Given an out, USC quarterback Sam Darnold declined to move up his throwing session at his school’s pro day on Wednesday, choosing instead to throw under a steady rain in front of a throng of NFL decision-makers.
I don’t think it would have been fair to change the schedule with all of the other guys training for the pro day, Darnold said. So I just wanted my guys to be comfortable — my teammates — that was first and foremost.
Darnold said he has a couple visits lined up before the draft in April, but he did not disclose the teams.
Sam is not the kid you speed date; he’s the kid you marry. … People will fall in love the more they get to know him.
Darnold did not throw at the NFL scouting combine in February. However, he said it was important to answer questions about his throwing mechanics at his pro day, and he believes he’s worthy of the No. 1 overall pick.
I feel like I’m definitely capable of going No. 1, Darnold said. What the Browns are doing right now is really good. They’ve got a lot of good pieces right now. I think going there and being able to lead the way I lead and play the way I play, I think it would be a good situation.
The team also agreed to a three-year deal to keep linebacker Brock Coyle, who started 10 games last season before undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.
General manager John Lynch said McKinnon and Richburg were both high on the team’s priority list in free agency and he was glad to be able to lock both of them up as soon as the new league year started.
We see Weston as one of the top young interior offensive linemen in the NFL,Lynch said. His athleticism, intelligence and attitude are a perfect fit for our scheme. Jerick has proven to be an extremely versatile football player whose speed, elusiveness and tackle-breaking ability make him a very difficult matchup for defenses. We can’t wait to get them on the field with their teammates and coaches later this spring.
Tim Tebow is moving up in the baseball world.
The former NFL quarterback was promoted to St. Lucie of the Advanced A League after several months with the Columbia Fireflies, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced.
“It’s not like he’s tearing up the league, but at the same time all of the indications are positive in terms of various things we look at — chase rates and exit velocity,” Alderson said, via ESPN. “The bottom line is the average isn’t there, but he’s improving.”
Tebow was batting .222 with three home runs, 23 RBIs and a .311 OPS with the Fireflies. He also had 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 212 at-bats.
Tebow signed with the Mets in September and was sent to Columbia as an outfielder, where he committed seven errors in 58 chances this season.
Both guards finished among the top 40 NBA rookies in games played this season, even despite spending time in the D-League. Baker was assigned to the Westchester Knicks six times last season, and VanVleet was assigned 16 times to the Raptors 905, according to Basketball Reference, as both players bounced between the NBA and the NBA D-League, which has been renamed the NBA Gatorade League (G-League).
Undrafted players who move between the two leagues can benefit from the creation of “two-way” contracts, which were agreed to in December 2016 by the NBA and NBA Players Association in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players who sign two-way contracts are guaranteed a baseline salary of $75,000, with the ability to earn up to $275,000, depending on how much time they spend in the NBA. That’s Cheap Ireland Jerseys a significant pay raise over regular D-League players who make $26,000 or $19,500, depending on their Cheap Ice Hockey Jerseys classification as a Level A or Level B player.
The Red Sox get another gentle reminder of one of their worst blunders in franchise history this week when the contract sending Babe Ruth from Boston to the Yankees goes up for auction.
The priceless artifact, one of the most scared in baseball, is being sold by auctioneer Lelands.com. The copy once owned by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee last sold for $996,000 in 2005.
Mariners shortstop Jean Segura already spent part of this season on the disabled list and it appears the reigning NL hits leader could be headed back after suffering a right ankle injury Thursday.
Segura was thrown out at second base on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth against the Rockies and injured his ankle on the feet-first slide. He had to be helped off the field by trainers.
Taylor Motter replaced Segura in the lineup while Boog Powell took over from Nelson Cruz in the DH spot after the slugger got hit in the left hand by 89-mph cutter from Kyle Freeland in the third inning. Cruz initially stayed in the game, but
The Mariners have not yet announced the extent of either injury.
The 24-year-old Nationals right fielder looks on his way to his second National League MVP award, hitting .349 with a 194 OPS+ entering Tuesday while putting himself on pace for 49 home runs and 139 RBIs. His Nationals have been similarly effective, jumping out to a 26-17 record. They might be the team to beat in the senior circuit.
Quietly, Mike Trout has been almost as good or slightly better than Harper, depending on one’s view of sabermetrics. Trout’s raw numbers are slightly worse than Harper’s — .343 batting average and three fewer RBIs entering Tuesday — and his Angels have struggled, though Trout bests Harper in OPS+ and WAR. In fact, Trout’s topped Harper for OPS+ and WAR every season except 2015.
UCLA cornerback and NFL prospect Fabian Moreau had surgery Wednesday for a torn pectoral muscle, ESPN.com reported, citing an unidentified source.
Moreau was at UCLA’s pro day Tuesday when the injury occurred on the bench press, according to the report.
His exact timetable for recovery is unclear, but he is projected be healthy for July’s training camps.
Originally, the injury was described to NFL.com as a little strain, and UCLA coach Jim Mora downplayed the injury’s severity.
Your San Francisco quarterback — I’m sure nobody’s ever heard of him, Trump began to a series of boos toward Kaepernick. There was an article today, it was reported, that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.
I said, ‘If I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky — because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.
Bleacher Report spoke to an unnamed AFC general manager — not owner, as Trump claimed — on Friday who said some teams fear the backlash from fans and Trump while others flat-out don’t like him in the aftermath of his anthem controversy last season.
Kaepernick reportedly plans to stand for the national anthem next season, but it likely won’t stop heedless comments from Trump.