Manziel should get ready to hear plenty more foul stuff

As Johnny Manziel tries to resurrect his football career in Canada, it’s only natural that guys already playing there will: (1) resent him; and (2) try to provoke him.

Manziel’s history has given anyone who would like to try to get under his skin plenty of ammunition for doing so. The failed former first-rounder washed out of the NFL in a haze of substance abuse and, ultimately, a domestic violence incident. Then came more substance abuse, and various TMZ-style tales of entitlement run amok.

The Vikings definitely are. But the good vibes of spring last for only so long.

It’s obviously great to be in a position where they believe in you and want you. But at the same time, I can say a lot of positive things about our time here, but it’s been two months, and I haven’t played a game yet, Cousins admitted. We’ve got to win football games.

For the rest of your life you’re going to have people telling you what you can and cannot do, Harrison said. Nobody can determine what you do but yourself, and what I’ve realized through my life is my attitude controls everything. I was told I would never walk again, I would live the rest of my life in a wheelchair. And I’m here standing in front of you today.

Harrison is best remembered for rushing for a Browns franchise record 286 yards in a 2009 game against the Chiefs. But for as many people as there were watching him that day, Harrison may inspire more people today.

Or maybe not. In Grimm’s article, one legal expert compares the situation to hosting a private birthday party in a public park. NFL games represent a private business endeavor that plays out in a public arena that anyone who pays the appropriate fee may attend. A plausible argument could be made that the close relationship between NFL teams and the publicly-owned stadiums transforms everything about the situation into a public event.

Ultimately, an anthem-based fight would play out in every publicly-funded stadium, with careful inspection of the leases needed to determine whether there may be any plausible basis for arguing that private employers cannot infringe upon First Amendment rights in an inherently public setting. Beckham’s existing lawsuit, if the NFLPA were to join it, could provide the test case.

And Beckham seems to be interested in partnering up with the NFLPA.

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One week after they began dating, Manziel moved in with Tiesi. Within three months, they were engaged. They married in a quiet ceremony at a California courthouse in March.

I’m one of those no-(expletive), straight-to-it people,Tiesi told USA TODAY Sports. He was not used to that. He has been put on this pedestal and certain people were scared to say things to him, whether they agreed or not. He is who he is, and nobody ever wanted to overstep their boundaries. I didn’t really care. I think that was why we connected.

Manziel also heeded Tiesi’s suggestions that he should seek help. She suspected he might be dealing with a mental condition, so she looked up symptoms. She booked appointments with psychiatrists and therapists, who eventually diagnosed his bipolar disorder.

Admitting it took a long time. We knew for about a year,Tiesi said of going public. But to sit here and say ‘I’m not normal and I need to take this medicine every day to function’ is an ego thing. There was a lot of inner work we had to do before we could even start medicating.

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How does Sheffield feel about Sloan talking smack all these years later?

Honestly, Sheffield said, it is what it is. It was, what, four years ago? I have nothing else to say about that.

Sloan negotiated a $1.6 million signing bonus on behalf of Sheffield with the Cleveland Indians after they selected him 31st overall in the 2014 draft out of high school.

The 66-year-old Sloan has been an agent since 1973. He represented about 125 big-leaguers, including Carlos Delgado, who made about $147 million off baseball.

Sloan has alleged that Sheffield agreed to pay Sloan an approximately 5-percent commission, or about $80,000, but instead only gave him Tommy McDonald Jersey 3 percent, or $48,000.

Brady didn’t address the media Tuesday, but when asked recently by Jim Gray at the Milken Institute Global Conference in California if he felt appreciated by the Patriots, Brady responded: I plead the fifth.

Star shortstop Andrelton Simmons went down this week, too.

You can’t replace those guys, but at the same time, the games don’t stop, Kinsler said, adding: Close ball games build character.
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Fifteen of their last 27 games have been decided by one or two runs, and they’re just 6-9 in those games. For the season, they’re 3-12 in one-run games, which, as Molitor said, is a big reason why we are where we are.

The Angels are 6-1 in June, trying to keep up in the fast-paced AL West race with Seattle and Houston.

We’re going to grind it out, Richards said. We’re going to find ways to win.

Mets: RHP Seth Lugo (1-1, 2.04) makes his second start and 23rd appearance of the season. He’s been especially effective against lefty hitters, holding them to a .117 batting average (7 for 60).J.D. Martinez hits 21st HR as Red Sox beat White Sox 4-2

BOSTON J.D. Martinez looked bad on a swing, went to the video, took some hacks in the cage and made sure he didn’t miss his pitch the next time up.

Martinez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, David Price pitched six solid innings to win his fifth straight decision and the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a series-opening loss with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Whatever it is that I want to work on, I go in the cage and work on it before my next at-bat, said Martinez, who hit his team-leading 21st homer. I felt like early in the game I was jumping off my back side. I was just kind of going into the cage and working on staying on my back side, not twisting.

Did NFL owners just admit to colluding with Trump to punish kneeling players?

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But such blips won’t be viewed the same. Deshaun Watson: I think we’re all excited to see him play, and the NFL Films clip that got out there this week won’t temper expectations. He was great (103.0 passer rating, 1,699 passing yards, 269 rushing yards) in his seven games last year. But we’ve seen in the past where the challenge changes for young quarterbacks once a book is built on them. It’s easy to forget now that Carson Wentz faded late in his rookie year. It’s not impossible that Watson goes through similar growing pains.

He’s very supportive of us,Kearse said. I mean, whether guys choose to or not, he supports our decision 鈥?their decision 鈥?but like I said, nobody last year kneeled. The fact that he’ll support us any way he can is a very gratifying feeling.Johnson took over the day-to-day operations of the team last June from his brother Woody, who is serving as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom in President Donald Trump’s administration.

As great as it is to get the brand name players, a Jon Merrill Womens Jersey Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen, we’d try to have one small school player in each position group,Savage said. So it’d be 10-15 of them, and this year it was up to 20 small school players getting a chance to compete. And for the scouts, it was a huge way to comparison shop. I love that part of it.This year, it was guys like Humboldt State OT Alex Cappa (third round, Bucs) and Fort Hays State DL Nathan Shepard (third round, Jets), like it was Bucs center/guard Ali Marpet, out of Division-III Hobart, in 2015. And then there were others who used the game as a launching point.

Tom Brady gets in a workout, in Monaco

Tom Brady can’t plead the fifth regarding his offseason whereabouts. He’s in Europe, hanging out at the Monaco Grand Prix.

And he’s getting in a workout. Sort of.

Red Bull Racing has posted a video of Brady throwing a football from a mega-yacht to Daniel Ricciardo, who is standing on a small boat roughly the size of The Flying Wasp.

That included one very important point: This wasn’t a lark or a publicity stunt or fulfilling some bit of wanderlust. This was real.

I don’t think you go into this half-hearted, he said. You want it all. You want to make the 53 (man roster). You want to go to Super Bowls. You want to end up being the first international player to make it big. That’s the biggest thing, not only to represent myself, but it means a lot for the international players who were born outside of America who don’t think they have a chance.

And as for placating those on the right, any illusions about that were destroyed this morning by Representative Pete King, a Republican from New York, who took to Twitter to blast Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, who said that he wouldn’t support any discipline for any Jets players who chose not to stand for the anthem.

Disgraceful that Jets owner will pay fines for players who kneel for National Anthem, King wrote. Encouraging a movement premised on lies vs. police. Would he support all player protests? Would he pay fines of players giving Nazi salutes or spew racism? It’s time to say goodbye to Jets!

That’s simply not a statement based in fact. A minority of fans have chosen to exercise their right to make their displeasure with the protests known. Another minority of fans have chosen to exercise their right to make their support of the protests known. The NFL has chosen to listen to only one of those groups.

In so doing, the NFL has persuaded some in the media to blindly parrot the bad for business mantra when it comes to the protests. Apart from the fact that, as Falcons owner Arthur Blank recently acknowledged, league and club revenues are up, there’s still no specific, reliable, quantitative proof that the protests are bad for business. It’s just as likely that the clumsy, awkward manner in which the NFL has handled the issue is bad for business.

Dolphins sign two more draft picks

The Dolphins got a big bump in cap space on Friday and they’ve put a chunk of it to use signing members of their draft class.
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The team announced the signing of four picks, including the previous reported deals for first-round defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and sixth-round cornerback Cornell Armstrong. The unreported pacts were the team’s seventh-round picks 鈥?linebacker Quentin Poling and kicker Jason Sanders 鈥?and they are down to four unsigned picks.

GM Thomas Dimitroff obviously isn’t afraid to trade up after surrendering five picks to the Browns in the Julio Jones trade. Last year, they traded with the Seahawks to move up from 31 to 26 for Takkarist McKinley. Look for Atlanta to move up — perhaps with Seattle again — to land the impact defensive tackle the Falcons want if they feel that player won’t fall to them. — Vaughn McClure

The NFL float will feature former Chiefs and Patriots offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan, who came out publicly last year, along with former defensive back Wade Davis.

Also, 49ers assistant Katie Sowers, the league’s first openly gay coach, will march in the parade with Outsports.

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The NHL participated last year, and the NBA and WNBA were the first sports leagues to participate in 2016.

Mamula blew up at the NFL Combine as a workout warrior before the draft, and his stock had a meteoric rise. Many teams bought into him becoming an unstoppable athletic pass rusher. They were all wrong. It especially hurts Philadelphia because a premier interior defensive lineman in Sapp was still on the board. The Eagles had a couple of other notable whiffs in the first round 鈥?taking wide receiver Freddie Mitchell instead of Reggie Wayne in ’01 and taking defensive end Jerome McDougle one spot ahead of Troy Polamalu in ’03.
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Harry Edwards: NFL’s failure to learn from history on protests will prove costly

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Real solid, Jones told USA Today. I’m hopeful. I don’t know the details. I read his Kyle Van Noy Youth jersey public statement about it and take it at face value. As police continue their investigation, it’s possible that Williams could face a few other charges, including fleeing the scene of an accident and striking a fixture.

On Wednesday, Johnson told Bob Glauber of Newsday that he won’t fine or suspend his players if they decide to protest this season:

I do not like imposing any club-specific rules. If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players.

Newton is frustratingly inconsistent as a passer, but he remains one of the NFL’s most difficult quarterbacks to defend. He’s built like a tight end with the elusiveness and natural running ability of a running back, giving him a dual-threat power no other quarterback can match.聽

Newton has 21 rushing touchdowns over the last three seasons, including 10 during his MVP season in 2015, but his passing production is trending the wrong way, especially since 2016. His passer rating is just 78.2 over the last two years.聽

Derek Anderson is no longer in Carolina as the backup, a role which will likely go to Heinicke, who comes from Norv Turner’s system in Minnesota. Gilbert has never thrown a pass in an NFL game, and Allen is an undrafted free agent. Like so many teams on this list, the Panthers would be in trouble if Newton went down.聽

Given the investment of taxpayer dollars, the NFL and its team should be held to the highest possible public standard, especially when it comes to protecting and defending the First Amendment rights on players, employees, and fans, Kelly states in the letter.

Michael Thomas has a second chance to make a first impression.

The new Giants safety can only hope to create a memory as positive this time as he did last time.
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Thomas capped his first NFL game with a victory-sealing end-zone interception of future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, keeping alive the Dolphins’ playoff hopes in December 2013. Five days earlier, Thomas was winding down his second season as a member of the 49ers practice squad.
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We all have things with each other, Hicks said. It’s just kind of how our team chemistry is.

If Gregory is reinstated and can stay out of off-field trouble, he could bring tantalizing top-tier talent to the Cowboys pass rush.

You’re talking about a lot of players that are going to start seeing the end of their careers, which I think is significant.

DeCamillis teamed up with Jags assistant special teams coach Mike Mallory to grade 110 draft-eligible players based exclusively on potential special-teams prowess. He points out that franchises that count on extensive special teams action for grooming players to eventually become offensive or defensive starters will no longer have that avenue, sans kickoffs.

DeCamillis referenced Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown, who is set to begin receiving significantdefensive snaps in 2018 based upon gradual improvement in practice. Brown, a 2017 fifth-round pick from Ohio University, wouldn’t have gotten that opportunity without first sticking on special teams.

Aaron Rodgers: I don’t know why you’d cut Jordy and bring in Dez

Aaron Rodgers was unhappy when the Packers released Jordy Nelson, and it doesn’t make sense to the quarterback that the team would replace Nelson with another high-priced receiver.

The Packers cut Nelson, who was scheduled to make $9.25 million in base salary and count $12.5 million against the cap, to free up $10.2 million in cap space. The Cowboys made a similar move with Dez Bryant, who was set to make $12.5 million and count $16.5 million against the cap. His release saves Dallas $8.5 million against the cap.

“Well, we like young receivers, so I’m assuming that’s the way they’re going to keep going,” Rodgers said. “I don’t know why you’d cut Jordy and bring in Dez, but he’s a talented player. He’s going to end up somewhere. If he ends up here, we’ll obviously welcome him with open arms and get him up to speed as quick as possible.”

Bell said in March he likely would follow what he did last year, softening on his original threat to miss games or retire in the absence of an extension.

The Steelers have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal with Bell. Otherwise, he will play under the one-year, $14.54 million franchise tender.

As the workweek commences, it’s time for a new edition of the #PFTPM podcast. And with plenty of things to discuss, Monday’s edition consumed 45 minutes.

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Attorney: Bucks’ Sterling Brown to sue Milwaukee Police Department

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Plans for the lawsuit were announced as body-camera footage of the Jan. 26 incident was scheduled to be released Wednesday, attorney Mark Thomsen told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday.

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The officers involved in the incident are the subject of an internal investigation. Brown was not charged after his arrest for resisting or obstructing an officer.

There’s going to be a video that’s going to come out soon, in the next couple of weeks, involving the department, Assistant Police Chief Michael Brunson Sr. told a church congregation on Sunday, according to WITI-TV. And I’m going to be honest with you, we’re going to need your support during the challenges.

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 season.

Moore received interest from the Chiefs and Texans early in free agency.

Houston opted for Brandon Weeden, who was familiar with its offense, and then added Joe Webb and Stephen Morris. Kansas City signed Chad Henne and Matt McGloin.

Moore, 33, became a free agent in March after playing out his two-year, $3.5 million deal with the Dolphins.

He played four games with two starts last season for the Dolphins, completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 861 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.

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