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Geno Smith visiting Seahawks

Geno Smith already visited the Chargers. Now, the quarterback is on his way to Seattle, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Smith, 27, made his only start in Week 13 last season, breaking Eli Manning‘s consecutive games played streak. Smith has not played anywhere other than New York in his career.

The “perfect” DFS lineup for the early afternoon slate on Sunday included Lance Stephenson and Domantas Sabonis (who set a new career-best scoring mark) of the Indiana Pacers, as the team is settling into the fifth seed and chose to curb the minutes and workloads of Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner.

The ideal lineup for the 1:00 p.m. ET slate also included Malik Monk of the Charlotte Hornets, Taurean Prince of the Atlanta Hawks and Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks; young players on teams long since out of the playoff picture, who have been afforded alpha roles on their respective offenses.

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San Francisco police say they are seeking Smith after he “fled the scene” where officers had responded to a domestic-violence complaint. The victim says Smith bit her wrists and climbed out her window. According to The Mercury News, a San Francisco dispatcher says Smith had drank two bottles of tequila and was possibly heading back to his Oakland residence in his Range Rover.

As police seek Smith in their investigation of the domestic-violence complaint, Smith posts a cryptic photo to his Instagram account, saying “Wtfoh you all are wrong.” It’s unclear where the photo of pavement was taken.

NFL introduces new helmet-hit rule

The NFL has made a major rule change aimed at safety, banning all plays on which a player lowers his head to initiate contact. More In hopes to improve player safety the NFL announced a rule change that will ban all plays on which a player lowers his head to initiate contact with his helmet. Disciplinary aspects of the rule hope to be finalised by the spring league meeting in May, according to NFL Media. The new rule comes after NFL’s research showed a 13.5 per cent increase in diagnosed concussions from 2016 to 2017.

For one, we are three or four years away from entering the second generation of youth-sports specialization in this country. Kids are encouraged — often by those who stand to profit from it — to pick one sport early and focus on it. And in baseball, especially with pitchers, there is specialization within the specialization. Many kids who show an aptitude for pitching stop hitting in high school. For some, it’s even sooner.

Here’s Jackson during an interview this morning, telling reporters how impressed he was by Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield’s ability to rile up his teammates with weird sounds: Now, are we really supposed to believe Mayfield was walking around the locker room going Hee hee! My working theory is that he was doing something much cooler, but Hue Jackson, as an old person, was unable to translate it properly. My current guesses for what Mayfield was actually doing: the Yeet, Lil Uzi Vert’s Yah! Yah! Yah! part from Bad And Boujee, or Future’s La dee da dee da, slob on me knob part from King’s Dead.

When you watch a guy like that pitch — especially if you’ve seen it enough — you realize that guys like that are built differently. When you see them do it, it doesn’t surprise you, but you’re still in awe and appreciative of what they bring.”

George Springer bounced back quickly from setbacks on his way to winning the World Series MVP award. After going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the opener against the Dodgers, he set World Series records with eight extra-base hits and 29 total bases. Springer hit a huge, tying homer in Game 5 after misplaying a Cody Bellinger line drive into an RBI triple.patriots_091

Only three kickers had been taken in the first round before Janikowski, and none has gone that high since.

When Nazem Kadri ripped out a chunk of Joe Thornton’s beard last month, we’ll be honest: We thought it was pretty gross. The multicolored bushel has been Thornton’s signature since 2015. Seeing a patch of it yanked from its owner’s face, fall to the ice like tumbleweed, then get bagged up by the San Jose Sharks’ training staff wasn’t something you see every day.

For NHL players, well, it wasn’t as novel. Hockey is inherently physical and fast-paced. Combine that with sharp metal blades and the occasional shove and you have a recipe for some nastiness. We asked several players to share the grossest thing they’ve ever seen on the ice. Warning: This article may not be safe for work, and you definitely don’t want to read it on an empty stomach.

“The guys learned how to play without me,” Ball recently said. “… They know what works: pace and defense.”

But just as the Lakers were discovering their groove, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. were traded to Cleveland in a cap-clearing move that brought in Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a protected first-round pick. While the trade was a major win for Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka — who positioned the team to have up to $70 million to spend on two elite free agents either this summer or next — the Lakers’ surging chemistry and play took a hit.

Many of the young Lakers had never experienced a trade deadline deal that cost them not only two of the key components to the marginal success they have had this season, but also two well-liked personalities in the locker room.

It’s exactly as risky as it sounds now, and as it sounded then. The party-animal factor didn’t exactly even up the odds.

As the San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2002, with Janikowski’s status for a playoff game in doubt because of the foot condition: “When you’re drafting a kicker that high — when you’ve made that position that big a priority, when you’ve chosen to buck conventional wisdom that blatantly — you’re drafting dependability, consistency, long-term stability and peace of mind. Or so it would seem; there’s no real track record for what the Raiders did that pivotal April day in 2000. But if that’s what the Raiders were drafting for, it’s not what they got.’’

Here’s looking at some team needs the 49ers should consider addressing on the free-agent market, plus some specific veterans to target at each position.

Carlos Hyde is unlikely to be re-signed after a hot-and-cold first season with coach Kyle Shanahan. Undrafted rookie Matt Breida had a few flashes and is a good bet to remain in the mix. Fourth-rounder Joe Williams had his entire rookie season wiped out by an ankle injury.49ers_112

The Chargers probably aren’t going to the playoffs.

At 4-6, Los Angeles only has a 13 percent shot to qualify for the postseason, per the New York Times playoff predictor. The only gimme win on the final six games of its schedule is a showdown with the Browns. The only game the franchise has won against a team with a current non-losing record came Sunday over a Bills team that defied the football gods to start bad Ryan Fitzpatrick cosplayer Nathan Peterman at quarterback.

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That’s good for the Chargers, but he missed his next two kicks. More importantly, the team may need to add a new face to the mix with the already struggling Novak now hobbled.

With Novak sidelined, Thursday became a reminder of just how stubborn NFL coaches are. It’s already mathematically smarter to go for two instead of kicking extra points and that’s with a healthy kicker.

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Angel Nesbitt, four others, suspended for violating minor league drug program

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Angel Nesbitt is among five players who have been suspended for violations of the minor league drug program.

Toss-up: There’s only so much Russell Wilson can do. Injuries in the secondary have Seattle’s defense looking mortal while kicker Blair Walsh has made only three of his past eight field goal attempts. The Seahawks can still be a dangerous team, but they’re trending the wrong way.

Toss-up: At one point it looked like a triumphant season for the Chiefs, who opened the year with a 5-0 start. After losing four of their last five games, it has turned into a toss-up. Kansas City still has a 96 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to FPI, but this recent downfall can’t generate much optimism.

Samuel, a second-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft out of Ohio State, suffered ligament damage in his injured ankle. Samuel had an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of his injury, that will require surgery. The Panthers announced Tuesday Samuel will be placed on injured reserve.

Samuel was starting to gain comfort in Carolina’s offense in recent weeks, after the Panthers traded Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills. Samuel had five receptions for 45 yards Monday before leaving.

Devin Funchess and Russell Shepard are now the only established receivers on the Panthers’ roster, while tight end Ed Dickson could also see an uptick in targets with Samuel out of the lineup. The Panthers do hope to get tight end Greg Olsen back from a foot injury following the bye week. The Panthers also hope to activate speedy receiver Damiere Byrd from injured reserve.

The defense never rests: In a league where triple-digit scoring is en vogue (the NBA scoring average is north of 105 points per game, per ESPN Stats and Information data), the Celtics are winning with defense in holding teams to an absurdly low 94.8 points per game. broncos_055

Titans’ Mike Mularkey: Safety Johnathan Cyprien out ‘a few weeks’

The Tennessee Titans will be without starting safety Johnathan Cyprien for “a few weeks,” according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

Cyprien suffered a hamstring injury halfway through the fourth quarter of the Titans’ 26-16 loss to the Raiders and did not return. The Titans called it a strained hamstring after the game.

Robinson, who has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns in his three-plus seasons, is in the final year of his rookie contract. The sides had preliminary discussions about an extension, but the injury obviously puts a hold on things.

Without Robinson, the Jaguars will have to rely heavily on Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns, as well as veteran Arrelious Benn, who is one of the team’s core special-teams players.

“Well, obviously we have confidence in Marqise and Allen to step up, and obviously to sit here and say, ‘Hey, it doesn’t hurt, next-man-up type of thing,’ we all understand that in our profession, but what I think about is how hard A-Rob has worked and how much he’s put in, and I know what type of year he wanted to have,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I think that’s the thing that gets me as a coach more than anything, is when you watch a player that’s done everything that you’ve asked him to do and was really set up for a great year, and to sustain an injury, it’s obviously a blow.”
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Ray Lewis said Ravens would have signed Colin Kaepernick if not for girlfriend’s tweet

Ray Lewis said the Baltimore Ravens chose not to sign Colin Kaepernick after the quarterback’s girlfriend posted a “racist” tweet featuring the former All-Pro linebacker and owner Steve Bisciotti.

“We were going to close the deal to sign him,” Lewis said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” on Tuesday night. “Steve Bisciotti said, ‘I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football.'”

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Brian Watkins, who came up with the idea for Rep The Squad told the Daily News his company would help fans who may find buying jerseys expensive and can solve the problem of what to do when your favorite player leaves town after you buy their jersey.

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“I started throwing it, and that’s when I found I was a lousy thrower,” he said. So he punted it — standard for Australian Rules Football, but a specialty in American football — and it looked good, or at least, he thought it did. He didn’t really know what good was considered. One of his professors, Scott Talpey, a professor of exercise science and strength and conditioning, did though and recommended that Edwards investigate an Australian kicking academy that helps get players recruited to American colleges. He sent over some tape, and within six months, Sam Houston State came calling.
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Richard Sherman says Colin Kaepernick’s situation is about ‘stay in your place’

For Richard Sherman, the issue with Colin Kaepernick comes down to one thing. “It’s not about football or color,” he told USA Today’s Jarrett Bell. “It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’”

Kaepernick has been a free agent since March 9. Since then, quarterbacks of lesser abilities such as Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez, Matt McGloin, Blaine Gabbert, Dan Orlovsky, and others have been signed. Only two teams have even taken the slightest sniff at Kaepernick since then — the Seahawks and (kind of but not really!) the Ravens.

Nkemdiche brought quite a bit of pressure on Cowboys backup quarterback Kellen Moore early in the game. Reddick, who was a walk-on at Temple and became a first-round draft pick for the Cardinals in 2017, also got after the quarterback and added three tackles. Baker, a second-rounder for the Cardinals this year, contributed six tackles, a pass breakup, and one quarterback hit.

Arizona lost Calais Campbell, cornerback Marcus Cooper, and safeties Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger to free agency this offseason. It should encouraging for the Cardinals to see their young defenders stepping up in the preseason.

Nwachukwu, who was a fan favorite on the Houston Texans’ season of Hard Knocks, only had one reception Thursday night. He made it count, though. Nwachukwu’s 14-yard touchdown reception gave the Cowboys a 17-15 lead in the third quarter.

EZ was loved by fans of Hard Knocks in part because he asked some interesting questions, like, “Is there water on space?” But he also earned respect for his route running, which also paid off on Thursday.patriots_105-180x180

No team in the East has a guy who can handle James one-on-one

“I think ball movement has really made everything easier for all of us,” Horford said. “They are really putting a lot of attention on Isaiah, so that is really freeing a lot of us up and we’re just making plays out of it. Just trying to make the game easy for my teammates.”

He has been doing that lately, and he’s up to 6.4 assists per game in the playoffs. In the Celtics’ last three games, Horford is averaging 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists while also shooting 58.3 percent from the field. He has taken his lumps this season, but here in the playoffs, Horford is proving his worth.

Let’s keep it simple here — it’s James. The Cavaliers roster has looked a bit older and a lot shakier this season, and under most circumstances, it’d be reasonable to assume they were vulnerable in the East. But the difference is, he is the best player in the Eastern Conference, and as long as that remains the case, the Cavs will be very difficult to contend with. As the Pacers saw, having a star like Paul George gets you to the playoffs, but having a superstar like James gets you to the Finals.

Let’s review what James did in the first round. He averaged 32.8 points, 9.0 assists and 9.8 rebounds. That’s 6.4 points more than his season average, while also tacking on more rebounds and assists. He also averaged 3.0 steals and 2.0 blocks — double his steals from the regular season, and triple the blocks. He shot 45.0 percent from the 3-point line, and his overall shooting percentage was down, but only by a half-percent. Oddly, he struggled with free throws, making 57.9 percent.

No team in the East has a guy who can handle James one-on-one, but the Raps will give that job to Powell, DeMarre Caroll and P.J. Tucker off the bench. Good luck with that.jets_021

He’s a city staple and a new member of the NBA Hall of Fame.

OK, so we can all agree the Bucs need an actual pirate running this ship. But rather than a cliche option like Jack Sparrow or Blackbeard, let’s go into the world of Japanese women’s wrestling and pick the Pirate Princess herself, Kairi Hojo.

Besides being wise in all the pirating ways, Hojo also has the cutthroat tactics needed to succeed at GM. All she has to do is threaten to drop the world’s sickest elbow if teams balk at her trade offers. Would someone like that draft a kicker in the second round? Didn’t think so.

Also, Hojo is expected to join NXT in Orlando soon, so it’s a short commute to the Bucs’ headquarters. Win-win, in my opinion.

He’s a city staple and a new member of the NBA Hall of Fame. Plus he’s the best interview. Even if he didn’t demand players give their all during the week, they’d at least be expected to be game-ready come Sunday. “We’re talking about practice!”

James Harrison the GM could make any deal happen. Why? Because he could bully other teams into doing whatever he wanted, of course. He’s that strong.

For instance, in a 41-25 win against the Buffalo Bills in Week 8, Gronkowski lined up as a receiver and used his route-running skills to beat cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman for a 53-yard touchdown. That was the 69th touchdown of his career.

In eight games last season, he caught 25 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns. Even though New England clinched the first seed in the AFC and engineered the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history without its star tight end, Gronkowksi makes this offense more lethal.
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