Steve Kerr could be nearing return to Warriors bench, report says

The Warriors are set to embark on their journey to reclaim the NBA title against the current defending champs, starting with Thursday’s Game 1, and Golden State might get a familiar face back on the sidelines very soon.

According to ESPN.com, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr could return to coach the team sometime during the NBA Finals. Acting head coach Mike Brown even believes he could return as soon as Thursday.

He’s talked about possibly coaching Game 1… and I even tried to tell him, ‘Steve, you should do it, and if you don’t feel like you’re OK, halfway through the game, just go back in the back,’ Brown said Wednesday.

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OUR TAKE: Fox, a 6-3, 170-pound guard is getting a lot of comparisons to fellow Kentucky product John Wall, and for good reason. Fox is a stellar lead guard in transition and uses his elite quickness to find an open shot or hit his streaking teammates. He rebounds well for a guard and plays great defense, a perfect fit for the Kings. But trading two top-10 picks for him seems a bit much.

Ford’s mock currently has the Kings using their picks to take Jayson Tatum and Frank Ntilikina, players who have their own potential to be like Allan Houston and Dante Exum, respectively. It’s hard to see the Sixers passing on Josh Jackson at No. 3, so perhaps the Kings won’t have to trade both their top-10 picks to move up to No. 4. Sacramento does have the No. 34 pick it can also as trade bait.

NFL denies credentials to Barstool Sports

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The NFL didn’t grant media credentials to Barstool Sports employees, a league spokesman confirmed to Omnisport in an email. ProFootballTalk initially reported the story.

The sports blog, which has strong Patriots ties, caught the attention of the NFL in 2015 when its writers staged a protest at NFL headquarters following Tom Brady’s Deflategate punishment. The bloggers were later arrested on the site.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal , which is owned by Adelson’s family, reported team executives did not include Adelson’s contribution when they were meeting Thursday with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority. The Review-Journal also reported Raiders owner Mark Davis was meeting separately with Adelson while the meeting with the authority was going on.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Vic Tafur, citing The Associated Press, tweeted that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office said the Raiders could more than double their financial commitment from their initial $500 million.
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Multiple outlets reported the Raiders will turn to investment broker Goldman Sachs to contribute the $650 million Adelson was pledging. The remaining $750 million is expected to come from an increase in Las Vegas hotel taxes.

The Raiders have applied to the NFL to move to Las Vegas, but they likely will have to stay in Oakland through at least the 2018 season as the domed stadium is being built. NFL owners are expected to vote on the application in late March.

Colts not too late to find the right GM to replace Ryan Grigson

All things considered, it really doesn’t matter how long the Indianapolis Colts waited after the season before firing their general manager so long as they moved him out, period. There weren’t many reasons left to keep Ryan Grigson, as it turned out, even though Jim Irsay tried until the very end to come up with some before giving up last weekend.

Speaking of home runs, Jason Grilli really aided in MLB’s effort to light up scoreboards Saturday. The 40-year-old Blue Jays reliever gave up not one, not two, not three, but four home runs in the eighth inning of Saturday’s 7-0 loss to the Yankees and he didn’t even get through the inning. He was yanked after 2/3 of an inning as his ERA ballooned to 8.15.

While Adams’ grand slam may not have been a game winner, his second homer of the night was, and he went opposite field in the 12th inning to lift the Braves to a 6-5 win over the Reds.

Yankees (32-21) at Blue Jays (27-29), 1:07 p.m. ET: This is the best pitching match-up of the day bar-none. Luis Severino (4-2, 2.93 ERA) against Marcus Stroman (3-2, 3.28). The radar guns will be lighting up all day long and the two pitchers will have to also deal with the wind tunnel that is Rogers Centre.

The 49ers are expected to hire Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their new head coach, but have to wait until after Super Bowl LI. Lynch wasn’t able to mention Shanahan, who has interviewed with the 49ers twice, by name because of NFL tampering rules. That doesn’t mean he couldn’t compliment Shanahan’s job as the coordinator for the NFL’s highest-scoring offense.vikings_122

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell has hilarious freak out after facemask penalty

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell was called for a facemask during Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Browns, and he was not happy about it. Mitchell tried his best to plead with the referees, but they weren’t having it. He then began to let out some high-pitched squeals.

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As of now, the NFL scouts I’ve spoken with aren’t sold on Watson as a top 10 pick. If he doesn’t go early, it’s tough to find a landing spot for him. He certainly could be this year’s Teddy Bridgewater, the class’ best quarterback who somehow slips to the end of the first round. Watson and Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya are the best fits for the Chiefs if they want to draft their quarterback of the future.

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Williams might be the draft’s best true 3-4 outside linebacker, even if it’s situational to start, but some character red flags may push him down to Day 2 of the draft. New England needs to add new faces to its linebacking corps, and the Patriots haven’t shied away from character concerns in the past.

Pirates expected to sign GM Neal Huntington, manager Clint Hurdle to extensions

The Pittsburgh Pirates are struggling this year, but the team reportedly remains committed to GM Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle for the long term.

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Inflammation along the back of the tendon of his right middle finger on his hand, Cubs president Theo Epstein said, via ESPN.com. We don’t think it’s serious or long-term.

The Cubs lost 4-1 at home to the Rockies Thursday night, which was their second straight loss. The defending World Series champs are now a game behind the Brewers in the disappointing NL Central.

Hendricks is 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA this season, which may seem average, but he has the best ERA out of Chicago’s four main starters. With Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and John Lackey all struggling, and the team still searching for a consistent fifth option, Hendricks’ health is very important.

We felt that it’s something you really don’t want to press because it can become a little more chronic or bothersome, Cubs manager Joe Maddon stated. If we let it rest right now it should go away.

The Cubs are in desperate need of a spark. The World Series hangover should have long passed. It may finally be time to worry about this team in Wriggleyville.

A longtime NFL receivers coach explains what teams want to see at the NFL Combine

Every NFL team would love to have a receiver who is big, fast and strong.

With the NFL Combine this week, longtime NFL coach Jerry Sullivan offered some insight while explaining to Omnisport other things teams hope to see in the 58 wideouts on the field Saturday in Indianapolis.

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The 49ers were patient and went in a unexpected direction with Lynch, but the move, wisely, was made to guarantee Shanahan also would be on board. They are not yet officially co-workers in San Francisco, and they already are a massive improvement over the dysfunction of Kelly and Trent Baalke.

While he waits for that coaching chapter to begin, Shanahanm who gives the Falcons more than a fighter’s chance against the Patriots, has a good chance to get there with a ring.

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Well, not always always. The city, of course, does have one championship among the major sports, which is why members of the 1995 Braves can eat free anywhere in the Atlanta region in perpetuity. Still, 1995 was a long time ago. A distant memory for older fans, and not a memory at all for younger ones. In some ways, it’s like it never even happened. So, in a sense, yes: always.

Super Bowl 51 commercials: The good, the (mostly) bad and the funny

Super Bowl advertising is expensive. The New York Times reports Super Bowl advertisers paid more than $5 million for a 30-second spot.

To get their money’s worth, many companies released their commercials early, hoping to get a head start on Sunday’s big game.
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Here are some of the best commercials and teasers that were released before Feb. 5, along with others we saw during the game.

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I was in Orlando last week working with five members of our rookie class, including a sure first-rounder, who are doing their draft training and prep work at Tom Shaw’s Performance Enhancement Center. I gave our players 20 point tip sheets on things such as clothing to wear, eye contact, posture, speaking loudly and confidently and avoiding phrases such as you know and like.

Today’s negotiations with franchise-tagged players (or those with the threat of being tagged) are similar to the pre-free agency negotiations with star players. The team holds the leverage.

Such players basically are left with no alternatives but to hold out, as Berry did throughout the offseason program and into training camp last year after the deadline came and went without a long-term deal. He finally signed his franchise tender and reported Aug. 29 so he would receive his entire $10.8 million salary with no fines. He’s threatening to take a different course of action this year.

Wily Peralta promptly served up two more runs in the 10th inning to hand the Brewers their fifth straight loss.

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His stuff is elite, teammate Matt Holliday told the New York Post after the victory over the O’s.

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The Brewers bullpen: With a 2-1 run lead entering the ninth inning, it appeared Milwaukee was going to end its four-game losing streak. However, closer Corey Knebel offered up a solo home run to Chris Iannetta to ultimately force extra innings.

Wily Peralta promptly served up two more runs in the 10th inning to hand the Brewers their fifth straight loss.

It was a decision experts hated.

“Either the Bears know something no one else in the league knows, or that draft just got a lot of people fired only they don’t know it yet,” an unnamed NFL team executive told CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora.

While the Bears were reaching for Trubisky, the Browns were drafting wisely. They selected Myles Garrett first overall and traded back from No. 12 to rack up more draft capital. After years of being the NFL’s easiest punchline, the Browns appear to be on the upswing, avoiding the mistakes that have led to years of futility and investing in players who can help the team get better. But the trajectory the Bears are on makes it seem like they’re on their way to becoming the new Browns.

The Bengals, Rams, Raiders, Colts, Titans, Seahawks, Dolphins, Eagles, Panthers, and Browns each had only one fan who said they’d worn a jersey to religious ceremony, leaving us insufficient data to make any broad conclusions about these fan bases. This also exposed a flaw in my methodology — it doesn’t account for members of the Black Hole.

That’s less than 2 percent of all regular season games over the last five years that have seen more than 10 minutes of overtime.

More importantly, the proposal ignores the real problem here, which is the turnaround time for teams scheduled to play on Thursday nights. An additional 10 or 15 minutes of overtime is much less of a pressing concern than the fact that Thursday night games give players inadequate time — three days! — for rest and recovery.yankees_1613_f5ca8e32e5dc17f6-180x180

Kyle Williams will benefit from the new scheme

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A 4-3 defense puts pressure on this unit to, well, generate pressure. Specifically, pass-rush production from ends Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson will be critical for Buffalo’s defense in 2017, and there isn’t much depth behind them.

While the scheme puts more pressure on ends against both the run and pass, it takes some away from a guy like Marcell Dareus. The former All-Pro needs to regain that form, as suspensions and insufficient play in Ryan’s 3-4 have him on the bubble in Buffalo.

Kyle Williams will benefit from the new scheme, too, but he’s 33 and will be part of a rotation with Adolphus Washington and Jerel Worthy.
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The strength of Chicago’s inside linebacker unit largely depends on the health of Danny Trevathan, who’s coming off a nasty injury and might not be ready for training camp. Jerrell Freeman, meanwhile, is the best linebacker in the NFL if you ask Pro Football Focus. The Bears’ leading tackler from last season will be key again patrolling the middle of the field, assuming he can avoid another PED suspension.

Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.

This year, five clubs will hold voluntary veteran minicamps.

Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2017 may begin on May 15. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of each club’s post-draft rookie minicamps will be circulated at a later date.