Jerry Jones seemingly blasts Dez Bryant on the way out

The Dallas Cowboys’ decision to release Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant earlier in April was not too much of a shock. On the downside of his career, Bryant simply wasn’t worth the cash he was set to be paid.
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This doesn’t mean that Bryant’s feelings weren’t hurt. Immediately after his release, the always talkative pass catcher told the Cowboys’ brass that they’ll see him twice per season. It’s a clear indication he plans on signing with an NFC East rival team.

If Bryant was upset about the release itself, one has to wonder how he’ll react to owner Jerry Jones’ most-recent comments.

Conklin broke his foot early in camp last summer, had surgery and missed the first several games before returning to have 28 receptions for 406 yards and five TDs in seven games.

Conklin received an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, then took advantage of it by hauling in Phil McConkey Jersey a 16-yard TD pass from Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, who is expected to be among the top picks in the opening round.

Game Patrick Maroon Jersey I’m really excited, definitely going to enjoy it, having a draft party at home Friday and Saturday in Macomb, Conklin said. My goal was to play basketball, play overseas, but then when I started playing football, made the transition, I felt it was automatically the right move and I felt it was something I could do personally.

I always believed I could be here, just needed to get the opportunity to show what I could do and once I got it I took advantage of it. My agent (Michael Perrett of Element Sports Group) feels I could go in the third or fourth round.

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The Giants signed left tackle Nate Solder in free agency to handle the left tackle duties, presumably shifting Flowers to the right side, if he ended up remaining in New York — which seems unlikely at this stage.

New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur confirmed to reporters that the talented wide receiver was in the team facility Tuesday for the start of voluntary minicamp. Beckham, however, won’t take part in the program since he’s still recovering from surgery to repair the fractured ankle he suffered in October.

Shurmur also told reporters that Beckham absolutely will be part of the Giants in 2018 — a statement that might help further dissolve any lingering speculation about the three-time Pro Bowler being traded this offseason.

He’s an excellent player, he’s part of our team and he’s a very valued member of our team, Shurmur said. Everybody that’s out here, I’m planning on them being here.

While Beckham hasn’t been shy about his desire to catch a long-term deal with the Giants , his appearance at the team facility is yet another goodwill gesture on his part. He also attended the start of the team’s voluntary workout program earlier this month.

New Indians OF Melky Cabrera heads to extended spring training

Veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera will report to extended spring training after signing a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday the 33-year-old Cabrera will spend approximately 7-to-10 days at the team’s complex in Goodyear, Arizona, before joining a minor league team.

The Indians are 13th in the AL in runs scored and Cabrera could give their struggling offense a boost. The switch-hitter batted .285 with 17 homers and 85 RBI in 156 games last season for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.

So far in the series, Brewers pitchers have done their part but haven’t gotten enough offensive support to add up to wins.

“We’ve pitched well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Thursday, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “The numbers will tell you throughout the course of the season we’ve pitched well — like we pitched well last year. I think it will continue.

“That’s the foundation of this, that we pitch well and prevent runs. So continuing that puts us in a good spot for sure.”

Hayes figures to bolster the depth of a Georgia defensive line that returns both starting defensive ends from last year’s team in Tyler Clark and Jonathan Ledbetter.

“To go out there and have a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth was big for myself,” Graveman said.

Fister was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings while throwing 105 pitches. He was out since April 10 with a right hip strain.

As Fister was activated, Texas placed Adrian Beltre on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Starting SS Elvis Andrus and 2B Rougned Odor are already on the DL.

“You don’t want the main guys going out that way,” Andrus said. “But at the same time, it’s a good time for the young guys to step up.”

Banister plans to primarily play Kiner-Falefa at third in Beltre’s absence.
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Former Panthers employee shares details of Jerry Richardson’s misconduct

The Panthers are expected to be sold at some point in the near future and that sale would end a process that began late last year when allegations of workplace misconduct were leveled against current Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
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That misconduct reportedly included sexual harassing female employees and the use of racial slurs, which prompted an NFL investigation to get underway. In a letter written by a former Panthers employee for SI.com, that investigation is called a farce because the league is offering no protection for breaking non-disclosure agreements put in place when Richardson would reach financial settlements with victims.

Richardson did not respond to a request for comment. The Panthers replied by saying they have taken the appropriate steps to remediate any misconduct and ensure a safe and comfortable work environment and that they have cooperated with the league’s investigation.

Teams obviously have interest in him, but they also likely wanted to further check out his neck. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock revealed last week that some teams have medical concerns with Vander Esch.

A lot of people really like Vander Esch as a potential top-20 player, Mayock said on a conference call, via quotes distributed by NFL Media. One of his issues is going to be medical. He wears that neck brace for a reason. He’s got a cervical issue, and teams around the league right now are having the conversation about how bad or good is it really and at what Justin Hunter Authentic Jersey level should we draft him? But I don’t think Vander Esch has any issues regarding level of competition and how good a player he is.

Vander Esch dismissed the concern Wednesday as somebody trying to get clicks.

The Cowboys, who have the 19th overall choice, have interest in Vander Esch after losing Anthony Hitchens in free agency. Vander Esch, who made 141 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and four sacks last season, made one of his visits to Dallas.

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Colts give Andrew Luck some protection with Quenton Nelson at 6

The Indianapolis Colts need to keep Andrew Luck upright, and they’ve just chosen a player who can help do that.
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Having never before considered that, it makes sense as black slaves served as America’s cotton pickers. I don’t recall ever speaking or writing the expression, but I’m now sensitive to the good idea that I never should.

Two Wednesdays ago, long-time NBA announcer and now the TV voice of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brian Davis, provided that lesson, as an innocent learning moment. But in 2018, one must be punished 鈥?forever branded a racist 鈥?for making a mistake he didn’t even know was a mistake, let alone a high crime against Western socialization and civilization.

Chancellor, 30, injured his neck in a November game against the Cardinals. The four-time Pro Bowler has indicated that he intends to play this season, but doctors will have to clear him first.

His base salary of $6.8 million for 2018 is fully guaranteed, whether he plays or not.

Chancellor has missed 16 games over the past three seasons. He played nine last season.

Leinart is the poster child for the USC quarterback bust. After winning a Heisman Trophy and two national championships at USC, he started just 18 NFL games, going 8-10, and became known more for his off-the-field partying (think boozy hot-tub parties) than anything he did on the field.

Sanchez is more of an enigma because he was a part of Jets teams that went to the AFC Championship game in each of his first two seasons, 2009 and 2010. Despite the Jets’ strength being their defense in those seasons, Sanchez had some of his best performances in the biggest moments and had a 4-2 postseason record as a starter.

Winslow needed stitches to close a gash over his left eye.

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Miami led by 12 in the third, but ceded control in a hurry. The Heat went five minutes without scoring, and Redick’s reverse layup with 9:01 left capped a 14-0 run that put Philadelphia up 87-83.

The 76ers wouldn’t trail again.

This is classic LeBron: He knows this, but he rarely cares to exploit it on an almost-every-possession basis until he has to. And don’t lean on the he just wants to get other guys involved trope. His post game is, first and foremost, a vehicle with which to get other guys involved.

But this is surrender masquerading as aggression. The Cavs have no faith in Love, no matter what strategy they use, so they’re loading up behind him. When Love hung back in semi-garbage time, Oladipo zoomed right around him:

Tucker shut down the internet on a near-weekly basis, breaking out several pairs valued over $1,000, including everything from 15-year-old player editions, to Kanye West’s iconic Nike Air Yeezy series and current exclusive Jordans made only for brand-sponsored programs like Marquette, Georgetown and Michigan.

It’s the first time The Taylor Hall Show has run this late in the year. Cory Schneider has seen most of its previous performances. He still finds it captivating.

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The Raptors picked up where they left off in Game Alan Page Jersey 1, as a deep, opportunistic team that punished Washington for its facile make-the-other-guys-beat-us brand of defense. By the time DeRozan drained his first shot more than seven minutes into the game — a driving layup courtesy of a little give-and-go on the left side with Valanciunas — the Raptors led 26-13 and were on their way to a 44-point first quarter, a franchise best in the postseason.

Radio chronicler Dave Mager notes for us that Cubs broadcasts now include “uniform descriptions, brought to you by Benjamin Moore paints.”

“I know there was some stuff going around, a possible trade, and I would love the opportunity to be a starter again,” Foles said on a radio show earlier this week. “I know my spot in Philly. I think I’ve shown what I can do. I’m signed for one more year and I love the team, I love the city.

“I’m excited for Carson to get back on his feet. I’ll be ready to go whenever they need me. But we’ll see.”

Before Foles’ revised deal, a draft-day trade for the Super Bowl hero was considered highly unlikely; the Eagles were reported to have demanded at least a first-round pick for the QB’s services, which was considered league-wide to be too costly for Foles.

But now that the QB’s new deal includes a mutual option for another year, could that entice a QB-needy team that misses out on one of the top five prospects in next week’s draft to pony up a first-rounder or more for Foles?

A room filled with heroes — Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler, Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling — give you all of the latest news around the NFL, including Brandon Marshall being cut by the Giants, Dwight Freeney retiring, and the Ravens’ battle for Saints wide receiver Willie Snead. The heroes discuss the NFL schedule release and the 2018 kickoff game between the Falcons and Eagles. They close the show with a hilarious episode of “You’re the GM!” that you shouldn’t miss.

If form holds, Francesa, at the next public opportunity, will claim he never said such a thing, that he knew from the start Ohtani is special.

With NBC unwilling to provide the NHL with one of its other cable channels, Game 4 of the Devils-Lightning series is scheduled nationally on NBC’s limited-clearance Golf Channel (on MSG in the New York area). Between periods, perhaps we’ll get more of the silly “Tiger’s back!” hype. And we don’t mean Tiger Williams.

Why are the Rays about out of it after two weeks? Check the play-by-play sheets and box scores. By-the-new-book manager Kevin Cash refuses to maintain leads — even big ones — by again removing effective relievers to find the one opponents can hammer. The Rays, 3-9, logically should be 6-6.

Now Ray Lewis, as a FOX Sports employee, is providing Odell Beckham Jr. with God-sent lifestyle advice. A bachelor, Lewis has six children from four women.
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Dear NFL: Go ahead and get rid of the kickoff

You win, NFL. You’ve been gradually chipping away at the kickoff 鈥?dubbed for years now the most dangerous play in the game 鈥?with the goal of making it easier for everyone to deal with the elimination of the kickoff when it eventually happens. Perhaps the hope was that the sense of inevitability would grow to the point that the calls for the end of the kickoff would come from the outside.
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It’s going to happen sooner or later. Make it happen sooner, so we can all quit wondering when it’s finally going to happen.

This volatility from most hitters is why I’m typically dead set against making too many roster moves in the first month of the season. If you’re always attempting to chase the hot players, you’re usually going to end up catching them just about the same time that cold spell does. And, you just know that if you cut a recently underwhelming player to make that move, you’re likely to be doubly snakebit when he ends up going on a blistering rampage at the plate.

So, if you are looking to shake things up and you simply can’t help yourself from clicking away at the waiver wire, might I suggest you add players who have had a poorer Week 2 than their Week 1 and let loose the players who heated up a bit in Week 2 after a slow start.

Adding Shin-Soo Choo (34 DeAndre Hopkins Womens Jersey Week 1 points, -5 in Week 2), Miguel Sano (26, -5), and Avisail Garcia (19, -4) to your Week 3 lineups while swapping out the likes of Justin Bour (6, 27), J.P. Crawford (-3, 23) and Wilmer Flores (2, 18) is probably the wiser course of action than keeping the status quo — at least for the next seven days, anyway. After that, it’s time to return to the crystal ball and cross your fingers if you’re intent on trying to predict hot streaks.
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Ansah, who was Detroit’s franchise player, has signed his tender. That gives him a guaranteed salary of $17.143 million this season. If the Lions don’t work out a long-term deal with him, he’ll either hit unrestricted free agency next year or he’ll be guaranteed a 20 percent pay raise, which would mean a guaranteed salary of $20.572 million next year.

Last year Ansah had an up-and-down season with three different three-sack games, but a total of only three sacks in all the other games.

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Brandon Scherff 2019 option has been exercised

Guard Brandon Scherff is now officially under contract through the 2019 season.
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Albert Breer of SI.com reports that the Redskins have exercised their option on Scherff’s contract for next year. The option is guaranteed against injury only, so the team could reverse course and rescind the option before it kicks in.

Christopher Jackson, the youngest son of Keith Jackson, said his father was the same man at home as the one viewers got to know on the air.

He was special because he managed to connect to people through an electronic box, Christopher Jackson said. He came across as someone that each one of us would love to have as a dad, grandfather, neighbor or golf partner.

People loved Keith Jackson for the person he was, not the job he did. … As he would often say, he was just passing through.

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The first part referred to McCain; the second part potentially referred to quarterback Geno Smith, one of the few offseason additions by the team in free agency.

Other tweets still existing on Allen’s timeline seem to hint at his displeasure with the situation. And while Allen’s frustration may be fueled by the fact that Allen and McCain attended the same high school and college, the Chargers have been sticking to the more traditional ways of building a team while the Rams have been going all in.

Of course, it’s not too late for Patrick Peterson Jersey the Chargers to make a splash. They could trade for Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. And they could add Allen to the compensation package.

The game was played exactly 50 years after the A’s debut at the Coliseum following their move from Kansas City, and it attracted a crowd of 46,028. Admission and parking were free, and players from both teams wore 1968 replica uniforms. The atmosphere was markedly different from a night earlier, when the announced attendance was 7,479 and the actual crowd appeared to be half that.

It looked like the place was packed, Oakland manager Bob Mevin said. That was the objective, and I really wanted to put on a good show for them and our guys did right away. It was great to score some runs early on and get the crowd into it. When they get into it they have a lot of fun.

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Porzingis says he’s staying out of Knicks’ coaching search

Authentic Troy Polamalu Jersey All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis says he doesn’t need to have any input on the New York Knicks’ coaching search.
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That’s [management’s] job. They’re going to do their part and I’m going to do my part. We’ll keep it like that, Porzingis said Saturday before meeting with Knicks team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry.

Mills and Perry fired Jeff Hornacek earlier this week and have begun a search for the next Knicks coach.

Before meeting with Mills and Perry on Saturday, Porzingis, 22, reiterated that he wants to remain in New York long term. I love this place, he said.

He’s a talented player, we need him, Bledsoe said. His emotions are going all over the place right now. [In] the gym a lot of fans [were] just screaming, the game’s just moving fast, everything’s just going 100 miles an hour for him.

It’s going to come to him, he’s just got to slow down.

Parker disagreed with that notion that his first career playoff game moved too fast for him and he remains confident he will bounce back on Tuesday night.

Just whatever time I get, I try to play the hardest I can, Parker said after Tuesday’s shootaround. That’s all I can control.

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Aldridge said the extra attention applied by Golden State’s defense caused Derrick Morgan Womens Jersey him to overthink things. The Spurs finished with an efficiency rating of 38 percent in the paint but received only 13 opportunities with a player getting his first touch of a possession in the paint, which registered as 16 fewer chances than the Warriors. San Antonio took only eight shots in the paint, according to Second Spectrum.

Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar lead finalists for Selke Trophy

The Blazers downplayed the matchup issue. They noted that they held New Orleans to 98.6 points per 100 possessions, a mark that would have ranked dead last in the regular season, and that Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum won’t miss everything for an entire half again.

Fair. But New Orleans was plus-12 in 32 minutes with Mirotic and Davis on the floor, and it scored about 107 points per 100 possessions in that time — a solid mark that could have been even better. Portland’s options are limited.

Ed Davis played his usual fierce two-way game and is quicker than Nurkic. Zach Collins had a solid postseason debut, including three minutes as Portland’s nominal center in the third quarter. Collins in that stint defended Mirotic, so Aminu could chase Davis.

Couturier is a first-time nominee and finished third in plus/minus at plus-34. He is trying to join Bobby Clarke and Dave Poulin as Flyers who have won the award.

The winner, based on voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20.

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier will not play in Wednesday night’s Game 4 at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins due to a lower-body injury, coach Dave Hakstol said.

In Couturier’s absence, the Flyers plan to move Nolan Patrick up to center the top line between Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek.

Couturier had to be helped off the ice at the team’s practice on Tuesday after a collision with teammate Radko Gudas, who was moving backward and didn’t see Couturier.

“One thing about him is he’s not afraid to try things and really apply it. That’s something that’s rare. A lot of guys want to stay in their comfort zone.”

Mitchell grins. He’s heard this plenty of times from Bryant, a 32-year-old former University of Utah guard who has earned a reputation as a developmental guru, having groomed Gordon Hayward into an All-Star before Hayward departed for Boston in free agency.jets_012