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“He told me that doesn’t mean business is over, but to stay motivated and come out here and do what I can,” Edmunds said, via Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “My emotions were, ‘Man, this is my contract year now.’ It’s on a whole new level. This year every game is like an interview, so you have to better yourself and you have to double down on yourself and put in the hard work.”Chicago Bears Face masks

"My dad used to beat me with Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper and the Vikings," Mahomes told ESPN during an interview about his selection as a Madden 22 cover athlete. "He would just throw like, just, bombs for touchdowns, and I would be like crying in the game room.
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“It’s big,” Pollard told media members during minicamp. “There’s nothing [you can do] to simulate playing football other than playing football. There’s nothing that can simulate being out there with the guys you’re going to go to war with on Sunday and just getting that timing down, that chemistry down.”Los Angeles Chargers Face masks

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For now, the Patriots have both Gilmore and J.C. Jackson at a combined salary of $10.3 million in 2021, which is one hell of a bargain. Both become free agents after the season. If the Patriots had to choose one or the other, who would it be?Philadelphia Eagles Face masks

The Vikings prioritized their defense this offseason by signing Peterson to shore up their secondary and former New York Giants defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson to add pressure in the middle of the defensive line. With Hunter officially good to go for the 2021 season, the Vikings can now focus on their quest to return to the playoffs.

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“I have a very good relationship with Mark Murphy,” Jones said. “Mark Murphy has a very good relationship with all of his players. . . . If you have a relationship with Aaron Rodgers, no, he’s not a complicated fella. And that’s with anything. You are talking about the future of a Hall of Fame quarterback’s career. Yeah, it’s gonna be complicated. He wants some things, you want some things. So it’s gonna be complicated. But listening to Mark Murphy talk, I am not reading into it too much. I’m pumping my brakes . . . I am relaxing. Don’t read too much into it. I know Mark personally, Mark loves all his players. And, yes, this situation is complicated because you’re dealing with a guy who wants certain things, you’re dealing with an organization who wants some things and you’re trying to come together as one to get this thing fixed. So it’s gonna be a little complicated. . . . So when you do have a relationship with him . . . no, it is not complicated. So get together, get a relationship with Aaron Rodgers like I have one, and get together and get it fixed.”New York Jets Face masks

Though his misses were noticeable, Newton ended the session with only one less completion than Jones. He completed 12 of 20 attempts in the competitive team periods. His incompletions included a drop by tight end Jonnu Smith, overthrows to Hunter Henry and Marvin Hall, an underthrown pass deep into double-coverage on Nelson Agholor, and two uncatchable throws in the red zone.
If there’s one thing you don’t want to do against a team like Vegas, it’s not capitalizing on your chances. According to Natural Stat Trick, the Canadiens led the Golden Knights at 5-on-5 in unblocked shot attempts (14-10), shots on goal (11-5), high-danger scoring chances (7-1), expected goals for (1.65-0.28) and possession (53%-47%) in the first period. An impressive start for a team that had four more days off between rounds than their opponents.Ottawa Senators

So far this postseason, Vegas has been remarkable in its steadiness in the face of adversity, its ability to get the little things right and in its sense of purpose. They seem like a team, to use Trotz's terminology, that has gotten to a point where they don't want to lose anymore.Winnipeg Jets

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Top basketball prospects have followed the same path for years: high school, one year of college, and then the NBA. But now, the NBA is disrupting the traditional one-and-done model. Today, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tells us about a new option for players: the NBA G League Professional Pathway Program, and examines why the NBA launched it in the middle of a pandemic. Woj weighs the pros and cons of the program for elite NBA talent, and explains how its success might be determined by high profile entrants like top 2020 prospect Jalen Green.

Ducharme and the Canadiens are a surprise contender, but Vegas isn’t. DeBoer has taken two other teams to the final — New Jersey in 2012 and San Jose in 2016 — but is looking for his first title, which would tie Trotz and Cooper. All four coaches are candidates for Canada’s Olympic staff next winter in Beijing.

“Our team is disciplined enough,” Trotz said. “We’ve got to stay out of all that. Whistle to whistle we need to play hard 5 on 5, and we’ll walk away from all that. The most important thing is trying to win the series and doing what it takes to win the series.”Vancouver Canucks

Marijuana use by athletes used to be considered taboo, and punishments for violating drug policies were severe. But now, as laws and attitudes around the country change, leagues are adjusting their rules. Former NFL RB Ricky Williams recounts how his marijuana use once dominated football headlines, and assesses the NFL's changes to the league's policy in the new CBA. Then, ESPN's Emily Kaplan breaks down the marijuana policy reforms across pro sports.Buffalo Sabres

The draft is an area the Bruins must improve in ASAP. They have arguably the league's worst prospect pool, and that doesn't paint a pretty picture for the future of the franchise.

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"As far as discipline and guys playing hard for him, that's all there. I don't think that's going to change. He's been a great addition for us. Guys, they want to follow him."

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One A. Rodgers on the Green Bay Packers threw out the first pitch at the Milwaukee Brewers game on Saturday, but no, it was not the one you were thinking of.Buffalo Bills Face masks

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The decision on Carr is critical, but it won’t matter if the franchise doesn’t begin to function properly. Over the last two years, the Raiders have gotten off to good starts before fumbling down the stretch, finishing 7-9 and 8-8 respectively. Some of the 2020 losses were meltdowns, famously including the Week 16 loss to the Dolphins at home. It speaks to a culture built more on emotion than process or scheme, resulting in wild swings from week-to-week.

Stephon Gilmore wasn't present at the New England Patriots' first mandatory minicamp session Monday, and the team doesn't expect to see him anytime soon.

But the Eagles traded Matthews to Buffalo in the summer before the 2017 season and his career has never been the same since. He was then with the Patriots in 2018 but got hurt and eventually returned to Philly and has since bounced around between Philadelphia and San Francisco. Right now, he’s a free agent.Indianapolis Colts Face masks

Keenan Allen, one of the league’s best receivers, had his best season under Sirianni during 2017 (the year after he tore his ACL).Las Vegas Raiders Face masks

That Cam Newton, Mac Jones and Jarrett Stidham had their moments through the air didn't fall on any one defensive player. But it was only natural to take an extra peek at the Patriots secondary every so often since its best player is holding out. San Francisco 49ers Face masks
Since leaving the Steelers under less-than-ideal circumstances, Bell hasn’t built a reputation as a team player. The Jets certainly regret signing him. Now he’s giving Kansas City reason to do the same.

Because he is seeking more money, the Cardinals could probably acquire him for not too much — perhaps a second-round draft pick, although they would have to pay him as well.Pittsburgh Steelers Face masks
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This year, however, new NFL protocols will allow players to gather outside team facilities, permitted they are vaccinated. Unvaccinated players can not get together for meetings, practice, or training activities outside the team facilities.

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For the Cowboys rushing attack, that means putting themselves back in the upper echelon of the league’s ground games. And that will require both Elliott and Pollard to take what they’ve started, in their private workouts and OTAs, and step up their individual games and live up to their billing on Sundays this fall.

He seems to have become friends with Newton, as Jones explains during a press conference that he has gotten the nickname “Mac ‘N Cheese.”Dallas Cowboys Face masks

The Lions signed quarterback Jared Goff's former Cal teammate, wide receiver Chad Hansen, on Thursday and waived undrafted rookie Jonathan Adams.New York Jets Face masks

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This NFL offseason is bursting with drama. There's Julio Jones signing with the Tennessee Titans after more than a decade as the Atlanta Falcons star receiver. Aaron Rodgers won't be showing up for required OTAs with the Packers, and his rift with the organization isn't any closer to resolution. Ryan Clark helps us navigate the biggest NFL storylines, checks in on the various QB controversies, and discusses which teams have the most at stake in the coming months heading into the regular season. Then, Jessica Mendoza comes up to the plate to talk about the Women's College World Series.Florida Panthers

Even today, Shea Weber deserves hype, and could be Montreal’s best defenseman. Petry has some say in that argument, however, and he’s crucial to that team finding some balance. Joel Edmundson‘s been impressive for the Canadiens, but without Petry, might the cracks show in his foundation?Boston Bruins

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Evolving Hockey projects that Hamilton's next contract is likely seven years with an average annual value of $8.476 million. Last season's free-agent prize defenseman Alex Pietrangelo signed for seven years and $8.8 million annually with the Vegas Golden Knights, for comparison's sake.

The experiment is far from over. Stone-Stephenson-Pacioretty can wear out pretty much anyone, but Ducharme will need to make an adjustment quickly for Wednesday, and for now, there isn't an obvious answer.

Gerard Gallant is set to join one of hockey's oldest organizations instead of the NHL's newest franchise after reaching an agreement to coach the New York Rangers.

All of this traces back owner Tom Dundon. He's a tough negotiator. You saw it with coach Rod Brind'Amour, and you're seeing it with his assistant coaches. Hamilton's the same deal. His camp believes they know what Hamilton's worth. Dundon says "go out and prove it."Buffalo Sabres
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The Flyers, among the more disappointing teams this season after a solid start, could be one of the more active teams in the offseason after failing to qualify for the postseason. But Lindblom figures to maintain his place up front. He has two years left on a deal that carried a $3 million annual price tag, and will hit restricted free agency at the end of the 2022-23 season.Ottawa Senators

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On the day after he pitched, Lee said he liked to long toss with footballs, “where I’m not taxing my arm in the same spots from the day before.”Oakland Athletics face coverings

The Yankees (36-33) and A's (44-27) face off again Saturday at 1:05 p.m., a game in which New York RHP Domingo German (4-4, 3.88 ERA) and Oakland RHP Chris Bassitt (7-2, 3.43 ERA) are projected to start.San Diego Padres face coverings

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Boyd has a 3.57 ERA through mid-June. He’s the ace of a Tigers staff with a rising Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal already on it. Such a trade makes sense for both sides, and it can happen tomorrow if the Cardinals like.

They are now 23 ½ games behind the Giants – and eight games behind the Rockies, likely stuck in the cellar the remainder of the season. Already looking ahead to 2022? They have a 3 ½ game lead over Baltimore for the worst record in the majors and first pick in the 2022 draft.Chicago White Sox face coverings

Whether it’s because of injuries or roster deficiencies, everyone should have their eye on the MLB trade deadline coming up on July 30.

The Cubs could get some stiff competition for Ramos, but don’t figure to stop there, regardless.

Glasnow left Monday night's game after four innings. He said he understands what MLB is trying to do in eliminating Spider Tack and other sticky substances but has an issue with doing it midseason and eliminating everything all at once.Atlanta Braves face coverings

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Leonard should be in line for a big extension this offseason as the Colts are hoping to get the deal done before Week 1 arrives. That new contract for Leonard could reset the market at linebacker if they get it done before the 49ers and the aforementioned Warner.

The Vikings are close to signing rookie quarterback Kellen Mond, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports.Minnesota Vikings Face masks

Crowder's future is uncertain. The Jets want him back, according to coach Robert Saleh, but they're trying to get him to take at least a 50% pay cut on his $10 million salary (non-guaranteed). He skipped the voluntary OTAs because of the contract squabble. This week's minicamp is mandatory. Saleh said he expects Crowder to attend, but he didn't sound certain.Arizona Cardinals Face masks

Versatile tight ends are all the rage in the NFL and one former Eagles wideout is making the transition this summer.Cleveland Browns Face masks

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But with a few lucky breaks in games and on the injury front, the Kansas City Chiefs certainly have the firepower to make things interesting.

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“Just fulfilling my goals. I didn’t hit my goals last year—well, I hit some of them”, said Clark. “I didn’t hit all of them—one of them being my sack numbers and stuff like that. But like I said, you’ve got to be able to wash your mind of it. It’s a long year, it’s been a long two years for us, and I just look forward to getting back out there when the season starts and doing what I love to do—rushing the passer and stopping the run.”

While Jalen Ramsey was the Rams' moveable chess piece in their defense last season, Hill was the primary slot defender, and a very good one. He allowed 44 slot receptions on 66 targets for 395 yards, 216 yards after the catch, one touchdown, three interceptions, and an opponent passer rating of 75.4. Hill will now run the slot for the Browns' vastly improved secondary, which is a good thing -- last season from the slot, Cleveland's defense allowed four touchdowns, and only cornerback M.J. Stewart could manage above-average coverage.Green Bay Packers Face masks
Gilmore, who turns 31 in September, is in the final year of the five-year, $65 million pact he signed with the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent in 2017. The deal included $40 million in injury guarantees and $31 million fully guaranteed at signing.Dallas Cowboys Face masks

Knowing what we know, here are my latest projections for the Cardinals and how the 53-man roster might look.Indianapolis Colts Face masks

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The San Francisco 49ers on Monday announced some shuffling in their front office and scouting departments. Nine people were given promotions, and two more were hired on as scouting assistants.

Health was the biggest factor for Graham. So once he knew his body was up for another season -- with a 17th regular season game -- he knew that was going to return for another year. "I feel like I can still be used and I can still be a weapon and I can still be a leader for this team," Graham said, "and help these young kids to make a run and to share some of my knowledge of what been through in this league and the wins and the lessons I've learned."Pittsburgh Steelers Face masks

If the Miami Dolphins can’t pay Xavien Howard what he’s worth, they should move him now and get a haul of assets in return.Chicago Bears Face masks
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“When somebody changes a position, obviously the first hurdle is the mental part of it,” Spags continued. “So Chris is working through that and he’s been great. He’s been here and been part of the whole thing and I think that’s important when you change a position. It’s just not that easy to pick up a whole new spot.”

In 2019, he finished with six dropped passes on the campaign. Last season, he led the NFL with 14 dropped passes and struggled on short yardage situations.

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“Now everything is about velocity and launch angles and analytical type of play with shifts and no premium on defense anymore. That's unappealing for someone like me and my generation.

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“I understand there’s a history of foreign substances being used on the ball, but what we are seeing today is objectively far different, with much tackier substances being used more frequently than ever before," Manfred said. "It has become clear that the use of foreign substance has generally morphed from trying to get a better grip on the ball into something else – an unfair competitive advantage that is creating a lack of action and an uneven playing field. This is not about any individual player or Club, or placing blame, it is about a collective shift that has changed the game and needs to be addressed. We have a responsibility to our fans and the generational talent competing on the field to eliminate these substances and improve the game.”

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But it’s also been leaned on heavily enough that it could be one overtaxed week away from becoming a weakness. That’s the dilemma that took center stage in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Mets.Arizona Diamondbacks face coverings

Haniger went to the ground immediately after fouling off the pitch from Shane Bieber, and Cleveland catcher Austin Hedges waved to the Seattle dugout for help. Haniger slowly got to his feet and was assisted off the field by manager Scott Servais and a trainer.

With a pitch like that, expect to see a whole lot more bats being tossed in frustration like Zimmerman does above.Texas Rangers face coverings

A stirring homestand in which they won six of eight ballgames has been followed by two straight losses to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Phillies’ bullpen allowed single runs in the seventh and eighth innings en route to a 5-3 loss Tuesday night. That came after a 3-1 loss Monday night. Kansas City Royals face coverings

The main slate is a little thin for a Saturday with just three nine-inning games. Yesterday Max Muncy left the Dodgers’ game after hitting a first-inning homerun, and Cody Bellinger left in the fifth inning after reaching base on an RBI single. In the event they receive Saturday night off, that will promote other players in the lineup, and a couple discount dandies will likely draw a spot start.Cleveland Indians face coverings
Thielen feels pretty good entering his eighth season, and that's encouraging for the Vikings and potential fantasy owners.Indianapolis Colts Face masks

Bears fans are hoping that their offense takes flight under Justin Fields, who spent some time of his own with the Bulldogs. But on the defensive side of the ball another Georgia alum has the second level of the defense locked down for the next few seasons at least.Detroit Lions Face masks

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Much was made on Monday about the performance of New England quarterbacks during a minicamp practice in the rain. It’s raining on Tuesday in South Florida, and Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is struggling.Carolina Panthers Face masks

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Gilmore could be making a statement about his contract, as he is scheduled to earn a base salary of $7 million in 2021.

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This isn’t to say Miami needs to meet his request. Howard, of course, signed the contract in 2019, after all. But if nothing else, Howard has a point on this front.

"But it is what it is. I'm just excited to see his progress throughout training camp, and he is an eager guy that wants to learn, and I know that when you are in a room with coach [Kyle] Shanahan, the mastermind, he's going to learn a lot, so I think he is in the right spot."
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Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that every pitcher caught using or possessing foreign substances will be given an automatic 10-game suspension beginning Monday, June 21, and team employees can also be suspended or fined for substances found in their clubhouse or dugout.Toronto Blue Jays face coverings

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Arrieta left the game after giving up four runs on four hits in five innings. He last pitched past the fifth inning on May 14 at Detroit.

SG: “He played 17 years as a catcher and was still able to dominate offensively. We all know catcher is the most brutal position in professional baseball. There were times he wouldn’t even get out of his crouch and throw players out. That proves how strong his arm was. As we all know, the equipment wasn’t up to par. For him to endure that defensive position, and still come out every day…and still have a phenomenal offensive side, it speaks volumes of his talent. He did it both ways.”Los Angeles Angels face coverings

One A. Rodgers on the Green Bay Packers threw out the first pitch at the Milwaukee Brewers game on Saturday, but no, it was not the one you were thinking of.

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Josh Gibson’s name on the NL MVP would not just symbolize a victory for Sean and his family, it would provide some sort of gratitude to the thousands like him who long went undetected and unaccepted by the highest governing body of the sport they love.