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    • huangjian123 hat den Blog-Artikel "we want to make sure that we are" geschrieben. 19.09.2018

      Washington tight end Jordan Reed is healthy Mark Duper Jersey , feeling good, and participating in football practice. So clearly, now’s the time for everyone to write about him.

      Reed played in just six games last year because of a problematic toe injury which led to problems in other areas of his body. But he had surgery in December and February to remove the sesamoid bones in each big toe. He’s still easing back into practice, but he’s there, which is key.

      “I didn’t feel myself the whole year,” Reed said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. “That’s why I had to get the surgery and have the bone removed. I’m feeling 100 times better.

      “I can tell a difference because with the toes it was pain. I had pain all season, all offseason, and that pain was shutting down certain parts of the body that I needed. So you remove the pain and now I’m building my body back up and feeling great again.”

      Reed has played in 52 of a possible 80 games in his five seasons. The six he played in last year were the lowest in a season, but he’s only played more than 12 games in a season once.

      When he’s well, he’s a dangerous receiving threat (he caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015) Geronimo Allison Jersey , and the kind of guy new quarterback Alex Smith ought to be able to rely on. But last year, as has been the case too often, he was never well.

      Jalen Ramsey spent the past few months working out at his father’s training facility in Nashville.

      It was a new routine that caused him to miss Jacksonville’s offseason conditioning program.

      The All-Pro cornerback has no regrets, though, about the time away from coaches and teammates.

      ”How do I put this the nicest way possible?” Ramsey said Tuesday after the first of a mandatory, three-day minicamp.

      ”I don’t think any of my teammates had an issue because they know I was going to come back ready. But at the same time, if they did, I don’t think I would care `cause once I get out here I know what I was doing was the right thing for me.”

      Ramsey worked out in Jacksonville before his first two NFL seasons and fell behind both times because of injuries.

      ”It was an offseason of getting back to the basics for me, kind of doing what got me to the position I’m in right now,” he said. ”It was also an offseason for me that I kind of labeled as `no-setback season,’ just `cause in the previous two years I haven’t even made it this far.”

      He had surgery in May 2016 for a torn meniscus in his right knee. He had surgery last June for a sports hernia.

      Ramsey still managed to become the best player on a stout defense.

      The fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the league last year Marcus Allen Jersey , locking down No. 1 receivers on a weekly basis. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in his second season and made the more exclusive All-Pro team.

      ”I thought I was good in the past two years, and stay tuned,” he said.

      Ramsey already has matchups circled months before the season, beginning with Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants in the opener and continuing a few weeks later against Kansas City’s Tyreke Hill. The list also includes familiar faces such as former teammate Allen Hurns, Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins, Philadelphia’s Alshon Jeffery, Indianapolis’ T.Y. Hilton and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown.

      ”It’s what I love, but I can’t just love it,” Ramsey said. ”I’ve got to prepare for it, too, so that’s what I’ve been doing this whole offseason. That’s what I’ll continue to do.”

      The Jaguars welcomed Ramsey back for minicamp Kenyan Drake Jersey , but coach Doug Marrone planned to work him in slowly.

      ”Jalen has worked extremely hard with training with his dad. He’s anxious to go out there and say, `I’m ready to go. Let’s go,”’ Marrone said. ”I’m more like, `OK, listen, we’re going to get you in there for a couple and take you out. We just want to see where you are.

      ”The worst thing you can do as a coach is put someone out there that maybe is not ready. Not to say that Jalen is not ready, but we want to make sure that we are doing the right thing for all of the players.”

      Ramsey had 107 tackles, 31 pass breakups and six interceptions in his first two seasons. He’s earned the respect of opponents as well as teammates, which made his decision to skip Jacksonville’s offseason program an easier one.

      ”I know what I was doing is going to get me prepared as best as anything for the season,” he said. ”Once I put that out on the field, there won’t be any issues. I have a good relationship with all my teammates anyways Chad Henne Jersey , so if they did they would hit me up. I did it respectful. … I hit up people. I was like, `Hey, yo, look, this is my plan for the offseason.’

      ”And it’s not that I felt like I owed anybody an explanation. It’s just that’s how we vibe. That’s the locker room. … I was like, `Yo, I know y’all fixin’ to start it up. I’m not coming. I’m doing my thing. No worries.’ They said it right back: `You good, bro.”’



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      Everyone's still chasing the New England Patriots in the AFC East.

      Many of the faces change every year in Miami Walt Aikens Jersey , Buffalo, New York 鈥?and even in Foxborough 鈥?but Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are constants in the division.

      So are AFC East titles for the Patriots. They've won nine in a row, and 14 of the past 15. And, it certainly appears they're an excellent bet to add to that haul this season.

      Not that Belichick is too comfortable with any of that.

      "Each year is a new year, and each year has its own challenges," said the coach, whose 278 overall victories are third-most in NFL history. "Again, each year we all have to regain our 鈥?to the best we can 鈥?our ability to perform our jobs. That's what I'm trying to do. I think that's what all of the players, all of the coaches, we're all trying to do that."

      The Patriots don't lack motivation.

      After all, they're coming off a Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and had an interesting offseason. Brady sat out workouts, tight end Rob Gronkowski hinted at retirement and skipped voluntary workouts before rejoining his teammates, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was hired as Detroit's coach, and wide receiver Julian Edelman was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancers.

      Brady turned 41 on Aug. 3 and has shown no signs of slowing, although some wonder if this might be the year he finally regresses. Well, not those who are around the five-time Super Bowl champion.

      "He's hands-down just remarkable, it's amazing T.J. McDonald Jersey ," Gronkowski said. "At age 41, I mean, there's coaches younger than us, younger than him on the roster. He looks younger than the coaches, he looks younger than everyone. The way he's moving, how just reliable he is at all times is just unbelievable and something to look up to."

      Here are a few other things to know about the AFC East:

      BRADY'S BUNCH: One of the biggest questions for New England heading into the season is who'll catch on in the passing game.

      Gone are Danny Amendola, Brandin Cooks, Malcolm Mitchell and Kenny Britt, Eric Decker retired just a few weeks after joining the Patriots, Jordan Matthews was released early in camp and Edelman is out the first four games.

      Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and newcomer Cordarrelle Patterson figure to be the primary options among wide receivers 鈥?unless the Patriots add someone before the start of the regular season.

      Still, Gronkowski will once again be Brady's main man, and rookie running back Sony Michel could see lots of passes his way once he's healthy from a knee issue.

      "You've got to go out there and show it on the practice field," Brady said, "so that we can all gain trust in each other."

      RYAN'S HOPE: Ryan Tannehill is back under center for Miami after being sidelined since December 2016 because of two injuries to his left knee.

      The Dolphins are banking on him having a big-time comeback, or at least be better than Jay Cutler was last season while filling in. But Tannehill's durability is a concern, and if he goes down again Fred Warner Jersey , Brock Osweiler and David Fales are the fallback options.

      Some good news, though: The offensive line, anchored by veteran newcomer Josh Sitton, could be the best Tannehill has played behind. The Dolphins also added Amendola, Albert Wilson, Frank Gore and rookie Mike Gesicki at the skill positions, which should add some playmaking options 鈥?especially with DeVante Parker uncertain to be ready for the start of the season because of a broken finger.

      "It's a lot of fun," Tannehill said. "With so many playmakers, it's just a matter of getting the ball in their hands and letting them go to work."

      SLING IT AGAIN, SAM

      The Jets traded up three spots to get to No. 3 in the draft, hoping to get a potential franchise quarterback. After Cleveland took Baker Mayfield and the Giants went with running back Saquon Barkley, Sam Darnold fell right into New York's lap 鈥?getting the guy it wanted all along.

      The 21-year-old Darnold was given every opportunity to win the starting job in a three-way competition with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, and the rookie did nothing but impress the coaching staff this summer. The former USC star is the future of the franchise 鈥?and that could mean right now.

      "He's everything that you're looking for in a young quarterback," offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said, "as far as the ability to go out there and the game is not too big for him."

      WHO'S IN THE HUDDLE?

      The Bills traded Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland in the offseason, then traded up five spots to draft Josh Allen with the seventh pick.

      The strong-armed former Wyoming star is raw and remains a work in progress, displayed in a shaky start against Cincinnati in the third preseason game. Playing behind a patchwork offensive line didn't help Patrick Kerney Jersey , but Buffalo might have to open the season with the rookie watching from the sideline.

      Newcomer AJ McCarron and returning backup Nathan Peterman could be the starter when the Bills 鈥?who snapped a 17-year playoff drought 鈥?open at Baltimore on Sept. 9.

      Whoever is under center will have LeSean McCoy in the backfield. Even at 30, he's expected to be a workhorse. A hip/groin injury limited him in the preseason, but he's expected to be ready for the Ravens. Also, an off-field issue regarding his ex-girlfriend being hurt in a home invasion in July, hasn't been much of a distraction.

      PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH: Patriots, Dolphins, Jets, Bills.

      AP Sports Writers Jimmy Golen, John Wawrow and Steven Wine contributed.

      When Derrick Favors can find ways to impose his will, good things happen for the Utah Jazz.

      Favors has been quietly, albeit effectively, getting it done against the Oklahoma City Thunder, playing in the shadows of Utah rookie of the year candidate Donovan Mitchell and Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

      But a healthy Favors is making an impact.

      The Jazz have returned to Utah with the series tied 1-1, thanks in no small part to Favors. He tallied career playoff highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds in Utah’s 102-95 road win on Wednesday.

      Jazz coach Quin Snyder will start Favors at power forward alongside Gobert beginning with Game 3 on Saturday. But he will also utilize him as a backup center to spell Gobert. Favors has done his part to make playing alongside Gobert work by extending his shooting range to improve offensive spacing. He has also made himself an effective roller.

      ”He’s always been a good pick-and-roll player, regardless of `position,”’ Snyder said. ”We’ve never really thought of him as one position or the other. We’ve thought of him as a basketball player and tried to have him understand his strengths and then play to his strengths.”

      Indeed. In the first two playoff games against the Thunder, Favors is averaging 13.5 points on 52 percent shooting and 10.5 rebounds.

      It is exactly the type of impact Favors envisioned making when fighting to reclaim his body from knee and back injuries that afflicted him for the better part of two seasons.

      ”I’m back to being 100 percent Jamaal Williams Jersey ,” Favors said. ”Back healthy. Back moving the way I know I can move and playing the way I know I can play. It’s a big advantage for us.”

      There’s no question having Favors at full strength has improved Utah’s ability to counter a Thunder team featuring the potent trio of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. The veteran forward/center offers versatility on both ends of the court honed through playing multiple positions as circumstances dictate.

      Crashing the boards definitely tops the list when checking off Favors’ strengths. He ranks second on the Jazz roster in rebounding behind Gobert with 7.2 rebounds per game.

      When Favors is active on the glass, it can change the direction of a game for Utah. In Game 2 against Oklahoma City, he grabbed eight offensive rebounds through the first 2 1/2 quarters. By contrast, the Thunder totaled six offensive boards as a team in the same stretch.

      ”His length and his strength allow him to get his hands on balls,” Snyder said. ”He’s got such good hands that even when he keeps the ball alive, usually something good happens.”

      Favors’ willingness to go full throttle around the basket has turned him into a reliable complimentary player on offense. He rolls to the basket with consistency and, more often than not, it pays off for him.

      It has turned Favors into a legitimate offensive presence again. He averaged 9.5 points on 48.7 percent shooting while limited to 50 games a year ago. This season, Favors is scoring 12.3 points per game while shooting 56.3 percent from the floor.

      ”Other teams and other opponents, they look and see I’m 6-foot-10 and think I’m a 5 man or whatever, so they try to take advantage of it,” Favors said. ”It just feels good to be able to go out there and move the way that I know that I can move and be able to play the way I know that I can play and teams can’t take advantage of it.”

      Favors is focused on staying aggressive as the series with the Thunder shifts to Utah. He is having fun playing basketball again and wants to make sure Oklahoma City continues to feel his presence on both ends of the court.

      His teammates certainly do and they understand what a difference it can potentially make as the Jazz battle to keep going in the postseason.

      ”He’s been like that all year,” Mitchell said, ”but he’s definitely turned it up with what he can do.”



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      ST. JOSEPH Deion Jones Jersey , Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif left practice Sunday to be evaluated for a concussion, while defensive tackle Xavier Williams and running back Damien Williams also left early.

      The Chiefs said Xavier Williams had a stinger and Damien Williams hurt his shoulder.

      Eric Berry did not participate in practice after skipping the Chiefs’ preseason opener against Houston on Thursday night. Their star safety is dealing with a sore heel.

      Duvernay-Tardif made headlines this summer when he graduated from medical school in Canada. He was replaced by Andrew Wylie after being evaluated in the Chiefs’ medical tent.

      Eric Murray and Armani Watts were the starters at safety Sunday Steve Young Jersey , while third-round draft pick Derrick Nnadi replaced Xavier Williams in the middle of the defensive line.

      Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson has resolved the final charge from a January arrest in South Florida.

      Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports, via Anderson’s lawyer Sterling Shepard Jersey , that the wideout pleaded no contest to a reckless driving charge on Wednesday. He was sentenced to six months of “non-reporting probation” and Garafolo adds that the NFL’s review of the incident under the Personal Conduct Policy is ongoing.

      Anderson was arrested after being clocked at 105 mph in a 45 mph zone. He was initially charged with felonies, including harming a public servant or public servant’s family Anthony Sherman Jersey , but they were dismissed and only the misdemeanor reckless driving charge remained on the docket.

      Anderson also had a felony charge of resisting arrest from a 2017 arrest dropped this offseason.

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      FLOWERY BRANCH Dwayne Allen Jersey , Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are mostly healthy and don’t want to risk getting an important player injured when they close out the preseason this week.

      Coach Dan Quinn wouldn’t say so for certain, but it’s unlikely the Falcons will play any starters or key backups Thursday against Miami. The depth chart is nearly full, so Quinn and his staff will use the exhibition to evaluate the last available spots on the 53-man roster.

      “There will be some who are competing to be practice squad and developmental and some still battling for the 53,” Quinn said Monday. “The goal is also if it’s not here, it’s somewhere, so those guys can put out tapes to get other opportunities.”

      Atlanta opens the regular season Sept. 6 at Philadelphia Justin Jones Jersey , the defending Super Bowl champion that knocked the favored Falcons out of the playoffs seven months ago. Quinn wants to keep everyone as healthy as possible.

      Star receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman have been held out of all the preseason games for precautionary reasons given their injury histories, but neither has missed practice.

      Linebacker Deion Jones, cornerback Desmond Trufant, and free safety Ricardo Allen were nicked up in earlier exhibitions and didn’t dress for last week’s preseason loss at Jacksonville.

      Quinn sees plenty of areas for the Falcons to clean up. Against the Jaguars, the first-team offense failed to convert its five chances on third down and allowed Matt Ryan to get sacked twice.

      The first-team defense wasn’t stout enough against the run and gave up Leonard Fournette’s 21-yard score.

      “I thought in this game there were too many leaky yards on some of the runs,” Quinn said. “They had a long touchdown run. Those two explosive runs were uncomfortable for those guys.”

      Quinn likes what he’s seen from running back Tevin Coleman in the preseason. The No. 2 running back has worked exclusively with the starters and is averaging 5.4 yards on 18 runs. Quinn also was pleased that the defense looked sharp on the opening drive when cornerback Robert Alford tipped the ball on strong safety Keanu Neal’s interception.

      Though the third- and fourth-stringers will take most of the snaps when the Falcons (0-3) face Miami (0-3) Morgan Cox Jersey , Quinn still wants his front-line players to improve.

      He called out rookie receiver Calvin Ridley in a team film session Monday after the first-round draft pick dropped two passes with the ball in his hands and no contact from the Jaguars.

      “Nobody escapes that,” Quinn said. “That’s part of the process we go through to say, ‘Hey, man, we expect you to own that moment.’ It wasn’t just him. There were other people.”

      Quinn used the film session as a teaching moment for Ridley, who likely won’t play this week Tyler Lockett Jersey , and a reminder that the Falcons led the NFL in drops last season.

      “I think to be a true team, you have to show all the examples — the one where he really lights ’em up good and the ones that he had a drop,” Quinn said.

      “Probably his first taste. Last week he was on his way to becoming the next rookie Pro Bowl receiver and then he had a drop. Welcome to the NFL.

      “He’s a really detailed and prideful guy. There’s an intensity he brings in practice is past maybe his age. I really respect that part of his game. As mistakes happen, which they’re going to, I generally want to see how a guy rebounds.”

      Aaron Donald did not report for the first practice of training camp with the Los Angeles Rams.

      The star defensive tackle's second consecutive training camp holdout began Thursday.

      The NFL defensive player of the year is seeking an enormous new contract from the Rams, who are in active discussions with Donald's agents. Donald is due to make nearly $6.9 million this season in the fifth year of his rookie deal.

      Donald skipped the Rams' entire training camp last year and missed the first game of the regular season shortly after reporting. He has skipped nearly all offseason activities this year.

      Coach Sean McVay says talks with Donald haven't advanced since earlier this week Coby Fleener Jersey , when Donald was still at home in Pittsburgh.

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      Aaron Rodgers wasn't worried about contract negotiations dragging on. The Packers quarterback has been around long enough to not let such things bother him.

      Nevertheless Jordan Poyer Jersey , the two-time NFL MVP said Thursday he was glad the team and agent David Dunn were able to agree on a reported four-year, $134 million extension before he opens his 14th NFL season 鈥?and 11th as the Packers' starting quarterback 鈥?on Sept. 9 against Chicago at Lambeau Field.

      "There was never a timetable in my mind," Rodgers said during a conference call. "Had we gotten nothing done before the regular season starts, in my mind it wasn't something we couldn't get done at some point, even if that meant pushing off to the bye week. But the last couple weeks, things picked up progressively each day and I kind of felt about a week ago that this was going to be a reality before the season started."

      The 34-year-old Rodgers missed most of last season after breaking his right collarbone in October. He can now focus on getting the Packers back to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2010 season and leading them through the 2023 season when he'll turn 40. Rodgers had two years left on the five-year, $110 million extension he signed in 2013.

      He said he signed the extension Wednesday with Packers chief contract negotiator Russ Ball Marcus Allen Jersey , general manager Brian Gutekunst and team president/CEO Mark Murphy in the room.

      Gutekunst took over as general manager in January from Ted Thompson, who selected Rodgers with the 24th pick in the 2005 draft. Thompson made the call even though the Packers already had a future Pro Football Hall of Famer in Brett Favre.

      Rodgers became the starter after Favre was traded to the New York Jets in 2008. Favre went on to play two seasons with Minnesota before retiring after the 2010 season.

      "Aaron is a rare player. He has been since he really took over the reins here. His level of play has been at the highest level and continues to be," Gutekunst said. "I think coming off last year, which was disappointing for all of us (because of) his injury, it's been impressive to see him come back and compete and play with the edge 鈥?certainly no drop-off or any physical limitations at all. For those of you who've been out there on a daily basis have seen that. We expect that and look forward to years to come of that kind of play."

      And Rodgers has those same expectations.

      "I think all it really does is just solidify my standing as a part of the future of this football team," he said. "It just solidifies my spot on the squad and reinforces to the guys in the locker room that I'm going to be here. Also, that I've got to pick up a lot more dinners."


      LOS ANGELES — The season finale between the Dallas Stars and the Los Angeles Kings could be titled “Trading Places” on Saturday night at Staples Center.

      The Kings (45-28-6) were considered a toss-up to make the Stanley Cup playoffs but with a win they will record the fifth 100-point season in franchise history and return to the playoffs after a one season absence.

      Their first-round opponent is still to be determined and the Kings have a remote chance at home-ice advantage. If Los Angeles wins Ryan Smith Jersey , both the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks would have to lose their final games for the Kings to move into second place in the Pacific Division and secure home-ice.

      Los Angeles has played well heading into the playoffs, winning four straight at home and have only lost one of its last nine games in regulation (6-1-2).

      Dustin Brown registered his first four-goal game of his career in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. In his 13th NHL season, Brown established a career-high in points (28 goals, 33 assists) with his four-goal barrage.

      With a playoff berth secured and only playoff positioning at stake, Brown said he was not interested in taking a day off to give him additional rest after a grueling season.

      “I’m playing Saturday,” Brown said. “I would not know what to do with myself if I didn’t play.”

      The Kings enter the game surrendering the least goals against in the NHL and barring an unforeseen defensive collapse, Jonathan Quick will win the Jennings Trophy. Los Angeles has surrendered 198 goals Tarvarius Moore Jersey , four ahead of the Nashville Predators. Quick won the award in the 2013-’14 season when the team surrendered 174 goals.

      Although his team has improved offensively this season, coach John Stevens takes pride in his team’s defensive accomplishment.

      “I think everybody in this organization takes great pride at keeping the puck out of your net. I think a lot of times you want to talk about defense, sometimes it’s a willingness and not an ability, and our guys are willing to do what it takes to keep the puck out of the net,” Stevens said. “Our best offensive players are our best defensive players. We’ve gotten great performances in the net.”

      The Stars (41-32-8) were a sleeper pick to win the Stanley Cup by some experts at the start of the season and things looked promising entering the final weeks of the season.

      But a disastrous close has them on the outside looking in for the postseason for the third time in their last four seasons. On Mar. 5, they had a 37-23-6 record but won only four of their last 15 games (4-9-2) placing them 10th in the Western Conference and by doing so they are the first team in league history to earn 80 points in their first 66 games and miss the postseason.

      Despite improving significantly this season, their lack of scoring depth behind the top line of Jamie Benn Kenny Stills Jersey , Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov and a poor penalty kill were the major factors in their poor play down the stretch with opponents registering 15 power play goals in the last 13 games against Dallas.

      The Stars had a two-game winning streak snapped on Friday night, losing 5-3 to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. Benn registered a goal and an assist and Mike McKenna stopped 28 of 33 Anaheim shots. McKenna was victimized by his defense that left him to defend numerous high quality chances.

      “We turned the puck over at the top of both zones too many times,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We made too many mistakes in where we call ‘critical ice’ and Anaheim took advantage of it. We had a lot of scoring chances, even ones that did not hit the net but our mistakes came back to haunt us.”

      The teams have matched road shutouts in the first two games of the season series. The Kings won 3-0 in Dallas on Jan. 30 and the Stars returned the favor with a 2-0 victory in Los Angeles on Feb. 22.

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      In an interview with the Buffalo News this week Rickey Jackson Jersey , Bills co-owner Kim Pegula sounded a doubtful note about the chances of building a new stadium in Buffalo.

      Pegula noted the high cost of building a stadium, the lack of desire from fans to buy personal seat licenses, the lack of desire from public officials to fund a stadium and the money spent to buy the team as reasons for that pessimistic take. Erie County Executive聽Mark Poloncarz responded to Pegula’s comments on Thursday.

      “I’ve been saying this for years,” Poloncarz wrote on Twitter. “Recently built stadiums are approaching $2 billion. That is a ridiculous amount of money to spend for just a stadium if you think about all the other needs a community has to address. I’m glad Kim Pegula said publicly what all with the team knew.”

      The Bills have a lease at New Era Stadium through the 2022 season and can opt out after the 2020 season, although the team has said they do not plan to exercise that option. There is an $18 million renovation project in the works Eddie Yarbrough Jersey , but the question of what path the team takes beyond this lease will remain a question in the coming years.

      Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has retired.

      In making the announcement Tuesday, the 31-year-old Cruz said he plans to join ESPN as an NFL analyst. Cruz will contribute to variety of shows and make his ESPN debut Wednesday.

      Cruz was a seven-year NFL veteran and a 2012 Pro Bowl selection. He joined the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of Massachusetts. He had his first 1,000-yard season and caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl victory over the Patriots in February 2012.

      Cruz had 303 catches for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard reception in December 2011. He was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2017 but cut before the season.

      Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Cruz had a terrific career.

      Cruz burst onto the scene when he caught three touchdowns in a preseason game against the New York Jets in 2010. It made for a great story because he grew up in nearby Paterson Anthony Sherman Jersey , New Jersey, which was within 30 minutes driving distance, depending on the traffic. He made the roster but sat out with injury.

      He became a star the following season.

      "He had a great feel for the offense, his routes, and he was tough to cover Armani Watts Jersey ," Manning said Tuesday after the Giants practiced for Friday's annual preseason game against the Jets. "He would run down the field, break it in, and we gave him a lot of options. He mastered some of those concepts, and it gave him a great opportunity to get open and make big plays for us."

      Manning said he and Cruz talked in the Giants' locker room two weeks ago, and he wished him well "going to the dark side."

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      New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has ridden every roller-coaster he could get to at Disney World the past few days.

      Space Mountain. The Incredible Hulk. Expedition Everest.

      His favorite? Rock `n’ Roller Coaster Patrick Mahomes II Jersey , which reaches nearly 60 mph.

      The thrill rides are probably the only full-speed adventures Ingram will find this week.

      Even though the Pro Bowl has more than 30 first-time participants, the NFL’s annual all-star game Sunday is expected to be another up-tempo walkthrough filled with big plays and plenty of points. Avoiding injuries is more important than eluding criticism for looking little like a normal game.

      ”We’re out here, first and foremost, to have a little fun and put on a show for the fans,” Ingram said. ”And we don’t want anyone to get hurt.”

      The Pro Bowl returns to Camping World Stadium in nearby Orlando for the second straight year. The league has one year remaining on a three-year deal to play in the tourist city that’s home to Disney World. Teams practiced all week at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex.

      It was a family affair, highlighted by Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown bringing their kids along for loosely structured practices.

      Brees Bobby Hebert Jersey , Brown and others have done this before.

      All the newcomers have simply followed the veterans’ lead and asked questions along the way. The main one: How hard do you play in the game?

      ”You don’t know,” Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith said. ”You’ve got to either decide if you’re going to come here and play how you play or you’re going to come out here and be a Pro Bowler.”

      Smith spent as much time as anyone signing autographs after every practice, working his way across one side of the field one day and the other the next. He figured giving fans his time might offset for what they will see on the field Sunday.

      ”From the outside looking in, I can see how people would want to see the best go against each other,” Smith said. ”But from the inside out, we just finished a long season and this is more of a celebration for doing something great Dion Dawkins Jersey , `Your hard work paid off this season. Y’all come out and have fun and take a little bit off your bodies.”’

      None of the Pro Bowl players can afford to get hurt at this point in the season, especially with workout programs about 10 weeks away and free agency about six weeks out.

      ”I’m going to come out here and enjoy myself, have fun,” Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey said. ”I’m a competitor at the end of the day. I’m going to play a little bit, but I’m not going to come out here and go too hard on nobody. Want to make sure everybody stays healthy.”

      Defense has typically been an afterthought in the Pro Bowl.

      Before last year, the teams averaged a combined 73 points over a 10-year span. The AFC Trent Brown Jersey , however, won a low-scoring matchup (20-13) in 2017.

      ”We’re going to be competing,” Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye said. ”We’re going to make this game fun. I know a lot of people talk about how the Pro Bowl is kind of watered down and everything, but (the coaches) already told us this is what we play, this is what we love, so we’re going to be out there trying to win.”

      Not everyone is taking the same approach.

      Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara joked that he’s going do ”whatever Antonio Brown says” to do in the game.

      ”It’s still a game Marcus Gilchrist Jersey ,” Kamara said. ”There are guys out there that want to showcase their skills. To each his own. Everybody has a different pace they go at, so we’ll see.

      ”We’ll see when we get out there. I’ll test the temperature and go from there.”



      The NHL is moving up its All-Star skills competition and game next season.

      After years of holding the skills competition on Saturday night and the All-Star Game on Sunday, the NHL is moving each event up a day for the 2019 weekend hosted by the San Jose Sharks. The skills competition will take place on Friday, Jan. 25 and the game on Saturday, Jan. 26 at SAP Center.

      The league announced the change Monday.

      It’s uncertain if the All-Star Game will still take the form of a 3-on-3 tournament as it has the past two years. The 3-on-3 tournament was negotiated beginning in 2017 for five-day bye weeks for each team.

      San Jose is hosting NHL All-Star Weekend for the first time since 1997.



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      The St. Louis Cardinals finished July with a 7 ½-game deficit in the NL Central. They were still in the race for a wild card Kareem Hunt Jersey , but after trading outfielder Tommy Pham to Tampa Bay, they didn’t seem like a team that was on the verge of making a serious run at the postseason.

      Then the Cardinals began playing some of their best baseball of the year.

      St. Louis is 14-4 this month, and even after a loss to Milwaukee on Sunday, the Cardinals are just four games behind the division-leading Cubs. Philadelphia (68-56) and Colorado (68-56) lead the race for the National League wild cards, with Milwaukee (69-57) percentage points behind and St. Louis only a half-game back.

      The Cardinals took advantage of a soft spot in their schedule, beating up on the Marlins and Royals earlier this month. But over the past week, they also went 5-2 against the Nationals and Brewers. So far in August, St. Louis leads the NL in batting average, on-base percentage and ERA. Matt Carpenter has hit 14 home runs since the All-Star break and leads the NL with 33.

      It’s been just over a month since the Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny and replaced him on an interim basis with Mike Shildt. St. Louis has plenty of challenges ahead — its next six games are on the road against the Dodgers and Rockies — but the Cardinals have done enough to climb clearly into contention in the wild race for the NL’s postseason spots.

      Elsewhere around the majors:

      RISING STAR

      Ronald Acuna Jr. is showing why he was considered one of the game’s top prospects coming into the season. The 20-year-old Atlanta outfielder is hitting .355 with 12 homers and 24 RBIs since the All-Star break. His 1.191 OPS over that span is the best mark in the National League for anyone with more than 60 at-bats.

      Acuna hit leadoff homers in three straight games before Miami’s Jose Urena hit him with his first pitch Wednesday night.

      ON A ROLL

      Oakland took two of three from Houston and now trails the Astros by only a game atop the AL West. The Athletics were actually tied for first before dropping the series finale Sunday.

      On the morning of June 16, the A’s were 34-36 and trailed Houston by 11 ½ games. They were also 11 behind Seattle for the second wild card. Since then Ronnie Stanley Jersey , Oakland is 40-14.

      DOUBLE TROUBLE

      The Pittsburgh Pirates made a splash at the trade deadline when they acquired right-hander Chris Archer from Tampa Bay, but they’re nine games out in the NL Central after splitting four games with the Cubs.

      Pittsburgh allowed only four runs in that series but dropped the first two games by identical 1-0 scores. The Pirates hit into seven double plays in Friday’s game.

      HIGHLIGHT

      The Texas Rangers got out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam with a triple play against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Third baseman Jurickson Profar made a diving stop on David Fletcher’s one-hopper and stepped on third for a force play. He also tagged Taylor Ward, the runner who started the play at third, when Ward left the bag. Then Profar threw to second for another force.

      Some of the Angels’ runners may have been confused, since at first it was hard to tell whether Profar had gloved Fletcher’s grounder on a short hop or caught it on the fly. It was the first time since 1912 that a team pulled off a triple play without the batter being one of the outs.

      LINE OF THE WEEK

      Jose Bautista hit a grand slam and had seven RBIs for the New York Mets as they routed Philadelphia 24-4 in the opener of a doubleheader Thursday. It was quite a turnabout for the Mets, just over two weeks after they were beaten 25-4 by Washington.

      Menelik Watson's time in Denver is over because he's hurt and buried on the depth chart.

      The Broncos placed Watson on IR Monday with a chest injury and intend to release him once he's healthy. That means the Broncos will take a $6.83 million salary cap hit this year.

      Coach Vance Joseph said Billy Turner, Elijah Wilkinson and Max Garcia have all had good training camps while Watson's been in the trainer's room.

      "It's hard to make a football team injured and you've got three or four guys behind you playing good football," Joseph said. "So, it wasn't about fit. It was more about Billy and Eli playing good football. And Max Garcia. Max is having a hell of a camp. He's playing more like a starter. So Morten Andersen Jersey , it's more about those guys than it was Menelik not being a fit."

      With the acquisition of ninth-year veteran Jared Veldheer this offseason, Watson was moved to backup guard after playing in just seven games as Denver's starting right tackle last season.

      Watson, whose $5.5 million salary for 2018 was guaranteed in March, didn't play in either of the Broncos' preseason games this summer after getting hurt in training camp.

      As part of a plan to toughen up the trenches, the Broncos signed the athletic Watson to a three-year, $18.375 million contract last year even though his four seasons in Oakland were marred by calf and groin injuries and a ruptured Achilles tendon that sidelined him all of 2015.

      His long history of injuries wasn't a red flag for Denver, Joseph said last year, explaining that most of Watson's injuries were soft tissue types and "those things are preventable."

      After averaging just 6.75 games a year with the Raiders, Watson played in seven games for Denver last year before going on IR with a torn foot tendon. He also was bothered by a strained calf early in the season.

      Born in Manchester, England Eddie Vanderdoes Jersey , Watson began his collegiate career playing basketball at Maris College before transferring to Saddleback Junior College in 2011 and playing football for the first time. He played one season at Florida State in 2012 and the Raiders selected him in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft.

      FLAG FOOTBALL

      Halfway through the preseason, Joseph said his coaches and players are no clearer about what constitutes a foul under the league's renewed emphasis on eliminating helmet hits .

      He suggested some of the flags that were thrown Saturday night in the Broncos' loss to the Bears were actually clean hits that were incorrectly penalized in a game that featured 28 fouls for 293 yards .

      "It's really gray right now and I think they're calling it conservatively because they want to get it right. They want to change the behavior, but the problem I'm having with the call right now is it's been bang-bang plays and it's hard to tell if the head's hitting the body," Joseph said.

      "And that's the rule, right? It's not about if the head's down. If it hits the body, that's the penalty. So, with (rookie cornerback Isaac Yiadom), his head was down but it didn't hit the body. It was placed to the side of the receiver and it was shoulder on the body 鈥?not a foul."

      Joseph said Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller's flag for hitting Broncos fullback Andy Janovich wasn't a foul, either.

      "It was head down but shoulder hit the pad. Not a foul," Joseph said. "The foul is when the head hits the body. And that's what we have to be careful of. But it's hard to tell because you tackle with your shoulder but it's led by the head. So Harrison Butker Jersey , it's hard to officiate that really cleanly. So, we'll see how it shakes out but right now it's gray for us and the players."

      Janovich lowered his helmet and ostensibly could have been whistled for a 15-yarder himself.

      "I don't know, I mean he's defending himself," Joseph said. "Fuller's a cornerback coming to hit him and what's he going to do? Keep his head up and take it in the chin? So, he drops his shoulder. The head's attached to the shoulder. The head's going to drop."

      Joseph had a friendly suggestion for officials .

      "We have to be careful. We have to use common sense. We know what spearing looks like. So, call spearing. But don't call good football tackles," Joseph said.

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      After dropping the first two playoff games at home in overtime Andrus Peat Jersey , the Washington Capitals picked up momentum that only got stronger as they took down the Columbus Blue Jackets in four straight.

      Now they’ll strive to keep the intensity high as they advance to a second-round rematch with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      The Capitals, who manhandled the Blue Jackets 6-3 on Monday to cap the opening round series, are looking to avenge second-round playoff losses to Pittsburgh in each of the past two seasons.

      ”I can’t wait to take a step forward,” said Washington star forward Alex Ovechkin, who had two goals on Monday, including his 50th playoff tally. ”They know how to play, they know the pressure. It’s a huge series for us.”

      Goaltender Braden Holtby relieved a struggling Philipp Grubauer in Game 2 and was great the rest of the way. He had 35 saves Monday in a game in which his team was outshot 38-28. Fifteen of the saves were in the third period when the desperate Blue Jackets turned up the heat.

      ”(He’s) been fantastic,” Ovechkin said. ”He’s stepping up big-time. He’s top goalie in the league, and he showed it today and he showed it in the series.”

      For his part Dave Robinson Jersey , Washington coach Barry Trotz wasn’t ready to talk about Pittsburgh yet after a taut opening-round series.

      ”Please let me breathe,” he said. ”We haven’t taken a breath since this started.”

      Chandler Stephenson had a goal and an assist, and Dimitry Orlov, Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller also scored Monday for Washington, which never trailed in OT in Game 5 on Saturday. The Capitals won each of the three games in Columbus.

      One of the stories for Washington was its ability to defend Columbus’ power play. After the Blue Jackets went 4 for 8 with a man advantage in the first two games, the Caps held them to 0 for 16 in the last four. Meanwhile, Washington took good advantage of Columbus penalties, scoring on the power play in each of the six games.

      ”I think going into the year there wasn’t a lot of people who said we would finish first in the Metro, and we did that Aldrick Rosas Jersey ,” Trotz said. ”And it’s just creating a pretty consistent culture, and it’s having good players too. It was a tremendous test for us. We didn’t get off to a good start and had to dig ourselves out.”

      Trotz said he leaned on veterans Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and others to keep the Capitals on an even keel through the tumult of the season.

      ”We’ve had lots of different adversity through this year and in the past, and we’ve grown up a little bit in some ways,” he said. ”We understand that our core group is really, really strong, they believe in each other. We’ve got a lot of young guys in the room. We’ve had to rely on our core to push us forward, and we have.”



      Devon Cajuste's crystals couldn't ward off being cut.

      The long-haired tight end John Hannah Jersey , who became an overnight favorite with Browns fans after appearing on HBO's "Hard Knocks," was one of 19 players released by the team Saturday.

      Cajuste's easygoing nature, fondness for hand-picked crystals and close bond with his father, earned him a devoted following but that didn't help him secure a spot on the 53-man roster.

      Other notable cuts for Cleveland included: defensive end Nate Orchard, fullback Danny Vitale, offensive lineman Spencer Drango, running back Matthew Dayes and cornerback Mike Jordan 鈥?all of whom either started or played significant roles over the past few seasons.

      Browns general manager John Dorsey has been aggressive in upgrading Cleveland's talent since he was hired in December. He's made numerous trades, and pulled off another one Saturday by acquiring defensive lineman Devaroe Lawrence from New Orleans for a seventh-round draft pick in 2019.

      Dorsey also released rookie cornerback Simeon Thomas, a sixth-round pick. The Browns are intrigued with Thomas and could add him to the practice squad if he isn't claimed.

      The Browns were also interested in star defensive end Khalil Mack Tedric Thompson Jersey , but Dorsey may have been scared off by Oakland's asking price and the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year was dealt to the Chicago Bears. While they didn't get Mack, the Browns now won't have to face him when they visit the Raiders on Sept. 30.

      Orchard's release was somewhat surprising since he picked off a pass and returned the interception 64 yards for a touchdown in Thursday night's win over Detroit. The play earned him praise from coach Hue Jackson, but Orchard wasn't beaten out for a role in the defensive line rotation by Carl Nassib, another of this season's "'Hard Knocks" stars.

      Dorsey and his personnel staff figure to continue to tweak the bottom of Cleveland's roster in coming days. Because the Browns had the league's worst record 鈥?0-16 鈥?last season, the team has first priority of the waiver wire.

      Tight end Seth DeValve has a roster spot 鈥?for now 鈥?despite missing training camp and the exhibition season with a thigh injury. DeValve was the team's second-leading receiver last season with 33 catches for 395 yards.

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      Sam Darnold was quarterback No. 2 on the Browns‘ visitation list this week.

      That doesn’t mean he might not be their No. 1 choice.

      Southern Cal’s gun-slinging QB visited with Cleveland’s coaching staff and executives on Wednesday as the team continues to evaluate players it may possibly take with the first overall pick in this month’s NFL draft.

      Darnold is the second top-flight QB this week to visit the team’s facility in Berea Deatrich Wise Jr Jersey , Ohio. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma’s dynamic Heisman Trophy winner, met with coach Hue Jackson, general manager John Dorsey and others on Tuesday. The Browns will host UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson in the coming days.

      Darnold is believed to be the favorite to land with the Browns, who are coming off a 0-16 season and have spent most of the past two decades futilely searching for a franchise quarterback.

      The 20-year-old Darnold seems to check all the Browns’ boxes: He’s big (6-foot-3, 221 pounds), played against strong competition, and is accurate (65 percent). The major knock on Darnold, who started two seasons for the Trojans, is turnovers. He had 22 last season.

      Jackson Harry Carson Jersey , Dorsey and owner Jimmy Haslam recently attended workouts for Darnold and Allen, considered the top two QBs on Cleveland’s board. Dorsey, too, has a high regard for Mayfield and attended several of his games last season before he was hired by Cleveland.

      During the visits this week, Jackson and his staff will get to know each of the quarterbacks on a more personal level. They’ll also get a chance to gauge how well they process information, and their football acumen.

      ”That’s another piece of information for us,” Jackson said last week. ”That’s probably the last piece of the process for us to bring them to campus and have an opportunity to sit down with them in a different environment and talk through the things.”

      Per league rules, the Browns, who also have the No. 4 overall pick and five in the first two rounds, can host 30 national prospects on pre-draft visits.



      The old and new will be crossing paths at MetLife Stadium when the Jacksonville Jaguars open the season against the New York Giants.

      The game will be the first for Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin against the Giants, the team he led to two Super Bowl titles before resigning in January 2016 after a dozen seasons as coach.

      It also will be Pat Shurmur's first regular-season NFL game as coach of the Giants Rick Leonard Jersey , a team that has made the playoffs once (2016) since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012.

      "Those who are around know the history," said Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie, who was a member of both Super Bowl teams. "We know Coughlin will have them fired up. It is the first game and everyone wants to get off on the right foot. I can't say it will be an extra motivator, but it's something we are aware of, and it doesn't chance our approach."

      The Giants are just looking to play a lot better than last season. They went 3-13 and saw coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese get fired in early December.

      Shurmur and new general manager Dave Gettleman have turned around much of the roster and they will get their first true peek at the new product this weekend in a very tough matchup.

      The Jaguars (12-7) blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead against the New England Patriots in the AFC title game in January. A trip to the Super Bowl was within their grasp.

      "I think we've taking a good approach as a team, and as a group in the locker room of everybody that was a part of what happened last year so badly wants to get back to that AFC championship game and change that outcome," quarterback Blake Bortles said.

      Bortles said the Jaguars aren't taking anything for granted.

      "We've got to take every day, every week, every meeting of preparation as seriously as possible, and the rest will take care of itself and we'll end up back there again," he said.

      Coughlin did not talk to the media in Jacksonville this week Deion Sanders Jersey , but coach Doug Marrone said Coughlin has not changed his approach with the return to New York.

      "We know we've got a tough road ahead of us and we know we've got a tough game on the road opening day up in New York," Marrone said. "They'll be fired up and ready to go."

      Here are some other things to watch:

      BARKLEY-BECKHAM: There are no two players the Giants' faithful wants to see more than running back Saquon Barkley and three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Barkley was the second overall pick in the draft and has the talent and explosiveness to give the Giants a strong running game for the first time since 2011. Beckham missed most of last season after breaking his left ankle in early October. He did not play in the preseason, but has looked good with Eli Manning in practice and owns the richest contract for a wide receiver in NFL history.

      JAGS DEFENSE: Jacksonville is loaded on defense with six returning Pro Bowlers: cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey, linemen Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson and Yannick Ngakoue, and linebacker Telvin Smith Sr. The Jaguars were ranked No. 2 in the league last season, with Ramsey and Campbell making the All-Pro Team.

      "When you have the kind of confidence we have, when you believe that we can be as good as we can, you can't wait to get there and just try to show it play after play," Campbell said.

      SECONDARY WOES: New York has three veteran starters in the secondary, cornerbacks Eli Apple and newcomer Janoris Jenkins Rasheem Green Jersey , and star safety Landon Collins. Untested Curtis Riley is the free safety. There is uncertainty about the nickel and dime backs with Donte Deayon, B.W. Webb and Michael Thomas in the mix. Depth is an issue. The team signed Antonio Hamilton, Mike Jordan and Kamrin Moore this week.

      ON THE WIDE SIDE: Bortles has to find a new go-to receiver with Marqise Lee out for the year with a knee injury. Keelan Cole, second on the team last season with 42 catches for 748 yards and three touchdowns, is starting along with veteran Donte Moncrief, who was signed as a free agent. Dede Westbrook is the third receiver for a team ranked No. 1 in rushing. The problem is the Giants are good against the run and that puts pressure on the wide receivers to step up.

      O-LINE: The Giants spent almost $80 million to rebuild their line. Left tackle Nate Solder and right guard Patrick Omameh signed as free agents. Left guard Will Hernandez was drafted. Ereck Flowers was moved to right tackle from the left side, and Jon Halapio took over at center. The line protected well in the preseason. There were not a lot of holes for the running backs.

      ELI-RAMSEY: Watch to see if Manning throws at Ramsey. The Jags cornerback slighted the two-time Super Bowl MVP in the offseason, refusing to say Manning is good while adding Beckham is the one who really makes the Giants go.

      AP Sports Writer Mark Long contributed to this story.

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      Jon Gruden is still claiming he hasn’t officially been named the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders Richard Sherman Jersey , but his broadcast partner apparently didn’t get the memo.

      Sean McDounough, working play-by-play in the booth with Gruden before today’s playoff game in Kansas City, began the broadcast with a sendoff.

      “It’s an emotional and bittersweet day for our Monday Night Football family as today we say goodbye to Coach Gruden after nine very distinguished years,” McDonough said. “But I know you’re looking forward to getting back to coaching. We congratulate you as you head back to the sideline with the Raiders.”

      Gruden replied that it’s too early to make such an announcement.

      “Well, thank you, nothing’s official yet, but these Chiefs fans have been on my case since I got here,” Gruden said.

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      It would be easy to say the New Jersey Devils are back after ending a six-year playoff drought.

      John Hynes’ team went from last in the Eastern Conference in 2016-17 to the postseason in less in the year, riding a career year by left wing Taylor Hall and outstanding first seasons by No. 1 overall draft pick Nico Hischier and Will Butcher. This was a team that made it tough on opponents almost every time it stepped on the ice.

      The standings said it all. New Jersey went from 28 wins and 70 points to 44 wins and 97 points.

      Still, it was only good enough to outlast the hard-charging Florida Panthers in the closing weeks of the regular season and get the No. 8 seed.

      The Devils discovered that playoffs were another level. They were eliminated by Tampa Bay, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, in five games.

      ”Of course, we’re disappointed,” veteran center Travis Zajac said Tuesday as the Devils cleaned out their lockers. ”But we accomplished a lot as a team. This is just the beginning. I like how we come together as a team. We faced a lot of adversity, but we survived. Because the league is so close and it’s going to be that way again next year Durham Smythe Jersey , we have to continue to get better.”

      The Devils have ridden a roller-coaster in Hynes’ first three seasons as coach. They exceeded expectations in his first year, plummeted two years ago and then stunned the league in getting back to the playoffs.

      ”You have no idea of how good I feel about what we did this year,” said captain Andy Greene, who like Zajac was with the Devils when they reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2012. ”We were a lot better. The way we competed every game down the stretch. We were fighting for each other. We were picked last in the division and last in the conference. We took that to heart. It’s all part of the process. You don’t go from the bottom to the top unless you work hard.”

      Hall carried the Devils this season, scoring points in 26 straight games in which he played. He finished with 39 goals and 54 assists. His 93 points were 41 more than the next closest player on the team, Hischier (20 goals, 32 assists).

      ”I knew he was a really good hockey player, but it was nothing like what I saw this year,” said forward Marcus Johansson Jahleel Addae Jersey , who was limited to 29 games by concussions. ”He was unbelievable day in and day out.”

      If Hall can match next season and young players like Hischier, Butcher, Myles Wood, Blake Coleman and Jesper Bratt improve and the work ethic remains the same, the Devils can easily make it back to the playoffs next season.

      Here’s some things to watch next season:

      GOOD GOALTENDING: The Devils have two starters. Backup Keith Kinkaid had 16 wins in the final two months to secure the playoff berth. Cory Schneider, who lost the starting job after groin and hip injuries in January, was outstanding in the playoffs after taking over for Kinkaid in the second game.

      FREE AGENCY: General manager Ray Shero has three big decisions with unrestricted free agents: forwards Patrick Maroon and Michael Grabner and defenseman John Moore. Maroon, who like Grabner was acquired in a deal near the trading deadline, played better and provided a net-front presence. Moore might be let go to create space for youngsters Mirco Mueller and Steven Santini.

      Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen Tanoh Kpassagnon Jersey , who were the wings on the checking line with Zajac, are restricted free agents along with Wood, who had 19 goals. Expect them back along with Santini, another restricted free agent.

      HISCHIER: The 19-year-old can play. He’s not in the same class as Connor McDavid or Austin Matthews. Still, he does all the little things and he will score more if he starts hitting the net.

      DEFENSE: For the second straight year the Devils gave up 244 goals. That’s too many. Sami Vatanen, who was acquired from Anaheim, helped the defense and was Greene’s partner on the top pair. The defense needs a star and Shero may go after the Capitals’ John Carlson.



      Associated Press freelancer Jim Hague contributed to this report.



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      Stuck in an 11-game losing streak Robert Griffin III Jersey , the Detroit Tigers cleared the air with a pregame meeting. Then Nick Castellanos went out and cleared the bases with an important home run that helped stop Detroit’s slide.

      Castellanos hit his fourth career grand slam, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven strong innings and the Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 on Sunday.

      Manager Ron Gardenhire scheduled the pregame meeting, a relaxed session in which players were invited to say whatever was on their mind. Castellanos called it an opportunity to ”just kind of address the elephant in the room.”

      ”It gave anybody a chance that wanted to speak up to speak up,” said Castellanos, adding that Victor Martinez, James McCann and Gardenhire were among those who talked.

      JaCoby Jones hit a two-run homer as the Tigers won for the first time since June 17, when they completed a three-game road sweep of the Chicago White Sox.

      Castellanos nearly hit another home run in the ninth but Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar made a leaping catch at the wall.

      ”I felt like I was going to have a chance to make a play,” Pillar said. ”A ball like that hit as high as it is it allows me time to kind of track the ball and track the fence and go up to try to make a play. ”

      Castellanos stopped on the basepaths to applaud Pillar’s catch before turning and heading back to the dugout.

      ”What else can you say the end of the day besides `What a play,”’ Castellanos said. ”It sucks it had to happen to me but plays like that have to happen to somebody.”

      Niko Goodrum had a career-high four hits and Jose Iglesias had two hits and two RBIs for Detroit, which had lost 12 of 14 at Rogers Centre.

      ”That was a fun win, a really fun with with a lot of great swings,” Gardenire said.

      Zimmermann (3-0) allowed one run and five hits in his third start since returning from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss more than a month.

      ”He had a great curveball today Eddie Vanderdoes Jersey ,” Gardenhire said. ”That’s probably the best curveball I’ve seen all year out of him.”

      Wearing red jerseys and caps for Canada Day, the Blue Jays couldn’t deliver a win for the holiday crowd of 37,445.

      Tigers outfielder Leonys Martin left with a sore left hamstring after his bases-loaded bunt single in the fifth brought home Detroit’s first run. Martin was replaced by Victor Reyes.

      Following the game, Gardenhire said Martin would be placed on the 10-day disabled list. A corresponding roster move will be made before Monday afternoon’s series finale.

      Castellanos followed with his 13th home run, a shot that bounced off the top of the wall in right. It was his first grand slam since Sept. 8, 2017, also against Toronto.

      Castellanos also made a fine catch in right, reaching back to grab Russell Martin’s line drive for the final out of the fourth.

      Iglesias chased Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (10-4) with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth.

      Happ matched season-worsts by allowing seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings.

      ”It’s not a pretty outing and I own that,” Happ said.

      Happ had won six consecutive decisions since his previous defeat, May 10 against Seattle.

      Teoscar Hernandez tripled in the first and scored on a two-out double by Justin Smoak, but Zimmermann recovered to retire the next nine Blue Jays batters.

      For the second straight game Alec Ogletree Jersey , the roof was closed at Rogers Centre because of high heat and humidity.

      MUSIC MAN

      Blue Jays RHP John Axford complied a list of more than 500 songs by Canadian artists and has been playing his mix in the clubhouse all weekend. Axford’s `Oh Canada!’ playlist can be streamed using the online music service Spotify.

      NOT YOUR DAY

      The Blue Jays are 14-26 on Canada Day, including a 12-17 mark at home.

      TRAINER’S ROOM

      Tigers: RHP Alex Wilson, who left in the eighth inning Saturday because of a sore left calf, was not available. … RHP Drew VerHagen (nasal fracture) pitched one scoreless inning for Triple-A Toledo Saturday night, his first rehab appearance. VerHagen has been out since June 20.

      Blue Jays: Toronto optioned utilityman Darnell Sweeney to Triple-A Buffalo after the game and will make a corresponding roster move Monday.

      UP NEXT

      Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (5-4, 4.04) faces Blue Jays LHP Ryan Borucki (0-1, 3.00) in Monday afternoon’s series finale. Fiers is 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in two career starts at Rogers Centre. Borucki made his major league debut at Houston last Tuesday, allowing two runs in six innings.



      The Tennessee Titans will be working out veteran safety Eric Reid in their search for a potential replacement after losing Johnathan Cyprien for the season with a torn left ACL, according to a person familiar with the visit.

      Reid will work out for the Titans on Friday, a person familiar with Reid’s visit told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team does not announce which players it is working out.

      The Titans will become only the second NFL team to bring Reid in for a visit this year. Reid’s visit with the Cincinnati Bengals ended with the safety filing a claim this spring arguing he was unsigned as a result of collusion by NFL owners over his protests of police brutality and racial inequality by kneeling during the anthem.

      Coach Mike Vrabel said earlier Thursday that the Titans have looked at Reid.

      ”I know we’re in the process of talking and trying to bring him in,” Vrabel said. ”(GM) Jon (Robinson) and I will continue to discuss that and see where it goes. Yes, it’s a guy we evaluated and we’ll probably try to talk to his rep and see how many guys we can bring in here for a workout.”

      Reid Evan Engram Jersey , 26, has been out of work since playing out his contract with San Francisco. He started 69 of 70 games with 10 career interceptions.

      The safety said in March that he does not plan to protest during the anthem this season if signed by a team. After he filed his collusion claim, the NFL Players Association also filed a non-injury grievance on Reid’s behalf in May. Cincinnati owner Mike Brown reportedly asked Reid during their visit whether he would continue to kneel during the anthem.

      The Titans are looking for help at safety after losing Cyprien. The veteran left practice Wednesday after hurting his left knee during a noncontact play. He grabbed at his knee and then walked to the locker room with trainers, waiving off a cart. Cyprien, who signed a four-year deal last season, started 10 games after dealing with an injured hamstring.

      Tennessee already has Kendrick Lewis, 30 and with his fourth NFL team, and Demontre Hurst among the other options at safety on the roster. Kenny Vaccaro, who played the last five seasons in New Orleans, and Mike Mitchell also are among veteran safeties currently unsigned.

      ”Devastated to tell you that after checking him out, he tore his ACL and he’ll be out for a year, which is tough for me as is a new head coach to watch guys work hard Tedy Bruschi Jersey , extremely hard, in the offseason and care about the team and play hard and do everything that we’ve asked them to do and then not get a chance to experience the NFL season this year,” Vrabel said.

      Tennessee already has All-Pro Kevin Byard at the other safety spot, with Logan Ryan, Adoree Jackson and free agent signee Malcolm Butler at cornerback for a unit that has its sights set on being the NFL’s best secondary. Ryan said at least the Titans have time to adjust.

      ”It tests our depth, but some of that’s been well-documented that we feel like we have good depth so it’s going to show it …,” Ryan said. ”This didn’t happen the day before the first game. It’s giving us time to work out the kinks. They might move me around a little bit and allow me to do more things in the secondary if need be and get more of our guys on the field.”



      AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report.



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      The Dallas Cowboys decided linebacker was a bigger priority than receiver even after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant.

      The Cowboys took Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State with the 19th pick in the first round of the draft Thursday night. He walked the stage at his new home field in nearby Arlington Chuck Foreman Jersey , where Dallas was hosting the first draft in an NFL stadium.

      "It made me speechless," Vander Esch said. "It's the craziest moment of my life so far."

      The Mountain West defensive player of the year will have a chance to start right away alongside 2016 All-Pro Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith, who is getting ready for his second season after sitting out as a rookie following a major knee injury in his final game at Notre Dame.

      The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Vander Esch was fifth in the country in tackles and had three interceptions and four sacks for a defense that ranked 22nd nationally.

      All the top receivers were still available when the Cowboys selected, including Alabama's Calvin Ridley, who was Bryant's prediction on Twitter if Dallas went with a receiver.

      Instead, the Cowboys picked the position that involved another significant loss in the offseason. Dallas let the versatile and durable Anthony Hitchens go to Kansas City in free agency.

      "He was the highest-rated player on our board at the time," coach Jason Garrett said of Vander Esch. "We felt like he fit a need for our football team, but more than that, just someone who can make an impact on our football team."

      The Cowboys targeted receivers in free agency, adding Allen Hurns from Jacksonville and journeyman Deonte Thompson. They could go after another pass-catcher in the second or third rounds.

      Dallas released Bryant earlier this month in a cost-cutting move after three sub-par seasons since the $70 million, five-year contract he signed following an All-Pro season in 2014. Bryant's 73 touchdowns were more than Hall of Fame receivers Bob Hayes and Michael Irvin.

      Vander Esch disputed reports from before the draft that a neck injury had led to concerns for some teams, saying he "hadn't had any neck injuries." His agent has said he sustained a stinger and concussion on the same play early in the 2016 season and missed seven games, but said Vander Esch hasn't had any medical issues since then.

      "There was nothing," Vander Esch said. "They took like a bad CT scan or something at the combine and some people started talking about it."

      The Cowboys didn't hesitate on Vander Esch two years after taking Smith early in the second round knowing he probably wouldn't play as a rookie.

      "Our independent doctors as well as our trainers gave him a medical grade that allows us to draft him in the first round Earl Mitchell Jersey ," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "I do not stand here concerned about his medical."

      A former walk-on from tiny Riggins, Idaho, who played eight-man high school football, Vander Esch had career-high 16 tackles in a triple-overtime loss to Washington State in September.

      "It's been an incredible journey thus far," Vander Esch said. "I think (eight-man football) really developed me as a football player. You couldn't come off the field because you had to play both ways. You got in shape real quick. You really learn how to open field tackle."

      The Cowboys have a history of taking Boise State defenders. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick played 10 seasons as a fifth-round pick in 2008 before his release this offseason.

      Dallas moved up to get defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence early in the second round in 2014, and he finished second in the NFL with 14 1/2 sacks last season. Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford is going into his seventh year as a third-round choice in 2012.

      "You have to be careful about that, ascribing traits to a guy just because of the school that he came from," Garrett said. "But there's something about that program that grows them the right way. It just seems like Leighton is exactly like the rest of them, has a little chip on his shoulder and is a driven guy."

      What Rick Porcello did six days ago carried over into an outstanding performance.

      Porcello allowed one hit in seven innings, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi homered, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-2 Thursday to avoid a series sweep.

      Xander Bogaerts had two RBIs for the Red Sox, who had a season-high 16 hits, and finished 6-4 on a road trip through Baltimore, Seattle and Minnesota.

      ”We definitely needed a win today, especially to end this long road trip after dropping the first two games to these guys Josh Jones Jersey ,” Porcello said.

      He was dominant in a game that was 2-0 through six innings.

      After a first-inning single by Logan Morrison, ending a 0-for-30 stretch against Boston, Porcello (9-3) retired 19 of 20 Twins hitters, including the last 16. Throwing 97 pitches, he struck out five and walked one.

      Porcello finished seven innings for the first time in 10 starts since April 29. His best previous start of the season was April 12 against the Yankees, when he allowed two hits and struck out six in seven innings.

      Last Friday in Seattle, Porcello allowed four earned runs and seven hits in six innings. But his mood was much different in the final inning.

      ”I was just pitching a lot more relaxed, the delivery was smooth and I executed, so I tried to carry that with the tempo and everything into today,” he said.

      ”He was under control,” said manager Alex Cora.

      Kyle Gibson (2-5) allowed seven hits and two earned runs in six innings for Minnesota, striking out five for his ninth quality start this season. He had only 10 in 2017 and eight in 2016.

      Betts hit the first pitch of the fifth inning into the front row of seats in right-center for a 2-0 lead. He finished with three hits and has reached base eight times in his last three games.

      ”He likes to take a lot of first pitches and then once in a while ambushes, and he got him that time,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor.

      The Red Sox were 5 for 14 with runners in scoring position, finishing the three-game series 7 for 36.

      ”It was a just couple tough days Justin Britt Jersey ,” Betts said. ”We came out ready to swing it and we just showed what we can do.”

      Bogaerts’ two-run double keyed a three-run seventh against Ryan Pressly. Benintendi hit a two-run shot in the eighth.

      PREPARATION PAID OFF

      With left-handed hitting Joe Mauer up, Betts, playing right field, shifted to right-center and barely had to move to catch a fly ball. Betts then waved a card telling him where to play toward the dugout.

      ”It was an extreme one from the analytical department,” Cora said. ”. I’m glad that it happened. They believe in what we’re doing, but sometimes they see something extremely out of the ordinary. I was the happiest guy, like `Thank God they hit it right there.”’

      PORCELLO PURPOSE?

      Porcello moved into a tie for the American League with his 10th hit batsman in the first, when he knocked Eduardo Escobar down with a fastball that plunked the major league leader in doubles just above his right elbow. Escobar stayed in the game for two more innings, but was removed after striking out in the third, and was diagnosed with a bruise.

      In the top of the inning, J.D. Martinez had to hit the dirt to dodge a high-and-inside pitch from Gibson.

      ”It didn’t look particularly good to me,” said Molitor, pausing to choose his words carefully.

      Said Escobar, through an interpreter: ”I respect Porcello a lot. He’s one of the best pitchers in the league. If he did it on purpose, I don’t really know what the purpose is behind it. I’ve never done anything against him. I was trying to protect myself Nick O'Leary Jersey , and we’ll just move on.”

      Gibson hit Sandy Leon with a pitch in the sixth. In the game Tuesday, Red Sox starter Chris Sale hit Mauer before Jose Berrios plunked Betts and Mauer was hit again by reliever Robby Scott.

      TRAINERS ROOM

      Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz, out since June 5 with left biceps tendinitis, is expected to get on a mound this weekend and throw a bullpen session, according to Cora.

      Twins: OF Eddie Rosario missed the game with a sore throwing shoulder. He is considered day to day. Since May 1, Rosario is hitting .364 with a league-best 68 hits in that span, including 16 doubles and 13 home runs.

      UP NEXT

      Red Sox: Open a six-game homestand Friday with RHP Steven Wright (2-1, 1.23) scheduled to start against Seattle LHP Wade LeBlanc (3-0, 2.63).

      Twins: Welcome Texas on Friday for a three-game weekend series with RHP Fernando Romero (3-2, 4.17) to face the Rangers’ LHP Mike Minor (4-4. 5.35).



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      The impact to his head was so violent that Noureddine Amrabat can't remember the World Cup match at all Justin Coleman Jersey , even though he was playing in it.

      "Five, six hours, gone. Totally gone," the Morocco midfielder said of the concussion sustained in his team's opening match against Iran.

      "When you think about it, it is a little bit scary."

      Five days after a clash of heads sent him to hospital for a brain scan and 24 hours of medical supervision, the 31-year-old was back in the Moroccan lineup Wednesday and played the entire match in a 1-0 loss to Portugal, in defiance of FIFA guidelines and his team doctor.

      The players' union Deadrin Senat Jersey , FIFPro, was highly critical of what it called "yet another alarming example of a player being put in harm's way."

      Despite having expressed shock about Morocco's initial pitch-side treatment of Amrabat's concussion last Friday, tournament organizer FIFA absolved itself of any responsibility in the team decision to field him again so quickly. Amrabat wore a padded skull cap for a quarter-hour but took it off because he was too hot.

      After the initial concussion diagnosis, Morocco team doctor Abderrazak Hefti had said Amrabat wouldn't even train for a week.

      But the player said that he overruled the physician.

      A week without playing "is the official time to recover, official time for your safety. I decided to make it shorter," Amrabat said after the loss, which eliminated Morocco from contention. "I felt good. It's the most important. I am my own doctor. And hopefully nothing bad for the long term."

      This wasn't the first time that concussion management in football has come under the spotlight at the World Cup. Jolted by criticism of concussion cases at the 2014 tournament Robbie Gould Jersey , FIFA introduced guidelines intended to provide players with better protection and give team doctors more authority.

      Moroccan team officials appeared to ignore the guidelines after Amrabat collided with Iran midfielder Vahid Amiri on Friday. Television images showed the apparently dazed Amrabat being sprayed with water and slapped on the face, seemingly to wake him from his stupor.

      "There was a very clear concussion and we have instructed them very clearly and we spoke about the importance of proper treatment, which is why I was surprised at seeing the behavior on the touchline," FIFA medical chief Michel D'Hooghe said Wednesday.

      "We wrote to them after that to say it appeared the guidelines were not correctly followed," he said. "I will now ask for an explanation from the Moroccan team doctor about what has happened so that he played again."

      He added: "FIFA has no authority over this. We produce the guidelines but it is the team doctors who make the decision."

      FIFPro said Amrabat shouldn't have played again so soon.

      "Four years on from the debacle of the last World Cup, where several players did not receive adequate care, football has not made sufficient progress in concussion management Jordan Whitehead Jersey ," FIFPro said. "Repeated calls to implement world-class standards have been overlooked."

      The new case comes amid rising concern in soccer about the risks of concussion and the potential degenerative damage to players' brains from repeatedly heading balls. Britain's associations are funding a study to try to determine whether players are more prone to developing dementia.

      Other sports have more rigorous concussion protocols.

      NFL players with concussion symptoms during a game are examined both by the team doctor and an independent neuro-trauma expert approved by the league. The team doctor decides whether a player suffered a concussion, with consultation from the independent expert. Players diagnosed with concussions start a five-step protocol that includes additional testing as the player progresses from light exercise to football contact. There is no time limit, but it generally takes five days or more. The NFL diagnosed 281 concussions during the 2017 season.

      Amrabat said his brain scan showed no damage. But he said he cannot remember anything from the Iran game, "from the first minute 'til I wake up in the hospital."

      To broadcaster NOS, he added: "On the bench I asked the same thing 10 times. After the match in the changing room I asked where I sat and I asked my brother six times if he'd gone on as a substitute."

      "I have a bit of pain here if I press it," he said running his finger along the area just left of his left eye, "but in the end you want to play in a match like this. I had a helmet sent over from the Netherlands. But in the end . I felt more tired than normal Sheldon Richardson Jersey , quite quickly, heavy legs. But generally it went reasonably well."

      Herve Renard, the team's French coach, praised Amrabat as "a warrior."

      "It's because his spirit is amazing and I was lucky to have a player like this."

      Associated Press writers Mike Corder in Kaliningrad and Amira El Masaiti in Rabat, Morocco, contributed to this report.


      The New York Giants have acquired punter Riley Dixon from the Denver Broncos for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2019.

      The Giants announced the move Monday. New York waived Brad Wing after last season.

      Dixon was the Broncos' seventh-round pick in 2016. He averaged 45.7 yards in his two seasons with a net of 40.8 yards.

      The Broncos recently signed former Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King as a free agent.

      First-year pro Austin Rehkow is also on the Giants' roster.

      New York also waived second-year wide receiver Darius Powe. He made his NFL debut against Dallas on Dec. 10 when he started at wide receiver and had two catches for 13 yards.

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      Days before opening training camp Laken Tomlinson Jersey , the Cleveland Browns learned Josh Gordon will be missing again.

      For how long remains unclear.

      The troubled wide receiver, who has been suspended numerous times over the past six years by the NFL for drug violations, said on Twitter that he won’t be with the team for the start of camp as he continues to recover from addictions that have derailed his once-promising career.

      Gordon has missed two full years after being indefinitely suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell and hasn’t played a complete season since 2013, when he led the league in yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns.

      While Gordon’s social media post was vague, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the 27-year-old has not been suspended.

      ”We will address the matter at the appropriate time,” McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press, adding ”there’s no timetable” on Gordon’s return.

      Gordon’s disclosure came as the Browns are preparing to begin camp under coach Hue Jackson following a 0-16 season.

      The team overhauled its roster during the offseason, adding former Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry and a few other potential starters in trades before drafting Heisman Trophy-winning QB Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick.

      Gordon had been a major part of Cleveland’s plans for 2018, but those could now be on hold.

      In recent weeks, rumors that Gordon failed a drug test circulated on social media. But it wasn’t until he posted his message Monday that it became known he could be sidelined again.

      ”I am reaching out to you all personally and letting you know that I am not only doing great physically but mentally as well,” Gordon wrote in a statement directed to ”my Cleveland Browns and NFL Family.”

      ”You will notice that I will not be in Cleveland for the start of training camp. Rest assured, this, too, is a part of my overall health and treatment plan. I appreciate the awesome support I have received from teammates Morgan Cox Jersey , friends, fans, and the Browns organization. Just like you, I am excited to start the season and I have every intention of being ready and available to join my teammates soon to help bring winning football to our fans.”

      Gordon later followed up with a tweet that said, ”Thanks again.. See ya soon.”

      Because he is in Stage 3 of the NFL’s substance-abuse program, Gordon is subject to random drug testing. He faces another indefinite suspension for any violation.

      Gordon has missed 43 of Cleveland’s past 48 games because of suspensions. Last year, he was reinstated by Goodell following a three-month stay in a rehab facility. He returned for the Browns’ final five games and caught 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown.

      Before he returned, Gordon revealed the depths of his substance abuse, saying he had never played in an NFL game sober.

      Gordon participated in Cleveland’s offseason programs, and the team has been encouraged by his commitment to staying clean and active.

      Browns general manager John Dorsey said the team has Gordon’s back.

      ”We will continue to support Josh as he receives the care needed to maintain his progress,” Dorsey said. ”We are going to respect his privacy while he is away from the team. Josh will be placed on the non-football illness reserve list until he is ready to return.”

      Cleveland will have its first practice Thursday. Gordon’s announcement is another blow to an organization trying to rebuild following numerous losing seasons. The Browns haven’t been to the playoffs since 2002 and have lost at least 10 games in 15 seasons since 1999.

      During minicamp last month, Gordon claimed to be in the best shape of his life and boasted that with he and Landry, the Browns had the league’s best receiving corps.

      Gordon also said he felt fortunate to be getting another chance.

      ”Right now for me it’s a bunch of the small victories day to day, just being able to come to work,” he said on June 12. ”Like the little Bob Griese Jersey , little things. Having some structure in my life.”

      Gordon has played in just 40 career games since the Browns selected him in the 2012 supplemental draft.



      The rumor mill is in overdrive, with nuggets such as these: LeBron James has looked at schools in Los Angeles, he’s not particularly fond of Houston and he’s hugging restaurant diners in Miami.

      Ah, free agency is back.

      It technically starts Sunday at 12:01 a.m. EDT in the East, 9:01 p.m. Saturday out West, but is already well underway everywhere in the sense that everybody is talking about what might happen. James is once again the biggest domino that will fall; he may opt out of his contract, but that doesn’t mean he’ll leave Cleveland – and he may opt in for nearly $36 million next season, but that doesn’t mean he’s certain to be staying, either.

      Boston guard Kyrie Irving has a word for these days: Pre-agency.

      ”That’s actually a title to describe what’s going on now,” Irving said. ”But yeah, we know that 12 a.m. July 1st, that’s when it just starts getting nutty.”

      James is hardly the only person who will create that nuttiness.

      Paul George has a decision to make about his future; stay in Oklahoma City or move on, with the Los Angeles Lakers believed to be his dream destination. San Antonio has big decisions to make about Kawhi Leonard; they can take a risk and keep him for the final year of his contract, offer him a new deal or trade him elsewhere. And what happens in their cases will surely impact what James does, much in the same way the Chris Bosh decision in 2010 helped really pave the way for him to go to Miami.

      Thing is Lawrence Guy Jersey , nobody knows what’ll happen. Hence, the intrigue.

      ”That’s the challenge in this league,” James said during the NBA Finals, when his Cavaliers were swept by Golden State. ”I think every GM and every president and every coaching staff is trying to figure out how they can make up the right matchups to compete for a championship and win a championship.”

      The Los Angeles Lakers will have about $61 million in cap space; half the league might not have any. So this summer, with cap space for most teams at a premium, the biggest moves might have to come through trades.

      ”There has been a lot of discussion with a lot of teams about a lot of players,” Heat President Pat Riley said. ”I just feel there’s a restlessness on the part of teams, and also there’s a reluctance to do things. … It’s hard to pull the trigger on that kind of thing.”

      Golden State’s Kevin Durant will be a free agent in name only – he’s already said he’s returning to the Warriors. Golden State will spend free agency bolstering its bench, and the best team in the NBA should be better in the next couple of weeks.

      All that’s left to decide there is what terms Durant wants.

      ”Whatever he wants,” Golden State general manager Bob Myers said. ”Sometimes you don’t negotiate. … He’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants. I just want him to sign `a’ deal. I want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here. He’s earned that, to kind of lay out the terms.”

      Philadelphia isn’t tampering, but isn’t being shy: Both coach Brett Brown and newly minted rookie of the year Ben Simmons have come out this offseason and said how much a great veteran will help their team.

      ”Maybe that is a free agent, a big free agent who we can lean on and learn from,” Simmons said.

      He didn’t say ”LeBron,” but sure sounds like James.

      Houston will look to add James as well in an effort to find the formula that will supplant the Warriors. The Rockets nearly ousted Golden State in the Western Conference finals 12th Fan Jersey , wasting double-digit leads in both Game 6 and Game 7 of that series – all while Chris Paul, who seems likely to stay in Houston but could choose to leave, was sidelined with a bad hamstring.

      But Rockets star James Harden, the NBA’s MVP, didn’t sound like he would be clamoring for James to come to Houston.

      ”I don’t think there is a piece that we need to bring in or take away,” Harden said. ”We’re great with what we have.”

      Miami is the place where James left Cleveland for once before, and it’s clear that he still enjoys South Florida. And the rumors about him and the Lakers have swirled for some time, though Lakers President Magic Johnson – perhaps offering a word of caution – said the rebuild of his team will take two summers.

      ”We don’t know what people are going to decide to do and we can’t control that,” Johnson said. ”So if guys decide not to come here, it’s not a failure. We turn to next summer. Next summer, if nobody comes and I’m still sitting here like this, then it’s a failure.”

      James isn’t looking to fail. But until he decides where he can win, everyone waits.



      AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this story.



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      The Tampa Bay Lightning have been just as resilient in the Stanley Cup playoffs as they’ve been all season.

      Challenged by coach Jon Cooper to compete harder and raise their level of play after dropping the opener of their second-round series against the Boston Bruins Tommylee Lewis Jersey , the top seed in the Eastern Conference responded with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the best-of-seven matchup Monday night.

      Brayden Point had an empty-net goal and three assists. He also teamed with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat to slow down Boston’s high-scoring line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand.

      Game 3 is Wednesday night in Boston.

      ”It feels good. I thought we played well,” Point said after posting just the third four-point game in Tampa Bay’s history. ”We had a tough night in Game 1. I thought we came back tonight knowing we’d end up better.”

      Point assisted on Tampa Bay’s first three goals before sealing the win with his empty-netter with 25.2 seconds left.

      Yanni Gourde had a first-period goal and Johnson and Palat also scored for the Lightning, which rebounded from a 6-2 loss in Game 1.

      ”We needed to have a bounce back, we needed to have an answer, and I thought we did that,” Johnson said. ”I thought we competed really hard, I thought we played well and we got rewarded with some chances and some opportunities.”

      Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand combined for three goals and 11 points in the opener John Kuhn Jersey , with most of the damage coming while Point’s line was trying to contain them. They had four more points in Game 2, but were unable to take over the game.

      Cooper said he never considered changing the matchup against Boston’s top line.

      ”I honestly didn’t. … We know they can do it. We have faith in them, and I thought they were outstanding tonight,” Cooper said before turning his attention back to Point.

      ”The kid’s a hockey player and he competes hard,” Cooper said. ”Trust me, if there was any talk of pulling him off that line, I think those three guys would have marched right into my room and said, `What are you doing?”’

      Charlie McAvoy scored for the Bruins late in the first period. Torey Krug’s late goal trimmed Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-2 with just over four minutes remaining.

      Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 18 shots. Tuukka Rask finished with 27 saves for Boston.

      ”They lost 6-2 at home and didn’t feel good about their game. So, you’ve got to expect they’re going to come out and play hard Kellen Winslow Jersey ,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. ”I expect it in Game 3 going forward. They’ll play hard and so will we.”

      The Lightning had nearly twice as many scoring opportunities as the Bruins in the series opener and controlled play early Monday night, getting off the first 10 shots of the game and taking a 1-0 lead on Gourde’s power-play goal at 11:47 of the first period.

      With the exception of failing to taking advantage of a long 5-on-3 power play, the Bruins made the most of limited chances, with the Bergeron line leading the way.

      McAvoy’s goal, with Bergeron and Marchand assisting, made it 1-1. Pastrnak and Marchand set up Krug’s goal to keep the Bruins close.

      The Bergeron line has 12 goals and 41 points in Boston’s five playoff wins. The four assists Monday night are the only points the trio has delivered in four losses.

      ”I know they had a good game, but I think it’s more on us,” Pastrnak said of the play of Point’s line. ”We’ve got to be better Wednesday.”

      McAvoy said no one should be surprised the series is tied headed to Boston for the next two games.

      ”You want to sweep every series, obviously. But how attainable is that?” the defenseman said.

      ”We’re down to the last eight teams in the league. Every team here belongs here. These guys are a great team. We were battling with them all year for first place in the standings Laremy Tunsil Jersey ,” McAvoy added. ”We know they’re a good team, but we’re a good team as well. So, this is going to be a tight series. I don’t think anybody doubts that.”

      NOTES: The Lightning have not fallen behind 2-0 in a playoff series since the 2014 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Montreal. … Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara appeared in his 111th playoff game, tying Rick Middleton for fourth place on Boston’s career list. It was the 109th playoff game for Bergeron, tied with John Bucyk for the sixth-most in franchise history. … With his 24th career playoff goal, Johnson pulled even with Vincent Lecavalier for third on Tampa Bay’s all-time list.



      Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to end the 76ers‘ 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night and even the first-round playoff series.

      Playing without injured All-Star center Joel Embiid for the 10th straight game, the Sixers nearly pulled off an epic comeback and rallied from 16 down to just two points late in the fourth.

      Philly fans were going wild and suddenly the home-court edge that had made the Sixers unbeatable for a month seemed like it would perk the team back up for one more notch on the winning streak.

      Wade buried two big buckets down the stretch that pushed back the Sixers and tied the series as it shifts to Miami for Game 3 on Thursday.

      The Sixers lost for the first time since March 13 to Indiana. They won 16 straight to end the regular season and the first game of the playoffs.

      Ben Simmons led the Sixers with 24 points and Dario Saric had 23.

      WARRIORS 116, SPURS 101

      OAKLAND Dion Dawkins Jersey , Calif. (AP) – Kevin Durant sparked a decisive third-quarter run on the way to 32 points, Klay Thompson added 31 points and five assists in another superb playoff performance and the Warriors rallied in the second half to beat the Spurs for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

      As Stephen Curry remains out likely for the entire series nursing a sprained left knee, the defending champions used all the offensive power they had to take both home games in the best-of-seven series. Wearing a dark checkered sport coat, Curry was all smiles watching another lopsided win without him.

      LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 for the Spurs and Rudy Gay moved into the starting lineup and scored 12 points.

      Game 3 is Thursday as the series shifts to San Antonio.

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      — As much as he tries to downplay the significance Robert Golden Jersey , Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden is fully aware Friday’s exhibition game against the Detroit Lions will be anything but an ordinary preseason contest.

      It’s been 17 years since Gruden last roamed the sidelines at the Coliseum with the Raiders. He came back in 2004 with Tampa Bay and again in 2012 as a television analyst.

      Gruden’s iconic status among Raiders fans promises to make this time different. Much, much different.

      “I am looking forward to it,” Gruden said Wednesday after the second of two joint practices with the Lions. “I’m looking forward to it big-time. I’ve got some things obviously I’ve got to work out. So I’ve got to work myself through calling plays again and managing some tough situations. I’m anxious to see if I can do it.”

      Gruden developed a cult-like following during his first stint as the Raiders coach from 1998-2001. Those feelings didn’t wane when Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay by late owner Al Davis and only strengthened when the coach went into the television booth.

      Gruden showed his appreciation in 2009 while in town to broadcast a San Francisco 49ers game when he held a party at Ricky’s, a Raiders sports bar not far from the Coliseum.

      Gruden held another party at Ricky’s three weeks ago to celebrate his return and paid for dinner and soft drinks for the fans. About 600 people showed up.

      “It’s an honor to be here and it’s a great story, but I also just want to do everything I can in order to try and help this team win again,” Gruden said. “I love the Raider fans. I love Oakland and that’s the primary reason I’m standing here.”

      Lions coach Matt Patricia developed a friendship with Gruden while he was defensive coordinator in New England and the Raiders coach was working at ESPN.

      Gruden’s return, Patricia said, is good for the NFL.

      “If you meet with him, you’re gonna find a guy that absolutely loves football from its core, all the way out Matt Schaub Jersey , every aspect of it,” Patricia said. “He loves to coach and I think he loves to be around the players. I think it’s great for the game. I think it’s great for the Raiders organization.”

      The rest of the storyline around Friday’s game is fairly antiseptic.

      Quarterback Derek Carr and the rest of Oakland’s starters will only play a series or two, with the majority of playing time being doled out to the rookies and fringe players on the roster.

      “This game is not about Derek Carr, not yet,” Gruden said. “It’s about finding the right 53 men, and I think you saw it today, we’ve got a lot of contenders. There are a lot of guys that have put themselves on the brink of making this football team and we’ve got to make sure we give them every opportunity to showcase their skills.”

      Notes: Former Raiders Warren Sapp and James Jones attended practice, along with ex-Lions coach and current NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci. . LT Donald Penn continues to rehab from offseason foot surgery and is getting closer to getting back on the field. “Our trainer is pleased with the progress that he’s made,” Gruden said. “Hopefully that time is soon.”

      Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch watched his team load the bases in front of hot-hitting Evan Gattis, and all he wanted was the big designated hitter to send a drive to the outfield and keep the line moving.

      Hinch had to settle for one that cleared the fence.

      Cleared the bases Alvin Kamara Jersey , too.

      Gattis crushed a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning Friday night, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa also went deep, and the Astros rolled past the Kansas City Royals 7-3 for their ninth straight win.

      ”We’re shaking hands after a lot of his at-bats,” Hinch said of Gattis, who has five homers in the first eight games of the Astros’ road trip. ”When guys are hot, there’s a ton of energy and a ton of fun.”

      Charlie Morton (8-1) overcame another bout of wildness, at one point walking three straight batters, to last six innings for Houston. He allowed four hits and four walks while striking out nine.

      Brad Peacock, Tony Sipp and Collin McHugh each contributed a scoreless inning in relief to wrap up the Astros’ latest win. All but one during their streak has come away from Minute Maid Park.

      ”I think our guys are just methodically going through their days,” Hinch said. ”This is a long road trip and it’s a lot more fun when you’re winning.”

      The Royals Xavier Rhodes Jersey , meanwhile, have lost four straight and 10 of 11.

      Jakob Junis (5-7) served up all three Houston homers, getting tagged for six runs on seven hits and a walk. It was his fourth straight loss, his last win coming against the New York Yankees on May 18.

      ”We were putting some really good swings on it. We were hitting some balls hard,” Morton said with a grin. ”Really, I was just waiting for the dam to break.”

      The Royals gave Junis some support early, jumping ahead 2-0 in the third on a two-out double by Mike Moustakas. It was a buoying at-bat considering the meek-hitting Kansas City lineup managed a single run in getting swept by Cincinnati during a two-game set this week.

      It appeared the lead might stand, too, the way Junis breezed through the first three innings.

      Bregman changed all that with his ninth homer of the season, a shot that just skirted the left-field foul pole. Correa added his 455-foot home run two batters later to tie the game.

      Morton’s wildness allowed the Royals to regain the lead in the fifth Corey Linsley Jersey , but Junis coughed it back up in the sixth. He gave up three straight one-out singles to load the bases for Gattis, whose soaring, 405-foot grand slam was the second of his career and third by the Astros this season.

      It was also the second slam permitted by the Royals in their last two games.

      ”I was hoping we would get either a flyout or a mishit. I didn’t think I left it right over the plate,” Junis said. ”I thought it was up and away. He just put a good swing on it.”

      ASTROS MOVES

      Houston recalled 3B Tyler White from Triple-A Fresno and placed LHP Reymin Guduan on the paternity leave list. White was hitting .338 with 13 homers and a .444 on-base percentage, the second-highest in all of Triple-A. Guduan can miss no more than three games while on the paternity list.

      ROYALS MOVES

      Kansas City selected the contract of RHP Brandon Maurer from Triple-A Omaha and optioned RHP Jason Adam to the same club. Maurer was 0-2 with a 12.46 ERA for the Royals before he was sent outright to the minor league club on May 3. He’s worked 11 straight scoreless appearances at Omaha.

      TRAINER’S ROOM

      Astros RHP Joe Smith (elbow inflammation) rejoined the team, and Hinch said the reliever is ”pain free and the next step is to initiate a throwing program.” That could happen by the end of the weekend.

      Royals OF Jorge Soler left after stumbling out of the batter’s box in the sixth. He was taken for X-rays that revealed a broken left foot. ”It will be awhile when your feet are hurt,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. ”They’re going to give it a CT scan or whatever. We’ll have a better idea. X-rays showed a positive break. We don’t think it’s a surgical thing right now. The CT scan will give us more of a look.”

      UP NEXT

      Struggling LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-8, 4.45 ERA) starts for the Astros and LHP Danny Duffy (3-6, 5.28) gets the nod for the Royals for a Saturday matinee with temperatures expected to approach triple digits.



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      The San Francisco 49ers traded right tackle Trent Brown on Friday to the New England Patriots a day after drafting Mike McGlinchey as his replacement in the first round.

      The 49ers dealt Brown and the 143rd overall pick to New England for the 95th overall pick.

      Brown is coming off season-ending shoulder surgery that has sidelined him for the start of the offseason program. But when healthy Matt Ryan Jersey , he is considered one of the top pass blockers in the league at right tackle.

      The Patriots also used a first-round pick on Georgia's Isaiah Wynn on Thursday night as they try to shore up their blocking in front of quarterback Tom Brady.

      The 49ers weren't ready to commit to Brown after this season when he will be eligible to be a free agent and chose his replacement instead in the draft.

      San Francisco took McGlinchey ninth overall out of Notre Dame to step in immediately as starting right tackle and possibly transition to the left side in the future. Joe Staley holds down that spot for now and is under contract for two more years.

      "I was picked by the 49ers to compete and play football and that's what I'm going to do," McGlinchey said. "I'm not the one in charge of shaping the roster. I'm not the one in charge of making those kinds of decisions. They brought me here to play offensive line and that's what I'm going to do, whether it's as a first-year starter or riding the bench for a little while."

      The 49ers also announced they signed safety Jaquiski Tartt to a two-year extension through 2020. Tartt is one of only nine draft picks remaining on the team selected by former general manager Trent Baalke.

      Tartt was a second-round pick in 2015 and has played in 39 games with 23 starts in his career. He has 181 tackles, nine passes defensed, 3陆 sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

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      Chris Jones isn’t quiet on the field or off, but the Chiefs defensive lineman wants to become a more vocal leader in the locker room and make more noise on the field.

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      Boston coach Brad Stevens loves the postseason because it offers a chance to ”bust narratives.”

      The Celtics took their first step toward shattering the belief they can’t win without their biggest stars.

      Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Boston overcame Khris Middleton’s long 3 that beat the fourth-quarter buzzer Nick O'Leary Jersey , topping the Milwaukee Bucks 113-107 in overtime Sunday to open the playoffs.

      The Celtics led 99-96 with 0.5 seconds left in regulation when Middleton took an inbounds pass on the far right wing and hit a contested 35-footer. Boston outscored Milwaukee 14-8 in the extra period.

      Terry Rozier added 23 points, four rebounds and three assists for Boston in his first career playoff start. Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points. Rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

      Rozier said he knows he’s under a spotlight this postseason with Kyrie Irving out for the season following his recent knee surgery.

      ”I just know I gotta step up,” he said. ”I know I gotta fill big shoes. I don’t feel no pressure. I’m glad to be in this position.”

      Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Boston.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Malcolm Brogdon scored all 16 of his points after halftime.

      After a muted start, things opened for Antetokounmpo. But he said he must do a better job the defensive end against Horford going forward.

      ”He knows what he’s doing down there,” Antetokounmpo said. ”Hopefully in Game 2 I won’t play on my heels and I’ll play more on my toes and be able to defend without fouling.”

      Part of the reason the Bucks were in bad spots is because they were hampered by turnovers. They committed 20, leading to 27 Boston points.

      ”That’s not getting shot up,” Middleton said. ”We feel like if we get a shot up, we’ll be good.”

      An acrobatic, spinning layup by Tatum gave Boston a 108-105 lead in overtime.

      It was 108-106 when Horford snared a rebound and got it ahead to Rozier Kenny Stills Jersey , who was fouled. He made two free throws to put the Celtics in front 110-106 with 18.8 remaining.

      Antetokounmpo made one of two foul shots with 14.8 seconds left, but he fouled out of the game while going for the rebound on his miss.

      Rozier added three free throws to provide the final margin.

      The game went to extra time following a wild finish in regulation that included back-to-back 3-pointers in the closing seconds.

      Milwaukee was held to just two field goals over the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter as the Celtics built an 86-76 advantage.

      The Bucks closed to 89-87 before Marcus Morris made a falling down jumper just inside the arc to make it 91-87.

      It was 92-91 with less than a minute to play when a pair of free throws by Horford made it 94-91.

      Antetokounmpo got free for a dunk. But Horford was steady again after being fouled, connecting on two more from the line with 15.2 seconds left.

      Out of a timeout, Brogdon got free on the wing and drained a 3 with 10.3 to play to tie it at 96.

      Rozier dribbled the clock down before crossing over Eric Bledsoe, stepping back and swishing an apparent game-winner with a half-second showing the clock.

      But after a Milwaukee timeout advanced the ball to half court, Middleton matched it with his own 3 over Brown as time expired.

      ”Both teams are going to keep fighting,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. ”That’s what this series is going to be. Each little play is going to matter.”

      TIP-INS

      Bucks: Antetokounmpo has now scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive games against the Celtics. … Outscored the Celtics 58-44 in the paint.

      Celtics: Improved to 23-20 in postseason overtime games. Except for Horford, who entered the Sunday’s game with 91 career playoff starts, Boston’s other four starters (Tatum, Aron Baynes, Brown DeAndre Washington Jersey , Rozier) had combined to play only one playoff game between them. That lone start belonged to Baynes.

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      ”That was part of our plan, to kind of lull them into a false sense of security.” – Stevens, joking on Boston’s play during Bucks’ 26-4 run in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead

      BIG PLAY

      Tatum brought the crowd to its feet early in the first quarter when he took an outlet pass from Horford and went in for fast-break dunk over the outstretched arm of Antetokounmpo .

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      Marcus Smart, who hasn’t played since March 11 and continues to work his way back from his March 16 surgery to repair a torn ligament, was also on the court getting up some shots before the game. He was recently cleared for non-contact shooting but hasn’t resumed full basketball activities.



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      MILWAUKEE — Jorge Polanco is expected to make his season debut Monday night when the Minnesota Twins open a two-game interleague series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

      Polanco will be reinstated Monday from his 80-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs after going 6-for-13 in four games with Triple-A Rochester.

      He batted .256 with 13 home runs, 30 doubles in 133 games last year and was especially strong in the second half, slashing .293/.359/.511 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs.

      That performance moved him into the No. 3 spot in the Twins’ lineup, but manager Paul Molitor said he probably won’t bat that high right away upon his return.

      “We know what he did last year when he had a chance to move up into a pretty important role,” Molitor told reporters Sunday in Chicago. “I don’t know we’ll jump him up there that fast. For us to see him is going to be different than hearing about him and reading about him and texting him and all those kinds of things.

      “We’ll see how it is. To be honest, coming up here and playing, even though he’s doing really well Jameis Winston Jersey , it’s going to be a little different than what he’s been doing.”

      Right-hander Kyle Gibson (2-6) starts for Minnesota. He posted a 2.45 ERA through his first four June starts but saw that number grow to 3.35 after allowing five runs in seven innings to the Chicago White Sox his last time out.

      Gibson struck out seven in the game and walked just one but gave up a season-high 11 hits.

      “I went back and looked at some of the hits I gave up,” Gibson said. “I don’t know if I just picked the wrong pitch at the wrong time or what. I executed quite a few pitches there, and they found holes.”

      The Twins dropped a three-game weekend series to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field and have lost eight of their last 10 overall.

      Milwaukee struggled during the weekend, too, dropping the last two of a four-game series at Cincinnati. The Brewers managed just five total runs in those losses while allowing 20, including a grand slam in each one.

      “Two runs, three runs … You’re going to need more to win most games,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

      Despite that showing, the Brewers will return home still leading the National League Central by a half-game over the Cubs, who will be idle Monday.

      Brent Suter (8-5) gets the nod in the series opener. He’ll be looking to get back on track after his three-game winning streak was snapped last week by the Kansas City Royals.

      Suter overcame a somewhat slow start to the season and has turned into a solid starter in the last two months. He’s 6-2 with a 3.50 ERA in his last eight starts. Before his outing against Kansas City, he hadn’t allowed more than three runs in his previous seven games.

      Part of Suter’s success can be attributed to his pace Gareon Conley Jersey , which is among the game’s fastest. That makes it difficult for hitters to settle in between pitches and, Suter admits, there can be a slight advantage to working quickly.

      “I don’t want to quick-pitch people; I don’t do that,” he said. “But I want to keep the tempo up and let my fielders get back in and hit as quickly as possible. That’s how I operate. If that gets them uncomfortable, that’s fine, but I’m just in attack mode and up-tempo.”

      Suter is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA in two career starts against the Twins, both of which came at Target Field. He held them to a run and five hits while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings on May 18.

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      The first big free agent re-signing with his own team is just the beginning of what’s to come around the NHL.

      Defenseman John Carlson signed a $64 million Armani Watts Jersey , eight-year deal with the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. His agent and the representatives for other pending unrestricted free agents were able to start talking to any interested teams on Sunday at the beginning of the negotiating window that precedes the opening of the market July 1.

      Serious talks between New York Islanders center John Tavares and five suitors begin Monday in what should be the next step in shaking out signings and trades.

      ”There’s going to be a lot happening,” Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Saturday in Dallas.

      ”Things have sort of been at a standstill around the league, but I think with the free agent market being opened up to be able to have discussions with the agents, that will help, as well. Once you talk, you have an idea that you’re going to be able to get a free agent or if you won’t, then it might sort of move some teams to start looking at potential trades.”

      Only a handful of current NHL players were traded over the weekend at the draft: four in a swap between Carolina and Calgary and Washington sending two to Colorado to clear salary-cap space to re-sign Carlson. Montreal could still try to trade captain Max Pacioretty this week, and Hurricanes GM Don Waddell wants to make a move for a goaltender and said there’s a lot of interest in winger Jeff Skinner.

      ”We have a lot of other possibilities, pieces to move around,” Waddell said.

      Tavares headlines this free agent class and his decision – reportedly among the Sharks, Maple Leafs Marshawn Lynch Jersey , Stars, Bruins, Lightning, incumbent Islanders and perhaps a few more teams – could set up the rest of the market.

      Paul Stastny is the next-best free agent center available followed by the likes of Tyler Bozak, Derek Ryan and Tomas Plekanec. Teams that don’t land one of them could turn to Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly, who may be a better candidate to be traded July 2 after the Sabres pay him a $7.5 million bonus.

      At $8 million a year, Carlson ties Brent Burns for the second-highest cap hit in the league among defenseman behind only P.K. Subban’s $9 million with Nashville. Agent Rick Curran fielded calls from other teams Sunday before the deal got done with the Capitals.

      ”Whatever your intentions are, you still have to do your due diligence because there’s more to it for me than that,” Carlson said Monday in Arlington, Virginia. ”I was hoping we could get something done and it worked itself out.”

      The Sharks are worth watching after they shed Mikkel Boedker’s $4 million salary to clear cap space and watched as Ilya Kovalchuk signed with Los Angeles on a three-year, $18.75 million deal. After saying San Jose will spend much of its space to re-sign players Michael Strahan Jersey , GM Doug Wilson acknowledged there will still be room to make a deal.

      By July 1? Wilson smirked and said: ”The fifth is my birthday. Ask me then.”

      Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk, Vegas’ James Neal and David Perron, Boston’s Rick Nash, Columbus’ Thomas Vanek and New Jersey’s Patrick Maroon are among the wingers who are potentially available. Carlson staying with Washington leaves Detroit’s Mike Green, Dallas’ Dan Hamhuis and Columbus’ Ian Cole at the top of the list of defensemen.

      ”There are some free agents out there that we like,” said Rangers GM Jeff Gorton, whose team shifted toward a rebuild this past season. ”We’re in a pretty good spot to talk to as many free agents that we can that we like and we’ll go forward that way.”

      Unlike New York, which had been in win-now mode for a while, the expansion Golden Knights were supposed to be building slowly toward becoming a perennial playoff contender. After reaching the Cup final in their first season, Vegas GM George McPhee doesn’t want to overpromise and under-deliver.

      ”You just never know with these things and whether we’ll do anything at all or do something,” McPhee said. ”You’re sort of venturing into an area where there’s all kinds of things going on and you don’t know how it’s going to go. There’s no urgency for us to do anything. We like the team we have Justin Ellis Jersey , we like the model we have. If we can make it better by doing something that makes sense, then we’ll do it.”

      The Capitals did not tender a qualifying offer to playoff star Devante Smith-Pelly, who will now become an attractive option to other teams as an unrestricted free agent. Washington said it’s still negotiating with Smith-Pelly, who scored seven goals in the postseason and would have had arbitration rights.



      Eras change. Stars change. Coaches change. Styles change.

      Coming into this week, the Pittsburgh Penguins had won nine of 10 meetings in the postseason against the Washington Capitals. It is a history marked by epic collapse, unlikely comebacks and wild finishes.

      Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and company rewrote the script a bit this time around: Washington is moving on after ousting the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins in six games. Here’s an updated history lesson:



      THE YEAR: 1991

      THE ROUND: Patrick Division Finals

      THE RESULT: Penguins in 5.

      THE DEFINING MOMENT: The Capitals scored three times in the first 10:26 of the third period of Game 2 in Pittsburgh to take the lead. Randy Gilhen – he of the three career playoff goals – jumped onto the ice during a delayed Washington penalty and emerged from a sea of bodies to tie it with less than 5 minutes left in regulation. Kevin Stevens won it with a wrist shot off a pretty setup by Ron Francis 8:10 into overtime to even the series. The Capitals scored three goals total the rest of the way as the Penguins advanced to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.

      GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 2. The massively talented Penguins had seven Hall of Famers on the roster (eight if you include the ageless and sure-to-be inducted Jaromir Jagr) and won their first Cup two rounds later.



      THE YEAR: 1992

      THE ROUND: Patrick Division Semifinals

      THE SERIES: Penguins in 7.

      THE DEFINING MOMENT: The Capitals sprinted to a 3-1 series lead. After getting drilled at home in Game 5, Washington led 4-2 4 minutes into the second period of Game 6. And then Mario Lemieux happened. Super Mario scored or assisted on three power-play goals over the final 30 minutes as the Penguins tied the series, then shut the Caps down in Game 7, a 3-1 win on the road to propel them to a second straight Cup.

      GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 8. Pittsburgh had a bit of a Cup hangover after winning it all in `91 and appeared on the verge of collapse after the Capitals crushed them 7-2 in Game 4. And then … well, consider this the start of a trend.



      THE YEAR: 1994

      THE ROUND: Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

      THE SERIES: Capitals in 6.

      THE DEFINING MOMENT: Washington again jumped out to a 3-1 series lead only to lose Game 5. Back home for Game 6 Dean Lowry Jersey , the Capitals went up 3-0 only to have the Penguins cut it to 3-2 after the first period. Momentum teetering, Washington defenseman Calle Johansson beat Tom Barrasso 1:25 into the second to restore the Caps’ two-goal lead and Washington closed out Pittsburgh for the first time.

      GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 6. Pittsburgh viewed 1994 as a redemption tour after its bid for a three-peat was derailed by the Islanders in the 1993 playoffs. The Penguins won the Northeast Division and had the third-best record in the league only to lose to a Capitals team that started the season 0-6 and fired coach Terry Murray at midseason and replaced him with Jim Schoenfeld.



      THE YEAR: 1995

      THE ROUND: Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

      THE SERIES: Penguins in 7.

      THE DEFINING MOMENT: Lemieux sat out the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season due to fatigue and the Capitals took advantage in the playoffs. Washington – stop us if you’ve heard this before – headed to Pittsburgh with a 3-1 lead and jumped ahead four separate times in front of a stunned crowd at the Igloo. Kevin Stevens, however, drew the Penguins even with 8:18 left in regulation and Luc Robitaille kept Pittsburgh’s season alive with his OT winner 4:30 into the first extra period to give the Penguins a 6-5 victory. Pittsburgh went on to win Games 6 and 7 by a combined 10-1.

      GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 9. For a franchise that didn’t exactly have a reputation for answering when pushed, Washington’s remarkable play in Game 5 went against the grain and it didn’t have to worry about Lemieux. And yet …



      THE YEAR: 1996

      THE ROUND: Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

      THE SERIES: Penguins in 6.

      THE DEFINING MOMENT: Make it defining moments. All of them seeming to come in an epic Game 4 . The Capitals led 2-1 and didn’t have to contend with Lemieux after he was ejected late in the second period for fighting Washington’s Pat Peake. Regulation ended tied at 2. So did the first overtime. And the second (after Washington’s Joe Juneau couldn’t convert the first overtime penalty shot in NHL history). And the third. With 45 seconds left in the fourth extra period, Petr Nedved threw a shot in from outside the left circle that slipped by Olaf Kolzig and into the net to tie the series. Pittsburgh captured the next two to advance to the conference finals.

      GUT PUNCH LEVEL: They might not have invented the number yet to rate the emotional toll of this one. Say ”Nedved” around Caps fans at your own risk.



      THE YEAR: 2000

      THE ROUND: Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

      THE SERIES: Penguins in 5.

      THE DEFINING MOMENT: Washington lost 7-0 in Game 1, but had a chance to even the series when Game 2 went to overtime. Jaromir Jagr, however, effectively ended the competitive portion of things with a power-play goal 5:49 into overtime as the Penguins – who finished a middling third in the Atlantic Division – knocked off the Southeast Division champions with relative ease.

      GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 3. Washington’s record was a bit of a mirage in a division that included the teams (Atlanta and Tampa Bay) that finished with the two worst records in the NHL.



      THE YEAR: 2001

      THE ROUND: Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

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