Colin Kaepernick might finally be getting closer to his NFL return. Sort of. The former 49ers starter is one of two quarterbacks working out for the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

A 2015 undrafted free agent out of Iowa State, Irving plays a rotational role on Dallas’ defensive line, with an emphasis on rushing the passer. He logged 489 defensive snaps in 2016, recording four sacks, four forced fumbles, and 17 tackles. In Week 6, Irving was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after getting forcing three fumbles and registering a sack against the Green Bay Packers.

Suspensions are nothing new for the Cowboys, who have seen their defensive line take a big hit in recent years. Randy Gregory, a 2015 second-round pick, got a 10-game suspension in 2016 and is currently serving a full one-year ban after failing multiple drug tests. Demarcus Lawrence took a four-game suspension last year, while linebacker Rolando McClain’s career resurgence was cut short by a one-year suspension handed down last season.
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Game Mens Demar Dotson Jersey The Cowboys finished 12-4 in 2016, yet their defense wasn’t always a strong suit. They managed 36 sacks, a middling 13th-most in the league, while ranking 14th in yards allowed per game. Irving actually had the fourth-most sacks on the team, behind Benson Mayowa (six), Maliek Collins (five), and Tyrone Crawford (4.5).

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Elite Kids New York Jets Jersey You can see what the best-case scenario for the Browns is if you look past all those jokes tied to the franchise’s brutal past and the Moneyball and Draft Day memes and GIFs lumped in with the present.

General manager Sashi Brown, chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta and coach Hue Jackson are taking an unconventional approach for sure. That’s magnified after Thursday’s bold NBA-style trade with the Houston Texans for Brock Osweiler that netted a 2018 second-round pick and a 2018 sixth-round pick. There’s an exciting plan in place, but that still needs to include Cleveland’s franchise quarterback.

MLB must stop trying to coast on the very outdated notion that the sport is still America’s pastime and that it will always have a special place in the hearts of sports fans. Not only is this nowhere near true anymore, but baseball has long since failed to consistently capture the nation’s sports consciousness the way it did for much of the 20th century.

American sports have evolved. Entertainment in general has evolved. Baseball must evolve, too.
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If you’re wondering how an eight-man batting order would work, it’s pretty simple. Take a random National League game from last season, Dodgers at Giants on June 10. These were the Giants’ first eight hitters:

The Giants’ starter that night was Johnny Cueto, who batted .114/.137/.114 in 2016. He went 0 for 2 against Clayton Kershaw. Under the no-DH, no-pitcher plan, Cueto and Kershaw would just have to worry about pitching, the same as if they were in the American League right now. In the revised batting order, Span would have followed Parker instead of Cueto.

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Montravius Adams will never forget the night of April 28, 2017.

Anderson, 23, was charged with felony resisting arrest with violence as well as misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer, WINZ-AM reported Sunday.

“I just wanted to welcome him to the team, let him know if he has any questions or needs anything in the next few days, I was here for him,” Manning told the Giants’ website. “He responded to that with, ‘Yes, sir.’ I told him we were off to a bad start. Please do not refer to me as ‘sir.’ I appreciate the manners, but we’re teammates. I was always taught the same thing. Anyone older than me, I have to call them sir. But hopefully, we straightened that out.”

Credit to the 22-year-old Webb for starting the relationship with the maximum level of respect. That’s just how they raise ’em in Prosper, Texas.

Three rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft are complete, but there are stil plenty of talented players on the board as the draft shifts to its third and final day.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick in 2000. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was taken in the fourth round last year. Former Broncos running back Terrell Davis was a sixth-round selection in 1995. The Redskins found receiver Pierre Garcon from Division III Mount Union in the sixth round in 2008. Seattle’s Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman and Redskins cornerback Josh Norman were all fifth-round picks.

GM Ozzie Newsome kept up the massive defensive overhaul theme from last year, especially on the edges for the Ravens’ pass rush and coverage. Baltimore’s defense is bound to trend back toward elite, with an upgrade in run blocking becoming the necessary offensive complement (Siragusa). Getting no wideout anywhere, however, was a bit of a whiff.

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And, oh yeah, there’s the man pushing the buttons and crafting the motivation, manager Joe Maddon. He’s technically under contract through 2019, but that’s just a number. He’ll have a job as this team’s manager as long as he wants to keep the job.

Elite Mens Johnathan Hankins Jersey There’s no way we’re spraying champagne without Joe here, Hoyer says. He brought a culture and a belief that, I think, would have been almost impossible to get from a different personality. He’s the right guy at the right time, and we were really fortunate to get him.

Yeah, the Cubs aren’t going anywhere, folks. The new seasons presents new opportunities.

Once that clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, it’s now 2017, Dempster says. You’re no longer a 2016 team even if you have 90 percent of your team back, it’s not the same team. You have different guys. Each club has to stand on its own merit, its own two feet. Those are the challenges.

Specifically, the biggest challenge just might be replacing leadoff man/center fielder Dexter Fowler. He was such a big part of what the Cubs did on the field, and how they approached the game in the clubhouse. Maddon would famously tell Fowler you go, we go in the dugout before every contest. Fowler signed a five-year deal to join the rival Cardinals in the offseason.

While the First Lady had to leave early for another event, the President said, She came and shook hands with every one of these members of the Cubs organization and told a story about what it meant for her to be able to see them win, because she remembers coming home from school and her dad would be watching the Cubs game and the bond and the family and the meaning the Cubs had for her in terms of connecting with her father. … I almost choked up listening to it, and it spoke to how people feel about this organization.
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Ending a week of speculation and uncertainty, the Redskins fired general manager Scot McCloughan on Thursday.

The Washington Redskins have released Scot McCloughan from the organization, effective immediately, Allen said in a statement Thursday. We wish him success in his future endeavors. The team will have no further comment on his departure.
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The organization remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft.

McCloughan, 46, had two years remaining on his four-year contract.

The Washington Post first reported Wednesday that McCloughan and the Redskins were headed for an inevitable split as rumors swirled about the whereabouts of the team’s foremost talent evaluator. The report said McCloughan’s relationship with Allen had soured from ongoing friction with Allen over personnel decisions.

The odd circumstances surrounding McCloughan’s whereabouts followed comments made by former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, who speculated on a D.C. radio show last month McCloughan isn’t allowed to speak to reporters due to a relapse with alcoholism.

The issue led to McCloughan’s dismissal as 49ers general manager in 2010 and as a senior personnel executive with the Seahawks in 2014, and, according to the Post, also factored into his firing from the Redskins.
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He’s had multiple relapses due to alcohol, an unidentified team official told the Post on Thursday of McCloughan’s time with the Redskins. He showed up in the locker room drunk on multiple occasions. … This has been a disaster for 18 months.

Neither McCloughan nor his agent were immediately available to comment on the circumstances surrounding his firing.

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The best thing to say about the rebuilding Bengals is that Glasgow is a good value … out of 11 picks. Ross was a reach, and Lawson was a free-faller. Both come in with durability issues. Willis is better suited to be a 3-4 edge rusher. They didn’t need a second wideout in Malone, either, and Elliott was taken too early.

About Mixon: For a non-glaring need because of Jeremy Hill and a recovering Giovani Bernard, he’s not worth that kind of backfield risk in the second round. The backlash is bound to make that pick backfire. Between Mixon, Adam Jones and Vontaze Burfict, the Bengals are unrelenting in ignoring controversy.
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The Redskins thought defense first with their 10 picks and rolled with two front-seven steals from the Crimson Tide. Likewise, Moreau and Nicholson both are ideal fits for the secondary. Perine landed in a great spot to see a key role in their offense. Sprinkle is a good in-line backup. The only knock comes from no late QB project.
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Teams will be given 10 minutes apiece to make their first-round selections on the day the draft starts. For the second round, that time decreases to seven minutes, and again to five minutes for Rounds 3-7.

If the time expires before a team submits its pick, the next team up can begin to submit their choice, but the team whose time has expired can submit their selection at any point. Teams can trade their selections at any time.

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Elite Terrell Owens Jersey Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent, but at least three teams have expressed slight interest in him.

Harry Edwards, an advisor to Kaepernick, told USA Today Sports that teams have contacted him to ask about the QB. He says the three teams wanted to know from him if Kaepernick can play, and if he still wants to play. He couldn’t speak about the second question, but has told them Kaepernick can still play.

Kaepernick’s free agency has been one of the more high-profile topics this offseason. Chatter heightened this week when the Cardinals signed Blaine Gabbert, a quarterback who was benched last year in favor for Kaepernick, who ended up playing much better for the same team.
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Every week there seems to be a new reason explaining why Kaepernick is without a team, from the obvious political stance all the way to his diet. Many of those reasons were dissected by the Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami, who also revealed some new information about Kaepernick’s status.

Via Kawakami:

A source tells me that Kaepernick to this point has had no serious talks with any team about a contract and has had no meetings, which means he has not demanded a starting role or a $10M salary or a $5M salary or any of the other things circulating among the NFL gossip mill recently.

Draft picks: Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore, Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk, Utah S Marcus Williams, Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara, Florida, LB Alex Anzalone, Florida Atlantic OLB Trey Hendrickson, Miami DE Al-Quadin Muhammad

This was tricky for Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton, as the defensive and offensive flow of the first round pushed the Saints into best player available. It worked great for a need in Lattimore; not so much with Ramcyzk. Kamara was a bit of luxury reach for offense, and it’s unclear how exactly the rest of their defensive picks will settle into their system. Between quarterback, wide receiver and tight end, at least one should have been addressed

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The fourth Jet on this list, Mangold’s free agent status is the most surprising on the list. He missed eight games last year but had made three straight Pro Bowls before that.

Teams often view center as a cheap position, which could be a hang-up for a player used to earning bigger money. But it’s hard not to see Mangold playing somewhere for $2 million-$3 million this season.

The Chiefs are still going to be seeing Jamaal Charles at Arrowhead Stadium but it’s going only going to be once a season.

Broncos general manager John Elway announced Tuesday that Denver has signed the longtime Kansas City running back. According to multiple reports, Charles got a one-year deal worth up to $3.75 million.

Charles, 30, was released by the Chiefs in February after another injury-plauged season. His productivity had decreased over the last two years, largely because of the torn ACL he suffered in October 2015. He didn’t seem to fully recover from the injury, and didn’t take the field until Week 5 of the 2016 season.

He played in only three games until he suffered a setback in his knee that required surgery on his meniscus. Once again, Charles missed the end of the season.cubs_1635

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LaVar Ball reportedly had eyeballed a $200 price tag for Big Baller Brand’s first pair of sneakers, but the new price nearly doubles the report. That retail price would rank higher than the LeBron 14s, the KD 9s, and both James Harden’s and Stephen Curry’s latest sneakers. It would also price higher than Paul George’s inaugural PG1’s, which retail at $109.99.

The bottom of the sneakers feature a custom-painted Big Baller Brand logo.

Ball unveiled the sneaker on Thursday through SLAM Magazine, where he spoke about he and his brothers’ vision of their own signature shoe, about a brand that they could claim as ours.

The Clippers could virtually lose everything they’ve built in this series if they fall to a wet-behind-the-ears Jazz team making its first playoff appearance since the Deron Williams era. A loss for Utah could be equally as damaging, though, as Hayward becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and could jet town at a whim.

Jordan probably looks at Gobert and sees a younger, more spry version of himself. But even the Clippers center wasn’t this good this early.

But as a receiver, the objective of the position is to catch balls and make plays. I think no matter where you do that or what offense you do that in, it’s gonna translate. I think that’s something that I was able to show, that I was able to catch balls and make plays.

Even if those numbers were inflated, it still shows that I’m extremely productive in any type of offense that you put me in.
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There’s at least one area in which the air raid should help, not hurt, his draft stock.

A feature of the modern spread is receivers running option routes that require them to read defenders and find grass.

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John Lynch is the 49ers’ general manager, and his first move at the NFL draft on Thursday was to trade down from the second overall pick to the third. His next move was to spend the No. 3 pick on Stanford defensive tackle Solomon Thomas.

Lynch and Thomas had a unique bit of history together. When Thomas was a freshman at Stanford in 2014, Lynch turned up on campus. Via The MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas:

One of the classes he took that semester was a Management Science and Engineering class on how to make good decisions. Not only was Thomas in his class—they worked together on a project.

Limited Kids Phil Taylor Jersey Within the first 20 seconds of Game 1, the Utah Jazz lost the most important player on their team in Rudy Gobert. It seemed as if the momentum of Utah’s first 50-win season in seven years was all but gone. But the Jazz put up a fight against the Clippers the entire night. Despite having lost arguably the best defensive player in the league, the Jazz found a way. Then thanks to a Joe Johnson buzzer beater, the Jazz stole home court advantage and stunned the Clippers.
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Game 2 was an entirely different story. While the Clippers couldn’t capitalize on the missing Rudy Gobert in Game 1, it’s all they did in Game 2. They poured in 60 points in the paint, including an 18-point, 15-rebound night from DeAndre Jordan. The Jazz were able to hang around to an extent but Chris Paul took over late and put the game away for good finishing with 21 points and 10 assists on the night.

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