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Panthers’ Michael Oher misses first day of voluntary OTAs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Oher did not attend the first day of voluntary organized team activities Tuesday, but a league source said the Carolina Panthers offensive tackle plans to attend a mandatory June 13-15 minicamp. Oher also plans to play for the Panthers this season if cleared from the concussion protocol, the source said. Oher missed the final 13 games last season after being placed in the protocol in late September. He was working out five days a week, according to general manager Dave Gettleman, in late March. “He’s working his fanny off,” Gettleman said at the time. “He’s doing NFL workouts. He is fully engaged in that weight room and sweating his butt off, and he looks great. He sounds great.” But Oher was mysteriously absent during the first five weeks of voluntary workouts and there is no indication he will participate in the voluntary portion of OTAs. Oher has spent much of his offseason in Nashville, where he was charged April…

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Contract sending Babe Ruth from Red Sox to Yankees at auction

One of the most famous documents in sports is going up for auction. The sales contract of Babe Ruth, forged in December 1919, that sent the pitcher and slugger from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees is being sold by auctioneer Lelands.com. Lelands’ Josh Evans said the document being sold is the original copy of the contract belonging to then-Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert. The copy once owned by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee last sold for $996,000 in 2005. “This is the Curse of the Bambino,” Evans said. “It transcends everything. It changed America.” In the early 1990s, Evans said he visited the home of famed collector Barry Halper and saw a binder labeled “Ruth.” In it, Evans said, were both originals of the sales contract. Evans bought Frazee’s copy for $25,000, and it was auctioned for $99,000 in 1993. At the request of a collector who missed out, Evans said he bought Ruppert’s copy for $150,000 and sold it to the…

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5-on-5: Should Spurs trade Aldridge? Make more moves?

Who will be the San Antonio Spurs’ starting point guard next season? Do they need Manu Ginobili to return? Our 5-on-5 crew debates and predicts San Antonio’s offseason. 1.?Fact or Fiction: The Spurs should trade LaMarcus Aldridge. Amin Elhassan, ESPN Insider:?Fact, although I’m not particularly sure what kind of return they can get coming off the worst postseason of his career. I never felt like he was a good fit for them defensively (although he has definitely outperformed my expectations), and his reluctance to play center has limited how good he can be offensively. With the Spurs being the ultimate “next man up” system, I have to imagine that they can more than make up for his lost offensive production. Tom Haberstroh, ESPN Insider:?Fiction. I’m not in love with his game, but the criticism lately has gone a little overboard. He dropped 34 points and 12 boards…

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Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald will address future only during training camp

PHOENIX –? Larry Fitzgerald knows the questions about his playing future are coming, but the veteran Cardinals wide receiver doesn’t plan on answering them all season long, like he had to last year. Fitzgerald said Monday night at an Arians Family Foundation charity dinner that he will address his playing future once, in training camp, and that’s it. “I’m going to answer it one time, and I’m not even going to address it anymore,” Fitzgerald said. The topic of Fitzgerald’s playing future was a weekly topic during his media gaggles in front of his locker last season. It took Fitzgerald, 33, a month after the Cardinals’ 2016 season ended to announce he was returning for a 14th year in 2017. But Fitzgerald has not said one way or another if next season will be his last. Fitzgerald led the NFL with 107 receptions last season while securing his place as a likely first-ballot Hall of Famer by moving into third on the all-time receptions…

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