5-Star SG Romeo Langford Commits to Indiana over Vanderbilt and Kansas

5-Star SG Romeo Langford Commits to Indiana over Vanderbilt and Kansas

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Guard Romeo Langford is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the class of 2018, and he announced his intention to play for the Indiana Hoosiers on Monday.

Langord made his announcement at New Albany Senior High School, and the Indianapolis Star‘s Gregg Doyel showed how the anticipation had grown throughout the day:

According to 247Sports, Langford is a 5-star prospect, and he rates as the No. 6 overall recruit as well as the No. 2 shooting guard in his class.

The New Albany, Indiana, native was a standout at New Albany, and top programs have come from far and wide to scout him and convince him to attend their school.

Per 247Sports, Louisville, Duke, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA are among the elite programs that pursued Langford and offered him a scholarship. ESPN’s Jeff Borzello noted how significant it is for the Hoosiers to secure Langford’s commitment:

Langford is somewhat slight at 6’5″ and 191 pounds, but he is a remarkable athlete who doesn’t shy away from traffic.

As seen in this highlight courtesy of Overtime, Langford is willing to make his way into the paint and use his leaping ability to his advantage:

Langford is a combo guard who dominates the basketball and is capable of scoring in bunches when he gets on a hot streak.

He is the constant center of attention when it comes to the opposition attempting to shut him down, but it hasn’t stopped him from turning in incredible performances.

According to Scout.com’s Mike Pegram, New Albany head coach Jim Shannon believes Langford will be even better at the collegiate level when he is surrounded by more elite talent:

“When he gets it he has to take one or two guys every time. It’s really hard and that’s why he’s such a fascinating player, because he’s able to do that. When he gets to the college level and he’s surrounded by other athletes and D-1 type players, he’ll be even better. He’ll be unbelievable.”

Langford is an explosive player who can shoot, get to the rim and get his teammates involved, which give him a strong chance to be among the most impactful freshmen in college basketball next season.

While it is difficult to envision him remaining in college for more than one year, he could be a major contributing factor in Indiana playing important games in March.

On the heels of consecutive seasons without an NCAA tournament berth, Indiana desperately needed a big-time star capable of getting it back into contention on the national stage.

Langford has that type of talent, and he has the makings of the driving force behind the Hoosiers returning to March Madness.

With head coach Archie Miller settled in as well, Indiana appears likely to be far more competitive during the 2018-19 season.

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April 30, 2018 at 04:53PM

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Tom Brady Calls ‘Very Respectful’ Bill Belichick ‘Greatest Coach of All Time’

Tom Brady Calls ‘Very Respectful’ Bill Belichick ‘Greatest Coach of All Time’

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ARCHIVO - En esta foto de archivo del 21 de enero de 2018, Tom Brady, quarterback de los Patriots de Nueva Inglaterra, abraza al entrenador Bill Belichick tras derrotar a los Jaguars de Jacksonville en la final de la Conferencia Americana (AP Foto/David J. Phillip, archivo)

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Tom Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion, so it’s unsurprising that he has a lot of praise for the coach that has led him to that success. 

The New England Patriots quarterback was asked about his head coach Bill Belichick Monday during an interview with Jim Gray as part of the Milken Institute Global Conference.

“I feel like he’s the best coach in the history of the NFL,” Brady said of Belichick, per TMZ Sports

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April 30, 2018 at 04:53PM

Nick Kingham will get another turn in the Pirates’ rotation

Nick Kingham will get another turn in the Pirates’ rotation

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It turns out nearly tossing seven perfect innings in one’s major league debut earns one some leash. Pirates pitching prospect Nick Kingham was expected to simply make a spot start on Sunday against the Cardinals. However, he lost a bid for a perfect game with two outs in the seventh inning on Sunday when Paul DeJong singled to left field. He was lifted after seven, having thrown 98 pitches. The right-hander gave up just the one hit with no walks and nine strikeouts.

Kingham will get another turn in the Pirates’ rotation. He will start on Friday against the Brewers, per Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic. Manager Clint Hurdle said there are “no promises after that,” which, as Biertempfel notes, has to do with upcoming off days and the expected return of Joe Musgrove from the disabled list.

Kingham is the Pirates’ No. 12 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The right-hander was expected to have made his major league debut a while ago, but was slowed by Tommy John surgery, which shortened his 2015-16 seasons.

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April 30, 2018 at 04:51PM

Jaylen Brown Out for Game 1 of 76ers vs. Celtics with Hamstring Injury

Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown tries to drive past Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 104-102. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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The already shorthanded Boston Celtics will be without swingman Jaylen Brown for Monday’s series-opening game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Boston announced Brown will not play in Game 1 of the second-round series due to a right hamstring strain.

A Celtics team that has been without Gordon Hayward since the season opener and lost offensive leader Kyrie Irving in mid-March will be put even further to the test with Brown sidelined.

           

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April 30, 2018 at 04:49PM

Would Cowboys seek repayment of $4.7 million from Jason Witten?

Would Cowboys seek repayment of $4.7 million from Jason Witten?

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Would Cowboys seek repayment of $4.7 million from Jason Witten?





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One of the very real — but largely overlooked — dynamics arising from the question of whether Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will retire relates to the money he already has received from the team.

Witten’s base salary is in the neighborhood of $1 million because he restructured his contract earlier this year by taking $4.7 million of it up front, in the form of a signing bonus. If he retires, Witten will have to pay it all back, with an important caveat.

The labor deal gives the Cowboys the discretion to not collect the money already paid to Witten. It would be similar to last year’s decision to cut quarterback Tony Romo, which allowed him to keep $5 million in unearned bonus money.

There’s a major difference in this case, however. Witten only recently took what amounts to a $4.7 million advance on his 2018 salary, to help the Cowboys manage the cap. The Cowboys would essentially be giving him free money if the team were to choose not to ask for the $4.7 million back.

Witten will earn the bonus at the rate of $1.175 million per year for each of the next four years, unless and until the Cowboys cut him. So if he plays this year, he lowers the potential repayment obligation to a maximum of $3.525 million.

Regardless, whether and to what extent the Cowboys would want the previously paid money back could (or at least should) be a factor in whether Witten walks away from football for an ESPN salary in the range of $4-4.5 million that would get him basically to zero if he has to write a giant check to Jerry Jones.



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April 30, 2018 at 04:48PM

Jaylen Brown Out for Game 1 of 76ers vs. Celtics with Hamstring Injury

Jaylen Brown Out for Game 1 of 76ers vs. Celtics with Hamstring Injury

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Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown tries to drive past Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 104-102. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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The already shorthanded Boston Celtics will be without swingman Jaylen Brown for Monday’s series-opening game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Boston announced Brown will not play in Game 1 of the second-round series due to a right hamstring strain.

A Celtics team that has been without Gordon Hayward since the season opener and lost offensive leader Kyrie Irving in mid-March will be put even further to the test with Brown sidelined.

           

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April 30, 2018 at 04:39PM

Simms & Lefkoe Podcast: Baker vs. Tyrod, Lamar in Baltimore, NewPower Rankings

Simms & Lefkoe Podcast: Baker vs. Tyrod, Lamar in Baltimore, NewPower Rankings

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It’s our NFL Draft recap edition of the pod! 

On today’s episode of the show, Chris and Adam discuss the Browns’ draft and which QB will start for the Browns Week 1(4:30); if Josh Rosen or Sam Bradford wins the starting job in Arizona (10:00); which rookie QB landed in the best situation (11:40); how Lamar Jackson will do in Baltimore (18:50); if Mason Rudolph might eventually replace Big Ben (21:45); and which teams made the biggest leaps in Simms’ post-Draft Power Rankings (24:20).

Later in the show, the guys talk about Eli Manning’s new weapons (25:45); Jason Witten’s sudden retirement (37:20); the Raiders trade for Martavis Bryant (46:40); why Derwin James fell to the Chargers (55:45); and how the Seahawks will use Shaquem Griffin (1:07:00). 

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