Browns’ Myles Garrett leaves practice with ankle injury, reportedly might miss multiple games

Myles Garrett’s NFL debut may have to be put on hold.

The Browns’ rookie defensive end and No. 1 overall pick of this year’s draft suffered an ankle injury during Wednesday’s practice and was unable to finish the workout.

“He went as long as he could,” coach Hue Jackson said at his post-practice news conference, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Brady never appeared on the Patriots’ league-mandated injury report with a head injury, and the team said it had followed all NFL procedures properly in his case — though Brady has not specifically denied his wife’s claim.

The league said it reviewed film from every Patriots game last season, along with Brady’s medical records and reports from the independent concussion spotters who worked New England’s games.

“This review identified no evidence of any deviation from the Protocol by the Patriots’ medical staff or the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultants assigned to Patriots’ games or any indication that Mr. Brady sustained a concussion or reported signs or symptoms consistent with having sustained a concussion,” the league statement said. “We appreciate the cooperation of the Patriots’ medical staff in conducting this review.”

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt sued over New Mexico investment deal

The owner of the Kansas City Chiefs is being accused in a lawsuit of improperly receiving hundreds of millions in state investment money through a kickback deal with New Mexico officials.

The Kansas City Star reports Sunday the New Mexico State Investment Council filed the lawsuit late last month against Clark Hunt and HFV Asset Management over the politically influenced investment deals.

Hunt didn’t comment to the newspaper on the lawsuit Sunday morning. Hunt’s father, Lamar, founded the Chiefs franchise and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

When the offense might plausibly be excited that Brock Osweiler is back in town, on the other hand, you have problems. More meaningful than Osweiler will be the offensive line upgrades the Broncos made over the offseason, using their first-round pick on Garett Bolles and signing Ronald Leary (Cowboys) and Menelik Watson (Raiders). Returning offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has a deeper offensive line than Gary Kubiak enjoyed last season, which should reduce the number of times the Broncos have to roll out a lineman with no hope against Khalil Mack or Joey Bosa. The line improvements should push Denver’s 28th-ranked offense toward the middle of the pack.

Even just talking about the trip gets his mouth watering. He misses his family, including his two older brothers, and he only sees them rarely.

“My parents came for senior day in Texas, games at Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas,” he said. “There were, combined, maybe 10,000 people. Now they’re going to be in one of the biggest cities in the world, watching their son play football.”raptors_001

Jordan Matthews suffers chip fracture in first practice with Bills

Newly acquired wide receiver Jordan Matthews is considered “week-to-week” after suffering a chest injury in his first practice with the Bills.

Multiple reports say Matthews suffered a chip fracture in his sternum on Sunday.

The Bills traded for Matthews last week after jettisoning Sammy Watkins to the Rams. Ironically, Buffalo travels to Philadelphia on Thursday for a preseason game.

There are no immediate details on how Matthews sustained the injury.

The Bills sent cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles for Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.

Who put the Packers, Ravens and Steelers on the Browns’ December schedule? That’s brutal, and normally around this time of year, Cleveland is out of the hunt. The Browns are 21-63 since 1999 in December, a winning percentage of .250. That includes one December win in each of the last four seasons.

We’re willing to take a glass-half-full approach with the Browns. Cleveland won either four or five games over six straight seasons from 2008-13. That stretch in late October to early November against the Titans, Vikings, Lions and Jaguars will be a chance to increase that win total and show progress in Jackson’s second season.

Book-ending the schedule on both sides with the Steelers wasn’t exactly a nice touch. Of course, we’re taking a disclaimer considering we’re still not 100 percent sure who Cleveland’s quarterback will be in 2017.

There wasn’t a hunka hunka burning love for Grbac in Baltimore after the 2000 Super Bowl champions splurged to sign the Chiefs Pro Bowler at a then-rich five years for $30 million. He went an OK 8-6, but that was more because of their defense. He only gave the offense 3,033 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was released right after the season and retired soon afterward at age 31.dolphins_081

We asked you what 2017 NFL game you would attend. Here’s what you said.

Football season is almost here! I mean, we still have to ease into it with the preseason and a few players are still holding out to get paid, but the regular season will be here before we know it.

“I think so, but again I haven’t seen him,” head coach Mike Zimmer told the Pioneer Press when asked whether Bridgewater would be placed on the PUP to start camp. That came true Wednesday with the team announcing the quarterback is the latest addition to the team’s PUP list.

Bridgewater’s recovery from a torn ACL and dislocated knee has provided several moments of optimism, but he’s not ready to take the field just yet. Minnesota can still rely on Sam Bradford, who put together one of his finest seasons as a pro last fall after being traded north from Philadelphia. Bradford is signed through the end of 2017, and Bridgewater’s rehab will play a significant role as to whether or not he reaches a contract extension with the team before the season begins.

On Monday, the club placed a pair of players on the PUP list, but not their young QB.

While Luck is in line to return by September, the jury is still out on Bridgewater’s return. Bridgewater’s ability to throw without a brace is a step in the right direction, but he’ll have to prove he can regain the mobility that allowed him to buy time in the pocket and find open windows downfield. The Vikings have kept flexible in the face of his unfortunate injury, declining the fifth-year option of his rookie contract while keeping Bradford in the fold. However, with the season just six weeks away, Minnesota will have to make some tough decisions soon.patriots_322-180x180

Russell Westbrook doesn’t care about Steph Curry’s MVP prediction: ‘Who’s he?’

Russell Westbrook and James Harden are seen as two of the favorites to win the NBA’s MVP award this season, and Stephen Curry recently gave the edge to the Rockets star.

“You kind of have to reward the better team, I would think, record-wise,” Curry said. “That’s just kind of going in the history of the MVP award. So, I think James (Harden) will probably edge (Westbrook) out just off of that.”

When asked Thursday about these comments, Westbrook didn’t seem to care what Curry thought.

Obviously Westbrook knows who Curry is and his “who’s he?” remark was more of a “who is he to say who should win MVP?” Curry’s thoughts have no impact at all on the MVP race, so Westbrook isn’t going to concern himself with whatever the Golden State guard says.

But as far back as his debut as a wisp-thin 18-year-old with Milwaukee—he was quickly bought out of his Zaragoza contract and never played in Spain—it was clear that Antetokounmpo had the makings of a revolutionary player. Even at his height, he had point-guard quality ball skills, and natural court vision. His ability to gobble up yardage of hardwood with mere steps made his highlights required viewing. And that hasn’t changed.

“He’s unbelievable,” said All-Star Hornets guard Kemba Walker. “Every time you watch a highlight, he is doing something crazy. I saw him jumping and dunking from the free-throw line the other night. He is a special talent.”

Now comes the challenge for Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee gave him a four-year, $100 million contract last summer. He earned his first All-Star appearance this season, and is averaging 23.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists. He could become just the fifth player in NBA history to lead his team in those three categories, plus blocks (1.9) and steals (1.7). He would join Hall of Famers Dave Cowens and Scottie Pippen on that list, along with future HOFers Kevin Garnett and LeBron James.

Grousbeck is rich, and he almost certainly doesn’t care about this list.

General managers will give you even less than coaches. Frank Kaminsky and Boban Marjanovic should be the reps. And Boban should be allowed to hold other reps like they are babies.

Grousbeck is rich, and he almost certainly doesn’t care about this list. So take your second-to-last ranking, you extremely successful person!

This is nothing against Harris as a player or person. It’s the situation. If — and this is a huge if — the Nuggets snag a top-two pick, they would likely take a guard. Harris would have to be excited about Denver drafting someone to potentially push him out of town. Thanks, Gary. See ya later!

Lopez has always prided himself on being a bit quirky by pro-athlete standards — he calls himself the Screech Powers of the NBA on his Twitter page. As this Bulls season has led the league in weirdness from start to finish, it’s only fitting that Lopez is shining now, just as the Bulls’ fortunes have taken the weirdest turn of all: a possible spot in the East playoffs’ second round.

He’s not getting ahead of himself, however.

“We have been very focused so far, and that is going to be the key for us,” Lopez said. “I said earlier, we have been taking it possession by possession. When we don’t, they’re going to make runs. But that is part of the game. The focus has been very good for us.”

“Coach is always asking how I feel throughout the game, and I feel great,” James said. “If I’m on the floor and I’m hurting us, not giving quality minutes, then I need to come out. In this series, I played a lot of minutes and felt really good. I actually could have played the whole game if need be.”

JaVale McGee to meet with Clippers, per report

While the Warriors are great because of their big four of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, what makes them virtually unbeatable is their depth.

Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee had their own great postseason moments this year and the Warriors will do all they can to keep a championship roster intact. Iguodala and Livingston have both re-signed, so now the front office has to focus on McGee, who has a meeting with another team today.

Francona also missed a game last August after experiencing chest pains, and was hospitalized for similar issues as far back as 2005, when he was managing the Red Sox.

Sanchez has the fewest homers among those competing, but he missed more than a month of the season because of a strained biceps.

Defending champion Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, teammate Justin Bour, Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger and Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon make up the National League team.

“I’m not disappointed,” Morrison said. “It’s par for the course. I play for the Rays. I get it. They can’t even get my picture right. When they put my name up there, they put Corey [Dickerson’s] picture up there … on MLB Network. When they put up the home run leaders, they put Corey’s swing on there — not mine.”

Morrison might get a chance to go to the All-Star Game. Although he wasn’t chosen for the squad, he is on the five-man ballot for the final spot on the American League team.browns_015

Maybe the opportunity to take Garrett would make the Bears think twice

Even if you’re taking his base numbers into account, his 90.7 passer rating ranked 17th among qualified starters in 2016, ahead of players like Joe Flacco, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, and Cam Newton. In a world where Mike Glennon can snag a three-year, $45 million contract after throwing only 11 passes the last two seasons, the radio silence around Kaepernick is shocking.

The first number the random number generator spit out was 441, making the Chicago Bears the lucky winner of the top pick. In the real 2017 NFL draft, the Bears traded up one spot, giving up a package of mid-round selections to get the No. 2 pick and take Mitchell Trubisky.

Maybe the opportunity to take Garrett would make the Bears think twice, but let’s just assume Chicago’s infatuation with Trubisky makes him the new No. 1 pick.

The second winning number is 845, making the Bills jump all the way from No. 10 to No. 2.

This one is a little tougher to choose because Buffalo traded down and took a cornerback near the bottom of the first round. The Bills didn’t look for a pass rusher this offseason, but let’s not overthink this too much: Garrett is Buffalo’s guy.

Winning No. 3 is 222, landing the San Francisco 49ers the third pick. That’s where they picked after all, and the draft board looks exactly the same way it did for them in real life. Solomon Thomas to San Francisco was meant to be.

Sorry, Browns. No Garrett, and the new top draft pick for Cleveland is No. 4. What do the Browns do with their new spot in the order? Uhh … Jamal Adams, maybe? They took Jabrill Peppers later in the first round, so sure, let’s go with Adams.

Mike Babcock, John Tortorella, and Todd McLellan named NHL coach of the year finalists

Given the years Mike Babcock, John Tortorella, and Todd McLellan had at the helm of their respective teams, it’s no surprise they were named as nominees for the NHL’s coach of the year award.

On Wednesday, the trio were nominated for the Jack Adams Award — the reward for the NHL head coach “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.”

The nomination is the third for Babcock, and his first as the head coach of the Maple Leafs. With first overall pick Auston Matthews leading the team, Babcock and Toronto were treated to an Eastern Conference wild card spot. The Maple Leafs were the NHL’s last-place team last year with 69 points, and Babcock elevated them this year to a 95-point finish.

Tortorella’s Blue Jackets swept the league with a 16-game win streak back in December, a far cry from Columbus’ abysmal start to the season prior. After finishing with 76 points last season, the Blue Jackets had their first 100-plus point season in franchise history, ending the 2016-17 season with 108 points.

Rounding out the nominees is McLellan, a bit of a surprise pick but quite deserving nonetheless. The Oilers got back to the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons thanks to a 103-point finish for second place in the Pacific Division. Last year, Edmonton finished with 70 points and 31 wins.

The Jack Adams will be awarded at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 21.

The tension in the Russ-KD cold war finally boiled over on Feb. 11 when Durant made his highly anticipated return to OKC. With the Warriors starting to pull away in the third quarter, Westbrook and Durant began jawing at mid-court.

You can see Westbrook yell “I’m coming!” repeatedly as the teams head to the bench. This was a weird night in general and the entire NBA community was probably glad when it was over.nike_redskins_1331

Which NFL teams had the most No. 1 draft picks?

The Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams have each picked No. 1 in the NFL draft seven times, stunning everyone who Googled this while expecting to learn the Cleveland Browns actually ranked first all-time in something. Im afraid the Browns cant even win at being terrible.

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Instead, the Patriots and Texans wont square off until Week 3, a 1 p.m. ET game on CBS.

If that were Romo-Brady, Im not sure only 25 percent of the country should see that game. Heck, that game maybe could have been kickoff if Tony signed early enough,North said.
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The Patriots and Texans faced off twice during the 2016 season. First, the Patriots dominated in a 27-0 blowout win in primetime on Thursday night. Then, the two teams played a more competitive game in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Texans defense was strong enough to pull the upset — if they had a better quarterback than Brock Osweiler under center. Romo would have been a big upgrade.

North put together a similar scenario for the Broncos.
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If Romo went to the Broncos,North pointed out, all of the sudden that Cowboys-Broncos game [Week 2, 4:25 p.m.] becomes a whole different animal.

So instead of impacting the NFL schedule, now Romo gets to call the games — and we get to watch Tom Savage and Trevor Siemian under center for the Texans and Broncos.