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Vikings to host LGBTQ fundraiser as part of Chris Kluwe settlement

In 2014, the Vikings announced a settlement with former punter Chris Kluwe over his departure from the team the previous year, which included the team making donations to groups fighting for marriage equality and others causes.

They’re going to deliver on that promise in June.

According to Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings will host a summit and fundraiser at their team headquarters on June 21 “to promote LGBTQ inclusion in sports and raise money for LGBTQ groups.”

Kluwe will speak at the event, along with former Olympic diver Greg Louganis and longtime NFL defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo.

The Celtics dug themselves an early first-quarter hole highlighted by three missed dunk attempts on a night when Boston missed a staggering 15 dunks and layups overall. Despite numerous second-half surges, the Celtics never truly got over the hump, as the Cavaliers fended them off en route to a 111-102 triumph at Quicken Loans Arena.

“It’s the best two out of three to go to the NBA Finals. Doesn’t get better than that,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “Ultimately, anybody that didn’t think this was going to be tough — I mean, everything is tough. In this deal, it’s a blast to have to grit your teeth, get up off the mat and go after it again. That’s part of it.”

The series is tied at 2-2. Game 5 is Wednesday in Boston.

The Celtics won’t find watching film of Monday’s loss very therapeutic. There were head-slapping miscues in the first half and numerous missed chances to pull close in the fourth quarter. What’s more, the Cavaliers generated 15 total points directly off the 15 missed dunks and layups that Boston had in Game 4.

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The Lions will be crisscrossing the country this season, but at least the travel is reasonably spaced out, with only two back-to-back trips.

The first back-to-back doesn’t come until Weeks 9 and 10 and that’s with relatively close trips to Minnesota and Chicago.

There will be a little more strain down the stretch when the Lions follow a road game in Arizona with a trip to Buffalo, but again, at least the second leg is only an hour away by plane.

Speaking of awful hitting schedules, may I present to you the Washington Nationals, who will have to tangle with both Jacob deGrom and Clayton Kershaw during Week 3 — not to mention probably also Rich Hill during their weekend series at the Los Angeles Dodgers? The Nationals haven’t extracted a lot of offensive value out of any of their active hitters other than Bryce Harper, and that probably won’t change for slow starters such as Michael Taylor and Ryan Zimmerman, despite the likelihood of four of their six games coming against left-handed starting pitchers.

Obviously, a lot of that has to do with the ongoing collusion case he has filed against the NFL and its teams. Though, Kaepernick himself remains a central figure in large part due to the community work he continues to do around the United States.

No matter our stance on Kaepernick’s politics, he should be given some level of respect for said work and for his fight for equality in the United States.

Apparently, Amnesty International agrees. The group honored Kaepernick Saturday in the Netherlands with its Ambassador of Conscience Award.

But Game 2 was a liberation for DeRozan. It was both an appropriate second episode following a heady, unselfish, if statistically unexceptional Game 1 performance and a portrait of nearly everything the Toronto Raptors — and DeRozan individually — have added to their portfolio as a team: a willingness to work through possessions with additional triggers, a sincere trust in teammates to make the most of opportunities, a desire to maximize the statistical benefits of the 3-point shot. To be sure, DeRozan wreaked plenty of havoc on Washington as an iso-pro, but the effort came seamlessly.seahawks_197

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Burrell is the third offensive lineman to transfer from Ohio State this offseason, joining Jack Wohlabaugh and Kevin Feder.

The most serious charges against Jets receiver Robbie Anderson from a Jan. 19 incident in Sunrise, Fla., have been dropped, but he still faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving, according to Andy Slater at 940 AM WINZ in Miami.

Anderson, 24, allegedly shot past a marked police car at 105 mph in a 45-mph zone, running two red lights. After finally coming to a stop, Anderson, according to the police report, told the officer he would find the officer’s wife and “f–k her.’’ The report also stated Anderson accused the officer of trying to “ruin his fun.’’

Jack told me, “Just be ready for the opening kickoff.” And as the ball is being kicked, I said, “You have to be careful here. Indianapolis is last in the league this year in covering kicks, and it’s fielded by Devin Hester at the 7.” I’m thinking Jack Whitaker, and I’m thinking Jack Whitaker as Hester gallops 93 yards for the touchdown, the first-ever opening kickoff return touchdown in Super Bowl history. I’m not into calls, but that might be my favorite call of my career, because Jack Whitaker foreshadowed this two weeks in advance and told me to be ready for it! And there was Hester galloping 93 yards for the touchdown, and every step of the way I was thinking of Jack Whitaker, God bless you.

Do you know how many big men Lillard has buried with his lefty hesitation dribble? Davis sticks with him and then swallows Lillard’s shot.

Lillard and McCollum could not get comfortable attacking Davis in the pick-and-roll. He intruded into their space, and even when he was perhaps a step too far toward the paint, Davis closed like a demon with those preposterous arms.

It is no coincidence Lillard got his cleanest off-the-bounce looks when Davis rested. New Orleans didn’t even play bad defense on those shots. Lillard just has more room, and cleaner sight lines, when Mirotic or Cheick Diallo is the one lunging at him.

Related: Gentry has to be careful sitting Jrue Holiday and Davis together! New Orleans was minus-4 in two such minutes in Game 1.jets_052

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Jon Gruden thinks Colin Kaepernick will be back on a roster soon

Further, this puts a lot of pressure on Babe keeping his personal life together and could strain his relationship with you. Babe has not been what you’d call obedient to his managers. When Carrigan imposed a rule prohibiting eating during the game, Babe sneaked around the rules, stashing food in the clubhouse for midgame snacks. That, and his late-night activity, might have worked when he wasn’t playing in three-quarters of games, but his lack of focus and his resistance to authority could get out of hand if you partially accede to his demands here. He might, for instance, decide he doesn’t want to pitch on his regular schedule anymore, leading to the sort of distractions that can cost you your clubhouse.

Back in 2016, Bell piled up 336 touches in just 12 games—an average of 28 touches a contest. Over the span of an entire 16-game slate, that would put Bell well over 400 touches.

The historical data for running backs who go over even 370 touches in a season is not kind. Most regress. Many get hurt—and Bell has played in 16 games only once in five years.

Bell was able to buck the historical trend with a huge year in 2017. Doing so again in 2018 would be even more of an anomaly.

And if Bell misses significant time, the Steelers’ chances of making it to the Super Bowl are kaput.

Over the past two seasons, Babe has been one of the three best pitchers in baseball and clearly the best left-hander. Only two pitchers have thrown more innings: Walter Johnson and Pete Alexander. Only two pitchers (Alexander and Eddie Cicotte) have lower ERAs than Babe. In that time, Ruth has allowed just two home runs, in 650 innings, the lowest rate of any pitcher.

Shurmer noted Marshall has yet to pass a physical, and is trying to get healthy. Marshall saw action in just five games last year because of an ankle injury. He struggled in those contests, registering just 154 receiving yards and no touchdowns while making a couple of critical drops. The 33-year-old has no guaranteed money for 2018, the final season of a two-year, $11-million deal he signed with the Giants as a free agent last offseason. Marshall, who’s never appeared in a playoff game, said at the end of December he wants to play two more seasons.

First off, congratulations on your excellent start to the season. We’re sure you felt some nerves taking on the managerial job in Boston this year, but you’ve guided our club to a 12-5 record and a spot atop the AL standings.patriots_321

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Terrence Brooks stays with Jets on two-year deal

Jets defensive back Terrence Brooks will stick around in New York.

Brooks, who signed with the Jets last year, has agreed to a two-year deal.

With all due respect to Shipley and Quan Cosby, is Texas’ offense.ran 4 4 at the New Hampshire Pro Day, adding a 37 2-inch vertical and explosive 10-foot-7 broad jump.Medeiros 1641 Stafford $175.If he’s successful, I’t know how he can continue to live a, Gibbons said.The second time Parros slipped and banged his head on the ice and tried to get up, his eyes empty; Orr, concerned, motioned for the trainer right away., Ohio — The Browns have done excellent job of keeping everyone guessing about the No.

“I made a mistake and take full responsibility,” Liuget said in a statement. “As part of my training program, I placed my trust in someone who, in hindsight, was not well-versed in the NFL’s policy on banned substances. As players, we’re told time and again that the NFL holds you responsible for anything in your body.

“Even if you take it accidentally, it’s on you. Pretty cut and dry. You hear it and think, ‘That won’t be me, that can’t possibly happen to me.’ Yet here I am, suspended four games. And that’s my fault. I apologize to our fans, my family and the entire Chargers organization. I hate that I won’t be able to be there for my teammates to start the season, but I will turn this into a positive. When my number is called, you can count on me being ready to answer that call.”

The Titans have 21 players who hadn’t been on the NFL for more than two seasons entering 2016 and Conklin is one of 10 rookies on the roster.It’s about doing what’s best to win.He’s a good kid, doesn’t say much., and has been mentioned for staff jobs here before.All told, he’s been a hitting machine for the better part of three years.

Chicago led, 8, but Pittsburgh loaded the bases with no out.Her father is several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach and baseball coach. Although he’s listed at 5, the rookie has the timing and leaping ability to make up the difference.There be several game-time decisions for the Colts, as those players who are doubtful or questionable leave the status of of the players up the air.told Silver that he’s not thinking about the money this week, something he reiterated on Super Bowl Opening Night by saying that all I’m thinking about is winning on Sunday.

It was a well-played game for both teams, as Sassari got 26 points from Marquez Haynes and a 19-point, six rebound effort from Varnado.Zone Rating and initial framework for Wins above Replacement calculations provided by Smith.Batted. 324 with 18 homers and 83 RBIs on the 1997 pennant winning team.We feel confident that.

The Colts could still get more picks, if they move down from No. 6. Which Ballard hasn’t ruled out.

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Trumaine Johnson is the obvious headliner after being counted among the best-available free agents.

Fuller. who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds at the 2014 combine and had a 38 -inch vertical leap, was the 14th pick in the draft that year out of Virginia Tech.After two seasons he had started 30 of the 32 games he appeared in and had six interceptions and 19 pass break-ups. The 6-foot, 190-pound Fuller played both outside and in the slot and appeared to be all that the Bears hoped he would be.

The Jets paid dearly to acquire his services by agreeing to a deal worth nearly $15 million annually, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Johnson’s inclusion to the Jets secondary makes the entire unit better after finishing 21st overall in pass defense last season, because a trickle-down effect should. 

Morris Claiborne’s retention will be overlooked, but he and Buster Skrine played a significant amount of snaps last year as the Jets’ starting cornerbacks. Now, they’ll be the defense’s second and third options with Johnson drawing coverage responsibilities on an opponent’s best receiver. 

New York didn’t sign Johnson to replace anyone; he’ll supplement and improve the Jets secondary. 

The Bengals were in the market for a backup after losing quarterback AJ McCarron to the Bills in free agency. McCarron was Dalton’s primary backup from 2015-2017 and started three regular-season games and an 18-16 loss to the Steelers in the AFC wild-card game after Dalton got hurt in 2015.

Trey Burton is the kind of player teams should want to spend on: He’s young (26), ascending and likely ready for a much bigger role. In a projection business, Burton looks like a strong investment for the Bears, who needed more weapons around quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. 

Still, this signing has obvious risks. For starters, Burton’s contract will pay him like an elite tight end. In fact, it’s worth a half-million less per year than Zach Ertz’s deal in Philadelphia. The Bears are expecting him to produce big numbers and comparable impact. 

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Jaromir Jagr still hoping to help Czech team but needs ice time

Jaromir Jagr said there were two seasons he left the NHL’s Calgary Flames this season for the Kladno Knights, the Czech team he owns.

“I’m here in Kladno, and my only and main goal is to recover, get back to form as soon as possible, to get healthy and help our team to reach the playoffs and try to advance to the [top Czech] league,” he said in February.

One problem: They might have to do it without Jagr, if they make it at all.

Kladno coach Pavel Patera told that Jagr pulled himself from the game and told him, “You never know what will happen, and maybe we will need to use all the players we can, and I don’t want to take one place in vain.”

Kladno is up 3-2 in its seven-game series with Prostejov, with the next game on Thursday, so Jagr’s path to hitting that games-played quota is a complicated one. Let’s say they win the series, 4-2. Jagr would need to play in that final win and then hope Kladno loses at least one game in the next round so he could play in five more to hit the quota.

But if there’s anything we know about Jagr, it’s that the man likes to have options. Upon leaving the NHL, he also signed a contract with Trinec of the Czech Extraliga and was listed on their roster before the postseason cutoff date. If Kladno doesn’t win this round or the next round to reach the qualification tournament, Jagr could compete in the Czech Extraliga playoffs with Trinec, which begin next week — if he’s healthy. The rub is that once he plays for Trinec, he can no longer play for Kladno if it reaches the relegation round.

As we said when he left the NHL, this could be the end for one of hockey’s most legendary players.

Warriors “could be heard screaming in discomfort” as they took their showers, and “most of the players emerged shivering from taking a quick wash-off,” ESPN reported .

An Omnisport reporter, who was in the media photographer’s room after the game, heard similar complaints over a security guard’s radio.

“Man, they got to do something in ‘The Q.’ Somebody call Bron!” Kevin Durant yelled, per ESPN.packers_136

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Blood, spit and teeth: The grossest things NHL players have seen on the ice

3 years of braces were all for nothing. Became a real old time hockey player last night. Thanks to @anaheimducks for the emergency repairs last night.

Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks defenseman: When you see teeth laying on the ice, it’s pretty gross. It happened just a couple games ago, for us, when we were playing Edmonton. Drake Caggiula had six teeth knocked out of his mouth. They were just laying there, in full sight. All the teeth and then some blood.

Matthew Tkachuk, Flames winger: When I was younger, I was probably 10 or 11, I played with a kid who got a skate to the neck. He was bleeding, it nicked his jugular. He went to the hospital — and ended up being fine — but it was really scary. There was a lot of blood.

Yes, between world juniors and the Olympics, they would have missed a chunk of the school year, and two tournaments in two months is a lot of hockey. But why not bring some of the most talented players eligible for Team USA to South Korea?

“I look at it two ways,” Johannson told USA Today last month. “How much hockey is too much hockey for these guys? And secondly, there is a big difference from what the world juniors are and what the Olympics will be. The world juniors is energy hockey and the Olympics will be played by older, experienced guys who play heavy hockey. [Mittelstadt] is obviously a wonderful talent, but I don’t know that the Olympics are right for him at this time in his career.”

It happened when I walked by one stationed outside Moose Mountain. Moose Mountain is a mini golf course where SB Nation’s video team has set up our staging area. As I type this, I’m currently sitting inside a plastic mountain that is the color of a moose. Tourists are mini golfing around us. Twangy country music is blasting from the tiny speakers. The walls inside Moose Mountain are hung with pulleys and old timey-looking tools, which I’m pretty sure are supposed to give off a “mining” vibe. I can hear screams from people riding the roller coasters on the other side of Moose Mountain.

First-round stud Solomon Thomas was a little overwhelmed as a rookie, but he showed late in the season he can live up to his freakish athletic potential. Elvis Dumervil plugged away as an effective situational rusher at times, but he’s 34. Cassius Marsh got a two-year deal as a key backup after playing well post-Patriots discard.

But after finishing tied for 27th in the NFL with only 30 sacks last season, the 49ers could use a big-time, veteran pass-rusher in his prime, a la the Jaguars’ Calais Campbell addition last year.bears_100

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Sherman is the heart of the “LOB,” and his interview with Erin Andrews after the 2014 NFC championship game gave his haters everything they needed.

Thus, I suspect, he’d have focused on the lost-in-the-gumbo “highlight” that determined the outcome of Sunday’s nationally televised game between the 10-2 Eagles and 9-3 Rams.

In the third quarter the Rams led, 28-24, when, on third-and-9 from the Rams’ 39, Carson Wentz threw incomplete toward receiver Alshon Jeffery. The Eagles would have to punt or try a very long field goal.

At the top of the hour (10 a.m. PST), all within seconds of each other, come nine kickoffs — an amazing sight for those who grew up with access to only, say, a Jets game, a Giants game and on some weeks a doubleheader national game. And this is where Siciliano really goes to work, using all his knowledge and instincts gained in roles ranging from preseason play-by-play announcer for the Rams to his weekday job as host of NFL Network’s “Up to the Minute.”

It’s far from a one-man show. Some 120 people are needed to produce the Red Zone and Fantasy Zone channels, including game-loggers, highlight editors and graphics technicians. And on set with Siciliano are his three right-hand men — researchers William Kalec, Daniel Burris and Jasyn Thibault — who give him immediate answers to questions that arise.

Sherman is consistent. He’ll go after Tom Brady on the field or Skip Bayless on national television. He’s honest and not afraid to express his opinions on football or social issues. That makes him an easy target for criticism.

Rhodes was the Vikings’ second pick of the first round and the third from Florida State, tying Alabama for most. He set a rookie record with 23 passes defensed in just 13 games (six starts). Rhodes started all 16 games each of the next two seasons, helping Minnesota’s pass defense improve from 31st to seventh in 2014. He had another team record with a 100-yard interception return in 2016, one of five picks he had in a Pro Bowl season.

Jones, an athletic pass rusher out of UCLA, appeared in 59 games in four years with Green Bay, but made just seven starts. His limited role made him expendable, and the Vikings signed him to a one-year contract in March.

Her punishment didn’t end there.

When Jackson’s “Damita Jo” album came out two months after the 2004 Super Bowl, she was facing a mountain of obstacles. As Rolling Stone reported, Viacom — the parent company then of both CBS and MTV — [hit] back . . . by essentially blacklisting her, keeping her music videos off their properties MTV, VH1 and radio stations under their umbrella. The blacklist [spread] to include non-Viacom media entities as well.”bills_006

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Before the season, the thought of dealing a talent like Jay Ajayi for a fourth-round pick would seem laughable.

He’s coming off a year in which he was fourth in the NFL in rushing, and sixth in yards per carry. Those numbers may have dropped off this year, but his rate stats are nearly the same. He’s still averaging 2.8 yards after contact (fifth-best in the NFL) and his 23 broken tackles are the fourth-most at the position. The Miami offensive line just took a drastic step backward this year. The Eagles don’t have that problem and are currently PFF’s seventh-ranked run-blocking unit.

In taking time to explain to the world why Parks protested racism in America, Trump has revealed that he is capable of understanding the concerns of marginalized communities when he chooses to do so. To his critics, the president’s refusal to grant NFL players the recognition that he has given to Parks suggests that his actions aren’t because he fails to comprehend the magnitude of their protests, but rather that he simply desires not to.
Trump’s apparent inconsistency alarmed many activists Saturday.

Unlike other power rankings, these take into account a team’s actual record, what its record should be based on points scored and allowed — also known as its Pythagorean win percentage — and how much better or worse its opponents are in relation to a .500 team. A good team playing against good opponents will be near the top, while one that struggles against mediocre or poor teams will trend toward the bottom. A more detailed description of the method can be found in the Week 1 rankings.

“If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period. Period,” Jones told reporters Sunday (via the Dallas Morning News). “We’re going to respect the flag.”

The 74-year-old, who purchased the Cowboys in 1989, reiterated that stance to Mortensen, saying in the reporter’s words that there “will be no exceptions to [the] workplace policy.” Jones said he had implemented that policy last year, after seeing players on other teams refuse to stand during the anthem, in protests of racial injustice that began with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.cowboys_099

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