Former Seahawks coach Chuck Knox dead at 86

Former Seattle Seahawks coach Chuck Knox died after battling a lengthy battle with dementia, KIRO-TV reported. He was 86.
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Hardy will face former defensive end Austen Lane on June 12 in a heavyweight bout on the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series, it was announced during the UFC 224 broadcast.

Lane, who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears from 2010 to 2014, is 4-0 as a professional MMA fighter.

Dan Marino Limited Jersey At the end of the day, when we go in the cage, we’re just going to be two fighters. Obviously we’ll both have some athleticism that has carried over from the NFL, but I don’t consider him former NFL player Greg Hardy, I consider him MMA fighter Greg Hardy, and that’s how I’m going to approach what he’s bringing to the table, Lane said in an interview with

Hardy hasn’t played football since 2015.

Looking to boost a stagnating state economy, then-New Jersey governor Chris Christie attempted to legalize sports gambling in the state in 2012. The NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and NCAA banded together to file a lawsuit against Christie and New Jersey, which was successful in multiple lower courts.

While we are still reviewing the implications to college sports, we will adjust sports wagering and championship policies to align with the direction from the court, NCAA chief legal officer聽Donald Remy said in a statement to Jill Martin of CNN.

Major League Baseball also issued a statement to Martin regarding the court ruling:

Today’s decision Prince Amukamara Jersey by the United States Supreme Court will have profound effects on Major League Baseball. As each state considers whether to allow sports betting, we will continue to seek the proper protections for our sport, in partnership with other professional sports.聽 Our most important priority is protecting the integrity of our games. We will continue to support legislation that creates air-tight coordination and partnerships between the state, the casino operators and the governing bodies in sports toward that goal.

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Texans release four players

The post-draft roster cuts are coming around the league as teams make room for their draft picks and undrafted free agent signings.

The Texans made four of those cuts on Monday in addition to making the signing of running back Alfred Blue official. They cut tight end Zach Conque, cornerback Bryce Jones, tight end Ryan Malleck and linebacker Gimel President.

One of the most effective receiving backs and return aces of his generation, Sproles currently sits eighth in career all-purpose yards.

Sproles needs just 528 yards to enter the top five on that list. Now he will get another chance this season.

The challenge for Martin, however, will be earning a roster spot over the likes of Marshawn Lynch, DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and undrafted free-agent Chris Warren. With the exception of Lynch, these other backs are younger and potentially have a brighter future. If new head coach Jon Gruden doesn’t see some of the old Doug Martin on the field in camp, he’ll likely be the odd man out.

Even Lynch could make for a difficult cut to swallow, as he’s owed $4.5 million in guaranteed money this season. None of Martin’s contract is guaranteed.

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks is a fantastic player. He had 77 tackles, 2.0 sacks and six passes defended last season. Yet, the defending Super Bowl champs don’t seem too keen on keeping him around.

In the case of the Saints, however, it may make sense: Brees gave the Saints a hometown discount with his contract this offseason, when he easily could have played hardball with them and made more money, either in New Orleans or elsewhere. When you have an elite quarterback taking less money than his market value, it makes sense to use all of your resources to try to build a team around him. Using two first-round picks on his heir apparent might help the franchise in the long run, but it wouldn’t help them win with Brees this year. And winning with Brees this year is the Saints’ only priority.

The Patriots utilized Gillislee early in the 2017 season, but they lost confidence in him toward the end of the year. He played only once during the final eight games of the regular season. 

While Gillislee has the talent to help out a backfield this season, the Patriots may not want to pay to make it theirs. Instead, they could save more than $2 million by releasing him.

New Orleans Saints safety Chris Banjo isn’t a star, or even a starter. However, he has a lot of value as a depth player and a special teams ace, which is why he has lasted in the NFL since 2013 despite making only two career starts.

Which team (or teams) will be forced to pivot off a disastrous injury?

The NFL confirmed Ingram lost his appeal, leading to the suspension.
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Ingram is slated to miss tilts against the Buccaneers, Browns, Falcons, and Giants. He is allowed to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Entering the final year of his contract, the 28-year-old hasn’t been around the team facility during voluntary offseason conditioning and doesn’t plan to attend voluntary OTAs, Rapoport reported Tuesday on NFL Network’s Up To The Minute. Rapoport added that the Saints were aware of the possible suspension for several weeks.
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Ingram led the Saints in rushing last season with 1,124 yards on 2013 carries with 12 TDs. Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara is poised to take on a larger role in the offense with Ingram set to miss four games.
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Jones won a three-back workout Tuesday, Rapoport added. It was reported yesterday that Terrance West was part of the group that visited Philly.

Jones, a former 2015 third-round pick of the Washington Redskins, was waived by the Indianapolis Colts following the NFL draft. The 25-year-old bounced from the Colts active roster to the practice squad and back in 2017, earning just five carries for 14 yards in five appearances. Jones fell out of favor quickly in Washington after two fumble-filled, inefficient seasons.

In Philly, Jones could have the chance to earn a role as a power back behind Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles and Corey Clement. With Donnel Pumphrey and Wendell Smallwood also currently on the roster, however, Jones will have an uphill battle to make the Eagles ‘ squad.

The team is listening to the community, Anderson said.

The other three sides of Johnny Hekker Youth jersey the facility will remain lit every night, he said.

Roethlisberger now questioning whether Steelers might have screwed up recent picks

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When the Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph last week, they probably didn’t expect the pick to come with a side of drama, but that’s exactly what has happened, thanks to Ben Roethlisberger .
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[Dobbs] and Landry were the two guys I’ve felt the worst for [after Rudolph was picked], Roethlisberger said. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t worried about someone taking my job. I feel confident that I can go out and beat whoever I need to beat out for my job. That’s just the confidence I have in myself. I do feel bad for those guys. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I assume Landry’s still the [backup]. I don’t really know.

Later in the interview, Big Ben mentioned that maybe the Steelers screwed up another pick back in 2017. [Dobbs] was taken in the fourth round, so does that mean the Steelers screwed up that pick? Roethlisberger asked. Do they think he wasn’t the one that they thought or has he not developed the way they thought? Why else would you take a quarterback in the third round the next year?

The thing that I was really impressed with is I thought he was accurate, Harbaugh told reporters on Patrick Beverley Jersey Saturday. You read the reports and stuff like that but he’s a naturally talented thrower. He’s got natural arm talent. And that’s something that I think people were questioning. So to see him out here throwing the ball naturally and very accurately I thought was a big plus.

Of course, throwing at practice is one thing. Throwing during a game is quite another. Eventually, Jackson will get a chance to do that. The question is whether he’ll do it well enough to get the Ravens to move on from the first-round quarterback the Ravens drafted 10 years ago.

Draymond Green vs. LaMarcus Aldridge. For the Spurs to have any shot at pulling off an upset, it will be imperative that Aldridge thoroughly dominates. And in order to do so, he will have to go through one of the best defenders in the league in Green. With Leonard out, San Antonio’s offense goes heavily through Aldridge, and the Warriors will likely leave Green on an island to test Aldridge’s efficiency. If he’s not commanding a double-team, the Warriors will exit the first round virtually unscathed. This matchup will determine how serious this series becomes.

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Terrell McClain visiting the Dolphins today

The Dolphins just traded for Akeem Spence, but they鈥檙e not finished working on their defensive line.
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According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston, Chronicle, former Morgan Rielly Jersey Cowboys defensive tackle Terrell McClain is visiting the Dolphins today.

McClain was cut by Washington last week, one year into the four-year, $21 million deal he signed the previous spring. The former second-round pick of the Panthers blossomed into a solid player during his time in Dallas.

The Dolphins are still looking for help after letting Ndamukong Suh go this offseason, and they didn鈥檛 add any defensive linemen in the draft.

Some think that Flacco will still get all of 2018 to turn things around, given his salary and cap number. King suggests it鈥檚 hardly a given, writing that Flacco will get the first shot, and he may well play well enough to beat back Jackson.

Here鈥檚 the thing: The Ravens seem to be determined to give Jackson a chance to play, probably in a Slash-style role like the one Kordell Stewart filled as a rookie in Pittsburgh 23 years ago. Once Ravens fans get a taste of what Jackson can do 鈥?and if he can do it well 鈥?they鈥檒l want more.
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Some in the organization may want more, too. Remember, the Ravens were considering taking Jackson with the 16th pick in the draft. So they have big plans for Jackson, and those plans include giving them a way to justify cutting the cord on Flacco.

Anthony Averett recently learned how much further advanced he is from an Xs-and-Os standpoint compared to other college defensive backs, as well as the respect Saban carries when the cornerback was asked extensively about Alabama coaching by NFL teams during the pre-draft interview process.
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They’ll ask what coverages we’ll play, said Averett, who is projected as a second-day pick. I’ll say, ‘Cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, cover 4, cover 5, cover 6, cover 7 …’

Tatum likes to joke that Stevens only yells at him and Brown.

It’s not far from the truth, but only because Stevens expects so much from the past two drafts’ No. 3 picks.

On the eve of the 2018 playoffs, Brown was reflecting on that tough love and suggested he wouldn’t want it any other way.

Before the start of the playoffs, Horford had fondly reflected on his first playoff experience in 2008, when the upstart Atlanta Hawks pushed Boston’s Big Three to seven games before bowing in the opening round.

Horford said it “shaped my career” and taught him about the “intensity of the playoffs, the way you need to play.” He knows how valuable games like Sunday’s are for Tatum and Brown.

“Nothing prepares you for these moments,” Horford said. “I’ve been impressed with how Jayson and Jaylen have stepped up to the challenge.”

But he also sees how much Brown and Tatum want to win right now, and that’s even more exciting as the Celtics see an opportunity to make noise sooner than most might have expected, considering the circumstances.

Brian Windhorst, There is a common-sense pull toward the Thunder’s incredible second-half run in Game 5 being fool’s gold, the product of a white-hot Russell Westbrook spurt plus some unfortunate foul trouble. I can see that.

But what if it isn’t? Playoff series have turned on less. And while I expect the Jazz to be great in their building in a closeout game, I recognize the Thunder’s potential combined with a new pressure that exists on Utah now.

André Snellings, ESPN Fantasy: Cavs at Pacers. LeBron James turned in a highlight reel to lead the Cavs to that controversial Game 5 win, and the Pacers are upset that goaltending wasn’t called.

But the Cavaliers have struggled all series long, and if the Pacers win at home they have a legitimate shot to sneak out the series win. If the Cavs still have their usual championship aspirations, they really need to end this series on Friday.canucks_1347

Report alleges Washington NFL cheerleaders used as’personal escorts’ at 2013 photo shoot

In a report published by the New York Times on Wednesday, Washington NFL cheerleaders detail the story of a 2013 trip to Costa Rica that many of them say crossed a line.
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The team’s group of 36 cheerleaders took a trip to Costa Rica for a calendar photo shoot, but several say they felt objectified and that the team was pimping us out for male sponsors.
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A group of suite holders and sponsors were reportedly invited on the trip and given exclusive Womens Travis Sanheim Jersey access to the photo shoot that made the cheerleaders uncomfortable:

According to the report, the cheerleaders felt the extracurricular requirements put them in unsafe situations:

It’s just not right to send cheerleaders out with strange men when some of the girls clearly don’t want to go, one cheerleader who was there said. But unfortunately, I feel like it won’t change until something terrible happens, like a girl is assaulted in some way, or raped. I think teams will start paying attention to this only when it’s too late.

Zach Ertz of the Eagles has had the longest and most productive career, but Jordan Reed of the Redskins is nipping at his heels.

The wild card in the equation is Evan Engram, who had the best season by a rookie tight end in the last 15 years by totaling 64 catches for 722 yards and six touchdowns in the first 15 games of the season for the injury-plagued Giants.

The Cowboys drafted tight end Dalton Schultz of Stanford in the fourth round last weekend after passing on Hayden Hurst in the first round.

The Eagles made a聽 sly move by trading up one pick in front of the Cowboys in the second round to take tight end聽 Dallas Goedert to form a 1-2 punch with Ertz rather than have him fill Witten’s shoes.

No. 21 pick Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are a wild card coming down to the deadline. Given Ogbuehi’s massive struggles Marvin Lewis said the offensive tackle held us back (probably literally and figuratively) declining the option would seem the move. However, Cincy did pick up Darqueze Dennard’s option last year when he hadn’t proven anything yet. Could Lewis & Co. make a similar bet with their problematic offensive tackle?

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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Doug Farrar’s Final 1st-Round Predictions

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Browns head coach Hue Jackson has to know that after an 0-16 season in 2017 that featured a lot of dismal quarterback play, he’d better be able to parlay his reputation as a QB Whisperer聽for whoever the team takes as its next franchise face. Sam Darnold has mechanical issues, to be sure, but he’s got the cleanest slate of any quarterback in this draft class, and in many ways, he’s the most pro-ready.

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It was literally like a dream, like I was actually imagining stuff and it just started happening, Griffin said in a conference call with reporters after Saturday’s selection.聽It was unexplainable. I couldn’t ask for anything in the world than to be with my brother.
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Griffin had his left hand amputated when he was 4 because of his amniotic band syndrome, a prenatal condition that caused the hand to be underdeveloped.聽

But that didn’t stop him from starring at Central Florida, where he was named the 2016 American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year and also served as a captain for last season’s 13-0 team. In two years as a starter, he recorded 166 tackles and 18 1/2 sacks.

NFL schedule release: Top 10 games to watch in 2018

The NFL released its 2018 schedule Thursday and the season gets off to a bang when the Eagles and the Falcons face off Sept. 6 in a rematch of the 2017 divisional round.
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There are plenty of interesting storylines this upcoming season but here are 10 games you need to watch.

Raiders at Broncos, Sept. 16, 4:25 p.m. 鈥?Jon Gruden will just be getting his feet wet in the coaching ranks (again) and will get to take on the rival Broncos. Denver may not be quite as good on defense this year, but they will be significantly better at QB with the addition of Case Keenum.

Panthers at Eagles, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. 鈥?Two great defenses and two huge quarterbacks. Need we say more? Also, the teams faced each other last season with Carson Wentz throwing for three touchdowns.
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Saints at Vikings, Oct. 28, 8:20 p.m. 鈥?The last time these two teams faced off it came down to the final play. This may not happen again, but it still pits Drew Brees against new Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, and two of the better defenses in the NFL against each other. This will be one of, if not the best game, of the year.

Seahawks at Rams, Nov. 11, 4:25 p.m. 鈥?The Rams took over the NFC West under Sean McVay in 2017 and Jared Goff is expected to take an even bigger step this season. Russell Wilson is still one of the best in the league and Seattle will surely want to show they deserved to be considered as a playoff team.

Browns at Bengals, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. 鈥?The Browns will likely have a new highly drafted QB on their roster and they’ll be playing their arch-rival as well. Whether Tyrod Taylor is still starting remains to be seen, but with the additions Cleveland has made this year it’s likely they could look a lot better than they did over the last two, but that’s not that difficult is it?

If you’re the manager on the other team and I send the lineup over and he’s not on it, you kind of smile or snicker a little bit, Maddon said. The whole thing changes. The length of the lineup changes. Everything changes.

It’s hard to maintain a high level success when you’re missing guys like that. You can battle through it briefly, but in Daniel Sorensen Authentic Jersey the long term you definitely don’t want to lose him for long period of time.

Bryant was hitting .319 with when he went down. He leads the majors this season in hit by pitches with seven.
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Despite a 15-48 record, Bickerstaff made a strong impression on management and Grizzlies players under difficult circumstances and ultimately became a clear choice within the organization to become elevated to the full-time coaching role.

Bickerstaff was without one of the NBA’s top point guards, Mike Conley, for most of the season. Memphis has a chance at a top-three pick in the 2018 NBA draft and could retool quickly to return to playoff contention.

Oilers retain Todd McLellan, ax two assistants

Todd McLellan will return as coach of the Oilers next season without assistants Ian Herbers and Jim Johnson.

The team said Friday that McLellan will keep his job and that Herbers and Johnson have been relieved of their duties.

“Over the last, I would say over the last 10-12 years since Adrian Peterson came out, the only guys I think that we’re close to Adrian in terms of the evaluation was Todd Gurley and it’s this kid. And they’re even better receivers than Adrian coming out.”

“His cutting ability, his balance — I can say Barry [Sanders], myself and Emmitt [Smith] in terms of his agility, being able to hop from one hole to the next, explode through the hole, stop on a dime, back up. You’ll see him do all that stuff, jump over people, keep his balance,” Tomlinson said. “When you think about the power, he has the power of a Todd Gurley to run through tacklers.

“But here’s the thing that’s different: I don’t know if I’ve seen a big running back like Saquon being able to run routes out of the backfield like he has been able to do. I was 5-11, 220 running routes. But that’s 230, 6-feet. He’s a lot bigger.”

Prigioni spent most of his professional career in Spain and won a bronze medal with Argentina in the 2008 Olympics before coming to the New York Knicks in 2012 as a 35-year-old rookie. He spent four years in the NBA with the Knicks, Rockets and Clippers.

Splitter helped San Antonio win the 2014 NBA championship before spending the final two seasons of his seven-year career with Atlanta and Philadelphia. The Nets said Splitter, who also played for Brazil’s national team, will have added duties related to player on-court development.

Every Atlanta starter except catcher Kurt Suzuki had at least one hit, including pitcher Sean Newcomb, who also was enjoying watching and being part of the youth movement.

“It’s been fun,” said Newcomb, in his second big league season. “We’re winning and we have a lot of young guys. We have a lot of chemistry.”

Newcomb gave up four runs, five hits and three walks in six innings. He allowed just two hits through four innings, but Cincinnati tied the score in a four-run fifth that included Joey Votto’s three-run homer. Votto has homered in three straight games for the sixth time.

Bailey allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

“My goal was to go deep in the game,” Bailey said.steelers_062