Sebastian Janikowski To Visit Seahawks

The Seahawks are set to meet with an acclaimed kicker, and Sebastian Janikowski may have a taker for what would be his age-40 season.

Janikowski will make a Tuesday trip to Seattle to visit the Seahawks, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.

“I’m not saying I’m going to stop being active because I won’t,” Reid told ESPN. “I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country and improve on the issues happening in this country. I don’t think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem. I say ‘during’ because it’s crazy that the narrative changed to we were ‘protesting the anthem,’ and that wasn’t the case. I think we’re going to take a different approach to how we’re going to be active.”

No matter where you stand on the issue, it seems Reid will find a different avenue for his protest than during the anthem. It’s natural this topic would come up when Reid met with the Bengals and isn’t really cause for alarm. At least the Bengals were willing to give him a chance by bringing him in for a visit, which is more than any other NFL team can say at this time.

“It would be hard to say that he’s not getting any calls just on talent alone. I think any team that is considering him is going to weigh his political views and the strong stance that he’s taken the last couple years, and that’s unfortunate, but it’s just kind of what it is. So hopefully, teams will look past that and evaluate him as a player, and I think as a player he deserves a spot in this league. But I’d be kidding myself if I said that his stance isn’t playing a role in him not having a call yet.”

Reid chimed in himself:

Reid also said in March he didn’t plan on kneeling during the anthem this season, per the Associated Press:

“I’m not saying I’m going to stop being active because I won’t. I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country and improve on the issues happening in this country. I don’t think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem.bills_012

Tee-time bookers: Why your favorite team won’t win the Stanley Cup

For a handful of teams, it took the full 82 games to lock down a playoff spot, but the field is set for the 2018 NHL playoffs.

Any of these 16 teams could be in contention for the Stanley Cup come June, but only one team will win it all. So, what will send the other 15 to the golf course this summer without the sport’s ultimate prize?

No team is perfect, regardless of their dominance, and in a seven-game series, anything can happen. We looked at the underbelly of every playoff team and determined a tee-time booker — the statistical area that could prove to be its downfall, early exit and, yes, reason for a tee time at the local golf course.

Here is a look at the numbers-based shortcoming of all 16 playoff-bound teams.

Brown thought rookie Markelle Fultz was just “OK” after getting nearly all the backup minutes at point guard ahead of T.J. McConnell. Brown said he hasn’t decided if Fultz will be part of the postseason rotation.

“That remains a little bit of a mystery to us,” Brown said. “And it should. He hasn’t played, as we all know, much NBA basketball.”

With the win in the final European Road to the Kentucky Derby points race, Gronkowski moved to 3-0 on synthetic surfaces this season and punched his ticket to the Louisville classic on May 5.

Gronkowski closed out 2017 with a win, making him perfect in four starts since earning a runner-up finish in a pair of turf starts to launch his career.

The umpires misinterpreted the rule in the heat of the moment.

“What we had on the field, what Ronnie [third-base umpire Ron Kulpa] had on the field, was as soon as Stanton ran by him into foul territory there, he had him out for abandoning his effort, which gave Sanchez the base so when they tagged him, he wasn’t out.

“That was our explanation on the field. We were incorrect. The ruling is when a runner from second, in that situation when a runner from second has occupied third and the lead runner goes beyond third base to the outfield or wherever, runs past it, the interpretation is the runner from second is past that runner, the lead runner, so he is out automatically without being tagged.buccaneers_084

Vandalism charges dropped against Bills WR Zay Jones, report says

After being released from a Los Angeles area hospital Wednesday, Bills receiver Zay Jones has one less thing to worry about following a naked and bloody incident involving his brother, Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones.

According to Buffalo’s 7 Eyewitness News, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office dropped a felony vandalism charge against Zay, citing insufficient evidence.

Zay was arrested Monday at an apartment building in L.A. naked and bloody after attempting to smash through a glass window on the 30th floor.

Instead, he trotted back out and worked a four-pitch sixth inning that lasted about 2 minutes in real time. And after he finally yielded a single to Vogelbach in the seventh, Junis struck out Guillermo Heredia and got Ichiro Suzuki to fly out to cap his dominant performance.

Seattle finished with two hits and left five runners on base.

“We didn’t do a whole lot offensively. Obviously, we didn’t get a hit until later in the game,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “They just beat us. We had a bad night.”

Last season, Washington was led on the ground by Samaje Perine, but the former Oklahoma star rushed for just 603 yards on 175 carries (3.4 yards per carry average) with just one rushing touchdown. Chris Thompson, a great pass-catching running back, also proved unable to maintain an every-down role.

The Redskins pick 13th overall in this year’s draft, meaning they likely will be out of the Saquan Barkley sweepstakes. But they could try to move up and get the Penn State star.

Second-round running back options for Washington likely will consist of USC star Ronald Jones II, who rushed for 1,550 yards last year, and Georgia stars Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. LSU’s Derrius Guice could also be available.

The Redskins moved away from quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason, trading for Alex Smith to replace him. While Smith has proven capable of moving NFL offenses, the Redskins will still need a solid running game to keep defenses honest.buccaneers_008

Rams become 1st team in NFL history to hire male cheerleaders

There will be male cheerleaders on the sidelines of NFL games for the first time ever this upcoming season. The Los Angeles Rams announced Wednesday that two men – Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies – have joined their previously all-female cheerleading squad.

I don’t know how you’re going to play the game, added Norman. If your helmet comes in contact How are you going to avoid that if you’re in the trenches and hit a running back, facemask to facemask and accidentally graze the helmet It’s obviously going to happen so I don’t know even what that definition looks like. The rule applies anywhere on the field, notably when blockers and defensive lineman slam into each other. That sort of encounter led to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier sustaining a spinal injury last December and being sidelined for at least the 2018 season. I understand trying to be safer, I get it. We saw what happened to Ryan Shazier, and I get it and understand that, Norman said. But at the same time, it’s football. The NFL reported a 13 percent increase in diagnosed concussions, 38 more in all, from 2016 to 2017.

The more we saw of the concussion plays, and the more there was a common technique, it became more apparent that we needed to get to the technique that can protect the person doing the hitting also, McKay said.

Can fans carry umbrellas The stadium policy says this: Umbrellas are permitted in Yankee Stadium; however, an umbrella may only be used if, when open, it provides protection only to the guest holding it and does not interfere with other guests’ enjoyment of the game, match or event or compromise other guests’ ability to view the game, match or event. Large and/or golf umbrellas are not permitted in the Stadium. Guests may be asked to close their umbrella if it is obstructing the view of other guests.

Weather forecasters are calling for an afternoon high of 43 to 46 degrees and a nighttime low of 40.

The normal high for New York City on April 2 is 56 degrees, and the normal low is 40. patriots_102-223x223

Lamar Jackson not running 40 at Louisville pro day, lack of agent might hurt draft stock

The decision by Lamar Jackson to eschew hiring an agent was an interesting one, for a top-rated quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. Jackson isn’t the first quarterback to skip hiring an agent — Jacoby Brissett recently did it — and it’s substantially easier to negotiate a rookie contract than it used to be with the slotted CBA.

However, there can be issues, at least in terms of battling publicity and in coordinating with teams, and those issues are starting to pop up a bit as the draft approaches.

Owners came and went this week without revising or reiterating policy on protests during the national anthem, carried out overwhelmingly by African-American players. The owners, who are supporting social initiatives by a coalition of players, engaged in healthy discussion about the protests.

Yet Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job, and neither does safety Eric Reid, the former 49ers safety who took a knee alongside the quarterback. When Goodell dismisses that as the result of the 32 teams make their individual decisions on players, as he did on Wednesday, he is refusing to acknowledge a fundamental perception, instead opting for what sounds like a prepared statement to withstand the type of collusion case that Kaepernick is pursuing against the league.

That could happen,” he said. Knowing John (Dorsey) that could happen. John’s outstanding that way. He plays it real close to the vest. I’ve been trying to pry his hands down all the time, but his hands are up here and I can’t get them down.

This is a real important time in Cleveland football, let’s just be honest. We have to make the right decisions. I don’t think we need to make any knee-jerk reactions to anything. Let’s really dig into all of this and talk through it and make the right decision for us.

The moment the Jets traded up from sixth to third in the first round, it became almost a foregone conclusion that the Browns would draft a quarterback No. 1 and not risk losing their man by drafting Saquon Barkley and hoping their QB would be there at No. 4.

Jackson seemed to confirm that Tuesday, although he left open all possibilities at both picks.patriots_128-223x223

Los Angeles Chargers signing Geno Smith to 1-year deal

Insurance for Philip Rivers will come in the form of Geno Smith for the Los Angeles Chargers next season.

The Bolts announced Sunday they agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the former New York Giants and New York Jets quarterback.

Smith, who will presumably slide in as Rivers’ backup in 2018, heads into a quarterback room that also features Cardale Jones.

Seven, 12, seven, 15, six, 11. That’s the number of games the Carolina Panthers have won in each of the last six seasons. The Cam Newton era has been a roller-coaster ride, partly because Newton himself has had an up-and-down career. That makes it hard to get a bead on the Panthers in March or April, but it did often feel as though they were lucky to be in contention in 2017.

Does that mean they’re going to follow the pattern above and return to mediocrity in 2018 Carolina did a nice job replacing departed defensive tackle Star Lotulelei with the cheaper-but-better Dontari Poe, but it also lost All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell.

The Panthers brought ageless pass-rusher Julius Peppers back at a heavily discounted rate, but they also made a weird decision to trade still-promising young cornerback Daryl Worley for the washed-up Torrey Smith.

The point is the Panthers haven’t done anything to indicate they’re going to be able to keep up with New Orleans or Atlanta in the NFC South. Both the offense and defense are good, not great, and veteran linebacker Luke Kuechly is a huge question mark.

For the Panthers to get back into the Super Bowl picture in 2018, Newton might have to will them there.

He wasn’t in my doghouse. I don’t have a doghouse, Lewis said. I think he’s all the ability we wanted. That’s why we drafted him. He had to get fixed. We knew he was injured going in and he got nicked up a couple of times in his lower legs and the other shoulder was bothering him. He’s all fixed now.

The Philadelphia Eagles will have a target on their back in 2018, and they’ll have to try to avoid a Super Bowl hangover with questions at quarterback. Franchise quarterback Carson Wentz is still recovering from a late-season ACL tear, and while backup Nick Foles helped Philly win Super Bowl LII, Foles has lacked consistency throughout his career.

Even if Foles does come through and Wentz does return in a timely fashion, the salary cap-strapped Eagles will be without veteran slot cornerback Patrick Robinson, who was a huge part of the team’s Super Bowl run but departed for New Orleans in free agency. Defensive tackle Bejets_040

Rams trade Alec Ogletree to Giants for draft picks

Alec Ogletree is on the move from Los Angeles to New York.

Ogletree, a linebacker who has ed his entire five-year career with the Rams, is being traded to the Giants. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Giants will send their fourth-round pick and their sixth-round pick to the Rams for Ogletree. The Rams’ 2019 seventh-round pick will also be part of the deal.

“Here’s the deal, we in New England are privileged to, I believe, have the greatest coach in the history of coaching,” Kraft said. “We’re involved in a number of businesses in our family and we’re in 95 countries in the world and we try to encourage to have good managers. We want them to be bold, we want them to take risks. And sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t.”

Benching Butler clearly was one of the few moves Belichick has made that didn’t pan out. Without the Super Bowl XLIX hero on the field, Foles torched the Pats for 373 yards on his way to being named MVP.

I have no intention of forcing our ers to stand during the anthem and I regret that my comments have been misconstrued, Ross said. I’ve shared my opinion with all our ers: I’m passionate about the cause of social justice and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists. I know our ers care about the military and law enforcement too because I’ve seen the same ers who are fighting for social justice engaging positively with law enforcement and the military. I care passionately that the message of social justice resonates far and wide and I will continue to support and fund efforts for those who fight for equality for all.

Ross explained on Monday that the intended message has been undermined by the fact that the protests have been politically twisted into something they weren’t mean to be. His Tuesday remarks echo that sentiment, by pointing out that kneeling during the anthem alienates more people than it enlists.

It’s unclear what was misconstrued regarding his comment, as reported by the New York Daily News, that [a]ll of our ers will be standing. Maybe it was a prediction and not a mandate. Regardless, it’s clear where he stands on the issue of standing.jets_135