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Read the transcript from Matt Patricia news conference

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Here is the transcript from Thursday’s press conference for Lions head coach Matt Patricia:

I want to start first by thanking Mrs. Ford, her family, Rod, Bob and the team. They’ve been hugely supportive of me and I’m fortunate to be working for such amazing people and for an organization that has very strong values.

I’ve always been someone who respects and protects the rights of anyone who has been harassed or is the victim of violence, and we as an organization will continue to operate that way. In these times, we need to be even more sensitive and responsible in dealing with these issues, and separate right from wrong.

Thankfully, truth is on my side. I lived with the mental torture of a situation where facts could be completely ignored or misrepresented, with disregard for the consequence or pain it would create for another person.

There will be no further action by the league office. The team did not specify the reason for Brandon’s departure after more than 20 years with the team. The Buffalo News reported that Brandon resigned amid an internal investigation regarding workplace misconduct. While no discipline was imposed on Brandon or the Bills, other NFL teams may not be inclined to give Brandon a landing spot, given the current climate. He worked for two Major League Baseball teams — the Yankees and the Marlins — before joining the Bills in 1997.

He came in after Aroldis Chapman had a wild ninth inning, walking the bases loaded and throwing mostly 96 mph — far lower than his usual 100 mph heat. Boone later said Chapman’s problem was a broken nail.

The Yankees needed stability. They got it from Cole, who hadn’t pitched since April 28.

Cole walked the first two hitters he faced, clearly rusty. He settled down to strike out four total.

That’s a tough spot we put him in, manager Aaron Boone said. Like you said, he hasn’t been out there since Anaheim. So, to go out and walk the first two batters, it’s almost understandable. There just hasn’t been those spots for him. To be able to not flinch, stay poised, make pitches, went through a tough part of their lineup to really battle out of trouble and settled in and gave us a couple really good innings. colts_130

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Nico Hischier, Mathew Barzal, Charlie McAvoy or Clayton Keller: Who will be best in class?

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Patrik Laine is only 19, but his disarming candor, booming shot and scruffy beard have already earned the Winnipeg winger a legion of fans on two continents.

Greg Wyshynski, senior writer: Nico Hischier earned comparisons to Pavel Datsyuk heading into the 2017 NHL draft, which isn’t entirely fair to the Swiss rookie, as Datsyuk had an otherworldly goal-scoring ability. But you could see strands of the Detroit Red Wings legend’s DNA in Hischier’s hockey genome during his rookie season with the New Jersey Devils, who drafted him first overall: last June the speed, the awareness and, most of all, his grand larceny of opposing players, relieving them of possession of the puck with frequency.

Keller had 65 points this season, second most among rookies. He went through the ups and downs many first-year players do, with a fluctuation in production. Part of that was because he was on a team that struggled. That said, the 2016 seventh overall pick showed how much he can flourish on his own through long stretches of the season thanks to his high-level puck skills and hockey sense. Keller, 19, is also a year younger than the two players who likely will end up getting more Calder votes than he does — as they should. The list of teenage rookies to contribute at least 0.79 points per game over the past 20 years, as Keller did, is 10 players long.

Morris: “Playoffs, man. Crazy stuff happens. I think we all had to take a deep breath like, ‘Damn,’ and be resilient.”

Al Horford, Celtics center: “That’s tough because I thought it was over. Everybody always says play to the last second and everything, but half a second — I figured we were good. As soon as he shot it, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s good.’ I just had a feeling.”

Stevens: “Well, obviously, Middleton made a 30-footer, and you don’t want to foul in that situation, but, you know, we could’ve done better.”

Despite juggling both sports, Murray went through spring ball without missing a single football practice. And, with Riley and Johnson coordinating with one another, Murray has been able to start 32 of Oklahoma’s 39 baseball games.
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Joel Embiid out for Game 2; coach Brett Brown won’t commit to return date

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has cleared the concussion protocol but will not play in Game 2 against the Miami Heat on Monday. Sixers coach Brett Brown said Sunday that the club does not have a clear idea on when Embiid might return.

Embiid suffered a broken orbital bone and concussion in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz on March 28. He underwent surgery to repair the fracture and has been sidelined since.

Embiid had told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne prior to Saturday night’s playoff opener that he was optimistic about playing in Game 2 or 3.

“If it was my decision, I would play, but I can’t get back out on the court if I don’t have the OK from them,” Embiid said. “But everything has been going well. I’ve been able to do everything. And I feel great. So we got a pretty good chance for Game 2 or Game 3. We gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days.”

Embiid said he has lost some weight since he suffered the injury. He will wear a protective mask when he returns to the court.

Without Embiid, the Sixers dominated the Heat in Game 1. Philadelphia outscored Miami by 31 points in the second half of its 130-103 win, using a number of small-ball lineups after halftime.

Philadelphia has handled Embiid’s absence well. The club is 9-0 without its All-Star center, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 63 games in the regular season.

Overall, Philadelphia has won 17 consecutive games.

Smart injured himself diving to the floor to corral a loose ball against the Indiana Pacers on March 11. It was the same night that rookie Daniel Theis tore his meniscus and Kyrie Irving played his last game of the season for the Celtics.

Combined with the loss of Gordon Hayward on opening night, the Celtics enter the postseason with just 11 healthy bodies on their 15-man roster.

Smart’s return would be a needed boost for a young Celtics team. The team set a six- to eight-week timeline after his surgery.

“I’ve got hopes,” Smart said. “We’re very optimistic. But the last thing we want to do is get out there and rush anything and we’re back to square one. So right now the timetable is still the same. Hopefully, over the next couple of weeks, things change and we can move it up earlier.”jets_107

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Judas Priest wants Jim Schwartz on stage tonight

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For all the legal tampering going on around the league, we didn’t expect Judas Priest to be involved in any of it.

But with the band kicking off a tour in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania tonight, lead singer Rob Halford wants Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to be a part of it.

Carr started all 16 games in his first season with the Ravens, which doesn’t come as much surprise as he has started every game over the course of a 10-year career that’s also featured stops in Kansas City and Dallas. He had 56 tackles and four interceptions last year.

On Feb 5, 2017, Bennett was a spectator and in town to watch his brother, a player for the New England Patriots.

Immediately following the game, Bennett shoved his way on to the field where players were gathering to celebrate. NRG Security personnel, including the 66-year-old disabled victim, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance for field access. Instead, he pushed through them, including the elderly woman who was part of the security team.

The charge, injury to the elderly, includes intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older. It carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

As a result of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett’s arrest. Prosecutors are working with Bennett’s counsel regarding his surrender. 

Bennett, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round in 2008 out of Texas A&M, technically finished his career with the New England Patriots.

The Green Bay Packers waived him after the 2017 season, just eight months after signing him to a three-year, $20.

We’re too early the process to know the answer, but it’s a question that’s going to get asked a lot the coming weeks.I got a history versus. That is someone with football clout.Fans want to get an idea of what the Sixers future look like for the next 5 years.Heading into the, Henderson seemed to be a one-year stopgap — perhaps even a candidate to be traded at the deadline — but after evolving into important voice on the’s third-youngest roster and a key rotation piece for a team that has drastically exceeded expectations, his future seems more open-ended.

The Panthers had hoped to keep Lotulelei, and will now have to find another true nose tackle, since former first-rounder Vernon Butler is more of an interior rusher in the mold of Kawann Short

The Dolphins have signed tailback Frank Gore to a one-year contract. According to a league source, the deal is contingent on Gore passing his physical, but the 13-year veteran spent all of Thursday with the franchise, which has lost veteran tailback Damien Williams to the Kansas City Chiefs.49ers_156

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Here’s why the Jets-Colts trade is great news for Browns, Giants and bad news for Bills, Broncos

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The Jets may have missed out on Kirk Cousins in free agency but they’re making sure they don’t miss out on a franchise quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. New York swung a blockbuster trade with the Colts on Saturday morning to move up from No. 6 to No. 3. The details:

The speculation in recent weeks is that the Browns, who have the first and fourth-overall picks, could take running back Saquon Barkley at No. 1 and then circle back at No. 4 to get their quarterback. This seems silly, even by Cleveland standards, especially when you consider that this is the same organization that traded down in 2016 and 2017 and in the process missed out on drafting Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson — who are now two of the league’s most exciting young players.

New general manager John Dorsey was hired in December and all indications are the Browns are taking a quarterback. Yes, they traded for Tyrod Taylor, and no, Tyrod Taylor doesn’t consider himself a bridge quarterback. But let’s be honest: Tyrod Taylor is a bridge quarterback. The good news for Taylor is that the Browns have no plans to rush another young quarterback onto the field — going 1-31 in two seasons with Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and DeShone Kizer will make a coach understandably gun shy in that regard — so Taylor will have much of the 2018 season to prove he deserves to be a starter.

Williams played in 15 games for the Titans in 2017, with 11 starts.

The statement was first reported by the Daily Beast, which explained that Dowd said he was speaking on behalf of Trump. Dowd later backtracked, telling The Washington Post that he was speaking only for himself.

Trump has been known to direct surrogates to make bold claims publicly as a way of market-testing ideas. Dowd declined to say whether he consulted with the president before issuing his statement. “I never discuss my communications with my client,” he said.

[Andrew McCabe, Trump’s foil at the FBI, is fired hours before he could retire]

White House officials had no comment as to whether Dowd’s statement was delivered at the behest of his client, but they insisted it was not part of a coordinated administration strategy, and one official described the statement as ill-advised.patriots_105

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Sabres get bounces in 5-3 win over Maple Leafs

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“That was pretty crazy. I think it seemed like everything just hit something and found a way into the net,” Andersen said. “In the big picture, they earned their bounces.”

Leafs coach Mike Babcock couldn’t fault Andersen, though he took issue with the NHL for allowing Larsson’s goal to stand up following a video review for goaltender interference.

The Sabres continued their home dominance over Toronto, improving to 19-3-1 in their past 23 meetings at Buffalo. … One of the more amusing moments came when television cameras captured an exchange between Ristolainen and Toronto’s Nazem Kadri, after the two were sent to the penalty box for fighting in the second period. Ristolainen held up four fingers in telling Kadri the teams play four more times. Kadri responded by correcting Ristolainen, saying it’s only three more times because Monday’s game didn’t count. … Maple Leafs LW Matt Martin had an assist while playing for the first time since a 4-2 loss to Colorado on Jan. 22. Martin had been a healthy scratch for 18 consecutive games.

Dallas appeared to have a chance to score the winning goal, but Devin Shore couldn’t get to John Klingberg’s pass in front of an open net. The puck went back to the blue line, where Karlsson beat Tyler Pitlick to the puck and skated in to beat goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Stars goalie Ben Bishop left because of a lower-body injury after making 12 saves in the first period. Lehtonen replaced Bishop and had 15 saves. Bishop is expected to miss at least two games.

Playing with a nor’easter carrying on outside the Wells Fargo center, the Flyers missed a chance to move into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division Wednesday night with a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins — their third loss in as many tries against their rivals this season.

The Flyers’ fourth straight loss after 10 wins in 11 games was only the start of the problems, as the team faced weather uncertainty for a trip into stormy Boston for Thursday night’s game.

Oh, and we should probably tell you the Bruins, snug in their beds at home while the Flyers played, have won four straight on their current six-game homestand.
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Joseph went 5-11 for a Denver team that hasn’t returned to the playoffs since its victory in Super Bowl 50

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There was an ending that included the Raiders having one touchdown overturned by an instant replay review that put the ball down inside the 1-yard line; then having another touchdown negated by an offensive pass interference penalty; then having the game extended by two defensive penalties on the Chiefs; then winning, 31-30, on quarterback Derek Carr’s touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree and the ensuing extra point.

While Joseph is safe, changes are coming to his staff. Special teams coordinator Brock Olivo, assistant head coach/running backs Eric Studesville, OL coach Jeff Davidson and WR coach Tyke Tolbert have been let go.

On the next drive, Brady went after Anzalone yet again, this time by tossing it to his monster tight end Rob Gronkowski while under heavy duress in the backfield. (Gronk proceeded to throw a defender off him on his way to the end zone, because of course he did.)

If you don’t think Gronk thinks TD No. 69 is his favorite career achievement, well, you don’t know Gronk. And in the last minute of the first quarter, Brady found Chris Hogan up the left sideline — and even successfully talked the refs out of calling an offensive pass interference for a pick play.

Teddy Bridgewater is back but Case Keenum continues to excel at QB. There’s no immediate need to make a change. Bridgewater’s comeback is to be admired and his future still could be great. But for now, he should be the fallback plan in case Keenum begins to struggle.

It quietly has become a pretty good division race between the Jaguars and Titans. They’re good, young teams filled with new faces, and both are playing well right now. The Jaguars play their next three games against the Browns, Cardinals and Colts and cannot afford a misstep.

The Buccaneers were one of the league’s bigger disappointments this season with Jameis Winston at QB. The forced move to Ryan Fitzpatrick, with Winston sidelined by an ailing shoulder, certainly isn’t a long-term situation. But in the short term, maybe things will look a little better and perhaps Winston will come back healthier and mentally refreshed.chargers_076

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Q: Why won’t it be televised?

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While the Patriots defense lacks a dominant pass rusher, New England still ranked seventh with 42 sacks during the regular season. Defensive end Trey Flowers led New England with 6 1/2 sacks while outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy had 5 1/2 and defensive tackle Deatrich Wise had five. Vatai could see multiple players across from him in the Super Bowl, including former Steelers defensive end James Harrison, and must play as well as he did against the Vikings to keep Foles upright.

A: If I were him, I’d take Durant with my first pick, but James will have his own motives. The draft will not be televised and the league will not provide the draft order. Then again, few things stay secret in the NBA. With Curry as the starting point guard for his team, it makes sense that Irving would end up on James’ team. We’ll see.

A: Commissioner Adam Silver said he doesn’t want to put the captains in a “compromising position” by televising it. It could create the type of drama that sometimes happens at drafts when a player is left unselected, which is of course what fans want to see!

Q: Did the players tell Silver that?

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is nursing a sore right hand that limited his practice time this week. But barring being unable to play (not likely), he has once again been superb this season and will find a way to make plays against the Jaguars defense. Bortles has to be able to answer.

2. Could trick plays be a factor? The Jaguars might have to get creative to pull off the upset, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick could reach into his bag of tricks as well.

The proposal came from a group of players known as the Players Coalition. It includes Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, retired wide receiver Anquan Boldin and other players who have been deeply involved in community activism and have been pushing for league support of those endeavors.

The Oct. 17 meeting between players and owners was following by the owners’ regularly scheduled two-day fall meeting at a Manhattan hotel. The owners emerged from that meeting without issuing a requirement for players to stand for the national anthem before games. Goodell and owners said they believe that players should stand for the anthem, but some owners said they were focused instead on their discussions with players about community activism.

McNair reportedly told fellow owners at that meeting that “we can’t have the inmates running the prison.”patriots_030_04217e0d170be805-180x180

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Let’s start with the Saturday afternoon contest in Philadelphia.

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Y’all know how I feel about quarterback play. If you have a better quarterback, you tend to win. Football can be that simple. The Divisional Round this weekend is headlined by the quarterbacks who are proven and those who aren’t.

The proven quarterbacks — Tom Brady, Big Ben, Drew Brees, and Matt Ryan — have all been there, and three of the four have won a Super Bowl. They all face unproven commodities under center this weekend: Marcus Mariota, Blake Bortles, Case Keenum, and Nick Foles.

The Eagles are home underdogs against the Falcons, the first time a No. 1 seed has been an underdog in the Divisional Round. The reason is clear: Nick Foles.

The final result has been pretty enviable. The Falcons offense returned largely intact this year, and yet, with the loss of Shanahan, stumbled out of the gate. But because a handful of young defensive players took the next step, that unit evolved into a Top 10 group capable of buying its counterpart time to work its problems out. It created an environment where the Falcons don’t have to score 30 points every week to win anymore.

And where there were holes, like the one created by Chester’s retirement, the program had new talent ready. It’s how Schweizer became such a good example of what’s going on there.

The Bengals jumped out to a 17-3 lead, but would later squander that lead and fall behind 27-24 with just under nine minutes to go in the game.

Faced with a fourth-and-12 with under a minute to go, Dalton threw a strike to Tyler Boyd for a 49-yard touchdown:

There are a number of ways your season could end poorly — but this is just brutal. At least there was some good to come out of it, as the Bills were able to celebrate a long-awaited postseason berth.

“The first thing you’ll notice, you want plays that start out looking the same that are different—your run actions, whether it’s play-action, or some of your movements, where you’re bootlegging him,” McVay said. “Those are the things he’s really done a good job with, especially when you take into account the stuff in the preseason where early-down plays, you’re running play-actions and movements.

“He’s good at it, he’s gotten really comfortable with it. And that’s where there’s a good chance to open up some things down the field.”

This week, the challenge changes, of course, with an opponent that knows McVay and his scheme exceedingly well, because it’s their scheme, too. And so, as the coach is quick to point out, they’ll have to keep what he calls “the progression going.”
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Antonio’s Brown’s rehab of calf injury ‘going well,’ Mike Tomlin says

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Wide receiver Antonio Brown would be listed as questionable if the Pittsburgh Steelers were playing in the wild-card round of the playoffs, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

The Giants got a jump on coaching-change season with the firing of second-year head man Ben McAdoo, but they won’t be the only team to relieve a coach of his duties this December or January.

Again, this is a loose list. There are guys on it who won’t get head-coaching jobs. There might well be guys who aren’t on it but will get head-coaching jobs. These things are unpredictable sometimes. But these are some of the hotter names right now, so we thought we’d fill you in on why. I’m sure we’ll be discussing this further in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the appetizer:

“Our organization is better because of Jim, and we are forever grateful.”

The Vikings have a playoff bye with third-string quarterback Case Keenum throwing the ball and rookie Dalvin Cook, who opened the season as their starting running back, on injured reserve. Shurmur was just 9-23 in two seasons as head coach of the Browns from 2011-12, but everyone should get a mulligan after the Browns, right? Shurmur comes from Andy Reid’s coaching tree and had some success under Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. He will probably get another shot at some point.

There’s a lot of interest in the 42-year-old former Patriots linebacker, whose perspective and intelligence stood out when he played and who has risen quickly in the eyes of people who evaluate coaches. Might it make sense to try to pair him with former Patriots executive Scott Pioli if you need both a coach and a GM?

He expressed gratitude for the “great effort put forth by our players and coaching staff who poured their hearts out in an effort to maintain the standard of excellence this organization has grown to expect.”lions_002

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