Cornerback Malcolm Butler?and running back Dion Lewis both intend to sign with the Tennessee Titans, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Butler is in line for a five-year, $61 million deal that includes a guarantee of $30 million, according to a source, while Lewis is expected to sign a four-year deal.
Butler surprisingly didn’t play a defensive snap in the New England Patriots’ 41-33 Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles due to what coach Bill Belichick described as a coaching decision.
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The hero of Super Bowl XLIX with a game-saving interception, Butler spent?in New England four memorable years that included notable highs and lows.
An overlooked prospect in 2014 out of Division II West Alabama, he was invited to New England for a tryout and earned a contract on the offseason 90-man roster almost a month after the draft. He rose to unexpected fame with his Super Bowl interception, and the team showed its faith in him the following season, in 2015, by elevating him to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart to replace departed free agent Darrelle Revis.
After being drafted by the Eagles in 2011, the 5-foot-8, 195-pound Lewis joined the Patriots ahead of the 2015 season and got off to a hot start that season before tearing his ACL. His recovery ate into his 2016 season, but he showed a return to form in 2017.
Lewis led the Pats with 896 rushing yards on 180 carries (5.0 average) and six touchdowns in the 2017 regular season. He added 32 catches for 214 yards and three receiving touchdowns, while also serving as the team’s primary kickoff returner (23 returns, 570 yards, 1 touchdown).
While Lewis had his moments in the sun with New England, Butler became a full-fledged star after his Super Bowl XLIX pick.
Despite Butler’s sudden stardom, Belichick said at one point in 2015 that Butler “as much as any player that I’ve been around, has really not changed very much from Year 1 to Year 2.”
Butler, 28, started every game in 2015 and 2016, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2015, though his future with the team was uncertain after the 2016 season, when he was a restricted free agent. The New Orleans Saints hosted Butler on a visit but never signed him to an offer sheet.
Butler returned to the Patriots in 2017 and had a self-described up-and-down season that culminated with Belichick’s shocking decision not to play him on defense in Super Bowl LII. After the game, in an emotional moment, Butler said the Patriots gave up on him.
Butler’s durability was impressive in his time with the Patriots, as he played 98.8 percent of the defensive snaps in 2015, followed by 96.7 and 97.8 the next two seasons. Teammates nicknamed him “Strap” because of his ability to closely cover receivers and also “Scrap” for his scrappy style of play.
Butler and Lewis will play for former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel and former Pats personnel man Jon Robinson, who are now the Titans’ head coach and general manager, respectively.
Butler’s defection to Tennessee marks the second straight year that a Patriots cornerback will leave in free agency to join the Titans. Logan Ryan agreed to a contract with the Titans last offseason.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this report.
Wwe Blasted After Putting All Titles On Line For Strict Saudi Arabia Mega-show… Apart From Women’s Belts
WWE has come under-fire after announcing more blockbuster bouts for The Greatest Royal Rumble event in history in Saudi Arabia – without any women’s matches.
The wrestling company is heading to the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah for the supershow on April 27.
WWE WWE will hold the Greatest Royal Rumble Ever in Saudi Arabia next month
They announced that a massive 50-man Rumble would be the extravaganza’s main event.
And today they whetted the appetite further by announcing a further seven championship matches.
But there was two omissions missing from the star-studded line-up – and fans were up in arms about the lack of a female touch to the card.
Neither the Raw or SmackDown Women’s title will be on the line in the Gulf State – where female sport participation or exercising in public has long been a potential target for the kingdom’s strict religious police.
WWE John Cena is among the headline names due to compete at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium
WWE But WWE have come under-fire after announcing a star-studded line-up… without any of its female athletes
Up until last Autumn, women were barred from watching sporting events.
And fans accused WWE of double standards despite the company and its hugely-talented female roster continuing to break down barriers for women’s wrestling.
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Twitter exploded with rage at the announcement as Vince McMahon and his fellow wrestling chiefs were blasted the move as cashing in at the expense of the women’s revolution.
User @bainalan05 wrote: “So there will be no women’s wrestling at the so called Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia. #WWE should tell Saudi Arabia to allow women’s wrestling or they won’t come. Gender equality before profit. It isn’t 1974 anymore….”
The Mostly Bad History Of Nba All-stars As College Coaches
Memphis is turning to Penny Hardaway — the former NBA All-Star and Tigers legend who does not have any Division I experience as a head coach or as an assistant — to replace fired coach Tubby Smith. The school is expected to announce Hardaway as its next head coach on Tuesday, sources told ESPN.
Hardaway is a prominent high school and grassroots coach in Memphis with connections to the area’s top players. He has been the head coach of the Team Penny grassroots program and East High School in Memphis.
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Both James Wiseman and Chandler Lawson — the Nos. 1 and 26 prospects in the 2019 class, respectively, per ESPN.com — attend East High School.
The school said it had terminated Smith without cause due to financial challenges within the program. Attendance had dropped nearly 10,000 per game in recent years, and donations had suffered, too. Smith, who won a national title in 1998, struggled to build a regional talent pipeline.
But don’t make any assumptions about Hardaway. The history of former NBA stars stepping in to save collegiate programs is grim, and few have matched the hype attached to their arrivals. Even hometown heroes like Hardaway, a two-time Great Midwest Conference Player of the Year and four-time NBA All-Star, often struggle.
Here’s a complete rundown.
Active college coaches who had notable careers
Patrick Ewing, Georgetown Hoyas | Record: 15-15 It’s too early to judge Ewing, who finished .500 in his first season at his alma mater, which had dismissed John Thompson III last summer. The Hoyas finished 2-9 in their final 11 games of 2017-18. But Ewing has an intriguing class, led by four-star prospect Josh LeBlanc.
Chris Mullin, St. John’s Red Storm | Record 38-60 In his second season at his alma mater, Mullin won 16 games, doubling his win total from Year 1. He can hang his hat on a couple of victories over Duke and Villanova. But the Red Storm are far from the glory days Mullin was hired to reproduce.
Danny Manning, Wake Forest Demon Deacons | Record 92-102 — combines current record at Wake Forest with his stint at Tulsa He won 38 games at Tulsa. He’s reached the NCAA tournament once in four years, however, at Wake Forest (2017). But his incoming class is led by five-star forward Jaylen Hoard (No. 20 prospect in the 2017 class per ESPN.com).
Avery Johnson, Alabama Crimson Tide | Record: 56-45 Johnson reached the NCAA tournament in his third season thanks to Collin Sexton’s epic performance in the SEC tournament. Once Sexton turns pro after the season, Alabama could tumble in the SEC standings and reach Selection Sunday in 2018-19 without a guaranteed berth.
Terry Porter, Portland Pilots | Record: 21-44 The University of Portland hired the former Trail Blazers star in 2016. His team won 10 games this season — one less than last year’s final tally — and lost seven in a row to end the year for the WCC team.
Damon Stoudamire, Pacific Tigers | Record: 25-40 The former NBA All-Star worked as a coveted assistant at both Memphis and Arizona before he accepted Pacific’s offer in 2016. He’s had his challenges while also making clear strides. This season, Pacific beat BYU and jumped nearly 100 spots in KenPom.com’s rankings.
Donyell Marshall, Central Connecticut Blue Devils | Record: 20-41 He won six games in his first season (2016-17). He won 14 games this year. This is still a team in the 300s on KenPom.com.
Dan Majerle, Grand Canyon Antelopes | Record: 103-57 Majerle is one of the great NBA-to-college-coaching success stories. He helped Grand Canyon make the lengthy transition to Division I sports. This year, a Grand Canyon team that had played elite defense all season lost to New Mexico State in the WAC tournament title game.
Mike Dunleavy Sr., Tulane Green Wave | Record: 20-42 Dunleavy’s squad won 14 games this year after securing just six victories in his first season. Melvin Frazier, a 6-foot-6 forward at Tulane, is an NBA prospect.
Former college coaches who had notable NBA careers
Isiah Thomas, FIU Panthers | Record:? 26-65 You think the Knicks are the only team Isiah Thomas ruined? Nah. In three years at Florida International, Thomas won just 26 games in a disastrous stint.
Clyde Drexler, Houston Cougars | Record: 19-39 The Cougars thought they’d found their savior after Drexler retired from the NBA to lead his alma mater. He never won more than 10 games in two seasons.
Reggie Theus, Cal State Northridge Matadors | Record: 85-128 — combines record at CSUN with his stint at New Mexico State Cal State-Northridge fired Theus after this year’s 6-24 finish. In five seasons with the program, Theus — who led New Mexico State to the NCAA tournament in 2007 — never earned an at-large or automatic berth.
Mark Price, Charlotte 49ers | Record: 30-42 Price was fired in December, only a handful of games into his third season at Charlotte.
Tunisia Vs Iran: Tv Channel, Live Stream, Team News And Kick-off Time For International Friendly At Stade 7 Novembre De Rades
BOTH Iran and Tunisia will be hopeful of making a splash and causing an upset or two at this summer’s World Cup.
The Tunisians topped Group A in Africa and were unbeaten, seeing off the DR Congo by one point to make a return to the finals for the first time in 12 years.
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Iran were similarly as impressive, topping Group A in the AFC and winning six of their ten games – whilst conceding just twice.
These two have only faced each other once before, a 2-2 draw back in 2012.
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Kick-off is at 6pm UK time.
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What is the team news?
FORMER France youth trio Seifeddine Khaoui, Ellyes Skhiri and Mouez Hassen are in line to make their debuts for Tunisia.
Experienced Aymen Abdennour has been overlooked due to lack of playing time at Marseille.
Masoud Shojaei has been recalled to the Iranian squad after more than seven months in the wilderness.
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