I am crying again. I am also eating my feelings in the form of so, so many Swedish Fish.

Then Raven talks to her mom and her mom is like, ¡°Can you say ¡®I love you¡¯ to Nick?¡±

Raven gets a little defensive. She¡¯s like, (and I¡¯m paraphrasing, here) ¡°Ehhh, I think so? Yeah, I could. No, definitely I could. I totally could. I could love him. I love him, OK?¡±
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Which doesn¡¯t not sound like she¡¯s trying to talk herself into it.

We cut to Raven¡¯s dad and Nick. Raven¡¯s dad is saying he didn¡¯t think he¡¯d like him but he does, in fact, like him. He says he could ¡°live with that¡± if Nick ended up with his daughter. This isn¡¯t a rousing endorsement, but it also isn¡¯t the worst reaction to the news that your daughter might end up married to a 36-year-old handsome software salesman-turned-professional-Bachelor-goer-on-er.

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¡°He can be such a valuable liaison between coaches and the room,¡± Maddon said. ¡°He¡¯s looking forward to it.¡±

Montero admitted that his situation weighed on him during the short offseason. Both parties were asked often during the winter if there would be a meeting of the minds. Montero preferred it happened away from the Cubs¡¯ spring training facility, so when Maddon invited the catcher to dinner, he jumped at the chance. Montero picked a low-key Italian restaurant.

¡°The food was good,¡± Montero smiled. ¡°I think he liked it.¡±

Montero felt so good about the dinner that he insisted they take a picture to share on social media.

What are the Pelicans getting in DeMarcus Cousins from a statistical perspective?

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They are the only players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the past four seasons. Nobody else has done it more than twice.

Despite Davis’ presence, the Pelicans had the second-worst rebounding differential in the NBA (minus-4.6). The only team that is worse is the Mavericks (minus-6.1).

But strength matters more for a couple of positions, and none more so than the offensive line. Most of any offensive lineman’s job is to get in the way of some other big thing and move that big thing out of the way so a smaller thing can get by it or be protected from it. The bench press isn’t a definitive measurement of how an offensive lineman will perform at his job — lower body strength is particularly important — but it’s definitely valuable information for scouts.
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On Thursday, the top offensive linemen from around the nation took part in the bench press and we’ve got the results. Ereck Flowers from Miami led the way with an impressive 37 reps, with Mitch Morse of Missouri and Sean Hickey of Syracuse just behind him at 36 and 35 reps, respectively. The most reps for an offensive lineman last year was 42 by Russell Bodine.

Brandon Scherff, who many feel is the best offensive lineman in this draft, came in at 23 reps. That’s significantly lower than the top, of course, but it’s about average looking at the numbers as a whole. There’s more to it than just strength, of course, and Scherff is one of the most talented players coming out this year. He’s also capable of lifting 480 pounds total, which is ridiculously impressive, especially for a former high school quarterback.

Tony Watson loses in arbitration, gets $5.6 million

Elite Mens Rocky Bleier Jersey Reliever Tony Watson lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in salary arbitration and will make $5.6 million this year rather than $6 million.

Arbitrators Gil Vernon, Jeanne Wood and Steven Wolf made their decision Thursday, a day after hearing arguments.

Watson, 31, had a 3.06 ERA and 2-5 record in 70 relief appearances for the Pirates last year. The left-hander earned $3.45 million.

He was an All-Star in 2014, when he was 10-2 with a 1.63 ERA. He had a 1.91 ERA in 2015.

Watson is eligible for free agency after this season.

Pirates reliever Tony Watson will make $5.6 million in 2017 after an arbitration ruling.

Teams have won seven of 13 arbitration cases and the sides are on track for 15 hearings, the most since teams won 10 of 16 decisions in 1994.

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Maybe this is finally the year for the Indians. The list of teams to lose the World Series only to win the next season is short. It’s happened just once in the wild-card era, when the Royals did it in 2015.

Cy Young contender Corey Kluber still is there, coming off that dominant October run — at least until Game 7 — and as good as he is, the star of this team now is the brilliant young shortstop Francisco Lindor. You know former Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel will land on the Hall of Fame ballot next winter, and he’s a strong candidate to eventually get elected. No offense to a great player, but Lindor is better — already a Gold Glove winner at 22, a .300 hitter in each of his first two seasons in the majors and a standout performer in his first postseason. It’s a team with talent and depth. How about a Game 7 victory in the World Series … in extra innings, of course.

Tony Bennett’s system is all Virginia needs to be an annual contender

The Virginia Cavaliers are in the midst of a fourth straight season as one of college basketball’s top teams. It feels strange now, but for a long stretch, the Hoos were not this sort of program. From 2001-02 through 2012-13, Virginia never appeared in the final AP Poll and only made the NCAA tournament twice.

The change, of course, was the arrival of head coach Tony Bennett.

Following a two-year stint at Washington State, Bennett came to Charlottesville in 2009. His initial teams weren’t great, but they laid the groundwork for his system. It was the same one that guided Wazzu to its only two tourney bids in the last 23 years: Stingy pack-line defense, efficient scoring, and mistake-free basketball.

The keys to the system have been interchangeable parts and a four-year plan.

From Joe Harris to Justin Anderson, Malcolm Brogdon and now London Perrantes, the Hoos have utilized smart shooters and strong defenders to grind teams down and dictate their style of play. No matter the pieces in play, it’s been about consistency — and of course, efficiency.

A full transcript, put together initially by Spartan Nation’s Hondo Carpenter:

Before I go into anything, I’ve gotta tell you that I do a lot of work to try to somewhat control the Izzone. And if there’s things not being said, I email them, I talk to them. I catch hell both ways if too much is being said, if not enough’s being said. But I’ve gotta be honest with you. I was kind of getting upset at the chants of Dakich, [“We hate Dakich,” reportedly] until I got in the locker room and I asked, ‘What was that all about?’ And somebody read me his tweets. The social media.

The Thunder have lost five of their past eight games and one of the reasons why is the lack of support for Russell Westbrook

The Pistons’ rally from 16 points down entering the fourth quarter Sunday night at Toronto represents their largest such comeback in a regulation game since the team moved to Detroit in 1957-58. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was 1-for-11 from 3-point range before draining the game-winning corner 3 with 13.2 seconds to go; call it a nice early present for KCP in advance of his 24th birthday this coming weekend. Also notable from Detroit’s successful rally: With Reggie Jackson averaging just 8.8 PPG and 5.5 APG over his past eight games while shooting 32 percent from the floor, Ish Smith logged 31 minutes against the Raptors … compared to Jackson’s 17.

Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder have lost five of their past eight games and one of the reasons why is the lack of support for Russell Westbrook. Victor Oladipo, widely considered the team’s second-best scoring option, is shooting just 40.9 percent in his past 10 games and his distributing has been just as poor (2.5 APG). OKC is going to need much more from Oladipo and the rest of the supporting cast to make a deep run in the playoffs.
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Olynyk gets some grief for his long hair, though teammates have typically approved of the look. The Celtics ran an in-game video last season in which teammates were asked to give their thoughts on the man bun. Said Isaiah Thomas, “I give my guy a thumbs up. The man bun I guess is in nowadays, and he does it well. He wears it well.”
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Teammates give Olynyk more flak for his ever-present baseball cap. Teammates like to joke that the first thing Olynyk typically puts on after showering is a hat. And he can’t argue that point.

But he also doesn’t stress too much about headwear. After seeing the man bun/headband data, Olynyk promised he wouldn’t start overthinking which style to utilize. He’s fine with whatever the splits say so long as he’s able to have a positive impact on the Celtics and the team continues to win games.

The quarterback that won Super Bowl LI a few days after Prescott stepped on NRG Stadium’s field

If you want to copy the blueprint of most successful NFL franchises, it starts with football’s version of a holy trinity: a head coach, a general manager and a quarterback.

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About a month from now, Colin Kaepernick, the only quarterback the team currently has under contract for 2017, probably will cease to have that designation when he’s expected to opt out of his deal. When he does, he’ll join Blaine Gabbert, Thad Lewis and Christian Ponder as free agents. With Shanahan and Lynch taking over, there’s no guarantee that any of them will be back, though it also can’t be ruled out.

Which means there’s likely a full-blown makeover coming to the Niners’ quarterbacks room. As you’d expect, even before Shanahan officially signed on for the job, there were plenty of rumors and reports connecting the 49ers to various quarterbacks around the league. That speculation is only expected to heat up in the days, weeks and months to come.
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In 2000, there were six quarterbacks selected before the Patriots took Brady with the 199th selection: Chad Pennington (No. 18, Jets), Giovanni Carmazzi (65, 49ers), Chris Redman (75, Ravens), Tee Martin (163, Steelers), Marc Bulger (168, Saints) and Spergon Wynn (183, Browns).

But that Prescott went late in the fourth round was more of a motivator than he let on during the season.

The quarterback that won Super Bowl LI a few days after Prescott stepped on NRG Stadium’s field, Tom Brady, has carried his draft-day scars with him since 2000. Even with his fifth Super Bowl win, “The Brady 6,” still drives him.

The pick-and-roll has had hiccups this season when run by the Warriors’ two best players

For now, it appears Kerr has snuffed out this particular fire, but managing the offense of four All-Stars will likely remain a challenge. It’s a challenge any coach would readily accept, but that truth doesn’t magically fix the issue. No matter what Kerr does, someone won’t be getting the ball enough. Since Golden State has emphasized Curry, KD’s shot attempts and usage have suffered a slight dip.

“I look at the numbers,” Kerr said of the distribution of shots between stars. “We obviously play a little different than most teams. We’ve been last in the NBA in pick-and-roll plays three years in a row. We do a lot of stuff off the ball. So obviously with KD’s arrival, the dynamics changed a little bit. So, Steph has the ball a little less this year. So does KD. Sometimes I’ll just, if I think Steph needs the ball more, I’ll call more plays for him. But for the most part, it kind of happens organically.”
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A 6-2 finish, powered by a much-improved defense, wasn’t enough to satisfy observers who last saw this franchise make the playoffs 10 years ago. (The Buccaneers’ most recent playoff victory was 15 years ago in Super Bowl XXXVII.) But there is plenty to build on here. Tampa Bay had the NFL’s fourth-best scoring defense (17.1 points per game) over the final eight weeks of the season, and the duo of quarterback Jameis Winston and receiver Mike Evans is promising.
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General manager Jason Licht will have a projected $65 million in cap space if he wants to augment the roster. Some of that will be needed for a Winston contract extension, which could come as early as 2018, but the Buccaneers have plenty to spend. Licht hasn’t been shy in the past.

Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley, Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson are all vying for carries

Player you’ll be buzzing about: S Calvin Pryor — The Jets retooled their entire secondary, with Pryor being the only real starter remaining from last year. He moved around a lot then, and a renewed focus on one position should elevate his play beyond his solid rookie season.

What to watch: Like any team with a new head coach, the Jets are confident that they became a better team this offseason. They certainly have a talented team and seeing how Todd Bowles handles that team in training camp will be something to keep an eye on, but mostly you should watch the quarterbacks. The Jets insist Geno Smith is their starter and there’s no battle, but if Smith plays exceedingly poorly, things could get interesting.

Most important position battle: Running back — Since the Jets insist there’s no battle at quarterback, we’ll go with the running back position. Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley, Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson are all vying for carries.

For once, the crankiest San Antonio fans are right: We aren’t talking about the Spurs enough. This was the year San Antonio finally felt a little rickety. Tim Duncan, rim protector for their historically great defense, walked away. The Spurs replaced with him Pau Gasol, slow and ground-bound, lacking Duncan’s pinpoint ferocity.

Tony Parker is getting older; could the Spurs maintain their stinginess with Parker and Gasol bookending the defense? They couldn’t even count on their vaunted Spursy continuity anymore. San Antonio turned over half its roster after last season. Surely it would take time to find its pass-and-cut harmony!

Alas, that hasn’t really proved true. His shooting constrains Minnesota’s offense, especially against good defenses who game plan for him. It is a barrier the Wolves have to fight through and around every night.

But for some stretches, the good parts of Rubio’s game overcome that one handicap. We just went through one. Hope you enjoyed it.

5’8 Cowboys player does a sick dunk in response to Odell Beckham Jr.’s sick dunk

Earlier this year, Odell Beckham Jr. posted an Instagram video of himself making a really cool dunk. Cole Beasley of the Dallas Cowboys decided to make his own Instagram dunk video for Beckham Jr., all in the name of the Cowboys-Giants rivalry.

Beckham Jr. is 6’0, while Beasley is 5’8, which makes this even more impressive. Now we await for another Giants player to respond with a dunk video, preferably on Instagram.

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Jalen Ramsey, DB (junior): Ramsey is perhaps the best defensive player in college football and is now moving to boundary corner — the position he came in at and was initially recruited to play before injuries to others necessitated the move to safety and nickel in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He has ideal size and will test off the charts at the combine.

Roberto Aguayo, K (RS junior): He is probably the best kicker in college football.

Beyond that, every other draft eligible player on the roster has some major questions. Terrance Smith, if he stays healthy (has not been able to throughout career), has a chance to get drafted at linebacker. Defensive tackles Nile Lawrence-Stample and Derrick Mitchell have also been oft-injured, but they’ll also have a shot.

Then there is the Everett Golson question, if he even wins the job.

Prepping for Oracle exit, Warriors break ground in San Francisco

The Golden State Warriors are in the midst of a golden era that seemingly could last well into the next decade with a young core of superstars. But there’s always a creeping nostalgia at the team’s home games at Oracle Arena, which will see its run as host to the greatest show on hardwood end two seasons from now.

Tuesday morning the Warriors were set to break ground on the gleaming new Chase Center in San Francisco — a privately financed $1 billion-plus project on more than 11 acres of land — that’s set to open for the 2019-20 season.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob acknowledged the sadness some fans feel in leaving Oakland, where the team has played home games since 1966, but pointed to the team’s recent run of success as a mitigating force.

“When you’re winning, people are generally happy,” Lacob told ESPN.com Monday night after the Warriors’ 126-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. “And we’ve been winning at kind of an unprecedented rate now for three years, so it’s a little hard to complain too much.”

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While Paul should be back from his latest injury in plenty of time for the playoffs, it still could prove costly for the Clippers in terms of seeding. Given his track record of untimely injuries and short playoff runs, is Paul the NBA’s unluckiest superstar?
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In broader scope, Brown’s high-wattage personality doesn’t have a snooze button. The flair off the field matches his production on it. He’s cultivated a brand that might resonate with fans more than any other Steeler.