Charles Woodson to Reggie McKenzie: Your son can’t put that red helmet on

The son of Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie is about to become a Chief, and one Raiders great isn’t happy about it.

Former Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson told McKenzie after the Chiefs drafted Kahlil McKenzie that it just isn’t right for a young man with the Silver and Black in his blood to put on red and gold.

It sounds like Ballard didn’t even let the conversations progress far enough to find out what kind of offer the Colts could receive.

“Look, we had some calls last year at the trade deadline,” Ballard said. “And I just — c’mon man. I’m not taking those seriously.”

There’s no word on which teams were interested in Luck, but it would be fascinating to find out the identity of those teams and just how much they were willing to offer. Even if the Colts say the answer to any offer will be a firm no.

I don’t think he overhauled things, Beachum said Tuesday. “There are some things that are still the same. This is a quasi-West Coast type of offense. He takes it back to those Broncos days, where it’s outside zone [runs], which we ran last year and ran effectively at times.

It’s not this big overhaul of a completely different offensive system. There are some things that we’re taking [from last year]. And things that we did well, we’re utilizing those things. We ran outside zone well to an extent in certain formations, and we’ll be able to use those this year.

Bates, who will double as the Jets’ quarterbacks coach, gets a chance to reunite this season with Rick Dennison, the Jets’ new offensive line coach and running game coordinator. They worked together at formulating the Broncos’ offense from 2007-08. Dennison was the Broncos’ coordinator, Bates their quarterbacks coach.

So it makes sense that the Jets this season will have some of those Broncos-derived outside zone running plays — and other related Denver tendencies. In terms of the West Coast approach Beachum mentioned, expect Bates to ask his quarterback (whether it’s Josh McCown or Sam Darnold ) to master short and mid-range timing passes. broncos_049_28f4f53a99d08143-180x180

Patriots open seventh round by taking QB Danny Etling

There was plenty of speculation about whether the Patriots would draft a quarterback to develop behind Tom Brady this year and we got out answer late in Saturday’s proceedings.

The Patriots steered clear of quarterbacks for six rounds before they turned their attention to the position to kick off the seventh round. New England took Danny Etling with the first pick of the seventh round and the 219th pick overall.

I think that not having to address that mentally and physically, not having to think about not only the interruption of the potential suspension and the suspension but just the physical interruption, the physical aspect of that, Jones said from the team’s sponsorship golf tournament at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas.

But from the standpoint of mentally, there is no question — I’m 100 percent sure — to not have that on your mind, to not have the ambiguity of not knowing timelines, those kinds of things, there’s no doubt in my mind it will make a significant difference in how he can focus, how he can focus not only on the next practice but the next game and the entire season.

But the felony charges were dismissed, leaving Anderson facing only misdemeanor reckless driving. He and/or his attorney failed to show in court to address the charge, though, leaving him facing yet another arrest.

Anderson already is scheduled for trial in August for resisting arrest with violence and obstructing justice stemming from his arrest at a Miami music festival last year.

Anderson was the Jets’ leading receiver in 2017, catching 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.

Adrian Peterson ended last season on injured reserve due to a neck injury, but now, the veteran running back is healthy and ready to play.

Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Peterson has been cleared to return to the field by doctors. Pelissero noted that the former NFL MVP is ready to join a team that is willing to give him a chance, including the New Orleans Saints.broncos_096_112d5a864672b5c6-180x180

When will the top-tier KHL prospects arrive in the NHL?

When dealing with Russian prospects, specifically the ones who don’t come to North America before their draft seasons, “patience” is the key word. The unpredictability can be at times confounding or even frustrating. Whatever the case, this is not something that’ll change any time soon.

Chris Peters ranks and evaluates the top 50 prospects in hockey in terms of long-term impact at the next level. Elias Pettersson, a 2017 first-round pick for the Vancouver Canucks, tops the board, but who follows?

For that reason, there are some NHL clubs that are going to be more hesitant to draft Russians where their talent suggests they should be selected. There’s enough risk in projecting players, but there’s an entirely different level of risk if there’s a question of whether they’ll ever sign.

Here’s a look at seven players whom I find particularly notable, with some estimates on when we might see them in the NHL.

“I haven’t talked to him yet,” Dante Pettis said. “They actually have a game right now. They just started about 20 minutes ago. Hopefully he’ll come in during one of the innings and, you know, can call me. So, I haven’t talked to him yet.”

When that conversation happens, Pettis can tell his father how the 49ers prioritized him enough as a new weapon for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo that they traded up 15 spots in the second round to secure his rights.

San Francisco shipped pick Nos. 59 and 74 to the Washington Redskins for picks 44 and 142. The Niners used that 44th pick on Pettis.

At 6-foot-1, Pettis wouldn’t be considered big for his position, but he’s instantly one of the taller receivers on the roster. More importantly, Pettis had a wildly productive career at Washington. He caught 22 touchdown passes over the past two seasons and was also a dynamic punt returner, setting an NCAA record with nine returns for touchdowns in his career.

Pettis paid a pre-draft visit to the Niners and had a good idea the team was interested in drafting him. In San Francisco, Pettis, who can line up at any of the receiver positions, will likely compete with the likes of Trent Taylor, Aldrick Robinson and Kendrick Bourne for snaps behind Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin.dolphins_020

Sharks try to forget opening rout by Golden Knights

After suffering the worst playoff loss in team history on Thursday night, a 7-0 shellacking by the Vegas Golden Knights in the first game of the Western Conference semifinals, the San Jose Sharks awoke to find that the sun did indeed come up in the morning.

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said he was anxious to see how his team, which swept Anaheim in the first round, will bounce back in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.

“We had a laundry list of issues,” DeBoer, who guided the Sharks to the Stanley Cup finals in 2016, said. “We weren’t good. They beat us. … (But) you don’t get extra points for winning by a touchdown like they did.”

A win on Saturday and San Jose still goes home with a split and home-ice advantage. However, that possibility became a whole lot tougher for the Sharks on late Friday afternoon.

Bryant told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he was “happy” when he heard the news, calling the trade “a blessing.”

Safety Terrell Edmunds and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech were drafted Thursday night, marking the first time brothers have been taken in the first round of the same draft.

“I appreciate the Steelers for everything,” he said. “Just trying to move on and try to contribute the best way I can.”

The Steelers received the 79th overall pick, which the Raiders received earlier Thursday night when they traded down in the first round, allowing the Arizona Cardinals to select quarterback Josh Rosen at No. 10.

“It’s like drafting a player,” McKenzie said. “I feel like we drafted Martavis Bryant.”

Bryant missed the entire 2016 season because of a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy but returned to haul in 50 receptions for 603 yards and three touchdowns last season. He told Fowler that his career in Pittsburgh had “its ups and downs.”

“I’ll always have love for the Steelers,” he said. “There was no bitterness. It’s just a business situation. [If I wasn’t traded] I was prepared to be back and be a good teammate.”

Bryant, 26, has one year left on his contract and joins a Raiders wide receiver corps headlined by Amari Cooper.dolphins_124

A tiny oral history: Inside the three seconds that saved the Cavs’ season

What happened Wednesday night in Cleveland will be remembered for quite some time — in quite different ways.

Cavs fans will never forget yet another mind-boggling addition to the loonngg list of late-game LeBron James heroics, drawing specific memories of a similar jaw-dropper he hit against Orlando in 2009. Pacers faithful will be talking about it … very, very differently, and probably not with language we can include.

Here’s a two-minute oral history of how James’ incredible block/blatant goaltend and game-winning 3-pointer played out.

VICTOR OLADIPO, PACERS STAR WHO’S SURE IT WAS A GOALTEND: I got a step on him. Felt like I even got grabbed on the way to the rim. I tried to shoot a layup, it hit the backboard, then he blocked it. … It was a goaltend. It’s hard to even speak on it. It just sucks, honestly. It really sucks.

JAMES: As a kid, you always have those “three-two-one” moments, and it being able to have one of those moments. That’s what it kind of felt like. Felt like I was a kid all over again. Just playing basketball at my house, makeshift hoops and my socks as a basketball. Making the [swish] noise.

“What can I do? I can’t fix that,” Gregorius said with a chuckle. “It’s all over Twitter and all over the place.”

Gregorius hit an RBI single for a 2-1 lead in the third inning and pulled a changeup just inside the right-field foul pole and into the second deck for a 5-1 margin in the fifth, chasing Jose Berrios (2-2). Gregorius had three hits, raising his average to .347, and has homered in three straight games.

“It’s fun to hit in front of a guy like that. I’ve just got to get on first base,” said Aaron Judge, who hit his seventh home run and was a triple short of the cycle.

Gregorius also has 15 walks and a 1.229 OPS. He had 25 walks all of last season and his career high is 37 in 2013.

“Everybody knows that I don’t walk that much,” he said. “I’m learning, try to lay off of those pitches and try to get on base for the next guy.”

Gary Sanchez homered twice as the Yankees went deep four times for the second straight night, and Gleyber Torres had a pair of hits and his first RBI. New York extended a winning streak to four for the first time under new manager Aaron Boone and sent the Twins to their season-worst fifth consecutive loss.

A night after a 14-1 drubbing, New York beat Minnesota for the sixth straight time and improved to 27-9 against the Twins at new Yankee Stadium, including the playoffs.

“I’ve always heard it talked about that the Yankees play well against them, but I think that’s a year-to-year thing,” Boone said.jets_120

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