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Redskins cheerleaders reveal disturbing details of a Costa Rica trip that reportedly went too far

In recent months, cheerleaders across the NFL have come forward with complaints about workplace discrimination, and now a group of Redskins cheerleaders are opening up about some disturbing experiences that happened in 2013 while doing a calendar photo shoot in Costa Rica.
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In an article published by The New York Times and titled Redskins Cheerleaders Describe a Trip to Costa Rica That Crossed a Line, interviews with five cheerleaders who were involved with the trip spoke on anonymity, but revealed some of the things they were asked to do.

After the Costa Rica trip, many of the Womens Tyson Alualu Jersey cheerleaders left the squad saying they felt worthless and unprotected, the Times wrote.

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.

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The Jets haven’t made the playoffs since 2010 as they finished the last two regular seasons with a 5-11 record.

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He’s the starter, and all I can do is help him out, Mayfield said.

Mayfield conceded he wants to play 鈥?it’s human nature 鈥?but he’s been there as a walk-on, as a transfer on the Oklahoma scout team and, of course, in the fifth-grade classroom in a state renowned for youth and high school football. That’s how you know he means it.

It’s not going to be something that separates the locker room, he said. We’re not going to be fighting over who the guy is in the locker room. I’m a team-oriented guy, and I just want to win.

Mayfield must prove the Browns right, and he must prove the skeptics wrong. It’s easy to label Mayfield as Johnny Manziel 2.0, take shots at his 6-0, 220-pound frame or write an epitaph for another immature Browns quarterback who couldn’t handle life in the AFC North.

Sports leagues slash the price of money for nothing, as NFL remains silent

Major League Baseball, the NBA, and the PGA want states that adopt gambling to cough up one percent of the action in exchange for, well, nothing. But the sports leagues are willing to take a lot less in exchange for, well, nothing. Via Patrick Anderson of the Providence Journal, the trio of leagues has slashed their request from 1.0 percent to 0.25 percent in Rhode Island.

The NFL has yet to make a move for any type of integrity fee, but the league’s constant references to the integrity of the game (even with one of the teams already slated to move to Las Vegas) seems to be the precursor to making a play not in statehouses but in Congress to get a fee aimed at giving them the money, ostensibly, to ensure that the games will have something they already should.

Under the climate created by the 2011 labor deal, the OTAs became far less intense and extensive. They nevertheless remain the centerpiece of the offseason program, giving teams a chance to implement their offensive and defensive playbooks, and to commence the process of figuring out who will earn roster spots and starting jobs. So when players who are under contract choose not to show up for these technically voluntary sessions, it’s noteworthy.

In Philadelphia, where defensive end Brandon Graham has made it clear that he wants a new deal, Graham is expected to show up, according to Tim McManus of ESPN.com. However, as Graham recovers from a May 1 ankle procedure, he’s not expected to participate in the practices.
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Authorities won’t charge Bucks’ Sterling Brown after parking spat

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The Jets had the second-best record in the NHL and their longest winless streak during the regular season was three games. They lost four straight to end the season.

After the game, the Golden Knights were awarded the Clarence Campbell Trophy for winning the Western Conference. Some people in hockey are superstitious and don’t believe in touching that trophy because it signifies celebrating before the grand prize: the Stanley Cup. However, defenseman Deryk Engelland — an alternate captain who has called Las Vegas his offseason home since long before joining the Golden Knights — not only accepted the trophy, but he picked it up and skated around with it.

The fourth quarter of Game 4 offered a prime example. The Warriors claimed their largest lead of the contest at 82-70 when Stephen Curry assisted on a Shaun Livingston dunk at the 10:45 mark. That play produced the 14th and final assist of the evening for Golden State.

We scored 12 points, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the fourth period. So it’s not like we were getting great shots either.

It was sort of trench warfare. It was just everybody grinding it out, a lot of isolation. I guess this is the modern NBA. But the only way you can do this and win is you have to have great one-on-one players. You’ve got to have great defenders, two-way guys, and we do and they do. And so, it just becomes a one-on-one battle with all the switching, and they did a great job of it.

The Warriors paced the NBA in assist percentage (68.5) during the regular season. The Rockets, conversely, ranked 22nd at 55.7 percent, relying on the isolation brilliance of James Authentic Kevan Miller Jersey Harden and Chris Paul. And while Golden State features two exceptional one-on-one talents in Kevin Durant and Curry, isolation basketball doesn’t reflect the Warriors’ offensive identity.

Jadeveon Clowney still rehabbing knee as Texans start OTAs

Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney’s knee rehab is keeping him out of the start of the team’s organized team activities, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Clowney underwent arthroscopic surgery after the season, forcing him to withdraw from the Pro Bowl. He sought a second medical opinion from Dr. James Andrews this offseason, per Wilson, but Clowney’s medical outlook is positive.

Defensive end J.J. Watt (leg) and running back D’Onta Foreman (Achilles) were among the team’s other injured players not practicing Tuesday.

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If Baltimore decides to deal Machado, the crosstown Cubs could get involved in what likely will Jonathan Quick Youth jersey be a tricky market. While Machado will be a tantalizing option for several contenders, it’s unlikely that the two-time Gold Glove winner would agree to a new contract so close to free agency, raising the possibility of parting with a couple young players for just a few months of Machado.

Reynolds hurt his shoulder on special teams in that game and revealed on Monday that he needed surgery to repair a torn labrum. That’s led to a lot of time at the Rams facility, although it hasn’t been exactly the way he expected it to play out.
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That’s a blessing and a curse at the same time, Reynolds said, via Joe Curley of the Ventura County Star. You don’t have your full offseason. But then you have more time to get focused and get to work.

Reynolds played just over 27 percent of the offensive snaps for the Rams last year and caught 11 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. Once healthy, the 2017 fourth-rounder be working for snaps behind Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp this year.

Assumption 2A: Assume Ohtani is exactly this good as a pitcher. An ERA 25 percent better than league average, around 3.40, something like Aaron Nola or Jake Arrieta.

Alternate Assumption 2B: Assume Ohtani is actually about midway between this good and the league average. He’s a flashier version of Zach Davies, or what Sean Manaea has been over his three-year career.

Rams optimistic on reaching deal with Aaron Donald

Game Kids Yu Darvish Jersey The Los Angeles Rams have expressed optimism throughout the offseason that a deal would eventually get done with defensive lineman Aaron Donald.
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General manager Les Snead told reporters on April 5 that the team has Donald budgeted in the budget.

Whether it’s Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Darnold under center, the quarterback will have a reliable tight end in the aerial attack.

In Cleveland, McCown helped tight end Gary Barnidge see a major production leap between the 2015-16 seasons. Walford has an opportunity to follow suit and outplay second-year pro Jordan聽Leggett for career-highs as a pass-catcher.

Oakland has a former Defensive Player of the Year in Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin on the edge. In order to help them wreak havoc on the pocket, the team brought in rookie defensive tackles P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst.

Former Rams, Seahawks and Bills head coach Chuck Knox has died at 86. The Seahawks confirmed Knox’s passing on Sunday.

The Seahawks family is saddened by the loss of Chuck Knox, Womens T.J. Green Jersey and our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, Shirley, and the entire Knox family, the team said in a statement. A member of the Seahawks Ring of Honor, Knox coached the Seahawks from 1983-1991 and was a beloved figurehead by players, coaches and staff. His presence projected an external toughness, but merited instantaneous respect by the genuine care and concern he held for his players. He was one of the great influencers not only in football, but in life.

One of the winningest coaches in NFL history, ‘Ground Chuck’ was twice named NFL Coach of the Year while with the Seahawks in 1983 and 1984. He led Seattle to their first division title, playoff win and conference championship appearance and was the first coach in NFL history to lead three different teams to the NFL playoffs. As Knox said himself, ‘What you do speaks so well, no need to hear what you say.’

Cowboys draft Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White

With Kellen Moore now the Cowboys quarterbacks coach, Dallas needed another backup quarterback.

They used a fifth-round choice — No. 171 overall — on Western Kentucky’s Mike White.

There is a lot of confidence as far as the guys that we have here right now, Gase said. We did a good job as far as lining up what we thought was the quarterback rankings. We felt that those guys were going to go before 1And we knew that was probably going to be the case. And we felt good about what we have with Ryan starting and then Brock and David competing for that number two spot. And now adding Bryce (Petty), that’s going to be an interesting competition because really we’ll see how it all works out for us.

The Vikings used a fifth-round draft pick, the 167th overall pick, to select Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson.

Former New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts DT David Parry is visiting the Vikings, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.

The Washington Redskins arguably pulled off a steal by grabbing Derrius Guice with the 59th-overall pick in last month’s draft.

The 218-pound, bulldozing runner out of LSU reminds scouts of Ezekiel Elliott on the ground, but can Guice develop into an every-down back?

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In the clubhouse, Walker was awarded the team’s championship belt.

He threw a no-hitter in the 2008 Little League World Series for South Lake Charles, La.

He’ll get a nice party thrown in his honor in California, and then go about the work of being a longshot in the NFL.

And the rest of you can start work on your 2019 mock drafts now.
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Manager Aaron Boone said he’s not considering dropping Gardner in the lineup yet.

I think our internal numbers when you dive into exit velocity and walk rates, things like that, all encouraging signs for him, Boone said. I think it’s a matter of when he’s getting into good counts, driving the ball in the air a little bit more or on a line a little bit more.
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The Patriots finished the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2016 seasons with five running backs. The Patriots carried just four running backs for most of the 2015 season, and it wound up biting them squarely on the backside. Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount hit injured reserve, forcing the Patriots to serve cups of coffee to Joey Iosefa, Trey Williams and Steven Jackson.

After Jackson carried the ball four times for 8 yards and New England had just 17 total carries for 44 yards (quarterback Tom Brady led the way with three carries for 13 yards!) in the Patriots’ AFC Championship Game loss to the Denver Broncos in January 2016, head coach Bill Belichick might have decided running backs, in fact, do not grow Womens Russell Wilson Jersey on trees.

After flirting with the NFL rookie rushing record in 2016, Elliott saw a decrease in efficiency across the board in a 2017 season that was marred by a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Owner Jerry Jones is 100 percent sure that Elliott will benefit both physically and mentally from a renewed focus now that the suspension is in the rear-view mirror.

I think that I give him a big arrow [up], Jones said Wednesday, via ESPN.com, as to what his performance might be without the overhang of the issue he faced last year.

It’s hard to quantify just how much the suspension-related stress factored into Elliott’s play last season.
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What we do know is that he’s averaged 130 yards per game as one of the league’s most well-rounded offensive stars in his first two NFL seasons. Jones has every reason to believe Elliott will re-emerge as an MVP candidate if the Cowboys return to the playoffs in 2018.

Buccaneers agree to terms with three picks

The Buccaneers got the ball rolling on signing their draft picks with fifth-round wide receiver Justin Watson on Wednesday and they got three more deals done on Thursday.
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Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the team has also agreed to terms on four-year deals with second-round cornerback M.J. Stewart, fourth-round safety Jordan Whitehead and sixth-round linebacker Jack Cichy.

The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals, each of whom won division titles last season, used Future’s Mask Off as their win song. Both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, two more playoff teams, blasted the Grammy-nominated Bad and Boujee by Migos after each and every one of their 189 combined victories. Says Twins DJ Brian Dozier: I think there’s a huge connection.

He’s not the only one.

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Avril has said he wants to keep playing, though it’s unclear who will give him a chance with his age and the injury.

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He had 33.5 sacks over his four years with the Seahawks, and forced 13 fumbles.

Edmunds likely won’t suffer that sort of fate, and McDermott built his defense around the likes of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis in Carolina, but if there’s any position the Bills should be able to develop talent at for relatively cheap, it should be linebacker. McDermott and Brandon Beane inherited a team bereft of young talent after years of poor drafts under Doug Whaley; while the 19-year-old Edmunds could turn out to be a superstar, this was too much to pay for a coverage linebacker given their holes elsewhere on the roster.

Manziel still looking at CFL, AAF possibilities

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Per a league source, Manziel continues to explore all options, including both the CFL and the fledgling Alliance of American Football. And the AAF becomes a viable option when considering that the CFL continues to refuse to relent on its requirement that Manziel commit for two seasons. That would stop Manziel from joining the NFL until November of 2019.

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At SharpFootballStats.com, Warren Sharp has calculated strength of schedule based on Vegas win totals, and two teams stick out as having particularly easy schedules: The Texans and the Patriots.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan to get $100 million guaranteed

Quarterback Matt Ryan has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons, and sources tell ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that the deal will make Ryan the first NFL player to earn $30 million per year.

The deal includes $100 million guaranteed, sources said.

Mr. Kelly, for his part, is sanguine about how little control he has over how the president chooses to spend his time. At a breakfast event last week for Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, Mr. Kelly marveled that Mr. Trump had spent a long time the day before on the phone with Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots coach, talking about the status of Tom Brady, the star quarterback, according to two people familiar with his remarks, one of whom was present.

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Pick Nos. 43, 63 and No. 95 give the Patriots a ton of flexibility. For their top second-rounder, of the players mentioned above, Rudolph and Hubbard are most likely to be available. Stanford safety Justin Reid, South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert and Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington also would be solid picks.

The next question becomes whether Wilson will go year to year at that point, like Kirk Cousins did in Washington. Under that scenario, Wilson would make $36.41 million (a 20-percent raise) in 2021. Come 2022, the Seahawks would have to decide whether to tag him again, at a 44-percent raise, or let him enter free agency.

The tag in 2022 would equate to $52.43 million for one year.

The NFL draft came and went with Earl Thomas remaining a Seattle Seahawk.
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