Yu Darvish injury update: No structural damage in Cubs pitcher’s elbow

Yu Darvish has had a rough start to his first season with the Cubs, but it sounds like his latest stint on the disabled list won’t last too long.

General manager Jed Hoyer said through a spokesman Wednesday that an MRI on Darvish’s arm revealed no structural damage, just the right triceps inflammation the team had cited in placing him on the DL Saturday. The Cubs expect Darvish to begin throwing again within a week.

Darvish is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts for Chicago after signing a six-year, $126 million deal this offseason. He already has served one DL stint this year, missing nearly two weeks earlier this month due to a bout with the flu.

Mike Montgomery stepped out of the bullpen for his first start of the season Monday, allowing just two baserunners and no runs in 5 2/3 innings. After that outing, he should be in line for more starts while Darvish is on the shelf.

White Sox: The White Sox activated RF Avisail Garcia (strained right hamstring) and LF Leury Garcia (sprained left knee). Both players started Game 1 but were not in the lineup for the nightcap.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (6-6, 4.06 ERA) looks to break out of a slump after going 0-2 with a 10.05 ERA in his first three starts this month.

White Sox: RHP Dylan Covey (3-2, 2.90) will try to rebound from a loss at Cleveland on Monday.

It was kind of amazing. Maybe not stunning — everybody’s gotta find an angle — but still, it was surprising to see people nitpicking a rookie with a 2.05 ERA who was holding opposing hitters to a .537 OPS in his first 22 major-league innings. Yes, he’d walked 16. Yes, he’d only struck out nine, and that ratio was one of the worst in the majors.

But the 21-year-old rookie getting his first taste of the big leagues knew baseball hadn’t seen his best stuff yet.

That’s my go-to strikeout pitch, Hicks told a small group of reporters in front of his locker after the Cardinals’ loss to the Royals on May 23, but it just hasn’t been there lately.

Hicks wasn’t talking about his 105-mph sinker. He was talking about his slider, and he flashed a knowing grin as he talked about that pitch. We’d seen it just an hour earlier.

Hicks pitched the eighth inning for the Cardinals that day, and the rookie needed just seven pitches to dispatch the Royals. Drew Butera went down first, on three pitches — called strikes on a fastball and a slider, then a swing-and-miss at a slider for Strike Three. Then Hunter Dozier fouled off two sinkers and was frozen by a Strike Three slider. Jon Jay grounded out on a first-pitch sinker.

Packers special teams coach predicts more returns

The NFL has changed the rules for kickoffs in hopes of curbing what they refer to as the most dangerous play in the game.

But one special teams coach thinks the changes will actually result in more returns, not fewer.

Players have said many times over their efforts are focused on issues of police brutality and social injustices. That hasn’t stopped many – including the President of the United States – to claim that the players are anti-military, anti-America and unpatriotic because their various protests have occurred during the national anthem. The Eagles, specifically, didn’t have any players sit or kneel for the anthem during the regular season or playoffs last year.

According to the team’s website, head coach Hue Jackson intends on withholding the stripes atop players orange helmets until they’ve made the 53-man roster.

He finally agreed to cut his salary from $3.5 million to $1.015 million with a $90,000 workout bonus and reported to voluntary workouts May 14.

I’ve been around this business long enough to have kind of learned the business because I wanted to, and I kind of knew [a pay cut] was coming, Robison said. I didn’t think it’d be that much, but I definitely saw it coming…. Me and [General Manager] Rick Spielman actually had a conversation about it, and I think for me it was just making the right decision for me and my family.

Eagles defensive end Chris Long was outraged by Trump saying there were very fine people on both sides of a rally that saw a white supremacist terrorist kill a woman protesting against racism in Long’s hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia.

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In an emergency department, you have to be able to stay calm, relaxed and apply rational algorithms to different situations in order to save patients lives,Duvernay-Tardif told the Global News last summer.

When you’re on the field in front of 80,000 people and everyone’s yelling at you, you’ve got to stay calm, you’ve got to analyze different scenarios and apply the algorithm of the protection on that play.Duvernay-Tardif still in his NFL prime It’s hard to decide what’s more amazing: That Duvernay-Tardif was able to become a doctor while playing professional football, or that he was able to become one of the NFL’s best guards while studying medicine.

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Jim Kelly to receive Jimmy V Award at 2018 ESPYs

Jim Kelly’s unwavering determination throughout his battle with cancer hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The legendary Bills quarterback will receive the Jimmy V Award at the 2018 ESPY Awards next month.

Kelly was diagnosed with oral cancer in June 2013 but a biopsy in July 2016 revealed he was cancer-free. However, he underwent a massive surgery in March to reconstruct his upper jaw and will have another in June to stabilize it. He could even require another procedure in September.

Kelly, 58, led the Bills to four straight AFC championships from 1990-93, but lost each Super Bowl appearance. A five-time Pro Bowl selection and the USFL MVP in 1984, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

I do think the team would have bought in more to what Coach Carroll was saying instead of going the opposite way of, hey, this is what we thought the foundation of the team was, and that’s not what happened on this particular play, Avril said. So I think guys started questioning him more, more so than actually following his lead if we’d won that Super Bowl.

The former NFL running back took to Twitter on Saturday to share an inspiring video about his recovery journey after undergoing brain surgery.

Doctors discovered a brain tumor in 2011 during a routine physical before Harrison could rejoin the Eagles. He later lost his motor skills and was expected to live his life as a quadriplegic, but eventually recovered.

For the rest of your life you’re going to have people telling you what you can and cannot do, Harrison said. Nobody can determine what you do but yourself, and what I’ve realized through my life is my attitude controls everything. I was told I would never walk again, I would live the rest of my life in a wheelchair. And I’m here standing in front of you today.

Harrison, 35, was selected by the Browns in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Eagles in 2010 and later signed with the Lions in 2011, though he was traded back to Philadelphia.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers gets plenty of sleep.

Plenty of Chiefs players have been caught up in the Fortnite frenzy.
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We’re often too confident about the top running back prospect in a given draft class turning into the best halfback from his class at the professional level. By my count, looking at the past 20 drafts, the first running back drafted has turned into the best runner from that class only seven times. That’s similar to rates at other positions. The first quarterback taken in each draft over the past 20 years has turned into its best passer five times. With edge rushers, it’s six times in 20 years.
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While it’s a far cry from being all in, it’s also not the same as being all out. Given that Edelman missed all of last year with a torn ACL suffered during the preseason, it makes sense for Brady to be working out with his long-time friend and teammate.

But plenty of other Patriots players would benefit from being around Brady during the portion of the calendar that lays the foundation for training camp. He’s expected to be present for mandatory minicamp later this month.

If for some reason he doesn’t show, then it really would be time to sound the alarm in New England.

West Virginia has finished first or second in defensive turnover rate for the past four seasons, a streak that aligns with the presence of senior guard Jevon Carter. Bob Huggins has parted with critical players in the past. But Carter has been the identity of the program over the past four seasons.

Ryan’s overall numbers took a hit in 2017, but he remains one of the NFL’s most productive and reliable quarterbacks.

The Falcons recently made him the highest paid player in league history, showing just how highly they think of the 2016 NFL MVP.
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Atlanta’s backup situation includes a veteran with starting experience (Schaub) and two young passers, with Benkert representing a potential developmental option. He made big throws from the pocket at Virginia and could eventually develop into a quality backup.聽

Roethlisberger might be a retirement question mark year-to-year, but it’s hard to argue with his consistency. Over the last five years, he’s averaged 27 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions per season, with a passer rating of 96.0. Now 36, Big Ben still has the arm and escapability in the pocket to be an upper-tier quarterback in the NFL for several more seasons.

The smile was his legacy to us, and even in the toughest of times, he also gave us the gift of laughter.

Stafford has cut down on the turnovers and improved his overall efficiency (completion percentage, passer rating) over the last three seasons, helping push him safely into the top 10 quarterbacks in the league. He’s also one of the toughest and most clutch passers, with seven straight seasons playing all 16 games and 26 career fourth-quarter comebacks.聽

His 99.3 passer rating in 2017 was a career high.聽

The Lions added Cassel as a veteran backup who should push Rudock, a sixth-round pick in 2016. While experienced, Cassel is 35 years old and lacking any kind of recent track record of success as a quarterback. He could get the Lions through a game if Stafford were to go down, but he’d likely struggle if asked to play multiple games. Rudock has only thrown five career passes.聽

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NFL Draft: Five best bets for 2018 defensive rookie of the year

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Linebackers used to dominate the NFL defensive rookie of the year race. And after linebackers dominated the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, it should be their time to shine again with the annual award.
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It has been five years since a rookie from the position took the Associated Press award from the NFL Honors at the end of a season. But from 2000-12, 11 linebackers won in 13 years, the last being the Panthers’ Luke Kuechly. As for Sporting News’ overall Rookie of the Year, no linebacker has received enough player votes to win since Chargers edge rusher Shawne Merriman did 13 years ago.

Because Jones has less competition for touches, he gets the last spot on this list over the Lions’ Kerryon Johnson. While Johnson will try to find his role in a backfield that includes LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah, Authentic Luis Severino Jersey Jones needs to beat out Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber for opportunities in a potentially explosive offense with Jameis Winston.

In the following slides, we’ll break down every quarterback situation and depth chart in the NFL heading into the 2018 season, ranking all 32 from worst to best. The worst teams at quarterback will have talent issues and question marks galore; the best will have elite starters and legitimate backup plans.聽
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The Bills traded away Tyrod Taylor, signed McCarron to a cheap quarterback deal and moved up in the draft to take Allen, the big-armed quarterback from Wyoming. No team has more question marks at the position.聽

McCarron made only three regular-season starts over four years in Cincinnati and received little interest from teams in free agency. He eventually had to settle for backup-level money and must be viewed as a stop-gap starter. Meanwhile, Allen enters the NFL with big question marks regarding his accuracy and pro-readiness. Even as the No. 7 overall pick, he’ll likely need at least a year before he’s ready to start.聽

The Bills also have Peterman, who threw five interceptions in one half during his first NFL start last season.聽

Julio Jones not present for start of Falcons’ OTAs

Julio Jones is not at the Atlanta Falcons’ facility Monday for the start for the team’s organized team activities, a source told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

Julio and the organization are doing very well, Dimitroff told ESPN. I’m not concerned one bit about any of the social media. I think we’re in a great spot. He had very good discussions with [coach] Dan [Quinn]. And we’re in a great spot.

The deleted Instagram photos caused a stir, but the team insisted it was related to Jones wanting a “fresh start on social media while also proving a point to players at his former school, Alabama, about being willing to let go of social media.

In 2012, D’Anton Lynn signed with the Jets, who had his father, Anthony Lynn, as running backs coach. But D’Anton Lynn played defense.

Fathers coaching sons is rare in the NFL, according to Cimini. The Elias Sports Bureau doesn’t track coordinators coaching their sons. But John McKay was the last head coach to coach his son, with McKay coaching receiver John Jr. while both were with the 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kacy II, who plays cornerback and safety, played for Saskatchewan the past two seasons. He calls his dad “tough” but “fair” as a coach.

Kacy II also knows his dad won’t play favorites when it comes to cutting the roster.

Before Sunday’s game, Boone was asked if he thought Frazier needed regular at-bats at this stage of his career so that he could continue developing or if keeping him around to help out in a lesser role could be beneficial.

“We’ll always strike that balance depending on our roster,” Boone said. “I think he is a guy that needs to be playing every day, but if there’s enough of a regular at-bat presence here for him, then that’s something that we’ll always consider considering where we are as a club right now and the value we know that he can bring.”

T.O. participated in Cleveland’s pre-draft workout of Josh Rosen

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Moments later, James drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing to finally put away the young Celtics, who will now feel the immense pressure of trying to hold off the three-time champion.

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Stevens considered changing his starting lineup, but decided to stick with the same first five — Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, and Terry Rozier — as the first three games.

Boston’s starters held their own, but none of them was able to match James when it mattered most.

You hope he misses, that’s about it, Rozier said. He’s a big body and you’ve just got to keep him in front, and hope he misses.

Richardson joined the Roughriders last year and played in four games. He ran 48 times for 259 yards and two touchdowns while also notching one reception.

Cleveland took Richardson third overall in 2012 and then traded him to the Colts for a first-round pick in September 2013. He was waived by the Colts in March 2015 and had short stints with the Raiders and Ravens that ended the same way before heading to Canada.

The landscape of the NBA could be significantly altered in free agency, as several of the best players in the league are set to test the free agent waters. It is expected that Durant will remain in Golden State, but there is a chance LeBron could be in a different uniform next season. Paul George may very well end up leaving Oklahoma City after one disappointing season. CP3, Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans, Trevor Ariza, JJ Redick and Will Barton are all notable unrestricted free agents.

If any of these players change teams, there will be a major ripple effect on their respective teams and in the fantasy space. Think about how Davis’ game has taken off since Cousins went down, for example. A return to the Pelicans by Cousins would diminish Davis’ value.

Giants say Odell Beckham wants to do more at practice than they’ll allow

Wide receiver Odell Beckham has been a regular at Giants workouts this offseason despite early reports that he’d stay away from the team without a new contract.
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Those reports indicated Beckham wouldn’t so much as step on the field without an extension, but it hasn’t arrived and Beckham keeps showing up. On Monday, head coach Pat Shurmur even said that Beckham is itching to do more work than the team is willing to allow after last year’s fractured ankle.

It’s still not clear why he’s absent. Money could be an issue. Frustration over the still-unexplained benching of Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl LII could be an issue. Fatigue over being constantly yelled at by Belichick, as evidenced by Brady’s quotes from nearly five years ago, could be an issue.

Regardless, his absence won’t help the Patriots win in 2018, and it may help Belichick become more determined to find a quarterback who will be truly all in for 2019.

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said Ingram has kept in touch with defensive line coach Giff Smith.

Obviously, as a coach, you want everybody here, Bradley said, via Wang. But I’ve talked to Melvin about that. There’s a great deal of trust with him, too.

Chris Landrum, who spent all of last season on injured Russell Wilson Jersey reserve, got more work in Ingram’s absence.

Ingram, who signed a four-year, $64 million deal with $42 million guaranteed a year ago, has 28 sacks and nine forced fumbles the past three seasons combined. He had 10.5 sacks and 75 pressures last season.

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I know he gave up a couple of runs, but he did a heck of a job, manager Rick Renteria said.

On Palka’s triple in the eighth, Trumbo ran a long way toward the line and appeared poised to make the catch before the ball hit off his glove.

That’s a tough play for anybody, Trumbo said. I gave it what I personally had. There probably are some faster guys who would make that play a little easier.