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Russell is in the conversation for biggest NFL Draft bust of all time primarily thanks to the hype he generated as a rare size-strength combo at quarterback.

Thanks in part to a training camp holdout that carried into the season, he started only one game during his rookie year with the Raiders. The team dumped him in 2010 after 25 starts in three seasons (a record of 7-18), and Russell never again saw the field in the NFL.

Leinart, a Heisman Trophy winner, was supposed to take over for Kurt Warner when the veteran QB was finished in Arizona. That remained the plan until 2010, when Leinart lost the job to Derek Anderson and was released. Leinard did start 17 games throughout his Cardinals tenure but managed just seven wins and 10 losses.

The Chargers’ defense is pushing to be the best in the NFL with this steal. Gus Bradley is quietly assembling Legion of Boom South in the secondary with James’ playmaking adding to Casey Hayward, Jason Verrett, Trevor Williams and Jahleel Addae behind Sacksonville West.

While some regression is likely coming, what he’s done so far is looking to be legit. His 7.0 K/BB ratio ranks 10th in the league and his 22.4 percent hard-contact rate is fifth. Not only that, but his 2.57 ERA is supported by a 2.29 FIP and 3.15 xFIP. The Braves rank fifth in runs scored and just added phenom Ronald Acuna to their lineup, so this isn’t exactly a favorable matchup. That said, with the way Pivetta is pitching I’m not sure it matters.

Chris Stratton (R), 28 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Stratton has been one of this season’s more pleasant surprises. He has yet to allow more than three runs in any start this season. In fact, he’s been particularly sharp over his last three outings, allowing just three runs on 10 hits with 17 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings. The lack of “strikeout stuff” limits the upside, but he’s a solid floor play against the Dodgers. He gets to pitch in one of the game’s most pitcher-friendly parks, and his effectiveness against lefties this season (.140/.231/.193) sets him up well against a Dodgers lineup that’s anchored by lefty swingers Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger.canucks_661

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Texans GM ‘optimistic’ about Jadeveon Clowney contract extension

Jadeveon Clowney has turned into the defensive monster the Texans expected when they drafted him No. 1 overall in 2014.

That’s going to cost the Texans dearly as they try to sign the pass rusher to a long-term extension, with many speculating Clowney’s next contract will make him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL.

Yet Texans general manager Brian Gaine said Friday he’s confident the two sides will come to an agreement.

Goaltending. A battle of the two best goalies in the postseason thus far. Marc-Andre Fleury was spectacular in Vegas’ sweep of the Kings, with 127 saves on 130 shots. Martin Jones has become the wallpaper for the Sharks; he’s always there, but if you notice him, it’s because someone tore through him. Jones was sturdy in Round 1, with 128 saves on 132 shots. His career save percentage is now .931 in the playoffs. Advantage: Even.

Special teams. The Sharks had a middling power play in the regular season (20.6 percent) but were hitting the bull’s-eye against the Ducks (30.0 percent). It was the opposite story for the Golden Knights, who were 11th in the league at 21.4 percent in the regular season but just 1-for-12 against the Kings, the NHL’s best penalty kill. Bad news: The Sharks were second best on the PK in the regular season, at 84.8 percent. Vegas was 12th on the kill (81.4). Advantage: Sharks.

The combined overnight TV rating for Round 1 coverage across ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports and NFL Network Thursday night was 8.4, just behind the combined 8.7 for the first round of the 2014 draft, when Jadeveon Clowney went No. 1 to the Texans and “Johnny Football” plummeted to the Browns at No. 22.

But it’s significantly higher than the 6.7, 6.3 and 6.5 combined ratings on ESPN/NFL Network the past three years, according to Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily.

Round 1 drew a combined 11.2 million viewers, according to John Ourand of SBJ. That’s up 22% from last year. It was the highest since the 12.4 million average viewers for the Manziel Draft in 2014.

But Mayfield also garnered negative attention in recent years for his on-field antics, which included making an inappropriate gesture toward Kansas’ sideline and planting Oklahoma’s flag on Ohio State’s logo at the 50-yard line after the Sooners’ victory over the Buckeyes.

Mayfield also was arrested last year in Arkansas on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest. He reached a plea deal last June and paid fines for several of the charges.dolphins_082

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Browns’ 67-year history shows challenges of drafting quarterbacks

Legendary Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown decided he had to find Otto Graham’s successor in 1952.

With his first-round pick in the NFL draft, Brown chose quarterback Harry Agganis, the son of poor immigrants and a standout at Boston University. Agganis was a bit of a legend in Boston. A multi-sport high school star in West Lynn, Massachusetts, he was recruited by 75 colleges but chose BU so he could be near his widowed mother.

Aaron Hicks (B), 37 percent, New York Yankees vs. Miami Marlins (LHP Caleb Smith): If you rank players on a per-plate-appearance basis, Hicks excels. The problem is he can’t avoid injuries. Well, he’s healthy now, so take advantage, especially facing a weak arm at home.

Hitter ratings account for the opposing starting pitcher’s history (three years’ worth), as well as ballpark factors. “LH” and “RH” ratings account only for left- and right-handed batters, respectively.

Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.

“That’s one guy I really am intrigued with because he can spin it and he’s been in a pro-style offense and he’s been hard coached by Bobby (Petrino),” he said. “He brings that unique skill set and it makes me look back at Vince Young. Vince could beat you and he was a heck of a leader. I don’t know why it didn’t work out for him but listening to him now, telling his story, he’s like, ‘I didn’t put the time in.’”

The big thing there to pay attention to are that Jackson, unknown to many casual observers, actually DID run a pro-style offense at Louisville. This intrigues Arians, a noted quarterback guru during his time coaching in the league.

Sachin Chandan, ESPN The Magazine researcher: A hot goalie can bring you places, and maybe it can bring Lord Stanley to the Strip. Fleury had a sterling .927 save percentage during the regular season, and has followed that up with a mind-numbing .977 clip in the playoffs, by far the best in the league. For perspective, the past 10 goalies to reach the Stanley Cup Final combined for a playoff save percentage of .926. Fleury brings 118 games of playoff experience from his time in Pittsburgh to form an unshakable defense between the pipes.seahawks_038

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Both Peron and Jinnies are classically trained dancers with years of experience, but Jinnies said this particular set of auditions was especially rigorous.

Le’Veon Bell’s growing frustration with the Steelers spilled over to social media Thursday, weeks after singing Pittsburgh’s praises, in light of being franchise tagged for the second straight season.

“It’s so hard to be a hero in a city that paints youu [sic] out to be the villain,” the running back tweeted to his 1.49 million followers.

Bell, 26, yearns for a long-term deal with the team that drafted him in 2013. Seeking in the neighborhood of $14.5 million per season, the Pro Bowler will be eligible for free agency next year if he and the Steelers fail to reach an agreement.

The frustration seems to be more with the reaction he is getting from fans than the pace of any negotiations he is having with the team.

Rodriguez came to the Bronx following an MVP season in Texas and after a trade with Boston fell through. He agreed to move to third base, and with Jeter at short, the Yankees won a title in 2009.

The guards led the Knicks to the 1972-73 NBA title in Monroe’s first full season in New York. The Knicks haven’t won a championship since.

“I’ve choreographed for girls who danced on pro teams, I’ve danced with girls on various pro teams, so I thought: ‘Why not me? Why can’t I do this?’”

Peron then showed up for auditions, where he “danced his heart out,” he said.

“This one was about three weeks long and we had a bunch of rehearsals in between and an extensive interview process, but it was really humbling and amazing to be invited every time you came back,” he said. “High emotions, but it was worth it.”

Team captain Emily Leibert said the “intelligent” and “eloquent” men are the perfect fit to break barriers in the testosterone-laden NFL.

“They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Ram cheerleader,” she said. “They are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community. They bring so much energy and there’s something so magnetic about their performance. You really can’t take your eyes off them.”jets_142

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The same can’t be said about cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

If Drew Brees gets hurt, the New Orleans Saints are toast. But the loss of a particular defensive player would be nearly as devastating to New Orleans.

No, it isn’t Cameron Jordan. While he’s a fantastic defensive end, the Saints have some youngsters who could soften the blow if he went down.

Reddick: The amount of people at that parade was insane. You come around every corner and there are thousands and thousands — not just standing on the streets, but in parking garages and parking lots. The spaces they were able to find to come out and celebrate was impressive. When you come around every corner in a two-hour parade and see a flock of people just cheering, it makes you feel good inside.

It’s almost like a storybook ending that the Astros won the World Series. You can go back and make a documentary on a team that’s slowly transitioning into a championship team and they come out and do really well. Then all of a sudden — boom — disaster hits. We bring a little normalcy back through baseball, and all of a sudden we’re in the playoffs making that historic run. It felt good for us as players, and it had to feel good for the people in that community who had lost so much just to come out and put it behind them for 3-4 hours.

I had missed this story by Evan Grossman of the New York Daily News on the number of lawsuits former college players have filed against the NCAA. You need to read the lead anecdote. It’s powerful, and it’s similar to some of the stories told by NFL players.

The main point is that these issues continue to grow, and they aren’t going away any time soon.

As a professional ballplayer, in small samples, he has been very good. In 1915, for instance, he led the Red Sox in home runs, despite batting just 103 times. He had more than half the league-leading home run total that year! In his career, he has homered about seven times more frequently than the average AL hitter, and he has doubled and tripled more frequently than the average hitter. By our calculations, he has been about 50 percent more valuable as a hitter than the average American Leaguer, which is about as good during that stretch as Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins and George Sisler — all of them Hale Orb Flatteners. Babe, as a hitter, might well turn out to be a HOFer, too.

Harry Hooper believes he should be a hitter, and so do many of Babe’s teammates. Hooper knows a lot about baseball, and his expertise carries a lot of weight.patriots_083

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Washington announces Alex Smith trade

It seems like months ago that the Chiefs traded Alex Smith to Washington. The teams agreed to the trade on January 30, with the Chiefs getting cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick, but it didn’t become official until now.

Washington announced the transaction, with Smith holding an introductory press conference tomorrow at the team training complex.

Kilgore joins Josh Sitton on a revamped Dolphins line, and gives them some stability after Pouncey refused their generous offer of a pay cut.

The time arguably is right for more football, not during football season but during the seasons when football isn’t normally played. With The Spring League in place and the XFL returning in 2020 and the Alliance of American Football announced for 2019, there will be plenty of options, soon.

The question is this: Will there be plenty of fans?

The Alliance of American Football specifically will posture itself as a complement to the NFL. We want the players to do well, AAF co-founder Bill Polian said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Every Alliance contract is going to carry with it an ‘out’ for any player who has an opportunity at any time to go to the NFL. We recognize we’re not in competition with the NFL. We hope what we do augments what the NFL is doing.

Ebron’s $8.25 million salary would have been guaranteed in a little under an hour, so they parted ways with the former 10th overall pick (who went right before Taylor Lewan, Odell Beckham Jr., and Aaron Donald).

Ebron was productive last year, with 53 catches for 574 yards and four touchdowns. But they didn’t think he was worth the money, so he heads to the market.

The rule that says a fumble into the end zone and out of bounds goes to the defense on the 20-yard line seems illogical. But it’s not going anywhere.

Among the many rules changes the league will consider at next week’s owners’ meeting, there’s nothing about the fumble touchback rule, which many fans have advocated changing so that the ball goes back to the offense at the spot where the ball was fumbled.

Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay said the play doesn’t happen often and the rule doesn’t need to be changed.

Tre Boston is set for unrestricted free agency while fellow starter Jahleel Addae remains under contract in Los Angeles.49ers_121

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Rangers visit Lightning, face familar faces

TAMPA — The New York Rangers hit the road on Thursday to visit Rangers South, also known as the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The meeting at Amalie Arena features a matchup between the two teams that made the biggest deal at the trade deadline on Feb. 26

Tampa Bay acquired defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller from the Rangers in exchange for Vladislav Namestnikov, two prospects and two picks.

The deal brought the number of former Rangers on the Lightning roster to five with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman, Dan Girardi, Miller and McDonagh. The five players combined to play 2,277 combined games in a Rangers sweater.

While Callahan, Stralman and Girardi, who signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay this summer after being bought out by the Rangers, have all faced their former team before, Thursday’s meeting will be the first for Miller, who has two goals and five points in four games with Tampa Bay since the trade.

But the Rangers’ blue line could get a boost with the possible return of Kevin Shattenkirk, who has been out since Jan. 22 after surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Shattenkirk took part in the team’s morning skate on Tuesday and is expected to join the team for the two-game trip through Florida, though no time table for his return has been established.

“Obviously we’re looking at the next couple weeks here,” New York head coach Alain Vigneault told the New York Post. “Won’t be a lot of practice time, but he is coming along real well, he’s been skating for a long time, his rehab is right where he is supposed to be.”

“I’ve gotten frustrated just for the fact that it feels like I always got to be the fall guy and every other guy has been deserving,” Lillard told ESPN.com. “In the past, the thing has been, ‘All right, my team has been 10 games under .500 or not in the playoffs,’ but every year we’ve found a way to be in the postseason, and this year I think we’re in much better position than we have been in the past two seasons that I didn’t make it.

“I think I’ve gotten over the emotional part of it the last few times that I didn’t make it. Now I’m kind of like expecting it to go that way, but I feel like I should be there.”packers_003

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New Mexico’s starting five was recruited from Sudan, Arkansas, North Carolina, Illinois and California.

They’re obsessing more about the suspension cloud hanging over Ezekiel Elliott and Jerry Jones and the anthem than Dak Prescott and defending their NFC East title in Dallas. The good news: The 3-3 Cowboys will play five of their last nine games at home, and the 3-3 Redskins will be asking Kirk Cousins to carry them behind an injury-ravaged offensive line Sunday night at FedEx Field. The bad news: Four of the Boys’ final nine games are against the Chiefs, Seahawks and Eagles (twice).

They had been pulling their hair out in Pittsburgh, even though the 5-2 Steelers should win the division in their sleep, with Ben Roethlisberger musing again about retirement and Antonio Brown throwing a sideline hissy fit and Martavis Bryant, suspended Sunday against the Lions, proving he hasn’t learned a thing from his 2016 season drug suspension.

The Packers also were left seething about a head shot by Panthers LB Thomas Harris after an interception in the third quarter that knocked WR Davante Adams out of the game with a concussion.

Hardy easily could be ranked No. 1 on this list, and perhaps he should be given the details surrounding the domestic violence incident that led to a 10-game suspension in 2015. Hardy then made several inappropriate comments and was a distraction while playing for the Cowboys. He showed no contrition in an interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter that offseason.

A side note: Turner’s son, Nolan, is a freshman on Clemson’s national title team, coached by Dabo Swinney — his dad’s roomie at Alabama.

Time for colleges and TV to thank taxpayers “for making this game possible.”

Tuesday on ESPNU, taxpayer-funded New Mexico played 942 miles away at taxpayer-funded Boise State.

BSU’s had two from California, one each from Colorado, Texas and Australia.

As long as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has thrown his hat into the sports radio ring, why not use his double-muscle to right some sports wrongs?

For starters, the Mets’ “Winter Special” is a “No Fees” tickets purchase come-on. Imagine that — the price of the ticket is the price of tickets! More evidence that these tack-on fees are what they stink like: unrestricted scams.

Cousins would reportedly welcome a reunion with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. The first-time head coach was Cousins’ offensive coordinator with the Redskins during his first two NFL seasons.
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Los Angeles Chargers: See above, but for Phillip Rivers instead of Eli Manning.

The Eagles’ rushing attack will try to fare better than the Saints’ vaunted one, which was held to 80 yards on 24 carries against the Vikings in the divisional round. They’re better off sticking with their base one-back, three-wide receiver, one-tight end set instead of trying two-tight to run the ball. When the Vikings go into nickel to counter, they take out a pretty good run defender in weakside linebacker Ben Gedeon.

The Lakers had been winless in games without Lonzo Ball this season until their past two outings, both of which saw monster games from Clarkson (available in 51.9 percent of leagues). He has averaged 31.0 points, 8.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds in those two games — unsustainable numbers, but perhaps ones that suggest that he should have a larger role even when Ball (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) are available.

Jordan has been ruled out of Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves; his fifth missed game in a row. As mentioned above, Harrell and Johnson are worth considering for streaming/DFS purposes in his absence.

The Memphis Grizzlies are wracked with injuries. JaMychal Green (ankle) is listed as out for Monday, and Jarell Martin (left hand) is listed as questionable. James Ennis III (calf) and Chandler Parsons (calf) are still out, and Dillon Brooks (illness) is listed as questionable.

New York Giants: If the Giants continue to bottom out, they may decide it’s time to move on and rebuild around a new quarterback, while trying to salvage trade value out of a franchise stalwart who’s been there since the 2004 draft. If their season goes really south, they could even be in line to pick a new franchise quarterback at the top of the draft.

That has made it imperative that Nesta Silvera from nearby Plantation American Heritage signs in February. Silvera has been a long-time Miami commitment but is taking other visits and has chosen to make his official announcement on Feb. 7. Miami also has hosted ESPN 300 defensive end Andrew Chatfield and four-star end Dennis Briggs and has interest in ESPN 300 tackle Keondre Coburn, a Texas commit. — Adelsonchargers_034

Belichick urges Patriots to be on time despite weather

With the Northeast bracing to be bombarded with snow, the government in Massachusetts asked people to stay off the roads. Many schools and business closed in advance.

The New England Patriots are not one of those holed up to wait out the storm.

Like I saw that on ESPN. I knew not to come late, he said of the coverage in 2009. I found a couple nice places that are about 15 or 20 minutes away my rookie year and I was like ‘Nah, I’ll do the three minutes away.’ I think guys know that. You see it. You see that around the league when you’re in college. Your season is usually over by now except for a couple teams so you’re following that. Everyone follows the NFL when you play in college so guys know. You know here is the one place where no matter what time of the year it is, if it’s not going well you’ll get fired. Like I always say, the goal every day is not to get fired. So guys know that.

The best part of this story is none of the major outlets — Boston Globe, Boston Herald, ESPN, WEEI — even quote Belichick talking about his rigid attitude toward weather excuses. They don’t need to. The message is so ingrained in the Patriot Way that players know exactly what the coach thinks without a word being spoken.

The 24-year-old ran two red lights before being pulled over and was eventually booked on the following nine charges, which include two felonies.

The arresting officer detailed in the arrest report how Anderson verbally threatened the officer’s wife while in the back of his cruiser. (Warning: Arrest report contains vulgar language)

He continued [to] make other verbal threats towards my family, officer Jonathan B. Hennessy wrote. Based on his statements it was clear that he intended to sexually assault my wife. He also began to brag about how much money he has and how all I was doing was trying to do is ‘ruin his fun.’

Friday marked Anderson’s second arrest in nine months. He was booked in May after pushing a police officer during a dispute at a music festival in Miami.

Anderson had a breakout season on the field for New York in 2017 catching 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.patriots_003_0a18f6101cdee080-180x180

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