Cowboys’ Jaylon Smith will make NFL debut on Saturday vs. Colts

After a long year on the sidelines, Jaylon Smith will finally make his NFL debut.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed Smith will suit up for Saturday’s preseason game against the Colts, saying he was “very excited.”

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was unaware of Lynch’s intention to sit but said he spoke with the veteran rusher after the game.

“(Lynch) said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,'” Del Rio said. “I said, ‘So you understand how I feel. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing, and we’ll do ours.’ So that’s a non-issue for me.”

Lynch was not among the players who kneeled during Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial injustice last season, though he did praise the controversial quarterback for taking action.

Given the Broncos’ regular-season schedule for 2017, Denver better get its quarterback situation figured out well before it hosts the Los Angeles Chargers to open the season on a Monday night. Because the remainder of the Broncos’ schedule is tough.

The Broncos will appear on national TV in primetime slots five times in 2017, which means the NFL still considers them the attractive playoff contender they are. But that also means Denver’s quest to return to the playoffs after the Super Bowl hangover that was its 2016 season will not be easy. Here’s a breakdown of the Broncos’ 2017 schedule in its entirety.

He’s the biggest bust in Redskins history as the No. 3 overall pick in 1994, but he struggled most through his final NFL season in 1997. Shuler went 4-5 in his second, final chance with two touchdowns to a whopping 14 interceptions as part of a 46.6 passer rating. It took the Saints about a decade after to find their best-ever QB, Drew Brees.dolphins_027

Why did they make the moves they did at the trade deadline?

Another yikes, eh? Both are arbitration-eligible for the final time this offseason, and both will get solid bumps in salary — Britton from $11.4 million and Brach from $3.50 million. If the Orioles really are going to try and rebuild, Monday would have been the time to trade them, with contending teams desperate to add to their bullpen for the stretch run/postseason. Instead, the Orioles held onto both guys.

On one hand, that would seem to signal a desire to contend, right? But they didn’t exactly go out and get the massive upgrades it would take to be legitimate contenders this year. Instead, the Orioles seem like they’re in some type of strange holding pattern, which isn’t helping the present or the future.

The offense has come alive in recent weeks, but it’s still near the bottom of the AL in most major categories. That makes it hard to see the Royals making noise in the postseason if they get there, which raises the question: Why did they make the moves they did at the trade deadline?
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The Royals think they’re good enough to go for it, so that’s what they’re doing. Keeping the band together for one last gig is a gutsy move by general manager Dayton Moore, who knows he could (and quite possibly will) lose Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas as free agents. Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar can become free agents this offseason, too, but I can see them suiting up for another season in KC.

I’m not really sure what the Royals are doing. They should look at the Astros and the other teams ahead of them in the AL and realize they’re outmatched and should bow out for a season. But if they think they’re good enough, who am I to debate?

Brian Dawkins Mens Jersey Kyle Long also echoed his brother’s sentiment that their hometown should not be associated with the those participating in the hate rallies.

Obviously, people ask, ‘You’re from Charlottesville?’ It kind of leaves a bad taste in their mouths thinking that one of their guys is from Charlottesville, where they see all these rallies and stuff happening. Like I said, don’t let a few bad apples ruin what is really true about Charlottesville and that area — there’s good folks there, he said.

Paying Johnson would have been a risky endeavor.

That leaves the Rams with a thin depth chart at CB, after letting Jenkins walk in free agency last year. If Johnson hits the open market next offseason, the remaining secondary consists of players like E.J. Gaines, Kayvon Webster, Maurice Alexander, and Lamarcus Joyner. Those four players combine for five career interceptions and plenty of inexperience.

Paying Johnson would have been a risky endeavor. New Los Angeles defensive coordinator Wade Phillips relies on defenses that attack and put pressure on quarterbacks, and that means more pressure on cornerbacks, too.
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Under Phillips, Johnson will be asked to play more man coverage and lock down receivers closer to the line of scrimmage. He’s built for the job, but it’s a new role and the Rams would have been rolling the dice betting that he’ll handle it well.

But not paying Johnson is a risk too and will likely leave the Rams looking for a new group of defensive backs in the secondary.

Normally the kicking competition doesn’t get much ink, but when you trade up to draft a kicker in the second round like the Bucs did last year, you invite that kind of scrutiny. Roberto Aguayo entered the league with some hype as the most accurate kicker in college football history, but the second round was just too high and he didn’t come close living up to expectations.
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Last season, Aguayo made just 22 of 31 field goals, a 71 percent conversion rate that was lowest in the NFL among qualified kickers. Under most circumstances that might be written off as rookie jitters, or the team might even just cut him without a second thought. Instead, the Bucs signed veteran Nick Folk to compete with Aguayo in camp.

With the Bucs starring on Hard Knocks this season, don’t expect this to be one of the top stories they focus on.

Eddie Lacy’s last chance at NFL relevance

It’s been a strange, rocky career for running back Eddie Lacy. After bursting onto the scene with the Green Bay Packers in 2013, Lacy looked like he’d be one of the best backs in the league for a long time. However, over the next few years Lacy gradually fell out of favor in Green Bay, as injuries and poor conditioning took their toll.

The Packers let Lacy’s rookie contract expire this past offseason and he’s been forced to take a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, where he’ll be looking to win a starting job and get his career back on track. He also has to keep his weight under control, something that’s been a consistent issue. Yet despite these concerns, Lacy remains a supremely talented back when he’s actually on the field, which hasn’t always been the case in recent years.

If he stays healthy and performs up to his standards, the 27-year-old could be one of the more coveted running backs in free agency next year — he’ll be an especially attractive option for teams that can’t afford Le’Veon Bell.

Things finally came together for Clowney last year. Stepping up in the absence of J.J. Watt, Clowney was a disruptive force on the line of scrimmage, commanding constant double teams that freed up Whitney Mercilus to make game-changing plays. Clowney set a career high with six sacks and earned his first-ever Pro Bowl appearance. Hopefully we’ll finally get to see the Clowney/Watt/Mercilus trio at full force next year. patriots_120-180x180

We look forward to working with the Players Association on all issues involving the health and safety of our players

Multiple missed tests will get a player suspended for a full year. That is where Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory finds himself this season. Another failed test could get Gregory banned from the NFL altogether. Just ask Josh Gordon.

Kids Will Sutton Jersey The policy is built around the expectation that players are using marijuana recreationally, and commissioner Roger Goodell has shared some archaic and incorrect perspectives about the possibility of addiction to marijuana, too. So the league’s interest in studying the role marijuana could play in pain management for players is a step in the right direction.

Kids Avisail Garcia Jersey We look forward to working with the Players Association on all issues involving the health and safety of our players, Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, said via Maske.

Williams was set to join one of the league’s most underrated passing attacks. Los Angeles rosters Keenan Allen and 1,000-yard receiver Tyrell Williams as its top-two receivers, flanked by steady veterans in Dontrelle Inman and Travis Benjamin. Potential Hall of Famer Antonio Gates and rising star Hunter Henry hold down the tight end position. Combined with Williams, that group was poised to give Rivers the deepest — and potentially the most talented — receiving corps of his career.

Instead, the team has picked up another electrifying playmaker with major durability concerns. Allen is a dynamic home run threat downfield, but a kidney injury and a torn ACL limited him to only nine games over the past two seasons. These injury woes have been endemic to the franchise in recent years.

The Chargers haven’t had a first round pick play 16 games as a rookie since Melvin Ingram in 2012. Now, Mike Williams might miss the season.

Joe Thornton, Brent Burns pose nude for ESPN, in all their bearded glory

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Add Joe Thornton and Brent Burns to the list of NHLers to bare all for ESPN’s Body Issue.

Garett Bolles Authentic Jersey The bearded Sharks stars are featured in the 2017 edition of the magazine in a way you’ve never seen them before, posing full frontal in nothing but their birthday suits and sporting glorious facial hair extensions that put even their own legendary playoff beards to shame. As in their careers, there were no cups involved during this photo shoot.

The official window for teams and pending unrestricted free agents to finalize contracts opened July 1. But plenty of chatter goes on behind the scenes during the NHL’s weeklong interview period, when teams submitted qualifying offers to retain the rights to restricted free agents Monday. Those players have until July 5 to elect to go to salary arbitration with their teams. July 6 is the deadline for teams to elect to do the same.

Shattenkirk, the consensus top player on the free agent market, made his own pitch to the Rangers, taking less in term and dollars (four years, $26.6 million) to play near his hometown of New Rochelle, N.Y., spurning the Devils’ more lucrative offer in the process.

In relative terms, the contract is a bargain and allows GM Jeff Gorton the cap space flexibility to re-sign his key RFAs, keeping the Rangers competitive as the Henrik Lundqvist championship window grows ever smaller.

Pickard is just 25, was a 2010 second-round draft pick and had several strong outings a year ago playing for the league’s — by far — worst team. He then excelled at the 2017 World Championships, leading Canada to a silver medal with a 1.49 GAA and .938 save percentage in seven games.

Royals get Melky Cabrera from White Sox

The Royals added some more punch to their lineup for the stretch run Sunday, acquiring outfielder Melky Cabrera from the White Sox for two prospects.

Cabrera, who had a previous stint in Kansas City in 2011, has 13 home runs, 56 RBIs and an OPS of .772 this season.

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In exchange for Cabrera, the White Sox get right-hander A.J. Puckett, the Royals’ 13th-ranked prospect according to, and left-hander Andre Davis.

Thoughts: Spencer never made the majors, Cardenas never made much of an impact. Outman, a lefty reliever, pitched in 161 games for four teams through 2014. Schlitter, a right-handed reliever, made 78 big-league appearances. Castro pitched in 30 big-league games before the trade, none after.

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The Astros didn’t make a move at the deadline, there’s no one in the division that would probably block a claim (especially considering the dough on the table), and I still think they have money to spare. Regardless of how they’ve operated, they’re still not a small-market team.

Heat’s Justise Winslow to have season-ending surgery on torn labrum

Heat forward Justise Winslow is set to undergo surgery on a torn labrum Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced.
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Game Audie Cole Jersey Winslow, 20, had not played since Dec. 30.

The second-year pro was supposed to be a big part of the Heat’s scoring attack this season after the team lost Chris Bosh to another blood clot. Unfortunately, Winslow was only able to play in 18 games this season while averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

It didn’t matter who came or went 鈥?the Hawks were always in good hands with Horford. He was the guy in the locker room that always answered for bad performances on the court and stupid statements by ownership off it.

Al has a strong presence, Mike Budenholzer said. For him to welcome me and welcome a different style of playing, a different system, I am very grateful to him. When your best players are buying in and willing to do anything that the coach is asking, everyone else tends to fall in line. He was one of those guys who helped us establish a culture and a way of playing. He’s moved on, we’ve moved on, I think, with a ton of respect for each other.

Indeed, Horford is gone and now a member of the Hawks’ biggest nemesis in the Celtics. His return to Atlanta on Jan. 13 alluded to the crossroads the Hawks face as a franchise. At 24-18 with the schedule becoming easier, the Hawks have the potential to at least match the 48 wins from a season ago and return to the playoffs for the 10th consecutive year.

But that also brings about a question that’s been asked by Hawks fans since Horford started the run of playoff appearances … When is just making the playoffs no longer good enough?

James Harden explodes for 51 points in win against 76ers

James Harden certainly looked a lot like the NBA’s next MVP Friday night while leading the Rockets to a thrilling 123-118 win on the road against the 76ers.

Harden scored an incredible 51 points on 16 of 28 shooting from the field, 6 of 11 shooting from beyond the arc and 13 of 14 from the free-throw line. He finished the incredibly efficient game with 13 assists and 13 rebounds.

At this point, though, the Cavs are on the trade train. Lowe reports Cleveland wants a big return in any Irving deal, most importantly a “blue-chip young player.” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who initially broke the news of Irving’s request, doesn’t see Irving wearing a Cavs uniform much longer.

“I don’t think they can (keep Irving),” Windhorst said during an appearance on “SportsCenter.” “Kyrie told Dan Gilbert when they sat down he didn’t want to play with LeBron anymore. LeBron knows that, and I don’t think there’s any coming back. So, eventually, I think the Cavs will trade Kyrie Irving.”

Well, in that case… back to the Trade Machine!

On the other hand, LeBron sees what’s on the court and likely is convinced it isn’t good enough to hang with the Warriors or Spurs in the NBA Finals — maybe not even good enough to hold onto the top seed in the East over the Raptors and Celtics. Cleveland is 30-13 this season, but leads Toronto by just three games and Boston by 4 1/2 heading into Wednesday’s action. Will that concern force Griffin into rushing a move to appease his superstar?t_rangers_046-115x115

The Thunder rallied from being down 21 points in the third quarter

The Knicks (28-47) were officially eliminated from playoff contention with Wednesday’s 105-88 loss to the Heat and Carmelo Anthony did little to prevent the defeat. Anthony scored just 9 points, 13 below his season average, on 4-of-12 shooting and going just 1 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc. He rarely attacked the glass, simply going through the motions, and did not attempt a single free throw.
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The Bucks (39-36) remain one of the NBA’s hottest teams and were impressive in Wednesday’s 103-100 win over the Celtics. While Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 22 points, the dagger came from Malcolm Brogdon, who hitter a contested jumper with 3.9 seconds remaining and finished with 16 points.

Cavaliers (47-26) at Bulls (35-39), 8 p.m. ET — Both teams need this one, but for different reasons. The struggling Cavs are in danger of losing their grasp on the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Celtics right on their heels. The Bulls just hope to get into the field, sitting a game-and-a-half behind the Pacers and Heat for the final playoff spots in the East.

The Thunder rallied from being down 21 points in the third quarter, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Westbrook. Yes he scored 57 total points, but he scored 19 of those with 7:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.

He could not be stopped as he drove to the basket and what seemed like every possession, and scored more often than not.

Russell Westbrook now has 425 points in the final 5 minutes of the 4th quarter this season, most by any player over the last 20 seasons.
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Oscar Robertson has the NBA record of 41 triple-doubles in a season. Westbrook recorded his 38th such performance last night, meaning he’s three away from tying and four away from breaking the record.

The Thunder have eight games left in the regular season, meaning he has to get a triple-double in half of the games left for the record. Achieving this will be difficult, but not impossible.