Vikings sign David Parry

Defensive lineman David Parry visited with the Vikings last week and he’ll be spending more time in Minnesota in the weeks to come.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Parry has signed with the team.

Next week, Dan and [name withheld] will be embarking on their annual Grit Week tour, heading south. Presumably in a van or other vehicle capable of making the trek at highway speeds above the posted minimum. Check them out three times per week on Pardon My Take, even though they haven’t invited me to appear on the podcast in months.

They actually used the “we didn’t want to bother you” excuse. Which is definitely a Big J journo move.

Gronkowski made it clear that last month, after weeks of uncertainty, that he’s committed for 2018. And a revised contract could soon be coming.

Possibly, Gronkowski will show up for OTAs once he gets that adjusted deal.

Golden State began getting the looks it liked after halftime. The Warriors faced more stingy, in-the-face pressure from Houston, making it hard to get any early flow shooting. Durant hit his first 3 6:27 before halftime then missed from the deep the next time down.

A moment of silence was held before the national anthem for victims of the Houston school shooting.

Rockets: The Rockets surrendered 10 fast-break points in the first period while getting none of their own…. They were outrebounded 49-41 and shot 32 for 80 from the floor.

Warriors: Kevon Looney had two key blocks off the bench in the first…. Durant notched his 20th straight postseason game with 20 or more points…. Golden State is 36-5 at home in the playoffs since the 2015 postseason…. Thompson (1,786) moved past Rick Barry (1,776) for second place on the Warriors’ career postseason scoring list…. Curry (712) moved past Barry (699) into sole possession for most postseason baskets in franchise history…. The “Run TMC” trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin were honored with a standing ovation during a first-quarter timeout. On Monday, Richmond will introduce Hardaway as he goes into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame of which Richmond and Mullin are already members. ravens_101

Every NFL Team’s Biggest Remaining Offseason Need

Every NFL Team’s Biggest Remaining Offseason Need More General manager John Elway and the Denver Broncos can’t be accused of sitting on their hands this offseason. The team added a new starting quarterback in last season’s surprise star, Case Keenum. It bolstered both the weapons around him with rookie wideout Courtland Sutton and the protection around him with veteran tackle Jared Veldheer. That’s a good thing—because Denver might be throwing the football a lot out of necessity. After the team released C.J. Anderson in a cost-cutting move, the keys to Denver’s ground game are in Devontae Booker’s hands. The same Booker who has averaged 3.6 yards per carry in two seasons and struggled with fumbling issues.

My timing and my rhythm weren’t where I wanted the to be, Walker said. I said it’s going to take a couple hard-hit balls, a couple good timed-up balls and as a guy who has played this game a long time you know when it’s starting to come.

He and I spoke, so it wasn’t a surprise to us that he’s not here, Payton told ESPN. I don’t agree with it. But it is optional, and that’s his choice.

Payton also said that the Saints don’t have any immediate plans to sign a veteran running back to add to their young stable led by Alvin Kamara, Trey Edmunds, Jonathan Williams and sixth-round draft choice Boston Scott.

Getting the band back together means something more literal to Lorenzo Carter than one of his former college teammates joining him in Giants rookie minicamp.

Not only is Carter a third-round pick out of powerhouse Georgia in the 2018 NFL Draft, he also is trained as a cellist in a musically inclined family.

In elementary school, fifth grade, I started to play the cello and it stuck with me, Carter said. I love the sound of wood instruments, and I just fell in love with classical music.

A few hours after speaking those words Saturday morning, the Giants took the field for the second of three weekend practices. Instead of the usual rap or rock tunes presiding over practice, orchestra sounds came piped through the speakers. colts_135

The Packers are looking to move up in the draft, likely for either Denzel Ward or Fitzpatrick.

They might not have to move up too far to secure the Alabama standout.

Arizona could consider a quarterback like Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson, and they like both. But the question is whether they want to build for the short term (and take a top cornerback to complete their defense) or for the future. Jackson would be more likely to be their choice at QB over Rosen.

Rosen when interviewed after his selection declared that there were nine mistakes made before he went No. 10 overall to the Cardinals. With Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon as his competition, this might work out well for Rosen for both the short and long term. Still, three QBs being selected before him was total disrespect for his talent and moxie. It’s clear his personality and outspokenness scared a few teams away. It was a rough night of mixed emotions, though it wasn’t quite Aaron Rodgers in 2005 rough.

The Panthers and Falcons matched each other in the NFC South by taking the first two wide receivers, Maryland’s D.J. Moore and Alabama’s Calvin Ridley. But after a first round in 2017 that saw Corey Davis, Mike Williams and John Ross all go in the top 10, there was more proceeding with caution this year. Moore and Ridley, however, landed in great spots with top QBs for established contenders.

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech: Aiding former defensive player of the year Khalil Mack is a priority for Jon Gruden, and Edmunds is the kind of player who can help redirect attention from opposing offenses. His supersized frame (6-5, 253) and remarkable athleticism should make him an asset both as a run stuffer and edge rusher.

Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State: While Miami might have more pressing needs, a top-flight cornerback would be a welcome addition for a defense constantly trying to keep up with Tom Brady and the Patriots passing attack. Ward is the class of his position and demonstrates both the fluidity and ball skills to make life difficult for all kinds of opposing receivers.

Vita Vea, DT, Washington: There’s no question the NFL’s last-ranked run defense needs reinforcements. At 6-4 and 347 pounds, Vea can clog lanes in the early going while he learns to build on his impressive movement skills.canucks_1161

Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman worried about opposing QBs?

On this night, no defense, not even Father Time, was going to stop Dwyane Wade.

The Dolphins become a factor in those discussions as well, if the mutual interest between Mayfield and Miami prompts an effort to make a move for the 2017 Heisman winner.

Everyone remembers where they were the first time they saw Lance Stephenson blow in LeBron’s ear during Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference finals. The meme became inescapable on Twitter and Instagram. To this day, it’s still referenced across pop culture.

It was only natural to go down memory lane with James and Stephenson given their teams are facing each other in the first round of the 2018 playoffs. During Game 1 on Sunday, Stephenson defended James for chunks of the game and took a couple of hard swipes at him, including one that resulted in a technical foul.

At one point, cameras caught James looking down at Stephenson, who was crouching down in a defensive stance, and James couldn’t help but smirk and roll his eyes at the sight of Stephenson trying to lock in and defend him. Stephenson got the last laugh, though, as the Indiana Pacers crushed the Cavs 98-80. This rivalry won’t die.

The Knicks fired former coach Jeff Hornacek early Thursday morning just hours after the regular season ended. It didn’t take long for a list of coaching candidates to form, including the usual carousel of candidates, such as David Fizdale, David Blatt and Mark Jackson.

However, when the voluntary offseason workout program began, Flowers was the only Giants player not in attendance. And that has not changed since.

With frustration apparently mounting, ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reports that it should come as no surprise if the Giants attempt to trade Flowers during the 2018 NFL Draft and in the coming weeks.

Of course, finding a potential suitor will be the real challenge for general manager Dave Gettleman.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (L), 42 percent, Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles (RHP Dylan Bundy): With Mookie Betts nursing a bruised foot after an awkward slide into home yesterday, not only does Bradley Jr. slide over to right field, he jumps into Betts’ leadoff spot. Bundy has been impressive so far, but the chance to use a hitter of Bradley’s caliber at the top of a productive lineup is enticing, not to mention an invitation to dust off his latent stolen base potential.seahawks_079

The NFL will spend the next couple months determining whether or not automatic ejections are part of the language included in the new rule.

Shazier’s attempted tackle is both an example of tackling technique that the NFL is trying to take out of the game, and a play that would be difficult to correctly officiate if it’s now illegal.

The likely result is that it will only be used when an egregious hit occurs. But that brings plenty of ambiguity and judgment into play. Earlier Tuesday, the NFL got positive reviews for changing a catch rule that was plagued by those same issues. Now the league is running the risk of adding a rule that’s just as controversial and inconsistent.

In college football, automatic ejections — which are then reviewed — are issued for violations of the targeting rule, which is defined in the rulebook as follows :

David Schoenfield: There’s a reason every team wanted this guy, and we finally saw why on Sunday. Ohtani dominated in Japan — he had a 1.86 ERA in his last healthy season there in 2016 — because he has ace-level stuff. He struggled with throwing strikes in spring training, and some of that might simply have been rust after he didn’t pitch much in 2017 because of an ankle injury, plus adapting to a slightly different baseball. The fastball command might still be a work in progress, and his slider wasn’t always sharp, but the splitter is deadly, and he showed great composure in settling down after Matt Chapman’s three-run homer.

Gisele Bundchen does what any good wife does — care about the health of her husband.

One thing she won’t do, however, is dictate when 40-year-old Tom Brady will retire from the NFL despite any concerns she may have about him continuing to play football.

Bundchen has spoken in the past about concerns she has regarding the long-term effects that football can have on the body — particularly concussions.

Toronto’s comeback denied New York its first series victory north of the border since August 2015. The Yankees have lost six of their past eight series in Toronto, splitting the other two.patriots_098

Bills gain cap space and a draft pick by signing McCarron, trading Taylor

Heading into free agency, the Browns were widely viewed as the team most likely to sign free agent quarterback AJ McCarron. It’s easy to see why: Hue Jackson previously coached McCarron in Cincinnati, and the Browns liked McCarron so much last year that they tried to trade a second-round pick and a third-round pick to acquire him.

Instead, the Browns traded a third-round pick to the Bills for Tyrod Taylor, and it ended up being the Bills who signed McCarron.

That’s shifted the question for the Giants to how long Manning will be in that job and whether to use the second overall pick on his potential successor. With 2017 third-round pick Davis Webb on hand and a spot in the draft that could net a healthy return in a trade, that enthusiasm about Manning could lead the team to focus on other areas in April.

They have a hell of a lot to lose if they take a chance on reinserting him.has experience at both guard positions and right tackle.But is facing a domestic violence charge and a possible suspension from MLB, the job was open this spring.The telecast, which averaged a 2 rating, peaked at 2 between a.m.They drove new cars.

And he’s looking forward to some fun experiences in Minnesota, the place where he thinks he’s found the right fit.

The Sacramento native’s time the spotlight has led him to become one of the more highly rated D-linemen the class.The turnover produced seven more points for the Falcons and added to the collective confidence of Smith’s unit.INDIANAPOLIS – The talk of the offseason for the Indianapolis Colts’ offense has primarily centered on two areas:’s health at quarterback and the strengthening of the offensive line.

One Austrian reporter donned a Disney-esque Cinderella dress to match another male colleague Charming attire.He has been working his way back into shape but hasn’t been able to practice a whole lot with the Nuggets’ recent schedule.TORONTO – After riding the bench for most of his first two NBA seasons, Toronto Raptors centre Nogueira made some changes on and off the court.Glavine did not always have the strongest stuff as a starting pitcher, but he had pin point accuracy.

Grant’s four-year deal with the Ravens was nullified after the Ravens failed Grant, who was set to make up to $29 million, on his physical. Some have wondered about the timing of that decision by Baltimore because they moved quickly to set up a meeting with Michael Crabtree after Crabtree was released by the Raiders, but General Manager Ozzie Newsome said, via Jamison Hensley of, that it was strictly a medical decision.49ers_157

NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers pursuing multiple players, including DeAndre Jordan

The Cavaliers have been struggling lately, and they know something has to change.

According to the New York Times, Cleveland is pursuing separate trades for both Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Kings guard George Hill. The report also says the Cavaliers have their eyes on Lou Williams.

What would be more beneficial for him and the Heat is if he develops a decent jump shot. The numbers haven’t been great for Adebayo in that regard, but his jump shot isn’t broken. He has a smooth release for someone his size, and he’s already knocked down more jump shots in 35 games with the Heat (18) than he attempted in 38 games at Kentucky (13).

Another encouraging sign: Adebayo has made 75.3 percent of his free throw attempts in the NBA. Together, it gives him a solid foundation to work with as he continues to expand his offensive game.

The Heat (27-20), who came into the game winners of nine of their past 11 games, were led by Hassan Whiteside, who had 22 points (16 of those in the first quarter) and 13 rebounds.

As for Capela, the Rockets center finished with 14 points and eight boards. Recall it was Capela who said Saturday after the Rockets beat the Warriors that Houston was now the better team.

That comment didn’t go unnoticed in the Warriors locker room. Kevin Durant threw some shade at Capela, saying Harden, Paul, Trevor Ariza and other Rockets had the tough jobs, but “Capela, catch and dunk every night, it’s pretty easy.”

Naturally, Capela had one of those “catch-and-dunk” plays on a nice lob from Harden.

DeMarcus Cousins put up some huge numbers in the Pelicans 132-128 double-OT win over the Bulls. Cousins had 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists. According to ESPN, that’s only the 10th 40-point, 20-rebound, 10-assist game in NBA history.

Blake Bortles then throws an interception but the Jaguars get the ball back and send it to overtime on Josh Lambo’s field goal.

You’ve got the Jaguars at home giving 3 ? points to the Chargers and you think you just went up by four when Tayshaun Gipson picks up a fumble and runs 36 yards for a touchdown.

After a five-minute review, it’s ruled Gipson was touched down when he recovered the ball, though that evidence was not clear on the CBS broadcast.

Some day, the Browns will win an opener, but Sunday wasn’t that day. For the 13th year in row, the Browns lost their opener; however, they might actually be feeling hopeful after this one. Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer looked somewhat capable (20 of 30, 222 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) and the Browns defense did a good job of shutting everyone down (except for Antonio Brown). The Browns haven’t had much to cheer about over the past 18 years, so a 21-18 loss to the Steelers might actually be a small step forward.

The online and radio-syndicated “John Batchelor Show,” Wednesdays are devoted to Asian geopolitics. This past Wednesday’s included a chat with Barry Beck. The former Rangers’ captain has, since 2007, been the general manager and coach of the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey (

If ESPN’s Jon Gruden ever asks for proof he talks too much, there was this, from Monday night: “If there’s one irreplaceable quarterback in this league, Aaron Rodgers is one of them.”

It’s hard to know exactly what’s going on in Washington, but the only thing that seems clear is that the defense needs help. The defensive line needs work, even with the additions of Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain at defensive end.

No. 99 is arguably the only defensive tackle in football capable of winning with power or finesse on any given play. He shows extraordinary first-step quickness and combines it with some of the best hand skills that I’ve ever seen from an interior defender.

“If I’m starting a defense from scratch, I would typically want an edge rusher with outstanding potential, but Donald has forced me to re-think my thought process,” an AFC scout told me. “An interior defender with pass-rush skills might have a greater impact, because he is right in the quarterback’s face. If you can disrupt the game up the gut, it changes everything for the offense … That’s what Donald does for the Rams.”

“We bleed black and gold here,” said Sean Parnell, a Pittsburgh native and former US Army Airborne Ranger who served in the legendary 10th Mountain Division for six years, retiring as a captain.

“The Steelers are who we looked to as an example of achievement in the face of adversity, they were the ones who brought families and friends together every Sunday. They symbolized all that is good in us and it is hard to imagine a city in this country whose heart and soul is not more identified with their team than Pittsburghers are with the Steelers,” he said of what is affectionately called “Steeler Nation.”nike-youth-cardinals-092

The Saints are a very balanced and very good team.

No Elliott settlement … There has been speculation about a potential settlement between the league and the players’ union of the case involving Elliott’s suspension. But multiple people familiar with the case said Thursday that there is, in their view, little to no chance of such a settlement.

There is little reason, it seems, for the NFL to settle the case. The union secured a temporary restraining order this week to put Elliott’s suspension back on hold, keeping him eligible to play this Sunday at San Francisco and perhaps the Cowboys’ following game against the Washington Redskins.

It’s time to put aside the old notions about their suspect defense and lack of commitment to the running game. They can play defense. And they can — and will — run the ball. They overwhelmed a Bills team that had been playing very well at home for their seventh straight win.

The Rams have games left against the Vikings, Saints, Eagles and Seahawks. It should be pretty clear by the end of the regular season exactly how they measure up against the NFC’s other top contenders.

The Steelers emerged with the win in Indianapolis, but they simply have to play better. It shouldn’t be that difficult against the Colts for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

If you are contemplating using an early-round pick on Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, you are going to enjoy Saturday’s highlights of the rookie’s performance against the Titans in Nashville. The Panthers deployed him perfectly, utilizing him in the short passing game, getting him in space and letting him run as a featured back in the red zone (which resulted in a touchdown). The only downside is this means his ADP is going to go through the roof.

Tennessee has high expectations in 2017, but there were concerns about quarterback Marcus Mariota coming off a season where he suffered a broken leg. The first two series with Mariota against the dangerous Carolina defense was encouraging. Mariota, who suffered a broken leg late during the 2016 season, started against Carolina and looked sharp early over the course of several possessions.


NFL, Players Coalition reach accord to provide nearly $90 million to aid activism; anthem protests unresolved

NFL player representatives and league officials reached an agreement Wednesday night for the league to provide financial support to players’ community-activism endeavors, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.

Some owners believe that, if the protests last through season’s end, owners will act during the offseason to revert next season to the league’s pre-2009 policy of players remaining in the locker room before games until after the anthem is played, according to multiple people close to the situation.

“It was a big opportunity for me to show up and step up,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said.

The Sixers showed good depth early. Nine players scored in the first quarter, and they built a 53-37 lead before halftime.

After committing just three first-half turnovers, the Sixers threw it away 11 times in the third, and Middleton and Eric Bledsoe (14 points on 5-of-18 shooting) helped the Bucks rally to tie it.

Embiid responded with a dunk and a block on Bledsoe and a three-point play to end the third and give the Sixers an 84-80 lead.

Middleton was 9 of 20 from the field. It was his first double-figure rebounding game of the season.

“Regardless of our views, our disappointment and our frustration, we believe dialogue remains the only path forward; though our patience is being continually disrespected and is wearing thin,” the players’ statement Saturday said.

“As a result of what has unfolded and the league’s general posture, we propose an in-person meeting as an act of good faith …. This meeting will be hosted … with the goal of addressing our immediate concerns before additional progress can be made. Until the league publicly demonstrates its commitment to an actual process of listening to our grievances, we will continue to peacefully demonstrate for equality and justice for all.”

“We needed this win,” Murray said. “It was a division game and we had lost a few in a row. To come out here at home and get this W, it’s going to get us back started again.”

“What bothers me the most is I’ve got to make that free throw,” Lillard said. “We were in position to win. Everybody contributed to us being in that position and I’ve got to be able to shut the door on them.”patriots_026_b226a4c0ab8aee57-180x180

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