Browse Month: June 2018

The Falcons will be the only NFL team to make a USO tour this summer, traveling to Iraq to visit active duty members at three military bases.

On the trip, Quinn will be joined by kicker Matt Bryant, guard Ben Garland and center Alex Mack.
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All eyes have been on Atlanta’s first-round pick, Calvin Ridley. The former Alabama receiver has been getting a significant amount of reps in practice with Matt Ryan and the first team offense. Coach Dan Quinn has been on record saying that Ridley is definitely further along than most in terms of his comfort with the offensive scheme and his progression in the offense. How different does he look on the field from rookie minicamp to now? Quinn has also said he’s been extremely pleased with his rookie class this year. How are cornerback Isaiah Oliver, defensive tackle Deadrin Senat, wide receiver Russell Gage, running back Ito Smith and linebacker Foyesade Oluokun contributing on the field?

You’ve heard Quinn say Atlanta’s offensive scheme isn’t undergoing any major changes. However, he did say new wrinkles would be added. So what exactly are those? Running back Tevin Coleman said he would be featured more. Quinn not only said Coleman would be more involved, but Devonta Freeman also. How are the rest of the offensive weapons like wide receiver Mohamed Sanu being used now with the addition of Ridley?

Turbin released a statement on his Twitter account Friday apologizing to his family, fans, teammates and friends after Xavier Rhodes Jersey testing positive to a banned substance under the league’s policy.

Today it will be made public, that a urine sample I provided to the NFL has resulted in a positive test of a banned substance under league policy with regards to Performance Enhancing Substances, Turbin wrote, in part. It absolutely kills me that I allowed this to happen. It has always been a priority in my life to display a high level of leadership both on and off the field. I strive to be a person that people can look up to and strive to exemplify the definition of hard work.

Unfortunately, I have made a mistake. A mistake that will not only have personal consequences, but will affect the Colts organization, an Javon Hargrave Womens Jersey organization that I am extremely appreciative to be a part of. For that, I am truly sorry.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald makes a catch during minicamp.

The minicamp is mandatory, and so Larry Fitzgerald was always going to be here.
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The rest of the offseason is voluntary, and if anyone would miss some of that time it would figure to be Fitz, a man going into his 15th season whose résumé will put him in the Hall of Fame someday.

We always have an exercise in mind in terms of the fundamental we are working on that particular day, Wilson said of the discussions. But half of it, we are talking philosophy and we’re talking about his game, and where it is at, and where it needs to be moving forward. It’s a good give-and-take, and I enjoy that time.

Wilson is Johnson’s third position coach Womens Karl Mecklenburg Jersey in four years, after Stump Mitchell and Freddie Kitchens. Johnson shrugs that off, noting that he had a different running backs coach each of his years in college at Northern Iowa.

So the special teams period often is Johnson’s getting-to-know moments with Wilson, who has at different points in his career coached running backs Emmitt Smith, Edgerrin James, Le’Veon Bell and Adrian Peterson, among others.

If I played I’d be happy, Holden said. That’s what I was drafted for, to be a tackle. I played tight end. I played guard. I haven’t played tackle yet. So it would be good to get in there and mix it up a little bit where I’ve played. I played left tackle in college, in high school. To get back to it would be awesome.

Goodwin said if Holden has to play, he’d be confident in his ability to hold up at the ever-important position on the quarterback’s blind side. Goodwin said there was a lull in Holden’s work ethic earlier this season, but it Authentic Mychal Kendricks Jersey has been ironed out after a conversation with the rookie.

He’s grown up a little bit, Goodwin said. I think he has a bright future as long as he keeps climbing the ladder and doing what he needs to do.

Holden said it has been a challenge at times grinding through in his first professional season.

Why Ohio State game shouldn’t impact Rutgers’ QB decision

Cole has been named Third-Team preseason All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and Lindy’s ahead of the season, and fourth-team by Phil Steele. Rutgers spent the spring mixing and matching players at different spots on the Alex Stalock Authentic Jersey line, but Cole is locked in as left tackle.
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I like to challenge those guys. I don’t like them to just sit in a rut, Rutgers offensive line coach A.J. Blazek said during spring practice. Sometimes you’re going to have to move, and he’s never done it. You get a veteran guy, and you can move him.

We’re trying to find a combination to put the best five out there, and then we have an answer for (when) a right side, a left side, a center that go down. NFL style, you have to have eight guys. Nine is great.

From there, Holder struck out pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy on three pitches to take away the threat of a game-tying sac fly, then he got out of the inning by retiring light-hitting catcher Pedro Severino on a popup to short.

That was huge, Gray said. Walking off the mound there, at that situation you’re just kind of hoping that we can get out of the inning with a tie game. To do what he did was incredible, and I feel like after he did that you could feel a jolt go across the bench and we knew we were going to win this game.

Especially with the crosstown Yankees looking like a World Series contender.

The Yankees have built a two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the American League East and own the best record in baseball.

But with injuries to Masahiro Tanaka and Jordan Montgomery, general manager Brian Cashman is shopping for starters.

That has the rumor mill working overtime with ways the Mets could trade deGrom or Syndergaard to the Bronx.

But Syndergaard brushed off the trade scuttlebutt, per the New York Post:

To be quite honest I haven’t been paying much attention to that mumbo jumbo, Syndergaard said, when asked about the trade rumors. I can only control what’s in my control. If that were to happen, it’s completely Joe Carter Jersey outside of what I am capable of controlling.

Lynn seemed to be ready to secure a multiyear deal at the outset of free agency, but teams veered away from the 31-year-old right-hander.

The 29 teams not named the Twins may have caught a break by staying away from Lynn. Through Lynn’s first nine starts he owns a 6.34 ERA (4.95 FIP) with a 1.86 WHIP, .307 BAA and a whopping 6.1 BB/9.

Lynn did turn in the best effort of the season on Tuesday against the Tigers, throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings in which he allowed just six baserunners. If the Twins are going to recoup their investment, Lynn is going to have gain at least 1.2 points in fWAR value over the remainder of the season.

Sabathia does not pitch all that deep into games any longer, but he’s figured out a way to make the most of his new style of pitching. The Yankees are getting a bit more than they paid for overall as he’s generated $4.5 million in performance value thus far.

Matt Carpenter walked, advanced on a sacrifice by Harrison Bader and scored on Marcell Ozuna’s liner up the middle in the third.

Brewers starter Junior Guerra allowed one run and three hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in five-plus innings.

Cardinals: INF Paul DeJong (left hand fracture) took batting practice and is anxious to return. It looked like he didn’t miss a beat, but we’re going to have to slow down and make sure we’re following the program, manager Mike Matheny said.

Brewers: LF Ryan Braun missed his second consecutive game after receiving a cryotherapy injection in his troublesome right thumb Wednesday in Los Angeles. … LHP Wade Miley (right oblique strain) made a rehab start for Double-A Biloxi. He went two innings and allowed a run on three hits and struck out three.

Each team struck out 15 times and each one seemed to bring consternation with plate umpire Tim Timmons.

When the pitchers keep putting the balls on the corners, there’s going to be some disagreements, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. There were a lot of balls put on corners tonight.

Dak Prescott: Cowboys will be an exciting team and surprise a lot of people

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has lost two of his favorite receivers, but he’s excited about the prospects for a big-play offense in Dallas this season.
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Following Friday night’s 4-1 win over the Mets in the opener of the Subway Series at Citi Field, Chapman said he has been dealing with tendinitis for about three weeks.

It is something the Yankees have been monitoring, but manager Aaron Boone said the problem wasn’t bothering Chapman’s pitching.

I don’t think it’s that much of a concern. It’s been something he has been dealing with, Boone said of the pellet-throwing lefty who led AL relievers with a 15.53 strikeout-per-nine innings ratio. That was Otis Sistrunk Jersey second in the majors among all pitchers entering Saturday.

Chapman put the first two runners in the ninth inning Friday night on base and retired the next three for his 16th save in 17 chances. The 30-year-old was third in saves among AL relievers entering Saturday night’s action.

Why, given all that is now known about the risks of a career in professional football, do fans continue to complain when a player hopes to receive greater compensation for the risks he assumes and the sacrifices he makes?

Hyperbolic curmudgeon Bill Polian recently ranted on ESPN’s NFL Live about the disingenuous notion that players have an obligation to honor their contracts. That’s easy for folks on the league’s side of the ledger to say, since teams can rip up the contracts whenever they want. Players can’t just walk away, so at times they Womens John Timu Jersey must take advantage of the tools available to them under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Despite Polian’s position that players have no real alternatives, they do. The system allows them to not show up, as long as they’re willing to risk incurring the associated fines. For mandatory minicamp, the potential price is $84,435. For training camp, it’s $40,000 per day.

And if the players choose to push it even farther, they can give up game checks and show up as late as Week 10, getting credit for the contract year and moving another step closer to free agency.

Ricky Stanzi washes out of the CFL

A once-promising NFL quarterback has reached the end of the road in Canada. And, no, it’s not Johnny Manziel.
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Via, the Calgary Stampeders have released veteran quarterback Ricky Stanzi. The former NFL journeyman parlayed a 2017 Spring League performance into a CFL gig, spending all of last season with the Stampeders and appearing in two games.

Stanzi, 30, spent time in the NFL with the Chiefs, Jaguars, Texans, Giants, and Lions. He never appeared in an NFL regular-season game.

We’ve lasted 31 years and to a certain degree, ownership has tried to screw the game up, said Philadelphia Soul co-owner Ron Jaworski. I’m being blatantly honest with you. There have been some owners in this league that should not have been Arena Football League owners.

Just three years ago, the league had 12 teams. And betting (especially real-time, in-game wagering) could be the thing that kick starts a league that has lingered but never really thrived. With the Alliance of American Football starting next year and the XFL returning in 2020, there could be plenty of opportunities for young players to get opportunities to develop, especially Authentic Avisail Garcia Jersey if the AFL begins adding teams.

The 31-year-old said he’s thankful to be alive, but doesn’t remember anything that happened in the White Sox dugout when he collapsed after an inning. Doctors determined a ruptured aneurysm caused the hemorrhage.

I had a few doctors call me a miracle and (tell me) how lucky I am to be as functional as I am, Farquhar said during the interview.

Doctors told him that about 40 percent of people who experience ruptured brain aneurysms die, and about Charcandrick West Jersey 60 percent of the ones who survive do so with severe disabilities, according to ABC News.

Adding to the miracle, Farquhar also said he was fortunate he collapsed while pitching in a game where trainers and medical staff were close by. The White Sox pitcher said just days before the scare he was in a hotel in Minnesota by himself for three days due to snow, but the result of his recovery could have been very different if he weren’t on the field.

Beckham wows campers with 1-handed catches

Beckham wouldn’t gain anything from saying otherwise and announcing a holdout with a six-week negotiating window ahead, but those are his first media comments since the Super Bowl — an interview with NJ Advance Media during which he said it was time to get his contract extension over with — and his second since suffering a broken ankle last October.
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That question still will hang over Beckham and the Giants all summer or until a formal rsolution, however.

The Giants and Beckham could be headed toward a stand-off unless the front office budges and offers Beckham a contract extension as the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.

Was it a smart precaution against re-injury? Or a silent protest against his contract status? Training camp will tell more.

The knee is doing good, Watson said Wednesday, via the Houston Chronicle. For the nine-week goal we put in from the beginning (of the offseason program), I’m pretty much where I wanted to be. Kind of passed it inside in the weight room, mentally and also on the field, so everything’s going smoothly right now.

Heading into the 2018 season, Houston looms as a boom-or-bust team depending on how all their injuries shake Andre Holmes Jersey out. If everyone — Watson, J.J. Watt, Darryl Roberts Jersey Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus — returns healthy, the Texans are a playoff contender. At this stage that’s an amorphous if.

Now that the offseason practices are over, Wentz said he will spend the majority of the time until training camp in Philadelphia rehabbing at the NovaCare Complex.

The final hurdle in his rehab is to be cleared for full contact, something Wentz remains confident will happen in time for him to be on the field in the season opener.

I kind of stay by my goal that I said a while ago which is Week 1, Wentz said. Preseason, we’ll see. Time will tell. But my goal is targeting Week 1.

the NBA Finals resumes Wednesday night and the Cavaliers look to get on track at home.

Trubisky said he is excited to watch the matchup, but he wouldn’t mind an opportunity to play shooting guard in a supporting role to LeBron James.

I think I should be coming off the bench to help the Cavs, Trubisky said. It’s like I’m a part of the team, I’m one of those guys, it’s like that crazy.

I’m not crashing the boards, I’m just shooting threes. I’m spreading the floor for LeBron, so I’m just going to knock down shots for him if he needs.

Who is the most underpaid of the batch? Mahomes has started just one NFL game and is getting a lot more money than the other three, while Fuller has to prove in a new setting that his strong 2017 season wasn’t an anomaly and that he can hold it down outside of the slot. Hunt was listed by PFR as the second-most-valuable player on the Kansas City roster last season, but Hill ranked fourth in that category while making the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row. 

Hill has accomplished more than the other three, plays a more premium position than Hunt and is making less than all of them. The 24-year-old is grossly underpaid. 

While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton. I have already shared this information with the Hall. After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life, elsewhere.

Owens said he would reveal his plans at a later date. The 2018 Hall of Fame class will be enshrined on Aug. 4.

A five-time all-pro selection, he trails only Jerry Rice in career receiving yards (15,934) and ranks third in touchdown catches (153). He played for five teams — the 49ers, Eagles Cowboys, Bills and Bengals — in his 15-year career.

He previously announced he would have his wide receivers coach from his early days of the 49ers, George Stewart, be his presenter at the Hall of Fame. But he was not on hand for NFL Honors when the 2018 class was revealed, nor was he at Super Bowl LII when the group was recognized.

Owens was heavily critical of the Hall of Fame for its voting process after being denied entry in his first two years of eligibility.

Sports gambling has begun in Delaware, and the governor placed the first bet

In a sign of how quickly sports gambling is getting legalized in states other than Nevada, today sports gambling began in Delaware — and it was the governor who placed the first bet.
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Delaware Governor John Carney showed up at the first sports book to open in his state and placed the first bet, putting $10 on the Philadelphia Phillies to beat the Chicago Cubs tonight.

There’s some optimism out of Cincinnati that the Bengals may finally have their offensive line issues sorted out —which really have been the biggest reason why the team went from five straight playoff berths to 13-18-1 over the last two years. Losing Kevin Zeitler and then Andrew Whitworth didn’t help; and the Bengals may finally have made up for it in trading for left tackle Cordy Glenn and drafting Billy Price. But just as big has been the addition of new position coach Frank Pollack, who helped build the Dallas line over the last five years, and it can be seen in some salvage work he’s doing with veterans Cedric Ogbuehi and Bobby Hart.

Vinatieri says he thinks the Colts just aren’t pushing Luck and he believes the team’s big-time signal caller will be back for the Week 1 game against the Bengals in September.

That remains to be seen though and I’m in the I’ll believe it when I see itcamp when it comes to Luck. It has just been too long and there has been too much false information put Womens Dennis Byrd Jersey out by the Colts in regards to Luck’s injury.

The only other quarterbacks on the Colts’ roster are last year’s starter, Jacoby Brissett and backups Brad Kaaya and Phillip Walker. Kaaya was a sixth round draft pick by the Lions in 2017 and Walker was an undrafted free agent signed by the Colts last year. Both guys spent most of last season on NFL practice squads and it’s unlikely either of them are in a position to start in 2018. If the Christian Okoye Jersey Colts don’t have Luck, they’d likely turn to Brissett once again.

Hector Rondon struck out the side in the ninth for his third save of the season and second in as many games.

It was a weird play and I think it caught everybody off guard, including the umpiring crew, he said. Kela does that all the time with nobody on, so I think he was so focused on the Reggie White Jersey hitter, he decided to do a quick pitch, which you can’t do.
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Kela didn’t have much of an argument himself.

Choo, who reached base in a majors-leading 26th straight game, and Carlos Perez had two-run singles for the Rangers.

Callender signed with the Seahawks in May after taking part in their rookie minicamp as a tryout player.

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (0-3, 5.02) will be making his seventh start in search for his first Major League win.Daniel Poncedeleon called up by Cardinals 13 months after severe head injury

ST. LOUIS A little more than a year after a life-threatening brain injury, Daniel Poncedeleon is ready to make his major league debut.

The St. Louis Cardinals bought the 26-year-old right-hander’s contract from Triple-A Memphis on Monday before they opened a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.

I was pretty speechless when I first heard about it, Poncedeleon said. I didn’t believe it. I Womens Aaron Ness Jersey thought [Memphis manager] Stubby [Clapp] was playing a little joke on me. I was called into the office, and they told me. My wife [Jennifer] was waiting outside the door, and the first person I called was my dad [Ramon Poncedeleon].

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