Gale Sayers, Dwight Clark bring brutal toll of football closer to home

Because we know more today than we ever have, so many people who read about Gale Sayers and Dwight Clark over the weekend found themselves scrutinizing their stories of disease, pain and mortality for an answer to the obvious, inevitable question.

They found that Clark himself, and Sayers’ family, looked for the same answer. It’s the one people no longer are naive enough not to expect.

Like the doctor at the Mayo Clinic said, ‘Yes, a part of this has to be on football,’ Sayers’ wife Ardie told the Kansas City Star about the cause of the dementia that became public in a story late Saturday night.

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Bouye had his breakout season in a contract year. Undrafted out of UCF in 2013, Bouye is heading for a huge payday after making 63 tackles with a sack and interception. He had a career-best 16 pass breakups and started to earn the reputation of a lock-down corner. Ramsey started all 16 games last season as a rookie, making 65 tackles with two interceptions and 14 pass breakups.

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The Jaguars also found a replacement for former linemen Luke Joeckel, who is now with the Seahawks, and Kelvin Beachum, who was cut loose last month. The Jags finalized a trade with Miami for left tackle Branden Albert.

There were no NFL head coaches present at the Tar Heels practice field

Trubisky threw about 50 passes during the session. While every throw didn’t connect, Trubisky feels confident he proved to NFL teams what they wanted to see.

Hopefully coaches can see that I can make all the throws and I’m confident in my ability, and hopefully I highlighted my teammates’ abilities as well, Trubisky said. So I thought we had a good day.

There were no NFL head coaches present at the Tar Heels practice field, and just two general managers — Pittsburgh’s Kevin Colbert and San Francisco’s John Lynch. The 49ers own the second overall pick in next month’s draft and are expected to take a quarterback.

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The knock on Trubisky is a lack of experience with just 13 starts in one season as a starter. The 6-2, 222-pound Ohio native threw for 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns with just six interceptions last season.
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The Browns went this route a year ago, and it was smart because they decided that they needed everything. Coupled with a housecleaning of veterans, they were really starting from square one.

Take Carson Wentz second overall? No, not when you had no one he could throw to and no one to protect him. Get a pile of picks back for him. When the dust settled, they had made 14 selections in all.

Nicely played. Just don’t do it every year, betting on those picks later and never making anything happen now.

Do they turn into Jimmy Garoppolo, as many are fantasizing? That’s up to the Patriots — not the Browns and their draft pick haul. Do they turn into the foundation for the next decade? Well, they won’t know until next year on the pick they got with Osweiler.

Seahawks’ Frank Clark insults reporter over domestic violence story

Earlier this month, Bleacher Report’s Natalie Weiner interviewed Greg Hardy about his domestic violence history and his potential return to football. While promoting the story, she also provided an additional link to a story she wrote as a Seahawks blogger a few years ago about Frank Clark and his history relating to domestic violence.

Somehow the older story about Clark made its way to the Seattle defensive end, and he fired back Tuesday night with a threatening tweet. The tweet was deleted, but not before Weiner took a screenshot of it and shared it to the public.

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Maybe pitchers were getting knocked out earlier because of a corresponding increase in offense

To completely blame Fox and Pace for Cutler’s steady Bears decline would be unfair. They were trying to make chicken salad. It was the previous administration that gave Cutler a sweetheart contract, making him unable to get cut for two seasons without massive salary cap implications.

The problem is that Fox and Pace failed to groom a young quarterback who could ultimately take Cutler’s place if things didn’t work out. None was selected in Chicago’s previous two drafts.
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This left the Bears desperate enough to give Glennon a bloated contract in a free-agent market once again lacking established talent.

Glennon’s deal will likely be structured in such a fashion that he could be released in 2018 or 2019 without a crippling cap hit if things don’t work out. His arrival also doesn’t preclude the Bears from using the draft’s No. 3 pick or their second-rounder on a developmental prospect, with the thinking Glennon could serve as a bridge until that quarterback is ready to play.

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Maybe pitchers were getting knocked out earlier because of a corresponding increase in offense; runs were up big time, and the average length of a start last season dropped to 5.6 innings, the lowest figure in the past 10 years. That’s not significantly outside the range of the previous nine seasons, however; starters averaged between 5.8 and 6.0 innings over that time.

Maybe, and this is more plausible, managers were more vigorously protecting their fragile assets and reducing workloads. That can at least explain the increase in starts of between 80 and 99 pitches.

Or maybe, managers weren’t going to allow lesser starters to be exposed and were more willing to mix and match earlier in games.

Nationals’ Adam Eaton has torn ACL, will miss rest of season

Adam Eaton’s injury on Friday didn’t look good, and the Nationals got the news they were fearing on Saturday.

FOX Sports reports Eaton will miss the entire season with a torn left ACL.

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Right now, it looks like Dusty Baker will replace Eaton in center with Michael A. Taylor. But if Taylor struggles, trade help — perhaps Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen — might be the way to go.

I was pretty good to say, June 21, fifth inning,’ Diamond said. That was part of my responsibility — to remember. And I kept copious notes. We had to remember when, what, how, and how it was going to be part of the story.

Turner and the WTBS brass generally stayed out of the editing process, opting not to interfere with the authenticity of the documentary, even the parts not so flattering to the team.

I was never told, You’ve gotta cut that out,’ Diamond said. It was basically, This is what happened, and this is the way it happened.’
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The editing process also birthed strokes of creativity, most notably the use of what would later become a staple of 80s sports entertainment: the musical highlight montage.

Using pop songs to accompany highlights and underscore key themes was still a somewhat novel production technique in 1982, and the crew repeatedly found inspiration in the mountain of footage: Dirty Laundry by Don Henley, Slip Slidin’ Away by Paul Simon, Pressure by Billy Joel, among others.

NFL Draft 2017: Steelers steal QB Josh Dobbs, this year’s Dak Prescott, at same spot

With the No. 135 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Steelers drafted Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs. It’s appropriate. It was the same exact pick at which the Cowboys drafted Dak Prescott in ’16 — because Dobbs has the same kind or SEC pedigree and NFL potential.

Dallas thought it was taking a quarterback for the future in Prescott, but ended up with its next franchise passer in the wake of what was a season-ending and career-curbing injury to then 36-year-old Tony Romo. Pittsburgh, at some point, was bound to get a quarterback to groom too, given 35-year-old Ben Roethlisberger hinted he may not play beyond the ’17 season.

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The Browns had picks to spare; they had taken seven players in the first five rounds before taking Brantley, and at that point had two seventh-rounders remaining. They already had taken two defensive linemen — Myles Garrett first overall, of course, and Larry Ogunjobi in the third round.

NFL Draft 2017: Jordan Spieth, Ryan Palmer spend first round in Saints war room

Revis’ situation is complicated, because the Jets owe him $6 million. So unless a team pays him more than $6 million, he will earn the same sitting on the couch as he would playing football. If not for that guarantee, he would probably be employed somewhere right now for $1.5 million-$2 million, but with no financial incentive, he might sit out.

Sitting out might make it harder for Revis to find a job next season, but the odds would be against him receiving a lucrative contract in 2018 even if he did play this year. There is probably no real benefit for a team to take on the injury risk. Revis could be a mid-season addition to a contender, but don’t be surprised if we don’t see him play in 2017.

Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer took a break from the Zurich Classic Thursday evening to hang out with the New Orleans Saints.

The duo, who are partners this week in the Zurich’s new format, were invited to join the Saints’ decision-makers in their draft war room.

Spieth and Palmer were tied for the lead after the first round. They shot a 6-under 66 in a tough alternate shot format. They shot another 6-under 66 Friday to remain in contention.

The Saints, with Spieth and Palmer on hand, used their No. 11 overall pick on former Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore. They then used their No. 32 overall pick — acquired from the Patriots in the Brandin Cooks trade — on former Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk.

New Orleans will be busy again Friday, with three picks on Day 2 of the draft.

NBA playoff scores 2017: Raptors, Spurs advance to Round 2 of playoffs

We lost two more teams on Thursday night to the NBA playoffs. The Grizzlies and Bucks both played the brilliant role of underdog this postseason but ultimately fell to their superiors. We’ll miss Mike Conley proving he was worth every penny of that contract he got last summer. We’ll also miss Giannis Antetokounmpo making us believe that anything is possible. Here is how it went down.
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Youth Brent Qvale Jersey There’s an argument to be made that the Yankees are the best story in baseball this year. Heading into the season, there was always a chance they could compete this year, but the general consensus was that they were at least a year or two away.

Instead, they’ve gotten off to a red-hot start in 2017. Heading into Friday’s action, New York boasts a 17-9 record, tying them for the best team in the American League and the second-best team in all of baseball.

The scary part for the rest of the league is that this doesn’t look entirely like a flash in the pan. For one thing, the Yankees have outscored their opponents by 45 runs this season, the second-best run differential in baseball and just three runs behind the Nationals. They’re led by Aaron Judge, who is tearing the cover off the ball, in the lineup and a breaking-out Luis Severino in the rotation. Combine that with their typical great back of the bullpen, and the Yankees have a stew goin’.

This weekend, New York will be in its biggest spotlight it’s been in to this point in the year. As the Yankees head to Wrigley Field to take on the reigning champs, they have a chance to prove they are, indeed, for real this season.

They’ll be playing in front of a national audience all weekend and will have to face off against Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester in the bookend games of the series. We can’t learn much from any individual baseball series, but the Yankees have the spotlight for the weekend.

Rockets vs. Thunder, NBA playoff 2017 odds: Houston a small road underdog for Game 3

The Houston Rockets are 11-3 straight up and 10-3-1 against the spread in their last 14 games against the Oklahoma City Thunder. All three of those outright losses came in Oklahoma City, where the Rockets will try to earn a 3-0 series lead with a win this Friday night in Game 3.

Houston is a 2.5-point road underdog in Oklahoma City at sportsbooks monitored by The Rockets are 5-4 SU and 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine games as a road underdog.

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It’s possible that a team of Boston’s caliber might have fought its way back into this series without Rajon Rondo going down with a broken thumb, but that injury has certainly helped the Celtics’ cause. Chicago averaged 108.5 points per game with Rondo running the offense, highlighted by an impressive 14-assist effort in Game 2. That production dipped down to 91 points per game in Rondo’s absence over the last two games.

The Bulls are 5-2 SU and 7-0 ATS in their last seven games as a road underdog, and will try to pull off an upset Wednesday without their star point guard.

Wednesday’s total is set at 202 points on the NBA lines. The OVER is 7-0 in Chicago’s last seven games as a road dog.
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The complexion of the series has changed with Rondo’s injury and Boston now has the momentum entering Game 5. If the Bulls hope to turn things around, they’ll need to figure things out on offense in a hurry.

Chris Paul spots Clippers fan in Utah, gives him sweaty jersey off his back

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Chris Paul had an extra special celebration after the Los Angeles Clippers won Game 3 against the Utah Jazz on Friday.

Paul saw spotted a Clippers fan as he was walking back to the locker room, and gave the lucky kid the sweaty jersey off his back. And you can’t really blame him for being excited to do that: Paul was instrumental in giving the Clippers the win by leading the team in a fourth-quarter comeback.

With the news that Blake Griffin will be out with a toe injury, it looks like it’ll be up to Paul to guide Los Angeles for the rest of the playoffs.

I think we need to see what exactly Neil Olshey does to clarify the roster before I’m on board with Portland to be better than what they’ve been, which is a team winning 45 or so games. They still don’t have perimeter defense, and one month per season of strong play doesn’t instill a great deal of confidence in Jusuf Nurkic in me. Evan Turner seems like a difficult contract to move, no?

I’m extremely interested to see what both Olshey and Presti do to gain an edge. The Thunder so badly need shooting, but Blake Griffin might be available. Do you chase that?

If I can briefly bring in a team outside the playoff picture, it’s a critical summer for Denver, too: they know Nikola Jokic is their centerpiece now, and they can build around that. The Nuggets chased Dwyane Wade last summer, and I wonder if they’ll be looking to vets again.

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