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Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving sent a group text message to his teammates before Game 2, the contents of which resonated with his teammates before they took a commanding 2-0 lead in a first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Irving, who attended Game 1 and sat on the bench during the first half, was not spotted inside TD Garden for Game 2, but his teammates said his words of encouragement helped Mike Gartner Jersey them before Tuesday’s 120-106 triumph.

It’s notable that Celtics players have gone out of their way to praise Irving’s leadership, particularly when juxtaposed to a situation like San Antonio and the lingering uncertainty surrounding Kawhi Leonard.

The Celtics have won their first two games of the playoffs in large part because of the contributions of players such as Terry Rozier, who hasn’t committed a turnover in 78 minutes of floor time since elevating to a starting role in place of Irving.

Snyder then poses a pointed question to the Rookie of the Year candidate, the only player in the room, who is seated to the coach’s right in the front row, flanked by assistant coach Johnnie Bryant.

What do you got going there? Is that a new arrow thing you got going? Snyder asks, playfully referring to Mitchell’s post-shot celebration.

If Kyle Korver is healthy enough, he should play more. Korver’s effort has been a rare constant amid Cleveland’s endless melodrama. He’s not a stopper, but he tries, he’s in the right place and he has knack for deflections and gang rebounds — the little plays that galvanize lethargic teams. Also, he can shoot. The Cavs might want to explore smaller, all-shooting lineups with LeBron as the true power forward — groups that include LeBron, Love, and three of the George Hill/J.R. Smith/Rodney Hood/Jordan Clarkson/Korver/Cedi Osman crew.

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Even the competition is in Colin Kaepernick’s corner now.

Two days after working out in front of NFL scouts, including representatives from the Jets and Giants, former pro quarterback Johnny Manziel came to his beleaguered fellow passer’s defense on Twitter.

“This will probably cause an uproar, but I’m tired of the @Kaepernick7 vs myself comparisons and anger,” Manziel wrote on the social media site Saturday afternoon. “Kap is doing amazing things right now changing lives and donating millions of dollars. His impact off the field from a societal standpoint is legendary and straight admirable.”

Manziel’s tweet storm ended with a direct address to Kaepernick, wishing him luck in the future.

“I rock with you @Kaepernick7,” he wrote. “You’ve always been good to me and I appreciate that. All the best in your journey my friend wherever that takes you.”

Rosen added he had worked out privately for the Giants, Jets, Browns and Bills.

After saying he learned through Instagram that the Jets had traded up to No. 3, he demurred when asked if he believed it was because he had worked out for the team a day earlier.

With Donovan Mitchell stepping in, the Jazz haven’t missed a beat on offense, despite losing Gordon Hayward in free agency. Sam Forencich/NBAE/Getty Images
Mitchell’s timetable accelerated because of his aptitude. He showed the ability to develop new skills — such as finishing off one foot in traffic, a focus in his offseason workouts with Bryant — and instantly incorporate them into his game, grasping through film study the appropriate times to use his new tools.

“These guys dig in,” Snyder says of Mitchell and Bryant. “It’s that kind of cycle of ‘practice it, recognize it, use it.’ That whole process is what makes these guys good together.”

Bergeron ranked fifth in faceoff percentage (57.3) and first in short-handed faceoff percentage (59.3) and finished at plus-21 in 64 games played.

Kopitar, who won the award in 2016, led all NHL forwards in average time on ice at 22:05 per game. Kopitar often saw duty on the Kings’ penalty-kill unit, which finished tops in the league in penalty killing percentage (85.0).jets_105

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Ziggy Ansah has been a ghost during Detroit’s offseason conditioning program, but that’s about to change.
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The team’s most valuable pass rusher is returning from Ghana on Monday and plans to report to work on Tuesday to sign his $17.14 million franchise tag, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
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The deal reportedly will be for five years and $50 million, according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL.com. It will聽also include $25 million in guaranteed money.

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With that in mind, Sporting News breaks down the Packers’ 2018 NFL Draft outlook, including needs, first-round picks, Day 2 and Day T.J. McDonald Womens Jersey 3 plans and a few sleepers.

Secondary: Some things never change. The Packers allowed a 102.0 QB rating to opposing passers last season, second worst only to Cleveland. Morgan Burnett and Damarious Randall are gone, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is under contract through 2018. Green Bay brought Tramon Williams back, but corner remains a position of need.

Offensive line: The Packers had a lack of depth up front last season, and that hasn’t changed given Bryan Bulaga (ACL), Jason Spriggs (kneecap) and Kyle Murphy (foot) all ended last season on IR. Green Bay needs better protection for Rodgers.

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The team has said that they aren’t getting rid of Lynch and coach Vance Joseph said Tuesday that the 2016 first-round pick’s presence on the roster is a factor as they decide what to do with the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft. Joseph also said that he thinks Lynch will benefit from Keenum’s presence.

If I’m sitting on my big cheeks looking at the board and I’m saying ‘This guy has got it,’ Gettleman said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. You know, really? Is it hard?

Giants coach Pat Shurmur admits an urge to find Eli Manning’s heir apparent with the second choice. But Saquon Barkley, Quenton Nelson or Bradley Chubb could prove the generational player Gettleman seeks.

Guys, this is the second pick in the draft, Gettleman said. We really have to picture this guy putting on a gold jacket. Because if we can’t picture that, really . . .

Quarterback, running back, defensive end, offensive guard. The position doesn’t matter as much as how good the player turns out.

These could be the best landing spots Alan Trammell Jersey for Bryant:

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And there’s really no limitations in how you can utilize him.

It has been a long haul, for sure, Kerr said. I was hoping that we would be heading into the playoffs healthy. Obviously, everyone wants that. But because we weren’t able to, the last few weeks have been made more difficult. But this is all part of it — it’s all part of the journey. This is our journey this year. Every year is different. It has been a bumpy road, but here we are, and I’m really proud of our guys. We have 57 wins and a couple more games and a chance to go into next weekend relatively healthy, so we’re in good shape.

John Keim of ESPN.com reports that Galette is scheduled to visit with the Raiders on Friday. The linebacker has already been informed that he’s not in Washington’s plans for the 2018 season and Keim reports a couple of teams have shown interest in his services recently.

Galette originally signed with the Redskins in 2015, but tore his Achilles that year and again in 2016 before returning to action last year. He had 20 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in 16 appearances.

I think last year we were inconsistent on the offensive side of the ball, Ryan said. I thought there were some really good things, but I thought there were some things that we could be better at. The exciting part is that we have an opportunity to get Authentic Michael Saunders Jersey started [next] Monday, to clean those things up, to be a better football team than we were last year and to be the best offense that this group of guys can possibly be.

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Brice Butler visiting Cardinals Monday

We heard last week that free agent wide receiver Brice Butler has a few visits set up and he’s making one of them on Monday.

Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports that Butler is visiting with the Cardinals. The Seahawks, Bears and Jaguars are the other teams slated for meetings with Butler as he tries to find a new home for the 2018 season.

Second, we’re attributing any changes in performance to coaching, which obviously isn’t accurate. Players can improve their physical capabilities or their skills individually over the offseason.

Those caveats noted, let’s take a look at projections using the multiyear version of ESPN’s real plus-minus (RPM) based on actual minutes played this season and how they compare to teams’ records and Pythagorean expectation given point differential. (All stats are through Friday and projected to 82 games.)

He caught only 25 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown in 10 games with the Bills before going on injured reserve last season.

Matthews underwent three surgeries last year. He had thumb surgery in early October. In December, Matthews went back underneath the knife for surgeries on his left knee and right ankle.

A second-round pick of the Eagles in 2014, they traded him to the Bills in exchange for Ronald Darby last year.

Chase Anderson (R), 88 percent, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs: This comes with an asterisk, as Anderson is showing signs of breaking out, while the Cubs will eventually get it going. Still, if you’re in a close ratio race, it’s defensible to reserve Anderson.

Comparisons to LeBron James rarely work out well for anyone other than James, but Reich’s larger point and the way the Eagles used Zach Ertz during his time as the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia point to a big chance for Ebron to change the narrative on his NFL career.

Floyd spent last season with the Vikings, playing in 11 games and catching 10 passes for 78 yards and no touchdowns.


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The New Orleans Pelicans are fighting for their playoff lives. The Golden State Warriors just want to get back to full strength and defend their championship.
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Tonight we’re playing a team that desperately needs to win, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. You can tell the teams around the league that have to win. They’re getting after it. They’re playing for their season. Our season begins next week.

Durant also committed a costly late turnover that led to E’Twaun Moore’s pullup jumper with 23.5 seconds left. KD lost the ball for another key steal less than a minute earlier but immediately got a rebound on the other end that led to Andre Iguodala’s dunk on the other end to get Golden State to 121-119 with 1:01 left.

Quinn Cook, who has been an admirable fill-in for the injured Stephen Curry after his promotion from the G League, added 21 points with five 3-pointers in the Warriors’ final regular-season home game.

Elite Youth Shaquill Griffin Jersey At this time of the year, it’s all about finding a way to get wins, Nuggets coach Mike Malone said.

We’re playing `Get-It-Done’ basketball. We’re getting it done. Going into tonight, we’d been playing good defense. We controlled the game, won all four quarters, another big step in the right direction.

Will Barton scored 31 points and Nikola Jokic added 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Nuggets posted their fifth Drew Doughty Jersey straight win to pull into a tie with the Minnesota Timberwolves for eighth place in the Western Conference with two games to play. Both teams are 45-35.

Authentic Mens Bobby Hebert Jersey The Nuggets finish the regular season at home against Portland on Monday night.

I think overall — offensively, defensively, controlling our turnovers, I think we’re playing overall our best basketball, Paul Millsap said. Not our best offense we’ve played all year, not necessarily our best defense, but to be a good team you have to have balance.

It all sets up for the Nuggets’ season-ending game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Wednesday night. Minnesota, which holds the tiebreaker over the Nuggets, hosts Memphis on Monday night.

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We feel like now the kind of situation we’ve gotten ourselves into with some of these injuries there’s versatility there. so even though we didn’t see him in left field in spring training… we felt like he’s a guy we could move around and do some things with. He had a really nice performance today.

Despite this impressive debut, Peterson’s days with the Yankees probably are numbered because Hicks is expected to come off the DL for Tuesday’s series opener in Boston. Peterson will be the best bet to go, although more injuries could change things.
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However long Peterson is around, he’s planning on having fun. He certainly enjoyed making the most of his opportunity on Saturday.

It definitely makes it a lot more satisfying, he said. At the end of the day though, you have to get wins, and for us to get a win today was huge.

We already know that the Giants were said to be asking for at least two first-round picks in exchange for OBJ. This report falls in line with that suggestion.

Having shown themselves to be Anthony Barr Jersey interested in Beckham, the Los Angeles Rams ultimately decided to trade a first-round pick to the New England Patriots for Brandin Cooks.

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An.094 hitter in 32 spring training at-bats, Peterson also contributed at the plate by going 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. His hit continued a sixth-inning rally in which the Yankees scored twice to break a 3-3 tie.

He really struggled offensively in spring, Boone said. He really didn’t get anything going. We knew he was a little bit better than that. but one thing he does is he control the strike zone. He’ll take a walk. He knows the strike zone. There’s speed and athleticism there.

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In his third mock draft of the offseason, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper once again has the Detroit Lions addressing its defensive line, projecting Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan to the team at No. 20.
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This pick is all about projection, as Bryan is a freakish talent who didn’t produce to his ability at Florida; he had only 5.5 career sacks, Kiper writes. But there were games (turn on the Texas A&M tape from 2017) in which he looked like a top-10 pick. He would play 3-technique for the Lions and new coach Matt Patricia. Bryan is raw, but he could be a star given time (and coaching) to develop. Linebacker and cornerback should be options for Detroit here, and running back shouldn’t be out of the question.

The Lions’ current depth chart puts them in good position to develop a prospect. Following the addition of Sylvester Williams in free agency, they’ve got three experienced interior linemen under contract, in addition to multiple edge rushers with the ability Ales Hemsky Jersey to slide inside on passing downs.

The projection of Bryan to Detroit follows Kiper’s previous picks of running back Derrius Guice and defensive end Sam Hubbard to the team.

In this latest mock, Kiper has the Lions passing up other potential defensive line fits such as Boston College’s Harold Landry and Michigan’s Maurice Hurst, who is more polished than Bryan, but still carries concerns after an irregular EKG held him out of the combine.

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So enjoy LeBron’s visit to Philly on Friday night… and let’s hope it is not his last in a Cleveland Cavs uniform. As much as every Sixers fan wants to see their team avoid the Cavs in the postseason, there are some of us who live for drama. In this case, we could be looking at a matchup of the guy who has been to seven straight NBA Finals against the team that could go to the next seven NBA Finals.

This year, that’s Toledo’s Logan Woodside. There are other (bigger) mid-major quarterbacks in this draft who didn’t have Woodside’s college numbers but have tantalized the NFL world anyway.

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NFL nixes need for extra-point attempt after game-winning TD

The NFL passed another rule change that came in under the radar Tuesday. The league will no longer require a team to line up for an extra point or two-point attempt after scoring a game-winning touchdown, according to Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com. The rule was approved by the NFL’s competition committee. The impetus for such a rule change came after the Minnesota Vikings scored a last-gasp victory over the New Orleans Saints as the clock ticked down in their 2017 divisional playoff game.

Smoak connected against reliever Tommy Kahnle in the seventh, then brought the crowd of 29,091 to its feet with his second career slam, a drive off Robertson (0-1).

He’s one of the best in the game so you know it’s going to be a tough at-bat, Smoak said of his nine-pitch encounter with Robertson. I just tried to battle and battle and battle.

Smoak went 3 for 4 with a walk and six RBI in his seventh career multihomer game as Toronto gained a series split, winning the final two games.

The 37-year-old-model-turned-author told the Wall Street Journal that it’s not her decision to make when it comes to the New England Patriots quarterback calling it a career.

It’s his decision and he knows it, Bundchen said in the interview. It wouldn’t be fair any other way.

Brady, who will be 41 in August, won the NFL MVP award at age 40, but the Patriots suffered a disappointing 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, keeping Brady from his sixth title. Bundchen noted that Brady is so focused right now and that she can see just how passionate he remains about football.

I’m glad I was thinking the way I was thinking, Smoak said of his decision to look for the fastball.

Smoak’s other slam also came against the Yankees. In 2015, he went deep off Ivan Nova to become the first Blue Jays player to hit a grand slam in the Bronx — Toronto joined the majors in 1977.

Tyler Clippard (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning and Seung Hwan Oh finished for his first save.patriots_097