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Ryan Braun is willing to play first base if that helps the Milwaukee Brewers strengthen their lineup.
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That doesn’t mean he thinks it will be an easy transition after playing the outfield for the past decade. On Saturday, Braun expressed some serious reservations about the move.

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The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers both enter this game playing well, with offense as each team’s primary calling card. Jokic has been a walking triple-double for the last month or two, and on Tuesday faces a Lakers team that has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing centers over the last 10 games.

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When he got buckled back [against Oladipo], I guess he tore a meniscus. So he is out for the foreseeable future. Most likely out all season, said Stevens. It’s too bad. He’s had an incredible rookie year. He’s obviously down and he’s weighing surgical options right now and we’ll go from there.

The Celtics played the second half of Sunday’s game without four of their five opening-night starters after Kyrie Irving was forced out due to knee soreness. Irving is expected to sit out an extended stretch to combat lingering soreness, while both Al Horford (illness) and Jaylen Brown (concussion) are currently sidelined. Boston lost forward Gordon Hayward to a fractured ankle just minutes into their opening-night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stevens said Boston needs its youngest players to step up.

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He is one of the game’s most well-rounded defensive backs with his ability to cover the slot and also cover a lot of ground like the natural free safety he is. He won’t be underrated and under-compensated much longer.

Yes, he’s getting up there in age, but yes, he finally found a groove in Seattle’s offense during his contract year, going from a slow start to 10 TDs, dominating in the J.J. Jansen Youth jersey red zone in the second half of the season. The problem is he’s not the same field-stretcher he once was.

Whitehead is a tackling machine who makes a ton of plays against the pass, too. Although he could help Patricia on the weak side, it’s more likely he finds a new home. Watch out for the Giants.

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McShay’s reasoning with Reid here makes sense though, while also acknowledging this pick is a bit of a reach. Guard is a definite need for Atlanta, but a position I believe the Falcons will address in free agency, he wrote. This might be a bit of a reach, but I really like Reid’s tape and he backed it up with a great combine workout (4.40 40 at 6-1, 204, along with 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump and 36.5-inch vertical jump). I think he’s worthy of a top-40 selection.

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Monroe, bought out by the Suns earlier this week, offers a solution to one of the Celtics’ biggest problems: alleviating some of the stress of losing Gordon Hayward to injury.

Boston can use its $8.4 million disabled player exception it received with Hayward’s injury.

The run won an ESPY, earned Jack a meeting with President Barack Obama and landed him as the grand marshal in the 2013 Nebraska homecoming parade. It also launched a fundraising effort, boosted by the Hoffmans’ continued relationship with Burkhead and the Nebraska football program, that has enabled the Team Jack Foundation to raise more than $5 million for pediatric brain cancer research and treatment.

Last month, the foundation hosted its fifth annual gala for a crowd of 750 donors that featured more than two dozen current and former Nebraska players, including Burkhead, who recently completed his fifth NFL season and first with the Patriots.

It is actually very flattering that I’m sitting here at 33 and in my 15th year and teams or guys — I don’t want to say teams, because that becomes tampering — but people in their respective city want me to play for them, he said. That’s cool I think. That’s dope.

None of this explicitly states James will opt out of his deal and sign with the 76ers, but it has to get fans in Philly excited. The team is loaded with young talent featuring Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Scottie Pippen Jersey and even No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz (if he can recover from whatever is wrong with him).

The Sixers have the cap space to sign James if they make a few moves first. The projected salary cap for next season is $101 million, although that number could change to become larger. Even if it remains, with the luxury tax, the Sixers can easily make this happen.

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There’s already a trust factor in Hitchens being well-rounded and doing everything asked of him. It will shocking if Indianapolis does not emerge as the front-runner for his services.

The Lions’ Tahir Whitehead also would be a strong get at a higher price. On the cheaper side, the Bills’ Preston Brown needs to be considered. The Eagles’ Nigel Bradham is an excellent cover man and has swung well from inside to outside, so a Reich reunion can’t be ruled out. Older versatile options are the Jaguars’ Paul Posluzny and the Raiders’ NaVorro Bowman.

In addition to showing raw explosiveness, this drill displays a prospect’s hip flexibility and balance. The ability to generate power from the lower half and through the hips is crucial for offensive linemen (especially centers) and defensive linemen, because it shows they can get ample hip flexion and rise from their stance with force.

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Since the Broncos replaced Julius Thomas with Owen Daniels for the latter’s final NFL season in 2015, they’ve struggled to find either steady blocking or Brett Pesce Jersey receiving from this position with a lot of injuries hurting them. It led to them falling down to the league’s worst red-zone offense in 2017. Virgil Green, a once-reliable blocker who has faded, is unlikely to be re-signed as a free agent who turns 30 in August.

Jeff Heuerman hasn’t been able to stay healthy and becomes a free agent in 2019. The team is hoping Jake Butt, a second-year fifth-rounder who had his rookie season wiped out by a knee injury, can contribute something.

Those of you who have read this article all season know the format by now: The Forecaster chart is in the middle of the story, while the last section of narrative shows teams that are rated especially high or especially low on the Player Rater, and categorizes the teams as likely to contain stream or fade candidates. Generally, teams with Forecaster ratings of 8 and above are mined as potential schedule-based streamers, and a few names of interest are chosen.

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He went 0-for-5 in that game for the Asheville Tourists, facing current Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve in his final at-bat.

This has been a good week at the plate for Wilson, who has homered regularly in batting practice sessions. He hit six home runs during his first session — one that put him in a group with Judge and Stanton, the reigning American League and National League home run champions.

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Murray turned 30 this week, and the offense is rebooting for Marcus Mariota under Matt LaFleur. Murray will be released, and Derrick Henry will get his chance to be the early-down workhorse in Tennessee.

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Just some of the little details when you play with a three-goal lead, a four-goal lead in the third period, I thought we took our foot off the gas a little bit, Wheeler said. I thought we could have done a little more in the third.

But in the end, it’s another road win for Winnipeg and two additional points.

We’re going to have to play some big games on the road down the stretch, so we’re trying to work on that area of our game, Wheeler said.
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Jokic had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists before fouling out, Wilson Chandler had 18 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, and the Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-119 on Friday night.

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Philly Special was an ingenious play call, but former NFL director of officiating Mike Pereira believes Nick Foles’ touchdown catch on the play in Super Bowl 52 should have been called back for an illegal formation.
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The rule got in trouble because they differentiated between a receiver who is upright and on his feet and a receiver who is going to the ground. Two different rules. And I think that is the mistake, Pereira added,

Pereira went on to outline his proposed catch rule, one where officials stay clear of overly judicious analysis by replay.

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Pereira was referring to the TD catch by Eagles running back Corey Clement in the Super Bowl. There was debate over whether Clement caught the ball inbounds.

Earlier, we heard that there would be 25 bars along the parade route serving Bud Light, which would give you a decent selection of places. But all the Anheuser-Busch rep would confirm on Monday afternoon is that there will be free Bud Light at multiple bars.

There are no details on how they’re going to enforce the one-beer limit. So maybe if you’re in Philadelphia shoot your shot on another at the bar you go to, or just go to the next one that has free beer.

It seems very uncool that Bud Light is pulling the hesitation move on the Eagles just to sponsor their parade, but some free beers are better that none.

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Thursday night was not one of the United States’ finest Winter Olympics hours. Nathan Chen, America’s best hope for a men’s figure skating gold, stumbled to 17th place in the short program. Mikaela Shiffrin, battling a compacted Alpine skiing schedule caused by high winds earlier in the week, failed to medal in the women’s slalom, her best event. And decorated X Games veteran Lindsey Jacobellis did not medal in the snowboard cross.
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Women’s super-G won’t boast the star power it would normally have either. Shiffrin announced she withdrew from the competition due to the expedited schedule. Heading into Pyeongchang, the 22-year-old had hoped to compete for five gold medals. However, 33-year-old Lindsey Vonn, trying to prove she’s still got it after one of the best Alpine skiing careers in history, will be there looking for redemption after missing the 2014 games in Sochi due to an injury.

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Bradford is the other Vikings quarterback whose future beyond this season is up in the air.

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He led the league in completion rate (71.6 percent) last year and was a big part of Minnesota’s hot start. How the Vikings finish next season, and Bridgewater’s health, should determine whether Bradford finally has found a home.

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The league is awaiting Jones’ next move. The longtime face of the Cowboys could sue the league if Goodell’s extension is completed without review or approval from the NFL’s 32 teams. Jones has since enlisted embattled attorney David Boies, who reportedly helped embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein use private investigators to try to collect damning information about, among others, reporters before the New York Times’ bombshell Weinstein report, published in October.