‘No pressure’: Paul Fenton tasked with getting Wild over playoff hump

After working a quarter-century in the NHL, including two decades in management, Paul Fenton finally has the opportunity to run a team.
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I’m confident we have a very good team in Minnesota and believe Paul shares that same belief. The goal remains to bring a Stanley Cup to the state of hockey, owner Craig Leipold said. No pressure, Paul, but that is where it starts.
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Even without no-trade clauses, the Koivu-Parise-Suter core would be difficult to move with the trio’s current deals. There are plenty of other valuable players whom Fenton could use as assets in trades, though, and there’s Pete Maravich Jersey precedent for him doing just that.

Most important, the Warriors welcomed the arrival of two-time MVP Stephen Curry, who exploded for 18 points in the third quarter, during which he went a perfect 7-for-7 from the field. He finished with a game-high with 35 points on 13-for-23 shooting from the field, including 5-for-12 from beyond the 3-point arc (though 4-for-5 following halftime).

Curry’s offensive game was also the object of intense focus in Game 3. He entered the series struggling with his long-range shot, having converted only two of his 13 attempts from behind the 3-point line during the pair of games in Houston — struggles that continued into the first half of Game 3 (1-for-7 on 3-point attempts).

But midway through the third quarter Sunday evening, Curry assembled his finest exhibition of basketball of the postseason. In less than three minutes, he drained five shots. The sequence, which stretched a 15-point Warriors lead to 24, was capped by a long 3-pointer that sent him shimmying down the floor, followed by a beautiful floater in traffic on the ensuing possession after showing off his handles.

Gordon came off the bench to make six 3-pointers, Tucker tied a playoff best with five and Harden added three.

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Houston avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this postseason and the Warriors lost in the second game of a playoff series for the first time since the 2015 NBA Finals, snapping a 10-game winning streak in such games.

We got outplayed the whole game… we got it handed to us, Kerr said. You can look at it any way you want… and parcel it out, but it didn’t matter who we had out there tonight we got beat.

The core is almost entirely under team control beyond this season, and the Indians probably won’t be pushed too hard by a division rival until 2020. A division title, a strong rookie season from top prospect Mejia and another attendance boost (last year the Indians drew 2 million fans for the first time in a decade) would keep the momentum going and the window wide open.

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Hackenberg was a virtual spectator on Tuesday, receiving no practice reps. By then, the Jets were deep into trade talks with the Raiders.

the first quarterback in more than 30 years who was drafted in the first two rounds and didn’t play a snap in his first two seasons.

It happened to Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, a first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1983, but his situation was a technicality because he opted to start his career in the USFL. The only other quarterback since the 1970 merger who falls into that category is Gene Bradley, a second-round pick of the Bills in 1980.

Roundup: Tre Boston, Kenny Vaccaro visiting Colts

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Might we finally see some movement on the free-agent safety market?
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NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Indianapolis Colts are taking a look at a pair of free agent safeties: Tre Boston and Kenny Vaccaro.

Boston and Vaccaro represent the heretofore stagnant safety market, which has been mostly ignored during free agency.

Elsewhere in roster move news on Monday:

1. Veteran offensive lineman Byron Bell is working out for the New York Jets on Monday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Bell last played for Dallas in 2017, and has also appeared in games for Tennessee and Carolina.

2. The New York Giants released cornerback C.J. Goodwin on Monday, Rapoport reported.

NORTHWESTERN, Oct. 20:The Wildcats will arrive in Piscataway having played at Michigan State and Purdue along with home games against Michigan and Nebraska.聽If Northwestern goes 3-1 in that stretch, it will probably be ranked. Even if the Wildcats go 2-2, they will have a shot to be at the bottom of the poll with the right two. Rutgers might need this game to make a bowl in 2018. If Northwestern is ranked, this could be the Scarlet Knights’ shot.

AT WISCONSIN, Nov. 3:If you’re bearish on the Badgers like I am, you don’t think it’s Womens Justin Verlander Jersey a given Wisconsin is ranked at this point. The Badgers could easily have three losses – at Iowa, vs. Michigan, at Northwestern – by the time the Scarlet Knights come to Madison. But chances are Wisconsin will be ranked, and Rutgers will be kicking off its home stretch from hell. This is more winnable than you think.

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Cowboys hoping to host another Super Bowl someday

The Cowboys want to host another Super Bowl, giving them a second chance to make a first impression. Or something like that.

The snowstorm of the century in North Texas combined with a seating fiasco ruined the team’s first try seven years ago.

Despite limited mobility after his surgery, Shazier made appearances at Heinz Field, visited teammates at practice in January, and stood up at a Penguins game to show his progress from an injury that slowed his lower-body movement.

“Right now I’m reading a book and it’s basically saying trust the process,” Shazier said. “I’m really trusting the process. I know the end goal. So I’m taking every step of the way, I’m giving everything I got. The therapists are like, ‘Man this is crazy; I’ve never seen anyone work this hard.’ They almost see progression every day.

“They say like some progressions they see week-to-week , they see from me day-to-day. I’m really trying to come back and still be a Pro Bowler. I’m sorry, because I feel I got snubbed this year for All-Pro even though I got hurt. But I feel like my stats are as good as those who made it.”

Last weekend, Washington drafted defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne in the first round and defensive tackle Tim Settle in the fifth.

McClain will turn 30 before the start of training camp. A former second-round pick of the Panthers, he also played with the Texans and Cowboys.

Which teams improved the most via the draft?

Anyone who has spent any time here over the past 10 years or so (thanks, by the way) knows how I feel about draft grades. They’re worthless and useless and ultimately an opportunity to land on @OldTakesExposed.

The standing draft grades from PFT are, each year and every year, an “I”. And whenever anyone says, “Well, why not got back three years and issue grades from past drafts?” I say this, “There’s no market for it. People don’t care. They look forward, not backward.”

So, fully aware of my reluctance to issue draft grades, Monday’s PFT Live included a draft of the teams that most improved themselves via the draft. Check it out and then chime in via the comments as to who won, and anything else you’d like to say.broncos_048_07321b3b44ca10e8-180x180

NBA Playoffs 2018: Eastern and Western Conference Finals schedule

The Cleveland Cavaliers meet the Boston Celtics in the NBA’s 2018 Eastern Conference Finals, and the Houston Rockets meet the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
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I’ll be honest, I (tweeted) it that way (because) I was so angry that I felt like going over there and breaking his head. But then I have to think about my family, Betancourt said in a phone interview with NJ Advance Media. It’s just venting…. He has to see justice served.

Barnwell, a 22-year old Homer Bailey Womens Jersey Piscataway native who played at Rutgers for two seasons before getting dismissed following an arrest for an assault, is facing an attempted homicide聽charge聽after allegedly assaulting聽Betancourt’s niece in Nashville.

Bills add a dozen undrafted rookies to roster

The Bills officially signed 12 undrafted free agents on Friday.
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The group includes a pair of wide receivers, including one who played for offensive coordinator Brian Daboll when he held the same job at the University of Alabama last season. Robert Foster caught 14 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown with the Crimson Tide last season.

Buffalo also signed Cam Phillips after he caught 147 passes during his final two seasons at Virginia Tech. They join a receiving corps short on sure things beyond Kelvin Benjamin and 2017 second-round pick Zay Jones.

Wynn was projected as an interior line prospect, and although he’s athletic enough to fit what the Patriots do in their blocking scheme under Josh McDaniels, he’s more of a project to try to fill Nate Solder’s big cleats at left tackle. It’s a strange pick, given left tackle is the only current weak spot on their line as the Tom Brady window continues to shrink.

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At Texas A&M, Bertolet made 66 percent of his field-goal attempts in 52 games and had 186 touchbacks.

Keeton, a Montana State product, originally joined the Jets as an undrafted free agent following a tryout invite to the team’s rookie minicamp in 2016. He spent most of that first season on the team’s practice squad and then was waived with an injury designation last July before the Jets brought him back this offseason.

Keeton has played in one career game.

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Washington guard Arie Kouandjio suffers quad injury

The offseason has claimed another player, perhaps for the entire 2018 season.
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According to J.P. Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, left guard Arie Kouandjio suffered a quadriceps injury which could knock him out the entire year.

It鈥檚 unclear whether Kouandjio suffered the injury during team workouts, or when exactly he was injured.
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The commission also addressed the grassroots basketball scene — which Rice called an ungoverned space — and apparel companies.

Currently, there are five live periods from April to July in which college coaches can go to watch prospects at events sponsored by Nike, Adidas or Under Armour or are run independently. The commission recommends the NCAA start its own regional events in July, and make them the only events that coaches can attend that month.

Tony Gonzalez Elite Jersey The commission also called for the NCAA to work closer with USA Basketball, the NBA and the NBPA to start a new youth basketball program. It’s not DeAndre Hopkins Womens Jersey yet clear how the governing body would pay for some of the proposals.

The Bills have half their draft class under contract, signing fifth-round picks Wyatt Teller and Siran Neal, sixth-round pick Ray-Ray McCloud and seventh-round draft choice Austin Proehl to four-year deals Thursday.

The commission did not make any recommendations in the area of paying collegiate athletes or enabling them to earn money off their names or likenesses. Rice did address the issue, but acquiesced to the courts for now.

I know this is an issue on the minds of many, and the commission thought long and hard about this, she said. In the end, we respected the fact that that legal ramifications of NCAA action on name, image and likeness are currently before the courts. We don’t believe that the NCAA can legislate in this area until the legal parameters become clearer.

Jerry Jones gave Jason Witten a diamond-covered football as retirement present

The Dallas Cowboys put on an incredible retirement ceremony for Jason Witten on Thursday, and the gift he received from owner Jerry Jones was just stunning.

Jones gave Witten a football literally covered in diamonds.

It appears the Cowboys’ refusal to send a second-round pick to the Seahawks for Earl Thomas did not squash their interest in acquiring the three-time All-Pro safety. The Cowboys remain in the Thomas market, per David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, but it’s unclear how badly the franchise wants to execute a deal.

What could have been: The Browns could have stuck with Derek Anderson over 2007 first-round pick Brady Quinn in the 2008 season, one year after Anderson led the Browns to a 10-6 record.

Does it matter? Hard to say. Quinn was ineffective that season and Anderson suffered a season-ending MCL injury. Bruce Gradkowski and Ken Dorsey combined to start four games. Eric Mangini came in the following season and split starts between Anderson and Quinn again. Both quarterbacks were gone after the 2009 season.

When teams are evaluating Fitzpatrick as just a corner, they’re siding more with the pure-positioned Denzel Ward of Ohio State. Then come teams deciding how high they want to go on a safety, which has similarly caused James’ stock to slip a bit.

The 49ers are taking an in-depth look at Fitzpatrick with an extended visit but between the Browns at No. 4, the Buccaneers at No. 7 and the Bears at No. 8, someone could still spoil that match. Luckily for San Francisco, there isn’t much of a drop-off from Fitzpatrick to James as a fallback option.

Although general manager Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles have taken tempered public stances, folks on One Jets Drive privately believe that if Darnold is who they think he is, then the rookie has a great chance to be QB1 when Gang Green kicks off the season on Monday Night Football in Detroit on Sept. 10.

Real talk: The Jets are borderline giddy – and relieved that they might have finally found the right guy. Some people in the building still haven’t wrapped their heads around how Darnold fell to No. 3.tigers_050-115x115

Tom Brady Gives Take On Malcolm Butler Benching:’I Wish He Would Have Played’

Tom Brady tackled a wide variety of topics during his hourlong Q&A at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Among them: Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl LII benching, which was discussed ad nauseam in the aftermath of the New England Patriots’ season-ending 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in February.

After that game, Brady expressed his support on social media for Butler, who was relegated to the sideline for reasons that have yet to be properly explained.

On Monday, at the urging of interviewer Jim Gray, the quarterback shared his thoughts on coach Bill Belichick’s decision not to play Butler against the Eagles after the cornerback had led all Patriots defenders in snaps played over the previous 18 games.

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When the news first broke, Jerry Jones Jones put the brakes on it being a done deal.

He has some things to think about and discuss with his family from a professional perspective. He also told me that those things are going to require a few more days of consideration, at least through the weekend, Jones said.

He has not made any decisions that are definite at this time. We have no announcement today as it pertains to Jason’s future other than to say that he’s a wonderful and valued member of our organization and our family.

But, they may never get the chance. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks are now looking to hand Thomas a long-term contract extension since they weren’t able to find a trade partner for his services. Rapoport also corroborated earlier reports that the Cowboys were incredulous at the idea of giving up their second-round pick for the All-Pro safety and wanted to get a deal done centered around their third-round pick and possibly more but the Seahawks had left the negotiation table by that point.

The Jets need a player who can be suave, sophisticated and ready for Broadway, and this quarterback is as ready as any since Namath.

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Cleveland鈥擲am Darnold, QB, USC Though half the free world has Josh Allen to the Browns, it’d still be a risk because he didn’t dominate mid-level competition. Dorsey is a measurables guy, and Allen is THE measurable quarterback here (6’5, 237 pounds, 4.79 in the 40). But a couple of things influenced my call here. One is Mike Mayock. The NFL Network conscience has a way of cutting through the gorgonzola and stating reality. He said the Browns have made too many mistakes on quarterbacks, and they can’t go risky here.

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And there have been times in this process when I was sure it would be Mayfield. But I give the Jets the surest QB thing in this draft, as long as you can live with the specter of his two documented concussions and all the noise (which I consider total bullcrap) about Rosen’s life of other interests.

Given Elway’s ability to talk himself into rocket-armed guys鈥攑erhaps he’s trying to find a version of himself as a player, and good luck with that鈥擜llen with the fifth pick would not be a surprise. The upside of Allen and Lynch in Denver’s quarterback room is that in the short term, Case Keenum can provide veteran acumen, if not the same atomic hose.

Second-year general manager Chris Ballard knows that, with the bare cupboard given him by predecessor Ryan Grigson, he’s apt to hit a home run in talent upgrades at just about any position. What he’s got right now at cornerback adds up to a lot of potential but very few sure things.

Rashaan Melvin was one of the best cover cornerbacks in the 2017 season before a wrist injury cut his season short, but he signed with the Raiders in the offseason. Pierre Desir has all the measurables but hasn’t yet put it together.