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NFL Draft 2018: A parrot will help announce the Buccaneers’ fourth-round pick

In recent years, the NFL has allowed Day 3 of the NFL Draft to be fun and loose, letting teams have guests to announce their later draft picks.
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The Buccaneers will take it to another level this year, having a parrot deliver their fourth-round selection.

Zsa Zsa, a Catalina Macaw, will deliver the lucky player’s name to a person aboard a pirate ship stationed at the Buccaneers’ stadium. While it’s not as cool as the parrot actually saying the name, it’s something … different.

Some of the other special guests for Day 3 of the draft include students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School announcing for the Dolphins and the U.S. Curling team, which won gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics, announcing for the Vikings.

Authentic Mens Curtis Granderson Jersey St. Louis outfielder Tommy Pham was removed in the third inning after suffering a head laceration while warming up in the underbelly of the stadium prior to his second at bat of the game.

I was in the cages working on my swing, Pham said. My barrel went back and hit the band of this contraption and drilled me in the head. When blood started gushing down, I had to get that fixed.

Pham said no stitches were needed. He passed concussion protocol and had his head wrapped in a big bandage, but was able to joke about it after the game.

It damaged my modeling career, Pham said. Authentic Alex Pietrangelo Jersey We’ll see how many ladies still like me.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 3.29) will face St. Louis RHP Carlos Martinez (2-1, 1.42) in the final game of the three-game series Thursday. The Mets are 5-0 in Syndergaard’s starts. Martinez has not allowed a run his last 18 innings.

Danny Woodhead Game Jersey In the postseason, the Eagles defeated the Falcons 15-10 to make it to the NFC Championship against the Vikings. A win over Minnesota paved their way to the Super Bowl, where they defeated Tom Brady and the Patriots, 41-33.

This marks the third time since 2005 the Eagles opened against the Falcons. Both meetings were in Atlanta, and the Eagles lost both times.

Mickey Loomis: Draft approach the same as last year

At this point last year the Saints were coming off of three straight 7-9 seasons that had some thinking it would be time to shake up the organization if things remained the same in 2017.
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Things didn’t remain the same. The Saints went 11-5, won the NFC South and won a playoff game for the first time since 2012 thanks in part to a draft class that featured the offensive and defensive rookies of the year. That puts the Saints in different circumstances than they were in a year ago, but General Manager Mickey Loomis said Wednesday that the approach to the draft will remain more or less the same.

I was young and dumb. I made a mistake, but I’ve moved on. I learned from it and hopefully my coaching staff and teammates welcome me with welcoming arms and I’m gonna go from there and earn their respect every day.

Packers took Washington cornerback Kevin King with the first pick of the second round last season and Alexander adds another young corner to their defense.

Green Bay received No. 18 and a seventh-round pick, No. 248, from Seattle to move up nine spots and get Alexander. The Seahawks received the No 27 overall pick, the No. 76 overall pick in the third round and a sixth-round pick, No. 186 overall. Seattle wouldn’t have had a selection until the No. 120 overall pick in the fourth round if they had stayed put and made a selection.
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In the current debate over digital measurements, it could be a matter once again of not trusting the technology that Nielsen is touting.
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The problem is we were supposed to have this sorted out like two years ago and they would make an announcement and they’d say, ‘OK, it’s going to roll out in Q2 of whatever,’ and they’d miss the target, Crupi said. Then there’d be another announcement and you’d have a lot of reports restlessly tracking this stuff, and everybody’s got an excuse on all sides. Nielsen says the software Eric Weems Jersey has to be implemented by the networks and the operators 鈥?and the networks and media buyers are saying the software’s buggy, it doesn’t work.

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.”
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Earl Thomas skips start of Seahawks workouts

The disappointment is when you get close to your teammates, and they’re not here anymore — and especially when they’re not here, they’re playing somewhere else. But the organization is making decisions that they feel like are in best interest for our team, and you’ve got to trust the process.
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Davis, the 2017 first-round pick who suffered a concussion in the second game of his career and had to miss the next two games last year, said today that he doesn’t think the rule will be difficult for players to adhere to.

[The new rule is] definitely something that’s going to take care of us as players, Davis said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

The problem is that the NFL, which passed the rule last month, still has not explained to players, coaches, fans or the media what exactly will constitute a penalty under the new rule. So it is impossible for Davis to say how hard it will be to adhere to the rule. But Davis knows the intent of the rule is to prevent head and spine injuries, and he supports that.
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I’ve reached out to him, Weddle said. Dez is an amazing player, passionate, competitive, everything you want in a teammate. For a guy like that who just came off a tough situation, you just want what’s best for him and where he feels comfortable.

Weddle didn’t say if he and Bryant have connected, but said he’ll lay out the pros and cons of life with the Ravens because he’s a straight shooter on such topics. He added he didn’t have many cons to report, so we’ll see if Weddle’s words help pave a path to Baltimore.

Olsen said his agent and general manager Marty Hurney haven’t gotten into Authentic Marcus Stroman Jersey anything significant” as far as an extension. But Olsen said he was upfront and honest with Hurney and coach Ron Rivera about the interview with ESPN, making it clear to them his preference was to continue to play even though his long-term goal is to be in sports broadcasting.

I told them, ‘Obviously you guys know I love to play. I still feel I can play at a high level,’ Olsen said. I would love to continue to play here past this year if that is in the cards.

Will Giants draft Eli’s successor with Eli on the roster?

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning hasn’t discussed his future with the team. Depending on what happens in 15 days, a discussion may be necessary.
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If the Giants select a quarterback with the second overall pick in the draft, they’ll have a potentially awkward mess, with Eli still the starter, the hotshot rookie looming, and the back pages of the tabloids generating large-type puns whenever and wherever they can.

The Blazers also are battling injuries. Guard Evan Turner sustained a bruised right toe while colliding with E’Twaun Moore and played less than five minutes in the second half. Starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a left leg bruise in the third quarter after colliding with Anthony Davis and did not return.

Pelicans forward Niko Mirotic tweaked his ankle in the fourth quarter on Tuesday but remained in the game.
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It’s a position that we didn’t want to be in, Lillard said, especially when you start on your home court. But we’re competitors. As a competitor, the challenge should be fun. You don’t want to be in this position … but it should be fun and we should accept that challenge. If not, then it could be a quick series.

Darius Slay, Glover Quin and Christian Jones have $250,000 workout bonuses this spring, and Theo Riddick has a $125,000 workout bonus. Nine other players will pocket $100,000 for the effort.

That’s one way to keep people in the building for the team-building and conditioning phase of the year, but the reality is, guys who want to make teams are there anyway.

The game-winning goal on Tuesday came from Brayden McNabb, who played the previous three seasons for the Kings before being selected by Vegas in the expansion draft. It was McNabb’s first postseason goal.

I’m not a huge offensive guy, but to get a goal and get our team going felt pretty good. I was just happy to get the team going, he said.

As Vegas prepared to leave Staples Center after the franchise’s first playoff series win and sweep Tuesday night, Gallant couldn’t help but Womens Wil Lutz Jersey recall the incredible journey of his first year as the team’s first head coach.

new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman have already said the young cornerback has a clean slate.

The offseason workout program opens Monday, and when it J.J. Jansen Youth jersey does, that clean slate starts for Apple, whose immaturity surfaced in his second NFL season, bottoming out with his one-game suspension.
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Day 1 is Monday, new defensive coordinator James Bettcher said Wednesday. That is how I will answer that. Day 1 is Monday and every guy that walks in that room, Day 1 is Monday. So, whatever happened before 鈥?whether it was here or whether it was with a different team, guys that we draft, whether it was in college 鈥?whatever it was that has happened with guys 鈥?Day 1 is the first day those guys walk in the building, and we’re going to build from there.

The notion the Giants are ripping things apart surfaced in an ESPN report, citing an unnamed NFL general manager conveying what he believed Gettleman’s strategy to be. Gettleman denies this is his approach and a source with knowledge of his thinking told The Post this is not a complete roster teardown but, rather, an attitude reset.
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Maybe it was misconstrued as far as tearing it down, the source said. I think Dave is adamant, I’ll rephrase that, I know Dave is adamant about getting rid of the guys in the locker room that are not all-in. If that can be construed as tearing it down, so be it. If you’re not totally committed to the New York Giants, your ass is out.

You walk by a guy and you’re afraid you’re going to get touched, Davis told the New York Times as part of an extensive piece, published Tuesday. Every girl dreads going out there before the games. We didn’t feel very important because we were literally thrown into the mix with the fans. Who would throw professional cheerleaders, walking around with cash, out with drunk fans?

The Saintsations weren’t the only team with similar job requirements. Before the Buffalo Bills’ Jills ceased performing as a result of a lawsuit, performers were expected to sell 50 calendars per season, according to the Times, purchasing them for $10 but selling them for $15. They were allowed to keep the profit.

Although seven of the handbooks reviewed by the publication note regulations concerning personal appearance 鈥?Ravens cheerleaders would be subject to regular weigh-ins, per the 2009 handbook 鈥?how the women are instructed to carry themselves off the field is more complicated.

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Sixers great and NBA Hall of Famer Hal Greer dies at 81

Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers’ career leading scorer, has died after a brief illness, the team announced. He was 81.

Greer starred on the Wilt Chamberlain-led Sixers team that went 68-13 and won the 1966-67 NBA championship.

During the Sixers’ 1966-67 title run, Greer averaged a team-high 27.7 points over 15 playoff games and helped Philadelphia dethrone the reigning eight-year champion Boston Celtics.

Spears: Ben Simmons will become one of the elite stars this postseason. He should have been an NBA All-Star. Along with Joel Embiid, Simmons will lead the Sixers to the East finals. Say hello to the reincarnation of Magic Johnson on a much more athletic level in the fun-to-watch Simmons.

Herring: Similar to last year, when the Bucks drew the Raptors in a first-round series, Giannis will be the best player by far in his matchup. The gap will be even larger this time around, against the Al Horford-led Celtics. Boston had no real answer for him defensively, as Antetokounmpo posted 33.5 points per game against the C’s during the regular season, his second-highest mark of any opponent.

It’s not easy, that’s for sure. He’s an a–h— sometimes, Amendola told ESPN. There were a lot of things I didn’t like about playing for him, but I must say, the things I didn’t like were all in regards to getting the team better, and I respected him. I didn’t like practicing in the snow, I didn’t like practicing in the rain, but that was going to make us a better football team and that was going to make me a better football player.

It wasn’t easy, and he’d be the first to admit, at the [Super Bowl] ring ceremony, that it wasn’t easy playing for him. The silver lining was that we were at the ring ceremony.

I believe if we’re able to get a true No. 2 cornerback that’s solidified itself in this game, in this league, I think quarterbacks won’t have an option anymore, seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson said of offenses avoiding him, per ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss.

Peterson is the league’s best cornerback, yet his effectiveness is nullified when quarterbacks attack the opposite side of the field. 

Louisville’s Jaire Alexander is a 5’11, 192-pound bulldog with 4.38-second 40 speed. He’ll make plays and let everyone know it. 

But he’s fighting headwinds in the form of decades of trends.
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Evan Longoria sidelined due to lingering ankle injury

San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria has been scratched from Tuesday night’s starting lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to a flare-up of a lingering ankle injury.
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Manager Bruce Bochy said Longoria is expected to be sidelined for at least a couple of games, but he said he does not consider the injury to be serious.

The 32-year-old Longoria will be replaced in the lineup by Pablo Sandoval, who will play third and bat fifth.

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Choo added a solo homer in the sixth.

Beltre played in his 2,832nd major league game, moving past Rafael Palmeiro for sole possession of 18th place on the career list. He has 1,647 RBI, five from tying Tony Perez for 27th since RBI became an official statistic in 1920.

The Oakland Athletics have cut outfielder Trayce Thompson, the brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson.

Thompson, in his fourth major league season, was claimed by Oakland just 12 days after he was waived by the New York Yankees. But he had just two pinch-hit appearances and one start at center field since joining the A’s on April 5, going 1-for-7 in three games.

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Sense a pattern? Gettleman will gladly give up picks at the lower end of the draft to move up and get a specific player to fill a specific need. That cannot happen this year; his maneuvering in offseason trades bringing in linebacker Alec Ogletree and sending away Jason Pierre-Paul leaves the Giants with no sixth- or seventh-round pick. Gettleman has only six picks to work with, although four of them are in the top 69. There is not enough late-round fodder for any serious trade-up in any rounds this year.

Geno Smith visiting the Chargers

Geno Smith is on track to play for all the teams in the two largest cities in America.
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Executive vice president Stephen Jones said on Monday that the team will be talking to Bryant about his contract, which calls for a Jacob Josefson Authentic Jersey $12.5 million salary and a $16.5 million cap hit. On Tuesday, coach Jason Garrett said that the contract issue really doesn’t apply to the football part of Bryant’s status with the team and stressed that it is also a separate issue from the other moves at the position.

We love Dez Bryant, Garrett said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. Dez has been a great player for us for a long time. Any speculation about his contract or anything like that to me is irrelevant relative to the recent signings that we’ve made.
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Until there’s clarity about Bryant’s future with the team, it will be hard to resist wondering about what the overall makeup of the roster in Dallas means for their longtime No. 1 wideout.

Rawls had a bright start to his career with 830 yards for Seattle in 2015, but injuries have dimmed his output the last two seasons. Rawls has missed 11 games and averaged just over three yards per carry after bursting for 5.6 yards per carry during his rookie season.

Adding Rawls would make for a competitive backfield situation for the Jets as they have Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire on hand in addition to Crowell.

The Vikings finished a game short of the Super Bowl last season after going 13-3 in the regular season, but they decided to shake things up on offense.

Minnesota opted against re-signing quarterback Case Keenum and signed Kirk Cousins to a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract instead. For many, the message behind that move was that Cousins would be able to get the team over the hump that they couldn’t clear with Keenum under center.
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Coach Mike Zimmer said at the league meetings that he isn’t viewing things that way.

Steve Spurrier to coach Orlando team in Alliance of American Football

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Spurrier announced this morning that he has accepted a job as head coach of the new Orlando franchise in the Alliance of American Football, a rival league that will begin play in February of 2019.

As the draft becomes even more of a spectacle (this year, the first two nights will be broadcast by FOX, NFL Network, and ESPN), the crowds get larger and the boos necessarily become louder. With the draft happening this year at the Cowboys’ home stadium, and in light of the league’s decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games last season, the locals in attendance will feel even more compelled to make plenty of noise each time the Commissioner makes an appearance.

Last year, the league tried on the second night of the draft in Philadelphia to use fan favorites like Ron Jaworski to serve as a buffer for Goodell. It didn’t work; Jaworski was cheered, and Goodell was booed. By day three, Goodell was no longer to be seen.

If Beckham does remain with the Giants, it’s not much of a mystery what kind of role he’ll be playing. He’s been the focal point of their passing game for most of his NFL career and offensive coordinator Mike Shula said that will remain the case as he and head coach Pat Shurmur build this year’s offense.

He’s obviously a vital part of our offense, Shula said, via Newsday. When you have guys who can make plays and put points on the board you want to try to feature them as much as you can. You also have to realize you have other components and hopefully some more as we move forward through the offseason and the draft where we can put players on the field and we’re not going to be predictable. If teams want to try to take Odell away, then we’ve got other answers and good answers.