NFL proposes rules changes for 2017 season

NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino on Thursday announced proposed rules changes for the 2017 season (via ProFootballTalk). The most surprising new rule would be that all penalties, including ones that were unreviewable in the past, could be challenged.

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This year’s No. 1 card is Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, who was selected by the fans in just the second year of the Vote for No. 1 Card contest. Last year, Angels outfielder Mike Trout took home the No. 1 card honors.

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Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang admits to DUI, vows to ‘earn respect’

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang accepted responsibility for his third DUI charge during a court hearing in Seoul on Wednesday and vowed to change his ways.

I deeply regret what I have done, Kang said, via Yonhap News. If I can get one last chance, I will become an exemplary player to earn respect from everyone.

Harbaugh’s not interested in that stuff, though. He says if a team wants a good football player, then go sign Kaepernick.

I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player, Harbaugh told PFT’s Mike Florio. He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.

Kaepernick’s options to be a starter somewhere are pretty limited now. Most teams already have found someone through free agency or plan to take a quarterback in the draft. And other teams just don’t want to deal with the attention Kaepernick would bring as a backup.

The former 49ers QB is still young (29) and showed some promise last season despite not having much talent surrounding him. He finished with 18 total touchdowns and four interceptions in 12 games played.

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Angels owner says team will play in Angel Stadium through 2028

The Angels apparently have decided to stick with their current stadium situation in Anaheim.

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that team owner Arte Moreno said the Angels now plan on playing in aging Angel Stadium through 2028. According to the Times, that’s when the team’s lease at the 51-year-old stadium runs out, although Moreno has until October 2018 to exercise an escape clause that would terminate the lease after the 2019 season.

Moore was slated to be Tony Romo’s backup last year but instead spent the season on injured reserve due to a broken leg suffered during the first week of training camp in August, ultimately opening the door for Prescott to take over under center and become a rookie sensation. Moore had previously played three games in 2015 after Romo was injured, completing 61 of 104 passes for 779 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.

Poised to be Dallas’ No. 3 signal caller this season, Moore could end up competing for the No. 2 spot at camp this summer if the team eventually decides to release Romo.

Moore, 27, went undrafted in the 2012 but was later picked up by the Lions. He spent his first three seasons playing under Cowboys coordinator Scott Linehan in Detroit before signing with Dallas in September 2015.

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Tommy Pham gives Cardinals controversial 14-inning win over Braves

Tommy Pham’s two-run homer in the top of the 14th lifted the Cardinals to a 6-4 win to complete a sweep in Atlanta. But the Braves thought they won the game three innings earlier.

Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte appeared to beat out a two-out, bases-loaded grounder down the first-base line. He was initially called out, but the call stood following a replay review despite Inciarte arriving at the bag just as Cardinals reliever Seung Hwan Oh received a toss from first baseman Matt Carpenter. The tie did not go to the runner and the inning was over.

“Obviously, that’s the game,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “I was worried when I saw it in real time. Hats off to an umpire making a tough call against the home team.”

In a separate interview with MASN, Machado hinted he would “take care of business on my own” when the clubs meet again Wednesday.

“I lost my respect for the entire organization and Boston and how they are handling the whole situation,” Machado told MASN after gaining his composure following the tirade. “If Cheap Authentic Jerseys they want to hit me, hit me, go ahead. Get it over with, don’t keep lingering it around. I’ve lost mad respect for that team and organization. They are probably going to try to hit me again [tomorrow]. I’m just going to have to wear it and see what happens — if I have to take care of business on my own then I’m going have to do something.”

Adriana Lima drama reportedly turned Matt Harvey into ’emotional wreck’

Matt Harvey is finding out the hard way that dating a supermodel can be tough.

The New York Post’s Page Six reports the Mets star pitcher was Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys out partying until 4 a.m. Saturday before skipping that day’s game, because he was “an emotional wreck” after seeing pictures of Adriana Lima with Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.

Harvey, according to Page Six, thought Lima was his girlfriend:

“Both the Victoria’s Secret stunner and the Patriots wide receiver — with whom she had broken up several months earlier — wore grins on their faces like they were having the time of their lives,” the Post wrote. “Inside the party, Lima and Edelman were ‘flirty,’ Post sources said. And, to add insult to injury, Lima unfollowed Harvey on Instagram after the event.”

It didn’t convince the Browns to keep him, even though everybody is as clear as they ever have been on how much money they have to throw around, thanks to their Brock Osweiler/draft pick gambit. However, the Browns still have a lot of convincing to do about their judgment. According the Cleveland Plain Dealer, when Pryor went back to the Browns after he met with Washington, the Browns offered less.

All the other reasons Pryor has to settle for one year in Washington have been on full, public, ugly display for the past week, as the franchise’s dirty laundry has been aired and the infrastructure has shown all its cracks, new and old.

Joe Maddon stands behind slumping Kyle Schwarber as Cubs’ leadoff hitter

Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber is mired in a terrible slump, hitting only .195 and leading the team in strikeouts with 43.

Those aren’t numbers most managers would want out of their leadoff hitter, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday he’s not giving up on his outside-the-box strategy this season to use Schwarber atop the lineup.

“As of right now I’m not ready to just give up on anything like that,” Maddon told reporters Wednesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “And his struggles are not anywhere based on him hitting leadoff. He’s just struggling.”

The issue came up before Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to the Rockies, because Maddon gave Anthony Rizzo the day off, and batted Schwarber in Rizzo’s usual No. 3 hole. That doesn’t mean he’s ready to move Schwarber out of the top spot.

The Mets starter is scheduled to get a second opinion on the partial tear in his right lat muscle Thursday in Los Angeles after an initial examination estimated he could miss up to three months, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers matched the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history on Thursday

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The Cleveland Cavaliers matched the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history on Thursday, spinning a 26-point deficit into a 119-114 Game 3 victory over the Indiana Pacers. They did it behind LeBron James, whose masterful second half produced a triple-double of 41 points (on 14-of-27 shooting), 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, to take a 3-0 series lead over the Pacers with the threat of sweeping them in Indiana in Game 4.

James put together one of history’s amazing basketball stories without his All-Star teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, who were on the bench much of Cleveland’s run. Instead, Tyronn Lue surrounded The King with shooters, as James led a Cavaliers offense that outscored Indiana, 70-40, in the second half.

And they’ve taken a five-point lead going to the same lineup here in Game 4 after trailing much of the first half.

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Marks will not wow you physically. His 40 time at the NFL combine was 4.56 seconds.

You might say, “Wow, that sucks, after the most savage rejection, a man had to deal with the ridicule of not only an entire stadium but also the entire internet.”

To which I say: No. Granted, I don’t know the full story here, and ostensibly there could be some touching reason or heartbreaking details behind it, but if this is just a run-of-the-mill public proposal, then this guy gets no sympathy. He didn’t pay attention to the rules I listed above, rules everyone should know because they are common sense.

I am anti-public proposal because asking someone to marry you seems like a very intimate moment (though I don’t know that for sure, because I have not been formally proposed to) and I can’t understand why you’d want to share that with a whole bunch of strangers.

It goes without saying that none of these players are guaranteed any sort of professional success. That’s true for first-round picks, and it’s definitely true for UDFAs. But these players are all fun, and if your team nabs one of them, there’s a chance you’ll at least have someone to pull for during training camp.

Here are a few whom I, a college football person, think you should watch:

Marks will not wow you physically. His 40 time at the NFL combine was 4.56 seconds. He repped 11 times on the bench and leapt 29.5 inches in the air. But he was the top Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys target and a catch machine in Mike Leach’s Air Raid at WSU, hauling in 193 balls over the last two seasons. The NFL is clearly growing more accepting of Air Raid QBs, and ex-Air Raid receivers like Welker and Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys Danny Amendola have been under-the-radar gems. If Marks makes the Jets, he will catch many footballs.

the Penguins benefited from incredible depth scoring down their lineup.

The 23-year-old defenseman was all over the ice for New York in Game 2, playing almost every role imaginable as the Rangers played to an overtime loss. Skjei had two goals, four shots on goal, and two blocks in 22 minutes of ice time. It’d be a crime if Alain Vigneault doesn’t bump up his minutes from here on out.

Once again, the Penguins benefited from incredible depth scoring down their lineup. Phil Kessel had a pair, Jake Guentzel had two, and Matt Cullen had his first. Hard to stop a lineup like that, even with Washington’s improved defense.

Minnesota didn’t have a first-round pick but still came away with first- and second-round talents thanks to smart drafting. Dalvin Cook will provide an immediate boost for the league’s 32nd-ranked rushing offense, and Pat Elflein will help clear a path for him at the interior of the line. Bucky Hodges was a strong value pick who could give the Vikings a dynamic tight end tandem alongside Kyle Rudolph.

San Antonio isn’t made up of bad players, by any means, but a dirty secret around the league is that the Spurs aren’t as good as we’ve perhaps made them out to be. Despite 61 wins, San Antonio has had to lean heavily on Leonard throughout the year to be the best player, lacking enough consistency around him to direct those responsibilities to anybody else.

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Migos predict Hawks will somehow make the NBA Finals

Migos think that the Golden State Warriors won’t make the NBA Finals, but the Georgia native group believes the Atlanta Hawks will.

They saw enough heartbreak in the Super Bowl as their Atlanta Falcons came crashing down to the New England Patriots, but in an interview with Complex, they stayed true to their city, for, of course, the culture.

They weren’t as confident that Dennis Schroder would win MVP. Instead they opted to pick Steph Curry.

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The group doesn’t think that the Warriors will play into June though, but they do think the Hawks will.

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He’s had another absurd April, though, and Harper is still just 24, which is absolutely hilarious, so it’s not unreasonable to think he might not have reached his ceiling yet. When picking the Nationals for first place before the season, I figured Harper would be excellent, not otherworldly. We have 25 games entered into evidence that suggest he’s otherworldly again.

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