Antonio Brown blames media ‘pressure’ for his absence from Steelers OTAs

Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers may be the best wide receiver in the NFL.

He’s coming off an NFL-record fifth consecutive season with at least 100 receptions. But with that comes more than just respect from his peers and adulation from millions of football fans around the country.

Safety Stefan McClure, defensive tackle Christian Ringo and defensive tackle Toby Johnson all came up empty, as did Martin and tight end Luke Willson, who came close with two warning-track shots.

Rudock also hit an inside-the-park home run and helped turn a double play during the game to earn MVP honors. And he did it all with his last name misspelled as Ruddock on the back of his jersey — with the extra ‘D’ eventually being crossed out in marker.

… In an effort to avoid a Clay Matthews situation, a pitching machine was used during the home run derby and a protective net was placed in front of the mound during the game.

Matthews, the Green Bay Packers linebacker, was struck in the face by a line drive and broke his nose while pitching in a charity softball game last week.

Bush was playing for the San Francisco 49ers when he was pushed out of bounds during a game on Nov. 1, 2015, at what was then the Edward Jones Dome, now known as the Dome at America’s Center. He slipped on a surface that the lawsuit dubbed the concrete ring of death, about 35 feet (11 meters) behind the 49ers’ bench.

Bush suffered a season-ending left knee injury. The lawsuit contended the injury undermined his earnings as a player for the rest of his career. He signed with Buffalo in 2016 and retired in 2017. Now 33, he works as an analyst for the NFL Network.

Reggie lost his ability to do what he loved, and to bargain for a contract that he worked his entire life for, Bush’s lawyer Tim Cronin said during closing statements. These players get chewed up. They only have so many chances.

Bush also sued public agencies that own and operate the dome, but a judge dismissed them from the suit last week after ruling that the team had control of game-day operations.

Just a week before Bush’s injury, Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown slid across the same concrete stretch and injured his shoulder.

The concrete surface in the dome was covered with rubber padding two weeks after Bush was injured.

JT Riddle followed with an RBI single for the Marlins’ only two hits of the game.

I thought we chased a lot of balls down, a lot of easy outs, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. Obviously these guys know (how Richard pitches) so his movement was probably pretty good today.
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San Diego has come close to a no-hitter a few times this season.

But you’re hoping no ball rolls through, he said. There was no play anybody could have made on that one. So at least it’s not one of those where a guy is going home after the play thinking I could Colin White Authentic Jersey have made a diving play on it, he said.

Brad Hand pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances, closing a game that took 2 hours, 24 minutes.

Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer as the last-place Padres won a fourth consecutive series for the first time since August 2015. Hosmer hit his eighth home run and went 5 for 12 in the three-game set in front of family and friends, including about 60 on Sunday.

It means a lot, it definitely does, Hosmer said. It definitely gives me a little more energy every time I come home to Florida and get to play in front of them.

Ohtani also is batting .289 with six home runs and 20 RBIs as baseball’s most successful two-way player in decades. The designated hitter has cooled off only slightly after an impressive start at the plate, batting .257 with two homers since April.

Eppler acknowledged that if Ohtani were only a hitter, he probably would be able to keep playing with such an injury.

But that’s not his circumstance, and that’s not how we want to utilize the player, Eppler said. It was determined that any unique swing or variability [in Ohtani’s elbow] could impose some small percentage increase in risk, so that’s why we’re going to give it the three-week time period right now to assess and then make a determination at that time.

The Angels have tried to keep Ohtani fresh by giving Authentic Marlon Mack Jersey him at least a week of mound rest between his pitching starts, adhering to a disciplined plan drawn up by Eppler. Although Ohtani was eager for more playing time, the Angels didn’t want to rush him into a frantic pace in his first big-league season.

Among pitchers with at least five starts this season, Ohtani has the third-highest average velocity on fastballs (96.8 mph) behind Luis Severino and Noah Syndergaard (both 97.6), according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Watch: Johnny Manziel throws first CFL touchdown pass

It didn’t take long for former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel to get back into the rhythm of playing football.
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Manziel, 25, signed a two-year contract with the Tiger-Cats last month.

All told, from the time he signed with the St. Louis organization in 1942, Schoendienst spent over 75 years in professional baseball. Schoendienst was baseball’s oldest living Hall of Famer when he died Wednesday at age 95. As of this writing, funeral arrangements have not been announced, but presumably he will be laid to rest during Sean Kuraly Jersey the coming week.

I know what Julian Edelman posted on Instagram in the wake of the suspension news (I don’t know what happened) came off as a little weird, but there is an explanation for it. I was told Edelman’s result was triggered by a substance that wasn’t immediately recognizable, and there are scientists analyzing it. And as to the timing, the test did happen during the offseason (a couple months ago), which means it’s not for any kind of stimulant. You might remember the rash of players saying they got popped for Adderall—the rules have changed now so that offseason use of stimulants falls under the substances of abuse policy, rather than the PED policy.

In his full statement, Edelman said: I am very sorry — I don’t know what happened. I’ve taken many, many tests obviously over the course of my career, and nothing like this has ever happened. I apologize to the Kraft family, my coaches, teammates and fans. As this matter is being appealed, I can’t say anymore but no matter what, I will be ready to play and pursue another championship with our team and for Patriots fans around the world.

If the suspension stands, Edelman will miss the first four games of the 2018 season against the Texans, Jaguars, Lions and Dolphins. But, as Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer said, the suspension shouldn’t hurt New England too much.

Cowboys’ Jones: Trump intends to win anthem debate

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Chancellor turned 30 years old earlier this offseason and is likely exiting his physical prime, but feels like he is still in top form as far as performance goes. He says his age is not a consideration when it comes to potentially not playing again.

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Doctson earned just 35 receptions for 502 yards in 16 games in his second NFL season but displayed the tantalizing ability to high-point the ball and make contested catches over defenders. His six TDs also suggest the potential to be a beastly red-zone target.
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If Rodgers had his way, his new deal would be unlike any contract we’ve see, Garafolo later added.

How much leverage the Packers concede to the game’s most important player will be fascinating when a deal is eventually done.

Gary Carter Jersey On Friday night, Johnny Manziel ‘s CFL career kicks off as his Hamilton Tiger-Cats face the Toronto Argonauts in a preseason matchup. Next week, Tom Brady will report to minicamp, where we’ll see if he’s really very excited,like Patriots owner Robert Kraft said at the most recent owners meetings.

Who are the greatest NFL players of all time?

If you’ve been paying attention to sports media over the past few months, you’ve possibly heard something about a fairly obscure debate regarding the question of whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is the greatest basketball player of all time.

Borrowing (stealing) that idea, we came up with an idea for a PFT Live draft.

Just as Congress lacks the power to order a state legislature not to enact a law authorizing sports gambling, it may not order a state legislature to refrain from enacting a law licensing sports gambling, Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion.

The Nets have been popular in Asia for years, and Caris LeVert is adding to that surprising hotbed of Brooklyn fandom.

I actually can see them eliminating the kickoff completely in the next couple of years, Daopoulos said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. I think it’s really going to come down to that. And I don’t even know why they keep the kickoff in the game by putting these new rules in. Why don’t they just put the ball at the 25-yard line? It’ll make it a whole lot simpler for everybody and really eliminate a lot of injuries.

The changes made include eliminating running starts by the kickoff team, having eight members of the return team aligned within 15 yards of the restraining line, and eliminates wedge blocks on returns.

The NFL expects that the changes will reduce the numbers of injuries seen on kickoffs. But if injuries don’t decrease, there is a real chance that the play could eventually be eliminated as Daopoulos suggests.

Hue Jackson cleansed himself and the franchise of two years of losing, jumping into Lake Erie as promised.

Jackson vowed on January 2, 2017, to jump into the lake if the Browns finished 2017 with the same 1-15 record they had in 2016. Instead, the Browns were worse, going 0-16.
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No more freaking losing! Jackson declared Friday.

Jackson committed to donate $100 to the Hue Jackson Foundation for every person who jumped in with him. His foundation combats human trafficking in Northeast Ohio.

Owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam offered to match Jackson’s contribution, raising $30,000 after some 150 members of the organization jumped in with Jackson, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Lance vs. LeBron: Part 5. These two have quite the history, going back to when Stephenson held up a choke sign from the bench after James missed a free throw during a playoff series between the Pacers and Heat in 2012 (LeBron has won all four head-to-head playoff series matchups). There were Stephenson’s flops and desire to blow in James’ Womens Derek MacKenzie Jersey ear during the Eastern Conference finals in 2014 two years later. Things continued this season, with Stephenson attempting to distract James by drawing him into his sideshow antics.

The Heat, by their nature, play incredible games. They’ve had 19 one-possession games. They’ve played nine overtime games. They scrap and claw, and Erik Spoelstra conjures stuff up. They’re always worth watching.

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The Falcons have not yet responded. If they hope to take the rivalry next level (to, say, the heights of Jets-Patriots), they’ll file a tampering charge over this.
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Detroit went down the road to East Lansing to try to find its gamebreaking receiver. It should have gone far southeast to Miami. It was a hard, fast crash for Rodgers, thanks to multiple broken collarbones and violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He played in only 15 games over three seasons, catching only 36 career passes. Meanwhile, Johnson became Houston’s go-to wideout right away and stayed that way for 12 seasons. He made seven Pro Bowls as the consummate, non-diva pro and is headed for the Hall of Fame. Dishonorable mention goes to taking another bust wide receiver, Mike Williams, No. 10 overall in 2005, one pick ahead of linebacker and pass-rusher extraordinaire DeMarcus Ware.

Dancers live in a world of fear’: why cheerleaders are taking on the NFL and NBA

Dancers live in a world of fear’: why cheerleaders are taking on the NFL and NBA More Both athletes have accused the NFL of discriminating against women. Last season, Davis claims she was fired from her position cheering for the New Orleans Saints after sending a private Instagram photo of herself in a one-piece bathing suit.
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Avril has spent the last five seasons with the Seahawks after beginning his career with the Lions. He has 74 career sacks, 34.5 of which came while he was in Seattle.

I think the biggest thing that I saw today was when they had an opportunity to make plays, they made them, Jackson said. Chubb made them. Denzel did early, almost getting a ball knocked out in one-on-one drills. Obviously, I think Baker made some really-good throws, some tight throws on the field.

Those guys, this is not too big for them. This stage is not.
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Overall he struggled as a rookie, completing just 54.5 percent of his passes and throwing 10 touchdowns to 18 interceptions. In his second year, he led the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record, just barely missing the playoffs, and was named a Pro Bowl alternate.

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2018 NFL Draft: Alabama leads all college football teams with 12 draft picks

A total of 12 Alabama players were selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, the most of any college in the country.
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The Crimson Tide re-gained that claim under coach Nick Saban after finishing second in 2017. Ohio State, LSU and N.C. State all tied for second with seven players drafted each.

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For me, that is something that I know how to do. I have been in this position before so I can only try to handle it the same and work harder.

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Green might not be the only one who fits the classification. He believes fellow wideout John Ross is set for a breakout year following a washout as the No. 9 overall pick in last year’s draft.

He’s got his confidence back, Green said. The way he’s working this offseason is unbelievable. He’s healthy and explosive again.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton should have an easier time connecting with Green, Ross and others now that Cincinnati has Martin Perez Womens Jersey bolstered its offensive line with the addition of center Billy Price, the team’s first-round pick from Ohio State, and the acquisition of left tackle Cordy Glenn in a trade with the Bills.

Peter King warns of unintended consequences of gambling

On Monday, the floodgates and/or Pandora’s box opened. (Chris Simms learned on Tuesday’s PFT Live that Pandora refers to something other than a music service.) On Wednesday, Peter King of has sounded the alarm (a little) about the potential problems that gambling can cause for the NFL, along with some of the questions it raises.

The point is that the temptation to do things that the NFL doesn’t want players and coaches to do as it relates to the “integrity of the game” won’t suddenly appear with eventual gambling on a widespread basis. If anything, the prevalence of legalized gambling will make it harder for players and coaches to get away with it.

King, by the way, will be spending a full hour in studio during Wednesday’s PFT Live, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Radio. I have a feeling that this topic may come up.

When asked his opinion of Garrett, who has a 67-53 record in seven-plus seasons with the Cowboys, Owens let loose.

“When you really look at it, it doesn’t make sense for Jason Garrett to continue to have his job,” Owens said. “[The organization is] not really expanding or progressing even as a team under his coaching tenure there.”

Much of his interview centered around the recent departure of wide receiver Dez Bryant, who Owens said should land with the Packers, Panthers or Dallas’ biggest rival — the Redskins.

It was the release of Bryant that baffled Owens most as he believes Garrett has a knack for avoiding blame for the franchise’s lack of success in reaching and winning in the postseason (just one win in two appearances under Garrett).

‘No pressure’: Paul Fenton tasked with getting Wild over playoff hump

After working a quarter-century in the NHL, including two decades in management, Paul Fenton finally has the opportunity to run a team.
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I’m confident we have a very good team in Minnesota and believe Paul shares that same belief. The goal remains to bring a Stanley Cup to the state of hockey, owner Craig Leipold said. No pressure, Paul, but that is where it starts.
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Most important, the Warriors welcomed the arrival of two-time MVP Stephen Curry, who exploded for 18 points in the third quarter, during which he went a perfect 7-for-7 from the field. He finished with a game-high with 35 points on 13-for-23 shooting from the field, including 5-for-12 from beyond the 3-point arc (though 4-for-5 following halftime).

Curry’s offensive game was also the object of intense focus in Game 3. He entered the series struggling with his long-range shot, having converted only two of his 13 attempts from behind the 3-point line during the pair of games in Houston — struggles that continued into the first half of Game 3 (1-for-7 on 3-point attempts).

But midway through the third quarter Sunday evening, Curry assembled his finest exhibition of basketball of the postseason. In less than three minutes, he drained five shots. The sequence, which stretched a 15-point Warriors lead to 24, was capped by a long 3-pointer that sent him shimmying down the floor, followed by a beautiful floater in traffic on the ensuing possession after showing off his handles.