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Jim Kelly released from hospital

Jim Kelly was released from the hospital Friday, a day after undergoing follow-up surgery on his jaw, the Buffalo News reports.
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Kelly’s wife, Jill Kelly, wrote on Instagram last week that the surgery had gone well. Kelly had Bobby Wagner Jersey five implants inserted into the new bone in his upper jaw Thursday.

Dr. Mark Urken, head and neck surgeon at Mount Sinai West in New York, discharged Kelly a day later.

Kelly, 58, needs another surgery in September to have permanent dentures inserted.

Landing Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson in back-to-back picks was something GM Lou Lamoriello probably didn’t expect when arrived at the draft, but that’s how things fell for the Islanders in the opening round. A dynamic offensive player in Wahlstrom and a good puck-moving blue liner in Dobson really add to the franchise’s prospect pool. The good off-season continues for them days after hiring Barry Trotz as their new head coach. Aside from finding a new goaltender, the biggest concern now facing the team is re-signing John Tavares, which we should know what his plans are within the next week.

Bryant made 157 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, five interceptions and seven pass breakups in three seasons at Mississippi State. He played 37 games.

By July 5, most of the hockey community will be preparing for vacation. The real fun comes over the next week.

Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk, Vegas’ James Neal and David Perron, Boston’s Rick Nash, Columbus’ Thomas Vanek and New Jersey’s Patrick Maroon are among the wingers available. Carlson staying with Washington leaves Detroit’s Mike Green, Dallas’ Dan Hamhuis and Columbus’ Ian Cole at the top of the list of defensemen available.

There are some free agents out there that we like, said Rangers GM Jeff Gorton, whose team shifted toward a rebuild this past season. We’re in a pretty good spot to talk to as many free agents that we can that we like and we’ll go forward that way.

Unlike New York, which had been in win-now mode for a while, the expansion Golden Knights were supposed to be building slowly toward becoming a perennial playoff contender. After reaching Tanner Glass Jersey the Cup final in their first season, they could use an overflowing amount of cap space this offseason – though GM George McPhee doesn’t want to overpromise and under-deliver.

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Is Arizona center Deandre Ayton a lock at No. 1 to the Phoenix Suns?

What will the Sacramento Kings do at No. 2 overall? Are the Atlanta Hawks now locked into European star Luka Doncic at No. 3?
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Can the Knicks find a superstar at No. 9? Will the Sixers trade the No. 10 overall pick for an established star like Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, take a local hero in Mikal Bridges or surprise with a young, emerging wing like Kevin Womens Marshawn Lynch Jersey Knox from Kentucky?

Mock drafts and rumors have been rampant for weeks, but little is settled heading into the event. From Ayton to Doncic to Bridges to Duke’s Marvin Bagley to Michigan State’s Jaron Jackson Jr. to oft-injured Missouri star Michael Porter Jr. to Oklahoma shooter Trae Young, a group of highly-talented prospects are there to change the sport.

Long specifically mentioned that those imprisoned for marijuana-related offenses should be released since it is now legal in many states.

The Players Coalition members stressed the importance of releasing elderly prisoners who are serving time for nonviolent offenses as well, noting that they aren’t a danger to society.

The NCAA has allowed 5-7 teams to accept bowl berths since 2015 if there are fewer bowl eligible teams than bowl slots that need to be filled, but the Pac-12 has decided it will prohibit its members from accepting postseason bids with a losing record. That’s good news for Rutgers, and other teams across New York Jets Jersey the country.

If 5-7 teams are needed to round out the bowl field – no teams got bowl bids thanks to the loophole last fall due to a a surplus of bowl eligible teams nationally, but three qualified in 2015 and two in 2016 – the tickets are handed out based on the strength of each program’s four-year Academic Progress Report (APR) score.

That is a sticky point for Rutgers right now. While the program has stabilized under Chris Ash and just posted an APR of 987, its highest since 2012-13, the long-term score is still feeling the aftereffects of a collapse at the end of the Kyle Flood era.

Rutgers’ current four-year APR score is 973. There are 48 FBS programs ahead of the Scarlet Knights, and two others tied with them. But four of the schools ahead of Rutgers are Pac-12 members – Washington, Stanford, Utah and Cal – and a fifth, Southern Cal, is tied with the Scarlet Knights.

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Watch: Billy Ripken drilled by Sean Casey comebacker in MLB Network demo

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

OK, Billy Ripken didn’t get hurt during a hitting demonstration Monday night on MLB Network. But he did get drilled by Sean Casey’s comebacker during a soft-toss drill in which Casey was supposed to be hitting to the opposite field.

Shock quickly gave way to laughter as Casey apologized and Ripken joked, I guess I should put my hand up next time.

Good thing they were using soft baseballs in the studio. Note that on the next toss Ripken did the ol’ chuck-n-duck.

MLB Network? Well, they couldn’t resist posting the video on Twitter with the words, OH MY GOD RIP, ARE YOU ALRIGHT?! (and, of course, in-tears-laughing emoji).

He had to reverse his game plan, Lovullo said. He thought he was starting against the Brewers and then he had less than a day to prepare for us. That’s difficult.

Wednesday’s rainout will be made up July 14 when the Pirates and Brewers play a traditional doubleheader starting at 12:35 p.m. ET.

Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (6-5, 3.48 ERA) is 1-2 with a 5.90 ERA in five career starts against the Pirates.

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (4-5, 4.42) has won both starts with a 1.54 ERA since being activated from the DL on June 10. He missed two weeks with a sprained right ring finger.

We threw some hits up there, we just couldn’t get that big one, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. That was a big play with Upton catching Russ’ ball early in the game. You don’t realize at that time (it’s big). Marco (Estrada) did a great job. Heaney did a great job. It was one of those ballgames where a big hit could’ve made a difference.

Estrada (4-7) had a fine start, too. He allowed just two earned runs and three hits in seven innings and struck out seven. He got Mike Trout out all three times he faced him, including two on called strikeouts.

Trout’s greatness can best be appreciated under the prism of a 1,000-game sample size, which is now in play.

Trout already has more home runs, walks and WAR than the all-time leader in those categories, Barry Bonds, had by the time he reached 1,000 games, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He is one of five players with at least 200 homers and 150 stolen bases through his first 1,000 games, along with Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Alfonso Soriano and Darryl Strawberry.

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Packers coach sees long-term benefits to excusing vets from minicamp

For Mike McCarthy, letting his veterans out of minicamp is on its face a reward for the guys who have been through years of his practices.
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But the Packers coach also sees long-term value to letting his 16 players with six years or more in the league out of three days of offseason practices.

McCarthy told Albert Breer of that the decision creates leadership opportunities for younger players (since they’re not deferring to the old guys on the field), and that it gives the team time to develop players who otherwise might not be getting enough reps.

Very obvious things like that pop out at you and you take time to step away and think about how do address it. How do you improve?

For McCarthy, reps in June are the answer, and his older players aren’t about to argue with the time off.

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The next question, however, is whether Beckham will be a full participant in training camp. Beckham has been cleared to practice after the broken leg that ended his season last year, but he didn’t do much at the Giants’ mandatory minicamp. Might he show up to training Henrik Sedin Jersey camp to avoid getting fined, but say he doesn’t feel ready to practice if the Giants haven’t taken care of him contractually?

That question hasn’t been answered yet, and likely won’t be until the Giants report to camp in late July.

Along with fellow small forward Miles Bridges, Knox worked out Saturday for the Knicks in Tarrytown. Most mock drafts have Mikal Bridges and Miles Bridges ranked ahead of Knox, who interviewed with the Knicks at the combine, but didn’t speak with reporters.

I’m the second-youngest player in the draft this year, but that doesn’t mean anything, Knox told reporters at his workout in Orlando, Fla., this week. It’s not an excuse. I’m in the NBA and I put my name in the draft for a reason — because I think I’m ready. My age has nothing to do with it.

Knox, who won’t turn 19 until August, played one season in Lexington, where he averaged 15.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Knox showcased his knack to score in many ways.

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Jets’ young players around Sam Darnold, not QB himself, key for 2018

What’s a Big Apple without a core?
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While Jets fans salivate over the idea of Sam Darnold becoming a franchise-altering quarterback, it’s too early to anoint him messiah — at least for now. The rookie showed flashes during OTAs and minicamps in 2018, but New York’s upcoming season is not solely about Darnold; it’s about the blossoming offensive talent around him.

Darnold will get his opportunity whether it comes in Week 1 of 2018 or Week 1 of 2019. His progress already has pleased many in the organization, from coach Todd Bowles, to offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates to various teammates.

Said Dorrell: This is gonna be a hard camp for us coaches. I believe this position is the deepest I’ve Stephen Vogt Jersey had since I’ve been here. … It’s a pretty deep position; there’s a lot of competition.

Said Mitchell: The Jets and myself are probably one of the luckiest teams in the NFL because of the skill set of all of those guys that we have.

The responses were so similar, one could put them over a beat, repeat them a few times and have the latest single from Lil Pump. Gucci Gang Green, maybe. (Sorry.)

With his team trailing 12-11 against closer Wade Davis in the ninth inning, Trevino’s bloop single to shallow left field scored Rougned Odor and Isiah Kiner-Falefa to clinch the victory.

Trevino was then doused by his teammates before his postgame interview, in which he was at a loss for words. The new father had the biggest moment of his professional career on Father’s Day after losing his own years ago.

The Cardinals had nine picks make the majors, but their second-best big leaguer, Kevin Siegrist, was a 41st-rounder, a late-round gem. The Red Sox had nine signees make The Show, too, but nobody has a career rWAR above 1.1; the best player they picked was high-schooler Travis Shaw, in the 32nd round, but he opted Authentic Ja’Wuan James Jersey to play college ball at Kent State. Boston picked him again in 2011, this time in the ninth round, and he finally inked a pro contract.

The best draft of 2008 has to belong to San Francisco.

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Hiring Jeff Fisher in 2012

I get it. Jeff Fisher was the hottest name on the coaching carousel in 2012, and it’s not as though any of the other coaches hired that year—Mike Mularkey, Joe Philbin, Chuck Pagano, Dennis Allen, Greg Schiano—had a lot of success. 
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But the Rams might have been better off promoting 2011 offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels rather than allowing him to jump back to New England. Or maybe they wish they had given Mike Zimmer an interview two years before the Vikings hired him. They also interviewed Ray Horton. He might have been good?

Had the Rams not hired Fisher and held on too long, they probably wouldn’t have ended up with 2017 Coach of the Year Sean McVay. But hiring Fisher was still a tremendous error. 

We may never know whether Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was on board with the trade that sent backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers last fall, but it already looks as though New England made the mistake of sending Tom Brady’s heir apparent away in exchange for a mere a second-round pick. 

To many, it was a weird move even before the 26-year-old Garoppolo tore it up and won all five of his starts down the stretch in San Francisco. After all, Brady is the oldest position player in the NFL, and Jimmy G had performed well as his backup. He was clearly the top option—maybe the only option?—to succeed Brady, but now he’s one of the league’s most highly touted young franchise quarterbacks and playing on the other coast. 

Meanwhile, the only backup quarterbacks on the Pats roster are 32-year-old journeyman Brian Hoyer and rookie seventh-round pick Danny Etling. 

Quarterbacks rarely remain effective beyond 40, and even Brady—who will be 41 this season—isn’t immune to Father Time’s Boomer Esiason Womens Jersey effects. The Pats are in win-now mode, but without Womens Deacon Jones Jersey Garoppolo they don’t have a suitable insurance policy under center.

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Adrian Peterson immediately noticed Drew Brees’ work ethic

Few football players work harder than Adrian Peterson. During his short time with the Saints, Peterson found one who does.

There’s one person that when you asked that question that stood out immediately, Peterson recently told the Mad Hatta Morning Show in Houston, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune, regarding whether Peterson has seen anyone with a greater work ethic than him. It was Drew Brees.

It’s accurate, but only if by confirmed Al Jazeera means debunked. While Al Jazeera did indeed use the allegation that HGH was shipped to Ashley Manning after meeting with McGill, McGill sufficiently shot down Sly’s allegations about Peyton Manning to get Al Jazeera to remove them from the documentary.

The end result arguably makes things worse, not better, for Al Jazeera. In using McGill’s comments as the basis for showing that Al Jazeera did not act with knowledge of the falsity of Sly’s claims, Al Jazeera opens itself up to the very simple notion that McGill’s explanation should have prompted Al Jazeera to ask itself whether, if Sly was making inaccurate claims about Peyton Manning, Sly was making inaccurate claims about Zimmerman and Howard, too?

In October 2003, he was arrested for allegedly dousing a house guest and administrative assistant with scalding hot water, and the Patriots released him shortly thereafter. He was arrested again in a 2008 Tampa narcotics sweep for allegedly trying to obtain a small amount of marijuana and cocaine, but was never prosecuted. He was also arrested for carrying a concealed firearm before his final year at USF. Jones signed with the Redskins in 2004, where he played his final three games in the NFL.

Judge didn’t start on Sunday that he could have two days of rest counting Monday’s off day to fully recover from a jammed left thumb that occurred on a slide in the first inning of Friday’s game. Judge finished Friday’s game and hit a tie-breaking, eighth-inning homer playing on Saturday from start to finish.

Slumping catcher Gary Sanchez’s average sunk to.190 with an 0-for-4 night in which he grounded out weakly three times and hit into a game-ending, double-play liner to third. He’s 0 for 11 in his last three games and 4 for 53 over his last 15.

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Cron has three hits all homers in his last 24 at-bats.

Cruz homered for the second consecutive game, a second-inning solo shot.
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Rays shortstop Daniel Robertson experienced left hamstring tightness running out a grounder in the first and was replaced by Joey Wendle.

I don’t think it’s anything serious, Robertson said.

Mariners: Servais said RHP Dan Altavilla has a right forearm flexor mass strain and will be down for a little while.

Rays: Gomez struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, one day being involved in a collision with Bauers while making a diving catch on a foul ball. Gomez said his shin and shoulder are both Tom Rathman Womens Jersey a little sore.

Auburn coach Butch Thompson is sold on Mize’s future in professional ball. Thompson has sent Kendall Graveman, Chris Stratton, Brandon Woodruff, Jonathan Holder and several other pitchers to the majors since 2014 while at Mississippi State and Auburn, so he can identify someone who looks the part.

I’ve struck out plenty of times in my life so that’s something that I know is going to happen, Jankowski said. I probably think about it 20 or 30 seconds and then it’s over and gone. You learn from it and move on.

I just put a good swing on a pitch I could handle and got an RBI.

Craig Stammen (4-0) allowed two inherited runners to score over 1 2/3 innings. He has three relief wins in his last five outings.

Brad Hand pitched a perfect eighth and Kirby Yates got his second save with a scoreless ninth, locking down San Diego’s fifth win in six games.

You like bullpen games, Padres manager Andy Green said. When it comes down to it, you like your bullpen versus their bullpen. You like your chances.

The Marlins rallied from a 4-1 deficit with a three-run sixth that chased starter Tyson Ross. Derek Dietrich hit a leadoff homer and Justin Bour scored from third on a wild pitch by Stammen. Brian Anderson scored Clark Gillies Authentic Jersey from second on second baseman Jose Pirela’s fielding error.

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Colts’ Chris McCain denies battery charge accusing him of assaulting, spitting on woman

The Colts thought they were getting a defensive end who could help their squad. What they actually got was a player with a legal issue.
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Chris McCain signed with Indianapolis in May. Then Tuesday, he was charged with two counts of battery for an incident in January where he is accused of forcibly grabbing a woman’s neck and spitting on her.

Eric Hosmer and Jose Pirela each had two hits for the Padres.

The Marlins wore throwback white pinstripe uniforms with Max Scherzer Youth Jersey teal hats as part of their 25th anniversary weekend, which included 18 former players participating in Friday’s festivities.

These are good-looking unis, they really are, Mattingly said. They’re a good look. It’s what you picture when you think about their teams so it’s good to see them out there. I think guys liked them. Actually I think they really liked them.

Shortstop Miguel Rojas, who remembers watching fellow Venezuelans Miguel Cabrera, Alex Gonzalez, and Ozzie Guillen on the 2003 World Series championship team, was one of the players who enjoyed the uniforms.

Collins was with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Jeff Heath, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick for the trip.

Jason pretty much told me, ‘Here’s the Brannock Device make it into a mascot character,’ says Tripodi. And I thought, how am I going to do that? After working on some preliminary sketches, Tripodi eventually came up with a sort of grouchy-looking anthropomorphized Brannock Device and named him Chuck, Phillip Danault Jersey after the device’s inventor, Charles Brannock.

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The Brannock Device is such an old product, so I wanted him to be like an old man who’s got this big mustache and maybe he’s a little grumpy, says Tripodi. My original inspiration was Mr. Potato Head you can see it in his shoes and the overall design is based on a Goomba from Super Mario Bros, because I’m a big video game guy.

It was decided that Chuck would appear on the Chiefs’ er, the Devices’ one-day caps. That was simple enough: The logo was sent to the team’s headwear supplier, New Era, which slapped Chuck on the crown of a black cap. Voila! (Unfortunately, budget constraints did not allow for a live, costumed version of Chuck to be part of the promotion.)

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MLB rumors: Nationals’ Bryce Harper to Yankees? Don’t count those chickens yet

The Yankees are in Baltimore this weekend for a rain-shortened series with the Orioles. After that, New York visits the Blue Jays and then returns to the Big Apple for the Subway Series against the Mets at Citi Field.
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The next time the Yankees are in the Bronx is Tuesday, June 12, when they open a two-game interleague series with the Washington Nationals.

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Much has been written about Harper’s impending free agency after the 2018 season. Both he and Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado could fetch contracts in excess of $300 million. Harper’s could approach or even exceed $400 million.
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The Yankees are one of the few teams in baseball who can afford those kinds of contracts. With Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right, the expectation is general manager Brian Cashman will at least explore signing Harper, who would join an already stacked lineup featuring Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is longtime friends with President Trump. Texans owner Bob McNair has publicly supported Trump and donated more than $1 million to his inaugural committee. Jets owner Woody Johnson doubles as Trump’s ambassador to the United Kingdom.

The Fitzpatrick selection came under fire from owner Steven Ross, who reportedly pushed for a trade down from the No. 11 spot in the draft. Although Miami had bigger needs than safety, the reigning Jim Thorpe Award winner offers the versatility to slide into slot corner and nickel linebacker depending on the situation.

He’s like a Swiss Army knife, general Cole Beasley Authentic Jersey manager Chris Grier said of Fitzpatrick after the draft’s first round. He does a lot of things really good…. He gives your defense a chance to be flexible and do a lot of different things. It’s his football intelligence, his love for football, and he’s been a productive player from the minute he stepped on campus at arguably one of the best programs in college football.

Expect Fitzpatrick to make an immediate impact on a defense that might just be the AFC East’s strongest in 2018.

I think everybody who owns a top-four professional sports team just saw the value of their team double, the billionaire investor and Shark Tank co-star told CNBC.

The NFL said it wanted Congress to enact a core regulatory framework for legalized sports betting.