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Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this postseason with their 10th straight victory at home and moved within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010.

Tatum added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals one day after finishing one vote shy of a unanimous selection to the NBA’s All-Rookie team. Jaylen Brown scored 17, and Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 13 as reserves.

“I’m not going to talk about the people who aren’t here,” Belichick said during a Tuesday press conference. “The guys who are here are improving, working hard. That’s who we’re going to focus on.”

Tight lipped as always, Belichick failed to go into detail on tight end Rob Gronkowski’s situation (also absent from OTAs), and he even shunned a question on the team’s rookies.

While Belichick didn’t off up too much, he did hint at how important he views OTAs in general.

“It’s always good to get back on the field and be working with everybody in Phase 3,” Belichick said. “We were able to do a little bit in Phase 2 against air, get some teaching and instruction, but this is much better. It’ll progress faster and just do more with our team, starting yesterday and for the next couple weeks. It’s always good to get to that point. We have a lot of new players on our team.”ravens_124

Mitchell Trubisky last year was a target of the Bills in a possible trade.

Paul Rudd sung it best in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and fantasy baseball players depressingly echoed it this past weekend when inclement environs obliterated any semblance of schedule sanity.

Luckily, this looks like it’s in the past, so on to important primers for Wednesday: The Yankees and Marlins add to the rare Wednesday off-days during the first month and fantasy players should throw out home-road split analysis for the finale of the Twins-Indians’ two-game series at Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

Vince Velasquez (R), rostered in 9.3 percent of ESPN leagues, Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves: Velasquez heads into an environment that inflates power for left-handed bats. Lefties plagued him in the past (most notably to a .282/.391/.488 line in his limited 2017 action), but this might be a new version of the righty. His velocity is back up and he’s allowed a mere 21.3 percent hard-hit rate this season. Even if he falters here, he carries ample potential for the balance of 2018.

Which team has surprised you the most — for good or bad — so far?

Miller: It’s a long way and a hard road to the playoffs in that division, but the A’s have looked great. They have had the best offense in the American League (after adjusting for ballpark), and Sean Manaea, Daniel Mengden and Andrew Triggs are all fascinating starting pitchers to watch in different ways. I don’t think they’re going to win 90 games or anything, but for a month they’ve played like they could.

Buffalo instead opted not to mortgage its future to move up and get him; it traded down and kicked the can down the road. This year, the Bills’ intention of drafting a quarterback has been clear since the middle of the regular season. They have evaluated Josh Rosen and Josh Allen, and I believe both have been considered throughout the process.

Almost everyone I’ve spoken with believes the Bills will find a way to draft Allen. Assuming he doesn’t go first overall, they could do it with a trade up to No. 2, No. 4, No. 5 or No. 6.

The Jets did not move up to No. 3 with the hope that they will get a quarterback they like; they have a strong belief that they know for sure which quarterback they will get. Most around the league believe that quarterback will be Baker Mayfield.

The Jets have high grcanucks_665ades for Mayfield, Darnold and Rosen, but Mayfield is the one most often linked to the Jets by other teams. If Mayfield doesn’t go third overall, expect him to drop to the Broncos or Dolphins.

Eagles trade up, pick TE Dallas Goedert with No. 43 pick

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the 49th overall spot in the second round, one spot ahead of the Dallas Cowboys, and selected South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert on Friday.

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is on the brink of retirement to join Monday Night Football as an analyst, sources told ESPN.

The Eagles took Goedert knowing the Cowboys might be eyeing a tight end with the No. 50 overall pick as star tight end Jason Witten is contemplating retirement to join ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast booth, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has reported.

“We wanted to get one of the guys we had from yesterday’s list,” said Howie Roseman, the Eagles’ executive vice president of football operations.

The Eagles made the trade with the Indianapolis Colts, who received the 52nd and the 169th picks from Philadelphia.

Born in Auckland, the Red-Shirt Senior was involved in 50 games for Virginia Tech in his collegiate career as well as winning three bowl games (Independence, Military, Belk) across four seasons.

As a Junior, Motuapuaka earnt All-ACC honours as he led the Hokies with 114 tackles. In his Senior year, he finished with 92 tackles and All-ACC honours again.

Motuapuaka is rated very highly internally at the Hokies, and expect him to be a chance on Day 3.

Toughest tests: Not including the Giants’ NFC East rivals, seven of the 10 non-divisional opponents on their schedule are strong playoff contenders. And the Colts, Bears and Buccaneers are not exactly push-overs. Road games at domes in Atlanta and Houston will be particularly tough.

Biggest breaks: Speaking of games in domes, New York is fortunate it does not have to travel to New Orleans. It also gets to host two tough playoff teams from the AFC South in Jacksonville and Tennessee. Chicago as New York’s intraconference matchup presents a winnable game.

Bottom line: The Giants’ 2018 schedule is tough. But before New York can think about navigating through that slate and competing for a spot in the NFC playoffs, it needs to focus internally. As they transition under their new head coach, the Giants’ new-look defense will be tested often by teams like the Cowboys, Eagles, Saints, Falcons, Texans and 49ers. The presumably still Eli Manning-led offense faces tough tasks against teams like the Bears, Jaguars and Panthers. Unless this team nails the draft and get an immediate spark from its new regime, wins in 2018 are difficult to spot. Record prediction: 6-10

“He stars in his role,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said.
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Johnny Manziel’s well-documented plummet to rock bottom has become the NFL cautionary tale.

Hopeful to start a new chapter, whether in the NFL or the CFL, the Heisman Trophy winner realizes had it not been for mom, Michelle, the book of Manziel might have been closed for good.

“I got so low to the point where I questioned what I was doing and if my life was probably really worth living to a point anymore and got really down and really had to sit and reflect and look on what I was doing every day,” Manziel, 25, said Wednesday in an interview with ESPN.

Cut from the Cleveland Browns in 2016 after two seasons, the former first-round pick spiraled out of control. He struggled with substance abuse and was charged with domestic violence in a case that he settled with ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley.

“I have a great family. I was always raised the right way. I knew the difference from right and wrong, but for whatever reason, I just liked to choose wrong,” Manziel said. “And I got in that rut.

“It’s nice to wake up with a smile on your face and not be down and out.”

Woody Johnson calls into the war room during a fish-and-chips snack with the queen to tell GM Mike Maccagnan: “Listen, I don’t care if this guy eats with his hands, this is Backpage Broadway Baker, touchdown maker. … Is it too late to raise ticket prices?” Maccagnan, asked about Christian Hackenberg, says: “Christian is making progress. At the end of the day, knowing what he knows now about being an understudy, he can be a patience coach for Baker.” (Eye rolls behind Maccagnan). Blame Brian Costello if this isn’t the pick.

The scrutiny surrounding Kapler stems in large part from a California-based, new-age persona that spells “culture clash” with hard-core Philly. Personality profiles inevitably make reference to Kapler’s six-pack abs, fondness for Norah Jones music and scented candles, and the lifestyle tips he once dispensed through his personal blog. Kapler is more inclined to quote Simon Bolivar than Sparky Anderson, and his pledge to take a more “holistic” approach to managing is a radical departure for a city accustomed to the managerial stylings of Dallas Green, Larry Bowa, Jim Fregosi and the master of fractured syntax, Charlie Manuel.

But it’s more complicated than that. The world sees Kapler as the embodiment of the clinical and analytically obsessed modern manager. He sees himself as a baseball rat who’s in the trenches daily with the “collection of men” in the clubhouse, as he likes to call them.
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Morton: I remember throwing the pitch to Seager, and I didn’t even expect him to swing at it because it was pretty far inside.

After spending about a trillion dollars in order to build a roster that finally was good enough to contend in 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars weren’t supposed to be major players on the free-agent or trade markets this offseason. But one of the most talented teams in football wasn’t satisfied, so early in free agency the Jags made Andrew Norwell the highest-paid interior offensive lineman in NFL history.

I remember the ball going to the right side, and thinking, ‘Oh, wait, there are two outs.’ Altuve fields it and throws it, and that’s three outs. I look back to home plate, forgetting that McCann would be backing up first base over towards our dugout. I’m looking back toward home plate going, ‘Where’s Mac ‘ Then I look up and I see him.

Brian and I have known each other for a long time. He caught me in the Area Code Games in 2001. He more than likely caught one of my first starts in pro baseball, and he caught my big league debut [in Atlanta] in 2008. It’s been a cool journey for both of us to come back and play together again.

Jerry Jones expects to meet with Dez Bryant in the next week, the Cowboys owner confirmed Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. The Cowboys are expected to ask the receiver to reduce his salary number from $12.5 million for 2018 as well as his cap number of $16.5 million.

We need to talk, Jones said, via multiple tweets. I certainly have not had a thought about talking with him that did not anticipate him being with us.

Officials from the New England Patriots spoke with free-agent quarterback Johnny Manziel before and after Texas A&M’s pro day Tuesday, the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian reported.

Manziel threw to Aggies receivers during the event, which came less than a week after the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner took part in the University of San Diego’s pro day. ESPN.com’s Eric D. Williams reported the Patriots were one of 13 NFL teams at the Toreros’ pro day Thursday.
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Colin Kaepernick spotted doing football workouts

For all the quarterbacks who have been plucked off the market in the last few days, there’s one former Super Bowl participant who hasn’t gotten a call — for some reason.

Donahue, Erickson,, Singletary, choosing Baalke over Harbaugh, Tomsula and Chip Kelly.Walton to compete for starting jobs on the interior line, the only offensive tackle they signed was New Orleans Saints castoff Brown.Months later Henderson became baseball’s all-time runs-scored leader when he crossed the plate for the 2th time, surpassing Cobb’s record set 1928.Jimmy made 26 saves his second start since returning from a knee injury that had kept him out since Dec.That’s how much this day means to the kids and their families who attend.

Since that game, he has nine receptions and 87 receiving yards.These guys are highly unpredictable.When play resumed for the 2012, Laich was limited to nine. -Quddus was signed to a three-year deal last offseason and started all 15 up to this point, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ No.He was tense and nervous.We know we have, who is more of interior center, but it’s really been a luxury for us.

McDonough didn’t particularly sound like he was having fun in the booth, and Monday night broadcasts often dragged not because the game was poor but because the announcers were babbling about turkey holes when they should have been focused on the game. It may be best for all involved that Monday Night Football will have new announcers this year.

He started all 14 games he ed in Denver last year and recorded 82 tackles as Brandon Marshall’s partner on the inside.

“What’s up, buddy? I’m downstairs! Come here!”

With that, Tyrann Jr. waddles on down to jump from the stairs, throw a softball around and resemble a miniature honey badger in every way imaginable while Dad explains the birth of his signature style. Gazing at his son, he ducks and shakes his head. Even today, at 25, he struggles with this pit in his stomach. His passion is rooted in anger, in the fact that his own biological parents were never in his life.49ers_124

Tyrann Mathieu agrees to one-year contract with Texans

The Honey Badger is on the move.

Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu agreed to a one-year deal Friday with the Houston Texans.

Trump’s lawyers have long spoken privately about what they view as political bias inside the FBI and in the early stages of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to two top White House advisers.

Since late summer, Dowd and attorney Jay Sekulow have warned the president about what they saw as mounting evidence of pro-Clinton bias among senior FBI officials. Trump took some comfort in their predictions that pieces of this information would surface publicly over time in inspector general reports and responses to public information requests.

Dowd and White House lawyer Ty Cobb have publicly asserted that they are working collaboratively and cooperatively with Mueller’s investigators, voluntarily providing dozens of witnesses and hundreds of thousands of pages of records. Dowd told The Post in January that Trump was providing the special counsel “the most transparent response in history by a president.”

Considered by many to be the top defensive players available, Richardson joins a Minnesota defense that ranked first in both yards (275.9 per game) and points (15.8) allowed.

Despite finishing with a career-low one sack in 2017, Richardson generated consistent pressure and was a reliable run stopper during his lone season with the Seattle Seahawks.

More: Free agency fallout: NFL draft beginning to take shape amid signings

Prior to Cousins signing his fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he did not want to deplete resources from the defense.

“We’ve won 40 games in the last four years because we’ve had a good football team, and I want to make sure that with our team that we continue to build and improve, continually improve on defense,” Zimmer said at the NFL scouting combine.

Tough decisions could loom, however, as linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks and wide receiver Stefon Diggs are among the Vikings players entering the final year of their contracts.patriots_085

The future is here and it’s roaming the halls of the Mall of America.

White, shiny robots have spread themselves out across all 13,000 floors, all 30 million square feet, all 50 bajillion stores that make up this retail country. Oh, did you not know that? That the Mall of America is actually just America? Its real name is The All of America. This is less a place to shop and more our actual nation, condensed in all its commercial, fluorescent glory. It might be zero degrees outside, but inside the Mall of America, it’s always the body temperature the Star Spangled Banner would be if a national anthem had a pulse.

But back to the robots. Apparently, they’ve been at the Mall of America for all of Super Bowl week, because Radio Row is here and where all media availabilities take place. I have also been at the Mall of America all week, because I live at the Mall of America now, and I eat footballs for breakfast. But somehow it’s Thursday afternoon, and an hour ago was the first time I encountered a robot.

Nobody as good as Campbell will be available in 2018 since the Cowboys won’t let go of DeMarcus Lawrence. That leaves the Lions’ Ezekiel Ansah as the answer for the highest market price. On the cheaper side will be Adrian Clayborn, whom Shanahan saw do some good situational work in Atlanta but could hold down a more regular role in San Francisco.

Cam Fowler, Ducks defenseman: I saw Jason Blake got his arm cut one time by a skate. It was pretty gnarly. You could tell he was kind of in shock. His face went pretty white.

Josh Bailey, Islanders winger: As players we see a lot. You see guys get pucks to the face, stuff like that. You see their jaws maybe out of place. I wouldn’t say you get the sick feeling, but you feel pretty bad for them. I guess we’re just used to it as hockey players.

Michael Stone, Flames defenseman: I saw a teammate get his wrist broken, and the bone went through the skin. I was in minors, and it was at practice. We thought he just got cut by a skate. That image definitely stuck with me.

Imagine Team USA in this tournament with center Casey Mittelstadt, the Buffalo Sabres’ blue-chip prospect currently with the Minnesota Gophers? Or Kieffer Bellows, a forward for the Portland Winterhawks? Or forward Brady Tkachuk of Boston University? Or defenseman Adam Fox of Harvard?49ers_075

That gave the Chiefs a 20-13 lead before Kareem Hunt tacked on an insurance TD late in the fourth quarter.

The Buckeyes lost defensive linemen Tyquan Lewis, Tracy Sprinkle, Jalyn Holmes and Sam Hubbard to graduation and the NFL draft. There will be quite a few big names returning along the line, but next season could very well be their last season in Columbus.

You can follow along with the action here.

The Patriots offense was firing on all cylinders against an overmatched Saints defense (just check out Tom Brady’s hot start below). And even when things weren’t going Brady’s way, the Saints found a way to botch things anyway.

Brady threw two interceptions on one drive, but both were called back due to flags on those plays. You can check out the almost-picks here.

Until Sunday, Tom Brady had never thrown three touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game. Not in the regular season and not in the playoffs. All it took was going up against the 2017 Saints to make that a reality as well. Brady kicked things off with a beautiful fade to running back Rex Burkhead, working against Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone out of the backfield.

The Rams recovered from their loss to the Vikings to beat the Saints in impressive fashion Sunday, reinforcing the idea that they belong in the conversation about which team is the NFC’s best. They get a temporary break from facing the conference’s other top teams when they play Sunday at Arizona. Then it’s back to the demanding portion of their schedule, with the Eagles and Seahawks on tap.

Earlier this month, the NFL announced P!nk as the national anthem performer at this year’s Super Bowl. It will be her first time performing on the Super Bowl stage.

Of course, Timberlake already is part of a long list of memorable Super Bowl halftime performances, but his show in 2018 is expected to have plenty of flare. This will be Timberlake’s third time performing on the Super Bowl halftime stage, giving him the distinction of having the most appearances by an individual entertainer.chargers_037

Senior Bowl: Shaquem Griffin determined to impress scouts

One of the most unique storylines in Reese’s Senior Bowl history will play out this week as UCF LB Shaquem Griffin looks to prove to dozens of NFL scouts that he can play in the NFL with only one hand. The former American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year received a late invitation to the annual all-star game, and is determined to make the very most of it.

Shaquill Griffin, who played with his brother at UCF, was a third-round pick of the Seahawks last year and became a starter.

If I get drafted higher than him, he’s going to hear about it for the rest of his life, Shaquem joked.

Wyoming QB Josh Allen is one of the top attractions at the Senior Bowl this week, but as a small-school prospect whose production fell off in his final college season, he believes he’s got much to prove in Mobile.

Senior Bowl players will wear GPS-tracking chips beginning this year, a technology which will provide coaches with additional information about their practice performances. … Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph, who will miss practices due to an injury, will nevertheless stay in Mobile for a couple days to go through the weigh-in and conduct interviews.

The development comes a day after the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes diversity in NFL front offices and coaching staffs, asked the league to investigate whether the Raiders potentially reached an agreement with Gruden before interviewing minority candidates. The Rooney Rule requires NFL teams interview at least one minority candidate for coaching jobs.

However, during Gruden’s introductory news conference Tuesday, Raiders owner Mark Davis said he met with Gruden in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, and felt pretty confident that he was all-in after their meeting.

…That’s the term that we were using in our discussions and everything, are you all-in? And I never wavered from all-in. And this time he didn’t waver, either, Davis said.

Wyche reported on NFL Network’s Up to the Minute Live that the revised timeline of Gruden’s hiring led to the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s investigation request.patriots_007_ae2979ea23365ea8-180x180