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David Johnson skipped minicamp this week. That, everyone knows. He’s looking for a contract extension, and likely a raise for 2018, when he is scheduled to make $1.9 million. Cardinals GM Steve Keim, meanwhile, wants to make sure his running back is around for awhile.
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I don’t think there is any question David is one of our core players and someone we look forward to having a long-term future with, Keim said in an interview for next week’s finale of Cardinals Flight Plan.

Then there is the reality of the collective bargaining agreement and the rules that would give Johnson a crucial fourth accrued season (to become an unrestricted free agent with no contract extension or franchise tag). That subject was addressed by former agent Joel Corry on Twitter:

David Johnson’s holdout should only last so long. Since he has 3 years of service for free agency (accrued seasons), he needs one more to be a UFA in 2019. If he doesn’t report Jason Motte Jersey by August 7 (30 days before NFL’s 1st regular season game), he won’t get a 4th & will be a RFA in 2019.

The NFL also approved ejection standards for the use of helmet rule, in which players who lower their head to initiate contact can be penalized or kicked out. The rule could make it tougher on defenders, but the defensive-minded Wilks is on board with the change.

We as a National Football League have to set the standard in how we teach (tackling), so it carries down all the way to the Pop Warner leagues, Wilks said. I think it’s going to be good. I think it’s going to put a lot Chase Edmonds Youth Jersey of onus back on the coaches to teach it the right way…It’s about the safety and the integrity of the game that we’re trying to clean up to protect these players.

The league also made a revision to its national anthem policy, requiring players and team personnel who are on the field to stand and show respect for the anthem. The policy states that personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until it has been performed.

If team personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the anthem, the club will be fined. The teams can then decide if a person’s choice not to stand will merit punishment.

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Well, and McDaniels. For real this time.

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo knows all about the ups and downs of life as an NFL coach.

From 2005-09, DeFilippo served as a quality control and quarterbacks coach for the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets. Then came a two-year absence from the NFL before he returned to the NFL ranks to coach the quarterbacks in Oakland again.

But the disappointment of just one win in two years apparently hasn’t dissuaded the Browns from making more promises. Linebacker Christian Kirksey even says Cleveland will make the playoffs for the first time in 16 years.

Former Washington general manager Scot McCloughan — who consulted for the Browns during the 2018 NFL Draft — also feels good about their chances.

And so does former Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, who retired earlier in 2018.

A good, reckless sports guarantee is fun. Back in 1987, Lakers coach Pat Riley promised the team would repeat as champions in 1988. When they did, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stuffed a towel in Riley’s mouth before he could guarantee a three-peat. It was great.

But that was a good team promising to stay good. The Browns jumping from winless to the postseason isn’t just optimistic, it’d be just about unprecedented.

The record for a single-season turnaround is 10 wins. The Dolphins did it in 2008 with an 11-5 season after a 1-15 year in 2007, and the Colts jumped from 3-13 in 1998 to 13-3 in 1999.

Rays’ wacky bullpen strategy results in bizarre save

There are saves and then there are saves.

Rays reliever Austin Pruitt was credited with the latter Sunday, becoming the first pitcher in more than 15 years to record a five-inning save during the regular season, according to ESPN.

Here’s how it happened Sunday in the Rays game against the Orioles:

The Rays recent strategy of starting a reliever backfired as Sergio Romo lasted just a third of an inning in his fourth start in eight days. Vidal Nuno took over and threw three scoreless innings. Enter Pruitt, who pitched the final 5 2/3 innings, holding the Orioles scoreless in an 8-3 win.

I had one [save] last year that was three innings, Pruitt told reporters afterward, but 5 2/3 innings, that’s lengthy.

In September 2002, Joaquin Benoit got a seven-inning save for the Rangers, also against the Orioles, the last time a reliever went as long in a regular-season game. In fact, per ESPN, there have been only four times in the past 30 regular seasons that a pitcher recorded a save while pitching at least five innings.

The ground-ball specialist has continued to keep the ball on the ground, yet opponents are batting .305 against him with men on base. That number may not regress all the way to the .243 mark from last season, but I doubt it stays where it is. We’ve seen some flashes of upside (five starts this season without allowing more than one earned run) and I think there is more upside to be had in the future than those with Keuchel rostered have experienced so far.

On many of the islands, as it is in your island of Curacao, children grow up speaking several languages. Was it like that for you?
In the islands, people speak four or five languages. That’s something we start in school. You start with Dutch first, and then, I think, when you go into third grade, you start with English and then Spanish and Papiamento (the official language of Curacao) and everything. Then, when you are around 15 years old, you start talking in French and everything.

You know, I always thought he was Dominican! I mean, just listen to him talking, and it’s like, man. He’s a little younger than I am. I didn’t get to know him. Guys like Andrelton Simmons I kind of know because they were there when I was there. When I [got to] know him, I was kind of like, Wow, he’s from Aruba, that’s awesome.

In the minors, there are not many players from the islands, but there are many Latinos. Did people assume that you were Latin?
Sure, a lot of people thought I was Latino because all the time I was hanging out with Latinos. They would talk to me and I would learn how to speak [like them]. I can speak with guys from the Dominican Republic or from Venezuela or from Mexico. I wanted to talk almost the same as them and always learn more languages.

Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard feels like his chemistry with QB Jameis Winston has improved.

Said Cardinals rookie LB Matthew Oplinger, At the end of the day, I’m a UDFA. Guys look for any reason to cut guys like me. I’m trying to make it as hard as possible. I want to know every position, all the responsibilities to give myself the most availability of what happens.
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Kevin Abrams, the assistant GM, will take on an increased workload when Gettleman is in treatment. Between now and the start of the season, the focus around the Giants will be determining if and when star receiver Odell Beckham. Jr. gets a lucrative contract extension.

Not at all, Mara said, when asked if Gettleman’s absence might impact any Beckham negotiations. Dave is going to be working day-to-day. He might be at home a little bit. But his voice will be heard loud and clear.

Jones averaged 21.2 touches per game last season for USC, though he caught only 14 passes in 13 games. He averaged 14.5 in 2016, and 11.4 as a freshman in 2015.

Tampa Bay had running backs Warrick Dunn and Cadillac Williams win offensive rookie of the year honors. Dunn gained 1,440 yards from scrimmage in 1997 and Williams rushed for 1,178 yards in 2005.

Martin rushed for 1,454 yards in his rookie Demarcus Lawrence Youth Jersey season of 2012, though Robert Griffin III won offensive rookie of the year.

Second, the fans don’t care about the massive wealth differential between owners and players. From the perspective of the fans, they’re all rich. However, the owners are dramatically richer, earning billions collectively every year while also holding 100 percent of the equity in the teams. And the owners can do it indefinitely. The players have a limited window to make what they can before the exit the game with bodies and brains that may eventually betray them.
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Kellen Winslow Jr. was shirtless when caught leaving house he allegedly burglarized, report says

Former Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.’s arrest just got even a little more bizarre.
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When he was initially confronted at the Encinitas mobile home park July 7 by a neighbor, Winslow was allegedly seen leaving a house shirtless.

When asked what he was doing in the neighborhood Winslow allegedly said he was looking for his red dog Clifford. Winslow then left the scene, but the neighbor took photos of the car and he was eventually Michael Brockers Jersey arrested and charged with first-degree burglary.

On behalf of our son and my husband, we want to reiterate our love, support and affection for him during this difficult process, the statement from Winslow’s wife and father read. We will always be there for him, and we know the true facts will come out.

After spending four seasons with the Rams, the team declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.

Robinson was traded to the Lions last summer for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick. He started six games before being place on injured reserve with an ankle injury and became a free agent after the season.

Sitting in front of his locker after his record home run — trust that the honor means more to him than he lets on — Davis is clearly contemplating his next step. Earl Thomas Jersey With his experience as a player and his understanding of non-linear thinking, there’s little doubt he would be a great manager. And maybe that’s his ticket back to the majors. His work with LaLoosh in Durham was a masterpiece, and there is a rumored opening in Visalia next season.

Did Yankees manager Aaron Boone see any Rivera in Loaisiga?

I’m not going to get into those comparisons, Boone said. I thought (Loaisiga) did really well. I thought he handled himself really well. Really the only blip was the four walks, which is uncharacteristic for him.
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But I think it wasn’t a case of him being wild or anything. I think it was just a case of him maybe going for some chase pitches that in the minor leagues tend to get chases whereas up here (hitters) are a little bit more disciplined.

All in all I thought any time he did walk a guy – like in that fourth inning when he got in some trouble – he made a really big pitch when he needed to. And even though I thought he tired a lot in the fifth, he was still able to have a clean inning there.

Jordan Spieth, who hacked his way to an 8-over 78, was the only player who offered any sort of hesitation in that regard. But he only made a few brief remarks to the media and stopped well short of actually taking on the USGA.

There were certainly a few pins that were — I would have said ‘Why didn’t you put them two paces closer’ or whatever… They just, they found a lot of flats on the crests of ridges to where you couldn’t get it close, Spieth said, according to SBNation. If you played the right shot and you were hitting it well to Joe Blanton Jersey the right spot you could make pars. There were a couple of them that were a little dicey.

It’s a guy with a really good arm, really simple athletic delivery and I think a big reason why he’s the guy that we chose is because we feels like his stuff is excellent but I feel like his delivery is low-maintenance enough that it should allow him to step up here and be representative right away, I think.

Loaisiga went 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA in six starts at Double-A Trenton and he got hit hard for four runs in two innings in his last outing. He went 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA at High-A Tampa before getting promoted.

He made just one start in 2016 due to Tommy John surgery and had shoulder issues early in his career.

I got to say, James Bradberry Youth Jersey got to thank god for the strength, he said. It’s been a tough road for me to get here and now it’s about enjoying this moment and enjoying this opportunity and I want to do my best for my team, for my family, for my son, and focus on winning.

Being at major-league spring training with the Yankees helped, he said.

Coach Doug Pederson: Canceled White House visit ‘is what it is,’ and Eagles remain united

The day after he and members of his team should have celebrated their Super Bowl victory once again with a visit to the White House, Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson had moved on.

Addressing reporters for the first time since President Trump revoked the invitation for the team to come to Washington because few Eagles players planned to attend, Pederson said his focus remains squarely on helping his club prepare for the upcoming season.

This is going to be a blanket statement, and then I’m not going to discuss it further, Pederson said to open his nine-minute pre-practice press conference Wednesday. I was looking forward to going down. We did something last season that was very special. It was a milestone for our city of Philadelphia, our organization, and I was looking forward to going down and being recognized as world champions. It is what it is.

We’re united. We’re a team. Been that way since I’ve been here, said the third-year coach. We’re focused on today, great practice, today and tomorrow, three days next week and our goal is 2018.

Nobody’s talking about it. It’s over, behind us and we’re moving on.

Ryan Gates, a radio producer for WGR 550 in Buffalo, promised in March he would leave the station if the team drafted Allen with Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen still available.

The tweet came four days after the Bills traded Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only quarterback on the roster. A day after Gates’ tweet, Buffalo signed AJ McCarron, the team’s likely starter for Week 1.

The Bills drafting a quarterback wasn’t at all surprising, but Gates was extremely confident the team couldn’t possibly like Allen more than other quarterback prospects. Too confident.

With Rosen still available, Buffalo traded up to No. 7 overall where they took Allen. Mayfield was the No. 1 pick and Rosen went a few picks after Allen at No. 10 overall to the Cardinals.

On Monday, he tweeted that he’s following through with the promise and joining the corporate world.

Molina leads Cardinals to 13th straight win over Reds, 6-4

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (5-4, 2.85) faces the Astros on Tuesday. Two of Mengden’s four losses this season have come against Houston.
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Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 7.20) makes his second start of the season. He gave up four runs in five innings of a 9-6 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday. DeSclafani missed all last season with a strained elbow and the first two months of this season with a strained oblique.Fox News apologizes for using pictures of Eagles players praying, not kneeling

June 5, 2018 2:42pm EDTJune 5, 2018 2:38pm EDTNot a single Eagles player sat or kneeled during the national anthem during the 2017 season, but that didn’t stop Fox News from using photos of players kneeling on the field in prayer.

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.Crawford homers as Giants beat Scherzer, Nationals 2-0

Tanaka also was hurt during a September 2015 start at Citi Field when he was attempting to beat out a ground Javorius Allen Womens Jersey ball. He suffered a strain to one of his hamstrings and ended up missing a start.

In addition, outfielder Aaron Judge says his left thumb, which he jammed on a slide into second base in the first inning against the Mets, is a little sore. To keep the swelling down, it was taped. Trainers will run tests on Judge before Authentic Brandon Dubinsky Jersey he comes to Saturday’s game.

Friday’s injury to the Yankees ace came in the top of the sixth inning. Tanaka, who reached base due to an error by Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, was on third when Judge came up with the bases loaded and one out.

When Judge lofted a fly ball to right field, Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin got Tanaka positioned back on the third-base bag, tagging up. As soon as Mets right fielder Jay Bruce made the fly ball catch, Tanaka was sent home.

Terrell Owens declines to attend Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Terrell Owens has opted to skip his own party.
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The former wide receiver on Thursday announced he has declined an invitation to attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony later this summer.

We are disappointed but will respect Terrell’s decision not to participate in the Enshrinement, Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said in a statement. While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the Class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL’s 99th season.

He burst onto the NFL scene in 2016 with eight sacks as a rookie, but the wrist has hampered his play since before last season and he was limited to just one sack in 2017.

Since then, the Broncos have used the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft to select pass-rushing linebacker Bradley Chubb from N.C. State and also declined to pick up the $9.23 million fifth-year option for 2019 on Ray’s contract, making him a free agent after this season.

I figured it would happen at some point this year, Bryant said. I wasn’t completely surprised. But he likes to change things up and Adrian Peterson Youth Jersey I hadn’t been playing the way I wanted to lately.

Happ made three terrific catches , sprawling out to grab Josh Harrison’s drive toward the corner against Pedro Strop with a runner on third and two out in the ninth. He also possibly saved a run in the third with a tumbling catch on Corey Dickerson’s shallow fly with runners on first and second. Happ made another neat grab in the sixth when he raced back and lunged to snag Colin Moran’s smash.

He probably should have got the save along with Strop today, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
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Crabtree on leading Ravens: ‘I don’t have a choice’

Michael Crabtree finds himself with some new surroundings.
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American Airlines instituted a new policy where you have to pay to take a carry-on onto the plane. Which is ridiculous but off topic. I consolidate my bags into one and they measure it and say it’s just a little too big. They proceed to charge me $50, except they only take credit card, no cash. Since I just got back from Europe all my cards are being declined as Chase doesn’t know I’m back. They tell me that I’m going to have to miss the flight and head back to the ticket counter to pay down there. I’m pleading, devastated after a long day of travel. Then, this man walks up and says, ‘How much is it?’ They tell him $50 and he says ‘I got it.’

I’m astonished and tell him it’s fine not to worry and he hands the lady his card as the American Airlines employees stand in silence shocked by this Joe Thomas Youth jersey man’s generosity. They swipe the card and he tells me to have a great flight and hop on board. I’m crying as I write this and as I board the flight. This man was an angel. I stop him as he’s sitting in first class and try to give him my money but he just shook me off and told me to pay it forward.By now, you know how this ends.

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Smith appeared in all 16 games his rookie season, but contributed little as a receiver, though his two touchdown catches were good for third-most on the team, which speaks to the offensive struggles last season.
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Walker remained by far Mariota’s favorite target, with 20 more receptions than Eric Decker, who led the wide receivers with 54 and, at 31 years old, remains unsigned.

Every year I try something new,Walker said, explaining the keys to his success. I don’t eat pork, I don’t drink alcohol. That’s been helping me, keeping me fit and in shape. Just go out here and I try to bust my butt every day in the weight room, on the field, and it’s tended to work so I’m going to stick to that regimen.