Tennessee would love to see Harold Landry slip and might even look to move up to get him.

Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: As the Chicago Blackhawks prepare for an eventual world without Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, I see them depending a lot on Alex DeBrincat for scoring. The 20-year-old winger quietly (because of the Blackhawks’ struggles) scored 28 goals this season. Though he exceeded even Chicago GM Stan Bowman’s expectations in Year 1, there’s a reason Chicago drafted DeBrincat: he finds a way to score.

Cornerback: This has been an area of need ever since Josh Norman’s infamous departure. Next to James Bradberry, newly signed Ross Cockrell should slot in as the new No. 2 corner. Even still, the Panthers could use as much help as they can get with the position still in a less than ideal state.

Running Back: The release of Jonathan Stewart means Carolina should be looking for another member of the backfield to complement 2017 first-round pick Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers will give Cameron Artis-Payne, a 2015 fifth-round pick, the first crack at replacing Stewart but another young, between-the-tackles runner should be brought in for depth and insurance purposes.

Expect the Titans to trade back if possible on draft day. Davenport could be a nice replacement. If Leighton Vander Esch were to slip this far, the Titans would take him. A sleeper pick, and likely pick if they move back, would be Florida State’s Josh Sweat.

Without many pressing needs, the Falcons should look to take advantage of a deep defensive tackle and offensive line class. Coaches speak glowingly about Payne’s maturity and consistent improvement over his time at Alabama.

If the Panthers have confidence in Artis-Payne to take Stewart’s vacant role and therefore hold out on selecting a running back until Day 3, then Kalen Ballage could be the answer. He’s an athletic phenom and proved it at the Combine (6-1, 225 pounds, 4.46 40-yard dash, 33.5 vertical). At Arizona State he showed his stuff as a powerful runner who still possessed breakaway speed and could catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s not exactly the same size as Stewart (5-10, 240 pounds) but he has the skills to be an excellent third option in the run game with the chance to compete for some meaningful touches.canucks_1157

NFL free agency rumors: Ravens’ offer to WR Willie Snead ends Dez Bryant talk

The Ravens have signed restricted free-agent wide receiver Willie Snead of the Saints to a two-year, potential $10 million offer sheet, ESPN.com reported, citing an unidentified source.

It appears the Saints aren’t likely to match the offer during the five-day window, thus not only making Snead a Raven but also likely ending the chances that Baltimore would sign Dez Bryant, in whom they expressed interest when he was released this week by the Cowboys.

Snead’s offer is worth $7 million with $3.4 million in incentives and includes a $2 million signing bonus, ESPN’s source said.

An underrated slot receiver in 2015 and ’16, Snead, 25, had 141 catches for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in that span, but he had only eight receptions in limited time in 2017 as he was suspended three games to start the season because of a DUI and then sustained a hamstring injury.

“This guy’s good. This guy’s going to show it. He’s going to show up,” Maddon said, “and the thing (is) as a manager, as a coach, I’m just trying to get him to respect this pitch and then respect that next pitch, but don’t try to over-evaluate it or make it more complicated than that because your stuff, I don’t know, top 10 in baseball probably.”

Brent Suter (1-2, 5.68 ERA) pitches for Milwaukee. The left-hander is 0-2 with a 5.75 ERA in his last four starts.

It was the Sharks’ worst loss in playoff history. Detroit blanked San Jose 6-0 in the 1995 Western Conference semifinals.

“We had a laundry list of issues today,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. “It’s obviously not pretty, we know we have to do better across the board. It’s on us to respond now.”

Eakin started the scoring barrage when he deflected Brayden McNabb’s wrist shot from the point past Jones 4:31 into the game. Before the public-address announcer could trumpet the game’s first goal, Haula finished Tuch’s rush to the net 26 seconds later with a sniper past Jones to double Vegas’ lead.

Marchessault made it 3-0 when he fired a shot from inside the circle past Jones, notching his first career playoff goal. Tuch capped the scoring in the opening period when he sliced through four defenders, made a swift move to his forehand for a wrist shot that beat Jones for a power-play goal.

Jones’ night ended 3:28 into the second when Smith threaded a pass to Theodore, who promptly tipped it into the twine to give Vegas a 5-0 lead.

While Kane was called for a game misconduct, Joe Pavelski went off at the same time for slashing, giving Vegas a 5-3 edge on the ice. The Golden Knights took full advantage, as Miller’s one-timer blazed past Dell to make it 6-0 at 4:32 of the third.
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Jaguars haven’t made a decision yet on Dante Fowler’s option

The Jaguars have done pretty well in the draft in recent years, but the jury is still out on the third overall pick from three years ago. And so the Jaguars admit they’ve yet to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive end Dante Fowler‘s contract.

Fowler tore an ACL during rookie minicamp in 2015, only days after he was picked. He had four sacks in 2016 and eight in 2017.

This is a good week to track the happenings from the Braves bullpen, where closer Arodys Vizcaino is already 0-for-1 in save chances and has shown shaky control, while middle relievers A.J. Minter, Sam Freeman, Peter Moylan and Daniel Winkler have all outpitched him. Minter’s electric stuff is a great Week 3 match for a Phillies lineup that has a lot of swing-and-miss in it, and for a New York Mets team that gets a good amount of production from left-handed hitters. If there’s to be a performance-related closer change in this next week-plus, Atlanta’s is one to monitor closely.

On Sunday, Mora took to Twitter to call out those who question Rosen’s talent or commitment, and went as far as to say that the quarterback could prove to be a Hall of Fame talent.

This is called conviction, and Accorsi had it for Roethlisberger and Eli Manning — just as he did, years earlier, in his NFL apprenticeship in Baltimore, watching one of his heroes, Johnny Unitas, up close and, in 1983, when he drafted John Elway.

If he had not been able to engineer a trade with the Chargers in the tense early moments of the 2004 draft, Accorsi would have moved on from the disappointment of not landing Eli Manning and selected Big Ben. Accorsi viewed both players as franchise-defining quarterbacks and, with the benefit of history as a guide, he was correct in that assessment. Preferring Manning to Roethlisberger, Accorsi said, was a “hairline” distinction.海鹰53

Dodgers acquire Breyvic Valera from Cardinals for Johan Mieses

The Dodgers have acquired infielder Breyvic Valera from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league outfielder Johan Mieses.

Valera has a .303 career batting average in 800 minor league games over eight years with the Cardinals organization. The 26-year-old utility player has spent the majority of his career at second base, but has seen time at shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions.

Last year, Valera made his big league debut as a September call-up, going 1 fo 10 with one walk in five games. He spent most of the season with Triple-A Memphis. Last winter, he played in Venezuela, where he was chosen the league’s most valuable player.

Problem is, the old draft value chart developed by Jimmy Johnson assigns a point value of 1,200 to the No. 12 pick and 800 to the No. 21 pick, which adds up to 2,000 and is therefore a bit less than, say, the 2,600 points assigned to the Giants’ No. 2 pick. So if the Bills want to jump the Jets, it’s going to take more than just their two 2018 first-rounders. Buffalo might be better off eyeing the Browns’ No. 4 overall pick, though by that point, the Bills could be left with their fourth-choice quarterback.

Seattle’s Legion of Boom defense—the backbone of two trips to the Super Bowl—lost some key contributors this offseason. The Seahawks traded defensive end Michael Bennett to the Eagles. They released cornerback Richard Sherman, who added insult to injury by signing a team-friendly deal with the rival 49ers.

Both the 49ers and NFC West champion Rams have busily added pieces this offseason, while Seattle has headed in the opposite direction. While the Seahawks aren’t a bad team by any stretch of the imagination, they don’t appear to be a great one, either.

In that respect, their worst-case scenario may already be unfolding.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge threw out Martin at home plate in the second as he tried to score from second base on Gift Ngoepe’s ground single to right field.

You’ve got to do something when you’re not hitting, joked Judge, who went 1 for 3 with two walks, raising his batting average to .200.

Devon Travis followed with an RBI single as the Blue Jays opened the scoring for the second straight game.patriots_094

Chargers add tight end Virgil Green

The Chargers are being subtle about this, unlike other teams, but they’re still making moves.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Chargers are signing Broncos tight end Virgil Green.

Curry has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Buccaneers, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. Curry reportedly will make up to $27 million (key words up to), with $11.5 million guaranteed for injury.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that $6.5 million is fully guaranteed at signing.

A second-round pick out of Marshall in 2012, Curry didn’t start a game from 2012 through 2016, and he started every game in 2017 including all three postseason games. But the Eagles couldn’t justify keeping him for cap reasons.

The Seahawks “were not aware” that Houston police were investigating Michael Bennett before they traded him to the Eagles, Gregg Bell of The News Tribune reports.

A Houston grand jury indicted Bennett on a felony charge of injury of the elderly, stemming from an incident at last year’s Super Bowl. The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The Bills now have some competition for former Panthers ers.

The Giants have signed cornerback Teddy Williams, according to a tweet from his agent.

Williams, who has sprinter’s speed, is a solid pickup for his special teams ability.

We feel really good about our options at six at this time, Ballard said. We’re still open, you know, we’ll still be open if the right opportunity presents itself at six to move down. But right now, we feel pretty good. It would have to be a pretty attractive offer for us to move away from six because of the er we think we’re gonna get.

Ballard acknowledged that the Colts talked to a couple other teams, strongly hinting that any other teams to which the Colts talked were not already picking in the top 10; Ballard emphasized the importance to stay in position in that top 10 where we could still get a premium er.49ers_142

Cousins told The Monday Morning Quarterback’s Jenny Vrentas that he ate steak at the dinner.

I mean it’s an 18-year marriage and it’s been an incredibly successful run, but there’s a lot of intensity and a lot of pressure, and a lot of big personalities. And Tom is one of them. I think, you know, that hasn’t been easy, and I find it interesting that by the end of the season, that all kind of faded away, because when you get to the end of the season, no matter what is going on, everyone sort of gets on the same page and focuses. Again, they had another incredible run. And that’s what he says at the end, is like, this is a very different offseason for him.

And I think, that’s not necessarily what happened during the season. It’s the fact that he’s got three growing kids, a wife who’s like, ‘You know, I’ve kind of been putting stuff on hold for a while, and I wanna go out and do my thing now too.’ And so Tom’s juggling a lot of things, and I think that’s basically what he says at the end: I gotta recalibrate. I have to find that conviction again. I think he will, but, you know, I think this idea that he’s going to play for four or five more seasons… I mean, this is just me, the guy who’s been around him for a while now. I just have a hard time envisioning that, to be candid. But we’ll see. I do think that these next few weeks and months are a critical time for him.”

This week’s conversations: “Tom vs. Time” producer, director and cinematographer Gotham Chopra, former Browns and Eagles executive Joe Banner, and Nicki Jhabvala, who covers the Broncos for the Denver Post.

Cousins did sign a three-year deal with the Vikings. He apparently did so without making a restaurant switch.

The New York Jets signed the premier press corner in the NFL, Trumaine Johnson. They also brought back Morris Claiborne, who was an above-average press-man corner under head coach Todd Bowles.

New York now boasts one of the most physical and talented secondaries in the league. Johnson and Claiborne complement each other and fit the usage Bowles desires perfectly, and safeties Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams proved to be a dynamic duo in their rookie seasons. The biggest question mark in the secondary is slot corner Buster Skrine, who will benefit from being a slot-only player and not being rotated to the boundary on occasion.

Austin Rivers: Trevor Ariza and I ‘have no problems’ after talk

Trevor Ariza and Austin Rivers have buried the hatchet.

Rivers said Ariza reached out to him this week after Ariza led three Rockets players to the Clippers locker room after Monday’s game to clear the air about what went down.

“First and foremost, me and Trevor have no problems,” Rivers told ESPN Wednesday. “He called me. He reached out to me. Trevor and I talked and hashed everything out. He was really cool about being the bigger guy and calling me.”

Ariza and Rockets teammates Gerald Green were each suspended two games for trying to bust into the Clippers locker room after things got chippy on the court. Chris Paul and James Harden, who were with Ariza and Green, were not punished. Neither were any of the Clippers players.

“So I took offense to it. And he didn’t know what I said. So after the game he came in the locker room and his whole thing was, ‘What’d he say? What’d he say?'”

However, once the situation died down, Rivers said Montrezl Harrell set up the phone call between the two and Ariza apologized for overreacting.

It’s why developing a midrange jump shot would open up his game tremendously. It would give the Heat the flexibility of turning Adebayo into a power forward depending on the matchup, and it would put less pressure on him to become an elite rim protector because he could, in theory, play alongside a more traditional big man. (The Heat’s offensive rating in the 35 minutes Adebayo and Whiteside have played together this season? A horrifying 95.6).

There is a possibility Adebayo never develops a jump shot and never becomes the type of big man who can anchor a defense, but he’s already shown enough this season to believe he will get there one day. And if he does, there’s a strong chance he’ll go down as the biggest steal in the 2017 NBA Draft.

“We talk about putting your name on something,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “Those are all great opportunities for our club to fight for something. I thought they did.”

Rinne recorded his seventh shutout this season, tying Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy for most in the NHL. Rinne is 17-1-1 over his last 19 games, and this was the 50th shutout of his career. Rinne said the Predators’ stats are pretty remarkable over the last 30 games.
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New England and Alabama have still never won a title in the same season

The Eagles beat the Patriots in a Super Bowl thriller, and that’s fine and good.

But there’s an interesting trend that has developed in recent years between the Pats, the NFL’s dynasty, and the Alabama Crimson Tide, the college equivalent of New England: the two dynasties have never won a title in the same year.

In the first quarter, Jeffery scored the first touchdown of the game with an incredible effort on a leaping grab. He was draped by Eric Rowe and was still able to come down with the football:

I think (the return of injured players) will be great for us. It will elevate some of our games. When you have a little more pressure to perform, that will make our team better.

Trump stayed mostly quiet on Super Bowl Sunday. He declined to make any public prediction and refused a pregame interview with NBC. But he did congratulate the Eagles on their 41-33 win.

Notre Dame was looking to bounce back from a 6-6 finish in 2004. Weis returned to his alma mater and led the Fighting Irish to a 9-2 record, before a loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. In 2006 they went 10-3, but got blown out by LSU in the Sugar Bowl. The Irish struggled in 2007, locking up just three wins. They went 7-6 in 2008, and a 6-6 season in 2009 led the team to move on from Weis.

In 2011, Weis reunited with Crennel in Kansas City briefly as the team’s offensive coordinator. But he’s been away from the game since he was fired by the Chiefs for a “lack of on-field progress” in 2014.

Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles was the final time the Patriots’ trio of Belichick, Crennel, and Weis would share the sideline.

“It was the last time we’ll be coaching together. Potentially the last time we’ll be coaching together,” Belichick said after that Super Bowl XXXIX win, via ESPN’s Michael Smith. “It felt kind of different and strange. But if you have to go out, to go out a winner in the Super Bowl, that’s a real special feeling.”

We’ll soon find out if Patricia and McDaniels will leave New England the same way Weis and Crennel did: With a Super Bowl win over the Eagles.49ers_115

It’s December so the Seahawks must be starting to get hot.

The Seahawks, who defeated the favored Eagles at home last week, believe they’re just hitting their stride based on their recent history playing games at this time of year, during which they’re 20-5 since 2012 in regular-season games during the months of December and January.

Their .800 winning percentage ranks first in the NFL in that span, according to ESPN. It’s way up from their winning percentage in September, October and November since 2012 (.664), but that ranks third-best in the league.

“If you tape a defensive coach’s signaling in the plays, and you compare it to the action of the field, you can quickly discover that when they flap their arms like a seagull, they’re in a blitz,” he said. “The basic formations are pretty easy to decipher with just a quarter of the action taped.”

Walsh did not return The Post’s call for comment, but in 2008 he told “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” that the team’s intent was clear.

“Coach Belichick’s explanation for having misinterpreted the rules, to me, that really didn’t sound like taking responsibility for what we had done, especially considering the great lengths that we had gone through to hide what we were doing.”

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. The Giants should attack their offensive-line issues aggressively, but picking this high in this draft, a quarterback should be priority No. 1 if the right one is on the board.

We don’t think the haters hate Tebow himself. He’s a try-hard quarterback who led Denver on a memorable playoff run before he fizzled out in New York and New England. He does and says all the right things. The haters hate the Tebow hype, which started in college with “The Speech.” Tebow’s strong beliefs in God have also drawn out both sides. He has done nothing wrong, but perhaps no quarterback with nine career wins as a starter (including playoffs) has driven so many headlines with so much criticism behind it.

Newton might have been more hated at Auburn. There’s been a carry-over into the NFL, especially in 2015. Newton’s end-zone celebration — or “dabbin'” — caught fire after a prolonged dance against the Titans. Newton then bolted early from a Super Bowl press conference, which created another fire-storm. He celebrates every first-down run, and that drives the old-school crowd crazy. The 2015 NFL MVP promises to be a lightning rod for both sides for years to come.

“I thought I was in [the end zone]. But obviously I wasn’t,” Cooper said, “that was just a mistake on my part. I didn’t think anyone was close to me. I slowed down and the guy made a great play.”
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Trail Blazers: Lillard was selected the Western Conference player of the week by the NBA on Monday.

He averaged 29.3 points and eight assists as Portland swept its three games last week. … The Trail Blazers had more steals (eight) than fouls (seven) in the first half. … Portland has scored 100 or more points in 12 straight games.

Nuggets: Murray’s previous career high was 32 points. … F Wilson Chandler came off the bench after starting all 42 games in which he had played this season. … F Kenneth Faried was inactive with left ankle soreness.

But the remaining fans at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa cheered the result. With the loss, the Bucs secured the No. 1 pick in the next year’s NFL draft, in which they would take Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. And while everyone involved denied that an NBA-style tank job had just taken place — the Bucs claimed they simply wanted to get everyone on the roster playing time so they could evaluate things for the next season — such claims stretched the realm of plausibility.

In Week 3 against the Dolphins, Murray missed three field goals — one of them on the last play of regulation — and the Browns lost in overtime. Cleveland ended up doing the 2014 Bucs one better (worse?) by winning just one game to secure the No. 1 pick, where it took Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.

Those comments infuriated many players, as well as drawing statements of condemnation from team owners, and the number of players taking a knee during the anthem went from a handful to more than 200 on the Sunday immediately following Trump’s rally appearance.

“Once the president made those remarks in Alabama, at that particular point it was like throwing a match into a gas tank,” Michaels said. “During the offseason, both sides just have to sit down and figure out a way to make this a situation where it doesn’t overwhelm the conversation about the NFL.”patriots_014_5102f2966fdcbf9f-180x180