The Saints waited until the last minute, but re-signed Drew Brees Jersey before free agency

There was never much doubt quarterback Drew Brees would stay with the New Orleans Saints for at least one more year, but the team sure cut it close. With just a day to spare until free agency, the Saints got the deal done and signed Brees to a new contract worth $50 million over two years, according to Ian Rapoport. The deal includes $27 million guaranteed.
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The Saints’ improved supporting cast meant Brees didn’t have to carry the load, as usual. He still had an outstanding year even with less gaudy stats 锟斤拷 his 4,344 passing yards were his fewest since 2005, and 23 touchdown passes was his lowest mark since an injury-shortened 2003. Yet Brees himself wasn’t any less efficient, as he threw just eight interceptions and set Jared Goff Womens Jersey the single-season record with a 72 percent completion rate.

Brees hasn’t lost a step despite turning 39 years old in January, and after locking him down to a new contract, the Saints can address roster needs elsewhere while trying to get the future Hall of Famer his second Super Bowl ring.
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Now he’ll be the steady presence at left tackle the Giants need 锟斤拷 or a hog molly as Dave Gettleman likes to call them.
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He gives the Giants one of the best left tackles in the league. That’s something Gettleman wanted, and addressed at his opening press conference. We’ve got to fix the o-line, let’s be honest. Let’s not kid each other, Gettleman said. Big men allow you to compete and that’s what we’ve got to fix.

Solder was a key piece on the Patriots’ offensive line that finished the year ranked third in the league, according to Pro Football Focus’ metrics. Solder is a dominant run blocker, which is good news for their running backs. He’s durable, having missed significant time only once in his career. That was 2015, when Solder landed on injured reserve with a torn tricep.

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Richard Sherman Jersey switching teams in NFC West, to join 49ers on three-year deal

Richard Sherman has agreed to a three-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The free-agent cornerback told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Saturday that the incentive-laden deal is worth up to $39.15 million.
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I’m thankful to John [Lynch, 49ers GM] and Kyle [Shanahan, 49ers coach] for believing in me, Sherman told Anderson. Some smaller details still getting ironed out, but #ShermInTheBay.

Strief retires with one year and $4 million in salary and bonuses left on his contract.

He also spent time Monday praising former Saints right tackle Jon Stinchcomb for being a mentor and former Northwestern coach Randy Walker, who recommended Strief to Payton in 2006 just two months before Walker’s unexpected death.

Strief wasn’t on the Saints’ draft board until Walker insisted that he would be a 10-year player in the NFL. Strief has talked before about how much Shareece Wright Jersey it meant to him to prove his coach right.

It would be easy to say he ‘overachieved’ in his career. But I would say with his strength, his size, his experience and all of those things, he became one of the best right tackles in our game over the past five years. And consistent. You knew what you were getting, said Payton, who credited Strief for perfecting his craft and endearing himself to his teammates among many other positive traits. He became an expert at that position.

I said to myself, ‘That looks like a good gig, Fouts said.

Elite Michael Wilhoite Jersey Fouts later became Enberg’s last NFL broadcast partner. He said he was with Enberg at an NFL game when Enberg told him he was taking the job with the Padres.

He was called ‘The Professor’ for a reason, Fouts said. He never made a mistake broadcasting a game, right? There was this one time ‘The Professor’ needed some help.

A clip was played of Enberg mangling Brandon Manumaleuna’s name to the point that Fouts chimed in, I’ll take it from here, Dick. … Every vowel is pronounced.

This celebration could go on for days because there were so many people Dick touched in the broadcast booth, in education, just about everywhere, Fouts said. He had an amazing career because of his amazing talent, dedication and passion. His willingness to tackle any assignment, his graciousness, kindness, intelligence and pure class set him apart from all others.

It was my honor and pleasure to call Dick Enberg my mentor, partner and friend.

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Magic’s Arron Afflalo suspended two games for fighting

Magic guard Arron Afflalo has been suspended for two games without pay for throwing a haymaker at Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica, the NBA announced Thursday.

Afflalo and Bjelica were both ejected with 7:28 remaining in the second quarter of the Magic’s 108-102 victory over the Timberwolves Tuesday.

Carter Hutton opened the season as Jake Allen’s backup but has started 25 games for the Blues and leads the NHL in goals-against average (2.02). Photo by Claus Andersen/Gety Images
St. Louis Blues goalie Carter Hutton leads the league in goals-against average and save percentage, and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Ben Arledge: The Islanders’ Jaroslav Halak is a free agent after this season, and Thomas Greiss isn’t getting the job done for New York. The Isles have a pair of big goalie prospects, Ilya Sorokin and Linus Soderstrom, but it’s unlikely either is ready to take the reins next season. With that in mind, signing Hutton to a one- or two-year deal makes sense. GM Garth Snow could see what Hutton can do with the lead role while giving the kids some time to develop and make their way overseas.

A Walker trade would certainly be met with some backlash, as he has been Charlotte’s one steady performer the past few seasons and become a fan favorite. Walker is second on the all-time list in franchise history for points, assists and 3-point field goals. This move would signal a full rebuild, and that could have consequences for a team that already struggles to draw fans to the Spectrum Center.

Despite Walker’s best efforts in averaging 21.7 points and 5.8 assists per game this season, the Hornets find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture. Charlotte is 18-25 overall, 4.5 games behind the Sixers for the last postseason spot in the East. The Hornets did just get head coach Steve Clifford back on the bench after Clifford was out dealing with severe headaches, but it appears his return isn’t enough to give management hope for a playoff run.

Frontcourt: Andre Drummond, Pistons. The Pistons’ collapse in the standings could cost him, but Drummond is still averaging 14.3 points, 15.0 rebounds and a career-high 3.9 assists, while making 62.9 percent from the free-throw line.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Jersey was last pick in NBA All-Star Draft, report says

It turns out Kevin Love wasn’t actually the last pick in the NBA All-Star Draft. That dubious honor belongs to Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
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According to ESPN, Aldridge was taken last by Team LeBron and Al Horford was the final pick for Team Stephen.

We’re all All-Stars, so, at the end of the day, we should be thankful to be here, Aldridge told ESPN. Picked first, picked last, it doesn’t matter. We’re all competitive, too. It won’t be the easiest thing to be picked last, but at the end of the day, you’re just happy to be here.

However, the man who was picked last does not share the same concern with it being on TV.

It’s an extra layer of protection, Aldridge told ESPN. You don’t want guys holding grudges [with captains] and it could add some animosity or some aspects to the game that you don’t really need. But if guys want to know, they want to know. I don’t really care. I’m here. I’m on the team.

Popovich pointed out that he was just being realistic because the season is winding down and Leonard, who has only played nine games this season, still isn’t ready to go.

You know, with Kawhi, I’ll be surprised if he returns this season, Popovich said Wednesday. We only have ‘x’ number of games left in the season, and he’s still not ready to go.

If by some chance he is, it’s gonna be pretty late in the season and it’s going to be a pretty tough decision, you know, how late you bring somebody back. So that’s why I’m just trying to be honest and logical. I’ll be surprised if he gets back this year.
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Leonard has been out of the lineup since Jan. 13 dealing with a quad injury. He averaged 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season before suffering a setback. According to ESPN, Leonard has been medically cleared to return but has elected against returning to the active roster. His timetable for a return has caused tension within the organization and could impact his future in LeSean McCoy Youth jersey San Antonio.

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Kirk Cousins Jersey free agency rumors: Broncos intend to go ‘all-in’ on QB

The Broncos are planning to make an all-out push to sign Kirk Cousins when free agency kicks off March 14, according to Yahoo Sports.
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Denver has even discussed scenarios where they would clear out some $40 to $50 million in cap space to make room for the deal which is expected to make Cousins the Womens Nick Bellore Jersey highest-paid player in the league.

Woodson joked he was working on my coin toss quite a bit. I want to make sure I don’t mess it up.

As for his professional future, Woodson said he is contemplating a return to media. Following a 17-year playing career that earned him Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in 2009, Woodson worked for NFL Network, the Big Ten Network and Westwood One Radio before his most recent Raiders tenure.

Robert Woods Limited Jersey I can make a prediction at that job and don’t have to be right, Woodson said with a laugh. You can be wrong sometimes and OK with your job.

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If you don’t draft me, I’m gonna give your defense hell, Guice replied.

If you don’t, I promise I’ll come back and kick your ass, Manning famously said 20 years ago.

Guice is one of several elite running backs in this year’s NFL Draft class. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, Ronald Jones of USC, Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson, Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny are just some of the backs who comprise a deep class.

Guice shared the LSU backfield with Leonard Fournette before Fournette was selected fourth overall last year by the Jaguars. While filling in for an injured Fournette in 2016, Guice ran for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns. He followed that up with a 1,251-yard effort with 11 scores last season. Guice has a powerful lower body and likes to be a physical runner. He even likened himself to former Seahawks and current Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, saying he runs like Beast Mode.

I see angriness. I someone that refuses to go down, Guice said of Lynch. When I run, I really think about him every time. When I go back and watch him, I’m like man, I really run like this dude. It’s crazy because growing up, my favorite running back was Reggie Bush.

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Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Sam Darnold Jersey meet media at combine

The NFL draft’s best quarterback is at the scouting combine this week. Just ask one of them.
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Asked inside the downtown convention center Friday if he is this draft’s best quarterback, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield kicked things off with absolutely, and if you don’t have that mindset, then something’s wrong.

Who ends up being this year’s Nick Foles, Kirk Cousins or Case Keenum, respectively, won’t be known until long after the haggling over the top prospects ends.
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For that matter, the identity of this year’s Russell Wilson will stay unknown for several seasons, as well. Some other quarterback with name recognition and a list of accomplishments and credentials will be overlooked for some tangible or intangible reason and allowed to slide an extra three or four rounds, to become a star and a champion at, initially, a bargain price.

And that quarterback will be compared to another who went earlier, did less, yet still managed to find work and land Erik Gudbranson Womens Jersey massive, market-driven and seemingly unearned paychecks. That would make him, say, the Brock Osweiler of this draft.

At 5-on-5 play this season, Barzal ranks fourth in the entire NHL for points per 60 minutes (3.0). Only Nathan MacKinnon (3.4), Brad Marchand (3.2) and Jaden Schwartz (3.0) have more points per minute when playing hockey in its purest form (minimum 100 minutes).
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Because Barzal’s totals are so great, he’s easily snagged the attention of fantasy hockey managers and is being deployed with regularity. But a few other players who are scoring at an accelerated rate at 5-on-5 are slipping a bit under the radar in terms of fantasy usage.

For fun, let’s list the next top players in points per 60 at 5-on-5 following Barzal: Nikita Kucherov (3.0), Auston Matthews (3.0) and Connor McDavid (2.9). This all seems par for the course, right? Which NHL superstar and fantasy first-rounder is next?

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Remembering Terrell Owens’ heroic Super Bowl performance after his return from a broken leg

Owens had a Hall of Fame performance on that Sunday in 2005. The Eagles didn’t get the win, but he also showed leadership during that game. When the Eagles were down 10, Owens told Donovan McNabb to relax.

“In a situation like that, there is no reason to panic,” Owens said, per ESPN’s John Clayton. “When you start to panic, you’re not in rhythm. Our offense is based on timing. I just wanted to be in the light because if I can do that, that’s a positive for Donovan. He was out there trying to make things happen.”

The Patriots had no timeouts, but again, Brady’s on the other side.

That move leaves Ball returning to a Lakers team that has lost three straight and is playing some of its worst defense of the season, surrendering an average of 129.3 points since the trade. The Lakers return to the practice court Wednesday night, and Ball expects to return in the team’s first game after the All-Star break on Friday against Dallas (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Lakers (23-34) are hoping their prized rookie point guard will turn things around for them once again.

Kobe Bryant told ESPN’s Jalen Rose that it takes a special kind of player to want to play for the Lakers franchise, and that if he has to persuade anyone to uphold the Lakers’ standard, that player should go someplace else.

“It’s gonna be really fun to have him out there pushing the basketball and putting guys in different spots and giving confidence to other guys,” Ingram said. “It’s just gonna make our offense even better.”

Both provide special elements.

Both receivers were asked what it would mean in their first season with their new teams to win it all? Both were asked what will be their roles in Super Bowl 52? Frequent targets? Or more decoy, clearing stuff? Both were asked how they expected this Super Bowl and their personal experiences to unfold?

These different guys with similar impacts at completely different times in completely different settings gave the exact same answer.

Meanwhile, the first-place Washington Capitals couldn’t resist the services of Shattenkirk, a power-play maven. Washington had to give St. Louis forwards Zach Sanford and Brad Malone, plus a first-round pick and conditional draft picks in the process. While most agree that Shattenkirk performed just fine for the Capitals, the truth is they couldn’t get over their playoff hump. Washington coach Barry Trotz clearly had buyer’s remorse, telling reporters earlier this year: “I think everybody thought of him as a 1-2 [top-pairing defenseman], and he really wasn’t. He was a little lower.” (Trotz later apologized to Shattenkirk for those comments.)

Neither Hanzal nor Shattenkirk is with the team he was paired with at last year’s deadline. Both the Wild and Capitals are doing just fine. I can almost assure you both teams look wistfully at the picks they gave up.49ers_111

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Malcolm Butler Jersey responds to not playing in Super Bowl

I made the decisions that give us the best chance to win, head coach Bill Belichick said, according to Michele Tafoya on NBC’s broadcast. Eric Rowe was playing in place of Butler, who had his good moments during the game but also got beat by Alshon Jeffery for the first touchdown of the game.
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Now Reich is getting a shot at head coach and will be tasked with reviving the Colts, who fell into mediocrity under Chuck Pagano and former general manager Ryan Grigson. General manager Chris Ballard is aiming to retool the roster, but the status of Andrew Luck hangs over the entire franchise. Luck missed all of 2017 with a lingering shoulder injury, and his health is still a major question mark. The Colts have holes all over the team, particularly on defense.

Complicating matters further is that Reich won’t be picking his own coaching staff, since the handful of assistants McDaniels brought in will stay under contract even after he bailed. Reich will have an uphill battle in his first head-coaching gig, but the hope is that he can bring some stability to an organization that’s been kind of a mess for a while now.

The NFL’s chief security Darqueze Dennard Authentic Jersey officer, Cathy Lanier, said the league has been working since last year to tighten up security procedures.

Nashville, New Jersey, Chicago, San Jose, Colorado, Philadelphia, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay, the New York Islanders, Washington and Los Angeles had scouts assigned to seats in the press box. … The Sabres acquired forward Scott Wilson from Detroit in December for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft. After 10 pointless games with the Red Wings, he began the game with five goals and five assists in 27 games with Buffalo.

I used to be able to do those back in the day but I don’t know (what) it looks like now, Westbrook said. I can’t understand it.

Westbrook, who notched his 18th triple-double of the season, made three free throws sandwiched around a bucket in the paint by Steven Adams to put Oklahoma City up 107-105.

Justin Jackson’s 6-foot jumper off an offensive rebound tied the game. After a timeout, the Thunder got the ball in front of Sacramento’s bench and Anthony found Westbrook atop the 3-point line for the winner.
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Allen Robinson Jersey says ACL injury ‘not really an issue’ for upcoming free agency

Allen Robinson tore his ACL on his first catch in the very first game of the 2017 season.
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It looked like he’d overcome that rocky introduction after beating the Pats and guiding his team to a 6-0 start, but his team collapsed to an 8-8 finish. A 3-10 start to his 2010 season 鈥?which included $100,000 in NFL fines for illegally taping the 49ers before a game in London 鈥?was all owner Pat Bowlen needed to see before firing his head coach. Two years after his ascension, McDaniels was a coordinator once more 鈥?at first with a bad Rams team, and from 2012-on with the Patriots.

But his fall from grace has been viewed as a humbling experience, and his decision to rebuild his value with the franchise that made him a hotshot coaching hire in the first place was the smartest decision he could make. While he’s still had moments where he’s clashed with his star quarterback, McDaniels has taken a more professional road in response.

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Watt and Houston Emergency Medical Services director Dr. David Persse will receive Doctor of Humanities in Medicine degrees, awarded to individuals who have provided exceptional support or service directly or indirectly to Baylor or to academic medicine as a whole and to the community at large, according to Baylor’s announcement.

We award honorary degrees to those who have made a major impact on the College, our community or academic medicine in general, said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor.

In the year following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the community’s incredible response, it was most fitting to honor two community leaders who contributed in major ways, Dr. Persse and J.J. Watt. Our graduates and their families can take important lessons from all four of these honorary degree recipients.

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Pirates’ Jameson Taillon Jersey: ‘Look at life differently’ after cancer fight

Elite Larry Fitzgerald Jersey After a bout with testicular cancer last season, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon says he’s a different person entering the 2018 season.
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Just the whole thing, said McIlroy. ‘Guys, you’ve got a six-foot putt, it doesn’t break as much as you think.’ Just stuff like this that they don’t have to say.

Most other competitors are immune from the free-for-all that breaks out around Woods. But imagine the chaos the well-lubed fans surrounding the infamous par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale during the Phoenix Open cause, and you get a snapshot of what Woods faces on each and every shot.

Whoever’s teeing off at 8:30 in the morning doesn’t get that and can just go about his business and just do his thing, said McIlroy. He has to deal with that every single time he goes out to Authentic Miguel Montero Jersey play.

As do his playing partners, though Thomas, who entered the weekend tied with McIlroy at 2-under for the week and just five shots off the lead of a trio of 36-hole frontrunners, shrugged it off.

Tristan H. Cockcroft: As would be the case with any position, the further ahead of Opening Day that we’re drafting, the more heavily I’m weighing the skills over roles axiom when it comes to relief pitchers. It’s simply a more pronounced strategy at that position compared to others, even if that seems odd because fantasy value is more role-oriented there than at any other position.

It’s a time when I’ll take a chance on Archie Bradley, the most talented of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ top three closer challengers, or even David Robertson, hoping that maybe the New York Yankees will need to shed his salary in a trade to stay under the luxury-tax threshold.

And I’ll be more apt to pass on Luke Gregerson, the St. Louis Cardinals’ de facto closer, and Kelvin Herrera, whose skills declined sharply in 2017.

The race for a conference championship in tournament form is almost always more exciting than its regular-season counterpart. The most glaring exception to this rule exists in the Big 12, where everyone is watching to see if Kansas can break its tie with UCLA and set a new record for consecutive regular-season conference titles with 14.

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