Cleveland Cavaliers sign Deron Williams, now set sights on his former Dallas teammate Andrew Bogut

CLEVELAND have landed their man, now new signing Deron Williams could be key in making sure his former teammate Andrew Bogut is next to join the reigning NBA champions.

After a week of speculation, Williams signed as a free agent on Monday with the Cavs, giving the defending champions the backup point guard they’ve coveted and another playmaker to help them defend their title.

After rattling off several reasons for signing with the Cavaliers, Williams got around to the one that matters most. He wants a ring.

“Competing for a championship is something that I haven’t had a chance to do,” he said.

Williams, an Olympian and three-time All-Star who has never made it to the NBA Finals,

Williams will initially come off the bench for the Cavs, who have been seeking a backup for All-Star Kyrie Irving all season. A 13-year veteran, Williams had his contract bought out last week by Dallas, cleared waivers on Saturday and told the Cavs he would sign with them.

Bogut was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers in the wake of a trade from the Dallas Mavericks – to whom he was traded by the Cavs’ arch rival, the Golden State Warriors, at the end of last season. The Cavs cleared cap space for the seven-foot Australian centre, 32, on Thursday by waiving Jordan McRae.

Bogut will now have the opportunity to pursue another NBA championship with the Eastern Conference heavyweight, having claimed a ring in the Warriors’s Finals triumph over the Cavs two seasons ago. Cleveland beat Golden State from 1-3 down in last season’s Finals, with Bogut injured mid-series.

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The Mariners will regret trading for Yovani Gallardo

Montgomery and Michael were a solid stopgap solution, but Michael is an unrestricted free agent and Montgomery could struggle now that opposing defenses know what to expect from him. With James Starks officially gone, Green Bay will bring in at least one running back this offseason, and Lacy could be the call if the price is right. Head coach Mike McCarthy knows how dangerous the bruising runner can be when he¡¯s healthy ¡ª but he also knows the headache he creates when he¡¯s not.

The Vikings can jab at their division rivals by bringing in Lacy, though they¡¯d have to release Adrian Peterson and his $18 million cap hit first. Minnesota¡¯s backs averaged a league-worst 3.2 yards per carry last season, giving Sam Bradford little relief for a struggling offense. Bringing in Lacy would be an instant upgrade ¡ª but so would a healthy Peterson.

for me to be going this hard about a holding call and defending an offensive lineman should give you a clue of just how egregious this was. -Stephen White, retired defensive end
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Authentic Mens Mark Messier Jersey With just over two minutes left to go in the game, the apparently fearless Carr, who hadn’t backed down from targeting receivers that Darrelle Revis was covering all day, again tried Revis on a back shoulder fade to wide receiver James Jones that netted the Raiders 18 yards and moved them all the way down the Patriots’ 33 yard line.

Gallardo was a fair gamble for the Orioles before last season. They needed a starter, and they waited until the market settled and prices got a little fairer. Fine. But he was incredibly rough to watch last year, and things are likely to get better before they get worse, even if the change in ballparks will help him as much as any change possibly could.

Brian Hoyer shocked by struggles, Brett Favre returns to Green Bay and other NFL news

Much of talk leading up to the NFL action Sunday centered around whether the Cleveland Browns would continue with Brian Hoyer at quarterback or make the switch to first-round pick Johnny Manziel. Hoyer, once believed to have a future in Cleveland, played poorly recently, opening the door for head coach Mike Pettine to make the switch. Hoyer retained the starting job, but another poor performance triggered the debate for another week.

Hoyer completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 140 yards. Worse, he tossed two interceptions, giving him seven total in his last three games against zero touchdowns. After the game, Hoyer relayed to the Cleveland Plain Dealer how surreal the downward turn in his performance has felt.

“It’s crazy how fast things change,” Hoyer said. “Four or five weeks ago, we were talking about contract talks, and now, we’re talking about if I’m even going to be staying here.”

Hoyer certainly has reason to wonder where his future lies. If Manziel provides any kind of spark to the offense, the Browns will likely turn the page on Hoyer for good.

Since leaving the Green Bay Packers in 2008, Brett Favre has only visited the city twice. In each instance, he was a member of the rival Minnesota Vikings and was largely booed by those in attendance. While some animosity remains since his retirement, the time for reconciliation with the franchise is drawing near. Favre took another step towards that eventuality Monday by appearing at a charity event in Green Bay.

Another team sliding down the rankings is San Francisco. The 49ers dropped their second game in as many weeks, this time against a woeful Oakland Raiders team on Sunday. Derek Carr carved up San Francisco’s defense, completing 78.6 percent of his passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns.
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Rex and Rob Ryan sighting at Yankees spring training

Rex and Rob Ryan, two men with wide-open schedules and paychecks that continue to roll in, visited New York Yankees training camp on Friday in Tampa. The photographic evidence, with proof of Rex’s enduring love of novelty T-shirts.

Robert Griffin III to Seattle: The Browns are a strong candidate to part ways with RGIII before March 11, when the injury-prone arm is due a $750,000 roster bonus. I simply refuse to believe that Hue Jackson will go into next season with Griffin ticketed for a major role. Once free, Griffin will struggle to find any promise of a starting job, but I’m booking the supernova-turned-project for a low-cost look-see with the ‘Hawks.

Colin Kaepernick lands in La-La: If you’re the Niners, do you pay Kaepernick $16.9 million in salary and bonuses after trading for CousinsNo way. I’d look at a team like the Rams, who need an affordable veteran option in place while coach Sean McVay aims to grow second-year passer Jared Goff.
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Nick Foles to the Titans: What kind of a team would try to sell its fan base on Foles as a starterNobody looking to sell tickets. Outside of landing with a squad like the Jets, Foles makes sense as a backup forevermore. With Kansas City expected to decline his option, a gig with the Titans fits. The aging Matt Cassel is a free agent, leaving just trick-shot artist Alex Tanney behind on-the-mend starter Marcus Mariota.
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Brian Hoyer to the Patriots: Hoyer’s voyage Beyond Foxborough was an enjoyable spree, but he’s hardly starting material. Why not chill back at home base while Tom Brady does all the workThe Pats love Jacoby Brissett, but adding an insurance policy couldn’t hurt.

Adrian Peterson unsure of Vikings return

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson doesn’t know how he feels about a return to the team that drafted him. In an interview with ESPN, Peterson said he was “still uneasy” about going back to the Vikings after his 2014 suspension, especially considering his feeling that the organization stood idly when it had the power to stick up for him.
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A’Shawn Robinson Elite Jersey “There were people (in the organization) that I trusted, who knew exactly what was said, that weren’t heard from.” in the decision-making process. “They weren’t able to do anything about it,” he said via Vikings reporter Bob Goessling.

After the Vikings worked jointly with the NFL to put him on the commissioner’s exempt list stemming from a Nov. 4 no contest plea to charges of reckless injury to his 4-year-old son, Peterson said he felt “ambushed” after the decision to suspend him for all but one game in the 2014 season. The former All-Pro finished with just 21 carries and one start while watching his team struggle and miss the playoffs with a 6-9 record.

The project would be financed with private funding and will move forward jointly with the economic coalition “Carson2gether.” On Friday, a news conference will bear the official announcement near the site.

The 168-acre area sits on a former landfill that has been the subject of recent cleanup efforts. The NFL has has been well aware of the valuable space, attempting to purchase it on at least three separate occasions, per The Times.

Both teams are dealing with significant barriers to get a stadium constructed on site at their current homes. In San Diego, mayor Kevin Faulconer has assembled a task force with the aim of putting together a viable proposal that all stakeholders can be happy with. The challenge there is that over nearly 14 years, seven mayors and nine proposals, the city hasn’t been able to put together a plan that satisfied all parties.

Super Bowl 2016 coin toss prop bet: Results for the opening coin toss

The first “football decision” of Super Bowl 49 involves one team calling the coin toss. Given that there are two potential outcomes, Super Bowl prop betting allows for multiple wagers on the toss. You can bet if it will land on heads or tails, which team will win the coin toss, if the team making the call will win the coin toss, and if the coin toss winner will win the game.

Andre Ellington Kids Jersey We have results on the first three wagers, and will update this article once the winner of the game has been determined. The coin landed on TAILS. The Patriots called heads and lost the coin toss.

Manning was noncommittal at the Super Bowl breakfast Friday, but he did tell The Denver Post he is “not interested” in letting his decision take longer than necessary. The Post also reported last month that Manning is expected to return next season.

Kids Dallas Cowboys Jersey The most likely reason Manning has yet to announce is his health. He played through a torn right quad during the final stretch of the season which led to a significant downturn in his performance, including in a playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The injury also led to Manning opting to not participate in the Pro Bowl.

Even if Manning chooses to not make a decision next week, he will have one no later than March 9, when his $19 million salary for next season becomes fully guaranteed. Accordingly, the team will have to move on Manning before that clause is activated.

Feb. 28, 2014: St. Louis Blues acquire goalie Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres for goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a first-round pick and a third-round pick.

Marlins president David Samson, who spoke eloquently about Fernandez the morning of his death

Late Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was voted the NL Comeback Player of the Year by his peers in the annual Players Choice Awards of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Marlins president David Samson, who spoke eloquently about Fernandez the morning of his death, feels lasting affection for Fernandez, and anger. Samson recalled seeing the toxicology details for the first time and said he “had an idea of what would be in there, because when you’re on a boat at high speed at 3 in the morning — no matter who’s driving — the assumption is there’s alcohol involved.”

“If you’re referring to the other substances, I was blown away. My first [reaction was]: ‘Is it traces? Is it a lot? Is it true?’ And then I got distracted from myself and said, ‘It doesn’t matter. He’s still never coming back.’ And all of that probably happened in 10 seconds.”

There’s also the matter of financial security. NFL players don’t have a long shelf life, and injuries can derail an entire career in the blink of an eye. Taking advantage of breakout seasons and nailing down guaranteed money for multiple years is a huge priority, especially when players are in the middle of their prime.

The franchise tag doesn’t afford them that opportunity — sure, they get a huge salary, but it’s for just one year, and who knows what happens in that one year. Even if they get through the season healthy and still playing well, they have to do this all over again in the offseason, except they’re a year older. It’s a vicious cycle.

So what can players do if they’re tagged?

“I saw a lot of moving parts in his swing that aren’t always there when he’s going good,” says the NL exec. “He was over-rotating and trying to create power instead of staying compact and working through.”

Jeffery is in the prime of his career

The only franchise-tag candidate is wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The Bears used the tag on Jeffery last season, and barring the completion of a long-term deal, they could apply the tag again to prevent Jeffery from testing free agency. However, Jeffery’s 2017 salary-cap number would be in excess of $17 million. Still, Jeffery is in the prime of his career. He has endured some well-documented setbacks (injuries and suspension) the past two seasons, but Jeffery is an upper-echelon player at his position. If the Bears aren’t ready to commit to a lavish multiyear agreement, then the franchise tag may be their only hope of keeping Jeffery in town for one more year.

Because the franchise tag figure is projected to be in the $14.5-15 million range, the transition tag would be a more affordable fallback option (projected to be in the $11 million range) for the team while it worked toward a potential long-term deal with Hightower. The transition tag would give the Patriots the right of first refusal on any contract Hightower might receive in free agency, thus providing the club some leverage.
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The potential issue, though, is that the team would be allowing another club to dictate terms of a contract it would be absorbing. Nonetheless, if the Patriots feel confident they are in position to match any offer — and feel the best strategic approach is to let the market dictate what Hightower ultimately receives — this could be the team’s best course of action.

In a vacuum, it’s easy to see that Johnson isn’t worth a second franchise tag; not when you consider that only one cornerback, Darrelle Revis, made more than $16 million on a base salary last year.
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Using the tag would essentially ensure his return in 2017 (it’s hard to imagine a team signing him to an offer sheet and giving up draft-pick compensation if the Patriots don’t match), which should help the defense continue to make positive strides after its strong finish to the 2016 season.