Saints’ Mark Ingram skipping OTAs until veteran minicamp, coach Sean Payton says

Sean Payton confirmed that running back Mark Ingram is not expected to participate in any of the New Orleans Saints’ organized team activities until the mandatory veteran minicamp in June, apparently because the Pro Bowler is heading into the final year of his contract.

It was Ingram’s decision to train independently in Florida and does not appear to be related to Ingram’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. News of his absence was first reported by the NFL Network.

Ingram, 28, also switched from longtime agent Joel Segal to new agents Paul Bobbitt and David Jones this offseason.

I might have to talk to somebody about that, the Yo-Yo Ma-loving Carter said before what can’t be called a coincidence. I don’t know if that would be a great time for classical music. I would be down with it.

On Tuesday, Walker scored the game-winning run against the Red Sox.

The Yankees snapped a two-game losing streak and had a chance to stay atop the American League East over the Red Sox, with whom they started the day tied.

Just a good hitter, Boone said. Always has been. Especially left-handed. More good at-bats (Saturay).Through the winning, he’s had a big hand in a lot of it. Another one (Saturday) for him. Not surprising, knowing the quality of at-bat that he gives us it seems like day in and day out now.

Walker hit.163 through his first 21 games and watched top prospect Gleyber Torres take his job at second base. Since then, Walker has been splitting time with Tyler Austin at first base. He pitched in at third base Friday.

Walker, who has three other career walk-off hits, is 9-for-25 (.360) in his last nine games. colts_101

How important is Markelle Fultz to a deep 76ers playoff run?

After a controversial five-month hiatus, Markelle Fultz’s surprising return to the surging Philadelphia 76ers has played a sizeable role in their late-season run as the hottest team in the NBA. In his past 11 games, Fultz is averaging an impressive 15.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 2.1 turnovers per 36 minutes while becoming the youngest player in NBA history to notch a triple-double in the Sixers’ regular-season finale. He has also helped spark a seemingly unstoppable bench unit.

Slotted behind likely Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons and playing in a lineup with shooting and experience at virtually every position, Fultz has been able to play free of wild expectations. But fans still hang on his every jump shot attempt.

The Heat regularly sagged off Fultz when he initiated offense in the half court, daring him to beat them from the perimeter:

Kevin Durant has had a rough time with social media over the past year, dating back to when Twitter figured out he had a burner account to reply to haters. Since then, Durant on his phone sitting at his locker has become a meme. On Monday, a screenshot began to circulate showing Durant liking a comment that criticized Russell Westbrook. The comment stated: “The problem was Westbrook. They had a good a– team.”

After Game 1 of Boston’s first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, Celtics guard Terry Rozier accidentally referred to Eric Bledsoe as “Drew Bledsoe,” the former NFL quarterback.

Eric Bledsoe took offense to Rozier’s remark and, when asked about Rozier after Game 2, pretended he didn’t know who Rozier was.

“Who?” Bledsoe said when asked if he takes his matchup with Rozier personally. “I don’t even know who the f— that is.”

Tim Beckham (R), 15.1 percent, Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers (LHP Matthew Boyd): His splits don’t overly favor one type of pitcher, but Beckham still connects with hard contact at an above-average rate, and Boyd’s soft-tossing ways could cure the Orioles’ slump.

The Tagovailoa-Fromm rivalry continues on recruiting trail

If you see the names Tagovailoa and Fromm pop up on the recruiting trail, it’s not a typo. The true freshmen who took over the College Football Playoff both have younger brothers who figure to keep the rivalry going.

After Jake Fromm led Georgia to an SEC title and berth in the national title game and Tua Tagovailoa won the national title for Alabama with his second-half performance, their younger siblings might have a hard time coming out of their shadows.

Bryant tells Snyder to rewind it again.

“When Chris Paul says, ‘Wait until the game slows down for him,’ that’s what he’s talking about,” Snyder says. “Because when you change speeds, by definition, you see more.”

The Sooners return several rotation players at defensive end but have to replace All-Big 12 defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who was a senior last season.

“Like I told Johnnie, I don’t do that on purpose,” Mitchell says.

“But you can train it, though,” Snyder replies. “In fact, one of the things, because you’re getting more curls on the chase, like almost like a skip, you turn and you change speeds with your body even without your feet. That’s why you do all the stuff you’re doing with JB. The sequence is important.”

Bryant wants to note one other thing before they move on to the next clip. When Mitchell caught the inbounds pass as he came off the Gobert screen, he put the ball down with his inside hand, allowing his shoulders to get vertical immediately. It’s something they work on every day, the kind of detail that makes a difference but most casual observers would never notice.

“You’re here, and now you’re downhill,” Bryant says.

He had eight goals and 11 assists in 35 games for the Coyotes.

Max Scherzer said in the spring that he doesn’t think he has reached his peak yet, which was quite the statement from a pitcher who won the 2016 National League Cy Young Award with an impressive season, then posted an ERA almost half a run lower and WAR almost a full win higher in 2017 to win it in a second consecutive season. In his past three starts, Scherzer has posted the three highest miss rates on his fastball at any point since the start of 2017. Maybe he has a point. — Langsjets_060

Lions releasing tight end Eric Ebron

The Lions tried to find a trade partner, but the clock is ticking.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Lions are releasing tight end Eric Ebron after they were unable to make a deal.

For instance (and this is an extreme example), McKinnon’s deal could call for him to get $1 million in 2018, $1 million in 2019, $1 million in 2020, and $27 million in 2021. That would still be a four-year, $30 million deal.

There’s no chance McKinnon’s deal would be structured like that, for numerous reasons. The point is that there’s no way to know whether the deal is truly a $7.5 million-per-year contract without digging into details that weren’t leaked when the total base value was.

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But while Bray has essentially no actual playing experience, he has five years of experience with Nagy, who was the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach from 2013 to 2015 and their offensive coordinator in 2016 and 2017. Along with the newly signed Chase Daniel, the Bears now have two backup quarterbacks who know Nagy’s offense.

If everything goes according to plan, neither of those quarterbacks will see the field, and Mitchell Trubisky will develop into the Bears’ franchise starter. But now there are two quarterbacks behind Trubisky on the depth chart who have a leg up on learning the offense.

So they appreciate the good times when they come along.The 10 former B’s players that were named joined the five Bruins players that were previously named during the NHL Centennial Celebration as part of the first 33 players recognized, who played primarily from first-team reps at nickel corner ahead of him on Wednesday, after Buster Skrine tweaked something his leg.They later agreed to appear on a television variety show called The Hollywood Palace.Stargell finished with 48 home runs and 125 runs batted.

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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

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.”

We may never know what Croc from Tom Brady’s ‘TB Times’ represents. Maybe it’s better that way.

To tell you the truth, I’m a little relieved. Sometimes mystery is the only satisfying conclusion. The beauty of these posts were their complete insanity. I loved that they didn’t make sense. When you’re an adult, it seems like everything has to make sense. The whole point is to always Figure It Out. There was something really weird, wonderful, and beautiful, even, about Brady’s totally inconsequential posts remaining completely incomprehensible.

Kane is the player I’m banking on as most likely to move and land in a fantasy-friendly location. He offers the most potential bang for teams seeking that top-line winger to complete their offense. The St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings fit that bill (maybe not the Winnipeg Jets in this scenario). We know Kane has the skill to put up points when lining up with elite players on offense. He just doesn’t always show it.

On a playoff bound team giving him prime minutes, we should see more of the Kane who scored 34 points in the first 38 games of the season.

Meek Mill is a Philadelphia native, and his music turned into a rallying cry for the underdog Eagles, who ran onto the U.S. Bank Stadium field Sunday with the rapper’s “Dreams and Nightmares” blaring. Can you blame them? “Dreams and Nightmares” is an iconic album opener. That beat switch is hot enough that it could heat New York City for an entire winter if you hooked it up to the power grid.

Tacopina said Brinkley went against the recommendations of the district attorney and Mill’s probation officer, who recommended “no incarceration for technical violations,” and accused Brinkley of “taking an inappropriate personal interest in (Meek Mill) that goes above and beyond her role as a judge.”

Mill is a beloved Philadelphia rapper, but his imprisoning has sparked serious criminal justice reform discussions. In November, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and former 76ers legend Julius Erving spoke to hundreds of protestors outside of Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center in response to Mill’s sentencing.

Mill’s lawyers say they are optimistic that Mill’s sentence can still be reduced or commuted entirely through appeal.

They didn’t register a shot.bears_120

After signing a $6 million contract with the Browns in 1985, quarterback Bernie Kosar hoped to secure an agent to handle his money.

“There is so much excitement; you have basically just hit the lottery,” he says in the book. “Once I made the roster, my first big purchase was a 1992 white Corvette with red interior for $38,000 … [Later] I bought a Mercedes and a Hummer. Players really go overboard on automobiles.”

As soon as the ink is dry on their first contract, players are overwhelmed by confusing advice from family and friends, who believe that they should be “helping” the player manage their finances.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey put his team in an early hole when he called for an onside kick on the game’s opening kickoff. The Titans didn’t recover the ball and the Raiders ended up scoring a touchdown four plays later.

Amazing how clean, full-screen telecasts appear, as was Sunday’s Packers-Falcons on FOX, without crawls pushing fantasy league stats and Skip Bayless/Shannon Sharpe promos.

FOX’s Joe (“Ripkowski put it on the ground!”) Buck, slick-talking at the top of Packers-Falcons about the over-under number, is another who thinks someone in Vegas makes NFL betting lines. Vegas books set opening lines, but the gambling public establishes the final lines by betting into them; too much to either side moves those lines.

Giants: OK, their first-round pick, Mississippi TE Evan Engram, is not a blocker. So what? He was drafted to catch passes, which is something no Giants TE has done consistently in too long to remember. The Giants addressed the loss of Johnathan Hankins by picking Alabama DT Dalvin Tomlinson in the second round. And they picked a potential Eli Manning successor in the third round, Cal’s Davis Webb.

Jets: Their eyes lit up as the first-round board unfolded and LSU safety Jamal Adams fell into their lap. Adams, a solid playmaker, might end up being the locker-room leader the rudderless Jets desperately need once he starts playing and producing. They went safety again in the second round with Florida’s Marcus Maye, a productive player the Jets targeted throughout the process.

When the game returned from commercial, Meredith’s leg was in an air-cast and he was being carted off the field. The Bears quickly announced that he was done for the day, and it appears that he has a significant knee injury that could keep him out for a while, if not the entire season.

It’s a big blow for the Bears; Meredith was expected to work as one of their top two wide receivers this season. nike-youth-cardinals-119

The New England Patriots have not been themselves.

After talk of them chasing an unbeaten season, they lost their first game and little has come easily for them since then.

The Dallas Cowboys regained “America’s Team” stature last season behind two rookies, quarterback Dak Prescott and tailback Ezekiel Elliott, as they provided a post-presidential-election boost to the sport’s sagging TV ratings. But with expectations even higher this season, the Cowboys are 2-3 and they could lose Elliott at any time if the NFL regains the right in court to enforce its six-game suspension of him under the personal conduct policy.

As long as the most-talked-about NFL player is Colin Kaepernick, who isn’t even on a roster, the league will have an issue and there will be questions about whether it can maintain its popularity and prosperity. As long as the most passionately debated NFL topic is the players’ protests during the anthem, the league is not succeeding in getting the focus back to the football being played.

Owners left the meeting in New York without requiring players to stand for the anthem, refusing to give in to the pressure being exerted by President Trump. But Trump shows no signs of abandoning the topic. It remains to be seen if that will keep the national controversy raging.

Just kidding. Though Trubisky started, he didn’t really get a chance to do much of anything. The Bears’ coaching staff called nine straight running plays to start the game. Unsurprisingly, the Bears went three-and-out three times. Even when facing third-and-long, Trubisky handed the ball off.

At least, that’s what we thought. The Bears decided it was a good idea to put Trubisky back into the game with just a few minutes remaining on the clock when Shaw was forced to leave with an injury.

Bears coach John Fox said that Mark Sanchez was not available in the fourth quarter, so Mitchell Trubisky re-entered for Connor Shaw.

Spanos, who has supported several conservative candidates in the past, used his statement to stand behind NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who fired back at Trump earlier in the day, calling the president’s comments “divisive.”chargers_095

Sixers: Have reached 100 points in 34 of 43 games and 10 of last 11. …

Jones’s opinion can make things happen, or not happen, in the NFL, so his view of the protests is important — so important that Trump called Jones after the Sept. 25 game to try to get on the same page.

“He did call,” Jones told a Dallas radio station. “He was complimentary, which doesn’t mean that in any way we acquiesced to what he was implying. What we did was exclusive from that. What we wanted to do was basically make a statement and certainly not dishonor the flag.”

Vanderbilt’s Payton Willis made a 3-pointer 40 seconds into the game to open the scoring, but the Commodores missed their next 17 3-point attempts before LaChance heated up.

LaChance went 4 of 4 from 3-point range in a span of 2 1/2 minutes and ended up scoring 15 straight Vanderbilt points to start the rally. But his huge second half couldn’t reduce the sting of a loss to an in-state rival.

Have lost 10 straight in the series. … Saric has reached double figures in 24 straight games. … Luwawu-Cabarott started his third game of the season. … Ben Simmons, the Sixers third-leading scorer at 16.6 points a game, was limited to six points on 3 of 8 from the field.

Grizzlies: G Wayne Selden received two technicals — the second in the third quarter. … Has a five-game home winning streak. … Memphis shot 42 percent in the game, compared to 45 percent for Philadelphia — only the third time this season Memphis has won when shooting a lower field goal percentage. … The 15-point deficit was the largest the Grizzlies have overcome in a win this season.

Henry, who was signed by the Grizzlies on Jan. 13, was 3 of 5 from the field in the fourth, including converting two of his three 3-point attempts. That and 10 fourth-quarter points from Evans, who finished with 18 points and eight assists, helped Memphis come back from 10 down with 9:45 left.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Henry started the Grizzlies in the right direction. Eventually, Memphis used a 13-2 burst to take their first lead of the night.patriots_050_432816d500d73104-180x180