GM Jerry Reese refused on Thursday to discuss any potential Beckham contract negotiations.

Per Spotrac, the game’s highest-paid player, in terms of contract value, is Derek Carr. The Oakland Raiders quarterback recently signed a five-year, $125 million contract. Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is second with a contract valued at $122.97 million. The highest paid non-quarterback is Denver Broncos’ linebacker Von Miller ($114.5 million).

Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons ($71.256 million) is the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver.

If this does become a long-term problem problem for the Ravens, a team desperate to move past its two-year playoff drought, they’ll need to find a viable starting quarterback to replace Flacco. You should know where I’m going with this.

Head coach John Harbaugh has talked publicly about Colin Kaepernick before.

“I absolutely think he’s going to get signed,” Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings in March. “He’ll probably be starting somewhere next year at some point in time during the season.”

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With an injury to Joe Flacco, the Kap question turns to Baltimore.

For three years, this was an ace draft pick. Cooks fit right into the Saints high-flying offense, emerging as a big-play threat for Drew Brees. However, Cooks began expressing frustration at his role in 2016, as rookie Michael Thomas supplanted him as the new No. 1 receiver. Evidently this was enough for the Saints to cash in on Cooks’ value, sending him to the New England Patriots for a first- and third-round pick.


Blackhawks move Artemi Panarin, Niklas Hjalmarsson in separate deals

The Blackhawks didn’t wait for the start of the NHL Draft to make headlines Friday.

Chicago swung a pair of deals by midday, trading blue-line stalwart Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Coyotes and young winger Artemi Panarin to the Blue Jackets. The latter deal will see Brandon Saad return to the Blackhawks after two seasons with Columbus.

Andrej Sustr Womens Jersey Hjalmarsson has spent his entire 10-year career in Chicago and was part of three Stanley Cup winners during that time. He now heads to Arizona in exchange for young defensemen Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin. He’ll have some new company in Arizona, too, as the Coyotes also added center Derek Stepan and goalie Antti Raanta from the Rangers in a deal that sent defenseman Anthony DeAngelo to New York.

In December, Bickell began taking a drug called Tysabri, a medication used to manage MS symptoms.

He responded well to treatment and joined the Hurricanes’ AHL team in Charlotte, N.C., to begin a comeback.

After 10 games in the minors, the call came on April 4 to return to the Hurricanes, who’d acquired him in an offseason trade after nine seasons with the Blackhawks. He knew his professional hockey career was over, but wanted closure. The next four games 鈥?his last 鈥?served as a farewell tour for one of the NHL’s most revered good guys.

John Danks Womens Jersey In a fitting send-off, Bickell scored a shootout goal on the final NHL shot he’ll ever take. It was only the second shootout attempt of his 395-game career.

Stars sign Alexander Radulov to 5-year, $31M deal

The Stars have signed forward Alexander Radulov to a lucrative five-year contract worth $31.25-million, the team announced Monday.

Radulov’s deal, which is the biggest in free agency thus far, carries an average annual value of $6.25 million and runs through the 2021-22 season.

Karmanos bought the then-Hartford Whalers in 1994 and moved the team to Raleigh, N.C., before the 1997-98 season. The 74-year-old owner told ESPN in January that he was willing to sell the team, depending on what offers might come his way.

Since an offer has been made to purchase the team, Mr. Karmanos intends to evaluate that offer and also will continue to evaluate his other options, including retaining his ownership of the team, the Hurricanes later said in a statement.

Greenberg, who lives in Dallas, intends to keep the Hurricanes in North Carolina, according to multiple reports.
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Greenberg partnered with Nolan Ryan to buy the Rangers from Tom Hicks in 2010, finalizing the deal that August. By March 2011, though, Greenberg had announced he was stepping down as CEO and selling his stake in the team.

His Greenberg Sports Group owns three minor league baseball franchises, including the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate, the Frisco (Texas) Roughriders.
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In an injury-hampered 2016-17 season, he slid to 16 goals and 18 assists in 63 games. A restricted free agent this offseason, he underwent surgery on his left knee after the Kings missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

NBA All-Star Game 2017: How to watch the weekend’s events

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The 2017 NBA All-Star game has generated a lot of buzz recently with its questionable voting rules, but the weekend will certainly still provide plenty of excitement with all of the game’s stars competing in one place.

This year’s edition is headed to New Orleans, where the West will try to earn its third straight win.

Kennard’s still not the best athlete, and he has defensive issues. But the ability to handle and make great decisions pushes him ahead of players like former first-round pick R.J. Hunter. I have him at No. 20 on my board, where I think he profiles as a good bench offensive weapon.
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We’ll get to the stuff that’s made Allen famous beyond the college basketball world momentarily. But Allen’s play this year has simply been worse than it was a season ago. He’s certainly taken a step back in terms of usage with the addition of talent in Durham, but typically an increase in talent along with a decrease in usage for elite players leads to better efficiency. That hasn’t quite happened for Allen, as his PER, true-shooting percentage, and overall effectiveness have slipped.

A lot of this has to do with his playing more point guard this year, which likely will continue as the season progresses. And while his assist rate is up, it’s clearly a role he’s miscast in as a straight-line driver at home on the wing or in transition. Instead, he’s being asked to create from the wing less thanks to Kennard and Jayson Tatum, and the change in role has led to a decrease in efficiency.

NFC playoff predictions 2017: How Seahawks will win a stacked conference

The NFC West has sent nine of its teams to the Super Bowl over the past dozen seasons. Only the Seahawks have made three trips during that span.

In 2017, the NFC East and NFC South are stronger overall divisions than the NFC West, which gives Seattle the path of least resistance to home-field advantage and its easiest ticket to a third conference title game in five years.

Here’s a look at how the regular season and postseason will play out for the Seahawks and the rest of the NFC.

The outburst helped Harden become the first player in NBA history to record two 50-point triple-doubles in a single season.

Joel Embiid tried to steal the headlines in his anticipated return to the lineup after being sidelined three games with a knee injury. The rookie center scored 32 points with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.

Embiid was among the most obvious All-Star snubs, but Harden is right where he should be — starting for the West.

Pelicans duo Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis led a balanced attack that shocked the Spurs in a 119-103 win at home. Davis had 16 points and a whopping 22 rebounds, while Holiday pitched in with 23 points and 11 assists.

Why he fits: Yes, this is another longshot. It was a longshot even before the Brewers stumbled out of the gate in the second half and were caught by the Cubs in the NL Central. Verlander would absolutely add to Milwaukee’s playoff chances this year and the next two years, but Detroit would have to kick in so much money for the small-market Brewers — who do have ample prospects in their system — to make this palatable. Just don’t see that happening.


Is Lonzo Ball’s dad hurting his draft stock? NBA execs weigh in

TNT’s Charles Barkley, as is his wont, was talking about one of the more recent causes of consternation among the old-school folks in the NBA, the flamboyant comments of Lavar Ball, father of UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball. In recent weeks, the senior Ball has said that his son will be better than Warriors star Stephen Curry, and that he would be drafted No. 1, despite many scouts projecting Washington’s Markelle Fultz going with the first pick.
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Just because you say some s—, doesn’t make it right, Barkley said. He’s gonna be better than Steph Curry? That’s what he said. Steph Curry has won a couple MVPs, he’s pretty good. Man, let me tell you something. That’s that AAU s—. You can’t say a guy is going to be better than Steph Curry, a guy who has played 30 college games. I know you can be proud of your son, but at some point, it becomes stupidity.

Popovich, who pretty much invented the practice of occasionally resting stars, told ESPN he understands commissioner Adam Silver’s concern about the issue. In a memo sent to teams last week, Silver revealed the issue will be on the agenda at the April 6 board of governors meeting and warned teams will be handed significant penalties if they violate rules mandating notice to the league office, their opponent, and the media immediately upon a determination that a player will not participate in a game due to rest.

Popovich told, If it was me, I’d be miffed myself (at missing out on seeing certain players). But we all have different roles, different jobs, and different goals. We can’t satisfy everybody. But I think that every owner’s gonna be different.
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He went on to say that owners compelling coaches not to sit players is a slippery slope, and makes it difficult to keep trust, and camaraderie to the degree that I think you have to have to be successful in this league if owners get too involved in what coaches and GMs are doing.

Jackson is a great athlete and has significant ability on the defensive end

Jackson surged to the finish line of the season for Kansas, even as he got into legal hot water for a misdemeanor arrest last month. That’s something NBA teams will have to sort out as they look at drafting him.

On the floor, he showed a variety of scoring weapons, on the perimeter and in the post, when he put in 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting in the Jayhawks’ convincing win over Michigan State. Edwards is a big (6-8) and physical defender, who improved on that end of the floor over the course of the year but is still prone to lapses.

Jackson is a great athlete and has significant ability on the defensive end, and he will be tasked with containing Edwards, who enters the Sweet 16 on a hot streak, scoring 21 points in each of Purdue’s first two tournament games—including eight straight points to start the second half of Purdue’s tight opened against Vermont. Edwards got off to a slow start this year, but came on to average 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds, shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from the 3-point line. He’s smart with the ball (3.2 assists per game) and if Jackson can bottle him up, Purdue’s offense will suffer.

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Speaking of going off while losing, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 37 points while hauling in 22 rebounds. Unfortunately for the Tumberwolves, they still lost 142-130 against the Rockets.

After a 29-point, 10-rebound performance in his first game without Cousins, Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein scored just two points with two rebounds in 28 minutes in a 99-85 loss to the Hornets. Sacramento is in a lot of trouble with its go-to scorer now playing in New Orleans.

Heat’s Hassan Whiteside needed 13 stitches after injuring finger

Hassan Whiteside injured his right hand in Tuesday’s game against the Suns, forcing him to leave the game.

After the Heat’s win, the team announced the talented center needed 13 stitches between his middle finger and ring finger. The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter as Whiteside went up to block a shot. Instead of getting his hand on the ball, his fingers hit the backboard.

That’s James’ message in a Verizon commercial set to debut during the Final Four. The ad encourages youths to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, not sports.

Saints QB Drew Brees solemnly notes, We don’t need more Drews.
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The commercial points out that there are only 2,880 pro football players and 624 pro basketball players 鈥?not counting the NBA D-League and overseas ventures, but do we really want to quibble with such a positive message? 鈥?while there are more than 4 million science and tech jobs available in the U.S.

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Lowry originally hurt his wrist on Feb. 15 but scored 19 points in the All-Star Game and was seen icing it on the bench during the exhibition. He also participated in the 3-point contest but apparently the constant soreness he was experiencing was due to loose cartilage.

Lowry is averaging 22.8 points, 6.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds in 56 games this season and will be sorely missed by the Raptors, who are currently the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Cory Joseph will likely start in Lowry’s absence but it will be up to fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan to carry the Raptors offensively. Luckily for Toronto, they have the fourth-easiest remaining schedule according to ESPN. Only the Nets, Celtics, and Hornets have an easier schedule.

NBA rumors: Manu Ginobili reportedly spurning retirement, finalizing new contract with Spurs

Retirement will have to wait for Manu Ginobili.

The soon-to-be-40-year-old Ginobili, a free agent who was expected to retire following the 2016-17 NBA season, is finalizing a contract to return to the Spurs, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ginobili played for the Spurs last season on a one-year, $14 million contract. He has spent all 15 years of his NBA career in San Antonio, where he has averaged 13.6 points per game in his career and been a member of four championship teams.

Last season Ginobili appeared in 69 games during the regular season off the bench, averaging 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. The Spurs were the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and were swept by the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

There’s a good chance that Nash will get statues in two countries — in Canada, where he is Mr. Basketball, and in Phoenix. But we’re not so sure that the greatest player in Suns history merits more than having his number 13 retired by Phoenix.

Nash has won all of the Suns’ top franchise honors. He’s in their Ring of Honor and made their 40th anniversary team in 2008. As only the second Sun, with Charles Barkley, to win a regular-season MVP, we’ll admit he’s probably going to get a statue.

But we’re setting a high bar. Despite his back-to-back MVPs, Nash’s playoff resume is holding us back from having him cast in bronze. In 2005 and 2006, when he won the award, the Suns never advanced to the NBA Finals. They never even got to a Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, losing to San Antonio in five games and Dallas in six games.

We’ve got no trouble with Canada giving him a statue. How many basketball guys qualify for one up there, anyway?steelers_122

Hayward is entering his prime

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He’s also 6-8 and capable of playing up and down the lineup from the 2 through the 4 while giving all sorts of different lineups versatility and options. And at just 27 years old, Hayward is entering his prime, unlike many free agents signing deals later in their careers.

So where does Boston go from here? Now, it will have to release the qualifying offer to Kelly Olynyk, making him an unrestricted free agent, and waive Jordan Mickey. It will then have a decision to make. Boston is still about four million short of the max. That means they’ll have to trade one of Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley or Jae Crowder.

The third inning brought a two-out fielding error by Brewers shortstop Jonathan Villar to give the Yankees a pair of runners with one out. But after Brett Gardner was caught stealing, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez struck out to end the inning. Another crisis averted despite three errors and the Yankees leading 1-0 after three innings.

Bogdanovic’s best hope is that the Kings, in need of a small forward, miss on other targets and put together an offer that the Wizards won’t match. It’s not likely to be in the salary range Bogdanovic wants, but he could soon find himself short on options.