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Jets ship LB Lee to Chiefs after GM shake-up

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It didn’t take long for New York Jets interim general manager Adam Gase to make his first trade.

The team on Wednesday night agreed to send linebacker Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2020 sixth-round pick. The trade appeared on the NFL’s official transactions wire Thursday.

Gase inherited personnel power earlier Wednesday, when general manager Mike Maccagnan was fired after four seasons. Gase, hired in January as the head coach, will serve as the interim GM until a new one is hired.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Maccagnan picked Lee in the first round of the 2016 draft. His days were numbered as soon as the Jets signed middle linebacker C.J. Mosley to a record-setting contract in free agency. They tried to trade Lee during the NFL draft last month, then declined to exercise his fifth-year option.10

Lee was the 20th overall pick in 2016. It was a curious choice, because at 6-foot-1 and 232 pounds, he seemed small to play inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. The coaching staff downplayed the size factor, saying he fit the growing trend of fast linebackers who could play in space against spread offenses.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The former Ohio State standout struggled in his first two seasons, especially against the run, but he showed signs of improvement in 2018. He made three interceptions — the first three of his career — including one returned for a touchdown.

Lee felt he had played well enough to earn Pro Bowl consideration, but his season came to an abrupt end after the 12th game, when he received a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He has yet to comment publicly on the matter.

Because of the suspension, Lee’s 2019 base salary of $1.84 million is no longer fully guaranteed; by rule, the guarantee was voided. The Jets had no intention of exercising his fifth-year option for 2020, which would have been an estimated $10 million.

In the Jets’ way of thinking, Lee became expendable when they signed Mosley to a five-year, $85 million contract in free agency. Mosley will replace Avery Williamson, who will slide over to Lee’s former spot — the weak-inside linebacker position.

Williamson’s $8 million salary is guaranteed, and there was no chance that the Jets would eat that much money.

Bayern Munich miss chance to seal Bundesliga title after being held at Leipzig

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Champions Bayern Munich stumbled to a goalless draw at RB Leipzig on Saturday, missing their chance to seal the Bundesliga title as Borussia Dortmund kept their hopes alive and closed to within two points with one game left.

Bayern, who needed a win to make sure of a record-extending seventh consecutive league title, are on 75 points and will now face a final day examination against Eintracht Frankfurt next week.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Dortmund, who beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-2, are on 73 and face Borussia Moenchengladbach next week.10

Leipzig are third on 66 and have secured their Champions League spot for next season. “We want to win this thing next week,” Bayern’s Thomas Muller said. “We have battled back from nine points behind [late last year]. We are very greedy.”

The Bavarians missed several good chances with Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski failing to hit the target and also had a Leon Goretzka effort in the second half ruled out after video review.

It was an even more nervous affair at Dortmund, where goals from Christian Pulisic, Thomas Delaney and Mario Gotze eventually sealed a win for the title contenders.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The hosts suffered with a blunder from keeper Marwin Hitz that allowed Duesseldorf back into the game at 1-1 before the hosts then had to sweat it out after a Duesseldorf goal in stoppage time reduced the deficit to 3-2.

Hitz, replacing injured Roman Buerki, also brought down Dodi Lukebakio for a second-half penalty which the forward fired wide.

Hanover and Nuremberg were relegated while Stuttgart beat Wolfsburg 3-0 to hold on to 16th place and will go into a relegation/promotion playoff with the second division’s third-placed team.

Jay Gruden: Redskins must ‘win now’ — and top pick has to make impact

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The Washington Redskins haven’t made the playoffs in three years, which means one thing: They need to win now. And though they need a quarterback, finding one in the first round of the NFL draft might not accomplish that desire.

That’s why other spots could be higher on their to-do list with the 15th pick in the draft, which is April 25-27 (ESPN and ESPN App) in Nashville, Tennessee.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

If the Redskins add a quarterback, coach Jay Gruden provided insight into what he’s expecting:9

“There is no developmental process here,” Gruden said. “This is not Triple-A baseball; we’re [not] trying to develop a pitcher here. We’re trying to win a game right now. If we draft a quarterback in the first, second, third or seventh rounds and he’s going to start Day 1, we expect great things from him.

“Players will expect great things from him. Ryan Kerrigan is not expecting us to come out and ‘let’s build for the future.’ We’ve got to win now. Josh Norman, same way. Landon Collins did not come here to be good in 2034. They came here to be good and compete to win a Super Bowl this year.”cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

At No. 15, there’s no guarantee a quarterback they like falls to them — let alone one ready to start. The Redskins do have Colt McCoy and Case Keenum, but they need a long-term answer at quarterback with Alex Smith’s future in doubt. And there’s a solid chance they end up trading for Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen.

With Gruden likely entering the season on the hot seat, he needs immediate help from the first-round pick.

“Every one of these coaches feel they have to win now,” Redskins president Bruce Allen said at the recent NFL owners meetings in Arizona.

Cowboys don’t pick up Terrance Williams’ option, making him a free agent

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The Dallas Cowboys have declined to pick up the option on Terrance Williams’ contract for 2019, which will make the wide receiver a free agent on March 14, according to sources.

Williams was set to make $3.5 million in 2019 as part of the four-year, $17 million deal he signed in 2017. By declining the option, the Cowboys will save $2.25 million in cap space.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Williams had a forgettable 2018, catching just two passes for 18 yards in three games before being inactive for a game and ultimately placed on injured reserve for the season with a foot injury. He suffered a broken foot last winter, was held out of most of the offseason program and was limited for a time during training camp, and never appeared 100 percent. He also served a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, stemming from an offseason arrest.9

He also never found a role as the Cowboys opted to go more with free-agent pickups Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, as well as rookie Michael Gallup, as the outside receivers in the first month of the season. Prior to 2018, Williams had played in all 80 games in his first five seasons and had 230 receptions for 3,359 yards and 20 touchdowns, including the final touchdown pass of Tony Romo’s career in 2016.

With the trade for Amari Cooper, the development of Gallup, the role of Noah Brown, as well as the possibility of re-signing Cole Beasley or Tavon Austin, the Cowboys did not have room for Williams. Wide receiver could be among the Cowboys’ draft needs as well.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

By not picking up the option, the Cowboys can potentially recoup a compensatory pick in 2020.

In other developments, a source told ESPN that the Cowboys have no plans to re-sign defensive lineman David Irving, who played in just two games last season after opening the year on a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Pistons stun Raptors after Dwane Casey’s warm welcome back to Toronto

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A video tribute to fired coach Dwane Casey on his return to Toronto earned a standing ovation from Raptors fans Wednesday night — then Casey’s Detroit Pistons went on to come back and stun his former team with a buzzer-beater.

When Pistons swingman Reggie Bullock hit a floater as time ran out to secure a 106-104 win, Casey thrust his arms in the air and jumped onto the court. The coach was grabbed and hugged and slapped by his players.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“They were pulling for me,” Casey said. “I appreciate that tremendously. It’s a players league. It’s about the players — it’s not about coaching. But again, it’s about human beings. And those human beings, they felt for me. Telling me — I was trying to deflect it as much as they could, but you know, Blake [Griffin] was the first one. He said, ‘This is a great win for you, Coach.’ And that means something, when your star player comes to you and tells you that, and other players join in.”9

The Pistons had come from 19 points down to win their third game in their past four outings.

“I felt good for the players because they kept scrapping, and that’s who we are,” Casey said.

Casey, 61, was fired by Toronto just days after the Raptors were ousted from the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third consecutive season.nike jerseys nfl cheap

After leading Toronto to a team-record 59 wins and the top seed in the Eastern Conference last season, Casey also was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year — after his firing.

Casey said that while he did not see the video tribute — Griffin told him about it — he appreciated the gesture.

Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: C’s and Rockets continue to struggle on offense

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“Jimmy Buckets” is headed to South Philly while “Jimmy” Harden might just have broken Houston out of its sustained funk in what was yet another wild weekend in the NBA.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Moniker aside, Jimmy Butler’s shift to the Philadelphia 76ers signals an important series of fluctuations in fantasy value, as ESPN’s Andre Snellings deftly details. For some context to the magnitude of the move, Butler was 11th in the league last season in offensive win shares — an estimate of wins added by a player on offense — and 12th in offensive box plus-minus, an estimate of the offensive points per 100 possessions a player contributed above a league-average player translated to an average team.

As a Sixers fan, I can confidently say this is the team’s most significant trade acquisition since Moses Malone in September of 1982 (no offense to Dikembe Mutombo). Eventually going “fo, fo, fo” would be great.10

Robert Covington, dealt to the Timberwolves for Butler along with Dario Saric, was the only player last season to make at least 200 3-pointers, block 70 shots and swipe 130 steals. Somehow, Covington is available in the majority of ESPN leagues as of Monday morning and is the premier endorsement in this week’s edition of free-agent finds.

Saric, meanwhile, produced just the fourth season in NBA history for a player 24-or-younger to average at least 14 PPG and six RPG while making 39 percent of at least five 3-point attempts per game in 2017-18. Essentially, precedent reveals the profile of a solid stretch forward.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Both the real and fantasy results from this blockbuster trade should prove riveting to watch unfold. It will be comparably intriguing to watching the Houston Rockets climb from a glaringly sluggish start to the season. After all, they rank just 23rd in offensive rating, and on Sunday, they broke a four-game snap of scoring fewer than 100 points. Houston also delivered its first double-digit win this season (incredible for a team that led the league in net rating last season).

James Harden scored 40 points on 20 shots last night, while Chris Paul, apparently dealing with right elbow tendinitis, scored 26 points on 13 shots in an encouragingly efficient outing. Finally netting some momentum, the status of Clint Capela, which I discuss in the injury section below, will prove important for Houston’s success in the coming games.

Even in crazy 55-hour period, Cowboys can block out the noise

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There was Randy Gregory’s first appearance in any Cowboys apparel since the 2016 season finale, after his reinstatement from a substance-abuse suspension. There was David Irving’s absence from training camp to deal with personal issues.

Those issues, however, can happen to any team across the NFL. What separates the Cowboys is a roughly 55-hour span that included everything from a thank you from President Trump to a Twitter tirade from the franchise’s all-time leader in touchdown catches.

All of that happened before the Cowboys held their first padded practice of the summer.

At the opening news conference of training camp, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the Cowboys will stand for the anthem “toe on the line,” even as the NFL and NFL Players Association worked on a solution for the anthem.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

While Jones called President Trump’s frequent criticisms of the NFL and the players regarding the national anthem “problematic,” the President took to Twitter to credit Jones for saying that the Cowboys will stand.

Speaking on Thursday with 1310 AM The Ticket in Dallas, executive vice president Stephen Jones implied that a player would be cut if he protested during the anthem.8

The comments put the players in difficult positions, with living up to the front office’s wishes while understanding the need to raise awareness of social injustice. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins called Jerry Jones a “bully.”

Dak Prescott drew criticism for saying he would continue to stand and did not think the game was the proper venue to protest. Last season, the Cowboys stood for the anthem, and none has expressed a desire to alter that in 2018.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

“We’re the Dallas Football Cowboys, we’re America’s Team, and we stand for the national anthem,” Ezekiel Elliott said.

Only a few hours later Friday came an inaccurately portrayed quote made by Stephen Jones on Sirius XM, saying Prescott would be better in 2018 because he would not have Dez Bryant in his ear. The tweet included Bryant’s Twitter handle and sent the receiver on a rant, even though Jones had also mentioned Jason Witten.

“You got great players like Dez and Witten. They want the ball. Everybody sees it,” Stephen Jones said after practice, clarifying his remark. “It’s on every team. The great players, the great receivers, the guys who catch the ball — they want the ball. They let the quarterback know that sometimes. I was a quarterback, so I understand that. It certainly in no way was it intended to be negative.”

The clarification by Sirius did not quiet Bryant on social media. He replied to fans who praised or criticized him in a back-and-forth that seemed ironic, considering it came on the day of Witten’s debut column on ESPN.com that said social media can be “poison” for players.

Byant also called Jerry Jones “clueless” and put blame for his release on center Travis Frederick and linebacker Sean Lee, whom he called a “snake.”

While Frederick was somewhat diplomatic in his reply, Lee was forceful.

Pirates call up OF prospect Austin Meadows with Starling Marte ailing

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The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled Austin Meadows from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday,cheap nfl nike jerseys china  a move that comes with fellow outfielder Starling Marte nursing discomfort in his right side.

Meadows was ranked 70th on Keith Law’s list of the top 100 prospects in baseball entering the season. He will be making his major league debut Friday against the San Diego Padres, batting seventh and playing center field.
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The 23-year-old Meadows is hitting .294 (37-for-126) with 10 doubles, 1 home run, 15 RBIs and 20 runs scored this season at Triple-A. He was the ninth overall pick in 2013.

Marte was placed on the 10-day disabled list after he injured his oblique Tuesday night in a win over the Chicago White Sox and sat out the next two games. The DL move is retroactive to Wednesday.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

He is hitting .308 with six homers, 19 RBIs and 10 stolen bases for the National League Central-leading Pirates.

Alex Cobb’s debut turns into disappointment (O’s lose 10-3)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Alex Cobb #17 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 14, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Alex Cobb #17 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 14, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Alex Cobb can’t be judged on one start. Signing him as a free agent can’t be deemed a colossal failure after one inning. The same patience required to prepare him for today’s debut with the Orioles is needed to grade him.

He didn’t pass today. nfl jerseys from china There will be plenty of other tests.

The first four Red Sox batters reached against Cobb this afternoon and he allowed three runs and threw 28 pitches before retreating to the visiting dugout. The storms forecast for the next two days arrived early without the precipitation.

Cobb lasted only 3 2/3 innings and was charged with seven earned runs (eight total) and 10 hits while the Orioles fell behind the Red Sox 8-0 at Fenway Park.

Pedro álvarez’s two-run homer off Hector Velázquez with two outs in the fifth reduced the lead to 8-2.

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Alex Cobb #17 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 14, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 14: Alex Cobb #17 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 14, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez and J.D. Martinez homered off Cobb, who allowed his most runs since giving up eight to the Astros over three innings on July 31, 2017 while pitching for the Rays. He made only seven more starts due to a toe injury that forced him on the disabled list.

The Orioles didn’t sign Cobb until March 21 and they chose a deliberate pace for his arrival, with simulated and extended spring training games sprinkled among bullpen sessions. They got him up to six innings and 93 pitches.

Getting him through the first today was a challenge.

Mookie Betts drew a six-pitch walk to lead off the inning and he scored official nfl jerseys cheap on Andrew Benintendi’s double off the Green Monster. Benintendi moved to third on Manny Machado’s error on the relay throw and he trotted home on Ramirez’s shot over the famed wall.

Martinez singled before Cobb finally registered his first outs of the day on a 4-3 double play grounder from Rafael Devers. Jackie Bradley Jr. singled to center field, a line drive up the middle that forced Cobb to duck while raising his glove, and Sandy Leon flied out on the next pitch.

Seahawks Canceled Colin Kaepernick Visit When QB Refused to End Protest

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The Seattle Seahawks reportedly postponed a meeting with free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick because of his decision to continue protesting wholesale authentic nfl jerseys racial injustice during the national anthem.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the Seahawks’ decision came after Kaepernick declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem next season.

However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the Seahawks didn’t postpone the meeting solely because Kaepernick declined to stop kneeling. Instead, they “asked for his plan moving forward on how to handle everything and there was not a firm plan.”

Per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, the Seahawks will hold internal talks about potential backup options at quarterback, but they could still consider signing Kaepernick in the future.

After sitting out the entire 2017 season, Kaepernick held a throwing workout on a practice field in Houston last month.

Kaepernick began protesting during the national anthem during the 2016 preseason with the San Francisco 49ers. His decision to protest stemmed from not wanting to “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche.

The Seahawks were one of the teams Kaepernick met with as a free agent last offseason, but NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported contract talks broke down official nfl jerseys because the two sides couldn’t agree on financial terms.

In 69 regular-season games with the 49ers from 2011 through 2016, Kaepernick threw for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns with 30 interceptions.