QB Geno Smith agrees to one-year deal with Chargers, source says

Former New York Jets and New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Smith signed a one-year deal with the Giants before last season that netted him less than $2 million to serve as the backup to Eli Manning. He made one start and performed admirably in a Week 13 loss to the Oakland Raiders, throwing for 212 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions (but two lost fumbles). He went back to the bench when Manning was reinserted as the starter after coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired.

Chase Utley’s RBI single shortly after midnight put the Dodgers up 7-6 in the 15th, but Nick Ahmed’s run-scoring double tied it in the bottom of the inning and pinch-hitter Jeff Mathis, the last position player on the Arizona bench, singled home Ahmed with the winner.

Both teams used all their available relievers. Mathis was going to pitch if the game had remained tied.

Wilmer Font (0-1) threw four scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the 15th. Fernando Salas (1-1) went three innings to get the win.

Jansen blew one save in 42 opportunities in 2017, but this season has not started well. The Dodgers’ closer gave up a home run to Joe Panik in a 1-0 loss to San Francisco in his first outing on Friday, then squandered a three-run lead in his second on Monday night.

Tyrrell, 28, of Foxborough, is expected to be arraigned in Wrentham District Court Wednesday morning, according to Baker, who said Tyrrell is currently being held on $10,000 cash bail. Gronkowski’s home was robbed last month while he was away at the Super Bowl, a narrow Patriots loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Last week, Anthony Almeida, 31, of Randolph was arraigned on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime, two counts of receiving stolen property, and malicious destruction of property in connection with the burglary, police said.

In a statement last week, Foxborough police said they were searching for Tyrrell and Shayne Denn, 26, of Tewksbury in connection with the robbery. Denn was wanted on various charges, including breaking and entering in the nighttime, three counts of larceny of a firearm, malicious destruction Cheap Jerseys Bulk of property, and trespassing. Denn has also been tied to a crime spree in Cheap Jerseys Authentic Wilmington, Tewksbury, and Andover, according to authorities.

Falcons adding guard Brandon Fusco

The Falcons can’t do too much in free agency until they deal with quarterback Matt Ryan’s contract, but they got him some protection.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Falcons have signed veteran guard Brandon Fusco to a three-year deal.

Fusco, 29, spent last year with the 49ers after ing his first six years with the Vikings.

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This is hardly a silver bullet for Burfict (assuming he tested positive for a stimulant like Adderall), since he reportedly took two different prescription medications, one for a concussion and one for a shoulder injury. Stimulants like Adderall typically aren’t used in the treatment of a shoulder injury.

Dickson spent the last four seasons with the Panthers as a complement to Greg Olsen. He took on a bigger role while Olsen was injured last season and finished the year with 30 catches for 437 yards and a touchdown. Dickson, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the Ravens, has 178 catches for 1,985 yards and 12 touchdowns for his career.

With Jimmy Graham headed to Green Bay and Luke Willson also set for free agency, Nick Vannett and Tyrone Swoopes are the only tight ends currently under contract in Seattle.

Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell on Friday announced the departures of two seldom-used Cheap Jerseys America reserves, a pair of transfers that could lead to a highly regarded point guard Cheap Ireland Jerseys prospect to join the 2018 incoming recruiting class.

Intrinsic to the math is that teams will continue to use the standard five-man rotation.

At least one, the Los Angeles Angels, stated they’re going with a six-man starting staff.

Once Gretzky hit 30, his shots per game, and thus his goals per game, dropped considerably. After Gretzky’s first full season as a 30-year-old (1991-92), he didn’t score 40 goals again and had just two 30-goal seasons. I don’t think Ovechkin will have the same erosion.

After a hot start, Ovechkin cooled off and finished with 33 goals in 82 games, one more than his lowest total for a full-length season (32 in 2010-11). That left him with 558 career goals as he finished his 31-year-old season. Ovechkin would need 337 goals to pass Gretzky’s record of 894.

This might be a little bullish, but it is the final season I have Ovechkin with a 50-goal-plus season, and it is only a year away. Some years, everything can go your way when it comes to scoring. Having one more big season from Ovechkin would help his chances.

Arrieta can opt out of the deal after two seasons, but the Phillies can void that opt-out clause if they first trigger a two-year extension to make the pact a five-year deal, according to FanRag Sports.

That two-year extension would start at $20 million per season but could be worth up to $30 million based on the number of starts Arrieta makes in the first two seasons of the deal and Cy Young Award finishes in those seasons, FanRag Sports reported.

Arrieta is the second major free agent added by the Phillies this offseason. The Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys team signed first baseman Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract in December.

Arrieta, 32, had a strong second half of 2017 leading into free agency, as he compiled a 2.28 post-All-Star break ERA. That kind of production was reminiscent of his historic second half in 2015, when his ERA was a minuscule 0.75. That helped garner him a Cy Young Award and a reputation as a Cheap Custom Jerseys big-game pitcher who gets better as the season progresses.

Jets’ Mark Scheifele set to miss Central showdown at Predators

Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele remains out with an upper-body injury and is expected to miss Tuesday night’s game at Nashville.

But at a point in spring training when starting pitchers are going four innings — lefty starter Jason Vargas relieved and worked four — Callaway wouldn’t speculate on the opening day fate of deGrom.

We’re just taking it day-by-day and going from there, Callaway said.

The 29-year-old deGrom isn’t worried about when he makes his first start in the regular season.

I haven’t even thought about it, really. The goal is to get in a game here first and go from there. That’ll be a discussion between Mickey, Dave and probably myself, said deGrom, who added he was in line for his next start in five days.

We don’t want to do anything dumb and push it. Today was a big step and everything went fine, he said.

Biagini lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing all five runs scored by Pittsburgh in the Pirates’ 5-0 win over Toronto on Sunday. The right-hander walked two, struck out two, and gave up four hits, including consecutive homers to Adam Frazier and Gregory Polanco that ended his day.

He had trouble locating the ball, Gibbons said. He’s being throwing pretty good this spring. It was just one of those days, spiking a lot of balls. I don’t want to overanalyze it. He was off today.

Biagini was touched for four earned runs over 8 1/3 innings in three previous starts,

His starting work during the exhibition season has taken on added significance with Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys Toronto ace Marcus Stroman slowed by inflammation in his right shoulder.

The Blue Jays haven’t ruled out Stroman being back to pitch during the Cheap Baseball Jerseys first time through the regular-season rotation.

You always want to do well, you always want to look good, you always want to feel good, Biagini said. I actually felt pretty decent.

One-man show: Laine gets trick in Jets’ 3-0 win vs Rangers

Patrik Laine went more than a year between hat tricks, and still the 19-year-old Finnish star is on a remarkable pace.

Laine got his fourth hat trick and set a career high with his 38th goal, lifting the Winnipeg Jets over the New York Rangers 3-0 on Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old star had been the youngest ever with three hat tricks — getting there at 18 years, 302 days — but it had been over a year since his last three-goal game. He joins Jimmy Carson and Dale Hawerchuk as the only players with four hat tricks before turning 20.

For some teams, that’d be okay, but for a team that’s never finished higher than fifth in the West standings since Lillard was drafted, justification for the meeting suddenly makes more sense.

The current Blazers team has a slew of contracts — Evan Turner, Mo Harkless and Meyers Leonard are making over $38 million combined this season alone, and more in the seasons to come — that make it hard for the front office to find any flexibility.

So, while Lillard might have concerns, or even be frustrated, the current roster construct will have to do in the short term.

Thankfully for Lillard, the Blazers and their fans, that’s where CJ McCollum, and the awesome partnership the two have built, comes in.

Tampa Bay reached overtime for the sixth consecutive game, one shy of tying the NHL record set by Edmonton in 2004 and Toronto in 2009, according Elias Sports Bureau. The Lightning have a 5-0-1 record in that span.

Yanni Gourde finished with two goals and three points for the Lightning, who improved to 7-0-1 in the past eight games.

Nick Bjugstad recorded his first career hat trick and Aleksander Barkov had three assists. The Panthers had their six-game winning streak end but have recorded points in seven consecutive games. Florida trails Columbus by two points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with three Cheap Baseball Jerseys games in hand.

“Since I’ve been here that’s the best game I’ve seen Nick play,” Florida coach Bob Boughner said. “We needed a performance like that and down the stretch here we are going to need different guys Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys step up . and tonight he was that guy.”

“The appropriate standard and mechanism for considering it is up to each individual.

I think some of the arguments against it frankly are silly. People will say, ‘Ty Cobb spiked someone and was not a nice man, and he’s in the Hall of Fame.’ Standards evolved. We’re Basketball Jerseys Custom right in the middle now of a major revision of social standards in our own country that we read about every day.”

“I think each person has to make his own judgment based on his own standards. Every day in this country, juries deal with the individual liberty of citizens based on their code of what a reasonable man would do in these circumstances. It does impose upon your judgment. It does require you to search your conscience and ask what your values are. There isn’t a cookie cutter way to do it.”

As the Hall prepares to welcome Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and the rest of its 2018 class Wednesday, ESPN.com spoke with Mitchell about the long-term impact of his report, the challenges baseball faces in trying to stamp out performance-enhancing drugs and the debate that continues to rage among voters on all sides of the issue.

George Mitchell: “I don’t have any comment on that. I’ll just say we stand by every word of our report. We think it is a relevant subject. I think [steroid use] should be a factor in the voting. It’s up to each person voting. I’m not saying the three criteria set out by Joe Morgan are the only ones that should be used. That’s his personal judgment. I have great admiration and respect for him, but each voter must decide on his or her own. I think our report has stood the test of time.

“The most important thing in my judgment is that baseball — the owners, commissioner and players — have taken it seriously. When we did our investigation, the Players Association was adamantly opposed and actively discouraged players from cooperating, and most of them didn’t cooperate. I made the argument to the players that there were a minority who were cheating, and the principal Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal victims were the majority who did not cheat.

The Broncos needed to replenish their receiving corps in the 2018 class, and they did exactly that by signing five in December.

As a unit, the Eagles’ offense could run into problems against a Falcons defense that appears to be peaking at just the right time. To get into the playoffs, the Falcons shutdown the Panthers, allowing 10 points to an offense that then dropped 26 points on the Saints last weekend. In their Wild Cheap Basketball Jerseys Card Weekend win over the Rams, they held the top-scoring offense in the regular season to 13 points.

Junior college signee John Hightower could make an immediate impact, as could four-star Khalil Shakir. — Aschoff

Is it too late to go back to tanking the season? The Jets have played far better than expected. But that still puts them far away from a playoff berth, and now there’s room to wonder if their first-round pick will be lofty enough to land them one of the draft’s coveted QBs.

This is not at all how things were supposed to be going, is it? In retrospect, the Cowboys needed to take more time off the clock before scoring their late go-ahead TD Sunday — they know as well as anyone by now that you simply cannot give Aaron Rodgers that much time to beat you. He will.

The Raiders say they expect QB Derek Carr to return after missing only one game due to a transverse process fracture in his back. That’s good. They certainly need him. Losing at home to a team that was struggling like the Ravens is not what a top contender should be doing. There is plenty of reason to question if the Raiders are as good as was advertised entering the season.

Flowers has a long, slender body, high shoulders and long arms. He craves anticipating and cutting off underneath plays in front of him, and because of that, he can get caught biting by QBs with gifted eye manipulation. He often pops up in the screen at the conclusion of plays thanks to his Cheap China NFL Jerseys relentless motor in pursuit.

When tackling in the open field, Flowers uses his length and technique to consistently wrap up. He compares in body type and play style to George Iloka and is best suited for playing as a box safety in a Cover 3 or 3-4 defense. Flowers will enter the league as a reliable rotational player, making a mark in special teams. He eventually can work his way to being a starter.

Concussion Legacy Foundation CEO and co-founder Chris Nowinski said this kind of thinking is a flaw.

In the Sunday night game, Derek Carr threw for 300 yards and a touchdown, Marshawn Lynch ran for two scores and weathered a late push from the Miami Dolphins to claim a 27-24 win. Miami Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China recovered an early surprise onside kick and intercepted Carr once, but couldn’t convert either opportunity into points.

Passing a sideline concussion test does not mean a player didn’t suffer a concussion. Players can experience a concussion but not show symptoms until the next morning, and they would still be at risk of suffering the grave consequences of a second concussion. Nowinski said teams and doctors need to be more aggressive in holding out players.

“If they show signs of concussion like holding their head after impact and you cannot find another reason why they would hold their head, you have to assume concussion and you cannot clear them,” Nowinski said. “I’ve talked to a lot of doctors. No one can come up with any reason why his hands would go to his head and drop to his side and not move, other than a concussion.”

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said both Colts medical staff and independent docots continued to monitor throughout the game, in adherence with the NFL’s unstated policy. Brissett only experienced symptoms after he had showered and was ready to leave the stadium, Sills said.

“It sounds like if you pass the protocol, you’re forced to put him back in,” Nowinski said. “We need to know what kind of guidance [independent doctors] are given. Are any NFL players kept Cheap Barcelona Jerseys out just in case? Or are we just accepting [several players] are going to show symptoms after the fact, and thank god they survived?”

Sills disagreed with the notion a replay could provide clear evidence of a concussion. “There is no medical professional or scientific body in the world that would say that video is alone is sufficient to cause a concussion,” Sills said.

In some cases, the protocol protects such players. On Sunday, the Redskins announced wide receiver Ryan Grant had cleared tests after his head bounced off the turf. And yet trainers escorted him to the locker room, and he stayed out of the game and remained in the recovery protocol this week.

Reason for hope: The defense is an absolute monster.

Entering Sunday’s game, the Vikings had held four of their previous six opponents under 10 points, and two of those opponents were the Rams and the Falcons. They allowed the fewest points per game and fewest yards per game of any team in the league. They had the second-best third-down defense and the second-best goal-to-go defense. You wish they were better at generating turnovers (just 19 all season entering Sunday), but the defense is so good at limiting opponents in so many situations that it should keep the Vikings in every game.

Reason for concern: Since they didn’t secure the No. 1 seed, the prospect of having to win an outdoor game in Philadelphia to advance to the Super Bowl (which would be in their own home stadium, by the way) looms large. And as great as Case Keenum’s story and season have been, we haven’t seen him tested under playoff pressure.

But perhaps this is a sign of what’s to come. Certainly, Toronto spent all offseason focusing on a changed approach that prioritized a quicker pace and, yes, more threes. DeRozan is slowly but surely joining the revolution.

Reason for concern: Same as for a lot of teams in this NFC field — inexperience. Jared Goff has been an NFL starter for a season and a half. Gurley is a third-year player. The wideouts and tight ends are a young, inexperienced group. And there’s also the fact that no other potential playoff team but Tennessee entered Week 17 with more turnovers than the Rams’ 19. The margin for error shrinks this time of year.

X factor: Aaron Donald. The Rams’ all-world defensive tackle is the kind of player you just feel is built for the playoffs. He might be the best defensive player in the league, he’s looking for a big new contract, and there just aren’t many interior offensive linemen who can Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap handle him. Donald is Wade Phillips’ game-wrecker, the way Von Miller was for the Broncos on their Super Bowl run two years ago.

I’ve grown up in football all my life and my dad went through some times at the University of Minnesota where it wasn’t very good and they weren’t saying very good things, Gutekunst said. The one thing I learned about that, usually (for) the guy in the chair it’s not as Basketball Jerseys hard to take. You worry about your family.

Thigpen relies on his size and athleticism and lacks a plan when attacking from the edge.

Rosen understands how to maneuver within the pocket, often stepping up and sliding with two hands on the ball to avoid pressure ready to fire. Rosen has terrific placement and accuracy to all parts of the field and also makes throws with touch and anticipation.

And your eyes do not deceive you, those forays to the rim, always the meat of his game, have become even more effective this season. Wiggins is shooting a career high 70.5 percent within three feet this season, significantly better, for comparison’s sake, than MVP-level attackers James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

But the portions, which should be growing as he’s surrounded by more talent, instead are getting smaller. The percentage of his shots that are within three feet have declined for the second straight year, and now sit at 23 percent. Perhaps even more alarming, his free throw rate, which peaked at .437 FTA per field goal attempt in his second season, has plummeted to a mere .286 this season, and his ability to shoot them effectively seems to have abandoned him.

It’s bowl season in college football, which can only mean one thing for NFL fans:

With 40 bowl games this season, there are plenty of opportunities to key in on players that can use this last game to boost their draft status.

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