Pelicans, Lakers call DeMarcus Cousins on Day 1 of free agency

New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins received phone calls from the Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers on the first day of NBA free agency on Sunday, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated.

Cousins also told The Undefeated that he is open to re-signing with the Pelicans but will make the best decision for himself.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Cousins could be re-signed by the Pelicans to a two-year deal. The Lakers, however, are a team that Cousins expressed interest in being traded to during his latter years with the Sacramento Kings.

A source close to Cousins said it might be time for him to play on a big-market stage after playing in Sacramento and New Orleans.

When previously asked about free agency, Cousins told The Undefeated: I don’t plan on rushing through this process. I’m going to make the absolute best decision for DeMarcus Cousins. We’ll see what that is. As of right now, I don’t really know. I can’t answer that. Would I like to go back to New Orleans? I’m very open to that. I love what we created. I love what was created after I went down. I would love to be part of it. But I’m going to do what’s best for me, and I feel they’ll do the same.

The 27-year-old Tavares is the gem of free agency this year, and the Islanders will see him walk without getting anything in return.

Tavares is a five-time All-Star who has been the face of the Islanders since he was the first overall pick in the 2009 draft and came up as a 19-year-old.

The New York captain had 37 goals and 47 assists last season. Despite his production, however, the Islanders missed the playoffs for the second straight season. They have only been to the postseason three times in his career and never advanced past the conference quarterfinals.

Tavares has also played for four head coaches in New York and has had stadium issues hanging over him. He started his Islanders tenure at the deteriorating Nassau Coliseum before moving to the Barclays Center in 2015.

The Yankees’ productivity versus lefties was previously cited.

Dustin Fowler (L), 4 percent, Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox (RHP Lucas Giolito): After facing a weeklong string of southpaw starters, the White Sox will send a pair of righties to the Guaranteed Rate Park hill. It’s not assured, but after sitting all week, Fowler is a good bet to start both games. James Shields gets the ball for the home team in the second game, so even if Fowler starts only one, he’s a dual power-speed threat, facing a couple of homer-prone arms and batteries not adept at controlling the running game.

After his rough run, Gardner the longest-tenured Yankee who was part of the 2009 World Series-winning club and is looked at as one of the clubhouse’s main leaders was hearing boos occasionally at home and fans were calling for highly regarded left fielder Clint Frazier, 23, to take his job.

Frazier has hit .325 with five homers, nine RBI and a.975 OPS in 29 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

It’s starting to look like he actually believes this stuff.

From the interview with Soban Deb:

Mr. Irving, a West Orange, N.J., native, is among the most popular basketball players in the world, and he has one of the best-selling basketball jerseys in the N.B.A. With that popularity has come controversy: He has questioned several times whether the Earth is round, and in an interview on Friday with his most in-depth comments to date on the subject, he said that it was still worth debating.

Can you openly admit that you know the Earth is constitutionally round? he said to me. Like, you know that for sure? Like, I don’t know.

Well, yes, yes I can. Thanks to guys like Magellan, plus hundreds of years of science. But I digress.

Then, later in the interview, when Deb asked him directly – does he think the Earth is flat?

Devils announce 2018-19 preseason schedule

The Devils announced their 2018-19 preseason schedule, which will lead into the team’s regular-season opener in Sweden.

The six-game slate will be highlighted by the finale, when they play SC Bern in Bern, Switzerland. at 7:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. EST) on Monday, Oct. 1 at PostFinance Arena.

The Devils will stay in Europe to open their season against the Edmonton Oilers at 7 p.m. local time on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden. That translates to a 1 p.m. face-off time in New Jersey.

Was Hall’s season best in Devils history?

This is not complicated. Jones believes he’s outperformed his contract. A thousand players before him have felt the same way, and thousand more after him will.

The difference with this example is that Owens is involved, and so naturally, he is being used as a scapegoat. Because that’s just the treatment Owens gets.

Global warming? That’s Owens’ fault, too. Stock market takes a hit? Owens. Aliens invade? All Owens.

At Triple-A, Frazier has hit .302 with eight homers, 12 RBI and a.937 OPS in 42 games.

On Tuesday, Boone was asked what he’d tell Frazier about dealing with going up and going down.

Go be yourself, Boone said. He’s here because he’s really talented and he continues to earn this opportunity. The thing I’ve liked about Clint and have been excited about is the couple little glimpses we’ve gotten to see of him up here this year, he’s represented well, he’s had good at-bats.

Boone cited Frazier’s maturity in handling the disappointment of going back to the minors.

And when I’ve sent him back down, one of the conversations I’ve had with him, both times I sent him back, is, ‘Keep on working, keep on getting better, taking your craft seriously every day,’ Boone said.

Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett says he played last season at 75-80 percent

Despite being named a second-team All-Pro for the second straight season as a kick return, it was clear that Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett didn’t have the same ability to move last year following his broken leg at the end of the 2016 season.

Lockett estimates he was only between 75-80 percent last season as he played without his full range of movement or explosion.

I fell short of 100 last year, but I missed a game, also, Lee said. Trying to have over 110 [this upcoming season]. But I need some interceptions. So that’s gonna be a huge emphasis.

Adams will also be looking for his first interception. Told that it eats at Adams, Lee said, It eats at me every morning I wake up.

Why is that?

Cause I should have ’em, he said. I’m just expected to. I got [three] in college. … Not just getting ’em, I expect to score.

Now six months removed from ACL surgery, quarterback Carson Wentz is running and throwing without hesitation. In practices this week, he looked mobile in the pocket, and his mechanics looked much the same, which he says is because he threw from a seated position early in rehab when he was still unable to move. Aside from a brace he wore on his left knee, his injury was invisible.

I just focus on my growth and growing as a linebacker, Lee said. It’s really helped me zone in on my craft. It comes with maturity, to be honest with you. Just growing up and focusing on your job and the task at hand. I can’t control what everybody says, I can control what I display on the field.

He still has to show he can stay healthy for the Texans to commit to him long term. Last season was the first that Clowney played all 16 games, but he spent the offseason program rehabbing a knee injury after arthroscopic surgery in January.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he expected Clowney to be on the field at the start of training camp July 26. That gives the Texans only a six-week window to get an extension completed, and the sides have had no substantive negotiations, per McClain.

Jaguars sign Andrew East, Sean Hickey

The Jaguars signed first-year long snapper Andrew East and first-year offensive tackle Sean Hickey to their roster, the club announced Thursday. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars waived fullback Lamar Atkins and long snapper Colin Holba.

East played collegiately at Vanderbilt and has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Hickey played collegiately at Syracuse and has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Brady has previously said that he hoped to still be playing at 45.

I always said my mid-40s, and naturally that means around 45, Brady told ESPN last May.

Brady has indicated that two factors will ultimately decide how long he lasts — staying healthy enough to contribute at a high level and his family life, with the latter providing more of a tug in recent years.

Brady has two children with his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, and another with actress Bridget Moynahan.

As Brady told Winfrey, I think what I’ve alluded to a lot … was there’s other things happening in my life, too. I do have [three] kids that I love, and I don’t want to be a dad that’s not there driving my kids to their games.

The Falcons’ front office isn’t thrilled with Julio Jones’ offseason activities.

The controversy reared its ugly head again this week, when President Trump uninvited the Super Bowl-champion Eagles from their celebratory visit to the White House after most players refused to attend. The president instead hosted Tuesday’s ceremony with just fans to honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem, the White House said in a statement.

Despite the recent divisive incidents, Diddy offered optimism. The 48-year-old said he would support the players who continue to protest, referencing Muhammad Ali’s stand against the Vietnam War draft and Jim Brown’s civil rights activism in their time.

All the NFL players, they’re in a messed-up position, but this is a defining time, Diddy said, and if Ali and them was able to do it and Jim Brown was able to do it, if ya’ll stick together, they can’t break you. So I’m just at a point where my feelings are hurt ’cause I’m such an NFL fan … and I hope they do what they have to do to fix it and I hope that they re-engage my dream to [own a team].

Because, if not, I don’t want to be associated at a round table that actually even does that to people at all.

Is Nationals’ Bryce Harper to Yankees realistic?

Harper hasn’t played at Rogers Centre since his rookie season in 2012, when he infamously responded to a reporter’s inquiry about his favorite beer with That’s a clown question, bro.

Just another city you play in. When you’re at home, you enjoy playing at home, and you look forward to going on the road in certain cities. I’m excited to go to Toronto this weekend. Haven’t been there since year one. Excited to play here tonight and for this road trip.

As with all May statements about how good things look, Musgrave’s words should be taken with the grain of salt that comes with non-contact practices against your teammates. More of the same come the preseason would provide stronger reason to believe that the Broncos’ biggest offseason move will pay the necessary offensive dividends come September.

Marrone previously said he had spoken to Ramsey and expects Ramsey to explain his absence when the time is right.

The statement added:

As we do not want to detract from this great honor being enjoyed by the seven other members of the Class of 2018 [Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher], their family, friends, and fans; the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have no further comment on the decision made by Terrell Owens.

Six years after retiring, Owens remains No. 2 on the NFL’s All-Time receiving list with 15,934 yards, trailing only fellow Hall of Famer and former San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice.

One thing to keep in mind with Edelman is that the suspension is not official yet. The receiver is still going through the appeal process and the suspension could be thrown out the window if he were to somehow win the appeal. Unfortunately for Edelman though, that almost never happens in the NFL.

Then they lost key contributors Malcolm Butler, Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, and Nate Solder.

DeVante Parker admits his career hasn’t gone to plan

DeVante Parker downplayed his public spat with former Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers. Parker disagrees with Chambers’ assessment of his work ethic and maturity, but he agrees his career hasn’t been what anyone expected after the Dolphins made him the 14th overall pick in 2015.

Not where I wanted to be, Parker said, via Shandel Richardson of the Sun-Sentinel. Just simple as that.

Lawrence, a former second-round pick, made only nine sacks his first three seasons combined. He had 14.5 last season.

He said Ware is working with him on improving his counter move.’

Quinn is back to playing a traditional defensive end spot with the Dolphins after being a 3-4 outside linebacker in Wade Phillips’ system with the Rams.

Ray has had three previous surgeries on the wrist the past year. It began bothering him again late last week but is not a new injury.

A second medical opinion this week determined Ray needs a clean-up procedure related to complications from the initial surgery, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. The Broncos, though, were encouraged by the news.

Then, when protests first happened in 2016, the NFL didn’t swoop in and fix the problem. Instead, the NFL confirmed that players have the right to protest.

Then, when the President was elected and anthem protests were still happening, the NFL didn’t realize that it probably would have been a good idea to remove the issue from the Presidential radar screen before the President realized just how low the fruit was hanging.

Rutgers to host Big Ten Championships in 2020

Rutgers will continue its annual series with Princeton in 2018-19 and the Tigers wrestle Rider every year, so all there should be a full triangle between the three in-state Division-1 programs this coming season. The Scarlet Knights have won the last five meetings between the teams, but Rider holds a 12-7 series advantage.

Rutgers’ full schedule is not complete ( the Big Ten matchups can be found here ), but some other highlights:

Late Friday, citing the fact that many players would not be in attendance, the team contacted the White House again, and attempted to reschedule the event. The president, however, had already announced that he would be traveling overseas on the dates the Eagles proposed. The White House, despite sensing a lack of good faith, nonetheless attempted to work with the Eagles over the weekend to change the event format that could accommodate a smaller group of players. Unfortunately, the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend the event, despite planning to be in D.C. today. In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans.

A list of 81 individualsmay have been a case where the Eagles cleared the entire roster to give them the option to attend or not. But the group that was reportedly ready to go was down to just two or three players, team owner Jeffrey Lurie, and the mascot.

Since early May of 2017, the Jets have six player arrests: two for Donahue, one for Herndon, two for wide receiver Robby Anderson, and one for cornerback Rashard Robinson.

One of Anderson’s cases has been completely dismissed. He faces just a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in connection with the other. The legal situations for Donahue, Herndon, and Robinson are still active.

Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo — who held a get-together for Clark with family and friends a month ago — released a statement Monday, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times :

My heart is broken. Today, I lost my little brother and one of my best friends. I cannot put into words how special Dwight was to me and to everyone his life touched. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, and a great friend and teammate.

NFL rumors: New favorite for ex-Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, and it’s not the Giants or Eagles

jets_003Memorial Day is in the rear-view mirror and June is just around the corner.

Yet former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant remains unsigned.

The one knock on Lauletta is his arm. But he said he doesn’t believe it’s an issue. Those questions light a fire in him.

People like to say that for whatever reason, but I think I have enough, Coach [Pat] Shurmur thinks I have enough, so it doesn’t really matter, Lauletta said. I’m here, and I’m gonna prove that I have enough arm, and hopefully everybody’ll see that someday.

While all eyes on the Giants’ draft class will be on the first-round pick, former Penn State star Saquon Barkley, Lauletta is important to watch, too. New general manager Dave Gettleman opened himself to criticism by not picking one of the highly rated quarterbacks available in the draft. Manning is 37, and most likely has just a few years left. There will eventually be an opportunity for Lauletta to prove himself.

Now he’s making up for lost time. While he can.

Unfortunately, Lewis knows that as hard as he fights, the concussion symptoms will trend one direction and one direction only. The headaches. His memory. Fatigue. And, most of all, the depression.

There was also a rumored multi-year contract offered by the Baltimore Ravens, which Bryant reportedly rejected. Baltimore eventually signed former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead.

The difference in Super Bowl XIII was that the Cowboys settled for a field goal instead of a touchdown on one scoring drive against the Steelers. Why were they forced into that field goal? Jackie Smith’s infamous drop. On third and three from the 10-yard line, Roger Staubach had Smith wide open in the middle of the end zone. Maybe Smith was too wide open. He couldn’t haul in the pass. Dallas took three points. Pittsburgh won, 35-31.

Steelers prepare for life without injured Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier is neither gone nor forgotten. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker remains a fixture at the team’s facility as he continues his recovery from spinal surgery last December that left his football future uncertain at best.

While there is a sense of loss, there is no sense of panic. The Steelers understand there is no one player that has Shazier’s mix of speed and smarts. So they’re not even going to try to replace him.

Something Bostic was last season for the Colts, finishing with 97 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in 14 games before a knee injury in December sent him to injured reserve. He’s good to go now and eager to show he’s ready to unpack his bags and stay awhile.

Despite having a reputation for being loose and funny when away from football, Belichick has always been all business when it comes to the game that he coaches. He keeps all players beyond arm’s length, because he knows that, throughout their careers, he’ll have to make detached, objective, emotionless decisions regarding whether to keep them around. For almost all of them, at some point the decision will be to move on.

From the moment Tom Brady became the starter, Brady has been dreading the moment that Belichick decides to do to Brady what Belichick did to Drew Bledsoe after Brady became an unlikely Super Bowl champion in early 2002. And Brady consistently has taken less than he could have gotten not just to ensure that more cash and cap space will be available for other players but to help ensure that Belichick will never decide in any given offseason that it makes sense to dump Brady’s contract for a younger and cheaper player.

After 18 years of it, Brady possibly has decided that he’s done tiptoeing around the guy whom Bill Parcells dubbed Doom because of his fatalistic demeanor.

Remember when Richard Sherman suggested that Pete Carroll’s routine had gotten stale and tired? Sherman had been dealing with Carroll, who is the anti-Doom, since 2011 — a full eleven years after Brady became introduced to Belichick and his methods. The fact that Brady possibly has decided after 18 years that he’s had enough doom and gloom is far less significant than the fact that it took him a full 18 years of coexisting with Belichick to get to this point.

Suddenly, Brady seems to be giving off the life’s too short to waste on you vibe toward Belichick. For now, Brady is manifesting those apparent feelings by staying away. But what happens when he shows up?