Steve Sarkisian leaves Alabama to become Falcons’ OC

Steve Sarkisian is leaving Alabama to become the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, the NFC champions announced Tuesday in a surprise move.

The Falcons have agreed with Steve Sarkisian to become Atlanta’s offensive coordinator.

The veteran coach was just promoted to the same position at the college level, replacing Lane Kiffin. Sarkisian coached the national championship game, but his team ended up losing to Clemson.

Many expected the Falcons to promote from within the organization to replace Kyle Shanahan. Instead, they bring along Sarkisian, who had an ugly departure as the head coach at USC after some alcohol-related incidents.
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Sarkisian primarily has coached at the college level, with his only professional experience being as quarterbacks coach on Norv Turner’s staff with the Raiders in 2004.

Brady in 2015, when he was 38, told reporters that he wanted to play for a long time, maybe 10 more (years). You do the math. No human should be able to play football at that age; not in this league and at that position.
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And Brady, an unapologetic competitor who has said he values mental experience in the NFL as it relates to his physical abilities, must be taken seriously when he says he wants to keep this going. He saw what a career of knowledge did for Peyton Manning as his rival led the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 victory; the same type of knowledge Brady used to pull off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history a year later.

But Brady also witnessed the physical deterioration Manning experienced through his last couple of seasons.

Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs in a 7-2 win over the Phillies

Yankees starlet Luis Severino tossed eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a 3-0 win against the Royals.

Athletics ace Sonny Gray returned back to dominant form in a 4-1 win against the Marlins. The former All-Star allowed just one run in seven innings while racking up 11 strikeouts to improve to 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA this season. At the plate, Jed Lowrie led Oakland with four hits, a run scored and two RBIs.

Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs in a 7-2 win over the Phillies. Starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood tossed seven scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and striking out eight batters.

Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. burst out of a slump to jack two home runs with three RBIs in a 5-2 win against the Angles.

Yankees starlet Luis Severino tossed eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a 3-0 win against the Royals. The 23-year-old is now 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA this season.

Jose Iglesias was Detroit’s unlikely hero Wednesday while leading the Tigers to a 6-3 win against the Astros. He finished the game with three hits, three runs scored, a home run and two RBIs.
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Limited Mens Nick Vannett Jersey But in that regard, the Braves and their fans shouldn’t lose all hope. There’s precedent that says their superstar slugger can still end the season with the type of MVP numbers that put butts in the seats, despite him missing significant time.

Various injuries caused the future Hall of Fame Royals slugger to miss 45 games that season — including a full month from mid-June to mid-July — meaning he played in just 117 contests and compiled just 515 plate appearances. That’s right around what Freeman’s totals would be if he returns from the DL close to on schedule and avoids further injury.

the Jaguars’ offense did the defense no favors and it performed well anyway.

The Patriots and Jaguars made big moves this offseason, but their levels of urgency are for different reasons.

Basically, the Jaguars’ offense did the defense no favors and it performed well anyway.

The defense was helped by bringing Jalen Ramsey, Malik Jackson, and Yannick Ngakoue into the fold, but Jacksonville continued to add pieces this offseason. In free agency, the team signed three new defensive starters: Calais Campbell, A.J. Bouye, and Barry Church.

The Jaguars also moved Paul Posluszny to strong side linebacker, freeing up room for 2016 second-round pick Myles Jack to start in the middle of the defense in 2017. As a rookie, Jack saw limited time behind Posluszny, much to the frustration of Jaguars fans.

“I tried to show flashes when I could [last season],” Jack told Jaguars.com in April. “But I’m definitely looking forward to more opportunities just to show what I can bring to the table. There were a lot of learning situations out there.”

The mastermind who thought the Jaguars were better served with Jack on the sideline was fired before the end of the 2016 season.

If he can live up to the standard he set in Nashville, he’ll be a boon for a pass defense that struggled in 2016. The Browns gave up 11.5 yards per completion last fall, a mark that ranked just 26th in the league. Opposing passers posted a 101.8 passer rating against Cleveland.

McCourty brings another recognizable face to a Browns defense that was mostly anonymous at the start of the 2016 season. While Cleveland still has a long way to go before it can make a run as one of the AFC North’s top teams, a promising offseason suggests this latest attempt at a rebuild could finally work out.yankees_804_96b88a37380bd65b-180x180

Billups was one of the better point guards in the NBA during his career

Denzel isn’t just a two-time Academy Award-winning actor. He’s also an acclaimed director who you could trust to take control of the roster from Jerry Jones. He could negotiate contracts with players in character as Alonzo from Training Day and he’d get results. As Alonzo says You’ve got to be a wolf to catch a wolf.

Billups was one of the better point guards in the NBA during his career. He masterfully led the Pistons to a Larry O’Brien trophy, and played for his hometown Nuggets for a couple seasons. With his sharp and quick decision-making, the Denver native could, at the very least, figure out a solution to the Broncos’ quarterback situation.

Limited Kids T.J. Yeldon Jersey General manager Sashi Brown also released a statement through the team saying the team understood there was a reasonable chancefor this outcome prior to drafting Brantley.

When police arrived on the scene, Brantley told them that he was the victim and that he had shoved the woman after being hit in the face. Brantley’s attorneys obtained video of the incident, which they claimed contradicted the woman’s version of events.

The Browns drafted Brantley with the first pick of the sixth round in the 2017 draft. Brantley was projected to go as high as the first round in some early mock drafts, and this incident impacted his draft stock dramatically.
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Brown said after the team selected Brantley that the Browns might be forced to part ways with him depending on the outcome of the case. But now that the charge has been dismissed, that shouldn’t be a problem for the Browns.

Tim Tebow couldn’t go to prom with a fan, so he surprised her with something better

Tim Tebow had an incredible surprise for a die-hard fan when he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday. Every year Tebow’s foundation hosts Night to Shine, an event to celebrate people with special needs and hold a prom dance. This year he was contacted by Judy, who asked him to prom — but he wasn’t able to attend due to his speaking and baseball commitments. On TV he decided to make things right.
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The greatest concern with the delay may not involve either the Rams or Chargers. The Super Bowl is supposed to be played at the new stadium in 2021. NFL rules say that a stadium cannot host a Super Bowl in its inaugural season, and would need a waiver from the league to get around that.

Myles Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, signed with the Cleveland Browns on Friday.

Eric Weddle Kids Jersey According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Garrett’s contract is for four years and worth $30.4 million, with a signing bonus of $20.25 million. That’s not the most interesting part of him signing with the Browns though.

In signing Garrett, the Browns have now locked six of their draft picks into contracts. Jabrill Peppers, David Njoku, DeShone Kizer, and Caleb Brantley are the only rookies who remain unsigned.

The Browns will hope Garrett works out better than recent first-round selections. Players like Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Johnny Manziel, and Justin Gilbert are just some of the busts from the past few years.

Garrett was arguably the only safe pick of the draft, and even the Browns couldn’t mess this one up.

Let’s take a look back at the Mets’ now infamous week that was.

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Wednesday: Yoenis Cespedes is recovering from a hamstring injury, after aggravating it on April 20. The slugger had sat out three games and was visibly in pain during batting practice.

Ray-Ray Armstrong Authentic Jersey Mets management: Hamstring injuries never linger. He’s our most important offensive player. Get him in there Wednesday night! Wait, a 1:10 start on Thursday? Pencil him in!

Cespedes inevitably pulls the hamstring again while running out a double Thursday afternoon and has to be helped off the field. He’ll now miss an extended period on the DL (unless they bring him back too early, which is a significant possibility).

Decades of misery seemed to be coming to an end, first with Griffin, then with Cousins. They took off like a meteor behind Griffin. Then, after the debris from the ensuing implosion finally settled, they took off again with Cousins. No, there was never a playoff win amidst it all. There were a handful of soul-crushing losses; the ones down the stretch against the Panthers and Giants, when Cousins was far from masterful, were not pleasant to endure.

But there was hope, if management didn’t mess things up with Cousins, who they supposedly loved so much that they made Griffin walk the plank in favor of him. And if they smoothed out this area and that and made it a destination franchise, with a quarterback to climb on board with.

Goodell would soon have even more reason to smile based upon how the draft unfolded.

That’s the next chapter in Howard’s story, which has been good so far. He’s the small-town country star who made it at the biggest program in the FBS. He seems comfortable with the NFL stage, and he’s taking a lesson learned along the way.

“Always be thankful and always making the most of the opportunity,” Howard said.

Goodell would soon have even more reason to smile based upon how the draft unfolded.

After Cleveland’s expected selection of Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the top overall pick, a trade occurred that provided the kind of shock missing in previous drafts.

Chicago’s move to No. 2 and subsequent selection of North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was the first of several bold moves that kept fans on the edge of their seats wondering what might happen next.

After other eye-opening deals involving new quarterbacks for Kansas City (Pat Mahomes) and Houston (Deshaun Watson) came the draft’s two most poignant player moments.

Raised by foster parents during his teenage years as an at-risk youth, Garett Bolles overcame long odds to become a top tackle at the University of Utah. The magnitude of his journey combined with being chosen at No. 20 by Denver had Bolles weeping long before the congratulatory phone call from the Broncos had ended.

Bolles then generated another memorable moment when the 6-foot-5, 297-pound behemoth carried his tiny four-month-old son Kingston on the stage with him for Goodell’s jersey presentation.

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Maybe Kaepernick and Cutler need to check out the brunch spots in The Big Easy.

EJ Manuel, somewhat of a draft bust himself, just signed a one-year deal with the Raiders for $800,000 and nothing guaranteed. Regardless of whatever playing ability Manziel still has, he likely would have to accept a deal for even less, especially considering the off-field concerns and, yep, distractions he would present his new team. Manziel also would be cheaper than 35-year-old Saints backup QB Luke McCown, who carries a cap hit of $1.75 million in 2017.

Though the cost necessary to sign Kaepernick or Jay Cutler as a backup remains unclear, we know both can demand more than Manziel can, given his far inferior NFL standing.

Of course, there’s no need to freak out over a reported breakfast meeting. That’s all we know about the Saints’ apparent interest, and it’s not much.

And while it’s not fair to pessimistically presume Manziel would revert to his self-damaging habits in New Orleans, it is fair to doubt his ability to play not only in the NFL, but in an offense so reliant on its quarterback’s ability.

Maybe Kaepernick and Cutler need to check out the brunch spots in The Big Easy.

Lynn is a somewhat-forgotten Hall of Fame candidate, receiving 5.5 percent of the vote his first year on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot in 1996. He dipped below 5 percent the next year, which disqualified him from future consideration with the writers. He’s yet to appear on a Veterans Committee ballot.

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But if he’d played a full career in Boston, Lynn might have long since been in the Hall of Fame. To some extent, his career is one of the great what-ifs in baseball history.
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Why: After those initial bright years in Boston, including 1975 when he won the American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards, Lynn had a vastly different second half of his career.

Dallas Keuchel’s arm, Josh Reddick’s catch propel Astros to win over Indians

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Keuchel moved to 4-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.22 following a complete game against the Indians Tuesday to extend his promising start to the season. The 29-year-old gave up solo homers to Austin Jackson, Michael Brantley for Cleveland’s only runs in a 4-2 Astros victory. Keuchel nearly gave up another homer to Jason Kipnis had it not been for an amazing catch by Josh Reddick.

Reddick boosted the Astros with his bat as well, giving Houston a 3-1 lead with a two-run single in the fifth, a lead they would not relinquish to move to 10-2 since April 11 and sit atop the American League West at 14-6.

While playing for the 49ers, Kaepernick sparked a national debate over racial injustice by refusing to stand for the American flag and national anthem. The move outraged some NFL fans, who then blamed the league for not cracking down on Kaepernick.

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But the bottom line is that TV ratings for the formerly invincible NFL fell 8 percent last season, forcing TV partners to cough up expensive make-goods to advertisers.

Kaepernick reportedly plans to stand for the flag/anthem this season if he’s signed by an NFL team.

Lee, the director of Do the Right Thing, is not buying the that argument Kaepernick has hurt the league.

MLB closer news: Zach Britton to rejoin Orioles for Red Sox series

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In essence, he reminds me a lot of Stephen Strasburg, because everybody expects them to be what everybody else thinks they should be, and not what they are, McCatty said. As a young man with that stuff, he’s still learning.
The first-place Orioles are about to get even stronger.

All-Star closer Zach Britton is set to rejoin the team Monday in Boston and will be activated from the disabled list by Tuesday at the latest, manager Buck Showalter told reporters Sunday.

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While the Orioles have held steady alongside the Yankees atop the American League East in Britton’s absence, their bullpen is coming off a rough weekend in New York. The Orioles blew a three-run ninth-inning lead Friday before losing in the 10th, then surrendered a pair of runs in the ninth on Sunday before pulling out a win in the 11th.

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