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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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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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Nick Saban touts Minkah Fitzpatrick as a top-five pick

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A week after former UCLA coach Jim Mora was far less effusive than he arguably should have been when praising former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, Alabama coach Nick Saban has said all the right things about former Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.

“As a player, is he a top-five pick? Yeah,” Saban recently told Scott Petrak of the Elyria (Oh.) Chronicle-Telegram.

In a question about Barkley, Manning was asked what a player like that could do for the Giants’ offense.

“You never know what is going to happen on draft day,” Manning said. “The Giants, that’s why they have all the scouts and Dave Gettleman and the coaches in doing all their work to figure out who is available and who is the best player to kind of help us out going forward. There is no point in speculating who you might draft or what’s going to happen here or there, we’ve just got to wait until draft night and see what happens.”

Prior to Monday, when the players could finally open up football communication with Shurmur and the coaches, Manning said he and Davis Webb have been watching video of Shurmur’s offense with the Vikings from last season to get an idea as to what the Giants will be doing this season.

So where does that leave Bryant, who is scheduled to make $12.5 million in salary and has a $16.5 million cap hit? Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys would meet with Bryant soon.

New receivers coach Sanjay Lal has exchanged text messages with Bryant and hopes to work with the star receiver this season.

“My impressions are he’s a competitive guy,” Lal said. “Obviously he’s not happy with what happened last year in terms of his game. I’m excited to work with him and help him as much as I can.

“I think together we can go good places.”

Lal also is excited by the additions of Thompson, who he worked with in Buffalo in 2014, and Hurns, who Lal met in the recruitment process. Lal’s recommendations convinced the Cowboys to sign both receivers.bills_046

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Jake Arrieta throws four innings in first start, Phillies fall to Marlins

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Phillies’ prized right-hander  Jake Arrieta was pulled after four innings and 74 pitches in his first start with his new ballclub against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, a no-decision in a 6-3 defeat.

Arrieta was almost out of the inning without further damage after Anderson flew out, but Lewis Brinson reached on catcher’s interference and Braxton Lee flared an 0-2 pitch into left for a two-run single.

Arrieta needed 32 pitches to get through the first and there was action in the bullpen, but he settled down and allowed just one baserunner the next three innings as the Phillies rallied to tie the game. He was pulled for pinch-hitter Pedro Florimon in the bottom of the fourth.

Meanwhile, the Phillies rallied from the 3-0 deficit with two runs in the first on Odubel Herrera’s RBI double and Nick Williams’ run-scoring single in the first and Rhys Hoskins’ RBI double in the third against Miami starter Trevor Richards.

Arrieta signed a three-year, $75-million contract in spring training with options. Because he signed so late, Arrieta wasn’t ready to start the season and made his debut in Sunday’s eighth game.

The former Cy Young Award winner’s signing boosted the Phillies’ rebuilding efforts and gave a young pitching staff a veteran presence.

The right-hander was topping out at 92-93 mph. His final line was 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.

Arrieta’s next start should come Saturday in Tampa Bay. The Phillies fell to 3-5.

Manziel’s first-quarter touchdown was vintage Johnny Football — a scramble out to the right followed by an off-balance dart to the back of the end zone to former Baylor receiver Antwan Goodley.

For the first time in over two years on Saturday, Johnny Manziel took snaps in a competitive football game.

Playing in The Spring League in Austin, Texas, Manziel quarterbacked the South team for around two quarters in total, completing more than 50 percent of his passes and throwing a touchdown pass in an 11-7 loss.

Manziel was 9 of 15 for 83 yards and a touchdown, but also took three sacks. The former Cleveland Browns first-round pick had the ball down four points with just two minutes to go, but couldn’t pull off the comeback. bills_013

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For some teams drafting a quarterback high, disaster is inevitable

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With possibly four quarterbacks taken in the first five picks and five (maybe six) quarterbacks taken in the first 32 selections, each of the teams that writes the name of a quarterback on a first-round draft card will believe that they are getting a franchise-changing guy. In the end, up to half (or more) could be dead wrong.

History tells us that quarterbacks have a ceiling that can’t be determined until they’re in the NFL and either busting through it or bumping against it. Most if not all incoming players have flaws, especially the quarterbacks.

While Rodgers challenged to be the first overall pick in the draft, the 49ers chose Smith, with Rodgers falling all the way to the Packers at 24. Many observers were concerned that Rodgers was a product of Cal coach Jeff Tedford, who previously sent Akili Smith, Kyle Boller and Joey Harrington to the pros with limited success. One NFL personnel director told McGinn that Tedford quarterbacks “all throw the ball the same way,” while another said Rodgers “is very rigid mechanically.” It’s difficult to think of a quarterback in NFL history who is more fluid in getting rid of the football off-schedule than Rodgers.

The unnamed friend of Dorsey also believes that the Browns will take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley at No. 4, resisting the temptation to trade down.

Of course, it’s hard to know whether the Browns will use the pick or trade it without knowing what another team is offering for the fourth pick. But the idea of the Browns choosing not to pass the pick and stockpile more of them makes sense. Teams that have traded up in recent years have done fairly well, for the most part (and with a few significant exceptions, like the trade for RGIII).

With the Browns technically on the clock, there’s no reason for the Browns to be coy about their intentions. But there’s also no real reason to be transparent. Maybe they could still drop a spot or two and still get Allen. Maybe if they drop a spot or two hoping to get Allen but get someone else, maybe they want to be able to say that’s the guy they would have taken at No. 1.rams_065

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Besides the nationally televised game in Washington, the Jets don’t have any national TV preseason games this year.

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Their other three will be televised locally only.

Those last two opponents are the same every year. Because the Jets “visited” the Giants last year, they had just one true preseason road trip, to Detroit. The Jets also hosted the Titans.

If you are in on the Bruins, the choices are obvious. The trio of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand is a formidable one, with Torey Krug a dominant choice on defense. For secondary scoring, David Krejci is always a playoff threat, having twice already led the league in scoring for the playoffs. That makes Ryan Donato an especially good sleeper, as he gets the best of both worlds. Donato plays with Krejci at even strength and on the power play with that top line. In the crease, Tuukka Rask is always a good choice in the playoffs when the Bruins are primed for a run; he has 53 games of playoff experience with a .928 save percentage.

The Blue Jackets have a tough road, with a first-round matchup against the conference champions and a potential second-round match against the defending Stanley Cup champs. Artemi Panarin, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Cam Atkinson have been connecting well in the second half, and Seth Jones has put together a breakout on the blue line.

Collins, who started the first 47 games of his three-year NFL career, was in tears in the locker room after he suffered the injury in Week 16 of last season. But he showed up with a positive outlook Monday for the first day of the voluntary offseason strength and conditioning program.

“My arm is doing great,” Collins said.

Asked a follow-up question about the rehabilitation process, he said, “It was very minimum, but everything is back to 100 percent.”

Collins is a key piece  in defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s 3-4 scheme because of his versatility. He starts at strong safety but could be asked to slide into a hybrid linebacker role in certain situations. rams_010

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Drew Brees, Sean Payton to serve as pallbearers at Tom Benson funeral

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees and New Orleans coach Sean Payton will serve as honorary pallbearers for the private funeral of Tom Benson, the team announced Thursday.

Roger Goodell and Adam Silver are among five current and former league commissioners expected to attend the service scheduled for Friday at St. Louis Cathedral. A number of NFL owners, including Jerry Jones and Jerry Richardson, will also pay their respects.

Benson, owner of the Saints and Pelicans, died March 15 at the age of 90. The New Orleans native had been hospitalized with the flu nearly a month ago, but it was announced that he died last Thursday at the Ochsner Medical Center with his wife by his side.

Rockies: CF Charlie Blackmon was back in the starting lineup after missing Sunday’s game with a back injury. He was taken out of Saturday night’s game in the 10th inning because of back spasms. “I’m glad it cleared up quickly,” Blackmon said earlier Monday. “One game (off) here and there is sometimes a necessity.” … RHP Jeff Hoffman, on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, is slated to make his first rehab start Tuesday for Class A Lancaster.

“We stopped getting stops. We were defending really well up until that point,” Magic forward Aaron Gordon said.

Terry, the savvy veteran guard, immediately gave the Bucks a spark by forcing a turnover on the inbounds play after Bledsoe’s two foul shots. Muhammad gave the Bucks a presence off the dribble to help make up for the absence of the free-wheeling Antetokounmpo.

“Shabazz played a (great) game all night long, played in attack mode … got to his strengths in the paint,” forward Khris Middleton said.

The Bucks led comfortably the rest of the way to close out the regular season at the Bradley Center. A new arena is scheduled to open in the fall on an adjacent lot in downtown Milwaukee.
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Raiders Sign CB Leon Hall

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The Raiders have signed veteran cornerback Leon Hall. Agent Doug Hendrickson announced the agreement on Twitter and the team confirmed the news moments later via press release.

Lamar’s really fast, Alexander said. I don’t know if he’d have beat my time … He’d have been.01, he’d be right there. But he’s really fast, he’s really quick. It’d have been a good one.

It will have to wait until another day.

At the time of the incident, a protective order was issued to prevent Smith from having any contact with his accuser… which he allegedly violated before turning himself in last Friday.

Jackson told ESPN that he hoped to show teams that he could make every throw from under center, and co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway expressed optimism about Jackson’s ability.

You can cut his film and see him run, Galloway said. The thing for him was just to come out and show people that he could get the ball from under the center and his footwork was good, his three-step, five-step, seven-step drops, and deliver the ball.

Jackson told ESPN: No matter what you do in life, there’s going to always be naysayers.

If I was worried too much about it, I’d be worried about the wrong things. But I do use some of it as motivation. I can listen to all the people patting me on the back, or I can listen to the people saying I need to get better. I know I need to get better, or else there would be nobody saying that.

The 22-year-old Texas native has competed with Sam Darnold (USC), Josh Rosen (UCLA), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) and Josh Allen (Wyoming) during the draft process as part of a loaded quarterback class.

He should come off the board in Round 1 when the draft takes place starting April 26 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He could even land inside the top five if teams move up in search of their signal-callers of the future.patriots_094-223x223

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