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11:42 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment NFL draft prospect D’Onta Foreman revealed Monday that he played through the pain of losing his infant son during his prolific junior season at Texas. Foreman was college football’s leading rusher with 2,028 yards in 2016 and is the No. 7 ranked running back in this week’s draft, according to Scouts Inc. In an interview with NFL Network, Foreman said his son, D’Onta Jr., was born prematurely and died at 7 weeks old due to an intestinal infection. “I really didn’t know how to feel,” Foreman told the network. “I was like numb. I felt like something was taken away from me before I had a chance to experience it.” Foreman kept quiet about his son’s death during his run to 2,000 yards and the Doak Walker Award, honoring the nation’s top running back. He finished eighth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. D’Onta …

Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes has been suspended four games after attempting to hit Orioles third baseman Manny Machado in the head with a pitch on Sunday, MLB announced Monday. Barnes, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, is appealing the suspension.  Barnes threw a pitch high and tight to Machado in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game in Baltimore and was ejected. The pitch was in retaliation for Machado injuring Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia on a slide Saturday’s game.  Pedroia is considered day-to-day after Machado spiked him in the calf, and is unlikely to head to the disabled list.  Pedroia denounced Barnes’s actions after Sunday’s game.  “I had nothing to do with that. That’s not how you do that, man,” Pedroia said afterward. “I’m sorry to him and his team. If you’re going to protect guys, you do it the right away.”

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The NFL has notified teams that Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers tested positive for a dilute sample at the scouting combine, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Peppers is the second NFL draft prospect to test positive for a dilute sample at the combine, joining Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. A source told ESPN’s Schefter that Peppers, who has a history of cramping, was ill after flying to Indianapolis from San Diego, so he drank eight to 10 bottles of water as he was the first athlete to run for both the linebackers and defensive backs. Bama LB Foster had dilute sample at combine Bama LB Reuben Foster, once regarded as a top-10 pick in the NFL draft, said he tested positive for a dilute sample at the combine. Although he worked out at two positions in Indianapolis, Peppers has said he sees himself playing safety in the NFL. “Free or …

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment It is highly unlikely that cornerback Malcolm Butler will be traded from the New England Patriots this offseason, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Butler signed a one-year, $3.91 million tender with the Patriots last Wednesday, which means New England has the opportunity to trade him. Sources: Pats still planning to keep Garoppolo The New England Patriots have no intention in trading backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Saints have three picks in the top 42 selections of the 2017 draft and likely can find a cornerback to fill their need with one of those picks. The MMQB first reported that Butler is likely staying with the Patriots. The Patriots and Butler’s representatives had discussed a contract extension last offseason, and some involved in the negotiation believed a deal was close to being struck. But things were never finalized, and …

What falling in the draft means for a player’s contract value. OCEAN CITY, N.J. — I met North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky the other day in Chapel Hill. He rolled up in his 1997 Toyota Camry, a hand-me-down from his grandmother, with 170,000 miles on the odometer. Politely, he talked about his workout routine, throwing with his Tar Heel teammates, and said he needed to keep busy to keep the pre-draft craziness from driving him crazy. The Browns, his hometown team, had been in the news, with longtime beat writer Mary Kay Cabot reporting an internal split—which I’ve heard is true—between a faction favoring Texas AM pass-rusher Myles Garrett with the first overall pick, and a faction favoring Trubisky. The pressure of being picked high was intense enough, I mentioned to him. But being picked number one, by a team that has lost forever, in your own hometown, with a history of a black cloud …

11:13 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment CHICAGO — Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said his mind is not fully focused on basketball as he grieves the loss of his sister, and he’s feeding off the support of his teammates during Boston’s first-round series against the Bulls. “Mentally and emotionally, I’m not here, so I just feed off what the guys give me,” Thomas said while addressing reporters for the first time since his younger sister, Chyna, died in a single-vehicle accident on April 15, a day before the series began. Thomas scored 33 points Sunday and helped Boston post a 104-95 triumph over the Bulls in Game 4. The series is tied 2-2. Thomas was joined by teammate Gerald Green and Thomas’ two sons, James and Jaiden, at the podium after Sunday’s win but requested that he be asked no questions about the loss of his sister. He did occasionally reference …

7:03 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment BOSTON — The Ottawa Senators advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs after dismissing the Boston Bruins 3-2 in overtime in Game 6 Sunday at TD Garden. Clarke MacArthur scored for the Senators on the power play in overtime. How the Bruins can force Game 7 The Bruins are down 3-2 in their first-round series with the Senators, but there’s still lots of hockey to play — if Boston takes care of business in three key areas. Ottawa captain Karlsson in a class of his own Erik Karlsson hasn’t just been the Senators’ MVP as they sprinted to a 3-1 series lead over Boston. The slick-skating Swede is “arguably the best player in the world,” says teammate Bobby Ryan. Marked man Marchand must keep frustrations in check Brad Marchand is used to being a target. But the Bruins need their best …

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment MONACO — Rafael Nadal easily beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in an all-Spanish final on Sunday to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the 10th time and clinch the 70th title of his career. It was Nadal’s first title of the season, having lost his previous three finals — two of those to Roger Federer. Nadal faced little opposition on his way to becoming the first player to win 10 tournaments at the same venue in the Open era, and the first to reach 50 on clay. He was previously tied with Guillermo Vilas in titles on clay. Rafael Nadal has become the first player to win 10 tournaments at the same venue in the Open era. Valery Hache/Getty Images The only final Nadal has lost at Monte Carlo was to Novak Djokovic in 2013. Appearing in his first Masters final, the 15th-seeded Ramos-Vinolas never really posed a …

4:37 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment PORTLAND, Ore. — A timetable for the bench return of Steve Kerr remained unknown Saturday night after the Golden State Warriors recorded a come-from-behind playoff victory without their ailing coach. The Warriors announced Saturday afternoon that Kerr would be forced to skip Game 3 of Golden State’s first-round series with the Trail Blazers due to illness, with lead assistant Mike Brown taking his place. But specific details about Kerr’s condition were scarce on Saturday, with league sources attributing that to the fact that the specific cause of the illness ‎is not yet known. Warriors overcome 17-point deficit to win Game 3 in Portland The Warriors got huge games off the bench from Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee to comeback from a huge deficit in Portland and take a 3-0 series lead. The Warriors, sources said, have yet to determine whether Kerr’s symptoms are related …

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