ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the decision.

Browns general manager John Dorsey released a statement after the announcement, expressing his thoughts on the added exposure the show will bring, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Network:

It’s a reversal for Dorsey, who said on May 2 that he didn’t think “anything good” comes from being involved with Hard Knocks, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

The Browns were active in free agency and on the trade market as well, adding the likes of wide receiver Jarvis Landry, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back Carlos Hyde, among others.

After missing nearly all of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 campaigns due to drug-related suspensions, wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to play in five games last season. His preparation for his first full season since 2013 likely will be a major angle on the show, too.

Having not reached the playoffs since 2002, the Browns are looking to end the NFL’s longest active postseason drought. 

He’s ahead of the game, Matt Nagy told reporters, via the Bears ‘ official website. “He’s looking good. We’re feeling really good about his prognosis as far as getting started, and we don’t need to rush it.”

The Bears signed Robinson to a three-year contract during free agency despite last year’s knee injury but are clearly confident in the recovery process.

A healthy Robinson, who joined the Bears after four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, would energize Chicago’s passing game, which didn’t produce a 700-yard receiver in 2017.

On his career, the 24-year-old Robinson has 2,848 yards receiving and 22 touchdowns on 202 catches. His best season came in 2015, when he totaled 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Given that production, it is easy to see why the Bears are excited about getting him involved in the offense once he receives medical clearance.

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Cowboys’ Michael Gallup: Replacing Dez Bryant ‘not my role yet’

Michael Gallup is eager to make a good impression with his new team, but knows he has big shoes to fill.

As the wide receiver continues to settle in at rookie minicamp, Gallup said he’s aware the departure of Dez Bryant has left a large void to fill and understands it will take some time to fill.

“Dez is a great player,” Gallup said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It’s hard for a rookie to come in and just replace all of the stuff that he’s done here. We’re out here trying to practice to be like him, obviously. But I’m not coming in here just to replace him. That’s not my role yet.”

“We had one real epic 3-on-3 game where one brother lost a tooth, and it got real intense,” Klayton Korver, Kyle’s brother, said. “But we had a good time.”

Their father would step out onto the porch and watch. His instruction often was “higher, shoot it higher.” And shoot they did. The four brothers — Kyle, Klayton, Kaleb and Kirk — all rank in the top 10 in Pella High’s all-time scoring and rebounding lists. Kyle and Kaleb went on to play at Creighton, Klayton at Drake and Kirk at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

“We all shot so many baskets on that hoop. My parents didn’t pay for college because we all got scholarships,” Kyle said. “It was a good investment, and it’s a good lesson.”

“You say stay in school, but a kid wants to better himself and his future,” Jefferson said. “So you can be making money for the university, struggling, trying to eat dining hall food, waking up early, having to go through extreme pressures and not getting paid for none of that. Or you can not go to school, just play football all day, study film and get better and work out all day and max yourself out.”

LeBron drove hard to his right, drew Monroe further off of Nance than Monroe wanted, and lofted that bad boy. (By the way: Look at Brown in Korver’s jersey in the left corner. Brown is technically the emergency weakside helper. He is not leaving Korver.)

Even when those off-ball picks don’t connect, they throw defenses off-kilter. Big men fall so far behind, it is hard for them to call out the ball screen in time; LeBron’s defenders looked unaware and jittery when they felt a pick.ravens_014

Ravens waive running back John Crockett

When the new guys come in, somebody has to go out.

That’s what’s happening in Baltimore, as the Ravens waived running back John Crockett to make room for some rookies, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

“Yeah, Frank was a guy we started evaluating, I’d say two years ago. He was a guy that was thinking about coming out in the draft last year. We had him high on our board last year. He decided to stay in school and came back this year, had a great senior season before he got injured, and really checked every box throughout the process. Real easy pick for us at No. 20.”

What did you think about Burleson’s enthusiastic announcement of Detroit’s second-round pick as it was happening?

“We had actually talked to (Kerryon Johnson) already. We had already passed the phone around to the different people who talked to our second-round pick. We put the TV on, turned the volume up and Nate walked out onto the stage and it was awesome. The whole room was clapping, yelling, the Ford family was there, it was an awesome experience.”

The Falcons moved him from receiver to cornerback in 2016.

Team owner Martha Ford also did not know about the allegations at the time Patricia was hired, per the report. The report also says that Lions General Manager Bob Quinn, who worked with Patricia in New England for over 10 years, didn’t know about the indictment, according to Wood.

The Detroit News notes that Massachusetts state law bars employers from asking about arrests that did not end in a conviction. Before he was hired by the Lions, Patricia worked and lived in the state as part of the New England Patriots organization. The report also stated this, on the subject of background checks:

The month before the Lions hired Patricia, the New Jersey-based private investigations firm APG Security requested copies of the indictment and dismissal from the county prosecutor’s office, The News has learned. When contacted by The News, an APG official said he was unaware of anyone requesting the court records. broncos_048_07321b3b44ca10e8-180x180

Raiders pluck Maurice Hurst in fifth round

There were points this offseason when it was easy to find predictions that defensive tackle Maurice Hurst would be a first-round pick.

Those predictions dwindled after Hurst was diagnosed with a heart condition while at the Scouting Combine. Hurst was medically cleared, but it was clear that teams saw a fair amount of risk as the first four rounds passed without Hurst being picked.

The 26-year-old defensive back got into legal trouble in 2017 on two separate occasions.

He was arrested in February 2017 and charged with one count of cannabis possession, one count of possession of cannabis with intent to sell or deliver and one count of possession of a controlled substance, but the charges were dropped in June.

Anderson joined the NFL officiating roster in 1996 and was promoted to referee in 2003. He’s officiated 17 playoff games, including Super Bowl XXXV (Ravens-Giants) as a line judge and Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers) as a referee.

He was also the referee for the New England Patriots-Indianapolis Colts AFC Championship game in January 2015 that ignited the Deflategate fiasco.

Phillips was a key piece in the Rams winning their first NFC West title in over a decade in 2017, and now is ready to elevate the unit for his second season in Los Angeles. With Phase II of the offseason program underway, the defensive coordinator has been able to work with the players on the field for the first time since January.

Derrick Coleman agreed to a one-year deal with the Cardinals, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The deal puts the veteran in line to be Arizona’s new starting fullback.

Coleman, 28 in October, appeared in all 16 of the Falcons’ regular season games in 2017. He is regarded as one of the best at his position, but his market was slow to develop this offseason as most teams do not utilize a fullback in their offense. Known mostly for his blocking ability, Coleman has just three catches in his last two NFL seasons and 13 grabs across four active years in the league.broncos_094_c015329307718dff-180x180

NFL, NFLPA Settle Rookie Salary Gray Area

The NFL has made it clear both publicly and to the NFLPA that they would respect the rights of players to demonstrate.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement definitively states that League (NFL) rules supersede any conflicting club rules.

According to our information, a club appears to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration, which is contrary to the League policy.

At least one club owner has asked preemployment interview questions about a player’s intent to demonstrate. We believe these questions are improper, given League policy.

Our Union continues to monitor these developments.

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a necessary move in the NFL Draft this offseason by selecting quarterback Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State in the third round. To most observers, this was an excellent pick for the future.

For longtime signal-caller and two-time Super Bowl champ Ben Roethlisberger, however, not so much.

After experimenting with a vegan diet last offseason, Riddick opted to stick with the lifestyle change after experiencing positive benefits. He said his recovery time was much smoother last season, and he regularly felt better by Tuesday after a Sunday game, as opposed to Friday in past years.

Riddick believes the dietary shift played a role in being able to play all 16 games for just the second time in his career.

Given the drastic switch to a lifestyle free of animal products, is there anything he misses? He showed no hesitation giving a response.

A ribeye, he said, eyes widening.
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Source: Seahawks reach one-year deal with Byron Maxwell

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a one-year deal with cornerback Byron Maxwell, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal is worth up to $3 million.

The move fills what was arguably the Seahawks’ top roster need. It remained such when they opted to not address that position in the first round in favor of selecting San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny with the 27th pick.

“I thought that Byron Maxwell did a great job to finish,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the season. “It was exactly what we would’ve hoped would happen, that when we get him back in our system and we turn him back into the style that we play in, that he might recover the same kind of play. I think he did.”

He had a hand in one of the bigger defensive plays of the season, when he forced a Dez Bryant fumble in a Christmas Eve game against the Dallas Cowboys, which Seattle won to keep its playoff hopes alive. He finished the season with 46 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception.

A sixth-round pick by Seattle in 2011, Maxwell started 17 games between the 2013 and 2014 seasons before signing a lucrative free-agent deal in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles, who then traded him to Miami after one season.

“After the first inning, I was in better command, making better pitches,” Hernandez said. “I had a good curveball, had a good sinker.”

James Pazos worked a perfect seventh. Juan Nicasio struck out all three batters in the eighth, and Edwin Diaz tossed a one-two-three ninth for his 10th save in as many chances .

The bullpen also dominated in Tuesday in a 1-0 win, with Marco Gonzales and four relievers combining on a five-hitter.

“The ball became a little bit stagnant tonight down the stretch,” Brooks said. “We need to get some more ball movement.”

Wizards: Gortat had six rebounds in the first quarter. … The Wizards had nine offensive rebounds in the first half, compared to two for Toronto. Washington finished with 14 offensive rebounds, while Toronto had six.

The Arizona Diamondbacks keep on rolling.
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Jags owner: Potential Wembley purchase doesn’t mean move to London

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan was visibly annoyed Thursday night about speculation that his potential purchase of Wembley Stadium means he is planning to relocate his NFL franchise to London.

Khan said this was purely a business move designed to provide additional revenue that will in fact help strengthen the team’s future in Jacksonville and that nobody should read anything more than that into it.

“No more than what they are today or they were yesterday,” Khan said. “Just remember and please recall, just when we had the state of the union here [last week] and what was talked about. Go back and look at the tape. Go back six years ago and look at what we talked about. Look at some of the stuff behind us [at EverBank Field]. The boards, the pools, next door [at Dailey’s Place amphitheater] the sounds you hear [are part of] what did we do to make football, NFL viable in Jacksonville.

“We’re the smallest franchise in the NFL. We have very unique demographics. There are more non-Jaguars fans in Jacksonville than Jaguars fans. It’s a fact of life. So instead of complaining about it, we want to be proactive [and] do something about it and be at the cutting edge of a franchise that can win games and have a great experience.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN on Thursday night during an interview before the draft at AT&T Stadium that the league is “still a ways off” from potential NFL expansion in London.

“When Brian came to us in September 2013, we discussed a structure and timeline of four to five years for his new role,” team president and CEO Ken King said Friday in a news release. “Each year we review our mandate going forward and determined together that we would move on.

“Brian’s leadership and guidance of our hockey operations and work with General Manager Brad Treliving have been exemplary and we are grateful for his contributions. His charity work and organizational representation in our community are legendary as he has touched so many with his generosity.”

Burke, 62, was hired to lead a rebuilding effort for the Flames. There was speculation he would take over for Jay Feaster as the team’s general manager, but instead the Flames hired Treliving for the job in 2014.

The team will operate under Treliving, vice president Don Maloney and assistant GMs Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall.

Burke will work for Rogers Sportsnet for the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs, it was announced Friday afternoon.

His resignation is the latest move for an organization that went 37-35-10 and was 11th in the Western Conference standings, missing the playoffs for the seventh time in nine seasons.

The Flames introduced Bill Peters as the team’s new head coach Monday after firing Glen Gulutzan and assistants Dave Cameron and Paul Gerrard last week.
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Shohei Ohtani gets no-decision in inconsistent outing versus Astros

A week after a blister on Shohei Ohtani’s right middle finger limited the two-way star to two innings pitched in a loss to Boston, he still couldn’t command his renowned splitter and failed to complete six innings in the Los Angeles Angels’ 8-7 slugfest win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

In his first encounter of the season with the reigning world champions, Ohtani gave up six hits over 5⅓ innings pitched, allowing four earned runs and striking out seven Astros in his Minute Maid Park debut.

“I feel a lot better than last outing, so it pretty much had no bad effects on me tonight,” Ohtani said, referring to his start against Boston.

Maldonado agreed that the blister wasn’t an issue for Ohtani on Tuesday.

“I saw it today, and it looked pretty good,” said Maldonado, “and it’s a matter of him knowing how to pitch with it, and I think he’s doing a good job, this time today, especially today.”

“It’s big,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s big for our growth, growing as a team. We were in the same position last year [against the Toronto Raptors], wasn’t able to win Game 6. We have a big opportunity ahead of us. Hopefully we can go to Boston and get ready for Game 7.”

Antetokounmpo did his part Thursday night, scoring 31 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists in a 97-86 victory. After taking only 10 shots in Tuesday’s Game 5 loss, Antetokounmpo said it was “on me” to be more aggressive in the next contest. He backed up his words, making several crucial plays down the stretch to lock down the victory.

A stagnant Celtics offense sputtered Thursday night in Boston’s first chance to close out its Eastern Conference first-round series against the Bucks. But as the series shifts back to Boston, Celtics players believe they have an advantage.

“I think my team did a good job of looking for me,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was able to rebound the ball and find lanes in transition too. I was out there, I was trying to make plays, be aggressive, and that’s what I did tonight.”sl_cardinals_022

Miller’s absence felt by Indians as Mariners win 5-4

The first day without Andrew Miller didn’t work out too well for the Cleveland Indians.

Kyle Seager’s RBI double in the eighth off Nick Goody lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win on Thursday night.

With Miller on the disabled list after straining his left hamstring on Wednesday, the AL Central-leading Indians used three relievers in the eighth.

“We’ve been winning a lot of close games and Eddie’s stuff was right there, like it has been the last three games,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said.

Seattle’s James Paxton matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings, throwing 100 pitches.

“I felt good and I thought I did some good things, but I was upset with the (three) walks,” he said.

Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and the Indians tied the score in the seventh on Kipnis’ RBI double against Marc Rzepczynski and Edwin Encarnacion’s run-scoring single off Altavilla.

Coming off his first big league shutout, a two-hitter at Baltimore, Mike Clevinger gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings.

“It’s a blessing for my family overall,” said Terrell Edmunds, whose father, Ferrell, made the Pro Bowl twice during his six-year NFL career as a tight end for Miami and Seattle. “It didn’t matter where [Tremaine] went and I went.

“I’m thankful to everyone for supporting us all the way.”

“I was surprised, honestly” to be picked, he said. “I’m ready. I’m telling you I’m ready.”

The brothers’ selections gave Virginia Tech a set of first-round picks for only the second time in the common draft era. In 2004, DeAngelo Hall (eighth) and Kevin Jones (30th) were drafted by Atlanta and Detroit, respectively.

For the Steelers, Edmunds has the size (6-foot-1, 217 pounds) and the speed (4.47 40-yard dash) to become a valuable contributor in a defensive backfield that includes Joe Haden, Artie Burns and Sean Davis.

“We felt this was the best player,” general manager Kevin Colbert said after the Steelers used a first-round pick on a safety for the first time since taking Troy Polamalu 16th in 2003. “This was plain for us.”
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Darvish rebounds as Cubs beat Brewers 3-2

Yu Darvish pitched up to the Chicago Cubs’ expectations.

The $126 million free agent addition bounced back from a pair of poor outings to allow only an unearned run over six innings in a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

“This is certainly a confidence booster and I’ll keep going,” Darvish said through a translator.

Addison Russell scored the go-ahead run on shortstop Eric Sogard’s seventh-inning error.

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant missed his fourth straight game after he was beaned during a victory at Colorado last Sunday. Maddon said the third baseman could return to the lineup on Saturday.

Milwaukee lost its second straight one-run game to the Cubs on a chilly, windy day. The Brewers arrived in Chicago with an eight-game winning streak.

“In weather like this, there are no runs out there,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Milwaukee’s bullpen hasn’t allowed an earned run in 32 consecutive innings. An unearned run was the difference.

With the game tied at 2, Addison Russell greeted Dan Jennings (2-1) with a single starting the bottom of the seventh. Russell took second when Jason Heyward sacrificed and was held by third base coach Brian Butterfield when pinch-hitter Victor Caratini singled to right.

Jeremy Jeffress fanned Almora for the second out and got Javier Baez to bounce to Sogard, who allowed the ball to squib out of his glove near second, then threw wildly past the base while trying for an inning-ending forceout.

“He’s gonna have to have a good answer. I’ve listened to a couple of interviews, and I think it’s gonna come from the heart and he’ll be fine. But he’s gonna maybe have to work a little bit harder to get respect from certain people in the locker room, but I don’t think it’s an issue, because that’s who he was and not who he is.”

Tweets that Allen made while in high school in 2012 and 2013 were published Wednesday by Yahoo! Sports. The tweets, which have been deleted, contained racial slurs and other offensive language.

After the Bills traded up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select Allen in the first round Thursday, the former Wyoming quarterback said the tweets did not represent who he is today. Allen told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that some of the tweets made reference to rap lyrics and television, including a saying that was part of an episode from the sitcom “Modern Family.”

Alexander offered advice to Allen to immediately address the tweets in front of the team.

“Because you don’t want it lingering,” he said. “You’re always going to have guys like, ‘Eh,’ trying to watch it extra close, trying to confirm it, vs. you addressing it. Then it’s kind of over.”

Allen reacted to Alexander’s suggestion when being introduced later Friday.
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