Torn ACL hasn’t discouraged high hopes for Raekwon McMillan

The Dolphins didn’t get much of a look at linebacker Raekwon McMillan during his rookie season as the second-round pick tore his ACL while covering a punt early in the team’s first preseason game.

I decided to make my diagnosis public right away in the hope that it continues to raise awareness for those battling Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. With June also being Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the timing was right for me to share this personal update with everyone.”

The Broncos have been held by a trust since Pat Bowlen’s diagnosis, as the family prepares a succession plan, with team president Joe Ellis running the team. That process has had its ups and downs, and now the family has to deal with the double grief of having another family member struck with one of the cruelest diseases imaginable.

Richardson immediately put his team up for sale after the report in Sports Illustrated that he used racially insensitive language around a scout and sexually harassed female employees.

Fourth, the investigation also confirmed that the Panthers and its ownership did not report the claims, or any agreements to resolve those claims, to the League Office and that neither the League Office nor the club’s limited partners were aware of these matters until they became public in December of 2017.

The team has since been bought by David Tepper for $2.275 billion, so Richardson should be able to cover it.

He has not commented publicly since putting the team up for sale.

So, what’s the criteria for making such an exclusive list? While there have been lots of athletes to play multiple sports at different levels, Lisk limited this list to modern guys who played professional sports since 1960, when things like professionalism in the major sports and integration became more common. As he also notes, don’t expect to see trailblazers like Jackie Robinson or Jim Thorpe on it.

Lisk’s criteria was relatively simple: find athletes who excelled at multiple sports and reached the pinnacle of at least one.

Jameis Winston confirms suspension, apologizes to Uber driver

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston confirmed Thursday that he has been suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season after the NFL’s investigation into claims that he groped an Uber driver in March 2016.

Winston released a statement about the suspension via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media that begins with an apology to the Uber driver that runs counter to past claims that the accusations against him were false. Winston also writes that he has given up drinking before moving on to offer apologies to the Buccaneers organization, his teammates and fans.

I now look forward to putting this behind me and I will continue to work hard every day to be a positive influence in my community and be the best person, teammate and leader I can be.

Winston will miss games against the Saints, Eagles and Steelers while serving his suspension.

I don’t like to play the what-ifs, Murphy said, via Mike Spofford of the team website. What would have happened if I didn’t get hurt? How much better would I have been or how much longer would it have lasted?

But I like to think I’m still coming out of this injury better than I was going into it. I’m still shaking off some rust on the field, but I feel like I’m getting stronger, more flexible, smarter, as far as football IQ stuff.

Murphy began full weight-bearing running in April and focused mainly on individual drills in the team’s offseason program as he worked his way back to the field. He practiced at both right tackle and left tackle, as did Jason Spriggs.

Ranking the NFC East: How do Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, Washington’s offensive lines stack up?

Ranking the NFC East: How do Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, Washington’s offensive lines stack up? More The Cowboys offensive line has taken significant steps backwards in recent years, the Giants overhauled what was one of the worst units in the league in 2017 over the offseason, and the Eagles’ offensive line paved the way to the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship last season.

Pray for his inner peace. Pray for healing. Pray for sound mind and body. Pray for proud family members who supported him before he became the caricature wrapped in his T.O. persona.

It would be easy to hop on a crowded bandwagon and chastise Owens for snubbing the Pro Football Hall of Fame as another pathetic attempt to generate some more look at me attention to feed that beast of an ego. (And maybe that’s all this is about.)

That’s how old he’ll be when he plays game No. 1,000, and don’t underestimate either what an accomplishment it is to reach 1,000 so young, nor how significant it could end up being to his legacy. Trout made his debut young, established himself as a regular almost immediately, has stayed healthy for almost his entire career, and rarely takes a day off. Only 35 players reached game 1,000 at a younger age.

According to Jeff Cameron of ESPN Radio, the suspension doesn’t necessarily mean that the NFL found Winston guilty of the allegations:

What he’ll be suspended over is a failure to report, Cameron said earlier in June, via JoeBucsFan. This is what I do know: the Winston camp is prepared for the NFL to levy a suspension of some kind.

It’s the same sentiment Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long expressed Wednesday (via Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media) when asked why Goodell hasn’t defended the players against President Donald Trump’s attacks. 

I don’t speak for the commissioner, he said. If he doesn’t want to stand up for the players, that’s not really my business.

I know my teammates are great men, he added. There’s men of faith in this locker room. There’s men who serve their communities. There’s men who have a lot and give back to people with a lot less. They don’t have to do that at all.

The Dolphins aren’t quite ready to throw in the towel on Parker—the team has already picked up his 2019 option.

But that option is guaranteed against injury only, and if he has another disappointing season, there’s still time for the Dolphins to change their mind.

It’s almost as if drafting a wide receiver in the first round over the last few years has been…problematic.

How good Coleman can be remains in doubt though. According to Scott Petrak of BrownsZone, Coleman’s work ethic and football IQ have been called into question recently.

Such a Cleveland pick. The Cleveland-est.

One more wide receiver. The biggest disappointment of them all was saved for last.

It’s impressive how he commands the zone, right fielder Aaron Judge said. That’s the biggest thing I’ve seen with him.

Very impressive, added center fielder Aaron Hicks. Being able to come into a situation like that and shut it down was big for us in that part of the game.

Like Apple, Hargreaves showed some promise as a rookie. And like Apple, Hargreaves took a step backward in Year 2. After starting all 16 games as a rookie, Hargreaves was in and out of the lineup a season ago, playing in just nine games and failing to record an interception for a Tampa secondary that ranked dead last in the NFL in pass defense.

As Rick Stroud reported for the Tampa Bay Times, Hargreaves didn’t sugarcoat his struggles:

Well, the first two years I’ve had, they’ve been down years. They’ve been average. You know, as a first-rounder, obviously, they’re expecting production. It’s plain and simple…. I haven’t been producing.

Former Colts GM Ryan Grigson to join Seahawks’ front office

Ryan Grigson is landing on his feet once again.

The front office executive is joining the Seahawks organization, according to Grigson’s agent.

Mementos of Fallon’s tenure at NBC, starting with his SNL debut at 24 years old, are everywhere in this spacious office: the corner fish tank gifted from Lorne Michaels, who has one just like it; the humbling nameplate from his first real office, last name misspelled Falon; and, encased in a reverential glass dome, the orange ping-pong ball from a game he played with Prince. Fallon recounted the anecdote — in which the musician challenged him to an off-camera match, and trounced him while wearing a blue velvet suit and then vanished — on air shortly after the singer’s death.

Miller played four seasons for the Buccaneers and four for the Jaguars. He played in seven games with the Chiefs, all as a backup, last season and made six tackles.

In nine seasons, Miller played 119 games with 84 starts. He made eight sacks and 252 tackles in his career.

A career .220 hitter entering the season, the 29-year-old Romine is hitting .344 in 22 games. Romine also participated in early batting practice and was joined by pitcher A.J. Cole, Tyler Austin and Walker. Cole is considered one of the better hitting pitchers in the big leagues.

The Yankees announced the signing of six of their top 10 picks in the recent draft. The group is headlined by high school catcher Anthony Seigler who was taken in the first round (23rd overall).

Also signing were right-handed pitcher Frank German (fourth round), outfielder Brandon Lockridge (fifth round), right-hander Connor Van Hoose (eighth round), right-hander Mick Vorhof (ninth round) and lefty Josh Maciejewski (10th round).

Twins demote All-Star Miguel Sano to minors

The Twins couldn’t let Miguel Sano labor anymore.

According to the Star Tribune, Minnesota has demoted the 2017 All-Star to Class A Fort Myers.

He’s an important part of what we feel we will be eventually, manager Paul Molitor told reporters, via He’s not there right now. We have to take a step backwards here & determine the steps moving forward. We like our coaches and facility there with a lot of things we can control more there.

Sano was batting .203 with 66 strikeouts in 148 at-bats before his demotion. He had seven home runs and 27 RBIs, but he had a career-low .405 slugging percentage. Sano has never, at any level, had a slugging percentage lower than .460.

Asked, as a highly touted and top draft pick in the locker room, how he’s gotten along with his teammates, Darnold said, I’m always going to just be myself. That’s the safe way to do things — have fun with all my teammates and be straightforward with them.

Raye was most recently the assistant G.M. in Houston and interviewed to replace Rick Smith in the top job before the Texans hired Brian Gaine. Raye was also among the executives interviewed by the Panthers for their General Manager job before they made Marty Hurney the permanent choice by stripping the interim tag he had in 2017.

Raye was the vice president of football operations for the Colts from 2013-2016 and spent more than 15 years with the Chargers before heading to Indianapolis.

That Sunday afternoon games are sold as family-day promotions only to be switched to 8:10 p.m. have consistently left thousands holding expensive empty bags. There has been no team, MLB or media pressure to reverse that or at least make good on such a persistent con.

Excited children, their parents and grandparents, with tickets purchased and plans made months ahead of Sunday afternoon games, church, Scouts and community bus trip games sold weeks in advance, have all had the rug pulled from beneath them with late word that they’ve been had. And fans of large TV-market teams are the most frequent mugging victims — until they learn that Sundays, of all days, are for suckers.

Lions Lowdown: Breaking down Patricia’s offense

Bob Wojnowski, John Niyo and Justin Rogers of The Detroit News talk about coach Matt Patricia’s offense after the Lions’ concluded offseason practices this week.

A room filled with some heroes Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal & Chris Wesseling recap the latest news from around the league, including the Bengals saying Tyler Eifert will be ready for camp (7:00), a potential Chargers- Antonio Gates reunion? (9:30), Marvin Jones defends Matt Patricia making the team *run(11:30), Christian Hackenberg visiting the Patriots after Raiders coach Jon Gruden says the system failed the QB (14:00) and the Eagles unveil their Super Bowl LII championship ring (18:30). The heroes then take part in Trope Season Overview 2018 (25:00) and in honor of Father’s Day this weekend, they give fatherly advice to NFL’s young bucks (34:00).

It’s easy to think about a football team as a collection of 53 players and a group of coaches, but there are a lot of other people who work hard to help an organization succeed. Congratulations to Carol Wilson on a deserved Super Bowl ring, and kudos to the Eagles for making sure she wasn’t forgotten.

But that momentum collapsed as quickly as it had been built, with four bogeys – on Nos. 9, 11, 12 and 18 – completely killing his pursuit.

For his part, Reed said he wasn’t thinking about the Grand Slam entering the final round at Shinnecock Hills.

But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t aware of it.

I had a chance, Reed said. I definitely had a chance. Just too many missed putts, and at the end of the day, just needed to hit the ball a little closer.

Given how Reed had put himself into contention, it was a maddening finish.

After all, he was the lone survivor of Saturday’s chaos, posting the best score of any player to tee off after noon at 1-over.

That pushed him well up the leaderboard and gave him a shot on a vastly different Sunday

Giants exec hoping to add Triple Crown to his Super Bowl rings

Chris Mara has been around winners.

Saturday, he hopes to be able to be able to translate his football success to the track.

McCaskey said he’s met with team president Ted Phillips and Bears union rep Sam Acho about the matter, and they’ve still discussing potential discipline (or whether they’d discipline) for violating the policy.

I think we continue the dialogue, McCaskey said, and listen to each other.

While it’s a little late now, it’s at least a good start.

Reed played six games with one start in 2016 with the Chargers, making 14 tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups.

We urge Governor Murphy and legislators to fix the legislation so the state can have a first-class betting market, while preserving the integrity of sports for New Jersey’s passionate fans, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and the Professional Golfers Association said in a joint statement.

Lawmakers ignored pleas from the leagues to include an integrity fee — 0.25 of the state’s total sports betting revenue — to help cover what it will cost to prevent cheating and game-fixing.

Sponsors on Thursday also removed a provision that would have blocked any facility in New Jersey from opening a sports book if its owners had a 10 percent stake or greater in a professional sports team. That would have affected the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, which is owned by Tilman Fertitta, who also owns the Houston Rockets of the NBA.

Kanell thinks his absence is a bit different, which makes sense.

All along, it’s been assumed and reported that Gronk is looking for an updated contract. I don’t think Gronk wants any part of that,Kanell said. He’s probably trying to play both sides of the coin here, saying ‘Brady is my guy, but I also know who pays my bills.

The poll has a margin of error of three percentage points. In a followup question, the survey phrased approval differently, asking respondents if it is fair or unfair for teams to be fined when players kneel: 55% said it is fair, while 42% said unfair.

That’s why Patterson, in my opinion, is the most intriguing new player in New England’s camp, even with the presence of promising first-round running back Sony Michel. Patterson, who remained on the field with Brady, Julian Edelman and a couple others to get extra work for about 10 minutes after Wednesday’s practice, still has tremendous upside bolstered by raw talent.

My film don’t lie, Patterson teased. I can do whatever I put my mind to. That’s something I’ve been blessed with from the man above since I’ve been born.

Whether he maximizes his talent will largely depend on learning the unforgiving playbook and gaining Brady’s trust, which in turn would force Belichick to find ways to deploy him. 

Patterson sounds willing to go with the flow, saying: You’ve got to know your role and embrace it.

But is he poised to raise the bar on that?

You’ve got to ask Belichick about that, he said. I hold myself accountable for everything. Each day, I give it my best.

Quarterbacks with the best chance to break out in 2018

We all saw what Jimmy Garoppolo did in 2017 after the midseason trade from New England to San Francisco. Five straight wins to close out the year. A league-leading QBR of 79.9 from Weeks 13 to 17. And 82.78 total fantasy points, good for QB8 during that stretch. But the sample size is still small on Jimmy G., and he can be even better in 2018.

I believe there are other ways you can go out and operate and make things hurt when something like that happens … I think we certainly did what we needed to do to retaliate in the cleanest, purest way possible.

Watt, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, suffered a broken leg in Week 5. Watson was off to an MVP-caliber start in his rookie season before suffering a torn ACL in late October. The dual-threat quarterback passed for almost 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns in seven games.

This news correlates with recent updates on both players. Texans coach Bill O’Brien said at the NFL meetings in late March that Watson was ahead of schedule, but there’s still a lot of work to put in.

The Texans have also expected Watt to be ready for camp. The 29-year-old defensive end has played only eight games the past two seasons because of injuries.

J.J.’s doing really well, O’Brien said (via the Houston Chronicle). J.J. has a great attitude. He’s a very positive guy. He’s been in a great mood the whole offseason about where he’s at.

It was Boston’s first 1-0 loss at Fenway Park since Sept. 14, 2016 against Baltimore.

This kind of stuff happens. This isn’t who we are and this doesn’t define us in any way, Sale said.