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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Cowboys enter bid to host 2018 NFL Draft

That’s the reason they didn’t vote for Manny. And I get it, I really do. It makes sense. They officially know Manny cheated, so they’re officially not voting for him. There are a lot of players who are Hall of Fame-worthy on the ballot, and reasons not to vote for a player are, honestly, as welcome as reasons to vote for a player. The list has to be whittled down somehow.

But I want to bring a counterpoint into the discussion. I’m not saying this is the only right way to approach the ballot because there are no 100 percent correct answers. We’re Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys all out here trying to figure out the best way to approach a Hall of Fame vote we take very seriously (well, most of us). I’m just offering as much transparency as possible to one voter’s thought process.

Drew Pearson could soon be able to troll Eagles fans without being drowned out by boos.

The Cowboys have submitted a formal bid to host the 2018 NFL Draft., the Dallas Morning News reported.

According to the report, the draft would be split between AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the team’s new headquarters and training facility 45 minutes north in Frisco.

“They know how we can configure for X-amount of people,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “Then they’ll come back to us with what they want which night.

“We don’t know exactly what they’ll want to do. We’re waiting to hear on that.”

Philadelphia hosted an estimated 250,000 fans at the draft last month, and police confirmed there were no arrests made in relation to the draft during the three-day event.cubs_1958

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The 2017 NFL Draft saw offensive linemen wait to be selected longer than any year since the merger

The 2017 NFL Draft saw offensive linemen wait to be selected longer than any year since the merger. Yet the draft still resulted in several great player-team fits that should impact starting units immediately.

As we do within the mere hours and days following the NFL Draft, let’s get to projecting lineups for Week 1 and cascade effects for teams that bolstered their Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys offensive fronts.

The Browns blew it by not completing a trade with the Patriots for Jimmy Garoppolo, who showed franchise ability when he led New England to 2016 opening wins over Arizona (which had the league’s second-ranked defense last season) and Miami.

Cleveland reportedly tried to ship the No. 12 overall pick to New England for Garoppolo. We don’t know whether the Browns offered additional picks and veteran players, but they certainly should have.

Josh Gordon has had many opportunities to play wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. He’s running close to empty on his chances.

Gordon, who has been on indefinite suspension since he entered rehab in September, saw his application for reinstatement denied by the NFL on Thursday.

It once looked like Gordon might get back on the field after the first month of the 2016 NFL season. Now it looks like Gordon’s return to action is further away than ever. Although he’ll get a chance to apply to be reinstated again in the fall, there’s not much time for his situation to change.

From his days at Baylor that started to derail him to his consistent relapses while in the NFL, here’s a look at every twist of Gordon’s mostly troubled path.

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NFL Draft 2017: Deshaun Watson pick winning move by Texans

Deshaun Watson is a winner, and he’s going to prove the Texans right for trading up to select him 12th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

That trait — the trait you want most from a quarterback — somehow is devalued at times during the NFL Draft process. How else could you explain why a decorated five-star quarterback, a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and a national champion was the third quarterback taken?

“That’s what you play football to do, is win,” Watson said. “Especially in the National Football League. If you can’t win games, then you’re not going to play for a very long time. That’s the value of the sport. … If you win games, people can’t talk about you.”

And on Saturday, in the fourth, they traded down twice, going back 28 spots, taking another wide receiver and signaling for good that they were out of the quarterback business for this draft.

That’s a worthwhile streak to end. It served as a reminder Cheap NFL Jerseys that, unless things change drastically this offseason and in training camp, the streak ended a year late.

Hackenberg is the biggest unknown of the quarterbacks they have — the second-rounder that perplexed everybody when they took him last year, then perplexed them further when he couldn’t get on the field at all during the disaster of that season.

Marshall starred at Central Florida before the Broncos took him to be a prolific pass-catcher. Despite some issues in Denver, he’s gone on to thrive more with the Dolphins, Bears and Jets, and he will try to help the Giants, too.

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The Branden Albert trade counted more than $7 million against Jacksonville’s 2017 cap.

Pocic didn’t give up a single QB hit last season (per PFF), which must encourage Russell Wilson even though that stat comes from the center position and at the collegiate level. This still spells an upgrade from the recent state of Seattle’s offensive line, which could see Pocic play almost anywhere (Seattle announced him at tackle).

The departure of right guard D.J. Fluker made San Diego and Lamp an ideal fit. A second early-round guard in Feeney suggests Orlando Franklin’s starting role will see a challenge. Currently graded 66th among guards by Pro Football Focus, Franklin could become well-paid depth.

The Branden Albert trade counted more than $7 million against Jacksonville’s 2017 cap. The Jags also invested a recent third-rounder in right guard A.J. Cann and $6.5 million in right tackle Jermey Parnell for 2017. Robinson likely competes at left guard for now with an eye on Albert’s left tackle spot for 2018.

New Orleans just gave Larry Warford $34 million to play right guard, and Zach Strief is an above-average stalwart at right tackle. Much like Terron Armstead and Cheap Mitchell And Ness Jerseys Andrus Peat before him, Ramczyk is most likely to enter Week 1 as an understudy to a veteran and first off the bench — with the intention of eventually replacing Strief.

Bold for players who did not take more than 50 percent of snaps or start Week 1 with the same team in the previous year; asterisks for rookies.

Coach John Elway and GM Vance Joseph say Bolles will compete for the left tackle job, but draft capital and reported attempts to trade for Joe Thomas suggest they’re actively avoiding a season of Donald Stephenson or Ty Sambrailo protecting the blind side.

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leveland is only up by two games after the 125-103 win on Wednesday.

Tucker, or DeRozan, or Norman Powell, can’t prevent James from fully exerting his will upon what was thought to be the top Eastern Conference contender against Cleveland. But can such a contender even exist? We’ve seen James get pushed in a non-Finals series before, mainly by Indiana during its brief reign as a true rival. But that was a long time ago, and Cleveland is filled with even more Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys shooting and younger co-stars than Miami was. Even after a disappointing season filled with miserable defense, the Cavaliers still appear like the cream of the East right now and are making us look foolish for ever doubting them even for a moment.

Cleveland is only up by two games after the 125-103 win on Wednesday. Last year, we saw the Raptors go back to Toronto and tie the series up at two games each, after all. But that never felt serious, and neither does this. LeBron James has made it perfectly clear he’s too good for the Raptors to handle, and if they can’t handle him, how can they handle the rest of this series?

But in his hypocrisy, Rossi is not alone. The rhetoric since the Crosby injury has been all about the horrors of the Niskanen hit and the plans the Capitals may or may not have had to target the Penguins star, but it’s also led to a wider conversation about how the permissiveness of the NHL come playoff time has seen this situation become inevitable. The most pertinent comment comes from Ray Ferraro, a player with a storied NHL career and now a respected TV analyst:

Thomas’ family didn’t have a funeral for his sister during the first round, though. They wanted to wait for her older brother to have a break from basketball.

So immediately after Boston’s Game 6 win over Chicago on Friday, the All-Star guard flew back home to Tacoma, Washington to grieve the loss of his sister. He then returned to Boston, just in the nick of time, for Game 1 of Boston’s second-round series against the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

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Howard will continue his climb into the spotlight

While Howard was the top tight end recruit in the nation, he wasn’t featured heavily in the Alabama offense. He had two touchdowns as a freshman, but zero as a MLB Cheap Jerseys From China sophomore and didn’t score his junior year until the national championship against Clemson.

“It was kind of emotional for me,” Howard said. “I knew how hard I had worked all year long and to finally have it happen in the biggest game of the year — there’s no better feeling than that.”

Howard’s five receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns propelled Alabama to a 45-40 win, and while the Crimson Tide couldn’t repeat in 2016, he still posted four receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown in the rematch against Clemson.

Now, Howard will continue his climb into the spotlight – this time in a Tampa Bay uniform.

The Indians were then forced to forfeit the game, in part, because their fans were too drunk. (Here’s our 40-year anniversary piece on Ten-Cent Beer Night.)

Times have changed and people have evolved. The Rockets’ Toyota Center staff will probably be on high alert knowing their fan base is likely to be more rowdy and intoxicated than games past. They’ll also be dealing with more fans in attendance early in games than they’ve seen.

Hopefully, things don’t pan out the way they did in Cleveland more than 40 years ago.

Crucially, though, it is Chayka making the decisions – and this is the key in what Arizona are doing: they are breaking the mold of having “hockey men” be those who have the final say on what their hockey team does.

Instead, they are trusting John Chayka to be the arbiter of all these differing views and put them together to do what’s best for the Coyotes – to analyze all available data and make a decision based upon that, using his experience and skills gained only tangentially to hockey at the forefront.

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Wednesday night’s total is set at five goals at sports betting sites.

Losing Game 3 was bad for the Penguins, but they suffered a much bigger loss with an injury to Sidney Crosby. Crosby received a concussion from a violent hit by Matt Niskanen in the first period, which arguably set the tempo for the rest of the game.

Pittsburgh still has plenty of offensive firepower without its franchise center, but there is no replacement for a player of his caliber. The Penguins are just 4-19 in their last 23 games as a home underdog.

Wednesday night’s total is set at five goals at sports betting sites. The OVER is 7-4-1 in the last 12 playoff games between Washington and Pittsburgh.

The injury to Crosby drastically changes the complexion of this series. The Capitals were on the ropes after losing the first two games at home, and suddenly they are a road favorite over the Penguins with Crosby sidelined. The Penguins will have to make due without him for at least this game, leaning heavily on their offensive depth to try to hold on to their series lead.

Which goaltender holds down the fort. Goals are Wholesale Cheap Jerseys going to be scored in this series, no question, but how Holtby and Fleury start this series will be big. Any shakiness from either goaltender will likely be exploited by a hungry offense.

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Minor league team pulls off the slickest, slowest hidden-ball trick you’ve ever seen

The hidden-ball trick is a pastime within a pastime. It’s one of the rarest, sneakiest fits of baseball strategy, and when it’s executed properly, it’s a thing of beauty.

The Carolina Mudcats, an A-ball affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, have sculpted a hidden-ball-trick Michelangelo. Here it is, from Wednesday:

The Mudcats are playing the Buies Creek Astros. The Astros run a double-steal, and the catcher throws down to third base. Both runners are safe, for the moment.

The one obvious “card” they can play is Jusuf Nurkic, who may finally be available after an injury kept him out of the opening two matchups. Nurkic gives Portland a real center, which will help the makeshift lineups involving Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh they’ve been throwing out there.

Still, the Warriors haven’t really got a breakout game from Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson yet, with Curry leading the team in scoring in Game 2 with just 19 points. One of those two going off soon seems inevitable. Draymond Green, meanwhile, had one of the most incredible games you’ll see in the series opener, recording this line: 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks, three steals on 6-of-10 shooting.

The Warriors are in the midst of the most impressive three-season run by any team in league history, and they’re heavy favorites to win the title.

Here’s how you can watch them against Portland. Evans was drawing CP3 comparisons as a recruit and mostly lived up to them during his two years at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys had Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys the most efficient offense in the country this season and played one of the most entertaining games of the NCAA tournament in a first-round loss to Michigan. Evans is short at 6’0, but he’s bigger Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys than Isaiah Thomas or Tyler Ulis. Those guys have done OK.

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How the NFL draft works, in a 90-second read

A single player can’t change an NFL team as much as a No. 1 prospect can in basketball, because of football’s higher number of players on the field and the fact that even a top QB will only play half a game. Football’s short, 16-game season also makes tanking — the art of gainfully losing — much less of a thing, since two months of Browns’ losses are still only eight games.

But if the NFL were to use the NBA’s model, which gives each non-playoff team a record-adjusted chance to win the No. 1 pick, it’d turn out something like this, once you adjust for the NFL’s greater number of non-playoff teams:

That’d deprive the league of a three-day TV program, so for that reason alone, it ain’t happening. But a lot of Tom Ziller’s points about getting rid of the NBA draft translate just fine:

[If we get rid of the draft], there is no longer a benefit to losing. Getting top rookies is about managing your salary cap sheet and creating an environment where young players want to play. You no longer attract the young elites by being terrible and getting lucky in a drawing. This system now rewards competence.

The best example of Smith and Dimitroff not seeing eye to Cheap Jerseys Sale eye is free safety Dezmen Southward. At 6’2 and 210 pounds, Southward had the physical attributes teams want in the secondary, and with 4.38 40-yard dash speed and a 42-inch vertical at Wisconsin’s pro day, his athleticism was appealing.

But he only played one year of high school football, and his lack of experience was a warning sign for his NFL career. Southward was projected to go in the fourth or fifth Cheap Jerseys USA Soccer round, but the Falcons grabbed him in the third round in 2014.

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