Month: May 2018

NFL approves sale of Panthers to David Tepper

The stage is set for David Tepper to complete his purchase of the Carolina Panthers.

Tepper previously owned a piece of the Steelers, which means he’d been vetted by the league before bidding on the Panthers and that helped make for a smooth trip through the approval process. The deal is expected to become official in July.

Arizona is the sole bidder to host Super Bowl LVII, and New Orleans is the sole bidder to host Super Bowl LVIII under the NFL’s new process for hand-picking potential host sites and negotiating directly with them.

Nashville is expected to be named host of the 2019 NFL draft at this week’s owners meetings in Atlanta, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Owners will vote on the two hosts after hearing their final pitches Wednesday at the league meetings in Atlanta, according to multiple sources. The news was first reported by the Sports Business Journal.

Both are expected to be approved, barring any surprises.

Byron Scott’s team had posted just one winning record in the previous seven seasons and hadn’t won a playoff game since May 4, 1994. The key transaction saw the Nets trade Stephon Marbury as part of a package to acquire Jason Kidd, who finished second in MVP voting.

It has been suggested that the Golden Knights benefited from a kinder expansion draft than their predecessors, but as ESPN’s Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski point out, the idea that people knew the Golden Knights were going to be good is revisionist history. This is a stunning achievement from an organization everybody was counting out before the campaign began, in an era when it should be tougher than ever to surprise fans.cowboys_032

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Brian Gutekunst expects Bryan Bulaga to remain with Packers

A recent report indicated that Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga refused to take a pay cut after being approached about doing so and that can often be a precursor to getting dropped off the roster altogether.

There’s been no roster move involving Bulaga in Green Bay, however, and General Manager Brian Gutekunst said at the conclusion of the draft on Saturday that he doesn’t plan on making one in the future. Bulaga tore his ACL last November, but Gutekunst said the team expects him back on the line once he’s healthy enough to play.

Hyde signed with Cleveland in free agency. Marcus Martin never quite took at center and is now a backup in Dallas. Chris Borland took—big time—but became the first marquee player of his era to proactively retire before 25 due to concussion concerns. (At the time, people worried if that would set a trend. So far, no. ) Remarkably, San Francisco’s six picks after Borland turned into notable contributors. However, none ever became difference-makers, and some disappointed after showing early signs of overachievement. Most importantly, none are still on the roster

We knew they were going to be like that, he said. We expected every game was going to be close, with the talent both teams have. We’re very similar teams. We both have great teams. We both have competitive players, and it’s really fun. I’ve been on both sides and I appreciate that.

Almost a quarter of the way through the 2018 baseball season, the Yankees and Red Sox were tied atop the American League East standings with 26-11 records after their showdown series at Yankee Stadium.

Bortles, 26, led the Jaguars to a 10-6 record and a berth in the AFC championship game last season. He signed a three-year, $54 million contract extension with the team in February.

Cora also echoed the sentiments of Yankees players and coaches about the playoff-like atmosphere at Yankee Stadium for the three-game series in the middle of May.

The first two wins of the series gave the Yankees eight straight victories overall, and the Red Sox manager knew any lapse could let the home team steal Thursday’s series finale.

After all, Cora and the rest of baseball saw the Yankees do it plenty over the past couple weeks.colts_027

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Report: Patriots cutting Antonio Garcia

The Patriots are parting ways with last year’s third-round pick.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Patriots are releasing offensive tackle Antonio Garcia with a failed-physical designation.

Garcia didn’t play last year because of blood clots in his lungs, spending the season on the non-football injury list. They traded up to take him 85th overall last year.

After the case was dismissed, Patricia surely fretted over the possibility that his future had been derailed by the false accusation. And he undoubtedly spent the last 22 years fearful that news of the indictment based on a false allegation would come to light. (He probably is relieved that can now stop worrying about it, issues caused by the disclosure notwithstanding.)

There’s a chance Patricia at some point in the past 22 years researched the question of whether employers can or can’t ask applicants about arrests/indictments. Most responsible employers will ask only about convictions. (Indeed, the NFL specifically advises teams not to ask incoming players about mere arrests.)

While Murray doesn’t have Mayfield’s arm strength or precision, he does boast home run speed, which, paired with bruising running back Rodney Anderson, could give the Sooners a devastating ground attack. And Murray can be a capable passer, which figures to only be enhanced by the return of wideouts Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb and emergence of Calcaterra as a flexed-out tight end.

Last season, as Mayfield’s backup, Murray completed better than 85 percent of his passes for 359 yards and rushed for another 142.

“We’re two totally different people,” Murray said of he and Mayfield. “But, obviously, he’s one of the best to ever do it here and in college football. It was great to watch him for however long I did. … I just keep grinding and proving myself every day.”

Stevens has endured almost perpetual roster change throughout his five seasons in green, but maybe nothing as jarring as last summer’s overhaul, which culminated with the Celtics dealing Thomas, Jae Crowder and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick to the Cavaliers in exchange for Irving.

So while Ainge shops for the groceries, Stevens is like a “Chopped” contestant whipping up all sorts of fancy dishes with the different ingredients he’s been presented. It’s a partnership that leaves Boston poised for a long and successful stay as a prime contender in the East.orioles_052

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