Browns coach Hue Jackson doesn’t want his players protesting

Hue Jackson is a firm believer in patriotism.

EA Sports has an exclusive license with ESPN that allows the company to integrate the authentic ESPN/ABC broadcast presentation — including the commentary team of Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy — in addition to the role “First Take” plays in the game.

The “NBA Live” series has gone through a tumultuous last seven years with cancellations outnumbering actual products released. What was once a proud franchise has been largely forgotten by fans as competitor “NBA 2K” has risen to previously unthinkable sales levels and cultural relevance. A mobile version of “NBA Live'” came out last year and has done very well, but it remains to be seen whether the series can pull itself up off the ground on consoles and avoid the fate that several other sports game franchises have faced over the last decade of contraction within the genre.

James Harden appears on the cover of “NBA Live 18,” which will release on Sept. 15 for just $40 as part of a pre-order bonus. In addition to the new career mode, the WNBA makes its debut in the game. A demo will go live in North America on Aug. 11 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and include the ability to start the career mode and carry over progress to the full game if purchased along with an NBA Finals rematch of Cavaliers vs. Warriors.

The Niners had a pretty good tradition of QBs in the 1980s and ‘90s, but it was a little rough in the ‘70s. Before he was the “Head Ball Coach,” Spurrier was a No. 3 overall pick in 1967 after winning the Heisman at Florida. His pro playing career hit a nader with a winless season in Tampa Bay, but before then, he struggled as a middle passer for nine years in San Francisco. Going 13-12-1, he threw 33 touchdowns to 48 interceptions for a 61.2 rating and major bust status.dolphins_085

Smith gives the Indians their third strikeout-oriented reliever.

Why they’re here: This might be a bit high for the Mariners, but the core of this team is good enough to win a World Series — Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, James Paxton, Kyle Seager, Jean Segura and Edwin Diaz. And this group has been playing good baseball since a sluggish start to the season. Since falling to a season-worst eight games below .500 on May 27, the Mariners have 33 wins; only the Dodgers (44), Astros (35) and Royals (34) have more.

Dave Taylor Kids Jersey Why they’re here: The lineup is dynamic, led by Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. And the trade additions of Pat Neshek and Jonathan Lucroy were smart moves, but it really feels like this team needed to add at least one starter with some type of postseason experience to the rotation. The young starters in that rotation will be very good contributors for the Rockies for years.

Smith gives the Indians their third strikeout-oriented reliever. Cody Allen and Andrew Miller are two of the best relievers in MLB, so Smith will likely see most of his action in the seventh inning along with right-hander Bryan Shaw. With a rotation starting to find its way, and an elite bullpen, the Indians are in position to make noise in the postseason once again.
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Allen added that Francona provides the clubhouse with a stabilizing sense of confidence, whether they’re on a prolonged winning streak or a losing skid.

The dominance of Cleveland’s bullpen is an extension of that confidence.

Miller said Francona was a key reason behind the bullpen’s success last postseason, as he made clear the possibility of interchangeable roles and helped the staff buy into the idea. That approach and success has carried into this season, as the Indians’ bullpen has strung together the sixth-highest relief pitching fWAR (5.0).

Indians add bullpen depth with Joe Smith from Blue Jays

The Indians acquired reliever Joe Smith from the Blue Jays before the end of Monday’s MLB trade deadline, according to multiple reports.

Smith is 3-0 with a 3.28 ERA this season. He also has 51 strikeouts in just 35 2/3 innings. Smith pitched in Cleveland from 2009 to 2013.

With Andrew Miller and Cody Allen already contending for saves, Smith will likely work in the seventh inning. His arrival gives Cleveland one of the most dominant bullpens in MLB.

The Indians, who have won nine of their last 10 games, will once again rely on stingy pitching in the postseason while trying to improve upon last season’s World Series loss.

He taught us hard work. He taught us that we had to work for what we wanted to get. Nothing was ever going to be given to you. And then on the other side, my mom, he taught us the hard work. Mom made us do the hard work. I’ll never forget my mom was — I think everybody in Stanford, Florida, knows who Sue Raines is, even before I became a Major League player. She used to come in each and every ballgame I ever played, whether it be fastball, it can basketball, it can baseball, it with running track. Sue Raines was always there, and I knew it. You know, and she pushed me not in a way by saying do this or do that, but she always made me smile, and that smile made me go on and do the things that I was able to do. Thank you, Sue and Ned. Thank you so much.

As you know, I’m not looking at these notes because I had to change them around a little bit because we are at the end of the day. I’m surely not used to batting fifth. Although I feel like I had the power and speed to do it.
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I also want to talk about my kids, my two boys. Little Rock, you know, the year Little Rock was born, four or five days later, I was called up to the Big Leagues. I was in my second full season in the Minor Leagues. I didn’t get a chance to see Little Rock until the season was over, so he had to be about a month, month and a half old, and when I finally came back to see him, he had no clue who the heck I was.
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it has shown on the field in spectacular ways.

For four consecutive seasons, the NFL’s salary cap has jumped by at least $10 million. It reached a new high again this March when it was set at $167 million.

But teams aren’t spending it as quickly. According to The Ringer, 13 teams had $5 million in cap space during the 2014 season while the other 19 were close to the spending limit. In 2016, 23 teams had at least $5 million in room.
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If it wasn’t for the 33 interceptions Winston threw in the last two seasons, he may already be considered one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks. At 6’4, 232 pounds, Winston has a blend of size, strength, athleticism, and arm talent that made him the No. 1 pick.

At times, it has shown on the field in spectacular ways.
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In November, he provided arguably the play of the NFL season by dodging nearly the entire Chicago Bears defense and narrowly avoiding a safety before heaving a pass about 50 yards downfield.

The play is everything exciting about Winston in a nutshell.

Sure, it required all of his athletic abilities to pull it off, but it happened because Winston is one of the only quarterbacks who would actually be willing to run backward 15 yards, change directions three times, and then hurl a ball up for grabs.

A report from ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez in May said the Rams were hesitant to pay Johnson until they saw he could play in new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme. Now both Johnson and the Rams head towards an uncertain future together.

Jones sure can turn a phrase, but he’s also up for the occasional dad joke.

That’s what he resorted to during a conversation with Michael Irvin’s agent, Steve Endicott, about renegotiating Irvin’s contract.

“Jerry says to me, ‘Steve, you know that town out in West Texas, El Paso?’” Endicott recalls Jones saying of his proposal. ‘“Well, I think we’re going to El Paso on that.’”

Despite being mostly a basketball player in college (he played just one year of football at the University of Miami), Graham’s athletic gifts made him a fascinating NFL prospect. He ran a 4.56 at the combine while measuring in at 6’6, 260 pounds — a combination of size and speed that would make him an imposing matchup for opponents.

Sure enough, the Saints got the most they could out of Graham after selecting him in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft. He went on to be one of the most prolific tight ends in the game, scoring 51 touchdowns in five seasons with the Saints. In 2014, New Orleans gave Graham a four-year contract extension, worth up to $40 million with $20.9 million in guarantees. It seemed liked Graham would be a Saint for life, forming a career-long connection with Drew Brees similar to the one shared by Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates.

Unfortunately, Graham’s Saints tenure didn’t last long after that. He had another strong performance in 2014 with 10 touchdowns and 885 yards on 85 catches, but the Saints ran into salary cap hell in the offseason and needed to clear space off the books, so they decided to put Graham on the trade market. The Seahawks pounced, sending a first-round pick and center Max Unger to New Orleans.

Penguins’ Scott Wilson ‘fine’ after taking hit to head

Scott Wilson dodged the contagious injury bug.

Mens JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey The Penguins winger is doing fine after taking a hit to the head from Senators winger Tommy Wingels in Sunday’s Game 5 blowout, coach Mike Sullivan announced Monday after the team’s optional practice.

As the Democrat and Chronicle noted Wednesday, a longstanding state law grants Madison Square Garden’s owners an exemption from property taxes as long as they play all of their home games at the arena. That exemption is expected to run about $42 million this year, according to the city’s budget office.

Having the Sabres serve as the home team will result in one fewer game at KeyBank Center next season. Buffalo’s fans might not be happy about that, but the league compensates teams for lost home dates, so it won’t affect the Sabres’ bottom line. That would not have been the case if the Rangers bailed on one of their usual 41 MSG dates.

Mens Alonzo Mourning Jersey According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the NHL said a variety of factors played into the decision to have the Sabres be the home team, but the league didn’t specify any of them.

No matter the outcome in the final series, the Predators have already made an indelible mark on Nashville’s sports history. The resiliency of this team is impressive with wins over Anaheim in the final two games of the series after losing Johansen and Fisher to injuries.

Titans OTAs and minicamps used to be a big deal in May and June, but no one’s talking about Tennessee’s pro football team this month 斜薪 other than saluting Marcus Mariota and his offensive linemen for being the chief rally towel wavers at the Game 3 win over the Ducks.

Ducks down injured No. 1 goalie John Gibson for must-win Game 6

The Ducks will be without No. 1 goalie John Gibson as they play to save their season Monday in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

Gibson, who suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Predators, expressed hope he would be healthy enough to start in net and partook in morning skate Monday, lending to some optimism he would be given the green light.

So much, in fact, that Tennesseeans won’t be permitted to purchase the bottom-feeding fish.

You have to show ID if you want to buy catfish here, co-owner Jim Wholey told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. If you’re from Tennessee, we’re not selling it to you.
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Predators fans have been throwing catfish on the ice since 2003, a tradition inspired by Red Wings fans who toss octopi at Detroit games. However, Wholey’s had also refused to sell octopi to Red Wings fans when their team played the Penguins in back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances in 2008 and 2009. While they hate to turn away paying customers, the fish market intends to keep that tradition alive.
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Like I said in 2008, this is for eating, not throwing, co-owner Dan Wholey told the Tribune-Review. Catfish are delicious, and we’re going to eat them before, during and after we beat the Predators.

Rajon Rondo calls BS on Bulls saying benching was to ‘save him from himself’

Rajon Rondo has been benched five consecutive games by Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, but with Jimmy Butler (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest) out for Tuesday’s matchup with the Wizards, the enigmatic point guard was back on the court, serving as the sixth man.
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Limited Paul Worrilow Jersey Before the game, Rondo told reporters why the Bulls decided that benching was the right thing to do despite $28 million attached to his name.

Rondo, who calls his situation the most confusing of his career, said he was told by a staff member that the Bulls and Hoiberg were trying to save him from himself.

I thought it was one of their players because I was getting ready to shoot and in my peripheral you see a body right there and he is saying, ‘I am right here! I am right here! I got your stunt!’ Lee said after the game, via ESPN. Usually in basketball terminology, that is a switch or I am going to jump out, so I shot-faked and drove. I still should have shot the shot.

The NBA agreed with Lee and fined Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe $5,000 and the Wizards organization $15,000 for the incident.

Many Knicks players on the court saw what happened, and were just as upset as Lee. Center Kyle O’Quinn said, At any level, you can’t do that.

Carmelo Anthony added, They have six players on the court.

I think it’s something they [the NBA] need to take a look at, Lee said. Being a basketball player you play off of instincts, and if you hear somebody right there, that’s why I try to make the right play. But I still should have shot it.

The league heard Lee and took action.