Kawann Short won’t play under franchise tag after signing 5-year, $80 million deal with Panthers

For the past several seasons, the Vikings have had to fix their offensive line. That happened this offseason with the addition of tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers. Hopefully. That leaves guard as an area of improvement for the Vikings, but not their only need.

Jeremy Maclin Mens Jersey The team brought in running back Latavius Murray, but he never consistently performed like a lead running back in Oakland. Would the Vikings take someone like Joe Mixon? They also need to find a defensive tackle because Sharrif Floyd’s future is undetermined.

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But he wasn’t immune to the team’s post-Super Bowl hangover. Short notched just six sacks last fall, but remained a key presence on the team’s defensive line.

His journey from unheralded high school player to $80-million man is an impressive one. Short had just one college football offer after playing at Central High School in East Chicago, Ind. He attended Purdue University, where he developed from fringe FBS player into a three-time All-Big Ten standout.

He’ll have the chance to build on a decade of improvement as a football player with the Panthers in 2017 and beyond. Short’s solid run from 2015-16 made him one of the league’s most attractive young free agents. Now he’ll be a key part of Carolina’s defense for years to come.

Pirates fans can play Super Mario Bros. on new right field LED screen

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few upgrades to PNC Park and, holy crap, fans can play Super Mario Bros. in right field.

There aren’t many games that would entice me, as a fan, to get out of my seat and entertain the masses. But this wins. The touch screen is huge (11’0 high and 136’0 long), and the actual moving around makes it seem like the player is accomplishing a workout too.

Millions of dollars were spent during the offseason in improvements to the field, and the LED screen was made to keep the old-school feel of the park, while making the necessary upgrades.

Charlie Hoffman quietly dropped a shot as Rory McIlroy ended a disappointing, up-and-down day with a par on 18. While McIlroy was posting a third-round 1-under 71 that included four birdies, a bogey, and a double, 18-hole leader and 36-hole co-leader Hoffman was making his fourth birdie of the day, on No. 13.

That birdie gave Hoffman a two-shot lead over Sergio Garcia, who also made birdie on the 13th, but a bogey on 14 followed when Hoffman’s par putt came up short. As it looks now, McIlroy will have to wait until next year — again — to try to complete the career grand slam, while Garcia (tied with Justin Rose at 5-under) is very much still in the running to win his first major.

Though Jordan Spieth, who put on a show all day, will certainly have something to say about that after coming from 10 shots behind Hoffman to start the day to within two strokes of the frontrunner after posting a nearly flawless 68.

Steph Curry went on Carpool Karaoke and belted out Disney classics

Stephen Curry joined James Corden for a little “Carpool Karaoke” and there was really only one obvious answer for what they should sing: “No One Knows,” from Moana.

Corden gave Curry the choice of song based on what the Warriors’ star listens to in his car — but Steph said that he only listens to stuff his kids like — which means lots of Disney.

Curry really threw himself into the performance. The pair blended some of Steph’s NBA flair into the performance by chewing out mouthguards for the second verse.
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Then Curry and Corden flawlessly pivoted to some Frozen, which included acting out the character roles. In the end it was super cool and proves that Steph is the ultimate sports dad.
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One year ago the Tar Heels had just suffered the most crushing loss these young players had ever faced. It would have been easy to have that bother them, or let the hangover continue into 2016-17, but they didn’t.

That leaves six quarterback options — maybe seven, depending on how teams view Bengals’ backup AJ McCarron — in a league filled with hungry franchises. The Texans, Jets, and Browns have gaping holes at the top of their depth charts. The Broncos, Bears, and 49ers fall on the second tier of neediness. Teams like the Chiefs, Jaguars, and Cardinals are in bad-to-decent shape for 2017 but have big questions about the future of their positions.

Jared Goff was sacked a whopping 26 times over his seven starts to end the Rams’ 2016 season. The first-overall pick averaged just 155.6 passing yards per game over that span, and the Rams went 0-7. Of course strengthening the offensive line was going to be a priority for Los Angeles heading into the offseason.

The final week of the NHL’s regular season is here

None of them are in the Western Conference, after the Predators locked down the final Wild Card berth on Sunday. All that’s left on that side of the Stanley Cup Playoffs aisle is seeding.

But in the Eastern Conference, four teams will scrap for three playoff berths. The Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators have to fend off the charging Tampa Bay Lightning with a handful of games remaining.

In the meantime, here’s how the playoff picture looks on Monday.

Thankfully, this hasn’t been the case in either of the last two years, and it won’t be the case on Monday night when Gonzaga and North Carolina meet in a national championship game unlike any other. If you aren’t already excited about the showdown, here are five reasons you should be.

Game Kids Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey While some will try when it comes to Gonzaga, you can’t say that either team hasn’t earned its spot in Monday night’s title game. Both teams have been pushed before the Final Four — Gonzaga by West Virginia and Northwestern, North Carolina by Arkansas and Kentucky — and then again in it. In each instance, the teams have answered the bell in the manner they needed to in order to advance.

Game Kids Spencer Paysinger Jersey This title game isn’t the product of a fluke run or two, or the bracket unfolding perfectly for one team to coast to five straight wins. This is the product of two No. 1 seeds that have been the best college basketball teams in the country over the course of the last month. Now they get the chance to prove who is the best of the best.

The guy who made the terrible Cristiano Ronaldo statue compared himself to Jesus

Elite Mens Phil McConkey Jersey The man who created the evil twin statue of Cristiano Ronaldo, which will adorn the airport named after the striker in his homeland, is fed up. The sculptor had enough of the jokes that say that his statue is the catfish to Ronaldo’s Tinder profile picture. He’s incensed at the suggestions that a bust that he worked on for three years came out looking like Lionel Messi had paid him off to make Ronaldo look as ugly and as deranged as possible.

Speaking out against criticisms that his hard work made Ronaldo look like a 2-year-old’s drawing of the monster in the closet, Emanuel Santos said: “It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Neither did Jesus please everyone. This is a matter of taste, so it is not as simple as it seems. What matters is the impact that this work generated. There is always the possibility of making a difference, I was prepared for all this. I used as a base some photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I found on the internet, nothing specific. I put the photos next to me and started working on the bust.”

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QB John Skelton signs with Titans

With quarterback Jake Locker set to undergo season-ending foot surgery this week, the Tennessee Titans need more arms to fill their roster. The team addressed that issue on Monday by signing free agent John Skelton, according to The Tennessean.

Predictably, it didn’t work. Lions punter Sam Martin tried an off tackle run. He fumbled it at the three-yard line.

Three points there would have given the Lions a seven-point lead. A wider margin that it looks given Pittsburgh’s offensive struggles in this game. Did we mention it was raining? It was.

On the other hand, turning the ball over at the three-yard line still leaves 97 yards for the Steelers to drive. No sure thing. But given the back-and-forth in this one, Detroit’s best bet was to take the points here.

The Steelers managed to go the length of the field and score a touchdown. That gave Pittsburgh a 30-27 lead.

Oakland Raiders – Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M: The Raiders still have a lot of building to do, despite what a string of early-season wins led some to believe. Terrelle Pryor’s success was short-lived. While he still has a chance to grow into a starting quarterback, his 2017 season was still mostly inconsistent. Enter another mobile quarterback, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, to give the Raiders a new direction at the position. If and when he declares for the 2017 draft, Manziel is going to have a chance to be drafted high. He’s improved his mechanics as a passer, isn’t throwing from his back foot as often, and his arm strength has gotten better as a result. Manziel will be one of the biggest question marks in the draft, but his talent is tough to ignore for quarterback-needy teams. Plus, who doesn’t want to see him celebrate on stage?

Arizona shuts down Houston in 2nd half in 27-24 win

The Houston Texans held a tentative 17-14 lead over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but then the Cardinals turned up the pressure. After passing for 159 yards in the first half, Case Keenum managed just 42 yards in the second, and the Cardinals pulled away for a 27-24 win in Glendale.
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Keenum looked to be on track for another strong performance. He has been a pleasant surprise for the Texans since taking over for Matt Schaub. Keenum faced a heavy pass rush in the second half, however, and was never able to regain his first-half rhythm. For the game, he was sacked three times, twice in the second half.

Seattle made it five straight wins with a 33-10 win at Atlanta. The Seahawks continue to sit on top of the NFC and now have a 2.5-game lead over San Francisco in the NFC West. New Orleans kept pace with Seattle, blowing out the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. The biggest move atop the NFC came in the NFC North where Detroit took over sole possession of the division lead with its win against Chicago. With the Packers also losing, Detroit has a full game advantage.

Carolina improved to 6-3 with a 10-9 win at San Francisco and jumped the 49ers in the wild card standings in the process. Both teams are 6-3 and remain in the hunt for their respective division titles. San Francisco plays New Orleans this week in what could be a huge game for playoff seeding.

Limited Womens Rey Maualuga Jersey Several teams remain on the cusp of contention. Arizona is just one game back in the wild card race, despite playing in the difficult NFC West. Chicago and Green Bay are both one game back in both the NFC North and the wild card. Philadelphia is tied with Dallas for the NFC East lead, but the Cowboys currently hold the tiebreaker based on a head-to-head win earlier in the season. The two teams will play again in Week 17. Even at 3-6, New York and Washington are not out of the NFC East race.

Heinz Field fixed up with green sand

Heinz Field was looking rough on Sunday so they covered up some divots with painted sand. That’s the same thing that was done on some divots at FedEx Field in the 2017 playoffs when Robert Griffin III and Chris Clemons tore their ACLs.

Big Ben may be pushing for a trade in the offseason, but he and Le’Veon Bell still pushed the Steelers to a win over the reeling Bills. The NFL’s oldest secondary — which is really never a good thing to be — got the week off against E.J. Manuel, but had best stock up on Geritol/Bengay/Viagra with Megatron coming to town next Sunday. Actually, the Viagra is probably a bad idea. Forget I said that.

Many people doubted Jimmy Johnson when he took over the Miami Hurricanes in the early-’80s, but eventually he became one of the most successful college coaches of the era. In 1989, his buddy Jerry Jones asked him if he wanted to coach the Cowboys and he obliged but things again didn’t start out smoothly.

In fact, the team lost five games by six points or less, and you could argue were good enough to go 7-9 or better. But just like Johnson and Aikman, Walsh was in for quite a treat with his rookie quarterback.

Elite Kids Preston Brown Jersey — Out of 36 seasons, seven were fired during the year and 15 didn’t get more than two years.
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— Out of 44 coaches to at least partially lead a team during a 14-or-more loss season, 35 never became a head coach again after their time with the team was over.

— The coaches spent an average of 3.25 years with that respective team, but that number is bouyed by a few great coaches and really doesn’t represent how bad most of their career records really were. Who were the coaches?

Colts reportedly sign pass-rusher Jabaal Sheard

The Colts bolstered their pass rush Friday by agreeing to terms with Jabaal Sheard, according to ESPN.

The NFL quarterback, who is trying to get his career back on track, was first linked to the model after a Miami getaway in December.

When you find a girl as amazing as I did that saved me from where I was in my life, you absolutely put a ring on it, Manziel told TMZ.

Manziel posted a cryptic tweet Friday night about how happy he was, his first tweet in more than a month.

In the insular world of big league American baseball, the international appeal of the WBC still was a tough sell this year to teams and players understandably preoccupied with their paying jobs. The quality of the U.S. roster has been the biggest obstacle in getting American fans to take the WBC seriously.

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The opportunity to wear your country across your chest is something, particularly if you haven’t experienced it before, Clark said.

While the U.S. works on the proper formula for success, other nations are generating enormous benefits from the WBC. Puerto Rico is the latest team to get the bump after its charismatic collection of dyed-blond stars reached the final without losing a game.

NFL owners, general managers and coaches will gather next week in Phoenix for the annual league meetings. McKay said the committee will show a video containing four or five instances that could have resulted in ejections or suspensions last season. The committee’s hope is to curb the hits through a renewed threat of stiffer discipline without having to actually implement it.
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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told FOX26 they found the suspect in Mexico.

Perry enjoyed a breakout season as an edge pass rusher after being a steady run stopper early in his career. He turns only 27 in April, so he is hitting his prime as a more complete defender who fits Green Bay is scheme too well to let go.

Moore visited LSU the day before the New Orleans camp on a beautiful 75-degree spring day. It was important for Moore to meet the new coaching staff.

It was real good, Moore said. Good to go up there and put a name with a face with the new coaching staff. I got to update myself on their campus, and update myself on LSU.

They told me they have six receivers on scholarship right now, and they want to have 10 total, and to play four at a time. If I was to go there, there is no redshirt for me, especially since coach Joseph told me with my skill set, there is no way they Would do that. I Would have to earn it, but I have the opportunity.

From Glazer is comments, it doesn’t sound like they could tell what was under their arm but it is suspicious that they came in with nothing and left with something.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told FOX26 they found the suspect in Mexico.

The HPD criminal intelligence division detectives identified a suspect in Mexico, Acevedo said. I’m proud to say as a result of their hard work, and with the assistance of the FBI and Mexican authorities, we believe we’ve recovered the jersey. Further authentication is in process (of being completed).

Acevedo added federal charges are pending against the suspect. The NFL described the suspect as a credentialed member of the international media. Glazer claimed this person posed as a member of the media, and was not actually affiliated with anyone.11