Panthers already lose a running back to a torn ACL suffered during non-contact drill

The worst part of the NFL offseason isn’t the lack of news. It’s the news about injuries suffered during meaningless football. Already, one player has seen his 2018 season likely end before it could even begin.

I tried to play bass for a little bit, Carter said. It’s a little big. I don’t like the sound of it. I’ve dabbled in a couple of instruments.

Soon enough, Carter will dabble in sacking NFL quarterbacks, but the Giants see him as a three-down player who can compete for a starting job at outside linebacker.

I watched these coaches (Friday) give him some coaching points and he was able to use that in his next couple of reps, so certainly the arrow is (pointing) up there, head coach Pat Shurmur said.

The Giants’ backfield includes No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley, promising second-year pro Wayne Gallman and veteran Jonathan Stewart on a two-year contract.

How high is bar for Saquon Barkley?

Neil Walker wasn’t good at his job. His boss had just promoted the new guy into his spot and cut his workload in half. Boo birds were giving him no respect.

But Walker proved to be the hero in Saturday’s 7-6 win over the A’s at Yankee Stadium.

His walk-off single in the 11th inning brought the Yankees charging from their dugout to tackle him and dump water over his head.

He’s starting to prove he wasn’t a $4 million overpay by general manager Brian Cashman.

He’s a pro, manager Aaron Boone said. He’s proven who he is throughout his career and that’s a guy that can hit. I get excited and I admire when guys handle adversity really well, which he always has.

Aaron Judge felt the same way.

Angels star Shohei Ohtani expects blister issue to be over

Shohei Ohtani is confident that the blister problem that cut short his start on April 18 will no longer be an issue, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

“Shohei really feels if he goes out and pitches and it feels good, then it doesn’t bother him the whole season,” Scioscia told reporters Wednesday, according to the Orange County Register.

Scioscia said that the skin has become calloused.

Verlander has fanned 2,464 in his career, tied for 36th all-time with Mark Langston. Verlander trails Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon by nine strikeouts for 35th place.

Angels: Andrew Heaney (0-1, 9.64 ERA) will make his third start of the season on Friday at home against the Yankees, seeking his first winning decision since last August. Heaney was charged with the loss in last Friday’s start against San Francisco, where he allowed seven runs on six hits with two walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Astros: Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 3.10) enters his sixth start of the season hoping to build off of his first win of the season as the Astros host Oakland on Friday. In his last start, Keuchel held the White Sox to one run on four hits in six innings in a 6-1 win.

It’s unfortunate Gronkowski the horse will not be able to race in the upcoming Kentucky Derby due to an illness. I fully support what is best for the horse. I know he will come back strong and healthy and I am excited to see him race again very soon.

Tom Ludt, head of operations for Phoenix Thoroughbreds, told ESPN that the shelving of the horse for the Derby has no effect on Gronkowski’s investment, saying the family “bought in for the long term.”

“They are still excited and hopefully we still make the Belmont,” Ludt said.

The equine Gronkowski qualified for the 1¼-mile Kentucky Derby with a victory at the Burradon Stakes in Newcastle, England. He has never raced more than a mile, nor has he raced on dirt.

“It wasn’t easy, you never want to shut the door completely, but it was a conversation I had with my wife and I just saw how hard it was on her and my kid just being lugged around,” he said.

“The security of the NBA for me was gone, it would be one-year deals for me for the rest of my career. You can get a phone call tomorrow and be traded coast-to-coast and have to leave your family behind and they come later once you find a place. I didn’t want to live that life anymore. I played enough and had a great NBA career that I’m very thankful for.steelers_058

Former Tennessee QB Quinten Dormady to join Houston next season

Former Tennessee starting quarterback Quinten Dormady will spend his final season at Houston, he announced on Tuesday night.

I’m having the time of my life with this crew. I had 18 years with Billy — I just miss him being in my life on a regular basis … as a friend. I feel like I’ve been given a second life now having Grant, Raf [Bill Raftery], Tracy [Wolfson], our whole team together.

He was completely unfiltered. Everybody thought he was against their team, but if he felt something, he was gonna let you know. And he cares passionately about the welfare of college basketball.

We were here [in San Antonio], in ’08, in this building [the Alamodome], his last game was the championship that Kansas won. He retired that night. I can still remember at that moment when Mario Chalmers hit a shot from the top of the key to send the game into overtime. My first thought was, “Yes! I’ve got five more minutes with Billy!” I knew this was gonna be it.

Finch was arrested after officers in Edmond, located 14 miles north of Oklahoma City, found Finch in a car that smelled of marijuana. Finch allegedly swung at officers and ran through an apartment complex before officers finally wrestled Finch to the ground and handcuffed him.

Finch was a running back at OU from 2010-2013 and is a return specialist for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.

The Astros’ offense went into a mini-slump, scoring four or fewer runs in six straight games in a stretch that ended earlier this week, matching their longest such streak last season. They managed to win four of those six games, though, as their pitching has dominated. Of note is Gerrit Cole, who struck out 14 batters on Friday, giving him 36 K’s for the season. That’s the most by any pitcher in his first three games with a team since the mound was moved to its current distance in 1893, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. — Jacob Nitzberg, ESPN Stats & Information

The Odell Beckham Jr. rumor mill is roaring.

On Sunday, New York Giants co-owner John Mara wouldn’t commit to the superstar wide receiver being on the team’s roster next season, per SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

And on Monday alone, there was a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Beckham will not set foot on a field without a new contract extension, another report from Bob Glauber and Tom Rock of Newsday that the team prefers an extension to a trade, yet another report from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News that the Los Angeles Rams are interested in trading for Beckham and one more report from NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones that the Giants are not shopping OBJ and that a trade probably won’t happen.

Five years later, the NFL and Las Vegas are moving in together. The Raiders are on their way from Oakland, and the sports betting concerns have been addressed.

In fact, one of the earliest steps Raiders owner Mark Davis took in the Las Vegas relocation process was to examine the sports betting issue. It began with an on-field chat, before a 2014 home game against the Broncos, which three months later led to a hush-hush meeting in Las Vegas. The result was a blueprint for how professional sports teams and legal sports betting can co-exist.

Campus police were stationed outside the gray, stone building that sits inconspicuously across a parking lot from the UNLV soccer fields. The meeting inside needed to be kept quiet, so quiet that some attendees purposely left it off their official appointment calendars to maintain secrecy. If word of this Feb. 23, 2015, meeting would have leaked, the future of the NFL and Las Vegas could have been altered.

The NFL also recently announced it would be moving its NFL Media headquarters to the facility, and rumblings persist about the combine being shipped out of Indianapolis to Los Angeles. In short, this facility is not going to be just a stadium: it’s going to a complex and headquarters for a billion-dollar industry.

The price tag for that HQ is skyrocketing, according to a report from Seth Wickersham of ESPN. Wickersham reported that the NFL owners are expected to vote at the owners meetings in Florida to raise the debt limit for the stadium, thanks in large part to the price tag having risen almost to an absurd $5 billion.

Ryan: I had had my heart broken so many times as a kid with my dad [Nolan] with the Astros, and as an executive with the club since ’98. When we finally won — having my wife and son and one of my daughters with me in L.A. and just sharing that moment with them and the tears flowing — it was really, really special.patriots_113

Chargers re-sign Adrian Phillips

The Chargers came into the offseason with a pair of safeties headed for free agency, but they’ve reached a new deal with one of them.

The team announced that they have re-signed Adrian Phillips to a one-year deal. Phillips was set to be a restricted free agent had they not come to an agreement.

There are a few teams the league that could make use of Cousins’ abilities, especially heading into the playoffs.I saw him hit that ball way high and the ball was carrying, carrying, carrying, and I was trying to make a play but I couldn’t.I Dunbar is camp and ready to play without distraction.He then was called up by the Spurs for Monday’s game at The Center, and notched 18 points and four rebounds versus the Sixers.

With the Steelers having their own troubles at the tight end position, the Cincinnati Bengals certainly have not been without.By then Unseld’s stats were diminishing, but his value to the team was increasing.It’s too early to tell if will have the same type impact Fairley did college, but Stone said it is possible.The Suns have the right pieces to acquire Cousins without sacrificing Bledsoe or.

The Patriots have already lost one running back in free agency, Dion Lewis, and they didn’t want to lose another one. Burkhead wasn’t quite the contributor last year that the Patriots were hoping he would be, but he did have 264 rushing yards, 254 receiving yards, and some significant contributions on special teams.

I let you down, and I’m sorry, said, addressing fans through the video.Poor fit is probably the best way to describe it, including how performed his recruiting coordinator duties once Orgeron promoted him to that spot.You, the Warrior fans, were a huge part of success.He could eventually emerge as a WR5 PPR formats, but you can leave him on the waiver wire for now.They all signed a ball and a program.A utility with experience the infield and outfield the minor leagues, Merrifield is slated to draw starts at second base and could time the outfield.

“It wouldn’t cost us anything,” Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo said, via the Chronicle.

Two different firms could be involved in the case. The fact that they’re willing to roll the dice, spending time and money on what would be a bare-knuckled brawl against the NFL’s army of high-price lawyers, suggests that they have a high degree of confidence regarding the possibility of winning. Or, at a minimum, that they’re willing to take a shot at 33 percent of what could be a nine-figure verdict. Oakland estimates that the losses resulting from the move could reach $500 million, and the antitrust laws provide for treble damages, along with recovery of legal fees.49ers_176

Report: Ryan Grant passes physical with Colts, set to visit Raiders

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Just two days after his contract with the Baltimore Ravens was voided due to a failed physical, free-agent wide receiver Ryan Grant reportedly passed his physical with the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday and is now set to visit the Oakland Raiders, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, citing a source. The 27-year-old had agreed to a four-year, $29-million deal, but the Ravens backed out of the agreement Thursday when the team took issue with an ankle injury Grant suffered late last season.

Those moves unto themselves make the Browns a much better and more competitive squad. Dorsey wasn’t done, though. 

Once free agency officially began, Cleveland found new starters in running back Carlos Hyde, right tackle Chris Hubbard, and cornerback T.J. Carrie, while adding rotational pieces in tight end Darren Fells, defensive end Chris Smith and cornerback Terrance Mitchell. 

If not for Joe Thomas’ retirement, the Browns already experienced the best offseason they could have possibly envisioned to potentially overtake the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North. 

Also, George Leontire, an openly gay lawyer who represented Hernandez, says in the documentary that he and Hernandez discussed his sexuality.

“This man clearly was gay,” Leontire says. “[He] acknowledged it. Acknowledged the immense pain that it caused him.”

Hernandez, who never came out publicly and was engaged to a woman, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, with whom he had a daughter, committed suicide in prison last year.

The quarterback situation is a little more dubious since the organization couldn’t lure Kirk Cousins to the Big Apple. Instead, the Jets chose to re-sign Josh McCown for another season and take a chance on Teddy Bridgewater. Neither prevents the team from selecting a quarterback high in April’s draft, yet there’s far more stability at the position than Todd Bowles’ crew experienced last season.

Caps hope to rebound at Kings

The Washington Capitals will face the Los Angeles Kings on the second stop of their three-game California road trip on Thursday night at Staples Center.

“If you can write a script for losing hockey games, we just wrote it,” Stevens said. “This team can have success if everybody does everything in the best interest of the team.”

Brad Marchand has become Mr. Overtime for the Bruins.

Not just this season, but in franchise history.

The pesky forward completed his hat trick 34 seconds into overtime on Tuesday night to help Boston, which twice squandered a two-goal lead in regulation, escape with a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

“He’s been a big-time player for our team for a long time now,” said defenseman Torey Krug, who had two goals and two assists. “And he obviously enjoys being that guy.”

It was his fourth game-winner in five Bruins overtime wins this season. And it gave Marchand 11 overtime goals — a franchise record, though the NHL didn’t start playing regular-season overtimes until 1983.

While Bouwmeester and Upshall are sidelined, St. Louis still has center Brayden Schenn, winger Vladimir Tarasenko and goaltender Carter Hutton.

Schenn, who is slated to play in his 500th NHL game, leads the club with 57 points (24 goals, 33 assists). He needs three points to set a single-season high.

Tarasenko has a team-best 26 goals and is second with 56 points. He’s scored three goals, including two with the man advantage, in his last two games versus San Jose.

Hutton notched two shutouts and yielded one goal in three career starts at the Shark Tank. He’s 16-7-3 with a 2.02 GAA and three shutouts this season. Hutton stopped 20 of 23 shots in last month’s loss the Sharks.

The teams will meet against March 27 in St. Louis.

Kevin Fiala hit a post in the first period, and Ryan Ellis hit the post at the end of a power play in the second. Lehtonen, who replaced goalie Ben Bishop after he left Monday night’s overtime loss to Ottawa after the first period, turned away shot after shot. Lehtonen got a helping hand from Mattias Janmark to clear the puck away from the goal line late in the 2nd in the midst of a sustained possession by Nashville.

When the Bills visit the Chargers on Sunday, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn will face the team he thought should have hired him as their head coach.

Once at the studio, Siciliano goes over his notes on each game for an hour, sits for makeup at 8, pores over the inactive lists for the early games at 8:30, selects the roster for his fantasy team (named “Run the Ball Up Their Donkey,” a homage to Adrian Peterson’s Week 1 comment to Sean Payton) and enters the studio at 9.

At a time when the league features a number of teams that are evenly matched from a talent standpoint, the insistence on finding guys with intelligence and toughness has also already elevated the play of the Saints on the field.

Dual-threat players becoming desired at RB position. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the 2017 running back class has ushered in a renaissance at the position. Led by the electric play of Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt, the NFL is seeing the “hybrid” running back (runner-receiver type) play a more prominent role on offenses this season. Now, this certainly isn’t a surprise, based on the league’s shift toward a pass-heavy trend, but it is uncommon to see so many teams build game plans around rookie running backs with unique skills as pass-catching playmakers out of the backfield.

The Jaguars can clinch that elusive playoff berth this week, but they have to take care of business Sunday by beating the 8-4 Seahawks at home, and then they’ll need help.

The Jags would clinch with a win coupled with a Bills loss to the Colts, a Chargers loss to the Redskins, a Jets loss or tie against the Broncos and a Dolphins loss or tie against the Patriots on Monday.

In a league that is touted as the ultimate meritocracy, players should be rewarded for their efforts. Whether it is a starting job or a Pro Bowl honor, the best players should be recognized for a job well done. On a team that is making its first playoff appearance in years due to the stellar play of a disruptive force at the point of attack, it is time for the Rams to open up the checkbook and scribble out some big numbers (with a few commas!) to reward the best player on their squad.

At first, Timberlake was flippant about Nipplegate, telling Access Hollywood that, “We love giving you all something to talk about.” But he changed his tune shortly after that, saying, “I’m sorry if anyone was offended.”

Jackson meanwhile, issued both written and taped statements, absolving MTV, CBS and the NFL and saying, “It was not my intention that it go as far as it did.”

The weekend after the Super Bowl, Timberlake and Jackson had been scheduled to appear at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS, where both were slated to perform. Timberlake’s performance happened. Jackson, who was supposed to lead a tribute to Luther Vandross, was allegedly

Maybe Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt or Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown?

Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone last weekend, potentially ending his season, a week after Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt suffered season-ending injuries. Andrew Luck hasn’t played all season.

Who’s the MVP of the league? There’s Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and there’s Tom Brady and there’s … who?

One of the big preseason storylines for the Dallas Cowboys is the question of whether quarterback Dak Prescott will suffer the dreaded sophomore slump. Why this has become such a big question mark when the Cowboys are bringing back nearly the exact same offensive group, we don’t know; but if his preseason performance is any indication, the Cowboys really do not have anything to worry about.

Dak completed 7 of 8 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in his first preseason action against the Colts last week, and in the Cowboys’ warmup game against the Raiders on Saturday night, Prescott stayed just as hot. He finished the first half 11 of 14 for 113 yards and another score, this one to tight end Jason Witten after a play-fake that fooled every one of the Raiders’ linebackers.

That might be true, but it is going to be a hard sell to give Hackenberg time moving forward unless the Jets’ plan is to have him lead them to the No. 1 pick.

That’s now 11 possessions with exactly zero points for Hackenberg this preseason. The Jets are going to be shopping for another quarterback come next May.

Aaron Rodgers is not a man who needs more weapons. But Ted Thompson decided to buck his usual offseason convention this year and go out to sign a new one anyway, bringing in tight end Martellus Bennett. It paid immediate dividends, with Rodgers finding Bennett for a 3-yard touchdown that exemplifies exactly why the Packers brought him in.

No sooner did Joe Theismann, broadcasting for the Redskins, say he’s not sure how Bennett would fit into this offense than did Bennett find himself lined up with linebacker Zach Brown on the outside of the formation.

Memphis took the lead for good when Gasol’s 3-pointer broke a 95-all tie with 4:16 remaining.

“Life comes at you fast, and you, obviously, have to be ready for changes,” Henry said. “I was ready. It’s been a journey, and I’m just taking it day-by-day.”

Memphis took the lead for good when Gasol’s 3-pointer broke a 95-all tie with 4:16 remaining.

Gasol scored 19 points, Mario Chalmers added 17 points, including a pair of free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining, to seal a victory that seemed unlikely when Memphis faced a 15-point deficit late in the third and trailed 83-74 entering the fourth.

The Eagles wore down Minnesota’s defense by converting 71 percent of their third downs (10 of 14) — it was Minnesota’s worst performance of the season. In addition, the Eagles were two-for-two in the red zone.

The offensive line did a great job opening up holes in the ground game, as the Eagles rushed for 110 total yards, with Jay Ajayi averaging 4.1 yards per carry. But they were exceptional in pass protection and led by left guard Stefen Wisniewski, who had one of his best games of the year by not allowing a single QB pressure. He was great in the run game, too, especially when getting up to the second level on combo blocks with center Jason Kelce. Kelce had another strong performance and was very stout against tough defensive tackle Linval Joseph. Kelce allowed just one QB hit all game.

“Poise. Lack of judgment. Leadership. I thought that we had not much leadership,” Brown said of the play down the stretch. “I thought our poise was poor.”

Evans said the key for the Grizzles was young players stepping up and helping Memphis overcome the third-quarter deficit.

Especially, Henry.

“He was just playing the game, taking what the defense gave him,” Evans said, adding: “That’s the first time seeing him play like that. He helped a lot.”

“Life comes at you fast, and you, obviously, have to be ready for changes,” Henry said. “I was ready. It’s been a journey, and I’m just taking it day-by-day.”patriots_051_666bb1bf85488dae-180x180