Month: May 2018

Joe Namath reflects on life at 75: ‘That’s the third quarter ending and the fourth quarter starting’

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Joe Namath, once a symbol of the fast-living, playboy lifestyle, turns 75 on May 31.
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There’s been a lot of games won and lost and fourth quarter. Life is that way. You don’t quit at 50 鈥?at halftime 鈥?you don’t quit at 75 鈥?the end of the third quarter 鈥?you’ve got another one.
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Like many other former football players, Namath worries about the toll the game might have taken on his brain. He underwent some testing several years ago, and a brain scan revealed some dead cells with no blood flow. He underwent oxygen therapy, and showed marked improvement. Today, his Joe Namath Neurological Research Center in Jupiter, Fla., is lobbying to get hyperbaric oxygen therapy approved by the FDA for neurological treatments.

Namath admits he’s got typical aging things, like balky joints, but he’s not complaining. Life, he says, is still good.

He played respectably en route to a 10-over-par 80 in a U.S. Senior Open qualifier, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported, but not good enough to make the field for the USGA event next month.

For a 58-year-old who didn’t play for about two monthsleading into the NFL Draft, Elway held his own, the Gazette noted, shooting matching 40s on the front and back on a day when only only five golfers broke 77. The players who earned the two qualifying spots up for grabs shot 69 and 72.

In recordings at the Womens Todd Davis Jersey owners-players meeting last year, as reported by the New York Times, Lurie was highly critical of Trump and the role he played in the anthem issue: But this is not where you brandish a group of people because they own assets in a sport we love, supporting what many of us perceive as, you know, one disastrous presidency,he said, adding a profanity to his description.

Yet, by all accounts, Lurie was in favor of the policy enacted last week 鈥?it has been since revealed that the owners did not take an actual vote 鈥?and made a statement that made no reference to the new policy, but praised the players for being committed to finding productive ways to fight social injustice, poverty and other societal issues that are important to all of us.

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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Pressure flips back to Celtics as LeBron, Cavs tie series with Game 4 victory

LeBron James has reached a sublime level that few athletes have ever achieved: He has normalized absolute greatness.
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On Monday, James scored 44 points for the Cavaliers in a vital Eastern Conference finals victory — 111-102 over the Boston Celtics to tie the series at 2-2. It was his sixth 40-point game in the 15 he has played this postseason. He did it playing a version of big brother ball that some like to criticize him for not exploiting at every chance, scoring 13 baskets in the paint, the second most in his playoff career.

I think you meant to say that to your dad, Love said. I don’t know what game you were watching.
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Not only is little Zhuri immune from her father’s Authentic Mark Duper Jersey routine awesomeness, Love’s compliment was about the only praise coming from James’ teammates. They’re so used to seeing it, it doesn’t require remarks.
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The team announced on Thursday that second-round pick Josh Jackson has agreed to his deal. First-rounder Jaire Alexander signed earlier this week and the Packers now have 10 of their 11 picks under contract. Third-round linebacker Oren Burks remains unsigned.

Jackson was a wide receiver when he arrived at Iowa, but the move to the other side of the ball proved to be a good one as he developed into one of the top cornerbacks in the country last season. He was named an All-American after intercepting eight passes and returning two for touchdowns for the Hawkeyes in 2017.

As for Porzingis, I left him out of the top 100, as whispers are already circulating that the Knicks may keep him sidelined all of next season to allow the star forward to fully recover from ACL surgery.

King, 24, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent on May 5, 2017, signing with the Patriots. King went through training camp with the team, but the Patriots released him before the start of the regular season.

Cubs to take crack at Indians rookie Plutko

An accomplished veteran southpaw will face off against an inexperienced but ambitious right-hander when the Chicago Cubs host the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night to wrap up a two-game series at Wrigley Field.
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I’m just taking the approach, ‘OK, I’m in the bullpen, and I’m going to do whatever I can to help this team win out of the bullpen,’ Tomlin said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. I’ll be in the bullpen for the foreseeable future. I’m not sure how long that’s going to be.

It could be for the rest of the year. It could be for two or three times through the rotation. You never know.

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley carries an 11-game hitting streak into the game. He is hitting .347 during the hitting streak with four home runs, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo ranks fourth in franchise history with 17 home runs during interleague play. He needs three more blasts to tie Aramis Ramirez, who ranks third with 20.

If you watch his delivery closely, there’s a lot going on, Maddon said. That tends to lead to lack of command of the fastball, and he’s not the only guy. There are other pitchers that are like that, too.

Three of Chatwood’s walks came in the third, bringing his major league-leading total to 40, and the crowd of 37,168 let him hear it.

Ramirez delivered the big blow with his three-run shot to the right-field basket. Roberto Perez added a sacrifice fly, and the Indians sent nine batters to the plate in the inning.

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Chicago was 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base. The Cubs didn’t score until Ian Happ led off the ninth with a pinch-hit homer against Josh Tomlin.

Bauer said it was completely unrelated. He said it was a personal thing involving a close friend and their training together.

For people to take it a step further is just ridiculous, Bauer added. It’s a tragic day in our country’s history and it’s just senseless and that’s all there is to it. Shame on the people saying that. It’s completely unrelated.

Grading Jets’ 2018 NFL Draft picks

Anderson’s next court date is July 19 in Broward County — a procedural hearing. O’Donnell does not expect that case to go to trial. He said the matter likely will be resolved July 19 or even before that, as was the case for Anderson’s May 2017聽felony charge聽in Miami.
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Anderson last season was the Jets’ top receiver — 63 catches, 941 yards, and seven touchdowns.
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The Oakland Raiders grabbed former UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller with the 15th pick of the draft. His level of impact is going to depend a lot on where the Raiders decide to play him early on.

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The Eagles selected him as the No. 43 overall pick with a known injury. It’s an indicator that he’s going to play a major role on the back end. His ball-tracking skills will allow him to force turnovers in coverage as a standout defender.

We’ll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. Check the scoreboard above and click on the stats link.

Stephen Curry certainly feels back to his spot-on self with the swagger that goes with those dazzling drives and way-back 3-pointers. Curry returned from nearly Womens Thomas Vanek Jersey six months sidelined with a sprained left knee to play the final four games of a five-game semifinal series against New Orleans. The two-time MVP scored 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting in his most minutes yet since the March 23 injury — 37 — in the Game 5 clincher last Tuesday night. His minutes have increased each game he plays and he was 32 for 67 with 15 3s in the Pelicans series.

While the spotlight for Houston in this series is certainly MVP front-runner James Harden and fellow point guard Chris Paul, the Rockets insist that center Clint Capela is just as important to their success.

Thomas has previously expressed interest in playing for the Cowboys.

According to general manager John Schneider, Thomas isn’t likely to stage a long-term holdout over his contract.

My sense is that he wants to be here, Schneider said during an appearance with 710 ESPN Seattle. I haven’t got that sense from his agents at all.

The Buccaneers offensive line was not good in 2017. As a unit, it allowed 40 sacks and produced the league’s 27th-ranked run game last season (90.6 yards per game). One of the starting members of that unit, guard J.R. Sweezy, could be a cap casualty this offseason.

The reason for this is fairly simple. Sweezy is set to earn more than $7 million this season and may not even have a legitimate shot at starting.

The Buccaneers have Ali Marpet, Evan Smith and rookie third-round pick Alex Cappa at guard. Sweezy ended last season with a foot injury and may be unable to compete with these three early in the offseason.

If Pamphile doesn’t win the starting job, Tennessee could decide to part ways before the start of the season. While Pamphile would be a solid depth player, the Titans could save $1 million by releasing him. Su’a-Filo, who has a salary of just $880,000, would be a more cost-efficient backup. Releasing Spain would save the team nothing, as his $1.9 million salary is fully guaranteed.

It could be starter or bust for Pamphile with the Titans this season. Considering he was a starter on a Buccaneers line that was bad in both the rushing and passing games, that could be a bad proposition. Pamphile has enough talent to make a roster in 2018, but it may not be Tennessee’s.

As is the case with many players on this list, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Evander Ziggy Hood’s future could be determined by the number of players at his position the team decides to keep.

The drafting of former Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne pushes Hood down the pecking order. He’s a lock to make the roster. Defensive linemen Jonathan Allen, a first-round pick in 2017, and Stacy McGee, who signed a five-year, $25 million deal last offseason, likely are as well.colts_091

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Joe Girardi still wishes he was managing the Yankees

At least Joe Girardi is honest.
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Girardi said he love to still be coaching the Yankees and that he’s pulling for them to keep winning, which they did, 3-2, over the Red Sox on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees have won 16 of 17 games and they tied the Red Sox atop the American League East.
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Earlier in the day, Girardi, the 53-year-old who managed the Yankees 10 seasons, attended BTIG Charity Day in Manhattan.

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Authentic Youth Thomas Rawls Jersey On Tuesday evening, the Mets completed a deal with the Cincinnati Reds to ship Harvey to baseball’s worst team. In return: former All-Star Devin Mesoraco.

Here’s what you need to know about the deal.

Harvey will get a chance to pitch: The Reds came into play on May 8 with baseball’s worst record, sitting at 8-27 and on pace to win only 37 games. As a rebuilding effort drags along, the Reds need stop gaps. Harvey represents that. He’ll likely be inserted into the rotation and pitch every fifth day. If he succeeds, there’s a chance Harvey is rerouted into a pennant race this summer.

Hip issues curtailed Mesoraco budding career: In 2014, Mesoraco looked like the next great slugging catcher. The right-handed hitter crushed 25 home runs and posted a.534 slugging percentage while making the National League All-Star team. Then hip issues arrived, forcing a short-lived position change to the outfield. Since the start of 2015, Mesoraco has hit a total of seven home runs.

Orleans Darkwa had surgery to remove plate in leg

Free agent running back Orleans Darkwa had a plate inserted in his leg after fracturing it during the 2016 season, but it won’t be there when he next takes the field.
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Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Darkwa had surgery to remove the plate on Wednesday. Per the report, the injury has fully healed and doctors recommended removing the plate in hopes that it helps with Darkwa’s explosiveness.

Darkwa visited the Patriots early in free agency and Rapoport reports there’s been other interest in his services from teams encouraged by the decision to remove the plate. Darkwa’s expected to need a month to heal, which may mean any suitors wait until just before training camp to renew discussions about a contract.

It’s fine to have the NCAA, NBA and USA Basketball collaborate to run camps and academies as an alternative to current market offerings. But trying to squeeze out competitive camps with anti-competitive practices is not the answer, and it opens up the NCAA to more claims of antitrust violations.

Coaches need to see players to evaluate them, and players need to be seen by coaches to be evaluated. The NCAA should endeavor to present a better product, not to improperly influence competitors in the industry.

By the way, does it occur to anyone that Nike is the exclusive apparel provider to both the NBA and USA Basketball?

What did I ramble about for that long on a fairly slow day? There’s only one way to find out.
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And it may be the only edition of #PFTPM that gets posted for the next few days. I’m heading Eric Weems Jersey to New York to take care of a little NBC business (hopefully I’m not getting fired) and it’s possible that there won’t be time for the afternoon podcast.

Hopefully, you’ll have time to listen to Friday’s edition. You have all weekend to do it, but why wait?

During spring training, Cora said he expected 20/20 seasons from four players: Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Eduardo Nunez and Xander Bogaerts. If asked to guess the players without knowing, Betts and Benintendi would have been no-brainers. Expecting 20 homers from Nunez is a stretch so guessing Jackie Bradley Jr. would have been justifiable.

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Looking at the NFL鈥檚 top dragon slayer moments

Inspired by the ability of the Washington Capitals to finally slip past the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL playoffs, ending the effort of the Pens to become the first three-time Stanley Cup champions since the early 1980s, Wednesday鈥檚 PFT Live took a look at some of the top dragon slayer moments in NFL history.
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We did it in the format of a draft. I clearly won, Stats disagreed, but unlike a real judge I鈥檓 not require to show him deference or respect or really anything.
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The Bengals will explore other interior offensive line prospects, but Ragnow is emerging as the next guy to grab once Nelson is gone. Cincinnati has a growing void at center as tackle became less pressing after the trade for Cordy Glenn. Ragnow can be a long-time anchor who can help both the passing and running games.

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Earlier Thursday, the Lions agreed to restructure Spence鈥檚 contract. It dropped his base salary from $3.15 million to $2.575 million, with some incentives added back in to allow him to recoup some of the money. It cleared $500,000 in cap space.

The Lions signed Spence to a three-year, $10.5 million deal last offseason to add some heft to the middle of their line.

In his only season in Detroit, Spence played 16 games, starting 11. He made 39 tackles and three sacks.

The Dolphins released defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the offseason, so Spence will add depth at the position.

George was too cavalier on Ingles — granting him too much space, assuming he could close in time. He couldn’t.

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TCU defensive tackle Joseph Noteboom, Delaware defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, Sam Houston State defensive tackle PJ Hall and South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard.

It isn’t wise to talk trash when you’re being outplayed and trailing in a playoff series. But Bledsoe backed up his talk in Game 3, outperforming Rozier and helping lead the Bucks to a dominant 116-92 win. With the Bucks winning Game 4 and extending this series to at least six games, here’s hoping this isn’t the last we hear of this (one-sided) beef.

Drake has been known to get into it with Toronto Raptors opponents while sitting in his courtside seats, including former NBA star and ESPN analyst Paul Pierce while he was with the Washington Wizards during the 2015 postseason. After the Wizards pulled off an upset and swept the series, Pierce took to social media to roast Drake. So there’s history here.

Three players who are quietly coveted as middle-to-late Day 2 picks: The first two could go as early as the middle of the second round, with all four expected to be drafted in the third.

Here are “My Guys” for 2018, the players I have vouched for as prospects on whom I’d stake my reputation: Western Kentucky’s Mike White, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta, N.C. State’s Jaylen Samuels, Memphis’ Genard Avery and Boston College’s Isaac Yiadom.

Schoenfield: It’s still too early to change from original predictions for now: Nationals take the East and the Cardinals and Diamondbacks win the wild cards. The Mets have played well, no doubt, but Matt Harvey has already been pushed to the bullpen, and let’s see if the other starters can stay healthy before we declare them playoff-bound.

Miller: Oh, 94 or so. [Checks Rick Porcello’s numbers so far.] Oh, 97 or so. I wouldn’t say it’s a team that looks radically better than it did a month ago, and they’re probably not one of the superteams, but Porcello’s bounce back and Price’s revival make them a very interesting October threat.

“It was a dark time, I feel like,” Lawson said. “Just tried to tune people out, and I think it affected basketball and confidence. I didn’t play the same.”

Lawson said he “completed everything [the court] wanted me to do,” from probation to community service and classes with John Lucas, but the damage to his NBA reputation had been done.

“Everybody was like, ‘Oh he has a problem,'” Lawson said. “I have heard that. I don’t know, actually, what people think about me in other locker rooms. Because, I mean, maybe [they think] I am a problem around the team. I’m not. I am probably one of the chillest guys ever.”orioles_055

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