Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier out at least two months with hip fracture, report says

Marcell Dareus Game Jersey Rays center fielder? Kevin Kiermaier? will be sidelined? at least? two months with a hairline fracture? in his right? hip, the Tampa Bay Times reported Friday.

He’s going to be out a while,manager Kevin Cash said.
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The Times pinpointed a six- to? eight-week recovery and return to baseball shape, putting Kiermaier out until early August.a€?

Kiermaier a€ batting .258/.329/.408 with seven homers and 20 RBIs, typically in the No. 2 spot in the order? a€ suffered the injury Thursday night while? sliding into first base to avoid a collision with the White Sox’s? Jose Abreu.

According to the Times, he was on crutches after the game and was scheduled to undergo a series of tests Friday morning, the Times reported, adding that? Mallex Smith is expected to be recalled from Triple-A to place of Kiermaier.

Look, Blue Jays fans, this one was always a longshot. Bryant was a star in high school, and it was well known he would need a ton of money to bypass his college commitment to San Diego and turn pro. That’s why he wasn’t picked until the 18th round, even though he had opening-rounds talent. Still, as Bryant noted in this 2015 story by Shi Davidi , the Jays didn’t make much of an effort: There was definitely a chance, but I didn’t get offered anything, so obviously my only option was to go to school, Bryant said. If there’s any solace, the Jays still landed Aaron Sanchez and Noah Syndergaard in that draft, among others, so overall it was a good effort.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams on saving lives, overweight cats and his future

DeAngelo Williams is the oldest running back in the NFL, and he’s set to become a free agent after playing the last two years with the Steelers.

His first season in Pittsburgh was a success, as he led the NFL in rushing touchdowns, and finished just shy of 1,000 yards. He didn’t get quite the same workload this past season with Le’Veon Bell healthy, and his playing days are numbered as he approaches his 34th birthday in April, but he still has some unfinished work to do.

Eli Manning is 36, and the last word that would describe his 2016 season is “elite.” Despite being settled in coach Ben McAdoo’s offense, Manning threw it back a little to his disastrous 2013 season. The NFL’s ironman QB isn’t far from true deficiency.

If the Giants really do love Kizer as potential successor, they would need to pull the trigger in the first round. Kizer, being a less polished but more skilled overall prospect than Trubisky and Watson, could use the time to learn McAdoo’s efficiency-leaning system. Ryan Nassib isn’t the answer to go from unused No. 2 to sudden No. 1 in a few years.

Drew Brees, 38, keeps defying his age, but at some point soon, likely tied to whenever Sean Payton’s time in New Orleans ends, he will walk away from the game. There’s no worry about that in 2017, though.

Trubisky’s talents — especially his accuracy — are tailored to what New Orleans does well. Absorbing everything from Brees and Payton with a strong supporting cast is a much better scenario for Trubisky than being throw into the fire elsewhere. The potential of a parallel to the Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers smooth hand-off is there with this move.

Young says he may have quit ESPN years ago if not for his private equity partners

Ron Jaworski, for example, was quoted in the high-falutin’ The New Yorker magazine about his then “Monday Night Football” partner Jon Gruden in 2011.

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When it was Jaworski’s turn, he issued a stern proclamation. “Call me crazy, but I’m really excited for Tyler Palko tonight,” he said, and a roomful of skeptical sports producers erupted in laughter. Jaworski had given himself the thankless task of building up the Chiefs, praising them as much as he could without putting his own credibility at risk. Perhaps viewers would buy into the idea, however far-fetched, that Palko would emerge as the night’s underdog hero. Later that day, as Jaworski was making a cup of coffee in the ESPN bus, he tried the line again. “Call me crazy, but I’m excited about Tyler Palko,” he said. He exhaled. “I’ve got to sell this,” he said to himself.
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Young, a Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP, has become a self-professed “deal guy” with Huntsman Gay Global Capital (HGGC).

If it was up to Young, he’d give up his ESPN TV gig entirely for the world of high finance, according to the story.

Via Bloomberg:

Young says he may have quit ESPN years ago if not for his private equity partners, who like him to keep a high profile. When he works a Monday Night game for the network, he spends no more than an hour or two at the stadium preparing his commentary, he says; the rest of the time, he’s holed up in HGGC’s suite, cramming for deals. Once the game starts, he barely watches the action. A couple of transactions, he notes, have even been agreed to with handshakes in the suites.

“My wife hates football, and my kids don’t really care,” Young says. “I see myself as a deal guy first. I’ve put football behind me. Roger Staubach once told me—and I’ll never forget it: ‘When you retire, run. Never look back.’?”

Falcons’ Julio Jones will practice ‘the whole week’ ahead of game

Julio Jones isn’t holding anything back.

The 49ers have never been a big spending team. They have been conservative with many of their own players and have stayed out of the fray when it comes to big bidding wars in free agency.

New general manager John Lynch comes from the media world, where free agency usually is given more attention than it gets in the league itself. Shanahan also has been around teams that are no strangers to the use of free agency as a team-building tool. The 49ers already made one minor move when they signed Earl Mitchell to a four-year, $16 million contract, a pretty big price for an often injured, part-time player.

After using most of last week’s off-week to continue rehabilitating his sprained toe, the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver is confident his troublesome injury is finally behind him and will hit the field full throttle this week in preparation for Super Bowl 51.
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I feel great, Jones told reporters Wednesday, via USA Today. I’m practicing the whole week.

Jones missed two games in December with his sprained toe and left the team’s divisional playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks after aggravating the injury.

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Three reasons why the Astros will keep improving this season

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Some baseball fans may be surprised that the Houston Astros still own the best record in baseball. Not only are the Astros for real, they are just getting started.

In demolishing the Twins 17-6 Wednesday afternoon, the Astros improved to 38-16 this season. They are now on pace to win 114 games, which would tie the 1998 Yankees for third most all-time.

Wednesday’s win was Houston’s seventh straight victory. It raises the question whether or not the Astros have already reached their peak. The simple answer is no, they most certainly have not.
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Here are three reasons why the Astros can still get better this season:

A hitter-friendly ballpark such as Yankee Stadium has inflated his ERA. His home ERA is 3.77 and his ERA on the road is 2.08. In total, hitters are slashing .220/.271/.343 with an wOBA (weighted on-base average) of .269. He’s really managed the strike zone well, as shown by his 69/15 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He’s striking out hitters 27.8 percent of the time and they’re hitting ground balls 54.4 percent of the time.

Every time he steps foot on the mound, his team feels like they have a great chance to come away with a win. He’s been showcasing a type of confidence that is what you’d want out of a young star like him.

Even with the grueling times of 2016, Severino has displayed that he is the ultimate workhorse of the Yankees’ rotation and could go a long way toward helping the team return to the postseason.

Cortez Kennedy’s death led to outpouring of support from the NFL world

The NFL lost one of its best on Tuesday, when Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy died at just 48 years old. Kennedy anchored the Seahawks defensive line in the 1990s.

Kennedy was a great player on the field. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler, a three-time first-team All-Pro, and the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1992. After he retired, the Cowboys offered him $1 million to play the final five games of the season, which he declined. According to Gil Brandt, Kennedy said it would have been “stealing money.”

Off the field, Cortez worked as an adviser for the New Orleans Saints, where he also made an impact.

When Garrett’s name was called on draft night, Smith was in the room and saw the joy and relief of the entire Garrett family. It reminded him of 1985, that wondrous feeling of a dream fulfilled with realization that it is only a beginning.

“These young players have access to so much, and that’s great,” Smith said. “When I came out, football was not necessarily a year-round job. Look at the weight rooms today, the nutrition programs, the tablets and technology they use now. We had projectors. But these young men still have to work. I know the safety of the game is important, but putting on pads and hitting is a necessary evil and if you don’t, the quality of the game, the execution and fundamentals are compromised.

“The NFL should use former players and Hall of Famers more. It is our duty to help these young men. There are invaluable lessons to be taught. I wish I had a Deacon Jones in my first or second year in the league. I hope the time spent with Myles will help him become an impact player faster in the league.”

Slow motion has its place in the NFL learning curve.

Richard Sherman upholds promise to give college scholarship to girl

Richard Sherman kept true to a big promise he made to a high school girl.

Elite Kids Adam Eaton Jersey The Seahawks cornerback would give high school graduate Hershai James a college scholarship if she was an honor student during her senior year, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The team drafted Washington in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. He was an All-Pro during the 2012 season, with nine sacks and one pick.

Hidalgo says Kaepernick isn’t training like a backup.

Newton is clearly living his best life before the football season starts. He’s on a yacht, in a spectacular location, having fun with his friends and wearing clothes nobody in the NFL can pull off except Cam.

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DePaula reports that Beckham’s deal with Nike was set to expire on May 1. He and his agent, Zeke Sandhu, heard pitches from both Nike and Adidas. Adidas had offered Beckham a deal, and Nike had 10 days to match the offer, similar to how restricted free agency works. Nike opted to match that deal on Tuesday.

If you’re an a-hole, it’s going to be known and shown you’re an a-hole but if you’re a down-to-earth person and so many people I run into that meet me for the first time, they can’t believe the type of person I am and I’m a regular person, you just happen to see me on TV and I just happen to be lucky and blessed to have a career that I have but I shop by myself, I go to places by myself, I’m out in the public.

Kevin Turner challenged the NFL’s settlement of the class-action concussion lawsuit based on his post-career struggles.

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Sayers is 73. Another Hall of Famer from his heyday, tight end John Mackey, lost his battle with dementia six years ago, at 69. Sayers’ story mimics Mackey’s in numerous disturbing ways: public appearances where he didn’t recognize friends or acknowledge fans or connect with highlights of his own career.

Kevin Turner challenged the NFL’s settlement of the class-action concussion lawsuit based on his post-career struggles. After he died a year ago this month, the renowned researchers at Boston University discovered Turner actually had CTE, which produced symptoms almost identical to those associated with ALS.

The fan base plans to take it out on president Bruce Allen — who, by recent accounts, flexed his internal muscle way too hard to bring everything to this point — in Friday’s proposed protest march at the team’s suburban headquarters. Shades of Lions fans rebelling against Matt Millen. By extension, of course, the secondary target will be owner Dan Snyder, so a reference to Orioles fans once marching against Peter Angelos fits here, too.

Whatever the direct motivation, though, this is fairly safe to guess: More than a few marchers will be wearing Griffin or Cousins jerseys.

There are too many ingredients in this nasty stew to separate out a main one. But the actual on-field product, and the players brought in to improve it and bring it back to the standards the D.C. metro area once took for granted, stands out among them all.

Phillies minor-leaguer who lost eye in training accident retires

The Phillies minor-leaguer who lost an eye in a freakish training accident last summer announced his retirement Wednesday in an emotion-filled essay on ESPN.com .

Matt Imhof lost his right eye last June after a resistance band he was using in a workout in Florida snapped off the wall and a metal piece hit him in the face. Doctors were unable to salvage his eye.

He wrote Wednesday under the headline I won’t be defined by my worst day.

Imhof, 23, offered his gratitude to the doctor who performed one of the surgeries that replaced the damaged eye with a prosthetic one, admitting that he was angry, depressed, confused but mostly, I was scared.

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With respect to Manfred, I would be fine if the 2017 World Baseball Classic was the final one. I suspect a lot of others feel the same. I’ve seen no indication of a swell of enthusiasm among MLB fans, and I don’t think the tournament affects baseball’s international appeal either way. The whole thing is just kinda meh.

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Browns GM Sashi Brown says trade rumor about Kirk Cousins is ‘bad reporting’

During the madness of the NFL Draft, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport had a surprising report: The Browns were trying to trade for Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.

Once the draft was over, Browns general manager Sashi Brown spoke to reporters to address questions about the team’s picks, and briefly about the Cousins rumor. According to The Chronicle-Telegram, he called the speculation “bad reporting.”

“There’s no specific deal in place or plan in place to go acquire a veteran QB at this point,” he added.

The 5-11, 186-pound Brooklyn native is also lightning fast and ran a 4.31-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He’s a dynamic playmaker, especially in the open field, and could have an immediate impact as a kick returner like Tyreek Hill did last season for the Chiefs.

“He can run like a deer,” former Jaguars receivers coach Jerry Sullivan told Omnisport when asked about Samuel. “It’s going to take some time for him to get comfortable at the position, but I think he’s got some tools to work with.”

What’s intriguing about the pick is the similarity between Samuel and Carolina’s first-round pick, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.

In Carolina, Samuel will have the chance to help Panthers quarterback Cam Newton at receiver, but the Panthers could also use him as an explosive option out of the backfield.

With big receivers outside in Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess and Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen, the Panthers will be a difficult team to gameplan against with their two new playmaking rookies. nike_steelers_2063