It was really a blessing to play behind those guys because they’re elite

Former NFL receiver Maurice Stovall has been putting Hopper through workouts at IMG and said Hopper’s biggest hindrance will be not having any game tape from last season. That said, Stovall hasn’t seen any dropoff in Hopper’s ability since his final season at Clemson.
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He looks sharp, healthy and polished, said Stovall, who spent five of his seven NFL seasons with the Buccaneers. From a coaching standpoint, he hasn’t lost a step at all. … If he does everything he did when he was training at IMG at his pro day, I can’t see that do anything but help him get invited to a minicamp.

Hopper, whose ideal position is as a slot receiver, said he learned a lot at Clemson playing alongside the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams.

It was really a blessing to play behind those guys because they’re elite, Hopper said. There are just a lot of small things, like where to put your hands, just little stuff you wouldn’t see on TV.

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Kaepernick at one point looked like he and Russell Wilson would have many epic duels as strong-armed, mobile passers with championships on the line. It’s hard to believe the 49ers-Seahawks classic NFC title game was played only three years ago, given what all has happened since.

Wilson led Seattle to a ring after the 2013 season, something Kaepernick fell just short of the season before. While Wilson and the ‘Hawks have remained a conference contender, Kaepernick faded hard right along with the Niners’ post-Jim Harbaugh freefall.

It’s OK to celebrate, NFL clarifies, but watch the video anyway

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Apparently, Troy Vincent saw his Twitter mentions Wednesday night — including those from Martellus Bennett.
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On Thursday, though, Vincent stood behind the video and its premise — while emphasizing that liberating players was the goal, not further restricting them.

As for the Brady heist, Glazer said NFL security, Patriots security and the FBI collaborated and have zeroed in on a person of interest. He revealed the suspect somehow snuck into the team’s locker room after the game.

He actually, from what I’m told, they have him going into the locker room right behind Bill Belichick as if he’s with the team, Glazer said. Goes in there, loiters around a little while and is seen leaving the locker room — this is the video they’re trying to look at right now — seen leaving a little bit later with something under his arm.

From Glazer’s comments, it doesn’t sound like they could tell what was under their arm but it’s suspicious that they came in with nothing and left with something.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told FOX26 they found the suspect in Mexico.

The HPD criminal intelligence division detectives identified a suspect in Mexico, Acevedo said. I’m proud to say as a result of their hard work, and with the assistance of the FBI and Mexican authorities, we believe we’ve recovered the jersey. Further authentication is in process (of being completed).

Acevedo added federal charges are pending against the suspect. The NFL described the suspect as a credentialed member of the international media. Glazer claimed this person posed as a member of the media, and was not actually affiliated with anyone.

Orioles closer Zach Britton dealing with possible oblique injury

Being drafted by the White Sox 26th overall in 2016 was pretty cool for Burdi. He’s from Downers Grove, a Chicago suburb that’s roughly 26 miles from the White Sox’s home ballpark (now called Guaranteed Rate Field).

His older brother, Nick, was a closer at Louisville, too. Nick was a second-round pick by the Twins in the 2014 draft, and he’s at Double-A Chattanooga right now. In his 91 1/3 career inning in the minors, Nick has 129 strikeouts. So, yeah, it runs in the family.
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Orioles closer Zach Britton will be held out of an intrasquad game Wednesday after experiencing oblique soreness, manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday.

Britton, 29, instead will be allowed to rest as spring training ramps up. The extent of a possible injury should become more clear later this week.
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Oblique injuries can be problematic, especially for pitchers, as some players have missed several weeks. The Orioles will be overly cautious with their bullpen stud with over a month left until opening day. Baltimore begins its spring training schedule Friday against the Tigers.

The left-hander was phenomenal in 2016, converting all 47 of his save chances while gaining Cy Young consideration. He also finished the season with a miniscule 0.54 ERA and 0.83 WHIP.

Through all their struggles, the Rockies are going to field a very potent offense in 2017. While Ian Desmond fell off after a hot start to his 2016 renaissance, playing in the thin air at Coors Field will only help his numbers. Arguably the biggest acquisition of Colorado’s offseason is the hiring of manager Bud Black, one of the most respected baseball men in the game. If Colorado and MVP-candidate Nolan Arenado can get it going offensively in 2017, they’re going to give a lot of pitchers problems.

Corey Davis’ sister wants a ‘booty’ with her brother’s NFL money

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The Western Michigan wide receiver prospect, who’s projected to land in or near the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, will be relatively wealthy soon, meaning he likely will be buying close relatives and friends gifts. Thanks to TMZ, he now knows what his oldest sister, LaToya, wants if her brother is in the giving mood.

The Titans picked former Western Michigan pass catcher Corey Davis Thursday with the fifth overall pick.

Longtime NFL receivers coach Jerry Sullivan, who retired in January after 25 years, spent time working with Williams and Davis.

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Davis helped the Broncos roll through an undefeated regular season and a MAC championship last year before losing to Wisconsin the Cotton Bowl. He joined Randy Moss as the only wide receivers from the MAC to be drafted in the first round.

His ankle injury wasn’t considered serious, but did prevent him from running at the combine and the WMU pro day.

Why it’s better to laugh with JaVale McGee than to laugh at him.

LeBron James’ LeBron XIV retails at $175, with the customizable XIV iD series ringing up $220 before tax. Kevin Durant’s latest KD9 comes in at $150, while James Harden’s Harden Vol. 1 Series with Adidas run $140. Under Armour debuted Steph Curry’s Curry 3’s at $149.99, but has since slashed the price to $99.99.

And Paul George’s debut sneaker, the PG1, hit shelves this year at $109.99.

For some players, sneaker price is a status symbol. When Durant’s KD9 dropped last June, its $150 tag was $30 cheaper than that of its predecessor, the KD8. But it was still nearly twice as expensive as his debut sneaker, the KD1, that retailed for $88.

As humbly as I can say it, I’m not a $88 player, Durant said, according to Nick DePaula. I’m an elite player in the league. I wanted everything to be affordable, but I knew we had to sacrifice some stuff.
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Now only two questions remain: Can Lonzo’s play back up his father’s talk? And more importantly, will the kicks be fire?

You can tell how competitive a Warriors game is by how many minutes Steph Curry plays in the fourth quarter. If Golden State is worried or it’s a legitimate dogfight, Curry plays seven or eight minutes. If it gets a bit touchy, he plays four or five. On Tuesday in Game 1 against the Jazz, he played 23 seconds in the fourth. Utah’s offense just got squeezed hard by Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. It felt at times that Golden State was playing at 75 percent yet still led by 20. Scary, scary team.

Why it’s better to laugh with JaVale McGee than to laugh at him.

Good morning. We have that and more in Saturday’s NBA newsletter.

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If you don’t love Steve Ballmer at his Devastated By Joe Johnson’s Daggers, you don’t deserve him at his Apoplectic At Chris Paul’s Genius. The Point God struck again Friday night, racking up 29 and eight as the best player on the floor by no small measure. He did it in Utah, one of the toughest places for road teams to play. He did it facing elimination and with Blake Griffin out.

Game 7 will be Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). That will be our only Game 7 in the first round, though.

The Wizards went up big on the Hawks in their Game 6 on Friday … and the Hawks steadily climbed back into it, getting close late in the fourth. Then John Wall went fully bonkers, dropping 12 straight points on a mix of jumpers and drives to the rim. Then he taunted Julio Jones, sitting courtside, and said goodbye to Atlanta. So petty!

Milwaukee’s offense has hit a rut at an inopportune time, averaging just 84.5 points per game over the last two games in this series after putting up 100.3 points per game through the first three games of the series.

With the exception of Game 5, the Bucks have done a good job of keeping Toronto’s explosive offense in check this postseason, but they’ll need to find their own rhythm on offense again if they hope to extend this series. The Bucks are 4-13 SU and 7-10 ATS in their last 17 playoff games.
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Thursday’s total is set at 195 points. The UNDER is 13-4-1 in Milwaukee’s last 18 postseason games.

Despite the close nature of this series with both team splitting at home and on the road through the first four games, all but one game has been decided by 11 points or more. Milwaukee will try to get back on the right side of a blowout and force a Game 7 with a home win.

Definitely draft O.J. Howard if you’re an NFL team that plays Clemson

Former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard put together a modest career during his four seasons with the Crimson Tide, at least statistically speaking. The former five-star recruit’s stat line for 2013 and 2014 combined was just 529 yards and two touchdowns. The next two seasons, his numbers were a bit higher, with 1,197 yards and five touchdowns.

If you follow college football closely and hadn’t heard of Lattimore before last season, you may have first noticed him in Ohio State’s 45-24 win over the Oklahoma Sooners.
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It came on the heels of a breakout game against Tulsa the week before, which earned him National Player of the Week honors. Lattimore had two picks in that Ohio State victory, and he returned one for a touchdown.

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Lattimore sure didn’t look basic as he racked up five tackles and an interception against Oklahoma. That was just the beginning of Lattimore’s star-making season.
The Philadelphia NFL Draft event is slated to be the largest fan experience ever produced by NFL.

One of the cool things about the theater itself is that it’s open-ended, which will give fans along the parkway the opportunity to see what’s happening on stage.

As far as some of the other logistics go, the NFL executives will be at the Franklin Institute, which lies down the Parkway on the other side of the NFL Draft Experience. The prospects’ green room is located backstage during the draft. When their names are called, they will walk down the famous steps to greet NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with a handshake.

Dolphins pick Charles Harris based on football talent, not workout numbers

Missouri has been a factory for pass-rushing defensive linemen in recent years. Since 2011, players like Aldon Smith, Sheldon Richardson, Kony Ealy, and Shane Ray have all been snapped up with premium draft picks after wrapping up their careers in Columbia.
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On Thursday, Charles Harris kept that tradition alive. The disruptive defensive end is now a Dolphin after being chosen with the No. 22 selection of the 2017 NFL draft.

The first round of the NFL draft is over, and most of the top-notch players in this draft class now have chances to prove to their new teams why they were worth first-round picks. Many blockbuster trades, big risks, and surprise picks occurred along the way.

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The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals rules that the district court’s reasoning in deciding not to release the video is incorrect. Now, according to NewsOK, the district court has to determine whether the video can be released on the grounds that the public’s interest in the surveillance video outweighs the reason for denying access to it.

There is still no decision regarding whether the video will ultimately be released.

The Pacers and Bulls are in the NBA playoffs!

The 2017 NBA playoffs are set! The Pacers and Bulls won their season finales against VERY TIRED and thus RESTING teams, negating Miami’s win against an also tired and resting team to clinch the final two Eastern Conference playoff spots. Heat fans did not take it well, especially when it came to the Nets sitting their starters against Chicago for no good reason. But man, despite missing out in the end, the Heat had a really special season.

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Li has made huge promises during every step of this process, even when it looked like he’d never be able to come up with the money to takeover AC Milan. Now it’s time for him to deliver with a big summer transfer window.

Draymond Green stoned TWO Blazers dunk attempts in the same game

Klay Thompsons horrible turnover turned into one of the best blocks of Draymond Greens career, and there have been a lot of good ones.
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Damian Lillard found Noah Vonleh on a 2-on-1 that wouldve been an easy score against almost anyone else.

Every time JaVale McGee enters the game, get ready for this set play. The more Jimmy Butler hangs around Dwyane Wade, the more their games start to blend together. Once upon a time, Wade was known for his pristine mid-range shooting, fearless knifing through defenders in the lane, long Euro steps through traffic, and lightning-quick first steps that swung through defenders and caught them flat-footed.

That sure sounds like Butlers game, too. Like Wade, Butler loves to decline ball screens with sharp moves to his right. Speaking of unstoppable Cavaliers plays, theyre still running this one that I highlighted last year. When James plays with four reserves, he becomes the leagues scariest dive man on an alignment that has too many threats to cover.

The Warriors run a screen and roll, toss the ball to the other big man in the post and watch him immediately flip a backdoor lob high in the air for McGee to go get it.

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