President Donald Trump praises NFL’s anthem stance

It didn’t take long for President Donald Trump to comment on the NFL’s new national anthem policy.

During his Thursday interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump applauded the changes made by the league and took another jab at those who choose to protest.

“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules. If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players,” Johnson said. “I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest.

The Lions finished last season with a 9-7 record. They picked Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson in the second round of the draft and signed LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract, worth a reported $4.5 million, in March.

Bryant, recently cut by the Cowboys, remains unsigned. He played alongside Witten his entire career, but neither will play for Dallas this season. But Witten thinks he knows where Bryant will play.

“I think Dez is certainly going to have some great opportunities. He’s motivated and I think he’s going to end up going to the Green Bay Packers,” Witten said on The Adam Schefter Podcast.

Though the Packers drafted three wide receivers in this year’s NFL draft, they lack established options after releasing Jordy Nelson, who signed with the Raiders.

The Packers return Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, and they signed tight end Jimmy Graham, but Bryant’s ability to pick up first downs and contribute in the red zone could be enticing to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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Terrell Owens blames Jason Garrett for Cowboys’ problems

In the last several years, the Dallas Cowboys have struggled to break through to be true Super Bowl contenders. The team has either had their disappointing shortcoming in the regular season or falling just shy in the playoffs.

Soon-to-be inducted Hall of Famer Terrell Owens stated in a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he believes the problem hasn’t been the players but rather the coaching staff led by head coach Jason Garrett.

When you look at since I left in ’09, nothing has really changed. You think about the great players that are coming in and out of that organization, it can’t just be all players. Wade Phillips was the head coach when I was there.

The second-leading rusher in team history (12,036 yards), he played in two Super Bowls and set a record with a 99-yard TD run in 1982.

The only player to ever win Super Bowl MVP honors (Super Bowl V) for the losing team, Howley got his ring the following year. He was an all-pro for five consecutive seasons (1966-70), tops among all Cowboys linebackers.

Earlier this month, The New York Times detailed the misogynistic and predatory behavior that some Washington Redskins cheerleaders allegedly were subjected to on multiple occasions. 

The Washington Redskins countered some of the more lewd claims, which included details from a 2013 trip to an adults-only resort in Costa Rica. Cheerleaders were asked to go topless and wear body paint with Redskins sponsors and FedEx Field suite owners all men watching, according to five unnamed cheerleaders who attended the photo shoot.

At long last, 50 Cent can breathe a sigh of relief. He might not have the worst first pitch ever. Akbar Gbaja-Biamila is challenging him for that spot after a horrendous spike into the ground Thursday afternoon at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia ahead of the Phillies ’ matchup with the Giants. Who is Akbar Gbaja-Biamila?
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Broncos veterans fine with passing their knowledge to younger teammates

The reality of life in the NFL as a veteran player is that there is always a younger player that is trying to take your job.

But if you want to have success as a team, players must learn how to coexist and find a way to maximize their talents collectively even if it may come at the expense of a player’s personal job security. However, the Denver Broncos seem far more open to working with and teaching their younger counterparts than Ben Roethlisberger is with his new rookie backup Mason Rudolph.

“If you want to win, you’re going to help your young guys,” Stewart said. “That’s how I look at it. I’m always willing to help any way I can with those guys and give them any information I can. It doesn’t do me any good holding anything back because we won’t get better as a team. I think me helping them as much as I can, as well as the coaches, that’s going to make us that much better.”

“If he does have to miss games, he will be missed,” defensive end Alex Okafor said, via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “You can’t replace anybody like that. He’s one of the best backs in the league. He’s dynamic, huge in the run and passing game. It’s going to be hard to cope with, but if anybody could find a way to do it, it’s going to be Sean Payton and Drew Brees. I’m sure we’ll be all right.”

Ingram is coming off the best season of his seven-year career in New Orleans. He rushed for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 58 passes for 416 yards. All four marks were career-highs.

While he will be missed for the first four games, the Saints know he’ll be coming back fresh in October as well with plenty of time to make an impact on the Saints’ 2018 campaign. He will be allowed to take part in all offseason activities, training camp and preseason games as well before sitting out.
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Milan Acquaah transferring, becomes 4th guard to leave Washington State

The exodus from the Washington State basketball program has continued, with guard Milan Acquaah announcing he will transfer.

Acquaah, a freshman guard, started nine times for Washington State and appeared in 30 of 31 games, averaging 4.9 points.

With Curry in the lineup this season, the Warriors went 41-10 while averaging 120.4 points per 100 possessions, which would be the best offensive rating over the past 20 seasons. With him off the floor, however, the Warriors were only 17-14 in the regular season and had an offensive efficiency that was right around the league average.

Although he is eager to rejoin his teammates in action after missing the past 15 games, Curry said he has to be wise about attempting to rush back. He said it’s imperative that he doesn’t come back prematurely.

“I’m trying to be smart about it,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing we’re learning. My knee two years ago, and this year, and ankle stuff and all that. I want to be out there. Obviously, I’m competitive. I want to be out there for my teammates. When we’re a full squad, we’re tough to beat, and I want to be out there in the fray with my guys. That’s what it’s about.”

Rhame was available for Friday night’s series opener against the Padres. He began the year with the Mets, recording one save and a 7.36 ERA in four appearances, before being optioned to the 51s on April 13.

Baumann appeared in one game for the Padres, allowing five runs, two earned, in one-third inning.

Oswalt made his major league debut on April 25 at St. Louis with 4 2/3 innings of relief.

Wall and Beal were held to a total of 3-for-12 shooting and a combined seven points in the fourth quarter on Wednesday. Their only points in the last nine minutes came when Beal made a 3-pointer with 16.2 seconds left after the game was out of reach.

The Wizards have won eight straight playoff games at home and Wall said they love their chances of forcing a Game 7. He just has to save his energy for the fourth quarter and get his teammates involved.

Wall said he may be able to stay fresh by letting other teammates run pick-and-rolls. The Wizards, though, will be without Otto Porter Jr., who is out indefinitely after undergoing a procedure on his leg Friday.
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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).

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