Burrow shows Cincy some love, NFL teams drool over receivers “Yeah, of course I want to be the first pick,” he said. “That’s every kid’s dream. I’ve worked really, really hard for the opportunity and I’m blessed to be in this position. So I’m just really excited to be in this position.”Elway was the top overall selection in the 1983 draft, the vanguard of the greatest quarterback class in NFL history, but he didn’t want to play in Baltimore and the Colts traded him to Denver, where he won two Super Bowls as a player and another as an executive.Something similar transpired in 2004 when Manning was selected first overall by the San Diego Chargers but was quickly traded to the New York Giants, where he twice beat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl.Elway spent four years searching for Peyton Manning’s replacement in Denver before landing Drew Lock, so this marks the first offseason since 2015 that he isn’t spending a lot of time on the QB prospects such as Burrow.Instead, he’s looking at the deep class of wide receivers that punctuate this year’s rookie class. “Yeah, I’m not going to not play,” the LSU star quarterback replied when asked if he would report to the Bengals should they select him No. 1 overall on April 23 in Las Vegas. “I’m a ballplayer. Whoever picks me, I’m going to go show up.”Burrow, who grew up in Athens, Ohio, and initially attended Ohio State, said he’d love to play professionally in his home state.“Yeah, absolutely. It’s 2 hours, 15 minutes from my house,” Burrow said. “I could go home for dinner if I wanted to.”Burrow said on Dan Patrick’s radio show last month that it was important for him to keep winning in the NFL and that while he wanted to be the first overall pick, “you also want to go to a great organization that is committed to winning. Committed to winning Super Bowls.”The Bengals haven’t won a Super Bowl since entering the league in 1968. Associated Press February 25, 2020 Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Those comments sparked speculation that Burrow was skeptical about the Bengals.“The only thing I’ve said is that I just didn’t want to be presumptuous about the pick,” Burrow said Tuesday. “That’s why I’ve been non-committal because I don’t know what’s going to happen. They might not pick me. They might fall in love with someone else. You guys kind of took that narrative and ran with it. There has never been anything like that from my end.”So, no reservations about playing for the Bengals.“I’ll play for whoever drafts me,” Burrow said. “I’m just not going to be presumptuous about what they want to do. It’s the draft. You guys have been covering it for a long time. You never know what’s going to happen.”So, he’s all in on Cincinnati should the Bengals call his name on draft night? Elway already has a Pro Bowl receiver in Courtland Sutton and a rising star tight end in Noah Fant. But nowadays teams have to load up at wide receiver and this year brings a wealth of talented pass catchers to choose from.“Oh, I think this is one of the best groups since Odell’s group,” Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault said in comparing this year’s crop to the one in 2014 that featured first-rounders Odell Beckham Jr., Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin.In addition to Shenault, this year’s group features Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, LSU’s Justin Jefferson, Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk and Clemson’s Tee Higgins.“I think we’re talented across the board,” Shenault said. “I think we check a lot of boxes. I think this class is going to do great things. It’s definitely going to be a legendary class.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Who wouldn’t want to follow in the footsteps of John Elway and Eli Manning? Joe Burrow, that’s who.The Heisman Trophy winner, national champion and consensus No. 1 pick in next month’s draft said Tuesday at the NFL scouting combine that he’d have no qualms playing in Cincinnati, which owns the top choice.
The bubble’s seeming team of destiny did all it could to be in the playoff picture. With a 128-102 win over the Dallas Mavericks, they finished a perfect 8-0 in the bubble to climb to the cusp from 13th place, six games back when the season went on hiatus. Devin Booker scored 25 points and the Suns shot 41 percent from 3-point range.Their game took place in AdventHealth Arena, the same venue the Nets and Trail Blazers played in afterward. As the Nets headed to the locker room, the Phoenix players cheered their arrival and asked them to win one to complete their Cinderella journey.“I’m proud of this group regardless,” Booker said. “We could have had a different approach to this bubble, to this opportunity. But we didn’t. We stayed locked in.”The Grizzlies saved their best for last and saved their season in the process. They pounded the Milwaukee Bucks, 119-106, leading by double digits the entire second half. Milwaukee was without Giannis Antetokounmpo due to a suspension for a headbutt, but every other key player put in respectable minutes.Still they could not contain Jonas Valancius (26 points, 19 rebounds, 12 assists) and Ja Morant (12 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists), who became the first teammates in Memphis franchise history to record triple-doubles in the same game. Dillon Brooks led Memphis with 31 points, carving up Milwaukee’s vaunted defense with midrange and long-range shooting.It came just at the right time. The Grizzlies had to win to be in the play-in game after squandering their entire three-game lead by losing six of their first seven games. First-year coach Taylor Jenkins topped mentor Mike Budenholzer, and was plenty relieved about it.“That’s the resiliency, that’s what we talk about so much with this group,” he said. “They were the first ones to say today, ‘Why did we wait until Game 8 to start playing Grizzlies basketball?’ ”The Grizzlies did not allow themselves much celebration on the court as time ran out, but after several quiet minutes, shouting and whooping could be heard from their locker room.The team decided the game ball should go to Valanciunas, whose previous career-high assist mark was five. He told Southern California New Group that he couldn’t recall recording a triple-double at any level of basketball.“That was my first triple-double, so definitely going to keep that ball for a long time,” he said. “Show my kids that daddy did it.”At the bottom of the race, one of the NBA’s most hallowed streaks finally ended. After 22 straight years in the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated before they even lost to the Utah Jazz on Thursday afternoon. Gregg Popovich, 71, will miss the postseason for just the second time in his career, winning five championships in the intervening years.But the often hard-edged coach showed a shade of grace in his quiet exit, hastened by losing LaMarcus Aldridge during the hiatus to season-ending surgery and finalized by the Blazers’ and Suns’ hot streaks. For a dynasty that was built on Hall of Fame careers from David Robinson to Tim Duncan, Popovich let the ending pass quietly.“Looking at the past doesn’t do much good,” Popovich told reporters. “Any success we’ve had has been because we’ve had some great players.”There’s been speculation that Popovich may have coached his last season. The oldest active NBA head coach also leads USA Basketball, which could have its hands full next year with the delayed Olympics. When a reporter attempted to ask if his retirement was imminent, Popovich flashed back to his old self.“Are you trying to flatter me?” he quipped.Related Articles LeBron James finishes as NBA assists leader as Lakers fall to Kings How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — For each of Damian Lillard’s 42 points on Thursday night, the moment that might most define his utter desperation to keep the Portland Trail Blazers’ season alive came on defense.After missing a shot, Lillard attacked on defense as the Brooklyn Nets brought the ball up court. He dove for the deflection and managed to find C.J. McCollum for a short jumper with 53 seconds left.That tiny bit of defense in a track meet turned out to produce the game-winning points in a 134-133 victory for Portland, won by the slimmest of margins. A sieve-like Portland defense had to wait and watch Caris LeVert’s last-second game-winning attempt fly overhead … before bouncing off the rim.The win assured the Trail Blazers the eighth spot in Saturday’s play-in game against the Memphis Grizzlies. They only need to beat the banged-up Grizzlies once (Memphis needs to beat them twice) to advance to a first-round date with the Lakers in the 1 vs. 8 series that begins Tuesday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAfter the game, Lillard hinged over and rested his hands on his knees.“(Expletive), I was tired,” he said wearily. “I played the whole second half. I was like, ‘Please miss, please get the rebound.’ ”The Lakers have winning records this season against both of their potential opponents. They went 2-1 against Memphis and 2-1 against Portland. But they haven’t taken the court against those teams in the restart, which they’ve largely agreed is closer to a new season than a continuation of the 2019-20 campaign.Lillard has been the star of the “new” season, leading the bubble in scoring and notching 154 points in Portland’s last three games, all wins. Said Coach Terry Stotts: “And we needed every one of them.”LeVert’s shot had a more profound effect on a team that could only watch: The Phoenix Suns, who had morphed into the feel-good team of the bubble, were swept out of contention. read more
A New York Post report Monday revealed a potential plan for sweeping changes to MLB’s playoff format. In addition to expanding the number of playoff teams from 10 to 14, with three division winners and four wild-card teams, the top teams would have the ability to choose their own opponents in different rounds, with the selections televised live.As current and former players weighed in with their opinions on the proposed playoff shakeup across Twitter, it was clear that none of them like the idea. FAGAN: Here’s a better way to change the postseasonReds pitcher Trevor Bauer was the most vocal on Twitter, speaking directly to Rob Manfred and outright slamming the proposal:No idea who made this new playoff format proposal, but Rob is responsible for releasing it, so I’ll direct this to you, Rob Manfred. Your proposal is absurd for too many reasons to type on twitter and proves you have absolutely no clue about baseball. You’re a joke.— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) February 11, 2020 Bauer later went into more detail in a video where he went into detail about why he was angry at Manfred’s proposal:”It’s frustrating, man.” @BauerOutage is going off on Rob Manfred 😱Full Video ➡️ https://t.co/0vOKJwvClg pic.twitter.com/8ugsO4f66L— Momentum (@Watch_Momentum) February 11, 2020Several players chimed in with GIFs or emojis below Bauer’s original tweet, seemingly agreeing with him:pic.twitter.com/ZRDc6JGDzB— Chris Dickerson (@CDickerson_PFTP) February 11, 2020pic.twitter.com/d6pwKoIyXX— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) February 11, 2020🤦🏾♂️— Sir Didi Gregorius (@DidiG18) February 11, 2020Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius was less confrontational in his approach, and just had one question:Why are we changing this loveable sport so much 🤔— Sir Didi Gregorius (@DidiG18) February 11, 2020Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood argued with ESPN reporter Buster Olney over the team money side of this proposal:The Royals just sold for $1 BILLION there is no $ disparity. There are rich teams and there are really rich teams. All are capable to sign and field great rosters yet choose not to. Cheap teams shouldn’t be rewarded with the playoffs if they don’t spend. https://t.co/eulOinyyqP— Alex Wood (@Awood45) February 11, 2020BERNSTEIN: Why the playoff proposal won’t make teams spend money Former MLB pitchers Dan Haren and Brandon McCarthy also added their takes. Haren compared the new format to the disputed NBA practice of load management: “Load management” In the nba is a product of too many teams making the playoffs— dan haren (@ithrow88) February 11, 2020Finally, McCarthy wittily disparaged the additional teams being added to the 10 teams already in existance:a 14 team playoff- the old “why not just make the plane out of the black box,” solution.— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) February 11, 2020This proposed arrangement couldn’t actually take place until the current CBA ends after the 2021 season, and while it was never actually presented to the union, players have made it clear that this would not be a good change for baseball. read more
The Bulldogs open their home slate at Cownie Soccer Complex on Sept. 2 against South Dakota. Print Friendly Version Redshirt senior Alex Freeman (Duluth, Minn.), who missed nearly all of the 2015 season due to a knee injury, made an instant impact in her return scoring the match’s lone goal off a corner kick from her teammate Kasey Hurt (Ankeny, Iowa) in the second half. The Bulldogs started the 2016 season with a shutout win at North Dakota State last Friday. The win over the Bison marks the first time since 2012 that Drake opened a regular season with a victory. CHICAGO – The Drake University women’s soccer team is set for a pair of road matches this weekend. Drake plays at UIC Friday at 7 p.m. before closing the weekend at Wisconsin Sunday with a 1 p.m. match. UIC played to double-overtime, scoreless draws in each of its first two games against Northern Illinois and Belmont. Wisconsin lost its season opener at Notre Dame, 1-0, and will host Milwaukee Friday night. Drake has never played UIC or Wisconsin. Drake’s defense against North Dakota State was tough as it limited the Bison to just three shots on goal. Junior Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo.) was instrumental in the defensive pressure as she played all ninety minutes in the match. Salisbury was recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference Tuesday as the defensive player of the week for her outstanding performance. Senior Brooke Dennis (Wauconda, Ill.) and junior Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa) each played one half in the net for the Bulldogs and each goalie recorded one save. read more