Bears waive Jeremy Langford after claiming Taquan Mizzell

The Bears waived former starting running back Jeremy Langford, the team announced on Sunday.

Langford’s roster spot went to undrafted running back Taquan Mizzell, who the team claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens.

As Matt Forte’s primary backup in 2015, Langford — selected in the fourth round that year out of Michigan State — rushed for 537 yards and six touchdowns. Langford became only one of three Bears players in franchise history with 100 receiving yards, one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown in a single game.

When No. 11 Michigan and No. 17 Florida take the field for their opener in North Texas on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC), they’ll be dressed well for a high school rave.

Michigan is designated as the away team for this neutral-site game and required to wear a “light” color, which this certainly is, even if it’s not the usual road white.

The first problem, of course, is that Campbell has never played or coached at Ohio State. “Did I say ‘at’ Ohio State? I meant ‘NEAR’ Ohio State,” said Pollard, adding, “Oops, fake news, eh?”

The second, bigger problem is that Ohio State is not in Michigan and does not have the word “Michigan” in its official or unofficial name. “Turns out it’s really difficult to not use the word ‘Iowa’ when you’re Iowa State University.”

Things took a bizarre turn when Campbell proposed new Cyclone uniforms for the ‘Team Out East’ game that don’t include the word ‘Iowa’.
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Martz does not believe McVay can help develop second-year Rams quarterback Jared Goff Jersey

In the Wild West world of professional baseball prior to MLB, the first World Series of the modern era was an informal series between the AL and NL leaders of that year — The Boston Americans (later, Red Sox) and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh, which was spelled without the ‘h’ at the time, was favoured to claim the series and started off well. The Pirates won three of the first four games before allowing Boston to win four straight and clinch the series, 5-3.
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Christian Jones Womens Jersey Martz does not believe McVay can help develop second-year Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Goff threw for 1,089 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions last season while failing to win a game in seven starts.

This guy is a quarterback expert? An offensive expert? Wait a minute while I puke, Martz said of McVay. Right, he’s going to be able to teach and handle and guide Jared through tough times because of all of his expertise and knowledge? Right. I’m not going to drink that Kool-Aid.

There have been fewer problems since he moved to Miami, although he got off without a flag when he appeared to kick Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, leading the Steelers to file a formal complaint to the league. The NFL chose not to fine Suh for in that circumstance. Roethlisberger said he’d never felt anything hit his knee harder but declined to comment whether the move was purposeful. Only he knows that, Roethlisberger said.

the Rams are likely to give Jared Goff Authentic Jersey the 2017 and 2018 seasons to prove he’s their franchise quarterback

It’s made a noticeable difference — Cousins is 5-10 pounds lighter than his 202-pound playing weight from last season.

Kids Tavon Young Jersey Why the change? The 29-year-old Cousins told the Post he looked around the league at other quarterbacks who have changed their dietary habits, including Tom Brady, who at age 40 is playing better than ever. Other quarterbacks who have touted a healthier diet include Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.

It took the fourth or fifth time hearing, ‘You need to do this,’ and then reading about Drew Brees and Tom Brady and others who are your peers doing it, Cousins said. I realized, ‘If I want to hang with these guys, then it’s time to stop playing around.’

Whether or not it’s smart, the Rams are likely to give Jared Goff the 2017 and 2018 seasons to prove he’s their franchise quarterback. They’ve added weapons around him, and they’ll likely use the draft to keep their defense a strength. Chubb could be coveted like former N.C. State standout Mario Williams was in his draft class.

Kids Lamarcus Joyner Jersey After trading Sammy Watkins, the Bills are left without a feature receiver, and Sutton is a top-10 talent. The Bills also might be in the market for a quarterback, but they can find one later in Round 1 and might be better off giving Tyrod Taylor another season.

Cowboys rookie Cooper Rush is threatening to create a backup QB controversy

Quarterback controversies are football fans’ guilty pleasure, and an unexpected one may be emerging in Dallas.

Undrafted rookie free agent Cooper Rush got snaps with the second-team offense at practice Monday, two days after another impressive preseason showing.

The former Central Michigan star’s emergence has led some to question whether Kellen Moore’s spot as the backup to Dak Prescott might be in jeopardy.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday (via the Dallas Morning News) that Rush is in line to get more work with the second team and assessed the rookie’s work so far this way: Take advantage of opportunities when you have them. Be ready. Be prepared. He’s done that from minute one.

Elite Youth Malcolm Mitchell Jersey His next pass to Parker fell incomplete and another penalty forced the Dolphins to punt on the opening series. The second series began with Cutler hitting Parker in stride for a 16-yard gain over the middle.

Cutler, who had retired in May, finished his night 3 of 6 for 24 yards. The 34-year-old quarterback seemed very comfortable in the offense of head coach Adam Gase, who was Cutler’s offensive coordinator in 2015 while they were both with the Bears.
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Running mostly a no-huddle, shotgun offense, Cutler was able to call his own plays. Penalties caused each of his drives to stall, but Cutler did not really show any rust and had pretty good timing with receivers he’s only been working with for 10 days.

It was just one game, a preseason contest at that, but the Dolphins portion of Cutler’s career is off to a good start.

Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski plays first preseason game since 2012

For the first time since 2012, Rob Gronkowski saw preseason action.

The Patriots tight end unexpectedly played 14 of the team’s first 16 plays in Saturday night’s exhibition loss to the Texans. Although he didn’t record any catches or targeted passes, Gronkowski said it was nice to just be on the field.

But at no point in the article did he mention “antifa.” The Wikipedia page for the group can provide a full explanation, but basically they are far-left minded people. Even though he didn’t mention that group, Breitbart News blogger Dan Leberfeld, who also covers the Jets for jetsconfidential.com, made a false headline claiming that Jenkins did.

The far-left Antifa movement, which seemingly showed up in Charlottesville looking for a brawl with the White Nationalists, were there to “defend their country?”
The article has since been taken down, and Leberfeld issued an apology.

The apology wasn’t good enough for Jenkins, though. As he said in a tweet to Leberfeld, once the article went up, people were made aware of it and took it as fact. He told Leberfeld in a tweet, “I still have to deal with the aftermath of that article.”

The preseason finale is currently slated for 7 p.m. local time Thursday at NRG Stadium. The National Weather Service has warned of the possibility of significant flooding in the Houston area, which could get 15 inches of rain from the storm after it makes landfall late Friday or early Saturday.

NRG Stadium sustained significant damage from Hurricane Ike in September 2008, forcing postponement of a Texans regular-season game. Multiple sections of the stadium’s retractable roof blew off, and debris landed inside the stadium.

Beyond the preseason game against Dallas, the Texans are scheduled to open the regular season at home Sept. 10 against the Jaguars.
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Ron Baker broke his own NBA free agency news because no one else would

The New York Knicks have an interesting July ahead. Having just fired Phil Jackson as team president, New York is reportedly in the market for a new leader in basketball operations. The Knicks have a free agency decision to make on Derrick Rose. And there is that whole sticky Carmelo Anthony situation to deal with, given the franchise’s desire to trade him and the star’s unwillingness to waive his veto clause.

But before all of that, the Knicks had urgent business to attend to. And that business involved the high-stakes free agency of one Ronald Delaine Baker, the finest player to ever come out of Scott City, Kansas.
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No trade is imminent between the Suns and Cavs since Irving’s trade request became public last week, but the team has been rumored to be involved in potential three-team trades. Eric Bledsoe is the likely moving piece in any trade scenario, and Phoenix would be in the market for more young pieces and picks in exchange.

News on Tuesday could hurt their potential involvement, though, as guard Brandon Knight tore his ACL, and could miss the entire season. Bledsoe becomes a lot less expendable as a result.

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After telling Parker one last time about the complaints, Hayes took his concerns to T. Scott Wilkinson, the Hawks’ Chief Legal Officer. Hayes ended up postponing their meeting, which he didn’t tell Wilkinson the nature of. He wanted to wait for the on-boarding of the new Vice President of Safety and Security: Atlanta’s former Chief of Police George Turner, a black man Hayes would be answering to instead of Parker.

D’Angelo Russell looked a little sad watching the Lakers Summer League game

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Las Vegas Summer League kicked off on Friday night and the game between the Lakers and Clippers was the headliner. The building was packed to see how No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, Lonzo Ball, would mesh with his new team. That included D’Angelo Russell, the guy the Lakers traded away so they could rebuild with Ball instead.

The clock will be ticking loudly. George is in the final year of his contract and the Lakers have cap space waiting for him. Westbrook has one year left before an opt-out and an extension to consider. Presti couldn’t let another MVP go without a fight and so while this is a swing for the fences move, the potential rewards far outweigh the risks. Those are the choices you have to make with a top-5 player.

Shedding Victor Oladipo’s burdensome contract in the process was already a win in terms of roster construction, and securing the ultra-useful Patrick Patterson on the cheap was slick. Defensive ace Andre Roberson looks a lot better on the wing with two premium All-Stars around him. The Thunder have gone from a middle-of-the-pack playoff team to one with a puncher’s chance against anyone in the West.
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The Nuggets, meanwhile, have been looking to make a big splash for years. They’ve been a stalking horse for several major players in recent years, but haven’t been able to close the deal. They went after Dwyane Wade in free agency last summer and worked their way into discussions on a George trade.

2017-18 Minnesota Timberwolves preview: High expectations are weird for these fans

This is the ninth of Limited Upside’s 30 team previews leading up to next season. We’re bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fan base heading into the season. Check ’em all out here.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have expectations. Big expectations! That’s what a summer of grabbing Jimmy Butler for very little and many more win-now moves will do to a team with two of the last four No. 1 picks.

Should teenagers be tried as adults and sentenced to life terms?

The scientific community believes the human brain is not considered fully mature until age 25. This inherently means a person younger than 25 is still impressionable, capable of learning new things and able to modify behavior. If this is true, why are teenagers and young adults not being granted the chance to turn their lives around with rehabilitative support that includes counseling, education and work training?
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Then, phrases, like It wasn’t me or I didn’t do it, often are joked about as something all inmates say. But soaring exoneration rates of those who were falsely accused and wrongly convicted point to disturbing realities about the inconsistency and inefficiency of the criminal-justice system. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, [a] total of 166 wrongly convicted people whose convictions date as far back as 1964 were declared innocent in 2016, which amounts to approximately three exonerations per week. The vast majority of overturned convictions in 2016 were for drug crimes.

Brian Hoyer wound up for a throw then fumbled 3 yards for a Broncos fumble recovery

Brian Hoyer made the funniest blooper on Saturday’s slate of NFL preseason games.

Hoyer was gathering himself in the pocket preparing to make a throw, which he did. However, the ball was not in his hands when he tried to sling it. Instead, it went back three yards.

After leaving the Chargers in 2015, Mathews signed a three-year, $11 million deal with the Eagles. Then-head coach Chip Kelly planned to make him the key part of a 1-2 punch with Sproles. Mathews was fairly productive in the role, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and scoring seven touchdowns on 126 touches, but he still had injury problems, missing three games.

When Doug Pederson took over for Kelly in 2016, Mathews played a somewhat bigger role and set a career high with nine touchdowns, but he was decidedly a committee back next to Sproles, Smallwood, and Kenjon Barner. Mathews also suffered a severe neck injury, which ended his season early. He missed most of the offseason program recovering from surgery, while the Eagles signed Blount to more or less take his spot.

Mathews might still have something to offer as a short-yard specialist, but he turns 30 in October and has a long injury history to worry about. At best, he’ll likely have to settle for a one-year deal with the regular season right around the corner.

However, the Seahawks still have their own offensive issues to untangle. Marshawn Lynch’s brief retirement left a jumbled depth chart at running back and turned a run-first offense into an inefficient unit. The team added former Packer Eddie Lacy to a group that includes tough-running Thomas Rawls and versatile second-year back C.J. Prosise, but there’s no definite answer in that backfield so far.
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Capitals’ Kevin Shattenkirk suspended two games for charging

The Capitals will start their week without Kevin Shattenkirk.

Washington’s big trade deadline acquisition was suspended two games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Sunday for charging Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel during the Caps’ 4-2 loss on Saturday night.

Shattenkirk, facing the first suspension of his NHL career, was penalized late in the third period with his third minor penalty of the game.

The ban will cost Shattenkirk $47,222.22 in salary as a first-time offender. He will be eligible to return to action on Thursday against the Predators.
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If the beard wasn’t enough, the fact that he has no front teeth makes this picture the proverbial Mona Lisa of hockey.

Jagr is getting the lifetime achievement award here because he is in the process of growing his hair out. It doesn’t seem like he’ll retire anytime soon, so that’ll be plenty of time for him to give us back the famous mullet we’ve somehow been living without for several years.
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Mike’s commitment to excellence and to winning were unparalleled, and his commitment to the community was unrivaled, as was his boundless support of youth hockey. He was a prolific philanthropist, and, above all, a devoted partner and husband to his wife of 62 years, Marian. At this moment of heartbreaking sorrow, we send deepest condolences to the entire Ilitch family and to all who were privileged to know him, play for him or work for him.