Byron Jones leaning on younger players in his transition to corner

Byron Jones is entering his fourth season. Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie are entering their second.

Yet, Jones is leaning on Lewis and Awuzie for advice.

Jones has not played cornerback since his rookie season with the Cowboys, but new secondary coach Kris Richard has moved the former first-round pick from safety.

The Cowboys picked up Jones’ fifth-year option for 2019, but it’s guaranteed only for injury. That makes this an important season for Jones as he tries to prove he is a better fit at corner.

He forced only two fumbles and intercepted only two passes in his first three seasons.

Hunter, a third-round pick in 2015, became a full-time starter for the first time last season. He made 45 tackles and seven sacks in 2017.

I kind of came in with the mindset of just playing football, Hunter said. I had a whole bunch of people in front of me, older guys that were able to show me the way, good coaches and a good coaching staff. The only thing I could do is just come in here and focus and play football.

Hunter said it was important to get this out of the way before the start of the season because he didn’t want to be bothered by anything. He becomes the latest of the team’s defenders to get a long-term deal, and linebacker Anthony Barr is on the list of next in line along with receiver Stefon Diggs.

Every NFL Team’s Fatal Flaw Heading into 2018

Every NFL Team’s Fatal Flaw Heading into 2018 More The Chicago Bears took a number of steps to address the proverbial elephant in the room for the team—said pachyderm being the Bears’ mess at the wide receiver position. The problem is that we can’t be sure the overhaul will take. In Allen Robinson, the Bears may have acquired the No. 1 wideout Mitchell Trubisky so badly needed.

But Robinson missed nearly all of last season with a torn ACL and hasn’t hit 1,000 yards in a season since his breakout 2015. In Taylor Gabriel, the Bears may have signed a dangerous vertical threat. But Gabriel’s been every bit as inconsistent as he has been fast, and his numbers were way down last year in Atlanta relative to 2016.

We have bonus baseball on Friday as the White Sox and Athletics play an old-fashioned doubleheader after their Thursday game was rained out. The first game begins at 4:10 p.m. ET, so make sure you set your lineups early.

The card is devoid of an ace, but that leaves a lot of spots for streaming. Hitting features several established batters off to slow starts but showing signs of getting it back on track.

Without some sort of subsidy, Gural said, the track could be forced to just offer sports betting and simulcasting.

The track eventually plans to offer online sports betting, but will only offer sports betting at the track in the early going.

When NFL players begin giving back, their first instinct is often a free football camp back home More Days after the NFL collectively broke minicamps across the country last week, scattering players and coaches for their final offseason break, the field at the Saints’ indoor facility was full.

Three hundred kids dotted the field, catching passes at one station, working on pass-rush moves at another, laughing and jostling and testing their skills against each other. Somewhere in the middle, former LSU and current Jacksonville star Leonard Fournette presided over it all, with a strong helping hand from several Jaguars teammates and former LSU teammate Duke Riley, now an Atlanta Falcon. Fournette is participating in a rite of NFL passage.

Chicago’s Kevin White has already been labeled a bust with good reason.

White has missed a staggering 43 of a possible 48 games and has all of 21 catches for 193 yards in three seasons.

That the Bears decided to pass on White’s 2019 option was the least surprising personnel move in NFL history.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the scrap heap. ESPN.com’s Jeff Dickerson labeled White a surprise standout in camp this year, writing that the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft, stayed healthy throughout Chicago’s offseason program, where he looked better than expected running routes in coach Matt Nagy’s West Coast offense.

That may not mean much if White can’t stay healthy (again). Even wide receivers coach Mike Furrey admitted to Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times that expectations for White are nonexistent.

To his credit, new head coach Pat Shurmur said the Apple’s he’s seen lately is closer to the player the team hoped they were going than that lost youngster of a year ago.

You hear things, but I’m sure glad that I truly believe in a clean slate, Shurmur told Raanan. He’s been nothing but professional, he’s been out here competing, he’s one of the guys that has been here almost every single day, and I haven’t seen anything that somebody might have thought I heard. He’s been great.

We’ll see if that sticks, although the pressure’s certainly on.

Next spring, the G-Men will have to decide whether to pick up Apple’s 2020 option.

I always said my mid-40s, he told ESPN’s Ian O’Connor in May 2017. Naturally that means around 45. If I get there and I still feel like I do today, I don’t see why I wouldn’t want to continue.

Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop also reported last July that Brady plans to play until age 45 and isn’t ruling out playing at 50.

The make-or-break season of Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray may already be broken.

Per ESPN.com, Ray recently underwent a fourth operation on a wrist he injured in training camp in 2017. Not only will that wipe out most of Ray’s offseason, but it jeopardizes his availability in Week 1.

It’s something of a double-whammy for Ray, who the Broncos selected 23rd overall in 2015. After showing promise with an eight-sack 2016 season, Ray’s production fell off last year. That injury and the selection of Bradley Chubb fifth overall in this year’s draft led Denver to pass on Ray’s fifth-year option.

This year for Ray is as much an audition for the NFL’s other teams as a chance to get his career in Denver back on track.

He remains confident that if he can get the wrist right, he can recapture past form.

‘The Sandlot’ cast takes over Dodger Stadium to celebrate 25th anniversary

The Dodgers helped the cast of The Sandlot celebrate the movie’s 25th anniversary Saturday with a special reunion.

The actors who played Bertram, Ham, Repeat, Smalls, Squints, Timmy, Yeah-Yeah and DeNunez among others took the field before the Dodgers faced the Giants. The film’s director/writer David Mickey Evans also joined in on the fun.

I just lost it. I started screaming, Thompson said. She was the person I called because no one else I knew had been through that, and she was such a huge, huge support system for me and still is now with the stuff I am going through. She felt it on a level I can’t even begin to understand given the nature of what happened to her. I just remember thinking this can’t be real.

This was the first time she discussed the incident publicly. Now, Thompson is trying to catch the perpetrator, spending what she reportedly called an astronomical amount of money to do so.

The former Mets manager was livid when pitcher Noah Syndergaard got ejected after throwing a 99-mph fastball behind Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley during a game in May 2016 that was televised by Fox. Umpire crew chief Tom Hallion is heard explaining the ejection to Syndergaard before getting into it with Collins.

Commissoner Rob Manfred said Thursday that MLB made a commitment to the umpires that if they agreed to wear microphones then certain interactions, like the one with Collins, would not be aired publicly.

We promised them that. It’s in the collective bargaining agreement. We had no choice in a situation like that than to do everything possible to live up to our agreement, Manfred said, per the Associated Press. It is Labor Relations 101. To not do that is the kind of breach of trust that puts you in a bad spot over the long haul.

Voters also said by 53 percent to 43 percent that professional athletes have the right to protest on the playing field or court. Men and women agree, but there were wide racial and party divisions.

Courtney Upshaw signs with Jets

The Jets signed free agent defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw on Thursday. They cut defensive lineman Chris Jones in a corresponding move.

Upshaw participated in the Jets’ mandatory minicamp as a tryout player. He previously visited the Eagles.

Yet, if only the media had gone to bat for baseball’s suckered customers, the past 18 years, as it did for the Yankees last week.

The recent imbroglio — no relation to Ernie Broglio — over the bait-and-switch scheduling of July 8’s Sunday afternoon Yankees-Blue Jays to a late Sunday night as per ESPN money was met with the Yanks’ howls of No fair! The Yanks are scheduled to play a rainout-forced doubleheader the next day in Baltimore.

And that legit plaint was dutifully and forcefully delivered to MLB and ESPN by the local baseball media. They helped put do-the-right-thing pressure on as the Yanks, now in the hands of ex-ESPN Sunday night baseball analyst Aaron Boone, were threatening ESPN with loss of access until MLB and ESPN caved.

Fahnhorst appeared in 193 games, which ranks as the second-most among 49ers offensive linemen behind Len Rohde and the eighth-most regular season appearances in franchise history. He was also a two-time recipient (1981, 1986) of the 49ers Bobb McKittrick Award, which is given annually to the 49ers offensive lineman who best represents the courage, intensity and sacrifice displayed by the longtime offensive line coach, during his 21 years of service to the 49ers.

Winslow Jr. told her if she screamed, he would murder her, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Another victim, 59, was sodomized, authorities said.

In a third incident, Winslow is accused of exposing himself to a 55-year-old woman gardening in her front yard. He was charged with burglary with intent to rape of both a 71-year-old woman and the 86-year-old in the Encinitas trailer park.

Winslow’s family is standing by him.

Jameis Winston incident still under investigation by NFL

Last November, an Uber driver alleged that Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston had engaged in inappropriate conduct during March of the prior year. Nearly seven months later, the NFL’s investigation of the situation has not yet been resolved. This remains under review, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

As Johnson approached his 13-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole at Shinnecock Hills on Sunday, Gretzky and two other women ducked under the ropes for a close-up view.

They stood while Bob Koepka sat, anxiously swallowing his nerves in the knee-high fescue.

The three women were less careful with their excitement. When Johnson’s putt toppled into the hole, the trio erupted in euphorics – hugging, screaming, arms flailing.

After all, Johnson had just taken… solo third.

The Yankees had the lead by the second inning when Gleyber Torres hit a two-out RBI double off Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough for a 1-0 lead.

The Yankees made it 2-0 in the third on a run-scoring hit by Didi Gregorius, then doubled their lead in the fourth when Giancarlo Stanton hit a leadoff homer to left and Gary Sanchez followed with a blast to center that landed in Monument Park.

Severino became the majors’ third 10-game winner, joining Washington Nationals righty Max Scherzer (10-2) and Cleveland Indians righty Corey Kluber (10-3).

Because let’s be clear: That’s what happened on the 13th hole at Shinnecock Hills on Saturday afternoon, and there is not a golfer in the world who hasn’t done the exact same thing.

His bogey putt was rolling past the cup and picking up speed, so Mickelson gave chase. He moved like a man trying to sneak onto an elevator before the doors closed, and before that ball could roll back onto the fairway, he smacked it back toward the hole.

Baker Mayfield gets work with second team in Browns OTAs

When you use the No. 1 overall pick in the draft on a quarterback, the expectation is that he’s going to start sooner rather than later.

Browns rookie Baker Mayfield isn’t there yet, but he has moved up a rung on the depth chart.

Muhammad Wilkerson didn’t live up to the deal he signed on the field and ran afoul of the team’s coaches off of it, which led the Jets cut him this offseason after just two years of the five-year pact. How much that might impact their approach to extending Leonard Williams’ contract, but the 2015 first-round pick isn’t looking to press the issue right now.

Williams is eligible to sign an extension, but remains under contract for the next two years after the Jets picked up the 2019 option on his contract this offseason. That leaves plenty of time for other talks to take place and that’s just fine with Williams.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said he wanted the 32-year old Brown to finish his career with Seattle after making the trade, but nothing has changed with Brown’s contract as of yet as he gets sets to enter the final year of his deal.

Brown was much happier upon arriving in Seattle last season amid differences over his contract and disagreements with owner Bob McNair on social issues and the protests during the national anthem. Brown echoed Schneider’s hopes he could finish his career in Seattle, but a new deal would be necessary for that to happen.

For now, Brown is confident it will happen in due time.

Last year, after Clark had been diagnosed with ALS, the 49ers had a day in his honor at Levi’s Stadium. Many of Clark’s former teammates attended, and so did Walls, a former opponent who had a great deal of respect for Clark as both a player and a man.

Belichick has never hidden his rich appreciation for the flip-the-field impact of special teams.

Let Cordarrelle Patterson explain the process of absorbing the New England Patriots playbook, which has a reputation in NFL circles as advanced-level stuff.

There’s going to be something each day that you don’t know and you thought you knew, Patterson, a recently obtained would-be dynamo in the Patriots’ universe, told reporters Wednesday, the second day of the team’s minicamp. You wake up, and it’s something different. ‘Oh, I didn’t know that.’

You only know what you think you know.

And the value he sees in Patterson (obtained from the Oakland Raiders in a deal that also included a swap of late draft picks) is also reflected with a $3.25 million cap figure.

Yet for Belichick to strike ultimate gold, Patterson would also have to carve out a significant role within a crowded group of receivers in an offense armed by Brady and coordinated by Josh McDaniels. In five NFL seasons, including his first four after the Minnesota Vikings claimed him as a first-round pick from Tennessee, Patterson was unable to prove himself as a reliable, consistent target despite tantalizing flashes that also include explosive plays in the run game.

I know my teammates are great men, Long added. There’s men of faith in this locker room, there’s men who serve their communities, men who have a lot to give back to people with a lot less, and they don’t have to do that at all. What the commissioner wants to do, that’s not my business.

Breer wrote in his report that their absences haven’t significantly impacted the Patriots’ offseason program because the competitive phase of the Patriots’ offseason really starts in July.However, Breer added that he doesn’t think that means there is no falloutcaused by their absences.

On CBS Sports HQ, NFL analyst Danny Kanell said that he expects there to be some awkwardnesswhen Brady does return. He also talked about the reported rift between Brady and Belichick. The rift, of course, was previously explored in great detail by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham, who wrote a story in January about the schisms in the Patriots’ facility involving both Brady and Belichick. I do think there is going to be some awkwardness around the Patriots’ facility,Kanell said.

Report: Odell Beckham told two Rams players he wants to play with them

If the Giants trade wide receiver Odell Beckham to the Rams, he’ll be happy about it.

That’s the word from the New York Daily News, which reports that Beckham told two Rams players he wants in.

A key element of a Beckham trade would be an assurance to the team trading for him that he wants to go.

Former New York Giants and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is visiting the Seattle Seahawks, according to a New York Daily News report. Per the report, Smith, a free agent, was due to have dinner with Seahawks staff Thursday and visit the team’s facility in Renton, Wash., on Friday. Smith visited with the Los Angeles Chargers on Wednesday and Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Boykin was arrested on Wednesday in Mansfield, Texas, and charged on Thursday with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. His girlfriend told WFAA-TV in Dallas earlier this week that Boykin broke her jaw in two places and choked her until she passed out after she refused to show him a text on her phone. The only other quarterback besides Wilson currently on Seattle’s roster is Austin Davis.

By one reporter’s count, there were 12 balls thrown at Griffin in drills. He caught eight. There were a couple of throws that were relatively easy, and he dropped them. There were a couple of passes that were quite difficult, and he caught them. The top moment of the day was when he leapt high in the air and snatched a pass as he came to the ground out of bounds. That was an NFL play. But missed tackles, for any reason, are killers at the next level.

No amount of sold jerseys will make up for a defender who streaks in alone on a corner blitz and whiffs on a quarterback. Now, less than two months after being left off the Combine invite list, Griffin has been invited to the NFL Draft. That’s quite a feat in itself, even if he won’t be picked on Day 1. But it makes sense: who’s more fascinating Griffin will be watchable at the draft, at his first day of rookie camp, at his first day of training camp, in his first preseason game, and in his first NFL game.

Report: Broncos have had discussions with 49ers about Aqib Talib

The 49ers are discussing a trade with the Broncos for cornerback Aqib Talib, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. But the trade appears unlikely, Russini adds, which would suit Talib as he prefers his release so he can return to the Patriots.

Talib, 32, is due to make $11 million in base salary and count $12 million against the cap. The Broncos would save $11 million with his trade or release.

The person spoke under the condition of anonymity while not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

There was no vote, nor any formal proposals regarding the protests during the national anthem, but further discussion is expected when owners meet again in Atlanta in May. Although it is suggested in the league’s game day operations manual that players “should” stand at attention for The Star-Spangled Banner, the NFL has not adopted any language change in the manual or additional policy that mandates that players must refrain from demonstrations.

Yet owners unanimously approved the local matching fund component that they pledged to the Players Coalition last fall to address various social issues. The 32 teams will work with players to determine how to allocate the funds.

Goodson was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

A contract tolls when a er in the final year of his deal remains on the physically unable to perform list beyond the sixth game of the season.

Goodson, 28, tore his ACL and MCL during the 2016 season. He started training camp on PUP and remained there until December 6. But Goodson did not last season, ending up on injured reserve after injuring his hamstring.

The Packers have used Goodson mostly as a special teams er since making him a sixth-round pick in 2014. He has three career starts at cornerback.

A lot of people think Barkley will be in the top spot on the Giants’ board, and that they’ll take him if he’s there. No doubt they consider him a dynamic player, and Shurmur is on record saying how much he needs a dual-threat running back.