Andrew Luck throwing, but begins Colts camp on PUP list

Andrew Luck is throwing, but his surgically repaired shoulder is not quite 100 percent.

The Colts placed their Pro Bowl quarterback on the physically unable to perform list on Monday, but Luck is still expected to be the team’s Week 1 starter.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Monday Luck is in the midst of the throwing part of his shoulder rehab. Luck can come off the PUP list at any point during the preseason and is on track to start under center when the Colts begin the regular season on Sept. 10 against the Rams.

Peep how long the line is outside the gym for tonight’s LaMelo Ball vs Zion Williamson face-off in Las Vegas.

Tournament officials were given the official OK to play the game only moments before the scheduled tipoff, as fans, some of whom had waited hours, stood six and seven deep to see Williamson’s SC Supreme defeat the LaVar Ball-coached Big Baller team, 104-92.

“Unreal. Never seen anything like it,” Kansas coach Bill Self, who was on hand for the game, told ESPN.

In addition to Self, NBA players Damian Lillard, Thon Maker, Jamal Murray, Andrew Wiggins and Lonzo Ball, LaMelo’s oldest brother, were in attendance.

LeBron James reportedly had planned to watch the showdown from courtside, but — according to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source — he didn’t get out of his vehicle after he arrived and talked with people connected to the tournament. He opted to avoid the situation, citing “security concerns,” ESPN’s source said.

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NFL voted on rule changes for the 2017 season, and we graded each one

At the NFL Spring League Meeting in Chicago this week, team owners voted on a number of rule changes. These were changes that were still pending after owners voted to approve eight new rules for 2017 at the owners’ meetings in Phoenix in March.

Some of the new rules, like allowing teams to return two players from injured reserve instead of one, stand to have a significant positive impact on teams. Others, like shortening regular season overtime by five minutes, probably won’t do much toward improving player safety, which was its purpose.

Here’s a rundown of all of the rule changes that the league will put into place for next season, as well as the ones that won’t be happening for 2017.

NFL OT has been cut from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. But does it matter?

In 2017, teams will have the same leeway, but with two players instead of one. That way, unlucky teams struck by the injury bug will have more opportunities to field a competitive team as the season winds down. Rather than shutting down a star player for the season if he needs 10 weeks to rehab an injury, teams can now hold out extra hope he’ll return in time for a playoff push.
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2017 NFL mock draft: Miami Dolphins grab Desmond King

Between 2009 and 2015 the Miami Dolphins had between six and eight wins every season. In 2016 they finally started to push through by going 10-6. With key players like quarterback Ryan Tannehill, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, safety Reshad Jones, and others all locked up for multiple years, it’s time for Miami to really make a push.

To do that, they really need to hit on a two or three picks in the 2017 NFL draft to push them over the top to contend with the New England Patriots in the AFC East. Kevin Nogle of The Phinsider is up in the SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft to find a player who can help Miami take a step.

On paper, adding Lynch would be a major boost for an offense already ripe with talent. With Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Jared Cook, and a great offensive line, all the Raiders are missing is a game-changing running back.

Unfortunately, NFL teams don’t operate like Madden franchises. A player’s potential fit with a team has a lot more to do with scheme than it does with narratives.

In this case, it’s safe to wonder if the Raiders are even looking for a bruiser who can grind out yards between the tackles. Last year, under offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, Oakland generally operated out of shotgun, even implementing spread concepts. Though Musgrave is no longer with the team, the Raiders’ offseason additions of Cook and deep threat Cordarrelle Patterson suggest the team’s offense could keep some of the concepts Musgrave introduced over the past two years.

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Hall of Fame Steelers owner Dan Rooney dies at age 84

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the death of owner and chairman Dan Rooney at age 84 on Thursday.

Rooney was the son of Art Rooney, the first owner of the team, and he eventually inherited the team, serving as its president from 1975 until 2002. His contributions to the sport of football and the NFL — which included the institution of the “Rooney Rule” and required minority candidates to be interviewed for coaching and executive positions — Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

“I didn’t put much stock into the offer,” his dad said to the Tampa Bay Times. “We politely said thanks but no thanks. He’s going to college.”

The five-star small forward will instead take the college route to the NBA, where he will likely be a one-and-done. He’s currently the No. 8 player in the class of 2017, according to 247sports.com, and also one of the top uncommitted recruits in the country. Duke, North Carolina, and Kentucky are getting most of the Crystal Ball predictions, but Knox won’t announce his decision until April 28 or May 1.

Since the age requirement for the NBA Draft was implemented in 2005, a small number of elite high school recruits have chosen to eschew college for a basketball gap-year after high school. Jennings was first when he chose to play in Italy in 2009, after his SAT scores had him deemed academically ineligible for the NCAA. He instead earned $1.2 million in contracts and endorsements that season, according to the New York Times.

Mudiay was the next notable recruit to follow, playing in the Chinese Basketball League after he graduated in 2014, earning a $1.2 million contract from the team. Though slightly different, last season, Thon Maker won a petition to enter the draft due to age, after spending a season at a prep school in Canada.
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Kurt Russell led them to a gold medal over the Soviet Union

“It’s something we’re very proud of and humbled by the fact that the 30 other NFL teams have enough confidence is us to give us the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl,” Mara said. “It’s an obligation that we have to do a good job in making it the best possible week and game that we can. We’re looking forward to it, there’s a lot of work to be done and we think it’s going to be a great week, it’s going to be a great game.”

‘We’re very proud of and humbled by the fact that the 30 other NFL teams have enough confidence is us to give us the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl.’ – John Mara
“I think that we’re ready for anything that might come along. Obviously we’re used to dealing with all kinds of weather conditions in this area and we’ll be ready for anything. Certainly we hope we have nice weather, particularly on game day, but if not we’ll adjust accordingly and it will still end up being a great game,” Mara said.

Those weren’t NHL players. They were just college guys and amateurs. And Kurt Russell led them to a gold medal over the Soviet Union. What a moment!

I admit it sucks that NHL players won’t be at the Olympics. But doesn’t that kind of even the playing field a bit? Is Canada really a heavyweight if a bunch of kids from juniors are playing pros from Switzerland? Wouldn’t it be cool if College Star A from your college is playing for the gold medal in the Olympics? That’s grassroots interest that could be a great result of this decision.

Some players griped about young players not getting a chance at the Olympics now. Quite the opposite, actually! You’re only going to get young players from North America. Imagine the prospect development that comes out of playing on the biggest stage in the world before you even play a single NHL game.

“I think the overwhelming sentiment of the teams is that it’s very disruptive on the season and there is somewhere between fatigue and negativity on the subject,” Commissioner Bettman said at the conclusion of the General Managers’ meetings on March 8 in Boca Raton, Fla.
Somewhat ironic that they follow up opinions from fans with a Bettman quote about how the owners feel.
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fans are left wondering how a game that appeared to be firmly in hand got away from them

The idea of “tanking” a season and the logic behind it, insomuch as you can call it “logic,” is something that I find to be completely idiotic. It has never made any sense, it doesn’t make any sense now, and it won’t make any sense going forward. I’m sure that we’ve had this discussion before, and I was hoping that it would be a while before we’d have to have it again, but this is the situation we’re in right now. Let me explain why the idea of “tanking” a season is stupid.

The first part of this is quite simple. . .you are not going to get a group of professional athletes, led by professional coaches, to simply give up and stop attempting to win football games. That’s not how it works. You’re talking about a group of individuals that have excelled at this profession their entire lives, and then asking them to do something that goes completely against the way they’ve been programmed all these years. Think about this. . .every single college football player in America was a star in high school. Every single professional football player in America was a star in college. They’ve built their entire lives around being the best of the best at what they do. And you really think they’re going to be receptive to someone saying, “Yeah, you know, if you could just go out there and maybe not try as hard in this game, that would be pretty awesome. We’re playing for draft position, you know.” Yeah. . .I have my doubts.

As for the Redskins, fans are left wondering how a game that appeared to be firmly in hand got away from them. The offense looked unstoppable for a half, but then familiar problems crept back. The offensive line stopped protecting Robert Griffin III, and Washington managed just three points in the second half. On defense, the secondary was once again a sieve.

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This photo of Adam Jones’ heroic World Baseball Classic catch belongs in a museum

Saturday night, the U.S. advanced to the World Baseball Classic semifinals after defeating the Dominican Republic 6-3. Part of that victory goes to Adam Jones, who made a heroic leaping catch against his Orioles teammate Manny Machado. The catch was so good, Machado couldn’t help but show respect to Jones for taking that homer away from him:

The undercard was exciting, getting started with a lightweight showdown between Ryan Martin and Bryant Cruz. Martin’s high-tempo offense kept Cruz on the defensive for too long, and the fight was eventually stopped in Martin’s favor in the eighth of 10 rounds.

After that, Carlos Cuadras took a controversial unanimous decision win over David Carmona. Cuadras was heavily favored for the fight, but Carmona seemed to have the edge overall and it’s surprising that two judges saw the fight as 97-93 in Cuadras’ favor. That would have set up Cuadras for a potential rematch with Roman Gonzalez for the flyweight title, but those plans were thrown away when Gonzalez suffered defeat in the final undercard fight.

That fight saw him lose a 12-round majority decision to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. It’s the first time that Gonzalez has lost a fight as a professional. He clearly won his share of rounds and looked good doing it, but he was knocked down in the first round. Despite Rungvisai losing a point due to repeated headbutts, he ended up with the win, though one judge saw it as a 113-113 draw.16

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.

NFL salary cap projected to be more than $140 million in 2015, per report

The NFL gave teams an update Wednesday on the 2015 salary cap, saying that the number will likely fall between $140 and $143 million, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That figure is approximately $1.5 million higher than the projection made by the league in December, which pegged the cap at $138.6 to $141.8 million.

NFLPA is also set to release its own estimates this week at the combine, and it is expected to be at the high end of the league’s number. The final official figure from the NFL should be made Bradley Sowell Authentic Womens Jersey public in late February as teams prep for the start of free agency in March.

The salary cap has been rising steadily over the past few years, from $123 million in 2013 to $133 million in 2014. The number is determined by league’s annual revenues, with the players receiving a specified percentage of the pie. That rate is set at 48 percent per the most the most recent collective bargaining agreement in 2011.

Smith was much better over the final four games, throwing six touchdowns against two picks while earning a 2-2 record. The former West Virginia star also had his career-best performance in Week 17 against the Miami Dolphins, completing 20 of 25 passes for 358 yards and a trio of scores without a turnover.

Bowles told reporters at the combine that there’s a chance they might bring in a veteran quarterback to compete with Smith. Maccagnan added that the team did meet with free agent quarterback Josh McCown on Wednesday, according to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. McCown has also met with the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Bears.

One factor in Smith’s favor is the lack of talent on the free agent market for quarterbacks. The best options are Brian Hoyer and McCown, both career backups who finally got chances over the past two years. Hoyer is 30 years old and fairly competent, although Braylon Edwards Authentic Womens Jersey he lost his job to Johnny Manziel. Hoyer also had a completion percentage of 55.3, second-worst in the NFL. For comparison’s sake, Smith checked in at 59.7 percent, 27th in the league.

Bush struggled to stay healthy in 2014, suiting up for 11 games and gaining just 297 rushing yards. With defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh needing a new deal, Bush could be on the chopping block. Bush’s release would save Detroit $1.7 million against the cap.

Pittsburgh’s latest dilemma: Trade or keep Andrew McCutchen?

I love the kind of deal the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks completed Wednesday night: the Mariners sending Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte to the Diamondbacks for Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger and Zac Curtis.

It’s a trade that Kelvin Benjamin Authentic Jersey could turn into a win-win for both organizations or it could easily blow up for either team. All five players are difficult to project moving forward, with Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto selling low on Walker and new Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen selling high on Segura.

Here’s the breakdown:

He suffered a bone infection in his leg in 1948 and spent three weeks in the hospital with periosteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone). In his SABR biography, Branca said the infection eventually settled in his shoulder, which cut into his velocity. It would seem reasonable to speculate that throwing 280 innings at such a young age had an effect as well. After a poor 1950 season, Branca had his last good year in 1951, going 13-12 with a 3.26 ERA in 204 innings.

The Dodgers had a 13 1/2-game lead on Aug. 12, but Kevin Norwood Authentic Jersey the Giants mounted a furious late-season rally and tied the Dodgers to force a best-of-three tiebreaker. Branca started the first game and pitched well, but lost 3-1. The Dodgers won the second game 10-0, setting up the final game at the Polo Grounds. Don Newcombe took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth. He’d already told Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella earlier in the game that he had nothing. Robinson told him to stay in there until his arm fell off. Dodgers manager Charlie Dressen was pacing back and forth in the dugout and had started calling down to the bullpen in the eighth inning.

“He sounded frantic,” Dodgers bullpen coach Clyde Sukeforth told a writer in 1976. “‘Who’s ready? Who’s ready?’ He’d always have a plan for who would relieve, when he would come in, if such-and-such happened, and so on. Not that day.”

In the ninth, after two singles and an out, Whitey Lockman doubled in a run to make it 4-2. Branca and Carl Erskine were warming up in the bullpen.