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Eagles’ Lane Johnson didn’t like arrogant Patriots ‘talking sh—’

Super Bowl 52 may have been three months ago, but Lane Johnson is still riding Philadelphia’s victory.

During his Tuesday appearance on Steve Austin’s podcast, the Eagles offensive tackle discussed how his team was treated poorly and elaborated on how the Patriots got under his skin leading up to the championship game.

The Eagles won the franchise’s first Super Bowl with a 41-33 win despite being the biggest opening underdogs since 2009.

Worrilow was signed in April to add competition to a group that includes Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Corey Nelson, Joe Walker, Nathan Gerry and Kamu Grugier-Hill.

The combined record of the Cowboys’ opponents is exactly .500, at 128-128 last season, putting them in the middle of the pack in unadjusted strength of schedule. Here’s breaking down Dallas’ schedule this year and what it means for the team’s chances of making the playoffs for the third time in five seasons.

Toughest tests: Games against the Eagles, Jaguars and Saints mean the Cowboys will face three division winners in AT&T Stadium. None will be intimidated by Jerry World. Between those and the Titans game, the Cowboys finishing above .500 at home will be a challenge after last season’s 3-5 mark.

Romine followed Andujar’s homer with his first of the season, a blast to center that capped his 3-for-5 afternoon.

Right fielder Aaron Judge was 0 for 4 with a strikeout and walk. He’s now is hitless in 15 at-bats over his last four games. His average is down to.282, the lowest it’s been since April 3.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius, mired in a 1-for-52 slump, was benched for the second game in a row. He’ll be back in the lineup on Monday when the Yankees open a road series against the Texas Rangers.

Bird, whose rehab assignment was transferred from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, appears to be just a few days away from being activated from the disabled list. “I think it’s reasonable sometime within the next week you will see him,” manager Aaron Boone said Sunday. Recovering from March ankle surgery, Bird traveled on Sunday to Pawtucket, R.I. to meet up with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which begins a four-game series there on Monday night.
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Bills acted properly in team president’s resignation

The NFL has determined the Buffalo Bills acted properly in the aftermath of team president Russ Brandon’s resignation amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female employee. The league released a statement Friday saying it will take no further action against the Bills.

Brandon told the AP he had contemplated stepping down from the job for some time, and felt the timing was right following the conclusion of the NFL draft. He did not respond to follow-up questions regarding the alleged relationship.

The Giants ‘ approach to building depth at wide receiver is akin to buying all the lottery tickets in one convenience store and believing odds are one has to hit.

Behind one of the NFL’s best tandems in Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham, the Giants have nine other wide receivers on the 90-man offseason roster.

Two of the nine are in rookie minicamp this weekend — undrafted signing Jawill Davis and futures contract signing Amba Etta-Tawo — alongside five other tryout invitees.

But the picture isn’t getting any clearer — and probably won’t until the 10 offseason training assignments that begin May 21 and include 11-on-11 offense-versus-defense drills.

I think it’s a little bit easier to catch the ball versus air, head coach Pat Shurmur said, so we’ll start to be able to evaluate the receivers as a whole once we can be as competitive as we can be with the OTAs. I think that will start to separate what we think of the wideouts.

With the exception of a special three-day minicamp granted to first-year head coaches just before the draft, the Giants’ veterans have been prohibited from 11-on-11 during the offseason thus far.

It goes to reputation of the organization, certainly. … This is kind of the exact thing that a lot of these teams fear.

Suhajda said the background checks that he’s run for professional teams have been all-encompassing searches that sometimes take weeks to complete.

Typically, job candidates authorize teamsto delve into any financial issues, any criminal issues, any social issues or litigation matters, so you’re not worried about what legalities there are, Suhajda said.

His firm uses legal research sites like LexisNexis, where Patricia’s arrest is easy to find, and TLO, plus more personal legwork that can include visiting a perspective hire’s former places of residence and even providing a team’s anonymous tip hotline to friends or colleagues who may be reluctant to spill potentially damaging information about someone they know.colts_095

The Knights’ swarming forecheck can pin opponents for long stretches.

The team’s bond with the city itself was tested early when, a week before the home opener, a gunman opened fire on a country music festival at Mandalay Bay on the Strip, killing 58 and wounding nearly 500. Defenseman Deryk Engelland, who has made Las Vegas his offseason home since playing for the local minor league team in 2003, delivered groceries to the local firehouse. Some players visited the hospital, while others showed up at blood drives. At the opener, the team brought 26 first responders to the ice and in an emotional pregame ceremony gave Engelland the mic. “We’ll do everything we can to help you and our city heal,” he pronounced. “We are Vegas Strong.”

His teammates showed little mercy, texting him panoramic photos of their helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and Snapchatting selfies from backstage at an Avicii show. Bellemare sulked — and renewed his passport, with an expiration of 2023. That’s good, his mother, Frederique, told him, because it means one day you can live in the United States — and live there for a while.

“I didn’t say shut up,” Bellemare says now. “But I was thinking, ‘This is bulls—.'” After all, the NHL was little more than a pipe dream for the 28-year-old — even his own coaches on the French national team told him to give up on the idea. “You’ll see,” Frederique said at the time. “One day we will be laughing about this.”

A year later, Bellemare helped lead Skellefteå to a second straight title and signed as a free agent with the Flyers. Now the left winger is an alternate captain for the Golden Knights in their wildly successful inaugural season. “So now I’m not just traveling to Vegas, I own a house in Vegas,” he says. “I have a wife and child here. I sometimes have to think, ‘How did my career end up like this?'”

His unselfishness as a playmaker in transition has really stood out, as well. He does a great job of pushing pace, identifying shooters such as Redick and Marco Belinelli and driving toward their defender before shoveling the ball back for an open 3.

They have a wealth of capable defenders after taking 13 in the expansion draft; none profiles as a traditional No. 1, but none is overtaxed either. Then there’s Fleury, a stud goalie who posted career bests in save percentage (.927) and GAA (2.24) in his age-33 season.

Coach Gerard Gallant is a fitting leader for this ragtag bunch. He became somewhat of a meme last season when he was fired by the Panthers at a road game. Cameras captured him outside Raleigh’s PNC Arena waiting for a taxi. Since moving to Vegas, Gallant has downloaded Uber but maintained his simplicity. canucks_683

Brewers place Eric Thames on DL with thumb injury

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and will likely need surgery, the team said Wednesday.

A typical timeline for recovery from the surgery would be 6-8 weeks.

The first baseman will head back to Milwaukee after his team wraps up its two-game set in Kansas City and be examined by team doctors, then likely schedule surgery in the hopes of returning for the second half of the season.

“Personally, I feel like I let everybody down, but it’s nothing I can control,” said Thames, who was hitting .250 and second in the National League with seven homers. “I saw on [television] that I’ll be out 6-8 weeks, so I guess that’s what it is. It all depends on when the surgery is.”

The Brewers put Thames on the 10-day DL and recalled right-hander Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take his place.

Rays: Blake Snell (3-1, 2.54 ERA) is trying for his fourth consecutive victory when he starts the series opener Friday against Boston.

Orioles: Chris Tillman (0-4, 9.87 ERA) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game series Friday against the Tigers. Tillman has made 22 straight starts without a win, dating back to his first outing last season.

In 2012, Nike featured a 13-year-old pitcher, Nathan Muehe, in a commercial that ran during the Olympics. Muehe also played with one hand, like the most famous one-handed athlete, Jim Abbott, who pitched in the major leagues for 10 seasons, all while wearing Nike shoes.

“The long-term vision of Nike and iconic message of ‘Just Do It’ fits perfectly into Shaquem’s brand and commitment to inspiring others,” said Buddy Baker, president of Exclusive Sports Group, which also represents Griffin’s brother, Shaquill. Shaquill Griffin plays cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks.

Shaquem Griffin was a late invite to the scouting combine in February but wowed scouts with a 4.38-second 40-yard dash, the fastest time tracked at that position in more than 10 years. Griffin also impressed scouts by bench-pressing 225 pounds 20 times with the aid of a prosthetic hand.

Griffin had his left hand amputated at age 4 due to a congenital condition. He was a two-year starter for UCF, helping the team to a 13-0 season last year. Griffin was first-team all-AAC for both seasons and won the MVP of the Peach Bowl in his final collegiate game, a win over Auburn.

Most projections have Griffin being drafted in the fourth or fifth round.steelers_055

Roy Finch, ex-Sooners and current CFLer, arrested for assault

A former University of Oklahoma football player who now plays in the Canadian Football League has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an Oklahoma police officer.

Oklahoma County Jail records indicate Roy Finch, 26, was arrested on Sunday for assault on a police officer, possession of marijuana and other charges. Records indicate Finch remained jailed Monday but don’t indicate if he’s represented by an attorney.

The Angels could not have scripted a better start. Shohei Ohtani continues to dazzle on the mound and at the plate. Mike Trout ranks among the league leaders in home runs, runs scored, RBIs and extra-base hits. Ian Kinsler homered in his first at-bat with the club after returning from the disabled list. Put it all together, and the Angels are off to their best start in franchise history. — Paul Casella, ESPN Stats & Information

The Mets continued their hot start, becoming the 22nd team in the World Series era (since 1903) to start 11-1 or better. Will that start yield postseason success? Of the 21 teams to start 11-1 or better through 12 games before this season, only eight made the postseason, and only three of those won the World Series: the 1955 Dodgers, 1966 Orioles and 1984 Tigers. Of the teams to start that hot in the past 30 seasons, none has even won a playoff series. — Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

Dormady, who began the 2017 season as the Volunteers’ starting quarterback, will join the Cougars as a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play immediately. The Boerne, Texas, product returns to his home state to compete with Houston quarterback D’eriq King — who started four games at quarterback last season — for the starting job.

Last season, Dormady started the Vols’ first five games before being replaced by Jarrett Guarantano. Dormady also underwent shoulder surgery that cut his season short. He finished his Tennessee career with 1,282 passing yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions in 13 career games (five starts).

The 6-foot-4, 222-pound Dormady was a four-star recruit coming out of Boerne High in 2015, ranked as the 14th-best pocket passer in the nation. He backed up longtime Tennessee starter Joshua Dobbs for two seasons before getting his first career start last season.

He joins a Houston depth chart that has three other scholarship quarterbacks — King and freshmen Clayton Tune and Bryson Smith — but lacks experience, as Tune and Smith have yet to attempt a collegiate pass.jets_056

The move down three spots came with a pair of second-round picks this year, and a second-round pick next year.

We feel like at six, we’ll still be able to acquire a premium er, Ballard explained. Plus, being able to pick up the two twos this year and the two next year, that gives us four picks this year in the top 50 of the draft, and then three picks next year, one in the first, two in the second.

Enunwa, a sixth-round pick of the Jets in 2014, caught 58 passes for 857 yards and four touchdowns last season. Considering the free agent receiver market, Enunwa still could generate interest from other teams with another team perhaps willing to give up a second-round choice if the Jets decline to match.

The Jets also announced they have tendered safety Rontez Miles, offensive lineman Brent Qvale and tight end Neal Sterling. Miles and Qvale received the right-of-first-refusal, and Sterling, a former seventh-round pick, got his original round tender.

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And Mayfield did just that.

The Heisman Trophy winner completed 62 of 70 passes with one drop and seven uncatchable passes, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com.

Not that he needed it but helped himself. Good velocity, moves around well, can flick it deep. Made $$, Brandt wrote on Twitter.

Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Broncos General Manager John Elway were among the NFL personnel on hand for OU’s Pro Day. Browns G.M. John Dorsey was not present because the workout coincided with the first (official) day of free agency.

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Stepan’s late goal lifts Coyotes over Canucks 2-1

“It’s not our best game, for sure,” Markstrom said. “They worked harder than us. They wanted it more than we did. And that’s pretty simple.”

Tyler Motte, alone at the side of the net, missed a chance to put Vancouver ahead early in the third period as Nick Cousins deflected his shot to keep it 1-1. Motte got another chance from the slot, but Kuemper made the save.

Evgeni Malkin scored his 37th goal for the Penguins and added an assist. Kris Letang and Chad Ruhwedel also scored for Pittsburgh. Jarry finished with 35 saves as the Penguins pulled within one point of Washington for first in the crowded Metropolitan Division. Tristan Jarry finished with 35 saves, including a breakaway stop on Calgary star Johnny Gaudreau early in overtime.

“They got some physical guys, they have a couple bigger guys,” Jarry said. “We knew it would be a tough game. I was trying to hold my ground as much as I could.”

Mark Giordano, Mikael Backlund and Troy Brouwer scored for the Flames, who outplayed the Penguins for long stretches before dropping their fourth straight. Gillies stopped 28 shots but had no chance when Kessel slid a cross-ice pass to a wide-open Schultz.

“We go into overtime and it can be anybody’s game,” Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said. “We had a 2-on-0 there that could’ve ended it, but when you’ve got that many dangerous guys on the ice with that much room, somebody’s going to end it. It just happened to be them on that next chance.”

The Oilers will try to complete a sweep of the season series and hand the Islanders their eighth straight loss on Thursday night at Rogers Place.

Edmonton (28-34-4), which is trying to stay out of the Western Conference basement, defeated New York, 2-1, in overtime on Nov. 7. Leon Draisaitl scored in regulation and assisted on Connor McDavid’s game-winner.

The Oilers are looking for their seventh win in eight home games over the Islanders and are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. Defenseman Oscar Klefbom scored the game-winner off assists from the Draisaitl and McDavid, who are the team’s top two scorers.

Only Sullivan can’t. He’s been coaching long enough to know that when there are six just men on the ice and his team happens to have one of the most gifted offensive groups in the NHL, it’s best to just get out of the way.
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The NFL Players Association president does not foresee a change coming to the league’s national anthem protocol in 2018.

Bengals tackle Eric Winston said he is not anticipating discussions about whether the NFL will consider rules that make standing for the anthem mandatory when union officials and players meet with league representatives at next week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

“Until they change their stance, I wouldn’t expect any sort of conversation about it because I don’t think there’s a lot to talk about,” Winston told co-host David Diehl and me Wednesday morning on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

It’s another issue he and the team will have to face head-on for the Cavs to reach their ultimate goal this season.

Outside of James, Love is indisputably the most accomplished player on the Cavs after their roster reshuffle. He said that it was “pretty apparent” the trade deadline moves were a necessary shake-up. Love would benefit by staking his claim on the new-look team.

“I live by a great quote and it’s, ‘Only by admitting who we are can we get what we want,'” Love said.

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Whatever skeletons remain in the Cavs’ closet will likely not surface to the degree they have this year if Cleveland returns to winning form.

Cleared out are many of the “agendas” that Lue referred to following a disappointing loss in Toronto last month. In their place are four new pieces, an intriguing rookie in Cedi Osman and a rejuvenated James.bears_115

The Lions are expected to retain offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter

The move is noteworthy considering Detroit will officially hire Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia after New England competes in Super Bowl 52 against the Eagles.

Patricia will replace former head coach Jim Caldwell, who was dismissed on New Year’s Day after four seasons in Detroit.

“I’ve got a good routine that has really worked for me, especially the last 10-12 years. As long as I feel like I’m willing to make the commitment to do those things then I feel like my body will allow me to do that.”

The inevitability that he someday no longer will “feel good week after week, year after year” is not lost in Brady. The perceived robot eventually will reveal himself as a human vulnerable to an aging process. But why should Brady wait for that drift to mediocrity?

49. Robert Nkemdiche, defensive tackle, Cardinals (NR): He smoked synthetic marijuana, fell four stories out of an Atlanta hotel, got kicked off the team at Ole Miss, then threw teammate Laremy Tunsil under the bus at the scouting combine with one of the most (unintentionally) entertaining media sessions you will ever see.

50. Moritz Boehringer, wide receiver, Vikings (NR): A surprise sixth-round pick from Germany, Boehringer, currently on the practice squad, is trying to become the first player ever to make the direct leap to the NFL from European football.

It’s curious, because in Week 3, Watkins had six catches for 106 yards.

“As a player, of course you’re going to be frustrated,” Watkins told reporters in L.A. this week. “I don’t know a player, a wide receiver, that’s not frustrated throughout the game if you’re not getting the ball. Each week, it could change.’’

Burfict haters came into focus when Steelers players accused him of celebrating Le’Veon Bell’s season-ending injury in 2015. From there, Burfict’s beef with Pittsburgh continued, and a personal foul for a hit on Antonio Brown led to a three-game suspension for Burfict heading into 2016. He has developed a reputation because of too many personal fouls, which takes away from his tremendous talent on the field.bills_001

Remember that Dorsey’s first big move for the Chiefs was trading for Alex Smith.

“Whether it was or wasn’t, I can’t be the one to get a tech there in the fourth quarter,” Griffin said. “That put us in a hole and kind of started the whole onslaught, for lack of a better word, of technicals we got throughout the last four or five minutes, whatever it was. So I got to be better. But there’s a reason why there’s so much disparity and so much back and forth and so much tension right now [between players and officials].”

Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell got another technical foul a few minutes later, before Rivers and Woodson were kicked out of the game right before its conclusion.

Cleveland will have the West Coast intact as Hue Jackson adds an offensive coordinator, with former Giants coach Ben McAdoo as the leading candidate. Cousins also has said he would “seriously consider” playing for the Browns, despite their winless 2017 season. At a whopping $110 million under the cap, the Browns have plenty of space. Using some of that to lock up Cousins would still give new GM John Dorsey a ton to spend elsewhere in free agency. The Browns could then also draft the best players available at picks No. 1 and No. 4 in the first round.

He backed that up by putting the right support around Smith to make him most effective. The Browns already have several good skill-position players in place with Duke Johnson Jr., Corey Coleman, Josh Gordon and David Njoku. All signs point to it being Cleveland vs. the field for Cousins’ services.

Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 9-of-31 from the field. They finished with 19 and eight points, respectively.

“Shot selection definitely could have been better; KD was open for the dunk, but Klay hits that shot very often,” Green said of the play that would have pulled the Warriors to within one with 2:04 left. “So, I’m not going to look back and say, ‘Ah man we lost.’ … It is what it is. Should’ve, could’ve, would’ve.”

The Warriors coughed up the ball 19 times, translating to 23 points for the Rockets. Durant registered a team-high 26 points to go with seven boards and five assists. Chris Paul had a game-high 33 points along with 11 rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes of play.

“Overwhelmed” would be a kind word to describe Peterman’s two starts as a fifth-round rookie. But keep in mind he went into the season as more of a developmental project and not with the mindset that he was going to be the No. 1 over Taylor. A full offseason with that mentality, in addition to more help around him, is bound to make Peterman improve.cowboys_095