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Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was not at Lions workouts last week because he was in Ghana dealing with family matters, but his absence is not expected to stretch much longer.
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Ansah is returning to Detroit on Monday and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that he is expected to be at the team’s facility for Tuesday’s work. He’s also expected to sign the franchise tag the team used earlier this offseason.

That suggestion also is expected to come up at future meetings, beginning in May at the Atlanta owners get-together.

Also tabled was whether to allow video on sideline Surface tablets that teams use now to view photos. McKay said the voters weren’t there to pass it.

On-field officials supported having a member of the staff in New York calling for an ejection in certain blatant circumstances that involve non-football acts such as fighting. They cited the difficulty of determining the culprits in a fight or other such situations.

That means Joyner will make $11.287 million this year, and he’ll hit free agency next year if he doesn’t work out a new contract with the Rams. If the Rams were to Orleans Darkwa Jersey franchise Joyner again next year, they would have to pay him $13.544 million in 2019.

Joyner started 12 games at free safety for the Rams last year and is part of a secondary that now also includes Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. The Rams are going all-out for the Super Bowl, and Joyner will be a big part of that.

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The 54-year-old also longed for the days when the college game did a better job of producing blocking tight ends and talked about wanting to bring back the work ethic and character of his first Raiders team in 1998.

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What these moves are not: Part of a grand design to rebuild.

Every move made by the Giants this offseason was designed to improve the talent level on the roster and ensure the culture in the building and environment in the locker room is in lockstep with the demeanor and personality of Pat Shurmur, the new head coach.
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Matt Murray stopped 26 shots for his second shutout of the series and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins are a win away from playing in the second round for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons.

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A lot of his records aren’t going to be touched, Crosby said. The fact I can be close to him and around that one, I guess I’ve been fortunate to play in a number of playoff games helps a lot.

The Flyers were already on their second goalie by the time Crosby scored. The Penguins chased Brian Elliott early in the period after the maligned goalie allowed his 14th goal of the series. Michal Neuvirth relived Elliott and it didn’t matter. Neuvirth lost track of the puck behind the net and had his head turned to the right when Crosby found it and snapped it under the goalie’s left skate.

At ill mother’s behest, Celtics’ Marcus Smart targets return from thumb surgery

Celtics guard Marcus Smart said his 63-year-old mother has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer but that she implored him to rejoin the team for the start of the playoffs in hopes that she can watch Smart play again this season.

Smart said his mother, Camellia, revealed her diagnosis when Smart visited her in Dallas last week. Smart is currently rehabbing from thumb surgery but has said he’s targeting his return for a potential Game 7 in the team’s first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks. That game, if necessary, would be played on April 28.

Smart’s older brother, Todd, lost a long battle with cancer at the age of 33 in 2004, when Smart was just 9 years old.

Smart said he planned to travel home to visit his mother again soon, pending the results of a checkup she had Tuesday.

Green said Spurs forward Davis Bertans played a role in the incident, which occurred with 4:52 left in the contest, and warranted the same penalty. The two players were battling for position to collect a rebound. Bertans was sealed off by Green, and Bertans’ left elbow appeared to be planted near Green’s throat. Green reacted by swinging his right elbow into Bertans’ chest, and the follow-through appeared to make contact with Bertans’ chin.

“I think it was a little bit of a flop,” Green said at the podium, after producing nine points, five boards and six assists. “I don’t even know if I hit him, but if I did — I’m not saying I didn’t, I don’t know — but if it’s going to be a flagrant foul, shouldn’t it be a double flagrant? Like, I can just get grabbed around my neck? I’m not going to sit up here and say I did nothing. I’ve got to get someone off my neck, though. If you’re going to penalize me, then why not penalize both? That’s really my only thing.”

Green was animated and irate after the officials reviewed the play and made their ruling. Bertans then missed the free throw.

Green has one flagrant point on his record this postseason; if he exceeds three points, he will receive an automatic suspension for the following game. Green accumulated five flagrant points during the 2016 postseason, and it earned him a suspension for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors, after going up 3-1 in the series, lost the final three games as Cleveland won its first championship.jets_033

the NFLPA wished Incognito good luck in the next stage of his career.

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We are in the process of gathering more information about Daryl Worley’s arrest this morning, according to a statement from the Eagles.

Incognito is leaving football a little over three years since signing a one-year deal with Buffalo to resume his career after spending 18 months away from the game.

His play throughout his career has been hailed and reviled, as he was voted the league’s second dirtiest player in 2012 鈥?which he wore as a badge of honor.

McCarthy got the best of that first matchup. He worked 5 1/3 innings in his Atlanta debut and the Braves won the game 15-2, a contest made notable by Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler’s decisions that burned through the bullpen

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Velasquez only lasted 2 2/3 innings in his first start against the Braves. He allowed seven runs (four earned) on nine hits, including a double and a triple, and two walks.

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I understand the Seahawks’ decision to release me, Boykin said, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The story that was reported casts a bad light on the organization and on me.

Nelson posted 1,000 yards receiving four times in his tenure in Green Bay and recorded double-digit touchdowns on three separate occasions. However, he caught just 53 passes for 482 yards and six touchdown with the Packers last year and averaged less than 10 yards per reception for the first time in his career. The absence of Aaron Rodgers certainly factored into that equation as Nelson caught six touchdowns in the team’s first five games with Rodgers before putting up a goose egg the remainder of the season.

Fowler showed some promise as a rookie, making a key catch in the Broncos’ narrow divisional-round win over the Steelers and hauling in a two-point conversion in Super Bowl 50 that doubled as Peyton Manning’s final pass, but the Broncos did not view him as a fit at the near-$2MM rate it would have cost them to place the low-end tender on.

The league’s proposed new catch rule will result in some plays that previously were incomplete passes, now being complete passes. But a less-discussed change is that there will be more fumbles: When the ball pops out after a catch, that’s a fumble, not an incompletion.

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Tim Tebow is playing minor league baseball right now. But if he wants to play minor league football a year from now, he has an offer on the table.
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Steve Spurrier, who will coach the Orlando franchise in the upstart Alliance of American Football, says he’d like to have Tebow, his fellow Florida Heisman Trophy winner, on his team.

At the time, the 34-year-old Incognito seemed fired up about the chance to stay in Buffalo, but he apparently changed his mind in the interim.

Unless this is some kind of delayed-reaction April Fool’s joke or a ruse, it’s an unusual way to do business with agent David Dunn and a firm that has represented him through a career which has included a number of high-profile incidents, from the bullying scandal in Miami to charges of directing a racial slur at an opponent.

With the benefit of: (a) a night of sleep; (b) a cup or two of coffee; and (c) a chance to talk through the situation during the opening segment of PFT Live, it’s possible that I’ve figured out the connection between the Ravens announcing on Wednesday that quarterback Robert Griffin III will be signed (not has been signed, but will be signed) and G.M. Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh being questioned on Thursday in quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s pending collusion grievance.
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Newsome and Harbaugh likely will be saying that Tim Hardaway Jr. Jersey they regarded Griffin as being a superior talent to Kaepernick. If they would have been saying that on Thursday without letting the world know on Wednesday that they’ll be signing him next week, the line of questioning would have gone something like this:

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Josh Bellamy signs RFA tender with Bears

The Bears tendered a pair of wide receivers as restricted free agents this offseason and Cameron Meredith has seen signs of interest from other teams over the last few weeks.

Josh Bellamy‘s name hasn’t come up quite as often and he opted to end any chance of outside interest on Wednesday. Bellamy’s agent announced that Bellamy has signed his tender and will remain in Chicago.

Bellamy was given the lowest of three tenders and is set to make a salary of $1.907 million during the 2018 season.

Yet, somehow, the Nuggets pulled off a 126-117 win at Quicken Loans Arena. And the next morning, still in the fog from a string of late nights and lost sleep, Malone credited his players not just for beating the Cavaliers but for fighting through heavy fatigue.

“Sometimes, mentally, you have to find ways to fight through it and it’s not easy,” Malone said, “because some days you wake up, you literally wake up and you go, ‘What city am I in? Who are we playing tonight? And what happened last night?'”

It’s unclear precisely what Bell was referring to, but he may be blanching at suggestions that he’s looking for too much money. This year Bell is due $14.56 million if he plays on the franchise tag, but he hasn’t signed that tag because he’s hoping for a contract that pays him more.

When the season starts, and Bell is scoring touchdowns for the Steelers, Pittsburgh fans will surely cheer him. But in 2019 it won’t be surprising if Bell ends up in a place where he feels more appreciated.

In fact, NBA head coaches will say that traveling to Denver to play on the second night of a back-to-back set is the most feared travel scenario in the league, because of the higher elevation in Denver, the weather and the distance from the airport to downtown.

“By far,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told ESPN in 2016. “It’s not even close.

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Which players should you build around and which players should you fade in DFS as we tip off Friday’s NBA action? Our experts have the answers.
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Among four top stars playing tonight, all with incredible motivation — LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic — I find it impossible to nail down one to build around absolutely. Likewise, there are plenty of value plays tonight — Nets, Bulls, Grizzlies come to mind — but none whom I can’t live without there either.

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Throwing that away, that just can’t happen, Bour said.

Miami went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position, stranded 10, hit into a double play and lost a runner on the bases.

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Filip Forsberg scored three goals for Nashville’s first hat trick of the season, and the Predators finished off the best regular season in franchise history by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 Saturday night.
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The Predators accepted the Presidents’ Trophy before the game from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and took a moment to remember the moment with a team photo on the ice. Fans then chanted We want the Cup for the defending Western Conference champs who lost the Stanley Cup in six games to Pittsburgh last June.

The Predators will begin their run for the Cup against the Colorado Avalanche.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said he’d never coached a team that won the Presidents’ Trophy before. This night was to remember all the personal milestones, including David Poile notching the most NHL games by a general manager.

The Braves traded right-hander Akeel Morris to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash.

I’ve talked about it for how many years now? manager Joe Maddon asked rhetorically. We have struck out a lot. It has been exacerbated by the 17-inning game but we have struck out a lot. We have to do better. We have to move the baseball. We talked about it all camp. We talked about it the last two years. I believe that we will, but right now, we’re not.
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It’s true. The Reds’ Tyler Mahle pitched well and dynamic closer Raisel Iglesias was responsible for those final two strikeouts. But the bottom line is at some point this season the Cubs need to improve in those moments or switching coaches wasn’t worth it, while bringing back the same position-player base might come into question.

At this point, it’s simply way too early to know anything for sure. But then again, the Cubs have also not come close to facing the best on the mound the league has to offer after a series with the Marlins and one game with the Reds.

I’m not going to make any excuses, Maddon said. We should have done better but we’re going to do better.
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Freeman had two walks, giving him 10 through five games. It’s the high five-game total for any major league player since Gary Sheffield had 10 in 1997.

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Trading Gronk wouldn’t be out of character for Belichick

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Most teams wouldn’t be eager to trade a 28-year-old future Hall of Famer with two more years on his contract at affordable salaries. But the Patriots aren’t like most teams.
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Wilson’s contract is up soon, somehow, but the two sides, per CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, have not been engaging in any real talks about a new deal.

And according to a report from Jim Trotter of NFL Media, there was some recent concern from Wilson’s camp about seeing Seahawks GM John Schneider at Josh Allen’s Wyoming pro day. That concern, along with the Seahawks’ current approach to churning the roster, coupled with Wilson’s contract status, could potentially equate to Seattle and Wilson parting ways at some point in the next few years, according to Trotter.

More specifically, it sounded like Trotter believes Wilson’s camp could try to push the button for a trade if 2018 goes poorly in Seattle.

Ronnie Harrison was overshadowed by Minkah Fitzpatrick but is a top-tier safety prospect in his own right. He has the tools to become an immediate starter and is a great fit in the modern NFL where the line between free and strong safety is blurring.