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Since arriving in Arizona as Bruce Arians’ replacement, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks has preached the gospel of the ground attack.

Wilks plans to lean heavily on All Pro tailback David Johnson, who will join a crowded field in this year’s Comeback Player of the Year derby.

Although a wrist injury limited Johnson to just one game last season, he is now 100 percent healthy and stronger than he’s ever been, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted on Wednesday’s edition of NFL Up to the Minute.

Transitioning from Arians’ offense to new coordinator Mike McCoy’s scheme, Johnson will also have to get used to running behind a fullback for the first time in his pro career.

If the blocking lives up to expectations, Johnson will have a realistic chance to clear 2,000 yards from scrimmage for the second time in his career. If Wilks’ custom-built ground attack stumbles, though, Johnson can kiss his dreams of a top NFL offense goodbye.

“I look forward to turning the stewardship of the Panthers over to David Tepper,” current Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement. “I have enjoyed getting to know him in this process and am confident that he will provide the organization with great leadership in both its football and community initiatives. I wish David and his family the very best as they enter this exciting new phase of their lives.”

ESPN reported Tuesday the sale will happen for $2.2 billion. According to the release, the sale the transaction is expected to close in July 2018.

Steelers’ minority owner David Tepper is expected to sign the deal today to buy the Panthers and keep them in Carolina, league sources tell @SethWickersham and me. The deal then would be expected to be approved at the owners meetings in Atlanta on May 22.

“I am thrilled to have been selected to be the next owner of the Carolina Panthers,” Tepper said. “I have learned a great deal about the community and the team over the past several months and look forward to becoming part of the Carolinas.”

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This will be on display again on April 26 when as many as six quarterbacks are projected to go in the first round and four might go in the top 10.

This college quarterback class has been heralded as one of the best in years. Yet, there is no consensus on who is the best quarterback in this class, and there is no predicting how any of these quarterbacks will fare as professionals.

At Mississippi State, Mullen had to push to raise the bar.

At Florida, there’s no question where it stands.

Asked what the “Gator Standard” means, Mullen said it’s about embracing the tradition as well as the expectations.

“They want to win now,” said linebacker David Reese, who grew so frustrated last season that he called out teammates publicly at one point after a loss. “That’s the thing: We’re happy that they actually want to win now.”

Schoenfield: We’ve seen the inconsistency on the mound, but the stuff is too good to finish with an ERA that high. I think he gets it under 4.00, maybe into the 3.50 range. I’d be shocked if he hits .300, although he’s made some early adjustments — such as dropping the leg kick he had in Japan — and has shown he’ll go to the opposite field, so it’s hard to shift on him. But he’s going to strike out, which will drop the average. I’ll say .277.

Miller: The ERA will get better — mid- to high-3s seems about right — and the OPS will get worse, but I’ve got absolutely no idea whether he’s ultimately a .750 guy or a .900-plus guy. We’ve already seen the league’s hitters start to adjust against him (spitting on the splitter, especially), and it’ll now be interesting to see the league’s pitchers try. He’s still fantastic.

Which under-the-radar player off to a hot start should fans keep an eye on?

Schoenfield: Hey, my NL MVP pick was Tommy Pham, and he’s hitting .348/.477/.522. The MVP odds are long, but that’s a guy doubling down on his excellent 2017 season and proving he’s one of the best all-around players in the game.

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The whole time, Torres kept pushing for a first big-league call-up as he was hitting .347 with one homer and 11 RBIs in in 14 games.

The Yankees finally agree that it’s time to call up their No. 1 prospect, a Venezuelan whom they acquired from the Chicago Cubs two summers ago when they traded closer Aroldis Chapmen.

Torres was pulled from his Triple-A game on Saturday and reportedly will be called up by the Yankees to make his Major League debut on Sunday at Yankee Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jack Curry of the YES Network first reported Torres’ call-up.

Kerr made a point of mentioning how much better Thompson looks since being sidelined recently with a fractured thumb.

“He finally got some time off,” Kerr said. “So I think in hindsight, probably wasn’t the worst thing for him to get a few weeks off because he looks really, really fresh and sharp right now.”

Thompson agreed.

“Any time you can take a few games off, unfortunately it hurts when you do, but in the long run, we try to play till June every season,” Thompson said. “So I think it will help out in the long run.”

Giancarlo Stanton’s woes continued. He went hitless in four at-bats to watch his batting average fall to .185. Aaron Judge was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

In the eighth inning, umpires blew a call when Tyler Austin hit a groundball and reached base with Toronto first baseman Justin Smoak’s cleat about 6 inches off the bag while receiving the throw. Boone challenged it and, astoundingly, the result wasn’t changed, and umpires were showered with defeaning boos.

‘Hey coach, I want to play for you. I really appreciate you for giving me an opportunity. There aren’t too many head coaches out there like you.’

Those were the words  Camden (N.J.) three-star cornerback  Donald Williams shared with head coach Chris Ash in committing to the Scarlet Knights . And he wrote them for a reason. Though most players are recruited primarily by their area recruiters, Ash appears to have made Williams his personal assignment. The pair’s constant interaction is as big a reason for his pledge as any other, he admits.steelers_054

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After contentious public lobbying from both head coaches, the NHL suspended Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey for Game 5 of the series against the Minnesota Wild for his cross-check to the head of center Eric Staal.

The suspension comes after comments from Wild coach Bruce Boudreau following Game 4, in which he accused the on-ice officials of intentionally ignoring Morrissey’s cross-check. “My take is that the refs looked at it, and they decided not to call it because we were already on the power play. And that cost us the game,” he said.

Jets coach Paul Maurice shot back Wednesday, saying that the incident was a penalty and nothing more and accusing Boudreau of lobbying the NHL.

“There’s no intent on this. You’ve got a real smart coach on the other bench who has all the focus on that and not the game now. Why wouldn’t you? Morrissey is a great defenseman for us. If you had a chance to get him out, you’d play it as hard as you could,” he said.

Morrissey’s loss for Game 5 could be even more significant if defenseman Tyler Myers, who missed Game 4 due to injury, can’t go for the Jets.

Drafts often take years to properly evaluate, but we’ll use our one year of extra data and the benefit of hindsight to attach grades more in the form of a progress report. As these players remain works in progress, there’s a lot of room for error, but there’s less than there was a year ago.

One of the things that struck me was the chatter about how last year’s draft was weaker than previous years. While definitely true in terms of top-end talent, the way the depth of this draft has shaken out, there was a lot more quality than previously thought. That’s not to say that the assessment of relative weakness compared to 2015 and 2016 were off base, but perhaps the criticism of the 2017 class was a tad harsher than it needed to be based on the way this group has performed this year.

Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick were the only two players in this draft to become immediate everyday NHLers. They both helped their respective teams reach the postseason. Hischier played a substantial role for the New Jersey Devils and Patrick developed very well on the job, finishing the season much stronger than he started it with the Philadelphia Flyers. Meanwhile, many 2017 first-round picks — and a few Day 2 selections — had massive years in their respective leagues, raising the expectations and sharpening their overall projections.

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The NFL announced it will extend its partnership with American sports apparel and equipment manufacturer Nike, under a new long-term contract. Nike has been a long-time and trusted partner of [the] NFL and we’re thrilled to extend our relationship with them, Brian Rolapp, chief media and business officer of the NFL, said in a statement on Tuesday. The NFL and Nike are a powerful combination and we anticipate working closely with them on several programs, including youth and player initiatives. The two major brands have protracted their existing partnership, which was set to expire in 2020, for another eight years.

As part of the deal, Nike will provide game day uniforms for all 32 NFL teams, as well as sideline apparel bearing its iconic swoosh logo. It will also provide footwear and gloves for players who have individual contracts with the sports apparel brand.

Ellsbury developed an oblique issue that has improved enough to allow him to appear in minor league spring training games in Tampa, Florida. The Yankees hope to have him back by the time his DL stint concludes Thursday when they host Baltimore, but they’re not certain yet that it will happen.

Specifically, McKay cited the higher rate of head-on collisions as the driving force behind the rule’s creation.

In the last three years, our helmet-to-helmet contact has gone up—a lot, he said, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer.

The change, born out of concern for player safety, is the closest the NFL has come to embracing the NCAA’s targeting rule.

In college football, players are penalized for hitting defenseless opponents above the shoulders. If the penalty is upheld upon review, the player is automatically ejected and can face a possible suspension.

Cheers of Ohtani! greeted the pitcher as he prepared to throw his first pitch, a 96 mph fastball called strike to Marcus Semien. Ohtani fanned the leadoff man on four pitches and got through the first on 13 pitches, nine for strikes.

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Norwell, an undrafted free agent who was great in Carolina, became the highest-paid guard in the league with his five-year, $66.5 million deal from Jacksonville that includes $30 million guaranteed. He reset the market for the position again after the Browns’ Kevin Zeitler did it last year.

Nelson is just two years removed from leading the NFL in touchdown receptions, but he also has a lengthy injury history and will turn 33 in May.

There are some younger receivers hitting free agency who could help the Raiders’ offense bounce back this year, but it’s a deep draft class of quality wide receivers, and Oakland could go for someone like James Washington out of Oklahoma State, who’s projected as a second-rounder.

Dallas drafted Jaylon Smith in the second round of the 2016 draft in part to replace Hitchens, although Smith ended up not being ready until the 2017 campaign.

It’s a reset button that was going to have to be hit eventually, and now the Seahawks are officially Russell Wilson’s team.

The Seahawks are just getting started. While the offseason has been busy so far, free agency still doesn’t start until Mar. 14. Between there and the NFL Draft, Seattle is going to be quite busy trying to make sure they don’t miss a beat on defense, meaning they’ll be players in free agency and on the hunt during the draft. Ndamukong Suh was already sighted in Seattle the day news broke that the Dolphins would cut him.

After taking the MLB world by storm, and even getting his own fan section at Yankee Stadium, Judge is taking it slow this offseason. He also has competition for fan support because the only guy who hit more home runs than him last year, Giancarlo Stanton (59), is now his teammate.

I feel like we’re right on the schedule progression we set up after the surgery, Judge said. With that, the games that matter are in April. So if I miss a couple games, which I probably will, early in the spring, I’d rather miss those games than miss games starting at the end of March or early April. So we’re on the right track and everything is working out the way it’s supposed to.

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Tyronn Lue has made good on his word and switched up the struggling Cavaliers’ starting lineup.

Cleveland (27-19) suffered its 10th loss since Dec. 25 on Tuesday, and on Thursday, Lue benched Jae Crowder, put Tristan Thompson in at center and moved Kevin Love to power forward for Friday’s home game against the Pacers (26-22).

The Cactus League is notoriously difficult for outfielders because of the carry on fly balls, the blinding sun and the absence of cloud cover, so any atmospheric conditions that Gordon encounters during the regular season should be relatively benign by comparison. He realizes it is best to roll with the inevitable mistakes, but that’s not in his nature.

“I’m going to beat myself up,” Gordon said. “I’ll be agitated, for sure. That’s just how I am. I want to play good, and at the end of the year, we’ll assess how well I play. I definitely want to help us way more than I hurt us. Hopefully, I don’t hurt us too often.”

This meeting was the first time Lillard and Allen, who feared Lillard would request a trade, spoke privately, and the owner took the opportunity to ask questions as to why the team wasn’t more consistent throughout this season.

According to the report, which cited unidentified sources, Lillard did give a “vote of confidence” for head coach Terry Stotts and discussed players to target who could help balance out the roster.

The Blazers are currently 25-22 and are sitting seventh in the Western Conference. In each of the past four seasons, Lillard helped lead his team to the playoffs but they haven’t advanced past the second round.

The Blazers found themselves in a similar situation three years ago with LaMarcus Aldridge where the team was asked to prove that they were committed to bringing in talent that could lead to a championship team. Aldridge became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season and signed with the Spurs after beginning his NBA career with the Blazers in 2006.

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Atlanta made the playoffs this season, but failed to make another deep run. Despite taking a step back offensively, owner Arthur Blank is optimistic his teammake it back to the Super Bowl soon, and this time finish the deal.

Gronkowski said Sunday night his recent brain trauma wasn’t factoring into his thinking. That could change when Gronkowski looks at the bigger picture.

Gronkowski, too, might be influenced by how the Patriots plan to approach his contract situation this offseason. A retirement threat could not only be used as leverage if New England is seeking another incentive-laden restructure, but also to angle for a raise from the $9 million and $10 million salaries Gronk is set to earn the next two seasons.

What we do know for sure: Gronk has options.

ccording to ESPN, Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave McDaniels a raise to remain as New England’s OC and wanted to burn the Colts for starting the Deflategate saga.

In the past 48 hours, Patriots owner Robert Kraft began talking with Josh McDaniels and ultimately wound up sweetening his contract, helping to entice him to remain in New England, per sources. Bill Belichick has his OC back.

McDaniels, 41, has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Patriots since 2012, and held the same job in New England from 2006-08 before landing the head job with the Broncos for the 2009 season. He went just 11-17 before being fired midway through his second season in Denver.

The Colts officially cancelled McDaniels’ introductory press conference at 8:40 p.m. ET Tuesday and released a statement on the situation.

“After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team,” the statement read. “Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field.”nike-youth-cardinals-017

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red_wings_010Now they travel on the road to face the NFC South champion Jacksonville Jaguars, who are also in the playoffs for the first time this decade. Both teams will be looking for an elusive postseason win at 1 p.m. ET on CBS (live streams at CBS All-Access and FuboTV).

The Bills had to wait until the last game of Week 17 to find out their playoff fate. They easily took care of the Miami Dolphins but needed the Cincinnati Bengals to upset the Baltimore Ravens so they could get the No. 6 seed by tiebreakers. After a dramatic last-minute touchdown by the Bengals, the Bills finally got to celebrate, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

How far Jacksonville goes in the playoffs will depend on which Blake Bortles shows up. Bortles played pretty well in late November and early December as the Jags sewed up a division title, but he fell back into old bad habits during their losing streak. The good news is that he’s getting Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee back from injury, while rookie running back Leonard Fournette will be counted on to carry the load in the backfield.

The Titans would then seal the victory, and Chiefs fans were not celebrating.

“I don’t think he realizes how far he’s come,” Prewitt says.

There is still far to go. Alabama failed to win the SEC championship for the first time in Fitzpatrick’s career. A dozen players left for the NFL last year, including six defensive starters, and the group that remained suffered injuries to three key linebackers. The rematch with Clemson, which will come on New Year’s Day in the Sugar Bowl, will pit the Tide against a surging team with the only defense that rivals its own. If Alabama prevails, Oklahoma or Georgia awaits.

And that’s just the next three weeks. Soon Fitzpatrick will have to decide whether to return for his senior year or declare for the NFL draft. The choice seems easy—he would be a top pick, putting him in line for an eight-figure deal—but he maintains he has not made it.

There still is, to some folks in Pittsburgh, worry about whether that much time off might lead the Steelers to being rusty against whomever they play in the AFC semis. Coach Mike Tomlin is not one of those concerned.

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Tom Savage’s season is over.

The Texans placed the fourth-year quarterback on injured reserve Saturday.

Savage has not played since suffering a concussion against the 49ers Dec. 10. He was hit by 49ers linebacker Elvis Dumervil on a third-down pass during the second quarter of a 26-16 loss at NRG Stadium. Savage briefly returned to the game before he was replaced by T.J. Yates for the remainder of the contest.

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After much deliberation and hesitation, the plaintiff reported the alleged rape to the San Jose Police Department in May 2016. According to the Mercury News, the District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and rejected it in 2016 for insufficient evidence.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday also includes claims of gender violence, infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

Hayne struggled to find his form with the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League following a stint with the 49ers. He is currently playing in Sydney with his original team, the Parramatta Eels.

The Packers have expressed an interest re-signing Guion, who started every game last at defensive tackle.This way, he’d have something on tape for NFL scouts to .It’s a different culture and I’m happy to be a part of it.If Schmidt actually did what people think he did, he didn’t seem to care all that much.

Yeah, says with a chuckle.Is there ever a circumstance where Sproles should have a heavier workload on the ground than Mathews?money better be there.Hill possesses the same type of physique, speed – he posted a time of 4 seconds the 40-yard dash – and skills as .

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