With Howie Roseman and the Eagles, NFL scouting combine week is always about more than just the draft
The focus of the NFL scouting combine this week is on evaluating 337 top prospects in preparation for April’s annual entry draft, but when Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson speak with reporters Tuesday in Indianapolis, the draft will be just one of several pressing topics.The Eagles’ general manager and their head coach haven’t held a news conference since the team made big changes to its coaching, scouting, and medical/training operations. Among those was the replacement of offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson Walch, dismissed a day after Pederson told reporters Groh ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dan Wiederer: Yes, the Bears have other roster needs to address. But without game-changing quarterback play, they're going nowhere — again.
It was the throw everyone was going to be talking about, the bad miss in a big moment that seemed ready to torpedo a superb season. It was the throw that had seemingly purchased a home in Kansas City, Mo., and laid down roots, preparing to stalk Patrick Mahomes for the next seven months at minimum, through an offseason of nonstop chatter about missed opportunities and legacy-defining moments and immeasurable heartbreak.Super Bowl LIV. Fourth quarter. Chiefs down 10 to the 49ers with a little more than 12 minutes to play.Mahomes and his offense needed a big drive, needed points, needed some kin...
Why did Ron Rivera choose to coach the Redskins instead waiting for other opportunities? The former Bears linebacker believes he can turn around a franchise that has become toxic.
ASHBURN, Va. — Ron Rivera is unpacking boxes in his office at Redskins Park — a space so large he’s almost a little embarrassed — looking to make everything just right.After nine years as coach of the Panthers, the former Bears linebacker (1984-92) collected a lot of things, some sentimental, some inspirational and plenty that stir memories. Six weeks after the Redskins hired him, he’s still arranging the room to make it feel like home.The walls are mostly bare, so as he carefully tapes motivational quotes from historical figures to a white board that stretches the length of the room and inclu...
Benjamin Hochman: Meet 'Juice' — he's made more Cardinals look good than Pirates' pitching
JUPITER, Fla. — He’s cut more Cardinals than a general manager. His name is Hugo Tandron, but no one knows that. He goes by Juice. He’s renowned around Major League Baseball, and he’s a Cardinals spring training staple. Once a week, he’s here at camp, cutting the hair of your favorite players.The coolest hair on the team? “Dex, man,” Juice said of Dexter Fowler. “Also, I used to have a lot of fun cutting Marcell Ozuna. Yadi – he always has different styles. Waino switches up his style all the time. He was like, ‘Don’t give me the boring white guy haircut.’ So I spice it up a lot. Waino’s aweso...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Heat's road struggles continue in ugly overtime loss to Cavaliers
CLEVELAND — With a 22-point lead late in the third quarter, it looked like the Miami Heat would cruise to an easy win over one of the league’s worst teams.But nothing is ever easy for the Heat on the road.After squandering that huge lead, the Heat (36-21) lost 125-119 in overtime to the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-41) on Monday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Miami fell to 13-18 on the road for the season and is 4-11 over its past 15 games away from home.Cleveland, which owns the worst record in the Eastern Conference, outscored Miami 14-8 in overtime to complete the comeback win. It marked the Hea...
Joel Embiid scores a career-high 49 points as the Sixers beat Atlanta, 129-112
PHILADELPHIA — The pregame news on Ben Simmons, while incomplete, didn’t sound great. But once the 76ers took the court they played inspired basketball — for about the first two and a half quarters.Without Simmons, who is out with a lower-back injury and wasn’t with the team while receiving further treatment and evaluation, the Sixers rumbled them stumbled before finally finding their footing for a 129-112 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.The Sixers are 27-2 at home.They can thank Joel Embiid for this latest victory. He scored a career-high 49 points and was...
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Greg Cote: Derek Jeter says Miami Marlins are 'layered with talent' and ready to make big strides
JUPITER, Fla. — Derek Jeter is this kind of guy. On a casual walk Monday at the Miami Marlins’ spring training facility, he asks how I’m doing, and without giving it a thought I say, “Couldn’t be better.” He smiles, clasps me on the shoulder and and says, “Oh, you can always be better.”Think of athletes whose careers are synonymous with success, with winning, and you would be hard-pressed to nominate a better one than Jeter. His 20 New York Yankees seasons included 17 postseason appearances (13 in a row), seven World Series and five championships.His two seasons presiding over and part-owning ...
A Stanley Cup will have to wait, as Joe Thornton remains with San Jose Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Thornton was not traded back to his former team, the Boston Bruins, or reunited with ex-teammate Joe Pavelski on the Dallas Stars.No, perhaps surprisingly, Joe Thornton remains a member of the San Jose Sharks.The NHL trade deadline came and went on Monday at noon (PT) and Thornton was still a member of the Sharks, who are well out of the playoff race.Monday morning, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson traded Patrick Marleau to the Penguins for a conditional 2021 third round draft pick. Then just minutes before the noon (PT) deadline, Wilson sent Barclay Goodrow and a 2020...
The Mercury News
5 players on the Falcons' combine radar
The Falcons will send a full entourage of player personnel men, scouts and coaches to the NFL scouting combine which started on Sunday and will run through Monday, March 2.The Falcons are not expected to make any announcements about the pending free agency of tight end Austin Hooper or linebacker De’Vondre Campbell. With the ongoing negotiation of the extension of the collective bargaining agreement, the team, which is low in salary cap space, is essentially in a holding pattern.The Falcons have extensively used post- June 1 designations to create salary cap space, but that move is not availab...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
How two calls for Team Penske drivers won and lost the Pennzoil 400 NASCAR race
Although Joey Logano couldn’t hear a critical call from his crew chief, Paul Wolfe, in the final laps of Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 in Las Vegas, he still found his way to victory lane. The defining moment came when a caution was called with six laps remaining, and teams had to decide whether to pit.Logano said he knew what to do since he’s discussed those late-race scenarios with Wolfe before. He opted to stay out on the track rather than pit to replace his tires. The move worked in his favor and Team Penske’s No. 22 car led the pack to the finish.“Paul came over the radio and said, ‘Stick to the ...
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