It won’t be a short-term situation, Boone said.

“We think he’s going to be a mainstay in our lineup for a long time,” the manager said.

Baseball America and MLB.com each ranked Torres the Yankees’ top prospect heading into the season, a 21-year-old Venezuelan standing 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds.

Baseball America called Torres its sixth best prospect in the game before the season while MLB.com had him at No. 5.

“Pretty much everything but the on-ice play was awesome. So we need to fix that for next year. I need to be better. But we’re not that far off,” he said then.

One year later, the Devils are a playoff team. Things were fixed. Hall was better.

Much better.

“He’s the reason we’re here. And he’s the reason we’re going to continue to move on from here,” Coleman said.

It was Manning, of course, who rocked Accorsi’s football world. He saw him for the first time in Manning’s junior year, taking Ole Miss up and down the field against Auburn. The more he studied, the more impressed he was with subtleties — such as the way Manning, after an incomplete pass, would meet the receiver on his way back to the huddle, not to scold but to encourage and teach.

He recalls standing on the field for Manning’s Pro Day in New Orleans, feeling exhilarated by what he was seeing and then dejected, thinking, “It’s gonna break my heart not to get this guy.’’ Nearby, Tom Coughlin was diligently charting every throw made by Manning.

“I said, ‘Tom, I don’t give a damn about your sheet, we’re picking him if we can get him, OK?’” Accorsi said.

Sure enough, Accorsi’s fears were realized, momentarily, when the Chargers took Manning — who had previously stated he would not play for them — with the first pick. Accorsi, at No. 4, took Philip Rivers even though he had no interest in moving forward with Rivers as the Giants’ quarterback, sensing he could ship him to San Diego. The gamble paid off, a trade was made. Accorsi’s conviction on Manning hit the mark and, all these years later, the Giants have yet to replace him.
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Perhaps the Browns didn’t know what the objective was the previous two seasons.
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So when coach Hue Jackson convened his team for the start of offseason conditioning yesterday, he spelled out his expectations in the team meeting.

What an exciting morning to have all of you men back, Jackson told the team, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Winning starts here. Winning starts today. Starts right now.
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We had a lot of juices flowing, adrenaline rushing, Green said. Some were a little bit strong. We were overreacting to a lot of things because we’re so excited we’re in the playoffs and playing the best team in the world.

San Antonio entered the postseason considering itself an underdog against the defending champion Warriors. Having shouldered the offensive load for the entire season with Leonard out of the picture, power forward LaMarcus Aldridge struggled, scoring 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

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Well, they don’t give you a script for this, Castiglione said. But I think that knowing that how much President Boren and Molly [his wife] were involved in this day, I think that we will respectfully maybe just drop the covering of the statue of Bob Stoops, and we will thank each and every one of you again for what you have done to make this program so special.
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Boren is retiring in June. The school’s board of regents announced last month that Jim Gallogly will become the university’s 14th president on July 1.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley did not attend the pregame ceremony because he was preparing for the spring game.

It’s tough to describe, Riley said. He’s a guy that I’m very close to, means a lot to me, and so tough for it to be such a great event and great thing and to see him not feeling well. It hurts me. I’ll be excited to check on him. Haven’t had a chance to get an update on him since the game got started. He and Molly are in our thoughts and prayers right now.

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In some cases in later rounds, sometimes those get a little bit skewed just because you have fewer picks. So if you don’t have many picks to work with then you can only use the ones that you have, but a lot of times in the earlier round picks, a sixth round choice will get thrown in or given back Womens Tyrann Mathieu Jersey or something like that to sort of balance out the value of the trade. I’d say, overall, in the last couple of years, as we’ve studied the trade values, they’ve been pretty consistent with what our evaluations show on the trade chart, which I think is what the majority of the teams use. Relative to resetting the draft, the trade chart, I’d say there’s been a little bit of a modification there.

The Patriots have two first-round picks and two second-round picks, so they’ll surely be consulting the chart often on draft weekend, as they should be major players in trade talks.
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Smith did play 10 games with the Eagles in 2016.

After Philadelphia cut him September 12, 2017, he signed to the Browns’ practice squad. Cleveland promoted him to the active roster December 16, and he played three games last season.

The Seahawks traded for Smith last month, sending a conditional 2020 pick to the Browns. But Smith failed his physical.

In 13 career games, Smith has one tackle.
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Manning’s decision caps a fruitless two-network pursuit for one of the most sought-after former NFL players.
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Manning, 42, has been recruited by all the networks for the past two years since retiring because of his Hall of Fame stature and his established TV persona from his playing career and his countless commercials, but has continued to say no.

Fox also has its own roster of game analysts, beginning with Troy Aikman, the network’s Sunday lead game analyst.

ESPN is still looking to replace Jon Gruden, who left the Monday night booth for a $100 Matt Joyce Youth jersey million contract to coach the Raiders. ESPN moved its play-by-play man, Sean McDonough, to college football, while The Post has reported it is promoting Joe Tessitore to Monday night.

ESPN is considering Olsen, Warner, Matt Hasselbeck, Louis Riddick, Randy Moss and others. Brett Favre is considered a long-shot candidate. Riddick is said to be a strong candidate if ESPN opts for a three-man booth.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was among those observing Jackson and 18 recent Cardinals teammates, including several defensive players hopeful of early-round consideration in the draft that starts April 26.

But all eyes were on the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Jackson, who had thrown for 9,043 of his 13,175 career yards of offense and 69 of his 119 total touchdowns while at Louisville. Despite those gaudy numbers and a resume of dynamic highlights, he still faced suggestions at the NFL combine earlier this month about playing wide receiver rather than QB.

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All of these positions are needs for the Jets.

They will be looking to add depth along the lines on both sides of the ball and possibly a starter.

I believe the Jets are happy with their current starters on the offensive line, but they know they don’t have many long-term answers there. It is time to start adding some depth across the line. They plugged the center hole with Spencer Long but could still draft a center in the middle rounds. Keep an eye on Arkansas’ Frank Ragnow and UCLA’s Scott Quessenberry as possible mid-round targets. They also need to find a guard. Cole Madison from Washington State is a possibility in the fourth or fifth round.

All of this highlights the importance of Harkless, who shot 37.5 percent from deep combined over the past two seasons. Without him, Portland can juice the spacing by playing Lillard, McCollum and Shabazz Napier together — or perhaps by bumping up Pat Connaughton’s minutes.

Nurkic passed up a couple of layups when he caught the ball just outside the restricted area, with only a small help defender in his way. He has a maddening habit of going up soft and bonking those shots. Dude, you’re huge and weirdly balletic. Just go up with force.

Posting Turner up against Rajon Rondo — when the Pelicans hide Rondo there — is not a bad idea. This implicates Portland’s spacing issues too, though. Turner bullied Rondo all the way to the rim in the third quarter, only to find Davis waiting to vaporize his soul. Davis roved away from Nurkic because he knew the defender behind him — Mirotic — would ditch Aminu to cover for him.

The quote was quickly written up by Pro Football Talk and other outlets, as it seemed he was deflecting blame from what he has previously said was a disaster of his own making.

Following his appearance on the “Dan Patrick Show,” Manziel quote-tweeted PFT’s article, “Manziel blames Browns for not realizing he was duping them into thinking he’d actually work hard and study,” with his own commentary.

Manziel hasn’t taken a snap in the NFL since December 2015 and has turned 2018 into his redemption tour, which includes taking responsibility for past transgressions.

“Draft a QB in the first round and put him into a toxic Quarterback room vs. what it was like my second year with [Josh] McCown. COMPLETELY different situation. It’s all about the right fit and mine in Cleveland wasn’t right. That’s just the facts. I also have nobody to blame but myself,” Manziel posted.jets_058

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Seahawks defensive lineman Malik McDowell, Seattle’s first pick in the 2017 draft, has not been cleared to return to football and will be waived by the team soon, according to a report Monday from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the league’s official media arm.
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I’m not saying he has written a name on the card Goodell will read yet, because I’m sure he wants to hear out smart offensive minds who may differ, coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. I’m just saying I’d be surprised if deep down he didn’t know who he is picking. So put me down for Allen or Darnold here, at least as of this morning.
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Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and the Sixers rolled to a 130-103 victory on Saturday night for their 17th straight win.

I feel this group has Womens Stephen Curry Jersey something special in it, coach Brett Brown said.

Led by four each from JJ Redick and Belinelli, the 76ers hit a team playoff-record 18 3-pointers (on 28 attempts).

The Sixers have stormed through the NBA since mid-March and the Heat were just another victim in a winning streak that includes nine straight without Embiid.

There’s a chance, but it’s very possible they both go in the top 10; San Francisco and Oakland, picking ninth and 10th, could take them in succession. Ballard could have his eye on Ward, which would be understandable; the Colts were last in the NFL last season in passing yards per play, allowing a gaudy 7.33. But the Colts will be very interesting to watch when they’re on the clock. Ballard is the type of GM who has so many holes on his roster that he wants to be blown away. Indy needs one of the top four quarterbacks to be there when it’s on the clock, so Miami or Buffalo would be tempted to pay a premium for the pick.

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I think it’s important to acquire good players wherever they are. If you take a player at a position that you might so called need but he’s not good enough to fill that need, then it’s a wasted pick. So, I don’t understand the whole need thing. I understand player value, and that’s what we try to go by. With five picks in the first three rounds, the Patriots have the draft capital to move around the board to get players they’ve identified as being strong fits for their team. Based on what Belichick said on Friday, those fits may not be the same ones that those outside the organization think they’ll be targeting.
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Johnny Manziel rebounded from a poor debut in the Spring League with a vintage performance (can a 25-year-old have a vintage performance?) in his second and final game in the showcase event for NFL hopefuls. Manziel was lights out in the first half, completing 80% of his passes for 145 yards. He also found the end zone twice on the ground. The 2014 first-round pick looked much more comfortable throwing the ball. That probably had to do with the weather. Manziel was up against a stiff wind in his debut and struggled to throw downfield.

That wasn’t the case in Game 2. Authentic Markus Wheaton Jersey Manziel opened the game, which was played in perfect conditions, with a 40-yard dime on the run. He finished off that drive with an easy touchdown run.

Jones turned 23 on Friday, and made a series of social media posts which indicated his gratitude for all the support he’s gotten, primarily from his brother Cayleb, the Vikings cornerback.
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I hope he does, Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said. I mean, it’s something he never gave us any inclination that he wasn’t going to when we talked to him.

The sides aren’t close on a long-term deal, but Ansah apparently expects to play on the one-year, $17.143 million tag, per Birkett. The fact that the Lions have a new coaching staff combined with Ansah’s injury history are factors the team surely is considering as it discusses a long-term deal.

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There were a number of changes proposed to NFL rules and bylaws at last week’s league meetings and many of the ones proposed by the Competition Committee were adopted in votes by the 32 teams.
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One bylaw change they proposed didn’t make it to a vote, however. The league tabled a vote on a proposed change that would make video available to coaches during games via the tablet computers that have been on sidelines for several years now. It’s the second time such a proposal has failed to advance through the process.

Zimmer, Packers coach Mike McCarthy and Rams coach Sean McVay all said they were happy to keep working off of still photographs and it looks like that will remain the case for everyone in the league for at least one more year.

Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points to help Utah clinch a playoff berth with a 112-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

They’re long, clog the paint, close out great off of drives, the Lakers’ Julius Randle said. They’re tough.

Mitchell threw a full-court pass Womens Tony Romo Jersey to a streaking Ingles for a layup and a 66-56 lead with 5:44 remaining in the third. Utah led 82-67 when O’Neale made a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds to go in the quarter.

After sounding off about the disrespect the injury-ravaged Celtics feel when they hear pundits suggest teams should be clamoring to match up with them in the opening round, Morris admitted he would rather see the Milwaukee Bucks or Miami Heat because of his family ties to the Wizards.

Luck also updated his progress when it comes to throwing the ball. Colts coach Frank Reich said late last month that Luck is throwing footballs, but Luck said Monday that he has not yet advanced to the point that he’s throwing regulation-size balls.

Benn made it 2-0 at 8:40, knocking the puck out of mid-air by swinging his stick like a baseball bat from close range.

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Chargers doing quarterback homework, again

Twelve years after the Chargers drafted Philip Rivers in the first round with Drew Brees on the roster, they’re once again exploring the possibility of drafting a first-round quarterback with Rivers on the roster.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Chargers once again are exploring top-shelf incoming quarterbacks, meeting with or privately working out Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Lamar Jackson.

“You could tell from the phone call he was desperate and just so high,” Ken says. “He was at the point saying, ‘I need to go to rehab.’ And we said, ‘OK, if you’re going to rehab, we’re picking you up from camp and you’re going right to rehab.'”

Jamie’s brief stint in rehab in Michigan was followed by a relapse two weeks later. In the months that followed, he put his parents through a string of lies, hospital stays and car accidents. During the last accident, in the spring of 2016, he flipped his car and called his mother from his cellphone as he hung upside down in his seatbelt. He walked away from that last crash with only minor injuries. Not long after, in April 2016, he agreed to try rehab out of state.

I’ve set the over-under at 2.5 years for the elimination of the kickoff. It may be wise to take the under; the new helmet rule makes it clear that the NFL continues to be obsessed with making the game safer. With the league repeatedly calling the kickoff the most dangerous play in the game, the only way to make that aspect of the game safer will be to get rid of the play altogether.

Related to the question of when is the question of what the league will use in its place. The best (perhaps only) possibility continues to be giving the team that would have been kicking off the ball on its own 30 or 35, facing fourth and 15.

Sober homes, estimated to number in the hundreds, opened in neighborhoods across Palm Beach County, and because of the privacy protections afforded addicts under federal laws, local governments could do little about it.

“Now you have sober home owners, who are using that law designed to protect individuals in recovery, so they can prey upon people in recovery,” says Dave Aronberg, State Attorney for Palm Beach County.buccaneers_115

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Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis will be suspended for the first four games of his final NFL season after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug.
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Davis, who already has said he will retire after the 2018 season, made the announcement Friday on social media, calling it by far one of the saddest days of Cedric Peerman Womens Jersey my NFL career.”

I can honestly tell you guys that my conscience is clear in this situation, Davis said. And as bad as it hurts me to sit here and tell you guys this, I know it’s going to hurt a lot of people that have looked up and believed in Thomas Davis over the years.

Just know that in no way — in no way — have I done anything intentionally to try to cheat this game. I’m going to serve this four-game suspension, and I’ll be back ready to go back out there with my teammates.

Kuzma underwent X-rays after the game that were negative and the rookie is considered day-to-day.

But Kuzma was uncertain when asked about his status for the remaining three games and what the Lakers (34-45) might do with the rookie with little left to play for.

I tried to move and push around [on the left ankle in the third quarter], but it is kind of hard to move around on two flat tires, said Kuzma, who suffered the latest ankle injury in the second quarter when he attempted a post move and rolled his ankle. My body feels great. At the end of the day, it is just my ankles. [But] I can’t tell you anything right [about the final three games of the season].
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Kuzma was later asked if the team might contemplate shutting him down this late in the season.

I don’t know, he said. It is at a point in the season, like you said, three games left, it is what it is. It is up to them at the end of the day.

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