of a burden falls on him to carry the offense and the entire team out of mediocrity.

Being in tip-top shape and being a top quarterback are two different things, though. While Lynch may be in the best shape of his life, he must show even more to get another chance at starting.

The Broncos signed Case Keenum in the offseason, with Lynch expected to serve as the backup. Lynch has started only four games, going 1-3 in completing 79 of 128 passes for 792 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

How has the shape of the NBA draft changed with many of the top prospects out of the NCAA tournament? Jonathan Givony breaks down the new picks in both rounds.

That’s life for any team abiding by the NBA’s schedule, although Malone’s squad faced more than its fair share of fatigue in 2017-18. This season, the Nuggets played a league-high six schedule alert games. For context, the Nuggets played three schedule alert games in January alone. Meanwhile, the Pelicans, Knicks, 76ers and Cavaliers did not play in one all season.flames_015

The Angels staked Ohtani to a quick 2-0 lead on back-to-back doubles by Luis Valbuena and Jefry Marte second against Daniel Gossett (0-1).

It’s been a brutal March in New York City, with almost a foot of snow falling during the past few weeks and temperatures running a few degrees colder than normal. So, you can’t blame fans of the Mets for hoping Mother Nature will deliver better weather for the team’s home opener at Citi Field.

Here’s a look at what’s in store when the Mets take the field against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday afternoon, with the first pitch set for 1:10 p.m.

Sky and temperature: Mostly cloudy, with a high around 51 degrees at 1 p.m. and rising to 54 degrees in the late afternoon.

Wind: Expect a light southeasterly breeze of 6 mph in the early afternoon and 7 mph in the late afternoon, with gusts up to 9 mph.

He used everything, Scioscia said. Outside of maybe one stretch of three hitters in the second inning, that’s about as well as you could pitch. … Shohei has shown great poise in everything he’s done — the way he’s practiced, the adjustments he’s made at the plate when he’s swinging the bat. I think that’s going to be one of his strengths moving on.

Right there, on your phone, is the Browns Bets app presented by Caesars. You scroll down and see 3-to-1 odds on Cleveland getting a field goal out of the possession, 7-2 odds that the Browns will score a touchdown, and 3-2 odds they’ll wind up punting it away. You put $50 on the field goal. Then, you throw down $75 on 5-1 odds that veteran kicker Zane Gonzalez will score the game’s next points. And so you settle in, having bet $125 to win $600. This is how the NFL sees the future. And this week, here at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, the process formally began of pulling the perfect sports for gambling—football—out of the shadows and into the brave, new, modern world of gaming.

Ohtani began the season-opening series by hitting a single on the first pitch he saw as a big leaguer, part of a 1-for-5 day at the plate. He capped the set by posting his first win.patriots_025

Cornerback Jeremy Lane charged with DUI after January arrest

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane has been officially charged with driving under the influence after a January arrest in King County.

Smith-Schuster followed that up by writing that Burfict has been on too much Slurp Juice and now tryna blame me and then posting a video of the hit, which resulted in a suspension for Smith-Schuster last season. The NFL will make the ultimate ruling on any Burfict appeal and we’ll find out if they share Smith-Schuster’s feelings about Burfict’s argument.

As a result of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett’s arrest. Prosecutors are working with Bennett’s counsel regarding his surrender.?

The Eagles issues the following statement on the incident:

“We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Kerr likes flexibility, adjusting, he says, by matchup.– With those three out, it becomes, almost by default, more about the moment.He was one of the most underrated players the history of the game, my opinion, and one of the greatest Celtic acquisitions of all time, said former Boston teammate Danny Ainge, now the Celtics’ executive director of basketball operations.Closing speed is one of the stronger elements of ‘s game, and that should help him both create turnovers and provide effective over-the-top help to the cornerbacks.claimed cornerback Johnthan Banks off of waivers, coming to the Bears from Detroit.After the 2017, Jr.

I agree Green is one more hit away from missing multiple again or possibly calling it a career.The Cardinals have stated before that they intend to keep their franchise players, and yet headliners really haven’t remained.He nearly mirrored his rookie numbers with 35 catches and 579 yards.Granted, some of those players have been cut, but just as many remain.He goes overboard kind of with everything.

Kevin Pierre-Louis is the expected addition. Draft Diamonds was the first to report that Pierre-Louis is making his way to the Jets and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that it is set to be a two-year, $6 million deal.
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He had several plays where he would whup an offensive lineman or two, and then barely miss taking the quarterback down.

Even on most of those plays Vea still left a path of destruction and chaos in his wake that made it easy for one of his teammates to clean up the mess and get the sack after he missed.

On top of that Vea had six other pressures where he forced the opposing quarterback into an incompletion because he was bearing down on them with bad intentions.

He was better than those numbers indicated, given that Grant caught 70.3 percent of the passes thrown to him despite the fact that his average target came 9.6 yards downfield.

The only wideouts in the league with 50 targets or more who caught a higher percentage of their passes while picking up their average target further downfield were Allen Hurns, Michael Thomas, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Tyreek Hill and Ted Ginn.

It would hardly have been a surprise to see Grant develop a modest market, but in a league in which Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola just came up with significant multiyear deals, the Ravens had to pay Grant like he had been a starter for years in Washington.

The Jets also addressed one of their other major needs by signing Long to a four-year deal worth $28 million. Wesley Johnson was the starting center last season as the replacement for Nick Mangold, but struggled at times and is now a free agent. Long was a third-round draft pick out of Nebraska in 2014 and played both center and guard for the Redskins. He became Washington’s starter at center early in the 2016 season after a season-ending injury to Kory Lichtensteiger. ”

It took a lot of adjustment physically and mentally,” Long said. ”

It’s definitely different having the ball in your hands. In the meeting rooms is where the big changes came because I grew so much mentally as a player when I had to learn the center position. Ever since then, I’ve been able to build on a solid foundation. I’m excited. I think my best ball is yet to come at that position.”patriots_008

Kobe Bryant’s ‘Dear Basketball’ short film nominated for Oscar

Kobe Bryant has seemingly opened the door to another successful career after basketball.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that the retired Lakers legend’s short film, “Dear Basketball,” is one of five nominees for this year’s Best Animated Short award.

Peters: I’m going with the Penguins, too. I think they’ll want to head into the postseason on a high note, so don’t look at them to let off the gas pedal too much. The desire to win a third straight Cup, previously unthinkable in the salary-cap era, is palpable for this team. As Brassard settles in over these next few weeks, I’d expect them only to get stronger. Plus Evgeni Malkin has a chance to win the Art Ross (and maybe even the Hart), which adds a little extra motivation for a player who is already playing exceptionally well.

Arledge: Philadelphia is a little more balanced, while Pittsburgh has relied too heavily on scoring. Goalie Matt Murray has been out for two weeks with a concussion, but honestly, he has been less than impressive even when healthy this season.

It’s hard to conjure up a scenario where Bridges fully fails. If the defense doesn’t hold up and his 3-point percentage drops, it’s a potential outcome, but he’s more likely a high-floor talent with the upside of an elite NBA role player, even if the creation skill never comes along.

A deeper dive shows that the real culprit behind the change might have been the NBPA. The three big reasons why the draft won’t be televised, according to Stein:

1) The league does not want to risk embarrassing the last player chosen — or anyone else.

2) The league does not want to put the captains in a position where they might upset teammates by passing over them.

3) The players’ union objected. The union, presumably with considerable input from player agents, is the faction that actually put up the most resistance to letting all this play out in public. Some All-Stars want the draft televised, but some don’t. So the league acquiesced.

Voracek netted his 15th of the season 2:07 into the period to tie it at 1. Nolan Patrick caused a turnover with strong backchecking, passed to Voracek and his shot from the side boards deflected off Pittsburgh’s Derick Brassard and past Tristan Jarry.
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Rams coach Sean McVay insisted afterward that this moment was not too big for his players.

“That is the product of great effort,” Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong said. “Gang tackling. The second man in and all the rest going for the ball. Just great effort.”

The young Rams were certainly spooked by their early mistakes and for most of the game struggled offensively to find rhythm. Was it their playoff inexperience? Was it too many starters resting in the regular-season finale preceding this game?

Now, it’s not as if there aren’t schematic fits. Carolina and Seattle were the two that the coach above mentioned, and Kansas City is another one. The issues? The Panthers value Derek Anderson as a resource to Cam Newton. The Seahawks dealt with a lot of noise this offseason and didn’t need more. And the Chiefs have Alex Smith, and the history between him and Kaepernick makes even the thought a non-starter.

That underscores how anything can make or break the chances of a quarterback getting a job. The idea of Cutler, for example, being a backup appealed to basically no teams in March and April. But as a starter for a team in need that had background with him? That’s different.

“The big thing that we need to do more than anything else is to move forward and get past the game we just played,” Rivera said via The Associated Press. “Right now that game isn’t going to do anything for us.”

It’s so important, in fact, that we’re surprised he hasn’t put it on a T-shirt.

Rivera has the strongest shirt game in the NFL right now, and it isn’t close. Here’s a rundown of his very best.

The early offseason was about diagnosing the 2016 collapse. The spring was about Cam Newton’s shoulder surgery. The summer was about the bizarrely timed firing of GM Dave Gettleman. September was about Newton finding his stride. And just as Newton got there, with Carolina’s upset of the Patriots in Foxborough, last week became about the quarterback and his sexist comments to Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue.

Kicker Adam Vinatieri vows to play another year, even if it’s not with Colts

Could Adam Vinatieri be playing in the NFL at 45?

Vinatieri’s missed field goals cost him a $500,000 bonus, but he is still one of the most accurate kickers in the league. It would be surprising if another team doesn’t scoop him up for a one-year deal if the Colts decide not to give Vinatieri an extension.

Does the following headline sound a little too familiar, Pittsburgh Penguins place defenseman Letang on injured reserve.While 2015 Super Bowl hero plenty of Jones, New England schemes well that fellow cornerbacks and Rowe , and safety Devin McCourty be no strangers to Jones, either.Somehow he woke up and made it to Oregon.The ideal person to help with matters, his wife Gabrielle Union, is out of town the 35-year old is left to his own devices the meantime.Survivors include his parents, and Tracci Lear Metcalfe; his brother, ; a niece, ; paternal grandfather, ; paternal grandmother, Metcalfe; maternal great-grandmother, Lear; his longtime girlfriend, Halee Smolinsky; his pit bulldog, Milo; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Instead he doubled-down, and risked a serious injury.Probably best known as one of the top sluggers of his era, McGwire ended his career with 583 home runs, which was fifth-most history when he retired.From 1986 to 2006, Lt.Then again, it all depends on what he’s asked to do.

He made 9 of 17-point shots but missed all five of his 3-point attempts.

Puck is dumped Predators zone by Carlson.

The goalies over the years, whether you call it a cheater here or there, they’re enhancing their size in the net.The measure provides no exemption for players or anyone on the field or the dugouts.- TONY ZAVALETA Tony Zavaleta, 69, drove his pickup truck here on a dirt road.

In a corresponding move, the Chargers promoted guard Brett Boyko to the active roster and signed tackle Andrew Wylie to the practice squad.

Los Angeles (7-7) fell one game behind the Chiefs in the AFC West with Saturday’s loss, but they are still in playoff contention. The Chargers play the Jets in New York this weekend, and then host the Raiders to end the season. Both the division and the final wild-card spot are still up for grabs.

“The question,” the GM said, “is what if he faces a Russell Wilson in the playoffs, or if the Packers make it and Aaron Rodgers is in there or another elite quarterback in the NFC … can Foles do that? Wentz made that team so special, making all the throws. His vision, his pocket presence and even his strength. He’s so complete. Foles can do a fine job, but Wentz put them over the top in so many games this year.

“If most teams lost a starter and he was the caliber of a Wentz, I don’t think they pull through. They self-destruct. The Eagles won’t do that because, like I said, Foles to me can start on basically half the league’s teams. But can he beat that elite, top-tier quarterback in the playoffs? That’s something I think will be tough. He might no do that.”packers_153_be1f1b86f4cce734-180x180