Quintin Demps was signed as the presumptive leader in his 10th NFL season

The delayed opening of the Rams’ new stadium from 2019 to 2020 was key in the NFL’s decision to push back. The Rams are set to be the home team for a game in China, and have to give up a home game for an international one in 2019.

According to Sports Business Daily, the numerous moving parts surrounding the NFL’s multiple international games also contributed in the decision to wait another year. The NFL has five international games this upcoming season, with four in London and one in Mexico City.
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell first spoke about the possibility of a game in China during the owners meeting last March.

Authentic Youth DeMario Davis Jersey The size and the influence of China in the global marketplace is obviously something that you can’t ignore, Goodell said. You can’t ignore that as a sport, or a business, or as a nation. We know we have lots of fans over there, and more importantly, potential fans over there.

Goodell added that multiple teams were interested in playing globally, but China was a bigger interest.

Quintin Demps was signed as the presumptive leader in his 10th NFL season, and he’ll slide in at strong safety. Amos returns at free, but fourth-round pick Eddie Jackson has a chance to steal that position. Deiondre’ Hall is moving to safety to provide further depth alongside fellow youngsters Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson.

The Bears have three solid corners at the top of their depth chart in free-agency acquisition Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan. But depth behind them — Sherrick McManis, Johnthan Banks, Marcus Cooper, B.W. Webb, Cre’Von LeBlanc — might be an issue.

JJ Redick agrees to one-year deal with 76ers

The 76ers have added a much-needed veteran presence to what will likely be one fo the youngest starting lineups in the NBA next season.

After trading up to take University of Washington product one-and-done point guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, Philadelphia has come to terms with 11th-year sharpshooter JJ Redick to fill out their backcourt. The tandem cold accompany a frontline that will may consist of last year’s top pick Ben Simmons, who’s yet to turn 21, and 2016-17 Rookie of the Year candidates 23-year-olds Dario Saric and Joel Embiid.

Of course, there’s a good chance Thomas was aware of his new teammate’s reported decision before the rest of the NBA world did. Still an impressive reaction time to Haynes’ tweet.

The Celtics, Heat and Jazz reportedly coveted Hayward before Boston apparently made a strong enough impression to take one of the biggest 2017 free agents off the market. Which is why newly-acquired Utah guard Ricky Rubio’s reaction to Hayward’s decision not to re-sign with the Jazz was, well, the opposite of Thomas’ reaction.

The only beam of hope for Rubio and the Jazz: Hayward’s agent told ESPN a decision had not yet been made despite Haynes’ report.

Thomas, 28, is entering the final season of his four-year contract with the Celtics. Terms of Hayward’s reported deal were not immediately known.

Hayward, drafted by Utah in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, averaged 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in seven seasons with the Jazz.
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Meet the Bears season-ticket holder suing to wear Packers gear

A Bears season-ticket holder is suing the team to wear Packers gear.

Let that soak in as the NFL’s oldest and fiercest rivalry lands in federal court.

Russell Beckman alleges in his lawsuit that the Bears wouldn’t let him wear Packers gear on the sideline during pregame warmups last season during a season-ticket holder event, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Authentic Mens Devin Hester Jersey Beckman, who also has Packers season tickets, lives in Mount Pleasant, Wis., approximately 75 miles north of Chicago’s Soldier Field and 140 miles south of Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Cons: Kessler still went 0-8 as the starter, and unless he separates himself in training camp this also feels more like a stop-gap than a real-time solution for a franchise that has played alphabet soup with quarterbacks. Kessler’s accuracy is a plus, but in those eight games he had just 17 completions of 20 yards or more. When you are taking more sacks than completing chunk plays in the passing game, that’s a problem. That’s obviously not all Kessler, but it’s a factor in the decision.
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It looks like it would be easy to hit a homer, I thought. The Braves and Reds apparently agreed.

After only a few pitches from Braves starter Doyle Alexander, the Reds’ first two batters Daniels and Tracy Jones had gone deep. An inning later, the Reds’ Kurt Stillwell also homered. Then Braves catcher Bruce Benedict homered. An inning after that, Murphy homered. Then Ken Griffey. The Launching Pad was at its launchiest.

Reds starter Bill Gullickson did not enjoy serving up all those launches. So, after Griffey’s homer, he plunked Braves shortstop Andres Thomas, who immediately charged the mound and set off a bench-clearing brawl. The whole series of events was, as you might imagine, quite enjoyable to my 11-year-old eyes.

Eric Decker excited about working with Titans’ Marcus Mariota

Eric Decker didn’t need much convincing to play football in Nashville.

One huge factor was working with young quarterback Marcus Mariota, who will be entering his third season with Tennessee. Decker said he admires Mariota and believes they will have great chemistry on the field.
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He’s among some of the most powerful guys in the league, Rangers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy told Sporting News. You put him up there with Aaron Judge, you put him up there with Giancarlo Stanton, in terms of power.

Since being drafted by Carolina in April, McCaffrey’s in-person interactions with the Panthers prior to Thursday were limited to a two-day rookie camp in the first week of May.

When McCaffrey was home in Colorado, he relied on nightly phone calls with Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper, who spent 45 minutes to an hour per day reviewing, explaining and quizzing the rookie running back on the latest batch of plays that the team had installed.

McCaffrey texted with his fellow running backs and studied the Panthers’ linebackers because that’s who you go against every day. He trained with strength and speed coach Loren Landow, and he worked on his route running with his father, former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey.
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McCaffrey said several times that the rule that kept him from using Carolina’s facilities is what it is, but the rookie is in favor of changing it.

I would, he said, or at least make some exceptions.

Golden State has captured a lead in the first quarter of Games 1 and 2 with great energy.

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They just took it to us right from the beginning, Kerr said of Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals. I remember our offense was pushed back to half court the first few possessions. They set a great tone. I think they went up big right away, and so we got to be ready for that initial force.

Golden State has captured a lead in the first quarter of Games 1 and 2 with great energy. Can they manufacture that same fire without the Oracle Arena crowd and avoid becoming complacent?

There are a couple of things worth noting about this possession. The first is that Curry is the screener and Durant is the ball handler. The Warriors aren’t the first team to figure out the mismatches a 3-1 or 4-1 pick-and-roll can create, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s highly unusual for a 6-3 point guard to set a screen on a 7-footer in the pick-and-roll.

Elite Kids Corey Peters Jersey The second is the opportunities putting Durant and Curry in a pick-and-roll creates for the Warriors. Durant averaged 0.97 points per possession as the ball handler in the pick-and-roll during the regular season, which was good enough for him to rank in the 85.4 percentile. Curry, who made 46.2 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in the regular season, is in position to pop to the perimeter and Clark, who made 41.5 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, camps out in the corner. No matter how the Spurs decide they’re going to defend the action, they’re going to give up a high percentage look to someone in their sweet spot.

In this situation, the Spurs choose to trap Durant in the pick-and-roll and send Clark’s defender at Curry to take away an open 3-pointer. Bryn Forbes is successful with the latter 鈥?he shows just enough to prevent Curry from rising up 鈥?but he slips on his closeout and isn’t able to recover to Clark in time. As a result, the Spurs give up an open 3-pointer to Clark in the corner, which he knocks down with ease.

Draymond Green laughs at Magic Johnson’s claim about sweeping Warriors

Magic Johnson made the assertion last year that his Showtime Lakers would have defeated the 2015-16 Warriors, but he took it a step further Monday night. Speaking at event with Pat Riley, Johnson said not only would his team have defeated the now-improved Warriors team with Kevin Durant, but predicts it would have swept them.

According to Johnson, the reasoning is that this Warriors team is too little. He also said, Zaza [Pachulia], I’m sorry, referencing the Warriors’ starting center’s chances against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the paint.

Monroe called out Jackson’s decision to complement Anthony with a high-volume shooter like Derrick Rose, and another low-percentage shooter like Courtney Lee, neither of whom is great defensively.
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If they’re doing the triangle, that’s a slower game and they’re going to need more spot shooters, Monroe said.

While he did praise the pickup of a player like Joakim Noah who is a fit for the triangle, that one addition doesn’t make up for all the other pieces that were shoehorned into the Knicks’ roster.

The nostalgia of the 1973 Knicks’ championship may be wearing off for Earl The Pearl and it may just be a matter of time before other Knick legends stop backing the Zen Master.

Red Sox legend Jerry Remy says cancer has returned

Longtime Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy says his lung cancer has returned.

The former major league second baseman has fought off the disease four times already, most recently undergoing treatments last winter. He announced the recurrence Monday on Twitter and told the Boston Globe he plans to have surgery after the conclusion of the team’s upcoming road trip.

Dykstra, who has endured a checkered life since his baseball career ended, made his assessment Wednesday, the day after the Mets fell to a season-worst eight games under .500 at 24-32.

Terry Collins has lost the team, and the players have no confidence. It’s pretty obvious, he said. It almost seems like he’s managing from a textbook.

Johnson, 56, is managing the Rangers’ Single-A affiliate, the Down East Wood Ducks, in the Carolina League but also has held several positions with the Mets at both the major-league and minor-league levels.
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I don’t have a Facebook account, but I heard Lenny has been posting stuff, Johnson told The News on Wednesday. He called me the other day, and he said he thinks it should happen. I have a job with Texas, and I feel good over here. No disrespect to Terry. It’s not a good place for me to comment on someone else’s job.

Authentic Mens Matt Jones Jersey The outspoken Dykstra isn’t so reticent, however, questioning Collins’ in-game strategy as well as his lineup and pitching-staff management.

This is not an attack on Terry Collins personally. He’s probably a great guy, he said. But we’re not talking about making new friends. We’re talking about winning games in the toughest city. He’s not the guy.

Patriots fans finally have power to end Deflategate, but they probably won’t

This really, really, really is … not the end of Deflategate.

Nobody’s naive enough to believe it is. If nothing else, the next act was all but telegraphed last week in the annual state-of-the-NFL press conference.

Roger Goodell talked around the idea of visiting Gillette Stadium again, about avoiding it the last two years, about the protocol of a commissioner going to a game involving one of the 32 teams he oversees.

And now that the Patriots have won another Super Bowl — their second since the day the PSI may or may not have been too low — we know almost exactly when the next chance for Goodell to visit Foxborough will be. It will be the first Thursday of next season, the banner-raising, the ring ceremony … the event he skipped two years ago.

If he shows up, he’ll get booed back into the Stone Age. If he skips it again, the crowd will shame-chant him again.

Former Bear and Super Bowl champion Gary Fencik and NFLPA president Eric Winston kicked off the program, and were quickly followed by U.S. Women’s National Team soccer player Brandi Chastain and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., who sat out much of the 2016 Cup Series season with concussion-related symptoms.

Said Springs, who played contact football for more than 20 years in high school, college and the NFL: “As we start to see the effects of football, we want to learn more. Why wouldn’t I give my brain to help with the research so people can become more educated and more aware?”

Although football has driven the national conversation about CTE, February as Brain Pledge Month is focused on expanding donations in other sports that involve frequent, repetitive blows to the head, such as soccer, hockey and lacrosse, as well activities related to military service.
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Kyle Shanahan has the goods to fix 49ers — but first, foil Patriots

HOUSTON — Kyle Shanahan, current NFL offensive coordinator, is the main man as the Falcons try to upset the Patriots in Super Bowl 51. Kyle Shanahan, the near-future NFL head coach, is also the right man to make the 49ers a lot better.

That winning combination isn’t surprising given how Kyle’s present meshes with his Hall of Fame-bound father Mike’s past. Like Mike was, Kyle is 37 in advance of his first NFL head-coaching season. Like Mike did for Denver, Kyle has the smarts and shrewdness to make San Francisco’s offense great again.

Pro: Foster and Allen were the best players on the best defense in college football last season. Foster is a hard-hitting difference maker at linebacker who plays with an edge. He had 115 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and five sacks last season. He’s yet another ready-to-play difference maker from Alabama.

Elite Mens Leonte Carroo Jersey Con: It’s a rarity for a linebacker to be selected No. 1, and that list includes Chuck Bednarik (1949), Tommy Nobis (1966), Tom Cousineau (1979) and Aundray Bruce (1988). The Browns probably wouldn’t be this bold with that pick … unless they think they are getting a Bednarik in return.

From the moment Joe Buck informed the Fox TV audience that no Super Bowl team had ever blown a two-touchdown lead, Falcons fans knew.
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They wished they didn’t know. But, if they were honest with themselves, they definitely knew.

They knew what was coming. They knew it wasn’t going to end well. Because it rarely ends well for Atlanta teams in elimination situations.

Steelers in extension talks with Antonio Brown, report says

The past four seasons Antonio Brown has ranked either first or second in the NFL in receptions, and the Steelers plan on rewarding their standout wide receiver with a new contract.

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The report comes on the heels of Steelers president Art Rooney II saying on Tuesday the team anticipates extending Brown, who is entering his contract year.

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A lot happened this year, and I don’t think that needs any explanation, Kraft said at the podium on Fox. This is unequivocally the sweetest.

Brady was almost in shock after being handed the Lombardi Trophy from Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw.

There were a lot of plays coach talks about and you never know which one he will call in the Super Bowl, Brady said. There were about 35 plays that could have made this game end differently.

This year, the NFL opted not to invite eligible prospects who had previously been convicted of violent crimes, which excludes a handful of top players, most notably Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly.

This list of 2017 Combine snubs does not include those players, but rather players who were overlooked as draft-worthy prospects. Here are the 10 biggest snubs, organized by position.