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

Where do the Cardinals go from here? They’ve got to address the quarterback situation.

What’s next for the Raiders? Del Rio is a defensive-minded head coach. But while this experiment did not work, the Raiders will probably hire another coach who preaches defense. Offensively, the Raiders should be fine.

Carr took a big step back this year. But when he is healthy and at his best, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Luckily for Carr, Oakland has a great receiver tandem in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

“That’s the fine line, that you’ve got to be careful of [not] taking the aggression away from your quarterback … because I don’t ever want to do that,” Pederson says. “But at the same time, we’ve got to continue to educate and talk to him about sliding and protecting himself, getting down, all of that; the longevity of the season and his well-being. It’s a fine line, but we’ll just continue to talk to him about those issues.”

Palmer was signed with the team through 2018, and they don’t have any other quarterbacks on the roster for 2018. Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert didn’t exactly light the world ablaze filling in for Palmer after his injury, and neither is under contract with the team for 2018 anyway.

A baseball stadium might seem like an unusual place for the Eagles to practice, but in fact, the Los Angeles Rams (version 1.0) played here from 1980 to 1994. The goalposts the Angels put up for the Eagles are the same ones used by the Rams back then and stored for decades in a hallway in the bowels of the stadium. The venue also regularly hosts high school football playoffs, though this year’s games were moved because of ongoing renovations to the stadium’s scoreboards and sound system.

The conversion process is relatively simple: The pitcher’s mound is removed and a laser is used to lower the infield dirt, over which a thick layer of sod is laid down. Early in the week Eagles players commented on the slick grass and having to wear their longer, screw-in cleats. The Angels adjusted—they stopped watering the grass so that the players would have better footing. The Eagles had flown their groundskeeper out the previous week, and the field was lined and painted before the Eagles kicked off in Seattle.

Erik Johnson’s stumble in overtime nearly led to the winning goal for Winnipeg, but his goaltender bailed him out.

Given another opportunity, Johnson didn’t stumble again.

The Avalanche defenseman scored on a breakaway with 9.9 seconds remaining on the clock in OT, Jonathan Bernier stopped 22 shots after taking over for an injured Semyon Varlamov in the second period and Colorado beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Tuesday night.

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“As a defenseman you don’t get too many breakaways, so I wanted to make it count,” Johnson said.

Hellebuyck and the Jets dropped to 0-6 in overtime this season — 1-7 factoring in shootouts.

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Jon Gruden says if offered Raiders job, ‘there’s a good chance’ he’d take it

Jon Gruden said there is no validity to the rumors that he was offered a stake in ownership with the Raiders to take over as the team’s coach, but if he were offered the job by owner Mark Davis “there’s a good chance” he would take it.

“I’m excited about where I am in terms of studying the game and preparing to come back and coach,” he said on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” on Wednesday. “I just don’t want to sit here and speculate бн I don’t know what’s going to happen, Mike (Golic), I gotta be honest with you. It’s been a long couple weeks, I know they’ve gone through their process of interviewing candidates and until they’re done I won’t know, but I did have a good meeting with Mark.”

Kansas City has lost 10 of its last 11 playoff games, including its last five at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs last home playoff victory was a 27-24 win over the Steelers Jan. 8, 1994.

The Titans have lost their last three playoff games. They haven’t lost four in a row in franchise history, including their time as the Oilers.

During his Tuesday appearance on 93.7 The Fan, the Steelers quarterback hinted at which team he’s most looking forward to potentially facing in the second round of the playoffs.

“I’ll give you guys one guess who you think I want to play,” Roethlisberger said.

With Pittsburgh slated to face the Jaguars, Titans or Chiefs in the divisional round next week, Roethlisberger wants a second shot at the Jags after putting on the worst performance of his NFL career earlier this season.

“Obviously any game that we’re going to play – since it’s the postseason – is going to be a difficult opponent, but I think just for me personally I’d love to just prove that five interceptions wasn’t me in that game,” Roethlisberger said.

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Winter meetings predictions: What’s going to go down in Orlando

With much of the industry and the leaders of all 30 teams on site in Orlando, Florida, the winter meetings should deliver rumors, splashy trades and big-money moves by free agents. We asked our experts to predict what is likely to happen at the meetings before everyone leaves at the end of the week.

The showings by both in-transition teams indicate that Dorsey made the right choice. The Giants, for example, got beaten senseless in the fourth quarter by the Cowboys on Sunday and looked like a team in need of a total overhaul, with nothing to build on and a lot of mistakes to undo.

Arizona needs an upgrade at quarterback after passing on Patrick Mahomes in 2017, but Josh Allen of Wyoming isn’t the answer. Instead, the Cardinals can become a more defensive-dominant team for the future with Hurst.

Dallas has relied on Dez Bryant to be its consistent playmaker at receiver, but he has proven unreliable and past his prime. If the Cowboys continue to struggle, they could have their pick of the top receiver on their board.

Jeter declined comment for this story, but it would be easy for him to argue that he and majority owner Bruce Sherman bought a mess left by Loria and Samson.

The Marlins had a payroll of $115 million last season, and even after unloading most of Stanton’s $295 million (what’s left of the 13-year, $325 million contract extension he signed in 2014) and dropping Dee Gordon’s $38 million (the amount left on his five-year, $50 million deal signed in 2016) on the Mariners, they likely aren’t done.

“I think the fans were hoping that a white knight would roll in and throw money at the roster and go get some pitching,” Spencer said.

The brief window of optimism about the Bears hanging in the playoff race slammed shut fast with three straight aggravating losses. chargers_046-180x180