Theo Epstein: Manny Machado-to-Cubs talk is ‘out there in fantasy land’

The Cubs frequently come up as a potential landing spot for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, but Cubs president Theo Epstein, appearing on 670 The Score radio in Chicago, says it’s way too early for those kinds of rumors that he described as out in fantasy land.

Still, despite having built World Series-winning teams for the Red Sox and Cubs and their feverish fan bases, Epstein admits he’s been caught off-guard by the media frenzy over Machado — a three-time All-Star at only 25 — perhaps landing with the Cubs.

Before any moves will be made, Epstein wants his team to figure itself out: I only see value in deals that I think make us better for the short term in terms of helping us win a World Series and leave us in a good position in the long term as well — or balancing those two, where the organization ultimately benefits.

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch will be managing the American League squad, which will be constructed through fan and player voting and some selections from Hinch himself.

I feel like if he did (select me), it would just be to get me to throw an extra inning, Price said Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald. And that would be a pretty pro move on his part. I’ll come up with something, if I am an All-Star, so I won’t have to pitch. I’ll play a lot of Fortnite the night before, so I’ll be down (unavailable).

Price was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome earlier this season and it was speculated that Price’s video game habit was to blame. He said in May that that while video games might have contributed to his carpal tunnel, they were not to blame for the origin of the swelling in his left thumb, index finger and middle finger. He said he’d stop playing Fortnite at the park to limit the distraction it caused.

Report: Colin Kaepernick’s Lawyers Likely to Subpoena Donald Trump, Mike Pence

Colin Kaepernick and his lawyers are reportedly expected to subpoena President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to force them to testify in his collusion case against the NFL.

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Kaepernick’s team is attempting to show any potential influence the Trump administration had on Kaepernick’s free agency.

The Rams didn’t have a first-round pick or a second-round pick, thanks to the trades for receivers Brandin Cooks and Sammy Watkins, who is now with the Chiefs.

Under contract are third-round offensive lineman Joseph Noteboom, fourth-round center Brian Allen, fourth-round defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers, fifth-round linebacker Micah Kiser, fifth-round linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, sixth-round running back John Kelly, sixth-round offensive lineman Jamil Demby, sixth-round defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day, sixth-round linebacker Trevon Young in the sixth, seventh-rounder linebacker Travin Howard, and seventh-round defensive lineman Justin Lawler.

Patrick wielded the bat that shattered teammate Clay Matthews’ nose.

It’s one of those fluke things, Patrick said Monday, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Looking back, after they put the net out, it just took one guy like me to hit the face of the franchise to realize we need a net.

The face of the franchise will get a new face later this week when Matthews undergoes surgery. Patrick’s line drive during the team’s charity softball tournament this weekend was the shot heard ’round Wisconsin.

Patrick said he last played baseball when he was 12 and was merely trying to get a bat on the ball to keep from looking silly.

It’s just one of those things that the ball happened to come off the bat and hit him in the face, Patrick said…. I felt terrible. I ran right to him.

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The Dolphins also have DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills returning in 2018 (Miami traded top wide receiver Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns before the 2018 NFL Draft ).
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I just wouldn’t count on it. No matter how public he gets (this week, he rapped it) in the drive for a new deal. And the reason why is simple: It will be difficult for the Steelers to create a better option for him than what’s right in front of him now. As it stands, there are three ways this can go for Bell, over a two-offseason period: (1) He takes home his $14.544 million in 2018 and hits free agency next year; (2) He’s transition tagged next year鈥攖hat tag would cost Pittsburgh $17.453 million in 2019鈥攁nd that adds up to a minimum two-year take of close to $32 million, and allows for Bell to test the market (with the Steelers retain matching rights); or (3) He’s franchised next year, a tag that would come at the quarterback number (it was $23.189 million last year), and would lead to a two-year take that could close in on $40 million. Because of the price associated, it seems unlikely either tag happens.

Agholor, at best, was the Eagles’ fourth wide receiver heading into the 2017 spring organized team activities, and he was considered part of a group vying for the final two or three receiver spots on the team.

The Redskins believe Smith will bring another element to their offense because of his ability to improvise. Smith will never find himself included in a conversation involving the most strong-armed quarterbacks in the league,聽but he ranks among the most accurate (his 67.5% completion rate was third-highest in the NFL in 2017) and he boasts great ability to operate beyond聽the pocket.

Alex’s M.O. is his ability to move around and make plays,Gruden explained. We’re hoping that the critical situations with the ad-lib plays, off-schedule plays that we’ll get better at. Those things you can’t coach. They are plays you want him to make. I’m hoping there are plays where the coverage is just blanketed and he’s able to move around a little and make something happen. That’s an important part of football.

From LeBeau to Pees, Titans learning new defensive scheme

All-Pro safety Kevin Byard believes it doesn’t get much better for he and his Titans teammates: First learning from defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and now Dean Pees.

Just having two legends as coaches on the defense, man, I was blessed, Byard said.

With Pees last season, Baltimore ranked 12th in yards allowed per game. The Ravens led the NFL with 22 interceptions and also tied for 10th against the pass giving up 213.8 yards per game.

Pees, 68, has spent the last 14 of his 45 years as a coach in the NFL. But he hasn’t talked with LeBeau, someone he’s always admired and wanted to have a relationship with as a coach. The new Titans coordinator has been busy learning his new players and installing his defensive schemes with a little more than third installed as of Wednesday.

Outside linebacker Derrick Morgan, now on his fifth head-coach with this franchise, said the defense remains primarily a 3-4 base. Each coach uses different language to describe plays, and Morgan said learning that is the biggest challenge.

They said the current structure is more than adequate for identifying fraud and not paying out claims. They also said the rules that became effective in January 2017 including the approved physicians list will greatly reduce the opportunity for fraudulent claims.

League lawyers said investigating the fraud claims has contributed to the slower determinations and awarding of money for legitimate claims. Plaintiffs’ attorneys have said the settlement process is moving too slowly.

He’s sitting out the team’s voluntary offseason program. So it was Calvin Ridley — a first-round draft pick from the Crimson Tide — who got a chance to shine during a 90-minute practice Wednesday.

But, for a team with Super Bowl aspirations, it was impossible to ignore the absence of No. 11.

So, where’s Julio?

Chiefs special teams coach says rules changes make kickoffs more like a punt

The league’s new kickoff rules will change many things for NFL teams, including what they look for in a returner.
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Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub, one of the best in the business, said the rules have turned the kickoff into more of a punt play. The league made the changes in hopes of fewer high-speed collisions and thus fewer injuries.

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The Lions get a back with a good combination of power and explosiveness with the hopes he can be a three-down option. With LeGarrette Blount adding to Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, Johnson has a good chance to trump all three for heavy touches.

Cooper Kupp Game Jersey Nelson exited Week 6 as fantasy’s No. 6 scoring wide receiver (teammate Davante Adams was fifth), but ranked 82nd from that point forward (Adams missed two games but was still 20th). The massive drop in production raises serious questions as to whether or not Womens Travis Shaw Jersey Nelson is still an effective player at age 33 and if he can succeed without Rodgers throwing to him.

The good news for Nelson is that the Raiders are seriously lacking in terms of competition for targets. Amari Cooper is expected to be the go-to guy in the passing game, but the likes of Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jared Cook are the primary names Nelson has to compete with as the roster stands. It’s possible Oakland adds offensive playmakers via free agency or the draft, but the new regime under coach Jon Gruden seems committed to the run.

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It’s interesting that each of the bottom five teams have struggled to string together winning seasons. On the flipside, teams like the Saints, Falcons, Rams, Vikings and Eagles rank in the top six. Maybe it’s recency bias. In the NFC North, the Lions rank No. 2 (which is a shocker) and the Packers are No. 20.聽

James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes — to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about where he’ll continue his remarkable career next season.

Greatness, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. Championship pedigree. Giving it his all. We needed that, especially when Kevin went down. We had to play ‘Bron as many minutes as he had to. He delivered. He was up for the challenge. He carried us home as usual.

This series, in which home court has meant everything, will have a fitting conclusion Sunday at TD Garden, where the Celtics are 10-0 this postseason.

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Seahawks add tight end Clayton Wilson

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Cousins is gone, Alex Smith is on board. And Smith is under contract for the next five years.聽

The 34-year-old may have his physical limitations and a reputation for coming up short in January, but quarterbacks’ shelf lives are long, and Smith is coming off a career year in which he was the highest-rated passer in the NFL.聽

If that was a sign that he’s blooming late, the Redskins could contend for years to come.

At the very least, that’s something to look forward to in 2018.

The quarterback he ultimately chose was Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield and Dorsey was very confident in making that decision. Wednesday, he revealed when he knew Mayfield was his guy. He felt Mayfield was their man after the team brought him in for a private workout in March.

I knew in my gut that was going to be the guy,Dorsey said on Good Morning Football via Browns.com.

The Browns took the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner No. 1 overall last Thursday and did so with very little hesitation.

Dorsey said it was more than just the confidence Mayfield exuded, but was very much about his attention to detail in one-on-one meetings.
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Kacy Rodgers II getting coached up by his father on Jets

Kacy Rodgers II spent the past three seasons in the CFL. Now, he’s in the Jets offseason program with his father, defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, as his coach.

One source told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure: “I doubt he shows up, as Jones is looking for a pay raise, with three years and $34.45 million left on his deal.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff said late last month that the team is not overly concerned about the Pro Bowl wide receiver missing offseason workouts or erasing Falcons photos from his Instagram page.

As made obvious by Commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement from Monday, the NFL will be rooting its lobbying efforts in notions like intellectual property and content creation, for which the NFL surely believes it should be compensated. Ditto for the “official, reliable league data” that the league will want to sell to the various states.

But the cut the NFL gets (or doesn’t) from the states ultimately will be small potatoes in comparison to the filet mignon available elsewhere. The NFL will make the bulk of its money from the increased interest in the sport, the licensing of team names and logos (which will make everything seem more official), the use of team and league website and apps as the conduit for betting, and in-game bets placed both at the stadium and via real-time TV transmissions that eventually remove all lag.ravens_010

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Forget about Hall of Famer Kurt Warner’s musings about possibly coming back. Owens, who’ll enter the Hall of Fame in August, definitely wants to return to football.
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Owens, who recently has posted videos on social media of his workouts, said Friday that he participated in the pre-draft workout that the Browns held with former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.

They . . . saw me run routes when they were in LA to workout Josh Rosen, Owens said regarding Cleveland G.M. John Dorsey, coach Hue Jackson, and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. They know I still got it.

Owens last played in a regular season game more than seven years ago, with the Bengals. In 2012, he spent time with the Seahawks in the preseason.

No team has shown serious interest in signing Owens since the Seahawks released him.

The Celtics hung around in the second half and pulled within 100-93 on Marcus Smart’s basket with 4:29 left. But Thompson got free for a dunk, and after a miss by Boston, James recovered after making his seventh turnover by making a steal and layup.

Via Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Eagles have been invited to the White House on June 5.

That’s a few months past the timeline which the Patriots dropped by to see President Donald Trump (April 19, 2017), but the Patriots were also carrying less baggage into a Rose Garden meeting.

A number of high-profile Eagles players (Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, now-Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith and Brandon Graham) have already declared they wouldn’t attend.

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Michael Bennett and Darren Sproles absent as Eagles start OTAs

The Eagles have their first Organized Team Activity of the offseason on Monday and a couple of veteran members of the team aren’t on hand for the voluntary practice.
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Head coach Doug Pederson said that defensive lineman Michael Bennett and running back Darren Sproles are the only two players who opted not to report for the next phase of offseason work.

It’s Bennett’s first offseason with the team after being acquired in a trade with the Seahawks this offseason, but Pederson said they’ve spoken and isn’t concerned about the Womens Will Barton Jersey veteran being ready for the season. Pederson added that he expects Bennett for some of the 10 OTA practices and that his absence is not related to the indictment he faces in Houston.

Sproles re-signed with the team in late April and would likely be pretty limited if he were at practice after tearing his ACL last September, which may be part of the reason why Pederson was similarly unconcerned about his absence on Tuesday.

I don’t think it’s just the humidor. Even on the road, his strikeout rate has increased from 22.3 percent in 2017 to 30.0 percent and his walk rate has declined from 11.3 percent to 6.7 percent. Buster Olney alluded to a big issue in a recent column about hitters struggling with big-time fastballs: Through Friday’s games, the Diamondbacks’ first baseman had seen 77 pitches of 96 mph or faster without logging a hit, the most in the majors.

Three pitches cost him, manager Rick Renteria said. Three solo homers. We didn’t score enough runs for him.

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You’re hoping to get out of that with a run, but he made a lot of good pitches to some good hitters, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. We were fortunate.
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Castillo did not run out his popup, and Renteria replaced him with Omar Narvaez before the Orioles batted in the seventh.
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I’ve got to do this so everybody understands what we’re trying to do here, Renteria said. We’re not done with what we’re trying to do. For him, I know he felt bad about it. These kids own everything when push comes to shove. They own the responsibility.