FBI director James Comey has had his hands full after President Donald Trump claimed the Obama administration wire-tapped his phones during the election.
Comey has come out and said he he has no information or evidence on those allegations during a hearing in front of Congress Monday. He also provided some insight on why the Russians were so supportive of Trump during the election, by way of an odd Patriots metaphor.
Patterson, drafted 29th by Minnesota in 2013, hasn’t developed into the polished pass-catcher the Vikings hoped for when they traded four draft picks to the Patriots to move up to make the selection, but he’s carved out a niche as one of the NFL’s better return men.
The 25-year-old has averaged 30.4 yards per kickoff return in his career and was selected to his second Pro Bowl in 2016. He also turned in a career-high 52 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns to renew his stock as a receiver.
Patterson has led the NFL in kickoff return average in three of four seasons.
Oakland, which already boasts a pair of 1,000-yard wide receivers, has long struggled in that department, ranking 20th in the NFL in kick return average last season.
In fact, the last time the Raiders returned a kickoff return for a touchdown was 2011.
Hall of Fame defensive linemen, it seems, are not impressed with Myles Garrett, who the Browns selected with the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s NFL Draft.
About a week before the draft, Warren Sapp called Garrett lazy. Then, while watching film with Garrett on the day of the draft, Smith called him slow.
Garrett, though, is taking Smith’s criticism as constructive and said he’ll use it to try to improve.
Most people wouldn’t say that, but he’s one of the greatest if not the greatest pass-rusher, Garrett said. If he thinks so and I want to be at his level one day, I got to take his advice and run with it.
Hamilton is entering the final season of his disastrous five-year, $125 million contract and will be paid $28 million this season, the vast majority of it by the Angels. He’s in Rangers camp on a minor-league deal, and though he expressed confidence before the latest injury that he would be able to break camp with the MLB team, the odds on him becoming a contributor in 2017 have been long from the outset.
Hamilton apparently doesn’t intend to simply walk away after his latest setback, but he’ll have plenty to prove to the Rangers before they devote a 25-man roster spot to him later this season.
Baseball doesn’t require exclusivity. It offers an open relationship. Taking advantage doesn’t make you an adulterous fan, just a shrewd one.
And let’s be honest: Baseball isn’t always spellbinding. It’s OK to admit this, dear fans.
Baseball doesn’t require our complete attention 100 percent of the time. There are plenty of stretches when nothing of note happens: A pitcher doesn’t like the ball, so he tosses it in for a new one. A batter breaks his bat, so the bat boy brings him another one. The pitcher and catcher can’t get together on signs, so they call time out to talk about it.
Not to mention pitching changes, replay reviews and 14-pitch at-bats in the fourth inning that produce 10 foul balls and end with a grounder to second. Add it all up and you’ve got a lot of dead time. But. That’s. OK. If nothing else, it makes exciting plays that explode out of that dead time all the more thrilling: a standup triple, an inside-the-park home run, a diving catch.
In the span of four pitches, the Dodgers gave themselves a chance to win at home again as they tallied back-to-back-to-back home runs.
Down 5-2 entering the ninth inning, Yasiel Puig homered on a 3-2 pitch to get the streak started. Then, on the next pitch, Cody Bellinger followed with his second home run of the game, and finally Justin Turner tied it in his at-bat with a homer of his own on an 0-1 count.
Newly-acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler does not have a future with the Browns, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
Kay Cabot reported Saturday the Browns are seeking a third-round pick in exchange for Osweiler and a fifth rounder. If the Browns can’t find a suitor, the team will release him.
The Browns already cut Robert Griffin III Friday. If they get rid of Osweiler, it would leave Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan as the lone quarterbacks on their roster.
Myers, 26, is coming off a season in which he hit .259/.336/.461 with 28 home runs and 94 RBIs to go with 28 stolen bases.
The deal, Fox Sports noted, will cover three years of arbitration eligibility and buy out at least three years of Myers’ free agency.
Despite his obvious talent, Myers’ inconsistency — in part due to injuries — contributed to the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year with the Rays being dealt to the Padres in 2014 and his struggling in his first season in San Diego.
He hit only .222 in 2014 with the Rays, and had almost as many homers in his rookie year (13) as he did in the next two seasons combined (six in 2014 and eight in 2015).
His bounce-back 2016 season clearly affirmed him as a key part of the Padres’ future.
Sale denied he was trying to hit Machado: “Whatever, man. Not losing sleep tonight,” he told reporters after the 5-2 win.
The Orioles-Red Sox rivalry has been full of tension since Machado’s controversial spikes-high slide into second base that injured Dustin Pedroia in April. Add in a fastball to Mookie Betts, a slow home run jog from Machado and racial epithets directed at Adam Jones on Monday, it’s easy to see the growing despise between the two sides.
Trea Turner made the most of the thin mountain air Tuesday to post a gaudy stat line, including the second cycle of the 2017 MLB season.
The Nationals’ sophomore speedster, assuming his rightful place as leadoff hitter, clobbered the Rockies to the tune of four hits and seven RBIs in a 15-12 win at Coors Field. Three of those runs came in the top of the seventh inning when Turner roped a line drive down the right field line for a bases-clearing triple, completing the first cycle of his young career and ninth in Nats franchise history.
The 23-year-old was off to a slow start to his second MLB season, in part due to a trip to the disabled list that cost him 10 games. He had been batting second in the Nats’ potent lineup in four games since his return, but Dusty Baker moved him back to the No. 1 slot to set off a spark.
It worked. Turner raised his average from .219 to .297 with the 4-for-6 performance.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott pulled a woman’s shirt down and exposed her bare breast during a recent St. Patrick’s Day party, according to video obtained by TMZ Sports.
The woman’s face and breast are censored in TMZ’s video, but it does contain content that some might find offensive.
Zeke was drinking a beer next to a group of people on the roof of a Dallas bar to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville Ave.
It wasn’t just with runners on where Joseph struggled last season, as he slashed .174/.216/.197 in a historically bad 2016.
And while Baltimore filed at $700,000 for Joseph, it subscribes to a strict file-and-trial policy, meaning the club won’t negotiate further with a player after both sides file a salary figure at the January deadline.
Unsurprisingly, the Orioles won the hearing, and Joseph will make $700,000. But, despite the record-setting ineffectiveness at the plate, that salary will actually be a pay increase for the 30-year-old, who made $523,500 in 2016.
With Baltimore seemingly unlikely to re-sign longtime starting catcher Matt Wieters, Joseph is still poised to enter the season as the backup to the recently acquired Welington Castillo.