Oilers retain Todd McLellan, ax two assistants

Todd McLellan will return as coach of the Oilers next season without assistants Ian Herbers and Jim Johnson.

The team said Friday that McLellan will keep his job and that Herbers and Johnson have been relieved of their duties.

“Over the last, I would say over the last 10-12 years since Adrian Peterson came out, the only guys I think that we’re close to Adrian in terms of the evaluation was Todd Gurley and it’s this kid. And they’re even better receivers than Adrian coming out.”

“His cutting ability, his balance — I can say Barry [Sanders], myself and Emmitt [Smith] in terms of his agility, being able to hop from one hole to the next, explode through the hole, stop on a dime, back up. You’ll see him do all that stuff, jump over people, keep his balance,” Tomlinson said. “When you think about the power, he has the power of a Todd Gurley to run through tacklers.

“But here’s the thing that’s different: I don’t know if I’ve seen a big running back like Saquon being able to run routes out of the backfield like he has been able to do. I was 5-11, 220 running routes. But that’s 230, 6-feet. He’s a lot bigger.”

Prigioni spent most of his professional career in Spain and won a bronze medal with Argentina in the 2008 Olympics before coming to the New York Knicks in 2012 as a 35-year-old rookie. He spent four years in the NBA with the Knicks, Rockets and Clippers.

Splitter helped San Antonio win the 2014 NBA championship before spending the final two seasons of his seven-year career with Atlanta and Philadelphia. The Nets said Splitter, who also played for Brazil’s national team, will have added duties related to player on-court development.

Every Atlanta starter except catcher Kurt Suzuki had at least one hit, including pitcher Sean Newcomb, who also was enjoying watching and being part of the youth movement.

“It’s been fun,” said Newcomb, in his second big league season. “We’re winning and we have a lot of young guys. We have a lot of chemistry.”

Newcomb gave up four runs, five hits and three walks in six innings. He allowed just two hits through four innings, but Cincinnati tied the score in a four-run fifth that included Joey Votto’s three-run homer. Votto has homered in three straight games for the sixth time.

Bailey allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

“My goal was to go deep in the game,” Bailey said.steelers_062

Jerry Jones, Roger Goodell seem to have mended fences

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The next two quarterbacks taken were selected by two men with a great deal of quarterback expertise: Browns President Mike Holmgren, a quarterback guru credited with helping develop Joe Montana, Steve Young and Brett Favre, chose Brandon Weeden with the 22nd overall pick. And Broncos G.M. John Elway, a Hall of Fame quarterback himself, chose Brock Osweiler with the 57th overall pick.

I think going back to Pop Warner, high school, college, everyone wants to be No. 1, Darnold said at a pre-draft press conference outside AT&T Stadium on Wednesday. There’s always that competitor in you, but if I’m not picked No. 1, it’s the right thing because they didn’t want me in the first place. That’s the cool thing about the draft.

Darnold was the popular pick for the No. 1 pick on mock drafts before a report that the Browns have cooled on him and instead have narrowed their choice to Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield.

The uncertainty at the top has created what Darnold referred to several times as a crazy draft.

It seems a little more crazy to me because I’m in it, Darnold said. I have no idea [what’s going to happen]. There are a bunch of reports out there saying a lot of things. Whatever team I get drafted to, I’m going to be happy to be a part of that organization. I can’t wait to be a part of it.

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The Patriots have four picks in the first two rounds of next week’s NFL Draft, and quarterback seems to be one of their main priorities.
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While Tom Brady looks poised to return in 2018, providing the team with stability for at least one more season, New England may need to start looking toward the future after trading away Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett in recent seasons.

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Royals: RHP Justin Grimm went on the DL with back tightness. It was part of a series of moves that included the activation of Perez (left knee strain) and Gordon (torn left hip labrum).

Brewers: C Manny Pina (right calf strain) was activated from the DL and C Jacob Nottingham was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Royals: C Cam Gallagher and OF Paulo Orlando were optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while LHP Eric Stout was recalled from the same club to provide some bullpen help.

Brewers RHP Jhoulys Chacin moves up in the rotation to face Kansas City on Wednesday night, while RHP Chase Anderson will pitch Thursday against the Cubs. The Royals counter with RHP Jason Hammel.

Manning added that he also enjoys just being a fan of the sport, but seemingly left the door open to the opportunity down the road.

Kudos to that officer, Lowry said. I’m sure some people wish that officer would have done damage to the man, but yeah, not my job. I’m glad that’s not my job. That’s why those guys, the police officers, they protect and serve to make judgment calls. He did an amazing job of making a judgment call. I think more people could learn from that.

The suspect was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder during a court appearance on Tuesday. By sunrise on Tuesday, dozens of flower bouquets and signs commemorating the victims were present at the site. The area remains closed to traffic for the foreseeable future.

Greg Hardy to get a fight in the UFC

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Hardy, who has beaten three overmatched opponents in amateur mixed martial arts fights, will have his next fight in MMA’s major league, the UFC. Hardy will fight as part of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on June 12, according to MMAFighting.com.

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According to Albert Breer of SI.com, the Titans had a private meeting with Jackson after his pro day.

The Titans could use a qualified backup behind Marcus Mariota, since he has some tendency to put himself in harm’s way. They got rid of backup Matt Cassel and signed Blaine Gabbert, which speaks to the scarcity at the position rather than the Titans’ situation in particular.
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But unless they’re prepared to use the 25th pick on Jackson (if he’s even available then), it’s hard to know why they’d go to that extent. They just picked up the fifth-year option on Mariota’s rookie deal, and there’s no indication they’re anything other than satisfied with him.

Jackson has talked to a number of other teams, including the Chargers, Saints, and Ravens, along with the teams with less-established options.

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Reports: Former NFL DL Hardy set for MMA debut

Former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy is set to make his MMA debut as part of the “Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series” in a heavyweight fight June 12, according to multiple reports. Hardy has gone 3-0 in his amateur fights since his last game in the NFL with the Cowboys in 2015. All three of his wins have come via knockout. Hardy will reportedly fight Brandon Sayles (5-1) in the first episode of the upcoming season. At least one participant in the “Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series” is offered a multi-fight deal by UFC at the end of each episode. Hardy made the Pro Bowl and was second-team All-Pro as a member of the Panthers in 2013.

These aren’t the SATs. It’s not the Crimean War. They’re college games. Mercy isn’t the issue as much as dignity, specifically how much lies beneath Auriemma’s, and it’s clearly not beneath his to beat a visiting team by 88 points.

Gronk was at Gillette Stadium today not for the Patriots but for a Supercross Foxboro event, and when asked what he’s been up to recently, he answered, “I’ve been training for this dirt biking.”

Wearing full Supercross gear, Gronkowski was asked whether he’ll be at the Patriots’ upcoming voluntary workouts.

The Golden Knights are well aware of the Kings’ history as the series resumes Tuesday with Game 4 in Los Angeles. The Kings may have caught the Sharks off-guard four years ago, but they couldn’t do it again in 2016, when the Sharks took a 2-0 series lead and went on to win the series in five. After the Golden Knights took a 3-0 series lead on Sunday, no one in their locker room was celebrating, and many were pointing out that the Kings have won in this situation before. After all, it’s kind of hard to both make history and fly under the radar.

“We have to stay composed,” said Vegas left winger James Neal. “I like the way we’ve been all year. The games are going to get ramped up. The emotions are running high and it gets physical out there. It’s tough. I just try to settle our group down, and [if we] continue to play our game and we’ll be fine. They’re going to have a hard push. It’s going to be a desperate team. They’ve been in this situation before and they’ve won in this situation before, so we can’t take shifts off and we’ll continue to preach that.”seahawks_179

Texans haven’t closed door on Alfred Blue’s return

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On the other hand, if the Giants think Eli Manning or their next franchise quarterback wouldn’t miss throwing to Beckham, then they are delusional.

If they tell themselves that they have yet to win a playoff game with Beckham and can miss the playoffs without him, they are cutting their nose off to spite their face.

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To trade Beckham or not to trade Beckham, that is the question.

The Texans ranked first in total defense in 2016 before slipping to 20th in 2017, losing J.J. Watt and Mercilus to season-ending injuries on the same drive in an October 8 game against the Chiefs.

Mercilus, 27, has 38.5 sacks in his six-year career, including 12 in 2015 and 7.5 in 2016.

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When the Jets made the move up from No. 6 to No. 3 earlier this month, some (looking in the mirror) thought Mayfield may not be in the Jets’ plans because of his height. At just under 6-foot-1, he is not the prototypical size of an NFL quarterback and does not fit what general manager Mike Maccagnan has done in the past.

But Bowles said measurables only matter so much.

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Johnson said this week that he was so upset by McNair referring to the NFL’s ongoing national anthem controversy as the inmates running the prison that he considered not going to the Ring of Honor ceremony.
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Wheeler did his part at the plate, getting two hits off Gonzalez.

For 21-year-old Jaylen Brown and 20-year-old Jayson Tatum, Irving’s leadership and playoff experience is even more valuable.

Kyrie talked to us before the game, just kind of let us know what to expect, a lot of things to expect, and for us to stay locked in, and not worry about if we hit some adversity or whatever, just play through it, said Celtics All-Star big man Al Horford. And I thought our guys just did that. [The Bucks] made a run and we stayed poised and moved on to the next thing.

The Celtics are navigating the early stages of the playoffs with only 11 healthy bodies. Irving, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis are all out for Boston. Smart is hoping he can return from thumb surgery by a potential Game 7 of a first-round series.

The fact that the top of the organizational chart was there was watch was interesting, if unsurprising for a team that could use an influx of offensive skill position talent.

But Albert Breer of SI.com followed up that Allen was taking a pre-draft visit to Seattle as well.

Allen’s decision to enter the draft drew some raised eyebrows, since the former Texas A&M transfer was benched last year at Houston. That’s not exactly a position of strength entering the pros, but the fact the Seahawks are spending time on him suggests a level of interest.

The Seahawks are looking for a backup quarterback for Wilson, but it’s notable because of the reaction from his camp when the Seahawks checked out first-rounder Josh Allen. While this guy wouldn’t be perceived as the same level of threat as a first-rounder, star quarterbacks require a certain care and feeding, so somebody should be sure Wilson is apprised of all moves.

Despite his team’s winning both of its first two games on the road, Gentry wasn’t yet in a celebratory mood.

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Lightning take 3-1 lead over Devils, Kucherov leads the way

A feisty Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, set up another and knocked New Jersey’s top defenseman out of the game with a big hit, and the Tampa Bay Lightning moved within a game of making the Devils’ first trip to the playoffs in six years a short one with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday night.
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The Lightning were leading 2-1 at that point and the score didn’t change until Kucherov’s empty net goal with 1:08 to play iced the game.

We knew they were going to be better, and they were, Bruins defenseman Pat McAfee Jersey Torey Krug said. They were out there flying around and making some good plays and pushed us back on our heels…. It felt like it was there for the taking, and it just slipped away. That stuff’s going to happen sometimes.

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock felt the score of Game 2 was not a good indication of how his team played.

I thought Game 1 we were no good, I thought Game 2 we were way better than the score indicated, to be honest with you, Babcock said. I thought we started good in that game and it didn’t go our way, it kind of came unraveled. I thought (Monday) we had a better push. Our goaltender (Frederik Andersen) kind of part way through the game really settled in and got playing the way he’s capable of playing.

That made a huge difference for us. Obviously, our fans and our building, we had last change, all those things.

Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov is expected to miss his second straight game Thursday after leaving Game 2 with a lower-body injury. That means center Dominic Moore likely will be in the lineup again.

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The Jets drafted running back Elijah McGuire last year, but they still might be in the market for another back in the middle rounds.

Bilal Powell is in the final year of his contract and could be gone in 2019, so they may be looking to find a long-term back.

A year after drafting wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen, the Jets have a crowded receivers room. They signed Terrelle Pryor in free agency and are getting Quincy Enunwa back from injury. They have just six draft picks after moving up from No. 6 to 3 in the first round, so there are only so many areas they can address, and I don’t think receiver is one.

What’s the big takeaway from all this? Just two weeks in, there are no sure things.

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It took a week, but J.D. Martinez hit his first home run in a Red Sox uniform. He has continued to hit the ball hard, and he and Hanley Ramirez have powered the Red Sox to a 13-2 start. Less happily, a Xander Bogaerts ankle injury interrupted his hot start at the plate; he had delivered nine extra-base hits in nine games. — Dan McCarthy, ESPN Stats & Info

That comment could be taken several different ways, but it could only add to the speculation that has circulated around Rosen for months. Despite his undeniable physical ability, many have questioned his desire and commitment to the sport. It could be the reason he could slip in the draft, though he still is a possibility to be taken in the top four by the Browns, Giants or Jets.

“Right or wrong, this quote about Josh Rosen from former UCLA coach Jim Mora will be a major concern to some NFL people,” former NFL lineman and NFL Network analyst Ross Tucker wrote on Twitter.

Despite Mora’s public backing of Darnold to go No. 1 overall to Cleveland based on “fit,” he believes Rosen would be the greater pro in the long run.

“Josh, I think, without a doubt, is the number one quarterback in the draft. He’s a franchise-changer. He’s got the ability to have an immediate impact,” Mora said. “His arm talent, intelligence, and his ability to see the game and diagnose the game is rare. He’d come to the sidelines after a play and it was uncanny — he could right away say exactly why he made every decision.”

When the Jets were looking for a quarterback 18 years ago, they picked Chad Pennington in the first round.

He led the team to the playoffs three times in five seasons and is fourth all-time in franchise history with 13,738 passing yards.
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This offseason, Pennington has spent time with some of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. As part of the NFL Legends Community, Pennington worked with the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl and the scouting combine as a mentor.

The Post caught up with Pennington to get his thoughts on the top quarterbacks in the draft who might wind up with the Jets in less than two weeks.

Pennington said if the Jets draft Mayfield, they must help him understand how to handle the pitfalls of New York.

The most important aspect of that is as an organization are you providing the right infrastructure to help a young prospect handle New York? Pennington said. Are you providing the right structure around him so that he can prosper and be successful and understand the boundaries and limitations and the do’s and the don’ts?

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