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What Shohei Ohtani thought of Yankees fans’ boos

Shohei Ohtani didn’t want to look.
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Limited Ricky Wagner Jersey The New York City back pages hadn’t been particularly kind to the Japanese star, who turned down signing with the Yankees in the offseason. The tabloids weren’t happy the Angels moved the right-hander from his marquee start Sunday in the Bronx against fellow countryman and star Masahiro Tanaka.

Still, Ohtani saw them, and he heard loud boos when the Yankees beat the Angels, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.

Everybody is competing, and the fun thing about this is what you do on the field is going to show and that’s how you separate yourself, Thomas said. It doesn’t matter where they play me.

I’m great (with it) if they want me to cover in the slot, I’m great if they want me to play in the box, I’m great if they want me to play deep. I’ve done it all. I’ve started at all those positions.

He has wrestled with the decision, especially for the past week, but has told owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett of his decision. Garrett had tried to persuade him to return for a 16th Authentic Matt Kalil Jersey NFL season.

Citing unidentified sources, ESPN.com reported that Witten leaned heavily on Jones in coming to a conclusion.

As recently as Wednesday, Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones had said the team didn’t have a timeline on when Witten could make his decision.

Game Cameron Sutton Jersey A four-time All-Pro and potential Pro Football Hall of Famer, Witten leaves as the Cowboys’ all-time leader in games played (239), consecutive games played (235) and started (179), catches (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448). In the process, he picked up 11 Pro Bowl nominations and four All-Pro selections.) and is a virtual shoo-in to be added to the team’s Ring of Honor at AT&T Stadium.

Drew Brees gives amputee quarterback a new leg

Drew Brees did more than give a quarterback a hand this week. He gave him a leg, one which could eventually allow him to participate in sports again.

Via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, the Saints quarterback gave California high schooler Alex Ruiz his first walking prosthetic, and promised to pay for a new athletic training prosthesis in the fall when Ruiz is ready for it.

After five seasons, he took over the Seahawks in 1983 and immediately led the franchise to its first playoff berth and the AFC title game. He spent nine seasons with Seattle. His presence projected an external toughness, but merited instantaneous respect by the genuine care and concern he held for his players, the Seahawks said in a statement. He was one of the great influencers not only in football, but in life. Knox was a two-way tackle at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, serving as a captain on the school’s undefeated 1953 team.

“Whether I like the person or not I’m not going to get into that,” Tepper recently said while speaking at Carnegie Mellon University, via SI.com, “although I did call him a demented, narcissistic scumbag. And if you look up demented, narcissistic scumbag, you’ll see my name calling Trump that. Just Google those three words.”

We did. And it does.

Here’s the full quote, from an appearance by Tepper on CNBC less than a month before the 2016 election: “You have one person with questionable judgment and the other person may be demented, narcissistic and a scumbag. Not saying which one’s which. You can make your own decision on that.”

Tepper’s decision seems to be less about ideology and more about pragmatism and practicality.

“This is a guy, and you talk about calamity, this is a guy that has to remind himself on the podium to stay on message,” Tepper said on CNBC before the election, via SI.com. “‘Stay on message, Donald. Stay on message.’ The reason people are nervous about this guy is, is he going to get in the Oval Office and say, ‘Don’t press that button, Donald. Don’t press that red button.’ It could be dangerous. I don’t want a guy that talks like that to himself after he’s reminding himself to stay on message.
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Bengals sign Billy Price

The Bengals have signed their first-round pick from this year’s draft.
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Center Billy Price came off the board with the 21st overall pick and the Bengals announced his signing on Monday. Price signed a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season, which is the standard contract for first-round picks under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Price was projected to be an early selection during the 2017 season, but the Ohio State product’s stock was shaken a bit when he injured his pectoral at the Scouting Combine. Initial fears were assuaged when doctors said Price should be ready for camp and he wound up as the Bengals’ choice last month.

The No. 1 reason Colin Kaepernick is unsigned: He’s not considered a starting-caliber player by any NFL evaluator anymore. Work from there, Albert Breer of SI.com tweeted on May 9, 2017.

It was a specious claim from the get go. How does anyone know what every NFL evaluator thinks?

Coach Barry Trotz believes that the Capitals will fight on as well.

We’ll battle through it, Trotz said. This group has been resilient as hell all year. Nothing’s come easy for this team. Everybody knows that.
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Josh McCown Youth Jersey Taking a cue from their coach, the Capitals’ dressing room was an optimistic place after Game 4 despite a parade of frustrating squandered chances. They put 38 shots on Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, and got two pucks by him. They had three straight power plays during a 6-minute, 36-second stretch in the first period, with nothing to show for it.

That’s partially because the Lightning made some adjustments on their penalty kill in an effort to neutralize Alex Ovechkin.

Tonight they played a John Carlson Womens Jersey little bit different, gave [Ovechkin] a lot of looks. He got some really good shots off, and they made a few nice blocks, defenseman John Carlson said. I think maybe tonight we seemed to be getting a lot of recovery plays early in power plays with draws and stuff, but kind of a little too much one-and-done after that. We’d get a chance and they ice, so that was one of the main reasons.

Ohtani: ‘Honored’ to be in Home Run Derby talk

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Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani said he is honored about talk of potentially participating in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break. The Japanese phenom has six homers in 84 at-bats as a part-time DH.
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Judge won last year’s competition at Marlins Park, beating Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins 11-10 in the final. He became the fourth Yankees player to win the Derby, joining Tino Martinez in 1997, Jason Giambi in 2002 and Robinson Cano in 2011.

Robert Gsellman, New York Mets (available in nearly 95 percent): He has scored the 20th-most fantasy points of any pitcher with relief eligibility who has worked the majority of his time in that capacity. He is sneaking back onto the fantasy scene quietly, just as he did as a starter back in 2016. Gsellman even recorded a save on Sunday, a sign he’s moving into a more prominent role for the New York Mets. His peripherals lead me to think he’s been a bit lucky, but he’s also good enough generating ground balls and weak contact to be a useful option for as long as the Mets keep him in multi-inning relief.

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Vander Laan, 25, played quarterback at Ferris State, throwing for 8,240 yards and 85 touchdowns, while rushing for 5,953 yards and 81 touchdowns.

That’s the thing that impressed us last year when he came up, the quality of his stuff, how electric it was, Snitker said of Gohara, a native of Brazil. But he’s a big guy and got the strike zone.

Gohara made one start against the Phillies last season, and it was the best of his brief major league career. Gohara had nine strikeouts while limiting the Phillies to one run in seven innings on Sept. 24, 2017.

Albies goes deep, McCarthy and Braves beat Phillies 3-1

Sean Doolittle (2-2) struck out the side in the ninth.

Jeremy Hellickson held San Diego to one run and five hits over 5 1/3 innings. Franchy Cordero homered for the Padres.
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Hellickson threw one pitch after Jose Pirela’s one-out double in the sixth before exiting with a blister.

Setting expectations for Giants’ draft picks

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The UT-Chattanooga product played 33 games for the Bengals and Ravens from 2012-16. He was released by the Broncos just before the 2017 season began.
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Lewis-Harris wasn’t the oldest or most experienced player in rookie minicamp. That title belonged to 30-year-old offensive lineman Chris Scott, a veteran of 45 NFL games.

Rookie minicamp is reserved for players who have less than one season of accrued NFL experience (at least three games spent on the 53-man roster) or unsigned free agents. Here is an explanation of the difference between a rookie tryout and a free agent in minicamp.

This means that we’re going to get both disappointments and surprises every year when it comes to the contributions of first-round rookies. Last year, for example, we saw No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett Everson Griffen Womens Jersey impact 11 of a possible 16 games. 11th overall selection Marshon Lattimore, meanwhile, was a 13-game starter who went on to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.

We’re here to provide realistic first-year expectations for each 2018 first-round draft pick. With aforementioned factors considered, we’ll try to determine the level of contribution each rookie will have in Year 1鈥攂e it low, medium or high.

I’m not going to back off of this, head coach Hue Jackson said, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. We can keep writing this narrative. Tyrod Taylor’s the starting quarterback of this football team, and that won’t change.

Of course, this is Cleveland, where quarterbacks simply don’t start a full 16-game slate. We’ll probably see Mayfield at some point, either due to injury or after the Browns have fallen out of contention. However, while fans will get a look at the future in 2018, Mayfield is not going to have a large role.

While the Browns are preparing for their future at the quarterback position, the New York Giants are going all-in to try to win with their current signal-caller. They acquired left tackle Nate Solder in free agency to help protect Eli Manning, and they used the No. 2 pick on former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

The addition of Barkley is big. The playmaker has size (6’0, 233 lbs), speed (4.4-second 40) and can do pretty much everything well.

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Steelers ranked Mason Rudolph alongside first-round quarterbacks

The Steelers became the first team to take a quarterback after the end of the first round when they traded up in the third round to draft Mason Rudolph.

Pittsburgh had to give a seventh-round pick to the Seahawks for the chance to move up three spots, which General Manager Kevin Colbert called a “minimal” price to eliminate the risk that a quarterback they “valued as much as the rest of those quarterbacks that were drafted” in the first round would end up somewhere else.

Lions head coach Matt Patricia said Thursday he was falsely accused of sexual assault, a charge on which he reportedly was indicted but the 1996 case never went to trail when the alleged victim did not appear to testify.

Charges were dropped but brought to light late Wednesday by the Detroit News.

Rudolph said Roethlisberger even unexpectedly texted him to wish him well during the minicamp.

J.R.’s rehabbing right now and we’re going to see how that goes, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said during an appearance with WDAE-AM 620 (h/t JoeBucsFan.com). You know, he hasn’t been cleared and hopefully he gets cleared by training camp.

Less than $2 million of Sweezy’s contract is guaranteed, so clearing his next three seasons off the books wouldn’t be a financial challenge for the Buccaneers. While Sweezy does have four years of full-time starting experience, it makes no sense for Tampa to keep him if he isn’t a clear-cut top starting option and is still working his way back from injury.

“But without a doubt he is done for the season. Fusion takes 4-6 months for recovery,” Chao wrote.

“The best-case scenario of a spinal cord concussion and early recovery are gone. Let’s hope for the next-best possibility of a great result from surgery and full neurologic recovery over the next 4 to 6 months.”
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Michael Strahan’s ‘jersey should definitely be retired’ by Giants

Jacobs won two Super Bowls as a running back for the Giants, rushing for 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns in 107 games over eight seasons with the franchise. He was the No. 110 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2005 draft.
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While Jacobs’ career serves as one of many examples — more recently, Alvin Kamara (Saints) and Kareem Hunt (Chiefs) — of why teams commonly pass on running backs in the top five of a draft believing they can find production in the middle rounds, he doesn’t subscribe to the theory.

In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. The NFL players’ union has filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid. The NFLPA cites one team appearing to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration during the national anthem.

The NFLPA cites one team appearing to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration during the national anthem.

Drafted 19th overall by the Titans in 2007, the Texas product appeared in two Pro Bowls and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2010.
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Authentic Mens Whitey Herzog Jersey On the field, there is only one football, and how the Giants distribute it when Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley are out there together is the sort of reverse-dilemma an offensive-minded head coach such as Pat Shurmur desires all day, every day.

It is off the field where the Odell-Saquon dynamic is most fascinating to anticipate. Last names are optional with these two mega-stars 鈥?one NFL established, revered (in some circles reviled), and the other a newbie arriving already a brand-ready college phenom, undeniably the most highly anticipated Giants rookie in the social-media age.

Odell is not part Authentic Matt Bryant Jersey of the furniture in an Eli Manning sense, but, entering his fifth season, he is familiar in a realm where new is embraced. How he reacts to his space, his domain, infiltrated by Smiling Saquon will be a case-study in worlds colliding. In the game, Beckham will have to adjust to seeing the ball less, hearing roars for Barkley and grow accustomed to chasing him down in the end zone to celebrate a Saquon Score.

Report: NFL may delegate anthem policy to individual teams

The NFL has said that players may protest during the anthem. Some teams have, as a practical matter, applied a different approach, discouraging and/or flat-out stating that players will not kneel. Soon, it could be for the teams to formally craft their own policies regarding whether players will be required to stand during the anthem.
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So it’s hardly a compromise to give the teams the power to tell players not to kneel. It could end up instead being a powderkeg, at a time when the issue has largely subsided, but for the pending Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion grievances.
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Via Deone Bucannon Authentic Jersey the New York Post, the lawyer currently representing Luisa Esposito has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to encourage Lisa Friel, the league’s special counsel for investigations to take action in a case that fell under her jurisdiction when the situation arose in 2005.

Esposito contends that attorney Allen Isaac groped her and demanded sexual favors from her in connection with representation stemming from an automobile accident. Esposito managed to capture one of her meetings with Isaac on tape, and it was enough to get him kicked out of the Wall Street law firm he founded. However, Isaac never was prosecuted.

So why Friel? At the time, she led the Manhattan District Attorney’s Sex-Crimes Unit, and she didn’t prosecute Isaac. So Esposito’s new lawyer, Peter Gleason, wants Goodell to tell Friel to tell the DA to move on the case.

Just like access to agents, limiting access of coaches to players empowers the third parties that the NCAA seeks to limit. The answer to influence isn’t to take coaches away from the players but to allow more access of coaches to players.

When NCAA coaches are not present, others will fill that void. The commission suggested greater access of NCAA coaches to their own players during the summer so third parties will not be empowered. It also recommended greater player access to agents so bad agents will not be empowered. But limiting youth players’ access to coaches will somehow limit the influence of third parties? That makes no sense.

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Browns struggle to find the right balance between veteran and rookie quarterback

Because the Cleveland Browns have had so many starting quarterbacks since returning to the NFL in 1999, the franchise has experienced just about every way possible to blow their chance at developing a franchise quarterback. That 19-year history invites significant angst as the Browns now try to balance relying on a veteran for whom they gave up a third-round draft pick against the rookie in whom they entrusted the first overall selection in the draft.
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Houston benefits from a last-place schedule that has them facing the Browns and Broncos, both of which are expected by Vegas to have losing records again this year, as well as from the AFC South teams playing the AFC East teams. Aside from the Patriots, Vegas thinks the other three teams in the AFC East are all going to be bad this year, which means the Texans get three easy games on their schedule 鈥?and means the Patriots should have six easy games in their division.

Ryan Shazier Has $8.26M of Steelers Salary Converted into Signing Bonus

The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly converted the bulk of injured linebacker Ryan Shazier’s 2018 salary into a signing bonus Thursday.

As we trend toward a split in styles of tight ends, with some of the next generation serving as pure pass-catchers acquired for defensive mismatches and all but ditching blocking responsibilities, Witten was a model of both. He blocked willingly and effectively, and cleared the way for four 1,000-yard rushers (DeMarco Murray did it twice in 2013 and 2014) during his 15-year career in Dallas.

Witten served as a reliable target at a variety of depths, finishing with the fourth most career receptions in NFL history (1,152). He also finished first in Cowboys history in career receptions (leading Michael Irvin by 452 grabs) and receiving yards (12,448, the second most of a tight end in NFL history), and third in receiving touchdowns with 68. Witten’s 11 Pro Bowl appearances were bested only by Gonzalez, who finished with 14.

Safety: Jaquiski Tartt is ideal for the strong starting spot, but free safety Eric Reid was unsigned. Seventh-rounder Adrian Colbert played OK as a rookie through six starts, but there’s nothing spectacular yet about his playmaking. Jimmie Ward, who’s better off at either corner or nickel back, isn’t an answer. The 49ers could use a versatile, more adept cover man.

Offensive line: Richburg takes care of center, but at left guard Laken Tomlinson and Jonathan Cooper are makeshift retreads. At right guard, Joshua Garnett, a 2016 first-rounder, didn’t play at all in ’17 after knee surgery. And while left tackle Joe Staley needs a successor soon, he and right tackle Trent Brown were terrific together last season, which makes the interior a much bigger priority.

Bowles was later asked if the Jets would consider carrying just two QBs during the 2018 season, presumably McCown and Darnold while potentially cutting ties eventually with Bridgewater and Hackenberg.

We’re open to anything right now, Bowles said. We’re going to let it all play out before we make those kinds of decisions. tigers_007-115x115