Kerry Hyder was full participant in OTAs, minicamp after 2017’s torn Achilles

The Lions didn’t make any veteran acquisitions at defensive end this offseason, but they will have one experienced player they didn’t have last season.
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Kerry Hyder tore his Achilles in the team’s preseason opener, robbing him of the chance of following up on his eight-sack 2016 season and leaving the Lions without someone who profiled as a key part of their pass rush. Hyder is well on his way back to the field for the 2018 season.

Hyder was a full participant in OTAs and minicamp and said that his approach all along has been to focus on what’s in front of him rather than what happened in the past.

A rumor going around late in the draft was that Pacioretty was going to be traded to the San Jose Sharks. But that was quickly shot down despite it being confirmed. The only news about the Montreal Canadiens captain, who has one year left on his deal, was that he’s parted ways with Pat Brisson and has hired Allan Walsh as his new agent.

There were 217 picks in the 2018 draft and many, if you scour all of the selections, featured some pretty interesting names. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Jett Woo, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Jasper Weatherby, Angus Crookshank, Blade Jenkins, Magnus Chrona, Dmitry Zavgorodniy, and Shamil Shamakov are just a handful of what we heard over the two days.

Jackson, 30, has practiced at safety in the past, but his 108 career starts were at cornerback.

Coach Bill O’Brien said Friday that Jackson still can play corner when needed but will work only at safety for now. Jackson is more needed at safety after Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Carlos Beltran Authentic Jersey Lymphoma.

Hal started all 16 games at free safety last season, and Houston signed Tyrann Mathieu to man the strong safety spot.

No one reasonably expected the Buffalo Sabres to pass on Rasmus Dahlin for the first pick of the 2018 NHL Draft. The Carolina Hurricanes selecting Andrei Svechnikov second overall was very predictable, too, although Ben McLemore Womens Jersey some wondered if new management might set the stage for a swerve.

Gene Steratore, catch rule controversy extraordinaire, retires from NFL officiating

If you didn’t know who Gene Steratore was before the Cowboys beat the Raiders in Week 15 of the 2017 season, you do now. He’s the NFL official who famously used an index card to measure a crucial first down for the Cowboys.
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That’s not the only high-profile play the longtime NFL ref was at the center of. Steratore was involved in not one, but two memorable and controversial non-catch rulings. So maybe it’s fitting that he is leaving the NFL just months after a new catch rule was implemented that will seek to remove the drama Steratore was unfortunate enough to find himself in the middle of often.

To be chosen to ref a Super Bowl, an official has to be at the top of his or her game. Unless an official is ranked in the NFL’s top tier, which is based on their accuracy and performance over the course of the season, they’re not even considered. Football Zebras, a site dedicated to NFL officiating, projected that Steratore would be selected in part because the league gives priority to officials who had never worked a championship.

During a post-practice press conference, Brady hardly seemed fazed by the optics of Belichick getting on his unit’s case. In fact, it sounded as if he read from a Belichick script when assessing the task.

We have a lot of time to work on (things) literally, Brady said. Figuratively, there’s a long way to go. It’s going to be up to us individually to prepare as best we can and then collectively when we come together we do the same.

Unlike injury-battered Gronkowski, Brady said he never Devin Funchess Womens Jersey thought about retiring after the Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Still, he was seen at the end of David Desharnais Jersey a behind-the-scenes documentary series, maintaining that he needed to find the full resolve to keep playing.

Marlins’ Dan Straily, Don Mattingly tossed after Buster Posey hit by pitch

Miami starting pitcher Dan Straily and manager Don Mattingly were ejected in the second inning Tuesday night after Straily hit San Francisco’s Buster Posey with a pitch in a contentious continuation of the Marlins-Giants series.

Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez plunked Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson in the second inning. Plate umpire Andy Fletcher warned both benches, and Mattingly, upset that the warming came after only his player had been hit, came out to argue.

Then on Monday night, Giants closer Hunter Strickland brushed back Brinson in the first pitch of his at-bat. Brinson singled in the game-tying run three pitches later and flipped his bat as he went to first base. When Strickland was knocked out of the game after giving up the go-ahead run, he and Brinson continued to exchange words.

Tuesday marked the first ejection of Straily’s career, while Mattingly got tossed for the 35th time as both player — seven times — and manager.

My response I guess would be: Were they throwing at Longoria? [Kelby Tomlinson] got hit in the back last night, so that’s my response: Were they throwing at him?” Bochy said.

After a freshman campaign that saw him accumulate an ERA near five in 23 appearances, 22 of which came out of the bullpen, the rising sophomore made a name for himself in the Cape Cod League, in which he started four games for the Falmouth Commodores, posting a 1-0 record and 0.82 ERA against the best college hitters in the nation. The following spring, he moved full-time into the Gators’ starting rotation and was integral in their run to national title, as the 6-5, 210-pound Singer went 9-5 with a 3.21 ERA in 126 innings pitched, while striking out 129 batters against only 32 walks. That season he was named to the All-SEC Second Team and to the College World Series All-Tournament Team.

This spring has been Singer’s masterpiece, as the junior is currently 10-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 88 innings on the mound. He’s struck out 92 batters while only walking 18 in 2018, and will likely up that number as Florida heads into the SEC and NCAA postseason. More than likely, Singer will garner First Team All-SEC recognition this spring, as well as All-American accolades.

He’s also recently been named one of 25 semifinalists for college baseball’s Golden Spikes award, given annually to the best amateur player in the nation.

With a fastball that routinely sat in the mid-90s with late life, it was no surprise that Singer was a high draft pick as a high school senior in 2015. Now, after three years in Gainesville, the Eustis, Fla. native has added a deceptive slider and an above-average changeup to his repertoire that has major league clubs clamoring for a chance to take him early in the first round on June 4.

Colts tweak roster as offseason program comes to an end

The Colts shuffled up their defensive backs at the end of May by bringing in Channing Stribling and waiving Michael Cirino with an injury designation.
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They shuffled them up again on Thursday and it is Stribling that is on his way out the door this time. Stribling has been waived and the Colts announced that they have signed cornerback Juante Baldwin.

I’m sure it wasn’t him uninviting the Authentic Kirk Gibson Jersey Eagles. I’m sure they didn’t want to go, former Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens told TMZ.

How does he uninvite people that didn’t want to go? Come on Donald, let’s keep Paul O’Neill Youth Jersey it real.

NBA stars Stephen Curry and LeBron James — battling for the NBA championship — both said they’d skip any White house celebrations.

I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants to get invited anyway, James said at a news conference Tuesday. It won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.

Lee, 35, averaged 47.3 yards per punt last season, breaking the franchise record of 47.0 set by Ben Graham in 2009. His net average of 39.7 yards last season on his 88 kicks was the team’s best since Dave Zastudil had a 40.1 net in 2013.

Lee has averaged 46.4 yards a punt in his career with a career net of 39.7.

He spent the first 11 years of his career with the 49ers before one-year stints with the Browns and Panthers. He signed with the Cardinals a year ago. He also serves as the holder on field goals and extra points.

Three times he has made the All-Pro team, and three times he has earned Pro Bowl honors.

Carlos Carrasco Jersey injury update: Tests on elbow come back negative

Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco appears to have avoided serious injury.
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Carrasco left his start early last week after taking a line drive off of his throwing elbow. The impact looked bad, but manager Terry Francona said Monday that all tests came back negative.

Before the injury, Carrasco was struggling a bit with an 8-5 record and 4.24 ERA. Last season he went 18-6 with a 3.29 ERA and 226 strikeouts.

(Darnold’s) looking good out there, Leggett said with a wide smile. Some of the throws he’s making, we’re sitting there watching film like, ‘Wow. What a throw.’

He is gonna be fun to play with. Once he gets it, runs away with this offense … he’ll be good.

In all, there are a lot of reasons for optimism around the Jets’ offense in 2018. One bad apple could spoil the bunch, sure. But for Gang Green, these apples look ready to ripen.

Though considered to be one of the best power hitters in the draft, the third baseman from Wichita State was seen by many experts as a mid-first-round selection, primarily because it’s widely believed that Bohm will have to move to Womens Peter Holland Jersey a corner outfield position at the professional level because of his relative lack of range at the hot corner.

But his stock rose exponentially in the weeks leading up to the draft, DJ LeMahieu Authentic Jersey as college bats are always in high demand, prompting Philadelphia to take him third overall. The Phillies’ front office must believe that Bohm’s bat far outweighs his likely position change, making them comfortable paying the de facto left or right fielder a signing bonus of nearly $7 million, as the third overall selection is slotted just below that figure.

Reese dropped the ball time and again in the seasons that followed that 2011 championship.

He drafted just two Pro Bowlers (Beckham and Collins) in seven years, while first-rounders David Wilson, Justin Pugh, Eli Apple and Ereck Flowers have already either gone bust or are in the process of doing so.
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He continually tried and failed to rebuild the offensive line and running game, didn’t do enough to support quarterback Eli Manning, wasted money on Brandon Myers and Dwayne Harris when the team was taking a conservative approach in free agency (and then overcompensated by desperately overpaying Olivier Vernon and Janoris Jenkins when the first strategy didn’t work), and let Martellus Bennett walk in his prime.

Idzik is long gone, but the Jets still haven’t been to the playoffs since he took over for Mike Tannenbaum. And they entered the 2018 offseason still in search of a franchise quarterback. 

The $40 million guaranteed at signing sets a Womens D.J. Alexander Jersey new benchmark by $5.2 million. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told reporters Monday at a rookie luncheon that the deal was imminent. Left tackle Nate Solder signed with the New York Giants in free agency for $15.5 million per season to become the top-paid blocker in NFL history. Andrew Norwell, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency after starting his career with the Carolina Panthers, had previously been the highest-paid guard in the league at $13.3 million annually.

Norwell now ranks second among guards and fourth among all O-linemen, with Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams third at $13.6 Marc-Edouard Vlasic Youth Jersey million. Martin, a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro in four NFL seasons, had not participated in offseason workouts while a contract with the Cowboys was negotiated but returned for mandatory minicamp with the deal near. Dallas made a cost-cutting roster move in parting with popular wide receiver Dez Bryant before the NFL draft, allowing for some funds to be slid to Martin.

Terrell Owens won’t attend his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Terrell Owens had to wait until his third year of eligibility to be selected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now, he’s passing on taking part in the celebration.

The former wide receiver announced Thursday he will not be in attendance in Canton, Ohio, for his induction ceremony in August.

We are disappointed but will respect Terrell’s decision not to participate in the Enshrinement, Hall of Fame president & CEO David Baker said in a statement. While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the Class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL’s 99th season.

Baker added, As we do not want to detract from this great honor being enjoyed by the seven other members of the Class of 2018 (Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher), their family, friends, and fans; the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have no further comment on the decision made by Terrell Owens.

The Warriors hold a 2-0 edge over the Cavaliers, who have mostly depended on James as a one-man wrecking crew.

There is no doubting James needs help, so perhaps Trubisky could be that player to help the Cavaliers make the NBA Finals interesting.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue—with 12 sacks and six forced fumbles—was the only player in the NFL with 12 or more sacks and five or more forced fumbles in 2017, which helped him earn the seventh-highest pass-rushing-productivity ranking in the league at Pro Football Focus.

That same outlet listed Ngakoue as the 17th-best NFL player below the age of 25, but he’s only the 32nd-highest-paid player on his own team with an average annual salary of $870,147.

That’s what happens when you destroy all expectations as a relatively unknown third-round pick.

Ross pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowed four runs and six hits.

Cory Spangenberg had a run-scoring single and Charles Leno Jersey Freddy Galvis an RBI double off starter Dan Straily to key the Padres to a 3-0 lead in the first. Jose Pirela also scored from third on a passed ball in the inning.
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Straily was hit around the right side of his Womens Bryan Anger Jersey chest by Eric Hosmer’s line drive timed at 110 mph in the second at-bat of the game. Straily slumped to the mound and grimaced in pain. Marlins trainers treated him before Straily took a few practice pitches and resumed pitching.

Orioles: 1B Chris Davis returned after sitting out the previous two games. Davis went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. His hit was an infield single to third that beat the shift. Certainly the results weren’t as good as you’d hope but Chris is going to keep working and hopefully he can find the answer, Showalter said.

Culberson, also a Dodger last year, was presented with his NL Championship Series ring before the game, then went out and helped beat his old teammates and push Atlanta to 37-27. Baseball operations leaders Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi and Stan Kasten came over to congratulate Culberson, as did manager Dave Roberts.

That was a neat feeling, Culberson said.

Flowers had a two-run double in the third and an RBI single in the fifth that helped put Atlanta ahead 4-1 and chase starter Alex Wood. The Braves racked up 14 hits total.

Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez (2-0) allowed two runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Arodys Vizcaino pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.

I’m not going to say that I’m doing some special right now that I didn’t do the last few years, Sanchez said. I think I did the same but I think confidence is better right now. The whole location, game plan, I think everything is coming out good.

Buffalo is working Josh Allen as a backup while letting AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman split first-team reps.

The relative lack of starting experience with those two should provide Allen an opportunity to win the job if he develops quickly, but he was seen before the draft as a prospect who needed time before starting in the NFL.
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They should be especially busy in Baltimore, where they just lost two OTA practices due to a violation of offseason workout rules. Joe Flacco is still the starter, but many eyes will be on No. 32 overall pick Lamar Jackson. Can he develop quickly enough to be the No. 2 quarterback this season? Do the Ravens have plans to use him and his unique skills in creative ways while he develops? The practice plan for Jackson could offer some clues as to the timetable they have for him.

As always, there are veterans with recognizable names who are fighting for their jobs because their teams drafted players who play their positions, because their salaries are too high or because they can’t get/stay healthy players such as Jets cornerback Buster Skrine, Seattle newcomer Brandon Marshall and New England’s Jeremy Hill. Even former first-round picks Breshad Perriman in Baltimore, Corey Coleman in Cleveland and Ereck Flowers of the Giants could find themselves in roster peril come late August. They might want to get a jump on things with strong performances this week.

As for Bradford? Signs are good, but the Cardinals are deliberately limiting his offseason activity due to his extensive injury history. But it’s worth wondering whether Bradford will want to start taking on more first-team reps in an effort to Willie McGee Youth Jersey show he’s healthy enough to hold off first-round pick Josh Rosen for the starting job. Bradford’s contract makes him the clear favorite, but his health history potentially leaves the door open for the rookie.

What about these rookies, anyway?

Rosen is one of five first-round quarterbacks from this year’s draft, and the other four will draw just as much attention this week as we track where they stand.

In Cleveland, No. Andreas Borgman Womens Jersey 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield is behind Tyrod Taylor, and the team plans to keep him there once the season starts. This week likely is about Mayfield’s continued progress in the things that are new to him in his transition from college to the pros: taking snaps from under center, operating out of a huddle, etc.

Belichick on player enjoyment: ‘What we feel is important to us is to win’

It’s been a pile-on-the-Patriots kind of week. First, it was Cassius Marsh, the defensive end who had a cup of coffee with the team last year. Now a member of the 49ers, Marsh made it known (more than once) that he didn’t have much fun in his time in New England. Then it was Eagles offensive lineman Brandon Brooks, formerly of the Texans, who criticized the Patriots way of doing things as he understood it as a player under former Pats assistant Bill O’Brien in Houston. The message from both was, essentially, it’s miserable playing in that kind of program. It’s a sentiment that isn’t exactly new.
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Martin St. Louis Jersey They’ll see a movie in training camp. They’ll give an offensive lineman a chance to catch a punt to get the team out of doing running. They’ll have special guests visit the facilities, as they did on Wednesday when Kobe Bryant showed up. I have a ton of respect for Kobe,Belichick said. Obviously a great, great player. Had a great career. Spent the day with him yesterday. He had a lot of great observations and things we can learn from. He’s a tremendous guy.MORE PATS – Where does Hightower fit in with LBs now that he’s back? Sure it’s tough. And relative to how other programs are run, Belichick’s style may seem brutal. But when the results are good, that’s all the enjoyment some players need. As Jerod Mayo said on Quick Slants earlier this week: Winning is fun.

More from Fowler: Shazier intensely practiced for his draft-day walk, which Vernon called a gripping momentreminding how far he’s come, even if the walk was a bit longer than the family expected. Shazier’s father continues to pray that the Steelers star will soon be able to walk without assistance, and eventually make a full recovery.

(God’s) big enough that that’s not too big of a task, Vernon told Fowler. Shazier was injured in the Steelers’ Week 13 game against the Bengals. The injury ended his season and leaving Jared Cook Youth jersey serious doubts about his football future. But the 2014 first-round pick and 2017 Pro Bowl selection remained adamant that he would play again, telling teammate Roosevelt Nix in February that not only does he plan to return to the field but his goal of making it into Canton hasn’t changed either.