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Carlos Dunlap says he isn’t worrying about his contract

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap missed out on $300,000 in workout bonuses by opting out of voluntary work with the team this offseason in a decision that’s been linked to his desire for an extension as he enters the final year of his current deal.

While contract matters were likely part of that call, Dunlap said over the weekend that he’s not sweating things on that front.

Whatever it takes for me to get some wins and do my part where I leave no doubt, no question in anybody’s mind that Josh did everything he could do to try and get us a win, then I can walk away with whatever the stat line is.

There had been some backlash that Hardy would be given a second chance considering his history of domestic violence and that he was shifting from football to a sport where he punches and kicks people for a living.

The Panthers have been practicing without Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner (sore knee), though they insist it’s not a serious problem.

McCaffrey is used more like a top-end gadget player than a true running back at this point in his career. Inside the 10, McCaffrey recorded just four of the team’s 36 carries last year. At the same time, he was the only Panther to catch more than two balls inside the 10, where he saw seven targets for four touchdowns.

He’s not what you would traditionally think of as running back. Everyone will be tracking his transition to a more voluminous role.

Over the last three seasons, the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers both ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in passing plays. The Minnesota Vikings just signed Kirk Cousins to go with receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. This is to say: The Chicago Bears are going to need to be able to stop the pass.

Rutgers off to very good start with 2020 N.Y. 4-star RB Tirek Murphy Jersey

Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) class of 2020 running back Tirek Murphy is Mark Barron Jersey one of Rutgers’ top local targets for the next recruiting Jay Beagle Authentic Jersey cycle. And it appears the interest is being reciprocated as Murphy discussed with why Rutgers is tentatively on top, while looking on at the first leg of Rutgers’ East Coast Elite Camp ciruit for 2018.
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During our report about President Trump canceling the Philadelphia Eagles trip to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win, we showed unrelated footage of players kneeling in prayer. To clarify, no members of the team knelt in protest during the national anthem throughout regular or post-season last year. We apologize for the error.

But is Bowles disciplining his players strongly enough to prevent future arrests?

You can discipline them, he said. You can suspend them. If a person is going to drink I’ve realized that in life they’re going to drink. You try to discipline them and you go accordingly.

He said the Jets did their research on Herndon before drafting him in the fourth round, and their background checks revealed no personal or disciplinary problems.

We gather plenty of information, obviously, Bowles said. He had not had a problem. He does not have a glitch in his evaluation on anything. These things do happen.

Bowles said there is little the Jets can do, though, with monitoring players in their off time.

Braun robbed Nick Williams by bellying out to grab his liner to left with a runner on second. Braun went 6 for 12 with a double, triple, two home runs and seven RBI in the series. He’s hitting .406 in his career at Citizens Bank Park.

Nationals: 2B Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) rejoined the team Sunday, taking batting practice and fielding grounders. He’ll accompany the team to New York where they open a two-game series Tuesday against the Yankees. … RHP Stephen Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) and RHP Brandon Kintzler (right forearm flexor strain) were placed on the 10-day disabled list. RHP Trevor Gott and RHP Wander Suero were recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

Dave Roberts: Timetable for rookie Walker Buehler Jersey ‘wide open’

Walker Buehler has bruised ribs, but scans and X-rays showed no further damage after the Los Angeles Dodgers rookie right-hander was lifted from a start with pain in his side.
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Buehler said Saturday he is uncertain how much time he’ll miss or if he’ll need to go on the disabled list. He was hit by Trevor Story’s line drive in a game against Colorado on May 21 and made three starts after that, but the rib injury caused him to exit a game Friday night against Atlanta in the sixth inning.

I don’t think it’s anything long term that’s going to affect me, Buehler said. It’s just a matter of getting it right.

It kind of comes and goes, Buehler said of the discomfort. It’s a tough Authentic Jack Johnson USA Jersey spot to have it. You can’t do anything in your life without twisting, turning and moving.

Buehler is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA and has been a bright spot for a team that was desperate for starting pitching because of injuries.

I got called up and kind of carved myself a place here, I feel like, and you just want to keep that momentum going, Buehler said. It’s frustrating to have any sort of hiccup. I could make my next start and I could not. You don’t really know. It’s frustrating from that aspect that I think I give this team a decent chance to win and I want to keep going.

This marks Howard’s first appearance on the Rockies’ active roster. The 2014 third-round draft pick from Georgia Southern is 3-4 with a 4.68 ERA in nine starts with Triple-A Albuquerque this season. Overall, he’s 29-33 with a 3.68 ERA in 99 minor league appearances, all but two of them starts.

Jon Lester sees the Chicago Cubs delivering enough big hits and sparkling plays in the field.

More than anything, he sees his team piling up victories. And to him, it’s starting to feel like the 2016 championship season all over again.

Lester combined with two relievers on a one-hitter, and the Cubs took advantage of a first-inning slip by center fielder Starling Marte in a 2-0 victory Saturday over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago’s 11th win in 13 games.

I think it took everybody a little bit last year Justin Holiday Jersey to recover and get back to normal, Lester said. When you come off that high of Game 7, you’re looking for that high, you’re trying to get up for every game, and it’s just not there. I think it took us a while for that. This year, I feel like everybody just came in with a different mentality.

Dez Bryant Jersey not expected to sign before late July

Six weeks after his release from the Dallas Cowboys, a deliberate Dez Bryant is still looking for a new NFL home.
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Don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

After speaking with sources close to the free-agent wide receiver’s situation, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Bryant is not expected to sign until at least the opening of training camps in late July.

Boston-based DraftKings, which takes online wagers on daily fantasy-sports games, said it’s been preparing to launch a real-life sports betting operation and expected to get permission from several states before the start of football season in September.

At Auburn, Johnson ran mostly between the tackles, occasionally out of a wildcat set, and in an offense that passed the ball less than 40 percent of the time.

General manager Bob Quinn has said the Lions, a pass-first team that threw the ball 58 percent of the time last year, will use Johnson more to run outside,and Walker doesn’t believe that will be an issue for Johnson.

He’s run every scheme in terms of inside zone blocking, outside zone blocking, gap scheme runs, lead scheme runs,Walker said. So he has that in his background, so teaching him how to run a certain play won’t be the hard part. Maybe kind of what we want him to look at maybe a little bit different than he has in the past, but he’ll be fine in terms of this is the blocking scheme and this is how I read and react to this blocking scheme. … It’s been Womens Josh Morrissey Jersey a different presentation when he was Ryan Goins Authentic Jersey in college, but the meat and potatoes part of it is kind of the same.

Walker said there are no plans to limit Johnson’s playbook in any way.

The general question to me is you give a kid what he can handle, and as of right now he’s been able to handle everything we’ve thrown at him so we’ll continue throwing it at him and seeing how he progresses,he said.

The NFL’s players can make their displeasure known by boycotting OTAs.

Technically (but not actually), these ongoing offseason workouts are voluntary. There’s no requirement to be there. So if the players aren’t happy with ownership right now, all they have to do is nothing.

Before practice Rudnay had taken a pair of scissors and cut out the crotch of his football pants, Zimmerman writes. When he got down to snap the ball, everything was hanging out. Jaynes began his call . . . he reached down . . . and the ball went flying out of his hands.

Coach Hank Stram, monitoring practice from a tower, yelled, What’s the hell’s going on down there?

Bolden said in a statement that he unknowingly used a substance on the NFL banned list. He said he takes full responsibility for not verifying the ingredients of the supplement and will be better educated in the future.

Bolden spent last season on special teams where he returned 19 kicks for 396 yards and four punts for 23 yards.

It was fine. I have a good attitude about life. My parents instilled that in me as a kid, Anzalone said. You feel bad for a little bit, and life goes on.

Anzalone stands out on the field in part because of his long, blond hair that gives him a surfer-dude look. In reality, a visceral fear of sharks prevents the Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, native from venturing out in the ocean very often.

Instead, he’s spent a lot of down time studying the game he loves.

The Bengals re-signed TE Tyler Eifert Jersey to a one-year contract.

Thomas Vanek Mens Jersey In what was one of the more stunning developments of free agency, wide receiver Ryan Grant — a former Redskins reserve — landed a reported four-year, $29 million contract. A fifth-round pick back in 2015, Grant totaled 68 targets during his first three seasons before breaking out for 45 receptions on 64 targets for 573 yards and four touchdowns last season. He was fantasy’s No. 54 scoring wide receiver. Grant primarily operated as a short-area target. His 9.6-yard average depth of target ranked 64th out of 84 qualified receivers, and his 70 percent catch rate ranked 13th. Grant is best suited as no more than a No. 3 receiver and currently sits behind Jeremy Maclin and John Brown on the depth chart. His low ceiling makes him an unappealing fantasy asset.
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The 2013 first-round pick has been a force when healthy, but that hasn’t been often enough throughout his five-year career. Eifert has never appeared in a full 16-game regular season, managing to play only 39 of a possible 80 games since he entered the league. That includes fewer than three games two of the past four years. As noted, Eifert is good when active, which means he still belongs on the fantasy radar. He missed three games in 2015, but still led tight ends in the league with 13 touchdowns. He missed eight games in 2016, but scored five touchdowns and ranked seventh at the position in fantasy points per game. Eifert’s durability is obviously a major concern, but if he appears to be healthy and ready to roll Brooks Orpik Womens Jersey for Week 1, he has enough upside to warrant a late-round flier.

The Raiders added veteran RB Doug Martin to the mix on Thursday. The former Buc figures to slide in behind Lynch and ahead of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard on the depth chart. To say Martin has had his ups and downs would be an understatement. During the two years he appeared in all 16 of Tampa Bay’s regular season games (2012, 2015), he ranked in the top three at the position in both touches and scrimmage yards, and ranked top 11 in offensive touchdowns. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry over the two seasons and was a top-four fantasy back both years. On the other hand, Martin missed at least five games (total of 28) during each of his other four campaigns.
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Eric LeGrand Jersey leads the drive for spinal cord research

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We’ve got to keep on working together, LeGrand said. We set our goals high. It’s not easy to get, but I believe we’ll get there with all the support we’re getting.
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There will be a few new wrinkles at this year’s run/walk. LeGrand is partnering with Castle of Dreams, an animal rescue group in Keyport, to have a dog adoption event – a natural fit given how dog-friendly the run/walk is. LeGrand said BMX biker Scotty Cranmer, a Jackson native who recovered from a Lamar Miller Youth jersey serious spinal cord injury, and his friends will also put on a trick show in the parking lot outside the stadium.

Per Mark Inabinett of, McCarron said he finds the notion of competing with Allen for the right to start enjoyable.

It’s fun, McCarron said. You compete. You know, I’ve shared reps before. But it’s fun. We’re out here, everybody’s really learning, especially, speaking for myself, just trying to get timing with guys鈥攆irst live action. But it’s been fun. And it’s always fun to compete.

After going 9-7 with the Buccaneers in 2016, Winston managed just three wins in 13 starts last year. He failed to throw 20 touchdown passes for the first time in his career.

But it’s also worth noting that Winston threw a career-low 11 interceptions and had the highest passer rating of his career at 92.2.

For his part, Winston said he’s trying to take the criticism to heart and grow as a professional.
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You know, I am who I am, Winston said of Monken’s remarks. At the end of the day, you know I’m always looking for ways to get better. And again, that’s my coach, so anything he has to share. I promise you, if he shared it with you guys, he done talked to me about it. So, like I said, I just have to get better any way I can. So constructive criticism, even praise, you gotta take it in and you gotta see how you can add it to your game and improve.

Do Panthers have the next Steve Smith in D.J. Moore Jersey?

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NFL Draft prospects often are compared to current and former players who are similar in build, skills and athletic ability. The most frequent comparison made for Panthers 2018 first-round pick D.J. Moore comes with a direct connection to the team that drafted him.
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Many have called Moore the Kevin White Jersey next Steve Smith. Even Smith himself made the comparison along with an emphatic statement about the pick soon after it was made.

Moore’s versatility not only will be big in getting him on the field for rookie snaps, but it will help Carolina’s offense. The Panthers for years have lacked a consistent slot presence, and with Moore, they might finally have the kind of shifty, explosive weapon who can do some damage between the hash marks.

Smith during his time in Carolina typically manned the outside as a speedy No. 1 wideout, but his quickness, explosiveness and ability to pick up yards after the catch sometimes were ideal in the slot. While Moore might be starting there, it’s not a stretch to imagine him out wide in time.

Moore during his media conference referenced two plays in particular from college that stand out as examples of what he can do from just about anywhere on the field. (They also remind one of Smith.)

DeCamillis said roughly a dozen special teams coaches are among those expected to attend an NFL safety summiton Tuesday and Wednesday in New York City, predominantly dedicated to figuring out ways to reduce injuries on special teams 鈥?kickoffs, in particular.

And it’s a strategic field position play, which is what football really is. I mean, you’re always trying to control field position. (Kickoffs) are another way to do that.

DeCamillis further wonders whether eliminating kickoffs would generate a domino effect that removes even more of the physicality that has served as football’s backbone.

You take out the kickoff, what’s next?DeCamillis asked. Is it going to be short-yardage (plays)? Is it going to be, ‘Hey, we don’t want to throw the ball in the middle of the field because that’s a dangerous play?’

I think you have to look at it from a standpoint of, ‘How can we make that play safer?’ and, ‘How can we make all plays safer?’

The NFL may have a better idea after its summit concludes.

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Goaltender Antti Niemi agrees to re-sign with Canadiens

Goaltender Antti Niemi was seeking stability more than money when he agreed to a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Who could blame the 34-year-old, who was eligible for free agency on July 1, after a whirlwind 2017-18 season? Niemi was bought out by the Dallas Stars last summer, signed with Pittsburgh, was claimed on waivers by Florida and then claimed again by Montreal.

With the Canadiens, Niemi went 7-5-4 with a 2.46 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

The club now has two goalies on one-way contracts vying for the job as backup to Carey Price next season — Niemi and prospect Charlie Lindgren, who signed a three-year extension on Feb. 13. It could make for a fierce battle in training camp, but at least whichever gets sent to AHL Laval will earn his full NHL salary.

Niemi was just glad that his stint in Montreal showed he can still play top-level hockey.

He said what prompted him to sign was “how last season went and how I was able to bounce back.”

“Doc is one of the top coaches in the NBA, coming off one of his finest seasons since joining the Clippers,” Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “We trust Doc to lead a competitive, tough, hard-working team while upholding a culture of accountability expected to resonate throughout the organization.”

Rivers completed his fifth season as coach, finishing with a 42-40 record and competing for a Western Conference playoffs spot until the final days of the season. Rivers relinquished his role as president of basketball operations in August, clearing the way for Lawrence Frank to take over that position.

“I am proud of the success we have had here over the last five seasons, but there is more work to be done,” Rivers said in the statement. “We are coming off a year where our team battled through many challenges and much adversity, proving deep talent and even greater potential. I am looking forward to getting back to work on the court to develop our players and compete with the NBA’s elite.”ravens_102

Packers wrap up draft class by signing Oren Burks Jersey

The Packers wrapped up their draft class by getting third-rounder Oren Burks under contract, according to Thursday’s NFL transactions.
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Burks, 23, was the 88th overall pick, the third of the team’s 11 draft picks.

Nico Siragusa Elite Jersey The Vanderbilt linebacker made 228 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, five interceptions, a forced fumble and 21 passes defensed in his four college seasons.

Second-rounder Josh Jackson signed his deal earlier Thursday.
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Denmark’s Jesper Damgaard, who played in 17 consecutive world championships, received the Richard Bibi Torriani Award for his outstanding career as a player from a smaller hockey nation, and Latvia’s Kirovs Lipmans was named the winner of the Paul Loicq Award for his contributions to international ice hockey.

We’re hoping he can play tomorrow, Kerr said. But we don’t know yet.

Guard Klay Thompson suffered a left knee strain in Game 4 but played through it after receiving treatment. He went through the entire practice. The Warriors have him as questionable, but team officials told ESPN he will play.

The Warriors will need all the bodies, particularly small bodies, that they can throw at the Rockets. Houston’s small-ball lineups have forced Kerr to do away with playing bigs such as Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee and David West, players who have been in the regular rotation for much of the season.

Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell, two young and agile bigs, have received the nod from Kerr in this series.

And before finishing his media address, Curry said he feels good about what’s in store for the rest of the series.

Some people still hate the NCAA playoff format — or, more specifically, they hate that a panel decides who gets a bid. But that kind of approach could have made a lot of sense in the NFL last season, at least when it comes to this Chargers team, which won six of its final seven games. I mean, given a choice, is there anybody who would have put the Bills in the playoffs over the red-hot Bolts? No. Thankfully, this year’s Chargers shouldn’t leave anything to question. This loaded group is ready to punch its playoff ticket Authentic Pete Rose Jersey for the first time since 2013.