Tournament officials announced the pairing Wednesday.

The twosome first teamed together for a pro-am in 2005 at Bay Hill before linking again in 2009 for a pro-am at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, N.C. They’ve golfed together intermittently since, while forging a close friendship.

The middle ground, at least for now, appears to be multiple proposals to change how kickoffs will look. NFL announces seven rule proposal changes to kickoffs The NFL announced the rule changes it will discuss at the spring meeting next week, and kickoff rules were the most prominent. Here’s what NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora tweeted out: There’s a lot there, so let’s go through some highlights. The kickoff team will be restricted in how it can line up One proposal is that teams must have five players on each side of the kicker. Right now the rule is at least four on each side. The biggest impact this would seem to have would be on onside kicks.

I’ve had an F-150 since I was like 18 years old. Fords have the lock code on the outside. So, I just use that. Usually, and I probably shouldn’t say this, I leave my keys (in the car). But you can lock it and then you get in by that code. So, I’ve always done that Why didn’t the code prevent Horton from entering the truck? Colton, who I feel like should get blamed for all of this, Brandon’s random friend that lives with him, went out to move my truck so that he could get his out.

So, he moved it and never locked it. So, I locked it. He did not. So, I’m throwing him under the bus. So, there you have it: Blake Bortles leaves his keys inside his truck and throws his teammates’ friends under the bus, which demonstrates a failure to lead by example and more generally, a lack of leadership. Hopefully, the sarcasm came through there. According to News4Jax.com, Horton was charged with burglary, trespassing, and grand theft.ravens_131

Maurice Hurst: Raiders got a good player for little money

Maurice Hurst didn’t expect to be waiting by his phone Saturday afternoon, and he still questions why it took so long to hear his name called.

The defensive tackle, whom the Raiders took in the fifth round (No. 140 overall), dismisses any worries about his heart. So, too, do the Raiders.

“I know it’s been along day and the reason you’re in the fifth round is people have their question marks,” coach Jon Gruden told Hurst in a phone call, via a stream on the Raiders web site. “But we’ve got no doubts about you.”

Guice has maintained all along that he can do the same at the pro level, saying at the Combine: A lot of guys say I can’t catch and stuff just because on film I don’t really catch as much because we don’t throw the ball. I feel like people shouldn’t really speak on things they don’t know much of.

Guice was brought to Washington to give the team what it sorely missed a year ago: A punishing, physical runner in the mold of Marshawn Lynch.

The Redskins will find out soon enough if that running ability comes packed with an ability to pester defenses through the air.

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The Ravens sent him to the Eagles last spring in exchange for advancing 25 spots in the third round.

Overall, that’s not a great return, but one reason Jernigan became expendable is that some of Baltimore’s other defensive linemen, like Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce, have overachieved.

(When healthy, so has run-stopper Brent Urban, who was taken 86 spots behind Jernigan.) And it should be noted that none of the NFL’s defensive tackles taken after Pick 48 went on to become better than Jernigan.

Catcher Gary Sanchez ‘s weakness — still as glaring as ever — didn’t help at all.

Sanchez had yet another ball-blocking lapse in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium — a problem that the 25-year-old worked to fix all offseason, yet clearly remains.

This time, it led to a run scoring and Severino working harder than necessary.
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Browns QB draft history could be worse: They wanted to take JaMarcus Russell in 2007

Cleveland is where quarterbacks go to die. There is a long list of names the Browns have plugged into the starting quarterback role since the franchise returned in 1999, with none of them ever finding much success, save for Derek Anderson’s outlier 2007 season.

This is a lot to process. The greatest player in NEW Browns history, Joe Thomas a sure-fire Hall of Fame player and one of the few great players to join that franchise since 1999 was very nearly not a member of the Browns. Let’s imagine what would have happened had the Browns drafted Russell.

2007: The Raiders go Calvin Johnson, the Lions go Joe Thomas, the Browns go JaMarcus Russell, who has the exact same career with the Browns only it’s more disastrous somehow. Our pal Brady is spared the Cleveland Curse and goes on to win an MVP when Andy Reid selects him as Donovan McNabb’s replacement in Philadelphia instead of Kevin Kolb. (You can take the Kolb string down your own wormhole.)

This list will go through the first round of the draft and determine which players were selected with great value, meaning they were taken below where they were expected. And we’ll also look at poor value, meaning they went higher in the draft than anticipated.

We’ll give the top five examples of each, in no particular order.

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But head coach Pete Carroll said during one of his weekly appearances on Seattle’s 710 ESPN in January that Avril (as well as Chancellor) would have a hard time playing football again.

In a goodbye message to Seattle fans on Instagram, Avril said nothing about his intentions for the future:

If Avril is cleared to get back on the field, it will be with a new team.
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NFL Draft 2018: Georgia’s Sony Michel could be second RB taken, report says

With less than a week until the NFL Draft the rumors are starting to fly. One of interest is that Georgia running back Sony Michel could be the second ball carrier off the board.

According to Bleacher Report, a source is saying it would not be a surprise if Michel was the second running back taken.

Braves: Snitker plans to give RH reliever Sam Freeman a couple days off. Freeman has made a team-high 14 appearances and struggled during a 10-4 loss on Monday.

Reds: C Devin Mesoraco was scratched with a stiff neck. … 3B Eugenio Suarez began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville. He has been sidelined since April 8, when he was hit by Jameson Taillon’s pitch and broke his right thumb.

Braves: Matt Wisler (1-0, 1.29 ERA) is 1-1 career against the Reds in two starts and two relief appearances, allowing eight runs in 15 2/3 innings.

Reds: LH Brandon Finnegan (0-2, 11.05 ERA) makes his third start. He opened the season on the DL with a strained left biceps.

According to ESPN.com, the Saints will leave a seat empty in their draft-day war room to honor their late owner. Benson also owned the Pelicans, currently in the NBA playoffs.

“We’ll be thinking about him for sure,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis told reporters at his Wednesday pre-draft news conference. “I’ve tried not to think about that. We miss him on a daily basis.

Coming off his first big league shutout, a two-hitter at Baltimore, Mike Clevinger gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings.

Ryon Healy, activated from the disabled list after missing 16 games with a sprained right ankle, singled in the third as Seattle took a 3-0 lead in a seven-pitch span with two outs. Healy scored on Dee Gordon’s triple, and Segura had an RBI double and came home on Cano’s single.

“What went right during that 13-0 run?” Schefter asked Donovan to begin the interview. Donovan answered a couple of questions, then as Schefter started to break off the interview, Donovan had a question of his own. dolphins_098

When it comes to Jadeveon Clowney, the Texans are all about hammering out a long-term deal.

“I won’t discuss our negotiations publicly, but I’m optimistic that something can be done,” Houston general manager Brian Gaine said Friday at the team’s pre-draft news conference, per Sarah Barshop of ESPN.

Clowney is set to play this season under a fifth-year option agreement that will pay him more than $12 million. The Texans have been working for some time to seal up the terrorizing defensive end to a new deal, with NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reporting last month the sides had “made some progress,” but “there was still a ways to go” on a pact that could come a “couple of months from now.”

He still has the gift. Since Mike Francesa’s appearance with Chris Russo on MLB Network, during which Fran-say-so authoritatively declared the Yankees will “count their blessings” they didn’t sign Japanese star Shohei Ohtani — Ohtani was spotty in spring training — the Angels pitcher’s MLB career stands at 2-0, with a 2.08 ERA, after allowing just four hits and striking out 18 in 13 innings.

Phillies reliever Jake Thompson, with a 19-1 lead Saturday, pitched three innings of one-hit relief to earn the save in a 20-1 final versus the Marlins. Thompson deserved it as he risked a record-breaking blown save.

Grated minds think alike: By Thursday morning, several readers had asked if Wednesday’s Padres-Rockies and Yankees-Red Sox brawls counted as visits to the mound.

From Philly’s point of view, Foles’ new deal is justified based on his postseason performance alone and gives the Eagles insurance under center just in case Wentz suffers an unforeseen setback. The revised contract, a move Rapoport reported the Eagles “didn’t really have to do,” makes clear that the organization’s admiration and respect for the Super Bowl MVP is immense and that they’d like to keep him at all costs, including first-round picks.

Don’t count on it.

Appearing on Friday’s edition of NFL Up to the Minute, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Giants are not currently interested in Bryant.

“As far as the Giants go,” Rapoport said, “my understanding is they are not at this point a team vying for his services.”

Bryant has spent the past week chasing the Giants like a twitterpated teenager. If the feeling was mutual, he would have signed by now.

Unrequited love is grievous. If he fails to add a wide receiver early in the upcoming draft, perhaps general manager Dave Gettleman will open his heart and embrace a disenchanted Dez. steelers_104

Cavs adjust lineup: Kyle Korver, JR Smith in for Rodney Hood, Jeff Green

Following an 18-point loss in Game 1 of the Cavaliers’ first-round series against the Indiana Pacers, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue made major changes to his starting lineup for Game 2, going with Kyle Korver and JR Smith in place of Rodney Hood and Jeff Green.

Korver played just four minutes in Game 1, shooting 0-for-3 from the field with a turnover. However, Lue revealed in the days that followed the game that he considered Korver to be a part of the “best” lineup the Cavs have.

“We’ve been talking about it as a staff,” Lue said Monday. “I just know those guys have been through everything with us the last four years, and we won a championship, went to three finals. Tristan and JR played a big part of that. We understand that and trust me, we know that.”

Green struggled mightily in Game 1, going 0-for-7. LeBron James was set to occupy the 4 spot that Green vacates by going to the bench, giving the Cavs a true small-ball lineup with Kevin Love at the 5 and Smith at the 3.

Hood, who missed shootaround Wednesday to be on hand for the birth of his twins — a boy named Rich and a girl named Riley — will be available to come off the bench. George Hill, who experienced back stiffness stemming from a hard screen by Trevor Booker in Game 1, was set to complete the starting lineup at point guard.

The Hawks and Budenholzer are both open to ending their partnership, but there are several hurdles that would need to be cleared before that could happen, including the Suns making an offer and agreeing to a contract and possible compensation to Atlanta.

Budenholzer, the 2015 NBA Coach of the Year and an Arizona native, has two years and more than $13 million left on his contract.

The Suns are considering several head-coaching candidates but have largely been focused on getting to know Budenholzer in recent days, league sources said. Phoenix has had contact with former head coaches Steve Clifford (Charlotte), Frank Vogel (Orlando and Indiana), David Fizdale (Memphis) and David Blatt (Cleveland), sources said.

The Suns are still considering interim coach Jay Triano, who replaced Earl Watson three games into the regular season.

Considered one of the NBA’s best tacticians, Budenholzer was the Hawks’ president of basketball operations until he surrendered front-office control with the arrival of new GM Travis Schlenk in the spring of 2017.jets_028

Patriots attend Texas A&M pro day where Johnny Manziel threw

The Patriots were in attendance at Texas A&M’s pro day today at the team’s indoor practice facility.

They were there with 31 other teams to watch 14 Aggies players auditioning for next month’s draft. But there was also someone else there of note: Johnny Manziel.

Orioles: Dylan Bundy (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second start in the series finale on Wednesday. Bundy scattered five hits across seven innings in Baltimore’s opener on Thursday but did not factor into the decision on a day the Orioles won 3-2 on a game-ending homer by Jones.

Astros: Dallas Keuchel (0-1, 4.50 ERA) is looking to bounce back after allowing seven hits and three runs in six innings of a 5-1 loss to the Rangers in his season debut.

That magical season with the Vikings earned Keenum a two-year, $36 million contract to be the Denver Broncos’ starter. Denver head coach Vance Joseph believes the adversity Keenum has encountered to date will only help him, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Legwold.

The maturity level…. Most guys like Case Keenum, when they play and survive, they get better and better each year… Those guys who play and survive, they get better. Most guys who play and don’t survive, they’re out of the league. For him to be here at this moment and be our guy, with what he’s gone through as a free agent out of college, and the work he’s put in with four or five teams, he’s hardened because of that process. He’s going to be good for us.

It’s an expensive gamble. Prior to last year, Keenum had never completed more than 60.9 percent of his passes. His touchdown-to-interception ratio was plus-15 last year. Prior to last season, it was plus-four across his first five seasons.

We understand it hasn’t been without drama. Babe Ruth has been agitating to bat full time, and one does like to respect a player’s wishes and comfort. On the other hand, as you told Harry Hooper, you believe assenting to this request would make you the laughingstock of baseball. Because we don’t have an official game scheduled today, Mr. Frazee asked that we in the club’s analytics department run some calculations to make your decision easier.
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Alex Okafor visiting Bucs on Thursday

Defensive end Alex Okafor will visit the Buccaneers on Thursday, pewterreport.com reports.

Okafor, 27, has ties to Bucs General Manager Jason Licht and defensive line coach Brentson Buckner. Licht was in Arizona when the Cardinals used a fourth-round pick on him in 2013, and Buckner was an assistant coach in Arizona for Okafor’s first four seasons.

The reality is that, every time the Patriots squeezed Amendola to take a pay cut, no one else was ready to offer more. This time around, with Amendola becoming a free agent and the Patriots applying a specific value to Amendola, Miami applied a greater value. And so Miami landed Amendola.

His clutch performance in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship, with a pair of touchdown catches, likely was a factor. His 152 yards in Super Bowl LII likely influenced the decision as well.

Consider this: Amendola had 659 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 15 regular-season games in 2017. He had 348 receiving yards and two touchdowns in only three postseason games.

He has proven time and again that he can perform when called upon to do so, and he’ll get the chance to become the same reliable target in Miami that he became in New England. Just like Welker was, before he joined the Patriots 11 years ago.

Nunez-Roches was selected by the Chiefs in the 2015 NFL Draft and appeared in seven games as a rookie despite being released and signed to the team’s practice squad for a portion of the season. He’s appeared in 34 total games for the Chiefs over the last three seasons, recording 51 tackles with 1.5 sacks.

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Preston Brown, who has started every game the past three seasons and ed almost every snap, signed a one-year deal with the Bengals. The Bills do not have an obvious replacement for Brown on their roster and might need to find a er to wear the radio-equipped helmet to run their defense. — Mike Rodak
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The 24-year-old Shelton should slot in as a replacement for the departing Alan Branch up front for the Patriots.

If you’ve been reading my breakdowns for awhile you know that it takes a lot to make me cuss when I’m watching a prospect’s tape. It takes more than just getting a sack or making a tackle. It has to be something physically impressive that most players at their position can’t do.

The Vikings are banking on Cousins living up to his full potential. He was effective in Washington without the best skill players around him. He’s got upgrades in Minnesota with Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, a one-two punch of a healthy Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray in the backfield and the kind of defense that he never had in Washington.

But it’s still a risk for the Vikings. They’re starting their sixth quarterback in as many seasons and are on the hook for a whole lot of money if Cousins doesn’t pan out.

The Brewers, who rocked the National League just a couple of weeks ago by trading for Christian Yelich and signing Lorenzo Cain, are still in need of pitching. But none of the remaining free-agent starters can match Darvish’s value, and their rotation otherwise does not yet rival Chicago’s. They would have to dip into their farm system further to trade for a better starter if they don’t sign one, and that may not be a move general manager David Stearns wants to make in a rebuild that is barely out of its nascency.

WR Albert Wilson, Dolphins Grade: D+ Wilson’s final game as a member of the Chiefs was comfortably his best as a pro.

The 25-year-old averaged just 26 receiving yards per game before Week 17 of the 2017 season, but with Patrick Mahomes under center and both Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on the sidelines, Wilson went off for 10 catches and 147 yards against the Broncos.

It was the first time Wilson had produced a 100-yard game since his final season at Georgia State back in 2013.

Before that game, though, Wilson had struggled to emerge as the second wideout the Chiefs have sought behind Jeremy Maclin and then Hill.

Take out screens, and there have been 108 wideouts who have been targeted 100 or more times since the start of 2014, when Wilson entered the lineup.
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DeMarcus Cousins posts one of greatest stat lines in NBA history

DeMarcus Cousins posted an incredible statistical feat Monday night matched by only four other players in NBA history.

The Pelicans star scored 44 points to help the Pelicans to a 132-128 double-OT win over the Bulls in New Orleans. His scoring alone was great, but Cousins added 24 rebounds and 10 assists.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s only the 10th 40-point, 20-point, 10-assist game in NBA history.

“He’s been on a mission and he’s been our best player all year,” Zajac said of Hall. “He’s brought momentum over these last 26 games for us, and he’s grown as a leader. It’s great to see.”

Gallagher cut the Devils’ lead to 4-1 midway through the second period.

Maroon scored his first goal as a Devil about a minute later. He has points in all four games since coming to New Jersey in a trade with Edmonton. It was New Jersey’s third power-play goal of the game with Hall assisting.

“In the four games I’ve played here, he’s been by far one of our best players, and that’s exciting to see, especially in meaningful games like this,” Maroon said of Hall. “Big time players step up.”

James is just the seventh player in NBA history to accumulate 30,000 career points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808).

“Congratulations to LeBron on reaching 30,000 points – yet another milestone in an extraordinary career that continues to inspire,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

James, though, said he does not think of himself as a scorer.

“I’m joining elite company,” James said Thursday, per NBA.com . “When I walk into the 30,000-point club they’re going to look at me like, ‘What are you doing here?’ I ain’t supposed to be there.”

Edmonton made it 3-1 with a power-play goal with three minutes to play in the first when Puljujarvi picked the top corner for his 11th of the season.

The Coyotes pulled back within a goal just past the midpoint of the third period after an Edmonton giveaway allowed Dvorak to tuck in the puck from the doorstep.
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