Mark Herzlich plans to attend chemo session with Dave Gettleman

eagles_031Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman announced last week that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma and is determining a course of treatment to deal with the disease.

OBJ will attend mandatory minicamp, but will he practice?

I agree with the Eagles, totally, 100 percent, Bradshaw said. Trump just needs to . . . go somewhere and enjoy the money he’s got.

Bradshaw then specifically complained about the tactic deployed by FOX News, which used images of Eagles kneeling in pregame prayer to suggest that they were kneeling during the anthem.

You know what’s so bad about that whole event was how they were portrayed as protesting, kneeling during the national anthem? They were praying. That is just wrong. . . . Listen, First Amendment rights, I totally believe in them. (FOX News previously apologized for creating the impression that Eagles players were kneeling during the anthem.)

At a time when the NFL has been running scared regarding this issue, avoiding anything and everything that may spark a negative comment or nasty tweet from the Commander-in-Chief, Bradshaw isn’t bashful about speaking his mind.

Like most of our guys, and in this case Shaq, this is a time for us to grow, to learn, and this case for Shaq, it’s time that he steps up, McDermott said, via the Buffalo News. He’s adopting the habits of what it takes to be successful in this league on and off the field and he’s consistent both on his approach off the field as he is on the field. That’s what we’re really looking for out of Shaq just like the rest of our players, really, with adjusting to the NFL, adjusting to what’s expected from them and so he continues to grow and improve in those areas.

Ravens will lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium

When the Falcons opened their new stadium in 2017, they set concession prices lower than they had been at the Georgia Dome and saw good results on a couple of fronts.

They got good PR out of the move because food and drinks would cost less on games and then saw their fans spend enough on the cheaper eats that, per Darren Rovell of ESPN, they wound up seeing a 16 percent rise in revenues on concession items. Those results made it inevitable that other teams would think about following suit and one of them will announce plans to do that this week.

“At 4 a.m., they intubated him. At 10 o’clock, he coded for the first time. About 11, 11:30, he coded the second time. And we pulled all the machines off at 1 o’clock,” Kevin said. “So we went from ‘He’s going to get a liver. He was the No. 1 option’ to ‘Your son is dead.’ And that was in 15 hours. I mean, you talk about roller coaster. … That is as intimate and raw as you can be as a family.”

Ajayi denied the accusations through a representative, saying Ajayi and his group actually left the house earlier than the planned five days, but still paid the full price for the rental.

He also said Ajayi didn’t push or shove the owner at all and the owner was trying to get Ajayi to pay him cashbypassing Airbnb’s site.

Which decisions on key players, draft picks, trades and new contracts will be priorities for every franchise?

The Celtics have now had a game and an off day to digest this. They will be ready. The Cavs know Boston will be ready. Some adjustments have a one-game shelf life.

Still: I suspect we will see something like this anti-Horford scheme Monday night. Boston has some obvious counters. Sticking to Horford opens up driving lanes for Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart (assuming the Cavs don’t just go under screens against Smart), and other ball handlers. Rozier read this in Game 3, and zoomed untouched into the lane on a few possessions. He just failed to make plays.ravens_011

Martinez’s 3-run homer lifts Red Sox over Blue Jays 5-4

Boston’s Chris Sale wasn’t his usual dominant self against the Blue Jays.

J.D. Martinez made sure that didn’t matter.

Martinez hit a three-run homer, Sale won for the first time in three starts and the Red Sox rallied to beat Toronto 5-4 on Thursday night.

Andrew Benitendi had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox, who wrapped up a 6-3 trip. The Red Sox are a major league-best 19-5, including 7-1 in one-run games.

“That was a tough one,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “To finish this road trip the way we did, it’s outstanding.”

Justin Smoak and Devon Travis hit solo home runs for the Blue Jays, who have lost five of seven.

“We just need to tighten some things up, get the starting rotation on a roll,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “We’re killing our `pen right now. That can’t hold up.”

On the giving end of that trust, of course, is the Toronto backcourt composed of point guard Kyle Lowry and DeRozan, both brilliant on Wednesday in a vital game — Lowry with his steady, two-way presence (17 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field, 10 assists against only one turnover and three steals) and DeRozan with his most self-possessed performance of the series.

“I think we did a great job of not just letting [DeRozan] bring the ball up,” Wright said. “We just kind of let the ball find him. He was able to make plays out of double teams or whatever they were throwing at him. In Game 4, he was bringing it up, and they were able to load on him. This game, we would bring the ball up on one side, and the ball would find him on the other.”

The original pick the Patriots received in their Oct. 31 trade of Garoppolo, No. 43, was sent to the Detroit Lions for a 2018 second-rounder (No. 51) and a 2018 fourth-rounder (117)

The Patriots then took the 2018 second-rounder acquired from the Lions (No. 51) and traded it to the Chicago Bears for the 2019 second-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick (105).

The Patriots then took their original second-round pick (No. 63) and packaged it with the 2018 fourth-rounder acquired from the Lions (117) and shipped it to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 56. They selected Dawson, whose versatility, competitiveness and sure tackling appealed to them.

So the return for the Garoppolo trade could be viewed this way: The team dealt Garoppolo and a 2018 second-round pick in return for the pick used on Dawson, a 2018 fourth-round pick (No. 105), and a 2019 second-round pick.

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio smiled on Friday night when asked, in a lighthearted touch, if the Patriots were intentionally making it difficult for reporters to easily analyze the return for Garoppolo.jets_057

The Oakland Raiders open workouts under coach Jon Gruden on Monday without a key member of the defense present.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported pass rusher Khalil Mack is not in the building to kick off offseason conditioning, according to team sources. Rapoport adds it’s an unusual move for Mack.

Phase 1 of workouts are voluntary for NFL players.

He has 18 points in 19 games as a member of the Lightning, including six power-play points on the top unit. There has been some trading on the second line throughout the season, with the most effective pair on the line being Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat. Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde have traded in and out of the other spot, making them somewhat risky for a playoff pool. Andrei Vasilevskiy was the best goaltender in the NHL for the first half of the season, but tired down the stretch. We’ll see if he left anything in the tank for the postseason. But if you like the Lightning to succeed, he’s an easy pick. As tired as he may be, the Lightning have no choice but to ride him.

“I started to see he started to distance himself a little more and a little more and a little more,” Lewis said. “Listen to me. I don’t care about religion. I’m talking about a foundation.

“When your foundation is disturbed, when everything you are doing is the opposite of what got you to this place, then you are making your own life hard.”

Like Carter, who was an admitted drug abuser early in his NFL career, Lewis has experience with poor off-field judgement. Whether that makes him sound experienced and wise or hypocritical — and his comments are fair or unfair — is up to you.

Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice  in the stabbing deaths of two men in 2000, and both accused parties (not Lewis) were acquitted under self-defense.

That, ironically, was Lewis’ crowd. But it didn’t stop him from saying this about Beckham:

“You show me your crowd, I will you show your future,” Lewis said. “Justin Timberlake ain’t never played no football. I love Justin, but he ain’t getting on the ground like that.

“These guys (Beckham) is hanging out with, they are in studios all night. They don’t have to get up. They don’t have no discipline when it comes to athleticism. It’s a totally different discipline.”rams_030

Bengals in no hurry to extend Andy Dalton

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton will not be getting a new contract any time soon.

I would say we were short about one or two plays, Butler added, and I saw a couple plays out there I could have made.

Calmer words this time around from Butler, who told ESPN’s Mike Reiss after the Super Bowl: They gave up on me. F—. It is what it is.

After signing with the Titans earlier this month, Butler told reporters he never got a reason for his surprise benching, but offered his personal theory on a story that simply refuses to go away.

It’s kind of unbelievable to me. We’re talking about a position that’s needed more and more on the field in today’s game. There are about five or six valuable starting safeties in free agency right now. But I guess it’s just trying to get us to take peanuts like the rest of them have. That’s just the business of the game.

Boston’s astute to realize what’s happening. Of the 11 players remaining in the PFT Top 100 Free Agent list, four are safeties, including him, Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and Tyvon Branch.

Friday’s rash of transactions included a head-turning move from the Jon Gruden-led Raiders.

Oakland announced the release of popular and productive punter Marquette King.

The dumping of King comes as a surprise. A Pro Bowl alternate last season and a second-team All-Pro in 2016, the undrafted punter has established himself as one of the league’s young stars at his position.

This week’s owners meeting reminded us that NFL executives are so like-minded that they dress like they all worked at the same used car dealership in the mid-1980s. Coaches are notoriously risk-averse, and while they believe they can fix Josh Allen’s accuracy and make Frank Gore young again with their wizardry, most have no coping mechanism whatsoever for Beckham-Sherman-Suh-Bennett types who don’t approach their profession like they are extras in Dunkirk.

The Rams are wagering that their young barista head coach and old drill-instructor defensive coordinator are the perfect leadership combination for their band-of-misfits defense. The Eagles proved themselves to be interpersonal relationship ninjas last season. Pete Carroll held the Seahawks together for a heck of a run. The Patriots just are. A few teams now follow their leads, daring to be different.patriots_011-223x223