SN exclusive: MLB Network hiring ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi

Finally, some hot stove action in Major League Baseball: Ex-New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is joining MLB Network as studio analyst, sources tell Sporting News.
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MLB Network is expected to announce the hiring of the 53-year-old Girardi as early as Wednesday, said sources with knowledge of the deal. He’s expected to make his debut on MLB Tonight Wednesday night (6 p.m. ET), alongside Mike Lowell, Bill Ripken and Greg Amsinger.

Josh Sitton, Dolphins Grade: A- Miami had some of the worst guard play in football last season, and Sitton should be a huge upgrade on the likes of Jermon Bushrod and Anthony Steen.

The former Packers guard might not quite have deserved Chuck Bednarik Jersey his Pro Bowl nod with the Bears in 2016, but he’s still an above-average interior lineman.

Sitton will turn 32 in July, so the Dolphins might not be in business with him for the long haul, but his two-year, $15 million deal contains $8 million guaranteed, suggesting that the Dolphins should be able to get out of the deal after 2018 if he declines any further.

That’s a very reasonable move.

The Astros beat the Yankees in seven games in the American League Championship Series in 2017. But with the addition of National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the lineup, many pundits are championing New York as the best team in the AL.

Verlander obviously does not support that argument and he has a case. Houston beat the Yankees, then went on to beat a team many thought was the best in baseball in the Dodgers. They return every player in their historical batting order, added two good relievers, and traded for 2015 NL Cy Young candidate Gerrit Cole.
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Make no mistake, the Yankees will be a tough team to beat this season, but the Astros are far from a forgotten contender.

That’s the top of the market for run-stuffing defensive linemen who don’t get after the quarterback.
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WR Donte Moncrief, Jaguars Grade: D It’s difficult to see the reasoning behind the one-year deal the Jags handed Moncrief, given that it will pay him a minimum of $7 million and hit up to $9.6 million with incentives.

A’s, Mariners to open 2019 MLB season in Tokyo, report says

The Athletics and Mariners are heading east next year 锟斤拷 the Far East.
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I ended my career here, I was here. We were expecting a baby at the time, so it was kind of the natural flow of events. We wanted to focus on our family once the baby was born. Before we knew, all the years had gone by and we’re still here.

One of the game’s star power-hitters through the 1960s and early ’70s, the first baseman-outfielder was traded to the Cardinals in 1966 for pitcher Ray Sadecki and won the NL MVP award in 1967 as St. Louis won the World Series, cementing the trade as one of the worst in Giants history.

Cepeda played 17 seasons, all but the final two-plus years in the National League, hitting .297/.350/.499 with 379 homers and 1,365 RBIs.

He retired in 1974 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999 on a Veterans Committee ballot. He has been a community representative for the Giants since 1987.

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My career here has exceeded my wildest imagination. I didn’t think this was going to last through my first August, never mind 12 years, said Strief, who was drafted in the seventh round out of Northwestern in 2006 and became a full-time starter five years later — finishing with 98 career starts, including the playoffs.

You took a chance on me when Cam Fowler Jersey no one else would. Your faith in me has changed my life forever. … Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Strief said to Payton.

He called Brees the single greatest motivation for me as a player while talking about his tireless work ethic.

My greatest drive as a player was not to let you down, Strief told Brees. Being a small part of your Hall of Fame career has been my greatest honor as a player.

Cardinals SS Paul DeJong agrees to MLB-record 6-year, $26M extension

Second-year shortstop Paul DeJong has agreed to a record extension with the Cardinals, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The six-year, $26 million extension is the largest ever for a player with less than one year of MLB service, surpassing the six-year, $25 million deal shortstop Tim Anderson signed with the White Sox in 2017.

That said, much of Crawford’s current value comes from his defense: MLB Pipeline named Crawford part of the 2018 All-Defense Team, while current projections peg him as an average- to above-average defensive shortstop (despite a less-than-great showing in 2018). Though Crawford fielded just 55 innings at shortstop in 2017, scouting reports indicate that his floor is as a solid defender at shortstop.

But while defense may be Crawford’s signature, the real potential lies in Crawford’s power. Despite hitting for only a .086 ISO in his MLB debut last season and a .121 in his MiLB career, Crawford has displayed flashes of power, most recently in the second half of last season in AAA, mashing .287/.385/.513 in his last 195 PA at AAA, good for a .226 ISO.

Not good news out of Mariners this morning. Tests show strained right oblique for Ben Gamel and he’ll be out estimated 4-6 weeks. Opening Day is 3 1/2 weeks away.

Gamel, who is one of the best defensive outfielders in the game, hit .275 with 11 home runs, 27 doubles, five triples and 59 RBIs in his first full season in the big leagues.

He was injured Friday during batting practice and thought it was just a “tweak,” the Seattle Times reported. Results from an MRI on Saturday revealed the injury was worse than initially expected.

The Mariners, who went 78-84 last season, are already thin in the outfield with right fielder Mitch Haniger dealing with hand tendinitis and versatile backup Guillermo Heredia recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Former Marlins infielder Dee Gordon (now slated to play center field in Seattle) is the only healthy starter as the Mariners might have to turn to middle infielders Andrew Romine and Taylor Motter to fill in while waiting on Gamel, Heredia and Haniger to return.

Nuggets fan who got in Russell Westbrook’s face banned from games

The verdict is in concerning the altercation between the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and a Nuggets fan that occurred seconds after Denver’s 127-124 win over Oklahoma City Thursday night: Westbrook indeed shoved the fan, but the fan, not Westbrook, was at fault.

That much was clear to most people who witnessed the incident. Seconds after Gary Harris’ game-winning 3-pointer, the fan ran onto the court and got in Westbrook’s face. In reaction, Westbrook shoved him, an understandable response in the heat of the moment.

As long as West remains in his post in LA, it’s very easy to see the Clippers recruiting Thompson in two summers. But for now, Klay is a long way from ditching a team that has the look of a dynasty.

Yes, I remember dress-up day.He wrote his journal, I loved the game much that even though our playing field was muddy and we had trees on it, I used to play hours every day.It appears that Jones is looking to the middle of the field.One year someone could be a standout with the following the person fall off completely.The Packers completed the with a 3 record.I just pray we live a country and a world that can be united.

Sometimes, we get caught up initial proposals.The roster isn’t the only change since Hankins last played.Bowen: Branch: The vast majority of dealings have been with the 49ers.Print this article Back to Top.The Ravens are still expected to add at least one more cornerback either via free agency or the draft, but they view retaining Wright as important first step.

Woodson led Michigan to the national championship 1997 by making signature plays all three phases, and Peppers has the Wolverines the hunt for the College Football Playoff.Remember, the Cubs now view the as a seven-month exercise — not just the usual six months and 162 .It’s important to keep mind how raw is.This whole year I just stayed positive and just did what I be a pro and help these guys.

I’m not gonna use it as excuse if I’m on the football field.The Fountain-Fort , Colo., native was part of six turnovers, including four forced fumbles .Our fullback made the pro bowl?Keeps you up at night, frustrates you, but again it’s a learning lesson.Sam Maziejka scored 18 points to lead South Glens Falls , while Uline added 14 points.

OKC general manager Sam Presti is trying to add more pieces for the stretch run, either before the NBA trade deadline Thursday or after players are bought out of their contracts. The Thunder enter deadline day fifth in the Western Conference with a 31-24 record. George is averaging 22.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.lions_129

The Spurs and Lakers have the two best overall winning percentages in NBA history.

The Grizzlies (18-43) are on their longest losing streak since Jan. 6-31, 2009. Their last 12-game losing streak coincided with the one-year anniversary of trading Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers for his brother Marc Gasol.

Besides Gasol getting some rest, Andrew Harrison (right wrist) and Tyreke Evans (right rib) are expected to miss Saturday’s game. Chandler Parsons missed Friday’s game with an illness and is expected to play while JaMychal Green might play after sitting out Friday for the same reason.

“We’re sharing the ball, pushing it and playing at the pace we like to play at,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said after the win in Miami. “Tonight we were making the simple extra pass instead of trying to hold for quick shots or try to make spectacular passes.”

Los Angeles beat the Spurs on Jan. 11 in the two teams’ first meeting of the season and have won two straight against San Antonio. The Spurs still have won eight of the past 10 against Los Angeles and own an 86-79 all-time edge over the Lakers, including a 51-32 advantage at home.

“Great teams win on the road,” Beal said after Washington won its fourth consecutive road game and fifth in the last six away from home. “You won’t have success unless you win on the road.”

But any win over a fellow Eastern Conference playoff hopeful can boost a team’s confidence, especially on the road.

“From the arena to the players to the (officials), it definitely felt like a playoff atmosphere,” Oladipo said. “It was a great win for us.”

With his team trailing by five, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton missed a corner 3-pointer off an inbounds play with 8.9 seconds left. Bojan Bogdanovic hit two foul shots at the other end to seal it and hand the Bucks their fourth straight loss.

Patriots, Eagles combine to easily smash the record for yards in a Super Bowl

Super Bowl 52 was offense, offense and more offense in a way no other Super Bowl was ever before. The final total of offensive yardage in the game was 1,151 — more than 200 yards more than any Super Bowl before.

The Eagles won the first Super Bowl in the history of their franchise on Sunday, beating the Patriots in Minneapolis, 41-33. This was the on-field trophy presentation afterward, up through speeches by owner Jeff Lurie and coach Doug Pederson:

Every Lombardi Trophy presentation is cool in a way, even if it involves a team like the Patriots that’s been there a bunch of times. There’s something pretty cool about watching people celebrate reaching the pinnacle of their field, and that’s what’s on display every time these presentations happen.

This, despite a mostly unimpressive offensive line and few truly dangerous weapons to work with.

But Garoppolo, seven starts and all, now makes more money than Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and every other quarterback who has spent much more than one month proving their worth.

Former first-rounders who didn’t pan out.

Last year, the Steelers cut Justin Gilbert, just a couple years removed from being the Browns’ eighth overall selection in the 2014 NFL draft. Nobody picked him up afterward.

A year before that, the Browns released Johnny Manziel, another 2014 first-round pick, after a turbulent career. Manziel has been away from the NFL since, though he’s recently said he’s aiming for a comeback.

The light rail is the primary mode of transportation for people coming into the city for the game, according to SB Nation reporters who have spent the week in the city. Many roads in the city are closed to automobile traffic, only making the railways more important. Any prolonged shutdown of the light rail could be a significant disruption.

NFL upgrades Super Bowl security to keep Tom Brady’s jersey safe

A member of the international media almost got away with stealing Tom Brady’s game jerseys after Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI. It won’t happen again — hopefully.

The NFL is implementing new postgame security measures to ensure that no memorabilia is stolen from players after the Super Bowl, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

All media entering the locker rooms after the Patriots and Eagles face off in Super Bowl LII on Sunday will have their credentials scanned with a radio-frequency identification reader. Media members will have to “tap out” with their credential and the RFID reader when they leave to allow security to keep track of who is in the locker room area at all times.

Obviously, the league wants to keep this from happening again. But there’s no guarantee that it can.

“It has been an extensive review and extensive changes that we made, but as you know, even with credentialed people in a really tight security operation, there can be incidents. We’re hoping that that does not happen this year,” Lanier said.

But something had to be done, and these changes should help.

After retiring in 1998, he entered the coaching ranks 10 years later, taking a job with the Colts in 2008 as an offensive assistant. The next year, he was promoted to quarterbacks coach and worked closely with Peyton Manning between 2009-10, while spending 2011 as wide receivers coach.

After the Colts finished 2-14 in 2011, Reich was released along with the rest of Jim Caldwell’s coaching staff. He spent one year as the Arizona Cardinals’ receivers coach before heading to the San Diego Chargers in 2013 as quarterbacks coach. The next year, he was promoted to offensive coordinator and spent two more seasons coaching Philip Rivers. With Reich running the offense, the Chargers ranked 18th in yards in 2014 and ninth in 2015.

After getting fired from the Chargers, Reich joined Doug Pederson’s staff as offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. He had his biggest success here, working with Pederson and QBs coach John DeFilippo to develop Carson Wentz, the new franchise quarterback. When Wentz went down with a torn ACL late last season, Reich and his staff did an admirable job adjusting the offense around Nick Foles. The Eagles went on to upset the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52.bears_015-223x223

Fly Phils Fly! Eagles star Jason Kelce center of attention at camp

Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce got plenty of attention for his salty language during the Super Bowl celebration parade. The All-Pro says he tried to tone it down when he spoke inside the Phillies clubhouse on Monday.

But once Kelce started his speech, he found that old habits die hard.

I probably cursed a little more, actually, Kelce said. At least through the start of the speech I made an effort to not curse and then that quickly faded.

Wearing a red No. 62 Phillies spring training jersey, Kelce was the main guest during the first official day of team workouts.

In a similar way, Rippon’s eyebrow evolution is a complement to the rest of his story. Figure skaters do their own makeup, so even though they are responding to what the judges want to see from competitors’ appearances the way that each skater styles their hair, or does their makeup, or shapes their eyebrows, is a indicator of how they see themselves or what makes them feel like the best version of themselves on the ice.

The CFL has long used a method known as a negotiation list, rather than a draft, for allocating American players. Each team can claim up to 45 players and retain their rights for as long as desired. When Americans want to play in the CFL, they must negotiate exclusively with the team that owns their rights.

The list has historically been kept secret, but the league changed its policy this year to allow for a partial release of up to 10 names per team.

Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel was not among the 10 players announced by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but he is known to be on their list and spent months in negotiations with the team this winter. He currently plans to participate in The Spring League, a domestic developmental league based in Austin, Texas, but has not ruled out playing in the CFL.

During a Twitter conversation with CFL star Duron Carter, son of NFL Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter, Manziel said in part: If that’s the path I choose, TRUST ME, I’m gunna let it fly.royals_013

Because Cooks had established himself as a runner, he was not considered a defenseless player and the hit was within the rules.

Super Bowl 52, also known as Super Bowl LII, is set for Sunday, Feb. 4, at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings since the 2016 season. The game will be the first Super Bowl hosted by Minnesota since Super Bowl XXVI on Jan. 26, 1992.

This year it’s the Eagles vs. the Patriots, but regardless of which teams are in the Super Bowl, commercials before, during and after the game have become must-see TV over the years. Here is everything you need to know about commercials during the 2018 Super Bowl.

Not that Brady cares, but because those accomplishments in the eyes of the majority do indeed already define his career, they’re the reason why his retirement would not be met with debate. Only admiration. Brady has nothing left to prove.

Of all the notable NFL retirements after Super Bowl victories — John Elway, Jerome Bettis and Peyton Manning being the most recent examples — none featured the sport’s unquestioned all-time best at his position. The closest comparison is linebacker Ray Lewis, who announced his impending retirement weeks before his Ravens reached and won Super Bowl XLVII. And Lewis, because of an injury, started only six games during his final regular season in 2012. Brady started all 16 games in 2017 and led New England to a 13-3 record.

It was the first reception of the game for Cooks, who also had a 1-yard rush, as the Eagles held a 9-3 lead at the time of his exit.

The longstanding argument for Joe Montana as the GOAT is the fact that he went 4-0 in Super Bowls. But in Montana’s decade-long heyday for the 49ers, he got to “only” six championship games, adding one more AFC loss while wrapping up his career in Kansas City.

Brady is the first player with five rings all for the same team. (Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley got his splitting time with San Francisco and Dallas.) Going way back pre-Super Bowl, the only pro football run that compares is Otto Graham’s 7-1 record in championship games in eight years for the Browns, in two leagues.

So then you go bigger, to the NBA with Michael Jordan, the modern consensus overall GOAT. In a sport more influenced by individual superstars who play both offense and defense, Jordan also had compact glory, with his six championships coming in a span of eight seasons.bills_049

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Dotted with skaters out for a mid-afternoon twirl, the public popup ice rink at Seattle Center offered a fitting backdrop when the engine of NHL expansion roared to life again.

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But Francesa’s voice, first paired with Russo in 1989, and then solo since 2008, really has sound-tracked so many New York afternoons for almost 30 years. Francesa’s shows were often the only place to find extended interviews with embattled coaches and obstinate jocks, alongside the calls from preening Yankee-lovers, despondent Mets fans, and the sadsacks who wanted to spend but 90 seconds talking hockey. Francesa made an art of sparring with callers, sometimes condescending to them, sometimes berating them. It was all an act, he has said, but he has performed this act for tens of thousands of hours of radio. Those who would consider themselves his biggest fans know no other version of Mike Francesa.

And deservedly he bade his almost-farewell from a museum. WFAN invented the sports-talk radio format, and Francesa was the station’s biggest sports-talking star.

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He’s playing with efficiency we have not previously seen, even his 5-yard assault 2011.Louis Post Dispatch.Shot by Reilly Smith.Foye is still dealing with a right hamstring strain, so he’ll be sidelined for a fourth straight game.

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