After leaving CBS, Tony Gonzalez joins Fox NFL pregame show

Former NFL tight end and future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez is no longer a free agent. The NFL’s all-time leading receiver at the tight end position has agreed to a contract with Fox to be a lead analyst on several programs.

Gonzalez will be “a fixture on Fox NFL Kickoff” moving into virtually the same role he occupied there as he did with CBS Sports since the 2014 season.

“What we do rely on is our medical experts, and we have joint medical experts between the players’ association and the league,” he said at the forum. “To date, those medical advisors have not recommended that we change our policy to permit marijuana use.”

Two months isn’t a long time for a man to change his mind, but it is clear Goodell is not backing away from those comments any time soon.

Two incoming NFL players, Jabril Peppers and Reuben Foster, had diluted samples coming into the NFL Draft, which started Thursday night. Peppers went 25th to the Cleveland Browns, while Foster went 31st to the 49ers.

Foster’s drop could easily be attributed to the diluted sample, which is considered a positive test by NFL standards.

The NFL has taken a strict stand on marijuana use with Goodell at the forefront taking over as commissioner in 2006. He opinions include recreational usage, as well.

Roger Goodell says on Mike & Mike that marijuana is addictive and unhealthy. He’s not on board with letting NFL players use recreationally.
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NFL Draft 2017: Broncos’ No. 1 pick Garett Bolles has baby on board to meet Roger Goodell

Utah tackle Garett Bolles, the first offensive lineman taken in the NFL Draft, scored another first Thursday night.

He was the first player to bring a baby on stage.
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Vic Beasley Jersey After a thorough review of our football operations over the past several months, Kim and I informed Doug this morning that we will be moving in a new direction, read the release from Bills owner Terry Pegula, also speaking on behalf of his wife, Kim.

This was my decision. It was not an easy decision, but I believe it was the right one for the future of the Buffalo Bills.

Whaley, who has held the post since 2013, has been under fire for some time, and a change has been expected. Buffalo News reporter Jerry Sullivan wrote Saturday that, Whaley is a dead man walking at this point, a pathetic figure. As I said a month ago, they should have fired him and been done with it.

Whaley has found himself in some awkward situations in recent months, including the media conference after the season announcing coach Rex Ryan had been fired.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane is the leading candidate to replace Whaley. Beane has a working relationship with new Bills coach Sean McDermott.

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You’ll recall that Cleveland golden child LeBron James willed the Cavs to erase a 3-1 series deficit against the mighty Golden State Warriors.

Look what you’ve done, Sad Sports Fan. You’ve robbed your own city of a precious World Series and poor, poor Cleveland of its first pro sports championship since 1964.

And two of the best stories in sports in 2016, if not ever, are gone. Poof.
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In the first game of the playoff series versus the Islanders back in 2013, Malkin suited up and had a favorable performance without 87, proving he’s still productive with two assists in a 5-0 win. But this isn’t the only time Malkin has shown his prestige when Crosby’s out of the lineup. In the 117 career games Malkin has faced the challenge, he’s tallied 66 goals and 88 helpers — a respectful 1.32 points per game average. This is reassuring because when Crosby is present and leading the top line, Malkin drops his productivity just slightly to an average of 1.15 points per game. It’s clear that losing Crosby doesn’t hinder him; it’s his motivation.

Authentic Womens Ben Scrivens Jersey The way he elevates his game offensively will prove that a team with such talent and depth like this should never be counted out. This is arguably the most perfect player to take the leadership reigns while the Captain reclaims his health in the suites of PPG Paints Arena in a suit and tie.

Game 4 has elements that confirm it’s a pivotal moment for each of these teams, but how the Penguins recover from their unfortunate luck will decide the mood of this series going forward. If the Capitals throw another barrage at Pittsburgh tonight, which they will, I fully expect the Pens to weather it. They’re veterans, their emotions are high, and they’re going to be fighting for their Captain.

Adam Jones says he was ‘called the N-word’ by fans during game at Fenway Park

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones called for better handling of abusive fans after being berated by racist taunts Monday night during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,” Jones said in comments following the game. I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.”

The veteran outfielder, one of 62 African-American players on opening day MLB rosters, is currently in his 12th season. He said that he’s been subject to racism from fans at Fenway Park before, but told USA Today that this was one of his worst experiences as a player.

It’s different,” Jones said. Very unfortunate. I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections tonight in the ballpark. It is what it is, right. I just go out and play baseball. It’s unfortunate that people need (to resort) to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family.

Authentic Youth Karri Ramo Jersey It’s unfortunate. The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on, and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colors.”

Mushidi was hitting shots all over the court at the Nike Hoop Summit in April. The Jazz can’t ride Joe Johnson forever. Maybe Mushidi could fill that role if he continues to develop his body and his game.

Lydon was a breakout freshman a year ago who helped lead Syracuse on an unlikely run to the Final Four as a No. 10 seed. Cuse missed the tournament entirely this season, but Lydon quietly had a productive sophomore season, He’s a shooter who isn’t afraid to mix things up on the glass.

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Why it’s better to laugh with JaVale McGee than at him

JaVale McGee is one of the most underrated figures in the NBA. Yes, he was a punchline for a long time. You could say he was appreciated then, but mostly because we were laughing at him on Shaqtin’ a Fool. Now, we can laugh with him.

McGee’s been better than ever for the Warriors this season, especially in the playoffs when Kevin Durant was missing due to injury. His averages on field goals and field goal attempts have gone up, too.

It hasn’t been easy to shake his old, blundering reputation. He also got into a wild Twitter beef with Shaquille O’Neal over Shaqtin’ that had everyone involved — Durant, the Warriors as an organization, even Shaq’s mom — jumping into the fray.

OK, so that one was maybe a mixture of laughing and looking on in mild horror. But he’s also the butt of jokes that are more in good humor — like Andre Iguodala using toilet paper with his face on it. (Iguodala and McGee have been teammates twice now, first with the Nuggets and now again with the Warriors.)

McGee can poke his own fun, though. He gave the whole Golden State team blankets with Draymond Green’s sleeping face on them, since Green was exposing everyone else’s naps on Snapchat.

NBA aside, we’ve also recently gotten some great glimpses into McGee’s personal life. His latest is posting this picture of him holding his baby daughter like a phone.

This was just the beginning for Westbrook. He would finish with three 50-point triple-doubles on the season.

“Official Photographer”

The world was watching when Westbrook’s Thunder and Durant’s Warriors met for the first time on Nov. 4. The hype was out of control for this game and Westbrook took it to another level when he showed up at Oracle Arena wearing a pinny that said “Official Photographer”.nike_redskins_2188

4 reasons we’re so happy Marshawn Lynch is back in the NFL

Marshawn Lynch is back in the NFL, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Even though he continued to entertain us during his retirement by starting a fire with one of his dreads in the wilderness with Bear Grylls and riding a bike around Houston, Scotland, for a Skittles Super Bowl commercial, football wasn’t the same without his antics.

Whether Lynch was leaping over the goal line or repeating I’m just here so I don’t get fined so often to reporters that he eventually trademarked the phrase, he was never afraid to be himself.

There are many memorable moments from Lynch’s career that kept us waiting eagerly to see what he would do or say next. We’re looking forward to adding many more to this collection from Lynch’s new chapter with the Oakland Raiders.

Watt is an outside backer, unlike his hell-raising defensive end of a big brother. He was a college starter for only one year at Wisconsin, but it was a great year. Watt had 63 tackles and 11.5 sacks for the Badgers. Watt is not massive; he measured 6’4, 252 pounds with 21 bench reps at the NFL combine. But he’s an explosive athlete, with a 4.7-second 40 time and a 37-inch vertical leap. He’s going to get sacks. We like sacks.
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The Steelers have really enjoyed making this sort of pick in the last few years. They got Jarvis Jones from Georgia in the first round in 2013, which failed. They got Ryan Shazier, an athletic inside linebacker from Ohio State, in 2014. That worked well. They got Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree in 2015, and the jury’s still out there.

Elite Kids Orlando Pace Jersey This is the fourth time in five years the Steelers have gone with an uber-athletic linebacker in the first round. That’s mostly because they’ve been old at the position, but I’m convinced it doesn’t hurt that Pittsburgh always rallies around a good linebacker. Watt would be a thrilling first-rounder in this market even if his last name were not Watt and his brother were not a future Hall of Famer.

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.

Dan Rooney’s greatest gift to Pittsburgh: Transforming steel town into City of Champions

“We’ve lot of won a big games in New England,” he said. “We’ve won a lot of games through the years. A lot of great wins, a lot of team victories. But you know, a night off training camp is pretty close to some of our biggest wins.”

From there, Belichick thanked the coaches and praised the state of Ohio — where his NFL head coaching career began with the Browns. He waved through an applause while exiting stage left. Tim Hinton, the Ohio State executive director for football relations, then took the mic and called for an encore.

“If you could take a minute for one more applause for the best coach in the United States of America?” Hinton asked.

Everyone obliged, and few could argue at this point. Even if he’ll never admit it, it’s clear Belichick is enjoying this victory lap. When will it end?

“Sometimes kids think they know it all,” Jim Kelly said then. “Chad’s like a lot of other kids. Sometimes your mom, dad or uncle have advice and you think you know better. It’s part of maturing — how much do you really want this?”

Chad Kelly got into legal trouble before he landed in Oxford. He reportedly fought with bouncers and police officers in Buffalo in late 2014. The Buffalo News said Kelly was accused — though it wasn’t clear by whom — of telling bouncers, “I’m going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place.”

Kelly later took a non-criminal plea deal and agreed to community service. He didn’t get into any similar trouble during his two seasons at Ole Miss.

And at the highlight of Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze era, when the Rebels won the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 2015 season, Jim sat in the Superdome in New Orleans to watch — way, way up in the nosebleeds.
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Silvio Berlusconi finally sells AC Milan.

After three years of headaches with multiple bidding groups, Silvio Berlusconi’s company Fininvest has finally completed the sale of AC Milan. The new owner is Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux, a holding company led by Chinese businessman Yonghong Li.

The Pacers end up with the No. 7 seed and a date with the Cavaliers. Indiana found its identity right in time. The Bulls get No. 8 and a series against the Celtics. What a weird season they’ve had.

Here’s the full schedule for the first round, tipping off Saturday afternoon.

The other important part of Wednesday night was ironing out the NBA draft lottery odds. The Knicks and Magic hurt their odds badly by winning on the final night. The Sixers, unsurprisingly given their experience in this game, came out ahead. The full draft order has some ties that need to be resolved, but Portland is on track to have three picks in the first round.
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