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Our Sulphur, Louisiana hotel is located at off I10 at Exit 20 Sulphur/Cameron the base of the Creole Nature Trail All American Road. A 20 minute drive southeast will have you at Lake Charles Regional Airport (LCH).
Guests of our Sulphur hotel will enjoy a variety of southern Louisiana attractions. Within five minutes of our hotel, guests can place their toes in the sand of Lake Charles Beach and hop a bicycle or horse drawn carriage in downtown Lake Charles. Leisure travelers can experience the Sportsman’s Paradise by touring the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge or the Creole Nature Trail All American Road, both within 20 minutes of our hotel. Gaming enthusiasts will enjoy the short drive to one of Lake Charles casino resorts or even to the Racetrack casino located in Vinton Louisiana. With Golden Nugget Casino Resort under construction just minutes away.

Lake Charles Regional Airport

Lake Charles Regional Airport is a public use airport located five nautical miles south of the central business district of Lake Charles, a city in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States.

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Sudduth Coliseum, in the Lake Charles Civic Center, is a 7,450-seat multi-purpose arena in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. Located on Lakeshore Drive, it is the main arena of the Lake Charles Civic Center.

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Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge located in Cameron Parish in southwestern Louisiana. It is on Louisiana State Route 27, 8 miles south of Hackberry and 12 miles north of Holly Beach.

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Mayfield ‘definitely’ in conversation for Browns’ No. 1 pick

The Cleveland Browns are definitely considering drafting Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick, a league executive told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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The inclusion of Mayfield in the Browns’ conversation adds murkiness to the top of the draft, where Cleveland owns picks Nos. 1 and 4.

Ondrej Pavelec Limited Jersey Browns general manager John Dorsey didn’t provide many hints on the team’s draft strategy when he met with reporters on Thursday, saying that he expected at least four quarterbacks to be picked in the first round.
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We probably won’t have what we would call a pure X receiver to take the place of Dez, Jones explained. Even if we draft one that is an X receiver, he’s not going to, as a rookie, come in here and give us that type of performance. You got to presume that. And so we certainly know that we’ve got a chance to pick a player, but not necessarily in the first round or even the second round, that will have an opportunity [to get] in the mix.

Foles, speaking to media on Tuesday, shared that he personally is still just trying Julian Howsare Youth jersey to let it sink in. He also shared just how much the championship has meant to some fans.

Marty Hurney has returned to the Panthers ‘ GM chair to oversee his first draft since selecting eight first-round Pro Bowlers in a span of 10 years, starting with Julius Peppers in 2002. For all of that success, though, Hurney is still haunted by the future first-round picks surrendered in trades for draft busts Jeff Otah and Everette Brown.

I can tell you right now, you can consider next year’s first safe , a smiling Hurney quipped Tuesday. I don’t think we’re going to be trading next year’s first.

The Bills and Cardinals are among the organizations interested in trading up to the No. 5 of No. 6 range , Rapoport reported Monday. Which teams, conversely, are looking to move down in the first round? Rapoport shifted gears Tuesday, listing the Lions, Titans and Seahawks as candidates to trade down.

How disparate are the opinions on this year’s draft class? Executive vice president Stephen Jones revealed Tuesday that the Cowboys have roughly 17 players rated as first-round prospects. This comes hours after 49ers general manager John Lynch put his war room’s total at 30 first-round grades .

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Stephen Curry has ‘very positive’ practice, questionable for Game 1

Stephen Curry is almost back.

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Curry is listed as questionable for Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.

Curry on Thursday participated in his first full practice since suffering a Grade 2 left MCL sprain in his left knee on March 23. The injury caused him to miss the team’s past 14 games.

Kerr said the practice session was important for Curry in his rehabilitation process, and he acknowledged Curry “looked good.”

“I think what we have to do is see how his body responds the rest of the day,” Kerr said. “[We’ll] put him through another practice tomorrow. I think he needs to string together a few good days. But, yeah, it was very positive.”

Ward, who grew up in the Cleveland area, wore a purple suit to the draft to honor his father, who died in May 2016 of a heart attack. Purple was his father’s favorite color.

“It was definitely an emotional night,” Ward said. “I obviously wish my dad was still alive and could have been there and experienced that with my family and I. But I know that he’s proud of me.

“He watched last night in heaven.”

According to the team, Kang will report to the Pirates facility in Bradenton, Florida, after he fulfills obligations under the treatment program he agreed to in January 2017. He will remain on the restricted list until he’s in condition to rejoin the major league team.

In his first two seasons with the Pirates, Kang batted .273 with 36 home runs and 120 RBIs. He played 169 games at third base and another 60 at shortstop.

Darnold was regarded by many talent evaluators as the safest quarterback in the draft because of his combination of passing skill and mobility. He rose to national prominence in 2016, led USC to an epic Rose Bowl victory over Penn State and compiled a 20-4 record as a starter in his career.

On the down side, Darnold raised questions about his pro readiness with a spotty performance in 2017. He tied for the FBS lead with 22 turnovers.

“Obviously, you don’t want turnovers on any level,” Bowles said. “But we think his upside and ability far outweigh the turnovers. … We didn’t feel too bad about that.”

The Jets chose Darnold with the pick acquired on St. Patrick’s Day from the Indianapolis Colts. To ensure themselves of a top quarterback, they dealt three second-round picks (including one in 2019) to move up from No. 6 overall.
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Does John Dorsey’s assessment of Tyrod Taylor point to Baker Mayfield?

Four weeks ago, Browns G.M. John Dorsey visited PFT Live at the league meetings in Florida. In the aftermath of the interview, multiple readers mentioned on Twitter that things said about Dorsey regarding new Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor possibly contained strong clues about Dorsey’s assessment of the incoming quarterback class.
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Torry Holt Game Jersey I loved Tyrod coming out of college, I always did, Dorsey said at the time. I thought there was a dynamic set about him, not only his athleticism [and his] ability to extend a play, but he had 鈥?as coach [Frank] Beamer would always say, ‘He’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around.’ He’s got enough arm talent with accuracy to get the ball downfield, and he doesn’t turn the ball over.

As noted earlier today by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns coach Hue Jackson made it clear last month that Mayfield is in play for the top pick, that Jackson hasn’t wavered about Mayfield as being in the discussion for the first pick. So let’s not act all surprised that he is, Cabot said.

Based on Dorsey’s remarks about Taylor, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised if Mayfield isn’t Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Authentic Jersey simply in the conversation to be the pick, but if he actually becomes the pick.
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I really haven’t seen it, Garrett said Tuesday. I saw bits and pieces of it along the way. So, I don’t really know that much about it to comment.

Yet, the Cowboys coach turned several shades of red when owner Jerry Jones jokingly dropped the F-bomb, making fun of Garrett’s repeated R-rated language in the series.

That’s an ender, Garrett said.

The release of the behind-the-scenes shots of Garrett talking to his team has changed the coach’s public image. Many fans and media previously viewed him as robotic, which was an inaccurate portrayal.

People probably enjoy seeing that because he is so controlled and poised in a lot of ways, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. I think it’ll be good for people to see that side of him. Hopefully his mom’s not watching it.

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Chargers picking up Melvin Gordon’s 2019 option

The Chargers are preparing to make a first-round pick on Thursday night and they spent a little bit of time leading up to the draft making sure that their 2015 first-round pick will remain around for at least two more seasons.
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General Manager Tom Telesco announced at a Monday press conference that the team will exercise running back Melvin Gordon’s option for the 2019 season. Telesco made Gordon the 15th overall selection in 2015.

A current NFL head coach wondered aloud whether some of the highly rated USC quarterbacks peaked by the time they were through with college.

Those guys are all talented because [USC] is getting the top guys in the country, the coach said. I wonder how much better do they get once they get to USC? Are they just surrounded by good athletes? They’ve always had the best recruits in the country.
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Keyshawn Johnson, who played at USC and was drafted by the Jets in the first round in 1996, said he believes the failures of some of the USC quarterbacks had more to do with circumstance 鈥?who they were drafted by and what system they inherited.

But new Raiders coach Jon Gruden will try, and if it works, Bryant is going to be a significant player in the Raiders’ offense.

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On behalf of the Baker Family we want to thank everyone for their generous outpouring of love, support, and prayers during this extremely difficult time at the passing of our dearly beloved son, brother and husband, Robert Baker, Budda Baker wrote on Twitter. We ask that you respect our family’s privacy in this difficult time.

Budda, who starred at the University of Washington from 2014-16 and was on campus Saturday for the Huskies’ final practice of the spring season, had only recently been able to reunite with Robert. The two had communicated via hand-written letters and the occasional phone call since 2009, while Robert was serving a seven-year prison sentence for first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm.

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Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Monday

Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets takes the mound on Monday — weather permitting, of course. Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire
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Apparently, Mother Nature doesn’t play fantasy baseball. What a weekend! Monday brings with it a new week, hopefully with more clement weather. Unfortunately, cold and rain in Boston has resulted in the annual 11:05 AM ET Patriot’s Day affair being cancelled.

Brent Suter (L), 3 percent, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds: Suter catches the Reds at a good time, with the notoriously slow-starting Joey Martin Havlat Jersey Votto and injuries resulting in a sluggish start, near the bottom of the league in runs scored. Suter won’t pile up strikeouts, but he limits walks and keeps the ball in the yard.

We just had to be a little more patient with our movement and let it kind of happen, Durant said. And it happened in the third quarter for us.

The Spurs needed a dynamite performance from Aldridge after he scored just 14 points in Game 1 and was handcuffed by Warriors center JaVale McGee, who held Aldridge to 2-of-8 shooting as his primary defender.
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Realistically, there may be nothing that can be done to make kickoffs safer. The very nature of the play is to have players on one team sprinting down the field in one direction, players on the other team sprinting down the field in the other direction, and a bunch of hard collisions when the players meet. Those collisions are going to cause injuries.

So the NFL may have reached the point where the discussions are less about changing rules to make kickoffs safer and more about the necessary rules changes to eliminate kickoffs. Once the league comes up with a proper replacement for onside kicks, the kickoff will go the way of the dodo.

One night did all of that. Maybe the Jets and Giants would’ve exchanged fortunes if the Jets had lost that last game in Miami and taken Taylor (though it’s almost certain the Giants would’ve gone with Hugh Green over McNeil if they’d been third). Or maybe Taylor would’ve found himself caught in the bear trap that has been the Jets’ culture for so many years.
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Dez Bryant says he has offers from Super Bowl contenders

Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant will likely have to wait until the conclusion of next week’s NFL Draft to latch on with a team. Released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier in April, there has not been a lot of rumors linking Bryant to any other team recently.

Despite this, the veteran pass catcher is out here to tell us that he has indeed already received offers from Super Bowl contenders.

Unlike at UConn, where the administration indulges Auriemma with look-away passes — he’s the headmaster of Our Ladies of Perpetual Silence — East Bridgewater school superintendent Elizabeth Legault knows right from wrong — and isn’t afraid to speak it. She apologized for the dehumanizing result and for a coach who kicked kids when they already were way down — under the heading of “sports,” no less.

On Legault’s watch we can reasonably surmise that such will never again occur.

There is a stronger correlation between athleticism and success at strong safety, which is part of the reason players like James and Reid are so coveted. Beyond Reid, the Lions could also consider Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds (9.86 RAS) or Penn State’s Marcus Allen (8.04) in Rounds 2 or 3 to be a long-term answer at the position.

If the Lions address other needs in the first three rounds, the team won’t be without safety options in the later rounds. Virginia’s Quin Blanding (7.22) didn’t run the fastest 40, but like West Virginia’s White, Blanding posted a great 10-yard split. That’s notable because of the success of players like Jairus Byrd (6.65) and Tashaun Gipson (6.17), both Pro Bowlers with similarly good short-area burst despite disappointing long speed numbers.

The Lions always could end up staying put at the safety position in the draft, despite the expiring contracts and aging Quin. But if they don’t stand pat, this is a good class to find some long-term help at the position.seahawks_192

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Broncos put some incentives in Chris Harris’ deal

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The Broncos carved some money out of the budget by trading veteran cornerback Aqib Talib, and they’ve spread some of it back around the secondary.
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According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Broncos have added $3 million in incentives to the deal of cornerback Chris Harris.

The 28-year-old Harris has two years left on his current deal, and was due to make $7.4 million this year and $7.8 million next year.

Which means the Patriots may need to be prepared for the possibility of Brady announcing his retirement at some point between now and the start of the regular season. And the best way to prepare would be to draft a quarterback next week. The Patriots have two first-round picks and two second-round picks, and if Brady hasn’t told them before draft day that he’s definitely committed to playing this year, they may feel they have no choice but to draft his successor.

That’s like my brother, James told PFT Live regarding Ramsey. I talk to him every other day. He’s been helping me through this whole process. Ever since my freshman year he’s been helping me get through college and helping me during this stage. I got a lot of respect for him. He’s got a lot of respect for me. He’s like a big brother to me.

Ramsey’s biggest advice to James has Michael Matheson Jersey been simple and clear.

He’s said just enjoy it all because once you get to the next level it’s a business, James said. He said take it all in soak it all in all your business and just really enjoy meeting the different people. Take what everybody has different advice for you so just take it in. Soak it in like a sponge.

For that reason, James isn’t looking forward to the process being over.
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I’m actually enjoying it, he said. I’m really enjoying it. Like I said, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I worked my butt off to get here. I’m really enjoying it but I really wanna play football. I wish it was tomorrow when we start playing. I’m ready to get back on the field. Whatever team does draft me I’m ready to help contribute to the team right away.

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Troy Aikman sees another frontier beyond TV

Matt Millen. John Elway. John Lynch. Troy Aikman?
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The Hall of Fame quarterback, who retired after the 2000 season, apparently has the itch to run an NFL team. That’s what he suggested during a recent appearance on The Doomsday Podcast from Ed Werder and Matt Mosley, via Peter King of SI.com.

If/when Aikman does it, he’ll join Millen, Elway, and Lynch as former players who made an unexpected right turn well after retiring, becoming key executives at a team without paying the dues that most key executives must pay before taking over.

Donald’s absence does not come as a surprise. The absence of a contract extension led Donald to stay away from the Rams last offseason and skip training camp as well before returning for the regular season. The missed time didn’t hurt Donald on the field, but getting a deal done would clear a big item from the Rams’ to-do list while also making Donald happy after a long wait for a new deal.

That wait has featured many other moves by the Rams, including the acquisition of Brandin Cooks, Marcus Peters, Ndamukong Suh and Aqib Talib this offseason. They’ll busy themselves with acclimating those new players into the team while the Donald saga plays out again this year.
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Boston’s No. 1 line accounted for 20 points in the first two games before it was blanked Monday.
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I think if you’re those guys, what they’re saying to themselves is they say, ‘We’re going to have a better night.’ Right? Babcock said. They’ve shown over a period of time they have lots of good nights. Our job is to make sure they don’t. The other thing that happened in the game is Freddie (Andersen) was real good. Not as much early, but really got his game going. If you look at Game 2, it wasn’t that Ryan Murray Jersey way. That’s probably the biggest difference of anything.

Babcock expects the Bruins to bounce back with a strong effort.

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Family of Aaron Feis, Parkland students to announce some Dolphins picks

The Dolphins made a connection with the community at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida following February’s shooting at the school that killed 17 students and staff and that connection will continue at next week’s NFL Draft.
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Eighteen seniors from the school and family members of Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach and former Douglas football player who was killed in the shooting, will announce the Dolphins’ picks on the draft’s final day.

John Gibson allowed five goals on 24 shots before being pulled after two periods. Ryan Miller allowed three power-play goals in the third.

From my perspective it’s hard to forget what we just did. Very undisciplined, very disappointed in our reaction in the hockey game, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. Those are the things we have to address. We’re not going to get yourself any kind of opportunity to take the number of penalties we took, and I call them selfish penalties.
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The game turned early in the second after Brandon Montour fell near center ice, giving the Sharks a two on one. Donskoi converted on a give-and-go with Evander Kane and San Jose was off to the races.
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They have eight choices, including No. 15 overall, and that’s likely not high enough for one of the top four quarterback prospects.

Are you willing to put the franchise in a position to be set back for years if you’re not right? Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. I mean, it can be crippling for us if we traded the next couple drafts to go get a player that has never taken an [NFL] snap and doesn’t have success.

But Keim added that if you believe in the player, then it’s worth the price. A very, very expensive price.

If it’s a dynamic player at that position that is a game-changer, they’re not going to take anything short of the mortgage for the house, the farm and everything, Keim said.

The Cardinals have not drafted a quarterback in the first three rounds since 2006 when they made Matt Leinart the 10th overall choice. They took Authentic Zach Ertz Jersey Logan Thomas in the fourth round in 2014. (Thomas now plays tight end for the Bills.)

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Jim McElwain: Excited to learn from Jim Harbaugh, help Michigan WRs

For the first time in a decade, Jim McElwain isn’t in charge of an offense or a full team, and the new Michigan assistant coach said he’s content to be learning in the background this spring.

McElwain coached wide receivers for more than 10 seasons of his 30-plus-year coaching career before becoming an offensive coordinator and head coach. November 2017 was the first fall month he spent away from the sideline since he started his career. The longtime coach said he immediately missed the camaraderie and was eager to jump at any opportunity to join another staff.

McElwain said he has studied Harbaugh from afar for many years. Now he’s picking up pointers from his new boss to use if he gets another shot to be a head coach in the future.

“There are a lot of things I’ll take with me if ever given the opportunity again, that we’ve learned from him,” McElwain said. “I think probably his approach with the team itself, how he interacts with that, how he handles some of the outside things that go on. He does a great job with that. His preparation with that is really good.”

The class rankings have not yet been released for the 2019 class, but with the addition of Lee, Alabama is tied with Michigan for the second-most ESPN Jr. 300 commitments.

Both teams sit one ESPN Jr. 300 commitment behind Florida State.

That might have been happenstance. Nurkic is Portland’s most frequent screener, and Davis for whatever reason was guarding Aminu instead. Going that route also leaves Davis as a backline helper, ready to wreck stuff at the rim. But Aminu is an experienced screener, and the Blazers mixed in some solo Aminu picks in Game 1.

Another reason McCollum popped open there: Aminu looped from the corner to the top of the arc instead of standing still. That freaked Ian Clark into drifting toward him for a split second — all McCollum needed:

The placement of Aminu and Evan Turner will be a key running theme. New Orleans, like all Portland’s playoff opponents in this era, isn’t guarding either of them. Lillard and McCollum ended the game 8-of-19 from deep — 42 percent. Aminu, Turner and Collins — a disaster outside the corners — were 3-of-13. Aminu will do better, but the Pelicans are just gonna let those dudes shoot:

Stotts caught New Orleans off guard out of a timeout in the first quarter by sliding both Turner and Aminu to the strong side of a Lillard-Nurkic pick-and-roll — the side to which Lillard dribbled — and leaving McCollum as the lone shooter on the weak side.jets_057

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