Cowboys’ David Irving gets four-game substance abuse suspension for second straight season

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving was suspended for four games Friday for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the second straight year the pass rusher is facing a ban to start the season.
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The latest suspension comes as defensive end Randy Gregory awaits word on his bid for reinstatement. Gregory was suspended all of last season over multiple violations of the substance-abuse policy. He met with Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York this week.

Between Irving, Gregory, DeMarcus Lawrence and former Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy, the Cowboys are set to start the season with at least one suspended defensive lineman for the fourth straight season.

Irving signed a second-round tender worth $2.9 million as a restricted free agent and is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Cowboys signed him off Kansas City’s practice squad in 2015.

On Friday, Loaisiga — the Yankees’ No. 12 overall prospect, according to — will make his major-league debut.

Super excited, he said. This is a great opportunity the Yankees are giving me. I’m very excited. Very thankful for that and thank god.

Tank (Edwin Lopez) at Rutgers, Kelvin (Harmon) at N.C. State, and Everette (Wormley) at Rutgers, he mentioned proudly.

Diggs pegs Texas A&M and Clemson as schools that could offer next as they’ve been in contact over the past few weeks.

Penn State was Diggs’ dream school growing up and he secured that offer Craig Robertson Jersey earlier this summer during a trek to campus.

That was like a household favorite in my house, he said. Penn State everything. What I liked about Penn State growing up; I went to a game when I was little and I was impressed by the fanbase. It was crazy.

So it was good when I got the offer. I was really happy because everybody in the house was excited that I got that offer, he said.

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Josh Gordon: Browns ‘already’ have best receiving corps in NFL

The Cleveland Browns went 0-16 last year and are 1-31 over their past two seasons, but a pair of players are confident they have the NFL’s top group in at least one position.

Gordon’s contention makes for an interesting debate, though the Browns would face competition from teams like the Falcons (Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, rookie Calvin Ridley) and Steelers (Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, rookie James Washington), for that honor.

The Browns also need to determine their quarterback hierarchy, though the team has stressed that veteran Tyrod Taylor would open the season as the starter over Mayfield.

Still, for Cleveland’s receiving corps to compete with the league’s top units, the heaviest burden will most likely fall on the shoulder of Gordon to return to his previous levels of production.

I plan on exceeding those expectations, Gordon said. Exceeding those goals and everything that I’ve done in the past and just building upon it. More than anything, I really just want to win. Whatever it takes for me to get some wins and do my part, where I leave no doubt, no question in anybody’s mind that Josh did everything that he could do to try to get us a win, then I can walk away with whatever the stat line is.

OK, I’m not saying Camp Patricia is battened down tightly, few clues given, few comparisons offered. I’m just saying some of the automated answers make you wonder if the Lions developed a football version of Siri. Even their most-loquacious players aren’t saying much about the past regime, or the new regime, or what’s different. But, oh, it’s different.

Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are reluctant to tout the Patriot Way here, as they carve their own path.

But all the signs are showing up, from the no-nonsense practices, to the occasional stern outbursts from Patricia on the field, to the reluctance by anybody to say anything.

How the Big Apple has treated its two rookie managers

As Mickey Callaway’s Mets meet Aaron Boone’s Yanks in Queens, both skippers have seen their share of back-page headlines for better and worse.
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While Boone waits to see what Saturday’s tests reveal, he’s hopeful Tanaka won’t be forced to miss his next start. The manager also knows it’s entirely possible the injury could make that happen. Boone said he wouldn’t be surprised either way.

It was shallow, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to go or not, Tanaka said through an interpreter. But our third-base coach kind of shouted, ‘Tag up!’ So that’s what I did.

As Tanaka sprinted, Bruce’s throw was a little wide of home, causing catcher Devin Mesoraco to vacate the plate just long enough for Tanaka to score without sliding for his first major league run.

As he walked back to the Yankees’ dugout, Tanaka eased in gingerly. A half-inning later, he was replaced in the field by reliever Jonathan Holder.

Not a single Eagles player sat or kneeled during the national anthem during the 2017 season, but that didn’t stop Fox News from using photos of players kneeling on the field in prayer. The network used the images to illustrate the story of president Donald Trump’s decision to ban the Super Bowl champions from visiting the White House.

This can’t be serious, said Ertz. Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being Ed Davis Jersey used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this.

Defensive end Chris Long, who donated his entire salary to charity last season, tweeted that Fox News should make an on-air apology:

Safety Malcolm Jenkins also offered this statement about the situation:

On Monday night, Trump decided to uninvite the team from Bartolo Colon Jersey the White House because several members weren’t planning to attend Tuesday’s ceremony.

Watch: 49ers remember Dwight Clark’s ‘The Catch’

Dwight Clark, who died Monday at age 61 after a battle with ALS, won two Super Bowl rings with the 49ers, but he’ll always be best remembered for The Play, the leaping, six-yard TD reception that beat the Cowboys in the 1982 NFC championship game.
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Tuesday, the 49ers tweeted out a short documentary video on the magical moment in NFL history. The team produced the video for Dwight Clark Day last October at Levi’s Stadium, but Vin Scully’s smooth narration gives it a timeless appeal, and it takes on new meaning in the Derek MacKenzie Authentic Jersey wake of Clark’s death.

On January 10, 1982, a play launched a dynasty, and became an indelible, galvanizing image, Scully notes. On that day, like a photograph, a moment in time was captured …

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs pitches on Saturday afternoon. Skaggs (4-4, 3.27 ERA), who has surrendered two runs or fewer in nine of his 12 starts, took a no-decision against the Twins on May 11 after giving up two runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson takes the mound in the middle game of the series. Gibson (1-3, 3.54 ERA), who hasn’t won in 12 turns since throwing six no-hit innings in his season debut on March 31, gave up two runs on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts in six innings of a no-decision against the Angels on May 12.Harper hits 19th homer and Nats hold off Giants 7-5

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister went on the DL because of a right knee strain. He left his start Friday after throwing one pitch in the sixth inning. Banister said he expected Fister’s absence to go beyond June 19, the next time the Womens Jalen Ramsey Jersey Rangers would need him to take his turn in the rotation. INF Hanser Alberto was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3, 3.94 ERA) takes the opener of a three-game series at Oakland on Tuesday. McCullers has beaten the A’s twice this season, giving up seven hits and two runs in 12 innings.

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (3-3, 4.16) goes in the opener of a two-game series at the L.A. Dodgers on Tuesday. The 45-year-old is tied with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most wins by a Dominican-born pitcher at 243.Candelario’s homer in 12th gives Tigers 4-2 win over Indians

Gray attacked Orioles hitters and his bats backed him up in a 4-1 win at a muggy Camden Yards.

The right-hander gave up just a run over six innings, issuing no walks for the first time in any of his 11 starts this season.
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The Orioles, last in the American League East by a lot, started the day 27th in runs scored in the league and led off Jace Peterson, a light-hitting Yankees castoff.

Speaking of Cleveland, former Browns quarterback Josh McCown reached a similar conclusion after studying Garoppolo’s 2016 game film.

I’ve seen him on tape because we had a common opponent in Miami, McCown stated last offseason. He made some high-level throws and did some things that would get you excited about his ability to maybe carry a franchise. That’s definitely on the tape…. I certainly see why people would give him an opportunity to come in and be a franchise guy.

After signing with the Bruins, Gionta put up two goals and five assists in 20 regular-season games, but he appeared in just one postseason game before Boston was eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.

Now that Bruins general manager聽Don Sweeney said Gionta will not return to Boston, the right winger will be searching for another NHL home for a second straight offseason.

Walker is preparing for his 13th NFL season. He’s entering the final year of his contract. He turns 34 in August. But he remains an indispensable fixture on offense, and his production remains elite.

Walker led the Titans with 74 catches and 807 receiving yards last season, tying for the third-most catches and fourth-most receiving yards by any tight end in the league. He only caught three touchdowns, an admittedly disappointing total, but even that ranked second-most on the team.

The biggest question is how long this late-career surge can continue.
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Clay Matthews’ nose broken by line drive to face in Packers charity softball game

Clay Matthews was hit in the face by a line drive while pitching Saturday in a Packers charity softball game, a frightening moment after which he eventually was described as fine but with a boo-boo on his nose. reports Matthews suffered a broken nose and was taken to a nearby emergency room for a full evaluation.

The linebacker shared on Twitter that he will have surgery on his busted nose after the swelling goes down.

VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Miami star Michelle Pooch is being sued by former football player Branden Albert over a $230,000 investment he made in her new nail salon business.

The ex-NFL player Albert claims he was left out of business decisions, had his name left off incorporation papers and that Pooch used the funds on her own salary and a chauffeured car.

Carlos Santisteban Jr., Pooch’s lawyer, tells Page Six exclusively, At no time has Mr. Albert been blocked from accessing corporate documents or participating . . . The build-out of the second Get Nailed Bar in Miami Beach is underway, and Mr. Albert’s participation in the process would be welcomed.

I just wanted to try something different, Kelley said. I just had something going on within myself, and cutting my hair was just like a bold move to show that I’m making the changes that I need to make.

The organization also was looking for a change this offseason. The Redskins haven’t had a run game ranked higher than 19th since 2013, when they were fifth. They ranked 28th in 2017 as Kelley (knee, ankle) and Chris Thompson (fractured fibula) landed on injured reserve.

Doug Williams, the Redskins’ senior vice president of player personnel, repeatedly spoke about bringing in reinforcements to address the rushing woes, and then the team added Derrius Guice out of LSU with the draft’s 59th pick. Kelley said he wasn’t shocked and didn’t take it personally. The 2018 draft was actually the second consecutive year the team tried to fix its run game; Washington drafted Samaje Perine in the fourth round in 2017.

Rob Gronkowski confirms he’ll be at minicamp this week

Tight end Rob Gronkowski has not opted to take part in any of the team’s voluntary work this offseason, but he won’t be skipping the first required work of the year.
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The Patriots will hold a three-day minicamp this week and Gronkowski confirmed on Sunday that he’s going to be reporting for duty.

We’ve got mandatory minicamp this week, Gronkowski said, via WBZ in Boston. So I’ll be there this week. I’ll be full go. I’m looking forward to it. Can’t wait to get back to work. I’m excited.

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LeBron James says that many of his teammates can shoot 3s, but he balances that by pressuring the defense in the paint.
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There’s a tremendous amount of pressure and I’ve been under a tremendous amount of pressure for years now, Solder said. You can only take it one bite at a time. You go one day better. It’s not going to be one person that is going to Rogie Vachon Authentic Jersey fix everything. It’s going to be a group effort. We got to win as a team and do the best we can every single day.

The Giants also added guards Patrick Omameh and Will Hernandez this offseason and Ereck Flowers made the move to right tackle as the team looks for the pieces that will yield better results. Should it happen, Solder’s signing will likely wind up at the top of the list of the best moves in free agency this year.

Ryan Shazier will get all the time he needs to recover from his devastating injury.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert on Monday said he places no ceiling on the linebacker’s return from spinal surgery and is optimistic about his comeback when he’s ready to get back on the field.
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There is no ceiling in Ryan’s recovery. He aggressively approaches it every day, Colbert said, via ESPN. We support him in every way possible in that endeavor. Where that leads, only he will know and he will determine further down the road. His approach, his mental approach. I can’t tell you how impressive an inspiration he is to us.

The Jets desperately need Darnold to pan out.

All good offensive lines need a few core pieces. A left tackle is one of them. The entire pass-protection unit is dependent on the left tackle’s ability to handle the top edge-rushers one-on-one. Solder has proved he can do it and is at least partially responsible for Tom Brady’s ability to stay healthy and perform at such a high level even at age 40. Expect the entire Giants offensive line, which also added rookie guard Will Hernandez, to make considerable progress in 2018.聽
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The former USC quarterback brings prototypical size, arm talent and potential to New York. He’s not guaranteed to play early on as a rookie, especially with veteran Josh McCown returning, but Darnold has all the traits teams Chris Paul Youth jersey are looking for when searching for the answer at the game’s most important position.

I’ll be the first to admit I had no idea the 57 on the ketchup bottle was the secret to free flowing ketchup. That may also be because I don’t use ketchup, because it’s obvious that mustard and so, so, so many other condiments and dipping sauces are way better. GTFO, ketchup.

But it may also be because I’m too dumb to be an offensive lineman.

Despite the raise, no one is going to confuse Bortles with Drew Brees any time soon. The Jaguars win with the running game and defense. Bortles’ job is to make the occasional throw down the field and not make mistakes.
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Bortles had 4,428 passing yards and 35 touchdown tosses for the Jaguars in 2015, but the odds are good he won’t come close to those sorts of numbers again. In 2018 or ever again.

In fact, if Bortles tops 4,000 yards this year, it probably means that things have gone sideways for the Jags.

It’s the dawn of a new era in Kansas City. After yet another playoff trip ended in a one-and-done disappointment, the Chiefs moved on from Alex Smith, shipping the veteran quarterback to Washington.
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This is Patrick Mahomes’ team now.

Saints’ Mark Ingram appeals 4-game suspension

Mark Ingram isn’t going down without a fight.
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The Saints running back appealed his four-game suspension handed down Tuesday for violating the league’s PED policy.

That’s what I was waiting for in the draft process was the meetings, Mayfield said. Getting in, getting on the board, talking about our plays, talking about our offense and kind of showing what type of guy I am. I don’t know if I would call it a photographic memory, but just being able to rep it after a couple times and staying true to it.

That’s how Mayfield won the Browns’ brass over. He intends to do the same with the Browns’ fan base when that time comes. The key for Dorsey, Jackson and Mayfield will be managing the enthusiasm for Mayfield while executing the plan.

Bryant was released by the Cowboys on April 13 and remains a free agent after reportedly turning down a multiyear contract offer from the Ravens. Bryant also took to Instagram recently, leaving a photo comment saying he wants to sign with the 49ers. He later deleted the comment.

The Cowboys all-time leader in touchdown receptions, Bryant reportedly is looking for a one-year, prove-it deal. This would allow the 29-year-old to potentially capitalize one last big payday.

Drafted in the first-round of the 2010 draft, Bryant is third all-time in Cowboys history in receptions (531) and fifth all-time in receiving yards (7,459).

The Saints made an aggressive trade up the board for the highest upside pure edge rusher in the draft. Their entire offseason has been focused on the now, and trading away a future first-round pick lines up with that strategy. They brought back Alex Okafor to support Cameron Jordan, too. Davenport can have a greater situational impact than Derek Barnett had for the Eagles last season.

The Raiders have a mighty interior line, but new coach Jon Gruden knows left tackle is shaky with aging Donald Team USA Authentic Jersey Penn coming off a foot injury. Right tackle is iffy, too, with Vadal Alexander as the best option. Miller is the big, athletic pass protector Oakland needed to put in front of Derek Carr for the long term.

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Sports betting may force NFL to use full-time officials, enhanced replay

The NFL knows that it will never get every call right. With sports betting now available for any state that wants to adopt it, the NFL soon will have to try harder.

That may not be enough. To the extent that mistakes can be rectified via expanded replay review, the league will have to be willing to consider doing it. And the league also should seriously consider something I’ve suggested for several years now — the use of a video official who is part of the crew, who monitors the action away from the field via the various camera angles, and who communicates directly to the referee when the video reveals that a mistake is about to be made by the on-field crew, ensuring that the pre-replay call is as accurate as possible.

The league may argue that these enhancements justify the so-called “integrity fee” that all sports leagues hope to shake from the states that adopt sports wagering. The response should be that this isn’t about “integrity,” it’s about competence.

But Anthony Lynn already has a very lucrative job — he’s the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. Despite his professional success, the 49-year-old Lynn always regretted leaving college a few hours shy of his degree in 1992 to pursue an NFL career.

Lynn set out to change that, enrolling in online courses in 2014 with the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Saturday, he’ll finish the journey he started 30 years ago, as he graduates from UNLV with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.

Lynn’s family and Chargers owner Dean Spanos will be on hand for the ceremony in Las Vegas. Lynn told the Los Angeles Times he had not wanted to march in the graduation, but realized his story could be an example for others.

“I just wanted my papers. Mail me my damn diploma, I’ll give it to my mom, and I’m done,” Lynn said. “When I told my counselor, when I told her what my plans were — she had just assumed that I was walking the whole time. I never assumed I was walking.ravens_134