Source: Le’Veon Bell will skip Steelers organized team activities

Running back Le’Veon Bell does not plan to attend the Pittsburgh Steelers’ organized team activities, which begin Tuesday, according to a source.

He claims to have looked in the mirror and noticed a need for change. He went about making it happen this offseason.

Because obviously there was stuff that happened, he said. “I want to continue to work on myself, communicate better, not let certain stuff get to me. Continue to strive and get better every day.”

The Giants have been happy with what they’ve seen so far. They’re planning on Apple being a significant piece to the team. He ran with the starting defense at cornerback opposite Janoris Jenkins on Monday.

The team announced Nelson’s four-year deal Monday.

The cornerback from Wisconsin was picked 110th overall. He might have gone higher if not for the knee injury suffered in a pre-draft workout with the Lions. He needed only a partial meniscus repair, so it could have been worse, but he still stands as a cautionary tale against the proliferation of such workouts.

The Raiders have two picks left to sign, third-rounders Brandon Parker and Arden Key.

The Astros wore T-shirts during batting practice on Tuesday to honor the victims of last week’s Texas school shooting that left 10 people dead. The shirts have “We Play For Santa Fe” on them and are in the school’s colors. The green shirts feature the school’s name in gold letters and the Astros logo in white with a gold star. The Astros wanted to do something to show their support for those affected by the shooting in Santa Fe, which is about 30 miles from their ballpark in downtown Houston.ravens_014

Utah’s Donovan Mitchell has foot contusion, leaving status up in air

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell underwent an MRI that showed he has a left foot contusion, and the team announced that his status for Wednesday’s Game 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder will be updated Tuesday.

And good luck figuring out Parker as he heads to free agency. One on possession, he’ll run a nifty pick-and-roll and hit a Milwaukee center with a lob. On the next one, he’ll do whatever the hell this is:

Joe Prunty benched Parker late, and he was right to. Milwaukee will not win this series with Bledsoe and Parker playing at that level.

Parker is fascinating — undeniably explosive, yet frenetic. He seems to twitch in every direction at once. He plays with his own speed and timing — accelerating suddenly, from weird locations on the floor, and pulling up just as suddenly. He is utterly unpredictable, and I’m not sure that is a good thing.

Something that is predictable: Milwaukee barfing up long 2s off the dribble with 12 on the shot clock after one desultory action. Sad!

Good things happen whenever the Bucks use Antetokounmpo as a screener in the pick-and-roll or have their point guards — Brogdon especially — screen for him. More, please.

“Six points in a Stanley Cup playoff game with a hat trick,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “That’s special.”

Pastrnak has been special in both games of the team’s first-round series, as the Czech Republic native registered three points in a Game 1 victory. His nine combined points tie him with Phil Esposito (1969) for the most points accumulated in the first two games of a postseason in NHL history.

“A lot of people in Boston already know how good he is,” said teammate Patrice Bergeron, who had four assists of his own in Game 2. “I think people on the outside are getting to know.”

The Bruins, who lead the series 2-0, will take their show on the road, as Game 3 is Monday in Toronto.

For me, it didn’t get any sweeter than April the 12, 1992, when Freddie [Couples, former University of Houston roommate] won the green jacket. He had that dream rooted in his heart and it ran as deep for him as the dream of announcing the Masters ran for me. Jim Nantz Remembers Augusta next Sunday will be about Fred’s life journey to being a Masters champion.

Bill Belichick: Josh McDaniels is the best offensive coordinator in the NFL

Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he worked hard at keeping Josh McDaniels in the fold because he thinks so highly of him.

Belichick said at the league meeting that after the Super Bowl, he made an effort to get McDaniels to stay, rather than leave to become head coach of the Colts, because Belichick considers McDaniels the best offensive coordinator in football.

Although there’s no firm agreement in place, there’s a good chance that the 41-year-old McDaniels will replace the 65-year-old Belichick whenever Belichick decides to retire. Both Belichick and Kraft think McDaniels will be in a good position to succeed.

Griffin is more than just an inspirational story, though even if that’s all he was that would be plenty. Yesterday was another chance to show his football skills to scouts, the same ones who initially weren’t going to invite him to the Scouting Combine before relenting.

But his tale of overcoming the birth defect that cost him his left hand when he was 4 years old wasn’t enough for some, and he admitted that not being invited to the Combine at first was difficult for him.

“I was disappointed I wasn’t invited at first, but it wasn’t just me; it was the entire nation,” Griffin said. “At first, I put out a tweet when I wasn’t invited and the entire nation got behind me. They weren’t happy about it, either. . . . I want to thank everybody who got behind me, and I’m still giving them thanks because the job is not done yet.”

The Browns are past the point of lying about what they intend to do with the first overall pick.

What they intend to do with the fourth one is enough to get coach Hue Jackson excited, as well.

Chubb would be among the possibilities if quarterbacks go with the first three picks, along with running back Saquon Barkley and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Browns roster is such that any of the three could make an immediate impact, but having a pair of pass-rushers is a tantalizing thought.

General Manager John Dorsey said there were some similarities between Chubb and Garrett, but important differences as well.la_kings_003

MLB free agency rumors: Twins, Lance Lynn agree to 1-year deal

One free agent starting pitcher looks close to finding a new home.

According to FanRag Sports, the Twins are closing in on signing former Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn.

Lynn has had five straight seasons in which he made at least 31 starts. He threw for more than 200 innings in 2013 and 2014 and he posted a career-best .223 batting average against in 2017.

The Mariners and Angels play their first series of the season May 4-6 in Seattle.

“He’s basically like a high school hitter because he’s never seen a good curveball,” one scout told Yahoo. “He’s seen fastballs and changeups. And you’re asking a high school hitter to jump to the major leagues?”

What exacerbates the problem for Ohtani, though, is he has to cheat on inside fastballs. He has to get started early to turn on the pitch, and the issue with that is it leaves him susceptible to curveballs, especially from left-handers as was shown in his strikeout against Clayton Kershaw earlier this week.

Ohtani truly needs time to adjust to MLB-level pitching. He has seen some good pitchers in Japan, but if Miles Mikolas’ transition back into baseball in America is any indication, the level of the hurlers is not up to par with those Ohtani will face this coming season.

And, as you know, the guy Detroit shipped to Atlanta in that trade turned out to have a pretty good career, too. John Smoltz made his MLB debut in 1988 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2015.seahawks_032_68c47f44d385984c-180x180

NBA trade rumors: Celtics eyeing deals for Lou Williams, Tyreke Evans

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Bradley is a lock-down defender and a high-energy guy who is good for team chemistry. He is also a better 3-point shooter than Roberson, who really struggles offensively.

The only holdup would be Bradley’s health. While the 27-year-old is averaging 15 points and 38.1 percent shooting from 3-point range this season, he has missed nine games this year with injuries including the last two.

However, what he would offer to the Thunder would simply be too much to outweigh the worries about his injuries. Oklahoma City may have to give up more than they would like to get Bradley, but he would give them a very good replacement for Roberson in the short term.

Because that’s what athletes and other celebrities are told all the time. And even with that, only certain athletes and celebrities.

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The Celtics added big man Greg Monroe on Friday to beef up their front court, so now Danny Ainge is pursuing bench scorers.lions_122

Booker, Jackson help Suns end skid with win over Grizzlies

For the first time in a month, the Phoenix Suns were able to celebrate a win, this time at the expense of the equally-hapless Memphis Grizzlies.

In a game featuring two teams looking at the bottom of the standings instead of the top, Devin Booker scored 34 points, Josh Jackson added a career-best 29 and the Suns snapped a 10-game losing streak beating the Memphis Grizzlies 110-102 on Wednesday night.

San Antonio (36-26) played the second half without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge, who landed awkwardly and sprained his right ankle midway through the first quarter.

Pau Gasol was also out of the game with a bone bruise in his left knee, and the short-handed Spurs could not keep up with the high-flying Pelicans in the end game.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our group,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “Under very, very tough circumstances, they keep fighting. As long as they believe in each other and keeping working as hard as they are, we’re going to be in good shape.

Booker is going to be a tough guard for years to come, but there is realistically only room to regress in the usage department. That has me thinking that his age-21 season will be the best one fantasy managers will ever see.

Jim McCormick: Wunderkinds who produce at a high level on the professional stage at a very young age do tend to eventually become full-fledged superstars. Booker is just one of 11 players age 21 or younger to average at least 24.9 PPG. All of the players on this list, save for fellow prodigy Karl-Anthony Towns, are already in the Hall of Fame, or are no-brainers for future induction.

Evidence of his growth is everywhere. Booker’s assist rate jumped by 52 percent this season and he’s No. 8 in the NBA in points per game on pull-up jumpers. He also ranks just behind Chris Paul (and ahead of Kyrie Irving) in pick-and-roll plays initiated per game. He’s essentially on par with, or perhaps even statistically superior to DeMar DeRozan. Well in possession of the keys to the Phoenix franchise, Booker’s ceiling is still years away — and it’s quite high.

But if you’re wondering why a young star is failing to scale the heights of the Player Rater, look at his 3s.49ers_172

Anthony Rizzo says he went to Parkland to support victims

Saying he was there to lend support for victims and their families, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo chastised anyone who claimed he was making a political statement when he returned home to Parkland, Florida, in the aftermath of the school shooting there last week.

I thought the speech was important, to speak with the kids and families that were affected, Rizzo said Monday morning at a news conference from Cubs spring training. I’m really proud to see what Parkland is doing and what the kids are doing and speaking out. And trying to make a difference. I stand behind my community.

The Blackhawks have scored power play goals in six of the last seven games, yet they’re still just No. 29 in success rate at 15.9 percent. That’s how bad they’ve been with the man advantage this season: Even after arguably their best stretch of the season, they’re still among the league’s worst in those situations.

Team USA didn’t claim any additional medals on Thursday, with Mikaela Shiffrin (women’s skiing slalom) and Lindsey Jacobellis (women’s snowboard cross) both finishing just shy of the medal podium, in fourth place. That keeps them at No. 5 among medal-winning countries, but are now tied with Austria and the Olympic Athletes from Russia at eight total medals.

The United States is in position to add some hardware on Friday, though, with Adam Rippon continuing his quest for figure skating gold with the men’s free skate program (8 p.m. ET) and Lindsey Vonn hitting the slops for the women’s alpine skiing super-g medal (9 p.m. ET). The final event of the night could also result in a medal for an American, with Team USA sending a strong delegation to compete in the women’s freeski slopestyle event (11 p.m. ET).

Cordero was the most valuable player and rookie of the year in the Dominican winter league after hitting .323 with 25 RBI in 50 games with Escogido.

Jankowski missed much of last season with a fractured foot after stealing 30 bases in 131 games in 2016.

Szczur played on the Cubs’ 2016 World Series team. Pierla hit .288 with 25 doubles in 83 games after a midseason promotion last year.

This is relevant since the majority of Marte’s contact is of the medium variety. The possibility exists he’ll actually gain some hits. If Lovullo wants to play more small ball, Marte stands to benefit.bears_004

The Jaguars got called for taunting on a fumble return TD, and it was absolutely worth it

The hatin’-ass Jaguars are back.

With the Steelers driving down 21-7, Jacksonville’s daunting defense came up with a strip sack of Ben Roethlisberger, which Telvin Smith returned for a touchdown:

I never want to wake up one day if something truly disastrous happens as a direct result of this president’s actions or inactions and say, “Why didn’t I say anythingWhy was I silent?” I respect your right to criticize me, but to say it’s a media lynch mob … Chad, I assume you didn’t spend any time in journalism school in your life. I just wish you had. We’re about calling it the way we see it, most of us, and about trying to report—and comment on—facts.

The Panthers signed him in October after Graham Gano was on Carolina’s injury report with knee soreness, but never saw action.

Even when defenders seem to have him cornered, when it looks like there is no way for him to escape, he’s still difficult to tackle him. Why? Simple, Kamara says. “Cuz I’m not trying to get tackled.” He just seems slippery. “Like water,” he adds. “I’m flowing.”

Kamara also points out that the Saints “allow me to be me.” His look, his personality, his vibe, embody the spirit of New Orleans. Fans now wear gold teeth to the Superdome, fake dreadlocks on their heads, bull nose rings in their septa. His ability, Kamara says, to be “organic and authentic” in his new city is a main factor in his success. The energy is right, the perfect fit of franchise, city and player. After touchdowns, he’s leapt into the Superdome stands and sat down, just one of the crowd, openly and proudly being Alvin Kamara, an eccentric, suddenly famous, in a city where eccentrics thrive.

Perhaps the disconnect came because other people view a victory as a victory. Fitzpatrick sets a goal, meets it and begins anew. Harris had walked by the photo of the Thorpe Award in his friend’s locker all year. So after Fitzpatrick won that and the Bednarik Award in the same night, Harris called to congratulate him. He was too late.

Per the NFL’s release, she’s done seven studio albums, one greatest hits album, sold over 50 million album equivalents, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide, and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

She’s also won three Grammy Awards after being nominated 18 times over the course of her career — which seems good! Her latest endeavors include her 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour, which is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix.

Pink will be succeeding Luke Bryan as the most recent national anthem singer. Bryan sang the anthem prior to the Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl last season in Houston — which turned out to be a pretty good game.