Bud Norris earned his 13th save in 15 chances.

jets_021Jordan Lyles (2-3) gave up 11 hits and four runs in six innings.

St. Louis went ahead 2-1 in the third when Martinez homered into the right-field bleachers after Tommy Pham led off with a single.

After Martinez singled for his third hit in the fifth, Ozuna followed with a drive into the left-field bleachers on an 0-2 breaking pitch left over the plate, giving the Cardinals a 4-1 advantage. It was Ozuna’s fourth homer in his last nine games.

The two home run balls, pitches I want back, Lyles said. Two good hitters, balls over the plate but other than that, there were just so many hits scattered throughout. A lot of balls hit hard, some weren’t but one though nine, they’ve got a good lineup. That was a battle to get through that lineup a few times.

Cory Spangeberg hit a line-drive homer into the right-field seats with one out in the second, giving San Diego a 1-0 lead.

Robert Gsellman worked two scoreless innings , bailing out Reyes after his double error gave the Yankees a chance in the eighth. Reyes threw well wide of first base on what should have been a 6-4-3 double play, and then a replay review showed he missed second base entirely on the pivot. Gsellman got a foul out and a flyout to strand the runners.

The Diamondbacks recalled RHP Braden Shipley from Triple-A Reno and optioned utility man Christian Walker to the Aces prior to Monday’s game. Shipley replaced Corbin and hit Harrison, the only runner he allowed in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli sat out his second straight game after being struck in the left jaw by a foul tip on Saturday. … Harrison is day to day with a contusion from being hit by Shipley.

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (strained right oblique) threw a bullpen session on Monday and could start a rehab assignment soon, depending on how he recovers.

Arizona RHP Clay Buchholz has allowed two runs or less in all four of his starts heading into Tuesday’s game against the Pirates and RHP Trevor Williams.Crawford homers as Giants beat Scherzer, Nationals 2-0

The most recent Dez Bryant rumor (thanks to former teammate Jason Witten ) had the Green Bay Packers being a possible destination.

jets_028But Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pretty much indicated that won’t happen.

Tepper, a Pittsburgh native of modest upbringing, built himself into a billionaire by 2003 by successfully gambling on the distressed debts of bankrupt companies such as Enron and WorldCom. But in 2010, his firm pocketed $7 billion on a single deal, and almost overnight, a man who occasionally berated employees and other times flung breast implants at them had become a regular personality on cable news financial shows.

For two hours, Lewis’ eyes are stuck in that scowl. He goes full Bobby Knight, yelling and sighing and pacing and constantly peppering his son with orders from about 20 yards away.

When one teammate flips an underhand ball to him at second, Jazz drops it, and his dad loses it. He two-hand smacks the plastic yellow cover over the fence and screams, Pay attention!with the same cold scowl that used to intimidate linebackers in the AFC. As Lewis steps away from the fence, boiling with rage, a few parents glance his direction.

On the surface, this is a dad who needs a reality check. Part of you feels like putting a hand on his shoulder to remind him that, hello, these are eight-year-olds. But that reaction would completely misconstrue this entire situation.

His son smiles and darts ahead with his sister, Ivana, to Javen’s AAU basketball practice at the adjacent rec center. Inside, Lewis brings up his old teammate Shannon Sharpe’s Hall of Fame speech. In that speech, Sharpe apologized to his kids for not being in their lives enough. The words struck a chord, because neither was Lewis, especially for Javen and his oldest daughter, who’s now 23.

Drafting the candidates for offensive rookie of the year

The odds are out for 2018 NFL offensive rookie of the year. Which inspired Monday’s PFT Live draft.

Who are the best candidates to win the award this year?

Simms lost the toss, and he then proceeded to lose the draft, in dramatic (almost embarrassing) fashion. You can witness the carnage by checking out the video.

And make your own case for potential rookies of the year in the comments. Or just make fun of Simms.

It’s just simple to me, Sanchez said. “It’s about not swinging at bad pitches and looking for good pitches to hit in the zone and making sure if I get those, not miss them and make good contact.”

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban predicted on CNBC that legalized gambling will result in the doubling of the value of sports teams in each of the four major leagues: NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB.

Ted Leonsis, owner of the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals, separately said on CNBC that the development will specifically help the NFL.

“This should reinvigorate the NFL and drive value into teams,” Leonsis said on CNBC. “You have 11 players on defense and offense, each doing a discrete action, and then there’s 30 seconds in between plays. Now all of a sudden football can be reborn.”

It be reborn as a modern-day sort of jai alai, with the human combatants the subject of real-time bets tied not only to the outcome of the game but to the outcome of each and every play. That same approach can apply in baseball; Cuban said it will actually be fun to go to a baseball game again). For basketball and hockey, it will be more difficult to break the betting opportunities into specific segments.bucks_515

Robert Meachem’s money manager accused of stealing $1 million from him

A woman accused of stealing more than $1 million from former Saints receiver Robert Meachem was arrested Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

Meachem hired Tonya Lynn Adkism in 2010 to manage his finances. Instead, she faces charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of all charges, Adkism faces more than 300 years in prison.

An agent for Meachem declined comment to the Associated Press.

The New England Patriots haven’t experienced a smooth-sailing offseason, but beyond controversy regarding Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski and a tough March during which they lost key players Nate Solder, Malcolm Butler, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis, New England signed a potentially high-impact pass-rusher at what appears to be a discounted rate.

That seems like a prudent move, since White has mostly been injured, and injury is the only thing the option is guaranteed for.

The former No. 7 overall pick has played five of a possible 48 games in his three pro seasons, and the Bears stacked in options at the position over him this year. They’ll still give him a chance to contribute, but he’s now in the mix with free agent pickups Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel and second-round pick Anthony Miller.

If White somehow stays healthy and has a breakout season, he could cash in as a free agent next spring, but there’s little reason to expect that.

As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation. I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done. I would never condone any of the behavior that was alleged and will always respect and protect the rights of anyone who has been harassed or is the victim of violence.broncos_076_47055b351ccc3dea-180x180

Brady’s theory is simple: There are just too many other entertainment options for today’s consumer.

There’s so much for us to consume, I mean, as we all know, there’s so much happening, Brady said.

The 40-year-old quarterback even admitted that HE doesn’t even pay as much attention to the NFL as he used to.

I hate to say it: I don’t follow it like I used to, because, so many other things to follow, Brady said. And it’s just what can grab your attention, there’s a lot more competition today than there’s ever been, I think, especially with social media, for people to consume information or to consume content. The NFL has had a great product, people love watching the game and I think it’s still doing better than every other program out there, but compared to a time when there was less things to do, it doesn’t live up to those standards.

Maddox recorded eight interceptions over the course of his collegiate career, including a pair during in 2017. During his senior campaign he had a team-high 11 pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He earned All-ACC honors from both the media (second team) and the coaches (third team).

At 5-foot-9, 184 pounds, Maddox is a bit undersized for today’s NFL defensive backs. He makes up for that with his speed, as he recorded a 4.39 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine.

The comments came in response to an ESPN story published this week in which Dee Haslam is quoted as saying the Browns want a role in the growth of Cleveland. Haslam and her husband, Jimmy, own the team.

Those growth conversations could include discussions on upgrading or replacing First Energy Stadium, the lakefront home of the Browns, the story quotes Haslam as saying.

But no conversations are underway, Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration said in a statement.

Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame Grade: C Little early, but well-versed as a blocker. Shined when given opportunity to catch passes at Senior Bowl. Limited out wide. 124. Armani Watts, FS, Texas A&M Grade: A Hyper active DB. Will make plays on the outside. Twitchy. Just lacks size. 125. Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh Grade: A Feisty, ultra-aggressive slot CB with the agility to match with quickest WRs in the league. Gets his hands on loads of passes. 126. Ito Smith, RB, Southern Mississippi Grade: A Smith has amazing jump-cut ability, vision, and is tremendous in the screen game. 127. Rick Leonard, OT, Florida State Grade: D+ Leonard has the measureables. Doesn’t have quick feet or good balance. Must get stronger too.tigers_069-115x115

Chargers OC: Pouncey signing was ‘tremendous get’

The Los Angeles Chargers inked former Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey to a two-year contract in March. Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is gushed about the addition of the veteran lineman.

Whisenhunt is confident Pouncey will be able to fit in easily with his new teammates and especially with Rivers.

Philip does a lot of things, and he always has, Whisenhunt said. Mike came in here and said he wants to be involved with that. That’s a good mentality for him [and] I think the communication between those two is very important. Mike’s been doing it, he’s very good at what he does from the standpoint of how he plays the game. The communication between those two will be good, and hopefully that can only make us better.

We all know how it played out: the Browns took Baker Mayfield first. The Giants didn’t even consider trading out of No. 2, and indeed selected a non-quarterback in Saquon Barkley. That left the Jets with their pick of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson at No. 3.

According to the New York Daily News, the only people who knew the Jets’ preference in this spot were CEO Christopher Johnson, GM Mike Maccagnan, and head coach Todd Bowles. The Jets kept things so secretive that Maccagnan didn’t even put final grades on the draft cards pertaining to the five quarterbacks most teams had grouped together atop the heap.

The Jets ratcheted up their secrecy before the franchise’s most important draft in memory. Browns general manager John Dorsey joked that his wife didn’t even know that he was going to take Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick. Well, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan kept his intentions close to the vest, too. Only CEO Christopher Johnson, Todd Bowles and Maccagnan knew the exact signal caller pecking order on One Jets Drive.nike_jets_1638

Love and Football: NFL Insiders on the Josh Rosen Question and Why It Matters

Sam Darnold turned the ball over 22 times this past season. Josh Allen completed 56 percent of his passes. Baker Mayfield was tackled by a police officer after trying to run from law enforcement.

But when NFL teams look at those quarterbacks, they see problems that can be fixed. On-field decision-making and accuracy and off-field discipline that can be taught and monitored.

Bleacher Report spent the past month doing our own investigation into the investigation, so to speak, asking scouts, coaches and executives what conclusions they’ve reached. We also channeled our inner Rosen, asking those NFL decision-makers: Why does this question matter so much, and what does it even mean?

You try to talk to [the player] about the nuances of the position, one scout said when asked how and why he attempts to determine if a prospect loves football. Does he want to work at it? Not just during the season, but what’s he going to do all offseason?

In other words, teams want a player, and especially a quarterback, to be personally invested enough that they know he’ll do what it takes to better himself as a professional.

The opener, in Oakland, will take place between Aug. 9-12. The trip to Tampa Bay will be the third preseason game for both teams. Commonly considered the dress rehearsal for the regular season, the contest will nationally televised, airing on CBS at 8 p.m. on Aug. 24.

Detroit’s two home opponents will be the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns. The Giants come to Ford Field between Aug. 16-19, while the Browns will be in town for the finale on either Aug. 30 or 31. This will be the 47th time the two franchises have met in the preseason.

Noticeably absent from the Lions’ list of preseason opponents are the Buffalo Bills. The two teams had gone head-to-head every year since 2002. They are scheduled to meet in Buffalo during the regular season later this year.dolphins_082

Browns sign Josh Gordon to exclusive rights tender

Josh Gordon is officially back with the Browns.

The team on Monday announced that the wide receiver was one of four exclusive rights free agents to sign a contract with Cleveland.

Other signees are wide receiver Matt Hazel, offensive lineman Austin Reiter and fullback Danny Vitale.

The Cowboys trade up for a linebacker. Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds and Georgia’s Roquan Smith are can’t-miss stat sheet stuffers on the outside, which makes both likely to go in the top 12. But right behind them is another rising former Crimson Tide star, Rashaan Evans, who is trending toward the top half of the first round.

Evans not only would provide a third ‘Bama option, but he also carries a little more position versatility than Edmunds and Smith do. He also would come with a little less cost if Dallas needs to trade up to get him. With linebacker being the team’s most glaring need for 2018, it’s not crazy for Jones to be aggressive in finding a special player for the position.

The best argument for a defensive tackle in Round 1 is the fact that the values in Rounds 2 and 3 are not as desirable. In contrast, with pick Nos. 50 and No. 81, there are solid Cowboys-type wide receivers to target in LSU’s D.J. Chark and Washington’s Dante Pettis. At linebacker, Ohio State’s Jerome Baker and Iowa’s Josey Jewell present appeal for Dallas’ scheme.

In June 2011, Wuerffel began losing sensations in his arms and legs following a virus. He was diagnosed with Guillain Barré syndrome, a painful disorder in which the immune system attacks the body’s nerves. Symptoms include weakness, exhaustion and possible paralysis depending on the severity.

Wuerffel initially was house-bound and struggled to maintain his body weight while helping his wife raise their three children and stay active with Desire Street Ministries.

“It took about a year and a half before I felt like I was pretty much over that,” Wuerffel said. “There was a lot of lingering fatigue.

“It’s easy to take for granted now that I can stand up and run around and play catch with these guys.”

Even after Wuerffel had recovered, the only throwing he did “came in the backyard with the kids.” Wuerffel began training in earnest last month to “get a little rust off the arm” in preparation for the AFFL tournament.dolphins_102

Falcons sign cornerback Justin Bethel

The Falcons added some depth on defense and heft to their special teams Saturday.

The team announced the signing of former Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel.

The Golf Channel studio team commented, via Mike Doocy of DFW’s Fox4, that “this is like a Division III quarterback starting in a Super Bowl.” (It actually would have been funnier if the line had been a “Division I-AA quarterback starting in a Super Bowl” since Romo played at Division I-AA Northern Illinois and never made a Super Bowl.)

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Davis, their 2005 first-rounder who has overcome three torn ACLs, played in the Super Bowl with a broken arm and won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, is retiring at the end of the coming season.seahawks_034

Thompson is easy to overlook — playing alongside Davis and Luke Kuechly will do that — but the Panthers believe he’s a key part of their future on defense. He started 36 games the last three seasons.

The Browns trade of cornerback C.J. Smith to the Seahawks has been nullified, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Yates did not list a reason.

Smith reverts back to Cleveland, and Seattle will get its conditional 2020 seventh-round pick back.

The Browns had been expected to cut Smith before the trade.

Browns’ 2018 draft picks: Projecting first-rounders, late-round sleepers

The Cleveland Browns have the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, which runs April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

It’s a chance for Cleveland’s management — led by owner Jimmy Haslam, general manager John Dorsey and coach Hue Jackson — to make an emphatic statement that would put memories of an 0-16 season the rearview mirror. While the Browns are expected to spend the No. 1 pick on a franchise quarterback, Cleveland has five picks in the first two rounds.

It’s already an interesting quarterback room in the land where Elway and Peyton Manning set the standard while winning three Super Bowls between them. There’s an enigma in 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch, whom Elway traded up to draft but has been a major disappointment. Chad Kelly, a talented college QB at Ole Miss who has fought through recent injuries, also is on the roster after being drafted in the seventh round last year.

By all accounts, Keenum is a great teammate who won’t rock the boat no matter the outcome on draft day. But down deep, he’s got to believe he has graduated from his days of keeping the seat warm until he is replaced by the proverbial future franchise quarterback.

And returning to clipboard-holding duties in Denver after leading Minnesota to a division title and one step from the Super Bowl would be hard to take.

Still, Gronkowski’s potential absence from voluntary workouts doesn’t necessarily mean the All-Pro tight end intends to hang up his cleats quite yet. Rapoport reports that Gronkowski has trained this offseason at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center, and the expectation remains that he will play in 2018.

Gronkowski wouldn’t represent the only major absence from the Patriots ‘ offseason program, either. Tom Brady is currently on a trip to Qatar with his family and will miss the workouts in Foxborough.

While injuries have limited Gronkowski in recent years, he still ranks among the league’s most productive tight ends. He caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017 and leads all tight ends in receiving yardage (3,924) and touchdown receptions (34) since 2014. Gronkowski has earned first-team All-Pro honors five times in his career, most recently last season. seahawks_022