Day: April 25, 2021

Panthers Reportedly ‘Considering’ Surprising Draft Move

A picture of a Carolina Panthers helmet on the field.

A picture of a Carolina Panthers helmet on the field.

The Carolina Panthers made one of the biggest moves of the offseason when they traded for New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.

Carolina traded for Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, with the idea that he could be their longterm answer at the quarterback position.

The Panthers gave up a sixth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, plus a second and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. That’s not a massive package, but it’s a lot to give up for someone.

Based on that trade, you would think the Panthers are not among the teams to be considering a quarterback in Round 1. However, Carolina will reportedly “consider” Justin Fields if he’s there at No. 8 overall.

“From what I’m hearing, they would consider it,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on

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Kevin Durant injury update: Nets star forward probable to return Sunday vs. Suns

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Kevin Durant looked unstoppable in the first four minutes of the Brooklyn Nets game against the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon, as he scored the first eight points for his team. But then he got hurt and was forced to miss the remainder of the contest with what the Nets announced as a left thigh contusion. Brooklyn went on to lose the game against the Heat, but the good news is that they won’t be without Durant for too long. 

While speaking with media members on Friday, Nets coach Steve Nash said that Durant could return to game action as soon as this weekend without committing to that as a timeline. “Yeah, I mean I think he’s close. But I don’t think he’s there. So I think we’ll see tomorrow and Sunday if that’s a possibility, but it may not (be). So it may bleed back into this

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South Wolverines baseball coach Taylor Nerland chases his dad in the win column as he begins his 6th season

Steve Nerland became a baseball fan when he was 13 or 14 and his family moved from Fairbanks to Anchorage in the 1960s. Now 70, Nerland remembers forging a connection with the game through the Armed Forces Radio Network, which served Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base.

“They broadcast a game of the day from different venues,” he said, “… and I started listening to baseball.”

Fast forward one generation, replace AM radio with cable TV, and the game captures the love of another Nerland boy.

“I can just remember growing up, he had SportsCenter on and ESPN on all the time,” 38-year-old Taylor Nerland said. “As a kid you kind of rebelled a little bit against it — ‘Aghh, SportsCenter again’ — but I’d find myself at the kitchen table watching highlights at 10 o’clock before going to bed. You find yourself wanting to see more.”

Taylor Nerland

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