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Jury orders Rams to pay $12.5 million for Reggie Bush injury

A jury in St. Louis on Tuesday ordered the NFL’s Rams to pay former running back Reggie Bush $12.5 million for a severe knee injury he suffered in 2015, the team’s final season in St. Louis before moving to Los Angeles.

The jury found the Rams 100 percent liable for Bush’s injury and ordered the team to pay $4.95 million in compensatory damages and $7.5 million in punitive damages, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Attorneys for the Rams said they plan to file a motion for a new trial.

Rams attorney Dan Allmayer said the team should not be held responsible for Bush’s injury because it could not have foreseen a dangerous condition. He noted that no one besides McCown and Bush had been injured there over 20 seasons played at the dome.

The constant attention, especially from the media, is why Brown says he skipped the past two weeks of the team’s voluntary workouts. 

After Tuesday’s practice session at Steelers minicamp, Brown addressed his concerns. 

I can’t go nowhere and work out by myself, fans come meet me at the field I can’t do nothing normal. You guys write about me every day, he said. I started to think to myself, am I really free?

He took issue with reporters asking teammates about his absence much like they asked him last month about holdout running back Le’Veon Bell, who is embroiled in a contract dispute with the Steelers for the second year in a row.

Brown said his comment the first rule of getting better is showing up was just his personal philosophy, not an attempt to get involved in Bell’s business.

You guys make the pressure to put pressure on me all the time, he said. I had to get away to free my mind.

Rudock was the lone player to clear the 300-foot fence during the home run derby, which featured three offensive and three defensive players. He hit one out to left-center field on his 10th and final swing to win the crown.

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LeBron James might be the most popular professional athlete in the world, and he’s one of its most outspoken, too.
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It should come as no surprise, then, that the Cavaliers superstar addressed the hubbub surrounding President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a visit to the White House for the Eagles Andrew Shaw Jersey as a celebration for winning Super Bowl LII.

In a February video, James said that Trump doesn’t give an (expletive) about the peoplewhich led to controversial statement from Fox News host Laura Ingraham suggesting that James, and other professional athletes, should not speak about politics and instead shut up and dribble.

But the Broncos moved on from Dixon by signing Pro Bowl free agent Marquette King Brett Hull Authentic Jersey after he was released by the Raiders. The Giants were in the market for a new starting punter after releasing Brad Wing.

Dixon has been the only punter on the roster since the Giants released Austin Rehkow on May 7, meaning for all eight organized team activity practices The Giants had two open roster spots after a series of moves Monday and opted to not make Dixon’s job a foregone conclusion.

But Symmank really win the starting job?

Like Rehkow, Symmank has never kicked in a NFL regular-season game.

The difference is Symmank is familiar to Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. He averaged 42.9 yards per punt on nine attempts with the Vikings in the 2017 preseason, after first appearing in the team’s 2016 rookie minicamp.

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Third baseman Travis Shaw was back in the Milwaukee Brewers’ starting lineup Sunday — one day after being benched by manager Craig Counsell for failing to run out a ground ball in a 12-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
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Today it acted up on me a little bit more than the other ones and Davey decided to Mark Messier Jersey pull the plug,” he said.

Strasburg allowed three runs and five hits with two strikeouts and did not look comfortable on the mound.

Andrew McCutchen gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the first inning when he homered off a 97 mph fastball, A.Q. Shipley Womens Jersey and San Francisco opened the second inning with four straight hits to make it 3-0.

Shawn Kelley replaced Strasburg to start the third inning. Strasburg took the loss in the Giants’ 9-5 victory.

The 29-year-old Strasburg has been excellent when healthy, going 15-4 in both of the two past season. But he hasn’t made 30 starts in a year since 2014 when he made 34.

Strasburg has made five trips to the disabled list since 2015. Neither Martinez or Strasburg were forecasting the MRI result.

Hopefully, it’s nothing at all,” Martinez said. Just a little tightness, a little inflammation, we can take care of it and then we’ll go from there.”

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At some point, Aaron Rodgers will become the newest highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. By most accounts, that formality should happen before the 2018 season kicks off.
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Beyond leapfrogging Matt Ryan in average per year and guaranteed money, there are more nuanced aspects of Rodgers’ anticipated contract that are worth tracking.

Currently, Rodgers has two years remaining on his deal. The Packers then hold the ability to franchise tag the quarterback the next two seasons. Green Bay could do nothing and have Rodgers under center for the next four seasons. When you’re holding a full house, there are very few hands to which you’d fold.

Kirk Cousins signed a three-year deal with all $84 million guaranteed. The short deal will allow the Vikings QB another shot at a big contract during his prime. He leveraged such a player-friendly deal because he was a free agent. Rodgers doesn’t hold such trump cards.

My heart is broken, former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, who presided over the team’s glory years, said in a statement. Today, I lost my little brother and one of my best friends.

I cannot put into words how special Dwight was to me and to everyone his life touched. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend and teammate. He showed tremendous courage and dignity in his battle with ALS and we hope there will soon be a cure for this horrendous disease.

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Tyrann Mathieu likes having defined role in Texans’ secondary

While Tyrann Mathieu played a lot of roles for the Cardinals, serving as a hybrid safety-cornerback-nickel-linebacker role, he has a defined position at strong safety for the Texans.

Yeah, it definitely helps me slow things down, Mathieu said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Just focusing on one position, trying to be the best at that, rather than just being good at everything. So, I think it’s important for me to just embrace it like I have been and just trying to continue to grow as a safety.

As the Vikings worked through their fifth of nine formal spring practices labeled by NFL parlance as organized team activities, outside linebacker Anthony Barr was back on the field with the team after an absence last week he confirmed was related to his contract status.

Now playing the final season of his rookie contract at a fully guaranteed salary of slightly more than $12.3 million, Barr said he hoped to have a new deal in place before the on-field workouts began. That didn’t happen, so he took out an insurance policy to protect his future earnings in case of injury in 2018.

The issue for Barr and his desire for longer-term security is the Vikings also have hefty paydays looming for wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive end Danielle Hunter, who are also playing this season on expiring contracts for a team that has plenty of expensive stars.

By waiting until Thursday, the Bills limited the effect the player’s remaining bonus money will have on their salary cap. The more than $10 million in bonus money owed to Wood will now only count against the team’s salary cap this year rather than be spread over the two years left on the contract.

Wood declined to comment on being released by the Bills in a text to The AP. Wood did say he’s planning to attend Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s annual charitable auction and golf tournament in Buffalo this weekend.

Though Wood said he’ll never play again, the nine-year veteran balked at the last minute to announce his retirement during a news conference in January.

Wood read from a prepared statement and spoke for less than two minutes in revealing end of season tests discovered two discs being dangerously close to his spinal cord.

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The Cavaliers are 8-1 all time when leading a series 3-2, with the only loss coming in the 2006 conference semifinals against the Pistons — James’ second postseason series. Including his time in Miami, James’ teams are 9-1 when up 3-2 in a series. The Pacers, meanwhile, are just 1-12 in a series when trailing 3-2, with the only win coming in the 2014 first round against the Hawks.
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There’s a small flicker of light for the Thunder behind a 14-2 run. With no Rudy Gobert on the floor, and Derrick Favors joining him in foul trouble, OKC has made a push to cut the lead to 13.

Mike Piazza Youth Jersey Quin Snyder took a big gamble going back to Rudy Gobert as the Jazz started to slip, and it backfired as Gobert picks up his fifth foul with 3:50 left in the third. And the Thunder are into single-digits.
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But this grade is based on the fact that Allen is likely to be a big-armed bust. The QB wasn’t worth the trade, especially at the cost of two second-rounders. The Bills drafted like a team set to return to the playoffs; their glaring weaknesses on the offensive line and at wide receiver should have been addressed earlier. QB desperation is never a good way to draft, and it led to a chain reaction that gave Allen and AJ McCarron little support.

As the Celtics continue to deal with a slew of injuries, most recently to star point guard Kyrie Irving, many pundits wonder if Giannis Antetokounmpo can carry the Bucks into the second round. The key will be just how many people Celtics coach Brad Stevens will end up running at Antetokounmpo. Will Al Horford, who figures to get plenty of time squared up against the Greek Freak, still have enough gas left to help carry the depleted Celtics offensively? If Horford can at least slow down Antetokounmpo, it will fall on Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe to pick up the slack.

Despite a frustrating up-and-down regular season, the late March return of John Wall makes the Wizards a dangerous team in a rather wide-open East. Washington is exactly the sort of low-seed opponent that no top squad wants to draw. The Wizards have a lot of talent but also a core with Womens Tony Phillips Jersey plenty of playoff experience. The question is whether Washington can pull itself from the general malaise it operated under for much of the regular season.

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has already stated multiple times that Tyrod Taylor Jersey will be the team’s starting quarterback in 2018.

The 25-year-old White remains defiant in the face of three lost seasons due to injury.聽
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Ah, don’t know,聽the wide receiver responded when asked if the Bears still believe in him, per the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam L. Jahns. Really don’t bother me at all. I believe in myself.
A tough decision is looming since both defenders will demand top dollar if or when they reach free agency.聽

However, the Browns used the first overall pick to select Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield’s determination is the stuff of legend, as he’s the first-ever walk-on to win the Heisman Trophy. Eventually, Taylor will give way to Mayfield.
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The Browns faithful lust for high-level quarterback play. Taylor Al Jefferson Jersey may be a logical option to start the season, but Cleveland’s front office saw something special in Mayfield. The second Taylor struggles, his standing will be called into question.聽

Trying to stay sharp when it can be days between at-bats. Attempting to be successful in the one at-bat a player might have in a game – after sitting on the bench for almost three hours and not being able to play into a rhythm.

It’s no surprise the better players in the role have been veterans who have years to refine a routine preparing them for sporadic work. Young players – almost all who have started throughout their minor-league careers – typically struggle mightily.

But in a small sample size, Phillies 24-year-old outfielder Nick Williams has thrived in a pinch-hitting role in 2018, coming off the bench more than he is starting for the first time in his career.

Authentic Kids D.J. Swearinger Jersey Williams hit his third pinch-hit homer of the young season Saturday, snapping a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning and sending the Phillies to a 2-1 win over Toronto and temporary stay in first place in the National League East.

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President Donald Trump is filling out his roster for the Council on Sport, Fitness, and Nutrition, and he’s tapping into some prominent figures in the sports world.
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One of the most notable names on the list is Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who is expected to help encourage youth participation in sports. He joins former Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, Olympic beach volleyball medalist Misty May-Treanor and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, who were selected as co-chairs of the council, the White House announced Friday.

Sense a theme here? Edmunds, unlike Smith and Evans, will anchor the straight-up middle in Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier’s 4-3 sceme. Edmunds’ playing style has been compared to that of Thomas Davis, but in Buffalo, he’ll step into the Kuechly spot from McDermott’s days in Carolina.
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Edmunds will have opportunities for a lot of big plays and stats, too. Speed, tackling and the ability to thrive against the pass are the right qualities for immediate impact; Edmunds is just a tad lesser in coverage than Smith and Vander Esch.

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Gray played at N.C. State but went undrafted in 2014. However, he signed a three-year, $1.5 million contract with the Packers later that offseason but was released before the regular season started.

Tarkenton and McNair were leaders who inspired their teammates and had the belief of their coaches, as is the case with virtually all top quarterbacks.

Rosen qualifies in the area of confidence. But will he be a leader, or will his Cardinals teammates question his maturity and focus? Remember, Mora’s said it could be a challenge to hold Rosen’s focus, saying the QB has a lot of interests in life.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning had plenty of other interests, but when it came time for football, they were laser-focused on the game. Will that be the case for Rosen?

One of the fears for some NFL people with Rosen is that he comes from a privileged background, so they wonder how important football is to him. Rosen will have to prove his dedication. He’ll have a chip on his shoulder from the self-perceived slight on draft day. That should be a good thing for the Cardinals as long as Rosen handles the pressure from the outside as well as the pressure Womens Yonder Alonso Jersey he places on himself.

Jets sign fourth-rounder Chris Herndon

Quarterback Sam Darnold was the first of six Jets draft picks this year and he’s now the last one without a contract.

The Jets announced that tight end Chris Herndon has agreed to a four-year deal with the team. Herndon was selected in the fourth round with the 107th overall pick.

“Any time I’m in the same breath with the greats,” James said about passing Abdul-Jabbar, “I know you guys hear me say it over and over, it’s just humbling.”

Maybe no one is saying it enough.

Here’s breaking down how good things look for the Eagles’ quest to repeat based on all the games they will play in 2018.

Toughest tests: The Eagles have to face four playoff teams on the road, including the fellow division-winning Rams, Saints and Jaguars. The NFC East might seem down, but it’s always trickier than it appears. Philadelphia came through in many of its close, tough games last season. It will need to do the same to come close to 13-3 in 2018.

Biggest breaks: The Eagles will be favored in every home game, and they draw the rematch of the NFC championship against the Vikings there, too. Getting the Giants and Redskins twice each is a nice built-in divisional advantage. The Eagles also are a much better team than the Colts or Buccaneers.

The Houston Rockets, tied 1-1 in the best of seven NBA Western Conference Finals, meet the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

The Rockets are led by guard James Harden, who averaged 30.4 points per game in the regular season. The Warriors are led by small forward Kevin Durant, who averaged 26.4 points per game, and guard Stephen Curry.

We’ll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. Check the scoreboard above and click on the stats link. ravens_099

Aaron Donald Jersey won’t be at Rams OTAs

Authentic Youth Austin Wagner Jersey Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has not taken part in any voluntary work with the Rams this offseason and that won’t change now that the team is moving into the organized team activity phase of the schedule.
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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Donald told the team that he will not be in attendance at OTAs.

Donald has been looking for a new contract for the last two years and has largely stayed away from the team during the offseason while pursuing that deal. There have been frequent proclamations of optimism from the team about getting something done, but an agreement has eluded everyone to this point.

The only mandatory Rams practices before training camp take place during a three-day minicamp in the middle of June. Donald was at minicamp last year after skipping OTAs.

There has never been such a player as Ginobili in the NBA, no one can compare to his style and substance, say the ESPN Player Rankings of one of its most influential players in NBA history. He’s the biggest star in history that has embraced a permanent role as the sixth man.

Kevin Durant said, I wish I had that last play back, following the Warriors’ Game 4 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday, but he already is looking ahead to Thursday’s Game 5.

Paul played a major role in the Rockets’ victory, which ended the Warriors’ NBA-record 16-game home playoff winning streak. He scored 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting and helped key Houston’s dominant defensive effort in the fourth quarter, when Golden State was held to 12 points on 3-of-18 shooting, the Warriors’ worst shooting quarter of the season.

A source told ESPN that Paul’s foot had been bothering him since the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ Game 2 win in Houston. However, the Rockets haven’t listed Paul on the official injury report during the series, and he had been evasive when asked about his health.

He acknowledged Tuesday night that he had undergone a whole lot of treatment in recent days.

It’s about as good as it’s going to be right now, Paul said. But for us, it’s not about that. It’s about going out there and getting stops and making big plays when we needed to.

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