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<p>El ex jugador de la NFL Michael Vick y el actor Chris Rock son como dos gotas de agua. (Foto: Frank Franklin II / AP / Chris Pizzello / AP). </p>
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El ex jugador de la NFL Michael Vick y el actor Chris Rock son como dos gotas de agua. (Foto: Frank Franklin II / AP / Chris Pizzello / AP).

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 file photo, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) waves to fans after scoring a touchdown, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Miami Dolphins decided receiver Jarvis Landry is worth any headaches he causes, even if the cost is $16 million. Landry was given a non-exclusive franchise tag Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 after leading the NFL with 112 catches in 2017. The move by the Dolphins came on the first day that teams could assign franchise tags.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
Jarvis Landry given non-exclusive franchise tag by Dolphins
FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 file photo, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) waves to fans after scoring a touchdown, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Miami Dolphins decided receiver Jarvis Landry is worth any headaches he causes, even if the cost is $16 million. Landry was given a non-exclusive franchise tag Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 after leading the NFL with 112 catches in 2017. The move by the Dolphins came on the first day that teams could assign franchise tags.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
AFC wide receiver Jarvis Landry, of the Miami Dolphins, catches a pass during Pro Bowl NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Doug Benc)
Jarvis Landry given non-exclusive franchise tag by Dolphins
AFC wide receiver Jarvis Landry, of the Miami Dolphins, catches a pass during Pro Bowl NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Doug Benc)
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck runs during NFL football practice in Indianapolis. Luck delivered some good news to Colts fans Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. He feels better. He ruled out additional surgery. And hes eager to play football after spending the last 13 months rehabbing from shoulder surgery. If all goes well, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback might even return in time for the start of Aprils offseason workouts. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
Luck tells Indy fans he feels better, rules out more surgery
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck runs during NFL football practice in Indianapolis. Luck delivered some good news to Colts fans Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. He feels better. He ruled out additional surgery. And hes eager to play football after spending the last 13 months rehabbing from shoulder surgery. If all goes well, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback might even return in time for the start of Aprils offseason workouts. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
This is a photo of Mike Groh of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team. This image reflects the Philadelphia Eagles active roster as of Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (AP Photo)
AP Source: Eagles promote Mike Groh to offensive coordinator
This is a photo of Mike Groh of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team. This image reflects the Philadelphia Eagles active roster as of Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (AP Photo)
Chicago Bears&#39; Josh Sitton is seen before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
AP Sources: Bears decline option on Sitton, release Freeman
Chicago Bears' Josh Sitton is seen before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 file photo, movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer stands on the sidelines before an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars in Pittsburgh. Fans longing for a professional hockey team in Seattle will soon be able to put down some money for season tickets. Billionaire David Bonderman and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer are leading the effort to bring a team to Seattle. The group submitted its expansion application with the National Hockey League last week. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
Seattle launches season-ticket campaign for new NHL team
FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 file photo, movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer stands on the sidelines before an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars in Pittsburgh. Fans longing for a professional hockey team in Seattle will soon be able to put down some money for season tickets. Billionaire David Bonderman and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer are leading the effort to bring a team to Seattle. The group submitted its expansion application with the National Hockey League last week. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) talks with teammates on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Texans release veteran linebacker Brian Cushing
Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) talks with teammates on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis makes a reception for a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Jaguars exercise 1-year, $3.5M option on TE Marcedes Lewis
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis makes a reception for a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, in Tampa, Fla. Two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, who may look for a replacement in free agency.(AP Photo/Jason Behnken, File)
Bucs release RB Doug Martin after disappointing season
FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, in Tampa, Fla. Two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, who may look for a replacement in free agency.(AP Photo/Jason Behnken, File)
FILE - In this July 31, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) has a towel on his head during an NFL football training camp practice, in Tampa, Fla. Two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, who may look for a replacement in free agency. (AP Photo/Chris O&#39;Meara, File)
Bucs release RB Doug Martin after disappointing season
FILE - In this July 31, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) has a towel on his head during an NFL football training camp practice, in Tampa, Fla. Two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, who may look for a replacement in free agency. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2008, file photo, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) makes a one handed touchdown catch as Houston Texans cornerback Jacques Reeves (35) defends during the final minutes of the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, in Houston. Wayne will become the 15th member of the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor next season. A date for the ceremony will not be determined until after the NFL schedule is released. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Colts to induct Reggie Wayne into Ring of Honor next season
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2008, file photo, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) makes a one handed touchdown catch as Houston Texans cornerback Jacques Reeves (35) defends during the final minutes of the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, in Houston. Wayne will become the 15th member of the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor next season. A date for the ceremony will not be determined until after the NFL schedule is released. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, former Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne (87) stands with other members of the 2006 Super Bowl winning team as they are honored during half time of an NFL football game in Indianapolis. Wayne will become the 15th member of the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor next season. A date for the ceremony will not be determined until after the NFL schedule is released.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
Colts to induct Reggie Wayne into Ring of Honor next season
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, former Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne (87) stands with other members of the 2006 Super Bowl winning team as they are honored during half time of an NFL football game in Indianapolis. Wayne will become the 15th member of the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor next season. A date for the ceremony will not be determined until after the NFL schedule is released.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
Indianapolis Colts&#39; Reggie Wayne (87) poses for the media as the team practiced at the NFL football team&#39;s practice facility Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Indianapolis. The Colts face the New England Patriots in Sunday&#39;s AFC Championship. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Colts to induct Reggie Wayne into Ring of Honor next season
Indianapolis Colts' Reggie Wayne (87) poses for the media as the team practiced at the NFL football team's practice facility Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Indianapolis. The Colts face the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
<p>The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released running back Doug Martin, the team <a href="https://twitter.com/TBBuccaneers/status/965984341846298624" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:announced" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">announced</a> Tuesday.</p><p>Martin spent each of his six seasons with the team after being selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.</p><p>He was set to make $6.75 million in base salary in 2018 as part of a five–year, $35.75 million contract extension he signed in 2016.</p><p>Martin, 29, played in 11 games last season, but only ran for 406 yards and scored three touchdowns.</p><p>A two-time Pro Bowler, Martin had his best season in 2015, when he ran for 1,402 yards. He was named a first-time AP All-Pro at the end of the season.</p><p>In his career, Martin has 4,633 rushing yards and 1,091 receiving yards with 28 total touchdowns.</p>
Buccaneers Release Doug Martin

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released running back Doug Martin, the team announced Tuesday.

Martin spent each of his six seasons with the team after being selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

He was set to make $6.75 million in base salary in 2018 as part of a five–year, $35.75 million contract extension he signed in 2016.

Martin, 29, played in 11 games last season, but only ran for 406 yards and scored three touchdowns.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Martin had his best season in 2015, when he ran for 1,402 yards. He was named a first-time AP All-Pro at the end of the season.

In his career, Martin has 4,633 rushing yards and 1,091 receiving yards with 28 total touchdowns.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield waves to fans as he carries the Heisman Trophy onto the court during a time out in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Texas and Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Mayfield rejects Manziel comparisons with NFL combine near
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield waves to fans as he carries the Heisman Trophy onto the court during a time out in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Texas and Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams gestures while playing Britain&#39;s Johanna Konta during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. While Williams has long been an advocate of Black Lives Matter, it was only after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the 2016 season that the country really began to pay attention to black athlete activism. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
Serena Williams champions issues on - and off - tennis court
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams gestures while playing Britain's Johanna Konta during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. While Williams has long been an advocate of Black Lives Matter, it was only after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the 2016 season that the country really began to pay attention to black athlete activism. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing is shown before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, in Oakland, Calif. The Minnesota Vikings have hired Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant, bringing him back to his hometown team after serving last year as offensive coordinator of the Raiders. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Vikings hire ex-Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing is shown before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, in Oakland, Calif. The Minnesota Vikings have hired Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant, bringing him back to his hometown team after serving last year as offensive coordinator of the Raiders. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Fordham&#39;s Chase Edmonds #22 in action against Holy Cross during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Bronx, N.Y. Holy Cross won 42-20. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
Fordham's Edmonds anxious to seize moment at NFL combine
Fordham's Chase Edmonds #22 in action against Holy Cross during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Bronx, N.Y. Holy Cross won 42-20. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
FILE - In this March 13, 2017, file photo, New York Mets&#39; Tim Tebow (15) takes batting practice before a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Tebow will be at the Mets spring training as a non-roster invite. The former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner batted .226 with eight homers, 52 RBIs and 126 strikeouts in 126 games last year at two levels of Class-A ball. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Mets GM says, yes, he thinks Tim Tebow will play in majors
FILE - In this March 13, 2017, file photo, New York Mets' Tim Tebow (15) takes batting practice before a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Tebow will be at the Mets spring training as a non-roster invite. The former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner batted .226 with eight homers, 52 RBIs and 126 strikeouts in 126 games last year at two levels of Class-A ball. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Christian Coleman made sure the world record was his this time. After being denied ratification last month for the fastest ever 60 metres when he clocked 6.37 seconds in a race that did not use electronic starting blocks, the world outdoor silver medallist ran even faster on Sunday. Turning on the afterburners following his trademark fast start, Coleman breezed home in 6.34 seconds at the U.S. indoor track and field championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The time wiped out Maurice Greene&#39;s 20-year-old record of 6.39 seconds, a mark almost matched by runner-up Ronnie Baker, who crossed the line in 6.40 seconds. &quot;It feels like a blur,&quot; the 21-year-old Coleman told reporters when asked to describe what it felt like to run that fast. #USATFindoors ends with @__Coleman’s 6.34 �� record! #MoveOverMopic.twitter.com/iiNbrgfQl3— USATF (@usatf) February 19, 2018 &quot;My start was decent. When I transitioned, I stood up, and I felt as good as I&#39;ve ever felt. I just kept running to the tape. For it to be the world record was pretty special.&quot; The fastest man in the world last year time-wise, he took silver in the 100m at last year&#39;s world championships in London, finishing ahead of world record holder Usain Bolt. Coleman will lead a talented American team to next month&#39;s world indoor championships with the top-two finishers in each event in New Mexico securing berths for Birmingham, England. &quot;I just love racing in the big races, when everybody&#39;s watching,&quot; Coleman said. &quot;I just flourish in those moments. It&#39;s not really in my personality, but when the lights are on, it just comes out.&quot; Christian Coleman (5) beat Usain Bolt (4) to the silver medal at last year&#39;s World Athletics Championships Credit: PA Along with his world record, five other season-best performances were established in the rarefied air of Albuquerque, which aids sprinters but slows distance runners. Chief among them was Sharika Nelvis&#39;s U.S. record 60m hurdles time of 7.70 seconds as she defeated world outdoor record holder Kendra Harrison by two-hundredths of a second. Olympic and world long jump Brittney Reese gave the Americans another big hope for gold in Birmingham, twice leaping 6.68m, the best mark in the world this year. Up-and-coming Katie Nageotte added another season-best in the pole vault, soaring 4.91m to defeat world silver medallist Sandi Morris (4.86m). Nageotte then made three unsuccessful attempts at a world record 5.04m. The women&#39;s 60m and 400m also produced the leading times of 2018. Could Coleman dominate athletics after Bolt&#39;s retirement? Credit: AP Courtney Okolo (51.16) edged out Shakima Wimbley by one hundredth of a second in the 400m and Javianne Oliver won the 60m in 7.02 seconds. Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo added their second titles of the meeting, winning the 1,500m in 4:13.07 and 3:42.91 respectively. World indoor high jump champion Vashti Cunningham also qualified for the team, with the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham clearing 1.97m.
Christian Coleman smashes 20-year-old 60m indoor world record
Christian Coleman made sure the world record was his this time. After being denied ratification last month for the fastest ever 60 metres when he clocked 6.37 seconds in a race that did not use electronic starting blocks, the world outdoor silver medallist ran even faster on Sunday. Turning on the afterburners following his trademark fast start, Coleman breezed home in 6.34 seconds at the U.S. indoor track and field championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The time wiped out Maurice Greene's 20-year-old record of 6.39 seconds, a mark almost matched by runner-up Ronnie Baker, who crossed the line in 6.40 seconds. "It feels like a blur," the 21-year-old Coleman told reporters when asked to describe what it felt like to run that fast. #USATFindoors ends with @__Coleman’s 6.34 �� record! #MoveOverMopic.twitter.com/iiNbrgfQl3— USATF (@usatf) February 19, 2018 "My start was decent. When I transitioned, I stood up, and I felt as good as I've ever felt. I just kept running to the tape. For it to be the world record was pretty special." The fastest man in the world last year time-wise, he took silver in the 100m at last year's world championships in London, finishing ahead of world record holder Usain Bolt. Coleman will lead a talented American team to next month's world indoor championships with the top-two finishers in each event in New Mexico securing berths for Birmingham, England. "I just love racing in the big races, when everybody's watching," Coleman said. "I just flourish in those moments. It's not really in my personality, but when the lights are on, it just comes out." Christian Coleman (5) beat Usain Bolt (4) to the silver medal at last year's World Athletics Championships Credit: PA Along with his world record, five other season-best performances were established in the rarefied air of Albuquerque, which aids sprinters but slows distance runners. Chief among them was Sharika Nelvis's U.S. record 60m hurdles time of 7.70 seconds as she defeated world outdoor record holder Kendra Harrison by two-hundredths of a second. Olympic and world long jump Brittney Reese gave the Americans another big hope for gold in Birmingham, twice leaping 6.68m, the best mark in the world this year. Up-and-coming Katie Nageotte added another season-best in the pole vault, soaring 4.91m to defeat world silver medallist Sandi Morris (4.86m). Nageotte then made three unsuccessful attempts at a world record 5.04m. The women's 60m and 400m also produced the leading times of 2018. Could Coleman dominate athletics after Bolt's retirement? Credit: AP Courtney Okolo (51.16) edged out Shakima Wimbley by one hundredth of a second in the 400m and Javianne Oliver won the 60m in 7.02 seconds. Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo added their second titles of the meeting, winning the 1,500m in 4:13.07 and 3:42.91 respectively. World indoor high jump champion Vashti Cunningham also qualified for the team, with the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham clearing 1.97m.
Christian Coleman made sure the world record was his this time. After being denied ratification last month for the fastest ever 60 metres when he clocked 6.37 seconds in a race that did not use electronic starting blocks, the world outdoor silver medallist ran even faster on Sunday. Turning on the afterburners following his trademark fast start, Coleman breezed home in 6.34 seconds at the U.S. indoor track and field championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The time wiped out Maurice Greene&#39;s 20-year-old record of 6.39 seconds, a mark almost matched by runner-up Ronnie Baker, who crossed the line in 6.40 seconds. &quot;It feels like a blur,&quot; the 21-year-old Coleman told reporters when asked to describe what it felt like to run that fast. #USATFindoors ends with @__Coleman’s 6.34 �� record! #MoveOverMopic.twitter.com/iiNbrgfQl3— USATF (@usatf) February 19, 2018 &quot;My start was decent. When I transitioned, I stood up, and I felt as good as I&#39;ve ever felt. I just kept running to the tape. For it to be the world record was pretty special.&quot; The fastest man in the world last year time-wise, he took silver in the 100m at last year&#39;s world championships in London, finishing ahead of world record holder Usain Bolt. Coleman will lead a talented American team to next month&#39;s world indoor championships with the top-two finishers in each event in New Mexico securing berths for Birmingham, England. &quot;I just love racing in the big races, when everybody&#39;s watching,&quot; Coleman said. &quot;I just flourish in those moments. It&#39;s not really in my personality, but when the lights are on, it just comes out.&quot; Christian Coleman (5) beat Usain Bolt (4) to the silver medal at last year&#39;s World Athletics Championships Credit: PA Along with his world record, five other season-best performances were established in the rarefied air of Albuquerque, which aids sprinters but slows distance runners. Chief among them was Sharika Nelvis&#39;s U.S. record 60m hurdles time of 7.70 seconds as she defeated world outdoor record holder Kendra Harrison by two-hundredths of a second. Olympic and world long jump Brittney Reese gave the Americans another big hope for gold in Birmingham, twice leaping 6.68m, the best mark in the world this year. Up-and-coming Katie Nageotte added another season-best in the pole vault, soaring 4.91m to defeat world silver medallist Sandi Morris (4.86m). Nageotte then made three unsuccessful attempts at a world record 5.04m. The women&#39;s 60m and 400m also produced the leading times of 2018. Could Coleman dominate athletics after Bolt&#39;s retirement? Credit: AP Courtney Okolo (51.16) edged out Shakima Wimbley by one hundredth of a second in the 400m and Javianne Oliver won the 60m in 7.02 seconds. Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo added their second titles of the meeting, winning the 1,500m in 4:13.07 and 3:42.91 respectively. World indoor high jump champion Vashti Cunningham also qualified for the team, with the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham clearing 1.97m.
Christian Coleman smashes 20-year-old 60m indoor world record
Christian Coleman made sure the world record was his this time. After being denied ratification last month for the fastest ever 60 metres when he clocked 6.37 seconds in a race that did not use electronic starting blocks, the world outdoor silver medallist ran even faster on Sunday. Turning on the afterburners following his trademark fast start, Coleman breezed home in 6.34 seconds at the U.S. indoor track and field championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The time wiped out Maurice Greene's 20-year-old record of 6.39 seconds, a mark almost matched by runner-up Ronnie Baker, who crossed the line in 6.40 seconds. "It feels like a blur," the 21-year-old Coleman told reporters when asked to describe what it felt like to run that fast. #USATFindoors ends with @__Coleman’s 6.34 �� record! #MoveOverMopic.twitter.com/iiNbrgfQl3— USATF (@usatf) February 19, 2018 "My start was decent. When I transitioned, I stood up, and I felt as good as I've ever felt. I just kept running to the tape. For it to be the world record was pretty special." The fastest man in the world last year time-wise, he took silver in the 100m at last year's world championships in London, finishing ahead of world record holder Usain Bolt. Coleman will lead a talented American team to next month's world indoor championships with the top-two finishers in each event in New Mexico securing berths for Birmingham, England. "I just love racing in the big races, when everybody's watching," Coleman said. "I just flourish in those moments. It's not really in my personality, but when the lights are on, it just comes out." Christian Coleman (5) beat Usain Bolt (4) to the silver medal at last year's World Athletics Championships Credit: PA Along with his world record, five other season-best performances were established in the rarefied air of Albuquerque, which aids sprinters but slows distance runners. Chief among them was Sharika Nelvis's U.S. record 60m hurdles time of 7.70 seconds as she defeated world outdoor record holder Kendra Harrison by two-hundredths of a second. Olympic and world long jump Brittney Reese gave the Americans another big hope for gold in Birmingham, twice leaping 6.68m, the best mark in the world this year. Up-and-coming Katie Nageotte added another season-best in the pole vault, soaring 4.91m to defeat world silver medallist Sandi Morris (4.86m). Nageotte then made three unsuccessful attempts at a world record 5.04m. The women's 60m and 400m also produced the leading times of 2018. Could Coleman dominate athletics after Bolt's retirement? Credit: AP Courtney Okolo (51.16) edged out Shakima Wimbley by one hundredth of a second in the 400m and Javianne Oliver won the 60m in 7.02 seconds. Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo added their second titles of the meeting, winning the 1,500m in 4:13.07 and 3:42.91 respectively. World indoor high jump champion Vashti Cunningham also qualified for the team, with the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham clearing 1.97m.
Christian Coleman made sure the world record was his this time. After being denied ratification last month for the fastest ever 60 metres when he clocked 6.37 seconds in a race that did not use electronic starting blocks, the world outdoor silver medallist ran even faster on Sunday. Turning on the afterburners following his trademark fast start, Coleman breezed home in 6.34 seconds at the U.S. indoor track and field championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The time wiped out Maurice Greene&#39;s 20-year-old record of 6.39 seconds, a mark almost matched by runner-up Ronnie Baker, who crossed the line in 6.40 seconds. &quot;It feels like a blur,&quot; the 21-year-old Coleman told reporters when asked to describe what it felt like to run that fast. #USATFindoors ends with @__Coleman’s 6.34 �� record! #MoveOverMopic.twitter.com/iiNbrgfQl3— USATF (@usatf) February 19, 2018 &quot;My start was decent. When I transitioned, I stood up, and I felt as good as I&#39;ve ever felt. I just kept running to the tape. For it to be the world record was pretty special.&quot; The fastest man in the world last year time-wise, he took silver in the 100m at last year&#39;s world championships in London, finishing ahead of world record holder Usain Bolt. Coleman will lead a talented American team to next month&#39;s world indoor championships with the top-two finishers in each event in New Mexico securing berths for Birmingham, England. &quot;I just love racing in the big races, when everybody&#39;s watching,&quot; Coleman said. &quot;I just flourish in those moments. It&#39;s not really in my personality, but when the lights are on, it just comes out.&quot; Christian Coleman (5) beat Usain Bolt (4) to the silver medal at last year&#39;s World Athletics Championships Credit: PA Along with his world record, five other season-best performances were established in the rarefied air of Albuquerque, which aids sprinters but slows distance runners. Chief among them was Sharika Nelvis&#39;s U.S. record 60m hurdles time of 7.70 seconds as she defeated world outdoor record holder Kendra Harrison by two-hundredths of a second. Olympic and world long jump Brittney Reese gave the Americans another big hope for gold in Birmingham, twice leaping 6.68m, the best mark in the world this year. Up-and-coming Katie Nageotte added another season-best in the pole vault, soaring 4.91m to defeat world silver medallist Sandi Morris (4.86m). Nageotte then made three unsuccessful attempts at a world record 5.04m. The women&#39;s 60m and 400m also produced the leading times of 2018. Could Coleman dominate athletics after Bolt&#39;s retirement? Credit: AP Courtney Okolo (51.16) edged out Shakima Wimbley by one hundredth of a second in the 400m and Javianne Oliver won the 60m in 7.02 seconds. Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo added their second titles of the meeting, winning the 1,500m in 4:13.07 and 3:42.91 respectively. World indoor high jump champion Vashti Cunningham also qualified for the team, with the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham clearing 1.97m.
Christian Coleman smashes 20-year-old 60m indoor world record
Christian Coleman made sure the world record was his this time. After being denied ratification last month for the fastest ever 60 metres when he clocked 6.37 seconds in a race that did not use electronic starting blocks, the world outdoor silver medallist ran even faster on Sunday. Turning on the afterburners following his trademark fast start, Coleman breezed home in 6.34 seconds at the U.S. indoor track and field championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The time wiped out Maurice Greene's 20-year-old record of 6.39 seconds, a mark almost matched by runner-up Ronnie Baker, who crossed the line in 6.40 seconds. "It feels like a blur," the 21-year-old Coleman told reporters when asked to describe what it felt like to run that fast. #USATFindoors ends with @__Coleman’s 6.34 �� record! #MoveOverMopic.twitter.com/iiNbrgfQl3— USATF (@usatf) February 19, 2018 "My start was decent. When I transitioned, I stood up, and I felt as good as I've ever felt. I just kept running to the tape. For it to be the world record was pretty special." The fastest man in the world last year time-wise, he took silver in the 100m at last year's world championships in London, finishing ahead of world record holder Usain Bolt. Coleman will lead a talented American team to next month's world indoor championships with the top-two finishers in each event in New Mexico securing berths for Birmingham, England. "I just love racing in the big races, when everybody's watching," Coleman said. "I just flourish in those moments. It's not really in my personality, but when the lights are on, it just comes out." Christian Coleman (5) beat Usain Bolt (4) to the silver medal at last year's World Athletics Championships Credit: PA Along with his world record, five other season-best performances were established in the rarefied air of Albuquerque, which aids sprinters but slows distance runners. Chief among them was Sharika Nelvis's U.S. record 60m hurdles time of 7.70 seconds as she defeated world outdoor record holder Kendra Harrison by two-hundredths of a second. Olympic and world long jump Brittney Reese gave the Americans another big hope for gold in Birmingham, twice leaping 6.68m, the best mark in the world this year. Up-and-coming Katie Nageotte added another season-best in the pole vault, soaring 4.91m to defeat world silver medallist Sandi Morris (4.86m). Nageotte then made three unsuccessful attempts at a world record 5.04m. The women's 60m and 400m also produced the leading times of 2018. Could Coleman dominate athletics after Bolt's retirement? Credit: AP Courtney Okolo (51.16) edged out Shakima Wimbley by one hundredth of a second in the 400m and Javianne Oliver won the 60m in 7.02 seconds. Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo added their second titles of the meeting, winning the 1,500m in 4:13.07 and 3:42.91 respectively. World indoor high jump champion Vashti Cunningham also qualified for the team, with the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham clearing 1.97m.
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<p>Boston radio station WEEI will have all of its employees undergo mandatory sensitivity training on Friday, the network announced Wednesday, during which time all live programming will be suspended. </p><p>“Nothing is more important to WEEI than the close-knit and diverse Boston community we call home, and we are committed to actively contributing to its betterment,” WEEI said in a statement. “WEEI is in the process of closely reevaluating our policies and procedures in an effort to ensure that our programming is never intolerant or harmful to our listeners or our city.”</p><p>The decision comes after two recent incidents that led to the suspensions of two hosts.</p><p>Just before the Super Bowl, WEEI host Alex Reimer referred to Tom Brady’s daughter as “an annoying little pissant” and was suspended indefinitely. Brady expressed displeasure with the remark <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/29/patriots-tom-brady-boston-weei" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Kirk &#38; Callahan Show”" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Kirk &#38; Callahan Show”</a> but said at Super Bowl media day that <a href="http://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/01/29/tom-brady-alex-reimer-weei-super-bowl-opening-night-2018/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:he didn’t want Reimer fired" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">he didn’t want Reimer fired</a>. </p><p>On Friday, Christian Fauria, a former Patriots tight end-turned-WEEI host, <a href="https://deadspin.com/boston-radio-host-christian-fauria-does-insanely-racist-1822885361" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:used a grossly stereotypical Asian accent" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">used a grossly stereotypical Asian accent</a> when impersonating Brady’s agent, Don Yee, during a segment about a <em>Boston Herald</em> columnist falling for a tip from someone posing as Yee. Fauria <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/10/ap-fbn-radio-host-suspended" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:was suspended five days" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">was suspended five days</a>.</p><p>These are not isolated incidents, either.</p><p>In May, WEEI’s Kirk Minihane and his co-host, Gerry Callahan, <a href="https://deadspin.com/how-not-to-react-to-news-of-boston-fan-racism-1794848944" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:questioned the veracity of Orioles outfielder Adam Jones’s accusations" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">questioned the veracity of Orioles outfielder Adam Jones’s accusations</a> that he was berated with racial slurs during a game at Fenway. </p><p>Minihane was also suspended in 2014 <a href="http://www.wcvb.com/article/shelby-county-woman-found-who-disappeared-after-car-crash/17808832" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:after calling Erin Andrews a “gutless b----”" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">after calling Erin Andrews a “gutless b----”</a> for not pressing Adam Wainwright hard enough about grooving a fastball to Derek Jeter in the All-Star Game. “I think if she weighed 15 pounds more, she’d be a waitress at Perkins,” Minihane said a week later in what was nominally an apology. The network initially said Minihane would not be suspended but eventually caved after Fox pulled all its ads from the 100-plus stations owned by WEEI’s parent company, Entercom. </p><p>Several advertisers also pulled out of WEEI programming in the wake of Fauria’s comments, <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2018/02/12/city-boston-credit-union-suspends-advertising-weei/qKtz6vvt2waK8QlBMu4K1H/story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:according to the Boston Globe" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">according to the <em>Boston Globe</em></a>. </p>
WEEI Suspends Friday Programming to Hold Mandatory Sensitivity Training for Employees

Boston radio station WEEI will have all of its employees undergo mandatory sensitivity training on Friday, the network announced Wednesday, during which time all live programming will be suspended.

“Nothing is more important to WEEI than the close-knit and diverse Boston community we call home, and we are committed to actively contributing to its betterment,” WEEI said in a statement. “WEEI is in the process of closely reevaluating our policies and procedures in an effort to ensure that our programming is never intolerant or harmful to our listeners or our city.”

The decision comes after two recent incidents that led to the suspensions of two hosts.

Just before the Super Bowl, WEEI host Alex Reimer referred to Tom Brady’s daughter as “an annoying little pissant” and was suspended indefinitely. Brady expressed displeasure with the remark during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan Show” but said at Super Bowl media day that he didn’t want Reimer fired.

On Friday, Christian Fauria, a former Patriots tight end-turned-WEEI host, used a grossly stereotypical Asian accent when impersonating Brady’s agent, Don Yee, during a segment about a Boston Herald columnist falling for a tip from someone posing as Yee. Fauria was suspended five days.

These are not isolated incidents, either.

In May, WEEI’s Kirk Minihane and his co-host, Gerry Callahan, questioned the veracity of Orioles outfielder Adam Jones’s accusations that he was berated with racial slurs during a game at Fenway.

Minihane was also suspended in 2014 after calling Erin Andrews a “gutless b----” for not pressing Adam Wainwright hard enough about grooving a fastball to Derek Jeter in the All-Star Game. “I think if she weighed 15 pounds more, she’d be a waitress at Perkins,” Minihane said a week later in what was nominally an apology. The network initially said Minihane would not be suspended but eventually caved after Fox pulled all its ads from the 100-plus stations owned by WEEI’s parent company, Entercom.

Several advertisers also pulled out of WEEI programming in the wake of Fauria’s comments, according to the Boston Globe.

<p>Now that signing day has wrapped up, teams have a few weeks to step back and analyze their 2018 classes before spring practices begin next month. Georgia won the first Wednesday in February in a landslide, wrapping up its 26-person class with seven five-star recruits in the fold to finish atop the <a href="https://247sports.com/Season/2018-Football/CompositeTeamRankings" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:247Sports Composite rankings" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">247Sports Composite rankings</a>, while reigning champion Alabama came in at No. 7 with two five-star players and 12 four-star signees. Georgia’s successful signing period came as no surprise as Kirby Smart continues to gain momentum in Athens, and the teams behind the Bulldogs in the top 10 were all perennial powers that routinely land some of the nation’s best recruiting hauls.</p><p>Below, we go beyond the headliners to look at the 2018 rankings from a different perspective, examining five teams, one from each Power 5 conference, that pleasantly surprised with their recruiting class’s spot in the final 247Sports Composite rankings. Because recruiting rankings are often a reflection of the past more than a predictive tool, these surprises reflect five teams that recruits view to be trending positively. Let’s look at why.</p><h3>Washington (No. 13)</h3><p><em>Five-star recruits: </em>0<br><em>Four-star recruits:</em> 11<br><em>Three-star recruits:</em> 10<br><em>In-conference class rank:</em> No. 2 in the Pac-12<br><em>2017 class rank: </em>No. 22 overall, No. 5 in the Pac-12</p><p>The Huskies finished 2017 ranked 16th in the final AP Poll after logging double-digit wins for the second consecutive season. Coach Chris Petersen is heading into his fifth year at Washington, and even after his team failed to return to the College Football Playoff after its first appearance in 2016, there’s a sense he is building something big. The Huskies managed to flip a four-star player who’d committed to USC, De La Salle (Calif.) DT Tuli Letuligasenoa, and they’re winning recruiting battles with the cream of the college football crop. If that continues, this team should be loaded to compete for the Pac-12 for years to come.</p><h3>South Carolina (No. 19)</h3><p><em>Five-star recruits: </em>0<br><em>Four-star recruits:</em> 9<br><em>Three-star recruits: </em>13<br><em>In-conference class rank: </em>No. 7 in the SEC<br><em>2017 class rank: </em>No. 21 overall, No. 8 in the SEC</p><p>South Carolina finished second in the SEC East in 2017, going 9–4 and 5–3 in conference play. That marked its first winning record since ’14 and its best record since ’15, and though the Gamecocks’ recruiting ranking didn’t rise dramatically from 2017, cracking the top 20 is evidence that Will Muschamp is not just riding the coattails of the previous regime two years into his stint in Columbia. Georgia will be an enormous obstacle in the division next season and likely for many to come, and the Bulldogs dipped into the Palmetto State to grab four-star linebacker Channing Tindall, the No. 3 player in the state, but the Gamecocks did land three of the top 10 in-state prospects, the same number as Clemson did (though they are still waiting on four-star Dutch Fork DB/WR Bryce Thompson to meet academic requirements). If South Carolina is as well-stocked as it appears to be, it might be able to make the Bulldogs’ road to Atlanta uncomfortable.</p><h3>NC State (No. 26)</h3><p><em>Five-star recruits:</em> 0<br><em>Four-star recruits: </em>6<br><em>Three-star recruits:</em> 17<br><em>In-conference class rank: </em>No. 6 in the ACC<br><em>2017 class rank: </em>No. 53 overall, No. 10 in the ACC</p><p>Jumping 27 spots is a remarkable leap for the Wolfpack after an up-and-down 2017. After losing the season-opener to South Carolina, NC State ripped off six straight wins, peaking at No. 14 in the AP Poll before losing to Notre Dame and Clemson in consecutive weeks. After a handful of offseasons on the hot (more like moderately warm) seat, Doeren flirted with the Tennessee job in November and ultimately parlayed those conversations into a new five-year contract to stay in Raleigh. That vote of stability must appeal to recruits, who have seen a talented team that’s never quite been consistent enough in recent seasons. And with the several of the Wolfpack’s star defensive linemen off to the NFL, including near-certain first-round pick Bradley Chubb, Doeren and company needed returns like this to keep pace in the ACC Atlantic.</p><h3>Baylor (No. 30)</h3><p><em>Five-star recruits: </em>0<br><em>Four-star recruits: </em>6<br><em>Three-star recruits:</em> 16<br><em>In-conference class rank: </em>No. 4 in the Big 12<br><em>2017 class rank: </em>No. 40 overall, No. 5 in the Big 12</p><p>Baylor won exactly one game in its first season under new coach Matt Rhule. In the wake of the sexual assault scandal that rocked campus, the Bears appeared to still be picking up the pieces from <a href="https://www.si.com/college-football/2016/05/26/baylor-art-briles-coach-fired-rape-scandal" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Art Briles’s ouster" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Art Briles’s ouster</a>—but their record was better than it looked at face value. Four of Baylor’s losses came in one-score games, two of which were against ranked teams: No. 3 Oklahoma on Sept. 23 and No. 23 West Virginia on Oct. 21. Despite a dismal record, Rhule proved last fall that his team, at its best, could play with anyone. Apparently recruits agree.</p><h3>Minnesota (No. 37)</h3><p><em>Five-star recruits:</em> 0<br><em>Four-star recruits:</em> 3<br><em>Three-star recruits:</em> 23<br><em>In-conference class rank:</em> No. 7 in the Big Ten<br><em>2017 class rank: </em>No. 59 overall, No. 12 in the Big Ten</p><p>The P.J. Fleck Effect is taking hold. The most exciting young coach to move jobs last offseason didn’t exactly deliver fireworks in year one at Minnesota as the Golden Gophers finished 5–7 and missed a bowl game, but when it comes to recruiting, he seems to be gaining a foothold. After just about a month on the job last winter, Fleck signed the country’s No. 59 class; now, after losing four more games than it did in 2016, Minnesota’s class ranks No. 37. (It’s also one of the larger recruiting classes out there, at 26 players.) Compared to other Big Ten teams, the Gophers are also upping their game, rising to seventh in the conference rankings after sitting above only Indiana and Purdue the previous season. Fleck’s biggest signing was arguably IMG Academy (Fla.) offensive lineman Daniel Faalele, a four-star recruit rated among the nation’s top 20 tackles. <a href="https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/03/07/daniel-faalele-img-academy-recruiting" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Faalele is inarguably Fleck’s biggest signing in a literal sense" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Faalele is inarguably Fleck’s biggest signing in a literal sense</a>: He is listed at 6&#39;8&quot; and 400 pounds.</p>
The Overlooked Success Stories of the 2018 Recruiting Cycle

Now that signing day has wrapped up, teams have a few weeks to step back and analyze their 2018 classes before spring practices begin next month. Georgia won the first Wednesday in February in a landslide, wrapping up its 26-person class with seven five-star recruits in the fold to finish atop the 247Sports Composite rankings, while reigning champion Alabama came in at No. 7 with two five-star players and 12 four-star signees. Georgia’s successful signing period came as no surprise as Kirby Smart continues to gain momentum in Athens, and the teams behind the Bulldogs in the top 10 were all perennial powers that routinely land some of the nation’s best recruiting hauls.

Below, we go beyond the headliners to look at the 2018 rankings from a different perspective, examining five teams, one from each Power 5 conference, that pleasantly surprised with their recruiting class’s spot in the final 247Sports Composite rankings. Because recruiting rankings are often a reflection of the past more than a predictive tool, these surprises reflect five teams that recruits view to be trending positively. Let’s look at why.

Washington (No. 13)

Five-star recruits: 0
Four-star recruits: 11
Three-star recruits: 10
In-conference class rank: No. 2 in the Pac-12
2017 class rank: No. 22 overall, No. 5 in the Pac-12

The Huskies finished 2017 ranked 16th in the final AP Poll after logging double-digit wins for the second consecutive season. Coach Chris Petersen is heading into his fifth year at Washington, and even after his team failed to return to the College Football Playoff after its first appearance in 2016, there’s a sense he is building something big. The Huskies managed to flip a four-star player who’d committed to USC, De La Salle (Calif.) DT Tuli Letuligasenoa, and they’re winning recruiting battles with the cream of the college football crop. If that continues, this team should be loaded to compete for the Pac-12 for years to come.

South Carolina (No. 19)

Five-star recruits: 0
Four-star recruits: 9
Three-star recruits: 13
In-conference class rank: No. 7 in the SEC
2017 class rank: No. 21 overall, No. 8 in the SEC

South Carolina finished second in the SEC East in 2017, going 9–4 and 5–3 in conference play. That marked its first winning record since ’14 and its best record since ’15, and though the Gamecocks’ recruiting ranking didn’t rise dramatically from 2017, cracking the top 20 is evidence that Will Muschamp is not just riding the coattails of the previous regime two years into his stint in Columbia. Georgia will be an enormous obstacle in the division next season and likely for many to come, and the Bulldogs dipped into the Palmetto State to grab four-star linebacker Channing Tindall, the No. 3 player in the state, but the Gamecocks did land three of the top 10 in-state prospects, the same number as Clemson did (though they are still waiting on four-star Dutch Fork DB/WR Bryce Thompson to meet academic requirements). If South Carolina is as well-stocked as it appears to be, it might be able to make the Bulldogs’ road to Atlanta uncomfortable.

NC State (No. 26)

Five-star recruits: 0
Four-star recruits: 6
Three-star recruits: 17
In-conference class rank: No. 6 in the ACC
2017 class rank: No. 53 overall, No. 10 in the ACC

Jumping 27 spots is a remarkable leap for the Wolfpack after an up-and-down 2017. After losing the season-opener to South Carolina, NC State ripped off six straight wins, peaking at No. 14 in the AP Poll before losing to Notre Dame and Clemson in consecutive weeks. After a handful of offseasons on the hot (more like moderately warm) seat, Doeren flirted with the Tennessee job in November and ultimately parlayed those conversations into a new five-year contract to stay in Raleigh. That vote of stability must appeal to recruits, who have seen a talented team that’s never quite been consistent enough in recent seasons. And with the several of the Wolfpack’s star defensive linemen off to the NFL, including near-certain first-round pick Bradley Chubb, Doeren and company needed returns like this to keep pace in the ACC Atlantic.

Baylor (No. 30)

Five-star recruits: 0
Four-star recruits: 6
Three-star recruits: 16
In-conference class rank: No. 4 in the Big 12
2017 class rank: No. 40 overall, No. 5 in the Big 12

Baylor won exactly one game in its first season under new coach Matt Rhule. In the wake of the sexual assault scandal that rocked campus, the Bears appeared to still be picking up the pieces from Art Briles’s ouster—but their record was better than it looked at face value. Four of Baylor’s losses came in one-score games, two of which were against ranked teams: No. 3 Oklahoma on Sept. 23 and No. 23 West Virginia on Oct. 21. Despite a dismal record, Rhule proved last fall that his team, at its best, could play with anyone. Apparently recruits agree.

Minnesota (No. 37)

Five-star recruits: 0
Four-star recruits: 3
Three-star recruits: 23
In-conference class rank: No. 7 in the Big Ten
2017 class rank: No. 59 overall, No. 12 in the Big Ten

The P.J. Fleck Effect is taking hold. The most exciting young coach to move jobs last offseason didn’t exactly deliver fireworks in year one at Minnesota as the Golden Gophers finished 5–7 and missed a bowl game, but when it comes to recruiting, he seems to be gaining a foothold. After just about a month on the job last winter, Fleck signed the country’s No. 59 class; now, after losing four more games than it did in 2016, Minnesota’s class ranks No. 37. (It’s also one of the larger recruiting classes out there, at 26 players.) Compared to other Big Ten teams, the Gophers are also upping their game, rising to seventh in the conference rankings after sitting above only Indiana and Purdue the previous season. Fleck’s biggest signing was arguably IMG Academy (Fla.) offensive lineman Daniel Faalele, a four-star recruit rated among the nation’s top 20 tackles. Faalele is inarguably Fleck’s biggest signing in a literal sense: He is listed at 6'8" and 400 pounds.

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) celebrates what he thought was a touchdown on a Tennessee Titans fumble during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Kansas City, Mo. Derrick Johnsons tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs is coming to an end. The franchises career tackles leader and a four-time Pro Bowl selection, Johnson will become a free agent when his contract expires at the start of the new league year March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
Chiefs' career tackles leader Johnson to become free agent
FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) celebrates what he thought was a touchdown on a Tennessee Titans fumble during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Kansas City, Mo. Derrick Johnsons tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs is coming to an end. The franchises career tackles leader and a four-time Pro Bowl selection, Johnson will become a free agent when his contract expires at the start of the new league year March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 file photo, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell takes a knee during the national anthem next to teammates Mark Canha, right, and Raul Alcantara before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell says he will no longer kneel for the national anthem as he did last season as a rookie, when he became the first major leaguer to do so following the lead of many NFL players. He spoke Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 as the As pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
A's catcher Maxwell no longer will kneel for national anthem
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 file photo, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell takes a knee during the national anthem next to teammates Mark Canha, right, and Raul Alcantara before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell says he will no longer kneel for the national anthem as he did last season as a rookie, when he became the first major leaguer to do so following the lead of many NFL players. He spoke Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 as the As pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Chris Moore (10) is tackled by Chicago Bears defenders as he rushes the ball in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Ravens-Bears to meet in Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Chris Moore (10) is tackled by Chicago Bears defenders as he rushes the ball in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning claps as the team honored the 2006 Super Bowl winning team during half time of an NFL football game in Indianapolis. Peyton Manning is leading one more drive on a huge stage. The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback will serve as honorary pace car driver for the 60th running of the Daytona 500. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
Peyton Manning to lead field to green flag at Daytona 500
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning claps as the team honored the 2006 Super Bowl winning team during half time of an NFL football game in Indianapolis. Peyton Manning is leading one more drive on a huge stage. The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback will serve as honorary pace car driver for the 60th running of the Daytona 500. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
FILE - This Dec. 16, 2012 file photo shows Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi warming up before the Browns play the Washington Redskins in an NFL football game in Cleveland. Massaquoi revealed for the first time that he lost most of his left hand in an ATV accident last April. Massaquoi, who starred at Georgia before going to the NFL, was riding with friends when he crashed and was badly injured. Doctors attempted to save his hand, but were only able to keep his thumb. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, file)
Former Browns WR Massaquoi lost 4 fingers in ATV accident
FILE - This Dec. 16, 2012 file photo shows Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi warming up before the Browns play the Washington Redskins in an NFL football game in Cleveland. Massaquoi revealed for the first time that he lost most of his left hand in an ATV accident last April. Massaquoi, who starred at Georgia before going to the NFL, was riding with friends when he crashed and was badly injured. Doctors attempted to save his hand, but were only able to keep his thumb. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, file)
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) walks off the field following an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Indianapolis. Jackson, 26, was one of two men killed when a suspected drunken driver struck them as they stood outside their car along a highway in Indianapolis. The Colts said in a statement Sunday, Feb. 4, 3018, that the team is &quot;heartbroken&quot; by Jackson&#39;s death. Authorities say the driver that struck them before dawn on Sunday tried to flee on foot but was quickly captured. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
Colts will establish memorial scholarship for Edwin Jackson
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) walks off the field following an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Indianapolis. Jackson, 26, was one of two men killed when a suspected drunken driver struck them as they stood outside their car along a highway in Indianapolis. The Colts said in a statement Sunday, Feb. 4, 3018, that the team is "heartbroken" by Jackson's death. Authorities say the driver that struck them before dawn on Sunday tried to flee on foot but was quickly captured. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

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