Kevin Durant to sign one-and-one deal with Warriors; includes player option

There was never a doubt that Kevin Durant would re-sign with the Golden State Warriors, but there were questions as to how long his deal might be.

The nine-time NBA All-Star intends to sign a one-and-one deal to remain with the back-to-back NBA champions, league sources told ESPN on Sunday.

The contract is for $30 million for next year and $31.5 million for the option year, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Sometimes you don’t negotiate, he said days after winning the title. I’d love to have him for 10 years. Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year. He did us a great service. He’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants. I just want him to sign a deal. But want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here. He’s earned that, to kind of lay out the terms. He can do whatever he wants.

That shouldn’t be a long negotiation. Our goal, to be honest, is to try to keep the whole thing together, so that’s the pieces of the puzzle we’ve got to try to figure out.

In his 11th season, his second with the Warriors, Durant averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He shot 51 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 89 percent at the charity stripe in 68 games.

He was named to the All-NBA First Team for the sixth time in his career.

The New York Times was first to report Durant’s decision.

We are thrilled to have Kevin Durant with us this time around. Fresh off a recent amazing season, this is an opportune moment to welcome and celebrate his journey of hard work and perseverance, which brings him to where he is today, with all aspiring Filipino ballers, said Jino Ferrer, country marketing manager of Nike Philippines.

We hope he will also be able to feel and experience the enthusiasm of the Filipinos’ puso, where basketball lies at the heart of the nation.

The All-Star forward is also set to lead a training session where he will share some of his workouts, training drills and inspirational beliefs with selected ballers. Fans can also catch Durant at an event at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum at 4 p.m.

Coinciding with Durant’s Manila visit will be the release of a new colorway of his shoe called Peach Jam, which will be released exclusively at Titan Park Fort and Nike Park Fort.

The Yankees cut their deficit to 2-1 in the seventh.

With one out and runners on first and third base, Aaron Judge served a soft liner to shallow right field. That brought home Gleyber Torres, who had walked, and pushed Gardner to second. Gardner moved to third when Giancarlo Stanton grounded out to the pitcher. He was left there when Didi Gregorius grounded out to second base.

Twice the Yankees escaped bases-loaded jams in the first inning and in the sixth.

Sabathia got Daniel Robertson to line out to second to end the first threat. In the sixth, reliever Adam Warren finished a 12-pitch at-bat with Jake Bauers by getting him to ground out to shortstop.

The loss dropped the Yankees to 50-23 still the best record in the majors. They started the day two games ahead of the Red Sox in the American League East.

It also snapped their four-game winning streak. They’re 41-14 in their last 55 games and 7-7 in games in which they don’t hit a home run.

Earlier in the day, the team said Tanaka, a righty starting pitcher, would hit the 10-day disabled list with soreness in both hamstrings.

Tanaka suffered the injury running from third base to home on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning of Friday’s 4-1 win over the Mets in Queens. He immediately left the game.

Tanaka and manager Aaron Boone each said they didn’t know how long Tanaka would be iced. Boone said he thought it was very possible the 28-year-old could return before the All-Star break, which stars July 19.

Cashman said he wasn’t sure either.

Deveney figures to be a focal point of Hun’s offense this year as coach Todd Smith will look to feature all of his tools.

He plans to have me move around, be on the line as well, he said. He wants me to be a versatile tight end, block and catch passes. And I look forward to it.

When looking for an example of the player he could one day become, Deveney doesn’t have to look beyond his father, George, who played tight end at Temple in the early nineties and had a cup of coffee with the New Orleans Saints.

Under the terms of the deal, Fox, officially dubbed 21st Century Fox, Inc., will spin off some of its properties into a new company, called, appropriately enough, New Fox.

Going to New Fox will be the following assets: Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports, Fox Television Stations Group, FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and Big Ten Network.

I talked to Dez last week, and I don’t know why he hasn’t gotten a job, Ware said. From the training I see him doing, he can still get out there and do it. He has a lot more years in him. A team is going to pick him…. His spirits are up. Dez still has that bite to go out there and play. That’s what’s keeping him training and getting him ready for somebody to give him a call.

Last month, Bryant’s former boss, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones (the right-hand man and son of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones) was just as stumped as the rest of us, per ESPN :

I don’t know the details as to why he hasn’t picked a home. I am sure he is being very thoughtful about it. I am sure he has good people talking to him, too. He has great relationships with Tony Romo and Jason Witten. I am sure at the end of the day he is being thoughtful about what his next steps should be. I am sure he is working hard. No one is rooting for Dez more than we are.

Xavier Woods wants to give Cowboys reason not to want anybody else at free safety

The Cowboys still have interest in acquiring Earl Thomas, who skipped the Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp while seeking a long-term deal. But it will have to be at the right price, something Dallas and Seattle haven’t settled on since beginning talks before the draft.

He’s really smart, Richard said. That’s the thing that stands out first and foremost about him. He picks stuff up really quick. He takes coaching points really well. He already has an idea how to simplify things in his mind, and it works for him. He’s fast; he’s bright; he’s got ball skills, and he fits the profile.

Richard coached Thomas in Seattle the past six seasons, and Woods has studied how Richard used Thomas.

I pick coach Richard’s brain about what Earl thinks, Woods said. We used to watch film together, me and coach Richard, and just look and see what Earl brings, what is Earl thinking at this point and time on this play.

Immigrants or not, the core of the debate continues to be whether conscientious player protests during the anthem aimed at bringing attention to legitimate societal concerns constitute disrespect of the flag, the anthem, or the military. Friday’s remarks make it clear where the Vikings stand as an organization. Come September, the question will be whether any of the 53 players on the roster feel comfortable bucking the internal position on the issue by staying in the locker room or by daring to defy the new policy.

Assuming, of course, that the new policy hasn’t been overturned by then, either by an arbitrator or by a judge.

Manning and the Giants have a busy week, as Tuesday is the start of a mandatory three-day minicamp and Beckham will be in attendance. He has no desire to lose money here — in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, a player can be fined $84,435 for missing the three-day camp — as he continues his goodwill approach by giving the Giants what they want.

In the organized team activity practices he attended this spring, Beckham was limited, coming off surgery to repair a fractured left ankle. He was far more of an onlooker than he was a participant. He stretched with the team and went through a few jog-through pace individual drills, then went off to the side to work with trainers as the rest of the team stayed on the field for 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 work.

If Terrell Owens wants to play, the Edmonton Eskimos are interested

Terrell Owens has been trying for years to get an NFL team to give him another chance, even posting this week that he can still run a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. But NFL teams have shown no interest.

The CFL, however, might be a different story.

On game days, Wilkins earned a flat rate of about $200. We had to show up hair- and makeup-ready . . . five to six hours before game time, she said. There were performances outside the stadium before the game, as well as some at halftime and, of course, throughout the game. Afterward, they would often meet with squad coaches. You’re looking at a 12-hour day, she said.

While filming the CMT show, the cheerleaders were paid by the Cowboys organization for practice hours as usual, but the clock stops as soon as we stop dancing, said Wilkins. She added that the ladies had to wait around and film one-on-one interviews while judges deliberated — unpaid. I’ve been there as late as 3 a.m., she said. (The network had no comment.)

There are women who quit their day jobs just for training camp because it is so strenuous and so draining, she said.

She not only made the cut, she was named to the elite 16-person show group.

Show group is coveted because that’s the group that gets to go on the USO tours, and also any performances that are outside of the game-day setting, Wilkins explained. Despite the prestige, cheerleaders were not always paid for the time spent prepping for those appearances.

Wilkins made her rent by working part-time as a technician at a cryotherapy spa — which, combined with her new DCC schedule, left her little time to see friends or date.

[Being on the squad] is expected to take priority over your job and your personal life, said Wilkins, who is currently single.

Practice officially starts at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. But you better be there by 6 or 6:30 at the latest, in the locker room practicing before practice. Sometimes we might have a Monday off if the game fell on the Sunday, she said.

Letting Calais Campbell go in 2017

You might have expected 2013 No. 7 overall pick Jonathan Cooper to land here, because if you’re going to swing and miss that early in the draft, at least do it on a player at a premium position. If you’re going to take a guard in the top 10, you’d better be damn sure he’ll pan out. And Cooper did not, starting just 11 games for the Cardinals over a two-year span.

What the Yankees need: Pitching. Specifically, they need starting pitching. Luis Severino is the unquestioned ace and maybe a top-five starter in baseball. Behind him? A million question marks. Injuries to Masahiro Tanaka (two strained hamstrings) and Jordan Montgomery (Tommy John surgery) have underscored the need for the team to at least add depth, if not just a high-quality arm.

What the Yankees have: Steinbrenner said money won’t be the issue, which is interesting, considering Steinbrenner’s stated goal to stay beneath the league’s $197 million luxury tax threshold. Refresher: The Yankees are getting hit with the harshest penalty the league doles out for spending over the threshold — 50 cents on every buck over the mark — because they have exceeded it for so many years in a row. By getting under $197 million this season, they would incur a significantly lower penalty if they were to spend over it next season. Back of the napkin math puts the Yankees’ current payroll at about $185 million. That would seem like a lot of wiggle room.

What the Yankees don’t want to give up: High-level prospects.

The 2014 first-round pick took over as a starter during his rookie year and has become a stalwart on the left side of Tennessee’s offensive line. He earned trips to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons,

Current deal: The Titans picked up the fifth-year option on Lewan’s rookie contract, so he’s due to make $9.341 million in 2018.

What he’s looking for: The New York Giants set the market in March when they signed Nate Solder to a four-year, $62 million deal. Solder is three years older than Lewan and has never made the Pro Bowl, so there’s no reason Lewan shouldn’t get more than $15.5 million per year and become the new highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.

Hue Jackson: 2018 Browns must ‘earn’ helmet stripes

If you’re a Browns player assuming the equipment staff will compliantly paste the team’s traditional black-and-white stripe on your helmet this summer — think again, pal.

This offseason, the roster is toiling away with plain orange headgear — no stripe to be seen — after coach Hue Jackson had the team’s equipment staff strip all helmets clean.

Durant, who tilted this rivalry toward the West Coast when he signed with the Warriors as a free agent before last season, was brilliant from the start. He helped offset a rough night for Curry, who made a finals-record nine 3-pointers in Game 2, but was just 1 of 10 from behind the arc and didn’t score his second field goal until there were under three minutes left.

Curry’s scoop shot put the Warriors up 98-97 and defensive specialist Andre Iguodala, who didn’t play in Games 1 or 2 because of a knee injury, came up with a steal under the basket. Curry finally buried a 3 and after James matched him with a long shot, Iguodala drove the lane for a thundering dunk.

I think we’re in a good place because there’s guys who’ve been here before, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks said. You don’t really have to preach anything; we’ve already established our culture and what we want from ourselves, and everybody’s pushing toward that same goal.

Continuity breeds culture, with leaders emerging across the defense. Trevathan and Hicks are each entering their respective third years in Fangio’s scheme, while other leaders are popping up across the defense. The leadership from this unit won’t be like the Bears had under Lovie Smith a decade ago, when Brian Urlacher was the unquestioned leader of that bunch.

There will be a smattering of leaders on this defense, which is fitting – right now, there isn’t a true star of this bunch, but that doesn’t mean A) one can’t emerge and B) it’ll necessarily put a ceiling on how good this group can be. A common theme from talking to defensive players is that, because they don’t have to focus on installing larger concepts and plays – which is what the offense is doing – they’ve been able to focus on some of the smaller details during these non-padded OTA and minicamp practices. And it’s fixing some of those minor things that are why players on this defense believe they can indeed go from good to great this fall.

Panthers part ways with Russell Shepard

The Panthers have worked to remake their wide receiver position this offseason, which means offloading the leftovers from last year.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers are releasing veteran wideout Russell Shepard today, after he refused their offer of a pay cut.

After Justify and Good Magic, No. 1 Quip is third at 12-1. No. 2 Lone Sailor is 15-1, No. 6 Tenfold and No. 8 Bravazo are 20-1 and No. 3 Sporting Chance and No. 4 Diamond King are 30-1 on the morning line.

If Justify runs his best race, the rest of the field could be running for second place.

He’s the best horse, said D. Wayne Lukas, who trains Bravazo and Sporting Chance. “He looks terrific, he’s doing well. I watched him all week. He’s going to be very, very hard to handle.”

Harris played in 37 games over five years at the University of Florida, making 102 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, three pass breakups and two interceptions.

Harris made nine starts at UF, with eight of those coming in 2016 when he made 73 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions and three passes defensed.

Boston took a 2-0 series lead on the Bucks in the first round before dropping back-to-back games in Milwaukee. Smart came off the bench when the series swung back to Boston for Game 5. He finished that one with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks to help the Celtics pull out a five-point victory.

Boston is 8-2 since Smart’s return and has the Cavaliers facing their first 2-0 series hole since 2008, when they lost 4-3 to the Celtics in the conference semifinals. Boston went on to win the NBA title that season. cardinals_016

‘Last Chance U’ star John Franklin III signs with Bears as a defensive back

John Franklin III, a star from the Netflix series “Last Chance U” has signed a deal with the Bears after trying out at rookie minicamp as a defensive back and potential kick returner, the team announced Monday.

Franklin, who was a quarterback at Florida State and East Mississippi Community College, finished his college days as a wide receiver at Auburn and then Florida Atlantic.

Trading an elite player like Thomas is difficult when the expectation is that he’s worth at least a first-round pick with a third-rounder possibly included. A team acquiring such a player also would have to pay him huge money likely in the $15 million-per-year range so it’s a double whammy. That’s a risky proposition on a player going into his ninth NFL season. GMs wonder how long Thomas can play at his current level.

Of course, that level has been exceptional. Thomas, a true impact player, has recorded 25 interceptions and 10 forced fumbles over his career. But can Thomas, a 29-year-old player who has missed seven games over the past two seasons, maintain that caliber of play after he signs another long-term deal that takes him well into his 30s?

You hear the rumblings, so … that was my first thought – that it didn’t surprise me he thought like that, Foster told USA TODAY Sports. Knowing my experience of being an NFL player, it is of my understanding that that’s how they view the players anyway.

Vance Joseph, Broncos: Joseph got a reprieve from John Elway to avoid a one-and-done. But now that the GM has upgraded the roster, the Broncos need to do more than just be competetive. They should aim for first or second in the AFC West with the Chiefs (new QB) and Raiders (new coach) undergoing big changes.

Adam Gase, Dolphins: Gase has deployed his power over Miami’s personnel by letting go of players like Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry and Ndamukong Suh, hoping to create a better dynamic on the field and in the locker room. But that drain of talent will make it harder for Gase to prove his Dolphins are more like the 10-6 playoff team they were in 2016 than the 6-10 mess of last season.

John Harbaugh, Ravens: Team owner Steve Bisciotti admits the team has pondered moving on from Harbaugh. And now with Ozzie Newsome retiring, there is no longer a Super Bowl safety net hanging under the coach. With an offense undergoing a major transition and a defense in semi-rebuilding mode, Harbaugh is caught in limbo.ravens_155

Jaguars didn’t consider taking Lamar Jackson at No. 29

The Jaguars had few draft needs, which allowed them to go for luxury with the 29th overall selection. They decided not to use that luxury pick on one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft: Former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.

“I was not,” Caldwell said. “We did a lot of work on him. We saw him play here in his bowl game. He played here in Jacksonville. You know, he’s a tremendous athlete. He’s got a rare skill set in terms of what he can do with his feet. And I think organizationally if you commit to a player like him you can win. And you’ve seen it done with players similar to his skillset.”

Eventually, we may see it done for Baltimore. Possibly at some point against Jacksonville. Maybe in a playoff game.

Also, Wood told Snell, I am very comfortable with the process of interviewing and employing Matt. 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.

Patricia served as an assistant coach wbroncos_023_270eed9710c59ac3-180x180ith the Patriots from 2004 until last season, ascending to defensive coordinator in 2012. He won three Super Bowls during his time in New England.

Detroit hired Patricia after parting ways with Jim Caldwell on the heels of a 9-7 season in 2017.

I have been proud of Randy during this offseason. I’m very aware of how hard he’s working to get back in the league and get back on the field. Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford told the Dallas Morning News that he has given the NFL his endorsement regarding Gregory. Dallas linebacker Sean Lee and safety Jeff Heath also reportedly backed Gregory with statements to the league.