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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 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

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.

J.J. Watt willing to pay funeral expenses for Santa Fe High School shooting victims

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J.J. Watt’s humanitarian efforts know no bounds.

The Houston Texans’ star defensive end is willing to pay funeral expenses for the 10 people killed in Friday morning’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

After Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area, Watt utilized social media to raise more than $37 million for people impacted by the disaster. It all started with a video posted on social media of Watt announcing a fundraising campaign with a goal of $200,000. Watt said that he would match the first $100,000. It took less than three weeks to raise more than $37 million. 

Astros manager: ‘I want answers, I don’t want to offer any more condolences’

Edmunds will eventually take over at safety, but defensive coordinator Keith Butler will rely on Burnett’s experience in the meantime. 

The No. 2 defense in the league could potentially have another versatile playmaker in defensive tackle Taven Bryan. Here’s a short-term projection that may not seem obvious now, but expect the Florida product to start in 2019.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will squeeze one more year out of Marcell Dareus then release him next offseason. Why? He carries an $11.6 million cap hit for the 2019 campaign but doesn’t hold dead money for the final three years on his deal, per Spotrac. The front office can cut him and recoup the cash. The same concept applies to Abry Jones at $4 million next year. Taven presents a cheaper alternative.

You can check all the boxes with Penny. Highly productive collegiate ball-carrier, smooth receiver and developing pass-protection skills. The Seahawks coaching staff clearly sees him as a starter. Based on his early preparation, we should follow suit. 

Report: Lowell Lotulelei retiring from football

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Utah nose tackle Lowell Lotulelei was one of eight players to sign with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent immediately following the draft earlier this month.

However, Lotulelei’s NFL career has turned out to be rather brief. According to Tony Pauline of, Lotulelei informed the Broncos of his intention to retire from playing football. Instead, Lotulelei intends to pursue a coaching career instead.

Denver waived Lotulelei on Monday.

According to Mike Klis of 9NEWS, Lotulelei returned the $15,000 he received as a signing bonus to the Broncos upon informing them of his decision to walk away from the game.

It just makes me happy that I’m here now because of everything I went through in Tampa. A lot of people don’t know how hard it is to go through a concussion every single day. It sucks.

Frazier suffered a concussion running into an outfield wall during a Feb. 24 Grapefruit League game in Bradenton, Fla., and didn’t begin his season until beginning a rehab assignment with Class A Tampa on April 26.

The Celtics got thumped next.

James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home court, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over Boston on Saturday night.

Outplayed during two losses in Boston, the Cavs used a three-day break in the series to regroup and re-grip this series. With James leading the way, they built a 19-point lead in the first quarter, pushed it to 30 in the second half and overpowered the Celtics, who fell to 1-5 on the road in the postseason.

Any discussion of Cleveland’s demise is premature. Kyle Korver made four of the team’s 17 3-pointers, six players scored in double figures and the Cavs, who have spent the season seeking chemistry and cohesion, were connected defensively.

Vita Vea’s only rookie duty for Bucs involves Disney’s ‘Moana’

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Buccaneers defensive lineman Vita Vea’s rookie hazing has taken on a distinctly Disney theme at organized team activities.

The defensive lineman from Washington draws a strong resemblance to the Disney character Maui from the film “Moana” — so much so that veteran lineman Gerald McCoy has required him to introduce himself as such to McCoy’s kids during OTAs, according to Pewter Report.

“On other teams I’ve been on, personally, it’s like, ‘What can you do for me now?’ And everybody is kind of focusing on the people they throw money at the players with the big names,” Obada said. “With this team and with these coaches, everybody is equal, so you don’t get lost in the system.

The ultimate goal — next up for Obada, at least — is to make the final 53-man roster in Year 2 with the Panthers.

“Right now, I’m going to be the best I can be, be myself,” Obada said. “All I know is that whatever I do, I’m going to make sure I help this team win.”

Donald, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, also missed out on the Rams’ offseason program last month.

He’s currently on the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to make $6.89 million this season.

Courting Las Vegas. This one goes without saying. Once the NFL got the new stadium and two new teams into Los Angeles, and lost the city as a market to hold over cities with stadium problems, Las Vegas moved into the vacancy. It took little time for the ownersled, as in the Los Angeles situation, by the Cowboys’ Jerry Jonesto recalibrate their feelings about parking a franchise in the middle of America’s gambling capital. Ground has been broken for the Raiders’ new stadium.

Player punishments. This one’s easy. The NFL has rarely, if ever, passed up a chance to punish players whenever the rules allowed. Thus, last offseason, they fined more than two dozen players, including Marshawn Lynch, for participating in an arm-wrestling tournament at a Vegas casino. Tony Roma’s fantasy football convention was shut down twice when it was scheduled for Vegas, before he moved it last year to the Dallas area.

Will McClay’s assessment of Dez Bryant won’t soothe hard feelings

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The rancor had seemed to die down between receiver Dez Bryant and his former team. And there’s now a chance it’s been stirred up again.

Cowboys exec Will McClay provided an unnecessarily candid assessment of Bryant’s diminished skills, one that won’t help Dez get a new team — and that will make Dez even more determined to muster whatever his remaining skills will allow in order to punish the Cowboys wherever and whenever he can.

In this week’s Game Plan, we’re going to look back at how the fifth first-round quarterback found a way to sneak into the Top 32 picks; look ahead at a fairly barren landscape of 2019 draft-eligible quarterbacks; examine how the Mark Ingram suspension impacts a Saints team that seems ready for a run; investigate the Browns’ decision with the fourth pick; and calculate the impact of Matt Ryan ’s contract.

The Steelers also signed Penn State defensive tackle Parker Cothren, who started every game last season, and Villanova cornerback Trey Johnson. Johnson had four interceptions during his college years.

Western Michigan running back Jarvion Franklin, LSU defensive end Greg Gilmore, N.C. State tight end Pharoah McKever, TCU center Patrick Morris, Elon offensive lineman Ikenna Nwokeji, Toledo linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, UAB guard Chris Schleuger, Connecticut cornerback Jamar Summers, Florida State linebacker Matthew Thomas and Tennessee defensive end Kendal Vickers.

If the NFL does away with us, then we are just taking a step backwards, Davis says.

It shows the rest of the world that the NFL does not care about women, that we have no voice. I surely hope that a dad would not bring his daughter to an NFL game if they did away with cheerleaders because they didn’t want to deal with women. NFL teams devote plenty of resources to dealing with the athletes who perform on the field. It’s past time for them to re-think how they treat the athletes who work on the sidelines.Question or comment?

NFL seems to be adopting targeting rule without adopting targeting rule

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Before the 2018 annual meeting, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported that the NFL would not be adopting a college-style targeting rule, allowing ejections for the use of the helmet as a weapon to be imposed by someone other than the on-field officials. That position appears to be on the verge of changing.

Maske reported on Monday that ejections by officials under the rule that prevents lowering of the helmet to initiate contact will be subject to replay review. The unanswered question (for now) is whether failures to eject will be correctable via replay review, allowing 345 Park Avenue to buzz the referee and to instruct the referee to remove a player from the field when deemed necessary.

Second, after jettisoning Joe Haden last summer, the Browns were left without a former first-rounder at a premium position, and it showed.

Meanwhile, they already had Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah on the edge.

To be clear, this wasn’t pushing a need, but need can be a tiebreaker when things are close.

And third, when Ward came on his visit, he appealed to the staff by talking about his Northeast Ohio roots, and the coaches came away thinking Ward wanted to be in Cleveland and embraced the idea of being part of a turnaround, which fit into the culture change Dorsey has been pushing.

According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, the position is considered permanent and no search is being done for a replacement.

Kim Pegula and her husband Terry bought the Bills in 2014, so it’s not as if she didn’t already have power there. But it does break a bit of ground, as she joins a very short list of top female sports executives.

Tina Becker has been chief operating officer of the Panthers while the team is being sold, though she’s not necessarily expected to remain once Jerry Richardson hands the keys to someone else. And Katie Blackburn (the daughter of Bengals owner Mike Brown) serves as their executive vice president.

But roles for females at the top of sports organizations are still rare, and while the circumstances add a layer of irony, it represents a positive step in what has always been very much an old boys club.

The uniforms should take the form of the classic college cheerleading look, skirts and crop tops that highlight their six-packs without revealing major cleavage.

On the left, the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders at an opening-week game in 2016.

Bills tried to trade up with Browns, Broncos before getting Josh Allen at No. 7

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The Bills got their man, quarterback Josh Allen, by trading up to the seventh overall pick in the draft. But they wanted to trade up higher.

Shazier was immobilized on a backboard, carted off the field, and taken to a Cincinnati hospital.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin did not have an update on Shazier’s status after the game.

This is a tough game, tough business, Tomlin said. 5-0 (Shazier) is our brother.

My elbow is feeling much better. It feels good, Rutgers linebacker Trevor Morris told NJ Advance Media in his first comments since dislocating his elbow during spring practice . I’m very happy with where I’m at. I’m hoping to get right back to where I was, if not better, this coming season.

Morris is out of his sling after suffering the injury in April’s final spring scrimmage. Morris then sat out the final week of practices and the Scarlet-White spring game . Head coach Chris Ash said at the time he anticipated Morris would be ready for the start of training camp in August, and nothing has altered that expectation. The injury did not require surgery.

Just a lot of rest, a lot of recovery, Morris said. I should be back to 100 percent.

Morris, a King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, native, has been Rutgers’ weakside linebacker the last two seasons. He’s posted back-to-back 100-tackle seasons with 118 in 2017, the second-most in the conference . When Morris entered the Scarlet Knights’ starting lineup in 2016, he was a bright spot for a struggling position group. The linebacker corps has since become one of the team’s deepest units.

(Pittsburgh fans who lived in the D.C. area, of course, could still break through this firewall.) “I got a lot of emails from Pittsburgh saying I was mean-spirited and unfair. I don’t care. I’m going to keep doing it,” Leonsis told the Washington Post. While the practice of teams protecting home ice is more commonplace today, it was seen as a petty reaction to the Penguins’ popularity at the time.

Baffert didn’t need to worry.

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Going in, my main concern was really just getting him out of the gate, Smith said. Because, believe it or not, I mean, he’s just so talented. I mean, this horse, he’s so above average, it’s unbelievable. He has a mind to go with it. I knew if I could get him out of there and get him into a big rhythm, he can go fast. That’s how good he is. He can go at 45 and still finish like he did was incredible.

Big Money Mike knew exactly what he had and what he wanted. He wanted to lay second as the pack came out of that first turn. Yes, second would be fine. It all fell into place for him. Promises Fulfilled dutifully became the pace-setter. He was no threat, and Smith tucked in behind him out of the first turn, just as he wanted.

Then it happened just as sure and he felt it would.

As the Jets this week waived one quarterback (Bryce Petty) and welcomed another (No. 3 overall draft pick Sam Darnold), Christian Hackenberg remains on their roster.

This offseason, Hackenberg has changed his throwing motion, with the help of a personal quarterback coach.

But is it too late for him with the Jets? Probably, since they just drafted Darnold and traded away three second-round picks to move up from sixth to third, in order to get him.

The Jets are now in the second phase of their offseason workout program, so Hackenberg can get out there on the practice field and throw. (The Jets begin spring practices, with organized team activities, on May 22.)

The majority of NFL teams that are running an optional rookie camp will hold their workouts May 11-13.

The nine teams beginning workouts include several of the top rookies from last week’s draft, including Baker Mayfield (Cleveland), Lamar Jackson (Baltimore), and Sam Darnold (New York).

The three days of work allow the first-year players to get a jump-start on learning the playbook and preparing for their immersion in the NFL.

Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team may hold one post-draft Rookie Minicamp on either the first or second weekend following the NFL draft, with players participating in club activities for a maximum of ten hours per day.

Panthers DB coach resigned following investigation

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Carolina Panthers defensive backs coach Curtis Fuller resigned this week following an investigation into complaints of inappropriate conduct, the team announced Friday.

TV cameras often show the rooms before the draft starts, when team personnel are settling in and reviewing their notes. That’s a quiet time.

Then the cameras show teams when they are on the clock. By then, they know who they’re planning to take … unless an appealing, last-minute trade offer comes through.

Then the room becomes more animated as the trade details are worked out and called into the league before time expires. The last thing a team wants is to not submit their pick or trade details on time, because in that case, the next team can jump in and select.

The Ravens had designs on selecting a running back, only to get foiled by teams selecting ahead of them in the middle and late rounds of the draft.

It’s safe to say DeCosta is a fan of the Bears ‘ first-round pick. While the Ravens traded out of the opportunity to select James, they wouldn’t have passed up the chance grab Georgia’s Butkus Award winner.

If you’ve got a chance to get a guy like Roquan Smith, DeCosta said, you should probably take him.

In the early rounds, teams generally wait for last-minute trade offers before telling their representatives at the draft site to hand in the pick. With 10 minutes allotted in the first round (previously 15 for most of my NFL years) and seven minutes in the second round (previously 10) before it drops to five minutes in the remaining rounds, there’s a lot of down time.

The draft presents a mix of highs and lows in terms of a team’s success, but everybody knows it takes two or three years before actual success can be determined.

Now in my consulting work with an NFL agent group, the draft is more of the same — sweating it out as I wait for our players to be selected.