Month: May 2018

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“Rookie Premiere” rules spark a social-media skirmish

The annual NFLPA “Rookie Premiere” happens this weekend, with select draft picks making the trek to L.A. for the event. The requirements of the exercise triggered a social-media skirmish that resulted in ESPN’s Darren Rovell once again being stuffed in a locker.

And regardless of what happens, the Rookie Premiere is indeed baked into the CBA. For a sport that makes it hard for players to market themselves individually, there’s nothing wrong with taking a weekend to put on their new uniforms and pose for photos that will end up on trading cards and elsewhere.

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.

Knebel walked off the mound toward the plate while waving his hands and yelling at Hernandez.

I let my emotions get to me, Knebel said. “Right when I threw my hands up I realized, that’s stupid. You can’t get thrown out of the game right now.”

Pinch-runner Nick Ahmed was caught stealing, Paul Goldschmidt struck out looking and Daniel Descalso grounded out to end the game.

Relative to their Super Bowl odds, five teams stand above the rest as being overvalued going into next season.cowboys_039


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NFL players lobbying Roger Goodell to reinstate Randy Gregory

Randy Gregory has a lot of people screaming loudly in the ear of Roger Goodell.

We’ll go through the process. Any way we can help to support him, we’ll certainly embrace that opportunity, said Garrett, via Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. He’s someone that has worked very hard at this and we’re excited about his future.

Marshall was one of several Giants receivers to go down with a serious injury in 2017. The veteran missed the missed the bulk of the year after undergoing ankle surgery in October.

Jerry Jones: Cowboys not interested in signing a veteran tight endat this time

The Saints cut Coby Fleener, while Marcedes Lewis and Antonio Gates are among the tight ends still available as free agents. The Cowboys aren’t interested despite losing Jason Witten.

Owner Jerry Jones insists the Cowboys are prepared to go with the young tight ends on their roster.

I like the group that we have and don’t see at this time [adding a veteran], but I reserve the right to change my mind, Jones said.

Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa: Green Bay continues revamping its secondary after taking Louisville CB Jaire Alexander in Round 1. Jackson picked off eight passes last year, though he doesn’t have a ton of experience at corner. His ball skills might also make him a candidate to eventually play safety. Has drawn comparisons with Richard Sherman, though Jackson (6-0, 196) isn’t as big.

Breeland Speaks, DE, Mississippi: He should lineup just outside the offensive tackle at 6-3, 283 pounds, bolstering a three-man front that hasn’t been getting enough juice aside from Chris Jones’ production. colts_015


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Who will be punching a ticket to the second round? Our NBA experts make their predictions for all eight matchups.

But the final 11 seconds of regulation were a delirious stretch that somehow morphed Sunday’s tilt from a rock fight to an instant classic.

Let’s relive four critical moments through the eyes of the players and coaches involved:

David Freese (R), 0.5 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers (LHP Matthew Boyd): Lefty on the hill? Don’t Freese the platoon wizard out of your lineup. Boyd’s early 1.40 ERA comes with tepid dominance at just 5.1 K/9. He’s bound to falter soon, and Pittsburgh’s righty-hitting piece is an ideal rental to sneak in a productive day.

Jurickson Profar (B), 2.1 percent, Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics (RHP Kendall Graveman): That percentage is way too low. Likely locked into a starting role for at least the next several weeks with Elvis Andrus (arm) sidelined — and freshly eligible at shortstop as a result — Profar is riding a four-game hit streak heading into Tuesday. Graveman has paid for mistakes against lefty bats so far this year by allowing the third-highest wOBA in that split (.519) and generally pitches to contact (career 14.8 strikeout percentage).

Ryan McMahon (L), 3.7 percent, Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres (RHP Tyson Ross): The celebration of David Dahl’s callup has hid the fact that McMahon has been assigned nine starts in the Rockies’ past 12 games.

Via the Charleston Gazette-Mail, the Governor’s proclamation of a done deal is being challenged by others involved in the crafting of a sports wagering program.

“I don’t know how in the world we got to the point where the governor says there is a deal. There is no deal in place,” West Virginia Gaming and Racing Association president John Cavacini said.

Separate questions have emerged regarding whether, if the deal has been struck, the meetings resulting in the consensus violated the state’s open meetings law, which means that a legal challenge could be coming.

The director of the West Virginia Lottery Commission, Alan Larrick, pushed back against his boss more gently, explaining that there’s “an agreement in principle,” but not final deal. Larrick also acknowledged that a so-called “integrity fee” is on the table.orioles_043