Ravens, Jets Get 4 compensatory Picks; Browns Receive None

CBS Cleveland

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets each will receive four compensatory picks in this year’s draft for free agents they lost in 2013.

Baltimore gets spots in the third, fourth and fifth rounds, with two choices in Round 4. Those slots are 99th, 134th, 138th and 175th.

Among the free agents the Ravens lost after winning the 2012 NFL title were Ed Reed, Danell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and Cary Williams, all key defensive players.

The Jets will get slots 139, 209, 210 and 213: a fourth-rounder and three sixth-rounders. They lost free agents Dustin Keller, Matt Slauson, Yeremiah Bell, Mike DeVito, Shonn Greene and LaRon Landry.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The compensatory choices can’t be traded.

Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and St. Louis each received three compensatory picks…

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Tony Parker out vs. Sixers Monday… I still like Spurs’ chances

ProBasketballTalk

San Antonio has won 13 games in a row. Philadelphia has lost 24 games in a row.

Tony Parker sitting out for the Spurs Monday night isn’t going to change the outcome of this game.

And he is sitting this one out, coach Gregg Popovich made official.

That means more Patty Mills, who has played well of late.

Expect to see a lot of this from the Spurs over the coming weeks, with a lot of key guys getting rest. They have the best record in the NBA right now but Popovich looks ahead to the first round of the NBA playoffs and sees the midrange game of Dirk Nowitzki with Dallas, the up tempo and aggressive play of the Suns, or (most dangerously) the size and…

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Heat Lost For Answers On Recent Losing Streak

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After losing again over the weekend, the questions surrounding the Miami Heat ahead of the playoffs are growing as the team tries to stop a streak of seven losses in the last 11 games.

The Heat has problems defensively, have problems scoring, and according to Chris Bosh, lack passion and communication between teammates. Bosh was specifically referring to no one standing up in the locker room and demanding everyone get on the same page.

“We’re not expressing ourselves in the locker room or on the court,” Bosh said, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald. “So I figure I’ll be the first one to say we [stink], and we need to turn it around. And if we don’t play better, we’ll be watching the championship at home.”

Bosh’s teammate LeBron James put it another way saying, “Too many excuses. Everything is an excuse. We do something…

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49ers acquire Jonathan Martin from Dolphins

New Pittsburgh Courier

Richie Incognito, Jonathan MartinIn this Aug. 24, 2013, file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) look over plays during an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Miami Gardens, Fla.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Jonathan Martin has had Jim Harbaugh’s support all along, from his early college days at Stanford to the offensive tackle’s tumultuous year in which he accused a Dolphins teammate of bullying, and even in a formal NFL investigation into the situation in Miami.

Now, Harbaugh is giving Martin a football fresh start, in a safe environment around former Stanford coaches who consider him a friend.

Martin was traded from Miami to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday night to play once more for Harbaugh, who publicly expressed his support of Martin last year and called him a “personal friend.”

“The goal for this transaction is a win-win,”…

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