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The 2018 NFL season is now just two months away from kickoff Joe Thomas Jersey Elite , and the playoffs odds for all 32 teams have been released - with the New England Patriots being the heavy favorites.NYJ +600OAK +165PIT -550PHI -260SF +135SEA +220TB +425TEN +165WSH +375— OddsShark (@OddsShark) July 5, 2018The Patriots were just a couple of plays away from defeating the Philadelphia Eagles to win their third Super Bowl in four years. Despite losing key players such as offensive lineman Nate Solder, star cornerback Malcolm Butler and playmakers Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis, Vegas doesn't see an end in sight for the Pats' dynasty.New England has made the playoffs all but two years since the 2001 season, and they haven't missed since 2008 - when Tom Brady went down in Week 1 with a torn ACL. Ever since 2009, they've won the AFC East Division every, have reached seven consecutive AFC Championship Games and appeared four Super Bowls, winning two of them.But the Patriots will be more battle-tested than recent years. Besides the key offseason departures, Brady turns 41 Darius Leonard Youth Jersey , star wideout Julian Edelman was handed a four-game suspension and there's been reported rift between players and head coach Bill Belichick.Other overwhelming contenders to make the playoffs include the defending champion Eagles, who kept the bulk of their core together and traded for Seattle Seahawks star pass-rusher, Michael Bennett. The Pittsburgh Steelers - fresh off their second consecutive AFC North title - also figure to be a force once again, thanks to the 'Killer B's trio. The defending NFC West Champion Los Angeles Rams also figure to be a major contender, after adding four superstars in the offseason - Brandin Cooks, Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters and Ndamukong Suh.But once again, Vegas is hyping up the Patriots as the team to beat. Some may disagree, given the key players that departed in the offseason and all. But until/unless Brady starts slowing down and other teams start to聽get better Cheap Customized Washington Redskins Jerseys , the Patriots will always be the team to beat. Barry Trotz started dancing as soon as he walked into the locker room mid-celebration. Within seconds, players doused him with beer and champagne, jumped around him and hugged their beloved coach. Trotz couldn’t see but still had plenty of clarity in that moment. ”I could feel the love,” he said. Veteran Brooks Orpik believes that moment showed the admiration and respect Washington Capitals players have for Trotz, a pending free agent at the peak of his career after winning the Stanley Cup. Trotz’s contract status is the biggest question facing Washington as the offseason begins. Trotz wants to be back, and general manager Brian MacLellan wants to sign the 55-year-old to an extension. Now it’s a matter of them getting a deal done. Trotz and MacLellan met Wednesday to begin discussing a new contract. It’s uncommon for an established coach of a contending team to go through a lame-duck season and even rarer for a Cup-winner to not be back the next season. ”We’ve got lots of good things going,” Trotz said. ”We’ll work through what we need to do. If that’s what they want, then something will get done. If not, we’ll deal with that.” MacLellan and the Capitals opted not to extend Trotz last summer following a second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy-winning season that ended with a second-round exit at the hands of the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins. After winning the Cup at Vegas http://www.titansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-luke-falk-jersey , MacLellan said Trotz would be back if he wants to be. At the championship rally Tuesday, Trotz dropped hints of wanting to return by saying, ”We’ll do it again” and noting afterward, ”We’ll get something done.” He reiterated Wednesday he likes the area for his family and enjoys coaching this team. MacLellan said he’ll meet with ownership over the next week and that he doesn’t believe either side feels pressure to get a deal done given Trotz’s contract expires June 30. Asked how confident he feels about being able to re-sign Trotz, MacLellan said: ”I don’t know. We’ll find out.” It’s up to owner Ted Leonsis, team President Dick Patrick and MacLellan to come to Trotz with an offer that makes sense for him to return. The New York Islanders currently have an opening, and other teams around the NHL might even fire their coaches to hire Trotz, whose relaxed attitude during the playoffs contributed to the Capitals’ run. ”Barry was the right coach for this group,” defenseman Matt Niskanen said. ”The things that he preaches turns out to be really important. It works for our group.” Based on the salaries of other Cup-winning coaches like Toronto’s Mike Babcock Jaguars Cheap Jerseys , Chicago’s Joel Quenneville and Montreal’s Claude Julien, it’s reasonable to think Trotz could make $4 million-plus annually with the Capitals or another team. Over the past 40 years, only four Stanley Cup-winning coaches didn’t return to that team the next season. Scotty Bowman left Montreal to become Buffalo’s GM in 1979, retired after winning with Detroit in 2002 and replaced Bob Johnson in Pittsburgh in 1991 when Johnson became ill. The other instance was when Mike Keenan left the Rangers after winning in 1994 because of a disagreement with GM Neil Smith and New York’s management. That’s the most similar situation to Trotz, a proud veteran of 19 NHL seasons who went through a lame-duck season with prospective coach-in-waiting Todd Reirden on his staff. If Trotz returns, Reirden would likely be given the chance to catch on elsewhere. Players widely want to see Trotz back in charge next season, in part because he pushed the right buttons on the way to the franchise’s first title and lived the pain and success with them on the way to the Cup. ”He’s been through adversity like the rest of us,” goaltender Braden Holtby said. ”He’s a huge part -him and the rest of the coaching staff. They gave us a good game plan and we executed it. I think his best quality this year probably was letting us kind of take care of ourselves. Showing us that if we’re going to have success we need to find it in our locker room ourselves and he did that.” NOTES: Orpik had to have the tip of his left pinkie finger stitched back on after a slash from Vegas’ Erik Haula late in Game 2 of the final. The 37-year-old defenseman also expects to have a hand injury from the first round checked out Friday. … Center Nicklas Backstrom revealed he had two fractures in his right index finger from a Justin Schultz slap shot in Game 5 of the second round that caused him to miss four games. … Center Evgeny Kuznetsov injured his left shoulder in Game 2 of the final on a hit from Brayden McNabb. … Winger Andre Burakovsky broke his right thumb in the first round and returned during the conference final. — .
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Despite having a fastball that doesn’t reach 90 miles an hour Da'Shawn Hand Jersey Lions , Wade LeBlanc effectively shut down one of the best lineups in the American League. LeBlanc pitched into the eighth inning and Nelson Cruz had an RBI single as the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 Saturday night. LeBlanc gave up just two hits and struck out nine over 7 2/3 innings. After a single by Mookie Betts on the opening at-bat of the game, he retired the next 22 batters until Eduardo Nunez singled with two outs in the eighth. ”What a changeup he had today. That has been his bread and butter his whole career, but today was probably the best one we’ve seen all year,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ”He knows his craft very well and when he gets on a roll like that, he just keeps riding it.” LeBlanc (3-0) wasn’t a part of the Mariners starting rotation until the first week of May. But since replacing an injured Erasmo Ramirez in the rotation Thomas Rawls Jersey Jets , LeBlanc has shined for the Mariners. He’s posted a 2.06 ERA in nine starts and Saturday’s gem was the best of the lot. A near-capacity crowd at Safeco Field saluted LeBlanc with a standing ovation as he left the field after Nunez’s single. ”That’s a really neat moment. Guys that throw 86 (mph) don’t really get standing ovations really often,” LeBlanc said chuckling. ”I definitely wanted to kind of take them in and show my appreciation for it.” Alex Colome got pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland to pop out to end the eighth, and Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his 27th save. It was LeBlanc’s first start of more than seven innings pitched since his first outing of the 2011 season with the San Diego Padres. His nine strikeouts were also his most since striking out 10 against the Los Angeles Dodgers that same season. ”He reminds me of that guy on the wall over there,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said gesturing toward a photo of Jamie Moyer. ”LeBlanc was outstanding. Back-door cutters, front-door sinkers and mixed up his breaking ball halfway through the game Shelby Miller Jersey , all on the edge of the strike zone.” LeBlanc had a little help from Dee Gordon at second base with diving stops to rob Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts of base hits. The Mariners needed LeBlanc’s stellar outing as they struggled to get a lot going against knuckleballer Steven Wright. Wright (2-1) held Seattle to just one run and five hits with two walks and four strikeouts over seven innings. Three singles – all to left field – off Wright in the third inning gave the Mariners their early advantage. Gordon reached with one out while Mitch Haniger and Cruz each singled with two down. ”We got just enough off of a really tough knuckleballer,” Servais said. ”Our guys are not used to seeing that and he was really good. The ball was dancing everywhere. He threw a lot of strikes with it. ”Our guy was just a little bit better.” It snapped Wright’s string of 25 1/3 scoreless innings, which topped the stretch of 25 scoreless innings by Oakland’s Daniel Mengden for the longest in the majors this season. GILBERT SIGNED The Mariners signed first-round pick Logan Gilbert earlier in the day. The right-handed pitcher from Stetson University posted a 2.52 ERA while going 11-1 with 157 strikeouts and 23 walks in 15 starts. His 157 strikeouts lead NCAA Division-I baseball this season. TRAINER’S ROOM Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz played catch in the outfield on Friday and is expected to do so again on Sunday. Manager Alex Cora said Pomeranz still felt stiff from his left biceps tendinitis but that they didn’t feel it was anything serious. ”He was moving around better today,” Cora said. Mariners: RHP Juan Nicasio threw a live bullpen session prior to Saturday’s game. Nicasio is expected to be activated from the disabled list during Seattle’s upcoming series in New York. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday after having fluid buildup in his right knee. UP NEXT Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (8-1) has won each of his last five starts and hasn’t allowed more than two runs in a start since May 15. He’s posted a 2.15 ERA over 29 1/3 innings with 30 strikeouts over his last five outings. Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (7-3) has pitched at least six innings in each of his last five starts, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.77 ERA over that span. — Defensive end Cliff Avril was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday with a failed physical designation due to a neck injury that cost him most of the 2017 season. Avril's release was expected and likely means the end of a 10-year career during which he was a standout player for the Seahawks and the Detroit Lions. Avril was injured in Week 4 last season while trying to chase down Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The back of Brissett's foot caught Avril in the chin as he lunged to make the tackle. Avril was seen shaking his arms and flexing his hands after the impact. While the play looked innocuous Marquis Haynes Jersey Elite , Avril's head snapped back violently and he suffered a neck injury. Avril never revealed the specific diagnosis for his injury but coach Pete Carroll repeatedly called it a serious situation. Avril had neck surgery following the season. Carroll praised Avril after Seattle concluded the first day of its rookie minicamp. "He's been a great leader. He's been a bit of a statesman for us. He always says the right thing, stands for the right stuff and been a really high character guy that you can always count on," Carroll said. "A great competitor in the program. I love him and would like to keep him connected with our club as long as we can because he's just exactly what you hope to represent you. He's had a great career with us." Avril arrived in Seattle before the 2013 season and instantly helped transform the Seahawks defense into one of the best in recent memory. He was part of a rotation at first but became a full-time starter in 2014. His best season came in 2016 when Avril had a career-high 11 陆 sacks and was voted to the Pro Bowl for the only time in his career. Avril spent five seasons in Detroit before coming to Seattle. He was a third-round pick out of Purdue and suffered through a 0-16 season in his rookie year with the Lions. He became a standout in Detroit but experienced his greatest team success in Seattle, helping the team win the Super Bowl in his first season with the Seahawks. He made a return trip to the championship game with the team the following year. "Thank you 12s for making the last 5 years in Seattle so amazing!" Avril wrote in a post on Instagram . "Your cheers on Sundays are unmatched, and you guys are by far the best fans in the NFL! Most importantly Mark Andrews Jersey Ravens , I appreciate and value the lifelong friendships I've made. You all have supported my family, my foundation (the Cliff Avril Family Foundation), and I throughout my entire tenure, and I could not have asked for more! THANK YOU to the entire Seahawk organization as well as my teammates. You all made me a Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl Champ! I am forever grateful." Releasing Avril will save Seattle about $6 million against the salary cap. But the Seahawks will also be faced with replacing another productive standout from a defense that had already seen the departures of Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman earlier this offseason. .
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VANCOUVER Chris Herndon Jersey Elite , British Columbia — Let the comparisons begin. Center Adam Gaudette, 21, will make his National Hockey League debut Thursday with the Vancouver Canucks (28-40-9) as they host the Edmonton Oilers (34-37-6) at Rogers Arena. The contest will be Gaudette’s first audition for permanent employment next season. Many observers — including fans and media types alike — are ready to compare the former Northeastern star to other young hopefuls. The first comparison will be with injured rookie sensation Brock Boeser, who compiled 29 goals and 26 assists before being sidelined with a back problem earlier this month. Boeser and others have said he benefited last spring when, like Gaudette, he joined the Canucks after completing his collegiate career. In his first nine NHL games in 2016-17, Boeser produced four goals and one assist. Now, others are wondering if Gaudette can display similar results. Those wondering include Gaudette himself. “It’s awesome to see how (Boeser) did this year,” Gaudette told reporters. “I followed him all year. I played with (Boeser) before we were both drafted. I played against him and we’ve been friends ever since then. It’s really cool to see somebody doing it (like Boeser), especially coming out of the NCAA. It just goes to show I could have that impact and, hopefully, do the same thing.” Gaudette, a Braintree, Mass., native, signed a three-year entry-level contract Monday. He was originally drafted by Vancouver in the fifth round, 149th overall in 2015. Despite the late selection, he developed into a potential superstar. He led the NCAA in scoring with 60 points (30-30-60) in 38 games this season and is a finalist for the Hoby Baker Award. His 30 goals led the NCAA, and he garnered many weekly and monthly honors. At 6-foot-1 and 184 pounds, he is also known for a physical two-way game and has been likened to Anaheim center Ryan Kesler and Canucks middleman Bo Horvat — among others. Gaudette strives to emulate gritty Boston center Patrice Bergeron. However Cheap Martavis Bryant Jersey , Vancouver coach Travis Green just wants Gaudette to focus on his own game. “He doesn’t have to be Brock Boeser,” Green told reporters. “He just has to be himself.” And, play well defensively, according to the coach. But Green is among many who hope that Gaudette can help the Canucks overcome their dearth of offense. He produced 142 points in 116 career games for Northeastern from 2015 to 2018. “By talking to him and listening to him, I can tell he has a good head on his shoulders,” said Green. “We’ll see where he’s at. Obviously, people are excited in Vancouver. Rightfully so. And the organization is excited to get him in here. “Everybody who talks about him talks about how driven he is to be a player. That’s really important for young guys.” Meanwhile, many observers are questioning Edmonton’s drive. The Oilers will try to rebound against Vancouver after squandering a three-goal lead and losing 7-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. “Our defensive (game) is something we’ve got to solve here,” Edmonton coach Todd McLellan told reporters. “I think we’re at 250 goals against and that’s never, ever going to make the playoffs in any year. “We’ve got to make some decisions in the locker room whether that’s important enough.” Simply put, the Oilers are a conundrum. Despite Tuesday’s debacle, they have been playing reasonably well lately. They are 7-3-2 in their last 12 games, and captain Connor McDavid leads the league with 102 points after recording three against the Blue Jackets. But Edmonton’s power play was last in the NHL before Wednesday’s games. In addition, McDavid is at the focal point of a debate that is starting to rage, at least, in Canada: Should he win the Hart Trophy as most valuable player for a second year in a row, even though the Oilers have been out of playoff contention for weeks? The always humble McDavid has said he doesn’t know. But after watching the Oilers allow 12 goals in their past two games, he does know something for sure. “We have to find a way to keep pucks out of our net,” he told reporters. Marc-Andre Fleury has been the foundation for the Vegas Golden Knights‘ run to the Stanley Cup Final. Yet while he has a 1.68 goals-against average and .947 save percentage, he’ll be the first one in the locker room to credit the defensemen in front of him. ”It’s a team game – win as a team Youth Jason Sanders Jersey , lose as a team,” said Fleury, who looks to become the 11th goaltender in NHL history to have his name on the Cup at least four times – and the fourth of that group to win with multiple teams. ”These guys are a big part of our success. We’re well balanced, we got some veteran guys, some younger guys, got some offensive guys, some defensive guys playing together. Those guys have been rallying all playoffs, trying to help me out, blocking shots and letting me see the puck, so it’s been a lot of fun.” The pairings of Nate Schmidt and Brayden McNabb, Shea Theodore and Deryk Engelland, and Colin Miller with Luca Sbisa or Jon Merrill, have helped the Golden Knights become a very tight defensive team during the playoffs, something that will have to carry into Game 1 at T-Mobile Arena, on Monday against the Washington Capitals. Schmidt has developed into the team’s top defenseman after struggling to find consistent ice time in Washington last season, when he averaged 15:29 on the ice. The fifth-year pro leads the Golden Knights with an average 22:14 on the ice and brings a familiarity to the Final, having played with Washington’s top scorers Evgeny Kuznetsov (24 points) and Alex Ovechkin (22), who rank first and second, respectively, in overall playoff scoring. ”I know a lot of those guys Cheap Bradley Chubb Jersey , I know what they like to do,” said Schmidt, who has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the postseason. ”For what I want to do on the ice, it helps me and I think it helps our group as well that we’ve had success against them. But it’s a whole other type of animal this time of year.” The Golden Knights swept the regular-season series against Washington, winning 3-0 on Dec. 23 in Vegas and 4-3 on Feb. 4 in D.C. With five more Capitals have double-digit points – Nicklas Backstrom (16), John Carlson (16), T.J. Oshie (15), Lars Eller (13) and Tom Wilson (11) – Vegas will need one last big effort from a defensive group that has helped allow the second-least number of goals among playoff teams that have played 10 games. Washington coach Barry Trotz said he knows the Golden Knights have three dynamic duos that each feature one offensive guy who can skate and move the puck – that being Miller, Theodore, and Schmidt – paired with more of a traditional stay-at-home defenseman who isn’t afraid to get physical, block shots and slow the opposing team’s pace – such as Sbisa, Engelland, Merrill and McNabb. ”But they still bring some offense, too,” Trotz said. ”They play 5-5-5 all three zones just as we talk about with the Capitals. Watch the TV, you see five guys in the picture, then you’re doing good.” Schmidt said using speed against them worked during the regular season, by moving their feet more than Washington did, and helping to develop plays in transition. But again Brandon Parker Jersey Elite , this is the Stanley Cup Final, and Schmidt said he knows Washington can skate well and will be a challenge. ”I think another thing is just making sure you’re really disciplined against this team,” Schmidt said. ”You’ve got to make sure you stay out of the penalty box, keep Ovechkin off the power play and keep that unit off the power play.” To Vegas’ credit, however, it does have the fourth-best penalty kill in the playoffs, stopping 82.5 percent of the power plays it has seen. And, as Sbisa said, that circles back to Fleury and the chemistry that’s been built with the defensive pairings. ”That bond is definitely there,” Sbisa said. ”You don’t have to worry about anything else, play it loose, play to your strengths and that’s what we’ve been doing as a group. The six Ds that are playing that night, they’re tight; we play as a three-man group (with Fleury). Flower’s a guy that doesn’t take too much credit for himself, even though he should, because he’s been that good and it’s obviously nice to hear stuff like that coming out of his mouth. But he definitely deserves all the credit here. ”As a D-man, knowing that you have the best goalie in the world behind you, saving you when something happens, it makes a huge difference because it allows you to play your game. Praise has to go both ways.” .
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The moment required brilliance. LeBron James delivered again. James banked in a running one-hander at the buzzer http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/lesean-mccoy-jersey , giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 105-103 win over Toronto on Saturday night in Game 3 and shoving the Raptors to the edge of their most devastating playoff exit. After the Raptors tied it on rookie OG Anunoby’s 3-pointer with eight seconds left, James took the inbounds pass, dribbled the length of the court and rose off the floor on the left side of the basket just feet from Toronto’s bench. Glass. Bucket. Bedlam. ”Tie game, down one,” James said. ”I live for those moments.” As the noise level in Quicken Loans Arena rose to jet-engine levels, the Cavs sprinted from the other end of the court and mobbed James. After some tight hugs, he was back atop the scorer’s table – just like he did after a last-second 3-pointer to win Game 5 against Indiana – and celebrated a win that was up for grabs. ”I’ve been doing that since I was like six, seven, eight years old,” James said. ”Maybe even before that. There’s a picture floating around of me beside a Little Tikes hoop with a saggy Pamper on and I was doing it back then and all the way up until now, at 33. ”Things that you dream about, that you get those opportunities and I’ve been fortunate enough to get a handful of those in some of the biggest moments in my career.” James finished with 38 points, Kevin Love added 21 and 16 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored 18 for the Cavs, who have won nine straight postseason games over the Raptors and may sweep them for the second straight year. The difference in the two teams is simple: One has James, the other doesn’t. ”I ran out of words a while ago,” said Korver, struggling to describe James’ latest heroics. ”I’ve seen him shoot that shot, that game-winner Authentic Justin Upton Jersey , countless times when he’s messing around in shootaround and practice. It’s always like, why would he shoot a shot like that – to win a playoff game? ”Unbelievable play. He did it again. He’s been so huge in those moments for us all year.” It was the fifth career postseason buzzer-beater for James, the second of these playoffs, and this one had maybe the highest degree of difficulty of them all. ”It is very difficult,” James said, smiling. ”Don’t try it at home.” Kyle Lowry scored 27 for Toronto, which played much more physically and clawed back in the fourth quarter while All-Star DeMar DeRozan was on the bench. DeRozan, despondent at not being able to do more or help when it mattered most, went just 3 of 12 from the field and scored eight points. ”It was extremely hard, extremely hard,” DeRozan said of being benched by coach Dwane Casey in the fourth. ”I never want to be over there watching. It definitely sucks to watch it. It was just one of those nights for me, personally. I kept thinking, as long as we win, it cures everything.” Casey wanted to trap James on the final play, but he went by defenders at ”100 miles per hour.” Lowry knew James would take the ball up the left side, and once he pulled up there wasn’t much that could be done. ”Maybe we could have doubled him or made him go right,” Lowry said. ”You know he’s going left and he made a tough shot.” After winning the series’ first two games in Canada, the Cavs came home and won a brawl with the Raptors Authentic Thomas Rawls Jersey , who just can’t beat James. He’s 11-2 against Toronto in the past three postseasons. The three-time champion has ended the Raptors’ past two seasons, and despite playing with a different supporting cast, James is one win from a Toronto trifecta. We The North? He The North. Game 4 is Monday night, and the odds are stacked against the rattled Raptors. Of the 129 teams in NBA history to fall behind 3-0, none has come back to win. ”Fight,” Lowry said when asked what’s next. ”Rumble. What else are you gonna do?” This was supposed to be the Raptors’ season, the one that ended in triumph over James. Toronto had the East’s best record, the No. 1 seed, home-court advantage and a Cleveland team that appeared very beatable. But the Cavs stole Game 1 by a point in overtime, and James scored 43 in a virtuoso Game 2 performance. Then, as he has done so many times, he ripped out Toronto’s hearts with a probable series-and-season-ending dagger, a shot that belongs right at the top of so many in his remarkable career. ”There was way more time than I needed,” he said. BLAME GAME The first half ended in frustration for the Raptors with DeRozan, Casey and his assistants screaming at the officials following a sequence that went against them. Serge Ibaka’s basket was originally counted and then waved off by the referees, and the reversal was doubly painful as Love buried a 3-pointer to put the Cavs ahead by 13. When the half ended, an incensed Casey, his suit coat flying open and his tie jumping off his chest Deion Sanders Jersey , stormed off the floor. In the closing minutes, Ibaka was called for a foul on what appeared to be a clean block on James. ”I thought there were some bad calls down the stretch that all went against us,” DeRozan said. ”It still came down to a running, bank-shot, game-winner by LeBron.” LINEUP CHANGE Desperate to find something, anything, to slow down the Cavs, Casey changed his starting lineup for Game 3. He inserted 6-foot guard Fred VanVleet and benched forward Ibaka, going with a smaller lineup On the morning of June 18 two years ago, the Atlanta Braves were 21-46. Now they’re atop the NL East. Atlanta has turned its stocked farm system into a major league contender faster than expected, and after Sunday’s 4-1 win over San Diego, the Braves lead second-place Washington by 3 1/2 games. At 42-29, they’re even with Milwaukee for the National League’s best record and look poised to be a factor in what should be an entertaining race for that league’s five postseason spots. After three straight seasons with at least 90 losses, Atlanta is making a jump similar to what Minnesota did a season ago, when the Twins improved from 59 wins to 85 and earned a wild card. If you’re worried Atlanta is a fluke, there aren’t many obvious red flags. The Braves have a run differential of plus-67, the second-best mark in the NL. They’ve been fortunate at times (11-4 in one-run games) and unfortunate at times (1-6 in extra innings). The Braves are second in the NL in OPS after finishing 11th a year ago. Their ERA has improved from 12th to fifth. They have an MVP candidate in slugger Freddie Freeman, and 21-year-old second baseman Ozzie Albies has 16 home runs. Outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. is on the disabled list after a knee injury Logan Paulsen Jersey Falcons , but he’s been considered one of the game’s top prospects. Shortstop Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, has improved his OPS from .636 a season ago to .737. That formula – Freeman surrounded by young standouts – could serve the Braves well for a while, and Atlanta has also received a lift from some older contributors. Nick Markakis is hitting .327, and Anibal Sanchez is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA for the Braves after signing a minor league contract before the season. In November, Atlanta was hit with major penalties for circumventing international signing rules. That might hurt the Braves in the future, but it doesn’t seem to have had much of an effect on their ability to compete in 2018. Other developments from around the majors: MIDSEASON RUN The Dodgers are 11-3 in June and have recovered from their poor start. They now trail Arizona by just 1 1/2 games atop the NL West. Los Angeles can hope this season is following a similar trajectory to 2017, when the Dodgers went 21-7 in June on their way to 104 wins. HIGHLIGHT If you’re concerned about pace of play in baseball, you probably weren’t crazy about Joe Maddon’s maneuvering Wednesday. Maddon began the bottom of the eighth by bringing Steve Cishek in to pitch for the Cubs. After a single, Brian Duensing came on to pitch, but Cishek stayed in the game in left field. That enabled Cishek to go back to the mound one out later, with Duensing taking over in left. Duensing eventually went back to pitch and finished out the inning. It was a clever way for Maddon to keep both pitchers available throughout the inning, but Chicago still lost 1-0 to Milwaukee. LINE OF THE WEEK San Diego’s Freddy Galvis went 5 for 5, including a three-run homer, in a 9-3 win over Atlanta on Friday night. Galvis drove in four runs in the game. — .
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Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says defensive lineman Stacy McGee and cornerback Joshua Holsey will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Gruden announced the injury statuses Wednesday during his annual camp-opening news conference ahead of the first on-field workouts Thursday. McGee had core-muscle surgery Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys , and Holsey is dealing with a foot injury. Gruden says Josh Doctson had an Achilles tendon MRI that revealed no damage for the wide receiver who has been hampered by soreness there during his two NFL seasons. Players who are recovering from surgeries, notably left tackle Trent Williams (knee), running back Chris Thompson (knee) and tight end Jordan Reed (toe) will be integrated into camp as they’re able to ramp up activity, according to Gruden. — If you want to get an insight into what makes Eli Manning tick, watch the two-time Super Bowl MVP work with kids at a summer football camp. Talking about football to three or four dozen attentive young players is something the New York Giants quarterback enjoys, whether the topic is hydration, catching passes, doing things in practice so they become second nature in games Seahawks D.J. Fluker Jersey , focusing or simply just getting better. Manning doesn’t talk very long. He gets his thoughts across and gets to the stuff he wants to do. He gets a ball from the coaches at the Offense-Defense camp at Kean University and starts throwing little seam routes to players. After a water break, there is a 7-on-7 drill and Manning hooks up with a receiver deep for a touchdown that will be someone’s lifetime memory. ”It’s fun to see them get ready for their upcoming season,” the 37-year-old Manning said. ”They are out here practicing trying to get better and it’s fun. Hey, I was that kid not too long ago. You kind of still feel you are that kid in the sense of getting ready to go play a game and play football and improve. ”For these guys it’s not about going to college. It’s about being a good high school player. Hey, I want to be a good NFL player. It’s whatever league you are in.” By Manning’s count, he will be starting his 23rd training camp when the Giants report for workouts in roughly two weeks. It will be his 15th season with New York, and this one should be interesting. The Giants have a new coach in Pat Shurmur, a new offense and defense and a revamped roster. Manning knows there are going to be a lot of questions. Can the team overcome last year’s 3-13 record that led to the firing of Ben McAdoo and the hiring of Shurmur? Can they get back to the playoffs? Can he still function being closer to 40 than 30? They are legitimate questions DJ Chark Youth Jersey , but Manning is more concerned with today. ”I am not concerned with two years or how long I play, I am concerned about this year,” Manning said. ”I am focused and excited about having a great year this year, making good decisions, running this offense, getting our team ready. That’s the focus. That’s the concern. That’s all. I am excited about it. It’s good when you are not worried about the hoopla and all the other things going on. I am worried about doing my job and winning football games.” Manning has been getting ready for this camp like any other. Training has become a year-round job and the techniques are different. When he was a youngster in New Orleans, hydrating meant going for a swim and drinking a soda. Now, the hydration starts a week before camp begins. Liquid is taken before Lawrence Taylor Jersey Youth , during and after practice, something that he imparts to the players as a spokesman for Gatorade the past 14 years. Still, he insists training camp is fun, especially the competition. ”That’s the great thing about football,” Manning said. ”What you did last year doesn’t matter, whether good or bad. It’s all about what you can do this year. I am excited about the guys we have, the new coaches. I have been texting with the guys and everyone is excited to get rolling and see what we can do this year.” The new offense should be interesting. The line seemingly has been solidified with the addition of left tackle Nate Solder and guard Will Hernandez, the second-round draft pick. Running back Saquon Barkley Kyzir White Jersey Elite , the second overall pick, has the potential to be a game breaker. Receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who is coming off a broken ankle that ended his season in early October, has looked good in some videos from California, where he has been running around shirtless with fellow wide out Sterling Shepard and Barkley making one-handed catches. ”I know they will have to make some adjustments. We do practice with our shirts on with the Giants,” Manning quipped. Manning said the Giants worked hard in the offseason and he is excited to see what happens this year. — .
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Brian Dawkins transformed from a calm Youth Alex Cappa Jersey , soft-spoken man into an action hero on game days for 16 seasons in the NFL. Following what seemed like an out-of-body experience during pregame introductions, ”Weapon X” terrorized opponents with ferocious hits all over the field. Dawkins redefined the safety position by providing excellent pass coverage, strong run support, and the ability to blitz quarterbacks. A fan of the ”Wolverine” Marvel comic, Dawkins played like a safety, cornerback, linebacker and defensive lineman in one package. No. 20 was the heart and soul on defense for the Philadelphia Eagles during the team’s impressive run of success in the 2000s. His unique skills helped Dawkins become the first defensive back in franchise history elected into the Hall of Fame. Perhaps even more remarkable is the fact no football player who passed through a city known for its passion and toughness was more revered than Dawkins. He has a special bond with the fans. ”They’re crazy. They’re twisted in some ways. But I love them, because there are a lot of parts of me that are twisted in a lot of different ways,” Dawkins said. ”That’s why I did some of the crazy stuff on the field that I did. So we fit like hand in glove. ”I believe if a Philadelphia Eagles fan had a chance to play, I believe the majority of them Ian Thomas Jersey Elite , if not all of them, would play the game the way that I played it. They would dance, they would be having a good time, and they would go out and enjoy the opportunity to be on the football field and show it and not be afraid to show their emotions, to play with passion and give everything that they have, because that would be the only chance that they would ever get to play the game of football, and that’s how I played. I played with a chip on my shoulder. I wanted to have a good time. I danced. I celebrated after plays. I celebrated with my teammates, and they saw that.” Dawkins was a four-time All-Pro and went to the Pro Bowl seven times in 13 seasons with the Eagles. He made two more Pro Bowl rosters in three seasons for the Denver Broncos. Dawkins played in five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl, a 24-21 loss to the New England Patriots following the 2004 season. He had 37 interceptions, 36 forced fumbles and 26 sacks in 224 regular-season games. His crushing hit on Atlanta’s Alge Crumpler was the defining moment in Philadelphia’s 27-10 victory over the Falcons that sent the team to its second Super Bowl appearance. ”That was kind of a tone setter for what the game was going to be about Giants Saquon Barkley Jersey ,” Dawkins said. ”It was going to be a physical contest. We knew that going into it. We talked about it all week long. It just so happened that Alge got the brunt of that blow when it comes to the frustration and anger I felt.” A second-round pick from Clemson in 1996, Dawkins moved into the starting lineup as a rookie under coach Ray Rhodes. He thrived after Andy Reid replaced Rhodes in 1999 and brought defensive coordinator Jim Johnson to Philly. Dawkins credits Johnson for finding different ways to use his talents. ”With Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position, he allowed me and my gifts (to shine),” Dawkins said. ”Jim just opened the floodgates. He would draw up different blitzes. We worked together when it came to those things. Without him using me the way he used me, I still would have had a good career. But if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense through me a lot of times. That’s unheard of for a defensive coordinator to run a defense through a safety.” Former teammate Troy Vincent, a five-time Pro Bowl cornerback, will present Dawkins for induction on stage at the Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday night. Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, called it a ”great honor” to present his good friend. ”There are so many factors that go into B-Dawk the man that complemented his football instincts and athleticism Eagles Josh Sweat Jersey ,” Vincent said. ”His non-negotiables of faith, family and football made him one of the fiercest competitors in the history of the game. His dedication to his wife and children, his non-wavering love for Jesus Christ, and his all-out commitment to excellence served as an inspiring example to our teammates and to those watching.” — Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh officially was released Wednesday by the Miami Dolphins at the start of free agency, and the team made official the trades to acquire defensive end Robert Quinn and send Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns. Miami also announced the release of tight end Julius Thomas, which had been expected. The Dolphins decided to keep right tackle Ja'Wuan James, which guarantees him $9.34 million in 2018. Restructured contracts for quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones cleared $18 million in cap space. The Dolphins converted $16.7 million of Tannehill's 2018 salary to bonus pay, underscoring their long-term investment in him, and converted $9.4 million of Jones' salary this year to bonus pay. Suh was halfway through the $114 million, six-year deal he signed when he joined the Dolphins in 2015. Along with the incentive of creating $17 million in cap space this year Authentic Aleksander Barkov Jersey , the move was widely seen as part of coach Adam Gase's attempt to improve the locker room culture following a 6-10 season. Suh's standoffish personality raised questions about his leadership, and he has never been on a team that won a playoff game. Landry went to the Browns for a fourth-round draft pick this year and a seventh-rounder in 2019. Quinn was acquired from the Los Angeles Rams for a fourth-round pick, and the teams swapped sixth-round choices. Thomas was a disappointment in his lone season with Miami, catching 41 passes for 388 yards and three scores. Miami tendered three exclusive rights free agents: center Jake Brendel, linebacker Mike Hull and defensive back Jordan Lucas. The team declined to tender offensive lineman Anthony Steen, linebacker Neville Hewitt, quarterback David Fales or running back De'Veon Smith, making them free to negotiate with any team. .
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Jordan Reed has two fewer bones and a whole lot of peace of mind. Toe soreness in offseason workouts more than a year ago became lingering pain that threw off everything for the Washington Redskins tight end. Overcompensation led to a hamstring injury that kept Reed off the field http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mark-walton-jersey , and he never felt like himself even when he was able to play. So Reed went under the knife twice to have a sesamoid bone in each big toe removed. Reed now feels "100 times better" and hopes his toe injuries are a thing of the past so he can get back to his form of 2015, when he had 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. "It's definitely a relief," Reed said Friday. "Just having that nagging pain for two years was awful and now it's gone, so it's just a lot better." Reed said toe fractures gave him little choice but to have the surgeries, one on his left foot in December and the other on the right in February. They've so far worked out far better than his decision to get a stem-cell injection in the summer of 2017 that aggravated his toe problem so much he couldn't walk. That self-described "poor decision" completely derailed Reed's season, limiting him to 27 catches in six games. He tried orthotics in his shoes to ease the pain, but nothing worked, leading to an operation that's more common for dancers and exceedingly rare for the general public. "That's usually kind of like the last stop on the train," said Mark Drakos, a foot and ankle surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. "They're very little bones. They're about the size of like a Peanut M&M, so they're very, very small. Most bones, if they break or they don't heal, we'll go in and fix them with plates and screws of if you break your ankle, we put it back together. These are so small that a lot of times we just take it out because it's quicker. It's a quicker recovery." Reed is well past the usual eight-to-12-week recovery period and has looked sharp in individual and team drills early in camp. Just having him on the field again is a plus for the Redskins, who need the 28-year-old to create matchup problems for opposing defenses. "He is a unique guy at the tight end position that can do so many things: route-running with the ball in his hands after the catch Youth Jonathan Allen Jersey ," new quarterback Alex Smith said. "He is oftentimes the guy that it doesn't really matter who's lined up against him 鈥?linebacker, safety, corner. He is a guy that I think has the skill set to win against all these positions." Coach Jay Gruden, who early in camp a year ago didn't think Reed's toe injury would be a long-term concern, is hopeful now because, as he put it, "I have to be." "I think he's one of the top tight ends in the National Football League when healthy," Gruden said. "Last year, he tried to fight through a couple of those injuries in the offseason. He got them fixed, so hopefully we'll put an end to all those foot and toe injury things and ankle. Jordan, he feels great right now, very optimistic about the way his body feels and now it's our job to make sure we just progress him along at a good rate." Gruden hopes to get Reed into a preseason game or two and have him 100 percent for the season opener against Arizona. On a team with a handful of players working back from injuries, Reed is taking a conservative approach as he balances restraint with the excitement of what he could do when finally healthy again. "Still working through that with the coaches and taking it slow," he said. "I'm just getting my body built back up. ... I'm confident moving forward." NOTES: Second-year LB Ryan Anderson left practice with back spasms and he's considered day-to-day. A team spokesman said RB Rob Kelley's departure was heat-related. ... LB Zach Brown was a limited participant in team drills a day after straining the quadriceps muscle in his left thigh. ... The team's afternoon walkthrough was cut short by lightning. Unlike their regular practice facility in Ashburn, Virginia, outside Washington Youth Justin Bethel Jersey , the Redskins do not have an indoor bubble at their Richmond site. If training camp and the preseason opener have indicated anything positive to the Chicago Bears, it's young talent at key positions could be deeper than anticipated. Rookie outside linebacker Kylie Fitts and several other Bears outside pass rushers have stepped up at a need area, while seventh-round draft pick Javon Wims is giving an indication competition for jobs at wide receiver will be fierce. "I think for all of us outside 'backers it's a young group, so we all have a lot to show out," Fitts said. Fitts made a sack and four tackles Thursday night in the Bears' 17-16 Hall of Fame Game loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It's not the first time this summer the Bears' sixth-round draft pick from Utah has been harassing quarterbacks. In training camp, he's almost been too effective as he made contact or got too close to Mitchell Trubiski, Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray. "We had to get on him the last couple weeks and even in OTAs on staying away from the quarterback," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. With the start of preseason games, Fitts can finally finish off sacks. "He plays extremely hard," Nagy said. "I have to sometimes remind him to make sure to stay away from the quarterback and the throwing motion and he actually came up to me and apologized to me for it. But you can't fault a kid for trying to play hard trying to get to the quarterback. So I told him 'when we get to the preseason, do it as much as you want.' " The Bears needed someone to complement outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, and signed former 49ers defensive end Aaron Lynch. Lynch hasn't practiced due to a hamstring injury, and Nagy said he'll likely miss another preseason game. They also have veteran Sam Acho, who has been a reserve for three seasons in Chicago. So when Fitts and second-year outside linebacker Isaiah Irving each came up with a sack Thursday, and the pass rush piled up eight sacks, the position seemed less of a problem. "I feel really comfortable with that Authentic Pernell McPhee Jersey ," Nagy said. "And again, having Lynch out right now is a struggle, just because we want him out there. But we've got to be safe with him and make sure he's 100 percent when he's back. "But once we get him back with Floyd and Acho and you have these other guys, these younger guys that are coming up, I feel like we're in good shape at that spot and have depth there." Except for a minor arm injury, Fitts has been healthy through camp. He finds it refreshing after injuries kept him off the field his last two college seasons, and likely caused a slide in the draft. "Last season it was tough sitting out all those plays, but I just ignore, don't think about injuries. I just come out and think about performing really well," Fitts said. Like Fitts, Wims also fell in the draft. He went in the final round after a productive year at Georgia. So Wims said he has something to prove, and Thursday did it with game-highs of seven catches for 89 yards. "He did a good job using his size and he also did a good job using his release moves, so that was a positive," Nagy said. "And then in regards to some details, he had some sloppy routes too." Wims is just another in a large group of receivers to excite Bears offensive coaches. Veterans Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel Quenton Nelson Jersey , Kevin White and Josh Bellamy, and rookie Anthony Miller have also been productive in practice. At 6-foot-3, Wims not only lined up outside, but also in the slot. "I think the great thing about this offense is all receivers have got to know all positions," Wims said. "Everybody. You kind of have got to be position-less, and just be plugged in at spots." The next test for both young draft picks will be continuing their progress Thursday at Cincinnati "Usually, the biggest thing that you see happen when a guy has a good game 鈥?whoever that is; any position 鈥?sometimes, those young guys then start to think, 'OK, I did a lot to help myself out and now I can kind of coast into practice or coast into the next game,' " Nagy said. "And that's not the case. "So our message to them is that's over with now. You did that, you played well. Now improve on that and build (on) those blocks." NOTES Safety Deon Busy (left hamstring) and cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc (groin) were injured in Thursday's game and did not practice Saturday. ... Nagy said prior to the opener that talks were "stalemated" between the agent for first-round draft pick Roquan Smith and the team as the holdout continues. Nagy said Saturday there have been no new developments and the sides haven't talked again. .
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Sergei Bobrovsky looked as poised facing 58 shots as he did before the game when he calmly walked down the hallway in a buttoned-up beige trenchcoat. On the ice Authentic Rick Leonard Jersey , Bobrovsky stood out even more. The goaltender with a history of playoff struggles looked like his two-time Vezina Trophy-winning self in making 54 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Sunday night on Matt Calvert’s overtime winner to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. ”He’s our best player and he was our best player by a mile tonight,” said Calvert, whose one-handed rebound 12:22 into overtime sent the Blue Jackets into a frenzy. ”It makes us confident. When you’ve got him making up for your mistakes, it’s always good. He’s been doing it all season.” The playoff version of Bobrovsky of years past was a confounding nightmare compared to his elite play during the regular season: 3-10 with a 3.63 goals-against average and .887 save percentage. Through two games this year, the second of which coach John Tortorella called ”one of the best goaltending performances” he has seen, the reserved Russian has stopped 81 of 88 shots to send Columbus home for Game 3 Tuesday in a place it’s never been before. The Blue Jackets had never led a playoff series until Thursday night. With ”Bob” locked in like never before in the Stanley Cup playoffs, they’re two victories away from advancing to the second round for the first time in franchise history. ”I would say your career is a journey and you learn some things here and there,” Bobrovsky said. ”It doesn’t matter what’s in the past. When we’re gonna play third game, it doesn’t matter what happen tonight. Each moment is huge right now Youth Kareem Martin Jersey , and you just have to be ready.” Columbus appears ready for anything against an experienced opponent with a history of playoff disappointments that has now blown two-goal leads in consecutive games. Just like in Game 1 when charging and tripping calls on Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky cost the Capitals, they were done in by penalties on Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly that led to goals by Cam Atkinson and Zach Werenski. Alex Ovechkin scored twice on the power play and T.J. Oshie tied it with 3:35 left to give Washington a chance. When Philipp Grubauer was pulled for allowing four goals on 22 shots, Braden Holtby made seven saves, but now the Metropolitan Division champions are in a hole only 49 of 361 teams (13.6 percent) have dug out of to win a best-of-seven series. ”Right now in hard position, but it’s going to be fun when we bounce back and … tie the series,” Ovechkin said. Coach Barry Trotz, who said he’d let his decision on who starts Game 3 simmer, added that the Capitals are ”not going away.” Through two games, the Blue Jackets have shown they aren’t http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-cordy-glenn-jersey , either. Penalty trouble almost cost the Blue Jackets as much as the Capitals, but they got to leave celebrating after Calvert’s OT goal held up to an offside review by the NHL situation room. Replays showed Calvert was just onside before scoring to make the Blue Jackets just the fifth team in NHL history to overcome a multi-goal deficit to win the first two games of a playoff series. ”Luckily, I got the rebound, had one hand on my stick and the rest is history,” Calvert said. ”Two games in overtime, that can really crush a team.” History says Calvert is right. The Capitals are the sixth team to lose Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-seven series in overtime, and the previous five have all lost. NOTES: Columbus forward Josh Anderson scored after being ejected from Game 1 for boarding Washington’s Michal Kempny. … Columbus improved to 4-1 all-time in playoff overtime games. … Linesman Steve Barton had to be helped off the ice late in the first period after clipping skates with Anderson and going down clutching his left knee. On site as the standby official, mid-amateur golfer/referee Garrett Rank replaced Barton as the second linesman. … Columbus C Alexander Wennberg was out after taking a hit to the head from Wilson in Game 1. Coach John Tortorella only called Wennberg ”day-to-day” with an upper-body injury. … Capitals F Jakub Vrana was a healthy scratch after recording an assist and committing two turnovers in 6:58 of ice time in Game 1. — By: DENNIS WASZAK Jr.FLORHAM PARK, N.J.Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published Authentic Bo Scarbrough Jersey , broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) _ Sam Darnold is keeping his No. 14 with the New York Jets. Almost immediately after the former USC quarterback was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick last Thursday night, many Jets fans took to social media clamoring for the team to announce what jersey number Darnold would wear to start his NFL career. New York made it official on Tuesday with a post on Twitter _ giving fans the green light to go order their green-and-white No. 14 Jets jerseys. OFFICIAL! #SamDarnold pic.ucwbZRWV4f 鈥?New York Jets (@nyjets) May 1, 2018 Wide receiver Andre Roberts, signed this offseason as a free agent, had been listed on the Jets' roster as No. 14 _ and it remained that way as of Tuesday night. It's unclear what number Roberts will wear. Some crafty fans might be able to make use of their old Ryan Fitzpatrick jerseys, who wore No. 14 with the Jets during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. 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As the Arizona Cardinals gathered at midfield near the start of their first minicamp of the year Cody Bellinger Jersey , Larry Fitzgerald stood with his arm around the shoulder of team President Michael Bidwill. After all, they've been together quite a while. Pro football players rarely spend a long career with one team. Fitzgerald is entering his 15th season with the Cardinals, a span that has resulted in statistics that rank him among the game's greatest receivers. And he's not finished yet, learning a new offense as workouts began Tuesday with new coach Steve Wilks and his staff. "I dreamed I would be able to play in the same place and be able to play at a high level for a long time," Fitzgerald said. "That's what you work for. That's what you aspire to do. To be able to do it is a real blessing, but it's a new journey this year." Fitzgerald will turn 35 before the next season starts and he's shown no sign of diminished production. Last season, he tied his franchise record with 109 receptions, second-most in the NFL behind Jarvis Landry's 112, for 1,156 yards. It was the ninth time he has passed 1,000 yards receiving. Only Jerry Rice (14) and Randy Moss (10) have more 1,000-yard seasons. While quarterback Carson Palmer and coach Bruce Arians retired after last season, Fitzgerald chose to return and is doing so with high enthusiasm. "I never really need to be rejuvenated," he said. "I love the competition. I love hearing people say 'he's 35, he's too old to do this still,' and me just continuing to do what I do. All that stuff motivated me. ... Honestly, I'm as motivated as I was when I was 20 just cutting my teeth. It doesn't really turn off. "That's a good and a bad thing. I'm probably going to struggle when I'm done with it." Fitzgerald is third all-time in receptions (1,234) 鈥?behind Tony Gonzalez and Rice 鈥?and in yards receiving (15 Weston Richburg Jersey 49ers ,545) 鈥?behind Terrell Owens and Rice. He needs 92 catches and 390 yards to move into second in both categories. He's caught at least one pass in 211 consecutive games, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Yet his importance in the locker room might supersede his performance on the field. "He's the best teammate, the best guy, I've really ever been around," center A.Q. Shipley said. Wilks is Fitzgerald's fifth head coach in Arizona. The two have been spending time together. They were courtside at a recent NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors. "Just from my short time around him, it would be difficult for you not to like him," Fitzgerald said. "Something would probably have to be wrong with you not to like him, honestly. I mean, he's so approachable, he's so down to earth. Honesty, integrity, all those things kind of come to mind when you talk to him." Wilks, the defensive coordinator at Carolina before coming to Arizona, knows how fortunate he is to inherit a wide receiver who certainly seems headed to the Hall of Fame. "I talk about this all the time with Larry," Wilks said, "a pillar of this community and really of the National Football League. And to have this guy on our team, to have him as a voice in that locker room, an extension of the coaches P.J. Hall Jersey Raiders , that's huge." Fitzgerald isn't sure what his role will be in the new offense installed by coordinator Mike McCoy. He's been studying the playbook so much he said he feels like he's in college again. Fitzgerald insists he takes nothing for granted. "Stature doesn't really get you anything," he said. "This is a prove-it business. Nobody cares what you did last year or the year before. That's in the history, that's in the past, so you're always trying to accomplish something new every day. That's my mindset." In the meantime, Fitzgerald's annual celebrity charity softball game is this Saturday. He has an All-Star cast of participants, including star running back David Johnson. But Johnson has been the butt of some severe criticism on Twitter from Fitzgerald for his lack of softball skill. "Well, he stinks," Fitzgerald said. "D.J.'s bad at baseball. He's a great football player, a wonderful husband, unbelievable father, terrible baseball player." Notes: Arians didn't believe in team stretching but, with music in the background, the team went through organized stretching drills on Tuesday. .... Wilks repeated the plan to bring quarterback Sam Bradford along slowly after his return from injury and has no timetable for when he will be a full participant. Alvin Kamara dismisses the notion that his approach to his second NFL camp should change because of the four-game suspension looming over fellow Saints Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram. Whether Kamara and the running game are as effective without Ingram when the regular season opens remains to be seen. But Kamara expresses confidence in New Orleans' plan to deal with it. "We work hard regardless. If Mark was in the first four weeks, I'd still be working the same," Kamara asserted after the Saints' second practice of training camp Friday. "Of course, (Ingram) wants to be playing, but he's got to take his four weeks 鈥?and we've got playmakers." Those playmakers include two new veteran running backs acquired in free agency to ensure depth at the position. In the weeks leading up to training camp, the Saints signed 29-year-old Shane Vereen and 27-year-old Terrence West. "We feel like those are two young candidates Kemoko Turay Color Rush Jersey , two backs that, be it they're a little different in what they do, but we felt that they could help us and then with regards to Mark's snaps," Saints coach Sean Payton, who missed Friday's practice to attend former colleague Tony Sparano's funeral, said this week. "Shane's got a lot of versatility, is someone that we feel like is very good in protection. Also, he's a very good receiver. With Terrance, you see a physical runner. So, both of those players we felt like would help us." The Saints ranked fifth in rushing last season, but that ranking alone doesn't do justice to the contributions Ingram and Kamara made to the offense overall. Ingram had arguably his finest season yet with 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing to go with 416 yards receiving. Kamara, the 2017 NFL offensive rookie of the year , had 728 yards and eight TDs rushing to go with 826 yards and five TDs receiving. Yet, while Ingram's absence would appear to be a tough blow, the era of Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has produced highly effective offense with a wide range of personnel getting the ball. Brees also uses high-percentage short passes to augment the running game. That made New Orleans an attractive destination for Vereen, who has a history of helping offenses as a receiver out of the backfield more than as a rusher. "It's a great opportunity for me," Vereen said. "What really brought me here was the culture that they built around here. Definitely this is an offense that a lot of guys want to play in. "The way they use their backs is pretty similar to what I'm used to and it's the type of system that I feel like I can fit into Youth Josh Rosen Jersey ," Vereen continued. "Just the way they spread the ball around and the points that they put up, it seems like a good place to play." As a member of New England's 2014 championship squad, Vereen had 391 yards and two TDs rushing to go with 447 yards and three TDs receiving during the regular season. He also had 64 yards receiving in a Super Bowl victory over Seattle. "I've admired him from afar 鈥?really respected what he was able to do in New England and then obviously in New York" with the Giants, Brees said. "He's got a great skill set, so I'm looking forward to working with him." As the Arizona Cardinals gathered at midfield near the start of their first minicamp of the year Cody Bellinger Jersey , Larry Fitzgerald stood with his arm around the shoulder of team President Michael Bidwill. After all, they've been together quite a while. Pro football players rarely spend a long career with one team. Fitzgerald is entering his 15th season with the Cardinals, a span that has resulted in statistics that rank him among the game's greatest receivers. And he's not finished yet, learning a new offense as workouts began Tuesday with new coach Steve Wilks and his staff. "I dreamed I would be able to play in the same place and be able to play at a high level for a long time," Fitzgerald said. "That's what you work for. That's what you aspire to do. To be able to do it is a real blessing, but it's a new journey this year." Fitzgerald will turn 35 before the next season starts and he's shown no sign of diminished production. Last season, he tied his franchise record with 109 receptions, second-most in the NFL behind Jarvis Landry's 112, for 1,156 yards. It was the ninth time he has passed 1,000 yards receiving. Only Jerry Rice (14) and Randy Moss (10) have more 1,000-yard seasons. While quarterback Carson Palmer and coach Bruce Arians retired after last season, Fitzgerald chose to return and is doing so with high enthusiasm. "I never really need to be rejuvenated," he said. "I love the competition. I love hearing people say 'he's 35, he's too old to do this still,' and me just continuing to do what I do. All that stuff motivated me. ... Honestly, I'm as motivated as I was when I was 20 just cutting my teeth. It doesn't really turn off. "That's a good and a bad thing. I'm probably going to struggle when I'm done with it." Fitzgerald is third all-time in receptions (1,234) 鈥?behind Tony Gonzalez and Rice 鈥?and in yards receiving (15 Weston Richburg Jersey 49ers ,545) 鈥?behind Terrell Owens and Rice. He needs 92 catches and 390 yards to move into second in both categories. He's caught at least one pass in 211 consecutive games, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Yet his importance in the locker room might supersede his performance on the field. "He's the best teammate, the best guy, I've really ever been around," center A.Q. Shipley said. Wilks is Fitzgerald's fifth head coach in Arizona. The two have been spending time together. They were courtside at a recent NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors. "Just from my short time around him, it would be difficult for you not to like him," Fitzgerald said. "Something would probably have to be wrong with you not to like him, honestly. I mean, he's so approachable, he's so down to earth. Honesty, integrity, all those things kind of come to mind when you talk to him." Wilks, the defensive coordinator at Carolina before coming to Arizona, knows how fortunate he is to inherit a wide receiver who certainly seems headed to the Hall of Fame. "I talk about this all the time with Larry," Wilks said, "a pillar of this community and really of the National Football League. And to have this guy on our team, to have him as a voice in that locker room, an extension of the coaches P.J. Hall Jersey Raiders , that's huge." Fitzgerald isn't sure what his role will be in the new offense installed by coordinator Mike McCoy. He's been studying the playbook so much he said he feels like he's in college again. Fitzgerald insists he takes nothing for granted. "Stature doesn't really get you anything," he said. "This is a prove-it business. Nobody cares what you did last year or the year before. That's in the history, that's in the past, so you're always trying to accomplish something new every day. That's my mindset." In the meantime, Fitzgerald's annual celebrity charity softball game is this Saturday. He has an All-Star cast of participants, including star running back David Johnson. But Johnson has been the butt of some severe criticism on Twitter from Fitzgerald for his lack of softball skill. "Well, he stinks," Fitzgerald said. "D.J.'s bad at baseball. He's a great football player, a wonderful husband, unbelievable father, terrible baseball player." Notes: Arians didn't believe in team stretching but, with music in the background, the team went through organized stretching drills on Tuesday. .... Wilks repeated the plan to bring quarterback Sam Bradford along slowly after his return from injury and has no timetable for when he will be a full participant. Alvin Kamara dismisses the notion that his approach to his second NFL camp should change because of the four-game suspension looming over fellow Saints Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram. Whether Kamara and the running game are as effective without Ingram when the regular season opens remains to be seen. But Kamara expresses confidence in New Orleans' plan to deal with it. "We work hard regardless. If Mark was in the first four weeks, I'd still be working the same," Kamara asserted after the Saints' second practice of training camp Friday. "Of course, (Ingram) wants to be playing, but he's got to take his four weeks 鈥?and we've got playmakers." Those playmakers include two new veteran running backs acquired in free agency to ensure depth at the position. In the weeks leading up to training camp, the Saints signed 29-year-old Shane Vereen and 27-year-old Terrence West. "We feel like those are two young candidates Kemoko Turay Color Rush Jersey , two backs that, be it they're a little different in what they do, but we felt that they could help us and then with regards to Mark's snaps," Saints coach Sean Payton, who missed Friday's practice to attend former colleague Tony Sparano's funeral, said this week. "Shane's got a lot of versatility, is someone that we feel like is very good in protection. Also, he's a very good receiver. With Terrance, you see a physical runner. So, both of those players we felt like would help us." The Saints ranked fifth in rushing last season, but that ranking alone doesn't do justice to the contributions Ingram and Kamara made to the offense overall. Ingram had arguably his finest season yet with 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing to go with 416 yards receiving. Kamara, the 2017 NFL offensive rookie of the year , had 728 yards and eight TDs rushing to go with 826 yards and five TDs receiving. Yet, while Ingram's absence would appear to be a tough blow, the era of Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has produced highly effective offense with a wide range of personnel getting the ball. Brees also uses high-percentage short passes to augment the running game. That made New Orleans an attractive destination for Vereen, who has a history of helping offenses as a receiver out of the backfield more than as a rusher. "It's a great opportunity for me," Vereen said. "What really brought me here was the culture that they built around here. Definitely this is an offense that a lot of guys want to play in. "The way they use their backs is pretty similar to what I'm used to and it's the type of system that I feel like I can fit into Youth Josh Rosen Jersey ," Vereen continued. "Just the way they spread the ball around and the points that they put up, it seems like a good place to play." As a member of New England's 2014 championship squad, Vereen had 391 yards and two TDs rushing to go with 447 yards and three TDs receiving during the regular season. He also had 64 yards receiving in a Super Bowl victory over Seattle. "I've admired him from afar 鈥?really respected what he was able to do in New England and then obviously in New York" with the Giants, Brees said. "He's got a great skill set, so I'm looking forward to working with him." Terrence West comes to the Saints after an injury plagued 2017 with Baltimore. But two seasons ago, he had 774 yards and five TDs with the Ravens. Meanwhile, Ingram, who can participate in camp and preseason games, said he is committed to striving for his best season yet over the 12 games for which he will be eligible. "I'm here every day busting my butt, preparing myself to have another great season, to have my best season of my career. That's how I approach it," Ingram said. "Of course, you want to rush for 1,000 yards. It'll be more of a challenge in 12 games, but it's attainable. "I'm going to do everything I can to be in the best shape, the best condition 鈥?the best me 鈥?so I can help this team." . to the Saints after an injury plagued 2017 with Baltimore. But two seasons ago, he had 774 yards and five TDs with the Ravens. Meanwhile, Ingram, who can participate in camp and preseason games, said he is committed to striving for his best season yet over the 12 games for which he will be eligible. "I'm here every day busting my butt, preparing myself to have another great season, to have my best season of my career. That's how I approach it," Ingram said. "Of course, you want to rush for 1,000 yards. It'll be more of a challenge in 12 games, but it's attainable. 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Allen Hurns isn't sure when Seahawks Rasheem Green Jersey , or even if, more specific roles will be settled for Dallas Cowboys receivers in the first season without Dez Bryant. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said it's more "when" than "if." "Right now, you guys have probably noticed, we're moving guys around a lot," Linehan said about a week into training camp in California. "That's a positive, especially early and now. But the thing that's gotta be improved upon is OK, when it gets down to crunch time, this is the guy, he's a go-to player in this route or this play." "We're making strides. But we've got to make strides here quickly," he said. The Cowboys don't have a so-called No. 1 receiver after dumping Bryant, the franchise leader in touchdown receptions Alex Colome Seattle Mariners Jersey , in a cost-cutting move during the offseason. Cole Beasley, with 53 fewer career TDs (20), is the Dallas dean in a mix of holdovers, newcomers and rookies that lacks anyone even close to the pedigree of Bryant. Before skipping a couple of practices with a mild leg issue, the 6-foot-1 Hurns was with the diminutive pair of fellow newcomer Tavon Austin and Beasley in three-receiver sets with the first team. Austin and Beasley, both listed at 5-8, are on the field a lot together. "I'd rather see it as two fast, quick guys," receivers coach Sanjay Lal said when asked about two small guys on the field at the same time. "Yes, an advantage I think." Hurns spent most of his four seasons with Jacksonville as an inside receiver but said his best year 鈥?the only 1,000-yard season among the dozen receivers the Cowboys brought to camp 鈥?came when he spent more time outside. Austin Cheap Kendall Wright Jersey , acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams after five disappointing seasons as the eighth overall pick in 2013, had at least as many carries as catches three times in those five years. So there's little question he will move around in formations. But he probably won't be the only one moving around. "The main thing for us, everybody needs to know all three positions and get comfortable at what you've got to do," Hurns said. "Right now, no one has like a set position where you're just inside or just outside." And Beasley tends to think it doesn't matter. "You're still getting open and catching balls," he said. "It's about production, whether it's from the inside or outside. Wes Welker led the league in receiving as a slot receiver. We've got tons of guys who can do both. If you're a receiver, you're playing all of them." Michael Gallup, the first receiver drafted by Dallas post-Bryant as a third-rounder, is the rookie most likely to get significant playing time. Sixth-round pick Cedrick Wilson is probably out for the season with a shoulder injury sustained on the first day in pads at camp. The receiver best built for the outside is the easiest one to forget: 6-2, 210-pound Terrance Williams Cheap Rashaan Evans Jersey , Dallas' third-round choice five years ago. After breaking his foot in January, the former Dallas high school player was arrested for public intoxication in May coming off the first season of his career without a touchdown. Having recently settled all the claims with police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where the Cowboys have their headquarters, Williams is quietly trying to work his way into the rotation. Williams, who isn't talking to reporters during camp, has been getting first-team work after starting out with the second group at camp. "He's worked really hard to come back from the injury," coach Jason Garrett said. "He has been limited the whole time. We anticipated that. Hasn't hit any roadblocks where he's going backward." Williams isn't alone in switching spots on the depth chart. The Cowboys have been doing that since the start of the offseason. And it's not out of the question that it could continue into the regular season. "That's the one thing I like about the whole situation," Austin said. "I don't care who the one, two or three receiver is. The more people we've got, the faster we are." With the retirement of 15-year tight end Jason Witten, the Cowboys don't have a pass-catcher in his 30s. The oldest 鈥?by two months over Beasley 鈥?is another newcomer in journeyman Deonte Thompson. From Linehan's point of view Da'Ron Payne Jersey Elite , it's a young group. "Every day we're learning something about our guys," Linehan said. "Finding the balance is out here and the proof's in what you're able to do and how you're able to perform when you've got a matchup and you've got to win that matchup. We're finding who those guys are right now." The Detroit Lions have interviewed two of their current coordinators for their vacant head coaching job. The Lions announced the interviews with defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter on Tuesday, a day after coach Jim Caldwell was fired . Austin was Detroit’s defensive coordinator for Caldwell’s entire four-year tenure. In 2014, the Lions became the ninth team in NFL history to finish the season allowing less than 70 yards rushing per game. Detroit lost Ndamukong Suh off that team and slipped defensively after that. The Lions have ranked 18th, 18th and 27th in total defense since then. Cooter was Detroit’s quarterbacks coach in 2014 and was promoted to offensive coordinator during the 2015 season. Austin was previously a secondary coach for the Baltimore Ravens and has also coached defensive backs for the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. Cooter served in various roles for the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts. Detroit has also signed safety Stefan McClure to a reserve-future contract. — .
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The moment required brilliance. LeBron James delivered again. James banked in a running one-hander at the buzzer Myles Garrett Browns Jersey , giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 105-103 win over Toronto on Saturday night in Game 3 and shoving the Raptors to the edge of their most devastating playoff exit. After the Raptors tied it on rookie OG Anunoby’s 3-pointer with eight seconds left, James took the inbounds pass, dribbled the length of the court and rose off the floor on the left side of the basket just feet from Toronto’s bench. Glass. Bucket. Bedlam. ”Tie game, down one,” James said. ”I live for those moments.” As the noise level in Quicken Loans Arena rose to jet-engine levels, the Cavs sprinted from the other end of the court and mobbed James. After some tight hugs, he was back atop the scorer’s table – just like he did after a last-second 3-pointer to win Game 5 against Indiana – and celebrated a win that was up for grabs. ”I’ve been doing that since I was like six, seven, eight years old,” James said. ”Maybe even before that. There’s a picture floating around of me beside a Little Tikes hoop with a saggy Pamper on and I was doing it back then and all the way up until now, at 33. ”Things that you dream about, that you get those opportunities and I’ve been fortunate enough to get a handful of those in some of the biggest moments in my career.” James finished with 38 points, Kevin Love added 21 and 16 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored 18 for the Cavs, who have won nine straight postseason games over the Raptors and may sweep them for the second straight year. The difference in the two teams is simple: One has James, the other doesn’t. ”I ran out of words a while ago Nyheim Hines Jersey Elite ,” said Korver, struggling to describe James’ latest heroics. ”I’ve seen him shoot that shot, that game-winner, countless times when he’s messing around in shootaround and practice. It’s always like, why would he shoot a shot like that – to win a playoff game? ”Unbelievable play. He did it again. He’s been so huge in those moments for us all year.” It was the fifth career postseason buzzer-beater for James, the second of these playoffs, and this one had maybe the highest degree of difficulty of them all. ”It is very difficult,” James said, smiling. ”Don’t try it at home.” Kyle Lowry scored 27 for Toronto, which played much more physically and clawed back in the fourth quarter while All-Star DeMar DeRozan was on the bench. DeRozan, despondent at not being able to do more or help when it mattered most, went just 3 of 12 from the field and scored eight points. ”It was extremely hard, extremely hard,” DeRozan said of being benched by coach Dwane Casey in the fourth. ”I never want to be over there watching. It definitely sucks to watch it. It was just one of those nights for me, personally. I kept thinking http://www.chargersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kyzir-white-jersey , as long as we win, it cures everything.” Casey wanted to trap James on the final play, but he went by defenders at ”100 miles per hour.” Lowry knew James would take the ball up the left side, and once he pulled up there wasn’t much that could be done. ”Maybe we could have doubled him or made him go right,” Lowry said. ”You know he’s going left and he made a tough shot.” After winning the series’ first two games in Canada, the Cavs came home and won a brawl with the Raptors, who just can’t beat James. He’s 11-2 against Toronto in the past three postseasons. The three-time champion has ended the Raptors’ past two seasons, and despite playing with a different supporting cast, James is one win from a Toronto trifecta. We The North? He The North. Game 4 is Monday night, and the odds are stacked against the rattled Raptors. Of the 129 teams in NBA history to fall behind 3-0, none has come back to win. ”Fight,” Lowry said when asked what’s next. ”Rumble. What else are you gonna do?” This was supposed to be the Raptors’ season, the one that ended in triumph over James. Toronto had the East’s best record, the No. 1 seed, home-court advantage and a Cleveland team that appeared very beatable. But the Cavs stole Game 1 by a point in overtime Authentic Erick Aybar Jersey , and James scored 43 in a virtuoso Game 2 performance. Then, as he has done so many times, he ripped out Toronto’s hearts with a probable series-and-season-ending dagger, a shot that belongs right at the top of so many in his remarkable career. ”There was way more time than I needed,” he said. BLAME GAME The first half ended in frustration for the Raptors with DeRozan, Casey and his assistants screaming at the officials following a sequence that went against them. Serge Ibaka’s basket was originally counted and then waved off by the referees, and the reversal was doubly painful as Love buried a 3-pointer to put the Cavs ahead by 13. When the half ended, an incensed Casey, his suit coat flying open and his tie jumping off his chest, stormed off the floor. In the closing minutes, Ibaka was called for a foul on what appeared to be a clean block on James. ”I thought there were some bad calls down the stretch that all went against us,” DeRozan said. ”It still came down to a running, bank-shot, game-winner by LeBron.” LINEUP CHANGE Desperate to find something, anything http://www.titansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-harold-landry-jersey , to slow down the Cavs, Casey changed his starting lineup for Game 3. He inserted 6-foot guard Fred VanVleet and benched forward Ibaka, going with a smaller lineup There were no demonstrations by any players during the singing of the national anthem Thursday night at the Hall of Fame game. All players and coaches for the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens stood as the NFL’s preseason began. The NFL modified its national anthem protocol in May, prohibiting any sort of demonstrations for 2018, but allowing players to remain in the locker room during ”The Star-Spangled Banner” if they chose to. Individual teams would be responsible for disciplining any demonstrators. The players’ union filed a grievance about the policy change, and late last month, the new policy was put on hold while the NFL and NFLPA work on a resolution. Those demonstrations were begun by then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 when he kneeled during the anthem to protest racial inequality and social injustice. The kneeling and other displays of protest spread leaguewide, particularly when President Trump suggested team owners fire players who didn’t stand for the anthem. On Thursday night, everyone on the sideline stood. ”We as a group talked about it and decided that was what we were doing,” new Bears coach Matt Nagy said. ”It’s for unity and togetherness. The guys are really excited to come up with one deal as a team. They were all out there; from what we talked about, it happened.” — .
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An immigrant who was living illegally in Indiana when he was arrested in a suspected drunken-driving crash that killed an NFL player had a history of misdemeanor convictions and arrests Authentic Jeff Locke Jersey , including at least two previous instances of driving under the influence, authorities said Tuesday. President Donald Trump drew added attention to Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson’s death on Twitter, calling the highway collision that killed him and another man ”disgraceful.” The president also prodded Democrats to work with him on illegal immigration and border security. The driver believed to be responsible for Sunday’s crash on Interstate 70 in Indianapolis had been deported twice in the last decade. Trump tweeted Tuesday: ”So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed (at)Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!” In a second tweet, he added, ”My prayers and best wishes are with the family of Edwin Jackson, a wonderful young man whose life was so senselessly taken. (at)Colts.” Jackson was 26. The collision also killed his Uber driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, who was not mentioned by the president. Police said both men were struck by a pickup truck driven by the suspect as they stood along I-70 after Jackson became ill. Since the 2016 campaign, Trump has regularly pointed to crimes connected to illegal immigration as evidence that the U.S. needs to build a wall along the Mexican border and tighten immigration policies. As president, he has threatened to withhold federal funding to cities with sanctuary city policies. A spokesman for Jackson’s family said they are devastated and planned no response to Trump’s tweets about the crash and the suspect’s immigration status. ”The family is in shock, as you can imagine. This obviously happened so unexpectedly,” Atlanta attorney Daniel Meachum said. The man suspected of causing the collision, 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala, had a 2005 conviction for driving under the influence in Redwood City, California. He also has numerous other misdemeanor convictions and arrests in California and Indiana, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Nicole Alberico. In the 2005 case Authentic Joaquin Benoit Jersey , he pleaded no contest to two separate drunken driving offenses and was given a brief jail sentence, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Tuesday. Orrego-Savala remained jailed in Indianapolis but had not been formally charged in the crash. He appeared Tuesday before a judge who advised him of his rights. Indianapolis television station WRTV reported that Orrego-Savala told the judge through an interpreter: ”I wasn’t driving the car. I don’t know why I am here.” A police news release did not mention the presence of anyone else in the pickup truck. Orrego-Savala faces an initial court hearing Wednesday morning, prior to which a decision on formal charges in the case will be announced, said Peg McLeish, a spokeswoman for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. The Guatemala citizen, who gave officers a fake name when he was arrested, was deported in 2007 and 2009, police said. A breath test administered at the crash scene found that Orrego-Savala’s blood-alcohol content was almost 0.24 percent, or nearly three times Indiana’s legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to an affidavit. Orrego-Savala had prior run-ins with law enforcement for driving without a valid license, the affidavit said. The state trooper who discovered the wreckage shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday accidentally struck Monroe before he could stop, police said. State Police Sgt. John Perrine said investigators believe Monroe was already dead when the trooper’s car hit him in the center lane. He said a coroner would look into his specific cause of death. Orrego-Savala was walking away from the crash scene when the same trooper detained him. The fatalities come about two months after a California jury acquitted a Mexican man in the fatal July 2015 shooting of a woman on a San Francisco pier – a death that touched off a fierce national immigration debate. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who was acquitted of murder Nov. 30, had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Kate Steinle was killed. Garcia Zarate said the shooting was accidental and occurred when he picked up a gun wrapped in a T-shirt under a seat on the pier. Steinle’s death was often cited by Trump as a reason to crack down on illegal immigration. Jackson, who grew up in Atlanta, started eight games for the Colts during the 2016 season, finishing third on the team with 61 tackles. He was considered a possible starter at inside linebacker for 2017 but missed the season after suffering an injury during training camp. The 6-foot, 234-pound athlete previously played for the Arizona Cardinals. Colts owner Jim Irsay has offered to pay for both Jackson and Monroe’s funerals Cheap Tremaine Edmunds Jersey , the team’s chief operating officer, Pete Ward, said. — Associated Press writer Paul Elias in San Francisco contributed to this report. Jalen Ramsey got his hands dirty Tuesday for the first time since the birth of his daughter. Ramsey reported to Jacksonville Jaguars training camp and jumped right into the mix with the first-team defense, taking part in drills, talking trash and breaking up passes. Sweat, grass, dirt. It might have been the messiest Ramsey’s hands have been since he skipped the start of camp to remain in Tennessee with his girlfriend, Bre, and newborn daughter, Breelyn. That’s because the All-Pro cornerback, whose hands might be as valuable as anyone’s on that side of the ball, made a deal with Bre that he wouldn’t have to change diapers. ”We’ve been best friends since high school so we’ve always kind of talked about how the process would go a little bit,” Ramsey said. ”Of course, everything’s different when it actually happens, but for the most part, we have really good agreement that I won’t necessarily have to change diapers.” So what is Ramsey’s part of the trade-off? ”She changes the diapers; I feed her,” he said. Ramsey became a first-time father last Wednesday, the day the Jaguars reported for camp. He missed four practices to spend extra time with his family. Coach Doug Marrone excused his absences. ”It is good when everybody is together Seattle Seahawks Jerseys Womens , everyone is back in and everyone is in a good place mentally,” Marrone said. ”Just having that balance in your life, making sure everyone is good at home, making sure everyone is OK, making sure everything is set. Then you can get here and then you can focus and put your mind on what you need to do. It is always good when you can get everyone back in here, and I am glad everything worked out well.” Marrone had planned to work Ramsey in slowly, but the ultra-competitive, lock-down cornerback refused to stay on the sideline during his first day back. The Jaguars had to like what they saw, even though they’ve seen similar from him for two years now. Ramsey played in every game in two seasons and emerged as one of the league’s top defenders. He expects to be even better in Year 3. ”We’re going to see when the season starts, right?” he said. ”We’re going to see. And y’all will see. Y’all will see. I never give myself like goals. I guess you could say like, `Oh, I’m going to have this many interceptions; I’m going to have this many” pass breakups. ”But what I can tell you, though, that I will do is I’ll make sure I prepare myself and I’m ready to go out there and give it my all so I’m not letting anybody down, my teammates, coaches, my family, y’all http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-orlando-brown-jr.-jersey , fans. I can tell you that much.” He gets one of his toughest tests in the team’s season opener at the New York Giants and against three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr. ”Let’s get this out the way right now: He’s a good receiver. We all know that,” said Ramsey, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. ”But y’all know me at the same time. Yeah, he’s good. But I’m good, too. If y’all want to say he’s the best at his position; I’m the best at my position, so we’re going to go at it. We’re going to give the people a show the first game of the season. ”He’s going to have some wins; I’m going to have some wins. I just plan on having more wins.” Ramsey is the outspoken face of Jacksonville’s vaunted defense, a unit that was among the best in the league in 2017. The Jaguars return 10 starters on that side of the ball, including all four in the secondary, and expect to be even more dynamic in their second season together. ”At the end of the day, win games,” he said. ”If we can win games on the defensive side of the ball. We can always ask for more: More turnovers, more touchdowns, more opportunities giving the ball back to the offense. Just more of everything.” Except diapers. ”It feels good” to be back, Ramsey said. ”Miss my little girl already, but it feels good. It was cool. It was good. Long few days, but everything that I could have dreamed of.” — .
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The only thing that Saquon Barkley has to prove at the NFL combine this week is that he’s every bit as good as advertised. ”For a guy like Barkley who has worked so hard to develop his gifts Hayden Hurst Jersey Elite , I mean, for him it ought to be a victory celebration. It really should,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. ”You got to come in and knock it down, one drill after another. ”He’s going to walk out of there four days later and everyone’s going to go: `Wow, he’s just as good or better than we thought he was.”’ Then, there would be no doubt that a running back will go in the top five picks of the draft for the third consecutive year, joining Ezekiel Elliott in 2016 and Leonard Fournette in 2017. The Penn State star might even be the first running back selected in the top two picks since Reggie Bush in 2006 or even the first to go No. 1 overall since another Nittany Lion, Ki-Jana Carter, in 1995. ”I’m just focused on coming out here and trying to dominate this combine,” Barkley said. Everyone expects him to do just that. General managers and coaches know all about the 5-foot-11, 233-pound back with a magnificent medley of jaw-dropping quickness and excellent acceleration Edwin Diaz Seattle Mariners Jersey , speed, balance, vision and power to go with an off-the-charts work ethic who helped Penn State dismantle Washington’s vaunted defense in the Fiesta Bowl . Mayock said Barkley will dazzle teams even when he’s not on his feet. ”When he goes into meetings at night,” Mayock said, ”he’s going to blow people away.” Barkley, who grew up boxing like his father and great uncle but was always drawn more to the gridiron than the ring, quickly rose to national prominence as one of the country’s most dynamic players as a true freshman at Penn State in 2015. He flashed a frenetic running style to compile a lengthy highlight reel full of hurdles, spin moves and jukes on his way to a program-best 43 rushing touchdowns in three years. Mayock said Barkley is at least equal to the last four top-10 running backs – Fournette, Elliott, Todd Gurley and Christian McCaffrey – all of whom made their teams significantly better as rookies. ”I could make the case that this kid Barkley is the best of those guys, best of all five of them Lukas Dostal Ducks Jersey ,” Mayock said. ”He’s clean off the field. And he’ll be great in your locker room. I would be absolutely stunned if this kid doesn’t go in the Top 5.” The Browns, Giants and Colts own the top three picks in next month’s draft. Cleveland also owns No. 4 and Denver has the fifth selection. ”Any team that wants to draft me,” Barkley said, ”is a blessing to me.” Barkley said he embraces the chance to transform a downtrodden team like the Browns, who have one win in two years, or the Giants, coming off a down year: ”You want to be part of something like that, something that’s bigger than yourself.” Whoever ends up choosing Barkley can expect to be picking a lot later in next year’s draft. (Fournette’s Jaguars are picking 29th this year, five picks after McCaffrey’s Panthers). Barkley averaged nearly 6 yards a carry as a junior in State College, rushing for 1,271 yards and 18 touchdowns and catching 54 passes for 632 yards and three TDs. He also completed two passes – one for a score – and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. He won the Paul Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player and left Penn State after his junior year just 89 yards shy of the program rushing record with 3 Authentic Trent Murphy Jersey ,843 yards. ”I feel whether I’m running the ball from the 99-yard line or the 1-yard line that I can find a way to get into the end zone. I can do it all, I feel like,” Barkley said. ”I can go over the top of you, I can beat you with speed, I can beat you with some wiggle, I could run through you.” That may come off as boastful, but not when Barkley says it. He said he watches all of today’s great NFL running backs but models his game after none of them. ”I’ve never wanted to be like anybody,” Barkley said. ”That’s something that my dad taught me growing up: `Never want to be like someone, be the next you.’ But I am a fan of the game, I’m a fan of the position and I watch everyone.” Including Barry Sanders on YouTube . If he had to pick anyone he’d like to be like, it’d be the Lions’ Hall of Famer. ”That was a great guy that I looked up to growing up not only on the field – off the field. The way he carried himself Calvin Ridley Color Rush Jersey , he was humble,” Barkley said. ”When he scored a touchdown, he’d give the ball to the ref. If you look at his football life, he’s carrying cups to his offensive linemen, and I think that’s what a running back should be about. That’s what our position should be about and I try to model myself after that.” — The New York Jets have tendered wide receiver Quincy Enunwa at the second-round level, worth $2.9 million. Enunwa was a restricted free agent after missing last season with a bulging disk in his neck that required surgery. He had a breakout season in 2016, catching 58 passes for 857 yards and four touchdowns. The Jets also tendered safety and special teams standout Rontez Miles and offensive lineman Brent Qvale with the right of first refusal. That means New York can match another team's offer within five days and keep them, but receive no draft compensation if they let them go. Tight end Neal Sterling was also given an original-round tender (seventh round). New York also re-signed three exclusive rights free agents: safety Doug Middleton, fullback Lawrence Thomas and tight end Eric Tomlinson. .
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LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights finish the regular-season home schedule of their inaugural season on Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks with a number of Fan Appreciation Week promotions. Among other things Authentic Patrick Omameh Jersey , after the game, players will hand-deliver their game-worn jerseys to select fans. And those could prove to be quite valuable if Vegas (49-22-7, 105) can garner at least one point against the Sharks. The Golden Knights, who have already earned a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs, can clinch the Pacific Division title with one more point in their final four games. And what better place to do it than at T-Mobile Arena before finishing the regular season with a three-game western Canadian road trip to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary? “We’re trying to get as many points as we can,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “Somebody told me we’re one point away from clinching our division. That’s what the goal is. Let’s keep battling hard and playing hard and win as many games as we can.” It will be a quick turnaround for Vegas, which needed overtime on Friday night before defeating the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, as Jonathan Marchessault scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner 22 seconds into the extra period. The win helped to rinse some of the bad taste out of the mouths of the Golden Knights, who lost to Arizona, 3-2, at home in a lackluster performance two nights earlier. “Tonight, I was really happy with our performance, the way we competed and battled,” Gallant said. “I knew St. Louis was going to play that type of hockey game. They’re a team fighting for points, fighting for playoff position so you knew they were coming in hard. I was happy with it because it looked like a playoff game tonight.” San Jose (44-24-10 Chase Edmonds Jersey Elite , 98) also has a lot riding on the contest. The Sharks, coming in off a tough 5-3 loss at Western Conference-leading Nashville on Thursday night, can clinch a playoff berth for the 13th time in 14 years with a victory. “We’ve been playing playoff hockey I think for the last 10 or 15 games now,” defenseman Brenden Dillon said. “With this streak we have going (9-1-1), we’ve really put an emphasis on every night on not where the teams are in the standings and just being big-time games and showing up.” “I think we’ve felt all year that we can play with anybody,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. “We still don’t have our whole lineup out there yet but I don’t think there’s any doubt that we can play with anybody else.” San Jose holds a four-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings for second place in the Pacific Division and has a game in hand. The Golden Knights and Sharks have played three games this season with two of them going into overtime. Vegas won the first meeting, 5-4, in overtime on a goal by Marchessault on Nov. 24 at T-Mobile Arena and followed that up with a 5-3 win at San Jose on Feb. 8. The Sharks won the last meeting on March 22 at home, 2-1, on Logan Couture’s goal 39 seconds into OT. Todd Bowles chuckled for a moment and then just couldn't resist the urge to break from his normally low-key, stoic public persona. The New York Jets coach had just been asked what his initial impressions were of first-round pick Sam Darnold at rookie minicamp Friday 鈥?and Bowles went wild. Well, sort of. "He was great! I want him to play right now!" a smiling Bowles shouted while slamming his left hand on the lectern for emphasis . It was stunning. And made a room filled with wide-eyed reporters laugh. Jets coach Todd Bowles was nothing if not emphatic in answering a question about his first impressions of quarterback Sam Darnold. More from @DWAZ73 on Darnold's first practice with the team: s://t.co/29rsGxtqZj pic.3rzUsi1tGP 鈥?AP NFL (@AP_NFL) May 4, 2018 Bowles has never been one to make bold declarations, especially after just one practice. So the coach jokingly mocked the question 鈥?while providing a video and sound clip like he never has before. Then again, Bowles and the Jets are hoping Darnold someday develops into the type of quarterback the likes of which this franchise has rarely, if ever, seen. "He was good," Bowles said http://www.broncosauthorizedshops.com/authentic-isaac-yiadom-jersey , still smiling. "Obviously, we threw the ball around a little bit and he's going to be getting better." Darnold was the No. 3 overall pick in the draft last week , surprisingly "dropping" into the Jets' lap after being rumored as a potential top overall selection for several months. Instead, Cleveland went with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and the Giants took Penn State running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2. That meant the team that has been craving a franchise quarterback since the glory days of Joe Namath had its guy: the 20-year-old Darnold, a could-be savior from USC who could soon be shouldering the pressure of leading the Jets out of a seven-year playoff drought. The kid who oozes California cool knows all about it. "Yeah, I embrace it, but I understand every single day that it's a process," Darnold said before his first practice of rookie camp. "You've got to come in here and earn respect. I'm not going to come in here and demand it." Darnold is fresh-faced, has a terrific head of reddish-blond hair, and should make for a target of companies looking for celebrity endorsers or magazines searching for a cover-boy athlete. Make no mistake, though, he's got an unrelenting competitive streak and lives and breathes football. Just moments after meeting with an overflow crowd of media armed with cameras and lots of questions, Darnold was back at his makeshift stall in the middle of the Jets' locker room, studying his playbook. "Just coming in here and understanding the position that I'm in 鈥?I'm a rookie," Darnold said. "I understand that. But at the same time, I understand that I'm a quarterback and that I've got to be a leader on the field and off it, as well." Darnold will have a chance to win the starting job this summer. His main competition, of course Preston Brown Color Rush Jersey , will be Josh McCown, the soon-to-be 39-year-old veteran who was the starter for most of last season. The Jets also have Teddy Bridgewater, still working his way back from a serious knee injury nearly two years ago, and Christian Hackenberg, a second-rounder in 2016 who has yet to see the field in a regular-season game. "We're giving him every chance," Bowles said of Darnold. "He's going to learn it as he goes. He might get the (first-team) reps as he goes, but we'll make that determination through preseason and see where we are at the end of it. But we're not holding him back. "We're not rushing him, at the same time, but we're not holding him back at all." Darnold was given a small chunk of the playbook to run through during rookie camp, with the team keeping things relatively simple to start. There were some ups 鈥?a few beautifully placed long throws 鈥?and some downs 鈥?two botched snaps and an interception on a tipped pass 鈥?while getting in his first on-field practice since late December. "It's a combination of being nervous," Darnold said, "but at the same time, I think it's more relief than anything just because I haven't been with a team, I haven't been inside the pocket for a long time." While Bowles' response to what he saw from Darnold was intentionally over the top, there's no doubt many Jets fans hope the rookie is under center in Week 1 鈥?and for years to come. Until then, though, Darnold is going about his business the only way he knows how. "Consistency, I think is the biggest thing David Dahl Colorado Rockies Jersey ," Darnold said. "I'm just going to come in here and be consistent every single day. Do what I need to do: lift, eat right, get with coach (Jeremy) Bates, get with Josh and Teddy, learn everything that is installed that day. Just go about it, it's a daily process that I go through. If I treat every single day like it's the most important day, I think that's really where my success comes from." Confident Sam Darnold hits Jets practice field for first time.More from @dwaz73: s://t.co/Xao1G3bP5w pic.W27he03yg5 鈥?AP NFL (@AP_NFL) May 4, 2018 NOTES: The Jets waived RB Akeem Judd. ... The team announced it signed RB Trenton Cannon, a sixth-round draft pick out of Virginia State. ... New York signed seven undrafted free agents: Oklahoma FB Dimitri Flowers, Auburn OL Austin Golson, Jacksonville State CB Reggie Hall, Columbia DL Lord Hyeamang, Auburn OL Darius James, University of British Columbia G Dakoda Shepley, and Texas Tech DL Mychealon Thomas. .
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And for HBO, Mayfield’s quest to win the starting job is just one of several juicy story lines. ”NFL Films has always been exceptional at bringing fans closer to the game and they do an outstanding job with every show they produce [url=http://www.ramsfootballauthentics.com]Los Angeles Rams Jerseys Womens[/url] , including HBO’s Hard Knocks,” Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said. ”We have been asked multiple times about being featured on Hard Knocks, and we really felt like it was our turn this year and the timing was right. We want to be great partners in this league, and we also recognize Hard Knocks gives fans a special opportunity to learn more about our team and players.” HBO’s cameras are certain to focus on Mayfield, the brash Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma the Browns chose over other quarterbacks. Mayfield is expected to back up Tyrod Taylor this season, but their competition could make for the kind compelling TV that has made the series a must-watch for football junkies. A 30-person film crew will be at the team’s training facility in Berea to record more than 2,000 hours of footage for the five-segment series that will debut Aug. 7. The Browns have some good young players who are not well known outside Cleveland. But ”Hard Knocks” will give national exposure to budding stars like defensive end Myles Garrett, Mayfield and safety Jabrill Peppers and give the network a chance to tell the well-documented story of former Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon [url=http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-marshall-newhouse-jersey]Marshall Newhouse Color Rush Jersey[/url] , who has missed most of the past three seasons because of drug suspensions. Mayfield has experience in front of the cameras. He was recently featured in a recent documentary series as he prepared for the draft, and feels the Browns can make ”Hard Knocks” a positive experience. ”For me looking at it, and us as a team, I’d say it can be good if you handle it right. I’ll just say that,” he said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. ”If you think about it as a way to get on camera and try to show off and do certain things and handle it the wrong way then that can be very negative, it can be a distraction. 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This will be a great opportunity for our team.” Browns general manager John Dorsey had reservations about the series, but feels the team is equipped to handle the added scrutiny. ”Once we sat down and talked about it as an organization, I feel a lot better and understand why the time is right,” said Dorsey, who has been overhauling the team since being hired in December. ”Hue and I both feel like this team is in a good place and that we are in the process of building something that will lead to success.” — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant, bringing him back to his hometown team after serving last year as offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Downing will begin his 18th season in the NFL [url=http://www.philadelphiaphilliesteamshop.com/authentic-jake-arrieta-jersey]Authentic Jake Arrieta Jersey[/url] , the first five of which were with the Vikings as an intern, systems analyst and quality control coach. 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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is helping students and families of victims of the recent shooting at a Florida high school attend a march against gun violence. Patriots spokesman Stacey James confirmed that Kraft provided the team’s official plane to fly families of the victims from the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Cheap Kyzir White Jersey , Florida, as well as several other students who were injured in the attack . They will be attending Saturday’s ”March For Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C. The group left Florida on Thursday. They will also fly home on the team plane. Authorities say Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people in the shooting on Valentine’s Day. Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, operate an anti-gun violence organization, and reached out to Kraft for assistance. — LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda will take the mound Saturday against a Colorado Rockies team that he has had success against over the past three years. Colorado Rockies starter German Marquez will take the mound Saturday on the road, where he has been excellent outside of the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Something has to give at Dodger Stadium in a nationally televised game Kyle Long Bears Jersey , when Dodgers right-hander Maeda (5-4, 3.44 ERA) faces off against Rockies right-hander Marquez (5-8, 5.53). The Rockies won the first game of the series 3-1 on Friday, and Maeda will try halt the Dodgers’ two-game losing streak. Since returning from the disabled list after being sidelined by a hip strain, Maeda has posted a 2.87 ERA over three starts, including a scoreless seven-inning outing Monday against the Chicago Cubs when he struck out nine and picked up the win. The nine strikeouts were reminiscent of his best stretch of the season before his injury, when he struck out 32 batters over 24 1/3 innings Vinny Curry Color Rush Jersey , including a season-best 12 strikeouts in 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Rockies on May 23. “Ever since coming off the DL, feeling-wise, this is the best I have felt,” Maeda said through an interpreter, after holding the Cubs in check during a 2-1 Dodgers victory Monday. “Overall it was a much better feeling coming into this game than the other ones.” Especially troublesome for the Rockies is that Maeda figures to be fresh for Saturday’s outing, having thrown just 84 pitches in his latest start. Then there is this: Maeda is 5-2 in eight career appearances (six starts) with a 2.11 ERA against the Rockies with 48 strikeouts. Marquez has struggled lately, having gone 1-4 in June with an 8.53 ERA Anthony Miller Jersey , but there is no doubting his road success this year. He has a 7.93 ERA at home, but that mark falls off dramatically to 3.07 in 41 innings on the road. In fact, the Rockies have won four of Marquez’s seven road starts this season. Marquez is 1-0 with a 3.91 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers. His two outings against them this season have been a mixed bag. On May 21 in Los Angeles, Marquez gave up one run over seven innings in a 2-1 Rockies victory. On June 2 at Colorado, he gave up four runs over six innings, although he didn’t factor into the decision as the Dodgers rolled to a 12-4 victory. In his four starts since then, Marquez has given up at least five runs in each time. He gave up a combined 10 runs (nine earned) in his last two starts Michael Brantley Jersey , both of which came at home. “I know I have been in the league two years and if I execute my pitches, it doesn’t matter how long they have known me,” Marquez told reporters, through an interpreter, after he gave up six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in an eventual 8-5 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday. “It’s about me executing my pitches. Marquez will face a Dodgers team that has 54 home runs in June, the most in franchise history for a single month. .
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New York Mets prospect Peter Alonso and Cleveland’s Francisco Mejia are among the top minor leaguers selected for the 20th annual Futures Game. The teams announced Friday include 15 former first-round draft picks for the game July 15 at Nationals Park. The Dominican Republic leads the world roster with nine players. Missing is Toronto’s top prospect Customized Green Bay Packers Jerseys , Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who’s out with a strained left knee. Alonso began the season with Binghamton of the AA Eastern League before a promotion in June to Triple-A Las Vegas. The first baseman has 19 homers and 69 RBIs. Mejia, a catcher/outfielder from the Dominican Republic, is batting .279 with seven homers and 42 RBIs for Triple-A Columbus. He had a 50-game hitting streak two years ago, the longest since the minors reorganized in 1963. The U.S. team will be managed by Torii Hunter. David Ortiz will handle the world team. — Deshaun Watson was back in a game this week for the first time since surgery to repair a right knee injury in November, and although he didn't play long, he relished his return. "I just played five snaps http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/josh-allen-jersey , handed the ball off, threw one pass," Watson said. "So, it wasn't too bad. Good to just go out there for a couple plays and then watch everyone else perform." The Houston Texans quarterback is looking to build on his limited action as the team prepares for two practices with the San Francisco 49ers next week before hosting them in their second preseason game on Saturday. Watson's health and development in his second year will be critical as Houston tries to bounce back from a season filled with injuries during which the team went 4-12 for its first losing season since 2013. Though he played in just seven games before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in practice, Watson gave the Texans optimism that he'll be the answer to their longtime problems at the position. He threw for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 269 yards and two more scores after Houston traded up to select him with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Saturday was the team's first practice back in Houston after the Texans spent the first part of training camp in West Virginia. Although they had to adjust to the hotter temperatures at home, Watson and the Texans got a boost from working out in front of several hundred cheering fans. "The climate ... it's hot and muggy but at the end of the day we have to come out here and play football and perform and just focus on our task Authentic Kemoko Turay Jersey ," he said. "So, it's always good to have the fans around and show love. They give us energy and high hopes for this season." The 22-year-old said he's grown a lot since arriving in Houston last season and is looking forward to building on what he did last year. "Just really (grown) as a person as a whole and then just the knowledge of the game," he said. "Just being able to understand the offense, understand what the defense is doing and just play faster, just go out there and play and not overthink things." Coach Bill O'Brien, who worked with Tom Brady when he was an assistant with the Patriots, has enjoyed watching Watson develop and is looking for ways to help him take another step. "I think there's areas where he and I need to grow together Customized Houston Texans Jerseys , like in the red area," he said. "We're a little bit behind there but we have to work together on that and see if we can execute better down there, but I think there's a lot of areas where he's gotten better and better, and he'll only get better and better because he works at it and the experience he gets will really help him." Watson is working behind a revamped offensive line this year after last year's group allowed the second-most sacks in the league. So far, he likes the way the unit is coming together. "Guys just building chemistry, working hard each and every day, never complaining Patriots Trent Brown Jersey ," Watson said. "They make mistakes, but at the end of the day they correct those mistakes and don't make it twice, just like everyone else on the offense. Just guys that love to play football. They have a passion about going in ... and putting in the work, and (are) passionate about winning." .
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired former NFL player Brentson Buckner as defensive line coach. Buckner spent the past five seasons as defensive line coach for the Arizona Cardinals. They had 203 sacks during his tenure – tied for the seventh-most in the NFL. The Bucs were last in the league with 22 sacks in 2017. Article continues below ... Buckner was a second-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ito-smith-jersey , San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers during a 12-year career. The Bucs also announced the hiring of former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas as defensive quality control coach on Wednesday. Nicholas was a fourth-round pick of the Falcons in 2007. He spent the past three seasons as a defensive quality control analyst at South Florida, his college alma mater. — The Detroit Lions had a key player on offense come back from an injury and one walk off the field during practice. Wide receiver Marvin Jones returned to practice a day after injuring his left leg. Running back LeGarrette Blount, meanwhile, slowly walked off the field with a trainer during Sunday’s practice. It was not clear why Blount went back inside the team’s training facility. Jones got tangled up with a teammate on Saturday and landed awkwardly. The training staff evaluated his left leg and he was held out of the rest of practice. Under the rising sun the next day Youth Ito Smith Jersey , Jones was in full uniform with his teammates and didn’t appear to be affected by whatever was ailing him. ”I’m out there rolling,” Jones said. ”It’s the first day of pads and I’m going to be out there.” Jones insisted he wasn’t scared that his injury could’ve been more serious. Detroit coach Matt Patricia said Jones was evaluated before going back onto the field. ”He’s good,” Patricia said. ”He’s fine, but we’re always a little bit cautious the day after.” The Lions will be counting on Jones to be one of Matthew Stafford’s top targets again this season. And Baker Mayfield Jersey Youth , they’re hoping Blount can bolster a running game that has been poor in recent years. Jones had a career-high 1,101 yards receiving last season. He also had 61 receptions and caught nine touchdown passes, falling just short of career highs in both categories. Over the past three seasons – two in Detroit and one with the Cincinnati Bengals – he has averaged 60 catches and 949 yards receiving. ”Any player in the league, they want to be consistent and kind of stay on top for the length of their careers Chiefs Elite Jerseys ,” he said. Detroit signed the 31-year-old Blount in the opening days of free agency after he helped Philadelphia and New England win the past two Super Bowls. The Lions have been one-dimensional on offense in recent years because they simply couldn’t run the ball consistently. Even if Jones catches fewer balls because the team is moving the ball on the ground, he is all for it. ”It starts up front,” Jones said. ”You want to run and that’s going to open up everything and vice versa.” NOTES: Patricia said CB Nevin Lawson missed Saturday’s practice for personal reasons. … C Wesley Johnson invited Jay Fullam, one of his former teammates at Vanderbilt Youth Josey Jewell Jersey , and his Air Force squadron to practice. — .
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Offensive line and leadership roles took hits with C Eric Wood diagnosed with career-ending neck injury and LG Richie Incognito's abrupt retirement. Receiver group lacks established threat beyond Kelvin Benjamin, who's coming off knee surgery. Bills plugged holes on defense by adding DT Star Lotulelei and LB Trent Murphy, but have yet to address free-agent loss of starting MLB Preston Brown. When a new coach comes in, it’s always interesting to see who lines up with the first-team units. One of the surprises for the New York Giants was seeing Josh Mauro at defensive end during the first practice at organized team activities this week. Mauro knows the 3-4 system that is being installed by new defensive coordinator James Bettcher. The drawback is that the five-year veteran is not going to be on the field when new coach Pat Shurmur and the Giants open the season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will be starting a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The NFL handed down the suspension days after the 27-year-old Mauro signed a one-year contract with the Giants. The team knew it was coming before signing him. ”They have confidence in me,” Mauro said. ”They are giving me an opportunity here. I just want to give them everything I have to return that favor. It means a lot to me and I want to give them everything I have.” Mauro has accepted responsibility for using the drug. He purchased an over-the-counter supplement and didn’t know it contained a banned substance. A trace amount of it was found in a test. It was not present in a test a week later. Mauro, who released a statement after the suspension explaining what happened, wants everyone to know that he is not a cheater. ”Once you step away from this game all you have is your name,” Mauro said. ”You can have your accomplishments, your stats Authentic Tyquan Lewis Jersey , whatever else, individual or team successes you’ve had, but it’s just important for me to let everyone know the circumstances beyond that.” Mauro could be a key player for Bettcher, who coached him for three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Along with linebacker Kareem Martin, he can explain the new system to his teammates. He also doesn’t see a team that was 3-13 last season. ”There are a lot of positives up here,” the former Stanford product said. ”This is probably the toughest division (NFC East) in the NFL, so there are a lot of opportunities to play great teams. And just this city, it’s the ultimate football city.” Mauro may train with the Giants and participate in training camp. Once his suspension starts, he cannot be with the team unless he is getting treatment for an injury. Mauro, who started 26 games for the Cardinals with 75 tackles and two sacks, plans to meet with the staff before the suspension starts to get a workout routine. While they traded Jason Pierre-Paul in the offseason Authentic Joel Iyiegbuniwe Jersey , the Giants have depth at the end spot with Olivier Vernon, Kerry Wynn, Romeo Okwara and Avery Moss. They are heavy at the tackle spots with Damon Harrison, Dalvin Thompson, Robert Thomas and rookie draft picks RJ McIntosh and B.J. Hill. NOTES: The Giants signed veteran receiver Russell Shepard, who has played five seasons in the NFL. He was released by the Carolina Panthers last week. To make room on the 90-man roster, first year cornerback Tim Scott was released. He played in one game last season. — .
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The NFL plans to contact the Buffalo Bills regarding team president Russ Brandon's abrupt resignation amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female employee. The league released a statement Thursday saying it will discuss the matter with the Bills and "make a decision in the next few days about what Youth M.J. Stewart Jersey , if any, further steps we will take." Brandon was also president of the Terry and Kim Pegula-owned Buffalo Sabres. NHL spokesman Gary Meagher tells The Associated Press the league has determined Brandon's resignation is "appropriately a club matter" after consulting with Sabres officials. Brandon resigned Tuesday after spending 20 years working up the Bills' executive ranks, and spending the past three years overseeing the Sabres. Two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Brandon's resignation came after he was confronted about the relationship by the Pegulas. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because it is an internal matter, and the Pegulas did not provide a reason when announcing they accepted Brandon's resignation. Brandon told the AP he had contemplated stepping down from the job for some time Jimmy Garoppolo Youth Jersey , and felt the timing was right following the conclusion of the NFL draft. He did not respond to follow-up questions regarding the alleged relationship. Andrew Luck is throwing footballs again. Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that Luck has begun to throw as part of the rehab for his surgically repaired shoulder. Luck missed the entire 2017 season because of the injury. Reich said he hasn’t seen Luck in action yet, but the franchise quarterback is clearly making progress after spending time in California working with quarterback mechanics gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux. Luck led the Colts to 11 wins in each of his first three seasons and went to the Pro Bowl three times. He has missed 26 games in the past three seasons and Indianapolis hasn’t reached the playoffs since losing the AFC championship ”Deflategate” game to New England in January 2015. Luck is expected to participate when the Colts begin their workout program April 9. Reich was the offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles last season and helped Carson Wentz develop into an MVP candidate before he went down with a torn ACL. Backup Nick Foles stepped in and was sensational in the playoffs, earning Super Bowl MVP honors. Reich, who got the Colts job when Josh McDaniels backed out to return to New England as offensive coordinator Josh Jackson Jersey Packers , is excited to work with Luck, one of the NFL’s elite QBs when healthy. Reich spoke at his first league meetings as a head coach since replacing Chuck Pagano. The Colts were 4-12 last season but Reich saw the Eagles go from last place in 2016 to Super Bowl champs. ”No one is playing for second place,” Reich said. ”We’re not playing to just improve. We’re playing for championships. I’m not being paid (for rebuilding). There’s not one ounce of me that’s being patient. There’s not one ounce of me that thinks we’re in a rebuilding project. Every ounce of me feels like we’re winning this year. We were 4-12 last year. That can turn around with a few breaks, staying healthy Cheap Johnny Townsend Jersey , a few more players and we can get it done.” The Colts will need Luck healthy to compete in the AFC South. Indianapolis made a big trade with the New York Jets to potentially add talented players who can contribute right away. The Colts moved down just three spots, from No. 3 to No. 6 overall in the draft, and acquired two second-round picks this year and one in 2019. Don’t expect them to draft one of the top quarterbacks in the draft class: Sam Darnold, Josh Allen Eli Manning Jersey Youth , Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield. ”I think it’s the best class I’ve ever seen,” Reich joked. ”They should go 1-2-3-4.” — .