Ladarius Green released by Steelers after failed physical and lingering injuries

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released tight end Ladarius Green after he failed a physical. The tight end has battled injuries since signing with the team in 2016.
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Limited Martin St. Louis Jersey He told ESPN in March that he expected to be back, despite missing eight games with an ankle injury, the same one that he had surgery on during the offseason in 2015.

Green told reporters during the preseason, The ankle’s still not 100 percent yet. I’m pushing for it. It’s getting better.

He also missed the final five games of the season with a concussion, which was alarming since he had similar issues dating back to his time with the Chargers.

The Oakland Raiders picked McClain in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, but he was waived in 2013 after several off-field incidents — including an arrest in 2011 for third degree assault and a two-game suspension in 2012 for conduct detrimental to the team.

According to Lacy’s agents, SportsTrust Advisors, there’s a hefty check coming Lacy’s way.

There are monthly weigh-ins scheduled for Lacy, and each one will carry a $55,000 bonus if he hits the target weight for each one. The Seahawks want Lacy to be down to 250 pounds in July and August. By the time the season rolls around, the team wants Lacy to maintain his weight at 245 pounds from September through December.

Kaepernick’s social activism, and specifically his decision to not stand for the national anthem last season, is a likely reason that teams are avoiding him. Kaepernick has said he will stand for the anthem this season, but he still isn’t signed.

A’s ace Sonny Gray pulled from World Baseball Classic

Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray is the latest player from Oakland to pull out of next month’s World Baseball Classic, but the reason why is an oddity.

Gray hasn’t received the medical clearance from the tournament’s insurance carrier to participate for Team USA, WBC officials announced.

A’s general manager David Forst told the San Jose Mercury News that Major League Baseball tried without avail to make an exception to the guidelines that say players who were on the disabled list in August and didn’t play during the final weeks of the season can be kept out of the tournament.

While a direct diagnosis regarding Familia’s clot has not been given, thoracic outlet syndrome was ruled out, according to Alderson.

Alderson said Familia first mentioned Wednesday that he had tingling in the ring finger of his right hand. The symptoms, however, were minor, so Familia had originally been cleared to pitch.

You don’t want to be just good at the top of the lineup, Baker said, via The Washington Post. You want balance throughout the lineup, so that’s what I’m trying to achieve. … Down here in spring training, I’ll be experimenting with different lineups and different versus left, different versus right. So let’s not write my lineup out yet because it’s not set.
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Nic Dowd Authentic Jersey Baker feels the need to lead off with Trea Turner, which would be fine, but it then puts Eaton second, followed by two more left-handed hitters.

Instead of putting Eaton at leadoff and batting Turner second, thus doing the logical thing to break up the left-handed hitters, he is being stubborn while convincing himself Eaton should bat sixth or later.

Mom knows best: Mitchell Trubisky impresses at UNC pro day, but don’t call him Mitch (please)

When Mitch Trubisky asked at the NFL Combine to be called Mitchell, it wasn’t an ego-driven decision.

Mens Mike Mitchell Jersey The North Carolina quarterback explained Tuesday he wasn’t trying to be a diva. If anything, he’s a mama’s boy.

Someone asked me what my mom preferred and that was the answer, Trubisky told reporters following a scripted workout at UNC’s pro day. She prefers Mitchell. It doesn’t bother me if you call me Mitch because a lot of people call me Mitch, including my teammates. They both sound good.

I was trying to do my mom a favor and it actually made her happy. So, despite the media whirlwind that it kicked up into, my mom was happy. If I can do that for my mom, I really don’t care.
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While Albert has struggled to stay healthy, playing in all 16 games of a season just once in nine seasons, he should be an upgrade at the position.

Branden is an experienced left tackle, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said of the two-time Pro Bowler. He will compete for the starting role and has proven over his 120-game career that he has the mental and physical tools to excel in this league.

The play of the offensive and defensive line will be of significant importance to our organization’s success and the acquisition of Branden Albert is a step in that direction.

The Jaguars have not made the playoffs since 2007 and have won just 11 total games since drafting quarterback Blake Bortles third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. This year will essentially be a win-or-else season for Bortles, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Watson will have an impact beyond the locker room.

Unlike the years when the AFC South was weaker, there are no guarantees Indianapolis will roll into the playoffs again, even with an improved defense and a healthy Luck.

But at least the odds are better now that the days when the club was not only fighting other teams but amongst themselves have ended.

“Look, we’re all Colts,” Ballard said. “Everybody in this building is an Indianapolis Colt. We’re all working toward the same goal. Everybody in the building has an impact on Sunday and you winning.”

Credit GM Rick Smith in being aggressive to get the winning Watson likely to start right away over Tom Savage and lead a playoff team. Cunningham, Foreman and Watkins all fit other big needs with great values. Houston drafted like a contender, the way it should have.

Since 2001, quarterbacks have dominated AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, winning seven of the 16 awards. Otherwise, it’s been six running backs and three wide receivers. Tight ends and offensive linemen are used to being shut out of the process because they’re not quite “offenisve skill” enough.

Behind Watson — with Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes set to sit in 2017 — the top three running backs drafted in 2017 are among his four biggest challengers.

Watson will have an impact beyond the locker room. Chances are he’ll immediately have one on the field. Houston has made the playoffs four of the past six seasons with T.J. Yates, Matt Schaub, Brian Hoyer and Osweiler at QB. Now Houston has a franchise quarterback who’s backed by an elite defense that will have the Texans back in the AFC hunt in 2017.

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teams are willing to take on guys who bring distractions with them

The MMQB’s Albert Breer this week explained another reason why teams are not interested in Kaepernick. His reasoning centered around how he fits as a backup quarterback.
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This is where I, and some teams, believe a comparison to Tim Tebow is valid, Breer wrote. And that’s for two reasons.

First, most teams want their backup quarterbacks to fit the scheme their starter runs, and to get the most out of Kaepernick you need a system apart from NFL convention. That, as much as anything, is about doing right by the other 10 guys in the huddle if your starter misses significant time. Remember, those guys were also acquired and coached to run the scheme the starter is running, so turning everything upside down for the backup quarterback doesn’t often make sense.

Second, teams are willing to take on guys who bring distractions with them, but they have to break a worth it threshold. In other words, if your fourth or fifth best player brings a media circus with him and forces other players to answer questions about him, then fine. The equation is different if we’re talking about the 35th or 40th guy on the roster.

Stefon Diggs Limited Jersey Why is it bad for players to show some personality? Why is Bryce Harper attempting to make baseball fun again a bad thing? Most of the time, the reason is this: Because it doesn’t belong in the game. But why?

Why can’t a guy take a little longer look at a home run? Could you even imagine how folks would react if Twitter existed when Ozzie Smith first backflipped on the field? It would have been apocalyptic. What about The Mad Hungarian Al Hrabovsky? Would he be accepted or would the resistance completely reject him in today’s MLB? Some Facebook commenters would have a field day with Rickey Henderson.

Pablo Sandoval injury update: Red Sox 3B heads to DL with knee sprain

With this collection of hard throwers in Charlotte, I asked both McCatty and Burdi to name the fastest fastball on the staff. Burdi just laughed.

Oh, I have no idea, he said. Probably Lopey. Lopey’s been lighting it up this year.

McCatty, who already knew a bit about Lopez from their time together in the Nationals organization, agreed.

Lopez, now 23, made his big-league debut with the Nationals last year and showed enough that the club put him on the postseason roster; he struck out three in two innings of relief against the Dodgers in the NLDS. During the regular season, he made six starts and five relief appearances in the majors, striking our 42 in 44 innings. His appearances, if nothing else, were fascinating to watch. In his debut, for example, he struck out nine in 4 2/3 innings, but he also gave up 10 hits and six runs.

Pablo Sandoval is headed back to the disabled list after a lost 2016 season and a slow start in 2017.

The Red Sox third baseman landed on the 10-day DL Tuesday with a right knee sprain suffered while diving for a ground ball Sunday.

Sandoval is hitting .213/.269/.377 with three home runs in 17 games this season. The sample size is small but the numbers are disappointing, particularly given Sandoval traditionally hits well out of the gate. He has an .807 career OPS in March and April.
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The 30-year-old appeared in only three games last season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury and was noticeably slimmed down when he reported to spring training this year.

Limited Youth Larry Csonka Jersey The Red Sox open a three-game series against the Yankees at Fenway Park on Tuesday. They activated infielder Josh Rutledge from the disabled list to take Sandoval’s roster spot.

Titans players Tajae Sharpe, Sebastian Tretola accused of beating up man outside bar

A Nashville man has filed a federal civil lawsuit against a pair of Titans players, claiming second-year receiver Tajae Sharpe assaulted him outside a bar on April 27.

Dante Satterfield said in his suit filed Wednesday that Sharpe and Titans teammate Sebastian Tretola led him through the back entrance of Nashville’s Tin Roof bar and assaulted him in the alley.

“As soon as I walked out of the back of Tin Roof, that’s when I get punched to the face,” Satterfield told The Tennessean Wednesday at his lawyer’s Nashville office.

The 27-year-old Satterfield said Sharpe became upset after Satterfield suggested Sharpe’s playing time would decrease after the Titans selected Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

That’s when Sharpe, a fifth-round pick last year, and Tretola, a 6-4, 317-pound offensive lineman selected in the sixth round of the 2016 draft, asked Satterfield to exit the bar through the back door and into the alley.

The Titans told The Tennessean they are aware of the lawsuit and Nashville police said they have opened an investigation.

Sharpe’s agent, Blaine Roche, told The Tennessean the allegations “are ridiculous.”

“Tajae unequivocally denies any and all involvement and he looks forward to vindicating his name, clearing his name of any and all wrongdoing here,” Roche said.

A police spokesman said officers were called to the bar and found Satterfield unconscious. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

His lawsuit claims he was unconscious for 12 hours and suffered broken bones in his face, a concussion, massive face bruising, a perforated eardrum and other injuries. Satterfield is seeking at least $500,000 in damages.
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Tennessee selected the player Tampa passed on, which was fine with the Titans.

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Tampa Bay’s draft grade was carried on the selection of tight end O.J. Howard at No. 19. The pick of wide receiver Chris Godwin in the third round was also liked because he can take some pressure off veteran Mike Evans. I downgraded the draft because taking safety Justin Evans in the second round seemed high.

Some consider the pick of quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the fourth round the linchpin of this draft class. No pressure. Many liked first-round pick T.J. Watt, but it was knocked some because of the depth of pass rushers in this draft. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is viewed as a good player but could have a limited role early in his NFL career.

First-year general manager John Lynch earned a lot of praise for the blockbuster first-round trade with the Bears. No team had a better cumulative grade than San Francisco. Mine is the lowest simply because the picks on the third day didn’t blow me away, and the quarterback group in San Francisco is poor.

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Mariota was one of few bright spots in Tennessee’s 2015 season, which set up the Titans for the top overall pick in the 2016 draft (which they traded away). He took too many hits and missed four games with injuries that year, but the promise was (and still is) evident.

The Raptors exist to distract us from the Celtics’ collapse

Much happened on Thursday in the NBA playoffs, but perhaps nothing was as impactful as the Toronto Raptors failing to even compete on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks. After splitting a troubling pair in Ontario, Toronto just didn’t show up against the young, aggressive Bucks. Now they’re down 2-1, facing a forceful first round exit that would potentially lead to a complete remaking of the roster.

It’s hard to really describe how much better the Rockets were than the Spurs in Game 1. Forget everything you know about the history of the Spurs because it will not apply here. The Rockets handed them their worst playoff loss since 2007 and they deserve all the credit for it.
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Harden needed just three quarters to amass 20 points, 14 assists, and 4 steals. He found his teammates all over the floor, particularly Trevor Ariza, who scored 23 points on 50-percent shooting overall and from deep, Clint Capela, who scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Ryan Anderson, who broke out of the freezer to shoot 4-for-10 from deep and drop in 14 points.
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The Rockets won by 27 points, and that undersells what a thorough domination this was. The Rockets were up 69-39 at halftime and extended their lead in the second half. At one point, they were up 39 points. They had 30 assists on 40 field goals. They out-rebounded the Spurs, dominated them in the paint and from outside. They shot 22-for-50 from deep, a franchise record for deep shooting proficiency.
No matter how bad the Spurs looked in Game 1, it’s hard to count them out already.

The Spurs have won six series under Popovich after losing Game 1 (the last time was in 2010 vs. the Mavericks). Five of those series the Spurs won Games 2 and 3, and once (against the Hornets in 2008) they came back from 0-2 by winning Games 3 and 4, which were at home. It’s not over by any stretch of the imagination, but a lot of things will need to change in a hurry if the Spurs want to go any deeper in the playoffs.

Allen Iverson responded to Tim Hardaway’s crossover critique with a HOF burn

Tim Hardaway wanted to take a stand for his rightful place in crossover history. The sole inventor of the UTEP Two-step (AKA the between-the-legs crossover), Hardaway — the ex-Warriors/Heat point guard and father to Tim Hardaway Jr. — has snatched his fair share of ankles.

So in a March interview with NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper, he disparaged Allen Iverson, known as the king of the crossover, citing his own crossover is the longer-standing move of the two.

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We’ve accepted that Paul is no longer the best point guard in the game, but the soon-to-turn 32-year-old is still too easily forgotten for his contributions in Los Angeles. There’s a nuanced discussion that we can have when the Clippers’ season ends, possibly in Game 7 on Sunday, about why his teams have never advanced deep into the postseason. I’m sure you’ve heard that he has never been to a conference finals. With the Warriors looming in the next round and Blake Griffin out for the year, that isn’t going to change in May.
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