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Former Redskin A.J. Francis Jersey blasts team on Instagram, says logo is ‘racist’

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Former Redskins lineman A.J. Francis finally feels appreciated. He let his social media followers know Wednesday.
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Francis was released by Washington after the team selected defensive linemen in the first and fifth rounds of the NFL Draft last weekend.

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(The goal is to) just go take a snap and have some fun, Manziel told reporters Tuesday, via TSN. There’s no pressure, there’s no ‘go out and throw 10 touchdown passes in one drive.’ It’s just ball.

Hamilton coach June Jones announced earlier this week that Manziel will play Friday night in the Tiger-Cats’ preseason opener against the Toronto Argonauts. Manziel admitted he has more to learn but said he feels comfortable with his knowledge of the team’s offense and compared it to the plays he ran while playing at Texas A&M.

The Seahawks shock everyone with their pick of a running back who wasn’t expected to go until the second day. But they could get the last laugh with a highly productive college player who has all kinds of big-game ability. Seattle’s backfield has been ugly post-Beast Mode, and Penny has workhorse potential. Don’t be surprised if this pick becomes a lot shinier than it looks now.

The Steelers have Sean Davis strong safety and Morgan Burnett at free safety, so this is a bit of reach in the first round with the future of their defense in mind rather than their bigger need at inside linebacker. Edmunds in time can become the hard-hitting leader Troy Polamalu once was, but he’s not the same kind of freelancer against the pass.

Aron Baynes sees Gregg Popovich characteristics in Brad Stevens

Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes has likened coach Brad Stevens to San Antonio Spurs boss Gregg Popovich, saying the duo share a key characteristic needed in Playoff basketball: composure.

“Their composure throughout the game is pretty much second to none. No matter what’s going on on the floor, they’re so composed in how they are with the team and the message that that sends through to everyone and keeps everyone calm.”

While Baynes is full of praise for Stevens, the Celtics coach is equally fond of the “leader” he has in the Australian big man. Signed on a one-year deal ahead of this season, Baynes has been a vital defensive cog in the Celtics’ run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

He then started dropping threes. In fact, Baynes’ three-point percentage sits at .524 for the postseason.

The Houston Rockets were up by two points when Draymond Green pulled down a defensive board to initiate the break. He passed it to Durant, who dribbled the ball up the court. Instead of taking a shot, Durant found a cutting Klay Thompson along the baseline.

Trevor Ariza closed hard on Thompson, forcing Thompson to put the ball on the floor before firing up an ill-advised turnaround air ball. Durant was seen demanding a kickout, and with 5 seconds on the clock, Green was calling for a timeout that went unnoticed by the officials.

“I raced it down. I was trying to see if I had some options. I saw Klay running along the baseline and maybe should have waited until he set his feet, but I just threw a bounce pass and tried to relocate for it,” he explained. “But, man, that’s not the reason we lost the game. I wish it could have been a better possession at the end, but, you know, we’ve got to live with that and move on and be better next game.”

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Hurst was considered a first-round talent, but slid for reasons including an irregular heartbeat. He’s vowed to use the snub as motivation, as players picked places other than first overall tend to do.

The Rockets continued their well-worn strategy in this series of manipulating the Golden State defense in an effort to draw Curry in the Warriors’ switching scheme. Curry stood up to the pressure reasonably well, as the Rockets weren’t terribly efficient on those possessions, converting 7 of 14 shots when Curry was the primary defender, with one turnover and zero trips to the line.

Earlier in the series, when he couldn’t find the bottom of the basket, Curry was encouraged by Steve Kerr. The Warriors coach told him the floodgates would open in this series. In Game 3, the prophecy came true, as the waters of the San Francisco Bay found their way into Oracle Arena.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz reiterated that players selected in the expansion draft were not cast-offs in the traditional sense.

They got a lot of players from other hockey teams that we didn’t want to lose, he said. I know they always say we didn’t want those players. Well, we all did. The rules were the rules. They did a great job.

Trotz was the head coach of the Nashville Predators when they joined the Brian Hartline Jersey league in 1998 with less favorable draft rules. But he sees similarities between how his team bonded and how the Knights jelled — with one significant difference.

I’ve been a part of that process. There’s nothing tighter than that first-year group. There’s no preconceived notion. There’s no leadership in place. Nobody knows where to live. It’s galvanizing. Unfortunately, there was also tragedy in Vegas, which galvanized them even more, Trotz said in reference to the mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire on a crowd on the Las Vegas Strip, leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured. The Golden Knights played their first home game 10 days later.

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It was not a good day for Philadelphia linebackers.
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Paul Worrilow Wes Horton Youth jersey was carted off during Tuesday’s practice with an apparent knee injury. Now comes word that the Eagles will move on from Mychal Kendricks.
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the team has released Kendricks.

Our intention is to expand on those things that he can do well and things he may not have been exposed to yet.

It helps that they brought in some more help for him this offseason, beyond upgrading from Mike Shula to Turner. They remade their receivers room for a threadbare bunch in last year’s playoffs, adding veterans Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright and using their first-round pick on D.J. Moore. Coupled with extending tight end Greg Olsen and signing a 1,000-yard running back in C.J. Anderson to complement Christian McCaffrey, the Panthers are suddenly deeper at the skill positions than they’ve been in some time.

Reyes burst onto the scene as a rookie with the Cardinals in 2016, when he went 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA in 12 games, including five starts. The Cardinals had debated using Reyes as a reliever upon his return to the majors to limit his workload less than two years removed from the elbow surgery.

But injuries to veterans Carlos Martinez and Adam Wainwright have left the Cardinals short-handed in their rotation, opening spots for Reyes and fellow youngster Jack Flaherty, who had 13 strikeouts in Sunday’s victory over the Phillies.

He gave up the home runs, two of them to a young guy that seems to be very hot right now, manager Jeff Banister said.

Aaron Judge and Neil Walker also went deep against Colon. Judge’s 12th homer, leading off the fifth, snapped a 4-all tie and put the Yankees ahead to stay. Aaron Hicks added a two-run homer in the ninth for New York, which had a season-high 10 extra-base hits with only two singles.

It’s awesome, it’s fun, Hicks said. We can attack from the top to the bottom, and everybody contributes.

Masahiro Tanaka (5-2) limited the Texas to three hits over five innings, but walked four and gave up two homers. The right-hander struck out three.
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Washington Redskins guard Arie Kouandjio Jersey is preparing for surgery.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Kouandjio will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn quad later this week, according to a source informed of the planned procedure.
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Opting for surgery comes after an MRI and second opinion on the tear.

Richardson, 81, announced he was selling the team in December after the league took over an investigation looking into allegations of workplace misconduct. The NFL investigation remains ongoing. The Panthers officially went up for sale following the team’s wild-card loss in January. Richardson, the franchise founder, ceded day-to-day control of the team in December to Tina Becker, a 20-year employee of the team who was promoted to chief operating officer.

We always err on the side of hiring a firm who understands all the laws, follows them, state and federal, Wood told ESPN on Saturday, so that we don’t happen upon something that we’re not entitled to have nor would we be able to use.

In this case, it meant following both federal law and the state laws of Massachusetts and Michigan. The Fair Credit Reporting Act does not allow felony arrests that did not result in convictions beyond seven years old to be considered in possible employment, so most search firms do not include that information on the background checks they provide to employers — and that includes the Lions.

Limited Mens Jonny Brodzinski Jersey This is all in response to a 1996 aggravated sexual assault indictment following an alleged assault in South Padre Island, Texas, on spring break, when Patricia was a 21-year-old student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The indictment was brought by the grand jury, but Patricia never stood trial, and the case was dismissed in January 1997, when the woman who made the accusation declined to testify.

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Cardinals QB Josh Rosen signs four-year rookie deal

It took just one day back in the Arizona Cardinals facility for Josh Rosen to sign his rookie deal.

The No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 draft signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, one day before the Cardinals are to begin their three-day rookie minicamp.

The contract will pay Rosen nearly $17.84 million over four years with a signing bonus of about $11 million. As with all first-round rookie deals, the former UCLA quarterback’s contract includes a fifth-year option for 2022.

There’s a mental toughness component to all of this. The tougher mentally you are, you can be put in sub-optimal conditions and that’s what separates you from the competition. I admire the mentality of throw me anywhere. Going through (Nick) Markakis and (Freddie) Freeman in the sixth one night and the eighth the next, you should want that spot.

What spot will Neris be in the next time he enters the game?

I’m not going to rush him out there. I don’t want to expose him. I mean, he’ll be ready when he’s ready and when we feel he’s ready, Pederson said.

The Yankees (27-12) avoided their first losing streak of more than two games this season. They had lost consecutively four times this year. They started the day tied with the Red Sox for first place in the American League East.

Gary Sanchez, rookies Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres and Walker each have provided walk-off heroics.

We just never know what’s going to happen, Judge said. You never know who’s going to be the star of the game.

The Yankees got a huge assist from A.J. Cole. He hadn’t pitched since April 28 and then held the A’s scoreless in the 10th and 11th innings, striking out four batters.

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Elite Jim Otto Jersey San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster pleaded not guilty to felony domestic violence and weapons charges Tuesday, paving the way for a potentially swift trial.
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It does reflect well on Smith, who has been often criticized during his career but has put together a really solid 12-year resume as he heads to his third team, the Washington Redskins. If Smith wants a job in football afterward as a coach or executive, the selflessness he showed to Mahomes will be remembered and seen as a positive.

That doesn’t mean Roethlisberger should be Rudolph’s mentor. But Smith showed it can be done. Former Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) and Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrate after a win against the Dolphins last season.

He’ll meet me halfway out on the field to answer a question for me, Roethlisberger told USA Today in 2005, via The MMQB. I owe so much of my success to his help. Given that and Mahomes’ comments about Smith, it’s a bit jarring to hear Roethlisberger basically say he won’t mentor Rudolph. Mahomes clearly benefited from having Smith as a teammate. His comments weren’t just Darron Lee Authentic Jersey general praise for Smith to avoid a touchy subject either; Mahomes provided specific details on how Smith helped him to The MMQB. Alex showed me how to make the reads easier so I can process faster and play faster, Mahomes told Vrentas.

Maybe not at his best, but still a pretty dominating performance, Boone said.

Martinez聽was impressed… enough so that Severino was anointed a strong candidate to elevate his game to the point where no starting pitcher in baseball is on his level.
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On the sideline, the coaches and I decided we would call two plays to ensure we got a good call. The problem was as I stood at the line of scrimmage that the Lions changed the defense from what they used all game. Without knowing for sure what they would be in, I changed both plays and went to ‘Tennessee, Tennessee.’ You see, I didn’t know what the perfect play was versus their coverage, but I did know I had the perfect player.

Jason made a move that was rare but brought him wide open. Any high school QB could have delivered that ball. The secret to the play was trusting the best player to be the best player… and he was. Jason, you have set the standard for every player and coach who walks through the Cowboys facility that there’s one way to play and there’s one way to practice. And guess what, you can be a great teammate and husband and father while doing it.

Mike McCarthy: DeShone Kizer Jersey would be a first-round pick in this year’s draft

Packers coach Mike McCarthy has high praise for the backup quarterback Green Bay acquired this offseason, DeShone Kizer.
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McCarthy said Kizer compares to the elite prospects in this year’s draft, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen.
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He has starter ability in this league. Clearly, McCarthy said. In my opinion, if he was in that class this year, he would have been part of the first five quarterbacks, the first-round guys. He has exceptional arm talent.

That doesn’t make a lot of sense: Last year Kizer went in the latter part of the second round, No. 52 overall. Kizer did not have a good rookie year, which is why the Browns sent him to Green Bay. So if Kizer wasn’t a first-round pick a year ago, and didn’t have a good year, why would he be a first-round pick this year?

With that in mind, here’s the current season’s table, though April 23.

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Manziel has seemed hesitant to play in the CFL in large part because that league requires players to sign two-year contracts. So if Manziel agreed to play for the Tiger-Cats, he’d be out of the NFL for 2018 and 2019. He wants to return to the NFL sooner than that.

CFL training camps open in two weeks, so Manziel may not have much more time to make up his mind. Assuming no NFL team is going to offer him a shot in training camp, Manziel’s next-best option would be to get himself into top shape to play for the Alliance of American Football, which starts play in early 2019. That league would allow Manziel to sign on for one season and be available for NFL training camps in 2019.

Manziel’s last NFL game was in 2015. He recently played minor league Crockett Gillmore Authentic Jersey ball with the Spring League.

One reason OKC is so tough? They out-hustle opponents. The Thunder rank first in the NBA in both deflections and loose balls recovered. Leading the way are their two best players: George’s 3.9 deflections per game led the NBA, as did Westbrook’s 2.2 loose balls recovered per game.

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Defensive end Armonty Bryant was released with a non-football illness designation and linebacker Cory James was waived with an injury designation. Bryant signed with the team in April and James, a 2016 sixth-round pick, ended last season, his second in Oakland, on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Michel figures to step into an early-down role that will provide a significant chunk of the carries and goal line work but not many targets (think LeGarrette Blount, Stevan Ridley and Mike Gillislee). Rex Burkhead and James White also will Nicklas Lidstrom Authentic Jersey be heavily involved, which certainly caps Michel’s fantasy upside a bit, especially in PPR. Still, this is an extremely high-scoring offense, and Michel can push for 10 touchdowns if he earns lead back duties. He has the early look of a flex target.

As the 13th overall pick in the draft, Payne is due an $8.65 million signing bonus on a four-year deal with a total value of $14.54 million. He鈥檒l count $2.64 million against Washington鈥檚 salary cap this year.

Payne, who will turn 21 in two weeks, was first-team All-SEC at Alabama, and the co-MVP of the national championship game.

Washington also signed six other rookies: defensive lineman Tim Settle, running back Derrius Guice, safety Troy Apke, linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, cornerback Greg Stroman and wide receiver Trey Quinn have signed their first NFL contracts.

Atlanta entered draft weekend with significant depth concerns at wide receiver behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Consider the hole filled after Ridley was scooped up in the first round.

What players and teams “won” the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night?

While some players were selected earlier than expected and some teams ended up with great value, other players fell and other teams reached.

Before the lazy QB comparisons to what’s his name, let’s keep in mind Mayfield is a lot more talented and a little taller than that other guy who, by the way, was taken 21 picks later four long years ago. Cleveland could afford to be enamored by Mayfield’s upside with Tyrod Taylor as the short-term solution. In the end, the Browns needed someone with a loaded college winning resume and an “it” factor. After looking closer at Mayfield’s arm and accuracy and less at his athleticism, this pick made a lot more sense for both sides.

Scott Schebler (L), 12 percent, Cincinnati Reds at Minnesota Twins (RHP Jake Odorizzi): Odorizzi started strong, but he’s run into trouble recently, allowing five homers over his last two starts. If he continues to miss his spots on Saturday, Schebler and his .257 career ISO against righties can make him pay.

Adam Frazier (L), 3 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers (RHP Jordan Zimmermann): A whopping 44 of Frazier’s 45 career extra-base hits have come against righties, yielding an ISO that is 126 points higher than his work against lefties. Meanwhile, Zimm allowed a .291/.336/.477 line against lefties in 2015-17 and it’s been even worse so far this year at .314/.368/.514. Consider any Pittsburgh lefty against Zimmermann.

Dave Gettleman didn’t disappoint the Big Blue faithful or Barkley by making this the “gold jacket-type” player of choice. New York, only two years removed from making the playoffs on the strength of its defense, needed a feature running back a lot more than a future franchise quarterback. Barkley will go to work and be as explosive as he was at Penn State.

The Jets were attached to Darnold before the beginning of last season, when he was set to be the No. 1 overall pick while they were the absolute worst team in the NFL. It all lined up in the end, as the team desperately needed a rookie capable of handling the big-market spotlight. Darnold and Cleveland never felt like a good player-city match.