Baker Mayfield recreates Brett Favre famous NFL draft jorts photo

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The Oklahoma quarterback, in line to be a top-five pick on Thursday, posted a photo Wednesday night of his recreation of Hall of Famer Brett Favre’s famous draft-day scene.

Mayfield also attached a quote attributed to Favre.

Speaking of potential, Shepherd is another player oozing with it. The Canadian prospect who attended little-known Fort Hays State in Kansas, Shepherd is a raw athlete capable of being molded into a disruptive interior threat.

Analysis: Byran is an explosive athlete who has a knack for finding his way into the backfield in a hurry. There’s a lot of refinement needed in his game, but when analysts are mentioning your skill set in the same breath as J.J. Watt and Ndamukong Suh, there’s something special there.

In the second round, the Lions can round out their offensive line, not with a guard, but one of the best centers in the class. Price had previously been considered a potential first-round pick, but a pec injury suffered at the combine could cause him to slide. If he’s there at 51, it would be tough to pass him up, although Daniels would be a fine consolation prize. In this scenario, Graham Glasgow could stay at left guard, where he was making steady progress last season.

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One decision-maker called the fourth-overall slot a pivotal point in the draft, which makes plenty of sense. No. 4 is exactly where quarterback-needy teams would effort to land in order to get ahead of the Broncos.

Denver is a prime candidate to pick a passer, leaving the Bills, Dolphins and Cardinals to ponder a hop-scotching scenario up the board.
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If you’re the Browns, you’d happily listen to Arizona, sitting below Miami (at No. 11) and Buffalo (at No. 12) in the No. 15 spot. The Ravens and Bengals sit out there as dark-horse candidates to chase a quarterback, too, but dealing with the division-rival Browns could be expensive. Meanwhile, the Patriots have quietly worked out a handful of arms ahead of Tom Brady’s 41st birthday.

They took the time to come down to Baton Rouge and follow me through my childhood experience, some of the places I grew up at, some of the places I played football at. It was a great experience, Guice said. I had fun with the guys and it was an emotional roller coaster, reminding myself of the past. They got a chance to meet everybody, the people who had the most influence on my life. It was something I enjoyed doing with those guys.

It started off with my little league football coach, Terry Boyd. He was a real mentor to me, Guice said. He was my first coach ever, and he wore No. 5, and the same time, Reggie Bush was No. 5, so that’s what inspired me to wear No. 5.

What moves can and should the Spurs make in the offseason?

There are small cracks in the foundation of the most stable organization in the NBA.

Despite a 20th straight postseason appearance, the San Antonio Spurs will face an offseason that will likely provide more questions than answers.

The future of Kawhi Leonard will be front and center, but San Antonio will enter the summer with the potential of half their roster becoming free agents.

“He has some Barry [Sanders] in him, in my opinion,” Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin told The Post. “At the end of the day, I think he’s similar to Barry, but more of a bruiser at the same time, and probably faster than Barry.

“If I was to say backs that would make up who he is, I would say Barry, Eric Dickerson and Jim Brown. Because he has that breakaway speed — that’s what I remember Eric Dickerson for. I remember Jim Brown as just this bruising, hard-to-tackle guy, but Barry with all of the quickness.”

Peterson, a left-handed hitter, is expected to report Wednesday.

He provides depth to an infield that is without injured second baseman Jonathan Schoop and could potentially lose Tim Beckham, who left Monday’s game against Cleveland with a groin injury.

The 27-year-old Peterson played in three games with the Yankees this season, going 3 for 10 with a walk.

Selected by San Diego in the first round of the 2011 draft, Peterson broke into the big leagues with the Padres in 2014 before playing for Atlanta the past three years.

Peterson has 386 games of major league experience, primarily as a second baseman. He also plays third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions.

“We had a golden opportunity,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t go the way we wanted it to.”

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Defense and special teams will carry Sharks over Knights

How they got here. The Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks have had a ridiculous amount of time to catch their breath, heal up and dwell on their second-round Western Conference playoff showdown. The Knights finished off their sweep of the Los Angeles Kings on April 17. The Sharks ended their sweep of the Anaheim Ducks on April 18.
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The Knights (51-24-7, John Jaso Womens Jersey 109 points) were the best story of the regular season, smashing records for an expansion franchise on almost a weekly basis. The question was whether that success could carry over to the postseason, and the answer was a resounding yes in the first round. They rolled four lines, outskating the Kings. They relied on stellar goaltending. There were no playoff jitters. They appear to still be playing with house money.

The Sharks (45-27-10, 100 points) bade farewell to Patrick Marleau in the offseason, said hello to Evander Kane at the trade deadline and were generally a collection of veteran players in their prime ready to make another run at the Cup.

First line. It’s a little stunning that the Knights’ top line of Jonathan Marchessault (27 goals, 48 assists, 75 points in the regular season), Reilly Smith (22-38-60) and William Karlsson (43-35-78) generated only two even-strength goals in four games when one considers how present they were: a plus-25 in shot attempts, and a plus-12.54 percent Corsi percentage relative to their teammates.

Chris Tierney, Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier were an effective energy line, as are Eric Fehr with Marcus Sorensen and Melker Karlsson. The Sharks are good. But they’re not 11.49 even-strength shooting percentage good. Advantage: Even.

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But wouldn’t pajamas that reflect heat cause the person wearing them to sweat? Under Armour says no. The print doesn’t transfer the far infrared rays back as heat.
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But it should be noted: The pajamas are long sleeves and full pants, and some people aren’t used to sleeping in heavier clothing, so Under Armour recommends lowering your bedroom temperature to about 65 degrees Fahrenheit, in line with the recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation.

Could the science actually work?

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Although some reports claim this year’s NFL season is unusually conflicted with concerts, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy called it business as usual.
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We’ve even had conflicts with the pope, he said of a request that the Philadelphia Eagles not play at home during the pontiff’s visit in Week 3 of 2015.
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Team owners generally have complete scheduling control over the use of their home stadiums, Pollstar’s Gary Bongiovanni said. They want those shows and the income, prestige, etc., that comes from a superstar playing at their house.The Jets picked up the fifth-year option for 2019 on defensive lineman Leonard Williams’ contract on Saturday.

The Steelers tendered Chickillo with an original round tender worth $1.907 million for the 2018 season. He was a sixth-round pick in 2015.

Chickillo played all 16 games with two starts last season, making 14 tackles and three sacks.

As a rookie in 2015, he initially made the team out of training camp only to have the Steelers waive him a few days later. They signed him back to the practice squad before promoting him to the active roster three weeks later.

He appeared in seven games as a rookie and 15 in 2016. For his career, Chickillo has 54 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

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Shurmur said it is hard to tell when Beckham might progress to a larger practice workload. The Giants start OTAs on May 21 and have another three-day minicamp in mid-June.

Of the 13 USC quarterbacks drafted since 1980, none has won more than 51.7 percent of his starts and just four have started more than 29 games.

So, what gives? Why haven’t USC quarterbacks been more successful in the NFL 鈥?particularly the highly touted first-round picks?

It’s a question not easily answered because there aren’t a lot of common denominators among them. But The Post spoke to a cross-section of people around the NFL in search of theories.

With all picks, you have to understand there’s a difference between a bad pick and bust, a high-ranking NFL player personnel executive said. If Myles Garrett [picked first overall by the Browns last season] Fred Biletnikoff Womens Jersey doesn’t pan out, that’s a bust because there’s not one person that wouldn’t [have] taken Myles Garrett.

Billy Price’s doctor says he’ll be cleared by training camp

Ohio State center Billy Price said this week he was well.
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Now teams have a second opinion.

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN, Price’s doctor has sent a letter to NFL teams saying his surgically repaired left shoulder is recovering well with no deformity and that he should be cleared in time to participate in training camp.
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It is impossible to have been a football fan in New York who actually remembers the 1970s and not take pause, regularly, at what happened on April 28, 1981. The Giants and Jets had somehow gone 0-for-the-decade, 0-for-20 between them for playoff slots, and then opened the ’80s with matching 4-12s. As depressing as this year might have seemed, it was paradise compared to where both teams sat 37 years ago.

Roethlisberger has refrained from such talk this year and has signaled a desire to play for multiple years. That doesn’t mean the Steelers are ruling out using another selection on a quarterback and General Manager Kevin Colbert said Monday that he isn’t ruling out using their first-round pick in that direction.

Ben is a Hall of Fame quarterback, Colbert said. We’re very lucky to have him. He’s stated his intention to play at least a few more years and that’s awesome. As I said when we opened this, our job is to not only win a championship in ’18, it’s to secure this franchise’s ability to do it in the future.

It doesn’t seem to be a likely outcome as Colbert also stressed the need to surround Roethlisberger with the best possible talent and one imagines doing so on the field would qualify as the best way to maximize the quarterback’s remaining years in Pittsburgh.

USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield have all been linked to the Jets in various ways at various times. Only Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan knows which way he is leaning 鈥?and he is not telling.

Sergachev launched a booming shot through traffic, finding the upper right corner past Schneider for his first ever postseason goal.

After the Lightning controlled play for the majority of the first period, the Devils made a late push, getting some sustained pressure from their top line to flip the ice. But Vasilevskiy stopped all 11 shots he faced in the first.

Andujar says he’s not thinking at all about potentially losing his starting job to Drury or Torres.

“The way that I see it is it’s not about sending a message,” Andujar said. “It’s about doing your job.

I don’t worry about any of that. I can’t fill my mind with things like that. For me, it’s just staying ready to play. When the opportunity comes, you want to be ready for that opportunity to help the team.”

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There was no immediate indication how long the Yanks will be without Warren, a valuable middle reliever who is 0-1 with a 3.25 ERA over eight appearances.

Right-hander Jonathan Holder is back from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Warren on the Yankees’ 25-man roster.

Holder began the season with the Yankees, but was farmed out after struggling badly. In three appearances, he was 0-1 with a 20.25 ERA (2.2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER).

What this means is a Yankees bullpen that has struggled in April now has two young arms in the mix with long reliever Domingo German and Holder.

Besides Warren, the Yankees have three other relievers on the DL.

Tommy Kahnle has been sidelined since April 17 with shoulder and forearm tendinitis, Luis Cessa was lost on April 19 with a left oblique strain and Ben Heller recently had season-ending Tommy John surgery.

No team did more to popularize that philosophy than Mike Shanahan’s Broncos. Between 1998-2000, they had three different running backs rush for more than 1,000 yards. Terrell Davis (sixth-round pick), Olandis Gary (fourth round) and Mike Anderson (sixth round) all excelled. That began to make teams question taking a running back at the top of the draft.
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NBA tanking leading to tension between owners and coaches

If tanking is happening in the NFL, it rarely gets discussed. It’s definitely happening in the NBA, and it gets discussed plenty.
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Tanking happens in the NBA even with a draft lottery. In the NFL, where the determining factor for draft order remains only wins and losses in the prior season, it’s a lot easier to tank and, in turn, even more tempting.

Again, tanking doesn’t consist of players or coaches deliberately trying to lose, although coaches have to be sufficiently secure in their futures to willingly go along with a plan hatched by others in the organization. The tanking comes from the front office/ownership suite, which realizes the value of making a non-playoff year as bad as it can possibly be, in the hopes of making the future as bright as possible. And it comes in the form of ownership directing the coaching staff to, for example, bench an aging franchise quarterback during a lost season for a younger understudy who isn’t in the same stratosphere as the veteran.

Which is precisely what the Giants tried to do last year. And which prompted an angry reaction from Giants co-owner John Mara regarding the possibility of tanking.

NFL owners get it. When tanking happens, there can be no evidence of tanking. Because acknowledging tanking means acknowledging that the integrity of the game can’t ever be fully protected or ensured, as long Womens Zac Dalpe Jersey as the draft order is premised not on success but on failure.

That may be self-serving, but there’s some truth to what McCarron is saying. There’s a minimum level of arm strength that’s necessary to be an NFL quarterback, but on the vast majority of passes, accuracy counts for more than arm strength.

McCollum shook off the Game 1 struggles, hitting four of eight from the floor in the opening quarter. His layup tied the game at 21 and then he dished to Harkless for the dunk to put the Blazer in front.

Portland led 35-30 after rookie Zach Collin’s bank shot and the Blazers led by as many as nine points before taking a 59-54 lead into halftime.

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NFL to release preseason schedule Wednesday night

We know one of the 65 preseason games that will take place in the NFL this summer and it won’t be long before we know what the rest of the schedule looks like.
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The NFL will be announcing the full preseason schedule for all 32 teams on NFL Network Wednesday.

The one game that’s already known is the Hall of Fame Game. The Ravens and Bears will square off on Thursday, August 2 ahead of this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies that will involve former Raven Ray Lewis and former Bear Brian Urlacher.

I wasn’t looking for them at all, Wall said of looking to draw contact and fouls. I just felt like when I got to the basket at times, I felt like I got fouled. The only time I say I really didn’t get fouled was the one time in transition when Kyle jumped [to challenge], and I said that was great defensive play — that wasn’t a foul there. But the one before that in transition, I felt I got fouled.

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That’s a good raise from the $1.9 million that Meredith stood to make after receiving the lowest RFA tender from the Bears. That’s why there’s no compensation due back for Chicago, something they could have changed by giving Meredith a second-round tender. That would have set him up to make just over 2.9 million in 2018 and the failure to do so will look like a misstep if they do wind up matching the offer sheet by Wednesday afternoon’s deadline.

Meredith had 66 catches for 888 yards in 2016, but missed all of last season with a torn ACL. That injury may have been the reason why the Bears resisted the higher tender number and we’ll see if it also leads them to part ways with Meredith altogether.

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DeGrom struck out 12 in 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing by a Mets pitcher this season. He left with two on, one out and a five-run lead. He also drove in a run with a safety squeeze.

A.J. Cole (1-1) got the win despite giving up Asdrubal J.J. Jansen Youth jersey Cabrera’s two-run homer in the seventh that made it 6-1. Ryan Madson earned his second save.

AJ Ramos (0-1) took the loss.

Hall has goal, 2 assists as Devils rally past Lightning, 5-2

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Hall had a goal and two assists, setting up Stefan Noesen’s game-winner with 7:05 play, and Cory Schneider made 34 saves in shoring up the goaltending and leading the Devils to a 5-2 victory over the penalty-prone Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night in Game 3 of their best-of-7 first-round series.

Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos each had a power-play goal and an assist for the Lightning, who allowed the Devils to go on seven power plays. Nikita Kucherov added two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves in the game that had a major scrum with 23 seconds to go.

At the end of the day you give them that many power play chances and then you give them a 5-on-3, it’s a good chance they are eventually going to get one, Stamkos said. They got one and then they got momentum.

On the fifth pitch of the game, Springer smashed an inside fastball way back in left field for his 19th career home run against Seattle.

He’s tough, Springer said. He throws hard and has a great angle on his ball. It’s kind of one of those things where I’m looking for something to hit, and hopefully I don’t miss it.

After giving up the 455-foot blast, Paxton settled down by pounding the inside part of the plate.

You can’t let one hit — one home run — take me out of my game, Paxton said.

Nick Vincent and Juan Nicasio got the ball to closer Edwin Al Jefferson Jersey Diaz, and he pitched a scoreless ninth for his AL-leading seventh save.

Nelson Cruz hit his third home run in five games with his tying solo blast off Keuchel with two outs in the fourth.

Catcher David Freitas led off the sixth for Seattle with a double. Gordon followed with a soft line drive to right that Springer was slow to after losing his footing and slipping on the grass.

Von Miller has become the prey.

A week after the Broncos star posted footage of him and friends capturing and releasing a hammerhead shark, wildlife officials in Florida are looking into the shark’s handling by the defensive end and his crew.

After PETA complained about the footage, in which Miller and the boat’s crew reel in a 9 1/2 foot shark off the Miami coast, admire it for a while and then set it free again, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it will investigate.

I can’t wait to meet her. She’s been really a great figure for a lot of people. The message of hope. We need hope. Her gentle spirit and her enthusiasm and support of that team goes way beyond that band of believers in that Loyola Chicago locker room. She’s touched the whole nation. We’ve had underdogs at this event before. This might be the best underdog story you can ever find. Sister Jean has elevated that to go beyond college basketball. Who can’t fall in love with this story? To see this sweet soul, who prays before the games not only for her team, but for the other team, for the officials.

Split rumors have plagued the couple in recent times.

Wilkinson addressed the buzz in a tearful video last week. “Ten years, I did everything I could — it wasn’t good enough,” she sobbed. “I will always love him.”

While Wilkinson was pregnant with Alijah, Baskett was rumored to have cheated on her with a transgender model.

“For me, this is more a human philosophy than it is a baseball philosophy,” Kapler said. “When the media asks me about players, I can always find something positive to say about them. I just think that’s the right way to live. It’s not baseball-related. It’s less a media strategy than a life strategy.”

The Phillies’ roster construction has compounded the early challenges facing Kapler. The team has a surplus of young position players who all burn to play regularly and have little experience with the alternative. On any given day, when Kapler posts his lineup card, two players with a legitimate claim to starting are going to be warming the bench and not especially pleased about it. Some early discontent bubbled up when Odubel Herrera expressed his disappointment about sitting on Opening Day and fellow outfielder Nick Williams chafed over his limited playing time in the first week. But public affirmations of support from several Philadelphia players seem to indicate the roster is sympathetic to Kapler’s plight and onboard with the program.
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