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The Seattle Seahawks kicked off mandatory minicamps Tuesday, but took the field without their senior presence on defense.

Given the league’s well-earned reputation for putting the almighty dollar first — and the potential to horn in on the billions of dollars that illegal sportsbooks are believed to rake in yearly in America — it hardly seemed unreasonable.

But while the NBA and MLB have already partnered together to introduce legislation in several states that, if passed, would allow them to get a cut of those profits, Sportscorp Marc Ganis — whose sports business consulting firm has worked closely with the NFL and its owners for years — told Yahoo Sports that America’s biggest sports league is wise for eschewing action at the statewide level in favor of a more holistic approach.

Roger Goodell and the NFL have asked Congress to enact ‘four core principles’ for sports gambling.

More Federal legislation is by far preferable, rather than having to debate this in each state legislature,said Ganis, who is so respected in league circles that he’s jokingly referred to by some as the league’s 33rd owner.

Ingram also said: It’s not added pressure. I was taught you’ve got to speak stuff into existence. If you want to do something, you’ve got to say you’re going to do it and then you’ve got to go do it.

I find this stuff entertaining, but there’s no question that if the Chargers don’t reach the Super Bowl (and I think there’s a chance they do), Ingram will be reminded of this quote.

One question that some players have asked me: Why didn’t the league use its tremendous PR skills and ability to sway public opinion to defend players when their protests first started, namely Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid?

It’s something that’s been discussed privately by players and team officials alike for months. The belief is the league could have done a much better job explaining to fans exactly what the players were protesting and avoided a lot of this mess.

The league did all it could to restore Ray Lewis to prominence. To rehabilitate his image. To put him back in a terrific light…after he PLEADED GUILTY TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE IN A MURDER CASE. I saw first hand how hard the league worked at this (featuring him in promotional spots, painting him in the most favorable light, etc.). I never understood it then, I don’t understand it now.

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It was raining, the radar was all green, minus the small blobs of yellow and red, and Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell decided to gamble.
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But lifting Brandon Woodruff for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning backfired. The big inning never came, the heavy rain didn’t either, and the Philadelphia Phillies did just enough against the bullpen to win 4-3 Sunday.

There’s days when I feel very high energy and I feel very go, go, go, go and I have racing thoughts, speak too fast — kind of — head over heels in all aspects. Mentally, physically, in everything that I’m doing,Manziel said. Then there’s days when I feel lethargic. I can’t get out of a hole, almost like a mini-depression. It’s hard because one day you’re so high and the next you can wake up and not Authentic Matt Bryant Jersey want to get out of bed, and you don’t know why.

For Manziel, finding a daily sense of well-being requires awareness of his triggers (he tries not to linger in bed past 10 a.m.) and releases (golfing with a close friend he made in a Malibu mental health facility is his favorite outlet). He also said he has been sober for almost six months, though the urges remain.

Pryor was spotted at OTAs with his right foot in a walking boot. The veteran receiver ended his 2017 campaign on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old receiver signed a prove-it deal with the Jets after a disappointing one-year stint with the Washington Redskins nine games, 20 receptions, 240 yards, one TD.

Pryor needs a healthy camp to make a growing Jets roster and earn playing time in a corps led by Jermaine Kearse, Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson.

Things are looking up for the Texans.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Houston’s two biggest assets promising quarterback Deshaun Watson and star defender J.J. Watt are rapidly on the mend from last year’s injuries. According to a source, neither player is expected to open next month’s training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Watson’s marvelous rookie campaign was cut short when he tore his ACL in November. Watt’s season ended after LaAdrian Waddle Youth Jersey just five games when he suffered a gruesome tibial plateau fracture that required intense surgery.

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Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg left Friday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants after two innings with a right shoulder injury.
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Nationals skipper Davey Martinez said after the game that Strasburg’s throwing shoulder tightened up on him. An MRI is set for Saturday.

Strasburg said he’s been dealing with the issue prior to Friday.

In his previous start, Strasburg took the loss at Atlanta after allowing four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Friday was the eighth anniversary of Strasburg’s major league debut.

Counsell told reporters that he spoke with Shaw earlier this season about the importance of running out balls. Counsell inserted Hernan Perez at third base in the seventh inning Saturday after Shaw jogged down the line on a seemingly routine comebacker to the mound. Phillies reliever Adam Morgan threw wide of Carlos Santana at first base, but Shaw was out easily because of his failure to run.

This is something Travis and I have discussed,” Counsell said. To me, it’s something Travis knows about. Chris Davis Youth Jersey I feel I’m holding him accountable for something he wants to be held accountable for. Every player in the major leagues has instances of this. But we’ve had a prior conversation about it, and we agreed upon it.

We’re to the point as the team where we’ve got to start making sure the small details aren’t the ones that beat us. As we get through the course of a big season into big moments — which could be every day — I think we want to do our best to control the spots where effort doesn’t get us in trouble in big moments.”

Shaw, 28, is having a productive season at the plate for the first-place Brewers. He Authentic DeForest Buckner Jersey entered Sunday’s series finale with 14 home runs, 39 RBIs and a .502 slugging percentage. He ranks eighth among MLB third basemen with an .843 OPS, and his 2.4 wins above replacement ranks third at the position behind Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez and Oakland’s Matt Chapman.

You’re not going to feel 100 percent every time, but I think it’s just been something that’s been a gradual process and it’s been affecting me more and more over the last three or four starts,” Strasburg said, and it’s a tough one to gauge because you want to go out there and do your part.”

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A steady stream of runs supported Gray, whose underperformance has fueled speculation the Yankees will try to add a starting pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline.

Greg Bird’s RBI triple the first of his career — put the Yankees ahead for good in the fifth inning.

Center fielder Adam Jones misplayed Bird’s long fly ball, letting it hit his glove as he jumped and hit the wall. Bird, maybe the slowest player on the team, made it to third without a problem.

Brett Gardner scored and it was 2-1 Yankees.

He accounted for five total touchdowns in each of the next two weeks — a blowout win over Tennessee and a close loss to Kansas City — and then threw for three more touchdowns in a straightforward win over Cleveland. In his final start, at Seattle, Watson lit it up for 402 yards and four touchdowns through the air and 67 yards on the ground. But he also threw three interceptions, and the Seahawks prevailed, 41-38. Watson, 22, finished his rookie year with 19 passing touchdowns, most ever for a player in his first seven games.

Hopkins was on the receiving end of seven of those scores. Watson is coming off a torn ACL. Just when it seemed that everything was coming together for the Houston offense, Watson tore his ACL in practice ahead of Week 8. The team Ryan McDonagh Jersey turned back to Savage and lost five of its next six, ultimately finishing the campaign 4-12. Watson still isn’t taking part in 11-on-11 drills in practice, per the Chronicle.

Panthers sticking with what they have at quarterback for now

The Panthers let backup quarterback Derek Anderson walk into free agency — where he remains.

To date, they haven’t replaced him, but they appear in no rush to find a veteran backup for Cam Newton.

King, 61, made the decision in large part to take better care of himself. He had one brother die at 55, while another brother and his father both passed away at 64. One brother had a heart issue, while the other suffered from complications from a kidney. King’s father was a heavy smoker and had lung cancer.

In recent years, King had been not only writing and doing TV, but he was leading the operations of’s vertical, TheMMQB. The incessant demands of the Internet got to him.

The way it was before we got very web heavy and daily conscious was the draft was over and you maybe worked on one or two stories before training camp, but you didn’t wake up every day and say, ‘You have to feed the monster,’ King said. Now, you do. I’m just not crazy about May, June and July, trying to figure out how we are going to fill up our website for 10 weeks.

With Yiadom’s deal done, the Broncos need to sign first-rounder Bradley Chubb and third-rounder Royce Freeman to wrap up their 10-player class.

It’d be a lot of different things. Honestly, I couldn’t pinpoint one specific thing. My overall game is kind of what I work on every summer, said LeVert, who does plan to pack some more muscle on his spindly 6-foot-7, 203-pound frame. I think this summer, specifically, the most important thing would probably be getting stronger.

LeVert, who fell to the Nets in the draft because of multiple foot injuries, dealt with knee, foot and concussion woes last season. He’s hoping putting in work with the performance team in the offseason will help keep him on the court next season.

I think health is my No. 1 objective. It has been since last year and going into next year it will be as well, said LeVert. I’m very optimistic this season. I feel like we got a lot closer as a team. Guys are getting more comfortable playing with each other. Going forward, I feel like we kind of have some core guys that we’re going to go forward with.

Tsai’s personal fortune keeps growing – his net worth jumping from $8.24 billion last May to $12.1 billion in the latest Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index – and the Nets aren’t the only U.S. sports team he’s looked at spending some of it on.

Ryan Shazier Jersey is leaving the door open for his return.

The Steelers linebacker on Wednesday shared a photo on Instagram of himself in a wheelchair at the team’s facility as he provided the latest update in his recovery journey.
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Shazier thanked those who have helped him throughout his spinal rehabilitation and revealed that he has resumed taking part in team activities after an extended absence as he works day-by-day to get better.

I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve, Shazier wrote. The touchdown is going to come in his timing, but today was a first down. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates. It’s great to be back for practices and meetings. Just to be able to feel a part of it means the world. So I’m working harder than I ever have to get back. I’ve been making strides over the past month and continue to make progress.

Shazier suffered a serious spinal injury in a Dec. 4 game against the Bengals and has been recovering from a spinal stabilization surgery Dec. 6.

Despite Shazier’s struggles, his father, Vernon, said his son is improving and has regained feeling in his legs.
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I’ve fought my hardest to be a leader and a force on the field for Pittsburgh, bleeding black and gold on the front lines, he wrote on his Instagram account that day. Pittsburgh has embraced me 鈥?and I have embraced it back. It truly is a place like no other.

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There’s no telling, but Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote this after the 45-42 setback: With Shazier in the lineup, the Steelers allowed two 100-yard rushers through 12 games. They’ve allowed three in the five games since. With Shazier in the lineup, they allowed 17.75 points per game. Without him, they’ve allowed 28 points per game.

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A couple rookie o-linemen, we went out to Reading Terminal and people were just like, ‘hey it’s that guy!’ It’s crazy.
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What has your experience been like getting an opportunity to be a part of the Eagles organization and try to make the team?

I remember the way he loved to sing and how he taught me to drop-kick a football, how to make the pivot at second base (which I never mastered) and how to finish a combination with a left hook.
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I really believed, he said softly, it was the war to end all wars.

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The backup situation is also in good shape, with McCoy providing the veteran option with starting experience, and Hogan giving Washington an intriguing young quarterback to develop behind Smith.

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The 49ers linebacker’s hearing was moved from Monday to May 8 so prosecutors can look into the claim made by Foster’s ex-girlfriend that she has a video of herself fighting another woman.

Elissa Ennis originally claimed that Foster was the one who assaulted her, leaving various injuries on her body. However, last week she recanted that claim and said those injuries are from her alleged fight with a woman.

The DA now has the video and is reviewing it before it proceeds with the case.

Additional evidence was provided to the People that warrants further investigation so that we can take this case to a just result, Santa Clara prosecutor Jim Demertzis told reporters. There was a video submitted to the People. Out of respect for Mr. Foster’s due process rights and for the integrity of the ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment on the evidence other than in the courtroom.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick shuts down talk on absent Tom Brady

The drama surrounding Tom Brady and the Patriots took another sharp turn Tuesday, when head coach Bill Belichick refused to talk about his starting quarterback.

After months of speculation regarding a possible retirement, Brady is expected to play for the Patriots next season. However, the five-time Super Bowl champion, who turns 41 in August, has not shown up for the Patriots’ organized team activities, and Belichick didn’t want to talk about absent players.

Both Brady and Gronkowski are expected to play for the Patriots in 2018, though retirement talk followed them all winter. It’s possible the two veterans are just resting their bodies until training camp, but Belichick doesn’t seem happy about the situation.

Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night, with the decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday if necessary. The home team has won every game so far in the series, and none has been closer than nine points.

LeBron James had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Love scored 14 for the Cavaliers, who are trying to reach the finals for the fourth consecutive season. James has played to the end in seven straight seasons.

The Celtics opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter and nursed it the rest of the way, holding on through a four-minute scoring drought that saw Cleveland score nine straight points to cut the deficit to 83-71. But Terry Rozier hit Horford with an alley-oop to snap the skid, and that was as close as the Cavs would get.

James seemed to tire in the fourth, scoring just two points on four shots. He finished 1-for-6 from 3-point range in the game; the Cavaliers made just 9 of 34 attempts from beyond the arc and shot just 42 percent overall.

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LeBron James was naturally a part of it; he operated with much more ease as the Celtics’ defense had to extend to cover the 3-point shooting. James had 19 points and six assists in the first half as the Cavs built a huge lead. He finished with 27 points and 12 assists, making 8 of 12 shots.

When James runs up those assist totals and doesn’t need as many shots, the Cavs are clicking — and probably making 3-pointers. But he also was nicely engaged defensively, setting the tone early on by blocking a couple of shots and showing needed activity. The Celtics were 2-of-10 shooting with four turnovers when James was the primary defender.

As a group, even when things broke down, we just covered for one another, James said. We made them make extra passes. We made them make extra dribbles. We were flying around, and I just happened to be one of the guys on the floor that wanted to fly around, as well.

The Celtics shot just 38 percent over three quarters before garbage time commenced, as they lacked the movement and vigor of the games in Boston. None of their key contributors was active, especially the backcourt of Rozier and Jaylen Brown, who were a combined 8-of-20 shooting.

The Panthers waived him in February, and the Saints claimed him off waivers.

Theus entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick of the 49ers in 2016. He played four games with one start at left tackle in his rookie season.

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The Cavaliers shot 12-of-19 off James’ passes in Game 3, including 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc, per ESPN Stats & Information. Thirteen of those 19 shots were uncontested looks for a Cleveland team that generated a mere 12 uncontested shots off James passes through the first two games.

What’s more, James notched assists for seven different teammates, matching a season high.

I can tell you just from right off the top of my head, there was a lot of breakdown defensively for our group, Horford said. We didn’t have that the first two games. It’s something that we need to address and be better Monday if we want to have any sort of chance of winning.