Booger McFarland to join ‘MNF’ as field analyst, report says

Booger McFarland will join a reconfigured Monday Night Football crew in a newly created field analystposition, The Athletic reported, citing unidentified sources.
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Lisa Salters will be part of the Monday Night Football crew as well.

McFarland has been with ESPN since 2014, initially hired for the SEC Network, but his role across ESPN’s TV and radio programming has expanded since then.

Early reports of Jason Witten’s retirement described his new position on Monday Night Football as lead analyst with new play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore, hinting that there might be more than one analyst in the new configuration.

Matt Hasselbeck and Kurt Warner were among those considered for the booth, according to multiple reports.

The NFL later tried to reduce the number of returns by giving the receiving team possession at its own 25-yard line 鈥?rather than the 20 鈥?following a touchback. Coverage units now can no longer get more than a running five-yard head start before the kicker makes contact. The kickoff line also was moved from the 30 to the 35-yard line in hopes of producing more touchbacks.

But he told TMZ.com earlier this week, I’m not going anywhere.

The 29-year-old weighed in on the speculation of his relationship with the franchise, saying everything’s good.

I love the team, I love the organization, I love everybody there. We’re good, Jones said, adding, There’s no bad blood between me and the team or anything like that.

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Jones was asked what he thought about Blank’s comments and simply replied: Yeah, I am.

Aaron Rodgers reiterates plan to remain with Packers into his 40s

As the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers continue to be locked in a mildly awkward standoff over whether and when his contract will be extended, Rodgers recently made it clear that he intends to stay with the Packers beyond his 40th birthday.

Favre brought it on himself by musing about retirement to the point where the Packers picked Rodgers in 2005, three years before Favre was nudged into a short-lived retirement. Rodgers hasn’t, and apparently won’t be, sending similar signals. Which means that, if/when a change is made before Rodgers is ready to retire, it will be the decision of the Packers, and no one else.

So the former home run champ hustled to the airport in Tampa, Florida, hurried to Citi Field and was in such a rush, he didn’t meet his manager until he came off the grass from stretching.

I said, ‘You’re in left field,’ and he said, ‘I got it,’ skipper Mickey Callaway said.

And an hour after joining the Mets, he swung into action.

The Phillies are looking to snap a four-game losing streak in Arrieta’s starts. They’ll face Braves left-hander Luiz Gohara in the series finale.

Gohara is making his first start of the season for the Braves. The 21-year-old started the season on the disabled list with an ankle injury but has made three appearances out of the bullpen in the last two weeks.

The Minnesota Vikings were a win away from the Super Bowl last season. A prevailing thought was they might have been only a player away as well, which they seemingly addressed this offseason with the addition of quarterback Kirk Cousins.

But there was a player already on the roster that would have given the 13-win Vikings more offensive firepower had he been available. Running back Dalvin Cook will be back on the practice field soon enough, however.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that Cook is making great progress in his rehab from the torn ACL that cut short a promising rookie season.

“He’s done really well,” Zimmer said while hosting a football camp in Minnesota for more than 700 kids on Saturday. “He’s ahead of schedule. We’re excited about where he’s at.”

Zimmer said Cook will have limited involvement in organized team activities this week. The Vikings plan to be cautious with Cook this summer but the goal remains for him to be full-go by training camp. ravens_097

NFL may make ejections subject to replay review

The NFL is considering a new rule that would have the referee consult with the league’s centralized replay office before ejecting a player from the game.
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Under the proposed rule, which the owners will vote on next week, disqualification of a player will be added to the list of reviewable plays, which also includes possession of the ball, touching the ball, touching the ground, plays governed by the goal line, sidelines, line of scrimmage, line to gain, number of players on the field and proper game administration.

Clarkson, who was a DNP-CD in the Cavs’ Game 2 loss to the Celtics, scored 9 points in 18 minutes. He shot just 3-for-11 from the field (3-for-7 from 3), but the mere volume of shots showed Lue that Clarkson was not overwhelmed by the moment.

Down 53-46 at halftime two days after a franchise playoff-record 41-point victory in Sunday’s 126-85 win, Curry shined in the second half once more. He scored 17 in all during the third-quarter Womens Tom Johnson Jersey spurt.

Curry came out and hit a 3 from the top and seemed on his way to another spectacular finish until the late misses on a night both Western Conference powers shot just 39 percent.

Went to NYC yesterday for a checkup and moving forward, strategy meeting, Kelly’s wife, Jill, posted on Instagram Thursday, via the Buffalo News. The doctors were very impressed with how much Jim has healed since he’s been home. Praise God!
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NFL approves new rules on kickoffs, ejections

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questioned whether there is enough support to require players to stand.

It’s not that easy, Jones said. We’ve got a lot of things that we’re trying to balance. We have the interest in every constituency that’s involved here, and the issues that are involved, and we recognize that with our visibility and the interest itself, it’s taken a life of its own.

Owners will reconvene Wednesday morning to resume the discussion. Asked if he thought there is enough momentum to reach a resolution, New York Giants co-owner John Mara said, I think so, but declined to comment further.

Samuel was acquired in order to provide the Panthers with a versatile weapon that was lacking them heading into last season, but his impact was limited to 15 catches, four carries and 10 kickoff returns before he went down for the year.

The Panthers drafted another receiver early this year when they took DJ Moore in the first round and the team brought in veterans Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright to go with Devin Funchess, so Samuel’s role on offense this season isn’t clear. A full offseason of work should help his chances of finding one and making good on the potential he showed while at Ohio State.

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Morales made his big league pitching debut with a scoreless ninth inning of Sunday’s 9-2 loss, walking one batter and getting all three outs on fly balls.

He shook off some mild soreness in his arm to start at designated hitter on Tuesday and went 2 for 3 for his first consecutive Womens Ryan Tannehill Jersey multi-hit games this season. The home run was his first since May 1 at Minnesota, and he raised his average from .152 to .178.

Hopefully tonight is the start of something good for him, manager John Gibbons said.

History shows Arizona Cardinals rookie QB Josh Rosen will see action in 2018

In the ongoing debate as to how many games and starts Josh Rosen might get this season with the Cardinals 鈥?and the same as it relates to the other four quarterbacks that were selected in the first round of last month’s draft 鈥?it’s important to revisit history when musing about rookie NFL signal callers and how much action they may or may not see.
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That’s the same approach the three quarterbacks drafted in front of Rosen are taking as well, although fans in Cleveland are expecting Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick, to overtake Tyrod Taylor and start sooner rather than later for the Browns. They’re 1-31 the past two seasons, and the crowd will be cheering for the replacement, not the retread.

In three seasons (2015-17) at Florida State, Tate (6-5, 228) caught 65 passes for 957 yards and 16 touchdowns. Despite battling injuries last season, he caught an ACC-best 10 scores, which also counted as the most by a Florida State player since Kelvin Benjamin in 2013.
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In the first season of DWTNCS, 16 of the 40 winners during the eight-week series earned UFC contracts and another two made their UFC debuts within months of their fight. So there’s a good chance for either Hardy or Lane to make a jump to MMA’s most elite competition with a win.

For Lane, that climb would come after a strong start to his professional career in the sport. After James Carpenter Womens Jersey three years with the Jaguars, Lane had brief stints with the Chiefs, Lions, and Bears before retiring after the 2014 season with 17 career starts and three sacks. Before retiring from the NFL, Lane was already doing jiu-jitsu tournaments and preparing for a career in MMA.

It was probably frowned upon because of risk of injury, Lane told SB Nation. When I won them I couldn’t accept the cash prizes. I’d just sneak out the back door and say ‘Hey, sorry I can’t accept anything like that.’ So when I was with my last team in Chicago, I kind of knew what I was going to do next and that was MMA for sure.

After six amateur fights, Lane made his pro debut in April 2017 and has since racked up a 4-0 record with four first-round knockouts.

The Cincinnati Bengals made a host of roster moves on Monday, including the signing of seventh-round draft pick Auden Tate.

Report: No team willing to give mid-round pick for Ereck Flowers

The Giants shopped Ereck Flowers during the draft but found no takers, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports. The asking price of a mid-round draft pick was “too steep” for at least one team, Raanan adds.

Flowers, who is guaranteed $2.4 million this season, leaves the Giants with a decision to make on his future.

He has not endeared himself to the new coaching staff by skipping the team’s voluntary offseason workout program, remaining home in South Florida to train. The Giants wanted him to compete for the right tackle job after they signed Nate Solder to a record deal to play left tackle.

Michel is obviously staying put, and receiving ability could keep both White and Burkhead on the roster. Bolden has special teams value, and the Patriots like keeping a fullback like Develin around. Both Gillislee and Hill are prime cut candidates, and Gillislee has performed better between the two in recent years.

Gillislee averaged 5.7 yards per carry in both 2015 and 2016. Hill hasn’t topped four yards per carry since his rookie season in 2014.

Roethlisberger, 36, recently claimed he’d like to play another three to five years and has said he’d refer Rudolph to the playbook if the rookie sought assistance.

Rudolph threw 86 TDs over his last three seasons at Oklahoma State.

Attorneys for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick deposed Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider over the past two days as part of Kaepernick’s ongoing collusion grievance against the NFL, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

Speaking to reporters, Carroll didn’t definitively rule out the possibility of the Seahawks signing Kaepernick, per the News Tribune’s Gregg Bell.

Kaepernick filed his grievance last October, alleging team owners are conspiring to keep him out of the league as a result of his protests and social advocacy.

The Yankees challenged and the call was flipped when it was shown catcher Gary Sanchez nipped the back of the jersey of Olson, who tried a hook slide. If Olson used his feet to slide, he would have been safe. That let the Yankees get to the bottom of the ninth. colts_124

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For much of his early career in New York, the last reigning MVP to defect here — Alex Rodriguez — was criticized for hitting too many home runs in the ninth innings of a blowout. Stanton is doing the opposite.
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The way the Red Sox steamrolled to a 7 1/2 game lead in the AL East, the Yankees had to figure it would take several months to track them down. Instead, incredibly, it took just three weeks.

They have put together this remarkable run without seeing the best from their cleanup hitter, but with the way he was putting those superhero swings on display Tuesday night,聽that hot streak might be coming.

Here are five things you need to know about Jones and the Eagles’ decision to sign him:

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Jones career has been on the downswing since a promising rookie year with the Washington Redskins. As a rookie in 2015, Jones ran the ball 144 times for 490 yards and three touchdowns. In his last two seasons, however, Jones has not topped either the 490 yards or three touchdowns he got a rookie. He was a complete non-factor with the Indianapolis Colts.

Vikings have seven of eight draft picks under contract

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One week ago, the NFL was still plodding through the fourth round of the draft. Now, one team has all but one of its draft picks under contract.
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The Vikings have announced that two more rookie draft picks have been signed, pushing the total to seven of eight.

They rediscovered that balance in the third quarter. Chris Paul gang rebounded and pushed the pace. Houston jetted into a lot of set pieces like this — a double screen designed to move the action from one side to the other, and deliver Harden the ball on the move with a head start:

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When Harden found a big man on him in that third-quarter orgy, he attacked instead of stepping back. Not every one-on-one battle is some sort of proving ground. You get no points for degree of difficulty. Just roast a slower dude and be done with it.

The Rockets can beat Minnesota playing a B-minus/C-plus game. In later rounds, they’ll need more of the urgency and zip they showed in running the Wolves off Ethan Pocic Womens Jersey the floor in Game 4.

After he was cut by Washington, he drew significant interest in the market, visiting the 49ers, Dolphins and Cowboys (where he had spent the previous three seasons). But the Falcons made sure his visit there today was his last.

McClain will turn 30 before the start of training camp, and should be a good fit with the Falcons. They lost Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborn in free agency, but they have some young players up front who needed a bit of help.

He’ll rejoin former Cowboys teammate Jack Crawford in Atlanta, and bolster a Falcons interior which features Grady Jarrett and third-round rookie Deadrin Senat.

I was very surprised, Acuna says. They told me I was going to compete for a spot, and I took it as that. I left it all out on the field. So, yeah, I was surprised. I didn’t understand at the time because I’d done such a good job. But, hey, it’s fine. I feel good. I’m going to continue to work.

With a budding superstar in the outfield and a crop of talented pitchers coming through their system, nobody can top the Braves’ collection of prospects right now. Which teams finished behind Atlanta on the list?

Tod Leiweke offeres spirited defense of Roger Goodell

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One of the reasons Goodell isn鈥檛 overpaid is because his job necessarily includes taking heat that otherwise would go to the behind-the-curtain billionaires who realize that the only thing better than being rich and famous is being rich. Goodell, as NBC Sports Boston鈥檚 Tom Curran describes him, is the world鈥檚 highest-paid pin cushion.

Goodell takes pride in the thickness of his skin. He actually revels in it, welcoming boos so that he can prove yet again that he鈥檚 not only the highest-paid pin cushion, but also the best.

Absolutely not, Warner said. I didn鈥檛 even know that was an issue. And that had absolutely nothing to do with Monday Night Football. Had nothing to do with anything that I was dealing with personally at that point in time. It had to do with some different things that I saw were out there, you know, different things that were going on . . . where we are in this society as a whole.

And I reference back to times when I was playing, for sure. There were times when I really felt like I was the best person for the job and I always thought, 鈥極K, when you get to the highest level, when you get to like the NFL level, the best person for the job鈥檚 just gonna get the job.鈥?It doesn鈥檛 matter where they鈥檙e drafted or how much money they make or what their pedigree is, and I realized very quickly that that鈥檚 not the case in the sport of football and at a high level. But that had nothing to do with the Monday Night Football thing.

‘It doesn’t matter who’s playing’: How the Celtics’ low-profile moves kept them afloat

During a rare quiet moment amid the Boston Celtics’ summer of roster-turnover chaos, Danny Ainge stopped to study his new-look squad.

The Celtics had signed free-agent Gordon Hayward earlier that month, but Ainge still couldn’t shake a feeling that his team needed another ball handler with Isaiah Thomas’ lingering hip injury. (Ainge was unaware that almost at that exact moment, Kyrie Irving was asking the Cleveland Cavaliers to find the trade that would deliver him to Boston in August.)

What started with a megadeal sending two future Hall of Famers to Brooklyn has turned into a master class in roster reshaping. Four years, 20 trades and a blockbuster point guard swap later, Boston is back on the fast track to title contention.

While there’s plenty of up-and-coming offensive talent in which to invest up front — Tolvanen certainly qualifies — Nashville’s young backup goalie could also pay out rich fantasy dividends for years and years to come. Through 26 appearances (23 starts), the 22-year-old boasted a .925 save percentage and 2.45 goals-against average in his second real NHL season. At 35 years old, Rinne has one year remaining on his current contract. We’ll see what course the Preds choose to take after that.

Pelton: The Pelicans, who led the league by shooting an effective 58.0 percent in the first round (treating 3s as 1.5 field goals to account for their added value), will do no better than the league average of 52.1 percent against the Warriors in the second round.

Marks: Cleveland will lose to Toronto. Yes, I am betting against LeBron James. James’ string of seven consecutive trips to the NBA Finals will end in Toronto and start the rumor mill about his future six weeks before free agency. The first-round series versus Indiana taught us that despite James’ heroics, this Cleveland team has flaws that plagued it during the regular season.

Analysis: The big conferences dominate here, as you would expect. The exceptions are Roethlisberger (MAC), Smith (Mountain West) and Wentz (Missouri Valley). Wilson could actually count for both the Big Ten and the ACC, since he went to N.C. State before playing a year at Wisconsin.
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