Yankees to open spring gates early for gawking at Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge

The Yankees have a special treat for their fans.
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Limited Mens Greg Zuerlein Jersey The team will open the gates one hour earlier than usual for spring games at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa so fans can gawk at Aaron Judge and new teammate Giancarlo Stanton during batting practice.

19, signs with the Vikings and starts in Week 1 of the regular season, he would be the Vikings’ sixth different opening day starter in seven years at quarterback.

Ponder, who started the first games of the 2012 and 2013 seasons, remains the most recent Vikings quarterback to hold the job after the preseason for two consecutive years,Whether by his durability or his effectiveness, Cousins would be expected to come to Minnesota and end years of quarterback searches that ultimately proved fruitless,Cousins, who hits free agency after playing on the franchise tag the last two seasons in Washington, has passed for more than 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons.

He has started 49 consecutive games, including his lone playoff start where he threw for 329 yards, but was sacked six times, in a 35-18 NFC wild-card loss to Green Bay after the 2015 season,The Eagles, who signed Bradford to a contract extension after 2015, were reportedly interested in bringing Cousins to Philadelphia if the Redskins had decided Adrian Peterson Jersey not to franchise tag him.

An announcement was posted Tuesday on the Steinbrenner Field website and reminded fans to remember to bring your glove in case you get lucky!

Judge was voted AL Rookie of the Year after topping the AL with 52 home runs last season. Meanwhile, Stanton was acquired from the Marlins in December after earning NL MVP honors and leading MLB in home runs (59), RBIs (132) and slugging percentage (.631) in 2017.

The Yankees will open spring training under new manager Aaron Boone against the Tigers on Feb. 23.
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Richard Sherman says he picked 49ers because he’s ‘vengeful’

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I’m vengeful in that way, the former Seahawks said about signing with a division rival (via The MMQB). I love the fan base to death, and I loved playing there. It was such a great opportunity. I helped the organization get to a great place and stay there. But now it’s like I abandoned them. People are out there burning my jersey. Come on. I’m not the one who let me go. They let me go. I didn’t abandon anybody.

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Richard came into the meeting with us having read all the contracts for all the top cornerbacks past and present, Marathe said. (Sherman) studied our contracts and knew who we’d given real guaranteed money to.

Once the offer was on the table, Sherman called the Seahawks, who released him the day before, to ask if they could match the offer. They refused and will now have to look at Sherman on the other sideline at least twice in 2018.

Philadelphia 锟斤拷 or at least its front office 锟斤拷 did not have long to celebrate its championship. The waiver system for 2018 began the day after the big game. On Feb. 20, the window opened for teams to begin designating franchise or transition players. The NFL Combine began Feb. 27 and ended March 5.

Seemingly in an effort to remain the talk of the sports world throughout the year, the NFL has stuffed the calendar with key dates and events, spreading them out through kickoff of the 2018 regular season. Here are those events, including free agency and the 2018 Authentic Larry Csonka Jersey NFL Draft.

The draft’s move to Dallas follows the success the NFL saw in Philadelphia last year, when a new attendance record was set.

Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said upon the announcement. This new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further.

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6 photos from Ed Hochuli’s NFL career that show why we’ll miss him officiating games

Womens Ryan Kalil Jersey When the 2018 NFL season starts up, Ed Hochuli won’t be a part of it for the first time since he became an official in 1990. The league announced Tuesday that Hochuli is retiring.
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Limited Kids Stephon Gilmore Jersey Hochuli, 67, was the NFL’s most well-known official for two reasons: his buff biceps and his long-winded explanations for every single penalty. Now the NFL world will have to find a way forward without both.

Ohio State’s Sam Hubbard had to sit out for the 40 due to a knee injury, but he was able to showcase his skills in all of the other drills. Hubbard should be healthy enough to run at Justin Braun Youth jersey Ohio State’s pro day on March 22.

It was worth it for the Patriots to bring Bennett back after his performance in 2016, especially on such a low-risk deal. It’s hard to justify paying Bennett that much considering his age and his 2017 season, though.

The Patriots still have Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen on the roster, though Gronkowski has been noncommittal about his future.

This all stems from Jones’ efforts to derail Goodell’s contract extension. Jones’ opposition to Goodell is based in part on the league’s decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games after investigating domestic violence allegations raised against Elliott by a former girlfriend.

Why is the league making Jones pay up? Jones threatened to sue members of the competition committee for moving forward with Goodell’s contract extension without the approval of all 32 owners.

Here’s the problem with that: All 32 owners 锟斤拷 including Jones 锟斤拷 had previously voted to let the compensation committee handle Goodell’s extension without input from the entire league. The compensation committee sent Jones a strongly worded letter that said his behavior was damaging the league and detrimental to the league’s best interests.

NBA reaction to the late Dan Fegan shows respect for prominent player agent

The NBA community paid its respects Sunday to longtime player agent Dan Fegan, who was killed in an automobile accident near Aspen, Colo.
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The Aspen (Colo.) Times reported the SUV Fegan, 56, was driving was broadsided by a bus as Fegan tried to navigate a mountain highway.

I was horrible, actually, he said. I thought about a play and then forgot the second option and had two guys in the wrong place on the board.

I’ve shared my opinion with all our players: I’m passionate about the cause of social justice and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists, Ross said.

However, he said in the statement: I have no intention of forcing our players to stand during the anthem.

Wide receiver Kenny Stills, safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas knelt during the anthem several times during the 2017 season. Only Stills is likely to be with the Dolphins next season, as Michael Thomas is set to become a free agent later this month and Julius Thomas is likely to be released.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 27 points and six rebounds. Danny Green came off the bench to add 22 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. New starting point guard Dejounte Murray also turned in a fine performance, scoring 13 points with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks.

The Cavs had been playing inspired basketball ever since their roster overhaul on the trade deadline, but they looked sluggish against Gregg Popovich’s Spurs squad. LeBron James scored 33 points with Terrance Mitchell Authentic Jersey 13 rebounds and nine assists, but the rest of the team struggled.

Despite the loss, the Cavaliers (35-24) are still third in the Eastern Conference standings. The Spurs (36-25) are third in the West.
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Limited Kids Brent Celek Jersey Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday posted a season-high 36 points with nine rebounds and six assists to lead New Orleans past the Bucks, 123-121, good for their fifth straight victory. Anthony Davis added 27 points and 13 rebounds.

the Rams’ Sammy Watkins and his well-rounded skill set would be preferable over the Seahawks’ Paul Richardson.

A flyer on Terrelle Pryor Sr., who busted with the Redskins, could work out as a rebound in Reich and Nick Sirianni’s offense. On the cheaper side, the Cardinals’ John Brown and the Giants’ Tavarres King have the profiles to complement Hilton outside. The Bills’ Jordan Matthews, a former Eagle, also is in play as a big slot for Reich.
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With Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, the Colts were down to Hilton, tight end Jack Doyle and Womens Serge Ibaka Jersey the backs in the passing game. There’s room for an outside possession, an inside option and another deep threat. Don’t be surprised if two of those come via multiple middle-tier veterans instead of one big one.

Kids Draymond Green Jersey The Colts are set at the two most critical positions. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo has developed into a strong bookend, while the team expects center Ryan Kelly to become an anchor after an injury-riddled season.

Thomas wasn’t the only Lakers player to seemingly find his level and impact in his current role on Thursday. In fact, he wasn’t even the most impressive. For that, look to backcourt-mate Lonzo Ball, who flirted with a quadruple-double in his first start since returning from injury: 8 points (3-5 FG, 0-1 FT), 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 6 steals, 2 3-pointers, 2 TO

With Norman carrying a cap number close to $17 million, Washington probably won’t be too active in chasing this position with a free agent. The Bills’ E.J. Gaines and the Giants’ Prince Amukamara represent the highest the Redskins should go.

The Redskins got a strong season from D.J. Swearinger at one starting spot, so this is about looking for a veteran who can potentially start, given young Deshazor Everett is a shaky option at the other spot. In additon, the team reportedly is ready to trade away ’16 second-rounder Su’a Cravens.

The Redskins shouldn’t invest too much at safety, but a seasoned performer such as the Seahawks’ Bradley McDougald or the Eagles’ Corey Graham could be sufficient.

In the bigger picture, Washington needs to think offense first in free agency. That’s where the values are in making sure the team gets a good, quick return on its investment in Smith, who turns 34 in May.

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Rick Spielman says Vikings haven’t made decision on QB plans

Despite the amount of uncertainty rooted in what the Minnesota Vikings will do at quarterback in 2018 and beyond, general manager Rick Spielman said no decisions have been made regarding the team’s plans at the position.
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Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford are slated to become unrestricted free agents on March 14. Whether any of the three will be back in a Vikings uniform next season has yet to be determined.

Thomas led the Broncos with 83 receptions for 949 yards — his first season with fewer than 1,000 yards receiving since 2011 — while Sanders finished with 47 catches and 555 yards in an injury-marred season. Sanders, who missed four games with an ankle injury, did not have a touchdown reception after Week 2.

Thomas currently has the second-highest salary-cap charge on the team for 2018 at $12.033 million, while Sanders is fourth at $10.938 million.

Jackson said the Browns believe there are a few players who can be good NFL quarterbacks, and the Michael Raffl Jersey decision comes down to a basic point: Can he play? Jackson was direct in saying the Browns’ goal is to add a veteran as well as a drafted player to join Kizer.
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With Karlsson eligible to sign an extension this summer, it would be interesting to see what the Senators can do closer to the draft. That’s not to say it has to be done that way, as Ottawa could arguably get even better value for him from a team that’s in the playoff hunt and has the space to make it work. I just think the Senators might be able to work on things under less duress closer to the draft than they can near the deadline, because they must not mess up this trade as an organization. That said, since we’re so close to the deadline, let’s have some fun. Emily brought up some good recent examples of trades to consider when putting value together, but I’m going to go a little further back.

There’s an axiom that says that to beat Brady you have to get pressure up the middle, take away the lane for him to step up into, and watch him panic. If you can just fold the pocket consistently 鈥?not necessarily put Brady on the ground 鈥?you can make him uncomfortable. Remember that one play during the AFC Championship game when the Jaguars made Brady look like a scared baby deer?
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Washington is reportedly considering franchise-tagging Kirk Cousins. That’d be so dumb

Any team interested in trading for Cousins would have to cross its fingers that the quarterback would be fine playing for anything less than Andreas Martinsen Jersey $34.5 million.
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Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions currently leads the league with an average salary of $27 million. Cousins will almost certainly eclipse that, but anything over $30 million per year is in an entirely different stratosphere of pay. Maybe a team is willing to pay an eye-popping amount, but more than $34.5 million?!
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Essentially, Washington giving Cousins the franchise tag could mean the team is stuck with a quarterback it doesn’t want. And he’d be a quarterback who doesn’t have much trade value because teams probably won’t be jumping through hoops for a ridiculously expensive one-year loaner who’s set to hit free agency in 2019.

Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko had the goals for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four straight.

St. Louis coach Mike Yeo was not happy with his team’s performance.

I didn’t think we played well, Yeo said. Desperation time was a while ago. This is where pride has to come in. We have to make sure we stop the bleeding and we have to start building confidence in the game that we’re playing.

With his three points, Barzal has a team-leading 65 and a 14-point lead over Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL’s rookie scoring race.

Barzal has eight games with three or more points this season, one shy of Bryan Trottier’s franchise rookie record.

It’s unfortunate we couldn’t score (in overtime). It’s unfortunate to lose that extra point, Barzal said.
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We weren’t shy to push the pace early. (Clutterbuck) and (Casey Cizikas) finishing checks early kind of set the tone for the rest of us. I thought we played a pretty good game.

Johnny Manziel commits to The Spring League showcase

Johnny Manziel will play organized football once again, at least for two weeks.
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The Heisman winner has committed to play in The Spring League 2018, a two-weekend showcase in Austin, Texas, featuring four teams comprised almost exclusively of players with NFL experience, according to the event’s website.
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Manziel, a Texas native, recently revealed he has bipolar disorder and is taking medication as he works toward an NFL comeback. He also said he’s no longer drinking.

Other recent commitments to The Spring League include former Raven running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and former Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.

Why did Bill Belichick not call for an over-the-shoulder pass to Tom Brady in Super Bowl LI? Why did he not sit Malcolm Butler for some reason? Why did Matt Patricia not put together a defensive gameplan that could be summed up as beardedly lackluster? Why?

I don’t have an answer to any of those questions, but I hate that I’ll be asking them for the rest of my life. It was nice to see the Patriots lose, but it might have actually made things worse for Falcons fans.

Last year’s anthem, sung by Luke Bryan, was fairly uncontroversial. That has not always been the case. Two years ago, the national anthem prop bet stirred up a bit of controversy, when Lady Gaga repeated the word brave a second time as jets flew over Levi’s Stadium. This led to some books paying the over and some others paying the under for the prop bet.
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The most controversial anthem performance in recent years was when Christina Aguilera skipped a verse of the song. She was chugging along to hit the over, but skipping a verse brought her well under. Many sportsbooks called her performance a push, while others even elected to refund customers. Aguilera’s performance sparked bets of whether a performer would Womens Jah Reid Jersey miss a word in future anthem performances, though that bet stopped when Idina Menzel did not miss any words in her performance a few years back.

Richardson is gone, and Wilkerson isn’t far behind him. Nose tackle Steve McClendon is 32 and also might be cut, while end Kony Ealy is a free agent. That sets up one-time Pro Bowl end Leonard Williams and third-year nose Deon Simon to be the Jets’ best returning D-linemen.

According to the Observer, Jeanne Hurney withdrew the complaint, which effectively ended the scheduled hearing.

If anyone is qualified to inform Martinez on the ins and outs of being a big-ticket free-agent addition in sports-obsessed Boston, it’s Price, a lightning rod since he signed a seven-year, $217 million contract in December 2015.
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Boston isn’t for everyone. Expectations for the four professional sports teams tend to be unreasonably high. The Red Sox, for example, have won 93 games and the American League East title in back-to-back seasons, yet most fans viewed last year, in particular, as a disappointment.
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Only one team in the NHL has a worse goal differential when trailing this season, which isn’t like past Hawks teams. During the 2013 lockout-shortened season, the team posted an astonishing 69 percent goals for percentage when the other team was winning. This season, that figure has plummeted to 42 percent.

The inability to muster the intensity to rally upon trailing seems reflective of a team that no longer believes in itself Josh Morrissey Youth jersey like it used to. And with so many new faces in the locker room compared to a year ago, a lot of these players haven’t been there and done that like the veterans. It’s clear this team doesn’t have the mental fortitude that it used to.

Hurney and his ex-wife divorced in 2014, and Jeanne Hurney filed for a protective order against her ex-husband on Friday, leading to a complaint hearing being set for Feb. 16. According to the complaint (via the Charlotte Observer), Marty Hurney was extremely controlling and was verbally and emotionally abusive during their marriage. She also expressed fear that he may resort to violence and my privacy has been violated for the past seven years.

However, the league’s investigation will go on as planned. Marty Hurney’s attorney, Kathi Lucchesi, called the allegations complete fiction.

Marty Hurney has been serving as the Panthers’ interim GM ever since the team fired Dave Gettleman last summer. He interviewed for the full-time job shortly after the team was eliminated from the playoffs but had yet to officially earn promotion. 49ers senior personnel executive Martin Mayhew, Bills assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson, and Texans assistant general manager Jimmy Raye III are also candidates for the Panthers’ GM position.

This was a sobering week in the NFL, and it had nothing to do with what took place in a game.

On Thursday, the same day the Colts placed franchise quarterback Andrew Luck on injured reserve to officially end his season and the Texans lost their rookie sensation QB Deshaun Watson for the year to a non-contact knee injury.
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On the upside, the trade deadline provide some punch, highlighted by the 49ers acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots in a trade. With that, here’s a look at The Post’s NFL High Five for Week 9:

Most trades leading up to or during the NFL Draft (April 27-29) are for current or future draft choices instead of veteran players. Draft picks are the most cost-effective players in the NFL. Their salaries are determined by a rookie wage scale that doesn’t pay productive ones anything close to their true worth.

Redskins president Bruce Allen confirmed to The MMQB’s Albert Breer at the NFL’s annual owners meetings in late March that Cousins was offered a five-year extension over the $23,943,600 franchise tag he’s currently scheduled to play under this season. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, this is the same $20 million per year offer with low guarantees that was made around the time of the NFL combine in late February. The offer is below the average of 2016’s top 15 quarterback deals, which is approximately $21.225 million per year.

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Bills: They traded down in the first round from No. 10 to 27 to acquire more picks (a 2018 first-rounder and 2017 third-rounder) and still addressed their biggest needs 锟斤拷 secondary and receiver. They lost CB Stephon Gilmore and WR Robert Woods to free agency, and they addressed CB in the first round with LSU’s Tre’Davious White and WR in the second round with East Carolina’s Zay Jones.

Panthers: Their plan was twofold: A need for speed and more help for QB Cam Newton. The marquee pick was Stanford’s dynamic RB Christian McCaffrey in the first round. He immediately fills three needs 锟斤拷 change-of-pace back, receiving threat out of the backfield and a punt returner. Brooklyn’s Curtis Samuel, another jack-of-all-trades offensive weapon, was taken in the second round. Samuel will line up as a slot WR and replace the departed Ted Ginn Jr.