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NFL owners get what they deserve when President Trump rips players

Limited Kids Cameron Heyward Jersey NFL owners were woefully mistaken if they thought their new national anthem policy would muzzle the Dog Whistler in Chief.
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Predictably, President Donald Trump praised the NFL for its new policy Thursday morning. But in the same breath, he聽doubled down on his criticism of players who protest, suggesting they shouldn’t be in the country.As shocking and offensive a statement as that was, nobody should have been surprised by it.

Short of rescinding the sale of the Buffalo Bills or banning black players from the league, nothing the NFL does will ever be good enough for Trump. That’s because he has 鈥?rightly 鈥?figured out that he can use the league as his personal football to rile up his base and further divide the nation.

The joke, however, is on them. Trump might give owners the occasional pat on his head, but the league will still be damaged when he turns his verbal fire hose at the players. And that is exactly what he will continue to do.聽
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With the mid-term elections looming as a referendum on Trump’s presidency, he’s going to pull out every racist and bigoted trope he can to convince his base Ramon Humber Jersey that American exceptionalism 鈥?read: white exceptionalism 鈥?is under siege, and it’s these black and brown people who are to blame. He did it Thursday morning, and he’s going to keep doing it.

The only way to defeat a bully is to call his bluff, but the NFL doesn’t have the courage to do it.

McNair said in his deposition that, while he is opposed to players kneeling, he also wished that Trump hadn’t spoken the way he did on the issue.

Trump’s statement in Alabama, and his subsequent comments denouncing the protests by Kaepernick and other players, clearly helped to reshape the national discussion about them. Americans continue to argue whether players disrespect the U.S. flag and military when they protest, rather than discuss police officers’ actions toward people of color.

Reuben Foster reinstated by 49ers after case dismissed; NFL still investigating

Linebacker Reuben Foster has been reinstated by the 49ers after a judge dismissed the domestic violence charges against him in California.

“The organization is aware domestic violence charges against Reuben Foster were dismissed earlier today,” the 49ers said in a statement Wednesday. “As a result, he will have the opportunity to rejoin the team tomorrow. It has been made clear to Reuben that his place on this team is one that must continue to be earned.”

General manager John Lynch said the team will continue to monitor the misdemeanor gun charge which has not been ruled upon as of yet.

Here’s a doozy, Judge Klippen on physical evidence: “There is not one photo consistent with the complaining witness’ account to suggest she was punched in the face 10 times. No broken bones, no bruises. In fact, (Ennis’) abrasions were more consistent with the fight in the video”

Manziel opted to played now, even if it meant committing to the CFL through the conclusion of its 2019 season. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Manziel signed the standard CFL deal, which gives the Hamilton Tiger-Cats a one-year commitment and an option for a second.

This doesn’t mean the two-year rule won’t change. It also doesn’t mean it will, but the possibility lingers that the CFL will react to the emerging American developmental leagues (the Spring League, the Alliance of American Football, and the XFL) by providing greater roster flexibility in the hopes of getting players to choose to play in Canada.

Even if Manziel were to secure the ability to leave the CFL after one year, it doesn’t mean he would. If the choice comes down to playing in Canada or simply being on a roster in the NFL, Manziel possibly would decide to continue to stay in the league where he gets to actually play the game. (He also could choose, if he ends up with the ability to exit the CFL after one year, to spend 2018 in Canada and early 2019 with the AAF.)
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What offseason moves can and should the Clippers make?

The last week of June will dictate the LA Clippers’ offseason.
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Besides its two lottery picks, LA will be faced with important decisions after DeAndre Jordan either decides to opt into the last year of his contract or hit free agency.

After LA agreed to an extension with head coach Doc Rivers, let’s look ahead to the free agency, draft and trade decisions facing the Clippers this offseason.

This team has done a lot of special things this year, it’s grown, it continues to do that. What an opportunity going into Tampa. … We’ll see if we can earn the right to keep playing.
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While that undoubtedly would be a major breakthrough for Ovechkin, Trotz reiterated that the Capitals all have a lot invested.

Limited Youth Matt Niskanen Jersey The opportunity is not only for Alex but for everybody, he said. Everybody that gets a chance to be in a Game 7, which will allow you to go to the finals. It’s exciting. It’s fun.

According to Engelland, he was encouraged by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who said Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had no problem touching the Prince of Wales Trophy, yet still won the Stanley Cup three times.

All season long we haven’t been superstitious, Marchessault said. Why stop now?

Golden Knights general manager George McPhee participated in a small scrum in the locker room after the game, then politely cut it short, telling reporters: You know what, this should be about the players.

Fleury once again sparkled for the Knights, stopping 32 shots for the win. It has been quite the year for Fleury, a former No. 1 pick of the Penguins, for whom he won 375 games — and three Stanley Cups — over 13 seasons.

On May 17, 2017, Fleury allowed four goals on nine shots in the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Ottawa Desmond Trufant Womens Jersey Senators and was pulled in favor of Matt Murray. It was Fleury’s final appearance for Pittsburgh.

Say farewell to the three-point stance

At a time when football fans finally are waking up to the demise of the kickoff, another football staple is about the go the way of the Stegosaurus. And a game that many regard as a dinosaur could soon be extinct, at least as we know it.
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Again, this likely surprised people like Payton. When I asked him earlier this month whether the new helmer rule will alter the between-the-tackles running game, Payton said, I don’t think a lot. I think you know working a coach up, guys that are pulling. But I Terrell Davis Youth jersey don’t think it’s going to change much at all.

With offensive linemen now obligated to get their heads up when blasting forward at the same, it’s going to change a lot. It’s going to change to the point where it’s not recognizable.
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And it’s going to open the door for someone to start a football league that will play games not in the spring but during football season 鈥?and that will play football not like the NFL is hell bent on playing it but like football used to be played.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been one of the most outspoken owners in the league when it comes to the anthem debate. He threatened to bench players on his team who didn’t stand for the anthem last season. However, Jones acknowledges that finding an amenable solution with enough support from owners is challenging.

It’s not that easy, Jones said, via Kevin Seifert and Dan Graziano of ESPN.com. We’ve got a lot of things that we’re trying to balance. We have the interest in every constituency that’s involved here, and the issues that are involved, and we recognize that with our visibility and the interest itself, it’s taken a life of its own.
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Assessing a 15-yard penalty against teams who have players that sit/kneel for the anthem is one of several possible changes that were discussed. Via ESPN, other points of discussion included keeping team personnel in the locker room for the anthem, instructing players who won’t stand to remain in the locker room instead, add anthem stipulations into player contracts or leave the current policy in place.

Broncos player involved in fiery crash with alleged DUI driver, has car flipped

Broncos running back De’Angelo Henderson was taken to the hospital over the weekend after being involved in a fiery car crash that was Antoine Morand Jersey caused by an alleged DUI driver. Henderson was on his way to pick up some food for his family on Saturday night when he got T-boned by a woman who was driving a stolen car. The woman was in a high-speed police chase when her vehicle smashed into Henderson’s Jeep.
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The impact of the crash caused Henderson’s vehicle to flip over in the air, but it did end the chase, which led to 9news.com in Denver labeling him as an accidental hero. The Broncos running back described the incident to 9news.

The 25-year-old suffered a sprained ankle and sprained shoulder. I’m truly blessed that God protected me through this accident, Henderson wrote on Instagram. Without his favor I don’t know if I would’ve survived…. I’m very grateful and humbled to be alive.

We remind our staff and our athletes repeatedly that they should never engage in any sort of gambling with respect to sports, or otherwise for that matter, Hobbs said. Even the appearance of that is a negative, and obviously engaging in that is an NCAA violation. We’re repeatedly reminding people that’s not an activity they can engage in.
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The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering, which has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests and jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community, according to a statement on its website. NCAA rules prohibit athletes and coaches at all competition levels, as well as any employees of an institution’s athletics department, a conference office or the NCAA’s national office, from betting on sports.

Authentic Kids Henrik Borgstrom Jersey The NCAA has an educational campaign, called Don’t Bet On It, that instructs athletes, coaches and staff members to avoid casinos and race tracks, as well as online betting sites, and to refrain from contact with known gamblers or revealing team-specific information – like athlete injuries – that could be used to wager on sports. Individual athletics departments also address the NCAA’s same sports wagering talking points from a compliance standpoint.

Rams trade Tavon Austin to Cowboys

Tavon Austin‘s days with the Rams have come to an end.

Austin, the receiver/runner/returner who has played his entire five-year career with the Rams, was traded to the Cowboys today.

The Rams traded up to the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft to select Austin, but today all they got for him was a sixth-round draft pick, No. 192 overall, from Dallas.

Although Austin has the speed and elusiveness to make big plays, he hasn’t made enough of those big plays. Last season he managed just 59 carries for 270 yards and 13 catches for 47 yards.

Richardson lasted two years with the Colts and then disappeared, becoming the first player in history to be a first-round bust for two teams.

It’s easy to say in hindsight that this is where GM Ryan Grigson most screwed the pooch, but much of the NFL was smitten with Richardson when he entered the league in 201Grigson, whose Colts were arguably just a tailback away from Super Bowl contention, bet that a change of scenery and a backfield shared with Andrew Luck would flip Richardson’s switch.

Fast-forward to 2017 and the schematic designs put forth by Sean McVay, Fisher’s replacement. McVay not only gave the Rams a new and much-needed face of the team, but he also gave Goff a playbook that was both more complex and easier to digest. McVay presented the second-year quarterback with an easy first read on every play. As he got comfortable and confident, the coach helped him thrive in route concepts that opened the entire field up for him to see.

Goff’s touchdown rate went from 2.4 percent to 5.9 percent. His yards per attempt went from 5.3 to 8.0. He threw seven interceptions in both seasons, but he had just five touchdowns in his rookie campaign compared to 28 in his second.

It was one of the most impressive turnarounds by a quarterback in NFL history, and it should provide hope to Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who is heading into his second season. Trubisky was the second overall pick of the 2017 draft. In his rookie year, he completed 59.4 percent of his passes and threw seven touchdowns to seven picks in 12 games—not too different from Goff’s first NFL season.sabres_072

Yankees’ Greg Bird ready for rehab games, still on target for May return

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird’s slow and steady recovery from March ankle surgery is churning toward the finish line.
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Bird played in an extended spring training game for the third day in a row Wednesday in Tampa and was feeling so good afterward that he’s been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

Bird spent half of the last season on the DL due to a late spring right ankle injury that led to July surgery. He returned for the final six weeks of the regular season and the playoffs, but he experienced more soreness during 2018 spring training and it led to another surgery on March 27 to remove a broken bone spur.

At the time of his surgery, Bird was expected to be sidelined 6-to-8 weeks and he’s still on timeframe.

We’re very optimistic as far as where he is in his return and feel like we’re starting to see the light at the end there, Boone said.

After spending the entirety of his 13-year career knowing Oakland as a rival when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs, Johnson agreed to a deal with the Raiders just hours after visiting them late last week.

It was on that trip, where he met with Gruden and found out the coach’s plans for him, that he learned it’d be an easy choice to put pen to Silver and Black paper.
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The biggest thing was the Raiders had more of a plan for me, Johnson said. At this age, when you have a plan for a guy that’s 35 years old, that’s an opportunity you have to look into more. Meeting the coaching staff, meeting everybody here at the organization — I’ve always had respect for the Raiders even though I wanted to tear their heads off playing for K.C. — Dalton Prout Youth jersey but just having the upmost respect for them, great organization, glad to be here.

Cowboys sign Connor Williams

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The Cowboys have started signing their draft picks.
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PFT has learned, via a league source, that the team has signed second-round pick Connor Williams to a four-year deal. That leaves the team with eight other picks to sign, including first-round pick Leighton Vander Esch.

Williams won’t have to move far to join the team as he was born in Texas and played for the University of Texas in college. Williams became a starter at left tackle for the Longhorns as a freshman and shined in 2016 before a knee injury limited him during his final college season.

Julio Jones has a Superman work ethic. He adjusted to the NFL. It was inside him. He wanted to be a great player. He worked at it. He understood when he got to the league what was required to do it. Several others like Trent or Terrence Cody, they got to the league and could not handle their affairs off-field well enough to keep on the field and be productive players.

Alexander was one of their undrafted signings in 2016 and he made the club as a defensive reserve and special teams regular. He played 14 games as a rookie and four more last season before landing on injured reserve in October. Alexander was waived with a failed physical designation.

Jackson was a Cowboys sixth-round pick in 2016 and spent most of the year on the active roster without playing in any games. He was cut to make room for Darren McFadden and claimed off waivers by the Browns. He didn’t get into any games for them either and then spent last season on injured reserve.

Miami (52), LSU (49), Florida (46), Florida State (45) and USC (44) actually have greater or equal representation in the NFL, per ESPN, but when it comes to individual coaches churning out those numbers, leading the way are Saban and Jimbo Fisher from his time at Florida State. Two other Saban disciples, Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain, have contributed to Florida’s totals. The above figures also don’t include the Alabama players who transferred elsewhere and found their way into the league through other schools, like New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara, the 2017 Sporting News Rookie of the Year.

As for the marriage of college achievements and NFL production, the Crimson Tide reign supreme since Saban’s 2007 arrival Marshawn Lynch Womens Jersey with a staggering five national titles and one runner-up finish.

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Robby Anderson arrest warrant rescinded, due in court in July

After an arrest warrant was issued for Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson for missing a court date on Wednesday, Anderson鈥檚 attorney Ed O鈥橠onnell said that neither he nor his client was notified of the court date and that he would sort out what happened on Thursday.
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Game Cortez Kennedy Jersey O鈥橠onnell has sorted things out and there is no longer a warrant out for Anderson鈥檚 arrest in Broward County, Florida. O鈥橠onnell told Mike Garafolo of NFL Media that the warrant has been rescinded and that it was the result of a clerical error.

The Patriots lost Dion Lewis in free agency and needed an explosive, open-field cog to go with Rex Burkhead, James White and Jeremy Hill. Expect Michel to be used in creative ways by Josh McDaniels, especially in the passing game. Tom Brady will love dumping it off to his rookie running back.

The Ravens trade into the back of the first round, tapping into Johnny U鈥檚 alma mater for a quarterback who’s a lot different. Jackson will be groomed well behind Joe Flacco thanks to offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who once helped turn Colin Kaepernick into a star and former Raven Tyrod Taylor into a solid starter. Jackson will push Baltimore toward a more dynamic, versatile offense with Hayden Hurst in tow.

Miller, the Raiders鈥?first-round pick, started 14 career games at left tackle and nine at right tackle. Thirteen of his starts at left tackle came last season as he protected Josh Rosen鈥榮 blindside.
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The Raiders have worked Miller almost exclusively at left tackle so far, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.

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File this one under shocker. Seattle took a step backward last season and entered Thursday with significant roster holes, but the Seahawks decided to select a running back with their first-round pick. Penny is an extremely talented and intriguing prospect, but he was Authentic Greg Olsen Jersey expected to go on Day 2 after the likes of Derrius Guice and Sony Michel.

Tony Gonzalez: Jason Witten is a first-ballot Hall of Famer

Recent news that Jason Witten was considering retirement came as a shock. Now that it’s official, it’s time to reflect and line him up for future recognition.

The greatest tight end to play the game (don’t @ me), Tony Gonzalez, came strong with a very possible prediction: Witten is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Because this is unpredictable, never-desperate New England, it could blow up that plan and go defense back-to-back with its two first-rounders.

At linebacker, based on where the Pats are picking, Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch and Alabama’s Rashaan Evans will present appeal. At cornerback, based on another Belichick college connection, Iowa’s Josh Jackson will get consideration should he remain available, with UCF’s Mike Hughes as another reasonable option.

Should the Patriots go offensive line in Round 1, the idea of taking Miller could go out the window if Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey is available at No. 23. At defensive line, Ohio State end Sam Hubbard is their type of guy they could take at No. 31. At wide receiver, SMU’s Courtland Sutton would be preferred over Maryland’s D.J. Moore.

The Patriots of late have not gotten much of an impact from the draft, as they haven’t had the necessary picks to manipulate the board exactly how Belichick would like. They wield that great power now, and everyone knows it comes with great responsibility. Don’t expect anything less than amazing when we look back on this transition class for New England five years or so later.

Mike McGlinchey is a good pick in theory. The 49ers need help on their offensive line to protect Jimmy G, and McGlinchey is a good enough player. But we are talking about value here and not many expected McGlinchey to be a top-10 pick (he went ninth).

From Luke Easterling at Draft Wire: “It’s understandable for the 49ers to want to protect their investment in Jimmy Garoppolo, but this feels like a huge reach. … there were so many better options on the board here. The 49ers could have gotten much better value at multiple positions on both sides of the ball here.”

Tight end Hayden Hurst went 25th overall to the Ravens, and PFF had him ranked 95th. That makes him a third-round grade selected in the first round.
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