Phils DFA Mark Appel as they set 40-man roster for Rule 5 draft

Mark Appel, a former No. 1 overall pick, was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

In addition to Appel, right-hander Alberto Tirado also was designated for assignment. Left-hander Elniery Garcia was outrighted by the team.

“Kam is the leader not just of the defense, but of the team,” McCloughan said. “That is what is going to hurt the most if he cannot play, is just that leadership on Sundays — before the game, on the field, in the fourth quarter. If you pay attention to it, Earl is really hyper and flying around, and Kam is the one who settles him down and gets him lined up. They all listen to him. There is a story after I left there about how they were playing music in the locker room before a game and when Kam stepped up to say something, they turned the music off for him.”

Both McCloughan and the coach quoted above used the word “unique” in describing what went into the combined and individual makeup of the LOB. A second coach reached Sunday used the same word when asked about how Sherman, Thomas and Chancellor have helped Seattle execute coach Pete Carroll’s defense.

Despite the fact that big winter moves are no guarantee of postseason success, there are a few general managers and presidents of baseball operations (for those organization who have engaged in title inflation) who should be preparing to be as aggressive as possible this winter, because 2018 might be their best chance to win for a while. Let’s take a look at a few of the teams that have rational incentives to push as many chips in on this coming year as they can.

The top-scoring fantasy tight end in Week 11? You guessed it: Ricky Seals-Jones. OK, maybe you didn’t guess it. But considering Seals-Jones entered Sunday with one career snap to his name, it’s an excusable miss. Seals-Jones caught 3 of 5 targets for 54 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Houston.broncos_062

Mike Mayock thinks Reuben Foster is still a top-10 NFL draft pick after failed drug test

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Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster revealed Thursday that he failed a drug test at the NFL Combine, but NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said Friday that he doesn’t believe it will do much to Foster’s draft stock.

Foster blamed food poisoning for forcing him to hydrate to the point that his urine sample was reported as diluted at the NFL Combine. The league treats that as a failed test, and Foster was later sent home from the event after a heated argument with a hospital worker.
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After Mixon was drafted, Adam Schefter gave us an idea of just how many teams said they would not take him.

One AFC executive told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Bob McGinn, I don’t have the confidence in him to draft him. We can get another back. He added, You may turn down a special guy but the special guy’s got risks. I couldn’t do it.

Another executive told McGinn, How can you in our (large) market? How could you in any market take that guy early or in general? Off the board, an AFC executive said to McGinn. Me, personally, I’d have a very hard time living with that.

Of course, there were four teams who said that they would. An NFC executive that spoke to McGinn said, What he did was terrible. It was three years ago. He got suspended for a year. It’s not like he hasn’t paid a price. Since he did, he’s been fine. It will come down to the owner. I think a lot of owners will be very skeptical doing it. If I was in the 20s I’d take him.

Giants would be smart to sign LeGarrette Blount

Authentic Cameron Fleming Jersey LeGarrette Blount is still a free agent after the Patriots decided to move on from last years rushing touchdown leader. He might not be on the market much longer. The New York Giants and Blount reportedly have mutual interest,according to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport. The Giants would be smart to sign him to bolster their 29th-ranked rushing attack.

He feels like his age isnt slowing him down.

On that point, I feel great,Blount said in February. Im in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to.

I couldnt eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade, Foster told Rapoport. Then a few coaches said something about me being too light. And Im a coach-pleaser. I dont care what everybody thinks, but I care what coaches think. So I drank and ate as much as I could without throwing up. Then I went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test.

Now that Foster has a failed test as a professional, he is in the NFLs drug program, which means periodic, random tests. But he says hes not worried.

Put me in the program, he said. Test me.
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Once considered the consensus top linebacker in the draft class, the concerns stemming from his trip to Indianapolis have caused him to slide on draft boards. Temples Haason Reddick has jumped ahead of him on many mock drafts, although SB Nations Dan Kadar still ranks Foster as the best at the position.

It will only take one NFL franchise to roll the dice on Foster, but concerns about failed tests have scared away teams in the past.

The league cited a conflict of interest as its reasoning.

The NBA issued a memo to team broadcasters on Monday, stripping them of their power to vote for league awards, according to Indiana Pacers play-by-play commentator Mark Boyle. The message cited a conflict of interest, with team broadcasters having a direct impact on local players’ accolades, which in turn could impact their money made in the long term.
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What else do you expect from a legendary wrestler who has spent his entire life trying to get people worked up? Getting cheers and boos is what he lives for.

Flair still keeps up with WWE and notes that his favorites also happen to be his friends. “My favorite is still Triple H but I like [Randy] Orton a lot.” In the early 2000s Flair, Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista formed Evolution, a group that dominated wrestling by touting its past, present, and future. Flair excelled as the elder statesmen ready to pass the torch. It’s a role he has revisited.

Most recently, Flair has accompanied his daughter Charlotte who is making her own mark in wrestling. Billed from the Queen City (that’s Charlotte, N.C.), the second-generation superstar has already become one of the most talented women in WWE as the company focuses more on women as competitors equal to their male counterparts.

Biggest 2017 game: Fresno State (Oct. 6). It’s maybe the best shot at a conference win, but it’s also a chance for a confidence booster after a draining September.

Summary: San Jose State was looking for its personal Fleck when it hired the energetic Brent Brennan to replace Caragher. With a rugged non-conference slate and only a couple of units with senior starters, he’ll probably have to wait until 2018.

Game Anthony Gose Jersey It was only one class, and it was a bit of a house of cards. Some members either didn’t qualify or took a while to.