DAILY LINKS: Nick Foles expected to land in Jacksonville

Nick Foles

Sources: Jags expected to sign Foles next week – ESPN
Barring any last-minute snags, the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign free-agent quarterback Nick Foles to a multiyear contract when the new league year opens next week, according to sources.

Paddack continues push for Padres rotation – Padres
Paddack, ranked No. 34 among MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects, was charged with two runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings in the Padres’ 11-3 loss to the Rangers at Surprise Stadium. The 23-year-old right-hander walked one batter and struck out three.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic nets LA Galaxy winner in opening game – Sky Sports
The former Manchester United and Barcelona striker headed home in the 80th minute to seal the win for the hosts after Daniel Steres (68) cancelled out C.J. Sapong’s opener in the 49th minute.

2019 NFL Scouting Combine winners/losers: Montez Sweat soars – NFL
Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark — for better or worse — at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. On Sunday, the defensive linemen and linebackers took the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are Brooks’ impressions from Indianapolis.

Montez Sweat sets modern record for fastest 40 by D-lineman – NFL
INDIANAPOLIS — Just five weeks after wowing NFL scouts at the Reese’s Senior Bowl with his on-field play, Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat wowed them again on Sunday, this time with a 4.41-second 40-yard dash to set a modern record (since 2003) for a defensive lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Rockets James Harden
Harden says Rockets in rhythm at ‘perfect time’ – ESPN
“It feels really, really good to kind of have a full roster and catch a rhythm,” Harden said after the Rockets’ 115-104 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday, which extended the NBA’s longest active win streak to five games. “This is a perfect time for it.

John Smoltz after PGA Tour Champions debut: ‘It’s much easier closing baseball games’ – USA Today
John Smoltz finished his PGA Tour Champions debut Sunday 1-over 220 at the Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Ariz. after struggling on the ninth and 18th holes through the first two rounds.

Playoff Mode? LeBron James and the Lakers Are Failing to Activate – New York Times
A move West came with dire warnings, but the reality is setting in that a James-led team might miss the playoffs.

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