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AAF will welcome “best available players,” without regard to social stances

The NFL allegedly has shunned Colin Kaepernick for his non-football activities. The Alliance for American Football says it won’t.

“Best available players,” AAF co-founder Charlie Ebersol told azcentralsports.com on Friday after the fledgling league announced Rick Neuheisel as the coach of a Tempe-based team. “You show up and you can play and you want to play in our league, then we want to talk to you.”

Which brings into question, once again, the question of whether the new helmet rule will change the between-the-tackles running game, where plenty of players routinely dip their helmets as they try to create holes, collapse blocking plans, gain yardage, and make tackles. The league has still yet to explain that specific wrinkle.

So, basically, there’s still a long way to go before this new rule and its implications can be fully and properly understood. The sooner everyone knows precisely what is and isn’t allowed, the better.

Here’s a look at all 16 games on the Niners’ schedule and whether they’re set up to make a big move up the standings.

Toughest tests: The Niners face a brutal road schedule outside of the NFC West, as the Chiefs and Chargers, as well as the Packers and Vikings, figure to be the two best teams in their respective divisions. Tampa Bay also makes for a long trip from San Francisco Bay. The degree of difficulty will be raised for Garoppolo, who’s 7-0 in the NFL as a starter, with duels against Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Kirk Cousins.

Biggest breaks: The 49ers have a good home schedule. They will be a lot better than last year’s 3-5 at Levi’s Stadium while facing a slew of sub-.500 opponents from last season. That will be San Francisco’s boon as it tries to make a surprise run to the playoffs.
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Redskins schedule 2018: Washington to host string of playoff contenders

The Redskins’ 2018 schedule is loaded with intriguing matchups against teams from the NFC South and AFC South in addition to Washington’s NFC East rivals.

For Washington to compete for a spot in the NFC playoffs this season, they’ll need to navigate a schedule full of strong contenders. The good news for the Redskins: Several of those contenders will have to travel to Washington.

“Tyrod Taylor is going to be our starting QB, first and foremost. It’s understood by Baker that he has to come in and learn the NFL game,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said after Mayfield’s selection, adding, “We will do everything we can to put him in the best position to play.”

Mayfield said he respects the fact that Taylor is the starter.

“That’s a veteran that’s been in the league, that’s a guy I can learn from,” he said. “I want to be the guy who comes in and helps change the culture of the locker room. I’m going to be myself and let the rest take care of itself.”

The Browns have not made the playoffs since 2002, which is the longest active drought in the NFL. Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have had 28 different starting quarterbacks — the most in the league during that span.

“Well, let me say it this way — we are still battling on all fronts, on all guys — we are still (looking) at guys and evaluating. There’s free agents that we continue to look at. In that, the process just continues. At this point, we’ve gone through the information gathering and we have a pretty good feel for where we are.”

Kaepernick was invited to work out in Seattle earlier this month, but the team reportedly decided to hold off on the visit when the former 49ers quarterback would not promise to stop kneeling during the national anthem. The Seahawks added fuel to the fire when they signed Morris, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2014, the next day.

“I think that kind of — that got blown up, you know, like that was a big marker,” Carroll added. “I think we’ve been working at this for some time now so I don’t think that’s really as telling as it came across. So we’re real aware of (Kaepernick) and he’s a fine football player and there may be a place. We’re not sure about where that fits yet.

“I think he’s continuing to work on the stuff that’s really important to his heart. That’s what it looks like. He’s been recognized with an award just recently. Everything is important. We take everything into account to make the decisions that we make. It’s no different for the QB spot than any other spot we are considering.”dolphins_072

A backup NFL quarterback was accused of domestic assault in a report published Tuesday, and within hours, he was cut.

Police in Mansfield, Texas, are investigating Trevone Boykin after he allegedly choked his girlfriend and broke her jaw last week. The episode stemmed from the former TCU quarterback demanding access to Shabrika Bailey’s text messages, she told WFAA in Dallas.

“So he goes into a choke,” Bailey, who refused to unlock her phone, told the station. “I remember him choking me and I’m trying to calm him down. And I just couldn’t. And I blacked out. I just couldn’t calm him down at all.

“His first suggestion was to say that I fell,” Bailey said, providing a text exchange to WFAA that she said proved Boykin’s request. “Then he suggested that I got beat up by a girl, or jumped. Then he suggested that I fell again.

“He’s saying basically since we’ve already been in a case we don’t need nothing else. And of course his football career is on the line. That’s his main goal, just ‘My football career is on the line.’”

Boykin, who finished fourth in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting, made his NFL debut in 2016 with the Seahawks before spending 2017 on their practice squad.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft viewed video of the epic moment telling reporters: “For a guy that size to be able to hop up on a 7-foot-2-inch, or whatever Shaq is, is pretty cool. So, that speaks well about his potential athletic moves this coming year.’’

After losing All-Star closer Corey Knebel to an injury, the Brewers tried a few options in the ninth inning. Knebel was definitely missed, as Milwaukee allowed a ninth-inning run in each of its three games against the Cardinals this week, and Matt Albers and Jacob Barnes each blew a save in the series. — Nitzberg

Youth has been the name of the game for the Phillies, who have had more home runs by players age 25 or younger than any other team in baseball except the Cubs (10 for each team). The Phillies have 78 runs batted in this season, and 50 of those have come from players 25 or younger — the highest total of RBIs from players that age on any team in the majors. — Langs
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Now they just have to convince the players.

Manziel works the media this time around, but will it work for him?

Four years ago, as Johnny Manziel entered the draft, he created a distinct “all about football” vibe, shunning all media requests as he focused on preparing for life in the NFL. Then, after he was drafted, he was all about everything but football.

We all love a story of redemption, and maybe that’s why the media continues to provide the platform to a player no one in the NFL seems to actually want. The media collectively knows that having Manziel in the NFL is good for the media’s business, as the hero-turned-antihero-turned-hero tries to turn his football career into something more than it ever was.

The question remains whether any NFL team will ever trust him again. He duped the Browns in 2014, and he duped them again in 2015. While substance abuse and/or alcohol use caused his career to go off the rails, his wing-it work ethic also contributed to his on-field failures.

With Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal still on hand as the starting safeties, Ishmael is likely set for a similar role with the Falcons this year.

There is no precedent for a quarterback returning from two years away to earn a starting job in his first season back. There have been only six cases since the 1970 merger in which a quarterback has started eight-plus games in a season after not playing in an NFL game over the prior two-plus seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau research, and each were either on a roster or played in the CFL in the interim:

And fair or not, NFL teams have recently demonstrated a resistance toward investing in backup quarterbacks who they believe will draw public attention.

The league itself has also changed dramatically since Manziel was last a part of it. More than half of teams (17) hired new head coaches in those two seasons. There are also 14 new general managers, 27 new offensive coordinators and 14 teams with new starting quarterbacks. A total of 65 quarterbacks have started at least one game since the end of the 2015 season.buccaneers_048

Browns release Jason McCourty, Sammie Coates

The Browns introduced some of the new members of the team on Thursday while also letting 10 of last year’s ers know that they won’t be sharing the locker room with Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry and others.

It was clear from the outset of the offseason the team was set to go full bore at landing a new impact wide receiver, and having whiffed on their attempt for Sammy Watkins they’ve now landed a less expensive but more deserving consolation prize. Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars and almost immediately made his way to the Cowboys for a visit, which turned out to be the result of a fortuitous turn of natural events as he was originally slated to talk with the New York Jets before having to alter his plans due to a snowstorm. Thanks to an intervention by Mother Nature and the silver-tongued ways of owner Jerry Jones and EVP Stephen Jones, the deal has been struck and Hurns will don a Cowboys’ uniform in 2018 — according to ESPN insider Josina Anderson.

Terms of the potential deal have yet to be disclosed, but ESPN does report the deal is for a term of two years. The team has not issued a statement on a formal contract as of yet.

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Mathieu told Albert Breer of SI.com that when choosing his next team, he’s going to choose the team that he thinks will make him the best er he can be, while ing on the best team he can on.

It’s not all about money for me, he said. I want to go somewhere where I can be completely immersed in football, and it’s not too much about anything but winning. I want to be a part of winning culture, where you feel that all the time. That’s all I want.

The charge — injury to the elderly — carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine, according to the district attorney’s office.

Bennett has not been arrested yet, the report said, but a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

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Chubb is too good to fall to No. 6, but this is an unusual time.

Teams always need quarterbacks, but not like this year. A draft always has quarterbacks, but not like this year. Plus, Penn State running Saquon Barkley looks special. Put those together, and it’s not a mock to see the draft unfold like so:

And if Chubb isn’t there at No. 6 Someone else fabulous will be, someone like Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson (6-5, 329) or Virginia Tech outside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (6-5, 253, 4.53 seconds in the 40) or Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (6-1, 201, 4.46-second 40).

And all of it points to the season the Colts will go for it:

2019.

Yes, I know, nobody likes to wait. You didn’t pay thousands of dollars for your 2018 season tickets — the Colts played mind games before the renewal deadline — to watch the Colts spend the 2018 season building for 2019. But that’s not exactly what is happening here. The Colts aren’t tanking. They traded one pick in 2018 for three picks in 2018 (plus one in 2019). Those players will make an immediate difference.

But the Colts are clearly building, amassing young talent, and let’s go ahead and mention the elephant in the room. Brilliant and stubborn elephant, as they always are:

Andrew Luck.

That’s why if he could turn the sixth pick into something in the 10 to 12 range and add another second-rounder, I believe he’d do it. At six, he’d likely have a chance at pass-rusher Bradley Chubb or guard Quenton Nelson. At 11, let’s say, he’d have a chance at a desperately needed rangy linebacker like Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds

A second trade would mean Ballard would have turned the third overall pick into five players who would have a chance to start from this one trade alone. Colts’ picks in the top four rounds now: 6, 36, 37, 49, 67, 104. If I were Ballard, I might trade down from 6 to Buffalo at 12 if the Bills would deal the 53rd overall pick and maybe the 96th pick as wellseeing that the price for a quarterback is more of a premium. But of course, this is probably a night-of-the-draft deal, because the Bills would have to see a quarterback they’d want here.patriots_091

NBA wrap: Anthony Davis enjoys another monster game as Pelicans win in Boston

The Celtics had their seven-game win streak snapped Tuesday night, as Anthony Davis’ 45 points and 16 rebounds led the Pelicans to a 116-113 overtime victory at TD Garden.

It was the Celtics’ first loss of 2018.

The bigger story, though, is Davis, whose stellar performance in Boston followed his 48-point, 17-rebound outing in New Orleans’ 123-118 win at the Knicks on Sunday. Charles Barkley is the only other player in NBA history to register at least 45 points and 15 rebounds in back-to-back games since 1983-84, per nola.com.

After an MLK Day replete with pettiness, we hoped for better on Tuesday. A few players in Orlando let us down, though, as the Magic’s Arron Afflalo swung wildly at the Timberwolves’ Nemanja Bjelica, who responded by putting Afflalo in a headlock.

Before the Afflalo-Bjelica brouhaha, the Magic put on this dazzling display of end-to-end basketball en route to a 108-102 win, as Bismack Biyombo blocked a Karl-Anthony Towns drive to Elfrid Payton, who then lobbed a half-count alley-oop pass for an Aaron Gordon dunk.

After Tuesday night’s light four-game schedule, the NBA is back in full swing with 10 games Wednesday. We have our eye on a pair of games featuring playoff-bound teams in the strengthening Eastern Conference, as the Pistons (22-20) visit the Raptors (29-13), and the Heat (25-18) go to Milwaukee (23-20).

While it’s no shock that James is one of the greatest basketball players in the NBA, there are other tidbits of information that may be surprising.

Thanks to Opta’s trusty data editorial crew, here are five fun facts about James’s accomplishments as he prepares to make history.

When James cracks the 30,000-point mark, he will join the likes of Kareem-Abdul Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Dirk Nowitzki (30,802) and Julius Irving (30,026). Only Nowitzki, 39, is still playing, and he will be retiring after this season.

Over the course of his career, James has been particularly good in January, his second-most fruitful month when it comes to scoring. In 197 January games, he has averaged 27.8 points. Only in April has he scored more, with an average of 28.4 points.
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Helping the young head coach and quarterback is third-year running back Todd Gurley, who has found a whole new level of freak this season.

Connor Grossman: I’m a big advocate for the best teams consistently trying to get better, avoiding the complacency that can easily set in after a World Series run. With that in mind, both the Dodgers and Astros should be the most aggressive. Both teams had weaknesses exposed in October, with Houston standing to improve their relief depth and Los Angeles in need of a spark in its starting rotation.

On the other sideline, the Rams feature the youngest head coach in NFL history, and he’s still managed to pull off a complete overhaul in his first season at the helm. Often seen sitting on the sideline looking over his notes, Sean McVay hasn’t followed in the footsteps of Jeff Fisher — and so far, that’s been a good thing. Second-year quarterback Jared Goff finally caught on with his receivers and finished the 2017 regular season with 3,804 yards passing and 28 touchdowns against only seven interceptions.

He finished the regular season with 1,305 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. He’ll be the main focus for the Falcons defense. If they’re able to contain Gurley, Goff’s arm will be tested through the game and could lead to the more experienced team coming away with a win.

Fox was dismissed by the franchise Monday according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport after three seasons and a 14-34 showing that included zero playoff appearances and zero winning records.

His final season in Chicago wasted an above-average defense thanks to a rebuilding offense that caused few opposing coordinators headaches. The Bears ranked 29th in scoring offense and 30th in yards per game as the club worked to create an identity around rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. While Trubisky showed improvement throughout the season, his small gains weren’t enough to keep Fox as his head coach.

Fox’s firing came as no surprise — reports surfaced he’d be relieved of his duties before the 2017 season could come to a close. His time in Chicago marks the first time he’ll leave an NFL head coaching job with a losing record. Fox’s .292 winning percentage will go down as the second worst in franchise history, ahead of only Abe Gibron, who went 11-30-1 (.268) in his three seasons with the team in the early 1970s.blues_1071

Carson Wentz is an early favorite to take home 2017 NFL MVP honors after carrying his Eagles to a 10-1 start.

The only way to prove his newfound bonafides will come by getting Philadelphia win No. 11 in a hostile environment.

Wentz will take his team to face 7-4 Seattle on Sunday Night Football with the chance to make a statement in front of a national audience. To do so — and to hold off Tom Brady in the MVP race — Wentz will have to get past the toughest passing defense he’s faced all season in one of the NFL’s toughest venues.

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It would be tricky to keep him because of his contract — he’ll count $22.2 million against the cap next season and $23.2 million in 2019. That’s a lot to pay for a guy who isn’t starting.

Jaguars Twitter went into a tizzy after the news broke, for good reason. They’ve got a dominant defense, but quarterback Blake Bortles is the kind of liability that could prevent them from being serious playoff contenders over the next few seasons.

Oh, and executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin being Manning’s former head coach certainly couldn’t hurt.

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To me, I think that is how you play your way out of this.

Why this is a good deal for the Rangers: Minor was once a promising young starter with the Braves, winning 13 games with a 3.21 ERA in 2013, before missing all of 2015 and 2016 with shoulder problems. He returned as a reliever with the Royals in 2017 and was a great comeback story, posting a 2.55 ERA and holding batters to a .204 average while ranking ninth in the majors in relief innings.

Alex Rodriguez ($27.5 million) comes off the team’s payroll after this season, and five high-priced Yankees have become free agents: CC Sabathia ($20 million), Matt Holliday ($13 million), Michael Pineda ($7.4 million), Todd Frazier ($4,918,033) and Jaime Garcia ($4,961,721).

After missing out on Japanese right-hander Shohei Ohtani, the Yankees are expected to seek starting pitching to bolster a rotation currently projected to include Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Cessa.

After throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble in a shutout loss to the Ravens, Hundley bounced back for his best game of the season since taking over for Aaron Rodgers. Although Green Bay is 1-4 since Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone, the losses can also be attributed to a number of injuries and a tough schedule. Hundley had a 134.3 rating and threw three touchdowns.

But their chance has arrived, and stumbling against a Texans team that misses Deshaun Watson desperately is not an option. With all that in mind, though, throw out their previous meeting in Houston, including the Texans’ 57-14 rout, Watson’s record-setting performance and Mariota’s hamstring injury that knocked him out of the game.

“Turn your focus on to the little things of your job. Going out there and executing them, focus on those details. Certainly, there is a lot of noise and chatter out there.nike_redskins_3054