NFL Draft rumors: Chad Kelly’s off-field issues keep him out of Combine

Former Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly was a notable absence from Wednesday’s list of NFL Combine invitees, and Bleacher Report says the snub has to do with his off-field issues.

Produced by the Rhode Island-based World War II Foundation & Tim Gray Media, the one-hour documentary will mix drone and helicopter footage of the battle sites, archival footage, animations and interviews of surviving participants to tell the story of the battle that turned the tide in World War II in 1944.

World War II Foundation chairman and film producer Tim Gray said Belichick has been a longtime supporter of his organization’s mission.

“This is a very exciting day for the San Francisco 49ers and our fans,” 49ers CEO Jed York said in a statement. “Throughout this process, we learned many things about Kyle that convinced us he is the perfect coach to lead this team. Over the years, he has proven to be one of the brightest minds in the game of football and his recent success speaks for itself. Kyle’s leadership has brought the best out of his players at every phase of his career and we look forward to watching him build a talented staff to accomplish the same with our players.”

A 34-28 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 51 will travel with Shanahan to the Bay Area. His play-calling in the fourth quarter came into question as the Falcons blew a 25-point lead to the eventual champion Patriots.

Shanahan, who interviewed twice with the Niners during the playoffs, will be the 19th head coach in the 49ers’ 71-year history and, at 37, the second-youngest head coach in the NFL behind the Rams’ Sean McVay, 30.


Vick considers that relationship one of the biggest misconceptions about him

NFL personnel men have been watching lots of tape. They have seen several players up close and in action during the various practices leading up to the key college all-star games. But this is the first chance they get to put them in a pressurized environment they control. They get to feel out whether this is the kind of personality they would want as part of their organization.

They get to judge handshakes, make eye contact and watch critical body language. It’s not unlike any other job interview, except the athletes better show their knowledge of what they can do with a pro playbook. Coming off poorly in an interview can destroy would-be picks, and acing it can put those with previous question marks strongly on the draft radar. It’s a shame that all the strange questions asked aren’t televised, because that would be much better reality programming.
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“It wasn’t just inside the Georgia Dome,” Vick wrote. “It was also outside of it — throughout the entire city. It was a moment that was everywhere, and for everyone to share in. Everywhere you turned, everywhere you looked: Falcons fitteds, Falcons jerseys … man, it was Falcons everything.

“And it meant a lot to me to be able to give the black kids of Atlanta their very own black quarterback — someone who they could see on the field, and watch play, and think, ‘you know, My QB looks kind of like me. And I could play that position someday, too.’ It just felt very real. It felt like we had made football cool again. Or maybe football wasn’t even ever cool to begin with — maybe we made it cool for the very first time. But whatever it was that was happening, it was happening in a big way.”

Mike Smith Youth Jersey — Although he admits he was “hurt” and “envious” when the Falcons drafted Ryan, Vick and the current Atlanta quarterback have what the former calls “a great relationship.” Vick considers that relationship one of the biggest misconceptions about him.

LeSean McCoy scares Bills fans with ‘Buffalo was so special’ tweet

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LeSean McCoy probably gave Bills fans anxiety attacks Sunday morning.

The All-Pro running back tweeted out an Instagram link with the message Buffalo was so special … thanks for everything.

While it appears this instance was just a misleading tweet, ProFootballTalk speculates McCoy could still face an eventual release by the Bills.

Until then, Shady is still in Buffalo, and this situation can be filed under social media is bad.

There are the horror stories of Combine workout warriors such as Mike Mamula, a defensive end who was a very good college player. He tested off the charts at the Combine in 1995, as he was one of first players to train extensively for every drill.

The Eagles traded away three high draft picks to move up to seventh overall and select Mamula. He became a decent NFL player over his six-year career, but he never made the Pro Bowl, was often injured and never played up to the hype.
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At least Mamula had big production during his college career at Boston College 鈥?29 sacks over his last two seasons. That wasn’t the case with wide receiver Stephen Hill, who caught just 49 passes during his Georgia Tech career but ran 4.3 at the 2012 Combine. The Jets traded three picks to move up in the second round and select Hill, who caught 45 passes before being released after two seasons.

MLB scores: Astros complete historic comeback in late-inning win over Twins

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The Twins relievers, who worked 17 1/3 innings in a three-game weekend series against Tampa Bay, ruined Ervin Santana’s quality start by allowing 11 runs in the eighth inning in an implosion of historic proportions.

Entering the eighth inning with an 8-2 lead, three Twins pitchers — Matt Belisle, Craig Breslow and Ryan Pressly — allowed 14 batters to come to the plate in the meltdown. Houston combined to record eight hits, two walks, a HBP and a balk in the eighth. It was the first time the Twins have allowed 11 or more runs in an inning since July 25, 2007.

When Daniel Norris joined the Tigers as a part of the David Price trade a couple seasons ago, he was supposed resemble an ace sooner than later. That has not been the case thus far in his career. Norris was lit up for five earned runs off of seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Rangers. He is now 2-3 with a 4.81 ERA this season.

Brewers (25-18) at Cubs (21-20) 2:20 p.m. ET — The defending champs just have not been able to get things going this spring, while the Brewers have been on e of MLB’s surprise teams. Jake Arrieta (4-3, 5.44 ERA) will try to get back to the form that helped him win the 2015 NL Cy Young award, and contend again last year. Milwaukee will send Chase Anderson (2-0, 3.43 ERA) to the mound.

Sorry, NFL, shortening the overtime period won’t improve player safety

At the NFL’s owners meetings in March, the competition committee discussed a proposal to shorten the regular season overtime rules period from 15 minutes to 10. The proposal was tabled at that meeting, but according to NFL Network’s Judy Battista, it’s expected to be approved when the owners revisit it next week.

The proposed change is ostensibly driven by player safety, but shortening overtime wouldn’t make much of a difference.

Battista reported in March that the proposal was centered around the idea that playing in overtime on a Sunday ahead of a Thursday Night Football game — with just three days between — gives players even less time to recover. Taking away the potential for five minutes of that overtime is unlikely to make a big difference in player health and safety, unlike, say, getting rid of Thursday games completely.

For one thing, the proposed change would impact a small percentage of games, based on recent history:

“So, that was part of my lack of understanding what had just happened. I didn’t get the whole gestalt,” she admits. “It really started to dawn on me. I realized what a huge issue this was. It was right up my bailiwick.”

But right now, everything the Bears gave up to get him leave some big questions in play. They had plenty of other needs, particularly on defense, that went unfilled during free agency and the draft.

Each has a suggested dress code, though they don’t overlap unless you’re Dad Wearing His Team Polo And Leaving After Communion Because Traffic Is Awful. But if you regularly attend religious services (which aren’t always Christian and don’t always occur on Sunday, I know) in an NFL city, you may have, at least once, seen a fellow believer wearing a jersey.

NFL overtime is officially shortened to 10 minutes. Does it matter?

NFL owners voted Tuesday to approve a change to the overtime rules, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Starting with the 2017 season, overtime periods in regular season games will be shortened from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

This proposal was originally presented at the owners’ meetings in March, but it was tabled.

The driving force behind the rule change is the idea that shortening overtime would be better for player health and safety.

It has to be Kanye West’s Can’t Tell Me Nothing,because it would capture the moment perfectly. You’re getting your money, and proving everybody wrong that ever doubted you in the process.
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But bringing in Fox didn’t correct the internal issues. It hasn’t helped on the field, either. The Bears have won just nine games over his two seasons, putting Fox firmly on the hot seat.

There were conflicting reports about whether Fox was aware of the decision to trade up for Trubisky leading up to the draft. But even if Fox was on board with the decision to draft Trubisky, other Pace decisions suggest a conflict between the philosophies of the general manager and head coach.

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10 players whose Hall of Fame cases were hurt by events beyond their control

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Pesky also ranks as one of the better players in baseball history whose Hall of Fame candidacy suffered because of an event beyond his control — in Pesky’s case, losing three prime seasons to serve in World War II.

Elite Harold Jones-Quartey Jersey There are others. Here are 10 players who might have been Hall of Famers if not for some calamity or challenge they couldn’t avoid:

If Cleveland can wait until next year (yes, we know that’s the eternal motto), then the quarterback might come and be set up for success given all the other moves Brown, DePodesta and Jackson have made. You can say Cleveland is building this thing backwards with unconventional thinking, or you could say they are fortifying the offensive and defensive fronts like a smart football team should. They have enough picks to make a deal for the right quarterback in 2018. This plan might work, and that would bring Moneyball to the NFL like never before.

We’ve seen the worst-case scenario play out almost every year since 1999. At least Brown, DePodesta and Jackson envision something else. Can Browns fans envision a scenario that includes an offensive line, Garrett, Fournette and Darnold? That would would be something, all right. That’s a hell of a plan, and that’s OK, too.

If it doesn’t work, then all those jokes won’t be hard to find.

Carlos Gomez makes MLB history while leading Rangers to victory

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So when he came up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-3 win over the Angels needing a home run for the cycle, he got it with ease. Gomez went deep over the fence in center field to finish off the third cycle of the MLB season.
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It’s the first time since 2009, and just the second time in MLB history, that three MLB players hit for the cycle in the month of April. Gomez joins San Diego’s Wil Myers and Washington’s Trea Turner to accomplish the feat this season.

It was the second cycle of Gomez’s career and the three RBIs he tallied on the night gave him 11 for the season.

Austin Gomber, 23: The left-handed Gomber reached Double-A last season, where he posted a 1.40 ERA in four starts for Springfield. He then impressed in the Arizona Fall League. The Cards’ fourth-round pick in 2014 doesn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster this year, but a major league call-up is not out of the question.

Obviously, there’s no guarantee all five will pitch together. The Cards do have Wainwright and Leake under control for multiple years. They could trade one or more of the kids for a veteran. The youngsters could prove not to be good enough.

Still, St. Louis is in an enviable position right now, and Martinez is the biggest reason why.

NFL Draft 2017: Browns take Caleb Brantley in sixth round, but could release him

Caleb Brantley was hoping to go in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The former Gators defensive tackle went in the sixth round instead. The Browns took a chance on Brantley with the first pick of the sixth round on Saturday. That doesn’t mean he has a guaranteed spot in training camp.

Brantley saw his stock plummet since he was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly knocking a woman unconscious earlier this month. The incident took place on April 13 and Brantley was charged eight days later.

Browns general manager Sashi Brown said Saturday the team is still investigating Brantley’s assault charge and they could release him pending the results of that investigation.

“It may be something we can’t get comfortable with,” Brown told reporters.

The 6-3, 307-pound defender is accused of reacting to a 5-4, 110-pound woman who repeatedly hit Brantley after he allegedly made “crude comments” to the 20-year-old female. He reacted to her aggression by punching her in the face, knocking her unconscious and jarring a tooth loose, according to a Gainesville, Fla., police report.

Attorneys for Brantley and the alleged victim were working on a settlement this week.

Brantley was projected as a second-round pick after leaving Florida with a year of eligibility remaining.

He’s a powerful and stout D-lineman who has the quickness off the snap to be disruptive inside in Gregg Williams’ defensive scheme if he does indeed remain with the team.


That took it up a notch. Things got out of hand, fast.

Game Kids Chance Warmack Jersey The next time the teams played, in Boston on Monday, Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy hit Boston’s Mookie Betts in the thigh with a fastball. So, on Tuesday new Red Sox ace Chris Sale threw a fastball behind Machado, prompting an emotional, profanity-laced tirade from Baltimore’s superstar after the game. It’s hard to blame him for being pissed.

I wrote last week how it’s way beyond time for MLB to implement much, much stronger penalties for pitchers who throw baseballs at players’ heads. With all that we know about the long-terms dangers of concussions and head injuries, it’s absolutely reckless for baseball to treat a baseball thrown at the head the same as a pitch thrown at the butt when it comes to punishments.

Barnes was suspended only four games. As a reliever — not Boston’s closer or set-up guy, by the way — that realistically keeps him out of, at most, two appearances. It’s a laughable punishment from MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred.

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