Like during Sunday’s Game 1, when Khris Middleton’s overtime-forcing heave could have broken the Celtics’ spirit.

Ian Kennedy (R), rostered in 23 percent of ESPN leagues, Kansas City Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers: Kennedy had his first tough start of the season last time out, allowing six runs (four earned) thanks to a pair of homers allowed, but he had a 1.00 ERA in his first three starts, going exactly six innings in all three. Kennedy has always been a solid strikeout arm and the Brewers have the league’s highest strikeout rate since the start of 2017. Thankfully he gets the Brewers at home instead of at Milwaukee, too, so his chronic home run issue shouldn’t be as big of a problem.

The 22-year-old delivered a 2.65 ERA and 9.2 K/9 over 18 Triple-A starts, and he posted five innings of one-run ball with nine whiffs against the Brewers in his lone big league start earlier this month. Against a Pirates club that’s been struggling over the last couple of weeks with a .298 wOBA that ranks No. 24 in baseball, Flaherty is one of Saturday’s more enticing streaming options.

Walker Buehler (R), 23 percent, Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Dodgers: There are so many quality streamers today, we’ll offer up a bonus arm. Buehler, who tossed five scoreless frames against Miami in his big league debut on Monday, is slated to start in one of Saturday’s two games against San Francisco. This is another favorable matchup for the rookie right-hander, as the Giants have been non-threatening against righties this year, producing a .299 wOBA and 25 percent strikeout rate. It’s unlikely Buehler goes deep into this game, but the upside is intriguing. It’s likely he’ll be sent back to the minors after Saturday’s outing, so enjoy him while you can.

Traded for All-Star Kyrie Irving, who flirted with a 50/40/90 season despite playing on a bothersome left knee that eventually required season-ending surgery.

Adding top-end talent like Hayward and Irving was supposed to deplete Boston’s depth. But Boston’s youngest players have routinely stepped up this season, including in big-time situations.

Instead, Boston — spearheaded by emerging third-year guard Rozier — came out and finished off its win.

“Sometimes I think they’re at their best when those things happen, you know?” Stevens said after Game 1. “I think it’s just a resilient group of kids.

Greg Holland has yet to register a save this season, but the first one could be coming soon. After a rough start, the right-hander has now had four straight scoreless appearances, with five strikeouts and only one hit allowed. canucks_012

Code sharing leads Pelicans to void about 2,500 playoff tickets

The New Orleans Pelicans say they’ve voided around 2,500 playoff tickets that were purchased improperly during a presale event for the second round of the NBA playoffs.

The club says the event was designed exclusively for season-ticket holders, but that codes provided for online purchases were shared with people who were not eligible for the promotion.

The Pelicans say they have not previously had a problem with the improper sharing of promotional codes for ticket sales, but that an “unprecedented demand for playoff tickets resulted in tickets being purchased by non-season ticket or partial season ticket holders.”

“That’s the tough part of this game is that those inches and those swings of momentum are so huge and you try to get them back,” Trotz said. “You have some control of it, and you just want to make sure that you execute at the highest level.”

The incident led to a two-game suspension for Barnes. Last month, Barnes — who announced his retirement in December — said any feud with Fisher was over.

Fisher and Govan have dated since 2015. No information on a wedding was reported.

Patterson has practiced with the Wolverines during the spring as he awaits word on whether or not he’ll be able to compete for playing time in 2018.

The former five-star prospect threw for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns in seven games last year as a sophomore before a leg injury cut his season short.

If cleared to play, Patterson is expected to compete with redshirt sophomore Brandon Peters and redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey — another former five-star recruit — among others. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters in March that former starter Wilton Speight might also return to the team despite declaring his intention to transfer to another school at the end of the 2017 season.dolphins_075

Hynes had little reason not to play him. And Hall became the pacesetter they needed him to become.

Feely spent 14 seasons in the NFL, including two with the Giants (2005-06) and two with the Jets (2008-09). He is a college football and NFL analyst for CBS Sports. He has four children.

Feely can’t claim to be unaware of the political climate. He crossed sports lines many times, criticizing former President Barack Obama and appearing on Fox News’ Hannity. He also weighed in on immigration.

In Arizona, where Feely and family reportedly live, it is legal to carry a concealed handgun with or without a permit. Gun license and registration are not required, according to

“Taylor Hall is Taylor Hall every night, to me,” said Devils forward Blake Coleman after Game 3. “He’s a professional. One of the best players on the ice, night on and night out. I’m just used it by now, really.”

Are Devils fans used to it?

Why did so few people east of the Mississippi, and especially in the Washington and New York areas, have no reasonable shot to see the end of that game even if it went nine innings? It went 12, finishing at 12:15 Monday morning in an empty ballpark. Might greed have been the reason?

Why, in the span of four Mets games, did two — ESPN’s late Sunday nighter and the Facebook-only number on April 4 — largely go unseen in New York, the nation’s largest TV market? Was greed not the reason?

But as long as the independent baseball media ignore such betrayals of The Game, common sense and common decency — vastly underrepresenting devoted fans — MLB will continue to interpret its shamelessness as widely approved.

Then, Saturday, during Rangers-Flyers, there he was on NBC: Cesare Maniago, playing for the Rangers.

Emrick explained: “I’m a sucker for old, grainy footage.steelers_125

Authorities say former Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers player Aldon Smith is back in a California jail after violating a condition of his bail.

Online records show the 28-year-old Smith is being held Sunday in San Francisco County Jail on $500,000 bond. A message seeking comment from his attorney, Joshua Bentley, was not immediately returned.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nancy Crowley tells the San Francisco Chronicle that Smith was booked Friday for violating a condition of his electronic monitoring while on bail. It’s his third arrest in two months.

Hidden behind the roller-coaster start that Giancarlo Stanton has had is an exceptional stretch by Aaron Judge. After a slow start, Judge has rattled off an 11-game hit streak, pushing his batting average over .340. New York sits in third place in the AL East after dropping five of its past seven games against division foes. The Yankees had a .579 win percentage against the AL East in 2017, its best intra-division record since 2009 (.625). — McCarthy

The Cubs had a much-hyped starting rotation coming into the season, but the first two weeks of the season were forgetful for the starting five. The Cubs’ rotation ranks 27th in ERA, last in WHIP and 29th in walks per nine innings. The failings have been a group effort, as Kyle Hendricks is the only starter on the team with an ERA under 4.00 through the first three turns in the rotation. — Ken Woolums, ESPN Stats & Information

Mayfield, the prolific passer from Oklahoma, is not very likely to find his way to the Giants, as the expectation (at least here) is that they will bypass a quarterback in the first round to take an immediate impact-making player at another position. The Giants are doing their due diligence on all the top-level prospects and will bring every one of them in for visits. They played host last week to defensive end Bradley Chubb and will also bring into the building Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen, the other top-rated quarterbacks.

After eating dinner Sunday night with members of the coaching staff, Barkley and Mayfield will spend most of the day Monday at the Giants’ facility, meeting with coaches and front-office personnel. Later in the day, Mayfield will make the short ride from East Rutherford, N.J, to Florham Park to meet with the Jets.

Colts tight end Erik Swoope signs his exclusive rights tender

Tight end Erik Swoope signed his exclusive rights tender Monday, the Colts announced.

Swoope, 25, signed with the Colts in 2014, having never played organized football. He played basketball at the University of Miami.

He spent his first two seasons on the practice squad before making his NFL debut in the 2015 regular-season finale. He served as the Colts’ third tight end in 2016.

“I can’t remember what prompted it, honestly, but [Jamie] threatened me. He threatened to kill me,” Lisa says. Jamie was always remorseful, she says, always sincerely apologetic after lashing out. Still, she says, she took the threat seriously enough to remove the knife set from the kitchen counter and lock her bedroom door at night.

More often than not, though, Jamie was a functioning addict, according to friends and family members. Frequently on the dean’s list, he graduated from Michigan State in May 2015 with a 3.5 GPA.

“I think any player that misses camp — in his case it’s not a holdout if he hasn’t signed [the franchise tender],” Colbert said. “He’s not required to be there. . . . I think it does affect that player but I think it affects his teammates as well because they don’t get to work together. He had a productive year without coming to camp last year. Were we as good as we could’ve been especially early? Probably not. Hopefully, again, we can get something done long-term. He plugs in, there’s no distractions, and we go all try to win a Super Bowl.”

It would be Super Bowl win number seven for the Steelers, who definitely would be in much better position to achieve that goal if they have Bell all in for all of the 2018 offseason, training camp, and preseason.

“Jamie came in, and immediately he knew where he wanted to be in life, and it wasn’t as an addict,” says Chris Ege, a manager at Sober Living in Delray. “He was working. He was going to meetings. He had the sponsor that was top of the line. He was doing everything right.”

Case Keenum gets $36 million over two years

The numbers are in on the new deal signed by quarterback Case Keenum in Denver. For a guy who made $2 million last year in Minnesota, he’s gotten a dramatic increase in his compensation.

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The highest-paid er in NFL history is Peyton Manning, at $249 million. His brother Eli Manning is second at $219 million, Tom Brady is third at $197 million, Drew Brees is fourth at $194 million and Philip Rivers is fifth at $187 million.

The draft just gets bigger and bigger. The exposure gets bigger and bigger.

The similarity between football and politics, as it often has been, is striking. The influx of massive amounts of cash has transformed the NFL (just like politics). In some ways it has been for the better in the NFL with higher salaries for players, and in some ways it has been worse with higher prices for tickets. And more football, superficially, appeals to the sport’s hardcore base (like me).

But at some point, doesn’t the hardcore fan say: Even for me this is a lot of football?

Maybe I’m wrong, and the near-blanket draft coverage is a hit.

But why tempt fate? At some point it will be too much.

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The Dolphins, who are making major changes up and down the roster, will give him the chance to prove he’s right about that.Report: Falcons, Patriots have contacted Danny Woodhead

The Ravens released running back Danny Woodhead this week and he’s heard from a couple of teams that might offer him a spot for the 2018 season.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the Falcons and Patriots have both contacted Woodhead. He has not scheduled a visit with either team at this point.

Redskins re-sign Zach Brown to reported 3-year deal

The Washington Redskins re-signed linebacker Zach Brown, the team announced Thursday. Brown signed a three-year contract with a max value of $24 million, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Brown excelled in his first year in Washington, racking up a team-leading 127 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two passes defensed. Allowing Brown to test the market was a risky strategy for Washington, who could have been left with a significant hole in the middle of its defense had he signed elsewhere.

Josh Sitton is the latest guard to strike it rich as he heads for South Florida.

Perhaps the most unheralded member of a heralded Philadelphia D-line, Allen heads to Tampa to sign a three-year, $15 million deal, according to NFL Network. Gerald McCoy and Co. badly need the help after finishing last in total defense and pass defense in 2017. Allen won’t rack up stats, but is durable (one missed game in four-year career) and will do the dirty work for his teammates. 

Robinson will be a quality weapon for second-year signal caller Mitchell Trubisky, and the Bears didn’t stop there. They also brought in tight end Trey Burton. This approach worked out well last year for the Rams, who gave Jared Goff Sammy Watkins to throw to in his second season in Los Angeles. Bringing in Alshon Jeffery last year as a target for Carson Wentz panned out nicely, too. We’ll see if Robinson, who was productive with Blake Bortles throwing to him, can give the same kind of boost to Trubisky.

Long-time NFL assistant coach Jim Washburn spent several days with Chubb for on-field workouts, film study, and discussions about playing in the NFL.

“He has a wicked inside hand on his pass rush and he corners at a very high-level,” Washburn told PFT. “He’s a hard-core dude, very smart. If he gets into the right system he should be a double-digit sack guy, soon and for a long time.”

But Elway liked Keenum a lot, and felt he couldn’t wait till Thursday or Friday to see if he’d get Cousins. Meanwhile, McCartney found time to discuss the three offers with Cousins that afternoon. There were no others. They prioritized Minnesota, because the Vikings were amenable to making Cousins the highest-paid quarterback in the game, fully guaranteed, at about three years and $84 million, and they were the closest to winning now. patriots_052

To return to Super Bowl, Steelers should run from Le’Veon Bell

Having already turned down a multi-year contract last offseason that would have entrenched him as the highest-paid back in the league, Bell said he would consider sitting out the 2018 season if he were to be assigned the franchise tag for a second straight season. He issued this threat the week of the Jacksonville playoff game, and then reportedly showed up late for both the day-before walk-through and the game itself.

The same figure for Brady, who totaled 505 yards and really did put together one of the best Super Bowl passing performances ever. He was marvelous, even in defeat and even on a night when the ball never quite looked like it was leaving his hand right.

Player in the entire game (LeGarrette Blount) who exceeded nine rushing attempts. Both teams ran for better than 5 yards per carry, but they did it by committee. The Eagles used three running backs regularly (Blount, Jay Ajayi, and Corey Clement), while the Patriots split opportunities between James White, Dion Lewis, and Rex Burkhead.

We also find Davis feasting on the glass sans Cousins; he’s consumed 40.5 percent more rebounding chances (being within 3.5 feet of an available rebound) since Cousins went down.

Perhaps most pivotal to his case as the top fantasy asset however, is the fact that Davis is fifth in the league in blocks and third in steals over his past nine games. With such a rare blend of volume and efficiency, Davis is the top fantasy option for the next two months.

Pink performed the anthem despite battling the flu in the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has denied reports he was benched for Super Bowl 52 after breaking curfew to attend a concert.

The 27-year-old was left off the field for the duration of the Patriots’ 41-33 defeat to the Eagles in Minneapolis Sunday.

In his absence the Patriots defense was shredded by Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who won the game’s MVP award after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

“But I also learned a lot in my three years at UCLA. I learned how to handle a lot of ups and a lot of downs — adversity, success — so it was a blessing in disguise. UCLA is an incredible school. I wouldn’t have attended anywhere else, even in retrospect. I’m glad I went through those three years for good and bad.”

Rosen’s main goal now is to dispel as much about the “bad” as hesurrounding his draft profile.

Even though Wentz was unable to play in the Eagles’ 41-33 win over the Patriots Sunday, he was instrumental in getting the team into playoff contention. Before he tore his ACL in December, Wentz led Philadelphia to an 11-2 record and threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and had a 101.9 quarterback rating.

All the time, Belichick’s love-hate relationship continued with the volatile Parcells. NFL Films captures one hilarious moment during their stint with the Giants, when Parcells threatens to send Belichick to the “parking lot” outside Giants Stadium if he made one more mistake during a game — is that any way to treat the future greatest coach in NFL history?

To his credit, Belichick is as unperturbed now as he was when Parcells originally cussed him on the sideline: “There was no question about it. I worked for him. He was the boss,” Belichick says.

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, in preparation for this, gave his players five days off following their Thursday night loss Oct. 26 to the Ravens, and this past week they were off Tuesday and Wednesday after their Monday night loss to the Panthers.

“We’re planning the way we needed to plan it,” Gase said. “We felt like giving ourselves time as coaches and giving our players the proper time to recover after a game was important to us.”

The refs gifted the Patriots a new set of downs by turning a false start into a Titans penalty

The Tennessee Titans got the short end of a questionable call in the second quarter against the New England Patriots Saturday night.

After the Titans appeared to have forced the Patriots to a three-and-out, both teams lined up for a punt. After it initially appeared the Patriots would be called for a false start, the Titans were called for a neutral zone infraction, giving the Patriots an automatic first down on what was a fourth-and-10:

But he probably knew how that play was going to turn out. The Steelers ran a pitch on a fourth-and-1 from the Jaguars 21-yard line. It went poorly.

The Jaguars ended up jumping out to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, so it might not be the last time we hear Roethlisberger saying that.

The audible might have been thunder, but he’ll be saying the other phrase if this keeps up.

After an early exit from the playoffs last season, rumors swirled around Caldwell being on the hot seat. But the Lions signed him to a contract extension. Unfortunately for Detroit, it just missed the playoffs in 2017. So the Lions decided to pull the plug on Caldwell.

Detroit was always competitive with Caldwell at the helm, which is something the franchise hasn’t been able to do consistently years before Caldwell arrived. But the Lions never won the NFC North under him.

What plagued the Lions during Caldwell’s stint was inconsistent defenses and terrible rushing attacks. Detroit finished with the second-ranked defense in 2014 but failed to reach the top 10 during the following three seasons.

Atlanta looked the part of a road warrior in last Saturday’s 26-13 upset win over the Los Angeles Rams, improving to 13-5 SU and 11-7 ATS over its last 18 road games.

The Falcons have looked extremely sharp on defense over the last two weeks in holding one of the league’s top offenses to just 13 points last week and Carolina to only 10 points to clinch a playoff spot in Week 17.