Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t in attendance for several recent OTA sessions, but he was back at practice with his Steelers teammates on Wednesday.
Instead, the offense is being worked to Newton’s strengths as a guy who was the MVP just two years ago. The quarterback and his coaches have focused on the details of individual plays being installed—from start to finish. The idea is to get investment on each one, so that Newton is playing quarterback, and not just playing football. If there’s a difference you’ll see, I’d say it may be a little like the makeover Ben Roethlisberger underwent about five years ago in learning to play the game a little more like a point guard, to get the most out of the guys around him. But I don’t have much question that the Panthers offense will be tailored to what Newton does well.
The Bears took Floyd with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft and he has missed 10 games so far in his two-year NFL career. Last year he was lost for the season in November with a knee injury, and he has also had head and neck injuries.
But even though Floyd will turn 26 in September and still hasn’t done everything the Bears were expecting when they made him a Top 10 draft pick, they still believe he has the potential to be a big part of their defense. He’ll show wheat he can do in training camp.
In Fulmer’s first two major league seasons (2016-17), he ranked fifth among AL pitchers with 0.81 homers per nine innings, and led the league in that category in 2017 (0.71). The 2016 AL Rookie of the Year made his first All-Star appearance in 2017. — Sopan Shah, ESPN Stats & Information
Zimmerman is one of the most prolific players in Nationals/Expos franchise history. He has the most home runs and RBIs of any player to wear either uniform, and has the second-most career games played. And he got to those records with a resurgent 2017 that included a career-high 36 home runs and 108 RBIs, his second-most ever and most since 2006, when he finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting. — Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information
Two weeks ago, the Kansas City Chiefs waived wide receiver Jordan Smallwood in order to sign another receiver, East Carolina’s Davon Grayson.
It is tough to evaluate running backs in spring non-contact practices, but Bowles likes what he has seen from Crowell.
Right now, he has been great, Bowles said. He is doing everything we have asked of him right now. He is running the ball, he is picking up his blocks and picking up the system well. It will be exciting to see him in pads.
If J.R. Smith is lucky, if fate is as kind to him, he will live a life similar to the one Roy Riegels lived in the many decades after he made what, for many, remains the signature gaffe in the history of American sports.
Twenty-nine months later, Smith is moving more like myself.
Maybe more than anything else, I think he’s moving more spontaneously now, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. You see him maybe get in a compromising position and react his way out of it physically maybe better than he had before.
The daughter of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen announced her desire to take over the leadership role of the team and was informed she hasn’t met the criteria.
The Pat Bowlen Trust issued a statement Thursday saying Beth Bowlen Wallace is not capable or qualified at this time.
The team was placed in a trust when Pat Bowlen stepped down in 2014 because of Alzheimer’s. The trust is overseen by three people, including team president and CEO Joe Ellis, who has final say on day-to-day operations until one of Bowlen’s seven children can succeed him as controlling owner.
Bowlen Wallace said in a statement that it is her desire to lead this team with the same passion my father did and help the Broncos become Super Bowl champions again.
The Broncos have made 18 of their 22 playoff appearances during the Pat Bowlen era. Since he was introduced as the majority owner on March 23, 1984, the team has the second-most regular-season wins (behind New England) and captured three Super Bowl titles.
With Game 3 all but over in the final 30 seconds, the Devils and the Tampa Bay Lightning let their emotions turn into a 10-player melee.
LSU’s Arden Key would be a value pick if he falls all the way to 51, where the Lions select in the second round. Or Alabama’s Da’Shawn Hand, a former 5-star recruit, would provide more of a big-bodied 3-4 end for Patricia’s multiple front who also would give the Lions the ability to replace Washington this year and save some cap space.
However the draft plays out, the Lions would be wise to find a way to come out it with a quality defensive end. An addition at the position isn’t mission critical to fill an immediate need, but is of vital importance to the team’s long-term outlook up front.
Retaining Ansah, or securing a one-for-one replacement in free agency next year, is likely to cost north of $15 million per season. Being able to draft and develop would give the franchise an option with a far more reasonable price tag, providing greater cap flexibility to bolster the roster at multiple other spots.
In addition to November’s game, the NFL will hold one regular-season game in Mexico annually from 2019 to 2021. We are thrilled to be a part of the NFL’s international initiatives once again, and we are excited to face the Rams at historic Estadio Azteca this fall, Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in January’s statement.
The support for the NFL in Mexico has grown significantly since our initial trip in 1996. We look forward to returning to Mexico and connecting with a new generation of fans this season. The game will be a home contest for the Rams, who will play the rest of their home schedule at the Los Angeles Coliseum until their new stadium is ready to open in 2020. It will also be the first time Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters will face his old team since being traded to the Rams this offseason. Southern California and Mexico share strong historic and cultural ties and this game will provide an opportunity to celebrate the special connection between these two regions, Rams owner Stan Kroenke said.
The Seattle Seahawks made the most significant changes to their coaching staff this offseason since Pete Carroll was hired as the team’s head coach in 2010.
Eight coaches from last year’s staff aren’t returning in 2018, including each of the team’s top four assistants. Six coaches have been added to the group with three coaches moving to new roles as well. Carroll discussed his reasons for the changes for the first time in Indianapolis on Thursday.
I’m really excited about the guys that are here and how it’s working out so far, Carroll said. We are seeing the new energy. I am energized by it. The whole group is. And we are looking forward to working to see how it’s going to turn out.
Carroll also made it clear that he wants Schottenheimer to be heavily involved with the progression of quarterback Russell Wilson.
The quarterback will always be a focal point in your development and really excited about Schottenheimer coming in and Canales taking a hold of that thing and challenging him like maybe he has never been challenged before. That would be great, Carroll said.
I like the fact that he can connect the play caller and the quarterback leader, and the guy that’s going to be with him on the field, as well, on a regular basis. I like the fact that I wanted to make that connection for Russell, so we could communicate directly with him in a little bit different fashion than we have. Dave Canales will work with him, too, of course, but I think Brian brings something that we are looking forward to seeing.
This would make players more conscious of putting the ball on the ground, Polian said.
Wouldn’t that also trade one set of headaches for another?
Perhaps. Those of us who are old enough can remember a few Emanuel-type plays arising every season. It is easy to officiate but sometimes hard to accept as an incompletion.
So where does this all leave us?
The informed guess is that the competition committee will propose a rewriting that eliminates the requirement to go to the ground and redefines what it means to make a football move in order to account for the time element. Ultimately, it will be up to officials to interpret what it means and put it into practice on the field.
In other words, the Calvin Johnson/Dez Bryant debate will end, but new controversies likely will arise.
With its sixth win in eight games overall, Los Angeles (30-36) emphatically snapped a seven-game losing streak against Cleveland. Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Lakers, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20.
JULIUS EARNING: The Cavs were no match for Randle as the bruising forward scored 23 points in the second half.
I thought he just out-toughed us, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. He bullied us the whole night, and we had no answer for him.
Randle went 14 for 18 from the field overall.
Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: With full disrespect to the other 30 teams, my answer is the Pittsburgh Penguins. This goes beyond championships, though both teams have won plenty of those recently. (This would be a far better comparison if the rival Philadelphia Flyers had won as much as the University of North Carolina has recently. Oh well.) The Penguins and Blue Devils also drive — according to everybody else — a nauseating percentage of national media coverage.
He also said that he didn’t feel the need to be involved at all in the draft process.
I trust those people, Porzingis said of Knicks management. That is their job. I feel they’re going to do the best they can. I’m going to take care of this. They’re going to take care of that. Once I’m back and healthy, then I will go from there.
Porzingis had been at odds with the organization last summer but has since said he wants to be a Knick for the rest of his career. The Knicks had been comfortable with the idea of offering Porzingis the rookie extension this summer prior to his injury.
Besides Fleury’s on-ice resume, which includes three Stanley Cups, Gallant knew he was getting a strong leader at the beginning of the season.
I heard his personality was unbelievable, Gallant said. He’s a better person than goaltender, and that says a lot.
Fleury’s work on the ice against the Flyers was pretty special, too.
Andrew Luck is ready to put two mediocre seasons for the Indianapolis Colts in his rear view. His surgically repaired shoulder, however, isn’t quite there yet.
Luck is still recovering from offseason surgery to repair nagging pain in his throwing shoulder, and will be placed on the team’s physically unable to perform (PUP) list. After originally suffering the injury in Week 3 of the 2015 season, he played through the condition for nearly two years before opting to have doctors open him up in 2017.
The designation is known as the Active/PUP list during the preseason, and players can return from it at any time before the regular season begins. At the end of training camp, the Colts will have the option to activate Luck or transfer him to the Reserve/PUP list to start the regular season. Players falling under that designation are not eligible to return to the active roster until Week 7.
But with Alex Smith ready to start in 2017 and the Chiefs grooming first-round rookie Patrick Mahomes II to be the eventual starter, there isn’t much of a need at quarterback. The Ravens can’t say the same.
In March, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about Kaepernick and told Pro Football Weekly that he doesn’t believe the quarterback would be a distraction.
It wouldn’t be a problem for us in our organization, Harbaugh said. We’ve been very clear over the years. Guys speak their minds in Baltimore.
I think the players understand and everybody respects everybody else’s opinion on politics. It’s not going to impact how somebody plays. I’m not going to play better or worse because this person believes this or that.
The question now is whether ownership in Baltimore would endorse the signing of Kaepernick.
Royce Lewis, the No. 1 overall pick in last weeks MLB Draft, has signed a $6.725 million contract with the Minnesota Twins, the largest deal ever signed by a high school baseball player, according to MLB.com.
While the team has not confirmed the value of the deal, the Pioneer Press reported the same $6.725 million figure, noting the club-record signing bonus was below the $7.77 million slot approved under the collective bargaining agreement.
Rose is the eighth Reds legend honored with a sculpture outside the park. Former teammates Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez, who also have sculptures there, attended Rose’s ceremony.
It’s just an honor to be on the same block with these guys, Rose said (via ESPN). This has to be the ultimate goal for any player of his or her sport.
Rose collected an MLB-record 4,256 hits during his 24-year career from 1963-1986, but he’s ineligible for Cooperstown because he bet on baseball games while he was the Reds’ manager in the 1980s. But the Reds have received MLB’s permission to honor Rose. Last year, they inducted him into the team’s hall of fame and retired his No. 14 jersey.
Saturday it was the statue.
Oh, about that headfirst slide, Rose had an interesting explanation for why he slid that way.
I think you’d have to agree that I was kind of known for being aggressive, and part of being aggressive is sliding headfirst, Rose said. And you always get your picture in the paper.
Binghamton reliever Cory Burns lost his footing while attempting to deliver a 1-2 pitch. As he came off the mound, Burns just spiked the ball into the ground about 10 feet in front of the hill. As the ball was rolling and Ponies catcher Colton Plaia went to retrieve the ball up the first base line, Fuentes decided to take a slow practice swing. Because it was still a live ball and he was in the box, he was called out.
Binghamton, the Double-A affiliate of the Mets, went on to a 5-4 victory and, after Saturday’s 1-0 win, will go for a three-game sweep on Sunday.
Things aren’t going the way they were supposed to go for the Cubs.
After winning their first World Series in 108 years last fall, the Cubs returned the core of their team and were among the favorites to win the World Series this year. Talk of a dynasty even permeated the Windy City.
But after getting swept by the Dodgers this weekend, the Cubs are just 25-24 and a game and a half back of the Brewers in the National League Central. To put Chicago’s 25 wins into perspective, the Cubs got to 25 wins last year in just 31 games.
Please, let them freak out, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, via ESPN.com, when asked Sunday about panicking Cubs fans. If you want to freak out, freak out.
Curt Schilling wasn’t there, but he’s sure acting like it.
The former Red Sox pitcher has more to say about why he thinks Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is lying about racist taunts at Fenway Park.
Jones said he was called the N-word several times by Red Sox fans.
The Red Sox believe Jones.
The team apologized to him for his treatment and issued a lifetime ban to a heckler for using a racial slur toward another fan during a game.
One of our big goals was to pitch against each other one time (in the major leagues). So I’ll kind of treat (Wednesday) as that, McCullers said.
It’s part of a season, the Chronicle notes, in which McCullers (3-1), pays tribute to his late friend in multiple ways as a way of celebrating his life:
’ McCullers’ custom-made orange Wilson glove is the same model Fernandez used early in his career and has his name stitched in blue on it.
’ His spikes, special ordered from a Miami-based company that Fernandez also used, have his initials ’ JDF ’ and No. 16 on them.
’ Before his first-inning warm-up pitches for every start, McCullers uses his finger to draw a 16 in the dirt on the back of the mound. He sees Fernandez’s number every time he walks up the hill after receiving the ball back from third baseman Alex Bregman.
I do give a lot of credit to a lot of people in my life who helped me get here, McCullers told the Chronicle, but I think he was one that pushed me a lot and gave me a lot of advice along the way through training and just what it was going to take to get here.
While holding the first pick in the MLB Draft is a somewhat dubious honor, to quote Crash Davis from Bull Durham, it does provide a team ’ the Twins this year ’ the opportunity to help turn around their organization’s fortunes.
So far this spring, three names have been linked with the Twins’ top-pick: Hunter Greene, Kyle Wright, and Brendan McKay. The first two would be solid choices; the third would not. More on that in a bit.
He made seven All-Star teams with the Tigers before being traded to the Phillies following the 1963 season. He crafted a perfect game Father’s Day in 1964, the first perfect game for a National League pitcher in 84 years.
Or there’s the option for Harper to shine more brightly and end his career more spectacularly. Kevin Mitchell comes to mind, the bombastic star who won an MVP at 27 but played just 264 games in the majors after his 30th birthday. For peak value Hall of Fame candidates, Mitchell ranks among the best offensive ones in baseball history, though seemingly few people are making his case.
Similar things can be said about Fred Lynn, who had a .308 batting average through his age-28 season, but averaged 114 games thereafter. Every year where I (got) to 140 games, I had really good years, Lynn recently told Sporting News. I just needed to play more games. That’s all. I’ve never in my life done poorly if I played a lot, just never have.
Harper’s logged just 140 games in a season just twice so far, though he was an MVP one of those years.