No Manziel in Tiger-Cats’ home opener

Johnny Manziel has spent three regular-season games in the CFL. He has yet to play in any of them.
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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats played their home opener on Friday night, notching a 31-17 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli went wire-to-wire for Hamilton, completing 31 of 41 passes (75.6 percent) for 369 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

For the season, the former Mississippi quarterback has completed 75 of 106 passes for 1,045 yards and four scores. He has a 70.7-percent completion percentage and a per-pass average of 9.85 yards.

Andre Roberts, the Falcons’ main kick and punt returner from a year ago, signed with the Jets during free agency. When special teams coach Keith Armstrong was asked if there were any favorites to replace Roberts (and to name names), he rattled off the following: Marvin Hall, Justin Hardy, Ito Smith, Isaiah Oliver and Calvin Ridley. Although Armstrong did add that Ridley was probably wishful thinking on his part. But the bigger point is this: The Falcons are far from naming a starter on those units – and that’ll be one of the key storylines to come out of training camp.

People were focused Reilly Smith Jersey on the $100 million, but the truth is that doesn’t even get us to the 20-yard line, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck told ESPN.

Luck said the biggest expense will be player and coach salaries, and Luck said the average XFL salary will be around $75,000, with the possibility for well-known players to make significantly more than that.

Spending $500 million in three years sounds like a lot, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the NFL, Janoris Jenkins Authentic Jersey which spends more than $5 billion a year just on player salaries.

While Jones’ play in coverage has been superb for the Falcons, he’s also proven to be a rangy, sideline-to-sideline tackler who is an effective three-down linebacker. Jones has also shown a flair for making big plays in critical moments, most recently intercepting Drew Brees in the end zone to clinch a Falcons victory over their rival on Thursday Night Football in 2017.

Coach Steve Wilks shook Longoria’s hand and expressed admiration for his service.

We wanted to show our appreciation for all that you do, for this organization, but most importantly, your commitment to serve our country, Wilks told him.
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Longoria, who hasn’t been deployed before, was given Cardinals gear and Wilks told him his job would be waiting for him Ziggy Ansah Authentic Jersey upon return. Longoria was amazed by the gesture.

It shows that I have a caring place where I work, and that’s amazing, Longoria said. Having seen all the guys out there and going through all this, that was awesome. It warmed my heart.

Nelson does embrace the idea of being a deep threat, especially since it can keep defenders honest when covering him. He’s been able to flash big-play ability in shorter routes over the years, Ben McLemore Jersey with a couple of memorable catch-and-run plays against the Seahawks both at home (40 yards) and in Seattle (41 yards) in 2016.

He wants to do that more often, even if it’s unexpected. That’d certainly be something to talk about with his former teammates.

Being under the radar, I like it like that, Nelson said. I’ve been like that all my life, so that’s nothing. As far as right now, I’m taking it one day at a time. I think I am doing a pretty good job with the system. They’ve got me all over the place.

Johnson is in the final year of his four-year rookie deal scheduled to pay him about $1.9 million this season.

I try not to focus on (absent players), Wilks said. I’m trying to focus on the guys that are here. Again, looking to get better with the ones that are here.

Asked about his feelings in general about players missing, Wilks said guys have been dialed in since April 3, learning the system and doing things they have to do in each phase.

David is not here and we have to keep going, Wilks added. This is the National Football League, men. It doesn’t stop for myself or any other player.

Johnson has attended virtually all of the team’s voluntary work this offseason. Even when he wasn’t working on the field last week, he still was present. Johnson also appeared at the team’s media day Monday, taking part in the various photo shoots and video shoots for pieces the team will use during the season.

Bills GM: Shaq Lawson ‘hasn’t lived up to’ draft status

Shaq Lawson enters his third season with mounting pressure, and the Buffalo Bills ‘ former first-round pick has heard the trade rumors swirling this spring.
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Shoot, I’ve been on the trading block I feel like, Lawson told Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic. I’ve just been seeing it. Yeah, it’s been a wake-up call. I’ve been hearing trade rumors and then I kind of realized, ‘I’m a first-round pick, third year now. It’s time to wake up.’ I know I’m a good player. I just have to put it all together and be not just a talented player but a talented player who works hard and works on his craft and skill all together.

One issue for Lawson is that Beane already went out and signed his replacement, Trent Murphy. When Murphy returns healthy, Lawson will be battling simply to make the roster as a rotational player.

Beane hasn’t been shy about jettisoning ex-GM Doug Whaley’s players. We’ve seen Marcell Dareus, Sammy Watkins and Reggie Ragland shipped out in the past year. If Lawson doesn’t impress in training camp, he could be the latest high draft pick booted from Buffalo.

It marked Anderson’s second arrest in less than a year. Last May, he was arrested for allegedly pushing a police officer at an event in Miami.

Charges from the 24-year-old’s two arrests have now been addressed.

The Jets Jameis Winston Jersey receiver is still subject to potential NFL discipline under the league’s personal-conduct policy. An NFL spokesman Authentic Ito Smith Jersey told Garafolo the league’s review remains ongoing.

NJ Advance Media’s Steve Politi wrote about Aiken’s personal hardship which included years spent in foster care in this August 2013 report.

Johnathan was always energetic and liked by all of his teammates, said Myles Nash, a recently graduated Rutgers defensive end/tight end who played with Aiken. He was just like every one of us. You wouldn’t have been able to tell that he went through the tragedy that he went through before he came to Rutgers just based on how he acted, how he approached every day. The fact that he was in that locker room with us, getting the same education we were getting and contributing on and off the field, speaks volumes about his character and his will to overcome what he had to overcome.

Twins starter Phil Hughes designated for assignment, still owed $22M

Phil Hughes is moving on from Minnesota.

The Twins on Monday designated the veteran right-hander for assignment as he continues to struggle after multiple surgeries.

When we moved him to the pen, we were looking for opportunities to have him work his way back. And it became challenging, Twins manager Paul Molitor said Monday, via the Star Tribune. We played so many close games, I haven’t had a big opportunity [to use him], and I apologized to him for that.

Blue Jays: RHP Danny Barnes (knee tendinitis) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. … OF Steve Pearce (left oblique strain) was activated from the 10-day disabled list. … INF Josh Donaldson (calf tightness) is rehabbing in Florida and not scheduled to return on the team’s road trip, but possibly the Blue Jays’ next homestand.

Angels: RHP Shohei Ohtani (elbow) stood in the batter’s box in the bullpen and watched pitches to work on his timing while he’s on the disabled list. He’s also running to stay in shape. He’s scheduled to have his elbow re-evaluated Thursday. … LHP Tyler Skaggs, who was scratched on the day of his scheduled start on Thursday with tightness in a hamstring, threw long toss and will throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

Blue Jays: LHP Marcus Stroman (0-5, 7.71) is still looking for his first win of the season. It’s his first start since May 8, when he was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue.

Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (5-3, 3.57) is tied for the AL lead for rookies with wins. In his last start, he allowed a career-high six earned runs on six hits over four innings in a loss to Arizona.

Adalberto Mondesi singled off Ken Giles (0-2) to start the ninth, stole second and took third on a flyout by Whit Merrifield. Herrera then sent a ball to center field to score Mondesi.

Herrera also had a double and is batting .278 in five games since being cut by Cincinnati and acquired by the Royals.

That was very fun, not only for me but for my teammates because we played really good defense today … and that’s why we made the right play at the right time and won the game, Herrera said.

Danny Duffy pitched six innings of two-hit ball for the Royals, and the bullpen didn’t allow another knock. Justin Grimm (1-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Tim Hill threw a perfect ninth for his first save.

When asked about his work Friday night, Duffy briefly discussed his outing before raving about Herrera.

Rosie he’s a stud, man, he said. I’m a big fan of that kid. If he keeps playing as hard as he does, he’s always going to have a spot in the big leagues. We love that here. I’m really happy for him. He had a fantastic game.

MLB wrap: Astros top Royals, push winning streak to 10

The Astros winning streak has reached double digits.
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Houston tallied 10 hits Saturday and cruised to a 10-2 victory over the Royals in Kansas City. The Astros, who last lost June 5, have now won 10 straight games.

Phillies (36-32) at Brewers (42-28) 2:10 p.m. ET Philadelphia and Milwaukee will play the rubber match of their three-game series Sunday. The Brewers came away with a dominant 13-2 victory in the series opener. But the Phillies responded with a 4-1 win Saturday to snap a three-game Milwaukee winning streak. Aaron Nola (8-2, 2.27 ERA) is set to start for the Phillies while Chase Anderson (5-5, 4.13 ERA) will take the mound for the Brewers.

The all-time record is nine strikeouts to start a game, set by Mickey Welch for the New York Gothams in 1884.

Snell ultimately struck out 12 batters in six scoreless innings, giving him 88 punchouts already this season. With a sterling 2.36 ERA, Snell has looked like a Cy Young contender so far this year.

Having allowed two runs or fewer in all but two starts this season, Snell, 25, not teammate Chris Archer, has looked like the dominant pitcher teams may try to acquire before the July 31 trade deadline.

The Seahawks want to be more balanced to take pressure off Wilson, who has proved he can get the job done with lesser receivers. Drafting Penny helps the QB more than losing Richardson hurts him.

In January, Davis said Tre’Davious White Youth Jersey he planned on this being his final season, wrapping up after 14 years. His contract is up after this season, so they’d have to extend him if he wanted that to happen. He said he can still run with the young players the Panthers are bringing in, so he feels good about his ability to play at a high level.

Darnold is the future of the organization, if not the present, the Los Angeles Chargers Authentic Jersey player the Jets hope can end their franchise quarterback drought. But the intense Bates is important, too, in charge of molding the quiet California kid. Their relationship is as important as any in Florham Park.

Mets’ Asdrubal Cabrera exits game with tight hamstring

The hard-luck Mets have suffered yet another mishap, as Asdrubal Cabrera left the team’s game Sunday against the Yankees after three innings with a tight hamstring, the team announced.
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Jose Reyes replaced Cabrera, who went hitless in two plate appearances before exiting.

The Padres have had, by far, the most players from the 2008 draft make the majors, and that doesn’t include Jason Kipnis, who was their fourth-round selection but didn’t sign and was taken by Cleveland in the second round of the 2009 draft. Of the 14 Padres picks who did sign and eventually make the majors, only Forsythe (12.5 rWAR), Brad Brach Wayne Simmonds Youth Jersey (6.8 rWAR) and Nick Vincent (4.5 rWAR) have a career rWAR even above 1.0. Brach was a 42nd-round pick and Vincent was an 18th-rounder.

It’s funny how things play out. The Cubs drafted pretty well (10 signees made the bigs), but the best eventual major-leaguers didn’t have success in Chicago — Josh Harrison was traded to Pittsburgh, Sonny Gray didn’t sign and Andrew Cashner was shipped to San Diego. The Cashner deal, of course, was a huge moment in Chicago’s push to the 2016 World Series title; the Cubs received Anthony Rizzo in return.

Strasburg, a three-time All-Star, has registered a 6-6 record with a 3.46 ERA in 80 2/3 innings pitched this season. Strasburg went 15-4 and finished in third place of the NL Cy Young award voting in 2017.

The Nationals have opened the season with a 36-26 record. They’ve won three of their last four games.

Let’s start with the first round. In 2008, including supplemental picks for the loss of a top-tier free agent, 46 players were selected. Two picks — Aaron Crow (No. 9, Nationals) and Gerrit Cole (No. 28, Yankees) — opted not to sign.

Of those 44 players who signed, 37 made the major leagues (84.1 percent). Some Lamar Jackson Jersey of those players, though, were up for little more than a cup of coffee in the bigs. Only six of those first-rounders — Buster Posey, Eric Hosmer, Brett Lawrie, Lance Lynn, Logan Forsythe and Jason Castro — have compiled a career rWAR in double-digits. Posey, at 40.1, more than doubles any of those other five players.

Donald Penn angrily called Jon Gruden after Raiders drafted Kolton Miller

The Raiders took their left tackle of the future, Kolton Miller, with the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft. Their left tackle of the present wasn’t pleased.
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Donald Penn, the 35-year-old who has manned the left tackle spot in Oakland the last four years, called coach Jon Gruden and demanded to know why they would use their first-round pick on a player whose likely role will be to David DeCastro Authentic Jersey replace Penn some day.

It’s motivation, Williamson said. There’s always going to be somebody’s that’s going to put news out there about you and say that you can’t do this or that. So, I prove them wrong. That’s the point: I know I’m a three-down backer. I know I got the skill set to do anything on the field. Shoot, I feel like I fit in perfectly with this defense.

To MMQB in March 2017: All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue: ‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more so than any other issue I’ve run into.

The head of a four-person ownership group that includes Eric Witmondt, Evan Ratner and Ryan Schinman, the 71-year-old Schonbraun is in a mission to restore Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange to its previous grandeur.

We’ve gotten a bunch of new members from Jersey City, said Schonbraun, a senior managing director and co-head of real estate group at FTI Consulting and chairman of the board of trustees at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. It’s welcoming to see Jersey City members.

Schonbraun attended School 34 and Snyder High School in Jersey City. When he Chris Davis Jersey wasn’t in class, the tennis enthusiast spent hours in various local parks such as Audubon, Bayside, and Lincoln Park.

Audubon Park used to be the go-to spot for the best basketball players while Bayside was more known for its chain-link tennis nets. Lincoln Park, however, was the beacon of tennis, according to Schonbraun.

Turns out, he was right. The conditions on Sunday never got nearly as hard as Saturday’s afternoon debacle. So after sitting at Shinnecock for several hours, waiting and hoping, he was left with nothing to show for it.

Longtime NFL safety Marlon McCree trying to clear his name

Former NFL safety Marlon McCree is out on bail after charges stemming from a series of incidents with his ex-wife. And in a bit of a twist, he thinks being incarcerated may have helped his case.

By supporting Ellis, Elway necessarily is supporting himself. Unlike every other G.M. in the NFL (except for Jerry Jones), Elway operates with virtual autonomy and independence, with no chance of an owner strolling in to Elway’s office and asking a bunch of questions, demanding a bunch of answers, and hinting that a bunch of changes could be made if things don’t improve.

So if the effort to find which of the seven children is best suited to serve as owner (which may include assessing which of them would be most friendly to the current power structure of the team) becomes short-circuited, the child who emerges as the owner could end up installing his or her own preferred executives.

A wrist injury that sidelined Broncos pass rusher Shane Ray earlier in the week will require surgery, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. The recovery is expected to last at least three months, per Rapoport, putting Ray’s status in doubt for the season opener.

Ray developed discomfort in the same left wrist that has necessitated several procedures going back to last summer. The Broncos declined last month to exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, clouding the former Mizzou star’s future beyond 2018.

After generating just 13 sacks in 38 games over three NFL seasons, Ray was expected to battle Chubb and Shaquil Barrett for snaps opposite All-Pro Von Miller. Now that it’s a two-man race, the hotshot rookie has a prime opportunity to earn the starting job with a strong showing in training camp.

None of those ploys can detract from the players’ true mission, Long said.

Giants great Carl Banks: ‘Dear NFL, take your (expletive) game back’ from President Trump

An all-time Giants great is siding with the Eagles.
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Only one of the most polarizing stories in the nation forget just the world of football could blur the lines of that rivalry.

Trump, who once tried to get into the NFL as a team owner but had to settle for creating the doomed rival USFL, has been extremely critical of NFL players who do not stand for the national anthem.

It seems he took the Eagles’ celebratory visit as another chance to grandstand on the only tangentially related issue. White Laken Tomlinson Jersey House championship celebrations for the major North American pro sports leagues and NCAA go back several decades.

It’s unknown what Joe Lockhart would have said about the President’s cancellation of the White House visit by the Super Bowl champion Eagles if Lockhart were still the NFL’s top in-house P.R. executive. It is known what Lockhart did say in his capacity as a former NFL employee.

Official statements from the President used to be serious thoughtful expressions of national interest,said Lockhart, who served as the White House press secretary under President Clinton, on Twitter. Now they are childish rants. The latest — Nick Holden Authentic Jersey if some of the [Super Bowl] champs don’t want to come to the [White House], then none of them are invited. POTUS will play with his toys alone tomorrow.

The President uninvited the Eagles on the eve of the visit, claiming that [t]hey disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our country.

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DENVER Paul Goldschmidt keeps providing souvenirs at Coors Field. What killed the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night wasn’t his second straight two-homer game but a soft dribbler back to the mound by pinch-hitter Ketel Marte that keyed Arizona’s 12-7 comeback win.
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Amir Garrett allowed an unearned run in the sixth and Michael Lorenzen pitched a perfect seventh before Jared Hughes pitched the eighth and ninth for his fourth save.

Billy made some insane plays, Hughes said. I gave him the game ball and a big hug. It was unbelievable. I’m so happy he’s on my team..

The Reds scored five runs on just four hits in 3 2/3 innings against Martinez (3-3), who was making his second start since coming off the disabled list with a strained back muscle. He issued a season-high seven walks, one short of tying his career high, while hitting a batter and uncorking a wild pitch on ball four that allowed Hamilton to go from first to third. Martinez has 12 walks in 7 2/3 innings over his last two starts.

I couldn’t find the strike zone with my breaking ball or my cutter, Martinez said. I was missing a lot. It was a little bit frustrating. I was really close. I never lost my focus. I was trying to compete.

Manziel had a solid preseason finale, and will back up Jeremiah Masoli when the regular season begins Saturday.

You saw him out there. He’s still a little rusty, Tiger-Cats coach June Jones said, via the Associated Press. But he’s a competitor. He knows what’s going on. He’s seeing what’s going Wesley Walker Youth Jersey on. He’s able to execute real quickly. You guys can see what Andreas Borgman Jersey he can do. He can make a difference. I think he’s going to be a very good player in this league.

In his final preseason game, Manziel was 12-of-20 for 88 yards and a touchdown, though he took a number of hard shots which he expected.

By no means is it perfect, or close to perfect, but there are some flashes, things I know and feel comfortable with, Manziel said. There are things that I should hit on the field that I missed today. That’s just part of trying to get better and get back in a feel of playing ball every day, week in and week out. Any time I’m getting in and getting reps and getting a chance to take live reps like today, that’s a positive day.