Suh Lands 1-Year, $14M Deal With Rams – The Los Angeles Rams have secured what might be the greatest pairing of interior linemen in NFL history, adding five-time Pro Bowler Ndamukong Suh to the same unit as Aaron Donald, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. The Rams reached agreement with Suh on a one-year contract, the team announced from the owners meetings in Orlando, Florida, on Monday. A source told ESPN the deal is worth $14 million. Suh met with the Rams last Tuesday, the last stop in a three-city free-agency tour that included visits with the New Orleans Saints and the Tennessee Titans. He was scheduled to sit down with the Oakland Raiders the following day, but cancelled his visit. The New York Jets were reportedly willing to offer the most money, but they ultimately rescinded their offer.
Peters, Talib Developing Chemistry In Secondary At OTAs – Organized team activities are nothing new for cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. But Monday’s OTA session represented a beginning for both of the elite corners, their first practice in a Rams uniform. “It was a good, good day,” Talib said. “Good communication, a pretty solid day.” “We had fun today,” Peters said. “To be around the guys and stuff, it was a different atmosphere with me starting OTAs here. It felt really good to be out there.” And fortunately for the new cornerback duo, head coach Sean McVay said they have been adjusting well to their new environments and are already making a difference. “It’s fun to see those corners out there, guys you have a lot of respect for,” McVay said Monday. “I think you just see great instincts, great awareness, [and] natural movement. You certainly feel those guys out there. I know they’re excited about just continuing to get more and more familiar with the terminology of the system.”
Doc Rivers Receives Extension From Clippers – The LA Clippers announced Wednesday that they have agreed to a contract extension with coach Doc Rivers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Rivers was entering the final season of his contract, which pays him over $11 million. “Doc is one of the top coaches in the NBA, coming off one of his finest seasons since joining the Clippers,” Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “We trust Doc to lead a competitive, tough, hard-working team while upholding a culture of accountability expected to resonate throughout the organization.” Rivers completed his fifth season as coach, finishing with a 42-40 record and competing for a Western Conference playoffs spot until the final days of the season. Rivers relinquished his role as president of basketball operations in August, clearing the way for Lawrence Frank to take over that position.
Rangers Hire Boston University’s David Quinn As Coach – The New York Rangers have hired Boston University’s David Quinn as their new head coach.
General manager Jeff Gorton announced the move Wednesday. Quinn is the second college coach hired by an NHL team this month and third in the past four years. He replaces Alain Vigneault, who was fired hours after the Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The 51-year-old Quinn coached Boston University to four NCAA tournament appearances in five seasons, including a trip to the national title game in 2015. He spent the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season as an assistant on Joe Sacco’s staff with the Colorado Avalanche.
NFL Owners Pass New National Anthem Policy – NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday. The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons. Those teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction. All 32 owners approved the policy, which will be part of the NFL’s game operations manual and thus not subject to collective bargaining. The NFL Players Association said in a statement that it will review the policy and “challenge any aspect” that is inconsistent with the CBA. Some important details remained unclear in the hours after the policy’s approval, including the specific fine that teams would be subject to and also how the league will define respect for the flag.
Foles Could Earn $500K Per Game – Nick Foles will make $250,000 for each game in which he plays one-third of the snaps as part of his restructured deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, a league source told ESPN. In addition, Foles can earn an additional $250,000 for each game in which he plays at least 33 percent of the snaps and the team wins, amounting to a maximum value of $8 million, according to a league source. Quarterback Carson Wentz has taken part in the team’s beginning portions of organized team activities as he eyes a return to the field as soon as Week 1, but if he is not fully healed from the left ACL/LCL injury suffered in December 2017, the team is prepared to turn to Super Bowl MVP Foles. The Eagles and Foles agreed to a reworked contract this offseason that includes $14 million in incentives, the specifics of which are largely tied to him being a regular starter for much of the 2018 season.
Chicago Cubs 1 – Cleveland Indians 10
Highlights: Jose Ramirez turned on a knee-high pitch and launched the Indians toward a lopsided victory. Ramirez hit his 14th homer and Cleveland routed the Chicago Cubs 10-1 on Tuesday night in their first meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series. Ramirez got Cleveland going with his three-run drive in the third. The Indians scored four times in the inning while chasing a wild Tyler Chatwood (3-4) and simply poured it on after that. Trevor Bauer (4-3) went six innings in his second straight scoreless start. The right-hander gave up seven hits and struck out six while walking two after shutting down Detroit over eight innings in a win last week. Yonder Alonso had three of Cleveland’s 11 hits, including a three-run double in the fifth to make it 10-0. Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a pair of singles and scored two runs. Francisco Lindor added two hits and two runs, and the Indians started the two-game series on a winning note after the teams split two games in Cleveland last month. Chatwood walked six while allowing four runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Chicago White Sox 3 – Baltimore Orioles 2
Highlights: Once Kevin Gausman was out of the game, the Chicago White Sox put together another winning rally. Yolmer Sanchez capped Chicago’s three-run eighth with a tiebreaking RBI single, lifting the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. Welington Castillo also had an RBI single and Yoan Moncada added a sacrifice fly as last-place Chicago won for the fourth time in six games. Bruce Rondon (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Nate Jones got three outs for his fourth save. It was Chicago’s ninth comeback in 14 victories. Mark Trumbo went 4 for 4 with two doubles for Baltimore, which won 3-2 on Monday night in the series opener between two of the AL’s worst teams. Mychal Givens (0-1) replaced Gausman and got the last two outs in the seventh. But he ran into trouble in the eighth.
Jets Trade QB Hackenberg To Raiders For Pick -Quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who never entered a game in two seasons with the New York Jets, was traded Tuesday to the Oakland Raiders, ending an odd and disappointing tenure that leaves a wake of questions. The Jets will receive a 2019 conditional seventh-round pick for Hackenberg, who will be remembered as one of the biggest second-round disappointments in recent NFL history. The trade came hours after Hackenberg made critical comments about the coaching staff to reporters. He said the past two seasons were “frustrating” because he didn’t “get any information from anybody on how to fix” mechanical flaws in his throwing motion. Coach Todd Bowles said Hackenberg’s remarks had no bearing on the trade decision.
Eagles Cut Kendricks, Lose Worrilow To Injury – The Philadelphia Eagles lost a pair of linebackers on Tuesday: one by design and one as a result of injury. The Eagles released Mychal Kendricks, who has been the subject of trade speculation for multiple offseasons. Kendricks was seen leaving the team’s practice facility Tuesday morning. A short time later, newly signed linebacker Paul Worrilow was carted off the field after colliding with a teammate during the first practice of OTAs. He suffered a torn ACL on the play, according to ESPN.