Discussão:Sobre o EmBreveAqui

De EmBreveAqui
Ir para: navegação, pesquisa

The Jacksonville Jaguars will play in a renamed stadium next season.

The franchise said Friday that TIAA Bank Field will replace EverBank Field as the official stadium name.

EverBank secured naming rights to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in 2010. The Jaguars and EverBank signed a 10-year [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkjets.com/cheap-sam-darnold-jersey]Sam Darnold Jersey Elite[/url] , $43 million extension in 2014.

TIAA acquired Jacksonville-based EverBank Financial Corp. last year for $2.5 billion. TIAA is a financial services provider headquartered in New York.

Earlier this week, the Jaguars announced they would remove the last remaining tarps for the 2018 season. The addition of 3,501 seats brings stadium capacity to 69,132.

A Santa Clara County judge ruled Wednesday that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster will not have to stand trial on domestic violence charges after determining there was no evidence that Foster ever hit his ex-girlfriend.

Judge Nona Klippen said prosecutors didn’t meet the burden of probable cause on charges of felony domestic violence and forcefully attempting to dissuade a witness.

Foster was also charged with felony possession of an assault weapon after officers found a Sig Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle in his home while investigating his ex-girlfriend’s domestic violence report. That charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

The 49ers have not allowed Foster to take part in the offseason program while he dealt with these charges and general manager John Lynch had said he would be cut from the team if it was determined that he hit a woman. Foster will be allowed back Thursday now that the domestic violence charges have been dropped.

”It has been made clear to Reuben that his place on this team is one that must continue to be earned [url=http://www.authenticsmiamidolphins.com/cheap-josh-sitton-jersey]Josh Sitton Color Rush Jersey[/url] ,” Lynch said. ”We will continue to monitor the remaining misdemeanor charge.”

The prosecutor’s office released a statement expressing disappointment in the judge’s decision.

”We are disappointed because the evidence demonstrated that Mr. Foster seriously hurt his girlfriend,” the statement said. ”Some have wondered why we still think Mr. Foster hurt his girlfriend when she said that he didn’t. Recantation is common among domestic violence victims. Some are scared, some feel guilty, some are coerced [url=http://www.texansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-martinas-rankin-jersey]http://www.texansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-martinas-rankin-jersey[/url] , some need money. Whatever the cause, we move forward on cases when victims falsely recant because we know that if we don’t more victims will be hurt.”

The accuser, Elissa Ennis, recanted her accusations two days after telling police she was hit in the head eight to 10 times by Foster. She testified at a preliminary hearing last week that the injuries were caused by a fight with another woman and she gave prosecutors video of that fight. She said she lied initially because she wanted retribution after Foster tried to end their relationship.

Klippen said recantations aren’t uncommon in domestic violence cases but said there was no supporting evidence in this case that Foster had attacked Ennis.

”The injuries appear more consistent with a fight with another woman on a street than with being hit in the head by this defendant [url=http://www.falconscheapstore.com/deadrin-senat-jersey-cheap]Deadrin Senat Jersey Falcons[/url] ,” Klippen said while ruling from the bench.

Klippen also pointed to the fact that Ennis appeared ”unusually calm” while making a second 911 call reporting the incident. A bystander who gave her a phone to make the call testified she wasn’t frantic and didn’t appear to have serious injuries, and there was no evidence of prior abuse. Ennis also testified that she had made false allegations in another case after a boyfriend broke up with her.

Prosecutor Kevin Smith had no comment while leaving the courthouse after the ruling and Foster only gave a thumbs-up before getting into a car with his attorney.

The 49ers drafted Foster 31st overall last year after questions about his health and character caused him to drop from being a possible top 10 pick.

Foster delivered on the field, ranking second on the team with 72 tackles in 10 games as a rookie and looking like a key part of San Francisco’s defensive future.

”I’m excited to get him back, give him a hug and move forward [url=http://www.montrealcanadiensteamshops.com/authentic-shea-weber-jersey]Authentic Shea Weber Jersey[/url] ,” left tackle Joe Staley said.

Foster was charged in January in Alabama with second-degree marijuana possession before the incident in February that led to this case. Foster is due in court next month for a hearing in his marijuana case.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league will ”continue to monitor all developments in the matter which remains under review.”

.

Índice

DALLAS COWBOYS (9-7)[editar]

As free agency kicked off the start of a new football season [url=http://www.pantherscheapstore.com/dj-moore-jersey-cheap]DJ Moore Jersey Panthers[/url] , the NFL sent a clear message to anyone paying attention:

Colin Kaepernick, you're still not wanted.

Probably not ever.

Oh, and while we're at it, it's pretty clear the owners have every intention of clamping down on any other players who tries to carry on Kaepernick's legacy.

Rattled by another big dip in the television ratings and an increasing number of empty seats, the league seems determined to banish peaceful protest from the playing field.

While it's quite a stretch to say those trends are intimately related 鈥?injuries, bad games and poor showings by several of the league's most popular teams were surely bigger factors in the waning popularity 鈥?the guys sitting on what remains an enormous cash cow aren't taking any chances.

Since Kaepernick is the one who got this whole thing started by having the audacity to silently kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice 鈥?the nerve of that guy! 鈥?his career could very well be over.

Never mind that he's undoubtedly more talented than many of the quarterbacks who still have paying jobs.

Just look at those who have already agreed to new deals heading into the 2018 season.

鈥?Kirk Cousins , who has a losing career record as a starter and has yet to win a playoff game.

鈥?Case Keenum , coming off a marvelous season with the Minnesota Vikings but definitely a candidate for one-year wonder.

鈥?AJ McCarron , who has just three starts in four years.

鈥?Mike Glennon , saddled with an awful career record of 6-16.

鈥?Tom Savage , who went 1-6 as the Texans' starter last season.

鈥?Chase Daniel, the epitome of a journeyman.

鈥?Josh McCown , who is 38 years old and, despite the lack of any apparent success over his long career, keeps landing on his feet.

While all those guys keep cashing checks [url=http://www.lionscheapstore.com/customized-cheap]Cheap Customized Detroit Lions Jerseys[/url] , Kaepernick was working out privately on a field in Houston , quietly going through the grind with only the help of his personal trainers, apparently still hopeful of restarting his career.

His optimism is likely misplaced.

While there's always a chance of some owner breaking ranks to sign Kaepernick, the possibility grows less likely with each passing day. If anything, the owners are intent on nipping social consciousness in the bud.

Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins probably spoke out loud what most owners are saying behind closed doors when he was quoted as saying his players would be required to stand for the national anthem this season.

Ross quickly backtracked, saying his comments were "misconstrued," but a statement explaining his position left no doubt that he's had enough of taking a knee.

"I'm passionate about the cause of social justice, and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists," he said.

There was also a report from the Houston Chronicle that Texans owner Robert McNair doesn't want to acquire players who have engaged in protests or might be likely to going forward. While the team quickly denied the report, McNair's stance on such issues is apparent to everyone. At an owners meeting last year, he grumbled that "we can't have the inmates running the prison" 鈥?a remark that prompted most of his players to join arms and kneel before their next game .

Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks cut ties with two of their most outspoken players, Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman . While a point could be made that these moves were strictly designed to clear room under the salary cap and rebuild an aging defense, one couldn't help but wonder if their support of Kaepernick's protest contributed to the moves.

After clearly being blackballed last season, Kaepernick filed a grievance alleging the owners colluded to keep him out of the league . But it would probably take a mass walkout by all the fellow players to get him back on the field [url=http://www.chiefscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-armani-watts-jersey]Cheap Armani Watts Jersey[/url] , and that's not happening.

There's too much money at stake to risk it all for a single player, no matter how unjustly he's been treated. Even if all the players could come together as one, chances are their protest would collapse as soon as they miss a few paychecks, just as it did during the infamous 1987 strike when a plethora of big-name players crossed the picket line.

So, as we get started on a new NFL season, Kaepernick can expect to keep working out in solitude, at least until he decides on another line of work.

A bunch of less-qualified quarterbacks will continue to hold jobs.

The only message we can send:

Shame on you, NFL.

Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry@ap.org or at pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at s://apnews/search/paul%20newberry

ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-8)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Tyvon Branch; CB Justin Bethel and Tramon Williams; QBs Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert and Matt Barkley; DT Frostee Rucker; WRs John Brown, Brittan Golden and Jaron Brown; OLBs Karlos Dansby and Kareem Martin; RB Kerwyn Williams; G Alex Boone; ILB Josh Bynes, OT Khalif Barnes; OL Earl Watford; TE Troy Niklas; LS Aaron Brewer,.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DT Xavier Williams.

NEEDS: With no QB on roster, team’s No. 1 need is obvious. General manager Steve Keim seems to want to sign veteran, with Cardinals in Kirk Cousins sweepstakes despite salary cap challenges, especially considering large number of departing free agents [url=http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-russell-bodine-jersey]Russell Bodine Jersey Elite[/url] , some of whom could be re-signed. Expect Cardinals also to address QB in draft. Other needs are at WR, where ranks are thin to nonexistent behind Larry Fitzgerald. With big contracts of aging, oft-injured G Mike Iupati and T Jared Veldeer, Cardinals will be looking at OL help as well as in secondary. With entire new coaching regime and system, team might look for someone to play FB.

AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $21 million.

ATLANTA FALCONS (11-7)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Adrian Clayborn; FB Derrick Coleman; WRs Taylor Gabriel, Andre Roberts and Nick Williams; G Ben Garland; LBs Jordan Tripp, Sean Weatherspoon and Kemal Ishmael; DB Leon McFadden; OT Austin Pasztor; DTs Dontari Poe, Courtney Upshaw and Ahtyba Rubin; CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: FS Ricardo Allen; RBs Terron Ward and Terrence Magee.

NEEDS: Tight end is priority following release of Levine Toilolo. Veteran could be signed to challenge Austin Hooper. Team cut Derrick Shelby and could lose Clayborn, so more pass rush help at defensive end may be needed. If team loses Poe and Upshaw in free agency, another veteran defensive tackle may be signed. Guard is another priority that may be addressed high in draft or in free agency. General manager Thomas Dimitroff said at NFL scouting combine that Gabriel would not be re-signed. Kicker Matt Bryant avoided free agency by agreeing to three-year deal.

AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $14.8 million.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-6)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: Gs Andrew Norwell and Amini Silatolu; DEs Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson; DT Star Lotulelei; QB Derek Anderson; TE Ed Dickson, Ss Jairus Byrd and Kurt Coleman; CB Teddy Williams; LB Andrew Gachkar; WR Brenton Bersin; RB Jonathan Stewart.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TE Scott Simonson; G David Yankey; WR Kaelin Clay; CB LaDarius Gunter.

NEEDS: Panthers need thumper at safety after releasing Coleman, as well as pass rushing defensive ends after release of Johnson and with 37-year-old Peppers’ future uncertain. Team allowed All-Pro guard Norwell to walk, but believes last year’s draft pick Taylor Moton can step into that spot. Center Ryan Kalil and outside linebacker Thomas Davis said they will retire after season, so it’s time to address those areas. Carolina cut Stewart, its all-time leading rusher; team needs complement to Christian McCaffrey in backfield. Finding speedy wide receiver remains priority. Don’t be surprised if Carolina drafts quarterback at some point and parts with Anderson.

AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $24 million.

CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Kyle Fuller (transition tag) [url=http://www.falconscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-isaiah-oliver-jersey]Authentic Isaiah Oliver Jersey[/url] , Prince Amukamara, Bryce Callahan and Sherrick McManis; WRs Josh Bellamy, Dontrelle Inman and Kendall Wright; QB Mark Sanchez; RB Benny Cunningham; TE Zach Miller; G Josh Sitton; DE Mitch Unrein; LBs Sam Acho, Lamarr Houston and Christian Jones.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WR Cameron Meredith.

NEEDS: Bears have glaring need for playmaking receivers and could make run at Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson and Rams’ Sammy Watkins in free agency. Chicago needs help on offensive line after declining option on Sitton and with Kyle Long recovering from multiple surgeries. On defense, Bears could use more pass rushers to go with LB Leonard Floyd. Chicago placed transition tag on Fuller, giving them right to match any offer he receives in free agency.

AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $64 million.

DALLAS COWBOYS (9-7)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE DeMarcus Lawrence; RB Alfred Morris; WR Brice Butler; T Byron Bell; G Jonathan Cooper; LBs Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber; LS L.P. LaDouceur; C Joe Looney; CB Bene Benwikere.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE David Irving; FB Keith Smith.

NEEDS: Lawrence will be back after signing for $17.1 million under franchise tag as sides work on long-term deal. Team plans to tender Irving and wants him back. Dallas also wants Hitchens back but likely won’t overpay in scenario that could be similar to last year, when S Barry Church left for Jacksonville. Morris and Butler probably not coming back, and Cowboys could target LG in draft if Cooper doesn’t return. Days of headline-grabbing free agents mostly over with owner Jerry Jones’ son, executive VP Stephen Jones, having strong influence and preferring to avoid big-money deals with players outside organization.

AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $3.2 million.

DETROIT LIONS (9-7)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DTs Haloti Ngata and Jordan Hill; LBs Tahir Whitehead, Nick Bellore, Dwight Freeney and LB Paul Worrilow; CBs D.J. Hayden and Nevin Lawson; C Travis Swanson; Ss Don Carey and S Tavon Wilson; TE Darren Fells; OTs Greg Robinson and Don Barclay; RB Mike James.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WR TJ Jones; LB Brandon Copeland; OL Zac Kerin; RB Zach Zenner.

NEEDS: Lions’ weakness is defensive line and improving it will be priority under first-year coach Matt Patricia. Former New England Patriots .

and deserving[editar]

There's growing concern about Joshua Garnett's knee injury [url=http://www.patriotscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-adrian-clayborn-jersey]Authentic Adrian Clayborn Jersey[/url] , 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday, after the guard missed the last five practices of training camp.

"Josh said that he doesn't feel right, so that's always worrisome when a player says he doesn't feel right," said Shanahan. "And I know Josh is getting a few second opinions. So waiting until our doctors talk to other people and see what conclusion they come to."

Garnett began camp in a heated competition to start at right guard after missing all of 2017 following surgery on the same right knee last August. The team said Garnett banged knees with a teammate July 28 and he was expected to return this week.

Part of the concern is the uncertainty surrounding the injury, which the team initially called "not significant."

"It depends who you talk to," Shanahan said. "That's what we're trying to find out and that's what he's trying to find out. Josh went through a lot last year with his knee."

San Francisco signed Jonathan Cooper and Mike Person in the offseason to also be in the mix at right guard.

Cooper, who had offseason knee surgery [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-james-daniels-jersey]James Daniels Bears Jersey[/url] , hasn't participated in full-team drills yet after returning to individual drills earlier this week. Person has been given the majority of the work with the starters while second-year player Erik Magnuson has also been involved.

NOTES: CB Richard Sherman sat out the second half of Friday's practice after feeling tightness in his hamstring, Shanahan sa6id . Rookie WR Dante Pettis was given the day off after tweaking his groin . Rookie LB Fred Warner sat out Friday after suffering a chest contusion earlier in the week . DE Jeremiah Attaochu (groin) was also given the day off . The 49ers will have the day off Saturday before returning to practice Sunday.

The number was different on Friday 鈥?No. 49 instead of No. 18. So were the colors, trading black and gold for dark blue and white.

The effort and excitement from Shaquem Griffin? That remained the same.

"We had to slow him down on some stuff early. In the walkthrough he was going too hard. We had to chill him out a little bit," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

The next chapter of Griffin's football career got underway with the first day of Seattle's three-day minicamp for rookies. In a way, it was a welcome return to normalcy for Griffin after months where the focus was strictly on what he's overcome missing his left hand and whether he would be given a chance in the NFL.

For one afternoon 鈥攅ven if it was simply in shorts, his new jersey and a helmet 鈥?Griffin could just be a football player.

"It's kind of fun to be honest. I was ready to get back to football. I'm pretty sure all the guys that are here were ready to get back to football," Griffin said. "When you're away from football [url=http://www.seahawkscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-rashaad-penny-jersey]Authentic Rashaad Penny Jersey[/url] , you have to do all the drills and the combine and the pro day. The only thing you are really here to do is play football. So when you get a chance to go to the draft and that part is over with, and you get signed on to a team and you're ready to go, now it's back to everything you've been doing to get to this point and that's play football."

The day was filled mostly with basics, as Griffin and the rest of Seattle's draft class and rookie free agent signings learned how Carroll runs things in Seattle. Considering how the past week has been, even the mundane fundamentals were welcomed by Griffin.

Outside of the quarterbacks drafted in the first round, there was no bigger story in the draft than where Griffin would go. He was a star in college at Central Florida and deserving of a shot in the NFL, especially after stealing the spotlight with his performance at the scouting combine.

It was Seattle that eventually gave Griffin his NFL chance [url=http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-donte-jackson-jersey]Donte Jackson Color Rush Jersey[/url] , drafting him in the fifth round and reuniting him with his twin brother Shaquill, who was drafted by the Seahawks in 2017 and became a starting cornerback in his rookie season. But with the pick came an avalanche of requests and attention for Griffin and the Seahawks to filter. And in the grand scheme, Griffin is still a draft pick that must find a role as a weakside linebacker and special teams contributor.

"It's extremely important for that turn to occur," Carroll said. "It's been a great story, it will always be a great story, but right now he's got work to do and he's got focus he's got to generate. He's got a lot of people tugging on him and for all of the right reasons and all of that, but I know that he's very determined and we are to help him in his pursuit of making the club and making a spot and all of that. He's like everybody else [url=http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/justin-jones-jersey]Authentic Justin Jones Jersey[/url] , he's got to compete like everybody."

Carroll did note that Griffin seemed to have a little better understanding of what he was going to face arriving for the rookie minicamp likely thanks to some tips from his brother. While this weekend is just three days of creating the foundation, the next step for Griffin will come later this month when the Seahawks move into the next phases of their offseason program and integrate more of the rookie class.

""It's been a whirlwind but that's over with," Griffin said. "It's time for us to get to work and make sure I give high competition. Make sure I get a chance for the coaches to see who I am. Make sure I can do my best to make sure I can make my players better and help anybody I can."

.

Urlacher has[editar]

The back of Ryan Tannehill's left knee brace suggested a new [url=http://www.authenticsdenverbroncos.com/cheap-josey-jewell-jersey]Josey Jewell Jersey Elite[/url] , improved version of the Miami Dolphins' quarterback when he took the field Thursday for the first training camp practice.

"TANNEHILL 2.0," it read.

"I have so many braces that they had to label them somehow," Tannehill said. "I guess that's how they figured it out."

Tannehill hasn't played in 19 months. He missed the entire 2017 season when he tore his ACL in training camp, and a serious injury to the same knee forced him to miss the final four games in 2016.

Tannehill wasn't limited during offseason drills and said he has full confidence in his knee.

"I was able to do everything in the spring, and it's only gotten stronger," he said. "At this point it's like nothing ever happened. It's second nature. You're not even thinking about it."

— Joining the most exclusive club in football truly hit home Friday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2018.

Well, maybe not for the one guy missing, but certainly for Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher [url=http://www.minnesotatwinsteamshop.com/authentic-kyle-gibson-jersey]Kyle Gibson Minnesota Twins Jersey[/url] , Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer and Bobby Beathard.

While Terrell Owens was in Chattanooga planning his own ceremony , the other seven men who will be inducted into the football shrine Saturday night attended the Gold Jacket Luncheon in Canton. Their takeaway was tinged with awe.

“I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life,” said Lewis, like Moss and Urlacher a Hall of Famer in his first year of eligibility. “There was so much love and respect in that room. I’ve never experienced this level of greatness, this level of respect.”

The luncheon isn’t at all about food and drink. It’s about a kinship, a fraternity of the very best at what they did as athletes.

So when the likes of Joe Greene, Dick Butkus and Willie Lanier told their stories to the three linebackers in this year’s class, Lewis [url=http://www.seattleseahawksteamonline.com/michael-dickson-jersey]Authentic Michael Dickson Jersey[/url] , Urlacher and Brazile were spellbound.

“The stories and the brotherhood, I didn’t realize what I was getting into,” Urlacher said, shaking his head while smiling. “To hear the stories of what they’d gone through … .”

Of course, Kramer went through more than three decades of waiting to get in. The Packers guard became eligible in 1974 and wound up being voted into the hall as a senior candidate.

Brazile also went the senior route after becoming eligible in 1990. Beathard made it in the contributor’s category and has been retired from NFL team front offices since 2000.

Much of the attention at a news conference Friday was paid to the four youngest men in this class; Dawkins got in on his second try. Each of them was stoked by being part of the luncheon gathering.

And they spoke about the guys they idolized.

“Ronnie Lott is the first guy I wanted to be like, I looked up to that cat for much and modeled my game after him,” said Dawkins, who probably was a harder hitter than Lott, though few defensive backs approached Lott’s coverage skills. “He would challenge his teammates to do more, challenge himself to do more. He was a game changer in a game-changing league.”

Urlacher pointed to Butkus [url=http://www.thedolphinsfootballauthentic.com/jason-sanders-jersey-authentic]Youth Jason Sanders Jersey[/url] , considered by many the greatest middle linebacker in NFL history, and Mike Singletary, his Hall of Fame predecessors for the Bears. But because Urlacher played safety at New Mexico — and often outran every teammate, regardless of position — his hero, like Dawkins’, was a DB.

“Darren Woodson,” Urlacher said. “I was a safety in college and a huge Cowboys fan and he was the guy I wanted to be like when I grew up.”

Urlacher has an edge on Woodson, who hasn’t yet made it into the hall.

Moss mentioned being thrilled to chat with former teammate Chris Doleman, who was inducted in 2012.

“These guys set the foundation and we respect these guys who paved the way,” Moss said. “It was great to be in there and hear a lot about it. You walk out of that room and say [url=http://www.authenticsdallascowboys.com/cheap-mike-white-jersey]Mike White Jersey Elite[/url] , ‘I am glad to be part of this fraternity.'”

At the gold jacket celebration Friday night, Owens made the printed program’s bio, and otherwise was a nonentity while the other class of 2018 members received their jackets.

While Owens is part of it because he was elected in February, his distancing himself from the proceedings here — and from his hall peers — didn’t draw much response from 2018 class members. That’s probably fitting, sort of like how an NFL coach won’t talk about players who are holding out, focusing instead on “the guys who are here.”

Nearly 140 Hall of Famers are expected in Canton for Saturday night’s inductions. Lewis wished he could have spoken in depth to all of those who attended the luncheon.

“Listening to some of those stories,” Lewis said, “you think, ‘Each one of you guys had to make your path straight enough so a person like me could follow.’ (It was) me and Dick Butkus face to face. Me and Mean Joe Greene locked. Willie Lanier and me just there in the corner talking.”

Hall of Famers all.

.

Wednesday against the Rangers.[editar]

Houston has arguably the best overall pitching staff in the major leagues but has run into a big problem because of injury.

The Astros are struggling to find someone to handle those standout pitchers after losing another catcher in their 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

The Astros will send right-hander Garrit Cole (9-2 [url=http://www.authenticskansascitychiefs.com/cheap-armani-watts-jersey]Armani Watts Jersey Elite[/url] , 2.50 ERA) to the mound for the Independence Day, Lone Star State showdown at Globe Life Park in Arlington while the Rangers counter with left-hander Mike Minor (6-4, 4.64).

Houston’s catching situation took a turn for the worst Tuesday when Max Stassi was forced from the game against Texas in the first inning after he was hit on the right wrist by a pitch.

Stassi’s injury comes on the same day veteran catcher Brian McCann met with team medical director Dr. David Lintner ahead of having surgery on his right knee. The Astros placed McCann on the disabled list Tuesday with a sore right knee for the second time this season and recalled catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Fresno.

Federowicz took over for Stassi, who entered Tuesday’s game batting .255 with seven homers and 22 RBIs.

Houston manager A.J. Hinch wouldn’t say what type of surgery McCann would undergo and when the procedure would take place, but admitted that the Astros without McCann, their front-line backstop [url=http://www.cardinalscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-christian-kirk-jersey]Authentic Christian Kirk Jersey[/url] , “for the foreseeable future.”

“We don’t know other than he’s heading for surgery and we’ll have a better timetable once he sees Dr. Lintner and goes through the medical process,” Hinch told mlb.com. “We had a long conversation in Tampa (over the weekend), and it’s continually the same issue over and over with his right knee. One of the options is surgery, and he went back to Houston to take care of it.”

Texas right-handed reliever Chris Martin was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday prior to the club’s series opener against the Astros. The move made room on the 25-man roster for first baseman Ronald Guzman, who returned from the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Martin’s demotion was to create bench depth

“Chris hadn’t done anything to warrant being optioned,” Banister said. “He’s got options. Obviously [url=http://www.dolphinscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-daniel-kilgore-jersey]Authentic Daniel Kilgore Jersey[/url] , he’s pitched well for us in the bullpen. However, you’ve got to be able to protect some of the other players on the team, too.”

Banister told mlb.com that Guzman passed the concussion protocol three days after he was placed on the disabled list. “Ronals was a full-go, as far as baseball activities are concerned,” he said.

The Astros have shuffled their rotation for this week to give Lance McCullers, Jr. and Charlie Morton some additional rest. McCullers was originally scheduled to start Wednesday against the Rangers.

Cole makes his first start in July after going 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA in six June starts [url=http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/jeff-locke-jersey-authentic]Youth Jeff Locke Jersey[/url] , posting a 1.11 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 37 innings. The Astros are 14-3 in games started by Cole, who is looking to reach double digits in wins.

Minor has been one of the Rangers’ best starters of late. He was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four June starts. Minor is 4-2 with a 3.44 ERA in nine home starts this season.

Minor is 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA in nine games (six starts) versus Houston, including 0-1, 5.74 in three starts this season.

Cole is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA in four starts against Texas, including 2-0, 1.80 in three turns this year.

The Philadelphia Eagles got another playmaker at tight end to team with Zach Ertz [url=http://www.officialblackhawksproshop.com/authentic-adidas-corey-crawford-jersey]Adidas Corey Crawford Jersey[/url] , selecting Dallas Goedert from South Dakota State with their only pick in the first two days of the draft.

Now the Super Bowl champions will shift their focus to finding value on Saturday with two picks in the fourth round and one each in the sixth and seventh. Seven of Philadelphia's starters in the 41-33 victory over New England in the Super Bowl were drafted on Day 3 or signed as rookie free agents.

Running back, offensive line, defensive line and secondary are positions the Eagles will target.

Goedert had 72 catches for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior after posting 92-1,293-11 as a junior.

.

Titans (10-8)[editar]

The Latest on the NFL combine (all times EST):

2:15 p.m.

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says that the team would like to extend the contract of quarterback Aaron Rodgers "sooner rather than later."

Gutekunst was asked about the two-time NFL MVP at the combine. He says that the team realizes it's "not going to be inexpensive."

Rodgers is under contract through the 2019 season following a five-year extension signed in 2013 that boosted his annual average salary to $22 million [url=http://www.raiderscheapstore.com/kolton-miller-jersey-cheap]Kolton Miller Jersey Raiders[/url] , making him the highest-paid player in the league back then.

The 34-year old Rodgers has since been passed by other players, including the five-year deal worth a reported $137.5 million that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo agreed to with the San Francisco 49ers.

Gutekunst says that taking care of Rodgers is a high priority, "and I think that should take care of itself at some point."

Gutekunst is in his first year as the Packers GM after replacing Ted Thompson.

1:45 p.m.

Browns coach Hue Jackson hopes to avoid starting a rookie quarterback in 2018.

Cleveland owns the No. 1 overall pick, and is expected to use it to select a quarterback from a talented group that includes Southern Cal's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen.

The Browns will use this week's combine to evaluate that foursome and other top players.

Last season, the Browns started rookie DeShone Kizer, who went 0-15 as the Browns became the second team in NFL history to lose all 16 games.

"I would hope not," Jackson said when asked if he intends to start a rookie QB. "There's going to be other opportunities as we all know. We just go to see how it all fits as we move forward."

The Browns are expected to be active in free agency and it's possible they'll land their starting quarterback there. Jackson refused to comment on Cleveland's intended targets, but one of them is certain to be Cincinnati quarterback AJ McCarron. The Browns were poised to acquire McCarron in a trade last season before the deal was scrapped because the teams failed to file paperwork with the league on time.

1:30 p.m.

The Chicago Bears plan to part ways with quarterback Mike Glennon.

General manager Ryan Pace said the Bears will release him rather than bring him back for a second season after he lost his starting job to rookie Mitchell Trubisky.

Pace, speaking at the NFL combine [url=http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-marcus-davenport-jersey]Marcus Davenport Jersey Elite[/url] , said a mechanism in Glennon's contract prevents the Bears from letting him go until the start of the league's calendar year on March 14. The Bears were also releasing linebacker Willie Young.

Glennon left Tampa Bay to sign a three-year contract with the Bears last March and replace Jay Cutler as the starter. He went 1-3 with five interceptions, three lost fumbles and four touchdown passes before Trubisky 鈥?the No. 2 overall draft pick 鈥?took over.

"We were going to be aggressive at that position," Pace said. "We were going to take swings at that position and be aggressive at the most important position, really, in sports. There are multiple factors that go into that. But really, what stands out, as I look back, was Mitch's acceleration, too.

"So, it was kind of twofold. So I can sit back now and be happy that we have a guy that we feel good about, a young quarterback that we want to build around."

A triceps injury limited Young to four games last season. He had 26 sacks in four seasons with Chicago [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/uchenna-nwosu-jersey-cheap]Cheap Uchenna Nwosu Jersey[/url] , giving him 32 in eight years with the Bears and Detroit Lions.

1 p.m.

The NFL's competition committee is meeting in Indianapolis this week and the group is looking into ways to redefine the troublesome catch rule. The committee also is entertaining the notion of turning the defensive pass interference call into a 15-yard penalty.

It's currently a spot of foul flag.

At least one head coach is certain the league won't mess with that rule.

Broncos coach Vance Joseph was among the first coaches to step to the podium at the NFL combine and he says the catch rule certainly needs to be addressed.

But Joseph insists there's no way the NFL would follow the NCAA's lead in making defensive pass interference a 15-yard infraction instead of putting the ball at the spot of the foul.

Joseph says pro football fans like seeing points scored and if that rule is changed, there will be "a lot of defensive backs grabbing and pulling guys, so that's not going to change."

11 a.m.

Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott says cutting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is not part of the team's current plans, though he won't rule out trading the three-year starter.

McDermott says it's too early to remove any option off the table "other than cutting him at this point," in answering a question as to whether the Bills would consider trading Taylor. "We're in a good position with some options out there, so that'll work itself out," he added at the NFL combine on Wednesday.

Taylor's future in Buffalo remains in question even though he helped lead the Bills to a 9-7 record and clinch the team's first playoff berth since 1999. Taylor has a 23-21 record with the Bills and went 8-6 last season while also being benched for one game in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman.

The Bills considered cutting Taylor last March before the quarterback agreed to restructure his contract by reducing it from a five-year to a two-year term.

Taylor enters the final year of his deal, and is due a $6 million bonus in two weeks. General manager Brandon Beane previously said the Bills could comfortably afford carrying Taylor's contract this year, which will count $18 million against the salary cap.

8:45 a.m.

Jon Gruden is back from the broadcast booth and the highest-paid coach in NFL history.

Unlike his colleague, Matt Patricia didn't balk at leaving Bill Belichick's brigade.

Andy Reid is in the midst of another 鈥?First, the Patriots tuned out a week full of off-field drama. Then [url=http://www.vikingscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-mike-hughes-jersey]Authentic Mike Hughes Jersey[/url] , they silenced the Titans to earn yet another trip to the AFC championship game.Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and New England cruised past Tennessee 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive conference title game.New England (14-3) will host the winner of Sunday’s divisional matchup between Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.It was Brady’s 10th career postseason game with at least three TD tosses, moving him past Joe Montana for the most in NFL history. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards.New England’s victory came on the heels of a week filled with turmoil following reports of discord involving Brady, coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.None of that showed on the field Saturday.“I’ve been around long enough,” Brady said. “So, 18 years, there’s so many nice things said about me. It just goes with the territory.”The Titans (10-8) took an early 7-0 lead, but New England scored 35 straight points to take control.Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, but was under duress for most of the second half. He was sacked eight times, a Patriots playoff record.Coach Mike Mularkey said after the game his quarterback strained a quadriceps in the first quarter.“It had an impact [url=http://www.saintscheapstore.com/marcus-davenport-jersey-cheap]Marcus Davenport Jersey[/url] ,” Mularkey said. “We had to get out of some of our scheme with him.”New England also held Derrick Henry to just 28 yards rushing on 12 carries.The Titans came back from an 18-point deficit in the second half to beat the Chiefs 22-21 in the wild-card round last week 鈥?the largest comeback on the road in the Super Bowl era. But the Patriots didn’t give them a chance for an encore.Leading 14-7, the Patriots stretched their lead to 14 just before halftime thanks to a trio of careless penalties on the Titans.Tennessee initially forced a three-and-out, but gave up a first down via a fourth-and-5 neutral zone infraction on Brynden Trawick before New England’s punt attempt.Armed with a new set of downs, Brady went to work moving the Patriots down the field with a steady diet of short passes. The Titans helped along the way with illegal contact and unnecessary roughness penalties. It eventually culminated in a 4-yard TD pass from Brady to Chris Hogan in the back of the end zone that made it 21-7.Brady threw a short shovel pass to White, who ran it in from the 5-yard line to make it 7-7 early in the second quarter.The Patriots appeared to have a touchdown three plays earlier, when Dion Lewis caught a pass from Brady and was tackled by Wesley Woodyard at the 19. Lewis landed on top of the defender, then got up and continued to the end zone.The officials initially ruled that he had never been down and called it a touchdown. But replays showed Lewis’ butt hit the ground at the 19.Corey Davis made a one-handed catch on a 15-yard pass from Mariota in the corner of the end zone to give the Titans a 7-0 lead. Mariota had a pair of 11-yard runs to help set up the score.Davis added an 11-yard TD reception with 1:55 left in the game 鈥?and the Titans’ season.INJURIESTitans: Right tackle Jack Conklin walked off on his own power after injuring a knee in the first quarter. He did not return. … Tight end Jonnu Smith was carted off in the third quarter with a right leg injury.Patriots: Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle left with a knee injury early in the third quarter. … Cornerback Jonathan Jones was helped off the field late in the fourth quarter.UNFORCED ERRORSThe Titans had 85 penalties in the regular season 鈥?the second-fewest in the NFL.They were flagged 10 times for 62 yards on Saturday, just the second time they had 10 or more this season.MOVING ON UPGronkowski finished with six catches for 81 yards and touchdown. It was his 10th career postseason TD. He’s tied with five others for third all-time. But it’s the most for a tight end.Gronk also moved into second all-time for a tight end with 835 postseason receiving yards. He passed Keith Jackson, and only Dallas Clark is ahead of him.UP NEXTThe Patriots will play the winner of Sunday’s matchup between the Jaguars and Steelers in the AFC championship game..

c Isaiah Ol[editar]

The New York Jets have signed linebacker Avery Williamson to a three-year contract worth $22.5 million.

Williamson spent his first four NFL seasons with Tennessee and led the Titans in tackles in two of those years.

It appears the 26-year-old Williamson will be a replacement at inside linebacker for Demario Davis [url=http://www.falconscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-isaiah-oliver-jersey]Authentic Isaiah Oliver Jersey[/url] , who led the Jets in tackles last season with a career season but is 29 and a free agent.

Instead, New York went with the younger Williamson [url=http://www.coltsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-tyquan-lewis-jersey]Colts Tyquan Lewis Jersey[/url] , who has 11陆 sacks and 377 tackles with two interceptions and three forced fumbles. He'll likely combine with Darron Lee to man the middle of the Jets' linebacker group.

Williamson was a fifth-round pick out of Kentucky in the 2014 draft. He became a starter for the Titans early in his rookie season and became a consistent playmaker during his four years with the team.

The National Hockey League is hoping Snoop Dogg can heat up interest on the ice as the Stanley Cup playoffs get underway.

The rapper and hockey fan is appearing in a series of Hockey 101 videos in which he gives shoutouts to the teams and some of the players. Snoop plays the character ”Dogg Cherry,” who schools viewers about the rules and the Stanley Cup. That’s not to be confused with renowned Canadian hockey analyst Don Cherry.

Dogg Cherry says the cup is not only the most iconic trophy in sports but also the one with the most ”superstitions [url=http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/reuben-foster-jersey]Reuben Foster Jersey Youth[/url] , traditions and any other kind of itions you can think of.”

The playoffs started Wednesday, with Winnipeg [url=http://www.officialpenguinsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-matt-murray-jersey]Adidas Matt Murray Jersey[/url] , Pittsburgh and Vegas taking 1-0 series leads.

.

Cornerback Justin[editar]

GLENDALE [url=http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jessie-bates-iii-jersey]http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jessie-bates-iii-jersey[/url] , Ariz. — Every NHL team seemingly wanted to face the Arizona Coyotes when the season began. As the schedule winds down, they are the team no playoff contender is eager to go against.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, who have led the Eastern Conference most of the season, discovered that during a 4-1 loss to Arizona on Monday. The Vegas Golden Knights, who have led the Western Conference much of the season, discovered that during a 3-2 loss to Arizona on Wednesday.

The St. Louis Blues, already a loser to Arizona this season, are hoping they don’t meet the same fate as the Lightning and Golden Knights when they play the suddenly dangerous Coyotes on Saturday night at Gila River Arena, in a game critical to St. Louis’ playoff hopes.

The Blues (43-28-6) had won six in a row until losing at Vegas 4-3 in overtime on Friday night, a loss that gained them a valuable point but dropped them a point behind the Anaheim Ducks for the top Western Conference wild card.

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice for Vegas, including the game-winner only 22 seconds into overtime. The Ducks moved past St. Louis, 93 points to 92, by beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in overtime.

Arizona (27-40-11) stumbled during a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday as Jeff Carter scored three goals. It concluded a road trip in which the Coyotes won three of six, but they’re proving to be a very difficult opponent as the playoff races wrap up.

Certainly, much more so than back in October, November and December, when the Coyotes were winless through 11 games (0-10-1) and they won only nine of their first 41.

“Unfortunately [url=http://www.brownscheapstore.com/customized-cheap]Cheap Customized Cleveland Browns Jerseys[/url] , we came up a little bit short (in Los Angeles), but we’ll take the positives and get ready to go for St. Louis,” said left winger Max Domi, who had a goal and an assist against the Kings. “It was a good test for us and a really good learning experience, too, and we’ll take that and move forward. We’ve got four games left and, hopefully, we can make the most of those.”

The Coyotes are 18-13-6 since midseason, and 15-8-2 in their last 25 games. It’s not exactly a Presidents’ Trophy-level pace, but certainly much better than midseason, when they were threatening to put together one of the NHL’s worst seasons in decades.

“I’m proud of this team,” first-year coach Rick Tocchet said. “We had a good road trip and the guys played hard.”

The Coyotes are getting production from Kevin Connauton, who scored in Los Angeles and has three goals in two games, and rookie center Clayton Keller, who had a 10-game scoring streak stopped against the Kings. He has three goals and seven points in his last five games, and 23 goals and 62 points overall.

The Blues beat the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout on Nov. 9 but lost to them 5-2 on Jan. 20. They had won eight of nine before Friday, including key wins over the Kings and the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins.

“It was a typical Western Conference game [url=http://www.saintsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-natrell-jamerson-jersey]Saints Natrell Jamerson Jersey[/url] , just heavy sticks, just heavy bodies and two teams just slugging it out,” said right winger Chris Thorburn, who scored his first goal with St. Louis.

Of those six consecutive Blues wins, four came in overtime, including three in a row from March 17-21 against the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Bruins.

Brayden Schenn leads them with 65 points, including 26 goals, while Vladimir Tarasenko has a team-high 31 goals to go with 63 points.

Their late-season surge pushed the Blues from 11th place in the Western Conference on March 16 into a wild-card slot, and they now control their own playoff destiny rather than having to rely on other teams.

“Certainly, the picture’s a little bit clearer right now,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said.

However, playing the Knights and Coyotes on back-to-back nights in the desert is proving to be quite a challenge down the stretch. And the Blues’ schedule isn’t easy, with six games in nine days counting the Vegas game, and three more on the road.

St. Louis is 12-9-2 against the Pacific Division.

“What we do beyond this (is) really going to count,” Yeo said.

The Atlanta Falcons have started their offseason conditioning program with some must-see TV.

"We're looking at film from last year, figuring out how we can get better [url=http://www.texanscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-keke-coutee-jersey]Authentic Keke Coutee Jersey[/url] ," linebacker Deion Jones said on Tuesday. "We're off to a good start."

There is plenty to self-scout after the Falcons fell short in 2017. Yes, they won six of their last eight to finish the regular season at 10-6, advanced to the playoffs and knocked off the Los Angeles Rams in a road wild-card game.

But Atlanta's shortcomings, particularly on offense, were on full display the following week. The defending NFC champion Falcons were favored to win at Philadelphia, only to go scoreless in the second half and lose when the Eagles recognized Atlanta's formation in the final minute and stopped Julio Jones from catching a fourth-down touchdown pass.

"It was a tough way to lose, but it's the past and right now we're focused on the 2018 season," receiver Mohamed Sanu said. "You've just got to lick your wounds and get back working."

With the start of volunteer workouts this week, the Falcons have several moving parts to sort out.

The team wants to sign quarterback Matt Ryan to a new contract , and both sides seem to be moving in that direction. Running back Devonta Freeman is rehabbing a right knee injury and was seen on the field Tuesday doing side work. Free safety Ricardo Allen has reported despite not yet having signed a tender as a restricted free agent.

Atlanta, with limited salary cap space, stayed relatively quiet in free agency, choosing instead to retain some of its own players in Allen, kicker Matt Bryant, defensive end Derrick Shelby, safety Kemal Ishmael and offensive lineman Ben Garland.

The Falcons kept left guard Andy Levitre by restructuring his contract and added a starting right guard when Brandon Fusco left San Francisco to sign a three-year deal.

Cornerback Justin Bethel and tight end Logan Paulsen were brought aboard on one-year contracts to provide depth.

The biggest needs in the upcoming draft 鈥?Atlanta has the 26th overall pick and spots in every round but the fifth 鈥?are at defensive tackle and receiver.

Dontari Poe left in free agency, so the Falcons need a defensive tackle to pair with Grady Jarrett. Taylor Gabriel also departed [url=http://www.patriotscheapstore.com/isaiah-wynn-jersey-cheap]Isaiah Wynn Youth Jersey[/url] , creating an open spot at receiver behind Jones, Sanu and Justin Hardy.

But for Sanu and Deion Jones, this week is all about "the little things" as the Falcons focus on details in the film room, in the weight room and on the field.

Sanu credited Hardy, three seasons his junior, with providing a new teaching point.

"It's a debate ongoing between me and him, but I say he does (have better hands) because of how he attacks the ball with no fear at all times," Sanu said. "I've learned a lot from him. I would say before this I never attacked the ball that way."

Jones, the undisputed leader on defense, was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season, thanks in part to a spectacular play to preserve a win over New Orleans . But entering his third year Jones gives props to position coach Jeff Ulbrich for pushing him to be more vocal.

"I've never been an outspoken guy when it comes to leadership," Jones said. "I like to lead by example. I don't like to get up in people's face or nothing, but sometimes it takes that from a leader. Getting out of that comfort zone really helped me because I have to live up to that, too."

.

as Nashville outsh[editar]

The Boston Bruins won [url=http://www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com]Vikings Authentic Jerseys[/url] , then got the break they needed to remain in contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

David Pastrnak and Tommy Wingels scored 51 seconds apart in the second period and Boston beat Ottawa 5-2 on Saturday night, a win that preserved Bruins’ chances for the No. 1 seed with an overtime loss by Tampa Bay.

”It’s been a battle all year. It’s been a grind, but we’re in that position,” said Patrice Bergeron, who assisted on Pastrnak’s tying goal 8:08 into the second period.

The Bruins host Florida on Sunday night in a game postponed by a winter storm Jan. 4. Boston is one point behind Tampa Bay, which lost in overtime at Carolina, for the top spot in the East and the Atlantic Division.

Danton Heinen also scored for Boston, which added late goals by Noel Acciari and David Backes in the final two minutes to put away the Senators and complete the season sweep.

Anton Khudobin stopped 26 shots for the Bruins.

”We have a chance to move into first. That’s what we all can ask for – to have a chance,” Boston captain Zdeno Chara said. ”It’s in our hands tomorrow.”

Ryan Dzingel scored both goals for Ottawa and Colin White had two assists. Daniel Taylor made 29 saves for the Senators, who finished 28-43-11 one year after reaching the Eastern Conference finals.

The Senators closed out the season with back-to-back games on the road against two of the top teams in the East. After getting shut out 4-0 at Pittsburgh on Friday night, Ottawa didn’t concede anything against the Bruins.

”We’ve got a lot of young guys and some big names missing. It could have been easy yesterday or today to come up with a poor effort or a lack of commitment [url=http://www.authenticstennesseetitans.com/cheap-harold-landry-jersey]Harold Landry Color Rush Jersey[/url] ,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. ”We were making some mental mistakes and stuff but I think the effort was there from the beginning until the end.”

After falling behind 1-0 on Dzingel’s goal 12:31 into the game, Boston tied it on Pastrnak’s power-play goal 8:08 into the second period. The tie lasted less than a minute before Wingels fired a wrist shot that Taylor got his glove on but couldn’t hold and the puck bounced over the goal line at 8:59 of the second.

Heinen made a steal at the Boston blue line and took it the other way, beating Taylor on a wrist shot with 2:59 left in the second.

Dzingel pulled Ottawa to 3-2 at 7:07 of the third with his second goal of the game, but Acciari added an insurance goal for Boston with 1:51 left and David Backes scored on an empty net with 43 seconds left to play.

”I thought today we got better as the game went on and we really started playing our game, our style, our system and it showed on the scoreboard,” Bergeron said. ”We’re in a position where we can win the conference. It’s a big feat.”

NOTES: Senators D Erik Karlsson missed his third straight game, remaining at home with his wife after the couple’s first son was stillborn last month. … Bruins LW Tim Schaller and RW David Pastrnak are the only Boston players to have played in the first 81 games. … Bruins LW Rick Nash missed his 11th straight game with an upper-body injury. … After entering the season on a six-game winless streak against Ottawa, Boston swept all four games.

UP NEXT

Senators: End of regular season.

Bruins: Wrap up the regular season Sunday night at home against the Panthers.

The Winnipeg Jets only got a few hours to celebrate the biggest victory in franchise history.

The Jets finished off the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Nashville Predators 5-1 in Game 7 of their second-round series Thursday night, then quickly headed home to prepare for the opener of their first ever Western Conference final Saturday night.

”It’s too bad one of us had to be knocked off here,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. ”But night’s like tonight [url=http://www.arizonadiamondbacksteamshop.com/authentic-randy-johnson-jersey]Randy Johnson Jersey[/url] , you try to really soak it in and enjoy it. And then, wake up and get ready for a big game on Saturday.”

The Jets will be hosting the upstart Vegas Golden Knights in a conference final nobody predicted.

Upstart Winnipeg was swept in its only previous playoff appearance since leaving Atlanta for Canada in 2011. The Golden Knights, meanwhile, are dragging their debut season deep into the NHL calendar.

”We know what they bring, we know that they’re good, that they maybe surprised a few teams, but not really,” Jets center Paul Stastny said. ”They had 109 points. In a sense they play like us, they have a lot of depth, and they can roll four lines, and they have good [url=http://www.titanscheapstore.com/rashaan-evans-jersey-cheap]Rashaan Evans Titans Jersey[/url] , puck-moving D. So we’re going to have our hands full for sure.”

Stastny had one of two Winnipeg goals 2:06 apart in the first period to chase Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne for the third and final time in their series. Stastny finished with two goals and an assist, and Mark Scheifele finished with two goals, giving him a postseason record seven road goals in a single series .

Tyler Myers also scored. Wheeler and rookie Kyle Connor each added two assists, and Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who improved to 4-0 coming off a loss this postseason, made 36 saves to outduel Rinne in the showdown between Vezina Trophy finalists.

”A year in a goalie’s life makes such a big difference,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said of his 24-year-old goalie. ”In the third period, I think had one bobbled puck that got away from him, but everything else after that he was knocking it to the corner, he was clearing the front. He looked calm.”

This was the first Game 7 for the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise, and the Jets dominated the Predators to win in Nashville for the third time in the series. They outskated the Predators and kept the puck on their sticks much of the game [url=http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/korey-toomer-jersey-authentic]Youth Korey Toomer Jersey[/url] , even as Nashville outshot them 21-7 in the third period.

By the time Scheifele scored his record-setting goal into an empty net with 2:33 left, the Jets had left no doubt this was their series.

Now they head back to Winnipeg, where the Jets posted the NHL’s best home record in the regular season. They have a good idea how much this next series means as Canada’s last team still standing and even more special for Winnipeg after the town lost its first NHL team to Arizona.

Wheeler said they’re thrilled their fans get to have a celebration.

”Our fans have been with us filling up our building for seven years and we haven’t always had the most success, but they’ve always been supportive all over the city,” Wheeler said. ”I don’t think I’ve heard a negative comment in seven years. So now, we’re just happy to keep playing for them.”

.

uled every time I go to[editar]

鈥?Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will remain in a Cincinnati hospital until at least Wednesday to undergo further testing on a spinal injury suffered in the first quarter of Monday night’s win over the Bengals.Shazier left Paul Brown Stadium on a stretcher less than four minutes into his team’s 23-20 victory over Cincinnati following a tackle that left the 25-year-old writhing on the turf [url=http://www.ottawasenatorsteamshop.com/authentic-mark-stone-jersey]Authentic Mark Stone Jersey[/url] , his legs motionless. He underwent extensive testing overnight, with the team saying Shazier’s injury did not require surgery “at this time.”The Steelers had hoped Shazier would be able to return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The timetable has been pushed back at least 24 to 48 hours. He will remain at University of Cincinnati Medical Center under the care of neurosurgeons David Okonwko and Joseph Cheng. Shazier is expected to be transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital later in the week.While Shazier stayed in Cincinnati surrounded by family and his medical team, his team tried to find a way forward without one of its rising stars.Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, general manager Kevin Colbert and team president Art Rooney II visited Shazier before heading back to Pittsburgh. Tomlin called their conversation “normal” and that Shazier was concerned about the well-being of the rest of the team, including good friend and fellow inside linebacker Vince Williams.“Ryan is a legitimate leader,” Tomlin said. “He’s asking about the guys, Vince particularly. I told him about the guys. We talked about how the game unfolded.”And not about Shazier’s prognosis.“It was painful to get on that plane last night, but that’s life,” Tomlin said. “We realize and understand he’s in really good hands and is getting expert medical care. He challenged us to move on with what we need to move on with.”Shazier’s injury came on a relatively innocuous-looking play. Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton hit Josh Malone for a short 3-yard gain, with Shazier hitting Malone square in the back. Shazier, in his fourth season after being taken in the first round of the 2014 draft, led with his head while making the tackle.He immediately rolled over onto his back [url=http://www.officialcoyotes.com/authentic-adidas-clayton-keller-jersey]Adidas Clayton Keller Jersey[/url] , raising his hands in the air while his legs went limp. He was placed on a backboard then put on a stretcher before being taken to the trauma center at University of Cincinnati Medical Center while players from both sides watched in silence or knelt in prayer.“I’ve been in football all my life, unfortunately injuries occur, serious injuries occur from time to time, they’re capable of shaking you,” Tomlin said. “We all deal with it in different ways.”Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio spot on 93.7 The Fan that he’d heard “encouraging things” but that Shazier was “not out of the woods.”Pittsburgh appeared to spend much of the first half in a daze following Shazier’s exit, falling behind by 17 points before rallying to win their seventh straight on Chris Boswell’s field goal on the final snap, culminating more than three hours of occasionally brutal play.The teams combined for 239 penalty yards and five personal fouls, including a taunting penalty on Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for a blindside hit on Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict that resulted in Smith-Schuster being hit with a one-game suspension .Bengals defensive back George Iloka was also suspended one game for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.“I’ll acknowledge there were some unfortunate things in that game that we don’t need in our game by both sides,” Tomlin said. “My job as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers is to work hard to minimize those things that we’re involved in before they occur and we do.“But they did (occur) last night in an instance or two and we’ll make an accounting of that and work hard to make sure they don’t happen again.”While Tomlin, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and the league grapple with how to rein in a rivalry in which the bad blood only seems to grow with each passing year, support for Shazier extended far beyond the NFL.Ian Cole, a defenseman on the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins [url=http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-donte-jackson-jersey]Cheap Donte Jackson Jersey[/url] , called it a “shock” to see Shazier go down so awkwardly.“We’re not friends, we’re not buddies, by any means,” said Cole, who has met Shazier a handful of times. “But you do feel that kinship and it’s tough to see a guy go down like that, especially someone that’s as talented and as huge a part of a team as he is.”The Steelers (10-2) spent Tuesday taking a breath before trying to regroup for a visit by AFC North rival Baltimore (7-5) next Sunday night.A win and Pittsburgh will wrap up its third division title in four years, a prospect made more difficult without Shazier, though Tomlin is well aware prioritizing the impact on the lineup seems trivial.Still, it’s part of the job.“When they come into the building tomorrow,” Tomlin said, “we will reset and start anew like we always do.” Al Horford had no use for the premature celebration that showered confetti all over the 76ers’ home court at the end of regulation, delaying overtime and prompting an impromptu cleanup job.

Turns out [url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/mike-hughes-jersey-cheap]Mike Hughes Jersey[/url] , Horford has the Celtics just a game away from a real sweep.

Horford scored the go-ahead basket for Boston late in overtime in a wild Game 3 where the Philadelphia 76ers were sloppy with the basketball and the confetti, leading the Celtics to a 101-98 victory and a 3-0 series lead on Saturday night.

”These are the kind of moments you want to be in as a basketball player,” Horford said.

He saw some wild ones down the stretch.

Marco Belinelli had hit a buzzer-beater to end the fourth quarter that sent the Sixers into a wild celebration on the court as confetti shot out of a cannon that made it rain over chunks of the arena.

Hold up.

Game 3 was only headed into OT.

”I wanted to play right away,” Horford said. ”I didn’t care about the confetti.”

The tale of the (ticker) tape shows the Celtics are still the team to beat.

The Celtics, who rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat the 76ers 108-103 in Game 2, can advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season on Monday.

The ending to regulation was about as wild as it gets for both teams. JJ Redick threw away the basketball on an errant pass to no one that was scooped by Terry Rozier who threw to Jaylen Brown for the basket and an 89-87 lead.

Seconds later, Belinelli stunned everyone with a falling 22-footer in front of the 76ers bench as time expired that sent the game into overtime – and confetti mistakenly blasted from the cannon. There was about a seven-minute delay while team employees scrambled to clean up the mess on the court. Some players even scooped up confetti as everyone waited for the start of overtime.

Confetti Guy – wearing a ”Breaking News: I Don’t Care” T-shirt – pushed the button too early and the rectangular pieces were soaring everywhere.

Confetti Guy – who declined to give his name – came over to press row and said the Sixers ”better win or I’m done.”

They didn’t.

Belinelli opened OT with a 23-footer and Redick followed with a 3 that appeared to take him off the hook.

But the Celtics wouldn’t let them pull away and Horford escaped for a layup with 5.5 seconds that gave Boston a 99-98 lead. Ben Simmons then threw the ball away after a timeout and Horford sealed the win with two free throws.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said he thought Belinelli had won the game with a 3-pointer.

”Walk off 3. I thought it was. I actually left the court,” he said. ”You come back on and there’s confetti. You move on. It slows the game down a lot but you move on.”

Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Rozier had 18.

Joel Embiid had 22 points and 19 rebounds for the Sixers, Redick scored 18 and Simmons 16.

Horford hit the big shots in the final minute of overtime to silence what had been a rabid crowd. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles rang the ceremonial bell and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. One fan waved a sign that said ”Philly Special 2.0” as a nod to the trick play called that allowed Foles to catch a touchdown pass against the New England Patriots.

But not every Philly team can beat one from New England in a big game.

Simmons, the rookie of the year favorite, had a miserable Game 2 and scored only one point and failed to score a field goal for the first time all year. Hall of Famer Allen Iverson called Simmons and gave him a needed pick-me-up.

”Just play the game I’ve been playing,” Simmons said AI told him. ”I know how to play the game. I can’t think about it too much. I’ve just got to go out there and do it.”

Determined not to get embarrassed again [url=http://www.authenticsdenverbroncos.com/cheap-royce-freeman-jersey]Royce Freeman Color Rush Jersey[/url] , Simmons scored on a driving layup less than a minute into the game.

”My goal isn’t to go out there and drop 30 every game,” Simmons said. ”My goal is to go out there and facilitate and get the best shots we can.”

He did it all in the second quarter when the Sixers looked every bit the team that ended the season on a 16-game win streak.

Trailing by 10 early in the second, Simmons had an emphatic slam to kickstart a rally. Simmons would make the highlight reel with a behind-the-back pass to a charging Embiid for a thunderous dunk over Aron Baynes. Embiid made the free throw and the crowd was going bonkers.

Redick and Dario Saric each hit 3s during the 13-0 run that helped the Sixers take a 51-48 lead into halftime.

TIP-INS

76ers: The Sixers have suddenly become one of the hottest teams at attracting celebrities. Rapper Meek Mill, Questlove of The Roots, celebrity physician Dr. Oz, UFC President Dana White and director M. Night Shyamalan were all at the game, as were other members of the Eagles.

Celtics: The Celtics missed 15 of 22 3s in the first half and only attempted four free throws.

CRYING FOUL

Embiid was just 2 of 3 from the free-throw line and believed he was hacked most of the game.

”I’m too big not to get fouled every time I go to the basket,” he said.

BALL HAWK

Coach Brett Brown endorsed assistant coach Lloyd Pierce as the next head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Pierce interviewed for the job on Friday.

”It’s a no-brainer. I would hire Lloyd Pierce yesterday,” Brown said.

UP NEXT

Game 4 is Monday at the only-in-the-postseason tip time of 6 p.m. EDT

.

nts and a care[editar]

鈥?Mike Tomlin is ready to talk about the New England Patriots.The fact the Pittsburgh Steelers coach can include cornerback Joe Haden in the discussion is a bonus.Haden will attempt to practice for the AFC North champions this week [url=http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/josh-jackson-jersey]Josh Jackson Packers Jersey[/url] , barely a month removed from a fractured left leg that appeared to put his season in jeopardy.While Tomlin will wait to make a decision on whether Haden will be available on Sunday when the Steelers (11-2) host the Patriots (10-3), the fact it’s even up for debate is promising.The Steelers signed Haden on the eve of the regular season precisely for this situation. Tom Brady dominated Pittsburgh’s secondary in the AFC championship game 11 months ago, picking apart the Steelers’ zone defense while throwing for 384 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-17 romp that wasn’t even that close.Tomlin and defensive coordinator Keith Butler made playing more man-to-man coverage a point of emphasis during the offseason and the Steelers had the second-ranked pass defense in the NFL before Haden left during the first half of a victory over the Colts on Nov. 11.The results during Haden’s absence have been uneven at best, though it hasn’t stopped Pittsburgh from taking an eight-game winning streak into perhaps the most highly anticipated game of the regular season.The Steelers clinched their third division title in four years last Sunday night with a 39-38 victory over Baltimore, meaning Haden will be heading to the playoffs for the first time in his career.“It was probably one of the most rewarding images I saw in the locker room Sunday night after the game: Joe Haden in his AFC North champion hat and T-shirt,” Tomlin said.“He was excited about it and rightfully so. Hopefully we’ll get him back into the land of competing so he can be back in the fold with us, but only if he’s ready.”A little bit of Haden could go a long way against Brady, who is 7-2 against the Steelers with 24 touchdowns and only three interceptions.Getting pressure on him would help, and if Pittsburgh wants to blitz it needs to go man-to-man effectively.The Steelers are second in the NFL with 41 sacks and their 13 picks are tied for seventh.“I feel like we’re in a better position to (play man-to-man), and we have practiced it more [url=http://www.authenticsdallascowboys.com/cheap-bo-scarbrough-jersey]Bo Scarbrough Jersey Elite[/url] , globally speaking, over the course of a 12-month calendar,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “We’ll see what it looks like.”While Haden could return, the Steelers are still adjusting to life without linebacker Ryan Shazier. The 25-year-old Shazier injured his spine in the first quarter of a 23-20 victory over Cincinnati on Dec. 4 and remains in the hospital recovering from spine stabilization surgery.The team has been tight-lipped about Shazier’s long-term prognosis, but placing him on injured reserve means he won’t be back at any point this season, if he returns at all.Still, Shazier remains very much a part of the team. Several players visited him in the hospital shortly after Chris Boswell’s winning field goal against the Ravens.Tomlin has stopped by too, with Shazier frequently steering the conversation toward the team’s status and not his own.“I go see him, he wants to talk about the game plan, how the guys are doing [url=http://www.falconscheapstore.com/calvin-ridley-jersey-cheap]Calvin Ridley Jersey[/url] , what’s transpiring in practice settings and so forth,” Tomlin said.The reality of how difficult it will be to move forward without Shazier came into stark focus against Baltimore. The Ravens rolled up 413 yards as Tomlin shuttled between Arthur Moats and Sean Spence at Shazier’s inside linebacker spot, with uneven results at best.“Shay’s a special guy with a lot of talents, not only physically but mentally and from a leadership standpoint,” Tomlin said. “It’s not a realistic discussion to talk about one guy replacing him.”Either way, the Steelers must move on.Tomlin understands the hype surrounding the meeting between two teams that have represented the AFC in the Super Bowl 10 times in the past 16 years. Rather than run from it, he’s running towards it.“I love it,” Tomlin said. “It’s good to be in big games than be in ones nobody’s watching. We better be appreciative of this spot and not resist it in any way. This is what we’ve been fighting for since March. Why would you fight that? It’s an awesome thing.” The Detroit Pistons can certainly attest to how long the NBA season is.

For two months, they looked like a team on the rise in the Eastern Conference during a 19-14 start that included victories at Golden State, Minnesota [url=http://www.eaglesauthorizedshops.com/authentic-josh-sweat-jersey]http://www.eaglesauthorizedshops.com/authentic-josh-sweat-jersey[/url] , Oklahoma City and Boston. Then an ankle injury to point guard Reggie Jackson derailed Detroit’s season, and even a bold trade for Blake Griffin wasn’t enough to push the Pistons to the playoffs.

Detroit’s promising start now feels like a long time ago, and the big question for this offseason is the status of Stan Van Gundy, who has just one playoff appearance in four seasons as coach and president of basketball operations.

”I think we have to make changes,” owner Tom Gores said earlier this week.

It’s not clear if those changes will involve moving on from Van Gundy, who never had much of a chance to coach the Pistons at full strength after Jackson’s ankle injury Dec. 26. He didn’t come back until the latter half of March.

After faltering badly following Jackson’s injury, the Pistons acquired Griffin in a blockbuster trade at the end of January. Detroit went on a brief run after that deal but quickly regressed and finished 39-43.

The Pistons have made the playoffs only once in the past nine seasons.

”Hopefully we can have a more healthy year next year,” Jackson said.

Jackson has played only 97 games over the past two seasons, a big reason the Pistons have been unable to build on their playoff appearance in 2016.

LIMITED FLEXIBILITY

The Pistons now have Griffin and Andre Drummond locked into expensive deals, and they’ll probably need to make that combination work because they sent the Los Angeles Clippers a protected first-round draft pick in the deal for Griffin. Although there are always health concerns with Griffin [url=http://www.billsfootballauthentics.com/phillip-gaines-jersey-authentic]Youth Phillip Gaines Jersey[/url] , his production wasn’t an issue. He averaged 19.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 25 games with Detroit.

YOUNGER OPTIONS

The first-round picks Detroit has had under Van Gundy have produced decidedly mixed results. Stanley Johnson can provide a boost defensively but is still limited at the offensive end, and Henry Ellenson played in only 38 games this season. Rookie Luke Kennard shot over 40 percent from 3-point range, but even that felt like a missed opportunity since he was taken one spot ahead of Donovan Mitchell in last year’s draft.

BRIGHT SPOT

Drummond came into the season with a lot to prove, and he delivered with perhaps his best season as a pro. Not only did he improve his free throw shooting to a more respectable 60.5 percent, but he also averaged 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

NEW ARENA

This was the team’s first season at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. A glaring number of empty seats early in the season indicated that the Pistons couldn’t expect packed houses just because they were in a new venue, but the team hadn’t been drawing well at its previous home either, and the move downtown could still pay dividends if Detroit wins a few more games.

VETERAN

Anthony Tolliver did an impressive job as a role player for the Pistons this season, shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc and averaging 8.9 points per game. He’s carved out a decade-long career after going undrafted out of Creighton.

.

ork Yankees at the[editar]

With every Anthony Davis put-back dunk [url=http://www.bearsfootballauthentics.com/joel-iyiegbuniwe-jersey-authentic]Youth Joel Iyiegbuniwe Jersey[/url] , reverse alley-oop jam, step-back 3-pointer or game-sealing block in the playoffs, the New Orleans Pelicans take a step closer to becoming the NBA’s next small-market success story.

That didn’t quite happen with Chris Paul, who essentially forced a trade after his sixth season in the Big Easy amid concerns about uncertain ownership.

The 25-year-old Davis is now in his sixth season in New Orleans. And the five-time All-Star is not only playing historically good basketball, but seems to see no need for moving vans in order to go ring hunting.

Davis, after all, was a young fan when Reggie Miller was in the twilight of an 18-year career with Indiana that transformed the Pacers into playoff regulars – and while Tim Duncan was embarking on a long career in San Antonio highlighted by five NBA titles.

”There’s always, you know, `You can’t win in a small market or you can’t get noticed in a small market,’ but then you look at those guys and they’ve won and been well recognized in their respective teams,” Davis said, referring to Miller and Duncan. ”I love the city of New Orleans. I love playing for the city. The city’s showed me a lot of love, so I couldn’t ask for a better place to be.”

New Orleans is noticing. So, apparently, is the rest of the world.

Sharp-shooting forward Nikola Mirotic, a Montenegro native acquired by the Pelicans in a mid-season trade [url=http://www.arizonacoyotesteamshop.com/authentic-clayton-keller-jersey]Authentic Clayton Keller Jersey[/url] , said Davis already has enhanced New Orleans’ international profile because of the NBA’s global appeal.

”I know in my country, for example – or Spain, or Serbia – they all talk about him. They all want to see him playing because of the show he puts on,” Mirotic said. ”He’s still young. There’s a lot of room for him to improve. I’m sure he’s going to be someone that everybody is going to remember in the future.”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees remains New Orleans’ most popular athlete. But Davis’ rising global star power is on full display.

The Pelicans’ home arena, the Smoothie King Center, was packed to the rafters and deafeningly loud during games 3 and 4 of sixth-seeded New Orleans’ somewhat surprising first-round sweep of the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers. The series victory not only was New Orleans’ first since 2008, but only the second since the NBA returned 16 seasons ago to the city where the Pete Maravich-led Jazz originally played from 1974-79, before moving to Utah.

Davis averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game during the first round of the playoffs, earning him constant ”M-V-P” chants from fans – who hope this is just the start.

”We would want this to be something that changes the mindset of not just what we do here, but also of other people looking to come here,” said Pelicans forward Solomon Hill, who joined Davis as a free agent in 2016. ”From player personnel to the front office, whatever it may be, we’re trying to let everybody know that New Orleans is a place where we’re trying to win – and he’s the key piece you need.”

Sitting on the bench in street clothes and a walking boot watching Davis these days is fellow All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who is due to become a free agent this offseason. The Pelicans have said they’ll try to re-sign Cousins [url=http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ronald-jones-ii-jersey]http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ronald-jones-ii-jersey[/url] , who technically is now part of his first playoff team in eight NBA seasons, but who still has yet to play in the postseason because of his Achilles tear in January.

Davis said he hopes the way the Pelicans played, and the way fans cheered, in the first round gives Cousins ”a little itch to come back.”

New Orleans hardly looked like a playoff lock in the highly competitive Western Conference after Cousins was injured. But Davis averaged an NBA-high 30.2 points during the last 34 regular season games, with the Pelicans going 21-13.

Unlike when Paul was in New Orleans, the Pelicans are now on sound financial footing, with the same local ownership as the NFL’s Saints. They have a modern, spacious, permanent practice facility on the same campus as Saints headquarters and a team-friendly arena lease that runs through 2024.

Davis is under contract for three more seasons.

”I know that his goal is to be the foundation of a team that wins consistently here,” coach Alvin Gentry said. ”With the talent-level that he is and the way he can make other guys better just by being on the court with them, I see no reason why that can’t happen.”

Guard Jrue Holiday, who had 33 points in Game 2 and 41 in Game 4, is under contract for four more seasons. Veteran guard Rajon Rondo, who won a title in Boston with a ”Big Three” of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, said he came to New Orleans on a one-year deal to play with the ”Big Three” of Davis [url=http://www.packerscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-j_mon-moore-jersey]Cheap J'Mon Moore Jersey[/url] , Cousins and Holiday. During the playoffs, Rondo has emerged as the club’s third star, piling up 53 assists in four games.

Davis wants Rondo back next year as well, and very well may get his wish.

”We just can’t make this a one-every-three-years or one-every-two-years” playoff run, Davis said. ”It needs to be a consistent thing where before every season they’re talking about: These are the top five teams that we know are going to be in there – and we need to be one of them.”

After three years of missing the playoffs and dealing away fan favorites like Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson and Sonny Gray, the Oakland Athletics are trying to steer themselves in the opposite direction.

They certainly took a significant step Saturday by acquiring New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia to bolster a bullpen that includes All-Star closer Blake Treinen.

”You always want to be in this position where you’re potentially adding,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ”We’ve had three years where it’s been just the opposite. Three weeks ago, maybe this isn’t a conversation. But the way the team’s played in the last month put us in a position to be able to do something like this.”

New York gets two minor leaguers for its closer, Triple-A right-hander Bobby Wahl and Class A third baseman Will Toffey, and $1 million in international signing bonus pool allotment. Wahl appeared in seven big league games for the A’s last year.

”This trade hits three major areas,” Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said in a statement. ”We got a major league-ready reliever our scouts recommended, a position player who was a high selection from the 2017 draft and strong prospect in the A’s system as well as receiving international bonus pool money to help in the future.”

Traditionally sellers at the deadline, the A’s overcame a slow start and are in the midst of the wild-card picture in the American League. They went into Saturday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants having won 21 of 28 since June 16, tied with the Boston Red Sox for the best record in the majors during that stretch.

An All-Star in 2016, Familia was 4-4 with a 2.88 ERA and 17 saves in 21 chances with the Mets this season. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out 43 and walked 14 in 40 appearances covering 40 2/3 innings.

Although the right-hander can become a free agent after this season [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-kareem-martin-jersey]Kareem Martin Color Rush Jersey[/url] , the A’s didn’t shy away from making the move in hopes of enhancing their playoff prospects this year.

There were reports that the two sides were close to a deal late Friday night. Familia was at Yankee Stadium on Saturday morning but left before the start of the Mets’ 7-6 loss.

”We thought he was the best guy out there,” Oakland general manager David Forst said. ”Adding a reliever right now was the best option and we thought Jeurys was the best guy. We’ve been talking to the Mets for a while, and we’re happy that it came together.”

The move is a distinct change from what the A’s have done in recent years.

In the midst of a playoff run in 2014, executive Billy Beane stunned A’s fans when he shipped the popular Cespedes to Boston in exchange for pitcher Jon Lester. It was a move meant to strengthen Oakland’s rotation but had mixed results: The A’s made it to the playoffs but lost in the wild-card round. Lester was up and down on the mound and signed with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent in the offseason.

Four months after dealing Cespedes away, the A’s further angered their fan base when they shipped Donaldson to Toronto.

Last year Gray was dealt to the New York Yankees at the trade deadline, two weeks after relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson were sent to Washington. The trade with the Nationals netted Treinen.

Now the A’s are back in contention – they trailed Seattle by four games for the second wild-card spot heading into Saturday – and looking to add rather than reduce.

”For already having a good bullpen, to be able to bring in an arm like this, man, it’s pretty significant,” Melvin said. ”I’ll certainly talk to him before I say how this is going to be deployed as far as what innings for who. But this is a real significant pickup for us. You can’t ask for much more.”

With the Mets (40-56) languishing near the bottom of the National League standings, Familia and infielder Asdrubal Cabrera were expected to be traded for prospects as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Cabrera also is eligible for free agency after the season.

Familia saved 43 games in 2015 and the Mets made it to the World Series. He led the majors with a franchise-record 51 saves the following year, again helping New York reach the playoffs.

He had an abbreviated 2017 season due to a blood clot that required surgery, going 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA and six saves in 26 games. He has 123 career saves for the Mets, who signed him at age 17.

To clear a roster spot, the A’s transferred right-hander Daniel Gossett to the 60-day disabled list.

.

rd policy sounds like it was mandated. It was discussed as a team and agreed upon as a team,” Cearns said in an email to The Associated Press.Defensi[editar]

>With no deadlines to meet and a monthlong summer break coming up [url=http://www.baltimoreravensteamauthentic.com/orlando-brown-jr.-jersey]Wholesale Orlando Brown Jr. Jersey[/url] , NFL teams are in no hurry to formulate a policy on demonstrations during the national anthem.One day after league owners mandated that players must stand for the “Star-Spangled Banner” 鈥?they now have the option of remaining in the locker room for the playing of the anthem 鈥?few of the 32 teams had done more than preliminary work on the issue.The NFL gave teams the option of developing their own workplace rules, which many players interpreted as a backhanded way of subjecting them to fines, suspensions or loss of jobs should they carry on with the protests.For now, other than New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson’s decision to pay any fines doled out by the league without passing punishment to the players, each franchise’s approach is uncertain.After all, once mandatory minicamps end in mid-June, teams don’t get together again until training camps open in late July. The opening preseason game 鈥?the first time the anthem would be played before an NFL match 鈥?is Aug. 2 when Baltimore and Chicago face off in the Hall of Fame game.“I’m sure it’s something that will be addressed, by the players and by the coaches, collectively,” Lions receiver Golden Tate said Thursday. “But right now [url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/customized-cheap]Cheap Customized Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys[/url] , we don’t play a game until August, and that’s when it’s going to be applicable in football stadiums. So we’ve got time to kind of brainstorm some ideas on how we could stand for justice and what we can do.”What some teams have done in the past likely indicates how they will handle disciplining players for demonstrations during the anthem 鈥?regardless of the intent. Owners Jerry Jones of the Cowboys and Robert McNair of the Texans have been among the staunchest advocates of no exceptions to standing during the anthem.Others have taken a less stringent stance, emphasizing working together with the players in their communities rather than focusing on how the message about social injustice is being delivered.“I have always believed it is the responsibility of sports teams to be very proactive in our communities,” says Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.“In this great country of ours, there are so many people who are hurting and marginalized, which is why I am proud of our players for continuously working to influence positive change. Their words and actions have demonstrated not only that they have a great deal of respect for our country, but also that they are committed to finding productive ways to fight social injustice, poverty and other societal issues that are important to all of us.“We must continue to work together in creative and dynamic ways to make our communities stronger and better, with equal opportunities for all.”One certain thing: The uncertainty about how each team will deal with players who defy the NFL’s mandate will last for weeks.Not so for any league personnel such as game officials [url=http://www.raiderscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-johnny-townsend-jersey]Authentic Johnny Townsend Jersey[/url] , sideline crews, et al. They will be disciplined for any violations of the anthem policy, though the exact punishments have not yet been determined by the NFL.One organization, the National Action Network, will march on league headquarters Friday to “advocate for players’ right to kneel and call on NFL owners to reverse (the) dangerous decision violating players’ First Amendment rights by imposing fines for not standing during the national anthem.”Such protests could become more prevalent if teams decide to strongly discipline players who demonstrate during the anthem. But some franchises aren’t sure they need their own policy. Or if that is even the proper description.The Falcons’ position is any players on the field will stand, so no need to make plans for any other outcome.Team spokesman Brian Cearns suggested it’s too strong to say they have a team policy: “The word policy sounds like it was mandated. It was discussed as a team and agreed upon as a team,” Cearns said in an email to The Associated Press.Defensive linemen Dontari Poe and Grady Jarrett knelt during an early season game at Detroit last year.Coach Dan Quinn said that was a “one-off” and, sure enough, after that game all players stood together on the sideline, with arms interlocked [url=http://www.raiderscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-arden-key-jersey]Cheap Arden Key Jersey[/url] , the remainder of the season.“Was every player who stood last year against social justice?” Lions guard T.J. Lang tweeted “Or just the guys who do it this year because there is now a rule? Asking for a friend.”Buffalo linebacker Lorenzo Alexander doesn’t expect his team “to do anything.”“I understand where they’re at. And it’s hard,” Alexander said. “And I understand that from a business perspective trying to be socially responsible. And people can act like it’s in a vacuum and say you have to pick a side. But it’s not that simple. It’s a very complex situation.“And so I respect them, because I was a business owner and I understand it. It makes a big impact. I’m in this to grow the business, grow their brand, and us doing this does have an impact, whether we say it or not. That’s what we want, because we’re trying to bring attention to it. But they have to have a foot over here, a foot over here. It’s hard.”AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton and Sports Writers Charles Odum, Paul Newberry, John Wawrow and Noah Trister contributed. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been named grand marshal for the International Boxing Hall of Fame's annual parade.

Fitzgerald [url=http://www.losangelesdodgersteamshop.com/authentic-clayton-kershaw-jersey]Clayton Kershaw Jersey[/url] , who starred in college at Pittsburgh, is a lifelong boxing fan and says he considers it a great honor.

Fitzgerald says it'll be great to share in the celebration of those being inducted.

The Parade of Champions is set for Sunday, June 10.

Boxers to be inducted that day include Vitali Klitschko, Erik Morales, Winky Wright and Sid Terris. Ring announcer Johnny Addie, promoters Lorraine Chargin and Klaus-Peter Kohl, and broadcasters Steve Albert and Jim Gray also will be enshrined.


.

e visiting Angels duribe abe aggbe aggressive.”ressive.”ggressive.”[editar]

Golden State All-Star guard Klay Thompson expects to play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals after spraining his left ankle in a scary fall during a collision when Cleveland’s J.R. Smith slid into him in the first quarter of the series opener Thursday night.

”It is a Finals game [url=http://www.clevelandindiansteamshops.com/authentic-larry-doby-jersey]Larry Doby Jersey[/url] , and I’m going to do everything I possibly can to play,” he said. ”It’s something you definitely don’t want to have in the NBA championship.”

The Warriors listed Thompson as questionable for Sunday’s second game with a bruise in his left leg, though Thompson offered more specifics Saturday after practice. He didn’t do much work on the floor and limped to his media availability at Oracle Arena.

Thompson said he is in more pain: ”It’s not good. From watching that replay, it pissed me off.” Yet Thompson did receive some kind words from Smith.

”Yeah, he was remorseful, so I don’t think he meant to do it,” Thompson said.

Thompson grabbed at his lower left leg and grimaced in pain, a frightening moment for the defending champions.

He said the pain level and swelling increased overnight into Saturday, when he was working to get it loose and eliminate some of the stiffness.

Thompson briefly went to the locker room during the game then returned and finished with 24 points and five 3-pointers on 8-for-16 shooting in the Warriors’ 124-114 overtime victory.

”I was just trying to go for the ball. It looked like an opportunity for me to get a steal. Unfortunately, I didn’t. I fouled him,” Smith said Saturday. ”They called the foul. I don’t know what more he was looking for.”

Thompson grew up playing multiple sports with his brothers and has said he has a high tolerance for pain.

”My ankle’s just sore,” he said. ”It’s stiff at the moment [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jonathan-cooper-jersey]http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jonathan-cooper-jersey[/url] , but I’m going to do what I can in these next 24 hours or so to loosen it up as much as possible, get some stability back. I’m optimistic for tomorrow. So that’s the hard part of the game we all have to endure. Got to let it go. It happens. I’ve just got to move on.”

Damon Harrison isn’t a big fan of change, so it might be a little surprising the massive defensive tackle is enjoying playing in the New York Giants‘ new 3-4 scheme.

Harrison is having fun playing in the middle of the line flanked by second-year pro Dalvin Tomlinson and third-round draft pick B.J. Hill.

While there are fewer linemen in the formation, players say the defense is much more aggressive than the old 4-3 scheme. The linemen have gone from playing a two-gap responsibility to attacking one-gap.

”It just takes me back to my first years in the league,” the 29-year-old Harrison said Wednesday before practice. ”It’s kind of like a Rex Ryan-type defense. It’s a lot of attacking, it’s not sitting around waiting, trying to read and see the other guys on the offense are doing – it’s playing defense with an offensive mentality.”

In the formation, Harrison tends to shade on either side of the center, while Tomlinson and Hill pick a gap between the guard and tackle.

What also makes James Bettcher’s defense interesting is the linemen also can rotate, so are not going up against the same opponent each play.

When the linebackers and defensive backs join the rush, it adds to the confusion.

While the Giants (3-13) struggled last season, Harrison was again outstanding. He has started every game for five straights seasons [url=http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jonathan-allen-jersey]http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jonathan-allen-jersey[/url] , including the last two with the Giants. He finished with 76 tackles, second on the team, and he is clearly one of the leaders on defense, even though he shies away from calling himself a leader.

Besides learning a new defense, Harrison said he is learning about a new coaching staff and a lot of new players, led by linebackers Kareem Martin, Alec Ogletree and Connor Barwin along with Hill and veteran tackle A.J. Francis.

”It’s a few holdovers, but other than that, it’s new faces,” said Harrison, who is entering his seventh season after starting with the Jets. ”Everybody’s trying to learn everybody, to figure out what makes that person tick [url=http://www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com/mike-hughes-jersey]Authentic Mike Hughes Jersey[/url] , what makes them go. It’s kind of refreshing. I told you in the past, I’m not a guy who likes change, so it’s a real difficult time for me.”

Tomlinson, who also started every game last season, said he and Harrison talk about the new defense constantly. They don’t hesitate to point out mistakes to each other.

”It’s different, but it is pretty similar for the most part,” Tomlinson said of the schemes. ”For the interior guys, we pretty much have the same job. Stop the run and be aggressive.”

Tomlinson said the linemen can flip-flop positions on any play, depending on what the offense shows and the defensive alignment.

”We try to disguise everything to almost look the same,” Tomlinson said. ”When everything looks the same, you don’t know what you are getting from us and what to expect. We can bring someone from anywhere and surprise them every time.”

The new defense also has quick forced Harrison to change his style and his look a bit, a hint he might be dropping weight from his 355-pound frame.

”You go to change the body type to be able to do Coach Bettcher is asking of the defensive line [url=http://www.baltimoreravensteamauthentic.com/hayden-hurst-jersey]Wholesale Hayden Hurst Jersey[/url] , which is to get up the field and attack, and anybody who knows me and likes me, that’s not something that’s been a strong point in my game,” Harrison said. ”I can do it. I like to kind of use it as a change up every now.”

NOTES: The Giants returned to practice after having a day off. … S Landon Collins intercepted Eli Manning’s pass that seemed to be tipped by linebacker B.J. Goodson in a two-minute drill. … Third-year pro Kalif Raymond, who had one catch in six games with the Giants last season, has been showing flashes in training camp, including a couple Wednesday.

.

Things[editar]

Richard Sherman officially has gone to the other side.

The four-time All-Pro cornerback signed a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-saquon-barkley-jersey]Giants Saquon Barkley Jersey[/url] , two days after being released by the rival Seattle Seahawks.

The deal reportedly is worth up to $39.15 million.

"Richard is one of the premier competitors Kyle and I have ever encountered," 49ers general Manager John Lynch said, referring to coach Kyle Shanahan. "We look forward to him sharing his wealth of experience and his passion for the game of football with our team.

"Richard has long been looked at as the prototypical corner in our scheme and the opportunity to have him mentor our players was one we needed to attack. Most importantly, we are excited to have a championship-caliber corner on the field for the 49ers."

Sherman played an integral role in the fierce NFC West rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco earlier this decade. With the Seahawks retooling their defense, he became expendable. His deflection on a potential winning touchdown pass in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers led to an interception that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, which they won.

Sherman then celebrated a Thanksgiving night win in a road game against the 49ers the following season by eating a turkey leg on the 50-yard line.

Now, the player who was reviled so much by 49ers fans is joining their team after the Seahawks decided he wasn't worth his $13 million salary for 2018. San Francisco hopes he can make a big impact even as he turns 30 later this month and is coming off an Achilles tendon injury that cost him half of the 2017 season. Sherman also had a cleanup surgery on his opposite ankle during the offseason.

The 49ers had a glaring need at cornerback with 2017 third-round pick Ahkello Witherspoon and slot cornerback K'Waun Williams the only players under contract with extensive experience. The Niners believe Sherman can fill that role in a defense modeled by coordinator Robert Saleh after the one that had so much success in Seattle. Saleh was a former defensive assistant with the Seahawks.

Sherman became a star in Seattle, bringing a brash attitude and willingness to speak out on any topic to go along with his stellar play. His best seasons came in 2013 and 2014, when Seattle made two Super Bowl appearances [url=http://www.steelersfootballauthentics.com/terrell-edmunds-jersey-authentic]Youth Terrell Edmunds Jersey[/url] , and he has 32 career interceptions.

He still was one of the better cornerbacks the past three seasons, ranking second in the NFL by allowing just 49.2 percent of passes against him to be caught, according to Pro Football Focus.

Sherman played his college ball in the Bay Area at Stanford under former coach Jim Harbaugh, who then went up against Sherman during his four seasons in charge of the 49ers.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians, who are in first place in the American League Central Division, are in the midst of a portion of their schedule in which they have an opportunity to lengthen their division lead, or see it evaporate — quickly.

Saturday at Progressive Field the Indians will host the division-rival Minnesota Twins in the second game of a three-game series. Saturday’s game will be the Indians’ ninth game in a 16-game stretch in which they will play only AL Central teams. In the first eight games in that span the Indians are 4-4, including a 6-3 loss to the Twins Friday night.

Overall this season the Indians are 18-12 against AL Central teams, including 11-3 at Progressive Field. The Twins are 15-10 against AL Central teams [url=http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-chukwuma-okorafor-jersey]http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-chukwuma-okorafor-jersey[/url] , and 5-2 against Cleveland.

Both teams made roster moves prior to Friday’s game. The Indians activated outfielder Tyler Naquin off the disabled list and placed first baseman Yonder Alonso on the family medical emergency list. Naquin was in the lineup Friday and played center field. He went 1-for-3 in his first game since being placed on the DL on May 11 with a strained left hamstring.

The Twins on Friday activated first baseman Joe Mauer off the disabled list and recalled infielder Taylor Motter from Triple-A Rochester. Mauer and Motter replace infielder Miguel Sano, who was optioned to Class-A Fort Myers, and outfielder Jake Cave, who was optioned to Rochester.

“It’s really been bothering him that he hasn’t been contributing while we’ve been losing. His biggest goal is to win,” Twins manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune regarding Sano. “Some things have knocked him off course from time to time, and it’s time to address them.”

Mauer missed 25 games with a cervical strain/concussion-like symptoms. Motter was claimed off waivers from Seattle on May 28 and hit .167 (7-for-42) at Rochester.

Although the Indians are just 6-7 in June, they are encouraged by the improved work by their bullpen, which was the American League’s worst over the first two months of the season. However, in the month of June [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/j_mon-moore-jersey-cheap]J'Mon Moore Jersey Packers[/url] , the Indians’ 2.30 bullpen ERA ranks fifth. Two new additions, left-hander Oliver Perez and right-hander Neil Ramirez, have been key contributors in the bullpen’s resurgence.

“We were hoping that with an opportunity to pitch for those guys, good things would happen, and that’s what happened,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “Perez has helped a lot, and Ramirez has some swing and miss stuff. Things are definitely settling down (in the bullpen).”

The pitching matchup Saturday will be a pair of right-handers: Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco vs. Minnesota’s Fernando Romero.

Carrasco (8-4, 3.90 ERA) is coming off his best start of the season, a 4-0 win over the White Sox on June 11. In that game [url=http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-marshall-newhouse-jersey]Marshall Newhouse Color Rush Jersey[/url] , Carrasco pitched seven scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and recorded 11 strikeouts with one walk.

Carrasco has started two games against the Twins this season and is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA. In 19 career appearances (16 starts) against Minnesota, Carrasco is 5-7 with a 3.97 ERA.

The 23-year-old Romero (3-2, 3.92) will be making his ninth major league start and his first against Cleveland. Romero’s last start was a 7-5 win over the Angels on June 10. Romero pitched five innings in that game, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits, with five strikeouts and two walks.

Romero’s rookie season started well but has been bumpy in recent starts. In his first three starts he was 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA. But in his last five starts he is 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA.

.

performance enhancin[editar]

The Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Daryl Worley [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/2018_good_sellers_for_fake_nfl_jerseys_news]2018 Good Sellers For Fake NFL Jerseys[/url] , hours after he was arrested.

NFL Network reported that Worley was arrested Sunday morning near the team's practice facility and that police used a Taser on him after he became combative. The report also said a gun was found in Worley's vehicle.

The team first issued a statement that it was investigating Worley's arrest and later announced he was cut.

The Super Bowl champions traded wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers for Worley in March. They also acquired defensive end Michael Bennett in a trade with Seattle. Bennett was arrested last month on a charge that he injured a paraplegic woman as he tried to get onto the field after last year's Super Bowl to celebrate with his brother.

Worley, a third-round pick in 2016 [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/5_ways_to_tell_authentic_and_replica_nfl_jerseys_(real_vs_fake)_news]5 Ways To Tell Authentic And Replica NFL Jerseys (Real VS Fake)[/url] , started 25 games in the past two seasons for the Panthers.

Representatives for Mark Ingram say the Saints running back did not test positive for a performance enhancing drug and is weighing options for challenging his four-game suspension.

Paul Bobbitt and David Jones of VIP Sports Management say Ingram was using a substance that is permitted by the NFL with a ”proper use exemption.”

Ingram’s agents did not specify which substance Ingram used.

The NFL’s drug policy does not merely ban performance enhancing drugs, but also certain legal substances which have been known to skew drug test results.

The NFL announced Ingram’s suspension on Tuesday.

Bobbitt and Jones say Ingram has challenged the NFL’s decision through arbitration [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/blog]NFL Blog[/url] , and that his legal team will consider further options after reviewing the arbitrator’s recent ruling.

Last season, Ingram rushed for a career-high 1 [url=http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/dak-prescott-jersey]Dak Prescott Jersey Elite[/url] ,124 yards and 12 touchdowns to go with 416 yards receiving.

.

ut him until I tu[editar]

PHOENIX — Like pitching?

The final game of the St. Louis-Arizona series Wednesday features a couple starters who have had strong seasons but also should be considered under-the-radar All-Star candidates [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/5_ways_to_tell_authentic_and_replica_nfl_jerseys_(real_vs_fake)_news]Tell Authentic And Replica NFL Jerseys[/url] , at least for those who have not been paying close attention.

You could look it up.

Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin and St. Louis right-hander Miles Mikolas rank in the top 10 among NL qualifiers in ERA, WHIP, WAR and innings pitched. The only statistical difference is in strikeouts, where Corbin is tied for second and Mikolas is down the pack. Mikolas compensates by pitching to contact and getting the majority of his outs on the ground.

They are compatible in one more way — each has received below-average run support. Corbin has received the fourth-fewest, 3.65 per start. Mikolas’ support checks in under the league average.

Arizona used a three-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt to take a 4-2 victory Tuesday as the teams have split the first two games of the series. Arizona will conclude a 10-game homestand with a four-game set with San Diego beginning Thursday, when the Cardinals open a four-game series in San Francisco before finishing a nine-game trip in Chicago against the White Sox.

Mikolas, 29, has been perhaps the most pleasant surprise in the major leagues this season, signing with the Cardinals over the winter after three strong seasons for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japanese Central League. He was 3-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 62 starts in Japan after being released by Texas in November 2014.

“Obviously this season he’s been fantastic,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He should be sitting on 10 wins right now. Two of the losses he had, he had us right there. He just matched up with a pitcher we couldn’t get much going against. Miles has been very good.”

Mikolas has made 11 quality starts, tied for fourth in the league. After starting the season 6-0 [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/2018_good_sellers_for_fake_nfl_jerseys_news]Good Sellers For Fake NFL Jerseys[/url] , he has lost three of his five decisions in June despite posting five quality starts and giving up one earned run in two of his losses.

“A guy who just attacks the strike zone,” Matheny said.

“He has very good stuff. Doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. Not afraid to use his defense. He has been just an incredible surprise for us. What a great pickup for our organization and a salute to our scouts who are finding people like Miles who are out there.

“He figured something out while he was in Japan. The way he goes about his business, not just how he competes but how he prepares, you could see that being something that sticks around for awhile.”

Mikolas and Corbin are tied for second in the league in WHIP (0.99). Mikolas is sixth and Corbin ninth in ERA and innings pitched, and Mikolas is seventh and Corbin ninth in WAR.

Each has one of the five shutouts thrown in the NL this season. Washington’s Max Scherzer, Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon and Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz have the others.

Corbin, 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA, has made two straight quality starts, giving up only one run and in 13 innings, but did not receive a decision in either game. He had extra rest the last time through the rotation after pitching seven scoreless innings while striking out 12 in a no-decision at Pittsburgh, when he threw a season-high 102 pitches. He gave up one run in six innings against San Francisco on Friday, pitching on six days’ rest.

“He (gets) into trouble [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/5_ways_to_tell_authentic_and_replica_nfl_jerseys_(real_vs_fake)_news]5 Ways To Tell Authentic And Replica NFL Jerseys (Real VS Fake)[/url] , doesn’t get rattled, and continues to pound the zone and get big outs. He’s done a very good job,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

Jeff Mathis, one of two healthy catchers on the Arizona roster with Alex Avila on the disabled list, will catch Corbin for the third straight start.

“I like the way Jeff gets Patrick to do certain things at certain times and shows confidence in certain pitches, and helps him execute by showing that confidence,” Lovullo said. “Jeff has such respect from anyone on this staff that when he asks for something they listen.”

Corbin has received 3.65 runs per start, tied for the third fewest in the league. He is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four career starts against St. Louis and is 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 10 starts at home this sesaon.

Mikolas, who spent previous major league seasons with San Diego and Texas, has never started against Arizona and has given one run in 4 1/3 innings in two career relief appearances, a Justin Upton homer in 2012. This will be his first appearance at Chase Field.

After spending most of his first four seasons in Minnesota as a part-time back, Jerick McKinnon wanted to find a spot in free agency where he could show off his ability as a featured runner.

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan saw enough from his film over those years to decide he was the player they wanted to be their starting running back [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/blog]NFL Blog[/url] , giving him a four-year deal that will guarantee him nearly $12 million in 2018.

"It was big for me," McKinnon said Thursday. "It was what I was hoping to have and looking for instead of staying in Minnesota and being in that third-down back role. I was looking for that opportunity. I'm glad this organization, this team, coach Shanahan felt strong enough about me and brought me in. I believe it's the perfect fit."

The 49ers said they heavily targeted McKinnon and center Weston Richburg as players they wanted to acquire early in free agency. Richburg agreed to a five-year deal on Wednesday and both players were introduced at a news conference Thursday.

McKinnon spent four years in Minnesota mostly as a backup after being drafted in the third round in 2014 after playing mostly quarterback in college at Georgia Southern. He has rushed for 1,918 yards with average of 4.0 yards per carry, has 142 catches for 984 yards, and has scored 12 touchdowns.

McKinnon had his most productive season last year when he ran for a career-high 570 yards,, while setting personal bests with 51 catches for 421 yards.

The addition of McKinnon replaces Carlos Hyde, who is leaving as a free agent for Cleveland. McKinnon has more speed and is a better receiving threat than Hyde and should fit well into Shanahan's offense.

"He's good enough to make it as a runner alone in this league. He's good enough to make it in the pass game as just a third down threat alone, but when you can do both of those, it gives you a lot of freedom as a coach [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/2018_good_sellers_for_fake_nfl_jerseys_news]2018 Good Sellers For Fake NFL Jerseys[/url] ," Shanahan said. "Based off of what downs you put him in and that when you do put him in, the defense doesn't know exactly what type of plays you're trying to run because he can do it all."

Richburg spent the past four seasons with the New York Giants but played only four games last year because of a concussion. He began his career as a left guard before moving to center in 2015. He played there the past three seasons and is considered one of the top pass-blocking players at the position and has the athleticism to thrive in Shanahan's zone-running scheme.

The Niners are hoping Richburg has a similar impact in San Francisco as Alex Mack had in Atlanta when he joined the Falcons when Shanahan was offensive coordinator there.

"I've been around some real good ones in my career," Shanahan said. "He's put it all on tape and he looks right there with all those guys and that's why I value him a ton off the tape. Didn't know a ton about him until I turned on the tape and it was as good as I've seen."

With Richburg in place, the Niners traded last year's starting center Daniel Kilgore to Miami in a deal that included a swap of seventh-round picks. The 49ers had signed Kilgore to a three-year extension last month but felt Richburg was the better option at center so worked to find a new spot for Kilgore.

It's been a busy offseason already for San Francisco. The Niners signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year deal last month before he even hit free agency, signed cornerback Richard Sherman after he was cut by Seattle, re-signed defensive lineman Cassius Marsh and offensive lineman Garry Gilliam and gave an extension to receiver Marquise Goodwin.

The team also signed defensive lineman Jeremiah Attaochu to a one-year deal Thursday to help bolster the pass rush and still could make a few more moves to upgrade a team that won its final five games last season after Garoppolo took over as starter to finish 6-10.

"We feel like we've improved our team greatly and that excites us," general manager John Lynch said.

.

retiring for a second[editar]

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his consistent cooperation with the media.

The Good Guy Award is given to an NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs. The award has been presented annually by the PFWA since 2005.

Long was nominated for his availability to local and national writers on a consistent basis and his offering of thoughtful answers on a variety of topics [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/5_ways_to_tell_authentic_and_replica_nfl_jerseys_(real_vs_fake)_news]Tell Authentic And Replica NFL Jerseys[/url] , both on and off the field.

"Whether it was the Eagles defense, the team's underdog status, the unrest in Charlottesville [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/2018_good_sellers_for_fake_nfl_jerseys_news]Good Sellers For Fake NFL Jerseys[/url] , his philanthropic endeavors, or his involvement in and support of social justice issues, Long's insight and perspective were appreciated during his first year in Philadelphia [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/2018_good_sellers_for_fake_nfl_jerseys_news]2018 Good Sellers For Fake NFL Jerseys[/url] ," said Zach Berman, who covers the Eagles for the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News/philly.

With the Eagles' victory over New England in the Super Bowl in February, Long became one of just four players in NFL history to appear in back-to-back Super Bowls on different teams and win both.

Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams is putting off retirement to return for a 13th season in Buffalo.

Williams agreed to a one-year contract [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/5_ways_to_tell_authentic_and_replica_nfl_jerseys_(real_vs_fake)_news]5 Ways To Tell Authentic And Replica NFL Jerseys (Real VS Fake)[/url] , the Bills announced Tuesday, a day before the NFL's free agency period opened. Williams' contract had expired and he didn't rule out the possibility of retiring for a second consecutive offseason.

The 34-year-old has established himself as the team's most respected leader both on and off the field. Williams is a one-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection and been a starter since the Bills selected him in the fifth round of the 2006 draft out of LSU.

He showed no signs of slowing last year, with 41 tackles and three sacks in starting all 16 games. And his steady [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/blog]NFL Blog[/url] , focused leadership approach played a role settling a young patchwork team that finished 9-7 and ended the Bills' 17-year playoff drought.

Williams' presence was so highly regarded, coach Sean McDermott would grow emotional in discussing what the player meant to the team.

Williams' contract agreement coincided with free agent defensive tackle Star Lotulelei agreeing to sign a five-year deal with Buffalo.

.

on’s departure,[editar]

Cole Beasley doesn't need a lot of prodding to bring up how much he thinks outsiders will overlook Dallas receivers now that the Cowboys have moved on from Dez Bryant.

The new dean of the group sees opportunity rather than uncertainty at a position that lacks a big name [url=http://www.authenticsmiamidolphins.com/cheap-minkah-fitzpatrick-jersey]Minkah Fitzpatrick Jersey Elite[/url] , and the history of big production that usually goes with it.

Dallas isn't necessarily looking for a new No. 1 receiver while also trying to replace 15-year tight end Jason Witten, who retired as the franchise leader in catches and yards. Headlined by holdovers Beasley and Terrance Williams and newcomers Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin, the Cowboys think their strength could be in numbers 鈥?and matchups.

"They're giving everybody an opportunity to do everything," said Beasley, who is going into his seventh season. "This is the most open it's ever been since I've been here as far as who's where. That makes it a lot of fun. And it's exciting to see what everybody can do."

The Cowboys cut Bryant , the club's career leader with 73 touchdowns receiving, in a cost-cutting move after three subpar years under the big contract he signed after his only All-Pro season in 2014.

The thing is, Bryant's replacements are coming off subpar years as well.

Beasley's catches and yards fell by more than half from career highs in 2016. Williams didn't have a touchdown for the first time in his five seasons, and became an off-field concern with an arrest in a public intoxication case.

Hurns, a free agent addition going into his fifth season, didn't reach 500 yards in either of his two years in Jacksonville since the only 1,000-yard season among the 12 receivers that Dallas currently plans to take to training camp late next month.

Austin, a bust as the eighth overall pick in 2013 by the Rams when they were still in St. Louis, was mostly a spectator for the most dramatic turnaround in the NFL last year. The Los Angeles Rams took the NFC West at 11-5 with the franchise's first winning season since 2003. The Cowboys traded for him during the draft.

"We're all coming off years that we're not so proud of [url=http://www.cincinnatibengalsshop.com/cheap-cordy-glenn-jersey]Cordy Glenn Color Rush Jersey[/url] ," said Hurns, who also has the only double-digit touchdown season in the group with 10 in 2015, when he had 1,031 yards. "We've all got that motivation to come in and do well. What people talk about, it just adds fuel to the fire. But that's not our pure motivation."

Hurns didn't want to overlook the rookies in a group with something to prove, and there are two to watch. Michael Gallup was the first receiver the Cowboys have drafted post-Bryant 鈥?a third-rounder out of Colorado State. Dallas took Cedrick Wilson from Boise State in the sixth round.

It's likely to be a while before practice is any indication of how the receivers might line up for the opener Sept. 9 at Carolina. For one thing, Williams wasn't on the field during offseason practices because he broke his right foot in January and had surgery.

Nearly everyone has had first-team work with quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, the only sure things at the skill positions on offense right now for the Cowboys.

"There's a big hole," Gallup said. "There's a lot of open space in there. It just opens your eyes if you're a rookie, honestly. You can come in here and potentially start Day 1. That role is something that everybody wants to go get. That's what we're trying to do."

There's a new coach to go with all those new receivers as well. Sanjay Lal replaced Derek Dooley as part of an overhaul of coach Jason Garrett's staff.

"I'm excited to see how it shakes out," Lal said. "I couldn't tell you who the six or five or however many we keep are going to be, and that's exciting to me. And for them it should be exciting. Gives you all the motivation you need."

Prescott planned to get together with the receivers during the break between minicamp and training camp. The third-year QB envisioned a gathering away from Dallas, working out in the morning and hanging out in the afternoon.

Looking for a bounce-back himself after the Cowboys missed the playoffs a year after he was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the NFC East champs, Prescott won't be trying to force the ball to a No. 1 receiver. That happened at times with Bryant.

"I think when you come out of minicamp [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/derwin-james-jersey-cheap]Derwin James Chargers Jersey[/url] , you kind of see that, when you see all the different guys we're throwing to, the different guys that are running with the ones, different guys that are running with the twos," Prescott said. "It's about spreading the ball around, just going to the right place with the ball."

Prescott will have plenty of motivated targets.

"I think last season was a good thing for all of us," Beasley said. "It added like a hunger to our group. A lot of people pushed us to the side this offseason and they're sleeping on us, but that gives us a chance to prove a lot of people wrong."

The New York Knicks are preaching patience but looking for progress.

Jeff Hornacek got caught in the middle.

The Knicks fired their coach early Thursday, shortly after finishing a 29-53 season. They lost more than 50 games and missed the playoffs both seasons under Hornacek.

”We looked out and we have a plan for what this team should look like over the next three years or so,” Knicks President Steve Mills said. ”We just thought this was an opportunity where we thought it was the right time to make a change.”

Mills and general manager Scott Perry said they didn’t see enough improvement on the court and enough communication and accountability off it. They informed Hornacek of their decision at the airport after flying home from a season-ending victory in Cleveland.

”We know the roster is not complete, we understand our roster as well as anybody,” Perry said at a news conference at the team’s training facility. ”But again, just in terms of consistency and then a trend I would say toward consistency, Steve and I thought we fell a little bit short in that area.”

Associate head coach Kurt Rambis also was fired.

Hornacek went 60-104 and had a year left on his contract. He became the first coaching change after the NBA regular season finished [url=http://www.jaguarscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-logan-cooke-jersey]Authentic Logan Cooke Jersey[/url] , with Frank Vogel in Orlando following soon afterward.

The ouster sends the Knicks in search of their 11th coach since Jeff Van Gundy resigned in the 2001-02 season.

Mills said he and Perry were evaluating Hornacek and the Knicks this season on 10-game intervals and saw progress in some areas but not in others. They met with Hornacek a couple of weeks ago to discuss where things stood, so Mills said he didn’t think the decision was a complete shock to the coach.

”Jeff is a positive person and I think he was hopeful that there would be another opportunity, but he’s a pro,” Mills said. ”He’s a good man and he took it well.”

Mills continued to say the Knicks are rebuilding, with Perry saying there would be no quick fixes. Still, they apparently expected more this season, which started well but quickly fell apart after injuries to Tim Hardaway Jr. and later the season-ending loss of All-Star Kristaps Porzingis.

”I can’t wrap my thoughts about what management thinks,” Hardaway said. ”All I know is that Jeff was great to the guys, and he was a player’s coach.”

Perry said the Knicks were looking for a skilled communicator and effective leader who connects well with today’s players and has a strong defensive mindset. He said there is no timetable to find that person.

Hornacek was hired in 2016 by Phil Jackson and lasted just one more season after Jackson and the team parted ways last summer.

”Jeff is a good guy,” forward Michael Beasley said after Wednesday’s victory. ”He played the hand he was dealt. It’s difficult to do anything because all you’re thinking about is not to mess up.”

The Knicks have won only one postseason series since 2002 and didn’t get close to competing in one under Hornacek, running their streak to five straight 50-loss debacles.

Hornacek, previously a head coach for three years in Phoenix, was surprised when he became Jackson’s choice, since they had little relationship other than facing off in the NBA Finals when Hornacek played for Utah and Jackson coached the Chicago Bulls.

Jackson said Hornacek would be allowed to run whatever offense he wanted and not be required to implement the triangle Jackson used as a coach. But he shifted gears during Hornacek’s first season [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-courtland-sutton-jersey]Authentic Courtland Sutton Jersey[/url] , and the team returned to the triangle with poor results.

Hornacek opened up the offense after Jackson’s departure, and the Knicks started 16-13. But they tailed off toward the middle of the season and then collapsed after Porzingis tore a knee ligament on Feb. 6.

Hornacek tried to preach patience late in the season as the losses piled up with a young roster that defended dismally.

He said he was prepared for the chaos that comes with the Knicks job and he experienced plenty – from Jackson’s feud with Carmelo Anthony, who was eventually traded in September, to his own clash during this season with Joakim Noah, who then remained on the roster but never returned to the team.

With Anthony, Noah and Derrick Rose all gone, the Knicks lacked the veteran roster this season they had when Hornacek was hired with playoff expectations.

Hornacek is 161-216 and has never reached the postseason as an NBA coach.

Rambis, a former assistant under Jackson, originally came to New York to work under Derek Fisher and served as interim head coach for half a season after Fisher was fired.

.

right things each[editar]

鈥?Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler played like a relaxed reliever on Thursday.He couldn’t have picked a better time.With Paxton Lynch inactive and Trevor Siemian out after two series [url=http://www.cincinnatibengalsteamonline.com/preston-brown-jersey]Authentic Preston Brown Jersey[/url] , Osweiler trotted onto the field, ran for one touchdown and threw for two more to lead the Broncos past Indianapolis 25-13 for their first road win of the season.“I was just a little kid having fun tonight,” Osweiler said. “That’s really what it was. I’ve been on a little bit of a rollercoaster ride for about two years. Just to go out there, Thursday Night Football, with my teammates, I was just having fun.”The difference was obvious.Osweiler played more like the guy Denver (5-9) took in the second round of the 2012 draft and the guy Broncos fans remember filling in for the injured Peyton Manning during the 2015 Super Bowl season.He wound up 12 of 17 with 194 yards and no turnovers and ran for an 18-yard TD, too. C.J. Anderson ran 30 times for a season-high 158 yards.Denver may need Osweiler to keep playing this way a couple more times after Siemian was diagnosed with a sprained left shoulder. Coach Vance Joseph couldn’t say whether he’d have his starting quarterback against Washington.If Siemian can’t go, Osweiler may get another shot.“He played with great poise,” Joseph said. “He played great, clean football and it led to a win.”That’s two wins in five days 鈥?and the Broncos’ first outside the Mile High City since Dec. 4 [url=http://www.authenticsmiamidolphins.com/cheap-kalen-ballage-jersey]Kalen Ballage Jersey Elite[/url] , 2016. The victory assures Denver of avoiding its first winless season on the road since 1964.But it sure wasn’t easy, and at times, it was downright rugged.Siemian was taken to the locker room after being driven into the ground by Colts linebacker Barkevious Mingo late in the first quarter.A much scarier scene played out with 14:01 left in the second when Denver linebacker Deiontrez Mount appeared to make helmet-to-helmet contact with Colts tight end Brandon Williams on punt protection. Williams was knocked over backward and stayed on the ground as trainers and doctors strap him to a backboard and removed his facemask.When Williams was lifted onto a cart, his teammates came over to offer support.Coach Chuck Pagano said Williams had a concussion and had returned to the team’s training room after initially being taken to a local hospital.“We erred on the side of caution and, rightfully so, taking care of him,” Pagano said. “But he’s back here, he’s doing well.”Indianapolis’ struggles continue, though. The Colts (3-11) have lost five straight, the longest skid in Pagano’s six-year tenure [url=http://www.eaglesauthorizedshops.com/authentic-josh-sweat-jersey]http://www.eaglesauthorizedshops.com/authentic-josh-sweat-jersey[/url] , and will post their first losing season at home since 2011.The game pretty much went as expected.Jacoby Brissett scored on a 7-yard run and Adam Vinatieri gave Indy a 10-0 lead with a 45-yard field goal midway through the second quarter. All Indy could muster the rest of the night was a 39-yard field goal early in the third.Osweiler, meanwhile, rallied the Broncos.His touchdown run just before halftime made it 10-7. He gave Denver the lead with a 22-yard TD pass to Cody Latimer with 4:16 left in the third and then added a 54-yard TD strike to Jeff Heuerman to make it 22-13 following a 2-point conversion toss to Latimer.“We had a really good rhythm offensively and we were able to mix the run and the pass,” Osweiler said. “I was going to lay it all out there.”KEY NUMBERSBroncos: Osweiler’s TD pass to Heuerman ended the team’s 18-game regular-season streak without a play of 50 more yards. … Emanuel Sanders had seven catches for 68 yards and Demaryius Thomas had five catches for 69 yards.Colts: Brissett was 17 of 30 with 158 yards and was sacked once. … Indy had 228 yards in offense. … T.Y. Hilton caught five passes for 41 yards.GOREDColts running back Frank Gore added another milestone on a night it looked like he might not finish the game.The 34-year-old running back left during the second quarter with a knee injury. But when he returned in the second half, he quickly became the second player in league history to post 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 12 consecutive seasons. Only Emmitt Smith (13) has more.INJURY REPORTBroncos: With the exception of Siemian, Denver stayed relatively healthy. The only other significant concern was an ankle injury that didn’t allow Sanders to finish the game.Colts: In addition to Williams, the Colts lost right tackle Denzelle Good (knee) and linebackers Jeremiah George (neck) and Jon Bostic (knee) in the second half.UP NEXTBroncos: Play their road finale Dec. 24 at Washington.Colts: Head to Baltimore on Dec. 23 in their final road game of the season. Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler expressed little concern about his one-game suspension, his shoulder injury or his future with the franchise.

The 23-year-old Fowler was equally nonchalant about the progress he seemingly made in the past year.

”Did I go to jail?” he said following the team’s first training camp practice Thursday. ”There we go.”

Fowler spoke publicly for the first time since the NFL suspended him without pay for the season opener at the New York Giants, a one-game penalty for attacking a man in a parking lot near his hometown in July 2017.

Fowler eventually pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of battery [url=http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mike-remmers-jersey]http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mike-remmers-jersey[/url] , criminal mischief and petty theft. The case was closed in March, with Fowler sentenced to a year of probation and 75 hours of community service.

The NFL handed down its punishment last week.

”We really already knew it was going to happen,” said Fowler, who will be eligible to play Week 2 against New England. ”It’s a situation that happened last year so the NFL finally took it into their hands this year. We talked and they told me what it was going to be. I just appreciate them hearing me out, hearing my side of the story. It could have always been worse, so I’m going to just take this game and be ready when we come back for the Patriots.”

The suspension will cost him $214,000.

Missing additional games could cost him even more.

The Jaguars declined to exercise the fifth-year option in Fowler’s rookie contract in May, likely meaning the third overall pick in the 2015 draft will become a free agent after this season.

A career year could mean a lucrative deal elsewhere.

”Go out there and play as best as I can every Sunday,” he said. ”That’s it.”

Fowler has 53 tackles and 12 sacks in two seasons. He missed his rookie year after tearing a ligament in his left knee during the first day of a rookie minicamp.

He played in every game since his return, but mostly as a backup to Pro Bowler Yannick Ngakoue. The Jags apparently don’t view Fowler in the team’s long-term plans [url=http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kevin-hogan-jersey]Redskins Kevin Hogan Jersey[/url] , which is why they declined to pay him $14.2 million in 2019.

His off-filed troubles are partly to blame.

The former Florida standout was arrested last year after confronting a 55-year-old man who made a comment about his driving. St. Petersburg police said Fowler exchanged words with the man before hitting him and knocking off his glasses. Fowler then stepped on the glasses before taking the man’s grocery bag and tossing it in a lake.

Fowler also was arrested in Miami Beach in March 2016 and charged with misdemeanor counts of assault against a police officer and resisting arrest without violence. The charges were later dropped. That arrest came a little more than two weeks after a video surfaced showing Fowler refereeing a violent fight between his girlfriend and an ex-girlfriend. He also has a long list of traffic violations.

”It is something where you have to go out every day and you have to prove (yourself) until you get to a level of consistency where there is trust,” coach Doug Marrone said. ”I think it is a matter of doing the right things each and every day, and we will see how it goes.”

Fowler’s health is his biggest concern these days.

He injured his left shoulder late last season and opened camp on the physically unable to perform list. Incapable of lifting weights for part of the offseason, Fowler lost some pounds. But much like everything else, he doesn’t see it as a concern.

”Well, I’m actually big,” he said with a smile. ”I honestly think it won’t matter. It doesn’t matter. Weight does not matter with this one. I’m a straight dog. It don’t matter. Once I put on them pads, it’s a wrap. I’m just getting stronger. Coaches are looking out for me and being concerned and looking out for my health, so all I can do is just get stronger and you guys will know when I’m out there again.”

.

acility will[editar]

As he maneuvered through the NFL draft on Saturday [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-antonio-callaway-jersey]Antonio Callaway Jersey[/url] , Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman certainly had his eye on filling team needs.

Trusting his coaches to develop players, Spielman also had a specific focus on athleticism.

Minnesota, after trading out of the third round and holding the second pick in the fourth round, selected Ohio State defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes to start Saturday’s third day of the draft. Later, the team added two former basketball players as part of a six-player, final day haul.

”Sticking with the athletic traits we’re looking for and relying on this coaching staff to develop a lot of this young talent,” Spielman said. ”A lot of the traits that they have, you can’t teach, you can’t coach, but you can sure develop them.”

Spielman continued to move around the board on Saturday. The Vikings then made a pair of trades with the New York Jets, adding tight end Tyler Conklin from Central Michigan and the first kicker taken in the draft in Auburn’s Daniel Carlson in the fifth round.

Minnesota added guard Colby Gossett from Appalachian State [url=http://www.cowboyscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-michael-gallup-jersey]Michael Gallup Jersey[/url] , Tulane defensive end Ade Aruna and California linebacker Devante Downs.

Holmes, a 270-pound defensive end at Ohio State, likely will play inside for the Vikings. He ran 4.82 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, sixth among defensive ends.

Conklin and Aruna were both former basketball players.

Conklin left behind a scholarship at Northwood University as a basketball player to walk on to the football team at Central Michigan. Aruna came to the United States from Nigeria to play high school basketball before switching to football prior to his senior season.

Conklin had the second-best mark among tight ends in the vertical jump and 60-yard shuttle at the combine.

Aruna also flashed his traits at the combine. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound end was second among all defensive lineman in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.60 seconds and had the top vertical jump and broad jump.

”We’ll have a hell of an intramural team,” Spielman joked. ”All these guys are long. All these guys can jump out of the gym. All these guys can run. When you have those traits, to me and to this coaching staff, our philosophy if we can get athletes in like that, it gives you a chance to hit on some guys that can be pretty special.”

Spielman referenced the team’s selection of defensive end Danielle Hunter in the third round in 2015 after Hunter had 1 sacks as a senior. He’s developed into a starting end and has 25 sacks in three seasons.

Aruna’s basketball background even included a matchup with NBA forward Andrew Wiggins where Aruna was responsible for defending the eventual Minnesota Timberwolves player.

”As soon as we got down to the stadium to play that game, my coach told me, `Hey [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-josey-jewell-jersey]Josey Jewell Jersey[/url] , I want you to guard Andrew Wiggins. He’s going to be your assignment tonight,”’ Aruna said. ”I told him, `No problem, if that’s how you want it I will get it done, just like that.’ I gave him one of the lowest scoring games of his high school career, that night.”

EXTRA POINTS: Carlson could replace Kai Forbath as Minnesota’s kicker after hearing his name selected in the fifth round. Carlson was a three-time finalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the best kicker in college football, and was a second-team All-American the past two seasons.

Forbath re-signed with the Vikings in March on a one-year contract after an inconsistent season in which he led the NFL with five missed extra-point attempts and hit just 84.2 percent of his field-goal attempts.

In four years at Auburn, Carlson was perfect on 198 extra-point attempts.

”At this next level, extra points are backed up a little so it is going to take that much more focus and hopefully that can continue to keep that streak alive and take pride in making sure I am mentally locked in,” Carlson said.

He hit 80.7 percent of his field-goal attempts [url=http://www.ramscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-zach-laskey-jersey]Zach Laskey Jersey[/url] , including an 87.5 percent mark in 2016 before hitting 23 of 31 (74.2 percent) last season.

Spielman said Carlson and Forbath will compete for the job during the summer.

CURLING FOR PICKS: Minnesota’s fourth-round pick was delivered via the St. Paul Curling Club from the U.S. Olympic men’s gold medal-winning curling team. The team led by captain John Schuster, a Minnesota native, announced the pick of Holmes.

Holmes was selected 102nd overall, which was the same pick Washington used to get quarterback Kirk Cousins in 2012. In his first chance at free agency, Cousins signed a three-year contract worth $84 million in March.

STILL NEED: Minnesota went for need during the three days of the draft, hitting the most important spots along the lines and at cornerback. Perhaps more work is needed after the Vikings weren’t able to come away with an expected immediate starter on the right side of the offensive line.

One spot Minnesota didn’t address was safety, where it returns All-Pro Harrison Smith along with starter Andrew Sendejo. The top backups are Anthony Harris and Jayron Kearse.

The Minnesota Vikings are turning off the lights at the team’s new practice facility south of Minneapolis after neighbors complained about the glow.

The Eagan building’s north side is nearly 100 feet (30.5 meters) high and lights up with the team’s Norseman logo and the words ”Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center – Home of the Minnesota Vikings.”

The NFL team will turn off the lights on the north side of the building between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., said Jeff Anderson, team spokesman. The shut-off time will be moved to about midnight when the team hosts night events such as high school games.

The team is ”listening to the community,” Anderson said.

The other three sides of the facility will remain lit every night, he said.

The Vikings moved into the 277 [url=http://www.texanscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-arian-foster-jersey]Arian Foster Jersey[/url] ,000-square-foot complex in March. The area includes an indoor practice facility, the team’s headquarters and an outdoor stadium.

Mendota Heights residents complained about the lights last month.

City officials found the building complied with city code when it received an initial complaint about the lights in February, said Tom Garrison, Eagan spokesman.

”Brightness levels are the same as other wall signage in Eagan,” Garrison said.

The new solution was an ”internal team decision,” said Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ executive vice president of public affairs.

”We’d like to be collaborative and compromise,” Bagley said.

Resident Nancy Commerford said the decision will help make her street feel less like a circus.

”If I wake up in the middle of the night now I won’t see the lights,” Commerford said. ”Having them compromise like this makes my day.”

The team expects the change to occur this weekend.

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/charlotte-hornets/miles-bridges-jersey]Miles Bridges Jersey[/url] ,

ampaign to[editar]

San Diego right-hander Tyson Ross struggled through a forgettable stint as a member of the Texas Rangers last season but is enjoying a rejuvenation this year with the Padres.

Ross said he won’t bring any bad feelings with him to the mound when the two teams square off in the middle contest of the three-game [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-briean-boddy-calhoun-jersey]Briean Boddy-Calhoun Jersey[/url] , interleague set on Tuesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

Texas took the opening game of the series 7-4 on Monday as Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and drove in one of the Rangers’ five runs in the pivotal sixth inning. The victory was Texas’ eighth in its past nine games.

Ross (5-5, 3.34 ERA) will try to help San Diego even the set while the Rangers will counter with right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-1, 4.58).

Ross had surgery prior to the 2017 campaign to address thoracic outlet syndrome and made only 12 appearances for Texas before he was released in mid-September after posting a 7.71 ERA.

“I’d probably have struggled no matter where I was last year, just being five, six months out of surgery and picking up a baseball again,” Ross told MLB.com. “It was a lot of ups and downs in that year with Texas. But I think it was growing pains [url=http://www.texanscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-greg-mancz-jersey]Greg Mancz Jersey[/url] , and I was going to go through it no matter where I was, really.”

Ross will make his 16th start of the season. The Padres have won six of his past eight starts and are 10-5 overall when he takes the mound.

Ross was the losing pitcher on June 21 at San Francisco in his most recent outing despite tossing seven innings in which he allowed just one run. He received zero run support for the second consecutive outing and has worked five or more innings in 14 of his 15 starts, including nine quality outings.

Prior to Monday’s win, Texas manager Jeff Banister was campaigning for a spot for Choo in this year’s All-Star Game. Choo has never played in the midseason classic in his 14-year major league career.

Choo reached base for the 38th straight game, which is a career-high, with the first of his three hits on Monday.

“With how things have gone for us on a day-to-day basis, and what he’s done [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-john-elway-jersey]John Elway Jersey[/url] , I believe that Choo should be recognized as a guy that should have an opportunity to be an All-Star,” Banister opined. “Choo’s an on-base guy first, and when he’s doing that, he’s seeing pitches. He’s focused more on driving the ball that he gets to hit. He’s really good at it, and it keeps him from chasing balls out of the zone.”

Bibens-Dirkx will take the bump for his fourth start of the season and will be working on extended five days’ rest after earning his first win of the year in the Rangers’ 3-2 victory on Wednesday at Kansas City. He was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock prior to that start for his second stint with Texas in 2018.

Bibens-Dirkx is the second Texas starter to win without a strikeout since the start of 2012 (also Colby Lewis, April 29, 2016 [url=http://www.jaguarscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-dede-westbrook-jersey]Dede Westbrook Jersey[/url] , vs. Los Angeles), and is the first to do it on the road since Tommy Hunter on Aug. 22, 2010, at Baltimore.

Bibens-Dirkx’ unique outing last Wednesday is also the only quality start without a strikeout in MLB this season. He has never faced the Padres.

NBC Sports has hired former NFL official Terry McAulay as an on-air rules analyst for its coverage of ”Sunday Night Football” and Notre Dame football.

McAulay retired recently after 20 years as an on-field NFL game official, and a college football officiating administrator for the past 10 seasons.

McAulay will be onsite at ”Sunday Night Football” and Notre Dame games, moving between the broadcast booth during the game and the studio set for pregame and halftime shows.

McAulay was a referee for 17 of his 20 NFL seasons (1998-2017), previously serving as a side judge and a field judge. He led the officiating crew in three Super Bowls and worked 15 additional NFL playoff games.

Also [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-harrison-phillips-jersey]Harrison Phillips Jersey[/url] , he was the American Athletic Conference’s coordinator of football officiating since 2008 (the Big East Conference from 2008-13). As an on-field college official, McAulay was the referee for the Nebraska-Tennessee national championship game in January 1998.

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/orlando-magic/mohamed-bamba-jersey]Mohamed Bamba Jersey[/url] ,

y scratch for Game[editar]

BOSTON — On May 13 [url=http://www.coltscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jeremiah-george-jersey]Jeremiah George Jersey[/url] , 2013, the Boston Bruins made history by rallying from three goals down in the third period and winning Game 7 of their playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime.

Down by one, the Bruins pulled Tuukka Rask and scored twice, Patrice Bergeron tying it with 51 seconds left in regulation and then winning it in OT.

That was five years ago and the Original Six rivals meet in the playoffs again for the first time since, playing Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series at TD Garden on Thursday night.

While Rask, Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand are still leading Boston, both of these teams are younger and faster and are each playing for a different coach.

“As a Leaf fan [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-gary-zimmerman-jersey]Gary Zimmerman Jersey[/url] , it was tough,” Toronto’s Mitch Marner, 16 when his team lost to the Bruins in 2013, said.

“It was hard to deal with,” said Nazem Kadri, who made it 4-1 with 5:39 left in the third of that fateful game and is one of five Leafs still with the team.

“Nothing’s changed in terms of Boston being a resilient group. They’ve got some veteran guys over there that have some serious experience.

“It’s going to take all we’ve got, but we’re up for the challenge.”

The Maple Leafs finished third in the Atlantic Division, their 49-26-7 record leaving them seven points behind the second-place Bruins [url=http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-nick-vigil-jersey]Nick Vigil Jersey[/url] , who missed the chance to win the division and the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.

The injury-plagued Bruins went 1-3-1 over the last five games.

“We won 50 games, and I think the body of work speaks that this team deserves to be where we are, and we focus on Thursday night,” said Bruins general manager Don Sweeney.

Toronto won three of the four games between the teams during the regular season, one of them in overtime.

Rask, 30-23 with a 2.12 goals-against average and .928 save percentage lifetime in the playoffs, was in goal for the seven-game 2013 win. He is 16-7-2 with a 2.14 GAA and .925 save percentage in the regular season against the Leafs and also went 4-3 against them in those playoffs.

Amid theories he was overused, Maple Leafs netminder Fredrick Andersen struggled with an .884 save percentage in March but then won twice in April. He has also owned the Bruins throughout his career with Anaheim and Toronto [url=http://www.texanscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-ka_imi-fairbairn-jersey]Ka'imi Fairbairn Jersey[/url] , going 10-1-0 with a 2.09 GAA and .935 save percentage against Boston.

He won 38 games and pitched five shutouts (Rask had three) during the regular season and is 19-13 with a 2.41 GAA and .915 save percentage lifetime in the playoffs. Andersen lost twice in Game 7s that would have sent the Ducks to the finals.

“If you lose a game or let in a goal … you’ve got to have a short memory and be able to get back on track and just do what you try every time there’s a puck in your end,” Andersen said Monday. “Just try to make a save. You can’t dwell on anything. Just make the next one.

“We’ve been growing as a team through the year. It’s going to be exciting.”

The Bruins appear to be healthier than they have been in a month — so healthy that rookie Ryan Donato, signed late and an offensive factor for the team down the stretch, is slated to be a healthy scratch for Game 1.

Both Rick Nash, who missed the last 12 games with an upper-body injury, and Sean Kuraly were back at practice Monday, coach Bruce Cassidy saying, “They looked good. It bodes well for them.”

Boston center Riley Nash (ear) will miss the opener.

The Arizona Cardinals have signed free agent wide receiver Brice Butler to a two-year contract.

Monday's move addresses one of the team's biggest needs [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-karl-mecklenburg-jersey]Karl Mecklenburg Jersey[/url] , depth at the receiver position, following the departure of John Brown and Jaron Brown to free agency.

Butler, entering his sixth NFL season, played the last three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and totaled 43 catches for 794 yards and six touchdowns. He was selected by Oakland in the seventh round out of San Diego State in the 2013 draft and played his first two seasons with the Raiders.

Overall, the 28-year-old receiver has appeared in 61 games, with 73 catches for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns.


[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/chicago-bulls/wendell-carter-jr.-jersey]Wendell Carter Jr. Jersey[/url] ,

ohn Brown and Jaron[editar]

The Jacksonville Jaguars unceremoniously dumped the longest-tenured player on their roster Tuesday [url=http://www.coltscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-marshall-faulk-jersey]Marshall Faulk Jersey[/url] , and he wasn't happy about it.

The Jaguars released veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis after 12 seasons to save $3.5 million in salary-cap space. The move came the same day Jacksonville parted ways with receiver Allen Hurns to save $7 million.

Both players are now free agents and can sign with any team that wants them.

Hurns' future had been in doubt since Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole emerged as big-play receivers late last season. Hurns really became expendable when the Jaguars signed two receivers last week, bringing back Marqise Lee and adding Donte Moncrief in free agency.

Lewis thought his spot was safe, even after Jacksonville signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul last week. The Jaguars picked up an option in Lewis' contract last month.

Lewis told The Associated Press he felt "disrespected" by the timing of the move. It came a week after free agency began.

"I wish they would have done it sooner," he said. "I think I deserved a little better than this."

The 33-year-old Lewis, a first-round draft pick in 2006, played in 170 games with Jacksonville. His 375 receptions and 4,502 yards receiving both rank third in team history. His 33 receiving touchdowns are second-most in franchise history, trailing only Jimmy Smith (67).

He said he hopes to continue playing and would prefer to stay closer to his home and daughter in Los Angeles. Lewis has ties to former Jaguars coach and current Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, and his college position coach, Jon Embree, is tight ends coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Also [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jordan-mills-jersey]Jordan Mills Jersey[/url] , former Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson now holds the same position with the Oakland Raiders.

"I've still got a few more years left in me," Lewis said. "Any team that gets me will get a guy who does everything the right way on and off the field and with 100 percent effort. That's all I did in Jacksonville. I always did what they asked me to do, which is why the way they let me go is annoying in that sense."

Hurns would have been behind Lee and Moncrief on the depth chart, and Jacksonville felt his salary was too high for a backup who has missed 11 games the last two seasons.

Hurns has 189 receptions for 2,669 yards and 21 touchdowns in four years since signing with the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie from Miami. But he caught just 74 passes for 961 yards and five scores the last two years while dealing with a sports hernia in 2016 and a high ankle sprain in 2017.

Even with the conference finals going on, the NBA’s eyes turn to the future this week.

A future that, perhaps, will have less tanking.

The draft lottery – the last before changes come next year to dissuade tanking – is Tuesday night, and then about 70 players will partake in the draft combine that starts on Wednesday. Those events are both happening in Chicago, as are some various league meetings such as a gathering of NBA general managers and other front-office executives.

But the biggest news will be made by 14 pingpong balls that will decide who drafts No. 1 next month.

”We’ve got to see what happens in the lottery first and see where our position is,” Memphis executive vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger said. ”That’s going to dictate a lot of the decisions that come after that and how we use our time after that.”

Phoenix has a 25 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-pat-o_donnell-jersey]Pat O'Donnell Jersey[/url] , followed by Memphis (19.9 percent), Dallas (13.8 percent) and Atlanta (13.7 percent). The rest of the candidates for No. 1 are Orlando (8.8 percent), Chicago (5.3), Sacramento (5.3), Cleveland (2.8), New York (1.7), Philadelphia (1.1), Charlotte (0.8), Detroit (0.7), the Los Angeles Clippers (0.6) and Denver (0.5).

Many of those teams were at the center of tanking questions this season. Now they’ll see if it pays off.

”We did this year what we felt was in the long-term best interest of the Bulls,” Chicago vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said. ”It’s not a situation that any of us want to ever be in again. And it goes against everything as a competitive person that you believe in. But it’s the way the system’s set up.”

For now. The NBA is changing the system.

Starting in 2019 [url=http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-anthony-munoz-jersey]Anthony Munoz Jersey[/url] , with the NBA hoping that teams have less incentive to strive for the worst record and therefore the best chance of winning the lottery, the odds will be changing. The three teams with the worst regular-season record will each have a 14 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick, the fourth-worst team will have a 12.5 percent chance and the fifth-worst 10.5 percent.

”My sense is we’re still going to have some work to do,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.

Tanking got plenty of attention this season, and a few minutes on Jan. 29 might have decided the race.

Phoenix and Memphis played that night. The Grizzlies scored 42 points in the second quarter – their only 40-point period all season – and forced the Suns into 10 consecutive misses in one stretch, on the way to a 120-109 win.

The Suns finished one game worse than the Grizzlies. Flip that Jan. 29 outcome, and it would been the Grizzlies with the best chance at the No. 1 pick.

”The league has been beating us up right now,” said Phoenix guard Devin Booker, who hasn’t come even close to making the playoffs and is already on the fourth head coach of his three-year career now that the Suns have hired Igor Kokoskov. ”But I think it’s going to be motivational for us. I know for myself, working out, I think about that all the time. I never want to be in these situations again.”

The new lottery format isn’t the only looming change related to drafts. It seems likely that by 2020 [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-ramon-humber-jersey]Ramon Humber Jersey[/url] , the one-and-done rule – in place since 2006 – will be gone and players will be allowed to jump from high school directly to the NBA again.

If that was the case this season, the rights to draft phenoms like R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cameron Reddish would probably be decided by those pingpong balls in Chicago on Tuesday. Instead, they’re all going to Duke this fall.

So they won’t be at the combine, nor will the likely top two picks in the June 21 draft – Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, and Slovenia’s Luka Doncic. Ayton declined the invitation to participate in Chicago, and Doncic’s season in Europe isn’t over yet.

”We sort of expected this, that we might not see the top couple guys there,” Hollinger said. ”So we just have to adjust from that and get our information in other ways.”

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/detroit-pistons/jameer-nelson-jersey]Jameer Nelson Jersey[/url] ,

I’d do for free[editar]

To borrow a line from one of the very best episodes of The Office [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-joel-iyiegbuniwe-jersey]Joel Iyiegbuniwe Jersey[/url] , the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady seem to be playing their own separate game and it’s called, “Let’s see how uncomfortable we can make our fans.” And they’re both winning.

Brady suppled the latest salvo in the cold war on Monday night. Via Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston, Brady appeared at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday, and he was asked the following question by (who else?) Jim Gray: “Do you feel appreciated by them and do they have appropriate gratitude for what you have achieved?”

Brady then turned to the crowd and slowly delivered an obviously premeditated response.

“I plead the fifth,” he said [url=http://www.jaguarscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-d.j.-hayden-jersey]D.J. Hayden Jersey[/url] , nodding hard at the end for effect.

He then called it a “tough question” before supplying neither a yes nor a no.

“I think everybody in general everyone wants to be appreciated at work,” Brady said.

Gray then asked Brady whether he’s happy.

“I have my moments,” Brady said.

This implies that he has moments where he’s not happy. Even if Brady’s effort to take the fifth was a joke (and it possibly was), he should have made it very clear that he was joking — especially since he didn’t ultimately answer the question regarding whether he feels appreciated with something like, “Yes [url=http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-kerryon-johnson-jersey]Kerryon Johnson Jersey[/url] , they appreciate me. They pay me great money to do something I’d do for free. They give me everything I need to be successful.”

And so what has become a very bizarre offseason in Boston, featuring Rob Gronkowski‘s 11-week delay in committing to play followed by a passive-aggressive reference to pliability to the nagging sense that Brady truly isn’t happy to the lingering frustration over the Super Bowl LII benching of Malcolm Butler, will continue to have a weird vibe to it.

The Seahawks have once again acquired guard J.R. Sweezy.

Sweezy, a seventh-round pick of the Seahawks in 2012, re-signed with Seattle today. To make room for Sweezy on the roster [url=http://www.texanscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-aaron-colvin-jersey]Aaron Colvin Jersey[/url] , the Seahawks waived guard Avery Young.

The 29-year-old Sweezy started 14 games for the Buccaneers last season. That was actually the only season he played for the Buccaneers, despite signing a five-year deal worth $32.5 million with them in 2016. He missed the entire 2016 season with a back injury, and the Bucs released him this offseason.

Despite playing defense in college, Sweezy developed into a starting offensive lineman in Seattle, starting 46 games from 2013 to 2015 for the Seahawks.

The Seahawks need help on the offensive line [url=http://www.coltscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-malik-hooker-jersey]Malik Hooker Jersey[/url] , and Sweezy should compete with D.J. Fluker and Ethan Pocic for playing time at guard.

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/orlando-magic/melvin-frazier-jersey]Melvin Frazier Jersey[/url] ,

the Browns t[editar]

Danny Shelton didn’t need very long to start toeing the New England Patriots‘ company line.

Less than a week after New England acquired Shelton in a trade with the Cleveland Browns [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-tarik-cohen-jersey]Tarik Cohen Jersey[/url] , the defensive lineman is already singing coach Bill Belichick’s praises and taking notice of the team’s culture of success.

”Part of the formula to winning is doing your job, and I see that everywhere at the facility with everyone just staying focused and having that same goal leading toward success, and that’s what I want to be a part of,” Shelton said on a conference call Monday.

After spending his first three NFL seasons with a Browns team that won only four games total and went 0-16 last season, the 24-year-old Shelton is willing to adapt to whatever role Belichick sees fit for him.

”Honestly, I’m just going to go with whatever coach wants me to do,” Shelton said. ”My best (skill) is stopping the run, so if he wants me to play a defensive position I’ll do it and I’ll make sure I do my job to achieve success.”

Shelton had 128 tackles and 1 sacks over 46 games with Cleveland after being drafted by the Browns with the No. 12 overall pick out of Washington in 2015.

In 2016, Shelton started all 16 games and had a career-high 59 tackles.

Shelton hopes to wear the No. 55 with the Patriots after doing so with the Browns and in college in honor of the late Junior Seau, who wore the number throughout his career and in his last four seasons in New England.

”Any opportunity I get to wear the number I would take in a heartbeat,” Shelton said. ”It’s just amazing to have this opportunity to play for a great organization and knowing that one of my role models, one of the guys that I looked up to played here.”

Shelton said he is also fond of former Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-shannon-sharpe-jersey]Shannon Sharpe Jersey[/url] , whom he drew comparisons to before he was drafted.

”Just knowing that I’ll be able to play for a team that’s had such great talent here, I just want to add to the team success,” Shelton said.

NOTE: The Patriots released veteran linebacker Shea McClellin.

McClellin, 28, missed the 2017 season with multiple concussions after joining the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

McClellin had 39 tackles and one sack in 14 games for the Patriots in 2016.

The former Boise State standout was drafted No. 19 overall in 2012 by Chicago and spent his first four NFL seasons with the Bears.

Over 52 games with Chicago, McClellin had 7 sacks and 161 tackles, including a career-high 81 in 2015.

Antonio Callaway didn't take long to run into trouble with the Browns.

The fourth-round draft pick and wide receiver from Florida, who arrived in Cleveland with a history of issues while in college, was cited early Sunday morning for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.

According to a report by police in Strongsville, Ohio, Callaway was pulled over in his car after he failed to yield to on oncoming traffic. Police found a "small amount" of marijuana and cited Callaway, who was stopped on a day off for Cleveland's players at training camp.

To make matters worse [url=http://www.cowboyscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jaylon-smith-jersey]Jaylon Smith Jersey[/url] , Callaway didn't inform the Browns of his legal matter.

"I am surprised at this," coach Hue Jackson said following Tuesday's practice. "He has been great. We have had no slipups, no issues. This is a young player, who obviously made a bad decision or bad choice. I have to find out. Believe me, when we find out more of the facts, I will tell you straight out, exactly what it is when I know."

The Browns selected Callaway in this year's draft despite his checkered past. He was suspended last season for involvement in a credit card fraud case, and he provided a diluted urine sample at the NFL combine in February.

That offense caused teams to stay away from him, not the Browns.

In April, general manager John Dorsey said the team had "done extensive background" checks on Callaway. At the time, Dorsey, who joined the Browns in December [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-mike-ditka-jersey]Mike Ditka Jersey[/url] , felt assured that Jackson and receivers coach Adam Henry would be able to mold him and keep him out of trouble.

"I'm still confident in that," Jackson said. "I think what John said is absolutely right and I support him 100 percent. We've been fortunate over the last couple of years where we haven't had things crop up.

"I truly believe in our process and how we go about it and how we talk about things. So, again, this is something I'm glad is happening now so we can deal with it and move forward. I think our locker room understands how we handle business. This young man will definitely understand how we handle business, too."

Jackson said he wants to learn more about Callaway's situation before commenting on whether the team will discipline the 21-year-old. Jackson said he has spoken to Callaway "quite a bit" about his behavior.

"This is surprising to me," he said. "He is a young guy. Here is something that had happened and we have to deal with it. To understand it first, before I talk about consequences or anything, is important."

Callaway was already in Stage 1 of the league's abuse program because of his diluted sample. He could be subject to a fine because of this infraction.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, "The matter will be reviewed under the NFL-NFLPA substances of abuse policy."

Callaway's off the field problems at Florida were extensive.

In 2017, he was cited for marijuana possession as a passenger in a car driven by a known felon. Callaway pleaded no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia and was fined.

A year earlier, he was accused of sexual assault, prompting the university to suspend him while the incident was investigated. Callaway eventually was found not responsible during a student code of conduct hearing [url=http://www.coltscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-johnny-unitas-jersey]Johnny Unitas Jersey[/url] , but he acknowledged under oath he was high on marijuana at the time of the alleged assault.

Callaway's driving infraction came hours before the Browns traded disappointing wide receiver Corey Coleman to Buffalo. That move caused the team to elevate Callaway, who has had an impressive training camp, into the starting lineup before Thursday's exhibition opener at the New York Giants.

The Browns released a statement saying they were aware of Callaway's citation and "are in the process of gathering more information and will comment further at the appropriate time."

And while they're dealing with Callaway, the Browns are still waiting for former All-Pro Josh Gordon, who is away from the team to deal with health issues. Gordon has been suspended multiple times by the NFL for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

Jackson said he still doesn't know when Gordon will return.

"Josh is still doing what he needs to do," Jackson said. "And again, he will be back at some point in time."

Because of Gordon's situation and the lack of experienced receiving depth, the Browns have also considered signing free agent receiver Dez Bryant, the former Pro Bowler released earlier this year by Dallas.

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/san-antonio-spurs/lonnie-walker-jersey]Lonnie Walker Jersey[/url] ,

tting on more muscle t[editar]

The Buccaneers wanted defensive end Noah Spence to gain weight this offseason. Mission accomplished.

Spence says he has gone from 228 pounds a year ago — tiny by NFL defensive end standards — to 263 now.

“Today was the heaviest I’ve ever been and I felt great. I was 263 today [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-bernie-kosar-jersey]Bernie Kosar Jersey[/url] ,” Spence told Jenna Laine of ESPN. “I kind of just started playing with it [in the offseason] to see what works. I felt like if I just don’t stop eating or drinking, I won’t lose weight.”

“Don’t stop eating” pretty much covers Spence’s approach to the offseason. He starts a day with two protein shakes, followed by cream of wheat, french toast and potatoes for breakfast, then two more protein shakes, chicken [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-brandon-marshall-jersey]Brandon Marshall Jersey[/url] , broccoli and cauliflower for one lunch, turkey and pasta for another lunch, two more protein shakes in the evening, steak, shrimp, potatoes [url=http://www.coltscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-quincy-wilson-jersey]Quincy Wilson Jersey[/url] , zucchini and squash for dinner, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with milk for a late snack, and one more protein shake before bed. Add it all up and it’s 9,000 calories.

Spence has been working out and putting on more muscle than fat, and the Bucs hope that he’s ready for a healthy season after missing 10 games last year.

The New England Patriots have signed the second of their first-round draft picks, Georgia running back Sony Michel.

New England selected Michel 31st overall [url=http://www.texanscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-corey-moore-jersey]Corey Moore Jersey[/url] , eight spots after taking one of his college blocker, Isaiah Wynn.

Michel is expected to be a major contributor in the backfield after the Patriots lost running back Dion Lewis in free agency.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Michel was third on Georgia's all-time rushing list with 3,688 yards. Last season, he played in 14 games with two starts while splitting time with Nick Chubb, who was drafted in the second round by Cleveland. Michel finished with 1 [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-trent-murphy-jersey]Trent Murphy Jersey[/url] ,227 yards on 156 carries (7.9-yard average..

New England also placed offensive lineman Andrew Jelks on the reserve/retired list Monday.

Jelks, 24, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Vanderbilt last year, but went on the injured reserve/non-football injury list before the regular season. He has been plagued by knee injuries and last played in 2014.

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/orlando-magic/melvin-frazier-jersey]Melvin Frazier Jersey[/url] ,

e yet. We’re only halfway.”[editar]

The smiling side of a handshake line at the end of the second round was a brand-new experience for Alex Ovechkin and Barry Trotz.

Ovechkin received a message of good luck and a pat on the chest from Sidney Crosby [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-brendan-langley-jersey]Brendan Langley Jersey[/url] , while Trotz got to enjoy a happy moment with longtime coaching friend Jacques Martin. Ovechkin acknowledged he’d been in that position a lot of times – though never as the one moving on to the third round.

Until now.

The Washington Capitals reaching the Eastern Conference final for the first time since 1998 is perhaps most special to the superstar captain and his coach who had never made it out of the second round before. No coach in NHL history had been behind the bench for more games than Trotz and no active player had been in as many playoff games as Ovechkin without reaching the conference finals.

”There is a kinship there, there’s no question,” Trotz said. ”I’ve been at this for a while and it’s so hard to move forward sometimes. It’s always thrown in your face everywhere your turn. I know it’s thrown in Ovi’s face everywhere he turns, and he’s a great player in this league. … I knew the frustration because you’re so close and you just can’t get it, and you just got to stay with it.”

After 51 playoff games together, Ovechkin and Trotz will take part in their first East final starting Friday night in Tampa Bay against the Lightning. Now that they’ve gotten over a hump that defined their respective careers [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jerrell-freeman-jersey]Jerrell Freeman Jersey[/url] , Ovechkin, Trotz and the Capitals are in unfamiliar territory.

”It’s something new for us and cool,” Ovechkin said Wednesday, less than 48 hours after Washington eliminated the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins. ”Right now it’s just satisfaction we beat the Stanley Cup champions finally and we move forward and now we’re going to play against a very good team, against very good goaltending and solid players over there.”

The Atlantic Division-champion Lightning present a formidable challenge, but the Capitals had to overcome something altogether different after losing in the first or second round in all nine playoff appearances that have come during the Ovechkin era dating to 2008. Beating the rival Penguins in overtime in a Game 6 on the road made the breakthrough even more emotional.

”We should be proud of that [url=http://www.ramscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-todd-gurley-ii-jersey]Todd Gurley II Jersey[/url] ,” defenseman Matt Niskanen said. ”It’s a big achievement. But I think we’ve got to be greedy. We’ve got to want more because this is a heck of a run. I don’t know if there is a group out there that knows how hard it is to get to this point.”

The Capitals are at this point with Ovechkin on top of his game with eight goals and seven assists, his best playoff output since 2009. And they’re here in large part because of Trotz, a well-respected, 19-year NHL coach who does not have a contract for next season.

”I had a summer which was very enlightening to me, and I just look at everything way differently than I ever have,” Trotz said. ”I just recognized that I can only control what I can control [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-britton-colquitt-jersey]Britton Colquitt Jersey[/url] , and the other stuff I can’t.”

Trotz can’t control upper-body injuries to Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky or a three-game suspension handed out to winger Tom Wilson, only the decisions he makes in replacing them. So far, Trotz has pushed the right buttons, like putting Braden Holtby back in net in Game 2 of the first round and promoting Jakub Vrana to the top line in Game 5 against Pittsburgh.

His players know Trotz is in control as he and the Capitals advance further into the spring than they have in 20 years.

”He wants to win a Cup,” forward Chandler Stephenson said. ”He doesn’t want to make it past the second round. It’s obviously a little accomplishment, a little confidence-boost. But we’re not done yet. We’re only halfway.”

AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed.

Now the Indianapolis Colts can reap the rewards of last month's trade with the New York Jets.

They have four picks on the second day of the NFL draft [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-carl-nassib-jersey]Carl Nassib Jersey[/url] , including three in the second round Friday night.

Indy moved back three spots in the Jets deal and still wound up filling a huge by selecting Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson at No. 6 overall on Thursday night. He fills a huge need on an offensive line that gave up 56 sacks last season and has allowed Andrew Luck to be sacked 156 times over the past six years.

Indy starts the day with selections No. 36, 37, 49 and 67 and still has plenty of needs including running back, receiver and linebacker.

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/charlotte-hornets/devonte-graham-jersey]Devonte Graham Jersey[/url] ,

Jacksonville for y[editar]

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan calls permanently removing tarps from EverBank Field ”the most important thing” for the small-market franchise.

The Jaguars removed four tarps from the upper deck for the playoffs last season [url=http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-ryan-kalil-jersey]Ryan Kalil Jersey[/url] , opening up 3,500 additional seats.

The team announced in February it would keep the tarps off for good because of an increased demand for season tickets.

Khan says ”the look it gives us is not a good look for the city; it’s not a good look for the Jags.”

The tarps became part of the stadium after Jacksonville had half of its home games blacked out on local television between 2001 and 2004. Stadium capacity is now 67 [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-myles-garrett-jersey]Myles Garrett Jersey[/url] ,932, and Khan says filling those seats creates a home-field advantage that has been missing from Jacksonville for years.

He says ”a key lesson for me is I don’t want to go back to when we don’t have a home-field advantage. That means no tarps. That means fans cheering the Jags on. I think it’s a vital [url=http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-golden-tate-iii-jersey]Golden Tate III Jersey[/url] , vital competitive advantage.”


The Colts opened the season with several offensive linemen on either the physically unable to perform or non-football injury lists, but they’ve all been cleared for action as of Friday morning.

The final player left on the PUP list was guard Jeremy Vujnovich [url=http://www.coltscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-antonio-morrison-jersey]Antonio Morrison Jersey[/url] , but the team announced that he has been returned to the active roster. Vujnovich is now eligible to start practicing with the team.

Vujnovich started all 16 games at left guard for the Colts last season, but the fact that the team added guards Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith in the first two rounds of the draft makes for a pretty good review of how well he handled the job.

Vujnovich will likely be looking for work as a reserve this time around. There’s one less competitor for that role with Jack Mewhort announcing his retirement this week.

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/chicago-bulls/chandler-hutchison-jersey]Chandler Hutchison Jersey[/url] ,

they were aware befo[editar]

The New Jersey Devils proved in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series with the heavily favored Tampa Bay Lightning that they are not a team simply content with reaching the postseason.

After climbing back into this best-of-seven Monday with a gritty 5-2 victory over the Lightning [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jabrill-peppers-jersey]Jabrill Peppers Jersey[/url] , the Devils are talking tough, even though they still trail the series 2-1.

“We showed it’s going to be a series,” said Devils forward Blake Coleman. “It’s going to be a dogfight.”

Such sets the stage for what should be an intriguing Game 4 at the Prudential Center on Wednesday night.

The Lightning won the first two games of this series in Tampa, 5-2 and 5-3, and twice led Game 3 by the scores of 1-0 and 2-1 early in the third period. However, the Devils unloaded 20 shots in the final period, took advantage of an uncharacteristically undisciplined Lightning squad, and scored four times — twice into an empty net — to secure the organization’s first playoff victory in six years.

“We did it to ourselves,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

That feeling is the prevailing sentiment around the Lightning heading into Game 4. Lightning players and coaches firmly believe that, as the Eastern Conference’s top seed and far more experienced team in the series [url=http://www.coltscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-andrew-luck-jersey]Andrew Luck Jersey[/url] , what happens on the ice is largely on them, not the Devils.

“It’s not one game, it’s a series,” said Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who logged more than 28 minutes in the Game 3 defeat. “We’re still on top and got to refocus and regroup to get ready for the next one.”

Special teams have been a big part of this series, so far. The Lightning handed the Devils seven power plays Monday, and the Devils tied the game in the third period on a Will Butcher 5-on-3 power play goal. On the flip side, the Lightning also scored two more power play goals, giving them five in nine opportunities in the series.

“They have such a lethal power play that if you give them one, two [url=]Tyler Boyd Jersey[/url] , three, four, five opportunities a night, they’re going to make you pay,” said Devils alternate captain Taylor Hall. “On the other side, our power play didn’t really come through when we wanted it to — though we got the one on the 5-on-3 that got us back in the game — but we have to regroup and figure out what we have to do against their penalty kill.”

Hall, coming off a Hart Trophy-worthy regular season, turned in a brilliant performance Monday and has five points in the first three games of the series. He tied the game with his second goal of the series in the second period, then assisted on Butcher’s game-tying tally and made a gorgeous rush up ice before setting up Stefan Noesen’s eventual game-winner at 12:55 of the third period.

“He’s so consistent, does it every night [url=http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-trey-hopkins-jersey]Trey Hopkins Jersey[/url] ,” teammate Marcus Johansson said of Hall, who had a career-high 93 points in 2017-18. “He scores big goals, creates a lot of offense for him and his linemates. I’m really impressed with the way he’s been playing all year.”

After shaky goaltending from Keith Kinkaid in the first two games of the series, the Devils switched to Cory Schneider in Game 3 and he stopped 34 of 36 shots, making a stunning save on a Ryan McDonagh breakaway with the score tied in the third period.

“Me and (Brian Boyle) looked at each other halfway through the game and said this is the Cory we know,” shared Coleman, who scored one of two empty-net goals for New Jersey near the end of the game.

Despite the rousing finish and gutty effort by the home team, the Lightning are still up a game and in the driver’s seat heading into Game 4. A win Thursday and they head back to Florida one victory away from advancing to the second round.

Considering they did not trail for a single second over the first 172 minutes, 55 seconds of the series, the Lightning have plenty of reason to be confident ahead of Wednesday’s much-anticipated clash.

“We still feel like we’re in a good spot in the series [url=http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-daeshon-hall-jersey]Daeshon Hall Jersey[/url] ,” said McDonagh. “If we keep ourselves within our system and playing the right way, we feel we’ve got a good chance.”

The Lightning could be without two of their top forwards on Wednesday, however. Ryan Callahan, who missed Game 3 with an upper-body injury, did not practice Tuesday and neither did Tyler Johnson, who scored goals in each of the first two games down in Tampa, but needed a maintenance day Tuesday for unspecified reasons.

The Arizona Cardinals say they were aware before they drafted him that wide receiver Christian Kirk had been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and property damage.

Azcentral.com reported the arrest and the Cardinals’ reaction to it.

The arrest occurred outside the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Feb. 3. Scottsdale police said Kirk was with a group that was intoxicated and throwing rocks at cars.

Azcentral.com quoted a Cardinals spokesman as saying that team officials spoke to Kirk at length about the incident and it is the team’s understanding that the matter ”will be resolved in the near future.” The case is pending and the team spokesman said there would be no further comment.

The Cardinals drafted Kirk in the second round. He was a standout at Saguaro High in Scottsdale and played at Texas A&M.

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/los-angeles-clippers/shai-gilgeous-alexander-jersey]Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Jersey[/url] ,

making their linebacke[editar]

Former Indianapolis Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson is going to serve as a consultant in his new role with the Seattle Seahawks [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-seth-devalve-jersey]Seth DeValve Jersey[/url] , a team spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

Grigson’s addition helps the Seahawks front office cover the recent departures of Dan Morgan and Jim Nagy from their personnel department. Morgan left Seattle to become the Director of Player Personnel for the Buffalo Bills in May. Nagy recently left to take over for Phil Savage as the executive director of the Senior Bowl.

Grigson spent five years as the G.M. of the Colts before being fired following the 2016 season. He spent last year as a senior personnel executive with the Cleveland Browns.

Nolan Teasley was promoted to fill Morgan’s spot as Director of Pro Personnel last month.

The Giants have been busy remaking their linebacker corps this offseason, and they’re not finished.

According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com [url=http://www.ramscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-nolan-cromwell-jersey]Nolan Cromwell Jersey[/url] , the Giants are expected to sign veteran free agent Connor Barwin.

He worked with Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern in Philadelphia, giving him some familiarity.

Barwin recently said he didn’t plan to sign with a team unless there was a chance to win a Super Bowl [url=[1]Travis Frederick Jersey[/url] , so he’s obviously a proponent of sticking with an aging quarterback and using the second pick in the draft on a running back.

The 31-year-old Barwin had five sacks last year for the Rams, after a solid run with the Eagles. The Giants are converting to a 3-4 defense under new coordinator James Bettcher [url=http://www.cowboyscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-dorance-armstrong-jr.-jersey]Dorance Armstrong Jr. Jersey[/url] , and traded for inside linebacker Alec Ogletree earlier this offseason to help with the transition.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/baltimore-ravens/mark-andrews-jersey]Authentic Womens Mark Andrews Jersey[/url] ,

pick. Cousi[editar]

The quarterback merry-go-round in Minnesota has lost a lot of qualified riders over the past decade and more [url=http://www.texanscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-kendall-lamm-jersey]Kendall Lamm Jersey[/url] , and the Vikings made an unprecedented commitment this year to Kirk Cousins to make it stop.

Cousins, too, has experienced his share of unsettled situations over a career during which he has often fought skepticism toward his ability to be a premier player.

This season, for both parties, there's no question about who the starter will be. Cousins arrived less than five months ago, and he has yet to take a snap for the Vikings that counts. Still, they've already anointed him their team leader.

"At some point you have to be given a license to lead to lead. You have to be given permission to take charge, and when you're still having internal competition it's hard to do that," Cousins said. "I've been in those situations in the past."

Not only in Washington [url=http://www.cowboyscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-rico-gathers-jersey]Rico Gathers Jersey[/url] , where he played his first six years as a pro, but in the early part of his time in college at Michigan State.

"It was hard to really assert my personality in the locker room, because I didn't want to step on the toes of the other people," Cousins said.

"So that's something, when you know your role and it's been defined, you can then lead from a place of greater comfort and from that platform. I think that helps the overall dynamic."

With a fully guaranteed $84 million contract over the next three years, the Vikings will be steered by Cousins through at least 2020 even with a roster stacked with stars at several positions. If all goes well, the marriage would last until he decides to leave the game.

"If there's a quarterback competition, you don't have one [url=http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-vincent-rey-jersey]Vincent Rey Jersey[/url] , OK?" offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said. "I've been at spots before where there is quarterback competition and you're worried, because neither guy is really stepping in front of the other one."

Daunte Culpepper, whose career was derailed in the 2005 season by a massive knee injury, was the last sustained starting quarterback for the Vikings.

None of the successors, as successful as they might have been, stayed longer than two years. Teddy Bridgewater was on his way to solving the problem, until he hurt his knee even worse than Culpepper.

Sam Bradford was an exceptional fill-in, but then he was hurt and replaced by Case Keenum. Despite his hand in helping the Vikings reach the NFC championship game, the front office and coaching staff were never fully committed to Keenum for the long term.

So now the offense has been turned over to Cousins [url=http://www.jaguarscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-tanner-lee-jersey]Tanner Lee Jersey[/url] , who has found himself the center of attention more quickly than he anticipated.

"I was surprised by how much my teammates gave me that license to lead quickly. I thought they were going to want to have me prove myself a little bit longer than maybe I had to," Cousins said. "They were very supportive and said, 'No, man. It's your show. Let's go.'"

The first two days of training camp have been primarily for rookies and other players either relatively inexperienced or recovering from injuries, but Cousins has taken part along with all the other quarterbacks.

Running back Dalvin Cook has shed his knee brace, declaring himself fully past the ACL injury that ended his rookie season early. Cornerback and kickoff returner Mike Hughes is the first-round draft pick. Cousins, of course, has the biggest share of the spotlight, as he will for as long as he's putting on a purple jersey.

"We exude that confidence in Kirk [url=http://www.coltscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jack-doyle-jersey]Jack Doyle Jersey[/url] ," DeFilippo said. "I think he exudes that confidence in us, and we're really looking forward to him playing well this year and leading our football team."

Fox Sports will broadcast the NFL draft this season, along with the NFL’s usual television partners of ESPN and NFL Network.

A person familiar with the decision says Fox will show the same feed as the NFL Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league and Fox haven’t announced the decision.

ESPN will still air its own draft feed but the person said the current rights deal for the draft allowed for the inclusion of another broadcaster.

Article continues below ... Pro Football Talk first reported the deal.

Fox won the rights to broadcast 11 Thursday night football games in a deal with the NFL last month, taking over a package that was previously shared by NBC and CBS.

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/detroit-pistons/jameer-nelson-jersey]Jameer Nelson Jersey[/url] ,

, Arizona, Ch[editar]

The New York Giants have started fixing their woeful offensive line.

A person familiar with the negotiations says the team has an agreement with offensive tackle Nate Solder. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants did not announced the deal with the former New England Patriots left tackle when free agency kicked off Wednesday.

NFL Network reported the Giants will give Solder a four-year [url=http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-william-jackson-jersey]William Jackson Jersey[/url] , $62 million deal.

The 29-year-old Solder was considered the top offensive lineman available in free agency. He will be the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman.

His signing is a major accomplishment for new general manager Dave Gettleman, who has taken over a team that went 3-13 last season. The O-line was one of the team’s biggest weaknesses. Former general manager Jerry Reese’s failure to address the problem in free agency last year led to his firing in December.

Solder will probably take over at left tackle and 2015 first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers will be moved to the right side.

The Giants announced late Wednesday afternoon the signing of former Carolina Panthers cornerback Teddy Williams, who did not play in 2017 after being waived/injured with a shoulder problem.

The 17th player taken in the 2011 draft, Solder has started 95 career games, and he has been relatively injury free in his career.

The Giants still have work to do on the line. The team was 26th in the league in rushing (96.8 yards), 28th in first downs (271), 30th on third downs (32.6 percent), 29th in time of possession (28:27) [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-myles-garrett-jersey]Myles Garrett Jersey[/url] , and 31st in points (246).

Part of the problem was injuries. Center Weston Richburg only played four games because of a concussion and the versatile Justin Pugh was in eight at left guard and right tackle because of back problems.

New York used 10 starting line combinations and only had two games in which a runner gained at least 100 yards, both by Orleans Darkwa.

Richburg is expected to sign with San Francisco. Pugh is a free agent. Veteran guard John Jerry, who started all 16 games last season, is under contract. Brett Jones, a restricted free agent who received a second-round qualifying offer, started the final 12 games at center. Jon Halapio, who started the final six games at right guard, re-signed with the Giants recently.

Williams is the second former Panther Gettleman brought aboard in two days. The former Carolina GM got running back Jonathan Stewart on Tuesday.

Since entering the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2012 [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jim-brown-jersey]Jim Brown Jersey[/url] , Williams has played 36 games for Indianapolis, Arizona, Chicago, Jacksonville and Carolina.


Case Keenum had never in his NFL career been a team’s established starter during the offseason, but this year in Denver, he is. And the Broncos like his leadership.

Keenum has started 38 games in his NFL career, but he’s always been the starter either because someone else got hurt, as was the case last year in Minnesota [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-adam-gotsis-jersey]Adam Gotsis Jersey[/url] , or knowing that someone else was being groomed to take the job, as was the case the year before in Los Angeles. The Broncos, who gave Keenum a two-year, $36 million contract this offseason, are making no secret of the fact that Keenum is their man.

The Broncos are already singing Keenum’s praises as a leader, and even Paxton Lynch, the former first-round pick who is relegated to backup behind Keenum, is happy to have the veteran aboard.

鈥淚 was really excited [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-demaryius-thomas-jersey]Demaryius Thomas Jersey[/url] , actually, when we got Case for the fact he鈥檚 a veteran guy who鈥檚 been through it a little bit and had his ups and downs,鈥?Lynch told the Denver Post. 鈥淭he way he carries himself and handles himself 鈥?he鈥檚 a pro and that only benefits me and the other guys in the locker room and the other guys in the quarterback room.鈥?/p>

Keenum wouldn’t be there if Lynch had become the kind of quarterback John Elway thought he was when the Broncos took him in the first round two years ago. But perhaps Lynch can learn something from Keenum about how to develop into a starter, even if it takes some time.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/indianapolis-colts/braden-smith-jersey]Authentic Womens Braden Smith Jersey[/url] ,

on on Tuesday.[editar]

Texans General Manager Brian Gaine described contract talks with linebacker Jadeveon Clowney as “amicable” earlier this week [url=http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-curtis-samuel-jersey]Curtis Samuel Jersey[/url] , but those nice feelings are reportedly not going to generate an agreement on a long-term deal.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Clowney is expected to play out the final year of his deal. It’s something that’s been discussed as a possibility for some time and Clowney’s health is the biggest reason why the team would like to wait on any new deal.

Clowney played 16 games for the first time in his NFL career last season, but had arthroscopic knee surgery after the season and isn’t practicing fully yet. Gaine has said on multiple occasions that he is going to stick to the Texans’ tradition of not negotiating contracts once the regular season gets underway, which leaves Clowney tasked with staying healthy and productive as he pushes for a commitment from the team.

Should Clowney do that and fail to sign a deal with the team in the first weeks of the offseason, the franchise tag could be in play to ensure Clowney remains in Houston.

Jaylen Brown could see the fourth quarter well enough from the Boston bench to know he wasn’t worried about the Celtics‘ recent stumbles.

”If we would have played our normal rotation, we would have won that game,” he said Sunday after coach Brad Stevens rested his starters and watched the subs blow a 13-point, fourth-quarter lead to the Atlanta Hawks. ”No doubt about it.”

Taurean Prince made seven of eight 3-pointers to score 33 points, getting help from Isaiah Taylor and Dewayne Dedmon down the stretch to help the last-place Hawks beat the playoff-bound Celtics 112-106.

With the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference already locked up [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jared-veldheer-jersey]Jared Veldheer Jersey[/url] , Stevens left Brown, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier on the bench for the entire fourth quarter and Boston lost for the third time in four games.

”I think Brad made a good call,” Brown said. ”(The backups) got an opportunity and it was well-deserved.”

Rozier had 10 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Boston, which had beaten Atlanta in the other three meetings this season. Tatum scored 19, Horford had 16 and Greg Monroe scored 17 for the Celtics, who are without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward for the rest of the season and Marcus Smart for the start of the playoffs.

”Let young guys play in the fourth [url=http://www.texanscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-ibraheim-campbell-jersey]Ibraheim Campbell Jersey[/url] ,” Stevens said. ”Bench play is going to be huge for us going into the playoffs without a full roster.”

Taylor and Dedmon scored nine straight points for the Hawks after they trailed 103-101 with 2 minutes remaining.

Prince added eight rebounds and five assists, and Damian Lee scored 14 with eight boards. Taylor had 13 points and Dedmon scored 10 for Atlanta, which has beaten playoff teams in consecutive games but still has the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

”(It’s) especially gratifying, knowing you have a couple impact players out and still be able to do what we do,” Prince said, alluding to the injuries to Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore, two of the team’s top three scorers. ”It’s good to see what we’re able to do, even without a full team.”

CRUNCH TIME

The Celtics took a 20-8 lead in the first quarter and nursed it through most of the game before a four-point play on a clear-path foul by Tatum [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-john-timu-jersey]John Timu Jersey[/url] , followed by a Prince 3-pointer, helped turn a 73-63 deficit into a one-point game.

The Celtics opened the fourth with a 9-2 run to take a 91-78 lead. But Atlanta tied it 99-all on a four-point play by Mike Muscala with 5:32 to play. After taking a 101-99 lead, the Celtics made five straight trips down the floor without scoring before Monroe’s tip-in made it 103-101 with just over two minutes left.

That’s when Taylor and Dedmon took over.

Taylor tied it 103-all with a layup and, after Monroe made one of two free throws, Dedmon made a 3-pointer to give Atlanta its first lead since the score was 3-2. Jonathan Gibson made a 20-footer for Boston, then Dedmon’s dunk gave the Hawks the lead for good. Taylor followed with a layup to make it a four-point game with 26 seconds left.

”Of course, they didn’t play their starters in the fourth quarter,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. ”I think they got a lot out of today; those (Celtics) played well for three quarters. I’m proud of the way our guys played for all four quarters. It’s a good sign the way they’re developing.”

KYRIE SURGERY

Stevens said Irving’s surgery was a success and he should be ready to return next season. The point guard had two screws removed Saturday from his left knee [url=http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-j.j.-jansen-jersey]J.J. Jansen Jersey[/url] , which had developed an infection. The screws were inserted after he broke his kneecap during the 2015 Finals.

Irving has not played since March 11. Rozier started at point guard on Sunday, the 11th time in 12 games he had been in the starting lineup after coming off the bench for all but three of the previous 67 games.

TIP-INS

Prince scored 10 in the first quarter and had eight points and four rebounds in the fourth. … Boston’s Semi Ojeleye had a career-high 13 points. … The Hawks’ 13 turnovers led to 15 Boston points, but the Celtics’ 12 turnovers led to 24 Atlanta points.

UP NEXT

Hawks: Finish the season at home against Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Celtics: At Washington on Tuesday.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/miami-dolphins/josh-sitton-jersey]Authentic Womens Josh Sitton Jersey[/url] ,

comment at this time."[editar]

The makeup of the Cowboys receiving corps has been a talking point around the team all offseason as the team said farewell to Dez Bryan and Brice Butler while bringing in several new players to serve as targets for quarterback Dak Prescott.

Early word from training camp was that the passing game was having a hard time finding itself [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-andre-holmes-jersey]Andre Holmes Jersey[/url] , but Prescott feels that things have come together with camp in California coming to an end ahead of Saturday’s preseason game.

“We really click,” Prescott said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We’re starting to get it. As I said, when we have the changeover that we had and had a lot of new guys come in at receiver and play different positions, especially with a bunch of different guys, each of which has something different to offer to our receiving corps, it’s all been good. We’re starting to click [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-taylor-gabriel-jersey]Taylor Gabriel Jersey[/url] , starting to hit the deep ball a lot more in some of these last practices than we did early on. But we knew that would be part of it, working out the kinks and we’re all getting comfortable with each other. It’s fun to do it.”

Prescott went 3-of-3 for 39 yards and a touchdown to rookie wideout Michael Gallup in Dallas’ preseason opener and figures to get more time against the Bengals this weekend. Another good outing won’t quiet all the concerns about the Cowboys passing attack, but it should cast things in a slightly better light than we’ve seen for most of the offseason.

Authorities issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett, who is accused of injuring a paraplegic woman as he tried get onto the field at last year's Super Bowl to celebrate with his brother.

The Harris County district attorney's office said a grand jury indicted the 32-year-old Bennett, acquired earlier this month by the Philadelphia Eagles, on a felony count of injury to the elderly.

Bennett was a spectator at the game at NRG Stadium in Houston in February 2017 when he tried to get onto the field immediately afterward to see his brother, Martellus Bennett [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-seth-devalve-jersey]Seth DeValve Jersey[/url] , a tight end for the Patriots at the time. Prosecutors allege he pushed through security personnel, including a 66-year-old woman in a wheelchair who was a stadium employee and who had told him to use a different entrance to access the field. Bennett is also accused of pushing two other people, including another woman, and ignoring a request by a police officer to stop as he made his way onto the field.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Bennett allegedly told the people he had pushed, "You all must know who I am and I can own this (expletive). I'm going down to the field, whether you like it or not."

Acevedo called Bennett "morally bankrupt" for pushing the two women. Police said the disabled woman suffered a sprained shoulder when she was allegedly pushed by Bennett, hitting the back of her 800-pound [url=http://www.ramscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-aaron-donald-jersey]Aaron Donald Jersey[/url] , motorized wheelchair.

"Mr. Bennett may think that because he's an NFL player and some time passed ... he may have thought that, number one, rules don't apply to him, number two, he doesn't have to respect the dignity of a paraplegic woman who's trying to earn a living," Acevedo said at a news conference.

Acevedo said a detective did not actively start working the case until September because the police department had prioritized more serious cases.

The charge of injury to the elderly can be filed if a person intentionally or knowingly causes injury to a person 65 or older. It carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. County authorities say they're talking with Bennett's legal team about surrendering on the charge.

The Eagles acquired Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks [url=http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-daeshon-hall-jersey]Daeshon Hall Jersey[/url] , where he became one of the dominant defensive linemen in the game. Bennett had 8 陆 sacks last season and has 54 in his nine-year career. Bennett has three years remaining on his contract, with a base salary of just $1.65 million in 2018. That number jumps to $6 million in 2019 and $7.5 million in 2020.

"We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information," the Eagles said. "Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time."

Bennett's agent, Doug Hendrickson, did not respond to a message seeking comment Friday.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/san-francisco-49ers/jeremiah-attaochu-jersey]Womens Jeremiah Attaochu Jersey[/url] ,

must line up with five players on each side of the kicker.[editar]

When the Alliance of American Football makes its first snap next February [url=http://www.cowboyscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-michael-gallup-jersey]Michael Gallup Jersey[/url] , there could be lots of familiar names playing for each of the eight teams.

Makes sense, too, because a brand new league needs as many hooks to attract fans as it can find. The Alliance is going with a geographic allocation system that takes advantage of where players attended college, or where they performed in the NFL.

For example, if former Alabama standout running back Trent Richardson opts to join the Alliance, he would be placed on Birmingham’s roster. Players who attended Arizona or Arizona State would wind up with the Phoenix franchise. Anyone who played for one of the major Florida schools would be placed with the Orlando team.

”We think this will disperse the talent in a way that will be logical,” says Bill Polian, whose work as an NFL personnel man with Buffalo, Carolina and Indianapolis got him voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ”We borrowed that from the USFL.”

Polian, Alliance CEO Charlie Ebersol and the other league founders hope to be far more successful and have more longevity than that league, which lasted three seasons in the 1980s before folding. Unquestionably [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-joe-schobert-jersey]Joe Schobert Jersey[/url] , players to fill out the 75-man rosters – other franchises will be in San Diego, Memphis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and Atlanta – are available. Now, the Alliance has a system for distributing them, particularly once NFL teams make their roster cuts at the beginning of September.

Basically, players from any schools in the SEC, ACC and Pac-12 power conferences will wind up with a franchise in their region. Polian says because the Alliance has no markets in Big Ten and Big 12 areas, ”we left them largely unallocated.” Players from such schools as Penn State or Kansas State likely will be apportioned based on which NFL club cut them. But the league plans to distribute four NFL teams’ cuts to each of the Alliance squads.

”In addition, we gave each team a CFL team, again based on rough geography [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-shon-coleman-jersey]Shon Coleman Jersey[/url] ,” Polian says. ”The West CFL teams would go to the West Alliance teams …

”When a player is cut or he is not in the NFL or CFL, the first thing is we look for a college affiliation. His rights are your property if he is affiliated with one of your colleges. If his college is not assigned, we go to his pro team. If the NFL team does not work, and he is in the CFL, we go to that. Finally, if he is completely unallocated, he can be put on rights list first-come, first-serve.”

Most smaller schools have not been allocated, nor have any from the lower levels of college ball.

Should a player draw interest from an NFL club after being cut in September and allocated to an Alliance team, he would be free to return to the NFL. But not once the Alliance begins play the weekend after the Super Bowl.

”They can go at any time except from the start of our training camp to our championship game,” says Polian [url=http://www.ramscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-deacon-jones-jersey]Deacon Jones Jersey[/url] , whose league will play a 10-game season, with four teams making the playoffs. ”The reason we set our calendar the way we did, our season ends just as OTAs are beginning (in the NFL). They won’t miss a heck of a lot, if anything at all, and they will be in shape in late April. They can go right back to the NFL and not miss a beat.”

Or they could head back to college. The Alliance will be offering players post-secondary education assistance, as well as health and wellness benefits.

”In addition,” Polian explains ”every player completing a full (Alliance) season will receive a scholarship of a significant amount of money and we will provide counseling if they want to go back to school.”

Each player will be signed to a three-year contract with a minimum base gross salary of $250,000 over three years. But they can earn more.

”With bonuses related to skill, statistical levels and even some fan engagement,” Polian says, ”they can earn considerably more than their base minimum. We think it’s very competitive and a decent wage for basically a 10-game season.”

Now that the Alliance has established how it will distribute players and has scheduled scouting combines for August for players not in NFL camps [url=http://www.cowboyscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-zack-martin-jersey]Zack Martin Jersey[/url] , the next big step comes Sept. 1: cutdown day in the NFL.

”The large push will come at the cut to 53 when a great many players will come on the market,” Polian says. ”Our big challenge will be getting the right players.”


The NFL has once again changed the kickoff.

NFL owners voted today to change the rules on kickoffs, with the following implemented for the 2018 season:

1. No running starts before the ball is kicked.

2. The kicking team must line up with five players on each side of the kicker.

3. At least two players on the kicking team must be outside the numbers.

4. At least two players on the kicking team must be between the numbers and the hashmarks.

5. At least eight players on the receiving team must be within 15 yards of their restraining line, which would typically mean between the kicking team鈥檚 45-yard line and the receiving team鈥檚 40-yard line.

6. Until the ball is touched or hits the ground, players on the receiving team can鈥檛 cross the restraining line (typically the 45), or initiate a block within 15 yards of the line where the ball is kicked.

7. No wedge blocks.

All of these rules are designed to limit the number of high-impact collisions on kickoffs, which the NFL says are the most dangerous players in football. Eventually the kickoff might be eliminated altogether. At least for this season, it is remaining in place bus changing significantly.

[url=http://www.officialhockeyusashop.com/winnipeg-jets/blake-wheeler-jersey]Adidas Blake Wheeler Jersey[/url] ,

Pollock said.[editar]

The Detroit Red Wings are bringing coach Jeff Blashill for a fourth season [url=http://www.brownscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-e.j.-gaines-jersey]E.J. Gaines Jersey[/url] , sticking with him while they rebuild after missing the postseason for the second year in a row.

”I’m big on experience,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said after announcing the decision on Tuesday.

Detroit extended its postseason streak to 25 years in 2016 during Blashill’s debut season as an NHL coach. The Red Wings have fallen short since then and are 104-105-37 in three seasons under Blashill, who won one playoff game two years ago. Holland, who has been Detroit’s GM since 1997 and recently agreed to a two-year contract extension [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-star-lotulelei-jersey]Star Lotulelei Jersey[/url] , decided to stay with Blashill as the Red Wings look for the right mix of youth and experience to get back in the mix in the Eastern Conference.

”I’m certainly glad to still be the coach of the Detroit Red Wings. It’s a job I love,” Blashill said. ”I’m excited about moving this franchise … where everybody wants it.”

The Detroit native will coach the U.S. team at the IIHF World Hockey Championship – for the second straight year – next month in Denmark.

The Red Wings hired Blashill in 2015 after Mike Babcock’s contract expired and the Toronto Maple Leafs gave him a $50 million, eight-year contract. Blashill was on Babcock’s bench in Detroit as an assistant during the 2011-12 season. He went on to coach the Grand Rapids Griffins, leading the Red Wings’ American Hockey League affiliate for three successful seasons. Blashill also led Western Michigan University for one season [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-doug-flutie-jersey]Doug Flutie Jersey[/url] , helping the Broncos reach the CCHA championship game for the first time since 1986.

”He’s gotten better,” Detroit center Dylan Larkin said. ”That sounds different to say about a coach. He has become more mature. … He has a good grasp of the room.”

More NHL hockey: The Arizona Diamondbacks hoped to have A.J. Pollock back before the All-Star break. The center fielder’s thumb was in good shape, but he wanted to get his legs under him before returning.

Pollock came back earlier than expected, coming off the 10-day disabled list on Monday and putting a key bat back in Arizona’s lineup as it tries to hold onto the NL West lead.

Pollock was slated to hit fourth against St. Louis in his first game back since breaking his left thumb while diving for a ball in the outfield against Milwaukee on May 14.

”I’m thankful that the guys here trusted me and allowed me to play a couple games and get back [url=http://www.coltscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-henry-anderson-jersey]Henry Anderson Jersey[/url] ,” Pollock said.

Pollock got off to a strong start this season, hitting.293 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 40 games before the injury. Arizona’s division lead, once at six games with Pollock in the lineup, was down to 2 1/2 over the Los Angeles Dodgers after a three-game sweep by the San Francisco Giants over the weekend.

”Swing feels good [url=http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-chris-baker-jersey]Chris Baker Jersey[/url] , everything feels good,” Pollock said.

Arizona also purchased the contract of right-hander Joey Krehbiel from Triple-A Reno and released right-hander Troy Scribner. Right-hander Silvino Bracho and utilityman Christian Walker were optioned to Reno.

The 25-year-old Krehbiel went 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 29 games with the Aces. He is looking for his big league debut.

Bracho went 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA in five stints with the Diamondbacks this season.

Walker hit .208 with a homer and two RBIs over four stints with Arizona.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/jacksonville-jaguars/customized]Jacksonville Jaguars Customized Jerseys[/url] ,

Packers on Friday ended up being his last one.[editar]

The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens [url=http://www.cowboyscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-randy-gregory-jersey]Randy Gregory Jersey[/url] , The Associated Press has learned.

Major League Baseball and the NCAA have been working to arrange a game as a kickoff event to the CWS, two people close to the situation told the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details.

A news conference with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was scheduled for Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park, the host site for the CWS.

The move would be similar to the regular-season games played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Little League World Series.

AP Sports Writer Ron Blum contributed.

A rare losing season without a playoff appearance led to significant front office changes for the Green Bay Packers.

A new structure is in place at the top of the front-office flow chart, and new general manager Brian Gutekunst is signaling that the Packers might be a little more aggressive in free agency.

The ”draft-and-develop” philosophy will still be the foundation of the way that Green Bay builds the roster, Gutekunst said Monday at his introductory news conference at Lambeau Field.

”But I do think I will lead in my own personality and probably a little bit more aggressive in certain areas,” said Gutekunst, formerly Green Bay’s player personnel director.

”We’re not going to leave any stone unturned as far as every avenue of player acquisition.”

Predecessor Ted Thompson is now a senior advisor following a 13-year tenure highlighted by the Super Bowl-winning 2010 season.

The Packers went to four NFC title games and won six NFC North crowns under his watch.

Thompson also took heat from some vocal fans for being timid in free agency, especially at a time when two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still in his prime at age 34.

The defense did not improve over the past four seasons despite being stocked with high draft picks.

Thompson had the titles of executive vice president [url=http://www.jaguarscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-lerentee-mccray-jersey]Lerentee McCray Jersey[/url] , general manger & director of football operations – positions that will now be held by different executives under the structural change initiated by team president/CEO Mark Murphy.

”It’s very difficult for one person to handle all of those responsibilities, so really looking at it, I decided it would be in the best long-term interests of the organization to change the structure,” said Murphy, who oversaw the GM search.

Gutekunst, 44, will have complete control over roster decisions as general manager.

Coach Mike McCarthy, who is under contract through 2019 after receiving a one-year extension during the season, will now report directly to Murphy. He will have the authority to hire and fire the head coach.

Russ Ball, the team’s salary cap expert and chief contract negotiator [url=http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-ameer-abdullah-jersey]Ameer Abdullah Jersey[/url] , was promoted to executive vice president/director of football operations after serving as vice president of football administration/player finance. Ball, who interviewed for the GM job, will also report directly to Murphy.

Murphy said he decided to make the change during a broad re-evaluation sparked by the GM search. He hoped that lines of communication would improve in order to break down ”silos” that had built up over the years.

”I just felt like there were too many silos in football, whether that be coaching and personnel, the college and the pro side, and breaking down those silos” was necessary, Murphy said.

Murphy is the highest-ranking administrator on a team without a traditional owner – the Packers are the NFL’s only publicly-owned franchise. In times when there might be close calls, Murphy would cast a tiebreaking vote.

”But I hope it never gets to that,” Murphy said. ”That’ll be the goal, is that we can work together and through good communication we’ll all be on the same page.”

He has more football experience than the average team president [url=]Tyler Boyd Jersey[/url] , having played safety under Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs for the Washington Redskins.

Also a lawyer, Murphy had extensive experience in sports administration before becoming Packers president/CEO in 2007, including athletic director stints at Northwestern and Colgate.

Entering his 20th season with the Packers, Gutekunst is also a football lifer, but on the personnel side. He spent the past two seasons as player personnel director. He also oversaw college scouting for four years, and worked 11 seasons as a regional college scout in the talent-rich Southeast.

Gutekunst got his start in Green Bay as a scouting intern in the summer of 1997, spent most of 1998 as a scouting assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs before returning to the Packers for good when then-GM and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf hired him as a scout on Dec. 30, 1998.

Gutekunst had interviewed for other GM openings in recent years. In fact, he got the call from Murphy offering him the Packers’ job while on a trip over the weekend to Houston to interview for the Texans’ vacancy.

The interview with the Packers on Friday ended up being his last one.

”I let Mark know on Friday that this was my dream job, that I absolutely love this place [url=http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-devon-kennard-jersey]Devon Kennard Jersey[/url] ,” Gutekunst said.

Interjected Murphy: ”You didn’t tell your agent that.”

It all worked out in the end.

”I’m really glad that it came to where we are now,” said Gutekunst, as his wife and children watched from the front row of the auditorium.

The Packers also interviewed director-football operations Eliot Wolf, who is the son of the former GM and friends with Gutekunst; and former Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley.

Gutekunst said he hoped that he could keep Wolf as his ”right-hand man”, but wouldn’t hold him back if other opportunities arose.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/dallas-cowboys/mike-white-jersey]Authentic Womens Mike White Jersey[/url] ,

amping the selection[editar]

More than a decade ago [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-mark-sanchez-jersey]Mark Sanchez Jersey[/url] , an injury to receiver Terrell Owens forced a change to the rules of the NFL. Now, an insult to T.O. could force a change to the rules of the HOF.

Per multiple sources, the Hall of Fame currently is considering a requirement that candidates for enshrinement commit to showing up for the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony before the selection committee makes its final choices.

As one source explained it, the issue became a hot topic on Friday in Canton. During the annual Ray Nitschke luncheon, attended only by members of the Hall of Fame, most strongly disagreed with Terrell Owens’ decision to boycott the weekend’s festivities. Some supported Owens. Most if not all agreed that it is important to stop Owens’ boycott of the ceremony from becoming a trend.

The Hall of Famers want advance screening of the candidates along with a commitment that they will show up. The plan [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-peyton-manning-jersey]Peyton Manning Jersey[/url] , as another source put it, would consist of having the 25 semifinalists sign an agreement that they would show up if selected. It’s currently believed that the adjustment to the procedures is virtually certain to happen.

Three obvious questions arise. First, what happens if the semifinalist refuses to sign the document? Presumably, the person automatically would not become one of the 15 finalists, thereby preventing the members of the selection committee from voting the candidate in.

Second, what happens if the person signs the document [url=http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-ryan-hewitt-jersey]Ryan Hewitt Jersey[/url] , wins enshrinement, and then doesn’t show up? Would the Hall of Famer be replaced by an alternate, or would the bronze bust still be added to the Hall of Fame in the new enshrinee’s absence?

Third, and perhaps most importantly, is the Hall of Fame willing to change its bylaws to permit consideration for induction to stray beyond events and dynamics unrelated to the candidate’s football career? If an inclination to not attend the ceremony becomes a factor in keeping someone out of Canton, what about other things that are supposedly off limits when it comes to screening Hall of Famers?

The best approach could be to regard the T.O. situation as a once-in-318 aberration and to continue with the same rules that otherwise would have been applied. Indeed [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-shaq-lawson-jersey]Shaq Lawson Jersey[/url] , Owens didn’t show up, but he’s still a Hall of Famer. It wouldn’t be fair to any other potential Hall of Famer to apply a different set of rules.

It also would be wrong to ignore Owens’ overriding point: He was indeed passed over, not once but twice, for reasons unrelated to his accomplishments. The fact that Owens and Randy Moss generally are regarded as the second- and third-, or third- and second-, best receivers of all time behind Jerry Rice coupled with the fact that Moss got in on the first try proves that Owens also should have gotten in on the first try.

So instead of creating a litmus test that violates the letter and spirit of the Hall of Fame’s bylaws for enshrinement [url=http://www.ramscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-michael-brockers-jersey]Michael Brockers Jersey[/url] , the current members of the Hall of Fame should instead recognize the merit of T.O.’s argument and consider revamping the selection process to ensure that another first-ballot Hall of Famer isn’t made to wait for reasons other than the things he did on the field.

Reuben Foster is due in court June 20 to face a marijuana possession charge, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

The 49ers linebacker was arrested on the second-degree misdemeanor charge January 12 and released after posting $2,500 bond. He is subject to league discipline under the NFL’s substances of abuse policy.

On Wednesday, Foster will find out whether he will stand trial on domestic violence charges after his former girlfriend recanted accusations against him. Ex-girlfriend Elissa Ennis said she made up allegations that Foster struck her because Foster broke up with her and she 鈥渨anted him to go down鈥?as a result. Ennis also described her actions as a 鈥渕oney scheme.鈥?/p>

Foster has not participated in the team’s offseason program since being charged with domestic violence in April.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/carolina-panthers/ian-thomas-jersey]Authentic Womens Ian Thomas Jersey[/url] ,

James Wright a[editar]

The Dallas Cowboys have released 10-year veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick [url=http://www.cowboyscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-james-hanna-jersey]James Hanna Jersey[/url] , another move toward getting younger in the secondary.

Scandrick had asked for a release that the Cowboys made official with Saturday's move. The post-June 1 designation gives Dallas $3 million in salary cap space this season with a $1.6 million cap charge in 2019.

The 31-year-old Scandrick was a fifth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2008 and had eight interceptions in 125 games. He missed all of 2015 after tearing ligaments in his right knee late in training camp and struggled with injuries the past two seasons.

Dallas drafted cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis in the second and third rounds last year. The Cowboys are moving 2015 first-round pick Byron Jones back to cornerback from safety and have other young defensive backs as well.

Andrew Luck could feel the pressure building as he prepared for his first game action with Indianapolis since the final week of the 2016 season.

When he let go of trying to contain his excitement, the pressure was released.

"I really enjoyed it. I didn't quite know I'd have this much fun getting practice again. I didn't know I'd have this much fun even playing football," Luck said. "It's a preseason game, I'm not going to blow anything out of proportion, but it's still a game, a chance to go up against another color jersey. It was a fun step along the way."

Luck was back under center [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-danny-trevathan-jersey]Danny Trevathan Jersey[/url] , leading Indianapolis on a pair of field-goal drives in just over a quarter in the Colts' 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.

The reintroduction of Luck as the Colts' leader started with a 17-yard swing pass to Marlon Mack on the first play. It concluded early in the second quarter when his pass intended for T.Y. Hilton was broken up. In between, Luck was bear-hugged by Seattle All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner on a scramble run, sacked by Rasheem Green, and also showed flashes his surgically repaired right shoulder is ready to allow him to again be a premier quarterback.

Luck completed 6 of 9 passes for 64 yards, most of that coming on the opening drive when he hit 5 of 7. Luck completed passes to five receivers and threw from a clean pocket on most of his dropbacks, even with starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo not playing.

It had been nearly 600 days since Luck was last on the field [url=http://www.texanscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-kendall-lamm-jersey]Kendall Lamm Jersey[/url] , when he threw for 321 yards in a 24-20 win over Jacksonville on Jan. 1, 2017. For one night, Luck looked like his pre-surgery form.

"He just kept saying how excited he was and right before he went out he said 'There's a lot of emotions right now let's see if I can control them,'" Indianapolis coach Frank Reich said. "It was almost like he was saying, 'I'm going to need to control how I'm feeling, because I'm pretty jacked up.' And he came out in the first drive and handled it like we expected."

Adam Vinatieri made field goals of 33 [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-chris-ivory-jersey]Chris Ivory Jersey[/url] , 51 and 45 yards in the first half, and Michael Badgley's 34-yarder late in the third quarter gave Indianapolis a 12-10 lead. Phillip Walker added a 10-yard TD pass to Darrell Daniels early in the fourth quarter.

Luck's counterpart from the 2012 draft, Russell Wilson, played one series for Seattle. Wilson was 4 of 5 for 43 yards and capped his only drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick Vannett. It was Wilson's first action playing in the offense of new coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, which will be heavily tilted toward the run. Second-year running back Chris Carson averaged 6.5 yards per carry in limited action.

Seattle's defense scored with 3:15 left when an errant snap was recovered by Joey Ivie for a touchdown.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

Three Seattle players ran into the team's locker room prior to the national anthem.

Defensive linemen Branden Jackson and Quinton Jefferson, and offensive lineman Duane Brown left the field following team introductions and before the start of the anthem. They returned to the sideline immediately after it concluded. All three were among a group of Seattle players that sat during the anthem last season.

Brown and Jefferson said they intend to continue the action all season.

"The team was aware of everyone's emotions and feelings going forward and we're all supportive of each other [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-marcus-cooper-jersey]Marcus Cooper Jersey[/url] ," Brown said.

There were no other actions by either Seattle or Indianapolis players during the performance of the anthem.

EJECTION

Indianapolis safety Shamarko Thomas was ejected late in the fourth quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Seattle wide receiver David Moore.

SHAQUEM'S DEBUT

Seattle rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin was all over the field in his debut. Griffin led Seattle with nine tackles, flashing the speed that made him a star in college. But he was also bullied on one play when Indianapolis tight end Jack Doyle used his size to create separation from Griffin on contact and made a 9-yard reception from Luck.

"It felt good to kind of get out there and get your feet wet and kind of get some hits in," Griffin said. "I know the way the league works you don't really get a chance to really tackle too much so to kind of get out there and get a few tackles in."

INJURY REPORT

The most significant injury was Mack leaving late in the first quarter with a hamstring issue. Mack had four carries and two receptions in the first quarter. He wasn't likely to get much more action, but is still a concern going forward. Indianapolis coach Frank Reich didn't have any more of an update postgame.

Seattle backup offensive tackle Isaiah Battle limped off the field with a sprained knee in the third quarter, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said it didn't appear severe. Battle had been gaining on Germain Ifedi for the starting right tackle spot. Rookie tackle Jamarco Jones also had to be carted off in the fourth quarter after injuring his left ankle. Carroll said X-rays were negative but it was a significant sprain.

Indianapolis also lost wide receivers James Wright and Deon Cain to knee injuries during the game.

NEXT UP

Colts: Indianapolis returns home to host Baltimore on Aug. 20.

Seahawks: Seattle will travel to the Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 18.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/cleveland-browns/denzel-ward-jersey]Authentic Womens Denzel Ward Jersey[/url] ,

contract talks.[editar]

The Tampa Bay Rays finished the second-best homestand in their history [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/denzel-perryman-jersey-cheap]Denzel Perryman Jersey[/url] , with a much easier path between now and the All-Star Game as they try to claw their way back into wild-card contention.

Tampa Bay (41-40) went 8-1 at Tropicana Field, finishing a grueling stretch of 16 games against the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals and going 10-6 in those games to rise back above .500.

Now the Rays have a stretch of 16 straight games against teams with losing records, including a three-game series at the Miami Marlins (34-51) starting Monday.

The Rays have dominated with their patchwork pitching staff, allowing a total of seven runs in their last six games, with five wins and a 1-0 loss. They took three of four from Houston to close out the homestand and hope to continue the success to take some positive momentum into the All-Star break.

“The fact that we have been winning and everyone has been coming together at clutch moments has been great,” said outfielder Mallex Smith, who had a late solo home run in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Houston. “We’ve been jelling as a team. We’ve been feeding off one another. It seems like someone new coming through at the right time every day.”

Next for Tampa Bay is Nathan Eovaldi (2-3, 4.08 ERA) [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/russell-okung-jersey-cheap]Russell Okung Jersey[/url] , who played for the Marlins from 2012 to 2014 and will almost certainly fare better than his only career appearance against his former team. In June 2015, he played there with the Yankees and gave up nine hits and eight earned runs in less than an inning, leaving after two outs with a 108.00 ERA to show for it.

Eovaldi has shown promise since returning from Tommy John surgery — his last start against Washington lasted six innings and he gave up no runs, one and and two walks with nine strikeouts.

The Marlins will answer with Wei-Yin Chen, who knows the Rays from his days with the Baltimore Orioles. He has started 21 career games against Tampa Bay, more than any other opponent, and posted a 5-6 record with a 3.72 ERA.

That’s considerably better than his overall numbers this year — he’s 2-5 with a 6.14 ERA, though his last start was solid. He limited Arizona to one run and five hits in six innings last week. Against Tampa Bay last year, he pitched well [url=http://www.chiefscheapstore.com/eric-berry-jersey-cheap]Eric Berry Jersey[/url] , holding the Rays to two runs and two hits in six innings.

The in-state rivals will meet again right after the All-Star break for three more games, but the extended run against lesser opponents is something the Rays must dominate if they want to get back into wild-card contention.

Even after winning eight of nine games, Tampa Bay is still 11 games behind Seattle for the second AL wild card. Still, being 42-41 after opening the season 1-8 isn’t bad, especially considering the injuries they’ve dealt with and the talent traded away since the end of last season.

The agent for New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had a long conversation with the team's assistant general manager during practice on Thursday.

Zeke Sandhu of Elite Athlete Management and Kevin Abrams of the Giants talked for almost two hours on the patio overlooking the team's practice fields as Beckham and teammates held a morning workout.

Neither man was available to the media.

Giants co-owner John Mara said last week the team was going to start negotiations on a new contract for the 25-year-old Beckham. He will make $8.5 million this season in the fifth and final season of his rookie deal. The three-time Pro Bowler has said he wants to be among the NFL's highest-paid receivers.

When asked by The Associated Press if the team had anything to say about Sandhu and Abrams talking, Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon replied: "No."

A telephone call to Sandhu went to his voicemail, which was full. An email from The AP to Elite Athlete Management was not immediately answered.

Beckham missed most of last season after breaking an ankle in early October. He has shown no side effects in training camp and his quickness and speed seem to be the same.

"He's doing what we expected him to do," said coach Pat Shurmur, who said Beckham was engaged and energetic. "Again [url=http://www.billscheapstore.com/doug-flutie-jersey-cheap]Doug Flutie Jersey[/url] , most of the scripted periods, we give him the plays that are necessary for him to learn. He's right on track."

Shurmur said he does not comment on contract talks.

Beckham has not spoken to the media since the team reported to training camp on July 25. He seemingly sticks to football in conversations with other players.

"Yeah, most of the time it's about technique or what I was thinking on some route or what he was thinking or whatever is coming up in the script, and what we're excited for," fellow receiver Sterling Shepard said about his discussions with Beckham on Thursday. "We're always just picking each other's brain. I'm always picking his brain, for sure. Trying to see what he's thinking or what he thought about whatever just happened, or whatever I just did."

Beckham has made the Giants' offense go since being drafted in the first round in 2014. In 47 NFL games, the former LSU player has 313 catches for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns.

NOTES: The Giants have switched their practices to the morning on Thursday and Friday because Beyonce and Jay-Z are performing evening shows at MetLife Stadium [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapstore.com/alex-cappa-jersey-cheap]Alex Cappa Jersey[/url] , which is close to the team's headquarters. ... Part of referee Jerome Boger's officiating crew is at practice this week to discuss changes in the rules and new points of emphasis. The biggest change will be the emphasis on penalizing players who lower their heads before making contact. It could lead to an ejection. The other officials present were down judge Mike Carr, side judge Jonah Monroe and umpire Bill Schuster. ... Running back Saquon Barkley, the No. 2 overall draft pick, had a reduced role Thursday to give him a break.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com]Le'Veon Bell Jersey[/url]

s joined the Sm[editar]

OKLAHOMA CITY — The two most pivotal players in the first-round series between Oklahoma City and Utah are the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and the Jazz’s Rudy Gobert.

That happens when one is perhaps the most athletic player in the league and regularly gets to the rim against virtually everyone and the other is the 7-foot-1 rim protector.

But Paul George and Donovan Mitchell are very important too [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/sam-koch-jersey-cheap]Sam Koch Jersey[/url] , for their teams.

In the Thunder’s 116-108 Game 1 win, George was mostly lights-out for Oklahoma City. He hit 8-of-11 from behind the 3-point line and scored 36 points to help lift the Thunder.

Mitchell, one of the leading candidates for Rookie of the Year honors, scored 27 points in his playoff debut, going 11-of-22 from the floor.

Entering Wednesday night’s Game 2, both are hobbled.

While both George and Mitchell are officially listed as questionable, George with a hip contusion and Mitchell with a left foot contusion, there’s little doubt they will both play even after they were both limited in practice Tuesday.

The question is, though, how effective will either be after suffering their injuries Sunday.

Mitchell brushed off the injury after the game. He initially returned after suffering the injury but came out of the game for good about a minute later.

“I just stubbed my toe,” Mitchell said. “Nothing major.”

George was hurt driving on Gobert in the second quarter.

“I fell on my left side and from there is just got a little sore on me,” George said, adding that it was an aggravation of an injury he suffered March 13 against Atlanta.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said it would largely be up to George how much he was able to play.

“Paul’s a tough guy [url=http://www.raiderscheapstore.com/seth-roberts-jersey-cheap]Seth Roberts Jersey[/url] ,” Donovan said. “Paul wants to be out there. We’re never going to put a player’s health at risk in any way. So, I think that’s probably going to be a little bit more of his decision on how he’s feeling in terms of the way he’s moving.”

In addition to Mitchell being ready to contribute, the Jazz also need Ricky Rubio to play under control if they are to head back home for Game 3 with a tied series.

The seventh-year guard is making his first playoff appearance and went 5-of-18 from the field, finishing with 13 points.

“Well, some of them were good shots, some of them not,” Rubio told the Salt Lake Tribune. “Just have to do a better job on getting involved (with) some of my teammates sometimes. Do a better job of knowing when to shoot and when to pass the ball.”

For the Thunder, being able to deal with Utah’s tough, hard-nosed defense — keyed by Gobert — remains a major point of emphasis.

“I think the word ‘physicality’ gets used in a way that sometimes people think it’s just, like, guys banging into each other,” Donovan said. “Some of it is just really getting over screens, legally and physically getting over it [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/jonathan-cooper-jersey-cheap]Jonathan Cooper Jersey[/url] , trying to avoid being screened. Some of it is running back in transition and being able to get into spots where you can absorb drives. Some of it is, there’s a pick-and-roll and someone’s rolling to the basket and being there to provide help.”

Panthers coach Bob Boughner went from hopeful to desolate to elated in a matter of seconds.

Filip Forsberg’s apparent tying goal with 0.6 seconds left was disallowed due to goalie interference, giving Florida a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

”It was a crazy finish,” Boughner said. ”Ten seconds to go and you’re thinking it’s over, then you see the clock tick down and the puck go in.”

Viktor Arvidsson was posted in front of Florida goalie Roberto Luongo on the play, and his stick made contact with Luongo as he tried to shove in a rebound. The puck slid under Luongo in the crease, and Forsberg swooped in for an easy score. It was called a goal on the ice, but replay officials ruled that Arvidsson had interfered with Luongo, saying his stick ”caused Luongo to spin and cause the covered puck to come loose.”

”Obviously, at first, I wasn’t quite sure what happened, but once I saw the replay, the puck was between my legs and the guys just basically pitchforked me [url=http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/kam-chancellor-jersey-cheap]Kam Chancellor Jersey[/url] ,” Luongo said. ”And as he spun me around, the puck came loose. I was happy that they made the right call there because it was going to be a little bit upsetting if that would have been a goal.”

The Predators didn’t agree.

”We scored a goal to tie the game with less than a second left, and then they take it away from us,” Forsberg said. ”This one was clearly a goal. The puck is never covered, the goalie had no clue where it is, and it ends up on my tape and it’s in.”

Luongo tied a season high with 45 saves. Colton Sceviour scored the winning goal and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for Florida. Luongo started his second game in two nights and had to take fluids intravenously after Monday’s 3-2 win over Carolina.

”After last night’s game, I made sure that I did whatever was necessary to get the recovery needed within 24 hours to play again. I was happy the way I felt,” Luongo said.

Roman Josi scored for NHL-leading Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves. The Predators would have clinched the Western Conference with a win.

”We played a good game,” coach Peter Laviolette said. ”Their goalie played really well. There’s a lot at stake for them as well. Our guys played hard, we just couldn’t hit the back of the net.”

The Panthers are four points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference and five behind the New Jersey Devils with a game in hand.

”It was a great to finish to a hard-fought game by both teams,” Boughner said. ”A tough test in back-to-back against the best team in the league. (Luongo) made some amazing saves when they had their pushes. He was the difference tonight.”

Sceviour stretched the Panthers lead to 2-0 at 10:33 of the third. Evgenii Dadonov flipped the puck from behind the net back to Sceviour on the right side, who poked it past Rinne.

”I was the beneficiary there [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/joshua-garnett-jersey-cheap]Joshua Garnett Jersey[/url] ,” Sceviour said. ”(Dadonov) did a lot of the work there and made a heck of a pass. I just had to put it in pretty much an open net.”

The Predators closed to 2-1 on Josi’s goal with 3:52 left in the third. Josi fired a shot from in front that got past Luongo.

Huberdeau’s deflection gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with 1:30 left in the first. Jamie McGinn shot from the right side, and the puck bounced off Huberdeau and got past Rinne.

Luongo made a save at 11:27 of the second and went down on the ice when the puck hit his rib area but remained in the game.

UPSET CELEBS

A few high-profile hockey fans joined the Smashville faithful in blasting the overturned goal on social media.

”Dear (at)nhl I love you and I always will but (at)PredsNHL were robbed tonight,” wrote actor Kiefer Sutherland.

”I am seriously livid. (at)NHL , fix this,” said Carrie Underwood , wife of predators forward Mike Fisher.

”Hey (at)NHL , those are the kind of calls that cause fans to lose faith in the head office,” said golfer Brandt Snedeker.

NOTES: Luongo, who turns 39 on April 4, is one game away from becoming the third goaltender in NHL history to play 1,000 games. … Arvidsson returned after missing the last game with a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT

Predators: At Washington on Thursday night.

Panthers: Host Boston on Thursday night.

[url=http://www.officialhockeyusashop.com/columbus-blue-jackets/seth-jones-jersey]Adidas Seth Jones Jersey[/url]

he uncertainty surrounding the[editar]

Jacksonville's success last season gave owner Shad Khan hope for the future and increased faith in the team's leadership.

Khan gave two-year extensions to coach Doug Marrone [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapstore.com/cameron-brate-jersey-cheap]Cameron Brate Jersey[/url] , executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell on Friday. All three had two years remaining on their deals, which now will run through the 2021 season.

"The decision to extend the contracts of Tom, Dave and Doug isn't so much a reward for last season, which no doubt was impressive, as it is to recognize their importance to our football team this coming season and for years to follow," Khan said in a statement. "We're past celebrating the accomplishments of our division title and playoff run [url=http://www.chiefscheapstore.com/jarvis-jenkins-jersey-cheap]Jarvis Jenkins Jersey[/url] , and now it's time to take the next step.

"We need the right leadership firmly in place to make that happen, and it's good to know we'll have that with Tom, Dave and Doug secure in their roles with the Jacksonville Jaguars."

The Jaguars won the AFC South for the first time in franchise history, made the playoffs for the first time in a decade and advanced to the AFC title game for the first time since 2000.

Khan hired Coughlin and Marrone in January 2017. Coughlin returned to the franchise he helped build from a trailer in the early 1990s and gave him full control over all football matters. That meant fewer decisions for Caldwell.

But Khan credits Caldwell for drafting and assembling much of the roster that turn a laughingstock into a contender, earning the team's first home playoff game since 2000.

Jacksonville won thanks mostly to one of the league's best defenses. Caldwell drafted many of those defenders, including All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/matt-judon-jersey-cheap]Matt Judon Jersey[/url] , pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue and linebackers Telvin Smith and Myles Jack. Coughlin, Caldwell and Marrone also landed the best free-agent class in franchise history by signing defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback A.J. Bouye and safety Barry Church.

The defense nearly led the Jaguars to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. They held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter at New England before Tom Brady and the Patriots scored twice late and won 24-20.

"The success we had last season was due to the efforts of many people, but Doug and Dave certainly played key leadership roles in guiding our team," Coughlin said in a statement. "They set the tone and managed the process on a daily basis, and we look forward to building on that process throughout this offseason and the coming season."

SANTA CLARA [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/michael-schofield-jersey-cheap]Michael Schofield Jersey[/url] , Calif. (AP) There’s growing concern about Joshua Garnett’s knee injury, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday, after the guard missed the last five practices of training camp.

”Josh said that he doesn’t feel right, so that’s always worrisome when a player says he doesn’t feel right,” said Shanahan. ”And I know Josh is getting a few second opinions. So waiting until our doctors talk to other people and see what conclusion they come to.”

Garnett began camp in a heated competition to start at right guard after missing all of 2017 following surgery on the same right knee last August. The team said Garnett banged knees with a teammate July 28 and he was expected to return this week.

Part of the concern is the uncertainty surrounding the injury, which the team initially called ”not significant.”

”It depends who you talk to [url=http://www.saintscheapstore.com/willie-roaf-jersey-cheap]Willie Roaf Jersey[/url] ,” Shanahan said. ”That’s what we’re trying to find out and that’s what he’s trying to find out. Josh went through a lot last year with his knee.”

San Francisco signed Jonathan Cooper and Mike Person in the offseason to also be in the mix at right guard.

Cooper, who had offseason knee surgery, hasn’t participated in full-team drills yet after returning to individual drills earlier this week. Person has been given the majority of the work with the starters while second-year player Erik Magnuson has also been involved.

NOTES: CB Richard Sherman sat out the second half of Friday’s practice after feeling tightness in his hamstring, Shanahan sa6id . Rookie WR Dante Pettis was given the day off after tweaking his groin . Rookie LB Fred Warner sat out Friday after suffering a chest contusion earlier in the week . DE Jeremiah Attaochu (groin) was also given the day off . The 49ers will have the day off Saturday before returning to practice Sunday.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/cincinnati-bengals/malik-jefferson-jersey]Authentic Womens Malik Jefferson Jersey[/url]

The Titans announced Saturday they were[editar]

When Detroit outfielder JaCoby Jones came to the plate in the seventh inning of a tie game Thursday afternoon [url=http://www.billscheapstore.com/ramon-humber-jersey-cheap]Ramon Humber Jersey[/url] , he was well aware he was struggling at the plate after striking out in his first two at-bats against the Twins.

He chose to focus on something else – the walk-off home run he hit against the Kansas City Royals nearly two months ago – and came through again.

Jones hit Lance Lynn’s 3-1 fastball over the wall for the final two runs in Detroit’s 3-1 win.

”I knew I had some success in big late-game situations earlier this year, so I tried to take something from that,” said Jones, who was hitting .135 in his last 10 games. ”I was just looking for a fastball I could drive.

”I’ve really been pressing, so I tried to be more relaxed – the way I was earlier in the year when I hit that homer against the Royals,” he said. ”That’s the type of thing that can get you right out of a slump.”

Detroit won the last two games of the series to improve to 23-17 at Comerica Park. The Tigers, who play their next eight games on the road, are 10-20 away from home.

”This is our place, and we have done a great job of playing here,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ”Now we’ve got to take this momentum onto the road.”

Michael Fulmer (3-5) improved to 5-0 in five career starts against the Twins. He pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in ending a three-start winless streak.

”It’s about time [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/ronnie-lott-jersey-cheap]Ronnie Lott Jersey[/url] ,” said Fulmer, who won for the first time this year at home. ”Everything felt great out there. Even when they got a run in the first, it was off good pitches that were where I wanted them.”

Joe Jimenez pitched the eighth and Shane Greene threw the ninth for his 17th save.

Lynn (4-5) took a shutout into the seventh but ended up allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings.

”I wanted to pitch the seventh,” Lynn said. ”When all is said and done, it is a loss. I need to be better next time.”

The Twins took a first-inning lead for the second day in a row. With one out, Eddie Rosario doubled and scored on Eduardo Escobar’s base hit.

After that, the game belonged to Fulmer and Lynn. After six innings, the Twins still led 1-0 with four hits to Detroit’s three.

John Hicks, though, led off the bottom of the seventh with his first career triple, a line drive to the right-centerfield gap.

”That’s a good place to get a triple [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/ty-montgomery-jersey-cheap]Ty Montgomery Jersey[/url] , and when I got to second base, I looked out there and they still hadn’t picked up the ball,” Hicks said. ”I figured I should be able to make it to third at that point.”

Niko Goodrum followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game. With two out, Lynn hit Jose Iglesias, and Jones hit Lynn’s 114th and final pitch over the wall.

”There were a lot of big smiles after that home run,” Gardenhire said. ”It was good to see JaCoby get one.”

The homer was the first Lynn had allowed in his last six starts.

”I have to get us out of that inning,” he said. ”I didn’t do that, and it cost us the win.”

Detroit’s three-run seventh came one day after the Tigers scored four in the eighth inning of a 5-2 win.

”It is fun to watch these guys play right now in the late innings,” Fulmer said. ”As a starting pitcher, I’d appreciate a few more first-inning runs, but this is great.”

SANO DEMOTED

After the game [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/arik-armstead-jersey-cheap]Arik Armstead Jersey[/url] , Twins manager Paul Molitor announced Miguel Sano had been optioned to Fort Myers of the Class-A Florida State League. Sano, an All Star in 2017, is hitting .203, including .148 in his last seven games. He last played in the FSL in 2013.

”We’re going to get him down there and give him an opportunity to get things back on track,” Molitor said. ”We don’t feel like we’re getting what we need from him, and he’s going to have to get down there and get to work.”

CASTELLANOS STRUGGLING

With Miguel Cabrera out for the season, Nicholas Castellanos is expected to become Detroit’s key hitter. Castellanos is hitting .133 in his last 10 games and is hitless in his last 18 at-bats, but Gardenhire doesn’t plan to interfere.

”I try not to have many deep conversations with that young man because most of what he says goes over my head,” Gardenhire joked. ”Every time we get talking, I leave with my head spinning.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: 1B Joe Mauer, who has been out since May 19 with a neck strain and concussion symptoms [url=http://www.giantscheapstore.com/michael-strahan-jersey-cheap]Michael Strahan Jersey[/url] , is expected to return to the lineup on Friday. . Along with the Sano move, the Twins optioned OF Jake Cave to Triple-A Rochester.

Tigers: Cabrera was scheduled to have his ruptured bicep tendon repaired Thursday. The team expects him to be ready for spring training. … C James McCann returned to the lineup after missing three games with the flu.

UP NEXT

Twins: Travel to Cleveland for a three-game weekend series. Kyle Gibson (1-4, 3.45) faces Cleveland’s Corey Kluber (10-2, 1.99) in Friday’s opener.

Tigers: Start a three-city, eight-game road trip with a weekend series against the White Sox. Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.01) will start for Detroit on Friday against Chicago’s Reynaldo Lopez (2-4, 3.26).

The Tennessee Titans have told defensive lineman Sylvester Williams they are releasing him after one season into a three-year deal signed a year ago.

The Titans announced Saturday they were releasing Williams.

The 28th pick overall in 2013 by Denver, Williams spent his first four seasons with the Broncos where he started 48 games and had 5 sacks with 94 tackles. Williams signed with Tennessee in March 2017 and started 11 of 15 games. He finished with four tackles for loss and three quarterback pressures with 26 tackles.

Williams’ base salary for this season was $5 million and $5.5 million in 2019.

The Titans also released defensive lineman Karl Klug on Friday with Williams the sixth player released since March 8.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/miami-dolphins]Miami Dolphins Elite Jerseys[/url]

ntinue to make plays.”[editar]

Wednesday was already going to be a bullpen day for the Tampa Bay Rays [url=http://www.saintscheapstore.com/alex-anzalone-jersey-cheap]Alex Anzalone Jersey[/url] , and Tuesday’s 16-inning, 9-6 victory over the Miami Marlins only adds to that, with one or two Rays relievers expected to be added to help provide fresh arms.

The five-hour, 31-minute marathon further taxed the bullpen for Tampa Bay (43-42), with Matt Andriese expected to start Wednesday in Miami after the teams played extra-inning games in the first two contests of the three-game series.

The Rays, continuing their strategy of using relievers as starters, scrapped a scheduled start by Ryne Stanek for the second day in a row, opting to use him in extra innings Monday and Tuesday instead of opening the following day.

Stanek was originally scheduled to start Tuesday, but came in for the 10th inning Monday night. He walked the first batter and then gave up two hits, taking the loss without recording an out to briefly give himself an infinite ERA for his career against the Marlins.

He was then slated to start Wednesday, but came in and pitched the 12th inning Tuesday night, striking out the side to push the game to the 13th inning. He added another scoreless frame, but that took him out of his scheduled role Wednesday, putting more work on an overused bullpen. Nine pitchers were used in Tuesday’s win, requiring at least one roster move just to supply enough live arms to get through Wednesday’s series finale.

Miami used eight pitchers Tuesday, so the Marlins may need to add a reliever for short-term relief as well, under much the same circumstances.

Andriese (1-3, 3.86 ERA) will start two days after he pitched two innings Monday against the Marlins [url=http://www.saintscheapstore.com/tommylee-lewis-jersey-cheap]Tommylee Lewis Jersey[/url] , limiting them to one hit and no runs. That outing came after two straight appearances where he gave up three runs each, raising his season ERA from 3.27 to 4.02.

Andriese will make his fourth start of the season Wednesday, and has handled the Marlins well in his career, with a 1-0 record and 1.69 ERA career appearances against them, including a seven-inning scoreless gem last season.

Miami will start Jose Urena (2-9, 4.40), who is slowly bouncing back from a rough first two months of the season. Urena did not get any wins in his first 12 starts, but is 2-2 since and is just now returning from a stint on the disabled list with right shoulder impingement.

Urena had his best outing of the season two starts ago, going eight scoreless innings and holding Baltimore to three hits while getting the win June 15. He wasn’t as fortunate five days later, lasting 5 2/3 innings and giving up five runs and eight hits in a loss to the Giants.

Urena has never started against the Rays, but carries a 1.59 career ERA in six relief appearances, including five scoreless innings in 2015-16, against Tampa Bay. He pitched well last season, winning 14 games and finishing with a 3.82 ERA.

After this series, the Rays move on to New York for a three-game series with the Mets, while the Marlins go to Washington for a four-game series against the Nationals.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Standing on the sideline and watching one-on-one drills, Jalen Ramsey had an up-close look at this touchdown.

The receiver used a triple move to beat one of Ramsey’s fellow defensive backs.

Ramsey shook his head in disbelief and hollered a few choice words across the practice field.

“That ain’t happening in a game [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapstore.com/o.-j.-howard-jersey-cheap]O. J. Howard Jersey[/url] ,” Ramsey said, noting how long it took the play to develop. “Our defense is too good.”

Ramsey was being modest. Jacksonville’s D has a chance to be great, maybe even generational.

The bold, brash Jaguars , who relied on stout defense to win the AFC South and reach the conference title game last season, believe they will be even better on that side of the ball this fall. The unit allowed too many rushing yards early in 2017 and gave up too many big plays late, but pinned those problems on having three newcomers and three second-year players learning how to mesh while honing the details of coordinator Todd Wash’s 4-3 scheme.

Nowadays, they feel like they’ve figured out each other and the playbook.

And in a Super Bowl-or-bust season for Jacksonville, the talent-laden group plans to do whatever it takes to hoist the Lombardi Trophy and join a list of revered defenses that have carried teams to championships.

“Every great defense has won it all,” Pro Bowl linebacker Telvin Smith said. “That is what we want to be. A great defense is not mediocre. It is not to say you won a couple (division) championships. No, we want to say we dominated the world. That is the next step.”

The Jaguars finished second in the NFL in yards (286.1 per game), points (15.8), sacks (55), takeaways (33) and interceptions (21) last year. Players wanted more and were admittedly disappointed with the final rankings.

Coach Doug Marrone has since used it as motivation, publicly and privately needling his defenders.

“Make no mistake about it, I like it when people have a chip on their shoulder,” Marrone said. “I have a boulder on my shoulder.”

The Jaguars feel they have plenty to prove, mostly because of how last season ended .

Jacksonville squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of the AFC championship game at New England. The vaunted defense gave up an 85-yard touchdown drive — the key play was a 21-yard completion on third and 18 that left players openly questioning the scheme — and then allowed Tom Brady and Danny Amendola to hook up again for another score late.

“I would be lying if I said that didn’t keep me up all offseason [url=http://www.chiefscheapstore.com/dee-ford-jersey-cheap]Dee Ford Jersey[/url] ,” said safety Tashaun Gipson, who blamed himself for the rare conversion. “Got lax. … I have to make that play.”

Even though they don’t want to look back, the Jaguars will try to make amends.

Jacksonville returns 12 of its top 14 defenders from 2017, including six Pro Bowl selections. The only guys missing are veteran linebacker Paul Posluszny, who retired from the NFL after 11 seasons , and nickel cornerback Aaron Colvin, who signed a four-year, $34 million contract with division rival Houston.

Even without them, the Jags will have eight starters on that side of the ball who have made the Pro Bowl in the last four years. That’s talent at every level of the defense, a mix of youth and experience.

All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell is coming off a career year that included 14 1/2 sacks and is the undisputed leader of what is widely considered the most disruptive front in the league. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (20 sacks and an NFL-leading 10 forced fumbles in two seasons) is a budding star. Malik Jackson is one of the most complete defensive tackles in the league. Fellow inside guy Marcell Dareus, acquired from Buffalo in late October, helped shore up a shaky run defense. Jacksonville ranked 30th in the league without him and eighth with him.

Speedy linebackers Smith and Myles Jack benefit most from the star-studded D-line, free to chase ball-carriers and make plays all over the field. Smith and Jack had a hand in three of Jacksonville’s seven defensive touchdowns in 2017.

The secondary scored just once, but was nonetheless a big part of the group’s success.

Jacksonville led the league in passing defense, giving up 20 yards a game fewer than anyone else, and was the only team in the league to have four players with at least four interceptions. Ramsey, Gipson and fellow safety Barry Church had four apiece.

While Ramsey emerged as the league’s best — and most vocal — lock-down cornerback, A.J. Bouye was just as good on the opposite side. Bouye had six interceptions [url=http://www.chiefscheapstore.com/chris-conley-jersey-cheap]Chris Conley Jersey[/url] , knocked down a dozen more passes and didn’t allow a touchdown in the regular season. According to Pro Football Focus, quarterbacks posted the lowest passer rating in the league when throwing his way.

“We put up all those numbers, but it is a new year,” Bouye said. “There are teams that are really studying us now as a defense. We are just going to be ready for everything and we are going to continue to make plays.”

The Jags can only hope to get their money’s worth.

Their defense is the most expensive ever assembled, with the small-market franchise slotted to pay more than $110 million to the D in 2018.

The Jags are built to win now, and even though a number of rising stars have Jacksonville well-positioned for years to come, the defense may never been stacked like this again.

It has drawn comparisons to some of the NFL’s greats, including the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers, the 1985 Chicago Bears, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 2008 Steelers, the 2013 Seattle Seahawks and the 2015 Denver Broncos.

All those teams have a Super Bowl victory in common.

So there [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/san-francisco-49ers/mike-mcglinchey-jersey]Authentic Womens Mike McGlinchey Jersey[/url]

but that didn[editar]

OWINGS MILLS [url=http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/nick-vannett-jersey-cheap]Nick Vannett Jersey[/url] , Md. (AP) — The comeback of Robert Griffin III is complete: The quarterback will start the season with the Baltimore Ravens.

Griffin survived Baltimore’s final cutdown Saturday and will join starter Joe Flacco and first-round pick Lamar Jackson on the depth chart. The Ravens have not carried three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster since 2009.

Griffin signed a one-year deal with the Ravens in April after sitting out the entire 2017 season. The five-year veteran served as the primary backup behind Flacco, but did not play in the finale Thursday against the Redskins, leaving open whether he would make the team.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Griffin’s status would depend on “the math,” which ultimately worked in the quarterback’s favor.

“There’s no doubt that you want Robert Griffin on your team,” Harbaugh said after the final preseason game. “He makes our quarterback room better and stronger. He’s a very good quarterback. He looks like a starter to me. He has been a starter. Certainly a backup in this league [url=http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/jaron-brown-jersey-cheap]Jaron Brown Jersey[/url] , without question. I mean, that’s not even close. I would like to have him on the team, we’ll just have to see how the math works.”

Others were not so lucky.

The Ravens parted with receiver Breshad Perriman, the team’s first-round pick in 2015. He managed just 43 catches for 576 yards and three touchdowns over 27 career games. It marked the first time in franchise history the Ravens cut a first-round pick before the end of his rookie contract.

Baltimore also waived tight end Darren Waller, who recently returned from a year-long suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancers.

Other notable cuts included offensive lineman Nico Siragusa [url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/danielle-hunter-jersey-cheap]Danielle Hunter Jersey[/url] , a fourth-round pick in 2017; linebacker Albert McClellan, an undrafted free agent who spent the past seven years with the team; defensive end Bronson Kaufusi, a third-round pick in 2016; and defensive tackle Carl Davis, a third-round selection in 2015 who started nine games last season.

Also Saturday, the Ravens placed kicker Kaare Vedvik on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley only played in two games during his rookie season because of a shin injury [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/solomon-thomas-jersey-cheap]Solomon Thomas Jersey[/url] , but that didn’t stop Raiders coaches from predicting big things from the first-round pick during the 2018 campaign.

For that to happen, Conley will have to remain healthy. As of now, he hasn’t been able to pull that off.

Conley has been on the sidelines during practice in recent days because of a hip strain. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that he’s expected to miss a couple more weeks as a result of the injury.

Rapoport adds that Conley has “impressed” when he’s been on the field, but that’s not much help to the Oakland defense if he’s rarely able to get on the field. Rashaan Melvin, who is slated to join Conley in the starting lineup [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapstore.com/demar-dotson-jersey-cheap]Demar Dotson Jersey[/url] , has had injury issues of his own throughout his career, so the Raiders will be hoping for better things for both players on the health front.

[url=http://www.officialhockeyusashop.com/winnipeg-jets/patrik-laine-jersey]Adidas Patrik Laine Jersey[/url]

for the longest o[editar]

The NFL players' union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league [url=http://www.billscheapstore.com/kyle-williams-jersey-cheap]Kyle Williams Jersey[/url] , alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners.

Reid, a Pro Bowler in 2013, had joined former teammate Colin Kaepernick two seasons ago in kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

Kaepernick wasn't signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco. Reid continued the quarterback's protests. The 26-year-old safety became a free agent this offseason when his rookie contract with the 49ers expired.

"Our union is aware that Eric Reid and his legal representatives filed a collusion claim, which will be heard through the arbitration process as spelled out in our collective bargaining agreement," the NFL Players Association said in a statement Wednesday. "Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue."

Kaepernick previously filed a collusion grievance that is in the discovery stage. He deposed several league owners and executives, including Commissioner Roger Goodell. Reid is using the same attorneys as Kaepernick.

A league spokesman said Wednesday: "We are abiding by the confidentiality provision of the CBA and have no comment."

In March, Goodell was asked about Reid [url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/ben-gedeon-jersey-cheap]Ben Gedeon Jersey[/url] , one of the better players at his position in the NFL, not having a job.

"I've said this repeatedly to you: The 32 teams make individual decisions on the players who are going to best help their franchises," Goodell said. "Those are decisions they have to make. They do that every day in the best interest of winning. Teams make those decisions. I'm not directly involved with that."

Last month, Kaepernick praised Reid for continuing to make a stand for social justice when the quarterback was presented an Amnesty International award in Amsterdam.

"Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy," Kaepernick said. "But I am also pained by the fact that his taking a knee, and demonstrating courage to protect the rights of black and brown people in America, has also led to his ostracization from the NFL when he is widely recognized as one of the best competitors in the game and in the prime of his career."

__

Arizona running back David Johnson skipped the first day of the Cardinals‘ mandatory minicamp Tuesday amid reports that the sides are discussing a new contract.

Johnson [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/corey-liuget-jersey-cheap]Corey Liuget Jersey[/url] , who led the NFL with 20 touchdowns in a breakout 2016 season before missing all but one game with a wrist injury last year, is scheduled to make $1,882,500 in the fourth and final year of his rookie contract.

Cardinals first-year coach Steve Wilks did not address Johnson’s situation specifically on the first day of the three-day minicamp, but teammates were supportive of his stance.

”He wants a new contract,” veteran safety Antoine Bethea said. ”Especially the position he plays . obviously we know running backs, they have a short span here in the league. That’s all. He just wants him and his family to be stable. We get it. I respect it. I support it. I think anybody would.”

Johnson had 2 [url=http://www.dolphinscheapstore.com/jordan-phillips-jersey-cheap]Jordan Phillips Jersey[/url] ,118 yards of total offense in 2016, behind only Le’Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott among NFL running backs. He had 1,239 yards rushing and 16 rushing touchdowns that season.

He suffered a dislocated wrist in the 2017 season opener at Detroit that kept him out for the rest of the season, and the Cardinals turned to Adrian Peterson and Kerwynn Williams to pick up the slack on an 8-8 team that also lost quarterback Carson Palmer to a season-ending broken arm in Week 7.

The Cardinals finished 30th in the league in rushing yards last season, coach Bruce Arians’ last. Neither Peterson not Williams is back this season.

”I’m going to keep my focus on the guys who are here,” Wilks said. ”We are going to continue to take that step and get better. David is not here and we have to keep going. This is the National Football League. It doesn’t stop for myself of any other player.”

Bethea said that since the Cardinals are running a new system, ”there are going to be some things that you miss” by not attending.

”But it is not anything that he is not going to be able to pick up [url=http://www.chiefscheapstore.com/chad-henne-jersey-cheap]Chad Henne Jersey[/url] ,” he said. ”He’s a smart guy. He’s been playing running back all his life. He’ll be fine.”

Johnson, a third-round draft pick out of Northern Iowa in 2015, had 15 straight games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage in 2016 after opening the season third on the depth chart. That tied Barry Sanders for the longest one-season streak in league history.

Johnson had 90 yards of total offense – 23 rushing, 67 receiving – against Detroit last year before being lost in the third quarter.

Wilks mentioned second-year player D.J. Foster and rookie fourth-round draft pick Chase Edmonds out of Fordham as running backs who caught his eye Tuesday. Foster played on the 2016 New England Super Bowl championship team and saw action in seven games with the Cardinals last year.

”When you look at what we try to do offensively, there is a rotation back there,” Wilks said. ”You want a guy who is going to be able to step up who can give you the same elements from a standpoint of a three-down back.”

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/green-bay-packers/oren-burks-jersey]Authentic Womens Oren Burks Jersey[/url]

Elway said Friday.[editar]

On Day 2 of the NFL draft [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/ronnie-stanley-jersey-cheap]Ronnie Stanley Jersey[/url] , Denver Broncos general manager John Elway began fixing the mess on offense, selecting two big bangers in SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton in the second round and Oregon running back Royce Freeman in the third.

"Well, we got better on the offensive side, no question," Elway said Friday night after adding Sutton (6-foot-4, 218 pounds) and Freeman (6-foot, 238 pounds).

Also in the third round, the Broncos selected Isaac Yiadom, a lean, long-armed cornerback from Boston College who impressed the Broncos at the Senior Bowl and is expected to be a special teams stud in Denver.

Mix Demaryius Thomas' size and strength with Emmanuel Sanders' pedigree and athleticism and you've got Sutton, whom the Broncos project as a future featured receiver.

"He's big and he can really run," Elway said. "He can make the very difficult catch and make great catches. We also think he's very raw and has lots of upside."

Thomas and Sanders "are going to be great role models for him [url=http://www.saintscheapstore.com/thomas-morstead-jersey-cheap]Thomas Morstead Jersey[/url] ," Elway added.

Sanders tweeted a video of the two of them working out together last month in Dallas, saying the he and Sutton "joked about how lethal we'd be together."

Now, the laugh is on Denver's opponents.

With the first of two third-round picks, the Broncos added Oregon's all-time leading rusher in Freeman, a big back who ran for a Pac-12-record 60 career touchdowns but carried 947 times in four seasons in Eugene, putting plenty of miles on his football odometer.

"What it shows to us is durable," Elway said. "He played a lot, so obviously he can take that. And it's probably nearer at the end of his career, but who knows how much that will shorten it? But it wasn't a concern when we took him."

The Broncos needed a top-tier running back after releasing C.J. Anderson in a cost-cutting move, and in Sutton they added the big playmaker their anemic offense has sorely lacked of late.

Sutton gives quarterback Case Keenum another big, physical red-zone target who will initially be the third receiver but "has No. 1" receiver traits, according to coach Vance Joseph.

"John said it [url=http://www.saintscheapstore.com/andrus-peat-jersey-cheap]Andrus Peat Jersey[/url] , in the future he could be our No. 1 guy," Joseph said.

Freeman could be the starting running back right away.

Elway called him a "big banger that we haven't had for a while."

Freeman is big like Anderson but faster.

"With Freeman, he is a big back with speed, so when you're down in the red zone running the football, he's definitely a nice option," Joseph said. "When you're in third-and-1, fourth-and-1, he's a great option."

Like Sanders, Sutton went to SMU, and over the years he sought his advice.

"It wasn't an everyday thing but we would talk a few times about how I get to that level and how I continue to climb to be the best that I can be, even with that big fight against me coming from a smaller school," Sutton said.

The versatile Sutton prides himself on garnering attention no matter where he lines up [url=http://www.falconscheapstore.com/desmond-trufant-jersey-cheap]Desmond Trufant Jersey[/url] , but he's admittedly still a work in progress and eager for mentoring by Thomas and Sanders.

"I am very new to the position. I am learning as I go," Sutton said.

Recruited out of high school as a safety, Sutton was moved to wide receiver by former Mustangs head coach June Jones.

"I loved playing safety, but I feel like in my heart I was a true receiver," Sutton said. "They played me at safety but Coach Jones saw that I had the ball skills and they needed some grit on that other side of the ball."

After a medical redshirt in 2014, Sutton caught 194 passes for 3,193 yards and 31 touchdowns in three seasons at SMU.

The Broncos turned to offense on Day 2 after Bradley Chubb , the top-ranked defensive player in the draft, fell to them at No. 5 on Thursday night.

Elway insisted he was also surprised to see Sutton there at No. 40 on Friday.

"We feel very fortunate," Elway said. "We had a first-round grade on him."

Chubb, a defensive end at North Carolina State, will play outside linebacker in Denver [url=http://www.raiderscheapstore.com/george-blanda-jersey-cheap]George Blanda Jersey[/url] , where the Broncos believe his dogged determination and relentless motor will help their defense return to dominance.

"That is really what we're excited about because I think it's contagious," Elway said Friday.

"That motor came from always wanting to make plays," Chubb said. "I always wanted to be around the ball. It was just something I was raised with. If I am going to do something, I am going to do it at 100 percent. That is my mindset every time I step on the field. I feel like I bring that to the pass-rush game."

So why would Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston accept a three-game punishment and not exercise his appeal rights? There’s one simple and obvious explanation for it.

The NFL and Winston may have struck a deal.

It’s was for both sides to justify the move. The NFL, in lieu of suspending him the baseline of six games (plus a possible enhancement for his pre-NFL alleged misbehavior), offers half instead. Winston doesn’t launch an appeal that, while ultimately futile, possibly would expose yet another Park Avenue Keystone Cops investigation and/or kangaroo court process.

Here’s a fact that further points to a bargain possibly being brokered: Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that “Winston’s suspension could be increased if he fails to meet certain undisclosed requirements expected to be imposed by the NFL.” That feels like the kind of term that would be added to a negotiated compromise aimed at wrapping things up easily, while also making it even easier to whack him with another penalty if he runs afoul of the NFL’s expectations.

While the league has steadfastly refused to strike deals after suspensions are imposed, perhaps the league has learned that much embarrassment has resulted from cases like Tom Brady‘s and Ezekiel Elliott‘s. So instead of welcoming another avoidable P.R. crisis, the league sends its message and Winston catches a break.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/philadelphia-eagles/customized]Philadelphia Eagles Customized Jerseys[/url]

he Milazzo in[editar]

Virgil Green is used to trading personal gain for the success of the team.

In his first season with the Los Angeles Chargers [url=http://www.patriotscheapstore.com/james-white-jersey-cheap]James White Jersey[/url] , the veteran tight end's unselfishness might be exactly what is needed following the loss of emerging star Hunter Henry to a serious knee injury.

"This isn't the first time something like this has happened, and it's always 'next man up' mentality," Green said following the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday. "Everybody in that room has to contribute, whether you are No. 1 on the depth chart or last on the depth chart."

Henry sustained a torn ACL in practice last month, leaving Green as the only tight end on the roster that has caught a pass in an NFL game and drastically changing his role for the upcoming season. Green, who signed with the Chargers as a free agent in March after playing seven seasons for the Denver Broncos, had been expected to serve mainly as a blocking complement to Henry.

Instead, Green might finally get his chance to be used more in the passing game, especially in the red zone. It was how Green was expected to be featured coming out of college at Nevada, but he never caught more than 22 passes in a season, with 48 of his 71 career receptions coming in the past three.

The chance to play a more prominent role is refreshing to Green [url=http://www.billscheapstore.com/charles-clay-jersey-cheap]Charles Clay Jersey[/url] , who has four career touchdown catches.

"I've made a living blocking when there were times I thought I should have been running routes, but I kept my mouth shut and did what I was supposed to do, won a lot of games in Denver, and I hope to bring that here," Green said. "Obviously, who doesn't want to catch touchdowns? I want to catch 10 touchdowns if I could, but whatever this team needs me to do to win games, that's all I want to do."

With Henry expected to miss the entire upcoming season, the Chargers will use a heavy dose of three-receiver sets highlighting 1,300-yard standout Keenan Allen and a diverse crop of talents including former first-round pick Mike Williams, who could be another big-bodied option near the goal line. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt praised the selfless nature of the wide receivers [url=http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/earl-thomas-iii-jersey-cheap]Earl Thomas III Jersey[/url] , and Green is trying to do his best to impart the same collective spirit to the tight ends.

Whisenhunt recognizes it has been a challenge for Green to help the other six tight ends on the roster while learning the offense for the first time. But Green carries the authority from his time at an AFC West rival to help the group, which includes four rookies and two players in their second seasons, on how to approach life in the NFL.

"I've been in your position before," Green said. "Every year they said, 'Oh, this guy, he's not going to make the roster.' But somehow I made the roster. Don't stress about what's said on the outside. Just focus on your job. Do what you do, and go have fun."

Whisenhunt likes what he has seen so far from the untested tight ends behind Green, but recognizes a better evaluation will come during training camp and preseason games.

"The real test comes when we put the pads on and we see how they can hold up in the blocking and what we're asking them to do there, but we have good competition with that group," Whisenhunt said.

For Green [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/kyler-fackrell-jersey-cheap]Kyler Fackrell Jersey[/url] , he is excited for the chance to help the Chargers get back into the postseason for the first time since 2013. He realizes how close they were to that goal last season while splitting the two-game season series with the Broncos.

"I know what it takes, what it takes for a team to go to the playoffs and be successful, and my role is just to do whatever this team needs me to do, whatever they need," Green said. "I'm just focused on ending my career with a bang."

NOTES: Cornerback Jason Verrett (left knee) went through team drills for the first time since undergoing season-ending surgery last September. ... Defensive tackle Corey Liuget did not participate as he recovers from foot surgery, but coach Anthony Lynn expects him to be available for training camp.

__

Disgraced former NFL star Darren Sharper has renewed efforts to get a reduction in his 18-year federal sentence for drugging and raping women.

Lawyers for Sharper, who lost an earlier appeal, filed a 50-page memorandum this week in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, arguing he was not adequately advised by his trial lawyers on the consequences of his 2016 guilty plea. The memorandum also contends the trial judge and the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals made errors.

Sharper’s case arose from allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted as many as 16 women in four states.

He had retired from the league in 2011 and was working as an NFL network analyst when women in several cities began telling police they had blacked out while drinking with him and woke up groggy to discover they had been sexually assaulted.

After he was arrested and jailed in Los Angeles in 2014, he initially fought charges. As allegations and criminal charges mounted, a ”global” plea deal involving the federal court in New Orleans and state courts in Louisiana [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/jk-scott-jersey-cheap]JK Scott Jersey[/url] , Arizona, California and Nevada was announced. The deal was expected to result in Sharper spending about nine years in prison.

But U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo in New Orleans rejected the sentence as too light. She gave Sharper the option of withdrawing his plea. After he decided to maintain the plea, Milazzo sentenced him to 18 years and four months.

Sharper’s 14-year NFL career included stints with the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings and, finally, in New Orleans with the Saints, where he was part of the team that won the 2010 Super Bowl.

The motion filed Wednesday said Sharper deserves more credit in sentencing for his cooperation with prosecutors in his own case that that of two Louisiana co-defendants.

”Mr. Sharper intended, and still intends, to accept responsibility for his behavior,” Sharper’s lawyers said in court filings. ”He does not seek to escape blame in this matter.”

Milazzo issued an order posted Thursday that gives prosecutors until Aug. 27 to respond.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/arizona-cardinals/mason-cole-jersey]Womens Mason Cole Jersey[/url]

training camp projected to fi[editar]

Darrelle Revis officially shut down his dominant playing career by signing one final contract.

The seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback who routinely frustrated opposing receivers with his blanket-like coverage officially retired Tuesday as a member of the New York Jets – the team with which Revis spent eight of his 11 NFL seasons.

The 33-year-old Revis inked a one-day deal with the Jets at a ceremonial news conference at the team’s facility after he announced last Thursday on social media that he was done playing.

Former teammates [url=http://www.billscheapstore.com/phillip-gaines-jersey-cheap]Phillip Gaines Jersey[/url] , including D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and several current players attended, along with owner Christopher Johnson, general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles.

”It’s been amazing,” Revis said of his career. ”My work ethic and my study habits I feel propelled me to strive to be one of the greatest. It took a lot of work, week in and week out, to prepare and play at the highest level and covering some of the toughest receivers in the world.”

He was known for his uncanny ability to shut down receivers and the nickname ”Revis Island” grew in popularity as receivers were routinely left ”stranded” without being much of a factor in games because of the cornerback’s airtight coverage.

In a clever nod to the nickname, the Jets set up a makeshift ”island” outside of the facility’s main entrance, complete with sand dunes and three small palm trees and had Revis pose in front of it for photos.

The team also issued green lapel pins that read ”REVIS ISLAND” at the top with the Jets logo on the bottom and Revis’ familiar No. 24 featured in the middle in front of a small island.

”As I look at it now and as I take some time to really assess what I’ve done and what really happened, it’s amazing, it’s amazing,” Revis said. ”You leave a legacy behind that players can follow, they can mimic and they can study your film, too.”

Revis also gained notoriety for his business savvy at the bargaining table and made more than $120 million during his career.

He had several contract squabbles during his time with the Jets after being the No. 14 overall pick in 2007 out of Pittsburgh, including a lengthy holdout that was documented on HBO’s ”Hard Knocks” in 2010. Led by then-agents Jon Feinsod and Neil Schwartz, mother Diana Gilbert and uncle Sean Gilbert [url=http://www.billscheapstore.com/marshall-newhouse-jersey-cheap]Marshall Newhouse Jersey[/url] , a former NFL defensive tackle, Team Revis was a force to be reckoned with.

After contentious contract negotiations in 2013, Revis was dealt to Tampa Bay for first- and fourth-round draft picks. He was a member of the Buccaneers for just one season before being released and signing with New England as a free agent – and winning the Super Bowl with the Jets’ biggest rival.

Revis became a free agent again, and returned home to the Jets by signing a five-year, $70 million contract, including $39 million guaranteed in 2015. After a solid first season back, Revis struggled with injuries and consistency in 2016 and was released. He finished up his career by playing in five games for Kansas City last season.

”I would’ve loved to play my whole career here and wear the green and white until I actually retired,” Revis said. ”Things happen. Team acquisitions come in and there’s a different direction a team may want to go. You know, it happens. It really does, and that’s kind of how I can sum that up.”

Revis finished with 29 career interceptions, and returned three for touchdowns, including one for 100 yards against Miami in 2011. He was a four-time first-team All-Pro selection, including in what was his most dominant season in 2009, when he was beaten out by Charles Woodson for Defensive Player of the Year honors.

That was a rare time Revis lost out to anyone in his prime, especially that season. Randy Moss – whom Revis acknowledged was the toughest he ever covered – Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/paul-hornung-jersey-cheap]Paul Hornung Jersey[/url] , Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne all struggled against the Jets star.

”His dominance at the cornerback position is legendary,” Christopher Johnson said of Revis. ”Forget giving up the catch. We were all shocked when quarterbacks would dare to attempt a pass in his direction.”

Revis wouldn’t reveal specifically on what the future holds for him, but acknowledged that staying around the game in some capacity is likely – perhaps in a coaching role somewhere.

”It’s a love, it’s a passion for me,” Revis said of football. ”I’m surely going to miss it. … I’ll weigh my options and see.”

A trip to Canton, Ohio, and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame could also be on the agenda in the next five years or so.

”I accomplished a lot in my career and the assignments that I had to face during my career takes a lot of toll on your body, week in and week out,” Revis said of why he chose to retire now. ”Every day my purpose was not to just be the best at my position, but to be the best player on the field. That was my motivation.

”I came out to practice and tried to set a tone, and game day, I tried to set a tone.”


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Trent Murphy feels particularly sympathetic toward the Buffalo Bills‘ training staff.

The defensive end can’t imagine how difficult it must have been on them to keep him from rushing onto the field the past six months while Murphy recuperated from a knee injury he sustained a year ago, and a strained groin he developed during training camp.

“We’ve had a lot of guys with reins on me,” Murphy said Thursday.

With a wink, he added: “I think if you ask them [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/kenny-young-jersey-cheap]Kenny Young Jersey[/url] , they said they wanted a raise.”

The Bills will gladly pay up if it means the offseason free-agent addition who was signed to improve the team’s pass rush is finally in a position to play in Buffalo’s season opener at Baltimore on Sunday.

It’s not easy holding back Murphy. He is so dedicated to working out, he built a gym in his home, and spent three months last winter rehabbing at the invitation-only Westside Barbell gym in Columbus, Ohio, where Murphy pulled sleds and squatted 475 pounds.

The 27-year-old has been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to restart a career that was derailed abruptly some 13 months ago after he began showing signs of promise in Washington.

A year after posting a career-best nine sacks, Murphy’s future was sidetracked last summer when he tore two ligaments in Washington’s preseason opener.

The injury led to Murphy missing his entire fourth NFL season, and led to the uncertainty of what offers the former second-round draft pick out of Stanford might attract in free agency.

Once Buffalo showed immediate interest, Murphy braved driving through a snowstorm in the middle of the night from Columbus, to arrive at the Bills’ headquarters to sign a three-year, $21 million contract.

After sitting out most of Buffalo’s spring sessions, the 27-year-old developed a minor setback during training camp when a nagging groin injury forced Murphy to miss all four preseason games.

Murphy said he feels fine after completing his third straight practice, and he’s not listed on the Bills’ initial injury reports this week.

“Super excited to get back to football and help the team,” Murphy said.

“You never want to sit on the sideline, especially after waiting as long as I had to wait,” he added. “I always knew, you put in the hard work and you’ll be rewarded for it in the end. I just keep faith in that mantra.”

The Bills are counting on Murphy to improve a pass rush that finished tied for 29th last season with just 27 sacks [url=http://www.billscheapstore.com/jerry-hughes-jersey-cheap]Jerry Hughes Jersey[/url] , and six of them coming in a 9-3 loss at Carolina in Week 2.

Murphy entered training camp projected to fill the starting spot on the left side opposite Jerry Hughes. He’s now expected to play a backup role behind Shaq Lawson , Buffalo’s 2016 first-round draft pick.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is encouraged by Murphy’s return to practice, but intends to take a cautious approach when it comes to playing time and not risk him aggravating the groin injury.

“I know he’s been champing at the bit,” Frazier said. “You can imagine how he feels signing a free-agent contract, looking forward to coming to training camp … and then all of a sudden having some nagging injuries that he’s had. There was disappointment, but he’s healthy and looking good in practice.”

Murphy has plenty to motivate him, including questions of whether he can match the production he enjoyed in 2016. He combined for just six sacks in 31 games during his first two seasons in Washington.

“I’m the type of player who always has a chip on my shoulder,” he said.

“After 2016, people were saying, ‘Oh, that could’ve been a fluke,'” Murphy added. “I couldn’t be more excited to prove to everyone here that I’m who they think I am.”

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/arizona-cardinals/chase-edmonds-jersey]Womens Chase Edmonds Jersey[/url]

who are burners,” Tannehil[editar]

Darius Slay lost his footing in coverage and landed on the grass. He limped off the field [url=http://www.raiderscheapstore.com/brandon-parker-jersey-cheap]Brandon Parker Jersey[/url] , trying to keep weight off his right leg.

The Detroit Lions cornerback was evaluated on the sideline and after rubbing and pointing to his right knee, he returned to practice Wednesday.

Was it scary, possibly getting injured early in training camp?

"No," Slay insisted. "It wasn't nothing at all."

After sitting out briefly, Slay eased his way back into slower-paced drills. He was later running full speed to keep up with Detroit's wide receivers such as Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.

"They're true competitors," Slay said. "I work with them every day and I enjoy working with them. We're just trying to strive to get better."

Slay and the receivers take turns making plays throughout practice. One moment, Slay's blanketing coverage is enough to prevent a completion. Another time, Matthew Stafford might thread a pass past him and into the hands of a well-covered receiver.

"With Darius, you know you have to bring it every single play," Tate said. "He's very fast. He's very quick, and his knowledge of the game grows every day.

"When we go across from each other [url=http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/george-fant-jersey-cheap]George Fant Jersey[/url] , our goal is to embarrass each other."

Slay emerged as one of the NFL's top cover cornerbacks last season and earned All-Pro honors.

The Lions did not have many dependable cornerbacks in recent decades, but that changed with at least one key player five years ago. And, they've paid him well to keep him around. Slay is in the second season of a $50 million, four-year contract.

Detroit drafted Slay 36th overall in 2013. He had a career-high eight interceptions last season, tying Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard for the most in the NFL.

The season seemed to validate the swagger he has played with in the league.

"It's just a natural thing," he said. "You either got it or you don't."

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Around 10,000 spectators remained at the finish of the Miami Dolphins‘ marathon win over Tennessee, and they were hardly fair weather fans.

Lightning forced two delays of about two hours each Sunday, and it took Miami more than seven hours to complete a 27-20 victory.

“Appreciate all you Dolphins fans sticking it out tonight,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill shouted to a camera as he headed for the locker room. “Win No. 1 [url=http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/d.j.-fluker-jersey-cheap]D.J. Fluker Jersey[/url] , baby.”

That it was. Here are things to know about a season opener that was memorable for the Dolphins and costly for the Titans:

HEAVY TOLL: The Titans lost starting quarterback Marcus Mariota, tackle Taylor Lewan, tight end Delanie Walker and cornerback Adoree Jackson to injuries, which made it an especially tough debut for rookie coach Mike Vrabel.

Mariota hurt his throwing elbow in the third quarter, left the game for one play, returned to throw two interceptions and departed for good.

“I couldn’t feel my fingers, feel my hand,” Mariota said. “It was one of those things — couldn’t grip the ball.”

Blaine Gabbert replaced Mariota.

“It’s just go time,” Gabbert said. “That’s the backup quarterback’s job description: to be ready at a moment’s notice, to go in and help your team win the game.”

Gabbert didn’t do that, going 11 for 22 for 117 yards and an interception that sealed the win for Miami. He’ll have more notice if he’s in the lineup for Sunday’s home opener against Houston.

Lewan left the game with a concussion. Walker was carted off the field later in the period with a right leg injury. Jackson hurt his shoulder on a 26-yard punt return.

FRACAS: Lewan appeared to be briefly knocked out when flattened on Andre Branch’s blindside block during an interception return by Reshad Jones. Lewan sprawled face down on the turf [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/deshone-kizer-jersey-cheap]DeShone Kizer Jersey[/url] , then suddenly sprang to his feet, and players exchanged words and shoves.

Jordan Phillips and Bobby McCain of Miami and Dion Lewis of Tennessee received offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for taunting,

“There were a lot of words being said,” McCain said, “and I don’t think you can write them down.”

COMEBACK: Tannehill hopes to perform better Sunday at the New York Jets. Coming back from knee surgery, he played for the first time in 21 months with mixed results.

Tannehill threw two interceptions, and the Dolphins twice came up empty on possessions inside the Tennessee 20.

“I wasn’t as sharp as I like to be,” he said.

Even so, Tannehill went 20 for 28 for 230 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Stills.

BIG PLAYS: The Dolphins flashed their speed in the fourth quarter. Jakeem Grant scored on a 102-yard kickoff return, Stills caught a 75-yard touchdown pass and Jones returned his second interception of the game 54 yards.

“You have three or four guys who are burners,” Tannehill said. “It’s a lot of fun to play with them.”

ANTHEM: Colin Kaepernick [url=http://www.giantscheapstore.com/doug-kotar-jersey-cheap]Doug Kotar Jersey[/url] , a leader of the protest movement by NFL players against social injustice, tweeted his support after Dolphins receivers Stills and Albert Wilson knelt during the national anthem.

“I know he has our back,” Stills said. “Really, there has been a huge difference between when we first started protesting and now. A lot of people are reaching out and supporting us, so I really appreciate that. To everybody out there, thank you for reaching out, thank you for the positivity. Let’s keep doing our best to make positive change and have these conversations and make our country a better place.”

[url=http://www.officialhockeyusashop.com/florida-panthers/aleksander-barkov-jersey]Adidas Aleksander Barkov Jersey[/url]

has one of the best group[editar]

Mike Mularkey is about to coach his first NFL postseason game as a head coach [url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/marcus-sherels-jersey-cheap]Marcus Sherels Jersey[/url] , and he isn’t reaching out to friends or former bosses for advice.

After all, he learned by watching the likes of Bill Cowher and Chuck Noll in Pittsburgh.

Cowher has sent Mularkey a few texts, which he appreciates; but the Titans coach is focused on the work that needs to be done for Saturday’s AFC wild-card game in Kansas City (10-6).

”I was around them,” Mularkey said Tuesday. ”I know them. I know how they operated. … I have learned a lot from them.”

Reaching the postseason as a head coach didn’t come easily for Mularkey. He spent his first two seasons as a head coach in Buffalo before leaving. He was given only one season in Jacksonville. And he came to Tennessee in 2014 as tight ends coach for Ken Whisenhunt before being given the job on an interim basis in November 2015.

Now Mularkey and general manager Jon Robinson have overseen a major turnaround for a franchise that was an NFL-worst 5-27 during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. After taking over as interim head coach, Mularkey led the Titans to two of their three wins as they wound up with the No. 1 draft pick overall.

The Titans have gone 9-7 in each of Mularkey’s two full seasons for their first back-to-back winning campaigns since 2007 and 2008. Mularkey also is the fifth head coach in franchise history to lead a team to the playoffs in either of his first two full seasons. Jack Pardee was the last in both 1990 and 1991, and he had Warren Moon at quarterback with the then-Houston Oilers.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid knows it’s not easy to win in the NFL, let alone in consecutive seasons.

”They’ve done a great job,” Reid said in a conference call with Tennessee reporters. ”I’ve got a lot of respect for the head coach and his staff. They’ve got a great staff there.”

One thing Mularkey took from his time with Cowher in Pittsburgh is an offense that’s very similar to what the Steelers ran. Lots of motion and different looks trying to catch a defense making a mistake. Toughness is another characteristic Mularkey has worked to instill.

”You better strap it on and be ready to play,” Reid said.

The day after being named interim head coach, Mularkey checked some players’ notes to ensure the Titans were paying attention in meetings. He also got the Titans playing games ranging from spelling bees to offseason workouts – and tracking their success. It was all done to drive home the message that winning matters.

Now it’s time for Mularkey’s biggest game yet. Asked if he’s taken a moment to personally appreciate this opportunity, Mularkey joked he is shaking in his boots. Then he turned serious, saying he knows the Titans take cues from him.

”It’s a great experience [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/melvin-ingram-jersey-cheap]Melvin Ingram Jersey[/url] ,” Mularkey said. ”It’s just another way we’ve got to win, all these games have been that way. I don’t see it in any other way. Obviously, you lose you go home, you win, you continue. I’m going to be as locked in as I’ve been each one of these games.”

That approach is something quarterback Marcus Mariota appreciates.

”He’s continued to keep this team together and just focusing on our goal,” Mariota said. ”That’s all you can really do.”

Notes: RB DeMarco Murray (right knee) did not practice, and Mularkey said he’s not going to rule him out. CB Brice McCain (hamstring) was limited. TE Jonnu Smith and CB Kalan Reed both are in the concussion protocol and practiced fully. Mularkey said they will practice Wednesday and then be tested.

DeSean Jackson is eager to rebound from one of the least productive seasons of his career and help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers end a long playoff drought.

The Bucs struggled a year ago to incorporate the speedy receiver into an offense expected to be more potent after the three-time Pro Bowl selection was signed to a $33.5 million contract in free agency.

Jackson, 31, established himself as one of the league's top deep threats over nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.

He averaged a career-worst 13.4 yards per reception and scored just three touchdowns in his first year with Tampa Bay, which lost 10 of 13 following a 2-1 start to miss the playoffs for the 10th straight season.

The Cleveland Browns, who haven't earned a playoff berth since 2002, are the only team with a longer playoff drought.

"Any time I get an opportunity to make good plays and spark this offense with explosive plays ... or scoring touchdowns 鈥?whatever it is [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/jatavis-brown-jersey-cheap]Jatavis Brown Jersey[/url] , I'm here to do (it)," Jackson said.

"Obviously last year was a disappointing year for myself and the team," the receiver added. "I just want to be able to ... give them high energy, good plays, and explosive plays."

Jackson, who spent extra time in the offseason with Jameis Winston in hopes of improving chemistry between him and the quarterback on deep throws, enters his 11th season with 548 receptions for 9,487 yards and 49 TDs.

He's also scored three touchdowns rushing and four more on punt returns.

"D-Jack is about 40 years old, but he's still the fastest dude on our team," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy joked. "It's hard for guys to run with him."

Nevertheless, the Bucs couldn't get the ball to him consistently in 2017.

While Winston's favorite target, Mike Evans [url=http://www.falconscheapstore.com/brian-poole-jersey-cheap]Brian Poole Jersey[/url] , continued to prosper with his fourth consecutive season with 1,000 yards receiving, Jackson finished with 50 catches for 668 yards 鈥?both lows for him in a year when he's played at least 12 games.

And, for the first time since his rookie year with the Eagles in 2008, Jackson didn't have a reception of at least 60 yards.

While he's not making any bold predictions, the receiver is confident the offense will be better this fall.

"We have a lot of weapons and a lot of options for the quarterback to drop back and throw the ball to. I'm excited about that," said Jackson, who has three receptions for 91 yards through two preseason games.

The veteran receiver thinks Tampa Bay has one of the best groups of targets in the league with himself, Evans, Chris Godwin, Adam Humphries and tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard.

He also likes offseason moves that included bolstering the offensive and defensive lines, as well as drafting running back Ronald Jones.

"We have a lot more competitive players now. A lot of new additions coming from winning mentalities. They're able to push the drive and push other guys on this team to the highest of their potential [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/jake-ryan-jersey-cheap]Jake Ryan Jersey[/url] ," Jackson said.

"Obviously last year was a frustrating year for everyone that's a part of the Buccaneers. But there's one common goal: to go out there, put the work in, and hopefully the results show on Sundays."

Coach Dirk Koetter said Jackson is having an outstanding training camp.

"I think DeSean has really asserted himself not only as a veteran, but as a leader," the coach said.

"DeSean has instant street cred because of his career. ... It's a big difference if you see a guy that you respect out there doing what he's supposed to do versus a guy that's out there moping around," Koetter added. "Hats off to him, he's doing a good job."

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/cincinnati-bengals/preston-brown-jersey]Womens Preston Brown Jersey[/url]

Blount returned to[editar]

Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell and Wilson Ramos are hoping they both get selected to the American League All-Star team. Saturday afternoon’s performance at Citi Field may have strengthened the batterymates’ chances.

Snell blanked the Mets over a career-high-tying 7 1/3 innings [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapstore.com/brent-grimes-jersey-cheap]Brent Grimes Jersey[/url] , Ramos drove in a pair of runs and the Rays downed New York 3-0 on Saturday.

”I’d be pumped,” Snell said about the possibility of playing in the Midsummer Classic. ”I’d be stoked.”

A late afternoon start under clear blue skies featured two young left-handers at the top of their game in recent weeks, both successfully dodging a slew of baserunners early.

Ranked among the league leaders in several categories, the 25-year-old Snell was as advertised- keeping the Mets off the board despite allowing the leadoff runner to reach in six out of eight frames including each of the first four.

Snell (12-4) struck out nine, scattering six hits and three walks while lowering his AL-leading ERA to 2.09.

”Blake has been tremendous for us. He’s been the workhorse.” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ”We’re talking about a potential All-Star candidate.”

The lanky lefty has yielded two runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts and is 4-0 with an 0.63 ERA over his last four outings, two against the Astros.

”He deserves to be in the All-Star Game because he’s had an awesome year,” Ramos said of the Rays starter. ”There’s nothing better than being with your teammates in the All-Star Game.”

The feeling is mutual.

”He needs to go,” Snell said [url=http://www.chiefscheapstore.com/dee-ford-jersey-cheap]Dee Ford Jersey[/url] , rallying for his backstop. ”It would be even cooler if I did go and pitch to him. I think that would be special for the both of us.”

After being held scoreless in 34 of their previous 36 innings, Tampa Bay finally broke through in the fifth. Matt Duffy lined a leadoff double down the right-field line, the fourth two-bagger surrendered by Mets starter Steven Matz to that point, advancing to third on a groundout.

Ramos followed with a sharp grounder to shortstop. A charging Amed Rosario booted the ball before recovering and throwing to first for the out. With Duffy running on contact, Rosario likely would have cut down the run at home had he fielded the ball cleanly. Instead, the Rays took a 1-0 lead.

”He just came in on it hard,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ”He looked up just to see where the runner was and it hit off his heel.”

Matz (4-6) continued his recent surge, charged with one run on five hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings- striking out five. The Long Island native has allowed four earned runs across his last three starts [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/deshone-kizer-jersey-cheap]DeShone Kizer Jersey[/url] , a span of 18 2/3 innings.

He escaped trouble early by getting Adeiny Hechavarria to fly out, ending a bases-loaded threat in the first. The Rays left seven men on in the first four innings and were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position during that stretch.

”I get in situations throughout the game where I can crumble,” Matz said. ”But I think just realizing what I’ve got to do out there, and just the task at hand, has really helped.”

Tampa Bay was 2 for 25 with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series, stranding a total of 18.

The Rays added some insurance in the eighth on a bloop single by former Met Carlos Gomez, scoring Daniel Robertson. Ramos singled home a run in the ninth.

Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save in 13 chances.

Neither Snell nor Matz had faced the opposing team before.

Jose Bautista was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts after hitting a game-ending grand slam in the series opener Friday night.

LOOSE LUMBER

Both starting third basemen lost the grip on their bats an inning apart. Todd Frazier swung at a fastball in the bottom of the fourth, fouling it off and also sending his bat deep into foul territory down the third base line. Duffy had a similar experience in the fifth [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/k_waun-williams-jersey-cheap]K'Waun Williams Jersey[/url] , letting go of his lumber and causing it to fly towards the Rays’ on-deck circle.

CLOSE CALL

The Rays had a brief scare in the second when Snell’s pitching hand was grazed by a 92-mph sinker. The southpaw took his base and did not appear to be in pain.

”I’m happy that it didn’t really hit me hard,” Snell said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: Rookie infielder Willy Adames was scratched from the starting lineup. ”He’s just under the weather,” Cash said. ”He was battling a bug last night and I think he woke up this morning a little bit worse.” … RHP Jake Faria (strained left oblique) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with high-A Charlotte Saturday night. … INF Christian Arroyo (strained left oblique) could play for Charlotte on Monday but the club is not fully committed to that plan, according to Cash.

Mets: LF Yoenis Cespedes (right hip) is continuing baseball activities including running straight sprints, although he has yet to begin turning the bases to simulate a double. ”Trying to figure out that schedule as we go along,” said Callaway about when his club’s top slugger might play in a rehab game. ”All that’s going to be based on how he bounces back day-to-day.”

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-3, 3.92 ERA) pitches in the rubber game on Sunday. He has allowed just two runs over his last two starts, a span of twelve innings in which he fanned 14 batters.

Mets: RHP Chris Flexen (0-1 [url=http://www.falconscheapstore.com/mohamed-sanu-jersey-cheap]Mohamed Sanu Jersey[/url] , 10.80 ERA in 3 relief appearances) will make his first start of the season.

Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount returned to training camp a day after walking off the field during practice.

Blount declined interview requests Monday.

The Lions are counting on the 31-year-old Blount to help improve their running game, which has ranked among the NFL's worst in recent years.

He helped Philadelphia and New England win the past two Super Bowls. Blount ran for 1,927 yards and 20 touchdowns over the previous two seasons.

Safety Tavon Wilson attended practice, but was not in pads with his teammates. It was not clear why Wilson was held out of drills. Defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand left the field with his right knee wrapped in ice.

Detroit has its first day off during training camp Tuesday.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/new-york-jets/customized]New York Jets Customized Jerseys[/url]

among safeties.[editar]

After plugging holes on the defensive and offensive lines and at running back [url=http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/d.j.-fluker-jersey-cheap]D.J. Fluker Jersey[/url] , the Washington Redskins still have plenty of depth needs to fill on the third day of the NFL draft.

Washington has five picks left: one each in the fourth, fifth and sixth and two in the seventh round Saturday. The extra fifth-rounder the Redskins got from Denver for safety Su’a Cravens they traded to San Francisco on Friday night as part of a deal to move down in the second round and pick up an extra third.

Taking Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne 13th overall, LSU running back Derrius Guice 59th and Louisville offensive tackle Geron Christian 74th should allow the Redskins to solidify their secondary and perhaps find a long-term prospect at tight end. Selecting Christian likely moves swing tackle Ty Nsekhe to the starting left guard spot, making good on senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams’ theory that the team wasn’t going into the draft determined to get a guard.

Washington prioritized defensive line over other defensive positions by taking Payne, and young defensive backs Fabian Moreau and Montae Nicholson will be counted on more in 2018. It could still use another cornerback and safety either in the draft or through free agency.

Years of injuries to star tight end Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis being 34 makes that position a strong possibility, even a year after taking Jeremy Sprinkle. Getting more receiver options for recently-acquired quarterback Alex Smith also puts receiver in play.

Justin Reid used to frequent his older brother’s house to watch NFL game film and study game preparations.

The Texans rookie safety was at Stanford then, and the visits gave him a behind-the-scenes look at the NFL life of his older brother [url=http://www.dolphinscheapstore.com/jerome-baker-jersey-cheap]Jerome Baker Jersey[/url] , Eric Reid, who was thriving with the San Francisco 49ers. On Friday afternoon, Justin Reid was looking forward to calling his brother back in the Bay Area to talk about Day 1 of his own NFL journey with Houston.

Earlier this week, the NFL players union filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of Eric Reid, now a free agent after five seasons in San Francisco, including a Pro Bowl rookie season in 2013. Eric Reid has been a strong supporter of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 became the first player to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

Last week [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/jaquiski-tartt-jersey-cheap]Jaquiski Tartt Jersey[/url] , Eric Reid filed a collusion claim similar to one filed by Kaepernick in 2017 where several league owners and executives were deposed, including Texans owner Bob McNair.

Justin Reid said he he hasn’t had a lot of time to digest his feelings on his brother’s decisions – but he supports all of them.

”I’m proud of my brother and supportive of everything he does, the same way I support all of my family members,” Justin Reid said. ”If they believe what they’re doing is right, then they should do it.”

Asked to describe for NFL owners what kind of person his older brother is, Justin Reid vouched for him, emphatically.

”You should just hold a conversation with him [url=http://www.raiderscheapstore.com/jordy-nelson-jersey-cheap]Jordy Nelson Jersey[/url] ,” Justin Reid said. ”I won’t speak for Eric, I’ll let him deliver his own message. But if you held a conversation with him, then you’d really understand what he’s standing for.”

The Texans used their first draft pick on Justin Reid, selecting him 68th overall in the third round. He is expected to compete with Andre Hal at free safety next to strong safety Tyrann Mathieu, who played alongside Eric Reid at LSU.

Coach Bill O’Brien praised Justin Reid for his size, speed and smarts. Reid raised eyebrows at the NFL combine with a 40-yard dash time of 4.40 seconds, second-fastest among safeties.

”He’s a guy that’s a versatile guy who can do some different things for us [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapstore.com/kendell-beckwith-jersey-cheap]Kendell Beckwith Jersey[/url] , help us on special teams and obviously, help us on defense,” O’Brien said. ”He just got here, so we’ll see how he does in our system.”

Reid is hoping that his experience of living vicariously through his brother over the past few years will help him adjust to the NFL. He said he feels like he’s coming into the league with the mentality of a third-year veteran. He said he watched the Texans’ most recent five games from last season and has been studying the playbook to enter camp as prepared as possible.

”I kind of have a feel for how this process goes before having even gone through it,” Reid said. ”It’s still different going through it myself for the first time, but it is nice for having that rough road map and having a feel for how these things go.”

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/carolina-panthers/marquis-haynes-jersey]Authentic Womens Marquis Haynes Jersey[/url]

this report.[editar]

The Miami Dolphins have claimed quarterback Bryce Petty a day after he was waived by the New York Jets.

With Miami's move Friday [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/willie-snead-iv-jersey-cheap]Willie Snead IV Jersey[/url] , Petty joins veterans Brock Osweiler and David Fales in the competition for the backup job behind Ryan Tannehill.

Petty spent three seasons with New York after being selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. He played in 10 games for the Jets, throwing for 1,353 yards and four touchdowns with 10 interceptions, and went 1-6 as a starter.

Tannehill has suffered two major left knee injuries in the past 18 months and missed all of last season, but he is expected to be ready for offseason drills.

The Dolphins didn't take a quarterback in the draft. The Jets selected USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick.

The NFL draft is heading to Music City.

League owners awarded the 2019 draft to Nashville during their annual spring meetings on Wednesday, clearly impressed with the city’s turnout for events such as the NHL Stanley Cup Final and a party to unveil redesigned uniforms for the Tennessee Titans.

”You’re now on the clock,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell quipped to the Nashville contingent, led by Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk.

The draft was held in New York City from 1965-2014 [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/travis-benjamin-jersey-cheap]Travis Benjamin Jersey[/url] , but the league has been moving it to different cities in recent years, looking to bolster its profile even higher.

Chicago was the site in 2015-16, Philadelphia hosted in 2017 and this year’s draft was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas , home of the Dallas Cowboys.

”It has become one of the most anticipated events of the year,” Goodell said. ”It’s one of the events we’re continually focused on (to determine) how we can to be more effective, larger and frankly, an opportunity for our fans to engage in football during the offseason. We had a great experience in Dallas this year. They did a wonderful job.”

Now [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/desmond-king-jersey-cheap]Desmond King Jersey[/url] , Nashville will be hosting for the first time .

”It’s a big day for Nashville,” Strunk said. ”Being entrusted with one of the league’s premier gatherings is an honor and a responsibility that we take seriously.”

Nashville was chosen over several other bids, including a combined one from Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Northeast Ohio group remains hopeful to land the 2020 draft, which would coincide with the league’s centennial.

”The Hall of Fame in partnership with the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Sports Commission and Visit Canton stand ready to host the NFL draft in 2020 should we be selected,” said Hall president and CEO David Baker. ”In the meantime [url=http://www.patriotscheapstore.com/duron-harmon-jersey-cheap]Duron Harmon Jersey[/url] , the Hall and the entire Canton region remains focused on preparing for the once-in-every-other-lifetime opportunity in 2020 to celebrate the NFL’s Centennial in Canton, the birthplace of the league.”

Nashville’s bid was boosted by tens of thousands of people turning out last year for a party that shut down a big section of downtown when the Predators played for the Stanley Cup. Also, some 20,000 turned out on a cold night in April to see the Titans’ new uniforms and attend a free concert by Florida Georgia Line.

The city hosted the 2003 NHL entry draft, the 2014 Women’s Final Four and the 2016 NHL All-Star Game.

”As we all know, Nashville has a well-deserved reputation as a city that loves the big stage, loves the big party and, more importantly [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/ty-montgomery-jersey-cheap]Ty Montgomery Jersey[/url] , knows how to throw a big party,” Strunk said.

AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Berea, Ohio, contributed to this report.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/tampa-bay-buccaneers/customized]Tampa Bay Buccaneers Customized Jerseys[/url]

not released.[editar]

They have a new quarterback and a new middle linebacker. They've released veterans [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/frank-gore-jersey-cheap]Frank Gore Jersey[/url] , traded away one of the top cornerbacks in the league, signed wisely in free agency and loaded up on draft picks.

Sounds like a losing franchise trying to turn things around.

Try the two-time and defending AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs.

The slew of offseason moves began even before free agency, when the Chiefs agreed to trades that sent quarterback Alex Smith to the Redskins and cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams. But the pace of the dealing has hardly slowed down as the Chiefs remake an aging and expensive roster that was good enough to reach the playoffs last season but not good enough to beat Tennessee in the wild-card round.

That's why they signed wide receiver Sammy Watkins, cornerback David Amerson and middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens, and landed cornerback Kendall Fuller in the trade with Washington.

"We're not trying to win a Super Bowl four years from now. We're going out there and we're trying to win a Super Bowl next year," Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said. "Whether that happens, I don't know, but I know that we're going to do everything we can to put our team in position to do so."

Many teams coming off back-to-back division titles would try to hold on a little longer. And the result would be a slow regression that would ultimately force the team to begin a complete rebuilding job anyway.

Veach, who took over for John Dorsey last summer, took a refreshingly different tack. He went after the trade market [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/jonathan-ogden-jersey-cheap]Jonathan Ogden Jersey[/url] , was decisive in his convictions and landed his biggest priorities, even if he may have had to pay a premium to get Watkins and Hitchens in the door.

It was a sign the candid, confident Veach is going to be a far different GM than his predecessors in Kansas City.

"If we have shortcomings," Veach said, "we'll continue to work on those things. Our mindset is at every period to get our team in a position to win a Super Bowl. We have a lot of talent here. It's a lot of young talent, which is exciting for the fans, but we realize there may be some growing pains. But we have some guys that can straight up play football, and that's exciting."

There is no doubt an abundance of talent, especially on offense.

Patrick Mahomes II is poised to take over for Smith under center, and he showed flashes of his big arm and gamesmanship in a Week 17 victory over Denver. To ease the transition [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/jaquiski-tartt-jersey-cheap]Jaquiski Tartt Jersey[/url] , the Chiefs added Watkins to what is arguably the best set of skill-position players in the division, headlined by NFL rushing king Kareem Hunt, Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce and speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

They also retained one of their own when they brought back bruising fullback Anthony Sherman.

"As a team, we've won a lot of games in the last few years," Mahomes said, "and we're bringing a lot of those guys back. And with the additions that we have added, I feel like we can have a very, very good offense. It's all going to start with how we prepare, especially at my position."

Yes, the Chiefs expected to have a very good offense [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/roger-craig-jersey-cheap]Roger Craig Jersey[/url] , just as they did last season. But one of the big challenges this offseason has been to fix a defense that ranked among the worst in the league.

Hitchens was a good first step, and he'll step in to the void created by the release of the aging Derrick Johnson, the franchise's career tackles leader. Amerson and Fuller will help to cover the trade of Peters, and the draft picks netted this offseason will almost certainly be used on defense.

Still, the question remains: Is that enough to make an appreciable improvement?

"We've got a great nucleus coming back. We've added some players that are top-notch," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said last week. "We're fired up about this whole thing. I'm not great at standing up and going, 'Hey, here we go!' But I'm ready to roll as we're sitting here in March."

The Tennessee Titans keep wrapping up their own players with defensive lineman DaQuan Jones the latest to reach agreement on a new deal keeping him on the roster.

The Titans announced Wednesday that they have agreed on a multi-year deal with Jones after reaching a new deal to keep right guard Josh Kline and signing defensive end David King to a one-year deal earlier in the day.

Tennessee also announced they tendered a contract to left guard Quinton Spain, a restricted free agent.

Financial terms on the deals were not released.

A fourth-round pick out of Penn State in 2014, Jones has started 45 of his 51 games [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/jk-scott-jersey-cheap]JK Scott Jersey[/url] , and the 6-foot-4, 322-pound lineman was playing his best with a career-high 3 陆 sacks before tearing a bicep that put him on injured reserve Dec. 4 .

General manager Jon Robinson claimed Kline off waivers from New England in September 2016. Kline has started 30 games at right guard for Tennessee on a line that allowed the third fewest sacks (63) and blocked for the third most rushing yards (4,020) in the NFL.

An undrafted free agent from Kent State, Kline started 18 of 33 games in New England and won the 2015 Super Bowl.

The Titans agreed to terms Tuesday with a pair of former Patriots . The deals with cornerback Malcolm Butler and running back Dion Lewis will be signed once free agency begins.

Spain, undrafted out of West Virginia, has started 33 of his 35 games played over the past three seasons for the Titans.

King signed a one-year deal after being poised to become an exclusive rights free agent after playing seven games with four tackles and a sack for Tennessee. The Titans picked him up last September in a trade with Kansas City, and King was a seventh-round pick by Philadelphia in 2013 out of Oklahoma.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/new-york-giants/terrelle-pryor-sr.-jersey]Womens Terrelle Pryor Sr. Jersey[/url]

long time,” Eifert said.[editar]

CINCINNATI (AP) — When the Bengals raised the curtain on their new offense [url=http://www.raiderscheapstore.com/nick-nelson-jersey-cheap]Nick Nelson Jersey[/url] , Joe Mixon was front and center.

The second-year running back was the focus of Cincinnati’s redesigned offense on Sunday, getting all but one of the carries and finishing second in receiving. A 34-23 win at Indianapolis showed a different focus in coordinator Bill Lazor’s redesigned playbook.

There’s a lot of Mixon in everything.

“He made some explosive plays and he is so talented, he can do it all,” quarterback Andy Dalton said. “I thought he played really well.”

The Bengals (1-0) wasted no time giving him the spotlight. He ran for 7 yards on their opening play, and either carried the ball or was the intended receiver on seven of their first 14 plays.

He wound up carrying 17 times for 95 yards, a 5.6-yard average. Giovani Bernard got only one carry. Mixon also caught five passes for 54 yards [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/ronnie-lott-jersey-cheap]Ronnie Lott Jersey[/url] , including a 21-yarder. Only A.J. Green had more catches. Mixon was on the field for 42 of Cincinnati’s 55 plays; Bernard was used only 14 times.

Mixon’s 1-yard dive with 4:05 to play put the Bengals ahead to stay at 24-23.

It’s the most significant difference from Mixon’s rookie season, when he shared time with Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Mixon got more carries later in the season when Hill got hurt. In the final game of the season, Mixon ran for 96 yards during a 31-27 win at Baltimore.

The Ravens (1-0) visit Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday night, coming off a 47-3 win over Buffalo that featured three touchdown passes by Joe Flacco.

Cincinnati finished last in the league in yards last season, and the running game was one of the worst in club history. A big part was the offensive line’s inability to open holes for running backs or give Dalton time to throw. The Bengals have four new starters on the line, which did better in Indianapolis.

“They did a great job executing blocks [url=http://www.kansascitychiefsteamonline.com/patrick-mahomes-ii-jersey]http://www.kansascitychiefsteamonline.com/patrick-mahomes-ii-jersey[/url] ,” Mixon said.

Dalton seemed at ease with the redesigned offense, completing 21 of 28 passes for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His passer rating was 109.7. Dalton’s only mistake was a floated screen pass to Mixon that was intercepted.

“Andy played unbelievable,” Green said.

The Bengals knew they’d face a public backlash when they drafted Mixon in the second round in 2017 even though he’d punched a woman in the face while at Oklahoma. They valued his ability to catch passes and break long runs, and were willing to take the criticism for drafting him.

He’s emerged in his second season. Coach Marvin Lewis hopes he becomes a bigger part of the offense as the season goes along.

“You’d like to have more even,” Lewis said. “I think he can carry it 22 times.”

WILLIAMS WAITS

Safety Shawn Williams was waiting Monday to see if he gets suspended for his hit on Andrew Luck that drew a 15-yard penalty and an ejection.

Luck scrambled to get a first down and slid late. Williams hit him in the head with his shoulder, and there was helmet-to-helmet contact.

“If it’s up to me [url=http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/frank-clark-jersey-cheap]Frank Clark Jersey[/url] , he should slide and give himself up and he didn’t,” Williams said. “It’s unfortunate to me that there was contact to his head with my shoulder. I’m trying to stop him from getting the first down.”

EIFERT’S RETURN

Tight end Tyler Eifert got into the game for 22 plays and had three catches for 26 yards, including a 17-yard gain. Eifert played in the first two games last season before a back injury sidelined him and required surgery. The Bengals are easing him back in as a precaution.

“This is as good as I’ve felt in a long time,” Eifert said.

RAVENS RETURN

The Ravens opened last season with a 20-0 win at Paul Brown Stadium, the first time in their history that the Bengals were blanked in a season opener. Baltimore ended the season hosting the Bengals and got their final disappointment, losing 31-27 on Dalton’s 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left. The loss eliminated Baltimore and put Buffalo in the playoffs.

The Jaguars made a change to their defensive line group on Monday morning.

The team announced that they have signed defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls to the 90-man roster. He takes the spot of Kapron Lewis-Moore [url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/stefon-diggs-jersey-cheap]Stefon Diggs Jersey[/url] , who was waived with an injury designation.

Eulls started his career with the Saints in 2015 after going undrafted and made four appearances for them during the regular season. He spent 2016 on the Chargers practice squad and then landed on their injured reserve in September 2017.

Lewis-Moore was a sixth-round pick by the Ravens in 2013 despite tearing his ACL in his final game at Notre Dame and spent his first two seasons on injured reserve. He had three tackles in five 2015 games and spent the last two years on Baltimore’s practice squad.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/washington-redskins/derrius-guice-jersey]Authentic Womens Derrius Guice Jersey[/url]

ve continued in this series.[editar]

Mike Vrabel played 14 years in the NFL and the first-year Tennessee Titans coach is more than willing to pick up a pad for drills to get his point across.

And if someone knocks off his sunglasses during the process [url=http://www.billscheapstore.com/charles-clay-jersey-cheap]Charles Clay Jersey[/url] , not a problem.

”Yes, that’s fun,” Vrabel said Thursday after the Titans’ first day of training camp. ”That’s when you know it was a good punch. I use that as a barometer when the sunglasses go flying off. But, they’re doing it the right way. They’re delivering a blow and trying to transfer power to stop a guy’s charge, in that case, the punt team and get out and cover.”

The Titans’ season opener and Vrabel’s debut as a head coach in a regular-season game is just 45 days away on Sept. 9 in Miami. His preseason debut comes Aug. 9 in Green Bay, and Vrabel was starting to drive his wife and son crazy being at home waiting for the start of training camp.

”You wake up in the middle of the night thinking about should I call a time-out in this situation? Then I’m like, I’m really losing my mind. It’s just good to have the players back,” Vrabel said.

Not only did Vrabel play in the NFL and win three Super Bowl rings [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/george-kittle-jersey-cheap]George Kittle Jersey[/url] , he’s been an assistant at Ohio State and with the Houston Texans. That means he got to watch some of football’s best make crucial decisions during games, including Bill Belichick, Urban Meyer and Bill O’Brien.

Now it’ll be Vrabel’s turn to decide, and he’s been doing his best to prepare for kickoff by doing what he did so much of as a player: watch tape to help figure out what he can and can’t challenge, figuring out how to use his timeouts, defending an opponent trying to run clock at the end of a game.

”We’ve got a library of 10 years,” Vrabel said. ”You can go back and pretty much get whatever game we want and pull up a scenario and play it out.”

For now, Vrabel is trying to improve a Titans team that is coming off consecutive 9-7 seasons and the franchise’s first playoff victory since January 2004 – all of which wasn’t good enough to keep Mike Mularkey on the job . Music plays throughout practice to help simulate game-day noise, and his assistants spent parts of Thursday’s session working on fundamentals like tip drills.

The Titans saw their coach throw himself into camp with the same participation and intensity he displayed during offseason organized team activities.

”Oh man [url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/laquon-treadwell-jersey-cheap]Laquon Treadwell Jersey[/url] , that feels good all the time when you get to hit the coach a little bit,” three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said. ”It just shows you know the stuff that he was doing OTAs wasn’t a fluke. He’s continued to do it.”

Rookie linebacker Rashaan Evans joked that going up against a coach could be a way to work out some frustration. He said it was impressive to see Vrabel working in the trenches, and his new head coach already has given him a tip on how to play better.

”He’s always told me not to think so much but just to play ball,” Evans said. ”He says you’re going to make mistakes. But you play fast and aggressive, everything else goes that’ll get corrected.”

NOTES: Two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan reported for training camp Wednesday with his agents talking with the Titans about a contract extension past this season . Lewan did not take part in team drills, and he said that might be the Titans waiting until the new deal is done. Vrabel disagreed, noting Lewan already is under contract but missed the team’s mandatory minicamp in June . The coach said the left tackle will rejoin team drills when the Titans feel he’s ready.


BALTIMORE — The Seattle Mariners came into their final series of a three-city road trip having won just one of six games against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox Now, they have a chance Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Seattle has won the first three games of this series, the last coming on Wednesday with an 8-7 victory in 11 innings over the slumping and injury-riddled Orioles. After rallying in the ninth [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/kyle-emanuel-jersey-cheap]Kyle Emanuel Jersey[/url] , the Mariners can get their first four-game sweep in Baltimore in team history.

Mike Leake (8-4, 4.11 ERA) will start for the Mariners against Jimmy Yacabonis (0-0, 15.43).

Dylan Bundy was supposed to make the start for Baltimore, but the Orioles put him on the disabled list Tuesday after he rolled his ankle while running the bases in Atlanta last weekend.

Leake has no record in just one career game against the Orioles. This season, the right-hander has won five of his last six decisions and pitched well.

Yacabonis was just called up Wednesday and will be making his first appearance against the Mariners, who have hurt the Orioles with late-inning rallies.

Seattle won the first game 5-3 with two runs in the seventh. The Mariners posted a 3-2 win Tuesday thanks to a pair of runs in the eighth. Then, Seattle tied Wednesday’s game on Kyle Seager’s two-run homer in the ninth and won it on a Denard Span 11th-inning sacrifice fly.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he talked with Manny Machado about the way the shortstop did not fully run out the ground ball that became a double play in Tuesday’s loss and agreed it did not look good.

“It still is a really bad presentation and he knows that,” Showalter told reporters on Wednesday. “The toughest thing about it is it’s a poor presentation of what he’s really about.”

Machado must have gotten the message because he made an alert base-running play in Wednesday’s loss, scoring all the way from first when the Mariners mishandled a throw from the outfield to the plate.

On the injury front [url=http://www.patriotscheapstore.com/james-harrison-jersey-cheap]James Harrison Jersey[/url] , Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz did not start for a second straight day due to lower back tightness/spasms. Cruz told reporters on Wednesday that he’s hoping to be back for Thursday afternoon’s game.

Mariners manager Scott Servais also was hopeful of getting Cruz’s big bat in the lineup for the series finale.

“Nellie feels much today,” Servais told reporters before Wednesday’s game. “Still thought it would be best, talking to our medical staff, that we give him an extra day. Tough not putting him in here. I know he’s anxious to play here in Baltimore.”

The Orioles’ season-long injuries problems have continued in this series.

Side-arming right-hander Darren O’Day injured his hamstring while trying to field a bunt in Tuesday’s loss and went on the disabled list.

He initially hurt the hamstring several days ago but will be out after re-aggravating it.

Outfielder Craig Gentry also went on the 10-day disabled list with a rib fracture (retroactive to June 24). Baltimore brought up the versatile Steve Wilkerson from Norfolk to fill Gentry’s spot.

The team was not sure on when either O’Day or Gentry would return — and that’s the way it’s gone much of this season for the Orioles. They’ll also be making one or two more roster moves before Thursday’s contest.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/los-angeles-rams/brian-allen-jersey]Womens Brian Allen Jersey[/url]

nical was called on the play.[editar]

Dwyane Wade never needed to worry during Miami’s dominant days about looking up at the standings and wondering who the Heat would face to open the playoffs.

This time this matchup won’t be in their favor [url=http://www.raiderscheapstore.com/marquel-lee-jersey-cheap]Marquel Lee Jersey[/url] , but Wade just wants the Heat to be playing well when they get to it.

Rookie Damyean Dotson had career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds, reserve Luke Kornet added a career-best 17 points and the New York Knicks blew out the Heat 122-98 on Friday night.

”We want to go into the playoffs on a high note. You don’t want to go in losing three in a row, you want to definitely go in winning and feeling good about yourself and playing,” said Wade, a three-time champion with Miami.

”Now on the seeds part, whatever happens at the end of the day from the seeds standpoint, (it) is what it is. Like I said, we got the bottom, we got to play with (a) Goliath team anyways. So, it really doesn’t matter.”

Trey Burke scored 17 points and Kyle O’Quinn had 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak.

New York hit a season-best 18 3-pointers, with Dotson and Kornet making four apiece. The Knicks assisted on 33 of their 45 made attempts.

”Keep believing. Keep working hard,” said Dotson, who’s played sparingly this season. The 23-year-old, picked 44th overall in the 2017 draft [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/kyler-fackrell-jersey-cheap]Kyler Fackrell Jersey[/url] , became the first Knicks rookie to post 30 points and 10 rebounds since Patrick Ewing in 1985-86.

Goran Dragic had 15 points and Hassan Whiteside chipped in 14 in Miami’s disappointing effort with the postseason set to tip off next weekend.

”I hardly recognized our team tonight compared to who we have been and how we’ve have been playing,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The Heat remained in sixth place in the East, a half-game ahead of Milwaukee. The Knicks host the Bucks on Saturday.

The Heat will wrap up the regular season against Oklahoma City, currently sixth in the Western Conference race, on Monday, and East No. 1 Toronto on Wednesday, a pair of games Wade would like to get on their side before the postseason run picks up.

”We came out and laid an egg,” the 14-year veteran said. ”So, we have to come back Monday at home versus a team that is fighting for the playoffs. We have to continue to play well like we have been since the All-Star break going into the playoffs.”

Miami scored the first four points of the game, and from there the Knicks took over, ending the first quarter with a 34-23 lead despite losing forward Michael Beasley for good with a left knee injury just 14 seconds into the contest.

New York went into the half leading 63-50 and led by 18 at the start of the third quarter before Miami got as close as 10 points when James Johnson scored five straight to cut the gap 69-59 with 9:56 remaining.

The Knicks then outscored Miami 27-19 to put the game away for good, going into the fourth quarter up 96-78.

TIP-INS

Knicks: The Knicks were without Emmanuel Mudiay (headache) in the second half after the point guard lost his balance late in the second quarter and fell out of bounds near the baseline, hitting his head on a camera man’s knee. . New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. had to leave the game with 41 seconds left in the third quarter after he grabbed a rebound and injured his left ankle as he landed on his feet. He sat down briefly on the bench before leaving for the locker room. X-Rays were negative. … Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said there could be chance Beasley plays Saturday night since his injury wasn’t too serious.

Heat: Kelly Olynyk scored 11 points and Wayne Ellington had 10.

INSIDER’S TIP

The LeBron James billboard craze hit the Big Apple, and someone that’s very close to the three-time NBA champion laughed it off.

Ahead of James’ final visit of the season with Cleveland to Madison Square Garden on Monday night [url=http://www.chiefscheapstore.com/harrison-butker-jersey-cheap]Harrison Butker Jersey[/url] , a billboard raised right across the street from the arena’s main entrance implores this summer’s top free agent to sign with the Knicks.

”KING OF NEW YORK? PROVE IT. KINGJAMESNYC2018”, read the sign placed by NYC Ads Co., a New York City-based marketing company.

Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon and Akron, Ohio, James’ hometown, have each devised their billboard campaigns with hopes of swaying the 14-time All-Star’s decision once the free agency market opens up in July.

Wade’s take before the Heat took the floor at the Garden on Friday night?

”Good luck”, he said.

UP NEXT

Heat: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.

Knicks: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

The Washington Wizards went cold in the final quarter of their final game of the regular season – and it cost them.

The Wizards shot 5 for 25 in the fourth quarter and 34 percent for the game, losing 101-92 to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night and finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff seeding.

”We just couldn’t make any shots tonight. Nobody had a shot fall consistently other than Jodie (Meeks),” coach Scott Brooks said. ”The Magic made the plays when they wanted, when they needed to, and we didn’t. They played better than us tonight.”

Meeks came off the bench with five 3-pointers to score a game-high 18 points for Washington [url=http://www.vikingscheapstore.com/adrian-peterson-jersey-cheap]Adrian Peterson Jersey[/url] , which lost five of its final six games. A win would have pulled the Wizards (43-39) up to seventh place and a first-round playoff series against Boston. Instead, they will play Toronto in the opening round.

”I was telling the guys in the locker room that we don’t condone any losses, but we throw this one out. We move on,” said Bradley Beal, who scored 13 points. ”We shot ourselves in the foot. We have done it all year.

”Now we are the eighth seed and we just have to go and compete.”

Rodney Purvis scored 16 points to lead Orlando, while Mario Hezonja finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Arron Afflalo hit five of six shots in the second quarter in leading Orlando to a 55-45 halftime lead.

Washington regained the lead early in the fourth quarter, but a 3-pointer by Purvis put Orlando ahead to stay at 84-81. After a layup by Beal pulled the Wizards to within two at 86-84 with 4:34 left, they went more than three minutes without scoring while Orlando pulled ahead by 10.

Brooks decided to rest guard John Wall, who had played 36 minutes in Tuesday night’s win over Boston.

”Let’s face it, any time you lose one of the best players in the league, it puts your team in a tough position,” Brooks said. ”We’re a different team with him, like any team would be. He’s dynamic [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/tramon-williams-jersey-cheap]Tramon Williams Jersey[/url] , he’s explosive, gets easy points for all of us.”

Easy points weren’t easy to come by Wednesday night.

”To see us take a playoff team that needed a win and hold them to 34 percent shooting, I’m very proud of that,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said.

The Magic (25-25) played the second half without Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, D.J. Augustin and Bismack Biyombo, who combined for 26 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.

”It doesn’t mean much, but it’s always better than losing,” Vucevic said.

Magic forward Marreese Speights was ejected with 8:59 left in the third quarter after elbowing Marcin Gortat in the face while both were walking up the court. A double technical was called on the play.

BATTLE-TESTED?

Gortat said the Wizards are confident first-round underdogs. ”We have a team with a lot of veterans. We’ve been playing together a long time and we have been in big battles in the past,” he said. ”We need to play our game with a lot better effort than we did today.”

TIP-INS

Wizards: F Otto Porter did not play because of a lower right leg strain. Brooks said Porter’s playoff availability is undetermined. … Beal started all 82 games this season.

Magic: With 13 3-pointers, a team record was set with 844 for the season, three more than in 2009-10. ”We’re just catching up with the rest of the league,” Vogel said. … Biyombo played in all 82 games and has missed only one game in the last three seasons.

UP NEXT

Wizards: First round of the playoffs against Toronto.

Magic: End of season.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/chicago-bears/joel-iyiegbuniwe-jersey]Authentic Womens Joel Iyiegbuniwe Jersey[/url]

at Michigan State.[editar]

Researchers say former NHL player Jeff Parker suffered from a brain disease that has been linked with repeated head injuries in athletes.

The diagnosis comes from Boston University’s CTE Center. Parker is at least the seventh pro hockey player diagnosed with the disease [url=http://www.billscheapstore.com/jordan-poyer-jersey-cheap]Jordan Poyer Jersey[/url] , chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which led to a $1 billion settlement between the NFL and former players.

Parker died of other causes at age 53 last September. The CTE center’s director, Dr. Ann McKee [url=http://www.giantscheapstore.com/kerry-wynn-jersey-cheap]Kerry Wynn Jersey[/url] , says Parker suffered from an advanced stage of the disease. His symptoms included memory loss and impulsivity.

Parker played five seasons at Buffalo and Hartford until a head injury ended his career in 1991. He starred at Mariner High School in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and at Michigan State.

Parker was a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit pending in Minnesota against the NHL [url=http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/12th-fan-jersey-cheap]12th Fan Jersey[/url] , which disputes whether hockey injuries can cause CTE.

Talk of Antonio Gates‘ return to the Chargers has remained just that at this point, so Virgil Green remains the top man on the depth chart at tight end with Hunter Henry out for the year.

Green signed with the Chargers as a free agent this offseason and said after spring work that he felt he was adjusting well to life with quarterback Philip Rivers. Based on what Rivers has to say, that connection has gotten stronger since the start of training camp.

“[Our connection] is growing [url=http://www.chiefscheapstore.com/dustin-colquitt-jersey-cheap]Dustin Colquitt Jersey[/url] ,” Rivers said, via the team’s website. “We’re working through how I like things, what I’m expecting on certain routes. He’s getting a feel for this offense. He was in it similarly with [former Chargers coach Mike] McCoy [in Denver]. Virgil is going to be just fine. He has played a lot of football and is a good football player. Those kind of things [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/drew-kaser-jersey-cheap]Drew Kaser Jersey[/url] , you’ll see more of that and more plays like that.”

Green has 71 catches in his seven-year career and came to the Chargers with the expectation that he’d be a blocking complement to Henry in the offense. That plan has changed and Rivers’ history says a close connection with Green will lead to a lot more work as a receiver during his first year with his new team.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/cleveland-browns/antonio-callaway-jersey]Authentic Womens Antonio Callaway Jersey[/url]

base salary[editar]

The "Honey Badger" is headed to Houston.

The Houston Texans said Monday they had signed unrestricted free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu and claimed wide receiver Sammie Coates off waivers from Cleveland.

Mathieu was released last week by Arizona after five seasons when the two sides couldn't rework his contract. The 25-year-old safety was due for $18.75 million of his contract to be guaranteed when the league year officially began and Arizona saved nearly $5 million in cap space by cutting him.

He has 11 career interceptions [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/josh-doctson-jersey]Josh Doctson Jersey[/url] , four sacks, 41 passes defensed and 303 total tackles in 66 NFL games during a career plagued by injuries. Only last season did Mathieu appear in all 16 games and he finished with two interceptions along with 74 tackles. He was an All-Pro in 2015, when he had five interceptions and 17 passes defensed.

Mathieu became a star in the Arizona secondary after being selected in the third round of the 2013 draft following a troubled college career at LSU. A finalist for the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore, he got into trouble with marijuana and eventually was kicked out of school. Mathieu spent an entire season out of football and slid to the third round before the Cardinals took a chance on him.

His rookie season ended prematurely when he tore the LCL and ACL in his left knee.

His big 2015 season was cut short when he tore the ACL in the other knee. His absence was sorely felt as the team that went 13-3 before being routed by Carolina in the NFC championship game.

Despite the injury [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/shawn-lauvao-jersey]Shawn Lauvao Jersey[/url] , the Cardinals rewarded him with a five-year, $62.5 million contract, with $15.5 million guaranteed. Off the field, he was a model citizen and with his fierce style and natural charisma [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/darrell-green-jersey]Darrell Green Jersey[/url] , was among the most popular players on the squad.

The 24-year-old Coates was a third-round pick by Pittsburgh out of Auburn in 2015.. He spent two seasons with the Steelers before joining the Browns last year. He has 28 career receptions for 516 yards and two touchdowns in 32 regular-season games played, including six starts.

The Tennessee Titans plan to release running back DeMarco Murray.

The Titans announced their intentions Thursday, when general manager Jon Robinson said in a statement that Murray "was a pro in every facet and we wish him and his family the best moving forward."

Murray ran for an AFC-leading 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns to make the Pro Bowl in 2016 [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/sammy-baugh-jersey]Sammy Baugh Jersey[/url] , his first year with the Titans. He ran for 659 yards and six touchdowns last season as Derrick Henry gradually took a bigger role in the running game.

Murray, 30, dealt with a knee injury late in the year and missed the Titans' final regular-season game and two playoff contests. He was due to make a $6.25 million base salary in 2018, and the Titans wanted Henry to take over as their lead running back.

Henry [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/stacy-mcgee-jersey]Cheap Stacy McGee Jersey[/url] , the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner and a second-round draft pick in 2016, rushed for a team-high 744 yards last season.

The Titans acquired Murray in a March 2016 trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Murray had spent one year with Philadelphia after playing four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Murray was playing for Dallas in 2014 when he won the NFL rushing title and was voted Offensive Player of the Year.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/seattle-seahawks/ed-dickson-jersey]Womens Ed Dickson Jersey[/url]

at him. I think he can."[editar]

Doug Williams looked at Alex Smith and slightly exaggerated the commitment the Washington Redskins made to their new soon-to-be 34-year-old quarterback.

"He can play to 40 [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/earnest-byner-jersey]Earnest Byner Jersey[/url] ," Williams said Thursday. "Can you, Alex? Look at him. I think he can."

Smith smiled back and has plenty to be happy about. The veteran is now the Redskins' franchise quarterback after being acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs and signing a $94 million, four-year extension with $71 million guaranteed that keeps him under contract through 2022.

He'd be 38 if he plays out that deal, one that shows the Redskins were willing to commit long term to Smith the way they never did with Kirk Cousins. As Williams implied Cousins didn't want to be in Washington for the long haul, Smith made it clear he did.

"This is where I wanted to be," Smith said. "It looked fun. I wanted to be a part of it."

Smith gives the Redskins the kind of continuity at the position they lacked with Cousins, who became the first QB in NFL history to play back-to-back seasons under the franchise tag before signing a fully guaranteed $84 million, three-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

"I do believe that Washington had a lot of great pieces," Cousins said at his introductory news conference. "They will have a lot of great pieces going forward and the margin of error is small. The difference between winning and losing is so small."

Cousins' year-to-year status and propensity for mistakes in big moments outweighed his three consecutive 4,000-yard seasons to Washington's front office [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/adolphus-washington-jersey]Adolphus Washington Jersey[/url] , which decided to target Smith.

"That's somebody you can build your team around and know he's going to be here, year in and year out," coach Jay Gruden said. "You're not always looking down the road: 'Oh, who's going to be our quarterback next year?'"

Williams said three or four other teams were also attempting to get Smith, which the Redskins did by sending a 2018 third-round pick and promising young cornerback Kendall Fuller to Kansas City.

Smith had some say in his destination because he had to agree to the extension that Williams joked, "If we have to add a couple more years to it, we'll do that, too."

That was never going to happen with Cousins, a 2012 fourth-round pick taken the same draft as Robert Griffin III who thrived under the impression he was not wanted. From the Redskins' perspective, that went both ways.

"It wasn't a matter of wanting to commit to the other guy [url=http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/mitchell-trubisky-jersey]http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/mitchell-trubisky-jersey[/url] ," Williams said of Cousins. "We had to look at it what we had to do that's going to be best for us, somebody who wanted to be here."

Smith's introduction six weeks after the trade and extension were agreed to came with a welcome gift as the Redskins signed former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson to a five-year deal that's reported to be worth $40 million.

Richardson saw what DeSean Jackson did as a fellow speed threat in this offense and talked to former Washington receiver Pierre Garcon about the situation and figured it would be a good fit to catch balls from Smith.

"I want him to know I'm always available," said Richardson, who has 95 catches for 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons. "Just throw it. It don't matter where it is. I'm going to go get it. And I'm going to turn him into a believer."

Smith has already made the Redskins' brass into believers, and the entire organization from owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen down showed up for his much-hyped introductory news conference.

Standing in the same building that Cousins roamed the past three seasons as the starter, Smith looked comfortable being the guy and understanding the faith the franchise put in him.

"We've got to go win games," Smith said. "Excited about the opportunity because that's what it is at this point. It's an opportunity, and we've got to go make the most of it."

Gruden praised Smith for having "all the traits" to be successful, and Williams sees the same on-field characteristics.

But the Super Bowl MVP QB-turned-executive also sees another benefit in the locker room of Smith being under contract long term.

"I don't think the fans really understand when you talk about stability and when you know the guy that's going to be leading this team is going to be in your locker room for the next three to four to five years [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/marshall-newhouse-jersey]Marshall Newhouse Jersey[/url] , that's a good feeling," Williams said.

"I think now they can relax and even during the season don't have to worry about whether our fearless leader's going to be here next year."

NOTES: The Redskins re-signed LB Zach Brown, whom they added in free agency a year ago. ... According to tweets from their agents, WR Brian Quick re-signed and former Cowboys P Sam Irwin-Hill signed with Washington.

AP Pro Football Writers Dave Campbell and Howard Fendrich contributed.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Losing didn’t get any easier for Jon Gruden in his nine seasons away from coaching.

Gruden’s much-anticipated return from the broadcast booth to the sideline for Oakland ended in disappointment as the Raiders were outclassed in a 33-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. The performance showed how far the Raiders have to go to get back to the level they were at when Gruden ended his first stint here more than 16 years ago.

“They feel the same. It stinks,” Gruden said Tuesday of losing. “It’s not very fun. We have work to do. It’s obvious. We have work to do. We’re going to build this football team back. It might not happen tonight. We’re going to keep laying bricks. We have a great group of guys and we’ll be ready for the next battle.”

Gruden’s return to the Raiders got off to a fast start with a 75-yard drive capped by Marshawn Lynch’s 10-yard touchdown run on the opening possession.

The Raiders were then held to two field goals the rest of the way thanks to three interceptions by Derek Carr, a lack of a consistent run game and the inability to get the ball to receivers Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson on the outside.

The defense wilted in the second half as Todd Gurley took over the game and Jared Goff used play action to find holes to throw downfield. The Raiders struggled to generate any kind of pass rush just over a week after trading star edge rusher Khalil Mack with rookies Arden Key, P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst failing to make big impacts.

“They have to keep improving,” Gruden said. “They have to keep seeing schemes. Keep their pad level down. Using their hands better. Just improving. We have to get Arden Key some better looks. When they run all those jet sweeps, there’s a lot of eye candy out there. It’s tough.”

Carr said after the game that this loss felt different than past ones because of how positive Gruden was after the game to the team.

Gruden said it felt just like any other loss and he’s trying to avoid that same feeling this week when Oakland travels to Denver (1-0).

“Losses all feel painful [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/dion-dawkins-jersey]Dion Dawkins Jersey[/url] ,” he said. “Especially Monday night losses when you have to get up and get ready for a team like Denver. Put a lot into it. We put a lot of time into this. I thought he was on his way in the first half. He was 20 for 24, I read, doing some really good things. … I don’t have any doubts that Derek Carr is going to be great and I can’t wait to get started and get ready for the Broncos.”

There were a few positives to take from the game, including Jared Cook catching nine passes for 180 yards to set a franchise record for a tight end; solid play from the tackles in rookie Kolton Miller’s first career game and Donald Penn’s first career start at right tackle; and running back Jalen Richard providing a good receiving threat out of the backfield with nine catches for 55 yards.

While Cook was Oakland’s best player in the opener, two of Carr’s three interceptions came on passes to the tight end. The first came in the end zone in the first half when Cook had one-on-one coverage against John Johnson but Carr underthrew the pass.

The second came on a miscommunication in the fourth quarter that led to Marcus Peters’ 50-yard interception return for a TD.

“There was some confusion,” Gruden said. “Derek thought Jared was going to stay on the move and Jared sat down. That goes on me. That’s coaching. We have to do a better job of defining our routes at times.”

NOTES: The Raiders brought in long snappers for tryouts after losing Andrew DePaola to a significant knee injury in the opener. … Lynch played only 27 of 74 snaps on offense in part because of an illness and also because Richard provided better matchups as a receiver. … DTs P.J. Hall and Justin Ellis were limited by ankle injuries. Gruden did not know the severity of either injury.

[url=http://www.officialhockeyusashop.com/boston-bruins/patrice-bergeron-jersey]Adidas Patrice Bergeron Jersey[/url]

side of the le[editar]

Sam Darnold rolled right and made a rookie move [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/jordan-reed-jersey]Jordan Reed Jersey[/url] , lobbing a football across the field that was picked off and returned for a touchdown.

It might've been his only mistake all night.

Darnold made a stellar debut after throwing a pick-6 on his first NFL snap, and the New York Jets intercepted five passes and also scored on special teams in a 48-17 rout over the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

The 21-year-old Darnold became the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and looked his age on the first play.

"Licking my chops a little bit too much, I think, on that play," he said

Quandre Diggs intercepted his ill-advised pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown 20 seconds into the game.

"On that interception, I was pretty nervous," Darnold said. "After that, I put it behind me."

The former USC star, drafted No. 3 overall, shook off the nerves and finished 16 of 21 for 198 yards and two touchdowns . He is the first quarterback to win his first start by 31 or more points since Tom Brady in 2001, per ESPN Stats & Info.

"He didn't flinch," Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "He didn't even blink."

Darnold helped the Jets set a franchise record for points on the road, surpassing the 47 they scored in 1967 against the Boston Patriots.

He also outplayed 30-year-old Matthew Stafford.

Stafford threw four interceptions 鈥?one shy of his career high 鈥?and left the game briefly in the third quarter after being hit from the front and back by the swarming [url=http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/terrell-owens-jersey]Terrell Owens Jersey[/url] , hard-hitting Jets.

"We wanted to make sure we came out and made a statement in this game," New York linebacker Darron Lee said.

Stafford was 27 of 46 for 286 yards and a TD pass to Golden Tate early in the third quarter to tie it at 17. He was mercifully taken out midway through the fourth quarter and replaced by Matt Cassel with Detroit down 31.

"Story of the game's turnovers, you know?" he asked. "We had too many of them, I had too many of them."

The Jets dominated in all phases.

They scored 31 straight in the third quarter to pull away, sending Detroit's fans for the exits and setting off a jolly green party in the Motor City. It was the highest-scoring third quarter in team history and trailed only the 34-point second quarter the Brett Favre-led team scored in 2008 against Arizona.

New York scored on the ground and through the air, on defense and on a punt return by former Lion Andre Roberts. The Jets could've piled on even more in the final minutes but turned the ball over on downs after kneeling to take time off the clock. Darnold flipped the ball to a referee after the final kneel down, and the official gave it right back before shaking the rookie's hand. Darnold was still holding the ball while talking briefly with Stafford on the field.

Detroit coach Matt Patricia, meanwhile, will want to forget his debut as an NFL head coach.

"We've got to coach this a lot better than what we did," he said. "We've got to go out and execute a lot better on the field. It's a team game, and it starts with me."

New NFL head coaches dropped to 0-6 in Week 1, with Oakland's Jon Gruden the group's final hope for an opening victory in the Monday nightcap.

ROADIES

Late in the game, just before Cassel threw an interception, hundreds of New York fans chanted: "J-E-T-S [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/vladimir-ducasse-jersey]http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/vladimir-ducasse-jersey[/url] , JETS! JETS! JETS!" A crew clad in green and white filed into seats in four sections along the New York sideline and appeared to outnumber Detroit fans who stuck around for the bitter end.

"That was awesome to be able to see them doing their thing," Darnold said.

STREAK STOPPED

The Jets had played an NFL record 73 games, dating to 2013, without a defensive TD before Lee returned one of his two interceptions 36 yards for a score in the third. Trumaine Johnson, Morris Claiborne and Jamal Adams also picked off passes in a strong start for the Jets self-proclaimed "New Jack City" secondary.

THREE'S COMPANY

Darnold joined Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston (2015) and Brett Favre (1991) as quarterbacks who had their first pass intercepted and returned for a score.

INJURIES

Jets: CB Johnson (head injury) and CB Buster Skrine (rib) returned to play after leaving the field with injuries. Johnson was evaluated after he intercepted a pass and fumbled after taking a hard hit from Detroit receiver Kenny Golladay.

Lions: DE Ezekiel Ansah, who has struggled to get and stay healthy, left the game with a shoulder after making four tackles, including a sack. OG T.J. Lang left the game with a back injury. CB Darius Slay returned to play after leaving the field to be evaluated for a concussion.

UP NEXT

Jets: Host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Lions: Visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

TAMPA, Fla. — A potential Stanley Cup Final preview will be on display Sunday as the league-leading Nashville Predators visit the Tampa Bay Lightning.

A late-season surge by the Predators has them in front in the chase for the Presidents’ Trophy. Tampa Bay occupied that spot for most of the season before a mini-slump late in the season and is three points back.

Nashville, coming off a 7-4 loss at home to the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, continues to pace the league with 111 points, running off a 16-3-2 record since Feb. 19 to bypass the Lightning in the standings.

The Boston Bruins, who play at Philadelphia on Sunday, is two points behind the Predators and one ahead of Tampa Bay with a game in hand on both teams.

“That’s a huge game (Sunday) obviously [url=http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/oren-burks-jersey]Oren Burks Jersey[/url] ,” Nashville center Austin Watson told The Tennessean. “Everybody knows that. It’s a great opportunity for us to bounce back. I don’t know how much we’ll look at this, or we’ll just look to Tampa. That’s up to the coaching staff. We’ll do what we’ve got to do to get our minds right.”

The Predators want to quickly put the loss to Buffalo behind them and avoid back-to-back regulation losses for the second time second time in the past 21 games.

“We have to get our stuff together, last four games we need to play hard, play much better than we showed,” Nashville center Mike Fisher told Predators’ television network following the loss to Buffalo. “Good thing is we have a big game (Sunday), and we have to get back at it and play our hockey. We still have a lot to play for, we have to show it.”

The Lightning, meanwhile, have not only dropped out of the top overall spot in the league standings, they now trail Boston for the top overall spot in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division standings with a 4-5-0 record in the past nine games.

While getting back on the right side of the ledger is something for Tampa Bay to focus on in the final four games, there are other areas the team is looking at as well.

“I think we are focusing on some little things here and there,” Lightning center Tyler Johnson said. “Obviously we are in a funk and in a little groove right now we are trying to get out of, but we will. I think once playoffs start it’s a completely different thing and it automatically elevates wherever you are, and I have a lot of faith in our team and our group [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/thurman-thomas-jersey]Thurman Thomas Jersey[/url] , so I’m not too worried about there.”

Chasing down Boston is on the Lightning’s agenda heading down the final week of the season and is in the middle of a stretch of four emotionally charged games, including the matchup with Nashville. Tampa Bay hosts Boston on Tuesday.

“We have gone in to a little bit of a lull since we clinched,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “I think these upcoming games, they bring the emotions out, especially with the distance in the standings between us and Boston and what it has been. You don’t know how these games are going to turn out but I would expect our guys to be fully invested for sure.”

It will also be an expected matchup between Vezina Trophy favorites with Nashville’s Pekka Rinne likely facing Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Rinne has jumped to the forefront as the favorite thanks to a 22-3-1 run in which he has posted a 2.02 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in his past 26 starts. He enters Sunday with an overall record of 41-11-4, a 2.25 GAA, .929 save percentage and league-leading eight shutouts, but was victimized for six goals by Buffalo.

Vasilevskiy was the runaway leader at the All-Star break and though he leads the league with 42 victories, which is a single-season franchise record, he has seen his GAA blow up to 2.60 after giving up three or more goals 15 times in 21 starts since the All-Star break.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com]Cheap Football Jerseys Shop[/url]

e going to be high.[editar]

The Vikings were pretty good in the red zone last year.

But then they changed quarterbacks and lost their play-caller.

That’s why they’re spending so much time on the close-to-the-end zone stuff in OTAs [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/eddie-yarbrough-jersey]Eddie Yarbrough Jersey[/url] , as quarterback Kirk Cousins adapts to his new environment.

鈥淲e鈥檝e spent an awful lot of time, I think this is our fourth day in the red zone,鈥?Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, via Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 鈥淚 think it鈥檚 just important we get a lot of work in there. We put a big emphasis on it last year. We鈥檙e going to continue to do so.鈥?/p>

While Cousins has found some early rapport with tight end Kyle Rudolph [url=http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/geoff-swaim-jersey]Geoff Swaim Jersey[/url] , the rest of the passing game is a work in progress. With new聽coordinator John DeFilippo putting in new things, there’s a big emphasis on installation this time of year, with a new set of basics like snap counts and play calls.

鈥淭hat鈥檚 why we鈥檙e doing it. It鈥檚 not easy,鈥?Cousins said. 鈥淚t is condensed. You have to be on the screws. Your throws have to be that much more accurate. The routes have to be that much more perfect in terms of the depth [url=http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/kyler-fackrell-jersey]Kyler Fackrell Jersey[/url] , the cut and the timing. That鈥檚 why we鈥檙e practicing it right now. . . .

鈥淓ach play helps build a confidence. Helps build a rapport with the receivers, with the tight ends. Try to get on the same page with the centers, protection calls. It is a lot of new, a lot of chemistry that still has to be built.鈥?/p>

Of course [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/lorenzo-alexander-jersey]Lorenzo Alexander Jersey[/url] , the Vikings paid Cousins a ton of money to build it, so their expectations are going to be high.

The Jaguars made a change to their defensive line group on Monday morning.

The team announced that they have signed defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls to the 90-man roster. He takes the spot of Kapron Lewis-Moore, who was waived with an injury designation.

Eulls started his career with the Saints in 2015 after going undrafted and made four appearances for them during the regular season. He spent 2016 on the Chargers practice squad and then landed on their injured reserve in September 2017.

Lewis-Moore was a sixth-round pick by the Ravens in 2013 despite tearing his ACL in his final game at Notre Dame and spent his first two seasons on injured reserve. He had three tackles in five 2015 games and spent the last two years on Baltimore’s practice squad.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/tampa-bay-buccaneers/jordan-whitehead-jersey]Womens Jordan Whitehead Jersey[/url]

have players in the past.”[editar]

There’s been talk about running back David Johnson signing a contract extension with the Cardinals before the start of the regular season and the fire to get that done got turned up a bit this week when he opted not to take part in the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Figuring out exactly where an extension would fall for Johnson may not be easy as he followed up a terrific 2016 campaign by missing all but a half of last season with a wrist injury. However that process plays out [url=http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/dave-robinson-jersey]Dave Robinson Jersey[/url] , Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim confirmed it’s a priority for the team as they move forward.

“I don’t think there is any question David is one of our core players and someone we look forward to having a long-term future with,” Keim said, via the team’s website . “[It’s] no different from in the past [url=http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/la_el-collins-jersey]La'el Collins Jersey[/url] , when we’ve rewarded players like Pat Peterson, Chandler Jones, Larry Fitzgerald [url=http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/eddie-goldman-jersey]Eddie Goldman Jersey[/url] , Carson Palmer, just to name a few. There’s no doubt in my mind moving forward that we will keep a positive outlook and again, look forward to rewarding him just like we have players in the past.”

With an August 7 deadline for Johnson to report to training camp in order to gain the accrued season he needs to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019 [url=http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/tyrone-crawford-jersey]Tyrone Crawford Jersey[/url] , an extended holdout is an unlikely course of action whether a new deal is struck by camp or not.

Linebacker Dont'a Hightower wasn’t on the field for the Patriots in Super Bowl LII because he tore his pectoral during the regular season and he said Thursday that it hurt to have to watch that game from the sideline.

Hightower brushed off the notion that his presence would have led to a different outcome, although it couldn’t have hurt New England’s chances to have their best linebacker on the field in Minneapolis. Hightower is back on the field now and working in full even as he takes “every measure” to make sure he doesn’t wind up back on injured reserve.

“I’ve been doing everything since OTAs started,” Hightower said in comments distributed by the team. “Still rehabbing and still getting my extra lifts and all that other good stuff in [url=http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/nyheim-hines-jersey]Nyheim Hines Jersey[/url] , but as far as how I feel, I feel good. I’m still going to continue to do that — a lot of preventive work throughout the season — so I鈥檓 just concentrating on staying healthy.”

Hightower has missed parts of the last four seasons and last year’s 11-game absence was the biggest by far for the 2012 first-round pick. Figuring out a way to take things the other way would be a step in the right direction as the Patriots try for yet another trip to the Super Bowl.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/miami-dolphins/jason-sanders-jersey]Womens Jason Sanders Jersey[/url]

Bowl MVP in February.[editar]

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson officially named Nick Foles the team’s starting quarterback for Thursday night’s game against the Falcons and it really wasn’t much of a decision.

Pederson reiterated on Tuesday that Carson Wentz has yet to be cleared for contact by the Eagles medical team after tearing his ACL late last season and changing that status isn’t going to be up to the coach. Pederson did say he believes Wentz’s clearance is coming sooner rather than later [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/rafael-bush-jersey]Rafael Bush Jersey[/url] , however.

鈥淐lose,鈥?Pederson said, via Eliot Shorr-Parks of WIP. “I’m no doctor, no expert. Still leaving it up to the medical team. He’s had some great workouts here in the last few days. We’ll see.”

Pederson said Wentz wants to be on the field, “but he also knows that the longevity of his career, he and I [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/ziggy-hood-jersey]Ziggy Hood Jersey[/url] , hopefully we’re in this thing for the long run.” In the short run, the offense still belongs to the guy who piloted it well enough to be named the Super Bowl MVP in February.

For a guy who wasn’t supposed to be a good fit for Matt Nagy’s offense, Jordan Howard has fit right in. The Bears had no real interest in trading him, always planning to use him as their feature back.

“He already said I’m going to be the main guy,” Howard said, via Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Howard [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/marshall-newhouse-jersey]Marshall Newhouse Jersey[/url] , a fifth-round pick in 2016, has had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons to start his career. He has 2,435 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns in his two seasons.

But will Nagy use him as a traditional bell-cow running back?

鈥淗e鈥檚 proven that he鈥檚 done that, so that鈥檚 for sure,鈥?Nagy said. 鈥淚n this offense [url=http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/l.-p.-ladouceur-jersey]L. P. Ladouceur Jersey[/url] , it鈥檚 more game specific, as to whether or not you need that.鈥?/p>

Howard, 23, has worked hard on his receiving skills this offseason. He made only 52 catches for 423 yards and one touchdown, with several big drops, the past two seasons.

鈥淗e throws the ball to me himself [url=http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/ibraheim-campbell-jersey]Ibraheim Campbell Jersey[/url] ,鈥?Howard said of Nagy. 鈥淗e helps me work on my [catching].鈥?/p> [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/tampa-bay-buccaneers/alex-cappa-jersey]Womens Alex Cappa Jersey[/url]

Bowl MVP in February. NHL Commissioner[editar]

During his first stint in Seattle [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/ryan-anderson-jersey]http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/ryan-anderson-jersey[/url] , Tod Leiweke helped develop the Seattle Seahawks into a benchmark franchise.

He’s returning to the Northwest this time with a chance to build a franchise from scratch – pending NHL approval.

Leiweke was introduced Wednesday as the CEO and president of the prospective NHL expansion franchise seeking to call Seattle home beginning with the 2020 season. The announcement has been expected since Leiweke announced he was stepping down from his role with the NFL earlier this year. But it was another step forward for the expansion bid.

”It’s kind of fun to start from scratch because you can build a culture the way you would want a culture to be built with likeminded people who want to serve, who love the game of hockey. In this, it is a grand opportunity,” Leiweke said.

The prospective majority owner of the franchise, David Bonderman, said he believed there could be a possible conditional announcement about the franchise from the NHL in June and a potential formal announcement in September coinciding with upcoming NHL Board of Governors meetings.

”We hope there is not any doubt about it and it’s certainly not just a formality. However [url=http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/denico-autry-jersey]Denico Autry Jersey[/url] , there is a process with the NHL and we expect to play through that process,” Bonderman said.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking before the playoff opener in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, wasn’t as optimistic, saying there is no set timeline for a decision on Seattle’s expansion bid.

”We don’t have a timetable,” Bettman said. ”That would be nothing more than speculation. I would be surprised.”

While announcing the president and CEO for a team that doesn’t exist yet might seem a bit presumptuous [url=http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/erik-swoope-jersey]http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/erik-swoope-jersey[/url] , Leiweke brings the kind of clout that will only strengthen a bid that almost appears to be a foregone conclusion.

Oak View Group, a partner in the franchise and the group responsible for renovating KeyArena, is expected to begin construction on the building later this fall and have the remodel done for the 2020 season. The season-ticket drive that started on March 1 was a rousing success and was capped at 33,000 deposits.

Leiweke got his start in hockey with the Minnesota Wild. He also worked in Vancouver and most recently helped build Tampa Bay into a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. Leiweke left the Lightning in 2015 to become the COO of the NFL and didn’t have any interest in leaving the league office until the project in Seattle began to gain real traction.

”The fact is I found the NFL to be a pretty amazing and fascinating place to work and I was starting to get quite comfortable in my role there so I wasn’t looking,” Leiweke said. ”But I think the stars aligned and my son’s advice was, `Dad [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/vontae-davis-jersey]Vontae Davis Jersey[/url] , how can you not do this?’ Today, I think he’s right.”

Leiweke’s job will be to capitalize on a market whose demographics have changed significantly since he left the Seahawks in 2010 after being largely responsible for the team hiring head coach Pete Carroll. Seattle is the largest market in the country without a winter pro sports franchise and has seen an influx of wealth in recent years. Even when he was running the Seahawks, Leiweke believed Seattle was ripe for the NHL and the response to the season-ticket drive only strengthened that belief.

”It really is a great fit. I always thought this could be a great hockey market and it proved it. So far, so good,” Leiweke said. ”Now it’s on us because I think people are going to show up opening day ready to believe and what are we going to put out there? Does it all connect?”

Leiweke’s hiring also reunites him with his brother, Tim [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/clinton-portis-jersey]Clinton Portis Jersey[/url] , the CEO of Oak View Group, which created the privately funded deal to finally solve Seattle’s arena issue.

”I’m so in awe of what we did here,” Tod Leiweke said. ”This has been a challenging issue and my brother came in here and figured it out.”

A person with direct knowledge of the move says the Washington Redskins have signed cornerback Orlando Scandrick to a two-year deal worth up to $10 million.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the team had not announced the deal.

The Dallas Cowboys released Scandrick over the weekend after he made 38 tackles in 11 starts last season. Scandrick started 69 games and appeared in 125 with Dallas since being taken in the fifth round of the 2008 draft.

The 31-year-old gives Washington some insurance at cornerback behind Josh Norman after trading Kendall Fuller to Kansas City in the deal for quarterback Alex Smith. Scandrick will be in the mix with Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau and Josh Holsey for playing time.

NFL Network first reported Scandrick signing with the Redskins.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/atlanta-falcons/ito-smith-jersey]Womens Ito Smith Jersey[/url]

- and third-tea[editar]

Spain has made a coaching change just two days before the start of the World Cup in a move that will be heavily scrutinized over the coming weeks.

Was it a surprise move? Absolutely.

But the history of coaching dismissals in soccer and every other sport is littered with strange timing [url=http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/kenny-clark-jersey]Kenny Clark Jersey[/url] , strange decisions and strange circumstances. Now Julen Lopetegui’s case joins them.

Lopetegui was fired as Spain’s national team coach on Wednesday after accepting a job to lead Real Madrid next season . He will be replaced by Fernando Hierro for the country’s match against Portugal on Friday.

Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales said firing Lopetegui wasn’t ideal, but had to happen after Madrid’s announcement.

”It’s a difficult situation, but we are not the ones who determined the action that had to be taken. The federation has its values and it has to maintain them,” Rubiales said. ”It may look like a weakness now, but with time this will make us stronger.”

Here’s a look at some other high-profile coaches in the United States who have had strange circumstances surround their dismissals:

LANE KIFFIN, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Kiffin’s self-described dream job ended with a spectacular thud in 2013 after he was fired during a 3 a.m. meeting at the Trojans’ private airport terminal. His dismissal came just hours after the team lost 62-41 to Arizona State. At the time, USC athletic director Pat Haden said ”It’s never the perfect time to do these things, but I thought it was the right time.”

WILLIE RANDOLPH [url=http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/larry-allen-jersey]Larry Allen Jersey[/url] , NEW YORK METS: Randolph’s firing in 2008 wasn’t necessarily a huge surprise because his job security had been a constant topic, but the timing was definitely strange. General manager Omar Minaya flew to the West Coast when the Mets were on the road and fired Randolph in the middle of the night, a few hours after the team had earned its third win in four games.

DAVID BLATT, CLEVELAND CAVALIERS: Blatt led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2015 and had the team sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference standings in 2016 with a 30-11 record when he fired. Wins alone didn’t tell the whole story – Blatt and star LeBron James had an uneven relationship. Cleveland elevated Tyronn Lue to head coach and the Cavaliers won the championship later that year.

HUGH FREEZE, MISSISSIPPI REBELS: Freeze led Mississippi to a 39-25 record and a Sugar Bowl victory over five seasons. He looked like he was going to survive a lengthy NCAA investigation into the program, but was fired just before preseason practice in 2017 when school officials found a ”pattern of personal misconduct” that started with an investigation into a one-minute call to an escort service.

JOE GIRARDI, FLORIDA MARLINS: Girardi led the Marlins to a 78-84 record during the 2006 season which was quite an accomplishment considering the franchise had a $15 million payroll which was the lowest in baseball that season. His firing wasn’t necessarily about things that happened on the field: Girardi and team owner Jeffrey Loria clashed after Girardi asked Loria to stop yelling at umpires from his seat behind home plate. Girardi would eventually be hired by the Yankees and lead them to a World Series title in 2009.


DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback David Fales has been on the bubble for his entire five-year NFL career [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/troy-apke-jersey]Troy Apke Jersey[/url] , so he almost sounds convincing when he says Thursday’s exhibition finale at Atlanta is just another game.

Waived four times and released from a practice squad twice, Fales will likely be awarded the No. 2 job for the first time if he plays well against the Falcons.

If he plays poorly, he might be cut.

In his latest battle to stay in the league, Fales is competing with Brock Osweiler for Miami’s backup job.

“You can’t put too much weight on one game,” Fales said. “I’m going to approach it the same way I have every preseason game and every game. You can’t put too much pressure on yourself. Otherwise you’re going to be forcing stuff and trying to do crazy stuff, and it’s not going to help you.”

It’s the oddest thing about these preseason finales the week before the season — they’re poorly attended and mostly meaningless, but for players fighting to make the roster, the pressure’s perhaps greater than in a playoff game.

So Dolphins coach Adam Gase will see how Fales and Osweiler fare under pressure. Gase seeks a successor to the departed Matt Moore [url=http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/josh-jones-jersey]Josh Jones Jersey[/url] , Miami’s backup quarterback since 2011.

Osweiler and Fales haven’t looked like keepers much since training camp began, but Gase said he’s comfortable with his options at backup quarterback — an important role given doubts regarding the durability of starter Ryan Tannehill, who’s coming off knee surgery and missed the entire 2017 season.

Miami might decide to keep both Osweiler and Fales, but the fourth quarterback on the roster, Bryce Petty, is a long shot to make the team. There has also been speculation the unimpressive camps by Fales and Osweiler might prompt the Dolphins to go quarterback shopping before the season.

Gase said he’s certain his No. 2 QB will be either Fales or Osweiler. The reason for his comfort level?

“I’ve called games for both of them,” Gase said.

Fales won praise from Gase after his first career start in last year’s season finale. He threw for 265 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Buffalo.

Osweiler, a seventh-year veteran [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/vladimir-ducasse-jersey]http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/vladimir-ducasse-jersey[/url] , was a backup with the Denver Broncos and played in 13 games when Gase was an assistant coach there.

The two contenders for the No. 2 job did little to help their cause in Saturday’s exhibition game against Baltimore. When Miami was outscored 24-0 in the second half, each threw an interception and finished with a passer rating under 36.0.

Gase blamed poor protection by second- and third-team linemen.

“I think Brock’s temper is better than it used to be,” Gase said with a slight smile. “He took a couple shots there. It’s not on him.”

For the entire preseason, Osweiler is 25 for 41 for 174 yards with one interception and six sacks. Fales is 14 for 27 for 184 yards with two interceptions and one sack. Neither has thrown a touchdown pass.

Like Fales, Osweiler tries to characterize the exhibition finale not as a winner-take-all battle for No. 2, but just another day in the ongoing competition to stay in the NFL.

“It doesn’t really matter what spot you’re labeled in,” Osweiler said. “You need to come to practice every single day and get better. Otherwise someone will take your job.”

[url=http://www.officialhockeyusashop.com/pittsburgh-penguins/sidney-crosby-jersey]Adidas Sidney Crosby Jersey[/url]

r 352 yards in a perfo[editar]

With Byron Jones moving to cornerback and Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis returning for their second seasons after starting a combined 13 games [url=http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/jack-mewhort-jersey]Jack Mewhort Jersey[/url] , Anthony Brown has become the Cowboys’ forgotten cornerback.

But Brown has never missed a game in his two seasons, with 20 career starts.

He could work more in the nickel this season.

Brown expects the technique new secondary coach Kris Richard has brought from Seattle to benefit him and the rest of the cornerbacks this season. Brown calls the kick-step “a huge change.”

“Last year we didn’t have a set technique,” Brown said, via Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News. “It was pretty much do as you please, whatever makes you comfortable. That’s helping us be patient. and it’s really helping our feet. . . . Whenever we press man and we come up to the line, our first thought in our head is to get that kick-step.”

Brown has three interceptions [url=http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/damien-wilson-jersey]http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/damien-wilson-jersey[/url] , 19 pass breakups and two forced fumbles since the Cowboys made him a sixth-round pick. But he played better as a rookie than he did last season, so he seeks a bounce back season.

Tom Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining, rallying the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl with a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship game Sunday.

Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand, showed no signs of being hampered. And, with the game – and possibly the season – on the line [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/charley-taylor-jersey]Charley Taylor Jersey[/url] , the Patriots star came up big again.

Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots (15-3), who’ll play Philadelphia in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

The Jaguars (12-7) led 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold against the defending champions.

Jacksonville – looking to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history – had one more shot, but Blake Bortles’ throw on fourth-and-15 to Dede Westbrook was knocked away by Stephon Gilmore.

The Patriots then ran out the clock, with Dion Lewis’ 18-yard scamper with 90 seconds remaining sealing the victory. And they did it mostly without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who left the game late in the first half and didn’t return.

EAGLES 38 [url=http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/sam-acho-jersey]Sam Acho Jersey[/url] , VIKINGS 7

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and Philadelphia made big play after big play, winning the NFC title in a stunning rout of Minnesota.

Next up: the Eagles’ first Super Bowl appearance since 2005, against the team that beat them then, AFC champion New England.

Foles was on fire, throwing for 352 yards in a performance that might make the Philadelphia faithful miss injured Carson Wentz a whole lot less.

Patrick Robinson’s spectacular 50-yard interception return got Philadelphia (15-3) started. Then Foles and his offense tore up the league’s stingiest scoring defense, with long TD throws to Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.

LeGarrette Blount had an 11-yard scoring run when things were decided in the first half [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/pernell-mcphee-jersey]Pernell McPhee Jersey[/url] , and the Eagles were headed to an NFL title game the Vikings (14-4) hoped to be in at their own stadium.

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/dallas-mavericks/kostas-antetokounmpo-jersey]Kostas Antetokounmpo Jersey[/url]

omment that the co[editar]

Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner turns 47 next month. And he recently made clear his potential interest in returning to play [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/d.j.-swearinger-jersey]http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/d.j.-swearinger-jersey[/url] , more than eight years after he retired.

鈥淚 was actually ready to, for this coming season, I actually talked to a coach and my wife said, 鈥楪o for it [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/nathan-peterman-jersey]Nathan Peterman Jersey[/url] , I think it would be great,鈥欌€?Warner recently said during a St. Louis Cardinals broadcast. 鈥淪o I actually talked to a coach about possibly doing it if they needed someone, but then they went out and signed somebody. I don鈥檛 think they thought I was serious. So I think we鈥檙e completely done now.鈥?/p>

Beyond shouting down the reaction to the news that Warner was actually planning to come out of retirement on the wrong side of 45 as the product of a “REALLY slow news day,” Warner added more details on Twitter in the aftermath of the splash the story created.

“I simply mentioned that I had thrown a text to a coaching friend — saying 1 think I could give him one more yr if he needed me!” Warner said. “This was not — I鈥檓 dead set on making a comeback… just friends having a convo!!”

That last tweet may have given more away than Warner had intended. One of his best coaching friends is Ken Whisenhunt [url=http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/marcedes-lewis-jersey]Marcedes Lewis Jersey[/url] , who currently coordinates the offense of the L.A. Chargers. The Chargers signed Geno Smith on April 3, which would mesh with his original comment that the conversation ended when the unnamed team “went out and signed somebody.”

Even though Warner said that he thinks he’s “completely done now,” he’s done enough to get his name into circulation, in the event a team ends up having enough injuries to result in making calls to available free agents. Any team in that predicament can offer a spot to any available inexperienced slappy [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/jordan-poyer-jersey]http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/jordan-poyer-jersey[/url] , or it can tell Kurt to take off his gold jacket and grab a helmet.

Who knows? It could be the final move that makes the “possible” movie on the story of his life into a reality. 20th Century FOX bought the film rights nearly five years ago, but there’s been no indication since then of any progress toward actually making the movie. If Warner can cap the progression from rejected Iowa recruit to NFL camp arm to grocery bagger to AFL star to NFL Europe to out-of-nowhere league and Super Bowl MVP to discarded veteran in St. Louis to placeholder for Eli Manning to late-career star in Arizona to retirement to TV to Canton to a return to the game in the short shadows of 50, the script will write itself.

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.

The 49ers announced Tuesday that Armstead is week-to-week because of the injury. The team also said tight end Cole Hikutini will miss practice this week with a groin injury and right guard Joshua Garnett is day to day with a knee injury.

The Niners were able to activate five players who hadn't practiced since the start of camp last week. Receiver Trent Taylor (back), linebacker Dekoda Watson (calf) and guard Jonathan Cooper (knee) were taken off the physically unable to perform list. Linebacker Malcolm Smith (lower leg) and defensive back Marcell Harris (Achilles) were activated from the non-football injury list.

San Francisco also signed tight end Wes Saxton to a one-year deal and waived cornerback C.J. Goodwin.

[url=http://www.basketballofficialauthentic.com/nba-jerseys/los-angeles-clippers/jerome-robinson-jersey]Jerome Robinson Jersey[/url]

offensive guards g[editar]

DALLAS (0-0) at CAROLINA (0-0)

Sunday [url=http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/jabaal-sheard-jersey]http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/jabaal-sheard-jersey[/url] , 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 2 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 10-7; Dallas 8-7-1

SERIES RECORD - Cowboys lead series 9-4

LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Cowboys 33-14, Nov. 26, 2015

AP PRO32 RANKING - Cowboys No. 16, Panthers No. 11

COWBOYS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (2), PASS (26).

COWBOYS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (8), PASS (11).

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (4), PASS (28).

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (3), PASS (18).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Cowboys went 6-2 on road in 2017; Panthers were 6-2 at home. ... Dallas is 38-19-1 in season openers. ... QB Dak Prescott is 6-1 in last seven road starts with nine TD passes and two interceptions. ... RB Ezekiel Elliott had 1 [url=http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/dan-skuta-jersey]Dan Skuta Jersey[/url] ,252 yards from scrimmage in 2017 and nine TDs despite six-game suspension. ... WRs Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin make Dallas debuts with Dez Bryant gone. ... Geoff Swaim gets start at TE with Jason Whitten retired. ... DE DeMarcus Lawrence had career-high 14 1-2 sacks in 2017, tied for second in NFL. ... Cowboys going with K Brett Maher after cutting Dan Bailey, NFL's second-most accurate all-time kicker. ... Panthers have made playoffs in four of past five years. ... This is only second time in coach Ron Rivera's eight seasons Panthers will open at home. ... QB Cam Newton led team in rushing last season with 754 yards. Newton has more TDs rushing (54) than any QB in NFL history. ... New WRs include Torrey Smith, Jarius Wright and rookie D.J. Moore. ... RB Christian McCaffrey led team with 80 receptions last season as rookie. ... Backup RB C.J. Anderson joins Panthers after 1,000-yard rushing season with Denver. ... LT Matt Kalil (knee) begins season on injured reserve; Taylor Moton makes first career start in his place. ... LB Luke Kuechly had two INTs and TD return in last matchup. ... DEs Julius Peppers and Mario Addison each had 11 sacks last season. ... DT Dontari Poe replaces Star Lotulelei. ... Rookie CB Donte Jackson will start. ... Fantasy Tip: Rivera wants to get McCaffrey "25-30 touches" per game.

The Minnesota Vikings picked offensive tackle Brian O'Neill from Pittsburgh in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night, adding a mobile yet raw player to help with the critical task of protecting prize offseason acquisition Kirk Cousins.

"I know if I can get the coaches this type of athlete, they can develop those guys," said Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, who used the 62nd overall selection on the 6-foot-6, 305-pound O'Neill before trading the team's third-round pick, No. 94, to net an extra selection for Saturday.

O'Neill played left tackle for the Panthers as a junior in 2017 and was a first team All-ACC honoree. He spent the previous two seasons at right tackle after joining the program as a tight end. O'Neill ran the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds at the combine, the fastest time by an offensive lineman.

"You watch this guy get out and pull, and it's unbelievable how fast he moves [url=http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/josh-ferguson-jersey]Josh Ferguson Jersey[/url] ," Vikings director of college scouting Jamaal Stephenson said.

If the Vikings feel confident enough that O'Neill is ready to start, he could take over at right tackle with Mike Remmers making a permanent move to one of the guard spots. Remmers was signed last year as a tackle, but injuries prompted him to shift inside late in the season and in the playoffs. O'Neill left college a year early, though, so the Vikings have essentially taken on the task of continuing to develop him.

"He's got to get stronger. That's one of his weaknesses at this point, but we feel we can easily get that corrected," Stephenson said.

If Remmers stays at tackle for now, Danny Isidora, a fifth-round draft pick last year, will become a strong candidate to start at right guard in the retired Joe Berger's place. Nick Easton started at left guard for most of last season before breaking his ankle.

O'Neill was a high school basketball star in Wilmington, Delaware. His father, Brendan O'Neill, played running back at Dartmouth. His mother, Elizabeth O'Neill [url=http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/lane-taylor-jersey]Lane Taylor Jersey[/url] , was a swimmer at Northeastern.

"I think I'm able to handle speed off the edge very well," O'Neill said. "I think that's something that's one of my strong suits, being able to protect the edge. Obviously with the new quarterback in town, Kirk Cousins, that's a big deal. Protecting him is my most important job now, and it's a job I take very seriously."

The run on interior linemen accelerated from the first day of the NFL draft, with three guards going in the first five picks of the second round. The Browns led off with Nevada guard Austin Corbett, the Giants took UTEP guard Will Hernandez and the Colts grabbed Auburn guard Braden Smith. The Bears went with Iowa center James Daniels, who could play guard, with the seventh pick of the night, 39th overall. Another guard was taken off the board when the Cowboys picked Texas guard Connor Williams at No. 50 overall.

"I've never seen that many offensive guards go this high in the draft," Stephenson said.

The last time the Vikings took an offensive lineman in the first three rounds in consecutive years was 2005 and 2006, when they took Marcus Johnson from Mississippi and Ryan Cook from New Mexico in the second round of those drafts. The Vikings drafted center Pat Elflein out of Ohio State in the third round last year.

Like cornerback, where the Vikings looked in the first round for Central Florida's Mike Hughes [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/josh-doctson-jersey]Josh Doctson Jersey[/url] , a team can never have enough quality offensive linemen. The dearth of them has been their biggest downfall in recent seasons, a deficiency badly exposed in the 38-7 loss at Philadelphia in the NFC championship game.

Hughes found some off-the-field trouble as a freshman at North Carolina in 2015 with his home-state school, which led to a nomadic college career with a stop at Garden City Community College in Kansas before landing at UCF once fall camp had already begun. He quickly integrated himself with the team and picked up the defense, making a strong impression on head coach Scott Frost.

"I think he's the type of player that's going to thrive up there," Frost said on a conference call with Minnesota reporters. "Mike's not just a cover corner, he's a guy that will come up and hit. He'll really embrace being around a bunch of other guys that play with that kind of attitude."

He's only 5-foot-10, but this high school quarterback has used his physical size as a psychological advantage.

"I don't want to get the ball caught on me," Hughes said. "I hate having the ball caught on me, even in practice. I just like competing."

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/detroit-lions/kerryon-johnson-jersey]Authentic Womens Kerryon Johnson Jersey[/url]

they’re going to[editar]

Rookie Jake Bauers and the Tampa Bay Rays made it a lost weekend for the New York Yankees. An injury to Gary Sanchez turned the trip into an even bigger loss.

Bauers led off the 12th inning with a home run and Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of the Yankees with a 7-6 victory Sunday.

”It’s a crazy feeling [url=http://www.officialbluejackets.com/authentic-adidas-sergei-bobrovsky-jersey]Sergei Bobrovsky Jersey[/url] ,” Bauers said.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sanchez hurt his right groin/hip abductor trying to beat out a double-play grounder in the 10th and ”it’s probably going to be a DL situation.”

”What can I say?” Sanchez said through a translator. ”That’s the way baseball is sometimes. Now I’m just hoping it’s not a long time.”

Sanchez will undergo an MRI exam Monday.

Giancarlo Stanton doubled twice and homered while going 5 for 5 for New York. The Yankees had been the only team in the majors that hadn’t lost three in a row this year – this was the latest into any season they had gone without losing three straight since August 1954.

”Just a frustration weekend, but you just turn the page from it,” Boone said.

Bauers, who tripled earlier, homered on the first pitch from Chasen Shreve (2-2). Five previous New York relievers held Tampa Bay hitless for eight innings.

Brett Gardner opened the 12th with a bunt single that saw Rays reliever Jonny Venters strain his right hamstring and depart the game.

Venters hadn’t pitched in the majors since the 2012 NL wild-card game with Atlanta until joining Tampa Bay this season. The lefty had three Tommy John surgeries (2005, 2013, 2014) and another other major procedure in 2016.

Venters will be going on the disabled list

”Hopefully, it’s a mild strain,” Venters said. ”It’s disappointing, but injuries are part of the game.”

Ryan Yarbrough (7-3) replaced Venters and worked out of a first-and-third jam by getting a two-out grounder from Austin Romine, who replaced Sanchez.

Stanton hit a solo homer in the eighth off Vidal Nuno that made it 6-all. He reached on an infield single in the 10th before Sanchez hurt himself.

Nuno allowed one run over four innings.

Yankees pinch hitter Clint Frazier lofted a towering fly in the ninth that struck a speaker hanging from an overhead catwalk and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, as allowed by the ground rules at Tropicana Field, caught the carom for an out in shallow left.

Hechavarria missed time earlier this season with bruise near his eye when a ball took a strange bounce on the turf after striking a catwalk.

”As the play was happening [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-dan-hamhuis-jersey]Dan Hamhuis Jersey Kids[/url] , once it hit up there, I thought about that last play,” Hechavarria said through a translator. ”That’s not going to happen again.”

Tampa Bay tied it in the second on Hechavarria’s solo homer, and went up 6-3 when Carlos Gomez had an RBI single and Jesus Sucre drove in two with a double off Domingo German during the third.

”It always nice to beat the Yankees,” Hechavarria said. ”And it’s good that they’re leaving here a little frustrated about getting swept by us.”

It’s the second time – also the Chicago Cubs in June 2008 – that Tampa Bay has a swept a series of three or more games against a team that entered a series with the best record in the majors.

Didi Gregorius and Stanton had consecutive run-scoring doubles in the fifth to make it 6-5. Miguel Andujar put the Yankees ahead 3-2 with a three-run homer in the second.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka, on the 10-day disabled list since June 9 with strained left and right hamstrings, threw 26 pitches in his first bullpen session. He will get on the mound again Tuesday.

Rays: Gomez started after missing Saturday’s game with a sore left wrist. He was hit by a pitch from CC Sabathia on Friday.

FIRST START

Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (0-0) will make his first start this season Wednesday night at Philadelphia. The move allows Sabathia to get a couple extra days of rest and start the opener Friday night of a three-game series with Boston at Yankee Stadium.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (1-0) makes his third major league start Monday night against Philadelphia RHP Vince Velasquez (5-7).

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (9-4), with an extra day of rest, faces Washington LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-4) on Monday night.

Yes, Predators forward Filip Forsberg has watched the video of his jaw-dropping goal against Colorado a couple times, and even he agrees putting the puck through not only his legs but a defender’s with a dangle ranks as his most creative yet.

”I had some opportunities, but I haven’t finished any of them off,” Forsberg said. ”But it was good.”

The Colorado Avalanche showed that they can give Nashville fits with their speed and too-young-to-know-better attitude with the youngest roster this postseason. Having a chance in this first-round Western Conference series against the NHL’s Presidents’ Trophy winners will mean figuring out a way to slow down the Predators’ top scorer.

Forsberg’s two goals in the third period not only rallied Nashville to a 5-2 win in Game 1 [url=http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-rickard-rakell-jersey]Rickard Rakell Jersey[/url] , the forward is averaging more than a point per game for his career against Colorado. Forsberg now has 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) and five game-winning goals in 21 games.

He also outscored Colorado’s top line as Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had assists setting up the Avs’ opening goal.

Coach Jared Bednar said he thought his Avalanche, playing without top defenseman Erik Johnson (knee injury), did a nice job on Forsberg most of the game. Sam Girard played 22 minutes, 7 seconds in his postseason debut against the team that drafted him.

”He uses his skill and beats a guy one-on-one,” Bednar said of Forsberg. ”The go-ahead goal at 3-2 was a lucky bounce. They shot it wide, and he got to the right spot on the ice and hit maybe his stick and a shin pad. He just goes to the hard areas.”

The Avalanche are catching Forsberg at a bad time. The 23-year-old forward from Ostervala, Sweden, now has 32 points in his last 31 games after leading the balanced Predators with 64 points in the regular season.

The Predators have a chance Saturday in Game 2 at something they haven’t managed yet as a franchise: Taking a 2-0 series lead in their own building.

”We’ve got to be better to get this done,” Forsberg said.

Some things to watch Saturday:

Devils at Lightning, Tampa Bay leads 1-0 (3 p.m EDT, NBC/CBNBC)

The Lightning look and sound like a team rejuvenated by playing meaningful games again.

The Atlantic Division champions spent the final three weeks of the regular season essentially biding time while awaiting the start of the playoffs. Captain Steven Stamkos said it was important to re-establish an edge in the series opener, and now the top seed in the Eastern Conference can take a commanding lead on the underdog Devils.

”There’s a wealth of experience in this room [url=http://www.officialsenators.com/authentic-adidas-erik-karlsson-jersey]Authentic Erik Karlsson Jersey Kids[/url] , with guys that have been in this situation,” Stamkos said. ”I think you could tell, once the puck dropped, that we were very determined to set the tone and play the right way.”

About half of New Jersey’s roster entered this series with no playoff experience. Coach John Hynes expects that to be less of a factor in Game 2.

”I don’t really want to get into what the exact message with our team was, but it (basically) was don’t get too high, don’t get too low,” Hynes said. ”We have to make sure we understand the areas we’ve got to be better at, and I think mentally make sure that we’re ready to play a certain way.”

Maple Leafs at Bruins, Boston leads 1-0 (8 p.m. EDT, NBC)

The Bruins may be without forward Tommy Wingels, who did not skate Friday after taking a hit from Toronto forward Nazem Kadri. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said Wingels was being evaluated by doctors and lists him as questionable as the Bruins try to take a 2-0 lead.

If Wingels can’t play, a possible replacement could be rookie forward Ryan Donato. Cassidy said the former Harvard star could make his postseason debut Saturday. Donato skated with Noel Acciari and David Backes in practice. Cassidy said they have options with Brian Gionta as a right wing and Danton Heinen, who can slide over.

”I think Ryan played really well when he was here for his 12 games [url=http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-patrik-laine-jersey]Patrik Laine Jersey[/url] ,” said Cassidy. ”We plan on using Ryan, just want to pick the right time.”

The Maple Leafs know they have to play better on special teams after giving up three power-play goals. They also spent Friday waiting to learn what punishment the NHL would give Kadri.

”I don’t know what they’re going to do so might as well get prepared,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.

Sharks at Ducks, San Jose leads 1-0 (10:30 p.m. EDT, NBCSN)

The Ducks looked largely lifeless as they gave away their home-ice advantage by failing to maintain the momentum from their impressive finish to the regular season. This is a familiar pattern for the veteran Ducks, who have lost Game 1 at home in four of their last five playoff series over the past three seasons. They won two of those series.

Perhaps Evander Kane’s gritty two-goal performance in his playoff debut will get the Ducks’ attention, reminding them that they can’t play into the Sharks’ hands by skating on the perimeter of the ice and failing to generate consistent traffic in front of Martin Jones.

Or maybe the Sharks are hitting their stride after losing five of their final six games in the regular season. San Jose was better on both ends to win the opener 3-0 .

”They played how you’re supposed to play in the playoffs,” Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano said of the Sharks. ”They played patient and played the right way. When you get chances, you have to score on them. You just execute the game plan. They did that. I [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/kansas-city-chiefs]Kansas City Chiefs Elite Jerseys[/url]

step to make it 4-3 midway thro[editar]

OAKLAND [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-benoit-pouliot-jersey]Authentic Benoit Pouliot Jersey[/url] , Calif. — The Golden State Warriors hope to have Stephen Curry back in the lineup Saturday night when the defending NBA champions open their Western Conference semifinal playoff series against the surprising New Orleans Pelicans.

The former two-time Most Valuable Player practiced with his teammates Thursday and Friday but noted afterward a final decision on whether he plays for the first time since March 23 rests in the hands of Golden State’s medical staff after the Game 1 warmups.

“I’m getting there for sure,” Curry claimed Friday. “I’ve done a lot in the last two weeks, especially with my feet, getting back to movements that I may do in a game. My knee feels pretty good. I don’t have any pain.”

Curry, who suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee in a collision with teammate JaVale McGee in a game against Atlanta, missed the most recent game against the Pelicans on April 3.

New Orleans won that game 126-120 to salvage one win in the four-game season series.

That win was one of just two the Pelicans have managed against the Warriors in their last 28 meetings, including Golden State’s first-round sweep in 2015 en route to their first of two titles in the last three seasons.

What the Warriors saw earlier this month, however [url=http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-madison-bowey-jersey]Madison Bowey Jersey[/url] , was impressive, as the new-look Pelicans, without injured center DeMarcus Cousins but with newcomer Nikola Mirotic, were firing on all cylinders on Golden State’s home court.

Mirotic hit six 3-pointers on a 28-point night, Jrue Holiday chipped in with 25 points, and both Anthony Davis (34 points, 12 rebounds) and Rajon Rondo (12 points, 17 assists) posted double-doubles in the offensive explosion.

The sixth-seeded Pelicans stunned Portland with similar balance in the first round [url=http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-oscar-fantenberg-jersey]Authentic Oscar Fantenberg Jersey[/url] , with Davis (33.0 points, 12.0 rebounds) and Rondo (11.3 points, 13.3 assists) both averaging double-doubles, and Holiday (27.8 points) and Mirotic (18.3) combined for 46.1 points.

But that was against the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers. Now the Pelicans are up against a team that has lost a total of just two games in its last five playoff series.

“We know what we’re capable of doing,” noted Pelicans backup Ian Clark, who played a key role off the bench in the Warriors’ championship run last season. “We like the underdog role. We know we’re going against (the Warriors), but why not us? Why not be able to take down the defending champions and keep moving and keep this sentimental story going?”

For the second series in a row, the Warriors’ Steve Kerr will be up against one of his best friends in the coaching fraternity.

There were few laughs when he got the better of Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs 4-1 in the first round [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-o_reilly-jersey]Ryan O'Reilly Jersey[/url] , with Kerr’s former coach having missed the last three games of the series after the death of his wife, Erin.

Kerr clearly is looking forward to starting fresh against the Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry, who was Kerr’s offensive coordinator during the 2015 championship run.

“He’ll try to throw me for a loop. I’ll try to throw him for a loop,” Kerr said. “Some things will work. Some things won’t work. But we can laugh and joke about how we’re the masterminds behind the success of our teams.”

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Pierre Luc-Dubois scored in overtime to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 on Tuesday night and keep their playoff plans on track.

Artemi Panarin tied it for Columbus when he put back his own rebound late in the third period. That set the stage for Dubois’ shot from the slot 2:55 into the extra period.

The Blue Jackets are trying to get to the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in franchise history, and for most of the game it looked as if Detroit would put a crimp in their plans. Columbus had to rally from a 4-1 second-period deficit to get the two points and stay in third place in the Metropolitan Division with two games left.

Article continues below ... Cam Atkinson scored twice and Sonny Milano also had a goal for the Blue Jackets, who have won 13 of 15. Sergei Bobrovsky had 23 saves.

Jimmy Howard had 36 saves and Tyler Bertuzzi had two goals for the Red Wings, who ended a three-game winning streak. Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist [url=http://www.officialwild.com/authentic-adidas-kyle-quincey-jersey]Authentic Kyle Quincey Jersey Kids[/url] , Darren Helm also scored and Henrik Zetterberg had three assists for Detroit.

Bertuzzi put the Red Wings up four minutes into the game when he redirected Zetterberg’s shot from the left corner. Atkinson tied it on a power play a few minutes later when he waited next to the net and stuffed in a pass from Seth Jones.

Detroit went up 2-1 later in the period when Bobrovsky and defenseman Jones got tangled up in front of the goal and a bouncing shot from Helm went into the net off Jones. Bertuzzi got his second of the evening late in the period on a power play, beating Bobrovsky on a rush.

Nyquist gave Detroit a three-goal edge on a power play just 31 seconds into the second period. Atkinson pulled it to 4-2 later in the period on a power play when he scored from the right circle as Alexander Wennberg screened out Howard. Detroit wanted goalie interference but didn’t the call.

Milano poked in a loose puck from the doorstep to make it 4-3 midway through the third period, and then Panarin tied it.

NOTES: Panarin has the franchise points record with 80. … Columbus D Zach Werenski left the ice in the second period after taking a puck to the back of the head blocking a shot from Andreas Athanasiou. … Columbus F Alex Broadhurst made his NHL debut. He went to the penalty box in the first period for high-sticking, which led to a Detroit’s third goal. … Detroit C Dylan Larkin has six points in the past three games.

UP NEXT:


Detroit: Hosts Montreal on Thursday night.

Columbus: Hosts Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/houston-texans/customized]Houston Texans Customized Jerseys[/url]

set in 1993.[editar]

The Chicago Bears are parting with veteran guard Josh Sitton and linebacker Jerrell Freeman.

Two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday the Bears have decided to decline their option on Sitton for next season and release Freeman. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the moves.

A four-time Pro Bowl lineman [url=http://www.officialcanucks.com/authentic-adidas-brandon-sutter-jersey]Youth Brandon Sutter Jersey[/url] , the 31-year-old Sitton spent the past two seasons in Chicago after an eight-year run with Green Bay. He signed with the Bears after the Packers released him just before the 2016 season. Sitton dealt with rib and ankle injuries last season and missed three games.

The 31-year-old Freeman suffered a season-ending pectoral injury in the opener last year and was suspended for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs in each of his two seasons with the Bears. The second violation resulted in a 10-game suspension in late October.

Freeman said on Twitter at the time that he also suffered a potentially career-ending concussion in the opener, providing context to the drug violation. He said he downplayed the severity of his head injury to family and friends.

Freeman led Chicago with 110 tackles in 2016 despite serving a four-game suspension for his first violation. He played for Indianapolis from 2012-15.

The Bears went 5-11 last season and finished last in the NFC North for the fourth straight year. Chicago fired coach John Fox and replaced him with Matt Nagy.

NFL Network first reported the Bears are declining Sitton's option, while Pro Football Talk was first with the news on Freeman.

Kyle Gibson recovered from a rough start to throw seven innings, and Max Kepler homered in his second straight game to lead Minnesota past Baltimore 5-4 on Saturday.

Bobby Wilson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Twins, who won their third in a row.

Gibson (3-6) allowed three runs in the first inning – including a two-run homer by Chris Davis – but only gave up two hits after that while striking out nine. It was Gibson’s highest strikeout total since fanning 10 batters on April 26 against the New York Yankees.

Kepler’s solo shot off Kevin Gausman sparked a three-run fifth that tied it. Wilson’s two-run double off Miguel Castro (2-5) in the sixth gave Minnesota the lead for good.

The team with baseball’s worst record, meanwhile, lost its fifth in the row.

Trevor Hildenberger worked a scoreless eighth for the Twins. Jace Peterson’s RBI double off Fernando Rodney pulled the Orioles to 5-4 [url=http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-jonathan-quick-jersey]Jonathan Quick Jersey[/url] , but Rodney got Tim Beckham on a grounder to short to convert his 19th save in 24 chances.

CUBS 8, REDS 7

CHICAGO – Javier Baez homered and had four hits – including a game-tying infield single in the eighth – and Chicago rallied from a five-run deficit and over Cincinnati.

Anthony Rizzo’s RBI groundout capped a four-run eighth inning for Chicago, which has come from behind in each of its last eight wins.

Eugenio Suarez homered and Billy Hamilton added three hits and three stolen bases for Cincinnati, which had its five-game winning streak against the Cubs snapped.

Randy Rosario (4-0) allowed two hits in 2 1/3 innings to get the win. Brandon Marrow worked the ninth for his 20th save.

Jared Hughes (2-3) took the loss, part of three Reds relievers who allowed five runs in 2 1/3 innings.

PHILLIES 3, PIRATES 2

PITTSBURGH – Nick Williams, Scott Kingery and Jorge Alfaro drove in runs on consecutive at-bats in the seventh inning to help Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh and extend the first-place Phillies‘ winning streak to six games.

Jake Arrieta (6-6) worked around six hits with the help of eight strikeouts to hold the Pirates to two runs over seven innings.

Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (5-7) was charged with all three runs. He had allowed just two singles coming into the seventh. He struck out eight and walked none.

Starling Marte singled and scored in the first and homered in the second as part of a three-hit afternoon to stake the Pirates to an early lead.

Victor Arano worked around a leadoff double in the ninth for his second save.

CARDINALS 3 [url=http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-nick-jensen-jersey]Nick Jensen Jersey[/url] , GIANTS 2

SAN FRANCISCO – Carlos Martinez pitched seven effective innings for his third consecutive win and St. Louis beat San Francisco.

Martinez (6-4) allowed one run on six hits with three strikeouts and did not walk a batter for the third time this season. The right-hander also drove in the Cardinals’ first run with an RBI double in the third.

Jordan Hicks allowed a run in the eighth and Bud Norris retired three batters for his 17th save.

Brandon Belt had three hits and drove in both runs for the Giants. San Francisco has been held to two runs or fewer in five of its last six games.

Jeff Samardzija had an uneven outing in his first start since May 29. Activated off the disabled list before the game, Samardzija (1-5) gave up three runs in five innings and repeatedly pitched with runners on base.

BRAVES 5, BREWERS 1

MILWAUKEE – Anibal Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh and Freddie Freeman added three hits, lifting slumping Atlanta over Milwaukee.

Sanchez (4-2) retired 19 in a row at one point to help snap Atlanta’s season high four-game skid. He exited with two outs in the seventh after being hit by a liner on his right hip.

Atlanta got to Brewers spot starter Aaron Wilkerson (0-1) early to end Milwaukee’s five-game winning streak. Wilkerson had taken the rotation turn of Brent Suter, who went on the 10-day disabled list with left forearm tightness on Friday.

Sanchez struck out six in a row at one point. But after two easy outs in the seventh, his day ended quickly following a walk to Hernan Perez.

TIGERS 7, RANGERS 2

DETROIT – Nicholas Castellanos homered as part of a seven-run first inning for Detroit [url=http://www.officialavalanche.com/authentic-adidas-matt-nieto-jersey]Youth Matt Nieto Jersey[/url] , and the Tigers cruised past Texas.

Cole Hamels (4-8) retired only two batters for the Rangers in his shortest start since 2010, and Adrian Beltre had a home run taken away when Detroit’s JaCoby Jones made a spectacular catch in left-center field.

Mike Fiers (6-5) allowed a run and five hits in six innings. He struck out six with one walk.

Rougned Odor hit a solo homer for Texas immediately after Beltre was robbed by Jones. Shin-Soo Choo doubled twice for the Rangers to extend his on-base streak to 46 games, tying Julio Franco’s club record set in 1993.

Niko Goodrum had four hits for the Tigers.

YANKEES 8, BLUE JAYS 5

TORONTO – Luis Severino pitched five innings to earn his major league-leading 14th win, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge each hit solo home runs, and New York beat Toronto.

Severino (14-2) won his fifth straight start, allowing three runs and five hits. Two of the hits were home runs [url=http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-gustav-nyquist-jersey]Authentic Gustav Nyquist Jersey[/url] , marking the first time this season that Severino has allowed more than one homer in a game. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 16 consecutive starts.

Jonathan Holder, David Robertson, Dellin Betances each worked one inning and Aroldis Chapman got the first out of the ninth before leaving with an apparent injury. Chasen Shreve finished for New York, giving up a solo homer to Aledmys Diaz.

J.A. Happ (10-5), a potential trade target for the Yankees, had a dreadful audi [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/san-francisco-49ers]http://www.officialusafootballs.com/san-francisco-49ers[/url]

I might keep it," Brady says.[editar]

Tom Brady is breaking in a new helmet this exhibition season [url=http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-henrik-zetterberg-jersey]Womens Henrik Zetterberg Jersey[/url] , yet another sign the 41-year-old quarterback is planning to play in 2019.

Brady's old helmet is among the models being phased out by the NFL because tests showed it is not as effective at protecting against concussions. The new rules take effect next season, but Brady used a compliant helmet in last week's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles instead of the one he has had through most of his NFL career.

Brady says he's still tweaking the new model to make sure the mask allows for the same comfort and peripheral vision as the one he's used to. The most visible difference for fans is that it has a panel in front instead of solid plastic.

The quarterback says he asked his teammates if he looked younger or faster in it. "They said yes [url=http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-cam-talbot-jersey]Cam Talbot Jersey[/url] , so I might keep it," Brady says.

Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich has filled out his coaching staff with 11 additions.

The most familiar names on the list are running backs coach Tom Rathman and secondary coach Alan Williams [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-jason-pominville-jersey]Jason Pominville Jersey Kids[/url] , who returns to Indy after spending four years with the Detroit Lions.

Offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and defensive line coach Mike Phair already had deals with Indy before Reich took the job.

Marcus Brady takes over as assistant quarterbacks coach, Bobby Johnson as assistant offensive line coach [url=http://www.officialhockeyrangersshop.com/authentic-adidas-vladislav-namestnikov-jersey]Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey[/url] , Tom Manning as tight ends coach, Kevin Patullo as wide receivers coach and Gunnard Twyner as offensive quality control coach.

Dave Borgonzi will coach linebackers [url=http://www.officialflames.com/authentic-adidas-mike-smith-jersey]Mike Smith Jersey[/url] , Jonathan Gannon will be defensive backs-cornerbacks coach and David Overstreet II will be defensive quality control coach.

Frank Ross was hired as an assistant special teams coach.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/cleveland-browns/customized]Cleveland Browns Customized Jerseys[/url]

p line that included S[editar]

Three straight one-goal decisions in their first-ever playoff series have the Vegas Golden Knights in position of advancing to the second round.

A number the Golden Knights don’t want to consider is five as they look to eliminate the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at Staples Center.

Only four NHL teams have squandered 3-0 leads in a best-of-seven playoff series: the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs; the 1975 New York Islanders; the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers — and the Kings [url=http://www.officialpredators.com/authentic-adidas-filip-forsberg-jersey]Filip Forsberg Jersey[/url] , who defeated the San Jose Sharks in the opening round and eventually went on to defeat the New York Rangers for their second Stanley Cup.

That’s why Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb is not ready to call this series over heading into Game 4.

“They’re a confident group, still. They believe in there, for sure,” he said of the Kings. “We can’t deviate from what we need to do.”

Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty is also sticking to the one-game-at-a-time mantra.

“We’ve done it before, but I don’t think we’re looking that far ahead,” he told the Kings’ official website. “Obviously we’ve got to win that series, but we’re not looking at it in that sort of way. We’ve just got to win one game right now.”

Vegas is on the brink of sweeping after scoring three third-period goals en route to a 3-2 victory in Game 3 on Sunday night. Cody Eakin tied the score, 1-1, early in the frame before Neal and William Karlsson scored 21 seconds apart with just under six minutes to play.

Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant credits a veteran core with deep playoff experience to keep the team on an even keel.

“A lot of these guys have been there before,” he said. “Deryk Engelland, James Neal, (Marc-Andre) Fleury, they talk to the players about being composed.”

According to the league’s official website [url=http://www.officialbruinsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-torey-krug-jersey]Torey Krug Jersey[/url] , the Golden Knights are the third team to win their first three playoff games, joining the 1996 Florida Panthers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won four straight in 1970.

Unlike Vegas, the Panthers and Penguins did so in their third seasons. And, again, Gallant’s laid-back demeanor comes through.

“My message all year long … we worry about the next game,” he said. “I don’t worry about what’s happened in the past. “

If Los Angeles is to extend the series, it needs contributions from their top players. The Kings have managed three goals in the series — one from center Anze Kopitar (career-high 35 regular-season goals) and none from wingers Dustin Brown (28 goals) and Tyler Toffoli (24).

Toffoli, who’s taken a team-high 14 shots in the series, knows what he must do.

“I had a lot of opportunities in front of the net and around the net, and I’ve just got to get pucks up and be able to find a way to score,” he said. “I’ve had plenty of opportunities to score. I’ve just got to be able to finish.”

In just about any other series, the Kings’ Jonathan Quick would be praised for his 1.69 goals-against average through three games. Fleury [url=http://www.officialmapleleafsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-frederik-andersen-jersey]Frederik Andersen Jersey[/url] , though, has logged an 0.84 GAA.

“It’s going to be hard to finish this series out. Every game’s been really tight. It’s going to be a battle,” McNabb said.

Game 5, if necessary, is scheduled for Thursday night in Las Vegas.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (16-3)

OPEN CAMP: July 25, NovaCare Complex, Philadelphia

LAST YEAR: Won first Super Bowl title and franchise's first NFL championship since 1960, defeating Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Patriots. Overcame losing several key players to injury, including QB Carson Wentz, LT Jason Peters, LB Jordan Hicks and others. Backup QB Nick Foles led way after Wentz tore ACL in Week 14, earning Super Bowl MVP honors. Coach Doug Pederson's offense was balanced yet aggressive. Players bought into team-first attitudes. Defense thrived under coordinator Jim Schwartz. DT Fletcher Cox anchored deep line that included Super Bowl hero Brandon Graham. Special teams were solid despite losing PR Darren Sproles. Rookie K Jake Elliott showed strong leg.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: DE Michael Bennett [url=http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-mark-scheifele-jersey]Mark Scheifele Jersey[/url] , DT Haloti Ngata, WR Mike Wallace, LB Corey Nelson, TE Richard Rodgers, rookie TE Dallas Goedert.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: Offensive coordinator Frank Reich, QB coach John DeFilippo, TE Trey Burton, RB LeGarrette Blount, DE Vinny Curry, CB Patrick Robinson, LB Mychal Kendricks, WR Torrey Smith, DT Beau Allen [url=http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-connor-hellebuyck-jersey]Womens Connor Hellebuyck Jersey[/url] , TE Brent Celek, P Donnie Jones.

CAMP NEEDS: Wentz will be closely monitored but there's no urgency to rush him with Foles still on team. His rehab will be biggest story this summer. Other key players returning from injury include Peters, Hicks, Sproles, special teams ace Chris Maragos and DT Tim Jernigan. Defense needs LB to emerge as replacement for Kendricks and CB to replace Robinson at nickel spot. Both QBs need to build chemistry with new Nos. 2-3 TEs.

EXPECTATIONS: Trying to become first Super Bowl champs to repeat since 2003-04 Patriots, and anything less will be considered disappointment. Wentz, Peters and other star players who missed playoffs last year are determined to win it all and won't let teammates get complacent. Overall, team improved on paper but it'll be difficult to match unique bond last year's group had.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/pittsburgh-steelers]http://www.officialusafootballs.com/pittsburgh-steelers[/url]

eturn on June 13 aga[editar]

The Nashville Predators have named Karl Taylor the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals [url=http://www.officialpredators.com/authentic-adidas-roman-josi-jersey]Roman Josi Jersey[/url] , their American Hockey League affiliate.

The 47-year-old Taylor spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Texas Stars. Taylor’s teams made the playoffs in three of his four seasons and reached the Calder Cup finals last season before losing to the Toronto Marlies in seven games.

Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement that ”Karl comes highly recommended to us with a diverse skillset to coach and develop players.”

Taylor also has been an assistant for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves and the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks. He was a head coach in the ECHL with the Reading Royals in 2005-08 and Ontario Reign in 2008-11.


CHICAGO — The Los Angeles Dodgers have been hitting home runs and scoring runs at enough of a prodigious clip this month that it is rare to see their bats go quiet.

The Dodgers will enter this week’s three-game series against the Chicago Cubs having won seven of their past 10 games. Before they managed just one run in a loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, the Dodgers had averaged 7.15 runs per game and had hit a major-league best 34 home runs in the first 13 games of June.

Although the Dodgers were unable to finish off a series sweep of the Giants in the first game in their past 13 without at least one homer, manager Dave Roberts doesn’t believe that his team has become too homer-happy.

Instead, the Dodgers managed just four hits on Sunday and scored their lone run on an error and they will be looking to rebound Monday at Wrigley Field in the opener of a three-game series with the Cubs in a rematch of last year’s National League Championship Series.

“I don’t think we were over-swinging [url=http://www.officialcanadiensprostore.com/authentic-adidas-carey-price-jersey]Carey Price Jersey[/url] ,” Roberts told reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t think we’re sitting back and just trying to slug. We’re trying to take good swings, and today the balls didn’t go out of the ballpark.”

Sunday’s loss snapped a five-game winning streak but didn’t in any way diminish the Dodgers’ confidence as they prepare to face the Cubs for the first time since clinching the pennant last fall.

Kenta Maeda will start Monday’s series opener. He is coming off a no-decision in his first start since returning from a hip injury.

Maeda (4-4, 3.61 ERA) had been pitching extremely well before the hip injury on May 29. He had thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings with 20 strikeouts in his two previous starts before the injury.

Maeda threw 76 pitches in his return on June 13 against the Texas Rangers when he allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. He will make his first career start against the Cubs on Monday.

Like the Dodgers [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-dan-hamhuis-jersey]Dan Hamhuis Jersey Kids[/url] , the Cubs were unable to finish off a series sweep of the rival St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night. After scoring 19 runs in the first two games of the series, the Cubs were shut down in a 5-0 loss. But the Cubs have won six of their past 10 games and remain 12 games above .500.

The Cubs will have to wait to know the availability of infielder Javier Baez, who left Sunday’s game with a left elbow contusion after being hit by a pitch. According to the Cubs’ official website, Baez will undergo an X-Ray to confirm there is no further damage.

Baez started Sunday’s game at shortstop in place of Addison Russell.

“(The pitch) got him right in the elbow [url=http://www.officialbluejackets.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-murray-jersey]Ryan Murray Jersey[/url] ,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said in an in-game interview with ESPN. “Your hand, it does feel numb at that particular time. He just could not get the feel back. I don’t think it’s anything serious, but for right now it’s going to hurt all night and maybe into tomorrow.”

Tyler Chatwood (3-5. 4.12) will attempt to get on track Monday against the Dodgers. He is seeking his first win since May 11. In his last outing, he allowed four runs in five innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Chatwood has struggled with walks all season and has at least four in four of his past five outings. He is 5-9 with a 4.07 ERA in 15 career starts against the Dodgers.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/cincinnati-bengals]Authentic Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys[/url]

plication that[editar]

Former NFL defensive tackle Roy Miller faces more legal trouble.

Miller chased his estranged wife into her SUV and then ripped off the door handle during a June 26 custody argument [url=http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-nicklas-backstrom-jersey]Nicklas Backstrom Jersey[/url] , TMZ Sports reports from court documents.

In November, Miller was arrested on a charge of domestic battery. The Chiefs released Miller two days later, and he remains a free agent. The league recently suspended him six games, though it seems unlikely Miller ever plays in the NFL again.

In the latest incident, Nicole Miller said he chased after her “in a rage [url=http://www.officialpenguinsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-sidney-crosby-jersey]Sidney Crosby Jersey[/url] ,” per TMZ.

Nicole Miller has asked the court for an emergency restraining order, and a judge is scheduled to hear the case in July.

“I don’t believe he is stable,” Nicole wrote in court documents, via TMZ. “I am afraid he will do something even more damaging to myself or the kids.”

Nicole has filed for divorce.

Miller played four seasons for the Buccaneers and four for the Jaguars. He played in seven games with the Chiefs, all as a backup [url=http://www.officialblues.com/authentic-adidas-vladimir-tarasenko-jersey]Vladimir Tarasenko Jersey[/url] , last season and made six tackles.

In nine seasons, Miller played 119 games with 84 starts. He made eight sacks and 252 tackles in his career.

Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry said recently that he considers himself the best receiver in the NFL and he believes that Cleveland has the right pieces in place to help him prove that point.

Landry said Thursday that offensive coordinator Todd Haley is going to give him the opportunity to show he’s a “complete receiver all-around” rather than just a slot receiver. There’s an unspoken implication that he didn’t get those chances while with the Dolphins and Landry was more explicit in a comparison between the quarterback situations with the two teams.

“The quarterback play is so important, which has got me that much more excited about Tyrod [Taylor] and [Baker Mayfield] and the way that they’re throwing the ball out here, it makes me that much more excited,” Landry said [url=http://www.officialflames.com/authentic-adidas-mikael-backlund-jersey]Authentic Mikael Backlund Jersey[/url] , via Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com. “It’s a lot better than what I had in Miami. I’m excited about that.”

Landry said that he thought Ryan Tannehill was playing well enough in 2016 to take “us to a championship” before injuring his knee, but gushed about getting together with Taylor this offseason ahead of the offseason program.

“Again, I didn’t do that in Miami with the quarterbacks because they didn’t want to do it,” Landry said. “I would say that the chemistry and the type of guys that I’m around here makes me that much more excited because I know I’m going to be pushed at all levels at all times.”

Given all of that, it’s little surprise that Landry thinks the Browns offense can be “one of the best” in the league this season. If that’s the case [url=http://www.officialdevils.com/authentic-adidas-kyle-palmieri-jersey]Womens Kyle Palmieri Jersey[/url] , it will mark the first time in a long time that preseason optimism has matched up to in-season reality in Cleveland.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/cleveland-browns]Youth Cleveland Browns Jerseys[/url]

with big numbers.[editar]

Don’t expect any one running back to carry the load in Green Bay this season.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the demands of the position are such that running backs Jamaal Williams [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-jamie-benn-jersey]Jamie Benn Jersey[/url] , Ty Montgomery, and Aaron Jones will all be better off if none of them get too many carries.

“The fact of the matter is we’re going to go running back by committee,” McCarthy told ESPN. “But if one of them would emerge as that full-time guy then you have to have that ability to . . . adjust to that. As far as planning and going into the season [url=http://www.officialcoyotes.com/authentic-adidas-richard-panik-jersey]Richard Panik Jersey[/url] , that’s why we’re going about it that way. We feel like we’ve got three guys that have all done it, but they haven’t done it over a long period of time, so I think it’s just practical thinking from that position and realizing that it’s a very demanding position.”

Williams led the team with 556 rushing yards [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/shaq-lawson-jersey]Shaq Lawson Jersey[/url] , Jones was next with 448 and Montgomery had 273. It sounds like McCarthy would be satisfied with that kind of split again this year, which means all of the Packers’ running backs will get plenty of playing time, but none will finish the season with big numbers.

Jets left tackle Kelvin Beachum said recently that the team won’t know what it has in quarterback Sam Darnold until the third overall pick in this year’s draft takes a big hit and that hit won’t come during the team’s organized team activities this month.

With or without full contact [url=http://www.officialbruinsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-patrice-bergeron-jersey]Patrice Bergeron Jersey[/url] , the practices will give the Jets an extended chance to see Darnold on the practice field with veteran players for the first time since drafting him. That will provide information about how Darnold is running the huddle and grasping the offensive playbook as well as how he fares against experienced defensive backs trying to stop him from completing passes.

As recounted by Albert Breer of SI.com in a lengthy look at the Darnold pursuit, the Jets didn’t expect to have Darnold fall to them — “You have a horseshoe up your a–,” Jets vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger said to General Manager Mike Maccagnan — and CEO Christopher Johnson has made it clear that the expectations are high聽now that he did.

Whether that leads to a quick rise up the depth chart remains to be seen. The Jets don’t have big questions about Josh McCown after he spent 2017 as their starter [url=http://www.officialpredators.com/authentic-adidas-roman-josi-jersey]Roman Josi Jersey[/url] , so the focus in OTAs is likely to be on figuring out the plan for Darnold as his rookie season unfolds.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/dallas-cowboys]Authentic Dallas Cowboys Jerseys[/url]

in past seas[editar]

With the preseason behind them [url=http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/malik-hooker-jersey]http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/malik-hooker-jersey[/url] , Pat Shurmur has given the New York Giants three days off and told them to start focusing on the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While many players may not be going far from the team's facility, they have been given film of Jacksonville to study before returning Monday.

New York finished a 2-2 preseason Thursday night with a 17-12 loss to the Patriots when all of the starters rested.

Players did a little lifting and running Friday before being sent home. The coaches will spend the next day cutting the 90-man roster to 53 for the regular season. A 10-man practice squad will be added once the front office tweaks the final roster with cuts and additions from the waiver wire.

General manager Dave Gettleman has promised the team will work the wire. Coming off a 3-13 season, New York has the second pick on all players waived.

"We've got a decent idea of the direction we're going to go with things, but we still have some conversations," Shurmur said Friday. "I told that to the players, it's a credit to them. Every year, the players want to make it tough on us as to this guy or that guy. I think sometimes [url=http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/cody-parkey-jersey]Cody Parkey Jersey[/url] , you're right, you can be in a situation where it's pretty cut and dry. But I think we've had some guys that have played themselves into the mix."

The Giants' roster is not deep, so it's unlikely Shurmur is going to have to shed any major talent. He plans to meet with all players cut and says he will tell them where they need to improve and to be ready in case a roster spot opens.

For those who remain, the opener at home is Sept. 9. Some preparations have already started.

"We have sort of leaned towards Jacksonville in some of our drill work, even though we didn't say, 'hey, this is a Jacksonville play' or 'this is Jacksonville's defense [url=http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/jack-doyle-jersey]Jack Doyle Jersey[/url] ,'" Shurmur said. "It's out there, and I'm sure some of them will look at it, but we'll get them re-centered on Monday."

Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, who was 21 of 30 in the preseason, started looking at the Jaguars a couple days ago.

"Their front seven is talented, their back four is talented," Manning said of the team that blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead against New England in the AFC title game in January. "They have a good scheme and they do it very well. They play fast and are in the right spots. It will be fun to pick coach Shurmur's brain and see what plays we will have installed and what's the best way to attack them."

The season opener will be the first time the Giants will try to put all their weapons on the field.

Odell Beckham Jr. did not play in the preseason as Shurmur took a cautious approach with his star receiver coming off a broken ankle in early October. Halfback Saquon Barkley [url=http://www.officialsharks.com/authentic-adidas-mikkel-boedker-jersey]Mikkel Boedker Jersey[/url] , the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, missed the final three preseason games after injury a hamstring on Aug. 13.

NOTES: Shurmur gave backup quarterback Davis Webb the night off against the Patriots because he felt the second-year pro had enough snaps. He threw 53 passes in three games. Rookie Kyle Lauletta and veteran Alex Tanney played against New England. ... LB Alec Ogletree said the new 3-4 defense is slowly coming along. "We got a good group of guys that come to work every day and do the right things. This up- and-coming week will be a really big test of how close we are to be the defense that we want to be."

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin missed a third straight practice on Tuesday while dealing with a knee issue.

Coach Pete Carroll said after practice that Baldwin had a sore knee coming into camp. He practiced the first two days with the team before being held out each of the last three practices.

"We're just going to take our time with it and be patient," Carroll said.

Carroll said the team is going to give Baldwin a couple of weeks off in order to give him the downtime he needs before gradually working him back to full speed. Carroll said the team knows exactly what the issue is, although the coach wouldn't go into detail.

"He's doing some special treatments to make sure we're taking care of him and then we want to bring him back into shape so we can really get him ready for the long haul," Carroll said.

Defensive end Dion Jordan is also going to miss an extended amount of time while he recovers from what Carroll called a "stress issue" in his "other leg." Jordan has been plagued by injuries to his left knee in past seasons, but it appears his right leg is currently the issue.

"He's got a little bit of healing to do so it's going to be a while," Carroll said. "We've just got to wait it out."

Following the departures of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett [url=http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-josh-manson-jersey]Authentic Josh Manson Jersey[/url] , the Seahawks have been counting on Jordan to be a presence at defensive end. The four sacks he racked up in five games last season left Seattle excited about what he could bring to the table. However, he continues to struggle to stay on the field.

"That was a position that we were really hoping he was going to be a factor in," Carroll said.

NOTES: LB Marcus Smith (hamstring) and WR David Moore (hip flexor) were new absences from practice on Tuesday. Neither injury appears to be significant.

__

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/denver-broncos]Denver Broncos Jerseys[/url]

remain healthy.[editar]

Charean Williams has won the Dick McCann Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.

Williams [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/andre-holmes-jersey]Andre Holmes Jersey[/url] , the 50th McCann Award winner, is the first woman to receive the honor from the PFWA. Williams is entering her 25th year of NFL coverage in 2018, and her second at Pro Football Talk.

Williams became one of the first two women members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee in 2007. She has been a selector for the past 12 Hall of Fame election cycles and is a member of the Hall's Contributor Selection Committee. She was the 24th president of the PFWA, serving from 2009-10.

Prior to joining Pro Football Talk, NBC's digital NFL site, in 2017, Williams spent 17 years covering the NFL and Dallas Cowboys for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She began covering the NFL as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter at the Orlando Sentinel in 1994.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4)

New faces: WR Cordarelle Patterson, RB Jeremy Hill [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-benoit-pouliot-jersey]Authentic Benoit Pouliot Jersey[/url] , RB Sony Michel, QB Danny Etling, DE Adrian Clayborn, OT Trent Brown, CB Jason McCourty, DT Danny Shelton.

Key losses: Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, WR Danny Amendola, WR Brandin Cooks [url=http://www.officialcoyotes.com/authentic-adidas-luke-schenn-jersey]Luke Schenn Jersey Kids[/url] , CB Malcolm Butler, CB Johnson Bademosi, RB Dion Lewis, OT Nate Solder, OT Cam Fleming.

Strengths: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick return as one of most successful quarterback-coach tandems in NFL history, and easily best of Super Bowl era. Brady is coming off MVP season in which he threw for 32 touchdowns vs. eight interceptions and led league with 4,577 yards passing. He'll have Rob Gronkowski back for as long as oft-injured tight end can remain healthy.

Weaknesses: WR Julian Edelman (98 receptions in 2016, injured in '17) will miss first four games serving suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing substance. Without him [url=http://www.officialflyersproshop.com/authentic-adidas-jordan-weal-jersey]Youth Jordan Weal Jersey[/url] , team is thin at wideout, with Chris Hogan (34 catches last year), Phillip Dorsett (12) and newcomer Cordarelle Patterson (31 with Oakland). Malcolm Mitchell, Jordan Matthews, Kenny Britt and Eric Decker were all brought in but didn't work out.

Fantasy Players To Watch: Brady has shown no sign of drop-off, even at 41, but loss of offensive weapons like Amendola and Cooks and 25 percent of season from Edelman could hurt value. Don't let Edelman fall too far down draft boards just because of four-game suspension; Hogan could also be in for increased targets as de facto No. 1 wideout. Although Michel is first-round draft pick with potential, his numbers might suffer because of Belichick's tendency to use running backs by committee.

Vegas Says: Super Bowl 6-1. Over/under wins 11.5.

Expectations: There is rarely any regular-season suspense with Patriots [url=http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/ty-montgomery-jersey]http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/ty-montgomery-jersey[/url] , who have won 10 games or more for 15 straight years, winning division in all but one of them, when Brady was injured in 2008 (and they still went 11-5). Some intrigue surrounds Brady and Belichick, who have sparred over reigning MVP's fitness guru (who also worked with suspended Edelman), and backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who was abruptly traded to San Francisco last year at bargain price of second-round pick. New defensive play caller Brian Flores will also be adjustment. To return to Super Bowl for ninth time, they will have to all figure out way to work together.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/los-angeles-chargers]Womens Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys[/url]

giving Gronkowski[editar]

The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski are nearing a reworked contract [url=http://www.officialflyersproshop.com/authentic-adidas-valtteri-filppula-jersey]Valtteri Filppula Jersey[/url] , Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Howe adds it is unknown whether the All-Pro tight end will sign an extension or simply earn a raise.

The sides have worked toward a renegotiated deal since last month when Gronkowski committed to playing this season.

Gronkowski is signed through the 2019 season and scheduled to make $9 million this season and $10 million next season. The Patriots restructured the deal May 24, 2017, giving Gronkowski a chance to earn more in incentives last season.

Gronkowski made $5.5 million in incentives in 2017 [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/russ-grimm-jersey]Russ Grimm Jersey[/url] , giving him a total salary of $10.2 million.

He has skipped the team’s voluntary offseason workouts. The Patriots’ mandatory minicamp is June 5-7.

The Lions got linebacker Devon Kennard on the field for the first time in training camp on Wednesday.

Kennard was placed on the non-football injury list at the start of camp with an injury that he opted not to disclose when talking to reporters after his first work of the summer. Kennard was limited to individual work on his first day, but it left him feeling positive all the same.

“It felt good being out there with my teammates, with some shoulder pads on again and everything [url=http://www.officialhockeyrangersshop.com/authentic-adidas-marc-staal-jersey]http://www.officialhockeyrangersshop.com/authentic-adidas-marc-staal-jersey[/url] ,” Kennard said, via the Detroit News. “It was definitely frustrating, but I took every mental rep I could.”

With Kennard back [url=http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-dustin-brown-jersey]Dustin Brown Jersey[/url] , the Lions still need to activate Ziggy Ansah and Cornelius Washington to have all their defensive hands on deck.

In addition to getting Kennard on the field, the Lions also made a change at cornerback on Wednesday. They signed Josh Okonye and waived Amari Coleman.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/carolina-panthers]Womens Carolina Panthers Jerseys[/url]

Saturday against Islanders.[editar]

The stat caught Chris Iannetta by complete surprise: This was only the 10th 1-0 game ever at Coors Field.

”Come on [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/ramon-humber-jersey]Ramon Humber Jersey[/url] ,” the catcher said.

He can thank his dominant starter for the latest addition. He played a pretty big role, too.

Iannetta homered in the seventh, Tyler Anderson pitched eight stellar innings in outdueling Andrew Suarez and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night to sweep a three-game series.

It was the first 1-0 game at Coors Field since June 12, 2010.

Anderson (6-3) scattered two hits and tied a season high with nine strikeouts. The left-hander didn’t allow a baserunner to reach second base.

”Tyler pitched great,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.

For that, Anderson credits a slight tweak in game plans, going with more cutters than changeups.

”It was helpful because I’ve faced those guys a lot,” Anderson said. ”If they want to sit on a changeup, it kind of helps to have something to equalize that.”

And of course, Anderson wanted the ball for the ninth.

”You always want to go out and finish it,” Anderson said. ”At the same time, Wade Davis is an unbelievable pitcher.”

Davis surrendered a two-out single to Andrew McCutchen and walked Buster Posey in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Brandon Crawford hit a deep foul ball before later flying out as Davis earned his 25th save.

Suarez (3-5) pretty much matched Anderson pitch for pitch in going seven innings and scattering five hits.

”A pitcher’s duel is always fun,” Suarez said. ”I enjoyed it, just that last inning I missed that one pitch.”

Suarez elevated a slider on a full count to Iannetta, who took a few steps down the line to make sure his hooking liner remained fair.

It did. The umpiring crew took a look and confirmed Iannetta’s seventh homer of the season.

Kelby Tomlinson and Brandon Belt both singled to account for the only Giants hits off Anderson. Over the three-game series [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-o_reilly-jersey]Ryan O'Reilly Jersey[/url] , San Francisco mustered just three runs and hit a combined .152.

”It’s a tough one, the whole series,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ”We’ve got to rebound here, get the bats going.”

This was another strong outing for Anderson, who allowed four hits and no runs over eight innings in Los Angeles against the Dodgers last Friday.

He found a way to top it.

”He was good both times. He had command of four pitches,” Iannetta said. ”He was using all four quadrants of the zone. That’s really a difference maker. When you can command pitches, it makes it tough for hitters to get in a groove.”

Colorado had something brewing in the third, when DJ LeMahieu lined a one-out double to right. Charlie Blackmon followed with a sharp single off the glove of Joe Panik, who hustled after the baseball as LeMahieu took a wide turn. LeMahieu held at third and Suarez got the next two outs to escape the jam.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Bryan Shaw (strained calf) threw 25 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday. Black said the reliever will throw Friday and Sunday for Triple-A Albuquerque. ”From there, we’ll make an assessment of where Bryan is,” Black said. ”But Bryan right now feels good, his arm feels great.”

STREAKING ARENADO

Nolan Arenado leads the NL with 22 homers this season. And to think, he thought he might not even hit one out this season.

No, seriously.

”The first month-and-a-half, felt like I wasn’t going to hit any homers this year [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/randall-cobb-jersey-cheap]Randall Cobb Jersey[/url] ,” Arenado said. ”Now I have 22. You have to ride the wave.”

THIS & THAT

Tomlinson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento and started at third base. … Colorado snapped a four-game skid on the Fourth of July. … Of Colorado’s three 1-0 wins on solo homers, Iannetta has the last two, according to the team. He also accomplished the feat on July 18, 2010, at Cincinnati. … The game lasted just 2 hours, 15 minutes – the shortest at Coors Field this season.

UP NEXT

Giants: Begin a four-game series against St. Louis on Thursday, with Johnny Cueto (3-0, 0.84 ERA) expected to return to the mound. Cueto was placed on the disabled list May 1 – retroactive to April 29 – with inflammation in his right elbow. A few days later he visited Dr. James Andrews, who diagnosed him with a strained elbow.

Rockies: Off Thursday before playing a three-game series in Seattle. RHP German Marquez (6-8, 5.14) will throw for the Rockies on Friday, while the Mariners go with RHP Felix Hernandez (8-6, 5.11).

On the opening day of the baseball season, Sidney Crosby swung and connected for the Pittsburgh Penguins, preventing the New Jersey Devils from sweeping their four-game season series with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion.

Crosby batted his own rebound out of the air and into the net 19 seconds into overtime, and the Penguins beat the Devils 4-3 on Thursday night [url=http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-leon-draisaitl-jersey]Leon Draisaitl Jersey[/url] , marking the second time in just over a week the back-to-back Conn Smythe Trophy winner has scored on a baseball swing.

”I’ve seen him do it so many times, it doesn’t surprise us anymore,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. ”He’s an elite player. There aren’t too many (making) guys those types of plays. He does it time and time again. He thinks the game on such a high level and he’s such a competitor.”

Kris Letang stole Taylor Hall’s pass in the opening seconds in the Pittsburgh zone and sent Crosby on a semi-break the other way. His initial shot hit the goalpost, but then the star center pulled his hands in and swatted the puck, extending his goal-scoring streak to five games.

The tally was similar to one against Montreal last Wednesday in which Crosby juggled the puck once on his stick before smacking it from just below shoulder height.

Crosby, who has won almost every major award in the NHL, modestly downplayed his latest trick.

”I just tried to stay with it,” he said. ”It’s fortunate it came back to me. I saw it go off post.”

Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin called the goal incredible.

”It kind of leaves you in awe,” he said. ”I mean we see it a lot, but every time he does it and does something special it’s crazy to see and enjoyable. It just speaks to what an incredible player he is.”

Conor Sheary, Letang and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins. Matt Murray made 28 saves.

Kyle Palmieri, Hall and Blake Coleman scored for the Devils, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Keith Kinkaid had 31 saves in losing for only the fourth time in his last 16 decisions (12-3-1).

”That’s a good team over there,” Palmieri said after the Devils remained three points in front of Florida in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. ”They know how to win at this time of year. We’ll take the point and reset and shore some things up for us. It’s a big weekend for us.”

New Jersey has five games left in the regular season, one less than the Panthers [url=http://www.patriotscheapstore.com/matthew-slater-jersey-cheap]Matthew Slater Jersey[/url] , who lost 3-2 in overtime to Ottawa.

The losses by Ottawa and New Jersey clinched playoff berths for Washington and Toronto, which were both idle.

The game was tied three times, with the Penguins getting a lucky bounce on Hornqvist’s 25th goal that tied it with 8:34 left in regulation. His shot from just inside the blue line went through a maze of players, hit the goalpost and then bounced off Kinkaid’s leg into the net.

Coleman had given the Devils the lead 5:11 into the third period. He stole a puck at the Penguins’ blue line, worked a give-and-go with Travis Zajac and then put the rebound of his own shot past Murray. It was his 12th goal of the season and third against Pittsburgh.

The game was tied 1-all after the first period and 2-all after the second.

Palmieri, who has four goals in his last three games, was sent on a breakaway by Nico Hischier and beat Murray between the pads at 12:19. Sheary tied it 25 seconds later after taking a cross-ice pass by Hornqvist and beating Kinkaid in close.

Letang, who has goals in two straight, put Pittsburgh ahead 6:59 into the second period, beating Kinkaid from low in the right circle.

Hall tied the game with a power-play goal from the right circle. It was his 34th goal.

NOTES: Hischier is the first Devils’ rookie to have 50 points in a season since Adam Henrique in 2011-12. … The Penguins now have four 25-goal scorers with Hornqvist joining Evgeni Malkin (42), Phil Kessel (30) and Crosby (28). It’s the first time since 2011-12. … RW Patrick Maroon returned to the Devils’ lineup after missing two games with a lower-body injury. … Rookie RW Jesper Bratt was a healthy scratch.

UP NEXT

Penguins: Host Montreal on Saturday.

Devils: Finish four-game home stand on Saturday against Islanders.

More NHL hockey: [url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/kansas-city-chiefs]Cheap Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys[/url]

te more time for himself.[editar]

Nose tackle Eddie Goldman and the Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

A second-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2015 [url=http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/joel-iyiegbuniwe-jersey]Joel Iyiegbuniwe Jersey[/url] , Goldman has started 32 of the 36 games played and has 8 1/2 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries.

The Bears announced the move Friday.

General manager Ryan Pace calls it a "key extension for the future of the Bears." He says Goldman is an "anchor" for the defense and "has put the work in every day to earn this opportunity."

The Bears open Sunday at Green Bay in coach Matt Nagy's first game.

Chicago is expecting more after four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North thanks to some major moves in the offseason. The Bears signed former Jacksonville Pro Bowl receiver Allen Robinson and boosted their defense last weekend by acquiring two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack from Oakland.

Antonio Brown didn’t skip out on the vast majority of the Pittsburgh Steelers organized team activities to make a statement. Or to disrespect the backup quarterbacks. Or to take a stand alongside running back Le’Veon Bell.

The All-Pro insists he simply felt more comfortable working out back home in Miami, where he could spend time with his five children and escape what he described as the ”pressure” he faces from outside forces daily in Pittsburgh.

”I needed that precious time with myself to get my mind right,” Brown said Tuesday as the Steelers began a mandatory three-day minicamp.

A move the 29-year-old star called necessary as he prepares for his ninth season. Brown is typically a fixture at the voluntary workouts, where he is usually among the few players in actual football pants instead of shorts.

This spring, however, he participated in the first two days and then jetted off to Florida. The fact that starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appeared for the first day of OTAs before taking time off for what he called a planned family vacation was purely coincidental.

”I play with any quarterback [url=http://www.officialpredators.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-hartman-jersey]http://www.officialpredators.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-hartman-jersey[/url] , no matter who’s here,” Brown said. ”I play with the Steelers. It’s not one guy that I (catch passes from).”

Brown dismissed any insinuation that he left OTAs because he didn’t want to work with the second or third string. He also expressed frustration with media for asking other players to comment on his absence.

”You guys making up stories to ask these guys stuff that they shouldn’t be dealing with,” Brown said. ”You know, that’s the pressure of being a professional athlete. Everyday scrutiny. Everyday pressure. It’s hard to be free.”

Brown, however, struggled to be specific about how the attention that comes with being one of the NFL’s top players negatively affects him.

The only player to have five consecutive seasons with at least 100 receptions stressed he wasn’t calling out Bell when he was questioned last month about Bell’s decision to stay away from the team while waiting to sign his franchise tender.

”You guys paint me a picture to talk about Le’Veon [url=http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-frans-nielsen-jersey]Frans Nielsen Jersey Kids[/url] ,” Brown said. ”I’m not involved in Le’Veon’s business or his contract. You guys write about it and say `Oh, AB says to show up.’ I just say `The first rule of getting better is show up.’ I didn’t say he got to show up. He’s got his own business.”

The comments by the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver are a bit at odds with the persona he’s cultivated during a career in which he has evolved from a sixth-round pick to a perennial Pro Bowler. His Instagram feed is updated multiple times a day and gives 2.4 million followers access to workouts, highlights, video of his children running track meets or artsy cuts of the multiple Rolls Royces in his driveway.

Lately, though, the posts have taken a different turn. Last week [url=http://www.officialcanucks.com/authentic-adidas-christopher-tanev-jersey]Christopher Tanev Jersey[/url] , he called out former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians for labeling him simply as a “special teams guy” and even tweaked coach Mike Tomlin for benching him in favor of Emmanuel Sanders during his rookie season in 2010. Pressed for an explanation, Brown hinted he’s tired of toeing the company line.

”I think you’ve got to start expressing those things that year by year that you go through to get them out of your head,” Brown said. ”I think the more you bottle stuff up and you’re not aware of expressing yourself, that’s when these players have problems.”

Brown’s work ethic has never been in question. As his profile has risen – he’s one of the league’s most marketable players and his exuberant touchdown celebrations have taken on a life of their own – he’s attempted to give longer glimpses into the regimen that’s made him one of the most prolific receivers of his generation. Those posts continued even as he said he wanted to create more time for himself.

”I took a moment to get my mind right from organized team activities,” Brown said. ”It wasn’t even like serious. It’s not even mandatory. It’s volunteer.”

Brown is no longer concerned about his stats but the number of titles he’s won, which remains at zero. It’s the one thing left on his career checklist and the one he feels his career will be judged by. That remains his sole focus even as he lives in a fish bowl of which he’s been a willing architect.

”The game requires a lot of mental happiness and the older you get the more you start thinking about the things that are important [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/darrell-green-jersey]Darrell Green Jersey[/url] ,” he said. ”I’ve got five kids, a lot of family … the only thing left for me to do playing the game is to win a championship. I had to take a little time to spend time with my family and see what’s important for me.”

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/green-bay-packers/customized]Green Bay Packers Customized Jerseys[/url]

tackles covering kicks,[editar]

The Dallas Cowboys want a do-over on hosting the Super Bowl after horrid weather and a seating fiasco ruined their first try seven years ago.

While the wait will easily be more than a decade and with no indication the big game is coming back soon [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/brandon-carr-jersey-cheap]Brandon Carr Jersey[/url] , last weekend's draft at least showed the NFL that what is becoming its spring Super Bowl went off without a hitch in North Texas.

"Obviously we've got a little chip on our shoulder about that one because we had a snowstorm and it didn't go perfect," executive vice president Stephen Jones said last week, referring to the 2011 title game.

"There's a big school of thought in the league that these things should go to kind of vacational-type spots, South Florida and Southern California and Phoenix and New Orleans. I get that. We'd still like a redo there."

The Cowboys hosted the first draft in an NFL stadium, and the league said about 100,000 people showed up in and around AT&T Stadium in Arlington, halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth, for the first round Thursday night.

Crowd size was limited by the league to about 20,000 indoors, using just one end of the 80 [url=http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/demarcus-lawrence-jersey]Demarcus Lawrence Jersey[/url] ,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof, which was closed. The largest screens of the giant video board that hangs over the center of the field were mostly out of view.

The theater setup is still preferred by the NFL for an event that spent many years at Radio City Music Hall in New York before back-to-back drafts in Chicago and last year's popular stop in Philadelphia on the steps of the art museum in front of the Rocky statue.

This larger venue allowed officials to try something they'd been thinking about for a while. Groups of seats designated for fans of each team on the field in front of the stage were a hit. The idea derived from political conventions fed what officials thought was an energetic setting.

"It exceeded our expectations in terms of the energy down here," said Peter O'Reilly, who oversees special events for the NFL. "It's been a terrific event for us as the draft continues to evolve."

As always, the Cowboys were worried about the weather. It was just about perfect, unlike the unprecedented ice storm that paralyzed the Dallas area most of the week before the Super Bowl. Of course, that was in midwinter.

On top of that, about 400 fans ended up without a place to sit when roughly 1,250 seats in temporary bleachers were declared unsafe hours before kickoff in Green Bay's 31-25 victory over Pittsburgh.

A lawsuit faulted Jerry Jones for trying to break the Super Bowl attendance record of 103,985 (it fell 766 short) [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/andre-holmes-jersey]Andre Holmes Jersey[/url] , and the outspoken Cowboys owner was forced to testify in federal court.

There was no such drama this time, and the draft accomplished what the Cowboys wanted: treating their fans while showcasing Texas as one of football's cradles.

"It's understated even, as big as it is, how much the fans love the draft and love the drama and uncertainty that goes with it," Stephen Jones said. "For our fans to be able to touch it and go out there and see what it's all about and see this firsthand ... this is football country."

Stephen Jones doesn't expect the draft to come back soon because the idea now is to move it annually. O'Reilly isn't sure it will be in a stadium again because each city has ideas about how to make the draft unique.

Super Bowls have been awarded through the 2021 season , including two with new stadiums (Atlanta, Los Angeles) and another with a renovated one (Miami, which will get its record 11th title game).

But the Cowboys have this much going for them: The NFL now has a fresher memory that has nothing to do with ice falling off the roof and hitting Super Bowl workers, or fans getting crammed into standing-room areas when they were supposed to have a place to sit.

"We're just thrilled with this week," O'Reilly said. "This draft certainly reflected really well on this market and its ability to put on major events."

Saints backup quarterback Taysom Hill was something of an NFL curiosity last season: An undrafted rookie [url=http://www.patriotscheapstore.com/sony-michel-jersey-cheap]Sony Michel Jersey[/url] , he obviously wasn’t going to get any playing time ahead of Drew Brees, but he did get playing time on special teams and even made some tackles covering kicks, which is almost unheard of for a quarterback.

Last year Hill was the third-string quarterback behind Brees and Chase Daniel, but this year he’s competing with Tom Savage and J.T. Barrett for the No. 2 job, and the Saints are liking what they’re seeing.

鈥淗e looks good,鈥?Saints coach Sean Payton said of Hill. 鈥淲e like where he is at. He is grinding and working hard. You guys saw [him make] a play today. When he does get outside the pocket, he can run, real fast. That presents a new challenge for the defense.鈥?/p>

Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi gushed about Hill’s athleticism.

鈥淓very great quarterback has to have a way of making a play when the play call isn鈥檛 perfect,鈥?Lombardi said. 鈥淪omeone鈥檚 not open right away, or the pressure gets to you [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/anthony-averett-jersey-cheap]Anthony Averett Jersey[/url] , and you have certain guys like Tom Brady or Drew, they do it by finding these creative throws or getting the ball out so quick and having that sixth sense of where to go with the ball. Other guys get away from the rush, and they get outside the pocket, and they create. You see Aaron Rodgers and those kind of guys make plays that way. Just the ability to avoid the rush. The guy runs a sub-4.5 40, and he鈥檚 strong 鈥?he might be the strongest guy on the team.鈥?/p>

Strength and speed are why Hill was able to help out on special teams, but passing accuracy are what he needs to develop if he wants to be a quarterback. Playing behind Brees, Hill has time to develop. And perhaps some day, Hill could even be Brees’ successor.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/jacksonville-jaguars/customized]Jacksonville Jaguars Customized Jerseys[/url]

him for the first time.[editar]

Washington owner Dan Snyder’s ownership of the radio station that broadcasts his team’s games has sometimes raised eyebrows. Most notably [url=http://www.officialcoyotes.com/authentic-adidas-niklas-hjalmarsson-jersey]Niklas Hjalmarsson Jersey[/url] , when Chris Cooley speculated on the air that then-G.M. Scot McCloughan’s drinking was affecting his job performance.

Now Snyder is getting out of the radio business.

Snyder announced today that he sold The Team 980 to Urban One. Snyder had previously sold smaller stations he owns and now does not own any radio stations.

The Team 980 will continue to broadcast Washington’s games, so the team and the radio station will remain business partners. But according to Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, Snyder wasn’t turning a profit in the radio business [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-robin-lehner-jersey]Womens Robin Lehner Jersey[/url] , so he wanted to get out and focus his time on his team.

Whether Snyder spending more time on his team translates to more wins remains to be seen. But he’s now out of the radio business.

Le’Veon Bell’s next season with the Pittsburgh Steelers will almost certainly be his last.

The Pro Bowl running back and the defending AFC North champions failed to reach an agreement on a new contract by Monday’s deadline, meaning he will play under the franchise tag for a second straight year and hit the open market next spring.

Bell tweeted that he ”both sides worked extremely hard” to try and find common ground but ultimately could not.

”The NFL is a hard business at times … to the fans that had hope, I’m sorry we let you down but trust me [url=http://www.officialmapleleafsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-tyler-bozak-jersey]Tyler Bozak Jersey[/url] , 2018 will be my best season to date,” Bell posted.

The 26-year-old Bell is one of the league’s most versatile players and he has long maintained he wants to be paid accordingly. In addition to serving as a workhorse in the backfield – his 321 rushing attempts last season led the NFL – he also caught 85 passes, good enough for 10th in the league.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team will make another attempt to re-sign Bell in the 2019 offseason [url=http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/johnny-unitas-jersey]Johnny Unitas Jersey[/url] , but another Pro Bowl-type season by Bell would likely make him too expensive.

Bell will make $14.5 million whenever he signs his franchise tender, which likely won’t be until the end of training camp. It’s the path Bell followed last summer after the Steelers placed the franchise tag on him for the first time.

He arrived the weekend after the end of the exhibition season and got off to a bit of a slow start before finding his footing in October while helping the Steelers to a second straight division title and fourth consecutive playoff appearance.

The depth chart behind Bell is uneven at best. James Conner showed signs during his rookie season last fall before a knee injury. The team drafted Jaylen Samuels – who did a little bit of everything at North Carolina State – in the fifth round this spring. Samuels was an effective receiver for the Wolfpack but he lacks Bell’s unique overall skillset.

One the Steelers – barring an unusual turn of events – will have in the fold for just one more year.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/new-orleans-saints]Authentic New Orleans Saints Jerseys[/url]

am account on Friday.[editar]

The Jacksonville Jaguars head into the final day of the NFL draft looking to land a backup quarterback [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-tyler-seguin-jersey]Tyler Seguin Jersey[/url] , a tight end, a linebacker and some offensive line depth.

The Jaguars have four picks remaining, beginning with a fourth-rounder that is No. 129 overall. They also have a sixth-round selection and two in the seventh.

Jacksonville chose three players from the powerhouse Southeastern Conference with their top three picks, taking Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan, LSU receiver DJ Chark and Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison. None of them is expected to start as rookies. It's the first time since 2006 the Jaguars didn't get a plug-and-play starter in the first three rounds of the draft. It's a tribute to the team's roster [url=http://www.officialislanders.com/authentic-adidas-nick-leddy-jersey]http://www.officialislanders.com/authentic-adidas-nick-leddy-jersey[/url] , which is mostly intact after making the AFC championship game.

Nonetheless, they have needs. A third quarterback is among those despite trading for backup Cody Kessler in March.

The woman whose face was bloodied in a home invasion at a home owned by Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy says her injuries are healing, though she is still having emotional difficulty dealing with what happened a month ago.

Delicia Cordon wrote, "mentally, is still a battle [url=http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-mike-cammalleri-jersey]Authentic Mike Cammalleri Jersey[/url] ," in posting a message on her Instagram account on Friday.

Cordon is McCoy's ex-girlfriend, and wrote she will continue to fight for justice to be served, and added: "NO ONE deserves what my cousin and I endured."

Cordon was injured after being attacked by a man who entered the home in suburban Atlanta in the early hours of July 10. Her lawyer said Cordon sustained bruises and was struck in the face multiple times by a gun when the man attempted to take bracelets off her wrist.

Police in Milton, Georgia, have no update on their investigation.

McCoy has denied involvement in the home invasion [url=http://www.officialblackhawksproshop.com/authentic-adidas-brent-seabrook-jersey]Brent Seabrook Jersey Kids[/url] , and says he had no direct contact with any of the people involved in months before the home invasion.

Court records show McCoy began eviction proceedings against Cordon on July 3, 2017.

Cordon has since moved out of the home, though an eviction hearing is still scheduled for Tuesday.

Her attorney, Tanya Mitchell Graham, did not reply to a phone and email message seeking comment.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/indianapolis-colts]Womens Indianapolis Colts Jerseys[/url]

rs of the military befo[editar]

— A Super Bowl victory gave Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman more job security.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed their coach and executive vice president of football operations to contract extensions through the 2022 season. Coming off the franchise’s first championship since 1960 [url=http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/bruce-smith-jersey]Bruce Smith Jersey[/url] , the team announced the deals an hour before a sellout crowd watched an open practice Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

Pederson is entering his third season as coach. He originally signed a four-year contract with a club option for 2020.

Roseman began his career with the team as an unpaid intern in 2000, rose to become the youngest general manager in the NFL at age 34 in 2010, overcame a season in exile in 2015 after losing a power struggle to former coach Chip Kelly and returned to put together a championship team.

“We are thrilled to solidify continuity in our organization’s leadership,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “Doug and Howie are committed to the success of our franchise by ensuring that we remain competitive, both in the short and long term. That unified vision for the future of our team is what gives us the best chance to win moving forward.”

Pederson, a longtime backup quarterback in the NFL, came to Philadelphia the first time in 1999 as a starter for Andy Reid. He groomed rookie Donovan McNabb that season and spent several more years in the NFL. Pederson began his coaching career as an assistant under Reid in 2009, followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013 and was hired by the Eagles to replace Chip Kelly in 2016.

He guided a team that overcame numerous injuries last season to a 41-33 victory over Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Eagles were led by backup quarterback Nick Foles after Carson Wentz sustained a season-ending knee injury in Week 14.

In a story June 27 about a sports exhibit at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the memorial and museum president was named Alice M. Greenwood. Her surname is Greenwald.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Museum exhibit highlights impact of sports after 9/11

New exhibit at 9/11 Memorial & Museum highlights impact of sports after 2001 attacks

By MELISSA MURPHY

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) – A new exhibit at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum highlights the impact of sports after the 2001 attacks, including the Mets’ win in New York’s first major sporting event after 9/11.

”Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11” explores how sports helped unite the country and features interviews with athletes such as Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza.

”In that first game back, the home team came back and won [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-devin-shore-jersey]Devin Shore Jersey[/url] ,” said Piazza, whose two-run homer for the Mets in the eighth inning on Sept. 21, 2001, lifted the team past Atlanta. ”That’s exactly the lesson the city, the country and the world needed to see that night.”

Carol Gies attended that game with her three sons and celebrated the moment in the stands. Her firefighter husband, Lt. Ronnie Gies, died in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

”When that ball went over the wall, I saw my children smile for the very first time since they lost their dad,” she said in an oral history recording.

The exhibit covers various sports, including football, hockey [url=http://www.officialbluejackets.com/authentic-adidas-nick-foligno-jersey]Nick Foligno Jersey[/url] , basketball, soccer, NASCAR, the New York City Marathon and the 2002 Winter Olympics. The story is told in nine chapters, using archival sports footage and testimonies from athletes, coaches and 9/11 families.

It opens with the U.S. Open final of Venus vs. Serena Williams on the weekend before the attacks. It moves through the cancellation of events, including the first stoppage of Major League Baseball since the death of President Franklin Roosevelt in 1945.

The Mets’ and Giants‘ stadiums were used as recovery and supply sites after the attacks. Piazza’s jersey, his batting helmet with ”NYPD” taped on the back and John Franco’s FDNY hat are on display.

So is Pat Tillman’s Army Ranger uniform, on loan from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tillman, an Arizona Cardinal player, enlisted after 9/11 and died in Afghanistan.

New York Rangers Mike Richter [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/fred-warner-jersey-cheap]Fred Warner Jersey[/url] , Eric Lindros and Mark Messier are pictured during a visit to thank rescue workers at ground zero on Sept. 16.

There’s a quote from Mets manager Bobby Valentine: ”When we went down there the first time, you could still smell it. You could still feel it. You could see the filth on the faces of the workers. When they saw us, their faces lit up. You could see their teeth through their black masks.”

A letter from 10-year-old Brielle Saracini to Derek Jeter dated Sept. 14 is on display. She explains to her favorite player that her father, Victor Saracini, was a pilot of hijacked Flight 175 that crashed into the south tower. Soon after, Jeter called to invite Brielle, her sister and mother to a game.

In the World Series, the Yankees hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks among heightened security for Games 3, 4, 5 at Yankee Stadium, just 14 miles from ground zero. Video shows Jeter hitting a walk-off home run in Game 4 and jumping into the arms of teammates at home plate.

Michael Jordan is pictured with members of the military before a Washington Wizards vs. Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 30. Jordan had pledged his entire year’s salary to the 9/11 relief effort.

”Through the lens of sports [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/trent-williams-jersey]Trent Williams Jersey[/url] , this exhibition celebrates the strength of the human spirit and our capacity to come together and support one another through unimaginable grief,” 9/11 Memorial & Museum President Alice M. Greenwald said. ”This story provides additional points of entry into the complex story of 9/11 to better understand our history and the impact it had on our world today, to reflect on our own lived memories from that time and to feel inspired by stories about the best of humanity.”

The exhibit was sponsored in part through the support of the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, MLB, the New York Mets and their chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon. It runs through the summer of 2019.

[url=http://www.officialusafootballs.com/new-england-patriots]http://www.officialusafootballs.com/new-england-patriots[/url]

C.J. Beathard talks about walking the runway with a 2-year old cancer survivor[editar]

The San Francisco 49ers community relations team does some great work [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-marquise-goodwin-jersey]Youth Marquise Goodwin jersey[/url] , and on Tuesday, they had a special event. This Sunday the team has a “Crucial Catch” game against the Arizona Cardinals. The NFL has a “Crucial Catch” campaign during the month of October, during which they focus on risk reduction and early cancer detection.The 49ers hosted a fashion show featuring guests who have had or are currently battling breast cancer, pediatric cancer, and colon cancer. They modeled Levi’s apparel [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-george-kittle-jersey]http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-george-kittle-jersey[/url] , and were paired with a 49ers player. You can check out a gallery of photos above, courtesy of the 49ers.There’s some great video of quarterback C.J. Beathard walking with 2-year old Tatum. Beathard has a two-year old of his own, and on Wednesday he talked about how natural it was to walk the runway with Tatum.He also talked about the volunteer opportunities from his time at Iowa. Following that I’ve posted video of Beathard and Tatum, and then a full video.C.J. Beathard & Tatum videoFull videoReport: Patriots working on a trade for Josh Gordon Fooch’s update: The trade is complete. Per Adam Schefter, the Patriots are trading a fifth round pick to Cleveland. If Gordon isn’t active for 10 games [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-earl-mitchell-jersey]Earl Mitchell jersey[/url] , the Patriots get back a late-round pick from Cleveland.The New England Patriots have a struggling wide receiver corps, but they might be adding some serious potential to the group. The Patriots are talking to the Cleveland Browns about a trade for wide receiver Josh Gordon, per NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.The Browns announced on Sunday that they planned on releasing Gordon. That was viewed by most as a way to spark some trade discussions. San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch told local media on Sunday the 49ers had inquired about Gordon and were doing their due diligence on him.It is not surprising the 49ers would not end up pulling the trigger on a deal. The wide receiver depth chart has a lot of questions, but there is talent to build around. Josh Gordon would likely be an upgrade over some members of that group, but the team seems comfortable moving forward with them. And given the issues Gordon has staying on the field [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-k_waun-williams-jersey]Authentic K'Waun Williams jersey[/url] , the 49ers likely decided the risk was not worth the potential reward.

Instant analysis: This is what 2018 Giants football was supposed to look like[editar]

If the New York Giants were going to have any realistic chance of having a successful 2018 season they had to have a victory Sunday against the Houston Texans. They got that desperately-needed victory by a 27-22 score [url=http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/evan-engram-jersey]Authentic Evan Engram Jersey[/url] , and it wasn’t an accident.For the first time this season, Giants’ football looked the way new coach Pat Shurmur and Co. hoped it would.The Giants were efficient and explosive on offense, especially in the first half. They were opportunistic, especially in the second half, on defense. They didn’t hurt themselves on special teams.Sunday began with the news that Ereck Flowers was no longer a member of the Giants’ starting offensive line. It ended with the first victory of the Pat Shurmur era. And renewed optimism that the Giants, underdogs on Sunday and facing the potential of a disastrous 0-3 start, could do good things in 2018.The Giants once again failed to reach the 30-point plateau, a mark they haven’t hit since the final game of the 2015 season when Tom Coughlin’s career with the team was ending. Still, when J.J. Watt wasn’t wrecking their plans, they showed the variety of weapons that could make their offense special.The Giants scored the first four times they had the ball, with a pair of touchdowns and a pair of Aldrick Rosas field goals. Saquon Barkley, again showing that he is virtually impossible for the first defender to tackle, took advantage of the best run-blocking the Giants have given him this season. Barkley had a 15-yard scoring run, a 24-yard run, and ended up with 17 carries for 82 yards.When it was winning time in the fourth quarter, nursing a 20-15 lead and needing a drive, it was Barkley the Giants leaned on. On a 9-play, 77-yard drive that ended up giving them a commanding 27-15 lead with 5:29 remaining Barkley carried the ball three times and caught two passes for 27 yards, including a 21-yard catch when he lined up as a wide receiver.“We found a way to finish the game. We started with a nice play to Shep, then we ran the ball a little bit. We found a way to complete some passes, and then obviously at the end, score there,” Shurmur said.Eli Manning was an incredibly efficient 25-of-29 for 297 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 132.3. He was sacked four times, three by Watt, but generally had time to set his feet and step into his throws. Shurmur also moved him left and right, creating some easy throws. Manning was as good as he’s been in a long, long time.Manning took advantage of mismatches all day, just like the Giants hoped he would be able to do if they could block well enough to give him a chance.“That’s how I see playing offense. You deal up a progression. Dial it up and then the ball goes where it’s supposed to go. If it gets out on time, we really trust all of our players out there,” Shurmur said. “The last touchdown was designed really to go to Odell (Beckham Jr.) isolated. They doubled him, so Eli went back and threw the ball to Shep (Sterling Shepard). That’s just the way this thing works, and it was good.”Manning was told after the game that he seemed more comfortable in the pocket than he had been the first two weeks.“I thought we did a good job having a good plan to get the ball out. The ball was coming out fast, could see what they were doing. The offensive line was blocking, doing what they were doing, they were blocking things up and we didn’t have the mistakes,” Manning said. “I thought we kind of condensed the offense a little bit and made sure guys knew what they were doing. Plays that they knew, they were playing fast, the offensive line was playing fast and we have good players, just let them go play. Let’s not try to be perfect and trick or do too much. Let our guys go win, because we got good athletes.”Relying heavily on various crossing routes, Manning completed 9-of-10 passes directed at Odell Beckham Jr. for 109 yards. When the Texans jumped Beckham and left single coverage elsewhere, the Giants took advantage of that. Sterling Shepard caught six passes for 80 yards, Rhett Ellison three for 39 and a touchdown, Barkley five for 35, Evan Engram one for 19 before being hurt and Cody Latimer one for 15.Defensively, as the game rolled into the latter stages and it looked like momentum was shifting to the Texans, the defense came up with a pair of critical takeaways to keep Houston at bay.Late in the third quarter, Kerry Wynn knocked a ball away from Lamar Miller and Donte Deayon recovered at the Giants’ 25-yard line. Houston’s next possession reached the Giants’ 8-yard line, but a penalty, sack and outstanding athletic interception by Alec Ogletree in the end zone ended that opportunity.Wynn was terrific. Damon Harrison dominated the middle. B.J. Hill and Lorenzo Carter got their first sacks. The Giants did enough in the secondary. They survived a game without Olivier Vernon and Eli Apple.Can the Giants build on this?That’s a really good question.Shurmur said his first victory as Giants’ coach “feels special because we’re making progress.”Will they [url=http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/eli-manning-jersey]Authentic Eli Manning Jersey[/url] , however, sustain it and make it meaningful?The Giants return home next week to face the New Orleans Saints, 2-1 after a 43-37 overtime victory Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons. That won’t be an easy game against Drew Brees and Co., a team with a terrific offense but a defense that can be taken advantage of.The Giants showed us Sunday what they can be. What they will be remains to be seen. “This is what we were itching for, itching for a win. Guys had a great week of preparation, so it shows us how we should prepare, and if we want to keep this feeling then that’s what we have to keep on doing,” Shepard said. “Everybody was freaking out about the two games but we remained calm as a team.”Beckham was well aware that one victory does not mean all is well in the Giants’ world.“We have to get some more wins and start putting them together,” he said. “We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves, because it’s just one game. Now we have to start tacking it on, build off this today and keep improving.”What they managed to do Sunday, though, is to get a reprieve and make things interesting going forward.What options do the Giants have in the return game? The New York Giants have not gotten a lot out of Hunter Sharp and Kalif Raymond on punt and kickoff returns through two preseason games.Return Game ComparisonPlayerPunt ReturnsAvg.LongTDsKickoff ReturnsAvg.LongPlayerPunt ReturnsAvg.LongTDsKickoff ReturnsAvg.LongThe lack of explosive plays is one thing. Sharp’s issues with ball security against the Detroit Lions, a muffed punt and a fumble, exacerbated the Giants’ dilemma. Who is going to return kickoffs and punts?“Coach Pat Shurmur said this week that the Giants are “a little bit unsettled” at that spot.“We have guys back there working, we’ll just play It out through the preseason and see where it goes,” Shurmur said.The preferenceSharp or Raymond grabs the job — In each of the first two preseason games, Sharp returned kicks in the first half and Raymond in the second. The pair might be in competition for one wide receiver/return man job on the 53-man roster. Playing for the Giants and Denver Broncos last season, Sharp averaged 9.3 yards on eight punt returns and had a 19-yard kickoff return. Before his bout with the dropsies last week, Sharp had probably been looked at as the more reliable of the two when it came to ball security.In 12 games over two seasons with the Broncos, Giants and New York Jets Raymond has averaged 7.2 yards on 29 punt returns and 20.4 yards on 20 kickoff returns. The problem is he has fumbled seven of those returns, or 24.2 percent of them. Both guys have a lot to prove before the Giants trust either of them with the return job.The nuclear optionLet Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley do it ... maybe even Sterling Shepard — All three have returned kicks in the past, and have done at least some work returning kicks this summer. Beckham and Shepard, in fact, work with the return teams on a regular basis.Letting the two star players handle returns would, of course, set off a frenzy of “remember what happened to Jason Sehorn” alarm bells from Giants fans. Well, yes, we remember. Shurmur wasn’t the coach then, and bringing up the Sehorn discussion with him would be pointless. I seriously doubt that the Giants want to see any of these three players handling returns on any sort of regular basis. Maybe not at all.Could you really blame Shurmur, though, if he put Beckham back to return a punt or Barkley a kickoff late in a close game that the Giants needed to win? In my view, I could not. The job of the coach is to win, and putting your best players in positions to make impact plays at important times gives you a better chance to do that. Injury risk or not, I would be OK with the Giants using Beckham and Barkley in critical situations.By the way, I have to add this. During practices this summer I have watched Beckham return a number of kickoffs. Like a lot of other things, it just looks different — faster and more explosive — when he does it in comparison to anyone else.Other possibilitiesCody Latimer — The wide receiver did some kickoff returning with the Denver Broncos, averaging 24.4 yards on 18 returns over four seasons. He returned eight kickoffs in each of the past two seasons. Latimer has seldom worked as a returner this summer, but did field kickoffs during Tuesday’s practice. Perhaps that is a harbinger of things to come.Travis Rudolph — He can return kickoffs and punts, but really seems to lack the big-play explosiveness you would like from a returner. Rudolph averaged 2.7 yards on three punt returns last preseason and 22.0 yards on three kickoff returns.Sterling Shepard — I mentioned him above. He averaged 7.4 yards on 30 punt returns at Oklahoma. Shepard has worked consistently this summer with both the punt and kickoff return groups.Grant Haley — The rookie cornerback averaged 20.6 yards per return on 32 returns as a freshman at Penn State. He has not returned kicks since, and to my recollection has not gotten any reps doing so with the Giants.Donte Deayon — The former coaching staff gave the 5-foot-9, 163-pound Deayon a look as a return man last preseason. He had three punt returns for a total of 1 yard averaged 19.5 yards on a pair of kickoff returns. Deayon returned punts at Boise State, averaging 8.4 yards per return on 30 attempts.Mike Jones — The recently re-signed rookie cornerback averaged 22.2 yards on kickoff returns and 5.6 yards on punt returns for Temple in 2017. In 2016, playing for North Carolina Central in the FCS, Jones averaged an explosive 22.0 yards per punt return with two touchdowns. Jones, to my knowledge, has yet to get any looks with the Giants as a return man. The problem with the idea of keeping Jones as a returner is that we saw him play cornerback on Friday vs. the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter, when he committed two penalties and gave up catches on all three targets where he did not commit a penalty. To keep him for returns, the Giants would have to cut a more deserving cornerback. The cornerback depth is already iffy.Waivers/free agency — There does not appear to be an established return man available right now. That could change after the final preseason game when teams make cuts to reach the 53-man roster limit. If the Giants remain “unsettled” in the return game once the preseason concludes, perhaps their 2018 return man is currently on someone else’s roster.

Series history between the Bucs and Bears[editar]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to Soldier Field this weekend [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/gerald-mccoy-jersey]Womens Gerald McCoy Jersey[/url] , to take on the Chicago Bears. Both teams are 2-1 heading into week four, but the Bears won last week, while the Buccaneers lost. These two teams have quite a bit of history with each other. When the Buccaneers joined the league in 1977, they were both apart of the NFC central until 2001, when Tampa Bay moved to the NFC South. These two teams have squared off 78 total times, with Sunday being the 79th matchup. Since Tampa Bay joined the league in 1997, these two teams have played every season [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/donovan-smith-jersey]Womens Donovan Smith Jersey[/url] , but seven. This will now be the fifth year in a row that these two teams will play each other. That is extremely uncommon for teams who aren’t in the same division, but when both teams usually finish last in their respective division, this is what tends to happen.The all-time series record is probably what you’d expect. Overall, the Buccaneers haven’t fared to well against the Bears, but the last two matchups have gone in the Buccaneers favor. Make no mistake about it, this will be the best Bears team Tampa has faced in quite some time. All-time record: Chicago has won 38 games, while Tampa Bay has won 20. Last five matchups: Chicago has won three of the last five games played between the two teams. Most recent game: Tampa Bay beat chicago in week two last season [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/adam-humphries-jersey]Womens Adam Humphries Jersey[/url] , 29-7. All time scoring matchup: Chicago has scored 1,231 points, while Tampa Bay has scored 952.You can find the results and statistics of every game by clicking here.Giving Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick Reps Is A Fine Line We knew headed into camp that Ryan Fitzpatrick was going to get his share of first team reps. It’s rather critical given the burden on his shoulders to help the Buccaneers tread water the first three weeks of the season while Jameis Winston is suspended.The question was, how many reps are the right amount for each guy?Head coach Dirk Koetter addressed the concern following practice Wednesday as he’s doing the best he can given the circumstances;Though I tend to disagree slightly with Koetter’s assessment that Fitzpatrick doesn’t need as many reps because of how long he’s been in the league, you have to understand that Winston will be without practice for three weeks. Therefore, he needs as many reps as possible now so that he’s ready to go come week four.As for Fitz [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/justin-evans-jersey]Authentic Justin Evans Jersey[/url] , this is a guy that has been a starter but needs as many reps as possible given that he doesn’t usually work with the first team offense. These guys have a limited window in which to build some chemistry and a rapport so that the first three games aren’t a complete bloodbath.It’s not an easy road to navigate, but Koetter is doing the best he, or anyone in his situation, could do.

10 things to watch in the Browns’ Week 4 match-up and the NFL[editar]

Welcome to Week 4 of the NFL! This weekly column includes a lot of loose ends leading up to Sunday’s game.Pokorny’s 10 Things to Watch in Week 4 - Browns and the NFL1. Respect Around the NFL: The Browns getting that first win last week over the Jets was a big step forward. No longer does that lingering thought exist in other teams’ minds that “we can’t be the team that loses to the Browns.” Cleveland shot up in the power rankings. Pro Football Focus predicted the Browns to win in nearly a clean sweep among their analysts:It feels fantastic. We have suffered through plenty of miserable seasons [url=http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/seth-devalve-jersey-authentic]http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/seth-devalve-jersey-authentic[/url] , but in particular, the first two years under Hue Jackson’s watch tested our patience more than ever before. An awesome comeback by Baker Mayfield was all I needed last week to believe in this team again. Even if Mayfield ends up having some rookie woes, he can stay in games with this defense the Browns have — can you believe the most points they’ve allowed in a single game is 21 points?2. Color Rush Uniforms: Who else thought the color rush uniforms the Browns debuted in Week 3 against the Jets were awesome? It really makes me look forward to 2020, when the team revamps the current uniforms yet again. As far as wearing the color rush uniforms again, you won’t have to wait long for them again. According to Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 the Fan, Cleveland will wear them two more times in 2018: in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens at home, and then one more time later in the season.3. Oakland’s Pass Rush is Non-Existent: Imagine if the Browns, a few years from now, just said, “Sure, we will trade Myles Garrett away,” while having no one even close on the roster to replace him. That’s what the Raiders did with Khalil Mack, and their pass rush has suffered across the board.Oakland’s defense has 3 sacks, an NFL-low. Oakland only generates a sack on 3.26% of pass attempts, also an NFL-low. To compare, the Browns generate a sack on 8.41% of pass attempts.Per PFF data compiled by the Buffalo News, Oakland has generated pressure on 19 of 98 dropbacks in 2018 (19.4%), a mark that is the worst in the NFL. To compare, the Browns generate pressure 28.8% of the time.DE Bruce Irvin was once a decent pass-rushing threat with the Seahawks. He talked about the team’s current struggles in that department, but fans have questioned the lack of effort he gives on gameday:4. Haley & Hue - Trick Play Discrepancy: I’m not trying to make something out of nothing here — I just find this amusing, that is all. In Hue Jackson’s post-game press conference right after beating the Jets, he was asked about Cleveland’s successful two-point conversion looking similar to the Eagles’ “Philly Special.” Here was his response:And then here is what offensive coordinator Todd Haley said this week, when asked if the play was borrowed from the Eagles:5. Lots of Chances: Browns fans are stoked about the win over the Jets, but this team must continue making progress. The grind doesn’t stop here. Just think about some of the breaks that Cleveland had go their way against the Jets. Cleveland’s first two-point try failed before the aforementioned “Cleveland Special.” The league reportedly apologized to the Jets for the bad call.Cleveland also had the Jets drop a would-be interception on Baker Mayfield’s first drive and recovered a fumble by Mayfield; not turning it over either time resulted in 3 points. In the fourth quarter, Duke Johnson’s fumble was somehow recovered by Rashard Higgins, but that could’ve left the Browns’ comeback just short if the Jets had recovered it.One big step toward becoming a winning team, though, is that you do prevail despite these types of things. Whether things go your way or not [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/chris-hubbard-jersey]Authentic Chris Hubbard Jersey[/url] , you still play your game and finish in the best way possible.6. The Browns Have Avoided Penalties: The talk of the NFL these first three weeks has been the awful roughing the passer penalties that have been called. Through three weeks, though, the Browns have actually been pretty good in that department, as defensive coordinator Gregg Williams points out:Through three weeks, the Browns have had 20 penalties total called on them, which is below the league average. They have been especially better the past two weeks, where they only have 9 total penalties. 2 of those were on offense, 3 on defense, and 4 on special teams.7. Draw Play Dave Adds Baker Mayfield: Shout out to Draw Play Dave, who always does great NFL illustrations and just came out with one that adds QB Baker Mayfield to the long list of Browns quarterbacks since 1999:8. Kicker Concerns: One big factor to think about with Cleveland is that kicker Greg Joseph is still very much an uncertain. Here is what special teams coordinator Amos Jones said about him this week:9. NFL Week 4 Picks: I went 10-6 in Week 3, improving to 29-17-2 on the season. Here are my Week 4 picks.10. Predicting the Browns’ Week 4 Inactives: I predict the following players will be inactive for Sunday’s game against the Raiders:Projected Inactives: QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Rod Streater, TE Seth DeValve, DE Devaroe Lawrence, LB James Burgess, LB D’Juan Hines, and CB Tavierre Thomas.I think Taylor will be inactive because of his back issues. Streater is still the newest receiver; he won’t be needed on gameday when Damion Ratley and Derrick Willies can already play. I’d like to see DeValve active over Orson Charles, but don’t know if he’s healthy enough yet. Burgess is out, and Hines was just signed as insurance.Daily Dawg Chow: Browns news (9/17/18) Cleveland Browns:“Zane Gonzalez: Cleveland Browns’ loss to New Orleans Saints ‘on me 100 percent’” (WKYC) - “Gonzalez had the kind of game special-teamers dread when the Cleveland Browns took on the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome...”“Available NFL free agent kickers” (247Sports) - “Poor kicking prevented multiple teams from achieving victory Sunday in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams are all in need of improvement at the kicker position.”“Browns quickly put aside shock of Josh Gordon situation, and rookie Antonio Callaway steps in” (C-T) - “When the shock wore off, the Browns had a game to play. Without talented and troubled receiver Josh Gordon.”“49ers have inquired about trade for Browns’ Josh Gordon” (SFGate) - “Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon would like to join the 49ers, and there is at least some degree of mutual interest.”“Refocused, NFL Week 2: New Orleans Saints 21, Cleveland Browns 18” (PFF) - “The much-anticipated battle between Myles Garrett and Terron Armstead was a big disappointment. Garrett very rarely got the better of the veteran tackle...”“Where the Browns stand on key issues heading into Thursday night’s game against the Jets” (cleveland.com) - “The Browns coming out of the first two games of the season winless isn’t a disaster. If anything, it was expected.”NFL:“Injuries we’re tracking from Sunday’s Week 2 games” (NFL.com) - “New York Jets tight end Neal Sterling was evaluated for a head injury against the Miami Dolphins.”“NFL sets new mark for early-season ties” (PFT) - “The NFL has had two not-so-nice outcomes in each of the first two weeks. It’s the first time since 1971 that the NFL opened a season with a tie in Week One and a tie in Week Two.”

49ers fantasy football pick-ups[editar]

[url=http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/earl-mitchell-jersey-authentic]http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/earl-mitchell-jersey-authentic[/url] , drops for Week 5 There isn’t much to note as far as fantasy pick-ups for Week 5. With us figuring out who C.J. Beathard’s favorite target outside of George Kittle is, there’s no sure things on the San Francisco 49ers. We’ll jump into some pickups in the NFL at large, but not this week. There are still some considerations and starts to make in anticipation of the matchup against a bad Arizona Cardinals squad. Let’s take a look. As always, percentage owned numbers are based on Yahoo! leagues.Pick-ups49ers D/STWeek 4 stats: 29 PA, one interception, one touchdownMany of you have asked if we would even consider starting the 49ers D/ST against a bad, BAD Arizona Cardinals team. Our answer is: It depends. Now, before we go further, that’s not a good answer for a fantasy pick-up. If your league is scored using only points allowed by the D/ST, and you are hurting for a streaming defense, be it waiver positioning, a drought of teams, or a deep league, then maybe--and we say this with little confidence--maybe the 49er D/ST is an option this week. If your league awards points for sacks and interceptions (or in mine where you get a lot of points for a defense performing well), then stay far, far away from this. The 49ers will not generate enough of anything to be a game-changer. There are much worse defenses to pick up this week, and if you are desperate, the 49ers can be plugged in to hold down the fort in a crucial bye. But a lot of things need to be going against you to even consider this (like every team having two D/ST’s on their roster which is questionable to say the least). Pick up or don’t pick up: Don’t pick them up. Must-Start Status AlertGeorge Kittle% Owned: 88Week 4 stats: 6 receptions, 125 yards [url=http://www.redskinsfootballauthentics.com/tress-way-jersey-authentic]Womens Tress Way Jersey[/url] , one touchdownMr. Kittle’s and bits has gone from a sleeper draft choice, to a big pickup, to a must-start now that C.J. Beathard is chucking the ball to him. None of Beathard’s pass-catchers are standing out and we all know Garrett Celek isn’t going to do anything with his opportunities besides bat away potential touchdown passes. The 49ers get the Arizona Cardinals this week. As I’ve said, a bad Cardinals team. Slot Kittle in as your tight end this week if you haven’t already. And if you’re one of those lucky ones who have both Kittle and say Travis Kelce/Rob Gronkowski/Zach Ertz, put Kittle in as your flex (if allowed). Yes, he’s going to go off that much. We said last week Kittle was in must-start status and he didn’t disappoint. The Cardinals are much, much worse than the Chargers. Start with confidence. The only time Kittle should be benched is if your league rules do not allow you to flex him when having one of the above three tight ends.Pick up or don’t pick up: 88 percent? Some people haven’t pounced? If he’s available in your league GRAB HIM! START HIM!Fool’s goldAll of the 49ers wide receivers% Owned: Don’t get us started (again)Another week where none of the wide receivers outside of Kendrick Bourne do much of anything. We said wait a couple weeks and we weren’t kidding. If Sunday’s performance means anything, you may want to look at dropping them all. We say wait another week. The 49ers wide receivers are dealing with injuries and C.J. Beathard is trying to find a go-to pass catcher. For now, that’s Kittle, but defenses are going to figure that part out and he’ll have to go to the wide receivers. Give them another week, then drop accordingly, starting with Pierre Gar莽on. Drop or don’t drop: Wait one more week. I’m not a big seasonal decoration guy, despite the best efforts of my wife and daughters. And I especially hated the House of Horrors that the 49ers put on Sunday afternoon.This game seemed scientifically designed to crush the souls of fans as methodically and thoroughly as possible. We have gotten used to — this year — the steady thud of players falling to injuries like the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. To the glacial pace of C.J. Beathard’s decision making and throwing motion, perfectly capturing that sensation in your literal nightmares where a monster (lineman) is chasing you and you’re stuck in slow motion, slogging through invisible molasses and can’t get away. Seven different Cardinals defenders got hits on Beathard on Sunday. Beathard’s toughness is inspiring, but I want a QB who is inspired by Joe Montana, not by Tex Cobb. That’s the former football player who suffered “The Worst Beating in Boxing History” from Larry Holmes, but was too tough to stay down. His punishment was so brutal that boxing legend Howard Cosell quit his announcing career and called “for the abolition of professional boxing.”This team is still talent-deficient, and our hopes that those 7th round surprises would all turn into Pro Bowlers have proven as unrealistic as we feared. And then their backups got injured. But still [url=http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/weston-richburg-jersey-authentic]Youth Weston Richburg Jersey[/url] , Niners fans are used to all that from the last few years.Sunday, this team found new ways to raise our hopes before killing them at the last second, just like 鈥?well, I don’t want to do a spoiler. But hey, do you like spy movies? That old John Le Carre one, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, hoo boy that was great. You should check it out on Netflix or wherever.I left that flick feeling better than I did Sunday.I mean, how can you help but get your hopes up playing the second-worst team in the NFL, one that you played just three weeks ago, one that just fired their offensive coordinator in favor of a super green guy in his 3rd year of coaching at any level, one with a rookie QB easily rattled by pressure?And then you play tough, smother their offense, build a good lead for three quarters and just need to grind it out. And the one thing SF is good at in the world is slow, run-based drives!! OK, against all better judgment, I let my hopes rise, thinking this was the game. For once, Larry Fitzgerald isn’t going to break Faithful hearts!You might be thinking at this point, “Wait a minute [url=http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/pierre-garcon-jersey-authentic]http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/pierre-garcon-jersey-authentic[/url] , Mark. Your article is titled ‘Doom, despair and turnovers.’ But the Niners didn’t have any turnovers yesterday, they were plus 2 and even got an interception for the first time since Bill Clinton was president!” Yeah, you’re right, or close enough. And that’s precisely why this was the worst Halloween party ever. Because the only hope left for this season was that the Niners had lost close games, against good teams even, just because of turnovers. All they had to do then, logically, was clean up that up, turn some giveaways into takeaways, and they’d probably slaughter Arizona and some good teams too.But yesterday, they destroyed that hope. They were almost perfect on turnovers. Perfect would be a takeaway on every drive, I suppose, but this was a miracle — no turnovers, no fumbles, no interceptions, and they stole two possessions away from the Cardinals.And they still lost. That’s horrifying.

straight up picks for Week 2 NFL action[editar]

Survivor [url=http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/george-kittle-jersey-authentic]http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/george-kittle-jersey-authentic[/url] , The NFL returns on Thursday evening with an NFC North matchup to kickoff Week 2. The Cincinnati Bengals host the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football, in a matchup of two quarterbacks (Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco) that are, well, questionable at best.It’s time once again for our pick ‘em and Survivor pool contest options. We have the weekly prediction contest this season, and you can make those picks here. We also have a traditional “Pick ‘Em” contest. If you still want to join, the group name is Niners Nation, the group ID is 45734, and the password is go49ers. We also have a Survivor Pool [url=http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/arik-armstead-jersey-authentic]Womens Arik Armstead Jersey[/url] , but I don’t think you can join that after Week 1. You can double-check at that link.The group name and password are the same as for the pick ‘em contest. The group ID is 32471.Last week I took the Baltimore Ravens in my money Survivor pool. A lot of people took the New Orleans Saints and were knocked off by that one. This week, I have a feeling some folks are going to take our 49ers at home against the Lions. The 49ers can win this game, but with various injuries and question marks, I’m not sure I’m comfortable taking them in Survivor. I’m leaning towards either Washington at home against Indianapolis or Denver at home against Oakland.Tonight, Week 2 opens with the Bengals and Ravens squaring off for early AFC North supremacy. The line is hovering around pick ‘em, with some sportsbooks going Ravens -1, and some going Bengals -1. Both teams won last week, but I think the Ravens are a little over-inflated by their beatdown of a bad Bills team. This is going to be a close game, but I think the Bengals are going to get the victory and cover.Here are the rest of my straight-up picks. I was 10-5-1 last week. I’ll have my picks against the spread later this weekend.Bengals @ Ravens: BengalsPanthers @ Falcons: FalconsChargers @ Bills: ChargersVikings @ Packers: PackersTexans @ Titans: TitansBrowns @ Saints: SaintsDolphins @ Jets: JetsChiefs @ Steelers: SteelersEagles @ Buccaneers: EaglesColts @ Washington: WashingtonCardinals @ Rams: RamsLions @ 49ers: 49ersRaiders @ Broncos: BroncosPatriots @ Jaguars: JaguarsGiants @ Cowboys: GiantsSeahawks @ Bears: BearsJerick McKinnon surgery successful [url=http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/mike-person-jersey-authentic]Youth Mike Person Jersey[/url] , ACL tear was ‘pretty clean’ San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon had his ACL surgery on Wednesday, and announced on Twitter that his return process has begun. On Friday, we got an update on the situation from Matt Maiocco. The tear was apparently “pretty clean.”This is of note because it means he is looking at the most traditional of ACL rehabs. He did not tear any other ligaments, and there are no other issues for the time being. Things could pop up in his subsequent rehab, but for the time being, he’s off to the proverbial races with his rehab.When the 49ers return for the offseason workout program next April, I’m guessing we won’t see a whole lot of McKinnon on the field — even come June for the mandatory minicamp. He’s got the time to be ready in time for training camp, but we’ll wait for updates in the coming months.

49ers slip in Super Bowl 53 odds following Week 1[editar]

loss In news that should surprise nobody [url=http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-weston-richburg-jersey]http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-weston-richburg-jersey[/url] , the San Francisco 49ers’ odds to win Super Bowl 53 took a hit following their Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The 49ers entered the game at 20/1, but now find themselves at 33/1, according to OddsShark.Prior to Week 1, the 49ers had the same odds as the Houston Texans and Los Angeles Chargers. All three lost last week, but Houston and LA dropped to 25/1. The Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers, and Baltimore Ravens all climbed ahead of the 49ers.The 49ers odds could move quite a bit over this first half of the season. They are favored at home against Detroit this week, and then will likely be road underdogs against the Chiefs and Chargers. I would be happy with the 49ers coming out of this first quarter of the season at 2-2, but 1-3 or even 0-4 are not exactly out of the realm of the possible. If you really think the 49ers bounce back from the first quarter of the season, you might just be best suited waiting for longer odds.In related news, Football Outsiders posted their weekly playoff odds following the close of Week 1. The 49ers dropped 10.2 percent, and remain behind the Seahawks in NFC West and wild card odds.Breaking down the 49ers’ running game success against the Chiefs While the 49ers are still reeling from the loss of their franchise quarterback for their season, it’s probably to shift some focus over to some positive things about the 49ers’ offense. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has always prided himself about having a successful run game and San Francisco is delivering on that this season.Even with top running back Jerick McKinnon sidelined for the entire season with a torn ACL, backups Matt Breida and Alfred Morris have seamlessly stepped in, carrying the burden thus far. After three weeks, Breida is tied for the most rushing yards in the NFL [url=http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-richard-sherman-jersey]49ers Richard Sherman Jersey[/url] , with Cowboys’ tailback Ezekiel Elliot (274). San Francisco is second in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt (5.6) and second in rushing yards per game (152.7) due to the skill of the running backs, but also in part due to the success of the offensive line. Per Pro Football Focus, 49ers’ rookie right tackle Mike McGlinchey is having a phenomenal season, posting an 84.7 run-blocking grade against the Chiefs and possessing a run-blocking grade of 79.4 through three weeks — which is second in the NFL. Combine that with veteran lineman Joe Staley and Weston Richburg running over defensive linemen and the 49ers’ running backs have wide open lanes.How wide open, you ask? The 49ers have 230 yards on the ground before they are touched by a defensive player — a number that’s second behind Carolina, according to ESPN. Sunday’s contest against Kansas City backs that notion up, as Breida and Morris broke off big runs, their longest being 26 and 16 yards, respectively.On Breida’s biggest run of the day, it was a huge gain due to his creativity on the play. The running lane closes quickly, but the 49ers’ second-year back has a solid presence of mind to cut it back to the left side of the field, where there’s no defenders. That allows Breida to kick it into a higher gear and gain 26 yards on the play.49ers have a lot of success on these misdirection, where they get a wide receiver running across the line of scrimmage to freeze up one of the defensive ends, allowing the blockers to shift in the direction of the run. In this case, it frees up a huge hole for Breida to gain 21 yards. It wasn’t until early in the third quarter that the 49ers found some offensive rhythm, especially in their running game. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo bobbles this snap [url=http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-dante-pettis-jersey]Cheap Dante Pettis Jersey[/url] , but is able to toss it to Breida, who takes it for a 27-yard gain.On this play, the 49ers offensive line does a solid job run blocking, bringing in tight end George Kittle as an extra blocker and allowing fullback Kyle Juszczyk to be the lead blocker. The opening gave way to a six-yard Morris gain on first down. Having positive first downs have been key to sustaining long drives for San Francisco’s offense.Another strong example of the 49ers ability to line up and run block. All the linemen up front hold their blocks, creating a lane for Morris to gain nearly 10 yards before first contact. Then Morris is able to use his physicality to turn it into his longest run of the afternoon.I mean, look at this hole created by the 49ers’ offensive line. You or I could run through that opening for a positive gain. Morris takes that for an easy eight-yard gain and the 49ers have a short second down. Having successful run plays, opens up the dangerous play-action passing game, which is the base of the Shanahan offense.Here’s another wrinkle in the 49ers’ running attack, as Garoppolo hands it to Juszczyk, who has the option of running of the ball or tossing it to Breida. In this case, the 49ers’ fullback does the correct thing, tossing it to Breida. It eventually turns into a nice red zone gain for the 49ers of 13 yards.No matter who’s in the backfield for San Francisco, this offensive line unit is absolutely mauling the defenders and creating wide open running lanes for the backs. Without Garoppolo in the lineup, I’m sure defenses will start to adjust to take away the running game primarily. Defenses should start to stack the boxes with eight defenders and force backup quarterback C.J. Beathard to make throws from the pocket. If the 49ers can continue to run the ball down opposing defenses’ throats then, I’ll be impressed.

Odell Beckham Jr. said he spoke with his New York[editar]

Giants teammates hours before Sunday's 33-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers to clear the air over comments he made last week.Beckham had talked about quarterback Eli Manning and why the team isn't throwing the ball farther downfield and playing with more energy. He said after the game that "sometimes stuff comes off the wrong way" and that "words can be portrayed in any kind of light."But the 25-year-old receiver was quick to add he doesn't regret anything he said."It took that for us to come together as a team like we did today [url=http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-riley-dixon-jersey]http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-riley-dixon-jersey[/url] , I can take that every single time," Beckham said.The Giants lost on a 63-yard field goal by Carolina's Graham Gano with 1 second remaining after battling back to erase an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit.When asked last week if there was an issue at quarterback, Beckham told ESPN, "I don't know. Like I said, I feel like he's not going to get out the pocket. He's not — we know Eli's not running it. But is it a matter of time issue?"He also said, "How come we can't throw the ball for more than 20 yards? How come we don't attempt or try to throw the ball for more than 20 yards? Those are questions that we have to figure out, but for now I would say it's our heart, it's our energy."Beckham had easily his best game of the season Sunday with eight catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. He also threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to running back Saquon Barkley after receiving a lateral from Manning.The Giants had completed only two passes of 30 yards or more this season entering Sunday, and they have only nine passes of 20 yards or greater. They had six pass plays of longer than 20 yards against the Panthers, including Beckham's 33-yard touchdown catch from Manning.Beckham said he texted coach Pat Shurmur to ask if he could address his teammates."It had been on my heart since the Dallas game, honestly," Beckham said. "All the stuff that had built up inside, it came out in the wrong way. ... If we're not all on the same page, if it's not all authentic and real, and if we can't understand each other, there will always be miscommunication."Manning downplayed Beckham's comments after the game, saying he and Beckham "have a great relationship" and "our mindset will be everybody stay focused on beating Philadelphia (on Thursday night)."Shurmur said he addressed the issue with Beckham and the team — and made it clear he wants to get past it all."I publicly declared that I didn't agree with his comments and I asked anybody that was interested if they wanted clarification (to) go to Odell because he's a big man," Shurmur said. "Now, I'm not going to give the public a pound of flesh on this, all right? That would make me small, not strong. And these are the kind of things [url=http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-sterling-shepard-jersey]Cheap Sterling Shepard Jersey[/url] , in my opinion, when we have the locker room that we have that will help galvanize them because the locker room took care of it."Shurmur added that he is "done" addressing the issue, saying "let's talk football, not drama."Beckham said he felt the need to speak up last week because he's trying to be a leader."I'm in a position I've never been in," Beckham said. "I'm trying to grow, I'm learning on the way, on the fly, but I'm proud of where we went today. ... We kept fighting, kept fighting, and kept fighting. That's all I could ask for." Good morning, New York Giants fans! It’s a Giants game day as the face the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football (8:15 p.m. ESPN). Let’s help you fill the void — and avoid really diving into your work week — with some Giants headlines for the day.Let’s start with a few notes from coach Pat Shurmur’s meeting with reporters on Saturday.On releasing guard Patrick Omameh ...Shurmur called Omameh “one of my favorite people that I’ve met doing this.”“Pat came in and to his credit, he’s been a good soldier. We moved him around. We brought him in. We were going to play him at left guard. We signed him before we knew we were going to draft (G) Will (Hernandez), so he moved over to right guard. He battled for us. You just make changes, and that’s just the way it goes. We’re constantly looking to try to get the right combination of guys. We don’t have a problem playing young players. We’ll constantly change the roster, and then the players that are here, we’re going to continue to develop them. That’s why they play.”On releasing and then bringing back kick returner Quadree Henderson ...“We hoped that he would clear and then be available for us, like he was. Put him on the practice squad, and now we bumped him up. “In some situations, you have to do that. I think every – you can probably go and talk to every head coach in the league and they’re dealing with working their roster because of injuries sometimes and sometimes it’s because you’re just trying to get the better players.”On the Giants’ red zone difficulties (31st in the league in touchdown efficiency) ...“This is the hundredth time I’ve answered that question,” Shurmur said. “It’s pretty obvious that we’ve got to get the ball in the end zone. There’s other things the people that crunch the numbers will tell you that we’re doing much better (offensively) than a year ago, but it comes down to scoring and preventing scores. When we get down there and we choose to run the ball [url=http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-saquon-barkley-jersey]Cheap Saquon Barkley Jersey[/url] , we’ve got to make yards, and when we choose to pass the ball, we’ve either got to get a completion or we catch it and run in the end zone, or throw the ball and have it completed in the end zone. That’s what we have to do better and that’s really what we’ve been talking about now for quite some time.”Podcast stuffRemember to subscribe to Big Blue Radio on all your favorite podcast apps:Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSSThe latest episode from Dan and Chris focuses on offensive linemen in the 2019 NFL Draft class.Ed’s episodes last week included a look at the second half of the season and a Giants-49ers preview with Oscar Aparicio of the ‘BetterRivals’ podcast.Around the Inter-GoogleHow NY Giants rookie Sean Chandler has defied the odds in NFL journeyNFL long shot Sean Chandler made the NY Giants as an undrafted rookie, but the Camden native's journey to the league has long been about defying oddsHow the 'steady' Pat Shurmur is handling a rocky first season - New York Giants Blog- ESPNThe first-year Giants head coach is keeping his emotions in check and lines of communication with players open as he navigates a trying season.Giants specialist Quadree Henderson's wild ride back to teamQuadree Henderson is getting a heavy dose of what life is like in the NFL: here today, gone tomorrow, then back again as if you’d never left.The rookie free...What to expect of Giants' Kyle Lauletta: Is he Kirk Cousins? Or Stefan LeFors? | 4th-round draft QBs | NJ.comDid Giants find a franchise QB in NFL Draft with Kyle Lauletta? Here is what a 4th-rounder's career looks like in 2000s.Ron Johnson, Giants Running Back, Dies at 71 - The New York TimesJohnson twice rushed for more than 1,000 yards in the 1970s, when the Giants struggled to win. He is tied for the team record of four touchdowns in a game.The defensive personnel change Giants should make for final 8 games | NJ.comPat Shurmur says Giants defense is giving up too many big plays. He hasn't been shy to change personnel on offensive line. Here is a move for the secondary.Chicago Bears spell Prince Amukamara's name wrong on jerseyFor the second time in his NFL career, Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara had to switch jerseys midgame Sunday because the team accidentally spelled his name incorrectly.Former New York QBs know Eli Manning exit won't be prettyThough these former New York quarterbacks have different opinions of how much Eli Manning has left, Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Chad Pennington know Giants fans will miss the franchise QB.Giants' Odell Beckham is excited for his Richard Sherman rematch“I like that Sherm came back and he’s playing at a high level,” Odell Beckham Jr. said. “Excited to go against him. We went against each other my rookie year. This is a guy who I’ve been at the Pro Bowl with, a guy who’s big brother-ish, and he kind of gives me the advice and he showed me the ropes, and all those things.”

Updated Giants’ 53-man roster projection after[editar]

first preseason game Guessing the 53-man roster for the New York Giants is always fun [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-evan-engram-jersey]Youth Evan Engram Jersey[/url] , and with things evolving constantly as we get closer to the regular season let’s update our latest projection.Offense Quarterback (3) — Eli Manning, Davis Webb, Kyle LaulettaNo change. Lauletta was better than Webb Thursday vs. the Cleveland Browns, but Webb remains second on the depth chart. Out: Alex TanneyRunning back (4) — Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Jonathan Stewart, Shane SmithLast time I listed Smith as a tight end. He’s a fullback, so I’m putting him in this group.At this point, I still believe one of Robert Martin and Jalen Simmons will be on the practice squad. Both were impressive Thursday.Tight end (3) — Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison, Jerell AdamsInitially, I thought Adams might be in jeopardy. Now, as each week goes by I’m more and more certain he makes the roster.Out: Scott Simonson, Garrett Dickerson, Ryan O’MalleyWide receiver (7) — Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer, Hunter Sharp, Russell Shepard, Amba Etta-Tawo, Kalif RaymondNo change. This might still be one too many wide receivers, but at this point I think Sharp, Raymond and Etta-Tawo all deserve roster spots.Out: Travis Rudolph, Marquis Bundy, Roger Lewis Jr., Alonzo Russell, Jawill DavisOffensive line (8) — Starters: Nate Solder (LT), Will Hernandez (LG), Jon Halapio (C), Patrick Omameh (RG), Ereck Flowers (RT); Reserves: Brett Jones, John Greco, Chad WheelerNo change. John Jerry played well Thursday, but he’s a guard and he’s making too much money to sit on the bench when the Giants have other capable players making less money who can back up at that spot. I still believe the Giants will look for a veteran swing tackle off the waiver wire. Also, if Wheeler doesn’t play better than he did Thursday his roster spot might also end up in jeopardy.Out: Nick Becton [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-will-hernandez-jersey]Youth Will Hernandez Jersey[/url] , Malcolm Bunche, John Jerry, Evan Brown, Chris Scott, Nick Gates, Zac Kerin, Victor SalakoDefenseDefensive line (7) — Starters: Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill; Reserves: Kerry Wynn, Robert Thomas, A.J. Francis, Avery MossNo change. Moss, Wynn and Thomas were all really good on Thursday.Out: Tyrell Chavis, Kristjan Sokoli, Izaah Lunsford, Josh BanksLinebackers (8) — Starters: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Goodson, Olivier Vernon, Kareem Martin; Reserves: Lorenzo Carter, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Mark Herzlich, Connor BarwinNo change. Armstrong and Herzlich were solid against the Browns, but using them ion regular-season games would still make me nervous.Out Romeo Okwara, Calvin Munson, Thurston Armbrister, Tae Davis, Jordan WilliamsCornerbacks (5) — Starters: Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple; Reserves: B.W. Webb, Grant Haley, Leonard JohnsonNo change. I will stick with Johnson for now. That spot, though, could go to Chris Lewis-Harris, Wiliam Gay or Donte Deayon. We shall see. At this point, though, I think Webb is looking like the slot corner and Haley is increasingly playing like a guy who belongs.Out: William Gay [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-b.j.-hill-jersey]Youth B.J. Hill Jersey[/url] , Donte Deayon Safeties (5) — Starters: Landon Collins, Curtis Riley; Reserves: Michael Thomas, Darian Thompson, Andrew AdamsNo change. The question here isn’t really which guys make the roster. It is which guy starts next to Collins, and how often the Giants employ three safeties with Collins in a pseudo-linebacker role.Out: Sean Chandler, Mike Basile, Orion StewartSpecial teams Placekicker — Aldrick RosasPunter — Riley DixonLong-snapper — Zak DeOssiePractice squad (10 players)RB Robert Martin, C Evan Brown, OL Nick Gates, WR Travis Rudolph, S Sean Chandler, CB, Donte Deayon, DL Tyrell Chavis, TE Garrett Dickerson, OG Zac Kerin, QB Alex Tanney5 things to know about new Giants cornerback Michael Jordan One of the trio of defensive backs awarded to the New York Giants via waivers on Sunday was Michael Jordan, formerly of the Cleveland Browns. And, yeah. maybe we’ll just call him Mike.Anyway, we reached out to our friends at SB Nation’s Browns website, Dawgs By Nature, and Chris Pokorny gave us a little background on Jordan. Ed: Why did the Browns cut him?Chris: The Browns made the decision to completely revamp the corner position this offseason because the organization felt the team lacked speed there. They drafted Denzel Ward at No. 4 overall, and then signed three cornerbacks in free agency, all of whom made the team. Jordan was one of two holdovers from a year ago, so he simply got caught in a numbers game.Ed: Is he a slot corner or outside guy?Chris: I can only speak that he was utilized as an outside corner during his time with Cleveland.Ed: What are his strengths, weaknesses?Chris: In limited action last year, it looked like he belonged and tackled well. I wish I could speak more technically on his abilities, but he didn’t see enough playing time to find specific strengths or weaknesses.Ed: What, if anything, should we know about him as a person?Chris: People joked at first about his name being Michael Jordan. But during his time on the roster, he was labeled as Mike Jordan. He had ties to Gregg Williams with the Rams in 2016, so this will be a new experience for him playing under a different coordinator. Ed: Are you surprised he got claimed?Chris: I’m not too surprised he was claimed. In fact, Cleveland had two cornerbacks who were claimed. Waivers is how the Browns got his services last year at this time too.

8/29: Beckham reaction continues, more headlines Good morning, New[editar]

Giants news [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-hats]New York Giants Hats[/url] ,York Giants fans! The Giants are off today as they await Thursday night’s preseason finale against the New England Patriots. Let’s check the headlines.Sterling Shepard expects Odell Beckham Jr. to win Comeback Player of Year Award | NewsdayBeckham, who signed a five-year extension on Monday, missed most of 2017 with a fractured ankle that required surgery in October.Giants 53-man roster projection short at RB, aside from Saquon Barkley - New York Giants Blog- ESPNSaquon Barkley didn't play much in the preseason, but the Giants are banking on him carrying a big load. That reduces the need for much RB depth.Odell Beckham needs to lead the Giants to a championship to be 'legendary' | Politi | NJ.comThe contract won't define the Giants receiver. Whether or not he can lead the Giants to their fifth Lombardi Trophy will.Giants' Odell Beckham to LeBron James on NFL fame: 'I really feel like a zoo animal' | NJ.comRoutine one-handed catches, a dominant social presence, and the charisma of a Hollywood superstar have put Beckham in the company of LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Steph Curry [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-hoodie]New York Giants Womens Hoodie[/url] , and Kobe Bryant as one of the most recognizable athletes in professional sports.Nate Burleson: Giants' Odell Beckham's contract is changing the NFL landscape | NJ.comThe Giants made Odell Beckham the highest-paid player at his position, signing the electrifying five-year contract worth $95 million on Monday, but one former wide receiver believes that Beckham's worth to the franchises stretches far beyond the football field.Davis Webb will get one more extended lookGiants quarterback Davis Webb likely will see his most playing time of the preseason in Thursday night’s game against the Patriots. Then, if all goes...Leonard: Davis Webb's 'really good' relationship with Odell Beckham Jr. could lead to future success if Giants QB eventually becomes starter - NY Daily NewsDavis Webb could end up being Odell Beckham Jr.’s quarterback for a larger percentage of the wide receiver’s new long-term Giants contract than Eli Manning.For Giants’ CB Donte Deayon, opportunity hasn’t slipped away EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For three long weeks, Donte Deayon watched New York Giants practices and games from the sidelines, unable to participate due to a hamstring injury suffered early in training camp. The 5-foot-9, 163-pound third-year player had done well enough in spring and early training camp practices to put himself into consideration for the very available spot as the Giants starting slot corner.Then he had to watch as his teammates tried to take the opportunity away. B.W. Webb, Leonard Johnson, William Gay [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-customized]Womens Customized New York Giants Jerseys[/url] , Grant Haley and others all worked in the slot during Deayon’s absence.“Initially I was disappointed a little bit, like, man, why now,” Deayon said inside the Giants practice bubble on Tuesday afternoon. “I just knew I was going to be back. I thought it was going to be sooner than later, but it’s here now and now I’m ready to make the most of it.”When he was initially injured, coach Pat Shurmur indicated Deayon was “fine” and would only miss a short period of time. That, obviously, did not turn out to be the case.“I was trusting the process, all the rehab. I knew the training staff was going to do a good job of cutting me loose when I was ready,” Deayon said.Deayon is back on the field [url=http://www.giantscheapshops.com]www.giantscheapshops.com[/url] , having returned to practice on Sunday. On Tuesday, it was apparent that the opportunity is still there for Deayon to earn the job as the team’s slot corner. During 7-on-7 red zone drills Deayon took reps with the first-team defense. During a situational drill at the end of practice, he intercepted a Davis Webb throw.The competition for cornerback spots still appears to be wide open.“I definitely think it’s still a competition at the end of the day and I’m putting my best foot forward,” Deayon said. “I think this is a big opportunity. Just gotta take it one day at a time and step up and be accountable and seize the moment.”With two preseason games remaining and less than two weeks until the Giants have to cut players to reach the 53-man roster limit, it would be logical to think Deayon feels pressure to make up for lost time. He insisted on Tuesday, though, that that is not the case.“No pressure. You know me, I’m excited, I love to do this. I’m just taking it one day at a time, one step at a time. Not looking forward right now, just trying to focus on each day [url=http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-t-shirts]New York Giants T-Shirt[/url] ,” he said.“I just want to build that trust, gain their trust and build that foundation by stacking good days. When you get hurt and you’re not on the field you can talk about it, but you can’t really show them. My main goal is to just each day just keep proving to them that I can do it.”Deayon has been trying to prove himself for three years now. An undrafted free agent out of Boise State, he landed on the practice squad in 2016, but finished the year on IR. He played in four regular-season games last season, but again ended the year on IR.“You get in those positions where it’s next man up and you want to be available to where you’re the next man up,” Deayon said. “I’ve been in that situation where when it was next man up I was also injured. One of the goals for me is to prove that I can play, I can stay on the field, I can be healthy and make plays.”Despite the three weeks on the sideline, the opportunity is still there for Deayon. We begin to find out if he can seize it on Friday vs. the New York Jets.

The Crow’s Nest: Stopping the Steelers[editar]

[url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-adam-humphries-jersey]Adam Humphries Jersey[/url] , the national stage, and Week 3 picks ICYMI: The Crow’s Nest: Own a piece of the Fitzmagic! Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick T-shirt. - Bucs Nation"Stay Humble" tee is straight fire."They Can't Play Man. They Can't Play Zone. They Can't Really Get After The Passer The Way They Want To." - JoeBucsFan.comAnd the consensus is the Steelers’ defense is brutal.Stop The Steelers? Stop Two Guys - JoeBucsFan.comIt’s a passing league.NFL Week 3 game picks: Falcons top Saints; Steelers edge Bucs - NFL.comWill the Rams or Chargers claim L.A. supremacy? Can the Steelers earn their first win of the season against a surprising Buccaneers team? Falcons or Saints in Atlanta? Elliot Harrison picks every Week 3 game.The Face of the 2018 Season So Far Is 鈥?Ryan Fitzpatrick? - The RingerWith Fitzpatrick under center [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-demar-dotson-jersey]Demar Dotson Jersey[/url] , Tampa Bay is 2-0 and riding one of the most prolific offenses in the league. Has this early success been a flash in the pan? Or is there reason to believe Fitzmagic is here to stay?Buccaneers-Steelers Sept. 20 Injury Report: Vita Vea and Brent Grimes Return to Practice - Buccaneers.comThe Buccaneers get both cornerback Brent Grimes and defensive tackle Vita Vea back during Thursday’s practice.Bucs ready to showcase potent offense against Steelers | FOX SportsBuccaneers eager to showcase improvement on a national stage against struggling SteelersPittsburgh Steelers will 'simplify' defensive game plan vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ESPNPittsburgh will change up its defensive game for Monday night's matchup against Tampa Bay and the hot hand of Ryan Fitzpatrick.Jimbo Fisher talks about the latest allegations against Jameis Winston Many have already chimed in and offered up their opinions about the latest allegations against Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. But we haven’t heard from his former coach while at Florida State.Now Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about Winston — who coached Winston at FSU from 2013-2014. Via Ben Baby of The Dallas Morning News, Fisher said that his former quarterback that carried the team to a National Championship will learn from his mistakes and move on.Fisher echoes what many have already said. So that’s nothing new. But there is a common theme here [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-chris-conte-jersey]Chris Conte Jersey[/url] , and that is that people have said they appreciate who Winston is as a person. It’ll be a matter of time when the court of public opinion feel the same. Or rather, the court of social media.

The Crow’s Nest: Opponent trash talk[editar]

[url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/lavonte-david-jersey]http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/lavonte-david-jersey[/url] , Koetter’s optimism, and a safety wants a new deal 49ers opponents preview, predictions: One reason they’ll beat the Buccaneers (and one reason they won’t) - Niners NationIt’s time for us to look at each matchup and give one reason why the San Francisco 49ers can succeed at each of their opponents and one reason why they cannot.Bucs Open Practice Dates for Training Camp - Buccaneers.comFans attending open dates will enjoy new vantage points from all around practice as well as an opportunity to watch portions of the workouts inside the new air-conditioned indoor facility2018 Bucs’ Opponent in Question: Dallas Cowboys - Buccaneers.comThe last in our opponent series, the Buccaneers will take on the Cowboys on December 23 in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium. Here’s a few things to know about Dallas heading into the 2018 season.Dirk Koetter Sporting Undefeated Mentality - JoeBucsFan.comKoetter talked to his hometown Idaho State Journal during his vacation and admitted he is as high as ever about his team.Special Attention - JoeBucsFan.comLet’s take a close look at these shaky special teams.Earl Thomas: If you don't want me, then trade me - NFL.comAll-Pro safety Earl Thomas has ratcheted up the rhetoric in his quest for a new contract, once again placing his Seahawks future in question. "If you don't want me, let's make a trade," he posted on Instagram.Le'Veon Bell agent: RB likely in final year with Steelers - NFL.comAfter failing to secure a long-term extension before Monday's deadline, running back Le'Veon Bell could leave the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2018 season.Why Le’Veon Bell will probably leave the Steelers after 2018 - SBNation.comBell will have to play another season another the franchise tag after the long-term deal deadline passed.NFL uniforms: Which ones most need an upgrade? We asked an artist. - SBNation.comThe Browns? More like the Frowns, right guys? Right?Is this a must-win for Tampa Bay? Losing is a part of life in the NFL. There is no dodging it. No matter how much a team wins, there will always be a time where it gets beat by another team at some point. However [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/kwon-alexander-jersey]http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/kwon-alexander-jersey[/url] , at some point during the season a team has to start winning or else they can kiss their chances at the postseason goodbye. That time is now for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.After winning their first two games in electric fashion, the Bucs have come crashing back down to earth after consecutive losses put them at 2-2.But it’s not the losses themselves, it’s how Tampa Bay lost those games that have left many wondering how the rest of this season will play out. Just like 2017, the defense was a sieve and the offense was very inconsistent. The same issues that plagued the team last year cropped up in a big way and if they don’t get them fixed then Tampa Bay may finish with an even worse record this year. This weekend represents a major opportunity for the Bucs to answer a lot of the questions that currently surround the franchise - at least for another week, anyway. Coming off a bye and facing a depleted 1-4 Falcons squad is just what this team needs after getting owned in Chicago. It’s a matchup of two teams that have major firepower on the offensive side of the ball but have non-existent defenses due to injuries and other factors. Tampa Bay also has a slight advantage considering both Dirk Koetter and Mike Smith oversaw Matt Ryan and Julio Jones earlier in their careers, but as our own James Yarcho recently pointed out, they still haven’t been able to stop either player. As the season wears on, the better teams are beginning to establish themselves. Unfortunately for the Bucs, they have to keep pace with both the Saints and Panthers - two teams that are currently above them in the division standings. NFC South standings after Week 5NFC South StandingsWinsLossesTie(s)Win %PFPASTRKNFC South StandingsWinsLossesTie(s)Win %PFPASTRKThe Saints showed against the Redskins that they are for real, making Tampa Bay’s victory over them in Week 1 even more important than it already was. It also makes one wonder how in the hell they beat them in the first place. What’s even more important is that despite the past two games, the Bucs still hold the second wildcard spot in the playoff race. Their conference record is key. At 2-1 with big wins over the Saints and Eagles, a victory over the Falcons would help pad that lead.A victory on Sunday would all but end the Falcons’ season as well. If a team has a chance to step on a divisional foe’s throat [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/vernon-hargreaves-iii-jersey]http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/vernon-hargreaves-iii-jersey[/url] , it’s imperative they take full advantage of that opportunity. No one in the Bay area wants to see the Falcons hanging around at the end of the season. The Bucs will depend on Winston in a major way this weekendPhoto by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesA loss could also drop the Bucs as many as four spots in the playoff race depending on what happens with the Packers, Vikings, Seahawks, and Eagles. You’re playing with fire if get in a playoff race with those four teams. There is one glimmer of hope should the Bucs lose this weekend. Their remaining schedule is one of the easiest in the league with a 27-29-1 record, while their NFC opponents hold an 18-24 mark. But this week doesn’t just represent potential future scenarios for Tampa Bay, it also represents the present. Can this coaching staff make the correct, needed adjustments after an entire week off? Can this team muster up a good effort after a terrible loss? Just how far have they really come since last season?History isn’t on the Bucs’ side, either. They’ve lost three straight to the Falcons and are 4-6 in Atlanta over the past ten meetings. To say this team is under pressure would be an accurate statement. How they respond to said pressure will be a big statement. But the biggest statement of all would be a win in Atlanta this weekend. It’s your move, Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers look to get back on track against the Redskins today[editar]

as the NFC East leaders come to Raymond James Stadium. They will do so [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com]www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com[/url] , however, without the majority of their offensive line as well as receiver Jamison Crowder.The Bucs, on the other hand, will be without running back Ronald Jones for the second straight game and cornerback M.J. Stewart.Here are today’s full inactive lists;Tampa Bay Buccaneers:RB - Ronald JonesDE - Vinny CurryCB - M.J. StewartQB - Ryan GriffinDT - Rakeem Nunez-RochesOL - Evan SmithOL - Alex CappaWashington Redskins:WR - Jamison CrowderCB - Quinton DunbarRB - Chris ThompsonLB - Zach VigilOL - Trent WilliamsLB - Parnell McPheeDL - Caleb BrantleyExpect a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson and keep an eye on slot receiver Maurice Harris. Harris had a breakout game last week out of the slot, going for 124 yards on 10 receptions. With Crowder out, Harris should get a heavy work load.As for the Bucs [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-t-shirts]Tampa Bay Buccaneers T-Shirt[/url] , Shaun Wilson will again step in for Ronald Jones and Carl Nassib will look to keep his momentum going with Curry missing again.Training camp kicking is the equivalent to fart noise To say the Bucs have had field goal kicking issues over the past nine seasons would be a massive understatement. In fact, since cutting Matt Bryant after the 2008 season, the Bucs have had Shane Andrus, Mike Nugent, Kyle Brindza, Connor Barth [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-hats]Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hats[/url] , Rian Lindell, Patrick Murray, Roberto Aguayo (the pain is still too fresh) and Nick Folk handling kicking duties. Going through eight kickers in nine seasons has been the cause of great anxiety amongst Bucs fans. Enter Chandler Catanzaro to save the day. The Bucs signed the former New York Jet and gave him a three-year contract worth $9.75-million, with $3.2-million guaranteed. The guaranteed part is crucial as it basically solidifies Catanzaro as the starter for the 2018 season. Why is that important? Because for all intents and purposes, it makes what happens in training camp kind of pointless. A reference:Don’t get me wrong, practice is important [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-hoodie]Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hoodie[/url] , but it doesn’t really matter until the games start. Nick Folk out-kicked Roberto Aguayo in training camp, went 6-for-7 (85%) in the preseason, and then proceeded to go a disastrous 6-for-11 (54%) in four games to start the season. Real game pressure matters in evaluating kickers. The B ucs will be relying on Catanzaro to continue kicking at his career average of 84% in order to feel confident in him heading into the 2019 season. I do have a note of concern regarding Catanzaro. His field goal percentage from 40-49 yards has decreased every year he’s been in the league. Since his rookie season he’s 13-for-13 from 40-49 yards inside a dome, but he’s only 21-for-30 (70%) from 40-49 yards in open air stadiums. The Bucs only play three games in domed stadiums this year. Gulp!Why did they cut Matt Bryant again?

Two Browns make PFF’s Preseason Week 1 Team[editar]

of the Week The first week of the preseason has wrapped [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-customized]Youth Customized Cleveland Browns Jerseys[/url] , and not only did the Cleveland Browns get a victory over the New York Giants, they also boasted some strong performances from individual players, particularly on offense. Pro Football Focus compiled their Team of the Week for both offense and defense based on their Week 1 preseason grades, and two Browns made the list on the offensive side of the ball.Tight end David Njoku, who caught two passes—both for touchdowns—on three targets and totaled 46 yards was named the week’s best tight end. Pro Football Focus gave him a 91.2 grade for the week. Left tackle Greg Robinson was the site’s top performer at his position, with an 81.8 grade. PFF’s Michael Renner wrote that, “[o]n 44 snaps against the Giants, Robinson yielded all of one hurry in an impressive outing.”Those snap counts matter when it comes to these rankings, it should be kept in mind. Renner noted that, “making this team isn’t quite as simple as earning the highest grade at your position in a given week,” and that “[w]eighting has been given towards playing time.” Thus, the New York Jets’ Sam Darnold was named the top quarterback of the week despite having a lower PFF grade than the Browns’ Tyrod Taylor. Darnold had 19 pass attempts to Taylor’s five, pairing a strong performance with extended playing time. However, Taylor would have been PFF’s No. 2 quarterback of the week without playing time taken into account. Taylor graded higher than Darnold, with the Jets rookie posting an 80.8 grade to Taylor’s 86.7. The coach changed. Everything else with the Cleveland Browns stayed the same.Unable to slow Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City's thrill-a-minute offense, the Browns were soundly beaten — and beaten up — in a 37-21 loss on Sunday in Cleveland's first game under interim coach Gregg Williams.Mahomes threw two touchdown passes to Cleveland native Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt, another local kid who drove past FirstEnergy Stadium almost every day [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com]www.brownsauthorizedshops.com[/url] , scored three TDs as the Chiefs (8-1) overpowered the banged-up Browns (2-6-1) while sending them to their fourth straight loss.It doesn't figure to get better anytime soon for Cleveland, which had three more defensive starters get injured.The pain isn't going away."We have to keep going — next man up," defensive end Myles Garrett said. "We have to do the best with what we have."The loss ended another tumultuous few days for the Browns, whose promising 2-2-1 start has dissolved into more disarray.Still, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield managed to extract some positives. He passed for 297 yards and two touchdowns."Offensively, I think there was a lot more good in this game than we had in the past," said Mayfield, who twice connected with running back Duke Johnson on scores. "There is a lot to build on, but there is obviously so much more room for improvement. When you are playing a team like that, you have to stay in the game."You have to give yourself chances. You have to do the little things right. You have to chip away, take time off of the clock just because of the offense that they have. There was a lot of good on offense, but we just have to keep getting better."Cleveland's hopes of staying with the Chiefs took a major hit when defensive backs Damarious Randall (groin), E.J. Gaines (concussion) and Denzel Ward (hip) were sidelined by injuries. Randall was scratched before the kickoff, and after Gaines and Ward went down in the first quarter, linebacker Christian Kirksey (hamstring) got hurt.Stopping the Chiefs with a full roster is tough.Short-handed, it's impossible.The Browns were already missing Pro Bowl linebacker Joe Schobert, who sat out his third game in a row with a hamstring injury."The biggest thing that really affected us was that we lost two of our starting corners in the first drive [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-t-shirts]Cleveland Browns Womens T-Shirt[/url] ," cornerback T.J. Carrie said. "That definitely put us in a different situation. We practice with those guys throughout the week, and when those guys go down, it changes the game plan. They are a high-powered offense, and I don't think we did a good job at all stopping their momentum."The injuries put more pressure on Williams, who did not relinquish his duties as defensive coordinator after being asked to replace Hue Jackson, who was fired on Monday along with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.The Browns may have been outmanned by the more talented Chiefs, but Williams liked how his players fought through a week full of adversity."I never saw any flinch," he said. "Never saw a flinch today. Never saw body language poor today. You have to build on that. This is the National Football League. There are no excuses. You have to continue to get better. You have to. We all have to."Williams set an early tone for his shell-shocked team with a fourth-down gamble on Cleveland's first possession. The Browns converted then, but Williams' choice to go for a 2-point conversion in the second quarter resulted in the Browns chasing points all afternoon.Cleveland went 0 for 3 on conversion tries.Following the game, Mayfield and Mahomes met at mid-field and shared a hug and some words of encouragement. They've been friends for years, college rivals and part of the NFL's next wave of young quarterbacks.While Mahomes appears to have it all — more talented teammates, a stable franchise — right now, Mayfield doesn't think the Browns have to try to replicate Kansas City's offense."What we do is perfectly fine," he said. "We just have to be better at it. They have guys who are making their plays. Their quarterback is putting it in the right spot. He is giving them a chance to win. We just have to be better. We are not going to abandon ship with what we are doing and try to do the Chiefs offense. We just have to trust our guys, trust our playmakers and do our job."

the Cleveland Browns are on the West Coast when they take on the[editar]

On Sunday [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-derrick-kindred-jersey]http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-derrick-kindred-jersey[/url] ,Oakland Raiders. To help preview a few topics from the Raiders’ perspective, we reached out to Levi Damien from Silver and Black Pride and exchanged five questions with him. Enjoy!Jon Gruden’s return to the NFL has gotten off to a rough start.Photo by Marc Serota/Getty ImagesChris: “The Raiders are 0-3 with Jon Gruden as their head coach. In each of those games, they’ve seemed to have the lead or be tied, only to collapse late in a major way. What has been Raiders fans’ impression of him leading the charge again? Happy? Frustrated?”Levi: “Mostly frustrated. Having a lead at the half only to blow it is logically frustrating. Some fans are clinging to the fact that they have looked good in the first half as proof this team has the ability to be competitive, which offers some hope, but makes it all the more gut wrenching they crumble when the opposing team adjusts to what the Raiders are doing in the second half. Some are also still of the mind that the Raiders are better than their 0-3 record suggests because of the level of competition they’ve faced in those three games. Teams with very good defenses that are currently 5-1 against the rest of the team’s they have faced.”Derek Carr has thrown 2 touchdown passes to 5 interceptions in 3 games this year.Photo by Marc Serota/Getty ImagesChris: “What is going on with Derek Carr? A few years ago, I thought he would be the type of quarterback who would throw for 30+ touchdowns and very few interceptions each year. Through 3 games [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-emmanuel-ogbah-jersey]Youth Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey[/url] , he is completing a very high 76.6% of his passes, but has thrown 2 touchdowns to 5 interceptions.”Levi: “There are a few things at work here. 1) He’s pushing too hard. Gruden wants him to be more aggressive, but often times Carr doesn’t seem to know where the line is between being aggressive and taking unnecessary risks with the football. 2) His internal clock has him panicking even when there isn’t pressure. A lot of his inflated completion percentage came from the game in Denver when Gruden had him throwing nothing but short, quick passes in order to keep pressure off of him. He seems to still have some residual effects from that hit that broke his fibula at the end of the 2016 season. Before that he was flinging the ball around and leading the Raiders to comeback wins. He hasn’t looked the same since. 3) There was always going to be a transition period with Carr is Gruden’s system. That 2016 season was the only season in his pro career in which he had the same offensive coordinator two seasons in a row. He had great confidence in that season because of how familiar he was with the offense he was running. He was comfortable and everything was second nature to him. That takes time. Perhaps a full season in the system. You see the makings of his potential in this system when he’s confident in the scripted first drive or two of games. After that, things fall apart.”Veteran OL Donald Penn has had a tough time adjusting to right tackle.Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsChris: “Where is the strength and weakness of the Raiders’ offensive line?”Levi: “The weakness is the tackles. Kolton Miller is a rookie at left tackle still developing and Donald Penn is playing right tackle for the first time after being a left tackle for his entire career. Penn has especially looked like a fish out of water, though part of that could be that teams typically put their best pass rusher over right tackle. But if he were to start to hold his own, they might start to move their top pass rusher to the left side. The interior line trio of of Kelechi Osemele [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-larry-ogunjobi-jersey]Youth Larry Ogunjobi Jersey[/url] , Rodney Hudson, and Gabe Jackson has been among the best in football in recent years, but has been rather average since last season when they were first asked to run zone concepts. They’ve all lost weight this year and are again being asked to run zone, though a slightly different form. Last season they started to put things together by midseason and that could happen again in this new scheme. They are still outstanding linemen, so even Tom Cable can only screw them up so much.”The Raiders’ defense has failed to generate a pass rush without Khalil Mack.Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesChris: “After trading Khalil Mack, Oakland now has a league-low 3 sacks through 3 games. What has been the biggest area of weakness for Oakland’s defense?”Levi: “That would be it. Without Khalil Mack, the pass rush is basically non-existent. Two of their three sacks came on the interior [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-kevin-zeitler-jersey]White Kevin Zeitler Jersey[/url] , one was on a broken play from a high snap. Their defensive line has been a major weakness. They get little to no pressure and the interior line gets worn down and gouged on the ground as the game goes along. An indication of their lack of talent and depth is Clinton McDonald was the best looking player and he was among the players who the Broncos released in their final roster cuts and signed after week one. Justin Ellis was lost for the season after week one and PJ Hall was also injured and is questionable to return Sunday from his ankle injury.”LB Marquel Lee will take over for veteran Derrick Johnson before long.Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY SportsChris: “Tell us about one player on offense and one player on defense who have played pretty well but may not be a known name to Browns fans.”Levi: “I honestly can’t give you anyone on offense. All the players who have had good performances are well known. And outside of Marshawn Lynch, those performances have been wildly inconsistent with one great performance and not much before or after. On defense I mentioned Clinton McDonald, so I will say Marquel Lee and Erik Harris. Lee was the team’s fifth round pick last year and has been getting more time on the field replacing Derrick Johnson. Harris has looked great at safety, but for some reason doesn’t see a lot of time behind Reggie Nelson and Marcus Gilchrist. Though I keep expecting that to change and you never know if this could be the week it happens.”Chris: “I have a bonus question for you — you don’t have to talk about this too much, but once the Raiders move to Las Vegas, do you still plan on following the team?”Levi: “Yes I will still cover the team after the move to Vegas (or San Diego if they play there for a season in the interim) just as I always have.”Thanks again to Levi for taking the time to answer my questions.NFL Power Rankings: Browns still need to earn respect on the field in Week 1 Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets in NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 1.CBS Sports - No. 29SB Nation - No. 28NFL.com - No. 30MMQB - No. 30Yahoo Sports - No. 32Pro Football Focus - No. 32Associated Press - No. 31Listed below is a summary table of where teams in the AFC North are ranked this week.html { font-family:Calibri, Arial [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-duke-johnson-jersey]Youth Duke Johnson Jr Jersey[/url] ,

Cleveland Browns Podcast - Next Up On The DBN Network: Ez Does[editar]

It Postgame 9/16/18 Well for whatever it’s worth [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-seth-devalve-jersey]White Seth DeValve Jersey[/url] , I thought it was going to go a LOT worse than that.Alas, instead of getting blownt out instead we just have a heart-crushing lost in the final moments today as our beloved (r)orange helmets fall today to the New Orleans Saints 21-18.It was really disappointing for a number of reasons, which I get into in the latest installment of Ez Does It: Zane Gonzalez clearly has the yips.Maybe time to move on.A terrible interception by Tyrod TaylorAn incredible touchdown pass by Tyrod TaylorAn important sequence that turned the tideThe way Myles Garrett impacted the Saints attackThe whole Josh Gordon sagaThere’s more, as there’s much to contemplate after this one.Please give a listen by using the player at the top of the page.You can also use the widget located in between the article and comments’ section (of not just this but every DBN article).You can also use this sweet action box:Let me know what you think in the comments’ section below.You can also reach out more personally by hitting me up: ezweav@gmail.com That includes, btw, if you’d like to do your own show up here on the ‘Network.Thanks for listening!The DBN NetworkBrowns’ Fans Talking To Browns’ Fans Baker Mayfield's heard all about the Browns' quarterback misery, the horrid history of failures and flops since 1999.From Tim Couch to Jeff Garcia to Derek Anderson to Johnny Manziel and so many others, 29 quarterbacks have started in Cleveland before Mayfield, who isn't taking any pride in being No. 30."It's 2018," he said. "Don't really care."But maybe 30's a charm for Cleveland.As expected, Browns coach Hue Jackson named Mayfield the team's new starter on Monday, just days after the No. 1 overall pick replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor and dazzled in his pro debut by rallying the Browns to a 21-17 come-from-behind win over the New York Jets — Cleveland's first since 2016.Taylor's concussion forced the Browns to alter their plans and play Mayfield sooner than anticipated.The Heisman Trophy winner didn't disappoint."He went out there into some tough situations, down 14 late in the second quarter, and handled all of that extremely well and went and played well. He checked off every box for me," Jackson said."I am not surprised by what he did in the game. I do not think that his teammates are. I do not think that the coaches are. I think that we knew [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-jc-tretter-jersey]White JC Tretter Jersey[/url] , once he got his opportunity, he would go in there and nail it."That is what he did."Under the national TV spotlight, Mayfield came in late in the first half and showed a seasoned veteran's poise. He made quick decisions and even quicker throws while completing 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards in just more than one half.It was quite an entrance.Mayfield seemed to be the only one not enthralled with his performance, which ended with Browns fans signing his name as they partied outside FirstEnergy Stadium following Cleveland's first win in 635 days.He has bigger plans."I didn't come here just to win one game and I didn't come here just to start the next," he said. "We're building a franchise here and we're turning it around. It's about culture, so being that same person every day, which means finding that happy medium, never listening to the outside noise."Mayfield knows he's been anointed as some kind of Cleveland football savior, and he's not backing down from the job."That's what I signed up for," he said. "I'm living my dream and I wouldn't have it any other way. Without pressure, I don't think this would be very much fun, without all the people watching and finding joy in this game. I love this game, and without the competitive nature, I wouldn't enjoy it."Jackson said he hopes Taylor will be cleared from concussion protocol in time to back up Mayfield on Sunday against the Raiders. If not, veteran Drew Stanton will be active.As for Mayfield [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-joel-bitonio-jersey]http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-joel-bitonio-jersey[/url] , Jackson has been impressed with his quick development and acknowledged the switch happened sooner than he anticipated.But Jackson is also confident Mayfield is prepared to take the starting job and run with it — it's why the Browns took him ahead of every other player in the draft.Jackson has changed QBs before. This switch feels different."This was a guy that we picked together, that we went all-in on unanimously and said this is the guy for the future," Jackson said, referring to general manager John Dorsey and his coaching staff. "The guy that we picked for the future of the organization is now the starter of the team."Taylor's influence helped accelerated the learning curve for Mayfield. The Browns signed Taylor, who guided Buffalo to the playoffs last season, to serve as a "bridge" quarterback until Mayfield was ready. But although that connection is complete, Jackson said the team needs Taylor."He's right here, not going anywhere," Jackson said. "That's important. Part of Baker being able to play like he did was because of Tyrod and Drew, so I don't want to upset that room that way. Tyrod's going to be needed. He's the backup quarterback on this team if he's healthy. He's played and his teammates know who he is and the way he goes about the rhythm of his game."So I think it's always good to have that kind of depth at that position."Mayfield's elevation was welcomed inside Cleveland's locker room by teammates who believe he's destined for greatness.After LeBron James left this summer, the city has been looking for someone to take the NBA superstar's place.Mayfield could be the one."I keep saying this is the Baker Era and stuff," wide receiver Rashard Higgins said. "If it pans out how it's supposed to be, Baker might be the next big thing. He might be on the LeBron wall."NOTES: LB Christian Kirksey returned to practice after missing two games with a sprained ankle. ... DE Myles Garrett was on a stationary bike during the portion of practice open to media members, but Jackson said the former No. 1 pick "is fine." ... Name change: The Browns signed TE Pharaoh Brown to the practice squad and released TE Pharaoh McKever. The 6-foot-6 Browed played at Oregon and went to high school in Cleveland.

www.bearsfootballauthentics.com[editar]

MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday but won’t quite be ready to go when the Milwaukee Brewers wrap up their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins with a matinee at Miller Park.

Cain has been sidelined since June 24 with a strained left groin and had been making progress in his rehab but isn’t 100 percent yet and will need a little more time [url=http://www.bearsfootballauthentics.com/joel-iyiegbuniwe-jersey-authentic]Youth Joel Iyiegbuniwe Jersey[/url] , manager Craig Cousnell said.

“He had a good day on the field, but there’s enough caution there that we have to get over the last hurdle,” Counsell said. “We’re not to 100 percent yet. We’re definitely going in a good direction.”

Christian Yelich has been out since the first inning of Sunday’s game thanks to a stiff back but he took batting practice for a third straight day Tuesday and came into the game as a ninth-inning defensive sub, leaving him on the verge of returning to the lineup — perhaps as early as Wednesday.

“He’s feeling pretty good,” Counsell said. “I’m very optimistic.”

With both Cain and Yelich out, and Jesus Aguilar punishing opposing pitchers while playing first base, Eric Thames has become a regular in Milwaukee’s outfield. Since returning from a 40-day stint on the disabled list June 12, Thames has made five starts at first and 10 in the outfield. He’s appeared in 18 games overall since returning, batting .226 with four home runs and 11 RBIs during that stretch but has been red-hot over the last week with three home runs over his last six games.

“I’m just trying to have quality at-bats and trying not to hit 30 home runs in the first week to try and catch back up with everybody else,” said Thames, who’s third on the team with 12 home runs this season. “I’m just trying to have good at-bats, get on base, take my walks, trying not to swing at everything that comes over the plate like I did in Cincinnati. I’m just trying to take a quality at-bat and help the team win.”

Thames’ two-run homer was the difference in Milwaukee’s victory Tuesday and gave the Brewers at least one home run in each of their last nine games.

Jose Berrios will try to stop that streak Wednesday as he leads the Twins in their efforts to avoid a sweep. The right-hander served up two home runs his last time out as he was dinged for six runs on six hits and four walks over just 4 1/3 innings by the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

“I don’t know if it’s the hottest game I’ve thrown, but coming from 80 degrees to almost 100, I felt it out there [url=http://www.bearsfootballauthentics.com/roquan-smith-jersey-authentic]Youth Roquan Smith Jersey[/url] ,” Berrios said through an interpreter. “I wanted to keep competing for my team. … I kind of felt like I lost stamina out there because it was so hot. It just was what it was.

“I tried to execute my pitches. I struck out (two). I kept trying to battle. It wasn’t my day today.”

It was Berrios’ worst outing of the season and snapped what had been an impressive stretch for the young right-hander. He’d gone 5-1 with a 2.05 ERA in his eight previous starts, striking out 69 with just 11 walks in 57 innings of work.

“Jose was just a little off,” manager Paul Molitor said. “Command of fastball, a couple breaking balls that he got hurt on. … Glanced up there now and then. (His velocity) was maybe down a mile or two from what you would expect.”

Wednesday will mark his first career appearance against the Brewers, who counter with right-hander Chase Anderson.

Anderson allowed just a run over six innings in his last outing, Friday at Cincinnati, and is 3-3 with a 4.40 ERA in eight starts since returning from the disabled list on May 20.

He’s faced Minnesota just once in his career and took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on 11 hits over five innings back on April 18, 2016.

Trevor Bauer is piling up the strikeouts. And, the Cleveland Indians are piling up the wins.

Bauer (7-5) struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings to beat Detroit for the fourth time this season, leading Cleveland past the Tigers 4-1 on Saturday night for their sixth straight win overall.

The right-hander recorded his seventh double-figure strikeout game of the season, including five of his last six starts. Bauer has struck out 140 this season and is tied for the AL lead with Boston’s Chris Sale.

”I definitely take pride in it,” Bauer said. ”It’s what I enjoy doing most, punching guys out.”

Bauer’s consecutive games with double-digit strikeouts was interrupted Monday by a rain delay after he struck out eight in seven innings against the Chicago White Sox. He threw 100 pitches and didn’t return after the delay.

”I wish it hadn’t rained last game,” he said. ”It would have been six in a row, but I’ll start a new streak this time.”

Bauer allowed a run in the second inning on a wild pitch and was pulled after Dixon Machado’s one-out single in the seventh. He’s 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four starts against the Tigers.

”He’s got quality pitches across the board,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. ”That’s part of what’s making him so good.”

Francisco Lindor hit a leadoff homer in the fifth [url=http://www.bearsfootballauthentics.com/anthony-miller-jersey-authentic]Youth Anthony Miller Jersey[/url] , and Jose Ramirez – who reached base in his 30th consecutive game – and Edwin Encarnacion had RBI singles in a three-run first.

Cody Allen struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 17 opportunities.

Francisco Liriano (3-3), making his first start in a month, allowed three runs – two earned – in four innings. The left-hander, who strained his right hamstring against the White Sox on May 26, threw 40 pitches in the first.

”He was rushing and after the first inning we told him you got to slow down,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ”Just make your pitches and don’t overthrow the ball. We had a chance to get out of there and we cost him some extra pitches in the first.”

Detroit lost its fourth straight and committed three errors. Catcher James McCann dropped a throw from center field that allowed a run to score in the first.

Bauer struck out the game’s first two hitters, but a walk, single and a hit by pitch loaded the bases. McCann struck out, ending the 28-pitch inning. Bauer allowed five hits, walked two, hit two batters and threw 112 pitches.

Cleveland’s first consisted of four hits, two walks, two wild pitches and McCann’s error. Ramirez singled in the first to score Lindor. Encarnacion followed with another single for a 2-0 lead.

Following a wild pitch, Brandon Guyer singled to center. Encarnacion would have been out by 10 feet, but scored on a slide when McCann couldn’t hang on to Leyonis Martin’s throw.

Liriano made his first start since straining his right hamstring against the Chicago White Sox on May 26.

Oliver Perez retired the final two batters in the seventh and Neil Ramirez worked a scoreless eighth.

CAUTIOUS APPROACH

The Indians aren’t going to rush left-hander Andrew Miller to come back from his sore right knee, an injury that has had him on the disabled list since May 26. He won’t throw off a mound for 10 days and there’s no timetable for his return.

”We saw the load he carried a couple years ago [url=http://www.broncosauthorizedshops.com/authentic-royce-freeman-jersey]http://www.broncosauthorizedshops.com/authentic-royce-freeman-jersey[/url] ,” Francona said. ”For us to get where we want to go, and have the best chance to do that, he’s going to carry a big load. So we feel like being patient is the best chance to get there.”

BUT WHO’S COUNTING?

The first inning lasted 36 minutes and included five hits, three walks, a hit batter, two wild pitches, an error, nine baserunners and a combined 68 pitches.

QUICK CHANGE

Detroit started the week with a five-game winning streak, but lost twice in Cincinnati and has dropped the first two games of this series.

”You look at Cincinnati, they’re hot,” Gardenhire said. ”We come in here and this team is hot. It’s all part of the schedule. Right now, we are scuffling offensively and it all kind of molds together.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Johnny Barbato (rotator cuff tendinitis) is on the 10-day disabled list. He allowed five runs in one-third of an inning Friday.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (bruised elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday. He was struck on the elbow by a line drive hit by Minnesota’s Joe Mauer on June 16.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (4-5, 3.63 ERA) is 1-2 with a 1.78 ERA in six career appearances – five starts – against Cleveland.

Indians: RHP Adam Plutko (3-1, 5.40) will make his fifth career start for Cleveland.

www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com[editar]

Quarterbacks will rule the NFL’s offseason.

Beginning with Alex Smith going to Washington when the league’s new year starts next month and Jimmy Garoppolo agreeing to a record-breaking deal with San Francisco on Thursday [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-denzel-ward-jersey]Denzel Ward Color Rush Jersey[/url] , several quarterbacks will find new riches and many teams will land new QBs in 2018.

Tom Brady may have been denied another championship but not his coordinator, and some believe Josh McDaniels’ sudden change of heart this week in spurning the Indianapolis Colts was related to doubts about Andrew Luck’s health.

Either way, McDaniels is staying in New England to help the Patriots bounce back from their 41-33 loss to Philadelphia in Super Bowl 52 .

The Eagles aren’t just celebrating their first championship since 1960, but also an abundance of talent at the position in franchise QB Carson Wentz and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.

Should Wentz’s recovery from knee surgery go well, the Eagles will have a huge bargaining chip to help restock their roster.

Wentz’s injury rehab will be closely watched this offseason, just like Aaron Rodgers ` repaired collarbone in Green Bay and DeShaun Watson `s torn ACL in Houston.

Those teams figure to be contenders for Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta if their quarterbacks are healthy. A dozen other teams will either jockey for their next star or dole out big bucks to keep the one they have.

Kirk Cousins and Drew Brees lead an exceptionally large group of veteran quarterbacks lined up for big paydays and possibly new opportunities that includes the Minnesota Vikings’ trio of Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum and Sam Bradford.

Garoppolo, Brady’s longtime backup, got a five-year contract from the 49ers that will pay him a reported $137.5 million to keep him off the free-agent market without forcing the team to use the one-year franchise tag.

NFL Network first reported the terms of the contract, which is worth $27.5 million per season to top the previous record set by Detroit’s Matthew Stafford last year by $500,000 per year – but presumably will soon be surpassed by Brees or Cousins.

San Francisco acquired Garoppolo from New England before the trade deadline for a 2018 second-round pick. He led the 49ers to five straight wins to end the season, pushing his record as a starter to 7-0.

Teams that miss out on one of the prized free agents can look to the draft, which features Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph.

The quarterback carousel began in the days before the Super Bowl when Kansas City agreed to trade Smith to the Redskins.

The deal, which cannot be finalized until March 14, spells the end of Cousins’ time in Washington and hands the Chiefs’ job to Patrick Mahomes III [url=http://www.authenticsdallascowboys.com/cheap-connor-williams-jersey]Connor Williams Color Rush Jersey[/url] , the 10th pick in last year’s draft out of Texas Tech.

So, Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, moves on to his third team just as he’s coming off the best season of his 13-year career.

”I think Washington is getting a phenomenal player, a great leader,” Rodgers said last week while discussing the league’s current quarterback commotion.

”Now you’ve got Kirk Cousins, what’s going to happen with him? You’ve got probably five guys that are going to get drafted in the first round, Jimmy Garoppolo and his situation.

”There’s a lot of moving pieces.”

In the not-too-distant future, Rodgers could find himself one of them.

Rodgers, 34, has two years left on his contract and if he stays healthy in 2018, he’ll be in line for a mega payday that could obliterate any of the deals that will be signed.

Rodgers told the AP last week that he wants to play well into his 40s and might have to finish his career in another team’s uniform as Brett Favre did.

”I think you have to be humble enough to realize if it could happen to Brett, it can happen to you,” Rodgers said.

Among the teams looking for an upgrade are the Denver Broncos, who haven’t been back to the playoffs since Peyton Manning retired a champion two years ago.

Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller said he trusts general manager John Elway to fix that in the next few weeks: ”We have a Hall of Fame quarterback running the show who’s going to get the right guy,” Miller said.

Miller has a tip for his GM, too.

”No disrespect to Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch, but I would love to play with Kirk Cousins,” Miller said. ”When Peyton came to Denver [url=http://www.authenticsdenverbroncos.com/cheap-bradley-chubb-jersey]Bradley Chubb Color Rush Jersey[/url] , we just took off. Kirk’s an elite starter, too. I could roll with that.”

With eight trips to the Super Bowl and five rings, Brady is the gold standard of quarterbacks.

Yet, this time he was outdueled by Foles, who showed just how important it is for teams to also have depth at the position.

”To get in a shootout with that guy on the other team is probably not ideal for anyone – ever,” Eagles tight end Zach Ertz said. ”The guy is the best quarterback to ever play the game. That team is phenomenal. They are coached amazingly.”

Yet, the Patriots were beaten by a journeyman QB who contemplated retirement not long ago after he kept losing his starting job with his employers in perpetual search of a better option.

Foles turned into a flawless fill-in after Wentz got hurt in December, stepping in to deliver Philadelphia its first Super Bowl title.

Foles has one year left on his two-year deal, and his Super Bowl performance bumped his name up on the long list of coveted quarterbacks.

”He’s amazing,” Ertz said. ”The past three weeks he’s been playing out The Washington Nationals have activated right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the 10-day disabled list and will start him against Philadelphia.

The Nationals made the move before playing at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday. Reliever Sammy Solis was sent to Triple-A Syracuse.

Hellickson is 2-0 with a 2.28 ERA in nine starts this season. The veteran right-hander has been sidelined since June 4 with a right hamstring strain. He was 6-5 for Philadelphia last year.

Solis is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 40 games this season. In 28 innings, the left-hander has allowed 22 hits with 30 strikeouts and 15 walks.

Also, Washington transferred third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has been out since May 10 with a strained right oblique, to the 60-day DL.

The Nationals reinstated catcher Raudy Read from the restricted list and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Read, who appeared in eight games last season, is coming off an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com[editar]

The Oakland Raiders came one step closer to securing the land the team needs for its new headquarters and practice facility near Las Vegas – and at a steep discount.

Officials in suburban Henderson approved a resolution Tuesday that allows the city to move forward with a direct sale of 55 acres (22 hectares) to the Raiders for more than $6 million – half the land’s appraised value. The city is using a Nevada law that allows for no-bid sales at under-market prices when they are considered to be in the public interest.

”This is an opportunity to take the city of Henderson to a new level [url=http://www.officialbruinsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-tuukka-rask-jersey]Tuukka Rask Jersey[/url] ,” Assistant City Manager Greg Blackburn said during the city council meeting ahead of the resolution vote. ”It’s hard to put a dollar value to what this does to help us for the future.”

The Raiders have promised that the venue will create an estimated 250 full-time jobs not counting players. The team will spend about $75 million to build the complex.

The team wants to kick off its 2020 season at a 65,000-seat domed stadium built partially with taxpayers’ money across the freeway from the Las Vegas Strip. The team in May paid $77.5 million for the 62-acre (25-hectare) site and hosted a glitzy groundbreaking ceremony in November.

Guests of hotels and other lodging facilities in the Las Vegas area are contributing $750 million to the project through a room tax increase. The Raiders and the NFL are expected to contribute $500 million to the project, while the team has also secured a $600 million bank loan for construction.

Henderson’s city council must vote again next month to give final approval to the offer.

Henderson officials said the city will benefit from property taxes collected on the land and additional spending from visitors and team clients. City staff said similar projects have created an estimated $210 million tax impact over a decade after the venues are fully built.

Not all residents were supportive of the city’s decision.

”The Raiders have been Gypsies over the years, starting in Oakland, then moving to El Segundo (LA) for a few years, then back to Oakland and now Las Vegas. Where to next?” Henderson resident Adrian Woodhouse wrote the city council in an email.

On Wednesday, commissioners in Clark County approved a development agreement with the team that spells out public safety and infrastructure improvements that the Raiders will pay for in and around the stadium.

The agreement calls for widening sidewalks, improving roadways, installing and modifying traffic signals [url=http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-sam-hubbard-jersey]Sam Hubbard Jersey[/url] , and building any needed pedestrian bridges.

The team agreed to install about $1.4 million worth of public safety equipment at the stadium and an emergency operations center. The development agreement did not include a finalized plan for the thousands of county-mandated parking spaces.

This story has been corrected to show that officials in Henderson, Nevada, approved the resolution Tuesday.

The Chicago Cubs will try to bounce back from their first loss in more than a week when they host the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon in the second part of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

A 3-2 loss on Friday afternoon snapped a six-game winning streak for Chicago (49-36), which failed to score five-plus runs for the first time in nine games. The Cubs are 3-7 against the Reds this season.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati (39-49) will try to keep up its recent hot streak. The Reds have won two straight, five of six and 14 of 18 to rewrite the narrative on a miserable start to the season.

Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 4.54 ERA) is scheduled to make his 16th start. He does not have a victory in his past eight outings and is seeking his first win since May 11.

Control has been a problem for Chatwood, who leads the big leagues with 66 walks in 73 1/3 innings. He hopes for better results and his first win against Cincinnati, against whom he is 0-4 with a 4.18 ERA in five career starts. He has walked 17 and struck out 17 in 23 2/3 innings against the Reds.

Meanwhile [url=http://www.officialbruinsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-zdeno-chara-jersey]Zdeno Chara Jersey[/url] , Cincinnati will counter with right-hander Matt Harvey (4-5, 4.91), who will make his 15th start of the season and his 11th with the Reds. The 29-year-old has found confidence since arriving from the New York Mets, limiting opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his past three outings.

“It’s nice to finally get into a groove, get into a rhythm, know I can get out of jams when I need to and also be able to go deep into games with consistent velocity and good stuff,” Harvey said recently to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “When you start feeling healthy, the confidence comes back, for sure.”

Harvey’s renewed effectiveness could make him a trade candidate for an eager contender.

In five career starts against the Cubs [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-benoit-pouliot-jersey]Authentic Benoit Pouliot Jersey[/url] , including three at Wrigley Field, Harvey has posted a 2-1 record with a 4.23 ERA. He has walked eight and whiffed 28 in 27 2/3 innings.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, who has been on the disabled list since June 23 because of inflammation in his left shoulder, is nearing a return as the weekend approaches. He said he felt good after taking swings in the batting cage Friday, which pleased team president Theo Epstein and others.

“The shoulder, it’s an important joint for the swing, and his swing, and the finish he has,” Epstein said to the team’s official website. “I don’t know that we expected it to (take) this long [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-jack-eichel-jersey]http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-jack-eichel-jersey[/url] , but it’s certainly very legitimate, and he needs to be able to execute his swing. I’m glad today is a good day, and hopefully we’ll have him back sometime soon.

“He really wants to be out there, but any time you have an injury you feel on your swing, you have to be smart about it. He’s been smart about it. He wants to be out there contributing. The fact that guys have stepped up and won some games makes it a little bit easier.”

www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com[editar]

The Oakland Raiders came one step closer to securing the land the team needs for its new headquarters and practice facility near Las Vegas – and at a steep discount.

Officials in suburban Henderson approved a resolution Tuesday that allows the city to move forward with a direct sale of 55 acres (22 hectares) to the Raiders for more than $6 million – half the land’s appraised value. The city is using a Nevada law that allows for no-bid sales at under-market prices when they are considered to be in the public interest.

”This is an opportunity to take the city of Henderson to a new level [url=http://www.officialbruinsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-tuukka-rask-jersey]Tuukka Rask Jersey[/url] ,” Assistant City Manager Greg Blackburn said during the city council meeting ahead of the resolution vote. ”It’s hard to put a dollar value to what this does to help us for the future.”

The Raiders have promised that the venue will create an estimated 250 full-time jobs not counting players. The team will spend about $75 million to build the complex.

The team wants to kick off its 2020 season at a 65,000-seat domed stadium built partially with taxpayers’ money across the freeway from the Las Vegas Strip. The team in May paid $77.5 million for the 62-acre (25-hectare) site and hosted a glitzy groundbreaking ceremony in November.

Guests of hotels and other lodging facilities in the Las Vegas area are contributing $750 million to the project through a room tax increase. The Raiders and the NFL are expected to contribute $500 million to the project, while the team has also secured a $600 million bank loan for construction.

Henderson’s city council must vote again next month to give final approval to the offer.

Henderson officials said the city will benefit from property taxes collected on the land and additional spending from visitors and team clients. City staff said similar projects have created an estimated $210 million tax impact over a decade after the venues are fully built.

Not all residents were supportive of the city’s decision.

”The Raiders have been Gypsies over the years, starting in Oakland, then moving to El Segundo (LA) for a few years, then back to Oakland and now Las Vegas. Where to next?” Henderson resident Adrian Woodhouse wrote the city council in an email.

On Wednesday, commissioners in Clark County approved a development agreement with the team that spells out public safety and infrastructure improvements that the Raiders will pay for in and around the stadium.

The agreement calls for widening sidewalks, improving roadways, installing and modifying traffic signals [url=http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-sam-hubbard-jersey]Sam Hubbard Jersey[/url] , and building any needed pedestrian bridges.

The team agreed to install about $1.4 million worth of public safety equipment at the stadium and an emergency operations center. The development agreement did not include a finalized plan for the thousands of county-mandated parking spaces.

This story has been corrected to show that officials in Henderson, Nevada, approved the resolution Tuesday.

The Chicago Cubs will try to bounce back from their first loss in more than a week when they host the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon in the second part of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

A 3-2 loss on Friday afternoon snapped a six-game winning streak for Chicago (49-36), which failed to score five-plus runs for the first time in nine games. The Cubs are 3-7 against the Reds this season.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati (39-49) will try to keep up its recent hot streak. The Reds have won two straight, five of six and 14 of 18 to rewrite the narrative on a miserable start to the season.

Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 4.54 ERA) is scheduled to make his 16th start. He does not have a victory in his past eight outings and is seeking his first win since May 11.

Control has been a problem for Chatwood, who leads the big leagues with 66 walks in 73 1/3 innings. He hopes for better results and his first win against Cincinnati, against whom he is 0-4 with a 4.18 ERA in five career starts. He has walked 17 and struck out 17 in 23 2/3 innings against the Reds.

Meanwhile [url=http://www.officialbruinsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-zdeno-chara-jersey]Zdeno Chara Jersey[/url] , Cincinnati will counter with right-hander Matt Harvey (4-5, 4.91), who will make his 15th start of the season and his 11th with the Reds. The 29-year-old has found confidence since arriving from the New York Mets, limiting opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his past three outings.

“It’s nice to finally get into a groove, get into a rhythm, know I can get out of jams when I need to and also be able to go deep into games with consistent velocity and good stuff,” Harvey said recently to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “When you start feeling healthy, the confidence comes back, for sure.”

Harvey’s renewed effectiveness could make him a trade candidate for an eager contender.

In five career starts against the Cubs [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-benoit-pouliot-jersey]Authentic Benoit Pouliot Jersey[/url] , including three at Wrigley Field, Harvey has posted a 2-1 record with a 4.23 ERA. He has walked eight and whiffed 28 in 27 2/3 innings.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, who has been on the disabled list since June 23 because of inflammation in his left shoulder, is nearing a return as the weekend approaches. He said he felt good after taking swings in the batting cage Friday, which pleased team president Theo Epstein and others.

“The shoulder, it’s an important joint for the swing, and his swing, and the finish he has,” Epstein said to the team’s official website. “I don’t know that we expected it to (take) this long [url=http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-jack-eichel-jersey]http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-jack-eichel-jersey[/url] , but it’s certainly very legitimate, and he needs to be able to execute his swing. I’m glad today is a good day, and hopefully we’ll have him back sometime soon.

“He really wants to be out there, but any time you have an injury you feel on your swing, you have to be smart about it. He’s been smart about it. He wants to be out there contributing. The fact that guys have stepped up and won some games makes it a little bit easier.”

Richard Sherman misses Thursday practice with heel injury[editar]

The San Francisco 49ers were back at practice Thursday afternoon [url=http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/mike-mcglinchey-jersey]Womens Mike McGlinchey Jersey[/url] , and a notable name was added to the injury list. Cornerback Richard Sherman was a DNP and listed with a heel injury. By all accounts he was walking around fine, but he spent practice working on a side field.My guess is this more precautionary than anything else, but Friday’s final injury report coupled with Kyle Shanahan’s end of week press conference will offer some clarity on Sherman’s status. If he is fine, so be it. If he develops into a question mark for Sunday [url=http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/k_waun-williams-jersey]Authentic K'Waun Williams Jersey[/url] , the 49ers have some serious issues at hand in the secondary.Ahkello Witherspoon was limited again with an ankle injury, but the 49ers also added a hip mention to the injury report. When asked how Witherspoon responded in practice this week, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was said he came out strong mentally. He acknowledged the second year cornerback had some physical issues he still had to work through.Finally, Jaquiski Tartt was a DNP for the second straight day due to the shoulder injury he aggravated last Sunday. Antone Exum is getting first string work in Tartt’s place [url=http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/jimmy-garoppolo-jersey]Authentic Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey[/url] , and Tyvis Powell and D.J. Reed are getting work there as well.That’s three-quarters of the starting 4-3 secondary, and three-fifths of the starting nickel secondary. Getting ready to face a white-hot Chiefs squad, this is very much a bad thing. But again, Friday’s injury report is what we’re waiting for before we can make firm assessments. The 49ers don’t know who their starting quarterback will be tonight. And they may not know until it’s time to submit their list of inactives.C.J. Beathard [url=http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/kyle-juszczyk-jersey]Authentic Kyle Juszczyk Jersey[/url] , who took over the starting job after Jimmy Garoppolo was lost for the season, has been out of practice with a wrist injury. He’s officially listed as questionable, and Adam Schefter of ESPN reported this morning that the 49ers view him as having a 50-50 shot of playing.Nick Mullens would get the start if Beathard can’t go. Mullens, who played his college football at Southern Miss [url=http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/ahkello-witherspoon-jersey]http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/ahkello-witherspoon-jersey[/url] , joined the 49ers as an undrafted free agent last year. He had been on the practice squad all of last year and to start this year until he was called up to the active roster when Jimmy Garoppolo was injured. Mullens has never played in an NFL regular-season game.The only other quarterback on the 49ers’ roster is the recently signed Tom Savage.

The San Francisco 49ers decided to not place a waiver[editar]

claim on former Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah Wednesday afternoon. The Lions waived Abdullah on Tuesday [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-deforest-buckner-jersey]Youth DeForest Buckner jersey[/url] , and he was claimed by the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Vikings had the 21st spot in waiver priority.The decision to pass on Abdullah likely means the 49ers will promote either Jeff Wilson or Matt Dayes from the practice squad later this week. The team placed running back Raheem Mostert on injured reserve with a fractured forearm. Matt Breida and Alfred Morris are atop the depth chart, with Kyle Juszczyk serving as a passing down and run blocking back. The team will likely promote Wilson or Dayes to add some depth against the New York Giants.The 49ers signed Wilson as an undrafted free agent, and moved him to the practice squad at the end of training camp. They signed Dayes to their practice squad on October 9th. Dayes was a seventh round pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft. NFL.com offers a pre-draft profile on prospects, and had this overview for Wilson and Dayes.Jeff WilsonMatt Dayes For whatever reason, playing in Arizona has become a drama-filled trip for the Seattle Seahawks.The latest chapter came Sunday when Earl Thomas broke his leg in a 20-17 win.Seattle's star free safety fractured the tibia in his left leg in a collision with Arizona wide receiver Chad Williams with nine minutes to play. It was nearly an identical injury to the one Thomas sustained in 2016 when he collided with teammate Kam Chancellor in a game against the Carolina Panthers.The stadium in Glendale [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-arik-armstead-jersey]http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-arik-armstead-jersey[/url] , Arizona, has turned into a house of horrible memories for the Seahawks, and the Super Bowl loss to New England is just one of the miserable moments for Seattle.Former running back Marshawn Lynch extended a middle finger to the Seahawks sideline in Arizona in 2013 to express his displeasure with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's play-calling. There was the unsightly 6-6 tie during the 2016 season. And there was Malcolm Butler's interception of Russell Wilson at the goal line to deny Seattle a second-straight Lombardi Trophy.In addition to Thomas' injury, Chancellor and Richard Sherman each saw his tenure with the Seahawks end because of injuries sustained in a game in Arizona last November. Chancellor sustained a neck injury that has kept him from continuing his career while Sherman tore his Achilles tendon and was released this offseason.Now there is the image of Thomas leaving the field on a cart with a middle finger extended toward his sideline in what could end up being his final game with the Seahawks.The Legion of Boom all went bust in the desert."I don't know where to put that," coach Pete Carroll said. "It's kind of uncanny that it's happened like that."The loss of Thomas throws second-year safety Tedric Thompson into the spotlight. Thompson was the starter through most of the preseason when Thomas was holding out and has seen plenty of playing time in the first month as Seattle has used a mix of defenses featuring three safeties."We're excited about Tedric's play and he's been playing quite a bit in the dime group that we've been playing, so he's been on the field a lot [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jaquiski-tartt-jersey]Jaquiski Tartt jersey[/url] , so it's nothing new for him to get out there," Carroll said.But Thompson isn't Thomas — at least not yet — and his likely first start is set to come against the most potent offense in the NFL when the Los Angeles Rams visit on Sunday."I don't see it replacing Earl Thomas," Carroll said. "He's a great football player and has demonstrated that for a long period of time and had probably — what we both acknowledged — his best start of any season he could recall. It's next guy up. This is not Earl coming back. This is Tedric playing the game. He is going the best he can in the way he plays."

Golden Nuggets: 49ers need to beat the Cardinals[editar]

I can understand a losses to the Los Angeles Chargers or the Kansas City Chiefs. I can’t understand a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Nope. No way. The 49ers need to win this game. Failing to do so indicates a much larger problem. Despite injuries [url=http://www.authenticssanfrancisco49ers.com/cheap-george-kittle-jersey]http://www.authenticssanfrancisco49ers.com/cheap-george-kittle-jersey[/url] , scheme, whatever—the 49ers need to beat the Cardinals to show everyone the rebuild is going on-schedule. Sure, this is a “trap” game, but the 49ers aren’t exactly a team susceptible to the trap. They need to be able to (at the very least) beat teams like the Cardinals, who aren’t very good. If they don’t—it’s a problem. One I don’t really want to think about right now. Here are some links. 49ers’ Richard Sherman returns to practice; Mike McGlinchey starts new streak (Branch)On the 49ers: Why things should go up from here (Biderman)No excuses this week for the 49ers — they must beat the Cardinals (Cohn)49ers notes: Joe Staley shows up early in hopes of playing against Cardinals (Biderman)Can 49ers disrupt QB Rosen, end seven-game skid to Cardinals? (Inman)No timetable for Jimmy Garoppolo’s return after ACL surgery (Madson)49ers practice: Top things we learned Friday (Inman)Despite team-wide struggles, 49ers linebacking corps of the future emerging (KNBR)Jimmie Ward added to 49ers injury report, questionable for Sunday (Pro Football Talk)Kyle Shanahan wants balanced 49ers offense, knows it’s not that easy(Maiocco)A 49ers loss in Week 5 would officially adjust focus to 2019 (KNBR)5 predictions for 49ers game vs. Cardinals (Madson)What a horrible night to have a curse... An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly for starting a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.The deal unveiled by Nike and the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was a trending topic on Twitter and other social networks, with some fans urging a boycott of the company's clothes and sneakers — even burning and cutting out the signature swoosh logos on their gear.Others pushed back, saying the backlash against Nike showed the polarizing debate has morphed well beyond whether NFL players should be allowed to demonstrate for social causes while the national anthem plays in stadiums before games.The league itself weighed in Tuesday afternoon with an executive saying the social issues Kaepernick has raised are valid."We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities," said Jocelyn Moore, the NFL's executive vice president of communications and public affairs. "The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action."Moore's statement was paired with a detailed breakdown of things players and league executives have done together to learn about and address social issues, including community meetings, lobbying and financially supporting local programs.On Twitter, country music star John Rich posted a picture of one of his crew members holding the tops of a cut pair of Nike socks [url=http://www.authenticssanfrancisco49ers.com/cheap-adrian-colbert-jersey]White Adrian Colbert Jersey[/url] , with the caption: "Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions." The tweet garnered about 10,000 retweets and 30,000 likes, plus thousands of critical comments.Rich, part of the duo Big & Rich and a former contestant of President Donald Trump's reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice," said he supported the right to protest but Nike lost his support when it endorsed Kaepernick.Mixed martial arts fighter Elias Theodorou, a UFC middleweight, tweeted a widely shared picture of the Nike logo with a meme that read: "Instead of throwing away your Nike gear give to one of the millions of homeless veterans you pretend to care about."Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said: "I hope other corporations follow (Nike's) example."San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, tweeted: "Proud to be an @usnikefootball athlete. Stand for something or fall for anything. Few moments in history has that been more true!"Trump, a frequent critic of protesting NFL players, said Tuesday in an interview with the Daily Caller that he thinks it's a "terrible message" for Nike to use Kaepernick in ads, but that it's their decision whether to use the quarterback."I think it's a terrible message that they're sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there's a reason for them doing it," Trump said, adding it's "a message that shouldn't be sent."Trump said it's ultimately a business decision for Nike."In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn't do, but I personally am on a different side of it [url=http://www.authenticssanfrancisco49ers.com/cheap-weston-richburg-jersey]Youth Weston Richburg Jersey[/url] ," he said.Trump has loudly urged the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem, repeatedly diving into what has developed into one of the most contentious debates in sports.Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it was renegotiated into a multiyear deal to make him one of the faces of Nike's 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign, according to a person familiar with the contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Nike hasn't officially announced the contract.The person said Nike will feature Kaepernick on several platforms, including billboards, television commercials and online ads. Nike also will create an apparel line for Kaepernick, including a signature shoe, and contribute to his Know Your Rights charity, the person said. The deal puts Kaepernick in the top bracket of NFL players with Nike."I stand for anybody that believes in change. I stand for anybody that believes in a positive attitude," LeBron James said Tuesday night at a Nike fashion show and awards ceremony in New York. "I stand with Nike, every day, all day."Nike also provides all NFL teams with game day uniforms and sideline apparel, a partnership that was extended in March to run through 2028.Last week, Kaepernick scored a legal victory in his grievance against the NFL and its 32 teams when an arbitrator allowed his case to continue to trial. The quarterback claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests. His case hinges on whether owners worked together rather than decided individually to not sign Kaepernick.A similar grievance is still pending by former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, a Pro Bowl safety who joined in the protests.Meanwhile, the league and players union still haven't resolved whether players will be punished this season if they choose to kneel or demonstrate during the national anthem. Owners approved a policy requiring players to stand if they are on the sideline during "The Star-Spangled Banner," allowing them to stay off the field if they wish.But the league and union put that on hold after the Miami Dolphins faced backlash for classifying the protests as conduct potentially detrimental to the team — putting players at risk of fines or suspensions.

Giants injury report[editar]

[url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-eli-manning-jersey]Eli Manning Jersey[/url] , 9/7: Olivier Vernon OUT vs. Jacksonville The New York Giants made official on Friday the bad news we have pretty much been anticipating all week. Linebacker Olivier Vernon, the team’s most accomplished pass rusher on a team that doesn’t have enough of those, will not play Sunday in the season-opener vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.Vernon has been ruled out because of an ankle injury that kept him off the practice field all week.Vernon suffered the injury in practice on August 26. He has not practiced since.“It’s just the other guys at that position have to step up, and it’s going to be multiple guys handling whatever that job was, whether it’s OV outside if he doesn’t end up playing, or linebacker inside, or a guy at safety,” defensive coordinator James Bettcher said on Thursday. “There will be different guys sharing some of that responsibility.”Two of those could be veteran Connor Barwin and rookie third-round pick Lorenzo Carter. The Giants could also increase the workload of Kareem Martin and ask newly-acquired defensive end Mario Edwards to play more on passing downs.Linebacker Tae Davis (hamstring) is also out.The Jaguars have no players listed on their Friday injury report.Week 6 Injury ReportPlayerPositionInjuryTues.Wed.Game StatusPlayerPositionInjuryTues.Wed.Game Status Well, we are back.After dropping some quarterback tiers before the start of the season, it is time to revisit these groupings based on 2018 performance. Now remember the methodology involved with these: Consider them more “power rankings” than pure rankings based on performance. (And yes, I’m dropping this in at the start so be forewarned, Kansas City Chiefs fans). Remember too, the focus is upon the tiers for each player, and not so much the rankings within each tier.Besides, I’m sure you’re all going to agree.Tier 1 - The Elite. Best of the Best Drew Brees, New Orleans SaintsPhilip Rivers, Los Angeles ChargersAaron Rodgers, Green Bay PackersRussell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks“Where’s Mahomes?”He very well might get into this group in the near-future, but for now we’re going to slot him at the top of Tier 2 with the arrow pointing way up. But this gives us a chance to focus on two veterans who are having very strong seasons: Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. Brees is setting records almost weekly, but we are seeing him make plays with both his quick release and deadly accuracy, but also with his play-strength and athleticism. His game against the Baltimore Ravens is a prime example of his excelling in the latter two traits. As for Rivers, he is currently second in the league in Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt with a mark of 9.40, behind only Ryan Fitzpatrick, whose number might drop if he remains the starter in Tampa Bay. His touchdowns, touchdown percentage and quarterback rating put him in the top five this season in every category, and it is time to talk about him a bit more I think. You will notice that with Rivers coming up, a name dropped out. Good thing I’m not traveling home for Thanksgiving...Patrick MahomesDenny Medley-USA TODAY SportsTier 2 - The Elite-ish Matt Ryan, Atlanta FalconsPatrick Mahomes, Kansas City ChiefsCarson Wentz, Philadelphia EaglesTom Brady [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-odell-beckham-jr-jersey]Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey[/url] , New England PatriotsCam Newton, Carolina PanthersMatthew Stafford, Detroit LionsAndrew Luck, Indianapolis ColtsDeshaun Watson, Houston TexansBen Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh SteelersThis group sees the biggest expansion, thanks to some players moving up (Mahomes and Watson) and one big name dropping a bit (Brady). We can start with the New England Patriots’ signal-caller. From a pure trait-based perspective the veteran QB is showing minimal signs of slowing down. But the production has dropped a bit, and he has throw seven interceptions so far this season, although two in particular were more due to plays from his teammates than anything else. With a strong second half Brady slides back into the top tier, but based on what we have seen so far he drops. The story of the 2018 NFL season seems to be Mahomes, and with good reason. He seems to be capable of rewriting record books and the Chiefs’ offense seems unstoppable at times. His lightening-quick release and arm talent make him such a difficult quarterback to defend. Other young signal-callers, such as Wentz and Watson, indicate that the league might be in good hands with the next generation of passers. Ryan is quietly having another impressive season, with 15 touchdowns to his name against just two interceptions. If he keeps at this pace he might join some other quarterbacks in moving to the upper tier, and Falcons fans probably will argue that he should be there already. After a slow start, Andrew Luck seems to be rounding back into his pre-injury form. Early concerns about his lingering shoulder injury and his ability to throw downfield have been eased in recent weeks, and he has throw 11 touchdowns over his last three outings. One problem? Those three outings were against the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders. Tier 3 - Next Men Up? Jared Goff, Los Angeles RamsAlex Smith, Washington RedskinsKirk Cousins, Minnesota VikingsAndy Dalton, Cincinnati BengalsDak Prescott, Dallas CowboysThis middle tier saw the biggest shrink in numbers when contrasted with the preseason tiers, thanks to players moving up, injuries, and players moving down. Goff and Smith are the two players most likely to move up by the time we revisit the rankings, especially Goff, who is posting very impressive numbers. Dalton is quietly having a very strong season, but the one thing holding him back right now is the turnovers. His eight interceptions, and an interception percentage of 2.7 percent, are not great numbers. Mitchell TrubiskySteve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsTier 4 - Moving Day Mitchell Trubisky [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-jon-halapio-jersey]Color Rush Jon Halapio Jersey[/url] , Chicago BearsMarcus Mariota, Tennessee TitansRyan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay BuccaneersJoe Flacco, Baltimore RavensCase Keenum, Denver BroncosBlake Bortles, Jacksonville JaguarsDerek Carr, Oakland RaidersSome interesting names in this group. Fitzpatrick’s production has been astronomical, and he still leads the league in ANY/A with an almost-unheard of 10.18. Whether he looks more like the quarterback we saw in Weeks 1 and 2, or the QB we saw in Weeks 3 and 4, upon his return to the starting role remains to be seen. Trubisky is a fascinating case study. There are those who want to write him off already and make the case that his production is due to a high number of screens and gadget plays such as fly sweeps or shovel passes that count as touchdown passes, but inflate his number. Others look at this season as more of an extended rookie campaign, given that it is his third-straight year in a new offense. I am in more of the latter camp, and think there are some very positive developmental signs to go with some areas that need to be improved, such as accuracy when he needs to reset his feet in the pocket. In my opinion the arrow is pointing up for him. As for Keenum, Bortles and Carr, those arrows seem to be pointing in the opposite direction. Eli ManningBrad Penner-USA TODAY SportsTier 5 - Rookies and More Josh Rosen, Arizona CardinalsBaker Mayfield, Cleveland BrownsSam Darnold, New York JetsEli Manning, New York GiantsNick Mullens, San Francisco 49ersBrock Osweiler, Miami DolphinsNathan Peterman, Buffalo BillsWe can start with the three rookies. Rosen, Mayfield and Darnold have all had their ups and downs, but for me Rosen has shown the most flashes in terms of being “NFL-ready.” Yes, the three are all lagging when it comes to completion percentage, and they could benefit from some more talent around them, but fan bases of all three teams should be optimistic about their futures.Speaking of futures, the search might be underway in New York for a new starter for the Giants. Justin Herbert? Kyle Lauletta? A trade? Given what we have seen, it looks to be time to prepare in New York for life after Eli.

When word broke Monday that the Giants were[editar]

going to trade or release tackle Ereck Flowers [url=http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/nate-solder-jersey]Authentic Nate Solder Jersey[/url] , the trade option wasn’t taken too seriously given the $1.69 million Flowers was still set to make this season under the terms of his rookie deal with the Giants.That proved to be the right reaction as Flowers wound up on the waiver wire Tuesday. That contract would have moved to any team that claimed him off of waivers, so there’s equally little surprise to hear multiple reports that Flowers cleared waivers on Wednesday.At a lower price, there is reportedly interest in his services. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports multiple teams have reached out to Flowers and that he is set to visit the Jaguars on Thursday.Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin was the Giants coach when Flowers was drafted in the first round of the 2015 draft and offensive line coach Pat Flaherty had the same job with the Giants for Flowers’ first two season, so there’s familiarity in Jacksonville. That may not be a good thing given the relationship between Flaherty and Flowers at that time.There’s also a need for some offensive line depth with left tackle Cam Robinson out for the year and his replacement Josh Wells ruled out for this week with a groin injury. Why do it?Nike has touched off a furor by wading into football's national anthem debate with an ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who was the first athlete to kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest police brutality against blacks and hasn't played a game since 2016.The ad copy reads: "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything."The ad, part of Nike's 30th anniversary "Just Do it" campaign, has outraged many. Online, people threatened boycotts and posted videos and photos of shoes set on fire, Nike gear thrown in the trash, and swoosh logos cut out of products.Most big corporations steer clear of politics, and marketing experts disagreed Tuesday over whether the Kaepernick campaign is good business.But some noted approvingly that it made a big splash and set Nike apart. And they said it could solidify Nike's bond with athletes, especially black ones, an important consideration for a company that relies heavily on sports stars to endorse its products.Brian Gordon [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-alec-ogletree-jersey]Color Rush Alec Ogletree Jersey[/url] , CEO of Engine Shop, a sports and entertainment marketing agency, said the ad is provocative but "authentic to who they are and the communities they represent and speak to," including the athletes."Even in the face of potential backlash, they support their athlete partners, and that's an incredibly powerful statement to the athlete community," Gordon said.Other athletes in the campaign include tennis star Serena Williams, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Shaquem Griffin, a linebacker whose left hand was amputated when he was 4. But the Kaepernick ad struck a nerve, timed just before the NFL season kicks off on Thursday.Nike did not return a request for comment about its strategy. Its stock closed down more than 3 percent Tuesday.Neil Saunders, managing director of the data and analytics firm GlobalData, called the Kaepernick strategy "commercially imprudent.""Nike's campaign will generate both attention and discussion which is, arguably, one of its central aims [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-eli-manning-jersey]Youth Eli Manning Jersey[/url] ," he said. "However, it is also a risky strategy in that it addresses, and appears to take sides on, a highly politicized issue. This means it could ultimately alienate and lose customers, which is not the purpose of a marketing campaign."But other experts think the strength of Nike's brand will help it weather the storm and perhaps benefit from it, too. Nike is one of the world's largest sports apparel companies, with $34.5 billion in revenue last year."What you stand for is almost as important as what you make," said Allen Adamson, co-founder of marketing firm Metaforce. "It's a polarized marketplace. No matter what you do, you offend some people. They're focused on what they stand for, and if that upsets some users, so be it."Robert Passikoff, founder of marketing consultancy Brand Keys, said an ad like Nike's will divide people [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-kareem-martin-jersey]Color Rush Kareem Martin Jersey[/url] , but the outrage won't last."My guess is that the audience that is reacting so badly to this aren't buying a lot of Nikes anyway," he said. "They'll move on to the next thing. Welcome to the 21st century."Nike, based in Beaverton, Oregon, has made waves before. An ad for the company's sport hijab went viral in 2017. And a 2010 commercial featuring a voiceover by Tiger Woods' late father when the golfer was trying to recover from a sex scandal drew mixed reviews.In August, Nike made news when the French Open banned Williams' Nike-branded black catsuit. Nike responded by posting an image of her on social media with the line "You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers."Brands run the risk of a backlash in taking a political stand in their advertising.Starbucks was mocked in 2015 for trying to start a discussion about race by writing the slogan "Race Together" on its cups. Pepsi ended up pulling a commercial that showed Kendall Jenner giving a Pepsi to a police officer; some said the ad trivialized the "Black Lives Matter" protests.John Sweeney, sports communication professor at the University of North Carolina, said the Kaepernick ad was created to provoke people, and in that respect, it succeeded."You may have a negative reaction or a positive reaction, but you have a reaction," he said. "They wanted something that would stop the presses and stop people in their places."For some, the ad has made them bigger fans of the brand."I think what Nike did was a tremendous step in fighting against the people who misunderstand the protests by Kaep and players [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-riley-dixon-jersey]Authentic Riley Dixon Jersey[/url] ," said Seth Buchwalter, of Portland, Oregon, a lifelong Nike customer.But Wesley Callaway, of Omaha, Nebraska, said he doesn't agree with kneeling during the national anthem and thinks it is unfortunate Nike is featuring Kaepernick, though he said he doesn't buy many Nike products and won't make any changes in his shopping habits."I don't mind them protesting brutality," he said. "I just wish they wouldn't do it during the anthem."AP Business Writer Josh Funk contributed to this report from Omaha, Nebraska.This article has been corrected to give the correct title for Allen Adamson. It's co-founder of marketing firm Metaforce, not BrandSimple marketing consultant.

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham shared his distaste[editar]

for the team’s offensive approach in last Sunday’s loss to the Eagles and dealing with outbursts from Beckham has been a regular part of life for Giants coaches over the course of his career.Head coach Pat Shurmur [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-riley-dixon-jersey]Color Rush Riley Dixon Jersey[/url] , who came into the job this offseason talking about his desire to learn what makes Beckham tick, took issue with Beckham’s assertions by pointing out how much the Giants threw the ball but otherwise continued to avoid issuing a harsh public response to the latest verbal volley from the wideout.Radio host Mike Francesa of WFAN had a much harsher take on Beckham to open his show on Tuesday. The rant focused on the Giants’ losing record since Beckham got to the team and Francesa’s belief that Beckham should keep his mouth shut until that changes. Shurmur appeared as a guest later in the program and responded to Francesa saying he and the rest of the Giants brass are too soft on Beckham and other players given the team’s record.“I wouldn’t say we’re coddling them,” Shurmur said. “We’re not coddling them.”Giants co-owner John Mara said earlier this year that he wants to hear Beckham do less talking, but Beckham hasn’t taken that advice and the Giants haven’t been winning. That’s a better formula for sports radio hosts than it is for head coaches trying to find positives in the final weeks of their first season on the job. The New York Giants will try to get the offense back on track against the Carolina Panthers. It won’t be an easy task against one of the league’s most athletic defenses, even if it hasn’t exactly been up to its previous standards early in the season. The Giants, meanwhile have some problems that need to be worked out, but at least those problems can be identified. Let’s take a look at what to watch when the Giants have the ball in this matchup:By the numbersFor more explanation of these numbers, go here.The deep stuffIt’s been a topic of discussion all week and for most of the season so far — the ball just isn’t going down the field on offense. Per Next Gen Stats [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-landon-collins-jersey]Color Rush Landon Collins Jersey[/url] , Eli Manning has the fourth-lowest intended air yards among qualified quarterbacks. Two of the quarterbacks below him — Sam Bradford and Blaine Gabbert — are not their current starters on their teams. Among full-time starters, only Blake Bortles than thrown shorter average passes.We don’t need to get into the reasons why there haven’t been many downfield passes, but we can get into why that needs to change.Without the threat of a deep ball, there’s a ceiling put on the offense. It’s a tough ask for the offense to drive down the field and get into the end zone when the offense is only averaging 5.1 yards per play. Carolina could be a team to exploit here — the Panthers are 30th in big-play rate allowed on defense.There are some potentially easy fixes to this problem:Get Odell Beckham involved earlyBy now you’ve seen the collection of Odell Beckham deep targets from this season. There was a mixture of opinions that came from posting that, but one of the things that struck me about it while putting it together was how late in the game most of them came. Half of them were in the fourth quarter. Only two were in the first quarter. Last week against the New Orleans Saints, the Giants tried to get Beckham involved early but did so by giving him and end-around handoff. Instead of that, letting Beckham go deep or even closer to intermediate on the first drive of the game could get him, Eli Manning [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-sterling-shepard-jersey]Youth Sterling Shepard Jersey[/url] , and the offense in better rhythm.More downfield routesThis isn’t meant to mean a higher volume, but instead more routes on a given play. There have been a number of plays with deep routes called that only have two deep routes with a check down option. That’s limiting the potential to stretch out the defense and will rarely give the offense a numbers advantage deep. Route combinations are built with the purpose of trying to make a defender pick between covering one route or the other. With limited options downfield, that decision doesn’t have to made and it’s easier to cover.Spread ‘em outAnother way to put stress on the defense is to use spread formations with a tight end and/or running back in the slot or outside. It gives the offense a potential mismatch should the defense stay in base personnel without the offense running out four or five wide receivers. This should open up more possibilities down the field and limit the number of pass rushers coming. And if not, there should be an open outlet receiver. It’s something the Giants have used, but not enough.Strength vs. strengthCarolina’s defense has been a bit of a disappointment so far this season compared to where it has been in the past — 20th in yards allowed per drive and 15th in points allowed per drive. But there are places where the Panthers defense has been just as good as expected. Carolina is eighth in DVOA defending against No. 1 receivers, sixth against No. 2 receivers, and ninth against running backs in the passing game (hello, Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson). Well [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-alec-ogletree-jersey]Alec Ogletree Jersey[/url] , that just happens to be where the Giants’ strengths are on offense. Meanwhile, the Panthers are 22nd in DVOA against “other” wide receivers and 30th against tight ends — but the Giants don’t have legitimate threats at those positions at the moment. Shadow coverageGoing back to those numbers against No. 1 receivers — the Panthers have allowed James Bradberry to follow opposing top receivers. Per PFF, Bradberry was on Julio Jones for 70.4 percent of Jones’s routes and allowed four receptions and 46 yards on seven targets. In Week 3, Bradberry was on A.J. Green for 55.6 percent of Green’s routes with two receptions for 12 yards on five targets. Among 71 qualified cornerbacks, Bradberry ranks 28th in yards allowed per pass and 30th in success rate, per Sports Info Solutions charting from Football Outsiders. Those numbers are almost identical to Jalen Ramsey this seasonOn the other side, rookie Donte Jackson ranks 17th in yards allowed per pass and 37th in success rate.Preventing pressureStopping opposing pressure is always going to be a key for the Giants’ offensive line. That’s especially true against this Panthers defensive line. Carolina hasn’t been a team that has created a ton of pressure — the Panthers rank just 20th in defensive pressure rate — but the line has been one that converts those pressures into sacks when they do. The Panthers are 11th in raw sack rate and 14th in Football Outsiders’ adjusted sack rate.Kawann Short has been able to penetrate from the interior with two sacks on four quarterback hits and 5.5 pressures. Mario Addison, who was a regression candidate due to his high sack conversion rate last season [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dalvin-tomlinson-jersey]4Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey[/url] , is again converting with 2.5 sacks on three quarterback hits and four pressures.Pace of playThe Giants have been one of the slowest offenses in the league through the first quarter of the season. They rank 31st in seconds per play in neutral situations — basically, non-garbage time plays — per Football Outsiders. A slow offense that doesn’t gain a whole lot of yards is not the greatest way to try to compete in 2018.Now the Giants don’t need to go full Chip Kelly, but running a little more hurry up and no huddle could be a benefit to creating mismatches against the defense. This slow pace is also not what Shurmur worked with last season in Minnesota when the Vikings were seventh in seconds per play in neutral situations then slowed down to 25th with a lead of seven points or more.

The Crow’s Nest: Jameis[editar]

[url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-gerald-mccoy-jersey]Cheap Gerald McCoy Jersey[/url] , Mike Smith, and hopes for the DL How Jameis Winston can resurrect his career arcJameis Winston makes his first start of the season Sunday in Atlanta.Want to know why Mike Smith still is the Bucs defensive coordinator? It’s way bigger than one guyBucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith says his unit must be “a hell of a lot better” in 2018 and is counting on that as the Bucs try to improve on a 5-11 record. Buckner Says the Bucs’ Defensive Line is Just Getting Started The new DL coach is optimistic.Questions about how Falcons can turn the season around, beating the Bucs, what 1-4 means, much more Welcome to Straight from the ’Beek! The Falcons are regrouping after a tough road loss to the Steelers – and you’ve got plenty of questions.Something’s Gotta GiveMove over Mike Smith, you’ve got company.The Crow’s Nest: Recapping Day 2 of camp [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-chandler-catanzaro-jersey]Buccaneers Chandler Catanzaro Jersey[/url] , going deep, and a big-money OT What We Learned From Day Two of Bucs' Training Camp - Buccaneers.comStill no pads but here are some key takeaways from the second day of training camp.Bucs: "Not going to miss a beat" with Fitzpatrick - Story | FOX 13 Tampa BayFor now, the face of the Buccaneers’ offense is behind the beard. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the Bucs’ starting quarterback in training camp and the plan is for the first three games of the regular season.Bucs put Winston suspension in rearview, prep for preseason open - NBC2 NewsWith the talk surrounding the team still focused on their quarterback’s off-the-field problems, the Bucs admit they’re trying to block out any distractions on or off the field.What Bucs Fans Want - JoeBucsFan.comJoe knows what Bucs fans want.Friday Training Camp Notes & Nuggets - JoeBucsFan.comFood for thought from camp Day 2.Grimes: Camp Vibe Is Same As 2017 - JoeBucsFan.comWith two days of training camp now in the books, 35-year-old cornerback Brent Grimes says there is the same great positive energy on the team that he felt last summer.Scenes from Day 2 of Bucs Practice | Tampa Bay TimesRyan Griffin still waiting but ready as Bucs’ backup QB.Inside Bucs Camp 7/27 - Offense: Fitzpatrick Finds His Rhythm | Pewter ReportOn Friday [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-mike-evans-jersey]Cheap Mike Evans Jersey[/url] , the first day jitters were out of the way and the real practice could begin — as much as you can say that without pads on.Sean Lee: Dez needs to 'hold himself accountable' - NFL.comOver a flurry of posts on social media, wide receiver Dez Bryant pointed the finger at Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones and former teammate Sean Lee for pushing him out of Dallas.Taylor Lewan, Titans agree on $80M extension - NFL.comTennessee has secured its future at left tackle. Lewan and the Titans have agreed on a five-year contract worth $80 million, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.Will Carson Wentz start for the Eagles in Week 1? - SBNation.comCarson Wentz took the field for his first 11-on-11 drills since suffering a torn ACL and MCL in December 2017. We discuss his return and more in Friday’s Rise ‘n Grind.The 2014 NFL Draft class was one of the best. Now it’s time to pay them - SBNation.comTaylor Lewan’s massive extension is just more proof of how stacked ‘14 was.

The Jacksonville Jaguars suspended All-Pro cornerback Jalen[editar]

Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler on Sunday for violating team rules and conduct unbecoming a Jaguars football player.Neither one will make the trip to Minnesota on Tuesday for two days of joint practices and a preseason game. The teams play Saturday.Fowler was involved in several fights Sunday [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/ryan-smith-jersey]Authentic Ryan Smith Jersey[/url] , including one after practice with fellow defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. Ramsey shouted profanities at media members who captured the altercation on video and later threatened reporters with "war" for releasing the video. Ramsey made his threat via Twitter.The team released a one-sentence statement Sunday evening announcing the suspensions. Coach Doug Marrone is expected to address the decision Tuesday.The whole thing seemingly started during practice and carried off the field.Ngakoue and Fowler exchanged words while leaving practice, prompting a skirmish in which no punches were thrown. Ngakoue and Fowler got into it again outside the practice-field gates and had to be pulled apart by teammates, coaches and security personnel. General manager Dave Caldwell could be seen leading Ngakoue away by the wrist.The altercation came on the last of 11 consecutive practices in full pads and in sweltering heat and humidity. It also came a few minutes after a scuffle near the end of practice, when Fowler appeared to shove tight end James O'Shaughnessy out of bounds following a reception. Teammates rushed to break it up.The suspension is the latest issue for Fowler, whose checkered past includes two arrests.Fowler was arrested last year after confronting a 55-year-old man who made a comment about his driving. St. Petersburg police said Fowler exchanged words with the man before hitting him and knocking off his glasses. Fowler then stepped on the glasses before taking the man's grocery bag and tossing it in a lake.Fowler eventually pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of battery, criminal mischief and petty theft. The case was closed in March, with Fowler sentenced to a year of probation and 75 hours of community service.The NFL suspended him without pay for the season opener, a one-game penalty that will cost him $214 [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/ryan-jensen-jersey]http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/ryan-jensen-jersey[/url] ,000.Fowler also was arrested in Miami Beach in March 2016 and charged with misdemeanor counts of assault against a police officer and resisting arrest without violence. The charges were later dropped. That arrest came a little more than two weeks after a video surfaced showing Fowler refereeing a fight between his girlfriend and an ex-girlfriend. He also has a long list of traffic violations.Fowler missed the first two weeks of training camp while recovering from a shoulder injury. He was removed from the physically unable to perform list Saturday, so his altercation with Ngakoue came during his second day of practice.Fowler, the third overall pick in the 2015 draft, is in the final year of his rookie contract and due to make $3.64 million. He has 14 sacks the last two seasons, including two in the AFC championship game.Ngakoue, a third-round pick in 2016 who beat out Fowler for the starting job as a rookie, is due to make $735,000 in base salary in 2018. With 20 sacks and 11 forced fumbles in two seasons [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/chris-godwin-jersey]Womens Chris Godwin Jersey[/url] , Ngakoue is considered one of the cornerstones of Jacksonville's vaunted defense.Ramsey is another key piece. The fifth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft exchanged barbs with Baltimore receiver Steve Smith as a rookie and got ejected for fighting with Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green last season.Slight dip in confidence from Bucs fans after MNF loss Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Bucs fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.The Buccaneers loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Monday night caused some fans to lose a bit of faith heading into Week 4.As the Buccaneers head to Chicago to play the Bears, Tampa Bay’s No. 1 offense will have their hands full against Khalil Mack and Chicago’s Top 5 defense. Couple that with a recent loss, some aren’t sure how to view this game.With all that said, the fanbase still feels pretty confident for the most part that the team will leave Chicago with a win.The confidence rating heading into the season was a strong 86-percent. After that, it went up to 87-percent before the game against the Eagles. It climbed to 95-percent before the Steelers game but there has been a two-point drop to 93-percent confidence for Week 4.As for who will win the game [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/desean-jackson-jersey]Authentic DeSean Jackson Jersey[/url] , Bucs fans feel Tampa Bay will win by six points while Bears fans feel Chicago will win by three.Weekly FanPulse Confidence RatingsWeek 1 - 86%Week 2 - 87%Week 3 - 95%Week 4 - 93%Week 4 Staff PicksLatest line: - Bears by 3, over/under: 46.5Gil (2-1): Bucs 27, Bears 20 (**UPDATE** Teams were previously flipped.)James (1-2): Bucs 24, Bears 14Evan (1-2):Bucs 20, Bears 17Alex (2-1): Bucs 28, Bears 13Jon (1-2): Bears 24, Bucs 23Kyle (2-1): Bears 27, Bucs 17David (1-2): Bucs 41 [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/vita-vea-jersey]Womens Vita Vea Jersey[/url] , Bears 24Bailey (1-2): Bucs 24, Bears 20Dustin (1-2): Bucs 31, Bears 17

*UPDATE* The spread has shifted. Bucs are now -1 with[editar]

the money line -115. Money rolling in for Tampa Bay.What is Las Vegas thinking about the Buccaneers and Steelers game this weekend?So far [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-gerald-mccoy-jersey]Youth Gerald McCoy Jersey[/url] , Vegas has pegged the Buccaneers as underdogs twice and both times they have been wrong. In no way am I a professional gambler, and in no way am I telling you to put your money with what I predict. This is really just for fun and something we here at Bucs Nation thought the readers would enjoy after sports gambling was legalized. For those that don’t know sports gambling, I will quickly go over the three main bets that are often placed. Also, the lines could always change and the website you use, could be different from mine. Betting with the spread: Currently, the Buccaneers are +1陆 . This means that if you were to take the Buccaneers with the spread, they could lose by 1 points and you’d win. On the opposite side, if you took the Steelers at -1 陆 , they’d have to win by 2 for you to win the bet. Spread bets always have the same odds, which are -110. This means that you need to risk $110 to win $100. This spread is basically a Pick’em’ type game. It’s probably not worth it to take Tampa Bay at +1 陆 . Money line bets: As of Saturday evening [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-vernon-hargreaves-iii-jersey]http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-vernon-hargreaves-iii-jersey[/url] , the Steelers are -125. The Buccaneers are +105. In money line bets, all the team you bet on has to do is win. In terms of what the -125 means for the Steelers, you’d have to risk $125 dollars just to win $100 because they are the favorite to win this game. The Buccaneers at +115, means that a $100 dollar bet would win you $115 dollars. The money line on Tampa Bay has dropped over the recent weeks. If you remember, week one Tampa Bay was +440. Over/Under bets: Again, no matter what way you pick, the odds in this case are -110. Vegas sports books currently have the over under at 53陆 total points scored . If you take the over, the Bucs and Steelers must combined to score 54 points in order for you to win. Obviously, the under is 53 or under.So now we get to the part where I try and beat Vegas. Last week, I picked Tampa Bay straight up (+150) (won) and I also took the over 44 陆 (won). My current record on the season is 3-1. I will continue to keep a tracker all season of how I am doing. For now [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-adam-humphries-jersey]White Adam Humphries Jersey[/url] , let’s continue to ride the wave.A few things to consider. Pittsburgh is 6-0-1 straight up (moneyline) in it’s last seven games on the road. Pittsburgh is also 5-1 in it’s last six games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay. So, history says Steelers right? I don’t buy it. In their last five games, Tampa Bay is 5-0 at the spread (+1 陆). The public is actually on Tampa Bay at +1 陆 . Tampa Bay opened at +2 陆 underdogs and in some cases the line has moved to +1. That tells me that Vegas has received big bets in favor of Tampa. In regards to that, 56% of the public is on Tampa +1 陆 and 68% are on the over of 53 陆. My picks: Buccaneers at +115 and the over 53 陆. Even if the over under was 60, i’d still take it. It’s going to be a shootout come Monday night. I don’t think either team has enough talent in the secondary to slow down the opposing offense. Both teams have the top two offenses in the league through two weeks, and Big Ben has thrown the ball 101 times through two games. It’s a must win for Pittsburgh, but they have a lot of drama surrounding them and I think it’ll be too much for them to overcome, which is why I picked Tampa +115. Let’s see if we can make it 5-1 on the season.Dirk Koetter talks about Ronald Jones’ preseason struggles Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers desperately needed to add a running back. With Peyton Barber as the only guy locked into a backfield spot, Tampa Bay added Ronald Jones II out of USC in the second round [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-vita-vea-jersey]Youth Vita Vea Jersey[/url] , presumably as the No. 2, if not No. 1, guy.Throughout the summer, there was a lot of hype building around Jones, a back that the Bucs selected over potential first-rounder Derrius Guice. As the preseason rolled around, Jones was a popular answer as to who everyone was most excited to see in game action. What came next was a whole lot of nothing. He picked up his first touchdown run in the preseason opener against Miami and caught a 37-yard pass against Detroit, but was largely ineffective otherwise.Jones’ preseason numbers totaled out to just 22 rushing yards on 28 carries. He didn’t always have the best blocking up front, but still looked hesitant regardless. After Thursday’s preseason finale, head coach Dirk Koetter answered whether he was concerned with the struggles and addressed the rumor that circulated last week about Jones not grasping the playbook: There are certainly some positives and negatives in what Koetter said about his rookie running back. It’s definitely a good thing that he is at least showing some flashes in practice. It’s also reassuring to know that he is working hard and not having any problems with the playbook. That’s all good. But the negative here is the clear disconnect that currently exists between practice Ronald Jones and game Ronald Jones.Perhaps with time, and a healthy starting offensive line in front of him [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-desean-jackson-jersey]White DeSean Jackson Jersey[/url] , Jones will show up and be the player that he was in college. But Koetter’s concern does feel warranted. His is likely at a lower level than most of the Buccaneer fan base. Jones, even with the bad blocking, didn’t manage to show much burst in preseason action. He didn’t make many guys miss and he didn’t appear to have much confidence in his ability. The hope for him, Koetter and anyone attached to the Bucs is that a switch flips here soon. The team needs a confident, efficient RoJo. Otherwise, that “little bit” of concern will grow significantly larger.

Chris Hubbard is the Browns quiet man on offense[editar]

There have been no shortage of storylines surrounding the Cleveland Browns through the opening weeks of training camp.From the professionalism of wide receiver Jarvis Landry and quarterback Tyrod Taylor [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/trevon-coley-jersey]http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/trevon-coley-jersey[/url] , the growth of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the ongoing drama of wide receiver Josh Gordon, the continued development of the second- and third-year players who are creating the foundation of the team, and the questions surrounding the left tackle position, there has been plenty for Browns fans to sink their teeth into.One name that is rarely mentioned, however [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/jamie-collins-jersey]http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/jamie-collins-jersey[/url] , is that of right tackle Chris Hubbard. And that is a very, very good thing.The Browns signed Hubbard in the offseason to a five-year, $37.5 million contract to solidify the right tackle position. Where it not for the retirement of left tackle Joe Thomas in the offseason, the spotlight in training camp would shine bright on Hubbard.But all the attention being placed on the left side of the line as the Browns shuffle through their options has allowed Hubbard to come to work every day and simply focus on getting ready for the season.Hubbard spent four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers - no word yet on if Steeler fans are bemoaning Hubbard as “one who got away” — and while it may be hard for Browns fans to hear it, Hubbard brings with him something the Browns have been lacking in recent years, as he told cleveland.com:Offensive line is the one position on the field where being anonymous is the goal. If a lineman hears his name called during the game it is rarely a good thing. Which means the Browns will be quite content if Hubbard remains one of the offensive line’s quiet men throughout the fall.Daily Dawg Chow: Browns news (8/13/18) Cleveland Browns:“Hue Jackson defends days-off policy [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/christian-kirksey-jersey]http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/christian-kirksey-jersey[/url] , says ‘no animosity’ between him and coordinator Todd Haley” (C-T) - “Coach Hue Jackson says he hasn’t gone soft. He’s just protecting against soft-tissue injuries, such as hamstring, calf and groin tears.”“Browns ‘sticking’ with plan to start Taylor over Mayfield” (AP) - “Despite rookie Baker Mayfield’s stellar performance in his NFL preseason debut, the Cleveland Browns are not moving the No. 1 overall pick into the starting lineup ahead of Tyrod Taylor.”“Antonio Callaway played most of game as ‘consequence’ of actions” (ESPN) - “Jackson decided to punish Antonio Callaway for his traffic stop last Sunday by making him play for most of Thursday’s preseason opener against the New York Giants.”“Why Antonio Callaway’s talents are both impressive and frustrating for Cleveland Browns” (WKYC) - “Additionally, Callaway had a diluted drug test sample at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, which [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/joe-schobert-jersey]http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/joe-schobert-jersey[/url] , under league rules, counts as a failed test.”NFL:“NFL must rewrite the new helmet rule, now” (PFT) - “In Saturday night’s game between the Chargers and Cardinals, a pair of fouls were called on Arizona players. One, a penalty called on safety A.J. Howard, wiped out a fumble that the Cardinals had recovered.”“Brawls break out between Redskins and Jets during joint practice” (USA TODAY) - “A couple fights broke out between the Redskins and Jets during the second half of Sunday’s joint practice session.”“Jaguars suspend Jalen Ramsey [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/seth-devalve-jersey]http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/seth-devalve-jersey[/url] , Dante Fowler for week” (NFL.com) - “Under the suspension, neither player will be available to practice this week or to play in the Jags’ next game against the Vikings on Saturday.”“Eagles sign former second-round pick Christian Hackenberg, who’s yet to play in NFL game” (CBS) - “Hackenberg, the 51st overall pick in 2016, never found a way to make a regular-season appearance with the Jets in his two seasons with the team.”

Breaking Down Saquon Barkley’s Big Run Against[editar]

the Browns Many Browns fans were upset when GM John Dorsey passed on Saquon Barkley in order to select Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. While some might claim that no running back is ever worth such a high selection [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-customized]Youth Customized Cleveland Browns Jerseys[/url] , Barkley’s combination of size, speed, and collegiate production was undoubtedly tantalizing.Browns fans got their first look at Barkley in the NFL on Thursday night, and Barkley wasted no time in an attempt to shove regret down Browns fans’ throats, ripping off a 39 yard run on his first NFL play. Thankfully, he did nearly all of his damage on the first play from scrimmage, as he was limited to 3 carries for 4 yards in the rest of his limited time on the field.How did Barkley break free? Let’s turn to the film.On their first play from scrimmage, the Giants came out in a 12 personnel (1 Back, 2 TE) grouping, putting both TEs to the right of their formation with both WRs to the left:This brought SS Jabrill Peppers down to play over the slot receiver, leaving rookie CB Denzel Ward in a place where he could only conceivably cover the TEs or Barkley.From the endzone, we can see how the Browns’ 4-3 Over G defense should defend the run: in a 1 gap defense, every defender is responsible for one gap and must stop any runs coming through that gap. If every player does his job, the back will have nowhere to go.The Giants run inside zone to the Browns’ right, with a designed cutback option for Barkley toward the tight ends. The strength of the zone runs against a 1-gap defense is that if one defender is out of position, the back can theoretically find that empty gap and run through it.As the play begins, TE Evan Engram gets the inside track on DE Emmanuel Ogbah, sealing him off from his gap. You’d expect a player of Engram’s quickness to get the initial edge here [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com]www.brownsauthorizedshops.com[/url] , as Ogbah does not know what play is coming and is lined up head-up to the TE: as an offensive player Engram simply gets a head start.As the play evolves, Ogbah is able to reclaim his gap using his power. You’d expect a DE in a 4-3 system to be able to either cross the face of the TE into that D gap, or walk the TE back into it to seal it off, and Ogbah does.In the screenshot above, you can see that LB Christian Kirksey has also been cut off from his gap by TE Rhett Ellison. If he maintained gap discipline, he would pursue Barkley further to our right, either by pushing Ellison that way or by trying to run across his face. It is possible that this could have been a “scrape exchange” in the defense, where the DE dives down the line and the LB scrapes over the top to the backside of the play. But in that case, you want the LB much closer to the DE than Kirksey ends up playing this (you want them close enough that the LB could be touching the DE...i.e. “scraping” off of his back.)Also above, you can see an absence of CB Denzel Ward. While Ward had a reputation of being a big hitter in college (you got BBQ back there and you didn’t invite me?!), he will be tested against the run early and often in the NFL, where offensive coordinators constantly scheme to get their RBs 1 on 1 against a CB. Ward has contain responsibility here, and had he reacted quicker to the play he could have hemmed Barkley up before he got going. Instead, Ward hesitated off the snap, fearing a play action pass:Note that the Giants are already 2-3 yards downfield run blocking and Ward is just now firing forward to stop the run from 6 yards deep. He isn’t extremely late, but he isn’t on time.Ward, the 2018 4th overall pick is also known for his speed. And once he comes forward to stop the run he gets there in a hurry:Barkley has shown good footwork to evade Ogbah and cut back a gap in the image above. As Ward enters the picture, Kirksey has probably lost the opportunity to cross Ellison’s face with his speed [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-t-shirts]Cleveland Browns Womens T-Shirt[/url] , but could still drive the TE to the right and contain Barkley along with Ward.Instead, Barkley gives a nod to the outside, luring Kirksey and Ward into stepping outside with him:Despite being a step late in diagnosing the run, Ward is actually in decent position here to do his job. However, Kirksey has taken one too many false steps on this play and is now essentially covering the same spot on the field as Ward. As Barkley completes his cut, Kirksey is left in a position you’d never like to see your linebackers in. I think Ward has a chance to make a tackle here if he isn’t late to the play.Further exacerbating the problem is that MLB Joe Shobert has gotten caught up in the wash and fallen down off-screen to the right. He had plugged his A gap initially, but there is a chance that he could have pursued the play and with all of Barkley’s cutbacks, he maybe could have stopped the play after just a few yards. Instead, Barkley is untouched up to the third level of the defense, and FS Damarious Randall is left to force him out after a big gain. You can see Schobert entering the play from the right here:That’s not what you want to see from the Browns’ perspective.TakeawaysIt is always tempting to overreact to our first look at football in what seems like decades after the offseason, but there shouldn’t be many real conclusions drawn here. Barkley showed that his speed is a weapon at the NFL level, and the Browns have shown that they weren’t game-ready against the run on the first play from scrimmage in their first preseason game. Neither of these things should be surprising.Other than that, it is hard to draw conclusions based on such a small sample size. The Browns will need to improve their discipline in all phases on defense, but the good news is that the talent and aggression appear to be there. Should the Browns have passed on Baker Mayfield, and did Saquon Barkley break the rule that NFL teams shouldn’t draft running backs high in the first round? It’s way too early to tell. The Browns haven’t enjoyed many victories in recent years, so the opportunities for a victory Monday were rare.So interim coach Gregg Williams gave his suddenly successful team an extra couple of days off after Sunday’s win over the Falcons.He told his players that if they lost, they’d have a day of training camp-style competition practice on Tuesday. But after they won, he canceled that as well as the planned Monday meetings.鈥淚 told them going into the game [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-hats]Cleveland Browns Hats[/url] , if we won the game 鈥?when we won the game 鈥?that I would cancel Tuesday and that they鈥檇 be out of here on Monday,” Williams said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.聽鈥淚 threw them a bone in the locker room after the game and cancelled [Monday],鈥欌€?Williams said. 鈥淭hey were off when we walked out of the locker room last night.”Of course, victory Monday is rare around there for a number of reasons. It was just their second win on a Sunday in the last three years, as their lone win in 2016 was on a Saturday, and their first win this year was on Thursday.Four of the final six games for the Browns are on the road, so having a little rest late is something they welcome.鈥淚 really can鈥檛 remember in my career ever having a bye this late,鈥欌€?Williams said. 鈥淥ne of the first things that we think about would be that we have more information to analyze. We have more situational awareness things to take a look at. We have more time on task with some new players and even some old players in that fashion so hopefully, the information might be stronger in some cases.鈥淭he bye week part of it specifically, especially this late in the season, is getting healthier, getting the body to feel better and stronger and getting the mind cleared up a little bit because we all need a little break away from some things. The pressures of the business and the pressures of the day, you have to go about a lot of things and then the distractions and the changes around here also cause a little bit of a distraction.”Now they have an extra day to work though them, as they all come back to try to save their jobs.

Scouting the Browns’ Preseason opponent: New York Giants[editar]

- Our Q&A with Big Blue View On Thursday [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-emmanuel-ogbah-jersey]http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-emmanuel-ogbah-jersey[/url] , the Cleveland Browns begin their preseason on the road against the New York Giants. To help preview a few topics from the Giants’ perspective, I reached out to Ed Valentine from Big Blue View and exchanged three questions with him. Enjoy!Chris: “Tell us a little about the biggest position battle the Giants have going on right now.”Ed: “The biggest position battle is probably at free safety next to Landon Collins. Darian Thompson, Curtis Riley, Andrew Adams and Michael Thomas have all gotten first-team reps. Veteran CB William Gay has also gotten a look there.”Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY SportsChris: “Pat Shurmur was named the Giants new head coach this offseason. How have fans and players taken to him in his first training camp?”Ed: “Players love Shurmur. I don’t know why it didn’t work out for him in Cleveland. He won 9 games there in 2 years, and after the last 2 seasons he looks like a miracle worker. He’s honest, he’s genuine, he treats people with respect. All of those are upgrades over the last head coach.”Chris: “Tell us about one player on offense and one player on defense who Browns fans may not have heard of, but are players to watch on Thursday.”Ed: “This time of year is always about the young guys. On offense, you probably know about Davis Webb but he is the guy Giants fans will be watching closely. Is he the heir apparent to Eli Manning? On defense, third-round pick B.J. Hill has been a real surprise. He figured to be a backup nose tackle, instead he is a starting 5-tech DE in the 3-4.”This preseason Q&As are always fun for me to do because while I am much more concerned with how the Browns’ players will perform, I like having at least a baseline knowledge of the other teams’ primary competition and a few under-the-radar players.Their free safety position battle seems wide open, which might benefit WR Antonio Callaway if he were to play (stretching the field). At this point, who knows what the deal is with him.Ah, the good old days of Pat Shurmur. I’m sure he has actually learned a ton of valuable lessons from his time with the Browns. At this point, the “why was this coach bad?” starts to fade from memory a bit because we’ve had so many of them — all of the awfulness just blends together now.Thanks again to Ed for taking the time to answer our questions. Myles Garrett has shredded Ben Roethlisberger. It's time to tear up the real Big Ben.If he can get his hands on him.Cleveland's defensive end, who playfully destroyed a photo of Roethlisberger as part of a video parody during the offseason, gets his first crack at Pittsburgh's star quarterback in a game on Sunday when the Browns host the Steelers.Garrett missed last year's opener as a rookie against Pittsburgh with a severe ankle injury, and Roethlisberger skipped the season finale to be ready for the playoffs.They'll finally meet on the field [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-duke-johnson-jersey]Duke Johnson Jersey[/url] , and Garrett hopes to make his formal introduction in the Steelers' backfield."I plan to get back there a little bit," he said.Garrett has had an eye on sacking Roethlisberger almost since the moment the Browns selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. Not long after arriving in Cleveland, the 6-foot-4, 272-pounder vowed he'd go after Roethlisberger and "chop him down," something the Browns have rarely done while going 2-21 against him as a starter.Finally, Garrett is going to get some whacks at Pittsburgh's extra-large QB, who can be a handful to topple.He has a plan of attack."You've got to use your whole body," said Garrett, who was voted a captain by his teammates. "You can't try to arm tackle him, where you just try to grab him by his arm or his side. You have to lean into him a little bit, try to torque him."Otherwise, he's just going to strike you off or spin out of the tackle. He just has that way where you're on him, but he'll just step up while you're flying by, so you have to make sure you're directly on him."If you're leaning any kind of way, he'll just slip out of there."Roethlisberger's size allows him to ward off would-be sackers, and his ability to sense pressure in the pocket gives him other escape routes.As he gets ready for an opener in which he'll be without star running back Le'Veon Bell, Roethlisberger knows Garrett has him in his sights."What an animal, a guy that just gets after the quarterback," he said. "We are really going to have to keep two eyes on him. There's really not much I can do with Myles. It's not like I can speed option at him and give him a fake or something so it's up to the line to block him and those guys."Roethlisberger was sent the 61-second video produced by the Browns in July that featured several players including quarterback Tyrod Taylor [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-christian-kirksey-jersey]Authentic Christian Kirksey Jersey[/url] , wide receiver Jarvis Landry and others in a spoof of "The Office," the popular TV series.Toward the end of the video, Garrett, dressed like nerdy character Dwight Schrute, complete with wire-rimmed glasses, feeds a photo of Roethlisberger through a paper shredder while offering a blank expression to the camera.Garrett said he willingly participated in the gag."It's just a joke," he said. "I'm here to have a little bit of fun and play some football. It goes along with what I'm trying to do, so I had no problem doing it."All kidding aside, Garrett has major respect for Roethlisberger, one of eight quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for more than 50,000 yards.'He's a Super Bowl champion," Garret said. "A multiple-time Super Bowl champion, so you know he's played on a high level consistently for years, so you have to be able to respect greatness when you see it, but you also have to seize the opportunity of being able to usurping that position."You have to be able to respect it, but don't be afraid of it and don't be afraid of that moment."NOTES: Coach Hue Jackson isn't ready to divulge his starting left tackle for Sunday. Jackson may move Joel Bitonio back to left guard and start undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison at tackle. "I just want to get through practice and kind of go from there before I make that choice," Jackson said. "I owe it to the football team. I owe it to all involved to make sure we make the right choice to start the game." ... Garrett, Bitonio and Taylor were named captains along with P Britton Colquitt and LB Christian Kirksey. ... QB Baker Mayfield was named the team's top rookie in training camp by the local media.

www.ravenscheapstores.com[editar]

One timely swing by slumping Cody Bellinger turned a nip-and-tuck game in favor of the Dodgers.

Bellinger hit a grand slam to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and Los Angeles beat the sinking New York Mets 5-2 on Friday night behind Alex Wood’s effective pitching.

”Yeah [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/marshal-yanda-jersey-cheap]Marshal Yanda Jersey[/url] , it felt good,” said Bellinger, who began the night batting .231. ”I was just honestly trying to hit the ball any way I could and luckily I connected.”

Yasiel Puig added a solo home run in the ninth, and the defending NL champions won their 10th straight against the Mets dating to May 2016. Los Angeles has outscored New York 75-20 in those games, winning each of the past eight by at least three runs – a first in Dodgers history against any opponent, according to STATS.

Wood (3-5) outdueled Zack Wheeler, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings to win consecutive starts for the first time since last August.

”With the last two, I feel I’ve made some steps forward, for sure. You’ve just got to keep building on it,” Wood said.

The left-hander with the funky delivery struck out seven and walked one as the resurgent Dodgers (39-35) improved to 23-9 since May 17 – the best mark in the majors during that stretch.

”I thought he threw the ball really well. So he’s back, for me,” manager Dave Roberts said . ”He seems very confident now.”

Jose Bautista hit his first homer for the Mets, a two-run shot in the sixth.

”It’s nice to get on the board,” he said. ”Hopefully a couple more coming.”

An error by second baseman Max Muncy gave New York a chance in the eighth, but with runners at the corners Scott Alexander got Bautista to ground into an inning-ending double play on the next pitch.

Muncy made the turn after a smooth play by shortstop Enrique Hernandez.

”It’ll help him sleep a lot better tonight,” Roberts said.

Alexander tossed two shutout innings, and Kenley Jansen fanned two in a perfect ninth for his 19th save.

New York wasted a dazzling catch by center fielder Michael Conforto that saved a run. After opening 11-1, the Mets (31-42) have lost four in a row and 21 of 27 to fall a season-worst 11 games under .500. They are 1-11 in their past 12 home games and have gone 14 straight at Citi Field without eclipsing four runs.

”No real reason to explain it,” rookie manager Mickey Callaway said. ”I wish we were playing better for our home fans and giving them more wins. They deserve more wins.”

Wheeler (2-6) walked the first two batters in the sixth – though his full-count pitch to leadoff man Joc Pederson certainly appeared to be in the strike zone. One out later [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/anthony-averett-jersey-cheap]Anthony Averett Jersey[/url] , Matt Kemp blooped a single to right field to load the bases.

Bellinger connected on an 0-2 delivery, launching a 96 mph fastball into the second deck in right for his second career slam. Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year entered the day hitting .179 with runners in scoring position.

”He was kind of blowing it by me all day. But then again, he’s got three other pitches so you can’t sell out 100 percent. Like I said, I just tried to have a short swing,” Bellinger said.

SOMETHING TO GROW ON

In the opener of a three-game series, Wheeler went seven innings but dropped to 0-5 in 10 starts since his last win April 29 at San Diego. He threw 114 pitches, his most since returning to the mound last year after missing two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery. ”Walked them and ended up paying for it,” Wheeler said. ”Thought I threw well tonight. In essence, just that one pitch.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: SS Chris Taylor sat out because of a tight left hamstring. He was available off the bench – probably just to hit, according to Roberts. … Reserve infielder Chase Utley was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list after missing 19 games with a sprained left thumb. … Rookie RHP Walker Buehler (right rib microfracture) is scheduled to throw 20-30 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday. He could return to the rotation without a minor league rehab assignment, Roberts said. Buehler is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in nine big league starts.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (strained ligament in right index finger) was scheduled to play catch. … OFs Yoenis Cespedes (tightness in upper right quad) and Jay Bruce (strained right hip) will not resume baseball activities until they are free of symptoms. … 3B David Wright (shoulder, back surgery) planned to hit in the indoor batting cage and go through other baseball activities on the field.

UP NEXT

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (1-4, 2.76 ERA) is set to make a surprise return from the disabled list Saturday night, starting against Jacob deGrom (5-2, major league-low 1.51 ERA) in a marquee matchup – weather permitting. Kershaw has been sidelined since June 1 with a lower back strain. He originally was scheduled for a rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Oklahoma City at Omaha, but heavy rain in the forecast caused the team to change plans. The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP, who also missed nearly all of May with left biceps tendinitis, will be limited against the Mets, with 21-year-old rookie LHP Caleb Ferguson (0-1 [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/alex-collins-jersey-cheap]Alex Collins Jersey[/url] , 7.59 ERA) ready in reserve.

The Washington Nationals are far from finished. Not after briefly slipping below .500 this week. And, certainly not after spotting the Miami Marlins the first nine runs on Thursday night.

Trea Turner hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and drove in eight runs to help Washington rally past Miami 14-12 in a wild slugfest to end a five-game losing streak.

”Not to get ahead of ourselves, put together wins, try to win a series,” first baseman Matt Adams said. ”I think that’s what we’re going to focus on from here on out, win two out of three, win three out of four. If that’s the case, then the wins will start stacking on top of each other and we’ll just get rolling the way we’re capable of.”

The Nationals, who dropped 17 of their previous 22, have won 12 consecutive games against Miami dating to last season – their longest winning streak against any team since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005.

It was also the largest comeback victory since the team left Montreal. The Nationals rallied from eight runs down to defeat Atlanta 13-12 on April 28, 2015.

The victory came a day after the Nationals called a players-only meeting Wednesday after Washington was swept by Boston and slipped under .500 for the first time since May 2.

But things didn’t start smoothly.

Miami scored an unearned run in the first, and capped a six-run second on Martin Prado’s three-run homer off the left-field foul pole. The Marlins made it 9-0 on Justin Bour’s two-run homer in the fourth off Jeremy Hellickson.

Despite the huge deficit, Washington was far from out of it.

Turner led off the fourth with a solo shot off Marlins starter Pablo Lopez, who surrendered four more runs in the fifth – including two on Juan Soto’s double. Adam Conley (2-1) then allowed four of the first five hitters he faced to reach in the sixth before Turner smacked a two-out fastball with the bases loaded into Miami’s bullpen to give the Nationals a stunning 10-9 lead. It was Turner’s third career multi-homer game.

”Command was an issue today, so I wasn’t able to get the ball where I wanted,” Conley said. ”My hat’s off to him. I thought the ball was coming out pretty good today, so for him to get ahold of it [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/patrick-onwuasor-jersey-cheap]Patrick Onwuasor Jersey[/url] , that’s the way the game goes. If the game were easy, everybody would play it.”

Turner added a two-run single in Washington’s four-run seventh. His eight RBIs tied for the most ever by a leadoff hitter, according to STATS LLC.

”When we were down 7-0, I feel like we still for sure had a shot – 9-0, it hurts a little bit more, but we did it,” Turner said. ”I think once we got the first run on the board, it kind of just got the momentum back on our side and we continued to push. I think that’s what we’re capable of.”

Shawn Kelley (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the win. Sean Doolittle earned his 22nd save in 23 opportunities.

Adams had four hits for Washington in his first game since a stint on the disabled list for a broken left index finger.

”Good win, but we still got stuff to do,” manager Dave Martinez said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: Prado was activated from the disabled list after missing 37 games with a left hamstring strain. … Miami recalled RHP Ben Meyer from Triple-A New Orleans, placed RHP Tayron Guerrero (left lumbar strain) on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Wednesday and designated OF JB Shuck for assignment. … SS JT Riddle (hip) was scratched from the lineup. … RHP Sandy Alcantara (right axillary infection) is expected to be re-evaluated and begin a throwing progression Monday. … OF Lewis Brinson (right hip) will be re-evaluated Monday.

Nationals: Martinez said the team is optimistic RHP Stephen Strasburg (shoulder inflammation) will be ready to return right after the All-Star break. … 1B Ryan Zimmerman (right oblique strain) will start running the bases Friday or Saturday and could begin a rehabilitation assignment as early as Sunday. … Washington recalled RHP Jefry Rodriguez from Triple-A Syracuse and placed RHP Erick Fedde on the 10-day disabled list. Fedde, who is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA, left his start Wednesday in the second inning with right shoulder inflammation.

WALK IN THE PARK

Five Nationals who walked eventually scored. Another Washington runner scored after reaching base on a forceout of a player who walked.

”We walked eight guys,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. ”You can’t walk eight guys with that club over there. We let them back in the game.”

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (3-4, 4.70 ERA) has held NL East batters to a .202 average in five starts this season, though none of those outings have come against Washington.

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 3.77) is winless in his last six starts, but is 10-3 with a 1.85 ERA lifetime against Miami.

www.ravenscheapstores.com[editar]

Facing a run of starting pitching that included two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/orlando-brown-jr.-jersey-cheap]Orlando Brown Jr. Jersey[/url] , Carlos Carrasco, Chris Sale and David Price, the Minnesota Twins could have seen their fledgling playoff hopes fade toward another long summer.

Instead, Minnesota’s been rejuvenated by beating some of the best pitching in the American League.

Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler homered to back an effective start by Lance Lynn as the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Grossman led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run and Kepler added a two-run shot off Boston starter David Price (8-5). Brian Dozier added a pair of doubles to help Minnesota win for the fourth time in five games.

The Twins beat Kluber and Carrasco in taking two of three games at Cleveland before returning home and winning the first two games against the Red Sox with Sale and Price starting.

”Yeah, after the game when you acknowledge who’s on the mound,” Kepler said when asked if Minnesota can take something away from beating the recent competition. ”I feel like we go into games and we’re kind of blind to who’s on the mound and we grind together, which is awesome about this team.”

Lynn (5-5) again struggled with command, issuing five walks, but he surrendered just one unearned run and three hits in five innings.

Four relievers combined for four scoreless innings, retiring 12 of the final 13 batters, with Fernando Rodney securing his 16th save in 19 chances.

”If you can find a way to battle every at-bat, wait for something to break, try to build pitch-count when you can [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/kenny-young-jersey-cheap]Kenny Young Jersey[/url] , and if you’re holding them down as our starting pitching has been doing, you know you’ve got a chance late,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

The Red Sox were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and are 2 for 22 in the first two games of the series. They’ve stranded 18 baserunners in the two games and lost for the fourth time in five games.

”Pitching-wise, we’ve been great,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. ”I’ll take that. If we keep throwing the ball the way we’ve been throwing we’re going to win a lot of ballgames. We know the offense, you know how it is.”

Lynn has had an uncharacteristic wild season in his first year with the Twins. He walked at least five batters for the fifth time in 14 starts. But the veteran right-hander has limited the damage and allowed less than three runs in five of his last six starts.

”Command was really not there,” Lynn said. ”But I was able to make pitches with runners in scoring position and not give up a bunch of runs. With this offense we have, you keep them to one run, we’re going to win the games more times than not.”

Boston’s lone run scored in the second as Lynn couldn’t catch first baseman Logan Morrison’s high throw to first for the final out of the inning, allowing Mitch Moreland to score from second base on an error charged to Morrison.

”We’ve been through stuff like this in the past, even this year early on,” Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts said of the offense. ”The pitching has been doing great. It’s up to us now to come through.”

PAYING THE PRICE

Price was hurt by the home run but allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk. He had given up just one home run in his previous five starts and seven total in 14 starts this season coming into Wednesday.

”Not so much that he could hit it like he did, but to keep it fair [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/jaleel-scott-jersey-cheap]Jaleel Scott Jersey[/url] , that’s pretty impressive,” Price said of Kepler’s home run.

SHOWING SIGNS

Dozier had just one extra-base hit in his previous 13 games while hitting .068. His double off the left-field wall in the eighth plated Eddie Rosario.

Kepler hit his first home run in 22 games and the fifth of his eight this season against left-handed pitching. Kepler was hitting .158 over his previous 21 games with just four RBIs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz is getting closer to having his first throwing session since he went on the 10-day disabled list on June 5 for left biceps tendonitis. Cora said Pomeranz was dealing with soreness in his neck but has recovered.

Twins: Molitor said OF Byron Buxton’s first rehab game in Triple-A on Tuesday went well and that his left foot with the broken toe is ”in a good place and we haven’t said that for about seven weeks or so.” There is no timetable for Buxton’s return.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.70 ERA) will start the series and road trip finale on Thursday afternoon. Porcello pitched six innings and gave up four runs in a no-decision at Seattle in his last start.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (2-4, 3.27) counters for Minnesota. Gibson has allowed five total runs over his last four starts, spanning 26 2/3 innings.

The Austrian minister of sports has apologized to Henrik Kristoffersen, a day after the Norwegian skier had snowballs thrown at him during a race in Schladming.

Heinz-Christian Strache called the incident ”deeply unfair behavior, which harms the image of Austria.”

Kristoffersen was competing with favorite Marcel Hirscher for victory in the night slalom when spectators, who had lined up alongside the course, threw snowballs during the Norwegian’s final run. The projectiles didn’t hit him but Kristoffersen said he was distracted.

Strache said in a statement: ”To Henrik Kristofferson (sic) I apologize on behalf of all Austrians, who care about fairness in sports.”

Hirscher won the race by 0.39 seconds, but Kristoffersen said the incident had not affected the result because the Austrian would have beaten him anyway.

www.ravenscheapstores.com[editar]

Lorenzo Cain and Travis Shaw helped Milwaukee’s offense break through against the Chicago Cubs [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/michael-crabtree-jersey-cheap]Michael Crabtree Jersey[/url] , and Chase Anderson did the rest.

Anderson pitched seven innings of one-hit ball to capitalize on a heads-up rundown escape by Cain and a pair of two-run doubles by Shaw, and the Brewers two-hit the Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night to take back first place in the NL Central.

Shaw had already put Chicago up 2-0 when Cain used his head and legs to escape a sticky spot in the third inning. With Christian Yelich at second, Cain hit a ball up the middle that was fielded by second baseman Javier Baez. Yelich got hung up between second and third but stayed alive through three throws before sprinting back to second base.

Cain, meanwhile, rounded first hard and fooled the Cubs into thinking he was committing to second. If both Yelich and Cain had touched second base, Cain could have been tagged out, and so pitcher Tyler Chatwood chased Yelich back to second, thinking Cain was about to end up there.

But Cain stopped a few feet short of second and ran back to first, where no Chicago players were around to field a throw from Chatwood. Yelich returned safely to second, and both players scored moments later on Shaw’s double to right.

Cain said he practiced the play when he was with the Kansas City Royals.

”I actually want to credit that play to Rusty Kuntz,” Cain said of the former first-base coach for the Royals. ”It never actually happened, but for it to happen tonight was huge. It was a nice play.”

Cain said Yelich had to keep hustling or the play would not have worked. Cain said he peeked back and saw that Anthony Rizzo was not covering first base.

”That baserunning play by Cain was flat-out brilliant,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ”I’ve never seen anything like that. I had no idea what he was planning on doing but it was amazing. That’s seeing the field and understanding what’s happening.”

The Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Shaw’s shot that evaded diving first baseman Rizzo and rolled into the right-field corner. Milwaukee ended a seven-game skid to Chicago.

Anderson (5-5) threw a Brewers’ season-high 107 pitches. Chicago’s only hit against him was an infield chopper by Willson Contreras in the second. Anderson retired his final 17 hitters.

”We just could not mount an attack [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/john-brown-jersey-cheap]John Brown Jersey[/url] ,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ”Anderson has been difficult against us in the past and he was again tonight. There was not a whole lot going on. Two doubles beat us.”

Anderson had lost his three previous decisions against the Cubs as the Brewers had been shut out in each game. Taylor Williams and Jacob Barnes finished up for Milwaukee with an inning each.

”My command was kind of spotty,” Anderson said. ”I had a good fastball early. As I kept going the curveball came into play and the cutter a little bit. The changeup was good. I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes.”

Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood (3-5), who entered the game leading the major leagues in walks, showed better control while allowing four runs (three earned) and walking two batters in five innings.

”My last outing wasn’t pretty, but I felt like I worked on some stuff and took it into this outing,” Chatwood said.

TRAINERS ROOM

Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, and Maddon was encouraged by what he saw. ”Outstanding. He threw really well,” Maddon said. ”Easy gas. Great location. Good spin on his breaking ball. Very impressed.” Darvish was put on the disabled list May 23 with right triceps tendinitis. Maddon said if there’s a chance for Darvish to return before the All-Star break, ”I’m into it. Whatever the doctors think.”

Brewers: RHP Matt Albers was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury and RHP Jorge Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Albers allowed five runs and three hits in the 11th inning Monday night and took the loss in Milwaukee’s 7-2 defeat. ”He got to the point it was affecting him out there on the field and it’s just time to take a break,” Counsell said.

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (2-1, 3.56 ERA) will make his fourth start since replacing Darvish in the rotation. Montgomery is 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA in his three starts, including a victory over Pittsburgh last week.

Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin has emerged as the team’s ace this season (5-1, 3.58 ERA). The Brewers are 11-3 In his starts and opponents are batting .231 against him.


The Tampa Bay Rays finished the second-best homestand in their history [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/brandon-carr-jersey-cheap]Brandon Carr Jersey[/url] , with a much easier path between now and the All-Star Game as they try to claw their way back into wild-card contention.

Tampa Bay (41-40) went 8-1 at Tropicana Field, finishing a grueling stretch of 16 games against the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals and going 10-6 in those games to rise back above .500.

Now the Rays have a stretch of 16 straight games against teams with losing records, including a three-game series at the Miami Marlins (34-51) starting Monday.

The Rays have dominated with their patchwork pitching staff, allowing a total of seven runs in their last six games, with five wins and a 1-0 loss. They took three of four from Houston to close out the homestand and hope to continue the success to take some positive momentum into the All-Star break.

“The fact that we have been winning and everyone has been coming together at clutch moments has been great,” said outfielder Mallex Smith, who had a late solo home run in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Houston. “We’ve been jelling as a team. We’ve been feeding off one another. It seems like someone new coming through at the right time every day.”

Next for Tampa Bay is Nathan Eovaldi (2-3, 4.08 ERA), who played for the Marlins from 2012 to 2014 and will almost certainly fare better than his only career appearance against his former team. In June 2015, he played there with the Yankees and gave up nine hits and eight earned runs in less than an inning, leaving after two outs with a 108.00 ERA to show for it.

Eovaldi has shown promise since returning from Tommy John surgery — his last start against Washington lasted six innings and he gave up no runs, one and and two walks with nine strikeouts.

The Marlins will answer with Wei-Yin Chen [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/tavon-young-jersey-cheap]Tavon Young Jersey[/url] , who knows the Rays from his days with the Baltimore Orioles. He has started 21 career games against Tampa Bay, more than any other opponent, and posted a 5-6 record with a 3.72 ERA.

That’s considerably better than his overall numbers this year — he’s 2-5 with a 6.14 ERA, though his last start was solid. He limited Arizona to one run and five hits in six innings last week. Against Tampa Bay last year, he pitched well, holding the Rays to two runs and two hits in six innings.

The in-state rivals will meet again right after the All-Star break for three more games, but the extended run against lesser opponents is something the Rays must dominate if they want to get back into wild-card contention.

Even after winning eight of nine games, Tampa Bay is still 11 games behind Seattle for the second AL wild card. Still, being 42-41 after opening the season 1-8 isn’t bad, especially considering the injuries they’ve dealt with and the talent traded away since the end of last season.

www.ravenscheapstores.com[editar]

With the usual cadre of teams aggressively arranging interviews for head coach vacancies in this first week after the regular season’s conclusion [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/robert-griffin-iii-jersey-cheap]Robert Griffin III Jersey[/url] , Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has become a person of high interest.

The vast improvement by the Vikings during Shurmur’s first full year in charge of the offense has made it easy to see why.

”He has absolutely zero ego,” tight end Kyle Rudolph said. ”He comes in here as a tight end coach when we already have a system in place. He gets moved up to offensive coordinator halfway through the year and could have very easily run his system that he’s run his whole life. He adapted his offense to fit us.”

Head coach Mike Zimmer said he’ll grant permission to teams seeking to take advantage of the first-round bye the Vikings have for the playoffs and speak with Shurmur in Minnesota this week. The NFL permits such an interview window to keep candidates whose clubs advance deep into the postseason from being passed over. The Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and New York Giants have reached out, according to multiple reports, among the six teams with openings.

”I think he’s done a great job, and I think he deserves another opportunity,” Zimmer said.

That’s another strength that Shurmur will present, having spent two years as coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2011-12. He went 9-23, which is better than his three successors have done with the league’s most woebegone franchise.

”He’s a good guy to work with. He’s smart. He’s respectful,” Zimmer said. ”And he’s tough on the players when he needs to be.”

After finishing last in the NFL in rushing yards in 2016, the Vikings ranked seventh in 2017. They rose from 18th to 11th in passing yards. They jumped from 28th to ninth in touchdowns on possessions inside the 20-yard line. They went from 19th to third in third-down conversion rate. They climbed from 23rd to 10th in scoring.

These gains in moving the ball and getting it across the goal line came despite the loss of both the starting quarterback and running back during the first quarter of the season. Injuries forced seven different starting combinations across the five offensive line spots, too [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/mark-andrews-jersey-cheap]Mark Andrews Jersey[/url] , with the original lineup getting only six starts together.

”Most places looking for head coaches probably are ones looking for somebody to work with the quarterback and be able to develop a quarterback,” Zimmer said. ”He’s had the opportunity to work with a few here. So I think that’s part of what’s probably making him be an attractive candidate.”

Yes, quarterback Case Keenum is the right place to start for other teams examining Shurmur’s updated resume.

Sam Bradford was Shurmur’s guy, a relationship built through previous stints together with two other teams. After the resignation of Norv Turner halfway through the 2016 schedule that triggered Shurmur’s promotion, Bradford had his offensive coordinator in place again. He thrived in the opening win over New Orleans this year, only to be sidelined by knee trouble. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook went down with a season-ending knee injury three games later.

But Keenum has kept thriving, with Shurmur finding an effective run-pass balance in his playbook while blending several types of offenses he’s been a part of in the past. Keenum posted a passer rating above 100 in eight of 15 games, after doing so just five times in 26 career games prior to joining the Vikings.

”I still think we have some room to grow,” Keenum said. ”Pat does a great job calling the games. The more time we spend in meeting rooms watching film, talking through defenses, we’re getting more and more on the same page and seeing things through the same set of eyes.”

Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have been able to line up in any of the wide receiver spots and run a variety of routes, and Shurmur has seized on their versatility.

”He knows that to be a really good offense, we need to spread the ball around and keep getting guys involved [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/eric-weddle-jersey-cheap]Eric Weddle Jersey[/url] ,” said Thielen, who finished fifth in the NFL with 1,276 receiving yards. ”He just lets us do what we do well and do it a lot.”


NEW YORK — Last season, New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino credited things such as getting tips from Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez as a reason why everything came together after a difficult experience in 2016.

This year, Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton is joining Severino among the elite pitchers in the American League, and he credits improved conditioning to go along with an aggressive mindset in attacking hitters.

Paxton and Severino will oppose each other Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium when the Mariners and Yankees conclude their three-game series.

The Yankees are in position to get the sweep after rallying from five runs down and recording a 7-5 win on Wednesday on Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run homer in the ninth inning off Ryan Cook. The Yankees are 16-4 in their last 20 games and are going for their first home sweep of Seattle since May 23-25, 2008.

Seattle is on its second three-game losing streak after blowing its first five-run lead this season. Despite their worst collapse of the season, the Mariners are 13-6 in their last 19 games and 32-17 in their last 49 games.

Paxton heads into his first career start against the Yankees with a 6-1 record and a 3.44 ERA. After going 18-15 in his first 50 starts since making his debut in 2013, Paxton is 18-7 in his last 39, a stretch that includes a 99-pitch no-hitter last month in Toronto and six of his eight career double-digit strikeout games.

Last season, Paxton was 12-5 with a 2.98 ERA but only made 24 starts due to two stints on the disabled list with a strained left forearm and a strained left pectoral muscle. After five DL stints within the first five years of his career, Paxton refined his conditioning with a program to keep everything working. He described the program in detail while referring to the muscle activation technique.

“You need everything to be firing together at the right time and have all your muscles working together in order for them to be optimal strength and stamina,” Paxton said. “So [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/jonathan-ogden-jersey-cheap]Jonathan Ogden Jersey[/url] , that’s what I did this offseason and I continue to work with those guys during the season to allow myself to stay healthy.”

Paxton enters his 90th career start with 115 strikeouts this year, 39 away from his total last season and sixth in the American League.

Paxton said the strikeouts are coming more often because of aggressiveness — resulting in numbers such as a .216 opposing batting average with runners on base, a .194 average with runners in scoring position and a .178 mark when getting ahead of a hitter 0-1.

“I think I’ve gotten more aggressive in the zone and stuff,” he said. I’m not picking around the corners as much. I tried to be a little too perfect I think in the past, got myself in bad counts, allowing guys to cheat on fastballs. I think when I get ahead of guys, it gives me more options, makes them think about more pitches I can throw and gets them off my stuff a little bit.”

Since the no-hitter on May 8 in Toronto, Paxton is 4-0 with a 3.48 ERA in his last seven starts, a number inflated due to his last start.

Paxton is coming off his shortest start of the season when he allowed five earned runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings Friday against the Boston Red Sox in an eventual 7-6 win.

“He’s matured a ton,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “He knows how important he is for our team and how important it is for him to stay healthy.

“He’s changed a lot of his offseason workouts, his work in between starts, understanding to be able to take the ball every fifth day means so much to our team. He’s really put a priority on that [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/brandon-williams-jersey-cheap]Brandon Williams Jersey[/url] , probably more so than actual pitch sequencing or pitch development.”

As for Severino, he can join Cleveland’s Corey Kluber as the second 11-game winner in the majors with a victory Thursday.

He is 10-2 with a 2.09 ERA after allowing three hits in eight scoreless innings in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the fourth time he pitched into the eighth inning and fourth scoreless start.

“Obviously anytime he goes, I feel great about it,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s a great pitcher. He’s clearly establishing himself as one of the best in the game.”

Severino was 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA last season after Martinez suggested some mechanical tweaks and encouraged him to include his changeup more frequently. Martinez’s advice took place after Severino finished 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA in 22 appearances in a 2016 campaign that featured a triceps injury and a demotion to the minors.

It has resulted in Severino being able to maintain velocity throughout games, such as Saturday when 23 of his 102 pitches were clocked at 99 mph or higher.

“I’ve played with him all the way through the minor leagues,” Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge said. “This is what I expect out of Sevy. Go out there and just dominate.”

The right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in two career starts against Seattle. He pitched seven scoreless innings in a 4-1 win at Seattle on July 20, 2017, and allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-1 home loss on April 15, 2016.

New York left fielder Brett Gardner missed his third straight game Wednesday with a swollen right knee and is day-to-day. If Gardner does not play, Aaron Hicks will likely bat leadoff.

www.ravenscheapstores.com[editar]

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper made some strides at the plate Thursday night just as the Washington Nationals prepare to welcome the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies to town for a weekend series.

Moved back to the leadoff spot by manager Dave Martinez [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/brent-urban-jersey-cheap]Brent Urban Jersey[/url] , Harper walked twice and had a sacrifice fly and a double in four plate appearances during a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Harper doubled in the eighth inning of a tie game and came in on Juan Soto’s two-run double and the Nationals took two of three from the Orioles.

“I was able to see a lot of pitches tonight,” Harper told the Washington Times after the Nationals (40-33) improved to 9-1 with him in the leadoff spot.

Harper began the night hitting .133 (8-for-60) in June, with five walks and 23 strikeouts.

“My swing has felt great,” Harper told mlb.com. “I’ve felt great the past month and a half or so, just chasing pitches. Tonight, I tried to do the best I could to get a ball over the middle (of the plate), and I was able to do that.”

The 19-year-old Soto just continues to hit. Thursday night he went 1-for-3 with a walk in the cleanup spot and enters the weekend hitting .326 with six homers and 16 RBIs over 92 major-league at-bats.

“I think we’re all amazed every single day,” Washington starter Max Scherzer told mlb.com. “He’s a great young player. He’s just enjoying himself. He’s the bat we kind of need in our lineup right now, that’s hot. And teams are going to have to figure out how to get him out, because it’s tough right now.”

Friday night that task falls to Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin (4-2, 3.43 ERA). He has won three straight starts, allowing four runs over 18 2/3 innings while striking out 17 batters and walking just three after pitching five effective innings Saturday in Milwaukee.

Elfin will be making his first career start against Washington, which counters with right-hander Tanner Roark (3-7, 3.87).

Roark gave up four runs on eight hits over four innings of in an 8-6 loss at Toronto on Sunday.

On May 5 he lost to the Phillies in Washington when he allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. For his career, he is 6-7 with a 3.98 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) versus the Phillies.

The Phillies (39-33) trail the second-place Nationals by one-half game in the NL East and trail the Braves by 3 1/3 games. Philadelphia has won seven of its last 10 games and has taken three straight series — against Colorado, at Milwaukee and against St. Louis — as it begins a 10-game stretch against the Nationals and Yankees.

“I think coming off this series [url=http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/c.j.-mosley-jersey-cheap]C.J. Mosley Jersey[/url] , we anticipate a highly-competitive series against a good ballclub on the road, and it seems like we’re ready for that challenge,” Philadelphia right-hander Jake Arrieta told mlb.com.

Off on Thursday, the Phillies defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Wednesday.

Odubel Herrera hit what proved to be the game-winning home run in the seventh inning to go along with a single and a double.

“It was one of those ‘Wow’ moments,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told the Courier Post. “He’s so hot, but he’s such an incredible athlete. It’s really elite barrel accuracy. I don’t know how to describe it. He just knows how to find the barrel, find the sweet spot.”

Herrera is hitting .419 (13-for-31) with two doubles, five home runs, eight RBIs in the past seven games. He is 13-for-31 (.419) versus Roark.

Andrew Heaney was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers for a few hours early in his major league career.

Heaney is still hoping to convince their front office they should have given him a longer look five years ago. He’ll get another opportunity Sunday evening when he takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels in the series finale against the Dodgers at Angel Stadium.

The Dodgers (48-40) gave up two runs in the ninth inning and lost the series opener 3-2 on Friday night, then held on for a 3-1 win against the Angels (45-45) on Saturday.

Heaney was traded from the Miami Marlins to the Dodgers at the winter meetings Dec. 12, 2014, but a few hours later the Dodgers dealt him to the Angels for popular second baseman Howie Kendrick.

Heaney had two chances to beat the Dodgers during the 2015 season, but lost both games. He gave up two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 3-1 loss at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 1 of that season. Five weeks later at Angel Stadium, he gave up five runs and six hits in five innings of a 6-4 loss.

Heaney had Tommy John surgery in June 2016 and made only six starts over the next two seasons.

Heaney (4-6, 3.94) had a solid month of May this season, posting a 2-3 record and 2.41 ERA in six starts. He had a winning mark of 2-1 in June [url=http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/todd-gurley-jersey]Womens Todd Gurley Jersey[/url] , but his ERA dipped to 4.45 for the month. In his only start in July, he gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings at the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, taking the loss in the 4-1 defeat.

“It’s sort of been the same old story for a little while, just sort of the big innings where I let it kind of build,” Heaney told reporters after his latest outing. “It’s something where I need to come out and establish earlier, kind of get ahead, and all the other same stuff we always talk about.”

Heaney will be opposed by Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood, who will be aiming to win his fifth straight start. Wood also won all five appearances in May of last season on his way to an 11-0 start.

Wood (5-5, 3.84) probably didn’t expect to have a chance to go over .500 by early July after dropping to 0-4 on May 15.

“Winning is just nice,” Wood told Sportsnet after his latest start, a 17-1 win against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. “Four in a row is nice, especially where I was after that three-start stretch. So I feel good, just trying to keep moving forward and looking towards the future. Hopefully, we’ll keep swinging the bats well and play well going into the All-Star break.”

The Angels are the only American League West team Wood has not faced in his major league career.

He struggled in his only interleague start this season, giving up seven runs and seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in a 16-6 loss to the visiting Oakland A’s on April 11.

www.neworleanssaintsteamonline.com[editar]

Drew Brees will lead the New Orleans offense onto the field at Minnesota and commence the 13th postseason game of his stellar career [url=http://www.neworleanssaintsteamonline.com/cameron-jordan-jersey]Authentic Cameron Jordan Jersey[/url] , already armed with seven such victories and one Super Bowl ring for the Saints.

”I prepare for every game as if it’s that magnitude,” Brees said.

”When you’re in games of that magnitude, it’s as if you’ve been there and done it many times before, even if it was just in your mind.”

For Case Keenum, it’s truly all in his mind.

His first start in the NFL playoffs will come when the Vikings kick off their divisional round game on Sunday.

”I’m going to play like I know how to play. I don’t have to be anybody but myself. Not more conservative or less conservative. Either way, I’m going to be me,” said Keenum, whose successful takeover for the injured Sam Bradford helped lead the Vikings (13-3) to their best record in 19 years. ”That’s all I have to be. I’ve got a great squad in this room.”

Solely measuring quarterback experience and accomplishment, the Saints have a clear advantage over the Vikings in this divisional round game to help determine the matchup in the NFC championship game. Keenum, though, has been overcoming the odds all season, let alone his career .

”I always root for guys like that. Kind of the undersized guy that is coming out and nobody wants to give him any credit and always plays with a chip on his shoulder,” Brees said.

Though he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round in 2001 out of Purdue, with Keenum going undrafted out of Houston and needing the Texans practice squad to get his career going in 2012, Brees can relate. He’s shorter than the NFL standard for their position, too. Oh, and they’re both from Texas.

Brees added another highlight last week, with 376 passing yards to help the Saints (12-5) advance with a 31-26 victory over Carolina while the Vikings had a bye.

”Just a guy that I really admire in how he moves the ball down the field and how he operates, what kind of leader he is,” Keenum said.

”I read his book a long time ago. I think he’s someone to learn from. I try to watch all of the really good quarterbacks in the offseason and take little things to try to work on my game.”

Here are some other angles to follow with the game:

SLOWED UP: The Pro Bowl pair of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara had the least productive combined performance for the Saints against Carolina, with just 68 total yards from scrimmage. They each had more than 1,500 total yards in 2017.

The Panthers brought one safety closer to the line of the scrimmage to spy on the running back, and it worked.

”This league is a copy-cat league so I wouldn’t be surprised if Minnesota did it,” Kamara said [url=http://www.neworleanssaintsteamonline.com/cameron-jordan-jersey]Womens Cameron Jordan Jersey[/url] , expressing no concern about the strategy by pointing to Brees, whose passing yardage total against the Panthers was his second-highest of the season.

The Vikings, led by the speed of linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, have held several pass-catching running backs to minimal production this season.

LINE ITEM: The Saints will be without starting left guard Andrus Peat, a versatile former first-round draft choice who also filled in for Terron Armstead at left tackle this season when he was injured. Peat broke his fibula against the Panthers.

Senio Kelemete, who has filled in at both guard spots and right tackle this season, is slated to start for Peat. Armstead, meanwhile, said he’s never been close to 100 percent healthy this season.

”But it doesn’t matter,” Armstead said. ”I’m willing and able to put my body on the line for an opportunity to play again next week.”

ZONED OUT: New Orleans defensive coordinator Dennis Allen called for a relatively zone-heavy scheme in the opener, and rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore recalled feeling ”confused about everything” in his NFL debut other than the man-to-man coverage the Saints have been more inclined to let Lattimore play on top opposing receivers. He had five interceptions and was picked for the Pro Bowl.

”That was something that we felt like in that game was going to give us a chance to win the game, and obviously we didn’t play as well as we needed to,” Allen said of Minnesota’s 29-19 victory fueled by a career-best 143.0 passer rating for Bradford . ”Obviously, we’ve looked at that game and how we’ve changed and how we’ve evolved as a defense.”

SUPER BOWL ENVY: New Orleans’ bid for the Super Bowl this season and was considered a favorite given the city is celebrating its 300th anniversary and has long been a popular host for the NFL’s marquee event. But Minnesota’s bid, combining its new stadium and winter carnival approach to related festivities, won out.

Now the Vikings have an opportunity to become the first team to play a Super Bowl on home turf, a feat the Saints would be happy to deny.

”If we want to add a little underlying story to us trying to win this game, it would be nice to be able to do that,” Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said.

”We’ve always talked about, `We want to start the season at Minnesota. We want to end the season in Minnesota,’ and for us that means playing in the Super Bowl.”

SITE MAP: The Saints are 1-6 in their history in the playoffs on the road, including 1-4 under coach Sean Payton. Their first and only such win came after the 2013 season, when they edged the Eagles in a wild-card round game in Philadelphia before losing the following week At heart, Ernie Barnes the professional football player was always Ernie Barnes the artist.

His teammates on the San Diego Chargers nicknamed him ”Big Rembrandt” because he was always scribbling on pieces of paper.

He ended up painting vivid and highly acclaimed images from the playing field and from African-American life. He’s most famous for ”Sugar Shack [url=http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/odell-beckham-jr-jersey]Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey[/url] ,” which shows African-Americans dancing at the Durham Armory. Marvin Gaye used a version of it for an album cover, and a print of it appeared in the closing credits of the sitcom ”Good Times.”

Now, an exhibit has opened in his home state titled “The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes.” The exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History includes 38 paintings by Barnes, many unseen by the public until now, along with several pieces of memorabilia.

It’s the first exhibit of Barnes’ artwork in 11 years, and the first since he died at age 70 in 2009 in Los Angeles. It continues through March 3.

Barnes never considered football his true calling. From his childhood, he was drawn to art. In his 1995 autobiography, ”From Pads to Palette,” he wrote, ”Throughout my five seasons in the arena of professional football, I remained at the deepest level of my being an artist.”

But he played professionally from 1960 to 1964, signing first with the Baltimore Colts and then with the Titans of New York, the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos. His sports connections led to his first exhibit through the support of New York Jets owner Sonny Werblin. And Barnes credited football with helping him develop the elongation technique for which he’s known.

An art instructor told him ”to pay attention to what my body felt like in movement,” Barnes once said. ”And when I did that, it was an elongated feeling. … I hate to think, had I not played sports, what my work would look like.”

He also spoke of how the ”dehumanization” of professional football played out in his art. ”I painted until I exhausted the hate,” he said, according to comments provided by his estate.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s vice president of operations, is probably the largest collector of Barnes’ art and someone in whom Barnes confided about his love-hate relationship with football. Vincent estimates that he owns just shy of 30 Barnes’ paintings, most of them commissioned and never seen by the public.

In a phone interview, Vincent said that he and his wife ”didn’t classify it as black art. He happens to be African-American, but it’s not black art. It’s art.”

At the time of Barnes’ death [url=http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/odell-beckham-jr-jersey]Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey[/url] , Paul Von Blum, an art history and African American studies professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, called him one of the premier figurative artists of his era.

Barnes, who was born in 1938 in Durham during the Jim Crow era, graduated from what’s now North Carolina Central University. His painting, ”Homecoming,” shows a marching band in Durham with U.S. 15-501 signs in the background.

”Ernie said when he was growing up, the high school band used to come down from the segregated area and make the turn into the black community, and the band would kick it up right there,” Luz Rodriguez, his longtime assistant and estate trustee said last week in Raleigh before the exhibit opened. ”So that’s what he painted.”

”Sugar Shack” came from Barnes’ memories growing up in Durham, Rodriguez said. His mother had told the 13-year-old Barnes that ”they don’t do Christian things there” so of course he had to sneak in to find out what was happening, she said.

Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy owns the painting now, exhibit curator Katie Edwards said. A second version that Barnes painted is part of the North Carolina museum exhibit.

Barnes could bring to life ”the hopes and dreams of what could be – families together, strong men, strong women, the true representation of the godly family,” Vincent said. Barnes was able to ”share our dark past yet articulate in color what the future could be – the proudness of our history, the proudness of our future. Ernie encapsulated all of that.”

www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com[editar]

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CBs Malcolm Butler and Johnson Bademosi; WRs Danny Amendola and Matt Slater; RBs Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead; OTs Nate Solder [url=http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/saquon-barkley-jersey]Womens Saquon Barkley Jersey[/url] , Cam Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle; DTs Alan Branch and Ricky Jean Francois; LBs James Harrison and Marquis Flowers; DE Geno Grissom; FS Nate Ebner.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: FS Brandon King; G Ted Karras.

NEEDS: Butler’s comments following his Super Bowl benching point to exit for him and opening at cornerback. New England likes Burkhead and got big production in 2017 from Lewis. Both are just 27 years old, but Patriots likely won’t stand pat after disappointing season by 2017 free agency pickup Mike Gillislee. Linebacking core needs some help with Harrison unlikely to be re-signed at age 39 and starter Dont’a Hightower coming off shoulder surgery. Getting another player to pair with Trey Flowers at defensive end will be another priority.

AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $14.7 million

Nick Foles threw a deep pass into the wind on the first play from scrimmage against the Falcons, LeGarrette Blount scored the only touchdown on fourth down and wide receiver Nelson Agholor ran 21 yards on a new play.

The Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) are aggressive no matter what.

They’ll need that approach when they face the Minnesota Vikings (14-3) and their top-ranked defense in the NFC championship game on Sunday.

”You’d probably call me unorthodox with some of the decisions I’ve made on fourth downs and going for it, 2-point conversions, things like that,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday.

”Sometimes you just don’t do the norm [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/mike-evans-jersey]Authentic Mike Evans Jersey[/url] , you just don’t do what everybody expects you to do and sometimes that can help you. I’m calculated by it, but at the same time, I’m going to make sure that I’m putting our guys in a good position.”

Foles underthrew the long pass to Torrey Smith to start the divisional playoff game, but a pass interference call gave the Eagles a 42-yard gain to the Falcons 25.

Jay Ajayi fumbled on the next play or perhaps the game wouldn’t have come down to a defensive stand at the end to preserve Philadelphia’s 15-10 win.

”Take a shot,” Pederson said explaining his decision to throw long into a stiff wind.

On the touchdown drive early in the second quarter, Philadelphia faced third-and-3 from the Falcons 24. Foles faked a pitch to running back Corey Clement and handed off to Agholor on an inside counter with Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson pulling out and leading the way. Agholor took it to the Falcons 3. It was the first time Pederson called the play this season.

”Coach has just had a knack of seemingly calling those at the right time [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/mike-evans-jersey]Womens Mike Evans Jersey[/url] ,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said.

”It comes up different every week. We really work well as a staff together in game planning. Sometimes we think we like something and we go out on the practice field and it doesn’t quite look like it’s ready. So, we have to keep it in the crock pot for another week or start over with a new recipe.”

Three plays later, tight end Trey Burton lined up at fullback and Blount followed his block into the end zone for a 1-yard TD run. Pederson didn’t think twice about going for it instead of kicking a game-tying field goal.

”The ball was just inside the 1-yard line, and we had confidence to go for it in that situation,” Pederson said. ”We were real close and the guys did a great job.”

During the regular season, only Green Bay (28) went for it on fourth down more than Philadelphia (26). The Eagles converted 17 times for 65.4 percent [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/jameis-winston-jersey]Authentic Jameis Winston Jersey[/url] , third-best behind New Orleans (80 percent on 12 for 15) and Jacksonville (76.9 percent on 10 for 13). Minnesota is 1 for 7 on fourth down, fewest attempts in the league.

”You always want to be aggressive,” Foles said. ”I love Coach’s calls.”

AP NFL website:

www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com[editar]

Rookie Jake Bauers and the Tampa Bay Rays made it a lost weekend for the New York Yankees. An injury to Gary Sanchez turned the trip into an even bigger loss.

Bauers led off the 12th inning with a home run and Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of the Yankees with a 7-6 victory Sunday.

”It’s a crazy feeling [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/jameis-winston-jersey]Womens Jameis Winston Jersey[/url] ,” Bauers said.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sanchez hurt his right groin/hip abductor trying to beat out a double-play grounder in the 10th and ”it’s probably going to be a DL situation.”

”What can I say?” Sanchez said through a translator. ”That’s the way baseball is sometimes. Now I’m just hoping it’s not a long time.”

Sanchez will undergo an MRI exam Monday.

Giancarlo Stanton doubled twice and homered while going 5 for 5 for New York. The Yankees had been the only team in the majors that hadn’t lost three in a row this year – this was the latest into any season they had gone without losing three straight since August 1954.

”Just a frustration weekend, but you just turn the page from it,” Boone said.

Bauers, who tripled earlier, homered on the first pitch from Chasen Shreve (2-2). Five previous New York relievers held Tampa Bay hitless for eight innings.

Brett Gardner opened the 12th with a bunt single that saw Rays reliever Jonny Venters strain his right hamstring and depart the game.

Venters hadn’t pitched in the majors since the 2012 NL wild-card game with Atlanta until joining Tampa Bay this season. The lefty had three Tommy John surgeries (2005, 2013, 2014) and another other major procedure in 2016.

Venters will be going on the disabled list

”Hopefully, it’s a mild strain,” Venters said. ”It’s disappointing, but injuries are part of the game.”

Ryan Yarbrough (7-3) replaced Venters and worked out of a first-and-third jam by getting a two-out grounder from Austin Romine, who replaced Sanchez.

Stanton hit a solo homer in the eighth off Vidal Nuno that made it 6-all. He reached on an infield single in the 10th before Sanchez hurt himself.

Nuno allowed one run over four innings.

Yankees pinch hitter Clint Frazier lofted a towering fly in the ninth that struck a speaker hanging from an overhead catwalk and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, as allowed by the ground rules at Tropicana Field, caught the carom for an out in shallow left.

Hechavarria missed time earlier this season with bruise near his eye when a ball took a strange bounce on the turf after striking a catwalk.

”As the play was happening, once it hit up there, I thought about that last play [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/desean-jackson-jersey]Authentic DeSean Jackson Jersey[/url] ,” Hechavarria said through a translator. ”That’s not going to happen again.”

Tampa Bay tied it in the second on Hechavarria’s solo homer, and went up 6-3 when Carlos Gomez had an RBI single and Jesus Sucre drove in two with a double off Domingo German during the third.

”It always nice to beat the Yankees,” Hechavarria said. ”And it’s good that they’re leaving here a little frustrated about getting swept by us.”

It’s the second time – also the Chicago Cubs in June 2008 – that Tampa Bay has a swept a series of three or more games against a team that entered a series with the best record in the majors.

Didi Gregorius and Stanton had consecutive run-scoring doubles in the fifth to make it 6-5. Miguel Andujar put the Yankees ahead 3-2 with a three-run homer in the second.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka, on the 10-day disabled list since June 9 with strained left and right hamstrings, threw 26 pitches in his first bullpen session. He will get on the mound again Tuesday.

Rays: Gomez started after missing Saturday’s game with a sore left wrist. He was hit by a pitch from CC Sabathia on Friday.

FIRST START

Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (0-0) will make his first start this season Wednesday night at Philadelphia. The move allows Sabathia to get a couple extra days of rest and start the opener Friday night of a three-game series with Boston at Yankee Stadium.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (1-0) makes his third major league start Monday night against Philadelphia RHP Vince Velasquez (5-7).

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (9-4), with an extra day of rest, faces Washington LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-4) on Monday night.

Mark Reynolds homered twice and drove in a career-high 10 runs, Max Scherzer won for the first time since June 5, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 18-4 on Saturday night.

Washington has won three straight and scored a combined 35 runs since calling a players-only meeting on Wednesday after falling under .500 for the first time since May 2.

Reynolds (5 for 5) tied his career high for hits and equaled the Nationals’ RBI record.

Scherzer (11-5), who was 0-4 in his previous five starts, pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits – three of which were home runs. The Nationals had been shut out in three of Scherzer’s previous five starts.

Miami starter Wei-Yin Chen (2-6) lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits.

DODGERS 3, ANGELS 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Ross Stripling pitched another gem and Justin Turner drove in two runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a win over the Angels.

Stripling (7-2) is making a strong case to make the NL All-Star team with another terrific outing. He allowed just one run and three hits – all by Mike Trout – in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked none [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/desean-jackson-jersey]Womens DeSean Jackson Jersey[/url] , and lowered his ERA to 2.14.

After blowing a save opportunity on Friday night, Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 24th save.

Turner hit a two-out single in the fifth inning off Taylor Cole (0-1) to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

RED SOX 15, ROYALS 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Andrew Benintendi homered, doubled, walked a career-high four times and scored four runs, and Boston routed Kansas City.

Mookie Betts had four hits, raising his American League-leading average to .343. Ten Red Sox players had RBIs as they scored a season high in runs. They scored 11 runs after the sixth inning.

Xander Bogaerts had three RBIs for the Red Sox, who have won five straight and 12 of their past 15.

Heath Hembree (4-1) worked 1 1/3 hitless innings to pick up the victory. Jason Adam (0-2), the third of seven KC pitchers, took the loss. Catcher Drew Butera got the final out in his sixth career relief appearance and his first since 2016.

TWINS 5, ORIOLES 4

MINNEAPOLIS – Kyle Gibson recovered from a rough start to throw seven innings, and Max Kepler homered in his second straight game to lead Minnesota past Baltimore.

Bobby Wilson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Twins, who won their third in a row.

Gibson (3-6) allowed three runs in the first inning – including a two-run homer by Chris Davis – but only gave up two hits after that while striking out nine. It was Gibson’s highest strikeout total since fanning 10 batters on April 26 against the New York Yankees.

Kepler’s solo shot off Kevin Gausman sparked a three-run fifth that tied it. Wilson’s two-run double off Miguel Castro (2-5) in the sixth gave Minnesota the lead for good.

The team with baseball’s worst record, meanwhile [url=http://www.officialhockeyrangersshop.com/authentic-adidas-kevin-shattenkirk-jersey]Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey[/url] , lost its fifth in the row.

Trevor Hildenberger worked a scoreless eighth for the Twins. Jace Peterson’s RBI double off Fernando Rodney pulled the Orioles to 5-4, but Rodney got Tim Beckham on a grounder to short to convert his 19th save in 24 chances.

CUBS 8, REDS 7

CHICAGO – Javier Baez homered and had four hits – including a game-tying infield single in the eighth – and Chicago rallied from a five-run deficit.

Anthony Rizzo’s RBI groundout capped a four-run eighth inning for Chicago, which has come from behind in each of its last eight wins.

Eugenio Suarez homered and Billy Hamilton added three hits and three stolen bases for Cincinnati, which had its five-game winning streak against the Cubs snapped.

Randy Rosario (4-0) allowed two hits in 2 1/3 innings to get the win. Brandon Marrow worked the ninth for his 20th save.

Jared Hughes (2-3) took the loss, part of three Reds relievers who allowed five runs in 2 1/3 innings.

PHILLIES 3, PIRATES 2

PITTSBURGH – Nick Williams, Scott Kingery and Jorge Alfaro drove in runs on consecutive at-bats in the seventh inning to help first-place Philadelphia win its sixth straight.

Jake Arrieta (6-6) worked around six hits with the help of eight strikeouts to hold the Pirates to two runs over seven innings.

Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (5-7) was charged with all three runs. He had allowed just two singles coming into the seventh. He struck out eight and walked none.

Starling Marte singled and scored in the first and homered in the second as part of a three-hit afternoon to stake the Pirates to an early lead.

Victor Arano worked around a leadoff double in the ninth for his second save.

CARDINALS 3, GIANTS 2

SAN FRANCISCO – Carlos Martinez pitched seven effective innings for his third consecutive win and St. Louis beat San Francisco.

Martinez (6-4) allowed one run on six hits with three strikeouts and did not walk a batter for the third time this season. The right-hander also drove in the Cardinals’ first run with an RBI double in the third.

Jordan Hicks allowed a run in the eighth and Bud Norris retired three batters for his 17th save.

Brandon Belt had three hits and drove in both runs for the Giants. San Francisco has been held to two runs or fewer in five of its last six games.

Jeff Samardzija had an uneven outing in his first start since May 29. Activated off the disabled list before the game, Samardzija (1-5) gave up three runs in five innings and repeatedly pitched with runners on base.

BRAVES 5, BREWERS 1

MILWAUKEE – Anibal Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh and Freddie Freeman added three hits, lifting slumping Atlanta over Milwa

www.officialhockeyrangersshop.com[editar]

The Baltimore Orioles have placed reliever Darren O’Day and outfielder Craig Gentry on the 10-day disabled list.

O’Day hurt his left hamstring while fielding a bunt on Tuesday night and Gentry sustained a left rib fracture when hit by a pitch in Atlanta on Friday.

It’s the second trip to the DL this season for O’Day [url=http://www.officialhockeyrangersshop.com/authentic-adidas-pavel-buchnevich-jersey]Womens Pavel Buchnevich Jersey[/url] , who missed a month with a hyperextended elbow.

This injury could also result in a lengthy absence. Manager Buck Showalter said, ”Not sure we can put a timeframe on it. It’s pretty sore.”

The sidearmer is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA.

Gentry is batting .244 with a team-high 10 steals.

Baltimore recalled utility man Steve Wilkerson and right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A Norfolk. Wilkerson made his major league debut last week [url=http://www.officialhockeyrangersshop.com/authentic-adidas-vladislav-namestnikov-jersey]Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey[/url] , and Yacabonis is expected to start Thursday against Seattle in place of Dylan Bundy, who went on the disabled list Tuesday.

The Chicago White Sox have placed right-hander Nate Jones on the 10-day disabled list with a muscle strain in his forearm.

Manager Rick Renteria says Jones told the team about the issue after he faced three batters during Tuesday night’s 5-1 victory over Cleveland [url=http://www.officialsenators.com/authentic-adidas-bobby-ryan-jersey]Bobby Ryan Jersey[/url] , allowing a hit, a walk and recording one out. The veteran reliever got an MRI [url=http://www.officialsenators.com/authentic-adidas-chris-wideman-jersey]Chris Wideman Jersey[/url] , and Renteria says the injury is ”very mild.”

Jones is 2-2 with a 4.01 ERA and four saves in 27 appearances this year. Renteria says he will stop throwing for six days and then be re-evaluated.

Chicago also recalled right-hander Juan Minaya from Triple-A Charlotte before Wednesday night’s game against the Indians. Minaya has no record and a 10.80 ERA in five appearances with the White Sox this year.

www.officialislanders.com[editar]

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will go into his start Monday night in Kansas City in an unfamiliar position: in a slump.

In his first 14 starts this year [url=http://www.officialislanders.com/authentic-adidas-chris-wagner-jersey]Youth Chris Wagner Jersey[/url] , Kluber was 10-2 with a 1.99 ERA. But in his last three starts, Kluber is 1-2 with a 6.59 ERA.

Nevertheless, the slumping Kluber will be on the mound Monday night for the Cleveland Indians, who, not coincidentally, are slumping as a team.

Although they walloped Oakland 15-3 on Sunday, the Indians have lost four of the first six games on their nine-game trip that will conclude with three games in Kansas City.

Kluber, who is 10-6 with a 2.82 ERA in 21 career starts against the Royals, will try to get back on track against one of his favorite opponents.

Kluber’s three-start slump is actually two really bad ones sandwiched around a really good one. It started June 15 with a 10-3 loss to Minnesota in which Kluber gave up four runs in five innings.

However, Kluber’s next start, on June 20, was a 12-0 win over the Chicago White Sox in which he pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up one hit.

But on June 26 in St. Louis, Kluber had his worst start of the year, his worst in several years. In an 11-4 loss to the Cardinals, Kluber was removed from the game after giving up six runs in 1 2/3 innings.

“He’s human. Guys don’t go 35 starts (during the season) without a bump in the road,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Kluber said, “No excuses. I just didn’t get the job done. I had some things going on delivery-wise and didn’t execute my pitches consistently.”

Although the Indians have a comfortable nine-game lead in the American League Central, they have had trouble winning on the road.

Cleveland is 27-13 at home but just 18-24 on the road, the only division leader in the majors with a losing record on the road. The Indians are hoping Kluber can help shake his slump and get a road win Monday.

Kluber is 11-4 with a 2.54 ERA overall this season. One of those wins came against the Royals on May 13, a 6-2 Cleveland victory in which Kluber pitched seven innings without allowing an earned run.

The Indians bolstered their bullpen Sunday by selecting left-hander Marc Rzepczynski from Triple-A Columbus and optioning starter Adam Plutko to Columbus.

Kluber’s mound opponent Monday night, Royals right-hander Jakob Junis (5-9, 4.67), is also mired in a slump.

Junis hasn’t won a game since May 18. In seven starts since then [url=http://www.officialislanders.com/authentic-adidas-jaroslav-halak-jersey]Womens Jaroslav Halak Jersey[/url] , he is 0-6 with a 6.30 ERA. His last start came June 26, a 5-1 loss to Milwaukee. In that game, Junis pitched five innings, giving up four runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Junis’ last start against Cleveland came May 13. In a 6-2 loss to the Indians, he pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

In three career appearances against Cleveland, Junis is 0-1 with a 5.93 ERA.

The Royals, who have lost three in a row, were glad to see the calendar change to July. They went 5-21 in June, the worst record in June in the team’s 50-year history.

During a horrid stretch in which the Baltimore Orioles keep finding ways to lose, J.T. Realmuto did his part to extend the downward spiral.

Realmuto homered twice and had four RBIs off Alex Cobb, and the Miami Marlins beat the skidding Orioles 5-4 on Saturday.

Realmuto singled in a run in the first inning, hit a two-run shot in the third and led off the sixth with his ninth home run on a 3-1 pitch. It was his fourth career multihomer game, the second this season.

Baltimore has lost nine straight, its longest skid since an identical run in July 2011. The Orioles tied a club record with their 11th consecutive home loss and fell to 19-50 overall, the worst record in the majors.

”Nobody’s going to feel sorry for you,” manager Buck Showalter said. ”They step on your neck when you’re down, and we did the same to other clubs. We’ve got to figure out a way to get back into that mode. We’ve just had a little trouble keeping the ball in the park.”

On Friday night, Baltimore managed only three hits in a 2-0 loss. In this one, the lowest-scoring team in the American League wasted 11 hits, a home run by Jonathan Schoop and two RBIs by Manny Machado .

Cobb could only blame himself for letting Realmuto outdo the Baltimore offense.

”When you have a good hitter up there, you can’t fall behind and then give them a cookie down the middle,” Cobb lamented. ”It’s frustrating that it was one guy but it was more frustrating that I let him win the at-bats before he actually hit the home run.”

Former Oriole Wei-Yin Chen (2-3) limited Baltimore to three runs over six innings to earn his first victory since April 28.

Drew Steckenrider worked the ninth for his first save [url=http://www.officialislanders.com/authentic-adidas-john-tavares-jersey]John Tavares Jersey[/url] , putting Miami in position to complete its initial series sweep of the season on Sunday.

The Marlins have won five of six to put some pressure on fourth-place New York in the NL East.

”We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team who are gaining a lot of momentum, getting a lot of confidence,” Realmuto said. They’re starting to swing the bats really well. We’ve got young guys producing for us every night. When that happens, you just gain confidence, and over a period of time you get better and better.”

Cobb (2-9) allowed five runs on seven hits over seven innings. He’s given up a total of 14 runs in his last two starts.

”Just a few fastballs that I left over the middle of the plate that didn’t come back that really ended up being the difference-maker,” Cobb said.

Miami hit leadoff doubles in the first and second innings, with both runners coming around to score. Realmuto followed a walk with a home run in the third to make it 4-0.

”It was one of those games that starts so good,” manager Don Mattingly said. ”First couple innings are kind of what you’re looking for from your club.”

In the Baltimore third, Machado hit a two-out, two-run single to increase his RBI total to 52.

Schoop went deep in the sixth and an RBI single by Danny Valencia got Baltimore to 5-4 in the seventh.

INTERLEAGUE FODDER

Baltimore’s Adam Jones has hit safely in all eight interleague games (13 for 33, .394). … Realmuto has a .350 batting average in 31 career road interleague games. … Baltimore is 2-6 vs. the NL, Miami is 3-3 vs. the AL.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: INF Miguel Rojas was rested, one day after being bruised by a pitch that hit his left hand. ”Felt OK, actually looked OK, but wasn’t able to put a lot of pressure on that bottom hand,” Mattingly said, adding, ”He’ll probably be in there tomorrow.”

Orioles: LHP Richard Bleier will have season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair his left shoulder. It’s a Grade 3 latissimus tear. … 3B Tim Beckham (groin) was slated to be the DH for Double-A Bowie in the second game of his rehab assignment. … OF Colby Rasmus (hip) is expected to come off the DL next week.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Rookie Trevor Richards (1-3, 4.41 ERA) makes his eighth career start in the series finale. The right-hander earned his first big league win on Tuesday against San Francisco.

Orioles: Dylan Bundy (4-7. 3.66) seeks his fifth win, which would account for one-quarter of the team’s victories this season.

www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com[editar]

When Brewers pitchers went over the strengths and weaknesses of Cincinnati’s hitters to prepare for their series [url=http://www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-adrian-clayborn-jersey]Adrian Clayborn Color Rush Jersey[/url] , they included reliever Michael Lorenzen in the mix.

They need to do more studying.

Lorenzen hit the second grand slam by a Reds pitcher in a week – and his third homer in his last three at-bats – as Cincinnati pulled away to a 12-3 victory Saturday, ending a seven-game losing streak against Milwaukee.

Lorenzen’s pinch-hit grand slam off Jacob Barnes in the seventh inning completed an eight-run rally, Cincinnati’s biggest of the season. Lorenzen’s fifth career homer drew a curtain call from the crowd of 24,640.

”It was a surreal feeling, for sure,” Lorenzen said. ”I love this game and everything about it.”

It was the reliever’s second homer in the series. He also had a solo shot Friday during Milwaukee’s 8-2 win.

”The guy’s swinging the bat really well, that’s for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ”We treat him as a position player. We covered him in scouting meetings. We’re going to have to make some adjustments.”

One week earlier, Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam off Cubs left-hander Brian Duensing at Great American Ball Park.

Lorenzen avoided the temptation to swing at a slider, and then hit a fastball deep to left field.

”The Reds have always put together some good-hitting pitchers, going back to Travis Wood and those guys,” Brewers catcher Erik Kratz said. ”You have to know who those guys are and where they want the ball and not throw it there.”

Tyler Mahle struck out a career-high 12 batters in 5 2/3 innings, three shy of the Reds’ rookie record. David Hernandez (3-0) pitched the top of the seventh.

The Reds fanned 18 batters [url=http://www.authenticsphiladelphiaeagles.com/cheap-paul-worrilow-jersey]Paul Worrilow Color Rush Jersey[/url] , a club record for a nine-inning game.

The Brewers’ depleted bullpen couldn’t hold a one-run lead in the seventh. Cincinnati’s first eight batters reached safely against three relievers, with left-hander Mike Zagurski (0-1) taking the loss in his first major league appearance since 2013.

The NL Central leaders also were missing two starting position players. Christian Yelich left Thursday’s game with back tightness, and Ryan Braun came out of Friday’s game with the same issue. Counsell said Braun could be available on Sunday.

Eric Thames homered off Mahle, his 14th home run in 22 career games against Cincinnati. Thames hit 10 last year, the most by a Brewers player against the Reds in one season.

LORENZEN LORE

The last pinch-hit grand slam by a Reds player came from Chris Heisey on April 13, 2014, against Tampa Bay. Lorenzen’s three homers this season are the most by a Reds pitcher since Micah Owings had three in 2009. The last major league pitcher to homer in three straight at-bats was Colorado’s Mike Hampton in 2001.

POWER SURGE

In the last eight days, Reds pitchers have produced four homers – three by Lorenzen, one by DeSclafani. For the season, Lorenzen is 4 for 6 with three homers and six RBIs.

MAHLE’S STRIKEOUTS

Mahle’s 12 strikeouts were the most by a Reds pitcher since Amir Garrett also fanned 12 Orioles on April 19, 2017. The club record for strikeouts by a rookie is 15 by Gary Nolan on June 7, 1967, against the Giants.

TRADING PLACES

With the game out of hand [url=http://www.authenticsphiladelphiaeagles.com/cheap-richard-rodgers-jersey]Richard Rodgers Color Rush Jersey[/url] , Kratz moved to the mound for the eighth inning – his third career pitching appearance – and gave up a pair of runs.

”I’d rather catch nine innings and do high-fives,” he said.

REDS DEAL

The Reds sent minor league catcher Joe Hudson to the Angels for cash. The 27-year-old Hudson has never played in the majors. He batted .235 with no homers and three RBIs in 16 games for Triple-A Louisville this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: RHP Zach Davies had a setback in what was expected to be his final minor league rehab assignment as he recovers from a sore shoulder. He lasted only three innings and gave up 10 runs and three hits for Class A Wisconsin on Friday night, leaving after just 48 pitches because of a sore back.

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey will make his fourth rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Louisville. He’s been sidelined since June 2 because of a sore right knee. Bailey is 1-7 with a 6.68 ERA.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Freddy Peralta (3-0) makes his fifth start. The Brewers are 4-0 in his starts. Opponents are batting .093 against the right-hander.

Reds: Matt Harvey (3-5) makes his 10th start for the Reds, who got him from the Mets in a trade for catcher Devin Mesoraco on May 8. Harvey has allowed six runs in his last three starts spanning 17 2/3 innings.

Tennessee offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie might have been the happiest person at practice watching quarterback Marcus Mariota look like, well, Mariota.

The quarterback brushed aside a safety with a stiff-arm on his way to a big run.

When Mariota is running, the Titans are usually all smiles because their offense shows signs of life.

”That’s what we know he’s capable of doing, and when he’s capable of doing that, it helps our offense again I’ll tell you probably 80 percent,” Robiskie said Wednesday. ”I hate to say that, but if he can’t do that or he’s in position that he can’t do that or that don’t happen, we’re not the offense we’re trying to be.”

Mariota ran a career-high 10 times for a season-high 60 yards to help the Titans earn their first playoff berth since 2008. Better yet, teammates saw a swagger in Mariota as he got off the ground and stared down a defender to make them confident their quarterback is feeling good [url=http://www.authenticslosangelesrams.com/cheap-joseph-noteboom-jersey]Joseph Noteboom Color Rush Jersey[/url] , possibly even as he did before a broken right leg ended his 2016 season a game early.

”That’s old Marcus, before the injury,” Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey. ”That’s him. This is the Marcus I been waiting to see — him using them legs and making things happen. We need to see that more out of him going forward.”

Titans coach Mike Mularkey loved Mariota’s body language, and now the Titans (9-7) need their quarterback who won the 2014 Heisman Trophy to keep running Saturday when they visit Kansas City (10-6) for an AFC wild-card game.

”We’re at that point right now when every man needs to do whatever he can, whatever it takes, to make this thing go,” Mularkey said. ”It was good to see what he did the other night. Obviously, it helped us win the football game. I think it helped him gain a little confidence too that he can do more.”

An NFL quarterback needing a confidence boost sounds unusual, but Mariota’s third season with the Titans has easily been his worst statistically with a career-low 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Mariota has a career-high five TDs rushing, but the quarterback who missed six quarters in October with a strained left hamstring had his lowest average per carry yet at 5.2 yards per attempt.

The Titans dropped from third in the NFL in rushing last season to 15th this season.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has seen enough of Mariota after the quarterback led a game-winning drive late last season to know they have to be careful when he starts running.

”You don’t ever get tricked by that kind of speed that he has,” Reid said. ”When he kicks that thing into overdrive, he can go, so you have to stay very disciplined with him. That will be one of the challenges for my defense.”

Mariota [url=http://www.authenticslosangelesrams.com/cheap-brian-allen-jersey]Brian Allen Color Rush Jersey[/url] , who converted four first downs with his legs in the fourth quarter of last week’s 15-10 win over the Jaguars , said he just took advantage of how Jacksonville was playing the Titans. Mariota says running came partially from feeling better and simple necessity.

”At this point in time, every guy is probably not going to feel 100 percent,” Mariota said. ”It’s just that time of the year. With the magnitude of these games, you’ve got to win these games. You’re going to find a way to make a play and hopefully help your team win.”

Mariota has heard a lot from friends and fans on how he stiff-armed Jaguars safety Barry Church. So does he think he has his ”swagger” back just in time for his NFL playoff debut?

”It was just me being me,” Mariota said. ”Again, I’m going to do whatever it takes to win. This is the time in the season where you’ve just got to lay it all on the line.”

Notes: Derrick Henry said Wednesday he was not happy at all with his performance last week with 28 carries for 51 yards. He took a screen 66 yards for the Titans’ lone offensive touchdown. But Henry said he didn’t feel like a workhorse back and ”kind of felt soft.” Henry says he hasn’t stopped thinking about that game since the game ended and has been working hard to be better. … RB DeMarco Murray (right knee), CB Logan Ryan and S Da’Norris Searcy (illness) and CB Brice McCain (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

www.packerscheapstore.com[editar]

Here’s a look at what’s happening around the major leagues today:

BEASTS OF THE EAST

The Red Sox and Yankees start a three-game series in the Bronx [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/blake-martinez-jersey-cheap]Blake Martinez Jersey[/url] , with the American League East division race as tight as ever. Boston comes in with a one-game lead, with the teams still toting the top two records in the major leagues. Boston and New York have split their first six matchups this season, with each team winning a home series so far.

CC Sabathia takes the mound for the Yankees. The 37-year-old left-hander took a no-decision against the Red Sox with four runs allowed in four innings on May 10. Boston counters with Eduardo Rodriguez, who is coming off just his second loss of the season against Seattle last week. Rodriguez also squared off against Sabathia in that May 10 meeting at Yankee Stadium, striking out eight with only one hit allowed over five scoreless innings.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is expected back in the lineup after sitting out the series finale at Philadelphia on Wednesday that manager Aaron Boone wanted to pair with a day off on Thursday. Judge has 34 strikeouts in 25 career games against the Red Sox.

DARVISH DISAPPOINTMENT

The Chicago Cubs return home from a 2-6 finish on an eight-game road trip to host the Minnesota Twins, but they’ll start the series without ailing right-hander Yu Darvish. The 31-year-old is still feeling pain in his pitching arm, having been dealt a setback during a bullpen session on Thursday in Los Angeles where the Cubs split a four-game set with the Dodgers.

Darvish was on track to rejoin the rotation on Saturday, but Tyler Chatwood will take the mound in that game instead. Darvish, who threw five innings and 57 pitches for Class A South Bend in a rehabilitation start on Monday, has been on the disabled list for more than a month, his second stint of the season, because of triceps tendinitis. Darvish [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/ty-montgomery-jersey-cheap]Ty Montgomery Jersey[/url] , who has a 4.95 ERA in eight starts, signed a $126 million, six-year contract with the Cubs in February.

STAYING PUT

Minnesota plays the Cubs at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2009, continuing the easiest three-city road trip possible for the Twins. They arrived in Chicago earlier this week, losing two of three to the White Sox while needing 13 innings to salvage the final game on Thursday afternoon. Next week, it’s a brief bus ride north to Milwaukee for three games against the Brewers.

Jose Berrios, who has a 2.05 ERA over his last eight starts, faces Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery in the opener.

SEEING RED

National League Central leader Milwaukee continues a four-game series in Cincinnati, with the Brewers sending Chase Anderson to the mound after striking out a season-high nine batters in his previous outing against St. Louis. Sal Romano pitches for the Reds against a dangerous Brewers lineup featuring Jesus Aguilar, who hit his 19th home run on Thursday to tie for the league lead.

Mike Minor wasn’t so broken up about losing his perfect game bid in the seventh inning. He would’ve liked a shot at a complete-game shutout, though.

Minor took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Shin-Soo Choo reached base for the 40th straight game and the Texas Rangers beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Minor was perfect until Eric Hosmer’s single up the middle with one out in the seventh. One out later [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-brett-ritchie-jersey]http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-brett-ritchie-jersey[/url] , center fielder Delino DeShields preserved Minor’s shutout by leaping to rob Hunter Renfroe of a home run.

Minor struck out five and threw only 85 pitches through seven innings, yet manager Jeff Banister decided to go to the bullpen after that. That drew a pointed response from Minor: ”Why?”

”I don’t have a complete game shutout in my career, so I still had some goals,” Minor said. ”With the pitch count being low, I feel I could have still went out there and possibly finished the game.”

”He grinded hard,” Banister said. ”I told him if there were only zeroes on the board, it would have been yours all the way.”

Minor (6-4), making his 125th career start since August 2010, said the thought of a perfect game got stronger each inning.

”Just try to make pitches,” he said. ”It was still a close ballgame.”

Minor benefited from two other strong defensive plays.

In the fifth inning, Jose Pirela hit a sharp grounder into the hole on the left side of the infield with two outs. Shortstop Elvis Andrus‘ long throw barely beat Pirela. Austin Hedges then hit a 105-mph liner to third baseman Adrian Beltre for the second out of the sixth inning.

”I thought, honestly [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-dan-hamhuis-jersey]Dan Hamhuis Jersey Kids[/url] , we had some hittable pitches early and missed them,” Padres manager Andy Green said. ”He wasn’t pitching the type of game that lent itself to what he was getting results-wise.”

Texas has won nine of its last 11 games while San Diego has lost nine of its last 11.

The Padres scored twice in the eighth inning but left the bases loaded. Keone Kela pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save, the most in the majors this season without a blown save and a club record to begin a season.

Clayton Richard (7-7) hit three batters and allowed four runs and a season-high 10 hits over seven innings. He sought his career-best fifth consecutive winning start.

Minor signed with Texas as a free agent last December. He returned to the majors in 2017 after having shoulder surgery in 2015. He made 65 relief appearances for the Kansas City Royals last year.

NEAR-PERFECT PARTNER

As Minor pursued perfection, he was pitching to rookie Isiah Kiner-Falefa, an infielder making only his third big league start as a catcher.

”Izzy back there did a great job first time catching me,” Minor said. ”I didn’t really know what to expect.”

CHOO STILL STREAKING

Choo tied Philadelphia’s Odubel Herrera for the longest on-base streak in the majors this season. Choo was hit by a pitch leading off the first inning and also had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. His on-base streak is the fourth longest in Rangers history.

SHORT HOPS

Beltre’s third-inning RBI double was No. 624 of his career, tying him with Hank Aaron for 12th on the career list. … The first-pitch temperature of 101 degrees made it the hottest game played in the majors this season. … The Padres used their 77th different lineup this season, second most in the majors, playing their 83rd game.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Texas RF Nomar Mazara (tight left hamstring) was held out of the lineup for the first time since June 16.

UP NEXT

Padres: Rookie LHP Eric Lauer (3-4, 5.05) will open the weekend series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 12.08) will make his third start for Texas on Friday at home against the Chicago White Sox.

www.officialstarsproonline.com[editar]

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Gausman has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Baltimore Orioles [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-devin-shore-jersey]Devin Shore Jersey[/url] , who bring the worst record in baseball to Target Field on Saturday as they continue a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins.

Gausman takes the mound with a 2.76 ERA in his last five outings and is fresh off perhaps one of his best starts of the year. He held the Los Angeles to one run and two hits and didn’t walk a batter in eight innings on July 2 for his first victory since May 11 — a span of nine starts — and is now 4-6 with a 4.05 ERA this season.

“I felt like early on in the season, I kind of put together a little bit better of a month, but I feel like I’m throwing the ball well,” Gausman said. “I feel really good in my delivery, and ever since I went hands over the head,

“I feel like this has just been night and day, able to command the ball and really all my off-speed pitches. That’s the key word — consistency. You’re always trying to be the same guy every five days.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks Gausman’s success this season is overlooked in part because of the team’s record, but also because of the competition he has faced.

“I don’t chuckle or eye-roll or any of that stuff,” Showalter said. “When I hear people kind of negative, Kevin has cut his teeth in the American League East and he’s kind of a good hardened to it. This guy doesn’t dwell around too much on successes and failures.”

Success has been hard to come by for the Orioles lately and failure has been plentiful.

Baltimore’s loss Friday night in Minnesota extended its losing streak to four games. The Orioles have dropped 11 of their last 12 games and 22 of their last 27 overall while winning only two in their last seven series.

They’ll try to turn that around Saturday against Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson, who has been the poster child for lack of run support this season.

He has allowed more than three runs in a game just once since May 18 — a span of eight starts — but has taken the victory just twice. In the six other games, the Twins have averaged just 1.8 runs.

Gibson hasn’t let the tough luck get to him.

“We’ll start being on the right side of these games,” Gibson said. “We’ve just been running into some pitchers throwing the ball well and caught a couple tough breaks offensively.”

His last two starts haven’t been among his best. He allowed a season-high five runs and 11 hits against the White Sox on June 27 in Chicago and the Milwaukee Brewers followed by tagging him for four (three earned) in five innings earlier this week in Milwaukee.

Saturday will mark Gibson’s ninth career start against the Orioles. In the eight previous meetings, he’s 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA.

He faced them once already this season [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-esa-lindell-jersey]Womens Esa Lindell Jersey[/url] , throwing six no-hit innings with six strikeouts on March 31 in Baltimore.

Jose Bautista had never before experienced the euphoria of a game-ending home run during his 15-year big league career. He can add that to his list of accomplishments.

Bautista’s grand slam with two outs in theninth inning lifted the New York Mets over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Friday night.

”I was aware of it,” Bautista of his first walk-off homer. ”I guess sometimes it just takes a while.”

Todd Frazier walked and Devin Mesoraco singled to open the ninth against Chaz Roe (1-2). Amed Rosario’s sacrifice advanced the runners, Roe retired pinch-hitter Dominic Smith on a comebacker and intentionally walked Brandon Nimmo to load the bases.

Roe tried to come inside with a sinker on the first pitch to the slugger, who has 32 home runs in 157 games against Tampa Bay.

”Tried to get ahead early with the sinker and got too much of the plate,” Roe said. ”I knew he was swinging there.”

It was Bautista’s sixth homer of the season and gave the Mets their third win in their last 19 games at home.

Bautista remained unsigned through spring training, signed with Atlanta on April 18 and was promoted to the majors on May 4. He appeared at third base – a position he hadn’t played in years – and hit .143 (5 for 35) with a two homers and five RBIs in 12 games before he was released on May 20.

Lacking power after Yoenis Cespedes went on the disabled list, New York took a chance on Bautista two days later.

In 39 games with the Mets, the 37-year-old has hit .227 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. But over his last 17 games, Bautista is hitting .330 (15 for 50) with four homers and 15 RBIs.

And he’s certainly amazed Mets manager Mickey Callaway.

”I think that from what we’ve seen as a Met, it’s been outstanding,” Callaway said.” Top-tier production out of a guy that we got from Atlanta, who let him go. So that’s surprising. Now the guy himself, who has a body of a 25-year-old, stays in shape? Can never count those guys out.”

Tampa Bay had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth against Jeurys Familia (4-4).

He Daniel Robertson with a pitch [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-jamie-benn-jersey]Jamie Benn Jersey[/url] , loading the bases, and first baseman Wilmer Flores threw out pinch-runner Hunter Wood at the plate despite his high throw following Mallex Smith’s grounder. Umpires confirmed the call after Tampa Bay challenged.

Familia then struck out Willy Adames to end the threat.

Jacob deGrom was once again stellar for the Mets, allowing just one run and four hits while striking out eight and issuing one walk over eight innings.

It was the ninth no-decision for the staff ace.

”Like I said before, the goal is to win, whether I get the win or somebody else,” deGrom said. ”The goal is to win baseball games and we got a win tonight.”

Asdrubal Cabrera gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the third with an RBI single.

DeGrom, who has an 1.80 ERA in nine starts at Citi Field this season, gave up a tying solo homer to Adames in the fifth.

AN EYE FOR INTERNATIONAL TALENT

New York announced the signings of their top two targets in the new international free agent period. The Mets gave a franchise-record $2.7 million signing bonus to 16-year-old Francisco Alvarez from Venezuela. Alvarez was ranked No. 9 on Baseball America’s prospect list, and 13th on the MLB Pipeline list.

Freddy Valdez, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, received a $1.45 million signing bonus. Baseball America had him as the 29th best prospect, MLB Pipeline ranked him at No. 25.

FRESH FACES

Tampa signed LHP Shane McClanahan, the 31st overall pick in the draft, for a $2 [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-jason-spezza-jersey]Jason Spezza Jersey[/url] ,230,100 bonus, $5,700 above slot value. He was a compensation pick for the loss of Alex Cobb in free agency. RHP Matthew Liberatore, taken with the 16th pick, made his debut with the GCL Rays on Friday. He allowed one earned run, one hit, and two walks with one strikeout and a hit batter in 1 2/3 innings, getting the loss.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: RHP Chris Archer will return to the rotation and start Monday against Detroit. The ace has been on the disabled list June 5 due to a left abdominal strain. Archer is 3-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 13 starts this season.

Mets: Manager Mickey Callaway said that it would be ”ideal” for RHP Noah Syndergaard to start July 13 vs against Washington if all goes well with his rehab start Sunday at Class A Brooklyn.

MOVES

Rays: Tampa Bay recalled LHP Adam Kolarek from Triple-A Durham and designated OF Jerry Hazelbaker for assignment.

Mets: RHP Paul Sewald was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas and LHP Jerry Blevins was placed on the bereavement list.

UP NEXT

Rays: Blake Snell (11-4, 2.24 ERA) starts the second game of the series. Snell has won his last three outings, allowing just two runs and eight hits while striking out 26 despite 12 walks in 21 innings.

Mets: Steven Matz (4-5, 3.46) gets the nod in his first start against Tampa Bay. Opponents are hitting just .167 (17 for 102) with runners in scoring position against the New York lefty.

www.officialstarsproonline.com[editar]

The Minnesota Twins have reinstated shortstop Jorge Polanco after he served an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Polanco was reinstated Monday before the Twins’ game with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Speaking through the team’s interpreter [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-john-klingberg-jersey]John Klingberg Jersey[/url] , Polanco said that the time away from the game ”was very difficult.”

The Twins are hoping that the 24-year-old shortstop builds off his breakout 2017 season. Polanco batted .316 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs over his last 55 games in 2017.

”I’m really glad that I’m back,” he said. ”Looking forward to going out there and playing hard.”

Polanco flied out to left in his first at bat of the 2018 season.

Twins manager Paul Molitor welcomed Polanco back.

”It’s good to see him,” Molitor said. ”He had to pay a price for something that happened. He took it head on, took accountability and did his time, so to speak.”

Molitor had a bit of advice for Polanco.

”Be yourself,” Molitor said. ”Don’t worry about trying to make an extreme impression or whatever it might be that you might try to make up for lost time. Just be the player that we know that you can be. That’ll be plenty good enough.”

To make room for Polanco on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated outfielder Ryan LaMarre for release or assignment.

The NFL has established a player-owner committee focusing on social and racial justice initiatives that Commissioner Roger Goodell cautions is just a start, with lots of work ahead.

Goodell credited ”unprecedented dialogue” for helping players and owners get to the point of Tuesday’s announcement. He said the committee will focus on education [url=http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-mattias-janmark-jersey]Mattias Janmark Jersey[/url] , economic development, community and police relations and the criminal justice system.

”We feel that we are going to make significant progress as we have more meetings, as we get more focused on our efforts, it’s going to actually come to life,” Goodell said. ”And frankly, we will get better as the days go by.”

The league also said Tuesday it is beginning a ”Let’s Listen Together” campaign that includes digital content and commercials highlighting player-led work on equality issues. That platform will include social media support and letters from players and owners.

Owners on the committee are Arizona’s Michael Bidwill, Atlanta’s Arthur Blank, Jacksonville’s Shahid Khan [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jim-kelly-jersey]Jim Kelly Jersey[/url] , Cleveland’s Jimmy Haslam and Miami’s Stephen Ross. Current players Chris Long, Josh Norman, and Kelvin Beachum, Pro Football Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams and former player Anquan Boldin are on the committee.

Blank said he was impressed with the consensus among owners and players at a meeting in December at the league office. The Falcons owner also sees these issues requiring sustainability.

”Clearly, we’re not at the end of the fourth quarter,” Blank said.

This season, many players took knees during the national anthem to protest social and racial injustice, drawing rebukes from President Donald Trump.

Boldin says the initiative should be ”celebrated” because the NFL is the ”first professional league or entity that has taken the concerns of its players and put resources behind it.”

”We’re dedicated to making a difference in our communities [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-thurman-thomas-jersey]Thurman Thomas Jersey[/url] ,” Boldin said. ”We’re dedicated to seeing a difference in our criminal justice system. We’re dedicated to educating not only ourselves, but the public as well how there are different biases when it comes to our criminal justice system. We’re excited about the partnership and the backing of the NFL that we have now.”

Linebacker Demario Davis of the New York Jets thanked owner Chris Johnson for sitting down with players and supporting them during sessions that included meetings with public defenders.

Defensive end Long credited Eagles teammate Malcolm Jenkins for his work and socially conscious team owner Jeffrey Lurie for his support as they work for ”common sense reforms.”

Long noted Jenkins rounded up some of the Eagles for a trip to the state capital to meet with lawmakers hours after a Monday night game. He said some of the Eagles also have met Philadelphia police and attended bail hearings, which he called an arbitrary process.

”We do have a powerful voice,” Long said.

www.billscheapshop.com[editar]

Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-vontae-davis-jersey]Vontae Davis Jersey[/url] , who has struggled with mental health issues after a 2013 bullying scandal that shook the NFL, was questioned by Los Angeles police after a threatening Instagram post on his account mentioned two former teammates who had harassed him.

Martin was detained by investigators after the post showed a shotgun and referred by name to the private Harvard-Westlake prep school in Los Angeles that he once attended but was not under arrest Friday evening, police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said.

The post also included mentions of the Instagram usernames of former Miami Dolphins players Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey and said suicide and revenge were the only options for a victim of bullying.

The Harvard-Westlake prep school was evacuated earlier Friday after officials were made aware of the post. It was not immediately clear whether Martin posted the photo himself.

Martin left the Miami Dolphins midseason in 2013 after accusing teammates of bullying. An NFL investigation found that Incognito, Pouncey and teammate John Jerry engaged in persistent harassment directed at Martin.

Incognito was suspended for the final eight games and sat out the 2014 season before joining the Buffalo Bills.

The NFL’s investigation also found that teammates threatened to rape Martin’s sister, called him a long list of slurs and bullied him for not being ”black enough.” Martin is black and Incognito is white.

Martin, who underwent counseling for emotional issues after the bullying scandal, posted on Facebook in 2015 that difficulties in football led him to attempt suicide multiple times.

Martin, the son of two Harvard graduates, attended Stanford University. After he left the Dolphins, Martin played for the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers. He left the NFL in 2015.

Representatives for the Miami Dolphins and the NFL declined to comment and referred questions to Los Angeles police.


More than two weeks after he returned to the disabled list for a second time this season, the Boston Red Sox have no timetable for second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s return.

Pedrioa underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee last October and began the season on the disabled list. He began a minor league rehab assignment last month and was added to the Boston roster on May 26.

But Pedroia lasted just three games [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/lane-taylor-jersey-cheap]Lane Taylor Jersey[/url] , going 1 for 11 with a pair of walks, and when soreness in the knee remained, the team put him back on the shelf on May 30.

“It was a major surgery,” manager Alex Cora said. “We didn’t know what to expect, so we are where we are now. We’re hoping that, yeah, he’ll be back. When? We don’t know. But I still believe he’s going to contribute this season and he’s going to help us to win.”

Without Pedroia in the lineup, Cora has turned primarily to Eduardo Nunez at second base with Brock Holt getting 17 starts as well. Overall, Red Sox second basemen have combined for a .614 OPS and rank second-to-last in baseball with a minus-12 Defensive Runs Saved.

Nunez will likely get the nod again Wednesday night as the Red Sox continue their three-game series with the Twins at Target Field behind left-hander David Price, who is 6-0 with a 2.64 ERA over his last seven starts.

“Better fastball command, just commanding the baseball better [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-andre-holmes-jersey]Andre Holmes Jersey[/url] ,” Price said of his recent success. “Making better pitches with runners in scoring position. That was a big problem for me in the times I struggled this year, just runners in scoring position. Four two-out runs in Oakland that day. All the runs were with two outs. Same thing my third outing against Tampa back at home. That was two-run outs as well.”

Price is 10-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 17 games, 16 of them starts, against the Twins.

Lance Lynn, the Twins’ scheduled starter, is starting to look much more like the pitcher Minnesota had in mind when it signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year deal during spring training.

Lynn slumped out to a 8.37 ERA through his first five starts but has gone 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA in eight starts since, working at least six innings in all but two of those outings.

He struck out a season-high nine with just one walk his last time out but took his first loss since May 16 after the Tigers for tagged him for three runs in the seventh inning.

“You’ve got to get through the seventh there. I wasn’t able to do it,” Lynn said after the game. “Everything was still there. Just made one bad pitch and ran into a barrel. … Ended up giving up three runs and it cost us the win.”

Lynn has three career starts against the Red Sox, going 0-1 with a 1.89 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 19 innings of work. He last faced Boston late in the 2017 season but did not take a decision after allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings.

www.billscheapshop.com[editar]

Kirk Cousins says he is likely to wait until March for any possible negotiations with the Washington Redskins [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-logan-thomas-jersey]Logan Thomas Jersey[/url] , indicating he would first make the team decide whether to apply a transition or franchise tag on him for the third year in a row.

Appearing at a fan forum aired live on 106.7 The Fan, the local radio station on which the quarterback makes weekly regular-season appearances, Cousins said Friday he believes the Redskins are ”all-in” on trying to sign him to a long-term contract.

”I see us taking our time. I see us waiting and being patient,” Cousins said.

”Let’s see what they do,” he added later during the nearly two-hour question-and-answer session. ”I don’t need to force anybody’s hand.”

He said his agent, Mike McCartney, counseled him to decline the team’s attempt to reach a lengthy deal late in the 2015 season, Cousins’ first as an NFL starter. Cousins also rejected the notion that there was any lingering hesitancy on the Redskins’ part about whether they wanted to try to keep him.

”I think they were all-in last summer,” Cousins said. ”I feel at peace about their belief in me and where they’re going forward from here.”

Washington went 9-7, 8-7-1 and 7-9 in Cousins’ three seasons as its starting QB after taking over for Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner taken with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft. Cousins was picked in the fourth round that year out of Michigan State and began his pro career as a backup.

But under coach Jay Gruden, Cousins became the first Redskins quarterback to start all 16 games in each of three consecutive seasons. He topped 4,000 yards passing in each, while totaling 81 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.

After Cousins closed this season with a three-interception game in a loss to the New York Giants, Gruden offered a tepid assessment of the player earlier this week, saying: ”When you’re 7-9, it’s hard to say, `Wow, this guy really was outstanding.”’

Cousins didn’t hide Friday that he was bothered by that, questioning whether it is proper to imply that the team’s losing record and its ”quarterback play are causally related.”

The 29-year-old’s status is the biggest question hovering over Washington’s offseason. He has played each of the past two seasons on a franchise tag – the first QB ever to be assigned that label twice in a row – and earned nearly $44 million in the process. The Redskins were not allowed to negotiate with Cousins during the season [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-nathan-peterman-jersey]Nathan Peterman Jersey[/url] , but now that their games are done, they can make offers.

One option is an unprecedented third franchise tag, which locks him in at one more season with the club and comes at a prohibitive cost of about $34 million. Another option is a transition tag, which would be worth about $28 million, but would let Cousins entertain offers from other teams, while giving Washington the right to match.

If he is tagged yet again, Cousins said he anticipates that he would sign it right away, the way he did each of the past two years.

The sides also could try to reach an agreement for multiple years.

”There’s a part of me that would like to get settled,” Cousins said, adding later: ”You can only go year-to-year for so long.”


Rookie right-hander Freddy Peralta seems to make history every time he steps on the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers barely weeks into his major league career.

Fittingly enough, too, since he’s about to face a Cincinnati Reds pitching staff — mainly, reliever Michael Lorenzen — that is doing some pretty historic things themselves. Only with their bats and not their arms.

The 22-year-old Peralta is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his first four major league starts, including two in which he has struck out 10 or more and allowed only one hit. He’s the first pitcher in baseball’s live-ball ERA to do that, and the first Brewers pitcher to have two such games in a career.

How good has Peralta been? He has permitted more than two hits in only one of the four starts. In 22 2/3 innings, he has allowed only seven hits and struck out 35.

Peralta is the first major league pitcher since at least 1908 to give up three hits or fewer and strike out at least five in each of his first four career games.

“His stuff looks electric from center field, and you can see that in the swings and takes and called strikeouts,” Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich told reporters after Peralta pitched seven shutout innings of one-hit ball to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Tuesday. “He’s been great every time he goes out there, and hopefully that continues.”

Peralta is doing it without an overpowering fastball, like so many other young pitchers are today. He’s throwing his four-seam fastball at an average velocity of 91.2 mph [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-dion-dawkins-jersey]Dion Dawkins Jersey[/url] , or about what an average starter threw 15 years or so ago.

“He’s got a high spin rate and the ball just kind of jumps at you, even though it’s 92 mph,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

If the last-place Reds can get to Peralta on Sunday at Great American Ball Park — and no team has yet — they would split a four-game series in which they lost the first two games.

Cincinnati bounced back from a 3-2 deficit Saturday with an eight-run seventh inning powered by a pinch-grand slam from Lorenzen off a Jacobs Barnes fastball and went on to win 12-3 for its 10th victory in 13 games.

“Michael Lorenzen was pretty special,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said.

Pinch-hit grand slams are rare enough. But by a pitcher?

What’s even more remarkable is Lorenzen also homered Friday night during an 8-2 Brewers victory, and he homered in his previous at-bat before that while pinch hitting against the Chicago Cubs on June 24.

“I love playing baseball,” Lorenzen said. “Every day, I look forward to contributing in some form.”

That’s three homers in the last three at-bats for Lorenzen, who’s quickly becoming the National League’s bullpen equivalent of the Angels’ multi-dimensional Shohei Ohtani.

Lorenzen is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 15 games, and he’s 4-for-6 at the plate. He’s the first pitcher with multiple pinch homers in a season since Brooks Kieschnick in 2003 — and he has done it in only a week.

“The guy’s swinging the bat really well, that’s for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We treat him as a position player. Obviously, we’ve got to make some adjustments … he’s swinging it well.”

Then there’s this: No Reds pitcher had hit a grand slam in 59 years, or since Bob Purkey in 1959, until starter Anthony DeScalfani did it June 23 against the Cubs. Now, Reds pitchers have hit grand slams twice in eight days.

Lorenzen’s homer was more than enough for the Reds to overcome Eric Thames‘ 14th home run against them in the two seasons and his fourth this season — the first three of which were game-winners.

Only two of the Reds’ 15 hits Saturday were for extra bases — Lorenzen’s homer and a Scooter Gennett double — but they were 8-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Peralta will go up against veteran right-hander Matt Harvey (3-5), who has recently given the Reds a glimpse of his former dominating self with the New York Mets. He has won each of his last two starts, giving up three runs in 12 2/3 innings, after going 0-3 in his previous four starts.

www.billscheapshop.com[editar]

In the soundstage where Johnny Carson and Jay Leno spent four decades filming ”The Tonight Show [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-phillip-gaines-jersey]Phillip Gaines Jersey[/url] ,” a former Washington State computer science student named Seagull is pursuing a South Korean teenager with a very big gun.

Their characters’ exploits inside ”Overwatch,” the wildly popular multiplayer game not yet 2 years old, flicker above their heads on an enormous high-definition screen. Hundreds of mostly millennial fans in the renamed, sold-out Blizzard Arena put down their Doritos and roar for the combat between these six-player teams, eventually rising in ecstasy when the Dallas Fuel earn an unexpected point against the powerhouse Seoul Dynasty.

Here’s the new Johnny. He plays video games for a minimum $50,000 salary, health benefits, a retirement savings plan and a chunk of $3.5 million in prize money.

Esports history was made Wednesday night with the debut of the Overwatch League, the first attempt to present elite computer gaming within a traditional North American sports structure comparable to the NBA or NFL. The league’s 12 franchises represent cities from Shanghai to London, and they build teamwork and stress player development while competing on a weekly schedule stretching into summer.

If the esports industry is still in its adolescence, this well-funded venture is a significant milestone in its maturation. The Overwatch League is about to find out whether fans will grow along with it.

”It’s a new frontier,” said Ari Segal, president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Valiant. ”It is the biggest, boldest bet in sports and entertainment maybe since the NFL and AFL merged. Maybe since baseball introduced the designated hitter. I don’t even know what it stacks up against, because it is so different.”

Segal had a career as a hockey executive before he moved into esports last year. He is one of many seasoned professionals from traditional sports and business who couldn’t resist the opportunity to shape the future of professional gaming, which has expanded with all the cohesion of a pipe bomb.

Shortly after Blizzard Entertainment published this hero-based, first-person PC shooter to acclaim in 2016, the game developer announced plans for a league backed by deep-pocketed investors ranging from NFL owners Stan Kroenke and Robert Kraft to current giants of the esports scene.

They might not all know their way around a mouse, but they know a growing industry when they see it.

”I come from traditional sports [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-marshall-newhouse-jersey]Marshall Newhouse Jersey[/url] , and from the outside, it seemed like esports had grown up as this exciting, massive, organic, somewhat unstructured ecosystem that benefited from that fact, but was also held back by it,” said Pete Vlastelica, president and CEO of Major League Gaming, which operates the league for Blizzard’s parent company.

”It felt to me a lot like boxing,” added Vlastelica, a former executive at Fox Sports. ”Anybody can create a circuit. Anybody be a trainer. Anybody can sign a fighter. Anybody can win a belt. But what’s the belt? I think boxing suffers from an ambiguity about whether any particular competition means anything, and it felt like that was really similar in esports.”

The Overwatch League aims to end that ambiguity with traditional sports touchstones, and it made sense to the luminaries from sports, tech and business who dominate the list of investors.

Kroenke, the billionaire owner of Arsenal and the Los Angeles Rams, also owns the Los Angeles Gladiators, who plan to be based within the vast entertainment complex around his Inglewood football stadium after it is completed in 2020. The Boston Uprising are owned by Kraft’s investment group, and they might end up based in Foxborough, Massachusetts [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-harrison-phillips-jersey]Harrison Phillips Jersey[/url] , to share some training facilities with the New England Patriots.

The San Francisco Shock’s investor group includes Jennifer Lopez, Shaquille O’Neal and Marshawn Lynch. The Philadelphia Fusion are owned by Comcast Spectacor, and the New York Excelsior are the property of a venture capital fund sponsored by the Wilpon family of New York Mets fame.

Many of the Overwatch League’s owners might not be gamers, but they understand the visceral importance of going to a good event. League commissioner Nate Nanzer is confident it will eventually harness income from ticket sales and concessions and other areas that haven’t meant much in esports so far.

”Why do people go to a Dodger game? You go because it’s more fun to sit with 40,000 other fans and cheer for a home run than it is to do it at home,” Nanzer said. ”Video games are so incredibly mainstream right now. It’s such a big part of our fans’ lives. When people play `Overwatch,’ they play a lot of `Overwatch.’ It’s a special moment to go share that with people who have the same passion as you.”

Although the geographical specificity of the teams is an important part of their future business plans, those home cities are largely theoretical at this point.

For this season and the near future, every team will live in the Los Angeles area and play all its matches in Burbank. Nanzer said the logistics of staging the competition around the globe were too enormous to be solved immediately.

That’s not the only geographical dissonance: The Overwatch League’s only ”European” team, the London Spitfire, are owned by an American esports organization, and its roster consists entirely of South Korean players living in Los Angeles.

But the Overwatch League has bought itself time to find its footing. The league has sponsorship deals with blue-chip companies including HP Inc. and Intel Corp., an

In Carlos Martinez’s first eight starts of the year, the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander pitched at a Cy Young Award level. While his record was only 3-2, his ERA was a miniscule 1.62 and he gave up only five earned runs in a seven-start stretch.

But a strained right lat cost him four weeks, and Martinez hasn’t been the same pitcher since being activated from the 10-day disabled list on June 5. He has walked a whopping 12 batters in 7 2/3 innings, including seven on Sunday in 3 2/3 innings during a 6-3 loss at Cincinnati.

Martinez will need to be sharper Saturday night when St. Louis tries to square its three-game weekend series with the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium, where it absorbed a frightful 13-5 pounding Friday night.

Chicago (39-27) produced seven extra-base hits, including homers by Kris Bryant [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-chris-ivory-jersey]Chris Ivory Jersey[/url] , Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ. Bryant’s two-run blast over the Cubs’ bullpen in the third snapped an 0-for-17 skid, and Schwarber’s 465-foot moonshot to center in the fifth was one of the longest homers in stadium history.

Bryant’s homer also snapped a 24-game streak without a long ball. It came after manager Joe Maddon gave him two days off in Milwaukee, followed by a schedule-enforced off-day on Thursday.

“Rest in this game cures everything,” Maddon said.

Does that work for Martinez as well? Martinez (3-3, 2.50 ERA) admitted he didn’t completely turn it loose in his return outing against Miami on June 5.

He aired it out to 99 mph in his last appearance but simply couldn’t control his breaking pitches and was reduced to a one-pitch pitcher by the time the Reds touched him for four runs in the fourth inning.

While upset with umpire Gerry Davis’ strike zone, Martinez knew command was a bigger issue than what was or wasn’t being called.

“I think some of my breaking balls were not good,” he said. “I couldn’t find the strike zone with my breaking ball and cutter, too. That’s why you saw a lot of four-seamers. They hit a lot of foul balls. I missed a lot.”

Martinez has been up and down in his career against Chicago, going 4-4 with a 4.53 ERA in 24 outings, 14 of them starts. It will be his first start of the year against the Cubs.

Chicago counters with right-hander Kyle Hendricks (4-6, 3.48), who is coming off a 7-1 loss Sunday to Pittsburgh that had little to do with his performance. Hendricks permitted just three hits and a run in five innings, but Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison led off the game with a homer. The Pirates feasted on the Cubs’ bullpen for five runs in the sixth.

Hendricks has pitched fairly well in his career against the Cardinals (36-31) with little to show for it, going 2-2 in 10 starts with a 3.32 ERA. This will be his first appearance in 2018 against St. Louis.

Chicago’s Friday outburst against Michael Wacha, who had an eight-game winning streak snapped, led to the Cardinals running up the white flag early. They removed catcher Yadier Molina after five innings and even let reliever John Brebbia take an at-bat in the ninth after using all of their position players.

“We were trying to conserve arms and get a couple of guys off their feet,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.

www.billscheapshop.com[editar]

Kirk Cousins‘ time with the Washington Redskins is about to end after they chose not to use the franchise tag on the quarterback as expected.

The Redskins have agreed to acquire Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-trent-murphy-jersey]Trent Murphy Jersey[/url] , effectively pushing Cousins into free agency following a tumultuous six years with the club the drafted him. Cousins will be the top free agent available when the league year opens in mid-March and should have no shortage of suitors.

”Next week is now officially the first time since 2007 that I’ll be choosing where to play football,” Cousins posted on Twitter. ”I’m open to suggestions.”

The 29-year-old Cousins is coming off his third consecutive 4,000-yard passing season. In his time as a full-time NFL starter, he has completed 67 percent of his passes for 81 touchdowns, 36 interceptions and a 97.5 QB rating.

Despite previously saying Washington could win with Cousins, coach Jay Gruden said at the scouting combine that ”it’s time for us to move on” and find some continuity at the position.

The Redskins now seemingly have that in Smith [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-taron-johnson-jersey]Taron Johnson Jersey[/url] , who will join the Redskins once the trade becomes official March 14 and has agreed to a four-year extension with $71 million guaranteed.

Cousins could easily command more than that on the open market with the New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns among the teams interested in upgrading at quarterback.

After becoming the first QB in NFL history to play two consecutive seasons on the franchise tag – making almost $44 million in the process – Cousins is looking for long-term stability in the wake of almost-weekly questions about his future in Washington persisted over the past few years. Agent Mike McCartney declined to comment on the plans of the Cousins camp in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

This is perhaps the first time in Cousins’ football career that he has been No. 1 on any list. He did not have any scholarship offers as a high school senior, was not considered a top prospect after four years at Michigan State and got picked in the fourth round in 2012 by the Redskins – the same draft they traded up to make Robert Griffin III the No. 2 pick.

Only 39-year-old Drew Brees, who’s expected to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jeremy-kerley-jersey]Jeremy Kerley Jersey[/url] , threw for more yards last season than Cousins, who is the best option available in a crop that includes Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Josh McCown. Though during the 2017 season it was reported that Cousins could set a record for QB contracts, it’s unclear how close he might come to the $135 million, five-year deal with $92 million guaranteed that Matthew Stafford signed with the Detroit Lions.

NOTE: The Redskins re-signed safety Deshazor Everett to a multiyear deal and waived running backs Dare Ogunbowale and Kenny Hilliard and tackle Kevin Bowen.

Philadelphia police say few arrests have been made amid celebrations following the Eagles’ NFC championship game victory.

The arrests came as thousands of fans took to the streets following the Eagles’ 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. The Eagles advanced to their first Super Bowl since 2005, against the AFC champion New England Patriots.

After Sunday’s game [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-micah-hyde-jersey]Micah Hyde Jersey[/url] , huge crowds gathered around the city.

Police say one man is accused of punching a police horse and a mounted officer who was trying to disperse a crowd in a stadium parking lot before the game.

Police also reported two arrests for disorderly conduct and three arrests for counterfeit ticket sales.

Earlier in the day, workers who jokingly called themselves the ”Crisco Cops” greased light poles to prevent fans from climbing them.

www.billscheapshop.com[editar]

The New York Yankees won’t have All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez for at least a few weeks.

Sanchez was put on the 10-day disabled list Monday because of a strained right groin. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before New York’s game at Philadelphia that Sanchez is expected to miss up to four weeks with a Grade 1 strain.

Austine Romine replaced Sanchez in the starting lineup.

The Yankees also optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled catcher Kyle Higashioka and right-hander Giovanny Gallegos from the minors.

Sanchez was hurt Sunday while running out a double-play grounder at Tampa Bay.

”Gary Sanchez out of your lineup [url=http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-nick-o_leary-jersey]Nick O'Leary Jersey[/url] , that’s a big deal,” Boone said. ”But we’ll take the pos