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MLB Power Rankings: Nationals, Braves shoot into top 5; Mets, Dodgers tumble


Soooooo much has happened in baseball since the release of the SN Power Rankings at the beginning of May that we felt we had to churn out a mid-month update instead of waiting until June, which was the original plan.

Why they’re here: If I had to pick a favorite to win the World Series right now, I’d still probably go with the Astros, mostly because that rotation is just ridiculously good and they still have Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa up the middle. But they’ve scuffled as a team lately, with a 6-7 record through the first couple of weeks of May. And they’ll have decisions to make offensively, too. Can they continue to get at-bats to Jake Marisnick (.141 average, 41 strikeouts and only one walk as the fourth outfielder) and Evan Gattis (81 OPS+ as the primary DH)? They’ll want home-field advantage in the AL again, but getting that best record won’t allow for many hiccups.

After spending two years out of football, Manziel in May signed a two-year deal with Hamilton of the Canadian Football League to rebuild his career. The 25-year-old spent the opener on the sideline playing behind Jeremiah Masoli, who completed 25 of 36 pass attempts for 344 yards and an interception during the 28-14 loss.

Jones said in late May that Manziel had no chance to overtake Masoli as the starter before the June 16 opener.

But Jones was impressed enough with Manziel’s performance — 12-for-20 for 88 yards and 1 touchdown — in the preseason finale against Montreal and everything he has seen off the field to predict a successful comeback to the NFL.

It’ll take two years, Jones said. They’re [NFL executives, coaches] waiting to see that he’s taken care of his off-the-field problems.

From what Jones has seen so far, Manziel is on the right path.

He’s humble, he said. He’s growing up every day.

Trumaine Johnson expects Jets to have ‘the best secondary in the league’


Trumaine Johnson, the Jets ‘ new No. 1 cornerback, isn’t shying away from expectations for his team’s secondary.
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When asked Thursday about his expectations for the group, he didn’t hesitate.

As for Johnson, he doesn’t see a lot of major adjustments as he learns coach Todd Bowles’ defense.

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Growing up in The Bronx and later Coplay, Pa., Barkley said his family did not make a big deal about Father’s Day with his parents, Alibay Barkley and Tonya Johnson.

How I was raised, me and Womens Christian Ehrhoff Jersey my parents, my family, we never been big on things like this, Saquon Barkley said. Every day is Father’s Day for me to my father. And hopefully I can do the right things for my daughter where she thinks the same. I’d rather get something for my dad, I’d rather do the opposite — not just because it’s that exact day. It’s not just that day I’m thinking of you.

Jones informed the Falcons earlier this offseason he was unhappy with his deal and would not be reporting to OTAs or mandatory minicamp. Back in 2015, he signed a five-year, $71.26 million contract, which at the time made him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL.

Jones’ average annual salary of $14.25 million per year now places him eighth among wide receivers, behind names like Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey Green and even Sammy Watkins.

The Falcons can take little bit of solace knowing Jones has been keeping in shape, recently working out with Hall of Famer Terrell Owens.

Jones, 29, has been nothing short of spectacular since being taken No. 6 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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Brady was said to have supported Trump during the 2016 presidential election — though Bundchen denied they had endorsed him — and the president has called him a great friend of mine.

Rays’ Anthony Banda to undergo Tommy John surgery, reportedly could be out until 2020


Rays pitcher Anthony Banda will undergo Tommy John surgery and could be out until 2020, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
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As the league ponders ways to Andy Janovich Youth Jersey boost fan interest and engagement — and attract new fans — peeling back the curtain is the type of thing that could pay big dividends. Fans want to know players, managers and even umpires beyond the stat sheet and routine sound bites. They want to know them as people. They want to see personalities. They want emotions. They http://www.authentickansascityroyalshop.com/Jason-Hammel-Jersey want to relate. In general, MLB continues to struggle with all of this. It’s long been said that the league doesn’t properly market its best players. This is just an extension of that.

In Game 2, the Tigers bit back with a 4-2 win after scoring three runs in the first four innings.

Victor Martinez led the Tigers in the night cap, collecting two hits with an RBI and a walk. Leonys Martin added two hits and two runs scored, while Mike Fiers allowed just two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

The strong outing helped Fiers improve to 5-3 on the season, as the Tigers (29-32) continue to surprise in a rebuilding year

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Braves starter Julio Teheran had a rough night, allowing four runs in just four innings. He also left the game with an apparent injury after failing to reach 90 mph with his fastball.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner told reporters the team needs to add pitching Wednesday afternoon.


It showed why later in the night.
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The bad version of Sonny Gray showed up and a bullpen letdown aided the Yankees’ 5-4 loss to the Nationals at Yankee Stadium before 45,030 fans.

Gray gave up four runs in in five innings on two walks and seven hits, including a three-run shot in the fourth inning to 19-year-old Juan Soto, that trashed the Yankees’ 3-1 lead and made it 4-3 Nationals.

Coaching at Paramus Catholic, one of Don Bosco’s main rivals nowadays, has not been strange, Nova said.

If (Greg) Toal was still at Bosco, it might be a little weird, but Mike and I have a good relationship, Nova said. He’s been in the coaching world, so he knows, and that might be something I want to do as far as moving forward. I figured it was a good opportunity, and I didn’t want to pass up on it…. Coach Whitehead is an old-school dude, and it’s going to be a fun time.

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When he’s healthy enough to take the field, Eifert is a difference-maker for Cincinnati, providing quarterback Andy Dalton with one of the premier red-zone weapons in the league.

In Eifert and speedy second-year deep threat John David Ortiz Jersey Ross, the Bengals have a pair of wild cards capable of swinging their season. For Lewis’ sake, he better hope Eifert is ready to roll by August.

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Bears bring back Zach Miller, despite serious knee injury


The football career of Bears tight end Zach Miller likely ended last season, when he suffered a serious knee injury against the Saints. Even thought it’s doubtful that Miller will ever play again, the Bears have brought him back for 2018.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Bears have re-signed Miller to a one-year deal.

Hence Goodell’s concern about bad agents, and the league’s cautious approach to monetizing sports betting efforts.

If there’s legal wagering, the expectation is the wagers that will be bet will grow astronomically and that kind of growth also creates incentives for bad actors and actions, Ganis said.

There’s been, almost, a regular litany of alleged game-fixing [in Europe] — primarily in soccer, but also in tennis.

But the big focus, at least for the immediate future, will be on pushing Congress to enact laws that will not only force above-board gambling entities to reach agreements with the content rights holders.

At stake isn’t just control of one of the most powerful franchises in sports. This fight is also about money. Lots of it. Lots and lots and lots of it.

Because if whoever does have control decides to sell the team, as ESPN’s Seth Wickersham reported last week, the price could be astronomical:

A NFL ownership source told me recently that if the Denver Broncos hit the market — if the team doesn’t stay in the Bowlen family — it’ll go for such a massive sum that it could reset franchise values and make the Panthers seem like a nice little transaction.

Several league sources told me they think it could be as much as $3 billion.

Johnson was the most reliable performer in coach Hue Jackson’s attack last season, totaling 1,041 yards from scrimmage on 156 touches. Among the best pass-catching specialists in football, he finished third among all running backs in receiving yards (693) and fourth in receptions (74).

Whether Bradford can stay healthy is the biggest question.


The Cardinals felt good enough about Bradford’s health to sign him a two-year deal during free agency. But the veteran’s career has been marred by injuries, and he has played a full 16-game schedule just twice in his career since entering the league in 2010.
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Just think, the Yankees were sure enough this spring that Andujar wasn’t ready to be a big leaguer that they traded for Brandon Drury in February.

Sure, a Belichick rant is typical of the Patriot Way. Last week, during OTAs, he chastised the defense and similarly ordered up impromptu running, high school style. On Tuesday, he also undoubtedly approved of the conditions on the fields outside of Gillette Stadium: Gray skies, light rain, damp, slippery. San Francisco Giants Jersey More difficult to grip the football. More challenging. Just perfect.

Yet given all the noise flowing from questions probing whether the relationship between these two alpha winners is fractured — Brady and Will Lutz Jersey Belichick are prepping for Year 19 together — it’s so tempting for observers to search for clues.

It’s kind of a 50/50 shot: Am I going to get a guy who wants to use a fullback or a guy who is going to save the roster spot and use a tight end? Smith said.

It’s up in the air and you cross your fingers. When Shurmur got hired, my agent and I talked and we said it was a great move for me. I’m excited for the future. The future is looking bright.

Shurmur used his starting fullback for 12.3 offensive snaps per game during his 24-game stint as Vikings offensive coordinator, according to Pro Football Reference. http://www.officialmlbstoreco.com/MLB_JERSEYS_SAN_FRANCISCO_GIANTS-c-1_342.html C.J. Ham played 18 percent of the Vikings’ offensive snaps in 2017 and Smith has watched all of them on film.

Mike Tolbert was a three-time Pro Bowler as a fullback in Shula’s offense with the Panthers.

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The Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, along with the Cup, will be at Nationals Park on Saturday.


The team will be introduced prior to the game and Capitals captain and Conn Smythe-winner Alex Ovechkin will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
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Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (right elbow inflammation) and RHP Jeff Samardzija (right shoulder tightness) threw bullpen sessions. http://www.officialbillslockerroom.com/elite-andre-holmes-jersey Bochy said Samardzija will throw one more bullpen and then throw to hitters or make a rehab start. Cueto said he would like to throw two more bullpens and then a batting practice.

It wasn’t that way in the minors this season when Montas (3-0) had a 1-5 record in nine starts at Triple-A Nashville. But he is 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA with the A’s this season, including eight shutout innings against Kansas City last Friday.

Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis was held out of the lineup because of a sore right knee suffered in a minor collision with outfielder Kevin Pillar on Friday. Travis had knee surgery last June and missed the remainder of the season.

Orioles RHP Alex Cobb (2-7, 6.19) faces Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada (2-6, 5.29). Cobb allowed one run Andre Holmes Jersey 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.Strasburg exits with apparent injury, Giants beat Nats 9-5

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Nick Tropeano (R), 7 percent, Los Angeles Angels at Minnesota Twins: There’s risk here as Tropeano is still searching for consistency after missing all of 2017, but he has shown enough to stream facing a Twins lineup that defines league average against righties.

Tomlinson: Chargers ‘on paper’ are SB title contenders


The star-studded Rams aren’t the only Los Angeles organization facing high expectations in 2018.
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Despite falling just shy of the playoffs last year, the Chargers have been anointed the AFC West’s team to beat by none other than Broncos legend John Elway.

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Now that they’ve added safety Derwin James and linebacker Uchenna Nwosu in the draft, the Bolts’ roster stacks up against any in the AFC.

That’s scary, Lynn told The MMQB’s Albert Breer this week. I don’t know why everybody wants to crown us all of the sudden…. We like our team, we really do. But right now, who in the hell doesn’t like their team? Everyone likes their team right now.

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I’m just taking it day by day, just keeping my faith and knowing my time is coming, he told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday, after the Jets’ fourth organized team activities practice. It has been tough. There are days where I sit back and ask, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ I try to just look at the positives and see that I’m still able to play this game and I am getting healthy.

I’m hoping that the injury bug is gone. It has been frustrating. It’s given me some time to reflect a little bit. It made me miss the game a lot more. It made me appreciate the game a lot more. I feel like mentally, I’m a lot stronger in that aspect, because of these setbacks.

Landon Collins pushing to participate in Giants’ June minicamp


When Giants safety Landon Collins had to undergo a second surgery on his broken arm in April, there were concerns it could be a significant problem: Collins had already had surgery at the end of the 2017 season, and it’s never a good thing when one injury requires two surgeries.

Collins had started every game of his three-year career until missing the final game of last year with that broken arm. Now he’s heading into the final season of his four-year, $6.1 million rookie contract, and he’s eager to make his fourth year his best year.

One NFL player helped Shepherd along the way: Nate Burleson, the former Vikings, Seahawks and Lions receiver who happened to meet Shepherd while Shepherd was working as a doorman at a club. Burleson now works at NFL Network, and the two met again on set, where Shepherd thanked Burleson for his guidance.

Nate, you were actually the first NFL player I ever met, Shepherd said.

Burleson said he remembered meeting Shepherd, who approached him to ask for advice. Shepherd told Burleson that he wasn’t sure if he’d continue playing football, but Burleson said he could see Shepherd had a passion for the game and urged him not to give up. Burleson also gave Shepherd a big tip and told him a day would come when he was making big money playing football.

Before the night was over you said I was gonna make it to the league. You gave me a $100 bill and said, ‘Here’s a little advance on your signing bonus.’ I’ve never forgotten that, Shepherd told Burleson.

Manning threatened to sue Al Jazeera, but he never did.


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The Vikings used the 23rd overall pick on receiver Laquon Treadwell in 2016. He has 21 catches for 215 yards and no touchdowns in two seasons.

Tredwell, 22, played 80 offensive snaps and 47 special teams snaps as a rookie and 500 offensive snaps and 46 special teams snaps last season.
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It seems obviously Treadwell needs to show more, do more and be better in his third season.

It’s important any time you are in your third year; it’s important, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. He is continuing to get better. I think he stopped being so hard on himself and is just letting it flow now. I think that is part of it.

But Treadwell shrugged off the idea it’s a make-or-break season.

Bolden, 23, said he unknowingly used a supplement on the NFL’s banned substance list.

As a professional athlete, I take full responsibility for not verifying the ingredients of the supplement, Bolden said, via a statement released by the team. In the future, I will be much better educated when choosing what to put in my body. It hurts to know that I will not be on the field with my team for the first four games of the season.

Bolden played nine games last season, returning four punts for 23 yards and 19 kickoffs for 396 yards. He played 27 snaps on offense and 122 on special teams.

Victor made an unintentional mistake, but learned a valuable lesson, 49ers General Manager John Lynch said. Professional athletes must be meticulous in their supplement choices. We know Victor is disappointed, but we hope this is a reminder to all our players how important it is to make educated decisions on what to put in their bodies.

Baker Mayfield may have earned the spotlight at the NFL Draft, but Ryan Shazier stole the show.

The Steelers linebacker made a miraculous walk across the stage at AT&T Stadium on Thursday to announce the team’s first-round pick (No. 28), making for one of the Jonathan Huberdeau Youth jersey most memorable moments in draft history.