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The many new faces of the AFC South will make their training camp debuts

The AFC South certainly had an argument as the worst division in football last year, but the Houston Texans bounced back from a 2-5 start to win seven of the last nine regular season games and grab the division title. A 9-7 record probably won’t be enough to lock down the AFC South in 2016 after an influx of talent in the offseason, though.

The biggest concern for the Jaguars heading into training camp has to be injuries. It remains to be seen how Myles Jack’s knee will hold up in training camp.

There typically aren’t bright spots during Authentic Jon Ryan Jersey three-win seasons, particularly at the quarterback position, but Marcus Mariota showed the skills that made him the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He also validated many of the concerns about his body type by suffering multiple knee injuries as a rookie.

The list of terrible field conditions is a long one, and Authentic Justin Britt Jersey that’s without going back too far into the past. Reggie Bush’s season ended last year thanks to the exposed concrete in St. Louis’ old dome. Who could forget the grass at FedEx field playing its part in ending RG3’s rookie season?

The conditions at Bank of America Stadium were terrible throughout the Panthers’ playoff run. At one point, they resorted to painting it. The Steelers lost their kicker because of a garbage field in the Hall of Fame game last year, and Aaron Rodgers didn’t hold back when asked about injuries and Tampa’s field.

Fields for the NFL’s international games have been especially suspect — workers spent halftime picking up clumps of grass at Wembley Stadium during one 2014 game — and will get special attention from the new committee.

Not even the Super Bowl is immune from terrible field conditions. The turf at Levi’s Stadium was in bad shape for Super Bowl 50, and the next Super Bowl is in Houston, where the turf at NRG Stadium was literally coming apart at the seams.

“We have a lot of very unrealistic discussions in recruiting sometimes. And just the distinct viable, tangible possibility of playing in the NFL and participating in the Olympic Games was something, from day one, the guy had a plan,” Helfrich said at Pac-12 Media Days. “And then a willingness and a desire to see it through has just been unbelievable.”

Allen is gifted. He was a four-star receiver recruit out of Arizona in 2013.

But Allen has used track to sharpen his football career and vice versa. Track runs through the winter and spring, so he shows up for fall football camp in better shape than most. And Allen thinks football gives him a mental edge on the track.

“Football’s one of those things,” Allen said. “You learn a lot from it, and it makes you adjust and it has you not really panic. And sometimes in track and field, a lot of athletes panic if something goes wrong, and I’m kind of one of those guys who says, ‘Hey, whatever comes, it will come, and I’ll be okay,’ and kind of roll with the flow, roll with the punches.”

Bengals 1st-round pick William Jackson will have surgery for torn pec

The Cincinnati Bengals endured a big setback early in training camp with news that first-round draft pick William Jackson III suffered a torn pec in practice, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Luckily for the Bengals, Jackson wasn’t a player the team was likely to rely on during his rookie season and the plan was always to bring him along slowly while veterans like Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard handle most of the coverage duties.

This happened prior to Jameis Winston’s rookie Patrick Murray Jersey season, when a photo of him working through drills shirtless prompted endless speculation about Winston’s weight and fitness level.

George Whitfield, who was working Ricardo Louis Jersey with Winston to help him prepare for the NFL Combine, told The Big Lead the photo wasn’t altered in any way, but was a bad angle, and the leash around Winston’s waist made his gut appear to be larger than it was.

Jeff Sullivan at the Cowboys’ website says Romo’s physical condition is much better than the photo suggests.

Tony Romo looks fantastic from a physical standpoint. Those around the team say it’s the best condition he’s been in for at least the last three or four years and he was the runner-up MVP two seasons ago. So everyone chill.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones echoed this sentiment, speaking to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“He’s in great shape,” Jones said. “I think he’s in some of the best shape he’s been in. Everybody can always get a picture taken of you that makes it look different than it is. But Tony is in great shape.”

While it would be understandable if Romo had added a little weight while recovering from surgery, it sounds like he is fully fit and ready to go.

49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement he wants Bowman to remain with the organization for the entirety of his career.

Dolphins’ Arian Foster on retirement: ‘I am walking away in peace’

Foster finishes his career with 6,527 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns, and he left Houston as the franchise record holder in rushing yards.

“This game has been everything to me … my therapy, my joy, my solace and my enemy. I’ve learned to love every facet of this game, from the peak of accomplishment to the gutter of criticism, ” Foster wrote.

Foster added: “I am walking away in peace. I know it is not commonplace to do it midseason but my body just can’t take the punishment this game asks for any longer.”

The Dolphins met with Foster in the spring to get an update on his Achilles rehab and kept him on their short list before signing him in July.

Foster won the starting job during the preseason, but his tenure as the starter lasted just two games. Foster injured his groin and a hamstring in Miami’s Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots and missed the next three games.

By the time Foster returned in Week 6, he didn’t look the same, and Jay Ajayi made significant strides as the starter. Ajayi became just the fourth player in the Super Bowl era to post back-to-back 200-yard games, against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills.

Barring injury, Foster likely would have been a backup the rest of the season had he not retired.

Osweiler finished 22-for-41 for 131 yards without a touchdown in the loss. He also fumbled early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for Houston.

During the week, several of his former teammates said there was more on this game than usual because of Osweiler’s return, with Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall joking that he wanted to “kill him” because “it’s competition.”

Brock Osweiler averaged just 3.2 yards per completion in the loss to the Broncos. Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports
Outside linebacker Von Miller said there was a little bit of “extra sauce” on this game.

But after the game was over, Osweiler Anthony Hitchens Jersey was greeted by his former teammates on the field. He said he was grateful for the postgame reception.

“It meant a lot to me,” Osweiler said. “I think all of those guys know how I feel about them as well. I have nothing but love, appreciation and gratitude, not only for those players, the coaches, the organization and the city of Denver.

“This place was nothing but great for four Barry Church Jersey years for my wife and myself. So it was really great to see some familiar faces and give those guys a hug.”

Rob Gronkowski is out, Tom Brady is suspended and the Patriots are still dominating

It wouldn’t be a proper Patriots season without a Rob Gronkowski injury saga. In an unusual Max Tuerk Jersey moment of candor from a Patriots player, Gronkowski revealed last week he’s suffering from a hamstring injury and isn’t feeling 100 percent. He was on the practice field this week after sitting out the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals, but apparently still isn’t healthy enough to play.

Russell Wilson: Schefter reports Wilson will battle through a high ankle sprain when the Seahawks take on the Rams this week. Though his movement may be hampered, he was Melvin Gordon Jersey reportedly “moving like a ballerina” at practice this week.

This is the first time in his three-year career Donald has been reprimanded by the league office. But if the Rams have more games like Monday night, it may be difficult for him — and his teammates — to keep their frustration bottled in.

Jacoby Brissett was immediately working out after the hit and entered the game for the Patriots. Brissett was a third-round pick in this year’s draft by the Patriots. He played college ball at NC State.

Garoppolo was making the start in place of All-Pro quarterback Tom Brady, who is serving the second of a four-game suspension for his role in the DeflateGate scandal. Garoppolo was playing well when he went down with the injury, with many joking that the Patriots wouldn’t need Brady at the end of his suspension.

In less than a full half of play, Garoppolo completed 18 of 27 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns. At the time of the injury, the Patriots led by three touchdowns, and kicker Stephen Gostkowski quickly made it four scores with a field goal on the drive of the injury.

The veteran right-hander won’t pick up a ball until the inflammation is gone

Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti says the timetable for All- point guard Westbrook’s Rajon Rondo Jersey return from a knee injury remains uncertain as the Thunder open training camp. During his state of the franchise news conference Wednesday, Presti fielded questions about Westbrook’s status. Westbrook tore the lateral meniscus his right knee during Game 2 of the first-round playoff series against Houston. Westbrook had surgery April 27 and hasn’t been fully cleared medically yet. Presti says it would be irresponsible to say when that might occur, but didn’t dispute the notion that Westbrook could the Thunder’s season opener Oct. 30 at Utah. Presti says Westbrook has been cleared to participate portions of training camp, which starts Saturday, but Ramon Sessions Jersey the decision to release him for unrestricted activity will be a medical decision.
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Speed. Power. Hybrid. Whatever. Just not a domestic abuser. Coach Caldwell said recently that Detroit has no interest signing Ray Rice, who played tailback for him during his two seasons Baltimore. I ‘t foresee that, to be plain and simple, Caldwell said recently. We certainly do know him and got to know him when we were there, and I think, at some point time, like I had mentioned before, somebody probably give him a second chance. Rice became the face of the NFL’s domestic violence problem last when video surfaced of the former Pro Bowl tailback slugging his then-fiancee unconscious a casino elevator. He has since been re-instated by the league and is free to play immediately, but nobody has signed him the first month of free agency. The Lions return last year’s de facto starting tailback, Joique, but have a need at the position after cutting Reggie Bush. They are expected to fill their vacancy the draft, which has oodles of talented backs this year. Caldwell said last season he has a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence, and characterized himself as a hard-liner when it comes to off-field issues during the owners meetings. The Lions have shied from acquiring players with character issues under Caldwell, including the draft. They believe that helps minimize their risk of incurring the kind of locker room and off-field problems that plagued the club previous years. That strategy has worked far. Detroit’s locker room is known as one of the better ones the league, and defensive tackle C.J. Mosley is the only player to have any type of known off-field issue since Caldwell’s hire 15 months ago. Mosley was caught with marijuana his London hotel room and suspended for the Atlanta game. And maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise the Lions have, far, declined to pursue him free agency. That’s not to say Detroit wouldn’t take a risk on a guy with some off-field issues. It just seems Rice’s issues are too big for the Lions to overlook despite his history with Caldwell. I just ‘t see it, Caldwell said. There has to be a need and a fit all areas, and at this point time, he’s not a fit for us.

The veteran right-hander won’t pick up a ball until the inflammation is gone. He has a third MRI scheduled for next week, according to Ausmus. That schedule indicates that Verlander’s return is anything but imminent. He acknowledged that even when he’s cleared to start throwing, he’s not sure how much time he’ll need to build up his arm strength. That’s to be determined, Verlander said. I wouldn’t imagine taking forever. I don’t think it’s going to take a Training-type buildup. But I’ve never been through anything like this. It’s put Verlander unusual spot, because he’s not accustomed to being patient as his body recuperates from injury. I talked with the trainers and they told me this is probably going to be hardest thing I’ve ever had to do because this does not mesh well with personality, Verlander said. I want to be going out there. And historically the past I’ve pitched through some stuff. I’ve pitched through a lot of stuff career. This is just one of those things you can’t try to force your way through, which is hard because everything I’ve done the past is, ‘Alright, let’s attack this. Let’s work through it. Let’s go throw.’ And this is just not one of those things you can do that with. • The Tigers got better news on outfielder Rajai, who was removed from ‘s game against Cleveland the eighth inning with a groin injury. Ausmus said felt no pain and was available to play on Monday, but would be given the day off as a precaution to avoid a recurrence of the symptoms. It was tightness — he didn’t pull or strain anything, but he felt it tightening up, he was concerned that if he tried to run hard, something would give, Ausmus said. So it was probably wise that he came out of the game, because he feels good today. He’s just a little bit of a funk swinging, Ausmus said. He’s chasing some pitches that he can’t hit. I don’t know if he’s not picking up the ball or not seeing the ball out of the pitcher’s hand. But he’ll be fine. He took some extra batting practice today and … can hit. Donnelly is a contributor to. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

Menu Talk about a story that defies the odds

This is what it’s all about — when you work hard and you see results, Gonzalez said. This is why JaVale McGee Jersey you continue to work every day, because it feels good at the end. Gonzalez’s July carried numerous highlights, but the most noteworthy, perhaps, was a seven-game stretch when he clubbed eight homers, hit.464 and drove 16 runs. He tied a career-high with six RBIs 17 win over the Reds on July 26, and after not having a multi- game more than two years, Gonzalez had three of them a four-day stretch. I don’t think I’m a home run hitter — home runs just happen for me, Gonzalez said. I try to be the best professional hitter the game. That’s what I’m trying to do, trying to get on base for teammates. The award is JJ Hickson Jersey just the latest evidence of Gonzalez’s complete offensive turnaround this year. He hit just.219 with four homers and 13 RBIs through the ‘s first two months, generating whispers of whether Gonzalez would ever return to vintage form seen during his early years Colorado. But all that has been firmly put to rest. I’m proud of CarGo because he persevered though a tough start of the, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. He really struggled, and I saw him working things out the cage and really trying to grind his way through it.

He’s put a lot of work to try to get his turned around, and that’s exactly what he’s done. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

Menu Talk about a story that defies the odds! The Philadelphia Flyers were the seventh seed the Eastern Conference to start the Cup Playoffs and the Montreal Canadiens the eighth. They didn’t secure playoff berths until the final hours of the regular. And yet they have left a trail of carnage their wake, with Philadelphia ousting New Jersey five and then roaring back from 0 deficit to stun the Boston Bruins seven. The Canadiens merely eliminated the top-seeded Washington Capitals seven and then took out the defending Cup champion Penguins, also seven. What happens the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals well defy description. Philadelphia’s resurgence the second round against Boston coincided with Simon Gagne’s return from surgery that saw two screws implanted his broken right big toe. He scored the winning goal Game 7 and the overtime winner Game 4, plus had a pair of goals Game 5. His line, along with center Mike Richards and Carcillo, has been the team’s best, but not the only one contributing. Danny Briere has provided outstanding secondary scoring, with 5 goals and 5 assists against the Bruins, and his strong play has helped linemates Ville Leino and Hartnell make significant offensive contributions. Hartnell especially was good Game 5, scoring for the first time nearly two months. He then added a goal the Game 7 comeback and Leino had 2 assists the clincher. Cammalleri Left Wing – MTL GOALS: 12 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 18 SOG: 48 Montreal’s next three highest scorers — Gionta, Tomas Plekanec and Gomez — combined have 12 goals and 34 points and have also been responsible defensively, a must under coach. They have provided enough scoring so that even the few Cammalleri hasn’t scored, the Canadiens are still a decent 2, with one of those losses overtime.

Inconsistent winger Andrei Kostitsyn was fairly invisible, offensively, during the Pittsburgh series with only 2 assists. the first round against Washington, Kostitsyn had seven, with most of the damage coming a performance Game 2. Dominic Moore, Maxim Lapierre and Moen are three of the most dependable two-way forwards still alive the postseason. Pronger was brought to Philadelphia for this time of. His veteran poise and leadership, on and off the ice, was a reason they were able to make history against the Bruins. He’s played fewer than 26 minutes just once the postseason, averaged 29 per game against Boston, and played more than 30 minutes twice. Oh, and he’s also contributed 2 goals and 6 points. He’s also a plus-2 and took just two minor penalties the first six. Pronger’s play has allowed Carle to create havoc the offensive end. He had 4 assists Game 4, and has been confident carrying the puck and jumping into the play knowing he’s got Pronger behind him. Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn have been a solid second pairing, and Parent has contributed mightily on the penalty kill. No doubt Montreal is missing All- Andrei Markov and dependable, but the defense has been solid, led by offensive-minded Hamrlik, – Bergeron and eye-opening rookie PK Subban. Since returning from undisclosed illness, Jaroslav Spacek has 2 points two.

The whole night, it wasn’t going our way

The Prime Minister said before the 2010 General Election lobbying is the next big scandal waiting to happen. Mr Rifkind told the uncover journalists: You’d be surprised at how much free time I have. I spend a lot of time reading. I spend a lot of Steve Maneri Jersey time walking. Because I’m not a minister or full-time working for one person, I can sort out day. I am self-employed nobody pays me a salary. I have to earn income but when I’m not doing something, I can do what I like.

The whole night, it wasn’t going our way, but I liked the way we were playing, Maddon said. Eventually, Riz steps up and does what he can do. The home run was Rizzo’s third hit of the game. He doubled off Jimmy to lead off the second and moved up on a wild pitch, but Tim Wright Jersey he was stranded when got Soler to out, struck out Castro and then induced inning-ending groundout by. It’s a little frustrating, just because you want to get a run early, give a little breathing room, Rizzo said. All the guys grind, and every guy is giving his best up there. I’ve been up there plenty of times and not gotten the job done. You just turn the and not get down about it and just keep playing. started me off with a slider, made me look like idiot, Rizzo said. He threw me another one, and I saw it well. Then he threw a fastball, and it was over the middle of the plate. It feels good, but we needed that win. The win was a good way to begin this junket. The Cubs now are 4 the first game of a road trip. To win the first one is big, Rizzo said. We’ve just got to keep playing good baseball. The Cubs also are waiting to see if the front office makes a move prior to Friday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. Following the game the Cubs were third the National League Wild Card standings behind the Pirates and Giants, both of whom made deals this week. It wouldn’t completely surprise me if they made a move or didn’t make a move, Arrieta said. I think we can win with what we have here. We’ve got the pieces. We showed we can do it stretches. If they decide to make a move, I’m sure they’ll make a move that benefits our club.

The Blackhawks capped off a nice little weekend for Illinois sports with a 3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Even better for residents of Chicago, they actually got to watch it! The game was the first ‘Hawks home affair to be televised locally since owner Wirtz lifted his late father’s ban on moving pictures. Attendance at the United Center? Eight. All Amish. File it the bitter-sweet category: rookie Patrick Kane scored his seventh of the a day after the revealed he once spent a year refusing to wear anything other than a cape and hood, just the latest hazing-related bombshell to rock the hockey world. For Detroit, the loss marked the end to its nine-game winning streak, though Henrik Zetterberg did manage to extend his point streak to 17. Said the Swedish Zetterberg, Envar suga utom för jag. • The Colorado Avalanche held on to beat the Wild by a score of 3. Budaj put exclamation mark on the win with a brilliant glove save off Minnesota’s Kurtis as time wound down the third period. Stupid sexy Flanders strikes again. • We interrupt this NHL Closer to bring you the latest Turco news: • Recently retired and already jonesing for a massive headache, Eric Lindros has been named the NHLPA’s new ombudsman, which means he’ll be the one dealing with all the union members’ complaints. First order of business for the Big E: the salary cap. The players would like to do away with it and they’d appreciate a resolution by mid-week.

Menu Austin Rivers scored 23 points

Menu Austin Rivers scored 23 points, Curry added 19 and No. 5 Duke held off Tech 70 overtime Saturday. Plumlee added 15 rebounds and two free throws with 9 seconds left for the Blue Devils , who made 6 of 8 foul shots the final minute of OT to win their sixth straight and remain atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

Dorenzo , one of three Kevin Williams Jersey players with 16 points for the Hokies , pulled them to 64 with a deep jumper with 1 left overtime. Plumlee’s free throw with 51 seconds left made it a two-point game, and had a hand ‘s face during his jumper that would have tied it. After Rivers’ free throw with 19 seconds left made it 66, Green missed a layup and Plumlee’s free throws made it a five-point game. Green hit a layup with 2 seconds left before Curry hit two free throws with 0 seconds to play. Green and Cadarian Raines also scored 16 points apiece for the Hokies, who were just 7 of 16 from the free throw line.

All of Green’s points came after halftime, giving him an ACC-best 30th straight double-figure game. Tech had the last to win it regulation, with the ball with 32 seconds left. Green Luke Willson Jersey dribbled out much of the clock before his 15-footer bounced off the rim with about 5 seconds left. Raines then soared from the left side for the rebound and tossed off the side of the rim before the sounded. That came after banked a 3-pointer over Curry to make it 58 with 1 left. Plumlee pulled Duke within one point with a stickback with 48 seconds left, and Rivers made 1 of 2 free throws with 32 seconds left to tie it.

Duke overcame 38 percent shooting – and a 6-of-24 performance from 3-point range – by making 24 of 34 of its free throws and building a 44 rebounding advantage to improve to 16 against the Hokies at Indoor Stadium. Finney-Smith added 15 rebounds for the Hokies, who have lost two straight and seven of 10. Their previous four games were decided by a total of five points, most recently a two-point home loss to rival . Duke was coming off a road victory at No. 15 State two nights earlier that pushed the Seminoles off the pace the ACC title entering the final week of the regular season. With actor Lowe watching from the front row behind the scorer’s table, the Blue Devils were up 26 at the break but never led by more than seven points during a first half that featured some awful shooting from both sides. Tech missed 11 consecutive shots over a span of nearly 7 minutes, while Duke managed only two field goals during the final 8 minutes of the half.

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Menu Defense is the primary focus of everything the Miami Heat does, and it’s been that way since Pat arrived. It might be more than a mantra this year. Miami started the playing defense at a level that made no one the organization happy last , allowing 100 points per game, ranking only 23rd-best league-wide after 17 . the 65 that followed, they gave up just 93 Adam Oates Jersey points per game, the fourth-best rate the over that span. Playing defense better from the start of the has emerged as a top priority for the Heat, who left the Bahamas on Friday after wrapping up six practices of training camp that were devoted almost entirely to that end of the floor. We knew we didn’t start off the like we wanted to defensively, said Heat forward LeBron , the league’s two-time reigning MVP and a four-time winner of the award overall. But we knew.

I think when you have a problem and you face it, it’s very correctable, and we knew that. one thing we talked about was defending and finishing. Training camp officially ended just before 1 p.m. Friday, though the way sees it, camp actually lasts until Oct. 28, the day before Miami hoists its second straight championship banner and opens a new against the Chicago Bulls. There’s a ton of things for the team to do the next 3½ weeks, including play eight preseason , but continuing to hone that defense-first approach remain paramount. They remember how frustrating it was to have almost porous-looking defense for the first few weeks of last , a year where the Heat wound up winning 66 regular- , 27 straight one stretch. Sharpen. Sharpen the sword, Heat forward Battier said. We won early last year and didn’t look good. We dropped a few that, looking back at it, we should have won. We know the Eastern Conference is highly competitive. Not that we can’t afford to get off to a slow start … but we can’t afford to get off to a slow start. Chicago be better, with Derrick healthy again. Indiana figures to be better. Brooklyn has eyes on a title. It’s clear that Miami not have easy time the East, and the Heat remember how vital getting that No. 1 seed was a year ago. It gave them the right to play Game 7 the conference finals against Indiana at home, along with Game 7 of the Finals against San .

We know the competition got better, Battier said. We scraped by to get out of the Eastern Conference last year. Obviously, we want to play our best basketball at the end. That doesn’t mean we can’t start at a higher level and build toward that. Even though the background was paradise – sun, sand, tropical music and water slides – the ballroom where the Heat did the bulk of their work on this trip was hardly a vacation destination. posted a photo of himself, grimacing a chest-deep ice bath, to his social media accounts. Ray said he dealt with some mild foot soreness while waking up muscles that had not been used since last June. Beasley described camp as exhausting. Udonis Haslem said he was originally excited to spend some free time the casino, then quickly realized that he would better serve himself by getting off his feet. Point guard Mario Chalmers said this was a camp unlike any of his first five with the Heat, mainly because he didn’t recall a camp where everyone arrived such good shape.

Last year I think we had a little hangover coming off that first championship, Chalmers said. Maybe we celebrated a little bit too much. We didn’t come into camp as focused and ready as we did last year. You can tell right now, everybody’s hungry for that threepeat. Which, the Bobby Orr Jersey Heat know, start at the defensive end. I would probably say 70 percent of our camp was defense, other than player development, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. That makes me a little bit uneasy. While we have corporate knowledge of our offense, we need to spend a lot more time on it next week. And we . We’ll address that.

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