NFL, other leagues getting sued for blocking New Jersey gambling

The Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports gambling, allowing sports books in New Jersey and other states to open. But one major player in the New Jersey gambling world is suing the NFL and other sports leagues for their actions in trying to prevent gambling from spreading.
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This has never been about whether a player sits, or kneels, or raises his fist during the anthem, but the NFL and Trump have dragged this debate to the point where the initial message has been lost. People are now commenting on the similarities between the NFL and NBA anthem policies, which both require the players to stand, while ignoring the fact that the NBA allows its owners, coaches and players to freely express themselves while the NFL muzzles its employees.

In 2014, superstars like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant wore I Can’t Breathe shirts, the final words said by Eric Garner as he was choked to death by an arresting police officer. James Womens James Hurst Jersey has continued to use his platform to speak out on social injustice.

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Proponents of the kickoff hope schematic adjustments can keep the play in the game, because previous attempts to reduce the risks have failed. Those concussion rates persist even though the NFL has banned wedges, moved possession after a touchback to the receiving team’s 25-yard line to reduce returns and moved the kickoff line up to the 35 in order to create more touchbacks.

Some of the things technique-wise we can get across 鈥?keeping our heads up, how we’re teaching tackling and blocking 鈥?those are the things that you see that we’ve gotta eliminate, DeCamillis said. I think guys are really making an effort to do that, but it’s going to take a lot more effort on our part.

Those players and coaches better make their adjustments soon. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said this week the league will not eliminate the play for this season, but in the future, it could determine the only course of action is to remove the kickoff entirely.

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Also, wedge blocks will be eliminated. The NFL has already limited those blocks. Under the new rule, only players who were initially lined up in the setup zone can double-team an opponent. Among the rest of the rules that will be proposed, the ball will be dead if it’s not touched by the receiving team and touches the ground in the end zone, resulting in a touchback (receiving teams no longer have to take a knee to down the ball in the end zone). Also, until the ball is touched or the ball hits the ground, no player on the kickoff return team may cross its restraining line toward the kickoff team, or initiate a block in the 15-yard area past the kicking team’s restraining line.

A decade of playoff frustration is fading fast.

“I think Ovie has been on a mission,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “They wanted this game, no question.”

Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals as the Caps continued to shed a label as postseason underachievers.

Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout and the Lightning, who led the NHL in goals during the regular season, failed to score in the last 159 minutes, 27 seconds of the series a stretch of nearly eight periods.

Switzerland, featuring Devils defenseman Mirco Mueller, took the silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championships with a 3-2 shootout loss to Sweden on Sunday in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The United States, which featured Devils forwards Blake Coleman and Brian Gibbons, plus defenseman Will Butcher and goalie Keith Kinkaid, finished in third place following a 4-1 win over Canada in the bronze medal game.

Former Devils defenseman Adam Larsson won gold with Sweden, and he was named to the tournament’s All-Star team.

Switzerland saw two one-goal leads disappear in regulation, with Sweden forcing the game to to overtime tied 2-2. The teams remained tied 2-2 after a 20-minute overtime period of 4-on-4 hockey, and Sweden won the shootout, 3-2. ravens_102

Cavs level up, cruise to dominant Game 3 win

The Cavaliers’ struggles with the Boston Celtics early in the Eastern Conference finals involved nuance, circumstance and shades of gray.
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Also, they couldn’t make a 3-pointer, open or contested.

All of the speculation and uncertainty around his future might have upset Cousins, as he unfollowed the Pelicans on Instagram. When a fan commented and asked Cousins why he unfollowed his team, Cousins commented back cause I’m grown.

Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder unfollowed the Hawks on Instagram and deleted all of his Instagram pictures except for one — erasing any Eli Manning Jersey evidence on his social channel that he ever was associated with the Hawks.
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Six years ago, a 14-year-old Jayson Tatum reached out to LeBron James on Twitter, reminding him that they had met — even including a photo of their encounter from years prior — and then asking James to follow him back. The internet found Tatum’s old tweet, because the internet remains undefeated.

Thompson produced 28 points in the series opener and eight points in Game 2. He is confident his latest performance was an anomaly.

I’ll be better tomorrow, he said. I guarantee it.

Golden State took the first game of the series, but it struggled on both ends of the floor in the sequel: Kevin Durant was the only Warrior who scored 17 or more points in Game 2, and as a team, the Warriors gave up a whopping 127 points.

They scored more, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, which meant they got their defense set up more, and they were angry because they lost Game 1, and we were really comfortable because we won Game 1, and they kicked our ass. Simple enough.

Pretty good chance both teams are going to come out fighting tomorrow, and we’ll see a great game, and we’re pretty confident that we’re going to play a lot better.

Stephen Curry is being heavily targeted on defense, and he’s shooting only 2-of-13 from beyond the arc over the two contests. His high thus far is 18 points.

We can’t help Steph get going. Steph got to help himself, Green said. You don’t need any of us to create looks for him or anything like that. He’s going to do that himself, and we know he will.

The Warriors’ message all postseason has been playing with force, but it has been preached all the more so by both organizations over the past couple of days.

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DeShields hope to end slump as Rangers host Yankees

The day off was used as an attempt to break out of a hitting slump but he will likely be in the lineup Wednesday in the rubber game of the three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington Texas.
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Joe Kocur Game Jersey The Yankees will send left-hander CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.40 ERA) to oppose Texas right-hander Doug Fister (1-4, 3.43).

DeShields, stuck in a 2-for-33 swoon, was given his first day off since returning from the disabled list on April 22.

Sabathia will make his ninth start of the season and pitch on regular four days’ rest. He recorded his first loss of the season in his most recent start at Kansas City, snapping a streak of 15 consecutive unbeaten regular season starts that began on Aug. 19, 2017. Over that stretch, Sabathia went 7-0 with a 2.61 ERA.

Sabathia is 11-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 22 career starts against the Rangers. He last faced Texas on June 28, 2016 at Yankee Stadium, allowing six earned runs in seven innings.

Fister will also make his ninth start of the season and will be working on extended five-days’ rest after a no-decision in a 4-2 loss on Thursday in Chicago. He has gone 3-4 with a 5.56 ERA over seven career starts against. the Yankees, including 1-1, 3.72 in a pair of starts last season while pitching for the Boston Red Sox.

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Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Jarrod Dyson, after breaking in on the ball, silenced the fans when he made a twisting, leaping catch above the wall to rob Santana.

I thought it was just a routine popup, Dyson said. I kind of came in and I realized that ball was hit farther than what it looked. I just went back and was able to grab it.

With the teams still deadlocked in the sixth, Santana shook off the earlier disappointment and hit a deep sacrifice fly on the first pitch from reliever Jorge De La Rosa to account for the game’s only run.

I put a pretty good swing on it, so I got the job done, Santana said.

DeAngelo Hall ’95 percent sure’ he’s done with football

DeAngelo Hall is probably done pestering quarterbacks. Probably.
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The Giants were reportedly looking for a mid-round pick in return for Flowers during the draft, but couldn’t find a taker. Flowers skipped voluntary聽workouts last week, so it remains to be seen whether he’ll be back with the team for the 2018 season.

The 21-year-old takes a mistake he made early in his career and turns it into a launching pad toward stardom.

This is the easiest projection on this list. Critics may question the Giants’ offensive line group in opening pathways for running back Saquon Barkley, but the front office added veteran left tackle Nate Solder and selected guard Will Hernandez in the second round of April’s draft.

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Jackson also announced he’ll donate $100 to The Hue Jackson Foundation for every Browns employee who jumps in with him.

And for those disappointed that he waited for the lake to warm up, Jackson was prohibited by doctors from jumping into frigid waters right after the season because he’s had a stent in his heart since 2014.
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He also said in a video on the team’s website that he hopes to wash away the Browns’ 1-31 record with the plunge.

We’re working towards making 2018 a much better year for the Cleveland Browns, and I’m hoping to also cleanse ourselves of all the losing for the past two seasons by jumping in, he said.

After his first season as Browns coach in 2016, Jackson vowed that he’d jump in the lake if the Browns went 1-15 again. They went 0-16, of course, and Jackson promised that聽he wouldn’t backpedal on the backstroke.

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Report: Suspended Saints RB Mark Ingram looking for new contract

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been popped with a four-game suspension for a PED violation. That’s bad news all around, but especially given Ingram’s current situation.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Ingram, who is in the final year of his current deal, is looking for a new contract. He’s already been a no-show for the team’s voluntary offseason workout program thus far and could very well extend his holdout until mandatory minicamp, which starts on June 12, until he gets a new deal.

Ankou may have a harder time earning a role this year, as the Jaguars added first-round defensive tackle Taven Bryan to the mix. Bryan’s roster spot is effectively guaranteed, while Ankou’s is not.

Cedric Ogbuehi has been a disappointment in his three years with the Cincinnati Bengals. While the 2015 first-round pick has started 25 games, he hasn’t locked down the left tackle position as Cincinnati had hoped.

Ogbuehi is my least favorite OL in league, former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker tweeted in 2016. Can’t stand watching him play.

The Bengals traded to acquire Cordy Glenn from the Bills this offseason to shore up their left tackle spot. Ogbuehi should get a chance to compete at a different position, perhaps at guard or against Jake Fisher at right tackle, but Cincinnati ultimately may decide to cut its losses.

The Bengals have already declined Ogbuehi’s fifth-year option, and they could save around $1.3 million this year by cutting him. Though he hasn’t worked out in Cincinnati, his draft pedigree and age (26) should help him draw interest from teams willing to give him a second chance.colts_128

Machado to the Mets?

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He’s got a really good fastball that he likes to kind of live up in the zone, Judge said of Kelly. It’s got good carry on it, so it’s kind of tough to get on top of it when it’s up in the zone. That plays well with his big curveball and he’s got a sharp little slider.

In the past, he’s always tried to show fastball up, then go back to the slider. I was just trying to get something out over the plate that I could drive.

In (Tuesday night’s) situation, bases loaded, one out, I’m in the driver’s seat. He’s got to throw something over the plate. He doesn’t walk to walk me. I was looking for something out over the plate to drive.

Judge got what he was looking for, a 1-1 slider that caught too much of the plate, he creamed it between third and short for a single that was hit so hard that fairly speedy rookie Gleyber Torres was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second.

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That one run put the Yankees ahead, and they held on to make it seven wins in a row and an incredible 16 in their last 17 games, this one pulling them into a tie for first atop the AL East standings with the Red Sox.

Jim Irsay spends $2.4 million on Alcoholics Anonymous founding document

Colts owner Jim Irsay has purchased the original founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous, spending $2.4 million at an auction.
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Irsay told the Associated Press that he attended his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting 25 years ago and believes the group can save lives, and he hopes to inspire others by publicly displaying the document.

Are you planning any changes to the cast of Sunday NFL Countdown?

No, no anticipated changes. Obviously from a network perspective we’re going through the process on’Monday Night Football’ right now. Once we decided that position. Depending on who gets that position, does it have any effect internally, right? That would be the only way there would be any cast changes. Beyond that, barring that, no.

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed the joint practices today.

Both those coaches called us, Harbaugh said. We have the longer training camp this year, with the extra game, the Hall of Fame Game. So the way the training camp laid out it looked like it would be good for us to create some breaks in the schedule and play against somebody else.

The Ravens haven’t had joint practices recently. The Colts had a joint practice with the Lions last year, while the Rams had joint practices with the Chargers last year.

The Steelers traded Martavis Bryant to the Raiders for a third-round pick on Thursday and replaced him quickly by selecting Washington in the second round on Friday. Washington is built like a running back (5-foot-11, 213 pounds), but he’s arguably the top field stretcher in the 2018 wide receiver class. The Oklahoma State speedster’s 18.2 aDOT last season Omar Vizquel Jersey was second-highest among the 44 wide receivers at the combine. He averaged 20.9 YPR (third-highest) and 12.8 yards per target (third).

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Giants add Orion Stewart to secondary

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The team announced that they have signed safety Orion Stewart to a contract.

Other than Carson Palmer, it was a bad first round for quarterbacks, including Byron Leftwich (7) and Rex Grossman (22). The Ravens have aced many of their early picks, but Boller was a huge mistake they needed to correct with Joe Flacco in 鈥?7.

The Bills weren鈥檛 immune to what was a shaky first round, trying to plug in Williams as a franchise left tackle. He didn鈥檛 work anywhere on their offensive line and was released after only four seasons. They could have had Bryant McKinnie.

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Victor was the eighth of the Raiders鈥?nine draft picks this year. The team will wrap up its rookie minicamp on Sunday.

The Rams, unlike other teams in the first round, ignored Phillips鈥?character concerns stemming from his arrest for assaulting his girlfriend. They even traded away Jerome Bettis on draft day to make him their feature back. More off-field trouble, and they grew tired of Phillips after two years and many tears.
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While Peyton Manning is still going strong for the Broncos, Leaf is a distant memory for the Chargers with Drew Brees and Philip Rivers since. Leaf didn鈥檛 have the head and heart to go with the size and arm. He was out the door in San Diego after just three years and one massive headache. Since then, his life has become a nightmare of substance abuse and jail time for crimes he committed to feed him habit.

The calendar has turned to 2018 and there’s only one game left in this season, so let’s look ahead to some of the players who will define next year’s season.

HALL OF FAME NFL coach Bill Parcells famously opined after his tenure with the New England Patriots: “If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”

But for these Celtics, Stevens adheres to the same “In Danny We Trust” mantra as the team’s fan base. And while the coach has plenty of input in personnel decisions, he’s perfectly fine with Ainge having the final say.

“Danny is not going to hesitate to do what he thinks is best,” Stevens said. “Partly because he’s Danny and he’s got big-time guts, right?”

Chris Davis (L), 29.6 percent, Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays (RHP Jacob Faria): Trust a .169 batting average and an ugly 26.5 hard-hit rate? Davis could at least run into one from Faria, who’s a fly ball pitcher struggling to throw strikes early on. Faria can’t afford a mistake, especially at homer-friendly Camden Yards..

Scooter Gennett (L), 30.5 percent, Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves (RHP Matt Wisler): Some of the shine has worn off from his 2017 breakout early this year, as his dipping shareholder percentage shows supporters leaving in droves. Still, Gennett has a pair of two-RBI efforts in the last three games, which may mean he’s waking up. Though Wisler is a streamer option, Gennett, an established platoon specialist, could be one of several Reds left-handed sticks to make the assignment more difficult.

Terry Rozier, Celtics guard: “[Brown] was coming off a stagger, and I gave him a look and I kind of figured that Bledsoe would bite. It kind of allowed me to make a move to get to my step-back [3-pointer]. That was an option for me to shoot, it was an option for Morris to slip to the basket [after screening for Brown]. Just all three options, and I went with mine.”

Jaylen Brown, Celtics guard: “I didn’t even see what happened. [Rozier] did some dribble, behind-the-back crossover. He was wide open. Hell of a move and a hell of a shot.”

Eric Bledsoe, Bucks guard: “I heard a playcall. I was trying to play the stunt, and [Rozier] did a great job of reading it. And he made a big shot.”

Rozier: “I haven’t seen [the play]. I’m looking forward to seeing it, though.”

“There were a couple drives where we moved the ball well, then we’d kind of stall out,” Murray said. “Obviously, as a quarterback, you don’t want to do that. You want to put points up as many times as you can.”