HARPER OUT SELLS LEBRON, KRAFT REPUTATION, NFL COMBINE

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March 5th, 2019

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  1. Bryce Harper Beat LeBron James in Jersey Sales

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  • The No. 3 Phillies jersey that Bryce Harper is wearing broke the 48 hour record for such jersey sales. LeBron James Laker jersey now is the second highest selling jersey followed by Giancarlo Stanton’s Yankees jersey, Khalil Mack and Jimmy Garoppolo round out the top five Fanatics jerseys.
  • Harper wore No. 34 with the Washington Nationals during his seven-year stint. He chose to switch numbers with the Phillies to honor the late Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash in November 2017.
  • Here’s a list of the 20 players with the most jersey sales in 2018:

1. Aaron Judge, Yankees
2. Jose Altuve, Astros
3. Javier Báez, Cubs
4. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
5. Mookie Betts, Red Sox
6. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
7. Kris Bryant, Cubs
8. Shohei Ohtani, Angels
9. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees
10. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
11. Mike Trout, Angels
12. Buster Posey, Giants
13. Bryce Harper, Nationals
14. Freddie Freeman, Braves
15. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
16. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox
17. George Springer, Astros
18. Francisco Lindor, Indians
19. Carlos Correa, Astros
20. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves

The list is generated based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com, the official online shop of Major League Baseball, since Opening Day 2018.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.


2. Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Faces Biggest Test of His Power

Robert Kraft et al. standing in front of a crowd: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, faces two misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Florida.

Photo: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, faces two misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Florida.

  • Robert Kraft never made it to his golf game with  Al Michaels, the longtime host of “Sunday Night Football.” at the Bel-Air Country Club. The police 2,600 miles away in Florida were charging him with two counts of soliciting a prostitute at a massage parlor in Jupiter. Not something anyone saw coming.
  • Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic nominee for president in 2020, included Robert Kraft in a humorous joke at the annual Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner in Washington D.C.s. Klobuchar promised the audience that the duration of her speech would be “shorter than a Robert Kraft visit to the Orchids day spa.”
  • When Kraft returned to Boston the next day, he was spotted hugging Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after they got off a private jet.
  • Kraft’s future is uncertain as he goes through the legal process. His untarnished reputation is now tarnished and may have compromised his stature within that most exclusive of American business clubs.

    3. Does Running a Fast 40 Yard Dash Make You a Superstar in the NFL?

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  • Greedy Williams was the best cornerback prospect of the draft class, running a 4.37 40-yard dash. DeAndre Baker another cornerback didn’t have the time that he wanted, his first 40-yard-dash attempt was clocked in with a 4.52. He followed that up with an even slower 4.63 his second go-round. The difference in times only is an issue depending on who wants to draft Baker. Remember Jalen Myrick in 2017 ran a 4.28 second 40 yard dash. After being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft Jacksonville waived the cornerback. He now spends time on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad.
  • The 2019 “Run Rich Run” the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen didn’t put up a career-best while running the 40-yard dash in his suit at the NFL combine. Eisen has raised over $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital because of his yearly 40 yard dash. He was timed at 6.77 seconds the first time he ran in 2005. This year it was 6.00 even, how time flies!
  • John Ross ran a 4.22 40 yard dash which moved him to a top 10 pick, where he was selected #9 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft. Why doesn’t the fastest time mean anything, because Ross didn’t play much at all in the 2017 season and only contributed catching 21 passes and 7 TDs. Now the Bengals are looking to unload the speedster. 

 

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March 3rd, 2019

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  1. Harden’s Scoring Streak

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  • James Harden is on the verge of doing something amazing! The step back three shooting scoring machine will face the same pressures of a major league baseball player trying to catch Joe DiMaggio’s consecutive hit streak or maybe a bowler in the ninth frame of rolling a perfect game.
  • Harden extended his streak of consecutive 30-point games to 22. Harden still trails Wilt Chamberlain, who has three longer streaks, including the record-setting 65-game run he put up in 1961-62 — the season he averaged an NBA record 50.4 points per game.

    2. The Biggest Meat Market, The NFL Combine

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  • The NFL Scouting Combine is an event that gives players a path to get selected in the upcoming draft. More than 300 prospects participate in the 2019 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Bucky Brooks NFL.com Analyst, one of the best analysts gives his look at the top five prospects at each position as the 2019 NFL Draft will be soon upon us.
  • Alabama Crimson Tide star lineman 6-foot-3, 303-pounder Quinnen Williams was to stand on a 4.87 unofficial 40-yard dash time on Sunday at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine Williams’ agent, Nicole Lynn, told Williams he shouldn’t even run the 40 a second time. “He didn’t listen,” Lynn wrote in a tweet. “Decided to bet on himself …” Williams followed with a 4.83 official time on his second try. His 4.83 clocking is the fourth-fastest by a 300-plus pound defensive lineman at the combine since 2003.
  • Montez Sweat set a modern record for fastest 40-yard dash by a defensive lineman, clocking a 4.41.
  • The down side to any workout is the risk of injury. Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence suffered an injury on his first and only run of the 40-yard dash. Lawrence suffered a minor quad strain and he should be ready for Clemson’s pro day later this month.

    3. The Evolution of Giannis Antetokounmpo into a Global Star

Giannis Antetokounmpo could net a sneaker deal worth $7-10 million a year this summer. Dylan Buell/Getty Images
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (The Greek Freak) is taking over the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks have improved their league-best record to 48-14 thus far. The gym rat has developed in to the future of the Global NBA basketball appeal.
  • Antetokounmpo’s upcoming shoe deal is not only expected to place him among the top 10 NBA players in the league from an earnings standpoint, but shoe deals create the exposure that opens the door for bigger endorsements down the road. Being a foreign player from Greece gives him the European exposure that US players get only if your Kobe Bryant or LeBron James.

    4. What Does Bryce Harper’s deal mean?

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  • Bryce Harper signs a $330 million over 13 years with the Philadelphia Phillies. Just days before Manny Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres.
  • Who’s next, well probably the best player on the planet Mike Trout! The Los Angeles Angel outfielder will be a free agent for the first time in his career at the end of the season. The question is will the Angels extend the superstars contract or the free agent market have to with stand another Harper/Machado negotiation. The Los Angeles Angels have considered offering Mike Trout a 10-year, $350 million extension which would be the highest paid contract surpassing Harper’s $330 million dollar deal.
  • Here are the five largest contracts in baseball history:
  1. Bryce Harper, Phillies: 13 years, $330 million
  2. Giancarlo StantonMarlins: 13 years, $325 million
  3. Manny Machado, Padres: 10 years, $300 million
  4. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 10 years, $275 million
  5. Nolan ArenadoRockies: 8 years, $260 million

    5. Tampa Bay Lightning Odds on Favorite to Win Stanley Cup

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Tampa Bay Lightning  4/1

ROUNDING OUT THE TOP FIVE

Toronto Maple Leafs  9/1
Winnipeg Jets  9/1
Calgary Flames  10/1
San Jose Sharks  10/1

 

 

NEWS FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING

Photo: (Getty Images) Pete Alonso Needs More Than Power to Claim His Spot With the Mets Kevin Armstrong | New York Times Mets second baseman Robinson Cano at spring training camp. “I feel like I’m 25,” said Cano, who is 36 and older than any of his new teammates Kevin Armstrong | New York Times … Read moreNEWS FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING

NOLAN ARENADO SIGNS BIG DEAL WITH ROCKIES, MLB NEWS

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Nolan Arenado, the four-time all-star and six-time Gold Glove winner, is remaining with the Rockies. The 27-year-old third baseman has agreed to a lucrative contract extension with the club that could keep him in a Rockies uniform for as long as eight years and for more than $255 million, a source confirmed to The Denver Post.

Photo: The 23-year-old Miguel Andujar, left, and the 22-year-old Gleyber Torres, right, with Didi Gregorius at George M. Steinbrenner Field last week.CreditCreditEve Edelheit for The New York Times

 When the Yankees’ young slugger Aaron Judge looks up and down the team’s roster, he sees many players like him. There’s the soon-to-be-24-year-old third baseman, Miguel Andujar, who was the runner-up for the American League Rookie of the Year Award last season — just ahead of a teammate, second baseman Gleyber Torres, 22. Continue Reading By James Wagner New York Times

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The Cardinals and starting pitcher Miles Mikolas have agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension, MLB Network reported.

The deal — after Mikolas went 18-4 in his first season with the Cardinals in 2018 — is expected to be announced at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Continue Reading By Bob Hille, Omnisport

FILE – In this Monday, May 14, 2018, file photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Nevada regulators have rejected a request from Major League Baseball to ban betting on spring training games. The Nevada Gaming Control Board says the state has the proper controls in place to minimize the league’s integrity concerns. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Photo: People make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Nevada regulators have rejected a request from Major League Baseball to ban… (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada gambling regulators have rejected a request by Major League Baseball to ban betting on spring training games.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said in a letter to MLB that casinos in Las Vegas and elsewhere have taken bets on exhibition baseball games for decades without problems.

The league asked for the ban on Wednesday last week, the day before the first scheduled spring training game between the Mariners and A’s, which was rained out. Bryan Seeley, MLB’s deputy general counsel, said in the request that wagers on spring training games carry “heightened security risks.” The league says the games are “more vulnerable to manipulation” because teams are focused on getting players ready for the season, not on winning.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairwoman Sandra Morgan responded Thursday saying sportsbooks have the proper controls in place to minimize concerns about players potentially fixing bets.

MLB acknowledged the tardiness of its request and said it planned to make similar requests in other states where sports betting has become legal since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow expansion last year. From

MLB NEWS & NOTES

Photo: Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black waits to be introduced during pregame at Wrigley Field before playing the Chicago Cubs in the NL West Wild Card playoff game Oct. 2, 2018.

Manager Bud Black signs 3-year contract By Denver Post

Adorable: Rob Manfred thinks the Braves are taking out the Tomahawk Chop By Craig Calcaterra Hard Ball Talk

Aaron Hicks gets $70 million deal from Yankees By Joel Sherman New York Post

Manny Machado, Padres have a clear path to long-term contention if they follow these four steps By CBS Sports

Addison Russell returns to field, braces for fan wrath over domestic-violence suspension By Gordon Wittenmyer

MLB’s Instagram Claps Back At User Calling Mookie Betts ‘Overrated By NESN

Clayton Kershaw to resume throwing on Monday By Jesse Reed Sportsnaut

Aaron Boone doesn’t rule out Yankees using an ‘opener By George A. King III New York Post

‘I felt uncomfortable’: Reacclimation process begins for Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera By , The Detroit News

MLB to Celebrate Jackie Robinson 100th Birthday in 2019 By , USA TODAY

 

 

 

 

NEWS & NOTES FROM THE MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Now that Manny Machado’s 10-year, $300MM deal with the Padres has been announced, Bryce Harper and agent Scott Boras have a definitive bar to attempt to clear as they seek a record-setting contract of their own. Yesterday’s slate of rumors on Harper had a series of updates on how the Phillies, Nats, White Sox and Giants view the former NL MVP now that Machado is off the board. Here’s a look at the latest chatter on “Harper’s Bazaar” as the long, drawn-out saga inches toward a resolution… From 


​The San Diego Padres stunned the baseball world by signing superstar Manny Machado to the ​largest free agent contract in U.S. sports history earlier this week.

It appears that despite the monolithic deal, they’re not out on the offseason’s other top free agent, Bryce Harper.

According to Jon Heyman, the team’s ownership will meet on Friday to determine whether or not they plan to pursue Harper. It seems like a long shot, especially considering they’re a small market team that has shelled out big bucks in two consecutive offseasons for free agents, but they seem determined to field a truly competitive team in 2019. More From 

 


The Padres have formally announced the signing and confirmed the terms of the contract (10 years, $300MM). To clear room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Dinelson Lamet was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Per Heyman, the deal will pay Machado $30MM annually and contain a six-team no-trade clause (Twitter links). Technically, the first season of the deal is paid out in the form of a $10MM salary and a $20MM signing bonus — that latter of which is not subject to the same level of taxation as Machado’s actual salary. Machado will play third base in San Diego. From 


 

Though Spring Training is underway, let’s move on to our 15th team payroll projection. Below find the links to the earlier posts in this series.

Philadelphia Phillies
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels
Atlanta Braves
New York Yankees
Chicago White Sox
Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins
Milwaukee Brewers
San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs
New York Mets
San Diego Padres

Today, we look into a club whose rebuild earned a World Series win, yet who finds itself with a rotation in flux: the Houston Astros.

This year’s team has been assembled by general manager Jeff Luhnow, who took the reins in Houston in December 2011, shortly after Crane’s purchase was finalized, after nearly a decade running the Cardinals’ scouting department. Luhnow utilized his drafting prowess over his first few drafts to add stars like Carlos CorreaLance McCullers Jr., and Alex Bregman, with others such as Forrest Whitley and Kyle Tucker close to contributing. Infamously, Luhnow also whiffed on a pair of number one overall picks in right-hander Mark Appel and left-hander Brady Aiken, though Luhnow salvaged his losses by flipping Appel to Philadelphia as a minor piece in the Ken Giles trade and recouping a compensation pick for Aiken going unsigned that became Bregman. From 


Duke star Zion Williamson sustained a Grade 1 right knee sprain and will be listed as day-to-day moving forward, the school announced. The injury news comes as a sigh of relief for Williamson, who exited the game shortly after suffering the injury on Wednesday. From Arthur Hill


The NBA has submitted an official proposal to the National Basketball Players Association that would lower the draft-eligible age from 19 to 18, according to a report from Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports.

The NBPA and executive director Michele Roberts planned to review the proposal on Monday at a post-All-Star break meeting, Sam Amick adds.

Both the NBA and the NBPA have held extensive discussions on lowering the age throughout the season, but two significant hurdles remain in the way: Commissioner Adam Silver wanting player-agents to provide medical information on prospects for NBA teams, and the league wanting to mandate that players attend and give some form of participation during the pre-draft combine, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. To this point, the NBPA has pushed back against both of these ideas. From JD Shaw


After some up-and-down play in the early going this season, the Warriors have looked like their old selves over the last several weeks, winning 18 of their last 21 games to cement their spot atop the Western Conference. While there was never any doubt that Golden State would be the team to beat in the West, it remains unclear which conference rival will be the Dubs’ biggest threat this spring.

The Nuggets and Thunder currently have comfortable holds on the second and third seeds in the West and are in good position to capture home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. However, both squads are unproven in the playoffs — Oklahoma City hasn’t won a postseason series since Kevin Durant‘s departure in 2016, and Denver hasn’t even made the postseason since 2013. Led by a pair of MVP candidates in Nikola Jokic and Paul George, the Nuggets and Thunder are formidable, but neither team looks like a lock to advance to the Western Finals. From Luke Adams

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

It’s been pretty quiet around Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds of late, but TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that “interest has intensified” over the last couple of days. LeBrun speculates that the Flyers’ recent streak of success may have quelled the Simmonds market as the team became re-focused on a playoff push, but he feels the results of their next few games will ultimately determine if and when Simmonds is dealt. More likely than not, the impending free agent power forward will be playing elsewhere by Monday.

Even after the Charlie Coyle acquisition, many believe that the Boston Bruins are not done. TSN’s Darren Dreger applauded the trade, but noted that the Bruins did not have to give up much and are likely still in the market for another scoring forward. The Bruins announced this evening that center Trent Frederic has been assigned to the AHL and winger Peter Cehlarik has been recalled, further enforcing the idea that Boston prefers to play Coyle at third-line center. That would still leave a hole on the second line next to David Krejci. Dreger names New York Rangers Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes as among those the Bruins are targeting to further help out their secondary scoring. From 


There’s a very good chance that, in the end, the Los Angeles Kings will have traded Tanner Pearson, a first-round pick who scored 144 points for them and helped them win a Stanley Cup, for nothing, zip, nada, zero.

Think about it. The Kings dealt Pearson three months ago to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Carl Hagelin, a player who missed 20 games with a knee injury and scored all of one goal and four assists in 22 games for them. That brings us to Thursday when the Kings turned around and dealt Hagelin to the Washington Capitals, a team that will instead use him as the utility player he is for another playoff run, then either allow him to leave as an unrestricted free agent or have him re-sign on a minimal offer. And the Kings get in return a third-round pick and, if the Capitals win two playoff rounds and Hagelin plays in half of those games, an additional sixth-round pick. More From 



NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

A year ago, 24 of the league’s 32 teams made changes to at least one of their head coach, offensive coordinator, or defensive coordinator spots, and many of those hirings turned into major stories throughout the 2018 season. New head coaches Matt Nagy and Frank Reich led the Bears and Colts, respectively, to the postseason during their first go-rounds in charge, while new Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur leveraged his one-year stint as a play-caller to become the next Packers head coach.

Which new coaches could make a similar impact this year? We may have to wait to find out, but there are certainly plenty of candidates. The full breakdown of 2019’s major coaching changes from around the league is below:

Head coaches:

Offensive coordinators:

Defensive coordinators:

Special teams coordinators:

Other 2018 OCs, DCs with new jobs:

  • Atlanta Falcons: Hired former Chiefs DC Bob Sutton as a senior assistant.
  • Cleveland Browns: Hired former Cardinals DC Al Holcomb as run game coordinator/linebackers coach.
  • New York Jets: Hired former Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter as running backs coach.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Hired former Dolphins DC Matt Burke as a defensive assistant.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Hired former Bengals DC Teryl Austin as a senior defensive assistant/secondary.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Hired former Broncos DC Joe Woods as passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Hired former Jets DC Kacy Rodgers as defensive line coach.
  • Washington Redskins: Re-assigned former OC Matt Cavanaugh as a senior offensive assistant. From Dallas Robinson

    The 2019 NFL Draft is fast approaching, but a lot can change in terms of players’ stocks before it arrives in late April. As teams get closer looks at the top prospects at the NFL Combine in late February and pro day workouts in March, some will rise or fall on draft boards around the league.

    For now, here is a look at the best 100 players available in the 2019 NFL Draft regardless of position, and how high each might be selected based on team needs, position scarcity and other factors. See the List From Vinnie Iyer

HARPER, MACHADO, BOCHY DOMINATE MLB NEWS

Bryce Harper is likely getting closer to a free agency decision now that fellow superstar Manny Machado has signed a deal with the San Diego Padres, and it sounds like he wants much more than the $300 million Machado took. Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that Harper has turned down “multiple offers” over the past … Read moreHARPER, MACHADO, BOCHY DOMINATE MLB NEWS

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The New York Yankees have offered Manny Machado $220 million over seven-to-eight years, according to former MLB general manager Jim Duquette.

Via Astros beat writer Chandler Rome, Houston GM Jeff Luhnow confirmed that the team had an agreement in principle to trade for Bryce Harper at last season’s deadline. 12 Up

“Jacob deGrom isn’t ruling out putting a restriction on his innings if he enters the season without a new contract. New York Post

“The Mets are “on the verge of blowing up their stadium renovation deal” with St. Lucie and looking for a new Spring Training home, reports Keona Gardner of the TC Palm.

“In one of the least surprising moves of the offseason, the Toronto Blue Jays have, more or less, announced they plan to keep top prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. at Triple-A to start the season. Hardball Talk

“Gary Sanchez appreciates the support. Fans in the Bronx may have been calling for the 26-year-old catcher to be dealt all winter, but he returns to Yankee spring training knowing that his manager believes in him. New York Daily News

“The Twins are nearing the completion of a new contract with right fielder Max Kepler, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. MLB Trade Rumors

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer won his arbitration case against the team this week for the second consecutive year, but the hearing apparently got a lot more personal this time around. Larry Brown Sports

Shortstop Jorge Polanco and the Minnesota Twins are finalizing a contract extension that will cover seven years and guarantee around $25 million. ESPN

The Cubs wasted little time filling an open spot on their 40-man roster Wednesday by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno. Cedeno, 32, posted a 2.43 ERA in 48 appearances with the White Sox and Brewers last season. Chicago Tribune

Canadian reliever John Axford is close to signing a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Sportsnet

The Royals signed left-handed reliever Jake Diekman on Wednesday to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2020 worth a guaranteed $2.75 million. Diekman, 32, will make $2.25 million in base salary this season and could earn performance bonuses for games and games finished. Kansas City Star

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

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Houston Rockets star James Harden put himself in rare company on Wednesday night, scoring at least 30 points in his 31st consecutive game. He is now tied with Wilt Chamberlain (1962) for the second-longest such streak in NBA history.

“Ethan Strauss of The Athletic — who Durant called out by name during his recent tense presser with reporters — said during his podcast Thursday that “There is infrastructure being laid down in New York, for him to go to New York — if we’re just completely real about.” SNY TV

After two tumultuous seasons in Philadelphia, Markelle Fultz, once thought to be the final piece of The Process alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, was shipped off to Orlando at the trade deadline. Dime Magazine

Carmelo Anthony may be a backup plan for the backup plan. As the Lakers wade through the buyout market, they already have whiffed on Enes Kanter and now may be hoping to land Markieff Morris, according to ESPN.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver isn’t considering a switch to the NFL to become that league’s commissioner, according to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne, Bleacher Report

Agent Zero is back. Former Washington Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas is taking his talents to the BIG3 league this summer. The Score

New Balance has been out of the basketball kicks game for a while but has landed a big fish as it relaunches its hardcourt division. Kawhi Leonard will be the new face of New Balance Hoops. Sportsnaut

Celtics reportedly accuse Rich Paul of creating a story that Kyrie Irving was leaving to impact Anthony Davis trade. BroBible

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

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The Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers have been in talks about a potential trade involving goaltender Cam Talbot, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. The Score

After breaking into NHL as undrafted free agent, Chris Kunitz set to join exclusive 1,000-game club. NBC Sports Chicago

For all the talk of an Artemi Panarin trade, The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun cautions that the Columbus Blue Jackets keeping the star forward as an “own rental” is a very real possibility. Pro Hockey Rumors

A seven-game winning streak and building confidence have center Ryan O’Reilly hoping the Blues don’t mess with their chemistry before the trade deadline. “I don’t expect really anything big to happen here, and that’s good,” O’Reilly told NHL.com

An encouraging note for Ducks fans, especially during a stretch without much good news in Anaheim, is that Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that term is the only thing separating the team and winger Jakob Silfverberg from agreeing to a contract extension.. Yardbarker

The Toronto Maple Leafs will not part ways with defensive prospects Timothy Liljegren or Rasmus Sandin in exchange for a rental player, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

 

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

One Instagram post wasn’t enough for Tom Brady to show his love for Alex Guerrero. After shouting out his personal trainer and business partner in an Instagram story the day after Super Bowl LIII, the New England Patriots quarterback used Instagram on Wednesday. NBC Sports Boston

On the surface, the Antonio Brown contract can easily be traded. He’s due to make less than $39 million over the next three years, an annual average of less than $13 million. In theory, this makes his contract somewhat easier to trade. Pro Football Talk

Latavius Murray has quietly been one of the most reliable running backs in the league and was just that with the Minnesota Vikings the last two seasons, which now sees him on the verge of hitting free agency. 247 Sports

Pete Thamel reports that Florida DC Todd Grantham will stay at the school, despite interest from the Bengals. Harrison Tenzer first reported the news.  Other names recently linked to the Bengals include Rams DBs coach Aubrey.

The Chargers announced that they have elected to not exercise DT Corey Liuget‘s contract option, making him a free agent.  Chargers GM Tom Telesco said in a statement that the “door is certainly not closed” on Liuget possibly. NFL Trade Rumors

The Broncos do not intend to re-work Joe Flacco‘s contract after agreeing to acquire him from the Ravens earlier today, according to Mike Klis of 9News (Twitter link)

A weak wide receiver market will see a veteran join the ranks. NFL Network‘s Mike Garafolo reported Thursday morning on Good Morning Football that the San Francisco 49ers will not pick up the contract option on receiver Pierre Garcon. NFL.com

The Oakland Raiders this past season had a terrible showing. They went 4-12 on the season and had absolutely no depth in their front seven. Their defense allowed 29.2 points every game. Pro-Football Focus had them ranked last in every single defensive ranking. Clutch Points

The Philadelphia Eagles have five days until deciding to put the franchise tag on any one of their players, one of which being quarterback Nick Foles. If the Eagles do franchise Foles, their intent would be to trade him in hopes of getting back a draft pick. 247 Sports

 

 

 

NBA TRADE DEADLINE IS GONE TEAMS MUST PULL IT TOGETHER

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart had a PRP injection to treat tendinitis in his right knee today. Hart will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin is finalizing a contract buyout, clearing the way for him to sign with the Toronto Raptors.

Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Mark Lasry has reportedly been fined $25,000 for violating the NBA‘s tampering rule for comments on Anthony Davis, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.

Nik Stauskas was briefly with the Cavs, who acquired him from the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal for forward Rodney Hood. He never appeared in a game before Cleveland sent him two days later to the Houston Rockets, who promptly traded Stauskas at the deadline to Indiana. The Pacers then waived him, allowing the rebuilding Cavs to pick him up.

The New York Knicks used an image of rookie center Mitchell Robinson playing alongside the Golden State Warriors‘ Kevin Durant in a pitch to season-ticket holders, then deleted the picture to avoid the perception that the organization had an ulterior motive in including Durant, who will be a 2019 free agent, in the pitch. From Ian Begley

Here’s our breakdown of the 2019 NBA buyout market:

Veterans who have been bought out or released and are free agents:

Note: Players marked with an asterisk were injured at the time of their release. Players marked with a double asterisk remain on waivers.

Veterans who have been bought out or released and joined new teams:

Other candidates to be bought out or released:

From NBA Rumors

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

The Cleveland Browns have signed running back Kareem Hunt just months after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs for his involvement in a video that showed him shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February 2018.

Daniel Jones is one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2019 draft class. Experts say he’s 6′ 5″, 220 lbs, he’s accurate, he’s shown an ability to read defenses and manipulate coverage with his eyes, and he’s resilient.

Jerry Jones still wants head coach Jason Garrett to succeed at all costs. Dallas is actually well-fixed on cap space and could fit a new deal under the ceiling without wreaking too much havoc.

Patrick Mahomes had the greatest season in this history of fantasy football quarterbacks.  Mahomes, who finished with 50 touchdown passes and a record-breaking 417.08 fantasy points, also ranked among the top five quarterbacks 43.8 percent of the time.

Kansas City Chiefs and NFL MVP QB Patrick Mahomes are getting oddmakers’ respect. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened odds to win Super Bowl LIV in early January. The Chiefs had the second-best odds at 7-1, with the Rams as the favorite at 6-1. However, in the weeks since, Kansas City has shifted to the 6-1 favorite there and at multiple other Las Vegas sportsbooks.

The Eagles want to maximize their return for Nick Foles. GM Howie Roseman has options? Franchise Foles then trade him, or let him go. Foles future should be a top priority.

Andy Reid expressed the biggest difference between Steve Spagnuolo and Sutton—this is actually one of the things that sets Spagnuolo apart if we’re to go off of how he coached with the Giants a few years ago, his second stint with the Giants—is when he does bring pressure, he keeps two safeties deep a lot of the times, which is unusual.

Andrew Luck Comeback Player of the Year Luck was also a top-five fantasy quarterback in 31.3 percent of his starts. His shoulder injury is a non topic anymore for the Indianapolis Colts.

Former NFL referee Red Cashion, known for his vociferous calls of “First down,” has died. He was 87. NFL Referees Association executive director Scott Green called Cashion “the kind of man everyone wanted to emulate both on and off the field, and he gave so much of his time to all of us.”

Quarterback Baker Mayfield said Wednesday night that the hype about 2019 is warranted, and the team’s new coordinators both said they chose to come to Cleveland because of the Browns’ situation.

Pro Football Focus put out it’s top 101 players from 2018. BY PFF ANALYSIS TEAM

 

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The Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Eric Young Jr.

The Rays have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Tyler Cloyd.

The Athletics have signed veteran catcher Nick Hundley to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

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MLB should consider a lottery in their proposal to change the amateur draft. It’s no secret that the draft needs to be fixed, and maybe this is the way to spice things up a little more.

While many fans have focused on the fates of its current players of late, nearly all of them mourned the passing of Frank Robinson who died last week at the age of 83. Frank Robinson was one of the absolute best to ever play the game and was also the league’s first African-American manager. We at MLB Daily Dish send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans. The world lost a giant.

Ramón Laureano deserves more attention.

The Marlins finally parted ways with their star catcher J.T. Realmuto as they traded him to the Phillies in a deal that was highlighted by flamethrowing pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez. The Phillies were late entrants into the Realmuto sweepstakes, but they closed the deal and the National League playoff race next year continues to look very, very interesting.

Bryce Harper is still a free agent, but the star outfielder has recently met with the Giants about possibly signing with them.

The Hartford Yard Goats are turning themselves into the Screaming Goat meme for one night only. Get your tickets now, folks.

The Nationals brought back Jeremy Hellickson to a one-year deal.

Beloved veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson will look to play another season in the big leagues, as he’s inked a minor-league deal with the Marlins and will try to win a job this spring. If he does end up making Miami’s roster, it’ll be interesting to see if he’s flipped to a contender down the stretch for a third straight year; he seems to be somewhat of a good luck charm, as he’s played on nine playoff teams in 15 seasons, including three that have advanced to the World Series.

Yankees’ Zach Britton has changed his name … to Zack Britton, you know for those of you who were about to make your fantasy picks and be like, “Wait, is this the same guy? Is this a typo?”

Our Andersen Pickard broke down the offseason moves in the NL West, which have been few and far between with just about a week before pitchers and catchers report.

These names will soon be known all around the National League. Check out these young stars who will be heading to a baseball broadcast near you.

Andersen Pickard continued his look at the first half of this offseason (with the second half seemingly looking like it will extend into the last week of spring training) with a look at how well the NL Central has done for itself so far.

Peter Alonso could be in for a big rookie year.

Nolan Arenado and the Rockies made history as they agreed on a one year, $26 million contract to avoid arbitration. That $26 million is a most given to an arbitration eligible player and frankly, Arenado deserves it.

More bad news for Orioles fans: It doesn’t look good for Chris Davis.

The Padres have made a bit of a surprise entrance to the top of the free-agent market, as they are showing interest in some of the top names including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. San Diego may not look the part of a contender right now, but they have one of the league’s best farm systems and could become good in a hurry.

The Angels owe it to Mike Trout to at least make an effort to be better.

Is Isiah Kiner-Falefa the future of roster management?

The Diamondbacks are taking a chance on reliever Greg Holland after signing the three-time All-Star closer to a one-year, $3.5 million deal.

A modest proposal: the Twins should sign Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel. Just bear with us here.

Do free agents lose value when they remain on the market deep into the offseason? We took a look at the data, and let’s just say it usually helps them to sign sooner than later.

What if Bryce Harper ditched the commitment and signed a one-year deal somewhere?

Our Stephen Tolbert took an in-depth look at how the qualifying offer system has affected players’ value in free agency.

 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

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Sporting News

 The NHL’s Feb. 25th trade deadline just two weeks away, general managers are evaluating their rosters to determine which players to move and which ones to pursue.

My NHL Trade Rumors Lyle Richardson writes the Penguins GM Jim Rutherford‘s been among the busiest in this season’s trade market. In addition to swapping Carl Hagelin for Tanner Pearson, he sent Daniel Sprong to Anaheim for Marcus Pettersson followed by Derek Grant to the Ducks for Joseph Blandisi, traded Jamie Oleksiak back to Dallas for a draft pick, and shipped Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan and two draft picks to the Panthers for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann.

Sergei Bobrovsky the two-time Vezina Trophy winner is struggling through his contract year. Most teams are waiting for the off-season the  Panthers could try to acquire him before the trade deadline.

The Senators are attempting to re-sign 27-year-old Matt Duchene and Mark Stone. If Duchene isn’t signed he could be shopped for an offensive skilled center.

American center Jack Hughes, an unbelievable playmaker with hockey in his blood and jaw-dropping skill, is the expected No. 1 pick this summer in Vancouver. Hughes is listed at 5-10, smaller in stature than recent first-overall predecessors.

Major League Soccer

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 ​Wayne Rooney the ​DC United forward was arrested and charged with public intoxication last month at Washington’s Dulles Airport. He was released that same day and paid a $25 fine.

​Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam decided to take ownership of the Columbus Crew, ensuring that the long-time ​MLS franchise will remain in Ohio for the near future.

FC Cincinnati‘s revealed its Adidas home jersey, or kit as it’s called in soccer circles. The jersey is a primarily blue top with blue shorts and socks. Each separate piece has elements of orange, most noticeably on the jersey top with its vertical orange striping and orange trim along the sleeves and neck.

The Fire could have a free-wheeling attack in 2019, with Aleksandar KataiPrzemysław FrankowskiDjordje MihailovicNemanja Nikolic and Bastian Schweinsteiger, but they’ll need Dax McCarty energy and grit in the middle to get the most out of them.

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REPORT, HARPER, ALTUVE, MCCUTCHEN & MORE

Nationals sluggers Bryce Harper and Matt Adams were claimed by unidentified organizations on revocable trade waivers, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (Twitter link). They join fellow left-handed hitting Nats veteran Daniel Murphy as pending free agents who were not able to make it through the waiver wire. The fact that teams were awarded claims on these players does not, of course, mean … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REPORT, HARPER, ALTUVE, MCCUTCHEN & MORE