AROUND THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

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The Cleveland Browns announced that they signed Hunt to a one-year deal on Monday, worth just a bit more than the league minimum, with some incentives sprinkled in. This move reunited Hunt with John Dorsey — the general manager that initially drafted him. Continue Ready By 

Where the addition could alter roles is in the passing game, with Hunt potentially supplanting pass-catching back Duke Johnson. At this point, Browns general manager John Dorsey isn’t indicating he’s moving on from the chess-piece running back he gave a new three-year contract extension to last offseason. From Kevin Patra

Antonio Brown has officially requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday. The news of Brown’s trade request comes right after the Pro Bowl wide receiver tweeted a farewell to the Steelers and their fans, saying it is “time to move on and forward.” Continue Reading By ESPN

The NFL combine will be televised on broadcast TV for the first time. ABC will present a two-hour special on March 2 from Indianapolis that will feature drills by quarterbacks and wide receivers.

The combine workouts run from March 1-4 and also will be televised by NFL Network. ABC will team with ESPN to televise all three days of the draft, April 25-27 from Nashville, Tennessee. AP

Kyler Murray announced Monday he’s committed to becoming an NFL quarterback, but the A’s aren’t ready to give up their pursuit of the star, reports The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

According to Rosenthal, the team still wants to offer Murray a contract above his now-forfeited $4.66 million signing bonus. The contract wouldn’t be limited like the NFL’s rookie wage scale. Continue Reading By CHARLOTTE CARROLL

Former Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, a projected first-round pick in the NFL draft, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during training.

The Buccaneers have released defensive end Vinny Curry, the first major roster cut under new head coach Bruce Arians.

Redskins brass has played coy with the status of Alex Smith next season, but one Washington player expects the starting quarterback to sit out the 2019 campaign and perhaps even longer.

Eric Reid is staying in Carolina. The Panthers on Monday announced that they have signed the veteran safety to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2021 season.

The Buffalo Bills on Tuesday signed free-agent offensive lineman Spencer Long to a three-year contract, the team announced.

A football legend is calling it quits after 51 years in and around the National Football League. Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Thomas informed the Chiefs on Tuesday that he is retiring from coaching.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent tweeted on Tuesday that the meeting will “set the stage” for the rest of the offseason by reviewing “player health and safety, pace of play, rules, technology and more.”

A year ago at this time, NFL general managers and coaches were preparing for what we all knew would be an unprecedented offseason of quarterback movement. It was going to be wild and wacky, and, if you recall, Washington and Kansas City had already agreed to a trade involving a playoff quarterback before the Super Bowl was even played. Continue Reading By 

The start of the 2018 season for Julian Edelman was a career low, but it ended on a huge high. The Patriots receiver missed the first four weeks of the season after he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. Five months later, he was named Super Bowl MVP after the Patriots defeated the Rams in Super Bowl 53. Continue Reading By Gabrielle McMillen

Matthew Stafford was not particularly good in 2018, as he threw for fewer than 4,000 yards for the first time since an injury-shortened 2010 campaign, and he tossed just 21 TDs against 11 interceptions. His pedestrian numbers, when coupled with the Lions’ disappointing 2018 season, have led to plenty of speculation that Detroit could be looking for a new QB sooner rather than later. From Rory Parks

Matt Bryant is interested in returning to the Buccaneers, and the 17-year veteran’s former team is “definitely” interested in bringing Bryant back From Vaughn McClure.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has answered Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ letter that was sent after the Saints’ NFC championship loss to the Rams.

The letter penned to Goodell expressed disappointment with the outcome of the game, including the no-call that could have resulted in the Saints winning the game. Continue Reading By ALEXIS MANSANAREZ

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES, URBAN MEYER, NICK SABAN, TOP 25

Ohio State Buckeyes places Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave. Meyer knew about the domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015, according to college football reporter Brett McMurphy. Other Ohio State football news, this year’s Ohio State-TCU game at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium has already been selected as ABC’s “Saturday … Read moreCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES, URBAN MEYER, NICK SABAN, TOP 25

MONDAY JULY 9, 2018 SPORTS REVIEW, TROUT, RAIDERS, LEBRON, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Something has been gnawing at me about Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. Both are practically perfect hitters, and in practically identical ways. It’s not just that they both hit the ball hard and far, but that they control the construction of each plate appearance: Los Angeles Angels center fielder Trout has a phenomenal batting eye — his chase rate is … Read moreMONDAY JULY 9, 2018 SPORTS REVIEW, TROUT, RAIDERS, LEBRON, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY BEAVERS NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL BASEBALL CHAMPIONS

A night after coming within a strike of losing the College World Series finals, Oregon State didn’t need any sort of rally to win the NCAA title. Freshman pitcher Kevin Abel stifled Arkansas with a two-hit complete-game shutout, and Oregon State won Game 3 of the CWS finals 5-0 to clinch the third national championship in … Read moreOREGON STATE UNIVERSITY BEAVERS NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL BASEBALL CHAMPIONS

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS-BRADY-TITANS-GRUDEN-BECKHAM JR.

Cameron Wolfe, ESPN staff writer writes, the Tennessee Titans‘ top two running backs couldn’t look more different to observers. Derrick Henry stands tall at 6-foot-3, weighing an imposing 245 pounds. Newcomer Dion Lewis stands 5-foot-7, but after a few minutes of watching the 190-pound back run through arm tackles, it’s clear he’s not all that little. Cameron Wolfe, also writes, Logan … Read moreNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS-BRADY-TITANS-GRUDEN-BECKHAM JR.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS-NCAA RULE CHANGES-RANKING TOP COACHES RB’S

The NCAA shook up the sleepy college football offseason Wednesday by announcing two groundbreaking rule changes that will have major and immediate ramifications. Starting this season, Division I football players can now participate in up to four games in a season without losing a year of eligibility, and all college athletes will no longer need … Read moreCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS-NCAA RULE CHANGES-RANKING TOP COACHES RB’S

COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUND UP-REGIONAL NEWS

Ole Miss beat Tennessee Tech 9-8 Sunday afternoon to advance to the Oxford Regional championship game. By Antonio Morales, Clarion Ledger Auburn completed a dominant run through the Raleigh Regional by beating NC State to clinch its first super regional trip since 1999 — exorcising the ghosts of last year’s heartache in the process. By Aaron Fitt … Read moreCOLLEGE BASEBALL ROUND UP-REGIONAL NEWS

NBA PLAYOFFS GOLDEN STATE PREPARES FOR TITLE RUN-KANSAS JAYHAWKS CLAIM VICTIM

Kansas is claiming victimhood after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York alleged in an indictment Tuesday that the mother of one prized recruit and guardian of another received tens of thousands of dollars from the shoe company Adidas via an AAU intermediary to secure their commitments to play for the Jayhawks. … Read moreNBA PLAYOFFS GOLDEN STATE PREPARES FOR TITLE RUN-KANSAS JAYHAWKS CLAIM VICTIM

NIT SET FOR MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Dirk Facer writes “we’re awfully excited to be a part of this tournament,” said Larry Krystkowiak, who noted how the Utes have responded since losing to Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. Andrew Callahan writes breaking down No. 4 Mississippi State, Penn State’s NIT semifinal opponent, before Tuesday’s tip-off at Madison Square Garden. Check out the … Read moreNIT SET FOR MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

NATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT BRACKET RECAP

NIT Bracket Updates: 1st Round Scores, 2nd Round Schedule. The first round of the men’s National Invitation Tournament is in the books, with the 32-team field now trimmed to 16 teams. Here’s a look back at the first-round results, plus a look ahead to the second-round match-ups and schedule. Read & Watch from The Oregonian.    … Read moreNATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT BRACKET RECAP