OTD 75 years ago, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier of baseball by making his MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in front of 26,623 fans. Despite not hitting, Robinson scored the eventual advantage in a win against the Boston Braves.
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Apparently, Kyler Murray has had enough to see other quarterbacks get big contracts in this season’s explosive low season market.
The No. 1 pick in 2019 is entering the fourth season of its rookie deal, paying an undesirable $ 5.5 million.
Thursday, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported that Murray’s agent took out his initial proposal to the Cardinals, who I haven’t made any offers yet – and this is the QB he is unlikely to play without a new contract.
In a low season in which four QBs signed contracts worth more than $ 40 million per season, there is a logic behind the possible retention of Murray.
Derek Carr, Raiders: three years, $ 121.5 million extension
Matthew Stafford, Rams: four years, $ 160 million extension
Deshaun Watson, Browns: five years, $ 230 million agreement
Aaron Rodgers, Packers: three years, $ 150.8 million extension
Murray may be looking for a deal comparable to that of Josh Allen, who signed one six years, $ 258 million ($ 43M AAV) with the Bills after his third NFL season.
If you are planning a different route, there are some Lamar Jackson – who seems satisfied by betting on himself and adopting a more patient approach.
The self-proclaimed QB has not reached an agreement with the Ravens and will likely play the $ 23 million fifth-year option of his rookie contract.
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With a Pelicans clash Friday night, the Clippers will have to get the unlikely without Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, as they have been all season.
The dynamic duet they still don’t have to play together this season. Leonard underwent surgery for a partially ruptured ACL last July and George, who recently returned, went into safety and health protocols early Friday.
Not reaching the postseason would mark a third year lost for the pair at their best, and another disappointment for a team with the NBA’sthird highest payroll($ 167.8 million).
Leonard and George ($ 39.3 million each) make one $ 78.6 million combined this season – 47% of the LA payroll.
The Clippers are committed $ 237.8 million to the duet for the next three years. Their identical contracts include player options worth $ 48.8 million in 2024-25.
PG and Kawhi have he only played 80 games together (59-21).
LA reached the Western Semifinals in 2019-20 and lost to Phoenix in the Western Finals last season.
The Clips will have at least two more seasons with the star pair to win their first championship.
Nor does it hurt to have the richest owner of the sport. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, valued at $ 96.5 billion, has been willing to spend whatever it takes to win a title: The Clippers have brought a top four payroll in each of the duo’s three years together.
Financial pressure and betting will only increase in its new $ 2 billion scenario, which will be built in 2024.
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The news that Cy Young’s two-time winner Jacob deGrom would start the season on the injured roster made a big impact on the Mets’ starting rotation.
But for seven games, and with Taijuan Walker (shoulder) now in IL, New York has the best rotationfirst in wins (five), ERA (1.29), WHIP (0.69) and batting average against (.161).
The impromptu five really spans the pay scale, which includes both the highest paid starting pitcher in baseball (Max Scherzer, $ 43.3 million) and the 200 (David Peterson, $ 673,577).
The Mets start of five payrolls ($ 65.5 million) is second only to the Blue Jays ($ 68.4 million).
The full assignment of the titular pitcher will take first place ($ 94.2 million) when they return from Grom ($ 20.5 million) and Walker ($ 7 million).
Other current Mets holders include Carlos Carrasco ($ 12 million), Chris Bassitt ($ 8.8 million) and Tylor Megill ($ 700,000).
While Scherzer (2-0, 3.27 ERA) has already begun to justify his three years, $ 130 million free agent contract, Megill is the biggest surprise. The 26-year-old right-hander is 2-0 and has not allowed a well-deserved run during his 10.1 innings.
The success of the Mets in the pile makes odds makers optimistic about their chances of winning their first World Series since 1986. Currently, New York is tied at fifth favorite (+1100) to win it all.
NFL: CB Stephon Gilmore signed a two-year, $ 23 million contract with the Colts, according to various reports; the new deal includes $ 14 million guaranteed.
Football: Burnley fired coach Sean Dyche in his tenth season with the club; they are currently ranked 18th in the Premier League and could be the first relegated team. Team captain Ben Mee will do it as reported act as interim manager.
Golf: Bryson DeChambeau successfully underwent surgery on his left wrist and is expected to miss the PGA Championship in May; the 28-year-old has not won any events since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March 2021.
NHL: Montreal’s Carey Price will make his first outing in goal since the fifth game of the 2021 Stanley Cup final on Friday. Also: Islands legend Mike Bossy, who scored more than 50 goals in each of his first nine seasons and was a four-time Stanley Cup champion, has died at the age of 65.