Bill Belichick looks happy, cracks jokes on ‘Tonight Show’ with Jimmy Fallon

Shanahan’s father Mike was a big proponent of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, and the 49ers might sense some upside in a quarterback like him under the right head coach.

Cutler has a great arm but hasn’t been on a winning team since 2012. He presents an injury risk and can wear on teammates, but he’s the kind of player, even at age 34, who a confident coach can work with to navigate a playoff run. Cutler would fall in the mid-tier price range, $8 million-$10 million with upside to earn more.

It’s just a simple scrambler that just avoids the social media element, Payton said. That will be in our locker room beginning in (2017). … It’s not a violation of your freedom of nothing, all right? But it’s the ability to, two hours prior to kickoff [shut things down] — because I want them listening to music.

Asked whether the new measure was a Saints thing or an NFL thing, he replied, It’s gonna be a Sean Payton Saints thing.
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The 53-year-old coach revealed his plan in the midst of a discussion about Antonio Brown airing Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s fiery postgame speech on Facebook Live last month. He acknowledged that he would have been pissed if one of his own players had done the same.
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So we’ll see if the scrambler is employed postgame as well as pregame in New Orleans.

Twins ace Ervin Santana joined Lester with a complete game Tuesday

The veteran Blue Jays slugger was hit in the hip with a 96 mph fastball from Julio Teheran, the second of two pitches thrown inside out of retaliation for an unnecessary home run bat flip Wednesday with Toronto trailing by five runs late in a loss to the Braves. Benches cleared after Bautista flipped his bat high in the air and stared down pitcher Eric O’Flaherty.

Thursday, however, there was no incident. Bautista simply turned his hip into the pitch and jogged to first without exchanging words. Both dugouts were warned by plate umpire Paul Emmel, but the Blue Jays were the only ones doing damage after the HBP.
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Washington’s Anthony Rendon (five RBIs), Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (four), the Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon (four) and Cleveland’s Edwin Encarnacion (three) each homered twice in their respective club’s win.

Twins ace Ervin Santana joined Lester with a complete game Tuesday. Santana, who is the only pitcher in MLB with multiple shutouts this season, recorded six strikeouts against the Orioles to lower his ERA to an MLB-best 1.80.

Mariners starter Christian Bergman racked up the lowest MLB game score since 1957 with a minus-22 in a 10-1 loss to the Nationals. He allowed all of Washington’s runs and 14 of their 15 hits without recording a strikeout. Rendon drove in five runs for the 27-win Nationals while Bryce Harper went back-to-back with Jayson Werth in the club’s eight-run fourth inning.

Kevin Greene Game Jersey Rangers (24-21) at Red Sox (22-21), 7:10 p.m. ET 鈥?A pair of southpaws square off Wednesday Martin Perez (2-5, 3.71 ERA) and the Rangers play Game 2 of a three-game set with Chris Sale (4-2, 2.19 ERA) and the Red Sox. Sale is seeking to become the first pitcher since 1913 to record at least 10 strikeouts in nine straight games.

The qualifications to be a GM might not be as strict as you’d imagine.

Being a general manager in the NFL isn’t easy. They’re usually responsible for evaluating talent, managing free agency, the salary cap, and they catch a lot of heat when things go poorly. It’s not a job that just any person off the street can handle — or is it?

The qualifications to be a GM might not be as strict as you’d imagine. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in March that Washington was considering NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock as its next general manager. ESPN’s Louis Riddick was a candidate for the 49ers’ job before former NFL player John Lynch ultimately got the reins. In the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers recently hired Kobe Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka, as theirs.

So we decided to come up with a variety of people — some real, some fictional, some not even human — who could be the newest GMs in the NFL. Here are our picks for all 32 teams:

Meanwhile, NFL fans outside of New England, most of whom hate the Patriots, are like, “Please, for the love of God, let this curse be a real thing.” And with Brady, Madden has set itself up to deliver on that better than it could with any other player.

I say this because, at 39, Brady is no spring chicken; the odds of injury or declining levels of play do increase with age, no matter how pliable he keeps his muscles.

There are also the far-off rumblings of a potentially thunderous trade: Tom Curran over at CSNNE put together a coherent argument for the possibility of Brady being shipped off to another team on a funeral pyre sometime in the near future. (In fact, Curran’s exact words were: “the pyre has been built.”)yankees_1093_abde32b67baa971d-180x180

The Rams finished the year on an 0-7 run with Goff in the lineup.

The Rams traded up to draft Goff with the No. 1 pick in 2016, but he started the season on the bench. It wasn’t until Week 11 when former coach Jeff Fisher finally handed over the starting job to Goff.

The Rams finished the year on an 0-7 run with Goff in the lineup. The rookie signal-caller completed just 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards and a staggering 5.3 yards per attempt. Not only did the California product have problems with accuracy, but turnovers plagued him too. He threw seven interceptions to just five touchdowns and also fumbled five times.

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The song’s proceeds will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, according to DJ Justin Blau.

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The Summer of Gronk never disappoints.

Aaron Rodgers removed dairy products from his diet because of his irritable bowels’

Originally from California, Aaron Rodgers has embraced everything that comes with being a Wisconsinite since he joined the Packers. One thing that didn’t translate well, however, was the diets of people in Wisconsin.

Rodgers removed dairy products from his diet over a year ago. Now we know it’s because, like bad news, his body didn’t take it well.

Elite Womens Niklas Hjalmarsson Jersey I wanted to really ingrain myself in the culture and the people, he told ESPN’s Jason Wilde. And I apologize about having an allergy to dairy products that gives me some irritable bowels. But other than that, I mean, I’ve embraced just about everything else Wisconsin — especially when it comes to sports, but also the people and the interactions with our fans.

His role in the Jets’ 5-11 year — a season in which he was replaced by both Geno Smith and Bryce Petty — essentially rang the bell on his career as a viable starting passer, but the veteran can still be a valuable asset as a savvy backup. He’s just two years removed from completing a career-high 63 percent of his passes, and though he’ll turn 35 next season, he brings leadership and experience to the Tampa Bay roster.

Elite Womens Adrian Wilson Jersey There’s going to be one interesting last name on the back of Washington jerseys this training camp, and yes — it’s exactly what you think. Tulane linebacker Nico Marley had a tryout with Washington’s NFL team over the weekend and made enough of an impression to be signed to the roster.

Marley is only 5’8, but he made an impact during his four years. He finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in tackles for loss while totaling 319 tackles and 6.5 sacks.

The legacy of Nico’s musical grandfather is likely going to follow him throughout his football career — so he can either reject it and try to carve out his own path or embrace it for now and enjoy these Bob-Marley-related football puns until his name stands independent of his family’s.

Mets’ David Wright shut down from throwing, opening day in doubt

Paul Posluszny Elite Jersey It has been five years since David Wright made it through the baseball season healthy, and 2017 already is off to a bad start.

The Mets stalwart is back in New York for further evaluation after being diagnosed with a shoulder impingement, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters Tuesday. Wright is currently unable to throw and questionable for opening day, Alderson said.

Sandy on DW: He’s not going to be throwing for a couple of weeks, probably not throwing with any real zip for a period after that.

The team doesn’t believe he has any structural damage in his shoulder and doesn’t anticipate surgery will be required, but it’s a troubling start for the 34-year-old, who has played in just 75 games combined over the last two seasons.

Apparently, Osweiler said O’Brien was only playing him because he needed to — not because he thought Osweiler was the better option at quarterback. Osweiler got up to leave the conversation, at which point O’Brien threw out an arm to stop him, prompting the quarterback to act like he was being held hostage. That incident, according to PFT, sealed Osweiler’s fate in Houston.

Osweiler, for what it’s worth, finished 21 of 40 for 253 yards and a touchdown in the 24-17 loss.
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The rest, as they say, is history: The Texans offered to trade Osweiler, a 2018 second-round pick and a 2017 seventh-round pick to Cleveland (and his 2017 $16 million base salary) just to get him off their books. To add insult to injury, the Browns seem not to want him either: They were more pleased with the second-round pick and are reportedly shopping Osweiler to other teams for even more picks.

More tidbits and factoids about ‘It’s a Long Way to October’ and the ’82 Braves

When you conduct hours of interviews with multiple people for a single story, there are always good tidbits and anecdotes that get left out, either because they don’t exactly fit the narrative or because including them would bog things down.
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There were a good number of these during my interviews for the deep dive into the groundbreaking but obscure 1982 Braves documentary, It’s a Long Way to October, so I thought I’d share a few.

I mentioned in the story that some on the Braves thought having the documentary crew around during the record-setting 13-game winning streak in April had brought good luck. Pitching coach Bob Gibson saw another reason. When getting on the team bus one night during the streak, Gibson paused to adjust the mirrors. We’ve gotta make sure these are just right, he said, according to multiple people, because that’s how we’re doing it.

I’ve been talking with my physical therapist as far as whether I can showcase anything, said Ramczyk, who will be headed to Indianapolis next month along with other injured prospects for a medical re-check. We’re not sure yet.

It’s just an injury where you don’t want to push too early and have something bad happen, especially before the draft. I should be cleared to be 100 percent full pads, full practice by May. My film is going to speak a lot for me.

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Ballard was especially age-conscious at outside linebacker.

With Indianapolis’ defense having fallen into decay, Ballard went for reasonably-priced volume rather than high-priced veteran signees. Only one of 11 newcomers (ex-Tennessee nose tackle Al Woods) is 30 or older.

Ballard was especially age-conscious at outside linebacker. Cole, Erik Walden (31) and the now-retired Robert Mathis (36) were replaced by Jabaal Sheard (27), Barkevious Mingo (26) and John Simon (26). Ballard also drafted an edge-rusher in Round 3 (Ohio’s Tarell Basham) after Grigson had made the position an afterthought in the draft since the 2013 selection of Bjorn Werner, a spectacular failure at pick No. 24.

Since 2004, only one rookie not drafted in the first round — Chargers third-round wide receiver Keenan Allen in 2013 — has won offensive rookie of the year. Cook, landing in a favorable spot with Minnesota, has a good chance to buck the trend. He had the three-down talent to go in Round 1, and the Vikings aggressively traded up to get him early in Round 2.

As Cook steps into a chance to replace Peterson as the Vikings’ long-term feature back, the wild card to his candidacy is the health of free-agent addition Latavius Murray. Regardless of how Murray comes back from his ankle surgery, he is headed to a more limited power-back role behind Cook. The Vikings also need much better run blocking to facilitate Cook’s production. He might be too good to keep off the field, allowing him to bolster his value as a receiver on third downs.nike_cardinals_306

The Saints last season ranked second in pass attempts

Sure, makes sense. But Kaepernick in that passage could be replaced by Manziel and still apply.

The Saints last season ranked second in pass attempts, first in passing yards, first in passing yards per game and fifth in passing yards per attempt.
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Are we supposed to believe Manziel, who has completed just 147 NFL passes and has a career yards per attempt average of 6.5, can run the same offense Brees has mastered after 11 years in New Orleans? Would replacing Brees with Manziel be doing right by the other 10 guys in the huddle?

Brees in those 11 seasons has an average of 7.7 yards per attempt. The Saints love to throw the ball downfield.

Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy while at Texas A&M primarily due to his dazzling, scrambling style of play, has never proven himself capable of throwing the ball downfield with consistency and accuracy, save for a few Mike Evans jump balls in college.

Will everyone openly love and embrace rule changes and the sport’s cultural changes? Of course not. There are things I can’t stand. (The intentional walk rule is one. Vest jerseys are another. Those are just the worst). You also can’t get everyone to agree on the day of the week, or whether the earth is flat. And that’s what’s troubling.

That same vocal minority of baseball traditionalists seems to be a major turn-off to others wanting to stay or get involved in the sport. Perhaps the explanation is the generation gap.
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We live in an age when people on social networking sites all scream Look at me! It’s what the younger generation is into, and while leagues such as the NBA — and, to a lesser extent, the NFL — allow their players to market themselves and allow fans more accessibility to the leagues’ respective players, MLB is seemingly lagging behind.

NFL free agency: D.J. Fluker signs one-year deal with Giants, per reports

I know with Washington, he was up 100 mph, or close to it, he said. His last pitch in the sixth inning against Cincinnati in the minor-league game (in spring training), was 97. So I know the velocity’s there.

Lopez might edge out Giolito in the fastball department, but his start as a professional came with much less fanfare. Lopez began his career by agreeing to a $17,000 signing bonus with the Nationals out of the Dominican Republic in 2012. Arm issues limited him to only 16 total innings in his first two years with the franchise, but from there his fastball — and his career — took off.

Another thing he doesn’t have is Giolito’s stature. He’s just 6 feet tall and listed at 185 pounds. For some, that’s an issue. That’s part of the reason ESPN’s Keith Law kept him out of his Top 100 prospect ranking: He’s a little guy whose arm action doesn’t use his lower half, and I think he’ll lack the command or durability to start — but could be electric in a relief role.

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The former Chargers offensive lineman signed a one-year deal with the Giants on Saturday, according to NFL.com. Further details on the contract have not yet been released.

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Fluker will likely contribute to the Giants’ offensive line as a road-grader if he earns a starting spot — that’s good news, considering New York gave up the third-fewest sacks in 2016 (22).