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  4. The Patriots released tight end Martellus Bennett on Wednesday. Bennett was due a $2 million roster bonus next week. His release will save New England about $6 million in salary cap space. Bennett joined New England in November of last season after being released by Green Bay for "failing to disclose a physical condition." He started seven games for the Packers in 2017 after signing a three-year Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey , $21 million contract as a free agent. Following his release, Bennett appeared in two games for the Patriots before being placed on injured reserve with hamstring and shoulder issues. In 2016, Bennett caught 55 passes for 701 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns on his way to earning a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots. Tennessee wide receiver Rishard Matthews has been in the NFL the past six seasons, and now the veteran is hoping his experience learning other offenses will help him get up to speed very quickly with the Titans' newest scheme. Matthews missed the Titans' organized team activities, mandatory minicamp in June, training camp and first three preseason games with an undisclosed injury. He passed his physical Sunday and was removed from the physically unable to perform list then practiced Monday. That left the receiver watching teammates practice Alan Page Jersey , trying to learn new coordinator Matt LaFleur's offense in meetings and walk-throughs without taking a single snap. Now the 6-foot receiver who led Tennessee with 1,740 yards receiving over the past two seasons can take part in an offense that has him very excited. "This is the longest I've been out of football," Matthews said before practice. "It's tough watching, but as far as the offense I'm really excited. I think the sky's the limit for our group. We have a bunch of talented young players. I think Coach LaFleur has explained that a lot of people will be moving around, and people aren't going to be able to get a beat on us so easy, so that's also exciting." That's a big change from last December when Matthews argued for the Titans to use a no-huddle or quick-tempo offense to give quarterback Marcus Mariota more freedom with the team mired in a three-game skid that cost Tennessee the AFC South title. He also said then that the Titans needed more creativity on offense and work more to create better matchups. The Titans fired coach Mike Mularkey after the season ended in January and hired first-time head coach Mike Vrabel. He brought in LaFleur patrick mahomes authentic jersey , who also had interviewed for the head coaching job. With new coaches and a new offense, Matthews found himself struggling with an undisclosed injury that he said was not related to an injured hamstring that cost him two games last season. He watched the offseason program from April into mid-June and started training camp on the physically unable to perform list. The Titans weren't too concerned about Matthews' return, signing him to an extension through 2019 last week. Vrabel has been impressed by what he's seen of the receiver who ranks second on the Titans only to three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker with 118 catches over the past two seasons. Vrabel called Matthews' attitude "great" and a good reminder to younger players how to be professional at working hard to get back into the lineup. The coach also likes how Matthews plays. "There's a toughness to it. There's a grit to it," Vrabel said. "I think Rishard would tell you that he's not the fastest, not the biggest, not the quickest Tim Williams Jersey , but at the end of the day, there's a lot of production, and there's some consistency there which is really valued." Matthews, who started his NFL career with four seasons in Miami, has started 20 of his 30 games since signing with Tennessee in March 2016. He ranks ninth in the NFL averaging 14.7 yards per catch among players with at least 100 catches over the past two seasons. He's also the key veteran in a very young receiving group. Corey Davis is expected to be the No. 1 receiver after being the fifth player drafted in 2017, but is still looking for his first touchdown catch in the regular season. Taywan Taylor is going into his second season Taron Johnson Jersey , and Tajae Sharpe spent his second season on injured reserve last year. "I'm just thankful to be back now," Matthews said. NOTES: LB Brian Orakpo, Walker and rookie LB Rashaan Evans all returned to practice Monday. Orakpo originally hurt a shoulder July 27, and Walker was hurt Aug. 16 in a joint practice with Tampa Bay. Evans returned to practice last week but left early. "It's good to see those guys back out there and working and just fresh faces," Vrabel said. Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker Authentic Womens Kyle Lauletta Jersey
  5. The Detroit Lions have spent a lot of time and money trying to improve their offensive line. Frank Ragnow represents the latest investment. "It starts up front Jarran Reed Jersey ," Lions general manager Bob Quinn said. "That's kind of what we believe in." Detroit drafted the Arkansas center with the No. 20 overall pick Thursday night, hoping he can boost their lackluster running game and keep franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford upright more often. "Those are two things he's paid to do and he does both of them equally well," Quinn said. "He played his best games against the best defenses." The Lions ranked last in the NFL last year in rushing offense and have been among the league's worst on the ground offensively in recent seasons. Their one-dimensional offense and banged-up line led to Stafford being sacked 47 times last season. Ragnow will have a chance to start as a rookie, likely next to guards T.J. Lang and Graham Glasgow if he plays center. He may also play guard, giving Detroit an option of playing Glasgow at center. "He's a guy who can help us most the quickest," Quinn said. Quinn has used the draft and free agency to bolster the offensive line, using his first pick as a general manager two years ago to take Ohio State tackle Taylor Decker No. 16 overall and Glasgow two rounds later. Last year in free agency, Quinn spent big to sign Lang and Ricky Wagner. And now Brooks Reed Jersey , Quinn has committed to bolster the line even more by using a first-round pick on a center and choosing to address needs on the defensive line later in the draft or free agency. The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Ragnow is a big and powerful lineman, who ended his 42-game career without giving up a sack. He had a season-ending ankle injury last year, limiting him to seven games. "The rehab process went way smoother than I expected," said Ragnow, adding his ankle is healthy. "It was a very routine surgery." The Minnesota native played in nine games as a freshman in 2014 and became a full-time starter at right guard as a sophomore. He moved to center as a junior and thought entering NFL draft after grading out as the top offensive lineman in the country by Pro Football Focus. Ragnow chose to stay in college and was a second-team preseason All-America player, but injury stunted his shot at winning awards. His father, Jon Jordan Poyer Jersey , died of a heart attack during the 2016 football season. "He was my best friend," he said. "He was my biggest fan. Especially right now, it's bittersweet. I'm just going to keep trying to make him proud." Despite the loss, he continued to play and was stopped after a game by Alabama coach Nick Saban, who lost his father to a heart attack while in graduate school. "Embrace the memories and the good times that he had with his father because that will be something he can keep with him forever," Saban recalled telling Ragnow. The Lions have second- and third-round picks Friday along with slots in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds on Saturday. They went into the draft without a sixth-round selection, giving it up last year to acquire offensive tackle Greg Robinson from the Los Angeles Rams. Robinson started six games for the Lions Alex McGough Jersey , who released him in November. The Lions had relative success a year ago in the draft, getting contributions from seven players it selected. Detroit won three of their first four games last season and had a 6-4 record, but had setbacks in three of five games to fall out of the playoff picture and the late-season slide cost coach Jim Caldwell his job. Quinn hired Matt Patricia to lead an NFL team for the first time, reuniting with a coach he worked alongside with the New England Patriots for a dozen years. The Cowboys will have former Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough among their roster cuts today, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Scarbrough, a seventh-round pick, had 24 carries for 69 yards — a 2.9 yards per carry average — and a touchdown during the preseason. Scarbrough fell behind even Darius Jackson on the depth chart, but Jackson didn’t make the roster either Anthony Averett Jersey , per Todd Archer of ESPN. Ezekiel Elliott and Rod Smith are the team’s running backs, and the Cowboys also will use receiver Tavon Austin in the backfield. The Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys also have informed defensive end Charles Tapper, a fourth-round pick in 2016, of his release. The newspaper also has safety Jeron Johnson, cornerback Marquez White and receiver Lance Lenoir among the team’s cuts. White was a sixth-round choice in 2016. Tapper and Lenoir are among the players the Cowboys hope to get back on their practice squad. Authentic Womens Billy Price Jersey
  6. With neither the Detroit Red Wings nor the Buffalo Sabres playing postseason hockey next month Michael Pierce Jersey , both teams are focusing on younger players who can help them down the road. A pair of teams looking to post rare back-to-back wins square off when the Red Wings visit the league-worst Sabres on Thursday night. Detroit (28-38-11) won for only the second time in 15 games after stunning the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Tuesday. Perhaps the happiest player on the Red Wings was undrafted defenseman Joe Hicketts as he collected two assists for his first NHL points in only his second career game. “I thought as the game went on, I got better and that’s all I want to do,” said Hicketts, who at 5-foot-8 clearly doesn’t have the size of a prototypical blueliner. “Second period, I kind of knew what I wanted to do. … In the third, I thought I really brought what I wanted to bring.” Niklas Kronwall, playing in his 869th game — all with the Red Wings — picked up his 400th career point and praised the young player from British Columbia. “His energy is contagious Kam Chancellor Jersey , and I think that speaks for his character and the person that he is,” the 37-year-old Swede said. Hicketts could be part of the next Red Wings core of young stars that includes center Dylan Larkin (team-high 56 points), and wingers Anthony Mantha (top goal scorer with 23) and Andreas Athanasiou (31 points). Detroit, which has lost two of three to Buffalo this season including a 1-0 setback Oct. 24 in Western New York, is out of the playoffs in consecutive campaigns for the first time since 1982 and 1983. “We’ve worked extremely hard, we’ve competed hard, we’ve actually played good hockey and haven’t won T.J. McDonald Jersey , and that’s been tough,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. Detroit is in position to win two straight for the first time since Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, and there may not be a better opponent to do that against than Buffalo (24-40-12) which is likely headed to a last-place finish in the Atlantic Division for the fourth time in five seasons. The Sabres snapped a four-game slide Monday with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs behind two goals from Jack Eichel. The second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft leads Buffalo with 24 goals and 56 points. Eichel, who missed 15 games earlier this season with an ankle injury, needs two points to set a career high and three assists for 100 in his career. Thursday’s game will mark the Sabres debut of center Casey Mittelstadt, who was selected eighth overall in last summer’s NHL Draft, and had 30 points (11 goals Frank Clark Jersey , 19 assists) in 34 games with the University of Minnesota this season. “I’m going to try to approach it like any other game I’ve played,” Mittelstadt told the Buffalo News. “…That’s why I’m here. I’m here to learn, and I’m here to get ready for next season.” Buffalo will be looking for Mittelstadt to make an immediate impact. The Sabres have been outscored 11-1 in a three-game losing streak at KeyBank Center. Robin Lehner is 2-1-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .951 save percentage for Buffalo versus Detroit this season. However, the eight-year veteran has surrendered eight goals over his last two starts. The Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard has lost six straight road starts while posting a 3.60 GAA. He is 3-1-1 with a 1.43 GAA all-time in Buffalo. Backup Jared Coreau is 0-7-2 with a 4.57 GAA in 11 starts since blanking the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 16, 2017. He’s never faced the Sabres. According to a report last week, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was expected to skip at least the start of the team’s OTAs as he looks for a contract adjustment that would bump up his take-home pay in 2018. Jones has indeed been a no-show on the first two days of voluntary practice this week and that led to a question for team owner Arthur Blank at Tuesday’s league meetings in Atlanta. “It will be fine. It鈥檚 just a process we have to go through,” Blank said Tanoh Kpassagnon Jersey , via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Jones’ contract calls for a base salary of $10.5 million this year and the five-year pact has an average annual salary of $14.25 million. That currently ranks eighth among wide receivers. Last week’s report indicated the Falcons are amenable to revisiting Jones’ deal, but it’s not clear whether that will happen if he stays away from the team for the remainder of the offseason program. He would be eligible for fines if he does not take part in the team’s mandatory minicamp next month. Adidas Brock Boeser Jersey
  7. LeBron James was relaxed John Kuhn Jersey , reflective and even resigned to his fate. The end of the series, season and maybe his second stint in Cleveland, are near. The Golden State Warriors have made his eighth straight NBA Finals – and their seasonal rivalry with the Cavaliers – very one-sided. Still weary and wrestling with emotions after losing Game 3 on Wednesday night, when Kevin Durant scored 43 points and shot the Warriors within one win of their third title in four years, James pointed out Thursday what has become terrifyingly obvious. The Warriors are at another level. And may be for a while. ”Obviously, from a talent perspective, if you’re looking at Golden State from their top five best players to our top five players, you would say they’re stacked better than us. Let’s just speak truth,” James said before rattling off Golden State’s embarrassment of riches. ”Kevin Durant,” he said. ”You’ve got two guys with MVPs on their team. And then you’ve got a guy in Klay (Thompson) who could easily be on a team and carry a team Jonathan Stewart Jersey , scored 40 in a quarter before. And then you have Draymond (Green), who is arguably one of the best defenders and minds we have in our game. So you have that crew. ”Then you add on a Finals MVP coming off the bench (Andre Iguodala), a No. 1 pick in (Shawn) Livingston and an All-Star in David West and whatever the case may be. So they have a lot of talent.” Too much, it seems, for these Cavs. James wasn’t making excuses for Cleveland’s postseason pickle because if not for a reversed official’s call or J.R. Smith’s brain-lock in the closing seconds of regulation in Game 1 or Durant’s brilliance in Game 3, the Cavs could be leading the series. The three-time champion, though, was being open and honest about the Cavs’ chances to become the first team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs. To this point, 131 have tried, and 131 have failed. ”We’ve been in a position where we could win two out of these three games Jimmy Smith Jersey ,” said James, who had 33 points and his 10th Finals triple-double in Game 3. ”So what do we have to do? Do we have to make more shots? Is it we have to have our minds into it a little bit more? Is it if there is a ball on the ground we can’t reach for it but you’ve got to dive for it?” Those were today’s relevant questions. Tomorrow, they’ll be different ones if the Warriors, who have dealt with adversity all season, sweep the Cavs. James is headed toward free agency and then where: Los Angeles? Philadelphia? Houston? Or will he decide it’s too painful to part again with Cleveland, his basketball home for 11 seasons and just up the highway from his actual home in Akron? The 33-year-old plans to consider everything once the season ends, but he offered some clues about what he’ll consider before making his next move, a decision that will dwarf any other NBA news in July. James also laid out a potential blueprint for the Cavs to follow if they want to keep him. Bottom line: James needs better, smarter teammates. No player in the league understands the current climate better than James, who formed a super-team in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and won two NBA titles before returning to Cleveland and joining forces with All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. The Cavs’ reign lasted only one year Patrick Onwuasor Jersey , destroyed by Durant’s shocking departure from Oklahoma City for the 73-win Warriors, a team he couldn’t beat but was glad to join. James said his decision to bolt from the Cavs the first time was simple. ”I knew that my talent level here in Cleveland couldn’t succeed getting past a Boston, getting past the San Antonios of the league or whatever the case may be,” he said. But beyond the talent disparity, James said the key to winning a championship is ”you’ve got to be very cerebral too.” James then explained what it takes to be the last team standing, and in the process seemed to take a swipe at unnamed current and former teammates. ”So now everyone is trying to figure that out,” he said. ”How do you put together a group of talent but also a group of minds to be able to compete with Golden State, to be able to compete for a championship? That’s what GMs and presidents and certain players, it’s not every player. Every player does not want to – sad to say – but every player doesn’t want to compete for a championship and be in a position where every possession is pressure.” Months of weight will lifted off him once the Warriors, who haven’t lost four straight games since 2013 Morten Andersen Jersey , are crowned again. This series has been a painful reminder to James that the great teams have more than one king. ”When you make mistakes they make you pay,” he said, ”because they’re already more talented than you are but they also have the minds behind it, too, and they also have the championship DNA.” — The Dallas Cowboys are feeling more confident that they might have replaced Dez Bryant in free agency, so another day of the NFL draft could come and go without them taking a receiver. After picking linebacker Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State at No. 19 in the first round, the Cowboys have the 50th overall pick in the second round and the No. 81 overall selection in the third round Friday night. Executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones says club officials talked extensively before selecting Vander Esch about how comfortable they were with the additions of receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson in free agency. Jones says the Cowboys "believe there's some receivers, one through seven, that have some unique traits." The final four rounds of the draft are Saturday. The Cowboys released Bryant as a cost-cutting move earlier this month. The franchise leader in touchdown catches had three sub-par seasons after signing a big contract following an All-Pro year in 2014. Cheap USA Football Jerseys
  8. There were suggestions before the draft that some teams might want Lamar Jackson to play a position other than quarterback at the professional level Bronson Kaufusi Jersey , but there were no indications from the Ravens that they’d be moving him after they took him at the end of the first round. There’s still no sign that they’d consider moving him permanently, but they appear to be open to something on a temporary basis. They have been experimenting with formations that include both Jackson and starting quarterback Joe Flacco at the same time. “Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us,” coach John Harbaugh said, via ESPN.com. “If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once Tahir Whitehead Jersey , what options does it create for our offense? That’s what we’re trying to figure out. …聽Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball. It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they’ve worked hard on that.” Jackson said it has been fun seeing “what they’re going to come up with next” and time will tell how many of these ideas survive the drawing board to become an actual part of the Baltimore offense during the 2018 season. The Washington Redskins signed former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson to a five-year deal in the hopes that he provides them the outside speed threat they lacked last season after the departure of DeSean Jackson. Richardson had 95 catches for 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons with the Seahawks after they drafted him in the second round in 2014. He had 44 receptions for 703 yards and six touchdowns last season. The 25-year-old said he can ”beat guys downfield, take the top off the coverages, challenge people downfield.” He’ll be tasked to do that after his breakout 2017. ”Stretch the offense Sammy Watkins Jersey , stretch the defense,” senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said Thursday. ”When the defense knows that you don’t have the speed, they all come up and just cover you up and make you throw the ball underneath and it kind of kills the offense. Now they’ve got to respect Paul Richardson.” According to multiple reports, Richardson’s deal is worth $40 million. Richardson joins a Redskins receiving group that also includes Jamison Crowder, 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson and Brian Quick O. J. Simpson Jersey , who was re-signed this week. The Redskins will look very different in the passing game with recently acquired quarterback Alex Smith replacing Kirk Cousins and receivers Ryan Grant and Terrelle Pryor and tight end Niles Paul gone. Richardson said he looks forward to developing chemistry and trust with Smith. ”I want him to know I’m always available,” Richardson said. ”Just throw it. It don’t matter where it is. I’m going to go get it. And I’m going to turn him into a believer.” On Thursday, Washington wrapped up a three-year deal with linebacker Zach Brown, who led the league with 127 tackles through Week 15 before his season was cut short by injury. ”We’re glad to have Zach back,” coach Jay Gruden said. ”To have him in his second year in this system is very important. He’ll be a lot more comfortable. To get him back here for another year is important for our defense.” Washington also signed former Dallas Cowboys punter Sam Irwin-Hill Everson Griffen Jersey , according to a tweet from his agent. The 27-year-old figures to be training camp competition for established punter Tress Way. — Authentic Womens Hayden Hurst Jersey
  9. NFL officials will be in Dallas for a clinic this weekend and the work done to get them ready to call the league’s new rules regarding helmet use will be a major topic. It’s not the only big rules change in store for the 2018 season Chris Jones Jersey , however. The league has also revised the rules for kickoffs to alter where players line up prior to the kick, eliminate wedge blocking and change when players on the return team are allowed to initiate blocks. Former NFL referee Terry McAulay, who retired this offseason and took a rules analyst job with NBC, will attend the clinic and said that potential issues implementing the kickoff changes shouldn’t be downplayed. “It isn’t getting as much press, but the kickoff change, this may be the biggest change I’ve ever seen,” McAulay said, via ESPN.com. “People know so little about it. There are so many restrictions on what either side of the ball can do. … I spoke with a special-teams coordinator who is excited about it, and I know we all feel it can be great for the game. But [officials] have to wait and see. There are a lot of intricate rules in terms of what [players] can and cannot do.” The NFL preseason starts on August 2 when the Bears and Ravens face off in the Hall of Fame Game. That contest and the exhibition games to follow will provide the first hints about how the new-look kickoffs will be officiated this season. The only time Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen ever felt rattled on his first day of practice was shortly after the session ended Friday. That's when coach Sean McDermott escorted the first-round pick to the sideline and introduced him to Jim Kelly in what became a meeting of the team's hopeful future and legendary past. "I'm still shaking from meeting him DeAndre Washington Jersey ," Allen said. Though Allen grew up in central California and played college at Wyoming, the 21-year-old is very aware of who Kelly is and what he means to Buffalo. "It's all on the wall," Allen said, pointing the four AFC Championship banners the Kelly-led teams won from 1990-'93. Allen also knows how tough Kelly is in his ongoing battle with cancer. "I can't say anything else but he's a special man. He's been through a lot," he said. "And to be in the spirits that he is and to come out here and show support for the Buffalo Bills, that just shows to me how much he means to Buffalo and Buffalo means to him. It's awesome." Kelly made a surprise visit for the start of two-day rookie minicamp some six weeks after his latest operation to have cancer removed from his jaw. Kelly walked with a cane and had difficulty speaking. He raised his right thumb while he and Allen posed for pictures. Said Kelly: "It's the best thing I can do: Thumbs up." The Bills are pinning their hopes on Allen to fill what's been their most unsettled position since Kelly retired following the 1996 season. Buffalo traded up five spots in the draft order to select him with the No. 7 pick two weeks ago. Allen became just the fourth quarterback selected by Buffalo in the first round, and first chosen in the top 10 of the draft order. He joins a team once again shuffling starters after Tyrod Taylor was traded to Cleveland in March despite helping Buffalo to a 9-7 finish and end a 17-year playoff drought. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Allen is a raw, but strong-armed and athletic quarterback. He was a two-year starter at Wyoming Jaron Brown Jersey , where he completed 365 of 649 for 5,066 yards with 44 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Allen was knocked for his relatively low completion percentage of 56.2 and mechanics, something he spent working on this offseason. McDermott isn't providing any guarantees in saying Allen will compete for the starting job with offseason free-agent addition A.J. McCarron and second-year player Nathan Peterman. "We've got a plan in place for all of our players, and in this case Josh, in terms of bringing them along at the right pace," McDermott said. Allen threw a few wobbly or high passes to his right. He was far more accurate with passes to his left and over the middle. Allen showed off his strong arm, by completing several deep passes, including one to rookie seventh-round pick Austin Proehl. He was also intercepted once during one-on-one drills. His hard, high pass over the middle slipped through receiver William Scott's hands and to a defensive back. "I felt like I've made a lot of strides Eddie Yarbrough Jersey ," Allen said. "I felt like I put the ball where it needed to be most of the time. Obviously, there's some throws that I would like back. But as we progress through this rookie minicamp and through the rookie developmental period, I plan to improve every day." He was pleased in learning how Kelly was overheard praising a few of his throws. Allen said Kelly first contacted him by text in welcoming him to Buffalo the day after being drafted. "Hopefully, in the near future we can keep that relationship going," Allen said. "Any rookie that can develop a mentorship with a former quarterback like Jim Kelly, it's going to be huge." NOTES: The Bills signed fourth-round pick, Weber State cornerback Taron Johnson. That leaves their top-three selections unsigned, including third-round pick, Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips. ... The Bills also signed 12 undrafted free agents including Arizona guard Gerhard De Beer James Develin Jersey , who is from South Africa. He was a Pac-12 discuss throwing champion and made the switch to football. ... Also signed were defensive linemen Mat Boesen (TCU) and Mike Love (South Florida), linebacker Corey Thompson (LSU), cornerbacks Ryan Carter (Clemson) and Levi Wallace (Alabama), running back Keith Ford (Texas A and M), receivers Robert Foster (Alabama) and Cam Phillips (Virginia Tech), offensive linemen Ike Boettger (Iowa) and Mo Porter (Baylor), and Penn State kicker Tyler Davis. Adidas Drew Doughty Jersey
  10. Tony Dungy will receive the Pat Summerall Award at the Legends for Charity dinner benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Super Bowl week. The Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and current analyst for NBC will be recognized on Feb. 1 for his community service Fred Warner Jersey , leadership and charity work. ”We are incredibly honored that Tony Dungy will be receiving the prestigious Pat Summerall Award during the annual Legends for Charity dinner benefiting St. Jude during Super 52, the biggest week in professional sports,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC O. J. Howard Jersey , the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude’s. ”Coach Dungy has been a beloved mentor to athletes and fellow broadcasters and has made a significant difference in the lives of children, adults and other athletes through his active involvement and extraordinary leadership with various charitable endeavors. He exemplifies the true meaning of what this award was created to represent, which is why he is so deserving of an award and honor of this magnitude.” Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory in 2007, the first black head coach to win the NFL title. — The Buffalo Bills continue shuffling their defensive front during the first week of training camp by signing end Ryan Russell. Russell is listed at 6-foot-5 and 267 pounds Jim Kelly Jersey , and has three seasons of NFL experience, including the past two with Tampa Bay. He had two sacks in 14 games, including six starts, with the Buccaneers last season. He was selected by Dallas in the fifth round of the 2015 draft out of Purdue Tyreek Hill Jersey , but appeared in just one game for the Cowboys. Buffalo freed up room on its roster on Sunday by releasing Owa Odighizuwa, an offseason free agent addition. Odighizuwa was attempting to resume his career after missing all of last season, when he was cut by the New York Giants shortly after being issued a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancers. The Bills opened training camp Thursday by signing defensive tackle John Hughes. Injuries have depleted Buffalo's depth at tight end. Nick O'Leary missed practice Sunday because of an injury to his right foot. Logan Thomas did not return to practice Sunday after hurting his shoulder. Buffalo is off Monday and resumes camp Tuesday in suburban Rochester. Womens Marcus Davenport Jersey
  11. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick Maxx Williams Jersey , who appeared in six games last season. He is 35 years old and has played 13 seasons in the NFL. He returns on a one-year contract. Fitzpatrick started three games while filling in for injured Jameis Winston in 2017. He completed 96 of163 passes for 1,103 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has played for the St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals Justin Tucker Jersey , Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and New York Jets. Fitzpatrick was drafted by the Rams out of Harvard in 2005 in the seventh round. His 173 passing touchdowns are the most by an Ivy League quarterback. — The Cowboys are not expected to reach a deal with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, according to multiple reports. Lawrence repeatedly has said he has no problem playing under the $17.1 million franchise tag Janoris Jenkins Jersey , giving him a chance to “break the bank” in free agency next year. Of course, Lawrence is forgetting that if he repeats what he did last season, the Cowboys surely will franchise him again at a projected $20.5 million tag. Besides, the Cowboys almost always get long-term deals done with players they want to keep Trevor Siemian Jersey , and they want to keep Lawrence. They recently made Zack Martin the highest-paid guard in NFL history, signing him to a six-year, $84 million extension that includes $40 million guaranteed. How much will Lawrence get? Defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney, Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack also are seeking long-term deals Aaron Ripkowski Jersey , so one of them likely sets the bar for Lawrence. The Cowboys also will get another season to confirm Lawrence is a “war daddy” pass rusher and not a one-hit wonder. Lawrence, 26, made only nine sacks his first three seasons while missing 16 games with injuries and a four-game suspension. He had 14.5 sacks last season. Adidas Will Butcher Jersey
  12. The return to a classic U.S. Open course brought back the kind of scoring that gave this major its reputation. Dustin Johnson played some of his best golf and yet the world’s No. 1 player barely beat par in the treacherous wind at Shinnecock Hills. Johnson holed a bunker shot for birdie Keanu Neal Jersey , kept his mistakes to a minimum and joined Ian Poulter, Scott Piercy and Russell Henley at 1-under 69 for a share of the lead. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and a long list of golf’s bests had their hopes crushed in gusts that approached 25 mph that made fairways look more narrow and the shin-high rough difficult to avoid. In his return to the U.S. Open after a two-year absence, Woods opened a major with a triple bogey for the first time in 15 years. He added back-to-back double bogeys on the back nine and staggered to a 78. Spieth shot 80, his highest first-round score in a major. Jason Dufner opened with a 70, and even those at 1-over 71 felt as though they put in a hard day’s work, a group that included Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Kelly Shon played her last six holes in 6 under for an 8-under 64 and a share of the lead with So Yeon Ryu in the Meijer LPGA Classic. Shon had a 7-under 29 on her final nine, the front nine at Blythefield Country Club. The former Princeton star played the five par-5 holes in 5 under with an eagle on No. 8. The sixth-ranked Ryu birdied four of the par 5s in a bogey-free round. Anna Nordqvist Brett Favre Jersey , Su Oh and Celine Herbin shot 66. Sophia Popov, Caroline Masson and Lee-Anne Pace were at 67, and Lexi Thompson, the 2015 winner, had a 68. Ariya Jutanugarn, making her first start since winning the U.S. Women’s Open, matched defending champion Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko at 69. Annie Park, the ShopRite LPGA Classic winner last week in New Jersey, had a 76. SPORTS BETTING OCEANPORT Steve Young Jersey , N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s governor bet that the New Jersey Devils will win the Stanley Cup, while basketball legend Julius Erving bet that Philadelphia’s football team will repeat as champions, placing the wagers the day betting on professional sports became legal in the state. The action took place at Monmouth Park, a racetrack in Oceanport near the Jersey shore, and at the Borgata, Atlantic City’s first casino to jump into the sports betting market since New Jersey won a Supreme Court case a month ago clearing the way for all 50 states to offer it should they choose. New Jersey fought for eight years against a federal law that had limited sports betting to four states – Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. BASEBALL PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Vince Velasquez took a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning, Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams hit solo homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3. Trevor Story lined Velasquez’s 105th pitch to left for an RBI double, ending Velasquez’s bid for the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. Velasquez retired 20 of the first 21 batters and got a standing ovation as he walked off the mound after the hit. The Phillies won a series for the first time since taking two of three from Atlanta on May 21-23. They’re 7-12 since. NEW YORK (AP) – Gleyber Torres hit another three-run homer and Domingo German struck out a career-high 10 for his first major league win as the New York Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in the opener of a four-game series. Aaron Hicks also homered off Blake Snell as New York beat the blossoming left-hander for the second time this season and ended his four-game winning streak. German gave up a home run to Matt Duffy on the first pitch of the game but quickly recovered to strike out the next three batters. Making his seventh start in place of injured Jordan Montgomery Landon Collins Jersey , the rookie right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in his 19th career appearance. Chad Green and Dellin Betances set up Aroldis Chapman for his 19th save in 20 attempts. NFL ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) – Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff’s deputies arrested Winslow at his home in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas. The 34-year-old Winslow was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape and single counts of forcible sodomy, oral copulation and indecent exposure. He’s free after posting $50,000 bail. Winslow was due to appear in court after being charged with burglary following an incident last month at a mobile home park. He now faces arraignment Friday. HOCKEY TORONTO (AP) – Andreas Johnsson had two goals and an assist to help the Toronto Marlies win the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup, 6-1 over the Texas Stars in Game 7. Mason Marchment also scored twice, Carl Grundstrom and Ben Smith added goals, and Garret Sparks made 29 saves for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ top farm club. The Marlies led the AHL with 112 points during the regular season and won 10 straight playoff games before being pushed to the distance by the Stars, Dallas’ top development team. The last Toronto AHL affiliate to win the Calder Cup was the New Brunswick Hawks in 1982. BUFFALO Mike Hull Jersey , N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Sabres stocked up on another Boston University product by acquiring defenseman Brandon Hickey in a trade that sent forward Hudson Fasching to the Arizona Coyotes. Buffalo also acquired minor-league forward Mike Sislo in the deal. Hickey joins three former Bos The Miami Dolphins have claimed quarterback Bryce Petty a day after he was waived by the New York Jets. With Miami's move Friday, Petty joins veterans Brock Osweiler and David Fales in the competition for the backup job behind Ryan Tannehill. Petty spent three seasons with New York after being selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. He played in 10 games for the Jets, throwing for 1,353 yards and four touchdowns with 10 interceptions, and went 1-6 as a starter. Tannehill has suffered two major left knee injuries in the past 18 months and missed all of last season, but he is expected to be ready for offseason drills. The Dolphins didn't take a quarterback in the draft. The Jets selected USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick. Authentic Womens Dalton Schultz Jersey
  13. On a day when they made a trade to strengthen the back of their bullpen Latavius Murray Jersey , the Oakland Athletics overcame their All-Star closer’s fourth blown save and kept their late-inning magic going. In front of the largest crowd to watch a baseball game at the Coliseum, no less. Jonathan Lucroy singled home Matt Chapman in the 11th inning to give the A’s a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. ”It looked like we were trying to give it to them a couple of times . so it was a very rewarding win,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ”Lucroy was supposed to get a day off, and he’s the guy who ends up getting the hit.” Hours after acquiring reliever Jeurys Familia from the New York Mets, the A’s improved to a major league-best 22-7 since June 16 with their third win in five games against their Northern California rivals. The game between Bay Area foes drew 56,310 fans – the biggest crowd in the majors this season – as the Athletics celebrated their 1989 World Series championship with a pregame reunion that featured former stars such as Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley and Jose Canseco. Oakland squandered a 3-2 lead in the ninth and wasted a bases-loaded opportunity in the bottom of the inning before winning on Lucroy’s second walk-off hit this season. Will Smith (0-1) retired the first two A’s batters in the 11th before Chapman and Chad Pinder hit consecutive two-out singles. Lucroy, who entered as a defensive replacement in the 10th, lined a 1-2 pitch into left-center to score Chapman easily. ”It’s fun being on the field for that,” Lucroy said. ”Any time you get that energy from the crowd it really is a special time. I wish we could do that every night here because it’s a lot of fun.” Chapman finished with three hits and Yusmeiro Petit (5-2) got three outs for the win. The Giants tied the score in the ninth when Alen Hanson reached on a wild pitch after striking out against All-Star closer Blake Treinen and scored on Hunter Pence’s double that rolled into San Francisco’s bullpen down the right-field line. Melvin asked for clarification for possible interference after replays showed right fielder Stephen Piscotty running into a chair held by Giants reliever Mark Melancon. After a short review Ali Marpet Jersey , the call on the field was confirmed. ”It’s always been a little sketchy down there with the chairs being moved and guys sitting outside of that area,” Melvin said. ”I was looking for some sort of interference and the rule is unless it was intentional, you play it.” Brandon Belt hit his 14th home run for San Francisco. ”What a comeback there in the ninth,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ”But they found a way to win the game. Two outs with nobody on and they get a couple of ground balls to get through, then they get the big hit.” Oakland led early after taking advantage of a historically wild night by Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. The left-hander lasted four innings – his shortest stint in more than three years – and struggled with his command while issuing a career-high six walks. Four came in the fifth inning when Bumgarner failed to record an out, two with the bases loaded. ”I lost the feel in the fifth,” he said. ”Just couldn’t throw strikes.” It was the first time in his career that Bumgarner walked in two runs and it ended a streak of 89 games in which he had gone five innings or more, which had been the longest active run in the majors. TRAINER’S ROOM Giants: San Francisco closer Hunter Strickland (broken hand) played catch before the game. … Ryder Jones, who homered on Friday, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Athletics: Opening day starter Kendall Graveman had a setback and is seeking a second opinion on his troublesome pitching elbow. … OF Matt Joyce (lumbar strain) will begin baseball-related activities Monday in Arizona. UP NEXT Oakland LHP Sean Manaea (9-6 Kentrell Brice Jersey , 3.42 ERA) pitches the series finale Sunday and is seeking his fifth consecutive win since the beginning of June. RHP Johnny Cueto (3-1, 2.36), winless in two starts since coming off the disabled list, takes the mound for San Francisco. — Fitting for Independence Day, the Cincinnati Reds saved all their fireworks for the fourth. Starting pitcher Sal Romano’s suicide squeeze capped Cincinnati’s six-run fourth inning, and the Reds rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Wednesday night. ”It was nice to be able to contribute with the bat,” said Romano, who was hitting .038 going into the game. ”The first thought when I saw the signal, I thought the number one thing was get the ball down wherever the pitch was. I was excited. I have never done it before. It was definitely a big insurance run and got the out of the game.” Jesse Winker and Jose Peraza each had a two-run single during the big inning, and Scooter Gennett also singled in a run. The Reds overcame Daniel Palka’s third home run in two games to win the three-game series and complete a 4-3 homestand before a crowd of 24 Dustin Colquitt Jersey ,442, which stayed for a postgame fireworks show. The Reds have won 13 of 17 and have come from behind in eight of their last 11 wins. Yoan Moncada added a two-run homer for the White Sox, who have dropped five of seven and 14 of 20. Cincinnati improved to 8-2 in interleague play, the most wins since going 11-9 in 2013. The White Sox are 4-11 against NL teams. Romano (5-8) struck out six and allowing six hits and four runs in five innings. His bunt back to the mound brought home Adam Duvall for the final run of Cincinnati’s breakout fourth inning. Reds relievers Amir Garrett and Michael Lorenzen teamed up for 2 1/3 scoreless innings before Jared Hughes celebrated his 33rd birthday by pitching the final 1 2/3 for his sixth save. Dylan Covey retired his first nine batters before the Reds erupted for five hits and six runs while sending 10 batters to the plate in the fourth. Winker and Peraza each had a two-run single before Romano’s bunt knocked Covey (3-4) out of the game. Covey allowed a walk, struck out two and hit a batter in 3 2/3 innings. ”I was trying to get ground balls, but I was leaving my pitches elevated,” Covey said. ”I tried to make adjustments. That’s not my game, I’ve got to keep the ball down.” ”Their guy was shutting us down pretty good,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. ”We saw some things from him better the second time around. We put together some good at-bats.” Moncada, whose 12th-inning bases-loaded triple broke open Chicago’s 12-3 win Tuesday Matt Breida Jersey , gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead with a two-out, two-run homer in the third. Palka went deep for a 3-0 lead in the fourth. The Reds added a run in the eighth on pitcher Chris Volstad’s bases-loaded throwing error. EXPLOSIVE The Reds sent nine or more batters to the plate in one inning in five of the seven games on the just-completed homestand. SHREWD MOVE Billy Hamilton, who entered the game as a pinch-runner in the sixth and stayed in to play center field, threw out Jose Abreu at the plate trying to score from second to end the eighth – Hamilton’s eighth assist of the season, tying Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber for the NL lead among outfielders. SHAKEUP The Reds traded RHP Dylan Floro and a minor league pitcher to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor league pitchers, optioned IF/OF Brandon Dixon to Triple-A Louisville and recalled RHP Tanner Rainey and LHP Cody Reed from Louisville before Wednesdays game. DON’T FORGET TO WRITE A 10-day, nine-game road trip and the All-Star break will keep the Reds away from Cincinnati until July 20. TRAINER’S ROOM White Sox: Abreu returned to Chicago’s lineup after leaving Monday’s game and missing Tuesday’s with a bruised left ankle from a foul ball. Reds: Gennett reported no problems from having his left hand bent back while trying to make a catch on Adam Engel’s bunt Tuesday. UP NEXT White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-3) faces the Astros on Thursday. He is 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four career starts against Houston. Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (6-6) faces the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field. Mahle was 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA in five June starts. — Authentic Womens Malik Jefferson Jersey
  14. The Detroit Lions made a significant move on the first day of free agency. It wasn't an addition. On an otherwise quiet Wednesday Adam Thielen Jersey , the Lions announced they were releasing tight end Eric Ebron. The 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft would have earned $8.25 million this season if he had remained on the roster past 4 p.m. Ebron had flashes in his four years with the Lions, catching 186 passes for 2,070 yards and 11 touchdowns, but poor hands and inconsistent play made him a target for boos at Ford Field. Much of the frustration came from the players Detroit passed to pick him so early in the draft. Six of the next seven players chosen have gone to at least one Pro Bowl, including New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (selected 12th) and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (13th). Ebron, on the other hand, never lived up to the potential he showed at North Carolina. Ebron is fast Davon House Jersey , and the Lions thought he would be a deep threat next to Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. However, he only caught 25 of 47 targets as a rookie and scored one touchdown while averaging 9.9 yards per reception. While his hands improved over the next three seasons, he was never able to provide Matthew Stafford with consistent playmaking. In the first half of last season, he pulled in 18 of 36 targets and was booed when he was shown during a charity announcement on the Ford Field video board. He improved in the second half of the season, but the Lions decided they could find a cheaper option in free agency or the draft. Detroit re-signed cornerback Nevin Lawson, linebacker Nick Bellore and quarterback Jake Rudock, and also announced the signing of free-agent defensive back DeShawn Shead. Shead Gabe Jackson Jersey , 28, played his first six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, winning a Super Bowl in the 2013 season. He started 15 games at cornerback in 2016, but tore his ACL in a postseason loss to the Atlanta Falcons and only got into two games last season. Shead is expected to compete with Lawson and Teez Tabor for a starting spot at cornerback opposite All-Pro Darius Slay. Bellore is a special-teams contributor who has seen time at linebacker and fullback, while Rudock will go into his third season as Stafford's backup. Rudock threw his first NFL passes in relief of Stafford in a 44-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 3. He completed three of five attempts, but also threw an interception that Eric Weddle returned 45 yards for a touchdown. The Thunder might be without starting shooting guard Corey Brewer for their first-round playoff series opener Sunday against Utah. Brewer sprained his right knee during Oklahoma City’s regular-season finale against Memphis. He did light work Friday and didn’t practice. Another Thunder shooting guard, Alex Abrines Nico Siragusa Jersey , is in concussion protocol. He was injured during a win over the Miami Heat on Monday and didn’t play against Memphis. The reserve averages 4.7 points per game and has made 84 3-pointers this season. Coach Billy Donovan said he’s not sure if either will be ready for the opener. ”I don’t know that yet,” he said. ”We’ll have to get closer to that. I don’t want to speculate either way. Every day, we’ll find out a little more.” The Thunder added the 32-year-old Brewer after the All-Star break to fill the void left when Andre Roberson was knocked out for the season with a ruptured left patellar tendon. Brewer started 16 of 18 games with the Thunder and posted averages of 10.1 points and 2.1 steals per game. Oklahoma City is 11-5 with him as a starter. The injuries could force 19-year-old rookie Terrance Ferguson into a more significant role. Ferguson has 12 starts this season and averages 3.1 points for the season. He’s an explosive dunker and an improving 3-point shooter. ”Eighty-two games, I think, has helped him,” Donovan said. ”He’s obviously been able to be in the rotation. I think that was really important during the year.” Donovan didn’t say how he would adjust if Brewer and Abrines are unavailable. He said Ferguson’s mental approach will help him if he is given more responsibility. ”He’s done a really good job of keeping himself ready and focused,” Donovan said. ”Obviously Patrick Mahomes II Jersey , the playoffs are new for him. This is the first time he’s going through it. I’ve got a lot of confidence in Terrance just because of his competitiveness and how hard he works, and he’s a bright guy and will put forth a great effort getting himself prepared and ready to play.” — Authentic Womens Cordy Glenn Jersey
  15. A former NFL linebacker's career was cut short after authorities in New Jersey fabricated evidence linking him to a gun used in a shooting Chris Hogan Jersey , the player alleged in a lawsuit filed this week. The Elizabeth police department and Union County prosecutor's office "willfully ignored and were deliberately indifferent to overwhelming evidence" that Khaseem Greene hadn't provided the weapon used in a shooting outside a nightclub in Elizabeth in December 2016, Greene says in the suit. The Kansas City Chiefs released Greene in May of last year, the day charges against him were reported. Two months later, a gun charge against Greene was dropped after an audio recording surfaced of the accused shooter telling detectives he lied about Greene's involvement in the shooting. The lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the police and prosecutor's office of "simultaneously manufacturing and fabricating false evidence in order to charge Plaintiff with a crime he did not commit." A spokesman for the county prosecutor's office declined comment Thursday. A message left at the Elizabeth police department wasn't immediately returned. The 29-year-old Greene is an Elizabeth native who was a Big East defensive player of the year while at Rutgers. He appeared in a total of 25 games for the Chicago Bears in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, starting six games at linebacker. The lawsuit charges numerous counts including civil rights violations, false arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution, negligence and defamation. It seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages, including for past and future economic loss. It also seeks the appointment of an independent monitor to oversee the Elizabeth police department. According to the lawsuit, the man charged with the shooting Sean Harlow Jersey , a career criminal with more than 20 prior arrests and six felony convictions, admitted he lied about getting the gun from Greene during an interview with police after his arrest in late December 2016. Nevertheless, authorities went ahead and charged Greene, citing surveillance video that allegedly showed Greene handing the gun to the man. No such video existed, the lawsuit alleges. Greene last August said the legal trouble has been "probably the toughest time of my life" and has been "very hard emotionally and mentally." "People started looking at me differently and accusing me of being this thug, this monster, and all of it was false," he said by phone. The suit names the Elizabeth Police Department and the Union County Prosecutor's Office as well as individuals in both offices. The Toronto Raptors rode to a seldom-used lineup to move within a game of advancing in the NBA playoffs. DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 points and 10 assists and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 108-98 on Wednesday night in Game 5. Toronto rebounded after losing Games 3 and 4 on the road to take a 3-2 series lead back to Washington for Game 6 on Friday night. The home team has won all five games in the series. The only team in the NBA to avoid losing three straight at any point this season, the Raptors went 5-0 following back-to-back losses during the regular season Joe Williams Jersey , and have not lost three straight since last year’s second-round sweep against Cleveland. The last time Toronto lost three regular-season games in a row was from Feb. 8 to 14, 2017. Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas had not played a single fourth-quarter minute in the series before getting the call down the stretch to play alongside Delon Wright, Lowry, DeRozan and C.J. Miles, a group that barely shared the floor this season. ”We’re all capable of going it offensively and defensively and it showed tonight,” DeRozan said. ”Everybody stepped up and Delon stepped up big.” Raprtors coach Dwane Casey acknowledged he was ”searching” for the right lineup combination ”I thought Delon Wright did a good job down the stretch handling the ball,” Casey said. ”It gave us an opportunity for Kyle and DeMar to get off the ball a little bit more and I thought that was the difference.” Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Valanciunas had 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 5-0 in home Game 5s over the past five years. ”Delon Wright came in and made some big shots and big plays for them,” Washington’s John Wall said. ”Whenever he gets over 10 or 15, nine times out of 10 they win the game. He’s a big key to their team when they go small.” Wall had 26 points Steve Bartkowski Jersey , and Bradley Beal added 20 for the Wizards. They went nearly four minutes without scoring down the stretch. Marcin Gortat had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Washington shot 8 for 24 in the fourth quarter, and Toronto had 15 rebounds in the final frame. ”We feel like we let one slip away,” Wall said. ”They made the biggest shots at the end of the game.” The Raptors won despite being out rebounded 50-35. ”They crushed us on rebounds,” Lowry said. Wall connected on 10 of 21 shots but missed all four of his attempts from 3-point range. ”He’s a tough cover,” Casey said. ”He’s one of the best in the league. I’ve said that he’s a miniature LeBron when he has the ball coming at you because he’s so strong and powerful.” Toronto trailed 87-82 after a three-point play by Kelly Oubre Jr. with 8:52 left, but regained the lead with a 6-0 run over the next 1:20. After Washington’s Markieff Morris dunked with 4:06 left, Wright replied with a 3 and, after a missed shot by Wall, converted a layup off a pass from DeRozan to give the Raptors a 99-93 lead with 2:59 remaining. Washington didn’t score again until Beal’s 3 with 16 seconds left. ”The ball became a little bit stagnant tonight down the stretch,” Brooks said. ”We need to get some more ball movement.” TIP-INS Wizards: Gortat had six rebounds in the first quarter. … The Wizards had nine offensive rebounds in the first half Danielle Hunter Jersey , compared to two for Toronto. Washington finished with 14 offensive rebounds, while Toronto had six. Raptors: Fred VanVleet (right shoulder) was not available. VanVleet has played fewer than three minutes in the series, all in Game 2. … After making 18 turnovers in each of Games 3 and 4, Toronto had 10 turnovers in Game 5. TORONTO STRONG Before the game, players from both teams held up banners with the hashtag (hash)TORONTOSTRONG and a moment of silence was held to honor the victims of the deadly van attack Monday in Toronto. The Raptors, the Wizards and the NBA will make a donation to a fund for victims and those affected by the incident. DIFFICULTIES FROM DISTANCE The Wizards shot 5 for 26 from 3-point range, going 1 for 10 in the fourth quarter. FIVE SPOT Toronto also had Game 5 home wins over Brooklyn in 2014, Indiana and Miami in 2016, and Milwaukee in 2017. UP NEXT Game 6 on Friday night in Washington. — More NBA basketball: Justin Jackson Jersey
  16. Bears linebacker Roquan Smith is one of the seven unsigned top-10 draft picks. With his team among the first to report for training camp Tre Madden Jersey , Smith becomes the first 2018 rookie to not show up. So what’s the issue? The renewed wrestling match over offset language, as one league source explained it to PFT, is more of a problem at the very top of round one. At the bottom of the top 10 (Smith was No. 8), the impasse comes more from issues like the language that voids future guaranteed money and the structure of roster bonuses paid in future years. Regardless, the Bears officially head to training camp on Thursday, and Smith won’t be there — unless he blinks, the team blinks, or the two sides fashion a compromise on whatever the issues are that are keeping a deal from getting done. Washington decided to go with only two quarterbacks on its initial 53-player roster, cutting Kevin Hogan and Connor Jessop. That leaves Alex Smith and Colt McCoy. The team also parted ways with nose tackle Phil Taylor Sr. Taylor Takkarist McKinley Jersey , 30, has not played since 2014. A former first-round pick of the Browns, Washington signed him to a one-year deal in the offseason after he spent last season on injured reserve with a torn left quadriceps. Washington also released running back Kapri Bibbs, receiver Brian Quick and center Demetrius Rhaney. The team waived defensive back Quin Blanding, offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, receiver Simmie Cobbs, Jr., linebacker Vontae Diggs Ronde Barber Jersey , linebacker Jerod Fernandez, receiver Shay Fields, tight end Matt Flanagan tight end J.P. Holtz, tight end Garrett Hudson, defensive back Prince Charles Iworah, offensive guard Kyle Kalis, receiver Darvin Kidsey, offensive tackle John Kling, defensive back Kenny Ladler Daryl Worley Jersey , linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, linebacker Dadi Nicolas, offensive tackle Timon Parris, nose tackle Ondre Pipkins, linebacker Pete Robertson, defensive end Dante Sawyer, running back De’Veon Smith, defensive back Fish Smithson, linebacker Martrell Spaight Aaron Ripkowski Jersey , defensive back Ranthony Texada, defensive tackle JoJo Wicker, receiver Daniel Williams III, offensive guard Isaiah Williams. Washington placed guard Tyler Catalina on injured reserve, defensive end Stacy McGee on the physically unable to perform list and defensive back Joshua Holsey on the non-football injury list.` Adidas Andrew Cogliano Jersey
  17. Ed Croke Charles Harris Jersey , the New York Giants‘ former public relations director, died Wednesday. He was 86. The NFL team said Croke died at his home in Jupiter, Florida. Croke joined the Giants in 1965 as director of promotions and was public relations from 1972 until retiring in 1993. Before joining the Giants Jerry Rice Jersey , he was a police reporter and feature news columnist for the Herald Statesman in Yonkers for three years, and sports editor and columnist for the Reporter Dispatch in White Plains for six years. Croke earned all-league honors in football, basketball and baseball at North Tarrytown High School in New York. He attended Iona College on a basketball scholarship and lettered for three seasons. He also was a three-year letterman as a pitcher on the baseball team Kyzir White Jersey , and pitched briefly in the North Atlantic League before entering the U.S. Army. Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman brought Mark Koncz onto his new staff on a temporary basis this spring, to help with his first draft back in New York. He has since made the move permanent. A league source confirms to PFT that the Giants have hired Koncz as their director of player personnel. Koncz was the pro personnel director in Carolina when Gettleman took that job, and was eventually promoted to director of player personnel there. But when Gettleman left and Marty Hurney returned to the Carolina G.M. job Rickey Jackson Jersey , Koncz was let go. The Giants are expected to make some other moves in their front office, but Koncz is an experienced hand during a time when Gettleman is remaking his front office. They kept assistant G.M. Kevin Abrams (who also interviewed for Gettleman’s job), but fired former college scouting director Marc Ross. Miami Dolphins Customized Jerseys
  18. The Baltimore Ravens provided quarterback Joe Flacco with two new potential targets Wednesday Harold Landry Color Rush Jersey , agreeing to terms with wide receivers Ryan Grant and John Brown on the first day of free agency. Addressing a position that is a top priority this offseason, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome added a pair of 27-year-olds he hopes can improve a passing attack that last year ranked 27th in the NFL. To help make room for the newcomers, Newsome freed an estimated $5 million in salary cap space by cutting receiver Jeremy Maclin. Grant has played in 64 games, including 15 starts, with the Washington Redskins. The 2014 fifth-round draft pick out of Tulane set career highs in 2017 with 45 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns. Brown has played four NFL seasons, all with Arizona. Selected in the third round of the 2014 draft, Brown has 173 career catches for 2,515 yards and 17 TDs. The contracts are pending the passing of physicals. Grant reportedly received a four-year contract and Brown agreed to a one-year pact. The Ravens are counting on Grant to continue the improvement he showed last season. Though he has never had a 100-yard receiving game and has scored only six career touchdowns, he ranked second on the Redskins in 2017 in catches and TD receptions. Brown's best season was in 2015, when he had 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven scores. After a season in which Baltimore's wideouts totaled 11 touchdown receptions, the team made no secret of its desire to bolster the receiving corps. "We will be exploring all options in free agency and in the draft for targets for Joe (Flacco)," owner Steve Bisciotti said. That was a focus last season, too Leighton Vander Esch Jersey Elite , but Maclin did not live up to expectations. Baltimore signed Maclin as a free agent in June, hopeful the accomplished pass catcher would regain the form he showed in 2015 with Kansas City, when he had 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. But Maclin missed two games with a shoulder injury, two more with knee issues, and finished with only 40 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns. That, along with the poor performance of 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman (10 catches, 77 yards, no TDs), left the Ravens looking for speed outside after finishing 9-7 and missing the playoffs for a third straight season. Mike Wallace, who had 52 catches for a team-high 748 yards in 2017, became a free agent Wednesday. It is unclear whether the Ravens will attempt to bring him back the 31-year-old, nine-year pro. Newsome's pursuit of top-tier free agent receivers has been hindered by a tight salary cap, which likely contributed to Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins signing with other teams. In an effort to free up salary-cap space Dalton Schultz Color Rush Jersey , Newsome earlier this week cut running back Danny Woodhead and did not pick up the option on right tackle Austin Howard. Maclin, Woodhead and Howard were all acquired before the 2017 season. Also on Wednesday, the Ravens extended tenders to seven exclusive-rights free agents, the most notable running back Alex Collins, the team's leading rusher last year. The players still have to sign their tenders, but cannot negotiate with any other teams. Johan Camargo came up big from the bottom of the Atlanta Braves‘ lineup. The No. 9 batter hit his first career grand slam and went 4 for 5 with five RBIs, and the Braves beat the Blue Jays 11-4 on Tuesday night to snap Toronto’s home winning streak at seven games. The bottom four hitters in Atlanta’s lineup, DH Kurt Suzuki, outfielders Charlie Culberson and Ender Inciarte, and third baseman Camargo, went 11 for 18 with five doubles and two home runs. ”When guys are doing that it always looks really good,” manager Brian Snitker said. Atlanta set season highs with seven doubles and 10 extra-base hits. ”This team is just really good up and down the lineup,” Camargo said through a translator. Camargo hit his seventh home run off Jaime Garcia (2-6) in the second, singled in the fourth Panthers Elite Jerseys , hit an RBI single in the fifth and doubled and scored in the eighth. He struck out in the ninth. Culberson hit a solo homer and Inciarte had three hits and three RBIs as the Braves won for the sixth time in seven games. Reliever Sam Freeman (2-3) worked 2 1/3 innings for the victory. Making his first start in Canada, Calgary-born right-hander Mike Soroka was replaced one out from qualifying for the win. ”He threw some good sinkers but a lot of stuff was right down the middle,” Snitker said. Soroka allowed four runs and eight hits, including six doubles, in 4 2/3 innings. ”It was everything I imagined, for sure, coming out there and seeing a lot of Canadians, a lot of Canadian flags,” Soroka said. ”Hearing the anthem was pretty special, too.” Soroka took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his previous outing, June 13 against the New York Mets, but started this one by giving up a double to Blue Jays outfielder Curtis Granderson. Toronto put runners at second and third with two outs in the first but left-fielder Culberson made a great running catch on Kevin Pillar’s line drive before crashing hard into the video board section of the outfield wall. Culberson went down briefly but stayed in the game. ”That’s one of the first holy cow plays I saw,” a grateful Soroka said. ”I definitely owe him dinner.” Garcia retired the first five batters in order before Kurt Suzuki’s double in the second. Culberson and Inciarte walked and Garcia fell behind 2-0 on Camargo before giving up a towering shot that landed in the third deck. ”It was really kind of a special moment, something I’ll never forget Authentic Nico Hischier Jersey ,” Camargo said. Culberson connected off Garcia to begin the third before Inciarte and Camargo chased Garcia with consecutive singles. Garcia allowed five runs and five hits in three-plus innings, failing to finish the fourth for the second time in four starts. The left-hander has lost six straight decisions and is winless since April 17 against Kansas City, his third start of the season. ”It’s frustrating,” Garcia said. ”I feel like I’m letting my team down.” OSUNA UPDATE A lawyer for Blue Jays RHP Roberto Osuna said Monday that his client will plead not guilty to charges of assault. After he was arrested and charged May 8, Osuna was placed on administrative leave. On Monday, baseball extended Osuna’s leave through June 25. Osuna’s lawyer was in court Monday. The case is set to resume July 9. URGENT CARE Snitker was asked what he thought when Culberson went down following his collision with the wall. ”I was wondering if I’m going to be able to make it out there,” Snitker joked. ”He’d be healed by the time I get there.” TRAINER’S ROOM Braves: OF Ronald Acuna (left knee) has taken batting practice and run the past two days in workouts at Atlanta’s spring training facility in Florida. Snitker said the highly touted Acuna should begin a rehab assignment ”sooner rather than later.” Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) threw a 75-pitch simulated game Monday after his scheduled start at Double-A New Hampshire was rained out. Stroman is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays rotation during the coming weekend’s road series against the Angels. … OF Steve Pearce (strained left oblique) went 1 for 3 with a home run at Triple-A Buffalo, playing five innings in left field. Pearce was the DH in his previous two rehab games with the Bisons, Saturday and Sunday. … Toronto put RHP Sam Gaviglio on the paternity list and promoted INF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from Buffalo. UP NEXT Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-0, 1.93) faces Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (8-3, 3.48) in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale. Sanchez faced Toronto twice last season, allowing 12 runs in 10 2/3 innings. Happ is 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA in three June starts. — .
  19. DALLAS COWBOYS (9-7) OPEN CAMP: July 26 Isaiah Oliver Jersey Falcons , Oxnard, California LAST YEAR: Cowboys missed playoffs year after dynamic rookie tandem of QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott fueled Dallas to NFC-best 13 wins. Elliott's six-game suspension during season over domestic violence allegations was big reason. Prescott's performance dipped after winning NFL Offensive Rookie of Year in 2016. Offensive line was less consistent than usual. Defense was solid but not spectacular. IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: LB Leighton Vander Esch, WR Allen Hurns, G Connor Williams, WR Tavon Austin, WR Michael Gallup, TE Dalton Schultz, T Cameron Fleming, secondary coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard. IMPORTANT LOSSES: TE Jason Witten, WR Dez Bryant Adidas Jakub Voracek Jersey , LB Anthony Hitchens, CB Orlando Scandrick. CAMP NEEDS: Cowboys need to sort out jumbled picture at receiver and tight end after dumping Bryant in cost-cutting move and somewhat surprising retirement of Witten, who went into broadcasting. WR Terrance Williams broke foot and was arrested during tumultuous offseason when Cowboys needed to know if he could take Bryant's place atop receiving depth chart. Barring unexpected resurgence from six-year veteran, replacing Bryant will fall to Hurns and collection of rookies, other young players. Geoff Swaim likely to get first crack at replacing Witten, but Dallas likes Blake Jarwin. LB Jaylon Smith needs to show explosiveness in second season since recovery from major knee injury in college. Sean Lee needs to stay healthy. Without those developments, heavy responsibility could fall on Vander Esch as rookie. EXPECTATIONS: Coach Jason Garrett has two playoff appearances and one postseason win in seven full seasons. Elliott saga and untimely injuries, particularly to offensive line, gave him pass last season. Hard to imagine owner Jerry Jones sticking with him if Cowboys miss playoffs again, particularly after offseason overhaul of coaching staff. Healthy and eligible Elliott figures to be factor in NFL rushing race after leading league as rookie two years ago. Elliott still led league in yards rushing per game during suspension-marred season. Prescott wasn't as good at protecting ball year after rookie record for passer rating. Cowboys want him to feed off Elliott-powered running game. Dallas believes young talent in secondary can help defense make difference. Cowboys could use repeat from DeMarcus Lawrence Calvin Ridley Falcons Jersey , who finished second in NFL with 14陆 sacks last season and will play on franchise tag. Lawrence needs help, and prime candidate would be Taco Charlton, last year's first-round pick. Throughout its offseason team activities, the Seattle Seahawks appeared to be settled at safety. Bradley McDougald would just continue his role from a year ago stepping in as a full-time starter alongside Earl Thomas. That was before Thomas decided to take his demands for a new contract to the extreme by holding out, creating an unexpected competition and a bit of chaos in Seattle's defensive backfield. With Thomas missing, Seattle's safeties are a revolving door of combinations trying to find the pairing that makes the most sense ahead of the Sept. 9 opener at Denver. The process of seeing how all those combinations look gets its first true examination next Thursday when the Seahawks open the preseason against Indianapolis. "These guys, they kind of joined forces in the offseason and kind of as a group, they knew they were up against it and wanted to make sure that they were going to give everything they had and put it all on the line," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. 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"They have the opportunity to show themselves and it's a lot of competition," defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said. "Great communication, it's showing up every day. Doing extra work, asking a lot of good questions. But, this is their chance to really step up and show us what they have." With McDougald seemingly a cinch to take one of the safety spots, the remaining position appears to be a four-way competition between Tedric Thompson, Delano Hill, Maurice Alexander and Mike Tyson. And it's Thompson and Hill that appear to be getting the most opportunity early on. It makes sense Seattle would give Thompson and Hill the most reps. The Seahawks invested major draft capital in the pair a year ago, taking Hill in the third round and Thompson in the fourth round. They were allowed to spend last season learning behind Thomas and Chancellor with the idea they could eventually take over for the veteran Seahawks safeties. The replacement has arrived sooner than expected http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-b.j.-hill-jersey , accelerated by Thomas' holdout. "Earl is a special, special player. At the same time, the guys that are here are working really hard and competing and they have the opportunity to show what they can do," Norton said. From a look standpoint, Thompson fits the mold of a free safety and Hill looks more like a strong safety. But each is working at both positions as Seattle often adjusts its safety alignments based off the offensive formation. Neither has the sideline-to-sideline speed of Thomas, but Norton has said Seattle's scheme won't change. "I view it as competing. First game is a little ways to go. I've got a lot to improve on," Thompson said. "I don't focus on if I'm starting today or not starting today. We all get the same amount of reps so it's all about competing." .
  20. >The Latest on the NFL playoffs on divisional weekend (all times EST):11:50 p.m.Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards DJ Moore Panthers Jersey , and the New England Patriots cruised past the Tennessee Titans 35-14 to advance to their seventh consecutive AFC championship game.New England (14-3) will host the winner of Sunday’s divisional matchup between Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.It was Brady’s 10th postseason game with at least three TD tosses, moving him past Joe Montana for the most in NFL history. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards.The Titans (10-8) took an early 7-0 lead, but New England scored 35 straight points to take control.Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, but was under duress for most of the second half. He was sacked eight times, a Patriots playoff record.11:05 p.m.Another touchdown for the Patriots.And more milestones for Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.Brady hit Gronk for a 4-yard TD early in the fourth quarter to give New England a 35-7 lead over the Tennessee Titans.It was Brady’s 10th playoff game with three or more passing touchdowns, passing Joe Montana for the most in NFL history.And it was Gronkowski’s 10th postseason TD. He’s tied with five others for third all time. But it’s the most for a tight end.Gronk also moved into second all time for a tight end with 835 postseason receiving yards.He passed Keith Jackson, and only Dallas Clark is ahead of him.鈥?Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough Authentic Armani Watts Jersey , Massachusetts.10:45 p.m.The Patriots have run off 28 straight points against the Tennessee Titans in their AFC playoff game. Brandon Bolden ran for a 2-yard score to give New England a 28-7 lead late in the third quarter.Since taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the Titans have punted five times and turned the ball over on downs once.鈥?Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.10:40 p.m.Injury updates from New England: Titans tight end Jonnu Smith needed a cart to get off the field after a third-quarter kickoff. He could not put any weight on his leg as he climbed into the cart.Patriots lineman LaAdrian Waddle has a knee injury and his return was questionable.鈥?Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.10:35 p.m.Rob Gronkowski is third on the NFL’s all-time list for postseason receiving yards by a tight end.Gronk caught a 27-yard pass from Tom Brady midway through the third quarter to give him 815 yards receiving in his career. That passed Shannon Sharpe for No. 3 on the career list. Dallas Clark is first with 847 yards.鈥?Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.10:30 p.m.Both teams are down a right tackle in the AFC playoff game in New England.Early in the second half, Patriots lineman LaAdrian Waddle limped off the field to the sideline. There was no immediate information about his condition. Tennessee’s Jack Conklin left in the first quarter. The Titans say he had a leg injury and will not return.鈥?Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.10 p.m.The Patriots took a 21-7 lead into halftime in their AFC playoff game against Tennessee, but it could have been worse.After the Titans went for it on fourth-and-1 from the New England 46 鈥?and lost 5 yards 鈥?the Patriots got the ball just over midfield with 17 seconds left.That was enough for Tom Brady to run three plays. 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That extends his own NFL record.鈥?Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.9:25 p.m.James White has made it 14-7 for the Patriots with his second touchdown of the game.White ran it in from 6 yards midway through the second quarter, carrying a tackler over the goal line just inside the pylon to give New England its first lead of the game.White also scored early in the quarter on a 5-yard pass that was essentially a handoff.White had three TDs in the Patriots’ previous playoff game 鈥?the victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl. 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But replays showed Lewis’ butt hit the ground at the 19.8:50 p.m.The Tennessee Titans have opened the scoring in their AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots.Corey Davis made a one-handed catch on a 15-yard pass from Marcus Mariota in the corner of the end zone to give the Titans a 7-0 lead with 1:14 left in the first quarter.The Patriots were 13-point favorites at home. They punted on their first two offensive possessions.8:45 p.m.Titans ta The Buffalo Bills continue shuffling their defensive front during the first week of training camp by signing end Ryan Russell. Russell is listed at 6-foot-5 and 267 pounds, and has three seasons of NFL experience, including the past two with Tampa Bay. He had two sacks in 14 games, including six starts, with the Buccaneers last season. He was selected by Dallas in the fifth round of the 2015 draft out of Purdue Authentic Brian Allen Jersey , but appeared in just one game for the Cowboys. Buffalo freed up room on its roster on Sunday by releasing Owa Odighizuwa, an offseason free agent addition. Odighizuwa was attempting to resume his career after missing all of last season, when he was cut by the New York Giants shortly after being issued a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancers. The Bills opened training camp Thursday by signing defensive tackle John Hughes. Injuries have depleted Buffalo's depth at tight end. Nick O'Leary missed practice Sunday because of an injury to his right foot. Logan Thomas did not return to practice Sunday after hurting his shoulder. Buffalo is off Monday and resumes camp Tuesday in suburban Rochester. .
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With the moves, the Bears believe they are positioning themselves to end this losing run. It doesn’t hurt, either, to have a strong defense. Chicago drafted a potential cornerstone player when it took Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with the No. 8 overall pick. But the Bears largely maintained continuity despite the head coaching change. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio interviewed for that job and was free to go elsewhere with an expiring contract. But he chose to re-sign after Nagy was hired. That was a big relief to the Bears and their fans, considering the strides the defense made in his first three years. That group has gone from ranking among the worst in franchise history to a top-10 unit last season. But the Bears still need a few more playmakers to emerge if they’re going to become the modern day ”Monsters of the Midway.” ”I think we’ve need to go back out there and fix the little things that we did wrong last year and hopefully make it into the top five,” defensive end Akiem Hicks said. ”That was my goal going into OTAs and it’s still my goal now.” Chicago’s defense ranked 10th overall last season, seventh against the pass Authentic Frank Ragnow Jersey , ninth in scoring and 11th against the run. The Bears also tied for seventh in sacks despite injuries to several players, including linebacker Leonard Floyd. But when it came to forcing turnovers, the results were mixed for Chicago. The Bears led the league with 14 fumble recoveries. But with eight interceptions, only two teams picked off fewer passes. That’s something safety Eddie Jackson thinks will change in his second NFL season. ”We play to each other’s strengths,” he said. ”We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses coming into Year 2, so we play to our strengths. We can freestyle a lot of things. If Kyle (Fuller) sees something on film, and it shows up in the game, he’ll come to me like, `Eddie, have me over the top, I’m going to break on this.’ If Prince sees something like that DJ Chark Youth Jersey , we can adjust to each other.” The Bears picked off a total of 24 passes in Fangio’s first three years – a franchise-low eight each season. By comparison, San Francisco averaged 19.5 interceptions in his four seasons as coordinator and led the NFL with 23 in 2014. ”I think it’s all about just making the plays that you can,” Amukamara said. ”We have a saying in the defense room, `You catch the balls that they throw to you.’ You catch the ones they throw to you and you’ll lead the league in interceptions. … . I think it’s just being opportunistic and just taking advantage of making those plays.” Amukamara broke up seven passes without an interception last season, his first in Chicago. But he comes into this season more familiar with the scheme and how offenses will try to attack it. And he thinks that will lead to more big plays for the defense. ”Just being in this defense you kind of know how an offense is going to attack us because we’ve been running the coverages so long. We kind of know what to expect beforehand.” Notes: Smith remains unsigned and missed his third practice. … G Kyle Long was back practicing after a scheduled day off Saturday. … LBs Danny Trevathan (hamstring), Aaron Lynch (hamstring) and Joel Iyiegbuniwe (shoulder) sat out, as did CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and TE Daniel Brown (ankle) did not participate. — SAN FRANCISCO — One hot pitcher and one who hopes he’s heating up go head-to-head Wednesday night when the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants continue their three-game series. The Giants outlasted the Rockies in a pitchers’ duel in the opener Tuesday night, with a bases-loaded walk plating the winning run in the eighth, one inning after starters Derek Holland and Chad Bettis had exited a 1-1 game. San Francisco, seeking a fourth straight win, will send Madison Bumgarner (1-2 Michael Brantley Jersey , 3.20 ERA) to the mound Wednesday. The four-time All-Star recorded his first win of the season in his last start, rewarded for pitching eight shutout innings against the San Diego Padres on Thursday. Bumgarner has made 26 career starts against the Rockies, going 12-7 with a 3.05 ERA. He will be seeking to continue a stretch of brilliant pitching by the Giants, who have given up three or fewer runs in nine of their last 12 games. The starting staff has performed so well, Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitted he’s not sure what the team’s going to do when injured rotation regulars Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija are deemed healthy enough to return. That day is expected soon, especially with Samardzija, who has already made three injury-rehab appearances in the minors. “I think you look at the way the rotation has been throwing the ball, it’s not going to be easy,” Bochy said of who, if anybody, gets displaced. “But we knew this would be coming when Jeff’s ready and Johnny’s ready.” A matchup with the Rockies means Bumgarner will have to deal with hot-hitting Nolan Arenado Jason Sanders Color Rush Jersey , but it’s been Carlos Gonzalez who has given the Giants’ lefty the most trouble over the years. Gonzalez has five career homers against Bumgarner, the most anybody’s hit against the San Francisco ace. Arenado has two career homers against Bumgarner. The Giants not only will have to deal with Gonzalez and Arenado, but also with impressive Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (7-6, 3.55), who already has beaten San Francisco twice this season. Facing the Giants twice in a 12-day stretch in May, Freeland allowed them four runs and 13 hits in 12 innings in 6-1 and 11-4 wins. The 25-year-old has gone 2-1 in June after a 4-1 May that included the two wins over the Giants. Freeland has started six times in his career against the Giants, going 4-2 with a 3.15 ERA. He’s 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in two career starts in San Francisco. Freeland can expect to see Hunter Pence in the Giants’ lineup Wednesday. Pence has been relegated to part-time duties when not injured this season, but has come through big-time in his last two starts and has a history against Freeland. Pence collected two hits and two RBIs in a 6-5 win over Miami last Wednesday, then had a double and two more RBIs in a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Pence has faced Freeland eight times in his career, going 4-for-7 with a walk. .
  22. Warriors general manager Bob Myers expects swift negotiations to re-sign two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr. Durant could sign for as long as four years and about $160 million http://www.packersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jaire-alexander-jersey , and Myers is prepared to give him ”whatever he wants.” Durant has said all along he wants to stay put, especially after winning a pair of championships in his first two seasons with Golden State. ”Sometimes you don’t negotiate. I’d love to have him for 10 years. Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year, he did us a great service,” Myers said. ”He’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants. I just want him to sign a deal. But want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here. He’s earned that, to kind of lay out the terms. He can do whatever he wants. That shouldn’t be a long negotiation. Our goal Josh Allen Bills Jersey , to be honest, is to try to keep the whole thing together, so that’s the pieces of the puzzle we’ve got to try to figure out.” Kerr has one year remaining on his original five-year contract, so he would receive a multiyear extension – and Kerr wants to coach Golden State for the long haul, perhaps for another decade if he can. He doesn’t expect any difficulties in getting a deal worked out. ”We’ll get that done pretty quick, I don’t think it’ll be much to it Hernan Perez Milwaukee Brewers Jersey ,” Kerr said. Myers wants to keep as much of the core of the two-time defending champions intact while also realizing the Warriors will be a younger team without the same veteran presence as the group that just swept LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to finish the finals Friday. Working to try to extend the contracts of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson could be discussed as well. ”Sure, guys have proven they can win so you want to keep that group together,” Myers said. ”I have no idea how that’ll play out. It’s a lot of different conversations that have to take place and if that’s something that we want to look into I’m sure we could have those – Klay’s got another year, Draymond’s got two more. Kevin’s really the free agent we have to focus on.” After a regular season that was anything but steady, with Stephen Curry limited by injuries to 51 regular-season games, losing seven of 10 late Sampo Ranta Blackhawks Jersey , all four All-Stars out at the same time for health reasons, the Warriors on Tuesday will again host that victory parade in downtown Oakland they planned for all along – their third in four years. Kerr stayed healthy and on the bench while continuing to deal with symptoms stemming from a pair of back surgeries following the 2015 title. ”I’m sure if you’re around our players and talk to them, they make no bones about it, they love playing for him and they love going through this journey with him,” Myers said of Kerr. Key reserve David West is contemplating retirement, telling Kerr and Myers during exit interviews he will take some time to decide. West said after the title clincher that the team went through things behind the scenes that would be surprising if revealed. ”I don’t know if anything would really blow your mind but it was a difficult season and there were lots of moments where it became more difficult Ryan McMahon Colorado Rockies Jersey ,” Kerr said. ”I didn’t think it was anything unusual given the state of our team, what we’ve been through and the length of this journey. Nothing to me was that, like, shocking but yeah we went through some stuff. … For sure this was the toughest of the four (years).” Myers also downplayed any tension or turmoil that took place privately. ”Certain challenges, some were apparent, some not http://www.cardinalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-josh-rosen-jersey ,” Myers said. Kerr plans to take it easy for the next several months and not work much as Myers handles the contracts and money, while leaving summer league coaching duties to Willie Green. It’s still sinking in for Kerr just how much success the Warriors have had during this four-year stretch since he became coach ahead of the 2014-15 season. ”I never could have envisioned this. I know when I took this job I thought we could be really good,” Kerr said. ”I could never have dreamt of three titles in four years. It’s pretty incredible to be a part of the group and the organization.” — The New York Jets have signed veteran safety J.J. Wilcox for depth after special teams standout Rontez Miles had surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Linebacker Freddie Bishop was waived Wednesday to make room on the roster for Wilcox. Wilcox was a third-round draft pick of Dallas out of Georgia Southern in 2013. He played four seasons with the Cowboys and signed with Tampa Bay last offseason. Wilcox was traded by the Buccaneers to Pittsburgh shortly before the regular season and had nine tackles and an interception for the Steelers, who released him in April. ESPN reported that Wilcox visited San Francisco but left there without signing. Miles is the Jets’ longest-tenured defensive player and a key member of the special teams unit but could be sidelined several months. He practiced during the first organized team activities session open to the media two weeks ago but was spotted last week with a sleeve on his left leg. NFL Network first reported Miles’ knee surgery. — .
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  24. When Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold entered the team’s new practice facility a couple of weeks ago Josh Allen Jersey Elite , the organizational motto was staring him in the face. So was the advice he should make a change in the front office, despite his fondness of general manager Chuck Fletcher. ”It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door: `Good is not good enough,”’ Leipold said. ”I felt that was a signal for me.” The Wild split with Fletcher after nine seasons and only two playoff series wins, a decision – ”very agonizing,” Leipold said – that the 25-year veteran of NHL management would not have his contract renewed was delivered in a Monday morning meeting. ”I wanted a new set of eyes on this team,” Leipold said. The Wild have six straight postseason appearances, matching the longest current streak in the Western Conference with the Anaheim Ducks, but they have not reached the second round since 2015. They were only 15-29 in playoff games during Fletcher’s tenure, enough evidence that the roster wasn’t built well enough for all the success the team has enjoyed in the regular season. ”Right now I just don’t see us with this team getting to the championship series. I just don’t see it,” Leipold said. ”I think we’re a good team. I really do, and I just talked to our players about this. They’re a good team, but they’re not good enough right now.” Since Fletcher stunned the NHL by signing left wing Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, the market’s most-coveted free agents in 2012, the Wild have been a runaway success on the business side with sellouts at Xcel Energy Center as routine as the aroma of mini donuts and the swish of the skates on the ice. The fans have been frustrated by the postseason plateau http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-p.j.-hall-jersey , though, and Leipold bluntly acknowledged he dismissed Fletcher in part to appease the customers. ”The fans deserve to win one here,” Leipold said. ”This is the state of hockey, and I’m really confident that we’re going to have candidates that are interested in coming here because of our fans, because of our market, because of our team. I’m energized by the opportunity to talk to some of these people.” Leipold, who purchased the Wild the year before hiring Fletcher, said the move was unrelated to the Wild’s early exit this year. They lost in five games in the first round to the Winnipeg Jets, after being ousted in five games in 2017 by the St. Louis Blues. Last year, Leipold declined to extend Fletcher’s deal. ”My antenna’s been up,” Leipold said. ”Chuck and I have had numerous conversations all year. I wanted to wait until the end of the year to assess everything, to understand how I feel about where we’re going. Are we still in the window to win the Stanley Cup? I believe we are. He believed we are. But my personal feeling was that I wanted someone new to come in and kind of shake it up.” Leipold said he won’t order a significant rebuild, nor does he believe that’s necessary for postseason progress. He added he would not hire a general manager who recommended a long-haul approach to hoisting the Stanley Cup. ”We were sixth overall two years ago. We were eighth overall this year,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. ”We’ve got an awful lot of good Denard Span Seattle Mariners Jersey , moving parts there. We’ll tweak it a little bit, and we’ll be better.” The Wild haven’t struggled enough to get a game-changer in the draft, with Matt Dumba in 2012 (seventh) and Mikael Granlund in 2010 (ninth) the only top-10 picks that Fletcher and his staff had. The rival Jets, for example, picked up Patrik Laine with the second overall selection in 2016 and watched him finish second in the NHL with 44 goals in 2017-18 while the team posted the second-best record in the league. In one way, the Parise-Suter signings for 13 years and $98 million each have worked against the Wild considering they account for 20 percent of their salary cap space and are on the books for seven more seasons. But Suter had a career-high 45 assists, before breaking his right ankle with four games left in the regular season, and Parise was one of the team’s best forwards down the stretch with 12 goals in the last 19 games. He scored in all three playoff games before breaking his sternum. Trades that didn’t pan out under Fletcher have hurt the Wild more than any free-agent signing or first-round draft pick. Charlie Coyle is all that’s left from the deal that sent defenseman Brent Burns to San Jose in 2011, and Coyle didn’t notch a goal or an assist in the series against the Jets. The trade last summer that sent Jason Pominville and Marco Scandella to Buffalo for Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis didn’t wind up helping. So Fletcher’s successor will eventually go to work on a roster that produced a goal-less streak of 141:27 to end the series with Winnipeg. ”If you look at the teams moving on, the teams that are winning, they’re scoring and playing at a pretty fast pace,” Parise said. ”We’ve got to get to that level.” — This was a bonus win for Sofia Goggia. Having packed away the World Cup downhill title a day earlier, Goggia claimed victory in the final super-G of the season on Thursday. Goggia dominated, finishing 0.32 seconds ahead of Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany. Meanwhile http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jordan-whitehead-jersey , Tina Weirather successfully defended her discipline title. ”It’s crazy because I wasn’t even thinking about this race,” Goggia said. ”After Korea (where she won Olympic downhill gold) I had made winning the downhill title my goal. So I was exhausted yesterday after achieving that. ”But today I felt good and I had hardly any problems on the way down, without any pressure whatsover,” the Italian added. ”This just rounds things off.” Also, Vincent Kriechmayr made it two wins in two days by taking the final men’s super-G. In a shortened race, the Austrian finished a narrow 0.04 seconds ahead of Christof Innerhofer, while Aksel Lund Svindal and Thomas Dressen tied for third, 0.08 behind. Kjetil Jansrud, the Norwegian who had already clinched the season-long discipline title, finished sixth. Lindsey Vonn was faster than Goggia at the first checkpoint but lost her balance briefly midway down and finished third, 0.53 behind. ”It’s nice to close out the season with a podium in super-G and to end the season on a high note,” said Vonn, who achieved only one other podium result in the discipline this season – a victory in Val d’Isere, France http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kendall-wright-jersey , in December. Vonn’s focus for next season will on breaking Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup wins. Her victory on Wednesday in the downhill was her 82nd. ”I’m four (wins) behind and I feel like I’m in a good place, picking up steam, confident and relatively healthy, so that will be my focus from here on out,” Vonn said. Weirather finished sixth, while Lara Gut, the only skier who had a chance of catching the skier from Lichtenstein, lost control early in her run. Ester Ledecka, the surprise Olympic super-G champion, also went out early. Weirather ended the season with an 86-point advantage over Gut. Anna Veith placed third, 122 points behind. Weirather’s second title adds to a large family haul that includes seven small crystal globes won by her mother, Hanni Wenzel, three for her uncle, Andreas Wenzel Sam Darnold Jets Jersey , and one by her father, Harti Weirather. It was the fifth win of Goggia’s World Cup career. Attacking a course set by her coach Giovanni Rulfi, Goggia bowed to the crowd upon seeing her time in the finish area. It was a sparse crowd, though, on a day when the temperature dipped to minus-17 degrees C (1 degree F). ”It was a pretty tricky super-G and I tried to ski smart,” Goggia said. ”I told my coach, `Hey Gianluca, you put poetry on the slope today.”’ It was the third career victory for Kriechmayr, who tied with teammate Matthias Mayer to win the downhill on Wednesday. Jansrud ended the season with an 80-point advantage over Kriechmayr. Svindal was third, 126 points behind. ”It’s been a very good season. I started it off with a victory and managed to get on the podium in most of the other races,” Jansrud said. ”But I’m very happy to have decided the result in Kvitfjell when I look at the results today.” Counting four of Svindal’s five titles and Jansrud’s third, Norwegians have won the super-G globe for seven straight seasons. ”Seven times in a row is pretty insane,” Jansrud said. ”If there’s a secret I’m not going to say what it is.” .
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Washington plays Game 1 of its series at No. 1 seed Toronto on Saturday. — Roughly 20 seconds into his introductory news conference as coach of the New York Giants, Pat Shurmur ran into his problem. The lights went out in the auditorium where he was speaking. Like everyone else in the packed room, the former offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings laughed, and then handled the situation without missing a beat. ”And we’re off http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ryan-jensen-jersey ,” Shurmur quipped. ”We have to keep adjusting. Anyway, I was going to tell a joke, so I’ll stop.” Speaking and answering questions for more than 25 minutes after being introduced by co-owner John Mara, Shurmur was poised, funny and open, thanking his mother in Michigan for teaching him to be competitive, compassionate and not allowing anyone to tell him you can’t do something. Shurmur faces a major task in taking over a team that went 3-13 after making the playoffs in 2016. 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The other thing is that big men allow you to compete.” As the Giants struggled last season, there were rifts in the locker room. Three players were suspended for a week for conduct detrimental to the organization. Shurmur wants to get to know his players, particularly superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Josh Allen Bills Jersey , joking it makes sense to throw him the ball. He added everyone will start with a clean sheet. This will be Shurmur’s second head coaching job, and he says he is a lot more knowledgeable now than when he ran the Cleveland Browns in 2011-12. ”Those who do know me know I have zero tolerance for people who don’t compete,” Shurmur said. ”I have zero tolerance for those who do not give effort and I have zero tolerance for people who don’t show or lack respect.” Shurmur has already started assembling his staff. Former Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher will be his defensive coordinator. The status of the offensive coordinator is uncertain. Shurmur intends to call his own plays on an offense that will have a West Coast influence, but also one that seeks to run the ball. ”We’re going to do what we can to get better each day,” Shurmur said. ”How fast that happens? I’m as impatient as the next fan, but we’re going to try to get better each day. ”As I mentioned we have a lot of really good players on this team. We’re going to get some new ones and we’re going to try to put together a team that can go out next year and win games.” The Giants, who have made the playoffs only once since 2011 Kentavius Street Color Rush Jersey , interviewed five other coaching candidates, including interim coach and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Shurmur was the clear choice, the co-owners said. ”After the season like we had, we needed someone who was ”an adult,” who is professional and who has a certain demeanor to walk in there and start to straighten things out,” Mara said. ”I think he had all the qualities. Time will tell.” Co-owner Steve Tisch believes the Giants will be patient in the rebuilding process, but he thinks Shurmur will hit the ground running. He was impressed with the way the new coach walked through the building Thursday and introduced himself to everyone. ”The evidence is there this is a mature http://www.chargersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-justin-jones-jersey , responsible, passionate leader,” Tisch said. ”I can’t wait for the players to meet him and him to put a new staff together. It’s a new day and it’s very exciting.” Mara, who has taken part in his share of coaching searches, said Shurmur had as good an interview as he has experienced. Tisch added he felt an almost instant chemistry talking with him. — .
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  27. Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler is available to play in a pivotal matchup against Denver after missing 16 games with a right knee injury. He wasn’t listed in the starting lineup Thursday night against the Nuggets Authentic Isac Lundestrom Jersey , who are right on the Timberwolves’ heels in the playoff chase. Butler recently told reporters he was ”this close” to a return, but was considered doubtful for the game. Butler has been out since suffering a knee injury on Feb. 23 at Houston. He had surgery two days later to repair the meniscus and has steadily been working his way back. The Wolves are 8-8 since Butler was sidelined. He’s averaging 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists. — From George Mikan to Kobe Bryant, superstars have been the Lakers‘ lifeblood for decades. LeBron James is already the biggest star of his generation, and he followed a familiar path to Los Angeles‘ bright lights when he decided to sign with the Lakers as a free agent. It’s no coincidence that this glamorous, 16-time champion franchise has consistently attracted already great players with outsized ambition. The 33-year-old James has taken on the challenge that Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal all accepted near the primes of their careers. Becoming a basketball superstar is one thing Cheap Lamar Jackson Jersey , and nobody is bigger than James after 15 prolific NBA seasons and three championships. Succeeding with the Lakers is something different, according to many of the men who have worn this gold jersey. Just ask Bryant, who won two Olympic gold medals as James’ teammate while spending his entire 20-year career with the Lakers. ”The NBA does better when the Lakers are at their highest potential,” Bryant, who retired in 2016, told Fox Sports Radio on Monday. ”And for the city of LA, it’s important for us to have that star power. Jerry (West) was here. Elgin Baylor was here. Wilt was here. Magic was here. Cap (Abdul-Jabbar) was here. Shaq Fred Warner Color Rush Jersey , myself, and now let’s carry it forward again. You’ve got LeBron here now. It’s his turn now. Hopefully he can – which he will – take this franchise back to prominence.” Given the Golden State Warriors‘ addition of DeMarcus Cousins to what was already a ludicrously loaded roster, a championship seems logically out of reach for anybody else in the NBA. James already was aware of the upstate challenge he’ll face after losing three of the last four NBA Finals to the Warriors in Cleveland. And with innumerable variables still to be settled before the regular season, it’s impossible to predict what James will be able to accomplish with a revamped Lakers roster. But at least the worst half-decade in franchise history should become a bad memory for Lakers fans, who seethed through five irrelevant seasons highlighted mostly by Bryant’s retirement tour. The Lakers’ 35 victories last year were their best performance during five years without a postseason game for a team that had never missed the playoffs more than two seasons in a row. After James announced his decision to join the Lakers on a four-year, $153.3 million deal Sunday, the Lakers’ jersey sales skyrocketed and prices spiked on the secondary ticket market. Fans gathered among the statues in Star Plaza outside Staples Center Ozzie Albies Atlanta Braves Jersey , tossing chalk into the air in a simulation of James’ famed gesture. Los Angeles also made a flurry of complementary moves as Johnson attempted to assemble an immediate playoff contender on the wreckage of five playoff-free years. Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson are joining along with James. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is staying, along with – for now – the young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart. Julius Randle, Isaiah Thomas and several others are out. 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Abdul-Jabbar did it in 1975 after requesting a trade from Milwaukee to a cosmopolitan city, and he went on to become the NBA’s career scoring leader during 14 seasons with the Lakers. O’Neal went west as a free agent in 1996, embracing the advantages of living in Hollywood while moonlighting as an actor and rapper. James is arguably bigger than them all http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-sam-hubbard-jersey , a multi-media star with a legitimate entertainment production company already churning out content for the likes of NBC, the History Channel and Starz. When James suits up for the season opener, six of the top eight scorers in NBA history will be Lakers. ”This is a special place,” Johnson said recently. ”We know what’s special about this franchise. The people we choose to come here are going to know that, too.” — .
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It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.” Gaudreau was the USHL’s rookie of the year in 2011, when he was also drafted by Calgary. He eventually went on to win college hockey’s Hobey Baker Award at Boston College. Girgensons described being part of the ownership group as a way to pay back the team for playing a key role in his development. A year after moving to North America from his native Latvia, Girgensons spent two seasons with the Fighting Saints and was preparing to play college hockey at Vermont before being selected by Buffalo in the first round of the 2012 draft. ”It’s a team that really got me to where I am today,” Girgensons told The Associated Press by phone. Never envisioning the opportunity to be an owner http://www.packersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jk-scott-jersey , Girgensons joked he might need to contact Sabres owner Terry Pegula for a few pointers. Edmonton Oilers president and general manager Peter Chiarelli will remain a part owner of the team. Philip Falcone, who previously was a part owner of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, is departing as the Fighting Saints’ principal owner. The Fighting Saints have won two championships since returning to the USHL in 2010 following a nine-year absence. Luukko immediately jumped aboard when he saw how his son’s experience in Dubuque helped prepare him for college. ”I know from my son’s perspective and others that I’ve talked to, they come in as pretty mature people heading into their university experience,” he said. ”Being involved in the National Hockey League for over 25 years, this is a chance to be able to be part of the development of young players and what is actually a good business also,” Luukko said. ”Listen, I don’t belong to a country club Marcus Davenport Color Rush Jersey , so really this will be my fun.” — The Washington Capitals have re-signed John Carlson to a $64 million, eight-year contract that allows the Stanley Cup champions to keep the do-it-all defenseman. Carlson will count $8 million against the salary cap through the 2026-27 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Sunday. ”John has been an exceptional and consistent player for our franchise and has blossomed into being one of the top defensemen in the NHL,” MacLellan said. ”Defenseman like John are a rare commodity in our League and, at 28 years of age, we feel he is just entering his prime. As a right-handed defenseman, John plays in all key situations and has contributed greatly to our team’s success on the special teams. We are pleased for both parties to have come to an agreement.” That’s not necessary for the 28-year-old who has made the Washington area his home and wanted to stay if there was a fit. The Capitals got the cap space necessary to re-sign Carlson by trading veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer on Friday night at the NHL draft. Carlson outperformed his last deal that paid him just under $4 million a season and was at his best in a contract year. He led all defensemen with 68 points in the regular season and 20 in the playoffs to help Washington win the Metropolitan Division and then the Stanley Cup. The contract makes Carlson the second-highest-paid player on the Capitals behind Alex Ovechkin. Carlson averaged about 25 minutes a game all season, stepping up early when top-pairing defenseman Matt Niskanen missed time with injury and playing an important role on the power play and penalty kill on the Cup run. ”His value is immense,” goaltender Braden Holtby said. ”You can see that Michael Gallup Color Rush Jersey , how much he meant to our team in this run. As far as growth, I think he’s grown steadily but I think he’s been pretty good for a long time. He’s been really good for a long time. I think this year it just showed through a bit more because we just forced him to play more.” Carlson has been a mainstay on the Capitals’ blue line since 2010-11. The 2008 first-round pick has 333 points in 608 regular-season games and 55 points in 100 playoff games. ”I’ve always thought he was one of the better defensemen that I’ve ever played with,” winger T.J. Oshie said. ”This year, he elevated that quite a bit. In my eyes, he’s got to be a top-three or top-five defenseman in the league. You see what he does- he doesn’t do a lot of things that are really flashy, so maybe he doesn’t get the highlight-reel things that other guys do, but defensively, he rarely ever gets beat.” Re-signing Carlson was just the first move on MacLellan’s summer checklist. He’s attempting to re-sign trade-deadline pickup Michal Kempny before Carlson’s defense partner can become an unrestricted free agent July 1 Mike Hughes Color Rush Jersey , and he needs to negotiate new contracts for restricted free agent forwards Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly. ”We’re trying to sign Kempny,” MacLellan said Friday. ”We’re trying to sign Wilson as an RFA and then make some decisions after that.” There’s also the matter of replacing Barry Trotz as coach after he resigned and joined the New York Islanders. Associate coach Todd Reirden, who was a finalist for the Flames’ head job two years ago, is the heavy front-runner, though MacLellan wanted to sit down and formally interview him this week first. ”I think you still need to go through an interview process and ask the right questions,” MacLellan said. ”I just want to clarify on what he’s thinking system-wise and how he’s going to handle certain players.” It helps his case that Reirden coached the defenseman and had a hand in the development of Carlson, Niskanen, Kempny and Dmitry Orlov. ”The players all know him Justin Reid Color Rush Jersey , they’re comfortable with him,” MacLellan said. ”He’ll have a good feel for personalities, how to motivate people and so forth.” — .
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