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Report: Person of interest is Janoris Jenkins’ brother

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Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins was in another state when a dead body was found in his home, but the first known person of interest in the case is someone he knows well.
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According to TMZ, Bergen County, New Jersey officials want to talk to his brother William Jenkins about the case. Being a person of interest in the case is not the same as being a suspect.

William Jenkins is a person of interest in relation to dead body case at his brother’s house. Bergen County wants to talk to him, Ontario County (New York) district attorney James Ritts told TMZ.

William Jenkins was arrested in upstate New York yesterday, hours before authorities found the dead body of Roosevelt Rene in the home of the Giants cornerback.

Tamba Hali: I think the time has come to retire

The Chiefs released linebacker Tamba Hali in March after he spent the last 12 years with the team and it sounds like that will be the final act of Hali’s playing career.

The NFL drew an unfavorable opinion from 47 percent of voters (including 28 percent who went all Chris Harris Jr Authentic Jersey the way to very unfavorable), while 27 percent had a favorable opinion of the league. The survey included 1,200 registered voters and was conducted from June 8-17, and has a margin of error of less than 3 percent.

The report cites a number Tanner Lee Jersey of possible reasons for the dip, but hones in on the national anthem issue, which the league has tried to fix with a half-measure that didn’t pacify President Donald Trump or his loudest supporters.

Trump made this an issue, said University of Texas government professor Daron Shaw, co-director of the poll. He understood that making this about the national anthem was good politically. It’s very clear it has hurt the NFL, and that it’s polarized politically and polarized racially.

The most positive opinions of the NFL were from black voters, who registered a 49 percent favorable and 24 percent unfavorable rating for the league. Hispanic voters went 29 percent favorable and 39 percent unfavorable, while white voters went 20 percent favorable and 55 percent unfavorable.

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CFL coach: Johnny Manziel should be playing in the NFL

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Even though Johnny Manziel hasn’t taken a snap in the CFL yet, his coach thinks the former first-rounder will end up back in the NFL.
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As Jones noted, the thing Manziel needs to convince people will only come with time. After his stint in Cleveland ended for reasons that had little to nothing to do with football, Manziel will have to prove himself trustworthy for longer than a few week or months.

Thomas is still one of the best safeties in the game, a playmaker who takes the ball away, and he would immediately improve one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. The Chargers are in win-now mode, and he could be the final piece that makes them true Super Bowl contenders.

They picked safety Derwin James in the first round of this year’s draft, but he has played mostly strong safety during offseason work. The Chargers rotated several players at free safety this offseason and could still use a rangy center fielder like Thomas to roam the back end of an already talented secondary. Thomas is the ideal fit at free safety for Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s Cover 3 scheme. Bradley was in Seattle when the organization selected Thomas with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Will Tom Brady hold off Aaron Rodgers atop NFL Network’s Top 100?

Six players who made NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2017 remain on the list for 2018. The network will announce the order of the final 10 on Monday night at 8 ET, but Tom Brady stands a good chance to stay atop the list.

The organization values its picks, but giving up a third-rounder next year and a fourth-rounder Authentic Taron Johnson Jersey in 2020 allows the Cowboys to spread out the hit over two drafts. And Thomas, who told Womens Rasmus Andersson Jersey coach Jason Garrett to come get me after a game in December, can be viewed as a final piece to their defense.

The Cowboys would be willing to give Thomas one of the league’s best contracts for a safety the average annual value of $12.5 million would rank second among safeties behind Kansas City’s Eric Berry’s $13 million, and total guaranteed money of $31 million would rank third behind Berry ($40 million) and Miami’s Reshad Jones ($33 million). This deal also would offer some protection in case the injury bug continues to bite Thomas, who has missed seven games over the past two seasons.

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Mets ready to deal deGrom?

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The Yankees will get to scout both deGrom and Syndergaard this weekend. DeGrom pitches Friday and Syndergaard is scheduled to go Sunday.
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The Yankees are in need of an arm, with Jordan Montgomery having season-ending Tommy John surgery.

They don’t get much better than deGrom, who is 4-0 with an NL-leading 1.49 ERA. He’ll be opposed by Masahiro Tanaka Friday night.

Protests during the national anthem have existed in the NFL since the 2016 preseason, when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Luke Kunin Jersey Colin Kaepernick began the practice to raise awareness against social injustice, racial inequality and police brutality.

Other players have joined in since then, but Trump has taken great issue with the demonstrations.

The NFL took a step toward eliminating protests this Womens Madison Bumgarner Jersey offseason when it passed a policy that will fine teams if their players show disrespect for the anthem or the flag.

Honestly, what do they expect him to say – that Taylor is lazy, unhelpful, and a waste of a third round pick? IMO he is not any of those things, but as many have said he is afraid to throw the ball downfield. The TEs and RBs better be ready.

Respectful, smart, talented rookie. At this moment, Taylor is better suited to start and is the teacher. That won’t last long. Hopefully for the Browns, Mayfield doesn’t learn too many of Taylor’s bad habits. He has plenty and that’s why he’s not a Bill.

You guys just don’t get it. Who are you going to learn from Brady, Brees? Top QBs typically don’t teach squat and aren’t the best teachers because things cone easier from them. You definitely don’t have to be a great QB to teach the game. Pederson, Reich? I hate these boards sometimes; so much negativity and bashing players constantly. Taylor got his team to the playoffs without a lot around him. Give the guy and other players a break. It’s a very hard position to play. That’s why there are so few great QBs.

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6 pitchers combine on 5-hitter, Rays beat Yankees 2-1

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The high-powered New York Yankees were stymied by Tampa Bay’s relievers.

Six Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a five-hitter, and the Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Friday night.

Utilizing a bullpen day, the Rays improved to 14-31 against teams with a .500 or better record with the victory over the team with the majors’ best record. New York is 40-5 when allowing four or fewer runs.

You just don’t limit that team to one run very often, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. So as far as piecing it together and guys coming in and doing their jobs, that’s probably as good as you can make it.

The Rays wasted a chance to extend the lead in the sixth when Johnny Field struck out on a failed third-strike bunt attempt with two on and Matt Duffy hit a two-out grounder with the bases loaded to complete a 12-pitch at-bat against Adam Warren.

That was on me, poor communication on my part., Cash of the Field strikeout. That’s not how we drew it up. I didn’t take it off. I made the mistake.

I have heard that you did not start as a pitcher. What other positions have you played?
Well, you know, it’s true. I started at 6 years old playing [in my hometown]. I remember watching my brothers growing up playing baseball and I wanted to do the same thing. I started playing the outfield first to get used to it. Then I went to shortstop — and a guy named Andrelton Simmons shows up [and] I moved to third base. We played with each other. He played shortstop, and then I was at third, and then I moved to first. Then, I finally become a catcher.

How tall were you when they switched you to being a catcher?
I was short. I wasn’t the taller guy that I am now in the team. The most that I [grew] is when I signed [at] 16 years old. I was 6-2, I remember, 178 [pounds]. Then, next thing you know, I was 6-5, 220. So, yeah, a lot of growing!

The transition from catcher to pitcher — had to be that arm.
Yes, it would definitely be the arm. I remember in the World Baseball Classic [in 2009], throwing out Willy Taveras at third in Puerto Rico. And then I showed how I could throw from my knees, throwing Ryan Braun out from my knees. And they see that. I had been doing that more in the minor leagues. That made the Dodgers make that decision to, you know, let’s just put him on the mound.

Lou Piniella ’embarrassed’ watching videos of his arguments with umpires

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Lou Piniella attended the Yankees’ Old-Timers’ Day Sunday and it didn’t take long before someone asked him about the recently unearthed 2016 video showing former Mets manager Terry Collins’ obscenity-filled rant with an umpire.
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That’s because Piniella qualifies as something of an expert on manager tirades on the field. In his 23-year managerial career, Piniella was ejected 63 times.

But now, at age 74, Piniella has mellowed. Piniella told the Dennis Schroder Youth Jersey New York Daily News he’s embarrassed seeing images of his arguments with umpires.

The 6-foot-3, 311-pound rookie spent parts of minicamp and OTAs practicing with the first-team unit as he gets his feet wet in the NFL.

Stopping the run, getting to the quarterback, I feel like I can do it all, Hill said Thursday as the Giants wrapped up minicamp. Just out here practicing, you can see me moving around a lot. They got me playing D-end for a reason. They see I can move around and take on double teams.

Defensive coordinator James Bettcher said Wednesday that Hill has the potential to be a three-down back in his 3-4 defense. Hill admitted he has still got a long way to go, but is anxious to get back on the field and continue to compete.

I’m really impressed with how Josh has been able to grasp everything, Fitzgerald said of the former UCLA starter.

Everything Fitzgerald has done in his career has been impressive. He has one thing left to accomplish: Winning a championship.

Given the status of the NFC West, it may take more than a year or two for the Cardinals to get back to where they were a decade ago, when they were on the brink of beating the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII — which would have resulted in Fitzgerald undoubtedly being named the game’s MVP.

Neither Harrison nor Hernandez was made available to the media, but Solder tapped into his veteran leader role as he tried to put the kerfuffle behind them.

You know, what we gotta focus on is just getting better, said Solder, Akeem Spence Womens Jersey who signed a four-year, $62 million contract in March after seven seasons with the Patriots. We gotta play better football, we gotta be a strong unit on the offensive line, we gotta do what we control. Those things are battle, they happen, emotions rise. You work through it and you move on.

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Nationals GM responds strongly to anonymous exec’s criticism of Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper was at the center of comments made by an anonymous National League executive, who called the Nationals slugger a losing player, but general manager Mike Rizzo was quick to come to his defense.
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The unnamed executive told FanRag Sports that Harper was overrated and a selfish, losing player. The exec added, among other comments: He’s simply overrated. The good ain’t worth the bad. He’s a losing player. Cares about himself more than the team. If I was in charge and had money, my team would not pursue him. We would use that money to sign 2-3 winning players.

Rizzo didn’t stop there, though, as he went on to call the report yellow journalism and sensationalism.

It’s something that has to be talked about and exposed because otherwise if nobody says anything about it, it can’t go on, Rizzo said about the anonymous source. For another team’s executive if it happened, if it was said if another team’s executive to lambaste a player and denigrate this player’s ability level, his character, and Cody Hodgson Youth Jersey his integrity, and not have the balls to put his name on it is cowardly and chicken s—. And he should be exposed for it.

Colon can achieve both on Tuesday night when he pitches for the Rangers against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

I feel very happy because I finally got my 243rd win, Colon told reporters (via after he tied Marichal on June 6. I tied this mark with a Hall of Famer, so I feel very proud and honored to do that. It means a lot because he’s Dominican. He was the first guy from the Dominican to become a Hall of Famer.

Entering Tuesday, Colon has taken a major league mound 550 times (539 starts) and thrown more than 52,000 pitches since his debut in 1997. With so many appearances, he was bound to rack up a number of weird, quirky statistics and records. Here’s a running list of the many interesting ones:

Before the Giants’ Brandon Belt battled the Angels’ Jaime Barria Womens Paul Martin Jersey for a 21-pitch at-bat this season, the record for most pitches in an at-bat was 20 between then-Indians pitcher Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez in 1998.

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Yankees’ Jonathan Loaisiga shines in win over Rays

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The Evil Empire? Or is it the Evil Assembly Line?
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The Yankees grabbed yet another victory Friday — beating the Rays, 5-0, at Yankee Stadium — in what’s been a remarkable season.

Even more incredible is that their player development system produced yet another talent that starred for them.

It’s not easy to get a new deal when you’re still on the hook for three more seasons. The solution for the Falcons may be to add a year or two to Jones’ contract that ups his annual average and locks him down for the foreseeable future. But the likelier outcome is that the team just waits for its star receiver to end his holdout without a new deal.

Oakland reshaped its roster in a big way four years ago when Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, and Gabe Jackson were picked by the Raiders in the first three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. But for Mack, that meant waiting until the 2018 offseason to get a new contract.

Jackson signed a five-year, $56 million extension in June 2017 less than a week after Carr got a five-year, $125 million extension. That left the Raiders without much room to add money to Mack’s deal.

Behind the scenes, however, could be another matter.

Ravens safety Eric Weddle told reporters Wednesday that Flacco has enjoyed an outstanding offseason with crisp, deep Authentic Michael Grabner Jersey throws before providing perspective as a fellow veteran.

He’s obviously been challenged, Weddle said, via the Ravens’ official website. We all are. As older players, every year is a prove-it year, and if you don’t believe that, you’re fooling yourself. I have to prove that I can still start in this league, that I can compete, that I should be a starter, that I should be on this team. If you don’t, then you’re going to be out of here.

Now so with drafting Lamar and bringing Griffin in, it’s lit a fire under him. You can tell and he’s shown. He’s worked extremely hard.

Entering his 11th season, Flacco appears to have extra incentive to prove he is still the top quarterback in Baltimore a season after throwing for 3,141 yards and posting an 80.4 rating, both representing the third-lowest totals in a single season in his career.

With Flacco at the helm, the Ravens ‘ offense Brett Anderson Jersey sputtered in 2017, ranking 27th in the league in total offense.

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Hall of Fame covers travel/lodging expenses, but not the inductee’s party

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That theory regarding the real reason for the decision of receiver Terrell Owens to not show up for the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony may have some merit.

Zook said the elimination of the running start will be a benefit to returners and make teams more likely to bring the ball out, though it remains to be seen whether the changes solve the injury problem on the play. He also said he didn’t think the end result would be the extinction of the play, as some feel to be inevitable.

I don’t think they are trying to phase it out, Zook said. It’s an exciting play — but it is one that we have to make sure that we’re making it safer. And I think with all the engineering and all the things that they’re doing, they’re going to accomplish that.

Arizona has filled that roster spot and the vacancy in their backfield. Former Tulane running back Sherman Badie announced on Twitter that he’s signed with the team.

Badie ran 296 times for 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 56 passes for 419 yards and a touchdown over four collegiate seasons. He worked out for the Cowboys last month without landing a job.

David Johnson fronts the Cardinals running back group with T.J. Logan, D.J. Foster, Elijhaa Penny and 2018 fourth-round pick Chase Edmonds also in the mix for roster spots.

It’s official: The Colts announced Thursday that Andrew Luck is headed to injured reserve.

I wish I was better and 100 percent this season, but that’s not the case, Luck said. I know I’ll be better from this. I know I’ll be a better quarterback, teammate, person and player from this, and I’m excited for the future.

49ers working with NFL on ways to honor Dwight Clark’s memory

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The 49ers will honor Dwight Clark’s memory this season.
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They are working with the league to figure out exactly how to do that since NFL approval is required for helmet decals or changes to the field at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers are considering a marker in the end zone to approximate where Clark landed to complete The Catch, even though the play happened at Candlestick Park, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. They also could erect a memorial dedicated to Clark outside the stadium.

Jon Lester (L), 95 percent, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: If I’ve rostered Lester, I’m still running him out there in most Luis Aparicio Authentic Jersey formats. I’m not feeling great about it, though. Some red flags have popped up in his profile this season.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Young will be in New York on Tuesday to workout for Knicks brass.

Mock drafts have been connecting Young, a scoring guard from Oklahoma, to the Knicks for months. With the sting of missing out on Steph Curry in 2009 still hurting the franchise, New York could select the shot-making point guard with the hopes of finding Curry 2.0. While the odds of Young turning out to be close to as good as the Warriors star are remote, Young does have the potential to be a big-time scorer on the pro level.

If Young landed in New York, a dynamic scoring one-two punch could form with big man Kristaps Porzingis. In time, the Knicks could have two long-range shooters with the ability to stretch the floor and make athletic wings look even better.

Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors have repeatedly said they want to build something special for the long haul, to compete for championships year after year.

Owens played 15 seasons in the NFL with the aforementioned teams, recording Mel Blount Youth Jersey 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns in 219 games played. Owens spent his final NFL season with the Bengals before exiting the league after the 2010 campaign. He was selected for induction in his third year of eligibility.

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Harper and the Nationals head to New York on Tuesday for a brief two-game interleague series.

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I’m a National now, Harper told reporters May 15 when discussing his future. We’re going into the series trying to win some ballgames. That’s the only thing on my mind. Just trying to beat a good team over there.
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Atlanta is 7-3 against New York this season and is off to its surprising start thanks to a 25-14 record against the rest of the NL East.

The Braves have played just 28 home games, but they have 12 of their next 14 at SunTrust Park.

Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.31 ERA) had the best game of his career in his Womens Cameron Heyward Jersey most recent start in Atlanta, pitching a two-hit shutout against the Nationals on June 1 while striking out 11 and walking one.

When he is locked in, he can be a top pitcher, catcher Tyler Flowers said afterward. He has electric stuff. Now he has to keep putting it together.

Foltynewicz was 3-1 with a 0.56 ERA in a five-start stretch after blanking Washington, but he struggled with location through five innings in a loss at San Diego on Wednesday to show that his consistency isn’t quite there yet.

Four cheerleaders and their attorney, Gloria Allred, delivered the letter to NFL headquarters in Manhattan. The cheerleaders, who filed suit against the Texans last week alleging unequal pay and unfair working conditions, asked Goodell to force NFL teams to stop exploiting women.

Allred also held up a T-shirt for reporters showing the figure $7.25, the federal minimum wage, alleging the cheerleaders were paid less than that.

For example, knowing that Noah New York Jets Youth Jersey Syndergaard (strained finger) was about to be activated from the 10-day DL to start yesterday’s game, I went ahead and gave him a big boost in my latest rankings. Of course, then the news came down that he was still suffering from a little swelling and discomfort, so he was scratched in favor of Seth Lugo. Still, with reports that he could very well be back this coming weekend, I’m not inclined to move him back down the ladder. With pitchers, once they’re given the ball, comparing their results to that of their peers is a rather simple task.

There is, however, a more interesting variable when it comes to ranking hitters, which tends to come to the fore in particular when I’m asked, for example, Which one of these three catchers do you like best going forward? It’s not as simple an answer as to simply point you to my rankings.

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