NFL Draft 2018: Saquon Barkley’s jersey reportedly best-selling in draft history through first round

It didn’t take long for Saquon Barkley’s NFL jersey to fly off the shelves.

The running back, selected second overall by the Giants on Thursday, generated more jersey sales on draft night than any other player in its history, a Fanatics official told ESPN. The previous top-seller was Johnny Manziel in 2014.

Cubs: Maddon said Bryant has been checked by doctors and could return Thursday night when the Cubs begin a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. “He’s fine,” Maddon said. “I’d be surprised if it took a turn in the other direction.”

Indians: LHP Ryan Merritt (sprained left knee) will make one more start at extended spring training before starting a minor league rehab assignment.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks will start the opener of a four-game series against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field on Thursday.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger, who allowed two hits in his first career complete-game shutout against Baltimore in his last start, goes against Seattle on Thursday.

The 36-year-old McCown released the news Friday through his agent, Mike McCartney, noting, “it’s bittersweet to leave the game I love and the craft I’ve worked at since the 2nd grade.”

McCown appeared in 62 NFL games for five different NFL teams, but made only 10 starts in a career that began in 2004. He appeared in 40 of those games and made one start with the Saints. His other NFL games came with the Browns (who drafted him in the fourth round), Buccaneers, Jaguars and Falcons.

Given McCown’s reputation as a career backup, Verizon signed him to do a 2015 commercial touting the network’s system of backup generators. With McCown dressed in uniform and old-style Western music playing in the background, the QB gazed at a backup generator and deadpanned, “I wonder why they save those backups and not just put them in the regular rotation. I bet if they just had the chance, some of those backups would really shine.”

The 22-year-old Lauer made a mistake in the second with a fastball that Story took deep to left to give the Rockies a 7-0 lead. Story’s other grand slam was April 21, 2017, against San Francisco.

Story is on a roll over his last eight games, hitting .423 with three homers.

“Just trying to put my best swing on it and not try to do too much,” Story said.steelers_050

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