Report: Randy Mueller to serve as G.M. of Salt Lake City AAF franchise

Randy Mueller is set to join the Salt Lake City franchise of The Alliance of American Football as the team’s General Manager, according to Alex Marvez of Sirius XM NFL Radio.
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Mueller previously served as the G.M. of the New Orleans Saints from 2000-2001 and the Miami Dolphins from 2005-2007. He’s been a Senior Executive for Football Operations with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers since 2008.

In 2017, Jones allowed just 5.44 yards per target and 0.74 yards per snap in coverage, ranking fourth and seventh among off-ball linebackers with at least 200 coverage snaps, respectively, PFF’s Austin Gayle writes. He also earned a 94.8 coverage grade for his efforts last season, which led all qualifying linebackers.

Jones’ ability to impact the passing game from the linebacker position is unparalleled, and now having earned 81.3-plus overall grades in each of the past two seasons, his place among the NFL’s elite off-ball linebackers can be cemented with another outstanding performance in 2018.

Oh, man, he has all the tools, Harris said. He kind of looks like a young Khalil Mack. Big, he’s around 280, around there. He can move, so I see him being all over the field. I think he’ll start. He’s been able to be that big of an impact player in OTAs, so I think he’ll start next year across from Von, for sure.

Asking any rookie to be a Mack/Miller combo is a daunting task. Thanks to Miller’s presence on the other side of the defense, the Broncos should be in good shape as long Chubb continues to draw comparisons to the Raiders star.

What drew me here is that I’ve seen it’s a great fit, Parker said. They’ve got a great team – got great guys, all around: Special teams, defense, offense. I just think the organization fits my style. I’ve got some relationships with the coaches in here – Dan Quinn and Marquand [Manuel]. I saw them early in my career when I was in Seattle, so we have good background history just from knowing each other. I think this is a good organization for me to be with. Couple of steps off from winning the Super Womens Lawrence Guy Jersey Bowl a couple of Samuel Morin Jersey years ago, and I think we’re that close to getting it this year.

Ty Montgomery on effective Packers RBs: We each bring something different

Packers coach Mike McCarthy made it clear at the end of the offseason program that there isn’t going to be one tailback carrying a heavy load on offense this season.
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McCarthy said we’re going to go running back by committee with Aaron Jones, Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams rotating through the backfield. How the workload will break down remains to be seen, but Montgomery thinks any order can result in positives for the Packers offense.

The return Womens Keenan Allen Jersey of Madison Bumgarner should give the Giants a bit of a boost in the division chase, which is still their best shot at the postseason in 2018. Should they not make any headway heading into the trade deadline, they should blow it up like the Death Star. Whichever one tickles your fancy.

See, the NL West is going to be open in the coming years if the Dodgers can’t turn it around and develop some quality depth and the Diamondbacks can’t figure out what they want to be. If the Justin Blackmon Youth Jersey Giants can get a haul back for Bumgarner, they still have Johnny Cueto under contract for the foreseeable future — he was having a career year before his injury — and can supplement him with some of the pitching they have on the way up. There’s no true foul here.

Taylor’s base salary is listed at $4.25 million for 2018, per, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported he is restructuring to make the contract more palatable for the Cardinals. The Cardinals reportedly had free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland in for a visit on Thursday, but the trade for Taylor makes that signing unlikely.

In early April, Peterson spoke of adding a veteran cover man on the other side of the field to bolster the defense.

If we’re able to get a true No. 2 cornerback that has solidified himself in this league, I think quarterbacks won’t have an option anymore, Peterson said. He has to go with his gut feeling, or he has to go with his first read. He has to second-guess himself on both sides of the field now. I believe if we can get us another corner that can stand up, make plays, build a name for himself, I think that would present more opportunities for me.

The No. 2 cornerback spot was viewed as the defense’s biggest question mark prior to the trade. Veteran Tramon Williams did a nice job opposite Peterson down the stretch last season but departed for the Packers in free agency.

New Machado suitor is good news for Yanks

However if Hamels continues to pitch at this level, it just might be worth it for a potential Jimmy Howard Jersey World Series contender such as the Yankees to take a chance on the southpaw.
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NFL rumors: Drew Brees to Dez Bryant? Cowboys’ Dak Prescott pitches ex-teammate to NFC South

The calendar officially turns to summer on Thursday, but for the NFL, summer arrives in late July with the opening of training camps around the league.

So we’re talking a worst-case scenario in which Keenum turns into a pumpkin and becomes the 2018 version of what happened with Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets the year after Fitzmagic in 2016? It’s a grim situation that would turn up the heat considerably on Elway, no doubt. Would it be enough to cost him his job, though? That would shock me, unless there were other menacing issues of organizational concern beyond the quarterback position. The truth is it’s been a trying couple years for Elway, who Hayes Pullard Youth Jersey needs his most recent draft class to hit. Keenum felt like a bigger gamble than the Broncos are willing to admit (in fairness, why would they?), but I give Elway credit for his willingness to acknowledge his Paxton Lynch stumble and move on.

He was asked if it’s been hard to watch Yankees games from afar as the team has stormed to the league’s best record at 50-22 without him

You want to be out there, he said. That’s all you can really say. You just want to be out there and obviously you do everything you can down here to get back as soon as possible.

Ellsbury is in the fifth season of a seven-year, $153-million deal.

He’s hit.264 with 39 homers, 198 RBI and a.716 OPS in 520 games over that span. He lost his starting center field job late last season and in the playoffs to Aaron Hicks, who’s still got the position and is hitting.251 with 10 homers, 32 RBI and a.812 OPS in 56 games this year.

It’s difficult to see where Ellsbury would fit on the Yankees’ roster. With Hicks playing well, Ellsbury would profile as a fifth outfielder. He’d also be behind Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Brett Gardner.

We’re doing everything for, once we step on that field, we’ll have that confidence and just get back up to the team as soon as possible, Ellsbury said. That’s obviously the goal while we’re doing here and what we’re doing.

Fire breaks out at Citi Field while Mets are on road trip

A fire broke out at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, Wednesday afternoon, according to multiple reports.

There was a loud blast inside the stadium around 3:45 p.m. ET, according to a report on Twitter.

Backup infielder Chase Utley was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list after missing 19 games with a sprained left thumb. A longtime New York nemesis and villain to Mets fans, Utley was on the bench for the series opener. He was batting .216 with a home run and 14 RBIs this season.

Utley has excelled as a pinch hitter, going 7-for-17 (.412) with five RBIs and two extra-base hits.

Los Angeles opened a roster spot for him by optioning catcher-infielder Kyle Farmer to Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler is scheduled to throw 20 to 30 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday, the next step in his comeback from a right rib microfracture. He could return to the rotation without a minor league rehab assignment, Roberts said.

Rated one of baseball’s top pitching prospects, Buehler is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in nine big league starts.

Romo threw 2 1/3 scoreless in those outings and helped the Rays split the two games. It worked out for Tampa Bay in the short term, but Cozart is more worried about the ramifications of these types of moves for years to come.

I just don’t want to get where guys aren’t getting paid as much because there’s a ton of bullpen guys coming in one and after another and then all of the sudden there’s one or two guys on the staff who start, Cozart said.

Coming off of a free-agent period this offseason which saw multiple players, including several very good pitchers, get paid less than many thought they were worth, there is concern in MLB about what the market will look like in the coming years.

Cozart himself signed a three-year, $38 million deal with the Angels in that same market. But in recent years, a man coming off of a career year like Cozart was may have expected to get a little bit more.

Golden Tate: Kenny Golladay can be dominant

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate is headed into the final year of his contract and Authentic Dougie Hamilton Jersey he’s been open about his desire to work out a new deal that keeps him in Detroit.
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The Lions have taken a more leisurely approach as they see how all the pieces fit under new head coach Matt Patricia in his first year on the job. If Tate’s scouting instincts are on point, Kenny Golladay might give them something to think about when it comes to how to devote their resources at wide receiver.

Golladay had 28 catches for 477 yards and three touchdowns while missing five games during his rookie season. Five of those catches covered at least 40 yards and Golladay’s size was also put to good use in the red zone, which makes for a package that Tate can see turning into a major weapon for the Lions.

Out in Denver, John Elway signed Case Keenum, a quarterback who has proven he can win, and pulled in a loaded draft class that will provide an immediate boost on both sides of the ball. So play the Broncos over 7½ wins and at 7-1 odds to win the AFC West, a division very much up for grabs.

Super Bowl futures bet: Steelers at 12-1.

Moore had 80 catches for 1,033 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last year at Maryland, despite playing with four different quarterbacks.

Which teams have a chance to win the next two Super Bowls?

Inspired Mike Wallace Womens Jersey by Brooks Koepka winning the last two U.S. Opens, Monday’s PFT Live draft posed this question: Which NFL teams have the best chance to win the next two Super Bowls?

Yes, no team has won two Super Bowls in a row since 2003-04. And the Eagles didn’t make the list in large part because they’ve already won one; winning the next two would give them three. Which has never happened.

So click the thing in the thing to see who Simms and yours truly picked, and to chime in with your own views or to call our selections kooky. Or to otherwise insult either of us.

Or to insult Stats. Not for any specific reason. Just because he’s Stats.

Having his dad on the sidelines is an added bonus.

Carlos Carrasco injury update: Indians pitcher initially diagnosed with forearm contusion, will get X-rays

Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco has left Saturday’s game after he took a line drive to his pitching arm off the bat of Joe Mauer.
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According to Fox 8 Sports in Cleveland, Carrasco has been initially diagnosed with a forearm contusion. However, he will still get an X-ray to Drake Caggiula Womens Jersey figure out the true extent of the damage.

Carrasco has had a string of bad luck on the mound in his career taking three separate line drives to his body during games.

We’ll go with a word other than dubious. Impressive. Monumental. Historic. Important.

Built in 1924, Asheville’s McCormick Field has hosted baseball legends in the past; Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played exhibition games here as their Yankee teams made their way north after spring training, and Jackie Robinson himself played here in 1948, when Tourists were a Brooklyn Dodgers’ minor-league franchise.

Richards threw 35 pitches, but saw a dip in velocity during his outing. He has averaged 96.5 mph on his fastball this season but averaged only 94.8 mph Wednesday, according to

Injuries are not new for Richards, who missed most of the 2016 season with an arm injury although he did avoid Tommy John surgery. He returned in 2017, but was limited to six starts due to nerve irritation in his right biceps.

It would make the most sense for Oakland to use Nelson as a Saints-style big slot receiver, with Bryant lining up outside opposite Cooper in frequent three-wide sets. Nelson was good on inside routes two years ago, and for the betterment of Carr and the other wideouts, it’s time for the former Packer to stay in the slot full-time.

Switzer will take over Patterson’s role as the primary return man, but he might not see regular work in the offense. The same goes for former No. 3 Womens Rourke Chartier Jersey wideout Seth Roberts, who will be on the roster bubble come training camp. The Raiders’ last receiver spot likely will come down to third-year speedster Johnny Holton or rookie seventh-round possession man Marcel Ateman.

NBA rumors 2018: Who will LeBron James bring to his next destination?

LeBron James is expected to opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer, and the second biggest question beyond his next destination is who will be the Chris Bosh or Kevin Love on the super-team built to combat the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
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If more teams had the financial means to afford LeBron without gutting their roster (like, say, the Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, or Portland Trail Blazers), the Sixers wouldn’t be as attractive as they’re currently made out to be. But, to their credit, they’ve developed intriguing franchise pillars, with max cap space and a few tradable Womens Darwin Barney Jersey assets, at a time when just about nobody else can say the same. That’s good for them, but LeBron probably doesn’t want to babysit their core all year and then watch them struggle through growing pains in the postseason.

And while it’s one thing to make less than Antonio Brown ($17 million annually, on average), it’s something completely different to be looking up at Sammy Watkins ($16 million) and Davante Adams ($14.5 million). Jones is set to make $14.2 Tim Hardaway Youth Jersey million in 2018, which helps explain why he’s chosen to skip Atlanta’s mandatory minicamp. Former Falcons ‘ No. 1 receiver Roddy White, who retired after the 2015 season, thinks Jones deserves to be paid more than Antonio Brown.

It’s a tough situation, especially for [Jones] because he just signed a deal three years ago, White told’s Vaughn McClure, but the numbers would tell you he’s way, way, way outplayed being paid the amount of money that they’ve given him. A lot of times, you don’t want to rub people the wrong way. On the other hand, when people look at the numbers and start stacking them up against people that are making more money than him, then it verifies that he should be paid a lot more money. Yes, he deserves to be the highest-paid [receiver]. I think he does, based on performance. For me, that’s a no-brainer

NBA draft rumors: Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. falling to Knicks?

It’s time to add a new name to possible Knicks selections with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft : Michael Porter Jr.

A background doesn’t get more excellent, or traditional, than that. So how will all of that translate as head of a league that is supposed to be, well, non-traditional?

I’ve got a little entrepreneurial bent to me, Luck told Bleacher Report on Tuesday. This is a very cool, challenging opportunity. These kinds of things don’t come around very often.

Luck said the job came together quickly over the past two months. I asked him for his best Vince McMahon story so far. He chuckled and said he came away from his meetings with McMahon impressed.

I don’t really follow professional wrestling, Luck said, but the more I dug into it, the more impressed I became.

Luck said the XFL business plan calls for the league to go well into the 2020s. We want to build a league that will last. I’m convinced Vince is thinking longer-term.

No league opposing the NFL has lasted more than a few years. The XFL didn’t the first time.

DeOsssie recalls making a trip to the car with a number of items in his hands, but his wife had the keys, so he placed the items down temporarily, per the report.

The next morning I got an email from a neighbor saying he found one of my two rings underneath the remnants of what my Super Bowl box was, DeOssie said.

It looked like it got wrecked or run over at some point, or just flat-out fell on the ground. I went over to his house, gave him a hug and thanked him. The ring was in perfect condition.

With the 2007 Super Bowl ring in his possession, DeOssie’s search for the 2011 ring brought out the community.The 34-year-old DeOssie, who has been the team’s long snapper since 2007, is the second-longest-tenured member of the Giants behind only quarterback Eli Manning.

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The steel rising next to the Rutgers Athletic Center? The much-needed practice facility for the basketball programs Cody McLeod Youth Jersey that will finally inch the Scarlet Knights closer to their Big Ten rivals in the facilities arms race? That isn’t happening without Ostrowsky’s involvement and the $18 million commitment from RWJBarnabas Health.
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Flacco leaves Rutgers without taking a snap for the Scarlet Knights. Flacco sat out last season as a redshirt and ran the scout team in practice following his transfer from Western Michigan.

Flacco, the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, was a three-sport star at Eastern in Voorhees, Camden County. Tom Flacco finished his high school career with the third-most passing yards in South Jersey history and was a two-time First Team All-State baseball player drafted by the Phillies as a senior in the 32nd round of the MLB Draft. He also played basketball at Eastern.

Former Rutgers coach Kyle Flood and his staff did not recruit Flacco heavily when he was in high school. Instead, Flacco went to to Western Michigan to play under former Rutgers assistant P.J. Fleck after a grayshirt semester at Camden County College.

Flacco appeared in 13 games as a backup over two seasons at Western Michigan, rushing for 340 yards and two touchdowns and throwing for 188 yards and a score, before transferring to Rutgers last July and sitting out the 2017 season.

To make room for Nova, the Pirates optioned RHP Nick Kingham to Triple-A Indianapolis. Pittsburgh also recalled catcher Jacob Stallings from Indianapolis and optioned OF/INF Adam Frazier.

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli sat out after being struck in the left jaw by a foul tip on Saturday. I’m OK It’s just a bruise, he said. I’ll be ready soon.

Cubs: When asked if RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps tendinitis) would return before the All-Star break, Maddon said, I don’t know. Darvish is playing catch but has yet to throw off the mound.

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (2-1, 1.89 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Arizona on Monday. Musgrove won his first two starts before losing against Brett Hull Jersey the Dodgers last time out. LHP Patrick Corbin (6-2, 2.87) goes for the D-Backs.

Bumgarner allowed back-to-back hits to begin the sixth with a 4-2 lead.

Cameron Maybin hit a sacrifice fly and then Justin Bour walked on four pitches prompting Bumgarner to voice his displeasure to home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak.
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There was just a lot of borderline pitches that I didn’t get, Bumgarner said.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman didn’t pretend the deal was anything but a salary swap, and Carl Gunnarsson Jersey there was no guarantee Kemp would even remain with L.A. I was very open and honest with him about what the future might hold, Friedman said when the trade was made. It’s just too difficult to say, definitively, at this point.

Bumgarner, who missed the first two months of the season with a broken pinkie finger on his left hand, gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

It was his second start, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. He’s only going to get better. He needs to pitch. He’ll get to where he needs Womens Deion Jones Jersey to be. He was really good early, just made some mistakes.

J.T. Realmuto had three hits including his seventh home run of the season and drove in two and Brian Anderson homered, doubled twice, and drove in two runs for the Marlins.

They have one of their horses out there with an incredible track record, Anderson said. Just kept fighting and fighting and we were able to get to him and get their bullpen a little bit late.

Meanwhile, the Astros remained tied with the Mariners atop the American League West after a controversial 8-7 victory over the Rangers. The winning run scored with two out in the top of the ninth after a balk was called on Rangers reliever Keone Kela. It was the right call as Kela quick-pitched from the stretch, but plate ump Alfonso Marquez didn’t initially call a balk. Only after Astros manager A.J. Hinch came out and argued did the umps confer and change the call which, of course, led to Rangers manager Jeff Banister getting ejected.

Here’s an MVP candidate: Kemp has been great, but he’s not providing value on both sides of the ball. Take Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who went 4-for-4 the Giants had only five hits all game as San Francisco beat Max Scherzer and the Nationals 2-0. Crawford’s two-run homer in the fourth backed up the five-pitcher shutout:

Crawford has been on a tear since the beginning of May and is now hitting .338/.385/.536 while playing his usual superb shortstop.