Birmingham is seventh city to get an AAF team

College football is king in Alabama, but the state will be getting a pro team next year.

Birmingham has been named as the home city for a team in the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football. The league is set to start play next February. Birmingham joins San Diego, Phoenix, Atlanta, Orlando, Memphis and Salt Lake City as sites where teams will play and one more city will be announced to round out the eight-team league.

Per, the team will play home games at Legion Field for at least two years with plans in the works for a new stadium at some point in the future.

The first player the team selected this year was Georgia left tackle Isaiah Wynn, who falls short of the NFL’s practiced height minimum of 6’4 for bookends. There are exceptions to the rule, and Wynn, a former All-American, certainly played the part of a future NFL bookend against SEC competition, but it is unclear if he will play as a bookend or an interior player at this point.

He’s been to campus a number of times now but there were certain aspects of this trek that made it unique. Ugwu wanted to ensure he left with all the information he needed, considering his father, who accompanied him on the visit, had lots of catching up to do.

The visit was very informative, Ugwu told I drove down right after school with my dad and when I got there I received a warm welcome. They were finishing up a workout on the field. I got to spend time with the strength and conditioning coach (Kenny Parker) and also the academic director, and I learned a lot of things from them.

I then had a very long and informative meeting with Coach Ash in his office. Coach Niemann and Coach Blazek were there, too. I was told that I was their No. 1 prospect on their board, and they really want me at Rutgers. I also sat down with Coach Niemann individually just to see my fit at Rutgers and in the defense.

Although a decision could come as early as August, it could spill into the fall, as Ugwu isn’t locked into a specific timeframe. But he would like to wrap things up prior to the 2018 season if he can.

What is the likelihood that Ohtani will need Tommy John surgery?

The UCL does not need to be completely torn for a thrower to require surgery. As I wrote in 2014 about former Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, who was diagnosed with a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow:
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There are pitchers who have successfully returned to competition with only conservative treatment. Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees was diagnosed with a partial UCL tear and underwent Duke Ihenacho Jersey PRP injections and rehab, returning to the mound just over two months later. Ohtani’s teammate Garrett Richards underwent stem cell injection therapy in 2016 and returned to action in 2017.

Los Angeles’ injury woes have picked up steam the past couple days. Santana was scratched from a scheduled start in Pittsburgh on Thursday after getting injured warming up in the bullpen. Roberts had gone to the bullpen 16 times over the two games previous to Friday.

Pederson and Muncy hit back-to-back homers in the sixth, Gabriel Landeskog Jersey the fourth time this season LA has hit consecutive home runs.

Buehler allowed one run on two hits and struck out four. He’s been sensational for a starting rotation that’s desperately needed it.

Nick Markakis singled off Buehler in the fifth to break up a perfect game. Camargo later homered for the Braves, but the Dodgers bullpen pitched well.

We thought maybe when they had to go to the bullpen a little early it would keep them off the mound and we’d have a chance to put something together, but they did a good job holding us and kept adding on, Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Both of Grandal’s home runs came off former teammate and batterymate Brandon McCarthy (5-3), who allowed four runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Ex-cheerleaders send Roger Goodell letter demanding end to ‘inhumane’ treatment

A group of former Texans cheerleaders delivered a letter Monday to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell seeking better pay and an end to inhumane treatment by teams.
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One of the Aldon Smith Jersey key metrics I use to rank my top 300 players correlates to how many stats are in the current MLB universe. Through June Julius Erving Youth Jersey 10, there have been 2,204 home runs hit and 959 stolen bases swiped. Because of this, when it comes to figuring out fantasy value for category-based leagues, part of my calculations will include a weight where, due to scarcity and the fact that each statistical category is weighted equally in the overall standings, stolen bases will be approximately 2.3 times more valuable than round-trippers.

This was slated to be the third and fourth meeting between the teams, but last month’s series was halted by rain. The teams were tied at 3-3 in the middle of the sixth inning of the first game and then the second game was postponed because of rain.

The suspended game will resume next Monday followed by the makeup game.

Reds: RHP Sal Romano (3-7) makes his first career appearance against the Royals on Tuesday at Kansas City.Walk-off walk: Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-3 in 10 innings

Orioles RHP Alex Cobb (2-7, 6.19) faces Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada (2-6, 5.29). Cobb allowed one run over six innings and struck out a season-high seven to beat the Mets on June 5. Estrada allowed one run over six innings in his previous start, but did not get a decision. He’s winless in eight starts and has lost five straight decisions.MLB’s No. 1 pick Casey Mize hit hard by Florida

The Braves (37-28) are in a virtual tie for the National League East lead with Washington (36-27) despite going 2-4 against San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers during a road trip that concluded Sunday. They lead the fourth-place Mets by 7 1/2 games.

Browns claim Anthony Fabiano, Avery Gennesy

The Browns claimed offensive linemen Anthony Fabiano and Avery Gennesy off waivers Tuesday. Cleveland waived punter Michael Carrizosa and offensive lineman Christian Schneider in corresponding moves.

The Colts waived Fabiano on Monday. He originally entered the NFL with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2016 out of Harvard.

Fabiano appeared in four games with one start with the Browns in 2016 before they waived him during final roster cuts in 2017. He saw action in five games with one start with the Colts last year. Fabiano also has spent time on the practice squads of Washington, the Giants and the Patriots.

Clarkson rolls up his sleeves. Tristan Thompson accessorizes, putting his stamp on the outfit the way Will Smith’s character once did to his Bel Air Academy uniform on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

“Will turned his blazer inside out,” Thompson said. “Just because the suit covers a lot — we got the cardigan part, the pants and the blazer — so the way you can make your own style is with your sunglasses or with our shoes now. Now that we’re wearing our own shoes, that’s how we kind of bring the ‘Fresh Prince.'”

That rule, and every other NFL rule regarding gambling, will need to be revisited given that the U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door to legalized gambling. Once teams are benefitted directly and indirectly from wagers on games, the traditional do’s and don’ts regarding gambling will need to be gutted.

Whatever it was, this young supporting cast for the Capitals were like featured players on “Saturday Night Live”: unrecognizable at first, unappreciated in contrast with established cast members, but at the end of the season you couldn’t imagine the show happening without them.

And then you begin wondering who they bring back for another season. Because as Capitals owner Ted Leonsis bellowed after the Game 6 win in Pittsburgh, the first time they eliminated the Penguins in the Ovechkin Era, the kids, er, young players, would be an indication Washington isn’t done yet.ravens_010

Report: Eagles visit with Derrius Guice sparked “shouting match”

Running back Derrius Guice slid to pick No. 59 for a variety of reasons. One specific problem arose from Guice’s team visits, which as Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said earlier in the hour on NFLN did not always go well.

Guice has the power to change that, and maybe his unexpected slide to No. 59 will be the catalyst. Multiple sources have told PFT that, as to his claim that he was asked during the Scouting Combine whether he likes men, Guice told conflicting stories to NFL investigators, preventing them from concluding that the question had been asked.

During a pre-draft visit to PFT Live, I pressed Guice on the question of whether it was a miscommunication, a misunderstanding, or something else. Guice chose to avoid the topic, other than to acknowledge that he had been interviewed three times by NFL Security.

Based on everything that has emerged regarding Guice, Washington’s relationship with Guice may involve more than a few sit-downs and heart-to-hearts in the coming weeks and months. Maybe the switch will flip; maybe he’ll mature.

If he does, Guice could have a long and fruitful career in the NFL. If he doesn’t, he’ll be one of the guys who inevitably is replaced by another draft pick in two or three years.

Obviously, he has proved that he is very accurate with the football. I really think he is a tremendous leader. He has a lot of qualities that we look for. It is somewhat coming out, I think a lot of people had him as their best quarterback. We are very excited to have him and very glad that he is going to be here in this organization.”

General Manager John Dorsey said the Browns staff reached unanimity on Mayfield early this week. But Dorsey and Jackson were sold on the Heisman Trophy winner more than a month ago.

Still, Mayfield will begin his Browns’ career third on the depth chart behind Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton.

“He has got to work his way up,” Jackson said. “He has to earn it. We are not going to give anybody anything. Draft status is just that. You still got to earn the right to play for the Cleveland Browns, and that is what we are going to create here.”broncos_061_d6ba102d513d1c9f-180x180

Cobra Kai Forbath may soon be trying to sweep the league of Daniel-(Carl)son.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the incumbent Vikings kicker hung up when reached by phone after the Vikings made Carlson a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft.

When a team takes a kicker in the middle rounds of the draft, that’s a fairly clear message that the kicker will be the kicker right away. Teams typically don’t have backup kickers or punters; when making that kind of move, the decision has been made to make the rookie the kicker.

McDaniels falls from a Bill Belichick coaching tree that has produced several bad apples, while Reich comes to town fresh off a two-year stretch with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. While there, the quarterback whisperer helped turn raw North Dakota State product Carson Wentz into an MVP candidate in less than 18 months. And then when he lost Wentz, his offense didn’t miss a beat with Nick Foles en route to Super Bowl LII.

He played 67 snaps on defense and 57 on special teams last season.

NFL: Matt Patricia denies 1996 allegation More “As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation,” Patricia said in a statement issued by the Lions. “I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done.”

Thankfully, the truth is on my side, he added. I find it upsetting that someone would bring up this claim two decades later with the intent of trying to damage my credibility.

Robert Snell of the Detroit News revealed details of the 1996 case, which saw the then-21-year-old Patricia charged with a violent sexual assault of an unnamed woman. The then-21-year-old college student said Patricia and another man barged into her hotel room and took turns assaulting her when they were on spring break at South Padre Island, Texas.broncos_127_6e9afbd98ca7b8f6-180x180

Why Jets’ Kelvin Beachum isn’t ready to rave about Sam Darnold just yet

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has gotten a lot of praise recently, including acting owner Christopher Johnson saying Tuesday that the Jets drafting Darnold will eventually be seen as a turning point in the team’s path to greatness.

But the Jets’ veteran left tackle, Kelvin Beachum, isn’t ready to heap praise on Darnold just yet.

He was such a dependable player for us during his time here, missing only three games over nine seasons, and he was always among our leading tacklers, Strunk said in a statement. His play earned him two Pro Bowl selections and the respect of his teammates. Michael also was invested in our community, finding ways to make a difference.

If you think the Detroit Lions are in for another mediocre season, well, Vegas agrees.

The Lions’ opening over-under win total for the 2018 season is eight, according to odds released by Bovada on Tuesday.

That places the Lions third in the NFC North, behind the Green Bay Packers (10 wins) and Minnesota Vikings (10) and ahead of the Chicago Bears (six).

The New England Patriots have the highest projected total at 11, while the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns are tied for the lowest at five.

The reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are one of four teams listed at 10 wins.

You have to hit the open market to get that kind of money, said former agent and salary cap expert Joel Corry. But in the meantime, you have to risk getting hurt on the [franchise] tag, and players like the illusion of security that comes with long-term deals. ‘Rodgers will get more,’ which means a lot for Carson Wentz Ryan’s deal effects a few quarterbacks who are due for new contracts soon, starting with Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers, who isn’t slated to be a free agent until 2020 but has historically done his extensions with the Packers two years early.sharks-006

Pirates-Tigers become 28th postponement in majors this year

The weather keeps wreaking havoc on the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers.

Steady rain at PNC Park on Tuesday forced the clubs to postpone a game for the third time in the first month of the season.

Pittsburgh’s offense has cooled off during its current slide and manager Clint Hurdle believes his team’s struggles are part of a somewhat larger trend, one the weather is impacting. There could be more strikeouts than hits across the majors in a month for the first time, and Hurdle pointed to frigid temperatures as an issue.

“This has been the most challenging weather I’ve ever been a part of, and I’m not playing,” said Hurdle, who spent a decade in the majors as a player from 1977-87 before going into coaching. “It’s hard to hit when it’s cold.”

Pittsburgh had more strikeouts than hits in each game while dropping a four-game set with Philadelphia last week. Hurdle pointed to his own experiences as a player as proof that when conditions aren’t ideal, hitting can become painful.

“Sometimes, you can only have one bad at-bat, the first at-bat of a game, in this kind of weather, (and) that can re-arrange your mental furniture,” he said. “I know if I hit a ball right off the end of the bat, that first at-bat, I knew I didn’t want to do it again. Some of my aggressiveness might have leaked out of me.”

Kluber was charged with three runs. He walked three and threw 116 pitches.

Lindor, Michael Brantley and Edwin Encarnacion homered in the first, and Yonder Alonso and Yan Gomes hit consecutive drives in the sixth for a 6-0 lead against Erasmo Ramirez (0-2), who made his second start this season. Brantley added a sacrifice fly in the third and hit the Indians’ first triple this season in the fifth. Brantley and Lindor each had three hits.

Kluber retired 11 in a row after two singles in the third. Haniger hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

Ramirez, who began the season on the disabled list with a strained lat, has allowed seven home runs in 9 2/3 innings.

On a night when the start was delayed by rain for 10 minutes, the Indians hit three homers in the first inning for the first time since Carlos Santana, Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall connected against the New York Yankees’ Chad Green on July 8, 2016.dolphins_007

Mike Budenholzer, Hawks agree to part ways after five years

Budenholzer spent 17 years as an assistant under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before his hiring in Atlanta in 2013. He won four NBA titles as a member of the Spurs’ staff.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard told reporters, “You win games up front. Y’all are gonna love him.”

The Colts gave up a league-high 56 sacks last season. Asked whether quarterback Andrew Luck would like the pick, Ballard said, “I’m sure he will. I think we see now the importance of the entire offensive line, not just tackles.”

Nelson told reporters: “I would say that I’m a very nasty offensive lineman. I wanna play for the best offensive line in the NFL and protect the best quarterback in the NFL.”

The 49ers also put a premium on protecting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

McGlinchey is expected to take over at right tackle in place of Trent Brown, then possibly transition to left tackle when Joe Staley retires.

The pick came as a surprise to McGlinchey, who did not take a pre-draft visit to the 49ers.

“I had no idea,” McGlinchey said. “It’s definitely a shock but I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of the San Francisco 49ers organization. It has a lot of great history with a lot of great quarterbacks and a lot of great Super Bowls.”

Mike Minor (2-1) allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings to win for the first time in three starts. He walked none and struck out four.

Kevin Jepsen got two outs and Alex Claudio got one, Chris Martin worked the eighth and Keone Kela finished for his fifth save in five opportunities.

Justin Smoak had four hits but was thrown out twice on the bases for the Blue Jays, who have lost six of eight.

Stroman allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, and has given up at least four earned runs in all five starts this season. His ERA rose from 8.55 to 8.88.

The Rangers jumped on Stroman with a four-run first. Mazara hit a two-run single and Gallo followed with a drive to left, his eighth.

Smoak hit an RBI single in the bottom half, but the inning ended when Smoak was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Kevin Pillar’s two-out double. Smoak was also thrown out in the third when he tried to go from first to third on Yangervis Solarte’s single.sl_cardinals_049