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49ers take Kentavius Street despite torn ACL

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When Trent Baalke was the General Manager of the 49ers, the team had a habit of taking players coming off serious injuries with the intent to “redshirt” them for a year before expecting on-field contributions.

Thus, it was a coup when the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins for promising young cornerback Kendall Fuller—who had four interceptions and an opposing passer rating of just 55.0 last season, according to Pro Football Focus—as well as a third-round pick, which they used to trade up to add defensive end Breeland Speaks in Round 2.

Mahomes is a strong candidate to become a franchise quarterback, and he has a much higher ceiling as well as a much lower salary than Smith. The Kansas City defense is now in better shape, too. 

Anthony was initially drafted by the Saints with the 31st overall pick in the 2015 draft, but was traded to the Dolphins for a 2018 fifth-round pick. That pick wound up as No. 147 overall and property of the Rams, who used it to select linebacker Micah Kiser.

Anthony had 15 tackles in eight games for the Dolphins last season. He’ll try for better results this year in hopes of setting himself up for another contract.

The NFL said Thursday that it will review a 1996 sexual assault allegation against Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia.

In a statement, an NFL spokesman told CNN’s Jill Martin: We will review the matter with the club to understand the allegations and what the club has learned.

Robert Snell of the Detroit News wrote an article Wednesday regarding a 1996 sexual assault allegation that Patricia was indicted on. The former New England Patriots defensive coordinator was never tried.
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Why Joe Namath thinks it’ll be ‘tough’ for Jets’ Sam Darnold to start in Week 1

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When the Jets drafted quarterback Sam Darnold third overall last month, it marked the second-highest draft position for a quarterback in franchise history.

Two solo home runs by designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton had the Yankees up, 2-0, but the Red Sox answered with a pair of RBI singles to tie the game.

Left fielder Andrew Benintendi brought home second baseman and former Yankee Eduardo Nunez to make it 2-1 in the top of the fifth. Nunez reached on a wild pitch on a strike out to start the inning.

Strait was one of four AHL players within the Devils’ organization eligble for unrestricted free agency on July 1. Forwards Michael Latta, Bracken Kearns and Ben Thomson can all become UFAs if they don’t sign new deals by then.

Does Red Sox lineup vs. Yankees include Mookie Betts (shoulder)?

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts will be in the lineup on Tuesday, batting leadoff when Boston opens a three-game series with the Yankees, according to manager Alex Cora.

Betts leads the majors with 13 home runs and a.355 batting average.

He left Boston’s 6-1 win against the Texas Rangers on Sunday after being hit with a throw in the shoulder while running the bases. sharks-009

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Picking Dante Pettis provides 49ers with new weapon for Jimmy Garoppolo

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As the son of a former major league baseball player and current coach, new San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis didn’t get to share his NFL moment with his father Friday night.

That’s because Gary Pettis, who played 11 seasons in the majors, was busy coaching third base for the Houston Astros against the Oakland Athletics as the NFL draft’s second round was playing out.

The Pettis family athletic legacy isn’t limited to Gary and Dante Pettis. Dante’s cousin, Austin, also was a wide receiver and a 2011 third-round pick of the then-St. Louis Rams. Dante’s brother, Kyler, is currently an actor appearing on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” Dante said having a professional athlete as a father only helped guide the way to his own journey to the NFL.

“It was awesome growing up,” Dante said. “I’ve been around professional sports my whole life. I already have the lay of the land. Obviously, football is a little bit different than baseball, but for the most part, it’s still a professional sport. They all go about their business pretty much the same way. I’m just excited to actually be here now.”

There were only 34 Russian skaters in the NHL last season, but five of the NHL’s top 20 scorers hail from that country. Fourteen of the Russians in the NHL had at least 30 points last season as well. Teams will continue making gambles on these players in the draft.

The safety net is that once a player is drafted out of the Russian system, the team basically holds his draft rights in perpetuity due to the lack of a formal player agreement between the NHL and KHL. When that player wants to come over, if he ever does, his options are often limited to the team that drafted him, unless a trade can be made.

There are quite a few intriguing prospects who recently completed their KHL seasons and are worth tracking a little more closely. Some are under KHL contract for a few more years, and while it used to be moderately common for a player to buy out the remainder of his contract to bolt to the NHL, it is my understanding that is no longer a viable option in most cases. Therefore, we’re seeing more players stay in Russia longer than they might have in the past.
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On his back, Giannis carries Bucks to force decisive Game 7

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Giannis Antetokounmpo made Game 7 a reality for the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

After taking only 10 shots in a Game 5 loss on Tuesday night, Antetokounmpo knew he had to be more aggressive and assertive in finding ways to lift his team’s offense — so that’s exactly when it mattered most late in a 97-86 victory over the Boston Celtics. The 23-year-old superstar finished with 31 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists, carrying his team down the stretch. The visceral performance helped even up the series at 3-3 and forced a winner-take-all Game 7 in Boston on Saturday night.

As the game came to a close, Bucks fans gave their team a rousing standing ovation, chanting “Bucks in 7!” as the final horn sounded in what could be the final game played at the Bradley Center. If the Bucks want to keep their current home open for a couple of more weeks, they must find a way to win at TD Garden — something they have yet to do in this series. Does Antetokounmpo have another monster night left in what has been a grueling series for both teams? The Bucks certainly believe he does as they walk into the most important game of their season knowing that the best player on the floor wears Milwaukee cream and green.

Detroit and Pittsburgh will make up the game with a straight doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 4:05 p.m.

This is the second time the teams will play a doubleheader this season and the third time they’ve had to reschedule due to weather. Wintry conditions pushed back Opening Day at Comerica Park on March 29 and their game on March 31 was also postponed. Pittsburgh swept a doubleheader from the Tigers on April 1. Detroit also had two games against the New York Yankees wiped out earlier this month.

Pittsburgh will send out Jameson Taillon (2-1, 2.86) in Game 1 against Detroit’s Jordan Zimmermann (1-0, 7.71). Chad Kuhl (2-1, 4.57), who had been scheduled to start on Tuesday and was originally slated to take the hill for the opener of the doubleheader, will face Matthew Boyd (0-1, 1.40) in the nightcap.

The Pirates have dropped six of seven following a hot start, while the Tigers have won five of seven.

Pittsburgh’s offense has cooled off during its current slide and manager Clint Hurdle believes his team’s struggles are part of a somewhat larger trend, one the weather is impacting. There could be more strikeouts than hits across the majors in a month for the first time, and Hurdle pointed to frigid temperatures as an issue.

“This has been the most challenging weather I’ve ever been a part of, and I’m not playing,” said Hurdle, who spent a decade in the majors as a player from 1977 to ’87 before going into coaching. “It’s hard to hit when it’s cold.”
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Cubs’ Kris Bryant out of lineup for 3rd straight game since beaning

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The Cubs are in a wait-and-see mode in regard to star third baseman Kris Bryant, who was hit in the helmet by a pitch in a game against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Bryant missed his third full game Thursday when the Cubs faced the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.

Bryant cleared all concussion testing the day he got hit, but the Cubs say he isn’t quite ready to return.

“I learned how resilient we are,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “I also learned the Diamondbacks are a good club. There’s a really good lineup over there.

“There’s a very athletic defense on the infield and in the outfield. It’s challenging middle of the lineup. If you don’t have your best stuff, they’re going to punish you and they did today.”

Dyson hit a two-run homer in the first and Chris Owings added an RBI double off Ben Lively (0-2) to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead.

Kelly was suspended April 18 for his role in the brawl.

“It’s disappointing,” Kelly said. “Suspensions are always not fun. Went in there and went through the appeal process. Obviously it didn’t work out too well.”

Both he and Austin threw punches after Austin rushed the mound at Fenway Park when he was hit by a pitch from the right-handed Kelly.

“I always like sticking up for myself,” he said. “It kind of helps me sleep at night going in fighting for what I believe in.”

New York has won six straight, and Austin is batting .350 with three homers and nine RBIs in his past five games, raising his average to .290.

“I obviously don’t want to be suspended at any point in time, but it’s happened, we’ve got to deal with it and move forward,” Austin said after Thursday’s game. “I’m happy they knocked one game down. I’m thankful for that.”

The Yankees managed to win the ALDS, despite the Indians completely shutting down Judge. He struck out in 16 of his 20 at-bats against the Indians last postseason, going just 1-for-20 (.050) overall.

Stanton has never hit a home run against the Indians. They’re one of just four teams Stanton has not homered against (the Orioles, the Royals and the Marlins are the others). Stanton’s career vs. the Indians: 3-for-20 (.150), with no home runs or RBIs, four walks and nine strikeouts.

The most recent meeting between the rivals … well, let’s just say it wasn’t exactly friendly.
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Red-hot Castellanos powers Tigers over Pirates 13-10

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Nicholas Castellanos is racking up hits at a remarkable rate, and the Detroit Tigers needed them in a slugfest Wednesday night.

Castellanos had four hits and a key home run, and the Tigers used 20 hits to outslug the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-10 in the opener of a doubleheader.

The teams combined for 34 hits, including four from Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera and three from Jeimer Candelario.

Castellanos was coming off consecutive three-hit games against Kansas City. He’s 10 for 15 with two homers and nine RBI in Detroit’s last three games, and he’s batting .337 for the season.

“He had a good day. Put some really nice swings out there,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Miggy, same thing. A really good day.”

Detroit added an insurance run in the ninth on a throwing error by Cervelli, the catcher, on Niko Goodrum’s tapper in front between the pitcher’s mound and home plate.

Castellanos’ two-run shot off Kyle Crick capped a five-run fourth inning and gave the Tigers an 8-6 lead. McCann led off with his homer and Cabrera hit a two-run double in the frame.

Cervelli’s single got the Pirates within 8-7 in the fifth.

However, Candelario countered with a leadoff home run in the sixth and the Tigers scored three times in the eighth to make it 12-7.

“It wasn’t one of those easy games,” Gardenhire said. “We had to finagle our way through it. Kept swinging the bats and so did they. Both teams got after it pretty good. Fortunately for us, we finally shut them down at the end. But the ball was flying all over the place, I know that.”

The play was not reviewed, and James went on to hit a buzzer-beating 3 that gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a 98-95 victory and a 3-2 series lead.

After the game, Oladipo said goaltending should have been called. That would have given Indiana a two-point lead with seconds remaining.

“I got a step on him. Felt like I even got grabbed on the way to the rim,” Oladipo said. “I tried to shoot a layup, it hit the backboard, then he blocked it. … It was a goaltend. It’s hard to even speak on it. It just sucks, honestly. It really sucks. We fought our way back, we tied the game up, that layup is huge.”

Joe Borgia, the NBA’s senior vice president of replay and referee operations, told NBA TV on Wednesday night that the play was not reviewable because goaltending was not called on the court.

“In super-slow motion, you just see the ball hit the glass and maybe come off an inch, and that’s when LeBron got it,” Borgia said. “Like I said, once the ball touches the [backboard], defenders cannot touch it, and unfortunately James did.”
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Thon Maker attributes recent surge to Kevin Garnett motivational video

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Milwaukee Bucks big man Thon Maker is in the midst of a playoff renaissance, something he has attributed in part to an Instagram video by Kevin Garnett.

“The biggest thing is having that attack mindset on both ends of the floor,” Maker said. “With him, he doesn’t care who you are in front of him if you’re playing against him. On the defensive end, [defending] your shot and protecting your teammates. The biggest thing when it comes to your teammates, him dealing with his teammates, was always touching a guy, telling him, ‘Stay up’ — keeping the guys positive.

“And then on the offensive end, just getting everybody involved, but also looking to attack because his man would be back. That’s what he was telling me: ‘If your man is back, shoot it. And tell them, How dare you back off?'”

Maker’s energy has sparked the Bucks in recent days and has been huge after John Henson had to sit out the past two games because of back soreness.

Carl Edwards Jr. worked the eighth and Brandon Morrow finished the six-hitter for his fifth save in five chances. With two outs and Ryan Braun on first, Travis Shaw flied out to the warning track in left.

“Just a really tightly, well-played baseball game,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

The Cubs had seven hits while playing without slugger Kris Bryant, who missed his third straight game after he was beaned during a victory at Colorado last weekend. Catcher Willson Contreras rested for most of the night before entering as a defensive replacement for the eighth.

Milwaukee got a two-out double in each of the first two innings but was unable to capitalize. Shaw flied out with Braun on second in the first, and Jett Bandy took a called third strike after Orlando Arcia’s hit in the second.

Anderson allowed five hits and walked one in seven innings. He had won each of his prior two starts.

“He threw a great game and I just tried to match that,” Anderson said. “And, you know, one pitch to Schwarber, I feel like if it’s up two, three inches he either pops it up or doesn’t hit it. I kind of put it where he likes it. Just one mistake.”jets_098

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Granderson’s homer in 10th gives Blue Jays win over Red Sox

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With one big throw, and an even bigger swing, Curtis Granderson gave a somber city reason to smile.

Granderson threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the ninth inning, then hit a walk-off homer in the 10th to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 4-3 win over Boston on Tuesday night and hand the Red Sox their season-worst third straight defeat.

Tyler Clippard (3-0) worked a scoreless 10th for the win as Toronto snapped a seven-game home losing streak against the Red Sox.

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was handed a 3-1 lead in the ninth but allowed the Red Sox to tie it, his first blown save in seven chances.

“It’s a big game for us,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “If you don’t win that one, that’s a kick in the teeth.”

Hanley Ramirez singled to begin the ninth, went to third on a one-out hit by Rafael Devers and scored on Eduardo Nunez’s single to right. It was the first run off Osuna this season.

Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out and Nunez stole second before Christian Vazquez walked to load the bases for Brock Holt, who scored Devers with an RBI single to left. Left fielder Granderson threw out Nunez at the plate to prevent Boston from taking the lead.

Brian Anderson singled leading off the inning against Pedro Baez (1-1) and scored on Maybin’s double to deep left field. Miami had lost eight of its previous nine and 11 of 13, including a 2-1 decision in the series opener Monday.

“Hopefully, we can start to put some momentum together and then you can start to feel like you’re going to win these games,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s the difference between good teams and teams that aren’t at that caliber. They feel like they’re going to win these games.”

Drew Steckenrider (1-0) got the win with one inning of relief. Brad Ziegler retired the side in the ninth for his second save.

Maybin was back at Dodger Stadium, where he celebrated winning the World Series in Game 7 last year with the Houston Astros. In a matter of months, the 31-year-old outfielder has gone from the sublime to the somewhat ridiculous with Miami’s losing streak.

“I always try to take a positive out of a negative,” Maybin said. “A positive is we feel like we’ve been in every game this year except for two ballgames. For a young team, it’s about, how do you finish? Being in the game is the first step and we were in every game.”

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Texans impressed by Derek Newton’s comeback work ethic

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The Texans still don’t know if right tackle Derek Newton will be able to play again at his previous level. But they know he’s working diligently toward that goal.

After signing two free-agent quarterbacks, the Cardinals are likely out on a first-round passer unless one starts to slip. Instead, they can remain in semi win-now mode and bolster their defensive line. Payne has outstanding upside.

This is an obvious fit thanks to Ozzie Newsome’s love of Alabama players. The Ravens, despite their Michael Crabtree signing, still have a need at receiver. Ridley is the best wideout in the class.

The Chargers have done a masterful job building their defense, and one more leader inside could come close to completing what has a chance to be the NFL’s top unit in 2018. Smith deserves to go higher than this, but he might slip due to positional value.

“With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said, holy Toledo, what is going on?” Edelman told the New York Times.

Police were able to determine the IP address of the boy who posted the threat. They say when police visited his house, he admitted posting it. There were two guns in the home, which belonged to his mother.

The boy is being held in a juvenile-detention center and was charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

The 2018 NFL Draft starts Thursday, April 26, and ends Saturday, April 28. The first round will be featured Thursday night, with the second and third rounds taking place Friday night; the final five rounds will be on Saturday.
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Former NFL player Bill Rademacher dies at 75

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Bill Rademacher, who played in Super Bowl III for the Jets, has died. He was 75.

The team reported his passing Tuesday.

The Jets signed Rademacher as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Michigan in 1964. He played as both a receiver and a defensive back during his five seasons with the Jets.

Presenting the seventh-annual list of role players, journeymen and castoffs thriving in unexpected circumstances around the NBA.

It just never happened. Kidd-Gilchrist is just 11-of-21 on post-ups this season, five fewer attempts than he tried last season, per NBA.com. He barely runs the pick-and-roll.

There are good reasons for all of this. With Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum on the floor, it is hard to justify shifting much off-the-bounce duty to MKG — even if plotting the chess pieces that way would loosen spacing. There is no room for another post-up threat with Dwight Howard hogging one block. Perhaps Kidd-Gilchrist hasn’t shown enough in practice.

It’s nevertheless been a difficult couple of months for Doleman, who rose to prominence three decades ago with the Vikings..

“When a doctor tells you that you have brain cancer, it changes your whole world,” Doleman said. “Those are the scariest words that you’ll ever hear in your life. When I first heard it, I was so devastated by it I couldn’t get any words out of my mouth.”

Per Tomasson, Doleman has glioblastoma. In addition to the radiation, Doleman is undergoing chemotherapy.

“We’re working on [the cancer] on a daily basis,” Doleman said. “It can heal, and it can come back. I ask Vikings fans to pray for me on a daily basis. Just one day at a time.”

Vikings fans and all football fans should say a prayer for Doleman.bills_057

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