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Richard Sherman says Jimmy Garoppolo was major reason for signing with 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo was a major reason Richard Sherman decided to sign with the 49ers.

“I watched how he moved down the stretch, I watched how poised he was,” Sherman said. “I had conversations with his teammates, I had conversations with the head coach about how they coach him, about how he approaches the game. And just seeing his demeanor and seeing how he interacts with his teammates, I think I made a fantastic decision [to join the 49ers].”

Sherman registered 35 total tackles and two interceptions in nine games with the Seahawks last season. He injured his Achilles in November and missed the rest of the season.

With one out in the seventh, Ketel Marte, who was thrown out earlier in the game trying to stretch a single, took off from first base on John Ryan Murphy’s sinking liner to center. Marte had already rounded second as Cain made a diving catch and was easily doubled off. Dyson led off the eighth with a walk but was called out on an attempted steal after he slid past the base.

We preach aggressiveness but smart aggressiveness, Lovullo said. “Tonight was a bit too much.”

Diamondbacks: Steven Souza Jr. is back on the 10-day disabled list. Souza originally strained his right pectoral muscle during spring training and didn’t start his big league season until May 3. He reinjured the muscle on a throw Friday night against the New York Mets. OF Socrates Brito was recalled from Triple-A Reno.ravens_015

Adrian Peterson says he’s healthy, ready to ‘show people I’m still the best’

Adrian Peterson says he’s healthy, ready to ‘show people I’m still the best’ More SportsPulse: Now that the dust has settled from the NFL draft, Trysta Krick looks at the biggest questions facing every NFC team ahead of training camp.

The Dallas Cowboys have one of the league’s best offensive lines, and they have plenty of depth as well thanks to the presence of players like guard Joe Looney. The former Wake Forest standout has six years of NFL experience and 13 starts under his belt.

Though Looney has only made three starts over the last two years for the Cowboys, he still has a ton of value as one of the better backups in the NFL.

Dallas’ problem is a lack of cap space. The Cowboys have just over $8 million available, which may incentivize them to cut Looney and save $1 million. That would weaken Dallas’ depth at the position, but the drafting of Texas’ Connor Williams would make Looney’s departure easier to take.

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When I look at things, I tend to look at astrology to get insight, Williams told the financial outlet.

The insight that got me interested in Bitcoin was the planet Uranus is about to enter into Taurus, Williams told CNBC.

Giggles uncontrollably while inserting Uranus joke.

Though Ankou may not excite casual fans, consider this. If he can be a contributor on the league’s most dominant defense as a rookie, he could almost certainly help your favorite team. Other franchises will jump at the chance to add him on a $555,000 salary.

A few years ago, Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West appeared to be one of the league’s young rising stars. He tallied 848 yards from scrimmage, averaged 4.0 yards per carry and scored five combined rushing and receiving touchdowns in 2015.colts_043

Report: Peyton Manning considering offer to join Panthers ownership group

A guy who spent plenty of time in North Carolina in connection with his playing career could be spending plenty more time there as part of his post-playing activities.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is considering an offer to become part of the potential Panthers ownership group led by billionaire Ben Navarro.

However it plays out, everyone will need to get more information about the specifics of this rule before the games start.

You pointed it out, free safety, if the right spot were there would we have done something, absolutely. But it just didn’t work out that way and we certainly didn’t want to push the issue. We had to make a few tough decisions on whether to go with another need or the free safety need. But we feel like, overall, we’re very comfortable and confident where we are. But there’s still a lot of work to do between now and the start of the season.

Since the arbitration process is now independent, a legal challenge to the ruling has almost no chance (more accurately, no chance at all) of prevailing. The PED policy gives the NFLPA’s executive director the ability to petition the Commissioner to vacate or reduce the discipline, if there are “extraordinary circumstances” to support such action, but good luck with that.

So, basically, it’s over. And if Ingram truly was taking a banned substance that isn’t a PED or an illegal substance for which a therapeutic use exemption could have been obtained, that’s on Ingram for failing to seek and obtain the TUE. Otherwise, it’s a case of strict liability. Test positive, get suspended.

And even though the agents now claim Ingram didn’t test positive for a performance enhancing substance, they concede he tested positive for a substance banned by the policy. Which means it is a PED, by definition.orioles_012

NFL schedule 2018: Dates, kickoff times for International Series games in London, Mexico

The NFL’s 2018 London Games schedule, released Thursday morning, will feature a series of firsts, including a new stadium’s debut as an NFL venue and three teams — the Super Bowl champion Eagles among them — playing regular-season games in England for the first time.

Cleveland outscored Indiana 32-17 in the third, when the Pacers shot just 5 for 16 (31 percent) and committed seven turnovers.

“We didn’t do anything new,” said guard Jose Calderon, who started his second game in place of George Hill. “We were just more aggressive.”

Timetable: Curry on Thursday participated in his first full practice since suffering a Grade 2 left MCL sprain in his left knee on March 23. The injury caused him to miss the team’s past 14 games. Curry is listed as questionable for Saturday’s second-round Game 1 against the Pelicans.

Kevin Pelton on Curry: Players have not shot as well from 3-point range after returning from a Grade 2 MCL sprain as expected. After suffering a Grade 1 MCL sprain (a less severe injury) in the 2016 playoffs, Curry was, in fact, less accurate on 3s when he returned, shooting 40.2 percent compared to 45.4 percent during the regular season. But the larger issue for Curry was inside the arc; he shot 56.6 percent on 2s during the regular season and just 48.5 percent in the playoffs. Of course, every player and every injury is unique, so the average performance of all players with the same injury is only a guide to what we can expect. But the broader history suggests that a repeat of 2016 is unlikely. Golden State should expect to get Curry back at something close to full strength.

This year, that is especially true. All four of the upcoming conference semifinal series fall into “too close to call” territory. The edge in each series will be determined by things such as matchups, goaltending and which big-time players step up when called upon.

With that said, let’s have a look at some of the numbers that tell us how each series could play out.

In two years, Stanford went 1-2 against Darnold, though he only played sparingly in the lone loss in 2016, the final game before he took over full-time as the USC quarterback. This past season, Darnold torched the Cardinal, throwing for 641 yards on 38-of-50 passing and six touchdowns in two wins. steelers_033

Saints likely looking for diamonds in the rough with fewer picks on first two days of NFL draft

Mickey Loomis has already gotten the question a couple of times this offseason, and it’s sure to come up again in the days leading up to this weekend’s NFL draft.

Will the Saints be able to match the success of their last two drafts, the two cycles under assistant general manager Jeff Ireland and the scouting staff the organization revamped after the 2015 draft?

What’s the most important thing coaches learn under Pop? “Probably the most important would be the relationships with the players,” Udoka says.

“Anybody can do Xs and Os and game plan for a team and scheme. Pops got all the bases covered, he’s great in all areas but he’s the best at relating to the players. Building a relationship with those players.

“Obviously, showing he cares for them is a big part of it. That’s the thing I’ll probably take away the most, the overall relationship with players. Once they know you care about them you can coach them a certain way and they allow you to coach them, but if it was that easy anybody that has a job would be able to coach guys and that’s not always the case,” he adds.

Rapoport’s report comes shortly after Bryant posted a video on his Instagram of him working out with Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants also had made a move to clear space at wide receiver by parting ways with free agent bust Brandon Marshall, prompting speculation that the team could be making room at the inn for Bryant.

Behind Thompson and Durant, the defending champions stretched their lead to 19 points at its widest margin and held on against a Spurs squad that is still trying to make do with Kawhi Leonard indefinitely residing in New York.

One might also deduce that Popovich potentially made a veiled comment directed right at Leonard when Popovich was asked about Aldridge’s big night.

“LaMarcus has been a monster all year long,” Popovich said. “He’s led our team at both ends of the floor. He doesn’t complain about a darned thing out on the court. He just plays through everything. I can’t imagine being more proud of a player as far as playing through adversity and being there for his teammates night after night after night. He’s been fantastic.”

Weston Richburg heading to 49ers on five-year deal

The 49ers continue to put pieces in place for their new quarterback, and now he has someone new to protect him.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the 49ers are signing Giants center Weston Richburg to a new five-year deal when the league year opens tomorrow.

The 49ers had just signed center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year, $12 million extension this offseason, but now either have excellent depth or some interior flexibility.

That mix of skills made Lewis a popular target over the last two days. They also make him a good fit as a complement to Derrick Henry in the Titans backfield.

He has spent his entire career with the Giants after he was drafted by the franchise seven seasons ago.

During his time with the team, he was selected to the Pro Bowl two times (2011 and 2012).

The deal for Cousins also will be fully guaranteed, which means that the Vikings will have to pay mostly all of that money into escrow at signing, as part of an outdated rule aimed at protecting ers from potentially insolvent teams.

Cousins will never be insolvent. He made $19.95 million in 2016 and $23.94 million in 2017, and he’ll make another $84 million over the next three. That’s a total of $127.89 million and an average of $25.578 million.

Glasgow came down with a toe injury camp and missed a couple weeks of practice, which helped ensure would win the job on opening day.his next and last at-bat, he lined out to Bumgarner.The Bruins have recorded 14 total goals the under, more than any other three-game stretch this under fired coach Julien.

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It’s been one wild ride for the teams in the Big Apple so far.

New York hasn’t had a bad free-agency run by any means, not after hitting a primary need in signing Nate Solder and attempting to fix the backfield with Jonathan Stewart. But the team is going to need some more flexibility financially, and Ogletree’s mistake of a contract is the big red flag.

Not to be outdone by the Giants, the New York Jets have made splash after splash, starting at the quarterback position with both Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. Inking a lockdown corner like Trumaine Johnson makes them one of the period’s biggest winners.

Oakland already signed receiver Griff Whalen and has otherwise had a ho-hum trip to market, bringing back defensive tackle Justin Ellis and signing tight end Derek Carrier. But an influx of talent at wideout is a continued must, especially now that it gave the team the flexibility to shake free of Crabtree’s $7.7 million cap hit, per Schefter.

Ripple effects from the early moves are clear. There are teams yet to fill major holes, others with salary right at the brim and possible deals still awaiting conclusion.

Based on what’s happened so far, we’ll look for one move each front office still needs to make this offseason.

Previously covered the Saints for the Times-Picayune from 2013-2016 Follow on Twitter Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Quarterback Matt Barkley has signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, it was announced Saturday.

He will serve as the backup to starter Andy Dalton.

Barkley, 27, was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.

The USC product most recently played for the Chicago Bears in 2016, but he was with the San Francisco 49ers in training camp last year and was signed midseason by the Arizona Cardinals but never played. patriots_146

MLB free agency: Jonathan Lucroy reportedly reaches deal with Athletics

The Athletics have reached agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy, reports.

The two-time All-Star has been the most prominent free-agent catcher this offseason, and had been expected to command a multiyear deal, but in a slow market that apparently didn’t happen.

Let’s just say Ohtani probably didn’t pack multiple rain jackets on his flight from Japan.

So, yeah, of course it rained on the back fields of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex Wednesday, where Ohtani and his fellow pitchers (and catchers) conducted their first official workout of the spring. It started sprinkling a few minutes after 11 a.m., while Ohtani was playing catch with fellow right-hander Felix Pena. It picked up a few minutes later, when Ohtani’s group of pitchers ran through drills covering first base on Field No. 2. The rain slowed a bit as the group moved to an outfield-less infield for bunt-fielding drills.

His goals have not diminished since he made it to MLB at the age of 20 and they continue to get higher.

“I don’t want to be one of the top [players]; I want to be the top one,” Correa told “That’s what everybody wants to do. That’s why we play.”

Correa is just 23-years-old. He won’t turn 24 until September, but he has already won the American League Rookie of the Year award, been selected to an All-Star game, and won a World Series with the Astros in 2017.

He isn’t done though. He has his sights set on one more award, even if he doesn’t necessarily think he has to win it this year.

“MVP is something I don’t want to retire without winning one,” he said. “It would be like a dream come true…That’s amazing. I don’t know if it’s this year, but at some point, I’d like to win that, and I’ll just try to improve my game every single day to try to accomplish that.”

LaVar Ball to serve as head coach of sons’ Lithuanian team

LaVar Ball continues to move up in the basketball world.

Ball will serve as head coach Sunday for Vytuatas’ game against Jonavos Jonava in the final matchup of the Big Baller Brand Challenge Games, the team announced.

Ball had previously served as assistant coach during Vytuatas’ 147-142 win over BC Dzukija earlier this week.

If you go with eight teams or fewer, your rosters will be stacked with plenty of star power, though you can counter that by enlarging the size of each team’s roster, like using two starters at every position or several utility players. This can be a fun way to get the ball rolling if you are a newbie.

Ten teams is the traditional size of most leagues. The player pool is deep enough that each team has stars, but managers will still have the challenge of picking up free agents and players who are getting hot.

George is averaging 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game on the season.

For a greater challenge, try using 12 or 14 teams. In bigger leagues like that, the player pool is thinned out enough that managers will need to have knowledge of lesser-known players in order to succeed.

Rosters: Standard rosters include one catcher (C), one first baseman (1B), one second baseman (2B), one shortstop (SS), one third baseman (3B), one middle infielder (MI) — filled by a 2B/SS, one corner infielder (CI) — filled by a 1B/3B, five outfielders (OF), one utility (UTIL) spot — filled by any position, nine pitchers (P), and three bench (BE) spots. Those who are on your bench are players who are on your roster but not in your starting lineup.

The fun part of fantasy baseball is all of these options can be adjusted however you see fit. Every league is a little different, and some league commissioners find certain roster settings more fun than others. The options are endless, really.

NBA trade rumors: Thunder eyeing Avery Bradley after Andre Roberson injury

The Thunder need to do something in the wake of losing forward Andre Roberson for the season, and it looks like their short-term plans include pursuing Clippers guard Avery Bradley who Los Angeles recently acquired in the Blake Griffin trade.

According to the Washington Post, the Thunder have expressed interest in acquiring Bradley who would give Oklahoma City a very similar player to Roberson.

According the the Boston Herald, the Celtics are actively pursuing trades for Clippers guard Lou Williams and Grizzlies guard/forward Tyreke Evans.

Williams, who is averaging 23.5 points and 5.2 assists per game, has been linked to multiple teams as the NBA trade deadline looms on Feb. 8.

The sophomore appears capable of providing the requisite shooting needed to space the floor after struggling from the foul line during his freshman season. At this point, Bridges is a career 37.9 percent 3-point shooter on 285 attempts. He hoists more than seven 3s per 40 minutes and is shooting an impressive 88.8 percent from the foul line. That’s up from 68.5 percent last season and drastically swings his projected NBA 3-point numbers from league average to the high 30s. Bridges has converted 36.4 percent of his NBA range 3s this season.

Jordan, 29, is averaging 11.6 points and 14.9 rebounds per contest in 46 games this season.

The second start of his NBA career was not going to be easy for guard Terry Rozier, not after wowing in his first start on Wednesday, in which he posted a 17-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist triple-double. But, on Friday, he handled himself well against the Hawks: 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting to go with seven rebounds in a Boston win without injured point guards Kyrie Irving or Marcus Smart.

“When you come off the bench you don’t know exactly the timing,” Rozier said. “You should come out aggressive and the same mindset and be ready no matter if you’re starting or not. But like I said, if you are starting you can just think about it all day and know you’re starting so it’s just a little different.”

For an added bonus, the Celtics got a big day from rookie forward Jayson Tatum, who scored a career-high 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting. Tatum’s last three performances (he had 20 points two games ago and 15 on Wednesday) have helped alleviate some concerns about his flagging production in January.