Here are the new kickoff rules NFL owners will be voting on at the spring meeting

Here are the new kickoff rules NFL owners will be voting on at the spring meeting More The NFL’s 32 owners are going to be pretty busy next week when they get together in Atlanta for their annual spring league meeting (May 22-23), and that’s because the group is going to have quite a few things to vote on. First and foremost, the owners will be voting on several rule changes that will affect the kickoff. The kickoff as you currently know it will be going away if all the proposals are passed.

Meanwhile, Bortles is set to enter his fifth season as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback after an uneven season that saw him rank 15th out of 35 quarterbacks by Football Outsiders’ metrics before producing some of the best football of his career during the Jaguars’ final two playoff games. In late February, Bortles landed a contract extension that is scheduled to keep him in Jacksonville through the 2020 season. Maybe by then he’ll learn to take his keys out of his truck.

The timing is fitting for Woods, the 14-time Major champion enjoying something of a comeback. Tiger has overcome a rash of back surgeries to rank as a top-12 finisher in four PGA Tour events in 2018.

Manning, meanwhile, has plenty of time to swing the clubs after walking away from football before the 2016 season.

The NFL is in a tough spot with kickoffs. Good luck finding any fans who are good with it being eliminated. Even though kickoffs have been changed enough so almost all of them seem to be touchbacks, there’s a ceremony and tradition involved.

Maybe it’s the final stand for fans who don’t like changes designed to make a violent sport safer. [ Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues are open: Sign up now for free ] But the NFL has to find a way to make kickoffs safer, somehow. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy had the strongest statement to date on the issue back in March, when he said kickoffs need to become safer or they will be eliminated. Murphy is on the competition committee.

Sam Bradford sent Josh Rosen a text, promising to be “an open book”

Sam Bradford didn’t wait long to welcome Josh Rosen to the Cardinals. The team’s veteran quarterback sent a text message to the 10th overall pick the morning after the Cardinals selected Rosen.

“First and foremost, I’m an Arizona Cardinal,” Rosen said at his introductory press conference. “It’s team before everything. . . . I’m going to compete my butt off every single day, but then again, I’m not going to be the guy that comes in and thinks he’s the man from Day 1. It’s a long process, and you’ve got to earn it.”

Given the dramatic changes in recent years regarding attitudes toward marijuana use, Callaway’s positive test at the Combine is problematic only because, given current league rules, there are specific times of the year when players must choose football over marijuana. As to Callaway, however, other incidents create more concern, including allegations of credit card fraud and a sexual assault accusation that he defended by claiming he was too stoned for sex.

Regardless, Dorsey wasn’t bashful about taking chances on character risks in Kansas City. That apparently hasn’t changed.

The belief was he had a stellar season for the Chargers last year, but the fact that he remains unsigned in free agency suggests it was really just a case of fans seeing a guy with a catchy name and five interceptions (which can sometimes be circumstantial with a free safety).

Bene Benwikere was a rising slot corner but then broke his leg in 2015 and in 2016 Julio Jones revealed to the world that Benwikere could only play the slot.

Jones’ 300 yards in Week 4 against Benwikere and Carolina is one of history’s biggest receiver-on-corner beatdowns on record.

So what you have: five players who were good for a minute (and longer, in Turner’s case), but not at the same time.

They announced that former Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek agreed to a deal with the team. Shimonek spent one year as the starter in Lubbock and went 328-of-493 for 3,963 yards, 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His college target Dylan Cantrell was taken by the Chargers in the sixth round.

Geno Smith and Cardale Jones are already on hand as backup options to Philip Rivers.
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NHL adds time delay to big reveal of top 3 draft lottery teams

The NHL is taking a wait-then-see approach in adding an element of drama to its annual draft lottery on Saturday.

Rather than revealing the entire order of the first 15 selections, as the league has done in the past, everyone will have to wait a few hours to find out which teams landed the top three picks.

Rookie infielder/catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa, called up when Odor went on the DL, was in the lineup at third base Wednesday night, when infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson started at second base. Kiner-Falefa had started seven games at second base and two at shortstop.

Banister said Kiner-Falefa will be the primary third baseman while Beltre is out. Gallo, who came up in the minor league system as a third baseman, filled that spot for Beltre last season. But this time, the Rangers want to stick with the young slugger in left field and at first base.

“Going to continue that with him and not bounce him around,” Banister said.

The Sabres selected Olofsson in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. The forward has spent the past three seasons in the SHL, collecting 50 goals and 49 assists in 150 regular-season games. Overall, Olofsson had 60 goals and 117 points in 200 games.

He is coming off a career-best season in which he finished with 43 points in 50 games during his second year with Frolunda HC.

The 22-year-old is listed at 5-foot-11 and 173 pounds.

The Sabres announced the agreement on Tuesday.

Paul Goldschmidt went 3 for 5 with a run scored for Arizona.

For the Phillies, Aaron Altherr had an RBI double in the fourth and RBI groundout in the sixth. Odubel Herrera reached base safely in a career-high 26th straight game going back to the end of the 2017 season with a single in the sixth inning. Herrera went 2-for-4.

Peralta has multiple hits in nine of the 20 games he has played this season, including six multi-hit games out of 10 on the road. … Altherr is 7-for-18 with two doubles a triple and a homer in his past five games with eight RBI.
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South Carolina’s Brian Bowen going to draft if ineligible

South Carolina freshman and former Louisville signee Brian Bowen told ESPN he will declare for the NBA draft in case the NCAA does not clear him to play next season for the Gamecocks.

Bowen said he does not intend to sign with an agent, in order to preserve his college eligibility.

The 6-foot-7 Bowen is a former McDonald’s All American who was ranked 14th in the country by ESPN coming out of La Lumiere School in Indiana. Multiple NBA executives said they currently project Bowen as a second-round pick, but they also said it’s difficult to gauge because they haven’t seen him play in more than a year.

“He’s a little bit of a mystery because most of us haven’t seen him since the McDonald’s Game practices last year,” one high-ranking NBA executive told ESPN. “I think he’ll be invited to the combine, and if he does, he’ll have a chance to really help himself.”

After going through pregame warm-ups, Mitchell was deemed healthy enough to play.

The Rookie of the Year candidate had 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Jazz’s Game 1 loss.

“You’re getting to a point where, because of the way people are playing you, it’s even more important for you to space,” Snyder says as the clip of Gobert’s dunk plays. “Because if you’re not spaced, we don’t get to take advantage of your gravity, right?”

That gravity is never heavier than when Mitchell has the ball in his hands during a half-court possession. His coaches are constantly teaching him the NBA chess match, identifying opportunities to attack, where to get shots and when it’s best to move the ball.

Snyder beams when he shows a possession from late in the fourth quarter because Mitchell makes a couple of quick, terrific reads. Never mind that Mitchell admits that he didn’t know which play was called, or that it didn’t produce any points.

“In this action here, you’re going to draw attention, and this is the right play,” Snyder says as the clip shows Mitchell running a pick-and-roll on the left wing and firing a crosscourt pass to Joe Ingles.jets_021

An attorney for Moradi says Brees attempted to bully the man after items didn’t increase in value the way the player had hoped they would.

The most compelling topic at the owners meetings in Orlando is one the league actively ignored for years but is now ready to embrace: betting on football More ORLANDO — It’s 2021, and Browns quarterback Sam Darnold runs on the field, his offense given the ball at its own 25-yard line after Pittsburgh drove for a touchdown. As everyone does after the other team scores in the post-kickoff NFL, Cleveland has 75 yards to navigate and endless possibilities for how this will go, and a few for how it’ll end. You’re sitting in Section 137 at FirstEnergy Stadium, a long throw away from the line of scrimmage, and what’s in your hand makes you feel even closer.

Its policy says: Umbrellas of all shapes and sizes are permitted in Citi Field as long as they do not interfere with another guest’s enjoyment of the game. (In other words, no monster-size golf umbrellas that will block the view of people sitting behind you.)

Mike Trout hit a tying double in the fifth and Justin Upton followed with a go-ahead sacrifice fly. The Angels added insurance in the seventh, getting Andrelton Simmons’ two-run single and an RBI single from Kole Calhoun.

Ohtani began the game with four straight outs — fanning three — before allowing consecutive singles to Matt Joyce and Stephen Piscotty that set up Chapman’s first home run of 2018.

Brees claims multiple pieces of jewelry he purchased as investments over time appraised for $9 million less than he paid for the pieces. The items include a blue-diamond ring that cost about $8.2 million.

The suit claims Brees confronted Moradi and the dealer admitted to charging a substantial markup. The suit says the two were close friends.

He should restrict his game-playing to the football field, attorney Eric George said. And refrain from bullying honest, hard-working businessmen like my client.

Bill Belichick managed to finesse one year from a star wide receiver for more draft capital. Do the numbers balance out What about in Los Angeles Bill Barnwell evaluates every big move of the offseason.patriots_026

Report: Cowboys restructure Travis Frederick contract to free up cap space

The Dallas Cowboys have restructured the contract of center Travis Frederick in order to free up close to $7.5 million in cap space for 2018, according to Jane Slater of the NFL Network.

Pierre-Louis was traded from the Seahawks to the Chiefs before last season and played 14 games for Kansas City. Pierre-Louis, who spent three seasons in Seattle, had 41 tackles in those appearances.

Pierre-Louis may miss some time during his first season with the Jets due to a suspension. He was arrested for marijuana possession in January and is subject to league discipline as a result.

Houston PD said Bennett caused the woman to sprain her shoulder, per Liz Mathews of USA Today. The department also said Bennett told a police officer to “f–k off” before proceeding onto the football field.

According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Lane was stopped by police on January 16 for going 90 miles per hour on eastbound I-90. Speed limit on the freeway is either 60 or 70 miles per hour depending on the exact location of the traffic stop. Even though Lane’s blood alcohol level was not about the legal limit, Lane had admitted to smoking marijuana and failed multiple field sobriety tests.

There is no greater advertisement for the difference finding the right role can make than Collins’ 2016. Silverberg 18 Highland Avenue Pc $250.SABR features 70 regional chapters and more than two dozen research committees, and produces three annual publications ?two editions of and ?addition to other print and e-books.and I are stunned.

Pulled out a good win.Kidd was a free agent 2003, following the Nets second-straight Finals appearance.The 2015 NHL Draft is just a few hours away, and the Boston Bruins already have made the first blockbuster trade.Tolbert of the Carolina Panthers be the best of the lot.

Burfict suffered the concussion in a December 4 game against the Steelers when he was hit in the head by Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster responded to Burfict’s position on Twitter Saturday.
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Let’s just say it could get ugly.

If anything it’s his athleticism, more so than just his freakish strength, that makes me believe Vea is worthy of a high first-round pick. If he was just a big lug who could only play nose tackle and had to come out on third-and-long, as I’ve said before, I don’t think any nose tackle like that is worthy of a first-round pick. I don’t care how strong they are, if you can only play two downs, then I just don’t see you as valuable as a guy who can play on all three. After all there is a reason people call third down the “money” down.

“Aaron Judge was nowhere near as valuable as Jose Altuve. Why? Because he didn’t do nearly as much to win games for his team as Altuve did. It is NOT close. The belief that it is close is fueled by bad statistical analysis not as bad as the 1974 statistical analysis, I grant, but flawed nonetheless. It is based essentially on a misleading statistic, which is WAR. Baseball-Reference WAR shows the little guy at 8.3, and the big guy at 8.1.”

James’ argument represents the principal criticism of WAR WAR is context neutral. If a player recorded only one single per game for 162 games, but that one single knocked in the game-winning run every game,WAR would credit that player with exactly as much value as a player who did the same thing but his team lost every game.

Whatever role they want me to play, I’m willing to play.

I’m not sure how many carries I’ll be getting, how much carries we’ll be splitting,” he said.

Martin, 29, a two-time Pro Bowler, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Feb.

If he had played out his rookie deal and then gone year-to-year in the hopes of maximizing his eventual free-agent deal with a fully guaranteed contract, Watt would have made just under $18 million over the first five years of his rookie deal.

Even with two franchise tags in 2016 and 2017, Watt would have only come away with about $52.3 million through the end of 2017, at which point he likely would be hitting free agency having missed the last two seasons with serious injuries.

A Pro Bowler in four of the past six seasons, Sitton should be a boon to a 29th-ranked Dolphins run game and a capable bodyguard for QB Ryan Tannehill, whose knee has kept him from playing a meaningful game for nearly 18 months. Sitton’s new deal is for two years and up to $18 million, per?NFL Network.?

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The 5 best Super Bowl performances in losing efforts

Staubach’s Hall of Fame career included an NFL title in Super Bowl VI and XII, but his quest for a third ring was derailed by a dominant Steelers team. The Naval Academy’s top alumnus wasn’t intimidated by a Steel Curtain defense that sacked him five times, throwing for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-31 loss.

Two of those touchdowns, however, came after the game had already been decided; Staubach led a furious comeback despite trailing 35-17 with fewer than seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

The big story line surrounding this year’s halftime performance is whether Timberlake will be joined by his former bandmates from *NSYNC. Joey Fatone had seemingly shot down rumors a couple weeks back, but that doesn’t mean with 100 percent certainty there won’t be an *NSYNC reunion on the 50-yard line of Sunday’s game. Although, those hoping to see a reunion between Timberlake and Jackson should stop holding your breath now — there is absolutely zero chance of that happening.

We might not know ahead of time some of the people Timberlake plans to collaborate with, but one thing’s for sure, with his Rolodex of celebrity friends, you should expect at least one famous face to join him for the halftime gig. He’s shared the stage with some of music’s most iconic rock stars and industry-leading rappers, so don’t expect him to hog the spotlight.

“I’ve been watching the Combine since I was a little kid,” Barkley told co-host Gil Brandt and me Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “That’s something I dreamed about doing. Getting an invitation was special. You definitely want to take advantage of the opportunity you’ve got there.”

In his case, that could be elevating himself to the top spot in April’s draft if Cleveland decides Barkley is too promising to pass up.

The Browns, who hold the Nos. 1 and 4 overall picks, aren’t the only club with a high choice that could use a bell-cow rusher who can also thrive as a receiver and kick returner. The Giants (No. 2) and Colts (No. 3) both averaged less than 4 yards per carry in 2017.

James Harden wrapped up another 30-point night and another Rockets victory, then made his way to Minnesota’s training room.

Even the Timberwolves’ opponents were concerned about Jimmy Butler.jays_1163_8ab6dbbe71310ed4-180x180

That’s because I see the Jags locking up Rob Gronkowski with Jalen Ramsey.

“This is an undersized, very tough, hard-playing group that’s achieving at a very high level,” he says. “I won’t say overachieving. They’re achieving at a very high level.”

Pearl hugs the line between his own positivity (achieving at a high level) and the external narrative (overachieving) during the course of a roughly 20-minute conversation. He’s aware that no one expected Auburn to be in this position, and with good reason.

The cloud of the FBI investigation into college basketball corruption still lingers around Auburn, having already taken assistant coach Chuck Person, a pair of support staffers and two of the team’s most talented players, Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley.

Can the Patriots roast the Jags with their running backs, as they have done with so many teams, including the Titans last week? As fast as Telvin Smith and Myles Jack are, they can be beaten in coverage.

Who cares that it’s CB on TE? Ramsey’s size (6-foot-1, 208 pounds) and Gronkowski’s relevance to opening the field up for the Dion Lewises of the world make that matchup inevitable. Of course, the great elixir for New England in all this is Tom Brady, who can put the ball where he wants to.

Arizona Cardinals: Carson Palmer has been a stalwart, but he’s also 37 years old. He’s under contract for 2018, but the Cardinals can opt of his deal after this season while taking only a $6.6 million dead cap hit. The Cardinals don’t have a successor in place after passing on Watson and Patrick Mahomes in the latest draft. But given the quarterback movement expected, they’ll have options.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars are winning despite Blake Bortles, minimizing his impact with a pounding running attack, led by Leonard Fournette, and a stout defense stocked with high draft picks. Four years has been more than enough to determine Bortles is not the answer. They have enough talent on the roster, though, to be an appealing free agent destination.chargers_009

Style can’t be Rivera’s priority this week.

wings_1023When you think of Panthers fashion icons, Cam Newton and his hats probably jump to mind. But there’s an unlikely candidate sneaking into that spotlight: head coach Ron Rivera.

He needs his Panthers to put their Week 17 loss to the Falcons behind them and do something on Sunday that they haven’t been able to pull off this season: beat the Saints.

Finally, it feels like tonight will be about football—and just football—for Ron Rivera’s group. The 4-1 Panthers host the 4-1 Eagles in the best Thursday night matchup we’ve gotten this season, and one that could wind up affecting playoff seeding two-and-a-half months from now.

“I’d like to think if we can weather those types of storms, handle those kinds of situations, we’re gonna be O.K.,” Rivera said over the phone on Wednesday afternoon, with a little more 24 hours left until kickoff. “That’s what I’d like to believe. I like our guys’ mentality, I like the locker room.”

But it sure has taken the Panthers a while to get to this point—and that, like so many other things in Charlotte over the last seven years, has been centered on getting Newton right. The hope now is that they have the Cam 2.0 that they’ve been building toward.

In this week’s Game Plan, we’ll kick the tires on the idea that the Jaguars could trade for a veteran quarterback, we’ll look at the mayhem in the Meadowlands, we’ll check in on the Cowboys’ handling of the anthem guidelines that Jerry Jones has set, we’ll explain why the Browns benched DeShone Kizer, and we’ll look deeper at the Chargers’ problems in Los Angeles.

At least one of them recognized the zest in the Falcons’ eyes.

”Those guys played like they have some big dreams,” Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree said. “We didn’t do enough as a team and the mistakes hurt us. But they deserve credit for the talent and the pieces they have.”

Coach: “No. 1, he was perfect for San Francisco. They were willing to build around him, which he needs. He’s not a pocket passer. So if you bring him in as a backup, and you’re not Seattle or Carolina, and you don’t have those things built in, it’s like you’re running a different offense with your 1s and your 2s.

I spoke with three other teams where top officials didn’t want to delve too far into the issue but lined up with the others—any discussion on signing Kaepernick didn’t get very far. One thing that also was clear was that different circumstances were at play in each situation.