Vikings schedule 2018: Minnesota’s division title defense won’t be easy

The Vikings’ 2018 schedule begins where last season’s ended, as Minnesota is slated to travel to Philadelphia for the season-opener and a rematch of last year’s NFC title game. It’s just one of several intriguing games on the Vikings’ regular-season schedule.
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Mayfield was not in Arlington, Texas, for the draft Thursday night. He decided weeks ago to stay home and watch the first round with family and friends (and, presumably, a Facebook camera crew).
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Interestingly, Mayfield was turned off by Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, when Cook called trying to represent him. Mayfield said in an episode of Behind Baker (per USA Today) that he hung up on Cook when the agent seemed not to know how Mayfield wound up at Oklahoma.

Mayfield himself turned off many people during his collegiate career, which ended at OU after it had begun at Texas Tech. He has Authentic Ryan Kerrigan Jersey been intent during the draft process on answering NFL teams’ questions about his character.

Weah is the cousin of George Weah Jr., who once played for A.C. Milan; and Tim Weah, an 18-year-old vaulting through the U.S. Men’s National Team system. However, there’s one other major name that Weah is connected to: He’s the nephew of Ballon d’Or winner and Liberian president George Weah. George is the only African player to ever win the Ballon d’Or, an honor reserved for the year’s best soccer player.

At Pittsburgh, Weah’s calling card was, unsurprisingly, his speed. He averaged 24.2 yards per catch and 10 touchdowns in his second year, netting 870 yards on just 36 catches. In his final year, Weah had 698 yards on 41 catches with four touchdowns.

Derek Carr got his first real taste of Jon Gruden’s offense the Oakland Raiders opened veteran minicamp Tuesday. The quarterback said he hit the ground running.

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McShay’s final rankings: Top 300 prospects for 2018 NFL draft

It’s time to present our final rankings — a full top 300 — for the 2018 NFL draft class. The first 100 players below have scouting reports written by Steve Muench and myself, along with his Scouts Inc. grade in parentheses.

But it was his young family that sealed his decision, with the NBA lifestyle depriving him valuable moments with his young family.

“I have an 18-month old and a newborn coming in July and it just started to hit me, going on road trips in the NBA. We would go on 10-day road trips – with every road trip that came, it started to get to me a bit … missing first steps, missing first words.”

Andrew Bogut says he was always going to finish his career in the NBL and was really impressed by the negotiations which included a 10 percent share of the Kings when he retires with the option to purchase up to 50 percent of the club.

Infielder/outfielder Brock Holt was put on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring.

Bogaerts was hurt April 8 while sliding into the Rays dugout to grab an errant ball. He went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double while playing six innings at shortstop Tuesday night in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Bogaerts played in Boston’s first nine games before getting hurt.

Utah opened the second half on an 8-1 run to go up 64-42, and Crowder’s 3-pointer made it 71-46 with 8:34 left in the third quarter.

Westbrook made back-to-back 3-pointers, then after a 3-point play by George, Westbrook made a jumper and a layup to cut Utah’s lead to 73-60 and bring energy back into the arena.

Gobert picked up his fifth foul with 3:46 left in the third quarter. Westbrook’s 3-pointer tied the game at 78 heading into the fourth quarter. He scored 20 points in the third.

Westbrook scored immediately at the start of the fourth to finally put the Thunder in front. Back-to-back 3s by Westbrook and Alex Abrines put Oklahoma City up 96-91, and a jumper by Westbrook with 1:24 left put Oklahoma City up 107-99.dolphins_101

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Kemp, booed by Padres fans as he came to the plate in the third, elicited cheers from Dodgers fans at Petco Park when he drove the first pitch he saw from lefty Robbie Erlin (0-2) an estimated 399 feet to left-center to highlight the inning, which was a mess for the Padres.

For sure you come to a place where you played, you want to do good, Kemp said. I had some fans screaming at me tonight so I shut them up for a little while.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva and right fielder Hunter Renfroe committed errors that allowed Chris Taylor and Corey Seager to reach safely at the start of the inning. Enrique Hernandez hit an RBI single, Cody Bellinger had a base hit and Kemp launched his second home run for a 6-2 lead.

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It’s a long way from there to here, and Stafford has labored admirably under some awful regimes. That’s why it’s as critical as ever that the Lions got this regime right, with GM Bob Quinn tabbing his former Patriots compatriot in Patricia.

Stafford spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since Patricia was hired, and naturally, said all the right things, just as Patricia has said all the right things about his quarterback.

We’re bringing in a guy from a team that has a lot of wins under his belt, Stafford said. He’s bringing great energy, great passion for the game. It’s on us to match that and exceed it, and as leaders of this team, filter that message down and make sure everybody is pulling in the same direction.

Our 25-year anniversary sample begins with Patriots coach Bill Parcells taking QB Drew Bledsoe with the first-overall pick of the 1993 draft. The Seahawks selected QB Rick Mirer second. Mirer was likened by Bill Walsh to Joe Montana.

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Report: Giants trade Riley Dixon for conditional seventh-round pick

The Broncos have found a trade partner for Riley Dixon after all.
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Denver began shopping Dixon after signing Marquette King in free agency. The Broncos found a taker in the Giants, who traded a conditional seventh-round pick for the punter, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

The Giants have searched for a veteran punter since releasing Brad Wing in March.

The former Giants and Jets kicker was photographed Saturday in a joke prom picture, with his daughter and her boyfriend, in which Feely has his arm around his daughter and a gun in his other hand, near the boyfriend 鈥?who wears a restrained smile.

The social-media blowback and praise came instantly from both sides for the Bad Boys II-inspired image.

Feely explained the Dustin McGowan Youth jersey photograph by saying it was all in good fun.

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Loved him. He had a magic touch, that when he wanted something passed, he was able to go and talk to a dissenter and swing that person to come to his way of thinking.

Again, talking about Rozelle and ideas, [future Jets GM] Jim Kensil was kind of his right-hand man, and we were staying at the Sheraton West, which was right across the street from where they were staying. And he said, You know, we have to think about having a party for this Super Bowl game. And he said, Jim, go out and get some party invitations printed up. And Kensil went to Kinko’s, I think, and they were handing the invitations out in the street, a piece of paper would say: Party, Sheraton West Hotel, 9 o’clock, Friday night. And then when you got into the party, it was like a divided house 鈥?everybody from the AFC was on one side of the room, and everybody from the NFC was on another side of the room. And one of the women, I think from the Jets, gave this big pep talk to the AFC people.

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Cowboys put James Hanna on reserve/retired list

Jason Witten will be back with the Cowboys in 2018, but another one of the team’s tight ends is retiring.
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The Cowboys confirmed that they are placing James Hanna on the reserve/retired list shortly after Todd Archer of ESPN reported that Hanna, who dealt with knee problems for the last two years, was walking away from the game.

The dream was to play for the Cowboys, Hanna said. I don’t know how many people actually do what they say they’re going to do as like a 13-year-old, but I consider myself to be extremely lucky in that sense. Also the college I went to [Oklahoma], I feel like I met my goals. It would’ve been nice to have more stats and obviously I could’ve done more things, but I’m proud of what I accomplished.

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I don’t think he’s as polished a thrower, but he’s quicker than Michael Vick. You see plenty of throws, that you go, ‘That’s an NFL throw.’ When you watch him play against ACC opponents and all that stuff, almost every game you go, ‘Well, I know who the best player on the field was.’

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Cowboys are expected to exercise their option on Jones’ contract for the 2019 season. Teams must decide on the fifth-year options for 2015 first-round picks by May 3 and the options are guaranteed for injury only.

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Said Bills coach Sean McDermott of his offensive line, These guys are stepping up and that’s what you want to see. They understand what’s at stake; they understand there’s an opportunity for them to step up and increase their leadership influence.

I didn’t know what to do. So, I did what you told me to do.

SI said Richardson was given the chance to reply, but declined.

The Super Bowl MVP is getting a raise.

“Someone like Vince [Carter] can go anywhere and play. Every year, he can go to do a different location,” Wade said. “I can’t hop to here and there. So it makes it a little tougher.”

Wade already did that, leaving the Heat two summers ago to sign with the Bulls. He signed with Cleveland this past fall after working out a buyout of his contract in Chicago.

“I had my little college tour,” Wade joked. “It’s like a kid whose parents don’t want them to go out of state, but they go out anyway and they come back home.

Before the revision, Foles was set to become an unrestricted free agent after this upcoming season.

Baltimore continues the search to upgrade its receiving corps, but appear to be out on Dez Bryant.

The Ravens are signing New Orleans Saints restricted free agent wideout Willie Snead to a two-year offer sheet worth up to $10.4 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation.

Beginning the season with a division opponent offers a double-bladed effect for teams. The winner gets an extra boost toward the AFC West crown while the loser has additional ground to make up.

“That first opponent, that’s always exciting to learn who you are going to play first,” head coach Anthony Lynn said. “We’ve got Kansas City, and that’s going to be a heck of a challenge for us. They won our division last year. We’re very familiar with them, and they’re familiar with us. It should be a good ballgame…. That team is going to tell us a lot about ourselves right off the bat.”

There will be plenty of intrigue for the opening Chiefs- Chargers tilt, in which Patrick Mahomes II will begin his career as K.C.’s starting quarterback. There is a benefit for the Chargers facing a young quarterback before he’s knee-deep in his first full campaign. On the flipside, L.A. defensive coordinator Gus Bradley won’t have much film to scout Mahomes. steelers_063

AJ McCarron: Not in my DNA to worry about rookie QB

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Bills General Manager Brandon Beane spoke to reporters on Monday and said that he didn’t feel the team is obligated to take a quarterback early in this year’s draft, but he also said it is one of his main job responsibilities to identify and acquire the franchise quarterback that’s been missing from Buffalo for quite a while.
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New York is targeting the summer of 2019 to explore the free-agent market in a serious way, when the team could have significant salary-cap space and Porzingis is expected to be back to full strength.

The Knicks hope that the young core they build around Porzingis can be an attractive selling point for free agents.

New York is competing for potential coaches with several teams at the moment. Milwaukee, Phoenix and Memphis made coaching changes during the regular season, inserting interim head coaches. Orlando and Charlotte also fired coaches this season.

In a letter posted to Twitter, Mangold reminisced about his first days on a football field as a kid and thanked coaches, family and teammates at all levels for helping him along the way. Mangold called not winning a Super Bowl his biggest career regret and pledged to continue working DeSean Jackson Womens Jersey to help the Jets get one, although he writes that he doesn’t know what role he might play in the organization.
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Mangold was named a first-team All-Pro twice and was selected to seven Pro Bowls during his career with the Jets.

Olson homered on starter Reynaldo Lopez’s first pitch of the fourth. That ended a career-high tying 0-for-12 slump for the A’s first baseman.

Lowrie had an RBI groundout in the seventh and a two-run single in the eighth.

The A’s also made a pair of defensive gems.

Jim Kelly to be released from the hospital soon

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will soon be released from the hospital, more than two weeks after spending 12 hours in surgery for a recurrence of oral cancer.
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Via the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Kelly is now eating on his own, and he eventually will be able to eat and speak without complication or pain.

Kelly’s situation also serves as a message to others who may or will develop oral cancer.

While the offender could be disqualified, owners did not call for an automatic ejection on such a play 鈥?at least not yet. In college football, when a player is penalized for targeting and a replay review affirms it, he is ejected.

Also approved Tuesday was making permanent spotting the ball at the 25-yard line after a touchback on a kickoff; allowing players on injured reserve to be traded; and authorizing a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player for a flagrant non-football act when a foul for that act is called on the field.

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The Jets have set themselves up with options at quarterback.

After discussions with team owner Christopher Johnson, general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles this week at the NFL league meetings, it is clear the Jets brass is happy with how it has set itself up at quarterback for 2018.
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The team quickly pivoted to Plan B at the position after missing out on free agent Kirk Cousins. The Jets re-signed Josh McCown, added Teddy Bridgewater then traded up to No. 3 in the draft, where they believe they can land a long-term answer at the position.

Put simply, the draft pick is the investment, Bridgewater is a lottery ticket and McCown is the insurance policy.

Bridgewater is a big question mark. He suffered a major knee injury two years ago, and it remains unclear just how healthy he is. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said their team doctors had concerns still about Bridgewater’s knee.

The Jets have not revealed their plans for how much work Bridgewater will get this spring or summer. It is logical to expect him to be limited during OTAs and minicamp then ramp things up in training camp.

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Ah, that extra minicamp. The Giants get one because Shurmur is a newly hired head coach and it comes April 24-26. It is voluntary, but the vast majority of the players on the roster will be in attendance. Webb will be there and will get plenty of work in a camp that runs smack into the evening of April 26, the first round of the draft.

We’re gonna take in any information we can up to that time we’re on the clock, really, Shurmur said. I don’t want to make this sound like it’s a showcase for Webb, but as a guy we’re interested in seeing, he’s certainly gonna get his fair share of the reps.

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After missing playoffs, Flames fire head coach Glen Gulutzan

The Calgary Flames fired head coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday after two seasons.

Gulutzan, 46, guided the Flames to the playoffs after his first season in 2016-17, though the Flames were swept in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks. The Flames missed the playoffs this past season with a 37-35-10 record. The team especially faltered down the stretch, losing 17 of its last 24 games.

MacMullan: I’m putting all my chips on Giannis Antetokounmpo. Here are his numbers in four games against first-round opponent Boston this season: 33.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists a game, while shooting 53.9 percent on field goals with an average of 10.5 free throws a game. With underrated Boston big man Daniel Theis shelved for the postseason, those numbers could actually increase. (And yet, invoking the immortal Jerry West, this does not necessarily mean the Greek Freak’s team will win.)

Ogwumike: Damian Lillard is primed to make some noise this postseason, but I am expecting James Harden to officially claim his throne as the real MVP. While people might still say Harden can’t be trusted after the way the Rockets exited last year’s playoffs, please remember that the league’s leading scorer playing on the best team in the better conference now also has Chris Paul in his ear to keep him focused.

It will likely be the only game on Facebook to feature a New York team this season, according to a source. There are all kinds of rules for how teams are chosen for national exclusive games, but the Yankees allotment is expected to be swallowed up by ESPN, Fox and TBS, while the Mets will likely be one and done.

The reason MLB chose to make the Facebook deal exclusive is that is the only way to make it resonate. Did you know Facebook and MLB had a Friday night package last year? You probably didn’t, because it wasn’t exclusive and the numbers were low.

The afternoon games also are a better fit because most people are at work. With a supposed 700 million sports fans on Facebook, they could reach a lot of people. The number of people watching at once varied, hovering in the 70,000 range, but never reaching more than 90,000.

The game was produced by MLB Network, which has built strong productions since its inception. The score bug was extra large for mobile and will probably be shrunk in the future. They played up the Facebook comments angle.jets_019