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Dustin Pedroia injury update: Red Sox’ second baseman will return Friday

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Dustin Pedroia will finally join the Red Sox.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced Thursday, Pedroia will be back on the team Friday after missing every game this season recovering from a cartilage restoration procedure in October.

In Pedroia’s absence, Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt have gotten the majority of playing time, but Nunez is hitting a somewhat disappointing .243 on the year and Holt is batting .194 in 31 at-bats at second base this season.

In Mize, the Tigers would be getting a true, front-of-the-rotation starter who, although likely not reaching the big leagues as quickly as some of his fellow first-round pitchers who will begin their careers in the bullpen, could be a stalwart in Detroit for years to come.

Struggling Orioles slugger Chris Davis will start Friday night in Atlanta, manager Buck Showalter said. Davis hasn’t played since June 11, when an 0-for-5 outing against Boston dropped his batting average to .150. Since then, he’s been working on his swing and mental approach in an effort to turn around his unproductive season.

In addition to activating Rasmus from the DL, the Orioles optioned OF Joey Rickard to Triple-A Norfolk and moved LHP Richard Bleier (latissimus tear) to the 60-day DL. Also, DH Pedro Alvarez cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Norfolk.

Milwaukee, however, plated the game’s only run on a sacrifice fly by Santana two innings later.

Josh Hader pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the Brewers. Corey Knebel entered in the ninth and picked up the save. Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin allowed two hits and struck out six in five innings.

The Diamondbacks opened the season with a 24-11 record. They are now just two games over .500 (25-23). The Brewers move to 30-19 with the win.

Braves (29-18) at Phillies (27-19) 7:05 p.m. ET – The two top teams in the National League East standings will play the rubber match of their three-game series Wednesday. Philadelphia defeated the Braves in the series opener but Atlanta has won three of its last four, including a victory Tuesday. Luiz Gohara is scheduled to start for the Braves while Jake Arrieta will take the mound for the Phillies.

Minnesota lost by seven for the second straight night. The Twins finally broke through in the sixth when Joe Mauer’s one-out double scored Kepler, putting runners on second and third. But Minor retired Eddie Rosario and Dozier on popups, ending the threat.

Patriots’ Julian Edelman faces four-game suspension for PED violation, per report

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The New England Patriots might have to wait a little longer to get Julian Edelman back on the field in the regular season.

The wide receiver is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates reported Thursday.

Edelman, 32, missed all of last season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in August. He recorded a career-high 1,106 receiving yards in 2016 and, alongside tight end Rob Gronkowski, has become one of Tom Brady’s most trusted targets.

But that appears to be the next avenue of pursuit for Kaepernick’s legal team, in a case that has only seemed to gain more traction with each passing month.

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Sometimes, with our young guys it feels a little quiet, because they’re all waiting for some older guy that doesn’t exist to step up, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Wednesday. I’m about as old as they come. It might as well be me.

Perhaps the most necessary voice for such a role would belong to third-year quarterback Dak Prescott, who saw his completion percentage drop (from 67.8% to 62.9%) and his interception total rise (from four to 13) last year after his stellar rookie season in 2016.

There are signs that Prescott is growing more comfortable in his role as the team’s franchise quarterback. On Wednesday, he loudly barked at offensive lineman Chaz Green after a penalty during a two-minute drill, one play after receiver Allen Hurns hauled in a deep contested pass down the left sideline.

It wasn’t that Prescott wasn’t vocal before, but now he has no choice but to speak up.

MLB trade rumors: Yankees could lose Rangers’ Cole Hamels to surprising NL contender

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With the calendar turning to June, the MLB non-waiver trade deadline is quickly approaching. Between now and July 31st, there will be countless rumors and endless speculation regarding who might go where.
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The Yankees, with the second-best record in baseball (35-17), will be linked to many of those rumors.

Coach Alto walked up to a cheerleader and poked her face asking her if she had gained her ‘freshman 15’ saying she looked like she ‘ate a plate of salt,’ the lawsuit alleged.

Alto also allegedly told a Hispanic cheerleader she couldn’t have straight hair and if she didn’t curl it, Alto said she would find another Latina girl to replace her.

After one game during the 2017 football season, coach Alto entered into the cheerleader’s locker room wielding scissors and slashing hundreds of balloons, which spelled out HTC(Houston Texans Cheerleaders), merely because one cheerleader missed a step during a dance.

The lawsuit seeks compensation for the team’s Brendan Perlini Authentic Jersey alleged failure to pay the former cheerleaders for off-the-clockand overtime work. The former cheerleaders also claim the team didn’t pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

I’m trying to become a legend, year in and year out, Lattimore said after organized team activities Thursday. I’m trying to build on everything I did last year. I’m trying to be 10 times better than what I was last year, then next year I want to be 10 times better than I was this year.

Lattimore’s desire for greatness comes on the heels of a rookie campaign where he led the Saints in interceptions (5) and passes defensed (18), and recorded the seventh-most defensive snaps (754) en route to winning the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection.
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Given his contributions on a vastly improved Saints defense last year, it would be difficult to find holes in Lattimore’s game. But the 11th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft quickly points out his detractors.

Womens Houston Texans Jersey There’s still doubters out there, just little Twitter people, Lattimore said with a grin.

Lattimore missed three games in 2017 while dealing with a concussion and an ankle injury, but the offseason months have allowed him to rest and immerse himself in studying film to improve mentally.

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Raiders to Golden Knights: Just win the Stanley Cup, baby

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After the Raiders struck a deal to move to Las Vegas, the owner of the NHL’s Golden Knights didn’t exactly greet them with open arms.

Bill Foley said he thought there were better ways for the city to spend hundreds of millions of dollars than by building a stadium for the Raiders before ending his comments by saying it wasn’t his decision so I welcome them. Foley’s team became the first pro team in the big four sports to call Las Vegas home this year and their season is set to continue on Monday in Game One of the Stanley Cup finals against the Capitals.

He’s listed as a defensive end on the roster. But ask him what position he plays and he grins.

Athlete, he said. Just say athlete.

Absolutely trying to make the Pro Bowl, and have a hell of a year, be All-Pro, Lee recently told NJ.com. I’m not trying to be just some regular linebacker here. I’m trying to be the best, one of the best. That’s why I’m here.

He realizes that his chances of getting to the Pro Bowl will be enhanced if the team is winning more games than the 10 they’ve won over the past two seasons. He also realizes that he needs to generate some (any) statistics in one key category.

I’ve got to get some picks, Lee said. That’s going to be my main focus this year. I definitely had a way better second year. I think I’ve used those first two years to just absorb what I could do better. Now, I can really, really hone in.

The Steelers have not elaborated in detail what Shazier’s surgery entailed nor about his prognosis.

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We’re taking it one day at a time, Vernon Shazier said in an interview with the network. We do not know what tomorrow holds. It’s a [daily] journey we don’t know. But I know God is getting the message.
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Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery Dec. 6 in Pittsburgh, after being transferred by medivac helicopter from Cincinnati, where he was injured in the Steelers’ game against the Bengals.

Ryan had two goals going into the year 鈥?a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl, Vernon said. He’s been able to check one off the list. He’s hoping to check the next one off.

The impromptu parade around the stable area had a profound effect on the enemy camp. It was best summed up by thoroughbred racing’s Lion in Winter, veteran trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Brandon Pettigrew Kids Jersey This is a guy who has won 14 Triple Crown races and who is not easily impressed. Yesterday, at the draw for post positions, Sam Dekker Jersey he was asked about this race.

Well, I’ll tell you, he said. Around noon, I was feeling pretty good. Then Baffert paraded him around to get to the barn and I looked very closely at him, and I thought, ‘Oh, boy, we are in a lot of trouble.’

John Servis trained Smarty Jones and won this race. He sat the other end of the Preakness spectrum with the longest of long shots in Diamond King. He has been around long enough that he knows a horse like Justify scares him.

Kraft, who has owned the Patriots since 1994, is intimately familiar with NFL decision-making. The 76-year-old billionaire is considered one of the league’s most influential owners. He has served on several major league committees, including the finance committee and the management council executive committee. His franchise鈥攚hich has won five Super Bowls since 2002鈥攈as been viewed as the best in the NFL so far in the 21st century.

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Andrew Norwell will provide the Jaguars with a Pro Bowl-caliber left guard.

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The Colts are getting back Andrew Luck, who missed the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury, so general manager Chris Ballard spent his top draft pick on a player who should make Luck’s life much easier in 2018.聽
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He’ll be asked to keep interior defenders off Blake Bortles and open up running lanes for Leonard Fournette, who rushed for over 1,000 yards as a rookie in 2017.聽

It’s hard to see the Jaguars becoming much better at protecting the passer or running the football, even with Norwell at left guard, but he should ensure there’s no drop-off after the Jaguars mostly dominated the line of scrimmage last season. Jacksonville’s identity as the NFL’s new smashmouth football team should be reinforced next season.聽

Strong consideration was given to linebacker Anthony Hitchens, Authentic Jonathan Schoop Jersey an athletic, ascending player who will help replace veteran Derrick Johnson in the middle of the Chiefs defense. But it’s hard to argue with Sammy Watkins, another big-play machine for a Chiefs offense already loaded with them.
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Kansas City now looks like the most explosive offense in football. Watkins, running back Kareem Hunt, receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce are聽all capable of hitting the home run at any time. It’ll fall on the shoulders of first-year starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes to distribute the football to all his playmakers.

Mike D’Antoni and the Rockets cited a lack of aggression in their lopsided Game 3 loss to the Warriors on Sunday, the worst playoff loss in the franchise’s history.

D’Antoni found himself in familiar territory after his Houston Rockets lost at home to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. This time he got ripped for the Rockets’ reliance on isolation plays. Houston ran 45 isos in Game 1, according to Second Spectrum data, the most by any team in any game in the past five years.

But D’Antoni dismissed the criticism as noise, wondering whether those whining about isos had watched the top-seeded Rockets all season.
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We are who we are, and we had to be who we are, D’Antoni said after the Rockets’ victory in Game 2, in which Houston ran 46 isos. We just did it better, longer. Guys believe it, and we’re not going to change anything up. That would be silly on my part to panic….

We can beat anybody anywhere at any time playing the way we play. Some people might not like it, you know? Hey, sorry. You know, it might not look good to some people. But it’s effective. It’s efficient.

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Reuben Foster’s Misdemeanor Marijuana Charge Dismissed After Diversion Course

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster’s聽misdemeanor marijuana case was dismissed by the聽Tuscaloosa district attorney’s office after Foster completed a diversion course, per Matt Barrows of the聽Sacramento Bee.聽
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Sergei Boikov Elite Jersey The聽Tuscaloosa county district court clerk said Foster must pay court costs and a $100 bail bond fee as conditions of his case being dismissed, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

On Wednesday, a California judge聽ruled聽there was insufficient evidence to keep pursuing domestic violence charges against Foster.聽

Yes, I’m skeptical of these home-brewed efficiency scores, too, even when trusted colleagues are publishing them. (I always picture someone holding a caliper up to their laptop screen while watching NFL Game Pass and totally missing the point.) But one item from Kinsley’s research leaps out: Keenum benefited from a league-high 15 inaccurate completions鈥攍ong passes where his receiver turned a poor throw into a big gain.

Fifteen gifts that result in big plays across a season can skew both the numbers and our perception of a quarterback, especially when his team’s defense is so good that one or two big plays are enough to provide a lead that isn’t going to be blown.

Shazier, 25, is still rehabbing from a serious back injury suffered in December that required spinal stabilization surgery and left him in a wheelchair. Still, he’s been seen doing pull-ups at the gym and hyping the crowd at PPG Paints Arena during Penguins games.

He most recently made an inspiring walk across the stage at the NFL Draft last week to announce the team’s first-round pick, which will be remembered as one of the most notable moments in draft history.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s top executive in terms of football operations, said on Tuesday the NFL will not eliminate kickoffs from the game. But if, in the future, the league determines the only course of action is to remove kickoffs entirely, it won’t be isolated Ryan Succop Jersey to removing a single in-game play.

The onside kick likely would be replaced by another mechanism that would allow the scoring team to receive another possession. But the surprise element of the onside kick 鈥?a play that played a pivotal role in New Orleans victory over Indianapolis in Super Bowl 44 鈥?would be lost. Special-teams coordinators will likely have their salaries slashed with fewer responsibilities on their plate. Assistant special-teams coaching positions will begin to fade away.

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The Jets’ offseason game plan: Time to open up the checkbook

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They proved they could win tight, grind-it-out games, but could also score in bunches to blow other teams out. So what happened?

The Jets won a slugfest against the top-seeded Nashville Predators in the second round, and perhaps didn’t have enough gas in the tank to close out the Vegas Golden Knights.

I wish I had the money. It’s crazy. Obviously, the financial part is definitely going to be the hardest part. I’ve been part of two great organizations. I know the game inside and out and I know the players. And I feel like these NBA franchises just change lives. They change cities. I would love to do that. All the aspects of owning a team, I would love to be involved in — from the financial and marketing side to the team-building to the camaraderie to the coaching.

Ovechkin and the Caps are hoping to shed the label of playoff underachievers, a franchise that dazzles during the regular season only to disappoint at the most important time of the year.

I’m excited. We’re all excited. … We all want to be in this position and move forward, said Ovechkin, who is playing in the conference finals for the first time in his prolific Authentic Tom Brady Jersey 13-year career.

[This Game 7] is probably biggest game in my life, this team, organization probably. … We still haven’t reached our goal. Tomorrow is going to be a huge step forward.

Not if the Lightning have their way.

Tampa Bay is playing Game 7 in the conference finals for the third time in four years. It beat the New York Rangers on the road to advance to the 2015 Cup Final but fell short the following year against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Experience is always a good thing, but it’s nothing I’m going to sit and lean on, said Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman, who is 7-1 in Game 7s in his career. It’s about doing your job at the highest level you possibly can.
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Jackson’s mere presence in the lineup will keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night, even if he’s relegated to a small package of plays.

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John Harbaugh and Co. are taking a Victor Frankenstein-like approach to building a role for the rookie.聽聽

We do it in the laboratory, Harbaugh said, per Ryan Mink of the team’s official site.聽We do it on the practice field. We ran a lot of Sean Couturier Jersey stuff out here…you guys probably saw. We’re going to always try to get our players making plays for us, and Lamar is a guy who can help us win games.

Josh Harrison (R), 35.6 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (RHP Homer Bailey): The Pirates’ platooners get a ton of play in these articles, so I’ll list a righty-versus-righty option to remind players that Harrison is back from the disabled list and still lightly rostered. In fact, all of Pittsburgh’s starters are in play against the equal-opportunity Bailey. Righty batters have gotten to him with a .357 wOBA.

That’s something that sometimes in college, with only 20 hours of practice per week, some of the fundamentals as far as pass blocking sometimes gets swept by.聽He’s more of a first-, second-down banger. But I’ve seen him at his pro day catch the football. He can catch the football fine, but really, our role for him is quite easy to see. It’s first, second down.

Guice earned the designation of being the best between-the-tackles runner in this year’s class.聽He isn’t needed on third down, either, because Chris Thompson is special in said role. Thompson caught 39 passes for 510 yards and four touchdowns last season before suffering a fractured fibula.

These complementary pieces should boost Washington’s 28th-ranked rushing attack.
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The 2018 offensive class lacked quality prospects and depth. Yet multiple rookies could be starting at left tackle this fall.

The Oakland Raiders traded down and selected Kolton Miller with the 15th overall pick. Donald Penn’s presence on the roster may push Miller to right tackle or the Raiders could favor youth and athleticism over experience.

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How many games will first-round quarterbacks like Josh Rosen start in 2018?

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In the ongoing debate as to how many games and starts Josh Rosen might get this season with the Cardinals 鈥?and the same as it relates to the other four quarterbacks that were selected in the first round of last month’s draft 鈥?it’s important to revisit history when musing about rookie NFL signal callers and how much action they may or may not see.
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The wait could be longer in Baltimore for Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, the last pick in the first Womens Shaun Alexander Jersey round. It only makes sense for him to be the understudy behind Joe Flacco for now until the Ravens are ready to redesign their offense around the dual threat that Jackson offers as both a passer and a scrambler. Flacco’s days, however, are numbered to be sure.
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Cardinals coach Steve Wilks has been on record as saying聽veteran Sam Bradford will be his starting quarterback聽to open the year, which is what you’d expect him to say after the Cardinals signed Bradford to what’s effectively a one-year, $20 million deal.

After parting company with Dixon and Goodwin, the stage appears set for a position battle to unfold at cornerback between undrafted rookie free agents Grant Haley and Aaron Davis.聽

What would be a surprise is if Rosen doesn’t play a lick in 2018. Of the 55 quarterbacks drafted in the first round over the previous 20 years, that’s only happened twice.

Kids Jose Canseco Jersey Former Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, selected first overall out of USC in 2003, didn’t appear in a single game for the Bengals his first season, instead sitting and learning for a year behind Jon Kitna. Jason Campbell, the 25th overall pick out of Auburn in 2005, also didn’t play a single down for the Redskins as a rookie. He sat and watched behind Mark Brunell and Patrick Ramsey.

If that happens to Rosen, so be it, he said. Rosen, though, found it more than just intriguing that Wilks keeps dropping that comment about using the best 11 players, regardless of who they are, where they came from, or how long they’ve been in the league.

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