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Vikings sign Xavier Rhodes to huge contract extension, report says

Xavier Rhodes has hit the jackpot.

The Vikings announced Sunday that Rhodes had signed a contract extension, but didn’t disclose the terms of the deal.

We just see the game the same way. We’re similar personality-type guys. On and off the field we have really good dialogue about football. That’s a huge plus for us. He has a lot of faith in me at the line of scrimmage to make a check and I have a ton of faith in him at the right time of the game when we need a great call and he’s making it as well as making great in-game adjustments. He’s a really smart guy on his feet and a really good, quick decision-maker.

How quick an impact is rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay making?

He’s doing a nice job for us. He’s a big, physical guy — 6-foot-4 and about 215-220 pounds. He runs really good for his size and is just trying to soak up all the information he can get, which is awesome. He came in with an open mind to learn and work hard. He’s a guy that is after practice grabbing me saying, Hey, I want to throw these couple of routes with you. I need to work on my footwork or my timing.

Whatever it is, he’s a great worker. For rookies sometimes being a diligent worker is something that’s kind of hard to find. Really, all the guys we’ve brought in as rookies are really good workers.

According to reporter Tom Pelissero, Bell turned down a deal that would have averaged $14 million per year over his next three seasons. Instead, he’ll make a shade over $12 million — fully Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys guaranteed — as the team’s designated franchise player. A repeat of his 2016 performance, in which he gained Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys more than 100 yards per game on 4.9 yards per carry, could eclipse that extra $30 million in guarantees.

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NFL Chief Medical Officer says marijuana research ‘really important’ for pain treatment

NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills thinks it’s really important for the league to research marijuana as a potential way to treat pain among its players.

Allen Sills — hired in March as the league’s first CMO — said in a Wednesday interview with The Washington Post the league still has a lot to learn about marijuana’s use as a pain medication.

Cowherd said it was a difficult call.

I don’t think Odell’s productivity translates necessarily to wins, said Cowherd. He is easily the most fascinating New York sports figure by a mile. Aaron Judge is second and he’s a baseball player.

Whitlock did not agree.

You’ve fallen for the okeydoke, said Whitlock. Odell Beckham Jr. is the most overhyped, overrated player — and he is a great player but he is overrated. And his celebrity is completely overrated. You put him and Carmelo Anthony in the same room and watch what happens. It ain’t even close. If Odell, not for the blonde hair, people wouldn’t even know who the hell Odell Beckham Jr. is.

Carr: We kind of finish each other’s sentences. We just have discussions. There’s decisions I make out there, whether it’s checking a play here or there, and he says, What if you would have went here? What if you would have done this? It just makes me think. He’s always making me think. That way when we hit the Cheap Fishing Jerseys games, I put us in the best possible situations.

We as an offense are doing some really good things. But at the same time, we see little things where it’s like, Man, if we would have done that a little bit better, it would have been a great day. As Cheap Gaa Jerseys long as we can continue to every day take a step and not make that same mistake, we’re gonna be good.

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Julian Edelman, Stephon Gilmore kicked out of Patriots practice after fight

Tempers are flaring at Patriots training camp.

Veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman and cornerback Stephon Gilmore were kicked out of practice Tuesday after getting into a scuffle.

We’re just going to play it by ear and see how it is, Mularkey told Nashville radio station 104.5 The Zone Friday night. He’ll be out at least a week, maybe longer.

Davis, who helped Western Michigan go 13-1 and reach the Cotton Bowl last Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys season, had been one of the stars in the first week of training camp. He was the MAC Offensive Player of the Year last season and left Western Michigan as the the all-time NCAA FBS receiving yards leader with 5,278 yards on 331 receptions.

Am I worried about that?, Mularkey said when asked about Davis following Friday’s practice. I am not worried about that — it is part of the game. It is out of my control right now, and we’ll try and do whatever we can to get him back healthy. But we are OK at that position.

Carr: I remember sitting in my brother’s house watching the Super Bowl and they’re like, Hey, could Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys you have played today? And I remember getting up and starting to do drops in the living room showing them, yes, I could have played. So I’ve been good for a while.

People always talk about the mental side of the injury. That was easy for me because when it’s me versus me I’m going to win. My mind’s not going to beat me. The physical part was the hard part, getting the stretching in and all that pain and stuff. But, I’m glad to be back.

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Titans and Buccaneers, with QBs joined at the hip, are racing to top of NFL

As the 2017 season approaches, NFL observers wonder which team will be the next to move from an also-ran to a playoff contender and, ultimately, a Super Bowl team behind its star quarterback.

Atlanta and Matt Ryan last year followed Carolina and Cam Newton. A few years back, it was Seattle and Russell Wilson. In 2017, Oakland or Dallas with Derek Carr and Dak Prescott, respectively, would not shock anybody.

But Tampa Bay and/or Tennessee would qualify as a surprise. And those teams, with Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota leading the way, are my top two candidates to take the next step after 9-7 seasons in 2016.

Gilbert’s 2017 offseason strategy seems to have been something like this: Step 1, buy gun; Step 2, aim gun at foot; Step 3, pull trigger.

Reports that James is frustrated and concerned with the Cavaliers offseason have been trickling out for weeks now, and with good reason. The organization has sent signals to James all summer, none of which have included meaningful changes to bring the Cavs closer to the defending champion Warriors in the coming season.

In fact, James sat back and watched the Warriors dole out large sums (luxury tax included) for their own free agents, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. They brought back David West and Zaza Pachulia, showing Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys appreciation for the contributions those two made last year. They took a chance USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys on NBA vets Nick Young and Omri Casspi, and came up with a potential draft steal, Jordan Bell.

The Cavs added Jose Calderon and Jeff Green, and brought back Kyle Korver.

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Chuck made it personal when he said LeBron doesn’t like to compete

It was impossible to ignore how much that hung in the air Thursday. As he turned an explanation for how he ended up committing the crimes that put him in prison into a seeming attempt to clear his name and overturn that guilty verdict, Simpson came off like someone selling the idea that he bore no responsibility for anything he’s been through, ever.

“I’m sorry that things turned out the way they did,” he said at one point, once again coming up just a yard short of real accountability.

His comments throughout the hearing went viral and started a coast-to-coast eye-rolling epidemic. “I’ve basically led a conflict-free life.” “I’m a straight shooter.” “I’m a guy who’s always gotten along with everybody.” “I’m a guy who hasn’t lived a criminal life.”

Okafor could benefit from a change of scenery, but Chicago may not be the best fit for his game. The Bulls have been dreadful from the outside offensively, and a post player like Okafor would only clog up the lane for slashers like Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler.

A potential Okafor deal would likely involve a third team as the Bulls won’t be — or at least shouldn’t be — willing to give away valuable draft picks for Okafor and don’t have the kind of players to entice Chicago. CSN Chicago reports there is more interest from the Bulls than Sixers at this point, so this deal could hinge on Chicago coming up with an offer that would change Philly’s mind.

“Chuck made it personal when he said LeBron doesn’t like to compete,” O’Neal told panelist Kenny Smith, referring to Barkley’s initial criticism. “Everybody knows, including you, Kenny, when you win a championship and you lose key players like (Matthew) Dellavedova and (Timofey) Mozgov you have to regroup. That’s Wholesale NFL Jerseys Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys what y’all did in Houston (in 1994-95 after Smith and the Rockets won the championship).”

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the Dodgers hitters are tied for sixth in pitches seen per plate appearance

Irving would serve as the primary ball handler on a young, talented team with Ricky Rubio out of the picture after being traded to the Jazz. Rubio’s departure is also a cause for alarm, though, as he was a terrific pass-first point guard. Irving has yet to prove he is capable of creating for others at that level.

And that’s without mentioning the huge defensive gap between Irving and Rubio. Irving was one of the worst point guards in the league in terms of ESPN’s real defensive plus-minus (-2.30), whereas Rubio finished just outside of the top 10 at the position (0.76).

While the Dodgers were among the best in baseball last season, their offense was just 16th in scoring with 4.47 runs per game. Adding first baseman Cody Bellinger to the mix has made a distinct difference, as the lineup has produced 5.26 runs per game since his call-up on April 25. The rookie also became the first player in MLB history to hit 21 home runs in his first 51 games.

Overall, the offense remains prolific with a league-high plus-174 run differential, and a .340 wOBA, third-best in MLB. That’s going to be key to surviving ace Clayton Kershaw’s four- to six-week absence.

“One through eight, our guys grind and wear pitchers down,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “There aren’t easy outs. When you see pitchers tax after four or five innings, it’s because of the length of our lineup. It’s a luxury that we have. Even when we plug in other guys (Enrique Hernández or Austin Barnes), we just grind you.”

Indeed, the Dodgers hitters are tied for sixth in pitches seen per plate appearance (3.93). While that category doesn’t automatically generate an offensive powerhouse, the team saw 3.85 pitches per plate Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys appearances a season ago, tied for 13th in baseball.

“Every time I get up there and find a way to get on base, with the lineup behind me, I’m in The Best Cheap Jerseys scoring position at first base,” third baseman Justin Turner said.

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Gregg Williams replaces Ray Horton as defensive coordinator after the Browns ranked 30th in points allowed last season

The Bucs in their division have to dethrone the defending NFC champion Falcons, and the Panthers and Saints also are capable of rising to the top. The NFC South also has the league’s the best quartet of quarterbacks in Ryan, Newton, Winston and Drew Brees.

Tampa Bay’s passing offense should be outstanding, as Winston will be throwing to Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans and newly acquired deep threat DeSean Jackson along with the top tight end in the 2017 draft, O.J. Howard. But Winston, who threw for 4,090 yards and 28 touchdowns last year, needs to cut down on his 18 interceptions.

Gregg Williams replaces Ray Horton as defensive coordinator after the Browns ranked 30th in points allowed last season. Williams’ in-your-face style is a welcome change for this unit, which will now mix 3-4, 4-3 and “46” looks under the veteran defensive coordinator.

Williams gets a centerpiece in Garrett, a freakish athlete who signed a $30.4 million deal as the No. 1 draft pick. Garrett will be teamed with defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, who led the Browns with 6.0 sacks as a rookie. Nose tackle Danny Shelton, a first-round pick in 2015, also should benefit from Williams’ arrival. There’s depth with backups in returners Carl Nassib and Jamie Meder, plus rookies Caleb Brantley and Larry Ogunjobe.

This should be a position of strength as Garrett continues to develop as an NFL pass-rusher.

There isn’t much change here because of the additions made last season. Jamie Collins Personalized Cheap Jerseys returns, and he’ll be joined by leading tackler Christian Kirksey. Second-year outside linebacker NFL Jerseys Outlet Joe Schobert should fill out the group. There is an opening after trading Demario Davis to the Jets.

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Felix Hernandez looks like a future Hall of Famer — but it will be close

With the July 31 MLB trade deadline approaching, the Seattle Mariners appear to be actively working the phones as they push for a wild-card spot.

The team acquired Marlins middle reliever David Phelps on Thursday, with baseball insider Jon Morosi tweeting a few days before that Seattle also would like more starting pitching. It’s a bold Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys but savvy gambit. Though 48-49 and distantly trailing the Houston Astros in the AL West, the Mariners are just 2.5 games out in the wild-card race.+

Sandoval’s struggles in Boston were well-documented, from not long after he signed a five-year, $95 million free-agent deal in November 2014 to his recent designation for assignment and subsequent release. But the idea of Sandoval soon embarking on a redemption tour with beleaguered San Francisco doesn’t seem insane, at least as evidenced by what he showed Tuesday in Sacramento.

The show began two hours before game time when Sandoval took batting practice. Wearing shorts and a snug No. 48 that he would swap for No. 47 before the game began, Sandoval took some cuts from the left side of the plate. He offered hints of that sweet swing that helped him to a .294 batting average and 123 OPS+ in seven years with San Francisco, sending line drives arcing into the outfield.

“He looks like same old Pablo to me,” Blackburn said. “He’s still got really good Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys hands, still got the same swing.”

Sandoval didn’t look as sharp from the right side of the plate, neither in batting practice nor in the game. He hit righthanded his final at-bat of the night against southpaw Dario Alvarez, popping up to second. Sandoval’s taken nearly three times as many at-bats in the majors from the left side of the plate than from the right, while Super Cheap Jerseys hitting nearly 40 points higher as a lefty.

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The key to whether the Dolphins can truly push the Patriots rides on the shoulders

The lack of a franchise quarterback, along with unstable management, is the main reason Buffalo has failed to reach the playoffs since the 1999 campaign.

Expect that streak to reach an NFL-high 18 seasons as Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal become the latest head coach/general manager combination to try and circle the wagons with Tyrod Taylor returning under center.

Say what you will about the Dolphins beating only one playoff team last season (Steelers) en route to a 10-6 record and their first postseason appearance since 2008. Miami still enters the preseason with an improved roster and a brilliant young coach in Adam Gase.

The key to whether the Dolphins can truly push the Patriots rides on the shoulders — and left knee — of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was flourishing in Gase’s offense until being lost for the season to a partially torn ACL in Week 14.

The Spurs adding Irving would be dangerous, but it seems unlikely the Cavs would be willing to send Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale their star player to one of the strongest teams in the league. And if Irving’s reasoning for getting out of Cleveland is that he wants to be the focal point, then why would he go to San Antonio? He’d be overshadowed by Kawhi Leonard.

And similar to the Heat, what could San Antonio give Cleveland to make the trade worth it? Leonard is out of the question, and most of the other players are great because they buy into Popovich’s system. Irving to the Spurs just seems unlikely for a number of reasons.

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Jazz’s Rudy Gobert caps monster game vs. Kings with controversial tip-in

Rudy Gobert did exactly what a center is taught to do: He put his hand up and tipped the ball in the basket.

The result of his heads-up play led to the Jazz defeating the Kings 110-109 in overtime Sunday. Only the play wasn’t as simple as it looked.

Initially ruled basket interference, it appeared Sacramento was going to Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China escape with a home win. Officials conferred, deliberated and finally decided Gobert’s basket counted.

“I didn’t know if I had time to get the rebound or not, so when I saw the ball on the side of the rim I just tipped it in,” Gobert said after the game. “I’m from Europe, so I thought it was good.”

There is no basket interference in Europe. Players can play the ball directly off the rim, sometimes even stealing points from their teammates.

Jennings joined in on the fun by changing his bio to get rid of any Knicks affiliation. He also tweeted a pair of eyes (like Isaiah Thomas and Andre Drummond did) but deleted it after getting weird messages from fans, although said, “I’m going to do it again.”

Cryptic emojis with NBA players isn’t a new thing. Most fans remember Cheap Jerseys China NHL a few summers ago when Chandler Parsons started the Emoji War of 2015. Parsons’ tweet was during free agency, which is the only other time in the NBA season that matches the intensity of the trade deadline. Fans and reporters are reading into every thing, so players have fun at their expense.

But while emojis clearly play a large part in all of this, we can’t leave out all of the profile changes as well. Players have added another dimension to the wackiness by changing their bio, profile picture, header, and who they follow/unfollow.

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