The Chargers announced Thursday that they are moving to Los Angeles, much to the ire of diehard fans.
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One fan in particular took the news so hard he decided egging the team facility was the best option. He filmed himself doing so on Periscope (with some harsh language) and even admitted, I might go to jail for this.
I think the best case is John Elway. Like I said, we’re friendly. We both went to Stanford. There’s a lot of parallels and when I came to Denver, he looked out for me and we became very close friends. He’s one of my closest friends. So, I got to see a snapshot of what the role was like. Like I said, there was one offseason where he brought me in, I went to the Combine, kind of did all of that.
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Marlins first baseman Justin Bour recorded his first career stolen base in Miami’s 3-2 loss to Arizona on June 1. It only took him 310 games in the majors to do it.
He didn’t feel great coming in, and then as he started his throwing program in the bullpen, a couple of things happened: one, he didn’t feel great; two, he didn’t look great, according to our coaches, and so we scratched him, Hinch said. We found out as guys were finishing up their warmups. It was a quick decision to scratch him.
Rookie reliever Dayan Diaz, called up earlier Wednesday to provide a fresh arm for the bullpen, made his first MLB start and lasted just 2 2/3 innings while allowing three runs on four hits to take the loss.
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After winning 11 straight, the Astros (42-18) have now lost two in a row but still enter Thursday’s games with a 12-game lead on the second-place Mariners in the AL West. With such a sizable lead in the division, the Astros will probably be all right without Keuchel for a week-plus.
It’s definitely best to play things safe in June than to have potentially more serious issues in September.
Some people wanted Smoltz out of the rotation at the 1991 All-Star break. Mazzone wouldn’t hear of it. Nor would Cox, who had the power to make the change.
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Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine mirrored Smoltz by going to Cooperstown after innumerable successful years with the Braves. Many other pitchers from Denny Neagle to Kevin Millwood to Kent Mercker had the best years of their careers in Atlanta.
During a Thursday radio appearance on WABC’s (New York) “The Bernie and Sid Show,” Ditka was asked by hosts Bernard McGirk and Sid Rosenberg about the “crusade” by some sports journalists at Super Bowl 51 to make the Patriots quarterback “denounce” his longtime-friend Trump.
“These people are — can I say this — a—holes,” Ditka said.
People having different opinions is what makes America great, according to Da Coach. The Super Bowl-winning leader of the 1985 Bears again professed his support for The Donald.
“I like Donald Trump. I think he’s the best man, the best qualified person. I think he’ll do a great job for Americans. There’s a lot of people out there who don’t think that. But we’ll have to wait and see. Let him do his job first,” Ditka said. “If he can possibly screw it up nearly half as much as Obama, I’ll be surprised.”
Sure, it’s tough to call plays when the whole world is watching, and the team is trying desperately to run out the clock and win its first Super Bowl, but that is no excuse for some of the decisions made by the Falcons’ coaching staff while the Patriots were bearing down on them late in the game.
Atlanta’s first bad play was on a third and one on their own 36-yard line with 8:31 left on the clock. Instead of running, Ryan dropped back and was sacked, which led to a Patriots touchdown and two-point conversion.
The very next drive, the Falcons were faced with a third and 23 after another Ryan sack, this time in New England territory and field goal range. Instead of running, again, Atlanta dropped back for a pass and committed a penalty — though they did miss a New England facemask — thus knocking itself out of field goal range. Atlanta punted that possession, which allowed the Patriots an opportunity to drive down the field and force overtime.
Elite Gary Neal Jersey The Patriots, and Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady, and Robert Kraft? They’re always here, at the Super Bowl — seven times now since the three convened in Foxborough 16 years ago.
The Atlanta Falcons, though … they’re almost never here, living most of their 51 years of existence on the outside looking in, envying the likes of the Patriots, almost never even expecting to be in position to get there.
That’s over now, and the Falcons are on that final step, for just the second time ever, and the first time in 18 years. And with that, the aforementioned look at the two teams’ relative experience with Super Bowls can be tossed aside, because it pretty much doesn’t matter if you’re the better, more composed, more prepared team.
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“I know sometimes people will say it’s like they’ve been ‘punched in the stomach’ when something bad happens,” Vick wrote. “But I’d never really understood the expression, until that moment. Matt Ryan. I just kept repeating his name, in my head, again and again. Every time I thought about what it meant, it took the air right out of me — but I couldn’t help it.”
Wrote Vick: “People have to understand: I felt like it was my fault, like it was my responsibility, that the Falcons franchise had been set back. And if Matt had been a bust … then my guilt over the harm I’d caused the city would have only grown worse. But Matt being such a success — that’s been a joy for me. For me, that’s been relief. It’s been peace of mind.”
There’s little doubt Joe Mixon will get a shot at the NFL, but the former Oklahoma running back won’t get a chance to showcase his abilities alongside other 2017 NFL Draft contenders next month.
Mixon is not on the list of players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, USA Today Sports reported Friday.
I loved being able to create my own custom pizzas and calzones, Williams told SN’s Vinnie Iyer. I used to create my own signature calzone that everyone wished they could order off the menu. I also worked at a Pizza Hut in a small town, which meant seeing friends, family and familiar faces every day.
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Finally, Williams loves food, which is why he hated the diet Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin forced him into back in 2015. He can appreciate the value of a pizza being delivered fresh, at its optimum deliciousness.
So Williams, 33, strategically was selected to lead the first-ever Pizza Hut Combine and help employees master traditional combine drills … with a pizza delivery twist.
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One can only hope his or her pizza delivery person on Super Bowl Sunday is as prepared as Williams’ subjects.
In the NBA, every team that doesn’t make the postseason has a chance at the No. 1 pick. That’s 14 teams, and this year the Boston Celtics have the top odds — thanks to a trade that landed them rights to the Brooklyn Nets’ pick — and a 25 percent shot at picking first. After the first three picks of the NBA draft are decided by the lottery, picks Nos. 4-14 are then established by the standings.
But with more teams on the outside of the playoffs in the NFL (20), the odds would likely be diluted and give the Browns an even smaller chance at the No. 1 selection. SB Nation’s Jason Kirk broke down how the NFL could set up a draft lottery — with the Browns receiving a 20 percent chance at the right to take Garrett.
There’s one more stipulation that could throw a wrench in things, too. In the event of two NBA teams finishing with equal records — something that occurs less frequently in the NBA, due to a 82-game schedule — they split the chances equally.
With that in mind, here’s a look at how a draft lottery could’ve been set up for the 2017 NFL draft:
Gronkowski’s new contract could make him the highest-paid tight end in the league if he’s able to hit that top tier. That surpasses Jimmy Graham, who earns $10 million per year.
While the two-time Super Bowl champion is considered the best tight end in the league, he isn’t the most durable. In his seven-year career, Gronkowski has played in just 88 out of 112 possible games due to injuries. He missed the second half of the 2016 season after undergoing back surgery for the third time since 2009.
It may have seemed odd for the 49ers to give Garcon, who turns 31 in August, a five-year deal. He still has a good amount of his speed and quickness, but it was his tough route-running and impressive intangibles that were most attractive for a post-Washington reunion with Shanahan. The 49ers have been missing some basic reliability at wideout after moving on from both Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. Garcon will be a leader and a go-to outside receiver for Hoyer, with the natural transition to thrive with Cousins again.
Jeremy Kerley was useful in the slot as the team’s leading receiver last season, but by scheme and by necessity because of oft-injured Bruce Ellington, he may be called upon to line up outside as the only true veteran complement to Garcon. As for former Bill Marquise Goodwin, Shanahan will look to use his track-star speed in special packages, exactly as he did with Taylor Gabriel in Atlanta. The group may not be as prolific or pretty as that of other teams, but the 49ers did get better and grittier at wide receiver.
Victor Cruz is headed to the Windy City.
Limited Womens Willie Roaf Jersey The Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with the free-agent wide receiver following his release from the Giants on Feb. 13, the Bears announced Thursday.
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He missed the final 10 games in 2014 and missed the entire 2015 season. Cruz returned last year, but his production declined. He appeared in 15 games with 12 starts, catching 39 passes for 586 yards and one touchdown.
On the same day as signing a record-breaking extension, Bryce Harper proved his worth with a walkoff, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday to beat the Phillies 6-4 after trailing 4-0 halfway through the fifth inning.
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Opposing managers are faced with a tough decision late in games when Harper steps up to the plate: pitch to him, or give him a free pass to first base?
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin knew what he was getting into because Harper had already hit a walkoff home run against Philadelphia this season. In fact, Harper became just the second player in Nats history to hit two walkoff home runs versus the same team in the same season.
At 434 feet, it was also the longest walkoff in Harper’s career.
The Astros responded with five runs in the seventh to take a 6-2 lead, one they would not relinquish. Houston extended its AL West lead to 3 1/2 games.
Brewers slugger Travis Shaw broke a four-all tie with the Cardinals with two outs in the top of the 10th, blasting an estimated 414-foot, three-run shot off reliever Seung Hwan Oh (0-2). Shaw’s homer was long, but it wasn’t as deep as teammate Jonathan Villar’s estimated 450-foot blast in the third inning.
Authentic Kids Tedy Bruschi Jersey After a lengthy rain delay, the Phillies poured it on Cubs starter Brett Anderson for seven earned runs on seven hits in just 1 1/3 innings of work at Wrigley Field. The Phillies’ Aaron Altherr had two doubles and three RBIs before Anderson was pulled in the blowout loss.
Williams is the oldest back on this list, and his retirement before the 2017 season would come as no surprise. The 11-year pro is, however, coming off two productive seasons as Le’Veon Bell’s backup in Pittsburgh. His situational running, superb blocking and veteran leadership combine to make him a still-viable option.
Mens Jake Muzzin Jersey The Ravens re-signed coveted defensive tackle Brandon Williams to a five-year deal worth $54 million with $27.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media. But they also added former Patriots and Chargers running back Danny Woodhead, as well as safety Tony Jefferson from the Cardinals.
The Ravens still have some holes to fill, especially after cutting pass rusher Elvis Dumervil and having running back Kenneth Dixon suspended for four games in 2017, but general manager Ozzie Newsome won’t rest on his laurels and coach John Harbaugh is among the best in the business.
Re-signing Williams, though, was the best move the Ravens could have made before next month’s draft.
Hopper left Clemson after the 2015 season with the intent to transfer. Although, he told Omnisport, Clemson created a family atmosphere for the players, Hopper had trouble remaining content with his football family.
He was suspended a couple of times and didn’t even clean out his apartment before leaving school. Clemson assistant Danny Pearman, who wasn’t available to comment for this story, actually collected Hopper’s belongings and drove them to his home in Charlotte.
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Hopper, 23, said he was immature and admitted to a lack of discipline, especially when it came to his academics.