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Thursday, March 22, 2018


Terrelle Pryor agrees to deal with Jets

Terrelle Pryor

Terrelle Pryor has agreed to sign with the New York Jets.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday that Pryor was closing in on a deal with the Jets.

Later reports confirmed the deal had been agreed to.

This should come as no surprise considering a report on Wednesday said Pryor was choosing between the Jets and Seahawks.

The 28-year-old receiver blew up in 2016 with 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. He then left Cleveland and signed with Washington last year, failing to receive the kind of offer he was hoping for on the free agent market. He also failed to produce and caught just 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. Pryor is obviously hoping for a bounceback season.

Steph Curry to wear mid-low shoe instead of high-top

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry will be seen sporting a new look when he returns to the court on Friday, according to a report.

ESPN’s Chris Haynes says that Curry will be wearing a mid-low shoe on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks. Since beginning to wear a signature line of sneakers with Under Armour, Curry has worn high-tops, but he’s now switching it up.

“I wanted to switch it up a little bit with a light shoe that could help speed the game up for me,” Curry said, via ESPN’s Haynes. “It is kind of ironic that I made the switch this season considering my ankle issues, but this shoe is stable and engineered to maximize my performance. I will still wear my ankle braces, but I have total comfort and security in my new shoe.”

As Curry said, he will wear an ankle brace so that he still has support.

The 30-year-old guard has not played since March 8 due to an ankle injury and has missed six games. A new version of his shoes — the Curry 5 — were unveiled last week on his birthday (and also sent to UMBC, an Under Armour school).

Shohei Ohtani appears to have made Angels’ starting rotation

Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani appears to have made the Los Angeles Angels’ starting rotation despite having a shaky spring.

On Thursday, the Angels announced several roster moves, which included the demotion of starting pitchers Parker Bridwell and Nick Tropeano to triple-A.

Bridwell entered camp looking like he would be a part of the team’s rotation this season after going 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA last season. Seeing him sent down is a surprise and tells us two things. One – the team must not be too worried about the status of Andrew Heaney, who has elbow inflammation. Two – Ohtani is part of the rotation.

Bridwell and Tropeano being sent down leaves the Angels with a rotation that includes Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, Tyler Skaggs and JC Ramirez. That’s only four starters. We know the Angels aren’t planning on going with a four-man rotation, so the likely case is that Ohtani is in the mix as well as Heaney, which would give them the six pitchers they were planning to use this season.

Giants P Jeff Samardzija likely to begin season on DL

Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija is likely to begin the upcoming MLB season on the disabled list for the San Francisco Giants, according to a report.

Samardzija has been hit hard in spring training, allowing 17 hits, 15 runs (13 earned) and six home runs over four starts. Giants reporter Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic says Samardzija received an MRI on his shoulder and will likely begin the season on the DL.

Although his spring numbers seem alarming, it’s important to keep in mind that this is nothing new for Samardzija. The right-hander has posted an ERA of at least six in each of his past three spring trainings and holds a career 5.96 ERA during spring training. Including this one, ee’s allowed 26 homers in his last four springs.

Baggarly speculates that Derek Holland could temporarily replace Samardzija in the rotation. The Giants have Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Chris Stratton and Ty Blach as their likely starters.

Samardzija, 33, is coming off a 9-15 season with a 4.42 ERA. He is under contract to earn nearly $60 million over the next three seasons.

Tennessee pays former AD John Currie $2.5 million in settlement

Tennessee Vols logo

John Currie may be out of a job with Tennessee, but he sure is being compensated nicely for his time and effort.

Currie received a $2.5 million settlement from the University of Tennessee that ends his tenure as the school’s AD.

Currie, 46, was hired by Tennessee last February and was on the job for only around eight months. His big move was to fire Butch Jones after his fifth season as the Vols’ football coach did not go well. Currie then led a comical coaching search that included his planned hiring of Greg Schiano being scuttled by protesting fans.

The school ended up suspending him and installing Phillip Fulmer as the interim AD. Fulmer wound up hiring Jeremy Pruitt as the football team’s head coach.

Due to Currie’s dealings with Schiano, the school may end up needing to reach a settlement with the coach.

Sister Jean leads Loyola Chicago in prayer ahead of Sweet 16

Sister Jean

Sister Jean has become one of the most popular figures during this year’s NCAA Tournament. The team chaplain for Loyola Chicago, Sister Jean was in Atlanta for her school’s Sweet 16 game against Nevada on Thursday.

Here she is in action leading Loyola Chicago in a pregame prayer:

The 98-year-old got a hearty “amen” from the team’s players. Sister Jean actually picked the team to lose in this round, but clearly she is hoping they will beat Nevada and prove her wrong.

Zay Jones to avoid charges for naked arrest

Zay Jones

Zay Jones will avoid charges for his naked arrest on Monday night.

The Buffalo Bills wide receiver was seen on video naked in a downtown Los Angeles apartment building as he was restrained by his brother. Police were called and arrested him for public vandalism for breaking a window. However, the LA district attorney’s office said on Thursday that Jones will not be charged due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

Video showed Jones bloodied, but despite that, the receiver will not be charged.

Jones, 22, had 27 catches for 316 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie last season.

Eagles sign WR Mike Wallace to one-year deal

Mike Wallace

The Philadelphia Eagles have found their replacement for Torrey Smith.

The Eagles and Wallace hae agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Wallace, 31, spent the past two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, catching four touchdowns each season. He has struggled to replicate the same success he had early in his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but perhaps playing in Philly’s system and with Carson Wentz will allow him to take advantage of his skills.

The man Wallace replaces — Smith — had 36 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Isaac Haas shows off elbow brace designed by Purdue’s engineering students

The fruits of Purdue’s engineering department are finally being revealed.

Speaking with the media on Thursday ahead of Purdue’s Sweet Sixteen game against Texas Tech on Friday, injured big man Isaac Haas showed off the new elbow brace that was designed for him by the school’s engineering students. Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic shared some images:

The senior Haas fractured his right elbow in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Cal State Fullerton last week and was initially ruled out for the remainder of the tourney. He is still holding out hope for a return though, but Purdue head coach Matt Painter remains fairly pessimistic.

The first brace that Haas tried out did not meet NCAA standards, so hopefully the brightest Boilermaker minds were able to come through for him here (even if he still may be doubtful to play either way).

LeBron James blew off Kevin Hart’s attempt to recruit him to Sixers

LeBron James
Kevin Hart won’t exactly have much sway in LeBron James’ free agency plans.

The famous comedian and Philadelphia native was speaking with TMZ Sports this week when the topic of recruiting James to the 76ers was brought up.

“Listen, I’ve already tried,” Hart replied. “I sent him $40, he didn’t accept it.

“I tried it already. I really did send him $40, and I said ‘Come to Philly,'” continued Hart. “He said kiss his a–, that’s what he said.”

The four-time MVP can, of course, become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Meanwhile, the Sixers with their high-ceiling young core are gaining steam as a possible destination should James leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As for Hart, he probably doesn’t have to be too shaken up that he got swatted away by James since plenty of others are already recruiting him to Philly.

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