Sports agent Rob Pelinka has an agreement in principle to become the next general manager of the Lakers

Major League Baseball intends to give the players’ association the required one-year advance notice that could allow management to unilaterally change the strike zone, install pitch clocks and limit trips to the pitcher’s mound starting in 2018.
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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday after union head Tony Clark said last weekend he did not foresee players agreeing to proposed changes for 2017. Under baseball’s labor contract, management can alter playing rules only with agreement from the union — unless it gives one year’s notice. With the one year of notice, management can make changes on its own.

Sports agent Rob Pelinka has an agreement in principle to become the next general manager of the Lakers, sources told ESPN. Pelinka will divest himself from his clients at Landmark Sports agency, which he owns along with Kobe Bryant.

One of those clients, Eric Gordon of the Rockets, said the agent has told him and two other clients, fellow Houston players Trevor Ariza and James Harden, that Pelinka will be the next general manager of the Lakers.

“We’re kinda surprised,” Gordon said. “It kinda happened quickly.”

The blueprint for the agent-to-front-office transition was established by current Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers.

At 19-39, the rebuilding Lakers have the NBA’s third-worst record and the second-worst record in the Western Conference. They’re coming off a franchise-worst 17-65 season and have missed the playoffs for three straight seasons, the longest postseason drought in franchise history.
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Jerick McKinnon led all running backs by a wide margin with 32 reps of 225 pounds

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Last year, Jerick McKinnon led all running backs by a wide margin with 32 reps of 225 pounds. The next-highest was Bishop Sankey with 26 reps, while De’Anthony Thomas came in last with just eight reps. This year, the top player was Joey Iosefa out of Hawaii, who put up 30 reps. Like last year, the next-highest player had 26 reps, courtesy of Michael Dyer from Louisville. USC’s Javorius Allen and Missouri’s Marcus Murray brought up the rear with 11 reps each.
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The bench press at the NFL Combine tasks players to put up as many reps of 225 pounds as they can. It’s an exercise that means an awful lot for offensive and defensive linemen, but isn’t necessarily the most important measure of ability for other positions. However, scouts like having the information and most of the available running backs took part this year.

Below, we’ve got full results for the running backs who took part on Friday:

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Mullet makeover: What LeBron James, Tom Brady and Tiger Woods would look like with Jaromir Jagr hair

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On Wednesday, Feb. 15, as we celebrate Jaromir Jagr’s 45th birthday, we are going to great lengths to honor the man, the myth and the mullet. When he broke into the league with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990-91, the kid from Kladno had tremendous talents, sick skills and luscious locks. And even as he toils all these years later for the Florida Panthers — his eighth NHL team — there’s no denying his influence on generations of hockey players around the world.

Which got us wondering: What would the sports world look like if his reach had extended beyond the frozen fields? What would key athletes look like after getting Jagr bombed — getting their very own mullet makeover?

The Astros have a brilliant young core in Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer and Alex Bregman, a foursome similar in ability to Bryant, Rizzo, Addison Russell and Javier Baez. I love Correa as a potential MVP candidate and Bregman as a breakout star. They’ve added Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann to provide that much-needed veteran knowledge and presence.

Now that the Cubs finally have their title, maybe — just maybe — 2017 will be the year that the Lone Star State is home to its first World Series parade.

The Rangers lost that World Series in 2011, and the one the year before. They’ve lost in the first round the past two postseasons. Since 2010, only the Cardinals and Yankees have won more games. The Rangers’ window might be closing. Adrian Beltre can’t play forever, at least at the level he’s still at. Yu Darvish is a free agent after the season. Cole Hamels has more than 2,000 innings of mileage on his arm. They’ve filled out the roster with several one-year gambles, including Napoli.

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There’s no easy fix for the Texans until Osweiler’s contract becomes much easier to part ways with in the 2018 offseason.

Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler could be options, but they won’t be cheap. Even longtime backup quarterback Chase Daniel — who was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles to stay in that role — received a three-year, $21 million deal in free agency in 2016. It won’t be any cheaper to sign a player like Kaepernick or Cutler who will have a chance to compete for a starting role in 2017.

It would be even worse to try to acquire a quarterback like Tony Romo, who is set to count $24.7 million against the Dallas Cowboys’ salary cap in 2017 and is a likely offseason trade commodity. Even though the Texans have strong odds to become Romo’s new team, he could take a reduced contract and it could still launch the Texans’ total cap number at the position to close to $40 million.

There’s no easy fix for the Texans until Osweiler’s contract becomes much easier to part ways with in the 2018 offseason.

Unless there’s a stunning turnaround for the 26-year-old Osweiler, or Savage steps up in a big way in 2017, or the Texans strike gold with a rookie in 2017, Houston is stuck with a problem that will be expensive to solve.

And I think it’s funny because I’ve got no respect for him for that, and I’m gonna publicly say it. You can tweet it. You can read it. You can do whatever you want with it. But Twitter got him in trouble, and he earned it, and I’m surprised ESPN would let somebody say something like that, that works for them. That’s off my chest now. Another one for Twitter. Another one for Twitter.

But Danny owes our fans and our students an apology, and I probably won’t get it. But I’ve always gotten along with Dan, but, as you know, it seems like this year, a lot of people have been mad at me. But I would’ve loved to get in that Izzone and join those chants if I was on Twitter. Thank God I’m not. Thank God some of my friends are. So, there’s the commercial today, and now we’ll get back to the game.

Blues players, management share blame for the ‘mess’ that led to Ken Hitchcock’s firing

Ken Hitchcock is no longer the head coach of the St. Louis Blues. That was an inevitability, but the fact that it came to fruition in January and not June speaks to the message St. Louis management is sending to its players.

That¡¯s the sentiment felt after general manager Doug Armstrong spoke with the media on Wednesday morning following the firing of Hitchcock and the promotion of Mike Yeo to head coach.

Troock, a fifth-round pick from 2012, has also bounced between the AHL and ECHL this season.

Here is the official release from the team:

FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock.

Peters, 30, has split the 2016-17 season between Arizona and the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League (AHL). The goaltender appeared in three NHL games with Arizona, posting a 0-1-0 record with a 3.16 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. Peters also logged a 5-6-0 record with a 4.17 GAA and a .868 SV% in 12 AHL appearances with Tuscon.

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The 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Blyth, Ont. was originally selected by Carolina in the second round (38th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft.

The Bengals prefer to draft and groom their players rather than go the free agency route.

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Remmers did an admirable job moving from right to left tackle for the final 13 games after Michael Oher was diagnosed with a concussion. He also gave up nine sacks and 49 quarterback pressures and was penalized 15 times. This is where it gets dicey. The Panthers want to upgrade their talent at tackle, particularly with uncertainty around Oher’s condition. Adding Minnesota tackle Matt Kalil, the brother of Carolina center Ryan Kalil, makes sense.

If Oher comes back, then he could move to the right side, where Daryl Williams failed to make the position his after replacing Remmers. Paying Remmers a high salary that he likely will demand would put a lot of salary-cap space at one position, particularly if another team is willing to offer Remmers left-tackle money. Much here depends on Oher’s improvement over the next few months.

The Bengals prefer to draft and groom their players rather than go the free agency route.

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been a solid player in Philadelphia for five seasons. However, the Eagles could look to trade the 26-year-old over the offseason, according to the Philly Voice.

Teams around the league should have interest in Kendricks. The veteran linebacker will count for $6.6 million against Philadelphia’s salary cap next season. But the Eagles can save $1.8M if they decide to release or trade him. He would also count for $4.8M in dead money.

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Sources also expect Philadelphia to free up cap space in order to be active in free agency. In five seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, Kendricks racked up 381 tackles, 12 sacks, six forced fumbles, and three interceptions.

The Cowboys chose Smith with the 34th pick

The hiring of Kyle Shanahan as coach of the San Francisco 49ers concludes what turned out to be a fast NFL coach-hiring season.

In the coming weeks, new coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch must form their coaching staff, find the right fit at QB and prepare for the NFL draft.

The youngest head coach in NFL history will have one of the most successful and well-traveled defensive coordinators on his Rams staff.

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The nerve is beginning to show signs of life, but he continues to wear the brace on his foot for support. And, yes, he can wear the brace to play but the hope is the nerve re-fires fully and he will not need it.

The Cowboys chose Smith with the 34th pick, surprising many because of the doubts of a comeback due to the nerve damage, but this video offers more tangible hope to those waiting to see what he can do in 2017.

It was a man-to-man game with free safety and it was an outside run game. We didn’t do a great job at either one of them, but it declared early and we played it from there.”

The Jaguars have some nice pieces on defense that could coalesce in a different coaching environment

Nine consecutive non-winning seasons bottomed out with a 2016 record that tied for the second worst in franchise history. Quarterback Blake Bortles took a step backward in his third season, finishing with the NFL’s third-lowest QBR (49.2) and completion percentage (58.9) and forcing an end to coach Gus Bradley’s tenure. If new coach Doug Marrone and vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin remain committed to Bortles, as they appear to be, you won’t see much public confidence in the Jaguars’ chances to improve in 2017.

The Jaguars have some nice pieces on defense that could coalesce in a different coaching environment. If Coughlin’s tough love filters onto the field, a group that includes defensive linemen Dante Fowler Jr., Malik Jackson and Yannick Ngakoue — along with cornerback Jalen Ramsey — could prosper. The Jaguars also have the No. 4 overall pick and, barring a trade, will have five top-five picks on their roster when training camp opens.
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For the next 14 months, Karl and Cousins staged public warfare. According to multiple sources who played for and served on the staff of the 2015-16 Kings team, Karl regarded Cousins as the most disrespectful person he’d ever encountered in basketball.

“Our coach came to me last season,” says Kings GM Vlade Divac, “and we had some issues [with Cousins], and he said, ‘Why don’t you just fix it? You do this. Fine him.’ You can’t just fine any guy. That’s the easy way. You talk to the kid first. You give him a chance to do the right thing. Second phase is fine them as a warning. First time, you talk.”

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Derek Carr showed plenty of promise as a rookie and now he has a brand-new set of toys to work with in the passing game

When the Cowboys refused to re-sign DeMarco Murray they gave up a running back who carried the ball 392 times for more than 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns. Where do all those carries go? The Cowboys oddly didn’t draft a running back this year and will instead turn to backup Joseph Randle, the oft-injured Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar.

When he’s been given a real opportunity, Randle has done little. He had double-digit carries just once last season, and in that game carried the ball 13 times for only 37 yards. McFadden actually played in all 16 games last season but still only managed 534 yards and two touchdowns. How good Randle and McFadden look battling for the starting job in training camp will go a long way in developing the perception of the Cowboys this season, especially if one emerges as the clear starter.

What to watch: Derek Carr showed plenty of promise as a rookie and now he has a brand-new set of toys to work with in the passing game. In free agency, the team added Michael Crabtree, and then selected Amari Cooper and Clive Walford in the first two rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft. Carr’s ability to jell with his new weapons in the passing game will be a big key for the Raiders’ offense.

Alexander redshirted the 2013 season due to a muscle injury that never quite healed right. The coaching staff decided to let him heal rather than risk further injury. Last year, Alexander stepped into the starting CB role and absolutely dominated. He became the No. 1 CB on the best defense in the country, in large part because of his work. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables often asked Alexander to defend the opposing team’s best player on an island, and he succeeded.

Really Alexander’s only big mistake came against Florida State. The redshirt freshman had managed to shut down Rashad Greene for most of the night until he slipped, leading to a 74-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. The rest of the year he was dominant enough that many opposing teams tried to throw away from him.

Who is building the next NFL dynasty?

Picture the next 10 years in the NFL, and try to imagine a new dynasty emerging from the crumbling ruins of New England’s crazy 14-year run that’s seen four Super Bowl wins and six AFC Championships. No one’s burying the Patriots just yet, but all dynasties eventually come to an end. As Brady and Belichick’s amazing run together winds down over the next few seasons, another team will look to take their spot. Who will it be? Which teams are best positioned to take up the gridiron throne?

“That play solidified me as being able to help the team in a big way. Going to work the next day, I felt so good about myself. We were second seed in the playoffs,” he remembered. The playoff berth resulted in a Super Bowl appearance, another special memory for Redman. “The Super Bowl was the greatest day for my mom,” he shared. “We were getting ready to run out of the tunnel.

Super Bowl 50 will take place on Feb. 22 in 2016, at which point the offseason begins proper. Feb. 22 is the first day clubs can designate franchise or transition players, with the next day signaling the start of the NFL Scouting Combine. On March 15, the 2016 league year and free agency period will open at 4 p.m. ET. At that point, there’s a few days for offseason workout programs, but the next big date is the aforementioned NFL Draft beginning on April 28.

“I love being able to give the guys the knowledge they need to succeed in life,” he shared. “I try to talk to them about discipline, the way to carry themselves. I’m glad to be able to come back and show them the way to make it out. I want to be able to make sure they have the means to do that.”
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