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Lions’ Bob Quinn, Matt Patricia ‘in lockstep’ on personnel decisions

Detroit – Before a crowd of the nearly 4,000, the Detroit Lions held their annual Season Ticket Member Summit at Ford Field on Monday. The event, hosted by play-by-play announcer Dan Miller, had general manager Bob Quinn, team president Rod Wood and coach Matt Patricia taking questions from the audience.

Here were some of the highlights from that Q&A:

Patricia said he’s been working hard to familiarize himself the current roster, and while several of those evaluations were easy, there were about a dozen or so players he needed to study to see how they would fit into the schemes he wants to run in Detroit. That’s where he was able to lean on Quinn.

“Honestly, with Bob’s help, trusting his opinion and evaluation, knowing we look at players the same way, look at guys in the same light, how they’re used, their roles, Bob is familiar schematically what I do defensively and what I’ve done before. It was really an easy conversation,” Patricia said.

It was just last month that Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Beckham “will not set foot on a field” without a new contract. That came not long after a report by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo in February that OBJ wants $20 million per year in his next contract. Last year, he made it known in an UNINTERRUPTED interview that he wants to be the highest-paid player—not just receiver—in the league.

All of this drama follows a suspicious hotel room video involving Beckham earlier this offseason. Per ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, Giants co-owner John Mara is on the record this offseason of saying he is “tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior.”

When he is on the field, there is no denying the type of impact he can make. He had at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons before an ankle injury limited to just four games last year.la_kings_014

Suns agree to one-year, $15 million deal with swingman Trevor Ariza

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to sign swingman Trevor Ariza to a one-year, $15 million contract, league sources told ESPN.

Ariza played 67 games for the Houston Rockets last season. He averaged 11.7 points last season for Houston, and the 33-year-old will likely be looked upon as a veteran presence in a young Phoenix locker room.

His only issue at Cincinnati was a sense of discomfort with being The Man. It was out of character for him. He took on big moments occasionally, but he never embraced the possibility of serving as the team’s first option or star.

That won’t be a problem now. Kevin Durant is there. Stephen Curry is there. Evans can be a player who fills whatever role is assigned to him. He’ll eagerly embrace that role and do it as well as the Warriors can hope.

Westbrook has organized the event, dubbed a summer hype house party, being held at a property near Lake Arcadia. He invited around 500 guests with the promise of a surprise performance by a multi-platinum artist.

Sources told ESPN that artist is Nas. The invitation says, The FOMO will be real. Invited guests were required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

The motivation behind the party is presently unknown, whether it’s about free-agency recruitment, an announcement of something or just a summer house party — but the timing is obviously intriguing.

Jones played on a loaded North Carolina State defensive line with four drafted players in this class alone and likely another for the 2019 class in Darian Roseboro.

Because of that, it was hard to isolate his play among his teammates on the line. On a Chargers interior line that is not deep by NFL standards, we will quickly learn how talented Jones is and how much of the Wolfpack’s success was because of him.

If he can pick up the pace immediately, he could be a 16-game starter and make it easier for the Chargers to release Liuget as a cap casualty next season. If he can’t, the team might have to restructure Liuget’s deal, promising him more years for a smaller cap him, effectively promising Liuget a starting role long-term.

Over the course of the year, that’s going to make a difference. Suh was one of the most productive defensive tackles last year in the backfield, and Godchaux doesn’t even have an NFL sack yet. Godchaux, Akeem Spence and Jordan Phillips, NFL bodies whom no one would call above-average, are going to be Miami’s three-man rotation this year on the interior. That is not a viable backup plan for losing Suh.

Since 1973, the debate over the designated hitter has raged on throughout Major League Baseball.

In my time covering baseball, particularly the Yankees, I have had first-hand experiences with those arguing for the DH. In 2008, promising starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was the heir apparent to the number one spot in the rotation.

However, in what became a 13-0 win in Houston (while the Astros were still in the National League), Wang tore two ligaments in his right foot, ending his season. He played a few more years in the show, but only a few more games in pinstripes.

More recently, Masahiro Tanaka suffered mild strains in both hamstrings while scoring on a sacrifice fly last weekend at Citi Field in the Subway Series. General manager Brian Cashman has said he believes he will miss about a month. Tanaka’s injury brings focus back to the question of the designated hitter’s absence in the National League. This week, I sat down and spoke with two good friends, and former Major League pitchers, Al Santorini and Fred Cambria, about the designated hitter, and the evolution of pitching.

The Philadelphia-based company is preparing an offer for 21st Century Fox.

In a conference call Monday with shareholders, CEO Brian Roberts told investors, As we discussed during our recent conference calls and webcast, opportunities arise for us to create more value for our shareholders like we did with NBCUniversal. Our current offer for Sky as well as our announcement last month that we’re also considering and are in advance stages of repairing an offer for the businesses that Fox is selling, are perfect examples of this.

For Yankees fans, that means not having to worry about missing games for a team that is setting itself up to contend for a World Series title for years to come.

One potential kicker. SNY, the television network home of the Mets, is owned by a conglomerate of broadcasting companies, including Comcast. So if Comcast acquires Fox (and as a result, YES Network) you will have one company (Comcast) with ownership stakes in the network homes to both of New York’s baseball teams.

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Additionally, Mark Koncz was named director of player personnel after spending 1994-2017 as a member of the Carolina Panthers’ front office, including serving as pro scouting director during Gettleman’s term as general manager from 2013-2016.

Chris Pettit also earned a promotion on Wednesday, becoming the Giants’ director of college scouting after spending the past 13 seasons as an area scout since joining the Giants’ front office in 2005.

Here are the details of the changes within the scouting department, via a press release from the Giants’ PR staff:

Patrick Hanscomb is an area scout whose concentration will be the Mid-Atlantic area. Hanscomb spent the previous 10 seasons in the team’s pro personnel department.

Marcus Cooper has been hired as an area scout who will focus in the Southeast. Cooper spent the previous seven seasons with the Buffalo Bills, first as a player personnel assistant, then as an area scout, and last year as the team’s scout in the BLESTO Scouting Combine.

Shon Coleman heads into camp as Browns No. 1 left tackle

The Browns will be starting a season without Joe Thomas at left tackle for the first time since 2007 and offensive line coach Bob Wylie identified the guy pencilled into the job with the offseason program at its end.

Wylie said, via Scott Petrak of BrownsZone.com, that Shon Coleman will start training camp as the starter at the position. Petrak said that Coleman, a 2016 third-round pick who started at right tackle last year, has shown the athletic ability to handle the position while adding that his fundamentals still need work.

Those who would like to see tension between the two quarterbacks fighting for playing time behind Eli Manning shouldn’t hold their breath. Lauletta said neither of the two view the other as a threat, but rather as someone to learn from and grow with.

Everybody wants to make it some big competition, me and him competing, nobody looks at it like that, Lauletta said of Webb. You do what you can, everybody wants to play. Everybody wants to be out there on Sundays, but the best guys are going to do it.

We’re in this together, we’re a team. That’s kind of the Giants way.

He was conditionally reinstated last year and played in 15 games for Pittsburgh with eight starts, but reportedly asked for a trade last season since he didn’t feel he was getting the ball enough.

Many believe the Raiders took a chance on Bryant after he was traded for a third-round pick during the draft. Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie said in April, via SFgate.com : We feel good about bringing him in. And we feel good about giving Martavis an opportunity. And we think with our resources, we can help him.

There were days throughout my rehab process, so when you’re rehabbing, the light seems so far at the end of the tunnel. But to be able to see that light, and make it to the light — which is being active and standing on that sideline with my gear on — it kind of hit me a little.

I joked around with my agent, my adviser, told ’em, ‘Man, I’m a tough guy. I won’t cry.’ But reality set in, it was truly a blessing to be back out there and continue to live your dream.

Lions add Jimmy Raye III to front office

The Lions have added an experienced hand to fill out their personnel department.

Former Chargers, Colts and Texans executive Jimmy Raye III has been named a senior personnel executive in Detroit. He will work under General Manager Bob Quinn and vice president of player personnel Kyle O’Brien in the Lions’ front office.

At the same time, Saturday afternoon games are growing extinct, also lost to TV money-driven scheduling.

Yet Manfred has the shameless gall to declare that embracing kids to ensure the future of both The Game and its fans is MLB’s top priority!

But now local fans fully know where their bread is buttered. There is no butter and their bread has been stolen.

But Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who last week played hardball with ESPN after two seasons of silently serving ESPN’s Sunday night bait-and-switch cherry-picking, had his buttered on both sides.

While the demotion all the way to Class A may seem drastic, according to the Star-Tribune, the Twins want to get Sano as close to the spring training facility as they can. Therefore, he can get as much work as possible while in the minors.

In football, as a quarterback you can’t necessarily hear all the fans, but it’s definitely hard sometimes when you’re trying to call out a cadence and the defense is calling out what they’re doing and you’re trying to focus on what they’re doing and how they might disguise a certain play. There’s definitely a correlation between football and golf.

Darnold said the time since he was drafted in the spring, including the offseason OTA practice sessions and last week’s minicamp, has been flying by.

It’s been pretty crazy, he said. I feel like I’ve grown a ton, and things are starting to click with the offense.

Asked if he fancies himself as the starting quarterback by the season opener, Darnold sounded mature beyond his 21 years with his diplomatic answer: We’ll see. We’ll see what happens. That’s a coach’s decision.

The 49ers sank as fast as they rose, and their rise had little to do with Baalke.

They would have been a lot better off in the hands of somebody competent.

The Seahawks shouldn’t have signed Matt Flynn in 2012, but they couldn’t have known Russell Wilson would emerge quickly, and Flynn didn’t hurt them too badly as an $8 million backup. They probably shouldn’t have used a No. 4 overall pick on Aaron Curry, but the 2009 draft was weak, and they wouldn’t have been much better off with Andre Smith, Darrius Heyward-Bey or Eugene Monroe.

They shouldn’t have given the Saints Max Unger and a first-round pick in exchange for Jimmy Graham and a fourth-rounder in 2015, but at least Graham was relatively productive in Seattle, Unger was replaced easily by Justin Britt and the draft pick was in Round 1.

In addition to Tabor, another member of the 2017 draft class is also being given an extended opportunity to show the coaching staff what he can do. While Wilson continues to be eased into activities following offseason shoulder surgery, the secondary shuffle has opened the door for Jamal Agnew to see steady work with the first-team defense at the nickel spot.

Tennessee signed Lewis to a four-year, $20 million deal after cutting DeMarco Murray this offseason. Lewis was coming off a career year with the Patriots with 1,110 total yards and 10 total touchdowns.

Lewis’ pass-catching ability is the ideal complement to early-down bulldozer Henry.

We can help each other. We can both eat. We have a lot of confidence in our abilities, Lewis said. And we both feel like we have something to prove. When I’m playing hungry and want to prove myself, that’s when I’m at my best.

The Giants have continued to take notice of what Barkley has been able to do in such a short time. He’s earned the respect of veterans on both sides of the ball, with quarterback Eli Manning admitting that there have been times when Barkley has made him forget that he’s yet to play a game in the league.

The guy can play, man. ‘Saquad,’ that’s what they call him, or something like that. I’m excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass. See what he’s made of, Giants all-pro defensive tackle Damon Snacks Harrison said with a laugh. I told him, it’s not Penn State. He’s not going up against [defensive tackle] Josh Banks at Wake Forest. But no, the guy’s explosive, you can see how they will use him in the offense, which will be to our benefit…. I don’t think we’ll be able to hit him too hard [in training camp], but I’m going to hit his ass.

Josh Norman chimes in on Eagles’ White House cancellation

On Monday, the President pulled the plug on Philadelphia’s visit to the White House, apparently after realizing that fewer than 10 players would be participating. A player from one of the Eagles’ top rivals responded to the situation by posing a question via the President’s preferred platform for communicating with the masses.

Kodak had an endorsement deal with both Clark and Joe Montana, who threw the pass that became The Catch, but Kodak refused to pay Walls. Eventually he sued Kodak and got the money he was owed.

I ended up getting a lot more than Joe and Dwight got put together, Walls said.

The 32-year-old Edelman missed the entire 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL during a preseason tilt.

But Dallas likely will no longer have a heavy reliance on a lead wide receiver and a No. 1 tight end.

The Cowboys don’t seem particularly interested in finding a true replacement for Bryant, who averaged 66 catches a year in his eight seasons in Dallas. The three-time Pro Bowl selection’s numbers dipped in recent years – he played just nine games because of injury in 2015, and he had a career-low 12.1 yards per catch last year – but he was the unquestioned alpha dog of the receiving corps.

Instead, Linehan said he’s looking for balance out of a group that includes slot receiver Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams (who is sidelined this spring while rehabbing a foot injury), and new additions Allen Hurns, signed as a free agent from the Jaguars, rookie third-round pick Michael Gallup and former Rams first rounder Tavon Austin.

This is how Eagles leader and Piscataway native Malcolm Jenkins explained his decision in February

I don’t want to take away from anybody’s experience or make it a big distraction. It’s a celebratory event, and I want the guys who choose to go or whatever to enjoy that, Jenkins said. Me personally, because it’s not a meeting or a sit-down or anything like that, I’m just not interested in the photo op.

Over the last two years, I’ve been meeting with legislators, both Republican and Democrat, it don’t matter. If you want to meet to talk about events in my community, changing the country, I’m all for that. But this isn’t one of those meetings, so I’ll opt out of the photo opportunity.

Storyline to watch: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski report. Our long nightmare is about to be over. Brady and Gronk will report to mandatory minicamp after skipping all the previous voluntary situations.

A (former) star running back is still on the market, and could make sense for a NFC East rival of the Giants and Eagles.

In a column on potential landing spots for remaining NFL free agents, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell pointed out the Dallas Cowboys as a fit for Adrian Peterson.

If this is it, perhaps now is the time for a long-rumored dalliance to come into existence. The Cowboys are left with just Rod Smith behind Elliott, and while Smith has been a reasonable backup, it seems plausible that Peterson could still be an upgrade as a 100-carry back while playing a couple of series per game. At the very least, he would sell plenty of jerseys for a team that isn’t exactly teeming with skill-position weapons behind Elliott.

Peterson, 33, could team with Ezekiel Elliott to form the highest-profile backfield in the NFL. Last year, the future Hall of Famer rushed for 529 yards on 3.4 yards per carry across stints with the Cardinals and Saints. But with just 3.1 yards per carry since the start of the 2016 season, we could be witnessing the end of Peterson’s career as a viable NFL back.

Jose Abreu had an RBI double for the White Sox.

jets_034Price (7-4) held Chicago scoreless after allowing two runs in the first. He gave up five hits, struck out six and walked three, improving to 5-0 in his past six starts with a 2.89 ERA.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

Carlos Rodon took the loss in his season debut, giving up four runs two earned and six hits, striking out seven and walking two in five innings. The 24-year-old lefty started the season on the disabled list after left shoulder surgery last September.

Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk was the former Red Sox player honored in the middle of the third inning. He played with Boston from 1969-80 and the White Sox from 1981-1993.

Each game, the Red Sox show highlights of a past star and have him on the video board if they’re in town.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.59) looks to keep his solid season going before Boston heads out on a 10-game road trip.Walk-off walk: Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-3 in 10 innings

TORONTO Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile didn’t need to swing his bat to drive in the winning run against the Orioles.

Maile broke a tie with a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning and Toronto beat Baltimore 4-3 on Saturday.

I wanted to swing, Maile said. It just worked out the other way.

Maile walked on four pitches from Baltimore’s Mychal Givens (0-2) to score Justin Smoak as the Blue Jays improved to 7-1 in extra innings.

I got off rhythm and just wasn’t throwing strikes, Givens said.

It was Maile’s third game-winning RBI of the season. His 10th-inning single beat Kansas City 5-4 in the second game of a doubleheader on April 17, and his two-run homer in the 12th inning beat Boston 5-3 on May 11.

This game changer won’t be a threat to the NFL.

jets_035However, last week Graham posted a letter written to him by a fan who claims that, because Graham is skipping the trip, he is no longer a fan of the defensive end and he hopes the Eagles release him. The fan concluded: You have my permission to show this letter to your a—hole teammates — so they know how a long time Eagles fan feels about you miserable bastards.

Team owner Jeffrey Lurie has walked a tightrope on all of these issues. His team’s locker room has not been held back on expressing itself, even though he said last year that kneeling during the anthem as a protest is not very respectful or proactive.

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A rampant rumor emerged on Friday that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was on the verge of potentially being traded. On Saturday, Gronk addressed this situation while talking to reporters at a youth football camp.

It just shows how much fakes news is out there, Gronkowski told reporters, via CBS Boston. Hashtag fake news, that’s all I know. It’s true. It exists. See it all the time about me. It’s wild.

Gronkowski was asked about a specific rumor that coach Bill Belichick had agreed to trade Gronk, but that quarterback Tom Brady threatened to retire if it happened, prompting owner Robert Kraft to block the move.

What a nice guy, Gronkowski joked about Brady. But I haven’t talked to him. I didn’t even know about it until last night. Fake news.

While Friday’s news was fake, Gronkowski didn’t seem to know whether a trade could eventually happen.

I have no clue, Gronkowski said.