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.

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

One storyline that continues to surface as the Patriots wrap up their season with Tom Brady under center is whether or not the quarterback is “human.”

After all, he did lead the Patriots through the playoffs with a reported 12 stitches in his hand. No matter the consensus, former players around the league are taking notice of what Brady has accomplished throughout his career and many are finding it hard to believe he’s really 40 years old like the team’s media guide says.

What exactly are former NFL players saying? Well, Joe Theismann, who played for the Redskins from 1974-85 and retired at 35, isn’t completely convinced his birth certificate is right.

Super Bowl 52 will be Brady’s eighth Super Bowl and 290th NFL game overall. He was pressed earlier this week on the topic of retirement, but it’s a subject that’s not even on his mind. He’s just a few seasons away from becoming the oldest NFL player to start a game at age 44 and if he’s still in the league at 48, he would become the oldest quarterback in NFL history on a roster.

The Patriots used a familiar formula to get to their eighth Super Bowl under coach Bill Belichick: clutch play from both quarterback Tom Brady and their defense. The Eagles have been the NFL’s most complete team in their ability to light up the scoreboard while also shutting down opponents.

What looked like a lopsided QB advantage for Brady feels a little different after Nick Foles turned in one of the greatest playoff passing performances ever against the Vikings. Facing another daunting defense that will stop the run, Brady will have no issues passing often in a game that has all the makings of a shootout.

The Patriots have the better secondary to contain Foles’ targets, but the Eagles have the better front-four pass rush to throw at Brady. Look for both Doug Pederson and Josh McDaniels to be aggressive and call upon their QBs to go after big plays downfield.

Dion Lewis and Jay Ajayi both will flash in the running game, but it comes down to which gamebreaking wide receiver-tight end combination — Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz vs. Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski — can have more success stretching the field.bills_043

Chiefs DE Chris Jones saw a penalty flag in the air, so he caught it

Maybe Ed Hochuli should put those glasses back on!

Thielen is the kind of dog who refused to back down in a small shoving match with Jones at that open scrimmage; who scorched the Packers’ secondary last Christmas Eve for 202 yards—the most by a Vikings receiver since Moss in 1999—and punctuated his first of two TDs with a Lambeau Leap; who struts past Zimmer on the sideline, barking over and over, “They can’t cover me!”

The Falcons have won three of their last four road games after their victory in Los Angeles last weekend. They have now forced at least one turnover in six straight away games after failing to force a single one in their previous three.

Philadelphia has totaled less than 220 yards of offense in their last two home games, the first time they’ve done so since Sept. 12-19, 1999. They have not done so in three straight home games since Oct. 10-31, 1971.

Atlanta is 4-2 in the playoffs since the start of the 2012 season. They won six playoff games between 1966 and 2011.

McNabb and Davis had both been suspended, along with several other current and former NFL Network analysts and an executive, after a former NFL Network wardrobe stylist, Jami Cantor, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in October alleging the harassment.

In that situation, players are typically ejected since they’re not supposed to be putting their hands on officials. Marshawn Lynch was ejected for the same thing earlier this season against Kansas City.

Much like Lynch, however, it appeared that Pouncey didn’t realize it was an official that he was about to put his hands on.

Across the Vikings’ meeting room, from the third row: “Then I’m gonna—DEH-DEH-DEH!”

Adam Thielen jukes over an armrest. Like Diggs, it takes a little extra involvement for him to commit concepts to memory. Before Thielen’s first rookie camp, in 2013, he learned Minnesota’s entire playbook—for all three receiving positions, over a single weekend—by methodically diagramming routes on a dry-erase board, tracing his movements again and again with a marker. When Diggs arrived two years later, Thielen joined his fellow receivers in ribbing the new guy for his film-session spasms—until it dawned on Thielen that he was twitching the exact same way. “Sometimes we’ll look at each other,” he says. “We don’t say anything, but we know what the other is thinking, ‘I’m going to kill this guy because I’m going to—HAA!?HAA!?CHH!”?(Diggs: “Adam makes the funniest noises.”)patriots_116_7fb542ba0f083b95-180x180

Playing against Cleveland would not have done anything to change that perception.

David Steele: As hard as it is to ignore recency bias, keep in mind that while the Jaguars lost their last two games in surprising fashion, that was the first time they lost consecutive games all season, and before that they were threatening the Steelers and Patriots for a first-round bye. Also, the Jaguars were leading the NFL in multiple defensive categories, and Bortles had gone on the best three-game stretch of his four-year career (903 yards, seven touchdowns, no interceptions).

OK, so that Christmas Day game against Houston might have been stretching the definition of competitive.

Aikman won three Super Bowls as quarterback of the Cowboys. He’s played, or called, more big-time football than just about anybody. But even he admitted: I’m not sure, in all my years Joe, I’ve seen anything like that.

I give Buck and Aikman major props. They nailed one of the biggest calls of the year. Then they shut up and let the pictures tell the story as Diggs celebrated on the field like Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire, according to Michael Strahan, and Vikings fans exploded into their Skol battle cry.

Have you leaked to a reporter that you’d rather not play for the Cleveland Browns? Because it seems like that’s the thing to do right now. A few months back there was smoke surrounding USC QB Sam Darnold potentially choosing to stay in school—SCHOOL I tell you!—rather than risk getting picked by Cleveland first overall. (Darnold says that’s not the case, but he should play another year at USC because he’s not ready for the NFL anyway, but that’s a discussion for another time.) And now there are reports that Josh Rosen would rather play for the Giants than the Browns.

John Dorsey can and should be telling any QB prospect who is the least bit hesitant that they will not sit back and trust Josh Gordon and a talented-but-raw Corey Coleman as their only two options at wideout, that they’re going to be in on guys like Sammy Watkins and Jarvis Landry if they’re available. (And they also have a potentially very good pass-catching TE in David Njoku.) And if they do retain Hue Jackson, they just have to give assurances that he will never again run this offense the way he ran it in 2017, but instead dust off his old Bengals playbook. (That’s a tougher sell, I’m not sure what you do about the head coach after what happened to DeShone Kizer.)

Not many people expected the Titans to win the game, but they were able to pull it out thanks to a big second half by Derrick Henry. They nearly fumbled the game away, which resulted in an incredible call by ESPN’s Sean McDonough, but Henry was down.

Matt Ryan turns around to give direct audibles to FB Derrick Coleman, who is deaf

NBC’s broadcasting crew pointed out that Matt Ryan turned around while calling an audible with fullback Derrick Coleman in the backfield.

“Football, basically, it gave me a sense of understanding of where I stand in this world,” Coleman told CNN. “And it made me understand the world a lot better. In between those white lines, that’s all that matters.”

Every other Monday, Fitzpatrick leads a two-hour Bible study. At first his friends had to prod him to initiate conversations, reminding him that people have to connect before they can receive guidance. Fitzpatrick heard echoes of Rich Hansen III’s words recently when someone piped up to say, “You can’t expect the same things of a nonbeliever that you do of a believer because they just don’t know.” I have to teach people, he thought.

Fitzpatrick is finding his voice on the football field, too. Now, when younger players struggle during sweltering Tuscaloosa workouts, he yells, “I love it! I love it!” After an argument broke out during practice this season, he called a team meeting. “If somebody says something, they’re not trying to embarrass you,” he said. “They’re trying to make you better.”

Bill Cowher coached the Steelers to six consecutive playoff appearances, including one Super Bowl trip, after taking over the team in 1992. Then he went 7-9, 6-10 and 9-7, all three teams missing the playoffs.

There are flaws that need to be addressed. There is every reason to believe Mike Tomlin will be the person addressing those flaws as he should be.

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Despite being thought of as a second fiddle to the passing game, we wrote back midseason, that White’s talents weren’t going anywhere, that he’d remain integral part of the offense.The constant was Kariya.I got 30 rugby players and stood them front of the stage.He was 21, with three losses overtime, and had 4 shutouts 46 .If was back San Diego, we still would feel that presence and his leadership that locker room.patriots_045_0c6d6d893c15f4a1-180x180

2018 NFL Draft order: Picks 1-24 set after wild-card games

The Browns clinched the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Christmas Eve. They secured the fourth overall pick on New Year’s Eve.

The Colts did the Browns a favor on Sunday with their 22-13 win over the Texans (4-12). Thanks to a draft-day trade, the Browns own the Texans’ first-round pick, which is fourth overall after they lost to the Colts. That trade allowed the Texans to move up from 25th to 12th to select former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Browns then took Jabrill Peppers with the 25th pick.

“Motherf—er is the best Avenger in the squad,” Mackie says. “When I wake up as the Falcon, I wish I was Alvin Kamara.”

Around 8:30, Kamara is back on his couch, with Disney’s Moana on the television and all of his old friends hanging around. Bottles of Patron and Mo?t & Chandon champagne are scattered about. Kamara has a big night planned, a private table booked at Masquerade for Jeezy’s Christmas Eve party. That’s another part of being Kamara. He always goes out the night of a win. His favorite drink at dinner is a Moscow Mule, but when he’s partying he’ll drink anything. Just like the city he resides in, he is not bashful about drinking in season.

“I’m enjoying the motherf—ing bountiful harvest,” he says. “We win, I’m turning up.”

In a game that had four lead changes in the final three minutes, the Vikings secured a trip to next Sunday’s NFC championship game when Stefon Diggs raced 61 yards as time expired for the game-winning touchdown.

The irresistible force of the Rams offense led by Gurley, who led the NFL in combined rushing and receiving yards should still be too much. They’ve faced down their share of challenges in this renaissance year, and they should be able to handle this one.

Vinnie Iyer: The Falcons will start their NFC title defense far away from home against the rested Rams. The Falcons have the much better run defense, but the Rams have the more dangerous backfield because of Gurley.

But his eyes were always on converting to safety.It appears that you already have account on this site associated with.Clippers 115, Hawks 105: Rivers scored 27 points and Jamal Crawford broke out of a shooting slump with 19, helping Los Angeles beat Atlanta.

Ranked sixth tackles the league statistics …Both and Pennington watched 92 mph flit again.He was a first-team all-Big 12 selection 2014, and a second-team all-Big 12 player 2013 and 2012.He posted 44 points over 139 two seasons and though the team expected him to anchor its power play, the unit was pedestrian at best – 14th this 22nd last.But for $12 million and change a year, he is a steal.patriots_017_9fbed4131c79410c-180x180