Beckham Headed to the Browns
Two people familiar with the blockbuster trade say the Cleveland Browns have agreed to acquire star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants.
The Browns are sending a first- and third-round pick in 2019 along with safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants for Beckham, one of the NFL’s top players.
The deal is conditional on both players passing physicals.
With the Browns, Beckham will be reunited with receiver Jarvis Landry, a teammate at LSU. He’ll also give quarterback Baker Mayfield an elite target, and his arrival could vault the Browns, who went 7-8-1 last season after not winning a game in 2017, into legitimate championship contenders.
On the second day of spending before the first real day of free agency, the dollars kept flowing.
The money flowed out of New Jersey, with the Jets agreeing to contracts with three players: wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy, and linebacker C.J. Mosley. The team also will re-sign cornerback Darryl Roberts.
It streamed out of Green Bay, with the Packers getting deals with edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner. The Packers also cut veteran linebacker Nick Perry.
And it poured out of Oakland once more when the Raiders kept their vault open and agreed to a four-year contract with safety Lamarcus Joyner. The Raiders previously made big moves on offense by trading for receiver Antonio Brown and agreeing to a deal with tackle Trent Brown.
Meanwhile, the free-spending Buffalo Bills are using their sizeable salary-cap space to provide quarterback Josh Allen an overhauled offense entering his second season.
The Bills continued their major foray into free agency by agreeing to sign receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley.
Also, the Minnesota Vikings have kept the heart of their defense intact with a hefty commitment to linebacker Anthony Barr.
For the four-time Pro Bowl pick, a late offer to stay with the only NFL team he’s played for proved too valuable to pass up. Barr agreed to re-sign with the Vikings on a five-year, $67.5 million contract with $33 million guaranteed and more money available through escalators.
Westbrook fined, fan banned
The NBA has fined Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook $25,000 for the language he directed toward a fan in Utah.
Meanwhile, the Jazz have banned the fan from all events at their arena permanently and effective immediately.
Westbrook says the fan made racial comments toward him during the Jazz-Thunder game on Monday night. The NBA and the Jazz both investigated the matter and released decisions Tuesday afternoon. Westbrook was fined for using both profanity and threatening language, which he did from the sideline.
Northeastern wins title
Vasa Pusica had 21 points, all on 3-pointers, and Northeastern regrouped after blowing a double-digit lead to defeat top-seeded Hofstra, 82-74, and win the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.
The second-seeded Huskies (23-10) won the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth for the second time in five seasons.
Trey McGowens scored 26 points, Xavier Johnson added 23 points and Pittsburgh defeated Boston College, 80-70, in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Nik Popovic had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead BC (14-17). ... Darnell Edge scored 21 points, Kaleb Bishop and Jahlil Jenkins added 20 points apiece, and Fairleigh Dickinson earned its second trip to the NCAA tournament in four years with an 85-76 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) in the Northeastern Conference Tournament championship in Loretto, Pa.
Fairleigh Dickinson is coached by former UMass Lowell coach Greg Herenda.