30 Apr 2016 00:13:09 -0400
Ohio St sets NFL Draft record with 10 picks in first three rounds
Ohio State’s football program made history Friday night.
After seeing five of their former players get taken in Round 1 on Thursday, the Buckeyes had five more selected in the second and third rounds.
That’s an NFL record.
What a night! 10 #Buckeyes in the first 3 rounds is a new Draft record! #NFLDraft2016 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/tnyCpXhKZX
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 30, 2016
Urban Meyer was all smiles afterwards. He even did an O-H!
That's it through 3 rounds of the #NFLDraft.This should sum it up.#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/2kSjs1JUBo
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 30, 2016
That’s one happy coach.
29 Apr 2016 23:14:54 -0400
Lakers hire Luke Walton as next head coach
The Los Angeles Lakers have themselves a new head coach. The team announced Friday that Luke Walton agreed to a multi-year deal to become the team’s next head coach.
“We’re excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he’s going to start an outstanding coaching career,” GM Mitch Kupchak said. “He’s one of the brightest young coaching minds in the game and we feel fortunate that he’ll be leading the on-court future of our team.”
The Lakers previously had Byron Scott as their head coach, but the chose not to pick up his option for next season. The team must have known they had a good chance of hiring Walton to make such a move.
Walton, 36, has been an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors for two seasons. He served as the team’s interim head coach while Steve Kerr was recovering from offseason back surgeries, and he led them to a 39-4 record, including a record-best 24-0 start to the season.
Walton is a young, up-and-coming coach who was drafted by the Lakers and won
29 Apr 2016 23:03:30 -0400
Jaguars traded pick they sent Michael Bennett to London to announce
The Jaguars have played a regular season game in London each of the past three seasons. For this year’s NFL Draft, Jacksonville sent defensive tackle Michael Bennett to London as part of a promotion. Unfortunately, the plan will not unfold as intended.
When the second round began Friday evening, former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack was still available due to concerns over an injured knee that could need microfracture surgery. The Jaguars jumped at the opportunity to select him, literally. They traded up to No. 36 to select him. To do so, Jacksonville had to give up picks No. 38 and No. 146. Bennett was supposed to announce the latter.
After finding out, Bennett took to his Twitter account to have a laugh about the situation.
HAHAHAHAHA jacksonville flew me to London to announce the 146 pick. They just traded it away. Thanks for the flight! Lol
— Mike Bennett (@mike96bennett) April 29, 2016
Thankfully, the trip across the pond won’t be for nothing. As the Jaguars pointed out, Bennett will also be an
29 Apr 2016 22:16:44 -0400
Raiders pick Jihad Ward may need minor knee surgery
Oakland Raiders second-round draft pick Jihad Ward may need minor knee surgery.
Ward, a defensive end from Illinois, was selected by the Raiders in the second round at pick No. 44 overall. A 6-foot-5, 297-pounder, Ward could need arthroscopic knee surgery.
There are NFL teams who believe Raiders' 2nd-round pick, DE Jihad Ward, will need arthroscopic knee surgery that could sideline him 6 weeks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2016
Though it’s never a good sign when a player starts his pro career by getting surgery, this would be considered minor and the time away would not be great, if necessary. Apparently the Raiders do not think he needs it.
Even though at least two teams think Raiders DE Jihad Ward could need arthroscopic knee surgery, Oakland believes he will not need it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2016
Ward was a wide receiver and safety in junior college and ended up becoming a defensive lineman after getting some proper nutrition and support.
29 Apr 2016 21:57:18 -0400
Titans select Derrick Henry with pick gained in Jared Goff trade
The Tennessee Titans landed 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry in the second round using one of the draft picks gained in their trade with the Los Angeles Rams, who took Jared Goff No. 1 overall.
This is going to be an interesting trade to track through the next few years.
Tennessee originally had the No. 15 pick after the deal with Los Angeles but traded back up to No. 8 for offensive tackle Jack Conklin, who will presumably protect Marcus Mariota’s blind side at left tackle.
Utilizing their original second-round pick at No. 33 overall, Tennessee went to the trenches again for defensive end Kevin Dodd out of Clemson.
They then used the No. 45 overall pick, which was originally owned by the Rams, to select Henry.
With the 45th overall pick in the 2016 #NFLDraft, the #Titans select @AlabamaFTBL RB Derrick Henry. pic.twitter.com/tgaYlVxr99
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) April 30, 2016
Henry will be a tremendous addition to this offense as the hammer behind Mariota. He gai...
29 Apr 2016 20:08:17 -0400
Myles Jack freefall ends at No. 36 to the Jaguars
Myles Jack fell all the way out of the first round after a knee condition scared teams away. It was a shocking development considering he was picked by many to be the top overall player in the 2016 NFL Draft. His free fall finally ended when the Jacksonville Jaguars picked him up with the No. 36 overall selection.
Welcome to JACKsonville!We [email protected]!#JAXDraft16 Central »https://t.co/vS1emdvVBf pic.twitter.com/KePKoaLHap
— #JAXDraft16 (@Jaguars) April 29, 2016
Now that he’s finally landed with the Jags, Jack can put his draft-day tumble in the back of his mind and focus on proving his doubters wrong.
It wouldn’t be fair to criticize general managers for opting not to take Jack, though.
His knee condition, called “chondral defect,” means that bone and cartilage could potentially break away from the knee. Microfracture surgery is a distinct possibility at some point, but nobody knows if or when his knee will break down.
At this time, Jack is good to go, barring some un...
29 Apr 2016 19:58:34 -0400
Lions GM: If marijuana were a red flag, half the draft board would be gone
Marijuana has been a point of contention around the National Football League for some time now.
The whole idea that someone like Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon can be suspended indefinitely for smoking marijuana is ridiculous in and of itself.
Now take into account Greg Hardy receiving a four-game suspension for domestic violence, and this is magnified even further.
Considering the NFL operates in two states where marijuana is legal for recreational use, the issue of the league’s substance abuse policy has continually been brought up.
Following Laremy Tunsil’s dramatic drop down the draft boards after a video was released of him smoking marijuana, this entire topic has taken on a while new meaning during the 2016 NFL draft.
In the end, Tunsil ended up losing millions of dollars after falling to the Miami Dolphins to the 13th pick.
Adding a new layer to this divisive issue, new Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn sounded off regarding marijuana use and NFL draft pros...
29 Apr 2016 19:19:50 -0400
Jake Arrieta, Cubs reportedly far apart on long-term deal
Stud right-hander Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs has looked like the most dominant pitcher in Major League Baseball this year. With a 5-0 record to go along with a 1.00 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts in his first five starts, Arrieta is somehow managing to top a 2015 campaign in which he beat out the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke to win the NL Cy Young Award. But with Arrieta already 30 years old and arbitration-eligible in 2017, it raises the question: how much is he exactly worth in the long-term aggregate?
According to a report by Jon Heyman of MLB Network on Friday, the Cubs and Arrieta are far apart in contract extension talks with Arrieta supposedly wanting a seven-year deal but the Cubs only putting an offer for four years on the table. Heyman also notes that there is no optimism that a long-term agreement will be reached any time soon.
as said [email protected], arrieta and cubs are apart in contract talks (4 years vs. 7) no optimism for long deal soon.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman
29 Apr 2016 18:58:32 -0400
Report: Stephen Curry hoping to return before May 9
In further proof that he might actually be a Jedi Knight, Warriors megastar guard Stephen Curry is apparently working to master the art of Force Heal.
According to a report by Monte Pool of Comcast SportsNet on Friday, Curry will try return to action before May 9, the date he was given as a part of his original two-week timetable for a Grade 1 sprain of the MCL in his right knee.
More Steph: He will try to return ahead of original 2-wk minimum absence. (May 9)
— Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) April 29, 2016
Curry was injured when he slipped on the court during Game 4 of Golden State’s first-round series against the Houston Rockets (video here). Prior to that, he was dealing with an ankle tweak suffered in Game 1.
The Dubs have done just fine in the absence of the reigning MVP, winning the game Curry hurt his knee in by 27 points and taking Game 5 by an even more lopsided margin of 33 points to advance to the Western Conference Semis. There, they await the winner of the Clippers-Blazers series,
29 Apr 2016 18:19:17 -0400
Rams prepping Jared Goff to start opening night
The last No. 1 overall pick to start and win his first game at quarterback was former Houston Texans signal caller David Carr back in 2002.
The Los Angeles Rams are reportedly planning on rookie No. 1 pick Jared Goff to start the team’s opening game against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.
“He may start on Monday night,” Jeff Fisher said per Connor Orr of NFL.com. “That’s the goal. We understand the environment, believe me. He does. We’ve had lengthy conversations. If I had concerns about whether Jared could handle this, I wouldn’t be talking about Jared right now. He can handle it.”
This seems the logical choice considering what the Rams gave up to the Cleveland Browns to catapult into the top pick to select Goff.
With the Rams also putting both Nick Foles and Case Keenum up for trade, who else is left? Unless Fisher gets out there and plays quarterback, Goff is the man.
If Goff loses under the spotlight of national television in his first start, he’ll at ...
29 Apr 2016 17:34:56 -0400
Ray Lewis’ son, a former Miami cornerback, charged with criminal sexual conduct
The son of former NFL star linebacker Ray Lewis has been charged with criminal sexual conduct, according to multiple reports.
Ray Anthony Lewis, the 20-year-old son of the former Baltimore Raven, reportedly “engaged in sexual battery” with 18-year-old woman while she was “mentally incapacitated and/or physically helpless from the use of drugs and/or alcohol.” A second woman has made similar accusations, though charges haven’t been filed.
He was a three-star recruit in the 2013 class and, like his dad, ended up playing at Miami. The cornerback never saw the field, though, and announced intentions to transfer to Coastal Carolina in 2015.
#BreakingNews According to a press release from Conway City Police, Ray Anthony Lewis III, 20, turned himself...https://t.co/8glKfYegMy
— WBTW News 13 (@WBTWNews13) April 29, 2016
Lewis has turned himself into police. The alleged incident reportedly took place on Jan. 23
His legal team put out the following statement:
“Ray Lewis III is i...
29 Apr 2016 17:02:13 -0400
Bruce Boudreau isn’t the scapegoat you are looking for
When you get fired in the NHL, the next job is usually just right around the corner. Whether it be a front office job or a job on the ice, you are bound to find something somewhere. The news of Bruce Boudreau being fired has sent shock waves through the NHL – shock waves for two, very different reasons.
Everyone understands what the goal of every NHL season is supposed to be – Stanley Cup or bust. If someone isn’t able to obtain that goal, people are fired. Boudreau seems to be the pariah for many teams’ seasons. Whether it be the Capitals or the Ducks, it doesn’t matter. He has always been the scapegoat. Is that a fair assessment?
Only one team each year gets the opportunity of being Stanley Cup champions. It is a tough concept for some to grasp. A bounce one way, a bounce another way, and that can determine your champion for the year. Bruce Boudreau since he has come into the league has been one of the best coaches we have ever seen.
Best regular season points pct all-time (m...
29 Apr 2016 16:35:54 -0400
Dwyane Wade, like wife Gabrielle Union, rips NBA's two-minute reports
Dwyane Wade on Friday criticized the NBA for its use of the Officiating Last Two Minute Report, calling the practice “pointless.” Instead, the Miami Heat superstar suggests it would be a better option for the league implement a system where the entire game is reviewed.
“It does nothing for us or for any other team,” Wade said of a win-or-go-home Game 6 showdown with the Charlotte Hornets, via ESPN. “Go through the whole game and break it down, and I think it will help the refs and the league continue to grow. But those last two minutes; that’s not a good thing.”
The Two Minute Report is a breakdown league officials release for every game that is within five points at the two-minute mark of regulation or overtime. The reports are a means through which the NBA can critique or defend calls made by referees made in the waning moments of close games.
Wade was at the center of a controversial play very late in Wednesday’s 90-88 loss to Charlotte that pushed Miami to the brink of elimination.
29 Apr 2016 16:15:01 -0400
Laremy Tunsil misses press conference due to allergic reaction
There was some good news and some bad news on the Laremy Tunsil front Friday.
The bad news is that the Miami Dolphins said Friday that Tunsil suffered an allergic reaction and therefore could not be a part of his introductory press conference. The good news is Tunsil was at least prevented from saying anything further that would create a controversy.
Tunsil was selected at No. 13 overall by the Dolphins after dropping in the draft due to a leaked video that was posted to his Twitter account showing him smoking out of a bong. The video was a few years old but still enough to temporarily tank Tunsil’s draft stock and lead to a slide that cost the man millions. A few hours later, Tunsil’s Instagram was hacked with someone posting text message conversations Tunsil had with Ole Miss staff about them paying his mom’s bills, which would constitute clear NCAA violations.
In his post-draft press conference on Thursday night, Tunsil was somewhat ambushed and seemed unprepared. He ended up causing a greate
29 Apr 2016 16:02:14 -0400
Report: Shaq Lawson expected to need shoulder surgery
While he’s been a member of the team for less than 24 hours, the Buffalo Bills have already gotten some troubling news about Shaq Lawson. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the No. 19 overall pick will require shoulder surgery at some point.
Lawson is disputing the report.
According to Mike Rodak of ESPN, Lawson claimed that the shoulder injury happened in 2013, when we was a freshman at Clemson.
“If I didn’t have surgery my freshman year, why would I need surgery now? I can still play ball,” Lawson said, adding later. “All the teams were happy. I have a full range of motion, and they said [the shoulder] looks a whole lot better from when I came up there [to Indianapolis] the first time. I really didn’t have a problem with it [the shoulder] at school.”
It is a little hard to believe some details of the report, especially as it relates to the timeline. If the need for surgery is so strong, it’s difficult to believe that it can wait until after the 2016 season. A season of...