Monthly Archives: April 2018

Dwight Freeney to retire after 16 NFL seasons

After 16 seasons in the NFL, Dwight Freeney is ready to call it a career.
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Limited Womens Alshon Jeffery Jersey Freeney will retire as a Colt, where he spent the first 11 years of his career, the team announced Thursday. The team has scheduled a press conference for Monday.

Freeney, the 11th overall pick of the 2002 draft, had 107 1/2 sacks while in Indianapolis. He finished with three first team All-Pro selections as a Colt and was a member of the team that defeated the Bears in Super Bowl 41.

Judge and Giancarlo Stanton each had a sacrifice fly. Gleyber Torres got two hits and scored twice.

Yankees: Gray took a fifth-inning line drive off the back of his pitching arm, near his shoulder. But he seemed OK and lasted four more batters before getting pulled. … 3B Brandon Drury (severe migraines) had two singles and scored twice in a rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-0, 3.80 ERA) pitches Thursday afternoon as New York goes for a four-game sweep on Judge’s 26th birthday. Montgomery, unbeaten in his last nine starts, was tagged for six earned runs and seven hits over six innings in a loss at Minnesota last year. Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (1-1, 4.29) is 1-4 with a 9.31 ERA in six career starts against the Yankees.

Every team that plays a Monday night road game will either play at home the following Sunday or have its bye week.

They’ve got a lot of guys that can do damage in a hurry, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Everything is kind of magnified when you’re not swinging the bats more on your side, too. You just can’t hold them down and you can’t score. It’s been a bad combination.

Eduardo Escobar had three hits, a walk and an RBI. Brian Dozier went 0 for 4 after getting hits in Minnesota’s first 17 games — 24 in a row dating to last season.
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As an offensive unit, pressing a little bit too much, Dozier said. You’re trying to explode in one kind of swing.

As the Yankees add new players, Gregorius comes up with additional emojis for his tweets that follow wins. Torres is Baby bottle, Giancarlo Stanton is Volcano and Tyler Austin is Police car. Luis Severino Womens Alfred Morris Jersey has grown from Baby last season to Child.

Who secretly taped Jeffrey Lurie’s comments about the President?

Monday’s item in the New York Times regarding the Brad Wing Jersey Eagles’ negotiations with the White House regarding the traditional visit by the Super Bowl champions buried the story’s most interesting fact: Someone secretly taped Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie during last October’s ownership meeting regarding the anthem issue and provided the recording to the Times.
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Many of us have no interest in supporting President Trump, Lurie said. Yes, there are some. There are some players who do, too. But this is not where you brandish a group of people because they own assets in a sport we love, supporting what many of us perceive as, you know, one f鈥搆ing disastrous presidency. Don’t quote me.

And then he would tell the story of the 1965 NFL draft, which was actually held Nov. 28, 1964. The Giants were the worst team in the league that year, would finish 2-10-2, and for their efforts they had the first pick. It was also the first time the Giants’ draft-day strategy would impact not only them, but the Jets 鈥?much the same way it went down Thursday night at the 2018 draft.

For a football standpoint, Rodgers has given Rosen one specific piece if advice: Practice uncomfortable situations.

He’s big on in-practice creating havoc in situations where there isn’t necessarily any to be there, Rosen said. Take it to the next step. Mess with yourself. Throw off platform. Make it game-like. Make everything game-like and treat every rep as if you are on the final drive [in] the Super Bowl.
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It’s useful advice from Rodgers, and the fact that Rosen has that pipeline to one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history can’t hurt Rosen’s transition to life in the NFL.

There’s just that feeling you get by watching a quarterback move the offense. Now, there’s not going to be a lot of that type of competitive stuff going on, but you can tell by the way a guy runs a huddle, the way he gets the offense lined up, the way he drops back and throws, the way he hands the ball off. Just all the things that a quarterback would do. And I think this is hopefully the first of many days of him developing within our system.If Jim Mora could pick a team for his former quarterback Josh Rosen to end up with Thursday night in the NFL draft, that team would be wearing green and white.

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Was Boone as stunned as everyone else seemed to be?

The Yankees challenged and fans watched on the big center field scoreboard, most sure the call would take maybe five seconds to be overturned by replay officials watching in an office in New York.

Instead, umpires waited and waited until they returned with the shocking verdict that Barrett’s call had been upheld.

But Boone saw some positives from the 21-year-old Torres’ first time playing in pinstripes.

Boone said that the at-bats Torres, who started at second base and hit eighth, got better throughout the game and that he “really settled in” and “got better at controlling the (strike) zone.”

He was announced Friday as a limited partner in the Bucks ownership group during the team’s playoff game against the Celtics at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Rodgers was introduced during the game, where he was seated courtside with girlfriend Danica Patrick and Bucks co-owner Wes Edens.

According to the Bucks, Rodgers is the only active NFL player to have an ownership stake in an NBA team.

“I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here,” Rodgers in a statement released by the Bucks. “I am excited and honored to deepen my connection to the region by joining Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan, Mike Fascitelli and the ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks. As a huge fan of the NBA and the sport of basketball, this is a dream come true for me, and I look forward to furthering my affinity for Wisconsin sports as a minority owner in a team I love and support.”

Rodgers, a native of Chico, California, splits his time between Green Bay and Southern California.
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Washington re-signs Tony Bergstrom

Washington announced it has re-signed offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom.
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Teheran stranded a runner in scoring position in the third, fourth and sixth innings with a strikeout each.
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He improved to 9-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 career starts and one relief appearance against Philadelphia.

Atlanta seems in no hurry for OF Ronald Acuna to make his debut. Acuna, rated the No. 2 overall prospect by MLB.com , is hitting .152 with no homers and no RBI in 33 at-bats at Triple-A Gwinnett. Manager Brian Snitker said he likes what the team has gotten from LF Preston Tucker, who began the night hitting .300 with three homers and 12 RBI, so the 20-year-old Acuna may not get called up during this seven-game homestand.

If the Chargers draft a quarterback, it won’t hurt Rivers’ feelings.

I look around at places, some guys that have had far more success than I have had, and they’re drafting quarterbacks, Rivers said, via the team website. So, it’s inevitable. It’s going to happen at some point. It’s happened at other places, we all know where they are. And those guys are either still sitting, or they’ve been traded. . . . You know at some point we are going to draft a guy, and I don’t see that as any negative. I think Tom [Telesco], John [Spanos] and coach [Anthony] Lynn, these guys know my desire to continue going and hopefully play at a high level for a handful of more years. But at the same time, shoot, as an organization you’ve got to prepare for down the road. If the right guy [is there that] they see fits, at some point they’re going to have to make that decision.

Rivers has started every game since 2006, and the Chargers have no reason to believe he won’t do the same again this season.

Philip, he’s still playing like a young man, Lynn said. This is going to be his squad. If we bring in another quarterback, it’s definitely a guy we feel like can sit for a couple of years and play behind Philip and learn, and maybe be the future.

The Chargers currently have Cardale Jones and Geno Smith behind Rivers.

Belt’s check-swing ruins Corbin’s no-no, Dbacks 1-hit Giants

Patrick Corbin had hitters chasing sliders in the dirt and made up a 65 mph pitch on the fly. Arizona’s defense had a pair of spectacular plays behind him, the kind that end up in the highlight reel when history is made.
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A buzz filled Chase Field as the left-hander inched closer to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ third no-hitter.

One check swing ended Corbin’s bid. No history, but one awfully dominant performance.

Corbin lost his no-hit bid on a checked-swing infield single with two outs in the eighth inning but finished a one-hitter to lift the Diamondbacks over the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Tuesday night.

It was really great stuff from him all night, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. It was a Jake Lamb Jersey fun night to be a baseball fan, a special night.

Limited Kids Dion Phaneuf Jersey Corbin locked into a pitching duel with San Francisco’s Johnny Cueto, who struck out 11 and allowed two hits in seven innings after being reinstated from the DL.

The Diamondbacks struck when the San Francisco right-hander exited.

Tony Watson (1-1) walked Jarrod Dyson with one out in the eighth and Corbin moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. David Peralta then lined a single up the middle to score Dyson for the game’s only run.

Cahill pitched seven scoreless innings in his season debut, Jed Lowrie marked his 34th birthday with a go-ahead home run in a five-run first inning and the the A’s beat the Chicago White Sox 10-2 Tuesday night on the 50th anniversary of the A’s first game at the Coliseum.

I was just kind of mixing everything in there, Cahill said. The curveball was kind of erratic early, and then later I was able to throw it for a strike. We started mixing in a little slider-cutter there at the end. We just kind of used a little bit of everything.
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Stephen Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs apiece, and Mark Canha added three hits and two RBI. Oakland extended its winning streak to three with its first series win this season.

Cardinals haven’t shut door on Tyvon Branch’s return

Anthony Mason Authentic Jersey The Cardinals certainly haven’t shut the door on safety Tyvon Branch’s return, General Manager Steve Keim said Wednesday, via Darren Urban of the team website.
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Keim added the Cardinals are monitoring the situation with Branch’s rehab.

Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union takes a closer look at the NFL’s conundrum when making its schedule, fueled by the size of the team’s market (42nd), the team’s recent history of struggles, and the fact that the Jaguars are a team that wins without a high-powered offense.

They’ll host both the Patriots and Steelers, postseason rematches that should attract serious consideration for Sunday, Monday, or Thursday night placement. Road games against the Cowboys (hello, Thanksgiving?), Chiefs, and Giants (with Tom Coughlin returning to New York) also should draw interest. And a home game against the Eagles in London could end up getting early-morning treatment on a Sunday, pulling it from the scrum of 1:00 p.m. ET games.
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Although Stanton struck out twice in Monday night’s 12-1 win over the Marlins — he was the only player in New York’s starting lineup who didn’t have a hit in the game — he launched a long foul ball in his first at-bat of the game that would have been a massive homer had it stayed fair. The third-deck shot had Yankees fans audibly gawking.

That was the last time he impressed spectators during the brief two-game series against his old teammates.

Stanton understands why he’s hearing boos at home, but added that it’s been very simple to block them out.

I have no problem with the Steelers family, Harrison told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I have no problem with the Rooneys. They made a business decision that was best for their organization. I made a business decision that was best for me and family at the time. We went our separate ways. Fans get mad because they’re stuck with a team, one team, that’s their team. At the end of the day, it’s a business. Yes, you have loyalties to teams, but when it comes down to Adam Butler Jersey it, it’s a job, and when your job fires you, you need to find another job. 鈥?There were a lot of things said, and I think a lot of guys said things because, hey, they were hurt, and when you’re hurt, you say things you may not normally say.

There was supposed to be another frontrunner in the race for Kirk Cousins, and they might’ve had as good a shot as anyone.

49ers general manager John Lynch reflected Thursday on what the team originally had in mind for its quarterback of the future, which had little to do with Jimmy Garoppolo, now the NFL’s second richest man. First-year coach Kyle Shanahan, who knew Cousins from his time with the Redskins, was apparently all-in on the 2018 free agent, even after the 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a trade with the Patriots last season.

“We made the [Garoppolo] trade, but then there were some days when Kyle Shanahan was, like, in mourning, because I think everybody knows his master plan was to have Kirk Cousins come in eventually,” Lynch said on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo.” “I was proud of Kyle, because I think he knew that this was the right thing for our franchise. And he didn’t hesitate.

Cousins one-upped him when he agreed to terms with the Vikings last week on a deal that will pay him $28 million each year, with all $84 million guaranteed.

No matter, the 49ers are content with the guy who blew them away.

“We saw a guy who made everybody around him better, and I think that’s the mark of a great leader. That’s the mark of a great quarterback,” Lynch said. “There’s not a huge sample size, so there’s a lot of faith involved in our decision, absolutely. But we’re excited for his future.”

The Jets contingent includes general manager Mike Maccagnan, head coach Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and VP of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger.

The Jets hold the No. 3 pick in next month’s draft after trading up with the Colts. They signed veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater in free agency, but are still looking for a long-term answer at the position.

New Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson was asked if he and Morris Claiborne can form the best cornerback tandem in football.

“Why not?” Johnson said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. “I’m going to hold him accountable, and I know he’s going to hold me accountable. I just can’t wait to go out there and compete with the guys.”

The Jets signed Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million contract with $34 million fully guaranteed at signing. But he is not worried about living up to that deal.

“No pressure at all,” he said. “I know what I can do. I know what I can bring to the game. I’ve been confident all my life. I love winning, and I can’t wait to get started with this defense.”
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Avery Williamson deserves credit.

Not for being a solid run-stopping linebacker, or the kind of player who will make any defense better.
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No, Avery Williamson is a warrior for truth.

Authentic Kids Barry Sanders Jersey The former Titans linebacker was asked why he chose the Jets in free agency, and he gave the best possible answer.

Keeping the defensive mainstays signed for the long term while adding free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason should keep the Vikings near the top of the NFC for years to come. They reached the NFC Championship Game in the 2017 season, and though they fell short against the Philadelphia Eagles, the core of the team remains one of the NFL’s best.

Harrison was subsequently picked up by the Patriots, recording two sacks and forcing a fumble in his only regular-season game with the club. He also appeared in each of New England’s three playoff games, including a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.

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Sanchez, 31, likely will appeal the suspension. In the meantime, he will hope for a call from a team in need of a veteran quarterback who has experience mentoring young talent, like Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch with the Broncos, Dak Prescott with the Cowboys and Mitchell Trubisky with the Bears.

Sanchez never played like the franchise quarterback the Jets envisioned when they selected him with the No. 5 overall pick in 2009. Starting almost every Richie Ashburn Youth jersey game over four years, Sanchez threw more interceptions (69) than touchdowns (68).

The onerous criteria Gettleman established for this No. 2 pick will be what likely steers the Giants away from a quarterback. Remember, Gettleman insists the second pick in the draft must be a player who projects to be a Hall of Famer and also is worthy of the second-overall selection in any draft.

I don’t think Dave will take a quarterback,” the national scout said. I don’t see it. I could see Chubb putting on that gold jacket. I could see Nelson putting on that gold jacket. Barkley, no question. If you have a crystal ball and say, ‘This guy is gonna be an annual All-Pro and make it to the Hall of Fame,’ Barkley would be the No. 1 guy.”

Where does the Reuben Foster situation go from here?

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office on Thursday announced charges against linebacker Reuben Foster that even the 49ers organization labeled as disturbing.
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Foster remains a member of the 49ers, as the allegations that surfaced this week were not enough to prompt the 49ers to release him.

And it appears obvious the decision-makers of the 49ers are skeptical of the information the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office included in its report.

This is clear: If Foster hit the woman once 鈥?let alone eight to 10 times 鈥?and, certainly, if his actions caused her to sustain a ruptured ear drum, the 49ers do not have any other option but to release him.

Is there a double standard?

Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller (3) carries the ball head of East Carolina defensive back Devon Sutton (42) as Miller scores a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA鈥?Anthony Miller is trying really hard to follow advice given to him at the NFL combine.
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Crabbe’s career-high 41 lifts Nets to 3rd straight win

The rebuilding Brooklyn Nets have finally started to click over the season’s final month.
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Allen Crabbe is hoping it’ll carry over to next season.

Crabbe scored 20 of his career-high 41 points in the first quarter and the Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 114-105 on Monday night for their first three-game winning streak this season.

Kane last played at the world championships in 2008, his first in the NHL and the last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs. The three-time Stanley Cup winner’s presence should improve the quality of play at the tournament and boost the interest in fellow U.S. players to join him.
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I think what it says is it doesn’t matter where you are in hockey, if you love the game, you want to be part of it and respect USA Hockey and Pat Kane showed up, Zito said. It’s really exciting. I think it’s exciting for the whole tournament. It’s a great day for USA Hockey and for hockey in general.

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The Pelicans were just getting rolling.

Their scoring binge continued into the third, and when it was over — a 33-6 spurt over both halves — they led 79-53. Davis had nine points, Mirotic eight and E’Twaun Moore seven.

Anthony has taken this team and put it on his back, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. If we could have had a better record his name would definitely be in the MVP conversation.

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