Cavs hoping Kendrick Perkins can provide veteran presence, sources say

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“The Alliance offers a unique opportunity to get back into coaching, this time for a spring season, and work closely with hungry, talented athletes looking to begin, revive or extend their professional careers,” Spurrier said per AAF.com.

“The fact I can do this in Orlando makes it that much sweeter. I’m fired up and ready to go.”

The AAF is scheduled to begin in 2019, after the NFL’s Super Bowl.

This will not be Spurrier’s first foray into professional coaching. Spurrier coached the Redskins in 2002 and 2003 and the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL for three seasons in the 1980s (1983-1985). He was 12-20 with the Redskins.

Kapler, also in his first season with the Phillies, has already come under scrutiny for several unorthodox moves in Philadelphia’s first seven games this season.

The manager drew the ire of fans on Opening Day when, with Philadelphia holding a 5-0 lead, he pulled starter Aaron Nola in the fifth inning after he had thrown 68 pitches in a game that the Phillies ultimately lost 8-5.

Arrieta struggled in the first inning Sunday afternoon, allowing three runs on three hits, including a solo home run.

But the former Cy Young Award winner settled down after his opening frame. He finished with five strikeouts and two walks while allowing three runs (two earned) in four innings. He retired 10 of his last 11 hitters.

Minnesota has two home games remaining against Memphis and Denver, and with Butler back just in time. Butler hit 7-of-10 shots and had four steals in 22 minutes against the Lakers (34-45).

The veteran guard said he felt winded at times and perhaps that showed when the 86.5 percent free throw shooter missed 4 of 8 attempts from the line.

“I gamble a lot on defense, I got lucky enough to get two early [steals] and [felt] winded a little bit, missed some free throws but other than that I felt pretty solid,” Butler said of his return.

“… We need them all,” Butler later added of each remaining game. “We need them all. We are not satisfied with just this one. We got a team that we haven’t beaten this year on Monday in Memphis. They have been whupping our tail all year long.”

Su’a Cravens traded to Broncos from Redskins in exchange for draft picks, report says

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Safety Su’a Cravens has been traded to the Broncos in exchange for draft picks, according to a report from ESPN.

The Redskins traded Cravens to the Broncos for a fifth-round pick and they also swapped fourth- and fifth-round picks, per the report, which cited unidentified sources.

Cravens’ career has been filled with injuries and setbacks as the 22-year-old missed the entire 2017 season recovering from post-concussion syndrome. He was cleared in December to return to football, and he’s expected to return to full activities in 2018.

The Orioles recalled their top pitching prospect, Hunter Harvey, to fortify a weary bullpen. Harvey, the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, has not yet pitched in the majors.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 5.40 ERA) seeks his first win since July 14 in the second game of the series Tuesday night.

Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner (1-1, 4.09) makes his second home start with Baltimore. In his Orioles debut, he yielded three HRs in a loss to the Twins on March 31.

If the rule were implemented this past season, Rob Gronkowski would have been ejected for his cheap shot on Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White in December. Gronkowski was penalized but not ejected following the play.

Vincent said in December the NFL wants to use caution when ejecting players if the league is to implement a video-reviewed targeting rule similar to NCAA rules.

“We want the game to be played on the field. We don’t want to be in the business of ejecting players,” Vincent said. “The philosophy is if it gets out of their control, we do ask the referees to maintain control of the game. … But we really emphasize — let the players play.”

Cubs: SS Addison Russell was called back to Chicago to be examined after experiencing a setback in his recovery from a strained right foot. Russell was scratched from a rehab game with Triple-A Iowa because of soreness. … LHP Jon Lester (left lat tightness and shoulder fatigue) is scheduled to pitch Saturday against Atlanta after his 50-pitch bullpen session Wednesday went well.

Sports world remembers Sean Taylor on what would have been 35th birthday

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The sports world is remembering Sean Taylor on what would have been his 35th birthday.

The former Redskins and University of Miami safety died after being shot in the leg during a 2007 attempted robbery at his home at the age of 24. It’s been just over 11 years since Taylor’s tragic death, but he certainly left a legacy throughout his life and career.

Taylor was in conversations as one of the best players that ever played safety. He had the quickness of a cornerback and was the size of a strong-side linebacker in a rare combination of size, speed, strength and agility, and was a hard hitter.

Sporting News previously reported Olsen was interested in TV gig. During his bye week in November, Olsen called a game on Fox with Kevin Bukhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver. He was also part of ESPN’s Super Bowl coverage.

If Witten and Olsen both return to the playing field in 2018, Thomas could be the last man standing, said a source.

I’m not sure, Westbrook said when asked if it was Harden’s turn to win MVP. Obviously he’s having a good year, a great year. Their team has the best record in the NBA. I’m not sure.

Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Rockets on the road Saturday night 108-102. Westbrook had 24 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and four steals; Harden collected 26 points, nine assists and four boards.

Before the game, Westbrook acknowledged that Harden is the leading candidate for MVP but said he doesn’t have a choice for his successor.

Nah, I don’t have a pick, Westbrook said. There’s a lot of guys doing a lot of great things in the league. Honestly, I don’t know kind of what you go off of, because MVP’s kind of been picked differently every year. So it depends what criteria, what it is that you guys vote for. But obviously he’s leading the charge at the moment.

Nuggets beat Trail Blazers 88-82 for 6th straight win

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The Denver Nuggets are playing playoff-caliber basketball. One more win and they’ll be doing it for real.

Facing elimination and an 11-point deficit midway through the third quarter Monday night, the Nuggets rallied past the Portland Trail Blazers 88-82 for their sixth consecutive victory.

The Trail Blazers scored 25 points off 18 offensive rebounds but managed only one bucket and two offensive boards in the fourth quarter, when they were held to 13 points.

Jokic scored 15 points, pulled down a season-best 20 rebounds and had 11 assists. Will Barton added 22 points, leading a comeback from an 11-point third-quarter deficit.

“It was a playoff tuneup,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Both teams competed at a high level. I was proud of the way we defended, especially when you’re having trouble making shots. I’m actually encouraged by the way we played, the way we fought. If we get those looks most of the time we’re going to be in pretty good shape.”

Before Jones does that, he will have to complete his rehab from shoulder surgery in January. He was hurt making a tackle on special teams late in the regular season.

Boldin and Jenkins previously had led player delegations to Congress on similar issues. While Jenkins and other players have directly connected with city and state lawmakers before, this week represented a larger push for coalition members to reach out through every level of government, not just the very top. On Monday, Davis, the longtime Jets linebacker signed earlier this month by the Saints, visited the New York state capitol on the same topics.

Davis’ change of teams, meanwhile, served as a reminder that the business of the NFL tended to aid their cause of having players engaged on as many teams as possible. Torrey Smith, who teamed with Jenkins in coalition activities with the Eagles last season, is another example. He was traded to the Panthers last week, his fourth team, meaning there is a new group of players he can entice into being more active.

Raiders sign Armonty Bryant

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The Raiders have made their second addition to the defensive line this offseason.

The team announced on Friday that they have signed defensive end Armonty Bryant to a contract. Bryant joins Tank Carradine as the new faces up front for the Raiders.

Aside from the defensive issues that have plagued his team all season, what has to be very concerning for Thibodeau is the continued ineffectiveness of Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins scored just seven points on Monday, going 3-for-12 from the field. The Timberwolves simply need more from the 23-year-old swingman whom the team gave a max extension before the season began, especially with the season potentially hanging in the balance Wednesday.

For his part, Butler didn’t seem concerned about whatever might happen in the other games on Monday. He knows that the Timberwolves can handle their situation by beating the Nuggets on Wednesday night.

“What am I checking my phone for?” Butler said. “To see if a lady friend texted me? I’m not going to check my phone. I’m [going to] go eat. We’re in control of our own destiny. We got a game on Wednesday anyways. No matter what, we’re going in there to win.”

John still does, and it feels like Jim one day will return. For now, he’s the man at his alma mater, and also the man of a house that features a flock of school-age kids, and younger.

The clip that has generated the most attention since the show debuted on Friday has Harbaugh’s daughter getting an infected ear piercing inspected by team trainers.

“It may hurt a little bit,” Harbaugh tells her. “You’ve got to suck it up, Katie.”

Harbaugh’s wife, Sarah, didn’t appreciate that one.

“Jim, she’s six years old,” Sarah says. “You think he’s a 22-year-old player.”

Westbrook and George help Thunder over Rockets 108-102

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The Oklahoma City Thunder adopted a simple mantra for Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets with their playoff fate still up in the air.

“We just better not lose,” Paul George said.

For one night at least, it worked.

Former Jaguars S Donovin Darius will be speaking at the Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida’s 2018 Caregiver Expo.

“But obviously when you start looking down our bench with (Marcus) Morris and Guerschon (sore left knee) out, we’re pretty thin and pretty small. So we needed to give those guys a chance to make plays and I thought they did some good things. But, obviously, not enough to win the game.”

According to the Boston Globe, Stevens promised he was going to play his first unit major minutes against Washington given the playoff implications.

The Falcons signed Graham early in training camp last season. They waived the former Duquesne right tackle before the start of the season.

Collins signed with the Jaguars after the 2017 draft as an undrafted rookie free agent. Jacksonville cut him before training camp. The Rams signed him for training camp but waived him out of the preseason.

The assumption has been that Phil Hughes would be activated off the disabled list to start, but Molitor said there is also a plan “B and C, at least.” Molitor said Hughes will throw another side session on Tuesday and the team is keeping him on track for consideration on Friday.

Astros: OF Josh Reddick was held out with an illness. … Yuli Gurriel (left hand surgery) was expected to play first and third base in a rehab game at Double-A Corpus Christi on Monday, and he’s set to be the designated hitter there Wednesday.

Veteran attorney, Daniel Davillier, said that they are confident that Mr. Beckham has no legal liability to Mr. Temple, and they have no intention of giving in to what amounts to a shakedown attempt. “This guy claims somebody assaulted him to near death, but there’s no police report, no hospital record, no evidence of an actual injury, and he asserts that Odell is responsible. This is clearly a frivolous lawsuit. We’ll see him in court.”

Cardinals claim Alek Torgersen off waivers

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Quarterback Alek Torgersen was waived by the Lions after they signed Matt Cassel on Wednesday, but it didn’t take him long to find a new home in the NFL.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that Torgersen has been claimed off of waivers by the Cardinals. Torgersen joins Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon on the quarterback depth chart in Arizona.

“I was very juicy,” Ginobili joked.

Just four other players in NBA history have put together more double-digit scoring games than Ginobili in a season at age 40 or older (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish, John Stockton and Karl Malone). Another prune-juicy stat: both Ginobili and Michael Jordan have produced 29 double-digit scoring games at age 40 or older.

“I truly don’t know. I was just feeling good,”Ginobili said. “A couple of shots went in. I was feeling that type of rush, and that type of excitement, flow. I was trying to use it. I’m very happy that happened in a game like today, in an important moment; made me feel good. It helped the team get a lead.”

The Golden State Warriors waived forward Omri Casspi after their loss to New Orleans on Saturday, clearing a roster spot in order to make room for Quinn Cook to be on the playoff roster.

Kerr had said after the loss to the Pacers that “caring in general was the main problem.” Warriors star Kevin Durant disagreed with that assessment, saying after that game, “I think everybody in this locker room cares about playing ball. I disagree with that, but I understand what he’s doing.”

Durant responded Saturday by scoring a game-high 41 points against the Pelicans, including 19 in the third quarter, but he had a costly turnover in the final minute that helped the Pelicans seal the win.

Baker Mayfield says he’s being pressured to attend draft

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Former Oklahoma quarterback and 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield made it clear in February that he won’t be attending the NFL draft. The NFL apparently isn’t taking “I won’t be attending” for an answer.

pearing on SiriusXM’s Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, Mayfield said he’s being pressured to show up. Here’s the full exchange on the issue of the draft, as distributed by SiriusXM.

Mayfield doesn’t specify who “they” is. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, a formal invitation wasn’t extended to Mayfield due to his prior statement that he won’t be showing up.

That’s when another scenario could unfold if Watt is healthy enough in 2018 to stay on the field for 16 games (or close to it) but does not return to dominance. It would involve the difficult task for Gaine to approach Watt and ask the player to accept a restructured contract with a pay cut.

The 27-year-old is coming off a torn Achilles in December so it’s unclear if he’ll be ready to participate in anyone’s camp, but it won’t be in Los Angeles. He was scheduled to make $3 million this season, so that space will help pay some of the pending bills.

Trudeau visited victims and families at a hospital in Saskatoon earlier in the day. At the vigil, Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench thanked former members of the Swift Current Broncos, a junior hockey team that was involved in a deadly accident in the 1980s, for also visiting players in the hospital.

At Elgar Petersen Arena, a ring of flowers was placed at center ice, and more flowers and pictures of those killed lined the front of the stage. The service began with a singing of “O Canada,” followed by several prayers, readings of scriptures and a moment of silence after the singing of “Amazing Grace.”

The arena features 1,854 spectator seats. The doors were supposed to officially open at 6 p.m. local time, one hour before the ceremony began. But by 5:30, organizers said, the arena was full, and they opened the adjacent curling rink as well as the gym at the high school for overflow seating of mourners wearing green and white Broncos jerseys. The town of Humboldt, with a population of roughly 6,000, is about an hour east of Saskatoon.

Broncos hope Case Keenum’s ‘dream come true’ ends their QB nightmare

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Case Keenum says Minnesota’s NFC title game loss to Philadelphia last season left “a considerably big-sized hole in me that left me hungry.”

When it comes to filling their own void at quarterback, the Broncos are starving.

Both sides must now feed off each other to get what they want — the Lombardi Trophy. Shortly after Keenum inked his new two-year, $36 million contract, Broncos football czar John Elway proclaimed, “We got our guy” during an introductory Friday news conference.

Keenum spent his first two NFL seasons in 2012 and ’13 in Houston under Gary Kubiak, who was added to the personnel department in January. Keenum acknowledged Kubiak “obviously gave me my shot in this league so I owe him a lot.” Kubiak, though, isn’t the only familiar face from Keenum’s days with the Texans. Broncos coach Vance Joseph was in charge of Houston’s secondary during Keenum’s two seasons there.

“His meeting room was right across from us in the quarterback room,” said Keenum, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent despite setting the all-time FBS records for career passing yards (19,217), completions (1,546) and passing touchdowns (155) while playing for the Houston Cougars.

“We had some great conversations that really helped me quite a bit as a young guy trying to lead a team,” Keenum said. “I’m excited to work with him.”

“There’s a couple of times on tape in a game where he’ll get up to the line of scrimmage and he’ll communicate with his offensive line,” Orlovsky said. “It looks like he’s changing your protection or setting your protection one way. . . .

It seems like he doesn’t have a plan and a process, and to get to the NFL level and to not be able to do the little things — if you can’t do the little things, you can’t do the big things. The little things are your plan and your process. The big things are executing against what happens. And so it just seems like he doesn’t have that as part of his DNA, as part of his quarterbacking. And that for me I go, ‘Well, what does it matter how big he is, how athletic he is if you could throw it to the moon, the field’s a hundred yards.’ To not be able to adjust or react to a [weakside] linebacker blitzing is alarming to me. Alarming.”

Cowboys’ Garrett: Dak Prescott knows he has to get better

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is impressed by what quarterback Dak Prescott has accomplished thus far in his career, but he says the soon-to-be 25-year-old still has room for improvement. He’s done a lot of good things, but he knows, we know, everybody knows he’s got to get better, Garrett said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, according to Todd Archer of ESPN. One of the exciting things about him is he has such a determination to get better every day…. I think he has to work on the physical part. The fundamentals have to continue to be refined. And that’s everybody.

Wide receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson have been added via free agency in an effort to help Prescott and the passing game this season, and make the Cowboys’ offense more balanced. Garrett will get his chance to start preparing Prescott and his new receiving options when offseason workout programs open on April 16. Now, does he have to get better at everything Absolutely. And we’re working very hard with him on that. We’re excited to get back with him in the middle of April and get back to work, said Garrett.

Perhaps that’s because a Beckham trade is such a steep investment in terms of draft resources, contract value and publicity. A more realistic return, several league executives suggested to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, would be a pair of second-round picks or something in that neighborhood — as opposed to multiple first-round picks.

Absent a godfather offer from another team, Beckham will be catching passes from Eli Manning this season.

Unless Gettleman is bluffing in a high-stakes leverage game.

We have had a lot of dialogue. I felt maybe Wednesday of last week I thought it was not going to happen. I mean, they had already cut deals, which is very public, with two other franchises, but nothing had been consummated in terms of approval. So I every now and then just touched in with Michael, and as of Wednesday I felt it was not something that was going to happen. I just said, Hey, I’ll see you in Orlando. Good luck with how this process plays out. And then he reengaged me Thursday, I believe it was, and then we had a deal like we were going back and forth up through Thursday night and cut a deal late, late Thursday night with a lot of different — his asks weren’t workable. My requests or offers weren’t workable. We finally concluded with what we have here.