Sam Hinkie Reportedly Works with Broncos as Analytics Consultant

Former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie is back in a front office, but this time it’s in a behind-the-scenes role for an NFL team.
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Per The Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala, Hinkie is working with the Denver Broncos as an analytics consultant.

The phrase trust the process came to describe the 40-year-old Hinkie’s tenure as 76ers GM. It has since become a motto for the franchise, even though he stepped down in April 2016 after leading the Sixers to a 47-195 record.

He was expected to compete with Cairo Santos for the job before the Jets signed Taylor Bertolet.
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Of the many things Yankees manager Aaron Boone loved about this win, Sanchez’ 4-for-5, 3-RBI showing was up there with Cooper Kupp Jersey Clint Frazier having a nice season debut, Gleyber Torres rebounding from a tough defensive night to hit a tie-breaking homer and Hicks’ second inside-the-parker.

Sanchez has had some tough times offensively and defensively already this season, but he’s definitely been looking like his old self at the plate of late with a.391 average over his last eight games with nine hits in 23 at-bats plus seven walks and only three strikeouts.

His surge has Sanchez’ average up to.225, his homer total up to a team-high 12 and his RBIs up to 33, which rank second on the club to Aaron Judge’s 35.

I definitely feel better at the plate, Sanchez said. That being said, I know in my mind I’m not going to hit.210. It’s a long season. There are a lot of games to come, but I’m definitely feeling better at the plate.
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Dikembe Mutombo to receive Sager Strong Award for humanitarian work

Hall of Fame basketball player Dikembe Mutombo will receive the Sager Strong Award at this year’s NBA Awards show.

The award is named for longtime Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager and presented annually to an individual who has been a trailblazer while exemplifying courage, faith, compassion and grace.

For the second game in a row, the Celtics struggled in the first quarter.

Boston got some open looks, but shot just 27 percent (7 of 26) in the first 12 minutes with both Tatum and Brown missing dunks. Also, Morris picked up three quick fouls.

Via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, Ennis gave “extensive testimony,” during which she said Foster never struck her once, but that she hit him with a hanger.

“I was threatening Reuben . . . that I was going to f–k up his career,” Ennis said.

She added that she called 911 three separate times in order to ensure that Foster would be in major trouble.

“I wanted to be extra,” Ennis said. “I wanted him to go down. I was pissed.”

Ennis said she was reacting to Foster’s effort to break up with her.

“I told him I’m going to f–k your shit up and make sure you don’t have a job tomorrow,” Ennis said.

But it was about more than revenge. Ennis testified that there was a financial angle to it.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni made the point once again about Paul being healthy: “There’s nothing wrong at all.”

“We’re not going to win without him,” D’Antoni said. “So if he’s got to limp and drag his leg to the finish line, so be it. And he’s ready to do that.”

“Somebody asked me, ‘Is Oracle tough to play?’ Yeah, because the Warriors play here,” D’Antoni said. “There’s a certain energy that their fans will give them and moments they hit two or three 3s you can get a buzz going that helps the home team. You just have to try to keep that crowd out as much as you can.”

Former NFL fullback Don Testerman dies at 65

Don Testerman, the first fullback in the Seahawks’ history, died on May 8 in Greenville, South Carolina, from complications of dementia, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports. Testerman was 65.
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Testerman played for four college teams, four NFL teams and even gave the USFL a shot.

I’m sure we’ll look at the film and kick ourselves, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Look, this is a great team we’re playing. They won 65 games for a reason.

Curry knocked down three straight 3-pointers during a key third-quarter sequence in which he scored 11 consecutive points before Thompson’s 3.

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Harden and Paul teamed up to form a historically good offense this season, but won this game with an epic fourth-quarter defensive stand. The Rockets held the Warriors to only three field goals and 12 points in the final frame.

Kristaps Porzingis is a huge enigma right now, with Knicks owner James Dolan stating that he could be back as early as December or possibly miss the entire 2018-19 season. He’s near the bottom of these rankings until his situation becomes more clear.

The AAF will be avoiding weekday games, due to player safety and fan convenience concerns. By putting a team in Arizona, one of the goals will be to lure baseball fans who are visiting the state during spring training.

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What was also good for Cleveland was the play of Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. off the bench, flashing signs that they can emerge as the type of consistent contributors Cleveland thought it was getting when it traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for them back in February.
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Eagles insist White House invitation won’t divide locker room

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The Eagles organization accepted an invitation to the White House, but how many players will go?
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Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins already said they wouldn’t attend. Carson Wentz, though, said he tentatively plans on taking the trip.

Wilmer Difo (B), 5.6 percent, Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres (RHP Tyson Ross): Holding down second base with Howie Kendrick done for the season and Daniel Murphy continuing his slow recuperation, Difo has rattled off a 5-for-13 stretch in his past three starts. Ross’ revival has been propped up by a .268 BABIP to hide a 38.4 percent hard-contact rate, so the surging infielder is a quiet bet for another multi-hit day.

Nick Ahmed (R), 8.8 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers (LHP Brent Suter): It doesn’t hurt to try picking on Suter, despite his streamer listing, and Ahmed deserves deep-league lineup consideration against lefties. Suter has allowed a .367 wOBA to RHBs and, as mentioned before, hasn’t performed well at home.

I don’t know what it was. I guess my awareness wasn’t where it should have been, Evans said, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. I’ve just got to work on it more in practice and get more reps at it.

Evans wants to improve his yards after the catch. Only 169 of Evans 1,321 receiving yards in 2016 came after the catch. It ranked as the second-worst in the NFL among players Erik Karlsson Youth jersey with more than 25 catches. In 2017, Evans had only 115 yards after the catch, with his 1.62-yard average after the catch ranking behind only Jason Witten among players with 25 receptions.

I think last year was my worst year in YAC, Evans said. I’ve got another hurdle to jump over, and I think I’ll be much better this year. I’ve got to do better in that category, and I think if I do, I’ll be the most complete receiver.

McCarthy said he was merely decoration in the batter’s box.

I had no chance against Velasquez, he said.
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Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was impressed with Velasquez’s resilience.

How did Lions miss Matt Patricia’s arrest? Former NFL executive admits it wouldn’t be hard

Joe Banner ran two coaching searches as president of the Philadelphia Eagles, and two more as CEO of the Cleveland Browns.
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And while most people can’t fathom how the Detroit Lions failed Nico Siragusa Jersey to uncover Matt Patricia’s 1996 arrest during their month long coaching search, Banner had an entirely different response when he stumbled across the news Thursday morning on Twitter.

The Cincinnati Bengals focused on the trenches during the offseason. Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and rookie center Billy Price join the group as premium players set to start for the upcoming season.

It’s a positive for quarterback Andy Dalton, but the ground attack will also benefit from the acquisitions. Running back Joe Mixon quietly put together a decent 2017 campaign despite the subpar offensive line. He logged 913 yards from scrimmage as a dual-threat option in the backfield.

The Yankees are on pace to win 113 games — one short of the club record set by the 1998 team, which won a World Series. They’re tied with the Red Sox atop the American League East and for baseball’s best record.

They’re off Monday and will start a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

On Sunday, just about all the stars chipped in.

Giancarlo Stanton ended the day with 999 hits after going 4-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, a two-run single and another hit. Aaron Judge was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Luis Severino wasn’t dominant but he got dominant results: six innings, one run.
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Brett Gardner, whose bat has come alive lately, went 2-for-5 with a run.

Peter King reveals he once offered to resign from Sports Illustrated over Deflategate reporting error

On Wednesday, Peter King appeared on a podcast with Richard Deitsch of The Athletic to discuss his jump to NBC after 29 years at Sports Illustrated, as well as other subjects. And although King’s explanation for his departure mostly mirrored what he had previously offered (he was tired of the NFL grind and wanted to give other, younger writers a chance), he did drop in one fresh and fascinating tidbit.

Midway through the conversation (around the 35-minute mark), King casually mentioned the fact that he once offered to resign from Sports Illustrated after an erroneous report during the Deflategate scandal. In January 2015, King somewhat famously confirmed a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen saying that the footballs the Patriots used to beat the Colts in the AFC Championship Game had been significantly under-inflated. The report proved inaccurate and King soon apologized.

The subject came up this week when Deitsch asked King about the perception that he was too cozy with the league he covers. King rejected that premise but said he understands why people feel that way given that the two biggest reporting errors of his career both favored the NFL.

QB Roger Staubach: Captain America was at the helm when the Cowboys truly entered the national spotlight in the ’70s and earned their infamous America’s Team moniker. Staubach started four Super Bowls, helped win it twice, was Super Bowl VI’s MVP and came up just short to the legendary Steel Curtain Steelers twice. A Heisman Trophy winner at Navy, Staubach was renowned for his wholesome personality and ability to lead miracle comebacks, including a playoff win over the Vikings in 1975 that saw Hail Mary coined as a football term.

Reports said that allegations made against Irving were reported to police on April 22nd at two separate times — 5pm and 10pm — by his girlfriend and was being investigated on three allegations — assault bodily injury of a family member; assault family member impeding breath/ circulation and unlawful restraint.

Irving’s ex-girlfriendhacked his Twitter account and posted a number of allegations against him including that he beat her, and has smoked weed and done other illegal drugs while in the NFL’s substance abuse program, via the Dallas Morning News.colts_081

The executive wasn’t agreeing with this view. Just stating the obvious.

In fact, the conspiracy lawsuit alleged that team mascots make between $25,000 and $60,000 per year and earn benefits, while cheerleaders earn about $125 per game.
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Vogue’s Michelle Ruiz聽compiled a list of other examples of mistreatment reported聽by聽the聽New York Times, which include the Saints and other teams forcing a cheerleader to leave a restaurant if a player is there when she enters, the 49ers banning cheerleaders from social or even social-media interaction with players, the Saints asking cheerleaders not to have public Instagram accounts and to block any player who tries to follow them, and multiple team handbooks telling cheerleaders how to groom themselves and what to wear in public (including, in some cases, wearing sweatpants in public is forbidden).

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The recovery process has been great, Avril added. I’m feeling a lot better, I’m moving around, I’m getting better. But I still have some doctor’s visits that I have to go and see what he thinks. But for the most part, I feel great. We’ll see what the doc says, though.

If doctors aren’t willing to give him the okay to resume his NFL career, Avril says he’s okay walking away from the game.

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So how close is Enunwa to 100 percent? And how does his neck feel?

It feels good, he said Tuesday. It’s as 100 [percent] as I’m supposed to be. I’m probably ahead of schedule, but I’m doing everything with the guys, running routes, catching the ball. There’s really no setbacks right now.

Texans perceived chances at making it to the Super Bowl climb

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Behind the obvious propositions 鈥?the Patriots at 9-4 and the Steelers at 9-2 sit the Texans. Yes, the Texans. Still a 10-1 longshot, the odds remain better for Houston than every other team in the conference, including the Jaguars (11-1), the Chiefs (14-1), and the Titans (16-1).

The best play in the NBA this season has been the Stephen Curry-Kevin Durant pick-and-roll. With Curry as the ball handler and Durant as the screener, the Warriors have averaged 1.29 points per direct play. No other play type — pick-and-roll or otherwise — has averaged Mark Jackson Youth jersey more points per direct play.

It’s title-or-bust for the defending champs. Golden State used to have a small-ball advantage, but now the majority of NBA teams are made up of small, shooting lineups. Injuries and the emergence of the Rockets could derail the Warriors’ quest. They might be favorites, but this won’t be a cake walk.
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Even Roethlisberger isn’t exactly sure how things are going to play out in Pittsburgh. I wouldn’t think they’d get rid of Mason — keep Dobbs and Landry — I wouldn’t think. Maybe they’re trying to trade me away or something, I don’t know, Roethlisberger said, with only a hint of sarcasm. The one thing we do know about the Steelers’ quarterback situation is that Rudolph shouldn’t plan on being the starter anytime soon. After waffling about his future for the past two years, Roethlisberger finally put an end to all the retirement questions this week and said he plans to play for three to five more years .

Seahawks sign five after minicamp tryouts

The Seahawks had a number of players trying out for the team during their three-day rookie minicamp and found five who they thought earned a longer look this offseason.
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According to David Newton of, a team spokesman said they accepted Fuller鈥檚 resignation Wednesday after an internal investigation.

After approaching Coach Fuller with the findings of an investigation into complaints of inappropriate conduct, we accepted his resignation, Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said. The Panthers are deeply committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally.

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The Panthers currently have a pair of assistant position coaches working with their defensive backs.

Jon Gruden excited for a wide receiver competition in Oakland

New Raiders coach Jon Gruden has dramatically changed the wide receiver position in Oakland, and he likes what he expects to see in training camp.

Switzer can help the offense and the special teams, and Gruden joked about the way his brother’s team got burned by Switzer.

“I liked Switzer a lot at North Carolina,” Gruden said. “He’s a fourth-round draft choice. He was Mitch Trubisky’s go-to guy. My brother doesn’t like Switzer. He took an 83-yard punt home against him last year. That’s what he can do.”

Amari Cooper‘s production declined significantly last year, with just 48 catches for 680 yards. The Raiders hope that Cooper can get back on track, and three new arrivals can give them one of the best wide receiver groups in football.

Thompson is healthy again, telling The Team 980 last week that his bone has healed.

“They’ve been able to see this past year, before my injuries, the things I’m able to do,” Thompson said.

Thus, Thompson is expected to continue getting his touches and play an important role for Alex Smith and the team’s offense.

“Chris Thompson is by far the guy that we need to be healthy to make this a great corps of running backs,” Washington vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said before the draft.

Would Browns trade Corey Coleman?

Since the team is scheduled to face four left-handed starting pitchers, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez could put up league-leading weekly numbers, with their success leading to a greater volume of runs/RBIs for the remainder of the lineup. Stack your Red Sox!