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Seahawks NFL Draft rumors: Pete Carroll says team wasn’t trading Russell Wilson

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Seahawks NFL Draft rumors: Pete Carroll says team wasn't trading Russell Wilson

The Seahawks’ top decision-makers spent a large portion of their predraft news conference Wednesday answering questions about the offseason drama surrounding quarterback Russell Wilson.

Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider both claimed that everything is fine after Wilson voiced frustration with the organization and appeared to demand greater input in personnel decisions.

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“There was some stuff that was said that had to be dealt with, and it has been,” Carroll said. He added that he and Wilson have been speaking on a regular basis.

Wilson told The Dan Patrick Show last February that he was frustrated about being sacked and hit so much over the years. He also said in the interview that he would like to have more say in which players the team adds.   

“I want to be able to be involved, because at the end of the day, it’s your legacy, it’s your team’s legacy, it’s the guys you get to go into the huddle with — and at the end of the day, those guys you’ve got to trust,” he told Patrick (per ESPN.com).

MORE: Carlos Dunlap believes Wilson is ‘here to stay’

His comments led to speculation that Wilson’s relationship with Carroll was broken and the Seahawks were responding by talking with teams about their franchise passer. Carroll and Schneider both tried to say that there was little to no possibility of them getting rid of Wilson.

The highlights of what the two had to say.

Schneider on reports that he discussed a Wilson trade with the Bears:

“There was a number of teams that called after that media blitz that happened, right? But no, I never actively negotiated with anybody, with any team. Did people call? Absolutely, but I’m not going to get into specific teams. There was never, ever a conversation. You know, people think that trade talks happen, you know, like, hey, you start negotiating right away. There’s a lot of calls that are very, very periphery calls. Unless you’re dealing with trading a seventh-round pick for a player that may be getting cut that’s going to be on the (waiver) wire or something like that, those happen very quickly. Yeah, no, there was no active negotiations going on.”

Carroll on whether the Seahawks are committed to Wilson:

“Russ has been our quarterback for a good while and we’ve got a long contract with him, and when all of the conversation went about trades and all that, I knew what the truth was: We weren’t trading Russell. We plan on him being here for a good while — I don’t know how many years it is now — but we’re in great shape and a long future ahead of us is shared. Russ knows that and I know that. We’re very clear about it. It’s why it was really obvious that we just had to sit back and let, kind of, the media take its course with the topic, and we did. We’re in good shape and both very clear about that.” (Wilson has three years remaining on the four-year, $140 million contract extension he signed in 2019.) 

Carroll on whether Wilson now has more input in personnel decisions:

“No, because Russ and I have been in conversation about stuff that I think might be defined as that and we’re talking about stuff. He’s been here 10 years, whatever the heck it is, so we’ve had a lot of conversations. I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of guys. I talk to guys all the time. I want information. I’m not standing here like I have all the answers. I want all of the input I can get to make the decisions I make. Russell’s been through a lot with us and he’s got a good perspective. He doesn’t have all the answers, at all. He has his opinions at times and I’m fine with dealing with that, just like I was with other players that have been here in the past. It’s not any different. He never made a statement that he had to do that or had to have more say-so. That never happened. None of that happened. We never talked like that.”

Carroll on why the Seahawks didn’t try to publicly squash the rumors:

“It’s maybe frustrating to people that we didn’t comment to help you (media) get off the hook of where you thought things may be going, but that’s part of just not playing the media conversation (game). I learned from Bud Grant a long time ago. I’m strict about it. I’m really strict. I said (to Wilson), ‘You will not hear a peep out of me. And you can do that, too, and just let the stuff that’s being said go.’ But it’s hard. It’s hard for people and not everybody can do that. It takes real discipline to do that and it’s a learning process and hopefully, Russ will always be better for it because he’s been through a lot of that and hopefully other guys can learn from that as well. The power comes from knowing really the truth and knowing what’s going on. I’m not not sharing the truth. The truth is he wasn’t getting traded. He’s on our roster and he’s signed up for a long time around here and anything that could ever take place was so far out there that could ever happen, it was not even worth considering. Unfortunately, that’s kind of how it went.”

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Marlins’ Jesus Aguilar quite literally tries to steal signs from D-backs’ Carson Kelly

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Marlins' Jesus Aguilar quite literally tries to steal signs from D-backs' Carson Kelly

Caught red-handed.

We know that batters can sometimes take a peek at catcher’s signs to try to get as much information as they can. It’s just part of baseball, after all. But Jesús Aguilar took it to the next level Thursday.

With Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly reaching first base, Aguilar decided to take a peak at the catcher’s signs — by lifting up Kelly’s wrist cheat-sheet.

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Kelly responds with an incredulous, “What are you doing, man?”

Kelly’s disapproval to Aguilar taking a peek results in a hilarious reaction from Aguilar, looking like a kid who was caught with his hand in the cookie jar before breakfast.

Aguilar is one of baseball’s more fun personalities, so there’s nothing to read into here. But it’s not the first time that Aguilar has tried to steal signs. About a month ago, Aguilar stole an index card straight out of Dom Smith’s back pocket during a game against the Mets — presumably a defensive positioning card that players carry with them on the field.

The Marlins would go on to win the game 5-1.

If Aguilar keeps this up, he might be able to score a role in an “Ocean’s 11” reboot. 

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NASCAR lineup at Dover: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualifying

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NASCAR lineup at Dover: Starting order, pole for Sunday's race without qualifying

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was set by applying the statistical formula NASCAR is using for the majority of the series’ races in 2021.

Drivers’ starting positions for the Drydene 400 (2 p.m. ET; FS1, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:

  • Driver’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
  • Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
  • Team owner points ranking (35 percent)
  • Fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent)

NASCAR is conducting qualifying and practice for just eight Cup Series races in the 2021 season. The next qualifying session will take place prior to the May 23 event at Circuit of the Americas, a road course outside Austin, Texas.

Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on Dover’s 1-mile oval.

MORE: Watch Sunday’s NASCAR race live with fuboTV (free 7-day trial)

Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Dover?

Martin Truex Jr. was tabbed to lead the field to green for the Drydene 400 based on the mathematical formula. Truex is coming off his third win of the season, a dominating performance at Darlington last Sunday. He is the only driver to win more than once in the Cup Series in 2021.

Truex also gained the No. 1 pit stall, which is a valuable piece of real estate at Dover because track position is highly important on the Monster Mile.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is second in the series point standings to teammate Denny Hamlin, who will start in the second position Sunday. William Byron, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Chris Buescher received the other top-10 lineup spots.

NASCAR starting lineup at Dover

NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway, the Drydene 400, without qualifying.

Start pos. Driver Car No. Team
1 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
2 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
4 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
5 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
6 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
7 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
8 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
9 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
10 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
11 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
12 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
13 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
14 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
15 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
16 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
17 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
18 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
19 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
21 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
22 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
23 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
24 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Team
25 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
26 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
27 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
28 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
29 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
30 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
31 BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
32 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
33 James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing
34 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
35 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
36 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing
37 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing

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Oliveira vs. Chandler purse, salaries: How much money will they make at UFC 262?

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Oliveira vs. Chandler purse, salaries: How much money will they make at UFC 262?

There’s a whole lot of bling on the line at UFC 262, and not just from the lightweight championship belt.

Charles Oliveira (30-8-1, eight KOs) and Michael Chandler (22-5, 10 KOs) will vie for a significant payday and supremacy in the lightweight division as its Nos. 3- and 4-ranked fighters, respectively. That’s especially impressive for Chandler, who is fighting under the UFC flag for just the second time after moving on from Bellator. He is on a current three-win streak, all via knockout, heading into his bout vs. Oliveira.

Oliveira, meanwhile, is on an eight-fight win streak, mixing in wins via submission, KO and decision into the mix. Will he prove his superiority over the relative UFC newcomer, or will Chandler put his stamp as the best lightweight in the world in just his second UFC fight?

With that, here’s everything you need to know about the money they stand to make at UFC 262.

MORE: Sign up to watch the UFC 262 PPV, exclusively on ESPN+

UFC 262 purse, prize money

The official UFC 262 purse won’t be revealed until after the fight has concluded, but the headliners’ previous bouts in the Octagon could provide some indication of what they’re expected to make.

Michael Chandler made a reported $530,000 from UFC 257, which included his Performance of the Night, win and sponsorship bonuses. He made $350,000 in show money. Oliveira made a reported $250,000 from UFC 256: $115,000 to show, $115,000 as a win bonus and $20,000 in fight week incentive pay.

Considering that each fighter made those figures without headlining their respective events, it stands to reason that each will look to make at least $500,000 from UFC 262.

MORE: Everything you need to know about UFC 262

What is Charles Oliveira’s net worth?

Oliveria’s net worth is estimated between $2 million and $3 million per mmasalaries.com and $2.21 million according to sportkez.com.

What is Michael Chandler’s net worth?

Chandler has a net worth of $2 million, according to a 2020 estimate from wealthygenius.com.

UFC 262 card

Main card

  • Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler (lightweight championship)
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush (lightweight)
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Viviane Araujo (women’s flyweight)
  • Shane Burgos vs. Edson Barboza (featherweight)
  • Matt Schnell vs. Rogerio Bontorin (bantamweight)

Prelims

  • Jacare Souza vs. Andre Muniz (middleweight)
  • Lando Vannata vs. Mike Grundy (featherweight)
  • Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko (women’s flyweight)
  • Jordan Wright vs. Jamie Pickett (middleweight)

Early prelims

  • Gina Mazany vs. Priscila Cachoeira (women’s flyweight)
  • Kevin Aguilar vs. Tucker Lutz (featherweight)
  • Christos Giacos vs. Sean Soriano (flyweight)

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