Goodell: Congress should enact uniform gambling standards for states

Last week’s Supreme Court decision opening the door for states to sanction sports betting has been met with much speculation about how it will impact all sports in the United States.

We have spent considerable time planning for the potential of broadly legalized sports gambling and are prepared to address these changes in a thoughtful and comprehensive way, including substantial education and compliance trainings for our clubs, players, employees and partners. These efforts include supporting commonsense legislation that protects our players, coaches and fans and maintains public confidence in our games. We are asking Congress to enact uniform standards for states that choose to legalize sports betting that include, at a minimum, four core principles:

Only the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers registered more quarterback sacks than the Giants’ 27 in 2017, and former defensive end Justin Tuck has a simple suggestion to improve in that pivotal category this season.

They need more pass rushers, Tuck said last week during the BTIG charity day in New York. When I was playing, we had a big assortment of guys that could fit that mold,. But, I really like Lorenzo Carter, their third-round pick. He’s a guy that kind of fits the mold that can get after the passer. I know that was a weakness for their defense last year, but I know this new staff is trying to address that. We can always use more pass rushers.

The Giants hope that Carter can provide a spark rushing the passer off the edge. Standing 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Carter logged 21.5 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks in four seasons as a starter at Georgia after being a five-star recruit out of high school. ravens_017

The Best Player Who Could Be Cut from Every NFL Roster This Offseason

The offseason is an exciting time for NFL fans because free agency and the draft bring new faces and fresh talent to their favorite teams. While fans see the new additions as signs of hope, however, some veterans undoubtedly see them as competition.

The Atlanta Falcons brought in veteran cornerback Justin Bethel this offseason to provide depth in their secondary. Bethel, who appeared in all 16 games in each of the past six seasons with the Cardinals, has been named to three Pro Bowls as a special teams player and made 14 starts over the past three seasons.

Because most of the participants are either undrafted free agents or rookie tryout invitees looking for a big break, there is desperation to impress coaches. They also are not afforded the same payment luxuries if injured as the draft picks.

Former Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said once it became his policy to hold draft picks out of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills in rookie minicamp after second-round pick Brian Price suffered a gruesome hamstring injury that limited him to five games and sidetracked his career.

The Los Angeles Chargers already restructured the contract of defensive tackle Corey Liuget, who will be suspended for the first four games of 2018. This means his starting spot is likely safe upon his return.

Things aren’t quite as certain for fellow starter Brandon Mebane.

The longtime veteran is 33 years old, which puts him on the back end of his career. He’s also part of the defensive line that allowed an NFL-high 4.9 yards per carry last season.

It makes some sense for the Chargers to want to keep Mebane, especially with Liuget out for the first month. However, Los Angeles does have young defensive linemen like Darius Philon and rookie third-round pick Justin Jones.colts_070

Kurt Warner adds more details regarding his potential comeback

Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner turns 47 next month. And he recently made clear his potential interest in returning to play, more than eight years after he retired.

“I was actually ready to, for this coming season, I actually talked to a coach and my wife said, ‘Go for it, I think it would be great,’” Warner recently said during a St. Louis Cardinals broadcast. “So I actually talked to a coach about possibly doing it if they needed someone, but then they went out and signed somebody. I don’t think they thought I was serious. So I think we’re completely done now.”

Beyond shouting down the reaction to the news that Warner was actually planning to come out of retirement on the wrong side of 45 as the product of a “REALLY slow news day,” Warner added more details on Twitter in the aftermath of the splash the story created.

If Warner can cap the progression from rejected Iowa recruit to NFL camp arm to grocery bagger to AFL star to NFL Europe to out-of-nowhere league and Super Bowl MVP to discarded veteran in St. Louis to placeholder for Eli Manning to late-career star in Arizona to retirement to TV to Canton to a return to the game in the short shadows of 50, the script will write itself.

“I like the group that we have and don’t see at this time [adding a veteran], but I reserve the right to change my mind,” Jones said. “At this time, I don’t see adding an additional veteran player to our group. I like the opportunity, the freshness of the group. I like the opportunity of the competition. We’re familiar. We’ve got new guys as far as our group is concerned in there. The makeup of that creates an atmosphere that I think could enhance how we play tight end.”

Geoff Swaim has made nine catches for 94 yards and no touchdowns in 28 career games. Blake Jarwin didn’t catch a pass in his only career game, and Rico Gathers has never played a down in two years spent converting from basketball. The Cowboys drafted Dalton Schultz in the fourth round, and they signed San Diego State’s David Wells as an undrafted rookie free agent.

“We’re excited about the group,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “You know, we feel good about those young guys. Obviously, Wit has been such a big part of what we’ve done here for a long time. As we all know, he played so much.
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Falcons schedule 2018: Atlanta in good position to continue success

Playing in the NFC South has made the Falcons’ schedule tougher than most in recent years. Having to the face the NFC East and AFC North this season only adds to the difficulty level.

Atlanta was faced with a similarly tough slate in 2017 and came out 10-6. With the 13th toughest schedule based on last year’s records, the Falcons have to hope for that same bit of good fortune this year. The six games against the Saints, Panthers and Bucs don’t give much room for error, and having to play the Steelers, Eagles and Packers only adds pressure. Such a tough schedule makes games against teams like the Cardinals and Ravens even more critical.

Bottom line: The breaks are few and far between for Atlanta. From top to bottom, start to finish, there are tough matchups throughout the year. The Falcons are a great team in their own right, though, and despite having to play a number of playoff teams from a year ago and a few that could make a run this year, Atlanta should be in good position to continue its recent success. Record prediction: 11-5

The defense was far from the best part of the Raiders in 2017. Oakland was 23rd in the league in total yards allowed and 27th in sacks. A lot of that had to do with the team’s pass defense, which gave up the seventh most yards through the air in the NFL.

Oakland addressed some of its secondary issues by drafting Gareon Conley out of Ohio State in 2017, but much of the consensus this year is the Raiders will once again add a playmaker on the back end.

Whether that winds up being a Minkah Fitzpatrick out of Alabama or Derwin James from Florida State, it’s likely a defensive back will be heading to Oakland.

Haynes isn’t sure whether adding a defensive back would solve all of the Raiders’ problems, but he said the team has plenty of good teachers in place to make them better.

“They have a lot of guys to call upon for help with that,” he said. “Willie Brown is still there around the facility every day working with Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders’ staff and there’s so many great players for the Raiders they can always call on them.”

Haynes, 64, succedded Brown along with Hayes in the defensive backfield for the Raiders in the 1980s. He is still involved with the NFL and is part of the league’s program on prostate cancer awareness.
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Alleged victim in Reuben Foster case could be planning to refuse to cooperate

The victim in the domestic violence case involving 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has hired an attorney, an uncommon move and one that legal experts suspect signals she does not plan to cooperate with the prosecution.

Stephanie Rickard, who is based in San Jose, confirmed Friday that she has been hired by Foster’s girlfriend but declined to say why she has been retained.

Though rare, victims in domestic violence cases bring on attorneys for several reasons, including wanting someone to give them guidance or help them understand what is happening as the case proceeds. Most common is that they want to explore their right not to testify or do not intend to cooperate with the prosecution.

“It can’t happen again,” Ginobili added. “Sadly, it can’t happen again. What I do think is that some of the shots were good shots. You chase Klay all over the place. You give him half an inch, he gets it off. Same with Durant. They are good. When they can do things like that, everything is harder. We have to move the ball like 20 times from one side to the other to get an open shot. Then we get it and we miss. That made it much tougher. Every time we were in a situation, we missed a few open shots, and they didn’t.”

Draymond Green chipped in with nine points, six assists, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Those looking to continue aiding Puerto Rico in its recovery can donate through reputable charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross and The Hispanic Federation’s Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. But the tourism board is also encouraging visitors to come boost the local economy by spending money in the hotels, restaurants and local businesses. It’s reminiscent of New York City’s then-mayor Rudy Giuliani calling for visitors to come back after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, declaring: “The best thing you can do for our city is take in a Broadway show.”

Amanda Duff, who once worked in public relations for Puerto Rican hotels including El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Fajardo, as well as Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan, told Moneyish that she returned to the island with her father in January. They took a road trip around the island and handed out school supplies, so she saw both the rapid recovery and the areas still struggling to rebuild.seahawks_119

Sixers finish 3rd in NBA merchandise sales behind Warriors and Cavs

The Philadelphia 76ers were the No. 3 merchandise seller in the NBA this regular season, behind only the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, according to sales on the league’s official online store released Tuesday morning.

It’s the highest ranking the Sixers have had since they finished the 2002-03 season in the same position.

Spears: Giannis Antetokounmpo and the No. 7 seed Milwaukee Bucks will knock out the injury-plagued Boston Celtics. Losing Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will be too much for Boston to overcome. All-Star balloting showed fans are high on Giannis. CBS’s “60 Minutes” has featured the Bucks star. It’s time for the Greek Freak to make some playoff noise.

Herring: Not sure if I’d quite go as far as to predict it — I guess I don’t see a true upset in this round, as lame as that sounds — but I could absolutely see the Pelicans beating the Blazers. Portland’s guard play is better, but Jrue Holiday is the most well-rounded player in the backcourt on either team, and he’s capable of helping New Orleans steal a game. It would require a Herculean effort from Davis and likely hot shooting from E’Twaun Moore and Nikola Mirotic. But there’s enough talent to get it done if Alvin Gentry can design a solid game plan.

The Giants recently hosted Barkley on a pre-draft visit to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, and Cabinda says he couldn’t give him a strong enough endorsement as a teammate or locker room leader. 

King’s comments came during a question-and-answer session at Arizona State University’s sport summit.

The Minnesota Vikings did a wonderful job during free agency to address the team’s two biggest needs. Guard is now the most glaring hole on the roster after Joe Berger’s retirement. 

Rapoport added that Worley was found passed out inside a vehicle blocking a highway. 911 was called.

The 23-year-old cornerback attended Philadelphia’s Penn Charter High before heading to West Virginia and eventually the Carolina Panthers. He was traded to the Eagles this offseason in exchange for veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith.
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Eagles’ Doug Pederson to throw out first pitch at Phillies home opener

The Philadelphia Phillies announced Monday that Doug Pederson, coach of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Phillies’ home opener on Thursday.

In his second year as coach, Pederson led the Eagles to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory, a 41-33 win over the New England Patriots.

That all-corners approach seems appropriate for an organization so thorough in its processes, though the Dodgers have long been one of baseball’s most diverse teams. It makes for an interesting mix of clubhouse personalities that despite their differing backgrounds seem to mesh just fine.

It’s pretty seamless, Roberts said. It’s funny hearing what people think is normal and how they adjust. For me, to get an outside view of how these guys interact with one another, it’s a lot of fun.

Looking around that clubhouse, you couldn’t help but notice how similar it looked after the game on Nov. 1, when the atmosphere was a little more somber. Chargois wasn’t there, nor was reliever Scott Alexander. Kemp watched the World Series on television, with what he has admitted was a bit of jealousy.

The major league ball is slicker and smoother, the Japanese baseball softer with higher seams. Every Japanese pitcher has had to adjust to a mound that is harder and — they say — steeper. In Japan, the looseness of the dirt allows pitchers to dig out a landing spot that gives them the confidence to repeat their delivery. Ohtani’s ability to get down the mound gave him the downward tilt that made his splitter vicious and his fastball appear to be rising as it approached the plate. This spring, in contrast, his release point varied, leading him to both spike and sail fastballs. It’s rare for big league pitchers to bounce fastballs, and Ohtani bounced a ton of them in Arizona.

(Start at the 0:20 mark of this video to see how loose and fluid his motion was in Japan. And then watch the fastball that starts at 2:40 here to see the difference.)

Those in Japan who know Ohtani best have noticed a reluctance to stride out as far as he did on the softer mounds. They wonder if he will adjust his mechanics, and how soon. Their worst fear is that he’ll hurt an elbow or a shoulder before he figures it out.
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Jets add best available cornerback, Trumaine Johnson

The best cornerback available in free agency is heading to the Jets.

Trumaine Johnson has agreed to terms with the Jets, according to multiple reports.

And they said now if we ignore it maybe go to stop.caught 8 passes for 111 yards the losing effort.The -Benz Stadium also host the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.He has authored many newspaper and magazine articles, a dozen books, and is President of the Mowday Group, Inc.I was Canton last weekend for the induction of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 and saw three more first-team all-decade selections get their busts — Kevin Greene, Marvin and the late Dick Stanfel.

Whether he’s able to unseat McCown and start for the Jets remains to be seen, and the short-term nature of the contracts likely means they’re still going to draft a quarterback with the sixth overall pick.

Not all heroes wear capes. Some put on football helmets and uniforms to play a game for a living. Soon-to-be drafted former LSU running back Derrius Guice is the latest example of this.

A 2014 fourth-round pick of the Patriots, Fleming started six games for the Patriots last year in the regular season, and was also a starter in both the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.

Johnathan Hankins (25), Colts He’s available because the Colts didn’t want to carry the hefty contract that they gave him last year.

He’s a quality early down player who can also boost your pass rush from time to time.

Bennie Logan (28), Chiefs His quiet season in Kansas City suggests he’s better suited for a 4-3 nose-shade role, as opposed to a true nose tackle or 3-4 defensive end role.

For multiple years as a nose shade, his lateral movement ability brought unique playmaking prowess to Philly’s run defense.

DaQuan Jones (26)—Re-signed with Titans (three years, $21 million) He can beat bad blockers off the snap, and at times he has flashed as a run defender.49ers_212

The Los Angeles Rams thus far have sat on their hands in free agency.

Keeping Sammy Watkins would have been nice, but the market has a way of ripping players with upside away at big financial risk.

The Rams can’t afford to take a step back offensively around Jared Goff, though, so looking to a deep wideout market is key as the offseason continues.

Then again, it’s been an odd market, with guys like Paul Richardson and Ryan Grant getting big deals. But with options for free agents drying up, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Rams to look to Terrelle Pryor or Jordan Matthews for help.

Losing the trio of Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford wasn’t a big deal, especially when the endgame was landing Kirk Cousins. The Vikings should feel just fine about their offense, as rookie breakout back Dalvin Cook will make his return and Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs will pace the passing attack.

More beef in the defensive trenches was a good idea, too. That explains why they brought Sheldon Richardson aboard on a one-year deal, according to Schefter.

Minnesota should now turn back to its offense and gobble up some talent in the offensive trenches.

Guys along the line are getting paid huge money this offseason, and good depth isn’t something teams should put a price tag on at this point. Someone like Cameron Fleming or Matt Slauson could do the trick.

Martin, who was due to make nearly $7 million in 2018, started the season with three games remaining on a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances in 2016.

He then was benched in favor of second-year back Peyton Barber for the final three games of the 2017 season and was a healthy scratch in Week 15 for violating a team rule.

He entered a drug rehabilitation program and was suspended for the final game of the 2016 season.

Because Martin engaged in conduct detrimental to the team, the Bucs were no longer on the hook for any of the guaranteed money from the five-year, $35.75 million deal he signed before that season. patriots_144

Aaron Judge, Yankees leadoff hitter: The case is compelling

Imagine being a starting pitcher against the Yankees. Now imagine seeing that Aaron Judge is leading off.

First-year Yankees manager Aaron Boone is letting his imagination run, and that’s exactly what he sees: Judge as a table-setter.

Judge hit mostly second or third last season. A jump up to the 1-spot wouldn’t be that big a leap. The stats say it should work, too.

One of Cooperstown’s newest denizens was just 27 years old and had averaged 76 stolen bases with a .307 batting average from 1982-86. Yet, no teams other than the Expos made him an offer that included a raise over what he made in 1986. But because the point here isn’t to delve into the ugliness of collusion, we’ll just point out that Raines made a pretty spectacular return to the diamond.

In his first game back as a member of the Expos, Raines tripled off Mets starter David Cone in his first at-bat, walked and then stole second in the third inning, singled in the sixth and singled to lead off the ninth and came around to score. In the 11th, Raines put the exclamation point on his return: He smacked a grand slam off Jesse Orosco, giving the Expos a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

He may never have signed with the Royals had the team been able to lock up first baseman Eric Hosmer to a deal, but since the former No. 3 overall pick signed with the Padres, Kansas City had some money to burn.

The other candidate for the team’s title of best position player, and the reason Brinson is playing in right, Kiermaier is freaking good. He’s one of the few people you can call the best defender in the game and not get heat for it. Kiermaier’s defensive highlights are in heavy rotation on YouTube for a lot of people, and he’s an above-average hitter on top of that. The only knock on him is that he’s missed a decent amount of time with injuries over the past two years, but making a lot of diving catches on a field made of astroturf and concrete is going to do that to you. The sooner Tropicana Field gets handed over to a demolition company, the better.

Signed Wednesday by the Rays, Gomez provides yet another great outfield glove. He’s got a bit of pop in his bat, he loves to run wild on the bases, and he’s entertaining if nothing else.seahawks_029_5d99a80004baac3e-180x180

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