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Vegas books took bets, and took a bath, on the draft

Sports books in Nevada are now allowed to take bets on the NFL draft, and this year that turned out to be good for bettors and bad for the house.

The Westgate and William Hill sports books both lost money on a draft that turned out to be unpredictable, according to ESPN.

Cheerleaders should also receive a stipend or be reimbursed for the expensive beauty regimen and accessories required. PROPER MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR ALL CHEERLEADERS Ware struggled with several injuries and says she was pressured to perform through her pain and didn’t receive proper medical treatment. She says she danced on four broken bones, two sprained MCLs, two sprained meniscuses, a left shoulder injury and a right hip injury. She says that when she’d ask about resting her injuries, Miami’s cheerleading directors repeated a familiar threat: If you don’t perform, there are 100 other women who will take your position. Ware left the team nearly a year ago and she says her foot is still broken. She currently does not have health insurance and is trying to do her own physical therapy exercises at home.

Rapoport adds that the Cowboys might have had Thomas for a third-round pick “and a lot more,” but Dallas declined that too. The Cowboys reportedly still have interest in the free safety after not coming out of the draft with one. Xavier Woods is penciled in as the starter at free safety with last year’s starter, Byron Jones, moving to cornerback.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider admitted Saturday he talked to several teams Friday about a trade for Thomas but said nothing was close to happening.

Thomas threatened a holdout earlier this offseason in the absence of a new contract and opted to skip the start of the team’s offseason workouts. But Schneider recently said Thomas’ agent has promised Thomas won’t holdout.

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West Virginia strikes deal for sports betting, “integrity fee”

The efforts of the sports leagues to get money for nothing could be paying off.

Instead, that money will become a windfall for sports leagues tha have gotten not a dime from legal gambling that has occurred for decades in Nevada. But since gambling likely will be happening legally in other places, the leagues now need compensation to ensure that their games will have integrity?

Of all the scams that professional sports leagues have pulled over the years on the American public, this one takes the cake. Literally. Unless the sports leagues will be licensing team names or logos for use in sports wagering (which will make everything feel more “official”), the sports leagues are providing nothing that they wouldn’t have otherwise provided for free, since the benefit to the sports leagues due to gambling arises from the increase in interest that happens when people have a financial interest in the outcome of a game.

Really, what leverage do the sports leagues have? Short of shutting down, there’s not a single thing they could have done to force West Virginia or any other state to pull a few bills off the bankroll, whether it’s given a term that sounds honorable or whether it’s called what it really is: Goodfellas-style tribute.

“There’s a lot of confidence as far as the guys that we have here right now,” Gase said. “[W]e felt good with Ryan starting and the Brock and David competing for that No. 2 spot. Now you add Bryce and that’s going to be an interesting competition. Really, we’re just going to see how it all works out for us.”

Osweiler has become an intriguing option, given his history as a Gase pupil in Denver, a part-time starter during the Super Bowl season of 2015 (Gase was in Chicago then), a failed one-year starter in Houston, and the subject of a hot-potato trade to Cleveland.

“When we started the free agency process, guys were talking about the fact that, ‘He’s 27-years-old. He’s played for you before and you were part of the guys that drafted him. You know him well. He wants to be here,’” Gase said of Osweiler. “They were almost selling me. I really had to go through things and just make sure that he was good getting back with me and understanding the situation we were in and kind of what he was going to be competing for.

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Rangers fire Alain Vigneault after missing playoffs for first time since 2009-10

The New York Rangers fired coach Alain Vigneault on Saturday night.

The announcement came after the Rangers closed out the season with a 5-0 loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia, finishing 34-39-9 and missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

New York finished last in the Metropolitan Division with 77 points.

The Rangers said they will begin searching for Vigneault’s replacement immediately. Associate coach Scott Arniel and assistant coach Darryl Williams were also let go while Lindy Ruff remains on staff, general manager Jeff Gorton said Monday.

The Rangers declared in a letter to fans before the NHL trade deadline that they were “reshaping” the team, which would bring an infusion of youth and would include some trades involving veteran players. They dealt captain Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Tampa Bay Lightning, forward Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins and Michael Grabner (their top goal scorer at the deadline) to the New Jersey Devils.

Gorton told ESPN in March that it was less a “reshape” than a “rebuild” for New York.

The possibility of teams addressing the position in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft plays a role, as well. Rather than signing a veteran, clubs with safety needs might instead be focusing on prospects like Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick, Florida State’s Derwin James or Stanford’s Justin Reid.

“I still have it. But I didn’t know if it was from him so I felt no need to respond.”

In a piece for Sports Illustrated in June, Young said detailed the number of issues reportedly between the two, including how Fisher would cancel meetings without telling him, he leaked personal conversations between the pair to the media, and that he told people Young was suicidal.

Fisher denied all those accusations.

“I’ve been asked many, many times to comment in response to three of his comments, and I had nothing to gain my commenting because all three of his comments were false, they were not true,” he said. “I know the truth, so I stayed away from all that.”

“I’ve been able to see results,” Lopez said through a translator. “These first two outings have been good, and those are just the first two good outings. I’m expecting more in the future.”

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Former Saints cheerleader fired over racy Instagram post; files complaint

Bailey Davis, a former Saints cheerleader fired over a racy Instagram post, has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming the NFL forces unfair rules against cheerleaders, The New York Times reported.

Davis, 22, said the Saints claimed a photo posted to her private Instagram violated a policy prohibiting cheerleaders from posting pictures of themselves appearing nude, seminude or in lingerie.

In text messages obtained by The Times, senior director of the Saints cheerleading team Ashley Deaton told Davis her Instagram post displayed very poor judgement because she was recently accused of being at the same party as a player.

Though no evidence was found she was at the party in question, Davis was fired four days after the Instagram post.

At the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum, the Saints will defend the organization’s policies and workplace rules, the Saints said in a statement. For now, it is sufficient to say that Ms. Davis was not subjected to discrimination because of her gender.

They also provide Jon Cooper with depth and versatility. Yanni Gourde scored 64 points this season after toiling away in the minors for years, and veteran Chris Kunitz and Alex Killorn have gone from top-six players to exceptional bottom-sixers. Teams dream of having the top-to-bottom skill of the Lightning forwards.

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett was taken into custody Monday in Houston after his first court appearance since being indicted by a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, for allegedly injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman after Super Bowl 51 in February 2017.

Bennett’s bond was set at $10,000 and he was issued a no-contact order by Judge Robert Johnson in the 177th Criminal Court before Bennett was led away in handcuffs, according to local media reports (via USA Today).

Bennett surrendered to authorities after prosecutors on Friday announced that he faces a single felony charge of injury to the elderly, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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Steve Spurrier, Mike Singletary among potential coaches for upstart Alliance of American Football

The biggest names in the upstart Alliance of American Football probably won’t be on the field.

They’ll be on the sidelines.

In conversations with multiple industry sources, Sporting News has learned several prominent former NFL head coaches are potential targets to join the eight-team upstart spring league that is scheduled to begin play in February after Super Bowl 53 is completed.

But as deals are finalized, here are eight coaches who fit the bill of what the Alliance is seeking.

Mike Singletary: The Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker enjoyed a quick NFL ascent, becoming San Francisco’s head coach less than five years after first becoming an assistant in 2003. His descent was almost as rapid. Singletary has spent three of the past four seasons out of the NFL entirely after his 18-22 tenure with the 49ers ended after the 2010 campaign.

Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports that Ansah is in Ghana dealing with a family obligation, adding that Ansah, who grew up in Ghana, has been in touch with the team about his whereabouts. Rogers also adds that Ansah is expected to join the team soon.

During a recent appearance on PFT Live, Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said the team wants Ansah and Patricia to get to know each other for a while before turning up talks about a long-term contract. A report late last month indicated that Ansah would sign his franchise tag before training camp if no long-term deal comes together.

“You show me your crowd, I will show you your future,” Lewis said. “Man, Justin Timberlake ain’t never played no football. I love Justin, but Justin ain’t getting out there on the ground like that. These guys he’s hanging out with, they’re in studios all night. They don’t have to get up, they don’t have no discipline when it comes to athleticism. . . .

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Denver continues pre-draft work on quarterbacks with Josh Allen’s visit

The Broncos’ pre-draft evaluations of the quarterbacks continued Monday with Josh Allen’s visit to UCHealth Training Center, Mike Klis of Denver’s 9News reports.

It was Allen’s third meeting with the Broncos, as they also met with him at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

In fact, San Antonio has played with its entire lineup available in only one game this entire season.

“As we mentioned many times, we’ve had a very tough season with a lot of injuries and rotations,” Ginobili said. “I don’t know what’s the number, but the amount of starting fives we’ve had is crazy.

“It’s been a roller coaster. Some games you feel great and [feel] that you got over the hump. Then you go to L.A. and lose two bad games,” Ginobili said, referring to the Spurs’ consecutive losses to the Clippers and Lakers on April 3 and 4. “Then we come back and we flourish again or we fight again. It’s been a tough season.”

All the attrition and constant change appeared to be finally taking its toll Monday night with 6:05 to play and the Spurs trailing by 14 points to a struggling Kings squad. San Antonio didn’t take its first lead of the game until 10:18 remained in the contest.

He punted 1,110 times for 50,500 yards, giving him a career average of 45.5 yards.

Defensive tackle Bennie Logan‘s search for a new team for the 2018 season took him to Nashville.

Field Yates of ESPN.com reports that Logan visited with the Titans. He has also met with the Seahawks since becoming a free agent this month.

Logan is one of the few players left on our list of the Top 100 free agents of 2018 and spent the 2017 season with the Chiefs. He had 52 tackles and 1.5 sacks for Kansas City after spending the first four years of his career with the Eagles.

He started 51 games in four years with the Eagles and would be a replacement for the released Sylvester Williams if he signs in Tennessee. The Titans have been in the market for defensive line help and met with Ndamukong Suh before Suh signed with the Rams.

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Gil Brandt denies pressuring Baker Mayfield to attend draft

Baker Mayfield claims that he has been pressured to attend the draft. The man responsible for inviting players to the draft denies applying pressure to Mayfield.

“I’m ecstatic about the 22 players we will have at the draft,” Gil Brandt of NFL.com said on Twitter. “I never worry (and certainly would never pressure) those who don’t want to be there. Baker made that clear very early on.”

As mentioned earlier, the league didn’t invite Mayfield to attend the draft because he had made it clear that he doesn’t want to attend. Still, it’s possible that league officials other than Brandt tried to get Mayfield to change his mind.

Speaking to reporters in Humboldt on Monday about the visit, Kennedy choked up.

“To be able to have some conversations with some of those young people and their families and to be able to have a couple laughs and to be able to look in their eyes and tell ’em, you know, it’s good to see a smile,” Kennedy said. “To me, that stuff is important.”

“We shot the ball confidently,” Toronto’s Kyle Lowry said. “We needed that, heading into the next couple of weeks, shooting the ball confidently.”

After clinching the top spot in the Eastern Conference on Friday night with a win over Indiana, the Raptors gave guard DeMar DeRozan and center Jonas Valanciunas the night off. Toronto will rest players again Monday night at Detroit, then return to full strength Wednesday night for the regular-season finale at Miami.

“It’s not like we totally need rest, but I think it’s the prudent thing to do for our team,” coach Dwane Casey said.

Lowry scored 11 points as the Raptors converted 39 of 78 field goal attempts. Anonoby made five of eight from 3-point range, while Miles hit 5 of 10. Toronto made 17 of 40 from beyond the arc.

“We didn’t guard the 3-point line well enough,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said.

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Colts GM Chris Ballard shockingly against Josh McDaniels rule, which fails to pass

In the aftermath of the Josh McDaniels fiasco with the Colts earlier this offseason, the NFL was expected to pass a new rule that would allow teams to officially hire away coaches working for playoff teams. Surprisingly, the rule wasn’t enacted at the NFL owners meetings this week. Even more surprising is that Colts general manager Chris Ballard wasn’t in favor of the rule change.

On Tuesday, the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder reported that Ballard said he was not a proponent of a new rule.

And that playoff team who has worked their (butt) off, they’re trying to win, man. The rules are in place to protect them. It’s already a distraction, but now you’re creating a whole other issue.

It’s surprising to hear Ballard talk this way because of just how much the current rules screwed him over. On Jan. 15, CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reported that McDaniels was a virtual lock to be the Colts’ next coach. But because the Patriots were in the middle of a playoff run, McDaniels couldn’t officially take the job — not until the Patriots’ season ended, which didn’t happen until the Super Bowl when they lost a heartbreaker to Eagles. Two days later, the Colts announced the hiring, even scheduling an introductory press conference. Later that day, McDaniels shockingly decided to stay with the Patriots. Because he hadn’t signed a contract with the Colts, he had the ability to spurn the Colts without any repercussions — besides his reputation taking a hit, of course.

As for Jinnies, he spoke on how enticing the process has been for him.

They were unlike anything I’ve ever been to. I’m used to getting a call after or an email, he said. This one was about three weeks long and we had a bunch of rehearsals in between and an extensive interview process, but it was really humbling and amazing to be invited every time you came back.

But it was all worth it as the two were part of the 40 cheerleaders chosen out of 76 finalists.

None of this has helped. The league’s leaders aren’t sitting by idly, instead planning to assemble head coaches and special-teams coordinators to craft a solution — which very well could include elimination of the play altogether.

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NBA mock draft: Knicks passing on pair of Bridges for another point guard

Well this would cause some uproar in New York.

Not because the position is set with a superstar, but because the Knicks have put so many trade, free agent and draft resources into finding the next lead guard at Madison Square Garden. From selecting Frank Ntilikina in last year’s lottery to trading for Emmanuel Mudiay to watching Trey Burke emerge, the Knicks can’t seem to stick with one plan at the position.

Carter to Knicks

If NBADraft.net’s latest mock draft comes to fruition, we’ll soon add another name to the mix: Alabama scorer Collin Sexton, projected to land with the Knicks with the ninth pick.

Sexton averaged 19.2 points and 3.6 assists playing for an Alabama team that made the NCAA Tournament.

The defensively stout Eagles remain the team to beat, but each of the last 13 Super Bowl winners haven’t repeated. Only 65 percent of the last 26 Super Bowl participants have made the playoffs the next season, and only two have gotten back to the Super Bowl.

The Eagles will have their work cut out for them.

In two games for the Giants last season, Smith completed 21 of 36 passes for 212 yards, one score and no interceptions. The Jets’ 2013 second-round pick, Smith has started 31 games in his five-year career.

Aaron Rodgers.

If the Lions do go that route, it will be interesting to see if it changes Quinn’s plans for Abdullah. The GM previously said DeAndre Levy and Eric Ebron had future roles with the team before cutting both in the offseason. It’s a reminder tomorrow isn’t guaranteed in the NFL.

Regardless of what the backfield rotation looks like, the important thing is that group finally adds long-needed balance to the offense.

I think it’s the way you threaten the defense the most, Patricia said. We need to be balanced from that standpoint.

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Jahri Evans wants to play in 2018, but isn’t in a rush to sign

Jahri Evans signed with the Packers in late April last year and started 14 games at right guard for Green Bay in his 12th NFL season before becoming a free agent last month.

Evans hasn’t been linked with any teams so far this offseason, but that’s not because he’s planning to walk off into the sunset. Evans told Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that he wants to play in 2018 and that he’s keeping the door open to a return to Green Bay while noting that he’s not in a hurry to sign with any team.

In theory, what Polian has described sounds as appealing as non-NFL pro football can get. But all the bells and whistles ascribed to the latest spring pigskin foray mean nothing if the actual on-field action isn’t worthy of drawing viewer attention.

“It’s really a second chance for virtually everyone who wants to play professional football,” Polian said.

We’ll soon learn whether the Alliance itself can remain viable enough to buck the odds and provide that chance, or whether it will follow into the graveyard of past spring disasters.

The Giants made Hankins a second-round pick in 2013. He started 41 games in four seasons in New York and made 150 tackles and 10 sacks.

He played 15 games for the Colts last season, making 44 tackles and two sacks.

“The guys did a good job battling for me,” Wilcox said. “They knew it was my debut tonight. A lot of respect for them battling for me for two periods. I just wanted to give the guys a chance to get back in the game, and they did a good job of doing that.”

The Panthers were cruising but the Sabres mounted a final flurry, scoring two goals 21 seconds apart late in the third period to make it 3-2. Pominville scored on a wrist shot with 4:30 left, and Reinhart scored shortly after.

“Just to be blunt and honest, that was typically what our season was,” coach Phil Housley said. “We couldn’t come out and start on time, and then we get the urgency to push back and get back into a game and make a game of it.”

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