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Bears schedule 2018: Chicago gets chances to establish itself as contender

The Bears’ 2018 schedule presents plenty of opportunities for Chicago to prove itself as an up-and-coming contender in the NFC. The home schedule alone features games against the Patriots and Rams, plus the usual slate of NFC North rivals.

Amin Elhassan: This is an aggressive play for Leonard, to be sure, but in a league increasingly favoring offenses that are predicated on preventing ball-stopping, while highly valuing the ability to switch everything defensively, it’s not hard to see how this is a no-brainer for Boston.

Leonard is the poster child for offensive efficiency, and with a lineup of 6-foot-8-plus athletes across the board, Boston would boast a deep enough, well-coached, flexible roster that could legitimately contend with the Golden State Warriors.

Pending the physical, the Celtics would be best served by aggressively pursuing Leonard, going so far as to entertain adding additional picks (up to and including the Lakers/Kings pick owed from the Jayson Tatum deal last June). Re-signing Marcus Smart would become a priority, and the return of Gordon Hayward would provide some of the playmaking lost by Irving’s departure.

“She was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her she would ‘trash his career,’” Ennis’ attorney Stephanie Rickard said in a statement, via NBC Bay Area.

Ennis allegedly sustained eight to 10 blows to the head in an incident which occurred Feb. 11 in Los Gatos, Calif. Foster was charged in April.

After Ennis learned Foster had been brought up on multiple charges, she says she tried to recant her statement at the police department.

“(Foster) did not strike her, injure her or threaten her,” Rickard said in the statement.

Foster has been charged with two counts of domestic violence, one felony charge of possession of an assault weapon, and another charge of preventing a victim from reporting a crime.

The police allege Foster caused Ennis great bodily harm including a ruptured ear drum.

However, Ennis says she has video of the fight with another woman where she actually sustained the injuries and that Foster is innocent of the charges.

Buffalo also traded up in the first round for Tremaine Edmunds, selecting the Virginia Tech linebacker at No. 16. The Bills gave up the Nos. 22 and 65 picks in their deal with the Baltimore Ravens while acquiring a fifth-round pick (No. 154).steelers_060

Didi hits 2 HRs, Stanton hitless vs Marlins, Yanks romp 12-1

Giancarlo Stanton was the only Yankees bopper who didn’t get in on the hit parade against his former team when New York played Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins for the first time.
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So imagine the pressure on Giants general Womens Carl Davis Jersey manager Dave Gettleman, who on April 26 may decide he needs his successor to Eli Manning.

Thirty-nine quarterbacks since 1993 have been drafted in the top 10. Of those, 15 were busts, four have been injury-prone, six have gotten to the Super Bowl, four others will have thrown at least 200 touchdown passes, one (Michael Vick) rushed for more than 6,000 yards, just two (Eli Manning and Peyton Manning) have won the Super Bowl (twice each). The jury is out on the seven others drafted since 2014.
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Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the alleged victim in Foster’s case has hired a lawyer. The lawyer, Stephanie Rickard, has confirmed her role, but she declined to say why the alleged victim, Foster’s former girlfriend, has retained counsel.

As Barrows explains it, some victims in domestic violence cases hire lawyers in order to explore and to understand their rights, if they want to not testify or not cooperate with the authorities.

If the alleged victim won’t cooperate, it becomes much more difficult to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court, especially if the only witnesses to the incident were the two people involved in it. If the alleged victim in this case refuses to cooperate with the NFL, it becomes virtually impossible to find the player to be in violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.

Bills trade up with Ravens, take Tremaine Edmunds at 16

After previously getting their quarterback of the future in Josh Allen, the Bills have now beefed up their defense.
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With the 16th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Bills selected Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. He’s an impressive athlete who’s only 19 years old and bound to continue developing.

Danielle Hunter Womens Jersey The Bills got the pick by moving up from their second Shaun Livingston Jersey first-round pick. In his last draft as G.M. of the Baltimore Ravens, Ozzie Newsome decided to add some additional picks, moving down to No. 22 and also getting the first pick in the third round of the draft, which the Bills previously acquired by trading Tyrod Taylor to the Browns.

Kellen Clemens: The second-round pick the year Vince Young, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler were first-rounders. Never resembled anything more than a backup. In five seasons as a Jet, he threw five TD passes with 11 INTs.

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And it’s awesome.

Mayfield posted both photos side by side on Wednesday night. Did I mention it’s awesome?

Buzz is building that the Browns may take Mayfield with the first overall pick in the draft. If they need one final piece of evidence in order to finalize the decision, the Favre photo should be it.

Take him, Browns. Do it. Do it, and trust that he’ll potentially make your team a contender for the next 15 years.

The truth is, if Gettleman does his job properly, he can find a running back elsewhere in the draft that could be just as valuable to the Giants’ future as Barkley would be; with rare exception 鈥?read: Tom Brady, No. 199 鈥?you aren’t going to find a franchise quarterback back there.

Report: Saints discussing a big move up in the first round

The Saints own the 27th overall pick in this year’s draft, but they may have a higher pick before the night is over.
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New Orleans has made multiple calls about making a big leap up in the first round, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Typically if a team is looking to make a big leap up in the first round, that team is looking to draft Jason Zucker Womens Jersey a quarterback. So the Saints may think they can make a move for the heir apparent to Drew Brees.

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Game Chris Boswell Jersey People are making up some negatives, Mora said. There really aren’t negatives.Joe Namath has been impressed by everyone in the 2018 quarterback class, and he won’t pick a favorite.

I would rather Alabama not play against Mayfield, against that Oklahoma team, as good as Georgia turned out to be, Namath said, referring to Mayfield’s 54-48 double-overtime loss that sent Georgia to the College Football Playoff championship game against Namath’s Crimson Tide.

Cook has done some work on the field since offseason workouts began April 16, and Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said Cook has knocked the rehab out of the park.

He’s done great job, Sugarman said. He’s been here every day since the injury occurred, post-surgery and really hasn’t missed a beat. . . . He’s been here with a smile on his face every day. Really just to give him the credit because he’s put in all the work to get to the point to where he is.

Though last year’s third-round pick didn’t take a single snap during the team’s disastrous 3-13 campaign, Shepard has seen enough of Webb in practice to believe the quarterback can eventually succeed Manning as the Giants starter.

I don’t see why not, Shepard said. If he works hard and keeps doing what he’s doing and has the same attitude, I don’t see why not. He’s been learning a lot from Eli and what better guy to learn from than Eli.

Redskins sit on even opening odds vs. Cardinals in 2018 Week 1

Redskins sit on even opening odds vs. Cardinals in 2018 Week 1 More Let oddsmakers tell it, the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals are evenly matched in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season. At Odds Shark, the contest has an even opening line, with an over/under of 44.5. The Redskins hit the road for a late kickoff against those Cardinals, a team banking quite a bit on the health of Sam Bradford next season, lest he fade out of the spotlight and give way to Mike Glennon. Arizona went 8-8 last year and missed the playoffs, getting little out of a hodgepodge of quarterbacks. The Redskins have done a makeover under center as well, shifting from Kirk Cousins to Alex Smith.

So, Barkley likely will hear his name early this year, but don’t expect a rush on running backs after that.

“You don’t have to get them in the first round, more like you do a tackle or an elite pass rusher,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “But still, if there’s a running back there that you think is going to be like some of those guys I mentioned, then that guy is worth the first pick in the draft just like anybody else would be.

Williams joins Washington Redskins OL Brandon Scherff, New Orleans Saints OL Andrus Peat, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston as players from the 2015 class who have had their options exercised.

It’s hard to avoid talking about quarterback Andrew Luck ‘s right shoulder injury under any circumstances because so much of the Colts’ fortunes are tied to Luck’s health. Ballard said that Luck still has not progressed to throwing a regulation football , but that the exercises he is doing are similar to what he’d be doing if he had gotten to that point.

Ballard also stressed that Luck is not pressing to get back in the same way he did before missing all of last season and that the team is confident in his return to action. He further illustrated that by pointing to the trade with the Jets that moved the Colts from No. 3 to No. 6 in the first round and saying he thinks that shows they are “very confident” about the quarterback’s progress.seahawks_181

Tuesday morning one-liners

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Said Bills coach Sean McDermott, The reality of our situation is such that eight of the 12 teams that made the playoffs in 2016 didn’t make the playoffs in 2017. We have to turn the page from what happened last year and understand that this is a new team; it’s a new year, new personalities, and so we’ve got our work cut out for us.
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It’s good to go back into work, he said. It’s good to have something else to do, something to really try at, too. That’s been the frustrating thing with my foot; I couldn’t just go and play really hard because that’s what I want to do. Just play really hard. Whether it’s good or bad, I just want to play really hard. But I couldn’t, I haven’t been able to just because of it.

With everything he has been through, what’s a 1-0 playoff deficit to add to his plate?
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Don’t we all long for those days [where we make it easier on ourselves]? Digging ourselves out of holes in life, right? he said. Yeah, definitely need a better start. Just set the tone for the game and how we want to play and who we are, get ourselves some positive energy going.

Janikowski didn’t play at all during the 2017 season because of a back injury and the Raiders made no attempt to re-sign him this year. He made 80.4 percent of his field goals over 16 seasons with the Raiders and left as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.

The Seahawks went with Blair Walsh as their kicker last season, but made it clear they were moving on after Walsh turned in a shaky season in Seattle. They signed former Jaguars kicker Jason Myers in January, but it seems likely that Janikowski will get the nod if he’s healthy and producing similar results to what he managed before last year’s injury.

He thrives on the Authentic Malik Jackson Jersey energy in the building, Bednar said. He’s just so explosive at home. He’s dangerous every time he touches the puck at home.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots on a night when the Avalanche finished 0 for 5 on the power play. Johansen had a second-period goal and Colton Sissons scored another in the third to make it 4-2. Saros was pulled for an extra skater with around 2:20 left and, moments later, Landeskog was credited with a goal after being dragged down on a breakaway. A sliding Landeskog was trying to get the puck over to MacKinnon for the hat trick.

It’s about the only thing that didn’t work out for Colorado.

Even former NFL players believe the pipeline from football stardom to the announcing booth is unfair.

While 2018 home and away opponents for each team, plus intraconference and interconference matchups, already have been released, NFL fans who want to buy tickets and plan trips for specific weekends won’t be able to do so until each team’s 16-game schedule is released.
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That said, strength of schedule already can be loosely determined. The suddenly intriguing NFC West, for example, is matched up against the tough AFC West and the always-tricky NFC North.

As bizarre as the play was, a similar incident actually occurred as recently as May 2016, when Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto’s home run was overturned because he passed teammate Marcell Ozuna while rounding first base against the Brewers, according to Retrosheet.

Avila’s blunder didn’t matter for Arizona. A.J. Pollock homered twice, and Paul Goldschmidt and Avila also went deep for the Diamondbacks, who have won 11 straight regular-season games against the Dodgers. At 11-3, Arizona is off to the best start in franchise history.

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Although he was 13-6 with a 4.22 ERA last season, Maeda struggled against the Padres. He was 1-2 with a 5.85 ERA in five appearances (four starts).

He is 1-2 with a 4.94 ERA in five career starts at Petco Park.

Both teams should have a better chance of getting on the field in their next series. The Indians open a two-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico, against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. The Blue Jays start a three-game series against Kansas City at Rogers Centre on Monday night.

Corey Kluber (1-1), working on seven days of rest, will pitch the first game against the Twins. The reigning AL Cy Young winner struck out 13 and allowed two hits in eight innings for his first win of the season against Detroit on April 9.
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Gronk the NFL player to buy a stake in Gronk the horse

Gronk, a racehorse bound for the Kentucky Derby, will soon be partially owned by Gronk, an NFL player who was in the Super Bowl two months ago.
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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will acquire a minority stake in Gronkowski, the 3-year-old colt who will run in the Derby on May 5, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Team president Steve Mills said that the franchise’s next coaching hire will need to understand today’s player.

Said Mills: Today’s players are very different from yesterday’s players. So you have to be a person that understands who these guys are, where they come from, what their basketball journey is.

Mosley said in January that he wants to remain with the Ravens for his entire career and continues to feel that way, but said he hasn’t heard anything about extension talks since that point. Mosley has made three Pro Bowls and been named a second-team All-Pro three times in four seasons since the Ravens made him the 17th pick of the draft.

Ersan Ilyasova made a tip shot to close to 98-96 but Wade answered and stripped Saric and finished on the other end with a basket that steadied the Heat.

The series shifts to Miami for Game 3 on Thursday.
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Wade’s play resembled his glory days at times and he carried the Heat in a sensational second quarter that was the difference. He pump-faked his Brice Johnson Jersey way to 15 points in the quarter — impressive enough, even moreso that he outscored the potent Sixers by two points.

Wade made his first seven shots of the game and passed Larry Bird for 10th on the NBA’s career postseason scoring list.

I play the game for these moments, Wade said.

When Jay Cutler isn’t on the football field, he’s playing Mr. Mom to his three kids with Kristin Cavallari.

“I have a lot on my plate, yeah, I do. I honestly could not do it without my husband, Jay,” the “True Roots” cookbook author told Page Six on Tuesday. “He luckily is unemployed at the moment. He played football for many, many years and he’s finally done. Not 100 percent, but we’re hopeful that he’s done. And he takes the kids to school, and he picks them up from school, which really frees up my day. He’s at home with the kids himself right now and I never have to worry about it. So as corny and cheesy as it is, I honestly couldn’t do it without him.”

Cavallari, 31, and Cutler, 34, are parents to daughter Saylor James, 2, and sons Camden Jack, 5, and Jaxon Wyatt, 3, together. They married in 2013.

I didn’t know. I was naive at the time. I was in awe of the bigness of working for a network. Sometimes when I think of that story, how sweet it was of my dad to do that, I get a little teary-eyed. So there are not many things in my career that I regret, but that’s one of ’em.

No more.

The free-agent quarterback agreed Sunday to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers, ESPN first reported, with whom he will compete with Cardale Jones to be Philip Rivers’ backup.

Smith, still only 27, was a second-round pick of the Jets in 2013, but he never proved himself in green. He was set to be the starting quarterback for the 2015 season before an August punch from then-teammate IK Enemkpali broke his jaw. He never reclaimed his spot, and left the Jets after the 2016 season.

Matt Carpenter has quietly become one of the game’s best hitters in terms of plate discipline. His 16.5 percent chase rate since the start of last season ranks second to only Joey Votto’s (14.1). And it’s not just chase rate: Last season, Carpenter was top-five in the majors in swing rate and walk rate, too. — Langs

Nolan Arenado dropped the gloves on Wednesday — then dropped an appeal of his five-game suspension on Saturday. Arenado will miss the entire three-game series in Pittsburgh after charging the mound last week against the Padres. On the bright side, Charlie Blackmon returned from a four-game absence on Saturday and promptly homered off Max Scherzer. — Casellajets_096

Mark Sanchez fumbled part of his credibility in the NFL free-agent market Friday.

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The former Jets quarterback was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Sanchez has yet to find a new team after serving as the Bears’ third-stringer on a one-year deal last season.
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Sanchez, who has bounced around four teams after spending his first four seasons with the Jets, said he was stunned when the NFL informed him of his positive test.
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I was blind-sided by the news and I want to say unequivocally that I have never cheated or attempted to gain a competitive advantage by using a banned performance enhancing substance, Sanchez said in a statement on his Instagram account. During the past 9 years as an NFL player I have been subject to 73 drug tests an average of over 8 tests per season and all but one have been clean. I have taken the same regimen of supplements for the past five years without any issues.

Not picking a quarterback really has very little to do with Davis Webb. Aaron Ekblad Jersey There is no magic formula Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur can conjure up to project what Webb will become. His intangibles are all off-the-chart positive, he has great size and his work ethic is beyond reproach. There is a chance Webb could be the successor to Eli Manning. The Giants have no way to know for sure before this draft. If they truly like a quarterback, they will take one, and Webb’s presence on the roster would not be a factor, at all.

The Vikings may not be able to fit all their stars under the cap in the coming years, but they clearly felt Kendricks wasn’t a player they could risk losing.

Harrison, who will turn 40 next month, most recently played for the New England Patriots but spent the majority of his 15 NFL seasons with the聽Steelers. He won聽two Super Bowls and earned five Pro Bowl nods in Pittsburgh, in addition to being named the 2008 defensive player of the year in his sixth season with the team.

Harrison’s status became a significant storyline in the NFL last season after reports swirled that he had grown聽frustrated with a lack of playing time in Pittsburgh and聽asked to be released. When the Steelers cut ties with him in聽December, the 39-year-old left Pittsburgh as the most prolific pass-rusher in franchise聽history, with 80.5 sacks to his name.