Chiefs owner denies involvement in New Mexico pay-for-play

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is in Russia, and he’s been accused of a pay-for-play scheme. All we need now is for him to tweet NO COLLUSION to bring this story full circle.
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Actually, he might, as he is denying all allegations of impropriety related to a hedge fund he is a partner in which lost $13 million of the state of New Mexico’s money.

I’ve definitely noticed a better level of understanding of what we’re trying to do, trying to get that better connection with the quarterback, Harmon said. You know, when Hoop came out, he was a young guy. He had two years of eligibility left when he came out, so he could have really just come out in this year’s draft. So, just learning the fine parts of the offense – not just where to line up and where to go – but how to execute them better, how to use better technique. I think he’s really interested in getting with Matt and making sure they’re exactly on the same page so they have that communication that they don’t have to talk about, they know where they’re going on the route. If it changes, if the picture changes, exactly what each guy is expected to do. So, I think he’s really grown in that area so far.

I’m hoping so, Jackson said. I’m that bug in his ear just trying to make sure I keep being out there if I can. Whatever he needs me to do. Focusing on defense and special teams as in returning, but if he throws me out there I’m going to be excited and fired up.

Vrabel might be the right coach to act on Jackson’s pleas after seeing double duty while playing linebacker for the Patrots. He was used as a red zone option on offense and caught 12 passes for 12 Carlos Hyde Jersey touchdowns in regular season and playoff action in New England.

It isn’t enough just to have a star on each side of the ball in today’s NFL. Successful teams often have a number of impact players on a given unit who can make plays at any point in a game.’s Bucky Brooks recently ranked the league’s top five defensive triplets – a trio of players anywhere on the Womens Mitch Moreland Jersey defensive side of the ball – and the Falcons’ group of Vic Beasley, Deion Jones and Keanu Neal claimed the fifth spot.

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim likes the depth of the group.

It’s a strong class, Keim said. There are a lot of different type of players from a skillset standpoint.
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At this point, Keim has likely honed in on the signal-callers that have the raw ability to become successful at the NFL level. Now it’s about delving into their mental acuity.

As a young scout, Brandon Marshall Jersey you get enamored with the physical tools: The arm strength, the mobility, the velocity a Womens Chris Stewart Jersey guy may throw with, Keim said. We all know, as you look back, the guys who have had success, it’s the ability to play between the ears. Processing information, learning the playbook, and that’s the work ethic side of it. That’s part of the process that comes into it right now.

I’m definitely not in it for the attention, White said. I’m in it just to keep playing as long as I can. It’s (the media’s) job to interview who you want to. My job … I just want to play in the NFL. I don’t care how that gets done. I just want to make sure it happens somehow, someway.

It’s definitely funny pulling into the parking lot sometimes, and you’ve got a Range Rover, you’ve got a BMW on this side, and I’m squeaking in between them pulling up, Foster said. But I love it. I rock it. For me, sometimes a car is just transportation, a way to get from ‘A’ to ‘B.’ And it runs good.

The car had 50,000 miles on it when Foster got it, and it’s at 70,000 miles now. He said a few teammates have cracked some good-natured jokes, but I whip my thing.

An upgrade is coming soon — possibly. Foster said he’s indecisive when it comes to making a vehicle purchase.

One of these days I’ll pull the trigger, Foster said. Every other week there’s a new car that I want. I think maybe this offseason I’ll get a car.

One thing is for sure: Foster is in no hurry to rush out and buy a Maserati of every color in the Crayon box. He’s living comfortably right now, but for undrafted guys, the future is hardly guaranteed.

NFL releases training camp start dates for all 32 teams

It seems like only a few weeks ago the Baltimore Ravens surprised the football world by trading up to draft former Heisman-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson at the end of the first round. He’ll be making his case for playing ahead of, or perhaps alongside, Joe Flacco in less than three weeks.
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The league announced the training camp start dates for all 32 teams Thursday. The Ravens will take the field first, with their rookies scheduled to report on July 11. Veterans for all but two teams ( Ravens, Chicago Bears) do not report until July 25 or later.

The first official training camp practice for each club is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

Moving Leonard would also have a domino effect on NBA free agency, which is expected to be headlined by LeBron James, who can opt out of his contract with the Cavaliers.

Will the Lakers make a play for the King? Will the Celtics and Sixers trade some of their draft capital to add veteran players who could lead them back to the NBA Finals?

The group behind the stadium idea, called Liberty Rising, have reached out to public officials and environmental groups statewide to win support, dangling as incentives a new rail stop inside the park, new playgrounds citywide, private funding of the remediation of the contaminated, 240-acre center of Liberty State Park and a separate cricket stadium.

This project is every bit as much a cricket project as a racetrack Greg Zuerlein Youth Jersey project, Thomas Considine, spokesman for Liberty Rising, told The Jersey Journal. The infusion of recreational opportunities into Jersey City through this project is just really robust.

There would be 18 to 24 racing days a year at the stadium, and the rest of the time it would be open as a recreational facility for the public, Considine said. The project would lead to 14,000 construction-related jobs and thousands of permanent positions, he said.

There was a Formula One track pitched for the center of Liberty State Park years ago. This project is an entirely new proposal, Considine said. He said the plan calls for the use of about 25 acres of the park that is currently restricted to the public because Womens Josh Donaldson Jersey of contamination.

It doesn’t touch a single blade of grass at all, he said.

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.

MLB wrap: Mets fall to Yankees, losing streak reaches 8

The Mets losing streak has reached eight.
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The Yankees topped the Mets 4-3 Saturday in the second game of the 2018 Subway Series. The Mets have not won in the month of June and have dropped 15 of their last 18 games.

I’m not here to sit here and say I approve it because I don’t. Is it a problem? Yes. To lay all this on Chris, we ain’t going to lay all of it on him. He’s got to take responsibility. He understands that and we deal with it in-house. I’m not going to sit here and be a spokesperson and say it’s OK to drive drunk because it’s not.

Bowles sounded like he does not believe deterrents Tampa Bay Lightning Jersey will work.

But Patriots coach Bill Belichick apparently sees enough in Hackenberg that he’d like to take a look. With Tom Brady about to turn 41, the Patriots wouldn’t mind having a young quarterback they could develop. This year’s seventh-round pick, Danny Etling, may be that young quarterback, but perhaps Hackenberg will get an opportunity to compete in training camp as well.

And every Jets fan has to be just a little bit fearful that Jayson Tatum Youth Jersey Hackenberg will become the heir apparent to Tom Brady, and will torment the Jets for years to come.

Gronkowski and Tom Brady skipped voluntary workouts last month. Brady, who will turn 41 in August, reportedly opted to spend the time with his personal trainer. Gronkowski was said to have joined his quarterback.

But both were on the field with the team Tuesday for the first time this Tuesday as New England opened its three-day, mandatory minicamp. Gronkowski said after some long-hauling seasons and back-to-back Super Bowl runs, retirement definitely was in the mind.

Red Schoendienst, Hall of Famer, Cardinals legend, dies at 95

Baseball Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst, who spent more than six decades in the Cardinals organization as a player, manager, coach and executive, died Wednesday at his St. Louis-area home. He was 95.
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Schoendienst’s family announced the news Wednesday evening.

He inspired all that knew him to always do their best. Red was a great ball player, but his legacy is that of a great gentleman who had respect for all. He Tyler Boyd Authentic Jersey loved his family, friends, teammates, the community and his country. He will be greatly missed, the family’s statement read in part (per

The Cardinals also issued a statement praising Schoendienst, who was a fixture at Busch Stadium well into his later years as he regularly instructed players on the field prior to games.

The Cardinals, who were playing at home Wednesday night against the Marlins, retired Schoendienst’s No. 2 in 1996, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

He’s going to be missed around here, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters postgame (per We’ve already been missing him, even though we’ve been staying in contact. We miss seeing him around and we’re blessed to have been able to spend the time with him that we did.

Ultimately, it’s not realistic to except the Vikings to at least get back to the NFC title game, especially since that’s something they’ve accomplished only six times in the last 40 years.

Gruden pointed to Hackenberg’s work this offseason to change his stroke, his passing motion and said there wasn’t enough time to work with the 2016 second-round pick after acquiring him in a trade with the Jets three weeks ago.

Everybody is an expert out there on Hackenberg and thinks he can’t play, Gruden said, via It’s unfortunate, this whole collective [bargaining agreement]. Dale Hawerchuck Womens Jersey How do you develop a quarterback? I don’t know how you do it. … It is hard enough to get Connor Cook enough reps, let alone a fourth guy. It really depresses me how we can’t spend more time with these young quarterbacks, and it is really going to be an impactful situation on the NFL in the future.

Saturday, Phil Mickelson made himself a lightning rod in the holier-than-thou golf world.

Sunday, he piled on with a hysterical troll job.
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One day after running across the green and smacking a moving ball on No. 13, Mickelson rolled in a short putt to save par on that same hole at Shinnecock Hills.

Then, despite being 15-over par, he celebrated like he’d finally won the U.S. Open.

The mock celebration followed a day’s worth of outrage in the golf world, with fans and media members arguing that Lefty should have been disqualified from the tournament, rather than assessed the two-stroke penalty that he received for his antics.

For his part, Mickelson said Saturday that his outburst was actually done strategically; he thought the two stroke-penalty would still lead to a better score than letting his ball roll off the front of the green.

He also seemed to take some subtle jabs at how the course was playing with part of his explanation.

I could have been going back (and forth) – I could still be out there potentially, Mickelson said. I Brian Leetch Jersey took two shots and moved on and got to play the next hole.

While that line was on the mild end of the spectrum, it was among a number of criticisms the USGA received after Saturday’s conditions made for an absolutely brutal afternoon.

Zach Johnson said the USGA lost the course. Even USGA CEO Mike Davis admitted on the Fox broadcast that the course was probably too tough while the leaders were playing it.

That led to players struggling to hold greens with approach shots and even putting the ball off the green, due to extremely firm and overly fast conditions.

The USGA then promised to water the course overnight and ensure more playable conditions on Sunday. That clearly proved to be the case for Mickelson, at least, with things going slightly better on No. 13 this time around.
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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.

The mystery surrounding Rutgers’ Jawuan Harris

He has a lot of tools that we like: lots of speed, great range in the outfield, good arm and has a lot of bat speed, a National League scout recently told NJ Advance Media. The fact that he struggled this season isn’t really an issue because lots of guys press their junior years. But he does have some issues we need to do our homework on.
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Harris batted.246 with two homers and 28 RBI in 40 games for the Scarlet Knights this spring. He missed a total of 10 after serving a suspension for a violation of team rules over Rutgers’ spring break trip, the third of his college career. He also stole 22 bases and has 82 steals for his career, the third-most in school history.

Seattle is 21-9 in one-run games, while Tampa Bay dropped to 9-17.

According to data dating to 1908, the Mariners are the only team with 21 one-run wins through Jalen Reeves-Maybin Womens Jersey the first 65 games of a season.

Zunino ended Nathan Eovaldi’s day by sending the right-hander’s 102nd pitch into the left field seats for a two-run homer that made it 3-all in the sixth.

Eovaldi, making his third start since returning from a second Tommy John surgery in August 2016, allowed three runs and four hits.

After Field doubled in the third and later scored on a grounder by Mallex Smith, Cron had a solo drive and Jake Bauers hit an RBI double that put Tampa Bay up 3-1 in the fourth.

He’s hungry, Thompson said. I think he can taste it and smell it this year that something Authentic Jadeveon Clowney Jersey special is around the corner in his future. I’ve seen a lot of guys come through in 27, 28 years as a coach, and I’m impressed with him through and through. It’s real.Jankowski’s bases-loaded single lifts Padres over Marlins

Seahawks sign Joshua Perry, waive Nick Callender

The Seahawks signed linebacker Joshua Perry on Monday, the team announced. They waived offensive tackle Nick Callender in a corresponding move.
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Perry, 24, originally entered the league as a fourth-round pick of the Chargers in 2016. He played 15 games as a rookie, starting one game, and making 22 tackles and forced a fumble.

He spent the 2017 season with the Colts after the Chargers waived him with an injury settlement after the preseason. Perry played two games with the Colts, spending most of the season on their practice squad.

Poncedeleon was 5-2 with a Pacific Coast League-leading 2.41 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) for Memphis this season, winning each of his past four decisions. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound California native is tied for second among PCL pitchers with his 71 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings.

We can do some different things because Melvin has become such a good receiver out of the backfield, Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said, via Eric D. Williams of ESPN. And that’s not something that you saw from him in college. Not that he couldn’t do it; they Womens Garrett Richards Jersey just didn’t throw him the ball. He was too busy running for 8 million yards or whatever it was he was running for.

One of Gordon’s goals this offseason was to improve his receiving skills. Since the Chargers made him a first-round pick in 2015, Gordon has spent time learning from and watching LaDainian Tomlinson, who made 624 catches for 4,772 yards and 17 touchdowns in his Hall of Fame career Adrian Dantley Jersey with the Chargers.

In the passing game, just as far as the expansion of the routes, just in that direction, Gordon said. It will come. I know Whiz [Whisenhunt] draws up things here and there depending on what he sees from a defense, but Phil’s [Philip Rivers] going to get you the ball regardless, so I’m not really too pressed about it. We’ll be fine in that area.