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.

The Seahawks in 2017 were not a playoff team for the first time in six seasons.

jets_001That failure led right into a 2018 offseason of change.

Seattle’s offense has been reset at the skill positions, with running backs Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy, tight ends Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson and wide receiver Paul Richardson all gone. The line also has seen more shuffling as the team tries to settle on a better front five.

The Boston Red Sox have spent most of the season in first place or tied for the lead in the American League East. Entering last weekend, they had spent just six days out of first place, and two of those were the first two days of the season. The bats dried up in dropping two of three to the Chicago White Sox, however, and the Red Sox fell out of first place on Friday.

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.

Choi has nine career homers, including two this season. He played with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016 and briefly with the New York Yankees last season.

One of my favorite moments of the year, said Brent Suter (6-4) allowed three runs and four hits in five innings.

Jesus Aguilar and Jonathan Villar also went deep. Aguilar drove in three runs and Christian Yelich had three hits for the Brewers, who have outscored Philadelphia 24-7 in a pair of wins that maintained their NL Central lead over the Chicago Cubs.

Jedd Gyorko added a one-out home run in the eighth.

jets_002The Cardinals have won 13 of their last 18 games against the Padres, who have dropped 46 of their last 62 games in St. Louis.

Flaherty (3-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings, his second-longest outing this season. He allowed one run and three hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

San Diego manager Andy Green was impressed with Flaherty.

He had a good mix. A live fastball. They should be really excited about him, Green said. I know they are. He’s got a good slider whenever he wants to go to it. It’s hard to sit on a particular pitch. He located well. He beat a lot of our guys.

When those moments come to you, it’s great, said Martinez, who is hitting .531 in his last nine games. Everything feels right at the plate. You have to ride with it, you know.

Baseball is full of ups and downs. I’m hot right now.

Chris Iannetta (R), 11 percent, Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (RHP Zack Godley): It could be Tony Wolters in this spot, in which case he’s in play too. Iannetta’s allure lies with his patience as Godley’s walk rate is, well, ungodly high at 11.2 percent, translating to a healthy 4.57 BB/9. This makes Iannetta even better in OBP or points formats.

Yuli Gurriel (R), 29 percent, Houston Astros at Texas Rangers (LHP Matt Moore): Moore generally doesn’t serve up many homers, but he does give up a bunch of hits resulting in a lot of runs. This feeds into Gurriel’s strength as he’s more of a gap hitter than big power guy.

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?

The Browns have signed another member of their draft class.

Linebacker Genard Avery is the latest to agree to a four-year deal with the team. Avery, who was selected in the fifth round, is the fourth of the team’s nine draft picks to sign.

Scott played 43 of those games for the Panthers while current Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman was in the same job in Carolina.

The other four additions to the roster are guard Malcolm Bunche, wide receiver Alonzo Russell, defensive back Mike Jones and running back Robert Martin of Rutgers.

The Giants are parting ways with tackle Adam Bisnowaty, a 2017 sixth-round draft choice, and cornerback Brandon Dixon, who started the final five games of the 2017 season. Linebacker Derrick Mathews, cornerback C.J. Goodwin, tight end Stephen Baggett and cornerback Bryon Fields were also cut on Monday.

In its first statement issued in the aftermath of Monday’s landmark ruling paving the way for nationwide sports betting, the NFL makes clear its intention not to lobby individual states but to lobby Congress for a law that protects the NFL’s interests.

“The NFL’s long-standing and unwavering commitment to protecting the integrity of our game remains absolute,” the league said. “Congress has long-recognized the potential harms posed by sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence in these events. Given that history, we intend to call on Congress again, this time to enact a core regulatory framework for legalized sports betting. We also will work closely with our clubs to ensure that any state efforts that move forward in the meantime protect our fans and the integrity of our game.”

The NFL may have a hard time getting Congress to pass any laws that would regulate state-by-state gambling, given that Monday’s ruling arises from the rights of states to determine whether they want to have sports wagering, without interference from the federal government.
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UFC announces Greg Hardy will face former NFL player Austen Lane in pro MMA debut

Greg Hardy will make his professional MMA debut against Austen Lane, another former NFL player.

It was announced during the UFC 224 broadcast that the two will face off in a heavyweight fight on June 12 as part of “Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series.”

The ongoing coverage of Alex Ovechkin’s chicken parm obsession is better than playoff beard stories. “It’s a tradition from day one,” Ovechkin told Emily Kaplan. “They have the Italian food always when we came to the rink, and it’s very delicious.”

Because all the evaluators added that before he returns to the NFL, Manziel must also show an improved ability to throw from the pocket, which would not only keep NFL defenses honest and prevent them from keying on his scrambling like the Chiefs did in his final appearance, but also help him preserve his smallish frame in a league full of behemoths. “If Manziel’s first receivers weren’t open, he was gone, out the pocket,” one evaluator told Yahoo Sports.

The new setup is designed to greatly reduce the amount of full-speed contact between the cover and return teams and, in turn, reduce injuries.

But even though the field is wider in the CFL, which makes for a more open game, it’s primarily a passing league because teams have only three downs to get 10 yards as opposed to four, meaning Manziel will conceivably have plenty of opportunities to work on his pocket passing if he nails down the job. Manziel has never been known as a tape fiend, let alone someone particularly obsessive about fundamentals. But some around the league wonder whether his on-field competitiveness and mental toughness — which one evaluator even compared to 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield’s — will finally begin to manifest itself in his weekly work habits if he’s indeed got his life together. “I felt like he could make it three years ago,” one decision-maker said.

Eli Apple is ready to move on from his rough 2017 season.cowboys_373

Former Saints, Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

Junior Galette is considering retirement.

The 30-year-old linebacker, who has been in the NFL since 2010, is currently a free agent. He said in an Instagram post Sunday he has received three contract offers but is unsure if he wants to play in 2018. Galette did not say which teams contacted him.

That entire 20-plus-year journey to the pinnacle of his profession, without anyone finding out about an indictment. Not a complaint, a probe, an arrest, a detainment, an arraignment — an indictment.

This, in a league where an anonymous smear video clip can alter the course of a player’s career in an instant, just because that’s what teams can do.

No, it does not make sense.

Except in all the ways it makes perfect sense. It’s the least-plausible and most-plausible thing imaginable. It’s the NFL in 2018 in a nutshell.

“At this point we aren’t concerned this injury will jeopardize his season,” McDermott told reporters, adding it was “best for us to get this done now.”

It isn’t yet, though.

So far this year, Tom Brady in New England and Aaron Donald in LA, among others, have been placed under the microscope for not being there for Day 1 of offseason workouts. It really is part of the NFL’s offseason routine — do a head count for camps, OTAs and the like, see who’s missing, dig for reasons, grill head coach and teammates about what’s going on and what it means.

The disclaimer is always included: Workouts are voluntary, but …

It’s exhausting. It needs to stop. It sucks up energy that could be applied elsewhere.

It won’t stop, though. The 2018 offseason is off to that kind of start already. The NFL has flunked another English exam.ravens_173

Fraud lawsuit against Eli Manning moves closer to trial

The Giants’ Organized Team Activities begin on May 21. A week before that, another type of organized activities involving the Giants will get rolling.

The lawsuit alleging that quarterback Eli Manning committed memorabilia fraud remains scheduled to head to trial on May 14.

The England and Wales Cricket Board is to adopt the Rooney Rule as part of an action plan aimed at boosting engagement with south Asian communities. Cricket’s version of the Rooney Rule, named after the former owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League in the United States, will ensure at least one applicant from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds will be interviewed for any coaching position. The Football Association announced it would adopt its own version of the rule for roles within the England set-up in January.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison cites the measure as a really important element of the governing body’s national action plan. This is one of 11 recommendations we’re starting from today after this long consultation process, Harrison told Sky Sports News.

Saturday, they gave him an understudy.

With the 101st overall pick and the first of the fourth round, the Panthers took Indiana tight end Ian Thomas. The Panthers acquired the pick last night, when the Packers wanted to move up to 89th.

Thomas is a raw prospect who has 28 career receptions, but he’s a good athlete, and the Panthers don’t need him to be an immediate contributor. They were actively pursuing free agents to go with Olsen (Eric Ebron and Luke Willson), and two-tight end sets will be a part of what coordiantor Norv Turner wants to do.

Benjamin’s career wound up being up and down, and he was traded to Buffalo by interim GM Marty Hurney three months after GM Dave Gettleman was fired.

In exchange, the Panthers received third- and seventh-round picks in 2018.

Kony Ealy had both his coming out and going away party in Super Bowl 50, where he recorded three sacks and an interception.

Instead of turning into Carolina’s newest D-line star, he was off the roster after 2016.

He’s now a rotational player in Dallas after spending last year with the Jets.broncos_010_decd4bcaeca0aa61-180x180