Lions coach Matt Patricia responds to sex assault allegations: ‘The truth is on my side’

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia forcefully denied allegations that he committed sexual assault as a college student 22 years ago, saying in a seven-minute press conference Thursday the truth is on my side….

I really think it’s possible that this collaboration could make the NFL the organization that could be the leader in the #MeToo movement, Blackwell said. The NFL could really set an example. We don’t want them to say, ‘We’re sorry.’ We want them to say, ‘We’re going to do all we can to make sure (cheerleaders) are treated with respect.

This first pitch proves Gbaja-Biamila should stick to the two things he does best: football and television announcing. After going undrafted in 2003, he was signed by the Raiders, and he went on to stick in Oakland for two seasons, playing defensive end, linebacker and on special teams. He played in 27 games for the Raiders and had a couple of sacks. He was out of football in 2005, but he returned in 2006, appearing in three games for the Chargers. He also played one game for the Dolphins in 2007 before retiring ahead of the 2008 season. Is this first pitch worse than 50 Cent’s?

More Gbaja-Biamila then turned to broadcasting. In 2005, he had attended the NFL’s Broadcast Boot Camp, and he carried that passion into retirement. He appeared on ABC’sExpedition Impossible and also began broadcasting college athletics for CBS College Sports in the late 2000s. He is currently a host for NFL Network’sNFL Fantasy Live and a co-host forAmerican Ninja Warrior.

Here’s an attempt by ranking Witten among the 15 greatest Cowboys players of all time, a list so impressive that several Hall of Famers — Mike Ditka, Charles Haley, Terrell Owens and Rayfield Wright — were excluded:

He gets too much blame for Dallas’ 22-year Super Bowl drought. Nevertheless, the man who holds most of the franchise’s significant passing records — they include yards (34,183), TDs (248) and QB rating (97.1) — deserves a mention.

Prime would surely bristle at this position, which is more indicative of his short stay in Big D (5 years) than his unparalleled coverage ability. But he was only on one Cowboys Super Bowl team (1995) and missed half that season.colts_034

Payton: There will be fewer penalties for lowering the helmet than expected

Saints coach Sean Payton also serves as a member of the Competition Committee. Thus, his recent visit to PFT Live also included questions regarding recent Competition Committee projects, including the new helmet rule, which generally prohibits lowering the helmet before initiating contact.

The new helmet rule continues to be cloaked in ambiguity. Will it dramatically change the game? Will the impact be limited? Mixed signals have come from the league in the weeks since the league abruptly, and surprisingly, passed the rule.

“The good news is if the ejection is called on the field it will be reviewed always,” Payton said. “I think everyone, coaches, all of us felt like that’s gonna help us understand and get a good picture of whether it was egregious or not.

The star running back’s legal battle with the NFL lasted until the middle of November. He ultimately served the six-game suspension, with the Cowboys going 3-3 without him. Dallas finished 9-7, just missing the postseason.

But the eight games Elliott played before that were affected by the threat of the suspension, and his return was affected by six weeks off the field.

That’s why Jerry Jones expects a return to form by Elliott in 2018.

“I think that not having to address that mentally and physically, not having to think about not only the interruption of the potential suspension and the suspension but just the physical interruption, the physical aspect of that [should help Elliott],” the Cowboys owner said.

Receiver A.D. Miller had beaten the White team’s secondary down the middle of the field for what appeared to be an easy touchdown. Instead, Murray’s heave died in the wind at the goal line, allowing a pair of defenders to recover and bat the pass away.

After the two sides finished in an uninspiring 3-3 tie, head coach Lincoln Riley unexpectedly called for overtime, which allowed Murray’s Red team to prevail on a Marcelias Sutton 18-yard scoring scamper.orioles_017

Matthews, Marleau lead Maple Leafs past Bruins 4-2 in Game 3

Embarrassed and desperate after getting steamrolled by the Bruins through the first two games at Boston, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a point to prove.

His name sitting comfortably at the top of that list, Auston Matthews responded in a big way.

Matthews scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to lead the Maple Leafs picked in a 4-2 victory Monday night, cutting the Bruins’ lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series to 2-1.

When you’re my age, social media doesn’t really affect your life, Babcock said. When you’re his age it affects your life. You know what people are saying.

Patrick Marleau had two goals, James van Riemsdyk also scored, and Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly added two assists each for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen stopped 40 shots.

Toronto will look to even the series here in Game 4 on Thursday night.

Manager John Gibbons is playing Maile every third game this season in an effort to keep Martin healthy, and he was thrilled to see the backup come through.

That’s big for him because he does everything great behind the plate, and now he’s not only getting hits, he’s getting big hits, Gibbons said.

Maile lined the second pitch he saw from Brian Flynn (0-1) down the right field line, driving in his third run of the game and handing the Royals their seventh straight loss. He has seven RBI this season, equaling last year’s total.

I’ve only got 300 or so at-bats in the big leagues, so I don’t have a ton of experience with it, Maile said. I feel like I’ve got a lot of experience behind the plate, but at it in big situations I haven’t had a ton.

Tyler Clippard (2-0) worked a scoreless 10th for his 50th career victory.

Kansas City starter Danny Duffy allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, striking out eight in his longest outing of the season, before Toronto rallied off Kansas City’s bullpen.seahawks_101

It is hard to overlook the severity of his neck injury and missed time.

Skai Moore already comes in as an undersized inside linebacker who lacks athleticism. He is going to win time on the field with work in the film room and natural instincts as a player. Limited agility may make it difficult for him to contribute on special teams.
                 

The previous statement may seem hyperbolic, but Nelson is legitimately the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson. The Notre Dame product is tremendous at the point of attack, a solid technician and reliable pass protector. 

The team that many are keeping an eye on in regards to Anderson is the Dolphins, given that they reportedly had trade interest in him this offseason. Beyond that, Miami actually signed Anderson to an offer sheet a few years ago that was ultimately matched by the Broncos and they’ve hired his former RBs coach Eric Studesville.

I understand now what it’s like to be at the bottom, he told Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei. … What I went through I wouldn’t wish on anybody. I dug myself out of it and put myself in this position.

The 24-year-old prospect is now considered the class’ top tight end as the Saints search for another option beyond the 37-year-old Benjamin Watson.

Life after Le’Veon Bell will come sooner rather than later.

Who is the best overall player? How about the best at each position? 

We tracked, scouted, graded and ranked the top 400 prospects with help from scouting assistants Marshal Miller, Dan Bazal and Jerod Brown. Together, we viewed tape of a minimum of three games per player—the same standard NFL teams use. Oftentimes, we saw every play from a prospect over the last two years. 

“Those guys are capable of a lot,’’ Cashman said. “It’s a really exciting dynamic to add to this offense. I do remember when Darryl Strawberry was swinging the bat for us and in his heyday with the Mets. Whenever he was at the plate you’d stop and make sure you’d watch that at-bat because he was capable of doing something you don’t normally see.steelers_048

Alex Smith says farewell to Kansas City’s incredibly passionate fans

Throughout his tenure with New York, he has recorded 433 tackles, 58 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and two interceptions.

He did have a 4th of July incident in 2015 that disrupted his game a bit.

However, he had a solid 2017 campaign and has bounced back from it which is why the Bucs took the plunge and made their trade for some much needed help from a veteran like himself.

The Giants were anticipating losing Richburg, but they might have also been anticipating signing guard Andrew Norwell before he took the money and the lack of state income tax and agreed to a deal with the Jaguars this morning.

Mathieu’s game became a punishing extension of his life.

“Everyone out there today saw the Browns’ franchise quarterback.

” That is in line with what insiders like Daniel Jeremiah , Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo and Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller – among many, many others – have also reported following the pro day exhibition.

Wilson, who came in at No. 67 on PFT&s list of the top free agents, is coming off his most productive NFL season. He caught 42 passes for 554 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs in 2017 and all of those numbers mark career bests for a er who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker are also on hand at wide receiver for the Dolphins, who are expected to make another big move on Wednesday by releasing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

One of the leaders of Philadelphia’s Super Bowl-winning squad has gone under the knife.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins recently underwent a procedure to repair ligaments in his left thumb, NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reported. Jenkins described the procedure as “offseason maintenance” and did not anticipate missing any time leading into the season, Wyche added.

He was Eastern League all- selection and participated for the USA team the Futures’ Game on July 14 during All- Weekend…Verner is now reunited with secondary coach Hoke, his secondary coach from his days with the Tennessee Titans that helped develop him into a Pro Bowl player.But if you’re here for the Warriors All-82 podcast, it’s embedded below.In reference to the average starting field position ranking, remember the Chiefs had one of the best coverage units all of football.Apparently, the finger issue popped up during the final days of the 2016 campaign and he aggravated the injury when he resumed offseason workouts.49ers_220

In addition to the $1 million roster bonus, Lynch is slated to make a base salary of $4 million in 2018, per Spotrac.

“We’ve got to go back to the drawing board,” Rutgers coach Scott Goodale told NJ Advance Media. “Nobody works harder. We’ve got to keep bringing guys in to train with. He’s in a good spot. He wrestled a heck of a tournament. He got beat tonight, that’s it. We’ve got to keep improving, keep getting better. I know that sounds boring, but he’s got to keep evolving, keep getting better.

“Two great, great competitors and wrestlers. Spencer got the better of him tonight. It’s one of those things. Hopefully this turns into a pretty good little rivalry. Lee wrestled really well tonight. He won tonight… he had his number tonight. Tip your hat to Spencer Lee.”

“He’s hard to bring down. One of the reason’s I’m excited to be with the Raiders is to join forces with Lynch,” Gruden continued. “But, we’ll see what happens. Obviously, we have to take a look at the entire roster, but I’m counting on him. I’m counting on him being a big part of our football team.”

While the Raiders also have running backs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard on their roster, Martin is expected to be the No. 2 running back on the squad.

But when it comes to the 2018 NFL draft, chalk up one big win for Gang Green.

New York’s decision to trade up into the No. 3 spot, held by Indianapolis, wasn’t made Saturday just to land a quarterback. It was to insure — as best the Jets could — Buffalo wouldn’t leapfrog them to get the signal-caller they may be targeting.

“I appreciate you, bro,” Suriano said, shaking Lee’s hand. “Congrats. Fair and square. Congrats.”

Suriano fell short of history Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena, dropping a 5-1 decision to Lee in the national final. The sophomore was bidding to become Rutgers’ first national champion and fulfill his life-long dream of an NCAA title. But after shutting out his first four opponents in the national tournament en route to the final, Suriano was unable to mount much offense against the Hawkeyes’ heralded freshman, being taken down twice while failing to connect on any of his own shots. patriots_151

Astros on World Series hangover: ‘We’re not the Cubs’

“That’s a great question,” Matheny said. “I don’t think anything has changed really in our mindset. We’ll have to see how he’s doing all the way around. The shoulder is always something that we’re concerned about. He’s trying to get his back right; he’s also been trying to get his shoulder to a really good place. There might be something that would push him more toward first base than third.”

Carpenter played through the sore shoulder last season but the problem wasn’t so much managed as endured, according to this week’s reports. In 145 games, he batted .241/.384/.451, his OBP up over his career mark but his batting average more than 30 points lower.

Offseason rest helped the shoulder, but now Carpenter’s back is an issue.

Only Thursday he advanced to taking batting practice in the cage and, notably, grounders at first base, but he expects to return with two weeks of spring games remaining to get his needed at-bats for opening day.

Cleveland’s pitcher had a few thoughts about that message from the league as he wrote, “I find it disingenuous that @mlb commissioners office would encourage this when they’ve specifically tried to censor me for sharing my opinion on the matter.”

Just had a meeting encouraging all players to take a stance and be leaders politically. Here’s my stance. I find it disingenuous that @mlb commissioners office would encourage this when they’ve specifically tried to censor me for sharing my opinion on the matter.

One fan replied to Bauer’s comment asking, “Are they also the reason you have been more quiet on Twitter this off season? Or have you just been focusing on training?”

While Bauer didn’t directly answer the question, he did leave many to speculate whether the league or his team restricted him from social media. He wrote, “Almost like I wasn’t allowed access to my twitter account for a while.”

UZR grades Seager and Cabrera as above-average defenders in 2017, and Turner as well below average, but DRS says the opposite. Clearly, there’s a big disagreement here.

There are several factors attributing to the disagreement, but perhaps s the biggest difference is that UZR uses larger “buckets” than DRS.seahawks_036_fd50e176c43b4124-180x180

Super Bowl halftime show 2018 performers: Justin Timberlake takes the stage 14 years after ‘wardrobe malfunction’

Justin Timberlake is no stranger to performing at a Super Bowl halftime show. He performed at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 with Janet Jackson, and 14 years after the controversial “wardrobe malfunction” the NFL decided to bring him back to the big stage.

The Bruins tied it with eight minutes to play after a flurry in front led to Grzelcyk putting the puck past a diving Talbot.

Boston completed the comeback with just 64 seconds to play in the third, after the Oilers lost control of the puck in their own end. Danton Heinen sent it out in front, allowing Krejci to score his 11th of the season.

It was the second and final meeting this season between the teams. The Oilers took the first game 4-2 in Boston on Nov. 26. … Oilers defenseman Kris Russell played his 700th NHL game. … The Bruins acquired D Nick Holden from the New York Rangers for minor league defenseman Rob O’Gara and their third-round pick in this year’s draft. Holden was not in Edmonton in time for the game.

After catching five interceptions and defending 18 other passes, Lattimore took home the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. It allowed the Saints to sweep the Rookie of the Year Awards after Alvin Kamara won the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Lattimore finished in the top 10 in passes defennded. Quarterbacks tried to test the rookie, hoping he would make a mistake. But Lattimore used his speed and ball skills to defend the pass in 2017, and it helped the Saints improve a depleted defense.

According to Pro Football Focus, Lattimore finished with a 90.5 grade, fifth best among cornerbacks. He has a knack for getting physical with big receivers — just watch the interception he made against Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones in Week 14:

Quarterbacks didn’t have much success throwing the ball in his direction, as he was quite effective in making plays on the football. When in coverage, receivers only caught a combined 36 receptions for 486 yards and no touchdowns.bears_089-223x223

That’s when his season, as well as the Mariners’ year, went sideways.

An elbow injury sidelined him for a couple weeks in August. He returned later that month, but threw fewer than two innings before bone spurs in the same elbow ended his season. He had surgery to remove them in September.

I think he was a key loss to us, Servais said, if you look at last year’s season when he went down.

A check of the standings backs up Servais’ claim. Seattle was 1 1/2 games back from a wild-card berth when Phelps first got hurt, four games back when he was lost for the season and the Mariners finished 7 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the final playoff spot. Losing Phelps meant the team had to rely more on an injury-decimated starting rotation and an exhausted bullpen.

With a season best of 71.79, the British pairing of Nicholas Buckland and Penny Coomes had high expectations. They came up ninth in the order and scored a 68.36, good for first place.

Another break for warmups for the next group of competitors, and Xinyu Liu and Shiyue Wang of China hit the ice. They took a costume deduction when they lost part of an outfit on the ice, and had a score of 57.81, which slotted them in eighth. The Slovakia team of Lukas Csolley and Lucie Mysliveckova was next, and they scored a 59.75, good for sixth.

Manager A.J. Hinch loves to hear how Correa and the rest of his young players want to keep improving. He also thinks attitudes like Correa’s mindset will be the key to more success for the team this year.

It’s pretty nice, he said. It shows how special the season was, but it also shows that you’re still vulnerable when you show up the next season if you haven’t taken a step forward, and that’s the part that I’ll demand out of them.

Ford, which swept all four restrictor-plate races last season, has taken control of the Daytona 500 as the race nears the halfway point (Lap 100). The manufacturer holds the top four positions with Ryan Blaney leading, Paul Menard second, Brad Keselowski third and Kevin Harvick fourth.

Danica Patrick’s NASCAR career came to an end early, as she got swept up in a wreck that started when Chase Elliott hit the wall near the front of the pack.
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Whether the Angels make the postseason is what counts, he said.

Everybody in this locker room was disappointed that we were so close, but we didn’t get to the postseason. That to me is more important than anything else, he said.

Pujols also declined to talk about playing with pain in recent years.

I don’t need to talk about that. Everybody plays with pain. I don’t put excuses on how I’m hitting, he said.

With a possible Supreme Court case being heard this year that could legalize sports betting, the NBA has taken proactive steps to be prepared for it. We’re still in the early stages, but they’ve suggested that the league should be owed 1 percent of all profits off sports betting should the model become actuality.

It’s what our view of a model bill was, but we’re happy to sit with legislators and talk about what the best system would be, Silver said.

The NBA feels entitled to such a cut because it would cost it money to legislate and ensure fairness in sports betting, Silver said.

Jason and I discussed that and talked about how that communication was the two-way street, Kapler said. He shared what a good communicator coach Pederson was and how that communication was critical in establishing and maintaining trust throughout the season.

Kapler said he felt the message Kelce gave his players was one that will inspire them and one they needed to hear as they begin the season.

I think there were 8 to 10 (things) to take away, but the No. 1 was it is OK to fall down, be fearless, get back up, be bold and do it all over again, Kapler said. Champions have stories to share and they’re effective for a reason.

The next skater up is the defending Sochi gold medalist, Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu. He skated to Ballade No. 1 by Frederic Chopin. Hanyu’s early skate was flawless, hitting his spots without any trouble. A quad toeloop into triple toeloop was executed perfectly, and he finished with a brilliant score of 111.68.royals_084