Month: March 2018

NFLPA reiterates players’ rights to protest

In the aftermath of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross saying that his players will stand during the national anthem in 2018 and then backtracking by saying he won’t force them to stand, the NFL Players Association has reminded everyone of the current status of the relationship between management and labor regarding the rights of players to participate in protests.
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Our union is proud of all of our players whenever they express themselves for a bigger purpose, the union said in a statement. During this past season, we received assurances from both Commissioner Roger Goodell and Authentic Kevin Love Jersey the Chairman of the Management Council, John Mara, that the right of players to demonstrate would be protected.

The Arizona Cardinals may have lucked into a tremendous young quarterback prospect, even if Lamar Jackson doesn’t fit the mold of Sam Bradford or Mike Glennon. Jackson is not a traditional pocket passer; he’s something more.
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Bradford and Glennon are merely placeholders. The Cardinals needed short-term options, though, since they didn’t have a single quarterback on the roster at the start of the new league year. Bradford’s injury history is long and well-documented. Meanwhile, Glennon’s attempt to become a starter with the Bears failed miserably.

To put Jackson’s last two seasons into context, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner recorded 7,203 passing yards (just 26 fewer than Sam Darnold) while running for 405 more yards than Saquon Barkley.

Elite Womens Davon Godchaux Jersey Of course, any opportunity to play for Bridgewater would be better than none. Even if his stint at the top option is short-lived, whatever reps he receives as the top guy in the offseason, training camp, preseason, and regular season will help him convince others that maybe he should get a chance in 2019. For that reason, he should be inclined to sign a one-year contract only, ensuring that he’ll be able to hit the market again next year, if the team that signs him ends up drafting a rookie to take over.

Even with the possibility of being rendered irrelevant for a rookie, the handful of teams would seem to consist at the very most of the Jets, Browns, Broncos, and Cardinals. No one else would install him as the top guy. And, again, on each of those rosters, he’d be susceptible to being rendered irrelevant by a rookie.

Considering Davenport requires further development of his pass-rush moves and even getting more comfortable in a three-point stance, his output was impressive. General manager Ozzie Newsome could use his final first-round pick before retirement on a high-upside pass-rusher to provide the Ravens with Suggs’ long-term replacement.

Ex-Jet’s killer gets 30 years in prison

GRETNA, La. The man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday.
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Ronald Gasser, 56, had faced up to 40 years in prison. Defense lawyers argued that Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight walked up to his car following a 5-mile confrontation that began on a bridge spanning the Mississippi River in New Orleans and ended with gunfire in neighboring Jefferson Parish.

Elite Kids Lamarcus Joyner Jersey Gasser was indicted on a second-degree murder charge. The jury voted 10-2 for the lesser verdict of manslaughter.

Gasser did not leave the scene of the shooting and he was released for a time after being questioned. He is white and his release after the shooting of the black athlete sparked protests from some who said race was a factor.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, who has since retired, denied that race played any role and noted that a thorough investigation led to Gasser’s arrest and indictment. Prosecutors later recounted a painstaking investigation, including an extensive search for witnesses and physical evidence that eventually led to Gasser being charged.

The case in some ways echoed another New Authentic Mario Addison Jersey Orleans-area road rage shooting from 2016. Former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was gunned down in that April incident. The shooter was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years.

Rookie Jet Dylan Donahue, who was busted after a boozed-up crash in the Lincoln Tunnel last month, also faces a DUI charge in his home state of Montana, according to a report.

The linebacker known as Wild Man had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent 锟紺 almost twice the legal limit 锟紺 when his Dodge Charger Hellcat collided with a jitney bus on Feb. 26, source said.

The 6-foot-3, 248-pound athlete who failed sobriety and Breathalyzer tests boasted about his position as a backup and special-teams player during his arrest.

Authentic Youth Jason Spezza Jersey The 25-year-old also was involved in a car wreck on May 9, 2017, in Billings, just nine days after he was drafted by Gang Green in the fifth round, ESPN reported.

That day, prized recruit Collin Sexton chose Alabama over Kansas, while fellow five-star guard John Petty picked Alabama over Kentucky.

Suddenly, everything seems possible.

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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The Capitals have signed general manager Brian MacLellan to a contract extension.

Washington and Winnipeg are in different places in their life spans as championship contenders. The Jets are building toward a title with a young core, while Alex Ovechkin and Co. are using an industrial-strength tire jack to keep their Cup window open.
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Irving, who missed a game last week after knee soreness initially flared, did not return for the second half of Sunday’s game. Boston, already playing without All-Star big man Al Horford (illness) and Jaylen Brown (concussion), watched a 12-point lead evaporate as Indiana rallied for the win.

A bright spot for Montreal came early. Gallagher scored the fastest goal against Columbus this season to start a game, only 34 seconds in. He redirected a high shot alone at the crease for his team-leading 25th.

The first shift, a turnover and they score it, Tortorella said. It didn’t affect Jason Grilli Jersey us. We just kept on playing.
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Jim McCormick: With a relatively high usage rate of 27 percent this season, we are going to see some big lines from Nurkic littered throughout the campaign. I’m not dismissing last night’s effort, but this is a guy who takes 16.6 shots per 36 minutes, thus the scoring ceiling is impressive.
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My issue with Nurkic is that he’s not a capable stretch big, nor is he very good in the post. He’s hitting just 38.5 percent of his shots from between 3-10 feet from the basket this year and is a meager 58.4 percent from 0-3 feet from the rim for his career. All of which is to say, Nurkic is a heavy usage big man who isn’t an efficient scorer.

Going forward, I’d rather have shares of Jonas Valanciunas, a player with a stronger post game (70 percent from 0-3 feet this year) and superior rebounding metrics. In a league trending small and, as a result, demanding more from centers, Nurkic isn’t an ideal fit.

Dozens of Patriots from Super Bowl-winning teams claim brain-injury symptoms

Almost half of the players on the New England Patriots’ first three Super Bowl championship teams claim they have symptoms of brain injuries, according to a Boston Globe report.
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Furthermore, the Globe found more than 340 former Patriots dating to the franchise’s inaugural season in 1960 have filed suits against the NFL and Riddell alleging brain injuries. Among those players are 10 Hall of Famers, including Sam Cunningham, Steve Grogan, John Hannah and Stanley Morgan. That figure also includes eight former players who were posthumously diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), including Junior Seau and Aaron Hernandez.

It’s time for coach Mike Zimmer to replenish his defensive line depth, as Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen are free agents. It will take some time for Bryan to put it all together as a pass-rusher in the NFL, but Authentic 12th Fan Jersey his athleticism and versatility to play either tackle or end will allow him to develop in the Vikings’ scheme.

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Reid, the brother of 49ers free-agent safety Eric, had an interesting meeting with the Patriots at the Combine. He’s the tough cover man New England needs to replace Patrick Chung, who turns 31 in August and will become a free agent in 2019.

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The Eagles might not be able to afford re-signing Patrick Robinson, who will be a hot free agent after dominating opponents in slot coverage last season. Jackson sticks well with receivers on intermediate routes and has a nose for the ball, lining up well for him to be an impact nickel back.

Rubin did not comment on the situation when asked by ESPN.

He owns stakes with the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and the Premier League team Crystal Palace. According to Forbes, Rubin is worth $3 billion.

He is competing against hedge fund billionaire David Tepper and debt collector Ben Navarro as candidates to buy the Panthers.

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Catch up on the 2018 NFL Combine’s fastest 40-yard dash times in 40 seconds

In physics, speed is a scalar quantity. At the NFL Combine, speed seems to correlate with the scales.
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Randle could quickly agree to a lower 2018-19 salary than that $12.4 million hold, which would then replace that number when signed, but that seems improbable in the first few days of free agency next summer. What’s more, shedding Randle’s cap hold would not be enough to get the team to two max slots anyway, since that would open up $46.3 million 锟斤拷 less than two maximum salaries at the lowest tier. Since Clarkson’s salary is almost exactly the same as Randle’s hold, the same logic applies there.

That leads to Deng’s larger salary as the next potential target. Putting aside the fact that it would be hard to move his remaining two years and $36.8 million without attaching valuable assets, Deng alone would not be enough either. Clearing his salary puts the Lakers at around $51.9 million in space. That is sufficient for two of the cheapest tier of max players, but not enough for their lofty ambitions.

Speaks’ hilarious hi, how are you? moment from last season’s chippy installment of the most asinine rivalry in college football has long been assumed to be the happy coincidence of the Ole Miss defensive end spying ESPN’s sideline camera trained on his gleaming face and responding in kind to a national audience with a perfectly sardonic waving gesture. That assumption is wholly incorrect, though, as Speaks was waving at one specific individual on the CLANGA sideline: namely, then Mississippi State head coach, Dan Mullen.

At this year’s NFL Combine, SB Nation’s Alex Killorn Jersey Alex Kirshner asked Speaks about his famous wave, and Speaks had this to say:

SBN: What gave you the inspiration to find the camera in that moment?
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Speaks: I actually didn’t see the camera … I was waving at the head coach, and when I got to my phone I saw I was viral, people were thinking I was looking at the camera.
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SBN: So you were waving at Coach Mullen the entire time? Were you worried about getting a taunting penalty for waving at him or anything?

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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Saquon Barkley among 10 top fantasy prospects from NFL combine

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley put on a show at the NFL combine with his freakish 4.40 speed and the upper-tier athletic traits that mesh with his game tape. This guy is legit. A home-run hitter. And he needs to be at the top of the fantasy radar throughout the draft process.
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While we wait on the 2018 quarterback class to get a better feel for the pro-team fits and projected impact, let’s focus on the offensive skill players who flashed in Indianapolis. From Barkley to LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark, here are 10 draft targets with the fantasy potential to boost your lineup this season.
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It is so deeply ingrained in the game’s discourse that when NBA commissioner Adam Silver sat down for an interview in November with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, they believed it to be compelling enough to include as a part of a conversation that involved such topics as resting superstars in regular season games and changes to the draft lottery.

The 21-year-old is averaging 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game on the season, but he has been passed over by Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic, Kemba Walker and Paul George for spots on the All-Star team.

This isn’t the Pro Bowl and players don’t usually get four extra chances to be on an All-Star team in the NBA, but this year it happened and Simmons is disappointed he did not get a nod despite all of the replacements.

It is what it is, but my stats don’t lie, he said.

Simmons averages more points per game than Drummond, more assists per time out than both Dragic and Walker, and more rebounds per matchup than George. He has a legitimate gripe and he’s trying to figure out why he wouldn’t get the nod.

Feed Anthony Davis. The Pelicans have gone 4-5 since losing big man DeMarcus Cousins to an Achilles injury, and Davis’ value to this team has been on full display during that stretch: In the four wins, he scored 43, 44, 38 and 42 points. New Orleans’ offense isn’t very imposing, unless the team gets Davis something like 25-35 shot attempts. It’s a tremendous load, but for a franchise desperate for a playoff spot, Josh Donaldson Authentic Jersey it’s their best chance.

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The Titans’ Avery Williamson, Brown’s former teammate, is the best prize here, but he probably will cost more than Brown. The Jets’ Demario Davis and the Colts’ Jon Bostic need to be in play due to their scheme experience. On the older side, the Chiefs’ Derrick Johnson and former Bear Jerrell Freeman are possible short-term solutions.
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Kendall Fuller is headed to the Chiefs in the Smith trade, and Bashaud Breeland will be leaving as a free agent. Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar, who was extended as a restricted free agent on the first of the year, go in as the starters, with 2017 third-rounder Fabian Moreau in line to be the slot No. 3.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo had to leave Wednesday’s game early after he was poked in the eye, and his availability for Friday is unknown. If he has to sit, it opens things up for at least one of Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and/or even possibly Jabari Parker to have a big night.

There are four heavyweight center matchups on Friday that are worth watching. Embiid squares off with Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond sees Nikola Vucevic, KAT meets up with Stifle Tower Rudy Gobert, and Nikola Jokic bumps heads with Marc Gasol. All are must-see TV.

Opposite Castonzo, right tackle remains an issue with neither Denzelle Good nor Le’Raven Clark looking like a legitimate answer. Jack Mewhort, who played right guard last season, is coming off season-ending knee surgery. Joe Womens Tampa Bay Rays Jersey Haeg’s slow development as a 2016 first-rounder continued at left guard.

Each position group is in Indianapolis for three days, and only one of those days is reserved for on-field workouts. The rest of the prospects’ time is spent going through psychological testing, injury checkups and formal (and informal) team interviews.

Medical checks are a crucial part of the Combine, as NFL team doctors go over and check on prior injuries (especially knee and shoulder injuries), investigate potential long-term affects of those injuries, inspect for degenerative injuries that may lead to a short career and ensure players don’t have any major health risks that otherwise would go unchecked.

With 22-year-old Josh Hart out due to finger surgery, the Lakers leaned more on Thomas on Thursday against the Miami Heat, and he responded with 29 points (11-20 FG, 1-2 FT), 6 assists, 6 3-pointers, 4 rebounds, 3 TO in 30 minutes off bench
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The league is taking applications for amateur teams through March 8.

The Redskins also didn’t want to have too much money tied up in one player — unless it was for a quarterback at the level of an Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. Smith, once he joins the Redskins, will count $17 million against the cap this season.
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The Lions already made their Authentic Doug Harvey Jersey first big decision, franchising their own big-ticket free agent, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. Detroit does have money to spend, and Quinn could have some big targets in mind (he has been aggressive in targeting positions of need in his first two offseasons by signing receiver Marvin Jones, guard T.J. Lang and offensive tackle Rick Wagner). But this year Quinn might not have to be as aggressive, continuing to focus on areas of improvement and building depth instead of trying to sign the biggest names possible. — Michael Rothstein

The Colts will have around $79 million in cap space to address their offensive line, pass rush, receiver and running back needs. General manager Chris Ballard already has said they won’t break the bank. His focus is building the roster through the draft. If the Colts do spend on free agents, you can expect it to be on a player who is still relatively young with a strong upside. The days of overspending on players on the decline — as was the case under former general manager Ryan Grigson — are over in Indianapolis with Ballard making the decisions. We won’t pay a mid-tier player [top-tier] money, Ballard said. — Mike Wells

The final of the top pro team versus the top amateur team will take place July 19. The winning team will take home $1 million.

The game will be played 7-on-7 on a regulation-size, 100-yard field.

Who’s an under-the-radar free agent likely to be in a bidding war?

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