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Speaking at his pre-draft press conference Thursday, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman appeared to offer some insight into his team’s draft-day decision process.

Despite links to multiple quarterbacks atop next week’s draft, Gettleman was quick to point out the risk of selecting a signal-caller.

“When you’re picking this high, if you make a mistake… (and) you miss on a quarterback… you probably hurt the franchise for five years,” Gettleman said, via NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano. “It’s a five-year mistake.”

The Giants currently own the second overall pick and will have plenty of high-quality options whether they take a quarterback or not.

Gettleman added he has not made up his mind on which prospect to select, saying: “With the second pick, I’m sitting at Ben and Jerry’s and I have a lot of different flavors to look at.”

One player linked to New York is Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, a consensus top-five prospect. Gettleman appeared enamored with the athletic ball-carrier.

“He’s a tremendous talent, I’m not going to lie,” he said, via NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. “He’s one of those guys my mother could have scouted.”

Adding to speculation the Giants could pass on a first-round quarterback next week, Gettleman continued to support current starter Eli Manning, saying he still has “plenty of arm” and is taking great care of himself heading into 2018.

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As exciting as the prospect of WWE’s utterly ludicrous Greatest Royal Rumble set for this Friday is, it is somewhat weighed down by the Greatest Elephant in the Room – chiefly, the absolute omission of women from the card.

During a time when a WrestleMania main event headlined by female talent looks more probable than ever, it’s somewhat mystifying that the company would choose to completely undermine their so-called ‘evolution’ by hosting a major event in a country where the women’s roster are not even permitted to compete.

But money talks, and a government-funded project of global soft-diplomacy is apparently worth more to WWE than what is, it seems, a quite transparent PR exercise designed to capitalise on a social movement.

Call us cynics.

To his credit, Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque has at least stepped forth to address the understandable concern surrounding the gender discrimination inherent in hosting such a show. Speaking with The Independent, Trips acknowledged complaints, but noted that “every culture is different and just because you don’t agree with a certain aspect of it, doesn’t mean it’s not relevant.”

WWE’s Executive VP went on: “You can’t dictate to a country or a religion about how they handle things, but, having said that, WWE is at the forefront of a women’s evolution in the world and what you can’t do is affect change anywhere by staying away from it.

“While right now, women are not competing at the event, we have had discussions about that and we believe and hope that, in the next few years they will be. That is a significant cultural shift in Saudi Arabia.”

It’s very difficult to argue with anything The Game says, and he is absolutely right: it’s not necessarily our place to judge the relative merits of other cultures from without. However, it’s still not entirely clear why Vince and co. did not wait for the ‘cultural shift’ to transpire before getting into bed with their Saudi partners (incidentally, something else outlawed in the Kingdom). What’s that? How many million dollars? Oh.

ESPN and FOX Sports were both reportedly willing to open up their wallets as wide as possible for Peyton Manning, but the former five-time MVP quarterback opted against a move to the broadcast booth, at least for the 2018 season.

Asked about the reported $10-million-per-year offers, Manning said he just wasn’t ready to make the jump to the media side of the league.

“I don’t want to be a critic at this point,” said Manning, who then joked, “I still do too many commercials,” according to Jonathan Mase of Restaurant Business Magazine.

Manning is believed to be interested in a John Elway-like role with an NFL franchise, though he hasn’t appeared in any rush to make his next football-related career move following his retirement at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Aaron Rodgers addressed his reported frustrations with his lack of say in the Green Bay Packers‘ personnel decisions this offseason during a media appearance Tuesday.

Asked about how much input he wants on the direction of the franchise, the star pivot said, “I know my role, and that’s to play as well as I possibly can at quarterback,” according to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette

Rodgers acknowledged that the losses of longtime go-to receiver Jordy Nelson and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt stung, but emphasized those are “team decisions.”

“This process works, and it has worked for (head coach) Mike (McCarthy) for a number of years,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, that’s why he’s still here in his 13th season. We’ve had a lot of success here, and just got to trust the process.”

The two-time NFL MVP also spoke about his contract situation. Rodgers has two years remaining on his current deal, but has slipped to ninth in terms of annual salary among quarterbacks, according to Over The Cap.

“There’s interest on both sides in getting something done,” Rodgers added.

Drew Doughty is looking to begin contract extension talks with the Los Angeles Kings.

Days after the team was swept out of the playoffs by the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, the Norris Trophy finalist reiterated his desire to remain a King for the foreseeable future.

“I always wanted to be an L.A. King and I want to stay an L.A. King,” Doughty said during exit interviews Friday, according to NHL.com’s Dan Greenspan. “I can’t remember what day we can start talking, but I’m sure we will when the time comes.”

Doughty can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019, but can sign an extension with the Kings beginning the same date this year. A new deal won’t come cheap, though. Doughty is on record saying he and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators deserve “quite a bit more” money than P.K Subban‘s annual cap hit of $9 million, highest among all defensemen.

Although the Kings exited the playoffs as early as possible, Doughty sees a bright future for the franchise.

“(General manager) Rob Blake and (president of business operations) Luc Robitaille, they took this job because they want to win and they want to transform this team into their winning ways again,” Doughty said. “Whether or not they do a lot in the offseason, I don’t know, but we have these young guys coming up that I think are going to make a difference. I think that shows me how much potential we have in the future and I’m good with it and I’m happy to hopefully re-sign here.”

 

Samoa Joe was interviewed by Busted Open before WrestleMania pay-per-view, as seen in the video above. Below are some highlights:

Missing WrestleMania for the second year in a row:

“I think anybody is always upset at that proposition. WrestleMania was a big day for us, and for our industry, and anytime the Super Bowl is on you want to be playing, so sitting on the bench, especially when you are ready to run, it is a tough go, but you deal with it the best way that I can.”

His charitable work:

“One of the things that is a big positive thing that we get to do when coming out for WrestleMania week is that we get to community visits, and we visit a lot of these organizations that are actually making big changes in this community, and Son of a Saint [charitable organization located in New Orleans] is definitely one of those organizations. It takes a young man and finds him a mentor, and father figures. Young men without fathers, in poor circumstances that you would want for a child. We met these amazing young men who are taking control of their lives and are being guided by good men, looking to help their community and looking to invest in the youth of New Orleans. To see how well mannered, appreciative and happy these young men are and to get to go out and meet with them, I can tell these kids that your future is far bigger and brighter than the street block that you live on. It’s a great opportunity for us, a tremendous honor and an amazing thing. These kids, you can tell are going to be the next leaders of New Orleans. If we are able to influence that in a positive way, I am a very fortunate individual.”

Kobe Bryant won’t be joining former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal in the studio any time soon.

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday to discuss his new ESPN project “Detail,” which he’s writing, producing, and hosting himself, Bryant was asked if he has any interest in becoming a traditional analyst like O’Neal or Charles Barkley.

“Zero,” Bryant said. “Because I love what I’m doing now. I love coming to the office writing, editing, creating. Building a studio is no small task. It’s all encompassing. I just don’t have the time to sit at a studio and do that.

“If that was my passion, to be able to sit at a studio desk, do that day in, day out, I would certainly do it. That’s not my passion. My passion is writing, creating, putting beautiful stories together, weaving them in the form of a narrative.”

Bryant then explained what sets “Detail” apart from other analysis shows.

“Yes, it’s a basketball analysis show, but the way it’s woven together, you’ll actually see the natural narratives that are there in a playoff series,” he said. “We just kind of bring those to the light in terms of how it actually affects the outcome of plays and a series.”


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