Yankees trade RHP Ronald Herrera to Rangers for minor-leaguer

The New York Yankees have acquired minor league pitcher Reiver Sanmartin from the Texas Rangers for pitcher Ronald Herrera.

The Yankees announced the move Monday.

Ben Simmons is the Rookie of the Year front-runner, but among 2017 draftees, Tatum has been at the head of the class. And Boston might end up with a high lottery pick from the Lakers (or Kings) for their troubles in moving back. Ainge deserves credit for not only that move, but also for assembling a roster capable of withstanding these early-season injuries.

Judge, 25, played down the impact of his shoulder issues during his slump that began the second half, but there was suspicion that the shoulder could be bothering him. In the first half, Judge hit .329 with 30 homers and 66 RBIs. He capped it off by winning the Home Run Derby.

In the first 44 games of the second half, Judge hit just .179. In September, though, he got hot again, belting 15 homers and batting .311. Judge finished the regular season with 114 RBIs.

After managing a total of 115 yards and no touchdowns during his first seven professional games, Zay Jones has totaled 121 yards and one score during his past two outings. Granted, Jones benefited a bit from garbage time against the Chargers on Sunday, but the rookie finally seems to be emerging following a slow start to his career.broncos_052

Disgruntled WR Martavis Bryant calls in sick to Steelers meetings

The Martavis Bryant saga took another turn Monday when the talented but disgruntled receiver didn’t show up for Steelers meetings because of an illness.

Thomas Santanello, Bryant’s agent, said Bryant went to see a doctor Monday morning. Bryant was not in the Steelers facility, and his locker chair was folded during the media’s 45-minute window of open access Monday afternoon.

Injuries are a big reason the Ravens offense has been unable to get on track, ranking 31st in total offense. The Dolphins aren’t exactly lighting it up, with the NFL’s worst offense and a minus-20 point differential.

The Lions are in danger of falling out of the NFC North race and will host one of the NFL’s hottest teams.

Police say Kevin Conroy, of Millis, is charged with drug possession, negligent operation and possession of an open alcohol container.

Police say Langi was stopped at a traffic light in Foxborough on Oct. 13 when Conroy’s Jeep, going 50 mph, rear-ended him. The force pinned Langi’s car between the Jeep and the car in front of him.

Conroy had medications he said had been prescribed to him. He passed a Breathalyzer. He was not arrested, but will be summoned to court. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

Langi, an undrafted free agent from Brigham Young, and his wife were hospitalized for several days.

It’s the most effective this unit has looked all year. It showed in Elliott’s stat line.chargers_123

Panthers’ Ron Rivera thinks Cam Newton ‘is ready’ for Week 1

Quarterback Cam Newton played one drive in the preseason for the Panthers. His head coach thinks that was enough for the 2015 NFL MVP.

“I think he’s ready,” Rivera said Sunday (via ESPN). “You wish he’d had a few more snaps and played a little bit earlier in the preseason so we’d have more to go on. But what we saw, we liked. We liked how everything seems to be meshing together as an offense. We’ll see how it goes as we continue to work this week.”

Both Hageman’s exemption and release came after he was investigated by the NFL for a domestic violence incident in March 2016 in Georgia. According to NFL.com, the criminal proceedings in the case concluded in late August, leading to his move to the exempt list.

Hageman pleaded guilty to the charges.

The charges stemmed from an incident in which Hageman “pulled the hair of the mother of his child and pushed her down in the parking lot outside of her apartment, causing her to sustain lacerations on her left hand and elbow. Hageman then took her phone, preventing her from calling 911. This incident happened in front of the couple’s child.”

Hageman was fined $7,500 for the misdemeanor charges of interfering with a call for emergency help, battery family violence and cruelty to children in the third degree.bears_018-223x223

Michael Jordan upgrades his private jet

Of course Michael Jordan has a private jet.

The greatest basketball player ever and majority owner of the Hornets, is far, far too important to fly among us commoners, even y’all big baller, shot callers, who travel first class. The man has places to be, people to see and billions of dollars in revenue to generate.

Jordan wasn’t just any basketball player (See his six championships and six Finals MVPs in six appearances). So, he can’t fly just any private jet. MJ recently got his Beyonce and Jay Z on and upgraded his PJ, wrapping his G550 in the elephant print design that has made many of his Air Jordan sneakers so popular.

Such an extension’s parameters weren’t exactly known yet due to differing reports on what exactly the salary cap will be, but it can be estimated that Cousins would have received something along the lines of $220 to $230 million over the next six years (the one year remaining on his deal, followed by the extension) had he signed the deal. It’s a lot of money for a player that has been a part of the issues in Sacramento due to his erratic behavior on the floor.

Overall, while the team’s reticence to tie up that much money in such a mercurial player make some sense, it’s hard to buy that this deal is going to turn into a better outcome than signing Cousins to that contract. There’s just not enough upside.

The clear idea here is to shift the culture of the organization. In terms of that, the team has done its job. Hield is one of the highest character prospects you’ll find around the league, a genuine force of nature that will not only lead by example in terms of hard work, but also be a terrific public face for the organization as an ambassador to the fans. It wasn’t exactly a secret around the league that the Kings coveted Hield in the 2016 NBA Draft. They think highly of him.saints_017-223x223

JJ Redick agrees to one-year deal with 76ers

The 76ers have added a much-needed veteran presence to what will likely be one fo the youngest starting lineups in the NBA next season.

After trading up to take University of Washington product one-and-done point guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, Philadelphia has come to terms with 11th-year sharpshooter JJ Redick to fill out their backcourt. The tandem cold accompany a frontline that will may consist of last year’s top pick Ben Simmons, who’s yet to turn 21, and 2016-17 Rookie of the Year candidates 23-year-olds Dario Saric and Joel Embiid.

Of course, there’s a good chance Thomas was aware of his new teammate’s reported decision before the rest of the NBA world did. Still an impressive reaction time to Haynes’ tweet.

The Celtics, Heat and Jazz reportedly coveted Hayward before Boston apparently made a strong enough impression to take one of the biggest 2017 free agents off the market. Which is why newly-acquired Utah guard Ricky Rubio’s reaction to Hayward’s decision not to re-sign with the Jazz was, well, the opposite of Thomas’ reaction.

The only beam of hope for Rubio and the Jazz: Hayward’s agent told ESPN a decision had not yet been made despite Haynes’ report.

Thomas, 28, is entering the final season of his four-year contract with the Celtics. Terms of Hayward’s reported deal were not immediately known.

Hayward, drafted by Utah in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, averaged 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in seven seasons with the Jazz.
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Samaje Perine’s vicious running style should help Washington

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Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine used his size and toughness to gain tough yards for the Sooners and will continue to do just that for Washington, who selected him 114th in the fourth round. Perine, at 5’11 and 233 pounds, is a powerful back who consistently gains yards.

Two other teams, the New Orleans Saints and Titans, have a pair of first-round picks. The Saints have the No. 11 pick as well as the No. 32 pick, which they got from the Patriots in exchange for trading receiver Brandin Cooks to New England.

The Titans will first pick at No. 5, courtesy of last year’s draft trade with the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams moved up to draft quarterback Jared Goff, surrendering their 2017 first-round pick in the process.

Limited Womens Phil McConkey Jersey The Rams won’t be on the clock Thursday, but keep an eye on them. They have a history of making some blockbuster trades before or in the draft. The Patriots and Minnesota Vikings will also sit out the first round, unless they trade up.

Even if there’s not a big trade, the first day of the draft usually brings a good deal of excitement. Here’s how to watch it unfold. The Saints have more pressing needs than tailback, especially now that Adrian Peterson is officially a part of the roster. Mark Ingram is coming off his best season as a pro, and while McCaffrey could add value at several different positions — notably as a slot receiver and kick returner — there is a handful of defensive players who could have an even bigger impact at No. 11. If McCaffrey falls all the way to No. 32, it seems much more likely New Orleans would be his landing spot.

Selection Sunday bracketology 2017: No. 1 seed debate fires back up after Duke wins ACC Tournament

At the moment, my top line still consists of the Villanova Wildcats (East, virtually assured of the top spot overall after winning both the Big East Tournament and regular season crowns), Kansas Jayhawks (Midwest), North Carolina Tar Heels (South), and Gonzaga Bulldogs (West).

But when I do my final scrub, re-evaluation and reseeding of the field this morning and afternoon, I’m going to do a careful comparison of the ACC Tournament champion Duke Blue Devils profile against those of the Tar Heels and Bulldogs.

The good news for Cantlay even in a loss? He’s now made enough money in just two starts to regain full PGA Tour status for the rest of the 2017 season.

The Tour has been off to a heck of a start in 2017 — and it was probably unrealistic to expect it to keep supplying big names every single week. Off weeks happen, especially when the schedule is as cramped as it is right now for players. The Snake Pit provides one of pro golf’s toughest tests, but the sandwiched date between the fantastic new Mexico Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational left the Valspar holding a less than star-studded leaderboard through the weekend.

Here are the full results from Innisbrook. The Tour heads across I-4 next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Adam Hadwin already grabbed golf headlines this year with his 59 in Palm Springs, but he wasn’t able to close the deal there — instead finishing second to Hudson Swafford. With his win this week, Hadwin vaults all the way up to fourth in the FedExCup standings, just behind Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, and Dustin Johnson. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t fall far off from that pace, either. Hadwin has the talent to be a multiple-time winner on the PGA Tour, possibly even multiple times this season.

Even in a loss, Cantlay was the story of the week — and might be one of the best stories of the year on Tour.20

Kenyon Martin reveals the time he knocked Nene out with a ‘one-hitter-quitter’

KENYON Martin isn’t shy about voicing his opinion, as we learned after recent comments from his former coach George Karl.

This week, the former NBA All-Star joined Chris Broussard on the In The Zone podcast and relived some of the most brutal fights he witnessed (and participated in) during his time in the Association.

As Martin explains to Broussard, most actual NBA fights don’t happen on the court. It’s too easy to act tough during a game when you know someone will break things up before real punches are thrown.

Instead, NBA practices are where you’ll see the most intense altercations — yes, even among teammates.

To this point, the entire offensive side of the ball has seen the field. Running backs, offensive linemen and special teamers went on Friday while quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends went on Saturday. The final group, defensive backs, will see the field on Monday, the final day of this year’s combine in Indianapolis.

Myles Garrett is the big name to keep an eye on Sunday. The Texas A&M defensive end has been heavily rumored to be the top pick of the draft by the Cleveland Browns. Garrett impressed in the bench press and during interviews on Saturday, but the drills Sunday will get most of the attention. It’s unlikely a bad or good performance at the combine will radically shift his fortunes, but seeing the potential top pick in action is always worth it.

Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas is another player who has been considered a potential top-five pick in the draft, and he will be in action on Sunday. Thomas is a player who could benefit with excellent showings in the timing drills.

Johnson could end up being the best NFL prospect on Penn State’s defense

Austin Johnson, DT (junior): Johnson could end up being the best NFL prospect on Penn State’s defense, with the potential to be a devastating nose tackle. He clocks in at 6’4, 323 pounds but moves like someone much smaller. His lateral agility is terrifying, which would certainly compensate for any deficiencies he has with raw power. The big question with Johnson is whether he’s just really good or if he’s really good because he lines up next to one of the best defensive linemen in America.

Jordan Lucas, S (senior): Like Zettel, Lucas is a versatile athlete who can play in just about any spot in his unit. Lucas — the first person to commit to the Nittany Lions after the NCAA’s sanctions against the school — got better at cornerback every year, to the point that he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2014. He’s been the best player in a secondary that allowed the lowest completion percentage last year. Lucas decided to move to safety for his senior season, partly because this is where he projects to play at the next level.

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has quickly become the most valuable PPR asset for receivers. In fact, you could argue he will outscore any running back this season in PPR leagues. He’s also less likely to get hurt, so there’s a case to take him first overall in PPR. To nobody’s surprise, all seven of us have Brown as the No. 1 receiver, which is a testament to his sky-high ceiling and elite floor.

After Brown, none of us are in agreement on the top three, but Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Jordy Nelson and Calvin Johnson all seem to be somewhat close. Most of these guys have some injury concerns, especially Johnson. Megatron was basically everyone’s No. 1 receiver for drafts last year, but numerous injuries led to decreased production.

Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan returning to Jets for 2017

In 2015, Todd Bowles revived a moribund New York Jets franchise and guided it to its first 10-win season in five years. Speculation about his future was raised after a 5-11 campaign in 2016, but the Jets are sticking with Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan for one more year.

Jets just confirm Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan will be back in 2017.

Bowles engineered a remarkable turnaround last fall when he brought a Jets team that had finished 4-12 the previous season to the brink of the postseason. New York was 10-5 and one game from clinching a wild card berth before suffering an upset loss at the hands of division rival Buffalo and former head coach Rex Ryan.

The Browns may be less inclined to move down in the order, thanks to another first-round selection from the Philadelphia Eagles. Cleveland received Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick during a trade prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, and it eventually became a relatively valuable selection when the Eagles had a five-game losing streak in the latter half of the 2016 season.

Philadelphia finished the year with a win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17, ending the year with a 7-9 record and securing another pick in the top half of the first round for the Browns.

The Eagles do own the Minnesota Vikings’ first-round pick, though. Minnesota’s opponents finished the season with a combined 125-129-2 record, which is equal to the 126-130 record of Indianapolis Colts’ opponents, so the two teams will flip a coin for rights to the No. 14 pick.