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George shot it a little better against the Rockets, then a little better against the Miami Heat two nights later, and then shredded the Grizzlies for 40 points on 13-of-20 shooting on the final night of the regular season.

The defending Super Bowl champion has had the privilege of beginning the following season with a Thursday home game since 2004. (In 2012, the season opener was played on a Wednesday, and in 2013, the Ravens were sent on the road to Denver for the first game because of a conflict with Major League Baseball.)

I know some of our players in the NFL have talked about this, and I see it firsthand; it’s just wrong and we have to find a way to correct it, Kraft said about the justice system after visiting Mill. If he was serious, he’d do more than talk and highlight a single injustice. Kraft would use his position to make it clear that no one who decides to peacefully protest to bring about the reform Kraft says he desires will be punished harshly under his watch. Given that he owns a team led by a 40-year-old quarterback and traded away the seeming heir apparent, Kraft should sign Kaepernick, which would help his football team. And it would help push for equality in the criminal justice system that Kraft seems to agree is urgently needed.

Without meaningful action, Kraft appears to be just a powerful white man who makes public gestures to befriend some members of an oppressed group while doing nothing to help them. It’s not enough for a man like Kraft to visit a popular rapper in prison and say a few pretty words about the need for equality and reform. He can do more, much more. And he must.

Daniel Wallach, a sports gaming expert, said that despite losing six previous decisions in the case, New Jersey has never been in a better place in the federal court than it is today.

Griffin’s first injury in the NFL came in a December 2012 game against the Ravens when Haloti Ngata hit Griffin on a scramble. Griffin, then with Washington, partially tore the PCL in his right knee. He tore the ACL in the same knee during the postseason.

He insists he has learned his lesson and become more knowledgeable about the game along the way.

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There could be a pitch to keep Pugh, who will not cost what Norwell did but could command a contract averaging $8 million-$10 million per year, as he has started games at guard and tackle but missed eight games last season with a back injury. Fluker played well after moving into the starting lineup at right guard until a toe injury landed him on injured reserve.

Potentially interested teams include the Jets, Texans, 49ers, Raiders, and Colts. As many as six or seven teams are expected to pursue Lewis.

A fifth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011, he arrived in New England after stints in Philly, Cleveland, and Indy. His best year by far came in 2017, with 896 rushing yards (an average of five yards per attempt) and 214 receiving yards. He had six rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns.

Stewart, who spent 10 years with the Panthers, visited the Giants on Tuesday and did not leave without a contract agreement. He saw familiar faces in Mike Shula, the Giants’ new offensive coordinator, who filled that role for the Panthers, and Gettleman, the general manager in Carolina for four years.

Stewart, released Feb. 28 by the Panthers, turns 31 next Wednesday and is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry; he should not be considered the No. 1 back and he is not a pass-catching threat, something head coach Pat Shurmur prefers with his running backs.

It happens. It’s football, Guice said. . . . This past season, injuries sucked. But you have to fight through it and keep going.

Guice reminds scouts of Marshawn Lynch. The Raiders list Lynch at 5-11, 215 pounds. Guice measured 5-11 and weighed 224, 6 pounds heavier than he played last season.

Guice sees himself when he watches Lynch.

Beastmode. Skittle Man, Guice said when asked whose style he tries to duplicate. I see anger, man. I see somebody who refuses to go down. When I run, I really think about him every time. And when I go back and watch him, I’m like, ‘Man, I really run like this dude, man. It’s crazy.’

Growing up, my favorite running back was Reggie Bush, and as I got older and started really studying running backs, I was like, ‘Man, Beastmode reminds me a lot of myself.’ So that’s who I like to watch a lot nowadays.

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Chris Ballard On Andrew Luck’s Participation In Offseason Workouts: ‘We’ll Ease Him Along’

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts have always preached a patient, by-the-book approach to the quarterback’s rehab from shoulder surgery.

That won’t change come April 9, when Luck and his teammates report back to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis for the start of the team’s offseason workout program.

While the first few weeks of the program consists of strictly weight room and conditioning work, the Colts will eventually find themselves on the practice field conducting individual, positional and, later, team drills, which could be Luck’s first time doing team work since briefly returning to practice in October before being shut down for the year and placed on Injured Reserve.

Now with a focus on a more intense rehab regimen, Luck spent a couple months in the Netherlands seeking treatment, and once the Colts’ season ended, he headed to California to work with noted throwing expert Tom House.

He’ll be involved he wants to be with his teammates, he wants to be involved in the offense,Ballard said. He was just in town this last weekend for four days; it was great to see him, he looks great. So he will be involved, and we’ll ease him back in.

Of course, even if you move up in the draft, there’s no guarantee you’re going to select the right person. With six quarterbacks possibly being selected in the first round, history says that most of them are probably going to fizzle out. As a matter of fact, the last time there were just five quarterbacks taken in the first round, that didn’t really work out well for anyone except the Eagles, as Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, Akilii Smith, Daunte Culpepper and Cade McNown were all taken in the opening round of the 1999 draft.

So with six potential first-round quarterbacks available in the draft next month, who has the chance to be the most impactful in the NFL?

Our Bill Reiter asked that exact question to Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on Wednesday, and let’s just say there’s one guy who Watson would definitely take over the rest of the pack.

The first guy who pops to my mind is Lamar Jackson, Watson said during an interview on CBS Sports HQ’s Reiter’s Block. I feel like whatever team decides to pick him, he’s going to get in there and surprise a lot of coaches, and also, a lot teammates.

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Report: Raiders may cut Michael Crabtree, Marshawn Lynch

Despite comments from Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie and coach Jon Gruden that indicated receiver Michael Crabtree and running back Marshawn Lynch were in the plans for 2018, both could be gone before the regular season.

That’s the word from Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who reports that both players are in flux and could be out of Oakland this year.

Solder has 95 career NFL starts and instantly become the best player on the Giants offensive line which Flowers never achieved, despite his lofty draft status.

Veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, waived recently by the Panthers, signed a two-year deal with the Giants and before he did, he had no knowledge the Giants were on the verge of opening the coffers for a new left tackle.

That’s exciting, Stewart said. It is definitely trending up and I think having Dave there is the reason why they’ve been good in the past and he knows how to put teams together and it seems like he’s doing a good job so far.

He is waiting for an MRI to confirm, but Price is believed to have torn a pectoral muscle, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports.

Price, one of 11 Ohio State players participating in the combine this week, was projected as a first-round choice by some draft analysts. The injury, though, obviously could affect his draft stock.

At 24, I knew I was not ready to be taken care of. I wanted to struggle on my own. I wanted to have to eat cheap, tasteless, frozen dinners. And more importantly, I wanted to pursue a career that I could be proud of.

It’s almost impossible to make that work when you live in a few different cities throughout the year, following your partner around from one game to the next. Compromise is hard, and there’s always one person who has to give up a little more than the other.

I just wasn’t willing to compromise anymore. I wanted to put my aspirations and goals first and, unfortunately, that meant leaving Minnesota forever.

It wasn’t easy moving on, but I left because I had always been driven to make my own mark in this world, to learn from and grow in the struggles that I believed were necessary if I was to be the true me.

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Report: Billy Price is believed to have torn pec in combine bench press

Billy Price never left the field at Ohio State, breaking Luke Fickell’s school record for most consecutive starts with 55.

But the offensive lineman made it through only three reps in the 225-pound bench press Thursday.

When I say it that way, it sounds a little stupid, I guess. But years later, I can see that I made the right choice.

Battling with the most powerful programs in the country, Johnson beat out national championship coaches John Calipari and Bill Self to land the players necessary to make the leap.

Honestly, he just told me that he believed in me, Sexton said. That was big, because nobody else really like knew what I could do. He was one of the first few coaches that came and started recruiting me pretty hard, so I feel like from Day 1, he knew what I could do, and we just built that trust.

Johnson trusted Sexton when the coach put the season in his freshman’s hands and told him to race up the floor, watching his star guard deliver a buzzer-beater against Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament.

If the shot had missed, Alabama probably would have been in the NIT right now.

But one player can change a program. One coach, too.

The issue is the players’ salaries: Crabtree has a cap hit of $7.7 million this season, while Lynch has a cap hit of nearly $6 million and could earn more in performance incentives. The Raiders would like to have both players back, but not necessarily at those prices.

Lynch has a roster bonus of $1 million due on March 18, so the Raiders may need to decide on his status soon. There’s more time to decide on Crabtree’s status. But decisions will need to be made on both players at some point in the months ahead, and those decisions won’t be as easy as McKenzie and Gruden suggested.

You have to show that you’ve learned and grown over the years. You have to own your mistakes. I’m trying to show who I really am, not who I’m trying to be, because I don’t want them to draft someone they think they’re getting and then not to get that guy. I think that’s also what your teammates want. Your teammates don’t want a fake shell of yourself. Teammates want you to be you every single day, so that you’re that reliable rock that they can count on.

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Saints G.M. on Drew Brees: He’s going to be a New Orleans Saint

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis didn’t want to get into any of the particulars of the negotiations with Drew Brees.

But like everyone else involved in the process, he’s confident a deal will be reached before his quarterback becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Pat Shurmur  got an up close and personal look at Sam Darnold during USC’s Pro Day on Wednesday, after the Giants  met with the top quarterback prospect prior to his workout.

According to report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter , Darnold had dinner with the Giants on Monday and the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.

However, the Giants might not get a chance at Darnold, as the Cleveland Browns own the No. 1 overall pick and could invest it in the Southern Cal. product and met with him as well.

It was awesome, Darnold said during an appearance on NFL Network of his meetings with the Browns, Giants, and Jets , who are the owners of the top-three picks in next month’s NFL Draft. Just being the best version of myself is what I strive for. I think I did a nice job of that today, and these past few days when I’ve been meeting with teams.

The one thing scouts need to learn about Darnold they won’t learn by him throwing against air.

He had 22 interceptions and 21 fumbles in 27 starts at USC.

In regards to turning the ball over, the No. 1 priority of a quarterback is to protect the football, Darnold said. I’m aware of that, and I’m aware how much I turn the ball over and that it’s not OK. I’ve been addressing it this offseason. I’ve been working on keeping two hands [on the ball] in the pocket at all times. The only time I let go of the ball is to throw it. That’s something I’ve really been working on. And also keeping it tight whenever I tuck it and run.Report: Handful of teams see Teddy Bridgewater as potential starter

The NFL hasn’t made anything official yet, but signs continue to point to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater becoming an unrestricted free agent on March 14 rather than having his contract with the Vikings toll for another season.

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Not tagged in 2018, Kirk Cousins likely will never be tagged again

Washington applied the franchise tag to quarterback Kirk Cousins in 2016 and 2017. Washington chose not to tag Cousins again in 2018, for one very important reason.

By rule, Cousins would have received a 44-percent increase over his 2017 salary, if tagged a third time. For Cousins, that would have pushed his one-year pay from $23.94 million to $34.47 million.

The 6-4, 225-pound Bergen Catholic  (Oradell, N.J.) tight end is the brother of Rutgers second-year linebacker Brendan Devera, who made an impact on the backs in 2017 as a true freshman.

Devera migrated to deep into North Jersey Tuesday to N.J. Sports House in Oakland, where the entire Rutgers staff watched upwards of 60 prospects from the region workout.

I got there, I talked to a couple coaches, coach (Vince) Okruch, coach (Chris) Ash. Then we started to warm up, the junior told NJ.com. We did some agility drills, some bag drills, indi(vidual) drills with coach Okruch. There was only one other tight end from Seton Hall. There were only two of us so we got a lot of work in. Then went over ran some routes with the quarterbacks and that was really it. It was only an hour but there were a lot of people working. Because there aren’t a lot of places you can throw in the winter, so there were a lot of good kids there.

For ESPN, an eight-figure salary would represent a $3.5 million increase over the annual compensation previously paid to Jon Gruden, who left broadcasting to reportedly make $10 million per year as coach of the Raiders.

The competition between ESPN and FOX for Manning’s services has created a sense of inevitability that he’ll take a TV job. He has said nothing to give credence to this, apart from driving the pace car at the Daytona 500, a NASCAR race televised by FOX.

Manning is widely regarded as a natural at television, combining an ability to speak extemporaneously in a naturally funny, self-aware way with a relentless work ethic that will ensure the highest level of preparation.

If the money is equal, FOX arguably would provide the better opportunity, with a bigger audience and a schedule that would allow Manning to spend weekends at home. He also could, in theory, join the Joe Buck/Troy Aikman team for postseason games or the Super Bowl.

The video was fairly unremarkable. In it, a hyper-fit athlete with a tight passing motion threw dimes to a receiver downfield. 

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Kristaps Porzingis confident he’ll return to All-Star form following ACL surgery

When asked about it, Porzingis said he hasn’t thought much about the team’s future. He said he is confident that team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry will make the right decisions to improve the club.

I haven’t been really thinking about that as much. It’s something that, it’s their job, and it’s in their hands, and we’ll see what happens this summer, said Porzingis, who is eligible for a five-year, $157 million extension this summer. I haven’t really thought about it, and it’s also not my job. So I’m confident that they will make the right moves.

His best save came 4:20 into the third period when he robbed Travis Sanheim with a tremendous glove save on a wrist shot from the point.

Just tried to react, Fleury said.

The Vegas goalie was happy to join the caliber of players who have reached 400 wins, but downplayed the accomplishment — at least for now.

Maybe I’ll be more proud when I’m done, he said. But I’m still playing and look forward to the next game.

The Cavs have lost four of six after getting swept at Staples Center by the Clippers and Lakers.

Cavaliers: Kyle Korver scored 12 points while playing with a bruised right foot. … Cleveland dressed only 11 players with several long-term injuries. UCLA product Kevin Love remains sidelined with a broken hand.

Lakers: Ingram was re-evaluated Sunday. He is progressing well, but the Lakers expect him to miss at least two more games. … Fans near courtside included Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Chargers Pro Bowl receiver Keenan Allen, Rams All-Pro running back Todd Gurley, comedians Jerrod Carmichael and Marlon Wayans and former Lakers forward Lamar Odom.

OH HELLO: With the Lakers up 16 points in the fourth quarter, Magic spent a timeout greeting James’ agent, Rich Paul, and his longtime manager, Maverick Carter, at their courtside seats.

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Arizona pitcher Taijuan Walker serves up free, homemade tacos out of food truck

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker was serving them up at Salt River Fields on Monday.

Before the D-backs’ game against the Colorado Rockies, Walker dished out free tacos to fans and teammates from a custom taco truck.

Walker uses a recipe handed down from his mother, Nellie Garcia, and has added a few wrinkles of his own. His specialty: bison tacos.

Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored for the Flyers, who have lost six of seven. Philadelphia sits in third place in the Metropolitan Division with 81 points, two in front of Columbus and three ahead of New Jersey.

Got to flush it out and move forward, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said.

The Golden Knights were playing their first game since setting a record for road wins by an expansion team with Saturday’s 2-1 shootout victory at Buffalo. Vegas improved to 21-12-3 on the road and 45-19-5 overall.

Carpenter netted the game-winner after strong work along the boards by Cody Eakin and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, both of whom got assists. Eakin got the puck to Carpenter, who fired a wrist shot from left of the post past Petr Mrazek’s glove side.

Bartolo Colon could be pitching his way into the Texas Rangers’ rotation at age 44 as he continues to shut down hitters half his age in spring training.

Colon called it one of the best outings he had this spring.

Because what I’ve been trying to do is throw strikes, Colon said. That’s what I’ve been doing to try to make it happen.

Marc-Andre Fleury has helped surprising Vegas by bringing a positive vibe and a contagious amount of confidence to the locker room. His play on the ice hasn’t been too shabby, either.

Fleury made 38 saves to become the 13th goalie in NHL history with 400 career wins, and Ryan Carpenter scored the winning goal with 2:40 left to lead the Golden Knights over the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Monday night.

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While Hellebuyck has been a revelation, the 24-year-old has never played in the postseason. A hot goaltender is a key ingredient for a long playoff run, so I assume he’ll stay composed under pressure. Stingy defense is another ingredient, and the Jets have been stellar on D. They are fifth-best in the league in goals per game, allowing 2.6. The Capitals are more mediocre in this area, as a leaky defense has been a concern since training camp. Washington is below the league average, allowing 2.93 goals per game.

As it stands now, the Jets would face the Wild in the first round, and that’s a tough matchup. The Capitals, meanwhile, would draw the Devils — young and plucky like the Jets, but once again, potentially overmatched by experience. My heart wants the Jets to make a long playoff run, but my gut says the Ovechkin-led Capitals — a team that has plenty of experience playing in April and May — may make it further.

Kings coach John Stevens decided to put That 70’s Line on hiatus for a night.

Instead, having forwards Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson play with center Adrian Kempe gave Los Angeles’ chances of making the postseason a much-needed reboot.

Toffoli and Pearson scored, Kempe had two assists and the Kings moved back into playoff position with a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Stevens shuffled his lines coming off a 7-2 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, getting the response he was looking for from Los Angeles’ three emerging stars on offense.

I was really happy for the Kempe line tonight, Stevens said. We talked to that line just how much we needed them to play like they did earlier in the year. It could really balance out our attack, and I thought they did tonight.

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