Eagles reportedly declined Browns’ trade offer for Nick Foles

The Browns traded for Tyrod Taylor in mid-March. But, before they dealt for the Bills quarterback, Cleveland attempted to acquire Nick Foles.

The Browns offered Philadelphia the 2018 NFL Draft’s 35th overall pick in exchange for Foles, according to a report from NFL.com. The Eagles reportedly declined the trade after Foles told the team he’d rather stay in Philadelphia.

Foles stepped in as the Eagles’ starter last season after Carson Wentz tore his ACL in mid-December. He threw for 971 yards and six touchdowns in the playoffs.

“I think it’s a unique way to show togetherness, not only for our team but in society today,” Cavs forward Jeff Green said. “For me, I take it as more than us … especially when you’re dealing with a lot of different backgrounds like we have.”

To Green’s point, the Cavs’ melting pot consists of mostly black players, but there are also white players in Kevin Love and Kyle Korver, the aforementioned Calderon, who is Spanish, Clarkson, who is half-Filipino, Cedi Osman, who is Turkish, and Ante Zizic, who is Croatian.

Boston registered 79 total tackles and five interceptions for the Chargers last season. He was originally picked in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Panthers and spent three seasons in Carolina.

The Colts finished 2017 with a 4-12 record and missed the playoffs for the third straight year in part to a dismal secondary. They fired coach Chuck Pagano and replaced him with former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich in the offseason.

Indianapolis is expecting quarterback Andrew Luck, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, to be ready to the start season.

Madison Bowey, No. 4, is one of a handful of current Capitals who competed for the Calder Cup Final with the Hershey Bears in 2016. Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
“If you can win at any level, it helps the comfort level,” said Trotz.ravens_009

Browns take a chance on Antonio Callaway in the fourth round

Browns General Manager John Dorsey has never shied away from players character concerns in the later rounds of the draft.

Now his new team has taken another chance, on a guy who will fit in comfortably there.

The Browns traded up with the Patriots, and with the 105th overall pick selected Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway.

Callaway admitted to failing a marijuana test at the Scouting Combine, which is the latest in a long string of incidents for him. He was dismissed from the team at Florida for off-field issues, and didn’t play last season. He was the team’s leading receiver in 2016 and was an All-American return man as a freshman in 2015.

The crowds are also sparse in the shots behind the NFLN and ESPN desks, with a small fraction of the numbers who were present two days ago. (MDS has posted visual evidence as to all three observations.)

It’s not a surprise. For as big of a deal as Thursday night has become, Saturday is still a snooze-fest, no matter how many times the NFL or ESPN reminds us that Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick. Even though starters, Pro Bowlers, and maybe even a Hall of Famer will be drafted today, the interest isn’t there, hasn’t been there, never will be there.

That’s why the NFL should consider splitting the hosting of the draft between two cities, with one handling the first two nights and a new city getting the third day.

Instead, the Ravens initially traded down from No. 16 to No. 22 with the Bills, picking up a third-round pick (No. 65) and also giving up a fifth-rounder (No. 154). Then the Ravens went back three more spots in a deal with the Titans, getting a fourth-round pick (No. 125) and throwing in a sixth-rounder (No. 215).

The Ravens then picked tight end Hayden Hurst (not Jackson) at No. 25, before leaping back to No. 32 in order to get Jackson. To get Jackson, the Ravens gave up their second-rounder (No. 52), a 2019 second-round pick, and a seven-spot flip-flop of fourth-rounder picks in 2018. They also had to sweat out the possibility of another team taking Jackson — including the Patriots not once but twice.broncos_062_d173703aa568cbdf-180x180

Colts sign 10 undrafted free agents, including Skai Moore

The Colts announced they have signed 10 undrafted free agents, including five defensive backs and South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore.

Moore made 353 tackles 20.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and 14 interceptions in his career. He became the 15th player in Division I history to lead his team in tackles in four seasons (2013-15, 2017), and his 14 interceptions tied for the school record.

Despite his productivity, Moore’s size (6 foot 2, 224 pounds) and speed (4.73) kept him from being drafted.

He has denied that there was any factual basis for the charge. There was no settlement agreement with the complaining individual, no money exchanged hands and there was no confidentiality agreement. In discussions today with Lions management, the reporter involved acknowledged that the allegations have not been substantiated.

Patricia said Thursday he is 100 percent the head coach of the Lions and has no fear of being fired amid the controversy.

Bravo, general manager Brandon Beane.

Edge-rusher Bradley Chubb was the surest thing on the defensive side of the ball in this draft.

He has the athleticism, technical prowess and experience to dominate immediately at the NFL level, and the Denver Broncos needed a player exactly like that to lighten Von Miller’s load.

In the No. 5 spot of the draft, that’s an utter steal.

Guard Quenton Nelson was the surest thing on the offensive side of the ball in this year’s draft.

He has the size, strength and experience to dominate immediately at the NFL level, and the Colts needed a player just like him as they try to get back on track by supporting Luck as best they can. broncos_128_f486199b8fb2f027-180x180

Jerry Jones: Dez Bryant will be an asset for new team

Ten days into May, Dez Bryant still doesn’t have an NFL home.

With the deadline passing for free-agent signees figuring into the compensatory picks formula, Bryant’s status could change in short order if any team is willing to take a chance on a former Pro Bowler whose production has waned.

But certainly I think he can take some of the things he’s seen Jason do and incorporate that type of attitude and work ethic in what he’s doing and get a chance to be back out there.

I think that every evaluation that I’ve seen, Dez has an excellent opportunity to make a contribution and a significant contribution to a team. Our time was the time and the right time [to release him] as far as our relationship, but that doesn’t preclude him from being productive for another team.

Throughout the offseason, Jerry Jones has been the good-cop on Bryant’s side. Most of the league, however, hasn’t agreed with the Cowboys ‘ owner. Dez’s market has been quiet since he turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens before the NFL draft.

Rick Porcello, who was originally slated to pitch on Thursday, was bumped up to Wednesday, and left hander Eduardo Rodriguez will start in the series finale on Thursday.

Price’s injury appears related to the same symptoms that forced him to leave an April 11 start against the Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston after one inning. Price allowed four runs in an eventual 10-7 Yankees win.

Prescott is eligible for a contract extension after the 2018 season. Set to earn $720,000 in base salary in 2019, this year could be the last that the Cowboys own the luxury of paying the starting quarterback less than a backup center.

With the going rate for starting QBs soaring well past the $100 million figure, the Cowboys know they’ll soon need to pay the QB piper. Given Prescott’s status as a fourth-rounder, Jones is aiming for a figure that should be around second-tier money when Prescott is eligible — perhaps closer to Jimmy Garoppolo ‘s $137.5 million deal than Matt Ryan ‘s $150-million whopper, or whatever astronomical figure Aaron Rodgers receives. sharks-005

Sore knee kept Jimmy Butler out of 4th quarter of Timberwolves’ loss

All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler sat out the final quarter of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ season due to soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Butler exited Wednesday’s Game 5 loss to the Houston Rockets with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter and did not return.

Butler played the series with a sore right wrist, which the Timberwolves kept quiet after he injured it during his 31-point performance in the regular-season finale, a win over the Denver Nuggets that decided the Western Conference’s final playoff berth.

A league source said Butler wasn’t certain that he’d be able to play in Game 1 until his pregame shooting session a couple of hours before tipoff.

Butler, who averaged 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the series, twisted his left ankle during the Timberwolves’ Game 3 win. He refused to acknowledge that injury.

“It’s all mental,” Butler said after Game 3, in which he had 28 points. “At the end of the day, you tell your mind it doesn’t hurt, and it doesn’t hurt. You play through it.”

Peters is Calgary general manager Brad Treliving’s second head coaching hire after Gulutzan, and the fourth coach of the Flames in nine years after Gulutzan (2016-17) Bob Hartley (2012-16) and Brent Sutter (2009-12).

“I think it’s a very good team and I think it’s a team that’s set up to win and play the modern game,” Peters said.

“What I talk about the modern game, when you watch the playoffs, you need defense up in the rush, you need offense from your defense. We’re going to be able to do that with what we have.

“The majority of the core is still in their prime and still has room to grow and a higher ceiling to be reached. There’s lots to work with and that’s exciting.”

Calgary has finished outside the playoffs seven of the past nine years.

Peters was the head coach and Treliving one of the general managers of the Canadian team that won gold at the 2016 men’s world hockey championship in Russia.

Treliving had asked the Hurricanes for permission to speak to Peters last week about coming to Calgary. The GM said he didn’t talk to any other candidates.

“This is an individual I’m familiar with,” Treliving said. “I was focused on Bill. It’s based upon seeing and living it live with him over albeit a short period of time.

“He’s prepared. I think he’s a student of the modern game. I think he’s relationship driven with players. He’s honest and direct.”

Peters is coaching Canada again at the world championship May 4-20 in Copenhagen, Denmark.dolphins_006

Guzman has tiebreaking hit, Gallo homers, Rangers beat Jays

Ronald Guzman hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Friday night.

Joey Gallo homered and scored twice and Nomar Mazara had three hits and two RBI as the Rangers won back-to-back games for the second time this season. Texas, which beat Oakland 4-2 on Wednesday, won consecutive 10-inning games at Houston on April 14 and 15.

Guzman broke a 4-4 tie with a single to left off Marcus Stroman (0-3), driving in Gallo and Mazara.

Steve Pearce hit a two-run double in the second, and Toronto tied it when Pillar tripled in the third on a broken-bat hit that bounced over Gallo’s head in left.

Stroman lost his left shoe as he broke to cover first on Jurickson Profar’s grounder in the third, but didn’t break stride and recorded the out.

Rangers: C Robinson Chirinos (left wrist) sat for the second straight game but is expected to return to the lineup Saturday and Sunday. The Rangers were off Thursday, meaning Chirinos will have had three days of rest once he returns. … Texas activated RHP Tony Barnette (back) off the 10-day disabled list and optioned RHP Jose Leclerc to Triple-A Round Rock.

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson threw to the bases Friday at Toronto’s spring training facility in Florida. No date has been set for Donaldson to begin a rehab assignment. … RHP John Axford was reinstated from the bereavement list and LHP Tim Mayza was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

The Atlanta Hawks and coach Mike Budenholzer have mutually agreed to part ways.

Budenholzer, the 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year, and the organization finalized terms of a split Wednesday night.

“I am grateful for the five years that I spent as coach of the Atlanta Hawks and will always cherish the incredible contributions, commitment and accomplishments of the players that I was fortunate enough to work with here,” Budenholzer told ESPN on Wednesday night. “From ownership to management, support staff to the community, I’ll look back with great pride on what we were able to achieve together with the Hawks.”

Considered one of the NBA’s best tacticians, Budenholzer also had been the Hawks’ president of basketball operations — until surrendering front-office control with the arrival of Schlenk in the spring of 2017.

Budenholzer earned his Coach of the Year honors after a 60-victory regular season with the Hawks and a trip to the 2015 Eastern Conference finals. The Hawks reached the playoffs in four of his first five seasons. Atlanta dropped to 24-58 this season, with the organization’s mandate to shed salary and gather draft picks and future assets.

He compiled a 230-219 overall record, which included a 17-22 postseason mark.sl_cardinals_048

Jazz’s rout of Thunder proves chippy to bitter end

With the Oklahoma City Thunder in full desperation mode, the first six minutes of Game 4 were downright heated, and even in an eventual blowout, it didn’t slow down much from there.

The Utah Jazz handled business 113-96 to take a 3-1 series lead behind 33 points from Donovan Mitchell, but there was plenty of extracurricular activity as a total of seven technical fouls were called, and one almost inevitable ejection. The tone was set on Saturday after Game 3 when Russell Westbrook guaranteed he was going to shut down Ricky Rubio.

Both teams strained to make sure not to say anything notable about the physicality, doing their best to avoid any bulletin-board material heading into Game 5.

“His bend, the way he wastes no movement coming off the ball,” Chubb said, “that’s something I tried to implement this past year and I feel like I did, and I’m ready to keep learning from him.”

“This is the perfect situation for him,” said Brandon Chubb, Bradley’s brother, who is a Detroit Lions linebacker. “… Doing the things they do with Von, he can fit into that. And he gets to work with Von.”

“A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies,” the statement said.

“The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees in a manner that is consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, state and federal laws and the CBA. We are looking into the matter.

“The league annually reminds clubs of these workplace policies that prohibit personnel from seeking information concerning a player’s sexual orientation.”

The attorney helping Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson navigate the NCAA waiver process following his transfer says the governing body isn’t dragging its feet and is asking the right questions.

“The fact that [Ole Miss] took the low road was no surprise to me,” Mars said Monday night. “But having read what their lawyers said in their response, I was surprised that Ole Miss would risk losing what little credibility it has left with the NCAA just to object to Shea playing for Michigan this fall.”sl_cardinals_005

Last Two Minute Report cites missed LeBron James goaltending call

LeBron James’ big block of a shot by Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo at the end of Game 5 should have resulted in a goaltending call, the NBA acknowledged Thursday.

The NBA noted in its Last Two Minute Report that referees missed the call when James blocked Oladipo’s shot after the ball made contact with the backboard.

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett even got in on the act, tweeting out an image of an executive order outlawing goaltending — “for every player, on every team” — on Thursday.

Oh – one more thing. By executive order, I am proud to outlaw goaltending in the City of Indianapolis… for every player, on every team.

So, Happ still comes out slightly ahead of Baez in my latest rankings — though the gap between them has shrunk. As we get more and more data points, the rankings will continue to change. They’re just a snapshot in time and may look a bit off from current reality to some, depending on when you took the picture. May I remind you that Baez was hitting just .191 a mere seven games ago?

And for what it’s worth, Happ has started this week hitting .429 with a home run and three of Chicago’s 11 runs scored for a total of eight fantasy points (ESPN standard scoring). Baez is hitting .444, scoring once in the team’s two games for a total of six fantasy points. Let the debate continue!

Candelario homered, doubled and scored five runs for Detroit. Leonys Martin led off the game with his third home run of the season, and James McCann also went deep as the Tigers won for the sixth time in eight games.

Pittsburgh has lost seven of eight. Francisco Cervelli had three hits and a career-high six RBI, including a three-run homer in the third inning. His two-run double in the eighth pulled the Pirates within 12-10.

Corey Dickerson also had three hits for Pittsburgh, and Colin Moran homered.

Daniel Stumpf (1-0) retired all four batters he faced for his first major league win. Shane Greene pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save in six opportunities.

Jameson Taillon (2-2) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He has been tagged for 12 runs in 5 1/3 innings in losing his last two starts after pitching a combined 15 scoreless innings to win his previous two outings.

“A lot of strikes and my stuff felt really good, but I felt like the mistakes I made all got punished,” Taillon said. “At this level, you can’t make mistakes.”

Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann lasted just three innings, giving up six runs and six hits.

“I thought I threw the ball well, but the results weren’t there,” Zimmermann said. “It’s frustrating.”jets_051

Homers lift Indians past Cubs, but Miller injured in 4-1 win

The Cleveland Indians might need to get along without reliever Andrew Miller for a bit.

Miller left Wednesday night’s 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs because of a tight left hamstring. He was set for an MRI on Thursday, and manager Terry Francona said the lefty had the same injury while pitching for Baltimore in 2014.

“He’s had it before,” Francona said. “The hope is, I think last time he said it was 3-4 days. That would really be the hope. We’ll know a lot more tomorrow. And hopefully, that’s all it is.”

“Whoever says solo homers can’t beat you (is wrong), I guess,” Lester said. “The only pitch that was a bad decision on my part — and I shook to it — was the pitch to Guyer. The other two, Lindor goes oppo and a ball on the ground that Encarnacion hits out. That’s the game, unfortunately.”

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was out of the lineup for the second straight game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch Sunday. The 2016 NL MVP didn’t play in the Cubs’ 10-3 win Tuesday.

Miller replaced Bauer after Javier Baez’s two-out single. Tyler Olson retired Rizzo on a flyball.

The Bucks head into Thursday’s game down 3-2 in the series and know they must do a better job finding more ways for Antetokounmpo to find success.

“We all have to take responsibility in that — finding different spots to put him in,” Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty said. “I think Giannis is one of the most aggressive drivers in the game, trying to get downhill. I think he gets bodied quite a bit. What I’m concerned about [is] how much they’re pushing. I want him to keep attacking regardless of how physical the game may be. But in the grand scheme of things, I would just say it’s on all of us. I’ve got to help find him better opportunities for shots. We have to make sure he’s getting the ball, but I want to make sure for us we got a quality possession every time. We’ve got multiple guys that are capable of knocking shots down. I don’t want it to turn into, ‘Hey, we have to do this for Giannis.'”

Antetokounmpo finished just 5-for-10 from the field, and the 10 field goal attempts were the fourth-most on the Bucks. His two total drives and one shot in transition were the fewest he had in any game throughout this series, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He had 21 assist opportunities compared with an average of nine in Games 1-4.

“I feel like the shots I had, the moments in the game, that they were quality shots, so I took them,” Antetokounmpo said. “In Game 6, I got to come out being more aggressive. I still tried to make plays, tried to put my teammates in the right spot. I was just trying to be aggressive.”jets_103

Danica Patrick gains perspective before preparations for Indianapolis 500

Danica Patrick, right, and Aaron Rodgers, left, spent a week in Africa taking part in a Starkey Hearing Foundation program where they fitted people with hearing aids.

Danica Patrick doesn’t think her recent trip to Africa will have any direct impact on her approach to the Indianapolis 500 next month.

It might affect her approach to life, but as far as relieving anxiety or having a profound change on her outlook as she embarks on her final race, she doesn’t expect much of a change.

“One of the cooler things about him is he generally, especially when walking into the room, makes you feel relaxed and down to earth,” Patrick said. “He was kind of joking around with people and smiling, and that kind of made everyone relax a little bit.

“He went into his perspectives on things and had a nice message about how to treat each other and kind of an all-for-one attitude. It was really cool.”

Patrick said that one of the monks who accompanied them on the trip suggested she show video of one of her IndyCar wrecks to the Dalai Lama.

“They couldn’t get around the fact that in an IndyCar, I go 240 miles an hour — that’s like unfathomable, so I was showing [the monk] some accident videos and he was like, ‘You should show him that,'” Patrick said.

“He did see a video, and apparently they talked about it later that night. So that’s funny. I’m like, ‘Can’t we show me winning at Japan? Isn’t that better than crash video?'”

But that wasn’t the reason James’ teammates doused him with water in celebration on the floor. They toasted him because of his complete effort, which included 44 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists with the sort of attack-dog mentality that not only saved the season but also pushed off thoughts of James’ free agency for at least a few days.

“As a kid, you always have those ‘three-two-one’ moments, and being able to have one of those moments, that’s what it kind of felt like. Felt like I was a kid all over again,” James said. “Just playing basketball at my house, makeshift hoops and my socks as a basketball. Making the [swish] noise.”

The Pacers were frustrated that they allowed James to have so much space — tracking data from Second Spectrum showed that James had 4.6 feet of room when he launched the shot. A switch had gotten Thaddeus Young, who had five fouls, to guard James, and he allowed too much cushion.

“We had a timeout to talk about what we see out there, and we had a foul to give,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan. “We’re leaving here with both of them.”jets_139