Patriots coach Bill Belichick shuts down talk on absent Tom Brady

The drama surrounding Tom Brady and the Patriots took another sharp turn Tuesday, when head coach Bill Belichick refused to talk about his starting quarterback.

After months of speculation regarding a possible retirement, Brady is expected to play for the Patriots next season. However, the five-time Super Bowl champion, who turns 41 in August, has not shown up for the Patriots’ organized team activities, and Belichick didn’t want to talk about absent players.

Both Brady and Gronkowski are expected to play for the Patriots in 2018, though retirement talk followed them all winter. It’s possible the two veterans are just resting their bodies until training camp, but Belichick doesn’t seem happy about the situation.

Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night, with the decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday if necessary. The home team has won every game so far in the series, and none has been closer than nine points.

LeBron James had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Love scored 14 for the Cavaliers, who are trying to reach the finals for the fourth consecutive season. James has played to the end in seven straight seasons.

The Celtics opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter and nursed it the rest of the way, holding on through a four-minute scoring drought that saw Cleveland score nine straight points to cut the deficit to 83-71. But Terry Rozier hit Horford with an alley-oop to snap the skid, and that was as close as the Cavs would get.

James seemed to tire in the fourth, scoring just two points on four shots. He finished 1-for-6 from 3-point range in the game; the Cavaliers made just 9 of 34 attempts from beyond the arc and shot just 42 percent overall.
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He started his college career at East Carolina, completing 7 of 11 passes for 57 years in three injury-plagued seasons, before transferring to Charlotte.
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LeBron James was naturally a part of it; he operated with much more ease as the Celtics’ defense had to extend to cover the 3-point shooting. James had 19 points and six assists in the first half as the Cavs built a huge lead. He finished with 27 points and 12 assists, making 8 of 12 shots.

When James runs up those assist totals and doesn’t need as many shots, the Cavs are clicking — and probably making 3-pointers. But he also was nicely engaged defensively, setting the tone early on by blocking a couple of shots and showing needed activity. The Celtics were 2-of-10 shooting with four turnovers when James was the primary defender.

As a group, even when things broke down, we just covered for one another, James said. We made them make extra passes. We made them make extra dribbles. We were flying around, and I just happened to be one of the guys on the floor that wanted to fly around, as well.

The Celtics shot just 38 percent over three quarters before garbage time commenced, as they lacked the movement and vigor of the games in Boston. None of their key contributors was active, especially the backcourt of Rozier and Jaylen Brown, who were a combined 8-of-20 shooting.

The Panthers waived him in February, and the Saints claimed him off waivers.

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The Cavaliers shot 12-of-19 off James’ passes in Game 3, including 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc, per ESPN Stats & Information. Thirteen of those 19 shots were uncontested looks for a Cleveland team that generated a mere 12 uncontested shots off James passes through the first two games.

What’s more, James notched assists for seven different teammates, matching a season high.

I can tell you just from right off the top of my head, there was a lot of breakdown defensively for our group, Horford said. We didn’t have that the first two games. It’s something that we need to address and be better Monday if we want to have any sort of chance of winning.

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Kelly was arrested along with then-University of Tennessee teammate Will Ignont after police found marijuana in their car during a traffic stop last October. Kelly was driving the car and, per the Knoxville News Sentinel, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession charge in Knoxville on Tuesday.

Rockies starter Chad Bettis allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked three, including Puig with the bases loaded in the first to force in the Dodgers’ second run. The right-hander’s four wins this season have all come on the road.

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) threw a 30-pitch bullpen and will continue to do so to keep his arm in shape. When he’s not throwing, Hill’s finger is left Keith Magnuson Womens Jersey uncovered for the blister to heal. … Clayton Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) will throw a bullpen Wednesday and a simulated game on Saturday with some of his teammates facing him.
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Worrilow signed with the Eagles as a free agent this offseason. He spent last season with the Lions and was a member of the Falcons for his first four NFL seasons.

For one night at least, there was a lot to like for the Baltimore Orioles.

Machado, Jones and Trumbo homered, helping Andrew Cashner and the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Monday.

Today was a total team win, Jones said. When we play fundamentally sound baseball like that, things tend to happen.

Machado hit a line drive to left field in the fourth inning for his 15th homer, moving into a tie for the major league lead with Boston’s Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. Trumbo connected in the fifth against Hector Santiago, and Jones went deep in the sixth after leaving Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Red Sox due to an illness.

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Take offseason prop bets with a grain of salt. Oddsmakers are banking on Darnold to ride the pine longer than the others because of Josh McCown’s presence. While it’s true that there’s no reason to rush Darnold into the starting lineup, he’ll be under center Week 1 if he proves to the coaches that he can handle the load.

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According to a police report obtained by NFL.com, the arresting officer was alerted to two men, one of whom was Kirk, by a man lying down in a van allegedly damaged by a rock thrown by Kirk and his friend. The man then observed Kirk and his friend throwing rocks at other cars and semi-trucks.

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I think there is some of the ebb and flow of a season of hitting and those things are going to kind of happen, the manager said. I think Miggy — without getting too wonky with it — when he’s in sync with how he loads with his bat and everything, when that’s on point, he’s electric offensively.

So I think sometimes maybe that gets a little out of whack. What I’ve seen though, through this, when he’s not on fire like he was or hitting all the extra base hits, I’m still seeing a lot of really competitive at-bats. I’m seeing him with still the ability to lay off pitches outside the zone that they’re trying to get him to chase as a young player, making that adjustment to him.

Andujar has seen his batting average drop from.300 through his first 20 games to.271, or a 29-point fall, come Friday. Over his last 10 games, he’s hit.211 with a.441 OPS — no extra-base hits.

After hitting three homers from April 17 through April 23, he’s hit none.

He said he watched the Texans’ most recent five games from last season and has been studying the playbook to enter camp as prepared as possible. ”I kind of have a feel for how this process goes before having even gone through it,” Reid said. ”It’s still different going through it myself for the first time, but it is nice for having that rough road map and having a feel for how these things go.”

And if either it was really hidden or he wasn’t super thorough, I could see how this could happen.

The Lions use an employment background screening company that conducts background checks on all hires, and that firm produced a report on Patricia during the hiring process that did not include any reference to his Texas arrest.

It’s unclear what, if any, information the firm uncovered about the case while vetting Patricia, but when the Lions went back to examine why they only recently learned about the incident, they discovered that Massachusetts employment law prevents the screening company from providing, or them from using as part of their employment decision, information about an arrest, indictment or conviction more than seven years old.

Because Patricia was a resident of Massachusetts at the time of his hiring, the Lions were subject to those laws as well as other local and federal regulations.

(We) always (do) the right thing in our employment practices, including background checks, interview questions, employment practices at all levels, whether it’s a player, coach or executive, Lions president Rod Wood said Friday.colts_010

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I thought this was the best football move for me, Anderson said. The style that Carolina likes to play definitely fits my style and my game.

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As it stands, Browns head coach Hue Jackson is standing by Tyrod Taylor as their starting quarterback. It appears that even though the Browns loved Mayfield at the top selection, the Browns recognize the rookie needs time to adjust to a pro-style offense.

It has been reported that Mayfield has been under center more in two days of rookie minicamp than the three full seasons spent at Oklahoma.
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While Mayfield is receiving a crash course playing under center instead of shotgun, it’s likely that Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley won’t rely upon the formation as much in the regular season. Still, Mayfield is committed to mastering it.

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When Cousins is engaged, he can be a plus defender — smart and intimidating, with quick hands. He snares lots of steals, pops up near the top of the league’s deflections and charges drawn leaderboards every season, and jostles with behemoth centers so Davis doesn’t have to. If Davis wants Cousins back, the Pelicans will be in a tricky spot.

Davis and Holiday have durability issues in the rearview mirror. Davis has played 75 games in each of the past two seasons, but he leads the league in injury scares. Holiday appears to be over his leg problems. But the Pelicans barely made the playoffs, and the West will be loaded again next season. Without Cousins, they have very little margin to absorb even a 20-game absence of Holiday or Davis. Another guy capable of carrying an offense is a hedge against those durability issues popping up again.

At the top, to no surprise, are the 5-1 Eagles, following by the 6-1 Packers. The Vikings and Rams each have 7-1 odds of making it to the Super Bowl.

The presence of two NFC North teams in the top four surely influences the lack of confidence in the Bears. The presence of the Falcons and Panthers in the NFC South likely has contributed to the surprising lack of faith in the Saints, who surprisingly are at 10-1.

Vegas believes in the 49ers, moving then to 11-1, with the Seahawks dropped all the way to 20-1.

What do these numbers mean for the teams? Plenty, if they can help a coach fashion a narrative of disrespect.

That third year would make most teams think harder. But it’s possible circumstances have aligned for the Pelicans to retain Cousins on a shorter deal they could trade if they want to reshape their roster around Davis.

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The Cardinals officially signed fullback Derrick Coleman, requiring them to make a corresponding roster move.
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To make room, Arizona cut running back Bronson Hill.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts released a joint statement Wednesday saying they will continue to assess the commission’s suggestions on draft eligibility rules.

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Another change to the current process suggested by the commission would be enabling high school and college players to sign with certified agents before deciding on whether to enter the NBA draft.

Grant caught 99 passes while at Rutgers, but his best chance of making it with Baltimore may come in the return game. Grant returned five kickoffs and three punts for touchdowns during his college years and left Rutgers as the school鈥檚 all-time leader in kickoff return yards.

Humphrey had 13 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss at Shepherd last year.

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It’s a part of the game that he’s not very used to.

In late February, when the young outfielder did a spring training media session with his cap sitting loosely atop his head and the brim pointing toward the sky, it sparked a firestorm in which the club made it clear that they’d prefer Acuna to wear his lid differently. Even Andruw Jones (the former Atlanta center fielder and five-time All-Star who debuted at age 19 and is the obvious choice for those seeking a historical comp to Acuna) chimed in.

The Penguins won the Patrick Division during the regular season and finished seven points ahead of the Capitals.

The Penguins won the Patrick Division during the regular season and finished seven points ahead of the Capitals. But Washington, as is tradition, took Game 1 of the series in Pittsburgh. In Game 2, the Capitals roared back from a 5-3 deficit after two periods with three goals in 8:09 in the third period for a stunning 6-5 lead.

As we previously stated about hope preceding heartbreak, the Capitals tied Game 6 with 2:40 left to go at Mellon Arena on a Calle Johansson goal, seeking to push this back-and-forth affair into a Game 7. Instead, Martin Straka scored at 13:04 of overtime in soul-crushing fashion — stealing the puck from Sergei Gonchar at the Capitals’ blue line and beating Olaf Kolzig on a breakaway — to give the Penguins the series. Gonchar, clearly a Manchurian Candidate-like sleeper agent for Pittsburgh, would win the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.

Harold Landry, DE/LB, Boston College: It would only be fitting for the Matt Patricia era in Detroit to kick off with a pick from the New England area. What Landry lacks in a strength he makes up for with his explosive burst and top-notch elasticity.

James Daniels, C, Iowa: The interior of Cincinnati’s offensive line is still in disrepair, and Daniels can serve as a stabilizing force for years.

Will Hernandez, G, Texas El-Paso: Richie Incognito’s retirement means the Bills are now without their three best starters from last year’s offensive line. The powerful Hernandez would open holes for LeSean McCoy, who last year averaged less than 4 yards per carry for the first time in his career.

Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame: With Nate Solder gone, New England could try to scrape by at left tackle with LaAdrian Waddle and Tony Garcia, last year’s third-round pick who missed the entire season with blood clots in his lungs. But the better tactic might be to grab McGlinchey to keep the pressure off Brady (and his eventual successor). 

Marcus Morris, Celtics forward: “It happens. I think everybody probably thought the game was over with 0.5 [seconds] left. We guarded the 3-point line, he got a long 3 and made it.”

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According to Jon Heyman of FRS Sports Network, the Dodgers were among the teams to have interest in a Machado trade during the offseason.

While the idea of the Orioles (8-20 heading into play on May 1) selling at the deadline and shipping Machado away to the highest bidder is no surprise, the Dodgers could represent a real threat to the Yankees and Phillies bidding on the 25-year-old next winter.

If, say, the Dodgers land Machado, make a big run and go deep into the playoffs with the impending free agent, there’s at least a chance Machado could want to stay in Los Angeles long term.

With the money to afford almost any free agent, the Dodgers have been linked to all three of the huge names that will hit the market after the 2018 season: Machado, Bryce Harper and of course Clayton Kershaw ( the current Dodgers ace ).

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Tomlinson, 26, was made the No. 28 pick in the 2015 draft by the Lions. He started the first two years of his career at left guard for the Lions and served in the same capacity for the Niners after coming over in a trade last summer. Tomlinson missed the 2017 season opener, but played in the next 15 games.

Last year, Tomlinson earned the best marks of his career from Pro Football Focus.

Newly signed Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis wasted no time taking a parting shot at his former team, the Washington Redskins, and expressing joy over landing with an NFC East rival.

When the team you were on didn’t appreciate you but the team you played against actually pays attention to the film… Francis captioned a photo on his Instagram account.

The Giants signed Francis on Wednesday, as general manager Dave Gettleman continues to rebuild and add depth to a roster that finished 3-13 last season. Francis, 27, recorded 18 tackles in six games with Washington last season.

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