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It seems like all that has gone on with the Ezekiel Elliott discipline is discu sion that there will be Ezekiel Elliott discipline. In actuality nothing has happened. But something could happen as early as Friday.NFL Media cited a source in reporting that an Ronnie Lott Jersey announcement on the Elliott discipline, if there is to be any discipline, will be coming soon, even as early as Friday.Clarity coming on #Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott: The ruling on Derek Carr Black Limited Jersey his investigation is expected soon, source said. Could be as early as tomorrow. Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 10, 2017The discipline could be about several things, but from what owner Jerry Jones said it would be from the incidents recently rather than Tim Brown Jersey the domestic abuse allegations Elliott had brought against him in 2016.Whether he gets suspended at all remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, his No. 1 wide receiver is confident he'll have his running back back.Dez Bryant on po sibly having to start season without Ezekiel Elliott: "He's gonna be there. That's all I'm gonna Michael Crabtree Jersey tell you. I know that." Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 10, 2017
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Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia maintained his innocence and his new team said it supported him after a 1996 sexual assault allegation resurfaced Wednesday night. The Detroit News reported that Patricia and a friend of his were indicted 22 years ago by a Texas grand jury Dion Sims Jersey , on one count each of aggravated sexual assault for an alleged incident involving a woman on South Padre Island. The accuser did not testify and the case was dismissed 10 months later. "As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation," Patricia said in a statement issued by the Lions. "I firmly maintain my innocence Russell Bodine Jersey , as I have always done." The Lions hired Patricia after last season to replace Jim Caldwell as coach. He had previously been an assistant with the New England Patriots. The Lions said a "standard pre-employment background check" did not turn up the incident. But the team said it was standing by Patricia. "We have spoken to Coach Patricia about this at length as well as the attorney who represented him at the time," the Lions said in a statement attributed to owner Martha Firestone Ford, general manager Bob Quinn and president Rod Wood. "Based upon everything we have learned, we believe and have accepted Coach Patricia's explanation and we will continue to support him." Injured star Evgeni Malkin was out of the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ lineup for Game 2 of their second-round series against the Washington Capitals. Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed about two hours before Sunday’s puck drop that Malkin was out for the third consecutive game. Malkin appeared to injure his left leg in Game 5 of Pittsburgh’s first-round series against Philadelphia and has not played since. ”We’re a better team when Geno’s in our lineup,” Sullivan said. ”Having said that, I don’t think our team looks for any sort of excuses. I think we try to rally around one another. It’s a next-man-up attitude Carl Lawson Jersey , we have capable people in our lineup, it provides opportunities for others to play a more significant role and they want to take advantage of those opportunities.” Malkin’s continued absence affords a bigger role for centers Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan, and, combined with an upper-body injury to Carl Hagelin, keeps Carter Rowney and Dominik Simon in the lineup. On Saturday, it looked like Malkin could be ready to return; he participated in a full practice Kawann Short Jersey , skating on the fourth line and taking turns on the top power-play unit. But Sullivan and Malkin both said the 31-year-old Russian would play only if he was ready from the first shift and was not limited to a minor role. Sullivan said Malkin did not experience a setback and could return for Game 3 in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. ”It doesn’t matter who’s in the game. You just did need to win the game,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said. ”Obviously he’s a top player. There’s no question about it. It’s undeniable. But at the same time, it doesn’t really matter.” Malkin had three goals and two assists in five first-round games. Without him, the Penguins eliminate the Flyers in Game 6 a week ago and erased a two-goal deficit Thursday to take a 1-0 series lead on the Capitals. The potent Penguins power play misses an important piece without Malkin, though it only got two opportunities for a total of 2:32 in Game 1. ”It was limited time, so it’s hard to evaluate whether or not we were able to have success Gale Sayers Jersey , with or without him,” Sullivan said. ”We have capable guys. The people we have are very capable of being successful. We just have to find ways to have success if given the opportunity.” — AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report. — More NHL hockey: .
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The New York Jets have signed free agent wide receiver Charles Johnson and linebacker Kevin Minter. Johnson becomes the 17th receiver on the Jets' roster C.J. Uzomah Jersey , which includes Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson T.J. Yeldon Jersey , Quincy Enunwa and recently signed Terrelle Pryor. Johnson was signed by Carolina last offseason after three seasons in Minnesota. He was waived-injured last July after having surgery on his right knee. Johnson was a seventh-round pick of Green Bay in 2013 and also spent time with Cleveland as a rookie. He has 60 career catches for 834 yards and two touchdowns 鈥?both from current Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater while they were in Minnesota in 2014. Minter played for Cincinnati last season but spent his first four seasons in Arizona, where his defensive coordinator was current Jets coach Todd Bowles from 2013-14. The Cardinals' 2013 second-round pick has 255 career tackles with five sacks. New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue has pleaded guilty to DWI charges in connection with a wrong-way crash in the Lincoln Tunnel. Donahue entered the plea Wednesday in Weehawken Municipal Court. As part of a plea deal Terrell Davis Jersey , three other charges were dismissed. Donahue also will have to drive with an ignition interlock device for a year after his license is reinstated. Police say Donahue was drunk when he drove the wrong way in the tunnel on Feb. 26 and collided with a jitney bus, injuring four of the 15 people on board. It was his second DUI. The 25-year-old checked into rehab earlier this year. Donahue was a fifth-round draft pick of the Jets last year and played in four games before he suffered a season-ending elbow injury. .
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The Cincinnati Bengals 2018 season doesn't begin until September Jeff Heath Jersey , but they've already been dealt a major blow. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, star linebacker Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for聽violating the league's drug policy:Bengals鈥?LB Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL鈥檚 Performance-Enhancing Drug policy, pending appeal, league sources tell ESPN. No appeal date yet.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2018Burfict was also suspended three games in the 2016 season for a series of dirty and dangerous hits. He also got hit with a five-game ban in 2017 (later reduced to three), for a cheap shot during preseason play.And as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted, the Bengals have a chance to cut ties with the troubled Burfict:If #Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict loses his appeal of a 4-game suspension, the guarantees in his 3-year, $33M contract will void. That鈥檚 nearly $11.3M. Which means Cincy can move on if they want to.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2018Though Burfict has been one of the most effective linebackers in the league (being named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and helping Cincinnati reach the playoffs four times) Darren Fells Jersey , his career has been overshadowed by a series of ugly hits.Burfict's Bengals led the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-15 in the waning seconds of the 2015 AFC Wild Card game. Burfict took 15-yard penalty after smoking receiver Antonio Brown in the head. Adam Jones also took a personal foul penalty for confronting a Steelers coach.That gave Pittsburgh a short field, and Chris Boswell was able to boot the game-winning field goal, while the Bengals fell short of winning their first playoff contest since 1990. Burfict's penalty was indeed a costly one.Burfict, Jones and former Bengal James Harrison are among the notable players on the franchise who've had problems keeping it clean. Despite the issues, the Bengals have constantly relied on head coach Marvin Lewis to get this team's act together, though it's failed time and time again.With Burfict running into yet another suspension, the Bengals may decide they've had enough and release him on the open market. Should that happen, it's tough to guess how many teams will take a chance on Burfict, who can't be relied upon to stay clean. The roster overhaul of the two-time defending AFC West champions began in earnest weeks ago, when the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins. It began for real on Wednesday. That's when the new league year ushered in a flurry of moves that could finally become official Adam Shaheen Jersey , including the blockbuster deal that sent Smith to the Redskins 鈥?where he had already agreed to a new contract 鈥?for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick in this year's draft. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Alex and what he was able to accomplish with us these past five seasons," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "He put every ounce of energy into making our team better and I appreciate his leadership and how he came to work with the right attitude every day." The Chiefs also made official a trade of two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams for a fourth-round pick this year and a second-round pick next year, and the signings of wide receiver Sammy Watkins and linebacker Anthony Hitchens to fill two of their biggest holes. Among their own free agents, the Chiefs are bringing back fullback and special-teams standout Anthony Sherman and defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins. They also put a sixth-rounder tender on defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches and non-tendered linebacker Ramik Wilson and cornerback Keith Baxter. The 24-year-old Watkins agreed to a $48 million, three-year deal Tuesday that includes $30 million in guarantees. Watkins spent four injury-filled years with Buffalo before spending last season with the Rams, where he managed to stay healthy enough for the Chiefs to feel comfortable signing him. At his best, Watkins is a potent playmaker with blazing downfield speed, and he should pair nicely with Tyreek Hill to give new quarterback Patrick Mahomes II plenty of options. Throw in the emergence of running back Kareem Hunt, who led the NFL in rushing as a rookie last season, and perennial Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce Will Richardson Jersey , and the Chiefs should have one of the AFC's best offenses even after trading their Pro Bowl quarterback to Washington. The 25-year-old Hitchens, who likewise agreed to a $45 million, five-year deal on Tuesday, should fill Derrick Johnson's old spot at middle linebacker alongside Reggie Ragland. Hitchens was a fourth-round pick who exceeded all expectations in Dallas, earning a contract in his first free agency. Earlier this offseason, the Chiefs parted ways with franchise tackles leader Johnson and Tamba Hali, who ranks second only to Derrick Thomas in career sacks. The veteran linebackers were let go along with safety Ron Parker, who had become a critical part of the defensive backfield 鈥?especially when star safety Eric Berry went down with a season-ending injury last year. All of the offseason decisions, including the aggressive trades of Smith and Peters, have served two purposes for new general manager Brett Veach: get younger and save money. The Chiefs' rapidly aging defense was a particular concern last season Eddie Yarbrough Jersey , and bringing Hitchens and Fuller into the mix immediately lowers their average age. Throw in the potential rookies that they net with their new draft picks and the pieces are in place for a massively revamped unit. "After a thorough evaluation of our roster we decided it was in the best interest for us and for Marcus to move in different directions," Veach said of the embattled cornerback, whose immature antics rubbed many the wrong way. "We appreciate Marcus' contributions and wish him the best of luck." Veach also inherited a salary cap mess from former GM John Dorsey, whose unparalleled ability to unearth talent was tempered by a dismal record in signing long-term contracts. The decision to trade Smith was a no-brainer with Mahomes waiting in the wings, as were the decisions to move on from Johnson and Hali, while the trade of Peters was made with an eye toward the future. The money the Chiefs freed up allowed them to aggressively target Watkins and Hitchens, and thus filled two of their most pressing needs the moment free agency began. .
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Scott Foster thought it was going to be just another night. Then the 36-year-old accountant signed a contract Youth Johnny Townsend Jersey , put on his goaltender gear and waited in Chicago’s locker room. Then he got into the game. Then it was his night. Foster was pressed into action when Chicago lost Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia to injuries, and the former college goalie stopped all seven shots he faced over the final 14 minutes of the Blackhawks‘ 6-2 victory over the playoff-bound Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. ”This is something that no one can ever take away from me,” Foster said. ”It’s something that I can go home and tell my kids and they can tell their friends. … Just a ton of fun.” Foster is part of a crew of recreational goaltenders who staff Chicago’s home games in case of emergencies for either team. But it usually just means a nice dinner and a night in the press box watching the world’s best players compete at hockey’s highest level. Nothing at all like this. ”What a moment,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said with a chuckle. Forsberg was expected to start, but he got hurt during a ”pregame ritual,” according to Quenneville. Delia, who was just recalled from the minors Wednesday, then stopped 25 of 27 shots in his NHL debut before he was helped off the ice with 14:01 left after he cramped up. Enter Foster, a married father of two who lives in nearby Oak Park and plays in two rec leagues. After a short warmup, the game resumed and Foster got a big cheer from the crowd of 21,839 when he denied Tyler Myers for his first save about a minute after he came in. ”The initial shock happened when I had to dress. I think you just kind of black out after that,” Foster said. Backed by chants of ”Foster! Foster!” and more loud ovations, he made another stop on Myers and turned away Paul Stastny and Dustin Byfuglien in the final minutes. When it was over, the Blackhawks poured onto the ice and mobbed Foster in the net. ”He was great http://www.dolphinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jason-sanders-jersey ,” defenseman Brent Seabrook said. ”I think the boys were doing whatever they could to help him out. He made some big saves. Fun night.” The Jets had won six in a row and were trying to clinch home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. But even they were moved by what happened. ”It’s tough for anybody to come in 50 minutes into a hockey game, let alone a guy who hasn’t played in the (NHL),” coach Paul Maurice said. ”A great moment for him.” Carolina Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves became the first emergency goalie to play in a game in the modern era last season. He closed out the final 7.6 seconds of a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. The NHL adjusted its rules last summer to mandate that teams have an emergency goalie present for all home games ready to fill in for either team – setting the stage for Foster’s most competitive action since 20 minutes in relief with Western Michigan University in the 2005-06 season. ”A few hours ago I was sitting on the computer typing on a 10-key, and now I’m standing in front of you guys having just finished 14 1/2 minutes of NHL hockey,” he cracked. It was a wild finish to one of Chicago’s best performances in a lousy season. Tomas Jurco scored a career-high two goals in Seabrook’s 1,000th regular-season game, and touted prospect Dylan Sikura had two assists in his NHL debut. Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat and defenseman Erik Gustafsson each had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Saad also scored. The 32-year-old Seabrook got the start alongside fellow alternate captain and frequent defensive partner Duncan Keith. He became the fifth player in franchise history to skate in 1,000 or more games for the team, joining Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, Eric Nesterenko and Bob Murray. Bryan Little scored his 200th NHL goal for Winnipeg in the opener of a four-game trip. Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets, and Eric Comrie made 36 saves while subbing for starter Connor Hellebuyck. ”It wasn’t a good night Leighton Vander Esch Jersey Elite ,” Little said. ”It wasn’t good from the start. It’s one of those games you want to forget and put behind you and look to the next one.” Kane got Chicago off to a fast start when he shot it between Comrie’s legs for his 27th goal 3:44 into the first, and the Blackhawks just poured it on from there. Saad made it 2-0 with a nifty move to his backhand in front at 17:17. Jurco added two goals in the second before Little got Winnipeg on the board with his 16th of the season at 14:24. But Gustafsson responded for the Blackhawks, scoring on a nice rush to the net at 17:27. NOTES: Quenneville said Delia was going to travel with the team to Colorado and should be fine for Friday night’s game against the Avalanche. With four games left in the season, he said Forsberg (lower body) is likely done for the year. Jean-Francois Berube was recalled from Rockford of the AHL on an emergency basis. UP NEXT Jets: Visit Toronto on Saturday night. Blackhawks: Visit Colorado on Friday night. — Jay Cohen can be reached at Marc-Andre Fleury sat shirtless in front of his locker, staring blankly, his exhausted gaze fixed nowhere. Pads still strapped to his legs after another spectacular night’s work, the Vegas Golden Knights goalie looked as if he were trying to gather his thoughts, trying somehow to make sense of it all. The rest of the hockey world is, too, as the newly minted Knights play Sunday with the most improbable prize of all at stake – a chance to go to the Stanley Cup Final. The story is well known by now, or at least it should be. But the fantasy has never been so close to reality as it is now, with the Knights up 3-1 going into Sunday’s game against the Jets in Winnipeg. An expansion team born last October on the heels of the Las Vegas massacre that took 58 lives is on the brink of winning it all, confounding both hockey experts and expert bookies alike. Even the guys on the other team are shaking their heads at what the hockey gods wrought. ”You know it’s just the stars are just aligning for them,” Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck said. ”But it’s not going to stay that way.” Maybe not Authentic Marcus Davenport Jersey , partly because hockey is a notoriously fickle game. But in this gambling town the odds are suddenly in the house’s favor. With the hope they don’t have to play at home again until the Stanley Cup Final, the Knights trotted out some old Vegas mojo Friday night with Wayne Newton and the Blue Man Group making appearances to root the team on. The Backstreet Boys were there and rapper Lil Jon took the microphone to lead the cheers just before Reilly Smith punched in the go-ahead goal in the third period. And, of course, this being Las Vegas the guy doing the anthems was a singing gondolier whose day job is serenading tourists in the faux canals of Venice just across the street. There’s nothing fake about this team now one win from one of most improbable runs ever. Once 500-1 longshots to win the Stanley Cup in their first year, the Knights are now favored – at least in the sports books – to win it all. It’s enough to make even Bark-Andre Furry – the lovable canine and goalie namesake who is now the unofficial team mascot – to sit up and take notice. ”It’s nice, but the last one is always the toughest to get,” Fleury said. ”I think we have to keep the same mind set and just go and take it one game at a time and not think too far ahead and be ready to play that next game because they are going to be coming hard.” That mentality has worked well for a team that began the season as an afterthought, a collection of unwanted players from other teams thrown together in hopes of winning a respectable number of games in their first year. The coach himself, Gerard Gallant, had been unceremoniously fired from the Florida Panthers, left on the side of a road with his luggage as the team bus headed down the road. It’s been a remarkable run for a team that likes to call itself the Golden Misfits. They’ve struck gold in Las Vegas, a town that loves winners and has embraced its first major pro sports team. Just how remarkable? Well, consider that while the Knights are five wins from bringing home the Stanley Cup in their first year, the Toronto Maple Leafs – a member of the NHL’s exclusive Original Six club – haven’t won one in the last 51 years. On Friday Rasmus Dahlin Sabres Jersey , the Knights used the same formula – speed and stellar goaltending – that has worked for them all year to beat the Jets 3-1 and take a commanding advantage in the Western Conference finals. It was the third straight win for the Knights, who have no illusion on how tough getting win No. 4 will be. ”No team is going to go out quietly this time of the year,” Gallant said. Still, everything seems to be aligning in the Knights’ favor. They’re playing hard, yes, but they’re also getting the kind of bounces and breaks that are usually the difference in a series between two evenly matched teams. That continued in Game 4 as Dustin Byfuglien whiffed on an attempt near the blue line and Smith scooped up the loose puck and raced down the ice to score the winner over the shoulder of Hellebuyck with 6:58 left. Soon the Knights were celebrating, and Elvis was singing. Viva Las Vegas blared through the arena, and the crowd of 18,697 filed out happily into the warm desert night. One win away for a team no one dares bet against. —- Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or .
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The Golden State Warriors Uchenna Nwosu Jersey , so used to making things look easy, overcame one of their toughest tests to return to the NBA Finals. They climbed out of huge holes in the last two games of the Western Conference finals to beat Houston, but may have to play in the first half the way they have after halftime if they hope to knock off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and repeat as champions. ”They played a great series, they made us work for everything … I’m just proud of the way we battled,” Klay Thompson said. ”We’ve been through a lot with this team, and believe it or not, it’s not all success with the Warriors.” ”We’ve got our bumps throughout the season,” he continued. ”But to get to this point again, we earned it.” Without Andre Iguodala again, the Warriors shook off another terrible first half in Game 7 on Monday night to rally for a 101-92 victory that made them the fifth team in NBA history to advance to the finals in four straight seasons. Golden State trailed by 11 at halftime after being behind at the break by 10 points in Game 6, becoming the first team to win multiple elimination games in the same series when trailing by double digits after two quarters. Coach Steve Kerr lamented that Golden State’s first half on Monday night was ”one of the most bizarre first halves” his team has played since he’s been with the Warriors and joked that he thought of resigning at halftime before getting serious. ”Our talent took over,” Kerr said. ”It’s as simple as that. We’ve got three of the best shot-makers in the league … we stayed with it.” The trio – Thompson, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant – combined to score 47 points in the second half to pull away from a Rockets team that missed 27 straight 3-pointers from the second quarter to the halfway mark of the fourth quarter. ”I think it was just a level of experience and maturity from our group that helped us get to the finish line,” Curry said. The Warriors outlasted the Rockets despite missing Iguodala for the last four games with a bone bruise on his left leg. It’s unclear if the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will return for Game 1 on Thursday, but if he does it will give Golden State a boost in trying to slow down James. While Golden State certainly isn’t happy the way it started the last two games Authentic Courtland Sutton Jersey , its ability to turn things around in the second half gives the Warriors confidence heading into the next challenge. The Warriors outscored Houston 122-63 in the second half of the final two games. Houston gave them a much bigger test than the Warriors have had in quite some time and this series was their first with three losses since the Cavaliers won the 2016 finals 4-3. ”Just keeping our composure was big for us the entire series,” Curry said. ”Whether we figured it out, win or lose, we showed a lot of fight, a lot of grit and resiliency to stay positive as we went through the series no matter what the situation was.” Thompson was clear that the mistakes he made before halftime on Monday night won’t happen again. After scoring 35 points in Game 6, he collected three fouls in less than four minutes to force him to sit out most of the first quarter. ”I cannot do that next series, and that’s a big no-no,” he said. ”Learned my lesson. Those guys are great at drawing fouls but I’ve got to be smarter than that. That really hurt. I hated not being out there when I was supposed to.” Curry, before he could look forward to the finals, he took some time to reflect on what it took to get past the Rockets and appreciate the accomplishment of having another shot at the title. ”This was a part of our story that we hadn’t been through before,” he said. ”Our backs against the wall, not having home-court advantage, needing to win two games to keep ourselves alive. This is a true testament to how hard it is to get to the finals, how hard it is to have a chance to play for a championship.” That’s a catch. Mention the names Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant Authentic Baker Mayfield Jersey , Zach Miller and Jesse James , and what looked, sounded and felt like a catch wasn’t one. If NFL owners pass a proposal from the powerful competition committee, those will be receptions in the future. According to committee chairman Rich McKay and league officiating director Al Riveron, it’s time. ”We want to take these great catches and make them into catches,” Riveron said Monday at the NFL meetings, where the owners likely will vote Tuesday on the adjustments to the catch rule. Such phrases as ”slight movement of the ball” and ”surviving the ground” will disappear, and fans, players and coaches will get the fulfilment of knowing what they were sure was a reception actually is. The committee looked at dozens of plays dozens of times. They discovered that the previous attempts to clarify what is a catch only confused the issue. So much so that the language of the rules was getting in the way of making the proper call. ”Every time, we tried to add language to cure a situation,” said McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons ”and that did not serve us well. ”We felt like the word slight was getting people caught up. It’s really loss of control. If you lose control of the ball, then you haven’t satisfied (the process). If you have movement of the ball but haven’t lost control of it, then you still have it.” Added Riveron: ”If we see total loss of control, that’s the way we’re going to rule it. But we understand there are situations where the ball is going to move. We have to see loss of control.” McKay pointed to touchdown receptions by Alshon Jeffery and Corey Clement in the Super Bowl. In both cases http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-sam-darnold-jersey , the ball moved a bit in the receiver’s hands. In both cases, though, on-field officials, then Riveron handling the video review, determined there was possession throughout. ”Those are catches,” he said, noting that under current language in the rules, ”the ground trumped everything. It didn’t make a lot of sense.” The committee examined plays back to the 1990s and early 2000s, including a pass to the Jets’ Wayne Chrebet in which McKay said the film was ”so grainy you could barely make it out.” He mentioned Bert Emanuel’s non-reception in the 1999 NFC title game when the tip of the ball touched the ground even though Emanuel had it in his clutches. The major emphasis on re-examining the rule stems from Bryant’s non-catch in a playoff game at Green Bay. Reconstructing that play through video, Riveron explained how the proposed change will seize logic – in other words, make what should have been a catch into a real catch. ”I think the Dez Bryant was the start of us realizing something needs to change,” McKay said. Each year, there have been similar examples that made everyone from the guys throwing the ball to the coaches on the sideline to the fans in the stands and on their mobile devices wondering what was going on. When James’ apparent winning touchdown reception against New England was overturned even though the Steelers tight end made a football move to extend the ball over the goal line, it prompted Commissioner Roger Goodell to forcefully endorse seeking adjustments to the rule. The competition committee heeded such instructions. So, a receiver must: -have control of the ball; -get two feet down or another body part; -make a football move: taking a third step or extending the ball or something similar. Gone Buccaneers Vita Vea Jersey , Riveron emphatically said, is surviving the ground. ”That’s out,” he said. ”No mas.” There will, however, be more emphasis on the on-field officiating calls. McKay reminded that game officials overwhelmingly get the calls correct at full speed. ”The rule is a lot cleaner, so the answer is yes,” Riveron said, adding that game officials were consulted as the committee worked on the language of the proposal. Of course, with more catches, there could be more fumbles as receivers try to extend plays and get extra yardage. Riveron has no problem with that. ”If we end up with 10 more fumbles but five of the most exciting plays of the year,” McKay said, ”it’s a trade we’d make any day.” Notes: No proposals were made nor votes taken regarding the national anthem before games. The owners did focus on implementing the social justice platform with the players and unanimously approved a local matching funds program. Each of the teams will match fundraising proceeds of the players and teams and its players will work together to determine where to allocate the funds in a local market. The anthem discussions will resume and be a main focus of May’s meeting in Atlanta. — .
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In a story March 5 about the Super Bowl DVD Corey Seager Jersey , The Associated Press reported the site of NFL Films as Mount Royal, New Jersey. The correct site is Mount Laurel, New Jersey. A corrected version of the story is below: PHI-NALLY: An Oscar winner in Philadelphia? Putting together a documentary of a Super Bowl season is an extensive and exhausting project By BARRY WILNER AP Sports Writer Putting together a documentary of a Super Bowl season is an extensive and exhausting project. Except when it becomes a labor of love. For dozens of employees at NFL Films, the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles season was particularly special. Thus, the DVD that chronicles it and becomes available to the public on Tuesday 鈥?PHI-NALLY is how it is dubbed 鈥?wasn't exactly work. "We are in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, which is about 20 minutes from the Linc," says Todd Schmidt, who produces such enterprises for NFL Films. "So many of our people are lifelong fans of the Eagles, who have suffered for all those years. And that is something the becomes part of the film; we wanted people out there to understand what some of these people went through during that crazy game and this season. "I would love for an Arizona Cardinals fan to get the same bang out of this as my 22-year-old son and a lifelong Eagles fan will, and I like to think that the story will do that. This is more than a story of a football season. It's about why teams and fans don't quit, and that's what Philly fans are like. They may get a lot of criticism, but there's a reason Rocky means so much and showing the heart to never give up means so much." NFL Films had the good fortune of being able to place microphones on coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Nick Foles. The exchanges between them not only are insightful football-wise, they provide a window into the aggressiveness that was so critical to not only upending the Patriots in a classic Super Bowl Youth Kolton Miller Jersey , but in the Eagles putting together such a successful season. Indeed, Philadelphia's 41-33 victory in Minneapolis probably made for a much more enchanting story than had the Patriots won. After all, New England taking the NFL title is anything but new, and the Eagles last won it in 1960, when Norm Van Brocklin was the quarterback and Chuck Bednarik was playing linebacker and center. So Schmidt opted to open the documentary with a shot of Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus 鈥?the site of that 1960 win over Green Bay. And he decided to close the film with the parade witnessed by more than 700,000 "so you get a clear idea of what this meant to the city of Philadelphia, the people of Philadelphia, and to Eagles fans." NFL Films actually makes two 55-minute films annually. The 2017 version of the Patriots' season "will not see the light of day," Schmidt explains. But it also would have had plenty of cachet. "I think every team has a story," he says, though how many viewers would be interested in, say, the Browns' 0-16 campaign is debatable. "Had the Patriots won, it would have been a film of dominance; if they had won they would have been the '27 Yankees. It would have been magnificent if they had pulled out that game Lamar Jackson Jersey Elite , two of the most amazing Super Bowls back to back. Tom Brady would go down as the greatest magician ever to walk the earth. "We are storytellers and we would have made the elements we had work well." Still, the elements they had on Philadelphia's side certainly seem more compelling. A team loses five key players, including late in the schedule the QB who appeared headed to league MVP honors. It's an underdog in all of its postseason games despite being a top seed. Its history of falling short is monumental. And then it wins a classic Super Bowl against an NFL dynasty. "The Eagles story has a lot more historical context, which is red meat to a storyteller," Schmidt says. "The more context and unique elements of the story, the better the story. So I loved the Eagles story." As did so many of his co-workers. 鈥?Believing the team was spiraling out of control, the New York Giants went out of character by making two major in-season moves, firing coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese.With the team reeling at 2-10 in a season where most felt it was capable of challenging for a Super Bowl, co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch reached the decision Monday morning. It came less than a day after the Giants lost in Oakland, with quarterback Eli Manning benched and the offensively inept team performing poorly again.“We agreed that wholesale changes to this organization needed to be made to get us back to the team we expect it to be,” Mara said at a hastily called news conference. “We also agreed it was pointless to wait any longer to make these changes.”Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over as interim coach for the final four games. He coached the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11.Mara did not know whether Manning will return as the starter this weekend against Dallas, saying the decision will be made by Spagnuolo.In a radio interview on WFAN, Manning said he told Spagnuolo that he wants to start the last four games.“I want to be out there and help us go win these four games,” Manning said. “I hope I’m out there on Sunday playing against the Cowboys.”Mara said neither McAdoo nor Reese was surprised by the decision Youth James Daniels Jersey , saying they were both professionals. He said his meeting with Reese was more emotional because the two had worked together since 1994.“I don’t think there was any one final straw,” Mara said. “I just think that where we are as a franchise right now, you know, we’re 2-10. We’ve kind of been spiraling out of control. I just felt like we needed a complete overhaul. I don’t think there was any one event or one final act to precipitate that.”Many felt the benching earlier last week of the well-liked Manning, the face of the franchise and a two-time Super Bowl MVP, was the deciding factor.McAdoo also would have been subjected to howls from fans with three of the final four games at home, starting this weekend.The moves come less than a year after the 40-year-old McAdoo ended a four-year Giants playoff drought in his first season, going 11-6. That record was aided in large part by Reese’s outstanding work in the free agent market that rebuilt the defense.While the 2016 season ended in a loss to Green Bay in the wild-card game, this year was supposed to be better. Much better.The offense was bolstered by signing free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall and drafting tight end Evan Engram in the first round. The defense was back with the major exception of defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.A fifth Super Bowl was in everyone’s sights if the offensive line could improve.It fizzled from the start. The Giants lost their first five games. The line was inept. The defense underperformed, then the injury bug decimated the roster.“This has been the perfect storm this season,” Mara said. “Everything that could have gone wrong this season has gone wrong.”Assistant general manager Kevin Abrams will take over on an interim basis for Reese, who became GM in 2007 and had two Super Bowl wins on his resume. But the Giants missed the playoffs four times in the past five years, and his failure to address those offensive line problems this past offseason played a major role in a horrible season.Mara said Abrams and Spagnuolo will be offered the chance to continue in their interim jobs. Former general manager Ernie Accorsi will be a consultant in hiring a new GM, whom Mara wants in place before a coach.Mara has candidates in mind for general manager and said it’s possible a new GM could be in place before the season ends.The moves came less than a week after McAdoo made one of the biggest mistakes of his short tenure Eddie Rosario Minnesota Twins Jersey , mishandling the decision to bench Manning. Mara was forced to address the matter the following day and said he wished the decision had been handled better.McAdoo had a 13-16 record, and his firing is the first midseason head coaching move by the Giants since Bill Arnsparger was replaced seven games into the 1976 season by John McVay. The 2-10 mark is the Giants’ worst since they were 2-10 in 1976, and their worst since the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978.With the losses, word started to emerge that McAdoo was losing the team. His one-game suspensions of popular cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins heightened the problem.Mara and Tisch came to McAdoo’s defense after an embarrassing loss to the then-winless 49ers on Nov. 12, saying his job was safe until the end of the season.“To be honest with you, it became more and more apparent that we were going to have to do something at the end of the season, so we talked after the game and again this morning about why prolong it any longer?” Mara said Monday. “Why not just get it done now?”The Giants hired McAdoo away from Green Bay in 2014 to serve as Tom Coughlin’s offensive coordinator. He was elevated to head coach on Jan. 14, 2016, less than two weeks after Coughlin was forced out after missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season.McAdoo’s first season was exceptional. His second was a fiasco.“Our team is not good enough,” Mara said..
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Record-setting return specialist Devin Hester and running back Matt Forte will sign one-day contracts with the Chicago Bears and retire as members of the organization where they starred. The team says they will make it official at a ceremony on Monday. Forte had already announced he would retire as a member of the Bears. Both players spent their first eight seasons in Chicago. Forte's 9 Paul Worrilow Jersey Eagles ,796 yards rushing in 10 seasons with the Bears and New York Jets rank 33rd on the NFL's career list. He also had 554 receptions and 14,468 yards from scrimmage 鈥?most in the NFL in the past decade. Hester holds the NFL record with 20 kick return touchdowns in 11 years with Chicago, Atlanta and Baltimore. He returned the opening kickoff of the Super Bowl 92 yards for a touchdown in 2007 against Indianapolis. During every previous All-Star Game in Washington, the president was part of the story. That might not be the case this year. Ask former Republican congressman Tom Davis about the prospect of President Donald Trump throwing out the first pitch at Nationals Park on Tuesday night, and the pageantry of the office isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. ”It’s very disruptive when a president comes to a game because they stop all the traffic. People can’t get in the gates,” said Davis, a Nationals season-ticket holder. He’s also familiar with Trump’s preference for friendly crowds, noting the president got just 4 percent of the vote inside the Washington city limits in 2016. Trump’s anticipated absence Tuesday night would allow Nationals Park to perform its usual role for elected officials and other political figures: as a bipartisan oasis where differences are set aside while everyone frets about bullpen moves and Bryce Harper’s approach at the plate. Trump would have a good enough excuse for skipping the game: He’ll have just returned from a trip to Europe, including his much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin the day before the Midsummer Classic. ”From Taft to Nixon, before Washington left for good the second time, every president threw out a first pitch at least one time” in the nation’s capital Raiders Arden Key Jersey , said Frederic Frommer, author of ”You Gotta Have Heart,” a history of Washington baseball. Richard Nixon was the last president to perform the duty for the Washington Senators, the second version of which moved to Texas in 1972. George W. Bush and Barack Obama revived the tradition after the Montreal Expos moved to town in 2005 and became the Nationals. So far, Trump hasn’t – and, in fact, baseball hasn’t drawn a lot of his attention. He’s feuded with the NFL over players who knelt in protest during the national anthem, and he disinvited the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers from the White House before they met in the NBA Finals after star players on both teams spoke out against him. By contrast, last year’s World Series winners, the Houston Astros, visited the White House without much fuss. Washington got its first All-Star game in 1937 Billy Price Youth Jersey , when Franklin D. Roosevelt threw the first pitch from his presidential box at Griffith Stadium. Dwight D. Eisenhower skipped the duty in 1956 while he was recovering from surgery. John F. Kennedy tossed the first ball in 1962 at D.C. Stadium, which was later renamed for his slain brother, Robert. And Nixon delegated first-pitch duties to Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1969 after the game was postponed by a day because of rain – Nixon had a preplanned trip to the Pacific Ocean, to greet the Apollo 11 astronauts after the first moonwalk. The last president to toss a ceremonial pitch at an All-Star Game was Obama in 2009 in St. Louis. Unlike presidents, members of Congress can sit in the stands and enjoy relative anonymity. Democrat John Delaney of Maryland tries to make it to about a dozen games a year, although he hasn’t been this season, in part because he’s running for president. ”There’s something about the location of the stadium being adjacent to Capitol Hill and the fact that several colleagues actually live over there,” Delaney said. ”We think of the stadium as almost a part of Capitol Hill because it’s so close.” Pick any night at the ballpark, which sits just over a mile south of the Capitol on the Anacostia River, and devoted politics-watchers are likely to find current and former lawmakers, pundits and other establishment figures. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a Nats fan Baker Mayfield Jersey , and so is his Democratic predecessor, Harry Reid. Both men told Frommer the team was one topic they could discuss without things getting heated. Davis said he frequently runs into fellow Virginians from both sides of the aisle, including Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, who on Thursday presided over a lengthy hearing about possible bias in the FBI during its investigation of Trump’s campaign, and Congressman Gerry Connolly, a Democrat who blasted the hearing as a politically motivated smear campaign. In a city where politicians are the chief celebrities, the ballpark offers a safe space: The Nationals very rarely feature political VIPs on the in-stadium video screens, protecting them from the inevitable jeers. ”It’s kind of a unifying force in the city when everything else around has crumbled,” said Davis, who worked with city officials to help get the ballpark built while he was in Congress. One Republican who can expect a warm embrace whenever he sets foot in the stadium is House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who is still receiving physical therapy after he was critically wounded last year in a mass shooting. The gunman targeted GOP members who were practicing for the annual Congressional charity baseball game. ”Nationals Park really does hold a special place in my heart Authentic Tanner Lee Jersey ,” Scalise said. The ballpark provided two milestones in Scalise’s recovery. He threw out the first pitch at a playoff game last fall, and this spring he returned to the field to play in the Congressional game, recording an early putout at first base. ”Baseball’s been a big motivator to help me keep in shape, first of all, and it’s really helped me to build strong relationships with people I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten to know,” Scalise said. ”It really gave me an opportunity coming in as a new member of Congress to get to know a lot of colleagues, and ultimately to build a lot of real strong bridges on the De.
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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.” — .