Referee Gene Steratore retires

Gene Steratore, the referee who worked the Super Bowl in February, is calling it a career.
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NFL V.P. of officiating Al Riveron announced today that Steratore has decided to retire from the NFL.

Steratore has been an NFL official since Womens Brent Grimes Jersey 2003 and worked 12 playoff games, including Super Carl Banks Womens Jersey Bowl LII. He may be best remembered for an odd moment last season when he pulled out an index card to determine whether a spotted football had reached the first down stick in a game between the Cowboys and Raiders. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio objected to Steratore’s demeanor, and the NFL said afterward that Steratore should have used his eyes, not an index card.

The NFL has seen a lot of turnover among its referees this offseason, with Jeff Triplette, Ed Hochuli and Terry McAulay also retiring. Last year the NFL retained all 17 of its referees from the year before, but this year there will be a major change in the refereeing ranks.

Dallas locked up guard Zack Martin to a long-term extension earlier this month, and it will have decisions to make next offseason on defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, who are both free agents, which could complicate its future cap space. Quarterback Dak Prescott is also eligible for an extension in 2019. The Cowboys have just enough cap room to make the Thomas extension work this year, even with $16.9 million in dead cap hits from the releases of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, both of which will come off the books next year.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach June Jones said he’s been impressed with the former Heisman Trophy winner/current backup to Jeremiah Masoli.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised the last three weeks what a good teammate he is, how smart he is, how he sees the game, Jones said, via David Newton of He should be playing in the National Football League and I believe he will when he gets through with us.

Jones said he’s been encouraged by the performance he’s seen, but also the professionalism Manziel displayed. And while it might take time, he thinks Manziel will eventually be able to convince decision-makers he can be trusted.

It’ll take two years, Jones said. They’re [NFL executives, coaches] waiting to see that he’s taken care of his off-the-field problems….

He’s humble. He’s growing up every day.

Could Yankees land Giants ace Madison Bumgarner?

Machado will become a free agent after the 2018 season and is expected to leave Baltimore in his rear-view mirror.
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According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, one NL playoff contender with deep pockets is reaching out to the Orioles on Machado:

The Phillies love Machado and have indeed reached out, and seem like a favorite over others (and could be part of an NL East battle; more on that below). One Phillies-connected person suggested the Orioles are asking for four young players, and that at present, the price is too steep.

It isn’t known exactly what the Orioles are seeking from the Phillies for Machado, but one source said the price is too high considering there’s no guarantee they’d be able to keep Machado – though, of course, it must be noted that it’s not uncommon for contending teams to believe initial asking prices are unrealistic. 

I don’t think they are trying to phase it out, Zook said…. It’s an exciting play — but it is one that we have to make sure that we’re making it safer. And I think with all the engineering and all the things that they’re doing, they’re going to accomplish that.

Mandatory minicamp practices scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday next week will begin at 11:30 a.m. and are open to the public (weather permitting). Coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t said whether veterans with five or more years of NFL experience will be excused, as in the last two years.

The Browns were never going to win the Super Bowl this year. Tyrod lets them work out their Cliff Avril Jersey new offense, gives Baker time to learn and adjust to the pro game and mentors him on how to be a professional. As a Steelers fan I hate all of this and hope that it goes spectacularly wrong – which it assuredly will as long as Hue’s the coach! But this aspect of it? Seems like the least worrisome moving part.

I love working here, O’Brien told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. I like the way we’re set up right now. I really enjoy coaching the players. I say that every year, but it’s true.

When the players aren’t here, it’s not a lot of fun. I like our staff, too. I think this organization’s in a good place right now.

Watt’s head-turning defensive plays helped put the Texans in the national spotlight, but Watson’s arrival in 2017 gave Houston a bona fide Barry Sanders Womens Jersey franchise quarterback before he suffered a season-ending ACL injury during practice on Nov. 2, 2017.

Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch Sunday against Yankees, Mike Scioscia says

Angels starting pitcher/slugger Shohei Ohtani will not pitch Sunday against the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka as originally expected.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that the Angels will push back Ohtani’s next start, sighting workload management. There is no word on when Ohtani will next pitch, but he will remain available to hit.

As a pitcher, Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings this season. He has struck out at least six batters in six of his seven starts.

Strickland made headlines last season when he hit Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper on the hip with a 98 mph fastball, which sparked a benches-clearing incident. It was the first time Strickland had faced Harper since Harper hit two home runs off of him in the 2014 National League Division Series.

Strickland was ultimately suspended six games by Major League Baseball for his role in the brawl, which ended with him being dragged to the Giants’ dugout by several of his teammates.

Bochy said Strickland had shown maturity and made progress by keeping his emotions in check since last year’s fight with Harper.

I think he [punched the door] when he came out of the game, but we didn’t know about it, Bochy said. I didn’t know about it until I got home.

Miller’s pitch count did reach 78 in his most recent turn (June 16, in high-A), and the Miami Marlins’ worst-in-baseball 3.55 runs-per-game average and pitching-friendly home ballpark make him an appealing option in deep-mixed (think at least 12 teams) and NL-only leagues. He’s not as appealing as two other two-start pitchers who have made recent returns from the disabled list, Michael Soroka (CIN, @STL) and Joey Lucchesi (@TEX, PIT), but he’s also available in a much larger percentage of ESPN leagues, roughly 95 percent to Soroka’s 65 percent and Lucchesi’s 80 percent.

Clayton Kershaw (DL: back) is on track to rejoin the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation on Saturday, and therefore, pitch Thursday at home against the Chicago Cubs, assuming all goes well on June 23. While his name value will propel him into the vast majority of fantasy lineups, these are among the worst circumstances for him for our purposes. Besides it being a one-start week, the Cubs represent one of the 10 toughest matchups for an opposing pitcher — productivity, patience and above-average contact — and Kershaw’s pitch count seems likely to be limited after being scheduled for only 60 in his rehab start.

CFL’s opening weekend includes catch of the year

With Hamilton facing Calgary to start the CFL regular season, most of the attention Authentic Conor Timmins Jersey entering the game centered on a player not in either starting lineup: Tiger-Cats backup quarterback Johnny Manziel. A player from the other team has stolen the show.
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And Mitchell knows a thing or two about spotting running back talent before everyone else does.

I told David Johnson the same thing, Mitchell said.

McGuire, a sixth-round pick in 2017, played college football at Louisiana-Lafayette. He had three 1,000-yard rushing seasons there, adding a high of 468 receiving yards in 2014. For the Jets, McGuire had 315 rushing yards as a rookie, with an average of 3.6 yards.

I know that rookie year, Fournette said. It’s a long season from the draft then to minicamp and then to [training] camp and then the season. It’s a long process.

Washington got Guice with the 59th pick in the draft, and Fournette thinks they got a Drew Brees Womens Jersey bargain.

Low because it’s something he’s been dealing with for a while and doesn’t feel it pitching, Cashman said.

Asked if Chapman could make it worse, Cashman said, Hope not. Not gonna jinx myself and say it can’t get worse. He just felt it more than normal. It’s something we’ve been dealing with him. He’s obviously able to go, as long as he feels he can pitch, and he’s certainly pitching very effectively.

If the knee gets to the point where Boone might have to curtail Chapman’s work load or shut him down, the Yankees have bullpen depth but nobody in Chapman’s class. They had 17 saves as a staff entering Saturday night’s action. The only other reliever with a save was David Robertson, who with Dellin Betances and Chad Green would give Boone late-game options if needed.

Cowboys lack a true No. 1 receiver but insist that doesn’t matter

Cowboys Addison Reed Authentic Jersey quarterback Dak Prescott recently said he doesn’t know if any team in the league necessarily needs a No. 1 receiver. He better hope the Cowboys don’t need one.
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Me, I’m not coming off my best year. That’s the same with Beas. He didn’t have his best year last year. Same with TWill [Terrance Williams] and Tavon [Austin]. The list goes on. We’re not coming off our best year. Being young guys coming into the league, you’ve got something to prove. That’s not our main motivation, but it does add fuel to the fire.

The Cowboys’ projected top-six receivers have one 1,000-yard season among them. Hurns, Deonte Thompson, Beasley, Williams, Noah Brown and third-round pick Michael Gallup have combined for 754 receptions for 9,692 yards and 65 touchdowns. (Austin, who will play receiver and running back, has 194 receptions for 1,689 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career.)

Chances are the Cowboys won’t have a 1,000-yard receiver for the fourth consecutive season. They have not had one since Bryant earned All-Pro honors with 1,320 receiving yards in 2014.

Prescott likes spreading Mike Piazza Youth Jersey the ball around and figures to do that again this season.

Diggs said he’ll only take two days off after the Vikings’ minicamp before jumping back into his own training regimen before the Vikings’ training camp opens on July 27. He’s focused on getting better, and his contract will come whenever it comes.

So it’s a six-year, $84 million extension, giving the contract a new-money value of $14 million. That’s more than the $13.3 million average given by the Jaguars to guard Andrew Norwell earlier this year.

And even with an apples-to-apples comparison based on value at signing, the seven-year, $93.341 million deal (Martin was due to make $9.341 million this year) has an annual average of $13.33 million.

Grading Jets’ 2018 NFL Draft picks

I apologize for being in those situations. I’m doing everything in my power to avoid all those situations, Martinas Rankin Jersey because that’s not me. That’s not the place for me. I’m an NFL football player, so I’m doing everything in my power to avoid anything to even get me close to those type of situations.
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At least, that’s the belief among some NFL teams, who claim they’ve never seen so many prominent players involved in contract disputes.

In Pittsburgh, there’s running back Le’Veon Bell, who could hold out well into training camp. Falcons receiver Julio Jones skipped a mandatory minicamp, and I’ve been told by numerous sources that he wants to be the highest-paid receiver in football.

In L.A., Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald skipped OTAs and this week’s mandatory minicamp. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and Arizona running back David Johnson also were missing this week as they both pressed for new contracts. And though Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. did show up for camp this week, he likewise wants a new deal.

Finally, there’s Aaron Rodgers. The star Packers quarterback appears headed for a contract extension before the season, but not without Womens Karl Mecklenburg Jersey having voiced some concerns in the offseason over the direction of the organization.

There’s probably about 12 of us that are going to get together in the month of July, and he’ll certainly be a part of that, Ryan said of Jones, via ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. We’ll have an extended period where we get some work together. You know, that’s something that we’ve done in the past. The past couple of years, we were down in Miami.

This year is a little bit later due to kind of my offseason, but we’ll still have that chance to work together. And I think that will be really productive for us.

Ryan recently had twins, pushing back his offseason timeline.

Jones has stayed away from Falcons workouts as he hopes to rework his contract with three years left on the deal.

Ryan’s expectations that his top wideout will show for private work underscores how Jones absence from minicamp means little in the grand scheme of the Falcons ‘ season. Jones’ only leverage is to withhold his services from the team to prove a point. Snubbing his quarterback next month would be a different brand of holdout.

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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A week after making his CFL debut, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback threw his first touchdown pass in the Canadian Erik Condra Authentic Jersey league during his second preseason game.

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

Cowboys’ Jones: Trump intends to win anthem debate More President Donald Trump intends to be on the winning side of the national anthem debate. That is what Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a sworn deposition as part of Colin Kaepernick’s grievance against NFL owners, according to an article published Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal. Jones said Trump made it clear he was very concerned about players who were protesting during the national anthem. This is a very winning, strong issue for me,Trump told Jones, according to the deposition. Tell everybody, you can’t win this one. This one lifts me.The anthem debate has created a firestorm ever since Kaepernick declined to kneel for it during the 2016 preseason.
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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.

The biggest thing is confidence level, Doctson said this week, via Adrian Wilson Jersey NBC Washington. It’s kind of surreal when you first get here, then last year was my first year playing. [Last year] kind of calmed it down and now I’m just back like I was at TCU.

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.