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LeSean McCoy again will be the Bills’ No. 1 back

Perhaps still concerned about Zach Miller’s health, the Bears signed Dion Sims in free agency and drafted Adam Shaheen in the second round. They also retained Daniel Brown and Ben Braunecker.

Shaheen simply is a monster. Listed at 6-6, 277 pounds and drawing inevitable, premature Rob Gronkowski comparisons, the rookie’s usage is yet to be determined. But it’s fair to assume he’ll have an impact on the offense, both as an in-line blocker and as a tough cover in the passing game, regardless of Miller’s availability.
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Such depth at tight end is convenient for a team that lacks elite talent at offensive tackle. Don’t be surprised to see more three tight end sets in Loggains’ offense.

Dennison loves him some fullbacks, which helps explain the Bills’ free-agency acquisitions of Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert. But the OC also has a history of using zone blocking schemes, which makes Buffalo’s decision to let efficient runner Mike Gillislee leave for New England somewhat of a head-scratcher.

Nevertheless, LeSean McCoy again will be the Bills’ No. 1 back, and if healthy, he’s still capable of spearheading a rushing attack that ranked first in the league last season.

Allen Hurns Game Jersey The issue for the Bills at running back is depth — Jonathan Williams and Joe Banyard are McCoy’s projected backups. Perhaps local University of Buffalo product Jordan Johnson can make the roster and steal carries as a rookie.

Why it’s time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I’ve ever met. But the Hall of Famer’s career .415 on-base percentage should’ve been higher. The reason it wasn’t? The sacrifice fly.

Boggs’ 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a would-be .419 to the actual .415 — because, unlike a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly actually counts against a player’s on-base percentage, despite having no effect on batting average. Didn’t know that? You’re not alone. Even Boggs was perplexed.

Limited Youth Vincent Valentine Jersey It is strange, he told me. You get rewarded [with an RBI and by helping your team], but then you are penalized at the same time.

Exactly, which is why it’s time for baseball to rethink the sacrifice fly.

Myers trailed off in the second half of the season, hitting .286 prior to the All-Star break and hitting .233, with just nine home runs, after. Honestly, it’s to be expected for a guy who faced injuries his entire major league career. Not to mention, he hadn’t played a full, injury-free season until 2016, his fourth year in the majors.
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Also odd is Myers’ road ineffectiveness: He hit .210 with 10 home runs away from Petco Park. Myers will probably round out into a more potent offensive threat in 2017, especially in the ballparks of the NL West — as long as his health allows it. While San Diego still has a lot of work to do in all phases of the game, it’s good to see the Padres trust Myers to be a cornerstone of the last pro sports franchise standing in San Diego.

In Washington, QBs, GMs, fans’ hopes go up in smoke in just five years

So, folks running the Washington franchise. These entire past five years — what was that all about?

You know, the five years that began with trading to get Robert Griffin III and also grabbing that fourth-round steal in Kirk Cousins, then instigating a civil war over who should be the top dog at the position, then starting a separate war over who decides who stays, then yet another war over who decides how much to pay the survivor. Those five years?
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How does an NFL team draft two productive yet polarizing quarterbacks in the same draft in 2012, win two division titles and claim three winning records, go through three management teams and two head coaches, move heaven and earth to either make one of them happy or drive one of them off, and reach 2017 right back where you started?

This would be the last straw for the fan faithful, if they hadn’t already declared so many last straws before. The latest declarations are coming fast and furious in the wake of the latest revelations about the — yes, it’s becoming one huge beaten-down cliche, but still — dysfunction in the front office:

But either way, McCown gets another chance, on another team that thinks he’s what they really need.
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Put aside for a moment where this 16-year-long, league-wide man-crush on McCown is coming from (including a year in the United Football League). With all the reaction to Colin Kaepernick’s continued unemployment that insists that nobody owes him a job, the NFL sure acts as if it owes McCown an annual paycheck — including his last two teams, the Buccaneers and Browns, who have also given him a combined 22 starts in the last three seasons and have lost 20 of them.

NFLPA files grievance against NFL over use of painkillers; NFL asks for dismissal

The NFL has asked for a dismissal of a grievance filed by the NFLPA which claims NFL teams conspire to violate the collective bargaining agreement in their dispensing of prescription painkillers.

The league responded Monday to the grievance filed on April 28 and asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco for a dismissal of the union’s claim.

The NFLPA filed the 11-page grievance on behalf of a lawsuit brought on by Bears Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent.

The union included “numerous admissions by club medical personnel of violating state and federal law.” Statements and testimonies from medical staff members of the Bills, Steelers and Cowboys admitting they did not inform players the warnings and risks of taking certain medications.

Elliott, who is the first rookie to ever lead the league in total merchandise sales, beat out Patriots quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady as well as teammate Dez Bryant to top the list.

“It’s pretty humbling,” Elliott said in a statement. “When you’re a rookie, you’re just looking to put your head down, help the team, and learn the ropes. To accomplish this level of success off the field shows just how passionate football fans are in Dallas, Ohio, my home state of Missouri, and all around the world. And to be up there with Dak and Dez, alongside great players like Tom Brady and Odell Beckham, is very special to me.”

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. rounded out the top five, while tight end Jason Witten and quarterback Tony Romo finished 12th and 15th, respectively, to help the Cowboys claim five spots in the top 15.

The pitcher and manager said the pitch was supposed to be inside and got away.

Famed sportswriter Damon Runyon nicknamed Radcliffe Double Duty after watching him pitch one end of a doubleheader and catch the other. Remarkably durable, he played until he was 52.

More than likely, this list just scratches the surface. Negro League baseball remains enigmatic, with some elements that might never be fully known. But that doesn’t mean the Hall of Fame shouldn’t at least try to paint a better picture.

But, you might say, how can Manfred determine intent? Barnes said he didn’t intentionally throw at Machado’s head, that he would never do anything like that. How, you might ask, can anyone really know what Barnes was thinking out there?

I honestly believe that’s irrelevant. We can all agree the situation was obvious, right? The Red Sox were clearly angry and pretty much everyone in baseball expected Machado to get hit with a pitch at some point before the series ended. The question was when.

This is not about punishing intent. It’s about punishing action, and Barnes threw a baseball at Machado’s head in an obvious retaliation situation.
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The pitcher and manager said the pitch was supposed to be inside and got away.

Elite Mens Nolan Carroll Jersey This is all about the peak of his managerial success as a Brooklyn kid making great in the Bronx. A slightly above-average manager with the Braves, Cardinals and later the Dodgers, Torre took over the Yankees at the right time in ’96 when Jeter exploded on the scene as AL Rookie of the Year. They won four World Series and six AL pennants in the first eight of Torre’s 12 glorious seasons.

Hisashi Iwakuma is fourth Mariners starting pitcher to land on DL

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The Mariners’ hopes for contention heading into the 2017 season hinged on what appeared to be one of the more impressive starting rotations in the majors.

But Seattle’s dreams of watching Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Drew Smyly and Yovani Gallardo pitch deep into games and carry the team back to the playoffs have evaporated by the second week of May.

But, first, a look backward — way backward to begin with — at how last season came about and how it ended so remarkably.
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Epstein, on meeting Maddon to discuss the Cubs job — at an RV park in Pensacola, Fla. (the first time I’ve ever had to Google Map an RV park in my life, the Cubs president says):

There was a Publix supermarket across the street and I know Joe likes wine. So I got the best bottle of wine I could. Like, it was 19 bucks or something and the next thing you know we’re sitting in plastic lawn chairs in the sand on the beach at Pensacola, RV’s behind us, ocean in front of us, talking about what makes a great organization.

Epstein, on while watching Aroldis Chapman pitch in Game 6 of the World Series, whether he believed Maddon was wearing out his closer with the series looking like it was headed to a Game 7:

In every cell of my body. But not every manager’s gonna get everything right. But you better have a reason for it. And Joe always has a good reason for it.

Epstein, on a clearly tired Chapman giving up the lead late in Game 7:

I didn’t agree with everything [Maddon] did during the World Series, but I agreed with him as being the absolute right person to see us through all these ups and downs and get us to the end. And that’s what he did, is he got us to the end.

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras receives elbow to head, stays in game

Baseball is sometimes more physical than people think, and Friday afternoon was proof of that.

Attempting to score on a sacrifice fly, the Yankees’ Starlin Castro inadvertently elbowed Cubs catcher Willson Contreras directly in the face in the sixth inning.

Castro, who appeared to be running pretty far outside the basepaths, was ruled out. Contreras would walk off under his own power, but stay in the game, so it appears the Cubs dodged a bullet.

At the very least, baseball should be glad this elbow to the head didn’t turn into the NBA’s Kelly Olynyk-Kelly Oubre situation.

Even with Torre’s willingness to be seen and heard at nearly all times, the crew couldn’t help but feel like stalkers.

Elite Mens Andy Janovich Jersey You are basically invading this guy’s privacy, said videographer Rafael Ortiz-Guzman, who filmed hours of footage of Torre in the dugout that season. There are moments that you can actually feel his thoughts.
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Sometimes, those thoughts were on lighter things 鈥?the quality of haircuts in St. Louis or an upcoming appearance on Good Morning America 鈥?but mostly the microphones captured a manager managing, whether it be venting over poor play, talking strategy or giving firm but fatherly instruction to his players.

A frequent recipient of that instruction was Murphy, who, despite putting together an MVP season in 1982, was still a developing player rough around the edges.

He’d give me a little sarcastic dig now and then or (say), What are you thinking out there?’ Murphy said. I didn’t look like a very high-strung player 鈥?but on the other hand I was probably a little more intense than people realize, and so sometimes Joe could pick up on that.

Bears QB Mike Glennon felt ‘cheated on’ with Mitchell Trubisky pick, report says

Elite Kids Kurt Warner Jersey Less than two months ago, the Bears signed free agent Mike Glennon to a contract which includes $18.5 million guaranteed, apparently signaling their faith in him as their quarterback going forward. But those dreams ended Thursday night when Chicago traded up one spot in the draft to take Mitchell Trubisky No. 2 overall.

While everyone connected to the Bears has said Glennon will be the starter this year, it’s clear he’s not viewed as the future of the franchise. You don’t take a quarterback second overall and then not give him a chance. As a result, Glennon was reportedly extremely hurt by the news.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

There were several reports floating around that Cleveland once again contacted the Patriots in an attempt to get Jimmy Garoppolo during the NFL Draft but was told not to bother.

I know I’ll probably stink for a while (in the broadcast booth). Hopefully I’ll continue to improve at that and hopefully get better and be good.

It’s a smart move by Romo to try to lower expectations, PFT noted. A little self-deprecating humor goes a long way, especially on TV, where so many massive egos take themselves way too seriously.

But it’s a little late for Romo to lower the bar on expectations.

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It’s unusual to see the Patriots having so few picks, but given their offseason of free-agent moves, trades and non-trades, they could have skipped picks in 2017 and been just fine. With those four picks, they were smart to use it on high-upside versatile lineman for both sides of the ball.

eBay takes down auction for vehicle Aaron Hernandez allegedly committed murder in

Online auction site eBay took away the chance for sports memorabilia collectors to purchase a truly one-of-a-kind piece of dark history.

TMZ Sports reported Tuesday that the vehicle former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez used while allegedly killing two people in a 2012 drive-by shooting was on sale at eBay. The auction for the 2006 Toyota 4Runner, which has 53,000 miles on it, eventually surpassed $100,000 Tuesday evening.

It’s time. I’m officially announcing my retirement from the game I love. It’s been an amazing ride and I’m grateful for every moment. My career has brought so many great people into my life, and I asked some of them to join me in saying goodbye.

Against all odds, critics, and naysayers, I accomplished something great. Scouts measured my height and said I was too short. They measured my 40-yard dash and said I was too slow. They looked at my build and said I wouldn’t last. But they couldn’t measure my heart, my faith, and my perseverance.

I am living proof that dreams come true and God answers prayers, and I thank God everyday for the opportunity to live out my dream.

Forsett, 31, was selected by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft and had stints with seven different teams throughout his career, including the Seahawks, Colts, Texans, Jaguars, Ravens, Lions and Broncos.

His most productive season came in 2014 with Baltimore when he rushed for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns to earn a Pro Bowl selection.

Warriors vs. Trail Blazers, 2017 NBA playoffs: Schedule, predictions, and news

Authentic Mens Joe Maddon Jersey Damian Lillard said Trail Blazers in six (though not seriously). That’s a long shot, but the star point guard will attempt to gun his team into the second round in an improbable effort against a star-studded Golden State Warriors team — a team expected to three-peat as Western Conference champions.

Elite Kids Nomar Mazara Jersey Portland was rolling after a midseason deal landed Jusuf Nurkic from the Denver Nuggets. He was the Trail Blazers’ difference-maker on both ends until a March 30 fibular fracture in his leg sidelined him for the rest of the regular season. Lillard and C.J. McCollum were able to hold down the fort and retain the No. 8 seed, but it’s unclear if Jurkic will be cleared to return (or if it’s wise for him to rush back).

That’s bad news for a Trail Blazers team taking on a Golden State squad that welcomed Kevin Durant back from an MCL sprain with three games remaining in the regular season. Durant returned to the Warriors after they had rattled off 13 straight wins to cement themselves as the West’s top seed.

Trading up to grab Watson was divisive, as analysts wavered between C and A grades for the Texans. Houston gave up a ransom to jettison Brock Osweiler and then select Watson — the eventual cost was two first-round picks and a second-round pick. Watson was the most accomplished passer in the 2017 draft, and even a mediocre year could provide better returns than what Osweiler gave last season.

The rest of their draft netted a combination of accomplished college standouts and developmental picks. Cunningham was a game-changing linebacker for Vanderbilt, while D’Onta Foreman ran for more yards than all but one other FBS tailback last fall. Both should contribute this fall.