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Quarterback Deshaun Watson’s rise was halted by a torn ACL last season, but Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins expects his teammate to pick up right where he left off.
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Hopkins caught seven touchdowns from Watson in the first seven games of the 2017 season and told the media Tuesday that he has spent some time thinking about what the two of them can accomplish over a full season.

The first two games of the series have drawn the smallest crowds in the history of 2-year-old SunTrust Park. While unseasonably cold weather could be blamed for Monday’s turnout of 17,812, the second game was played on a clear night with temperatures in the mid-60s. Even so, the announced crowd was just 17,913.

Phillies: RHP Pat Neshek played catch for the second day in a row as he attempts to come back from a strained right shoulder. There’s no timetable for his return from the disabled list. The 37-year-old Neshek was an All-Star last season, going 5-3 with a 1.59 ERA in 71 games split between Colorado and Philadelphia.

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If the running game will be de-emphasized by a rule that makes it harder to run the ball in and through the tackle box, that should be a factor when determining how to use draft assets. Quarterbacks, receivers, cornerbacks, free safeties, pass rushers, outside running backs, Jannik Hansen Womens Jersey and pass-catching tight ends become more relevant; bulldozing running backs, fullbacks, run-blocking offensive linemen, run-stuffing defensive linemen, slow-footed middle linebackers, inside-the-box strong safeties, and blocking tight ends become less relevant.

Dolphins sign tight end Gavin Escobar

The Dolphins have shown plenty of pre-draft interest in the top tight ends, but they filled in the blanks with a veteran Monday.
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The Dolphins announced they signed tight end Gavin Escobar.

The former second-round pick of the Cowboys has struggled to find a permanent home.

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The team has a fair expectation that the starting quarterback necessarily will be acting like much more than just another player. The starting quarterback should expect to be treated that way all the time, and not only when it benefits the team to have the quarterback assisting the coaching staff on an unofficial basis.
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Coach Sean McVay said Monday, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, that he does not view Donald’s absence as a crisis and isn’t worried about Womens Mike Tolbert Jersey him staying in shape while he’s away from the team. McVay also said the team is proactive about finding a solution that makes Donald happy.

That solution is a contract, but it will be at least a little while longer until all the details for a pact are nailed down.

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Girls want to play baseball, Reagins said. Whether they play with boys or play with girls, we want to allow them the opportunity to play, because they want to and they choose to.

Yes, Odell is in the building.

No, Pat Shurmur is not viewing the attendance of Odell Beckham Jr. at Monday’s opening day of the Giants’ offseason workout program as some sort of springboard to a long-term commitment or contract for the star receiver or a seminal moment in the history of the player, the franchise or the world.
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Shurmur said he communicated with Beckham after the NFL owners’ meetings two weeks ago in Orlando, when a swirl of fiction and non-fiction circulated about Beckham, the video of him in a Paris hotel with a French model (and substances that looked like drugs), the Giants’ irritation with the video as the latest Beckham distraction and the Giants fielding trade offers for him.

People are quick to pigeonhole you, the 45-year-old said. If me and you are talking sports, and it’s, ‘Hey he played basketball,’ then we start talking baseball and people are like, ‘What is he doing talking about baseball?’ That’s ridiculous. If you are knowledgeable about something and are able to talk about it, you should be able to express yourself. That’s one of the barriers that I continue to want to break for former athletes who are in this industry.

Rose has that chance full-time now on Get Up!, alongside Mike Greenberg and Michelle Beadle. ESPN built a South Street Seaport studio for the show 鈥?the focal point of the network’s New York City operation 鈥?and the trio is making a Paul Coffey Jersey combined $14.5 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Rose dismissed ratings as a personal barometer of success, and that’s a good thing thus far. The ratings for the first two shows 鈥?it premiered Monday 鈥?were far from ideal. According to Sports TV Ratings Twitter account, the show averaged 283,000 views on Monday 鈥?or 44,000 less than SportsCenter did on the same day a year ago 鈥?and 243,000 on Tuesday.

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Monday morning’s annual Patriots’ Day game postponed

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Jaime Garcia (2-0) allowed back-to-back homers by Mike Moustakas and Lucas Duda in the third. He gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings, walking one and striking out five.

All six of Toronto’s runs in the sixth were charged to right-hander Blaine Boyer, whose ERA ballooned to 25.20 even though just two of the runs he allowed Tuesday were earned.

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Blue Jays: C Russell Martin and 2B Devon Travis started the opener but sat out the nightcap. … DH Kendrys Morales (right hamstring) is not expected to require a rehab assignment before rejoining the team. Morales went on the disabled list April 10.

Profar collided with Rays center fielder Mallex Smith as Smith slid into second base. Profar is in the concussion protocol and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

Rangers medical staff tended to Profar before the shortstop left the field. He was replaced by Drew Robinson.

Texas has lost starters Delino DeShields, Rougned Odor, Elvis Andrus and Doug Fister to the DL with different injuries.

Roads, sidewalks and entrance gates on the east side of the stadium, next to the tower, remained cordoned off Tuesday, forcing detours for fans on foot. The tower itself and several nearby restaurants and attractions were also closed.

Kansas City was also the opponent for the only previous cancellation at Rogers Centre. That happened on April 12, 2001, after a collision between two panels of the stadium’s moving roof.

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Dave Gettleman seeking generational player with second pick

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It’s like when teams reach [and say], ‘We need a defensive tackle.’ Then they drop down and reach for a guy and maybe he’s a really good two-down player, a really good run player, and they’re hoping he’ll develop as a pass rusher, Gettleman said. No, you can’t do that. So that’s the conversation we’re having. When Julius Thomas Youth jersey we set the board and have our conversations, is that guy worthy of being the second pick in the draft? Can we picture him maybe someday putting on a gold jacket?

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Keenum’s rise with the Vikings last year is certainly a story that every backup quarterback would love to emulate, but the draft could leave a different quarterback in that position for the Broncos.

Rams embrace business realities of L.A.

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The Rams and Chargers share the Los Angeles market. Soon, they’ll share a stadium. As a result, the competition for fans (and the dollars they carry around in their pockets) is real, no matter how much either team may try to downplay it.

At some point, the Chargers will have to adjust that approach, if they truly hope to compete with the Rams in the L.A. Even though the Chargers’ approach could result in the development of a better team, that approach doesn’t work in Los Angeles. The Rams have figured that out, collecting star players and creating the kind of what will they do next? vibe that always plays well in Hollywood.

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The announcement was carried live on CBS, which will televise AAF games starting the week after next year’s Super Bowl.
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The 72-year-old Spurrier brings instant credibility in Florida, where he was first a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and later a national championship-winning coach for the Florida Gators. Although Spurrier had a disappointing 12-20 record in two seasons in Washington in the NFL, he said he’s eager to help develop young players in a minor league.

Rams keep going all in, possibly with short-term players

The Rams have acquired several key players in the past month, and they eventually may have to make some tough decisions about which ones they’ll keep.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has signed a one-year deal, and now receiver Brandin Cooks has been acquired as he enters the option year of his rookie contract. With defensive tackle Aaron Donald in the same posture and with only one franchise tag to use, the Rams eventually may have to let one or more of these guys walk after 2018.

The end result of the various trades (including picks added from the trades of defensive end Robert Quinn and linebacker Alec Ogletree) is that the Rams have only one third-round pick, three fourth-round picks, and two sixth-round picks in the 2018 draft. They also have given up a second-round pick in 2019.

The approach cuts again the approach that many teams take to building the franchise, opting for cheap, young talent that can be developed at low cash and cap numbers and that becomes the nucleus of a team that has consistency and continuity.

Fisch served as UCLA’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season and spoke highly of his time with Rosen.

“Some people are referring to his intellect or the background that he started as a tennis player and became a football player, but in terms of coaching him he was great to coach,” Fisch said. “I enjoyed the meeting room every single day. He makes coaches better and he makes the players around him better based on his knowledge and how you’ve really got to work to make sure you’re stimulating his brain as well.”

The last comment seemed to at least give credence to Mora’s observation that Rosen’s attention can wander. So a follow up was asked as to whether there was any concern about whether Rosen truly loved the game.la_kings_007

Orioles overcome 5-run deficit, stop Yanks 8-7 in 12 innings

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Bases loaded, no outs. Clinging to a one-run lead in the 12th. Big boppers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton coming up.

But boosted by an alert play from catcher Caleb Joseph, Brach escaped his own jam. And after overcoming an early deficit that left their starting pitcher punching the dugout wall, the Orioles held off the New York Yankees 8-7 Sunday.

Stanton went 0 for 7, stranded nine runners and fanned five times for the second time in a week — the only two times the NL MVP has done that in his professional career.

Stanton is hitting .167 and has 20 strikeouts in 42 at-bats in his first year with the Yankees, and getting booed by the home fans.

They’re not going to cheer for that, so what do you expect? Stanton said.

Just got to look at it as a bad week. Season is much longer than a week, so a couple good games can turn it around and help us win, he said.

Anthony Santander’s first major league homer, a two-run drive, and a two-run shot by Danny Valencia let the Orioles rally from down 5-0.

Pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez, whose 14th-inning grand slam won Friday night’s game, drew a one-out walk in the 12th from Adam Warren (0-1). Santander singled with two outs and Gentry capped an 11-pitch at-bat with a go-ahead single.

He drove the first pitch he saw from Jon Gray (1-2) above the Rockies bullpen in right-center. Carlos Asuaje followed Richard with a home run, the second time this season the Padres have gone deep in successive at-bats.

Clayton really got us going (offensively), Padres manager Andy Green said. That’s not actually what you expect to happen. That ball was absolutely crushed.

Richard, who last homered Aug. 27 at Miami, said his towering home run was pretty much a stroke of good fortune.

I got lucky. Let’s be real, he said.

Richard (1-1) allowed four runs in five innings. Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth for his third save.
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Ian Desmond, Chris Iannetta and Gonzalez homered for the Rockies. Gonzalez’s two-run drive came in the sixth off Jordan Lyles, pulled the Rockies within 7-6 and led to the ejection of Padres manager Andy Green.

Astros assured of another series win, go for sweep of O’s

Before Houston Astros ace right-hander Justin Verlander could settle in and pitch his club to a series victory against Baltimore, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop ambushed him.
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Correa departed prior to the eighth inning and, with a scheduled day off Thursday, will not participate in the series finale.

He played uncomfortable, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Correa, who reached via a walk in the seventh inning just prior to Reddick smacking a grand slam. It doesn’t look like it sometimes, especially when he has an inside-the-park home run, but he was still pretty uncomfortable. Once we got the lead like that (10-5) it was pretty easy to take him out.

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A few weeks, from what I understand, is the best-case scenario, he said.

The 32-year-old right-hander was the biggest offseason addition to a bullpen the Mets hope will be much improved this season. The right-hander signed a $14 million, two-year contract after going 6-4 with a 2.33 ERA and 91 strikeouts over 77 1/3 innings in 70 combined games last year with the White Sox and Brewers.

He has given up one run and struck out three in 2 1/3 innings with New York.

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Panthers majority owner Jerry Richardson announced he was selling the team in December after the league took over an investigation looking into allegations of workplace misconduct against him. The Panthers officially went up for sale following the team’s wild-card loss in January.