NFL saw 73 percent rise in preseason concussions last year

When training camps open around the league next month, the NFL wants teams to be mindful of the spike in preseason concussions last year.
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The NFL found that preseason concussions were up 73 percent from 2016 and that most of them occurred in 11-on-11 drills conducted in practices ahead of the first preseason games. The league is sharing data about each team’s concussions from last year in hopes that it will, per NFL executive vice president of health and safety initiatives Jeff Miller, inform what clubs do.

Sills said that there is no medical reason to think the drills coming early in camp left players unprepared for contact. The focus is on what behavior are you doing and how much are you doing of it rather than when on the Womens Justin Smith Jersey calendar it is being done.

Brian Gutekunst was promoted to take over for Thompson while others in the personnel department left for jobs outside the organization. Team president Mark Murphy also tweaked the way the organization operates by having coach Mike McCarthy and Gutekunst report to him directly rather than having the coach report to the G.M.

In an interview with Rob Reischel of Forbes, Murphy offered an early review of how those changes are working out.

Well, we’ll see how things play out, Murphy said. But my hope was it would improve communication. And quite honestly, with a new General Manager, a first time General Manager, putting him in Mark Herzlich Youth Jersey a position where he can have success and really focus on the most important part of his job, which is the draft and acquiring players and determining the 90-man [roster] and the 53-man roster, I think it’s worked well so far.

Maurice Hurst amped up to play for Paul Guenther after watching Geno Atkins

Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was considered a possible first-round pick before an irregular heartbeat was detected during a medical exam at the NFL Scouting Combine and questions about whether he’ll be able to have a long career in the NFL helped push him to the Raiders in the fifth round.
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While he might not like where he wound up being drafted, Hurst likes the landing spot. He said that watched a lot of film of Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins while at Michigan and is excited to have a chance at filling a similar three-technique role with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who previously held the same job in Cincinnati.

Frankie Montas (R), rostered in 35.5 percent of ESPN leagues, Oakland Athletics at San Diego Padres: The right-hander has a mere 6.5 percent swinging-strike rate in his first four starts of the season. The Padres are in fine position to help Montas, though, as they have the second-highest strikeout rate (25.9 percent) against righties. Of course, Petco Park always boosts the outlook of any hurler.

When the interview period for prospective free agents opens this week, Tavares will meet with five teams, his agent Pat Brisson confirmed.

I have no disappointment, no discouragement, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Womens Jersey said Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello. I think Ichiro Suzuki Youth Jersey that he’s earned every right to make whatever choice he has. The most important thing is we hope is the decision is to be an Islander.

The 27-year-old Tavares said all season long that he wants to re-sign, but as we sit eight days away from the opening of the free agent market, he’s yet to agree to any deal. The Islanders can offer him an eight-year contract, while other NHL teams can only go as many as seven.

This is where I hope to be. I’ve always stated that, Tavares said in April. But obviously I have some time to think about my situation and go from there. I’ve loved it here and people have really embraced me, the team and organization have been first class since I’ve gotten here. Obviously, some great talent and some great things ahead. Definitely a lot of positives and I’ll have to take some time and figure out what I want to do and go from there.

Freeman and Coleman still combined for 2,109 scrimmage yards and 16 touchdowns while missing three games. 

What might give Ryan’s supporting cast a slight edge over Brees’ is his top tight end. As a third-round rookie in 2016, Austin Hooper caught 70 percent of the passes thrown his way. He then essentially doubled his reception and yardage totals as a sophomore and still managed to pull in 75 percent of his targets. Hooper just might be in for a breakout season in 2018, which would be unfair if Ridley is also able to emerge as a rookie. 
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Six skill-position supporting cast members played major roles as Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff broke out in his sophomore season. All six were 25 years old or younger.

It Jordan Martinook Jersey starts with running back Kareem Hunt, who led the league with 1,327 rushing yards while scoring eight times as a rookie third-round pick in 2017.

Then there’s wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who has emerged as one of the most dangerous and versatile offensive weapons in the league and is coming off a season in which he and Smith-Schuster were the only qualified players in the league to average more than 15 yards per reception and catch more than 70 percent of the passes thrown their way.

Then there’s tight end Travis Kelce, who is coming off a third straight Pro Bowl nod, a second consecutive 1,000-plus-yard campaign and the fourth straight season in which he’s caught at least 68 percent of the passes thrown his way. The 28-year-old also scored eight touchdowns, bringing that trio’s total to 26. 

The Yankees called Frazier up Monday, demoting infielder Ronald Torreyes, with regular left fielder Brett Gardner ‘s sore right knee still a problem. It’s kept Gardner out of the lineup since Sunday.

Cullen’s niece, Brianna Wristbridge, posted a photo of some texts she received from her aunt on Twitter, which leads to a whole thread about Cullen being overwhelmed by the Eagles gesture.

It actually runs deeper than them just giving her a ring too. According to McManus’ article, Cullen actually remained very close to Patrick Patterson Jersey the Eagles organization even after being fired. She typed up the team’s game plans for years and was a huge fan of the flea-flicker play. Doug Pederson, who played and coached under Andy Reid in Philly, texted with her about flea flickers prior to the NFC Championship Game and let her know the play was in the book against the Vikings.

Manny Machado answers trade, free-agent questions — in Chicago, this time

The Orioles are visiting the south side of Chicago for a four-game set with the White Sox, but the possible future of Baltimore star Manny Machado with the north side’s Cubs was all the rage Monday.

As he’s done all season, Machado defected questions swirling around trade rumors and his impending free agency this offseason.

I go out there and play baseball. I’m not getting distracted by any of this, Machado told reporters. All these talks, rumors, they’re all rumors and talks. At the end of the day I got to go out there and perform and win games for this ballclub.

The Cubs are considered a favorite to land Machado if/when he changes uniforms. At 25-19 they trail the Brewers and Cardinals in the NL Central and haven’t gotten much production from 24-year-old shortstop Addison Russell, who is batting .262/.316/.404 with only one homer run and 10 RBIs in 41 games.

By effectively cutting ties with the veteran, the Red Sox will have to eat the more than $15 million Ramirez, 34, is owed for the rest of the 2018 season. But, as The Boston Globe noted, the Sox avoid a potentially awkward situation related to his $22 million vesting option for 2019 had he reached 497 plate appearances this year, which at his current pace — he has 195 — seemed all but assured if he remained in the lineup.

The situation is an odd turn in a season in which Ramirez began as a force in the middle of the AL East-leading Red Sox’s lineup. Proclaiming himself fit after offseason left-shoulder surgery, he slashed .330/.400/.474 with three homers in April. Things have fallen off since, and yet he ranks third on the team with 44 starts and has batted in the No. 3 spot in the lineup in 38 of the team’s 50 games.

Through 44 games, Ramirez is hitting .245/.313/.395.

In short, his continued struggles, which reminded the team of his problems in 2017 and back to 2015, left him vulnerable. His defense at first base couldn’t make up for his offensive liabilities, especially with former Gold Glover Mitch Moreland also available.

Rosen’s strong minicamp doesn’t change Bradford’s status as Cardinals’ starter

The Cardinals used the 10th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft on quarterback Josh Rosen, and reports out of minicamp suggested that he is showing all the talent the team thought he had. But that doesn’t mean he’ll start as a rookie.
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Sam Bradford remains the Cardinals’ starter and the Cardinals’ website suggests that there’s really no competition at all in training camp: Bradford is the starter.

Nonetheless, Rosen was impressive by all accounts, picking up the offense quickly and showing good accuracy and arm strength on the practice field. The Cardinals obviously liked Rosen enough to use a Top 10 pick on him, and they saw everything they hoped to see.

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The lesson: Even Putin is popular here, so long as you’ve got your rubles on his favorite team.

All of the concerns, however, were for another day. Hundreds of people came to this old racetrack on a weekday morning to make a legal sports bet in New Jersey for the first time, and based on the reaction when those windows opened, they had waited a long time for the chance.

Governor Murphy made it out alive. Will his beloved Germany win the World Cup and make him a winner? Check the odds and get in line.

Took them five or six years of negligence to get here, and the neglect started at the top, with owner Jim Irsay pushing out Peyton Manning after the 2011 season because he wanted to draft Andrew Luck, the child prodigy from Stanford – and then gave that child prodigy a kindergarten teacher for a coach.

Every MLB team’s most recent no-hitter

There have been 297 no-hitters in MLB history, and that number is growing.
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In 2018 there have been three no-nos, and many more attempts have gotten close to being penned in baseball’s record books.

Below you’ll find a list of every team’s most recent no-hitter and other historical information.

Gutekunst must put on blinders in regard to Rodgers’ previous comments or any lingering tension. He needs to establish a solid working relationship with the franchise’s most important player; it’s never a good look when the starting quarterback is taking shots at the team in the media, even if they’re subtle and not directly quoted.

Gutekunst said last month he thought Rodgers’ new contract could get done soon: We’re pretty confident this is something that’s taking its normal course, its normal time.

This comes in close proximity to Los Angeles announcing P/DH Shohei Ohtani would be shut down for three weeks with a Grade 2 tear in the UCL in his pitching arm.

For now the Angels do not believe Ohtani’s injury will lead to Tommy John surgery, but with the luck they have had in the last week, who knows at this point?

Los Angeles fortunately has a run of games in the next month in which they take on the struggling Orioles, Blue Jays and Royals as they wait to get some of their players back.

However, as short-handed as they Authentic Phil Dawson Jersey are, it may not matter who they’re playing at this point.

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Trading the No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 draft, rather than holding the pick and taking Carson Wentz

That’s where we have to begin with the Cleveland Browns, since they’ve been searching for a franchise quarterback since the Civil War era. Wentz is already a bona fide franchise quarterback, and he was selected with the pick they sold to the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Plenty of players take the week before a major championship off to practice, recharge, arrive early and get ready for one of the year’s four most daunting tests.

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler did some of that – but they also just had some fun on a golf course like the rest of us for a change.

Naturally, they both did it in style, though, arriving on Long Island well in advance of the U.S. Open in order to squeeze in some rounds at the other iconic, well-regarded courses in the area not named Shinnecock Hills.

And click here to see Darnold highlights from Day 2 of minicamp.

The Jets, of course, took Darnold third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. He is currently competing with Josh McCown (the incumbent) and Teddy Bridgwater for the Jets’ starting quarterback job.

Earlier this offseason, the Jets cut Bryce Petty and traded Christian Hackenberg Doug Flutie Jersey to the Raiders, so they are no longer in the mix for them. Hackenberg was an absolute Matt Joyce Jersey bust for the Jets, who drafted him in Round 2 in 2016, and saw him play in zero regular season games.

I’m betting $20 on Germany to win the World Cup, and $20 on the New Jersey Devils to win Lord Stanley’s cup, Murphy said, after assuring the crowd that he would not bet on his home-town Boston Red Sox or on whether the Mets would win another game.

Betting will also open later in the morning at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City, and will go online within 30 days. The state’s other race tracks and casinos also have future plans to offer sports betting.

Kraft: Gronkowski trade rumors ‘a bunch of hogwash’

The NFL rumor mill is working overtime in New England this offseason, churning out so many tall tales that Patriots owner Robert Kraft feels compelled to set the record straight.

As Rob Gronkowski angles for a new contract, the latest balderdash came late last week via a local freelance reporter who claimed coach Bill Belichick wanted to trade his All Pro tight end until quarterback Tom Brady threatened to retire.

Since then, Gronkowski and the organization have vigorously refuted the report.

Time will tell how strong the relationships remain among a legendary quartet comprised of the most successful owner, coach, quarterback and tight end of this century. When they descend on Gillette Stadium late next month, they will open camp, once again, as the AFC’s prohibitive favorites.

He’s doing well, coach Bill O’Brien said Tuesday, via the Houston Chronicle. He’s a smart guy. I think he’s picked up the things we’ve taught him. He’s picked them up well and I think he has a good future here. We’ll see how it goes.

Although Rankin is expected to return in time for the start of the regular season, his availability for training camp is less certain.

A left tackle at Mississippi State, Rankin was viewed by many scouts as an interior lineman at the pro level. The Texans announced him as a tackle, however, and planned to throw him into the blind-side mix with Julie’n Davenport, Seantrel Henderson and perhaps even converted guard Jeff Allen.

If Rankin is a realistic candidate to start in Week 1, he can’t afford to miss valuable practice reps as O’Brien installs a new offense that plays to Watson’s strengths.

In the meantime, Ingram said he will attend training camp and he understands the responsibility to help ensure the running back group is ready for the regular season while he serves the four-game suspension.

Tyler Austin was 1 for 4 with a gift single and three strikeouts as the Yankees’ DH.

Tuesday, Rutgers completed its quarterback recruitment for 2019 when head coach Chris Ash accepted a commitment from Southwestern’s (Jamestown, N.Y.) Cole Snyder. The 6-1, 195-pounder had been recruited by offensive coordinator John McNulty all spring, before throwing in front of head coach Chris Ash on Friday at the Rutgers East Coast Elite Camp. And his ability to spin the football and hit receivers in stride sealed the deal.
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The first time I met coach McNulty, I could tell I was going to like him, Snyder said. I got to sit in on a quarterback nesting and I liked how he coached the guys in the QB New York Islanders Jersey room and on the field. Him having the NFL background let’s me know for sure that he can push me to the next level. You don’t find a coach with his kind of knowledge and coach ability everyday.

Rutgers received its first 2019 quarterback pledge in September when Barringer (Newark, N.J.) three-star Zamar Wise picked the Scarlet Knights over what was becoming a regional offer list at the time including Miami, Missouri, Maryland, Syracuse, Temple and UCF.

Meanwhile, Snyder is currently unranked. Although he fielded interest from schools like Pitt, Syracuse and Delaware, Rutgers was the sole school to offer to this point.

The tight end also made headlines this spring after investing in Gronkowski the horse, a storyline that provided us a quintessential Gronk response on Tuesday:

Gronk is set to earn $8 million in base salary this season. NFL Network’s James Palmer previously reported sides were working on tweaking his deal, as they did last season, but thus far nothing has come to fruition.

Gronk also addressed his contemplation of retirement following the Patriots ‘ Super Bowl loss, another reason he took his time returning to the facility.

I was just seeing where I was at after a long season. [Retirement] was definitely on the mind, but I had to do what I had to do, he said. I felt good enough to get my body prepared and get my body right again. I had to see where my body was at and where my mind was at. But now I’m out here and I feel good, I feel like I definitely made Authentic Blake Coleman Jersey the right decision coming back out.

The Tigers dropped two of three to the Indians during the weekend.

We’re at the point of the season where he need to start winning some games, Wheeler said.Tigers return from rare day off to open series vs. Twins
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A day off for the Detroit Tigers must have felt like a vacation.

The Tigers have been going nonstop for the last few weeks, in part because of makeup games due to April postponements. They played 18 games in 17 days without a break.

The Tigers went 10-8 during that stretch before getting a chance to relax on Monday. They get back on the field Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins.

It feels good, Twins manager Paul Molitor said during his postgame Dave Dravecky Jersey press conference. (Wins) have been hard to come by. As much as we’ve had a winning homestand, it kind of feels like a roller coaster. When you lose, it’s been tough because the games have felt winnable.

Molitor’s club took two of three at home against the Tigers on May 21-23. They’ll be making their first trip to Comerica Park this season.

Kennedy has not won since April 7 at Cleveland. He had a 1.00 ERA in his first three starts this season, allowing two earned runs over 18 innings. Since then, he has allowed 40 earned runs over 47 2/3 innings for a 7.55 ERA. He has a 10.13 ERA in his first two June starts and went 0-2 with a 7.09 ERA in five May starts.

Since going 13-13 in 2014 for the San Diego Padres, Kennedy has a 16-45 record.

Kauffman Stadium has been a house of horrors for Kennedy. He went 1-8 with a 6.46 ERA in 15 home starts in 2017. This season, he is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA Michael Hoomanawanui Youth Jersey in seven Kauffman Stadium starts.

Kennedy, 33, still has two years remaining after this season on his five-year, $70 million contract. The Royals will owe him $16.5 million for each of the 2019 and 2020 seasons, which makes him all but untradeable unless the club wants to eat a lion’s share of his contract.