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Jim Irsay: Faith in Andrew Luck’s return led Colts to turn down trade offers

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The Colts really, truly, honestly, “100 percent” believe Andrew Luck will play — and play well — this season. Jim Irsay intimated other teams called about trading for Luck, but the owner said the confidence the Colts have in the quarterback’s future kept them from even listening.

“Trust me, there were people that would have given an unprecedented amount of draft picks with a No. 1 behind them for him, and we wouldn’t even think of even drifting in that direction,” Irsay said, via video tweeted by Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan. “He’s our guy. We feel 100 percent confident he is going to come back and lead this football team with some of the new teammates he’s accumulated to great things.”

Irsay said the Colts proved their commitment to and faith in Luck by not addressing the quarterback position, instead focusing on building a better offensive line to protect him. The Colts drafted Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson with the sixth overall choice and took Auburn guard Braden Smith with the 37th overall selection.

“If we had any doubts, we would have at least talked about the quarterback position from a backup standpoint and all those sorts of things,” Irsay said. “But we really don’t have any doubts.

“Again, until he goes out and does it, it’s going to be a matter of great interest and debate. That’s just the way it is. But I’m very confident having followed his rehab extremely close and seeing where he’s at, that he’s going to be good to go, ready to go, this season.”

Two teams are in particularly good shape for next year’s draft: The Packers, who got the Saints’ 2019 first-round pick, and the Patriots, who got the Bears’ 2019 second-round pick and the Lions’ 2019 third-round pick.

The Packers are the only team in the NFL with two first-round picks in 2019, and that’s a great place to be in. Although the Saints are favored to be a playoff team, any time you can get an extra first-round pick, even a late first-round pick, it’s a big deal. And Packers fans can root for the Saints to fall short of expectations, and send a high first-round pick to Green Bay.

The Patriots are the only team with two extra picks in the first two days of the 2019 draft, and both of their extra picks come from teams likely to miss the playoffs. broncos_059_ab0542ed5ce36222-180x180

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Matthew Dellavedova injury update: Bucks G sidelined 3-4 weeks

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The Bucks will have to continue the rest of their road trip without Matthew Dellavedova.

The guard injured his right ankle in Sunday’s win over the Nets in Brooklyn and left the team Monday to return to Milwaukee for further evaluation.

Out of the four players the Cavs acquired at the trade deadline, Clarkson might be in for the toughest adjustment because he’s used to having the ball in his hands. (Clarkson had the highest usage rate on the Lakers this season at 27.5 percent. For context, that’s as high as Kemba Walker’s and Mike Conley’s usage rate). The Cavs will give him opportunities to run the show as the leader of the second unit, but he’ll have to sacrifice some touches if he’s going to survive next to James.

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Although he is reportedly making solid progress his rehab, it is a gruesome injury which at the very least alter ‘s career arc.The addition of Griffin could mean that Andrew Sendejo, who was re-signed to a four-year deal on Saturday, shifts to a backup role.That took a lot of criticism for no reason for a year and a half, Strief said.I remember my early days with the Canadian Press I did more than just hockey; I did whatever was asked of me, and I happened to be covering the Blue Jays one year believe it or not.

Clippard was 2-8 with a 4.77 ERA in 76 games last season with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, who did not put him on any of their postseason rosters. He is 34-24 with a 3.11 ERA in 11 major league seasons.

His contract was announced Wednesday.

Jackson last played baseball on Aug. 10, 1994, with the Angels. He got two hits and stole a base against the Royals in that final game — the same week, MLB players went on strike and the season was lost.

Jackson’s career was shortened after he was injured in January 1991 in a playoff game for the Raiders. The setback required hip replacement surgery.

“Most of these players probably weren’t even born when I played or they were babies,” Jackson said.

But they likely know the aura of Bo Knows, his popular ad campaign.

“I hope so,” he said.

Jackson plans on mingling with minor league players.raiders_010-223x223

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NFLPA health playbook puts concussions in focus

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The NFL Players Association has created a medical guide for players, a 107-page reference book written by scientific professionals with extensive material on concussion detection, treatment and the league’s game-day protocol for head injuries.

The union’s inaugural health playbook was distributed electronically to NFLPA members this week.

The Dolphins simply do not have money to spend. They will enter the new league year $8.6 million over the salary cap after placing the franchise tag on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Miami needs help at linebacker and along the offensive line, but will need to cut players to open up some cap room. Tight end Julius Thomas and linebacker Lawrence Timmons are reportedly on the chopping block.

Most likely to be played by Reese Witherspoon in a rom com: Pat Shurmur, Giants
You gave this a go once before. You were young and tried to make it work with the biggest loser in the NFL. But it’s five years later. You’ve matured. You’ve gained valuable life and career experience. You’re a success — and you’re ready to try this again. In the big city, too!

It won’t be easy. Not with an aging quarterback and a roster that’s always primed to bring the D-R-A-M-A. And OK, maybe everyone is already questioning the moves you’re making.

Wilson is small (5-8, 200 pounds), but his quickness played well off Tyreek Hill’s speed when called upon in Kansas City. He has little mileage after being underutilized by the Chiefs. He could be a bargain signing following Matt Nagy to the Bears.

Fournier said Magic players in a late-game huddle stressed the need to keep up the defensive effort.

“We were kind of like, OK, not again,” Fournier. “That kind of changed the momentum. We went into overtime knowing we were going to execute and play good defense and we did.”

The Magic could have won it in regulation. Fournier drilled a 3-pointer that gave Orlando a 104-102 lead with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The Pistons tied it when Griffin got a long rebound and found Ennis for a breakaway dunk that tied the game at 104 with seven seconds left.patriots_036

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Listen to Nick Foles ask Doug Pederson to call that reverse TD pass in the Super Bowl

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It was Nick Foles, not head coach Doug Pederson, who first suggested the Eagles run a trick play to score the most memorable touchdown of Super Bowl 52. We know that because Showtime’s microphones caught the deliberations between Foles and his coach before the play:

“We’re going for it right here,” Pederson says as the Eagles face fourth-and-goal from the Patriots 1-yard line late in the second quarter.

“Philly, Philly?” Foles asks his coach.

Despite Carruth’s claims in his letter and interview that he has reached out to Adams, she responded that she has never received anything from him and that she has some reservations about his letter.

“But I do welcome a conversation with him,” Adams said. “He can have some supervised visitation with his son — I am open to that. I have mixed feelings about him breaking his silence. In some ways, he sounds more mature than he did. I’m glad to hear of the repentance and of his relationship with God. But what I’m also hearing is some of the same old self-centered Rae.”

Carruth’s full, 15-page letter can be viewed here.

The problem is this: That message wasn’t from Yee. It was from Nick in Boston, a loyal WEEI listener. WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan shared the text exchange:

“Somebody tweeted Ron Borges’ phone number, and I just picked it up and for some reason I just thought, ‘Hey, I’ll text him and say I’m Don Yee.’ And he just went with it for some reason,” Nick in Boston said, via Pro Football Talk. “Here’s the funny part. Well, it’s all funny but here’s the funnier part: He tried to call me three times and I just didn’t answer. But then I was just like, whatever, screw it, I’ll just call him and he’s gonna know it’s not Don Yee. But I called him and I was just like, ‘Hey, Ronnie, it’s Don.’”

Borges ran with the story, which quickly spread far and wide. That didn’t last long. The Herald pulled it, and sports editor Sean Leahy told Pro Football Talk that the paper is “looking into it.”jays_880_dfa283b0ed84f498-180x180

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Marty Hurney reinstated as Panthers GM as NFL finds no evidence of harassment

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Panthers interim GM Marty Hurney was reinstated to his position Friday, after the NFL informed the team it found no evidence that he violated the league’s personal conduct policy, the Panthers reported on their website.

The allegations against Hurney being essentially put to rest comes as a relief to the Panthers community, whose team was put up for sale by owner Jerry Richardson after sexual harassment allegations against him surfaced in December.

When Harbaugh went to Michigan, he made two moves to ensure this wouldn’t be an issue, taking transfers from O’Korn (Houston) and Jake Rudock (Iowa). Rudock had a strong 2015. O’Korn became a backup as Wilton Speight took the reins from Rudock. What Harbaugh didn’t secure was enough tackles to guarantee pass protection, and so despite a 6’6, 230-pound frame, Speight incurred injuries in both 2016 and in 2017.

Down late in the third period, Patrick Maroon appeared to have tied the game for Edmonton. The Coyotes, however, used their coach’s challenge to reverse the ruling, keeping the Oilers off the scoreboard due to goaltender interference.

The game will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. ET at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Traditionally it was held on a Sunday, but that was changed starting in 2017.

Blaine Gabbert looked like a real quarterback, the Cowboys got creative with their playcalling, and Zeke Elliott ate his beard — really.

The Hall of Fame game allows both teams to start training camp early, which could be a benefit to new Bears head coach Matt Nagy.

It should be a good weekend for both teams involved, as they get an early start to the 2018 season while honoring two of the best players their franchises have ever seen.

I’m uncomfortable in public restrooms; blame my mother. One time at a Social Distortion concert in at the Ogden Theatre in Denver it took me almost 20 minutes to relieve myself in a trough, and I really had to go. I can count on one hand the number of times I’m number two’d in a restaurant, gas station, etc. It’s kept me away from sporting events too.bears_093-223x223

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Warriors planning 2018 preseason game versus Kings in Seattle

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The Golden State Warriors plan to host the first NBA game in Seattle since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City following the 2007-08 season, sources told ESPN.

While the Portland Trail Blazers held an open scrimmage in 2010 at Seattle’s Garfield High School, the alma mater of then-star Brandon Roy, the last official NBA game in Seattle was the Sonics’ final home game on April 13, 2008.

In 2013, the NBA board of governors voted against a proposal for an investment group led by Chris Hansen to purchase the Kings and move them to Seattle. Instead, the team was sold to a group headed by Vivek Ranadive that oversaw the construction of a new downtown arena in Sacramento.

The city of Seattle recently approved a proposal by the Oak View Group to rebuild KeyArena, the Sonics’ home before their move, into a larger venue capable of hosting NBA and NHL teams. Because the rebuild is scheduled to begin in October, the preseason game would potentially have to be played at a different location in Seattle.

“Hopefully pretty soon,” Millsap told reporters, according to the Denver Post. “It feels good now. We’ll see how it feels in the morning or after [Thursday’s] practice, and we’ll go from there. My intention was to come right back after the All-Star break and get into it, but we have to be smart about it. This was my first practice today, full contact, and I have to be smart about my wrist and my body.”

The Nuggets signed Millsap this past offseason, giving the former All-Star a three-year, $90 million deal. He averaged 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists before the wrist injury sidelined him after a Nov. 19 game.

Denver has played well without him, holding the sixth seed in the Western Conference with a 32-26 record coming out of the All-Star break. That success without Millsap affords coach Michael Malone the chance to ease Millsap back into the rotation, whenever he’s cleared to play.

“It’s a big gut-check and a big win for us,” Middleton said. “This is the best team in the East and we proved that we could beat them on the road.”

DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points for the Raptors, who had won five straight home games against the Bucks, and 15 of the past 17 meetings.

Toronto also eliminated Milwaukee in the opening round of last year’s playoffs. The teams will not meet again in the regular season.

Serge Ibaka had 18 points, and Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam each scored 17 for Toronto.jaguars_015-223x223

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