Monthly Archives: May 2017

Cam Newton is living his best life on his birthday

Mike Alstott Elite Jersey I would just ask any team wondering anything about Colin: Come and see him, Josh Hidalgo said, via The MMQB’s Peter King. Come to the gym. Talk to him. They’ll see he’s in as good shape as a quarterback can be in. He’s ready to lead a team.

Kaepernick opted out his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after the 2016 season. Despite a number of quarterback-needy teams around the league, he hasn’t found a new NFL home. The Seahawks are reportedly interested. It would be a great fit, and he’d be an above-average backup capable of keeping the team competitive if Wilson couldn’t play.
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Things took a bad turn in 2013, when he was suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The next month, Washington was arrested on an assault charges after a domestic violence incident.

In 2014, Washington pleaded guilty to those aggravated assault charges that left his ex-girlfriend with a broken collarbone. He was sentenced to a year of probation, but did not serve jail time.

He missed the 2014 season due to a suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The suspension was indefinite, resulting in him missing three years before his reinstatement in April.

The release shouldn’t be surprising. Washington was out of the NFL for an extended amount of time. The Cardinals also selected Temple linebacker Haason Reddick No. 13 overall in this year’s draft.

Washington had shown promise years ago with the Cardinals, but the off-the-field issues weren’t worth the team keeping him.

Le’Veon Bell can’t attend Steelers fan’s prom, school rules, citing arrest history

Le’Veon Bell’s prom date promise to one hopeful Steelers fan appears to have hit a snag.

Mens Kenneth Dixon Jersey Pittsburgh’s star running back agreed over the weekend to attend high school prom with Ava Tarantino, a 17-year-old junior at Waukesha West in Wisconsin who’d won a Twitter re-tweet bet to bring Bell as her date. But school officials are uneasy about the arrangement, citing district policy that bans dance guests with a history of drug or alcohol violations.

Bell, 26, also exceeds the district’s age restriction of 19.

Waukesha School District spokeswoman Terry Schuster told the Appleton Post-Crescent that Bell is welcome at other prom events such as the grand march and photo sessions with Tarantino, but cannot attend the dance itself.

The Bears can boast a running back and middle linebacker history that would make just about every team jealous. Over the years, those positions have helped them become Monsters of the Midway.
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But now the league is in a passing era where black and blue is no longer the true path to championships. In that regard, they are right down there buried with the Jets and Browns as have-nots.

Until the Bears find that next QB who is good enough to play in the Pro Bowl, they can forget about another Super Bowl.

NFL Draft 2017: Browns reportedly inquired about Jimmy Garoppolo, A.J. McCarron

The Cleveland Browns insist they’re fine entering the 2017 season with a quarterback depth chart of Cody Kessler-Brock Osweiler-Kevin Hogan, but rumors swirling around the NFL suggest otherwise.

Sure, general manager Sashi Brown refuted the report that they were looking to trade for Kirk Cousins, but now ESPN reports that the Browns tried and failed to trade for Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garappolo on Thursday, and NFL Media says they asked about the Bengals’ A.J. McCarron as well.

Browns inquired last night about trading for Patriots’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo and were told, once again, NE not interested, per sources.

Now, it’s unclear whether the buzz is true or not, but the fact that rumors about three separate quarterbacks from three separate teams popped up would lead any educated person to believe the Browns were looking to pick up a QB.

If there are some diamonds in the rough this year, they might be among the best players available.

Here are the best players on the board for rounds four through seven of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida — Brantley was a possible first-round pick, but slid down draft boards after he was charged earlier this month with misdemeanor assault after allegedly knocking a woman unconscious. If he’s cleared of any wrongdoing, any NFL team willing to select him Saturday will get a player whose talent is higher than his draft selection. Unfortunately for Brantley, because his case won’t be resolved by Saturday, he’ll likely be a priority free agent once the draft ends.nike_steelers_2879

How five MLB teams look to replace key offseason departures

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Some big names in MLB were on the move this offseason, shaking up the baseball landscape by bolstering stronger teams and shifting others into rebuilding mode.

While much of the focus of these moves is on how these stars will fit in with their new club, it’s also worth analyzing how their former teams will handle filling the void of their departed stars.

After watching their cross-town rivals win a World Series, the White Sox decided to follow the Cubs and attempt to build a deep, potent farm system. In doing so, the team traded two of their best players, ace Chris Sale, as well as dynamic outfielder Adam Eaton. While Chicago’s equipment manager might not miss Sale, the White Sox will, as the lanky lefty has the lowest ERA of any pitcher in the American League over the past five years at 3.04.

Tony Jefferson Jersey After adding two receivers in free agency, the Eagles now assuredly won’t draft a receiver in round one. Cornerback remains their biggest need and they’ll have plenty of options. Humphrey is a top-three cornerback in this class.

Tabor may fall substantially after a lackluster NFL Combine, but expect him to remedy those concerning numbers at his Pro Day and reassure himself of a top-20 pick. The Colts really need cornerback youth.

Obama added that his longtime aid Anita Decker Breckenridge and chief speech writer Cody Keenan are also lifelong Cubs fans.

In fact, there were a lot of sick days during the playoffs, he said. One of my staff members was caught being interviewed at a bar outside Wrigley, and we’re watching him being interviewed … and he’s looking kind of sheepish about it, and it’s like, ‘Why aren’t you in the office?!

Rockies mash grand slam, inside-the-park home run in same inning

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The Rockies are one of MLB’s best-kept secrets this season. They’re currently in first place in the NL West despite an offense that ranks near last in most major categories in the National League. Believe it or not, the pitching is what has kept them afloat thus far.

But Friday’s victory 6-5 victory over the Giants might be the turning point the Rockies’ offense needs.
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Both unique dingers came off of Giants ace Johnny Cueto. The ailing Giants are now 6-11 and in last place in the NL West.

The Rockies are operating at a negative run differential, so it will be interesting to see if the offense wakes up from here. The team currently is missing free agent signing Ian Desmond, who is currently on the shelf with a broken hand.

Once the rest of the stars in Colorado start hitting — namely, Story and Blackmon — they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the NL.

Even a slam-dunk Hall of Fame career such as Gwynn’s deserves the occasional review to help us remember the other-worldly details and to put things in their proper perspective. So let’s take a look back at Gwynn’s greatness on what would’ve been Mr. Padre’s 57th birthday. Consider:

He led the NL in hits seven times, with his greatest total 220 coming in his Age 37 season, when he hit .372.

He won the NL batting title eight times, including three straight years from 1987 through 1989, and four straight years from 1994 through 1997.

After his rookie season with the Padres in 1982, in which he hit .289 in 190 at-bats, Gwynn hit no worse than .309 for the next 19 seasons and hit .350 or better six times reaching his pinnacle when he chased .400 in 1994 and finished a strike-shortened season at .394.

MLB makes epic hype trailer for Bartolo Colon’s great Atlanta adventure

Heroes shine when people are hurting most. So dry your Super Bowl tears, Atlanta. Your hero is on his way.

Youth Mark Sanchez Jersey Perhaps aiming to ease the city’s lingering football pain, MLB unveiled a hype trailer Friday for Bartolo Colon’s upcoming adventure with the Braves, humorously dubbing the production The Last Five-Tool Player and serving up a reminder of all the gloriousness the portly protagonist has to offer.

Will this tale be a comedy? A drama? A superhero movie? The answer is yes.

No matter what the rest of 2017 holds in Atlanta, at least Bartolo Colon will be there. That means it’s OK to smile again.

Like all the banter the microphones captured, this gem and others like it were just further examples of the human element of baseball. It was sometimes raw, but it was always authentic.

When I did watch the finished product and watch all those bleeps, I tried, unsuccessfully, to tell people I was saying bleep’ the whole time, I wasn’t using a curse word, Torre said. I couldn’t sell that one.

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You never gave it a thought, he said. It was so run of the mill.

The Yankees did exactly what they needed to do this offseason: They signed a veteran bat with some power in Matt Holliday, held on to all of their young talent, and re-signed a key piece to bolster the bullpen. Then, they made a head-scratching decision in signing Chris Carter. Not that he won’t be worth the money the Yankees paid, just $3 million for a single year, but the question is where he’ll play. The Yankees still have question marks across the rotation, so not looking to sign a reliable, veteran arm could hurt them.

DeShone Kizer’s place in Browns’ QB plan a mystery worth exploring

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Adam Henrique Jersey That’s not taking some giant leap. Cleveland has started 26 different quarterbacks since 1999, and the Browns have a quarterback derby shaping up that features Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler. -Barring an upset, Kizer isn’t going to win that competition and start against the rival Steelers in Week 1.

The natural question comes next: What are the Browns doing here? How does this fit into the master plan to deliver the first franchise quarterback worth rooting for since Bernie Kosar?

Mixon has not been seen strictly in football terms, though, since word got out about the video of him punching Amelia Molitor during his freshman year in Norman in 2014 — and since the video itself got out between the end of the regular season and his final bowl game last season.

At that time, it was expected Mixon would go into a draft freefall — potentially into Day 3 — with that video so fresh in everyone’s minds. Yet the closer the draft got, and the more teams interacted directly with him as he pleaded his case, it became clear that he’d be taken on Day 2, possibly early.

Anyone who has watched the Bengals over the years was not surprised to see them give Mixon the chance. It has been the hallmark of owner Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis during their tenure. There rarely has been a roster there that didn’t include character risks and red flags, some of them more serious than others, and many who were drafted.

Brandon Marshall says he plans to retire after two more seasons

A 10-game starter for Tennessee in 2014 and 2015, Mettenberger may never take another NFL snap. Claimed off waivers last August from San Diego, Mettenberger didn’t impress enough during an entire season in Pittsburgh to stick on the 2017 roster. He was released Monday after the Steelers invested a fourth-round pick in Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs.

Brandon Marshall has been tormenting cornerbacks in the NFL for over a decade, but defensive backs will be able to rest easy in 2020.

Marshall told ESPN at the NBC4 Health and Fitness expo that he plans to retire after two more NFL seasons.

The 33-year-old wideout signed with the Giants this offseason. He told ESPN that he wants to win a Super Bowl, then go change the world in the mental health space.

Marshall was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Broncos. He has played for Denver, Miami, Chicago and the Jets, and ranks 24th all-time in receiving yards, 23rd in receiving touchdowns and 18th in receptions. He has made six Pro Bowls.

He has also been a long-time advocate of mental health awareness, so his post-career move was to be expected.

The Patriots brought the DH back to their lineup. After dancing around the decision re-sign Hightower, they were wise to reverse course for the disruptive inside linebacker’s services as soon as the Jets came into play as suitors. He was (and is) as indispensable to their defense as safety Devin McCourty.

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The Clippers lost Blake Griffin to a toe injury in the first half.

Three drawings were made on Saturday night at the studios of Rogers’ Sportsnet in Toronto — one for each of the top three picks, in order. Here’s how the NHL explains the method, which was overseen by the accounting firm Ernst & Young:

For each of the three drawings, 14 balls, numbered 1 to 14, were placed in a lottery machine. The machine randomly selected four balls. The resulting four-number series (without regard to selection order) was matched against a chart that shows all possible combinations and the clubs to which each was assigned. The chart showed that the Devils had been assigned the numbers (1-5-6-12) that were expelled in the first drawing, followed by the Flyers (5-6-8-12) in the second drawing and the Stars (2-6-8-13) in the third drawing.

Elite Kids Ryan Shazier Jersey It took 10 years, but we’ll now officially consider the ping pong balls absolved following their betrayal of the Flyers in the 2007 NHL Draft Lottery.

The Clippers lost Blake Griffin to a toe injury in the first half. But L.A. didn’t need him in the fourth with the game on the line. CP3 came in with the Clippers down five with just under nine minutes remaining. With five minutes left, L.A. had pulled to within two.

CP3 scored the next nine points to give the Clippers a seven-point lead with two minutes to go. L.A. finished it off from there. (In full disclosure, there was a CP3 turnover and a missed dagger in those final two minutes, and the Jazz were a judgment call on continuation away from tying the game, but they got the win.)
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Griffin exists in a weird place with the Clippers right now. It’s not obvious that L.A. is better when it’s CP3, DeAndre Jordan, and three shooters, but that seems to be the case. We’re not yet sure whether Griffin will miss additional time with his toe injury, but it doesn’t feel like doom in any case.

Shout out to Gordon Hayward for scoring 21 in the first quarter and 40 in the game. Unfortunately, he went cold late. It’s fine: This is going to be a long series. There’s time to make it up.

Cutler, 34, spent the first three seasons of his career with the Denver Broncos and the last eight with the Chicago Bears.

That’s news to Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, who told ESPN’s Adam Schefter just last week that his client wants to play football and hasn’t mentioned retirement. But Cook only handles football contracts for Cutler and has evidently been left out of the loop by the quarterback’s pursuit of another job outside of the NFL.

“You’d have to talk to Jay about that,” Cook told Garafolo on Thursday. “Any football player would be smart to explore his options in case he doesn’t play anymore. But Jay is as talented as any quarterback out there right now.”

According to ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson, FOX auditioned Cutler to be the replacement for John Lynch who left the network to become the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. With Lynch out, FOX is currently without a broadcast partner for Kevin Burkhardt.

Cutler, 34, spent the first three seasons of his career with the Denver Broncos and the last eight with the Chicago Bears. After releasing the quarterback in March, the Bears moved on by signing Mike Glennon in free agency and trading up to select Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The referees handed out technicals to Beal and Jason Smith on Washington, as well as Bazemore and Taurean Prince for Atlanta. (Smith and Prince exchanged some shoves after this gif ends, which is why they were lumped into the punishment.)

But the bigger issue is how strict the NBA will be with their longstanding rule that players who step onto the floor during a scuffle will automatically receive a one-game suspension. Infamously, Amar’e Stoudemire was suspended from Game 5 of the 2007 Western Conference semifinals after he did it. You can clearly see from the screenshot that Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris have moved from the bench to the court.

However, both did that before Beal pushed Bazemore, and they Elite Womens Lou Gehrig Jersey quickly retreated back to the bench after that happened. Likewise, in Youth Morris Claiborne Jersey another angle you can see John Wall at least one step onto the court, though he didn’t make it much further than that.

After the allegations went public, Conley released a statement calling them “completely false.”