MLB spring training 2018: Reporting dates for all 30 teams

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There’s a reason that hope springs eternal, after all, and not winters eternal. Or something.

I want to be the starting center fielder for the Yankees, Hicks told Friday. I feel like that’s a position that I can play every day and be successful and help this team win.
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Fortunately for the Yankees offense, they are in the American League and can use a designated hitter, but that only solves Mark Messier Womens Jersey part of the problem. The acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton gives New York an outfield with the 2017 National League MVP, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Hicks, and each views himself as an everyday player.

They will presumably use one of those players at the DH spot, but if catcher Gary Sanchez struggles defensively again and gets relegated to the outfield, it could affect the lineup.

The Yankees have some things to figure out in spring training this year.

They need to see if Miguel Andujar is their starting third baseman, if Gleyber Torres is going to hold down second, and above all else, they need to figure out their crowded outfield.

In any case, the shortening of spring training by two days this year means you’ll have a little less time to wait between pitchers and catchers reporting and opening day 2018.

So, here are the 2018 spring training reporting schedules and dates for all 30 MLB teams (some still to be announced), divided into Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues:

Lauscha is the president of both franchises. It was something I always knew I could do, Randle said Just take time to continue to learn the game, continue to grow and develop as a player. As a person. Something I knew I could do. I’m not surprised, but it feels good I guess.

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Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies complete 1-year, $5 million deal

Despite Smith averaging just 8.3 points on 39 percent shooting overall and 36.2 percent from the 3 line, Lue stood by the 14-year veteran, telling reporters last month that Smith earned that faith, in part, because of his role in helping the Cavs capture the 2016 NBA championship.
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Smart, who was in obvious pain after the injury, downplayed concerns about the thumb after Sunday’s game.

Sore, but it will be all right, Harmon Killebrew Womens Jersey said Smart. It’s like a sprain right now.
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Smart’s injury comes on the same day the Celtics announced that rookie center Daniel Theis is likely to miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left meniscus in the final moments of Sunday’s game.

The more encouraging news for injury-ravaged Boston is that All-Star guard Kyrie Irving’s left knee soreness is not considered anything more than tendinitis, and he will not need to miss significant time, league sources told Wojnarowski.

Irving is considered day-to-day but hinted that, with Boston all but entrenched as the No. 2 seed in the East, he’ll take extended time to combat the soreness he’s experienced recently.

I think you can write Tulo off right now, Gibbons told reporters. He’s not ready to play in game action. It wouldn’t be fair to him, either, because he’s going to need to build up and get some at-bats, really test that thing out. Make sure when he comes back, he’s really ready to go. I think you can eliminate that.
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The Blue Jays open the season March 29 against the Yankees.

When Tulo’s ready to go, that’s his job, Gibbons said. I’ve been watching him work out, swing the bat. It’s all been BP, of course, but I think he looks great right now. Now it’s just a matter of getting him running. That’s the only thing hampering him now. We’ll see how that develops.

Enter Colon, the 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner who is in camp on a minor league contract. Colon no longer dominates with a mid-90s mph fastball, but he is deceptive with pinpoint control. He is making it difficult for the Rangers not to keep him.

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The main issue some analysts seem to have with Jackson is that he’s black.

How could we have an awards ceremony without acknowledging a player like William Karlsson, who was an afterthought for two teams during the first three seasons of his career, never scoring more than nine goals, and now leads one of the best teams in the NHL with 35 goals, a league-leading plus-39 plus/minus rating and an otherworldly shooting percentage (24 percent)?
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This is also a way to recognize a player like Brayden Point, the second-line center for the Tampa Bay Lightning who has become so valuable that GM Steve Yzerman won’t even entertain his name in trade talks. Or maybe it’s a way to honor second-year stud Patrik Laine, who is having a star moment in a small market with the Winnipeg Jets, or Taylor Hall, who needed a change of scenery to fully blossom to his potential with the New Jersey Devils.

G Quenton Nelson, No. 5, Denver Broncos. Nelson had one heck of a combine. If you didn’t know who he was going into it, you certainly did coming out of it. But this pick seems a tad surprising, considering the Broncos’ nightmare Womens Zane Beadles Jersey quarterback situation last season. But McShay provides some insight there.

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Darnold’s throwing motion is kind of weird. The hype surrounding him is really the same as it is for any other top-level quarterback prospect in any year, so it’s hard to pin down the overrated part. But bad face? That’s just mean, and won’t keep someone from being a good quarterback.
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Former NFL executive Bill Polian has doubled down on this, but repeating it doesn’t make it true. I’ll let our own Seth Galina explain why this misperception is so persistent this draft season.

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Injuries hitting Knights, Red Wings

“I assume he might be out for a little bit but I don’t know that answer,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said after the game.

It was announced on Wednesday that Backes has been suspended for three games by the NHL for the hit. He received a roughing penalty on the play.

To replace Nielsen on the roster, the Red Wings announced they will recall forward Evgeny Svechnikov from their American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids on Thursday. He is expected to be in the lineup against Vegas.

Svechnikov, 21, has seven goals and 22 points in 52 games with Grand Rapids this season. He appeared in two games with Detroit late last season and did not record a point. But he scored the winning goal in the shootout in a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on April 3.

The arena was decorated for them, with the scoreboard showing the school’s mascot, an eagle, and banners celebrating “Stoneman Douglas state champions.”

Then the Stanley Cup came out, and the players got a chance to hold it aloft.

“Their jaws dropped,” Howie Borrow, one of the Keepers of the Cup who works with the NHL Hall of Fame, told the Miami Herald. “There was kind of a bit of disbelief. Really a thrilling moment for them to see it.”

On Feb. 25, Stoneman Douglas won the state championship of the Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida league. Less than two weeks earlier, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Douglas, including 14 students. One of the victims was Jaime Guttenberg, the sister of junior varsity member Jesse Guttenberg.

After the championship game, the players returned to the school and placed their medals on memorials to those who were slain on Feb. 14.

Washington captain Alex Ovechkin is closing in on a major milestone as he enters the contest just two goals short of 600 career goals and will be just the 20th player in NHL history to achieve that total. In addition, Ovechkin would become the NHL’s first player to join the 600 goals club since Jarome Iginla on Jan. 4, 2016 and the only player to make his NHL debut after the 1996-97 season.


The enduring legacy of Jack Hoffman’s inspiring Nebraska run

I think I can speak on a lot of guys’ behalf when you talk about what that meant to us, Bell said. It showed us as Rex’s teammates how to grow individually. We were all able to build on that moment and do things in our personal lives because of what Rex did for Jack.
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I think Jack says it best, Brianna said. If you ask him who his best friend is, he’ll say Rex. From the beginning, it’s almost like he was an angel.

It’s no surprise, you see, that Jack and his parents, in that visit to Foxborough last season, looked right past the Patriots’ more famous names in search of Burkhead. In a season shortened to 10 games because of a knee injury, he scored eight touchdowns, doubling his career output.

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The Jeff Locke Jersey way the foundation has grown, how the awareness has grown, it’s unbelievable, Burkhead said. As for Jack, when we met, I just didn’t know how much longer he would have. So to see him now, getting tall and enjoying life and experiencing things, playing sports and being able to go to school, it’s very heartwarming.

With 11 assists Tuesday he now has 8,000 assists for his career giving him 30,000 career points and 8,000 career rebounds to go with those dishes. He is the first player in NBA history with at least 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists and no other player has even had 25,000/7,000/7,000.

Just for icing on the cake, with LeBron’s 31/12/11 Tuesday he averaged a triple-double (26.6/10.4/10.3) for the month of February.

I’ve never looked at myself as a scorer, James told reporters after the game. But to know the history of the game and seeing the guys that put up triple-doubles on a regular — from Jason Kidd to Magic Johnson to Oscar Robertson to Russell Westbrook, you can throw my name in there as well.
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Pelicans (34-26) at Spurs (36-25) 8 p.m. ET — Anthony Davis is averaging 37.3 points per game in the Pelicans’ current seven-game winning streak and the Spurs just broke their six-game losing streak with a win over the Cavs Sunday.

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Jim Kelly cancer update: Bills HoF QB to have reconstructive jaw surgery

Bills legend and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who announced Thursday that his oral cancer has returned, will undergo reconstructive surgery on his upper jaw later this month, he told WGRZ-TV in Buffalo on Friday.
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Kelly, 58, will have surgery at the end of March in New York City where doctors will reconstruct his jaw using part of one of his fibulas and blood vessels from his leg.

Barkley would allow Cleveland to move on from Isaiah Crowell, who averaged a solid 4.2 yards per carry the last four seasons but never broke 1,000 yards. Barkley pairs well with Duke Johnson, a chronically under-used asset in the Browns offense.

He follows a trend that’s working in the NFL: A team can draft a running back with a top-10 pick. Todd Gurley (2015), Ezekiel Elliott (2016) and Leonard Fournette (2017) were all top-10 picks, and Elliott Anthony Barr Jersey and Fournette were centerpieces of deep playoff runs during their respective rookie seasons. Barkley is a comparable talent to Elliott and, depending on which scout you ask, might be better.

The standout offensive lineman knows the numbers posted in events like the 40-yard dash and bench press are critical components in the talent evaluation being made by NFL teams. Toth, though, is far more worried about conquering two other physical challenges in the coming weeks.

And understandably so.

As part of his obligations as a West Point cadet, Toth is required to pass the U.S. Army Physical Fitness Test �� including a two-mile run in 15 minutes or less �� and complete an 11-segment indoor obstacle course that he admits kicks my butt just about every time I do it.
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This is just the nature of the beast, Toth told co-host Bill Polian and me this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

It’s also part of the balancing act Toth faces between fulfilling his military service and pursuing an NFL career.

As frustrated as some players and coaches are with the talk of tanking, Bulls point guard Kris Dunn acknowledged that he doesn’t care much about the chatter at all.

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American Flag Football League reaches television partnership with NFL Network

The upstart American Flag Football League has a TV partner.
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The league, which begins next month, will have 11 games broadcast by NFL Network from June 29 to July 19.

A single-elimination tournament with 128 teams of amateurs begins next month. In the summer, the top amateur teams that have advanced will match up against four teams of former professional athletes, including Michael Vick, Chad Johnson, Nate Robinson and Carlos Boozer. Additional Womens Adam Lowry Jersey players will be announced at a later date.

Aaron Schatz, editor-in-chief of Football Outsiders: Nate Solder, OT, New England Patriots. Solder has anchored one of the league’s top offensive lines over the past few years. The Patriots drafted his heir apparent last year, though Tony Garcia ended up spending the season on injured reserve. The bidding war here is not only financial, between the Patriots and other teams that need a left tackle. There’s also an emotional component, as there has been a lot of talk in New England that Solder might want to retire at the end of his current contract to concentrate on care for his son, who has pediatric kidney cancer.

Kevin Seifert, national NFL writer: Rashaan Melvin, CB, Indianapolis Colts. According to scientific research, 6-foot-2 cornerbacks don’t grow on trees. Everyone loves height at that position, and Melvin’s recent hiring of agent Drew Rosenhaus suggests he understands that. He would be smart to hit the market.

Cousins could end up as the highest-paid player once he signs in free agency, with an annual salary that might hit $30 million.
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It’s about winning, Williams said. The guy that played the Super Bowl and was the runner-up [Brady] makes about $15 million dollars, which is a lot of money. But you get to the point, it’s about the team. … When you got a team around you, you have to look at the team as a whole and find out how much it’s gonna take and what this is about, is this a team sport? I’m not saying giving a hometown discount or anything like that, but you’ve got to be real about the team, too. If you get all the money and you got nobody to play with, what good is playing?

This is probably a combination of active but not supremely active. General manager Bob Quinn has shown he is willing to go after free agents and make what he considers strategic moves with his money.

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Here’s what it looks like in a sideline situation, courtesy of Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.

A player has the ball long enough to become a runner when, after his second foot is on the ground, he is capable of avoiding or warding off impending contact of an opponent, tucking the ball away, turning up field, or taking additional steps.

When a receiver goes to the ground or goes out of bounds after establishing possession, he has to maintain control throughout. Cowboys receiver Brice Butler gave us a textbook example in 2017 against the Giants.

Butler dives for it, gets both hands underneath it as he’s going to the ground, and maintains control throughout the catch.

Jones taps one foot down, then the other, all while pulling the ball securely against his body to establish and keep possession.

Cleveland’s roster revamp at the trade deadline — sending six players out and bringing four players in to replace them — was seen as a necessary transfusion for a team that was, in the words of general manager Koby Altman, “marching a slow death.”

Gone are Isaiah Thomas and his struggles on the comeback trail from a serious hip injury; Dwyane Wade and his demanding presence if not always consistent production; Jae Crowder and his awkward offensive fit; as well as role players Channing Frye, Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert.

“I’ve had a great run,” said Winston, who has earned $31 million in his NFL career, per “I’m going to see what’s out there, especially early on (in free agency), at the Combine. I’m at that point where I have three kids and a great family and wife. They’ve done a lot of traveling around. I think it’s going to have to be in the right spot and the right opportunity.

“We’ll see. I’m definitely staying ready and working out. I’ll make a decision sooner than later. At the same time, I can envision (Year) 13 for sure.”

With the market now better established by the trade of Michael Grabner to the New Jersey Devils and the deal that sent Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers, there should be at least a few more fantasy-relevant transitions between now and Monday’s NHL trade deadline.

Not all trades are automatically good for fantasy value. While Mrazek’s fortunes rise quickly with a steady job and better offensive support in front of him, Grabner doesn’t have a clear path to any more scoring than he already had with the New York Rangers. The Devils shouldn’t be breaking up the trio of Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri to make room for Grabner, so he’ll be on a secondary — or perhaps tertiary — line at even strength.bears_134


Jokic’s triple-double leads Nuggets over Spurs, 122-119

The Nuggets honored former players Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby at halftime as part of their 50th anniversary season celebration. Popovich said he appreciated the way the 6-foot Iverson played the game.
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Lurie represents the rest of the NFL ownership that wants to see Kraft and the Patriots humbled. The NFL’s vicious competitiveness starts at the top with ownership.

This Super Bowl is a second chance for Lurie to complete this goal: If you can’t own ’em, beat ’em.

Back in 1994 you had Kraft and Lurie, two Boston-area-born guys, who wanted to buy the Patriots, recalled Joe Browne, a 50-year NFL front office executive who was executive vice president of communications and government affairs when he retired in March 2016.
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Jones made a couple of nifty saves — on Duclair and Patrick Kane — later in the second to keep it close.

Schmaltz made it 2-0 at 2:01 of the third with his 17th goal as Chicago pounced on a San Jose turnover.

After Boedker couldn’t handle Justin Braun’s pass in the San Jose slot, Duclair whipped the puck to Schmaltz who fired in a one-timer from the left circle.

Berube made close-in saves on Logan Couture and Jannik Hansen — and Pavelski hit the post again — before Meier cut it to 2-1 at 12:09 of the third.

Meier connected on a drive from the high slot with Pavelski and Chicago defenseman Jordan Oesterle screening Berube.

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Splitter, a member of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs championship team, suffered a hip injury in 2016 while with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Ottawa Senators’ first-round pick will be sent to the Colorado Avalanche if it is outside the top 10 selections, as a result of the trade that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa in exchange for Kyle Turris, Shane Bowers, Andrew Hammond, a third-round pick in 2019 and this pick. If Ottawa’s pick is within the top 10 selections, their 2019 first-round pick will go to Colorado.
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The Los Angeles Kings’ fourth-round pick will go to the Montreal Canadiens if Los Angeles qualifies for the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, as a result of the trade that sent Torrey Mitchell to Los Angeles in exchange for this pick. If the Kings do not qualify for the playoffs, Los Angeles’ fifth-round pick will go to Montreal.

The Detroit Red Wings’ seventh-round pick will go to the Calgary Flames if Tom McCollum plays at least 20 minutes in 15 regular-season games in the 2017-18 season, as a result of the trade that sent McCollum to Detroit in exchange for this pick.

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