Chiefs sign third-rounder, make more moves

The Chiefs handled a bunch of paperwork Thursday, as teams approach the end of offseason programs.

The team announced a handful of transactions, including the signing of third-round pick Derrick Nnadi.

Six NBA teams are clients, along with five NFL teams and five MLB teams. Teams in the MLS and NHL and several major college programs also use AIQ. In six years, the database has grown to the point that test scores offer a statistical correlation with on-field performance — whether it’s rushing yards, interceptions, batting average, slugging percentage, scoring average or steals in basketball.

We’re comparing apples to apples not apples to oranges, Bowman said. If you score well on our tests, it’s something that’s notable and something that’s special.

The son of ex-Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowler Erik Williams has been arrested for a double murder in a drug deal gone bad in Texas.

According to FanRag Sports, Murray and the Athletics have a $5 million deal in place which will allow him to play football for Oklahoma in 2018. The slot for the No. 9 pick in the MLB draft is $4.76 million, so the A’s will have to move some money around with their other picks.

The deal allows him to play for just one year, though. Murray has two years left of college football eligibility.

Kyler Murray and the A’s have a deal that guarantees him close to $5M and allows him to play football (he’s a QB and could be Baker Mayfield’s replacement) at Oklahoma for 1 year.

Oakland took Murray with ninth-overall pick Monday knowing full well he is slotted to be OU’s starting quarterback in the fall, taking over for 2017 Heisman Trophy winner — and No. 1 NFL draft pick — Baker Mayfield.

Report: Patriots shopped Gronk to teams they trust

No, the Patriots didn’t have a deal in place for tight end Rob Gronkowski that was kiboshed by owner Robert Kraft after quarterback Tom Brady threatened to retire. Yes, they were calling teams about a potential trade as recently as three days before the draft.

So who were they calling? Albert Breer of SI.com recently said on FS1 that the Patriots talked not to the entire league, but to some teams they trust.

In fact, he’s now using that case as a recruitment tool — as in, sign with him and it won’t happen to you.

[CAA] should be going through [clients’] social media, line-by-line, the minute they become a client, he said. This is no different than representing a politician. You have to know everything that could potentially come out.

Darnold will get a chance to compete for the job.

We’ll see what happens at the end of training camp, Bowles said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

Vacchiano quotes a team source saying Darnold as a real chance to open the season under center. Darnold has taken first-team reps, impressing the Jets with how he’s handled everything so far.

We threw the whole playbook at him, Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said. Just like the same with Josh and Teddy. If you treat them like a rookie, they will become a rookie. We threw the whole book at him to see what he can handle, what he needs to work on.

Wilkins noted that the squad does have a local hair-salon sponsor, but the women are required to tip for whatever the service would’ve cost: For me, it was probably close to $150 a month. She also paid $10 to $15 out of pocket for spray tans once or twice a month, year-round.

The ladies also have to wash their own uniforms, unlike the players.

Dion Lewis says he and Derrick Henry can be NFL’s best RB duo

The Tennessee Titans’ top two running backs couldn’t look more different to observers. Derrick Henry stands tall at 6-foot-3, weighing an imposing 245 pounds. Newcomer Dion Lewis stands 5-foot-7, but after a few minutes of watching the 190-pound back run through arm tackles, it’s clear he’s not all that little. There isn’t a more diverse NFL backfield, and the Titans hope what makes them unique will also make them great together

I thought it was a good play by Sevy, he said. It was definitely him being aggressive. I think when the ball first went up, Gary didn’t see it. So the sun being what it was, the way I saw it was Gary looked at it and then kind of looked to his right for maybe help from third base or something like he couldn’t find it. And I think Sevy saw that maybe (Sanchez) didn’t see it. So he said, ‘Maybe I’m going to catch that and went up and got the rebound.

Severino cracked up telling his side of the story on a day he pitched eight shutout innings to improve to 10-2.

He didn’t say, ‘I got it’ until I was there, so I went for it, Severino said. At the beginning, he didn’t see (the ball). I went there and when I jumped, I heard, ‘I got it.’ But I already was in the air.

When Severino came down with the ball, Sanchez told him, ‘You took it from my glove.

Later, Sanchez said, I was very surprised he jumped and caught it. I think it’s just his instinct to make a play there.

Surprisingly, Yankees manager Aaron Boone approved of Severino rushing in to steal the ball from Sanchez.

The most peculiar play of the game came in the fifth when Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez hit a high popup just in front of the plate and Severino raced in and jumped over Sanchez to make the catch.

Aaron Judge, the Yankees’ DH on Saturday, was 2 for 4 with two doubles. He’s hitting.444 (8 for 18) over his last five games.

Cardinals sign a running back

The Cardinals had a roster spot open up this week when undrafted rookie fullback Austin Ramesh decided to walk away from football after several concussions during his college career at Wisconsin.

The team has dragged this thing out, but it’s clear Luck isn’t healthy enough to play. The Colts will look to Brissett to carry the team for the rest of the season.

After luck was placed on IR earlier in the week, it was reported that he was advised to not throw for months in order to focus on his rehab.

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, there’s also a chance he could have another surgery:

First, most recommendations have Luck taking a few months off from throwing likely two to three months to focus solely on rehab. At this point, no one has recommended another surgery, though it remains a possibility.

I’m going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system. And I understand that. I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated and I’m gonna take a look at those applications and if I find and my committee finds that they’ve been unfairly treated than we’ll pardon them. Or at least let them out.

I think it’s going to be interesting, Packers special teams coordinator Ron Zook said, via Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I think there’s a lot of people wondering about how it’s going to be. Thankfully, we have at least what we think it’s going to be now, the rules and so forth, (so) we’re able to work on it. You’re probably going to see, in my opinion — it’s just my opinion — but more returns.

As Tom Brady returns to practice, Patriots QB falls short of Bill Belichick’s standards

Deep into the first mandatory minicamp practice of the year for the New England Patriots, everything came to a sudden halt. For good reason.

Bill Belichick was screaming, his fury directed at the offense guided by Tom Brady. Judging by the choice words, it was apparent that what Belichick saw was too sloppy for comfort. He ordered the entire unit to sprint a lap down the field and back, with Brady at the front of the pack, while the defense rested.

Maybe this is just the challenge that Brady, 40, needs. Like, go ahead, try a new offseason regimen and see if you can still win it all. However given the established standards here, everything might not be kosher unless Brady and Belichick can lead the Patriots to another title. You know, Super Bowl or bust.

What he’s done since February, you have to be a superstar to do that, Baffert said. He’s like Pharoah. They’re superstars.

Two batters after Judge put the Yankees in the lead, Giancarlo Stanton had teammates dumbfounded watching him homer to left on an 0-1 changeup from righty Joe Biagini that looked like it was shot out of a cannon.

I think that’s maybe the hardest ball I’ve ever seen hit, manager Aaron Boone said.

By Statcast calculations, this 416-foot blast had a 119.3 mph exit velocity that made it the hardest-hit homer of the season and second hardest ball hit this year behind only a 119.9 mph single to right center that Judge hit off Los Angeles Angels righty Garrett Richards on May 27 at Yankee Stadium.

How Sanchez still impacts Yankees as a.200 hitter

Since Statcast started keeping exit velocities in 2015, Stanton’s homer was tied for the 12th hardest hit on a list in which he and Judge have 11 of the top 13.

Stanton didn’t do a post-game interview with reporters. Maybe he wasn’t impressed.

NFL Execs: Johnny Manziel’s’Potential Is off the Charts’ Amid Comeback Attempt

NFL executives reportedly think Johnny Manziel’s potential is “off the charts,” according to B/R’s Mike Freeman, as the quarterback attempts to make an NFL comeback.

Freeman added:

“My bottom line is that there is no doubt in my mind that someone should sign him,” he noted. “I’ve seen enough of the quarterback skill. His endurance has not been an issue. I’ve never been around Johnny Manziel until this moment in time, but I see a very quick arm. I see very active eyes. He sees things and particularly when he’s on the move, those classic Johnny Manziel plays, I’ve seen those come up here.”

B/R’s Mike Tanier tried to put Manziel’s showing in context, however:

But Seifert reported that 17 NFL teams have been in attendance for the league’s practices, and they saw a number of nice plays from Manziel:

It’s unclear if Manziel will catch on with an NFL team, but if he doesn’t, he’ll likely continue his career with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who Seifert reported “covet” Manziel. Regardless, it appears Johnny Football will be on the field next season.

There was nothing super remarkable about the play, just more of what we have come to expect from the shoo-in for the Rookie of the Year award.

The dunk came during a second quarter in which the Sixers achieved all the separation they would need, and they went on to tie the franchise record for consecutive single-season victories with their 14th straight win, 109-97.

They are now 21-0 when holding opponents under 100 points; they are now at 50 victories, and they have the ability to lock up the No. 3 seed if they win their final two games — at Atlanta on Tuesday and home against Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

No matter what happens, Game 1 of their first round series will be at the Wells Fargo Center sometime next weekend.

“I wouldn’t want to play these guys in the first round, not with them having home court, not in this place,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.