Cowboys’ Byron Jones says he’s moving to cornerback

Cowboys 2015 first-round draft pick Byron Jones is switching positions — again.

Jones revealed Monday that he’s returning to cornerback after spending the past two years at safety, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

It’s a different story at safety, though, with a shortage of manpower behind Heath and Frazier.

In other words, Jones’ position switch will do nothing to quiet speculation of a potential draft-weekend trade for Seahawks All-Pro Earl Thomas , a Texas native who finished last season with a plea for the Cowboys to pursue him .

According to ESPN, thirty-four helmets were tested for safety, and 10 helmets that finished at the bottom of the rankings were listed as prohibited. Six of those models will be prohibited immediately, and four more will be phased out by the 2019 season. The banned models are manufactured by Rawlings, Riddell, Schutt, and SG. Rawlings helmets were prohibited because the company stopped making helmets more than two years ago and doesn’t offer support in that area.

Cassidy: What is Steve’s motto? ‘No White Flags,’ right? We can use a little bit more of that attitude in our country right now. Steve can help us all see people with disabilities in a different and more hopeful light.

Preston Brown’s 144 total tackles tied for the league lead last season, but he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Tom Brady’s blind side has never been more vulnerable. New England’s primary goal should be to protect its soon-to-be 41-year-old signal-caller. 

Mike McCray has all of the thump and toughness that teams hope to get from a true inside linebacker. However, his athleticism is limited and may force him off the field on third downs. He looks like an unnatural mover struggling to reach the top speed needed to compete. McCray is best as an inside backer who isn’t the primary coverage guy on the field and can instead use mental processing and power to be a productive player.

He hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his three starts.
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Browns tender Josh Gordon as exclusive rights free agent

Wide receiver Josh Gordon made his return to the Browns lineup last season and the team did what they needed to do to have him there in 2018 as well.

The Texans are also expected to sign former Bills tackle Seantrel Henderson as part of their effort to remake an offensive line that underwhelmed last season.

Hey, remember Johnny Manziel ?

It’s unknown how much a team like the Vikings or Broncos would have paid Brees. Whatever the gap, it wasn’t big enough to get Brees to leave the Saints. As noted early Tuesday, Brees and his wife simply weren’t inclined to leave.

For a guy who is as competitive as anyone, taking less than lesser quarterbacks to him surely wasn’t easy. But unless Brees would have been willing to pack up and go, the most important element of leverage that comes from free agency that a er is indeed free simply didn’t apply to him.

Frankly, it’s surprising he got as much as he did, given his unwillingness to relocate.

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Bryant’s employment has been the subject of constant speculation this offseason, with the Cowboys apparently uncomfortable with his $12 million price tag and some of his antics in the past.

It’s still possible the Giants take a long, hard look at Chubb, and then despite being intrigued by his athleticism, Gettleman’s eyes will drift elsewhere.

The sacred golden treasure for every general manager is to land a franchise quarterback. Doing so can lead to more than just championships. Super Bowl rings are great and shiny, and parades are fun. But what’s even better is job security, an elusive comfort GMs crave.

Chubb won’t provide that in the same way finding Eli Manning’s successor would. And although new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has said he believes Manning has years left even at the age of 37, the veteran’s yards per attempt in 2017 say otherwise. Manning averaged a mere 6.1 yards per throw, a low since his rookie season way back in 2004.

According to multiple reports, Marqise Lee will sign a new deal with the Jaguars ahead of the official start of free agency on Wednesday.49ers_215

Now Fuller will go from a one-year contract to being one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL.

Teams are allowed to use one tag — either franchise or transition — per offseason that keeps a player from reaching free agency. With both types of tag, a team has the option to match any offer sheet given to a tagged player.

Trumaine Johnson received a five-year, $72.5 million contract from the Jets and Malcolm Butler got a five-year, $61.25-million deal from the Titans. Fuller is two years younger than both players and had the highest 2017 grade of the three on Pro Football Focus.

His new deal puts him right in the same group with Johnson and Butler. He and Johnson are two of just five cornerbacks with contracts that average at least $14 million per year.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the offer sheet from the Packers was the second received by Fuller in free agency but the first that he accepted.

The Packers can desperately use cornerback help after struggling at the position for several seasons. The team’s best cornerback in 2017 was Damarious Randall, who was traded to the Cleveland Browns earlier in March.

Ideally, Rex Burkhead would have been a nice consolation prize, but he’s back in Foxborough. The market still boasts some versatile players, though. The Colts could buy low on a returning-from-injury Darren Sproles or try again with Christine Michael.

Either way, adding a versatile back now and starting to form a deep committee is key, because there are plenty of other roster holes to fill through the draft.

Tthe Jacksonville Jaguars have once again been aggressive on the open market.They splurged in free agency a year ago and it resulted in a playoff run.

This year’s adds include cornerback D.J. Hayden, wide receiver Donte Moncrief, Andrew Norwell and the return of wideout Marqise Lee.

It’s impressive the Jaguars even keep finding cap space to use, honesty, though the next priority should probably be an inside linebacker after Paul Posluszny announced his retirement.
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Yu Darvish to make Cubs debut Tuesday against Dodgers

Yu Darvish is finally ready to make his debut.

The ace is set to play his first game in a Cubs uniform Tuesday against his former team, the Dodgers.

“His last workout, on the day he wasn’t feeling well, was outstanding,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday, via ESPN. “I know he wants to get out there and give it a run. I’m eager to watch the whole thing.”

I can look back at myself when I first came to the majors and, based on experiences that I had, give advice that would apply to me. But I don’t know if that advice would apply to him. It’s hard to say because he’s a different type of player. He’s not just a hitter, he’s also a pitcher. There are things I learned looking back that I wish I had known, but I don’t know if that sort of advice would apply to him. There are things that even though people tell you about it, you really won’t understand and have a feel for it until you experience it.

Age and injuries can be unforgiving at cornerback — a position that relies heavily on athleticism. But Sherman’s greatest attributes have been his film study, instincts, and size, so he may be a player who is able to overcome a lost step.

But Sherman brings more than just the ability to close down a receiver. Despite being labeled as a selfish distraction for much of his career, Sherman has drawn rave reviews for his role as a leader and great teammate.

Price got a scare with a pectoral injury while bench-pressing at the Combine, but he came away without his stock dropping much. He’s still the second best interior line prospect after Nelson, and he would start right away as the replacement for?retired?Eric Wood.

The Rams?are set to losing their starting center with John Sullivan becoming an unrestricted free agent before his age-33 season. Daniels is right there with Price as a standout Big Ten talent built to excel?in the NFL. He?also can start and lead a line from Day 1. seahawks_007_b69230f2a85f928d-180x180

Clippers reportedly believe they have shot to land LeBron James

The Clippers are making moves ahead of the NBA’s Feb. 8 trade deadline with an eye on the greatest prize of all: LeBron James.

While the Clippers agreed on Monday to trade Blake Griffin to the Pistons, they may not be done dealing. Multiple reports says the Clippers are also looking to unload DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams .

The moves are part of the Clippers’ long-term strategy to make a run at James, who is expected to become a free agent this summer.

Coming off a 4-3 overtime loss at Pittsburgh on Monday, the Flames improved to 1-3-1 in their past five. With 76 points, Calgary jumped into 10th place, a point ahead of idle St. Louis, and within one of Los Angeles and Colorado.

The Flames won at Buffalo for just the second time in 14 trips (2-8-3 and a tie), and first time in regulation since a 3-1 win on March 15, 1996.

The way Calgary dominated a game it outshot Buffalo 41-26 had coach Glen Gulutzan believing the Flames might be heating up just in time to mount a late-season playoff push.

“You need traction,” he said.

Duncan alleged Banks of conning him into a $1.1 million investment in a now-defunct cosmetics company and $13.5 million into the Banks-led sports merchandising company Gameday, which folded last year.

Adebayo is strictly a facilitator in those situations for now, but the hope is he will eventually be able to make plays for himself when the defense anticipates the pass. He certainly has the potential to do so, as he displayed on this possession against the Mavericks:

Adebayo has showcased the ability to make the right reads on short rolls and out of the post, too, which are two things he struggled to do consistently at Kentucky. It makes him an easy player to integrate into a motion-based offense because he can find open cutters and shooters when the defense collapses.lions_080

The Eagles offered Super Bowl tickets to anesthesia-induced fan who thought she missed the game

Getting your teeth pulled is a disorienting — and sometimes hilarious — experience.

Doubly so if your team is about to play in the Super Bowl.

Imagine poor Haley’s terror when she got a dental procedure finished and, woozy on drugs, thought she may have missed the Super Bowl. That’s, like, a nightmare-level scenario — getting some simple work done on your teeth and missing the biggest sporting event of your life.

That was Kevin Hart trying to get on stage with the Eagles as they were awarded the Lombardi Trophy, but security turned him away. Which was hilarious, to be sure. But Hart won out in the air. He got to cuss on national television!

Hart’s a Philadelphia native, and I’m happy for him but only because that throwback Eagles letterman jacket is FLAMES.

Dilly dilly! You can’t escape the ubiquitous catchphrase from Bud Light’s current ad campaign.

The Sabres have picked up points in six straight road games (5-0-1), a stretch that includes wins at Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Boston and Detroit, plus an overtime loss in Ottawa. The Sabres haven’t lost in regulation on the road since Jan. 18 against the New York Rangers.

Buffalo is 10-14-7 on the road and 8-18-4 at home.

Against the Red Wings, the Sabres allowed the tying goal with 1:25 left in regulation before Scandella’s heroics.

“I was wondering if it was good,” Scandella told The Buffalo News. “I kind of saw through my peripherals the light going on after, but I wasn’t sure.

“It was a fun game for us. It’s a building block for our team, and it’s a great feeling.”

Evander Kane scored his 20th goal and Rasmus Ristolainen had a goal and an assist as the Sabres ended a three-game losing streak (0-2-1).

Kane played despite the fact that he may be traded in the coming days.jaguars_116-223x223

Nearly every Patriots Super Bowl has been indoors and broadcast on a network other than CBS

This is purely coincidental of course, but the Patriots have somehow landed eight of their 10 Super Bowl appearances in years in which the game was both in a dome and on a network other than CBS. Half of New England’s appearances have been in years when NBC has carried the game. Since 2006, the rights to televising the Super Bowl have rotated between CBS, Fox, and NBC.

Three of the seven Super Bowls in the Superdome have featured the Patriots, and both Super Bowls in University of Phoenix Stadium (also a dome) have featured the Pats as well. New England is 1-2 in New Orleans and 1-1 in Arizona.

The Lightning opened the scoring midway through the period as Johnson beat Anderson high from long range. Chris Kunitz got his 600th career point with an assist.

Ottawa tied the game at the 14-minute mark as Dzingel showed off some sweet stick work and tucked a puck in behind Domingue for his 16th of the season.

Less than two minutes later, the Lightning regained the lead as they hemmed the Senators in their own end and Hedman beat Anderson through the legs from in close.

Bobby Ryan returned to the Senators’ lineup after missing 10 games with a hand injury.

Super Bowl 52 between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will be airing on NBC, but in this day and age, sports fans don’t even need to be in front of their TVs to catch the big game. Thanks to the explosion of legal streaming avenues, there are more options than ever to watch sports live, without the hassle of cable or satellite providers.

Per the Times-Union’s account, the incident occurred when Jefferson was ejected from the game and walked toward the locker room tunnel. A fan in the front row threw a bottle that sailed over Jefferson’s head.

Jefferson then approached the stands and was targeted by another bottle-throwing fan. As security intervened and escorted Jefferson away from the scene, a third bottle was thrown at him. He then tried to climb the wall to the stands, and he and security personnel were doused with a cup of liquid and ice.

No arrests were made as a result of the melee.
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Along with his success on the field, Correa is also thrilled about what’s going on in his personal life.

When he proposed to girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez on the field not long after Houston’s Game 7 win in the World Series, the couple became internet darlings, with video of the proposal being shared thousands of times.

Several months after that moment, Correa still beams when it’s brought up and raves about his relationship with the former Miss Texas.

It’s beautiful, he said. I’m a happy man. I get off the field and I look forward to seeing my fiancee and my dog and spending time with them. That’s just who I am. I don’t like to go out. I like to just eat, sleep, play baseball and spend time with my family.

We haven’t yet seen 3×3 in the Olympics, so we don’t know what kind of reception it will receive. Odds are, though, it will be completely overshadowed by 5-on-5 men’s basketball, at least in the United States. LeBron, Durant, and Anthony Davis facing off against Joel Embiid’s Cameroon or Luka Doncic’s Slovenia or Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Greece or Kristaps Porzingis’ Latvia or Ben Simmons’ Australia … or guys you’ve never heard of in a sport you’ve only watched retired NBA stars play?

Ah yes, the BIG3, one of the most surprising breakout stars of 2017. The BIG3 is essentially a domestic 3×3 men’s league populated by retired or fringe NBA players. It did surprisingly well on TV in its debut season. The quality of players for Season 2 is rising dramatically, though nearly all have still aged out of the NBA. If anything will build thirst for competitive 3×3 basketball in the United States, it will be BIG3 … not the Olympic version of the sport. (This is where I acknowledge that this argument and plea is fairly America-centric.)

Drury could start at either spot. Although he spent most of his time at second base last year with the Diamondbacks, he also has seen time at third base, as well as in left and right field.

Souza hit .239 with 30 homers and 78 RBIs in 148 games last year with Tampa Bay. He adds another bat for an Arizona club looking to replace the offense of J.D. Martinez, who has agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox.

Ray is already a star in points leagues; now he’s elite. He’s an intriguing player on a granular basis. He has the unique ability to limit contact yet what he allows is among the league leaders in hard contact. You’d think missing so many bats would render more soft contact. If this trend holds, and the previous hard contact drops, Ray’s hits could fall even more than others. bears_007

Twins finalize deal with reclamation righty Anibal Sanchez

The Minnesota Twins have finalized their low-risk contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, securing another experienced candidate for their rotation.

For the Twins, he’s another option in a situation with few of them proven. For Sanchez, it’s a late-career chance to potentially get back on track as a reliable starting pitcher and rediscover that winning feeling after some recent rough seasons with the Detroit Tigers.

I can see the opportunity here, too. They are a really good group of players, said Sanchez, who signed the one-year, non-guaranteed deal on Tuesday before throwing his first bullpen session with the team.

In his absence, and Pogba’s presence, United slipped once again into their signature style: a strange grey nothingness that isn’t precisely bad, but certainly isn’t good, and more importantly than either is amazingly dull. It felt very Mourinho-like in one sense, because the result was okay; as Chris Smalling noted after the Sevilla game, you can’t argue with a clean sheet away from home in the first leg. But it lacked any kind of control. Just as well David de Gea is made of only the strongest magnets and the finest velcro.

On Tuesday, it was finally revealed: The Chase Field humidor is a thing. Beginning this season, game balls will have been stored in the humidor, adding moisture to the cowhide, ostensibly to improve the pitcher’s grip, but in fact the repercussions will extend well beyond that.

Baseballs dry out in the hot, arid desert air, rendering a slicker covering. The Diamondbacks will store the game balls in a humidor at the MLB-recommended 70 degrees with 50 percent humidity, yielding balls akin to those used at other ballparks.

You get used to it, the reigning tour Player of the Year, who hopped aboard Woods’ private plane for the trip to Riviera, said after Thursday’s opener.

McIlroy, though finds the clamor surrounding Tiger exhausting.

It’s tiring, McIlroy said. I need a couple Advil just to — I’ve got a headache after all that.royals_007

J.J. Watt has been named the 2017 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year.

The Texans defensive end raised more than $37 million in less than three weeks to aid the relief efforts in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. The other finalists for the award, announced Saturday at the NFL Honors show in Minneapolis, were Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and Ravens TE Benjamin Watson.

Olsen and his wife, Kara, founded the HEARTest Yard Fund in 2013 after an exam of their unborn son, T.J., revealed the infant had a congenital heart defect. The couple have not only donated their own money toward pediatric heart equipment and screening, but headline an annual gala that has raised almost $4 million in only three years. The HEARTest Yard Fund unveiled a new cardiac neurodevelopmental program in 2017.

Watson, who missed all of the 2016 season with an Achilles injury, returned this season to haul in 61 passes for 522 yards and four touchdowns. He has been hailed for his work in a variety of charitable efforts, but his One More Foundation supports both existing charities and initiates programs of its own in working to combat human trafficking and violence against the poor. He also hosts the Big BENefit, which offers 25 underserved families an opportunity to provide holiday gifts for their children.

Owens ranks third in career receiving touchdowns (153), second in yards (15,934) and his 1,078 receptions are eighth all-time. Owens was passed over the previous two years, but finally got in this time. While his numbers are undeniable, Owens was perceived as a bad teammate — something that had kept him out of Canton.

Joining Owens in the 2018 Hall of Fame Class were fellow receiver Randy Moss, linebackers Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Robert Brazile, former Packers guard Jerry Kramer, former Eagles and Broncos safety Brian Dawkins and former NFL general manager Bobby Beathard.

When Hall of Fame president David Baker, who knocked on the hotel room doors of the other Hall of Famers, called Owens to tell him he had been voted in, Baker said Owens displayed humility. bills_044