Bears matriarch a big fan of Sister Jean

Chicago’s nonagenarian sports icons don’t know each other personally, but there’s clearly some respect.

Bears owner Virginia McCaskey, 95, is a huge fan of Loyola-Chicago’s 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, and has made it a point to alter her schedule to keep up with the college basketball sensation.

THE FIRST SIGNS of trouble for Jamie came his freshman year at Michigan State University: He was the video manager of the Spartans hockey team, and he talked of going to law school and becoming a sports agent. But he joined a fraternity and, according to friends, started using heavy drugs.

“Jamie has a very addictive personality, where he can’t really say no, and he didn’t really know his limit either, so he’d just keep doing it and taking more because he liked the way it made him feel,” says Amanda Farber, Jamie’s friend from both high school and Michigan State.

Farber says that during Jamie’s freshman year in East Lansing he started abusing cocaine and, more frequently, Vicodin and Xanax. It wouldn’t be long before his family also recognized the troubling signs of his addiction.

As to the concussion Cooks suffered in Super Bowl LII, we’re told that Cooks has no lingering issues, and that he actually was symptom-free later that night. He has no other concussion history.

As to a potential new contract with the Rams, a league source tells PFT that there’s no timetable for getting something done. Cooks will make $8.459 million this year, absent a new deal.

Woods, 64, spent 30 years working as a police officer in Delray Beach before retiring in 2009.

In 2014, he noticed a shift in the character of the sober homes that dotted residential neighborhoods. Shortly after the Affordable Care Act kicked in, insurance companies lifted the limits on policies for drug treatment, essentially giving treatment centers a blank check. Around that same time, Woods says, many sober home operators realized urine samples could be liquid gold, because the insurance companies would reimburse them for the tests.flames_003

Mark Rypien details mental health issues, suicide attempt in effort to help others

Mark Rypien found success in nearly everything he did as an athlete, from his days as a three-sport star in high school to excelling at Washington State and being named Super Bowl MVP with the Redskins.
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In the years since he retired from the NFL, though, Rypien has seen his mental health deteriorate to the point that he first threatened to kill himself, then actually made an attempt to do so, he told the Spokesman-Review in a wide-ranging interview.
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Rypien, now 55, played in the NFL from 1986-97, then Shaun Livingston Jersey returned for a final season in 2001. His post-retirement experience has followed a similar pattern to others who spent decades playing football, with mood swings and memory loss preceding increasingly erratic behavior that sometimes turned violent.

Limited Womens Jean Beliveau Jersey Let’s address this now, Rypien said. Let me share my story so others can share theirs. Let’s get rid of this silence that happens when you’re caught up in this cycle and you don’t know how to find the help I’ve been afforded. There are ways to get help. There’s great work going on in our community. But we need to team up and do more.

My story is impactful because people see me in a different light. I want them to see me in an accurate light. I’ve been down the darkest path. I’ve made some horrible, horrible mistakes. But I’ve given myself a chance to progress forward.

If your helmet comes in contact? Norman asked. How are you going to avoid that if you’re in the trenches and hit a running back, facemask to facemask and accidentally graze the helmet? It’s obviously going to happen.

Sherman was more visual with his evaluation of the rule.

It’s ridiculous, he wrote in a text message to USA Today. Like telling a driver if you touch the lane lines, you’re getting a ticket. (It’s) gonna lead to more lower-extremity injuries.

While both Norman and Sherman both make good points, new Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn had more of an entertaining response.

The new rule will take some getting used to for players, officials and fans alike, but Norman was right in pointing out how the implementation of the rule is showing the change in the game of football.

Berrios tosses 3-hitter as Twins beat Orioles 7-0

One after another, the Minnesota Twins’ starting pitchers kept getting better and better against the Baltimore Orioles.
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Jose Berrios threw a three-hitter in Minnesota’s 7-0 victory Sunday, capping a season-opening series in which Twins starters combined for 21 innings of five-hit ball.

After Jake Odorizzi blanked Baltimore for six innings in the opener, Kyle Gibson tossed six no-hit innings before Berrios rang up his first career complete game.

Just a lot of positives, getting off to a start like that, manager Paul Molitor said. Our starters haven’t given up a run yet.

Berrios (1-0) struck out six and walked Sharrif Floyd Jersey one in his 40th career start. He threw 107 pitches.

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Brian Dozier homered on the game’s first pitch to launch a four-run first inning and added a solo shot in the sixth for his eighth career multihomer game.

Kluber (0-1, 2.25 ERA) threw an eight-inning complete game for the Indians (2-3) on Thursday, but was outdone by a half-dozen pitchers for the Seattle Mariners, who combined to allow one run and five hits in the 2-1 victory.

The two-time AL Cy Young winner has made five starts in his career against the Angels (4-2), owning a 2-2 record and 4.31 ERA. He last faced the Angels on Aug. 11, 2016 and received plenty of support in the 14-4 victory. Kluber made his last start in Anaheim two months earlier, throwing a three-hit complete game in a 6-2 win.

Justin Upton is one of the few Angels to have success against Kluber. He’s 5-for-16 in his career against the right-hander with three home runs. Albert Pujols is 0-for-13 and Mike Trout is 2-for-13 with a home run against Kluber.

Rutgers has since lost over 50 percent of last season’s sacks (9) to attrition or graduation.

Manziel’s participation in last week’s pro day at the University of San Diego was a surprise and was also rebuffed by some as the quarterback serving as nothing more than a camp arm. Manziel threw in front of a baker’s dozen of club personnel, and while assertion might have been true last week, it wasn’t Tuesday.
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Manziel’s appearance came with advance warning, and teams showed up. They got a look at Kirk, a projected second- or third-round pick in the upcoming draft, and at the former No. 22 Hau’oli Kikaha Womens Jersey pick of the 2014 draft. We published a speculative piece last week on potential landing spots ( click here to read it ) that was panned by some as being preposterous, and while our own Daniel Jeremiah gave Manziel a less than 50 percent chance of signing with a team, the turnout was undeniable.

The Scarlet Knights were ranked 120th nationally and dead-last in the conference in 2015 before a bump to 91st and 12th, respectively, in 2016, head coach Chris Ash’s first season. But Rutgers slid back down last year, despite the fact Rutgers played six games in 2017 against teams ranked 75th or worst in sacks allowed in the 129-team Football Bowl Subdivision, and three against teams ranked 100th or worst.

I felt that was one of our biggest weaknesses as a d-line, said defensive tackle Jon Bateky, who had 1.5 sacks last year, tying him with Turner and safety K.J. Gray for the most returning 2017 sacks from any one player. We really weren’t getting to the quarterback enough and helping the defensive backs enough. The last three years, we really haven’t been doing it. I feel like that’s our main focus as a d-line.
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Snell’s scoreless streak is the fourth-longest active streak, behind Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill (18 innings), Minnesota Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (15 innings) and Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer (14 1/3 innings).
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Snell’s 2018 season debut is a continuation of his work from late last season when he was recalled from the minors on Aug 8. Since then, he is 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 11 starts and opponents are hitting .194 off him.

The Bengals have already started to bolster the line, dealing this year’s 12th overall pick to the Buffalo Bills for No. 22 and tackle Cordy Glenn.

Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line ranked 24th in the NFL in run blocking and 20th in pass protection, per Football Outsiders. Right tackle Jake Fisher missed half the season, and left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi finished as Pro Football Focus’ 70th-ranked tackle.

The Bengals may also use that No. 22 pick on a tackle like Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey or Connor Williams of Texas.

Problem solved, right Maybe not.

Chubb would be a curious fit for a 3-4 after playing as a 4-3 down lineman in school, but as was the case with JPP, the scheme fit matters less than ever before and shouldn’t preclude you from keeping around a superstar edge rusher if the talent and availability are there.

There’s obviously still a chance that the Giants take a quarterback and that the JPP move is unrelated, although that would be strange given how they’re trying to win now. If they don’t want a quarterback though, they’re suddenly open for business in a very big way with the second overall pick. They can get Chubb without running any risk by toying with the Jets, who have to now be terrified that somebody will leap ahead of them and trade into the second overall spot. If they can extract another high pick from the Jets to move up from third to second overall, the Giants can still take Chubb at No. 3, get him on a cheaper contract and pick up another selection as part of a deal.

Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley thinks the team asked Prescott to do too much last season, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

He was still making plays all the time, Beasley said. Last year, we asked him to be Superman and relied on him so much. When things broke down he was making plays scrambling. A lot comes with filling some spots maybe where we were weaker and stuff like that.

Alternatively, if the Giants are just in the market to add talented players and aren’t attached to Chubb, they are well-positioned for a much bigger haul. We know the Jets are taking a quarterback at No. 3, but any team who thinks there are two franchise passers in this year’s class (or feels confident that the Browns are taking Sam Darnold) can move ahead of Gang Green by trading with the Giants.

Sam Darnold Rumors: AFC Exec Says Browns Will Select USC QB No. 1 in NFL Draft

An anonymous AFC executive said Wednesday that the Cleveland Browns will select USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
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He’s going No. 1, the executive told Albert Breerof The MMQB following Darnold’s pro day performance. Everyone out there today saw the Browns’ franchise quarterback.

Darnold is brimming with potential, but there are concerns about him after his play seemingly dropped off last season as a redshirt sophomore.His completion percentage fell from 67.2 percent to 63.1 percent, his passing touchdowns dropped from 31 to 26 and his interceptions increased from nine to 13 when compared to his redshirt freshman campaign.

All of the quarterbacks in the 2018 draft have their warts, however, and the Browns desperately need to hit on one to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.
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The Minnesota Vikings have signed guard Tom Compton . The Vikings announced Thursday they have signed the former South Dakota offensive tackle who grew up in Minnesota. Compton spent last season with the Chicago Bears , where he played in 11 games with five starts. The Rosemount, Minnesota, native was drafted in the sixth round by the Washington Redskins in 2012, appearing in 44 games with 10 starts during the 2013-15 seasons in Washington. He joined the Atlanta Falcons for their Super Bowl run in 2016, appearing in all regular and postseason games. Compton has appeared in 71 games with 15 starts throughout his career and played at both guard and center.

Gaines would give the Cardinals a legitimate No. 2 cornerback behind Patrick Peterson. While he’s short (5’10) and has a long injury history (27 missed games in four years), Gaines has undeniable coverage talent, and Joel Bitonio Youth jersey he’s coming off a strong year for the Bills in 2017.

More than likely, the snag between the two sides is on guaranteed money and the length of the deal, two common obstacles for negotiations with an often-injured player. But if they can figure out a deal that works for both sides, Gaines will get an ideal situation as the No. 2 cornerback behind an All-Pro and the Cardinals will finally have two solid starting cornerbacks.