Month: June 2018

Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston suspended: Will he play Eagles in Week 2?

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Thursday, the reports were confirmed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Winston is preparing for a suspension that would last as long as three weeks.

Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby was with Winston during the alleged incident, but he’s in no danger of being suspended, a person with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media.

My reaction, not to what they said, but that that’s where we find ourselves here is sadness frankly, Silver said. A bit of resignation. But I don’t think it should take away from the fact that these players in our league, our coaches, are speaking out on issues that are important to them and important to society. I think, I encourage them to continue to do that and on top of that, maybe more importantly, look at the things they’re doing in their communities.

Maybe Goodell and the NFL believe they should take the high road with Trump, that getting into the sewer only gets them dirty.

That isn’t the Goodell from the past, though. The old Goodell would have had a lot to say.

When they just go up there and then don’t snap it right away, you say, well, we’ll hold our disguise, Arians explained last November, via Philly.com. And then they snap it [quickly], and you’d better be able to play defense out of your disguise. I think it’s really smart coaching.

While defenses search in vain for counter-strategies, McVay is back in the lab concocting innovations to push his team toward the promised land in his second season.

[McVay] is like Greg Maddux, Orlovsky attested, where he doesn’t necessarily overpower you, but you have no idea what’s coming and he’ll make you look silly.

Max Kepler (L), 38 percent, Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers (RHP Yovani Gallardo): Sure, it’s a small sample, but it’s hard to get past the fact that Gallardo has allowed 13 runs in just 7 1/3 innings this season with more walks (7) than strikeouts (6). Needless to say, this is a hurler I want to get some exposure against on Saturday. Fire up Kepler, who gets the platoon advantage in a very enticing matchup.

Can the Honey Badger fortify the secondary?

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O’Brien is excited about the addition of a ballhawking safety in Tyrann Mathieu. An all-pro in 2015, Mathieu signed a five-year, $62.5 million extension with Arizona, but he declined to take a pay cut this offseason and was subsequently released by the Cardinals.

Mathieu comes to Houston out to prove he remains one of the most impactful defensive backs in the league. If so, he’ll bring a spark to a Texans defense that ranked 27th in takeaways (16) in 2017. The secondary will also need his leadership after safety Andre Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

By the end of this past season, Roethlisberger had recruited other coaches on staff to be buffers of sorts between the two of them, as our insider Jason La Canfora reported at the time. I’m not saying Haley’s comment was a dig at Roethlisberger — I really think he was just being complimentary about his current quarterbacks — but their history is worth remembering here.

It was his baserunning and celebration at home plate after Aaron Hicks’ fifth-inning home run that had everyone laughing at him.

When Hicks hit a homer, I didn’t how fast to run, Gray said after the Yankees followed Monday’s loss to the Washington Nationals in the completion of a suspended game with a 4-2 win in the makeup of a rainout. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. Then I think I messed up the handshake there at the end. There was too much going on for me.

This was a rare chance to hit for Gray, who went into the game 1 for 10 at the plate in his career with a July 2015 single at Dodger Stadium off Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez when he played for the Oakland Athletics.

Plus, as Gray pointed out, It was the first time I scored. That was fun.

His first time up Monday, Gray was robbed of extra bases in the third inning when he hit a liner that looked headed for the right-field corner until Nats first baseman Mark Reynolds made a nice play.

Former Colts GM Ryan Grigson lands with Seahawks

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Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson found a new NFL home.

Grigson’s agent announced his client will join the Seattle Seahawks ‘ front office.

The host team always qualifies for the tournament, but there are questions about whether or not all three countries will be given automatic berths. FIFA will discuss it in the coming weeks.

Canada has not qualified since 1986, which is the last time the USA did not qualify, before 2018. Mexico is the lone team of the three to represent the CONCACAF Federation in Russia, and will play in Group G. It will open on Sunday with defending champion Germany (11 a.m. EDT FS1 and Fubo.tv ) in Moscow, and then take on South Korea Saturday, June 23 (11 a.m. EDT FOX and Fubo.tv ) and Sweden Wednesday, June 27 (10 a.m. EDT FOX and Fubo.tv).

LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles, DeSean Jackson, Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin and Trent Cole were all gone within two years, leaving the roster in awful shape for 2015. Kelly was fired before the final game of the season after a 6-9 showing, and Roseman and Pederson were left to clean up the mess in 2016.

To think they could have gone with Bruce Arians instead.

Giants safety Landon Collins is a different player, but both he and Randall were highly ranked safeties coming out of college in 2015.

The Packers took Randall 30th overall, converted him to cornerback and eventually traded him to the Browns last March after three inconsistent, injury-plagued seasons. They got next to nothing in return.

Seahawks sign Austin Calitro, waive Dadi Nicolas

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The Seahawks signed linebacker Austin Calitro on Wednesday. They waived linebacker Dadi Nicolas in a corresponding move.

Calitro, who came into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Villanova in 2017, spent two weeks on Seattle’s practice squad last September. He also spent time with the Jets, 49ers and most recently the Browns.

Calitro finished the year on Cleveland’s practice squad before being signed to a futures contract in January.

She was surprised to learn I was only 16 and not 18, she recalled. She followed me and asked me to audition at 18, but I wanted to go to college first.

Wilkins went on to attend Louisiana State University, where she was an LSU Tiger Girl, graduating in 2014 with a degree in mass communications.

The scout kept in touch throughout the years, she said. She would reach out, saying, ‘Hey, don’t forget about us, we want you.’ 

So, after graduation, Wilkins headed to Dallas to try out — and wowed the judges, as seen on the CMT-channel show Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team. While video of her performance played, Kelli Finglass, the squad’s longtime director, said, There are rookie candidates that are stronger than the veterans . . . I thought Erica was a ‘wow’ solo.

I think he’s on a mission and I think he’s headed for the Hall of Fame. I want to see that statement made this year, next year and for as long as he plays, Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh thinks Suggs could still have his best football ahead of him.

He’s inspired, Harbaugh said. The guy is in phenomenal shape. He is at another level of conditioning.

Suggs said last month that he still thinks he can get better. Harbaugh agrees.

In addition to classic socialist theorists such as Karl Marx, Rapone says he found inspiration in the writings of Stan Goff, a retired Special Forces master sergeant who became a socialist anti-war activist.

Even while still a cadet, Rapone’s online postings alarmed a West Point history professor, who wrote Rapone up, saying his online postings were red flags that cannot be ignored. Rapone was disciplined but still allowed to graduate.

Giants’ Odell Beckham coaches drills at youth camp

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Though first-year head coach Pat Shurmur emphasized building a communicative relationship with the mercurial Beckham, it started out as a rocky offseason between the two sides.

Unhappy with the headlines created by his off-field behavior, the Giants reportedly listened to trade offers for Beckham.

The surgical scar on Beckham’s ankle was visible, but he certainly didn’t show caution as he played with campers, doing 1-on-1 matchups, throwing passes and swiping the ball from campers who caused fumbles. He made a few patented one-handed catches, of course.

Thursday’s unexpected development is the latest chapter in New Jersey’s seven-year fight to legalize sports betting. Five pro and college sports leagues sued the state repeatedly since 2011 to stop the plans.

He headed sales of teams and construction of stadiums. Goodell tried to convince Grubman to stay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, but he follows other high-ranking executives to leave the league in recent months. Former COO Tod Leiwicke left to become the president of the future NHL Seattle franchise, and former executive vice president of communications Joe Lockhart departed to spend more time with his family. Grubman graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1980 and served in the nuclear submarine service aboard USS Boston, SSN703.

Roster construction in the NFL is an around-the-clock endeavor with different angles and divisions: short-term acquisitions merge with long-term thinking as general managers and their personnel staffs work to build a roster set up to compete both now and down the line. As NFL teams get set for what amounts to football summer vacation, we have a chance to take stock of roster decisions facing each franchise on a macro-scale: These aren’t necessarily decisions that must be made immediately.

He told me last year, ‘(this is the) best Father’s Day present ever,’ Bob Koepka said. And I said, ‘It is. Until next year.’ I’m going to say the same thing again.

Two years in a row, I haven’t gotten him anything, Brooks Koepka said with a smile. Next year, I’m not going to get him anything, either. It might bring some good luck.

Koepka learned more than just how to play golf from his father. He also was taught the value of patience and perspective. When he was good enough to make the high school team as a sixth grader, the brash 12-year-old made an announcement as the family drove back from his first nine-hole match: He was going to quit school and turn pro.

Leonard Williams isn’t thirsty for a new contract

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Things didn’t end well the last time the Jets handed a big contract extension to a defensive lineman drafted in the first round.

If you utilize all of your resources at Alabama, you’re definitely going to be prepared, Fitzpatrick said. Whether it’s the coaches, the physical training staff or just whatever. If you put 110-percent effort into it, you’re going to be prepared. Just the scheme, it’s almost the same exact thing. There’s small little differences that you’ve got to learn, but the scheme’s almost the same exact thing as Alabama. I’d just say the scheme and overall, I think we were prepared really well at Alabama.

The decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag, anti-military, Jenkins wrote in a lengthy social media post. We will continue to fight for impacted citizens and give a voice to those who never had one.

Jenkins outlined the many things Eagles players did last year, including teammate Chris Long donating his entire salary for the year to charity.

We’ve fed the hungry, we’ve mentored our youth, we’ve fought to create opportunities for communities and individuals who have been disenfranchised, we’ve given scholarships, and the list goes on, he wrote. It’s not our job. No one elected us to do this. We do it because we love this country and our communities. Everyone, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, deserves to be treated equally.

Golden Tate is as frank and open as any Lion, so surely he could give some insight into the changes, right?

I really don’t want to talk about last year, Tate said Thursday as the mandatory minicamp concluded. We’re just out here trying to compete, that’s it, point blank. We have high expectations and we’re chasing those every day.

The basics of the offense actually might not be much different with Jim Bob Cooter back as offensive coordinator. But the defense will be completely remade under Patricia and coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, and the demands will be different.

The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House.

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Unfortunately, only a small number of payers decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!

Meanwhile, support from Pennsylvania politicians rolled in.

Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) tweeted that the team could visit Congress as his guest.

Last September, the possibility of a White House visit for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors broke down after Trump took issue with star guard Stephen Curry saying he would not attend a celebration. Instead, the Warriors focused on education and community service during their February visit to the nation’s capital.

What it would bring to the program here, the level of visibility and acknowledgment, is almost incalculable, Ostrowsky said. I happen to believe Rutgers is an internationally renowned research institution. I also believe its athletic programs deserve to be of the same quality. You can have both. You can absolutely have both.

Ostrowsky calls Winkler the best advertisement for Rutgers.Winkler, who plans to pursue a career in cyber security after getting his degree in the Rutgers Masters of Business and Science program, already has a Big Ten title with a record-setting throw. He understands the importance of his next competition.

(Winning an NCAA title) would mean a lot to me to bring that to the Rutgers family, he said. Where my training is and how I feel mentally overall is better than ever. There is no reason for me to expect anything less than the best I’ve ever done.

President Donald Trump bans Eagles from White House visit

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President Donald Trump issued a statement Monday banning the Super Bowl champion Eagles from visiting the White House.

The Eagles held meetings with their players in recent weeks in regard to the trip, according to NFL.com. A large group of players had decided not to attend the White House, according to a report from ESPN.

WWE founder and chairman McMahon announced in January the XFL would return in 2020. The league previously played one season, 2001, before folding. In his announcement, McMahon vowed to give the game of football back to the fans. The league will field field eight teams, playing a 10-game season.

Fry got Mitch Moreland to ground into a fielder’s choice that was initially ruled a double play. The replay showed Moreland just beating the throw to first, and the call was overturned after a quick review. Eduardo Nunez reached on an error by Jose Rondon at third, but Fry kept the shutout intact by retiring Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr.

Sale, who had a couple extra days of rest, scoffed when asked about a lack of run support, noting his three-game losing streak started long before Friday. Sale allowed six earned runs May 27 in a loss to Atlanta and four runs on June 1 in a loss at Houston.

Herndon, 22, was cuffed at the scene before a Breathalyzer test confirmed he was intoxicated above the legal limit. He suffered only minor injuries, while the driver of the other vehicle suffered a bruised and gashed arm, acoring to the report.

We are aware of the situation and have no further comment at this time, a Jets spokesman told ESPN.com.

Herndon caught 40 passes for 477 yards and four touchdowns last season at Miami and was recently cleared to practice after recovering from a knee injury he suffered as a senior.

That was frustrating, because I knew that was a huge chance, and I hit it right at Lindor, Candelario said. I was hoping I’d get another chance.

Miguel Cabrera singled off Allen (2-3) with two outs, and Candelario followed with the first game-ending homer of his career.

That’s huge, because he’s been struggling a bit the first time he’s really done that and then he missed that shot in the 10th, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. That was a great swing, a loud noise and a big smile.

Sean McDermott: Time for Shaq Lawson to step up

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Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson said recently that he is approaching every day like my job is on the line and head coach Sean McDermott didn’t do anything to make it seem like that’s hyperbole when he addressed Lawson’s spot on the team last week.

McDermott was asked how important it is that Lawson is able to stay healthy and show the talent that led the Bills to make him a first-round pick in 2016.

Mize’s struggles meant that the expected pitcher’s duel with Florida’s Brady Singer never materialized. Singer, the 18th overall draft pick, struggled early, giving up a run in the second and third innings and throwing 72 pitches (30 in the second) through three innings, but he settled down after that. He struck out nine, gave up just four hits and walked only two in 6.2 innings.

That might sound strange, but it’s not unprecedented for the drug testers to need time to determine what substance a player took: In 2003, four Raiders players tested positive for tetrahydrogestrinone, or THG, a substance that wasn’t initially detectable in urine tests. It was only after the lengthy Balco investigation that drug testers re-tested stored urine samples and detected the substance.

Breer adds that Edelman’s test took place a couple months ago, during the offseason. That means that whatever substance he tested positive for, it wasn’t a stimulant like Adderall. Use of stimulants in the regular season is considered a performance-enhancing substance issue, but during the offseason it’s considered a substance abuse issue.

Rizzo’s shot opened the scoring in a five-run 11th, and Heyward drove in three runs during a 7-2 victory that gave the Cubs a half-game lead in the division.

Today we piled on late. You could see what we’re capable of doing, manager Joe Maddon said.

Rizzo hit a fastball down the middle from Matt Albers (3-2) for a towering shot that snapped a 2-all tie. The Cubs scored four more runs in the inning with two outs, including a two-run double by Heyward.

Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor had some advice for Randall when it comes to picking sides and making your opinion public on social media.

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Don’t hit send, he said. Should have been smarter about the whole situation, about the tweet. Whether you feel that way or not, don’t tweet it.

Coach Hue Jackson, who plans to jump into Lake Erie on Friday to make good on a promise he made when the team was going 0-16 last season, knew Randall would get some heat for his tweet.

Randall is from Florida, but said he became a fan of Curry’s after the shooting star made a name for himself at Davidson College and went pro. Randall said he also likes Cleveland’s superstar LeBron James, but not as much as Curry.

I am not anti-LeBron. I am actually a big LeBron fan as well, but when he’s going against Steph, I would rather Steph over LeBron, he said. But at the end of the day, I mean they are both great, great players, and I definitely respect everything that LeBron has done for this community and for this city and state. He is one of the greatest players to ever touch a basketball if you ask me.

Others might sit on the bench. Or stay in the tunnel. They could wear hats with a message on them. They may kneel momentarily between quarters of a game.

Those are just some of the ways players tell me they are considering protesting this fall.

Last week, the NFL banned players and league personnel from kneeling during the playing of the anthem. Players who decline to stand must stay in the locker room, or their teams could be fined.

While a handful of players told B/R they felt the new rules wouldn’t stop further protests, that feeling wasn’t entirely unanimous. However, there was a greater sense of agreement on what they thought of the league’s choice to pass the new policy in the first place.

Disappointed, but not surprised, Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith, one of the league’s most socially active players, told B/R. The next steps are the same as they have been. Continue to work toward holding police accountable for their actions, fight to change the criminal justice system and create better educational and economic opportunities for our communities…. We just want to do our part to make America a country that is truly equal for all.