Panthers’ Graham Gano calls outs Buccaneers for ‘bush league’ tactics

Panthers kicker Graham Gano missed three field goals Sunday during Carolina’s loss in Tampa Bay, and he had a reason why after the game.

Gano said the video board operator at Raymond James Stadium maliciously showed footage of him lining up to kick, which created the visual of two sets of goal posts the one on the field, and the one on the screen. Gano said when Tampa Bay kicker Roberto Aguayo lined up, the board showed a solid red background.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he won’t hold Watson’s decision against him.
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Ryan Mathews Womens Jersey There are going to be other guys that are not participating either, so I won’t hold it against him,Jackson said, via cleveland.com. I don’t think that’s the right thing to do. He’s still a draftable player, there’s still a process we have to go through to evaluate him and see if he can fit here with the Cleveland Browns.

The report says the Browns, who have the No. 1 and No. 12 overall picks in the draft, are interested in top quarterback prospects Watson, North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer.

That makes sense, because the Browns started five different quarterbacks last season and none of them did much to provide hope for the future.

Jackson still thinks highly of Watson and understands his decision to rest.

I think he’s a high-character guy,Jackson said. I think he’s made of the right stuff. I don’t think there’s anything malicious about his decision. I just think he’s like a lot of guys who have made this decision to do what’s best for them.

Jason Garrett is no match for Dak Prescott in throwing contest

Dallas Cowboys rookie Dak Prescott knows how to toss the pigskin.

The Pro Bowl quarterback showed off his skills during a friendly throwing competition against his coach, Jason Garrett.

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Garrett can help his ego recover with a win on Sunday night, as he leads the NFC squad in the Pro Bowl.

The Lions have trusted their cornerbacks in recent years and haven’t invested substantially at the position in some time. Darius Slay is still a strong feature cornerback, but with the Packers in the division, the Lions need to continue to invest in their corners. Some feel Wilson is at or even above his teammate Jalen Tabor as a prospect.
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The Dolphins relied on Cam Wake to generate their pass rush without Oliver Vernon, and Mario Williams was a bit of a letdown in 2016. Thomas is a versatile interior and outside rusher who can fit any defense Miami wants to use if/when coordinator Vance Joseph heads elsewhere.

Paul Perkins is a capable running back in the Giants’ rotation, but it’s about time they find themselves a workhorse to bring some life to their rushing attack. Foreman is a special talent who’s worth a late first-round pick. I don’t think we’ve ever seen it to this extent, Clinton Portis, who rushed for nearly 10,000 yards in a nine-year NFL career with the Broncos and Redskins, told Sporting News in breaking down Bell’s patented patience.

It’s not like he came in and changed anything big

Reds left-hander Amir Garrett has a pattern this year of alternating quality starts with bad outings. Sunday he was dreadful. He gave up eight earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, on seven hits (including three home runs) and three walks.

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Nationals (35-20) at Dodgers (35-23), 10:10 p.m. ET: In a repeat of one of last year’s NL Division Series, the Nationals and Dodgers meet in the first game of a three-game series. This won’t be the best pitching matchup of the series (Gio Gonzalez for the Nats goes versus Hyun-Jin Ryu for the Dodgers) but these two star-filled lineups make every game of this series worth watching.

He just kinda slid in and is adapting to what we do, Carpenter said. It’s not like he came in and changed anything big; he’s fitting in nicely.
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But that’s not to say that Fowler, who has struggled at the plate with a .223 average and .316 on-base percentage in his first season with the Cardinals, doesn’t still bring the same smile and positive attitude every day. He’s just not making big changes to the Cardinals’ well-established culture.

He’s been great, Carpenter said. He’s a guy with a lot of energy and a good personality. He has been a good impact, for sure.

Paul DeJong, a rookie second baseman in his first stint with the big-league team, also paints a toned down picture of Fowler’s presence in the clubhouse.

Yadi, Carp, and Waino, the veterans that have been around kind of lead it, DeJong said. (Fowler) has been a great addition to the team. He treats me with respect, he treats everybody with respect. That’s all you can ask for.

Todd Gurley personally asked new Rams coach Sean McVay to keep RBs coach

Todd Gurley had two position coaches in two seasons. He didn’t want the make it three in as many years.

After the Rams announced Sean McVay as their new head coach last month, the Rams running back reached out to McVay asking him to retain running backs coach Skip Peete on his coaching staff.

“It was one of those situations when you go into these interviews where you have your projected staff in place,” McVay told reporters Friday during a news conference to introduce his coaching staff. “Skip was a guy that I heard a lot of really good things about, I had never had the chance to work with him before, but he had worked with a couple of people that I’ve worked with that I hold their opinion in high regard. He was a guy I was interested to sit down with and wanted to really get a chance to talk some football, learn what he’s about.”

Njoku said he talked to Graham, Shockey and Olsen throughout his career at Miami. It could be football, school or personal. They listened, but they also set a high standard for Njoku. Miami has a stake in the “Tight End U” argument, after all.

“I treat them like my family, my brothers and they guide me along this type of journey,” Njoku said. “I can’t thank them enough. … It’s always a blessing to be brought into the same conversation as those greats.”

Njoku, however, won’t compare his game to any of those tight ends. For those looking for one, he’s a cross between Graham and Winslow. The route-running and blocking are there. So is the playmaking ability. He flashed that again with a 23-yard touchdown during which he dragged West Virginia’s Ezekiel Rose for a few yards in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
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Fitzgerald and Manning beat out fellow finalist Greg Olsen

Something doesn’t seem fair when the Super Bowl champions will have this much cap space in 2017, but the Patriots are the most well-managed team in the league, and it shows both on and off the field.

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Fitzgerald and Manning beat out fellow finalist Greg Olsen, the Panthers’ Pro Bowl tight end.

Each of the 32 NFL teams selected a nominee before those players were whittled down to the three finalists.

“Quite simply this is the most meaningful honor an NFL player can receive and I am flattered beyond words that the selection committee deemed me worthy of it,” Fitzgerald said. “More than anything it is a reflection on my parents whose words and example taught my brother and me the value of service and the importance of giving back.

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Hand adds: “What happens to Atlanta is almost supernatural. … I want to scream.”

Tom Brady named Super Bowl MVP for record fourth time

San Francisco might decide that its best option is incumbent Colin Kaepernick, who like rival Russell Wilson of the Seahawks was supposed to have the potential to be one of the next generation’s great quarterbacks. Wilson more or less has kept up his end of the bargain, while Kaepernick’s career has gone downhill since the minute he signed a large contract extension in 2014. Kaepernick found himself benched for Blaine Gabbert until the former was willing to forego large injury protection in his contract.

Kaepernick at times in 2016 was dazzling, but at other times, he was atrocious. There’s also the negativity that comes with the status quo and questions about how much a coach can teach a 30-year-old QB who has gone through three head coaches in three years.

Kaepernick’s current salary is $16.9 million, so the two sides would need to negotiate lower valued contract for his return to make any sense.

Tom Brady became the first player in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP four times Sunday after leading the largest comeback in the game’s history.

The Patriots quarterback helped erase a 25-point deficit against the Falcons to force overtime and win a fifth championship, 34-28.

We all brought each other back, Brady said on Fox Sports. It was a tough battle.
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Kids J. D. Martinez Jersey He posted 466 passing yards, the most ever in a Super Bowl, for two touchdowns and one interception. His fourth MVP award passes Joe Montana for most all time.

Among current and former players, only Charles Haley, who played for the San Fransisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys, has as many Super Bowl titles as Brady.

Boston fans weren’t optimistic about the team extending its streak behind Pomeranz.

Left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz had been struggling coming into Thursday’s game, as the Red Sox lost his last three starts and he did not make it past the fourth inning in any of them. His last outing, a no-decision in a Boston loss at Oakland last Saturday, devolved into a dugout shouting match about the early hook with manager John Farrell.

Boston fans weren’t optimistic about the team extending its streak behind Pomeranz.

But Pomeranz delivered, striking out 11 Texas batters and allowing just four hits in six innings. The Red Sox had a 4-2 lead when he was relieved by Heath Hembree.

Authentic Womens Sean Monahan Jersey Pomeranz has Xander Bogaerts to thank for most of that run support. After a two-hit game Wednesday, Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, 2 runs and his first home run of the season.

For the first time in eight starts, E-Rod failed to last six innings after giving up home runs to Mark Trumbo, Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop in the 7-5 loss. Opposing southpaw Wade Miley was significantly better in his first win since April 14. Miley spun seven innings of one-run ball with five hits allowed and three strikeouts.

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A big reason for the defensive stability was the emergence of Jadeveon Clowney.

And then there’s the defense. How good is this defense? The Texans lost three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt in Week 3 and still finished with the best defense in the NFL.

A big reason for the defensive stability was the emergence of Jadeveon Clowney. After two injury-plagued seasons, the 2014 No. 1 draft pick finally stayed healthy and dominated, becoming a disruptive force on the defensive line and earning his first Pro Bowl nod. In addition, Whitney Mercilus continued to terrorize opposing quarterbacks, recording 7.5 sacks.

If Watt comes back healthy, this could easily be the most fearsome pass-rushing trio in football. The front seven also got another reinforcement in the draft, with linebacker Zach Cunningham being a potential steal in the second round. This is an incredible unit, but as we’ve seen in the past few years, that hasn’t been enough to make the Texans true contenders.

That championship pedigree helped draw interest from American scouts, and he landed with the Bengals after a brief preseason stint with the Rams. The 5’7 slot receiver contributed immediately in his first NFL season, notching 23 receptions while emerging as an important safety valve for quarterback Andy Dalton.

That led the Browns to come calling in 2014, signing the elusive wideout away with a four-year, $13.2 million pact. He had the best season of his career that year, catching 63 passes for 824 yards before being thrown into the swirling cesspool of ridiculousness that is the Cleveland quarterback rotation. The club mercifully released him — and the $1.8 million he was due in 2017 — on Feb. 27.

The beginning of his year was still productive, though, as Hawkins graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree and a 4.0 GPA.

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Ryan Grigson turns failed stint with Colts into an executive job with the Browns

Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson didn’t have to wait long for a second chance. Four months after he was fired, the Cleveland Browns announced Wednesday that he will join the team as senior personnel executive and report to vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry.

Authentic Brett Connolly Jersey The Browns will hope Grigson shows the scouting talent that he displayed in eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and not the work he did with the Colts.

But Brady did acknowledge the importance of getting appropriate medical care for a concussion.

I think there’s been more awareness from the general media on what CTE is, how it affects you, the long-term ramifications of it, he said. I think, as an athlete, you have to take all those things into consideration and try to be as proactive as you can. Gain information, then go through the proper protocols if you do get a concussion.

Brady was sidelined for the first four weeks of the season to serve a suspension for his role in the Deflategate controversy. Once he returned to the field for the New England Patriots, he threw for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns against just two interceptions.

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The lawsuit states that Satterfield suffered a concussion, facial fractures and bruising, a perforated eardrum, and other injuries. He is seeking $500,000 in damages for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy.

NFL free agency: T.J. Lang signs three-year deal with Lions, per report

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford just got a serious upgrade to his offensive line, and from a division rival to boot.

Former Packers guard T.J. Lang, according to ESPN, has signed a three-year deal with the Lions. Further details have not yet been released.

Lang, a fourth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Eastern Michigan, was one of the anchors of Green Bay’s offensive line, helping the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2011 and earning Pro Bowl honors in 2016. He gave up 2.5 sacks over the last two years.

He will join a Lions offense that ranked 30th in the league last season in rushing yards per game (79.9), tied for 22nd in sacks (37) and 13th with 79 quarterback hits.

Say what? Nothing on WTBS lasted four hours unless the Braves went into extra innings or had a rain delay.

I kind of gulped a little bit thinking, Wow, that’s going to be a long special. But yeah, I’m sure we can do it,’ Hanson said.

I kind of wanted it so that any fan of any baseball team could tune in and get a real idea of what their team was also doing, Hanson said.
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If nothing else, the Braves had a new vibe in 1982, with Turner hiring the charismatic and sometimes fiery Joe Torre as manager to help further develop young players such as Dale Murphy and Bob Horner, who seemed on the cusp of becoming superstars.

There was perhaps a flicker of optimism, but it would take a lot to shake the Braves’ long-established reputation.

Elite Kids Sean Lee Jersey The Braves weren’t high on the list as far as anybody’s favorite team, longtime ace Phil Niekro said.