Patriots’ Adrian Clayborn injures quad in practice, report says

Adrian Clayborn suffered a setback as he gears up for his first season with the Patriots.

The defensive end “tweaked” his quadriceps during offseason workouts, and he could be limited as organized team activities begin, according to ESPN.

Vrana, a Prague native and the 13th overall selection in the 2014 NHL draft, had a goal and two assists playing with Ovechkin in a critical Game 5 win over Pittsburgh.

“Obviously it means a lot when the coach trusts you for a player. You just get confidence. It’s a big responsibility. You’ve just got to make sure you go out there and get those little details right,” said Vrana.

Stephenson, a 2012 third-rounder from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, had an assist and a shorthanded goal in the Capitals’ series-clinching win over Columbus.

“It’s going to be a cleansing of the Cleveland Browns,” Jackson said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “That’s what it will be.”

To sweeten the deal, Jackson vowed that, for every franchise employee who joins him in the water, he will donate $100 to his foundation that fights human trafficking.

Jackson’s jump will be held at a private location and be open to employees only.

In June of 2002, Jaguars punter Chris Hanson, his wife and teammate (kicker) Jaret Holmes were severely burned when a fondue pot overturned on the floor of Hanson’s Jacksonville home. Hanson suffered first- and second-degree burns on both hands and his right ankle.

“It happened so fast,” Hanson told The Florida Times-Union. “We were moving the fondue pot when it slipped onto the tile floor at my house, then my wife fell into it. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s been quite an ordeal. We’re just now getting her home.”ravens_005

Rays beat Orioles 9-5 for sixth straight win

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said his team never lost confidence despite some struggles in the early part of the season.

Now, Tampa Bay is one of the hottest teams in baseball and Cash is looking to maintain that momentum.

C.J. Cron and Wilson Ramos homered and the Rays extended their winning streak to six games with a 9-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

It’s the Rays’ longest winning streak since a nine-game run from July 12-26, 2014.

“It’s kind of just a one through nine effort. We’re all swinging the bat well,” Cron said. “That doesn’t happen very often in the big leagues. So, it’s pretty cool to see us all click.”

Tampa Bay continued to pull away on RBI singles by Daniel Robertson and Ramos that boosted the margin to 6-0 in the third. Bundy had given up a total of five earned runs in his five previous starts.

“We got a sharp, young, versatile guy who’s a good communicator, who plays with physicality,” Colbert said. “He checks all the boxes for us.”

Edmunds started 31 games in three seasons for the Hokies, collecting six interceptions while also developing a reputation as a sure tackler. His junior season in 2017 was cut short by a shoulder injury that required surgery, though Colbert said it won’t be an issue when he reports for organized team activities next month.

Tremaine Edmunds’ selection came after Buffalo previously traded into the seventh slot to get Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.

“Man, it was great,” Edmunds said of the draft process with his brother. “Definitely to see my other brother get drafted tonight, it was a big time relief for my whole family. I know everybody’s excited and I’m excited. It’s a long time coming, but we can finally say that we made it.”

Cleveland overcame a 4-0 deficit with two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings. A tie game in that spot would usually result in Miller making an appearance, but that won’t be the case for at least the next 10 days.

Jean Segura hit a leadoff groundout off Dan Otero, and Robinson Cano took a called third strike from Jeff Beliveau, who was called up from the minors before the game.

Goody (0-1) relieved and allowed consecutive doubles to Nelson Cruz and Seager. Mitch Haniger was intentionally walked, and Mike Zunino popped out.jets_054

Cain homers in return to KC as Brewers beat Royals 5-2

Lorenzo Cain spent seven seasons with the Kansas City Royals, winning two American League pennants and a World Series title while growing accustomed to the cheers of their adoring fans.

The jersey has changed. That love for Cain has not.

The affable outfielder homered and reached base four times in his return to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the Royals. And on several occasions, including his homer in the seventh inning, Cain was given a standing ovation.

“He should get a treatment like that. They had some special times here for sure,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, whose team has won seven straight. “Just a solid game setting the tone for us.”

“We’re going to wear a boot to take pressure off of it the next 12 hours,” Kennedy said. “It’s a tiny little bone, but it means a lot. I’ve learned my lessons in the past, pitching through things that can affect your movements or your balance that makes a difference especially down the road.”

Cain walked and scored in the third and fifth before going deep off Burch Smith. He also made a couple of nifty grabs in center field, that familiar patch of turf he presided over for so many seasons.

Cain parlayed his success in Kansas City into an $80 million, five-year contract in free agency, returning to the club that drafted him in 2004 and eventually traded him in a deal for Zack Greinke.

“I’ve grown a lot,” Cain said. “Gotten a little older. Won a World Series, went to two. A lot happened since they traded for me. I’ve been thinking about this day for a while now.”

“You try to find ways to eliminate injuries. But the minute you step on the field, you’re bound to get hurt somewhere. That’s just the nature of the beast. And I think taking that out of the game is big. I don’t like to see it happen.”

Hester and running back Matt Forte both signed one-day contracts with their original team Monday at Halas Hall so they could retire as Bears, and an emotional ceremony capped careers rich in highlight-reel material for the former second-round draft picks.

For Hester it might mean a spot someday in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Every athlete wants to be in the Hall of Fame,” Hester said. “If there’s one out there that says they don’t really care about it, then they’re playing the wrong sport.”

No other player is in the Hall based solely on returns, but Hester’s league record of 20 touchdown returns could make him a candidate. He had 14 punt return TDs, five on kickoffs and one on a missed field goal.jets_107

John Elway may take a quarterback, won’t decide until draft day

Broncos G.M. John Elway says signing Case Keenum in free agency won’t preclude using the fifth overall pick in the draft on a quarterback.

“That’ll be wide open,” Elway told Adam Schefter. “I’m betting we won’t know what direction we’re going to go until probably the day of [the first round] or the day before.”

Miami’s needs include just about everything on defense, led by tackle, outside linebacker and safety. Its luxury pick would be leaning toward a future alternative to Ryan Tannehill at QB should UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen or Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield still be available when it’s on the clock.

Because the Dolphins would improve with any “best player available,” a trade up the board is unlikely. In the more unlikely event Barkley free-falls to No. 11, it would be logical for Miami to trade out of the pick in order to help address multiple needs. Besides, Kenyan Drake showed enough promise in taking over for Jay Ajayi last season for the Dolphins to think he can fly in a featured role from the get-go in 2018. And the signing of Frank Gore probably confirms no Barkley to Miami.

Humboldt, which began play in 1970, has missed the playoffs just once since its 1980 season — in 2015-16 — and has had eight alums reach the NHL.

“Our hearts go out to the players and their families of the Humboldt Broncos,” Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said after Friday night’s game. “… That overrides anything that a hockey game had. It’s a tough situation for everybody in Saskatchewan, and we feel for them.”

Even after trading for Cordy Glenn, the Bengals shouldn’t shy away from drafting an offensive tackle early. With Andy Dalton set for another year as the starter, Cincinnati needs to protect him as much as possible.bills_062

Pat Riley: LeBron ‘did the right thing’ when he left Miami

Miami Heat president Pat Riley is notoriously selective in terms of media availability and has said very little regarding the very public departure of LeBron James from Miami in 2014 as a free agent.

But in author Ian Thomsen’s new book, “The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown between LeBron, Kobe, Doc and Dirk that Saved the NBA,” the normally reticent Riley opens up with a number of scintillating details regarding his relationship with James — including suggesting that in the infancy of LeBron’s tenure with the Heat, LeBron nudged Riley toward descending from the front office to replace coach Erik Spoelstra.

The Saints say they like what they see from Hill as a quarterback, but actions — like signing Savage to compete for the backup role — speak louder than words. New Orleans is making no secret about its effort to go all in for at least one more Super Bowl run with Brees, but that doesn’t mean the team can’t set itself up for the future in the process. The future Hall of Famer remains lethal as a passer, but he’ll turn 40 after this season.

Baltimore signed Griffin in free agency as the team hopes he is turns out to be a better backup option than Ryan Mallett was last season. Flacco, though, is 33 and has dealt with a variety of injuries over the last few years; he has three years remaining on his current contract, with a potential out after the 2019 season. With injury concerns surrounding both their starter and their backup, the Ravens could draft a quarterback for depth insurance and, potentially, an eventual replacement for Flacco.

However, Mehta tweeted this morning that Allen will, in fact, meet with the Jets at Florham Park, so we still do not really know if the two sides will summit again. The Jets did recently go to Wyoming to have a private workout with Allen, so it could be that they have enough intel on the signal-caller to make an informed decision. After all, as of last season, the Jets were believed to have done more work on Allen than any other club.

At the very least, New York may not be considering Sam Darnold as strongly as Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Josh Rosen. The Jets are not planning to meet privately with the USC product, either at their facility or elsewhere.

With Ryan Suter (ankle surgery) shelved until next fall, Matt Dumba sits head and shoulders above his fellow blueliners as top power-play anchor. The 23-year-old defenseman has been especially productive these past few weeks with 16 points since March 1.bills_050

Struggling Yankees’ Gary Sanchez says he’s fine, numbers disagree

BOSTON a Watch Yankees beat reporter Brendan Kuty explain that while struggling catcher Gary Sanchez says that he’s hitting the ball well, the numbers don’t quite bear that out.

Sanchez entered Wednesday night’s game hitting .053 with a home run in 36 at-bats this season.

A lot of the tests have come back negative so far but we’re still waiting on a number of things that he’s still going through that will be hopefully start to get answers trickling in moreso today, tomorrow and beyond. Nothing more to report.

Could Aaron Hicks (strained right intercostal) rejoin the Yankees on Thursday?

Possibly, yeah. Everything went well last night, 3 at-bats. The plan is for him to play nine innings tonight and then if all goes well there I think there is a chance he could join us tomorrow. We’ll make that evaluation at the end of the night.

“But, when you talk to some of these teams now, they no longer believe he’s going to be dealt. The fact that he showed up for the start of OTAs on Monday, they’ve begun their offseason program with him in attendance.

“The Rams have solved a wide receiver need with the acquisition of Brandin Cooks [from the New England Patriots]. It leads other teams to believe, from their conversations with the Giants and their own observations, that Odell Beckham Jr. will not be traded,” Schefter said.

What might a Beckham contract look like for NYG?

There was speculation Beckham could be dealt after a video showed him in a Paris hotel room with substances that appeared to be drugs. That was followed by a report that he would hold out without a new contract.

In between, Giants owner John Mara said he was suffering from Beckham fatigue .

“I’m tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior and what the latest incident is,” Mara said. “I think he knows what we expect of him. Now it’s up to him. I still believe he’ll be able to show him what we expect of him.”rams_002

Angels’ JC Ramirez has torn UCL; Tommy John surgery may be next

Los Angeles Angels right-handed starting pitcher JC Ramirez has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and Tommy John surgery is recommended, the team announced Monday.

He was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL last season and underwent stem-cell treatment instead of opting for surgery.

Ramirez lasted just two innings Saturday against the Oakland Athletics in his last start because of forearm tightness and the team placed him on the disabled list Sunday.

“I’ve got some decisions to make,” Tortorella said of playing Washington. “I have a pretty good idea of what I think the starting lineup will be in our first playoff game, but I’ve got decision to make in case we’ve got injuries.”

The Predators scored three goals in the first period with Watson starting the scoring at 7:52 of the first and Forsberg adding a pair on the power play.

The 2018 campaign may be difficult for the mustachioed coach since he’ll be breaking in a new starting quarterback after relying on Alex Smith since arriving in Kansas City. Plus, he’ll do so without offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, who became the Chicago Bears head coach after taking over the Chiefs’ play-calling duties last season.

Patrick Mahomes’ talent is off the charts, but he’ll still experience ups and downs during his first full season as a starter. How Reid manages the 2017 first-round pick will determine whether the Chiefs make another playoff run or drop a rung in the AFC West.

That style of play nearly cost the Eagles their first-ever Super Bowl title last season. In a diving effort to score a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams, Wentz mangled his knee and was forced to miss the remaining three games of the regular season as well as Philly’s playoff run.

Luckily for the Eagles, Nick Foles filled in admirably and won the Lombardi Trophy for the city regardless. But the Eagles would clearly rather not face that same situation again if they don’t have to.buccaneers_014

Nelson finished the season with 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns.

“To be honest, it doesn’t really bother me at all,” Acuna said. “I actually feel pretty humbled and honored and grateful that I’ve received some notoriety and attention, and really all I can try and do is prepare mentally and physically and just do my best and try to make the team.”

Acuna’s acumen started to show at last year’s spring training. He played in the final 13 games and started to prove that Jones was on to something with his assessment. He had a slash line of.296/.387/.444 in the Grapefruit League, including a triple and two doubles.

The Redskins have moved on to Alex Smith, whose acquisition will become official when the new league year begins March 14.

Cousins could set a new bar for NFL contracts, perhaps in excess of $30 million annually.

To that point, he had six touchdowns in the first five games of the season, but he didn’t catch another one.

He was released Wednesday.

Just one season before, he was the NFL’s comeback player of the year when he caught 97 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns.

So while 2017 may not suggest he’s a $10 million upgrade, the Vikings are paying that premium for stability.

That’s what Keenum’s career completion rate was before landing in Minnesota. His big season was aided by the presence of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who has worked wonders with his quarterbacks as an assistant coach. He won’t work with Keenum or Cousins this season, as he’s now head coach of the New York Giants. That leaves the very legitimate concern the journeyman quarterback could turn back into a pumpkin.

Grade for Washington: B Plenty of people figured the Chiefs were going to trade Alex Smith this offseason to free up their starting job for 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes.

They were half-right. ravens_150

Felix Hernandez injury update: Mariners star ‘day-to-day’ after hit in pitching arm

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez left Monday’s game against the Cubs after being struck in the pitching arm by a line drive.

Hernandez left with one out in the bottom of the second after being hit by a comebacker off the bat of Cubs catcher Victor Caratini. Hernandez appeared in considerable pain as trainers checked him before he left the field.

I also watch the games and how the players approach the game. Anything I can pick up and then provide feedback that I feel will help players is what I focus on. I also report back to [Yankees general manager] Brian Cashman with the progress of those players. As far as being in the front office, I don’t think my perspective of baseball has really changed much. Even though I’m on the front-office side, I think that mindset of wanting to do whatever is necessary to help the ballclub is still the same. The context and my responsibilities may be different, but that mindset hasn’t really changed.

What’s it like working with Brian Cashman?

My primary duty is to report back to him on the progress and status [of players], and it’s only on a periodic basis. There’s not a whole lot to it. It’s interesting because as a player, I always interacted with him on a regular basis… Having known him since my playing days, he’s very easy to work with.

But the list of unsigned players remains long, and for guys like Jake Arrieta and Mike Moustakas, the end of a frustrating offseason might not be around the corner. Teams need starting pitching, but seem to be balking at the money and years Arrieta is asking for. There were a handful of teams looking for the type of third-base upgrade that Moustakas offers, but they’ve almost all gone in different (cheaper) directions.

So here are some of the most common clichés in spring training, what they really mean and how to decipher them when you hear them.

Translation: “We’re going to play baseball this year.”

Explained: I mean, yeah, right? It’s pretty obvious. Why else would you dedicate your life to playing a sport? Well, sure, there’s the paycheck, too. But there’s always golf or tennis for the individual glory.buccaneers_024

Of course, those balls 20-plus feet away from Kiermaier are more difficult to make a play on than the balls five-plus feet away from Kemp.

What’s their current CB situation? Houston let A.J. Bouye leave as an expensive free agent last offseason, and that impact was palpable. After holding opposing quarterbacks to the league’s third-worst passer rating in 2016, the Texans ranked 29th in that same category a year later. Johnathan Joseph was still productive at age 33 last season, but the clock is winding down on his impressive career.

The answer lies in range: Kemp might not be able to make a play on a ball hit 20 feet away from him, but he can easily make plays on balls five feet away from him. Kiermaier has far better range, so he can make plays on balls that are much further. Errors are only charged to players who can make a play and flub it, not to players who are unable to make a play.

While Kiermaier is responsible for more outs, he still is penalized for being unable to make tough plays, and hence his fielding percentage is lower than Kemp’s by virtue of attempting to make more difficult plays.

What does this mean for the Broncos? Denver has plenty of holes to fill this offseason after a 5-11 season sunk the team to the bottom of the AFC West. Fortunately for general manager John Elway, the team has few priority free agents to re-sign, and cutting Talib gives the franchise more cap space to work with this offseason.

Priority No. 1 will be finding a quarterback — perhaps Kirk Cousins — to replace the ineffective three-headed Paxton Lynch-Trevor Siemian- Brock Osweiler monster.

As good as Talib as been during his tenure, the Broncos have his replacement all ready to go: Bradley Roby , their 2014 first-round pick. Roby has started just 16 times in his four-year career, but he’s played in all 64 regular season games. The uber-athletic corner also shown a knack for making plays, totaling six interceptions (including two pick-sixes) and five forced fumbles in that time. seahawks_104_73b74cd6e6e3492c-180x180