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Posted: 10/26/2018 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Los Angeles Rams can improve in Week 6 against Denver Broncos | FanSidedThe boys over at FanSided have cooked up a real scoop here: Play better defense through first three quarters. Sorry Authentic John Johnson Jersey , but we’re more focused on negativity than hot takes of this ilk here at TST.Obo Okoronkwo progressing, but won’t be handed a roster spot: ‘He’s gotta earn it’ | RamsWireFor those of you expecting the 5th-round draftee out of Oklahoma to come in and be the answer to our pass-rushing woes: McVay says Obo’s gotta earn it. Did we mention he’s a 5th round rookie coming off a broken foot? We’re excited to see him suit up, but he’s not going to be a Von Miller/Khalil Mack hybrid juuuuuust yet.Rams’ WR trio quietly made NFL history in first five games | RamsWireAfter 5 games, the Rams’ talented WR trio accomplished something no other unit has done in NFL history. All while Brandin Cooks was injured and held without a catch last Sunday in Seattle. Cool story, bro: but this IS the modern NFL.McVay not worried about snow Sunday, but it could effect Mark Barron | RamsWireApparently, Mark Barron won’t be signing up to be the King In The North anytime real soon. (And no, I am not referring to that one guy on Twitter who has a gnarly mancrush on Sammy Watkins). Apparently, his achilles does not put the “chill back in Achilles,” as the cold weather cost him a game in Nashville last season.Opposing View: Broncos HC Vance Joseph knows challenge of a Wade Phillips defense | Rams OfficialEarlier this week Authentic Cooper Kupp Jersey , the Denver HC went to far as to say that the Rams were a team that could embarrass them. Now, he’s saying that Wade’s hovering over him and his D like Obi-Wan after 6 Four Lokos. What’s the spread on this game again?McVay wants to improve in the red zone | Rams OfficialEven at 5-0 and leading the league in offense, Rams HC Sean McVay turns the microscope on himself and finds a weakness in red zone placyalling. It could be better.Ndamukong Suh calls Rams’ run defense ‘terrible’ | Larry Brown SportsHe’s not wrong.Broncos run defense looks to back bounce against Todd Gurley and the Rams | Broncos OfficialI’m not sure what back-bouncing is, but I’m guessing it’s akin to bouncing back. The Donks allowed 323 on the ground last week, so if Suh thinks the Rams are ‘terrible,’ I wonder what that makes the Denver NFL team... Wade Phillips says he got too much credit for the Broncos’ defense | CBS SportsIn his classic, gentlemanly way, Wade Phillips’ curtsies with respect to his dominant units of year’s past. The blushing is (orange) crushing. Alas, Wade’s a peach.NFL-wide Headlines, Week 1 Khalil Mack gets traded to the Chicago Bears Authentic Rob Havenstein Jersey , becomes highest-paid defensive playerWhen Aaron Donald became the highest paid defensive player in the NFL on August 31st, all eyes turned to the Oakland Raiders and disgruntled superstar LB Khalil Mack who had yet to report to camp. The pieces that were moved in this deal to the Bears had many questioning the leadership of the Raiders. Widely accepted that the Bears absolutely fleeced the Raiders. Raiders players took their thoughts to Twitter.Before everyone could even figure out how the Bears convinced the Raiders to attach a second-round pick, Mack was signing a lucrative contract extension. As it turns out, Bruce Irvin wasn’t wrong in tweeting this after Aaron Donald’s extension:San Francisco 49ers RB Jerrick McKinnon tears ACL, placed on Injured ReserveMcKinnon was a big free agent signing for San Francisco, who will now turn to a combination of Alfred Morris and Matt Breida for Kyle Shanahan’s offense.Raiders cut WR Martavis Bryant with looming suspensionThe Raiders had sent a 3rd round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for Bryant, who is now looking at a suspension of a year or more for his third failed drug test.Raiders trade for QB AJ McCarron, cut QB Connor CookCut day was a weird one for the Raiders. They lost their best player in a bad trade, their risky trade for a troubled receiver failed, and somehow acquiring AJ McCarron wasn’t the worst thing they did that day. For their sake Womens Robert Woods Jersey , I hope that the Raiders can keep Derek Carr upright.K Dan Bailey cut by Dallas CowboysPerhaps the most shocking casualty on Saturday, Bailey is the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history. Brett Maher will take over kicking duties in Dallas. And it’s reasonable to believe that Bailey won’t remain out of a job for too long.Cleveland Browns name QB Tyrod Taylor starter over Baker MayfieldIn a move done in front of the Hard Knocks cameras, number one overall pick Baker Mayfield is told he is the backup behind Taylor. Taylor is an analytics darling and perhaps gives the Browns the best chance to win right now. This seems like a fluid situation with a coach that has won only one game in his two seasons with the Browns.QB Nathan Peterman named starter for the Buffalo BillsSomething, something, Colin Kaepernick is somehow out of a job.RB Le’Veon Bell continues holdout with no end in sightIt’s starting to get ugly in Pittsburgh. It’s been fairly accepted that this season would be Bell’s last in the Steel City, and this is the second straight season his holdout has gone into September. Perhaps Bell is worried about a DeMarco Murray situation where the Steelers would run him into the ground and let him hit the open market as a guy coming off a 450-touch season.S Earl Thomas ends holdoutThe last surviving member of the Legion of Boom will join a Seattle Seahawks team that has seen their reputation upended in the last 12 months. The Seahawks agreed to wipe away his accumulated fines for failing to show up until now. The Seahawks rejected a second-round offer from the Cowboys for Thomas, who is entering the final year of his contract.
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 Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid took the podium Monday afternoon following the team’s 38-27 win over the San Francisco 49ers.Let’s round up the big takeaways from Kansas City Chiefs Hats Reid:Reid acknowledged there is something to keeping a strong mindset no matter the score on both offense and defense.I saw this tweet from one of the AP readers on Monday:Good timing by Andrew, as Reid provided an answer to this thought on Monday:“Human nature, you have a tendency to pull [back],” Reid said. “You’ve got to fight that on both sides of the ball, whether it’s dropping a ball on a third-down play, when you have an opportunity to convert, whether it’s easing back just a step when the ball’s in front of you, where you’re late on either breaking it up or miss a tackle—that type of thing. And that’s human nature, but you have to fight it in that situation. “We’re a young football team, and so you have to learn that. You’ve got to power through that and learn as you go to how to finish those type of things.We told you Dee Ford is scheduled for an MRI sometime Monday. Reid said that if the injury is serious, he feels comfortable with the depth of rookie Breeland Speaks and Tanoh Kpassagnon.Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsHere is the latest on Ford.“I think we’ll be fine there if that’s the case (Ford being hurt),” Reid said. “I know he was sore [Sunday] and for him to come out of a game—that’s never a good thing, so we’ll see how he does here, but I’m glad we’ve had an opportunity to play those guys and give them a little experience here. They’ve been rotating in, so I’m not as worried about it as if they had zero experience there.”Speaks has played a bit more than Kpassgnon, but both players have seen time in each game. To be exact Kansas City Chiefs Hoodie , Speaks has 45 defensive snaps this season to Kpassagnon’s ‘s 25.“They’ve both been kind of rotating as they go depending on who needs a blow there,” Reid said. “I think they’re both playing to be in there an equal amount. I don’t even know the number of reps on it—who’s higher than the other—but they normally come in as a tandem unless something happens like an injury, and then you get one over the other, but we’ve been trying to sub both of them in at the same time.”Reid admitted Patrick Mahomes did have some struggles early, but it was good that Mahomes was honest with it when he came back to the sideline.Photo by David Eulitt/Getty ImagesWe have seen more efficient days from Mahomes, who had 14 incompletions on Sunday.“He had a couple where he was over-striding his throws,” Reid said. “The ball was moving about 100 miles an hour—you know, one of those. That probably was a little extra adrenaline, but the main thing there is he’s real about it. He’s real with [the media]. He’s real on the sideline, and that allows for progress. If you’re conning yourself into something your not, that’s an issue at that position. If you’re willing to put it out there and say, ‘This is what I am, and I got to get better in certain areas,’ then you normally can do that.”We mentioned in snap counts linebacker Reggie Ragland had a season-high 49. Reid likes the trend he’s seeing in Ragland after his knee issues in the offseason.Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images“I think, Reg, the more he plays Youth Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys , the better,” Reid said. “We saw it last year and he’s one of those guys who didn’t have much time in camp and he’s a big guy that we’re asking to do a lot of things with, so the more he does it. He just needs to keep playing,Terrance Smith had 11 defensive snaps Sunday.“Smith has done a nice job when given the opportunity,” Reid added. “Two different syles of play. We use him a little bit more in coverage stuff—in the nickel stuff, and Reg in more of the base stuff.”Reid (kind of) addressed the Earl Thomas rumors.More on that here. Reid also added there could be another update on Eric Berry coming on Wednesday.Chiefs’ Wednesday injury report vs. Jaguars: Dee Ford and Sammy Watkins both practiced Each practice day, the Kansas City Chiefs will release an official injury report leading up to the next game. The Chiefs host the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at Arrowhead StadiumHere is the Chiefs’ first official injury report of the week:JaguarsSome notesDee Ford (groin) and Sammy Watkins (hamstring) both left Monday night’s game against the Denver Broncos early, so it was a pleasant surprise to see both players practicing on Wednesday.It has now been 53 days since safety Eric Berry practiced or played. Head coach Andy Reid on Berry Wednesday: “We’re literally just taking it day by day. He’s going through the rehab and doing that and doing actually better. Every day he’s been going here, he’s getting a little bit better. Let’s just see how it goes and one thing you know about Eric, you have no questions that he wants to be there and go. He’s trying everything he can to get himself out there. We’ll just take it day by day and keep doing that. We’ve got great communication with him and we know his desire to be there. We want him to be smart. We want to be smart with it. It’s a long season.”It’s probably smart to take Wednesday’s report on the practice cautiously, it being a 10-10-10 style practice (What’s that?) in which the Chiefs did not even wear helmets. From our in-house injury expert, Aaron Borgmann, via his official Twitter account: “Tough to gauge injured players status from this work.Will need to await more details as week ramps up from short turn. Hopefully a good sign of progress that most practiced.”Chiefs are fortunate that the Jaguars have already ruled out two players, running back Leonard Fournette and cornerback DJ Hayden, for Sunday.
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 When the Green Bay Packers drafted cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson in the first two rounds of this year’s NFL draft, it was a foregone conclusion both would have to contribute immediately.With one week in their rookie seasons’ complete, color their defensive coordinator impressed.Mike Green Bay Packers T-Shirt Pettine leaned heavily on both rookies Sunday night. Alexander played 49 of the 70 defensive snaps and Jackson played 46.While both made mistakes, one thing was clear to Pettine and anyone else who watched the game: neither of the two youngsters were overmatched and you really never said the same about the duo’s predecessors, Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins.It was however only one game and you can’t paint their rookie campaigns on one performance. Alexander and Jackson face a much stiffer test when the Minnesota Vikings and Kirk Cousins, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen come to town this week. If they can hold their own against that trio, the Packers will be ecstatic.You can read more on their NFL debuts plus four former Packers may hear the call from Canton in 2019 in today’s cheese curds.Packers’ cornerbacks earning Mike Pettine’s trust on big stage—PackersNews.comAlexander and Jackson both came from big schools and played on the national stage in college. That probably helped them not get caught up in the moment of their first official NFL game. For Packers’ DeShone Kizer, uncertainty about Aaron Rodgers means being ready — and avoiding devastating turnovers—Wisconsin State JournalKizer had the unfortunate pleasure of taking his first snaps in an offense he is still learning while under duress from Khalil Mack. Should he be called into action Sunday, Kizer’s task against the Minnesota defense will not be any easier.Former Packers OLB thinks he could beat out current Packers OLB Kyler Fackrell—Packers WireHarsh words from Brady Poppinga. At this point however, would anyone really disagree?The ‘Aaron Rodgers rule’ stemming from hit by Anthony Barr continues to reverberate—Minneapolis Star-TribuneAaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone was the injury heard around the league last year, and a new rule regarding landing on the quarterback developed in its wake has stirred up a lot of controversy. Barr has his own thoughts on the new rule including surprisingly agreeing with one call.Butler, Holmgren among 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees—Packers.comWith Jerry Kramer now enshrined Green Bay Packers Hats , every Packers fan I talked to in Canton said the next Packer to get in should be LeRoy Butler. Sterling Sharpe, also a nominee for 2019, was also mentioned.The most interesting name on this list? Nick Collins.Reliving the five best moments of Aaron Rodgers’ miracle comeback For nearly a year, Green Bay Packers fans waited with patient enthusiasm to see No. 12 step back onto the field for the first time. Following last year’s devastating collarbone injury in week six against the Vikings that left Aaron Rodgers sidelined for the remainder of the 2017 season, Mike McCarthy opted to sit the quarterback for almost the entire month of August, playing him for just four snaps in the second preseason game against the Steelers. Resting Rodgers was the safe bet, because after all protecting the franchise player at all costs is always the goal. So when the Chicago Bears announced they had traded for Khalil Mack, the best pass rusher and most explosive defensive player in the league, a major curveball had been thrown in the Packer’s week one plans. Protecting the franchise player at all costs had just become ten times more difficult. As often happens in the season opener, the Packers struggled to find their footing in the first quarter against Chicago on Sunday night. Aside from the defense that was already struggling to contain Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the offensive line was being completely overpowered by a Bears front featuring the newly-acquired Mack. On several snaps, Mack bull-rushed Bryan Bulaga Green Bay Packers Hoodie , who looked wholly unable to keep up, right into the pocket, forcing Aaron Rodgers to get the ball out quickly under pressure. Then, down 10-0 and with just over nine minutes left in the second quarter, Bears DE Roy Robertston-Harris rushed right past Corey Linsley for a shot at Rodgers just as Mack was once again able to overpower Bulaga for hit of his own. Aaron Rodgers was down again, this time grabbing his knee and taking him out of the game. For the rest of the second quarter and the entire halftime break, it was looking like there was a possibility that Rodgers’ season was over just as it was getting started. But as Rodgers often does, he shocked everyone watching when he jogged out of the tunnel to start the second half. What ensued in the remaining two quarters of the Sunday night primetime game against the NFC North rival Chicago Bears on the anniversary of the Packers 100th season is nothing short of a miracle. With a twenty point deficit, Aaron Rodgers went 20/30 for 286 passing yards and three touchdowns — all on one leg — to win the game 24-23 making it the Packers largest 4th quarter comeback since 1940. Aaron Rodgers worked an absolute miracle, to put it lightly. On that note, these are the five decisive plays by Aaron Rodgers (in chronological order) in the second half that brought the Packers one of the most historic wins in franchise history. Aaron Rodgers hit a 15-yard dime over the middle to Geronimo Allison, who ran a perfect route on 3rd and 14 with 1:26 left in the 3rd quarter. With pristine protection from the line Youth Customized Green Bay Packers Jerseys , that pass set up a first down that was followed by another 10-yard first-down pass to Allison on the next play. 2. Rodgers threw it up to find Allison once again, this time for a 39-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone with 14:10 to go in the 4th quarter. Allison was in one-on-one coverage with Kyle Fuller who had struggled all night. 3. After a quick three and out from the Bears. Rodgers was back on the field and hit Davante Adams for a huge 51-yard gain on 2nd and 10. 4. With just under nine and a half minutes left in the 4th quarter, Rodgers slung it out to Davante Adams again who ran it right into the end zone, putting the Packers within three points of the Bears. 5. The Packers defense had another big stop on 3rd and 1 with the Bears just an earshot from the end zone to hold Chicago to a field goal. With 2:29 left to play on a 3rd and 10, Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for the definitive 75-yard touchdown pass, giving the Packers the win. Sunday night’s win over Chicago was nothing short of awe-inspiring. Hobbled on one leg, Aaron Rodgers led the packers to the second-largest comeback in franchise history at Lambeau Field. For the players and for the fans, the way he stepped up and led Green Bay to a victory is something no one will ever soon forget.
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Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins have among the biggest surprises of the 2018 season. Tannehill has looked good coming off of his season-ending injury in 2017 Womens Ryan Glasgow Jersey , and he led the Dolphins to a 3-0 start before losing to the New England Patriots in Week 4. The Dolphins struggled to do much of anything offensively in that game, as the Patriots had an excellent game plan for stopping them.Tannehill is an accurate passer who can find gaps in zone defense. On the first play of the game, the Patriots defense dropped off in loose coverage, and Tannehill threaded the needle between three defenders to complete this pass to Kenny Stills. Stills is able to gain 22 yards before he is pushed out of bounds by defensive back Patrick Chung.Tannehill has a much tougher time when defenses match up on his receivers in tight coverage. The Patriots locked up in tight man coverage for much of the game, and it caused Tannehill a lot of problems. Here the Patriots match up tight with every Dolphin who gets into a route. Tannehill looks to get the ball to receiver Albert Wilson, but Stephon Gilmore is all over him. The Bengals can do this as well. William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick have had their struggles this season and need to step up to this challenge. With Jackson, Kirkpatrick, and Darqueze Dennard Womens Jordan Evans Jersey , the Bengals have the ability to match up with the Dolphins’ wide receiver group.Tannehill has thrown three interceptions so far this season. One came on a broken play where his wide receiver ran a dig, but he threw a post. The other two came on plays like this where he lofted a ball up to the outside seemingly without looking. Jackson is in great position here on the hip of the receiver and is able to make a play on the ball as it comes to him. If a cornerback is in good position when he decides to take a shot like this, he will have a good shot at the pick. Although he seems relatively comfortable in the pocket in the clip above, pressure from the defensive line could cause him to make bad decisions and throw errant passes like this. Tannehill’s best game of the season was against the Oakland Raiders; he completed 17 of 23 attempts for 289 yards and three touchdowns. That is the same Raiders defense that is coordinated by Paul Guenther and that traded away Khalil Mack. In short, they get no pressure. With Carl Lawson, Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, and Sam Hubbard getting after Tannehill http://www.thebengalsfootballauthentic.com/carlos-dunlap-jersey-authentic , the Dolphins quarterback will not be comfortable, which could lead to much-needed turnovers for the Bengals defense. In the clip below, the pocket is collapsing on Tannehill with Lawrence Guy and Trey Flowers leading the way on the pressure for the Patriots. The Patriots are playing tight coverage across the board, with Kyle Van Noy covering Stills down field. Between the pressure and the coverage, Tannehill can’t make the connection.The Bengals have a great group of pass rushers whose play will be highly relevant to the outcome of this game. The defense has played mostly lose zone coverage, but would be best served to have their three former first-round pick cornerbacks play in tight physical coverage against the Dolphins’ wide receivers. If these two groups can do what they need to do, the Bengals end their turnover drought and cruise to victory against the Dolphins.Bengals vs. Steelers: Madden simulation predicts a Cincinnati victory There have been times in the past couple of years where both the Bengals and Steelers had high-powered offenses all year and then struggled to score on each other. It’s still yet to be seen whether or not that is how the game will work out on Sunday. The thing that I want most of all in this game, other than a Bengals win of course Youth Andrew Billings Jersey , is for both teams to play clean and come away with no injuries or as few as possible.So, how does Madden predict this game will play out? Let’s take to our Week 6 Bengals vs. Steelers game simulation to find out.The Bengals start off with the ball and get a good drive going, but they end up stalling out around the fifty. Then the Steelers and the Bengals each alternate going three and out until the Bengals get the ball back with around two minutes left in the first. They drive down the field and score a touchdown on a screen pass to Giovani Bernard. The Bengals take the lead 7-0.Giovani Bernard screen touchdownThe Steelers get the ball and slowly start marching down the field grinding away at the Bengals. When they get inside the 30 yard line their drive ends up stalling and they have to take the field goal. Making the score 7-3.Steelers field goalThe Bengals then get the ball and immediately go three and out giving the Steelers the ball back. The Steelers drive down the field and score on a pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. After making the extra point the Steelers have the lead 10-7.JuJu Smith-Schuster touchdownThe Steelers get the ball after half, but quickly go three and out giving the Bengals the ball back. The Bengals march down the field successfully until a sack slows their progress inside the 30-yard line and they are forced to take the field goal. Randy Bullock drains the kick tying the game up at 10-10.Randy Bullock tying field goalAfter this both teams fail to get much going until the final three minutes when the Bengals get the ball and hit on a deep shot to Tyler Boyd.The Steelers hold them from getting another first down and the Bengals are forced to take the lead with a field goal giving the Steelers the ball back with a minute left and a 13-10 lead.Randy Bullock field goal for the leadThe Steelers get down the field and manage to spike the ball with sixteen seconds left on the 39 yard line. Instead of risking not being able to get out of bounds the Steelers try the kick and it ends up short. The Bengals get the ball back and simply kneel out the hard fought 13-10 win.Bengals vs Steelers final scoreBengals 2018 Madden prediction record: 2-3Final score and stats
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Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst doesn’t sound too concerned about the heart issue he’s been dealing with.

Hurst took part in Michigan’s pro day Friday after being held out of drills at the combine a few weeks ago. He was cleared for pro day Adidas Evgeny Kuznetsov Jersey , and he indicated he also had to deal with this issue back when he was a freshman. He said he was tested and cleared then as well.

He did not go into details about his exact diagnosis, but he said he was a bit surprised he was held out at the combine.

”I think it was just the fact that I had not had any testing done recently,” Hurst said. ”A lot of times the combine will play it safe.”

Hurst underwent more testing since then. He said he was confident he’d be able to play again.

Hurst had 5 1/2 sacks last season for the Wolverines and was a first-team All-American. He is considered a top prospect at defensive tackle for this year’s draft. His father played for the New England Patriots as a cornerback for seven seasons.

Michigan said Hurst ran a 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds , and Hurst says he doesn’t expect teams to think differently about him after his health issues these last few weeks.

”I think they’re viewing me exactly the same as before http://www.chargersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-derwin-james-jersey ,” he said. ”If you’re cleared, you’re cleared.”

 

The Browns traded a receiver Sunday, but Jarvis Landry wants them to add another.

Landry is campaigning for Cleveland to trade for Odell Beckham Jr., who wants a new mega deal from the Giants. Landry Youth Joel Iyiegbuniwe Jersey , who arrived in Cleveland this offseason after the Dolphins traded him, said his former LSU teammate would play for the Browns.

The Browns receivers are coached by Adam Henry, Beckham and Landry’s position coach at LSU.

“He would be up for it,” Landry told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Browns traded former first-round pick Corey Coleman to the Bills a day ago. Josh Gordon remains away from the team dealing with personal issues Womens Josh Anderson Jersey , leaving Rashard Higgins, Jeff Janis, Ricardo Louis and rookies Antonio Callaway and Damion Ratley competing for spots at the position.

The Giants have begun contract negotiations with Beckham’s agent, but there appears a wide gap between what Beckham wants and what the Giants currently are offering. But it seems highly unlikely the Giants would seek to trade one of the league’s best receivers now.

Still A'Shawn Robinson Jersey , it makes for an interesting “what-if” conversation.

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Coaches can’t say much when it comes to players skipping offseason workouts. And so they usually don’t. On Tuesday Y.A. Tittle Jersey , Eagles coach Doug Pederson didn’t say much about veteran defensive lineman Michael Bennett missing the first day of OTAs, as Bennett makes his adjustment to a new franchise.

“I really don’t have any concern going forward with him acclimating himself to the defense,” Pederson told reporters. “You’ve been around long enough to understand Jim [Schwartz鈥檚] style and what we teach, and it fits his strength, and that’s roll off the ball as a D-lineman. So it’s just a matter of getting him in here and getting around his teammates.”

But the thing is he’s not. Pederson was asked whether it relates in any way to the pending assault charge against him.

“No, not at all,” Pederson said. “Again, voluntary program, so nothing about that at all.”

Pederson also said that he expects Bennett to be there at some point. Not in the “you must be here!” sense, presumably.

“I’m not concerned http://www.officialislanders.com/authentic-adidas-nick-leddy-jersey ,” Pederson reiterated about Bennett’s absence. “I do expect him here, yes.”

There’s no indication that Bennett isn’t happy with his contract, but he’s due to make only $5.65 million in 2018. Presumably, a sweetener would potentially get him to show up.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from the playoffs several weeks ago, but they still have something to play for Thursday night.

The Canucks (30-40-10) will strive to earn a win against the Phoenix Coyotes (29-40-11) as twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin play their final home for the only NHL club they have known.

“We definitely want to make their last game here memorable and (we) want to try and get a win for them,” rookie Canucks winger Adam Gaudette told reporters Wednesday after an optional practice.

A sellout crowd is expected for the second straight game, with tickets again fetching premium prices, after the Sedins announced their retirement Monday. Daniel Sedin told reporters that Thursday’s contest will stand out more in their minds than the boisterous scene Tuesday, when the Canucks lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in a shootout in which both Sedins participated.

“It’s a chance for us to thank the fans Malik Hooker Jersey , it’s more that than anything else,” Daniel Sedin said. “Time flies. It will be over before we know it. We’re going to enjoy it and treat it like a normal game. (Thursday) will be more emotional. I think that’s when you realize … you’ve probably taken your last steps on the ice. It will be special.”

Several tributes are planned for the 37-year-olds during the game as their parents, two older brothers and other friends and former teammates join the crowd.

Among other special happenings, the club’s nightly 50/50 will start at C$400,000 and lights outside Rogers Arena and within Vancouver’s city limits will shine blue and yellow (Sweden’s colors) in tribute to the Swedish siblings.

The Sedins’ teammates plan to enjoy the occasion, too.

“It’s the end of an era,” center Bo Horvat, who is a strong candidate to replace Henrik Sedin as captain next season, told reporters. “It’s the end of an amazing career for those guys.

“To be part of it is really special for me.”

Although the Canucks and Coyotes will miss the playoffs, the game — the second-last for each club — holds some significance in the standings. With a win Authentic Trent Murphy Jersey , Arizona can move a point ahead of the Canucks and leave Vancouver last in the Western Conference. Thursday’s result could also affect the teams’ 2018 draft position, depending on how lottery balls fall.

The Canucks and Coyotes have been playing well, much to the chagrin of fans who want them to tank during the stretch run and improve their draft hopes. Vancouver has won five of seven games, while Arizona has two straight victories and six in the past eight outings.

The Canucks might need to worry about one of their former players. Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton, who was drafted by the Canucks and spent most of his time in their farm system, has been on a scoring tear lately.

He scored the winning goal and added an assist in Arizona’s 4-1 victory over Calgary on Tuesday and has 10 goals since the all-star break — after scoring only once in his first 42 games.

“I’m playing a lot more confident — using my skating, using my shot,” the 28-year-old, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, told reporters. “(I) had a rough year last year with injuries and then sitting out (as a healthy scratch.) So the beginning of the year Cardinals Cheap Jerseys , I was still trying to get back to my game, but I think I’m back there now.”

Connauton might see more playing time than usual Thursday. Fellow Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun, who was injured in Calgary, will not be in the lineup. The Coyotes recalled Dakota Mermis from the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League to fill in for him.

Chychrun suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury when he was tripped from behind by Calgary’s Michael Frolik. Arizona coach Rick Tocchet took exception to Frolik’s action.

“I know he’s not a dirty player, but it’s a dirty play,” Tocchet told reporters. “I don’t like it at all.”

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The Seahawks signed linebacker Austin Calitro on Wednesday. They waived linebacker Dadi Nicolas in a corresponding move.

Calitro Andre Holmes Jersey , who came into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Villanova in 2017, spent two weeks on Seattle鈥檚 practice squad last September. He also spent time with the Jets, 49ers and most recently the Browns.

Calitro finished the year on Cleveland’s practice squad before being signed to a futures contract in January.

Nicolas was a sixth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2016. He appeared in 11 games with Kansas City as a rookie, then missed the 2017 season with a patellar tendon injury.

Nicolas signed with Seattle last month after being released by the Chiefs.

Manager Ron Gardenhire called it a punch in the gut. The staggering Detroit Tigers now have to find a way to recover quickly and end their six-game losing streak.

Nicholas Castellanos‘ three-run homer gave Detroit a 4-1 lead against the Oakland A’s on Monday, but the bullpen couldn’t hold it. Oakland finished off the rally with Jed Lowrie’s solo homer in the ninth inning against Tigers closer Shane Greene.

The teams match up again on Tuesday night.

The Tigers’ slide began during a two-game series in Cincinnati. They were outscored 26-3 while getting swept in a three-game series at Cleveland before Monday’s late collapse.

“We all knew this was going to be a work in progress Womens Drew Brees Jersey ,” Gardenhire said. “You’re going to go through some ups and downs.

“Believe me, these (ones) are getting kicked in the gut right here because we really worked at it today and we had a lot of good moments. We didn’t have too many in Cleveland. These are the ones the challenge you. These guys will learn from this and we’ll get better from it, I hope, but it doesn’t make us feel any better today. We’ll come back and regroup tomorrow.”

For the most part, the back end of Detroit’s bullpen has been reliable. Main setup man Joe Jimenez hadn’t given up a run in nine one-inning appearances this month before allowing three in the eighth. Greene hadn’t given up a run in 10 of his previous 11 outings.

“That hadn’t happened in a long time Youth Jalyn Holmes Jersey ,” Gardenhire said, referring to Jimenez’s outing. “Probably early in the season was the last time he’s done anything like that and kind of had to fight it a little bit. Who knows? Maybe it’s because they haven’t been pitching enough lately. We went through a stretch where we didn’t use those guys four or five days and maybe that’s it, a little rusty.”

Oakland’s power display continued as Stephen Piscotty homered earlier in the game. The A’s have now homered in 26 straight road games, a major league record.

Frankie Montas, who has been Oakland’s most effective starter for the past month Ronnie Lott Jersey , will oppose Blaine Hardy in the second game of the four-game series.

Montas (4-1, 2.41 ERA) has produced four quality starts in five outings since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville in late May. He has allowed just one run in 14 2/3 innings in two road starts, including his last appearance at San Diego on Wednesday.

The Padres only managed one run with five hits in 6 2/3 innings and Montas had six strikeouts.

He’s 1-2 with a 7.88 ERA in three career outings against Detroit, including two starts.

Hardy (3-1, 3.30 ERA) jumped into the Detroit rotation when Jordan Zimmermann and Francisco Liriano were on the disabled list. With both of those veterans back Darius Slay Jersey , Hardy is now part of temporary six-man rotation.

He made six consecutive starts and allowed two or fewer runs in five of them before a relief appearance in Cincinnati on Wednesday. He faced four batters against the Reds and recorded only one out.

Hardy has made 10 career relief appearances against the A’s, posting a 1-0 record and a 1.74 ERA.

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Chris Paul pounded the ball down demonstratively on Stephen Curry’s home court in sheer delight.

And maybe he sent a little message: These Rockets are for real and very much remain in the championship chase.

Houston handled the defending champions in their hostile Youth James Conner Jersey , imposing home arena and sustained the latest second-half flurry by Curry, getting 30 points from James Harden and another 27 from Paul to even the Western Conference finals at two games apiece with a 95-92 victory Tuesday night.

Curry scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 27 points and 12 rebounds but the Warriors missed their final five shots from the floor and their NBA-record postseason winning streak at home ended at 16 games.

The Rockets shook off a 41-point embarrassment in Game 3, a 12-0 deficit to start Tuesday and another big run by the Warriors in the third, then won it with defense down the stretch.

”We’re a team. We’re really good as a team,” Harden said.

Paul rebounded Klay Thompson’s miss just before the final buzzer sounded for the first time and celebrated in front of a stunned, yellow-clad home crowd. A replay review ensued and it was determined Shaun Livingston fouled Paul before the game ended, so Paul made a free throw with 0.5 seconds left.

And he did it all playing on a tender foot.

”A whole lot of treatment,” Paul said. ”It’s as good as it’s going to be right now.”

Curry couldn’t get off a final attempt before the buzzer.

Game 5 is Thursday night at Houston. Golden State Adidas Taylor Hall Jersey , which went a record 16-1 on the way to last year’s title, will play its longest playoff round after closing out its first two series in five games.

”Now we’ve got to fight and really understand that this is a true playoff-type experience,” Curry said.

Golden State got the ball with 1:27 to play down 94-91 and Thompson and Curry each missed contested 3-pointers.

The Warriors got another chance with 42.5 seconds left following Houston’s shot-clock violation. Curry missed a driving layup and Draymond Green pulled down the offensive rebound and was fouled by Paul, but Green converted only one free throw.

”I thought this is the highest level we’ve ever played defensively, without a doubt,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said, ”because we’re talking about the best offensive team ever.”

The Rockets went ahead 85-84 with 6:03 remaining on Trevor Ariza’s 3-pointer from the baseline after a beautiful bounce pass from the opposite corner by Paul.

Golden State trailed 91-86 with 3:30 left following a pair of free throws by Eric Gordon, then Curry converted a three-point play moments later.

Green wound up with 11 points Christine Michael Sr Jersey , 13 rebounds and eight assists while going at it with Paul all night in Game 4 – the first nail-biter so far in a series that had featured only lopsided results of 13 points or more.

”I’m sure we’ll look at the film and kick ourselves,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ”Look, this is a great team we’re playing. They won 65 games for a reason.”

Curry knocked down three straight 3-pointers during a key third-quarter sequence in which he scored 11 consecutive points before Thompson’s 3.

Down 53-46 at halftime two days after a franchise playoff-record 41-point victory in Sunday’s 126-85 win, Curry shined in the second half once more. He scored 17 in all during the third-quarter spurt.

Curry came out and hit a 3 from the top and seemed on his way to another spectacular finish until the late misses on a night both Western Conference powers shot just 39 percent.

His 3-pointer from 29 feet out at the 5:43 mark of the third got Golden State back within 62-60 then he knocked down another moments later on the Warriors’ next possession for the lead. Then, another from the baseline before a driving layup to the left.

Much-improved Warriors big man Kevon Looney, who shed 30 pounds last offseason, earned his first career postseason start in place of injured Andre Iguodala and had four points and six rebounds.

Iguodala, who banged his left knee during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-patrick-omameh-jersey , was upgraded from doubtful to questionable after an MRI exam earlier Tuesday on the knee revealed no structural damage.

The Warriors got another scare when Thompson briefly went to the locker room in the second quarter with a left knee strain then returned and hit baseline 3-pointers from both sides and wound up with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting.

The Rockets missed their first eight field-goal tries and committed two turnovers before Harden’s layup with 6:42 left in the first. D’Antoni called timeout at the 7:06 mark of the first with his team trailing 12-0.

”We just kept playing,” Paul said.

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Rockets: The Rockets were outrebounded 49-41. … Houston scored just 19 first-quarter points, its fifth straight period failing to score more than 24 before scoring 34 in the second. … After saying the pressure was on the Warriors, D’Antoni cracked pregame, ”That really worked out well, didn’t it?”

Warriors: Curry picked up his third foul at the 5:06 mark of the second quarter and took a seat and Golden State was limited to 18 points in the period. He pumped his right arm so hard after a basket in the first he nearly hit official Mike Callahan. … Curry made his signature pregame tunnel shot on the fourth try. … Golden State dropped to 32-7 in the postseason since 2015 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 points. … Looney started for just the ninth time in his three-year NBA car The Seattle Seahawks are hoping Sebastian Janikowski can solve their kicking issues.

The team signed Janikowski on Friday amid a number of moves.

Seattle also signed quarterback Stephen Morris to have another arm on the roster behind Russell Wilson. Running back J.D. McKissic and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson signed their exclusive rights free agent contracts for the 2018 season.

Janikowski spent 17 seasons with the Oakland Raiders but missed the 2017 season due to a back injury. Janikowski, 40, has made 80.4 percent of his kicks during his career and holds the NFL record with 55 field goals of 50 yards or longer.

Janikowski will join former Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers in the competition to replace Blair Walsh Youth D.J. Fluker Jersey , who was inconsistent in his one season as the Seahawks kicker last year.

Morris spent time with three teams during the regular season and was with Washington earlier this offseason before being released this month. Seattle had no other quarterbacks on the roster since Trevone Boykin was released late last month.

McKissic developed into Seattle's third-down running back for part of last season. McKissic appeared in 13 games and had three touchdowns. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry in limited work as a ball carrier, but was most effective as a pass catcher. McKissic had 34 catches, fifth-best on the team.

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees predicts either Andrew Luck or Darren Sproles will win comeback player of the year. Luck’s shoulder injury has kept him out of game action since January 1 Dorian O'Daniel Color Rush Jersey , 2017, and Sproles tore an ACL and broke an arm in Week 3 last season.

“I’m calling it right now: It’s either [Luck] or Darren Sproles for NFL comeback player of the year,” Brees said on 1070 The Fan, via the Indianapolis Star. “I’m just calling it right now.”

Regarding Luck’s shoulder injury, Brees has been there, rehabbed that.

Brees tore the labrum in his right shoulder in a 2005 game while playing for the Chargers. It was billed as a career-threatening injury at the time.

Luck missed all of last season while rehabbing.

“I know it’s extremely difficult, any type of injury to the throwing arm http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-denzel-ward-jersey , especially what appears to be the extent of Andrew’s,” Brees said. “Obviously, that’s been a long road for him and a really tough road. But I think by all accounts Andrew, especially this offseason, has really worked his tail off to get back to where he’s going to be able to compete at a high level.”

Retired quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol.

Favre told Sports Illustrated he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during the 1995 season in Green Bay. Favre won the first of his three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards that season.

”It is really amazing, as I think back, how well I played that year Authentic Ryan McLeod Jersey ,” Favre said. ”That was an MVP year for me. But that year, when I woke up in the morning, my first thought was, `I gotta get more pills.”’

Favre said his issues with pills caused him to spend 28 days at a center in Rayville, Louisiana, in the early 1990s. Favre also says he spent 28 days in rehab ”strictly for drinking” in 1998. The story also mentions a previously reported 72-day stint at a Kansas City rehab center in the mid-1990s to get off Vicodin.

”When I drank, I drank to excess Devan Dubnyk Jersey ,” Favre said. ”So when I went in the second time, to the place in Kansas, I remember vividly fighting them in there. They said drinking was the gateway drug for me, and they were right, absolutely right, but I wouldn’t admit it. I will never forget one of the nurses. I had it all figured out. I fought with this nurse all the time. I would not admit the drinking problem. At the end, she said to me Brandon Williams Jersey , `You’ll be back.’

”I was back. 1998. Guess who was waiting there when I walked in – that same nurse.”

The Packers, through a spokesman, declined comment. The front office and coaching staff has turned over several times over the last 20 years.

Favre played in the NFL from 1991-2010 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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The Buccaneers may not have quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the season. And it may not matter very much.

The Bucs open with games at the Saints http://www.packersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jk-scott-jersey , at home against the Eagles, and at home against the Steelers, on a Monday night. Even with Winston Jamaal Williams Jersey , the Bucs may be staring at an 0-3 start. Without him, an outcome of no wins in three weeks becomes even more likely.

The fact that the Week Three game falls on a Monday will give him one less day to get ready for Week Four, at Chicago. That could make it much harder to avoid a Week Four loss Authentic Ito Smith Jersey , and it could make the team more tempted to give him a fourth game off, especially if Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing well — and especially since the bye comes in Week Five.

So the start of the season could end up being an awkward and futile one for the Bucs. And if they lose the first three games, their margin for error will shrink considerably http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kareem-martin-jersey , especially in a division that sent three teams to the playoffs in 2017.

It also will increase the pressure on coach Dirk Koetter and G.M. Jason Licht, either or both of whom could be entering make-or-break seasons. If the first three games break against them, the end may be coming sooner than later.

When word that the Bengals were going to release safety George Iloka broke on Sunday http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-pernell-mcphee-jersey , it was natural to start thinking about where the five-year starter in the Cincinnati secondary might wind up next.

One team that came immediately to mind was the Raiders. Their defensive coordinator Paul Guenther had the same job in Cincinnati from 2014-2017, so he’s very familiar with Iloka and what he can do on the field.

Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Raiders will indeed make a run at signing Iloka and adding him to their secondary. Gehlken adds that finances will “dictate” whether or not a match will be made.

Guenther’s predecessor in Cincinnati was current Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and the Vikings showed interest in signing Iloka as a free agent in 2016 before he re-signed with the Bengals. Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo are set to be the starting safeties in Minnesota and there’s been no word of renewed interest in Iloka since his release.

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Bengals first-round pick Billy Price‘s workload was limited during the team’s offseason program Cheap Customized Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys , but it looks like it is all systems go for the center at training camp.

Price partially tore his pectoral muscle while doing the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine in March, which led to surgery a few days later and questions about whether it would impact his landing spot in the draft. Word that Price should be ready for camp all but put an end to those and聽the Bengals made him the 21st overall pick in April in hopes of hearing exactly what Price tweeted on Monday.

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The Bengals had subpar offensive line play last season and the hope is that Price becomes a foundation of a more capable group in 2018 and beyond.

Spotting opponents an early lead hasn’t been a problem lately for Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs.

Rizzo drove in his second run of the game in the seventh inning to snap a tie, Kyle Schwarber followed with a solo homer in the eighth and the Cubs rebounded from an early three-run deficit to edge the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Tuesday for their fifth straight win.

The other team has scored first in each of Chicago’s recent victories, but the Cubs have kept chipping away.

”We know we’re a good team,” Rizzo said. ”We just have to string together good at-bats.”

The Cubs did just that again on Tuesday.

With one out in the seventh, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist singled off Tigers reliever Daniel Stumpf (1-4). Rizzo’s slow bouncer up the middle resulted in a force of Zobrist at second Buccaneers Elite Jerseys , but Jose Iglesias’ throw to first was too late to double up Rizzo and Heyward scored from third to put Chicago ahead for the first time, 4-3.

Schwarber hit his team-leading 17th homer to right against a steady wind off Lake Michigan in the eighth.

Trailing 3-0, Albert Almora, Jr. and Heyward each drove in a run with a double, then Rizzo followed with an RBI single in Chicago’s three-run fifth.

Rizzo has just one homer in his past 20 games – and 12 this season – after launching at least 31 in each of the past four seasons. But the Cubs slugger says the longball isn’t always the best approach.

”You get down and start battling (at) two strikes, it’s not about hitting a homer,” Rizzo said. ”It’s just about putting the ball in play and we’re doing a good job at that.”

Justin Wilson (3-2) Authentic Mike Hughes Jersey , the second of Chicago’s four relievers, pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win. Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in four chances.

The Cubs’ bullpen allowed just one hit after starter Kyle Hendricks labored through five innings, allowing three runs and seven hits in a no-decision. In his past six starts, the right-hander is 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA.

”They didn’t beat him up by any means today,” manager Joe Maddon said. ”It’s just that it wasn’t a typical surgeon-like procedure from Kyle. He looks good, he’s just not executing.”

Detroit leadoff hitter Mikie Mahtook had three singles and scored a run. Niko Goodrum drove in a run with a double, and Jeimer Candelario and James McCann each had an RBI as the Tigers lost their 12th game in their past 14.

Tigers starter Michael Fulmer went six innings and allowed three runs – all in the fifth – and seven hits.

”He had really good stuff Troy Apke Color Rush Jersey ,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. ”He got a couple of pitches up a bit, but they kind of put them in the right place.

”It wasn’t like they were lashing them, but they put them on the outfield grass, kind of like what we did to them early.”

The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. After Mahtook and Nick Castellanos led off with singles, Candelario drove in a run with a groundout. Goodrum’s double to the right-field corner scored the second run.

The Tigers added a run in the fourth on McCann’s RBI single.

The Cubs tied it 3-all in the fifth. Pinch-hitter Tommy LaStella, Almora and Heyward led off with consecutive doubles to cut it to 3-2, then Rizzo’s hit with one out tied it.

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INF/OF Jim Adduci Tim Heed Jersey , called up from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, was in Detroit’s lineup at first base and singled and scored in his first game this season. The 33-year-old attended Evergreen Park High School in Chicago’s south suburbs and grew up a fan of both the Cubs and White Sox. Adduci’s father, also named Jim, played a total of 70 games with three major league teams in the 1980s and was at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.

TRAINER’S ROOM:

Cubs: INF/OF Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) probably will return Wednesday or Friday, Maddon said after the game. The Cubs star has been sidelined since June 22. … RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps inflammation, right elbow impingement/inflammation) rejoined the Cubs after seeing Dr. Keith Meister in Texas on Friday and getting a cortisone shot. Maddon said he still hadn’t yet talked to the right-hander about his progress following the injection.

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Tigers LHP Francisco Liriano (3-4. 3.99) takes the mound against Cubs LHP Jose Quintana (6-6. 4.31) on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of the two-game interleague set. Liriano has lost both of his starts since coming off the disabled list (right hamstring strain) on June 23. Quintana has two losses and three no-decisions in his past five starts and hasn’t won since May 31.

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Mike Vrabel played 14 years in the NFL and the first-year Tennessee Titans coach is more than willing to pick up a pad for drills to get his point across.

And if someone knocks off his sunglasses during the process Patrick Willis Jersey , not a problem.

”Yes, that’s fun,” Vrabel said Thursday after the Titans’ first day of training camp. ”That’s when you know it was a good punch. I use that as a barometer when the sunglasses go flying off. But, they’re doing it the right way. They’re delivering a blow and trying to transfer power to stop a guy’s charge, in that case, the punt team and get out and cover.”

The Titans’ season opener and Vrabel’s debut as a head coach in a regular-season game is just 45 days away on Sept. 9 in Miami. His preseason debut comes Aug. 9 in Green Bay, and Vrabel was starting to drive his wife and son crazy being at home waiting for the start of training camp.

”You wake up in the middle of the night thinking about should I call a time-out in this situation? Then I’m like http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-deadrin-senat-jersey , I’m really losing my mind. It’s just good to have the players back,” Vrabel said.

Not only did Vrabel play in the NFL and win three Super Bowl rings, he’s been an assistant at Ohio State and with the Houston Texans. That means he got to watch some of football’s best make crucial decisions during games, including Bill Belichick, Urban Meyer and Bill O’Brien.

Now it’ll be Vrabel’s turn to decide, and he’s been doing his best to prepare for kickoff by doing what he did so much of as a player: watch tape to help figure out what he can and can’t challenge, figuring out how to use his timeouts Derick Brassard Jersey , defending an opponent trying to run clock at the end of a game.

”We’ve got a library of 10 years,” Vrabel said. ”You can go back and pretty much get whatever game we want and pull up a scenario and play it out.”

For now, Vrabel is trying to improve a Titans team that is coming off consecutive 9-7 seasons and the franchise’s first playoff victory since January 2004 – all of which wasn’t good enough to keep Mike Mularkey on the job . Music plays throughout practice to help simulate game-day noise, and his assistants spent parts of Thursday’s session working on fundamentals like tip drills.

The Titans saw their coach throw himself into camp with the same participation and intensity he displayed during offseason organized team activities.

”Oh man, that feels good all the time when you get to hit the coach a little bit,” three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said. ”It just shows you know the stuff that he was doing OTAs wasn’t a fluke. He’s continued to do it.”

Rookie linebacker Rashaan Evans joked that going up against a coach could be a way to work out some frustration. He said it was impressive to see Vrabel working in the trenches, and his new head coach already has given him a tip on how to play better.

”He’s always told me not to think so much but just to play ball Authentic Alex Cappa Jersey ,” Evans said. ”He says you’re going to make mistakes. But you play fast and aggressive, everything else goes that’ll get corrected.”

NOTES: Two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan reported for training camp Wednesday with his agents talking with the Titans about a contract extension past this season . Lewan did not take part in team drills, and he said that might be the Titans waiting until the new deal is done. Vrabel disagreed, noting Lewan already is under contract but missed the team’s mandatory minicamp in June . The coach said the left tackle will rejoin team drills when the Titans feel he’s ready.

The New York Jets have claimed kicker Jason Myers off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

To make room on their roster Tuesday, the Jets waived-injured wide receiver Jonah Trinnaman.

Myers was waived by the Seahawks on Monday after Sebastian Janikowski won the team's kicking competition.

The Jets now have three kickers on their roster. Taylor Bertolet has handled all of the kicking duties in New York's first two preseason games because Cairo Santos, a free-agent signing, is still recovering from a groin injury suffered last season.

Myers was signed by Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent out of Marist in 2015. He has converted 64 of 79 field-goal attempts Tyus Bowser Jersey , including 10 of 19 from 50 yards or longer.

Trinnaman was signed by the Jets as a rookie free agent in May. He played in New York's preseason opener, but sat out last week at Washington.

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Jets cornerback Rashard Robinson has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Robinson was arrested and charged with drug possession and carelessly driving in Morris County Womens Jared Goff Jersey , New Jersey, last December. Police accused Robinson of having marijuana-laced candy in his car, which they said smelled like marijuana.

The NFL announced the suspension Wednesday, a day before Jets veteran players are due to report for training camp.

Robinson will be eligible to participate in preseason practices and games. He can return to the team on Oct. 1.

The former LSU star was acquired from San Francisco last October for a fifth-round pick. He had just two tackles in limited action with New York, but made one start against Kansas City on Dec. 3.

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — After nine seasons without competition in the broadcast booth, Jon Gruden needed only a few plays of the exhibition season to get his old sideline persona back.

A holding call that wiped out a touchdown brought out the temper that earned Gruden a nickname from the slasher movie “Child’s Play” during his first stint as coach in Oakland.

“Chucky came out for a brief moment right there Jason Zucker Jersey ,” Gruden said.

It was a moment Raiders fans had been waiting for ever since Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay following the 2001 season. Oakland lost the Super Bowl to Gruden and the Buccaneers the following year and managed just one more winning record since.

The good will might have ended when the Raiders traded their best player before the start of the season, dealing elite pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago for a package that includes two first-round picks.

Owner Mark Davis had been recruiting Gruden since he took over the franchise following the death of his father, Al, in 2011, and finally got his man this past offseason with a $100 million, 10-year contract to replace Jack Del Rio following a 6-10 season.

“It’s an honor to be back here and it’s a great story, but I also just want to do everything I can to try to help this team win again Authentic Marcus Mariota Jersey ,” Gruden said. “I love the Raider fans, I love Oakland, and that’s the primary reason why I’m standing here.”

The love is mutual, as evidenced by the hundreds of fans who showed up at a preseason party hosted by Gruden at a local sports bar, and the excited crowds at the exhibition games.

But for all the nostalgia and Gruden’s talk of bringing the game back to 1998 when Al Davis first hired him as a head coach, Gruden will need to show his style has adapted since he last coached in Tampa Bay in 2008.

He has won over his players with his passion, knowledge and attention to detail Joonas Donskoi Jersey , but none of that will matter without results on the field.

“What you see is what you get. Rah-rah guy,” edge rusher Bruce Irvin said. “I’ve never seen a person’s face stay red for seven periods at practice. The whole practice he is just red. He’s a great motivator.”

Here are some other things to watch:

MISSING MACK: Mack held out for the entire offseason and training camp while seeking a long-term contract that came after he was traded to the Bears. His absence leaves a big void. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016 and leads the NFL in QB pressures with 185 1-2 since entering the league, according to SportRadar. Oakland’s defense struggled the past few years even with Mack on the field. Gruden and new coordinator Paul Guenther will now need rookie Arden Key and veteran Bruce Irvin to make up for the loss.

DRIVE THE CARR: QB Derek Carr went from MVP candidate during a 12-win 2016 campaign to a struggling young passer a year ago as he dealt with an early-season back injury and suspect play from his receivers. Much has been made of how Carr will mesh with Gruden’s hard-driving personality, but the early signs are the two are hitting it off. Whether that leads to improved play remains to be seen. Carr will likely take more snaps under center in Gruden’s offense than he has in the past, but also will have more freedom to change plays at the line of scrimmage.

“He has a photographic memory. It comes so easy to him,” Gruden said. “He’s got the offense mastered more than I do, that’s for sure.”

INSIDE PUSH: The Raiders struggled to generate consistent pass pressure the past few seasons even with Mack and Irvin on the outside because of a lack of an inside rush. That’s why Oakland used two draft picks to upgrade that spot by selecting P.J. Hall in the second round and Maurice Hurst in the fifth. Hurst had been projected as a first-round pick before being sent home from the combine with a heart issue that the Raiders say is not a concern. Hall and Hurst have shined in the preseason and figure to provide a big boost to the defense.

POUND THE ROCK: Gruden has stressed a power-running game since getting hired in January and has the pieces in place to make it work. Oakland has a stout interior of the offensive line with center Rodney Hudson and guards Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson. Marshawn Lynch played well in the second half of last season after coming out of retirement and looks even faster this year. Blocking tight end Lee Smith and fullback Keith Smith provide more support. Gruden hopes Doug Martin can regain the form that helped him run for more than 1 Daniel Winnik Jersey ,400 yards in 2012 and ’15.

COVER IT UP: The Raiders have been rotating through cornerbacks ever since Reggie McKenzie became GM in 2012. They hoped they solidified one of those spots last year when they drafted Gareon Conley in the first round, but he played only two games because of injuries. Conley looks healthy now and could be part of the most talented group of cornerbacks Oakland has had in years with free agents Rashaan Melvin, Leon Hall and Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie also in the mix.

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VANCOUVER Youth Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Jake Virtanen to a two-year deal with an average annual value of $1.25 million.

The 21-year-old had 10 goals and 10 assists in 75 games for the Canucks in 2017-18, setting career highs in games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. His 155 hits led all Canucks forwards, while his 46 penalty minutes ranked fourth on the team.

In 140 games over three seasons with the Canucks, the 6-foot-1, 229-pound right wing has 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) and 93 penalty minutes.

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”We’re pleased to sign Jake to an extension,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. ”He adds physical presence and speed to our lineup and can help create offensive chances when going hard to the net. We look forward to seeing Jake take the next step in his game and consistently contribute to the team’s success.”

 

TORONTO — The Winnipeg Jets will have something to prove to themselves when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Jets know they cannot afford to continue to play the way they did in losing 6-2 to the Blackhawks in Chicago on Thursday to end a season-best six-game winning streak.

“We just weren’t prepared,” Winnipeg right winger Blake Wheeler said. “We came in and had a pretty bad morning skate. We just weren’t prepared to play the game. We were just really slow.”

The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, will be coming into the game after a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders in Brooklyn on Friday night. It was the 17th time they have scored at least five goals in a game.

The Maple Leafs will have Leo Komarov, who has been out with a left leg injury, back in the lineup on Saturday. He was ready to return Friday, but Toronto decided to give him another day rather than have him play in back-to-back games.

The Jets (47-20-10) and the Maple Leafs (47-24-7) have both clinched playoff spots.

Winnipeg hopes to use the game against the Blackhawks as a warning.

“It’s definitely humbling Sven Andrighetto Jersey ,” said Jets right winger Bryan Little, who scored his 200th career goal Thursday. “You realize that when we don’t play our game, and we’re not ready to play, a game like that can happen. It’s a little bit of a wake-up call.”

“There wouldn’t be a piece of the game that was at the level that we’ve played at, or at the level you need to play at to win in the NHL,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. “I don’t think it’s any one thing. The elemental part of our game is to play at a certain rate, a certain pace. We were well off that (Thursday).”

There could be another aspect to the game Saturday that will give the Jets incentive. The Maple Leafs defeated the Jets 7-2 in Winnipeg in October in the first game of the season.

By defeating the Islanders, the Maple Leafs reached 101 points for the season.

“I think that’s real important,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. “I always say J.T. Miller Jersey , I’ve had a lot of 100-point years over the years, and I think it’s a real indication of a good hockey club. It’s hard to get 100 points, you’ve got to be a good team to do it.

“I’m excited for our guys that have worked hard to get good enough that they can do that. Like I said, we’ve got four more opportunities to get better and get ready.”

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist Friday.

“A good two points for us,” Matthews said. “Obviously, they’re a high-offensive team. They’ve got a lot of skill and firepower as far as that goes so you’ve got to find a way to contain them and obviously we’ve got some guys who can put the puck in the net as well. Probably not a fun game for the coaches, but probably a bit more fun for the players.”

Matthews has scored at least one point in each of the five games he has played since returning from a shoulder injury.

“He’s not as good as he’s been and he’s going to be better,” Babcock said. “I thought tonight was another step. I thought his first game and this game — it takes you a while to get your game back. He’s going to get a real test (Saturday), which is real positive for him. Back-to-back games Kyle Turris Jersey , a good grind, good for his conditioning. He’ll just keep getting better.”

As important as Matthews is to the Maple Leafs, he said the depth of the team is important.

“I think that’s one of the key things for this team is that we’ve got a lot of depth,” Matthews said. “A lot of guys who are skilled, can make plays and put the puck in the net so it definitely makes it tough in terms of matching up for the opposing team. Like you said, we’ve got three different guys (with 30 goals) on three different lines so it definitely helps.”

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Andrew Luck could feel the pressure building as he prepared for his first game action with Indianapolis since the final week of the 2016 season.

When he let go of trying to contain his excitement Adrian Kempe Jersey , the pressure was released.

"I really enjoyed it. I didn't quite know I'd have this much fun getting practice again. I didn't know I'd have this much fun even playing football," Luck said. "It's a preseason game, I'm not going to blow anything out of proportion, but it's still a game, a chance to go up against another color jersey. It was a fun step along the way."

Luck was back under center, leading Indianapolis on a pair of field-goal drives in just over a quarter in the Colts' 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.

The reintroduction of Luck as the Colts' leader started with a 17-yard swing pass to Marlon Mack on the first play. It concluded early in the second quarter when his pass intended for T.Y. Hilton was broken up. In between, Luck was bear-hugged by Seattle All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner on a scramble run, sacked by Rasheem Green, and also showed flashes his surgically repaired right shoulder is ready to allow him to again be a premier quarterback.

Luck completed 6 of 9 passes for 64 yards, most of that coming on the opening drive when he hit 5 of 7. Luck completed passes to five receivers and threw from a clean pocket on most of his dropbacks, even with starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo not playing.

It had been nearly 600 days since Luck was last on the field, when he threw for 321 yards in a 24-20 win over Jacksonville on Jan. 1, 2017. For one night, Luck looked like his pre-surgery form.

"He just kept saying how excited he was and right before he went out he said 'There's a lot of emotions right now let's see if I can control them,'" Indianapolis coach Frank Reich said. "It was almost like he was saying Womens James Conner Jersey , 'I'm going to need to control how I'm feeling, because I'm pretty jacked up.' And he came out in the first drive and handled it like we expected."

Adam Vinatieri made field goals of 33, 51 and 45 yards in the first half, and Michael Badgley's 34-yarder late in the third quarter gave Indianapolis a 12-10 lead. Phillip Walker added a 10-yard TD pass to Darrell Daniels early in the fourth quarter.

Luck's counterpart from the 2012 draft, Russell Wilson, played one series for Seattle. Wilson was 4 of 5 for 43 yards and capped his only drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick Vannett. It was Wilson's first action playing in the offense of new coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, which will be heavily tilted toward the run. Second-year running back Chris Carson averaged 6.5 yards per carry in limited action.

Seattle's defense scored with 3:15 left when an errant snap was recovered by Joey Ivie for a touchdown.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

Three Seattle players ran into the team's locker room prior to the national anthem.

Defensive linemen Branden Jackson and Quinton Jefferson, and offensive lineman Duane Brown left the field following team introductions and before the start of the anthem. They returned to the sideline immediately after it concluded. All three were among a group of Seattle players that sat during the anthem last season.

Brown and Jefferson said they intend to continue the action all season.

"The team was aware of everyone's emotions and feelings going forward and we're all supportive of each other," Brown said.

There were no other actions by either Seattle or Indianapolis players during the performance of the anthem.

EJECTION

Indianapolis safety Shamarko Thomas was ejected late in the fourth quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Seattle wide receiver David Moore.

SHAQUEM'S DEBUT

Seattle rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin was all over the field in his debut. Griffin led Seattle with nine tackles, flashing the speed that made him a star in college. But he was also bullied on one play when Indianapolis tight end Jack Doyle used his size to create separation from Griffin on contact and made a 9-yard reception from Luck.

"It felt good to kind of get out there and get your feet wet and kind of get some hits in," Griffin said. "I know the way the league works you don't really get a chance to really tackle too much so to kind of get out there and get a few tackles in."

INJURY REPORT

The most significant injury was Mack leaving late in the first quarter with a hamstring issue. Mack had four carries and two receptions in the first quarter. He wasn't likely to get much more action, but is still a concern going forward. Indianapolis coach Frank Reich didn't have any more of an update postgame.

Seattle backup offensive tackle Isaiah Battle limped off the field with a sprained knee in the third quarter, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said it didn't appear severe. Battle had been gaining on Germain Ifedi for the starting right tackle spot. Rookie tackle Jamarco Jones also had to be carted off in the fourth quarter after injuring his left ankle. Carroll said X-rays were negative but it was a significant sprain.

Indianapolis also lost wide receivers James Wright and Deon Cain to knee injuries during the game.

NEXT UP

Colts: Indianapolis returns home to host Baltimore on Aug. 20.

Seahawks: Seattle will travel to the Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 18.

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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – The Associated Press spends the NBA draft with early entrant Kevin Huerter, as he waits for the phone to ring and the next step in his basketball life to be decided. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, video planned by 4 a.m.

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NEW YORK – Luka Doncic is already a pro, and he has already won championships. A day after capping his brilliant stay in Spain with another title Authentic Stephen Johns Jersey , the Slovenian guard heads the list of international players expected to be selected in the NBA draft and remains perhaps the most accomplished and intriguing player in Thursday’s festivities. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 700 words, photos on June 20

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CLEVELAND – LeBron James won’t be picking any players in this year’s NBA draft. Not directly anyway. With the three-time champion’s future still uncertain, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the No. 8 overall pick, enter this year’s draft not certain if they’re taking a player as a complementary piece to James, to develop without him or perhaps trade to land another All-Star player. At this point, everything seems in play. By Tom Withers. SENT: 600 words, photos on June 19

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ATLANTA – With four picks in the top 34, including No. 3 overall, the Atlanta Hawks are in position to move up or down in Thursday’s NBA draft. GM Travis Schlenk says he’s getting a lot of calls but says there is space on the rebuilding Hawks roster to carry four rookies next season. By Charles Odum. SENT: 550 words, file photos on June 19

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CHICAGO – When teams are deciding who to take in the NBA draft, the off-court interview still carries enormous weight. What happens on the floor obviously is of great importance as well, but the half-hour chats at the draft combine might be just as critical to teams that need to choose which players merit multi-million-dollar investments. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos on June 18.

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There’s going to be dozens of players left out in the cold at next week’s NBA draft, players who will not hear their names called by the time the night is over. Udonis Haslem knows how they’ll feel. Undrafted in 2002 Womens Cameron Jordan Jersey , Haslem – a Miami native who has spent his entire NBA career with his hometown Miami Heat – has been in the league longer than just about any other active player. Next season will be his 16th in the NBA. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 850 words, photos on June 14.

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There are a slew of questions that need to be answered in the NBA this offseason. There’s the obvious one: What will LeBron James do? But there are plenty of others, including the future for Kawhi Leonard, the next moves for Chris Paul and Paul George, and whether the league has seen the last of Dwyane Wade. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 950 words, photos on June 9.

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NEW YORK – A year ago Collin Sexton had just graduated from high school and was about to embark on his college career at Alabama. The talented point guard chose an unusual route to start his journey to the NBA but after only one year in the shadows of the pre-eminent college football program in the nation Sexton is only the second Crimson Tide freshman to declare for the NBA draft – and the first under the one-one-done rule. By Terrin Waack. SENT: 650 words, photos on June 20

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Trae Young’s numbers in his lone season of college were ridiculous. He led the nation in scoring and assists. He had NBA stars tweeting about his every move. But where he’s going to end up in the draft on Thursday night remains a bit of a mystery, for reasons that Young doesn’t fully understand. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos on June 19

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Someone is going to gamble on Michael Porter Jr., and he insists it’ll pay off. There is an element of danger involved with every NBA draft pick, in that nothing is guaranteed. There isn’t a player that epitomizes the risk versus reward thinking in this draft more than Porter Jr., who some think Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys

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Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch watched his team load the bases in front of hot-hitting Evan Gattis Michael Frolik Jersey , and all he wanted was the big designated hitter to send a drive to the outfield and keep the line moving.

Hinch had to settle for one that cleared the fence.

Cleared the bases, too.

Gattis crushed a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning Friday night, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa also went deep, and the Astros rolled past the Kansas City Royals 7-3 for their ninth straight win.

”We’re shaking hands after a lot of his at-bats,” Hinch said of Gattis, who has five homers in the first eight games of the Astros’ road trip. ”When guys are hot, there’s a ton of energy and a ton of fun.”

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Brad Peacock, Tony Sipp and Collin McHugh each contributed a scoreless inning in relief to wrap up the Astros’ latest win. All but one during their streak has come away from Minute Maid Park.

”I think our guys are just methodically going through their days,” Hinch said. ”This is a long road trip and it’s a lot more fun when you’re winning.”

The Royals, meanwhile, have lost four straight and 10 of 11.

Jakob Junis (5-7) served up all three Houston homers, getting tagged for six runs on seven hits and a walk. It was his fourth straight loss Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey , his last win coming against the New York Yankees on May 18.

”We were putting some really good swings on it. We were hitting some balls hard,” Morton said with a grin. ”Really, I was just waiting for the dam to break.”

The Royals gave Junis some support early, jumping ahead 2-0 in the third on a two-out double by Mike Moustakas. It was a buoying at-bat considering the meek-hitting Kansas City lineup managed a single run in getting swept by Cincinnati during a two-game set this week.

It appeared the lead might stand, too, the way Junis breezed through the first three innings.

Bregman changed all that with his ninth homer of the season, a shot that just skirted the left-field foul pole. Correa added his 455-foot home run two batters later to tie the game.

Morton’s wildness allowed the Royals to regain the lead in the fifth Authentic Carl Gunnarsson Jersey , but Junis coughed it back up in the sixth. He gave up three straight one-out singles to load the bases for Gattis, whose soaring, 405-foot grand slam was the second of his career and third by the Astros this season.

It was also the second slam permitted by the Royals in their last two games.

”I was hoping we would get either a flyout or a mishit. I didn’t think I left it right over the plate,” Junis said. ”I thought it was up and away. He just put a good swing on it.”

ASTROS MOVES

Houston recalled 3B Tyler White from Triple-A Fresno and placed LHP Reymin Guduan on the paternity leave list. White was hitting .338 with 13 homers and a .444 on-base percentage, the second-highest in all of Triple-A. Guduan can miss no more than three games while on the paternity list.

ROYALS MOVES

Kansas City selected the contract of RHP Brandon Maurer from Triple-A Omaha and optioned RHP Jason Adam to the same club. Maurer was 0-2 with a 12.46 ERA for the Royals before he was sent outright to the minor league club on May 3. He’s worked 11 straight scoreless appearances at Omaha.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros RHP Joe Smith (elbow inflammation) rejoined the team, and Hinch said the reliever is ”pain free and the next step is to initiate a throwing program.” That could happen by the end of the weekend.

Royals OF Jorge Soler left after stumbling out of the batter’s box in the sixth. He was taken for X-rays that revealed a broken left foot. ”It will be awhile when your feet are hurt,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. ”They’re going to give it a CT scan or whatever. We’ll have a better idea. X-rays showed a positive break. We don’t think it’s a surgical thing right now. The CT scan will give us more of a look.”

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Struggling LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-8 Johnny Gaudreau Jersey Kids , 4.45 ERA) starts for the Astros and LHP Danny Duffy (3-6, 5.28) gets the nod for the Royals for a Saturday matinee with temperatures expected to approach triple digits.

The Minnesota Vikings have exercised their fifth-year contract option on cornerback Trae Waynes.

The move was made Monday by the Vikings, who drafted Waynes with the 11th overall pick in the first round in 2015. He was the first cornerback taken that year.

Waynes has been a starter for the last two seasons, opposite All-Pro Xavier Rhodes. Waynes has five interceptions and 35 passes defensed in his career and was credited by the Vikings with 72 tackles in 2017.

Picking up the option gives the Vikings a window of almost two years to sign Waynes to an extension before he can hit free agency. They have yet to reach a new deal with linebacker Anthony Barr, the 2014 first-round draft pick now in the final year of his rookie contract.

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The Oakland Athletics recalled outfielder Nick Martini from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and optioned right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt and left-hander Danny Coulombe before their game at Chicago against the White Sox.

Martini will be available off the bench on Saturday. He was called up by the Athletics for three games this month and was hitless in nine at-bats. In 62 games for Nashville Womens Sean Couturier Jersey , the 27-year-old batted .305 with five homers and 33 RBIs. In his last 34 games in the minors, Martini hit .360.

Bassitt made three starts with Oakland, going 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA. He started and lost in the second game of the A’s doubleheader at Chicago on Friday Seth Jones Jersey , allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Coulombe was the 26th man for the Athletics in Friday’s nightcap, pitching two-thirds of an inning and allowing three hits. He is 1-1 with a 4.56 ERA in 26 relief appearances during three stints with Oakland this season.

It’s indeed “hogwash” that the Patriots had a trade for tight end Rob Gronkowski on the table, that they were ready to proceed Authentic Landon Collins Jersey , that quarterback Tom Brady threatened to retire, and that owner Robert Kraft vetoed the deal. That doesn’t mean the Patriots didn’t explore the possibility of doing a deal.

Per a league source, the Patriots were calling other teams about a possible Gronkowski trade as recently as three days before the draft. Coincidentally (or not) Alex Burmistrov Jersey , Gronkowski ended nearly three months of uncertainty regarding his future by declaring publicly that he would play in 2018 only two days before the draft.

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Some think that the Patriots were hoping to add the assets needed to make a move for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who didn’t emerge as a serious candidate for the No. 1 overall pick until the week of the draft. It likely would have taken much more than the Patriots would have or could have surrendered to get all the way to top of the draft order.

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt are among the five finalists for the NFL Players Association’s Byron ”Whizzer” White Award.

The award annually recognizes players for exceptional community service in their team cities and hometowns.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton Authentic Marcus Mariota Jersey , Eagles defensive end Chris Long and Broncos linebacker Von Miller are the other finalists.

The winner, who will receive $100,000 for his foundation or a charity of his choice, will be announced Feb. 1 at the NFLPA’s Super Bowl news conference.

The award is named after former NFL running back and Supreme Court Justice Byron Raymond ”Whizzer” White.

Kaepernick, a free agent, has spoken out on behalf of racial and social justice. He pledged $1 million to organizations working in underserved communities.

The quarterback earned the Week 1 NFLPA Community MVP after making his ninth $100,000 charitable donation to four charities and hosting a back-to-school giveaway in New York.

When Houston was devastated by Hurricane Harvey in August, Watt came to the city’s aid. His social media campaign generated more than $37 million in disaster relief.

Dalton and his wife provide financial assistance to families of seriously ill and physically challenged children through the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation.

Long, who will be going to his second consecutive Super Bowl, donated his entire 2017 salary to educational initiatives. He was selected the Week 2 NFLPA Community MVP for using six game checks to fund a scholarship program at his high school in Charlottesville Kailer Yamamoto Jersey , Virginia.

Miller has struggled with near-sightedness and donated 2,013 eyeglass frames to Denver youngsters through the Anchor Center for Blind Children and his Von’s Vision Foundation.

Kevin Hart laughed as he tried to floss dance with a kid as they were both egged on by rapper Meek Mill. Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie awkwardly waved his arms around the way any 60-something-year-old man would attempting to look hip next to star entertainers.

This postseason potpourri of comic, ex-con and champion unfolded on the sideline of another 76ers’ romp.

Mill, the Philadelphia-born rapper released from prison only hours earlier, snagged the Game 5 headlines.

Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and the rest of the Sixers stole the show.

Embiid and Simmons shined again in front of Mill, and the dominant duo ushered the nightmares-into-dreams Process of the Philadelphia 76ers into the second round with a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

The 76ers, winners of 10 games just two seasons ago, are in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2012. The Sixers won the series 4-1 and turned the Wells Fargo Center into the wildest house party in the city.

”I’ve been waiting for this moment,” Embiid said.

Embiid had 19 points and 12 rebounds Ryan Dzingel Jersey , Simmons had 14 points and 10 boards, and the entire team was energized by Mill’s surprise appearance. Mill made a dramatic return hours after Pennsylvania’s highest court ordered him freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.

They await the winner of Milwaukee-Boston. The Celtics lead the series 3-2.

The Sixers are the latest team to sweep up the city in a sports euphoria that hasn’t died down since the Eagles beat the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl.

Look around the arena, and the champs were all around.

Lurie was in the house and so were a handful of Eagles. The national champion Villanova Wildcats were feted during the game. The Wildcats posed with Mill in the locker room and then stopped for selfies on the way to the court for a brief celebration. The city has already thrown two championship parades this year – the 76ers have played like a team that could add one more.

”We all got a taste of it with the Eagles, we all got a taste of it with Villanova’s tremendous win,” coach Brett Brown said. ”You feel it with the city from afar.”

He added: ”Everybody is excited to be a part of, what I think, is playing out to be a cool story.”

Embiid, who came to personify the Process, had his second consecutive double-double and tallied 56 points, 31 rebounds and nine blocks in just three playoff games. Embiid again played in a black mask to guard a face injury Jakub Vrana Jersey , and he’ll have plenty of time to rest and recover with the other Eastern Conference playoff series expected to stretch into the weekend.

”We feel like we’re unstoppable and we can get whatever we want to,” Embiid said. ”That’s the goal and we’re going to do what it takes to get there.”

Here’s what else to know about the 76ers in the postseason.

MEEK FREE

This was no run-of-the-mill Game 5 victory for the Sixers. Mill was there just hours after being released from prison.

He was brought by helicopter to Philadelphia, where he rang the ceremonial bell to start the game. Mill sat courtside next to Hart and Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin.

Rubin had organized prison trips with Embiid, Simmons and Markelle Fultz to support Mill, and the rapper’s songs played in the locker room and during warmups.

”When he was in jail, I went to visit him. He wasn’t feeling good. You could tell,” Embiid said. ”For him to come to this type of game … I was just happy.”

DY-NO-MITE!!!

The 76ers caused a few eyes to roll around the league when they signed free-agent guard JJ Redick to a $23 million, one-year deal in the offseason. Redick was coming off a solid four-year run with the Clippers, but even by NBA standards, the Sixers appeared to overpay for the 3-point ace. Redick has been worth every dollar Womens C.J. Mosley Jersey , and he delivered again in Game 5. He made 5 of 10 3 pointers, all 10 free throws and scored a game-high 27 points.

It was the second time this postseason that Redick scored at least 27 points and the third time in his playoff career. He had consecutive 20-point games in the postseason for the first time in his career.

”We’ve changed our goals like four times,” Redick said. ”First, it was make the playoffs, then win 50 games, then getting home court, then getting the No. 3 seed.”

All four goals have been reached.

ROOKIE ROCKS IT

Simmons had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the series. He is the first rookie to post at least four double-doubles in his first five postseason games since San Antonio’s Tim Duncan in 1997-98.

Simmons was a force against the Heat. He had 91 points, 53 rebounds and 45 assists in the series and showed why he’s the favorite to win the NBA rookie of the year.

”This is what I’m going to expect now,” Simmons said.

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>One of the NFL’s better rivalries has plenty riding on its latest installment.Saints-Falcons on Thursday night also is one of the better midweek matchups on this year’s schedule.New Orleans leads the NFC South at 9-3 Womens Luke Kunin Jersey , one game in front of Carolina, which the Saints have swept, and two games in front of Atlanta, which gets two shots in three weeks at the Big Easy’s team. Considering that the Saints are 3-0 in the division, they truly are in charge in the division.“We have to turn the page fast to get to New Orleans,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We’re right back into our division. It’s all there for us, we know that.”New Orleans, No. 6 in the AP Pro32, is a 1-point choice over No. 11 Atlanta. The Falcons badly need this one, but they’ve struggled in their spanking new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.Atlanta’s playoff chances take another hit.SAINTS Womens Randall Cobb Jersey , 28-24KNOCKOUT LEAGUE TIPBefore discussing that, how about some kudos for Pro Picks hitting the exact scores on wins by the Steelers and Rams?The Chargers came through last week, and this one is a bit of a stretch given who we have left. Let’s try CINCINNATI.No. 1 New England (minus 11) at No. 24 Miami, Monday nightPatriots don’t have Gronk, which makes this a tiny bit closer.BEST BET: PATRIOTS, 33-10No. 7 Seattle (plus 3) at No. 9 JacksonvilleRussell Wilson is making pitch for MVP award.UPSET SPECIAL: SEAHAWKS, 24-23No. 12 Baltimore (plus 7) at No. 4 PittsburghAnother test Steelers will barely pass.STEELERS, 17-13No. 3 Philadelphia (plus 2 1-2) at No. 5 Los Angeles RamsAfter loss in Seattle, Philly phans getting antsy. Calm down.EAGLES, 27-24No. 2 Minnesota (minus 3) at No. 8 CarolinaVikings’ win here establishes them as NFC’s best. Sorry …PANTHERS Womens Will Butcher Jersey , 20-16No. 15 Oakland (plus 4) at No. 14 Kansas CityAFC West mess starts getting settled.CHIEFS, 22-20No. 21 Washington (plus 6) at No. 13 Los Angeles ChargersChargers do their part in AFC West.CHARGERS, 30-20No. 18 Green Bay (minus 3 1-2) at No. 32 ClevelandOddsmakers tempting us with this line. We’ll bite.PACKERS, 23-11No. 27 San Francisco (plus 3) at No. 25 HoustonNiners fans getting geeked by Garoppolo. But we like Houston here.TEXANS, 20-13No. 20 New York Jets (pick-em) at No. 30 DenverThis line shows how far Broncos have fallen, even at home.JETS, 27-19No. 10 Tennessee (minus 3) at No. 23 ArizonaTennessee’s AFC South competition, Jacksonville, slipped here. Titans won’t.TITANS, 21-20No. 16 (tie) Dallas (minus 5) at No. 31 New York GiantsBye-bye Ben factor makes us think this will be close.COWBOYS Leonard Fournette Jersey Black , 23-20No. 29 Chicago (plus 6) at No. 22 CincinnatiActually thought about this as Best Bet.BENGALS, 26-13No. 16 (tie) Detroit (OFF) at No. 26 Tampa BayLoser here might soon start coaching search.BUCCANEERS, 17-16No. 28 Indianapolis (OFF) at No. 19 BuffaloBills’ lengthy playoff drought about to continue, though they survive this one.BILLS, 13-102017 RECORD:Last week: Against spread (8-7-1). Straight up (11-5)Season Totals: Against spread (91-88-6). Straight up: (121-70)Best Bet: 8-5 against spread, 9-4 straight up.Upset special: 8-5 against spread, 8-5 straight up

A new #PFTPM is coming later today, if/when maintenance can fix the seat on this plane I’m sitting in and cross the Keystone state from the city that has six Lombardi Trophies to the town that finally has gotten its first. Until then, you can — and should — listen to the latest edition of the podcast, from Friday afternoon.

It features a one-hour conversation with聽Mark Leibovich of the New York Times Scott Darling Jersey , who has written聽Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times. The book officially became available for purchase today.

Leibovich brings a compelling and entertaining style of writing to a topic that has many compelling and entertaining characters. And Leibovich somehow finagled the kind of access to key NFL figures that, given the finished product, he probably won’t finagle again, if he plans on writing a sequel.

Then again, if enough people buy this book about the NFL, he’ll find a way to write another. Here’s hoping he does.

Here’s hoping you listen to his visit to the #PFTPM podcast.

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The Broncos are one of the dwindling number of teams with unsigned picks from the 2018 draft Rickard Rakell Jersey , but they are set to move closer to having everyone under contract.

Mike Klis of KUSA reports that first-round pick Bradley Chubb is finalizing his contract with the team on Thursday. Chubb, who was the fifth overall pick in April, will sign a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season.

Per Klis, the four-year deal is expected to be worth a total of about $27.27 million with a $17.914 million signing bonus.

Chubb had 25 sacks and 54.5 tackles for loss at N.C. State and is expected to join Von Miller as an edge rusher on the Denver defense right out of the gate. How much playing time he gets in that role early in the 2018 season may be impacted by Shane Ray‘s wrist injury, but Chubb figures to be a prominent player sooner rather than later under any circumstances.

Once Chubb’s deal is done, third-round pick Royce Freeman will be the only unsigned Broncos pick and there will be 20 unsigned picks around the league.

UPDATE 2:31 p.m. ET: The Broncos have announced Chubb’s signing.

Swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended until July 2019 by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The 12-time Olympic medalist has been sanctioned for getting an intravenous infusion, a method that broke anti-doping rules.

U.S. officials say Lochte was not using a banned substance. But under anti-doping rules Danton Heinen Jersey Kids , athletes typically cannot receive IVs unless related to a hospitalization or through an exemption.

Lochte posted a photo of himself getting the IV in May and that image prompted the investigation. He was entered in four events at the national championships that start Wednesday in California.

It’s his second suspension since the Rio Olympics. He was banned for 10 months after claiming he and three other U.S. swimmers were robbed at gunpoint at those 2016 Games, a tale that quickly unraveled.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A prosecutor in the trial of former Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams says they used their status as athletes to rape a woman in a ”case about power, privilege and protection.”

Defense lawyers countered that the woman voluntarily had sex with both men before lying out of embarrassment.

The trial for Johnson and Williams got underway Monday, nearly four years after the incident in question. Each is charged with aggravated rape.

Johnson was a star linebacker and Williams a defensive back for Tennessee when a woman says both men raped her in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 2014. Johnson and Williams never played for Tennessee again and were indicted on February 2015.

”They pass her back and forth like a rag doll,” Knox County deputy district attorney general Kyle Hixson said in his opening statement. ”To them Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey , that’s all she was.”

Defense lawyers offered a starkly different account of what happened that night during a party at Johnson’s apartment, which followed a Tennessee victory over Kentucky.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A county medical examiner says Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano died of heart disease.

The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Monday that the 56-year-old Sparano died of arteriosclerotic heart disease, or hardening of the arteries. The manner of death is listed as natural.

Sparano died Sunday in Eden Prairie, a Minneapolis suburb. He had been the Vikings’ offensive line coach since 2016.

Sparano began his NFL coaching career in 1999 and had stints as a head coach with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.

He was the Dolphins’ head coach from 2008-11 and went 29-32. He went 11-5 and won the AFC East in his first season with Miami.

Sparano also spent time with the Browns, Redskins, Jaguars, Cowboys and 49ers.

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NEW YORK (AP) – Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow is set for hand surgery Tuesday and likely done for the season Jason Pominville Jersey Kids , dashing his hopes of playing in the majors this year.

The 30-year-old outfielder will have surgery in New York to remove his broken right hamate bone. He hurt himself last week swinging the bat.

The former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner was hitting .273 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 84 games for Double-A Binghamton. He doubled in the Eastern League All-Star Game this month.

Tebow had been considered a candidate for a September call-up by the injury-depleted Mets. The recovery time is six to eight weeks, Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said.

Tebow had been hitting well lately for the Rumble Ponies during his second full season in the minors.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – The Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey took in nearly $3.5 million in sports bets during its first nine days of accepting such bets.

And most of that came from two weekends that sandwiched a dead period for major professional sports caused by baseball’s All-Star break, when there was little to bet on, with basketball and soccer World Cup over, and football and hockey months away from beginning their seasons.

Meadowlands operator Jeff Gural told The Associated Press it accepted just under $3.5 million worth of sports bets since it began taking them on July 14.

”We did OK,” Gural said Monday. ”Our goal the first weekend was to exceed $1 million which we did. The next four days were quiet with nothing to bet on due to the All-Star break.”

This past Saturday Authentic Tyler Eifert Jersey , with baseball having resumed, the track took in over $650,000, and additional bets on baseball and other sports came in Sunday.

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