What big-name free agents should the Devils pursue?

The blue liner racked up 71 points in the regular season, soaring past the career-high 28 points he posted in 2016-17. His stats were partially a product of a Broncos power play that led the WHL by converting 29.4 percent of its opportunities.

I’m trying to literally — it’s a like a song. Rhythm in the box. Just have some kind of dance just with my hands and my body, Frazier said.

The highly regarded 23-year-old outfielder was explaining a slight change in his swing that he believes helped him go on a Triple-A tear and wind up back where he wants to be — the major leagues.

Just trying to map the path of what’s to come, he said before the Yankees and Nationals got rained out at Nationals Park on Wednesday. “I’m trying to time my hands and my knee at the exact same time.”

While Prescott improved as a runner last season with 357 yards and six touchdowns, his production dropped across the board as a passer.

His completion percentage dipped from 67.8 percent to 62.9 percent, and he threw for over 300 fewer yards (3,324), one less touchdown (22) and nine more interceptions (13) in 2017 than he did in 2016.

Prescott was adversely impacted by the absence of superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott, who missed six games due to suspension.

Even though Prescott took a step back, he remains on pace to be one of the all-time great Cowboys quarterbacks based on what he accomplished in his first two seasons.

Getting to the top of that list ahead of Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach and Tony Romo will be a significant challenge, however.

Both Aikman and Staubach are Hall of Famers, with Aikman winning three Super Bowls and Staubach winning two.cowboys_057

Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams arrested after car accident, according to report

Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams was arrested on a charge of public intoxication Saturday morning after allegedly crashing his Lamborghini into a pole and leaving the scene of the accident, according to a report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Police in Frisco, Texas, responded to the accident at approximately 4:45 a.m., according to a statement the department gave the Star-Telegram. The driver of the car allegedly fled the scene, and Frisco Police discovered it was registered to Williams.

“I don’t even know if we can get there,” Pegula told The Buffalo News . “I know fans in Buffalo don’t want higher ticket prices, they don’t want PSLs (personal seat licenses). The state doesn’t want to give you any money, the city doesn’t … We don’t have a billion-and-a-half dollars sitting around. We used it to buy the team.”

The stadium underwent $130 million in renovations in 2014 that were partly funded by public money, though the improvements were considered to be a short-term upgrade.

When LeBron is on Smart, a smaller Cavs defender — JR Smith or Kyle Korver — is often stashed on Morris. Boston might want to poke at that matchup. Morris’ bully-ball represents boring, retrograde hoops, but when he has a mismatch, it might be the best way to use him.

In 2010, Tepper bought a vacation home; a $50 million, 6,200-square-foot oceanfront property in the Hamptons belonging to Joanne Corzine.

Tepper has purchased a $50 million mansion that was owned by the ex-wife of a man who had denied Tepper of a partnership years prior. His plans for the property likely will include tearing down the mansion. He said of the purchase: “You could say there was a little justice in the world.”

Tepper claims to have popularized the phrase “It is what it is.”

During a gala reception after Tepper made a hefty donation to Carnegie Mellon in 2003, one of his college friends played a video tribute that included a segment called “Cindy Perl: Thanks for Nothing,” based on Tepper’s high school girlfriend. Said Tepper’s friend to New York Magazine: “Everybody in your life, there’s one person you want to rub their nose in it. After a five-year relationship, she said to him, ‘David, I love you, but I don’t think you’re going to be able to support the lifestyle I want.'”ravens_181

Report: Patriots won’t pick up Danny Shelton’s option

The Patriots aren’t planning to exercise the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Danny Shelton, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

New England still could sign him to a long-term deal, though.

The fifth-year option would have cost $7.14 million for the 2019 season, and the Patriots have no idea how Shelton will fit into their defense.

We have a lot of guys in that room right now that have produced in the NFL. To add Kerryon to the mix, we feel really good about the running back group we have in Detroit.”

He appeared in six games with the Colts and five games with the Falcons. He played 78 special teams snaps with the Falcons but none on defense, and 69 special teams snaps with the Colts but none on defense.

According to a 1996 article by the Brownsville (Texas) Herald, the alleged victim was a college student on spring break at South Padre Island.

According to the newspaper, Patricia and Dietrich burst into a room at the Radisson hotel and took turns assaulting the student, whom had befriended them on the beach.

South Padre Island Police Chief E. E. Eunice told the Herald that the victim told police she was sleeping in a friend’s room when she was awakened by Patricia and Dietrich.

They were also students and casual friends, Eunice told the newspaper in 1996. “She told us she had palled around with them for a few days.”

According to the newspaper, the incident happened at about 6 p.m. and both Patricia, then 22, and Dietrich, then 21, were arrested later that same night after the victim identified them. They were charged with sexual assault and released on bond.

That’s when Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty got the lion’s share of preseason work while Josh McCown took a backseat until it became clear he was the best choice for the job.

After all the scouting and all the picks they gave up to get Darnold, one would think Maccagnan and the Jets hope that it isn’t so easy to reach that conclusion this time around.broncos_046_2d0928ff97f80230-180x180

Jordan Mailata on Instagram

PFT noted last month that an enormous Australian rugby player was getting attention from NFL teams, and one team in particular liked him enough to draft him.

The Eagles took Mailata in the seventh round, with the 233rd pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

I will tell you with 1,000-percent certainty that everything I’ve learned confirmed what I already knew about the man and would have no way changed our decision to make him our head coach.

Wood also said the woman recanted the sexual assault allegations multiple times — a claim not substantiated by existing records or lawyers for Patricia and his fraternity brother.

Since he lost his starting job with the addition of free agent left tackle Nate Solder, and then responded by staying away from optional team workouts, it’s little surprise they don’t want to lash themselves to him for another year, and risk the 2019 salary becoming guaranteed for injury.

The Giants were hoping he’d come in and compete for the right tackle job, but that’s apparently a tough pill to swallow for the former No. 9 overall pick.

James has the ability to play a variety of roles in that secondary immediately, and he has superstar potential. Few teams get that lucky in the No. 17 spot, and the Chargers deserve kudos for keeping it simple when James dropped to them.

However, the Chargers’ future Los Angeles landlord still made several much larger splashes this offseason, starting with a pair of March trades for veteran cornerbacks who should bring plenty of experience and playmaking ability to a young, blossoming roster. broncos_092_5f19f04129a61730-180x180

Saquon Barkley should have been No. 1 pick, ex-Giants DE Justin Tuck says

The Giants decision to pass on quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen to take running back Saquon Barkley in last month’s NFL Draft has been criticized by some as not maximizing the value of the No. 2 overall pick.

Nadir Barnwell, 22, allegedly grabbed a woman by the throat while on a city pedestrian bridge early Monday morning, shook her and dropped her on her head, fracturing the woman’s skull, according to the arrest warrant from Nashville Metro Police.

Falcons signal-caller Matt Ryan inked a five-year, $150-million extension late this past week, marking yet another quarterback who’s leap-frogged his way to the top of the highest-paid quarterbacks list in the NFL. Newton, meanwhile, checks in at 15th on the average annual salary of any NFL quarterback in 2018, bringing in just over $20 million. Ryan will make $30 million in 2018, while Kirk Cousins ($28 million), Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million), Matthew Stafford ($27 million) and Derek Carr ($25 million) round out the top five.

Ryan is the only quarterback in that top five who has won a playoff game. Essentially, the market for quarterbacks keeps growing and the next franchise quarterback to sign a deal will likely surpass Ryan (most expect it to be Packers star Aaron Rodgers).

The Panthers will soon have to do the same with Newton. The quarterback, who inked a five-year, $103.8 million extension in 2015, has a deal that’s set to expire following the 2020 season.sharks-021

Manaea follows no-no with strong start as A’s beat Astros

Sean Manaea followed up his no-hitter with seven solid innings, three Athletics homered and Oakland beat the Houston Astros 8-1 on Friday night for their fifth win in six games.

Manaea (4-2) no-hit Boston last Saturday and didn’t allow a hit Friday until the fourth inning. He gave up one unearned run on four hits and a walk and struck out seven.

Houston starter Dallas Keuchel (1-4) retired his first 13 batters before Matt Chapman hit a one-out homer in the fifth into the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field to tie it 1-1.

Athletics: LHP Ryan Buchter was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. Oakland recalled LHP Danny Coulombe from Triple A Nashville to take Buchter’s spot on the roster. … Oakland reinstated RHP Yusmeiro Petit from the bereavement list.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-2) looks for his third straight win Saturday. He is 0-2 with a 6.33 ERA in four career starts against Houston.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers (3-1) starts Saturday looking for his third straight win. McCullers allowed one run over six innings Sunday against the White Sox.

Gates, 37, is the career leader in receiving touchdowns by an NFL tight end (114). He and quarterback Philip Rivers have connected on 87 touchdowns during their time together with the Chargers, the most in league history for a quarterback-tight end tandem.

Rivers, who joined the team the year after Gates arrived, said two weeks ago that they had communicated through text messages about Gates’ future.

“Shoot, I’ve been not only locker mates but spent a lot of time with Antonio over the last 14 seasons,” Rivers said. “Great player. Great person. We all know our friendship. You’d love for him to get one more shot to be with us and go make a run at it. … If it were not to work out, and if he were to decide to hang it up, who knows? He’s had a heck of a run. He has nothing left to prove, that’s for sure.”

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Gates signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2003. He is the Chargers’ franchise leader in receptions (927), receiving yards (11,508) and touchdown catches, surpassing the output of Hall of Famers Lance Alworth, Charlie Joiner and Kellen Winslow.

Gates posted 100-plus receiving yards in 21 games throughout his career, making him one of just seven tight ends in NFL history with 20-plus games of at least 100 receiving yards.dolphins_031

Ex-NCAA investigator takes stand in Todd McNair defamation trial

After two full days of testimony in former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair’s defamation trial against the NCAA, just two witnesses have appeared before the court.

The tedious, slow-moving pace of the trial — which is expected to last a few weeks — falls in line with how the case has progressed since it was filed in June 2011 and already appears to be testing the patience of members of the jury. On Tuesday, the first day of testimony, multiple jury members appeared to have trouble staying attentive and one, who at one point appeared to fall asleep, was dismissed and replaced with an alternate.

Overanalyzing is exactly what will happen given the Capitals’ recent and franchise-long playoff history. But maybe the Capitals are better off focusing on the positives, and coach Barry Trotz expects things to click back into place for Game 2 on Sunday.

“It was a little bit of a kick in the stomach,” Trotz said Friday. “We had a couple kicks in the stomach in the first round with Columbus, and you saw the response that we had. I know our group, I know the strength of our group, I know the resiliency. This group will battle back.”

Manny Machado hit his team-leading ninth home run and added an RBI single in the eighth. Richard Bleier pitched a perfect eighth before Mychal Givens closed out the ninth.

Tillman provided a much-needed performance for the Orioles (7-19), who are enduring the second worst 26-game stretch to begin a season in franchise history. The team started the 1988 season 0-21 before winning two of their next four games.

After two batters reached in the first inning, Tillman retired 10 straight before allowing a four-pitch walk to Victor Martinez with two outs in the fourth. He did not allow a hit until Jose Iglesias lined a one-out double in the fifth.

Mike Fiers (2-2) allowed three runs and four hits with five strikeouts and one walk over six innings for the Tigers, who have lost three straight.

Machado gave the Orioles the lead in the first with a solo homer to center. Fiers retired 12 in a row before Alvarez homered in the fifth. Fiers had allowed two homers in his previous three starts.dolphins_120

Bucks’ Thon Maker: Giannis Antetokounmpo showed ‘what he’s capable of’ in win over Celtics

Ohtani’s command was off in a season-high 98-pitch effort, in which he threw only 55 pitches for strikes. He gave up five bases on balls, with two of those free passes coming around to score.

Ohtani knows he needs to throw more first-pitch strikes to help his pitch count, but he said a team such as the Astros makes a pitcher work for everything he gets.

“The Astros have a great lineup, and they made me work really hard,” Ohtani said. “So I need to kind of outwork them, outlast them. And if the pitch count goes up, there’s nothing I can do about that, but I just need to outlast them.”

The Angels’ trainer checked Ohtani’s hand in the sixth inning, but manager Mike Scioscia said after the game that the blister wasn’t an issue.

“[Catcher] Martín [Maldonado] thought the ball came out funny there [in the sixth inning] in the last pitch he threw to [Yuli] Gurriel, and then he came back and struck out [Alex] Bregman, and we made the change,” Scioscia said. “But [the trainer] went out there, and [Ohtani] said he’s fine.”

Acuna became the youngest player in the major leagues on Wednesday at 20 years, 128 days, and went 1-for-5 in his debut. He led off the second inning Thursday with a home run five rows deep into the left-field upper deck against Homer Bailey, singled in the sixth and hit a tiebreaking double off Wandy Peralta (1-1) in the eighth following Freddie Freeman’s third double of the game.

“It’s truly a unique moment,” Acuna, who is from Venezuela, said through interpreter Franco Garcia. “Your first home run in the big leagues is a once-in-a-lifetime moment.”

Acuna became the youngest Braves player to homer since Andruw Jones against the Reds on Aug. 23, 1997, when he was 20 years, 122 days. Acuna was greeted in the dugout by the traditional silent treatment and walked almost the entire length of the dugout, exchanging phantom high-fives, before his teammates pounced to celebrate.

Albies, a 21-year-old who made his debut last August, hit a two-run homer in the fifth for a 4-0 lead and added an RBI double in the ninth.

“It’s fun to watch,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s cool to be around these young guys and the energy they bring.”

Snitker was impressed as much by Acuna’s speed as his power.sl_cardinals_024

Pacers even series, force Game 7 by blowing out Cavs 121-87

Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and posted the first postseason triple-double of his career Friday night, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 121-87 blowout over the Cleveland Cavaliers to even the series at three.

Game 7 will be played Sunday in Cleveland.

The three-time defending Eastern Conference champs again were led by LeBron James with 22 points, seven assists and five rebounds despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter. Nobody else scored more than 13 points as the Cavaliers lost their first closeout game in 14 tries dating to 2009. James had won 11 consecutive closeout games and is 12-0 all-time in the first-round series.

Indiana’s 10-2 spurt midway through the second quarter made it 46-36. The Pacers opened the third by scoring the first five points to make it 62-47 and then they poured it on.

Myles Turner’s 3-pointer with 7:03 left in the third made it a 20-point game and the Pacers closed the quarter on a 10-1 run to extend the lead to 92-67.

Cavaliers: The 34-point margin was Cleveland’s worst playoff loss since James returned. … The Cavs finished 1-4 in Indianapolis this season after falling to 4-6 in the season series. … Cleveland has only lost eight playoff games against the East since 2015 — three in this series. … Last year, the Cavs averaged 116.2 points per game. This year, they’ve only reached triple digits once in the six games. … Jeff Green scored 13 points and Rodney Hood had 12 as the Cavs committed 15 turnover and were 12 of 38 on 3s.

Pacers: Have not lost three straight games since snapping a five-game skid in early January. … The Pacers’ three wins have come by 18, two and 34 points. The Cavs’ wins have come by margins of three, four and three points. … Indiana has been eliminated by James’ teams in four of its last six playoff appearances. … The Pacers produced their highest point total in the series Friday. … Seven players scored in double figures: Domantas Sabonis had 19, Darren Collison had 15, Lance Stephenson had 12 and Bojan Bogndanovic and Young each had 10. … Indiana was 15 of 30 on 3s.

Trevor Story hit the second grand slam of his career, Freeland scattered three hits over seven crisp innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-0 on a cold Tuesday night.

“The illegal check to the head rule is often misunderstood or misstated,” the league said in the video. “Illegal checks to the head and legal full body hits often look similar at first glance because the difference between legal and illegal can be a matter of inches in a sport that moves fast.”jets_017

Bruce’s HR in 10th sends Mets to 6-5 win over Cardinals

A slumping Jay Bruce took extra batting practice before Tuesday night’s game. The extra swings paid off handsomely.

Bruce hit a tiebreaking homer in the 10th inning, Yoenis Cespedes launched a majestic, three-run shot and the New York Mets rallied for a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Bruce began the game batting .194 but broke out with three hits, including an RBI triple.

“You never feel perfect, but I think overall the timing’s been a little off,” he said. “I haven’t been in sync for an extended period of time yet, but I’m working at it every day.”

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Bruce looked different at the plate.

“He was on time,” Callaway said. “He wasn’t feeling for it. He was letting it go. It looked like he had a little bit of that conviction in his swing back. He went and attacked the ball and lived with the results and the results were good.”

Back-to-back doubles by Dexter Fowler and Paul DeJong off Harvey with two outs in the fifth gave St. Louis a 5-4 lead.

Harvey declined to speak with reporters after the game.

“There’s no doubt that tonight he went out there and attacked and tried to help the team,” Callaway said of Harvey. “He’s manned up and he’s going to do the job.”

Robert Gsellman (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win, and Jeurys Familia earned his ninth save.

The Yankees have played very well against the Angels at home over the past 10 seasons, going 25-10 in those games. Unfortunately, this series is in Anaheim, where the Yankees are just 14-19 during that same span.

Luis Severino is expected to start the series opener on Friday. He has one career start against the Angels: He allowed six runs (five earned) in six innings in a 10-5 loss on June 22 of last season.

A couple of notable Yankees against the Angels? Aaron Judge is 7-for-33 (.212), with three home runs, four walks and 14 strikeouts, while Giancarlo Stanton is 13-for-33 (.394), with three home runs, three walks and 10 strikeouts.

The Astros’ dynamic duo of Jose Altuve (.320 AVG, .974 OPS, 2 HRs) and Carlos Correa (.333 AVG, .913 OPS, 1 HR) gave the Yankees problems during the ALCS.

Stanton has not fared well in his career against the Astros, hitting .183 with just two home runs in 82 career plate appearances. Judge has fared a little better — he’s 6-for-22 (.273) with a home run, six walks and 11 strikeouts.jets_053