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
NHL trade deadline: Flyers acquire Derek Grant and Nate Thompson while rivals make big splashes
PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers improved their depth at forward on Monday ahead of the NHL’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, adding center/winger Derek Grant and center/winger Nate Thompson in separate deals.Will it be enough to offset major moves made by two teams chasing them, Carolina and the New York Islanders?There are 20 regular-season games left to find out.Anaheim sent the 6-foot-3, 206-pound Grant to the Flyers for a fourth-round draft pick and minor-league forward Kyle Criscuolo.The Flyers also sent a 2021 fifth-round draft pick to Montreal for the 6-1, 207-pound Thompson, a hard-nosed player who h...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
5 storylines for the Bears at the NFL scouting combine, starting with whom they might bring in at quarterback
Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy have many big tasks ahead this offseason as they plot moves to help them improve on an 8-8 finish in 2019.As the NFL world convenes at the scouting combine in Indianapolis this week, Pace and Nagy must figure out which players might help fix their offense. They must plug a few key holes on defense. And, of course, they need a quarterback.The combine provides a forum for the Bears to talk with executives from other teams and agents as they plot free-agent signings and trades. And they will begin to meet with prospects to determine how to make ...
Royals young arms Singer, Lynch, Bubic and Kowar all get first taste of Cactus League
SURPRISE, Ariz. — The pitching quartet that highlighted the Kansas City Royals’ 2018 draft class, a group that has quickly become living symbols of hope for the franchise’s future, took the mound in major-league camp for the first time Sunday.Yes, all of them pitched on the same day in the same location. It wasn’t the original plan, but Mother Nature handled the arrangements by raining out Saturday’s Cactus League games and pushing back appearances by Brady Singer and Daniel Lynch.So a cold and overcast February morning in Arizona saw former first-round picks Lynch (34th pick) and Kris Bubic (...
The Kansas City Star
Harry Giles III is happy, healthy, helping Kings' slim playoff hopes
LOS ANGELES — Kings center Harry Giles III had to bide his time when he was relegated to the end of the bench earlier in the season, but now he’s finding a little time to shine.Giles recorded his first career double-double Saturday, posting 14 points and 12 rebounds to help the Kings beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-103 at Staples Center. Giles put the game out of reach when he threw down an alley-oop dunk on a pick-and-roll lob from Bogdan Bogdanovic to give Sacramento an eight-point lead with 58.1 seconds remaining.“Good to seal the deal,” Giles said. “It was a good moment.”The Kings were l...
The Sacramento Bee
For Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat another chance to avoid road to ruin
CLEVELAND — The redundancy is in the losses, the Miami Heat 3-8 in their past 11 road games.But there also is a redundancy in the message from Erik Spoelstra, that his team still has enough time to make things right away from AmericanAirlines Arena.The next opportunity comes Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.“Well, we’ll figure it out,” Spoelstra said, his team still stung by falling in their previous road game, Thursday night against Atlanta Hawks. “We’re going to keep on working on that until it changes or until time runs out.”Even with the thoroughne...
Paul Sullivan: Rob Manfred will never live down his 'piece of metal' gaffe about the World Series trophy
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Grapefruit and Cactus League games began Saturday across Florida and Arizona, the first official steps for major league teams fighting for the coveted “piece of metal” that goes to the World Series champion.The piece of metal, also known as the Commissioner’s Trophy, has been awarded to baseball’s best team since 1967, when Bob Gibson and the Cardinals beat the Red Sox in a seven-game series. Until recently, few knew the World Series trophy even had a name.But that all changed when Commissioner Rob Manfred called it “just a piece of metal” while discussing why he was reluct...
Ira Winderman: Heat have had front-row view of college-to-pros coaching circus
MIAMI — Perhaps it is fitting that John Beilein never made it to AmericanAirlines Arena for Saturday night’s game, or that he won’t be coaching against the Miami Heat on Monday night when the teams meet again in Cleveland.Because when it comes to college coaches finding the errors of their ways — or in one case, avoiding such a misstep — there is plenty of Heat history that is part of the process.With all due respect for what Brad Stevens has accomplished in his move from Butler to the Boston Celtics or Billy Donovan from Florida to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the college-to-pros coaching path ...
Giants give Billy Hamilton a chance to thrive, show he's more than a runner
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — First basemen are known to have some of the most interesting conversations on the baseball field, but their creativity seems to disappear when Billy Hamilton stands alongside them.Hamilton said they all give him the same line.“When are you going? Which pitch are you going to go on. I’m like, I don’t know yet,” Hamilton said. “But it’s something like that. It’s like, I know you’re going so it’s like, just hurry up and get going so I can get back a little bit.”The outfielder best known for his tenure with the Cincinnati Reds is in Giants camp as a minor league free agent tryi...
The Mercury News
Will NFL players accept 17-game season, expanded playoffs?
The NFL’s proposed changes, including a 17-game regular season and expanded playoff system, could be voted on by NFL player representatives on Tuesday. But if the player reps listen to the 49ers’ Richard Sherman, they’ll just say no to the league’s new CBA offer.Sherman is among the 11 players on the NFL Players Association’s executive council who have rejected the changes in the owners’ offer in a 6-5 vote, with the addition of a 17th game being one of the major sticking points. However, that council’s vote serves only as a recommendation to the players and their reps.There was hope the playe...
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