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The Ravens took Lamar Jackson with the 32nd pick in the draft last year. The quarterback went 6-1 as a starter in the regular season before the Ravens fell to the Chargers in a wild card playoff game.

Duke put the full-court press on California guard Cassius Stanley and it worked. Stanley picked the Blue Devils in an announcement on Monday, choosing Duke over Oregon, UCLA and Kansas. It capped off a big weekend for Blue Devils' coach Mike Krzyzewski who secured a commitment from Minnesota forward Matthew Hurt on Friday. That makes the Duke recruiting class of 2019 a five-man group. Hurt and ...

We all laughed when Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Russell Westbrook was "an All-Star but not a superstar." Cuban was not wrong then, nor is he now. He made those comments in April 2016 before Game 5 of the Mavs/Thunder playoff series. The comments are just as relevant today. Refresher: Cuban was asked if then-Thunder forward Kevin Durant was worthy of being named first-team All-NBA. ...

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In this 2018, file photo, former Oklahoma State quarterback Keondre Wudtee (11) throws during an NCAA college football practice in Stillwater, Okla.

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Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) walks past head coach Bill Self to take a seat on the bench in the first half against Villanova during an NCAA Tournament national semifinal on March 31, 2018, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Kansas junior center Udoka Azubuike, who played just nine games this past season because of injury, has decided to return to KU for his senior season. Azubuike, a 7-foot, 270-pound native of Delta, Nigeria, averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds a game in 2018-19. He tore a ligament in his right hand and had surgery in early January. The injury was similar to a torn tendon in his left hand ...

The 2019 NFL schedule came out last week and proved once again that it's possible for a computer to be a New England Patriots fan. Of course, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the Patriots will have another smooth ride to the playoffs. The scheduling algorithm apparently felt that Boston sports fans had suffered enough over the offseason, what with Rob Gronkowski's retirement announcement and ...

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Singer Kate Smith is seen on the screen before Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pa. The Flyers have covered the Smith statue outside Xfinity Live! and will no longer p…

PHILADELPHIA - Flyers officials declined to elaborate Monday on the statement they made Sunday about removing Kate Smith's bronze statue from outside Xfinity Live!, but a former club executive said the team had painted itself into a corner once it covered the statue with a black tarp. "I'm very sad and disappointed. I think the whole thing could have been handled differently," said Lou ...

MINNEAPOLIS - Rocco Baldelli knows that Willians Astudillo has become a fan favorite, that the curiosity over "La Tortuga" has become an almost constant story line. But that doesn't mean he's interested in adding to the legend. Baldelli replaced Eddie Rosario with Astudillo for the final three innings of Saturday's 16-7 victory over the Orioles, mostly to give Rosario some rest at the end of a ...

Whether Lock’s much-publicized pre-draft visit to Lambeau Field was subterfuge, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst wasn’t about to say. But Gutekunst left the distinct impression during Monday’s pre-draft news conference that bringing Lock to Green Bay was about doing important background research — and not because he’s necessarily looking to use one of his first-round selections on Aaron Rodgers’ successor.

BALTIMORE - Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk amid his slow start to the season, the team announced Monday, with utility man Stevie Wilkerson replacing him on the active roster. Mullins, who made his major league debut in August as the heir to longtime center fielder Adam Jones, was struggling badly through the first month of the season, with just six hits in ...

CHICAGO - Former Chicago Morgan Park point guard Charlie Moore, the 2016 Mr. Basketball winner in Illinois, is on the move again in college - and this time he's apparently coming home. Moore, who began his college career at California and played for Kansas this past season, will transfer to DePaul, according to a tweet Monday from Stadium's Jeff Goodman. The 5-foot-11 Moore initially committed ...

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Delaware’s Nasir Adderley, a distant cousin of former Packers cornerback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Herb Adderley, is the top-rated safety in the draft.

CHICAGO - White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez will return to his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to mourn the death of his grandmother. The Sox on Monday placed him on the bereavement list and he will miss at least the three-game series against the Orioles. Nicky Delmonico was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte in Jimenez's place. Jimenez is batting .231 with three home runs and ...

PHILADELPHIA - Donovan McNabb is right. He just said it wrong. This, for him, is nothing new. McNabb, the greatest quarterback in Eagles history, once again disparaged the essence of Carson Wentz, for whom he has no affection. It's clear why that is so. If Wentz can stay on the field, he would supplant McNabb as the greatest quarterback in Eagles history. If that smells like jealousy, well, it ...

Former NFL Scout and PFW contributor Greg Gabriel joins Hub Arkush and Arthur Arkush to talk all things NFL Draft! Hub runs through the first round of Greg’s latest mock draft. Who will be the first QB off the board? How do the the Top 10 teams selec…

Arthur Arkush and Hub Arkush are joined by former NFL and Chicago Bears Scout and PFW contributor Greg Gabriel to preview the Bears draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Bears will pick at No. 87 and do not have a first or second round pick unless t…

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Michigan's Rashan Gary is an intriguing prospect, having been a first-team all-Big Ten pick each of the past two seasons despite registering just 9.5 combined sacks over the 22 games he played.

Apr. 22--Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook has been the topic of much conversation during these NBA playoffs, and for the most part, it hasn't been regarding his play. The issue? Westbrook's responses -- or, non-responses -- to questions asked by The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel during his postgame media availability sessions. Westbrook has been stonewalling Tramel for quite some ...

Apr. 22--Win a game, lose a player: It's no way for any team to get through a season. Unfortunately for the New York Yankees, that's been their reality of late. The Yankees won five of six games last week, but ran their list of shelved players to 13, with the longest and most impactful injury hitting on Saturday: An oblique tear for slugger Aaron Judge. It may be July before Judge is back ...

Apr. 22--The 2019 NFL draft is less than a week away, and the first-round outlook is still defined by its lack of clarity. While all the team needs have come into focus, the overall picture at the top of the draft remains blurry. That uncertainty begins with the Cardinals, who haven't yet tipped their hands as to their plans with the No. 1 overall pick. And while several general managers have ...

Apr. 22--With spring games and official visits sparking commitments far and wide, the biggest winners of a particularly big recruiting weekend came from both the SEC and Pac-12. Oregon and LSU both landed a pair of four-star recruits to bolster their emerging classes of 2020, with three of those four stars hailing from Southern California. Both of Oregon's new commits hail from SoCal, with ...

Apr. 22--For years, decades even, the wealth of young football talent in Texas has helped ensure that the state's prestige college football programs -- Texas, Texas A&M, more recently TCU and Baylor -- remain among the nation's most competitive. Now, as national recruiting combines draw top athletes farther afield and the one-time barriers to entry melt away, more and more top Texas talent is ...

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