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Barkley knows. It’s kind of like pick your poison, he said.

The career arcs of Barkley and Darnold, the Southern California quarterback chosen No. 3 overall by the New York Jets 鈥?rated by several analysts as the top passer in the draft 鈥?will provide some sizzling competition in the coming years as they coexist in the nation’s largest media market.

However, leading up to the draft, the public opinion of the top quarterback shifted from聽 USC’s Sam Darnold聽to a dead heat聽between Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Mayfield, meanwhile, always carried the billing of the third- or fourth-best quarterback, according to most draft analysts. Undersized at just under 6-1 and 215 pounds with a healthy confidence 鈥?which some view as arrogance 鈥?Mayfield often seemed to be plagued by聽off-field incidents.

But the Browns never did view Mayfield in the same tainted light because he doesn’t fit the mold.

He’s an outlier, and he’s an outlier (who’s) really good, coach Hue Jackson said of Mayfield. This guy is as good a quarterback coming out, statistically, as there has ever been.

Mayfield broke down in tears upon receiving the phone call from the Browns. He had decided not to attend the draft at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, but instead spent the evening at his parents’ home, surrounded by family.

It was the best feeling, Mayfield said via conference call. It was just an unbelievable feeling 鈥?coming from my story 鈥?only something I could’ve dreamed of, becoming a reality.

When Womens Thomas Rawls Jersey they evaluate talent during the roster construction process,聽Browns general manager John Dorsey and draft consultant Scot McCloughan don’t always pay attention to聽measurables. Instead, they put great stock in the size of a player’s heart and intensity of his drive.

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Two former NFL cheerleaders, who recently filed discrimination claims against the league, will settle for $1 each if commissioner Roger Goodell will agree to meet with a group of cheerleaders.

The settlement proposal asks Goodell and league lawyers to meet with at least four cheerleaders to have a four-hour, “good faith” meeting to create binding rules and regulations for all NFL teams to follow, according to The New York Times.

The proposal was submitted by Sara Blackwell, the lawyer representing the cheerleaders, and sent to NFL attorney Steven Hurd on Tuesday. Blackwell, who represents former Saints cheerleader Bailey Davis and former Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ware, asked for a response from the league by May 4.

“We’re not asking them to admit fault, or to admit guilt, or even admit that there is anything wrong,” Blackwell said in a phone interview with the Times. “But if they do want and expect that cheerleaders should have a fair working environment, as they have stated, then it doesn’t make any common sense why the answer would be no.”

DeRozan led all scorers with 35 points. And while he worked his way to the line for 18 free-throw attempts, it was possibly his least efficient outing of the series, a performance that seemed more solo practitioner than team catalyst.

“I took some shots that I wish I could have had back,” DeRozan said. “But it’s just my mindset going out there and being aggressive, wanting to win, wanting to feel like I was doing whatever it took offensively to push us to a win. But with that came some bad shots that I will definitely understand next time.”

Toughest tests: The Cowboys, armed again with running back Ezekiel Elliott for a full season and a further developed QB in Dak Prescott, present the Seahawks a tough intraconference matchup, even though Dallas will have to travel to Seattle. The Seahawks also have to travel all the way to London for their October matchup against the Raiders.

Biggest breaks: For the most part, Seattle draws its toughest opponents (on paper) at home. The Seahawks also have to make just one trip to the East Coast in 2018 — their trip to Carolina to play the Panthers. Of course, that does not include the trip to London.

Bottom line: Despite their division’s tough matchups against the NFC North and AFC West, the Seahawks have a relatively manageable schedule. Based on 2017 results and 2018 projections, Seattle’s home opponents are much stronger than its away opponents, making the home-field advantage of CenturyLink Field that much more important. The Seahawks might be slipping into rebuild mode around Russell Wilson, but while that’s happening, they’re fortunate their 2018 schedule is not tougher. Record prediction: 8-8

Jackson also told the NFL Network after being picked by the Ravens: “They’re going to get a Super Bowl out of me. Believe that.”

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Witten also gives an expletive-laced speech to his teammates after a 37-9 loss to Philadelphia dropped the Cowboys to 5-5 in November.

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It’s not out of the question that Gaulden could play some cornerback in the NFL. Teams like his length, and as a safety, he has demonstrated good range down the field and shown he can be disruptive in the run game with tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He forced three fumbles and recovered three fumbles last season. Because he’s not purely a cornerback or purely a safety, Gaulden will probably go later in the draft than he should. But his versatility will make him one of those players about whom teams will ask themselves in years to come why they didn’t snatch him up when they had the chance.

Of the current crop of rookies, Baker Mayfield represents the closest approximation to the skills and abilities that Taylor possesses. Mayfield has the athleticism to extend plays, he’s widely regarded as a great leader, and he had only six interceptions against 43 touchdowns last season, along with a completion percentage north of 70, more than 4,600 passing yards, and an eye-popping 11.5 yards per pass.

The other top contenders at No. 1 (Josh Allen and Sam Darnold) have accuracy and turnover concerns, respectively, and they lack the mobility that Mayfield consistently has displayed.

Not that the sudden talk of Mayfield to the Browns at No. 1 should be a surprise. For a while, Darnold was regarded as the clubhouse leader. A couple of weeks ago, Peter King raised the prospect of Josh Allen being the first pick. Now, Mayfield is gaining focus thanks in part to more not-really-news from ESPN regarding the notion that an unnamed league source has observed that Mayfield remains in the conversation for the top pick.
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Report: Broncos plotting a jump to No. 2

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Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports the Broncos are contemplating a move from No. 5 to No. 2, ostensibly to take a quarterback. The question becomes which quarterback they’d take.

The next question becomes what it would mean for veteran Case Keenum (who has a two-year deal) and 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch (who has two years left on his rookie deal).

So, basically, instead of the Giants taking the replacement for Eli Manning, the Broncos would be getting the eventual replacement for Peyton.

So did John Elway, the former NFL quarterback who is currently general manager of the Denver Broncos.

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Wynn played left guard and left tackle in Athens and the Patriots have an opening at the latter spot after Nate Solder headed to the Giants as a free agent this offseason. He’ll work with offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and compete with a variety of other players as New England puts together its line for 2018. Showing the ability to keep Tom Brady on his feet would help him emerge from that competition with playing time.

The Patriots are set to be back on the board with the 31st pick of the first round. They acquired this pick when they traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Rams.

For years, Francesa has been without an agent, but he turned to CAA for help after failing to find any suitable matches for what he perceived to be his value. After denying to The Post he was working with the talent agency, Francesa showed up at the Big East tournament with one of the heads of CAA, Mike Levine. Levine has tried to help Francesa in his pursuits.

Even with the power of CAA, Francesa was having trouble finding another landing spot or creating an online platform to his liking, so he is trying to return to radio. WFAN could be his home again soon.Saquon Barkley wouldn’t be Plan A for Dave Gettleman at Bradley Pinion Authentic Jersey Thursday night’s NFL draft as much as it would be Plan E.

Can the Comeback Kings do it again?

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Huizenga died late Thursday, according to Valerie Hinkell, his longtime assistant. He was 80.

The Marlins won the 1997 World Series, and the Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Final in 1996, but Huizenga’s beloved Dolphins never reached a Super Bowl while he owned the team.

If I have one disappointment, the disappointment would be that we did not bring a championship home, Huizenga said shortly after he sold the Dolphins to New York real estate billionaire Stephen Ross, who still owns the team. It’s something we failed to do.

Huizenga earned an almost cult-like following among business investors who watched him build Blockbuster Entertainment into the leading video rental chain by snapping up competitors. He cracked Forbes’ list of the 100 richest Americans, becoming chairman of Republic Services, one of the nation’s top waste management companies, and AutoNation, the nation’s largest automotive retailer.

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Greg Wyshynski, senior writer: If we’re talking about teams that are currently down 3-0, then it’s the Kings, because this isn’t 2014, Vegas isn’t San Jose and L.A. has looked like it’s running on fumes too many times in this (likely quite brief) series. But if we’re talking about teams on the verge of going down 3-0, it’s the Capitals against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

With the undermanned San Antonio Spurs focusing their attention on Monday’s Game 2 matchup against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, Popovich was asked whether there was value to the injured Leonard at least spending time with the team, despite his inability to actually contribute on the court.

He’s rehabbing right now in New York, trying to get healthy, Popovich said.

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Helped that Gregorius, Miguel Andujar and Luis Severino did most of the heavy lifting as the Yankees moved to two games over .500 (11-9) since starting the season 2-0. Toronto fell to 13-8.

Gregorius homered and drove in two runs while Andujar had four hits, including a pair of doubles.

Severino pitched seven one-run innings, his best outing of the season since he gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings against the Rays on April 4.

“Taylor’s a player that we expect to be a leader on our team, and the way we want to play,” said Hynes at the start of the season. “We feel within our group and our room, that if he can lead with the way he plays, he’s going to help this team take the next step.”

Those words seem prophetic now.

Hall credits Hynes with making him a better two-way player, which is one reason for his sudden uptick in offense. The Devils play an aggressive style with plenty of pressure on the puck carrier, and Hall did that in exemplary fashion: His 81 takeaways were a career high, and nearly 40 more than he had last season (43).

He’s hoping that a healthy offseason and lack of uncertainty will bode well for his second campaign in Pittsburgh.

“[Before] it was just trying to get the plays and that stuff down,” said Haden. “Now, I can work on myself and my individual game and put it together. I was happy I could do it, being able to be healthy. It made me feel good working out in the mornings, get that work in, then having afternoons to myself.”

Haden leads a defensive backfield that also includes Artie Burns at the opposite corner, but underwent some changes this offseason with the departures of safety Mike Mitchell and corner William Gay . It’s also welcoming former Packers safety Morgan Burnett and awaits further realization of the potential of young corner Cameron Sutton .

Could Haden regain his former Pro Bowl form? He’s at least putting in the effort to do so.

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When the Dolphins signed wide receiver Danny Amendola and running back Frank Gore as free agents this summer there was a lot made of the team’s attempt to change their locker room culture by signing two veteran leaders.
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Vegas, the third expansion team since 1968-69 to clinch a playoff berth, awaits the winner of the series between Anaheim and San Jose, which the Sharks lead 3-0.

The Kings managed just three goals in the series and lacked offensive punch from Kopitar (one goal) and wingers Brown and Tyler Toffoli (no goals).

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Toffoli took a puck to the face, drawing blood from his nose to his mouth. He got stitches and returned 10 minutes later.

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It’s the second time Watson has had to recover from a torn ACL, which seems to have helped him stay confident that he’ll be back to his old tricks soon enough.

My game’s not changing, Watson said, via Whatever you [saw] last year is going to be the same, if not better. I’ve dealt with adversity before, had injuries before. I didn’t let that slow me down. It just changed my attitude about the game. A lot of people would think that I’d come back hesitant, but I’m going to make sure I come back more forceful and with a stronger and more intense attitude.

The Texans are reworking their offense to cater to Watson’s strengths, which shows they share his belief that the injury will not factor into how Watson plays during the 2018 season. If that bet is correct, the Texans offense should pose plenty of problems for their opponents.

Marlins manager Odell Beckham Jr Jersey Don Mattingly said there was clearly no intent behind the pitch to Harrison because the count was 0-2. Mattingly said Nova hit Shuck intentionally.

It’s the first pitch (to Shuck), and there’s no doubt about why he did it, Mattingly said. He did it in the right spot, and it’s over. When it’s done right, the message is fine, so I don’t think it’s going to cause a war or nothing.

Nova (2-1) pitched 6 2/3 innings despite a wobbly start, which included a comebacker in the first that hit his left foot. He allowed three runs and struck out nine, his highest total since 2016.

Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs head coach, dies at 67

Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died early Wednesday, the team announced. She was 67 and had been battling an illness for an extended period.
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The couple had been married for four decades and had two children — Jill and Mickey — as well as two grandchildren.

We mourn the loss of Erin, Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.

That’s the kind of respect elite scorers get in the NBA, and this play is an example of the progress Mitchell has made this season.

In this instance, moving the ball to the weak side was the right play, one that draws praise from Snyder.

Perfect, Snyder says. So this is a great example, Donovan, of you starting the blender. So even though this play is quote-unquote ‘for you,’ you go right there, and you make the simple play and get off it.

I really do look forward to getting in the quarterback room with him, Griffin said. It’s a great opportunity for me. I still feel like I’m a young player. I’m 28, but feel like I’m 25. He’s been through a lot of things in his career. He’s been to the pinnacle, won the Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP. I think that’s a great opportunity to learn from him.

As a backup, Griffin isn’t guaranteed a chance to show what he’s learned on the field. If he does get that chance and makes the most of it, he may be able to shift his attention to restoring his place in the league’s quarterback hierarchy in 2019 Chris Scott Jersey and beyond.

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Reds cruise past Brewers 10-4 to end eight-game skid

A rare offensive burst, solid starting pitching and stellar defense provided the Cincinnati Reds needed relief from their early-season woes.
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I was focused on going after the hitters and I was trying to make my pitches on the corners, Castillo said through a translator.
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The Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Tucker Barnhart’s RBI single and Hamilton’s two-run single.

Cincinnati broke the game open in the sixth, scoring six runs and hitting four doubles off reliever Oliver Drake. The Reds sent 10 batters to the plate.

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Jose Peraza had a two-run double, and Joey Votto’s RBI double finished the scoring in the inning. The double was Votto’s first extra-base hit of the season.

It’s been a battle for us to start the season but I feel like the last couple games we’ve been getting better, Hamilton said. Today, we broke out and got a few runs and got up early.

Milwaukee starter Brent Suter (1-2) allowed three runs and six hits over five innings and struck out four.

It was a frustrating outing, Suter said.

Milwaukee scored four runs in the seventh. Reliever Jorge Lopez had a two-run double for his first career hit.

We didn’t hit a lick, that’s for sure, manager John Gibbons said.

Vargas worked with Womens Wil Myers Jersey pitching coach Dave Eiland on adjusting his mechanics after a five-start stretch from Aug. 8 until Sept. 5 in which he allowed 29 earned runs in 28 1/3 innings.

He’s been really good from that point on, Yost said. He’s been downhill. He’s been changing speeds well.

Vargas hadn’t had a scoreless outing since a complete-game shutout of Cleveland on June 2.

Gibbons said Vargas did a good job of keeping the Blue Jays off balance.

He knows when to add and subtract on his pitches, can lull you to sleep away and then shoot that fastball in, Gibbons said. He got us a few times tonight doing that.

Kendrys Morales hit a leadoff single in the second and was promptly erased on a double play, with Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar using his glove to flip the ball to second baseman Whit Merrifield.

NFL players are joining attorneys, professors and others at Harvard Law School for a summit on criminal justice issues.

The Players Coalition members participating in Friday’s event include the New England Patriots’ Devin McCourty and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins. Retired player Anquan Boldin also will attend.

The Players Coalition is a group formed by Boldin, Jenkins and others advocating for changes to further social and racial equality.

The Rays own the worst win percentage in the AL, and their ace, Chris Archer, has not quite been himself. Archer has allowed 19 runs in four starts, tied for the most runs allowed in baseball to this point. One bright spot for the Rays so far has been the performance of Yonny Chirinos, a 24-year-old rookie right-hander who has pitched 14⅓ scoreless innings so far. — McCarthy

Gronkowski missed one game due to injury last season but struggled through a concussion in the playoffs.

“I definitely feel like a brand-new guy just being able to do exercises here [at the TB12 center]. Exercises that help stabilize your core, exercises that help me and my whole body,” Gronkowski told the Boston Herald in early 2017.

While Gronkowski’s status for the forthcoming season has yet to be confirmed, insiders told ESPN it’s “pretty certain” the tight end will return to the Patriots as long as Brady, 40, is still under center. That seems a certainty for this upcoming season, even with reports surfacing that it’s possible the father of three pulls the plug on his NFL career sooner rather than later.

There is some thought that Belichick could consider trading Gronkowski, too.

Over the weekend, Gronkowski was spotted working out with a familiar face, on-and-off-again flame Camille Kostek. The Sports Illustrated beauty posted a snap on the beach as she held a cable pulley for her one-time beau. They later browsed through a pet shop.

Namath had his best season in 1967, when he passed for 4,007 yards, and Maynard — who is with Namath in the Hall of Fame — had 1,434 yards. Both led the NFL.