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The Washington Nationals will try again Saturday to cool off Philadelphia’s Odubel Herrera.

That is something nobody has been able to in more than a week.

Herrera homered for the fifth straight game and finished with four hits Friday night, helping the Phillies rout the Washington Nationals 12-2 in the opener of a three-game series.

He is hitting .472 (17 for 36) with six homers, 11 runs and 10 RBI in his last eight games and raised his season average to .308.

I don’t think there’s any words for it. I mean it’s simply incredible what he can do, Friday’s starter and winner Zac Eflin said.

The thing with Odubel is that he can shake off anything at any given time. … It can look like he’s struggling and then next pitch he hits it 440 feet.

My command really wasn’t where it usually is, Nola told My fastball was cutting a little bit and missing off the plate a little bit. They had a good approach against me.

Against the Nationals, Nola is 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 starts. Harper is 8-for-17 with two home runs versus Nola, Daniel Murphy is 8-for-20 and Anthony Rendon is 4-for-17.

Fedde makes his fourth start of the season for Washington and third since replacing injured Stephen Strasburg in the rotation. He’s coming off a loss to the Yankees on Monday, when he allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

He pitched well except when he made one mistake, Martinez told the Washington Post, referring to Aaron Hicks’ two-run homer in the fifth. We were very, very excited to see this.

Fedde will be making his first career start against the Phillies.

Covey endured a turbulent 2017 campaign but has performed much better this time around. The 26-year-old went five straight starts without a defeat before falling short in his most recent outing Monday against the Cleveland Indians. He gave up four earned runs on six hits over six innings in that 6-2 defeat.

Isaiah Crowell: Week in, week out, I never knew my role in the Browns’ offense

After four seasons in Cleveland, running back Isaiah Crowell signed this offseason with the Jets. He’s not going to miss the Browns.

Crowell described the Browns’ offense as one where he never knew his role, and that wore on him.

He’s handled his transition from a 3-4 defense, which he played both at Oregon and early on in San Francisco, to a 4-3 defense, under former Seahawks and Jaguars assistant Robert Saleh, well. While his nine career sacks may not match up with his talent on film, high-production seasons are in Buckner’s future.

Over the last two seasons, only 16 defenders have posted at least 19 combined sacks. Among them is Frank Clark, who quietly is producing like an above-average No. 1 pass-rusher. With Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril gone in Seattle, they will have to rely more on Clark, a relative unknown nationally, to generate pressure.

Dickerson becomes the seventh tight end on the Giants’ 90-man roster. Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison are at the top of the depth chart.

The Giants also announced that they have waived three players. Wide receiver Keeon Johnson and defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon spent time with the Giants last year, but never played in any regular season games. Defensive back Mike Jones was signed in May after going undrafted out of Temple.

He was trying to convince himself then. He is trying to convince himself now. The battle is on between Andrew Luck’s brain and his shoulder, and that shoulder is outmatched.

I feel like pressure has been thrown out there for so long, that I just laugh, Cousins told USA TODAY Sports with a wide smile as he leaned back in an office chair after Tuesday’s practice. This is the NFL. The 90th guy on the team is under pressure because he knows he could get cut. Everybody is under pressure, but it’s just different.

Gronk, Brady return to field as Patriots open minicamp

For the most part during his NFL career, the offseason has typically been a time of relaxation and recuperation for Rob Gronkowski.

This year was marked by his deepest contemplations yet about whether he wanted to keep playing football.

In the aftermath of last season’s Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia, the 29-year-old Patriots tight end insinuated he was considering retirement. Those thoughts lingered throughout the winter until he finally announced via Instagram in April that he would return for his ninth NFL season.

Brady was not made available to the media following practice. Coach Bill Belichick said he wasn’t bothered by either player’s decision to miss OTAs, saying, It’s a voluntary program. So that’s what it is.

Both players seemed excited to be on the field, with Brady yelling at himself after failing to connect on a pass, and Gronkowski letting out several gleeful yelps following catches.

Their contributions are part of Redskins history and represent an integral reason why a Lombardi Trophy from the 1987 campaign resides in our facility today, team owner Dan Snyder said.

In Washington’s first game with replacement players, it defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 28-21 as wide receiver Anthony Allen set a franchise record with 225 yards receiving on seven catches. The next week, the Redskins beat the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants 38-12. Despite the strike ending four days later, the Redskins’ replacement players beat Dallas 13-7 even though the Cowboys had several starters in their lineup.

The next week, all regulars returned to the NFL.

On Tuesday, the Virginia General Assembly commended the replacement members of the 1987 team. Quarterback Tony Robinson and defensive lineman Anthony Sagnella represented the players in Richmond.

It went viral.

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Excluding active players, the retired quarterbacks started an average of 18.7 games over the rest of their career. The 26 passers combined to produce a total of just 13 above-average full seasons as starters (12-plus starts with a NY/A+ over 100) after turning 37. Tom Brady and Drew Brees have outdone those marks, and it’s fair to wonder whether quarterbacks are likely to last longer now than they would have 30 years ago, but the evidence suggests that Eli doesn’t have much time left as a viable starter.

The most plausible time frame is that Manning lasts one or two more seasons with the Giants, given that he has two years and $33 million in new money remaining on the four-year extension he signed before the 2015 season. The Giants could free up $17 million by moving on Josh Harrison Youth jersey from him after this season, and given that they’ll likely be working on extensions for Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins, that $17 million could come in handy.

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When could Torreyes come back? Players must spend 10 days in the minors when they’re demoted before they can return to the majors unless they’re being re-added to the 25-man roster to replace an injured player.
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Traded to the Washington Redskins, Smith goes forward without the same kind of deep receiver or variable offense. Head coach Jay Gruden runs a West Coast offense, which Smith is used to, and former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins has been a good deep passer over the last couple of seasons. We’ll have to see if Smith makes any list of deep passers in 2019 or if 2017 was an aberration.

But we look forward to that challenge. We look forward to playing in those kinds of games and I look forward in seeing our guys go out there and hopefully doing what we’ve done most of the year and that’s at least making it very tough on those opposing starters.

The last time the Yankees faced the Astros, they won three of four games. It was part of a larger stretch of 17 wins in 18 games that fueled the Yankees race back toward the top of the American League East, where they sit a game behind the Red Sox.

I thought we played really well at their place a few weeks ago, left fielder Brett Gardner said. Look forward to facing those guys and hopefully playing some good baseball.

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Rivers said Gates’ return would get his vote,according to ESPN. Rivers also said he spoke with Gates last week.

Well, shoot, I’d always be excited if he walked back in the door,Rivers told reporters Tuesday.

Cleveland has a real chance to triple its combined win total from the past two seasons and flirt with a 6-10 record. The team has gotten that much better on both sides of the ball under new general manager John Dorsey.

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Patricia, along with a teammate on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s football team, were charged after allegedly bursting into a South Padre Island hotel room where a woman was sleeping and took turns sexually assaulting her.

Neither Patricia, who was 21-years-old at the time, or his teammate ever stood trial as the alleged victim decided not to testify in the case. The case was dismissed in 1997 and the police report from the alleged incident has been tossed out, the Detroit News reported.

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The Lions announced late Wednesday Patricia was the subject of a standard pre-employment background check which did not disclose the indictment.

We have spoken to Coach Patricia about this at length as well as the attorney who represented him at the time, Wood, owner Martha Firestone Ford and general manager Bob Quinn said in a joint statement.

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens had to defend his defensive strategies against James — Boston switched on pick-and-rolls and it sometimes left an undersized Terry Rozier on James — as if James hasn’t scored 1,107 career playoff points against the Celtics franchise and vaporized the organization the past four times he has seen it in the playoffs.

LeBron James struggled in Games 1 and 2 when he wasn’t able to get a switch against his initial defender. He has torched the Celtics over the past two games in those situations, however, going 16-of-23 from the field with no defensive switch in the half-court offense.

He and Alexander should both be in the mix for early playing time on a Packers defense that’s been revamped this offseason with new coordinator Mike Pettine taking over for Dom Capers.

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Irving’s chronic knee troubles are worrisome, as the question has to be raised as to whether he can play through the pounding of an 82-game regular season.

Meanwhile, Cousins said recently that he hopes to be back by the start of training camp, but even if that happens, there is little history of star big men returning to the same form following an Achilles injury.

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He has also admitted to abusing alcohol as a substitute for marijuana after the stint in rehab.

General manager Jeff Luhnow declined to discuss Singleton’s release on Tuesday.

So happy for him, Nationals manager Davey Martinez said of Taylor, who entered batting .189. He’s been working diligently to get his swing right. Before that, the throw he made home, incredible. This was Michael’s day and I’m proud of him.

Bryce Harper hit his NL-leading 15th home run of the season for Washington, which has won two straight after getting swept in a three-game series at home by the Dodgers.

San Diego’s defense provided openings for Washington in the ninth.

Soto, the youngest player in the majors, reached base in all four at-bats in his second career start. He led off the ninth with his third walk. Wilmer Difo followed with a groundout, which third baseman Cory Spangenberg bobbled, allowing Soto to reach second.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has had discussions with the NFL and is planning to introduce federal sports betting legislation.

In the meantime, Major League Baseball, the NBA and PGA Tour are lobbying in states interested in legalizing sports betting and have been asking for a percentage of the amount wagered on their respective events in the form of a royalty.

The indictment never went to trial, and the case was dismissed in January 1997, after the woman who made the accusation was unable to testify and can not Womens Percy Miller Jersey give a date certain when she will be available, according to the dismissal paperwork.

Wood said May 12 that the Lions followed the law in Patricia’s hiring process.

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Buffalo signed LB Tremaine Edmunds to his rookie contract prior to the second day of rookie minicamp practices.

Edmunds (6-5, 250) is a 20-year old physical specimen, who even impresses fellow first-round pick Josh Allen who stands just as tall.

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Knox cut his NFL teeth as an offensive line coach with the New York Jets from 1963-1966 and Detroit Lions from 1967-1972. He finished his 22-year head-coaching career with a 186-147 regular-season record and a 7-11 mark in the postseason.

A rematch with Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James awaits them, but for a Celtics team that has had to trudge uphill throughout the season, still playing at this point of the postseason feels like reason to celebrate.

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In wide-open 2020 presidential field, Democrats are road-testing messages — and trying to redefine their party

The future of the Democratic Party has been booking late-night TV gigs, waking up for morning drive-time radio and showing up at watering holes in rural counties to try out new material.

Before the start of a 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, at least 25 candidates — mayors, governors, entrepreneurs, members of the House and Senate — have hit the road to workshop their vision, experiment with catchphrases and test policy ideas that could keep President Trump from winning a second term.

This is like taking the play to Topeka and New Haven to see what works before you even get to Broadway, said David Axelrod, a former strategist for President Barack Obama who hosts would-be candidates for public forums at the University of Chicago.

The coaches will get their first glimpse of a Division 1-AA quarterback who was a promising enough prospect for the New England Patriots to take a long, hard look during the evaluation process, but one whose physical limitations — including limited arm strength — led him to fall into the fourth round.

If that’s the worst thing that people say about me, then so be it, Lauletta said when asked about the arm-strength issue. I think there are a lot of other attributes that a quarterback has to have and I think I have those pretty well. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Lauletta, lightly recruited out of high school in Pennsylvania, has proven people wrong before. He has the right personality and mental acumen for the job. Can a fourth-round long shot become the successor for the greatest quarterback in Giants history?

There was good news and bad news. The good news: The A’s had requested permission to interview him for a major-league job and the Yankees were going to grant it. The bad news was that the Yankees were obviously OK with him leaving.

It worked out, Pedrique said.