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.

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.

Authentic Youth Karri Ramo Jersey I’m going to tell you this and I tell everybody this: Allen Iverson carried the basketball, Hardaway told NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper. I had the original killer crossover and people are doing my move. They’re not doing Allen Iverson’s move. They’re not doing nobody else’s move. They’re still trying to perfect my move as the killer crossover and it’s my move, all right? That’s the way it is. I brought a unique style to the game.

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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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

Browns get ultra-productive kicker Zane Gonzalez in the 7th round of 2017 NFL draft

Zane Gonzalez had one of the most prolific collegiate careers ever for a kicker but didn’t get drafted until the final round, making him a steal for the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL draft when the team selected Gonzalez with the No. 224 overall selection.

In the last 12 years, punter Bryan Anger and kicker Roberto Aguayo are the only two specialists taken in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. Neither lived up to the billing.

Anger underwhelmed in Jacksonville before emerging in Tampa Bay in 2016, while Aguayo struggled as a rookie, missing four of his first season field goals and finishing his rookie season last in the NFL in field goal percentage at 71 percent.

The linebacker out of Tennessee almost entered the draft in 2016, but instead returned for his senior season. He played in only four games before a labrum tear in his shoulder sidelined him for the rest of the season and required surgery. He decided to forgo a medical redshirt and set his sights on impressing teams at the combine.

He wasn’t able to participate in all of the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he still met with teams and the media to make his case. Fortunately, he was coming off back-to-back 100-tackle seasons and had enough film for NFL scouts to analyze despite his final season being cut short. The linebacker recorded 240 total tackles, 8.0 sacks ¡ª 6.0 sacks in 2015 alone ¡ª and three turnovers during his time at Tennessee.
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he’ll be playing at the highest level in the world.

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That concern is washed out by his aggressive pass-rushing style. Lawson’s speed and power allow him to rip through blockers with an array of attacking styles. He can hand-battle with offensive tackles, spin through them, or straight up run past them with a deceptive speed rush along the edge.

Now, he’ll be playing at the highest level in the world. But it took a lot to get Ross there, even when it felt like he may not play football at all. This is his story.

The first time he touched the ball in high school, it was a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD
When Ross was just 14 years old, he was set to return the opening kickoff in his first football game. He asked his coach what to do when he got the ball. His coach simply said, Run, and do not let anybody tackle you!

The other guy returning asked the coach what to do if they kicked it to him, to which the coach responded, Give it to [Ross].

Ross ended up taking the kickoff back 100 yards, and it was the start to what has been a remarkable career on the gridiron.

I was ecstatic, honestly, Morgan said. I understood that I was in a position where I wasn’t going to be getting the money or praise as some of the other people coming into the program. But that didn’t really bother me.

Morgan was excited to compete for a role on the Golden Bears. From that day forward, he had one focus: Be the hardest-working person, and make the biggest impression that I could every time.

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.

A few things:

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.

2017 NBA Playoffs predictions: SB Nation picks the 1st-round series

The 2017 NBA Playoffs begins on Saturday when the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Indiana Pacers at 3 p.m. ET on ABC. That kicks off the first round, which will feature eight series spread over two weeks. The entire playoffs will last until mid June until a champion is crowned.

The first-round series this year offer some intriguing matchups, as well as others that should be lopsided. Barring a disaster, the Golden State Warriors will beat the Portland Trail Blazers, after all. The other seven series at least offer a shred of doubt, especially with the ongoing struggles of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rooney joined the Steelers in 1955, following his graduation from Duquesne University. He worked for his father in the team’s front office and was integral in the hiring of Chuck Noll as the Steelers’ head coach in 1969.

Under Noll, and Rooney’s leadership, the Steelers won four Super Bowl championships from 1974-79.

The Rooney family established one of the most consistent and stable franchises in the NFL. Noll remained the team’s head coach until 1991 and was replaced by Bill Cowher, who was the coach for 15 years before Mike Tomlin took over. Since 1969, the Steelers have had three head coaches and played in eight Super Bowls with six championships.

When Joe Johnson put the Jazz up by five after hitting a floater with a little more than a minute left in the fourth quarter, the Clippers called a timeout. As everyone walked back to their respective huddles, Chris Paul threw a mini tantrum. He spiked the ball, punched the air, and stomped his feet while yelling at his players.

The former high school running back and quarterback has played multiple defensive positions in college.

His career as a chef will have to wait as Magloire continues to prepare for the NFL Draft. He has realistic expectations for the draft, which runs from April 27-29, knowing he wont hear his name until the third day.

The former high school running back and quarterback has played multiple defensive positions in college. After transferring from Arizona Western, Magloire began his Arizona career at safety before being moved to weakside linebacker. Hes also seen time at middle linebacker and believes his versatility is something teams will like.

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Ive played a lot of different defenses, but its all the same stuff. Every team has sub-packages. Ive shown I can play a lot of different schemes.

Hello, and welcome back to my series, A division-by-division tour that allows me to avoid writing daily 1,000-word features that roughly translate to, Look, its only April, I dont know. The idea is that these individual players work as a proxy for their entire teams — as these players go, so go their teams.

If you think its a stupid concept, note that I selected Jarrett Parker for my pick for the Giants, and both he and his team are struggling. Also, if you dont like the idea, give me some time. Its only April. My columns can get better. Small sample.