Jaylen Brown was in foul trouble all night and scored just 10 for the Celtics after averaging 23 in the first two games.

Jayson Tatum scored 18 and Terry Rozier 13 for Boston, which couldn’t match Cleveland in any aspect.

They took it to us, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “Point blank: They just outplayed us.”

Only 19 of a possible 300 teams have ever overcome a 2-0 deficit in the playoffs. James and the Cavs, who previously did it in 2007 and again in 2016 while winning the NBA title, took the first step toward a third comeback.

Hill finished with 13, J.R. Smith 11 — they were outscored 41-3 in Game 2 — and Cleveland’s supporting cast played so well that James was only on the floor for 37 minutes.

Stevens was confident his team would play better on the road than earlier in these playoffs, but the Celtics were shaky early, committing four turnovers and shooting 2 of 10 while the Cavs opened a 27-11 lead.

James said earlier Saturday the fact he has twice rallied from 2-0 deficits in the postseason offered no relief.

Rudolph addressed Roethlisberger’s comments Friday when he met with reporters following Pittsburgh’s rookie minicamp.

“We wanted to let him run around, then go hit him,” a member of the Chiefs recently told Yahoo Sports. “We beat him up so bad he couldn’t practice next week.” Indeed. Manziel never practiced with the Browns again, as he sat out the next game with a concussion and was eventually released two months later. His subsequent struggles with addiction, bipolar disorder and legal issues are well-documented, but America loves a great redemption story, and NFL decision-makers are not immune to that, especially when it involves a talented former first-rounder with an exciting style of play, and a Heisman pedigree who is not yet 26 years old.

Neuheisel also coached at the University of Colorado and spent time on the Ravens staff from 2005 to 2007. He joins Steve Spurrier, Brad Childress, Mike Singletary and Dennis Erickson as head coaches in the upstart league.cowboys_058

Jets claim C.J. Goodwin off waivers from the Cardinals

The Jets claimed cornerback C.J. Goodwin off waivers from the Cardinals, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Goodwin, 28, signed with the Cardinals on December 15 after the Falcons cut him. He played in 12 games for Atlanta last season and two with Arizona.

The Cardinals re-signed him April 3 before waiving him Tuesday.

He has played in 28 games with one start in his career.

“We did a complete background check,” said Wood in a statement to The Detroit News. “Our background check was limited to employment matters only and does not disclose any criminal matters that don’t result in a conviction or a plea agreement.”

After the publishing of the report, Patricia released an official statement, as did Ford, Quinn and Wood in the form of a joint statement, which you can read here or below, via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com :

Patricia, 43, was hired as the head coach of the Lions this offseason after 14 seasons in various roles with the Patriots organization.

Crockett spent part of last year on their practice squad, and signed a futures deal with them in January. He has also been with the Raiders, and appeared in two games for the Packers in 2015.

The Ravens didn’t draft a running back, but brought in a pair of undrafted rookies at the position, and wanted to get a look at the new guys.

Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn joined NFL Network show “Good Morning Football” on Thursday to discuss his team’s offseason. Here’s a transcript from his appearance:

“Hey Nate (Burleson), you did an awesome job introducing our pick, so I think I’m going to sign you up for the next, say, 10 years.

Tell us about Frank Ragnow and why he was worthy of the No. 20 pick?broncos_001_80192e557a8429c8-180x180

Jason Witten leaving Cowboys, joining ESPN

Jason Witten is exiting the playing field and entering the broadcast booth.

It’s not one thing, it’s Eli over the course of time, and it’s gotten solidified now getting a chance to work with him. … I saw a guy that could still throw the ball. I could tell he was still operating the offense pretty well. I saw that he had command of the offense, and I saw all the elements you see when things don’t go well.

There were drops, missed blocks, I think everyone had their mistakes. Things tend to get magnified. But just as a player, you could see he could still drop back and throw the ball as well as anybody.Getting to know the Mannings, and what Eli’s made of. Really, this started with a trip last July to the Manning Passing Academy where Shurmur’s son Kyle, the starting quarterback at Vanderbilt, was competing. The elder Shurmur, then a Vikings assistant, met Peyton and Eli and remembers the day asterrific. And who knew then where we’d be six months later?

It was a little thing, but in ways confirmed what Shurmur had seen coaching against Eli.

I thought I knew him from playing against him, having such great respect for him, Shurmur said.

Switzer is the third member of the Cowboys to make the move to Oakland since the Raiders hired Rich Bisaccia as their special teams coordinator this offseason. Switzer, a fourth-round pick last year, returned punts and kickoffs for the Cowboys as a rookie while also seeing 92 snaps on offense.

The addition of Michael Gallup in the third round and Tavon Austin in a trade made it unlikely that he’d be seeing a jump on that front if he stayed in Dallas.

Ward was a second-round pick in 2016 and moving him now would suggest the Raiders don’t think he’ll be a good fit for the defense Paul Guenther is installing this offseason. He only played in five games last year, so he wasn’t too firmly in the team’s plans before the change in systems.

What separates both from the previous position coaches is their backgrounds as players. Both started multiple years in the NFL and can offer valuable insight based on that experience.broncos_093_808d8fcaa5b9f47d-180x180

Here’s how Saquon will take pressure off Eli

Barkley is a threat to score every time he touches the football, whether it’s as a runner or a receiver, and has the chance to have an instant impact on a Giants’ ground attack that finished last season ranked No. 26 in the NFL.

In three seasons at Penn State, Barkley rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns while averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Barkley also averaged 11.7 yards per catch on his 102 catches and added eight more touchdowns.

Neither Austin nor Kelly played the next night when the Yankees and Red Sox concluded their first of six 2018 series, and this week’s games are the first since between the AL East rivals.

Austin says that he has no hard feelings toward Kelly, but he doesn’t want to talk to him to clear the air, either.

I didn’t know him beforehand, so I don’t need to talk to him now, Austin said. No. We’re not talking. I don’t think there’s any need to talk.

They could face each other in Tuesday’s game, as Austin is in the Yankees’ lineup and playing first base in a rare start against a right-handed pitcher.

Strait played 61 AHL games during 2017-18, scoring three goals and adding five assists.

While the Devils didn’t need him in the NHL last season, the 30-year-old defenseman serves as a strong depth option for the team. He has played in 187 NHL games over the course of his career, and he can serve in the same role over the next two seasons with the Devils.

The Devils’ NHL defensemen stayed remarkably healthy last season, with Andy Greene, John Moore, Will Butcher and Damon Severson all playing in at least 76 games. Sami Vatanen appeared in all 57 regular-season games with the Devils following his Nov. 30 trade.

He got the feeling back, Cora said. He got some treatment and he was fine after that.

When Betts left the game, Boston moved Benintendi from left field to center field, Jackie Bradley, Jr. from center field to right field, and brought in Blake Swihart off the bench to play left field. sharks-022

Greg Olsen sticks with Panthers, signs two-year extension

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has signed a two-year contract extension after contemplating his future in the NFL and a potential broadcasting career.

The new deal is worth $8.55 million per season, with an annual maximum value of up to $10.05 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“I’ve made it clear over the past year that I want to keep playing and I want to play here,” Olsen said in a statement Thursday. “Both sides were very fair and worked on it in a timely manner. I feel really good about what we were able to get done both for ourselves and the team.”

That doesn’t mean the Panthers will select South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst, as was predicted Tuesday night in the ESPN.com NFL Nation mock draft. They have plenty of other needs that are more pressing. A tight end to play opposite Olsen could be considered a luxury pick, even though Carolina plays a lot of two-tight-end sets and has no proven backup for Olsen after letting Ed Dickson go to Seattle in free agency.

The Panthers still have needs for a safety, wide receiver and possibly a center or guard.

Players who could be available with their pick to fill those needs are Stanford safety Justin Reid, Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore and UTEP guard Will Hernandez.

Atlanta Braves: Although it takes two parties to come together on a contract agreement, the Braves should aggressively pursue a long-term contract with Ronald Acuna one game into his MLB career. As the Indians learned last offseason, even waiting a year or two into the career of a young star can be too late to try to buy out arbitration and free-agent years. Francisco Lindor reportedly rejected a $100 million contract extension last spring. Getting Acuna locked up on the field now, rather than waiting another five or six weeks to avoid Super Two status, could be the biggest impact move the club could make.

Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles are desperately clinging to hopes of contention in their final year of control over Manny Machado. What the Orioles need is Kevin Gausman to pitch like an ace and to encourage him to rely more on his split-finger fastball, which he employed to post a nine-pitch, three-strikeout inning — an immaculate inning — against the Indians on Monday.

Bucks: C John Henson (back) missed his fourth straight game, with Thon Maker getting his first start of the series over Tyler Zeller. Maker finished with four points and one block. … Held a 25-4 edge on transition points. … Jabari Parker had another strong game off the bench with nine points and 11 rebounds, while Tony Snell had six points.

Veteran forward Al Horford chalks up Game 6 as another valuable learning experience for his young teammates.dolphins_032

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook knocking knee rehab ‘out the park’

The Minnesota Vikings made a splash on the free agent market last month, with their fully guaranteed contract for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the signing of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for another instant upgrade for the starting lineup.

There’s another addition coming, too.

NBA Senior Vice President of Replay & Referee Operations Joe Borgia offered his take in an appearance on NBA TV on Wednesday night:

“Our rule is once the ball touches the glass, a defender cannot touch it,” Borgia said. “… But in order to use replay, you must call goaltending on the court. And no call was made on the court, therefore they could not come over and look at it.

“In super slow motion, you just see the ball hit the glass, and maybe come off an inch and that’s when LeBron got it. Like I said, once the ball touches the basketball, defenders cannot touch it and unfortunately James did.”

The Panthers issued a statement Thursday saying they would not comment on the specific allegations because of an ongoing legal review, but they did defend what’s been done to create “an environment in which our staff can feel proud to work.”

Meredith, 25, led the Bears with 66 receptions, 888 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He missed the entire 2017 season after he tore knee ligaments in Chicago’s third preseason game at Tennessee last summer.

“Without getting into specifics, obviously he was coming off an injury,” Pace told reporters at his annual pre-draft news conference. “We lean on our training staff and our docs. Hey, I got a lot of respect for Cam and a lot of respect for the organization he went to. We wish him luck.”

The Saints — Pace’s former team — felt comfortable enough with Meredith’s medical information to offer him a two-year deal that included $5.350 million. The Bears, however, tendered Meredith at the lowest possible level ($1.9 million), and therefore received no compensation in return when he joined New Orleans.dolphins_119

Miller’s absence felt by Indians as Mariners win 5-4

The first day without Andrew Miller didn’t work out too well for the Cleveland Indians.

Kyle Seager’s RBI double in the eighth off Nick Goody lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win on Thursday night.

Seager is batting .378 (34 for 90) with five homers and 13 RBI in 23 games at Progressive Field.

“It hurt my feelings a little bit because it didn’t get out,” he joked of his winning hit. “That was the best I’ve hit a ball in a while and it stayed in the park.”

Dan Altavilla (2-2) got the last two outs in the seventh, and Juan Nicasio pitched a perfect eighth. Edwin Diaz, the Mariners’ fifth reliever, walked Francisco Lindor with one out in the ninth, then retired Jason Kipnis on a flyout and struck out Jose Ramirez. Diaz leads the major leagues with 11 saves and has not blown any chances.

“We’ve been winning a lot of close games and Eddie’s stuff was right there, like it has been the last three games,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said.

“That was fun,” Martinez said after his team dodged a three-game sweep. “The boys came out to play. They’ve been swinging the bats well. Today we just got hits, the timely hits. It was good day for all of them.”

The Nationals had totaled just eight runs during their skid. Andrew Stevenson had two doubles, two singles and four RBI as Washington set season highs for runs and hits (18).

Turner came into the game batting .232, and the leadoff man’s slow start had contributed to the Nationals’ struggles. He raised his batting average 35 points, tying a career high for hits in a game. He also scored twice, drove in two runs and stole his 10th base this season.

“We know that this is what the offense is capable of doing,” Adams said. “If we go out there and have quality ABs like we have been, things are going to start falling and they did today.”

Adams matched his career best for RBI. He singled as part of a three-run first, put the Nationals up 6-1 with a three-run homer off Jeff Samardzija (1-1) in the fourth and added a two-run single in the eighth.jets_016

Browns say they out-bid other teams for Tyrod Taylor

When the Browns sent the first pick in the third-round of the NFL draft to the Bills for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, some people thought Cleveland overpaid. The Browns say they paid what they had to, because other teams wanted Taylor.

The Steelers already put some of their Ryan Shazier fallback plan in place by signing former Colts and Bears inside linebacker Jon Bostic, but Evans would be a tremendous fit for their system. Like Shazier, Evans is a natural leader and a stat-sheet stuffer.

You can’t spell Jacksonville without Jackson — not in this mock draft, at least. The Jaguars extended Blake Bortles, but even with the notable investment, he’s signed through only 2020. Unless Jackson lands with an offense catered to his running ability in which he could start as a rookie, he will be best off in a developmental situation like this — a team that has the NFL’s top rushing attack and an established West Coast passing game.

“And one of the things we first talked about with [49ers CEO Jed York] was finding a guy who’s been a General Manager who’s sat in that seat, and it took me about 10 minutes to, ‘I’ve got the guy, if I can get him.’ I played with him and so I trust him implicitly.”

Lynch, who played in the secondary with Mayhew from 1993-96 in Tampa Bay, hired his friend as the 49ers’ senior personnel executive. Lynch has used Mayhew as his sounding board and mentor.

“He was one of the guys that I tried to pattern the way I went about my work,” Lynch said.

Smith has been thirsty for highlights and points as a rookie, but he has good vision and slings fastballs across the court with either hand. Later against Minnesota, he posted up Jeff Teague again, sucked in help, and fired a lefty crosscourt laser to Dorian Finney-Smith for a wide-open corner 3. He whipped a similar pass the next night on a post-up Rick Carlisle called out of a timeout.bills_120

Bengals Hosting S Eric Reid For Visit, “Real Chance” He Signs

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bengals are scheduled to host free agent S Eric Reid for a visit at some point in the near future.

According to Rapoport, Reid has been “methodical” about his free agency plans this offseason and he believes there’s a “real chance” he signs with the Bengals during this visit.

This is the first reported interest in Reid since the free agent market officially opened last month.

He may have a very good reason for not being there Monday, but it’s certainly a missed opportunity at changing the negative narrative that has shaped his first three seasons as a Giant.

Here are four other takeaways from a busy day at 1925 Giants Drive:

Beckham’s decision to fly across the country from Los Angeles where he is training to be with teammates and the new coaching staff will be dissected for days and weeks to come.

It’s clearly a sign of his commitment to the Giants – well, not showing up would have been perceived as the contrary – and while Shurmur viewed Beckham’s arrival as a positive, he preferred not to make the situation in speculation more than what it was in reality.

“I’m not overthinking this,” Shurmur said. “This is the first day of work, this is the first opportunity for all of us to be here together and I think it’s important that Odell is here and I’m looking forward to him getting one day better by being here and I’m looking forward to him inspiring some of his teammates to get better because he’s here and he’s a terrific player and I think we can all learn from one another. Quite frankly, I’m looking forward to the players challenging me to grow, so that we can grow towards some of the things that we were talking about earlier. bills_022

Xander Bogaerts to miss 10-14 days with small fracture in ankle

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is going on the 10-day disabled list because of a cracked bone in his left ankle.

Boston says an MRI confirmed the injury Monday, a day after he was hurt. The injury is a non-displaced fracture and won’t require surgery. He is expected to miss 10 to 14 days.

Bogaerts, a 2016 AL All-Star, left Sunday’s 8-7 win over Tampa Bay in the seventh inning after injuring his ankle while sliding into the Rays’ dugout. He was covering third base and chasing his own mishandling of a ball relayed by left fielder J.D. Martinez.

West also said: “The pitch prior to the strikeout, (Rendon) walked completely out of the hitter’s circle, which the hitters aren’t allowed to do. Marty said, `We gotta play. You gotta get back in there.’ Then when he called strike three, he threw the bat.”

Familia called this lengthy outing “one of the biggest saves I’ve had in the last couple of years.” He was limited to 26 appearances in 2017, after being suspended for 15 games because of a domestic violence episode and then going on the DL with a right shoulder problem.

Compton, 28, was raised in the Twin Cities suburb of Rosemount and attended South Dakota State University. A 2012 sixth-round pick by Washington, Compton has appeared in 71 career games with 15 starts. Five of them came last year for Chicago.

After four years in Washington, Compton spent the 2016 season with the Falcons before joining the Bears.

The 6-5, 313-pound lineman is expected to provide Minnesota veteran depth at both guard and tackle, provided he doesn’t supplant a current Vikings starter during the preseason.

Still not convinced each NFC team as a realistic chance to make the playoffs this season? Look no further than Philadelphia for an example of how quick a team can turn things around.buccaneers_089