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With last year of contract looming, Jay Ajayi makes an agent change

The Eagles could be making running back Jay Ajayi the centerpiece of their rushing attack. And he wants that. And that could eventually get expensive for the Eagles.
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As Ajayi enters the final year of his rookie contract he has made an agent change, hiring Drew Rosenhaus.

Due to earn $1.907 million in 2018, Ajayi surely wants a significant raise. Indeed, his desire to get a new contract from the Dolphins (even though he wasn’t eligible for one until after the 2017 season) reportedly was a factor in Miami’s decision to abruptly Joel Eriksson Ek Youth Jersey trade him last season.

That role has seen Hill used in multiple ways after lining up in a variety of spots on the field and Cohen’s early experience in Nagy’s Bears offense suggests he will be doing the same. During an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Cohen said the only limit to the way he’ll be used this season appears to be his inability to kick the football effectively.

I feel like the offense is great. It’s similar to some of the things I did in college, Cohen said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. We have a lot of RPOs going in. I feel like if I could kick the football, he’d also want me to kick the football too. It just goes to show how many places he has me at and I’ve been everywhere. I’ve been at every position. It’s crazy.

Cohen flashed receiving, running and returning skills as a rookie without being in a system designed to fully Justin Bethel Womens Jersey capitalize on his skills. It seems this year’s approach will be the opposite.

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Report: Terry McAulay headed to NBC

So why is Terry McAulay abruptly retiring from his gig as an NFL referee? According to Kevin Seifert of, McAulay will become the rules analyst for NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
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Asked by PFT — which falls under the NBC umbrella — Andrelton Simmons Womens Jersey for comment, NBC declined. (As I’ve said time and again, they only wake me up for the unimportant Andreas Borgman Jersey meetings.)

Seifert also reports that others auditioned for the gig, including referee Clete Blakeman. Which means, obviously, that Blakeman would have retired/resigned, if he’d gotten the job.

It has been a whirlwind few months for Scotland-Williamson. After a video of him tackling a Wasps player while on Worcester duty went viral, he caught the eye of those from the NFL scene, was encouraged to push for a spot on the Pathway and was invited to their 12-week camp at the IMG Academy, Florida. He was there from January through March, went back to the UK, and then in April travelled back over for the draft. He was picked up by the Steelers and will be their 11th man on the practise squad this season.

Cobb’s the elder statesman of the Packers receivers room now, after the offseason release of Jordy Nelson. He and Davante Adams and newcomer Jimmy Graham are expected to give Aaron Rodgers a solid set of targets.

The Patriots’ Nate Ebner has been the most successful athlete to jump from rugby to the NFL, but he’s not the only one who tried. Here are a few others and how they fared, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

Jarryd Hayne, RB, San Francisco 49ers, 2015 He was signed as an undrafted free agent after playing for the Fijian and Australian national rugby league teams. After rushing for 175 yards on 15 carries in the preseason, he rushed 17 times for 52 yards and caught six passes for 27 yards during the regular season. He also played for Fiji’s Sevens rugby team after leaving the NFL.

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Barkley resists the urge to question my sanity. You will do it for him.

It shouldn’t be Zach Sanford Youth Jersey new if you are a Rutgers or Penn State fan, a Schadenfreude, or a frequent reader of Freezing Cold Takes. The popular Twitter account for shaming hot-takes gone terribly wrong actually retired my Tweet after too much attention.
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Barkley doesn’t remember exactly when he first saw it, but he knows it was around the time of its creation. Probably the next day, when it caught on like a rumor around State College.

I’m going for 26th man of the year, joked Frazier, who recently was called up to be the Yankees’ extra player for a makeup doubleheader in Detroit only to be optioned right back to Triple-A after the two games.


Turns out reliever Giovanny Gallegos was summoned in from Triple-A to be the Yankees’ 26th man for Monday’s regular game – MLB isn’t permitting them to have a 26th player for the suspended game – and Frazier is sticking around at least for a few days.

Ryan told Jenks he was at a bar in Houston with a friend and the friend’s father watching the draft when the Seahawks selected Michael Dickson in the fifth round. The Australian native won the Ray Guy Award for the nation’s most outstanding punter during his final season at Texas. Dickson is expected to win the job from the 36-year-old Ryan, but the veteran made it through the spring still on the roster.

Ryan, who has a good relationship with Seahawks general manager John Schneider, sought out his boss after the draft.

He had that attitude almost like, ‘Sorry, but I had to do it…’ Ryan said relaying what Schneider Ryan Carpenter Jersey told him of drafting Dickson. And I was like, ‘Don’t apologize! Do not apologize.’ This is the business. If all the players got to pick who was on the team every year, we’d still have the Super Bowl team from five years ago.

Ryan booted around his career averages in 2017, including 29 punts downed inside the 20-yard-line on 92 attempts most since 2011. Ryan signed a four-year, $10 million contract in 2016. The Seahawks could save $2.6 million by jettisoning the veteran.

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David Price doesn’t want to pitch in 2018 All-Star Game

David Price is pitching like an All-Star lately but he has no interest in being one this year, even going as far as joking he’d play a lot of Fortnite to get out of pitching.

The Red Sox left-hander is 6-0 in his past seven starts and has allowed two or fewer runs in all but one of those outings. The five-time All-Star last was selected for the Midsummer Classic in 2015.

Price named several other Red Sox pitchers who are more deserving of an All-Star nod than he is, starting with Chris Sale.

I ain’t going. I’m not an All-Star. Craig Kimbrel is gonna get his, I didn’t vote for Craig because he’s Craig Kimbrel, he’s going to get his votes. I voted for Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes. Actually I did vote for Craig. Joe, Barnes and Craig. Craig doesn’t need votes. His name is going to get him in, he said, according to the Herald.

It’s May. We’re still figuring out who we are as a team this year. We’re still figuring out our place in the division. Our play will determine that. And we’re still figuring out the important task of trying to play up to our ability and to overachieve rather than underachieve. That’s where this thing really begins and ends. There’s an atypical amount of trade discussion in May this year, which is essentially nil.

I understand it’s natural for people to connect the dots and there to be this kind of frenzy from time to time, but it’s honestly something we’re looking at and just rolling our eyes at. It’s not like July, where every now and then there’s lots of coverage on deals that are actually being discussed or actually might happen. This one is just out there in fantasy land at this point.

After scoring one run in a two-game series against the Indians, both losses, the Cubs are 25-21 and in fourth place in the NL Central, 3 1/2 games back of the first-place Brewers.

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Raiders sign third-round pick Arden Key

Friday began with 26 unsigned 2018 draft picks around the league and that number dropped by one on Friday afternoon.
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The Raiders announced that third-round defensive end Arden Key has agreed to a four-year deal with the team. Key was the only unsigned member of Oakland’s draft class.

Plenty of people thought Key was headed for an earlier round of the draft after his 2016 season at LSU. Key posted 12.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a disruptive force off the edge, but his final college season didn’t unfold the same way. Key spent time in rehab, gained weight and hurt his Derek Stepan Womens Jersey shoulder during an underwhelming final act in Baton Rouge.

There has seldom been such a tough talent to root for in this area than Odell Beckham Jr. His Andrew Wiggins Youth Jersey coarse, childish, all-about-me, frequently flagged, team-endangering on and off-field conduct has been impossible for the right-headed to excuse or indulge.

Still, this weekend 550 kids, grades 1-8, were expected to attend the Citi-sponsored Odell Beckham, Jr. instructional football camp in Metuchen, N.J. Apparently Citi could find no one better to present to kids as a pro they should admire.

Max Stassi has been filling in for McCann, and he entered Tuesday batting .273 with five home runs and 17 RBIs this season. He should still see plenty of game time while McCann deals with is oft-ailing knee.

The Astros should also get outfielder Josh Reddick back this week. Reddick has been out since May 20 with a with a staph infection above his left knee.

Did the NBA Finals strike you as, well, dull, as systemically redundant? A case of anything worth doing is worth overdoing?

It seemed ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy, valued for his candor, was on the verge of sounding off on it, but didn’t quite pull the trigger.

In the four-game Warriors’ sweep of the Cavaliers, the teams took an unfathomable 258 3-pointers, 172 of them duds

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Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos each suspended 1 game for altercation

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos have each been suspended one game for their roles in Wednesday’s benches-clearing incident in Los Angeles.
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To that end, the Jets don’t seem to be falling into a trap of recycling veterans. Young talent is poised to make noise in key offensive positions — not just Darnold or Bridgewater at QB. Sure, the roster has been bolstered with veterans in spots, including Terrelle Pryor out wide, Isaiah Crowell in the backfield and Spencer Long along the offensive line. But no veterans will be surefire answers beyond 2018.

The young talent on the roster manufactured by general manager Mike Maccagnan was evident at times in 2017. Eli McGuire saw limited touches (88 carries) behind Bilal Powell and Matt Forte last season; Mitchell said Thursday he feels McGuire has a skill set that mirrors that of LaDainian Tomlinson.

Receivers Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart saw 17 and 13 targets, respectively, in 2017. Like McGuire, they too were 2017 draft picks who played behind veterans last year.

They both have tremendous potential, Dorrell said. There’s a reason why we drafted those guys, and it’s because we feel they have some long-range potential.

The pillow-handed Hansen Antonio Brown Jersey seems to have turned heads at OTAs and minicamp. Dorrell hailed Hansen’s catching ability as his best attribute while still leaving room for improvement in terms of the receiver’s explosiveness and physicality.

They even managed to go 15-14 in May while Cabrera was out with hamstring and back issues. John Hicks, a journeyman converted catcher, was productive as Miggy’s fill-in (.304/.345/.451, three home runs in 110 plate appearances). Gardenhire told reporters Tuesday that Hicks will fill in once more.

But, as catcher James McCann said Tuesday after the Tigers’ 6-4 loss to the Twins, a 3 1/2-month injury is a lot tougher to John Jaso Jersey negotiate.

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Damon: Trump doesn’t get credit he deserves

The Rays did all their damage in the second inning when they pounced for three runs on four hits. Following back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, right fielder Carlos Gomez laced an RBI double down the left-field line. Sabathia got a pop out and a strikeout to nearly escape the jam without further damage, but Matt Duffy punched a two-run single to right field to make it 3-0. Duffy was thrown out at second attempting to advance on a throw home.
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Sharp-eyed readers might call this hypocrisy after I predicted Mark Recchi Authentic Jersey that Luck would be the Colts’ MVP this season, but there is a distinction between being the most valuable producer on your team and a true superstar. Unfortunately, this is where the zero-sum nature of The Superstar Club hurts the most. The good news surrounding Luck is that he’s throwing at practice again. Trust the process! Still, this is a man who hasn’t competed in an NFL game of consequence in more than 18 months. For now, he has to go, though we do reserve the right to welcome him back (and provide him several complimentary drink vouchers) if he makes us look dumb.

There are a handful of teams in contention, per LeBrun:

The top contenders, I believe, are the Kings (who met with Kovalchuk on Friday), the Bruins, the Rangers and the Sharks (who met with him Monday). Then I think there’s a second group of teams including Detroit, St. Louis, Dallas and Anaheim. Now, other teams can still get involved, no question, but at this point, I think that’s your list, which is already pretty deep.

The Rangers have long Bruce Matthews Jersey been tied to Kovalchuk, who could eye a return to the New York City area. However, if winning is a key factor for Kovalchuk’s return, the Rangers may make the least sense in the short term. Going to the Sharks would mean reuniting with former Devils coach Peter DeBoer, who led Kovalchuk and New Jersey to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

The Boston Globe reported the Bruins are indeed interested in the forward, who could help them make a push as a Cup contender in 2018-19.

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Packers want to take doubt out of the equation on defense

The Packers made a change at the top of their defensive coaching staff this offseason with Mike Pettine replacing Dom Capers as the defensive coordinator, but they didn’t get rid of everyone who had a role prepping the unit last year.

Joe Whitt was the cornerbacks coach under Capers — he has added the title of defensive passing game coordinator this season — and that gives him insight into how things have changed under Pettine. He said the biggest schematic difference is in the simplicity of what Pettine is putting in place.

I’d tell them to always believe in themselves, he told me. They’ll hear people try to define them, but don’t let them. Define yourself.

Owens also said he was soon getting measured for his gold jacket and was looking forward to his Hall of Fame bust being made. I get to sign off on the bust so I don’t look crazy, he said, laughing.

Did something change between then and now? Between his thinking of gold jacket measurements and now?

As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted, For the Hall of Famer, induction weekend can be an expensive proposition, with travel and lodging for multiple family members and friends, and the cost of a party commemorating the honor. Teams or sponsors often contribute to cover those expenses, but it’s possible Owens doesn’t have many teams or sponsors willing to contribute to his.

It’s the people’s house, Lockhart added. All Americans should be welcome. We’re not a monarchy where only those who swear loyalty are allowed into the palace. Players wanted to go and are being denied access because some teammates disagree and won’t bow, or kneel, before the President.

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Eppler said that while Ohtani was getting treatment for the blister, he mentioned that his elbow was stiff.

As the game adrenaline wore off, he said, ‘My elbow is getting a little stiff,’ Eppler said.
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The Japanese right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in his debut North American season, getting 61 strikeouts with a dazzling mix of 100 mph fastballs and precipitous breaking pitches. The Angels’ opponents are batting just .202 in his nine starts.

Any long-term absence for Ohtani could be crushing to a Ahmad Brooks Authentic Jersey team trying to keep pace with surprising Seattle and defending World Series champion Houston in the high-speed AL West race. The Angels have been using a six-man rotation, so they could probably withstand his absence from pitching better Authentic Deacon Jones Jersey than hitting because they are short on left-handed hitting.

We’re losing two significant parts to our club, Scioscia said. I think what he did on the mound obviously up to this point is really special, and that’s important to us. And what he does in the batter’s box, being a left-handed bat, is very important to us.Buehler latest injured Dodgers, but LA beats Braves 7-3

Last month, Jordan Lyles was perfect for 7 1/3 innings until Colorado’s Trevor Story singled. In April, Tyson Ross didn’t give up a hit until Arizona’s Christian Walker doubled on a ball misplayed by center fielder Franchy Cordero.

Richard gave up two hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking three.

He got quick outs, that’s what he does, Marlins outfielder Cameron Maybin said. He works fast. He pounds the strike zone. He had some good stuff going today.

The 34-year-old lefty tied for the NL lead in losses last year with 15, but turned in another sharp performance, giving him seven consecutive starts pitching at least six innings.

He was really good, Padres manager Andy Green said. You start to think about that in the fifth or sixth if the possibility really exists. He’s such a contact-oriented pitcher that those aren’t the guys who really profile in no-hitters very often.

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Ailing Dodgers gear up to face Rangers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have yet to name a starter for Tuesday’s interleague game against the Texas Rangers and at the rate they are going, unknowns with the rotation are doubtful to cause any stress.
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The Dodgers have been reborn in recent weeks, all while their projected 2018 rotation has fallen by the wayside. Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin MacKenzie Weegar Jersey Ryu all are on the disabled list. Maeda is expected to return Wednesday.

Alex Wood has been in the midst of what he calls probably the toughest of my career, according to the Los Angeles Times. Wood has not been on the DL this year, but has been removed from two starts with leg cramps and has been erratic of late.

Daniel Corcino, who has made six starts in 10 appearances at Triple-A, is currently on the major league roster. And twice on the most-recent road trip, the Dodgers patched together a bullpen game, using a short reliever as a starter. The Dodgers do have two off days this week to help them get through that type of scenario.

And while the pitching has been solid for nearly a month now, it is the offense that has done the heavy lifting in leading the Dodgers to a 17-6 record since May 17.

It just didn’t go my way in the third. You take away the third, I thought it was a good outing.

Hardy also started a game at Minnesota on May 21 and got a no-decision while giving up two runs in five innings. He has made 18 career appearances against the Twins, including 17 in relief, while posting a 1-0 record and a 3.74 ERA.

Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 4.24 ERA) will oppose Hardy. Odorizzi has a loss and four no-decisions in his last five starts. He hasn’t gone more than six innings in any of his outings this season.

In his last start on Wednesday, Odorizzi allowed two runs and six hits in five innings to the Chicago White Sox. He’s 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in four career starts against the Tigers.

Molitor will Julian Edelman Authentic Jersey continue to improvise with his lineup card as first baseman Joe Mauer (neck) and center fielder Byron Buxton (toe) remain on the disabled list during the series.Nationals visit Yankees for two-game series