Malcolm Smith’s return from injury gives 49ers comfort

Knowing they might not have Reuben Foster this season, the 49ers began formulating a Plan B long ago. They re-signed Brock Coyle, signed veteran Korey Toomer and selected BYU linebacker Fred Warner in the third round.
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They also welcome the return of Malcolm Smith, who tore a pectoral muscle in training camp after signing a five-year, $26.5 million deal with the 49ers during the 2017 offseason.

As a football player, not being able to do the thing you love and the thing you always dream of doing since you were a little boy is pretty difficult,Smith said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. It was a challenging time for me personally but it was good to see our growth as a team throughout the year. I tried to be around as much as possible.
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Entering his fourth season, Armstead notched 1.5 sacks last season and played well against the run before winding up on injured reserve with a broken hand. The 24-year-old lineman landed on injured reserve the previous campaign, too, with a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery.

This is sports. It’s supposed to be fun. Romo made even the worst games enjoyable, like the Jaguars’ 10-3 playoff snoozer over the Bills. The bigger and better the Jonathan Casillas Jersey game, the better they performed. Romo’s and Nantz’s work during the Patriots-Jags AFC Championship Game helped CBS win the Emmy for Outstanding Playoff coverage.

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And so, a day after watching video of the Kansas City Royals’ starter on his iPad while waiting for Friday’s BP to begin, Gregorius used the same time on Saturday to do a little relaxing on a recliner and play cards with a teammate.

I felt like it was a good day to have him down and take a breath, Boone said.

It was a good time because the Royals started a left-hander, Danny Duffy, and Gregorius, a left-handed hitter, hasn’t been hitting any pitching of late.

With his 0 for 4 in the Yanks’ 5-2 loss 聽to the Royals on Friday night, Gregorius was riding a shockingly horrific 1-for-42 slump over his last 10 games and was 6 for 66 over his last 16.

Gregorius’ average has dropped from.368 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs in 25 games through April 27 to.248 with 10 homers and 31 RBIs in 41 games during a slump that by far has been the worst of his career.

Either way, the track at Pimlico Race Course for the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes is expected to be sloppy or muddy. While the track will likely be sealed in plenty of time for the big race, the oval will be treacherous for horses not accustomed to running in off-track conditions.

Adrian Clayborn injured quad during offseason workouts

With Phase 3 of the offseason program soon to begin in most NFL cities, the chances of a player injury will increase. Of course, the injury risk already was there during the less intense portions of the program.

The same can be said for LaMarcus Aldridge (No. 32) and Marc Gasol (No. 33). Aldridge has carried a heavy workload for much of his career and is set to enter his 13th NBA season, while Gasol is set to turn 34 in the middle of next season.

Like Gasol, Paul Millsap (No. 64) is another former high fantasy pick who is set to turn 34 next season, as he enters his 13th season in the league.

There is no need to do it, Judge said Tuesday when asked about defending his title.

Judge was hitting .329 with 30 homers and 66 RBIs at the 2017 All-Star break, then batted .179 with seven homers and 16 RBIs with 67 strikeouts in his next 44 games through the end of August.

Judge finished the regular season with an AL-leading 52 home runs.

When asked in spring training if the post-Derby slump would impact his decision to avoid the event, Judge shook his head.

The Derby wasn’t even that big of a toll, to be honest, he said. “It’s just like taking BP. It really wasn’t too taxing. I wasn’t trying to swing 110 percent, I was taking a normal 80, 90 percent swing, trying to make contact.”

The Chargers signed Virgil Green to a three-year, $8.6 million deal this offseason to serve as the team’s blocking tight end. Sean Culkin, Ben Johnson and Cole Hunt are the other tight ends on the team’s 90-man roster, so depth at that position is an issue.ravens_078

As AAF hires coaches and announces teams, XFL is far behind

Two new football leagues have formed this year, with the Alliance of American Football announcing that it will start play in 2019 and the XFL announcing that it will start in 2020. But as the AAF makes concrete plans that show it has a real backing, it raises questions about whether the XFL will be too far behind to catch up.
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The AAF has already announced that several credible, well-known coaches have agreed to coach teams in its league, which will begin play in February: Steve Spurrier will coach the Orlando team, Rick Neuheisel will coach the Phoenix team, Dennis Erickson will coach the Salt Lake City team, Mike Singletary will coach the Memphis team and Brad Childress will coach the Atlanta team (with Michael Vick as his offensive coordinator).

Although the XFL still has much greater name recognition than the AAF, thanks to the XFL’s one and only season in 2001, name recognition can get the XFL only so far. When it’s time for actual XFL football to be played, the AAF will already be way ahead.

Limited Youth Gary Carter Jersey The people who legally (in Nevada) and illegally (everywhere else) bet on the Patriots to cover in Super Womens Mike Ditka Jersey Bowl LII surely were miffed and perplexed that Butler didn’t play. If hundreds of millions of dollars legally had been bet on the Patriots and Belichick had made such an unexpected move for reasons that he chose (as he always does) to keep to himself, the reaction may have been far different.

This is just one of the many issues that NFL will have to consider as it braces for the unintended consequences of something that, on the surface, will result in much greater revenue for the sport. And it will be important for the league to anticipate the many unintended consequences and plan for them.

Elite Oakland Raiders Jersey Given the Butler case, the NFL may need to demand a greater degree of transparency not just as to injuries (where there’s currently a very limited degree of transparency, thanks to the bare-bones injury reports) but also as to strategic departures from the reasonably expected status quo. Teams eventually may have to publish binding depth charts within, say, 48 hours before kickoff. Other than players listed as questionable or worse on the injury report, the starters as listed on the official depth chart would then be starting the next game.

Report: Paul Worrilow tore his ACL

Eagles linebacker Paul Worrilow was carted off the field during Tuesday’s practice with an air cast on his left knee and the diagnosis is a bad one for the recent addition to the Philly roster.
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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Worrilow has been diagnosed with a torn ACL. The injury would knock him out for the entire season.

The injury was part of an eventful day at linebacker for the Eagles. The team also released six-year starter Mychal Kendricks, which leaves them with Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Joe Walker, Corey Nelson, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nathan Gerry and LaRoy Reynolds at linebacker.

To grind it out and pick each other up, it’s huge, Cashner said.

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Kelly received judicial diversion in exchange for the plea and will have the conviction expunged from his record if he remains out of trouble during a one-year probationary period. Ignont had a possession of drug paraphernalia charge dismissed.

The Rams, who were aware of the well-publicized arrest, selected Kelly in the sixth round of the draft and he’ll be looking for a role behind Todd Gurley during his rookie season.

The first one Womens Roger Lewis Jersey was just very, very bad. That’s the pitch that you throw that in your head you’re like, `Please just don’t hit it out of the park, Shaw said. The second was good, it was just a little more middle and that’s right where his spot is.

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Very meh outing, stuff-wise. I thought I battled enough to keep the team around, said Stewart, who doesn’t know where he will pitch next. Every outing in the big leagues for me until I’m a mainstay is an audition.

Did the Eagles just sign the next Vince Papale?

The聽 Eagles might’ve found their next Vince Papale. Sort of.
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Womens Shaun Alexander Jersey Papale, of course, famously lived in Philadelphia, attended a local tryout to play for the Eagles, made the team, became a fan favorite and had a movie made about his journey.

The Eagles signed wide receiver Tim Wilson as an undrafted free agent on Monday. Wilson, who attended East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, was signed in favor or Jordan Thomas, a former highly-ranked recruit and Oklahoma alum signed after the NFL Draft.聽

The Eagles聽watched Wilson at the Temple Pro Day in Philadelphia before the draft where he ran a 4.42 40-yard dash and had 17 bench presses of 225 pounds.聽

Wilson, who Calvin Ridley Authentic Jersey grew up about 30 minutes from the Eagles practice facility in Wayne, Pa. and played at Radnor High School, would face an uphill climb to make the team’s final 53-man roster anyway, but especially on a team that’s loaded at wide receiver with Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, Mack Hollins and 2017 draft pick Shelton Gibson.聽

He can certainly play his way onto the team’s practice squad.聽

That would be the next step on his path to becoming the modern Papale.聽

Will Kentucky Derby winner Justify run in Haskell?

In anticipation of this win, Drazin said the William Hill — the London-based bookmaking company — spent nearly $3 million since 2013 building a sports bar on the grounds of the race track and providing the infrastructure needed to take in bets.

Monmouth Park is nearing the finishing touches on an expanded gaming area on the first floor of the Grandstand, adjacent to the already existing William Hill Race and Sports Bar.聽

We (got to) a point where when sports betting (became legal), we might need a couple of weeks (but), Drazin said, we’d be ready.

New Jersey voters in 2011 approved sports betting and state lawmakers subsequently passed the Sports Wagering Act, permitting licensing and regulation of sports gambling. The state was sued by various sports leagues based on the now unconstitutional 1992 federal law, with on-going litigation since.聽

Jaguars sign 13 undrafted free agents, including Stanford CB Quenton Meeks

Nine defensive players were among the 13 undrafted free agents the Jaguars signed Monday.

Jacksonville also made official the departures of wide receiver Jaelen Strong and punter Brad Nortman, giving the team 89 players on its 90-man roster.

The defenders the Jaguars signed include Stanford cornerback Quenton Meeks, who made 25 pass breakups and seven interceptions in his career.

For them, it’s fun to watch, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. For me, it’s like, ‘Oh God, here we go again.’

Cora breathed a sigh of relief when the Red Sox overcame that seventh-inning rally with J.D. Martinez’s solo home run on the second pitch of the top of the eighth inning.

That blast gave the Red Sox a 5-4 victory and allowed them to salvage the final game of the three-game series in the Bronx and avoid a sweep.

Between the length of the game and a 55-minute rain delay in the fifth inning, Cora wasn’t sure when it would end.

It felt like it took forever tonight, he said. The three games felt like the (ALCS) last year. It was just loud. They got something good going on there, but we also have something good here. It’s going to be fun the rest of the year.

Blackwell sent a letter to the NFL in which she offered to drop the threat of litigation in exchange for $1 and a meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell. Blackwell is the attorney for Bailey Davis, a former New Orleans Saints cheerleader, and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ann Ware.

While Blackwell said she may not get that meeting with Goodell, she also doesn’t think a forum with Goodell is necessary for the league to institute changes.

I don’t care if they have me talk to the janitor, Blackwell said. I want to talk to whoever has the authority to make a difference. That could be Goodell or anyone else. I don’t care who it is.

Messages left by USA TODAY Sports with the NFL and its counsel were not immediately returned Thursday.

There’s been no other conference call or meeting scheduled as of Thursday. Blackwell said the two sides are in the process of exchanging information on the issue. 

Yeah, there’s just a whole lot of bad decisions happening here.
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Brett Gardner’s 2-run triple sparks 8th-inning Yankees rally in win over Red Sox

After getting blunt about his own poor play prior to Wednesday’s Cooper Kupp Jersey game, Brett Gardner turned things around in a big way.
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Gardner’s two-run triple gave the Yankees a one-run, eighth-inning lead, capping off a 3-for-5 night for the Yankee left fielder where he also had two doubles and scored three runs.

Besser said he was embarrassed the foundation had unwittingly become part of the problem by naming NFL teams in Washington and Kansas City as finalists for its 2017 award: We didn’t consider the fact that the team names, mascots and misappropriation and mocking of sacred symbols like headdresses do real damage to the health of people across the country.

The op-ed cited social science that shows the perpetuation of American Indian stereotypes causes deep psychological consequences affecting the physical and emotional well-being of people, especially children.

If that’s the case, the Knicks could double down on a position they’ve spent time, resources and money to fix in recent years: Point guard.

NBA fans tired of Kevin Hart?
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In Bleacher Report’s latest NBA mock draft, that’s exactly what the Knicks did by selecting Alabama point guard Collin Sexton with the No. 9 overall pick.

The Philadelphia 76ers, down 3-1 in the best of seven Eastern Conference playoff series, meet the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (5/9/18).

NEED TO KNOW: The Celtics are on the verge of a rematch with the Cavaliers in the conference finals. They struggled to match the 76ers physicality in Game 4 but return to the friendly confines of TD Garden with another chance to close out the series. Boston is unbeaten at home during these playoffs. In their two home victories over the Sixers, the Celtics have averaged 47 percent shooting from the field and hit 32 3-pointers.

Orlando Brown Jr. working on slimming down to 325 pounds

Ravens rookie offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. is an enormous man, but he’d like to be a little less enormous.
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The 6-foot-8 Brown told reporters in Baltimore today that he currently weighs 340 pounds, but he’s working on managing his weight, and he’d like to slim down to about 325.

Size is in Brown’s genes. He is the son of the late Orlando Zeus Brown, one of the biggest NFL players of the 1990s, who was listed at 6-foot-7 and 360 pounds. Zeus also played for the Ravens, as well as the Browns.

The younger Brown took a Lenny Dykstra Youth jersey lot of criticism at the Scouting Combine for his poor performance, and he joked with reporters that he’s probably a slower runner than some of them. But an offensive tackle doesn’t need a fast 40-yard dash time. The Ravens just need Brown to be quick out of his stance, and shedding a few pounds may help with that.
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Ryan Strome Game Jersey There’s risk with any rookie, but with only 31-year-old Jonathan Stewart in the Giants’ mix, Barkley is a near lock to step right in as a 20-plus-touch player in this offense. His size will allow plenty of work near the goal line, and his receiving and blocking chops supply him with a high floor. Expect him to chip in on returns, as well, which only adds to his value. Barkley will be a fantasy star from Day 1.

The league’s already conducting an investigation of misconduct by soon-to-be-former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who put his team up for sale after a report in Sports Illustrated outlining charges of sexual and racial harassment in the workplace.

They haven’t updated that one in the months since beginning the investigation began, so the idea of turning things around quickly in Buffalo seems unusual.

The Redskins were attached heavily to Vea, and by no means did they settle by taking Payne. He’s an explosive player who can rush the passer inside and disrupt plays in the backfield. He’s lightning fast for his size and will fit nicely with last year’s ‘Bama first-rounder, Jonathan Allen.

The Saints made an aggressive trade up the board for the highest upside pure edge rusher in the draft. Their entire offseason has been focused on the now, and trading away a future first-round pick lines up with that strategy. They brought back Alex Okafor to support Cameron Jordan, too. Davenport can have a greater situational impact than Derek Barnett had for the Eagles last season.

Texans hire C.J. Leak as assistant director of pro scouting

The Texans are hiring C.J. Leak as their assistant director of pro scouting, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Let’s break down those eight deals, starting with a move the Bills have been eyeing since the middle of the 2017 season. I’ll be listing the price each team paid to move up by two charts: first, the traditional chart developed by Jimmy Johnson, followed by the empirical chart developed by Chase Stuart at Football Perspective.

The 31-year-old Howard was most recently with the Ravens, but has been with the Raiders, Jets, and Eagles. He has started at least 10 games in each of the last six seasons.

The Colts used the sixth pick in the draft on Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, and a second-rounder on Auburn guard Braden Smith.

In one example, Seeger asked Craig Mitnick, another lawyer for plaintiffs in the NFL concussion case, to meet with and assist Esquire in developing a funding program for Retired Players, according to a letter that Mitnick wrote to Brody this month that was obtained by Outside the Lines.
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Craig, I want to introduce you to a very close friend, Ari Kornhaber, who I think can help you out with all kinds of banking needs and who works for a bank with a special relationship to the plaintiffs’ bar, Seeger wrote to Mitnick in a Feb. 13, 2015, email about Kornhaber, executive vice president and director of sales at Esquire Bank. Mitnick and Kornhaber each replied later that day, confirming their contact information.

Scott Zolak shares some insights about a strange New England offseason

There’s something different about the 2018 offseason for the New England Patriots. While the question of whether that means a different 2018 regular season remains to be seen, things definitely are different for now.

So what’s happening and why is it happening? Scott Zolak of the Patriots Radio Network and 98.5 The Sports Hub joined Tuesday’s PFT Live to discuss the situation. If you missed it, you’re in luck; the video is attached.

Richardson contends that, within days after making his complaint, Lions G.M. Bob Quinn met with Richardson and expressed “concerns about Richardson’s work performance.” Coaches also allegedly gave Richardson unfavorable internal ratings after he made the complaint.

The league and the team will eventually respond to the complaint, either by answering the allegations or attempting to dismiss the case. If the lawsuit survives any preliminary attempt to get it thrown out of court, depositions and other discovery will occur, culminating in a settlement, dismissal of the case via summary judgment, or a trial.

Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, a pair for former Lions employees have filed suit against the team and the league, alleging race and age discrimination. The plaintiffs are Robert Yanagi, the Lions’ former director of video operations, and Michael Richardson, an assistant video director.

The Lions acknowledged the lawsuit but had no comment, citing the ongoing nature of the litigation.

(Unless, of course, the comment had nothing to do with anything that he was dealing with personally at that point in time, and that it had to do with some different things that he saw were out there, you know, different things that were going on, where we are in this society as a whole.)

How can Warner be surprised by the news, created by Warner himself, that a guy who last played in January 2010 was ready to play again in 2018? It’s an amazing revelation, and it would be news no matter what else is going on in the news cycle.orioles_053