Jose Bautista scores Mets’ lone run as part of one of ‘wildest days’

In his first at-bat with the Mets, Jose Bautista smacks a double down the left-field line in the second inning. (0:32)

Jose Bautista was sitting on his couch at home in Florida when the call came Tuesday afternoon. He had a new job, with the New York Mets.

Gohara has given up just one run and two hits in seven innings as a reliever, and the Braves will see what he can do as a starter.

It’s a good opportunity to get him stretched back out, Snitker said. “Every time he’s been out, it’s kind of kicked up a tick. We needed a starter for (Wednesday), so it’s a good opportunity to get him back out there and get him stretched out again.”

Gohara, listed at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, made five starts for Atlanta at the end of the 2017 season. He had a 4.91 ERA in those starts, but he registered 31 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings while walking eight batters.

“It’s sustained greatness I think is what drives me,” Rodgers said recently at the Wisconsin High School Sports Awards, via Aaron Nagler of PackersNews.com. “It’s to be the best and to be able to choose when I’m done playing. I think as you’ve seen here recently with Jordy [Nelson] but even you go back a few years to whether it’s Julius Peppers or A.J. Hawk or John Kuhn or Brett Favre, the fairy tale ending of starting a career and ending it with the same organization rarely happens. So that’s kind of my goal, is to be able to be indispensable to this organization into my 40s to where you’ve got to keep me around.”

That sounds a lot like the same thing that motivates Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: Playing beyond 40 while staying with his one and only team, and performing so well that the team would never have the temptation or necessity to make a business/football decision to move on.
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Brown sat with arms folded in his lap and offered tart responses to the five questions he fielded in a session that lasted a hair under two minutes.

Windhorst: I couldn’t say now. But this I can: No matter how it may look two weeks in, almost every team faces adversity at some point in a playoff run. How they handle it often will define their season. And having experience in dealing with adversity is so often a difference-maker in who can overcome it.

Snellings: Before the season began, I predicted that the Rockets would defeat the Warriors to represent the West in the Finals, and I’m sticking with that. I think the 76ers are the best team in the East right now, but their inexperience will be their weakness. Despite Cleveland’s current struggles, I’m staying with the Cavaliers.

Forcing Jazz misses and turnovers allowed the Thunder to get out in transition, which, along with Rudy Gobert’s absence, allowed Westbrook to get high-value shots around the rim. I’m fascinated to see whether Oklahoma City can keep it up in Game 6, particularly with Westbrook expending so much energy; he played the entire second half for the first time since Game 7 of the 2016 Western Conference finals, per ESPN Stats & Information research.

No reply was shorter than when Brown was asked about his own numbers that day.

“My teammates found me in open spots. I hit some shots,” said Brown, who soon stood up, adjusted the fanny pack he’s trying to will back into style and headed for the team bus.

The popular narrative as Brown and Tatum assert themselves on the playoff stage is how bright the more distant future is becoming for the Celtics. And it’s absolutely fair to watch what these two are doing for injury-depleted Boston and wonder just how good this team can eventually be when it has a healthy Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward on the court next season.

But that overlooks what makes Brown and Tatum so special to begin with: They don’t want to wait to be great.

On Monday, the Celtics gathered at their training facility to watch film and go through light prep for Game 5. The team didn’t spend much time on the court, but Brown stayed late for extra shooting. It was a way to fight the frustration that lingered from not being able to close out Game 4.canucks_1347

Bears schedule 2018: Chicago gets chances to establish itself as contender

The Bears’ 2018 schedule presents plenty of opportunities for Chicago to prove itself as an up-and-coming contender in the NFC. The home schedule alone features games against the Patriots and Rams, plus the usual slate of NFC North rivals.

Amin Elhassan: This is an aggressive play for Leonard, to be sure, but in a league increasingly favoring offenses that are predicated on preventing ball-stopping, while highly valuing the ability to switch everything defensively, it’s not hard to see how this is a no-brainer for Boston.

Leonard is the poster child for offensive efficiency, and with a lineup of 6-foot-8-plus athletes across the board, Boston would boast a deep enough, well-coached, flexible roster that could legitimately contend with the Golden State Warriors.

Pending the physical, the Celtics would be best served by aggressively pursuing Leonard, going so far as to entertain adding additional picks (up to and including the Lakers/Kings pick owed from the Jayson Tatum deal last June). Re-signing Marcus Smart would become a priority, and the return of Gordon Hayward would provide some of the playmaking lost by Irving’s departure.

“She was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her she would ‘trash his career,’” Ennis’ attorney Stephanie Rickard said in a statement, via NBC Bay Area.

Ennis allegedly sustained eight to 10 blows to the head in an incident which occurred Feb. 11 in Los Gatos, Calif. Foster was charged in April.

After Ennis learned Foster had been brought up on multiple charges, she says she tried to recant her statement at the police department.

“(Foster) did not strike her, injure her or threaten her,” Rickard said in the statement.

Foster has been charged with two counts of domestic violence, one felony charge of possession of an assault weapon, and another charge of preventing a victim from reporting a crime.

The police allege Foster caused Ennis great bodily harm including a ruptured ear drum.

However, Ennis says she has video of the fight with another woman where she actually sustained the injuries and that Foster is innocent of the charges.

Buffalo also traded up in the first round for Tremaine Edmunds, selecting the Virginia Tech linebacker at No. 16. The Bills gave up the Nos. 22 and 65 picks in their deal with the Baltimore Ravens while acquiring a fifth-round pick (No. 154).steelers_060

Redskins sit on even opening odds vs. Cardinals in 2018 Week 1

Redskins sit on even opening odds vs. Cardinals in 2018 Week 1 More Let oddsmakers tell it, the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals are evenly matched in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season. At Odds Shark, the contest has an even opening line, with an over/under of 44.5. The Redskins hit the road for a late kickoff against those Cardinals, a team banking quite a bit on the health of Sam Bradford next season, lest he fade out of the spotlight and give way to Mike Glennon. Arizona went 8-8 last year and missed the playoffs, getting little out of a hodgepodge of quarterbacks. The Redskins have done a makeover under center as well, shifting from Kirk Cousins to Alex Smith.

So, Barkley likely will hear his name early this year, but don’t expect a rush on running backs after that.

“You don’t have to get them in the first round, more like you do a tackle or an elite pass rusher,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “But still, if there’s a running back there that you think is going to be like some of those guys I mentioned, then that guy is worth the first pick in the draft just like anybody else would be.

Williams joins Washington Redskins OL Brandon Scherff, New Orleans Saints OL Andrus Peat, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston as players from the 2015 class who have had their options exercised.

It’s hard to avoid talking about quarterback Andrew Luck ‘s right shoulder injury under any circumstances because so much of the Colts’ fortunes are tied to Luck’s health. Ballard said that Luck still has not progressed to throwing a regulation football , but that the exercises he is doing are similar to what he’d be doing if he had gotten to that point.

Ballard also stressed that Luck is not pressing to get back in the same way he did before missing all of last season and that the team is confident in his return to action. He further illustrated that by pointing to the trade with the Jets that moved the Colts from No. 3 to No. 6 in the first round and saying he thinks that shows they are “very confident” about the quarterback’s progress.seahawks_181

When Jay Cutler isn’t on the football field, he’s playing Mr. Mom to his three kids with Kristin Cavallari.

“I have a lot on my plate, yeah, I do. I honestly could not do it without my husband, Jay,” the “True Roots” cookbook author told Page Six on Tuesday. “He luckily is unemployed at the moment. He played football for many, many years and he’s finally done. Not 100 percent, but we’re hopeful that he’s done. And he takes the kids to school, and he picks them up from school, which really frees up my day. He’s at home with the kids himself right now and I never have to worry about it. So as corny and cheesy as it is, I honestly couldn’t do it without him.”

Cavallari, 31, and Cutler, 34, are parents to daughter Saylor James, 2, and sons Camden Jack, 5, and Jaxon Wyatt, 3, together. They married in 2013.

I didn’t know. I was naive at the time. I was in awe of the bigness of working for a network. Sometimes when I think of that story, how sweet it was of my dad to do that, I get a little teary-eyed. So there are not many things in my career that I regret, but that’s one of ’em.

No more.

The free-agent quarterback agreed Sunday to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers, ESPN first reported, with whom he will compete with Cardale Jones to be Philip Rivers’ backup.

Smith, still only 27, was a second-round pick of the Jets in 2013, but he never proved himself in green. He was set to be the starting quarterback for the 2015 season before an August punch from then-teammate IK Enemkpali broke his jaw. He never reclaimed his spot, and left the Jets after the 2016 season.

Matt Carpenter has quietly become one of the game’s best hitters in terms of plate discipline. His 16.5 percent chase rate since the start of last season ranks second to only Joey Votto’s (14.1). And it’s not just chase rate: Last season, Carpenter was top-five in the majors in swing rate and walk rate, too. — Langs

Nolan Arenado dropped the gloves on Wednesday — then dropped an appeal of his five-game suspension on Saturday. Arenado will miss the entire three-game series in Pittsburgh after charging the mound last week against the Padres. On the bright side, Charlie Blackmon returned from a four-game absence on Saturday and promptly homered off Max Scherzer. — Casellajets_096

Johnny Manziel’s return to pro football might still seem like a longshot, but he’s definitely working toward his goal, no matter how lofty.

The former first-round pick threw at a scouting showcase for the second time in as many weeks Tuesday, serving as Christian Kirk ‘s quarterback at Texas A&M’s pro day. In the process, the 25-year-old Manziel grabbed headlines — and multiple encounters with representatives of NFL teams.

Manziel met with the New England Patriots before and after his participation in Texas A&M’s pro day, the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reported. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported New England wasn’t the lone team to speak with the man formerly known as Johnny Football. A considerable amount of other teams also conversed with the quarterback on Tuesday, per Rapoport.

Because of this, the NFL also strives to protect the perception of the integrity of the game. Gambling, the league believes, only hurts that perception.

State-sponsored gambling not only adds to the pressure on our coaches and players, but creates suspicion and cynicism toward every on-the-field mistake that affects the betting line, Goodell wrote in a letter to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell in 2009.

We sort of threw him in the fire, Roberts said. He executed pitches, so his stuff really plays. From what I’ve seen so far, there’s a lot of emotion, but he’s shown that he can channel it in the right way.

It was just one game, but it’s not hard to envision Chargois becoming this year’s version of Morrow.

Everyone is trying to become more efficient, Chargois said, having clearly already adapted to the official team lexicon. Whether it’s a teammate or a coach trying to help out, we’re always trying to get better. It’s one thing I love about this team — it’s a great learning environment.

As for this year’s version of Taylor, how about Kemp After he was acquired, it was widely assumed the Dodgers would either flip Kemp to another team or set him adrift. But Kemp relished returning to his old team, and just wanted a chance. And the team said it’d give him one.
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John Sullivan is returning to the Rams

The Rams are keeping center John Sullivan on a two-year deal, the team announced Friday night. The deal is worth $15 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

So along with bringing back their own backup safety Bradley McDougald, it’s hardly the kind of move to make people forget Kam Chancellor (who may not again, at least there) or Earl Thomas (who could be available in trade). Oh and by the way, they released Richard Sherman, traded Michael Bennett, and defensive end Cliff Avril&s likely done because of a neck injury.

They did sign pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo, so there’s that. And they also countered the loss of Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson on offense by bringing in Ed Dickson and Jaron Brown.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Bernal, 23 Comeaux Drive, Lockport, fugitive.In sixth grade, he joined a Pop team and went from being one of the kids picked last to a kid who put other kids on the, every play.He also could choose to negotiate a new deal with the Pistons.Clemmings didn’t deny it was unconventional having put at times the first half, with Clemmings then shifting to the right.When I was a kid, I put the ball glove on the handle bars the morning and didn’t return home until it was time to dress for Little League game.

“I fell in love with the coaching staff and I fell in love with the GM,” Ebron said on a conference call with Indianapolis reporters. “That’s what kind of pushed the envelope for me to want to be here. Everyone showed love and a lot of support for my game and my family and the things that I wanted to accomplish. It was something I prayed on and I asked for a symbol, a light, and that’s exactly what happened on this visit. It was a no-brainer after that.”

49 catches and less than 700 yards doesn’t smell too fresh when playing for a 4000 yard passer.Center Weston Richburg has been ejected from Sunday’s NFC East showdown between the Giants and Redskins at MetLife Stadium after incurring his second unsportsmanlike personal foul of the game the fourth quarter.He is introspective enough to know what he’s feeling and separate what he wants from what he’s scared of.To vote absentee you must fill out application at your local Board of Elections by Friday, November 4th.

20 Montreal.Smith should enter camp as the favorite.While Burns is going to hurt you a more obvious way on the scoreboard, is going to hurt you ways that may truly be the difference who lifts the Cup and who doesn’t.Perhaps Foster can take over the enforcer duties for a while.People carried cushions up the stairs with them and put them place., isn’t that all that matters

He’s got the type of versatility and experience that the Eagles would to add to their offensive line.With of those layers working well, the Raiders have a to go as far as their current record suggests they can.49ers_168

Raiders have reached agreement with Tank Carradine

The Raiders are padding their defensive line by agreeing to a free-agent deal with former 49ers defensive end Tank Carradine, according to a report from The Sacramento Bee.

Carradine reportedly visited the Raiders’ facility in Alameda on Thursday but left without signing a contract. He would be the first outside defensive lineman acquired in this free agency period by the Raiders, who also re-signed their own defensive tackle Justin Ellis to a three-year contract.

Winning the offseason is only important if a team can translate its transactions into regular-season victories. Otherwise, the process is pointless.

Some will succeed in this endeavor. Others will fail. But every team is looking for opportunities to improve its roster through free agency.

A year ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Calais Campbell to a four-year, $60 million contract. Campbell provided the best season of his career and helped mold the Jaguars into Super Bowl contenders. The opposite happened after the Cleveland Browns made Kevin Zeitler the league’s high-paid guard (at the time). Zeitler’s play didn’t amount to much on a 0-16 roster featuring an unprepared rookie quarterback.

Pugh played both left guard and right tackle in his time with the Giants. Health, not his overall performance, has been the biggest question mark associated with Pugh.

He ended the 2017 season on injured reserve with a back injury and has missed 13 games over the last two seasons.

Teams search far and wide for quality starting left tackles. Teams that find them pay them handsomely. Teams that don’t must overpay to get one.

In that sense, it’s understandable that the Giants wrote a big check to lure Nate Solder out of New England. He’ll lock down the left tackle position and give New York a piece to build around on the offensive line.

But the Giants paid a big price to acquire a 29-year-old left tackle who is good but far from great. Solder is now the highest-paid offensive tackle (in average annual value) in the NFL, and he has as many Pro Bowl appearances as you and I. In an era of watered-down Pro Bowl selections, that’s kind of incredible.

Obviously, the Giants didn’t love the incoming class of offensive tackles and decided to move aggressively for the top option in free agency. Still, it’s unlikely that Solder will live up to the expectations of his massive new deal.patriots_380

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

Statistics strongly suggest the Rams are more than merely another fluke this season through the first month.

“I’ve made Coach Tomlin look bad, and that is my fault, and that is my fault only,” Villanueva said. “I made my teammates look bad, and that is my fault, and my fault only. And I made the Steelers also look bad, and that is my fault, and my fault only. So unwillingly, I made a mistake.’’

The mistake here is the fact that, in the aftermath of this mess, no one from the Steelers has publicly stated his support of Villanueva, stated that he has nothing to apologize for.

“I talked to my teammates about the situation, hopefully they understand it,’’ he said. “If they don’t, I still have to live with it, because the nature of this debate is causing a lot of very heated reaction from fans from players, and it’s undeserving to all of the players and coaches from this organization.’’

And if the preseason is any indication of things to come, the 49ers might find themselves with one of the league’s best young defenders. Here’s Foster on the very first play of Sunday’s game against the Vikings:

There are plenty of concerns about the 49ers offense, primarly because it’s unclear if Brian Hoyer is anything other than a short-term solution to lingering questions about the quarterback position. But if you’re looking for reasons for optimism, Hoyer and Marquise Goodwin — who is literally a world-class sprinter — hooked up on a 46-yard yard touchdown pass on the offense’s first drive.

Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College. Bill Belichick, here’s your new Jamie Collins. While Landry is nowhere near the run defender as Collins, he would give the Patriots a boost in getting after the quarterback, which they showed is a concern by bringing in linebacker James Harrison late in the season. Landry can give them that type of player regularly moving forward and should be an excellent chess piece for the Genius.

Billy Price, G, Ohio State. Assuming the Vikings figure out what to do with their free-agent quarterbacks heading into the draft, Price would be a great target for them as a potential replacement for Joe Berger inside. Price would be one of the better starting centers in the league, so the Vikings have the option of sticking him at the pivot immediately and having Pat Elflein compete at a guard spot.
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