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To get things started in Week 6 action against the Arizona Cardinals Womens Eric Kendricks Jersey , the Minnesota Vikings won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half, giving the visiting team the football first. Dan Bailey’s kickoff was fielded at the goal line by Brandon Williams, and he could only return it to the 16 to set up the Cardinals’ first drive.The Cardinals couldn’t generate anything offensively, with Rosen’s pass for Larry Fitzgerald on third down falling incomplete for a three-and-out. Andy Lee came on to punt it away for Arizona, and the returning Marcus Sherels took the punt to the Minnesota 31.Kirk Cousins led the Vikings’ offense out onto the field, and immediately hit Laquon Treadwell on a pair of passes to get the ball to midfield. A short pass to Kyle Rudolph and a run by Latavius Murray set up the Vikings’ first third down situation of the afternoon, and Cousins’ pass was knocked down by Benson Mayowa, and the Vikings elected to go on 4th-and-2 from the Arizona 42. Cousins’ pass was once again deflected, this time by Corey Peters, and it went right back into his hands. Cousins tried to get the first down, but was stopped short, resulting in a turnover on downs.Arizona picked up a first down on a short screen from Rosen to fellow rookie Christian Kirk to move themselves into Minnesota territory at the 46. Rosen and Kirk then connected again, as the pair connected on a pass that Kirk took down to the Minnesota 11-yard line Youth Linval Joseph Jersey , a 35-yard gain. The Vikings’ defense stiffened and got a stop, forcing the Cardinals to settle for a 36-yard field goal from Phil Dawson. Dawson connected, and the visitors took an early 3-0 lead.The kickoff from Dawson went through the end zone for a touchback, giving the purple a start at their own 25-yard line on their second possession. Cousins immediately went back to work, hitting Adam Thielen for the first time on the day for a 15-yard gain and a first down. Latavius Murray then broke off the Vikings’ best run play of the year, rambling for 26 yards into Cardinals’ territory at the 34. Kyle Rudolph was then flagged for a false start, but Cousins went back to Thielen for nine more yards. The Vikings got a little tricky, as Stefon Diggs took a handoff to the 21-yard line for a first down.Cousins then had another pass knocked down, so they turned back to Murray, and he finished the drive. He took a handoff from Cousins and blasted through the line, rambling 21 yards for the Vikings’ first rushing touchdown of the season. Dan Bailey added the extra point, and the home team found themselves up 7-3.Bailey’s kickoff went through the end zone, putting the Cardinals on their own 25 to start their third possession of the afternoon. On the Cardinals’ first play of the drive Youth Everson Griffen Jersey , David Johnson got a nice run, but was stripped by Anthony Barr! Sebastian Thunderbucket, Tom Johnson fell on the loose ball, and the Vikings were in business at the Arizona 31.Murray got the call on first down for a short gain, and then Tom Compton was flagged for a false start. Cousins got the yardage back, connecting with Diggs down to the Arizona 17 for a first down. Cousins was then sacked by Corey Peters to set the offense back a bit, and then Roc Thomas was taken down for a loss by Chandler Jones to make it third-and-long. Cousins completed one to Treadwell, but didn’t get anywhere close to the first down, and the Vikings called on Bailey again. His 37-yard attempt got just inside the right upright, and the home team extended their lead to 10-3.Bailey’s kickoff went through the end zone for a touchback once again. Two short runs by David Johnson set the Cardinals up with 3rd-and-6, and Rosen was taken down on a blitz by a combination of Mackensie Alexander and Anthony Harris for a three-and-out! Andy Lee came on to punt again, and Sherels was ruled down at the 31-yard line.As we move to the second quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at 2nd-and-1 from their own 40-yard line.After one quarter of play , the Minnesota Vikings lead the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 10-3, and they’re looking for more. Come on in and join us for the second quarter of action! There are clearly rivalries amongst sports teams where both absolutely dislike each other, or both show the upmost respect towards one another. Same goes for the fan base, some hate the other team and its fans, but some fan bases represent their teams well with good sportsmanship. For example, The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox is a rivalry where each fan base absolutely hates each other. But, at the same time you might respect the rivalry because of the atmosphere it creates. Same goes for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, it’s always a rowdy environment with those two teams. But, without those matchups, honestly the game wouldn’t be the same without that history.That’s how I look at our division, as fans we may not like another divisional team, but we probably respect that team because of the history it created with Minnesota, or because of the teams overall history in the league. Now Youth Harrison Smith Jersey , all three current NFC North teams all have tremendous history with one another. However, some people like certain matchup more than others, but what team do you actually have the most respect for? Honestly, as a Vikings fan, I despise the Packers. I think mainly because Green Bay is the closet divisional team, but the history the two teams have shared has been nothing short of physical footall. The Bears are “mehh” to me, Chicago is probably the most neutral team in the North. Growing up I had a rivalry with one of my teachers, Marcus Moten who is a die hard Bears fan. Whenever the Bears lost, you knew it was going to be a rough next day for everyone, sometimes I even remember him “catching a cold,” at times. But, it was all fun and games. I grew over this past season to gain some respect for Chicago, they went out and took a dive on Mitchell Trubisky a couple years ago. I sort of admire Matt Nagy and really like what he’s doing in Chicago Youth Anthony Barr Jersey , I like his offensive mind. It may come as a surprise, but the team I respect the most is probably the Detroit Lions. Three names come to mind when I think of Detroit and that’s Barry Sanders, Calvin “Megatron” Johnson and Matthew Stafford. I’m young, I’m only 22, so I’m going to stick with the people who I actually know. I have the upmost respect for Stafford, he’s a tough, consistent quarterback and doesn’t seem to complain like Aaron Rodgers does. I get that the Lions have a horrible win/loss record against Minnesota, but it’s been since 2011 where Detroit has always given the Vikings a run for its money. The Lions are 9-7 against the Vikings, with a lot of back and forth wins for both teams. Since 2011, Detroit based on records have competed with Minnesota the best in terms of entertaining football. The Lions have a 6-9 record against the Packers and a 9-5 record against the Bears. Overall, I’d like to hear who you respect the most, so please tell me why in the comments!Skol!

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Good Morning!I hope your weekend started off on the right foot with food Womens Ben Gedeon Jersey , family and bacon.I’ll mention below but I won’t be able to post the league news until later this morning as I have to take my wife to the start of the MS 150 this morning, she’s using it as a training ride in preparation for her Ironman that may or may not take place due to the damage cause by Hurricane Michael along the Florida peninsula. I hope your weekend is going great with fun filled activities, work or whatever you want to do. While we’re waiting for the next Vikings game to start we’ll continue with our open thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Have another cup of coffee and drop by for some fan wisdom and snark. With that, let’s do this.Around the DN since our last thread:Chris and Eric have a spot where you can keep up with all the Vikings-Cardinals news.Chris lets us know that it’s time for the never ending offensive line shuffle as HC Mike Zimmer declares Riley Reiff out for Sunday’s game against Arizona.Vikings’ NFC North Rivals: News and Notes, Week 6 Dan reads up on our division opponents so we don’t have to, missed this yesterday Dan, sorry about that!Chris has a a brief look at Cardinals/Vikings history.Finally, Norse Code Podcast Episode 251: When the Punter is your MVP... (with guest Blake Allen Murphy)Vikings news from other sources:From and their notebook: RB Dalvin Cook: “still trying to get where I need to be.”Vikings full injury report against the Cardinals on Sunday.What’d they say: Cardinals talk about the Vikings.The Skinny Post: Vikings return home against Arizona.From their lunch break series:Patrick Peterson offers ‘Toughest Challenge’ for Vikings WRs, (lol from me.)From 1500espn Vikings will be without starters LT Riley Reiff and S Andrew Sendejo vs. Cardinals.Can Dalvin Cook get the Vikings’ running game back on track?League news: Consistent with the weekend thread I’ll post league news in the comments , will probably be delayed until later as I have a commitment early this morning.We come to today’s media selection: AC/DC - Rock and Roll TrainAgain, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:-No discussion of politics or religion-No feeding of the trolls-This isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer-If you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away-While navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasmWith that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up and tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, try the venison chili and as always Cheap Anthony Barr Jersey , Welcome Aboard and Skol Vikings! Mental mistakes, sloppy turnovers and too many penalties have turned the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles into a mediocre team.Carson Wentz and the rest of Philadelphia's offense again had trouble converting in the red zone and on third down, even after the defense gave them a perfect opportunity to take a lead.Now the Eagles (2-3) have lost two games in a row for the first time since 2016, which was the previous time they had a losing record."We have to take a hard look in the mirror," Wentz said following a 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game. "Little mistakes are killing us. We're playing like a young, rookie team and we're not."Down 20-3 midway through the third quarter, the Eagles rallied to cut the deficit to 20-14. Then Nigel Bradham recovered a fumble at the Vikings 30 after Roc Thomas dropped a backward pass in the fourth quarter. But another illegal formation penalty followed and Wentz was called for intentional grounding. Coach Doug Pederson elected not to let Jake Elliott try a 58-yarder and the Eagles had to punt."I feel we're where we were two years ago," Wentz said. "I'm confident we'll fix it, but it's frustrating right now."Pederson tried to accept blame for the team's struggles."A lot of self-inflicted wounds. It starts with me. I have to self-examine," Pederson said. "I have to do a better job."Linval Joseph snatched Wentz's fumble out of the air and rumbled the distance to give the Vikings a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. Stephen Weatherly knocked the ball loose and Wentz couldn't recover to catch Joseph from behind after the strip-sack.Kirk Cousins tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen to extend the lead to 17-3 at halftime.The Eagles finally got going on the opening drive of the third quarter, but Eric Kendricks forced Jay Ajayi to fumble at the Vikings 5 and recovered it. Cousins connected deep with Thielen for 68 yards on the next play and the Vikings reached the Eagles 2 before settling for Dan Bailey's 22-yard field goal."I didn't do my job Cheap Adam Thielen Jersey ," Ajayi said. "There's no excuse for it."Many of his teammates had a share in the loss.The offensive line is struggling, receivers aren't making plays and the two turnovers were costly. Playing his third game since returning from a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, Wentz still hasn't found a rhythm after finishing third in NFL MVP voting last season."It's really just beating ourselves," All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson said. "At the same time, we have to be accountable. It starts with me and goes right down the line."Three illegal formation penalties on the receivers were inexcusable."We can't have that," Pederson said.The Eagles haven't scored more than 23 points in the first five games. They were 2 for 9 on third down."We're just tired of hearing it every game," Wendell Smallwood said of the mistakes. "We have to stop doing it to ourselves. We're putting ourselves in bad situations and having to fight harder than we need to. We're just doing a lot of things we don't normally do that you don't see out of a championship team."

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The Chargers confirmed Monday’s report that linebacker Denzel Perryman will miss the rest of the season on Tuesday.Perryman is headed to injured reserve after hurting his knee in last Sunday’s win over the Raiders. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that Perryman is also slated to have hamstring surgery.Rapoport added that Perryman is expected to be healthy in 3-4 months. That would be a little ahead of the start of 2019 free agency and Perryman Los Angeles Chargers Womens T-Shirt , a 2015 second-round pick, is slated to be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Durability will be a question for Perryman even if he’s fully healed as he’ll have missed 22 games over his four-year career when this season is over.The Chargers promoted linebacker Tre’Von Johnson from the practice squad to fill Perryman’s roster spot. Johnson has spent time with the Cardinals Los Angeles Chargers Hats , Cowboys and Seahawks since entering the league last year and spent one week on Dallas’ active roster last season without playing in a game. The Titans cut the Chargers’ lead to one point on a one-yard touchdown catch by tight end Luke Stocker with 31 seconds to play in London on Sunday and that left Titans coach Mike Vrabel with a decision to make.Vrabel opted to go for two and stuck with that choice after a pass into the end zone went incomplete on a try nullified by a Chargers penalty. Vrabel called another pass, but the result was the same and the Chargers held on for a 20-19 win.Things didn’t work out Los Angeles Chargers Womens Hoodie , but Vrabel wasn’t second-guessing himself after the game.“I have a lot of faith in our players, we prepare Womens Customized Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys , we work together and I’ve got confidence in them to go out and execute. It just didn’t work out. Faced with the same situation I’d like to think I’d do it the same way,” Vrabel said Authentic Derwin James Jersey , via Titans ran for 164 yards over the course of the game, so the choice to pass the ball is one that came under scrutiny after the game. Mariota said he loved the call and “should have maybe done a better job of extending the play” before throwing to Taywan Taylor. Custom Dallas Cowboys Jerseys

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Chargers-49ers final score: Los Angeles Chargers defeat the San Francisco 49ers 23-21 After a pair of ineffective plays Los Angeles Chargers Womens Hoodie , the opening drive looked like a lost cause on 3rd & 8 until Geno Smith scrambled for a 1st down. A roughing the passer penalty and a 20-yard scramble moved the Chargers into 49ers territory. A 10-yard Newsome run kept the drive moving, but it eventually stalled out and Roberto Aguayo came on to kick a 36-yard field goal making him 2 for 2 during the preseason.Derwin James showed up immediately on the 49ers first snap with a run stop against Alfred Morris after 2 yards. Kyzir White got a top on the next play. And on 3rd down, Uchenna Nwosu collected his third sack of the preseason. J.J. Jones fielded the punt after a bounced and managed to fight for a few yards before being tackled. Detrez Newsome broke a big run on 1st down, but a holding penalty against Cole Toner brought it back. Still, it was an impressive play by Newsome. Ruben Foster quickly recognized and blew up a screen pass on the repeat down. Andre Patton hauled in a pass from Geno Smith and picked up a few yards after catch to bring up 3rd & 15. Smith tried to scramble on 3rd down, but he was tackled well short of the line to gain. Adrian Phillips made an excellent tackle after a long punt.Steven Richardson and Chris Landrum stuffed Raheem Mostert for a loss on 1st down. Nick Mullens underthrew Aldrick Robinson for an incomplete pass on 2nd. On 3rd & 10, Mullens threw too high and the ball hit the ground, but Phillips was flagged for a personal foul for his hit on the defenseless receiver to keep the drive alive. On the first play of the new set of downs, Chris Landrum beat his man inside to sack Mullens. Quick pressure flushed Mullens who scrambled for a few yards before giving himself up. Mullens looked for and missed Robinson on 3rd down to force a punt.Jackson saw a carry for no gain to start the drive. Smith found Anthony Manzo-Lewis on a short pass to pick up 5 yards on the next play. Smith’s pass fell incomplete on 3rd down and Drew Kaser boomed a 42-yard punt out of bounds.The first play of the drive was a 5-yard run by Mostert. On 2nd down, Landrum blew up Mullens and forced a fumble which the Chargers recovered. Three plays later including a sack, the Chargers settled for a field goal attempt that Caleb Sturgis nailed from 36 yards out.Mullens kept the ball on 1st down and rushed around right end for 11 yards and a new set of downs. Pressure of Landrum on the next play forced a quick and inaccurate pass that hit the turf. On 2nd down, Mostert caught a quick pass and came within a yard of a 1st down. Mostert got the call on 3rd & 1 and he forced his way up the middle past the line to gain. Nwosu made a nice tackle on Mostert on 1st down to hold him to a 2-yard gain. Malcolm Johnson beat Craig Mager and easily picked up another 1st down. Dwelley found an opening in coverage between Jatavis Brown and Adrian Phillips to pick up 21 yards across the middle. Jeremy McNichols came on for the next play and was topped for no gain. Mostert made a juggling catch to pick up 4 yards on 2nd down. Then on 3rd down, Steven Dunbar caught a 9-yard pass for yet another 1st down. The defense stood strong on 1st an goal from the 5 stopping Mostert for no gain. However, on 2nd down Womens Customized Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys , Mullens rushed for the score after faking a handoff.Jones received the kickoff 3 yards deep in the end zone and managed to return it out to the 27-yard line. Artavis Scott appeared to injure his right leg on the play. Cardale Jones replaced Smith at quarterback to start the drive. Newsome broke through the line and rushed for 14 yards on 1st down. He added 7 on the next play and 4 more after that to keep the chains moving. Jones showed up in a non-special teams capacity on the next play picking up 4 yards on an endaround. Jones was sacked for a big loss on the following snap, but a facemask penalty wiped that out and instead gave another 1st down. Geremy Davis collected his first reception of the night as he hauled in a pass along the left sideline for 9 yards. Following the two-minute warning, Watson took a carry up the gut for only a yard. His next carry was more effective as he rushed 14 yards to the San Francisco 3. Jones tried to keep the ball himself on 1st & goal, but was easily stopped behind the line. Watson was able to run behind the right side for 4 yards and a touchdown as time expired in the half. Aguayo converted on the point after attempt. The Chargers went into the locker room up 13-7.On 1st & 20 following a holding call, McNichols broke a run back to the left and lost possession of the ball while being tackled by D’Juan Hines. The Chargers’ Tony Brown recovered and the play had to be reviewed, but the ruling on the field stood as the ball clearly came loose before he was down.Watson got the first touch of the drive and picked up 2 yards. He got the call again on 2nd down and picked up 3 more. On 3rd down, Jones was patient and waited for Andre Patton to come open in the end zone. From there it was an easy pitch and catch for 6 points. Sturgis converted the point after attempt. The 3-play drive made it 20-7 Chargers.On 1st down, pressure forced an errant pass from Mullens. On 2nd down, Mullens hit his man but Victor Bolden couldn’t secure the pass. On 3rd & 10, Brandon Facyson made a very nice play on the ball to break up the pass. Jones was back deep to return the punt and he caught it with room to work, but after a bobble he ran laterally and actually lost yardage.Watson opened the drive running for 12 yards behind a solid lead block from Manzo-Lewis. A holding penalty by Johnson brought the play back. A pass intended for Russell Hansbrough fell incomplete and an illegal hands to the face penalty made matters worse. On 1st & 20, Geremy Davis picked up 7 yards on a pass from Jones. On the next play, Jones had Patton open, but he skipped the ball to him. Following a less than stellar punt Authentic Derwin James Jersey , Hines made a great open field tackle while being blocked in the back by Dunbar.Running back Jeffrey Wilson got the first two carries of the drive picking up 6 yards and setting up a 3rd & manageable that Mullens was able to convert through the air. On the next play, Mullens threw in the vicinity of Dwelley to avoid an intentional grounding penalty. Richardson made a nice tackle from behind to stop Wilson on 2nd & 10. On 3rd down, Richie James easily beat the coverage and made a very nice catch along the sideline.Wilson ran laterally on the next play before finally turning upfield and getting back to the line of scrimmage. A quick hitter to James on the next down picked up 9 yards. Wilson then rushed for 5 yards and moved the chains on 3rd & 1. Mullens completed a pair of short passes to set up 3rd & 3 from the Chargers 4. McNichols was stopped after 2 yards and the 49ers lined up again to try on 4th down. McNichols was stopped for a loss. He never had a chance.In the shadow of their own end zone, the Chargers started their drive with a handoff to Watson that went nowhere. On the next play, Jones missed his intended target. Finally, on 3rd down, Jones barely avoided a safety before throwing an incomplete pass. Tripucka’s 49-yard punt was returned by James for 23 yards to give the 49ers a short field.Patrick Afriyie blew up the first play of the drive stopping Wilson for no gain. A false start moved them back 5 yards. Then a Richie James reception got them back to the original line of scrimmage. Jeff Richards was flagged for defensive pass interference on 3rd down and the 49ers needed just a 2-yard run from Wilson following it to put up 6 points.Nic Shimonek’s first pass went to Hansbrough behind the line of scrimmage and he ran through a defender to pick up 3 yards and end the 3rd quarter. Shimonek looked to Hansbrough again and he took the pass for 12 yards. Hansbrough then got a carry that he turned into 3 more yards. Shimonek was sacked on the next play thanks to a missed blitz pickup by Hansbrough. And on 3rd & 16, Hansbrough took a screen 12 yards but still 4 short of the 1st. Tripucka’s 48-yard punt netted 44 yards thanks to solid punt coverage.McNichols got the call on the first 2 plays of the drive picking up 9 and 8 yards respectively. On the third straight handoff McNicholls was swallowed up in the backfield by three defenders. Dwelley caught a short pass to the left and was immediately met by Edmond. Richie James continued to terrorize the defense on 3rd down taking a quick pass for 18 yards most of it after the catch. Heneghan’s next pass fell incomplete and following that he rushed for 7 yards. The next play was a bad snap that Heneghan picked up and ran up the middle for 10 yards. Two Heneghan passes moved the sticks again and got the 49ers into the redzone. A 5-yard pass and a run for no gain set up a 3rd & 5 from the 15. Heneghan passed to Bolden for a loss of 1 yard. On 4th & 6, the 49ers decided to go for it and once again the Chargers could not stop James as he picked up 9 yards across the middle. McNichols rushed up the middle for 6 yards and 6 points on the next snap. Robbie Gould’s extra point put the 49ers up 21-20.Detrez Newsome continued to show why he belongs on the 53-man roster by returning the kickoff 63 yards. He ran through multiple tackles on his way. Justin Jackson got another carry and gained another yard. Je’Ron Hamm caught a 6-yard pass before the two-minute warning. Justice Liggins made his first catch of the night and picked up the 1st down. Jackson got another carry and picked up 2 yards. On his next carry, Jackson broke one and picked up 18 yards on his way to the 49ers’ 8-yard line. Roberto Aguayo then attempted and made the game-winning field goal.5 Offensive Tackles the Chargers Could Target in 2019 Jonah Williams - Alabama - 6’5 301 lbs.Williams has been a starter along Alabama’s offensive line ever since he stepped on campus in Tuscaloosa. He was named a Freshman All-American and Second-Team All-SEC following the 2016 season where he started every game for the Tide at right tackle. He made the switch to left tackle after Cam Robinson declared for the NFL. In 2017, Williams was an AFCA Second-Team All-American, an AP Third-Team All-American, and a consensus First-Team All-SEC selection. Williams amassed 22 pancake blocks this past season and allowed just 2.5 sacks and eight QB pressures. He heads into the 2018 season with 29 straight starts to his name while the Alabama front five look to continue their dominance after finishing as a finalist for the Joe Moore Award (Nation’s Best Offensive Line).Trey Adams - Washington - 6’8 327 lbs.At 6-8 and nearly 330 pounds, Adams is one of the biggest players in all of college football. During his freshman year , he played in 10 of 13 games while starting 9. This made Adams the first true freshman to start on the Washington offensive line since 2012. During his sophomore season, Adams started all 14 games at left tackle en route to First-Team All-Pac 12 honors with a nod to the FWAA Second-Team All-American team.However, disaster struck against Arizona State in 2017. After starting the first seven games of the season, Adams went down against the Sun Devils and never found his way back on the field, missing the rest of his junior year.Adams is an extremely polished tackle with surprisingly nimble feet for a man of his stature. He possesses the coveted skills and intangibles any franchise would drool over in a tackle prospect, which is why I wouldn’t be surprised to seem go in the top-10 in 2019.Greg Little - Ole Miss - 6’6 325 lbs.Little definitely is, and plays, much to the contrary than what his name suggests. He is far from a little man and it shows when he is on the field, wrangling some of the best pass rushers the SEC has to offer.As a true freshman in 2016, Little garnered Freshman All-American honors as he played in every game that year with five starts. In 2017, he started every game at left tackle for the Rebels. For his efforts, he was named a Second-Team All-SEC selection in a year where the SEC boasted some of top offensive linemen in the country.Of my personal top three offensive tackles going into the 2018 season (Williams, Adams, Little) Color Rush Melvin Gordon Jersey , I believe Little has the most work to do fundamentally but possesses an upside athletically that the other two can’t shake a feather at.Mitch Hyatt - Clemson - 6’5 304 lbsHyatt was a big name to watch for following the 2017 season. To our surprise, he decided to return to Death Valley. After all, he was coming off back-to-back years where he was named First-Team All-ACC and he was just named a First-Team All-American by ESPN and Sporting News, plus a Second-Team All-American by a plethora of other outlets.For his efforts this past season, Hyatt was also awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given to the ACC’s best offensive linemen voted on by conference head coaches and defensive coordinators. This was the first time a Clemson Tiger had won the award in over 30 years.As a long-time starter for one of the best teams of this decade, Hyatt will surely be considered a top prospect at the position. If the Chargers were to run the table and end up with a late (or the last) pick in 2019’s first round, I could see the Bolts taking a flier on a potential bookend of the future.Alaric Jackson - Iowa - 6’7 320 lbs.Jackson makes this list as an interesting prospect that could grow into a top talent at the position if he is able to put it all together and avoid anymore off the field issues (he was suspended for the Hawkeyes’ Pinstripe Bowl victory in January).He has the height-weight combination you want in a an elite offensive tackle but will need to really show out in the upcoming season if he hopes to make a name for himself. As a redshirt freshman in 2017, Jackson made the First-Team Freshman All-American list by FWAA and the Academic All-Big Ten team. Luckily for Jackson, the University of Iowa has a knack for producing top-tier talent along both sides of the trenchs, but especially those on the offensive side of the ball. Custom New York Giants Jerseys

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In the Minnesota Vikings’ victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6 Cheap Laquon Treadwell Jersey , running back Latavius Murray put up what was, by far, the best performance by a Minnesota running back this season. Now, he’s getting recognized for it.Murray is one of three nominees for the Week 6 FedEx Ground Award. He received this nomination after rushing for a career-high 155 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in the Vikings’ 27-17 win.The competition that Murray is facing for the award is pretty significant, however. Also nominated this week are Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (208 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Denver) and Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (132 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Cleveland).The winner of the award will be announced on Thursday, and the winner will make a $2,000 donation in the winner’s name to the USO.If you want to cast your vote for Latavius Murray to win the FedEx Ground Award for Week 6, you can head over to and cast your vote now! Eli Manning recognizes that the numbers in a playbook aren't the only important statistics.Manning wants children, including his three daughters, to have a strong set of financial skills."I think it's so important for kids to understand what it means to save, to have a budget, to be smart about spending money," the Giants' 15th-year quarterback says. "I think the more you can introduce financial literacy to students at an early age, the more it'll prevent them from making mistakes when they're a young adult."Manning and Giants rookie Saquon Barkley spoke to more than 100 local high school students about the importance of managing their finances before facing off in a head-to-head competition playing the latest version of Financial Football, a free video game designed to educate users on smart money decisions. Financial Football was created in a partnership between the NFL and Visa. 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It starts a conversation and I think it will help them down the line."s://financialfootball/downloadsBENGALS BOOKNo one knows more about the Cincinnati Bengals than Geoff Hobson , now in his 18th year at Bengals after covering the team for the Cincinnati newspapers.Hobson's incredibly detailed "This Day In Bengals History" is a terrific ride through 50 years of a franchise that has had highs — two Super Bowl appearances — and lows — a string of 14 seasons without making the playoffs, and no postseason wins since Jan. 6, 1991.Stories about Cincinnati greats such as Hall of Famers Anthony Munoz and team founder Paul Brown share space in the book with anecdotes about the lesser-known Bengals Solomon Wilcots and David Verser.From New Year's Day through New Year's Eve, there's plenty of good reading for every day on the calendar."Two things I rediscovered while putting together a daily log of the club," Hobson says. "It's amazing how 24/7 the NFL has become in the 21st century. Even as late as 30 years ago, it was virtually a six-month enterprise for everyone from coaches to media — except scouts."But even though it wasn't 24/7, there was never a dearth of news. From the World League to the USFL to expansion to free agency to strikes, the '60s, '70s, '80s give the new century a run for its money when it comes to headlines. Put a football down between coaches, players, fans, media, you'll always make news no matter the decade."COUNTRY FLAIRNashville is making it very clear just how much of a country flair Music City will be bringing to the 2019 NFL draft.Even though no artists have been announced yet for free concerts in Nashville around the draft, country star Tim McGraw has been tapped for Nashville's local organizing committee. Other celebrities include Eddie George, former Titans running back, and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit.The committee is raising money to pay for free fan events during the draft scheduled for April 25-27. Nashville had free concerts by Alan Jackson before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in June 2017 and Luke Bryan performed before Game 6 of that series. Nashville is planning concerts, autograph sessions and other events as part of a three-day festival around the draft.The organizers already have raised $1.5 million of the $2 million expected to be needed. Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and the Nashville mayor are honorary co-chairs on the committee. Strunk thanked everyone who volunteered to work on the committee, and says she can't wait for Nashville to be on the national stage for the draft.TOAST TO THE CHAMPSJoe Wagner grew up watching and playing football. Now , he gets to bottle up his passion.Literally.The fifth-generation Napa Valley winemaker has created the second release of Jets Uncorked Championship Reserve, a limited-edition premium 2016 California Red that celebrates the 50th anniversary of New York's Joe Namath-led 1968 team that upset the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in the Super Bowl.The Jets collaborated with Wine by Design on the project, and fans can purchase the wine at retailers in New York and New Jersey, throughout MetLife Stadium, and online through the team's website for $24.99."Bringing two of my passions — football and winemaking — together was a great opportunity," said Wagner, owner and operator of Copper Cane Wines and Provisions. "Together with the team, we created an amazing red blend using some of my favorite vineyards from throughout the Napa and Sonoma appellations. We believe it's the perfect way for a Jets fan to celebrate the past and look forward to a successful Jets future."The wine bottle's label includes green and white stripes and a diagrammed X's and O's play — "19 Straight" — with which Matt Snell ran for the go-ahead touchdown for New York.It's the second time the Jets and Wine by Design have worked together, with the first coming in 2010 when Jets Uncorked Wine was released. Through a multiyear partnership, they plan to expand the wine lineup in the future.s://newyorkjets/stadium/wineFIRED UPQuarterbacks are the natural team leaders, but in the case of Kirk Cousins he's only been with Minnesota for about seven months. Still, Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph nominated him before the game in Philadelphia on Oct. 7 to lead the breakdown prior to pregame warmups on the field , when Cousins delivered a message about finishing strong.On the flight home, Joseph told him to be ready for a repeat. So before playing Arizona last Sunday, Cousins screamed at his teammates to encourage a similar effort and urge the defense to harass rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. The Vikings (3-2-1) won both of those games.Though Cousins has said he considers himself reluctantly vocal in some of those situations, preferring to let his play do the talking, he's had plenty of experience with pep talks."In college, we did it some, and then in the locker room as well ," Cousins said. "In high school, we did it a lot. It's not foreign to me. I'll put it that way."The Vikings have posted the clips on their website, thus making a story out of their quarterback's recent rah-rah moments."He definitely has the fire. He has the passion. Sometimes guys have too much passion and their words get lost and they get jumbled over, but we know what they meant, and other times guys have the right words but not the right gusto," defensive end Stephen Weatherly said. "And he has a great balance of both."The message is easier to express when you're third in the NFL in completion percentage and fifth in the league in passing yards."I loved it," linebacker Anthony Barr said. "At first, not knowing the guy, it kind of maybe comes off as fake or phony. But as you get to know him, that's really who he is, an intense guy, a competitor, a guy who likes to go out and compete at a high level and compete well for his team, and the message that he shares hits home."AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner, Teresa M. Walker, Dennis Waszak Jr. and Dave Campbell contributed.

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Kevin Durant became the 44th player in NBA history to score 20 Cheap Customized Chicago Bears Jerseys ,000 career points, finishing with 40 as the Golden State Warriors had their five-game winning streak snapped along with a 12-game unbeaten stretch in the Clippers rivalry with a 125-106 loss.

Durant reached the milestone on a pull-up jumper from the left wing at the 1:41 mark of the second quarter. The Warriors announced his accomplishment on the main scoreboard and Durant received a standing ovation, shaking his head in acknowledgment while still very much in game mode.

By late in the fourth quarter, that crowd was making its way for the exits with the game out of reach.

The NBA Finals MVP returned from a three-game absence due to a strained right calf and scored 25 points in the first half against the Clippers – KD’s biggest half of the season and the exact number he needed for 20,000.

Durant, who had a four-point play during the second quarter on the way to 14 points in the period, is at 29 the second-youngest player behind LeBron James and first to reach the 20,000 mark as a member of the Warriors.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Golden State star Stephen Curry was out for the Warriors’ home game against the Clippers after he slipped during the shootaround and re-sprained his troublesome right ankle.

The Warriors updated their injury report to include Curry’s status. It’s the same injury that recently sidelined him for 11 games, though coach Steve Kerr said ”I don’t think it’s serious.” No MRI or X-rays were scheduled for now though Curry was sore and the Warriors won’t take any chances.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA has suspended Miami Heat forward James Johnson and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka one game apiece for throwing punches at each other.

The punishment was announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league’s executive vice president for basketball operations.

The fight began with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter of the Heat’s 90-89 victory over the Raptors on Tuesday night in Toronto. Ibaka and Johnson started shoving each other while waiting for the ball to be inbounded under the Miami basket. Both received technical fouls and ejections.


ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – The Fritz Pollard Alliance called for the NFL to investigate whether the Oakland Raiders violated the ”Rooney Rule” when they hired Jon Gruden as coach.

Fritz Pollard Alliance counsel Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru said they were concerned that Raiders owner Mark Davis came to an agreement with Gruden before the team interviewed any minority candidates as required by the NFL since 2003.

”As soon as we learned of the reports, we formally requested that the NFL thoroughly investigate the matter to conclusively determine whether the Rooney Rule was violated – and if it was violated, to impose an appropriate punishment,” they said.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance is dedicated to promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs of NFL teams.

Davis said Tuesday at the news conference introducing Gruden as the team’s new coach that he had been trying to make the move for six years and finally believed it would happen after a meeting in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, the day before Gruden worked a game between the Raiders and Eagles on ESPN.

RENTON Cheap Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys , Wash. (AP) – What’s expected to be an offseason makeover for the Seattle Seahawks is starting with its coaching staff.

The Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line coach Tom Cable. Bevell was in charge of calling plays, while Cable was responsible for a run game and offensive line that failed to meet expectations.

It was a stunning sweep for head coach Pete Carroll, who has been immensely loyal to his assistants during his tenure.

Carroll’s only other significant firing was offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates following the 2010 season, Carroll’s first in Seattle. Most times when assistants have left, it’s because they’ve received promotions elsewhere.


HOUSTON (AP) – Scott Frost has one final award to share with the University of Central Florida.

The former UCF coach and new Nebraska boss received the Paul ”Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award on Wednesday night.

Frost is first since former Boise State coach Chris Petersen in 2009 with a non-Power 5 program.

This completes the awards season for Frost. In the past few weeks, Frost also claimed the Home Depot Coach of the Year, American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year, AP Coach of the Year and Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year awards.

UCF rolled past Memphis 62-55 in the American Athletic Conference Championship game, and beat Auburn 34-27 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl to finish 13-0. UCF finished ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll of the season, receiving four first place votes.


NEW YORK (AP) – Jay Bruce and his proven bat are headed back to the New York Mets.

The free-agent outfielder is set to return to the Big Apple after agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical and no announcement had been made.

A three-time All-Star, Bruce hit a combined .254 with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs for the Mets and Cleveland Indians last season. After falling out of playoff contention, New York traded him to the AL Central champions on Aug. 9 for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan.

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The slumping Chicago White Sox are playing a team that didn’t give up on its season despite a terrible start, so maybe they decided that was a pretty good strategy to adopt.

The White Sox could have easily given up on their Tuesday night game against the surging Cincinnati Reds despite falling behind 4-0 before they’d gotten an out and 7-2 following Adam Duvall’s three-run homer in the fifth inning.

And given up on the series Cheap Customized Dallas Cowboys Jerseys , too, since the Reds beat them 5-3 on Monday for their 15th victory in a span of 20 games, the National League’s best record since June 10. The Reds also were 7-1 in interleague games.

Instead, the White Sox managed to tie it first at 7-all on a Leury Garcia pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth and at 8-all on Avisail Garcia’s second home run of the game and third of the series, in the ninth.

The White Sox finally broke through to win it 12-8 in the 12th on Yoan Moncada’s bases-full triple that right fielder Brandon Dixon brought back over the wall to prevent a homer but couldn’t keep in his glove, and Yolmer Sanchez’s RBI triple — both off reliever Jackson Stephens.

“The pitch was up and in but I was able to put the barrel on it and get a triple,” said Moncada, who had a three-hit night after coming in with a .191 average in his previous 44 games. “Little by little, the work I’ve been putting in day in and day out, I’ve been feeling better (at the plate).”

Well before the 12th, the White Sox began their comeback as Daniel Palka hit a two-run homer in the fourth, then teamed with Garcia to homer in the sixth. Garcia has a 13-game hitting streak, and is 14-for-30 with four homers and six RBIs in his last six games.

Now, after winning for only the second time in six contests and the sixth time in 19 games, the White Sox are in position to take the series if they can win Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park. White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey (3-3, 4.82 ERA) will oppose Reds right-hander Sal Romano (4-8, 5.30) in a matchup of pitchers who haven’t faced the opposing team before.

Covey is in a major slump Cheap Customized Denver Broncos Jerseys , going 0-2 with an elevated 12.71 ERA with 12 walks and three strikeouts over his last three starts — this after he was 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his first three starts in June. His last time out, he surrendered four home runs and eight earned runs in 2 1/3 innings of a 11-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Friday.

“I made a couple of mistakes they capitalized on,” Covey told reporters afterward. “For the most part I was throwing good pitches. They were just taking the borderline ones and were all over everything that was in the zone. I don’t have an explanation.”

Manager Rick Renteria did.

“I think there were probably a lot of pitches left over the center of plate,” he said.

Or exactly the kind of pitches the White Sox jumped on Tuesday while getting 15 hits in only their second extra-inning win of the season, as compared to three losses. By winning, the White Sox avoided falling to a season-worst 27 games below .500.

The Reds have put together a string of improbable victories while starting to turn their season around after being 3-15 and 8-27. But this was a game in which they couldn’t hold a succession of leads — 4-0, 7-2, 8-7 — as they played more like they did in April.

“It got away from us late, but that’s a good offensive baseball team,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “Garcia’s a bear to deal with right now and he got us. … But we had a big-enough lead that we should have put it away in nine (innings).”

The Reds wasted a pair of two-run homers in the first by NL batting leader Scooter Gennett and NL RBIs leader Eugenio Suarez, plus Duvall’s three-run shot and a timely play by Billy Hamilton in which he scored the go-ahead run in the eighth on a ground ball to shortstop against a drawn-in infield.

“(But) we’ve been playing too good of baseball to get hung up on one game,” Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani said. “I don’t think this game is going to affect us one bit.”

Romano has pitched well in three of his last four starts, with a June 24 outing against the Cubs in which he gave up five runs in five innings being the only exception. He gave up only three runs over 20 innings in the other three starts.

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (sore ankle) is expected back in the lineup after sitting out Tuesday for precautionary reasons.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have put pitchers Aaron Sanchez and Jaime Garcia on the 10-day disabled list.

The Blue Jays activated right-hander Marcus Stroman off the 10-day disabled list. He’d been out since May 8 with shoulder trouble.

Stroman was set to start Saturday night against the Los Angeles Angels. He is 0-5 with a 7.71 ERA.

Toronto also recalled left-handed reliever Tim Mayza from Triple-A Buffalo.

Sanchez sustained a right finger contusion prior to starting an 8-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday Youth Marcus Davenport Jersey , giving up two runs in one inning before leaving the game. He is 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA.

Garcia is dealing with soreness in his left shoulder, manager John Gibbons said. Garcia is 0-6 in his last 10 starts and has not won since April 17.

At heart, Ernie Barnes the professional football player was always Ernie Barnes the artist.

His teammates on the San Diego Chargers nicknamed him ”Big Rembrandt” because he was always scribbling on pieces of paper.

He ended up painting vivid and highly acclaimed images from the playing field and from African-American life. He’s most famous for ”Sugar Shack,” which shows African-Americans dancing at the Durham Armory. Marvin Gaye used a version of it for an album cover, and a print of it appeared in the closing credits of the sitcom ”Good Times.”

Now, an exhibit has opened in his home state titled “The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes.” The exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History includes 38 paintings by Barnes, many unseen by the public until now, along with several pieces of memorabilia.

It’s the first exhibit of Barnes’ artwork in 11 years, and the first since he died at age 70 in 2009 in Los Angeles. It continues through March 3.

Barnes never considered football his true calling. From his childhood, he was drawn to art. In his 1995 autobiography Youth Jessie Bates III Jersey , ”From Pads to Palette,” he wrote, ”Throughout my five seasons in the arena of professional football, I remained at the deepest level of my being an artist.”

But he played professionally from 1960 to 1964, signing first with the Baltimore Colts and then with the Titans of New York, the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos. His sports connections led to his first exhibit through the support of New York Jets owner Sonny Werblin. And Barnes credited football with helping him develop the elongation technique for which he’s known.

An art instructor told him ”to pay attention to what my body felt like in movement,” Barnes once said. ”And when I did that, it was an elongated feeling. … I hate to think, had I not played sports, what my work would look like.”

He also spoke of how the ”dehumanization” of professional football played out in his art. ”I painted until I exhausted the hate Youth Mike White Jersey ,” he said, according to comments provided by his estate.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s vice president of operations, is probably the largest collector of Barnes’ art and someone in whom Barnes confided about his love-hate relationship with football. Vincent estimates that he owns just shy of 30 Barnes’ paintings, most of them commissioned and never seen by the public.

In a phone interview, Vincent said that he and his wife ”didn’t classify it as black art. He happens to be African-American, but it’s not black art. It’s art.”

At the time of Barnes’ death, Paul Von Blum, an art history and African American studies professor at the University of California, Los Angeles Youth Martinas Rankin Jersey , called him one of the premier figurative artists of his era.

Barnes, who was born in 1938 in Durham during the Jim Crow era, graduated from what’s now North Carolina Central University. His painting, ”Homecoming,” shows a marching band in Durham with U.S. 15-501 signs in the background.

”Ernie said when he was growing up, the high school band used to come down from the segregated area and make the turn into the black community, and the band would kick it up right there,” Luz Rodriguez, his longtime assistant and estate trustee said last week in Raleigh before the exhibit opened. ”So that’s what he painted.”

”Sugar Shack” came from Barnes’ memories growing up in Durham, Rodriguez said. His mother had told the 13-year-old Barnes that ”they don’t do Christian things there” so of course he had to sneak in to find out what was happening , she said.

Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy owns the painting now, exhibit curator Katie Edwards said. A second version that Barnes painted is part of the North Carolina museum exhibit.

Barnes could bring to life ”the hopes and dreams of what could be – families together, strong men, strong women, the true representation of the godly family,” Vincent said. Barnes was able to ”share our dark past yet articulate in color what the future could be – the proudness of our history, the proudness of our future. Ernie encapsulated all of that.”

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James Harden scored 26 points , Eric Gordon had 18 points and two momentum-swinging 3-pointers in the third quarter, and the Houston Rockets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-99 on for their 17th straight win.

The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Houston hasn’t lost since Jan. 26 at New Orleans.

The latest victory came on the second of a tough back-to-back stretch of road games that started with a 10-point victory at Oklahoma City. No wonder the Rockets looked sluggish at times against the Bucks.

Trailing by about 10 points for most of the fourth quarter, Milwaukee got within 104-99 with 1:06 left on Sterling Brown’s layup.

Chris Paul answered with a short floater in the lane with 45 seconds left after driving on Jason Terry to silence Bucks fans who were pleading ”Defense! Defense!”

DALLAS (AP) – The NBA is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the investigation that led to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.

League spokesman Mike Bass said the NBA was looking into the matter, a day after a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman’s claim that Cuban put his hands down her pants and touched her inappropriately while they were taking a photo at a Portland nightclub. The report Tuesday in the Willamette Week came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks. While Cuban wasn’t implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.

Cuban flatly denied the woman’s allegations and provided a prosecutors’ report detailing the decision not to file charges.


SAN DIEGO (AP) – University of San Diego coach Lamont Smith resigned 10 days after he was arrested for investigation of domestic violence at the end of a road trip.

Smith’s resignation came one day after the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said he wouldn’t face charges ”at this time” in a domestic violence investigation. Even though no charges were filed, the university said on Tuesday that Smith remained on administrative leave pending a school investigation.

Athletic director Bill McGillis said Smith, who played at USD and was in his third season as coach, offered his resignation and the school accepted it. McGillis said he then notified the team.

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Stephen Brown scored 22 points and reserve Nate Sestina added 16 as Bucknell won its second straight Patriot League Tournament championship with an 83-54 victory over Colgate.

The top-seeded Bison (25-9) head to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in program history and sixth time as the Patriot League representative. Four of those six titles have come in the last eight years.


The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles bolstered their formidable pass rush with another top-level defensive lineman.

The Eagles acquired three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks, three people familiar with the trade told The Associated Press. The deal won’t be officially announced until the NFL’s league year opens next Wednesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the trade information.

Seattle gets wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick, while Philadelphia also receives a seventh-round pick.

Bennett had 8 sacks last season and 54 in his nine-year career.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Rams agreed to trade linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants for two draft picks, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because NFL trades can’t be announced until March 14. ESPN first reported the deal.

Los Angeles gets the Giants’ fourth-round and sixth-round picks in the 2018 draft. The NFC West champion Rams also will send a seventh-round pick in 2019 to the Giants along with Ogletree, their defensive captain and last season’s leading tackler.

NEW YORK (AP) – Jerry Jones agreed to pay the NFL more than $2 million in legal fees resulting from two disputes the Dallas Cowboys owner had with the league, a person with direct knowledge of the settlement told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL did not announce details.

Commissioner Roger Goodell held an appeal hearing with Jones on Monday. That came a few days after Goodell assessed the financial penalties for Jones’ lawsuit to overturn the suspension of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, and for a lawsuit Jones threatened to stop Goodell’s newly approved contract.

DENVER (AP) – Peyton Manning sold 31 Denver-area Papa John’s stores last week , two days before the NFL dropped the chain as its official pizza sponsor.

The Denver Post reported that Papa John’s spokesman Peter Collins confirmed the former NFL quarterback sold his stake to an existing Papa John’s franchisee. Manning will remain Papa John’s celebrity spokesman and brand ambassador. He wasn’t immediately available for comment.

The NFL and Papa John’s ended their deal Feb. 27.


NEW YORK (AP) – An aggrieved harness-racing bettor has gone to court to recoup more than $31,000 in winnings he said he was cheated out of when a doped horse won a race in New Jersey two years ago.

Leading figures in harness racing said they had never before heard of such a lawsuit, which accuses the train Three years after going undrafted out of Drury College, Trevor Richards has earned his first major league win.

Richards pitched six effective innings to lead the Miami Marlins to a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

”It’s great, it’s good to get that one out of the way,” Richards said. ”It’s been too long so it’s good to get it done.”

Richards (1-3) allowed two hits in his seventh major league start. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out two and walked three.

”He’s been a good story, he’s thrown the ball well,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ”Obviously Pitcher of the Year last year in the minor leagues, really good reports on his makeup and how he works, competes, and pays attention so it’s good to see guys like that have success.”

Richards walked the first two batters of the game before settling in.

”I got a little too excited for the game, a little amped up and lost mechanics,” Richards said. ”I was able to settle down and keep going.”

Brandon Crawford’s groundout in the first inning drove in the only run for the Giants, who had just three hits.

”Three hits, that’s not going to work,” manager Bruce Bochy said. ”We had a hard time getting guys on base and just getting something going. That’s the ballgame.”

Kyle Barraclough pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in six chances. He has not allowed a run over his last 14 games and a career-best 13 2/3 innings.

JT Riddle had a two-run double for Miami, and Starlin Castro had two hits and knocked in a run.

”Just enough ,” Mattingly said.

San Francisco right-hander Chris Stratton (7-4) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning, but ran into trouble in the third when he again loaded the bases. This time, Castro singled in Derek Dietrich and Riddle followed with a two-run double to right field.

”I let it get away from me there,” Stratton said. ”I thought I made some really good pitches. Give them credit.”

Stratton then retired his final 13 batters. He allowed four hits in seven innings.


Riddle’s two-run double gave him his first multi-RBI game of the season and eighth of his career.

”(Stratton) left me a fastball over the middle of the plate after I had swung through two,” Riddle said. ”I was a little late on those so I was thinking he might come back with another one, he did, left it over the middle, and I put a pretty good swing on it.”


Giants: 1B Brandon Belt (appendix) is expected to join the team in Los Angeles later this week after making progress from emergency surgery on June 2. ”He soft-tossed in Arizona, threw, did quite a bit of baseball activities,” Bochy said. ”Tomorrow he’ll take regular batting practice so that’s the big step. If he feels fine doing that, then we’re getting close on him.”


Giants: LHP Andrew Suarez (2-4, 5.06 ERA) will start the third game of the series on Wednesday in his hometown for the first time in front of a number of family members and friends.

Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (5-6, 3.70) is 5-4 with a 2.70 ERA over his last nine starts.

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Nicked in the first inning Youth Keke Coutee Jersey , Aaron Nola figured he’d be fine if could find his form.

He did, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage.

Maikel Franco went 4 for 4, Carlos Santana homered and the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Saturday.

”The way (we’ve) been swinging lately, I just felt like if I kept putting up zeros and battling out there they were going to come through and score some more runs,” Nola said.

With the Phillies leading 3-2 in the eighth, Santana sent a drive into the Philadelphia bullpen in left-center field off Kelvin Herrera for his 13th homer of the season and second in two games. Franco later added an RBI single.

Philadelphia’s Odubel Herrera, who had homered in five straight games, went 0 for 4.

The Phillies have won five of six while the Nationals have lost three of four, scoring a total of nine runs. Anthony Rendon homered for Washington.

”Look, I’ve got all the confidence in the world we’re going to start hitting,” manager Dave Martinez said. ”We’ll start scoring some runs. Right now the bullpen is a little beat up. We’ve got to get them going again.”

Nola (9-2) stiffened after giving up two runs in the first inning. He didn’t allow a hit after the second and left following the sixth. He also hit an RBI single.

Seranthony Dominguez worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Erick Fedde (0-3) allowed three runs on eight hits in six-plus innings.

”They have a lot of patient hitters,” Fedde said. ”I think that’s what makes it tough. Guys aren’t swinging at bunch of junk, so you have to attack them.”

With the score 2-all, Franco doubled leading off the seventh and moved to third on a groundout. Pinch-hitter Jesmuel Valentin lifted a fly to right Youth Quenton Nelson Jersey , Franco tagged and just beat Adam Eaton’s throw home with the safe call surviving a replay challenge.

”That was just a tremendous all-around baseball game,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said of Franco’s day.

Daniel Murphy’s two-run single in the first inning gave Washington the early lead, but the Phillies strung together four two-out singles – the last by Nola – in the second to tie it.


For the second consecutive game, Harper tried to beat the shift with a first-inning bunt. Friday night, he bunted foul before striking out and Saturday he was thrown out by Nola.


Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (right lat strain) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session and will likely throw another session in a few days.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman (right oblique strain) is expected to go on a rehabilitation assignment within the next week, according to Martinez. … RHP Jeremy Hellickson (right hamstring strain) will pitch Sunday for Class A Potomac and is expected to rejoin the rotation after the one rehab start. … RH reliever Brandon Kintzler (right foreman flexor strain) will also pitch at Potomac on Sunday.


Phillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (4-6, 4.08), acquired from Washington in the trade for Jonathan Papelbon, pitches the finale. He’s 0-2 with an 11.81 ERA in three starts against the Nationals.

Nationals: RHP Jefry Rodriguez (0-0, 4.66) makes his second big league start.

The Texas Rangers welcomed back shortstop Elvis Andrus to their lineup, while the Kansas City Royals said goodbye to closer Kelvin Herrera.

Manager Jeff Banister faces a juggling act with getting all his infielders sufficient playing time with Andrus off the disabled list as the Rangers continue a three-game series with the Royals Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Royals manager Ned Yost faces a problem of who will close games with Herrera dealt to the Washington Nationals for three minor league prospects third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez, outfielder Blake Perkins and 17-year-old Dominican right-hander Yohanse Morel.

Andrus was activated Monday after missing 59 games with a fractured right elbow after being hit by a pitch on April 11.

Banister said Andrus will start all three games against the Royals. He went 0-for-3, walked twice and scored a run in his first game back as Texas opened the series with a 6-3 victory

Jurickson Profar, who started 56 games at shortstop while Andrus was on the disabled list Youth Mike Hughes Jersey , started at second in the series opener, will play third base Tuesday and DH Wednesday.

Banister met with Andrus. Profar, Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre Monday with a goal to play all four in about five games a week.

“It’s going to be really hard,” Banister said of rearranging the playing time to keep all four sharp and healthy. “Profar has made a case to be one of the everyday players. And everything we’ve challenged (Odor) to do, he’s progressively gotten better. He’s been a significant player on this team and will continue to be one.”

Beltre, who belted a three-run homer Monday, will probably be the designated hitter more than he has in the past.

Andrus had never been on the disabled list before this season.

“A guy that has played 10 consecutive years you don’t replace,” Banister said. “You miss everything he does and what he was able to do. He was our three-hole hitter and one of the better centerpieces of the offense. He did a lot of things for us offensively. Obviously, he was one of the leaders with Beltre on defense.”

Herrera was 14 for 16 in save situations this season. Herrera, Greg Holland and Wade Davis were part of Royals’ feared bullpens that helped them win the 2015 World Series and the 2014 American League championship. Herrera can be a free agent after the season and the Nationals needed bullpen help.

“Without him, there is no way we can ever make it to the World Series, win a World Series,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “He’s simply family. He knows he has relationships here that are special.”

The Rangers won their third straight and will seek a season high fourth straight win as Cole Hamels starts against Jason Hammel.

Hamels is 3-6 with a 3.69 ERA in 14 starts this season. The Rangers are 4-10 in his starts this season. He is 3-2 with a 3.51 ERA in six career starts against Kansas City.

Hammel is 0-4 with a 4.26 ERA in six home starts this season and winless in his past eight home starts.

Hammel is 2-3 with a 4.07 ERA in nine career outings against the Rangers. He tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings on May 27 to win at Texas. The losing pitcher was Hamels.

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TORONTO — Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ will take the mound against Luis Severino on Saturday in a repeat of the Opening Day matchup won by the New York Yankees.

With the July 31 deadline for trades without waivers looking Youth Frank Ragnow Jersey , Happ is considered a prime candidate to be dealt and the Yankees would be one of the interested teams, according to speculation.

The possibility of Severino (13-2, 1.98 ERA) and Happ (10-4, 4.03) soon becoming teammates adds another intriguing dimension to their matchup in the second game of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays started the series with a 6-2 victory Friday night with Justin Smoak capping a five-run second inning with a three-run homer.

The Yankees (56-29) are 7-4 against the Blue Jays (41-46) in the season series so far, including a 4-3 record at the Rogers Centre as they complete their third and final series of the season there this weekend.

The win Friday ended the Blue Jays’ four-game losing streak against the Yankees.

Severino is an obvious choice for the All-Star Game to be played at Washington’s Nationals Park on July 17.

Happ is one of the few Blue Jays with a legitimate chance to go to the game.

Severino will be a leading candidate to win the American League Cy Young Award if he continues his current pace. He leads the majors in wins and is second in ERA.

The 24-year-old enters Saturday with a scoreless streak of 13 2/3 innings. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 15 straight starts, the longest such streak by a Yankees pitcher since Ron Guidry had a 15-game streak April 8-June 22, 1978. The only longer streak by a Yankee is 20 set by Russ Ford during the 1910 and 1911 seasons.

“I always feel great when Sevy’s on the mound,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “The record in a lot of ways speaks for itself. The ability to get deep into games. He’s been really good against the elite competition, it seems like, as well.

“He’s putting himself in that conversation as one of the best in the game. There’s no doubt about it.”

Severino is 2-3 with a 4.12 ERA in nine career games (eight starts) against the Blue Jays and 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA in two starts against them this season. In five career starts at the Rogers Centre, he is 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA.

Happ had his worst start of the season Sunday when he allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

He did not allow a run until the fifth when Nicholas Castellanos did most of the damage with a grand slam.

“I felt like I was a pitch away from getting out of it,” Happ said after the game. “Again, I look at the hard-hit balls and there was two or three today. I didn’t feel like I was in the middle of the zone getting hurt today, but it is what it is. It’s not a pretty outing.”

His only start against the Yankees this season was a loss on Opening Day Youth Jaire Alexander Jersey , March 29, when he allowed three runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings as Severino picked up the win. In 17 career starts against the Yankees, he is 8-3 with a 3.53 ERA.

The Yankees have lost five of their past seven road games and are 23-16 in away games this season. They are 7-8 when visiting American League East cities this season.

The Blue Jays are 13-20 against AL East teams. They are 4-3 on their homestand and are 23-22 at home for the season.

Mike Trout has no interest in merely taking his cuts at the plate, walking back to the dugout and waiting patiently for his next at-bat.

The two-time AL MVP wants to be part of the action in the field, too, and his zest for being a two-way player is evident by his numbers when doing so.

Trout celebrated his return to center field Friday night with a solo home run and an impressive catch, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped a six-game skid by beating the floundering Baltimore Orioles 7-1.

Back in the outfield after an ineffective nine-game stretch as a designated hitter, Trout hit his 24th home run in the first inning off David Hess (2-5) to spark the Angels to their first win in a week. Trout reached base three times and ran down a liner in the gap to rob Danny Valencia of a potential fourth-inning double.

”I like being out there,” Trout said. ”It keeps me in the game.”

Forced to play DH because of a sprained right index finger, Trout went 6 for 28 (.214) with 11 strikeouts and no homers.

”He certainly is not acclimated to the DH role, and you wouldn’t expect an everyday player to be,” manager Mike Scioscia said. ”It grounds on you.”

Martin Maldonado also homered for Los Angeles, Andrelton Simmons had four hits and Felix Pena (1-0) allowed five hits over 5 1/3 shutout innings.

Like the Mariners before them, the Angels found facing the Orioles to be the cure for an extended slump. Earlier this week Youth Josh Jackson Jersey , Seattle notched a four-game sweep at Camden Yards after coming to town with six losses in seven games.

The Angels were reeling from a three-game sweep in Boston, where they were outscored 22-9, before breezing past the awful Orioles in the opener of a three-game series.

”Mike got us on the board, then we kept pecking away,” Scioscia said. ”It starts with pitching. You keep putting up those zeros and let your offense get going.”

Los Angeles led 3-0 before pulling away with a three-run sixth. Simmons started the uprising with a double and Kole Calhoun contributed a sacrifice fly.

Baltimore owns the worst record in the majors (23-58), and is playing at a pace to lose 116 games. The Orioles have dropped 16 of 17 at home and are 0-14 against the AL West.

”It’s the story again, we scored one run and nothing through eight innings,” manager Buck Showalter said. ”You’re not going to win that way.”

Hess, a rookie right-hander, has put his spot in the rotation in jeopardy by compiling a 10.70 ERA over his last four starts.

He’s really got to command the fastball,” Showalter said. ”If it doesn’t work out there, there’s potential for another role. But we’re looking for starters and he’s showed he can do it.”


The Orioles placed five lilies at the press box seat reserved for The Capital Gazette. Five employees of the newspaper were shot and killed Thursday, including long-time sports writer John McNamara, who was shifted to the news side a few years ago but was still an occasional visitor to the press box. The team also held a moment of silence before the game in honor of all five victims.


Trout’s home run gave him 1 Youth Taven Bryan Jersey ,132 hits for his career, one more than Scioscia compiled in his 1,441 games.


Angels: SS Zack Cozart underwent surgery on Friday in Los Angeles to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Cozart decided on surgery after experiencing continued discomfort and following a second opinion. … Reliever Jake Jewell will have surgery Saturday to repair a fractured right leg, an injury he sustained covering home plate Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Orioles: Reliever Darren O’Day (left hamstring strain) was moved from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. He is considering surgery, which would probably end his season.


The Orioles selected the contracts of relievers Paul Fry and Paul Meisinger from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned pitchers Jimmy Yacabonis and Yefry Ramirez to the same club. In addition, INF Corban Joseph was designated for assignment. Fry and Meisinger both made their major league debuts in this game.


Angels: Tyler Skaggs (6-5, 2.69 ERA), the starter Saturday, has gone seven innings and notched eight strikeouts in each of his last three outings.

Orioles: Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.70) makes his sixth attempt at recording his third win. He has one victory since April 5.

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