Month: April 2018

NFL hit with age discrimination lawsuit by former security personnel

The NFL has been sued by former security representatives of the league who claim they were dismissed because of their ages.
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The lawsuit, which was first detailed by The Blast, claims that nine former security officers were let go by the league after Cathy Lanier took over as the league’s new security chief. All nine plaintiffs were dismissed on July 20, 2017.
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The allegations in this case have no merit, a league spokesman said. The challenged decisions were the result of a wide and objective selection process led by Cathy Lanier. Ms. Lanier is a highly respected NFL executive and former Washington D.C. Evan Longoria Youth jersey police chief with demonstrated impeccable integrity and judgment. We will vigorously defend these claims.

The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $10 million.

Each team has the ability to bring in 30 players for visits, though not every team uses the full allotment. And since each team has, on average, seven draft picks, it’s easy to see that most of the visits are for vain or largely for the purposes of establishing a smokescreen.

The passing-and-pushing offense that got the Sixers to the No. 3 seed in the East failed them for the first time since early March.

But there was life left in the fourth.

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Wade contributed with baskets, assists and free throws over the final 4 minutes to close out the win.

We played Game 1 like a regular-season game and tonight was a playoff game, Wade said.

Simmons, who had a triple-double in the opener, led the Sixers with 24 points and Saric had 23.

Baker Mayfield’s last-minute visits include Broncos, Cardinals

There are plenty of people who think Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will be a top three pick, but he’s taking a few visits this week with teams picking lower.
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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Mayfield is visiting the Broncos today, and will go from Denver to Arizona to meet with the Cardinals.

The Broncos, picking fifth, have some options at quarterback since they signed Case Keenum in free agency and have a former first-rounder in Paxton Lynch they might not want to Hackenberg yet.
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I play the game for these moments, Wade said.

After a Game 1 victory where they couldn’t miss, the Sixers couldn’t make a big bucket in the first half. The Sixers made a team playoff-record 18 3s in Game 1 and missed a whopping 16 of 18 3s in the first half.

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The Rams signed Ficken after All-Pro kicker Greg Zuerlein was injured in Week 15. Ficken made four PATs and two field goals in the regular season and added an extra point and two field goals in the postseason.

Nationals: 3B Anthony Rendon (bruised left big toe) is slowly progressing after fouling a ball off his foot Friday, Martinez said.

Mets: OFs Jay Bruce (plantar fasciitis) returned to the lineup after missing two starts. … LHP Jason Vargas (broken bone, glove hand) threw six hitless innings and struck out 12 in an intrasquad game, pitching from behind a screen in a controlled setting. He’ll next pitch in a minor league game in five days.

Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (1-1, 3.50 ERA) starts as the Nats go for a sweep Wednesday. He got a no-decision vs. the Mets this month, giving up five runs in five innings and fanning nine.

Golden Knights first NHL franchise to sweep playoff series in inaugural season

One year ago, the Vegas Golden Knights had no players on their roster, and Gerard Gallant was four days into his new job as the first head coach of the expansion team.
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On Tuesday, Vegas became the first franchise in NHL history to sweep a postseason series in its inaugural season when it defeated the Los Angeles Kings 1-0.

You guys remind us or tell us about those records, but it’s not something that we talk about or shoot for, Fleury said. All season long, I didn’t know any records about expansion teams. We just do what a regular team would. We just play the game and try to win. That’s it.

Few expected much from Vegas coming into this season. Many had the Golden Knights pegged as the worst team in the league following the expansion draft that netted them the likes of Fleury, James Neal, Jonathan Marchessault, Deryk Engelland, David Perron, William Karlsson, Nate Schmidt, Erik Haula, Cody Eakin, William Carrier and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

The star and the face of the franchise was always going to be Fleury, but no one thought he would become the catalyst for another Glenn Robinson Authentic Jersey Stanley Cup contender so soon in the process.

It means a ton, a win like this after playing for that long, Eller said. I’m sure they feel a lot more tired in that room than we are feeling right now. It gives you a lot of energy. It’s going to be a battle again in Game 4.

Tom Wilson and John Carlson also scored, and Braden Holtby stopped 33 shots for the Capitals, who were in danger of falling into a nearly insurmountable hole had they let the game slip away.
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We got some good fortune, but we also executed and we were committed today, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

Game 4 is Thursday night back here with Game 5 set for Washington on Saturday.

We got a break, it’s what we needed, Capitals forward John Connolly said. You need breaks, every team is so good now, you need to keep pressing and pressing.

Pierre-Luc Dubois and Artemi Panarin scored for Columbus, and Bobrovsky finished with 42 saves after getting 54 in the Game 2 on Sunday.

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Jim Mora’s sideline commentary isn’t doing much to improve quarterback Josh Rosen’s draft stock.

After telling NFL Network he’d select USC’s Sam Darnold over his former player last week, the ex-UCLA coach, who was let go from the team last season, attempted to clarify his remarks with the MMQB, only to possibly make a bigger mess over Rosen’s football commitment in the process.

“He needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn’t get bored. He’s a millennial. He wants to know why. Millennials, once they know why, they’re good,” Mora said. “Josh has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire. He has so much ability, and he’s a really good kid.”

With less than a month to go until draft day, Mora also noted he has yet to receive a call from one of the NFL’s 32 general managers to pick his brain about Rosen.

“None of them have called, which is interesting,” Mora said.

The Giants and Jets hold the second and third picks, respectively, and are both expected to be locked into the quarterbacks race, which also includes Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. Should either pull the trigger on Rosen, Mora doubled down on the intensity of the player they’d be receiving.

“One thing I do want teams to know,” Mora noted. “It’s desperately important for Josh to be a great player.”

Following Mora’s interview with MMQB — and other outlets publicizing the comments — Rosen chimed in Monday afternoon with a simple, “Why?”

The Jets let Austin Seferian-Jenkins walk in free agency.

They say they like Jordan Leggett, a fifth-round pick from a year ago, who missed his rookie season with a knee injury. Still, I think they could take a tight end in the middle rounds. Penn State’s Mike Gesicki is an athletic pass catcher who could be tempting if he lasts until the third round.

With all of that change, several teams tumbled. All three of the preseason favorites in the National League divisions — the Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers — dropped in the rankings thanks to middling starts. The Nats fell furthest, with a five-spot decline, the Cubs lost three, and the Dodgers fell from the top 10 with their own three-spot drop. The Yankees fell four slots, but the Rangers — already struggling with injuries — suffered the largest decline in the American League by falling five places and into baseball’s bottom five.jets_065

Broncos’ Von Miller defends shark hunting trip, says he followed rules

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The Denver Broncos star said he’s an avid hunter and fisherman who always follows the rules.

I was shocked to catch a hammerhead shark in the first place, Miller said Tuesday in his first public comments about the excursion. Miller later released his catch back into the water.

I went fishing. Everybody knows that I hunt and fish. It’s what I do. But I also believe in conservation. I’m not just out there going crazy, Miller said on the second day of the Broncos’ offseason program. We followed the rules. I did everything I was supposed to do.

Maccagnan has shown an affinity for players from big schools. Only four players came from outside of the Power 5 conferences, all taken in the fifth round or later.

As for how Maccagnan’s picks have worked out, 21 of the 22 picks remain on the roster. That can be viewed as him hitting on picks or as him Mike Hilton Jersey being stubborn about moving on from them. Seven of the picks have become regular starters with three or four others developing into role players with the team.

In a way, that’s understandable, given that both major parties nominated candidates who had long histories of ethically, morally, and legally problematic behavior. But in deciding whether to prosecute Hillary Clinton, Comey was mostly pondering polls and public perceptions. Which is what happens when multiple institutions place political ambition over principle, when negative polarization trumps truth and justice.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch has been performing handsprings and cartwheels to try and delay or overturn the scheduled parole of Black Liberation Army cop-killer Herman Bell, reports Len Levitt at amNY. He’s railed against the Parole Board and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Yet, notes Levitt, there is one person Lynch has avoided criticizing: Gov. Cuomo, who not only appointed the current board, but also reversed the board’s priorities when deciding parole to de-emphasize the circumstances of the crime. Cuomo’s said he opposes Bell’s parole, but his statement pales in comparison to that of Mayor de Blasio, with whom Lynch has feuded for years. Lynch has even remained silent about Cuomo’s refusal to meet with Diane Piagentini, widow of one of Bell’s victims.
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Bears To Sign WR Bennie Fowler

In an offseason that’s seen the Bears overhaul their receiving corps, another name will be added to the mix. Chicago will bring in Bennie Fowler on a one-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.
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The Broncos non-tendered Fowler last month, sending the former UDFA into the veteran sector of free agency. The Michigan State alum played three seasons in Denver, serving as an auxiliary wideout in the Demaryius Thomas鈥?and Emmanuel Sanders-dominated passing attack.

Defensively we have to think, ‘That ball’s on the ground, go get it, Quinn said today on PFT Live. There will be more completions and there probably will be more fumbles too.

Quinn is right: The new catch rule would turn some plays that have in the past been incompletions into complete passes that are then fumbled. Fans clamoring for a change in the catch rule may not be so happy about it when their team loses the ball on a play that previously would have been ruled an incomplete pass.
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I think the hurt part was, to be honest, was the unwillingness to try to make it work, Nelson said. But then again, it’s a business, and they have to do what they think is best. What they need to do is to be able to move forward and prepare for the future of the Packers. But I think that was just part of it, but Jeff Heuerman Womens Jersey that’s the way it is. I’m definitely not the only one that’s been cut or released when you don’t think it’s going to happen, and it’s not what you want to hear when you go into a meeting with them. But we’ve moved on.

Pelicans beat Clippers 113-100 to clinch playoff berth

Having clinched a playoff berth, Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans are looking ahead.
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They are one of five teams in the mix for the No. 4 seed in the wild West, and a win against the Spurs in their regular season finale would give the Pelicans home-court advantage.

Many of the other leagues have either been underfunded or undermanned in terms of real professional people to run it, said Polian, whose Alliance partnership was formed with Charlie Ebersol after the film/television producer (and son of TV legend Dick Ebersol) asked for advice in 2017 about a spring football revival. In this case, we think we have both (covered). We have the funding and we’ve got the people. Our investors are in it for the long run.

Such commitment wouldn’t be the case for the Alliance’s best players and Polian knows it.

Those who truly shine during a 10-game schedule would be pining for a chance at NFL riches. Thus, Alliance contracts will be structured accordingly to allow unimpeded departure should the NFL come calling.

Former Net Sean Kilpatrick was one of seven players for the Bulls to score in double figures, tallying 16 points. Cameron Payne had 15 for Chicago, which has lost its last three games.

Rookie Lauri Markkanen added 10 points and six rebounds to reach 500 boards this season. He’s the first Bulls rookie to since Elton Brand to eclipse the 1,000-point, 500-rebound mark.

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Zito hasn’t forgotten that and on Monday got to name Kane as the United States captain for the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championship next month in Denmark.

When we talked Adrian Kempe Jersey to him about this, his passion for hockey, his enthusiasm for the game is wonderful, Zito told The Associated Press by phone. Just thrilled that he’s part of it.

Chargers sign Jaylen Watkins

The Eagles didn’t want Jaylen Watkins, at least not at a certain price, but he has found a home.

The Chargers announced they had signed the former Eagles cornerback, who was not tendered an offer as a restricted free agent.

The Chargers could use him at either safety or corner, and they need some depth there after letting Tre Boston walk in free agency.

Cody Reed (L), fewer than 1 percent, Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies: Reed is making his 2018 debut and since he may be sent back to Triple-A at its conclusion, you know he wants to make a positive impression. After all, the injury-riddled Reds rotation will no doubt need some reinforcements — and probably sooner, rather than later. The allure is the unknown, combined with a decent strikeout pedigree. Granted, Reed displayed terrible control last season in a short stint in the bigs, but now, just one week from his 25th birthday, his composure should be better.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed to TMZ that it is “looking into whether or not a violation occurred in this incident.”

Florida has bans on catching certain types of sharks, and restrictions on catching other types, and Miller could face legal consequences if his fishing trip violated state law.

To the extent that the system needs to be changed, that won’t happen until the next CBA arrives. Even then, it’s unlikely that the players will be inclined collectively to make a concession that would compel teams to give young players more money sooner, even if a return a system that allows star players to leverage big rookie deals into bigger second deals would potentially stretch the market at the various positions, giving more players a chance to get more in their own negotiations.

They examined the sharing of inside information, deriving that “effective prevention of insider trading requires coordination between sports leagues and betting operators.”

The conclusion was straightforward.

“We conclude (alongside many other observers) that due to the rigor of Nevada’s regulatory practices, the state’s approach actually provides sports leagues with their best opportunity to protect themselves when it comes to the all-important issue of integrity,” the report said.flames_016

Avalanche head back to playoffs after 5-2 win over Blues

Gabriel Landeskog sat at his locker stall, his skates still laced and most of his gear still on.
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Game No. 82 for these two boiled down to a winner-take-all scenario. Although, there was one caveat — the Avalanche couldn’t allow the game to go to overtime since the Blues held the tiebreaker. St. Louis pulled out all the stops late in the third: Taking out goalie Jake Allen with around 4:35 remaining. Landeskog and Nieto sealed the win with empty-net tallies that sent the raucous crowd into full celebration mode.

Credit to Colorado they’ve improved immensely over the last couple of years, Allen said. They played well again tonight.

Colorado finished with 95 points to become first NHL team to post a 40-point gain over an 82-game season since the Pittsburgh Penguins jumped 47 from 2005-06 (58) to 2006-07 (105).

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He’s focused, he’s committed, he wants to get something done, as do all of them in there, Hurdle said. He led the way today. And he showed the other guys in that rotation. Gave them a nice blueprint to follow moving forward.

Cincinnati’s only hit came on a single to center by starting pitcher Tyler Mahle with one out in the third. The Reds managed just three more baserunners the rest of the way. Taillon was sitting at 94 pitches through eight innings when Hurdle checked to see if he was still good to go.

Pittsburgh’s bullpen never stirred as Taillon (2-0) finished off the first shutout of his career and the Pirates’ first one-hitter since A.J. Burnett did it against the Chicago Cubs on July 31, 2012.

The Cleveland Browns own the first overall pick in this year’s draft for a reason.

Plenty of blame has been placed on former general manager Sashi Brown for tearing down the roster. Poor coaching also led to a 1-31 record over the last two seasons.聽
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Hue Jackson built his reputation as a quarterback whisperer due聽to the success he experienced with Joe Flacco in his rookie season and Andy Dalton later in his career. Jackson’s presence in Cleveland hasn’t聽yielded any positive results, as the coach failed to develop Cody Kessler, Robert Griffin III, Kevin Hogan and DeShone Kizer.聽
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Using a lineup that resembled one used for spring training road games – Jace Peterson was in left field, Tyler Austin played first, Ronald Torreyes was at second, rookie Miguel Andujar manned third and Austin Romine caught – the Yankees showed resiliency by gutting out an 8-3 win over the O’s on Saturday afternoon to end a two-game skid.

One of the unlikely heroes in this win that hiked the Yankees’ record to 5-4 was Peterson, who was called up from Triple-A in the morning and made two nice grabs in his debut with the club while contributing a single during a two-run, sixth-inning rally that broke a 3-3 tie.

Although this seems like a stabbing accident waiting to happen, it turns out that there’s actually a method to this madness and Donald explained it on Thursday.

First, it turns out that the knives are fake. Although you’ll still get hurt if you get hit with them they’re made of a tough rubber -you won’t leave practice with any gashes.

Anthony Ashnault will get one last shot at a national championship.

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I want another chance to win a national title. That’s the biggest thing for me, Ashnault said in February聽after announcing he would not wrestle this past season. I just want one more shot at it. It would really suck not to have that.

Frank Reich might not have been the Indianapolis Colts’ first choice as head coach, but the organization may have stumbled over a better option compared to Josh McDaniels.聽