Rutgers priority LB target Brian Ugwu fills in the blanks during Monday’s visit to the banks

Monday, Brian Ugwu, New Jersey’s top linebacker in the 2019 class, visited Rutgers with a collegiate decision likely to come in August. The 6-3, 228-pound Hillside (N.J.) three-star holds Rutgers in high regard, and has various Rutgers ties, including his sister whom currently attends the school.

I’m taking my time with the whole process, he said. The earliest I see myself making a decision is late August-early September, but it could be later.

Currently, five schools, including Rutgers, stand out.

Outside of Rutgers, schools that are showing the most interest are Temple, Pitt, Minnesota and Virginia, he said.

The head coach of the team is expected to be announced later this week.

Hunter’s early career would suggest that he’s going to start for another decade in the league, racking up Pro Bowls and All-Pro honors on the way. A contract-year player, if he hits the open market as a 24-year-old with north of 30 sacks in 2019, he could sign a deal worth around $50 million.

This makes him not only one of the more valuable Vikings but also one of the most valuable pass-rushers the sport has to offer. His teammates on the loaded Minnesota defense often overshadowed him, but as an individual he can change the makeup of a team.

Out of players picked in the 2016 and 2017 NFL drafts, only guard Joe Thuney has really developed as a full-time starter for the New England Patriots. If the team is going to be infused with young talent, it’s likely going to have to come from the 2018 class.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the NFL issued a new national anthem policy last week.

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But it no longer is required that all players on the field for the anthem, meaning players who wish to protest can stay inside the locker room or off the field. The protests typically are meant to bring awareness to social injustices and/or police brutality.
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We spoke with Christian about it at length and also looked into it independently, the Cardinals said in a statement. Our understanding is that the process will be resolved in the near future but while it remains an active legal matter, we won’t comment further.

Kirk recently attended the team’s rookie minicamp and is expected to be at OTAs starting Tuesday.

Delaware has all necessary legal and regulatory authority to move forward with a full-scale sports gaming operation, and we look forward to next week’s launch, Delaware Gov. John Carney said Thursday in a press announcement. We’re hopeful that this will bring even more visitors into Delaware to see firsthand what our state has to offer.

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The announcement comes about three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in New Jersey’s favor in the state’s seven-year battle to legalize sports betting at casinos and racetracks. The ruling overturned a 1992 federal law that banned sports betting in all but four states.

Tepper told CNBC he intended to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. Though Tepper has been outwardly in favor of Trump’s economic policy 鈥?recently telling CNBC that a lack of regulations releases animal spirits 鈥?he doesn’t seem to have changed his tune on Trump the person.

George Halas retired as Bears coach 50 years ago today

Coaches typically retire not long after the season ends. Fifty years ago today, arguably the most important person in NFL history abruptly walked away, at the age of 73.

The Chicago Tribune has republished the story regarding the retirement of George Halas as coach of the Bears.

Back in those days, when players had offseason jobs and the draft was the only thing that happened between late December and the launch of training camp, a late May retirement didn’t do much to affect a franchise. Jim Dooley took over for Halas, spending four years with the team and generating a record of 20-36.

In all, Halas coached the team for a total of 40 years. He remained active with the team he owned and founded until he died 15 years later, and his initials have appeared on the left sleeve of the team’s jersey since 1984.

I came here with the intent to help out in every manner that I can, Blount said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Whatever that may be, that’s coach [Matt] Patricia’s call. I just came out here to make sure that my presence [is felt], and take advantage of everything that I could possibly take advantage of while I’m out here.

Blount led the Patriots with 299 carries in 2016, but he started only eight games. Dion Lewis and James White also got starts and carries. In 2017 in Philadelphia, Blount shared the backfield with Corey Clement and then Jay Ajayi when the Eagles traded for him October 31.

The Lions signed Blount in free agency and then drafted Johnson in the second round as they seek to improve the league’s worst running game. Riddick and Abdullah were Detroit’s top-two rushers last season.

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Well, on Tuesday, the rains of Baltimore did something no horse has yet to do. They stopped Justify dead in his tracks. They had more than a little help from the air controllers at BWI, who shut down the Baltimore airport and the two alternates that service nearby Washington, D.C.

At the time, Kraft reflected, It’s just sad. This guy is a great guy. Shouldn’t be here. Kraft added: It makes it clear to me we have to do something with criminal justice reform. Kraft may have been asked by Kaepernick’s attorneys if his views about social justice in prison reform are in any way connected to his views about Kaepernick and allegations that the league has blackballed Kaepernick. Attorneys for Kaepernick would prefer that Kraft say, in so many words, that the league has its own issues with social justice. Such an acknowledgment could make Kaepernick’s grievance more plausible in the eyes of Burbank. Kraft’s relationship Roger Goodell One key issue in all of the Kaepernick depositions is the manner in which the league makes decisions.

The Mets begin play on Friday in fourth place in the NL East, losers of 10 of their last 13 games.

During that time, the Mets dumped Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds and placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list.

So GM Sandy Alderson will have a decision to make in the near future. Does he hold the core of the team together and hope for a turnaround, or does he start selling off parts before July’s non-waiver trade deadline ?
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At the same time, if Yankees GM Brian Cashman wants to upgrade the team for the stretch run, starting pitching would be his most likely need.

As President of the United States, Trump wields enormous power over any business. He has also spoken critically about tax advantages that some NFL owners receive on their stadium deals and has implied that tax laws ought to be changed to take away this advantage.

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If the addition of Mike Pouncey and a healthy Forrest Lamp improves the line play, even Henry’s injury won’t be enough to keep Rivers from having another excellent statistical season.

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Stephen Curry added 29 points and five 3s on a night Harden dazzled for long stretches with 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds while backcourt mate Chris Paul sat out sidelined by a strained right hamstring.

Kevin Durant struggled with his stroke at 6 for 17 but still scored 23 points as the defending champions kept their repeat quest alive by thoroughly outplaying Houston in the second half. The Warriors outscored the Rockets 55-20 in the second half before both coaches subbed their key players with 4:28 left.

Richard Sherman running again as he continues rehab

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman took another step in his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
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The veteran cornerback on Wednesday posted a short video clip on his verified Instagram account, which showed him running roughly 25 yards at the team’s training facility.

Getting there, Sherman said in the post.

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He is going to have to be, Jackson said. You can’t run from that. That is what is in our division.

The suit is now over, and New Jersey lawmaker and State Senate president Stephen Sweeney is exploring a lawsuit against the entities that sued New Jersey. Not only, Sweeney notes, did New Jersey spend over $9 million of taxpayer money on the case, but he claims that casinos and racetracks lost about $700 million during the time that they could have been open, per NJ.com. I think we should be pushing back: ‘Look, you cost us a lot of money,’ Sweeney said, via NJ.com. There’s a potential for the state of New Jersey to recover some real funds.

Sweeney says that he is yet to speak to New Jersey’s governor or assembly speaker about the lawsuit, but he added that we hold our strongest hand when the Legislature and the governor and the administration goes together.

While the NFL has publicly maintained a position against sports gambling — with Roger Goodell calling for uniform laws across all states — the four professional sports have softened up in their own ways. The NHL added the Golden Knights to Vegas, and the NFL is moving the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas as well. The NBA and MLB have opened their ears to talks about regulated gambling, including an integrity fee that would protect them from fixing.

Prosecutors drop felony charge against Robby Anderson from 2017 arrest

Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson won’t face prosecution on a felony charge related to a 2017 arrest in Florida.
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Jabari Parker missed most of the season recovering from a torn ACL, but he enters this season healthy and will be looking to prove himself to still be a young star in this game.

Anderson found himself in more legal trouble in Nick Nelson Jersey Florida this offseason. He was arrested in January on charges that included resisting arrest and threatening a public servant’s family, although the latter felony charge was dropped last month. There was briefly an arrest warrant issued for Anderson’s failure to appear in court earlier this month on a remaining charge from the incident, but it was later rescinded as Anderson’s absence was a result of a clerical error.

Hill had no explanation for that, but he said he has spoken to the folks at EA about improving it for Madden 19.

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At first, the plan was to draft the best quarterbacks in franchise history. Then, we decided to broaden it. Who were the greatest Cowboys of all time, regardless of position or title?

There have been enough great Cowboys over the years that we expanded the three-round draft to four. Stats declared me to be the winner (Chris Simms has been struggling lately). You can (should) check it out and declare your own winner.

Rockies edge Dodgers 2-1 on Gonzalez’s pinch-hit single

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The Dodgers brought a four-game winning streak back home and couldn’t get out of their own way.

While it’s true the league’s ratings have softened 鈥?as have those of pretty much everything on TV thanks to cord cutting 鈥?the NFL remains, by far, the most popular show going. NFL games accounted for the five most-watched TV shows last year and six of the top 10, according to Nielsen. The Super Bowl drew more than 111 million viewers, more than the four-highest non-NFL shows combined.

The opening round of last month’s draft on ESPN, Fox and NFL Network drew 11.2 million viewers. That’s right. The draft. More than 11 million people tuned in for a show that featured about Nick Perry Youth jersey 60 seconds of action every 10 minutes or so.

Those kind of numbers mean broadcasters and digital companies are still tripping over themselves for a piece of the NFL’s action. Fox agreed earlier this year to pay the NFL $3.3 billion over five years just for the rights to Thursday Night Football. In December, Verizon agreed to pay $2 billion for five years’ worth of streaming rights.

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We’re just going to keep sticking together and play hard and see where it takes us, Berrios said through the team interpreter after striking out nine and giving up just three hits and two walks over eight innings.

Nicholas Castellanos gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with a home run to straightaway center field in the first inning and a two-out RBI single in the third, both hits on first pitches. Berrios (5-4) then retired 15 straight batters after that to sail past the seven-inning mark he’s reached in half of his 10 starts. He gave up one run on just two hits and one walk in seven innings with 10 strikeouts to beat St. Louis last week, rediscovering his sharp-breaking curveball.

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Fernando Rodney closed with a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 13 tries. Rodney, whose first eight seasons of his major league career were with the Tigers, has converted eight straight saves in 10 consecutive scoreless innings.

MLB rumors: Why Phillies could beat Yankees for Orioles’ Manny Machado

The 2018 MLB off-season will be dominated by two players: Washington Womens TJ Brodie Jersey Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado.
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Both players are scheduled to be free agents and could command contracts well in excess of $250 million.

It’s entirely possible Baltimore trades Machado before the non-waiver deadline on July 31st to a contender looking for some short-term help.

Machado is on track for his fourth All-Star selection. He leads the American League with a.350 batting average and he’s tied for the major league lead with 13 home runs.

I want to do this the right way.’ And he’s doing that. He looks the best I’ve seen him. His body’s in great shape. His arm feels really good. He’s just taking it step by step. We’re looking at training camp as our target date right now.

Ballard acknowledges that folks might be skeptical given the recent past, when the Colts’ timeline for Luck didn’t match up with reality.

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The NFL’s cheerleader conundrum

Years ago, I wrote a story about how perverts were spying on naked Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders.
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But is it a distraction? Because everything invariably leads back to this and, ultimately, distractions are to blame for whatever might go wrong in the future. That’s how the media likes to portray it, anyway. Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells isn’t buying it.

I don’t pay any attention to that, Parcells told The Athletic’s Gary Myers. Nobody knows what’s what exactly. You are just hearing gossip and conjecture and opinion. I don’t put much stock in that. Having been in a position myself as a head coach, a lot of things are said about an organization, the coaching staff and the owner. Some of the things are just flat out not true. Yet they get out and they get publicized because they make good headlines. The only thing you got to do is watch the product on the field. When the season starts, all this offseason stuff, it doesn’t mean anything. Nothing.