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

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

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

Calais Campbell says Jaguars are starting ‘back at zero’

The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be in a strange position next season; one that they are not accustomed to. After how well they played in 2017, they are going to be among the favorites to win the AFC in 2018. But Calais Campbell thinks the team needs to approach the season like any other.

He thinks they need to act like it’s another year with little to nothing expected of them.

Losing five of their past six games, the Sharks aren’t exactly charging into the postseason. Still, we’re giving Peter DeBoer’s squad a slight edge over the Anaheim Ducks, based on their averaging 3.56 goals per game since March 1. As such, the forward duo of Joe Pavelski and San Jose newbie Evander Kane packs a solid fantasy punch, along with power-play-mate Logan Couture. Running hot, Pavelski appeals in particular as a proven playoff performer following his 14 goals and nine assists in 24 games two years ago.

Landon Collins and Damon Harrison, too.

Giants safety Landon Collins said any issues from last season with cornerback Eli Apple – including calling him a “cancer” for his locker room behavior, for which he apologized the next day – are now part of a forgettable past.

“We buried the hatchet a while ago,” Collins said. “That’s my guy, that’s my brother. I’m always going to have his back and wrams_061e know what we have to do. We know what kind of caliber player he is, we know what caliber player I am and we’re just trying to get to work and make this season go. I’m glad to see him back. He’s a great corner. He is very smart, I love that he comes up and lays the boom on guys and he’s a great coverage guy. We need him and we’re glad to have him back.”

The Giants have promised a clean slate for Apple and his position coaches – Lou Anarumo and assistant Deshea Townsend – praised the 2016 first-round pick’s skill set last week.

NFL Draft rumors: Browns interested in pairing DE Bradley Chubb with Myles Garrett

The Browns hold a lot of power at this year’s NFL Draft, and they are exploring every option.

With the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks later this month, Cleveland has a number of different options. It appears targeting another edge rusher may be near the top of its list.

The Browns are exploring the possibility of selecting NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the first-overall pick to pair him with last year’s top pick — Myles Garrett.

Lovullo has 99 wins in his first 170 games and is trying to become the fastest active manager to 100 wins, which would eclipse Ron Gardenhire, who needed 173 games in 2002-2003 with Minnesota. Gardenhire now manages Detroit.

Diamondbacks: Claimed RHP Troy Scribner off of waivers from Anaheim and designated OF Jeremy Hazelbaker for assignment.

Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson (left hamstring strain) was assigned to Class A Palm Beach for a rehab assignment and is scheduled to pitch Saturday night.

Arizona RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 5.40 ERA) will face RHP Luke Weaver (1-0, 1.80 ERA) in the finale of a three-game set. A snow/rain mix is in the forecast.

“First day in his new room…with a bathroom. Praise God!”

Dr. Mark Urken, Head and Neck Surgeon at Mount Sinai West, confirmed in a statement that Kelly had left intensive care.

“Mr. Kelly continues to make solid progress in his recovery from extensive surgery for his oral cancer,” Urken said. “He has been moved out of the intensive care unit and made that transition by walking, on his own, from the unit to the inpatient floor where he will continue the next phase of care. He is still several days away from resuming swallowing and taking nutrition by mouth.”

“Things will get better and it starts with me,” Eichel said. “Everybody needs to look at themselves and figure out what they’re doing. Obviously, whatever I’ve been doing hasn’t been working. What we’ve been doing as a team hasn’t been working.”

While the Sabres are done, their AHL Rochester Americans affiliate qualified for the playoffs for the first time in four years. The Americans feature several Sabres prospects being counted upon to play in Buffalo full-time next season, including forward Alexander Nylander, defenseman Brendan Guhle and goalie Linus Ullmark.buccaneers_006

Lions sign veteran TE Levine Toilolo

The Lions are adding another veteran tight end to the roster, according to multiple reports, agreeing to terms with Levine Toilolo. He had visited with the team last week.

A fourth-round pick out of Stanford in 2013, Toilolo has spent his entire five-year career with the Atlanta Falcons. The 6-foot-8, 265-pounder had his most productive season in 2014, catching 31 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns.

Give Manziel credit: It took him a couple years, but he finally seems to be taking the idea of a career in professional football seriously. Better late than never, I suppose. I’m sure it was a bit surreal returning to Texas A&M pro day four years after he did the same thing prior to the Browns selecting him 22nd overall. NFL Network’s James Palmer was in attendance at Manziel’s 2014 pro day, and he told me it remains one of the craziest events he’s ever attended. A DJ was spinning records, President George H.W. Bush made a surprise cameo and Manziel was absolutely lights out — a ball never touched the turf.

This second go-around was a far more low-key affair, and that’s clearly for the best, given the circumstances. And to answer your question: No, I don’t think he’s on a roster this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s over for JFF. A more realistic path: go to the CFL, do some damage, stay out of trouble (this is super important!) and then see if the NFL is ready to provide the chance to land a backup job somewhere. Remember, he’s still just 25 years old.

A lotta livin’ in that quarter century, of course.

Greg Bedard of Boston Sports Journal reports that things still aren’t completely settled between Belichick, Brady and Kraft even after their meeting. Bedard noted that the hope is that the meeting was a step in the direction.

Given all that we know about the tension that exists between Brady’s trainer Alex Guerrero and the Patriots’ training staff, it’s possible that the issues will never be completely resolved. Brady’s TB12 Sports Therapy Center, which was co-founded by Guerrero, is located just outside Gillette Stadium. Players have reportedly been going there for treatment in increasing numbers, and there have been reports that they are being told to ignore instructions from the team’s training staff in favor of other workout and rehabilitation techniques.nike_broncos_060-500x500

The rest of the NFL is searching for alpha dogs who don’t actually bark much.

Some of this is just typical NFL parity churn, with weaker teams vulturing big-name players from stronger ones, but the caliber of talent and the reason for its easy availability makes this offseason unique. Instead of top contenders sloughing off expensive veterans for the bottom-feeders to fight over, middling teams are putting premium players on the block so they can sign 35-year-old running backs and backup Bengals quarterbacks instead.

That’s the culture in need of changing in the NFL. And it means embracing individuals like Suh and Beckham, not quitting on them.

Hall’s shorthanded goal with 4:07 left in regulation broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Devils their second goal of the third period. Goalie Keith Kinkaid allowed one goal in the closing seconds of the first period, but he stopped the other 25 shots he faced.

The Devils’ lead over the Florida Panthers for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference jumped to seven points. The Panthers have two games in hand while chasing the Devils for the final playoff spot in the East.

The magic number for the Devils to clinch a playoff berth is down to four points. That number can go down by points earned by the Devils or lost by the Panthers. They could clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Rangers on Tuesday if the Panthers lose in regulation on Monday or Tuesday.

The Devils struck twice in the third period, bouncing back from a sluggish opening 40 minutes.

The first intermission appeared to be heading toward a 0-0 tie before the Canadiens scored on a power play with 8.4 seconds left in the frame. After a failed 2-on-1 shorthanded rush by the Devils, the Canadiens turned for a 3-on-2 the other way, where Daniel Carr snapped a high shot past Kinkaid.patriots_150-223x223

What if the Bills don’t trade up for a quarterback

It is widely believed the Buffalo Bills intend to move up in the draft to select a franchise quarterback. Rex Ryan has predicted it, and you can even use our simulator to formulate your own trade.

‘Most electrifying player in the draft’: Mark Gaughan profiles Lamar Jackson in the latest installment of the News’ Path to the Passer series exploring potential quarterback options for the Bills.

Path to the Passer series: USC’s Sam Darnold is a gunslinger who may go No. 1. | Is Josh Rosen a natural fit for the Bills | Mason Rudolph presents plenty to like in a quarterback prospect… with one notable exception. | Is Josh Allen worth a ransom | Is Baker Mayfield the next Drew Brees

Willson, who spent the last five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and won a Super Bowl title with the team, made a free-agent visit to the Lions last week.

He caught just 15 passes in 16 games last season, but immediate becomes the most experienced tight end on the Lions’ roster.

The motion I have is what got me to this point, and I really haven’t gotten into trouble with it, he said, per Goodbread. It doesn’t change how fast I get the ball out. If I need to shorten up and get the ball in right now, I’m able to shorten my release and get it to them, he said. But if I need to throw it downfield, I’ve had a tendency of really cocking back and trying to let it go, where I just have to get my hip through more. That’s something I’ve been working on, but I don’t think it’s changing. My throwing motion is fine.jets_057

The 26-year-old is a stud athlete, but he hasn’t been able to turn those measurables into significant production since 2014.

Regardless of how things turn out with Murphy, Difo showed last season that he can be productive no matter where he plays on defense. Thanks to a changed plate approach that bucks the current trend of striving for maximum launch angle, Difo hit.373 in July and.324 in August while filling in for shortstop Trea Turner.

Of the candidates the Giants have brought in since Pierce, Ogletree is certainly the most likely to succeed, but it’s hard to argue that the former Georgia star is likely to return value.

Ogletree forced 10 fumbles over his first two seasons, but he has been responsible for only two strips in the three years since.

He made tackles on 16.1 percent of Los Angeles’ run plays last season, a rate that ranked 60th in the league among players with 200 run snaps or more.

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the team moved $16 million of Miller’s $18.5 million base salary into a signing bonus. That opens up $12.375 million in cap space for this year while bumping up the cap hit in the remaining three years of the deal. Those cap numbers are sizable, but will be easier for the Broncos to swallow as long as Miller remains in the form that’s produced 48.5 sacks over the last four seasons. It will also be easier to swallow if the newfound space is used to vault the Broncos back into contention after two years out of the playoffs.

Thanks in part to Sammy Watkins’ somewhat surprising departure, Austin is instead sticking around. The wideout has agreed to restructure his contract with the Rams, which has four years remaining on it, according to the Los Angeles Daily News’ Vincent Bonsignore.ravens_146

Raiders release Crabtree ahead of signing Nelson

The Oakland Raiders released wide receiver Michael Crabtree after three seasons, the team announced Thursday. That makes room for a new addition, as the Raiders are reportedly signing former Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson to a two-year, $15-million deal. Crabtree produced his lowest yardage output as a member of the Raiders in 2017 and was suspended for one game for his latest encounter with Aqib Talib. The Raiders will save around $7.7 million in cap space by parting with the veteran receiver, according to Spotrac.

Philadelphia continued to address their biggest areas of need by trading Torrey Smith to the Panthers for cornerback Darryl Worley, a former third-round pick who started 25 games in Carolina over his first two NFL seasons. He should have a chance to compete for a starting role.

In addition to adding pieces from outside, the Eagles also retained one of their most important players by signing linebacker Nigel Bradham to a five-year extension. After they gave up 33 points in their Super Bowl win, the Eagles are clearly not content to bring back the same defense in 2018. The best always deserve credit when they make an effort to get even better. 5) Tennessee Titans Tennessee made some big noise in free agency.

O’Donnell, 26, has spent his entire career in Chicago after being selected in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. Last season, O’Donnell managed 39.7 net yards per punt, which ranked just 24th in the league.

The move:?Former New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins, according to NFL Network’s Dan Hellie.

Analysis:?The reverse Wes Welker? Eleven years after the Patriots snagged the future star slot man from their division rival, the Dolphins are hoping to get some payback by landing the man who was supposed to replace Welker in New England. Amendola emerged as a postseason star for the Patriots, but his fit in Miami is curious given the addition of Albert Wilson and return of DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills.ravens_069