Steelers sign former Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden

For seven seasons, Joe Haden lined up against the Steelers’ top wideouts in a futile effort to lead the Browns’ defense back to glory. Now he’s on the other side of one of the league’s most one-sided rivalries.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Haden signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, flipping his allegiance from the AFC North’s worst team to one of its best. He’ll slip into a secondary in need of veteran leadership alongside second-year starters Artie Burns and Sean Davis.

How can Haden help the Steelers?: Pittsburgh has one of the league’s most explosive offenses, but the team’s front office has invested hard in returning the defense to its Steel Curtain roots. Haden is the latest first-round pick to join the roster, joining Cameron Heyward, Bud Dupree, Ryan Shazier, Burns, and T.J. Watt. His last two healthy seasons, in 2013 and 2014, resulted in Pro Bowl berths. At 28 years old, he’s still young enough to make an extended impact in his new home.

Belichick said moving on from Ealy now gave him a better shot to land Cheap Jerseys Made In China with a new team for the coming season, and Ealy got that.

“It gives him an opportunity about a week ahead of next Cheap Jerseys NFL week to hopefully create a better opportunity for himself,” Belichick said. “I think he deserved that. He did everything we asked him to do. It just didn’t work out for either one of us like we hoped it would.”

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The interest he created for the Ellie Mae Classic and Web Tour was enormous

Steph made a dang regular season Web.com Tour event the biggest thing in golf for a couple of days. On Thursday, all anyone on golf Twitter cared about was tracking Steph’s round. This was concurrent with the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, one of the PGA Tour’s most lucrative and prestigious events, which had 49 of the top 50 players in the world in the field.

The interest he created for the Ellie Mae Classic and Web Tour was enormous, both on the ground and watching from afar. No other fringe pro or other exemption was doing this. Eventual winner Martin Piller even called it the “Steph Curry Invitational” on Sunday.

Hayward was coming off of an exceptional season at Butler, falling just short of winning it all in the National Championship Game. But in a 2010 NBA Draft thought to be loaded with names like John Wall, Evan Turner, DeMarcus Cousins, Wesley Johnson and Derrick Favors — remember, these guys were STUDS in college — Hayward’s name didn’t stand out from the pack.

Today, Hayward is a max player on the Celtics after making the All-Star team with the Jazz last season. He could be the piece that pushes Boston over the hump.

This type of move had already happened once this summer: the Hawks installed a GM, Travis Schlenk, above Mike Budenholzer amid a tumultuous offseason. Budenholzer didn’t quit; perhaps Premier League Cheap Jerseys the odd nature of his initial ascension to that front office role amid the Danny Ferry racism investigation meant Bud never actually wanted it. (That’s a touch hard to believe.)

Anyway, at the time, I wondered if Ballmer could make the same sort of change, and whether doing so would cost the Clippers the coaching services of Rivers. Ballmer not only saw the need Really Cheap Jerseys to try it, but by choosing Frank, he made it work without losing Rivers.

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Lewis wrote in a post on Instagram he felt he still would be on New Orleans’ roster had it not been for Jones.

According to Triplett, this was not the first instance of frustration with the medical staff, and head coach Sean Payton “was livid over the latest issue.” Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and ex-defenders Jairus Byrd and Keenan Lewis also sat out longer than expected after injuries, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Oklahoma City and Houston both have to make it into the lineup in some manner, given their huge offseason moves, while San Antonio is always a safe bet. UPDATE: Not this year!

This was the safe, natural assumption for the five-game slate, and it will be fun. All those games are intriguing, without any Knicks duds or forced Bulls matchups. (We got the Knicks in the end. Ugh).

This would have got your fun East rivalry out of the way as an appetizer before the Warriors-Cavs main course, which should crank our hate juices up to appropriate levels. Then, Chris Paul vs. his former team (for the first time?) would have been a solid dessert before old vs. new in Minnesota and Paul George showcasing himself in front of his future (?) team.

I would love to have the Rockets-Clippers game be at Staples Center, but can’t have that game there and Thunder-Lakers in L.A.

It’s serendipitous that, in this continental shake-up, he ended up in NFL Cheap Jerseys Wholesale San Antonio’s Land Before Time system, which adapted its offense around his mid-range Nike NFL Jerseys From China and post-up game (Aldridge was fourth in the league last year in post-up field-goal attempts per game) and found great success in doing so. Yes, the Spurs led the NBA in three-point percentage last year, but they still ranked just 24th in three-point rate. And that’s fine, because…

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Jacob deGrom leaves the game after being hit by a line drive

Mets ace Jacob deGrom left Thursday night’s game early after being hit by a Maikel Franco line drive in the sixth inning, a drive that left the bat at 99 miles per hour.

At the time, it deGrom didn’t appear to be severely injured but Cheap Lebron Jerseys left the game anyway. To add insult to injury for the Mets, this was one of their last healthy and Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys solid starters left from the beginning of the season.

Marc Johnstone, captain of the USHL’s Chicago Steel, has joined that pantheon of established hockey players to throw out ceremonial first pitches with a hockey stick. Before Wednesday night’s White Sox game, Johnstone was tasked with the first pitch, and he nailed it with sweet wrist shot over the plate:

Not only is that ball a clear strike on the inner half, it also had some solid curve to it as it sailed into the waiting glove of White Sox catcher Kevan Smith.

Previously, Senators head coach Guy Boucher and players from the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” squad have used hockey sticks to deliver the ceremonial first pitch. Boucher’s in particular is fantastic, as the Tampa Bay Rays catcher receiving the pitch gets into a full goaltender stance with an opposing hockey stick, all before the Senators coach delivers a strike.

Now we have Johnstone’s perfect strike to add to the mix of hockey player first pitches. And what an addition it is!

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Mike Tomlin ‘truly appreciates’ contract extension through 2020

Mike Tomlin will be staying in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future.

The Steelers announced Friday they have given the 45-year-old coach a new contract that will run through the 2020 season.

And to be clear, Aikman — Fox’s top NFL analyst — isn’t buying the “mistakes of youth” defense.

“I think the guy, what little dealings I’ve had with him, I don’t think he’s — I’m careful how I say this — I don’t think he’s necessarily a bad guy,” Aikman said on Lance Armstrong’s podcast “The Forward” (via The Dallas Morning News). “But I also don’t buy into, ‘Well, he’s 21 years old’ or ‘He’s 22 years old’ or however old he is or any other player in the NFL. That’s old enough to know right from wrong and how to act.

“At 22, I knew, I’m not saying I always did the right thing, but I knew what [was] right and I knew how I was supposed to act. So you can’t put it off on youth.”

Maybe Maruchan really should come through with a ramen endorsement Cheap Jerseys Direct NBA for Cheap Jerseys Cycling McKinley.

McKinley is just as passionate about football as the rest Cheap Jerseys Elite of his interests. McKinley had 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and six pass breakups in his final season at UCLA, and he did that while playing through a torn labrum.

That labrum required surgery, and McKinley wasn’t able to participate in rookie minicamp because of it. He’s eager to get on the field with his teammates.

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High school players go crazy as LeBron James walks onto court after their game

Wednesday was a special day for two high school basketball teams, who got to play against each other at Quicken Loans Arena.

The two teams, Cleveland Central Catholic and Garfield Heights, finished a few hours before the Cavaliers took on the Timberwolves.

Cleveland Central Catholic won the game with a thrilling buzzer-beater, but that wasn’t the only exciting moment of their day.

The players absolutely lost their minds when LeBron James Basketball Cheap Jerseys suddenly walked out onto the court.

At this stage, that’s his plan, as a growing faction of fans believes he’s holding the team hostage and should move on so that the Porzingis era can begin. Since the Rosen piece, Anthony has met with Jackson and told him that he wants to stay in New York, and he remains committed to helping the Knicks win. He has told associates he will remain firm in his desire to stay in New York and doesn’t want to be run out of town by Jackson, as their relations have worsened over the past few weeks. Despite the Clipper talk and reports of Boston having limited interest, league sources indicate that Anthony will likely still be on the team once the Feb. 23 trade deadline passes. After that, Jackson will have to wait until the draft to re-start his efforts to move Anthony. Not that Phil should count on that.

There’s one other factor that suggests that Anthony might just out-last Best Cheap Jerseys From China Jackson in the Big Apple. Team owner James Dolan played a major role in engineering the deal six years ago to bring in Anthony. Unlike Jackson, Dolan still has a very good relationship with his star, and doesn’t mind having a member of the Banana Boat Crew on his payroll. In fact, there’s already talk Dolan will go after another crew member, Chris Paul, this summer.

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Chris Paul gives jersey to Clippers fan in Utah after win over Jazz

Straight up — Zaza don’t care.

He decked Russell Westbrook then stood over him like Muhammad Ali did Sonny Liston. Sure, he got fined for it, then matter of factly told Sporting News’ Jordan Greer he wasn’t changing his game for anything in this Q&A.

Ibaka grew up in the Congo. Every day, regardless of whether he had food, electricity or even shoes, he woke up at 4 a.m. to run and be ready for the opportunity to make something of his life. The man dated Keri Hilson for years.

He literally made everything out of nothing.

There’s no way he’s letting Robin Lopez’s mop head slap the ball Cheap MLB Jerseys away from him.

The Los Angeles Clippers received tough news as they learned they will be without Blake Griffin for the rest of the postseason with a toe injury. He left in Cheap NBA Basketball Jerseys the first half of the team’s Game 3 win in Utah and didn’t return to the game.

The Clippers persisted without him though, and took a 2-1 series lead. Chris Paul was upbeat after the win, searching out an L.A. fan wearing a replica of his jersey in the stands in Salt Lake City.

With the way Chicago’s offense looked minus Rondo, coach Fred Hoiberg may want to consider putting Butler at point guard. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams are not the answers here. The two combined to shoot 3 of 10 with three assists. They simply don’t provide the same level of playmaking and basketball intellect as Rondo.

Highlight you need to see: Thomas will hit you with that hesitation.

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Brandon Marshall promises to be top-5 WR in 2017

Brandon Marshall is coming off his worst statistical season — 59 catches for 788 yards and three touchdowns — and isn’t interested in taking a pay cut next season. In fact, the soon-to-be 33-year-old receiver says he’s going to earn every penny of his $7.5 million in 2017 with a huge bounce-back season.

“Last year was a down year for several reasons,” Marshall said on ESPN’s “First Take” Wednesday, “I’m not even in the top 30 (right now). I had 700-and-something yards. But this year, I promise you, I’ll be in the top five.”

One of those people with a Magic anecdote was Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, who said he met Johnson when Bennett was a 21-year-old rookie with the Cowboys.

I had a conversation with Magic Johnson when I was 21 and a rookie. Damn I wish I had that 5 minutes back.

The tweet was initially taken as a shot at Johnson, who led the Lakers to five NBA championships during a 13-year playing career. Bennett added some clarity about half an hour later, saying he was the one who wasted those five minutes.

I wasted that 5 minutes. That same 5 minutes today Baseball Jerseys would possibly be life changing.

Bennett then poked a little fun at himself, asking if he was “that much of an a—hole” that people mistook what was supposed to be a “nice” tweet about Johnson the San Jose Sharks Cheap Jerseys wrong way.

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Calvin Johnson says Lions mistreated him as he retire

Unlike Marshawn Lynch, Calvin Johnson doesn’t plan to come out of retirement.

While attending his annual “Catching Dreams” football camp in Michigan on Saturday, the former Lions wide receiver opened up about life after football since hanging up his helmet and confirmed he won’t be making a comeback anytime soon.

“I don’t really think about it too much because I got so much going on,” Johnson told the Detroit Free Press. “I came in with Marshawn. We worked out together down in Orlando with Tom Shaw. I’m going to see him next week because I’m going out there to work with Oakland. But I don’t feel any kind of mixed emotions about it now. It doesn’t make me think about coming back, not at all.”

Johnson, who announced his retirement at age 30 last March, spent his entire nine-year career in Detroit after being selected by the Lions with the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Despite his longstanding relationship with the franchise, Johnson has since distanced himself from the team.

“I don’t even like to talk Lions too much just because the way our relationship ended,” Johnson said when asked about his No. 81 being retired. “If they see me around here, we’ll see. But hey, I don’t know. I just didn’t feel like I was treated the way I should have Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys been treated Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys on the way out. That’s all. I mean, it’s all good. I’m not tripping. I don’t feel any kind of way, just hey, that’s what they did. Hey, it is what is.”

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Nationals, Red Sox to play exhibition at Naval Academy

I believe that’s a good thing. Again, the Hall of Fame isn’t the Hall of Saints. Baseball is a religion, but it isn’t a religion religion. It’s OK that our baseball heroes are flawed people. They’ve always been flawed people. It’s possible to romanticize the sport while maintaining a realistic understanding of who the players are. I happen to believe the Hall of Fame should reflect what baseball actually was, not some sanitized, idealized version that never actually existed. I don’t get Cheap Dodgers Jerseys the obsession with creating this alternate reality.

The Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox will meet in an exhibition game April 1 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the first of a new three-year deal in which the Nats will play an annual “Naval Academy Baseball Classic” exhibition each spring, the Nationals announced Thursday.

Tickets for the special 2 p.m. ET game at Navy’s Max Bishop Stadium won’t be available to the public but instead will be distributed by the Nationals and Red Sox free of charge to Midshipmen and select members of the Navy. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The Nationals’ opponents for the 2018 and ’19 exhibitions will be determined later, the team said.

The Braves and Marlins last season played a regular-season game July 3 at Fort Bragg, the first time a regular-season MLB game had been played at an active U.S. military installation.
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