Mike Francesa feisty over his uncertain future

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Whatever it is Francesa is up to, he is either trying to keep it very secret, or doesn’t really know what is next.
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It was a formidable task, as the salary cap had a floor of $120.2 million and a ceiling of $120.8 million. With the strict new rules proposed by sly new Maple Leafs owner Lou Lamoriello, no player contract was allowed to have bonuses or annual salary fluctuation, thus making for such a wonderfully competitive balance that the difference between first overall and last overall was just 15 points. (Some have said it stemmed from Lamoriello’s bitterness over the Ilya Kovalchuck fiasco of 2010, but he has always denied that claim.)

The games are way more interesting than when I played, Wayne Gretzky said when he called in to TSN from his summer home on Mars.

It makes sense, and it underscores the reality that a contract is a two-way street. The employee who signs a multi-year contract enjoys financial security in the event poor performance results in termination. If an employee prefers flexibility, he should insist on one-year contracts, which would allow him to exit whenever he chooses. Or he should ask for a clause that allows him to leave whenever a potential promotion arises.

While there’s nothing wrong with choosing to let a guy leave with years left on his contract, there’s also nothing wrong with not letting him leave, either.

These trades showed the complementary process of roster-building. Free agency fills the gaps. Nailing the draft is paramount.

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Raiders upgrading team, future through recent trades

The Oakland Raiders have been moving pieces around to improve the team heading into next season, and are upgrading draft picks in the process.
Heading into the free agency period, the Oakland Raiders were short on money. At first, the team appeared to be moving slowly, not really making any kind of splash to help the team out in the upcoming season.
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It remains to be seen how his signing Monday affects Marshall, who was limited to five games in 2017, his first season with the Giants, before he was put on injured reserve, needing ankle surgery. Marshall, 33, is due to count $6.1 million on the salary cap, and cutting him would save the Giants $5.1 million on the cap. It is likely the Giants need that money in order to finish up their business in free agency.
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His agent told ESPN last Friday that Grant has been working out and running routes, and that his ankle was cleared by renowned surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson and is not an issue.

If there was an issue with my ankle, I wouldn’t have passed the physical with the Colts and the Raiders, Grant said. I can’t control what [the Ravens] did. I can’t control their assessment of my ankle. I’ve gone to other places. I’ve seen multiple doctors and I’ve passed physicals so that should pretty much speak for itself.

Grant, 27, a fifth-round pick in 2014, caught 84 passes for 985 yards and four touchdowns during his four seasons with Washington.

He provides much-needed depth to a Colts receiving corps that is in need of help; Donte Moncrief signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kamar Aiken is a free agent. T.Y. Hilton and Chester Rogers Donald Stephenson Youth jersey are the only receivers under contract who caught a pass for the Colts last season.

Cornerback Pierre Desir is returning to the Colts on a one-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. The Indianapolis Star first reported the deal.

Desir was limited to nine games in 2017 due to torn pectoral muscle. He was the team’s No. 2 cornerback at the time of the injury.

Also on Tuesday, the Colts signed veteran center/guard Matt Slauson.

Report: Dolphins set up free-agent visit with Murray

Free-agent running back DeMarco Murray will visit the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, according to Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. Murray has already reportedly taken visits to the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks. The 30-year-old rushed for 659 yards and six touchdowns last year as a member of the Tennessee Titans, but posted 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns the season prior. Miami’s backfield currently features Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake, who handled most of the workload following the midseason trade of Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Really, the 49ers are investing a ton of cash into McKinnon for 2018, hoping he’ll produce in Shanahan’s offense and stick around for the duration of the deal. But if he doesn’t, the 49ers will have wasted a good chunk of cash on a running back who has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry over the last two seasons. 

All of that is in the past, because new general manager John Dorsey isn’t willing to accept the Browns’ previous failures and took the immense amount of draft capital and salary-cap space accumulated by his predecessor, Sashi Brown, to make the biggest moves in the trade market and supplemented them with seven free-agent signings (so far).

Cleveland forced the league to pay attention by agreeing to trades for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and defensive back Damarious Randall prior to the start of the new league year. 

Landry is a Pro Bowl-caliber performer with more receptions (400) in his first four seasons than any receiver in NFL history. Taylor provides stability at quarterback—which is something the Browns haven’t had since Bernie Koser played for the franchise. Randall, meanwhile, is the teams new starting free safety. 

As for a logical landing spot for the 31-year-old Scandrick, ESPN notes the Saints, who were in discussions with the Cowboys at last year’s draft about a potential trade for him, still have a need at cornerback.

It’s pretty easy to see how this one came together: The Chiefs needed a young inside linebacker to replace Derrick Johnson, and the threat of Hitchens going to Indianapolis and reuniting with his former position coach (Matt Eberflus) in Dallas drove up his price.patriots_304

Daniel Theis has torn meniscus, likely to miss rest of season

Boston Celtics rookie forward Daniel Theis is expected to miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left meniscus, coach Brad Stevens said Monday. Theis suffered the injury on a knee-to-knee collision in the final moments of Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. It’s the latest hit for a Celtics team battling a rash of injuries.
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Stevens said Monday that there was no update on Irving. Horford missed practice while still ill. Brown is expected to miss at least this week while working his way through the NBA’s return-to-action concussion protocol.

Michael Beasley scored 21 and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks, who got a visit from Womens Scott Stevens Jersey Kristaps Porzingis before the game and then showed again that they have no hope of winning without him. They lost for the 16th time in 17 games, most coming since their All-Star forward tore his left ACL on Feb. 6.

This one looked as if it could be different when the Knicks made 17 of their first 24 shots against a defenseless Dallas defense. But the Mavs made enough shots of their own to stay in the game, then surged ahead after halftime.

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Dallas outscored New York 26-12 in the third.

Wolfson also reported free-agent first baseman Mike Napoli is recruiting Darvish to come to Minnesota, even though Napoli isn’t close to signing with the team. Napoli and Darvish were teammates with the Rangers.
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Minnesota needs starting pitching help, especially after learning that ace right-hander Ervin Santana (finger surgery) could be out until May. In 2017, the Twins were 12th in the American League in innings by starters and 10th in starters’ ERA.

Wolfson also reported the Twins have been in regular trade talks with the Rays, although he did not believe Tampa Bay is discussing ace Chris Archer with Minnesota. That would leave No. 2 starter Jake Odorizzi and closer Alex Colome as more likely trade targets.

Williams used the word historic to describe the day to a packed auditorium, and the news conference was timed to be televised live on local TV.

Smith allows Washington to feel good about the position, one reason the team wanted to trade for him.

Steelers to release CB William Gay, he says

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The Shaquille O’Neal Youth jersey veteran cornerback on Monday took to Instagram to bid farewell to the city of Pittsburgh after spending 10 seasons with the team.

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Minnesota splurged on a three-year deal with big guaranteed money (a reported $84 million) to make sure it got Cousins, and the QB’s other suitors didn’t.

It works out well for both player and team, as the Vikings thought about Cousins entering his age-30 season knowing they’re in the right window to win a Super Bowl with him. He’s a perfect fit in the West Coast offense, inheriting ideal skill position weapons in Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph and Dalvin Cook.

Cousins made top-market money up front and landed with a contender that will help him push his career to a higher (see: winning) level of success. The NFC runners-up from 2017 are the new NFC favorites for 2018.

Scandrick is signed with Dallas through the 2019 season and set to earn base salaries of $3 million and $4 million, though the team would save $1.4 million against the salary cap by cutting or trading him.

The Cowboys previously let veterans Barry Church, Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and J.J. Wilcox walk in free agency last year. Given Scandrick’s injury history, the team appears ready to part ways with him, too.

Scandrick, 31, was selected by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He recorded 38 total tackles and three defended passes in 11 games last season while also failing to record a single interception for just the second time in his 10-year career.

Martellus Bennett didn’t work out last year as a replacement for Jared Cook. Here’s the chance for the Packers do their limited bit of free-agency splurging with Aaron Rodgers most in mind. After what Graham has done with Drew Brees and Russell Wilson, he can stick with a top-flight passer on a team that expects to compete for a Super Bowl.

Rest-of-season fantasy hockey rankings

The Avalanche power play has found another level of late, turning Barrie back into a fantasy monster. Remember, Barrie was dropped in a lot of leagues after missing most of December and then returning with sub-par numbers for most of January. But then, Nathan MacKinnon also returned to health. Since the two have both been back on the ice, Barrie has 11 points in eight games, including eight points on the man advantage. With MacKinnon borderline unstoppable by opponents, Barrie will continue to draft off his value.
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Given we’re still far away from June, much could change in the coming months, but so far Gilgeous-Alexander is playing his way into the conversation to be the third nominal point guard to come off the board behind Young and Sexton. Although he didn’t come to Lexington with the high school pedigree of some of his classmates and those who came before him, the result on draft night could still be the same.

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Another fascinating wrinkle is the potential loophole that could significantly help the Lakers. They cannot keep Brook Lopez’s huge cap hold on the books if they are signing elite free agents, but they could renounce his rights and then re-sign him for either his minimum or the Room Mid-Level exception. After a one-year discount, the Lakers would retain Lopez’s full Bird rights and could agree to a much more lucrative contract starting in 2019-20 with their cap space long gone.

Making an agreement to the entire chain would violate the CBA’s restriction on circumvention (like the under-the-table deal between Minnesota and Joe Smith), but a wink-wink expectation would make some in the league office uncomfortable while still likely passing muster. Matt Duchene Youth jersey This same logic could work for Tyler Ennis if they want to bring him back and have to squeeze out the last little bit of space.

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Oilers aim to keep Islanders reeling

Barring a massive turnaround over the final four weeks of the season, the Edmonton Oilers are headed to the NHL Draft Lottery. A late-season swoon may have the New York Islanders right there with them.

“For the most part, it’s really just about great players making great plays and when our guys have the puck, they’re dynamic,” Sullivan said.

The latest proof came midway through the extra period on Monday, when Phil Kessel drew Calgary’s Jon Gillies away from the net and slipped a cross-ice pass to Justin Schultz , who buried it to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory. Schultz’s fourth goal of the season helped the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions improve to 10-1 at home in overtime this season.

“We’ve got the players that are so good out there with that much ice, so we enjoy it,” Schultz said. “We don’t like to go to (overtime) that much, but it’s nice to know that we can get wins.”

“Pretty sure it went into my glove and I was pretty happy with myself,” Markstrom said of his initial reaction. “But then I looked in the glove and there was nothing there. The puck was in the back of the net.”

On a delayed Arizona penalty and Markstrom pulled for an extra attacker for almost a full minute, Jokinen scored his first for Vancouver with a one-timer off a corner feed from Brendan Leipsic that tied it at 1 after the first period.

Arizona had the majority of chances in an uneventful second period, with the Canucks mustering only four shots on goal to the Coyotes’ nine. Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen missed on a wide-open net. At the other end, Coyotes veteran Brad Richardson hit the post on a partial breakaway.

Laine is the first visiting teenager with a hat trick at Madison Square Garden since Toronto’s Ted Kennedy on Dec. 27, 1944, according to Sportsnet Stats.

Steve Mason made 31 saves as the Jets extended their winning streak to three. Winnipeg has earned points in seven straight road games (6-0-1) and improved to 14-6-5 against the Eastern Conference.

“He didn’t get overworked,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “He had a couple of tough ones early, a couple of squeezers right around the net that he made a good save on, and then a lot of what came to him, he saw clean, so it was a good start for sure.”

The two teams that must sign Kirk Cousins

The Cardinals trading for Nick Foles? The Seahawks trading away Richard Sherman? The Jaguars moving up in the draft to take a QB? These are the bold moves that could have a big impact for every team this offseason — if they dare.
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While the Jets, Broncos, Vikings and Cardinals each can make enticing recruiting pitches, one team has a clear leg up due to its roster strength.
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I don’t even have to look to know that my friend Byron Lambert of RosterWatch.com was the one asking the question. I met Byron Authentic Jeff Heuerman Jersey three years ago at the combine, and I marveled at how he would fire question after question at coaches and GMs, clearly about fantasy football but disguised as actual football inquiries. I was so impressed with him after that combine that I chased him down and a year later convinced him to let RosterWatch join RotoPass.com, a site I have an ownership stake in.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report that Robinson’s camp was informed of the Jaguars’ decision.

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Robinson had 48 catches for 548 yards and 2 touchdowns as a rookie before a knee injury ended his season after 10 games. He had a monster year in 2015, with 80 catches for 1,400 yards and a franchise-record 14 touchdown receptions, and he appeared to be on the cusp of joining the elite list of receivers in the NFL.

However, the Jaguars’ offense struggled in 2016, and so did Robinson. He was targeted the same amount of times as he was in 2015 (151 times) but his yardage and touchdown numbers dropped off: 73 catches for 883 yards and 6 touchdowns. After leading the NFL with 31 catches of 20 or more yards in 2015, Robinson had just 11 in 2016.

NFL trade rumors: Bears, Ravens emerging as suitors for Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry

The franchise tag doesn’t necessarily mean Jarvis Landry will be staying in Miami in 2018.
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The Dolphins are willing to trade the wide receiver for the right price and one of the teams that has emerged as a possible suitor is the Bears, according to the Miami Herald.

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The Celtics entered this game with a one-day rest advantage and quickly pounced. Kyrie Irving scored 34 point in three quarters and the Celtics ultimately registering a season-high in points and field-goal percentage (62.1).

What we got was what we deserved, Clifford said afterward, according to FOX Sports Southeast. Our defense was embarrassing.

In fact, on one pass he threw the ball nearly 70 yards from the 10-yard line past the opposite 25-yard line, leading to the first crowd eruption at the combine.

Allen, who measured in at 6-5 and 237 lbs, quickly emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft. He threw for 1,812 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions in the 11 games he played last season. His sophomore season was even strong as he compiled 3,203 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

While his performance at Wyoming was impressive, his workouts at the combine are generating a lot of buzz. Take a look at some of the best reactions to Allen’s big throws.

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It’s also a small advantage that affects nothing else.

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Did a heck of a job for us this year, Dimitroff said. We really liked his impact for us — especially in the run game — understanding that it may be a one-year deal. We’re in a spot right now where there’s a very good chance that he’s going to go to free agency and land a very lucrative deal. So we appreciate what he has done with us.
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Dimitroff said the Falcons are looking into extensions for nose tackle Grady Jarrett, left tackle Jake Matthews, and restricted free agent free safety Ricardo Allen. The team also is expected to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive end Vic Beasley Jr., Dimitroff said.

Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan survey the non-rental options at the trade deadline and take a look behind the curtain with TSN’s James Duthie at what hosting TV coverage of the big day is like. Then we hear from J.T. Brown of the Ducks, and Madison Bowey of the Capitals alongside his father, Will. Finally, a look at the Hart Trophy race, and a fan vents some Olympic frustration to the ESPN On Ice rant line. Listen ?

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Another factor I would consider, and this is only a small one, is that Kane has never played in the Stanley Cup playoffs. There’s no track record to help tip the scales toward affirming him as a trade option. That actually could be a benefit for some teams who hope that getting a shot to play in the postseason would drive his competitiveness. It’s just another risk point for me.

Foster initially raised some red flags at last year’s NFL scouting combine, where he was sent home early after an argument with a hospital worker. He also had a urine sample taken there show up as diluted, which, according to the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse, was treated as a positive test.

Because of the diluted sample, Foster entered the league as part of the substance abuse program.