Bears, WR Kendall Wright agree to one-year deal

That trade was a day after the White Sox’s other big offseason deal, a jaw-dropper that sent left-handed ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox in exchange for Moncada (now first in BA’s ChiSox ranking), right-hander Michael Kopech (fifth), outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe (eighth) and right-hander Victor Diaz. Kopech, who owns a fastball that easily tops 100 mph, could be in Charlotte (and possibly Chicago) at some point this year, too; he’s at Double-A Birmingham and has 20 strikeouts in 12 innings over three starts so far this year.
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The Bears signed free agent wide receiver Kendall Wright on Saturday to a one-year deal worth $4 million, the team confirmed.

Wright, 27, spent his first five NFL seasons with the Titans, appearing in 66 games with 41 starts and catching 280 passes for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns.
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After being selected by the Titans with the 20th of the 2012 draft out of Baylor, Wright had 64 receptions for 626 yards and four TDs as a rookie. The 5-10 slot receiver then had a breakout second season in 2013, catching 94 passes for 1,079 yards and two touchdowns.

Last season Wright saw a significant drop in productivity. He appeared in just 11 games with four starts, catching 29 passes for 416 yards and three touchdowns.

Wright could help new quarterback Mike Glennon as a checkdown option over the middle of the field. With Alshon Jeffery now in an Eagles uniform, Wright should see plenty of playing time.

Read the suicide note Aaron Hernandez left for fiancée Shayanna Jenkins

When Aaron Hernandez committed sucicde in prison last month he left behind three notes in his cell.

Until now the notes have remained private, but Friday afternoon Massachusetts Court officials released a note left for his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins. There is some information that has been redacted, but most of the note can be read.

You have always been my soul-mate and I want you to love life and know I’m always with you. I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know you are an angel – literally! We split into two to come change the world! Your characteristics is that of a true angel and the definition of God’s love! Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you. This was the Supreme’s, the Almighty’s plan, not mine! I love you! Let (redacted) know how much I love her! Look after (redacted) and (redacted) for me – they are my boys (you’re rich). I knew I loved you = Savage Garden

Officials have confirmed in the past there were three notes left behind in Hernandez’s cell, although they never specified who they were addressed to. Multiple reports have claimed a second note was left for his 4-year-old daughter.

The third note, however, has been a source of speculation for weeks. Some outlets have claimed it was for a gay lover, a fellow prison inmate described as a “close friend” hired an attorney to claim it was for him and TMZ Sports reported in April the note was left for Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez.

The former Patriots tight end was in prison serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. A few days before his death he was found not guilty for a double murder of two men in Boston.

Aaron Hernandez left note in blood before suicide, police say

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Fitzpatrick sat around all spring last year with no interest, so there is no reason to think more interest would magically appear this season. If someone gets hurt in training camp, it’s possible Fitz could get a call, but it’s hard to see a fit for him.

It has been well-publicized that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez left notes for loved ones, alleged loved ones, and attorneys, so just about every single thing leading up to, the act of, and the aftermath of his suicide have been documented.

But a report released by Massachusetts State Police on Thursday (via MassLive) included an additional fact that many have not touched on.
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It was reported before that Hernandez wrote John 3:16 on his forehead before his apparent suicide, and he had a Bible next to his bed opened to the verse, but the report also revealed Hernandez wrote the verse on the wall of his cell in his own blood.

He was found with cuts after his suicide and apparently he used the blood from those cuts to write upon the wall.

It’s a stark image, but one that tells just a little bit more about the final moments before Hernandez’s death.

Masterpiece of a story from Ethan Strauss on Steph Curry in the wake up of Kevin Durant.

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That’s because LaVar Ball has pushed for a co-branded partnership with whichever company intends to sign him, which would allow Big Baller Brand to operate underneath the parent umbrella. That’s like Jordan Brand, which signs athletes and has its own sneaker line as part of the Nike family.

Ball has also set the bar high, claiming he and his sons will settle for no less than a combined $1 billion deal over the life of the contract. That prompted Nike CEO Phil Knight to call Ball’s asking price a bit steep, and company consultant George Raveling to call Ball himself the worst thing to happen to basketball in the last hundred years.

Lonzo Ball is projected as the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft after an impressive freshman season leading the UCLA Bruins to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Masterpiece of a story from Ethan Strauss on Steph Curry in the wake up of Kevin Durant. So much of chew on here. (And it’s also Ethan’s last story for ESPN.)

Is this what FIBA wanted? A couple of years ago, the international body elected to switch up World Cup and Olympic qualifying, moving games into windows that conflict with most leagues’ seasons, including the NBA. So USA Basketball will be using D-League players to qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup starting next November.

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Tony Parker’s injury is a season-ending ruptured left quadriceps tendon

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Spurs point guard Tony Parker suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon during San Antonio’s Game 2 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. He will require season-ending surgery to repair it, according to The San Antonio Express-News’ Jeff McDonald.

It marked the first major injury of his illustrious 15-year career.

Authentic Marshall Faulk Jersey After losing twice at home to Chicago, the Celtics are countering with Green’s scoring punch in the starting five. Through two games, Boston is only scoring 101.7 points per 100 possessions, rather than the nearly 109 offensive rating it recorded in the regular season. Some of their struggles has just been the Celtics missing open shots, but the more you look at their team, the more you see the flaws of building around a single player — Isaiah Thomas — with no one else reliably being able to create offense.

Green in the starting five could help that, although the real trouble begins when Thomas leaves the floor. The 2005 Celtics draft pick has one quantifiable NBA skill, volume scoring, and he will get buckets if you give him minutes. It may not happen within the flow of the offense, or efficiently enough for Boston’s liking, but Green certainly could add a dimension that Boston lacks outside of Thomas.

Still, this season, the Celtics have played Green in 47 games, where he has scored about six points on 41 percent shooting and 35 percent on threes. Boston envisioned Green in a slightly bigger role than occasional offensive boost off the bench this season, something he wasn’t really able to provide.

The 31-year-old does have a cool story, dropping out of the league for a couple seasons before finding his way back in.

We’ll see if the coaching move from Brad Stevens works for Boston, which clearly has its back against the wall.

Brandon Roy shot in the leg after shielding children from gunfire

Former Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy was shot in the leg while visiting his grandmother in Southern California over the weekend. He has returned to Washington state and is recovering. Roy was a bystander in the incident, but his heroic actions ensured a horrible situation didn’t get much worse.

USA Today reports that the shooting was a random act of violence, and that Roy quickly reacted to the shooting by shielding children in front of the home — which resulted in him being shot in the leg. The Trail Blazers released the following statement on the incident.

“Like many others, we’re just learning of the injury suffered by former Trail Blazers player Brandon Roy in a shooting over the weekend in California. According to those reports, Brandon was wounded as a bystander, but is expected to recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon and his family during this time.”
There has been no arrest in connection with the shooting at this time, but it’s clear from Roy’s actions that by shielding the children with his body at least one bullet was stopped from potentially doing far more damage.

Roy enjoyed an impressive career in Portland, averaging 18.8 points per game over a six-year tenure. He was named 2007 NBA Rookie of the Year and a three-time NBA All-Star before knee injuries cut his career short.

That same season, without much discussion, they tried to force George to play power forward in an attempt to modernize their style. Coming off a serious leg injury, George was understandably hesitant to bang with bigger players in the post. Who can blame him?

6 teams that could make a trade during the 2017 NFL Draft

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Here are a few teams that could be in the market for a draft day swap during the first round:

Any seventh-round pick faces an uphill climb to make a roster, but the Cowboys drafted Brown for his big talent and likely won’t give up on him right away. He has a strong chance to be a practice squad player in Dallas as he develops and matures into his role.

However, Brown spoke at the combine about his eagerness to contribute early, I feel like whoever picks me up is going to get someone who comes in and competes and works hard and tries to have a winning impact in anything they do.

After adding Ryan Switzer earlier in Day 3, the Cowboys now have some new toys for Dak Prescott to work with.

Effective but not super flashy, Elflein didn’t specifically stand out at the combine. Despite being one of the top prospects this draft cycle, he didn’t record any of the top performances during drills. Combine numbers aren’t super important unless they translate to the field on game day, and the lineman can be outmaneuvered easily once he’s already committed.

Ultimately, this shouldn’t be a big issue at the next level, especially with his offseason training and diet. Elflein noted at the combine, I definitely got leaner, got stronger and I’m healthier, in better shape. I feel great. It’s the best I’ve ever felt.

The Vikings’ offensive line struggled last season, and it was a big part of the reason the team fizzled out after an undefeated start. Elflein’s versatility and athleticism will be a great fit for a team that needs an upgrade as badly as the Vikings do.

Nathan Peterman is the newest arm in the crowded Bills’ quarterback room

The Buffalo Bills added another quarterback to the mix by selecting Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman in the fifth round with the 171st pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 22-year-old probably won’t be a day one starter, but the former Panther has the skills to be the Bills’ backup immediately, if he can get near the top of a crowded depth chart.

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Originally, Peterman attended the University of Tennessee for two seasons but he didn’t play much. He redshirted in 2012 and only appeared in four games in 2013. During his first start in 2013, he broke his hand and lost the job. In 2014, coach Butch Jones benched Peterman after just two series in his only start of the season.

He appeared in seven more games as a Volunteer, but then transferred to Pitt in 2015, morphing into a solid quarterback with enough arm talent and athleticism to extend drives.

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After a brief discussion, Mixon looks as if he’s going to walk away, but looks like he says something as he turns. Molitor then pushes Mixon, setting off a quick series of events that were over in three seconds. Mixon reacts to the push by lunging at Molitor with a closed fist at his side. She reacts by slapping Mixon near where his jaw and neck meet on his left side.

Mike Tomlin tells 2 Steelers receivers sniping at each other on Twitter to play nice

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The Steelers drafted a receiver in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday: USC star JuJu Smith-Schuster. Because teams draft prospects with their current rosters in mind, this set off some speculation about a few Steeler wideouts.

A fan tweeted to Martavis Bryant, a fourth-year receiver whom the NFL just conditionally reinstated after a season-long drug suspension. His message was something to the effect of, Youre being replaced.

The Processhas done the 76ers well. With Embiid playing in just 31 games, Philly won 28 this season, nearly tripling its win total (10) from the 2015-16 season. Embiid averaged 20 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game, far and away numbers that made him the leagues most dominant rookie until a minor torn meniscus ended his season early.

That same process also landed Dario Saric in a 76ers uniform and has Ben Simmons ready to go for next season. The Sixers enjoyed relative success last season, and the outlook for the near future is bright.

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While some believe the Eagles will return to the playoffs this season, recent history hasnt been on their side. Luckily, the process is an equal opportunity employer. Maybe the Sixers can rub off some of that positive energy onto their friends across town next season.

The Bears have desperately needed a safety who can take over games as a playmaker

The Bears have desperately needed a safety who can take over games as a playmaker, and they finally can solve the problem. Adams can lay the hammer down upfield against the run like an extra linebacker but also drop back to shine in coverage like an extra cornerback. Free or strong safety, it doesn’t matter. File Adams under transcendent for the position.

Also, the insular worlds that existed only in our respective regions now have a louder voice. Those voices have been amplified by one of the closest, most contentious MVP votes any of us can remember. It’s into this hyper-charged environment that the NBA has empowered more writers who came from the internet to have a vote for their awards.

Presuming we end up with Rockets vs. Spurs in Round 2, we’ll have ourselves a series. Houston played San Antonio to a draw in four close games this season. Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and Dewayne Dedmon make for an electric defensive core, but we know Harden can cook on anyone (except maybe the Warriors) and Houston is built to get threes off from any position. San Antonio’s primary strength is preventing clean threes and refusing to foul. Against Harden, there’s going to be some give in that. But not enough to make up for the fact that LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi are going to feast on offense. Spurs in a seven-game classic …

An individual can have an outsized influence on the outcome of each basketball game, but at the end of the day, it’s still an individual in a team sport. Paul’s tantrum is a great picture of what happens when that reality sets in. It’s what happens when someone tries his hardest to lead his team to victory but realizes the true limitations of a lone individual in a team sport when everyone else refuses to show up. Again.