Big games by Davis, Mirotic allow Pelicans to hold off Trail Blazers in Game 1

The New Orleans Pelicans needed to sweat out the franchise’s first playoff win since 2011 — the first under the Pelicans moniker they adopted before the 2013-14 season and the first of Anthony Davis’ career.
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The last time New Orleans reached the postseason, in 2014-15, the Pelicans led the eventual champion Golden State Warriors by 20 points at the start of the third quarter of Game 3 only to lose the game in overtime and eventually get swept. Game 1 of New Orleans’ series with the Portland Trail Blazers looked as if it might be d茅j脿 vu.

Up 19 late in the third quarter, the Pelicans allowed the Blazers to cut the lead to just one point in the final minute with two opportunities to take the lead. New Orleans’ defense came up big both times, forcing a CJ McCollum turnover and a Damian Lillard miss. Then, after two Davis free throws, Jrue Holiday blocked Pat Connaughton’s layup to seal a 97-95 victory Saturday night at the Moda Center.

Ultimately, New Orleans got enough from its best Alex Avila Jersey players. Davis, who averaged 31.5 points in the series sweep by Golden State in 2014, had 35 points on 14-of-26 shooting this time around — along with 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Holiday, given the primary defensive assignment on Lillard, also found enough energy to score 21 points at the other end. And Nikola Mirotic added a double-double of his own alongside Davis, knocking down four 3-pointers, blocking four shots and grabbing 11 rebounds.

The Minnesota Timberwolves kept their first playoff game in 14 years close, but Houston had too much from MVP front-runner James Harden and lob mate Clint Capela.
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Towns was held to fewer than eight points only twice in the regular season, when he averaged 21.3 points per game. He attempted nine or fewer field goals in 11 games, an alarming number for a 7-footer with Towns’ wide array of skills, capable of scoring as a post-up player, as a spot-up shooter and off the dribble.

Thibodeau especially emphasized getting out in transition when asked how Towns should be more active against a Rockets’ defensive scheme that makes him a focal point.
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You run the floor, Thibodeau said. Kick the ball out, repost, keep moving around, search it out, get to the offensive board. You’ve got to sprint around. You learn when teams are double-teaming you — that’s what you have to do. You have to make the right play. You also have to get to positions in which it’s difficult for them to double-team you. Transition’s a big part of that. You’ve got to run the floor.

Golden Knights go from long shot to favorite to win Cup

The Vegas Golden Knights are now co-favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to the Westgate Sportsbook. That’s a stunning turnaround considering the NHL’s newest expansion team opened the season with 200-1 odds.

As of Wednesday, the Golden Knights are tied with the Nashville Predators with 4-1 odds.

Station Casinos in Las Vegas are among those trying to capitalize on the Golden Knights phenomenon, offering free bets on the team to casino loyalty members who come in to one of their establishments on April 23.

Of the 64 expansion teams among the four major U.S. sports leagues since 1960, no team posted a winning record in their first season — until Vegas.

The Golden Knights will face the winner of the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks series in the next round. San Jose leads the series 3-0.

After tumbling to the ice, Couturier threw his stick against the boards in anger. He was assisted off the ice.

The Flyers trail the Penguins 2-1 in their best-of-seven first-round series. Couturier leads the team in postseason scoring with a goal and two assists.

Bryant has been stressing to Mitchell all season the importance of sprinting to the corner when he’s filling an outside line in transition, trying to break him of his habit of settling on the wing. That’s in large part because the corner 3 is a much more efficient shot, particularly for Mitchell, who made 48.5 percent of his attempts from the corners this season, compared to 32.5 percent of above-the-break 3s.

It’s also due to the impact on spacing, opening avenues for teammates by forcing a defender to account for Mitchell all the way into the corner.

“I know this might sound bad, but I hope that he misses those shots at the break,” Bryant says. “So I can be like, ‘The basketball gods are rewarding you for getting to the corner.'”jets_010

With the NFL draft two weeks away, the Patriots have been connected to Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Tom Brady, or whoever mans his social media accounts, seems to be a fan of the quarterback who could some day replace him.
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On Wednesday, the NFL Network published an Instagram image of Jackson and Patriots coach Bill Belichick, with a quote from analyst Bucky Brooks.

I believe after watching Deshaun Watson tear up his defense, he said, ‘I want a player like Lamar Jackson,’ Brooks said.
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Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders posted a comment on the picture supporting Jackson, to which Brady’s account replied, [Jackson is] a beast!!!! followed by a thumbs-up emoji.

Of Gettleman’s 28 picks with the Panthers, 14 were defensive players, 13 were offensive players and his very last selection, at No. 233 overall Craig Anderson Womens Jersey last year, was for a kicker, Harrison Butker. Gettleman has taken six defensive backs, five defensive linemen, five running backs, four offensive linemen, three linebackers, two wide receivers, two tight ends and the one kicker. He didn’t pick a single quarterback, though he inherited Cam Newton, the No. 1 pick in 2011.

In his first draft for the Panthers, Gettleman sent a message and attracted a share of skepticism when he used his first two picks on defensive tackles, Lotulelei and Kawann Short.

The Cubs are pushing their rotation back a second day with Tyler Chatwood — originally scheduled to pitch Sunday against Atlanta — starting Tuesday and Jon Lester going Wednesday. St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright will have his start moved back a day to Tuesday. But the Cardinals will go with Luke Weaver instead of Michael Wacha on Wednesday.

The postponement was the third on the Cubs’ first homestand of the season — and second in as many days. Sunday’s series finale against Atlanta got pushed back to May 14 because of rain.

Kids Marcus Allen Jersey There were 21 postponements in the majors through Sunday.

The Cubs were hoping to get Anthony Rizzo (lower back tightness) back from the 10-day disabled list on Monday. But the postponement delayed the three-time All-Star’s return.

The Cardinals activated infielder Jedd Gyorko (strained right hamstring) and reliever Luke Gregerson (strained left hamstring) and optioned right-hander Mike Mayers and infielder Yairo Munoz to Triple-A Memphis.

NFL wants special investigator to look into concussion settlement fraud

The NFL is seeking the appointment of a special investigator to address what it claims is widespread fraud of its concussion settlement with former players — another step in a growing feud between the sides.
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In a filing Friday to the U.S. District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania, the league said nearly half the claims it has received have been red-flagged for audit. Of that, more than 400 Aaron Dell Youth jersey have been rejected after an independent claim administrator found them to be fraudulent.

To date, more than 20,000 former players are part of the class eligible to share in a settlement that is uncapped but could approach $1 billion over its 65-year life. The settlement has approved 377 awards, according to its website, and is committed to more than $411 million in monetary awards.

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We have previously expressed concerns about potentially fraudulent claims and agree the appointment of a special investigator is appropriate, Seeger said. However, we will not allow this small number of claims to be used as an excuse by the NFL to deny payment to legitimately injured former players. Unlike other NFL benefits programs, this settlement is overseen by the court, and the League cannot escape its responsibility. We will make sure that former NFL players and their families receive every benefit they are entitled to under this agreement.

Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former figure skater Tonya Harding and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman are among the athletes — past and present — who will compete on Season 26 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, it was announced Friday.

Wild deny Sharks home ice for 1st round with 6-3 win

The Minnesota Wild played the season finale with more urgency even though it was the San Jose Sharks who had something at stake.
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Jason Zucker scored twice in the second period, Eric Staal matched the franchise record for goals in a season and the Wild denied San Jose home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 6-3 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night.

I wasn’t going to miss that one, Staal said. It’s cool, it’s fun to have that alongside Marian, he’s a great player and a great goal scorer, so it was fun.
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He added, I think we’ve all got great intentions and want to do well out there, and we care about playing defense. That’s the thing. The strategic part of it is something that we also got to get better at, Matt Bartkowski Youth jersey but if it was a lack of spirit and care, I would be concerned. It’s more so knowing what we have to do strategically to do it.

The Warriors have been plagued by injuries to key players and are 7-9 since March 9.

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It was noted to Kerr that his postgame comments Saturday were kind and gentle compared to two days prior — and then he was asked whether kind and gentle could be the title of a future memoir.

No, my wife would have the title for my memoir, Kerr said with a laugh. She uses it on me sometimes at home. To paraphrase a poem, I think it was a British poet [John Dryden], maybe in the 18th century: ‘Beware the fury of a patient man.’ And she’s right. I’m extremely patient. But sometimes, a clipboard must break.

While the Wild were locked into the third seed in the Central Division, the Sharks needed one point to finish second in the Pacific and open the playoffs at home. Instead, San Jose lost for the fifth time in the final six games and will be forced to hit the road to start the playoffs against Anaheim in the first meeting between the rivals since the Ducks upset the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Sharks in 2009.

Jaguars work out Kellen Clemens, Austin Davis

The Jaguars have only two quarterbacks on the roster, and starter Blake Bortles is recovering from wrist surgery. Thus, Jacksonville needs another arm to go with Bortles and Cody Kessler.

Jacksonville worked out veteran quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Austin Davis, Field Yates on ESPN reports.

Clemens spent the past four seasons with the Chargers. In 12 seasons, he has played 64 games and started 21. Clemens, 34, has an 8-13 record with a 54.9 completion percentage, 4,053 yards with 16 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

Criticism of James was further fueled by a Miami “welcome rally” the following day at the team’s arena featuring cheerleaders, a brass band, plumes of white smoke, and LeBron inciting the capacity crowd by promising them “not two, not three, not four, not five, not six not seven [championships] …”

The stop in Tennessee is a bit of a homecoming chance for Matthews, who played his college football at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

A former second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, Matthews spent last year with the Buffalo Bills after a trade last August. Matthews played in 10 games with seven starts and caught 25 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown. It was a down year for Matthews after posting at least 67 catches and over 800 yards in each of his three years in Philadelphia.

NFL free agency in 2018 did not need to officially start in order for the biggest moves to unofficially happen.

So which teams have made great signings and trades so far? Which players made out like bandits with their contracts? Although everybody is trying be a “winner,” history proves an open market is bound to create some “losers,” too.

McCallum played six seasons with the Raiders (1986, 1990-94), splitting carries with Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, while early on also fulfilling his commitment to the U.S. Naval Academy. His playing career ended in gruesome fashion: In the 1994 season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, he suffered a dislocated knee, resulting in three torn ligaments and severe nerve and artery damage.

McCallum moved to Nevada shortly after his injury and now lives with his wife, Yvonne, and their four daughters in Henderson, a Las Vegas suburb. He loves the city. “Everyone’s looking to be friends,” he said. He also loves the Raiders, and, for years, envisioned bringing his new home and his former team together, but kept running into the same line of resistance.
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Karson Kuhlman lifts Minnesota Duluth past Notre Dame for Frozen Four title

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Kids Korbinian Holzer Jersey Karson Kuhlman had a goal and an assist, and the Bulldogs beat Notre Dame 2-1 on Saturday night to win the school’s second NCAA hockey championship.

The Bulldogs, who lost in last year’s final and were the last team invited to this year’s tournament, held on to beat Notre Dame for the men’s championship. They were the only non-Big Ten team in the Frozen Four.

Andrew Oglevie scored and Cale Morris made 33 saves for Notre Dame (28-10-2), winless in two national title games. The Irish lost to Boston College in 2008.

They became that team of destiny that you’re always hoping to be at the end of the year, Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said.

Minnesota Duluth lost to Denver in last year’s championship. The Bulldogs had seven seniors on that team, and then three underclassmen departed early for the NHL, including their starting goaltender.

Butler suggested the Patriots probably would have won if he played. He led New England in defensive snaps during the regular season, but in what proved to be his final game with the Patriots, he wasn’t on the field in the Super Bowl.

I never missed a game. Never missed practice or anything like that. Would we have won if I played? Probably. Maybe. I’m not sure, Butler said during an episode of SI: Under the Cover, via NESN. I would say we were short about one or two plays and I saw a couple plays out there I could have made.

Following the Super Bowl, there was speculation as to why Butler had been benched, but neither Butler nor coach Bill Belichick would open up about the incident. Butler was listed on the Patriots’ injury report with an illness the week before the Super Bowl and arrived in Minnesota one day after the team.

The only explanation Butler previously shared was when speaking with reporters after he signed a five-year contract with the Titans earlier this month. He said he never got a reason and wasn’t as locked in as (he) should be.

Did Titans uniform unveiling boost chances of hosting NFL draft in Nashville?

Amy Adams Strunk’s eyes grew as wide as saucers as the Titans’ controlling owner walked onto the stage Wednesday night on Lower Broadway, her view flooded by the estimated crowd of as many as 20,000 fans who packed the street to see the team’s new uniforms, a free Florida George Line concert and fireworks.
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The league anticipates it will determine and announce the location of both drafts during its spring meeting from May 21-23 in Atlanta.

Butch Spyridon, the president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., said the success of the Titans’ uniform unveiling Wednesday night can only aid the city’s efforts to land the NFL draft.

Given the fact that Melvin had never played at that level before, the Colts were tentative in locking up the journeyman to a long-term deal. The market didn’t find Melvin that sort of contract, but he did get an opportunity to play on a contender in signing a one-year, $6.5 million deal with Oakland, where he’ll likely start across from 2017 first-round pick Gareon Conley in a new-look Raiders secondary. It’s a relatively low-risk move for the Raiders, but given that Melvin will hit free agency after this season regardless, it’s also a low-reward opportunity.
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It was all part of an outreach for the NFFC, which began an important partnership with Estrellas del Futuro and the Government of Mexico to help grow football in Mexico.

The Yankees ‘ 7-3, 14-inning to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night turned out to be worse than they originally thought.

Before Orioles pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez hit a tie-breaking grand slam off reliever Jonathan Holder, four players in manager Aaron Boone’s lineup were forced to leave the game due to injuries and illnesses, and by night’s end there was optimism all of the issues were minor.

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They weren’t, and Yankees made several roster moves before Saturday’s 1:05 game.

Although catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Tyler Wade are still on the roster after departing Friday’s game early,left-hander CC Sabathia and third baseman Brandon Drury on the 10-day disabled list.

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Saints hoping draft goes as well this year as last

The New Orleans Saints started the 2017 draft with five picks in the first three rounds, and Colton Schmidt Authentic Jersey they added a sixth selection by trading their 2018 second-round pick for the third-round pick that became running back Alvin Kamara.
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Donnie Jones announced his retirement in February, but the former Philadelphia Eagles punter is already aiming for a return to the gridiron.

Ken Harris, Jones’ agent, told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the punter requested his release from the Eagles’ reserve/retired list, as Jones wishes to continue his football career. The Eagles granted Jones’ request on Wednesday and now he’ll be able to gauge where he’ll potentially play for his 15th NFL season.
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Jones leaves Philly as the team’s all-time leader in gross (45.4) and net punting average (40.5) and punts inside the 20 (138). He’s also the franchise’s single-season leader in punts inside the 20 (34, 2014) and net punting average (41.6).

Yet as the process rolls on, the former Louisville star is a lightning rod in more ways than one. Jackson, a potential first-round pick, is without an agent 鈥?bucking the traditional NFL M.O.
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Officially, Jackson’s mother, Felicia Jones, is listed as his agent with the players’ union. But Jones isn’t an actual agent. She is the point person for Team Jackson 鈥?the people tapped as advisers. There’s an attorney, a business manager, a marketing representative 鈥?but no agent.

Bottom line: Jackson believes he doesn’t need one as he enters a world with a rookie wage scale.

I know coming in as a rookie, an agent doesn’t really negotiate anything, Jackson explained. You’re going to get the salary you’re going to get. I decided I don’t need him. He’s going to be taking a big cut out of my paycheck 鈥?and I feel I deserve it right now.

Carolina’s offense may be even worse in 2018.

Last season, the Carolina Panthers ranked 19th in the NFL in total offense at 323.7 yards per game. They ran the ball well—they were fourth in the NFL at 131.4 yards per game—but they had fifth-worst passing attack (192.3 yards per game).

Losing tailback Jonathan Stewart, who averaged 3.4 yards per carry last season, may not seem like a big deal, but he was the team’s grinder and leading rusher (198 carries). Christian McCaffrey is a versatile, talented young back, but he can’t tote the rock for 350-plus carries. Cam Newton already ran the ball too many times last year (139).

Boone added that Andujar will give the Yankees someone to play third base and first base, and that he will get time as a designated hitter as they reshuffle their lineup.

We have a depth chart that keeps getting reworked, reworked, reworked, general manager Brian Cashman said.

McKinney tweeted to thank fans for their well-wishes.

Warren will be evaluated in the coming days as the Yankees try to access how to move forward either with or without him as a relief option.

The Yankees are reeling from a spate of outfielder injuries.

A spokesman for Manafort, who is under a court gag order, declined to comment.

Manafort has acknowledged staying in frequent contact with Kilimnik during the time he worked for Trump’s campaign, including meeting with him in person in May 2016 and again in August 2016, about two weeks before Manafort resigned as Trump’s campaign chairman.

A Manafort spokesman expressed confidence in June that investigators would ultimately conclude that Manafort’s interactions with Kilimnik were perfectly permissible and not in furtherance of some conspiracy.

The information about the FBI’s assessment of the Manafort associate came in a court filing related to the upcoming sentencing of London attorney Alex van der Zwaan, whose firm worked with Manafort when he served a political consultant in Ukraine.patriots_011