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Bears’ Roquan Smith: Most items stolen from car have been recovered

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Most of the items stolen from Roquan Smith have been recovered.
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The Bears rookie on Wednesday took to Twitter to thank authorities for their efforts in retrieving everything that was taken from his car with the exception of his team-issued iPad, which had been immediately wiped remotely of all content.

In 1960, the two-point conversion was adopted. In 1974, the cut-blocking of wide receivers was banned, sudden-death overtime was added and restrictions were placed on members of punting teams. In 1976, a 30-second play clock was invented.

You get the idea. Now we’re worried about the elimination of a play that occurs a few times throughout a three-hour game and Womens Torey Krug Jersey rarely results in points. The last players to score more than two touchdowns on kickoff returns in a given season were Jacoby Ford (Raiders) and Leon Washington (Seahawks); they both managed three in 2010.
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Foster, 24, took part in 49ers workouts for the first time this offseason on Thursday. Despite the charge being dropped, Foster remains subject to potential discipline under the league’s personal conduct and/or substances of abuse policies.

But the deeper we dive into the data, the more trouble we find.

Football Outsiders uses a聽metric called ALEX, designed by Scott Kacsmar, to determine how often a quarterback throws past the first-down markers on third and fourth downs. ALEX is pretty intuitive: An ALEX of 1.5 means that the quarterback’s average third- and fourth-down throw traveled 1.5 yards past the first down marker; a -1.5 means the quarterback is a dreaded dink-and-dunker, throwing his average third-down pass a yard-and-a-half in front of the sticks.

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Packers must pay up to Jaire Alexander for picking him at 18

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Another consequence of a losing season: For just the second time since 2011, the Packers must guarantee the contract for their first-round pick.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro, Thomas is entering the final year of the four-year, $40 million extension he signed in 2014. That contract was tops among safeties in terms of annual average when it was signed but now ranks sixth, according to

Thomas told ESPN at the Pro Bowl in January that he may hold out if he doesn’t get a new deal before the season, but general manager John Schneider has said twice since then that Thomas’ representatives have informed him that he won’t hold out.

And he figures to be a focal point of the offense as head coach Todd Smith will look to utilize all of his tools.

He plans to have me move around, be on the line as well, he said. He wants me to be a versatile tight end, block and catch passes. And I look forward to it.

Via the Associated Press, Manziel was primarily an observer on Sunday, his first day of work with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“That’s because he doesn’t know the terminology, he doesn’t know anything,” Tiger-Cats coach June Jones said, via the AP. “[Quarterbacks coach] Dan [Morrison] was walking through each route as it was called. But [on Monday] guess what? We’re going to walk in and start taking a couple.”

Manziel realizes it will be an adjustment, especially as it relates to the options available to each receiver.

“Spacing is a little bit different on the defensive side if I had to look at anything,” Manziel said. “On offense, I’ve never ran this many routes that are predicated off of one defender . . . every route has an opportunity to break three or four different ways, which is different. . . . But I think it gives you the versatility and offensive weapons to be able to attack coverages more intensely than it would just running a fixed route. I know it’s going to take some time . . . .”ravens_123

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Ryan Reaves’ journey from enforcer to series-clinching hero for the Golden Knights

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There was a time, not too long ago, that Ryan Reaves wondered if the NHL wanted him anymore. The league has been turning to smaller and faster players over the past decade. Fighting has, organically, come out of vogue. Reaves — a thick 6-foot-1, 225-pound winger, the son of a professional running back, a player who earned his ticket through grit — began asking: Are hockey players like me becoming extinct?
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For a few summers in the NHL, Reaves trained solely in the boxing ring. He’d spar for hours and throw weights around so I could fight 250-pound guys, he said. And then he realized: Those guys are gone, so now I’ve got to get a little quicker. I’ve got to add a little skill to my game. You’ve got to be able to play and not take penalties, and contribute and play responsible in the D-zone.

And there he was, on Sunday night, walking up to the victors’ podium for a news conference alongside Marc-Andre Fleury, clutching a cardboard box of pepperoni pizza (half-eaten) with a grin on his face. He looked at the podium and said: I can’t believe they even had one of these name cards made up for me. Later that night, he found out his stick would be shipped to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Although a first-year team making this kind of playoff run is the stuff of underdog legend, Cooper said the Knights’ success is easy to comprehend, if not exactly predictable. It starts with owner Bill Foley, GM George McPhee and coach Gerard Gallant.

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Players on the Lightning and Capitals expressed amazement at the Knights’ run.

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Rays’ Archer aims for success versus Red Sox

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A win or a quality start would be nice for Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, but just getting through the night without an injury would be a welcome sight.
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The Rays (22-24) take on the Red Sox (33-15) to continue their three-game series, Brandon Belt Youth jersey but do so with another injury rendering them even thinner in their starting rotation after Jake Faria left Tuesday’s game with a strained left oblique in the third inning.
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He’s going to miss some time, said Rays manager Kevin Cash, already getting by with bullpen days and spot starters for a decent part of his current rotation.

He’s had mixed results against his former team. He is 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA in his career versus the Rays, though his first two starts this season were against Tampa Bay and stellar, each seven innings and no runs allowed. On April 28, the Rays got the better of him, tagging him for five runs and eight hits in a win against the Red Sox.

Urena made two errors Sunday as Oakland completed a four-game sweep of Toronto.

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Matt Joyce (L), 4 percent, Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners (RHP Mike Leake): The A’s keep Joyce in the top two spots of the lineup against righties, and while he hasn’t quite gotten going to the level of our expectations, he’s still clearly doing his best work against righties with a nice 169-point platoon advantage (.725 OPS, .184 ISO) and all five of his homers.

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Is ex-Devils GM Lou Lamoriello going to the Islanders?

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Lou Lamoriello could be making聽move to one of the Devils ‘ closest neighbors.
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The former Devils聽president and general manager聽 has been in talks with the New York Islanders about a聽job in the front office, according to a report from Sportsnet.

Snow still holds his role with the Islanders. Before the Lamoriello news broke, the Islanders were looking to hire a top hockey executive.

Along with a relationship with Snow, Lamoriello has family ties to the Islanders. His son, Chris, has been the Islanders assistant GM since 2016.

During his three seasons in Toronto, Lamoriello helped turn the franchise around. After a last-place finish in Lamoriello’s first season in 2015-16, the Leafs won the NHL Draft Lottery and took Auston Matthews first overall in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

Congress permissibly exercised its Carson Palmer Jersey authority to regulate commerce by instructing States and private parties to refrain from operating sports-gambling schemes, they wrote. On no rational ground can it be concluded that Congress would have preferred no statute at all if it could聽not prohibit States from authorizing or licensing such schemes.聽
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Justice Stephen Breyer joined the opinion of the court in part and the dissent in part.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-6th Dist., who聽 has introduced legislation to allow sports betting, called the decision聽a win for New Jersey and the rest of the country.

And Geoff Freeman, president and chief executive of the American Gaming Association, the trade group for the casino industry, said the ruling was a victory for millions of Americans who want to bet on sports in a safe and regulated manner.

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Raiders take a punter at end of fifth round

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The Raiders have filled the opening they created at punter by releasing Marquette King in late March.

Oakland used a fifth-round pick they acquired in a trade with the Cowboys to take punter Johnny Townsend.

Despite finding an upper-tier starting guard in Round 2 (Joel Bitonio), a quality three-down linebacker with speed in Round 3 (Christian Kirksey) and what, for a few years anyway, was a solid running back later in Round 3 (Terrance West), this is one of the worst drafts in recent memory, thanks to is the worst first-round in history.

“Every team can’t bring you in and do their own tests,” Hurst said. “Everyone has their own opinion. Blessed to be a Raider.”

One of the few ways that new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine differs from predecessor Dom Capers is he’s more aggressive and diverse in how safeties are deployed.

(And Capers was already in the plus column here.) This is a crucial season for the 25-year-old Clinton-Dix, who is scheduled for free agency in 2019.

Journeyman backup and trick-shot artist Alex Tanney just announced on Twitter that he was joining the Giants. He was just cut by the Titans, and has also spent time with the Chiefs, Cowboys, Browns, Buccaneers, Bills, and Colts.

He joins 2017 third-rounder Davis Webb and 2018 fourth-rounder Kyle Lauletta. Tanney threw 14 passes for Tennessee in 2015, which is 14 more than Webb and Lauletta combined.

He’s not a pliable edge-bender who will notch 12 sacks a year, but his straight-line burst and violent strength can shape an entire run defense and still demand double-teams in pass protections.

Even those who believe Khalil Mack is better than Clowney (and most do) would say the Texans have gotten a good return on that No.

That likely means that Forbath is on the way out as the Vikings’ kicker, and Carlson will get the job. Forbath is coming off a bad season in which he missed six field goals and five extra points and did not kick off well.

Carlson was the SEC special teams player of the year last season, and he made a total of 12 field goals from 50 yards and beyond in his three years as Auburn’s kicker. The Vikings would love to get that kind of production from him in the NFL.sabres_250

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Back home in Pittsburgh, a high school-aged T.J. McConnell used to be called the paper boy for his short stature.

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That was about a decade ago.
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Monday, McConnell聽checked聽in during the fourth quarter of a playoff basketball game at Wells Fargo Center聽to a standing ovation. Just before tip-off, McConnell was announced as a starter for Game 4 against the Boston Celtics, a last-ditch effort by the Sixers, their season on the brink, down 3-0 in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

Fultz hasn’t played a minute against the Celtics this series, and McConnell is the player who saved the Sixers season, or at least extended it for one more night.

With 1:54 left in the game, McConnell drove the rim and scored in front of Celtics’ Al Horford, an All-Star and one of the NBA’s best defensive centers. The Sixers went up by 12.

As long as 37-year-old Eli Manning can play the role of a younger Eli Manning.

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We definitely have some (talented) players, Manning said Monday night at an event for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Paper is one thing, but you have to be able to do it on the field. You have to have everybody come together. It’s not four or five guys that make a difference. It’s all 11, and more than that sometimes. Both sides doing their part.

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Quincy Enunwa thinks he’ll be ready to go for OTAs

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Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa didn’t want to revisit his recent comments about dethroning the Patriots when he spoke to the media at a charity event on Tuesday, but he did provide an update on the neck injury and subsequent surgery that caused him to miss all of last season.
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Enunwa had 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns for the Jets in 2016 and is coming back as part of a receiver group that includes Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Terrelle Pryor, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen and Andre Roberts. That group will be thinned out at some point in the coming months and Enunwa’s ability to recapture his past form will likely play a role in determining who sticks around until September.

Engram had a good rookie season, but neither he nor wideout Sterling Shepard provided much help in the standings once Marshall joined Odell Beckham on injured reserve. The Giants went 3-13 and their offensive shortcomings led the Giants to sign left tackle Nate Solder and use the second overall pick of the draft on running back Saquon Barkley.
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For starters, the top 10 got a shake-up, as two teams jumped seven places apiece — the Blue Jays and the Cardinals, with the Jays soaring high enough to crack the top five. The Blue Jays’ arrival puts three AL East teams among the MLB’s elite top third, because the Yankees, despite dropping three spots, still cling to that distinction.

This week’s other big climb, from the Cardinals, was part of a shake-up among the NL Central’s teams, as the Cardinals and the Brett Favre Jersey Brewers gained ground while the Pirates came back to the pack. The Birds haven’t separated themselves from their division rivals just yet, but seven straight wins against the Reds in their past nine games has helped them rise to first place.

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Ravens open cap space by restructuring Tony Jefferson鈥檚 contract

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The Ravens have 12 players to sign from their 2018 draft class and they opened some cap space to help with that and any other roster-building efforts by adjusting the contract of one of their current players.
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Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Ravens have restructured safety Tony Jefferson鈥榮 deal. They took $5 million of his $6 million and converted it to a signing bonus in a move that cleared $3.33 million in cap space for the year to come.

I wasn’t worried, he says with a straight face. Seated in front of his locker after collecting his first two knocks of the season in Gwinnett’s fourth game, he doesn’t know what lies ahead. He doesn’t know that in his next five contests, he’ll go a combined 3-for-21 and that after nine games in Triple-A, he’ll be hitting an anemic .139 with 14 strikeouts in 36 at-bats.

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Barner ran 16 times for 57 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 56 yards during the 2017 regular season. Barner also returned 10 kickoffs and 27 punts for the Eagles last year.

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Chase rates have remained fairly steady, until this season. We’ll see if this trend holds up, but this year batters have chased 26.9 percent of pitches out of the zone. The 10-year rate is 28.3 percent, and it has never dropped below 27.5. This enhanced discipline could partly explain the drop in balls in play … if it was a trend that had surfaced before this season.
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No, the bigger culprit is contact rate, the biggest loser of the swing-from-the-heels epic. The 10-year rate for swinging and missing is 22.3 percent. But it has gone from 20.4 percent in 2009 to 25.4 percent so far this season.

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Giants Did Not Have Consensus On Draft’s Top QB

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The Giants were enamored with Saquon Barkley to the point they didn’t waste much time turning in their card. And the team is now prepared to enter the season without a surefire heir apparent behind Eli Manning.

It turns out, Big Blue’s brass didn’t appear to have a consensus among which of the quarterbacks they would take, with Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reporting different sects of the Giants’ decision-makers preferred three separate signal-callers. And they didn’t feel strongly enough about one of them to pull the trigger at No. 2.

Goodell is despised in Dallas after he ruled that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott should be suspended for six games last season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

That’s what ex-Browns GM Phil Savage told Peter King for his Sports Illustrated story while being posted up in Cleveland. From King’s story:

And then there’s this postscript, shared last week by former Browns GM Phil Savage: In 2007, holding the No. 3 pick, Cleveland liked LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Had the Raiders not taken Russell with the top choice, Savage says he would have drafted him. His pick instead that year: tackle Joe Thomas. Russell’s an all-time bust, Thomas an all-time great. Imagine that: Saved by Al Davis. So the team’s best draft choice of this century turned out to be part luck.

I’m just thankful to know that this whole process is over with, that an organization believed in me and trusted in me and I’m just ready to get to work. Three other players not taken in the first round, Texas tackle Connor Williams, Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson, and UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin, did stick it out. Williams, who didn’t have far to go to be at home he’s from the Dallas area will be staying in Big D because the Cowboys chose him 50th. He could wind up at guard.

Kelly, who played his high school ball for Greg Carter at Oak Park, decided to pass up his senior year to enter the draft.

Kelly, a physical downhill runner at 5-10 and 215 pounds, opened his junior year by running for 128 yards and four TDs in a 42-41 (2OT) win over Georgia Tech.

But at the end of the day, it was all worth the wait. It was all worth it. Jackson went 45th to Green Bay, a place he could immediately be a starter even though he is not a speedster. He led FBS last year with eight interceptions. It goes back to his awareness and IQ for the game, scout Alonzo Dotson said. The speed never really worried us because he’s just so smart and he’s always in the right position to play the ball.tigers_019-115x115

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