Month: April 2018

Mora explains his Darnold/Rosen remarks

Last week, former UCLA coach Jim Mora suggested that former USC quarterback Sam Darnold, not former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, would be a better choice for the Browns “because of fit.” The comment made waves, even though Mora also said that the Giants and the Jets should each want Rosen at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

So Mora scraped up some toothpaste and jammed into the funnel in comments to Peter King of

Remember the Week 16 Sunday Splash! report that Rosen would hesitate leaving UCLA if he knew the Browns would take him at No. 1? The report emerged before Rosen declared for the draft or hired an agent, so the universe of potential sources was small: Rosen, a close family member, a close friend, or Mora, the two-time former NFL coach whose number surely resides in the phone of the ESPN reporter who published the impractical claim that nevertheless may have had the same practical impact that Mora’s on-the-record comments were intended to have: To scare the Browns away from taking Rosen.

Swanson also missed time at the end of 2016 with a head injury.

In four seasons, Swanson played 53 games with 42 starts.

“That’s my hometown, eh? So I grew up in Humboldt,” Bednar said. “… The bulk of my childhood was in that city. I grew up as a young guy dreaming to play for the Broncos and then had the opportunity as a teenager [but] moved on to the Western League.

“I know what that team means to that town. I have a couple friends — one of their sons is a goaltender for the Broncos — and he survived. He went to surgery last night in Saskatoon, and hopefully he’s doing better. But it’s a tough time for that town. It’s a tight-knit community; it’s only 6,000 people. Yeah, we send our thoughts and prayers to them for sure.”

In the end, a $750 million public contribution for a shiny, new stadium was more than enough of a reward for NFL owners to accept any perceived risk from Las Vegas. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move.

“Gambling, that is a major concern for us,” Goodell said at a media conference shortly after last year’s vote. “I think we have to make sure that we continue to stay focused on making sure that everyone has the full confidence that what you see on the field is not influenced by any outside factors. That’s our No. 1 concern. That goes to what I consider the integrity of the game, and we will not relent on that.”

Currently, the Supreme Court is reviewing the federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting, and the NFL and other leagues are positioning themselves for the future.

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Jimmy Butler Jersey shines in return as Timberwolves stay in playoff hunt

Clinging to the eighth spot in the Western Conference with Jimmy Butler back in the fold, Tom Thibodeau says he likes where the Minnesota Timberwolves are with two home games remaining in the season.
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After sitting out the past 17 games following surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee, Butler scored 18 points to help Minnesota halt a two-game losing streak with a 113-96 road victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Minnesota improved to 45-35 and is clinging to a half-game lead over the Denver Nuggets (44-35) for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

Thibodeau said the team missed Butler’s toughness, especially late in games when the All-Star can provide scoring, rebounding and defense.
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I was pleasantly surprised at how well he played, Thibodeau said. Usually when a guy is out that amount of time, there is going to be some rust. But I thought his timing was terrific. His free throw shooting was not typical of who he is, but overall very good and he was chomping at the bit to go in and that is a good sign also.

Butler hit 5 of 6 shots and scored 11 of his points in the second half when the Wolves pulled away from an injury-ravaged Lakers team.

I think every game is massive, Towns said. It’s really tight. I rather be in looking to stay in than having to be outside looking in, you know? It is big to be putting ourselves in this position. [But] there is no time to be feeling good about ourselves and relax.

Tampa Bay had not won since beating the Red Sox on March 29.

Chicago lost for the sixth time in Daniel Sedin Jersey seven games and fell to 0-4 at Guaranteed Rate Field, matching its worst home start since 1987.

Radim Vrbata Kids Jersey Smith had an RBI triple in the fourth, then singled and scored in the sixth. He was also thrown out at the plate two times.

Shortstop Tim Anderson nailed him trying to score on a fielder’s choice grounder by Rob Refsnyder in the fourth. Smith was also thrown out by first baseman Jose Abreu in the eighth when he tried to steal home with runners on the corners. The Rays won after a skid that included five one-run losses.

We’ve lost so many one-run games, especially to Boston, the Yankees, took some tough L’s there, Smith said. Getting this win, especially in the circumstance was phenomenal.

Joey Wendle led off a two-run fifth with his first homer .

Tampa Bay’s bullpen came through after Archer gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in 52/3 innings.

Sergio Romo pitched 1 1/3 innings, striking out Avisail Garcia with runners on second and third to end the eighth.

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The Carolina Panthers have experienced ups and down throughout Ron Rivera’s seven-year tenure, yet the team has managed four playoff appearances in the last five years.
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Change is a way of NFL life, though.

Game Kids Breshad Perriman Jersey For example, the Panthers organization rehired general manager Marty Hurney and gave Rivera a two-year contract extension this offseason despite the franchise’s impending sale. Rivera understands the 2018聽campaign is a 16-game trial for the incoming ownership group.

We have to be on top of our game, the head coach acknowledged, per Pro Football Talk’s Darin Gantt. It does add a little bit of pressure, but that’s the nature of the game. It really is a one year at a time as far as whether you get next year.

But the Capitals took the lead back when Alex Ovechkin scored his second of the game at 5:11.

He caught the puck, dropped Phil Dawson Jersey it and hammered a shot past goalie Cory Schneider for his NHL-leading 49th of the season.

The lead went to 5-3 when another extended shift for the Caps ended with Andre Burakovsky finished a shot in front of the crease off a Michael Kempny pass at 11:50.

The Capitals took the lead in the first period and never trailed, despite the Devils tying the game twice.

Dorsey also traded DeShone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers on March 9 and Cody Kessler to the Jacksonville Jaguars on March 28.

The Hogan move was not the least bit surprising, especially after news broke Thursday about his camp requesting and receiving permission to seek a trade.

The Browns dealt Hogan and the 2018 sixth-round pick (No. 205 overall) they acquired March 15 from New England in a trade that sent cornerback Jason McCourty to the Patriots in exchange for Washington’s 2018 sixth-round choice (No. 188 overall). Put another way, the Browns moved up 17 spots in the sixth round by trading Hogan.

Dirk Koetter became the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, in part, because of his relationship with Jameis Winston.聽

Dirk has been here [since] my first year, the quarterback said, per the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud. He came in鈥攖hen he was the OC. As the head coach, it has been kind of different, but Dirk is the man. I think he has taught me a lot, especially just me playing quarterback. You just don’t understand that relationship in that quarterback room. We spend so much time together… it’s like a family.

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Raiders Cut Marquette King Jersey Over Personality Clash

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Late last week, the Raiders cut fan favorite Marquette King in a move that was ostensibly about money. By releasing the punter, Oakland saved $2.9MM against the cap, but apparently that was not the only factor. King’s personality did not jive with coach Jon Gruden, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle (on Twitter) hears.
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Some of Gruden’s concerns may have been rooted in the on-field impact of King’s antics.

His competitiveness and hustle is evident on film. He’s always downfield to finish plays and pushes through the whistle.

His brother Tremaine will be drafted in the top 15 and his father, Ferrell, played in NFL. There’s no question he has the profile to compete at the highest level.

Terrell Edmunds isn’t the prospect his brother Tremaine is, but he offers NFL-caliber size and athleticism. He’s at his best when he can play as an intermediate defender with zone awareness and a quick-fire ability to drive on underneath routes. His willingness as a tackler is obvious, but his technique leaves much to be desired and will be dissected by NFL teams. He’ll have to cut his teeth on special teams and try to carve out a role in year one before becoming a potential starter within his first two seasons.
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Darlington went on SportsCenter on Sunday and discussed the drama within the Patriots organization, noting that the bond between Gronkowski and Tom Brady is as strong as ever, but Gronkowski and Belichick definitely aren’t on the same page.

The league has settled with 156 former players to receive payments, averaging about $1 million each. However, attorney Peter Shahriari said in a court document obtained by the Boston Globe last week that the NFL is stalling in making payments and the settlement may need to be rejected. The settlement is broken and on the brink of collapse, Shahriari said.

The NFL Brent Burns Authentic Jersey disagrees, and says that there needs to be assurance that every player who files a claim actually deserves those requested payments. We are ensuring that legitimate claims are processed and paid in a timely way to those individuals and families who deserve these benefits, league spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Boston Globe. We believe that it is entirely appropriate to continue to oppose fraudulent and unsupported claims. No legitimate claim has been rejected. Thousands of former players are involved in the settlement.

The same can’t be said about cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

If Drew Brees gets hurt, the New Orleans Saints are toast. But the loss of a particular defensive player would be nearly as devastating to New Orleans.

No, it isn’t Cameron Jordan. While he’s a fantastic defensive end, the Saints have some youngsters who could soften the blow if he went down.

Reddick: The amount of people at that parade was insane. You come around every corner and there are thousands and thousands — not just standing on the streets, but in parking garages and parking lots. The spaces they were able to find to come out and celebrate was impressive. When you come around every corner in a two-hour parade and see a flock of people just cheering, it makes you feel good inside.

It’s almost like a storybook ending that the Astros won the World Series. You can go back and make a documentary on a team that’s slowly transitioning into a championship team and they come out and do really well. Then all of a sudden — boom — disaster hits. We bring a little normalcy back through baseball, and all of a sudden we’re in the playoffs making that historic run. It felt good for us as players, and it had to feel good for the people in that community who had lost so much just to come out and put it behind them for 3-4 hours.

I had missed this story by Evan Grossman of the New York Daily News on the number of lawsuits former college players have filed against the NCAA. You need to read the lead anecdote. It’s powerful, and it’s similar to some of the stories told by NFL players.

The main point is that these issues continue to grow, and they aren’t going away any time soon.

As a professional ballplayer, in small samples, he has been very good. In 1915, for instance, he led the Red Sox in home runs, despite batting just 103 times. He had more than half the league-leading home run total that year! In his career, he has homered about seven times more frequently than the average AL hitter, and he has doubled and tripled more frequently than the average hitter. By our calculations, he has been about 50 percent more valuable as a hitter than the average American Leaguer, which is about as good during that stretch as Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins and George Sisler — all of them Hale Orb Flatteners. Babe, as a hitter, might well turn out to be a HOFer, too.

Harry Hooper believes he should be a hitter, and so do many of Babe’s teammates. Hooper knows a lot about baseball, and his expertise carries a lot of weight.patriots_083

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Lions release Eric Ebron Jersey, clear $7.7M in cap space

Allen Park Amidst the flurry of free-agent agreements being reported around the league this week, the biggest move the Detroit Lions made prior to Wednesday’s start of the new league year was a subtraction rather than an addition.
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After four seasons, the team surprisingly released former first-round draft pick Eric Ebron.

Expected to continue that upward trajectory last season, he stumbled out of the blocks, recording 18 grabs for 195 yards through eight games. He also had issues holding on to some catchable passes, a common theme during his time in Detroit. Each perceived drop drew a loud chorus of boos from the home crowd and some receptions drew mock cheers. That led to some venting after an October game.

Listen, 99.9 percent of the people in that audience cannot come out here and do that, Ebron said. Yes, those were tough grabs. I get paid to make those grabs, yes. But too damn tough I mean, cut a brother some slack. It’s rough, you know

The only problem, Todd says, is that Brent is 78 and not 28. We need to clone him or make him younger.

While Brent tried to be cautious with his criticism of league partners at ESPN, he now is free to offer his full-throated opinions. Among the major sports leagues in the United States, he says, the NBA is by far the most progressive when it comes to sports betting. Commissioner Adam Silver has publicly pushed for it.
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One of the biggest gambling vehicles in this country is that bracket they release every year. Whether they admit it or not, that’s Womens Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey gambling. When you push forward this contest, you’re gambling. That’s the very definition of the term. You’re running one of the biggest underground gambling rings.