Mike Glennon has found a new landing spot for the fourth time in as many seasons.
Glennon, an unrestricted free-agent quarterback, signed with the Oakland Raiders on Friday, the team announced. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that it is a one-year, $2 million deal.
The 29-year-old veteran signal-caller, who will now back up Raiders starter Derek Carr, plied his trade for the Cardinals a season ago, showing rookie Josh Rosen the ropes and starting two games.
Originally a third-round draft pick in 2013, he played his first three seasons with the Buccaneers and was able to work his way into a lucrative deal with the Bears only to see Chicago draft Mitchell Trubisky. Glennon’s stay in Chi-Town lasted all of one season, in which he started four games in 2017.
Across five NFL campaigns, he’s played in 27 games with 22 starts and posted a 6-16 record as a starter. He owns 35 career touchdown passes to 20 interceptions with a 84.0 quarterback rating, which translates to a viable and experienced reserve should Carr go down.
Just more than a week removed from being cut by the Carolina Panthers, offensive tackle Matt Kalil did not take long to find himself a new franchise.
The former fourth-overall pick signed with the Houston Texans on Friday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, via sources informed of the situation.
Kalil, 29, began his NFL days as a standard in the Minnesota Vikings starting lineup — earning a Pro Bowl bid in his rookie season — but has ended up on injured reserve in two of the last three seasons.
Drafted in 2012 out of USC by the Vikings, Kalil was a stalwart at left tackle, starting every game over his first four seasons. However, in 2016, he played just two contests and finished on IR.
He moved on to the Panthers with a five-year deal and started every game in 2017, but never played in 2018 with a knee injury as the culprit. With injury problems and uneven play, his departure from the Panthers wasn’t all that surprising.
Now, Kalil will likely battle for a starting spot at left tackle, better known as blocking Deshaun Watson‘s blindside.
Adrian Peterson had a historic 2018 season, becoming the oldest 1,000-yard rusher since the 1980s.
Despite racking up 1,042 yards and seven rushing touchdowns during his first season with the Washington Redskins, Peterson believes he can do more.
“I feel like last year was just a decent season, like for me in my mind,” Peterson said, per the team’s official website. “People were like, ‘Wow, you did incredible, you had 1,000 yards.’ And I’m like, ‘Man, I should have had 15, 16 hundred yards.'”
Earlier this month, the Redskins re-signed Peterson to a two-year deal after he tested the free agency waters. For the veteran running back, the decision to rejoin the squad was a no-brainer.
The Redskins will presumably have 2018 second-round draft pick Derrius Guice back in the mix after suffering a season-ending knee injury during preseason action. Peterson is hopeful he can build upon his 2018 marks and become a vocal leader in the Redskins locker room in his second year with the team.
“Just coming back and being able to produce and help this team win a championship,” Peterson said when asked about his focus for the upcoming season. “Be a great leader, not only by how I work but vocally as well. Just come in and have a way better season than I had last year when it comes to contributing and helping that run game be dominant, especially with me and Guice and [Thompson] in the backfield. We should be able to do some amazing things.”
By re-upping in D.C., Peterson has the opportunity to add to his 13,318 career rushing yards, which ranks eighth all-time in league history.
Harden also scored 61 on Jan. 23 against the New York Knicks. He joins Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan as the only players with multiple 60-point games in a season in NBA history.
The Spurs collectively shook their heads in exasperation, while the body language of the Rockets reflected awe.
Even Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni tilted his head from side to side, paused a second and stroked his chin during the postgame news conference as he pondered what he’d just witnessed.
After scoring 57 in Wednesday’s overtime loss at Memphis, Harden has scored a combined 118 points over his past two outings, tying Jordan and Bryant for the most points in a two-game span over the past 50 seasons, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.
“I don’t know how you get any better,” D’Antoni said. “Whoever was in the gym tonight probably [saw] something they have never seen before. There’s no way. That was one of the best performances — the magnitude of the game, we needed it — just everything. I don’t know how many points he got in the last four minutes, but we were down. The guy was playing.”
San Antonio learned that firsthand from the game’s outset.
Still, somehow the Spurs weathered an early first-half storm from Harden to take a six-point lead with 4 minutes, 47 seconds left to play. Harden said that’s when his mindset was to “be aggressive.”
“We were down,” he said.
D’Antoni, meanwhile, said he was “looking for some place to throw up. I felt awful. You knew [the Spurs] were going to turn it around.”
Harden took over with 3:58 remaining, nailing a step-back 3-pointer from 26 feet to start a run of 13 consecutive points. Harden hit three consecutive 3s to put Houston up 103-100 with 2:50 left and then banked in a turnaround jumper, before sinking a driving floater with Derrick White defending.
James Harden talks about his big performance against the Spurs and explains how he was able to get some good looks.
“We gave up a million points in the first quarter, and they had 19 free throws in the first half and none in the third quarter,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “You play with your heart and you play between the ears also. We played smarter and we played harder in the second half, but you can’t do that against a good team like Houston or any team in the NBA. We played the last two quarters, and then at the end, James put on an MVP-type performance. So that’s that.”
Harden’s 61 points were the most ever scored against the Spurs, besting Kyrie Irving‘s 57 points against them in 2015.
In the first quarter, Harden shot 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from deep to score 27 points, the most the Spurs have ever allowed in a quarter under Popovich. Harden actually outscored the Spurs by himself in the opening quarter as the Rockets led 36-24 headed into the second quarter.
Harden finished the first half with 37 points to set yet another scoring record for a half against the Spurs under Popovich, eclipsing the previous mark set in 2002 by Stephon Marbury (34 points).
Harden’s 27 points in the opening quarter rank as the most in a quarter in his career, and tied for the most in any quarter by any player this season. D’Angelo Russell put up 27 in the fourth quarter on March 19 against the Sacramento Kings.
Harden also hit 12 of 14 free throws in the first half and finished the night 14-of-17 from the line.
Perhaps most impressive, Harden produced in the clutch even with Popovich deploying a range of tactics, from traps and zones to double teams.
“Some of the shots he hit today, it’s remarkable,” Rockets guard Gerald Green said. “I’ve seen a lot of basketball in my life, played against a lot of people, and his talent level is just something that I’ve just never seen before. The only person that could probably guard him is the coaches and the referee. That’s it. There’s nobody that can stop him. He’s just one of those types of players that he’s able to get a shot off at any time. He doesn’t have any weaknesses. Only person that can stop him is [D’Antoni] if he takes him out, and the referees if they foul him out. That’s it.”
Harden is the first player with multiple 60-point games in a season since Bryant, who accomplished the feat during both the 2006-07 and 2005-06 seasons. Before that, Jordan was the last to reel off two 60-point games in a season (1986-87).
Asked whether Harden’s performance solidified his standing in the race for MVP, point guard Chris Paul deadpanned: “I mean, what else have you got to do? This was tough, this was crazy. I keep thinking about a conversation I had with Paul Pierce after his last game when I was with the Clippers, and talking about having an opportunity to appreciate greatness. Sheesh, that’s tough. Not only that performance, but we won. We needed it.”
Harden downplayed the significance of his latest feat, which marked his third career 60-point game.
“I just knew how important this game was,” Harden said. “This was to take a 3-1 [series] lead in the regular season. We gave up one last game. So this was an opportunity to take care of home. I wanted to come out with some aggressiveness.”
LOS ANGELES — After the Los Angeles Lakers missed the playoffs only five times in the first 65 years of the franchise’s existence, Friday’s 111-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets officially eliminated them from postseason contention for the sixth straight year.
At 31-41, L.A. is now a game worse than it was a season ago with 10 games left to play. That team, of course, did not have LeBron James.
In a sequence that just about sums up the Lakers’ season, L.A. had the ball with 22.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter on Friday and trailed by just three when James slipped out of bounds, losing the possession without the Lakers even getting a shot off to try to tie the score.
“Obviously, it’s been a tough season for all of us,” James said after posting 25 points on 8-for-25 shooting, 14 assists, 9 rebounds and 8 turnovers, which he described as a “s—ty” performance.
“It’s not what we signed up for. Throughout the year, things happened. Suspensions, injuries, things of that nature. And just not being able to play sustainable basketball for 48 minutes. But you don’t even try to wrap your head around it, you just keep pushing. Just try to get better tonight, move on to tomorrow, and go from there. Playoffs are never promised. You’ve got to come out and work. For me personally, you just continue to put the work in and see what you can do to help.”
Former Lakers lottery pick D’Angelo Russell helped seal his old team’s fate with 21 points and 13 assists, but he said he did not revel in their misfortunes.
“It sounds good on paper, but at the end of the day, we’re not playing them,” Russell said. “We’re not competing against them for seeding. Just the win is good enough.”
D’Angelo Russell records 21 points and 13 assists in the Nets’ 111-106 win over the Lakers, who are officially eliminated from the playoffs.
It was a rocky season from the start for James and the Lakers. In the home opener, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram both earned suspensions for their role in an altercation with the Houston Rockets‘ Chris Paul. After a 2-5 start, Lakers president Magic Johnson dressed down coach Luke Walton in a meeting, expressing urgency that the team improve.
Whatever excitement was generated come Christmas Day when the Lakers climbed to No. 4 in the Western Conference standings after a win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors was quickly tamped down as James (slight tear in his groin) and Rondo (fractured finger) both suffered injuries that kept them out of the lineup for weeks.
“I mean, you wouldn’t imagine not making the playoffs,” Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “All of us definitely thought that, but we got derailed by a lot of injuries. That pretty much sums up our season. At one point we were holding our heads high and we were in a great position, and then that bug just kind of came in and hurt us and hurt our season.”
After a come-from-behind win over the Rockets in the first game following the All-Star break, the Lakers hit the skids, losing 12 of their next 14 games, culminating in Friday’s defeat versus Brooklyn.
In one particularly damning stretch from late February to early March, L.A. lost to a Davis-less Pelicans team, to a Memphis team that came into the game with a 3-17 record in its previous 20 games, to a Phoenix team with the worst record in the league and at home to Staples Center cohabitants, the LA Clippers, in a game seen at the time as a last-ditch chance to mount a playoff push against the team it was chasing in the standings.
“Most losses hurt pretty bad, you don’t feel great about them,” Walton said of that stretch at shootaround Friday morning. “But I know what you’re asking, yeah, those are the ones if taking the time to look back at the losses this season those would be some of the more painful ones.”
With the playoffs out of the picture, the Lakers will enter into an offseason rife with speculation about the job security of Walton as well as the construction of the roster. Seven of L.A.’s 14 players are set to hit free agency.
James said his playing time could be further reduced to finish out the year.
“I’m probably going to have a conversation with the coaching staff and my trainer and go from there,” he said. “But I love to hoop. S—, I’m going to have five months and not play the game. So, you know, hopefully I can be in as many games as possible.”
Walton said he wants the rest of his team to embrace the opportunity of the final stretch of games as well.
“It’s the same message,” Walton said. “And it’s going to be that message every day for the final three weeks. It’s still about players getting better. It’s still about going out there and respecting the game and giving everything we have to try to win. We owe that, like I said, to ourselves, our teammates, our organization, to the fans. So it will be a lot of that, and I fully expect our guys to continue to give that.”
Duke star Zion Williamson will have his work cut out for him if he tries to dunk over UCF‘s Tacko Fall in the second round of the NCAA tournament, because the 7-foot-6 center is not about to make it easy for him.
“It’s very hard [to dunk on me],” Fall told NCAA.com on Friday night. “I mean, I won’t allow it. I won’t allow it. I won’t allow him putting me on one of his highlight tapes.”
Fall and Williamson, who is 6-foot-7, are set to go head-to-head — or at least head-to-shoulder — on Sunday after their teams advanced from the tournament’s first round Friday. Top-seeded Duke beat North Dakota State 85-62, and No. 9-seed UCF trounced 8-seeded VCU 73-58.
As the tallest player in college basketball, Fall is one of a kind, but he said Williamson, the projected top pick in this year’s NBA draft, is a unique talent.
“He’s someone, pretty much, we’ve never seen in weight, size. He’s immense, and he’s so quick,” Fall said. “But the coaches are going to have a great game plan, especially Coach [Johnny] Dawkins, I feel like, because he played for Duke, so he’s going to have to help us out a lot.”
Dawkins played for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski from 1982 to 1986, and following his NBA career returned to spend more than 10 years on Coach K’s staff before leaving to take his first head-coaching job at Stanford in 2008.
But despite his close ties to the program, Dawkins said after UCF’s win that he hasn’t been able to watch the Blue Devils much this season.
“When you’re doing what we do for the last six months, we don’t have much time to see anyone other than your opponents,” Dawkins said. “I have seen them play bits and pieces, three minutes here, four minutes there, throughout the season when you’re taking a break from your scouts. I haven’t seen much of them. I’m looking forward to seeing them this evening and tomorrow as we start to prepare.
“But I know Coach. He’s amazing, and I know the young men I’ve heard so much about like Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish. Those guys are terrific, terrific players along with the point guard [Tre] Jones and the rest of their players. I know they’re really talented, and it’s going to be a good challenge.”
Dawkins also said he would have liked to avoid Duke in the tournament, and not only because the Blue Devils are favored to cut down the nets after the Final Four.
“I was like — we’d rather not play each other, of course,” Dawkins said of Krzyzewski. “We’re friends. I played for him. I’ve worked for him for over a decade. It’s not something you look forward to doing. We know in this type of setting — and we’re all competitors. We do what we have to do, but it’s not something we would pick — let’s play each other. That wouldn’t happen under any other circumstance other than a tournament. It is what it is with that. You’ve got to get ready to compete. They’re going to do the same thing, and both teams will come out prepared.”
As for Fall, who had 13 points and 18 rebounds against VCU, Dawkins said his big man is just starting to become a force on the court.
“We’ve been challenging Tacko all season long about really imposing his will on the game,” Dawkins said. “I think probably the last six weeks, you started to see a turn in that. He started to see what he was capable of doing out there on the floor. So I’m excited for him. He gets 18 rebounds in an NCAA tournament game, a double-double, that’s having a huge impact on a game, and he’s capable of doing that. So I’m just really happy for him. I’m happy he’s realizing the type of impact he can have on both ends of the floor.”
With few massive upsets in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, your bracket is likely alive and rolling as second round action begins this weekend. It’s called March Madness for a reason, and luckily for us all, the action is just getting started in the most exciting postseason tournament in sports.
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The Boston Bruins announced Saturday that they have signed a one-year contract extension with defender Zdeno Chara. Chara, the 2009 Norris winner and a critical part of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Bruins, turned 42 earlier this week.
He’s no longer a game breaker, but he’s still a reliable top-four minute-getter. Even if he weren’t, he’s still a Boston legend, and his new salary won’t break the bank. (Chara’s current one-year deal has him paid $5 million.)
At 42 years old, Chara is flirting with some esteemed greybeard company. Another Boston icon, Mark Recchi, played 81 games in his age-42 year. Teemu Selanne’s age-43 season was his last. And then there’s Jaromir Jagr, that belovedbête noire, who played a full 82 games in his age-44 season.
BOSTON – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, March 23, that the team has signed defenseman Zdeno Chara to a one-year contract extension through the 2019-2020 season worth $2 million, plus an additional $1.75 million in performance-based incentives.
Chara, who is in his 21st NHL season and 13th with Boston in 2018-19, has appeared in 55 games this season, recording four goals and seven assists for 11 points with a plus-16 rating.
The 42-year-old defenseman has led the Bruins to a postseason berth in nine of his 12 completed seasons with the team, including a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010-11. He ranks sixth in franchise history in games played (948), and fourth in points by a defenseman (452) behind Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1,506), Bobby Orr (888), and Dit Clapper (474).
Chara, who is the second-oldest active player in the NHL, is also the longest-tenured captain in the league, having worn the “C” for the Bruins since his first season in Boston in 2006-07. Standing 6-foot-9 and weighing 250 pounds, he is also the tallest player to ever play in the NHL. Among active NHL players, Chara ranks fourth in games played (1,478), first in plus/minus (plus-256), first in penalty minutes (1,892), 10th in shots (3,169), and fourth in time on ice (25,455:11). He also ranks sixth among active players in postseason games played (159), first in postseason plus/minus (plus-41), and second in postseason penalty minutes (192).
Over his 20-year NHL career, Chara has received several individual accolades. He was awarded the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman in 2008-09, after tallying a career-high 19 goals and 31 assists in 80 games with Boston. He was the recipient of the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2010-11 for his exemplary leadership both on and off the ice. He was named to the NHL First All-Star Team three times (2003-04, 2008-09, 2013-14), the Second All-Star Team four times (2005-06, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12), and was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game five times (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12). He was also the recipient of the Golden Puck as Slovakia’s Player of the Year three times (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12).
Chara has represented his home country of Slovakia in international play on several occasions, including three Olympics (2006, 2010, 2014), in which he has posted one goal and five assists in 17 games. Most recently, he served as alternate captain for Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, notching two goals in six games to help lead the team to a second-place finish to Team Canada.
The Trencin, Slovakia native was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the third round (56th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
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INDIANAPOLIS — In the measurement heard around the NFL world, or at least all around the NFL’s scouting combine in a matter of minutes, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was 5-foot-10 1/8 inches tall and weighed in at 207 pounds.
The Heisman Trophy winner’s physical dimensions have been one the hottest topics of discussion in and around the annual gathering for the NFL draft’s top prospects. Murray’s combination of high-end performance in the passing game, his electric running style and overall athleticism make him one of the most intriguing prospects for a quarterback-starved league.
His height would also make him one of the shortest starting quarterbacks in the league’s history.
Two of the quarterbacks Murray’s potential future, in terms of size, have been compared to are Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees and Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson. Brees was 6-0 ¼ and 213 pounds at the 2001 scouting combine while Wilson was 5-10 5/8 and 204 pounds at the 2012 scouting combine. Wilson is the only starting QB in the NFL under 6-feet tall.
Other quarterbacks at the combine were more prototypical size. Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins measured 6-3 3/8, 231 pounds. Missouri’s Drew Lock was 6-3 6/8, 228, and Duke’s Daniel Jones was 6-5 1/8, 221.
Wednesday at the combine Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway said he believed Murray had the ability to be a “great player” in the NFL.
“He’s a great athlete and has had a great career,” Elway said. “The one year he played at Oklahoma was great there and shows he’s a great athlete. Obviously, the size is always the question, but we’ve seen guys that have had success in the league that are not necessarily the prototypes as far as when it comes to height. He’s got the ability to be a great player.”
In his one full season as a starter at Oklahoma, Murray finished with 4,361 yards passing with 42 touchdowns to go with 1,001 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns. Murray threw just seven interceptions on the season — and averaged 7.2 yards per carry.
Murray has said he is committed to football even though he has a contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus. The A’s selected Murray with the ninth pick in the 2018 MLB draft.
“I think (height) has been proven to not be as much of a factor maybe as it was years ago,” said Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden Thursday morning. Gruden added he didn’t know if height had a “true impact” on “the position for the performance” of a quarterback. Oakland has the fourth pick in the draft.
Elway did add Murray’s height, or any quarterback’s height, could be an issue if the quarterback was asked to play under center a great deal instead of being in the shotgun. So that any team that would select Murray, or a player like him, in the draft would have to consider putting him in the shotgun all, or most, of the time.
“I will say this, having played the position: when you’re shorter and you’re in shotgun, it doesn’t have nearly the effect because you see much better out of shotgun,” Elway said. “So, if you’re in shotgun and starting in shotgun and that’s the only place you’ve ever been, you can see the field much better from shotgun. So, really, the height from shotgun doesn’t matter nearly as much if it does if you’re coming out from underneath center all the time because by the time you get back there the pocket a lot of times is caving on you. That’s where height does matter a little bit more. But if you’re playing in shotgun every down like a lot of these guys, then the height, to me, does not have nearly the impact that it normally would if you’re coming out from underneath.”
Murray is not expected to throw during his time at the combine, but there has been no confirmation from his camp. He is expected to throw at Oklahoma’s pro day.