Month: June 2018

Vikings extend Danielle Hunter

Danielle Hunter evolved from situational pass rusher to full-time starter last season, and now he’s been rewarded for it.
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The Vikings have agreed to terms on a contract extension for Hunter, NFL Network is reporting.

It’s been too long, Beek, but I’m finally back with another one! I’m hearing some good things from the coaches and other players about our first-rounder, Calvin Ridley. Do you feel like the time during minicamp was more of a cohesion time for him and Matty Ice – to get on the same page especially since Julio Jones was a no-show? How do you vision that whole situation, by the way, because you have a guy in Steve Sarkisian looking to have a bounce-back year, yet his best receiver is holding out over contract disputes? Will this interfere with game-planning in any way in your mind, especially if potentially he misses training Adam Jones Jersey camp? Thanks, Beek!

Police sources told Josina Anderson of ESPN that there is a person of interest whom investigators are waiting to interview.

Although the results of the medical examiner’s report have not been released, Anderson reports that police are describing the death as highly suspicious.

Rene reportedly showed signs of having been strangled or suffocated, and police reportedly believe it was a homicide. Jenkins has been in Florida.

Brian Jordan was a starting safety for Jed Lowrie Womens Jersey the Atlanta Falcons when he walked away from the NFL after three seasons to focus exclusively on baseball, Lisk writes. It worked, as Jordan would go on to have a 15-year MLB career as an outfielder and finished top 20 in MVP voting in three different seasons.

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Brandon Parker wins over his teammates by standing up for himself

Raiders rookie Brandon Parker was ejected from practice for fighting with defensive lineman Fadol Brown at last week’s minicamp. But he won over his offensive teammates.
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Brandon stood Authentic Carlos Beltran Jersey up for himself, left guard Kelechi Osemele said, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. That was really cool to see. You always want to see that. You worry about a guy’s toughness. He’s a tough kid. He’s been playing well. He’s really intelligent. Really smart.

Parker didn’t intend to get in a scuffle, but the North Carolina A&T product wasn’t about to back down either.

Herremans: People automatically think, Oh, you have to play a sport because you’re a big guy. Well, maybe I’m really into watercolors [laughs]. Maybe I’m a professional pianist or something. Why does the assumption always have to be that I play football? I might kind of look like a mean guy who isn’t approachable, but the truth is I’m a big teddy bear. I’m a lover, not a fighter. I use up all my aggression on the field. Part of your job description is to go out there and be aggressive and be tough. But when I step outside the lines, I’m a normal person. Being an offensive lineman is what I do, it’s not who I am.

Do you think your body is meant to be 300 pounds, or are you holding extra weight to compete?

Mewhort: I don’t think I’m too much above my natural weight. I’m not waking up in the morning and feeling like, Oh my goodness, why am I carrying all this weight? I think I’m right around where I’m supposed to be.

Initially the thing which hit me was the different language. It takes time to learn it so you can relate to what people are talking about, he says. It’s different to anything you’ve ever come across. The second thing which took time was understanding the nuances of the game and how it comes together. It’s a three-dimensional game, as opposed to rugby where defenders are usually in front of you.

There are elements to football that come naturally, with the running, spatial awareness and good hands. But it’s Womens Richaun Holmes Jersey hard to say with a blanket rule of what different athletes will struggle with in the transition. I originally found blocking difficult. It was nuanced and it took time to learn the footwork. It’s not what you expect on the surface: like scrummaging in rugby, blocking takes years to perfect.

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Seahawks punter Jon Ryan refuses to concede job

Punter Jon Ryan joined the Seattle Seahawks in 2008 after being released by the Green Bay Packers. Entering his 11th season with the squad, he had a feeling the team would attempt to draft his replacement.
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It’s like when you have a grandparent who is sick for like eight years, Ryan told Jayson Jenks of The Athletic. You know Domata Peko Youth Jersey they’re going to die, but when they actually die, it doesn’t make it easy.

Entering his 13th NFL season, the 36-year-old Ryan isn’t ready Ronde Barber Authentic Jersey to concede his job to a rookie yet.

If you let me, I’m going to compete my ass off, harder than you’ve ever seen, Ryan remembered saying to Schneider. I love you. I have so much respect for you. But one way or the other, I’m going to make you look really dumb.

This offseason Pete Carroll emphasized getting back to his roots of every man on the roster competing for playing time. This year that’s true right down to the punter.

In the first half of Barkley’s third career game at Penn State long before he was the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft or a Heisman Trophy candidate, when he was just another four-star recruit in search of true freshman playing time – I published this:

Three embattled years later, I’m in a NFL training facility unfurling a magnified image of the 121-character anchor that bonds me to the rookie running back.

I expected to see a confused look when I asked Barkley if he ever had seen it before just not on my own face. Suddenly, it didn’t feel so #Ridiculous.

I laughed, Barkley recalled. Obviously people make their opinions and have their comments, and I really never acknowledge it. With Tweets, I maybe favorite it or send it to myself as a sidenote, but I do remember seeing this Tweet.

Frazier still thought that was the plan Monday morning when he traveled from Scranton to D.C. via car service to meet up with the Yankees, and he still thought that as of Monday afternoon when he talked to reporters at Nationals Park.

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Gerrit Cole ‘not terribly disappointed’ about brother-in-law Brandon Crawford taking him deep

Gerrit Cole came out ahead in his showdown with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, but he lost an individual battle to a familiar foe.

It helped Cole that the Astros were leading by five runs at the time of the homer and that Houston went on to win the game 11-2.

Cole told in the lead-up to the game that facing Crawford is fun overall, although Crawford said it’s not much fun to face one of the top pitchers in baseball, especially this year. Cole is 5-1 with a 1.86 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings after Tuesday. He’s also 5-1 in seven career starts vs. the Giants.

Crawford has done OK for himself against his kin, though, and after going 2 for 2 Tuesday (he singled in the second inning), he’s 6 for 20 lifetime. That’s good enough for partial bragging rights, at least.

The Red Sox have been burned in recent years by big-money contracts — Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, to name three that turned out so poorly the Red Sox dumped all three before the deals were done. Maybe that’s one reason they held firm on not wanting to overpay Martinez.

It’s only three months into the deal, but the early returns have the five-year investment looking pretty good. With Jackie Bradley Jr. and Betts having short stints on the DL, Martinez has even started 31 games in the outfield. But it’s the bat that pays the rent.

He really has become a hitter without a major weakness. You can get him to chase sliders when ahead in the count and he has little weak spot up and in like most batters, but otherwise he has no obvious holes that you can attack:

Fastballs: .333/.417/.733 (103 PAs); sinkers: .432/.510/.818 (51 PAs); changeups: .268/.289/.659 (42 PAs); sliders: .234/.301/.359 (73 PAs); curveballs: .444/.474/.778 (19 PAs)

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MLB trade news: Rays send Brad Miller to Brewers

Brad Miller is heading to the Brewers.
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The Rays sent the 28-year-old infielder to Milwaukee in exchange for first baseman Ji-man Choi, the team announced Sunday. Choi will join the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate in Durham.

Tampa Bay designated Miller for assignment Thursday. Miller, who belted a career-high 30 home runs for the Rays in 2016, has a slash line of .256/.322/.429 this season.

The Rays promoted highly touted first baseman Jake Bauers to fill Miller’s spot on the roster. The 22-year-old player is the No. 6 prospect in Tampa Bay’s organization, according to MLB Pipeline.

In the aftermath of last season’s Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia, the 29-year-old Patriots tight end insinuated A.J. Derby Jersey he was considering retirement. Those thoughts lingered throughout the winter until he finally announced via Instagram in April that he would return for his ninth NFL season.

Of course, many Brian Allen Authentic Jersey teams can’t sell 10,000 new season tickets because they were already selling their maximum allotment of season ticket holders. So it’s not as if the Jaguars have suddenly become the hottest ticket in the NFL.

But combining the 10,000 new season tickets with the fact that 90 percent of last year’s season ticket holders renewed, the Jaguars are clearly in very good shape to fill up their stadium, even with more seats available. For a team that has often struggled to fill its stadium even when thousands of seats were covered by tarps, it’s a very good sign that last year’s strong season has heightened fan enthusiasm.

Its title reflects Fallon’s own quest to ensure his older daughter, Winnie, uttered his nickname first, stealthily dropping Dada whenever his wife, film producer Nancy Juvonen, wasn’t within earshot.

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MLB wrap: Red-hot Mariners win again, but challenge looms against Yankees, Red Sox

What the Mariners have done in the past month is remarkable, but the schedule they face in the next 10 days could break even the best team.
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First, let’s appreciate everything that has gone right lately. Right fielder Mitch Haniger hit Harrison Butker Jersey a two-run walk-off home run Wednesday to give Seattle an 8-6 victory and a sweep of the division rival Angels. The Mariners have now won four in a row and are a season-high 20 games over.500 (44-24).

Since June 14 the Mariners are 22-7. They have the third-best record in baseball and are now on pace to win 105 games. No wonder Mariners fans can smell the end of Seattle’s 16-season playoff drought, the longest in baseball

With this double against the Dodgers Wednesday, Adrian Beltre became the all-time leader in hits among foreign-born players, with 3,090, passing Ichiro Suzuki.

With his double in Joseph Noteboom Jersey the 4th, Adrián Beltré passes Ichiro for most hits by a foreign-born player in
MLB history (3,090).

Astros (43-25) at Athletics (34-33) 3:35 p.m. ET Justin Verlander has made 19 starts since coming to Houston from the Motor City, and his numbers in that time are ridiculous: 13-2, 1.34 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 11 Ks per nine innings. For the Athletics, Frankie Montas has been great in three starts since being called up from Triple-A, going 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.

Syndergaard was expected to be activated from the disabled list and start against the Yankees last week. But he remained on the DL after experiencing swelling and discomfort while playing catch, according to a report by

New York has dealt with injuries throughout 2018. Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes, AJ Ramos, Juan Lagares and Jeurys Familia are all currently on the DL.

The Mets currently hold a 28-37 record and have lost 11 of their last 12 games. New York opened the season 11-1.

Joey Bart, the catcher at Georgia Tech, for me, is the most impactful player in this year’s draft. When I said impactful, I didn’t say the most talented player — though I do think he might be the most talented, too.

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Using a first-round pick on Damarious Randall in 2015

The Green Bay Packers don’t gamble often, which usually means fewer home runs as well as fewer strikeouts. Still, they’d probably like to have that Randall pick back.
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Adams earns induction by checking one very specific box: Did you remain statistically relevant when Brett Hundley was your quarterback? And I don’t mean to pick on Hundley, but there’s a reason a guy who went 0-15 last season might displace Hundley as the backup. Now Aaron Rodgers is healthy and, just as crucially, Jordy Nelson is in Oakland (more on that in a second). Adams is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver, entering his age-25 season, in Dario Saric Jersey the first season after his team made him one of the highest-paid wideouts in football. This is all heading in a very positive direction.

Nelson was one of the Packers playmakers who dropped off the face of the Earth after Hundley replaced an injured Rodgers last season — but there’s more to it than that. The 33-year-old is going from arguably the best place to catch passes in Green Bay to Oakland, where he will be in a new offense and new surroundings playing second banana to Amari Cooper. Am I saying Nelson is destined for bust status? No, but the days of Jordy as a 90/1,300/12-level monster are likely over.

The Eagles would have been better off without Asomugha and with Thomas, but Kelly nearly ran the team into the ground with his stubborn approach to retooling a roster that didn’t require much maintenance to begin with. He inherited a talented team from Andy Reid, but he wasn’t willing to be flexible with his fast-but-often-predictable offensive scheme and didn’t appear capable of handling egos. As a result, he wound up chasing away stars.

As former Eagles guard Evan Mathis wrote in an email to Mike Klis of 9News in 2016:

There were many things that Chip had done that showed me he wasn’t building a championship team. Two of the main issues that concerned me were: 1. A never-evolving, vanilla offense that forced our own defense to play higher than normal play counts. 2. His impatience with certain personality types even when they were blue-chip talents. The Broncos team I was on would have eaten Chip alive. I don’t think he could have handled the plethora of large personalities.
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What will having a fullback mean for Cardinals RB David Johnson?

Rookie LB Justin Lawler is in the mix early for the Rams.

Checking in with S Adrian Colbert and the rest of the 49ers secondary.

Per Bleacher Report’s NFL 1000 rankings, White was the 13th-best cornerback in the NFL last season, slotted between former Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman and Atlanta Falcon Desmond Trufant.

As a rookie, running back Christian McCaffrey cracked over 1,000 yards of offense, despite most of them coming as a pass-catcher. It’s possible that McCaffrey will take the bulk of the carries with Jonathan Stewart, Carolina’s longtime top ball-carrier, now with the New York Giants, and just C.J. Anderson pressing him for touches.

Thomas is in the last year of his deal, which will pay him an $8.5 million base salary this season. A player of his caliber deserves more that that.

Some in the league think he’ll get it. I’m not one of them.

The Seahawks are turning the page, and he’s part of their last chapter, not the next one.

It isn’t just that Dez Bryant hasn’t signed with a team. It’s that there’s no news of any kind about him.

There are typically tons of rumors about where a player of Bryant’s notoriety is headed. Right now, there aren’t even rumors.

This often means more than a simple lack of interest. In this case, it could even mean the opposite: Some teams may be interested, but they’re trying to keep it vewy, vewy quiet to avoid potential bidding wars

I love my big sister. That’s just the least I can do for her, Edmonds told ESPN. When you’re on full scholarship you don’t realize these bills. These things add up. When my mom told me Morgan’s debt at the time, I said, ‘Wow. If I ever can make it to the NFL that’s something that I would love to do, just to surprise her and pay that off for her so she can really live free and do whatever she wants with her money.’

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Orlando’s hit snapped a 0-for-14 stretch.

The Royals scored again in the ninth on Alex Gordon’s home run his fifth off Yusmeiro Petit.
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Kevin McCarthy pitched the eighth and Kelvin Herrera worked a scoreless ninth to complete the four-hitter and earn his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

With the Royals’ offense sputtering, manager Ned Yost shuffled the lineup, moving Gordon into the cleanup spot, Mike Moustakas from third to second and Perez from cleanup to third in the batting order. Gordon’s homer was the only hit by the trio.

The Royals beat Oakland for the second time in six tries this season.

Athletics: LHP Ryan Buchter (strained left shoulder) is with Single-A Stockton. He threw 20 pitches to hitters on Friday night and reported no discomfort, manager Bob Melvin said. … Nick Martini was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the roster for Bassitt. … OF Boog Powell (right knee strain) has Gary Payton Jersey worked out at the Authentic Demar Dotson Jersey A’s extended spring training facility in Arizona and is expected to start a rehab assignment soon, Melvin said.

A’s LHP Sean Manaea (5-6, 3.59 ERA) is 1-4 with a 6.63 ERA in his last seven starts. He hopes to get back on track in Sunday’s series finale. RHP Brad Keller (1-2, 2.12 ERA) will make his third start since moving into the rotation.Freeman, Flowers lift Braves over Dodgers 5-3

Did Ohtani’s pre-existing UCL injury suggest he was at a greater risk for a more serious UCL injury?

It did. How could it not? A ligament that exhibits some evidence of wear and tear is more susceptible to further injury than one that does not. But the mere presence of risk doesn’t dictate when or how that risk will manifest itself down the line. Ohtani was universally viewed by all the teams scouting him as a player who came with some risk … but he also presented a unique talent. Organizational decisions on whether or not to sign, draft or trade for players are always made with a risk-versus-reward value proposition in mind. Medical information is one component of the risk calculation and each team must determine just how significant that factor is.

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They are 22-44 overall with only Baltimore owning a worst record in the American League.

The first two games are against the Cincinnati Reds, who likewise have an appalling record, 23-43. They possess the worst record in the National League.
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The Royals will start veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy in the opener. Kennedy is coming off a start Thursday against the Angels when he allowed one Al Macinnis Jersey run and seven hits over five innings in a no-decision. Overall, he is 1-6 with a 5.76 ERA.

Kennedy beat the Reds the last time he faced them, allowing one run, a homer, on two hits over five innings, but had to pitch around six walks.

Few Reds have faced Kennedy. Joey Votto is 5-for-15, .333, with a home run and three walks. Scooter Gennett is 4-for-10 with a home run. The Reds plan to utilize Votto as the designated hitter for these two games in an American League park.

Man, I don’t know who made this schedule, but it’s been tough for us, Tigers center fielder Leonys Martin told the Detroit News. A lot of late flights, day games, night games. But we’ve got to do it. We never gave up. We go out and fight. Now we just have to move forward.

Detroit (31-36) trails Cleveland by five games in the American League Central standings.

We hung in there, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told the News. We played a lot of close ballgames. One swing of the bat here or there or one good pitch could’ve changed it. Ten and eight, yes, but we could have been better. I think that’s what keeps driving these guys. We know we can do better.

Minnesota (28-34) is just a half game behind Detroit in the standings, It also lost two of three last weekend, though it salvaged the finale on Sunday with a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

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