The Giants said goodbye to one of their best pass rushers Thursday, possibly clearing the way for them to draft their next great pass rusher.

The team traded defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers in exchange for a third-round pick (No. 69 overall). The teams also swapped fourth-round picks. The Giants moved down six spots from No. 102 overall to No. 108.
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The move is a possible signal the Giants are thinking of taking North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the No. 2 overall pick. Chubb is viewed as the best pass rusher in this draft and would be a better fit than Pierre-Paul in the 3-4 the Giants are moving to under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher.

Today is a bittersweet day, Pierre-Paul said in an Instagram post. I have been blessed to be part of a world class organization and fans for the last 8 years. As I look back at my career with the NY Giants, I am filled with gratitude and appreciation for each and every moment I had with NYG. As of now I’m starting a new chapter in my life as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, I will always value the time I had here in NY CITY. Thank you for the great 8 years! 90PC

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Bettcher got his hands on Jones in 2016 in Arizona and helped turn him into a star, as Jones evolved from a very good player into a great one, leading the NFL in sacks in 2017 with 17. Jones was a defensive end for the Patriots who transitioned and thrived as an outside linebacker in Bettcher’s system. Vernon will be given the same assignment, and the Giants are hoping for similar results.

Look at Chandler Jones and how good he is, said Rob Leonard, the assistant linebacker coach, a holdover Demaryius Thomas Womens Jersey from the Tom Coughlin and Ben McAdoo staffs. We’ve watched so much Cardinals film and how great he is at the techniques, that’s what you’re hoping to get at. O.V. has the talent to be just as good.

Bettcher is installing a 3-4 defensive front but cautioned he will not know for sure what he has on defense until he gets his players on the field in training camp. The key, he insisted, is about playing relentless, not applying miracle-worker status to himself or his system.
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Daryl Worley Officially Cut by Eagles After Arrest

The Philadelphia Eagles announced they have released cornerback Daryl Worley after his arrest early Sunday morning.

Anyone else? Nice to see Denver, Miami and Buffalo stretching their legs. Arizona and Baltimore, don’t by shy, there might be room for you. Jacksonville, too, but do Steeler Nation a favor and tell Pittsburgh to sit down and wait till next year.

Quarterbacks will command center stage when the draft commences April 26 with at least 25 percent of NFL teams — and possibly one-third — in the market for a quarterback of the future, if not the present.

How many quarterbacks are selected on opening night, and where they land in the football version of musical chairs, will be the storyline that overshadows all others in Round 1.

As an organization we hold Dez Bryant in the highest regard, and we are grateful for his passion, spirit and contributions to this team for the past eight years, Jones said in a statement. He will always be a valued member of our family. Dez and I share a personal and professional relationship that is very strong, and he is one of just a handful of players with whom I have become that close to over the past 30 years.

The move is no surprise, as Berger said during the season that he was leaning toward retirement. But he was a free agent who drew interest from the Lions and Panthers as well as the Vikings, and he decided to listen to those teams’ offers.

In the end, however, he decided he’s done.

Contrast that with last year when he traded down five times during the draft to acquire more picks. The Jets had just purged their roster of veterans and Maccagnan clearly was in pick acquisition mode to try to add more rookies to a rebuilding roster.

When you examine the ages of the players Maccagnan drafted, an interesting pattern emerges. With his early picks, he has taken younger players. This may just be a product of players being selected high who left college a year early, but it seems to be important to Maccagnan, who has cited the ages of some of the players after they are drafted. steelers_031

Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar exits vs. Rays, in concussion protocol

Injuries continue to plague the Texas Rangers, who have seen many players sent to the disabled list early in the season.
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The latest player to be bitten by the injury bug was shortstop Jurickson Profar, who exited Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning.

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The Blue Jays had originally planned to start left-hander J.A. Happ in the nightcap, but instead gave the assignment to right-hander Joe Biagini, who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to be the 26th man. Happ will now start Wednesday’s series finale.

Left-hander Danny Duffy started the second game for Kansas City. The Royals called up right-hander Scott Barlow from Triple-A Omaha to be their 26th man. Right-hander Ian Kennedy was scheduled to start Wednesday.

The annual Patriots’ Day game scheduled for Monday morning at Fenway Park has been postponed because of the forecast of heavy rain.

The Red Sox made the announcement about an hour after their 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, which completed an abbreviated three-game series sweep and gave Boston an 8-1 record on its first homestand of the season.

The Giants this week complete their private visits with the top quarterback prospects. Sam Darnold of USC arrived Monday afternoon and Josh Allen of Wyoming comes in Tuesday. Previously, the Giants brought in Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield for visits.

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No one knows how strictly the NFL will enforce the new helmet rule

The NFL banned lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet on Tuesday, a surprising rule change that came with no advance notice to the public and resulted in fans everywhere wondering what, exactly, the new rule means.
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What are a running back and a linebacker doing when they collide in the open field? Those things could all be interpreted as lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet. If the NFL is going to tell the officials to flag this new penalty under the strictest interpretation possible, then the sport we’re going to see in 2018 will barely resemble the sport of football we’ve been watching our entire lives.

On the other hand, Sean Couturier Youth jersey this might turn out to be like the rule change from 2013, when the league put restrictions on ball carriers lowering the crowns of their helmets into tacklers. At the time the rule passed, there were warnings that the sport of football would never be the same. (Just read PFT’s comments that day.) As it turned out, the rule barely registered because it was so rarely enforced: The league told the officials only to flag the most flagrant, obvious examples of players using their helmets as weapons.

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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, owners were given a presentation yesterday of the findings of a previously secret study on gambling and the patterns of behavior associated with it.
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Such reports are secret largely because the mere mention of the word makes commissioner Roger Goodell either clam up or spasmodically say the phrase integrity of the game.

But owners heard an update on the technology available so owners were up to speed when it is legalized.

Albert Breer of added that representatives of the Buccaneers and Rams spoke to the group, since sports gambling is common in the English soccer league where their also own teams (Manchester United and Arsenal). He also spoke to Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, who said gambling could be a factor in helping the league grow into places like China.

Matt Nagy will point to Eagles as example of surviving bad times

Matt Nagy has been on the job as head coach of the Bears for much of this year, but he’s yet to step up to deliver a message in front of his entire roster.
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That will change on Tuesday when the Bears begin their offseason program. Nagy outlined two points of the message he plans to deliver, starting with getting players to understand why it’s so important for them to put on the Bears uniform. Nagy also wants to have a team that will thrive in the face of adversity and said he will point to the current Super Bowl champs as an example of what he’s trying to build in Chicago.

Fourth-year manager Kevin Cash has decided to forgo the traditional five-man rotation, opting instead for a bullpen game when the need arises. The results so far have been inconsistent, as the Rays have dropped eight straight no matter who started.

The Royals are clearly missing Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez. Their offense is at or near the bottom of the league in OBP (next to last in the league at .264) and power (tied for last in the league with two home runs). It’s not going so great on the mound, either, thanks in large part to their bullpen, which has a 6.53 ERA so far this season. — Nitzberg

[H]e’ll be a Pittsburgh Steeler in 2018, Colbert said during a visit to PFT Live during the league meetings in Orlando. Unless he did something that he didn’t do last year, I think we can assume that if we don’t get a long-term deal done he’ll show up and he’ll be as ready as he can be. Ideally, [we] would love to have him there for training camp. Not only for himself but for the rest of the team.

That thing he didn’t do last year would be a holdout that extends into, and possibly through, the 2018 season. That’s highly unlikely, given that Bell will make $14.56 million for one more year with the Steelers.
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It’s also highly unlikely that the Steelers will rescind the franchise tender from Bell at some point before he signs it.

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New catch rule could result in more collisions

When changing its playing rules, the NFL always worries about unintended consequences. The new catch rule has a potential unintended consequence that would run counter to the league’s obsession with player health and safety.

Consider this example: Offensive player catches ball with two feet down. Ball comes out. Official blows the whistle and makes the signal of an incomplete pass. The ball bounces around on the ground. What happens next?

So, yes, players will be diving for the ball. That’s what they’ll be coached to do, and that’s what they’ll be expected to do. And good luck doing that without lowering the helmet to initiate contact in the process of, you know, diving head first.

While it’s unlikely (hopefully) that diving head first for a loose ball will constitute a violation of the new helmet rule (at this point, who knows?), the sudden, secret passage of such a significant safety rule brings into focus the safety aspects of all rule changes. And the new catch rule definitely has a safety risk that was overlooked, disregarded, or affirmatively assumed by the owners when voting 32-0 to change the catch rule.

Rosen could try to get the Browns to trade him to another team, in the same way that Eli Manning got the Chargers to draft him and quickly trade him to the Giants in 2004. If the Browns refuse, Rosen could sit out the year and re-enter the draft in 2019.

If the report from November is accurate that Rosen was considering returning to school for another year in lieu of potentially being drafted by the Browns, the logical alternative if picked by the Browns becomes telling them “no thanks” and entering the draft pool again next year. It’s actually a better approach; if Rosen had chosen to remain in school, he still could have been drafted by the Browns in 2019. If the Browns draft Rosen and he stiffs them this year, the Browns wouldn’t draft him again next year.

“I’d rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher [pick] at the wrong team,” Rosen said in December. Surely, Rosen would also rather wait a year to have a better chance at getting to the right team. Or, at a minimum, to avoid the wrong team.la_kings_014

Red Sox will be without Bogaerts against Yankees

The sizzling Red Sox will be without Xander Bogaerts for 10-14 days as the rival New York Yankees come to Boston to begin the latest installment in the rivalry.
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But for the Red Sox, the news could have been a lot worse.

A lot worse.

Bogaerts injured his left ankle sliding into the visitors’ dugout chasing an errant throw Sunday. Unable to get off the field on his own, he was helped to the clubhouse and the home fans feared the worst.

Manager Terry Francona indicated Tyler Naquin will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus. He was optioned to the minors Friday when Michael Brantley was activated.
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Kennedy has struck at least one batter in each of his 271 career appearances. He’s tied with Boston’s David Price for the longest such streak among active pitchers.

Indians DH Yonder Alonso got an early birthday present as his family and a few teammates arranged for a mariachi band to play in the clubhouse before the game. Alonso, who turns 31 on Sunday, even busted out some dance moves while being serenaded.

They didn’t make me dance, but I just can’t help it, Alonso said. I’m from Miami. I’m a Cuban guy. So, it’s just kind of in the blood.

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The Denver Nuggets are playing playoff-caliber basketball. One more win and they’ll be doing it for real.

Facing elimination and an 11-point deficit midway through the third quarter Monday night, the Nuggets rallied past the Portland Trail Blazers 88-82 for their sixth consecutive victory.

That was another playoff game. That was just tough, physical for 48 minutes, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

The Trail Blazers scored 25 points off 18 offensive rebounds but managed only one bucket and two offensive boards in the fourth quarter, when they were held to 13 points.

Jokic scored 15 points, pulled down a season-best 20 rebounds and had 11 assists. Will Barton added 22 points, leading a comeback from an 11-point third-quarter deficit.

Mariners come out swinging, spoil Giants home opener, 6-4

Bruce Bochy just went for it and pegged Joe Panik as a 60-home run guy. Joking of course, but the second baseman is on quite a pace.
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His latest solo home run wasn’t enough against Seattle.

Behind Panik’s power bat, San Francisco became the first team in major league history to score its first three runs of the year on solo homers by the same player, according to Elias. It was Panik’s first homer at AT&T Park since Aug. 28, 2016 — all 10 of his came on the road in 2017.

The Mariners answered right back in the fifth, getting Robinson Cano’s RBI double and a sacrifice fly from Guillermo Heredia.

The credit goes to our offense today, Gonzales said. The four runs in the first, couldn’t ask for a bigger boost of confidence honestly, and the way they played in the field it was a huge team win all the way around.

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The temperature at game time was 40 degrees.
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Former NFL QB Todd Marinovich back in jail

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While no details of the arrest have been released, the 48-year-old was in the middle of a two-year probation sentence handed out last year after being found naked in a stranger’s backyard with drugs and syringes. Marinovich was sentenced to 90 days in custody after the incident but could avoid jail time if he went through a successful rehab and avoided legal trouble for 36 months.

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The Jets have held private workouts with several quarterbacks, including Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield last week.

General manager Mike Maccagnan said Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen will workout for them soon. Jets officials attended Allen’s Pro Day in Wyoming Friday, but as with most of the top quarterbacks in the draft, a private workout is probably necessary.

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As Shohei Ohtani takes the mound, what should we expect

Shohei Ohtani is doing this, and when Sunday dawns, the magnitude of this moment should not be minimized. Strip away all the angst about his spring training and remember those four words: He is doing this. He was the Los Angeles Angels’ designated hitter Thursday against the Athletics, and he will be their starting pitcher Sunday. That’s nothing short of crazy. As the season wears on, he is expected to hit two or three times a week and be the starting pitcher once a week. In the modern game, it is unprecedented, and yet as the moment approaches, it still somehow feels underappreciated.

Padres: C Austin Hedges (back) was out of the lineup a second straight game. … OF Wil Myers didn’t start a night after coming out of the game with a triceps injury.

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (0-1, 6.75 ERA) looks to bounce back from an opening-day loss to Arizona.

Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (0-0, 1.00 ERA) pitched seven strong innings on opening day.

You might have viewed the Dodgers’ season-opening festivities as an in-your-face reminder of how long it has been since their 1988 title. You can’t blame the team. We all love to celebrate round-numbered anniversaries, and that L.A. team was awfully memorable. Who hasn’t seen Kirk Gibson’s homer off Dennis Eckersley replayed a million times We all remember Vin Scully’s unforgettable epilogue: In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened.

Gibson was there to throw out the first pitch, one day after he autographed the seat where that famous home run landed. That seat is now covered in blue and beginning this year is called The Kirk Gibson Seat. The story of Gibson’s homer was told in a short documentary on the scoreboard, then he came out of the dugout carrying the same bat and took a couple of swings from the on-deck circle. Orel Hershiser, his Cy Young-winning teammate on that ’88 team, and Tommy Lasorda, his manager, took part in the ceremony.

The Dodgers lost their opener to the hated Giants 1-0, the franchise’s first 1-0 loss in an opener since 1930. Joe Panik curled a homer around the right-field foul pole off Kershaw for the game’s only run. No one was too worked up about it, of course. What is one game for a team that has achieved everything together Well, almost everything.patriots_155