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Browns’ Jarvis Landry thinks he’s best wide receiver in NFL

Jarvis Landry was not happy about being No. 52 on NFL Network’s Top 100 list, which is chosen by the players. He thinks he’s far better, especially at his position.

“I consider myself the best,” the Browns wide receiver told reporters Wednesday, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I consider myself the most complete receiver.”

Landry led the NFL with 112 receptions in 2017 and has averaged 100 catches per year since coming into the NFL in 2014, despite catching passes from a slew of different quarterbacks with the Dolphins.

The good thing for Landry is it doesn’t matter where he stands on the Top 100 list. The Browns valued him highly which is why they signed him to a five-year, $75 million deal this offseason.

Here’s why. First off, to create the list, we started with more than 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries, then had ESPN’s director of analytics, Ben Alamar, rank them based on a formula that took into account three fame factors: endorsement dollars; Google Trend score, which measures how often a name is searched, using Cristiano Ronaldo’s score of 100 as a baseline (the higher the better); and social media following. (Since not all athletes are on every platform, we used only the number from their most popular account.)

Remember, this is a global ranking of fame. While hockey is an international sport, other sports have a much larger worldwide footprint. Thus, the most players on the World Fame 100 — including No. 1 Ronaldo — come from soccer, the biggest game in the world. Even though the NHL is the most popular league in Canada, that country’s population is minuscule compared with, say, India (more than 1.3 billion) — which helps explain why 10 cricket players from the Indian Premier League, which has a viewership of 316 million, made the top 100, while no NHL or Major League Baseball players did.ravens_128

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Is Eagles’ Doug Pederson trying to reduce expectations for Carson Wentz?

The Eagles opened their rookie minicamp on Friday, but before his new players took the field, head coach Doug Pederson pumped the brakes on the comeback of starting quarterback Carson Wentz.

He’s not cleared, Pederson said. He’s not cleared to do anything.

Aaron Judge, who had crushed a three-run homer in the fifth, walked with the bases loaded in a full count against reliever Lou Trevino, scoring Andujar. That cut Oakland’s lead to 6-5.

But Gregorius, who won AL Player of the Month, remember, extended hit hitless streak to an astonishing 28 at-bats with a fly to right field too shallow to score Austin Romine from third base.

Then Giancarlo Stanton popped out to shallow center and the threat was dead.

Judge’s three-run blast in the fifth also gave the Yankees a bit of hope. Miguel Andujar reached via error to start the frame and Brett Gardner eventually walked. Then Judge cracked shot off A’s starter Kendall Graveman to the seats in right-center field, a no-doubter for his 10th homer of the season, tying him for the team lead with Gregorius.

Top prospect Gleyber Torres put the Yankees on the scoreboard with a solo shot in third inning, the third of his career.

Speaking recently on the NFL Network, Wentz said he plans on playing in Week 1, when the Eagles open their season at home against the Atlanta Falcons.

Gray, even with his personal catcher Austin Romine behind the plate, got thrashed. The right-hander, facing the team that traded him in July for the first time, gave up five runs, two home runs and walked a trio. His nine hits allowed were a season-high.

Gregorius went 0-for-4 and came up small in a huge moment.

David Robertson coughed up a three-run double to Marcus Semien to put the game out of reach for the Yankees and send fans out early to the parking lot.

Maybe the home run. Maybe the big inning, he said. I mean, that’s the golden question here, isn’t it.

But Pedrique was excited for his own team, too. colts_003

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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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Packers sign CB Kyle Fuller to offer sheet; Bears quickly match

The Green Bay Packers signed Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller to a lucrative offer sheet that would have helped solve their coverage problem, but the Bears didn’t wait more than a couple of hours to match the offer.

To get Fuller to sign the offer sheet, the Packers were probably surprised they only had to offer $18 million guaranteed since similar cornerbacks such as Trumaine Johnson ($45 million) and Malcolm Butler ($30 million) received far more. Usually a team will make the deal tough for the other team to stomach, but the Packers appear to have handed Fuller to them on a very digestible platter.

The transition-tag salary is based on the top 10 salary-cap numbers from the previous year at a given position. Once the player signs the one-year transition tender it becomes guaranteed, so at worst Fuller would have made $12.9 million this year.

The Packers would have had no problem coming up with the cash for a large signing bonus, but they aren’t busting at the seams with salary-cap space and signing a cornerback with a big salary would have eaten up a lot of what they have available.

The Colts have cut defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who they signed last March to a three-year, $27 million deal, in their second surprising move of the day.

The decision to cut Hankins comes when the Colts are moving to a new 4-3 defensive system under coordinator Matt Eberflus. This, according to a league source, was the driving force behind the decision to part with Hankins.

Hankins was a productive and disruptive player on the Colts’ defense in 2017, quickly becoming one of its best performers. He certainly demonstrated no lack of talent and lived up to the contract he was awarded. But in 2018, the switch to a speed-based defense appears to have changed the team’s view of Hankins’ fit. The major emphasis on speed and quickness would, theoretically, limit Hankins’ effectiveness in the new scheme.

Hankins, 25, immediately becomes a free agent, and a coveted one, at that.

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Alshon Jeffery and Brandin Cooks put the Eagles and Patriots over the top

Cooks’ Patriots teammates say that his speed at the top end of his routes is mesmerizing. But they also credit him for details in his technique and say that attribute gets lost in his blazing, impressive speed.

You will not often hear Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels give a player assessment like this:

”I love Brandin Cooks. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a better player to coach who makes more of an impact. He’s done a lot, including leadership. He works as hard as any player I’ve ever been around. He doesn’t care about the credit or the attention. We are fortunate he is here. I am super excited he is going to be in a Patriots uniform on Sunday.”

The Eagles originally signed Jeffery to a one-year deal. But two months ago they extended his contract by four years and $52 million. The Patriots also during the season exercised an option to extend Cooks’ contract. Both teams appreciate what they have in Jeffery and Cooks.

The lesson here is to be wary of true rentals — players with expiring contracts who are questionable to re-sign — who come at astronomical costs. There’s a reason a dynamic winger like Evander Kane is still on Buffalo’s roster, despite being subject of trade rumors for months. (The Sabres’ asking price was reportedly a first-round pick, a prospect, a roster player and a conditional pick; that will certainly have to come down, as other talented wingers have joined the market.)

Owens did everything he could in his power to deliver a Super Bowl win to Philadelphia, even risking his career. You can’t ask for more than that from any player.

We almost had some catch rule messiness in the Super Bowl, but referees did the right thing and let this score count.

Foles found Zach Ertz across the middle for the touchdown that would end up giving the Eagles a lead they wouldn’t lose, at 38-33.

The play was awfully similar to that of Jesse James’ from the Patriots’ game against the Steelers in Week 15. James’ touchdown was overturned, and the Patriots ended up winning.

Neither team up to this point had a sack in the game. After a completion to Rob Gronkowski, Brady would be sacked by Brandon Graham, with Derek Barnett recovering the football at New England’s 31-yard line:

The Eagles would get only a field goal out of the good field position and took up only a minute and four seconds of game time to make it a 41-33 game.

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Los Angeles has several tough games on the schedule and trails the division-leading Chiefs by two games.

The Chiefs looked like the AFC’s top team earlier in the year, but have lost four of their last five as a once-explosive offense has looked lost — including a tragic defeat against a disheveled Giants team in Week 11. They would be vulnerable at 6-4, but the rest of the West has languished.

They might as well declare everyone eligible, even the McGwires, Sosas, A-Rods, and Mannys of this sordid scene.Jerry , with the Adelanto Growers Association, did not specifically mention the deal by name during a Council meeting two weeks ago, but the focus of his objection was clear.Alex feels responsible.Jim Tomsula said he has always liked the 49ers depth at tight end, adding You can go back to training camp, I always said that’s a group I’ve always been really impressed with.What hurts the most is Barkley’s inability to throw a deep ball or 50 ball with any success.Now that Forte won’t rejoin the team next year, the starting job appears to be Langford’s to lose.

“This is not a statement about anything other than we are 2-9, and we have to do what is best for the organization moving forward, and that means evaluating every position,” Reese said. “I told Eli this morning that an organization could not ask for any more in a franchise quarterback. He has been that and more.”

Manning’s missing top receiver Odell Beckham Jr., starting center Weston Richburg, and wideout Brandon Marshall, who are all on injured reserve. He’s working with the 26th-ranked ground attack in the NFL that’s averaging just 91.3 yards per game. And he’s taken 26 sacks already this season. Still, Manning has managed to throw for 14 touchdowns against just seven interceptions this year.

He said he understands where the team is coming from, even though he wants to play.

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Lawyers: The more legal threats between the NFL and Jones, the more silk-stocking attorneys cash in.

Multiple media reports have detailed the steps Jones has taken to try and slow Goodell’s new deal. Jones even went so far as to threaten legal action against the compensation committee if the deal they crafted wasn’t submitted to league owners for another vote.

There also is the belief that Jones leaked Goodell initially requesting a $50 million annual salary, free use of a private plane and health insurance for life in a new deal set to begin upon completion of his current pact in 2019.

With Samantha Ponder succeeding Chris Berman as host after 31 years, ESPN’s “Countdown” has averaged 1.138 million viewers through the first nine weeks of the 2017 season. That’s down 14.8 percent from 1.299 million viewers for the same time period in 2016 and down a whopping 25.4 percent from 1.525 million viewers during the same stretch in 2015.

Lawyers: The more legal threats between the NFL and Jones, the more silk-stocking attorneys cash in.

And: Those who hope Goodell, Jones and/or the NFL fails for a variety of reasons beyond those stated above.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski connected on four field goals in the 33-8 win over the Raiders. Gostkowski took advantage of the thin air in Mexico City with a career-best 62-yard field goal. He also hit field goals of 51, 40 and 29 yards at Estadio Azteca, which is 7,200 feet above sea level.

Cincinnati’s 20-17 win over the Broncos was the first victory for the Bengals in Denver since 1975. It snapped a 10-game losing streak in Denver while the Broncos’ loss also marked the team’s first six-game losing streak since 1990.

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Pete Carroll says Richard Sherman is out for season with ruptured Achilles

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters after Thursday night’s 22-16 win over the Cardinals.

Sherman left Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals in the third quarter after aggravating his troublesome right Achilles injury. Sherman went down clutching his right leg after making a play in the third quarter. He missed practice during the week due to the injury.

Toss-up: The defense has been triumphant, pitching three shutouts for just the second time in franchise history (it had four in 2000). But the offense is leaving a lot to be desired, ranking 31st in FPI’s efficiency rating. That makes the Ravens a perfect middle-of-the-road candidate.

Sergei Bobrovsky had 22 saves for Columbus in his third shutout this season and 22nd of his career. Mike Smith turned away 40 shots for Calgary.

It was the first time this season that either team ended regulation scoreless.

The Jackets outshot Calgary 2-1 for much of the game.

The Flames, however, dominated puck possession in the first 90 seconds of overtime before the Jackets pushed into the offensive zone.

Calgary’s T.J. Brodie sought to set up play from behind his own net, but the puck rolled off onto the stick of Nick Foligno, who sent it to Anderson for the game-winner.

Johnny Gaudreau’s 10-game point streak ended for the Flames.

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Chiefs sign C.J. Spiller again after releasing him twice earlier this week

Spiller was with Kansas City during training camp and the preseason, but was cut earlier this week when the team trimmed down its roster. He was brought back when cornerback Steven Nelson was placed on injured reserve, but was then cut again hours before Thursday’s kickoff.

Spiller is due a salary of $900,000 this season, but there’s a catch. If he was on the team’s roster for Week 1 then that salary becomes guaranteed. Since he wasn’t on the team when they faced the Patriots, that salary is no longer owed to him, unless he ends up playing the rest of the season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports there’s “real doubt” whether Beckham will play. The three-time Pro Bowler is officially listed as questionable on the team’s injury report and is expected to be a game-time decision.

Beckham injured his ankle in the Giants’ second preseason game against the Browns when cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun hit him just above the right knee as Beckham landed from a leaping attempt to catch a high pass from quarterback Eli Manning. He has not practiced since suffering the injury, though he was seen doing straight-line running while working with a trainer Wednesday and Thursday.

Beckham, 24, caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.bears_003-223x223

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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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