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Browns draft Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, David Njoku in Round 1

The Cleveland Browns selected defensive end Myles Garrett of Texas A&M with the first overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, then added two more first-round picks via a pair of trades. One of them was used on Michigan star Jabrill Peppers, whom coach Hue Jackson later said would be given a chance to play offense.? Jackson called Garrett “as good as I’ve seen in a while” when he described the first Browns first overall pick since 2000. Cleveland sees Garrett as a key part of an emerging defense for a team that has not been to the playoffs since the 2002-03 season. The Browns traded out of the 12th spot with the Houston Texans and took Peppers?with the 25th pick. In doing that, the Browns passed on bringing quarterback Deshaun Watson to Cleveland; Houston drafted him with the pick.? The Browns concluded the night by trading the No. 33 pick and a fourth-rounder to the Green Bay Packers?for?the…

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T.J. Watt: Week 16 game with brother J.J. will be ‘really weird’

PITTSBURGH — Houston Texans star? J.J. Watt?is already anticipating the Week 16 matchup with his brother, Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick T.J. Watt. After T.J. was taken with the 30th overall pick in Thursday night’s draft, J.J. tweeted to his brother about Pittsburgh’s Dec. 25 game at Houston. T.J. Watt is the first Wisconsin defender selected in the NFL draft’s first round since J.J. went 11th overall to the Texans in 2011. T.J. said on a conference call with Pittsburgh media that he hasn’t gotten back to his brother yet, because his phone is “absolutely blowing up.” T.J. said that being on the same field as his brother in shoulder pads will be weird. “I played with him in the backyard a bunch, I’ve seen him play a bunch, we’ve never been on the same field in full uniforms competitively before,” T.J. said. “I think that will be really cool and a weird day for me.” The Steelers get…

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Nike, Under Armour, Adidas not interested in deal with Lonzo Ball

An endorsement deal with Nike, Under Armour or Adidas is not in the cards for Lonzo Ball. Ball’s father, LaVar, confirmed that the three shoe and apparel companies informed him they were not interested in completing a deal with his son. Sources with the three companies told ESPN.com that they indeed were moving on. Never in the history of modern-day shoe endorsements have the big companies all stepped away from a potential top pick nearly two months before the NBA draft. But LaVar, who has been representing Lonzo in the deal, has offered something that has no precedent. In his meetings with all three companies, LaVar insisted that they license his upstart Big Baller Brand from him, according to the companies. He also showed the companies a shoe prototype that he hoped would be Lonzo’s first shoe. “We’ve said from the beginning, we aren’t looking for an endorsement deal,” LaVar told ESPN. “We’re looking for co-branding, a true partner. But they’re not ready…

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