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John Lynch: 49ers had deal in place for Aqib Talib

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John Lynch: 49ers had deal in place for Aqib Talib

Before the 49ers signed veteran cornerback Richard Sherman to a three-year contract on Saturday, the club thought it had a deal in place for Aqib Talib.

In fact, 49ers general manager John Lynch told Peter King of the MMQB that the 49ers did have a deal in place for a trade with the Denver Broncos. But Talib wanted to play for New England or the Los Angeles Rams, mentioning Bill Belichick and Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Lynch said.

“We did have a trade in place with Denver for a veteran cornerback,” Lynch said told King. “Aqib Talib. I think he didn’t like the idea of being traded—he wanted to be released. I think he felt, ‘If I’m going anywhere, I want to play for Bill Belichick or Wade Phillips.’ I talked to the Broncos at the scouting combine in Indy about it, and I thought we had a deal.

"Richard wasn’t available then. But we might have had to fight to make the trade for Aqib, so we just dropped it.”

The Rams ended up acquiring Talib in a trade with the Broncos, which left the 49ers with an opening to sign Sherman.

Kentucky Derby 2019 post positions: Draw, lineup with Omaha Beach scratched

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Kentucky Derby 2019 post positions: Draw, lineup with Omaha Beach scratched

The 145th Kentucky Derby won't have its prohibitive favorite

Omaha Beach (4-1 favorite entering today) will not race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, and Bodexpress (30-1) will enter the field instead. The favorite was set to run in the No. 12 post position, but Omaha Beach's late scratch means Code of Honor (12-1) will run in the vacated post, the Kentucky Derby announced Wednesday on Twitter. 

In fact, all horses in posts 13 through 20 will move in one position as Bodexpress runs from the No. 20 post. Here are the fully updated post positions for Saturday's race. 

1. War of Will (15-1)
2, Tax (20-1)
3. By My Standards (15-1)
4. Gray Magician (50-1)
5. Improbable (5-1)
6. Vekoma (15-1)
7. Maximum Security (8-1)
8. Tacitus (8-1)
9. Plus Que Parfait (30-1)
10. Cutting Humor (30-1)
11. Haikal (30-1)
12. Code of Honor (12-1)
13. Win Win Win (12-1)
14. Master Fencer (50-1)
15. Game Winner (9-2)
16. Roadster (5-1)
17. Long Range Toddy (30-1)
18. Spinoff (30-1)
19. Country House (30-1)
20. Bodexpress (30-1)

Kentucky Derby 2019 odds: Updated lines after Omaha Beach scratched

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Kentucky Derby 2019 odds: Updated lines after Omaha Beach scratched

It's anyone's race at this Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Omaha Beach, the prohibitive favorite entering the 145th iteration of "The Run for the Roses," was scratched from the race Wednesday with a breathing issue. The horse was a 4-1 morning-line favorite, and Omaha Beach's absence has scrambled the Derby's odds.

Game Winner (9-2) now is the favorite, while Roadster and the (now ironically named) Improbable aren't far behind in a tie for the second-best odds (5-1), according to Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia (H/T Lexington Herald-Leader). Bodexpress (30-1), who will now run in the field in Omaha Beach's absence, is not the field's longest longshot. That distinction belongs to Gray Magician, who will run the race at 50-1 odds. 

You can watch the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT on NBC, and streaming on the NBC Sports App and on NBCSports.com. Here are the full odds for the Derby, courtesy of Battaglia. 

Game Winner 9-2
Improbable 5-1
Roadster 5-1
Maximum Security 8-1
Tacitus 8-1
Code of Honor 12-1
Win Win Win 12-1
By My Standards 15-1
Vekoma 15-1
War of Will 15-1
Tax 20-1
Bodexpress 30-1
Country Horse 30-1
Cutting Humor 30-1
Haikal 30-1
Long Range Toddy 30-1
Plus Que Parfait 30-1
Spinoff 30-1