John Lynch: Daughter cried about ‘horrible’ 49ers when he accepted GM job

Many NFL observers were surprised — OK, shocked might be a better word — when the 49ers announced John Lynch as their new general manager.

Lynch’s 9-year-old daughter was pretty surprised, too — and not in a good way.

Hernandez, serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin L. Lloyd, is set to stand trial in the 2012 fatal drive-by shootings of two men outside a Boston nightclub.

Prosecutors allege Hernandez shot and killed Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu on July 16, 2012, over a fight that started when one of the men spilled a drink on Hernandez inside the nightclub. Alexander Bradley, a former friend who was with Hernandez in the vehicle, is scheduled to testify in the trial.

Hernandez is facing a separate charge of witness intimidation for allegedly shooting Bradley in Florida in 2013.

The 27-year-old former NFL tight end has pleaded not guilty to the homicide charges.

“‘Lion’ and ‘The Secondary’ are against-all-odds stories of struggle and inspiration,” Levin said, via THR. “Derek would not stop until Malcolm got a chance.”

Butler was an undrafted free agent working the fryolator at a Popeyes three years ago while Simpson scoured the NFL scene for an opportunity for his client. Once Simpson got Butler an in with the Patriots, the corner worked hard to make the 53-man roster in 2014.

That same year the Patriots went to the Super Bowl, where Butler’s Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys interception of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at the Seattle goal line essentially gave the Patriots the championship.

Butler has gone on to become a Pro Bowl selection and win another Super Bowl title. The rest, as they say, is history.

Tom Brady finally finds humor in oversized sideline jacket

Don’t blame Tom Brady for being behind the times. He’s been busy the last few weeks.

A fifth Super Bowl championship in tow, the Patriots quarterback Cheap Gaelic Jerseys finally appears to be taking some time to unwind and bring himself up to speed on the important things he missed. Namely, the internet making fun of Brady’s absurd, oversized sideline jacket in the AFC championship game Jan. 22.

The combination of Sean Payton and Drew Brees knocked on the door a few times, but this was the year New Orleans broke that down. The always-prolific offense led the league in scoring, and they used home-field advantage to take out Kurt Warner-led Arizona and Brett Favre-led Minnesota in the NFC Playoffs. The Super Bowl win against Indianapolis was defined by two game-changing plays. The first came on Payton’s decision to open the second half with an onside kick. The second sealed New Orleans’ first championship when Tracy Porter intercepted Peyton Manning and took it to the house.

Doug Williams only started two regular-season games for the Skins and wasn’t even the quarterback of record for a single regular-season victory. But he did lead the team to an overtime win in its season-ender against Minnesota, and he became famous as the first African-American to start a Super Bowl -— and more famous for a four-touchdown performance that earned him the game’s MVP award.

Tyrod Taylor could be on way out with Bills after reported medical clearance

The Bills have laid the groundwork for Tyrod Taylor’s exit from Buffalo.

A team source told ESPN on Wednesday that the quarterback has been medically cleared after having groin surgery last month.

“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down. But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this,” he said in a deep voice. “One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.

“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men [are] supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!”

The Times reported that several parents took exception with the idea that girls are supposed to silent. Even Winston acknowledged the message was unfortunate.

“I was making an effort to interact with a young male in the audience who didn’t seem to be paying attention, and I didn’t want to single him out so I asked all the boys to Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys stand up,” Winston told the Times. “During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some.”

Revis looked terrible covering wide receivers in 2016

“We wound up in a situation where unfortunately (savings) didn’t happen across the league as much as it could have happened,” Atallah said.

After four months at a standstill, the league and NFLPA reached agreement on a CBA just before the start of the 2011 preseason. That triggered a series of paydays for unsigned rookies, free agents and veterans due roster bonuses that were delayed until the NFL’s calendar year officially began.

There also were no regular-season game checks missed, which would have hit the wallet of every NFL player. SportsBusiness Journal reported the NFLPA took out a $44 million insurance policy that would have paid $200,000 to each player if the entire 2011 campaign was canceled.

There also won’t be a Revis reunion with the Patriots. They kept Malcolm Butler at shutdown and Duron Harmon at nickel with a splurge on Stephon Gilmore to replace Logan Ryan. They are rather deep at both safety and corner.

It’s not surprising that Jason McCourty, who was released by the Titans only a week before the draft, didn’t need to worry much about finding another team. He is a younger, more versatile defensive back than Revis, and got signed that way by the Browns (at two years, $6 million) last week.

Revis looked terrible covering wide receivers in 2016, and there’s no indication that his eroding skills will get a new life at a new position. It will also be hard to shake the “disinterested” dissing Cheap Jerseys Stitched he deservedly got.

He doesn’t exactly fit Dallas, either, with its zone coverage scheme. The Cowboys, however, despite Cheap Jerseys Paypal Payment drafting four defensive backs — Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Louis, Xavier Woods and Marquez White — is very green at the position. Second-year man Anthony Brown and 30-year-old Nolan Carroll are the projected starters after the team moved on from both Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr. There’s also a transition at safety, where Jeff Heath is working to replace Barry Church.

Dear MLB: Please stop ruining your hats with dumb patches

Permit me a brief rant about something important: Those dumb, unnecessary MLB hat patches.

For the second straight season, MLB’s spring training hats feature a shield-shaped patch on the side that announces either “FL” for Florida or “AZ” for Arizona, the two places where spring training has been held for decades, in case you didn’t know. But of course you knew.

But I’ll never stop fighting the good hat fight. To everyone who’s with me, I tip my (non-patch) hat in your direction.

“That’s what I want to make sure I articulate. (Watson is) always the same with his character and integrity, and he’s at his best in the biggest moment.”

Watson led the Tigers to two consecutive trips to the College Football Playoff final after dominating the ACC, the same conference in which North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky started for one season. Watson also outplayed Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer in the same game, in the same rain, against a semi-conference rival, during the latter’s better of two seasons.

There can be a lot of ways in which NFL teams keep knocking Watson and moving him down their boards, much like every single flawed young QB who comes into the league. When weighing all things, however, nothing weighs as heavily in his favor as the kind of experience every team on every level covets most.

Swinney believes that gives Watson a chance to go as high as No. 1 overall, above any player at any position.

“He’s got plenty of consideration. He won’t be sitting there long,” Swinney said. “Don’t buy all the stuff you hear. Wherever he goes, he will be great. They’ll Cheap Jerseys Vip all figure it out.”

MLB’s first African-born player Gift Ngoepe singles in first AB

Gift Ngoepe’s singular MLB debut came with a single in his first at-bat.

The Pirates infielder, the first African-born player in major-league history, did better than hold back the tears he said he probably would shed when manager Clint Hurdle called on him. Ngoepe, 27, got a clean base hit off Cubs starter Jon Lester to start the fourth inning Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

“I was like, ‘you’re in the big leagues, you’ve got to be a big guy,’” he recalled afterward (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

“I can’t say enough about his mental strength through this,” first-year Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We’ll find out more as we go about where this is headed and where he is as it relates to baseball.”

At 14-8 the Rockies winningest pitcher in 2016, Bettis, 27, underwent surgery Nov. 29 to remove the cancerous cells. The surgery was deemed a success in December, and Bettis didn’t need chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Still, there will be periodic tests to make sure the cancer hasn’t returned — a patient isn’t considered truly cancer-free until five years out — and Wednesday’s report was an early, significant hurdle cleared.

“Now I have some clarity,” he said. “When I can get away from what the doctor is going to say, it puts my mind at ease.”

He will continue to be monitored, but Cheap Jerseys Cn for now he can go about preparing for a season in which he’ll be the veteran leader on a talented young staff that includes Jon Gray, 24, and two 26-year-old Tylers, Chatwood and Anderson.

Joe Maddon goes on sarcastic tirade day after controversial slide ruling

For now, the list of teams with a potential interest in Jay Cutler starts with…the New York Jets.

Cutler’s eight seasons in Chicago were marred by Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys various injuries. A shoulder injury last season limited him to just five games. Cutler also led the NFL in interceptions in 2014 with 18 picks thrown in 15 games.

Cutler was a first-round pick of the Broncos in 2006, but traded to the Bears following his only Pro Bowl season in 2008. After throwing for a career-high 4,526 yards with 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, he threw for 3,666 with 27 touchdowns in his first season with the Bears. But he also led the NFL with 26 interceptions in 2009, which was the only year in which he played all 16 games in a season.

Joe Maddon is still peeved about the MLB’s emphasis on player safety one day after a would-be Cubs rally ended thanks to an overslide against the Cardinals.

The Chicago manager on Sunday sarcastically railed against the rule, which dictates a double play occurs if a player slides too far past a bag.

Gotta say, this is some grade-A passive aggression by Maddon, following Ian Happ’s slide on Saturday that got the Cardinals out of a jam in the fifth inning.

You can see why Maddon might be frustrated, as he said yesterday that the slide rule has no place in the game. But it’s probably not the best look making light of league efforts to limit player injuries, no matter how mad he is.

Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer letting fans help choose new jersey number

Pereira: I don’t know. I haven’t seen all the plays yet. I think (the NFL) started to go too far when all of a sudden taking a jump shot with the ball over a goal-post became a celebration penalty because you were using the football as a basketball. Those types of things really created a lot of consternation from the fans.

I think that the ticky-tack ones (officials) will start to back away from, which they should. They just need to look at the back to the major things like the going-to-the-ground to some kind of simulated routine and those types of things and lay off the ones that just create a lot of angst in people that are watching the games. They are going to have a video they are going to show all the teams on what is and what is not (illegal).

I don’t buy what the NFL Referees Association said with “Let’s forget the referees calling penalties and just let the league fine the ones that they think are excessive.” If you do that, you are kind of encouraging people to celebrate and say, “You know what? I don’t care about the $10,000. I’m going to do this really egregious routine and it won’t cost my team the 15-yard penalty.” You take away the 15-yard penalty, you take Cheap Authentic Jerseys away one of the biggest deterrents. But it will certainly be looser, which I do think it should be.

After being picked by the Cowboys during last week’s NFL Draft, Ryan Switzer is leaving his jersey number pick up to the fans.

The new Dallas wide receiver won’t be able to wear the No. 3 jersey he sported playing in college at North Carolina, so he took to Twitter on Monday asking fans to help him choose a new number he’ll wear professionally.

Switzer, who was selected by Dallas in the fourth round on Saturday, finished his college career at UNC as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (243) and receiving yards (2,903) in addition to holding the ACC record for punt return touchdowns (seven).

The Mets are a frightening mess, so let’s see who we can blame

On Wednesday, Robert Gsellman was awful and his fastball lacked its normal velocity. The Mets lost again, and when everyone woke up on Thursday, Noah Syndergaard couldn’t lift his arm above his head. His start was taken by Matt Harvey, who was noticeably uncomfortable on the mound. After his velocity was down and his command was off, he told reporters that he didn’t know he was pitching until a few hours before the game, and that he had worked out hard the previous day in anticipation of a day off. In that same game, Yoenis Cespedes limped off the field and into a hospital for an MRI.

“The amount of attention being paid is unreal,” ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell said over the phone on Wednesday. “You can say all you want about ‘Stop talking about LaVar Ball, he’ll go away,’ but the people don’t want to stop hearing from him. They secretly love him. He’s an incredible speaker. He’s not a dumb man. As far as media icons go, LaVar Ball is there.”

And while critics and fans alike are quick to proclaim that LaVar Best Place For Cheap Jerseys is hurting his son’s upcoming chances with the NBA, that simply hasn’t proven true. Lonzo’s draft stock as a top-five pick in the 2017 NBA draft is as safe as ever, because at the bottom of all this hoopla is one simple fact: the Balls can, well, ball.

Titans hope Corey Davis is the draft’s best WR. Will small-school talent translate?

Corey Davis was one of the most productive wideouts in college history. The question now is whether his “Tuesday Night MACtion” translates to NFL Sundays.

The Titans bet big on the 6’3 wideout after investing the fifth pick of the 2017 NFL Draft on the WMU Bronco.

In his final three years at Western Michigan, he averaged 88 receptions, 1,446 yards and 15 touchdowns per season. No player in the history of the Mid-American Conference — not even the great Antonio Brown, who attended Central Michigan — has come within 1,000 yards of Davis’ career production.

Davis was one of the nation’s most dynamic receivers last fall, but his biggest games came against opponents not exactly known for their defense. He only had five games with 100-plus receiving yards, versus North Carolina Central, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Buffalo, and Ohio.

“It’s hard in the heat of the moment to know when to pass when you got it Cheap Youth Soccer Jerseys going like that, when to score and Isaiah seems so poised every time,” Al Horford said. “Making the right decision, when to pass the ball, when to shoot it. And you can’t be mad at him because he’s scoring the ball so well when he’s taking shots. He just has that feel.”

The moment belonged to Isaiah Thomas and when the moment was gone, he slipped back into his life as a grieving brother trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. There will be more moments, and he needs as many of them as he can get right now. They are for him and his sister, who wouldn’t let him quit. It would all be so unbelievable if it wasn’t so real.