Bears will make Cameron Meredith decision Wednesday

Wide receiver Cameron Meredith will be signing with either the Bears or Saints on Wednesday.
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The Saints signed the restricted free agent to an offer sheet last Friday, leaving the Bears with five days to match the offer or let Meredith depart for New Orleans without getting any compensation in return. The deal is worth a reported $9.6 million with $5.4 million in guaranteed money.

Washington starter Jeremy Hellickson gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings in his Nationals debut.

Cole shifted to a relief role to make room for Hellickson in the rotation. Cole was 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA in two starts this season. The 26-year-old has pitched parts of four seasons for the Nats. Martinez said Cole fits perfectly as a long man in the bullpen. The conversation went really well, Martinez said, adding, he’s all for it.

Along with giving up two runs, Cole threw a fastball that sailed to the backstop and tore a hole in the Dunkin’ Donuts sign.

While the release of the preseason schedule will bring us another small step closer to the 2018 season, the wait will continue for the unveiling of the regular season schedule. The exact date isn’t known at this point, but last year’s schedule was released a week before the draft and the same timeline would have this year’s games being revealed on April 19.

Cora said he never considered not pitching Sale in the rough conditions because the lefty had worked in the cold when he was with the White Sox.

I think it’s tough to play anybody in these conditions, Cora said. Somebody that’s capable of doing it is him — he played in Chicago.

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Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner (1-1, 2.50 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series Tuesday in Detroit.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (1-1, 2.40) pitches the opener of a nine-game road trip Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Price left his last start Wednesday after feeling a sensation in his throwing hand.
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Beckham is already injured, or, more exactly, was already injured, and is rehabbing a fractured left ankle suffered in Week 5 last season.

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Beckham also has to prove to ownership he is mature and trustworthy enough for the franchise to invest in him. Thus far this offseason, he is off to a rocky start. Mara, unquestionably wanting to send a message, said Sunday: I’m tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior and what the latest incident is. I think he knows what we expect of him and now it’s up to him.

This was in response to the latest Beckham bombshell, a video that surfaced recently with a French model in a Paris hotel, with Beckham holding what appeared to Terry Steinbach Jersey be a brown cigarette, with a white substance nearby. The model has said Beckham did not do any drugs that night.

We feel a little bit like we can control our own destiny.

The Jets have spent the last two weeks crisscrossing the country, attending pro days and private workouts with the top quarterbacks in the draft 鈥?Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield. They have four more weeks to dissect those players and then they can wait and see whom the Browns and Giants take before them on April 26.

We feel very good about what may potentially be there at three for us with the players at all the positions we evaluated, Maccagnan said.

Limited Womens Tom Waddle Jersey He acknowledged the Jets had discussions with the Browns about moving up to No. 1, but it seemed like they were happier to trade with the Colts at No. 3 and not give up a future first-round pick. He confirmed they did not talk to the Giants about going up to No. 2, but said it had nothing to do with them being crosstown rivals.

Maccagnan left the door open to the Jets moving again, but that seems unlikely.

Altherr, Kingery, Phillies win 6th in row, beat Rays 10-4

The Philadelphia Phillies have put together an impressive early-season run.
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Aaron Altherr hit a three-run homer, Scott Kingery had a three-run double and the Phillies won their sixth in a row, topping the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 Sunday.

We’re rolling right now and having fun with it, Kingery said. I think one of the big things is everyone is positive out there no matter if we’re down a couple runs or up a couple runs.

Kingery’s two-out drive off the center field wall capped a four-run burst in the third inning that put Philadelphia ahead 4-2. The rookie has 12 RBI over his last eight games.

Philadelphia took a commanding 10-3 advantage during a five-run eighth when Maikel Franco hit a two-run single and Altherr homered off Andrew Kittredge.

Altherr went 1 for 5 and raised his average to .083 (3 for 36) with his second homer.

I don’t think the odds are in my favor, to be quite honest, Kiermaier said.

Phillies starter Ben Lively lasted just four innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.

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C.J. Cron hit his second homer and Daniel Robertson connected for his first off Perez.

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Profar was in concussion protocol after being upended by Smith’s slide in the second inning. Profar came down on the side of his head after making a throw toward first base.

Duffy left in the first inning with right hamstring tightness. He said he was scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday.

Rangers: INF-OF Renato Nunez, claimed by Texas on waivers Sunday from Oakland, was added to the 25-man roster and OF Ryan Rua was Womens Todd Bertuzzi Jersey optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. … The Rangers acquired C Tony Sanchez from Cincinnati for a player to be named or cash and assigned him to Round Rock.

Rays: Hu was optioned to Triple-A Durham after the game and RHP Hunter Wood was called up.

Peyton Manning turns down FOX

Peyton Manning has decided the broadcast booth isn’t for him. At least not for now.
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The former quarterback has turned down FOX’s pursuit of him as the lead game analyst for its Thursday night package, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports. Manning previously said no to ESPN, which wanted him for Monday Night Football.

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Reich’s first coaching job was on Tony Dungy’s staff in Indianapolis, and he described the opportunity to coach in Indianapolis again as a dream come true. The transition didn’t go the way anyone expected, but Reich loves where it ended up.

Authentic Kids Chaz Green Jersey The Raiders will play this season in Oakland and hope to remain there in 2019, but the team’s lease with the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium expires after 2018. So it will need to work out an extension to stay in Oakland an extra season.

Few teams had more fun celebrating touchdowns last year than the Steelers.

So it was odd to hear their coach deliver a decidedly get-of-my-lawn take about them at the owners meetings.

Via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Tomlin said he thought the league’s relaxed rules sent the wrong message to young players.

It’s for the entertainment of the fans so I respect it on that level, but personally I don’t like it, Tomlin said. I just think it takes away from the game. It’s not a good look for young people. Young people aren’t allowed to celebrate in that way [during games], so why should we?

Will the NFL now have a charging rule?

The NFL has passed a sweeping prohibition on the lowering of the helmet to initiate contact, but it has provided no details whatsoever to the media or fans (and very few to the teams) regarding the application and enforcement of the rule. Many questions will need to be answered over the next few months, and plenty of potentially unintended consequences may arise.
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Here’s a possible unintended consequence about which the league should be very concerned: Some coaches may try to get players to, essentially, take a charge.

The Brewers’ new-look outfield got off to a fast start this season. Lorenzo Cain is the first player in Brewers history with at least nine hits and no strikeouts over the team’s first four games of a season.
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The Rockies may have made the best move of the young season so far, reaching a contract extension with reigning NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon that will keep him under team control through 2021 (with player options for 2022 and ’23). Blackmon led the majors in hits, runs and triples last season, also crushing 37 home runs. He was also the first player since Duke Snider in 1954 with at least 35 homers, 35 doubles and 10 triples in a single season. — Casella

If I had to say one thing how do we do it better, I would say I hope at some point we expand the rosters to get even Ryan McDonagh Jersey bigger, Quinn said. No pressure if a guy is out to say, ‘OK, here’s another guy that’s up.’ So 46 is good. And maybe in years to come, 10 years from now when we’re sitting here, ‘OK, remember back in the day when you had 46 guys?’ Maybe it goes to 50 or something along those lines and gets more opportunities for guys because without a developmental league, we’re hopeful that maybe the roster size gains by a few spots, that we can incorporate that. And I think it’d be safer, too, to have more guys available to play.

Quinn’s idea makes sense, and it’s actually a little surprising that NFL owners haven’t expanded the game day rosters already. After all, the owners are paying the players anyway, so why not make them all available to take the field?

Drew Brees filed multi-million-dollar jewelry lawsuit

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has made many millions on the football field. He’ll now try to make millions more in the courtroom.

Via TMZ, Brees has sued Vahid Moradi of CJ Charles Jewelry in San Diego. Brees claims that he has purchased roughly $15 million worth of jewelry, and that it was independently appraised at being worth $9 million less than the price Brees paid for the items.

Brees can spend his money however he sees fit, and if he regards jewelry as some sort of investment, that’s his prerogative. Given the manner in which jewelers routinely (and dramatically) mark up their merchandise, however, it’s probably a good idea to get the independent appraisal before buying it, not after.

That said, there’s a chance that Brees did, and there’s a chance that there’s a lot more to this story. Absent a settlement, it’s a story that we’ll know about every step of the way, since it will be playing out via public filings, hearings, and ultimately a trial.

The Cowboys have made no secret of the fact that they could draft a receiver despite the depth they seemingly have at the position, and executive vice president Stephen Jones reiterated that again Tuesday.

“We’re always trying to get the very best players,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, via Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News. “Obviously, we have internal decisions to make in terms of our roster and who’s going to be on it, who’s not going to be on it. And we just want to give ourselves options. We want that receiver position to be competitive. We felt like we needed to improve upon last year.”

Linebacker is an obvious need with the departure of Anthony Hitchens in free agency.

The Cowboys, though, have not drafted a defensive tackle in the first round since using the overall top choice on Russell Maryland in 1991. In Rod Marinelli’s Tampa 2 scheme, a nose tackle is not worthy of a first-round pick because he’s only a two-down player.
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Nuggets eliminate Clippers with 134-115 rout

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The Nuggets made 10 of their first 12 shots and they ran off to a 134-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

They will reach the postseason if they win their last two games.

Our guys have really taken that to heart, Malone said. There’s a belief in that locker room, a lot of positivity. I think we’re all in, 100 percent, believing in each other.

Meanwhile, the injury-riddled Clippers were eliminated from the playoff race. The Clippers suffered their fourth loss in five games, falling to 42-38, 2 1/2 games out of eighth place with two to play. Womens Wilbert Montgomery Jersey The elimination ends a run of six consecutive postseason appearances for the Clippers, who previously missed the playoffs in 2010-11.

Anthony Davis outdueled Kevin Durant down the stretch on the way to 34 points, and the Pelicans snapped a 10-game losing streak to Golden State with a 126-120 win over the Warriors on Saturday night.

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The NBA Finals MVP made things more difficult after halftime on Davis, who also had 12 rebounds for the Pelicans while having his way with the Warriors’ defense from the start.

The Pelicans beat the Warriors for the first time since April 7, 2015, in New Orleans, and at Oracle Arena for the first time since April 24, 2012.

I just thought we played about as perfect as you have to play to beat them, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. They’re just such a great team. They just keep coming at you. We were never comfortable.

Clowney Extension With Texans Not Imminent

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Kyle Shanahan can now build his offense (and the team) around Jimmy Garoppolo after the signal-caller agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million contract.聽

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Cooks had made a strong impression on many in New England after the team acquired him last offseason from the New Orleans Saints for a package that included the Patriots’ first-round pick (No. 32 overall), but he was entering the final year of his contract (due to earn $8.459 million) at a time when salaries for top pass-catchers have skyrocketed.

In choosing to trade Cooks, the Patriots were likely weighing their chances of re-signing him in 2019 while also working to accumulate assets at a time when quarterback Tom Brady turns 41 in August and tight end Rob Gronkowski appears to be on a year-to-year plan in terms of how much longer he will play.

The Patriots, who hope to sustain success as some of their star players enter the final stages of their careers, now have two first-round picks (No. 23, 31) and two second-rounders (No. 43, 63), along with a third-rounder (95), two sixth-rounders and a seventh-rounder this year.

As for their wide receiver depth chart, it is still well stocked with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson, Riley McCarron and Cody Hollister, although the club will miss Cooks’ blazing speed and durability, as he played 92.7 percent of the offensive snaps in the regular season and coach Bill Belichick said he never missed a practice.

Cooks had 10 catches for 155 yards in the postseason before being knocked out of the team’s Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with a concussion in the second quarter.

Browns Believed To Be Targeting Josh Allen At No. 1 & Saquon Barkley At No. 4 Overall

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A friend of Browns GM John Dorsey tells Peter King of the TheMMQB.com that he believes Cleveland will open the draft by taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen and then look to get RB Saquon Barkley at No. 4 overall.
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As everyone (including the NFL’s coaches) wait to hear more (anything) about the new rule that prohibits lowering the helmet and initiating contact with it, Jaguars safety Barry Church is concerned that, when the new rule is implemented, it will result in a rash of fouls.

Jones said the following over social media on Friday afternoon in his first public comments since his arrest for felony vandalism on March 19: Thankful to be alive. thankful for another year. more life. Jones continued to show his appreciation on Twitter later that night. The outreach of love has been overwhelmingly great. thank you for all the birthday wishes and for those who have supported me through everything, he wrote.

The fourth most productive receiver on the Cowboys last year, Butler told FOX Sports’ Undisputed at the end of the year that he felt he could be utilized more alongside fellow wideouts Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams.

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The running back comes through the hole, he lowers his head, lowers his body, and so does the defender trying to get leverage on him. It’s basically throwing a flag every play, you can if you want to. It’s kind of like holds. It’s tough. That’s tough on defenders. Outside the trenches, the problem will come from players taking their target Mark Glowinski Authentic Jersey point all the way down to the ground.

Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen blows save; D-backs twice rally to win 5:46 marathon

Yasmani Grandal reached base in his first five plate appearances for the Dodgers, including a two-run homer in the first inning, but bounced out to second with runners on first and third to end the 10th.

Mariners: Seattle placed DH Nelson Cruz on the 10-day disabled list after he suffered a sprained right ankle slipping on the dugout steps following a two-run homer Saturday against Cleveland. I’m very optimistic and hopeful that he’ll be back at the end of the 10 days, manager Servais said. Cruz will rehab in Seattle and not travel with the team. … C Mike Zunino (strained left oblique) could join the Mariners on the road trip as he’s eligible to be activated Friday. … RHP Erasmo Ramirez (strained right lat muscle) was scheduled to pitch a simulated game of about 30 pitches for Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday while OF Ben Gamel (strained right oblique) is set to play for the Rainiers on Thursday and could be ready after the road trip.

Giants: C Nick Hundley started as Bochy moved Buster Posey to play first. … RHP Jeff Samardzija, sidelined by a right pectoral strain, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session and is expected to do another hard throwing day before beginning a rehab assignment.

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Tristan H. Cockcroft: There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but it’s important not to overreact to small samples, such as Matt Davidson’s three Opening Day home runs. Wholesale roster turnover is a bad idea anytime in April, but at the same time, some of the best out-of-nowhere values year over year tend to surface in the season’s first six weeks. That means I’ll be prepared to unload back-of-my-roster dead weight if I see a worthwhile dart throw on the waiver wire. Last season, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Chase Anderson, Alex Wood and Ryan Zimmerman had all established themselves as useful parts before April’s end, so I’m not going to wait until month’s end to act if the situation merits. Act quickly to scoop these players up, but don’t be rash to cut roster cornerstones.

Trades, especially, are the poorest idea in the month of April, and it’ll likely be May 1 before I’m willing to make such moves unless a trade appears to be clearly in my favor (and that being mostly from a preseason valuation perspective).patriots_304