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pitcher enjoyed another solid performance in Thursday’s outing againve to move quickly if Xavier Mbuyamba impresses in trials.The MVV defender, 17, is currently trialling with Chelsea this week.However Mbuyamba, who has been likened to Virgil van Dijk, is also a target for Liverpool, who want to also offer him the Dodgers. Blanton, who madefter victory at Getafe.Pique, Barcelona’s third captain, sent a mess 23-year-old, who has shown for the Cherries in the Premier League in the first eight games of this season, has not played for his country yet.He is now on his third call up, and he is hoping that it will be the moment that allows him to get on the page to the board in the mixed zone of the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.”We have to be united, the fans and the board,” said Pique. “When one person doesn’t want to get angry, there are no his fourth and final start of the spring, tossed six scoreless innings and yielded five hits. He also struck out four and did not issue a walk as he picked up a no-decision. Blanton finished spring training with a 2.37 ERA and 0.68 WHIP.

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pitcher eere are rumours that Depay may leave for a bigger and better project.The recent transfer window brought rumours of a possible move to Liverpool, but nothing materialised.However, Depay’s biography Simon Zwartkuis believes the player is very happy in ndured a rough performance as he served up a home run for the second straight start Sunday against the Cubs in Cactus League action. Milone, who made his fourth start of the spring, allowed a solo home run to Dave Sappelt in the second inning. He then gave up two more in the fourth and one more in the fifth. Milone allowed four runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of work in a 12-6in Chelsea training yesterday after completing his loan with Wigan Athletic.The right-back, 19, headed back to Cobham this week following his stunning season with Paul Cook’s side and will be looking to make an impression before the summer break.Jame win. He also struck out two and did not issue a walk as his ERA se Lolley.The Daily Mail says he is at the top of Dean Smith’s list for a spot on the right wing but could cost £10million.Lolley is a Villa fan and used to watch matches from the Holte End, so a move would appeal. The 26-year-old has enjoyed the besits at 4.73 this spring.

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The Blue Jays placed starting pitcher , who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in June, oay’s 1-0 win over Manchester United. Playing alongside brother Sean in midfielder on his debut, Matty Longstaff scored the winning goal to cap off a memorable day at St. James’ Park.a remain hopeful that Manchester United or Manchester City will come in for P striker being offered new terms by Real president Florentino Perez.After hitting a brace in last night’s 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents PSG, Benzema said: “I feel good. It’s with work. This is my home here in Madrid, I feel a lot of trust hilippe Coutinho in the coming week.Sport says the LaLiga giants are actively looking to move the former Liverpool star on.However, they are doing so quietly in order to sto”What an amazing day for the Longstaff family. Well done and congratn the 60-day disabled list Monday.

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tition from England for Fluminense teen Miguel Sil


Fresh off signing his seven-year, $175 million contract last Wednesday that made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, Mariners starter said it felt good to be back on the field with the team. He also dismissed outcry from his native Venezuelans who feel tskjaer admits he didn’t feel welcome at the cly are eyeing Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez.AS says City are monitoring Nunez leading up to the summer market as they seek to strengthen their defensive options.Indeed, City management plan to buy two centre-halves and have Nunez on their radar.ub after Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.After leaving his role as ­reserve coach in 2011 Solskjaer admits he felt unwelcome at Old Trafford after the ­legendary Scot had left.“I’d been there once sinchat playing for the country in the World Baseball Classic is more important thaBenfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes is on the brink of signing with Tottenham in an extended loan arrangement.Sky Sports says Fernandes is close to joining Tottenham on an 18-month loan deal, after choosing the club over London rivals West Ham.The 21n the major-league club. “Some guys say good things about me, some guys no,” Hernandez said. “You know, it’s a decision of my own and I just want to be here with my teammates and after this, they better understand.”

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Despite — the Cubs’ incumbent closer — facing legal charges out of the the Dominican Republic, new Chicago relief pitcChelsea boss Frank Lampard has warned his kids not to relax.Lampard admits he constantly worries about a long winning streak leading to a decline in intensity on the training ground.He said: “I remember having good runs of form as a player and then slightly relaxing in training and my form turning and having to reassess myself.“The older I got, the more fearful I became of any good patches.“So that is something which I am always driving home to the players.“If I ever felt there was a lack of effort in training or during the game I would deliver a strong message, even if it’s not nice to hear.“That is something that has to come from the manager, so unfelsea winger Christian Pulisic is considering his future.Pulisic may seek an exit in January if he continues to be left out of the side by Frank Lampard, says the Chelsea-future-youngster-grows-frustrated-lack-opportunities.html”>Chelsea-future-youngortunately I do have to play the bad cop at times.“But I’m not a manager that is full of rollockings because if you do that on a reut the potential of the current team.The Azzurri have finished second over the last two seasons.“I can see more enthusiasm now compared to past pre-season camps. There are many fans and that’s pleasing, so we hope to have a great campaign and repaygular basis it just becomes white noise and has no effect.“Players respond in different ways to that sort of thing.“If there is a moment when a very tough approach might be needed then that’s what you do. If a firm b******ing is required to put people on edge, that’s good in a positive way.“But to do it consistently — who wants that every day?”her said Saturday he is not focused on being the primary option in the ninth inning. “The decision is not up to me but the coaches,” Fujikawa told .com. “My job is to get outs and as I do that, I’ll try to make it a tougher decision for the coaches to make.”

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Packers left tackle admits he lobbied ref to throw flag on Lions, appears to have committed penalty himself


The award for most controversial win of Week 6 definitely goes to the , who pulled out a victory over the on Monday on a night where the officiating crew seemed to forget the rules of football. 

During Green Bay’s 23-22 win, thete Mohamed Salah to stay with Liverpool.Elneny, currently on-loan with Besiktas, says Salah has no reason to leave Anfield.He told Bein Sports: “He’s a superstar in Liverpool. If I were him, I would stay in Liverpool. For me, he currently plays for ore were several questionable calls in the game that went against Detroit, with the two biggest ones coming late in the fourth quarter when Lions’ pass rusher was called for illegal hands to the face on two separate plays. The penalties were somewhat surprising when you consider the fact that Flowers had never been flagged for illegal hands to the face in his entire career. 

Of course, one person on the field who probably wasn’t surprised to see Flowers get flagged was , and that’s because the Packers left tackle actually lobbied the officiating crew to start penalizing Flowers late in the game. 

After the win, Bakhtiari admitted that he had a talk with officials about Flowers illegal style of play. 

“I went over to the ref,” Bakhtiari said, . “I said, ‘Hey, are we not calling hands to the face again? Because the past three plays, I’ve been staring at the sky.’ And he’s like, you know, he’s not looking at my side, but I at least made him aware.”

According to Bakhtiari, Flowers should have been penalized multiple times in the game. 

“I can definitely tell you, for a good portion of the game, I was getting my throat punched in, and I was looking up at the sky a fair amount,” Bakhtiari said. “If you think about it, if your hand is in my throat, you’re probably hitting my facemask, which is pushing my head up in the sky.”

Whatever Bakhtiari said to the refs apparently worked, because Flowers wasmed they can sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco this summer.City boss Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the Spaniard and sees him as an eventual successor for David Silva. Silva will leave City at the end of next season.Onda Cero says Real have assured Cit penalized twice in the fourth quarter, with both penalties coming on key third down plays. In both instances, the Packers were awarded an automatic first down, and they ended scoring on both drives that Flowers was penalized. 

Before Bakhtiari pleaded with the refs, Flowers hadn’t been penalized in the game, and the Lions’ pass rusher has he was playing that would have warranted a flag. 

Although referee Clete Blakeman insisted that , the didn’t fully agree with that assessment when the subject came on Tuesday. During an interview at the Fall League Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, an NFL executive admitted that the second call against Flowers . 

For the NFL, the worst part of these controversial calls isn’t that they were botched, it’s how badly they were botched. Not only did Flowers get flagged for a phantom penalty, but if anyone should have been called for illegal hands to the face in the fourth quarter, it probably should have been Bakhtiari. On the two plays were Flowers was penalized, replays from the game clearly show that it was Bakhtiari who had his hands on Flowers’ facemask. 

The fact that the officials threw a flag on Flowers on a play where they probably could’ve penalized Bakhtiari only makes the league look worse. 

Although there’s no easy fix to the NFL’s officiating problem, we did of the Pick Six Podcast, which is our daily NFL podcast here titles this season.Chelsea have won just one of their first four league games, losing 4-0 to Manchester United on the opening day and were held by newly-promoted Sheffield United, at home, in the last match.”I think Chelsea can win some titles this at that’s hosted by Will Brinson. I joined Brinson, Ryan Wilson and Sean Wagner-McGough to discuss how the NFL can fix its officiating issues, because literally anything would be better than what they’re doing now. 

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Matt Ryan consecutive starts streak ends at 154: Here’s a look at the NFL’s longest quarterback streaks


was ruled out for the for Sunday’s game against the with a high ankle sprain, ending one of the more impressive streaks in history. In a year where starting quarterbacks have suffered injuries and missed games, Ryan was able to avoid the injury bug for seven weeks and up his consecutive starts streak to 154 games, fifth on the league’s all-time list for quarterbacks. 

The last time Ryan missed a game was Week 14 of the 2009 season; his 154-game streak was the second longest in the league among active NFL quarterbacks. quarterback holds the longest active streak at 215 games, dating back to his first staing last night’s stunning win at Real Madrid.City won in Madrid 2-1 last night for the first-leg of their Champions League round 16 tie.Guardiola stressed: “I have to know my opponents.“We had ten free days and in those days I watched so many Reart for the Chargers in Week 1 of the 2006 season. Rivers is second all-time on the list, 82 games behind Brett Favre for No. 1. To reach Favre’s streak of 297 games, Rivers would have to play five more seasons, along with the remainder of this season. If Rivers were to catch Favre, he would reach him in his age 43 season in 2024. 

quarterback now has the second-longest streak for consecutive starts among active quarterbacks with 134, which is sixth all-time. Stafford started his streak in Week 1 of the 2011 season. Eleven players have started more than 100 consecutive games, with quarterback accomplishing the feat twice. Brady’s first streak of 111 games — from his first start in Week 3 of the 2001 season to Week 1 of the 2008 season — was snapped when he tore his ACL. His second streak of 112 games went from Week 1 of the 2009 season to Week 17 oard and Manchester United could raise over £220m from simply two player sales – and be left with nothing to show for it. That is, apart from a glaring gap in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s line-up.Yes, there is a good case to be made for Paul Pogba’s sale. f the 2016 season, and was snapped when he was suspended the first four games of the 2016 season because of the “Deflategate” controversy. 

Here are the longest consecutive starts streak for quarterbacks in NFL history:

QuarterbackConsecutive Games Started (Regular Season)

Brett Favre  

297 (9-27-92 to 12/5/2010)

Philip Rivers 

215 (9/11/2006 – Active)


210 (11/21/2014 to 11/23/2017)


208 (9/6/1998 to 1/2/2011)

Matt Ryan 

154 (12/20/2009 to 10/20/2019)

Matthew Stafford 

134 (9/11/2011 – Active)


122 (9/7/2008 to 11/22/2015)


119 (9/9/2012 -Active)

Ron Jaworski 

116 (9/18/1977 to 11/25/1984)

Tom Brady 

112 (9/14/2009 to 1/3/2016)

Tom Brady 

111 (9/30/2001 to 9/7/2008)

Joe Ferguson 

107 (9/18/1977 to 9/23/1984)

And here are the longest consecutive starts streak for active quarterbacks:

QuarterbackCove to Wolves.“I’m fine,” the 21-year-old told Milan News.“As for whether I’m disappointed, you’ve also seen it… I have nothing to say. I’m always ready and fired up.“Reading the messages of the Milan fans got to me. It means I made a positivonsecutive Games Started (Regular Season)

Philip Rivers 

215 (9/11/2006 – active)

Matthew Stafford 

134 (9/11/2011 – active)

Russell Wilson

119 (9/9/2012 – active)


72 (9/13-2015 – active)

The longevity of Ryan’s streak makes his feat all the more impressive. Only five quarterbacks have started 150 consecutive regular season games in the 100-year history of the NFL. While that list may grow over the next few years, that shouldn’t take away the incredible durability of Ryan. 

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2020 NFL Draft prospects from the Pac-12: Oregon’s Justin Herbert the headliner, but keep an eye on Utah


The Pac-12 had five Top 50 selections in the 2019 Draft, and next year that figure is bound to be higher. 

With multiple top-end players returning to Oregon — most namely quarterback Justin Herbert — Washington always churning out highly touted prospects, and the always chippy Utah and Stanford in for big seasons, the conference features an array of intriguing draft prospects. 

Let’s take a look at the most promising players on the 2020 radar from all 12 schools.

Herbert is my heading into the season. He has all the tools to not only be the No. 1 overall pick next year but a franchise quarterback for a long time at the pro level. The Oregon star just needs to refine his game a touch, mostly by way of his . At 6-5 with effortless athleticism and what I routinely call a live arm, when Herbert’s in rhythm, his game reminds me of Andrew Luck at Stanford. But the stinker contests popped up in 2018, outings in which he looked like a completely different — and lost — quarterback. 

Manning the right side of Oregon’s stellar offensive line — he predominantly played right tackle and right guard in 2018 — Throckmorton is a people-mover in the run game and is adequate when needing to get out in front of the play. In pass protection, bull rushes rarely faze him. Edge rushers with an inside move do. The same goes for twists and any other type of scheme that makes him slide laterally. He rarely lunging at defenders. Throckmorton would be considered a good, not great athlete for the guard position and an average-at-best athlete for the tackle spot. With another clean year — particularly with better quickness — he could be a solid Day 2 pick or even jump into Round 1. 

Dye is a towering presence in the middle of Oregon’s defense at 6-4 and 227 pounds. He’s registered back-to-back 100-plus tackle seasons and knocked away five passes to go along with an interception in 2018. 

The senior is more of a speed-based block-avoider than a head-on, stack-and-shed ‘backer. Some defensive coordinators will be fine with that. Others will hate it. Because of his tremendous length, Dye has a large tackle radius and obviously can get to the football in the air on throws that would just be out of the reach of smaller players at his position. He’s a plus athlete who moves freely in coverage. With more physicality to his game and a sustained level of ball production on pass plays, Dye will be widely considered a Day 2 lock.

Moss runs with an extreme hammering nature. He has back-to-back 1,000-plus, double-digit touchdown seasons on his resume and reached those marks last year in nine games before going down with a knee-ligament tear. The 5-10, 222-pound back has some wiggle to his game but is more of a subtle slasher through the line than someone who’ll deploy multiple lateral cuts on a run to make defenders miss, and he can stonewall linebackers in pass protection. Blessed with good speed for his size, Moss has a semi-throwback game that’s effective in the modern day.

Johnson looks bigger and longer than his listed height and weight of 6-0 and 195 pounds. He has long arms he uses well. After six pass breakups and a pick in 2017, Johnson disrupted four throws and intercepted four others last season. His hips are tight, and he’s not the most dynamic change-of-direction cornerback, but his length and aggression do him plenty of favors. Because of his in-your Kante out of his squad.Blues chief Frank Lampard wants his midfielder Kante to have a proper rest after a knee injury and sprained ankle so far this season.And ex-Chelsea anchorman Deschamps has agreed to leave the 28-year-old out of next month’s Eu-face style, Johnson gets overly grabby relatively often. He needs to clean that portion of his game before getting to the . But he’s quick to read the quarterback’s eyes in zone and doesn’t shy away from any contested-catch situations. He really battled 2019 second-round selection JJ Arcega-Whiteside last year. With better technique in press, along with a tick more twitchiness and recovery speed, Johnson should land in within the top 50 picks in 2020.

Anae’s very active — albeit not heavy — hands instantly pop on film, which is a good start to a pass-rusher profile.

Now listed at 6-3 and 265 pounds, he didn’t look nearly that filled out in 2018. The above-average athlete for the edge-rusher spot had 14 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks to go along with three pass breakups as a junior. At times he plays high and despite jagged movements and a relatively high motor, he’s not overly powerful. With more strength in his punch, Anae could be a major riser during the pre-draft process. 

Blackmon snagged four picks and knocked away six passes in 2017 as a sophomore before upping his pass-breakup total to 10 in 2018. He’s more athletic than Johnson and plays with impressive technique and physicality. Because of his athletic gifts, Blackmon stays in phase with receivers down the field and can get back into their hip pocket in a hurry if beaten off the line. His click-and-close speed pops on film too. I wouldn’t be surprised if many ultimately prefer him over Johnson in the 2020 Draft. 

A rangy, long-limbed corner with smooth athletic gifts, Adebo emerged as one of the best playmakers at his position eil.The Burnley Express says McNeil’s breakout campaign, in which he scored three goals and made five assists from 21 Premier League appearances, has attracted interest from several clubs including Everton, Newcastle and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester Cilast season with 17 pass breakups and four interceptions. Quick-twitch receivers will be his biggest test in 2019, but I’m enthralled by his ability to match up with long wideouts on the outside. Listed at 6-1 and 190 pounds, Adebo could stand to add some weight (and strength) to better his game in press coverage, but there’s not much to dislike about what he brings to the field at this juncture. He’ll start the year as my No. 3 cornerback prospect behind Virginia’s Bryce Hall and LSU’s Kristian Fulton. 

Little was the , per 247 Sports, and on film the smoothness in which he moves at 6-7 and 309 pounds makes you understand why he was so highly touted coming out of high school. As a run blocker, his power is evident, although he needs to get more balanced and play with stronger grip strength when dealing with counter moves. He glides in his pass sets with a fundamentally sound base and great knee bend, but he needs to maintain his equilibrium after contact much better than he did in 2018. Little will get plenty of opportunities to showcase his pass-blocking skills with his quarterback uncorking many throws on long-developing routes in 2019.  

Costello is the perfect quarterback to operate Stanford’s vertical-based passing offense that features big targets and plenty of contested-catch situations. He’s a big-framed, big-armed pocket passer with a gunslinger mentality, a quarterback unafraid to try to fit the ball through tight windows or even target his large pass catchers when they aren’t open. He tossed 29 touchdowns to 11 interceptions at 8.6 yards per attempt with a 65.1 percent completion rate as a junior in 2018. With what is poised to be another productive season, Costello has the size and arm to move into the first-round discussion.

With Arcega-Whiteside, Kaden Smith, and Trent Irwin gone, Parkinson is positioned to become Costello’s favorite target this season. The 6-7 sophomore reeled in 29 passes for a hefty 485 yards (16.7 yards per) with seven scores last year. As expected, based on his position and the school for which he plays, Parkinson is a high-point specialist with plus body control. He’s a seam-stretcher by the classic definition. He’ll begin the year on the mid-round radar.

Shenault enters the season as my . I loved what I saw from him in 2018 by way of yards after the catch, contact balance, and sheer explosiveness. I’d love his film even more if he’s able to showcase intricacies of playing the receiver spot. He was almost used as a schemed offensive target in the quick game but did flash high-end speed and plus ball-tracking ability down the field. There’s a lot of Sammy Watkins to his game. 

The junior college transfer arrived to Colorado in a big way last season, as he led the Buffaloes with 15.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. And his production was likely hindered slightly by the fact he was utilized on three-man rushes decently often. Johnson looks like a nose tackle but has the burst of an interior penetrator. 

His hand work is still a work in progress but certainly not non-existent. If he has a similar stat line in 2019, he should solidify himself as a Day 2 or early Day 3 option because of what he brings to the field as a pass rusher. 

The 6-5, 230-pound Montez looks the part with a live arm and impressive mobility for his size. While he completed passes at a higher rate in 2018 than in his sophomore season, his yards-erlecht.When the versatile midfielder joined Wolves on a season-long loan in August 2018, the club had an obligation to sign the 24-year-old when the 2019 summer transfer window opened.Wolves football chief Kevin Thelwell told the club’s website: “per-attempt average dropped and his touchdown-to-interception ratio essentially stayed the same. With more calmness inside the pocket, better decision-making from game to game, and fewer errant throws to all levels of the field, Montez will be draftable in the middle rounds because of his inherent talents and starting experience. 

Adams has been on the draft radar for what seems like ages. But two serious injuries — ACL and neck — have kept him at Washington for what will now be five seasons. For context on the length of his career, Adams was a First-Team All-Pac 12 selection back in 2016. At 6-8 and 318 pounds, Adams is a mountain of a man and tosses defensive linemen in the run game. As a pass protector, he moves relatively well for his size, but his lateral-movement ability gets stretched to the limit against rushers with counter moves. If he can stay healthy for a full season and demonstrates more quickness in his pass sets, Adams could, conceivably, sneak into the back end of Round 1. He’s more likely a project-y Day 2 type. 

At 6-1 and 302 pounds, Harris is a fire hydrant of an offensive center. His low striking point benefits him a great deal when attempting to anchor against bigger, more powerful rushers. Also, another element of Harris’ uniqueness is his rapidly churning feet that help him against pure penetrators. He can get to reach blocks across a gap most centers can’t and is effective on combos to the second level. His lack of size and sheer power does hurt him at times though. Harris gets overpowered on occasion, and for as quickly as he resets his hands in hopes of regaining control of who he’s blocking, he lunges more often than you’d expect for a very experienced player. Also, he’s not always the most aware of stunts or blitzes. Harris will be a four-year collegiate starter when he enters the NFL. 

Compared to the modern-day linebacker, the 6-3, 235-pound Weaver isn’t a super athlete. He’s just productive. Instincts, long arms, power, and high-energy play led to him loading the stat sheet in 2018 for the Bears. He had 155 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, and two picks across 13 games. More suddenness toward the football would go a long way in boosting Weaver’s stock into Day 2 territory. 

Davis has improved in each of his three seasons at Cal, and his junior year would be considered a breakout with 53 tackles, four picks, and five pass breakups from primarily a deep safety spot. The 6-1, 200-pound senior has oiled-up hips and ankles and can really range from center field to get his hands on the football, but he’s not an authoritative tackler. The latter aspect of him game can be basically ignored if he continues to improve as a playmaker from the free safety position because those type of players are rare.

Benjamin is a fun, change-of-direction specialist with a low center of gravity and impressive burst through the second level. In 2018, the 5-10, 200-pounder logged a whopping 300 carries and eclipsed the 1,600-yard mark on the ground. Important too, he snagged 35 receptions and registered 263 yards on those catches. Benjamin has the springiness in his legs to turn what should be four-yard gains into eight-yarders and has a nasty stop-on-a-dime jump cut he uses regularly. The Sun Devil star runs bigger than his size and plays with good contact balance. Benjamin’s game is very reminiscent of Kareem Hunt. 

Pittman’s arrow has been pointing up since he stepped on USC’s campus, and he turned in a dynamic junior season with 48 grabs for 758 yards (25.3 percent market share) with a team-high six touchdowns. He’s steadily filled out his frame throughout his time in SoCal, and now is listed at a reasonable 6-4 and 220 pounds, but doesn’t play like a normal tall, stiff wideout. No, Pittman isn’t going to lose corners on a route with two breaks, yet he’s smooth enough to generate separation when needed and is dynamic for his size in the open field with the ball in his hands. With another season as the Trojan’s top target on what should be an improved offense under true sophomore J.T. Daniels, and Pittman should move onto the draft radar because of his catch radius and athletic gifts.

The tiny back with tons of juice, Taylor is a lightning-quick runner with a low center of gravity. He hides among the trees and reappears at full speed through tiny cracks in the defense and has plus vision to hit the cutback lane on outside runs. 

Because of his strong lower half, he plays a little bigger than his listed size and doesn’t go down on first contact as often as you’d expect. In 2018, he ran for 1,434 yards at 5.3 yards per carry on 255 rushes and also caught 16 passes for 183 yards. With another big year, Taylor has the elite explosiveness to land on Day 3 despite his size and outplay his draft position in the NFL. 

The 6-4, 228-pound wideout sticks out as a part of what is typically a smaller receiver group at Washington State, and he plays to his size with upper-level high-point skills. The film shows what look like gigantic hands, and he rarely lets the ball into his body, meaning he can shield defenders from the football as he makes catches with his arms extended. A lack of acceleration, long speed, and plus separation skills will likely ding him during the pre-draft process. He needs a big year to cement himself as a draftable prospect after accounting for just 16.7 percent of the Cougars’ receiving yards in 2018. 

Holmes was the according to 247 Sports. And while his tape hasn’t always been steady, Holmes has undoubtedly flashed in his first two seasons at UCLA. He tallied three picks as a freshman with three pass breakups and had three more interceptions in 2018 while boosting his pass-breakup figure to eight. Blessed with elite speed and insane twitch, Holmes is more of an athlete right now than a polished corner. With more refinement to his game — with press at the line, staying in phase down the field, and learning to not bite on double moves — Holmes will skyrocket up draft boards, potentially into the first round. 

On a 2-10 Oregon State team in 2018, Hodgins’ production was easy to overlook. But his 879 yards accounted for 29.3 percent of the team’s receiving yards, a rather high figure for a wideout in his second-to-last season at the collegiate ranks. At 6-4 and 209 pounds, Hodgins needs to add some weight to his long frame, and he can be slow down the field. But he plays like a rebounder and understands how to use his height to his advantage in jump-ball situations. With more explosiveness in 2019, Hodgins should get some Day 3 looks. 

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Ben Roethlisberger on outlook with 2019 Steelers: ‘I feel like I love football again’


is in the midst of his 16th training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. 

And there’s nowhere else he’d rather be. 

While some players over a dozen years his junior are struggling to get through camp, Big Ben is running around with the joy and energy of a rookie. Roethlisberger’s newfound passion for the game was on full display during a recent practice when, on a designed quarterback sneak from his own 1-yard-line, he elected to sprint 99 yards to the opposite end zone. On his way there, he decided to play some with , who gleefully obliged his quarterback across the goal line. 

If his recent actions aren’t convincing enough, Roethlisberger, during an interview with Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, confessed that he has gone through a rejuvenation period after navigating through the storm of what was the 2018 offseason. 

“I feel like I love football again,” said Roethlisberger, who signed a two-year contract extension earlier this offseason that will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2021 season. “I told my wife when I was home the other day, she was asking how it was going. I said I feel like I love football again. She got a big smile on her face and said it made her happy to hear that.”

Mrs. Roethlisberger isn’t the only one that is happy to see a refreshed and refocused Big Ben. Pro Bowler , who is entering his fifth season as Pittsburgh’s starting left tackle, said that Roethlisberger’s attitude has lifted the spirit of the entire team.

“Ben has always been an amazing player to play for because he transmits a lot of that competitive edge to the players,” Villanueva said. “You don’t know if you should be competitive all the time [during practice] and when you play with Ben, you realize you have to be competitive all the time.

“For him to come out to practice every day … come out in all the periods, give the best he can, is something that’s contagious to us younger guys that are following his lead.” 

Everyone that’s been present during the early portions of ‘ camp has marveled at the positive vibe that seems to have spread through the entire Saint Vincent campus. Gone are the holdout stories, the mysterious training camp injuries/disappearances, and player suspension distractions. And while Pittsburgh’s preseason goal of winning the has never wavered, the Steelers are not burdened this summer with the national media pressure of being considered a favorite. Instead, Pittsburgh has been labeled with the underdog tag, a narrative that is with them. 

“Just having that chip on our shoulder and having people doubting us, I think In what is being interpreted as a dig at Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, Mourinho argues possession football can often be an ‘exercise in PR’.He said in the Coaches’ Voice: “Many people believe that the team with more possession is the team thit’s something we can use to our advantage,” veteran cornerback said during the spring, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Just come out here and grind.”

The Steelers, even without Brown and Bell, are still front-loaded with talent. Pro Bowlers Villanueva, and anchor the offensive line, while fellow Pro Bowlers Smith-Schuster and have become Pittsburgh’s new dynamic WR/RB duo. Pittsburgh’s returning offensive starts will be flanked by newcout ties this summer.Hazard is expected to move to Real Madrid this summer.But Di Matteo told Sky Sports: “It would be a real shame for any club to lose a top player like Hazard,” Di Matteo told Sky Sports.”But I don’t think it will be as easy as thatmers , , and . Moncrief, a veteran receiver who caught his first career touchdown pass against the Steelers, has already provided a veteran presence to Pittsburgh’s receiving room. Snell comes to the Steelers as the University of Kentucky’s career rushing leader, while Johnson, a former standout receiver at the University of Toledo, has been one of the standout players during the first week of Pittsburgh’s training camp. 

Pittsburgh’s defense, a unit that has slowly but surely rebuilt itself in the years since they were led by the likes of Troy Polamalu and , could potentially be better than the Steelers offense iom the rest of the Manchester United squad.Lukaku is the subject of intense interest from Inter Milan.Sky Sports News reporter James Cooper has spoken of Lukaku ahead of their pre-season clash with Tottenham on Thursday.“The first place to start isn 2019. 

Defensive tackle Cam Heyward, the defense captain, is coming off his second straight Pro Bowl season. Outside linebacker T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in Pittsburgh’s fruitful 2017 draft, seems destined to surpass Harrison’s franchise-record single-season sack total after totaling 13.0 sacks in 2018. Newcomers and will add depth and veteran experience to the unit, while inside linebacker , the 10th overall pick in the draft, continues to show why the Steelers traded up in the first round of the draft to secure him. Pittsburgh fans also shouldn’t sleep on , last year’s first-round pick who is out to prove that he is the team’s long-term solution at strong safety. 

The Steelers are also counting on a bounce-back season from kicker , who reportedly made each of his first 15 field goal attempts during camp that included a during Thursday’s practice. 

At the center of this nucleus of players is Big Ben, the man who, two years after openly contemplating retirement, has rediscovered a love of the game that at some point left him during the last few seasons. While this doesn’t guarantee success for the 2019 Steelers, Big Ben’s renewed passion and infectious spirit can only help Pittsburgh on their road to redemption. 

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Robbie Gould calls standoff with 49ers ‘complicated,’ makes it sound like he still wants to return to Chicago


Only one month remains until the open up training camp. Only 71 days remain until the 201ighted with their attitude for Sunday’s 6-0 FA Cup rout of Tranmere Rovers.United were 5-0 ahead at halftime on a difficult pitch.Solskajer said, “You see that pitch and I can understand if players feel I don’t want to play on this. We made sure befo9 season kicks off. So at the very least, it’s mildly concerning the 49ers still don’t know when their kicker is going to show up to play football. 

Back in March,  on to make sure they kept him around for at least one more season. The only problem? Gould doesn’t appear to want to play for the 49ers anymore. He’s yet to report to the team and most importantly, . Of course, a certain that Gould used to play for happens to also reside in Chicago. 

That brings us to the comments Gould recently made to NBC Sports Chicago. ades boss Chris Wilder will look to bolster his backline in January, despite the club boasting the joint-best defensive record in the division so far this season, alongside Liverpool and Leicester City.Rodon made his breakthrough into the Swans’ firsEven though he hasn’t directly said it, it certainly sounds like

Gould said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “The way I’ve kind of approached it is, I want to spend time with my family. And I let my agentllapse at Manchester United last night.Both teams have reached the Europa League round of 32, though Slot was angry after their 4-0 reverse.“An annoying phase after halftime? That is an understatement,” snapped Slot, as United fired three goals hom handle it, and if anything comes up that I have to make a decision or be in the know, he’ll call me and let me know. But right now there’s nothing to really know, and I’m just enjoying being home and being in Chicago.

“I’m at a point in my career where my family is what’s going to dictate the decisions that I make.”

All along, the 49ers have behaved as if they have no intentions of fulfilling his request. From their perspective, that makes complete and total sense. In their eyes, they’re entering the upcoming season as a playoff-caliber team with a healthy . That means they’ll need a reliable kicker, which is exactly what Gould has been over the course of his 14-year career. Gould’s career field goal percentage rests at 87.7. In NFL history, only  In Gould’s first two seasons with the 49ers, he connected on 96 percent of his field goals.

But it’s also understandable why Gould would want to return to Chicago. His family still lives there. And it’s where he established himself as one of the league’s top kickers. Despite playing in less than ideal conditions, Gould made 85.4 percent of his field goals with the from 2005-15. He’s the franchise’s . Clearly, the city means a lot to him.

“This city’s been incredible,” Gould said. “No matter where I’ve gone, no matter where I’ve lived, no matter where I’ve played, Chicago has always been home.”

Finally, it’s understandable why the Bears would want Gould. Ever since they made the mistake of cutting him on the eve of the 2016 season, kicking has been a struggle for them. Over the past three seasons, the Bears’ kickers have made 76 percent of their field goals — a statistic that doesn’t include miss in the playoffs that ended their season prematurely. 

the Bears have tried to solve their problem by to compete for the job, With training camp a month away, the Bears’ competition is down to and , neither of whom have kicked in a regular-season NFL game. 

There’s no way to know how the situation will work out, but it’s difficult to imagine the 49ers turning down an attractive draft pick from the Bears in exchange for a 36-year-old kicker. On the other hand, the Bears, who already parted ways with tons of picks in the trade, might not want to give up significant draft capital for an aging kicker they cut three years ago. But if the Bears don’t acquire Gould, they’ll enter the upcoming season with a fatal flaw that has already cost them one shot at a championship. 

On Sept. 5, . Not much time remains for them to sort out their kicking situation.

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Seahawks add new return weapon for playoffs with Devin Hester signing


The clearly feel thArsenal has been knocked back by Sampdoria in their attempts to sign Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet.The Sun says the Serie A club want £6m more than the £43m offer.The Gunners are looking to bolster their squad after finishing fifth in the Premier League. victory against Bulgaria at Wembley to maintain their 100% record in Euro 2020 qualifying.Tottenham striker Kane and Raheem Sterling were deadly once more as England built momentum from a low-key first 45 minutes to brush Bulgaria aside.Kane said: “Manager Unai Emery is working on a tight budget and he will be hoping that Sampdoria come to the table over their two star players.eir return game needs a bit of a boost for the , because the team signed on Tuesday night in order to improve its return game.

Hester, on Instagram, confirmed that he was signing with Seattle.

A photo posted by Devin Hester (@devin_anytime_hester_4) on Jan 3, 2017 at 7:58pm PST

The Seahawks were actually good this season in terms of returns, averaging 23.1 yards per kick return (10th in the ) and slightly below average in punt returns, averaging 8.3 yards per return (17th in the NFL).

However, the team’s top returner this season was the explosive , who the Seahawks loss to Arizona.

In Week 17, Seattle sent back for punts and had and back for kickoff returns. Risking Sherman on punts isn’t acceptable with the season on the line, so it’s logical to see the Hester signing.

At 34 years old, Hester doesn’t have the game-breaking speed he diy.Bailly was in the United squad that won the competition in 2017 under Jose Mourinho.They are hoping to repeat the trick and get into the UEFA Champions League for next season.Bailly hopes it is another trophy he can add to his collection.He told Und when he was a field-flipping superstar for the , but he is a reliable returner with the capability of changing the game for Seattle and potentially ripping off some big returns.

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Report: Kraft discusses Welker


Owner Robert Kraft was asked by NFL Network at the spring league meetings about WR . “Well, we’d like to see him be a Patriot for life, but it takes two sides,” Kraft said. “e modern era.Willian admits his fellow Brazilian was his biggest idol growing up.”Ronaldinho was the best of them all,” Willian told Goal when asked about his thoughts on the greatest player of all time debate.”Better than Cristiano [Ronaldo] and MesWe’re just happy he’s back in the system. He’s a wonderful young man, and a special guy. I think both sides wgen Klopp on Liverpool’s tour of the USA.The 17-year-old made his debut against Wolves in the FA Cup last season and has now joined the first-team on their preseason trip.”It’s a special experience admits he’s moved away from his possession-based style of game.At Barcelona, Guardiola became known as the coach who brought tiki-taka to the world, while with Bayern Munich he introduced the false nine and played a possession game.But with City, by,” Hoever told “I don’t think a lot ould like to do a deal, but it requires intelligence and putting our team first.”

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Panthers DE Thomas Keiser ingesting Chia Pet seeds to stay hydrated


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Athletes do some weird stuff, man. But this might take the cake: , a defensive end for the , has spent training camp ingesting chia seeds — yes, like the ones used to grow Chia pets — along with drinking a gallon of water a day in order to stay hydrated.

The natural reaction to this, for me, is to wonder why his stomach hasn’t gone all Alien on him, bursting open with fake green flowery goo. Most people, , apparently just ask him if the chia seeds are the same thing used for Chia Pets.

“People ask me all the time if it’s the same stuff that’s in Chia Pets. It is,” Keiser said. “I’ll have probably two or three tablespoons in somewhere between two-thirds and a full gallon of water every day.”

So Keiser takes these seeds and dumps them in his water and carries them around training camp drinking the mixture and trying to freak peoplson-Odoi.The 18-year-old is close to returning to action for Chelsea after suffering an Achilles injury in April.Speaking to Goal, Melchiot said: “A good Hudson-Odoi would give me the most problems as a defender.”If he can get back to where he was bee out. Apparently though, there’s some sort of science behind it.

“It helps hydrate you, because it absorbs 10 times its weight in water,” Keiser said. “And instead of the water just going in your system and flushing right out, it’s going to sit in you longer.”

That’s precisely what would terrify me about using chia seedletico Madrid have announced the signing of midfielder Hector Herrera from Porto.The Mexican’s contract with the Portuguese club came to an end on June 30, which means he is joining on a free, and he will sign a three-year contract with Atletico on Ts. What if they sit inside of you and turn into green fur? That would be very bad for your stomach. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way either — clearly some of the other players on the Panthers are a little weirded out by Keiser’s decision.

Fortunately, he’s got a pretty solid old-school reference to an American movie classic to keep us off the weird scent of whatever he’s taking down.

“Most of the guys think I’m pretty weird for carrying that around,” Kesier said. “I just keep telling them it’s like Mike’s Magic Juice they need to make things easier for themselves after seeing off Leicester City on Saturday.James Milner’s added-time penalty snatched a 2-1 win over Leicester on Brendan Rodgers’ first return to Anfield, four years and a day after he was sacked as Rein Space Jam.”

Not bad. You can hardly ever go wrong with Space Jam references. That’ll get you a free pass from me just about every time. But if I were Keiser, I’d just tell everyone I figured out what the secret ingredient to Cammy Cam Juice is, bottle that mess up and watch the profits roll in.

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Chargers offer grants for local schools


The ‘ Champions Program is accepting grant applications through June 29 via The initiative allows schools within San Diego County to apply for funding for physical fitness, nutrition or athletic programs. “The main goal of our program is to provide students with the necessary means to living a healthy lifestylemour’s performance for their 4-0 rout of Everton.Rookies Mason Mount and ‘little boy’ Gilmour played a starring role to give their Champions League bid a massive boost.But 30ush is stunned by Real Madrid fans’ treatment of Gareth Bale.Bale is expected to leave Real this summer.”When I look at his record at Real, he has an incredible record and I don’t know what happens there,” Rush told BBC Sport. “At the end of the day,-somethings Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud also reaped the rewards of bos through physical fitness,” owner and team president ool veteran James Milner has revealed he was branded a “donkey” by Leo Messi during the first-leg of their stunning Champions League win over Barcelona.Milner was playing for the Reds in their semi-final first-leg clash at the Nou Camp and was taskedDean Spanos said.

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Bills WR David Nelson injures knee; doesn’t appear serious


The had an injury scare at Saturday’s practice when wide receiver went down with a right knee injury, but the team doesn’t believe it is serious.

“They said it’s like a bruise, they don’t think it’s anyb.Waddle had afirst team this season.United are eager to give youth a chance this campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The likes of Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes are tipped by many to make the step up to regular first team appearances.Butt is certainly a fan of b spell playing for the Black Cats in 1997, long after ­Newcastle had launched him to stardom in the 1980s – and was roundly booed by fans at St James’ Park when he returned with their bitter local rivals.Bruce, who managed the Mackem kind of ligaments or anything like that,” coach Chan Gailey said. “We’ll see what the determination is tomorrow.”Nelson appeared to knock knees with a Bills defender before going down to the ground in a team drill. After being attended to by trainers for sevnds into his Juventus debut for victory over Napoli.The Brazilian was forced from the bench only 11 minutes in when Mattia De Sciglio limped off with a muscular problem.“I couldn’t be more happy, to be honest. I’ve been working to be fit as soon aseral minutes, he was able to walk slowly to the locker room under his own power but was in noticeable pain and was not happy. Nelson is Buffalo’s top option in the slot and has become one of Fitzpatrick’s favorite targets in the passing game.

Defensive end missed practice after rolling an ankle on Friday. “He taped it up and finished (Friday), but we held him out today,” Gailey said. “He went through the walk-through this morning, so it’s not like it’s a hobbling thing, but we’re going to make sure that he’s ready to go.”Right tackle also sat out the session after aggravating a previous groin injury. “They don’t think it’s much, but they were being precautionary and we’ll see how soon we can get him back, hopefully tomorrow night if not hopefully Monday,” Gailey saidBuffalo’s defense, led by defensive linemen and , dominated the Saturday session. At times, the two seemed to get upfield to the quarterback at will. “We’ve got a lot of work to do on offense to meet their level of play right now, so it’s a little bit different than it has been,” Gailey said. “It’s good for our football team.”

For more updates, follow Bills correspondent on Twitter and @MarkLud12.

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