The “arrow” concept is further reflected in how Ballard approached free agency.

The assessment further cemented Ballard’s pre-draft decision that the Colts “were going to take him” if Hooker remained undrafted when they picked at No. 15.

“With any player, you’re looking at what his unique skill set is to the league,” Ballard said. “What problem is he going to cause for the other team? I thought (Hooker) was the best athlete in the draft. That along with tremendous ball skills, great hands, instincts … He’s got range and speed back in deep coverage. And only being a one-year (starter), we think the arrow is still going up on Malik.”

The “arrow” concept is further reflected in how Ballard approached free agency.

In 2015, Grigson added a slew of older players like running back Frank Gore, wide receiver Ande Johnson, guard Todd Herremans and outside linebacker Trent Cole. He did so under the belief that all had something left in the tank to help the Colts reach Super Bowl 50 after an AFC championship game appearance the previous season.

Gore would prove to be the only productive member of that group, and the

Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado: Awuzie was in Philadelphia for the draft, but had to spend the night after not hearing his name called. He had gained steam over the last couple months. Awuzie is explosive on his break and has excellent length at 6-0, 202 with 31-inch arms. He had 22 pass breakups and three interceptions over the last two seasons and isn’t afraid to help against the run, with 15 tackles for loss over the last two years.Colts failed to make the playoffs in two consecutive seasons for the first time in almost 20 years.nike_cardinals_305

Torre said he would let players know when he was wearing a mic.

It shouldn’t happen to Kaepernick any more than it should happen to Elway. It shouldn’t matter whether his bosses love his positions on society, America, the flag, the troops, the Star-Spangled Banner or … well, the Supreme Court and the people who should and shouldn’t be on it, and who should and shouldn’t get to decide that.

But you already know how this story ends, and why.

Even though Torre was more than willing to wear the mic, there were times when he needed a break. There were a few days when he’d turn to me and go, ‘Can we not do it today?’ And I’d go, ‘Yeah. No problem. Moving on,’ Diamond said. Sometimes Torre took matters into his own hands. He was pretty adept at knowing when to take that microphone and turn it off or somehow mute it so he couldn’t be followed around, but that was seldom, Hanson said. He basically opened up himself for this entire season for the special.

Limited Kids Cameron Jordan Jersey Torre said he would let players know when he was wearing a mic. I never want to blindside anybody, he said. But he wore the mic so much that the players hardly paid it any mind. When it’s every day, he said, it’s probably easier to deal with than (saying), ‘This Saturday I’m going to be mic’d, so be careful’ and all of a sudden everybody changes the way they do things. When it’s an everyday situation, you just went about your business playing baseball.

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MLB trade rumors: Braves close to acquiring Brandon Phillips from Reds

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THE DETAILS: Phillips vetoed a trade to the Braves in November with his 10-and-5 rights but apparently has had a change of heart. Per Rosenthal in November, Phillips wanted the Reds to address certain, unspecified issues before waiving his no-trade rights. Aka he wanted the team to add pieces to contend, which they haven’t, and are instead committed to a rebuild while the Braves had added veterans Bartolo Colon, Jaime Garcia, R.A. Dickey, Sean Rodriguez, and Kurt Suzuki among others.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Phillips would be the only Reds player in the deal. Braves players involved in the possible trade are not yet known.

The court filing, the report notes, reflects the claims of the former players against NFL teams, presenting the players’ side of a legal argument, including evidence on which they base it.
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According to the Post, the court filing alleges that the teams dispensed painkillers and prescription-strength anti-inflammatories in numbers far beyond anything previously acknowledged or made public.

As an example contained in the court documents, the average NFL team in 2012 prescribed nearly 5,777 doses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and 2,213 doses of controlled medications, such as Vicodin and Toradol, to its players, according to a March 2013 internal document from the league-employed medical adviser who oversees the NFL’s drug issues.

That would be an average of about six to seven pain pills or injections per week per player over a typical NFL season, what one medical expert told the Post represented an incredible amount of intervention with some pretty risky drugs.

MLB trade rumors: Phillies listening on offers for pitcher Jeremy Hellickson

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It’s already mid-May, so you know what that means: MLB teams dangling players for trades!

According to the Boston Globe, one such team doing so is Philadelphia, which is listening to offers for starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson.

Hellickson, the AL Rookie of the Year in 2011 with the Rays, bounced back in 2016 in his first year in Philly after a three-year rut. Last season, he went 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 189 innings pitched. This year, he has a 3.71 ERA and 18 strikeouts in eight starts.

Solid pitchers such as Hellickson are always welcome additions to potential contenders, and plenty of teams, such as the Mets and Mariners, need starting pitcher depth.

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Losing Edwin Encarnacion was a big blow to the Blue Jays’ lineup, but it’s not the end of the world. With the evolution and growth of the arms in the rotation, they won’t be needing as much offense as they’ve been getting over the past few seasons 鈥?and that’s a good thing. The re-signed Jose Bautista is entering the twilight of his career, and you’re not entirely sure what you’re going to get out of Kendrys Morales. In any case, the Jays are in a pretty good spot, even in an uber-competitive AL East.

Former NFL receiver Michael D. Jackson killed in motorcycle crash

Michael D. Jackson, who led the NFL in touchdown receptions in 1996 and was elected mayor in his hometown after retiring from football, died in a motorcycle accident early Friday. He was 48.

Michael Jackson was more than a great player, he was a great man.

According to Louisiana State Police, Jackson was riding a motorcycle on U.S. 51 near the Village of Tangipahoa “at a high rate of speed” shortly before 1 a.m. Friday when a sedan driven by 20-year-old Destiny Gordon backed out a parking spot into his path.

Jackson’s motorcycle struck the driver’s side door so hard that it “penetrated into the driver’s compartment” of the car, killing Gordon as well.

Police said Gordon was wearing a seatbelt and Jackson was wearing a helmet. Blood samples were taken to be sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

Jackson, a native of Tangipahoa, played at Southern Miss alongside Brett Favre and was a sixth-round pick by the Browns in the 1991 NFL Draft. He spent eight years in the league, peaking in 1996 when he caught 76 passes for 1,201 yards and an NFL-leading 14 touchdowns in the franchise’s first season as the Baltimore Ravens after moving from Cleveland.

Jackson returned home to Louisiana after retirement and eventually made an unsuccessful run for the statehouse. He was elected mayor of Tangipahoa in 2008 and served four years. Toward the end of his first year in office, he laid out his ambitions in an interview with the Ravens’ website.

“Right now, I want to set a standard,” he said. “I want to have that standard high enough so that whomever decides to run for this position they will feel obligated to do at least what I have done and far better — so that’s what I want to do. I want to set a concrete floor, so we can erect a house here in my hometown.”
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Carey Price in Arizona would change the NHL landscape significantly.

Anthony’s biggest red flag is his sub-par defense, but with Redick moving on, the Clippers can look to pair Anthony with a superior defender on the wing. Plus, they should still be able to re-sign Luc Mbah a Moute as a 2nd unit combo forward and defensive specialist.

Yes, the price is high. But if you want the best goaltender in the NHL, you have to pay. And crucially, this price is one that the Yotes can afford without really breaking the bank. Christian Dvorak, Brendan Perlini, and Christian Fischer to name but three mean that the Yotes could absorb this loss of their forward prospects without really shuddering.

This is likely not a deal that would end up happening. But maybe it’s time to test Marc Bergevin’s resolve.

If anyone can work out a way to do so, it’s John Chayka.

Carey Price in Arizona would change the NHL landscape significantly. And it would push the Coyotes to the next level in an instant.
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For that, there are few prices that aren’t worth paying.

Authentic Mens Tiago Splitter Jersey The Bucs drafted Winston No. 1 overall with an obvious intent to start their new franchise passer right away. The only question was whether they’d be tempted in the draft by Marcus Mariota, who went No. 2 to the Titans.

SUCCESS: A predictably up-and-down season for the Bucs ended with four consecutive losses and a sour taste, but Winston’s production is a good palate cleanser. Tampa found its guy, and he’s only get better as the team builds around him.

Conley is only averaging 36 minutes, and that includes an overtime period in the Game 4 win.

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Like I said before, I’m not trying to be the best player. I’m trying to be the best team, he told reporters, according to The San Antonio Express-News’ Jabari Young. And that changes every day, being the best player. Somebody has a bad game and somebody has a great game then he’s the best player. If he has a bad game, and I have a good game, then I’m the best player. It just changes every day.

The Spurs advanced to the second round, and they’ll meet a hungry, trigger-happy Houston Rockets team led by likely MVP runner-up James Harden. The Spurs will need both spectra of Leonard’s game if they hope to move on to the Western Conference Finals.

And if his play in the first round was an indication of what we’ll see in the second, we’re in for a treat.

Though the Grizzlies are a significantly better three-point shooting team than Oklahoma City, both have black holes on the wings. Where the Thunder ran out Andre Roberson and Jerami Grant, Memphis is stuck with Harrison, Wayne Selden, and James Ennis. San Antonio has proven they aren’t extremely interested in guarding those players, and being able to drop extra defenders into the paint is killing Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and the rest of the Grizzlies offense, which needs to operate within the three-point line without Conley around.

Once Conley — a strong shooting creator — enters the game, he can force the defense to guard him closely and break into the lane even when the defense is tight. Memphis obviously can’t expect to replicate him, but there’s no one on their roster who even approximates Conley’s skill set when he sits. The Spurs know this, and they have taken full advantage of it.
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Conley is only averaging 36 minutes, and that includes an overtime period in the Game 4 win. The series shifts back to Memphis on Thursday for Game 6 with the Grizzlies’ season on the line. Though head coach David Fizdale clearly values rest for his players, this may be a situation where Conley needs to play well into the 40-minute range.

Rockets vs. Spurs odds, NBA playoffs 2017: San Antonio seeks Game 2 bounceback

The San Antonio Spurs are 16-6 straight up and against the spread in their last 22 postseason home games. The Spurs hope to avoid a second straight home loss with a win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

San Antonio is a 5.5-point home favorite in Game 2 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In their last 10 games as a home favorite of six points or less, the Spurs are 5-5 SU and 4-6 ATS.

After the first two games of this series were on TNT, ESPN will televise Game 3 of Rockets-Thunder at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, with Mike Breen calling the play-by-play alongside analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, and reporter Lisa Salters.
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The Rockets blew open what was a close game in the second quarter of Game 1, throttling Oklahoma City for a 118-87 win. Patrick Beverley provided the energy with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Thunder had no answer for James Harden, who tallied 37 points, nine assists and seven boards in the win.
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Game 2 was much closer, and saw the Thunder lead in the fourth quarter, but the split was not to be. Russell Westbrook had the highest-scoring triple-double in NBA playoff history with 51 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, but Oklahoma City was -15 in the 6? minutes he was off the floor. Westbrook shooting 4-for-18 in the final quarter didn’t help — though OKC was doomed no matter what he did — and the Rockets pulled away for a 115-111 win.

This Clippers fan who drank beer from a shoe on live TV was definitely Australian

During the Clippers win on Tuesday night you might have come across one very different fan celebrating in the stands. Not jogging your memory? He was the dude drinking out of his damn shoe.

It definitely seems unusual, but really it’s a pretty standard celebration — in Australia. This is called a “shoey,” and drinking alcohol from your stinky worn shoe is an excellent way to celebrate.

The celebration itself has been around for a long time, but rose to prominence in 2015. It reached its zenith a year later when Formula One driver (and Australia) Daniel Ricciardo drank champagne from his driving shoe after finishing second in the German Grand Prix.

The important question: How does it taste? Ricciardo answered that one as well.

“If the sparkling wine is cold, then it tastes good. If it’s warm then you might get the sweat through it but the cold taste kills the bad stuff… so it’s delicious.”

Now for the most important question of the day: Would you do it? The story comes from the great Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, who included this anecdote in his preseason profile of Westbrook:

When Kendrick Perkins played center for the Thunder, he called teammates “cupcake” if he thought they were acting a little soft. Westbrook and Durant adopted the term in jest. Westbrook posted a bittersweet pic on Instagram: three plates of cupcakes topped by red and blue stars and sprinkles.

Is it still a subtweet if it’s on Instagram instead of Twitter? Either way, this subtle dig was incredible. It set the tone for everything that was to come.nike_redskins_620

Smith-Schuster ran up from near the end zone to annihilate Leavitt.

As a football fan, you probably heard people say some receivers are prima donnas who hates blocking. Smith-Schuster isnt that type of player. He loves to use his size to deliver bone-crushing blocks. In fact, he can drive defenders into the turf like an offensive lineman.

If you want to see how much of a dominant blocker the 20-year-old is, look no further than his vicious hit on Utah State’s Dallin Leavitt.

Smith-Schuster ran up from near the end zone to annihilate Leavitt. The USC product is one of the most aggressive players in the draft class, and that block shows you why he’s dangerous on the field. His fearless attitude is on display during every game.

He’ll also be 24 years old before he takes a snap in the NFL, which suggests he might not have much more room to grow as a receiver. This might be as good as it gets from a physical standpoint for Kupp.
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Kupp’s best is still really, really good. Being the most prolific NCAA wideout ever still matters. He spent his last four years roasting defenses, including the ones who a) were supposed to shut him down and b) knew enough about him to base their defense on denying him the ball. He’s always found a way to produce.

He’ll join a receiver chart that now includes Robert Woods and second-round tight end Gerald Everett. Part of the inspiration to hold the draft outdoors started in Chicago, which hosted both the 2015 and 2016 drafts. The city added an outdoor fan experience that the general public could attend.
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In 2017, the city of Philadelphia is taking that idea and making it much bigger. To actually sit in front of the stage, tickets are required. But the area outside and around where the actual draft takes place is all open-air. Philadelphia’s Official Visitor site’s map shows just how big the area surrounding the stage is. The blue icon with the star on it is where the stage is.