March 2018 archive

Mar 30

Few wideouts who work as far downfield as Lee do more after the catch.

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Discussions of the Braves’ excellence in the’90s and early 2000s inevitably end with a lament about the team only winning one World Series title in 14 tries, its unprecedented run of division titles usually taking a back seat to the perplexing thought that a team stacked with Hall of Famers could so consistently fall short …

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Mar 27

Kyle Shanahan on addition of Jerick McKinnon: “He’s an issue for teams”

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The San Francisco 49ers paid a premium to get running back Jerick McKinnon under contract, but head coach Kyle Shanahan is extremely excited about the various ways he can deploy McKinnon in the 49ers’ offense. While McKinnon is a successful rusher, it’s what he brings to the passing attack that has Shanahan particularly excited. “What …

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Mar 25

Raiders sign Tahir Whitehead to reported 3-year deal

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The Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent linebacker Tahir Whitehead, the team announced Thursday. The deal is a three-year contract worth more than $6 million annually, a source told Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review Journal. Whitehead, 27, gives the Raiders some much-needed help in the middle of their defense, particularly against the run. The …

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Mar 22

Adrian Peterson released by Cardinals. Does he have a future in the NFL anymore?

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“There’s no doubt Adrian still has some juice left in the tank, particularly from a run-skill standpoint — he still runs with a lot of anger and aggressiveness and has the type of contact balance you look for in that position — but in today’s day and age, we all know you have to be …

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Mar 20

With expectations off the charts, YES Network eagerly awaits new season

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“As much as people talk about ‘This is Us,’ I can’t ever remember a ticker tape parade for ‘This is Us.’ They will have one for the Yankees if they win the World Series. It’s a whole different level when it comes to emotion, engagement, loyalty, drama. It’s all there,” he said. The Damn Yankees …

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Mar 17

Rubin, who is worth $3 billion according to Forbes, is a more familiar name for NFL owners, many of whom have already embraced him over the years.

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Fanatics runs the NFL’s online store and sells more NFL-licensed gear than any other business in the world. In May 2017, NFL owners paid $95 million for a 3 percent stake of Fanatics. In September, a new financing round valued Fanatics at $4.5 billion, making the owners’ investment worth $135 million, an increase in value …

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Mar 15

Marcus Stroman injury update: Blue Jays ace may not be ready for opening day

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Inflammation in Marcus Stroman’s throwing shoulder will delay his spring debut at Blue Jays camp, the team announced Tuesday, and the pitcher indicated he might not be ready for opening day. What were those things that you wish you had known or been better prepared for? My advice would really be about baseball because that’s …

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Mar 13

Ask Jason: On Ronald Acua’s hat, the Phillies’ spending, and my favorite stories

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Remembering Phil Niekro’s final MLB game: Hall of Famer Phil Niekro returned to the Braves for one last game in 1987. It was more than just a farewell; it was closure he’d sought for four years. This was another story that I felt like most baseball fans, even Braves fans, probably didn’t know (or, at …

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Mar 12

Outfielder Odubel Herrera also possesses the potential to swing the offense, albeit with some scary peripherals with his bat.

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Talib was interested in two teams: the Rams, or the Patriots, according to Schefter . He got his wish to reunite with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips in Los Angeles. Phillips spent two years as Talib’s defensive coordinator in Denver. He may have slashed .281/.325/.452 in 2017, but he did so while walking only 5.5 percent …

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Mar 08

Isaiah Thomas denies calling out Kevin Love in heated team meeting

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It’s not fair to blame Thomas for the team’s failures on defense, but it is certainly logical to ask if the team’s regression on defense has something to do with his return. Williams gave Durant a second technical foul late in the fourth quarter as KD was arguing being called for a personal foul. It …

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