Who do the top 2018 NHL draft picks remind us of?

What do the Buffalo Sabres really get with Rasmus Dahlin? How about Brian Leetch? We compare some top 2018 draft picks to players you already know.
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Winners and losers of the 2018 NHL draft weekend

While 217 prospects found new homes, the weekend also had trades, free-agent decisions and lots of chatter. Here’s who came out ahead — and behind.
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NBA draft 2018 winners and losers

The Mavericks, the Hawks and the sneaker company that signed the top two draft picks enjoyed a banner Thursday night.

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How this draft sets up future trades and free agency

Trades and free agency are around the corner. Kevin Pelton looks at the ways an eventful draft night will lead to more moves.
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NBA draft: Best prospects, likely picks, rankings and needs

Who is going in the top five? Who will be the best player in this class? What trades can teams make? Here’s everything you need to know.
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Six best NBA draft trades we’d like to see

Plenty of picks throughout the lottery could be in play for draft-night trades. So which moves should teams make?
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Will the best player go No. 1 in the NBA draft?

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Intriguing late-round NHL draft prospects

They might not crack the first 100 picks, but these 20 draft prospects offer potential in the late rounds.
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Mo Bamba’s growing case as the best player in this draft

The Texas center won’t be the No. 1 pick, but will he turn into the best player? That’s starting to look like a real question now.
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NBA mock draft 3.0: Risers and fallers

Some players, like Donte DiVincenzo and Mo Bamba, have maximized the pre-draft process to see their stock soar while some big names have fallen off the board.

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Five potential draft steals who could break out in the NBA

Who is the next college casualty turned draft steal? These players have potential to fit in the NBA much better than they did in college.
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Inside Nashville’s bid to land 2019 draft: Make it a party

The NFL wants draft weekend to take on the personality of the host city, and Nashville can’t wait to show off its honky-tonks, sports bars and more.
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Winners and losers of the NBA draft lottery

Chris Mannix and Brian Scalabrine say who had a good night on Tuesday. Hint: It was not the Cavs' and their good-luck charm, Nick Gilbert.

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Lowe: Behind the scenes of a tense and wacky NBA draft lottery

What happened in the secret NBA draft lottery room, and which teams came just one number away from winning? Zach Lowe has all the details.
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NBA draft lottery: Predicting the likely and improbable outcomes

What’s at stake for the 15 teams in Tuesday’s draft lottery? We break down the likely picks, odds and questions.
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Mayfield to McSorley: 10 CFB clones of NFL draft stars

Penn State has the next undersized QB ready to take on the world, while Oregon, LSU, Ohio State and Clemson have draft doppelgangers of their own.
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NFL Power Rankings: Biggest risers, fallers after the draft

The Cardinals have their future QB. The Saints are going for it. The Patriots are still atop the AFC. Here’s how our experts stack all 32 teams.
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NFL executives are offering increasingly scathing takes on Josh Rosen, the most polarizing quarterback in the draft

Josh Rosen was not shy about his feelings when he fell to 10th in the NFL draft before the Arizona Cardinals traded up to select him. "I thought I should've been picked at 1, 2 or 3," Rosen said. "I dropped, and I was pissed. I was really, really angry. I wasn't really showing it. I was trying to keep calm, cool, composed." To many in the NFL, Rosen's reaction was indicative of the scouting report on him heading into the draft — he may be the most talented, complete quarterback in the draft, but he can also be outspoken and brash. Since the Cardinals drafted Rosen, there has only been growing criticism of Rosen's attitude, both on the record and off, and murmurs that he is not well-liked. On

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Winners and losers of the 2018 NHL draft lottery

The Sabres get first dibs on this draft class, while the Canadiens and Hurricanes moved up. The Senators — and the Canucks’ mascot — were not so lucky.
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NFL draft Day 2 winners and losers

John Elway and the Broncos haven't had a big draft in a while, but this 2018 class is shaping up to be a potential home run.

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Follow the draft live: Pick-by-pick updates and analysis

See analysis of every selection in the first three rounds, and where your team drafts in Rounds 4-7.
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Tom Brady’s choice for his draft heir got Bill Belichick to crack

Lamar Jackson hopes to begin a long and accomplished NFL career beginning Thursday night at the draft, but he may have his biggest feat already wrapped up. The Louisville quarterback had a pair of pre-draft visits with the Patriots, including a trip to their facility, where he met with the typically stern head coach. “We were just talking, having a conversation and he was just giggling,” said Jackson, who didn’t remember how he got Belichick to crack. While Jackson is not in the group of the top-four quarterbacks — Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen — bunched at the top of most draft boards, his stock has seemed to rise recently with more reports linking him to the Patriots, who have picks No. 23 and 31.

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Ravens draft QB Jackson; Flacco still starter

The Ravens traded back into the first round for Lamar Jackson, selecting the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback with the 32nd overall pick.
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Draft fall won’t deter Shaquem Griffin

It's unlikely Griffin will be drafted within the first two rounds because he's missing a hand. But he'll be an instant celebrity when his name is called.

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Barnwell: Should the Giants really draft Saquon Barkley?

There’s every reason to believe that Barkley will be an elite running back. But drafting a quarterback is the better bet for New York. Here’s why.
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Kiper & McShay’s 2018 NFL draft reset: Last-minute cram session

Which team is under pressure? Who could trade up? We’re counting down the hours until the draft, and our experts are here to catch you up.
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NFL draft predictions for all 32 teams: Who’s trading up, more

Will the Browns deal the No. 1 pick? Which teams will move up for a QB? NFL Nation reporters make one prediction for every team.
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‘Agony and ecstasy’: The art of the draft call

The buildup to the call that will change a player’s life is brutal and agonizing. Here, players and execs share their stories of the draft day ritual.
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Just one QB spared in scout’s scathing draft take: ‘Cow on ice’

Take this quarterback class, please. Oh, there is no doubt come the night of April 26, they will come rolling off the board, early and often, with Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen hearing their names called out in the first handfuls of picks. The Browns will take one. So will the Jets. The Giants? Probably not. Perhaps the Broncos go quarterback at No. 5. The Bills are desperately trying to move up from No. 12 to get one of them. Are all these guys worth the tumult and shouting? Are any of them? “I wouldn’t give you a nickel for a couple of those quarterbacks that everybody is slobbering all over themselves about and could go in the top five,” Dan Shonka told The Post. “It

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Draft Academy, Episode 1: 100 days until the NFL draft

From intense specialized training camps to the Senior Bowl, they all have one goal in mind — be drafted.
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All-Trades NFL Mock Draft: Barnwell proposes 32 wild deals

Picture Odell Beckham Jr. or Le’Veon Bell in a Patriots uniform. Yeah, Bill Barnwell’s getting weird with trades at every first-round slot.
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Insiders predict the perfect Patriots draft: How Belichick will use 2018 picks

Two first-round picks. Four picks in the first two rounds. The Hoodie has the draft capital to grab a quarterback. Our panel of experts weighs in.
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Where top six in draft stand: All about QBs, Barkley, Chubb

The Browns will have their choice of QBs at No. 1 and then see who’s there at No. 4; the Colts at No. 6 hope teams in front gobble up other QBs. And a standout running back and pass rusher are also in the mix.
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Boom or bust: 10 years of the best, worst draft picks for every NFL team

For every Antonio Brown or Russell Wilson, there’s a Kevin White or Sergio Kindle. We look at the biggest draft hits and misses over the past decade.
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A unique Final Four event leads to questions about the NBA draft

The NCAA, NBA and USA Basketball joined forces to formally host a youth basketball event for the first time, coming at a fascinating time for the future of the game.
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Roundtable: How we’d fix NHL’s draft lottery system

Start keeping track once teams are mathematically eliminated? Restrict the lottery to the bottom eight finishers? Prohibit franchises from getting a top-three pick in consecutive seasons? Or leave it as is? Our experts have some draft lottery suggestions.
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Who’s going to draft a QB? Rating all 32 NFL teams’ chances

Free agency reset the quarterback market. Which teams are after the top prospects in Round 1? Which will wait until Day 3? Which aren’t in the market at all? NFL Nation reporters evaluate interest throughout the league.
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How far will the top NBA draft prospects go in the tourney?

What are the odds the NCAA tournament breaks well for NBA fans hoping to see the best draft prospects? Here’s how far each player in the lottery of our recent 2018 mock draft is projected to go and the possible matchups in which prospects could face off.
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Source: Broncos’ Talib to Rams for draft pick

The Broncos are sending Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib to the Rams for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick.
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Which team deserves to win draft lottery, get Dahlin?

Teams have fallen for Rasmus Dahlin, a 17-year-old Swedish defenseman who could change a franchise’s fortunes. Which one will get the chance to draft him? While the Sabres and Red Wings are worthy, our writers say another Original Six team will win out.
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Lowe’s 10 things: The future of the All-Star Game (and draft)

This week’s highlights include LeBron deciding to be unstoppable, a potent trick for sneaky guards, cranky Marc Gasol and more.
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Silver happy with the ASG, says TV draft likely

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he believes that next year’s All-Star player draft will be televised.
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Can you draft an All-Star champ? Assemble your own superstar roster

Assume the role of All-Star captain, assemble your team and choose a coaching style. Do you have what it takes to defeat Team LeBron or Team Steph?
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’16 Heisman winner Jackson declares for draft

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, the first player in college football history to record at least 3,500 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in consecutive seasons, is entering the NFL draft.
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2018 draft QB class primer: Everything you need to know about Rosen, Mayfield, Darnold, more

Scouting reports, insight from NFL personnel, and what’s next — we’ve got it all on the best signal-callers in next year’s draft. Catch up here on the most-talked about class in years.
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Lowe’s 10 things: Let’s get the All-Star draft right

Zach Lowe highlights another young Chicago Bull, a masterful Dwyane Wade move, Andrew Wiggins and the winning-ugly Timberwolves, struggling lottery picks, and more.
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NFL draft prospects to watch in Saturday’s bowl games

Four of the most highly regarded pro prospects will play their bowl games this weekend, including QB Mike White and OT Tyrell Crosby.
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Browns, Bills and 49ers set up for big 2018 draft

Three teams traded up to select their quarterbacks of the future in 2017. Now three others are armed with lots of capital, but not all will take a QB.
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Darnold denies he’d skip draft to avoid Browns

USC quarterback Sam Darnold has denied a rumor that he might return for his junior season if the Browns end up with the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
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Knicks won draft night by keeping Kristaps (Yahoo Sports)

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The Browns lost one of their draft picks to a significant knee injury during non-contact practice.



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Investigatory Powers: ‘Real-time surveillance’ in draft update

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Ultimate NFL draft recap: Grades, perfect picks, highlights for all 32 teams

Ultimate NFL draft recap: Grades, perfect picks, highlights for all 32 teams
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2017 NFL draft takeaways: Why more prospects will skip bowl games

2017 NFL draft takeaways: Why more prospects will skip bowl games
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Barnwell’s 2017 All-Trades Mock Draft: Deals for all 32 teams

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Lost generation? Browns need to hit on draft to stop erosion of loyal fan base

Lost generation? Browns need to hit on draft to stop erosion of loyal fan base
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Draft profile: Kizer has skills, lacks polish (Yahoo Sports)

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Busts, suspensions and few stars: Revisiting wild first round of 2013 NFL draft

Busts, suspensions and few stars: Revisiting wild first round of 2013 NFL draft
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The NFL Draft Was a Style Sh*tshow

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Donald Trump Can Be Stopped — Draft Kim Kardashian

With Donald Trump leading the presidential race in the Republican Party by a “huge” margin, the Democratic Party needs to get serious here and produce a world-class elite candidate who can compete down at this level.

The obvious choice is Kim Kardashian.

Kim would wrest media coverage away from Trump. On recent evenings, all three networks of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News abandoned their prime-time news programs, and instead cut away for lengthy segments to a live video feed of Trump giving speeches. Flipping channels provided no relief because they all showed the exact same thing, like a presidential address. Trump was blabbing on and on about his own magnificence without saying a single word of substance, and all three news networks remained locked onto it.

Kim could give speeches that say absolutely nothing as well, but she could deliver them in a bikini.

Now that would trump Trump.

Plus, Kim is far more qualified to be president than Trump. She is way more famous. Her reality TV show was far better than Trump’s. And Kim has 35 million followers on Twitter compared to Trump’s paltry four million followers. It’s not even close.

The presidential debates between the two would really distinguish the best candidate to lead this nation. Trump would start by asserting that Kim is not a “10.” But this would not go over very well because the voters would see that Trump just attacks opponents without any basis in reality.

Trump would then seek to impugn Kim’s moral integrity by reminding everyone that she made a sex video. Kim, however, would turn the tables on Trump and create a you’re-no-Jack-Kennedy moment that would achieve presidential debate history by challenging Trump to make his own sex video and post it online so voters would have a basis for comparing the two candidates.

Actually, this is not such a bad idea. After all, with Trump proclaiming that voters should just “trust” him that he would be a good president based upon his personality instead of having to present any specific policies, voters do need some sort of a way to assess his ability to perform.

Now, some say that the Democratic Party should just stick with its current front-runner, Hillary Clinton. But Hillary has some very big problems in this new upside-down universe. She is intelligent, experienced and accomplished. That’s not good. Hillary also has thought through many difficult issues facing this nation and she has developed smart policy positions on how she would seek to solve these issues as president. Big mistake. It’s just difficult to see what all that dull and boring stuff has to do with anything.

So the Democrats need to rise to the occasion here and kick-off a movement to draft Kim.

Trump versus Kim will be the greatest spectacle of our time. The news networks will achieve record ratings and, of course, record profits. It will be the greatest reality TV show ever.

And a sad day for democracy.

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It’s Never Love at First Draft

Why would anyone want to read the original manuscript of a young writer who subsequently wrote a world-renowned classic, except to trace the development of that writer? Why, upon reading it, would anyone ascribe meaning to that manuscript so as to diminish, question or require a re-thinking of the writer’s fabulously successful published work? That first manuscript served as a waystation on a young writer’s journey to produce her novel, nothing else. It merits no consideration in and of itself.

Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman was not given an offer for publication back when it was first submitted to its publisher nearly 50 years ago, for a simple, perfect, reason: It was not good enough. This status quo endured for another simple reason: Harper Lee did not want it published, and her circle of intimates honored her preferences. Most likely, she did not view it as worthy of publication. After all, it was simply a draft and Lee was a champion of great writing.

I can only see one reason why Lee’s Go Set A Watchman found its way to publication in 2015: The self-interest of Lee’s publisher, HarperCollins trumped the author’s own long-standing and well-known preference. It’s hard to believe Ms. Lee cares about money after all these years, although not at all hard to believe that, with the passing of her older sister less than a year ago, who also served her advocate and legal protector, Lee was bullied into agreeing to publication.

It’s easy to imagine why Tay Hohoff, Ms. Lee’s original editor at J.B. Lippincott, worked closely with the then-budding writer to develop the rough manuscript she submitted into a different story. Simply, Ms. Hohoff didn’t believe the original story was worthy of publication, but she believed in the writer’s promise. Ms. Lee had work to do. A lot. The original manuscript may have shared the same locale and some main characters as the published novel, but that’s it. Kudos to the writer, and likely the editor as well, for reshaping instead of abandoning those ingredients and combining them into a masterpiece.

Having recently completed the years-long process of writing a recently published book, I can easily imagine how Harper Lee’s experience as a new writer could have mirrored mine in some way. (Not for a moment would I delude myself by thinking my book’s future will mirror To Kill A Mockingbird.)

I don’t know how many short essays I wrote in the run-up to starting my memoir, some about topics that ended up in the book, many that didn’t. When I finally started writing the memoir itself, I spent a year stringing together sentences and paragraphs before I realized I didn’t know where the story was heading. I couldn’t move it forward. Everywhere I looked, it seemed the action doubled back on itself into a cycle of sameness. I needed help.

Luckily, I found some, in the shape of a writing coach/editor who knew her stuff. A writer so green I needed a formal introduction to phrases like “story arc” (when I first heard the phrase, I thought of rainbow colored paragraphs), I discovered much of the work with my editor, Kelley Eskridge, involved not just writing on my own, but researching ideas and backstory, sketching out possible themes and metaphors, talking, thinking, musing, debating, and yes, even some negotiating.

I’d written one hundred plus pages, tens of thousands of words, and after reading all that, Kelley didn’t know what my story was about. As it turned out, I didn’t either. Was it about rowing? My dysfunctional family? My relationship with my mother?

I probably tossed out more words during my writing process than made it into my memoir. I’m not the only writer for whom that may be true. Much of writing, it turns out, is rewriting.

Go Set A Watchman should not be viewed as another Harper Lee novel, nor even as a precursor to To Kill A Mockingbird. It represented a transitory stage of Lee’s thinking, certainly a stage that she devoted countless hours to constructing, but it was an unfinished product. It was neither well-written nor a gripping story. (I personally found myself bored and unable to connect to any of the characters). It was a draft that held a kernel of a great idea, that an experienced editor saw and helped a novice writer develop to the point of excellence. Maybe the experience killed off Lee’s interest in writing further; maybe the experience satisfied her to the point that she didn’t want to attempt another round; maybe her unpredictably wild success sent her scurrying into lifelong seclusion. We will never really know.

Here’s what we do know: To Kill A Mockingbird is an amazing novel. No matter what Go Set A Watchman says or doesn’t say, no matter how the characters who appear in both stories are presented or misrepresented, the real novel is the one that was originally published, not the one that was originally submitted. What emerged from that early draft, an accumulation of discussion, debate, deep thought, and who knows how many crumpled pages, crossed out words and sentences, deleted paragraphs, rewritten sections, was a masterpiece. That’s what we’ve been reading for nearly fifty years, and that’s all that deserves to be remembered, not the mercenary act of a self-interested publishing house that took advantage of an aging, vulnerable writer.

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French Parliament Passes Draft Law To Curb Public Health Cost And Fight Unhealthy Stereotypes

PARIS (AP) — Too-thin models, too much drinking, sexy cigarette packs: France’s parliament is cracking down on all of these in a sweeping bill designed to improve public health and trim public health costs — while tackling unhealthy stereotypes along the way.

The National Assembly, parliament’s lower house, voted 311-241 on Tuesday to approve the draft law. It now goes to the Senate before a final vote back in the assembly. The Socialist-led government hopes the bill will take effect by the summer.

Health Minister Marisol Touraine, the bill’s champion, said it is “crucial to tackle the challenge of aging and the emergence of new diseases” while preserving France’s generous and highly vaunted health care system.

Here’s a look at some of the key reforms:

ANOREXIC MODELS

In a measure that could cause ripples in France’s famed fashion industry, the bill would make it a crime to use anorexic models or encourage anorexia.

It would forbid anyone with a body mass index, or BMI, below a certain level from earning money as a model. The exact level — based on height and weight — would be defined later by decree if the bill becomes law.

Any modeling agency or individual who pays a model with a BMI below the designated level would face up to six months in prison and 75,000 euros ($ 80,000) in fines if convicted.

Some 40,000 people are estimated to have anorexia in France — 90 percent of them women, according to the Health Ministry.

PLAIN CIGARETTE PACKS

The government’s plan includes a measure that would require manufacturers to package cigarettes in plain containers by May 2016. Packs would have the same shape, size, color and typeset. Brands would still be mentioned, but would be restricted to a small discreet place on the packaging.

The government believes less attractive packaging would help discourage young people from starting to smoke. Around 30 percent of French people smoke — a habit linked to some 73,000 deaths a year in France, according to official statistics.

UNDERAGE DRINKING

People who encourage minors to drink excessively could face a year behind bars and a $ 16,000 (15,000 euro) fine.

The sale to minors of products inciting people to get drunk, such as T-shirts, would be forbidden.

Touraine, the health minister, has cautioned against the ills of binge-drinking, and has used the English-language term to describe the act of excessive imbibing over a short period of time.

As many as 49,000 people die every year in France from the consequences of drinking alcohol, according to a 2013 study published in the European Journal of Public Health.

Other measures, including requiring the labeling of alcohol-related risks in advertising, were scrapped during the Assembly debate, under pressure from the conservative opposition and France’s influential wine lobby.

CHILD OBESITY

In a step that would require changes to the business model of some fast-food chains, the bill would ban free-refill soda fountains in restaurants in a move aimed at combatting obesity.

Touraine, speaking in parliament, noted that the free-refill policy was “common in other countries, … is spreading in our country and could be attractive to young people.”

SUN-BED BAN FOR MINORS

Amid concerns about skin cancer, the bill would bar tanning salons from selling sun-bed services to customers under 18 years old or to engage in advertising targeting minors.

FACILITIES FOR DRUG USERS

The bill would allow for a six-year test period in which intravenous drug users would be given access to clean needles under medical supervision and in the presence of drug counselors.

The conservative opposition — which controls the Senate — has criticized the measure as a “very bad signal” to French youth, saying it trivializes the use of drugs.

Under France’s legislative system, the National Assembly has final say in the passage of laws — so even if the Senate alters or rejects the bill, it could become law.

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Winston: ‘I’m the best player in the draft’

When asked why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should make him the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, Jameis Winston didn’t hesitate: “Because I’m the best player in the draft.”
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Jameis Winston, who is widely projected to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick, does not plan to attend the 2015 NFL draft as he currently prefers to spend that day with family and friends in Alabama, his father told ESPN.com on Monday.
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Chip Kelly said that the Philadelphia Eagles are not planning to draft Marcus Mariota, claiming that the organization won’t “mortgage our future” for the Heisman Trophy winner.
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Celtics send F Wright to Suns for draft pick

The Boston Celtics have sent recently acquired big man Brandan Wright to Phoenix for a protected draft pick that initially belonged to the Minnesota Timberwolves, sources confirmed to ESPN.
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Winston leaving Seminoles, will enter draft

Quarterback Jameis Winston won’t be back in a Florida State uniform next season, instead opting to enter the NFL draft.
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Was Michael Sam’s Draft Day “Cake Kiss” Staged? | Oprah Prime | Oprah Winfrey Network

After three days of anticipation, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the National Football League in May 2014. After being picked up by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round, cameras captured Michael celebrating with his longtime boyfriend, Vito Cammisano. After playfully smashing cake in Vito’s face, Michael gave him a kiss, igniting discussion with talking heads and across the Internet about the moment being staged. Michael reveals the truth.

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The Question Michael Sam Asked Himself During the NFL Draft | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN

In May 2014, Michael Sam was eligible for the NFL draft. After six rounds passed in the draft, Michael was still waiting to be selected by a team. Michael ended up being drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams, but he says he experienced a moment of doubt before finally getting that phone call. Find out what Michael was thinking and who gave him peace of mind.

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