Here’s the latest sign MLB is ready to embrace sports gambling

For years, sports gambling 聽has been a major tenant of fandom around professional teams.
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Some leagues ( NFL, NBA) have realized this and tried to at least find their piece of the pie in the millions of dollars wagered, spent and advertised on the business. Now it’s Major League Baseball’s turn to jump in.

According to the New York Post, an executive associated with a MLB team met with a bookmaker last week.

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Josh Rosen, Cardinals Over/Under: 8.5 starts Is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t think Sam Bradford will get injured before he manages to start nine games? (Or that the Cardinals would really start Mike Glennon over Rosen if and when Bradford does get hurt?)聽
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On that front, we have some news. The sports book recently set over/under lines for how many games each of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Lamar Jackson will start during the 2018 season. Below, we’ll take a look at which side of each bet makes most sense to bet.聽 Baker Mayfield, Browns Over/Under: 9.5 starts This is a tough one to gauge. The Browns don’t have their bye until Week 10, and they return from that bye with a home game against the Bengals.

Sam Darnold, Jets Over/Under: 5.5 starts The Jets are still the Jets so maybe they just start Josh McCown or Teddy Bridgewater all season, but this seems pretty clear-cut. New York has six post-bye games, starting with Week 12 at home against New England. Unless New York plans to either keep Darnold on the bench all year (that would go over super well on the back pages of the New York Post and the Daily News ) or give him two road Avisail Garcia Jersey games as the first two starts of his career, this is an obvious over bet. Really, once the Jets get through their Jaguars-Broncos-Colts-Vikings stretch in Weeks 4-7, Darnold could make his debut at any time and I would not be at all surprise.

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia sex assault allegations: What we know

On Wednesday night, it was discovered that Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia and his friend and former college teammate, Greg Dietich, were indicted, but never prosecuted, for assaulting a college student during a 1996 trip to South Padre Island. 

In 2015, Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler, the No. 3 overall pick, suffered a torn ACL during rookie minicamp after signing a rookie participation agreement but not a contract. Four days later, the Jaguars signed Fowler the same fully guaranteed contract he otherwise would have received.

Fowler’s subsequent first two seasons after recovery have been a major disappointment in terms of production, and the team did not exercise his fifth-year option earlier this month.

One of the factors at play in rookie minicamp is the deceivingly high level of intensity, which is not always the case in veteran minicamps.

Warner later tweeted, I simply mentioned that I had thrown a text to a coaching friend — saying I think I could give him one more year if he needed me! This was not ‘I’m dead set on making a comeback’ just friends having a [conversation]!!

Fair enough and Warner expressed similar sentiments on Monday when pressed on if he would really consider a comeback at the age of 38.

In my limited interactions with Witten, he was always gracious and accommodating, even if the Cowboys had just lost or were in the midst of one of their numerous controversies.

In an era shared with Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski, Witten was never the game’s best tight end, but he was probably the toughest. A broken jaw suffered in his rookie season cost him the only game of his 15-year career. His signature play occurred in 2007, when he rumbled for most of a 53-yard reception in Philadelphia without his helmet, which was knocked off during the course of the play, before being tackled.

Ichiro wants to know: Who the (expletive) is Brady?

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Ichiro scrolled to the end of the text. Some guy named Tom Brady. Who the f— is Tom Brady ?

And just like that, fans of every team on the Patriots ‘ schedule have a rude, brutally effective message to scrawl on placards they’ll bring to games in 2018. Score it as hit No. 3,090 for the magnificent Ichiro.

Darkwa had a career-high 751 rushing yards in 15 games last season — beating the odds after opening the season as No. 3 on the depth chart — but remains a free agent. He originally signed with the Mike Conley Jersey Dolphins after going undrafted and stuck with the Giants from 2014-17.

The Giants paid Darkwa a bonus for topping 750 yards but went in a different direction this offseason by signing veteran Jonathan Stewart and drafting Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick.

Who are the Giants’ best undrafted free agent signings of 2000s?
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Darkwa originally injured his leg in 2015 but played through it the entire season because he thought it was shin splints. It turned out to be a fractured tibia.

Rapoport reported Darkwa underwent X-rays to confirm the fracture healed in full the plate was no longer needed, and a doctor said Darkwa should be ready to go in four weeks. That means missing OTAs but possibly catching on with a team for the preseason with a chance to make a 53-man roster.

NFLPA files grievance on behalf of Eric Reid

The NFL Players Association filed a non-injury grievance and a system arbitrator case on behalf of free-agent safety Eric Reid on Monday.
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The union based its grievance on the premise that no NFL rule mandates players stand during the playing of the national anthem, that the league has indicated it respects the rights of players to demonstrate, and the collective bargaining agreement states league rules supersede club rules, according to a NFLPA press release.

The safety market has been remarkably slow in free agency this offseason. Veteran safeties Kenny Vaccaro and Tre Boston also remain unsigned. Reid has cited his social activism including kneeling during the national anthem as reason for him remaining unsigned. Reid has said he does not plan to kneel during anthem.

In its Monday filing, the union alleges a club appears to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration, which is contrary to the League policy, and that at least one club owner has asked preemployment interview questions about a player’s intent to demonstrate.

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The team says Jenkins will run the team’s daily business operations and its long-term vision in areas that include stadium operations and that he will continue to operate as the team’s primary government relations contact. The Browns recently started looking into future stadium and development options that would involve the city, so Jenkins will likely be playing a big role in those explorations as they play out in the years to come.

James Harden broke Wesley Johnson’s ankles with a stepback 3-pointer earlier this season, and there’s always a chance we’ll see more defenders go down. Harden has made more than three times as many 3-pointers on stepback shots as any other player this season.

Seahawks carrying four fullbacks, including rookie free agent Khalid Hill

The Seahawks really, really, really, really want a fullback on their roster. They are carrying four of them, only one less than the five tailbacks on their roster.
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Seattle wants to become a more physical running team, which means adding a more traditional fullback.

Hill missed action in the rookie minicamp while nursing a pulled muscle, but, at 6 foot 2, 263 pounds, he looks the part.

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He hasn鈥檛 played much football since a once-promising career in Tampa imploded. During his fifth season with the Buccaneers, it all fell apart. He landed in Minnesota, and the Vikings thrust him into action before he was ready, resulting in only one appearance 鈥?a Monday night disaster against the Giants.

Next came an offseason stint with the Giants in 2014, followed by an offseason stint with the Dolphins in 2015. Later that year, he played for something called the Brooklyn Bolts in one of the many failed developmental leagues. Somehow, Freeman landed with the Colts at the conclusion of 2015, starting (and somehow winning) a Week 17 game against the Titans.

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Jason Witten is gone, leaving a committee to replace him in Dallas.

Geoff Swaim, Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and David Wells will compete for playing time at tight end in the absence of Witten. Schultz and Wells are rookies. Swaim has played 28 games, Jarwin one and Gathers has never played a down.

“They haven’t had a lot of opportunities to play,” Witten said on an ESPN conference call, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “But in the last week we’ve seen that Jerry [Jones] has come out and said he feels confident in this group. Playing with Geoff Swaim for the last three years, I think there is some upside to his ability. He just hasn’t played in a lot of games. They really like him. They traded up in the draft for him.

It didn’t take Witten long to call the Cowboys “them,” “their” and “they.” He officially retired less than a week ago.

The topics were: (1) the ability to select and purchase tickets; (2) parking; (2) entry to the arena or stadium; (4) process of finding the seat; (5) bathroom access; (6) food purchases; (7) souvenir purchases; (8) watching the game; and (9) exit from the arena or stadium.

It’s not a surprise, in large part because the NFL draws the biggest crowds. The more people who attend, the more of a pain in the butt it is to get tickets, park the car, get to the stadium, find the seat, get to the bathroom, buy stuff, have great sight lines, and get out of the building when the game is over.

“The fee being discussed was one-quarter percent,” he said Thursday.

The fee, frankly, should be zero-point-zero percent. The simple response to the blatant money grab under a title that sounds honorable should be this: Nevada has been the gambling capital of the nation for decades, and it has never paid the sports leagues a penny. The slightly more complicated response is this: What does West Virginia or any other state get in return by giving the sports leagues a piece of the pie, no matter how small it may be?

Wednesday’s NFL: Ex-49er Reid claims collusion in suit

Wednesday’s NFL: Ex-49er Reid claims collusion in suit More The NFL players’ union says former 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners. Reid, a Pro Bowler in 2013, had joined former teammate Colin Kaepernick two seasons ago in kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial Corey Grant Womens Jersey inequality.
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3. Elijah Qualls has an opportunity to step up. Beyond Cox and Ngata, the Eagles only other defensive tackles currently on the roster include 2017 sixth-round pick Elijah Qualls and former undrafted free agents Destiny Vaeao, Aziz Shittu and Winston Craig. Vaeao played in 11 games last season, but Qualls is the one that stands to benefit most from Jernigan’s absence. The Eagles drafted Qualls with high hopes, and this is the 321-pounder’s chance to step up. The Eagles also reportedly signed聽South Florida’s Bruce Hector as an undrafted free agent this year.
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Rose’s response to the new allegations was delivered in a one-sentence email: Your story is unfair and inaccurate.

The new allegations follow an earlier Post report on Rose’s behavior at his namesake PBS program, in which eight women accused the TV star of making lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas. Rose issued an apology. His PBS show was canceled and he was fired from CBS News.

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Niyo: Why drafting pass rusher is Lions’ best move

It’s not that there’s no pressure, really. There always is for an NFL general manager when it comes to the draft.
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But there’s also this: The Lions’ defense ranked 27th in the league in pressure rate last season, per Football Outsiders. They were 30th the previous year. And in a 32-team league where all good teams come to pass, that’s no way to get ahead.
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Quinn did make some investments with that in mind in free agency, most notably a three-year, $17.25 million deal for former Giants linebacker Devon Kennard, whose versatility as a pass rusher made him a top target.

The Lions also currently have the highest-paid defensive end in the NFL, after Ezekiel Ansah signed his franchise tag Tuesday, joining Dallas’ DeMarcus Lawrence with a guaranteed $17.143 million salary for this season. But that’s just a one-year deal, and it’s doubtful the Lions will pursue a long-term deal with Ansah before the July 16 deadline, if at all, given his age 鈥?he’ll turn 29 next month 鈥?and injury history.

If Elway’s favorite quarterback (perhaps Baker Mayfield?) is available, the Broncos would probably use their selection at No. 5. But if Denver’s Womens Vin Baker Jersey preferred QB along with Bradley Chubb and Saquon Barkley have already been selected, the team’s best option may be trading down a few spots and piling up extra draft picks. The Bills are an enticing potential trade partner because they own two first-round selections.

Quarterback Sam Darnold might be the first player taken in the 2018 NFL Draft, going to the Cleveland Browns. The former USC star could also be the second player drafted, which would put him with the New York Giants. Another team might trade up to draft him, or he could drop several notches in the first round. There are so many mock drafts with so many different scenarios for Darnold’s possible destination that he is trying to ignore them all. I haven’t looked at mock drafts, Darnold said on Pro Football Talk Live on Monday. If I looked at those a lot I think I would drive myself insane. With the draft coming up I’m just trying to spend time with my family and close friends.

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Cheerleader settlement would cost NFL $1, meeting with Goodell

A proposed settlement between two cheerleaders and the NFL would cost the league just $1, but the lawyer for the two women also wants a good faith meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell in the arrangement. Sara Blackwell represents Bailey Davis, a former New Orleans Saints cheerleader, and Kristan Ware, formerly of the Miami Dolphins’ cheerleading squad, who both recently filed gender-discrimination complaints against the NFL. Blackwell’s proposal wants the meeting to include at least four cheerleaders, with the goal of preparing a set of binding rules and regulations which apply to all NFL teams, The New York Times reported.
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Wayne will become the 15th player to enter the Colts Ring of Honor.

Analytics, I think, is something that every team has used. We’re no different, Maccagnan said. We’ve done quite a bit. We’ve used it both on the pro and the college side.

As this expands a little bit, there may be other ways, whether it’s coaching or scouting, to make ourselves more efficient or more effective at what we do, he continued. We’re like every other team out there. We Dion Lewis Womens Jersey have an analytics staff and department, and I would think, as things move forward, we’d probably expand and grow that.

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Finding another pass rusher to go with the franchise-tagged Ezekiel Ansah should be a priority for Detroit, while the Titans are also in need of help off the edge to take their defense to the next level. Carter would fit the bill for both. The Eagles have been collecting pass rushers, but the draft is as much about building on strengths as it is about filling needs, and Michael Bennett and Chris Long won’t be around forever.

Brewers activate Manny Pina from DL for game against Royals

The Brewers activated catcher Manny Pina from the disabled list and put him into the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals.

They cleared roster space by optioning catcher Jacob Nottingham to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

“The narrative and the storylines that will be out there, I do think are unfair about Hassan right now,” Spoelstra said Friday.

Earlier in the regular season, the Heat fined Whiteside for “comments detrimental to the team” in response to his remarks expressing frustration over a diminished role.

“He really battled and grinded through not feeling 100 percent, several times,” Spoelstra said. “It’s just one of those seasons that never felt like he was able to fully be healthy and ready to give like he was in that first game.”

Last year, Cleveland selected DeShone Kizer out of Notre Dame in the second round. Despite providing him with little talent at wide receiver, running back and tight end, the Browns decided to trade Kizer to the Packers this offseason. They then nabbed Tyrod Taylor from the Bills as a placeholder.

While Taylor has already been named the starter for 2018 by coaches, the Browns are expected to draft a quarterback with either the No. 1 or No. 4 overall picks in the draft.

According to The Ringer, the Browns have actually considered drafting a quarterback with both of their top-4 picks. Wyoming’s Josh Allen has been heavily linked as a possibility for the first pick, and many pundits believe Cleveland remains interested in USC’s Sam Darnold.

Could the Browns actually select both quarterbacks? Would that strategy work?

Drafting quarterbacks in the top 5 has had mixed results for teams over the last couple decades. For every Andrew Luck, there’s a Robert Griffin III. But recently, draft classes featuring multiple quarterbacks in the top-5 picks have shown promise. Both Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are quality starters, and Jared Goff and Carson Wentz look like stars.

However, if the same team drafts two quarterbacks in the first five picks it sets at least one of them up for failure. Teams can only play one quarterback at a time, and the Browns have already stated they are starting Taylor next season.steelers_016