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Mailbag: Confident Starting Connor Williams?

Mailbag: Confident Starting Connor Williams?

I keep hearing about Connor Williams' athletic ability. Can you line up and mash the face of the man in front of you? Bryan: Connor Williams is a very athletic player but if you do study his game while at Texas, there is some finish to him. I didn’t have a problem with his toughness, but where I did have a problem is there were snaps where he lacked some upper body power. David: It’s a good bet that there’ll be some growing pains. Even Travis Frederick wasn’t a readymade All-Pro from the get-go. But the reason we bring up his athleticism so much is that I think it will help him compensate for those issues. Are the Cowboys willing to trade either Cooper Rush or Mike White to a team needing a back up quarterback? Are there any teams that would make a good trade (Tampa Bay)? I don’t get this?
2018 NBA free agency rumors, trades, updates: Lakers, Celtics talk Kawhi Leonard; Pacers after Aaron Gordon?

2018 NBA free agency rumors, trades, updates: Lakers, Celtics talk Kawhi Leonard; Pacers after Aaron Gordon?

free agency news Top 50 free agents To keep all the rumors straight, we'll continue to update this post with the latest information on signings, trades and negotiations. Happy NBA offseason! Full story (8:25 p.m. ET) 76ers putting together package for Kawhi The 76ers are reportedly thinking about making a run at Kawhi Leonard, and are contemplating a package involving Robert Covington, Dario Saric and a first-round pick. Full story (5:28 p.m. ET) Lakers willing to include Ingram in Kawhi deal As the Lakers continue to pursue a trade for Kawhi Leonard, they're reportedly willing to offer former No. Full story (3:30 p.m. ET) Kings considering run at LaVine The Kings have plenty of cap room, and K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that they may use it to go after Bulls restricted free agent guard Zach LaVine. ET) Lakers, Celtics talk with Spurs about Kawhi The Spurs are reportedly ready to trade Kawhi Leonard, and have reportedly engaged in talks with both the Lakers and Celtics about packages involving young players and picks.
Cowboys 53-Man Roster Prediction: Pre-Training Camp Defensive Edition

Cowboys 53-Man Roster Prediction: Pre-Training Camp Defensive Edition

Yesterday I shared with you the offensive players I believe will make the Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster in 2018. I used 27 roster spots on the offensive side of the ball and on the specialty players. As things stand right now, there are a lot of unknowns about several defensive positions and we won't know the answers until well into training camp and possibly not until the start of the 2018 season. Continue to read below to see who I believe makes the Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive Line (10) DeMarcus Lawrence, Taco Charlton, Tyrone Crawford, Kony Ealy, Dorrance Armstrong, Charles Tapper, Maliek Collins, Jihad Ward, Brian Price, Randy Gregory I decided to go heavy on the defensive line in this Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster prediction. Rod Marinelli likes to rotate his DL, so it's important to have plenty of bodies to do just that. If reinstated, I think he is a lock to make the roster. Linebacker (6) Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Damien Wilson, Joe Thomas, Justin March-Lillard The Dallas Cowboys drafted Leighton Vander Esch to replace Anthony Hitchens and signed Joe Thomas to replace Kyle Wilber. I decided to keep Marquez White and Duke Thomas to round out this group. Safety (4) Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, Kavon Frazier, Tyree Robinson The safety position has to be the most concerning because it is the thinnest, depth -wise, out of the entire roster.
Volleyball Unveils 2018 Schedule

Volleyball Unveils 2018 Schedule

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione and Head Volleyball Coach Lindsey Gray-Walton announced the 2018 OU volleyball schedule Thursday. The Sooners’ schedule includes 29 regular season contests, including 11 matches at McCasland Fieldhouse. "The pre-conference schedule allows us to compete against programs that have the physicality, speed and postseason success we feel prepares us for the rigors of Big 12 play." After their exhibition match, the Sooners open the 2018 campaign in Dekalb, Ill., at the Northern Illinois Invitational Aug. 24-25. The NIU Invitational is the first of four consecutive tournaments for OU, which will then travel to Orange, N.J., for the Seton Hall Tournament (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) and to Boulder, Colo., for the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 7-8) before hosting the OU Nike Invitational (Sept. 14-15). Other home Big 12 matches include Texas Tech (Oct. 10), Texas (Oct. 13), West Virginia (Oct. 20), Baylor (Nov. 3), TCU (Nov. 9) and Iowa State (Nov. 14). In road conference contests, OU will also take on Baylor (Sept. 29), Iowa State (Oct. 3), Kansas State (Oct. 24), Texas (Oct. 27), Texas Tech (Nov. 7), West Virginia (Nov. 17) and Kansas (Nov. 24). Seven of OU’s 2018 regular season opponets competed in the 2017 NCAA tournament, including Seton Hall Tournament foes Pitt and VCU, Colorado, Kansas, Baylor, Iowa State and Texas. 2018 OU Volleyball Schedule Date Opponent Location Time (CT) Aug. 18 Arkansas (Exhibition) Norman 5 p.m. Aug. 24 Xavier* Dekalb, Ill. 3 p.m. Aug. 25 DePaul* Dekalb, Ill. 11 a.m. Aug. 25 Northern Illinois* Dekalb, Ill. 7 p.m. Aug. 31 Pitt^ Orange, N.J. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 1 Fort Worth, Texas 7 p.m. Sept. 21 Kansas State Norman 7 p.m. Sept. 26 Kansas Norman 7 p.m. Sept. 29 Baylor Waco, Texas
NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on LeBron James, DeAndre Jordan Sign-and-Trade

NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on LeBron James, DeAndre Jordan Sign-and-Trade

James can opt out and join the open market, where he is sure to have plenty of suitors, which apparently includes some of the league's contenders. "Meanwhile, LeBron is doing what we does—calling players on other teams he wants to play with," said the general manager. Chris Paul is another good friend of James, and he happens to play on the team that just finished with the best record in basketball and a game away from taking out the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. As with adding a big-time player and contract in James to any team, there are obstacles. Secondly, Houston would need some serious maneuvering to accommodate James' contract. Jordan created an all-time free-agency moment in 2015, when he agreed to a four-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks before pulling out and coming back to the Los Angeles Clippers following a meeting with Doc Rivers and teammates Blake Griffin and Paul. Now, Jordan also seems to be warming up to the idea of going back to Dallas, as the New York Times' Marc Stein reports: Marc Stein Among the various options DeAndre Jordan has been weighing, according to league sources, is opting into the final season of his current contract (at $24.1 million) before Friday's midnight deadline to facilitate a trade -- with Dallas, sources say, among the teams interested Marc Stein One source described a Jordan-to-Dallas trade as a "long shot" ... but the fact it's on the board is the strongest indication yet that the sides are willing to engage again after Jordan's about-face in 2015 free agency when he committed to the Mavs and then went back to the Clips https://t.co/RtYuckP40H It makes sense that Jordan would want out of Los Angeles. Jordan can opt out of the final year of his deal that would pay him over $24 million and become a free agent, but the Clippers would much rather get something for him instead of him walking away for nothing. The Mavericks would rather not give up anything for Jordan, but trading for him now might be the best move. Contract information is courtesy of Spotrac.
Corey Brewer hopeful to return to Thunder

Corey Brewer hopeful to return to Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Corey Brewer is hopeful to return to the team after being signed as a free agent following his buyout with the Los Angeles Lakers. The dynamic defensive wing noted his desire to return according to Florida Gators beat writer Kevin Brockway. “I’d like to go back to Oklahoma City but we will see how things work out,” said Brewer. “You never know in free agency.” The Thunder will have a rather expensive bill this summer, owing $87.44 million to their top three best-paid players (Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Steven Adams), while a possibility of Paul George’s contract still remains, adding another $20.7 million to that figure. Brewer proved to be a timely addition by the Thunder, but his purpose was to make up for the loss of injured wing Andre Roberson, who suffered a season-ending injury, vastly hurting OKC defensively. The former Gator will be considered as a nice luxury to have, but not a definite priority, given the ensuing massive tax bill (currently estimated at $27.6 million, per Spotrac), which is only bound to get bigger with any additional signings. The Thunder’s most feasible asset is a tax-payer mid-level exception ($5.3 million) and a trade exception ($2.55 million) stemming from the George trade, though they’re unlikely to use it on Brewer unless depth becomes an issue over the course of the free agency process.
Lincoln Riley will not give up coordinator duties, Bob Stoops says

Lincoln Riley will not give up coordinator duties, Bob Stoops says

Bob Stoops knows a little about how Lincoln Riley thinks after working with him for a couple of years before his retirement. And while the current trend is of football coaches divesting themselves of coordinator duties — Dana Holgorsen and Mike Gundy come to mind — Stoops doesn’t expect Riley to follow suit. He started at Texas Tech and went to East Carolina with success following him at each stop. Then, he was hired by Stoops at Oklahoma. It gave him a platform to do the job so well that Riley was hired as the Sooners’ coach before last season when Stoops retired. As proof, Stoops tells the Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel that a Hall of Fame coach such as Steve Spurrier handled both jobs. Guys that are good with it, why wouldn’t you?” Riley faced few obstacles in his first season at Oklahoma. “He just needs to protect himself that the mundane part of the job, people need to handle for him. Certain parts of it, that’s where you have support staff.” It’s hard to argue about Riley’s early success. And his mentor thinks he can keep doing both jobs, even as it’s becoming rarer in modern college football in the current era.
Janoris Jenkins Dead Body Found At NFL Star’s Home

Janoris Jenkins Dead Body Found At NFL Star’s Home

5:21 PM PT -- Officials have identified the victim as 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene -- a friend of Janoris. 1:52 PM PT --The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office tells TMZ Sports ... the dead body is a man, but he's NOT the owner of the house. Officials will not release the identity until next of kin have been notified. A dead body was found at the New Jersey home of NY Giants star Janoris Jenkins on Tuesday and now the Major Crimes Unit is investigating ... TMZ Sports has learned. First off, we're told Janoris was out of the state when the body was discovered early Tuesday morning -- but sources connected to the NFL player tell us his camp is aware of the situation. Sources tell us the body was discovered in the basement by a worker at the house. We're told the coroner showed up a short time later. The identity of the victim is unclear -- we know investigators are actively working the case. One source connected to Jenkins says the NFL player has been in Florida and was not at the home when cops arrived. We've reached out to JJ's reps for comment -- but, so far, no word back.

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