Mets reportedly add lefty Jason Vargas to pitching staff

The Mets and left-handed starting pitcher Jason Vargas have agreed to terms on a two-year, $16 million contract that also includes $1.5 million each year in innings-based incentives, FanRag Sports is reporting.
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Per, For most of the offseason, the Mets brushed aside the idea of adding a starting pitcher, preferring to focus on infield and bullpen depth. But an abnormally quiet market kept them engaged, particularly in a tier of arms that included Vargas, Andrew Cashner and Jaime Garcia. Waiting for a ‘pressure point’ in the market, the Mets signed Vargas one day after the other two agreed to terms elsewhere. Cashner Womens Glover Quin Jersey has agreed to a two-year deal with the Orioles, and Garcia is on his way to Toronto.

The tight end’s renegotiated contract with the Dolphins was due to count $6.6 million against the cap in 2018.

By releasing him, Miami will recoup all of that and carry no dead money.
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Now several years removed from his best football, Thomas won’t get a blockbuster deal again.

But he’s still among the top free agent tight ends on the market with Jimmy Graham already landing with the Green Bay Packers.

Thomas is still a talented enough contributor to quickly find his fourth landing spot in five years, but don’t expect to see the 2014 version of the tight end again.

There is no reason why Jake Arrieta or J.D. Martinez or any of these guys should have to sign a one-year deal. That’s ridiculous, Lester told ESPN. There is too much money in the game. There’s money there to be spent and for whatever reason it’s not being spent.

J. Lester: There is no reason why Jake Arrieta or JD Martinez or any of these guys should have to sign a one year deal. That’s ridiculous. There is too much money in the game. There’s money there to be spent and for whatever reason its not being spent.

Arrieta, Lester’s teammate the last three years, remains on the market despite the fact he has been among the league leaders in innings pitched, strikeouts and ERA over those campaigns.

J.D. Martinez is also available despite hitting 105 home runs over the last three seasons. The free-agent market has been slow, no question, and star players are still available. Lester wanted to make that clear.
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Fanatics owner Michael Rubin wants to buy Panthers, report says

Another candidate has emerged to buy the Panthers.
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The Titans could go after the Patriots’ durable Malcolm Butler to play opposite Jackson; they then could move Ryan to his more comfortable role in the slot. The Redskins’ Bashaud Breeland also was a strong No. 2 last season working with Josh Norman and Kendall Fuller.

Byard had eight interceptions last season, but the rest of the team produced only four. The Titans also gave up plenty of big pass plays. If they choose to spend on a top veteran corner, their promising pass coverage can turn into a strength. It still makes more sense, however, for Tennessee to put offense first with its free-agency budget.

More than 15,000 former NFL players have filed for benefits under a $1 billion settlement reached in a class-action suit against the NFL. Co-defendant Riddell, which manufactured helmets used in the league between 1989 and 2014, was not part of the 2015 settlement and continues to contest the suit.

The Globe found that, from those Patriots teams that won Super Bowls in 2002, 2004 and 2005, 42 of the roughly 100 players claim to have suffered brain-injury symptoms caused by repetitive blows to the head in games and practices.

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There are days when I just wake up and don’t want to be around anybody,” Gay said. I just want to be in a room by myself, not doing anything, not even watching TV, and I can’t explain what’s going on.”

Marcus Davenport and UTSA football grew together. Now he’s likely a 1st-round pick

The very first question fielded by pass rusher Marcus Davenport during his media availability Saturday at the NFL Combine was about the motivation he draws as a player from UTEP rather than one from a more established program in a stronger conference.
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What really motivates me is when people say the wrong name. You said UTEP. I go to UTSA.
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And this part’s not trolling, per se, but it’s further illustration of how little Chubb cares about appearances when he’s on the field. He once played a whole fourth quarter against Pitt after suffering a dislocated finger that looked like something out of a bad horror flick. Only play the video below if you’re not squeamish and are OK seeing a deformed extremity:

That’s just his thing. He gets in the quarterback’s head, and it works. So why stop it? I’m not complaining, former NC State defensive tackle Justin Jones said.

Wow man … wow. I’m not going to get emotional on the phone, but it’s an honor. It’s an honor to be able to hear that from you. Man, I was just trying to get my Primetime on, you know how I do.

It wasn’t just a call used to fill time during the broadcast, it came with a promise. Sanders said after they got off the call he was going to give Griffin his personal number, and urged him to call if he wanted to talk about anything, or get some advice.

I just want to make sure you have all the tools and the resources to be successful, on and off the field. I’m proud of you man.

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It was more than enough for fantasy managers to cast an eye back to the date Elliott had core muscle surgery and was declared out for five to six weeks. It was three weeks ago, so that means he has two maybe three weeks of recovery left. The Flyers offer more than enough fantasy value for their goaltender to be rostered, and Elliott will probably return to his workhorse status when healthy. It means that you could William Gay Jersey circle March 20 on your calendar for a possible pickup – at that point, he’ll either be back imminently, or within a week.

Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Flyers and into 1st place

Malkin’s goal was an empty-netter with 1:41 remaining.

Philadelphia Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks helped provided on-ice commentary during the first period. … Pittsburgh improved to 3-0 against the Flyers this season. The teams wrap up their regular-season series on March 25 in Pittsburgh. …

The Kings (36-25-5) have had four days to recover from a stunning 5-3 defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks last Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. The defeat to the Central Division’s last place team snapped a three-game winning streak and was due to undisciplined play which led to four Chicago third-period goals in a game that Los Angeles clearly controlled after two periods.

Los Angeles coach John Stevens normally stoic in his post season press conferences was visibly angered at his team play in the final period which included an unsportsmanlike penalty to Drew Doughty that keyed the Chicago comeback.

The best first-year expansion team in NHL history, the Vegas Golden Knights, are finally struggling and the Detroit Red Wings welcome back a familiar face.

Vegas (42-19-5) visits the Detroit Red Wings (26-29-11) at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday at Little Caesars Arena.

He faces his former team, the Red Wings, for the first time since they dealt him to Vegas for three draft choices at the Feb. 26, trading deadline. Tatar, who has 17 goals and 29 points for the season, got his first goal as a Golden Knight — which was the game winner — in Vegas’ 3-2 road win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

“It feels good to contribute and get the monkey off my back,” said Tatar after the game. He has played four games with the Golden Knights.

Detroit will be without center Frans Nielsen, who left the Red Wings’ 6-5 overtime road loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night late in the first period after suffering a concussion due to a high hit from Boston center David Backes.packers_160

NBA wrap: Sparks fly in final seconds of 76ers’ win over Cavaliers

Philadelphia has struggled with getting pundits to take them seriously this season, but with a 108-97 road win over the Cavaliers Thursday, it will be hard to ignore them for much longer.
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Pacers (34-27) at Bucks (33-28) 8 p.m. ET ‘ The Eastern Conference playoff race is incredibly tight as just 4 1/2 games separate the Cavs in the third spot and the Heat in the eighth. The Pacers and Bucks are separated by just one game and every night matters down the stretch.

Ranking Cousins’ final four: While the Jets, Broncos, Vikings and Cardinals each can make enticing recruiting pitches, one team has a clear leg up.

The NFL quarterback carousel: The likelihood of every possible match for Cousins and other signal-callers who could be available this offseason with the teams that need help.

What a potential deal between Cousins and the Vikings looks like: Minnesota has a big decision to make at QB. Going all-in to sign Cousins is a possibility.

Detroit recently traded guard Avery Bradley and forward Tobias Harris to the Clippers in return for Blake Griffin. They have also dealt with injury issues with Reggie Jackson all year long.
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The 35-year-old GM called Clarkson a super-talented scorer and ball handler and described Hood as a dynamic player who can have an immediate impact.

We want fountains, not drains. I need to bring in fountains and I think that’s what we did, Altman said, adding the younger players can rejuvenate All-Star forward LeBron James.

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NFL Scouting Combine 2018: Wyoming’s Josh Allen is showing off on throwing drills

The consensus around Josh Allen at the NFL Scouting Combine is that he’s showing off with impressive workouts, and it’s getting everyone’s attention.
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There’s no doubt the quarterback who led Wyoming has a strong throwing arm, but during the throwing drills at the combine, he made a big statement about how well he can really throw.

You may have heard: Anthony Davis is cookin’ these days. Not only can he leap tall buildings in a single bound and save kittens from trees, he can also get opposing front courts in foul trouble, and that’s a major concern with Aldridge grading out as the 58th best defender in the league…at the power forward position (behind Dirk Nowitzki). An opposing big has committed at least five fouls in all three games over the past week against the Pelicans and I simply don’t think that’s a mistake given Davis’ aggression.

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Miami is seeking Chris Clark Authentic Jersey a draft pick or a player in exchange for Landry, the report says. The Bears, who have seven picks in April’s draft (no third-rounder) and a need at the WR position, have the cap space to take on Landry’s deal.

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Landry’s side and the Fins’ front office have been working together on his future, with the latter allowing Landry’s camp to discuss contract terms with other teams that might be interested in trading for him, the Herald says.

Landry has been a productive piece for the Dolphins over the last four years, tabbing 400 receptions for 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns in his four seasons in the league.

Decker is pretty much a straight-up slot receiver who still has some of his red-zone pop.

Everyone else in the NFC West is miles ahead of where the Cardinals are, so being a tough out and a spoiler in the division race is their ceiling for a few seasons. But with Wilks’ patient owners, he will get a good three or four years to make the team a contender.
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Staring down 40, Nagy is an old fart compared to McVay. But the Bears’ new head coach is inheriting a situation eerily similar to the one McVay found himself in a year ago.

He can be an effective role player in this stage of his career. He wouldn’t be bad in a place such as Cleveland.

Brown is another speedy deep threat with a long, recent history of injuries. Brown still has speed to burn, but it might be hard for him to find a Torrey Smith-like home in 2018.

He’s an older prospect, but Ridley is special as a vertical pass catcher with high-end explosiveness and run-after-catch ability as a perimeter receiver. He has emerged as the draft’s clear top receiver before the Combine.

A gifted athlete who took over as FSU’s defensive leader after Jalen Ramsey departed, Jason Taylor Womens Jersey James didn’t emerge as a franchise-changing talent in 2017. But he possesses too much athleticism to slip outside the top 10 or 15 picks.

One of the most NFL-ready linebackers in terms of instincts, stack-and-shedding and finishing on the interior, Smith has Luke Kuechly-like potential. He can be the final piece for a team lacking an interior enforcer and defensive leader.
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The Flames need to round out their lineup, and a versatile player like Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman would be ideal. Wingers Michael Grabner (New York Rangers) and Gustav Nyquist (Detroit) also seem within range.

Keenum should be viewed as more of a stopgap in front of a young franchise passer.

In the wake of a Sports Illustrated investigation that detailed a culture of misogyny and predatory behavior in the Dallas Mavericks organization, the team’s longtime star, Dirk Nowitzki, responded Wednesday, calling the allegations “truly, truly disgusting.”

“It’s tough,” Nowitzki said after the team practiced at USC in advance of a Friday game against the Los Angeles Lakers. “It’s very disappointing. It’s heartbreaking. I’m glad it’s all coming out. I was disgusted when I read the article, obviously, as everybody was. I was shocked about some of the stuff.”

It’s a surprising thing for a head coach to say when it’s already late February and his team ranks 28th in defensive efficiency (109.8 points allowed per 100 possessions), but that’s how much the Cavs have changed in the past several weeks. Still, it doesn’t abolish all of the issues.

On the day of the NBA draft back in June, just days after Cleveland parted ways with former GM David Griffin, a robust Cavs contingent made up of front-office personnel, coaches and team support staff members held an impromptu, “what if?” discussion about Kyrie Irving’s future, multiple team sources confirmed to ESPN.

The discussion, characterized as “small talk” by one source familiar with its content, was less a formal straw poll of what the Cavs should do with their All-Star point guard should trade opportunities present themselves, and more of a thought exercise anticipating what the market could bear for a player of Irving’s caliber.

The talk got back to Irving, multiple team sources told ESPN, and that served as the tipping point that led to Irving formally requesting a trade a little more than two weeks later.

A slight uptick in injuries played during the 2017 contests did not deter the NFL from signing a new five-year “Thursday Night Football” package with FOX. Winston acknowledged that the money involved in “Thursday Night Football” that trickles back to the players has made those games a necessary evil in helping the salary cap continue to annually rise.

The NFL reportedly received $3.3 billion from FOX for Thursday night telecasts while still retaining the ability to sell lucrative online streaming rights to another provider. Those revenues are split between the NFL and NFLPA based upon rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement adopted in 2011.

Keenum still has some intriguing value, but the Garoppolo trade, the Smith trade, Cousins’ and Bradford’s free agency and the depth of first-round QBs take away his shine, especially after his shaky NFC title game. He also will be on the older side and comes with major inconsistency issues.bears_136