Raiders waive QB Christian Hackenberg three weeks after trading for him

The Oakland Raiders didn’t wait long to end their trial run on Christian Hackenberg.

She would always say, ‘There’s someone out there who’s situation is way worse than mine, Bridgewater said. So I cant be down. And plus, the cancer feeds off negativity, so I have to be positive.’

The moments after his injury were chaotic and terrifying. But Bridgewater was able to stay calm, and put things into perspective, because he thought of his mother. 

It was scary, but at the end of the day, I was still breathing, Bridgewater said. So that was my biggest takeaway from it. … That was the first thing that came to my mind. Like, ‘Man, I don’t know what just happened, but I know there’s someone out there maybe going through something worse than I am, so I just have to keep my faith and believe that everything is going to be alright.’

Bridgewater continued to impress Tuesday, as he practices with a brace over the knee and a sleeve over his leg. But there are still many checkpoints to pass before he can return to the level he once occupied. Until Bridgewater starts taking hits, no one can know for sure how his surgically repaired knee will hold up. 

Last year, Houston’s Deshaun Watson posted a 9.3 percent touchdown percentage as a passer. To put that into perspective, only 2004 Peyton Manning (9.9 percent) was able to post a better mark with at least 100 passes thrown since the merger. Carson Wentz, with 7.5 percent, was second behind Watson in 2017.

If Watson throws for three touchdowns a start, he will have some of the best stats in an NFL career. Will his numbers regress from his six-start sample in 2017? Almost certainly. Is there room for concern about the long-term health of his knee? Yes. Would Houston trade him for any non-Aaron Rodgers player in the league right now? Doubtful.

The Texans caught lightning in a bottle last year after trotting out Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage as potential answers to their issues. If Watson continues the pace that he’s on, he can quickly emerge as a top AFC quarterback, something the conference has desperately needed with the aging of Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers.

Quenton Nelson is football’s version of Bane. Against LSU, he drove a linebacker into the dirt with more force than I can ever recall seeing. Against Georgia, he picked up a field blitz outside the right tackle as a left guard.

Johnny Manziel on late hit: ‘I understand I have a target on my back’

Johnny Manziel received a late hit in his second preseason game for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He isn’t surprised.
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I Tiger Williams Youth Jersey understand I have a target on my back and I welcome it, Manziel said (via NBC Womens Shane Lechler Jersey Sports). I don’t want anything but anybody’s best shot every time. If you’ve got to hit me a little bit to let me know you’re there, cool. I’m coming right back. I’m here too.

I got a couple technical fouls out of frustration during games and I think my coach, out of his own ego, said, ‘If you get another technical you’re off the team,’ Montgomery explained. I figured, whatever, I was like the main player on the team. He’s not going to kick me off. Sure enough, I get another technical in a heated rivalry game. Out of frustration. And so he kicks me off the team.

Diddy was in the running to obtain ownership with Carolina before David Tepper bought the franchise for roughly $2.2 billion. However, Diddy said he’s no longer interested in owning an NFL team after the league passed a new rule last month regarding the national anthem.

I was one of the two last bids for the Panthers, Diddy said during an interview with BigBoyTV on Thursday, via the New York Post. Man, I really wanted to go in there and be a part of the NFL and try to be a positive change. This last move, though, I don’t even want to own an NFL team no more.

Diddy added: I don’t want to be associated with oppressing black men. I don’t want to be associated with telling grown-a— men what they can do and cannot do.

His comments come after the NFL announced last month that it will allow players to remain in the locker room while the anthem plays, but teams will be fined if players and other personnel on the field do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.

Hamels is scheduled to return to the mound Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Hamels, the 2008 NLCS David Johnson Authentic Jersey and World Series MVP for the Phillies, faced the Yankees聽10 days ago, giving up two runs in seven innings of work, leading the Rangers to a 6-4 victory.
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He聽returned to the mound Sunday, but with less success. He gave five runs in 6.1 innings of work in the Rangers’ 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

In 2013, Empire State voters approved a referendum that allowed casino expansion, including the right for four new casinos to offer sports betting.

The New York Gaming Commission is reviewing how the court decision could affect the state, and it would still need to license the four casinos before they can take sports bets.
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The mayor wouldn’t have much say in the decision to bring sports betting to the city, but he could try to use political influence if he wants to oppose betting.

One thing to watch on the Aaron Rodgers contract negotiations is how much control he will have built into the deal. I discussed here.

Every extension signed by a prominent quarterback sets the standard for the next high-profile deal.
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For example, the five-year, $110 million聽contract聽signed by Rodgers in 2013 no longer appears so massive compared to the five-year, $150 million聽deal聽inked by the Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan in early May. Rodgers received $54 million guaranteed, Ryan got $94.5 million guaranteed.

The problem for the 34-year-old former Brett Favre protege is limited leverage. Not only is he under contract for two more years under the terms of the previous agreement, Green Bay could also use the franchise tag after that deal runs out, if necessary.

So it could be difficult for Rodgers to set the new high watermark for quarterback contracts while also receiving unprecedented control to opt out in the future and get even more guaranteed cash.

Both sides have expressed optimism about coming to terms, though.

A Cavs title would leave Damarious Randall with a lot of shopping to do

Safety Damarious Randall was traded from the Packers to the Browns this offseason, but he hasn’t switched his basketball rooting allegiances to his new city.

Of course, the Cavs will have to win in order for that to happen and Randall’s not the only one who thinks that’s an unlikely outcome. The Warriors opened as -1000 favorites at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas and are massive favorites across the board as they try for a third title in four years.

Surprising or not, the move leaves the Lions with an opening at tight end on the first team. They signed former Seahawk Luke Willson and former Falcon Levine Toilolo to go with 2017 fourth-round pick Michael Roberts for a competition that quarterback Matthew Stafford is looking forward to watching.

You know, I think we’ve got a lot of talented guys in that room, honestly, Stafford said, via the team’s website. I think it’s going to be a fun spring and into summer to see kind of how that shakes out. They’re all working extremely hard. You know, really all of them learning a system that’s still somewhat new to them.

General Manager Bob Quinn talked up Roberts’ versatility to contribute in the passing game as a receiver, in protection, as well as his role last year was really probably one of our better blockers on the line of scrimmage. He only caught four passes as a rookie, however, while Willson and Toilolo had 27 between them.

So it’s frustrating to see that the NFL had the opportunity to kind of right the wrongs and change the narrative that’s best for everyone — people who are offended by protests and a league that’s 70-percent African American that understands and lived a lot of these problems that guys are protesting about. So dropped the ball there, but we’ll see where it goes.

The Packers asked Burnett to play many roles, including deep safety, inside linebacker and even some slot cornerback.

Game Deion Sanders Jersey It almost isn’t fair. The best defensive line in football in 2017 was able to add Michael Bennett, one of the NFL’s most versatile and disruptive lineman, via trade this offseason with the Seattle Seahawks.
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The Steelers could see Burnett as able to replace some of what Ryan Shazier gave the defense at inside linebacker. While not nearly as fast, Burnett is capable of playing the run and covering several different positions while playing in the box at linebacker.聽

If Smith is just as good in 2018, the Redskins will have upgraded at quarterback. His efficiency, reliability and track record of getting Kansas City to the playoffs has to be appealing for Washington, especially after the team never won more than nine games with Kirk Cousins as the starter the last three seasons.聽

Four of the six teams ranked below Rutgers are on the Scarlet Knights’ schedule in 2018 – Ninth-ranked Wisconsin, No. 10 Indiana, No. 11 Ohio State and No. 12 Illinois. Iowa is ranked 13th (worth noting Womens Marvin Jones Jr Jersey since the Hawkeyes fit the profile of a dark horse to win the Big Ten West ) and Minnesota has the conference’s easiest schedule according to CBS.

Purdue has the Big Ten’s toughest 2018 schedule according to the rankings, followed by Michigan, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State, Nebraska and Michigan State at Nos. 2-7 in that order.

In part as a result of forcing switches to pick on specific defenders, the Rockets play at a much more methodical pace than D’Antoni’s Suns, relative to league norms of the time. The Suns ranked first, first, third and fourth in the league in pace during D’Antoni’s four seasons; their possessions per game would be well below modern-day league averages, but that takes into account opponents’ running offense at old-school tempos.

The Rockets ranked 14th in pace this season, when D’Antoni prot茅g茅 Alvin Gentry’s New Orleans Pelicans played the fastest of any team in the NBA. During Houston’s 17-game win streak, the longest in the league this season, the Rockets were the slowest-paced team. There are times when D’Antoni urges the Rockets to increase the tempo, such as after Game 1 against the Warriors, but he is usually fine with letting Harden and Paul dictate the pace, understanding that they’ll dribble 20 or so times on a lot of possessions.

Timo Werner overcame injury and a mid-season slump to reaffirm his status as Germany’s leading striker.

The 22-year-old forward is virtually assured of his starting place in the national team after helping Leipzig claim a Europa League place. He finished strongly with two goals and two assists in his last two games.
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Werner has explosive pace, strength and the ability to open up space and create opportunities for Womens Marreese Speights Jersey himself and teammates. The hard-working forward has scored seven goals in 12 appearances.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper has impressed since joining Everton for 30 million pounds ($41 million), making him a at the time a the world’s third most expensive goalkeeper.

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The Panthers added Dontari Poe to the middle of the defensive line and restocked the secondary in free agency and the draft, but giving Cam Newton a multitalented receiver will likely turn out to be Carolina’s best move of the offseason.聽

No. 24 overall pick D.J. Moore is tough, strong and fast, with route-running reliability and a dangerous skill set after the catch. He should create more safe, easy throws and big plays in the passing game for Newton, who completed only 59.1 percent of his passes and finished with career lows in yards per attempt (6.7) and passing yards per game (206.4) last season.聽

The Panthers only had one player at the receiver position catch more than 32 passes in 2017, and adding veterans Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright certainly didn’t fill the team’s need for more star power on offense. Moore could be the franchise’s best receiver since Steve Smith.聽

New Jersey mulling suit against NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA for fighting legalized gambling

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Sweeney is adamantly against these fees. Whether or not this lawsuit would hold water is questionable, but for New Jersey, it could still be an opportunity to recoup some funds lost in a long legal battle.

Sherman, 30, suffered a season-ending ruptured Achilles against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10 of the 2017 season while as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks released Sherman in a salary cap-related move on March 9, but he didn’t go long before finding a new home. The 49ers moved quickly and signed Sherman to a three-year deal two days later.
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Sherman will continue the rehabilitation process and could be back on the field by training camp. The video of him running during the 49ers ‘ organized team activities offers optimism of his progress.
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A healthy Sherman, who has 32 interceptions Womens Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey and 99 passes defensed on his career, will bolster the 49ers ‘ defensive secondary, which finished the 2017 season ranked 22nd in the league (235.2 yards allowed per game) and tied for 24th in touchdowns allowed (27).

If Mayfield is outspoken and Chubb is soft-spoken, then Ward is somewhere in between.

Celtics push Cavs to the brink as Tatum, defense spark Game 5 rout

As Jayson Tatum chased down the loose ball, he had to know LeBron James was lurking nearby. And yet the 20-year-old rookie showed no fear, no hesitation while immediately attacking the basket.
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To understand why this play was so important, you must rewind six months to opening night in Cleveland when Tatum was battling a major case of first-game jitters. James swatted one of the rookie’s offerings in the opening minute, as big a welcome-to-the-league moment as it gets.

Now, in a sign of just how far Tatum and these young Boston Celtics have come, it was the rookie who won a footrace to the pass he had deflected into the backcourt then, after one strong dribble, went up and finished as James eased up without truly contesting the finish.
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His composure, he plays above his age. The unfortunate events of injuries [the Celtics] have had has allowed him to get better faster than they expected, James said. It’s given him an opportunity to make fail plays or make mistakes and be able to learn from them and still be able to be on the floor.

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The 41-point margin of victory was also the largest in the Warriors’ playoff history, eclipsing a record set 70 years ago when the franchise was located in Philadelphia. Golden State essentially dominated every facet of the game.

Houston was horrible offensively, shooting only 40 percent from the floor and committing 20 turnovers, which the Warriors converted into 28 points. The Rockets were dreadful defensively, allowing the Warriors to shoot 52.2 percent from the floor and 40.6 percent from 3-point range. And the Warriors won the rebounding battle by a 49-40 margin.

[D’Antoni is] right, said Rockets guard James Harden, who led Houston with 20 points and nine assists but was beaten defensively for many of Warriors star Stephen Curry’s game-high 35 points. Mason Crosby Authentic Jersey We weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be. We started off the game pretty solid, and then we let them gain some confidence to end the first quarter. But just defensively, they didn’t feel us, and it showed tonight.

Raiders president says concerns about Las Vegas as sports host are moot as team pursues NFL Draft

The Raiders are hopeful to bring major NFL events and not just their franchise to Las Vegas when the team relocated to southern Nevada in 2020.
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Las Vegas is one of several cities vying to host the NFL Draft in the coming years. The league is set to vote on host sites for the draft in 2019 and 2020 during the upcoming league meetings beginning Tuesday in Atlanta. With the Raiders set to move into a new stadium in 2020 and the Vegas Golden Knights being wildly successful in their first season in the NHL, earning a spot in the upcoming Stanley Cup Final, Raiders team president Marc Badain believes concerns about Las Vegas’ ability to be a strong host for events of major sports leagues is no longer relevant.

When Sherman went down with a torn Achilles last season, Griffin stayed on the right side of the defense with Byron Maxwell taking over as the starter at left Womens Tim Hardaway Jersey cornerback. In Maxwell’s first stint with the Seahawks, he played right cornerback opposite Sherman. Moving Griffin to the left side would allow Maxwell to move back to the right cornerback spot he’s more accustomed to.
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Additionally, fifth-round pick Tre Flowers is also working on the right side as he makes the conversion from college safety to cornerback.

This year, Garrett wants things to be different.

Garrett says he’s working on his conditioning with the specific goal of being able to remain fresh into the fourth quarter even if he plays every snap on defense.

I wanted to get in better shape, so I can be out there and make plays, create turnovers, Garrett told the Akron Beacon Journal.
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Garrett played 52 of 59 snaps in Week 17, and he said he’s hoping to play about that much every week this season.

NBA draft lottery 2018: Chances for No. 1 pick

The future of the NBA 聽will be determined this week.
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While there’s still a month until the actual Eric Berry Womens Jersey 2018 NBA Draft, the draft lottery will set the league up for everything that happens in the next few weeks.

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the NBA will hold its draft lottery to determine the selections of this year’s non-playoff teams. Here are the odds for each team to land the No. 1 overall pick 聽and to jump into top-three position–including the Knicks.
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Well, the Bills start the season with the Ravens, Chargers, and Vikings. Is that really the kind of environment you want to throw your rookie quarterback into? After what happened with Nathan Peterman against the Chargers last season, I don’t think so. That means for Allen to hit the over, he’s likely got to start Week 4 in Green Bay, or Week 5 at home against Tennessee — and then not come out of the lineup the rest of the season.聽

We’re going to get a second opinion on him, check out his quad, his quad tendon, see what happened, said Gruden.

The result of the second opinion and an MRI confirmed the injury and the need for surgery.

Don’t use the term bust to describe Solomon Thomas’ rookie season. Based solely on sack count, three is an underwhelming number for the No. 3 overall pick. It looks further behind the curve next to Browns pass-rusher Myles Garrett’s seven in the category.

However, Thomas knows he needs to adjust to the scheme and avoid overanalyzing his moments on the field, per San Jose Mercury reporter Cam Inman.

I overthink sometimes, Thomas said. Just trying to adjust to this scheme. You know, I haven’t really played on the edge much my whole career. So adjusting to that and to moving inside during games.
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Once Thomas hurdles the mental block, he’ll have his hands on the quarterback frequently. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh also plans to use him at the Leo position to tap into his ability as a pass-rusher, per Sacramento Bee reporter Matt Barrows.聽