Chiefs owner Clark Hunt continues his World Cup tradition

There may be no bigger advocate of soccer in the NFL than Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, and he’s continuing his family tradition of attending the World Cup.
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Via Matthew Futterman of the New York Times, Hunt is back in Russia for the world’s biggest soccer tournament, the 10th in the last 11 World Cups he’s attended.

Matt: Hey there, Jerry. You’re Authentic Brandon Thompson Jersey obviously referring to tight end Alex Gray, who was signed as an extra practice squad player last year through the NFL’s International Player Pathway. Gray was one of four players in the NFC South – Alex Jenkins (New Orleans Saints), Eric Nzeocha (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Efe Obada (Carolina Panthers) – who participated in 2017. The league has expanded the program to eight teams, four from the NFC South and four from the AFC North. And Gray, once again, will be on the practice squad this year as he continues to develop his game. He can participate in the preseason games, but not the regular-season games. Glad you’re enjoying Straight from the ‘Beek. I’m here for you guys – the Falcons fans – and to give you a voice. The feeling is mutual from this side, believe me.

To be able to see him grow in the offense, even in just eight weeks, has been tremendous, Daniel said recently on 670 The Score in Chicago.

Although a new coach and a new offense often complicates the development of a young quarterback, the presence of Matt Nagy and Mark Helfrich could accelerate it, thanks to an intricate, creative attack that will be designed to get the most out of Trubisky’s skills.

Recently, running back Tarik Cohen gushed about the different ways he’ll be used in the offense. That kind of creativity can only elevate Chris Godwin Jersey Trubisky — assuming he’s able to serve as the conductor of the attack.

Given a defense that can hold its own, an improved offense could thrust the Bears into contention in a highly-competitive NFC North. Daniel’s assessment of Trubisky suggests that could be coming.

Patriots will not hold joint practices this summer

The Patriots are not scheduled Authentic Cornellius Carradine Jersey to hold joint practices with another team this year. It marks the first time since 2011, the year following the lockout, that New England won’t practice with another team, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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Bill Belichick likes working with other teams. Not only does it give him an opportunity to see his players in a competitive situation against another team, but it’s a chance to scout an opponent.

Last season, the Patriots worked with both of their first two preseason opponents, the Texans and Jaguars.

This preseason, New England’s first two preseason games are against Washington and Philadelphia. The Patriots worked with Washington in 2014 and with Philadelphia in 2013 and ’14.

Aside from Hamels, the Rangers don’t have many pieces to move, as they’re in an awkward spot organizationally: They have a farm system that ranks in the bottom third of MLB, and not much big-league talent that they’d move, so expect some bad years out of Texas before the Rangers really turn the corner.

They lack true major-league depth to move some of their bigger bats, so don’t expect a lot of action as we approach the deadline. But with Hamels Tavon Austin Womens Jersey potentially on the market and a team like the Yankees needing pitching, expect a deal to be made.

Tight end Troy Niklas (back/knee), defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) and Williams were limited.

For the Rams, linebacker Mark Barron (not injury related), linebacker Connor Barwin (forearm), tight end Tyler Higbee (illness), center John Sullivan (not injury related), cornerback Kayvon Webster (ankle), tackle Andrew Whitworth (not injury related) and wideout Robert Woods (shoulder) didn’t practice. Running back Malcom Brown (knee), running back Lance Dunbar (knee) abd cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman (thigh) were limited.

Ageism nearly cost Bruce Arians a chance at a head coaching job in the NFL, until a successful interim stint with the Colts helped him secure the Cardinals gig in 2013. Arizona State might be heading down a similar path, as 63-year-old Herm Edwards is going to interview for their vacant coaching position.

Herm’s a good friend, Arians said. I was kind of surprised when I heard it, but he’s got a good knowledge of the game and has stayed very active in it.

Browns, hungry for OT help, give former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson another chance

Less than a week after offensive tackle Donald Stephenson was suspended two games for violating the NFL ‘s substance-abuse policy, the Cleveland Browns have added competition in the trenches, and they’ve taken to the well of fading first-round picks to do so. The team announced Tuesday it has signed former Los Angeles Rams left tackle Greg Robinson, giving the ex-No. 2 overall draft pick what could be his final opportunity to stick in the NFL.
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Regardless, this was injury No. 4 this season for Ellsbury, who initially was shut down in February with a strained oblique before being shut down with a hip issue, then a sore foot and bad back. Along the way, his rehab stopped twice due to the flu and another sickness.

Asked Wednesday why Ellsbury, 34, still hasn’t played despite having injuries that never were termed serious, Boone answered, I don’t think it’s fair to characterize (them) as not serious because they’ve kept him down and maybe some (injuries) have led to another.

So they’ve kind of been nagging things that have truly prevented him from getting to that final step of getting into games and getting to play regularly. It’s unfortunate, but hopefully he can continue to progress and at some point hit the ground running and put this stuff behind him.

Realistically, a healthy Ellsbury probably needs starting Ronald Darby Youth Jersey center fielder Aaron Hicks to get hurt to have a shot at rejoining the Yankees before rosters open up on Sept. 1.

It’s not closer Aroldis Chapman, who has been lights out turning ninth-inning leads into wins, and with a little scare, picked up his 21st save in 22 chances with Monday’s win.

It’s also not Chad Green, who mostly has been tremendous aside from Monday’s first game when he allowed a tie-breaking homer that doomed the Yankees.

The 13th pitcher on a 13-man staff at the start of the season, Holder has been on a ridiculous run since the third week Ray Bourque Jersey of April that continued Monday night with a Houdini act that saved the Yankees during the second-game win.

After the Yanks lost the completion of a May 15 suspended game 5-3, their slim lead in the makeup of a May 16 rainout was in jeopardy when Holder replaced starter Sonny Gray during a sixth-inning crisis.

With the Yankees up 4-2, Holder entered with runners on the corners and nobody out.

Holder’s thought process at the time?

Pirates activate Starling Marte from disabled list, option Jose Osuna

The Pirates activated outfielder Starling Marte from the 10-day disabled list and will be in the lineup against the Cardinals on Saturday, the team

Marte was sent to the DL on May 16 and was replaced by top outfield prospect Austin Meadows. Despite Marte’s activation, Meadows will keep his roster spot. Instead, first baseman Jose Osuna has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for Marte.

Marte was a strong contributor prior to his injury, posting a triple slash of .308/.366/.503 with six home runs and 10 stolen bases.

DeGrom is 0-3 with a 3.26 ERA in six career regular-season starts against the Dodgers. He has beaten every other team he has faced more than once.

Kershaw is 8-0 with a 1.84 ERA in 12 regular-season starts against the Mets. He is undefeated against eight other teams but has beaten only one of those squads, the Atlanta Braves, more than twice.

The Diamondbacks this month have 178 hits, nine triples, 81 walks and 32 homers.

A couple of players — leadoff batter Jon Jay and Paul Goldschmidt — seem to have sparked Arizona’s offense.

Jay has multiple hits in seven of his 14 games since he was acquired by trade June 6 from Kansas City. He has reached base in all but one game and reached base twice in eight games. He has scored 16 runs with eight RBI.

He’s come in and he’s been unbelievable for us at the top of the lineup, Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen told the Arizona Republic. Almost every day he’s getting on base a couple of times and he’s just sparking us in so many different ways. He’s giving us professional at-bats. That’s something that we weren’t putting together consistently during that rut in May, which we’ve come around to doing now. It’s all sort of adding back up together again.

Don’t look for Jay to cough up any secrets.

Yu Darvish injury update: Joe Maddon unsure if pitcher will return before All-Star break

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday the Cubs are being conservative in bringing Yu Darvish back from the DL, and he’s not sure if the pitcher will return before the All-Star break.
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Darvish hasn’t pitched since May 20 because of triceps inflammation and he was placed on the DL retroactive to May 23. He’s played catch several times in the past week, and is scheduled to throw again Monday. But when asked if the right-hander would return before the break, Maddon offered a frank answer.

I don’t know, Maddon said (via The Athletic.) He’s feeling better. He’s going to throw again tomorrow and we’re just going to keep building off of it.

Darvish has struggled in his first season with the Cubs, after signing a six-year, $126 million deal in the offseason. He’s 1-3 Reggie Nelson Jersey with a 4.95 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. Cubs catcher Chris Gimenez told a reporter last month that Darvish thinks Cubs fans hate him because of his struggles.

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The Mets signed González to a one-year contract in January. He batted .241 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 53 games this season.

González, who has also played for the Rangers, Padres, Red Sox and Dodgers, has hit .287 with 317 home runs and made five All-Star teams in his 15-year MLB career.

The Mets selected Smith with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft and he made his Major League debut in August 2017. Smith registered a .198 batting average and hit nine home runs in 49 games last season.

Smith has spent most of 2018 with New York’s Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, registering a .262 batting average and .346 on-base percentage. Smith did appear in two games for the Mets in mid-May.

The Mets currently hold a 28-34 record in 2018. They snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Yankees on Sunday.

I’m a pretty self-motivated person just because I know what I had to do to get here, but sure, any kid doesn’t want to let their parents down, said Rodgers II, who is trying to make the Jets as a safety. Hopefully I can just keep making him and my mom happy.

Bartolo Colon ready to expand list of career feats that range from historic to esoteric

The man, the myth and the legend that is Big Sexy, Bartolo Colon, is close to reaching another milestone and breaking another record in his illustrious 21-year major Ben Hutton Youth Jersey league career.
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The 45-year-old Colon is one strikeout away from becoming the 34th pitcher in MLB history to reach 2,500 for his career. His next win will be his 244th, which will push him ahead of Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for most by a Dominican-born pitcher.

Despite all these records and milestones, he’s still aiming for a few more. Three more wins will push him past Nicaragua-born Dennis Martinez for most wins (245) by a pitcher from Latin America. Former Twins teammate Ervin Santana told in January that Colon wants to beat Martinez’s record and then retire.

Here’s hoping that Colon will keep pitching as long as a team is willing to give him the ball, but if he decides to hang up the cleats after win No. 246, we’ll surely understand and bid him a fond farewell.

Rizzo was asked about the comments during batting practice Tuesday, and he didn’t hold back on sharing how he felt about the criticism of one of his star players, saying, It’s cowardly, it’s chicken Mark Gastineau Womens Jersey s—, and it’s gutless.

I think it’s just totally unfair on so many levels. First of all, the premise is entirely wrong. Bryce Harper is a winner. He’s been a winner his whole life. He’s been a rookie of the year, five-time All-Star, an MVP, Rizzo said, via The Washington Post. He’s won more games since he’s been called up to the big leagues than any player in the major leagues.

So how is that a loser? This guy has done nothing but been a tremendous advocate for the Washington Nationals between the lines, in the dugout, in the clubhouse and in the community. His charitable endeavors and his philanthropic efforts have been second to none. Two fields in Washington, D.C., with his name on it, for the kids. So he’s as far from a loser as you can possibly get. He’s a champion. He’s a winner. Always has been. Always will be. And these anonymous quotes from these unnamed sources like a National League executive, it’s cowardly, it’s chicken s—, and it’s gutless.

Mets getting calls on deGrom?

Rosenthal also listed the Braves, Angels and Indians as potential suitors. But the idea of the Orioles trading Machado within the division, and sending him to the division leader can’t sit well Christian Kirk Jersey with the Yankees, who trail the Red Sox by one game in the AL East. Boston owns a major league best 48 wins this season.
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Machado is having an MVP-caliber season. He’s fifth in the American League with 18 home runs, third in the AL with 50 RBI, and 10th in the league with a.307 batting average.

Woodrow Wilson (Camden, N.J.) four-star defensive end Fadil Diggs – who doubles as flex receiver – is on the recruiting fast track heading into his junior year. So far, 21 schools have offered, the latest being Georgia, one of the top programs in the country.

His strong outing came six days after his loss to the Mets last Sunday night at Citi Field when he allowed two runs over a season-low two innings.

The Yankees missed a shot at making it two shutouts in a row when reliever Chasen Shreve gave up a leadoff homer in the ninth to Matt Duffy. The Yanks beat the Rays 5-0 Christian Kirk Youth Jersey on Friday night for their second shutout of the week and fifth of the season.

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman entered after Shreve allowed a homer and triple in two batters, then retired three in a row on 10 pitches to pick up his 20th save in 21 chances.

Make no mistake: This isn’t a standoff between Beckham and the Giants.

That doesn’t mean that one will never happen — contract negotiations being what they are, it’s certainly possible Beckham and the Giants will come to an impasse, whether that happens in training camp, on the doorstep of the 2018 regular season or some point in the future.

Any insistence that Beckham and the Giants are currently operating without an understanding is a refusal to accept what is reality. The ability to tell the difference between facts and fiction is a rare trait nowadays, mostly due to the fact that so many have a preconceived notion of what is going to happen, what should happen and what is good for business.

Promising a strained relationship between Beckham and the Giants in June when there isn’t one should not be hailed as fodder for the told you so crowd if one should develop down the road.

Randy Gregory met with Roger Goodell on Tuesday

Less than a month after applying for NFL reinstatement, suspended Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has an audience with the Commissioner.

Gregory met Tuesday with Roger Goodell for his official reinstatement hearing, NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported, via sources informed of the situation.

I feel like when you get a little bit older in your career, you know exactly what you need to get ready, Ingram said. You know exactly what your body needs to prepare for a season. I’ve been in this system seven years here, I’ve done the offseason program seven years, I know exactly what it entails.

Ingram, who totaled 1,540 yards (1,124 rushing) and 12 touchdowns in 2017, quickly re-established himself on the first day of mandatory minicamp by taking his spot with the first-team offense.

He looked good, coach Sean Payton said. I think he’s in good shape. He did well; good seeing him out here.

Gregorius took Nationals starter Tanner Roark deep again in the bottom of the sixth inning, sending a leadoff shot down the right-field line and into the front row of the second deck for a 3-0 lead.

The Yankees also pushed across a second run in the bottom of the second inning, with centerfielder Aaron Hicks scoring on a sacrifice fly by catcher Austin Romine.

Those runs were enough to back up Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who pitched his second straight effective outing. He didn’t surrender a run while allowing four hits and three walks over 5.2 innings.

He allowed a two-out single to Michael Taylor in the top of the sixth inning before giving way to reliever Chad Green after 101 pitches. Taylor was thrown out trying to steal second base after Green entered the game.

Manager Aaron Boone has pointed this out a lot already and Sabathia seems to love throwing to Sanchez.

With me, he’s been unbelievable, Sabathia said. I haven’t shook him off in a long time. He’s got the game plan and he’s doing a good job. He’s our catcher.
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Few players had less job security than Smith during the few weeks in January when the Giants conducted a head coaching search.

Drury, as we know, went on Percy Miller Womens Jersey the DL early in the season due to blurry vision, then he was optioned to Triple-A after regaining health because he’s been Wally Pipp’d by Andujar.

Sabathia had a very good night, too, as he limited the Jays to two runs and three hits in seven innings.

The Jays scored their runs on two solo homers, Hernandez’ high fly in the sixth that just made it over the wall in the Authentic Rhett Ellison Jersey left-field corner and Kevin Pillar’s jack to left-center in the seventh that made it a 4-2 game.

The Yankees added more breathing room in the eighth when Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer to lefty Aaron Loup for a 7-2 lead.

Brady, with more Super Bowl victories (5) than any quarterback in history, may be back with his team after skipping the OTAs for seven weeks, but there’s no slack — first day or not — coming from the stickler with more Super Bowl wins (also 5) than any head coach in history.

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This nug from The Big Fish, Evan Silva: Cook was on pace for a whopping 340 touches before his ACL injury, a figure that would’ve put him in the top five among all tailbacks. That still feels possible, even with Cousins’ arrival.

The Eagles wanted to send a small delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better. These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony — one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem. I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America.

The Dodgers acquired Kemp from the Braves not because they wanted him, but because of the economic ramifications.

How did this happen? This is two seasons in a row the Dodgers have received several out-of-the-blue performances last year it was Taylor, Brandon Morrow and, to a lesser extent, Cody Bellinger. Is this front-office smarts or good luck? Let’s see how these three a random bullpen guy, a Quad-A player and a washed-up former MVP candidate have become Womens Christopher Tanev Jersey the heart of the 2018 Dodgers.
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Stripling made 14 starts as a rookie in 2016 and wasn’t terrible (4.52 ERA as a starter), but with so-so stuff and a middling strikeout rate, the Dodgers moved him to the bullpen in 2017. He made just two starts, one of those on the final day of the season, and began 2018 in the bullpen once again. With all the injuries to the Dodgers’ rotation, Stripling was pressed into service. Since May 6, he’s posted a 1.33 ERA over seven starts Authentic Carter Rowney Jersey with a scintillating 53-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

I mentioned this after Stripling’s previous start, but apparently his big key has been speeding up his arm action on his curveball, making it harder for batters to differentiate his fastball from his curve while adding more spin to the curve and making it nearly unhittable. Batters are 5-for-39 without an extra-base hit against the curveball over his seven-start stretch.

Kemp might be the biggest miracle of all. The deal was more or less equal in salary commitments, except the Braves acquired all the expiring contracts while Kemp’s remaining $43 million was spread out over two seasons, allowing the Dodgers to get under the luxury tax for 2018.

I’m not saying I’m not more challenged this year than some other years, Carroll said. But I always feel like, ‘Man, this is my whole deal, to try to figure out how to recapture that.’

Gone are Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, and almost certainly Kam Chancellor. Earl Thomas is also staying away while he looks for a new contract. That’s a lot of production, but also a lot of the persona of the organization. That makes this offseason a hard reset whether Thomas gets his deal and comes back or not.

Clearing all those roster spots, and all those big personalities, will actually make it easier for Carroll to rebuild his competitive culture (whether he looks at it that way or not).