By ditching the NRA, companies are dividing Americans

Sam never used the corporate discounts available to him through his National Rifle Association membership. It’s not like he doesn’t love a good deal he just forgot they were available.
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A pharmaceutical salesman from suburban Cleveland, Sam says he’s never been much of an activist when it comes to leveraging his purchasing power. I am pretty pragmatic about my shopping habits, said the 40-something, who asked that his last name not be published. While I look for convenience, I will go out of my way to purchase something if I was treated well by a company.

I’m not furious, not at all. They made a business decision. I get it. They want to step out of their non-political lane and become corporate activists. I can calmly step out of my lane, too. And given every chance I get, I will not use their products, he said.

Because the bulk of corporate CEOs or PR teams for these companies live in Westchester or Los Angeles or San Francisco, they forget that many of their regular consumers who live Akron, Ohio; Westby, Wis.; or Baldwin, Mich., do not share their point of view. When you’re a national brand, you have to sell your product nationally. You can’t be ignorant of the cultural divide.

It is hard to imagine anything shaking the confidence of Mayfield, who may be the most polarizing prospect in this year’s draft. Some love him for how he played last season, throwing 43 touchdown passes and getting intercepted just six times on his way to the Heisman Trophy. Others are turned off by his brash attitude and incidents from college.
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Mayfield’s transgressions range from very serious (an arrest in February 2017 for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing) to signs of immaturity (grabbing his crotch and yelling obscenities toward the Kansas bench in November).

What you see is what you get, he said. I’m brutally honest. Some people don’t like that, because it’s rare nowadays. I used to have the mindset of worrying about everybody else’s opinions and trying to please everybody. I don’t think I’m cocky. It’s not cocky. It’s just confident. I’m not going to go in there [to an NFL team] and act like I have it all figured out.
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This week at the combine, Mayfield will be grilled by NFL teams trying to figure out whether he can be trusted to be the face of their franchises.

He has so many incidents that it’s a red flag, one NFL Byron Jones Jersey offensive coordinator said. You worry about that. If he only had one of these things, you wouldn’t worry.

NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana advocates cannabis for pain relief, healing

As the NFL and NFLPA move toward potentially removing cannabis as a banned substance in the coming years, yet another high-profile former NFL star — four-time Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana — has come out in favor of utilizing this medicine.

Montana was one of eight former NFL players interviewed by Playboy magazine on this topic.

Trump’s Monday visit is billed as an official trip, with a focus on combating the opioid crisis, which has hit the Granite State hard. But amid the ongoing Russia probe and fallout from an alleged dalliance with a porn star, the appearance also presents an opportunity for the president to shore up support in a state that not only plays a key role in the nominating process but also is a general-election battleground.

Vice President Pence also plans to plant the flag in New Hampshire later in the week, speaking at a fundraiser for Gov. Chris Sununu (R) and at a gathering of the pro-Trump group America First Policies.

Aside from scandals in Washington, Trump has faced particular challenges here, including fallout from his claim that there was “serious voter fraud” in New Hampshire in 2016 and his characterization of the state as a “drug-infested den.” Democrats — including New Hampshire’s senior senator, Jeanne Shaheen — have also accused Trump of paying lip service so far to the opioid crisis, which as a candidate he promised to address aggressively.

If he gets a crease, he can create a chunk play in a blink. THE COST: Patterson is in the second year of a two-year deal he signed with the Raiders last offseason. He has a base salary of $3 million and a cap hit of $3.25 million. The Patriots will be sending a fifth-rounder to the Raiders and getting a sixth-rounder back. (As an aside…

The Patriots have used one fifth-round pick in the last six drafts. It was spent on long-snapper Joe Cardona. Why are they constantly dealing fifths away

Inside the Pylon’s Dave Archibald did an interesting piece on that topic about a year and a half ago. The gist is that a) there’s a significant drop-off in your chances of finding a star in the fifth compared to the fourth, and b) the talent in the fifth round, by some metrics, hasn’t proven to be all that different from the sixth or seventh rounds.) patriots_030

MLB free agent news: Blue Jays sign P Jaime Garcia to 1-year deal

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Jaime Garcia has signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Thursday.
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Garcia made 27 starts for two teams in 2017 and posted a 4.41 ERA in 157 innings, but he was on three rosters. The 31-year-old was traded twice at the deadline, first when the Braves dealt him to Minnesota, where he never made a single start, and then Andy Pettitte Jersey again when the Twins sent him to the Yankees.

But it doesn’t hurt when you’ve got another data-driven coach in former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz calling that defense.

And after that Super Bowl triumph, Pederson talked openly about the value of predictive analysis and in-game discussions of win probability in the Eagles’ ultimate success,Each organization is gonna have to kind of swim through the amount of data and find what works, Pederson said.

John Jerry Jersey Find what works for your football team, find what works for your guys, and use that to your advantage.And maybe that’s the lesson here for all involved.

The Titans used a first-round pick on Corey Davis last year, and when healthy near the end of 2017 (including the playoff game against the Patriots), he looked worthy of the selection. But Rishard Matthews will become a free agent after 2018, his age-29 season. Eric Decker, Harry Douglas and Eric Weems are all unsigned.

With Davis outside and fellow second-year player Taywan Taylor working more in the slot, the Titans could use a little experience at their No. 2 spot. The Rams’ Sammy Watkins excelled playing with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp under LaFleur with the Rams. He would be a perfect fit in this mix as a speedy field-stretcher to play off Davis’ size.

If Jonathan Lucroy’s ADP remains low based on last season, he’s my target, but if not, I’ll roll with Zunino. A .944 OPS in the second half is enough for me to speculate on and I think this Seattle offense will surprise as a whole this season. The asking price is next to nothing, so the risk that comes attached to this selection is far outweighed by the potential reward. — Kyle Soppe

Going from a three-man front to a four-man front is always tough, because the makeup of this particular position changes.

The Colts now need ends who can edge rush again, long removed from the days of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis going after the quarterback.
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Indianapolis had only 25 sacks in 2017, with outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard recording a team-high 5 1/2. The good news is Sheard is better built to play end, so he should have a more natural transition. Strongside linebacker John Simon, however, will need to stay where he is as a run-stuffer. And behind both, Barkevious Mingo is a free agent.

Miami Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Mayfield is the biggest wild card in the first round once Darnold, Allen and Rosen are off the board. The idea of Miami taking him for coach Adam Gase built some momentum at the Combine. The Dophins likely have hit their ceiling with Ryan Tannehill. Mayfield offers a more dynamic opportunity.
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Cincinnati Bengals: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
The Bengals did not replenish their offensive line last offseason after losing Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler, and it cost them in both run blocking and pass protection. Nelson’s best position may be guard, but he is athletic enough to settle into a starting role at any position on the line.
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Although Penn State’s Saquon Barkley will be tempting at No. 3 overall, the Colts are more likely to add a rookie option in a later round. Before then, they can have their pick of veterans. Should they go for a three-down type, the Patriots’ Dion Lewis would mesh better with Reich’s West Coast than the 49ers’ Carlos Hyde or former Buccaneer Doug Martin would.

If the Colts don’t go big with Lewis, going complementary for early-down power or third-down explosiveness makes sense, given Reich saw how well Philadelphia’s committee worked. The Browns’ Isaiah Crowell and the Eagles’ LeGarrette Blount fit into the former category. For the Sproles role receiving tip, the Vikings’ Jerick McKinnon is attractive.

The Colts Darryl Sittler Authentic Jersey need depth with experience, and they need to increase the overall versatility of their backfield. Expect Mack, Ferguson and Jones to get plenty of competition, including one seasoned option.

Robin Lopez, for example, is the same height as Adams but is listed as being 22 pounds heavier.

And yet, Lopez couldn’t use that weight advantage to keep him out of the paint during their matchup on Oct. 28, when Adams collected five offensive rebounds in 28 minutes of game time.
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Instead of considering those legitimate points, Kidd’s bosses saw his reaction as arrogant and dismissive. That wasn’t the first time, either. The Bucks’ Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, closing in on their four-year anniversary of owning the team, are not always on the same page. And with too many people in the front office who try to have input in basketball decisions, those are the kinds of issues that will stop some prospective coaching candidates dead in their tracks.
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We’ll see how it impacts someone like former Pels coach Monty Williams, who has been mentioned for the job and presently works in the Spurs’ front office.

Doing so forces teams to be disciplined with their boxouts. If they aren’t, Adams will make them pay by spotting the weakness, initiating the contact and using his athleticism to beat them to the ball or his strength to drive them out of position.
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It’s looking as if George Hill will get his wish to get out of Sacramento and join the Cavs. Channing Frye would be part of the deal, along with Iman Shumpert and a second-round pick. The Kings would also like to move Skal Labissiere and Malachi Richardson.

Hill went to Sacramento last summer as a free agent for all the wrong reasons. He got his money 锟斤拷 $19 million this season and $20 million more in guaranteed salary over the next two seasons 锟斤拷 but he hooked up with a team that had no chance of getting a playoff berth when he had a chance to go to a potential playoff team in Minnesota. Within the Timberwolves, Hill was viewed as their second choice, after Kyle Lowry, who opted Cam Ward Authentic Jersey to return to Toronto.

Kristaps Porzingis takes subtle jab at fans, media for All-Star starter snub

Kristaps Porzingis isn’t happy about missing out on the All-Star start this season. He was blunt when asked Friday about the snub.

“Players know,” he told reporters, via the New York Daily News. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

Though elected as a starter by the players, the Knicks center finished behind 76ers center Joel Embiid in voting by fans and media.

“In my mind, I deserve it,” Porzingis said. “All I got to do is play good and win games and the results will take care of itself. I shouldn’t be too worried about who is going to vote for me and who is not going to vote for me.”

Another highlight during the last couple of weeks was the invitation by the New England Patriots. I had been meaning to watch a football game for quite a while, and I was very happy that I finally managed to catch one in person. It was incredibly cold, but worth it. I’m already looking forward to the Super Bowl and rooting for the Pats, of course.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry scored 40 points on 14-of-25 shooting with five rebounds and five assists but it wasn’t enough to avoid a 115-109 loss to the Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins had 29 points to lead Minnesota.

Clippers guard Lou Williams had 31 points, 10 steals (yes steals) and seven assists in Los Angeles’ 125-113 loss to the Jazz.

Rockets guard Eric Gordon was incredibly hot from the floor Thursday, but Saturday was a different story as he went 2-of-14 shooting and 0 for 9 from 3-point range. He scored six points in 35 minutes.

It’s not Madison Square Garden and it’s not Reggie Miller, but Miami’s James Johnson scored five points in four seconds to tie the game at 104-104 with 31 seconds remaining in the game in the Heat’s 105-104 win over the Hornets.

A call to James may be too late, at least for this year. The Cavaliers’ chances of hosting the Warriors again this season are looking dimmer by the day.

Kane leads the Blackhawks with 63 points (24 goals, 39 assists) in 67 games. Alex DeBrincat (22 goals) and Nick Schmaltz (20) also have joined the 20-goal club, while Artem Anisimov (19) and Toews (18) are on the doorstep.indians_009

Ed Hochuli, who joined NFL in 1990, retiring as referee

NFL referee Ed Hochuli has retired, the league announced Tuesday, ending a colorful career that made him one of the most recognized game officials in American sports.
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Known for his long-winded explanations and exposed biceps, Hochuli, 67, will serve as an independent consultant to the league. The NFL promoted his son, back judge Shawn Hochuli, to replace him.

Tell me if there are as many mistakes as there were before. The answer is NO, Williams said. Have the kids benefited from college a year? Most of them, yeah. Have they been hurt by it? Most of them NO. That’s the reality of it.

To get a sharper picture of the difference in the performance of one-and-done players vs. those from the preps-to-pros era, Sporting News looked for a fair sample size of early career development among each group. So we took those who entered the draft between 2007 and 2012 and examined their first six seasons as pros. Then we worked backward from 2005, the last draft in which high school players could enter, and examined the six prior draft classes to see how the preps-to-pros performed in their first six seasons.

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I think the worse this team gets, the worse the environment, the relationships and the relationships are frayed at every level, player on player, coach on player, owner on player, front office, star player, there’s no savior for them, Wojnarowski said. There’s no trade that’s going to fix this, certainly not anybody who’s available or they could get with what they have.

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Did Jerry Jones really cheer for Eagles to beat Patriots in Super Bowl?

A real Cowboys fan wouldn’t cheer for the rival Eagles to win the Super Bowl, right?
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Jerry Jones apparently was not only proud of Philadelphia’s win over New England in February but he admitted he was rooting for Dallas’ hated rival to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Asked whether he was disappointed that a White House invite was never officially extended, Durant responded, No. Not at all. When pressed on the White House subject, Durant replied, We had a great time yesterday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told ESPN she thought it was beautiful that the Warriors toured the museum with students.
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What’s lovely about it, what I was proud of is that they said a long time ago that they wanted to do community service when they came here and how lovely it was for them to be with Durant when he could go home and do community service there and show the kids what the possibilities are, Pelosi said. And then to go to the museum and bringing the children, what they did was beautiful.
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Griffin’s speed is not surprising to those who saw him play in college and at the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl. There, he was used as a rush defensive end, outside linebacker and safety by the Texans coaching staff.

If you need me at middle linebacker I can play there, too, Griffin recently told Sporting News. I can get to the ball sideline to sideline. I think that I’m gonna be pretty much good wherever I am.

Shaquem’s twin brother Shaquill plays for the Seahawks. Shaquem Griffin entered the Combine projected as a late-round draft pick.

Cavs All-Star forward Kevin Love remains weeks away from his return, but he’s making steady, significant progress. On Thursday, he did some on-court work while Alterraun Verner Jersey wearing a padded glove to protect the fracture he sustained on Jan. 29.

Four years ago, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and since then hundreds of communities have stepped up and shown up for their boys and young men of color in extraordinary ways, Michael D. Smith, director of MBK Alliance and Youth Opportunity Programs at the Obama Foundation, told The Undefeated.

Talib turned 32 this week, and Denver needs to cut him in order to save a good chunk of salary-cap space.

Look for one of his former Scott Hartnell Jersey teams, New England or Tampa Bay, to be his next landing spot.
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The Packers wouldn’t cut Aaron Rodgers’ go-to guy as he returns healthy for a full season, would they? Nelson does carry a big number and turns 33 in May. Look for Green Bay to try to restructure and keep Nelson around for one more season. He becomes a free agent in 2019.

That leaves Jarvis Landry, who led the league in receptions in 2017, as the surest thing in a volatile wide receiver market. With a similar build as Garcon, he could be the veteran’s heir apparent in San Francisco, though it would be expensive to lure him west. If Lynch can’t land a potential No. 1 WR this offseason, expect him to take a swing at a deep class of backup options that includes players like Marqise Lee, Paul Richardson, Donte Moncrief, and Jordan Matthews.

There’s always outliers, right? I did say that, Jackson said. There’s still guys in the league that are playing that are below 6-foot-2 and have played really well. There’s always that one player who’s going to be special, and this young man may be that. But we don’t know that yet, so we’ll find out as we go.

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On Thursday, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Foster needs to learn how to do things the right way and addressed the possibility of the linebacker being suspended.

The Redskins will go after some prime free agents — they showed interest in top guys last year as well — but they also will be restrained. The sign-at-all-costs mentality no longer exists at Redskins Park. But names to watch include receiver Paul Richardson or defensive linemen Bennie Logan and Dontari Poe. Washington was active on the first day of free agency last season with multiple signings, but none were considered splashy. The Redskins have 17 unrestricted free agents and will try to retain some key players, such as linebacker Zach Brown, but they do have a limit (which is why Brown remains without a long-term deal). Linebacker Trent Murphy will be a priority to re-sign as well. — John Keim

The Eagles didn’t necessarily stand out during the regular season as a pass rushing team 鈥?they had 38 sacks and were 19th in the league in adjusted sack rate — but they had perhaps the best rush defense in the league. They can feasibly get the Patriots into long down-and-distances, and that will give them more opportunities to plant Brady in the dirt.

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Sebastian Janikowski kept career, Raiders legacy alive and kicking after shaky start

Janikowski kicked that week in a win over the Jets, then kicked again in Foxborough in the snow against the Patriots (a fairly infamous game in franchise history). A year later, he kicked in the Super Bowl. During those two postseasons, he was 11 of 12 on field goals and 12 of 12 on extra points. From then until his back injury kept him out all of last year, he missed only one game in 14 seasons.

He’s 11th all time in career scoring and 10th all time in field goals made. He shared the record for the longest field goal at 63 yards until Matt Prater hit his 64-yarder in 2013. He tried a 64-yarder in 2007, in Oakland against the Texans. He hit the upright … halfway up the upright.

Janikowski never had an Adam Vinatieri moment (he just had to witness the ultimate one that snowy night in 2002). He only made one Pro Bowl. He did a lot of his work off the dirt infield at ancient dual-purpose Oakland Coliseum. He built that legend in his own way.

He turns 40 in two weeks. He outlasted the old, less-complimentary legend of his early days. Long kicks are a great legacy. An unexpectedly long career is even better.

Like the Devils, the Islanders (29-26-7) also have a red-hot player in rookie Mathew Barzal. The Calder Trophy favorite recorded three points in Toronto to move past All-Star teammate John Tavares as the club’s leading scorer with 65 points, which is also tops among all NHL rookies. His 48 assists are tied for fifth most in the entire league.

He’s been playing really well for us all season, Islanders forward Josh Bailey said of Barzal. He’s so crafty, and he’s able to create space for himself and his linemates, and you can see the results.

Bailey also is in the midst of an excellent season with 47 assists and 62 points. On Thursday, the Islanders rewarded Bailey with a six-year, $30-million contract extension.49ers_013