NFL Pro Bowl to return to Orlando in 2018

Game Cody Whitehair Jersey The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018.

After a successful debut in a new state, the NFL on Wednesday announced the Pro Bowl is scheduled to be played at 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 28 at Camping World Stadium.

The Pro Bowl is not only a time to watch NFL greats compete live, but it is also a unique opportunity to inspire youth and the next generation of stars, Peter O’Reilly, NFL senior vice president of events, said in a statement. We received tremendous feedback from players, coaches, and fans about Orlando’s first Pro Bowl, and we are excited to build upon that enthusiasm with a week-long festival that celebrates the entire football community.

The annual matchup between the AFC and NFC stars will be televised live on ESPN and simulcast on ABC for the first time. In addition, ESPN Deportes will offer a Spanish production that will be streamed live on the ESPN app.

The league returned to its traditional AFC-NFC format after going unconferenced the last three years. After several years of players simply going through the motions, particularly on defense, last season’s matchup was a refreshing return to an all-star game and more competitive contest.

Watson boasts physical tools, impeccable leadership, and a winning pedigree after leading Clemson to the College Football Playoff National Championship. He does have accuracy concerns and will have to learn to take snaps under center after playing out of the shotgun for the majority of his career. He’s also turnover-prone, throwing 32 interceptions in his three-year college career. There’s a lot to like about Watson’s game, and his mobility opens up more options for O’Brien’s offense. But he’s far from a sure thing at the pro level.
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A pair of Titans players allegedly beat up a fan over his 2017 NFL draft opinions

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe and offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola are being sued for $500,000 following an altercation at a bar, according to Nashville’s Fox 17. The man who filed the lawsuit says Sharpe assaulted him because of an argument about the 2017 NFL draft, and Tretola served as a lookout.
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Ryan brings valuable experience to our personnel group, said Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown in a statement. He was raised as a road-scout and has been evaluating talent in this league for almost 20 years. We place a premium on that experience and on his passion for football. Ryan has much to offer to any personnel department and we are pleased that he chose to join our staff.

While Grigson has nearly 20 years’ worth of scouting and executive experience, the hire by the Browns will only draw jokes after his unsuccessful stint in Indianapolis.

During Grigson’s tenure, the Colts drafted horribly with only Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton really turning into success stories. He also gave away a first-round pick to the Browns to acquire Trent Richardson in 2013, who averaged 3.1 yards per carry in 29 games with the Colts.

The extra pick didn’t help the Browns out either, as Cleveland used it in a deal to land Johnny Manziel in the 2014 NFL draft.

Now the Browns and Grigson will work together to try to rewrite their reputations.

that’s a gamble the Bills needed to take.

For Charles, released by Kansas City on the last day of February, Denver’s delayed decision to sign him — ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday evening the Broncos gave Charles a one-year deal — ends two months of wondering whether, at age 30, he would get a chance to play another NFL down.
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Before Charles got his chance, he saw the Raiders (Marshawn Lynch) and Saints (Adrian Peterson) choose other big-name, aging backs. His one early suitor, the Seahawks, went with Eddie Lacy. The Eagles, an expected suitor, went the way of the draft and used a fourth-rounder on scatback Donnel Pumphrey.

The Broncos, despite a backfield need, didn’t really pursue any notable veteran, old or young. They waited until the sixth round of the draft to go the rookie route with smaller small-school back De’Angelo Henderson.

But Denver still needed someone to challenge for a viable role right away. Charles’ continued lack of employment could not have been more convenient.

Watkins hasn’t been a bust. He showed how good he can be during the second half of the 2015 season. In a nine-game stretch, he had 49 catches for 900 yards and seven touchdowns. Those numbers rivaled ones put up by the NFL’s best pass-catchers.

If the Bills feel good about Watkins’ health, and he plays like an elite receiver in 2017, then the team can place the franchise tag on him for about $16 million. It also could structure a long-term extension.
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The worst thing that can happen is that Watkins plays like a superstar, the two sides can’t come to a long-term agreement, and it costs the Bills $3 million more to use the franchise tag after declining the fifth-year option.

Considering Watkins’ history, that’s a gamble the Bills needed to take.

10 good Hall of Fame candidates most MLB fans have never heard of

The Baseball Hall of Fame has done a fairly good job in recent years of recognizing high-profile contributors. Induction ceremonies have been packed the past few years with outstanding players and managers.

Game Womens Tyler Bozak Jersey It was a different story, however, in the early years of the Hall of Fame that followed the first election in 1936. Even now, more than 80 years later, a number of baseball pioneers remain unrecognized by Cooperstown.

Look fast in the classic 1992 Simpsons episode Homer at the Bat for a reference to Creighton as C. Montgomery Burns’ prospective right fielder who’s been dead for 130 years. Creighton was baseball’s first great superstar, at least its first known one. He once purportedly went an entire season without striking out. Alas, a mighty swing is said to have ruptured an abdominal hernia and Creighton died at 21 in 1862.

The Redskins’ Color Rush jerseys look like a container of mustard, and they don’t want to be seen wearing the uniform. So, as a bylaw proposal, the team submitted the following: By Washington; Amends Article XIX, Sections 19.8(B) and 19.9(B) to permit clubs to opt out of the color rush jerseys created for Thursday Night Football.
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So far the Redskins haven’t had to wear their Color Rush jerseys, and it looks like they don’t ever plan to. NFL owners probably don’t care too much about fashion, so it’s hard to see how this one ends up.

NFL Draft 2017: Seahawks invade Michigan for half of six-pick haul

The Seahawks entered Friday with six picks on the second day of the 2017 NFL Draft after not selecting in Thursday’s first round.

They used their haul to fill several needs and went to the state of Michigan to do it. The Seahawks grabbed one Michigan State player and two from Michigan before their Friday night was over.

The Seahawks slid down one spot, as the Jaguars moved up to select Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson. Seattle then selected Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell.
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The former Spartans standout has good size at 6-6, 295 and length with 35-inch arms. He could stand to gain upper-body strength, but has an explosive first step. His lower body is extremely strong and he understands how to create leverage to get penetration.

The next Seattle pick was 58th overall, where LSU center Ethan Pocic was the selection. Pocic is maybe the most versatile lineman in the draft class. He played every offensive line position at LSU and does not get beat with leverage inside despite being 6-7, 302 pounds. He anchors well with a solid base, has good hand placement, and is a strong run blocker. He had one of the more impressive weeks at January’s Senior Bowl and should be an asset to the Seahawks.

Limited Womens Terrell Suggs Jersey The most confusing part of the Brewers’ offseason was deciding not to trade outfielder Ryan Braun, but it could still happen. Holding on to Braun until the trade deadline could prove beneficial for Milwaukee. They acquired Travis Shaw, who could prove to be a pretty good major leaguer if what we’ve seen from him in Boston can transfer to the Brew Crew.

Pitt running back James Conner drafted by Steelers 16 months after cancer battle

Every now and then, sports stories seem too perfect to be true.

James Conner is one of those instances.

NFL DRAFT PICKS 2017: Complete results from Rounds 1-3

“After meeting with Daryl Washington, we have collectively decided it is best to release Daryl and give him the opportunity to continue his career elsewhere,” the statement read.

The decision came after Washington met with team president Michael Bidwill, general manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians this week.

“I want to thank the Cardinals organization, especially Mr. Bidwill and Steve Keim for drafting and believing in me, and their continued support,” Washington said in a statement released to media outlets. “We’ve had some really positive and productive discussions this week, and at the end of the day we mutually agreed it was best for both sides to get a fresh start. I’m in the best shape of my life, and very much look forward to the next opportunity, where I will again play at an All-Pro level and help my team make a championship run.”

Washington was allowed to return to the league on April 25 after sitting out three seasons on an indefinite suspension for repeatedly violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and for his involvment in an assault case with his ex-girlfriend.

Now 30, Washington was a second-round draft pick by Arizona in 2010 out of TCU.
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Davis hardly needed the official proclamation.

Sure, Buxton often looked a bit overwhelmed in the majors, but there’s a reason he was considered baseball’s best prospect for so long. In his final month of 2016, Buxton flashed that incredible talent, swatting nine homers, scoring 24 times, driving in 22 and posting a 1.011 OPS in 29 games. He’ll still be just 23 in 2017, with 138 big-league games of experience under his belt.

Davis hardly needed the official proclamation. She said Sunday that she feels the historic significance of the film every day.
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My fellow teammates and I were just talking about how we have the same number of girls and women who approach us about the movie as when it came out 25 years ago,” Davis said.
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They come up and say, ‘I play ball because of that movie. I play sports because of that movie.’ So, we’re just grateful that it’s had that kind of impact.

Tracy Reiner, who played Betty Spaghetti, said the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown still gets more questions about its women’s baseball exhibit than about Hank Aaron or Babe Ruth. She called it part of the movie’s ripple effect.

The Peaches looked dominant again Sunday, with a 20-12 victory over the Belles in a game that also featured celebrities such as Terry Crews and Olympic hockey player Eric LeMarque.

The Peaches were a little slower this time around, so there’s no need to update the highlight reel. But they had a blast suiting up again.

Gomez has been struggling to get back on track over the last two seasons, but batted third Saturday and rewarded Rangers manager Jeff Banister with a 4-for-4 night.

Gomez now has three multi-hit games in his last seven games and has raised his batting average from .155 on April 19 all the way to .239 after Saturday’s onslaught on Angels pitching.

Texans send Brock Osweiler to Browns in surprise move

We probably now know where Tony Romo will end up.

The Texans have agreed to trade quarterback Brock Osweiler, a second-round pick in the 2018 draft, and a sixth-round pick this year to the Browns in exchange for a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft. But more importantly, the Browns will assume the $16 million Osweiler is due this season. The deal was first reported by ESPN and later announced by each team.

The Browns could just cut Osweiler, similar to many NBA cash trades, according to NFL Media. But for the Browns, the deal was more about acquiring more draft picks. They now have three second-round picks next year to go with a pair of first-rounders and second-round picks this year.

Authentic Kids Michael Jordan Jersey We’re really excited to acquire a second round draft choice in this trade, executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement. Draft picks are extremely important to our approach in building a championship caliber football team. We are intent on adding competition to every position on our roster and look forward to having Brock come in and compete.
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It was a disappointing year for Osweiler after the Texans signed him away from Denver, as he threw for 2,957 yards with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Replacing him with Romo, who is set to depart Dallas after Dak Prescott’s emergence, should be an upgrade.

Texans general manager Rick Smith said in a statement the move was made in the best interest of the team, which is committed to bring a championship to the city of Houston.

The Browns, meanwhile, have made several moves to shore up their offensive line, so the deal could work out for all sides.

NFL Draft 2017: Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon drafted by Bengals

While some NFL teams like the Dolphins and Patriots did not consider drafting Joe Mixon, the Bengals were willing to give the controversial Oklahoma running back a chance.

The former USC cornerback was drafted by the Titans in the first round, and while he’s certainly happy to be in the NFL, he tweeted his excitement about being in the popular video game as well. After all, since EA Sports discontinued its NCAA Football franchise, he’s had to wait to become an animated version of himself.

Jackson will probably be a popular player in the video game. His explosiveness makes him the exact type of player people love to use in the video game. He even said himself after being drafted how versatile he can be.

“I can do more than one thing on the defense — I can play outside, I can play inside. I can also return,” Jackson said, via the Titans’ official website. “And if I am needed on offense you can throw me out there whenever. I am just thankful the coaches at Tennessee believed in me and picked me up. I am fired up to go put a helmet on, put a jersey on, strap up the cleats and go out to practice right now.”

You may recall the spring of 2007, when the Patriots, fresh off the frustration of seeing the rival Colts win the Super Bowl, aggressively traded for wide receivers Randy Moss and Wes Welker and signed a premium defensive free agent in linebacker Adalius Thomas. The Patriots went 16-0 that season with a record point total. They won another AFC title before they were upset by the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

New England in 2014 signed cornerback Darrelle Revis, which helped deliver that elusive fourth ring. In 2016, before the Patriots’ latest title run, tight end Martellus Bennett and wide receiver Chris Hogan were key additions.
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Matt Barnes agrees, although his reasoning also includes his kids living in Los Angeles.

No comparison. There’s no such thing, man, Barnes told Haynes. There’s no nightlife in Utah. Obviously, as players, you want to be able to have a little bit of a nightlife, but the main focus is winning games. Me personally, I want to get out there because I want to beat the Clippers. That’s my former team, and my kids are out there. But as far as nightlife, there’s no comparison to nightlife in Utah and L.A.
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It wasn’t a team-wide mandate to trash Salt Lake City — while Kevin Durant said he had never been out in Utah, but said his approach was the same, while Draymond Green said this: It’s the playoff. Nobody worried about nightlife during the playoffs.

However, the damage has been done, and Utah is surely hanging up those quotes from Iguodala and Barnes somewhere in the locker room.

I thought that we just had to change sort of the mojo in that situation, Trotz explained. [Holtby] will tell you he can be better. He’s a straight up guy, and he will be [better]. I thought that in some of the goals, he wasn’t as sharp as he can be. He’s a game changer for us.

Holtby was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots within the first two periods. The first uncharacteristic goal was tallied just inside the first two minutes of the second frame by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cullen. The 40-year-old somehow beat the Capitals defense on a breakaway and slipped in the puck shorthanded.
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Braden Holtby getting pulled in Game 2 was a gift to Pittsburgh, but in Game 3, it might turn out to be the team’s worst nightmare. Holtby’s angry. The images of him sitting on the bench after he got pulled show a facial expression you’d find in a man scorned not only once, but many times in his life.

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