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Richard Sherman on Roger Goodell’s Proposal: ‘He’s just a suit’

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Sheil Kapadia | ESPN Writer

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has never had a problem voicing his opinion, and during a SportsCenter interview with ESPN’s Jim Trotter on Sunday, he took aim at commissioner Roger Goodell.

Back in February, Goodell recommended a rule that would result in ejections for players who committed two personal fouls during the course of a game. Sherman ripped the idea behind the proposal.

“I think it’s foolish,” he said. “But it sounds like something somebody who’s never played the game would say, something that they would suggest, because he doesn’t understand. He’s just a face. He’s just a suit. He’s never stepped foot on the field and understood how you can get a personal foul.”

Sherman was recently elected to the NFLPA executive committee and has previously served as the Seahawks’ union representative.

He was also asked why the rules governing what a catch is More >

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Ben Simmons to Enter NBA Draft

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Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider | 1:43 PM

LSU freshman Ben Simmons told ESPN that he will hire an agent and declare for the NBA draft.

“I’m making it official,” Simmons said late Sunday night.

The 6-foot-10 Australian averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this past season for the Tigers, who finished a disappointing 19-14 overall and 11-7 in the SEC, failing to make the NCAA tournament.

LSU declined an invitation to play in the NIT.

Simmons entered the season as the top freshman in the country and was the only player to average more than 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

According to numerous NBA executives, Simmons is expected to be taken either first or second in the June 23 NBA draft.

Duke freshman Brandon Ingram, according to several NBA executives, has closed the gap — but the majority told More >

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MLB’s Goal is a Safer Pipeline From Cuba

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Pedro Gomez | MLB

Relations between the U.S. and Cuba have moved closer to being normalized, a point that will be further underscored Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Cuban national team in Havana.

So everything must be open, right? Well, no. At least, not yet. But there are definitely signs indicating change — real change — could be forthcoming.

Cuban baseball players must still defect to have the opportunity to play in the major leagues, and that remains a thorny issue for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. The defections of the Gourriel brothers, Yulieski and Lourdes, last month signaled how nothing has really changed.

“If we could make a deal to resolve this problem, it would attract a lot of attention,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said. “I can’t say we are close. It’s a very uncomfortable position for us to be in. I More >

Baseball Safety

Why Baseball Needs Dugout-to-Dugout Safety Nets

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Fans scrambling to get out of the way of batted balls is a common sight at baseball games, one that more protective netting could help eliminate. Jim Davis/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

 Katie Strang, ESPN.com | Jan. 19, 2016

Editor’s note: In the days leading up to Jan. 25, Rob Manfred’s one-year anniversary as MLB commissioner, we asked our writers to offer one change or innovation they would make to improve baseball if the sport started over today.

The change: Major League Baseball requires protective netting at all ballparks belonging to its member clubs. Dugout to dugout. Plain and simple.

Already, the league has taken an important step in this direction, but there remains a critical distinction from the current policy to the one proposed here. Last month, MLB announced that, after an in-depth study, the league recommends teams to employ protective netting between the near-ends of both dugouts More >

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300: The Steph Curry Bailout Plan

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN Staff Writer | 4:22 AM ET

OAKLAND, Calif. — After letting garbage time become crunch time, the Golden State Warriors closed out the Orlando Magic 119-113 for their NBA-record 45th consecutive regular-season home victory. This achievement brings a bifurcated response: There’s an acknowledgement of the incredible accomplishment, then a nod to the issues it’s overshadowing.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr summarized Golden State’s recent run with, “Steph is bailing us out an awful lot.” Monday night was illustrative of that issue, plus a reminder that there are worse bailout plans. As Golden State trundled along sans Andre Iguodala and with an ailing Draymond Green, Curry was a brilliant bulwark against failure. He scored 41 points, claimed 13 boards and hit seven 3-pointers, one of which was his 300th of the season. Curry dropped that one from 28 feet away, after torturing More >

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