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Kevin Durant, Warriors turn page to Game 5 after frustrating finish

Kevin Durant said, “I wish I had that last play back,” referring to the Golden State Warriors’ final transition possession with less than 12 seconds remaining in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.

Stephen Curry (39), Thompson (39), Durant (43) and Green (45) all played 39 or more minutes. Andre Iguodala was sidelined with a left leg contusion. The Warriors outscored the Rockets 34-17 in the third quarter, but due to an even further shortened rotation without Iguodala, Kerr said fatigue played a factor down the stretch.

The Golden State Warriors went on a 16-3 run to close the third quarter with a double-digit lead, but Chris Paul directed the Houston Rockets to a 25-12 closing quarter that evened the West finals at 2-2.

Baynes has been one of the keys to Boston’s Playoff run that sees them up 2-1 over the Cavaliers ahead of Game 4 in Cleveland on Monday night [EST], the Aussie’s three-point shooting surprising everyone but Stevens and Baynes himself.

Having secured an NBA ring under Popovich at San Antonio in 2014, Baynes understands what it takes to win a Championship. Playing alongside Spurs greats Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the Australian says he learned how best to prepare and the importance of routine.

But it was Popovich who ran the show, and Baynes sees a lot of the veteran NBA mentor in the Celtics’ Stevens.

“They’re both great with the X’s and O’s,” Baynes said of the similarities between Popovich and Stevens. “They’ve all figured out more than I’ve ever learned, so every chance I get and can see some things from them, I’m trying to learn as much as I can.cardinals_019

Eagles planning White House visit

It’s a question every major U.S. sports team faces after winning a championship these days: “Will the team visit the White House?”

The Philadelphia Eagles, coming off their first Super Bowl championship, have apparently reached a decision: They are planning a visit.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the New York Times that the two sides have been talking about the “timing” of a visit.

Last year’s Super Bowl champion, the Patriots, attended, but there were noticeable no-shows. Two of those Patriots, defensive lineman Chris Long and running back LeGarrette Blount, played for the Eagles this season, and have already indicated they would not attend a White House ceremony, according to the New York TImes. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Torrey Smith also reportedly said they would not visit with the president.

Such a ceremony would also present a challenge for Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, one of the more liberal owners in the league.

Jason Witten, who is entering his 16th season with the team, has made himself indespensible so that no other tight end can compete.

When Cowboys was asked if the team was going to draft a tight end on Thursday since Witten is getting older, Dallas executive vice president CEO Stephen Jones responded with a resounding no.

“Are you kidding me?” Jones told Sports Day. “Did you just ask me that? Every time we’ve drafted a tight end, Jason Witten has walked into my office and gone, ‘Another wasted pick.’

“I’m not going to start doubting him now.”

One reason Witten said he has been able to outlast tight ends drafted after him — Anthony Fasano (2006), Martellus Bennett (2008) and Gavin Escobar (2013) — is because he thinks his worth is far more than a draft’s.dolphins_081

“Days Of Our Lives” has nothing on the drama escalating at 1 Patriot Place this offseason.

As Rob Gronkowski’s future in New England grows more uncertain by the day, a certain thorn in Bill Belichick’s side may have triggered a public spat between him and the tight end, according to the Boston Herald. A source told the paper Belichick called out Gronkowski, 28, last season for being the latest Patriot to utilize the controversial TB12 method, heralded by longtime Tom Brady confidant Alex Guerrero.

Belichick reportedly yanked Guerrero’s credentials and on-field clearance last year, after the fitness guru had unlimited access for an undisclosed period of time. The oft-injured Gronkowski previously praised Guerrero’s methods and Brady’s pliability, long before tension between the Pro Bowler and Patriots coaching staff boiled over.

Carson had already made two Pro Bowls when Taylor arrived in 1981 and the linebackers began terrorizing opposing quarterbacks. They made seven straight Pro Bowls together on their way to winning Super Bowl XXV and a spot in the Hall of Fame for each.

Two thirds of the Rangers’ GAG line, along with Vic Hadfield, Gilbert and Ratelle, combined for 206 points in 1971-72 when the Blueshirts reached the Stanley Cup finals. They skated together for more than a decade.

The players will be joined by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and Judge Gloria Tan of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court, among others.

The summit will include conversations about mass incarceration, policing and sentencing reform.

A number of players met with lawmakers in Massachusetts and other states this week to push for policy changes at the state level.

Last season, the Brewers struck out 1,571 times, the most by any team in a season in the live ball era (since 1920), but through 16 games this season, the Orioles are on pace for 1,792. Chris Tillman has struggled on the mound, posting an 11.91 ERA through three starts. He has allowed at least four earned runs in each start. Alex Cobb’s debut did not inspire much confidence, either; he allowed seven earned runs before exiting in the fourth inning. — McCarthy

Despite some struggle from their rotation, the A’s have kept their heads above water thanks to the long ball, ranking second in the AL in homers hit (trailing the hard-charging Angels), with DH Khris Davis and third baseman Matt Chapman leading the way with five apiece and Jed Lowrie chipping in another four. — Kahrl
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He believes there’s a franchise quarterback in the bunch of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Baker Mayfield.

One thing to remember about Johnny Manziel’s possible return to the NFL: He could face a significant suspension under the league’s personal conduct policy.

In 2016, Manziel was accused of domestic assault involving his former girlfriend. He reached an agreement with prosecutors on a conditional dismissal of that case, but the NFL could still punish him. The league conducted its own investigation into the accusations, and the NFL’s chief discipline official, Todd Jones, said at the time that Manziel still faced a six-game suspension (via former ESPN reporter Jane McManus).

Here at 10-Point Command, we sometimes like to remind you about the past greats. One of them was Reggie White.

This play right here seems impossible.

Does that make sense Sure, but things don’t always play out that way. This time last year, many folks were raving about the work Jack Del Rio had done in rebuilding the Raiders. The hottest young coach in football was Adam Gase, who had pushed the Dolphins into the playoffs in his first season in charge. One year later, Del Rio is out of a job and Gase has had to dump key contributors and rebuild his coaching staff in an attempt to fix his team’s culture.

I think the guy’s in there. I really do, Jackson said, according to Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland. They’re all very worthy candidates. They’re all kind of different, the coach added, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. Jackson said the next step in the Browns’ draft process is to come together with general manager John Dorsey and his staff to determine which top-four quarterback will be the best fit, according to Grossi.

Jackson explained that the team hasn’t had that conversation yet because of league meetings. However, the Browns still aren’t opposed to trading out of the top pick in the draft. You have to explore all options, Dorsey said Tuesday, according to team staff writer Patrick Maks. Whether the Browns trade the No. 1 pick, deal the No. 4 pick, or hold onto both, their philosophy is clear. I keep telling you all: best available player, Dorsey said. You all think I joke when I say that, but I do mean that.

Orioles: RHP Alex Cobb, who didn’t sign with Baltimore until March 21, is scheduled to throw five innings in a simulated game in Florida on Wednesday and could join the rotation as early as next week.patriots_035

Saints signing quarterback Tom Savage

The starting quarterback market was picked over pretty quickly, and the backups are going quickly as well.

According to a tweet from his agents, former Texans quarterback Tom Savage has agreed to a new deal with New Orleans.

The Saints are intrigued by the potential of second-year quarterback/special teamer Taysom Hill, but obviously wanted someone with a bit more experience in case anything happens to Drew Brees in the short term.

“First and foremost, he’s a great kid. Great leader, smart as a whip,” Dorsey said. “I talked to the former head coach of Virginia Tech, Frank Beamer, and he has nothing but high praise for Tyrod Taylor. He has the physical abilities to extend the . He’s got more than enough arm talent and he doesn’t turn the ball over. When you that quarterback position at a high level like he does, I think that will do nothing but help us moving forward.”

Coach Hue Jackson concurred with Dorsey and called Taylor a “perfect fit” for the team’s offense. The Browns also confirmed that defensive tackle Danny Shelton and a 2018 fifth-round pick will go to New England for a 2019 third-round pick. Dorsey explained that move by saying it put Shelton “in a nice situation to help him extend his career” while also bringing back an asset that the Browns can use to continue building up their roster.

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Stepan is now NHL regular with the New Rangers.Next month’s classic begins with playing the opener against Korea on 6 at noon time 5 a.m.Brent Burns is a Finalist this year, and for just cause, nearly scoring 30 goals and nearly finishing with as many points as he played. Bandy sent a full-count fastball with one out on a high drive to left that hit the foul pole, which makes it a fair ball – and a home run.

Wheaton signed two-year, $11 million contract, and responded with three receptions for 41 yards.

Cooper at least ed in 15 games, so they sort of got their money’s worth for the three-year, $16 million deal he signed last March.

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Greg Anthony on struggling Cavs: ‘They suck right now’

LeBron James was straight-forward with reporters Thursday after the Cavaliers held on for a 104-103 victory over the Magic.

“Right now we’re in Strugglesville,” he told reporters after the game. “But it felt like a win. We needed it. Definitely.”

Cleveland is not playing well having lost nine of its last 13 games and the NBA world is starting to pile on. Analyst Greg Anthony was the latest to do so Friday on the Rich Eisen Show.

“They suck right now, I don’t think there’s any other way to put it,” he said. “They’re basically a bad basketball team.”

The Cavaliers are currently 25th in the NBA in points allowed per game, but they have been even worse with Isaiah Thomas in the lineup giving up 18 more points per outing with him on the floor.

Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague helped lead Kentucky to the title in 2012; Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow paved the way for Duke in 2015; and Tony Bradley was a valuable bench piece for North Carolina last season.

Whereas that youth means upside for NBA franchises, in college basketball, continuity is king. None of the aforementioned teams were solely built around their one-and-done freshmen, even if the future pros were the focal points. Sophomores Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones played key roles for 2012 Kentucky, senior Quinn Cook was the 2015 Blue Devils’ steady hand and the 2017 Tar Heels’ starting lineup featured five upperclassmen.

“We’re not off by a long shot at all. In my eyes, I want to make the playoffs,” Hardaway said, via the New York Post. “I know my teammates want to make the playoffs. We are developing as a ballclub. We are young. At the same time, we feel even though we’re a young group of guys we still have that heart and passion to go out there and win ballgames together to get back in that playoff position.”

The last time the Knicks made the playoffs was in 2013, when they made it to the second round. In the past 15 seasons, New York has only made it to the post season four times.

At the moment, the Knicks are in 10th place in the East.indians_015

This could be a very good selection for the Redskins, who didn’t even need a general manager to make it.

Allen was regarded by some draft analysts as one of the best five players in the entire draft.

This could end up being a draft-night steal. The Bucs get the draft’s best tight end at No. 19. Howard is extremely gifted and could be a big factor in Tampa’s passing offense.

Jerry Jones has said that any member of his Dallas Cowboys who does not stand for the anthem will be benched and Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins feels the same way. (The Cowboys do not play this weekend.) However, Ross’s coach, Adam Gase, gave players permission to remain in the tunnel during the anthem and Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills chose to do so.

He was a third-round pick — that means something. He once set the record for best touchdown-to-interception ratio for a full NFL season, until Tom Brady broke it in 2016. He owns a tie for the record for most touchdown passes in a single game, with seven. Seven!

Foles could show up to the Super Bowl and roll over like a dog. Or he could do what the rest of the Eagles doing and just keep barking back at everyone who doubts him.

Hurst had a vintage game in Michigan’s loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. He lived in the backfield and caused problems for the Gamecocks’ rushing and passing attacks. He’s a low-center-of-gravity, one-gap penetrator with surprising strength.

Sutton is the premier touchdown-scoring boundary wideout in the 2018 class. At 6-feet-4 and 220-plus pounds, he’s a matchup nightmare, and he’s deceptively agile after the catch.

It has been a breakthrough season for the Jaguars, and they still could very well end up in the playoffs. But while facing the Cardinals is not exactly a “gimme,” that’s a game that you have to win if you’re going to be a division winner.

The status of QB Matthew Stafford’s ankle, injured during the Thanksgiving loss to the Vikings, will be the main issue this week. Stafford hasn’t missed a game since 2011 and the Lions would be left with untested Jake Rudock at QB if Stafford cannot play Sunday in Baltimore.chargers_035

Does pressure from Steelers investors have Mike Tomlin on hot seat?

Limited partners in the Steelers franchise are expected to exert pressure on owner Art Rooney to fire coach Mike Tomlin in the wake of questionable decision-making that contributed to Pittsburgh’s early exit from the playoffs, Pro Football Talk reports.

The source pointed specifically to the final 47 seconds of the game, when the Steelers decided against kicking a field goal to narrow the lead to seven and then attempt onside kick. They scored a touchdown as time expired, giving themselves no chance to get the ball back and tie the game.

While that was one of many calls Tomlin and his staff may want back, the gripes from the team’s investors run deeper than the loss to the Jaguars – for example, there was Antonio Brown going Facebook Live in the locker room while Tomlin dressed down the Patriots last postseason; and last week, Le’Veon Bell suggested in a tweet that a win over Jacksonville was a surety.

But even if pressure from his partners comes, it’s hard to see Rooney showing Tomlin the door this offseason. Continuity and stability have been mantras of the Rooney family’s ownership of the team, and while Tomlin has made some missteps, the Steelers have been a perennial contender under him and figure to be back in the mix next season.

The move comes as no surprise following Pittsburgh’s disappointing divisional round loss to Jacksonville. Roethlisberger rebounded after he was picked off five times in a Week 5 loss to the Jaguars and threw 469 yards with five touchdowns. Still, he fell victim to two turnovers and questionable play-calling in the Steelers’ 45-42 loss after a failed comeback attempt on Sunday.

Haley, 50, joined the Steelers in 2012 after previous coaching stints with the Chiefs, Cardinals, Cowboys, Bears and Jets.

According to NFL.com, Randy Fichtner will be announced as the team’s new offensive coordinator Thursday.

Fichtner is the Steelers’ quarterbacks coach and has a good relationship with Roethlisberger.

Still, Cronin has plenty of ammo heading into Wednesday’s game.
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John Fox was brought to Chicago to replace former head coach Marc Trestman and lead the Bears back to glory.

Instead, he departs with one of the worst records in franchise history and left fans longing for the CFL transplant who could at least boast a .500 season.

Fox was a respected name in NFL coaching circles in his 13 seasons as a head coach before heading to the Midwest. He’d led the Broncos to four straight AFC West titles in his four seasons with the club, but his inability to deliver a Super Bowl title ultimately led the two sides to agree to a mutual parting of ways in 2014. That made Fox look like a smart hire for the Bears — though his resume in Denver would be tarnished in 2015 when first-year coach Gary Kubiak led the team to an NFL Championship.

Every season, each NFL team nominates one player for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which acknowledges a player for his community service activities off the field, as well as his play on the field. Headlining this year’s list, not surprisingly, is Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who raised $37 million over 19 days for Hurricane Harvey relief.

The Saints’ ground attack is the best in the league. That’s why they didn’t have to rely on Brees as much this season. Teams have no choice but to account for them if they’re on the field, and Sean Payton took advantage.

Brees had tight end Josh Hill hilariously wide open in the second quarter, thanks in large part to Ingram. Ingram lined up in the backfield, and the Panthers defense stacked the box. That left the secondary scrambling, and Hill available for the 9-yard score.

There were some questions this season about whether or not Brees’ arm strength was declining at age 38. The Saints’ first score of the day, an 80-yard bomb to Ted Ginn Jr., suggests there’s no reason to worry.

The farm system is bad and they’ll bankrupt themselves if they sell the house for Stanton, who will regress in AT&T Park even if he bolsters a currently dreadful lineup. Just about everything went wrong for the Giants last year, and they need to make small acquisitions—the way Brian Sabean did in compiling their 2010 World Series team—instead of selling the house for a big name.wings_1023

Bills’ Tre’Davious White backpedals on calling Rob Gronkowski ‘dirty’

Tre’Davious White doesn’t think Rob Gronkowski is a dirty player anymore.

“We’ve got too much work to do,” McDermott said. “And this is too good of an opponent for us to, A, talk about it, or B, even think about it. The weeks go by too fast for us to do anything but focus on what we’ve got to do and the New England Patriots.”

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Despite President Donald Trump’s earlier opposition to the tax break, the ability of states and municipalities to sell tax-free bonds to fund professional sports venues remains intact under the bill.

A measure to eliminate the tax break was included in the House version of the bill but did not make the final version voted on by the Senate, the Star-Ledger notes.

The NFL was against the measure for obvious reasons, but as part of his response to NFL players protesting during the national anthem, Trump argued the league didn’t deserve the financial advantage.

The sale of tax-free bonds to fund sports facilities caused the federal government to forego $3.7 billion in revenues between 2000 and 2016, according to liberal think tank Brookings Institution.
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