Lions to hold joint practices with Raiders, Giants

For the third straight year, the Detroit Lions will hold joint practices during training camp, taking part in separate sessions with the team’s first two preseason opponents, the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants. 

Detroit will practice with Oakland on Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Raiders’ training camp home in Napa, Calif. The two teams will square off in their preseason opener on Friday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 p.m. in Oakland.

Both the Raiders and Giants also have new coaches this offseason. Jon Gruden is returning for a second stint with the Raiders after a decade in the broadcast booth. For the Giants, former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is in his first season at the helm. 

Shurmur, a Michigan native and former Michigan State standout, attended high school at Dearborn Divine Child, a 15-minute drive from the Lions’ practice facility. 

Lurie hasn’t addressed the media since the NFL Owners Meeting in March.

Pederson didn’t sound all too worried about the fans.

We have the greatest fans in the National Football League, Pederson said. Our true fans are beside us. We’re beside them.

Ultimately, Pederson said he wants the focus to be on OTAs and football, not a White House visit that didn’t happen.

Even if he wishes it did.

You win a world championship or NCAA title or anything, you want to be recognized that way, Pederson said. I think it’s great. I’m not going to speak for other teams. I was looking forward to it.

MGM, which owns the Borgata casino, also has a stake in the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA.

And Caesars Entertainment Group, which owns Caesars casino, is owned by Apollo Capital Management. That company was co-founded by Joshua Harris, who is the principal owner of both the New Jersey Devils of the NHL and the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA.

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Golden State captured the Western Conference by defeating the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets.

I think it just means if you watch a little bit of maybe what the Panthers are doing or what the Chiefs did, just the RPOs, the run-pass options, just allowing me to use my feet if necessary more, Prescott said, via 24/7 Sports. Allow me to go out there and be more comfortable in everything I’m doing.

This simple slant touchdown to Beasley in Week 9 against the Chiefs is a perfect example of how the Cowboys can have Prescott using play-action and the RPO idea, along with routes tailored to spread a defense out.

The next season wasn’t quite as spectacular鈥擯rescott’s completion percentage fell to 62.9, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio fell to 22-13 as injuries and suspensions took their toll on Dallas’ offensive roster鈥攂ut things were still looking pretty good.

Then, the 2018 offseason happened. Tight end Jason Witten retired after a 15-year career that could see him in the Hall of Fame someday. The team also released receiver Dez Bryant in April in a move that saved $8.5 million in 2018 salary cap space, per And with that, Prescott’s two top receivers were out the door.

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New kickoff rule present plenty of opportunities for creativity, strategy

Even if the current change to the kickoff amounts to a half-measure toward the elimination of the kickoff altogether, teams will have to figure out how to implement the new formation in a way that enhances the overriding effort to win, for as long as the new formation is in place. And coaches already have begun to brainstorm regarding the opportunities created by an alignment aimed at reducing injuries.

I think, in general, it’s going to change a lot, just fundamentally and from a scheme standpoint, what the teams are allowed to do, obviously the alignments, Lions coach Matt Patricia recently said, via Justin Rogers of the Detroit News. There’s certainly some different, we’ll call them, some dangers that are going to show up that I think all of them aren’t really identified yet until all the coaches kind of put their heads together and say, ‘Hey this is a way for us to attack here,’ or ‘There might be an area here we could go after.’

Some teams may decide to try to figure out how to pin the opponent deep, with quick, athletic players who can slip past the blockers and converge on the returner and the two men who will be back there to block for him. Some teams may decide to try to drop a quasi-onside kick between the eight who must be within 15 yards of the kickoff point and the three who are lined up deeper. Plenty of other possible approaches can be attempted, with sky kicks, squib kicks, line drives, positional kicks, or whatever kind of strange hops and spins that a kicker can put on the ball.

If nothing else, it will make a play that was happening less and less a little more interesting. And it could be wise to enjoy it while it lasts, because it’s still very possible that the kickoff will end up becoming one less way that the foot will be used in football.

I’m just trying to grasp everything, Mariota said Tuesday. You don’t want to be opinionated on something that you have never run. I just try to go out there and execute, and do what they’re asking me to do. When we come back and we have to determine some of these things, and determine what we like and what we don’t like, I’ll definitely express my opinion.

That’s exactly what LaFleur expects, even if he’s learning that getting the polite Mariota to speak up isn’t always easy.

The Steelers had to battle back Sunday night to clinch their third AFC North title in four seasons.

After blowing a 14-point lead, Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown engineered two scoring drives in the final 3:15 to pull off a remarkable comeback which couldn’t have happened without a key defensive stop.
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Shazier is showing gradual improvement, according to ESPN, but doctors are controlling and limiting Shazier’s movement as he continues his recovery.

With Shazier and his top backup Tyler Matakevich (shoulder) out, Ravens running back Alex Collins ran wild Sunday night and Joe Flacco enjoyed dumping it off in the flats against Arthur Moats and Sean Spence, who was picked up off waivers to help fill the void at linebacker. Still, the Steelers found a way to win and now have a teammate worth winning for when times get tough.

Pierre-Paul figures to provide the most impact. He delivered 8.5 sacks over 16 games for the Giants in 2017, and he’s remained productive in disrupting the quarterback and stopping the run despite suffering a serious hand injury in 2015.聽

Finally, it looks like the Bucs have serious talent next to Gerald McCoy along the defensive line. Pierre-Paul, Curry and rookie Vita Vea have reshaped the group, with Pierre-Paul likely providing the edge rush the Bucs have been missing for years.聽

The Tennessee Titans added serious talent to the defense and acquired a spark plug on offense in running back Dion Lewis, significantly raising the overall talent level in Nashville this offseason.聽
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The Titans now have three legitimate starters at cornerback (Butler, Adoree’ Jackson and Logan Ryan) and a legitimate No. 1 option to throw at the league’s top receivers. All great defenses are built on rushing the quarterback and covering receivers. The Titans suddenly look capable of consistently doing both in 2018, especially if Butler can lock down one side of the field.聽

The last pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Citizens Bank Park is the late Roy Halladay, who did so in Game 1 of the 2010 Division Series against Cincinnati.

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The outfield situation particularly came to a head on Wednesday, when the Yankees announced they would be recalling Clint Frazier from Triple-A Scranton after spending months on the disabled list. In 39 games in his first season last year, Frazier recorded four home runs and 17 RBI, while playing a stellar center field. His biggest moment came with his walk-off three-run homer against the Milwaukee Brewers on a Sunday afternoon in the Bronx. In his time at Scranton recovering from a concussion, he hit.362. He will return in the series in Kansas City this weekend.

In the infield, Didi Gregorius is the player who does not look like he is going anywhere anytime soon. Hitting in between Judge and Stanton, Gregorius has received the best pitches to hit, and he has taken advantage, even claiming early MVP consideration.

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The offense wasn’t good, and the way Brissett described it, play-calling certainly had something to do with it.

OK, class: The math lesson is over! To sum it up, the numbers show that there聽are reasons to worry that Keenum was a product of the Vikings environment. But don’t take math’s word for it. The Vikings themselves paid an $84 million premium to sign Kirk Cousins instead of keeping Keenum, which speaks to their impression of him as a something other than a championship-caliber quarterback.

It might be that the Broncos need to surround Keenum with Vikings-like talent to get 2017-caliber results. But Sanders is 31 and coming off an injury-marred year. Demaryius Thomas is 30, dropped 10 passes last year and has declined statistically for four straight years. The tight ends, running backs and slot receivers are a bunch of rookies and medical redshirts, and the Broncos have been whiffing in the draft and on project players for years. Their defense did finish 10th聽in the NFL in the聽Football Outsiders rankings last year, but the Pierre-Luc Dubois Authentic Jersey Vikings finished second.

For now, everyone’s happy. The Broncos have the veteran winner and drama-free offseason they were hoping for at quarterback. As long as the bar stays low, the Broncos offense will clear it.
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On Thursday morning’s Get Up, anchor Mike Greenberg made the Witten news official after weeks of speculation and negotiations between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the team’s all-time receptions leader.

It is now official. Jason Witten is retiring from the Dallas Cowboys and coming to work with us, Greenberg said. He will join ESPN as an analyst for ‘Monday Night Football’.

Witten succeeds Jon Gruden, who left ESPN to return to NFL coaching with the Raiders.

As for the running backs, Ballard revealed that Marlon Mack underwent offseason shoulder surgery himself after playing throughout his 2017 rookie campaign with a torn labrum. Mack is still considered the frontrunner to start in a competition that will include Christine Michael (who Ballard said has looked outstanding coming off ACL surgery), Robert Turbin, Josh Ferguson, and two mid-round draft picks in N.C. State’s Nyheim Hines and Mississippi’s Jordan Wilkins.

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Hassan Whiteside was very effective fantasy-wise when healthy last season — but he had injury issues all season and then publicly clashed with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and president Pat Riley in the playoffs about his lack of playing time. Whiteside’s role with the Heat moving forward is unclear, and he dropped in the rankings as a result.

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In those instances where we have made mistakes and are wrong, I’m sorry, Morales added.

The Bucks signed the 6-foot-6 guard from SMU last summer in a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, who selected him in the second round of the 2017 draft. He averaged 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds this past season.

Per multiple reports from those at the courtroom for Thursday’s hearing to determine if there’s enough probable cause to allow the case against Foster to proceed, Judge Nona L. Klippen announced she will make her ruling on May 23.

Earlier on Thursday, Foster’s ex-girlfriend Elissa Ennis took the stand and retracted the allegations she made against Foster prior to his arrest earlier this year. Foster was accused of striking her, but Ennis said she made up the story because Foster broke up with her and she wanted him to go down as a result. Ennis also described her actions as a money scheme.

Foster has not been participating in any team activities this offseason while the legal process plays out. The timing of Judge Klippen’s ruling means he’ll miss the start of OTAs under any circumstances, but a decision in his favor could lead to a return to work sooner rather than later.

Clay Buchholz gets another turn in Diamondbacks’ rotation

Clay Buchholz gets another start on the comeback trail.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo liked what he saw from Buchholz in his start Sunday and decided against shuffling the rotation.

[He] will stay in turn, Lovullo said. Clay is going to get another opportunity.

Who knows where they’ll be in the NL East standings by then? But the talent on the two rosters suggests that they’re on the cusp of playing a lot more meaningful games over the next few seasons.

It’s cool to see other people reaching for the same things that you are as an organization, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson said. And obviously, it’s fun to compete. That’s why we all do this. To gain that familiarity and be excited about things to come is cool to see. We’re both wanting to get after it with higher stakes on a regular basis. It’s fun to be a Authentic Mathieu Perreault Jersey part of.

Buehler was hit in the ribs by a 108 mph line drive off Trevor Story’s bat in the fifth, but grabbed the ball and tossed underhand to first to get the out after Parra’s tying homer. He bent over to catch his breath before being checked by a trainer. Buehler tossed some practice pitches before staying in the game. That didn’t feel good, Buehler said. Roberts said X-rays were negative. Staying in there and giving us two more innings was huge, Roberts said. That just shows the fight. We’re learning a lot about him pretty quickly.

RHP Chad Bettis (4-1, 3.27 ERA) will start Tuesday’s game for Colorado. The Dodgers will call up RHP Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game in anticipation of him either starting or coming out of the bullpen. He has a 2.08 ERA over 21 2/3 innings in the minors.

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Los Angeles committed two errors in the eighth and another in the ninth in the first of 19 meetings with the Rockies this season.

Dodgers starter Walker Buehler was impressive despite not figuring in the decision. He gave up one run and two hits in a career-high seven innings, striking out six and walking none.

Cowboys discussing options to hold joint practice during camp

Jason Garrett would prefer to hold a joint practice against an opposing team in training camp.
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The Dallas Cowboys did it in 2014 against the Oakland Raiders and in 2015 against the Los Angeles Rams. They haven’t held joint practices the previous two years.

With preseason dates and times now set for 2018, the Cowboys are discussing possible options with a couple different teams.
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Nothing is etched in stone, Garrett said Saturday from the Cowboys’ rookie minicamp. One of the challenges is always making sure the schedules align. Us being out there [in Oxnard, California], there’s some travel that’s involved with that. We’ve hard some discussion. We may or may not do it this year depending on how the schedules work out for the couple teams we’ve talked to.

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If he wants to catch Adrian Peterson (hence, whereyouatAP), at his current pace, Brady will need to play until he’s around 226 years old. Brady has mused about wanting to play until he’s 45 years old before, but as of this writing he only has wife-approved permission to play two more seasons. Something tells me Gisele is not going to approve of him playing for 18 more decades, so he’s really going to have to pick up the pace if he wants to catch Russell Wilson (3,275 yards) and/or Aaron Rodgers (2,670 yards), let alone Peterson.聽

Gambling has been legal in Las Vegas and betting online through websites based overseas was never difficult. But the ruling Monday paves the way for states to begin legalizing gambling too.

Five states 鈥?Connecticut, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia 鈥?already passed legislation that should allow them to move quickly to open up betting to residents. Several other states have introduced similar bills.

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As that ball rocketed into the Yankee Stadium seats, all the crowd could do was gasp, and then roar, and then remember that this team has gone on this epic spring tear without truly seeing the best from its new marquee star.
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No one is booing Stanton any more聽– winning at a tidy.941 clip tends to calm even the harshest bleacher critic — but the expectations haven’t changed. Stanton hasn’t quite approached them. Yet.

I wouldn’t say a sense of urgency (regarding a deal for Beckham being finalized before the season), Mara said at the United Way’s Gridiron Gala on Tuesday night. The contract will get done when it’s supposed to be done. That’s a (Giants general manager)聽Dave Gettleman line, and聽I’m going to adopt it. All spring, all summer, as long as Jean Beliveau Jersey it takes.

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Trade rumors swirled around Beckham for about a two-week stretch on the heels of the NFL owners meetings when initial comments from Mara聽seemingly opened the door to the possibility the Giants would consider dealing Beckham.

Mara said no player on the roster was untouchable, and then circled back 48 hours later聽in an attempt to squash the debate that had taken over social media, the tabloids and talk radio.
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I don’t know how much more clearly I can say it,聽I don’t want (Beckham)聽to be traded, Mara said six weeks ago. I want him to be a Giant. I can’t say it’s a 100% guarantee it will happen. Can’t say that about any player.