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  • One thing to know: Freeman must seize opportunity with Giants

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    Josh Freeman, who watched countless quarterbacks sign with teams while he wallowed in free agency, agreed to terms with the New York Giants Wednesday. Interestingly enough, Big Blue was the one team he played against during his brief stint with the Vikings in 2013. Mike Florio wonders whether Freeman will take this opportunity seriously and do well enough for some team to give him a chance to start again in a year or two.

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  • Premier League Preview: Man City host Sunderland, Everton face Palace

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    On Wednesday two rearranged Premier League games take center stage as both have huge implications on the PL title race, the top four battle and the quest against relegation.

    Everything is on the line, and you can watch both games live online via NBC Sports Live Extra.

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    Our featured game comes from the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City host relegation haunted Sunderland with both teams in desperate need of the win for very different reasons.

    Here’s a quick preview on both games.

    Everton vs. Crystal Palace - 2:45 p.m. ET, watch live online via NBC Sports Live Extra

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  • Youth football players should develop as kickers, not running backs

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    With the dwindling amount of lucrative contracts being handed out for running backs and the constant fear of injury when in between the tackles, Mike Florio is among the school of thought that approves of athletes developing at other positions while participating in youth football.

    “If it’s between kicker and running back and I have a high level of skill at both positions,” says Florio. “It definitely makes more sense to develop as a kicker. If you can become a great kicker, you can make almost as much a veteran running back and you will play a lot longer.”

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  • 49ers should pick up Aldon Smith’s option

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    With the deadline set at May 3 to decide whether or not to pick up Aldon Smith’s option for a fifth year, Mike Florio reports that Tim Kawakami from the San Jose Mercury News hears the team is “very unlikely” to extend the defensive end a deal.

    Mike Florio is on the opposite end of San Francisco’s thinking. “I still don’t understand why wouldn’t just pick it up,” Florio reasons. “They can hang it over his head, they can use it as a motivational tool, or they can cut him after season.”

    Regardless of how the league plans to take action, the 49ers have made it clear they plan on exploring their options regarding Smith’s future. And right now, those options entail Smith never trotting out for the 49ers again.

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  • SportsDash: Wyshynski tabs Sharks to hoist Stanley Cup

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    Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) of Yahoo Sports joined Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) and Julie Donaldson (@jdonaldsonCSN) on SportsDash to give a quick preview of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which kick off tonight on NBCSN. The group also lists the major contenders to hoist the Cup and Wyshynski offers his prediction for who will be the eventual champ.

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  • SportsDash: Who will Panthers take with NHL draft's top pick?

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    In the wake of the Florida Panthers' No. 1 draw in Tuesday's NHL draft lottery, Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) of Yahoo Sports joined Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) and Julie Donaldson (@jdonaldsonCSN) on SportsDash to discuss who the squad should select first overall. In addition to his draft analysis, Wyshynski gives his predictions for the Stanley Cup playoffs, which kick off tonight on NBCSN.

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  • Still no clarity where QBs will be drafted

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    The 2014 NFL Draft is only a few weeks away and we are still without a widespread consensus in respect to where this year’s crop of quarterbacks will be selected.

    UCF’s Blake Bortles, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Louiville’s Teddy Bridgewater are all presumed to be this year’s top-tier passers, but Mike Florio is more interested seeing where the wild cards and damaged goods will land. Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger and Georgia’s Aaron Murray are guys that can ride the pine for the year and then contribute heavily in 2015; something that may intrigue more than a few teams.

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  • SportsDash: Arsenal continuing quest for Champions League

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    Martin Rogers (@mrogersyahoo) of Yahoo Sports joined Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) and Julie Donaldson (@jdonaldsonCSN) on SportsDash to discuss if Arsenal will finish the season in the top four in the Premier League tables and return to the Champions League despite their recent struggles. Rogers says Liverpool has a slight edge over the rest of the league and predicts they will win the title.

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  • Felix Hernandez vs. Yu Darvish is 'history in the making'

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    It’s a pitching matchup to keep an eye on when the Mariners' Felix Hernandez takes on the Rangers' Yu Darvish, and HardballTalk’s Craig Calcaterra thinks the battle will live up to the hype -- both now and also for years to come. “It’s a history in the making kind of matchup,” Calcaterra says. “They’re both under long-term contracts and they play in the same division. Every matchup is worth watching.” Hernandez is yet to post a loss, starting the season with three wins and a 2.11 ERA. Darvish has been even more dominant, battling back from a year-opening DL stint to post 15 strikeouts to just eight hits, two walks and no runs in his first 15 innings of the season.

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  • Bob Costas weighs in on the compensation of student athletes

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    In the wake of the NCAA's ruling on unlimited meals for college athletes, Bob Costas joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about one of the most polarizing issues in all of sports -- the compensation of student athletes. While Costas thinks that direct payment would be a slippery slope, he does endorse the idea of a stipend or the allowance of athletes to participate in sponsorships and commercials. He also questions what essentially amount to the working conditions of athletes as employees of their respective schools, posing the question: "How many hours do we have to practice? What are the rigors of travel? Is it really possible to be a true student athlete under these circumstances."

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