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Podcast one-on-one with Davey Johnson: ‘I always looked miserable when I was managing’

Davey Johnson thinks he knows why Keith Hernandez — his intelligent all star first baseman with the Mets in the 1980’s — did not follow in his footsteps to become a major league manager.

(Hernandez) loved life and he liked being happy, Johnson told Sporting News with a chuckle. I’m sure that’s why he didn’t want to manage because he’d find out he couldn’t be happy if four or five guys on his team were miserable or if the GM was on him. It’s not easy to always be happy as a manager. Trust me.

It’s all there from the Army brat childhood to earning the sarcastic nickname of Dumb Dumb for his early study of analytical data in baseball while still a player in Baltimore to working for the bizarre Marge Schott as manager of the Reds to his fallout with Orioles owner Peter Angelos. There are also painful personal accounts of the deaths of his grown daughter and, later, stepson.

It was quite a display for a player who had just two home runs prior to this run. Both came against the White Sox in 2017, including a drive against Shields (2-9) at Guaranteed Rate Field in his first major league game.

I have some good memories here, he said through a translator.

Though Barreto came in with a .158 average, manager Bob Melvin said he is capable of delivering in a big way at the plate.

We all know he’s got that in him, Melvin said. It’s just about getting him some consistent at-bats. When he’s swinging the bat well, he’s definitely capable of doing that.

Sean Manaea (7-6) went seven innings, allowing one run and five hits. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out seven without a walk in winning his second straight start.

Shields has dropped back-to-back outings after beating Cleveland for his first victory since opening day. The right-hander gave up eight runs — two earned — and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

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Former Bills offensive lineman Incognito still hopeful for NFL return

Picture Supplied by Action Images More Former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito is back home in Phoenix following an alleged altercation at a South Florida gym two weeks ago and is holding out hope for another chance in the NFL.

Incognito expressed his desire to join a new team in a text to The Associated Press on Wednesday. In the message, Incognito thanks the Bills for his three seasons in Buffalo before playfully adding hopefully I will land somewhere so I can come back up there and kick their. Without mentioning the incident at the gym, Incognito also thanked former teammate Eric Wood for his support over the years. Incognito noted that he’s back home in Phoenix training.

Incognito was taken to South County Mental Health Facility for evaluation. Incognito was released from the reserve/retired list by Buffalo several days earlier. According to an ESPN report, Incognito told the team he planned to unretire, leading to his release.

The Warriors won despite a 3-of-16 shooting performance from Stephen Curry, who did come up big down the stretch as the Cavs were trying to salvage their season.

There is a certain way that the Cleveland Browns have to play, and we are going to earn our stripes. The guys that put them on their helmets and get the chance to wear them, it is going to be because they demonstrate the characteristics that we are looking for in Cleveland Browns players, Jackson said Tuesday during OTAs, per ESPN’s Pat McManamon.

That is the way that they are going to play. That is how we are going to conduct ourselves and go out and win football games.

The motivational lever-pull comes soon after Jackson leaped into Lake Erie to fulfill his promise of a water-dunk if last year’s Browns were somehow worse than the 1-15 operation that waded through the 2016 season.

They were. The 2017 squad became the second team in NFL history to finish winless, an inglorious result that led to Jackson getting soaked in a Great Lake and the Browns — in June — operating without their stripes.

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Shohei Ohtani gives up 1 hit in 7 shutout innings in home debut

Shohei Ohtani seemed to be the only person in Angel Stadium who wasn’t incredibly impressed while he mowed down the Oakland Athletics’ first 19 batters in order.

But when Ohtani finally yielded a hit and then struck out Matt Olson with two runners on to end the seventh inning, he gave a fist pump and a celebratory scream at the ground while the crowd rose for a standing ovation.

Even the two-way Japanese sensation realized his first home pitching start was a thrilling moment in his increasingly incredible rookie season.

Ohtani threw seven shutout innings of one-hit ball in his home debut on the mound, propelling the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory Sunday.

“He got off to a good start, the crowd got into it, [and] he got a little bit of a generous strike zone, all of that,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “But the bottom line is he pitched really well.”

Jed Lowrie drew a four-pitch walk after Semien’s single, but Ohtani ended the threat by inducing Khris Davis’ weak groundout before fanning Olson. He left the mound to the last of several standing ovations from his enthralled new fans in the sellout crowd — an unheard-of gathering at Angel Stadium in April.

“It’s a rare kind of talent to do it both ways, and it’s great to watch,” Angels second baseman Zack Cozart said. “It didn’t look like [the A’s] had a chance up there, the way he was throwing.”

Dallas has an opening on its line after Jonathan Cooper, who started 13 games at left guard, departed in free agency.

A big part of that beyond just who are the best is try to put them in the best place for them individually and the best place for them collectively. His versatility is going to help us. We have signed a couple of linemen. We’ll get them in the mix . . . and see where they fit in and get to work.”

Collins started 11 games at left guard as a rookie. He began 2016 as the starter there before injuring a toe in the third game, ending his season prematurely. A year ago, after left guard Ron Leary left in free agency and right tackle Doug Free retired, Collins moved to right tackle.

“I played against a lot of great players in my first year at right tackle,” Collins said. “For me, it only made me better as a player. Honestly, I never thought I could play multiple positions at the offensive line spot. Just being able to have played pretty much every position except center, it feels great. Going against those guys last year was a big stepping stone for me going into next year.”

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NFL teams will start releasing players before the new league year. Here’s what you need to know

The best example from last season was Josh McCown. The Jets looks like they were in full-on tank mode last offseason when they seemingly dumped any player with any kind of talent.

Instead, McCown had a career year at 38 years old, and was 5-8 in his 13 starts before falling to injury. He was even second in the NFL among quarterbacks with five rushing touchdowns. Only Cam Newton and Dak Prescott had more (6).

He wants a victory smoke. Well-earned.

With two-and-a-half minutes left to play, tight end Zach Ertz scored a bobbling touchdown, the kind that you’re not really sure will survive the league’s confusing replay system. It did, and the Eagles regained the lead, 38-33. But they might have scored too soon, leaving the Patriots with a timeout and the two-minute warning still in their pocket.

He’s third all-time in passing yards with 70,445 and passing touchdowns with 488. By the end of next year, the future Hall of Famer will likely be the all-time leader in yards and on the doorstep of the touchdown record.

Brees is also set to become a free agent in March. There isn’t much reason to think the Saints won’t get a deal done, and it will likely be pricy. But it probably won’t touch the total Garoppolo just got because Brees just had a 39th birthday in January.

The game also featured the fewest punts in a game with just ONE. So many times during the NFL season it seemed like there were games that were nothing but punts. It was a nice treat to have just one in the biggest game of the season.

The game featured plenty of great plays, and it’s no surprise that it ended up breaking a few records. We knew early on that we were in for a good one, and the Eagles and Patriots gave us a Super Bowl to remember.

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Both teams are using players that began the season as their backup quarterback under center.

The road to get here was filled with unexpected challenges for both teams, but in the end, the No. 1 seed Philadelphia Eagles and the No. 2 seed Minnesota Vikings advanced to the NFC title game.

Both are using primary running backs that did not begin the season as starters. Both have excellent defenses against both the run and the pass and both have creative, confounding offenses that found much more success during the regular season than anyone expected coming in.

In the meantime, unproven Jimmy Garoppolo is the starter in New England. He was uneven in the preseason opener (11 of 18, 168 yards) but that shouldn’t be cause for alarm; working out the kinks is the entire point of these practice games. Worst case, Brady returns and the Pats are 2-2, or maybe even 1-3, but thanks to playing in the AFC East, there’s still every reason to believe New England will win the division and return to the postseason for the eighth consecutive year.

The Eagles have a truly fearsome defense keyed by one of the league’s most imposing defensive lines, and thus the Falcons are going to have to fight even harder than usual to push down the field. The more drives that start from the 15 or even 10 yard line versus the 25 or even further downfield, the more acute that struggle is going to become. This is a game where every yard and every point is probably going to matter unless Nick Foles completely implodes, so it’ll be incumbent on the return game to make smart decisions and avoid penalties.

The folks over at The Falcoholic asked the question: What will the Eagles get out of Foles against the Falcons? From their perspective, there are some concerns, but it’s definitely preferable to playing against Wentz.

Sean McVay, the youngest head coach in modern NFL history, was named Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America on Thursday, a testament to the Los Angeles Rams’ stunning turnaround under his watch.

The Rams were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Atlanta Falcons, but they led the NFL with six players on the Pro Football Writers’ All-NFL team — Gurley, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, kicker Greg Zuerlein, punter Johnny Hekker and return specialist Pharoh Cooper.