Texans, Jadeveon Clowney making progress toward an extension

Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, with a salary this season of $12.3 million. But even that salary may be dwarfed by what Clowney will make soon.

Clowney and the Texans are making a lot of progress on negotiations for what’s described as “a mega-extension,” according to Albert Breer of SI.com.

Mike Minor (L), rostered in 6 percent of ESPN leagues, Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Somewhat surprisingly, the Rangers signed Minor to start after he appeared to be carving out a career change as a dominant reliever. His first outing was a mixed bag, as five whiffs with two hits and a pair of walks in 4.2 innings is passable. However, he was lifted early after tossing 94 pitches and allowing two earned runs. This is a dangerous matchup, as the Jays can send up nine righty swingers, but if Minor can carry over any of the skills growth he displayed as a reliever, he should rack up whiffs with a chance at a win.

“I was talking to my friends and it was like, ‘What’s your goals?’” Pead told TMZ. “If they let me on the track, I’m going for the gold, period.”

Pead won state championships in the 100 meters and 400 meters in high school, so he knows something about running track. He said he was only recently fitted for a leg he can run on and hasn’t completely figured out the dynamics of running as an amputee, but he believes he’ll be ready for big things in two years.

The Thunder have an extremely wide range of potential finishing spots, with the No. 4 seed and home-court advantage being in the mix, if unlikely. Much more likely is a finish somewhere in the No. 6-9 range, with each of those four spots coming in at about 20 percent likely. Yes, that means there is still about a 20 percent chance, according to our simulations, that the Thunder could miss the playoffs.buccaneers_110

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