While waiting for football, how about a little hockey?

For those of you who spend most of your available sports-following time following football, I have a suggestion: Transition to hockey during the football offseason.

Some would say that I’m merely trying to promote an NBC property, which is a fair and obvious criticism given that I work for NBC. But I don’t really promote any of the NBC properties other than football. I choose to promote hockey because it’s a vastly underrated sport that deserve a much bigger audience, especially in the playoffs.

Matthews confirmed that he suffered a broken nose when he took a line drive to the face.

Thank you for all the concern and well-wishes, Matthews wrote on Twitter. I busted my nose pretty good and will have surgery once the swelling subsides. Thankful as it could have been much more serious.

Matthews was pitching in the charity softball game, which also included other Packers players, when a batted ball drilled him directly in the face, knocking him down. He got up and ran off the field, covering his face, and was taken to the emergency room.

Hue Jackson cleansed himself and the franchise of two years of losing, jumping into Lake Erie as promised.

Jackson vowed on January 2, 2017, to jump into the lake if the Browns finished 2017 with the same 1-15 record they had in 2016. Instead, the Browns were worse, going 0-16.

No more freaking losing! Jackson declared Friday.

The source said Gregory’s documentation included daily drug testing, counseling and an intensive two-month inpatient treatment program that provided an initial push for Gregory’s trek back to the NFL.

It’s been eight months getting to this point,the source said of Gregory’s reinstatement application.

I think the light came on several months ago for Randy that this is it.

This is probably his last chance to get this right.

Rep. Ellison, D-Minn., says he’ll boycott NFL next season

Rep. Ellison, D-Minn., says he’ll boycott NFL next season More Rep. Keith Ellison, the Democratic congressman from Minnesota’s Fifth District, had started looking ahead to the next NFL season with great anticipation. He believes Kirk Cousins is a better downfield passer than Case Keenum, expects running back Dalvin Cook will be awesomereturning from a major knee injury and thinks the Minnesota Vikings have the makings of a Super Bowl contender. But after the league announced its new policy regarding player protests during the national anthem last week, Ellison decided on a protest of his own.
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Smith, who pointed out that no one on the Eagles actually took a knee before any regular season games last year, also responded to a Twitter user who claimed to be a veteran and who said he felt disrespected by people not standing for the anthem. Much respect to you and your feelings. You literally fought for the right to protest peacefully, Smith said, noting that his father was in the military for over 20 years and understands the protest isn’t against him.

Minnesota Congressman boycotting NFL over anthem rule

Five days after the NFL tried to solve the anthem issue, it continues to be obvious that the NFL found a way to make things worse.

Already, two members of Congress on opposite sides of the anthem debate have chastised the NFL for its decision.

On Saturday, New York Representative Peter King complained about Jets CEO Christopher Johnson’s decision to foot the bill for any fines imposed on players who protest in violation of the new rule, which requires players unwilling to stand to stay in the locker room. Now, Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison has declared that he will ignore the NFL for stifling the players’ right to protest.

I think there’s more guys than you would think that challenge people with intensity day in and day out, Lee said. I look across at the offensive side, and Dak does that, and Zeke does that; the whole entire offensive line does that. If you look at our defense, Ty Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence. I’m a guy who likes to do that. I think that’s something we pride ourselves on by challenging each other day in and day out, working hard together and working hard against each other.

In short-yardage situations, especially near the goal line, Quinn saw the Lions come up short all too often and frankly acknowledged their toughness was lacking.

That bothered me, he said after the draft. So, I took it upon myself to implement some changes in terms of what we want to do.

The first change Quinn made to address the issue in the offseason was adding the 31-year-old Blount in the opening days of free agency. He helped Philadelphia and New England win the past two Super Bowls and reunited with an executive he knew from their time together with the Patriots.

If the season started this week, it appears the 6-foot, 247-pound Blount would be the No. 1 running back.

He’s obviously a big dude, Stafford said last month. Big, physical guy. Obviously, has played in some big-time games for some successful teams.

If Detroit doesn’t block better, though, it may not matter who is running the ball.

Free agent DL Ra’Shede Hageman arrested for DWI

Free agent defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman has been arrested for the second straight year.
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Phillips had a troubled, tragic life that contributed to him disappointing as a high first-round running back. The Rams should have gone with a completely different position. Their defense was terrible in 1995, and they could have used a dominant middle linebacker. A lot of teams whiffed on not taking Lewis, but it was especially glaring for then-St. Louis to ignore a need in favor of Phillips. Later in the round, the Rams took the wrong wide receiver at No. 18, Eddie Kennison. The Colts took future Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison one pick later.

Ginn eventually found some success as a pure speed receiver, but there’s no way he should have been such a high pick. Miami would go on to finish 1-15 that season under coach Cam Cameron, and thinking Ginn’s pass-catching and return skills were that great out of Ohio State was costly. Revis, a shutdown corner from Dan Marino’s alma mater at Pitt, ended up tormenting them in the division as both a Jet and a Patriot.

Bucs WR Jesus Bobo Wilson could be on track to winning a 53-man roster spot.

The Cardinals have announced dates and times for training-camp practices.

Rams DT Ndamukong Suh doesn’t care much for the first two phases of the offseason program, but he’s a firm believer in Phase Three.

Efforts to resolve a sexual assault lawsuit against former 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne have been unsuccessful.
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Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny’s first pitch at a recent Marlins game was uneventful. (Which is pretty much the goal of everyone who throws a first pitch.)

By supporting Ellis, Elway necessarily is supporting himself. Unlike every other G.M. in the NFL (except for Jerry Jones), Elway operates with virtual autonomy and independence, with no chance of an owner strolling in to Elway’s office and asking a bunch of questions, demanding a bunch Nik Stauskas Jersey of answers, and hinting that a bunch of changes could be made if things don’t improve.

Mariota told John Glennon of Titans Online he’s been focused this offseason on studying film and improving his mechanics in the pocket.

Much like Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota faces something of a put up or shut up season in 2018. The Tennessee Titans made the postseason last year, but it was as much in spite of Mariota as because of him.
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His passing yards were down in 2017, and after throwing 26 touchdown passes two years ago, Mariota managed just 13 last season. His touchdown-to-interception ratio (13-to-15) was worse than one-to-one for the first time in his three-year career.

On one hand, Smith is what he is. He’s a good quarterback but not a great one. And the receivers at his disposal in his new home aren’t an especially imposing group.
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But Smith has gone from disappointing former No. 1 overall pick to a steady veteran presence with a passer rating of over 90 in four consecutive seasons.

Smith may not hit 4,000 passing yards again in 2018, but he won’t turn the ball over much and is more dangerous running the ball than he gets credit for.

Donald didn’t report to the Rams until Sept. 9 last year, and he still managed a team-leading 11 sacks.聽

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Everything started to come together under Adam Gase’s direction until Tannehill suffered an injury toward the end of the 2016 campaign and then tore an ACL at training camp.聽

The 29-year-old quarterback returned to the field during organized team activities.聽

NFL agrees to meet with lawyer of former cheerleaders to discuss workplace discrimination

The NFL has agreed to meet with the lawyer representing two former cheerleaders who recently filed discrimination claims against the league.
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Blackwell sent the settlement proposal last month after Davis and Ware allegedly faced discrimination in the workplace. Davis was fired from the Saints’ cheerleading squad after posting on Instagram what the team considered to be a racy photo. She filed a complaint saying the organization has different standards for women and men.

Ware also filed a complaint against the Dolphins, alleging she was subjected to discrimination based on her gender and religious beliefs.
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Workplace conditions for NFL cheerleaders has become a growing concern in recent months with the complaints from Davis and Ware, but the league’s response comes just days after the Times released an article revealing disturbing details from Redskins cheerleaders discussing a photo shoot in Costa Rica that took place in 2013 and reportedly went too far.

Beckham suffered a broken ankle in October and is still recovering from the injury that kept him sidelined most of last season. Nonetheless, he has been in attendance for voluntary offseason workouts.

On the other hand, Beckham is entering the final year of his rookie deal and has been linked to a number of trade rumors in recent months. Although the Giants are taking their time reaching an agreement on a new contract, Shurmur is Frank Vatrano Womens Jersey confident the deal will get done eventually.
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Contracts will get done when they get done. We are not worried about that, Shurmur told reporters (via NFL.com). My experience with Odell has been that he wants to play football and he has been looking forward to getting out here. He isn’t quite finished with his rehab yet, so he can’t do everything totally. With regard to the rest of your question, we will cross that bridge when we get there.

Later on Wednesday afternoon, Milwaukee police released a 30-minute body camera video of the arrest and tasing of Bucks guard Sterling Brown on January 26. The footage shows Brown being confronted by an officer for a parking violation outside of a Walgreens. It escalated when the officer called for backup. Several other police vehicles pulled up to the scene and police eventually brought Brown down to the ground. They tased and arrested him despite his calm demeanor.

Who is the Golden Knights’ most valuable player not named Marc-Andre Fleury?

The Vegas Golden Knights have made it to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season, much to the shock of the hockey world. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been a significant ingredient to that success, and is the leading candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs at this point. But what about the players in front of him?
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Somebody asked me, `Is Oracle tough to play?’ Yeah, because the Warriors play here, D’Antoni said. There’s a certain energy that their fans will give them and moments they hit two or three 3s you can get a buzz going that helps the home team. You just have to try to keep that crowd out as much as you can.

In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro and international level, David has helped his teams achieve success while simultaneously teaching the game and helping his players develop on and off the ice, general manager Jeff Gorton said. He is the ideal choice to bring our loyal and passionate fans the winning hockey they deserve.

Quinn, 51, coached Boston University to four NCAA tournament appearances in five seasons, including a trip to the national title game in 2015. He spent the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season as an assistant on Joe Sacco’s staff with the Colorado Avalanche.

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The Rangers made the playoffs in four of Vigneault’s five seasons as coach, including a 2014 trip to the Stanley Cup Final. They went 226-147-37 in the regular season under Vigneault, who is third in regular-season and playoff wins in franchise history.

The Mets (24-20) are used to watching deGrom throw zeroes.

The 29-year-old ace had his career-high scoreless streak snapped at 24 2/3 innings last Friday, when he allowed one run over seven innings and earned the win as New York began a four-game winning streak by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1.
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The start was the second for deGrom since he suffered a hyperextended right elbow while batting against the Braves on May 2. DeGrom struggled in his return on May 13, when he walked the bases loaded and was pulled after throwing 45 pitches in a scoreless first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies.

I think you always have that concern when guys’ schedules and routines get a little off-kilter, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Friday night. But he kind of showed up today and he wasn’t too worried about it, obviously.
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New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia didn’t mince his words regarding Wynn’s potential.聽
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He’s played left tackle in the best conference, [the SEC], in America, Scarnecchia said, per ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss. Played it pretty good. We’re going to take a look at it and see how it goes.

The Browns plan to do the same with rookie lineman Corbett.聽

You will see [Corbett] out there [at left tackle], head coach Hue Jackson said, per Cleveland.com’s Dan Labbe. There is no question he will be out there, but I think you will see him moved around too.

If they falter, their teams will find another spot for them. But left tackle is too important not to start there.聽

Contract talks with Detroit Lions slow, but Golden Tate optimistic

Jarvis Landry is a very good NFL wide receiver, but he doesn’t quite crack the list as great. So when Landry signed a market-shifting five-year, $75 million contract with the Cleveland Browns last month, plenty of people perked up and took notice.
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Tate signed a five-year, $31 million deal with the Lions as a free agent in 2014, when he was coming off a 64-catch season and Super Bowl championship with the Seattle Seahawks.

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McKinney likely will be optioned to Triple-A when he returns from a shoulder injury that occurred on March 31 when he slammed into the wall playing left field for the Yankees in his second big-league game.
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Listen, there is no one in this draft that I would rather go play a game tomorrow with and believe we could win in the NFL than Rosen, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said. He is the most NFL-ready, polished pure passer of the group.
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Lingering heat on Patriot Way

When Tom Brady pleaded the fifth after buddy Jim Gray asked him if he felt properly appreciated by the Patriots, it served as a reminder of just how much things have changed between now and when ESPN’s Seth Wickersham dropped his bombshell report on dysfunction behind the scenes in New England back in early January. Back then, it would have seemed impossible that Brady would air any dirty laundry about his relationship with Bill Belichick. The same goes for tight end Rob Gronkowski, who, in between ridiculous personal appearances, has used the media this offseason to float retirement rumors and express frustrations with the Pats.
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New general manager Brian Gutekunst said last week that he expects a new Rodgers pact soon, which is a good idea — especially after Rodgers expressed irritation about not being consulted ahead of some notable offseason moves. The Packers ‘ business plan should be clear: Keep 12 happy at all costs. Literally.

I asked Crosby about his ability to play guard and he said he didn’t know, he’s never done it. I’m sure the Lions will explore the possibility, but without seeing him on the field at that spot, it’s difficult for me to say he can be a future starter.聽
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Surprise implies it won’t be someone like Jarrad Davis, who is expected to be a quality starter, or Kenny Golladay, who already had a bit of a breakout his rookie year. With those players off the table, I’m really intrigued by Jalen Reeves-Maybin.聽

The second-year linebacker has an advanced feel for the game, regularly showing natural instincts, both in college and during his limited playing time as a rookie. We all know he’s under-sized, but with a full offseason to focus on bulking up, I’m curious to see what kind of weight he’s carrying coming into the offseason program.聽

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