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Effectively Wild Episode 1051: The Mike Trout Challengers

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff Manship, Chris Devenski, the biggest playoff-odds changers, Mets injuries, and Joey Votto’s comments on swing changes, then discuss which players, if any, can challenge Mike Trout for the title of best player in baseball, try to assemble a FrankenTrout, and conduct a brief Bryce Harper debate. Audio intro: Courtney Barnett, "Pedestrian...
Via Fangraphs
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LeBron James likes playing on the road in the postseason

Professional athletes are conditioned to play for the home field, ice, or court advantage at all costs. That’s what we think they want. So it’s a surprise to hear that LeBron James actually prefers playing games on the road in the postseason. Via ESPN: “I just like the adversity of the road,” James said after practice Friday. “Home cooking is great; love the home fans for...
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ESPN controversially chooses to show video of Joe Mixon punching female student after Mixon is drafted

The Cincinnati Bengals selected former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday, again calling attention to Mixon’s assault of a female student in 2014. Upon the selection, Mixon was loudly booed by the crowd in Philadelphia. After ESPN host Trey Wingo explained the misdemeanor assault charge brought against Mixon and the public outcry when...
Via Awful Announcing
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Joe Mixon drafted by Bengals; fans boo pick

If there’s one team that notoriously cares less about player character and more about second chances than anyone else in the NFL, it’s the Cincinnati Bengals. So it’s no surprise that they took Joe Mixon with the No. 48 overall pick in the draft.Cincinnati traded down from their spot at 41 to 48 in a trade with Minnesota, picking up a 4th-round pick as part of the deal. While...
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Dabo Swinney is guaranteeing that Deshaun Watson will lead the Texans to a Super Bowl

Dabo Swinney has made another ridiculous claim about his former quarterback Deshaun Watson and the NFL. First the Clemson coach compared Watson to Michael Jordan, so naturally he concluded that the Texans are destined to win a Super Bowl after drafting Watson with the No. 12 pick in the NFL Draft.Here’s what Swinney told The Triple Thereat on SportsRadio 610 Houston on Friday about...
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Vikings land Adrian Peterson’s replacement, trade up for Dalvin Cook

The Minnesota Vikings landed one of the bigger steals of the early goings in the 2017 NFL Draft when they traded up for Dalvin Cook. He’s likely going to slide into the starting lineup immediately as the heir apparent to Adrian Peterson. Moving up from the No. 48 spot, giving up that pick and a fourth-round pick (No. 128 overall), Minnesota landed Cook at No. 41 overall in a trade...
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WATCH: Kris Bryant launches moonshot completely out of Fenway Park

Kris Bryant has crazy power. In his first Major League at bat at Fenway Park, the Chicago Cubs third baseman showed that power off, hitting a ball over the famed Green Monster and completely out of the park onto Lansdowne Street. Normally speaking, hitting a ball out of Fenway Park isn’t terribly noteworthy. You do have to hit the ball high, but the Green Monster isn’t that far...
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Steve Smith has harsh words about Brock Osweiler

The fire that burned inside Steve Smith during his playing career has not disappeared now that he’s retired.Smith is now an analyst for NFL Network and spewed some hot fire when talking about Brock Osweiler on Friday.It started with former GM Charley Casserly saying he didn’t think the players available on Day 2 of the NFL Draft were better than Osweiler. That’s when Smith...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Reuben Foster hung up on Saints when 49ers called him

Reuben Foster told a story for the ages during his introductory press conference on Friday.Foster was picked No. 31 overall in the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, who traded up with the Seahawks in order to get the linebacker. But they almost didn’t get him.According to Foster, he was on the phone with the New Orleans Saints, who were picking at No. 32 and about to take him...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Packers ‘taking calls’ for No. 33 pick in draft

A franchise as historically successful as the Packers isn’t used to having the first pick of the draft, or the first pick on any day of the draft.By trading their No. 29 pick to the Browns for the No. 33 pick Thursday night, the Packers have the first pick of the second round and the first pick of the fourth round. That means they have the first pick on Friday night and the first...
Via The Sports Daily
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Report: Jets making calls trying to trade Sheldon Richardson

If seems that we might have finally found just how high other teams value New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. After all was quiet on that front during the first round Thursday night, it looks like the Jets are working the phones in an attempt to move their former first-round pick. Considering Richardson has long been bandied about as trade bait, this really isn...
Via Sportsnaut
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Bret Hart using The Simpsons to taunt Brock Lesnar and Ric Flair is Internet gold

Some days, you sit at your computer and have no clue what kind of Internet gold will be unearthed. This is one of those days you come across something that is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.WWE legend Bret Hart is still spending time taunting stars in the world of wrestling, and on Friday, he used some props in a video making the rounds on...
Via The Comeback
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Jason Motte unrecognizable after daughter helps him shave beard

Jason Motte recently shaved off one of the gnarliest beards in all of baseball with the help of 4 1/2-year-old daughter Margaret. And now the pitcher is virtually unrecognizable.After spending last season with the Colorado Rockies, Motte earlier this month signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves, who have a policy prohibiting facial hair among its minor league players...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
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Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

It's not uncommon for the NFL to own the news cycle, particularly during the NFL Draft, which just so happens to be going on in Philadelphia at present. However, there are some tremendous playoff games going on in both the NHL and NBA, with the Stanley Cup Playoffs providing particular intrigue.Not only has the NHL postseason been full of surprises, like the Nashville Predators sweeping...
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Rivers on if Chargers had picked QB: ‘It wouldn’t have been great’

Philip Rivers is happy that the Los Angeles Chargers took a wide receiver in the first round of the draft last night instead of a quarterback like some predicted they might.As Rivers explained during an interview with KLSD-AM’s "Hardwick & Richards," drafting a quarterback with the seventh overall pick would have sent the wrong message to the 13-year veteran.“Yeah, I don’t...
Via The Sports Daily
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Just a few short weeks ago, one of the most popular and successful undrafted players in NFL history stepped off the gridiron and into the booth. It may be hard believe after all the spotlight that was bestowed upon Tony Romo, but the longtime Dallas Cowboys quarterback was not drafted out of Eastern Illinois, making just about all the teams that passed him over regret it.Romo, of...
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Browns plan to use Jabrill Peppers on offense and defense

Jabrill Peppers is one of three players the Browns drafted in the first round Thursday night.While they primarily plan to use him on defense, Browns coach Hue Jackson said that the team will find something for him to do on offense as well.If that happens, Peppers could almost serve the purpose of two draft picks and in a way give the Browns four first-round picks.“He is a football...
Via The Sports Daily
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant perpetuates 'Cupcake Wars' with Thunder

Kevin Durant appeared to up the ante in a beef with the Oklahoma City Thunder by posing with a tray of cupcakes while attending a San Francisco Giants game Thursday night at AT&T Park.The Golden State Warriors superstar, enjoying some R&R while waiting for the second round of the playoffs, cheerfully posed with Giants mascot Lou Seal while holding some cupcakes. Making the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Redskins deny Cousins trade report; Browns cite ‘bad reporting’

A bombshell report surfaced during the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night suggesting the Cleveland Browns were attempting to negotiate a trade with the Washington Redskins for Kirk Cousins. But both teams have since denied its accuracy.NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport originally broke the story early Thursday evening. Given the nature of Rapoport’s report, it’s hardly surprising both...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 4/28: NFL Draft gets younger every year

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading while deciding if our favorite teams picked up two to three wins in the draft. Happy birthday to Josh Howard, Earl Holmes, Diego Simeone, John Daly and Ron Zook. On this date on 2007 the Oakland Raiders selected JaMarcus...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss
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