Month: May 2018

It’s no defense of Roethlisberger’s comments, but Steelers’ D needed more help

If everything had gone according to plan, Ben Roethlisberger would be delighted today, and an army of journalists would not be picking through his most recent radio interview like they’d been handed an original copy of Macbeth.
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The answer: not really. The Steelers are much improved at safety, which they accomplished simply by cutting Mike Mitchell. They also signed former Packers regular Morgan Burnett and drafted Terrell Edmunds in the first round. But they still appear woefully short of talent at inside linebacker, and it’s hard Brett Favre Jersey to imagine the defense concocting a Super Bowl-level performance as a result.
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Replacing Shazier obviously was a priority, but the only addition at that position was journeyman Jon Bostic, who started last season for one of the league’s worst defenses (Indianapolis) and has been traded twice in his career, once for a sixth-round pick and once for a seventh.

The Steelers had the No. 28 overall pick in the draft, and any hope they had to gain a starting-quality inside linebacker began to erode as Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch became more popular among the league’s personnel people.

The Cardinals issued a statement saying they knew of the arrest.

We spoke with Christian about it at length and also looked into it independently,the team said. Our understanding is that the process will be resolved in the near future but while it remains an active legal matter, we won’t comment further.

Although the Cardinals knew about it, the arrest had not previously been reported. There were no reports of Kirk having other off-field problems before the draft.

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Panthers announce sale agreement with David Tepper, reportedly for $2.2B

The Panthers will have a new owner sooner than later.

Steelers minority owner David Tepper has finalized a deal to purchase the team, the Panthers announced early Wednesday.

In order for Tepper to take ownership of the Panthers, he must sell his stake with the Steelers. But since he is already approved by the NFL as a part owner, the process for him to take over should be smooth.

The team was put up for sale in December after Richardson was accused of workplace harassment and racism.

Richardson agreed to step aside, and one reason he honed in on Tepper is because Tepper reportedly wants to keep the Panthers in Charlotte and his approval as team owner will materialize much faster than other candidates.

Because the injury occurred so early in the season, Rapoport explained, Johnson was able to train even harder than normal. The fourth-year dual-purpose threat has renewed his goal of joining former 49ers star Roger Craig and Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk as the only players in history to gain at least 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.

He’s off to a promising start in spring practices, making a strong first impression on Wilks.

He looked outstanding today, Wilks told reporters Tuesday. It’s good to have him back out there. Just flying around and the things that he’s doing right now is pretty exciting.

Operating behind a solid offensive line in 2016, Johnson fell 121 receiving yards shy of the 1,000/1,000 club. After injuries ravaged the blocking unit last season, Wilks now believes his revamped front line is the strength of the team.

Lou Lamoriello takes over ‘full authority’ of Islanders’ hockey operations

Lou Lamoriello is taking over the New York Islanders.
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Those judgments will be his to make. The Islanders said Lamoriello will have full authority over all hockey matters with the organization.

We are committed to giving Lou every resource and the full support of the entire organization as we pursue our program to compete at the highest level, co-owner Scott Malkin said.

This move undoubtedly takes power away from Snow, who has four years left on his contract originally signed by previous owner Charles Wang. Lamoriello’s hiring was first reported by The Athletic, which said Snow’s deal has a steep buyout.

James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Pat Edwards Jersey Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home before their adoring fans.

Pushed by a raucous crowd that wasn’t so confident a few days ago, the Cavs held off Boston’s comeback in the fourth quarter and squared a tight series that is now a best-of-three.

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To do it again the Cavs will have to win in Boston, where the Celtics are 9-0 this postseason.

We know it’s going to be a hostile environment, James said. We know their fans are going to be very energetic. But we have to just have our same mindset we had when we came home for these two games. If our minds are there, we put ourselves in a position to be victorious.

Sanchez lifts White Sox over Orioles 3-2

Once Kevin Gausman was out of the game, the Chicago White Sox put together another winning rally.
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Yolmer Sanchez capped Chicago’s three-run eighth with a tiebreaking RBI single, Authentic George Fant Jersey lifting the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
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Welington Castillo also had an RBI single and Yoan Moncada added a sacrifice fly as last-place Chicago won for the fourth time in six games. Bruce Rondon (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Nate Jones got three outs for his fourth save.

Richard Bleier then came in to face Moncada, who tied it at 2 with a fly ball to right. Sanchez then hit a line-drive single to right to score pinch-runner Trayce Thompson.

The Orioles scored both of their runs in the second.

Jonathan Schoop led off with a single and Pedro Alvarez walked with one out to put runners on first and second. Trumbo then drove in Schoop with a double down the left-field line, and Jace Peterson added a run-scoring groundout.

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NFL wants Congress to enact betting framework

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He certainly looks like an NFL quarterback.

The problem with Allen is he played a low level of competition at Wyoming and didn’t thrive against it. He was inaccurate (56.3 percent completion rate) and is unpolished. If Buffalo rushes Allen onto the field, the team is likely to get several rookie mistakes and interceptions.

At least one member of a rival team is already looking forward to seeing Allen.

I’ve known Dave Gettleman for 17 years, Diehl said. For seven straight years, I’d have a cup of coffee at the facility each morning with him, and Dave’s a straight shooter. You don’t Roger Maris Jersey always like that as a football player, because sometimes the truth hurts. But, he’s a tried and true New York Giant and all he wants to do is get that team back to a championship level.

The Bills signed AJ McCarron in free agency, and if they’re smart, they’ll let him run with the starting job for as long as possible. Allen isn’t ready to be an NFL starter, and fans shouldn’t expect him to be one for much of his rookie season.

The Chicago Bears defense should be on the rise in 2018. It has a solid defensive front with pieces like Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman. Chicago re-signed starting cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller in the offseason. With the eighth overall pick, the team added former Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith.

Smith is going to be the glue at the second level, connecting Chicago’s two defensive strengths. He is a smart, rangy linebacker who can make plays from sideline to sideline. He has the speed (4.51) to chase down ball-carriers and to hang with most backs and tight ends in coverage.
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Jerry Jones opens up about his ‘biggest regret’ as Cowboys owner

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys are entering a new era now that both Tony Romo and Jason Witten — two of the franchise’s all-time greats — have retired. Both players left the game without a championship ring, however, and that truth continues to haunt the team’s passionate owner.

Ryan Shazier is back in Pittsburgh, but the Steelers linebacker will continue to receive medical care for his injured back.

The Steelers said in a Wednesday statement that Shazier’s treatment will continue at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he will “continue tests and evaluations before his medical team any further updates on his condition.”

Shazier, 25, suffered a spinal contusion while making a tackle early in Monday’s 23-20 win over the Bengals. He was taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where doctors treated him. He had swelling around his spinal cord, but improved enough over the last two days for him to be moved to Pittsburgh.

The Steelers thanked the doctors and staff at the UC Health Center for the “excellent care” Shazier received at the facility.

He was in “good spirits” on Wednesday and several of his teammates, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, said they’ve been sending their thoughts and prayers to him while preparing to face the Ravens on Sunday.

They released a statement of support for Patricia, who had his own strongly worded defense.

As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation, Patricia said in a statement released by the team. I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done.

Veteran DT Sammie Lee Hill reinstated by NFL

Lost in football exile for nearly two years, Sammie Lee Hill has been granted new life.
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The veteran defensive tackle was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.

As a sixth-round pick in 2013, Riddick said he was embraced by veterans Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, which helped shape his attitude toward young players.

Five聽years later, Riddick is eager to take on a Blake Comeau Authentic Jersey mentor role with Johnson, just as the veteran has done with teammates Tion Green and Dwayne Washington in recent years.

I’m eager for him to come here so we can teach him about the playbook and our lifestyle here, the atmosphere we want going forward, Riddick.

And if it results in a reduced role?

It’s never a conflict. I put my teammates first, Riddick said. I just want to win.

Barnwell is being held on $300,000 bond and is set to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

News of the recent alleged assault comes a day after the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office released a video of the violent assault on Delafield Street in 2015.

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While at Rutgers, Barnwell was involved in a DUI during his freshman year. His coach, Kyle Flood, tried to convince a professor to change Barnwell’s grades, which played a significant part in Flood’s firing as coach.

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Orlando Franklin retires, wants to be a full-time dad

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Veteran offensive tackle Orlando Franklin was cut by Washington this week, and he’s decided not to seek employment elsewhere.
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Franklin wrote on Instagram today that he has decided to retire and be a full-time dad.

It’s fair to wonder if he can hold up in the NFL, considering his playing style and size (6-foot-2, 216 pounds), but Jackson’s legs figure to quickly allow him significant fantasy production once he’s in the lineup. Of course, with Joe Flacco still in town, it might take some time for Jackson to get that shot. The Ravens’ defense remains in good shape, and the AFC is weak right now, so Baltimore figures to remain in the wild-card mix for most of 2018. If that is the case, Jackson figures to struggle to overtake Flacco, even after the veteran posted a horrific 6.7 YPA last season.
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Jackson’s rushing ability will get him into the QB1 discussion once he’s the starter, but first he needs to the steal the job away. He’ll be a name to keep on your watch list — and at the end of your bench in deep leagues — in 2018.

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The league also needs to monitor the potential P.R. fallout, grateful that it doesn’t involve a prominent team but also hopeful that it doesn’t morph into a matter of national mainstream news.

The 49ers got another strong season from Joe Staley on the left side, and McGlinchey, a smooth right tackle who has similar overall blocking skills to former Irish teammate Quenton Nelson, adds some support for Jimmy Garoppolo and the running game. He’s an upgrade over Trent Brown, which San Francisco was likely to move.

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Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that McClain will visit with the 49ers. McClain visited Miami last week for his first meeting with a team since being released by Washington in late April.

As usual, Simms and I went pick by pick through three full rounds. This time around, I made a tactical decision with my second-round pick, and I didn鈥檛 get the guy I wanted in round three.

I still think I won, especially based on the explanation provided with my third-round pick, a guy who by all appearances has no beef whatsoever.

If you have a beef with anything we had to say, share it in the comments.

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Dan Mullen is embracing Florida’s title-or-bust expectations

If there’s one thing Florida fans can feel good about, it’s Mullen’s ability to maximize talent. His calling card at Mississippi State was doing more with less. In his first season in Starkville, he nearly beat LSU, won the Egg Bowl against a top-25 Ole Miss team and finished with a 5-7 record. The next season, he won nine games.

Spend any time around Mullen and you’ll be struck by his confidence. It no doubt fueled him at Mississippi State, where he had to make believers out of so many skeptics. And now that he’s back at a program with national championship aspirations, there’s an even more noticeable swagger in his step.

Now Swain looks around at the offense and sees weapons. After going back and watching film of Mullen’s old offenses under Meyer, he sees opportunity as well.

“We have a mastermind behind it all,” he said of Mullen. “We have a whole lot of athletes. Once he gets his hands on players like us, it’s go time; there’s no stopping us.”

That sense of urgency was apparent among several players this spring. Having former stars like Kevin Carter and Percy Harvin come speak to the team after practice has been a not-so-subtle reminder of not just what the Gators have been, but also what they should be today.

Lawson is a man with a lot to prove these days, and his NBA comeback is underway. Just weeks removed from spending this past season in the Chinese Basketball Association, Lawson is playing a key role in the Wizards’ first-round series against the Toronto Raptors, as Washington heads into a must-win Game 6 on Friday night.

Lawson wants to help the Wizards advance to the next round and, in the process, remind the NBA this is where he belongs and prove he can steer clear of any more alcohol-related trouble.

“I think it’s the comeback of Ty Lawson,” Lawson said last week as he talked about his career and his long road back to the NBA in a sit-down with ESPN.

Barely able to keep his eyelids open, Lawson felt like he was sleepwalking through his first practice with the Wizards two weeks ago, which was perfectly understandable considering just how far the point guard had come to return to the NBA.