Miami Dolphins believe they will land Ndamukong Suh

March 6, 2015 – 5:52 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Ndamukong Suh

I’m sure plenty of teams believe they have the best chance to land free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but the Miami Dolphins are apparently really confident they will be his final destination. The 28-year-old Suh has also been linked to the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders and he can begin negotiating with teams on Saturday.

Suh is likely to command a contract in the $100 million range, worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $17 million a year with nearly $60 million in guaranteed money. That’s a lot for any franchise to give one player, but Miami appears to be willing to make Suh the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL.

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Russell Westbrook has gone bananas

March 5, 2015 – 2:59 am by Hickey

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We’ve spent most of Russell Westbrook’s career considering him to the the Oklahoma City Thunder’s second banana. Now he’s simply going bananas.

Tasked with leading the Thunder in Kevin Durant’s absence, Westbrook joined a stratosphere inhabited by all-time NBA greats on Wednesday night when he recorded his fourth straight triple-double with 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a 123-118 win over the 76ers.

The company Westbrook joined in his peformance?

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Jameis Winston has meeting with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

March 3, 2015 – 6:01 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jameis Winston

Following¬†the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, most of the football world expected the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. We’ve heard from numerous experts who believe Winston fits what the Buccaneers want to do offensively better than Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. Tampa Bay’s interest in Winston is certainly real, as they had the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner in for a visit on Tuesday.

Winston met with the team in what was a curiously early pre-draft visit. It is customary for players to meet with teams, but two months before the draft is a bit early to be having that kind of meeting. Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson claimed it was a “character visit,” which means the team’s brass is feeling out whether it can trust Winston with leading its franchise into the future.

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Buccaneers believe Jameis Winston’s problems due to immaturity

February 26, 2015 – 11:49 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jameis Winston

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston performed very well at last week’s scouting combine, especially during the throwing sessions and in meetings with teams. The current thinking is that the quarterback-needy Tampa Bay Buccaneers will select Winston with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Reports suggest the Bucs believe that Winston’s numerous off-field incidents can be chalked up to immaturity.

Apparently, Tampa Bay’s brass currently feels that Winston isn’t a bad kid, he’s just young and stupid. The Bucs seem willing to stake their future on the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner because they think he will grow up and become a great leader. I’m not sure I agree with that assessment, but it is certainly a possibility.

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A glass half-full look at Chicago’s terrible sports day

February 26, 2015 – 12:25 am by Hickey

Derrick Rose

Maybe there was an alien abduction. Maybe I’m finally maturing into a rational adult. Or maybe the reality simply hasn’t hit me yet. But for whatever reason, I’m still not freaking out over the major injuries suffered by the two faces of Chicago’s winter franchises on the same night. If anything, the loss of Derrick Rose and Patrick Kane has made me thankful for the few good things that have occurred in the history of Chicago sports.

Yes, Rose is facing his third straight season-ending knee injury. His absence makes it virtually impossible for the Bulls to compete for the NBA title, though his teammates have grown accustomed enough to playing without him that the team will still likely reach the second round of the playoffs and could possibly even sneak all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals if everything falls the right way.

But it could be worse. Perpetually injured stars mark the entire existence of the Portland Trail Blazers. Bill Walton’s injuries prevented Portland from turning its 1977 title into a dynasty. Brandon Roy, a point guard with a career path very similar to that of Rose, had to retire early because of chronic injuries. Greg Oden, rightfully picked first over Kevin Durant based on what we knew at the time, ended up being made out of porcelain. And then there’s the 1984 NBA Draft.

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Jurickson Profar: Former top prospect to miss season again

February 23, 2015 – 5:09 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jurickson Profar

The Texas Rangers once looked like a team with an absolutely stocked farm system and the jewel of that system was Curacaoan middle infielder Jurickson Profar. Well, two years later Profar looks like a guy who just can’t catch a break, as he is now set to miss his second season in a row.

On Monday it was announced that Profar had a torn labrum in his right shoulder and would miss the 2015 season. The recovery for that procedure should take at least nine months. Profar was expected to¬†take over the starting second base job for the Rangers in 2014, but a shoulder injury forced him out for the season. Now he’s out thanks to another shoulder issue.

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Video: Humberto Savigne suffers brutal knockout

February 21, 2015 – 3:44 am by Ryan Phillips
    Humberto Savigne Craig Baker

While most of the boxing world was focused on the announcement that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have finally agreed to fight, Showtime put on a boxing even Friday night. And boy, did fans watching get their money’s worth.

Undefeated light heavyweight Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs) was facing Cuban veteran Humberto Savigne (12-2, nine KOs) and was the underdog in the fight. But Baker walked out with a win thanks to a brutal second-round knockout.

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San Diego Chargers re-sign King Dunlap to four-year deal

February 20, 2015 – 11:16 pm by Ryan Phillips
    King Dunlap

While they were busy making headlines for their potential move to Los Angeles, the San Diego Chargers also made a move to solidify the team they will put on the field in 2015. On Friday the Chargers agreed to a four-year, $28 million contract with massive left tackle King Dunlap, who was scheduled to become a free agent.

Dunlap started all 16 games as Philip Rivers’ blindside protector in 2014 and had what many around the team thought was a Pro Bowl-worthy year. The 6-9, 330-pounder has always been a road-grader in the run game, but his rapid improvement as a pass blocker took many around the league by surprise last season. Rivers was one of Dunlap’s most vocal supporters, which has to be a big reason the Chargers made him their first priority this offseason.

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