Report: Raiders to exercise Amari Cooper’s option

When Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie was asked last week if the Raiders are going to exercise their option on wide receiver Amari Cooper’s contract for the 2019 season, he didn’t commit to any course of action.
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While Cooper is coming off a mediocre season, it would come as a surprise if the Raiders were in any hurry to part ways with the 2015 first-rounder. It comes as no surprise, then, that Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that the team is set to exercise the option imminently.

Teams have until May 3 to exercise fifth-year options on 2015 first-rounders.

Plan E: For better or for worse, The Future Is Now.There are Buddhist monks who have taken vows of silence who have more to say than Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan did Monday.

This year’s draft has four top quarterbacks in USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and UCLA’s Josh Rosen. So the Broncos will either have a shot at one of those quarterbacks, or will have their choice of the best non-quarterback in the draft, with Penn Shaun Livingston Jersey State running back Saquon Barkley and North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb atop most draft boards after the quarterback.
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So that fifth pick will be valuable. Either for the Broncos or for someone else.

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It’s too much to be honest, she admitted. I didn’t do it for three or four days and I woke up with 39 requests.

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Our bats just came out and we got contributions up and down the line today, Scherzer said. When you get that as a starting pitcher you just want to go out there and put up those zeroes, get the offense back in and have everybody run to that bat rack.

Minkah Fitzpatrick’s window: No. 4 to No. 15

For every player who expects to be drafted tonight, it’s important to know the window in which he may be taken. Former Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick knows his.
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It was me trying to prove my point, Jackson said. I’m a quarterback, that’s all.

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Those organizations felt those were the best guys for them, Jackson said. I’m just honored to be where I’m at right now.This was the moment when the conversation surrounding football in Fun City changed forever: It was 7:21 p.m., Central Time, and Roger Goodell, the most-booed man on the planet, had just emerged from backstage at AT&T Stadium for the second of what would be 32 thorough mud-showers of venom and vitriol.

No, Gronkowski answered. I’ve got dirt biking skills to work on.

Gronk was kidding (we think) about dirt biking being his top offseason priority, but he still hasn’t said whether he’s going to play another season in the NFL or retire from football. Gronkowski acknowledged after the Super Bowl that he’s going to take some time to think about his future, and right now he seems to be enjoying life away from the field.

Darnold went to the Jets at No. 3 in Thursday night’s first round of the draft, while Rosen fell to the Cardinals, who traded up to No. 10 to grab him.

I feel they’re both really good quarterbacks, Mama said. I feel the whole quarterback [class] is really something special, they all have different tools and different attributes for the NFL.Jets fans, meet your latest savior candidate: Sam Darnold.

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Jets like draft landscape at No. 3 overall pick

Now that the Jets own the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft, what are they going to do with it?

In the last five seasons, four defensive players were selected at No. 3 overall — Joey Bosa, Dante Fowler, Dion Jordan and Solomon Thomas — and have paid dividends for their teams.

The one offensive player taken at No. 3 — Blake Bortles in 2014 — led the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game last season, but only after three rocky seasons.

The Golden Knights keep making history in their inaugural season, as they became the first expansion franchise in NHL history to sweep a postseason series in its first season when they defeated the Kings on Tuesday.

The Golden Knights have been stingy on defense, though the caveat is that the Kings struggled with secondary scoring behind Anze Kopitar all season. Nonetheless, the Golden Knights generated scoring chances (131 shots on goal during the series) against a good team. And another thing: They’re disciplined. As we see an uptick in whistles across the league in these playoffs, Vegas has committed only 13 penalties. Maintain this identity against, say, the Jets or Predators and I don’t see why the Golden Knights can’t make it to the Stanley Cup Final — and once you make it that far, the Cup is there for the taking.

That all changed under Mike Tomlin.

Lawrence Timmons became the first draft pick under Tomlin (and LaMarr Woodley second), a hint of what was to come. The Steelers have drafted linebackers in the first round in four of the past five years, making it five linebackers as their first pick in Tomlin’s 11 seasons.

And they might just do it again Thursday.

The injury to Ryan Shazier in 2017 created a large hole in the middle of the Steelers defense that no one could fill late in the season. They signed veteran Jon Bostic in free agency to help plug that gap, but they need more. They also are thin at outside linebacker despite having two first-round draft choices lining up there.

No position on their 3-4 defense has been more decorated or important to the Steelers than that of linebacker, and, while they’ve found them in all kinds of places, the first round has been their primary means of supply under Tomlin.
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After first-pitch home run, Tebow slumps in Double-A ball

Tim Tebow has a flair for the dramatic. It’s the mundane that repeatedly trips him up.
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The former NFL quarterback made headlines last week with a first-pitch, first-at-bat home run at the Double-A level. Since then, via TheBigLead.com, Tebow has one hit in 14 at bats.

This is all new to James, who had won 21 consecutive first-round games and lost a postseason for the first time in his 13th playoffs. The 33-year-old is trying to get to his eighth straight Finals, and already the path is tougher than imagined. Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James’ first stint with the Cavs.

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The Browns are apparently comfortable enough with the tape and character of both players to be willing to do whatever they’re going to do with the fourth pick.

Where it becomes interesting is considering whether they’re ready to pull the trigger on another potential impact player at No. 4 without meeting them, or whether that pick might be for sale to the highest bidder.

If quarterbacks go 1-2-3, someone might be desperate enough to overwhelm the Browns with an offer for the fourth pick.

Or maybe we’re all just overthinking things (that never happens in the NFL) and the Browns are content to add the top running back or the top pass-rusher without having to fly him to Cleveland for a meeting, since they already have the ultimate shiny object (a new quarterback) to distract their attention.

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We give it 2.7 Clickers out of 5. It is worth watching, but it could have been better.

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Back in an Athletics uniform for the first time since 2011, Trevor Cahill admitted to some nerves when he took the mound for his season debut.
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A five-run first inning a few minutes later was all the right-hander needed to calm down.

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Now 30, the right-hander was a second-round draft pick of the A’s in 2006 and spent his first three big league seasons in Oakland. He split time with Kansas City and San Diego last year and ended the season as a Royals reliever.

The first one’s always a little bit more nerve-racking, but I think the offense kind of helped me out, kind of get me to relax and go out there and fill up the zone, Cahill said. I was just kind of mixing everything in there.

Corbin (3-0) walked one but otherwise was cruising toward joining Edwin Jackson and Randy Johnson in Arizona’s no-hit club. Brandon Belt ended it with a softly hit ball to the left side of Arizona’s shifted infield, beating shortstop Nick Ahmed’s throw by a step to send a groan across Chase Field.

I hit one earlier in the game, they took it away from me with a good diving play, Belt said. It just happens sometimes. The shift takes a lot of hits away, but every now and then you will get one back.

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The Diamondbacks have tied the best start in franchise history (with 2000, 2008) at 12-4.

That was fun, said Corbin, whose previous longest no-hit bid was 5 1/3 innings against Florida in 2013. I feel like I’d feel the same if I had a no-hitter. To come away with a win was huge.

Courtland Sutton gets in visit with Cowboys

Wednesday is the last day that teams can host draft prospects on visits to their facilities and the Cowboys are spending part of it with a player who they’ve shown interest in over the course of the pre-draft process.
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Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton met with the team on Wednesday. Head coach Jason Garrett and wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal were at the school’s Pro Day last month to watch Sutton work out.

The Cowboys were linked to receivers before releasing Dez Bryant last week and the veteran’s departure has only increased the need for help at the position. Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson, Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams currently top the group of wideouts in Dallas.

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It means a lot to get that monkey off your back, to get that first win, Davis said. But now that’s over with. We want to come in Tuesday and get another one.

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The ads feature Kristaps Porzingis writing a letter to his parents to be delivered by carrier pigeon, Skylar Diggins-Smith leading a step aerobics class, James Harden entering the arena like a soldier from the renaissance era and Mike Trout using a pulsating ab exerciser from the 1970s.
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Utah’s Donovan Mitchell clear to play in Game 2 after stubbing toe

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell will play in Game 2 on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder after an MRI on his left foot came back negative, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

“The doctors cleared him, so I put him back in the game, but when I saw him, it looked to me that he was feeling it a little bit and just wanted to make sure, so I took him out and just confirmed it,” Snyder said. “And then he went back. Everything that we know right now, he’s fine. I’m sure he’ll undergo further imaging, and we’ll update that tomorrow.”

The Thunder dealt with their own injury concern. Paul George sat the final minute with a right hip contusion, but he said afterward that he’ll be ready to play Game 2.

“Oh, yeah, I’m all good,” George said. “I ain’t never sit out playoff games.”

George said the injury was an aggravation of a hip contusion he suffered against the Atlanta Hawks on March 13. George didn’t miss any time after that game.

In 38 minutes, George led the Thunder with 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting, including 8-of-11 from 3 as the Thunder took a 1-0 series lead.

“The atmosphere will help, the guys around me doing a tremendous job, that will help,” Nash said before the game. “I think it’s getting a couple bangs early or getting hit. … It just kind of takes your mind off of it, gets you back into the flow of the game.”

Winger Danton Heinen started Game 3 on the third line with Nash, instead of Tommy Wingels, who missed Game 2 after the hard hit he took from Nazem Kadri in Game 1. Wingels took part in morning skate and is healthy enough to play, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.

Kadri got a three-game suspension for the hit on Wingels.

With Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk out with a lower-body injury, Nick Holden was on the third defensive pairing with Adam McQuaid.

Thomson has developed a quick rapport with Kapler as a sounding board and trusted confidant the new manager can lean on every day. His perspective was particularly helpful in the first week of the season, when Kapler felt besieged by negative feedback.
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Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle (shoulder) goes on 10-day disabled list

Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with right shoulder tendinitis.
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Kahnle is 1-0 with a 6.14 ERA in six appearances. With his velocity down this season, the right-hander has struck out nine and walked eight in 7 1/3 innings.

They don’t think (it’s) a big deal. Kind of precautionary getting him out of there a little bit, Boone said. Just being cautious with it. Again, probably back in there tomorrow. They don’t think it’s anything serious other than some tightness. They don’t feel like it’s a pull or anything, so optimistic that it’s just a day-to-day thing and hopefully back in the lineup down there tomorrow.

First baseman Greg Bird hit off a tee for the first time since March 27 surgery to repair a broken spur on the outside aspect of his right ankle. He expects to begin baseball activities on the field by the end of the week.

The Yankees projected Bird to return in Chris Ivory Youth jersey six to eight weeks after the operation.
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According to Pro Football Talk, Reid believed the coaches, specifically defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, were excited at the possibility of having him.

But the Bengals seem to be taking a stand.

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Jets called Browns for top pick, but not Giants

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They did not, however, call their roommates in MetLife Stadium who own the second pick.

Whether those other two are Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, or Baker Mayfield remains unknown. But coach Todd Bowles said earlier this week there were six or seven choices they were comfortable with. He’s obviously speaking in generalities, otherwise they wouldn’t have given three second-round picks to go from six to three (unless they’re just a disjointed mess).

That’s a high price tag for any player and would fit Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman’s comment that you don’t quit on talent, although Josh Norman and Steve Smith might dispute how strictly Gettleman sticks to that mantra.

The price tag is especially high for a player coming off a season-ending ankle injury who is heading into the final year of his contract. That doesn’t mean that one of the other 31 teams in the league won’t be willing to pay Jamison Crowder Authentic Jersey it, but it would seem to make a trade unlikely.

Coach Todd Bowles made clear on Tuesday that he’s interested in Mayfield, lack of height notwithstanding.

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At this point, there’s no team in position to offer a high price for Foles, since all teams either have an entrenched starter or the combination of a bridge quarterback and a plan to draft a youngster. With Foles slated to become a free agent next year, any team interested in Foles can simply wait.

Jeremy Vujnovich signs tender with Colts

Jeremy Vujnovich played every offensive snap at left guard for the Colts in 2017 and he’ll be back with the team in 2018.
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Vujnovich’s return wasn’t in much doubt as the Colts tendered him as an exclusive rights free agent, leaving him with the choice of playing for the Colts or playing for no one this season. On Wednesday, the Colts announced that Vujnovich has signed his tender to eliminate what little intrigue existed.

The Nuggets had played in Memphis the night before, Korver notes, then left immediately after and traveled overnight — losing an hour as they crossed time zones — to Cleveland. The very next night, in what would be the Nuggets’ third game in five days, they faced a Cavaliers squad that had been off the previous day and had been home for a while, as this would mark their fourth game of a five-game homestand.

The Tigers have started well by going 4-4 to open the season against the Pirates, Royals and White Sox. But it does not get any easier next week, with four games against the Indians and three against the Yankees on the schedule. After setting career lows in batting average (.249), slugging percentage (.399) and OPS (.728) last season, Miguel Cabrera is Authentic Marcus Foligno Jersey off to a better start in 2018, other than injuring himself rounding the bases in Chicago on Thursday. — Nitzberg

A return to that form along with more of the same from Jones, who had 17 sacks in 2107, would be a welcome development on defense in head coach Steve Wilks’ first season in Arizona.

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Ryan Rua (R), less than 1 percent, Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays (LHP Jaime Garcia): Rua is usually thought of as a platoon outfielder, but he snuck in enough games at first base to be eligible there, as well. With a lefty on the hill, Rua will probably be in the Rangers’ lineup. Garcia was impressive in his season debut, but he’s coming off the worst season of his career.
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