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Panthers GM Dave Gettleman opened a can of worms at the combine when he discussed long time wideout Steve Smith being a part of the analysis process this offseason. The rumors Monday that Smith could be traded is an entire worm retailer.
NFL Community experiences that the Panthers try to trade Smith, who will turn 35 in Could.
And it is possible that these trade rumors in the end sign the tip of the long relationship with Smith and the Panthers.
Smith has a $7 million cap hit in 2013, and it only rises in the coming two years. He isn’t lengthy for Carolina, although who is aware of how long he’ll truly play. This is not the first time trade rumors popped up surrounding Smith and similar to in 2010 and 2011 it is actually, actually unlikely that Smith is getting dealt. There’s means an excessive amount of cash left on his contract to make that occur.
So do not be shocked if Smith is released by Carolina.
Do be shocked when you can title anybody on the Panthers depth chart if it occurs though. No, seriously. Are you able to title anyone?
For those who said Marvin McNutt, Tavarres King, R.J. Webb, Kealoha Pilares, Brenton Bersin or Toney Clemons, nicely, congrats. Get yourself a cookie.
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When Chiefs offensive lineman Branden Albert officially turns into a free agent at four p.m. ET on Tuesday, do not look for him to be in the marketplace for lengthy. Albert has a deal in place with the Miami Dolphins that can pay him $10 million per season, CBS Sports activities NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has reported.
The Dolphins tried to trade for Albert final April, but talks fell apart and the Chiefs offensive lineman ended up staying in Kansas City, where he is been for his complete six-year career. The 29-year-outdated was the fifteenth general decide within the 2008 NFL Draft and has been with the Chiefs since then.
Albert shall be an prompt upgrade for a Dolphins offensive line that surrendered a franchise-document fifty eight sacks in 2013. That was the highest quantity within the NFL by far, as no other team within the league gave up more than 50 sacks final season.
Search for Albert to be No. 1 on the Dolphins depth chart at left sort out, a position that was influx in 2013 after Jake Lengthy left Miami in free company to signal with the Rams. Jonathan Martin started the season at left deal with, however the job finally went to Bryant McKinnie, who was added in an October commerce with the Ravens.
The Dolphins have been patrons during free agency final year and it appears to be like like owner Stephen Ross has his checkbook ready to go once more.
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Miami Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross is about to show that you can renovate an NFL stadium without using public money. The league’s third-richest proprietor is about to announce that he’ll be funding as much as $four hundred million in renovations to Sun Life Stadium, in response to the Associated Press.
The original renovation plan in Miami referred to as for the general public to pay for the stadium renovations, but the state legislature ended its session in Could without approving the proposal. The proposed deal would have raised up to $289 million for renovations by elevating the Miami-Dade lodge tax from 6 to 7 %. The Dolphins would have additionally had a shot at as much as $ninety million in state sales tax rebates, which could have meant a complete of $379 million in public funds.
In return for paying for the renovations, Ross would like to get $four million in annual tax relief, in line with the Miami Herald.
Ross is eager to get the renovations going as a result of applications to host Super Bowl LIII are due in August. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear that Solar Life Stadium needs to be upgraded if the Dolphins need to host any future Super Bowls.
Miami was a finalist to host Tremendous Bowl L and LI, but the staff’s chance of internet hosting just about died last May when the renovation plans weren’t approved. San Francisco was awarded Tremendous Bowl L and Houston was awarded Tremendous Bowl LI.
Super Bowl LII hasn’t been awarded yet, but the finalists to host the game are New Orleans, Indianapolis and Minneapolis. Miami hasn’t hosted the NFL’s biggest game since February 2010 when the Saints beat the Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV.
Ross’ hope is that renovations at Solar Life Stadium can start after the 2014 season.
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You guys notice Iowa has misplaced five of its previous six video games, right? And that the Hawkeyes have beaten just two projected NCAA Event groups since Jan. 1, right?
Oh, you did not understand that?
Then you have to be in the Poll Attacks.
Let’s get it!
Associated Press ballot: I had Iowa ranked as recently as final week. So I’m not down on the Hawkeyes as a lot as some, and I actually think they could be dangerous in the NCAA Match. They’re good offensively and good offensive teams are sometimes harmful.
However should they really be on a Top 25 poll now?
After dropping 5 of their past six games?
And after a home loss to Illinois?
I say no.
However AP voters Percy Allen and Jason Franchuk mentioned sure, which is how Iowa ended up with four factors in the new AP poll. Allen has Iowa ranked twenty third on his ballot ; Franchuk has Iowa ranked 25th. In equity, neither of these things is the dumbest factor I’ve ever seen on a poll, however I still don’t know why anyone would rank a workforce that, once more, has lost five of its past six games – including two residence games – and hasn’t beaten anybody other than Penn State and Purdue in the past month.
Beyond that, Iowa has topped solely two projected NCAA Match groups because the calendar turned to 2014. Two! And, in case you didn’t know, the Hawkeyes play within the Big Ten. So it isn’t like they haven’t had opportunities. Extra specifically, since Jan. 1, Iowa is 2-6 towards schools at present projected to make the NCAA Match (in keeping with Jerry Palm) with three extra losses to varsities not projected to make the tournament.
If that sounds bad, that’s as a result of it is unhealthy.
It’s bad sufficient to make Iowa a No. 9 seed in Palm’s newest bracket.
It ought to’ve been bad enough to maintain Iowa off of each AP Prime 25 ballot .
Coaches ballot: Let the file present that I like Duke, love Jabari Parker and suppose the Blue Devils are the most effective crew within the ACC. With the right matchups, I can envision Duke within the Last 4. I might even decide Coach Okay’s group to get there.
So why do I have Duke ranked 15th in the High 25 (and one), you ask?
As a result of my philosophy on rating teams in March is to largely do it in response to bodies of labor, and that’s my philosophy for 2 causes: 1. It takes any perceived biases out of the equation because it is exhausting for fans to argue with details (although some still attempt). 2. It tends to make my Top 25 (and one) align well with how a projected bracket might look because the NCAA Match choice committee also seeds in response to our bodies of work.
I say all that to say this: Duke does not have a prime-10 body of work.
That’s why I think it’s incorrect for the Blue Devils to be ranked sixth in the coaches poll.
I mean, I guess, if you wish to rank groups with little regard for the outcomes of video games, then you’ll be able to rank Duke sixth.. and even first. Whatever. However Duke’s actual physique of work consists of six prime-50 RPI wins and three losses outside of the top 50, together with two losses exterior of the top one hundred. And that’s not wherever close to the sixth-best body of work in the nation – particularly when you consider that Kansas has 12 top-50 RPI wins, only one loss outside of the highest 50, and zero losses exterior of the top 100.
Can I break it down for you in order that it is easy to digest?
Verify this out..
– DUKE –
Prime 25 wins: 4 High 50 wins: 6 Losses outdoors of the highest 50: three Losses outdoors of the top 100: 2
– KANSAS –
High 25 wins: 6 High 50 wins: 12 Losses exterior of the top 50: 1 Losses outdoors of the highest one hundred: zero
Backside line, if you care about precise outcomes of games, Duke is a little bit too excessive and Kansas is a bit too low. Once more, I like each groups. However the coaches poll has them within the improper order.
Stars’ Peverley collapses on bench, game postponed
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The Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets recreation was postponed on Monday night after Stars forward Wealthy Peverley collapsed on the bench throughout the sport. Peverley was taken to the hospital and is in steady condition, in line with the NHL.
Peverley, who missed time early this season with an irregular heartbeat, was taken down the tunnel just a few minutes into the game by the Stars staff. With play going on the ice, the Stars bench went into a frenzy as players screamed for assist and for play to stop. Immediately, the medical employees was on the scene and rushing Peverley down the tunnel.
The PA announcer informed the group that Peverley was taken to the hospital and that he’s conscious, which is about pretty much as good of reports as one may hope for in this scenario. Absolutely eerie scene at American Airlines Center.
The Stars gave extra updates on Peverley’s condition and it was certainly a difficulty together with his heart.
"We treated [peverley] for a cardiac event successfully." -Dr. Gil Salazar
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March eleven, 2014
Per Dr. Salazar, Peverley was aware of where he was when grew to become conscious and needed to get again in to the game.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March eleven, 2014
Hockey players, sheesh.
The NHL launched the following assertion later Monday evening:
"Dallas participant Wealthy Peverley is doing well and is in steady condition. He has been transported to the hospital. Because of the emotional state of the players on each teams brought on by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the followers."
Here is video of the scene when recreation was halted. It’s absolutely chilling, though is easier to look at knowing that Peverley was acutely aware on his way to the hospital. Let’s take this moment to reward the work of the medical employees available which acted as swiftly as doable.
After some time, the game was formally postponed and shall be made up at a later date, the only determination that could possibly be made in a spot like this. The Blue Jackets led the sport 1-zero with thirteen:37 remaining in the first period.
The final time Delaware reached the NCAA Event, Mike Brey was the pinnacle coach and the Fightin’ Blue Hens were the class of the America East. It was 1999, and Brey’s program was within the midst of a three-12 months run during which it went forty one-thirteen in league play, reached two NCAA Tournaments and in addition made one NIT appearance.
There hasn’t been constant success in Newark since Brey left and the Blue Hens joined the CAA.
Till Monday evening.
Carl Baptiste’s layup with 12.eight seconds left gave Delaware a seventy five-seventy four lead over William & Mary, and when Marcus Thornton’s potential successful shot hit the back rim, the Blue Hens have been heading back to the NCAA Tournament.
Baptiste finished with 24 points and eight rebounds, as the massive man came up huge time after time against the Tribe. That was a stark contrast to many of the season, when Delaware’s perimeter players carried the load.
Delaware ended the sport on a 7-zero run, which kept William & Mary from its first-ever NCAA Event appearance.
It’s been a protracted journey back to the match for Delaware, because the Blue Hens had eight losing seasons in the first eleven seasons after Brey’s departure for Notre Dame. They by no means appeared in the CAA title sport earlier than Monday. Monte Ross struggled by five dropping seasons after he took over for David Henderson in 2006, however the previous three seasons built up to Monday. The Hens were 37-28 the last two seasons, taking the next step and successful the CAA common-season title this yr.
Player to know: Jarvis Threatt. The Fightin’ Blue Hens are led by their perimeter trio of Threatt, Devon Saddler and Davon Usher – but Threatt is the important thing. He is the most effective playmaker and facilitator of the group, capable of maintaining all three alpha males pleased and content on the offensve finish. He was suspended for a month throughout the second half of the convention season, and has been on a tear since returning. Prior to now five video games, Threatt is averaging 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.four assists. He had 18 points, seven rebounds and 4 assists in the championship sport.
Threatt is not an amazing outdoors shooter, however he can get to the rim essentially at any time when he wants. When teams within the NCAA Match take Delaware out of its transition sport, Threatt would be the guy that initiates offense.
Record: 25-9 general, 14-2 within the CAA
Most recent match look: 1999 (lost to Tennessee in Round of sixty four as a No. 13 seed)
Jerry Palm predicts: 13 seed
RPI: seventy six
KenPom rating: one hundred and five
Sagarin rating: 111
Best wins: vs. Towson, vs. Robert Morris
Worst losses: vs. Charleston Southern, vs. Drexel
Notable stat: 1.20. That is Delaware’s point-per-possession in transition, which ranks No. 13 in the country. When the Fightin’ Blue Hens can get out and run, they’re much harder to defend. They rack up steals and love to get simple baskets in quick-break situations. They’ve weapons within the half-court, but they’ll go on recreation-altering runs with their transition sport.
Closing quip: Delaware will go so far as its three scoring guards take them. Carl Baptiste was the main man on Monday, but the Hens are carried by Threatt, Saddler and Usher. If these three guys are hitting on all cylinders – with Kyle Anderson making shots from the wings and nook – they will throw a scare into the next-seeded workforce within the Round of 64. They’re talented and have enough playmakers on the offensive end to score, however the huge query shall be on the glass and inside. If they keep away from a workforce that crashes the glass and finishes around the rim with consistency, they’ll win a game.
Report: If trade doesn’t happen, Bucs will cut Revis
Quite a bit occurred in the NFL on Monday. We realized that the Buccaneers are going to dump Darrelle Revis until they will discover someplace to trade him. We realized that Jared Allen might end up in Denver. And we also realized that the Browns are ‘very serious’ about bringing Donte Whitner house to Ohio.
Making an attempt to keep tabs on all the things that happens within the NFL on any given offseason day might be overwhelming sometimes, so we have decided to put all of it in once place for you.
That place is here.
Here is the information, notes and rumors that you might have missed from March 10.
Darrelle Revis accomplished in Tampa Bay
CBS Sports activities NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported throughout the NFL combine that there was a ‘good likelihood’ the Buccaneers would deal Darrelle Revis by the beginning of the league 12 months. Now there’s extra: if Revis isn’t dealt by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the Buccaneers are going to cut him, in keeping with ESPN.com.
So much for ‘probably the most dramatic moves in franchise history.’ Am I proper Tampa Bay?
This is clearly one of the most dramatic moves in franchise history, buying the participant extensively thought to be one of the best CB within the NFL.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) April 21, 2013
The Buccaneers acquired Revis in a commerce with the Jets final April. After the trade, Revis agreed to a six-yr, $ninety six million deal with the Bucs that had one catch: the contract did not contain any guaranteed money.
The trade additionally included a conditional draft choose, which is why the Bucs have till Wednesday to determine what to do with Revis. If Revis is still on the roster at 4 p.m. ET, the Jets get a 3rd-round choose from Tampa and the Bucs owe Revis a $1.5 million bonus. However, if Revis is lower before then, the Jets solely get a fourth-round pick and the Bucs are on the hook for zero dollars. So there may be incentive to cut Revis if no one bites on a commerce.
Can Revis still play? The reply to that seems to be a definite yes.
Regardless of coming off an ACL injury in 2012, Revis nonetheless had a solid 12 months in his first season with the Bucs. If you happen to do not imagine me, simply ask the fellows at Pro Football Focus.
Just in case you by some means thought Darrelle Revis had a down year, his +18.2 @PFF grade in 2013 led all CBs.
— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) March eleven, 2014
Hit the highway jack
Is Vikings defensive finish Jared Allen going to end up in Denver? It appears to be a possibility. A source told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Allen-to-the-Broncos is likely and so they’d be ‘shocked’ if it didn’t happen. The report seems to line up with what Allen wants. Without mentioning a particular group, Allen had this to say this week, “Should you can play for one of the prime-five quarterbacks, that makes life easier.” Peyton Manning in all probability qualifies.
Talking of free agent defensive ends, the Bears are targeting Oakland’s Lamarr Houston, in accordance with NFL.com. Chicago originally had its sights set on Seattle’s Michael Bennett, however Bennett decided to re-sign with the Seahawks on Monday. Houston is presently No. 2 in CBSSports.com’s free agent rankings of accessible defensive ends.
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t find yourself in Cleveland, however 49ers safety Donte Whitner would possibly. The Browns are ‘very critical’ about signing Whitner, in response to the Cleveland Plain-Seller. If Whitner have been to end up in Cleveland, it could be a homecoming of types. The 28-yr-old attended high school and college in Ohio.
After 4 seasons with the Chiefs, it seems like Dexter McCluster’s days in Kansas City are over. In keeping with the Kansas City Star, McCluster is not going to be returning to the crew that selected him within the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. McCluster is predicted to have a number of suitors and could sign with a brand new workforce as early as Tuesday night time.
Photograph of the day
We do not normally focus an excessive amount of on area football right here, however we do when a crew owned by KISS unveils new uniforms that appear like this:
New @LAKISS_AFL football helmet by @hydrographics1 #uniswag pic.twitter.com/T9pW7PpdOA
The Southern Conference event actually opened up for Wofford as the bracket progressed. Second-seeded Chattanooga went down in the quarterfinals to Georgia Southern, and No. 1 seed Davidson fell in the semifinals. It instantly became the Terriers’ computerized bid to lose.
And so they took advantage.
Wofford knocked off Western Carolina, fifty six-53, in the SoCon Championship sport on Monday. The Terriers by no means trailed, getting 23 factors from Karl Cochran and 11 factors down low from Lee Skinner. Most significantly, they limited WCU’s Trey Sumler to only nine points on 3-of-12 taking pictures.
This will probably be Wofford’s third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 5 seasons, reaching the Massive Dance in 2010 and 2011. The Terriers acquired a thirteen- and 14-seed in these two tournaments, however this one seems destined to be in a 1 vs. 16 sport. Head coach Mike Younger has done a really solid job of constructing Wofford an annual contender within the SoCon, finishing500 or above in six of the last seven seasons.
Player to know: Karl Cochran. The junior guard from Marietta, Ga. got here up huge when it mattered most: the championship game. He knocked down five three-pointers, ending with 23 factors, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, making multiple clutch photographs in the ultimate minutes. Cochran has been glorious late in the season, scoring at least 20 factors in eight of the final 15 games. He could make photographs from the perimeter, however is also an adept playmaker and gets involved on the glass.
Wofford is generally a balanced unit, however Cochran is the man it might depend on to make large photographs.
Record: 20-12 overall, 11-5 in the SoCon
Most up-to-date tournament appearance: 2011 (lost to BYU in Spherical of sixty four as a No. 14 seed)
Jerry Palm predicts: 16 seed
KenPom ranking: 183
Sagarin rating: 191
Best wins: at Elon, at Winthrop
Worst losses: vs. NC-Greensboro, vs. Chattanooga (twice)
Notable stat: No. 334. That is where Wofford ranks nationally in tempo, that means the Terriers are one of many slowest groups within the country. They are going to look to manage the tempo from the opening tip, taking 30 seconds on the offensive end and never permitting teams to get out in transition too typically. They take every part possession-by-possession, that means they may frustrate a top seed for not less than a half.
Closing quip: Wofford is likely one of the hottest mid-major teams during the last two months, successful 13 of its last 15 games. The Terriers aren’t pretty much as good as they had been whene they lost by single-digits to Wisconsin and BYU in again-to-again NCAA Event, but they won’t be a pushover. They are going to look to make it a half-court docket game and actually take the air out of the ball on the offensive end. If they play a team that likes to stand up and down, it might be a competitive recreation for not less than 20 minutes.
Griffin fuels Clips past Suns, to eighth straight win
L. A. – Blake Griffin is nothing in need of a lightning rod – for teammates, opposing gamers and referees. He can also play any sort of recreation required to maintain the Los Angeles Clippers close to the top of the Western Conference standings.
Griffin scored 22 of his 37 points in the first quarter and made 14 of 16 photographs earlier than fouling out, and the Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 112-105 on Monday night for their eighth consecutive victory.
"I didn’t even understand he had 22 in the first quarter until halftime," level guard Chris Paul mentioned. "I felt like the most important dummy, as a result of he most likely should have gotten the ball even more than he did. I know he will get off to good starts and stuff, but tonight it was loopy."
Issues got testy with 5:28 remaining, as Griffin and P.J. Tucker began wrestling on the floor after they jockeyed for position within the paint on a missed three-level shot by Matt Barnes and Griffin fell on high of Tucker.
The 2 had to be separated, and the game was delayed while referees Bennie Adams, Jason Phillips and Matt Boland examined the video monitor to kind all of it out. Tucker was charged with a loose ball foul after which ejected, while Griffin stayed within the game – until he fouled out with three:23 remaining.
"You simply form of assess the play as it happens," Griffin mentioned. "Within the second, I don’t wish to put my group or myself in a foul state of affairs. So you simply have to weigh the pros and cons at that point. Simply to do one thing silly and get kicked out or suspended doesn’t help. We already have injuries and guys who are banged up, so we do not want that."
The four-time All-Star entered Monday having drawn a league-excessive 469 fouls, 40 more than Houston’s Dwight Howard.
"Blake is available in and he does his job. And so they do not prefer it," coach Doc Rivers mentioned. "Blake will get hit as much as anyone. I think we’ve got all seen it, and it gets old. I do know it’s totally difficult for him, however I think he’s doing the right factor. He puts his arms up – because if he reacts, like some individuals say he should, then he gets thrown out, he will get suspended, and it hurts the crew."
Darren Collison scored 20 points and Paul added 17 factors and eleven assists for the Pacific Division leaders, who had been 55.1 p.c from the sector and improved to 23-1 when taking pictures at least 50 %.
Goran Dragic had 23 points and five assists throughout a foul-plagued 33 minutes for the Suns, who slipped a half-recreation behind idle Memphis for the ultimate playoff spot within the West and are 1 half behind Dallas. Phoenix hasn’t made the postseason since 2010 beneath coach Alvin Gentry, now a Clippers associate head coach.
"Give Phoenix credit. They’re enjoying for his or her lives right now and so they need every win, so that you knew they weren’t going away," Rivers said. "At the very least that is the way I felt on the bench."
Gerald Green, who had a career-excessive forty one points for the Suns in last Thursday’s 128-122 victory in opposition to Oklahoma Metropolis, completed with sixteen factors after averaging 23.four over his earlier 13 video games. Miles Plumlee, enjoying his second recreation after lacking the previous two due to a sprained proper knee, had 12 points and nine rebounds as all five Suns starters scored in double figures.
Dragic got here in averaging 20.5 points, third within the league among point guards behind Stephen Curry (23.5) and Kyrie Irving (21.5). However he picked up his third foul 2 minutes into the second quarter and wasn’t a factor till the fourth, when the Suns rallied from a 19-point deficit with 8:eleven remaining and obtained it down to 109-105 on Dragic’s layup with 32.5 seconds to play.
However that was as shut as they received, as Barnes made three of four free throws to shut it out.
Los Angeles was leading 105-95 when Griffin picked up his sixth foul on a charge underneath the basket. Dragic made a pair of driving layups 28 seconds aside to slice the margin to one hundred and five-99 with 2:21 to go. But Paul responded with a sixteen-foot bank shot and two free throws for an eight-level cushion with 1:21 left.
"They got up early on us. We fell again and continued to play. It was just one of those situations where it was too little, too late," Tucker mentioned. "It happens to us so much. Against the highest teams in the league, you possibly can’t get down by a lot early. Even coming back and making it close on the end is just not enough.
"We ran out of fuel."
Clippers G Jamal Crawford was on the inactive listing for the fourth time in five video games because of a left calf strain. He tried to play by way of it throughout Saturday’s victory in opposition to Atlanta, however spent only 9½ minutes on the court and tried two pictures – both of which missed. “I do not know when he’s coming back. I just don’t know,” Rivers stated. “I didn’t assume he regarded good the opposite night, just running. I don’t become involved very often with that stuff, but he wasn’t running pure, so we’ll just wait till he is back to taking part in one hundred pc.”.. The Clippers have scored at a hundred or more factors in 16 straight home games since their loss to the Suns. It is their longest such streak because the 1983-eighty four season, their final one in San Diego.