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Mariners working to finalize one-year deal with Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki is nearing a return to the Seattle Mariners, who are working to finalize an agreement with the former franchise icon, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

USA Today Sports first reported Monday that Ichiro and the Mariners were close to a one-year major league deal.

Ichiro became a free agent when the Miami Marlins declined his $2 million club option for 2018. The move by the Marlins was the start of an anticipated payroll purge by Derek Jeter’s new ownership group. Jeter and Ichiro were New York Yankees teammates for 2? seasons.

Ichiro ranks 22nd with 3,080 career hits but started only 22 games last year and had 196 at-bats, the lowest total of his 17-year career. He set a big league mark with 109 plate appearances as a pinch hitter, and had a franchise record 27 pinch-hits.

Ichiro was batting .202 on July 4 but hit .315 the rest of the way to finish at .255. He became just the sixth player 43 or older to record at least 50 hits.

Ichiro, who has said he wants to play until he’s 50, was 27 when he began his major league career. He had 1,278 hits while playing nine years in Japan

I wanted Lindor right-handed, etc., so we put him [Chapman] in the game there. And I also had told myself, actually before the game, is that if you get a big lead and you have to use him early, make sure you get somebody up and get him out. So I had it in my mind to do that, and I just didn’t say it to [pitching coach] Chris Bosio in time.”

Would that decision come back to haunt Maddon the next night? After all, it was only five extra pitches and a few easy warm-ups. But combined with his stint on Wednesday, Chapman had thrown 62 pitches, way more than he had in any back-to-back outings all season.

“I feel blessed that I’m just healthy to pitch in this situation,” Chapman said after Game 6. “This is [why] the Cubs brought me over.”

It’s the one move Maddon regretted. How could he forget to get a pitcher up?

“Because you’re thinking about so many things offensively, and you get through the moment [the home run] you wanted to get through, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘If we score right here, you have to get him out.’ So I’m thinking then, ‘Inning’s over, inning’s over.’ And I’m waiting, waiting, I said, ‘Get Stropy up.’ And I just said it too late.”

Scout around: Take a look around the draft room, test each button to see what it does, and get used to the layout of the draft app. Once you’re on the clock, things move quickly!

We have arrived at the final Sunday of the regular season and the Falcons, Super Bowl runners-up last season, are not yet in the playoffs.

The Falcons (9-6) play the Panthers (11-4), who already have secured a playoff berth, though they’re still in the hunt for the division title. A Falcons win and they’re in as the final wild card.

The question for the Falcons, as it has been all season, is whether they can score enough points to beat the Panthers, who defeated them 20-17 earlier this season.

Bennett was flagged but, unlike teammates Sheldon Richardson and Quinton Jefferson, was not ejected.

UNREAL! Michael Bennett didn’t even receive a fine for his major role in the fight at the conclusion of last Sunday’s #Seahawks vs #Jaguars game.

Interesting, that President Trump would claim that national anthem-protesting players are “destroying the NFL.”

Many can recall how by 1986 Trump had destroyed the USFL, breaking ranks to sue the NFL for his New Jersey Generals’ inclusion, though the USFL had been succeeding as a spring-season league — it even had Vegas gambling lines and an ABC national TV contract — leaving hundreds unemployed.

To his last day, Chet Simmons, highly respected USFL commissioner who previously headed NBC Sports then led ESPN to prominence, felt Trump needlessly, selfishly destroyed the league.

Ryan Shazier is leaving the door open for his return. The Steelers linebacker on Wednesday shared a photo on Instagram of himself in a wheelchair at the team’s facility as he provided the latest update in his recovery journey.

“Over the last few weeks, my family and I have tasked Shop 412 with a very important job — to create a design with me that would show our city how much drive and passion I have for it. I wanted to make something that could serve as a representation of my spirit, of my inner fight, and also be a creative way to bring some fire to my squad and to our fans as we head proudly into these playoffs.”

Would the Steelers have gotten past Jacksonville with Shazier on the field? There’s no telling, but Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote this after the 45-42 setback: “With Shazier in the lineup, the Steelers allowed two 100-yard rushers through 12 games. They’ve allowed three in the five games since. With Shazier in the lineup, they allowed 17.75 points per game. Without him, they’ve allowed 28 points per game.”

Saturday’s CBS Sports Classic, a top-flight, student-athletes double-header in New Orleans — Ohio State-North Carolina, UCLA-Kentucky — was played to what appeared to be, at most, a half-empty, 18,000-seat echo chamber.

Scores of vacant expensive courtside seats could not be hidden from constant view. And unless thousands bought tickets in order to watch on big-screen TVs in the luxury restaurant, most lower-level seats went unsold, too.bills_027

Luke Walton puts focus on meditation as Lakers try to fix NBA-worst FT percentage

At this level, mental training is everything. My hope is that the younger players coming through will understand this and follow in the footsteps of Jordan, Kobe, Shaq and the like, in making meditation an essential part of their training regime.

If we can just kind of be present in the here and now, then we lose a lot of that struggle in the mind and then we are not thinking about what is going on elsewhere or what other people are saying … we are really present and focused with what we are doing. So that is the most important tool or benefit that they are getting.

Walton understands that not all the young Lakers have adapted to meditation yet, but he’s hopeful more Lakers will see its benefits.

2. Wyoming QB Josh Allen is something of a scouting enigma at this early point in the draft process. He has physical tools that scouts dream of, and flashes NFL-caliber throws at times, but his college production didn’t match his talent. He also didn’t play in a power conference, and now must show scouts more consistency against tougher competition than he’s used to seeing. Four of five personnel executives recently polled by analyst Daniel Jeremiah said they prefer Mayfield over Allen, so this is an opportunity for Allen to change some minds as he competes on the same stage as the Oklahoma QB.

The model itself already features lacing eyelet clips styled after a video game controller, and the PlayStation version brings to life the iconic vivid blue hues of the system, along with the color accents of the controller buttons.

For George, who still travels on road trips with his own PlayStation to clock in time playing a combination of NBA 2K, Madden or Call of Duty, getting his very own system early on was a defining moment in his childhood during the early 2000s.

I just had a knack for video games, George said. As soon as I discovered PlayStation, I was throwing hints here and there to my dad — cutting out the clipping of the video game, cutting out the clippings of the PlayStation, leaving it on his dresser. I remember on Christmas morning, I unwrapped my gift and sure enough it was the PS2. I’ve been a PlayStation guy ever since.

Foles turned back the clock against the Falcons with an efficient 23-for-30, 246-yard night. While he didn’t throw a touchdown pass, Foles also avoided committing a turnover even though he did have to recover two of his own fumbles.cowboys_029

Bill Belichick ‘sees an opening’ with Giants, report says

Amid the reported turmoil at the highest level of the Patriots organization, it’s natural for speculation to turn toward the possibility of Bill Belichick leaving New England to become head coach of the Giants.

Sure enough, the New York Daily News has floated such a scenario, citing an unnamed source close to Belichick who says, of course the coach would be interested in the Giants job should he bolt from Foxboro.

Make a case, if you want, for spending a big draft pick on Christian McCaffrey last spring, and for getting terribly unlucky with fellow rookie Curtis Samuel’s torn ankle ligaments, and with Greg Olsen missing half the season with his broken foot.

But with that, look around the NFL, or even just the rest of the playoff teams, and ask why some teams have weapons surrounding their quarterbacks and the Panthers don’t.

It was a simple question from Altuve to Hinch before the Astros played a game in Anaheim at the end of August. Hurricane Harvey had formed and was bearing down on Houston. Altuve’s wife, Nina, was with him on the trip, but the couple had left their 10-month-old daughter, Melanie, at home with José’s mother and father. The danger and the uncertainty tore at Altuve, especially knowing that instead of returning home after the series against the Angels, the Astros would fly to Florida to play their relocated home games in St. Petersburg.

The Astros’ postseason began on Oct. 5 at Minute Maid Park with the Division Series against Boston. Before the game Louisiana’s Cajun Navy, an ad-hoc group of private boat owners who ran their own volunteer rescue operation, presented the city with a Houston Strong flag that would fly throughout the postseason. Hinch was eager to see how Altuve would respond to his second crack at postseason play.

A leading story: After the Astros lost Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to the Royals, before Hinch could address his team upon the season-ending defeat, Altuve, still in uniform and near tears, was in the manager’s office apologizing.

They wouldn’t let me on the sidelines in the first half. So I had to put on the Bama jump suit and jog out with the team like I was a walk on. But it was all worth it for the Tide. Natty Champs Roll Tide….!

In the end he chose Alabama over the two dozen schools that offered him scholarships. The program had won three championships and sent 11 defensive backs to the NFL over the previous seven years, but the Fitzpatricks had assurances that academics would also be a priority. Minkah’s parents were emphatic: Their son would become the first Fitzpatrick to graduate from college. But the real fit was with coach Nick Saban. They knew that the man who had once complained that winning a national title had cost him a week of recruiting would understand their son.

The Falcoholic had a good idea as to how the scoring distribution of the game (Falcons 13, Rams 0) should look:

Mack has been great since he arrived in Atlanta. He’s been given two consecutive, second-team All-Pro nods, and has made the Pro Bowl five times in his career.patriots_035_4e88e5681832b7e8-180x180

Tony Romo’s narration of this Tom Brady incompletion was *chef’s kiss*

Putting Tony Romo in the commentator’s booth has been one of the best things anyone tangent to the NFL has done this season. Romo is smart and genuine. You can tell he likes the game of football itself. Frequently, he seems to forget he’s a media member and slips into quarterback mode, narrating everything he sees as the player he was just a year ago.

No single player encapsulated all aspects of the NBA in 2017—the game, the drama, the politics, the Internet hijinks—better than Kevin Durant.

The Warriors’ All-Star forward won his first title and first Finals MVP award, he beefed repeatedly with former co-star Russell Westbrook, he shot himself in the foot with his burner Twitter account, he passed on a potential White House visit, he re-signed on a discount to keep the Warriors’ band together, and he prompted rivals to take radical steps to counter his successful move to the Bay Area.

At various points over the past 12 months, Durant was unstoppable, jubilant, petty, “idiotic” (by his own admission), selfless, thoughtful, and incredibly influential. He simultaneously reached new heights on the court and accumulated a record level of naysayers, a fitting dichotomy given that 2017, outside of basketball, was marked by its frightening and heightened polarization.

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The Eagles were seen by many as the favorite to win the NFC after a 31-3 Week 12 win over the Bears. Philadelphia was 10-1, it had an MVP candidate in Carson Wentz at quarterback and had all but locked up a first-round bye.

Three weeks later, the Eagles had lost to the Seahawks in Week 13 and, worse, Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury in a win over the Rams in Week 14. That is when Johnson saw a difference in how people were portraying the Eagles, who still led the NFC.

What bothered me was we were 12-2 [at the time] and treated like we were the Browns, he said. It happens, but I think although we don’t like it, it’s a good motivator to have people not write good things. I think it’s the best motivator there is, and you can go and change it.

Philadelphia has gone 3-2 since Week 12, and 2-1 since losing Wentz. However, a 6-0 loss to the Cowboys in Week 17 and a lackluster performance by backup QB Nick Foles in a Week 16 win over the Raiders brought out the doubters. Johnson and teammate Malcolm Jenkins heard those doubters, and they are eager to show they are still a very good team.

Initially Kim wanted to license the trademark because Dec. 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitans’ first game.

Three years ago, while finishing his econ degree at the University of Washington, Kim began the process of obtaining the Metropolitans’ trademark. (He won the green, red and white S-shaped logo, then reached an out-of-court settlement with the previous owner for the name.) Now he sells Metropolitans gear—T-shirts, sweatshirts, beanies, sandals, socks, toques, shinny hockey sticks, stickers, car decals and the most popular item, a sweatshirt that says STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS 1917—at eight sporting stores around the city. Online orders have come from as far as Amsterdam and Japan. Sometimes it costs more to ship the gear than the purchase price.

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The formula for beating the Patriots has always been pressure, and the Dolphins hit Brady six times on Monday. He was also sacked twice. According to NFL’s Next Gen Stats, Brady completed only about half his passes (7-of-13) when pressured. The loss of Rob Gronkowski forced him to spend more time in the pocket, which is an unfortunate tradeoff when facing Ndamukong Suh and that Dolphins front. Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan caught just two passes on a combined 12 targets. It’s so bizarre though, even after all this time, to see Brady flailing around in the pocket making desperation throws while the clock runs out. Give him credit that, in a relatively meaningless game, he was still exposing himself to huge hits and breaking jersey tackles in attempt to extend the play. Most quarterbacks his age have perfected the quick flop by now. Brady is not most quarterbacks his age.

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Denver’s offense is awful and the Colts are playing like they want to get their coach fired.

And then there was the fog. Did you see it on Sunday nightI wondered how Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth saw the field in the New England-Atlanta game, but I think we all witnessed enough to know the Patriots are still the Patriots and the Falcons … well, they’re somewhere in the great middle of the league right now, the same way Carolina was last year after suffering a crushing Super Bowl loss. Atlanta’s not very good. But hey, neither is the vast majority of the league.

Nothing happened to lift the fog over the pennant races Sunday, except that we found out Brett Hundley is going to have a very tough time keeping the Packers in the hunt, Arizona’s out of it.

And one other thing before we get to the weirdo Falcons, and to the revival of the Dolphins, and to the end of football’s Ripken streak, to craptastic football in London, to a career-altering game for Derek Carr and other stories. First, to a meeting at a Jersey City, N.J., hotel that, in light of current American and football events, you should know about.

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The defense also has produced nine turnovers in that span.

That total would be 10 if Johnson had not dropped a gimmie interception late in the fourth quarter Sunday

“That was so bad,” Johnson said with a laugh.

The Chiefs did convert two Dolphins fumbles into Harrison Butker field goals while avoiding any such mistakes of their own.

“Turnovers were the key,” Johnson said. “You create momentum when you force the other team to turn the ball over. When you do that, especially in this stadium, it makes it hard to win.”

Johnson got the ball rolling for Kansas City (9-6) by stripping Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry after a catch on the game’s opening series. The linebacker’s forced fumble was recovered by Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, who has returned with a vengeance following a one-game Chiefs suspension against the Raiders for his fourth-quarter meltdown during a 38-31 loss to the Jets. Peters recorded two interceptions in last weekend’s win over the Chargers.

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With Joel Embiid in a different city entirely, the Philadelphia 76ers got a spark from an unlikely source.

Jerryd Bayless scored all of his 14 points in a key stretch in the second half, and the 76ers rallied from 13 down to beat the Denver Nuggets 107-102 on Saturday night.

Dario Saric had 20 points and nine rebounds and keyed a second-half run, JJ Redick had 18 points and Robert Covington had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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Bucs safety T.J. Ward arrested on marijuana possession charge

T.J. Ward was arrested Wednesday in Tampa Bay on an outstanding warrant relating to a previous arrest.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department, the Buccaneers safety was taken into custody at 8:11 a.m ET and faces a felony count of possession of marijuana in addition to a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Second-year Rams QB Jared Goff threw four touchdown passes in Week 17, tying his career high. He finished with 28 TD passes, the sixth most in a single season in team history.

“We were outworked, simple as that,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “When you’re out-worked, out-hustled, out-skated, out-grinded and out-committed, the rest isn’t going to be in place. That’s the biggest disappointment for me.

“It’s concerning. Especially playing at home at this time of the year when we had something good going. Pre-Christmas we were on a roll and felt good about ourselves. But that doesn’t happen automatically, you have to show up and at least attempt to out-work the other team. We had none of that today.”

Winnipeg scored on its first shot of the game — at 2:34 of the first period. Matt Hendricks set up Dano at the side of the net for a tap-in. Dano had been a healthy scratch for the previous 30 games.

The Falcons have won six of the previous seven matchups (including the playoffs) against the Rams and carry a four-game winning streak into Saturday night. Before those seven games, the Rams had won seven straight against the Falcons.

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