Breaking down new-look Browns: Hue Jackson’s vision will be clear in fresh depth chart

The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 1-15 season, but a flurry of offseason trades, free-agency moves and draft picks has flipped the depth chart heading into the 2017 season.

Cleveland will build around No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett on defense, and the offense added a new quarterback in DeShone Kizer to the mix. Second-year coach Hue Jackson, general manager Sashi Brown and chief strategy office Paul DePodesta have a vision, and it will be interesting to see how that looks this season.

Jackson will call the plays this season, and new quarterbacks coach David Lee spent the last two seasons in Buffalo. They’ll be looking at the same riddle that has produced 26 quarterbacks since 1999.

“For me, I feel like it’s being a Razorback all over again,” said McFadden, 29. “When I grew up, I didn’t have any other school in the world I wanted to go to. I wanted to be a Razorback, and I knew that from Day 1. Growing up in Arkansas it was like Razorback football and Cowboys football just went hand-in-hand, so I love being here.

“I’m taking a less of a role. But I enjoy playing the game and just being able to be out here around the guys is something that’s very fun to me still.”

So would being given the chance for more carries, albeit potentially under conditions that McFadden hopes Elliott can avoid.

“I’m going to go out and prepare myself every day just like I’m going to be playing extended snaps so once I get in there I feel like it won’t be a problem for me,” McFadden said. “Just take right Toronto Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys over and just keep it going.”

While at the same time hoping the self-inflicted wounds affecting Super Cheap Jerseys his 22-year-old teammate come to a halt.

The one thing missing from New England’s winning Super Bowl resume is a blowout

Defense can only take the Broncos so far, as proven by last year’s 9-7 season and failure to reach the playoffs coming off a Super Bowl win. The Broncos must settle on a quarterback — give Trevor Siemian the edge heading into his training camp battle with Paxton Lynch — and get better play out of their running game and offensive line.

A new head coach (Vance Joseph) and defensive coordinator (Joe Woods) also must quickly grow into their positions after never having held either role previously.

The clock is now officially ticking on Alex Smith after the Chiefs used a first-round draft pick on Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Even so, it looks like the same-old in Kansas City for 2017, with a suspect offense that might struggle to complement a sound defense.

In addition to snatching victory from Seattle, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick just did the whole dramatic comeback thing against Atlanta. The Patriots also have lost a pair of heartbreakers to the Giants, and they’ve won each of their other three titles by a field goal.

The one thing missing from New England’s winning Super Bowl resume is a blowout — domination from start to finish to match what they’ve done every year during both the regular season and playoffs.

We predict Super Bowl LII playing out as such: Brady will throw early touchdown passes to Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Then Mike Gillislee will get to pounding and scoring in the second half. Then, as Malcolm Butler keeps shutting down one side of the field, Stephon Gilmore will provide Cheap Jerseys Outlets the capping pick six on a forced Russell Wilson pass to somebody not named Doug Baldwin.

(Oh yeah, and Cooks, Gillislee and Gilmore weren’t even Patriots in 2016.)

So please, try to plot out ways the Patriots won’t win Super Bowl LII, by the Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale probable final score of 41-21. Good luck with that.

Sorry, Goodell. You kind of asked for this once, and you’ll get it again.

Kings’ reported interest in ex-Sixers GM Sam Hinkie sign franchise knows change needed

The Kings have received permission from the 76ers to speak with former general manager and president of basketball operations Sam Hinkie, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Monday. Permission is required because of a non-compete clause for the 2016-17 season that took effect after Hinkie left the Sixers last April.

There has been pressure from the NBA and the team’s minority owners on Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive to put together a more “professional” front office, according to the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It is not yet clear how interested Hinkie is in taking a job in Sacramento.

Though Durant did mention he understood why fans are upset, he believes NBA players need “mental breaks” throughout a season.

“Players, if anything, need a mental break sometimes. And sorry, they’re human,” Durant told ESPN. “They go through so much every single day. There are so many obligations off the court that you don’t know about … family. … It might not be a physical break, it might just be a reset mentally, and I get that.

“It’s hard for you to just craft a rule out for the top players,” he said. “I’ve seen guys that’s not even in the playoffs resting, sitting out for the rest of the season. And it’s nothing Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys against those guys. I’m not trying to bash them or anything. [Phoenix Suns center] Tyson Chandler is out. They got him sitting out for the rest of the year. I’m sure he wants to play, but they’re not saying anything about Tyson Chandler, so it’s hard for me to really talk about this. It’s not a league-wide rule. It’s not a league-wide concern.

That’s not true. Tanking has been a big concern for NBA fans and executives for Cheap Flag Football Jerseys some time now — just ask the 76ers.

It doesn’t appear as though the resting problem will find a solution any time soon, but the NBA, at least, does seem interested to fixing the fad.

NBA free agency: Derrick Rose shares mutual interest with Bucks

Could Derrick Rose be on his way to Milwaukee?

The free-agent point guard shares a mutual interest with the Bucks and has discussed scheduling a meeting with team officials as soon as this weekend, ESPN reported.

According to the report, the former league MVP is expected to meet the Bucks in Los Angeles once a date is determined.

Described by the Wichita Eagle as “the greatest Shocker,” Stallworth, a 6-7 forward, earned the nickname “Dave the Rave” as an All-American who led Wichita State to the 1965 Final Four.

The Knicks, who drafted him in the first round (third overall) in 1965, darkened the lights at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night in memory of the Rookie of the Year runner-up to Rick Barry.

After his second NBA season, Stallworth suffered a heart attack at age 26 in 1967 and missed the next two seasons.

He returned to the Knicks in time for one of the great title runs in NBA history.

Though he averaged only 7.8 points per game, playing in all 82 games in the 1969-70 season, he and Dave DeBusschere stepped in when captain Willis Reed was injured in Game 5 of the Cheap Knock Off Jerseys NBA Finals and the two held Lakers star Wilt Chamberlain to four points in the second half of a 107-100 victory.

“I think (the No. 1 seed) is a goal, it’s important, but it’s not the goal,” Korver told Sporting News. “I’ve been the one seed three times going into the playoffs, and I’ve never won a championship. It’s a thing that’s nice to have home court. When you get to a Game 7 and get to play it at home, that’s obviously a big deal. But I think everyone’s prioritizing health and playing our best Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA basketball.”

Lonzo Ball’s Summer League passing highlight reel will make any Lakers fan swoon

There’s little to no room for moderate, measured responses when it comes to evaluating Lonzo Ball.

In the minds of many, the Lakers rookie point guard and son of Big Baller Brand head honcho LaVar is destined to become the next Magic Johnson or at least Jason Kidd — or the biggest bust since Greg Oden. There’s simply no gray area.

Of course, Lakers Nation is already on the bandwagon. An estimated 2.6 million viewed the Instagram video of his introduction prior to his NBA Summer League debut. The NBA revealed Wednesday it was the league’s sixth-most watched post ever on the social media platform. After witnessing Lonzo tear it up in Las Vegas, even his staunchest critics might have to admit he’s going to be something special. He averaged 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals and threw in one block per game on the way to earning MVP honors and leading the Lakers to the championship.

“I just want to thank everyone at UCLA. The fans were amazing and made for a great year. The coaches were the best I’ve had, and I can’t thank them enough, especially Coach (Steve) Alford.

“I will always love my UCLA family so much, in particular the amazing teammates I had this past year. They are like brothers to me. This was the most fun year of basketball I’ve had in my entire life, and I will definitely miss it. But, I cannot wait to start my new journey.”

Bruins coach Steve Alford said he completely supports Leaf’s decision to pursue Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping his dream.

“I’m proud of what he was able to accomplish this season,” Alford said. “He brought so much to our team, both on and off the court, and we’re certainly going to miss him. TJ Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping has been an absolute joy to coach, and I know that all of us at UCLA will be excited to watch him continue to grow at the next level.”

Can the Cavs push this series to Game 5?

Cleveland threw everything but the kitchen sink at Golden State in Game 3 ‘ actually, the Cavs threw the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink and every sink in Bed, Bath and Beyond. It still wasn’t enough. LeBron James’ efficient 39/11/9 line and Kyrie Irving’s 38 points on 16-of-29 shooting kept it close until that deciding run shut the door on Game 3 ‘ and likely the Cavs’ season.

So, what happens next? Can the Cavs push this series to Game 5? Or will the Warriors prevail and avenge last year’s 3-1 collapse? Here are a few important factors that may decide this contest.

Maybe not, but Arthur is a respected columnist who doesn’t traffic in spurious rumors. If the I’m-outta-here sentiment did not come from Lowry himself, it likely came from some member of Lowry’s team. And it needed to be reined in, quickly.

Lowry is pragmatic, and he’s been briefed on the potential market for his services. It’s not exactly bustling. There was some hope that the Sixers would make a push toward signing Lowry this summer, bringing him home to Philadelphia. That rumor, though, did not come from the Sixers, who are not that eager to bring in a 31-year-old point guard as part of their rebuilding efforts.

Philly’s acquisition of the No. 1 pick, to be used on Markelle Fultz, has sealed that notion. Now, even those in Lowry’s camp hoping to use a potential departure to Philadelphia as free-agency leverage can’t possibly push the Sixers as a realistic destination.

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Giants’ Johnny Cueto to opt out of deal after season, report says

Johnny Cueto’s stint in San Francisco may soon be coming to an end.

After signing a six-year contract worth $130 million last offseason, the Giants starter is expected to opt out of his deal with the team after this season, FanRag’s Jon Heyman reported.

According to the report, Cueto “would listen to any extension offer” if the team is willing to negotiate. However, the Giants “don’t seem inclined” to work with those terms.

Despite Cueto’s lag, the Giants are struggling as a team with a 27-47 record that ranks last in the NL West and second-to-last in the National League.

Allen took a step back during a whirlwind year that was a mess for him, from injuries to problems with tripping to everything in between. When his game is right, though, he’s an elite collegiate scorer who also possesses a lot of athleticism and shooting ability.

Graham is another one of my picks for All-America this season, as the Kansas point guard should step out of Frank Mason’s shadow and into a spotlight that is all his own. He’s a good pick-and-roll player who can get his bucket when he wants, and he’s also turned into a solid passer.

Crawford has been a sleeper favorite of this writer for a long time, and he did nothing to quell that this year. He posted 16.2 points, 5.5 assists and nearly 4.0 rebounds per game while also getting into passing lanes and creating turnovers. He’s a consistent jump Cheap Jerseys NY Giants shot away from going much higher than this.

Heron is 6-5 with relative length and a good offensive game. He averaged 15 points per game with Auburn last year while shooting over 40 percent from 3 — a concern coming in. If he can Cheap Jerseys NHL just finish better around the rim next season, he’s exactly what the NBA is looking for from a wing.

Golden State holds a commanding 3-0 lead against the Cavaliers with a chance to close out the series Friday.

As mentioned above, James and Irving were spectacular for much of Game 3. While Kevin Love showed tremendous effort with 13 rebounds (four offensive) and six steals, he was 1 of 9 from the field in 37 minutes.

Back in Game 2, James posted a triple-double, and Love started 4 of 5 from the field on the way to 27 points. Irving had 19 points on 8-of-23 shooting and looked out of sync for a large portion of the game. It certainly wasn’t the best version of the All-Star guard.

Golden State holds a commanding 3-0 lead against the Cavaliers with a chance to close out the series Friday. Durant scored a team-high 31 points for the Warriors, including 14 in the fourth quarter. That shot could be the indelible image of this series in which the Warriors continue to knock down 3-pointers at the right time, all the time.

Durant’s shot wasn’t the dagger. It was the 16th dagger from 3-point range that put the Warriors one step closer to a 16-0 playoff run. Golden State knocked down 48.5 percent of its 3-pointers in Game 3.

This time, they did it in Cleveland. That’s even more impressive. The Warriors shot a combined 21 of 67 from 3-point range in Game 3 losses to the Cavaliers at the Q the last two seasons. This is the best Golden State has shot at Cleveland in the NBA Finals since hitting 17 of 36 in Game 4 of last year’s series.

That put the Warriors one win away from the championship. Now, they are back in that Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys spot again. The difference here, as you’ve heard a few times by now, is Durant.

He played the role of the third Splash Brother in this one. Durant knocked down two quick 3-pointers early and finished 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys combined to hit 11 of 20 from 3-point range for the game.

Astros’ Dallas Keuchel placed on 10-day disabled list

Dallas Keuchel will miss his upcoming start, though he isn’t anticiapted to miss much more.

The Astros on Saturday placed the left-handed ace on the 10-day disabled list with a pinched nerve in his neck, the team announced.

The move, retroactive to Wednesday, is expected to keep Keuchel off the field for only one turn in rotation. He was initially scheduled to start Monday in Miami against the Marlins.

From 2006 to 2008, an exhaustive search was launched in Congaree — the Ivory-billed’s distinctive double-knock had been reportedly heard — which has thousands of acres of thick cedar swamps and old-growth bottomland forest, prime Ivory-billed habitat. Exactly 8,893 official survey hours later , no conclusive evidence was found.

Still, hope exists in Congaree and elsewhere in the American South.

Same for Tebow. Hope exists, though an eventual call-up to the majors based on merit (more on that in a moment) feels like the longest of long shots right about now. More Gamecocks than Ivory-billed, but not by much.

He’s batting .230 for the Fireflies, with a .319 on-base percentage, three home runs, 14 RBIs and a .688 OPS. To be fair, I should point out that it’s not like anyone on that club is lighting it up, though — of the 13 players with at least 35 at-bats, only two of them are batting higher than .245.

What does that mean? It’s honestly hard to know.

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NBA playoffs 2017: Zaza Pachulia says Gregg Popovich was ‘very big part’ of death threats

When Zaza Pachulia hopped below the feet of Kawhi Leonard while Leonard was shooting in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, some people thought his intentions were to injure San Antonio’s star forward.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s comments after the game added fuel to an already raging fire.

Pachulia, on the other hand, has been left with the carnage eating away at his reputation. Many now believe the 33-year-old center is a dirty player. Pachulia and his family have even received death threats.

While Pachulia believes he could deal with the backlash had it been directed at just him, he blames Popovich for making the situation an even bigger deal than it already was.

The Warriors are now 14-0 in the postseason, but the coach warned against complacency after the Cavs surged back from 3-1 down to win last year’s Finals between the two teams.

Kerr said: “It’s been a great run, but none of that matters unless we can finish the job with this series. Trust me, we know, it was 2-0 last year and we lost.

“Playing an unbelievably good, competitive team, dominant team. They have what two, three losses the whole playoffs? Now we’ve got go back there, this is where the series Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys changed last year.”

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