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

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

Jonny Venters, after three Tommy John surgeries, returns to pitch for Rays

Jonny Venters has made a successful return to the majors after enduring three Tommy John surgeries and a six-year absence.

Pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays in his first big league appearance since the 2012 NL wild-card game, Venters entered in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. He retired Chris Davis on a grounder, the only batter he faced.

Dickerson rounded third base, rolled his helmet toward the plate and was mobbed by teammates, with Adam Frazier dumping a jug of Gatorade over him. Nearly two minutes later, the home-run call was upheld, and the Pirates exchanged more hugs. It was just the second home run of the season for Dickerson, who was obtained from Tampa Bay during spring training.

“These guys in the clubhouse have been great,” Dickerson said. “I feel really comfortable here. The guys have treated me wonderfully and we get along really good together.”

Felipe Vazquez (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the ninth created by two singles and a walk. Third baseman Colin Moran fielded a hot shot from James McCann and threw home for a force out, Victor Martinez popped out and Jose Iglesias hit a ground ball that was snagged on a diving play by shortshop Sean Rodriguez, who tossed it to second to end the inning.

“I thought our defense showed up extremely well today,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

The Rangers placed Beltre on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left hamstring. Beltre got hurt in the eighth inning of a 3-2 home loss to Oakland on Tuesday night when he pulled up limping on his way to first base and then gingerly walked off the field after his 3,075th career hit.

Fister had been on the DL since April 10 because of a right hip strain.

The entire Rangers starting infield has changed from the lineup that took the field for the season opener less than a month ago.

Wade, a three-time NBA champion, had no interest in addressing his future after the Heat were eliminated in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Sixers.

“I love Philly, but ain’t gonna be no breaking news here in Philly,” Wade said lightheartedly. “I’m sorry. I appreciate [the concern], but let me worry about that later.”

Wade’s wife, actress Gabrielle Union, addressed the topic in a tweet after Miami’s loss.sl_cardinals_006

Avila leads Diamondbacks in 8-4 win over Phillies

Alex Avila broke out of his slump in a big way.

Avila homered among his three hits and drove in two runs, Robbie Ray struck out 11 while pitching into the fifth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 on Tuesday night.

Avila started his big night by leading off the third with a towering homer to deep right-center off Vince Velasquez (1-3) that caromed off the base of the second deck. Avila began the at-bat in a 4-for-35 slump with 18 strikeouts.

“He’s the guy you saw today,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “Nothing fazes him. There’s an ease to his game. In his mind, he feels like he’s going to hit.”

Dyson followed with a long drive to right to put Arizona ahead 2-0. He was batting .160 before going deep for the first time this season.

The Phillies went ahead in the bottom of the inning. After Aaron Altherr’s one-out, bases-loaded double to right scored two to tie the score, Maikel Franco’s sacrifice fly to left gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead.

The advantage was short-lived though as David Peralta hit a two-run double down the right-field line in the fifth after Velasquez loaded the bases with no outs by sandwiching a pair of walks around a single by Avila.

Arizona then went ahead 5-3 in the sixth on Avila’s one-out RBI single to right.

“TD Garden is going to be great. As a basketball player or fan, one of the places you want to enjoy and be, it’s TD Garden for a Game 7,” said Horford, whose first postseason trip, with the Atlanta Hawks, ended with a Game 7 loss to Boston’s most recent Big Three during the team’s 2008 title run.

Added Horford: “I’ve been on both sides. It’s tough about [Thursday’s loss], but I’m definitely looking forward to Saturday.”

Celtics players lamented their offensive inconsistency during Thursday’s 97-86 loss at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks turned bad Boston offense into easy transition baskets while building a double-digit first-half lead, then fended of some second-half surges.

Now the Celtics need a win Saturday to extend their season.

“The result is our guys get to experience a Game 7, which, again, we didn’t want,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “Game 7 in TD Garden is what you play for. It should be what you’re excited most about. What you worked for all summer, what you worked for all year. It’s a blast.”

The Bucks expect a frenzied atmosphere in Boston.jets_050

The shining sun was a big tease on a cold 41-degree Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Message Bird has for doubters that he’ll get healthy and become star

They were up five runs in the first inning and blew the game, as the Baltimore Orioles rallied to win 8-7 in 12 innings and take three of four in the series.

Trust me on this: The league watches these sort of trends closely.

Maybe Davis is telling the truth. Maybe it was all an accident. Maybe it isn’t his fault. Maybe the NFL was wrong, or the supplement manufacturer added something. Maybe the players who spoke with B/R are wrong. Maybe whatever.

But it’s hard to give a player the benefit of the doubt in this ongoing PED war when we’ve heard these types of excuses so many times before.

The North team sacked Manziel with 58 seconds remaining in the game to force a turnover on downs, which allowed the North to run out the rest of the clock and seal the victory.

The South team got the ball back with two minutes left and needed to go 80 yards for the go-ahead score. Manziel kept the drive alive with an 11-yard scramble on 4th-and-10.

The South offense stalled after that first down, though, and the North defense suffocated Manziel on a designed run on fourth down to end the South’s comeback attempt.

Manziel finished 8-of-16 for 79 yards and one touchdown through the air. His lone touchdown pass came on the first play of the second quarter. He rolled to his right and found former Baylor wide receiver Antwan Goodley in the back of the end zone:

Former Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans delivered what proved to be the decisive score of the game when he connected with former North Carolina tight end Jack Tabb on a 30-yard touchdown pass with 10:36 left in the fourth quarter.bills_007

Miguel Cabrera back in lineup after leaving previous game

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup after leaving the previous game because of left hip flexor tightness.

Sanchez should’ve automatically been called out for having essentially passed Stanton on the bases. Once the tag was applied to Stanton, he would’ve been declared out, too. That all means the play should have ended in a double play. It didn’t happen that way.

After a lengthy discussion among the umpires that included a vociferous argument from Orioles manager Buck Showalter, the ruling of one lone out — Stanton — stood.

The MLB rulebook actually cites a similar example of a trail runner (Sanchez) reaching a base while the lead runner (Stanton) is in a rundown. The rule says, “the trailing runner is out and third base is unoccupied. The lead runner is entitled to third base if he returns to touch it before he is out … unless he is declared out for abandoning the bases.”

Andrew Benintendi hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Boston’s wild six-run eighth inning, and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 on Sunday for their eighth straight win.

Miller is hitting .222 with a home run and five RBIs this season.

The Rays are replacing Miller by adding right-handed pitcher Ryan Weber from Triple-A Durham.

He will become the third player born in St. Petersburg, Florida, in Rays history.

It was important for the Giants to see Beckham at the facility this spring. They want to see him work out in order to make sure he’s running well and pain-free before they’re willing to invest long term in his services. They also want to make sure he’s willing to buy into the new program being installed by Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman.buccaneers_078

Lamar Jackson Rumors: Teams Struggling to Book 2018 NFL Draft Meetings with QB

NFL teams are reportedly struggling to set up individual meetings with Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson ahead of next month’s draft, according to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock.

I’ve had several teams tell me they’re having trouble just getting to set up appointments to meet with him, Mayock said on NFL Network on Thursday. Not just work out, but appointments to meet with him, to put him up on the board, to work him out, to have dinner with him. And remember, and again I’m not taking a shot here at anybody, his mom is representing him, his mom has obviously his best interest at heart, but you’re doing the kid a disservice if NFL coaches and general managers are calling and you can’t even get an appointment set up.

Jackson was on hand for Louisville’s pro day Thursday but once again declined to go through any athletic testing. He threw at the NFL combine but declined to do testing there as well, saying he wants to be judged as a quarterback.

The Wyoming product never completed better than 56.3 percent of his passes during his collegiate career. However, some scouts have been fawning over him due to his traditional makeup. Jackson vs. Allen has become something of a battleground on social media and talking head shows, with some wondering if Jackson is being discounted because he is black.

That said, given his tenuous draft status, it’s not a great look that some teams have been unable to schedule meetings.

The 35-year-old Gonzalez also was on base four times with two hits and two walks in his New York debut. The five-time All-Star first baseman was signed for the major league minimum during the offseason after struggling with a bad back last year with the Dodgers.

New York catcher Kevin Plawecki also had two walks and two hits, including a late RBI single.

Chris Ash is not going to say there’s a No. 1 guy at all yet in regards to Rutgers’ unproven wide receivers group, but Bo Melton is certainly making his case.

The sophomore wideout continued to impress Thursday during the Scarlet Knights’ seventh spring practice, making several impressive catches during the period the session was open to reporters while flashing the home run hitter potential the Scarlet Knights’ offense desperately needs.nike_broncos_063-500x500

Smoak lifted Robertson’s 92-mph fastball well over the wall in center field, turning a 4-3 Yankees lead into an insurmountable deficit.

Robertson walked Donaldson to get to Smoak, who was already 2-for-3 with a homer, and got into an intense battle with him that saw several full-count fouls and the Rogers Centre crowd dying with each pitch.

Sueng Hwan Oh closed it out for the Blue Jays, who lose the first two games of the series and then won the next pair.

Sonny Gray had killer stuff but the Jays made him work and he lasted just four-plus innings and 89 pitches. He struck out eight, walked three and gave up seven hits, including Devon Travis’ RBI single in the second inning that put Toronto ahead, 1-0.

Stanton, new to left field, made an excellent play in the sixth. The natural right field, playing out of position to make room for Aaron Judge in left field and because of several hurt outfielders, covered a lot of ground to his right to catch Kendrys Morales’ long fly to the corner, near the wall.

Judge shined on defense, too.

Gift Ngoepe singled to right field with one out in the second inning. Russell Martin, with no outs and the top of the order due up, tried scoring from second base. Judge threw him out at home, the ball hitting catcher Austin Romine’s glove right in front of the plate and beating Martin by a hand’s length.
Taylor Hall, Keith Kinkaid, Kyle Palmieri, Nico Hischier and the New Jersey Devils will aim to inch closer to a playoff spot when they visit Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Bell Centre in Montreal.

Of course, Brady – unlike any quarterback before him – has always been able to defy the odds and achieve peak performance when others failed to do so (look no further than Peyton Manning’s last two years in the league).

Still, the team is aware of his age and what it entails – just ask Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who spoke about New England selecting a quarterback earlier this week: I’m going to put my fan hat on, and obviously at some point we have to, Kraft said, when asked if picking a quarterback in the draft can be seen as a high priority for the franchise right now ( via ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss ). Not just that, the 76-year old continued, but think what happened in the ‘08 season when in the first quarter against Kansas City, Tom goes out. How many people would have said that Matt Cassel would have led us to an 11-5 season I put my faith and confidence in Bill [Belichick]. He knows his responsibilities. Anything can happen, even if Tom comes in tip-top shape.patriots_150-223x223